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Films:
MOONLIGHT omg sublime
Arrival
Ghostbusters 2016
Rogue One
Zootopia

TV:
Luke Cage
Stranger Things
Brooklyn 99
Elementary
@midnight
Yuri!! on Ice

Books:
Saga by Vaughn and Staples
TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver
O Human Star! by Blue Dellaquanti
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
March book 3 by John Lewis et al

Games:
Stardew Valley
Gone Home
Children of Ur
Candy Crush
Hexels http://benhardy.github.io/hexels/

Personal/social:
Walking at the dog park
[personal profile] were_duck's baby, the bleb
Visiting and having lunch with [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Visiting my parents on the farm; seeing family members over Labor Day weekend
My dog park friend got a kidney from his daughter
Making up with and walking with my friend R.
I had a sort of emotional fling (as opposed to a physical fling); which fizzled out but was fun while it lasted, this happened last winter.
I saw [personal profile] anna_bird for the first time in years!
Visited with many friends at WisCon
Gardening and hanging out with my roommate
Comics Club!
Socializing with old friends, and making new twitter friends
2 of my friends got their surgeries funded using social media!

Work and creative:
Volunteering at the humane society
Starting a fan vid! And perhaps more importantly, starting a fan vid club!
I posted one fic on the Ao3 this year (nsfw), and I think it's probably my best fic, idk.
As always, I enjoyed taking pictures and posting them to Flickr!
Meeting with the Anti-Abuse sub-committee for WisCon
Lots of health work, most of which is tedious, except for water bending class which is fun.

ETA:
I also read a lot of fanfic. The standout ones are:
Stuck on the Puzzle by the spectaclesofthor

Known Associates by thingswithwings

Ain't No Grave by spitandvinegar
sasha_feather: Daredevil in a suit (Daredevil)
(I just couldn't resist that title)

rating Explicit
John McClane/Matt Farrell
Live Free or Die Hard
tags: age difference, daddy kink, dirty talk, phone sex, star trek references, Alien references, assholes in love, cross play, alternating POV, established relationship, cross dressing, pwp
warnings: none
Words: about 3700


At the AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6288958
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At Shingle Street on Ao3

Rating: Explicit
M/M original characters
about 33K
WWII, England

Once I started reading this fic I couldn't put it down. It has alternating view points between a disabled English WWI veteran and a young deserter from the German Army, during WWII in England. The characters are exceptionally well drawn. Hugh, the Englishman, has lung problems from gas attacks. This fic got at some of my favorite themes: living with disability (for Hugh), queer identity (for both charcters), and a slowly building relationship. I loved it.
sasha_feather: white woman in space suit (Astronaut)
My breathing was crappy yesterday due to wildfire smoke coming in from the West. The sky was gray and hazy at 5 pm and the sun was orange. Today seems a bit better.

The internet still randomly cuts out on me, but the good news is the upstairs neighbor wants to share so at least it isn't costing us as much.

Trees are being cut down in our neighborhood; I think they are Ash trees, at risk from Emerald Ash borer.

Have a Teen Wolf Rec!

Electricity in the Contact by ladyblahblah

Derek/Stiles, Pretend Relationship, 27K.

One thing I loved about this story is that in their pretend relationship-- which is for the benefit of making Derek appear less vulnerable at a werewolf event-- Derek and Stile have safe words which they use to express their discomfort with something in front of others who are not in the loop. Then they go away in private and discuss the thing. It's a very healthy approach to a pretend relationship! Heh. I loved this story.
sasha_feather: white woman in space suit (Astronaut)
A bad ass character is laying in a hospital bed and is badly injured, but they refuse pain meds or are reluctant to take them because they want to "keep their mind clear."

Guess what? Pain clouds your mind also. Sometimes all you can think about is pain and nothing else. The meds make it so you can actually function to interact with the world in somewhat normal way.

I am probably preaching to the choir here, but just once I would like to see a bad ass warrior character in hospital who is accepting of pain medication.

----

I seem to have this internal conversation with the world a lot; it goes something like this: "I know that I'm an outlier in a lot of ways, but seriously? Seriously?

One of the great things about fandom and the internet is that I can find the other outliers.

Here is a really great post about body and fat acceptance that I think can apply to anybody despite the title: Ten Rules for Fat Girls by Dianne Sylvan.
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A Clear glass window, at a sea dawn by lionpyh.

A Story about Umegat, perhaps the most interesting character in all of Bujold's works. The prose in this story is breathtaking. Highly recommended.

When I originally read this story there was a little "locked" icon next to its link at the AO3; hopefully you can all see the story.
sasha_feather: Leela from the 5th element (multipass)
I have been reading a lot of good XMFC fic these days. Thanks to all you good folks who write, read, and rec it.

I just read A Deeper Season by Etirabys, a fic in which Erik is a teacher at a private school for one year, and Charles is an isolated senior student. I really enjoyed it.

I talk about the story, with some spoilers )
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I've been reading again which is a relief more than anything. Here are some fics I've enjoyed. Most of these I found by way of recs from [personal profile] dodificus.


Principles of Morality, by nishizono. Sherlock. Holmes/Lestrade, age difference fic (Holmes is 18 and Lestrade is 32).

First I clicked over to the one that the author says inspired the story, an Inception fic, and read some of that. It was OK, but this fic is better: it's a real relationship story, with interesting characterization and a complex relationship arc going on in the series. I hope there is more of this series in the future. Well written and engaging, and I suspect because of the pairing, not as well read as it could be. I like age difference stories! There is a lot to be explored there, and also-- such relationships do happen and can be successful, especially in the queer community where the dating pool is somewhat smaller.

Marriage a Trois, by sorrel. (Link to podfic post, but I read it in text). Sherlock Holmes. John Watson/Mary Morstan, John/Mary/Sherlock.

This is from Mary's point of view and wow, does she light up the page. It is so refreshing to read about a determined, intelligent woman who can put Holmes in his place with a word. She very carefully constructs a life that she wants, first by marrying John, then by managing Sherlock Holmes. This fic is light on sex, heavy on smart characterizations.

Asteroidea and sequels by etothepii. Sherlock/His Dark Materials fusion. (link to podfic, but I read the text)

A brilliantly conceived and brilliantly written story. I've been thinking about this one for weeks! It's just so smart and sexy. I read the fics in the author's recommended order and enjoyed watching the mystery unfold.
The story titles are (in order I read them):
Highly Intelligent, Observant, and Destructive When Bored
Feels like Drowning
Asteroidea

A Thorough Examination and In Depth by emungere. Sherlock. Holmes/Watson. Lots of warnings, please read them.

This is perhaps THE perviest piece of fic I've ever read (grin!). It's dark, it's creepy, and it's surprisingly hot. It is also well written. I really enjoyed it.

Discovery by solvent. Inception. Arthur/Eames. Lawyer AU.

I thought I was done reading this pairing, but this fic changed my mind. It is a portrait of two very controlled men. They hook up one night in a rare moment of being uncontrolled, before going back to their regular selves. What did it for me was the embodiment: Arthur thinks about how he looks too young, and too severe, how he holds his jaw tight. He gets an expensive hair cut before his new job. He notices what he wears and what Eames wears; notices Eames' body language and expressions. All that made me see and feel what was happening. This one has also stayed with me for days.
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X-Men First Class

"Inception" (unrelated to the Inception fandom) by [personal profile] zelempa, Eric/Charles, 2200 words. Funny and sweet.

Sherlock

Yes, Yes, Yes series by basingstoke. Holmes/John Watson/Mary Morstan. Features Asexual Holmes; I liked the dynamic here.

Highly Intelligent, Observant, and Destructive When Bored
Feels like Drowning
Asteroidea
by etothepii
Amplificathon link
Sherlock Holmes/John Watson/Mycroft Holmes; His Dark Materials Crossover. I've been thinking about this story for days and days after reading it. I read them in this order and enjoyed unraveling the mystery. Brilliantly conceived.
sasha_feather: Kaylee from Firefly (Kaylee)
Impersonal by [personal profile] anna_bird
Firefly, Inara/Zoe, NC-17, spoilers for the movie.
Written for meeeee!!!!! And for [community profile] kink_bingo: fucking machines!

Excellent characterization, voice, and description; and also very sexy.
sasha_feather: john sheppard from stargate atlantis (john sheppard)
Fair Trade Audiofic
Fair Trade Text
Mobius Audiofic
Mobius text

By esteefee, read by wihluta.

This is the best thing I have ever read about the intersectionality of chronic pain and queerness.

I posted an excerpt of the sequel "Mobius" in my journal in August. I was code-switching.

Observe: John is seeking community and safety. John feels that he can express his true self only through an internet community (mathpuzzlers). John hides his intelligence, he hides his pain, he hides his queerness, he hides many things about himself. Eventually he finds connection, he finds community support for his whole self, he finds what he is looking for.
sasha_feather: John and Rodney from Stargate: Atlantis (love of your life)
I think you should read this fic, Blood and Oil, by [personal profile] anna_bird. It is Firefly, Kaylee/Simon, rated adult. It's a snapshot of Simon's life, his headspace post-Serenity, and it's vivid and real.

If you haven't read Homo Ex Machina by [personal profile] toft, well, read it. READ IT. It's Holmes/Watson and oh so NC-17.

***

I HAVE SUCH A MIGRAINE RIGHT NOW AND I FEEL THE NEED TO SAY IT IN CAPSLOCK.

***

Mostly for my own reference, I'm writing down the podfic I listened to on my trip. (But if you see any errors feel free to point them out.) Someday perhaps I will get around to leaving actual feedback on these.

lotsa SGA podfic! )

I also listened to some music, which was basically: Neko Case > play all.
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Title: Yellow is the Color of my True Love's Crossbow
Author: [personal profile] sasha_feather
Fandom/pairing: Leverage; Alec/Parker/Eliot
For [community profile] kink_bingo, Water sports
Length: ~1600 words
Warnings/Spoilers: No warnings beyond the prompt. Very mild spoilers through 2.01
Rating: adult/explicit
Disclaimer: Leverage doesn't belong to me. Nor do the musicians mentioned! It's all true though.
Beta/notes: [personal profile] anatratrope, who improved this story immensely! :) Title is from Elvis Perkin's song "Shampoo". Comments and concrit encouraged.

[community profile] kink_bingo progress: 2 down, three to go! I started with what seemed to me to be the most challenging kinks, thinking I might as well tackle those first. But this was very fun and surprisingly easy to write, and the challenge appealed to me.

Read more... )

Recs?

Jul. 16th, 2009 01:00 pm
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Rec me some good fem slash?
sasha_feather: three-eyed alien toys from Toy Story movie (aliens)
MY THERAPIST USED TO READ BUFFY FANFIC.
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(x-posted)

I had a lovely time at Think GalactiCon in Chicago! I squeed about fanfic and vids to a lot of people, including people who are clearly not in fic culture (like [livejournal.com profile] lcohen), which was pretty funny. I talked more than I expected to.

Panels I attended:
*Species-defined gender roles in SF/F (link takes you to my notes)

*Infinite Diversity (Star Trek); a well-attended panel. I surprised myself by ranting about unethical ST doctors, for example Dr. Bashir in Sons of Mogh. Leah and I brought up the fanvid ...On the Dance Floor by sloanesomething.

*Gender and Sexuality in Fan Fiction. I talked a lot, but I don't remember what I said. I did give a shout-out to General_jinjur's Podfic archive; and I recommended Straight as a Circle by [personal profile] toomuchplor.

*Brown People Harshing My Squee?
About the costs (emotional and otherwise) of RaceFail and doing anti-racist work. Panelists were Candra, Karnythia, Jamie, and Pope Lizbet.

*Skipped the Sunday AM panels; ended up sitting in the commons area with a bunch of the TG concom and assorted people. I remember I did refer to [personal profile] vito_excalibur's parody of comic book art and said I'd post links:

These are from a couple of years ago:

How to Draw Women in Comics (According to Wizard), an LJ post with scans and commentary, by [personal profile] ratcreature.

Then look at [personal profile] vito_excalibur's brilliant reversal of it:
IM IN UR STUDIo DRAWING UR DooDZ

There are also some good parodies here at Girl Wonder (scroll down/go through the pages for pictures).

*Race, Ethnicity, and YA.
I was pleased that I'd heard of or read a lot of these books, which made me feel like YAY I know YA pretty well, but also very sad that there aren't MORE YA books about race and ethnicity. There are so few in this booming publishing market! Candra was keeping a list that will be posted eventually. Nnedi Okorafor was the other panelist (go read her book Zarah the Windseeker; it's awesome!).

Other vids I brought up:
Vogue by [personal profile] luminosity (a 300 fan vid/critique)
"White" and Nerdy by talitha (Psych, Gus)

Other fic I brought up:
Reading Against/Reading With: Mastering the Oppositional Discourse in Textual Healing", by emeraldwoman. ST: Reboot fic.
Daddy was a steel-driving man by livii. Sarah Connor Chronicles fic that address issues of trans identity.

ETA: I think access was pretty good at this con. The food was utterly fantastic! Good location that utilized a university in downtown Chicago--awesome.
I really liked the commons area that combined the dealers tables, food tables, registration, and social events. I *loved* the crafty stuff. (I skipped the main crafting event but did casual crafting on Friday.)
Also, bravo to karnythia for turning off the fluorescent lights for me at the Brown People Harshing My Squee panel.
sasha_feather: a head full of interesting things (head space)

If you want me to interview you--post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.


Wonderful questions from [personal profile] wintercreek

1. Tea or coffee or something else?

I have recently come around to tea: iced tea, chai, greens, herbals, mint, chamomile, and others. I like to hang out at a tea house, which helps my appreciation, and I'm so happy to have started liking tea because it gives me more beverage options! I don't like coffee-- it's bitter.

2. Roadtripping with podfic: what are your observations? Are there podficcing conventions you noticed that could use some changing? Practices that one podficcer has that others should adopt? General awesomeness of podfic?

It was fantastically awesome and made our 7.5 hour trip go really fast! We actually looked forward to the drive in order to hear some stories we had picked out. I liked the readers who included the fic headers such as warnings. Our biggest problem was hearing the fic, which is a technology problem involving the iPod, the car stereo, road noise, fuzzing out due to being near stop lights and such; I'm not sure what's to be done about that. We had the stereo and iPod up as loud as they would go and still I had to giggle silently so I wouldn't giggle over the sound of hilarious fic!

I am relatively new to pod fic and I just loved it in this context. Most of the stories I had read before but not heard before, and it enhanced my love of them to hear them read aloud. Car trips are my favorite way to listen to things; even music I don't listen to all that much outside of driving. So this was an ideal opportunity to get some podfic time! I'm reflecting a bit now on the openness of sexuality in fannish communities and how awesome that is--- women listening to smut together and not finding it weird. I didn't have anything like this before fandom! I'm so glad to have it now.

3. Talk to me about photography. Does it affect how you see the world even when you don't have a camera in your hands?

Photography has nurtured my natural tendency to observe the beauty of the world around me, which is something I love about it. I notice natural light; when I'm waiting for my tea order I might think, ooh, the light is nice here, and I'll take my camera out. It's also turned my eye toward the beauty of the city in a way I like, since I'm deeply a nature and country person and it's taken me a while to learn to live in, and love, the city.

Something I've been very conscious of is putting up photos of people on the internet (see WisCon 32, cough cough), and I've been actively trying to apply this to my own self-image as well: post photos of myself, and allow others to do so. Don't be overly critical of those photos. I'm working on this. I do untag photos of myself on Facebook for reasons of vanity, but not often. As a feminist I try to own the way I look; I try to give and take the advice of being as kind to myself as I am to my friends, and to love the way I look. It's a process, and photography has helped, because I do take self-portraits. I think the way a photographer looks at other people, and themselves, can come through in their photographs, in subtle and unconscious ways-- it's best to examine that, and feminism has helped me with this, in conjunction with photography.

4. How do you find new fic to read? Rec lists, newsletters, Delicious, other?

When I was brand new to slash fandom, about 2 years ago, I relied heavily on rec lists, sga storyfinders, and intensively reading the same few authors that I knew I liked. Originally I asked for recs from [personal profile] fullygoldy and for a little while, she was the one person I knew to ask! These days, my fandom buddies and I pass around recs via email, and I watch my reading list/friends list for new fic and recs. I also read sga_noticeboard, but it's rare that I read outside of my favorite authors or recs from friends. Occasionally challenges and festivals will change that and introduce me to new authors--and I hope others are reading my stuff this way too!

5. What are the best and worst things about the Kindle?

I have an intense love for my Kindle the way some people love their iPods, their car, or their computer. It is gorgeous and it is my baby! I would say the best thing for me is that I can increase the text size, making text much easier to read than most print books, and that I can carry hundreds of books and fics with me wherever I go, all in 10.2 ounces.

So, generally speaking, the best thing about the Kindle is its disability friendliness. It's light to hold and carry, making it easier for those who can't hold or carry heavy books. It's easier on the eyes than computer screens, because it's not backlit. One can turn the page from both sides at the touch of a button, making it easier for those with hand impairments to turn the pages. The "Whispernet" wireless technology makes it so one can download a book in under a minute, so, if someone can't get to the bookstore because she or he is just too tired, or in too much pain, or immobile, or lives too far away, or the bookstore is closed because it's 2 AM, well, one can just download the book. PDFs, text, and HTML files are also available via emailing them to the Kindle. Also there is a text-to-speech feature! It isn't great in quality, but it is wonderful in that is universally incorporated in all Kindles!

I haven't found a personal "worst" yet. I have heard plenty of people express negative feelings about the Kindle, and many of these are around valid and important issues. Sometimes I feel like people are just saying, "I like paper books too much", and that's fine, that's their perogative, but-- I view that as a teachable moment about disability, which is when I launch into the above spiel. Paper books are not accessible to everyone. Paper books also don't need batteries and they have and will be around for millenia, so I don't feel like the one needs to be a threat to the other; I don't think it's an either/or.

Many people (including me) have genuine issues with Amazon as a company, fear the death of independent booksellers because of increased use of Amazon and eBooks, and feel that the high price of the Kindle is a barrier to access. I trust that the price will come down with time-- as we've seen with iPods and computers. I still buy paper books, even if I don't always read them (I really do prefer to read on the kindle). I support my local indie bookstore as best as I'm able. I seek sources of eBooks that are not Amazon, if I can, and I look for free ebooks. (If anyone knows of sources, do let me know!) Cory Doctorow does have some good things to say about free ebooks and pirating-- usually people who use the free items and who pirate are also the people who *buy*. They are the most loyal customers.

But, I'm still mulling over some of these ethical issues, and I look forward to seeing how some of this works out over time.

Discovery

May. 8th, 2009 06:45 pm
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The Kindle's text-to-speech feature reads "Teyla" as "Tee-la". And it reads p0rn in a pleasant, uninflected robot voice.

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