snick_backup: (hockey)
* I <3 my Pinboard so much. So much, you guys. Never leave me.

* I typed up a bunch of cracky, tropey female-centric recs for someone, as those are fics very dear to my heart, and ahhhh I'd forgotten how much I love writing in canons with women. I miss it, y'all. In the meantime, I might add to that list and post it here, if I get around to it.

* Speaking of recs: I have so many hockey recs I need to make. So many.

* Have I mentioned that I <3 the hockey kinkmeme recently? I DO. (This Eichel/McDavid soulbonding WIP is currently making me very happy.) Right now there's a "Kinkfest" that's sort of being hosted there, info here; it's extremely informal and boils down to "write a kinky thing in this two-week period, and we'll add it to the masterlist." I shall try to come up with something.

* I have been cooking! Emphasis on veggies, just because. It turns out roasting zucchini, carrots, and celery and then sticking them in spaghetti sauce makes for MUCH MORE EXCITING pasta. I'm going to have to experiment with that a lot more. Especially as I now have half a pound of arugula I need to use by, like, this weekend. (Suggestions welcome.)

* O Capdad, My Capdad: the Daddening - an explanation of how (almost) every single captain in the NHL is like Dad.

* bb Geno. YOU GUYS.

* Do you want to watch 5+ minutes of bridge vs. trucks? Of course you do. (Spoiler: the bridge wins every time.)

* The Discovery Channel Twitter trolled the Pens Twitter, and it was the best.

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snick_backup: (mood reading)
It's awfully late in the year to make a list of stuff I want to read, but I'm finally reading again, so what the hey. FYI my list from last year is here.

New Fiction
* Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis books
* Kameron Hurley's SF series that starts with God's War
* Cyteen by CJ Cherryh, because [personal profile] verity says so
* We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, because I love The Haunting of Hill House so
* The Instrumentality of Mankind, the complete short stories by Cordwainer Smith
* Gullstruck Island / The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge (Why is the US title always so much worse than the UK one??)

Hugo-Eligible Novels
* Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
* Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
* Seraphina and Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
* The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
* Dark Eden and Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett
* Uprooted by Naomi Novik
* Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo
* The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
* The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
* Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
* The Just City and Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton
* Updraft by Fran Wilde
* The Ancillary books by Ann Leckie
* Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

New Non-Fiction
* Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
* The Language of the Night by Ursula Le Guin, because it's sitting on my shelf

Rereads
* The Birthday of the World, collection by Ursula Le Guin
* Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
* Sunshine by Robin McKinley, because it's time

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snick_backup: (Dean hands)
Perhaps we are over the worst of it? My throat feels better, and I can breathe pretty okay.

I spent most of this evening eating popcorn, updating my fic masterlist (for the first time in eight months), and watching Due South, which I own the second season of solely because it was $4 at the grocery store. No, really. I tried the first season a couple of years ago and couldn't get into it, but this second season was exactly what was needed on a sick day: tropey and a little bit plotty but never actually tense. And I mean, in the season opener we are stranded in the wilderness and one of us is blind; in the next ep we get locked in a bank vault; in the third ep we get ourselves arrested - both of us independently - so we can go to prison and investigate a witness whose testimony changed. It's hard to beat the classics.

I also watched another ep of Sleepy Hollow, which makes three total. The cast is delightful in every way, as Tumblr promised me. Unfortunately the plots are so very silly, folks. I suffered through several seasons of SPN butchering the biblical apocalypse and several more of aftermath, and only because I already had three seasons worth of emotional investment in the show. I don't know that I'm willing to do it again, especially when the show is so silly in all its other plotting, too. Seriously, there's a Revolution-era ammunition storage tunnel between the police station and the armory, which apparently no one knew about because 200-year-old ammunition was still stacked in a corner (talk about fire hazard), and yet this tunnel has a metal grate walkway? Really, show?

I also went to the library and brought back many books - in particular some more Gail Simone things, the first two volumes of Morning Glories, and the first volume of China Mieville's Dial H. Will report back.

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snick_backup: (Sif)
My throat is now so swollen and sore it woke me up, so here I am writing a blog post at three in the morning and sipping on chamomile tea. I am definitely glad I happened to buy that last weekend - I haven't in years, but there's really nothing else for a sore throat like chamomile tea.

I am not looking forward to walking to and from work today. :(

Despite my disclaimer a few Wednesdays ago, I have in fact started something new: The Norse Myths, by Kevin Crossley-Holland. I recall shelving something of Crossley-Holland's in the junior non-fiction department back during my year at the public library but have not encountered him otherwise. I'm reading this one because it was given to me as a Christmas gift.

In general, I'm inclined to think that myth retellings, especially prose retellings of myths that were originally in poetic form, are the worst of both worlds: you get the seemingly arbitrary logic and sequences of events without the rhythms or any of the interesting ambiguities and complexities of a translation, which tend to get smoothed over into a suspect homogeny. Possibly I am a snob. Crossley-Holland does have a lot of notes about his sources, both in the introduction and the back matter, which I appreciate. His sweeping "THIS IS HOW ~PRIMITIVE PEOPLES BELIEVE" generalizations are less enthusing, but, well. I guess this is what one can expect of a book written in the 70s?

Myth retellings are nice places to start, though, I suppose. These are very pleasantly phrased retellings that if nothing else remind me of the basics so I have something to compare Marvel's Thor to and also so I can make heads or tails of the fic that draws on both Marvel canon and the original mythology. So that's nice. I'll probably remember them a lot better this time, having something else to relate them to. And as far as interesting artifacts of translation go, Crossley-Holland seemed early on to be attempting to stick more to Germanic-root words, resulting in several that I had not run across before and was pleased to learn from context. Yay.

(You all have read Poul Anderson's short essay Uncleftish Beholding, yes? The attempt to describe atomic chemistry using entirely "German-style compounds"? It's awfully fun.)

I've just gotten through the first Loki episode, in which he lures the wall builder's stallion away by turning into a mare - and then, of course, "A number of months passed before Loki the Shape Changer was seen in Asgard again. And when he returned, ambling over the Bifrost and blowing kisses at Heimdall as he passed Himinbjorg, he had a colt in tow." :D (I am incorrigible. Sorry.)

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snick_backup: (Dean hands)
I am sick. I woke up with drippy sinuses and now we have added a sore throat and general feeling of ugh. I have thus sat around since I got home from work, except for the two hours where I was sort of taking a nap.

Roommate and I continue to watch Carnivale (very slowly) - we watched 1.05 and 1.06 today.

spoilers )

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1. I put my favorite MP3 player through the washer. The earphones still work; the player does not. I have an old back-up, but I can't find the cord, so I can't recharge it. WOE IS ME. And I am off on a road trip on Friday. I guess I will be trying out that Kindle MP3 feature sooner than I thought.

2. Matt Fraction is leaving FF. This makes me sad. I've only read the first three issues and haven't managed to fall in love yet, but it's certainly a fun book and very different from most of the Marvel superhero line, and I'm not convinced the next author in line will be able to keep that up. (Possibly unpopular opinion: I think Fraction is wonderful at quirky [see FF and Hawkeye] and mediocre at best when writing anything more mainstream [Thor, Fantastic Four, Uncanny X-Men].)

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snick_backup: (Clint)
Since my DW doesn't seem to want to crosspost ever again, have some links from today:

1. A general post about bb, EXTREME HOUSEWORK (relatively), me giving into comics temptation, and reviews of The Indestructible Hulk #1 and X-23: Innocence Lost.

2. A list of things (=comics) bringing me joy today

3. A rec for a Hawkeye fancomic -- oh, look! That one crossposted! *gives up*
snick_backup: (Marvel)
1. I am making some progress on bb. I had a lot of ambitions for this fic, but several people have reminded me that putting that kind of pressure on myself can stunt the creativity. So, I'm just going to treat it like idfic (although that only helps so much, because I take my idfic kinda seriously, too).

2. I have been extremely productive today. I swept and mopped floors, I sorted the huge pile of papers on my bedroom floor into the filing cabinet I bought for $2 at the garage sale, I put bunches of junk into the garage and/or the trash, and I cleaned my bathroom. This is about about as much housework as I generally do in a month. GO ME. Of course, I quite possibly won't do any more until next month...

3. I told myself I could not buy a Marvel Unlimited pass for myself until bb was done. So much for that. I have to say, though, THANK YOU INTERNET, because I now have years and years of Marvel back issues available for my reading pleasure. It's not perfect; the special panel-by-panel reader has some bugs, and one issue I was reading didn't show any of the narrative text, for some reason. Still. I'm going to try it for the month, and if it I'm still reading at the end of it, I switch to an annual subscription (= much much cheaper).

Which brings us to...

4. THINGS I'VE BEEN READING. (I see this being a regular feature on this blog from now on.)

The Indestructible Hulk #1 )

X-23: Innocence Lost )

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snick_backup: (Impala)
I'm taking an internet hiatus for a little while - probably a week or two. I'll still be around often enough to fulfill certain fannish obligations, but I won't be posting or commenting or replying to comments. If you'd like to get ahold of me, feel free to pm me or send me an email at that email address in my profile.

See you on the other side.
snick_backup: (mood Christmas)
There's sort of a "keep LJ/DW fandom alive!" friending meme happening (here on DW and here on LJ). I've friended/subscribed to a few new folks; perhaps I shall write a little introductory something here later. Or perhaps not.

All that's left is finals, guys, and all my writing deadlines are past, and I plan to do nothing else with this year but finish up school and enjoy the holidays. (Today, hopefully, I shall finish my annual rewatch of Hogfather. About which there may also be a post. Or not.)

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snick_backup: (Scoobies exposition)
1. The real reason I don't read fic on ff.net, even when it's recced: the interface is so ugly. I just can't bear to read things on it.

2. I've somehow managed to lock my cat in the bathroom. This despite the fact that our bathroom doors don't have locks. Fortunately she has a litter box and water, because we've been having anti-social kitty troubles and so one of them always spends the night in the bathroom anyway, but. Poor kitty! And tomorrow I'll call the office - hopefully we have a maintenance guy around on the weekend. Otherwise I'll have to take the doorknob apart myself, I guess.

3. Aside from Supernatural, I don't think I've watched an episode of anything since the Ringer pilot. Wow am I bad at TV. But I've read plenty of fanfic! And also other things.

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snick_backup: (Scoobies exposition)
1. The real reason I don't read fic on ff.net, even when it's recced: the interface is so ugly. I just can't bear to read things on it.

2. I've somehow managed to lock my cat in the bathroom. This despite the fact that our bathroom doors don't have locks. Fortunately she has a litter box and water, because we've been having anti-social kitty troubles and so one of them always spends the night in the bathroom anyway, but. Poor kitty! And tomorrow I'll call the office - hopefully we have a maintenance guy around on the weekend. Otherwise I'll have to take the doorknob apart myself, I guess.

3. Aside from Supernatural, I don't think I've watched an episode of anything since the Ringer pilot. Wow am I bad at TV. But I've read plenty of fanfic! And also other things.

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snick_backup: (Giles Buffy men and women)
I'm worried that this post is going to come across as ridiculously earnest. This isn't the humorous "Everything I know, I learned from fandom" post, nor the schmoopy "What fandom means to me" post, although I kind of want to write one of those, too.

This is the post wherein I confess to learning a whole lot of things from my three years in fandom that I never properly understood before. Some I feel like I should have known already - from college, maybe. Instead I learned it here, because everything is more fun with fandom. Right?

things what I learned in fandom )

TL;DR: I owe fandom a lot, you guys. It's a little bit embarrassing how much. FANDOM. *hugs*

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snick_backup: (Giles Buffy men and women)
I'm worried that this post is going to come across as ridiculously earnest. This isn't the humorous "Everything I know, I learned from fandom" post, nor the schmoopy "What fandom means to me" post, although I kind of want to write one of those, too.

This is the post wherein I confess to learning a whole lot of things from my three years in fandom that I never properly understood before. Some I feel like I should have known already - from college, maybe. Instead I learned it here, because everything is more fun with fandom. Right?

things what I learned in fandom )

TL;DR: I owe fandom a lot, you guys. It's a little bit embarrassing how much. FANDOM. *hugs*

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snick_backup: (Miss Kitty)
I had a lovely birthday. It involved milkshakes and snuggling down with the roommates to watch a movie. It also involved getting lovely things for you all! (Most of them were not earmarked as birthday things in particular, but if they're for me and within a week of the day, I say they count.) Specifically,

* Higher Than an Eagle - more Faith/Giles wingfic from [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni for Fall Fandom Free-For-All. I think I like this installment even better than the first one.

* Restless icons from [livejournal.com profile] knifeedgefic, also for the Free-For-All. See for example my Miss Kitty icon! They're all gorgeous, and Knife did really interesting things with caps that aren't iconed as often.

* A lovely bunch of birthday balloons from [livejournal.com profile] green_maia.

Thank you so much! Thanks, too, everyone, for the lovely birthday wishes.

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snick_backup: (Miss Kitty)
I had a lovely birthday. It involved milkshakes and snuggling down with the roommates to watch a movie. It also involved getting lovely things for you all! (Most of them were not earmarked as birthday things in particular, but if they're for me and within a week of the day, I say they count.) Specifically,

* Higher Than an Eagle - more Faith/Giles wingfic from [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni for Fall Fandom Free-For-All. I think I like this installment even better than the first one.

* Restless icons from [livejournal.com profile] knifeedgefic, also for the Free-For-All. See for example my Miss Kitty icon! They're all gorgeous, and Knife did really interesting things with caps that aren't iconed as often.

* A lovely bunch of birthday balloons from [livejournal.com profile] green_maia.

Thank you so much! Thanks, too, everyone, for the lovely birthday wishes.

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snick_backup: (mood as you wish)
In half an hour I am going to watch actual TV on an actual television AS IT ACTUALLY AIRS.

This is something of a novelty; I haven't done it since 2008, I think.

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snick_backup: (mood as you wish)
In half an hour I am going to watch actual TV on an actual television AS IT ACTUALLY AIRS.

This is something of a novelty; I haven't done it since 2008, I think.

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snick_backup: (Xander latin)
As I saw someone explain to someone else recently: tumblr is like forwarding. It's signal boosting. It's for all the times you want to say, "Hey, look at this nifty thing!" without wanting to say anything terribly in-depth about the nifty thing. Nifty thing might be a fannish gif or picspam, but it might also be a song you just discovered on YouTube or the link to a great new fic or elegant minimalist covers of Tolkien novels.

Now I am trying to decide what to do with this newfound knowledge. In the meantime, does anyone have any favorite art/design/photography people on tumblr?

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snick_backup: (Xander latin)
As I saw someone explain to someone else recently: tumblr is like forwarding. It's signal boosting. It's for all the times you want to say, "Hey, look at this nifty thing!" without wanting to say anything terribly in-depth about the nifty thing. Nifty thing might be a fannish gif or picspam, but it might also be a song you just discovered on YouTube or the link to a great new fic or elegant minimalist covers of Tolkien novels.

Now I am trying to decide what to do with this newfound knowledge. In the meantime, does anyone have any favorite art/design/photography people on tumblr?

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