fic rec: Alternate Endings

Oct. 20th, 2014 04:06 am
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Title: Alternate Endings
Author: cathedral_carver
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 5145
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Major Character Death
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: When you're the writer, you're in bloody charge for once. Aren't you?

Reccer's comments: This has haunted me ever since I read it over a year ago.  It's such a nakedly realistic depiction of grief that reading it hurt, and I mean that as a compliment.  The structure is brilliant: the way what happened is revealed a bit more in each iteration, the way that John uses words to reshape his reality, his edge of hysteria as he does it, the ambiguity about which things really happened, and the interspersed quotes about writing--they all combine to make this something indelible and deeply moving. This is basically the Atonement of Sherlock fics.

The Evolution of Food

Oct. 19th, 2014 11:07 pm
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 Explore the massive changes in peaches, watermelons, and corn over millennia.  Science is delicious!

Dear Festividder 2014

Oct. 19th, 2014 03:02 pm
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I'll try to keep the pre-amble short this year, because the requests themselves tell a story. This is a Festivids request list that is as much for my mom as it is for me, as we'll see in a second.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 )

Gamera (Shōwa series, 1965-1980) )

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger )

Ed Wood's Kelton Trilogy (Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls) )

Manos: The Hands of Fate )

Space Mutiny (1988) )

Danger: Diabolik (1968) )

As for music: go with your heart. Or your head. Or your spleen. Whatever you feel works best. Nothing is off limits.
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Another question prompted by A Discovery of Witches: what the hell happened to Mr. Redemption romances? (I'm sure there's an official term, but I don't know it.)

See, my first instinct as to why Harkness wrote the romance as she did was that she was imitating “traditional” romances from Ye Oldene Tymes, when manly men threatened to beat the hell out of you for sassing them and it showed how totally hot and manly they were. Well, perhaps there were romances like that… but the famous cultural touchstone ones? The ones sometimes actually referenced in books like Twilight and ADOW? Hell no.

In 1803, Mr. Darcy, to make up for being snobby and rude about country people and advising his friend not to propose to a woman who seemed not that into him, had to admit his wrongs and reform his manners, learn to associate with people working in – gasp! – trade and like it, and oh, pay a ginormous sum of money to a guy who once tried to ruin his little sister’s entire life, in secret and with no expectation of ever being thanked by the person he wanted to spare from hardship by this action. (Mr. Collins, for being unaware that he was both condescending and bootlicking and thus incapable of reform, was firmly rejected as a romantic prospect for a heroine.) In 1847, Mr. Rochester, to make up for the rather larger sins of being a total jackass , keeping his wife locked in the attic for years after possibly driving her insane by being a jackass, and jackassishly attempting to marry a woman without telling her about his still-living first wife, had to not just admit his wrongs and reform his manners, but also to lose some of his public standing (the whole “bigamy revealed in public” incident can’t have been a positive development), his house and all his worldly goods, his hand, and his eyesight.

The closest match to the Edward Cullen/Matthew Clairmont types would be Heathcliff (also 1847), but did he live happily ever after with Catherine? No he did not! For the very large sins of being possibly psychopathic and definitely an abusive husband and puppy-killer, he had to live with the woman he obsessed over marrying someone else and then dying and everyone hating him, and then he died too. No successful romance there, unless it’s as ghosts, or possibly corpses decomposing together. Which is… a very non-standard happy ending, to say the least.

These classic romantic leads who did terrible things had to pay, and they had to reform if they had any chance at getting together with the heroine. And note that the terrible things were – Heathcliff’s terrible things included! – rather milder than serially assaulting and/or murdering countless people for food over the centuries, manslaughtering one girlfriend while trying to rage-kill someone else, and stalking and assaulting a random woman so viciously that she killed herself. Heathcliff’s comparatively small felony rap sheet destroyed his chances of ever hooking up with Catherine. (Edward and Bella must have missed that part…) Mr. Darcy never so much as slapped Wickham with a glove, never mind threatening Elizabeth, and he still had to rethink his ideas about class (well, a bit anyway) and fork over thousands of pounds.

But Edward Cullen can admit to becoming a serial killer a few decades back and to wanting to rip Bella’s throat out, and Matthew can broodily murder his way through the centuries, stalk and assault women, and threaten Diana every hour on the hour, and not only do the heroines not mind, but their concerned friends and relatives are told in no uncertain terms to shut up because it’s just rude to ruin the honeymoon glow with little things like pointing out domestic violence. There’s no reformation either.

Oh, I suppose you should also count Mr. B of Pamela. A bit lacking in the brooding department, but he did kidnap her and try to rape her. He did reform, but wasn’t particularly punished that I recall, and she happily married him in the end. But still. He FAILED to rape Pamela, multiple times, and never murdered anybody. Even Mr. B would probably say that Matthew Clairmont is a bit, well, ungentlemanly.

So what gives? Is this some sort of Sequel Escalation / So Last Season issue, where merely snarling and looming and killing puppies has been done too often to make a properly Dark PastTM and it now takes stalking and murder get anyone’s attention? Or is there something else going on?

icons from book 4, episode 1.

Oct. 19th, 2014 08:11 pm
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Credit card numbers

Oct. 19th, 2014 09:58 pm
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As I believe I've mentioned here before, I have a pretty annoying case of dyscalculia. It mostly makes me transpose digits, confuse certain numbers (3 and 8, 2/5/9), and have difficulty with orders of magnitude. Since discovering that dyscalculia is a genuine honest thing (the schools I attended really should have picked it up, but it was too early for there to be much attention on the condition and we had a nasty case of Gifted Children Can't Have Learning Disabilities) I've learned a bunch of workarounds and coping techniques; I'm getting better at it not disrupting my life.

I also have a really shitty memory for numbers, except when I have a really good memory for them -- fucked if I can remember specific phone numbers for years and years, for instance, even ones I manually dial regularly instead of using the phone's address book, until all of a sudden, like with the flip of a switch, I'll remember it for years past when I'm actually using it regularly. Right after I moved out of my parents' house the first time, I was writing checks for a lot of my regular shopping, and I wrote my drivers' license number on the checks often enough that I found I'd memorized it -- and still remember it, 10 years after surrendering my NJ license for a MD one. (I don't know my MD one; I don't write checks that often anymore.) That kind of thing.

The big thing, though, is credit card numbers. I buy things online pretty often, and I don't ever let my browser or most websites save my CC#, so I type it pretty regularly. It usually takes me no more than a year or two to memorize a credit card number after something like a CC fraud/identity theft thing happens and I have to cancel the card and get a new one. I always struggle like hell for the first few months of a new card number (wanting to type in the old one and always misreading/mistyping the new one as the transpositions and digit confusions kick in), then have a little while of not remembering the number but not having trouble typing it with the card in front of me. Then I'll find that I'm remembering the expiration date and the CVV (confirmation code), along with a few sequences of the 16-digit card number, but I still need the card for confirmation. After a bit, though, it's like a switch flips in my head, and I never have to pick up the physical card again when I'm making online purchases. (Until the next time there's a data breach and I have to get a new card number, of course.)

I'm curious as to how common this is! Sarah says she's never memorized a credit card number in her life, whereas I currently have our main credit card # (last changed about 2 years ago) and the DW business card # (about three years old) memorized but not our backup card (which is about three or four years old, I think, but I type it in way less frequently).

So, a poll:

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 58

For your current primary credit card:

I don't remember anything about it, no matter how long I have the number for.
5 (8.8%)

Eventually I will learn some parts of it (small sequences, CVV, expiration date) but I always go for the card anyway.
17 (29.8%)

Eventually I'll remember larger bits of it (whole segments but not all of the #, CVV and expiry, etc) but always doublecheck
5 (8.8%)

I'll remember it if you get me started but I don't rely on memory in case I get it wrong
1 (1.8%)

I will memorize number, expiry, and CVV eventually but I haven't had this card long enough yet
11 (19.3%)

I have number, expiry, and CVV memorized and don't need to pull out the card
18 (31.6%)

I don't have a credit card/I don't use it for online purchases
0 (0.0%)

If you do memorize credit card numbers, about how long does it take you?

Less than 6 months
11 (29.7%)

6 months to a year
11 (29.7%)

12 to 18 months (1-1.5 years)
8 (21.6%)

18 to 24 months (1.5-2 years)
6 (16.2%)

24 to 30 months (2-2.5 years)
0 (0.0%)

30-36 months (2.5-3 years)
0 (0.0%)

Longer than 3 years
1 (2.7%)

If you do memorize card numbers: do you deliberately try to, or does it just happen?

I deliberately try to memorize them as quickly as possible
1 (2.6%)

I try haphazardly but I don't sweat it
8 (20.5%)

It just happens
30 (76.9%)

I wish to complain about the options in this poll:

10 (100.0%)

Unnamed Nonprofit (+ Mass Effect!)

Oct. 19th, 2014 09:48 pm
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It's been ridiculously slow at Unnamed Nonprofit the past few weeks. As in, work starts at 9am and by 10am there's basically nothing to do except answer (very occasional) phone calls and reply to e-mails/process orders/enter transcripts/etc. that arrive throughout the day. (Which takes 5-15 minutes at a time and come very sporadically.)

None of us are too worried, because it's common for things to slow down in October and November. Once we hit December, things will start getting busy again, and by January we'll be lucky if they don't have us coming in on Saturdays like they did last year. But, still, there's a difference between things slowing down enough to give us breathing room and... well, being this dead.

To give you an idea how slow it's been? I've ready 650,000+ words of Mass Effect fic since last Monday.

... yeah.

That said? I'm really starting to wish that Mass Effect fic writers would make more of an effort to specify whether "Character Death" in long, epic-length fics is referring to "the characters who can't be saved no matter what you do in the game die" or "the Suicide Mission in ME2 ends with almost everyone dying". Because, you know, sometimes you're not in the mood to be reading a seemingly awesome fic that suddenly kills off everyone when you're not expecting it.

And the tags aren't always helpful, since there are some canon deaths that are expected so there's no way to know whether those are the deaths being referred to in the tags or not. :-/
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what i want to do is get back to work, i havent been doing much lately, just reading. reading is so much easier than doing things. at some point i am going to motivate myself to do shit. sooner rather than later...

Hogwart is here!

Oct. 19th, 2014 09:09 pm
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Hogwart arrived on Thursday. She was a week late, but a mere 7 lb 13 oz. I am reliably informed that she is an unusually attractive specimen of babyhood.

Labor was -- hm. I need to process a bit more before I tldr the whole story, but put it this way: when the details are relayed to someone who knows what they are listening to, their eyes get wider and wider throughout and they usually say something involving swear words by the end. It's -- I'm still thinking about it. Sometimes I feel kind of shitty about it, even though there is no doubt in my mind that I did my best and my best was pretty good. Most of the time, I know I was kind of a superhero, when it comes right down to it. Still processing.

But. There is a Hogwart.

We did it.

[a yuletide letter]

Oct. 19th, 2014 09:03 pm
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Hey, awesome writer person! Yeah, that's right, I'm talking to YOU.

You offered to write in one of my fandoms, and for that you rock like a rocking thing holding a rock and then kicking a rock across the parking lot. Who then rocks out some more to the best music ever made. That's right, Jon Bon Fuckin' Jovi.*

Okay, now that that's out of the way, time to get to the nitty-gritty, as the cool kids call it. (Lies. The cool kids never say "nitty-gritty.") Things I like include, but are in no way limited to: fun with POV, fun with linear vs. non-linear storytelling, fun with tone, fun with writing. I really dig character studies, stories that really get into what makes a character tick, and I like relationships that can't work out as much as I like my happy endings. I like doubt, and hope, and theology; I like actors, and directors, and I like the random deity. I like fairy tales. I like interesting turns of phrase, I like the perfect line, I like any story written just for me. If you have any questions about my taste (or lack thereof), feel free to ask [personal profile] tangleofthorns, who probably knows my fannish tastes better than I do.

Things that I would prefer you not include--especially gratuitously; there are obviously ways to engage with problematic actions/thoughts/etc. in fiction, but there is a very fine line there--are as follows: noncon, necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, non-character driven racism/sexism/[all]isms. I also have a pretty big embarrassment squick (I mean, I've watched The Office, but not comfortably--and often an episode can take more than one sitting for me to work through). I'm also not into AUs in most of these fandoms (the exception being Parks & Rec RPF: details in the fandom-specific section).

That's basically it. I'm not huge on porn-sans-plot-and/or-character development, but I'll read it. I like character names to be spelled correctly. Also other words. But, again, not deal breakers per se.

My request details are in no way required, and I included them mostly to give you an idea of where I am, what I've been thinking about, in relation to the source material. Do not be afraid of the gen. Or the slash. Or the het. I'm good with all three, and I'm way more interested in character development and good writing than, say, Characters X & Y getting it on.

Everybody Hates Chris, Galaxy Quest, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Parks and Recreation RPF )

See? Nothing scary to see here, I swear! (Except for the part where I basically entirely cribbed entire the non-fandom-specific sections of this letter from last year's letter. And the Bon Jovi reference. Those parts were a little scary, right?)

I mostly just want to thank you in advance. Thank you! For knowing at least one of the fandoms I've requested, for volunteering to write in it, and for being as kick-ass as I know you must be!

*Disclaimer: not actually the best music ever made. Fun to rock out to, though. Whip out the Aqua Net, we're going Jersey style up in here.
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I was asked to expand on Written in Blood and Bone's final scene with Steve and Bucky, so I talked a little about the writing-notes-on-the-skin thing.

[ profile] cornerofmadness asked about Owen's thought processes when his marriage proposal was rejected in my novella Homespun.

[ profile] pipilj asked why I made Peter's dad in Child in the Photograph an alcoholic, so I talked about my Peter backstory headcanon.

I was asked about The Right Way To Fall and why angel!Peter makes an exception to his usual rules for Neal. (Which got me thinking about that 'verse again, and I tripped and wrote a couple thousand words of sequel, which I might someday finish. Oops?)

[personal profile] gwyn wanted to know more about the graveyard scene in Wingthieves.

[ profile] aragarna asked about writing from an outside POV in Courier.

[ profile] sapphire2309 wanted me to expand upon the scene with Neal getting his anklet back in Through the Storm and Safe to Shore.

[ profile] aqwt101 asked about Peter and Neal's talk in the cemetery in Spontaneous.

This was fun; I gotta do it again sometime. :)


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