Excellent zine

Aug. 31st, 2014 10:47 pm
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Back from the zinefest etc.

I am reading the three issues of an extremely good zine, Moonroot, some of the best writing I've seen in a while. It's great. I highly recommend it! fucking excellent!!!!


Wish I'd had more time to talk with the folks at their table but I had to scoot off and go to the panel/discussion.



Things I Am Crotchety About, Rant #2

Aug. 31st, 2014 11:46 pm
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[personal profile] cesperanza
So my last mega-fandom was SGA, and the thing is, I could pretty much go anywhere with SGA, because in a way, the characters were paper thin: you tell me John Sheppard is a robot, I say sure! A dogwalker? Fine! A barista--with that hair, absolutely! He wears lingerie under his uniform: makes perfect sense. And Rodney--you could do anything with Rodney so long as he had a) lots of coffee and b) was high maintenance: scientist, sure, but a diva of any kind, really; symphony composer, hair colorist, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist: you betcha.

These were happy, happy times.

Imagine my surprise to find myself in Cap/Marvel fandom now and having all these OPINIONS about what I think the characters would and wouldn't do, particularly Cap and Bucky, since they're where my heart is, but also because they seem to me so specifically of a time and place, but also all the rest of them really--Tony, Clint, Pepper, Natasha, Bruce, even Thor!--they just all seem really really specifically drawn. And for the first time, I'm vaguely crotchety about trope fic--don't get me wrong, I'm far from a purist about historical accuracy, mainly because it's seriously no fun to have Steve or Bucky have period attitudes that are unpleasant (though I do think they'd both be seriously judgy! Steve Rogers: totally judging you for your wastefulness and adolescent attitudes!) but it's more like I can really hear when the author is 20-something and totally unhistoricized about what's 20-something about them; like, when they can't imagine that things might ever have been different. It's almost a matter of body language - like, Steve totally doesn't look like Chris Evans, and Bucky doesn't stand like Seb Stan, and much as (swallow) I like looking at both of them, I have to keep Evans and Stan out of my head when I'm writing, because theyr'e not Bucky and Steve at all! The bodies, their stances, are wrong!

All that being said, I totally support everyone's right to write--and take pleasure in!--whatever they're writing, and god knows that Marvel fandom's totally got enough in it to keep everybody happy, and my guess is (sob!) that most people even slightly younger (sob!) than me or those who have less old parents and grandparents probably don't even notice the contemporary vibe (footnote: vibes themselves are contemporary; Steve and Bucky don't have "vibes!" or psychology! pop-psychology didn't really take hold of people till the 1950s) in these stories, but I'm whining because I'm backbuttoning out of so many stories for this sort of temporal dislocation, pooh, pooh, thpppt.

Requiescat in Pace

Aug. 31st, 2014 12:37 pm
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All NYTimes obits.  It's the end of the month.

off to the zine fest

Aug. 31st, 2014 12:40 pm
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Leg not too good, ankle also, painkillering up to cab to the zine fest. I am on a panel at 3pm.

Not sure if I can make it to Oakland today but I will give it a good try.

zach came by to show me his new scooter hacks, which are amazing, and brought me a really big comfy foam cushioned seat back with a wood panel backing, for my travelscoot, which will be really good if I hack it down to half its size and bolt it nicely on. Or maybe a large amount of velcro backing and some sort of clip. It needs to be as portable as possible. i am super touched he brought it. The new hacks are a big power converter so his huge 35 amp hour batteries can now charge a car charger port mounted in the scooter side. There are also new speakers which he scavenged from noisebridge and mounted on the back in older looking cases so no one will steal them. they fit perfectly! soon to come, a microphone (xlr) jack so he can plug a mic straight into the scooter speakers.

hannah's board game party was fun yesterday. i feel glad to hold my friends close.

Geeking Out: Cap Edition

Aug. 30th, 2014 09:11 pm
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[personal profile] cesperanza
Anybody wants to know what NYS Regents exams Steve Rogers might have taken in the 1930s, here you go and you're welcome (though I personally postulate - am postulating, in this current WIP, that Steve wouldn't get a Regents diploma because he was a lousy student on account of all the missed classes due to being sick.)

So revise that to say, if anybody wants to see the NYS Regents Exams that JAMES BARNES would almost surely have taken, here you go. :D

Birthday greetings and felicitations!

Aug. 30th, 2014 07:42 am
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 217 years young!

In Memoriam

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:21 pm
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 Via [personal profile] karnythia  and [personal profile] pantryslut :  [personal profile] delux_vivens  has died.  I don't know any other details.

Montreal Comic Con is in two weeks

Aug. 30th, 2014 01:19 am
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I got a one-day ticket for Saturday, partly to save money, partly because I have school and a three-day attendance wouldn't make for a restful weekend, but now I'm looking at the bits and pieces of the schedule that are going up and inevitably am disappointed at what I'm going to miss by only going one day, though Saturday is the longest, most event-packed day.

The 30th anniversary Nightmare on Elm Street Q&A is Sunday. That's the one I'm most disappointed about missing, looking at the current schedule.

The women of TNG panel, on Saturday, is up against the Heather Langenkamp photo op. Dammit.

I hope there'll be enough room to see Patrick Stewart's Q&A, or Katee Sackhoff & Tricia Helfer's, that are currently scheduled for Saturday. The Palais des congrès last year was much better in that regard than the previous time I'd attended, at the Place Bonaventure. I don't think the Soskas and Katharine Isabelle will get the main hall, though.

OTOH, on one level I'm relieved that my very mixed feelings about current Doctor Who series mean I really don't mind missing the Sunday night Doctor Who events (that cost extra, too), if Matt Smith is meant as the main attraction. Unless Karen Gillan were added at the last minute, or something, there's little chance I'd enjoy a Moffat-era lovefest.

Namarie . . .

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:03 pm
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My friend [personal profile] delux_vivens has died. She made the world a better place.

I never met her, but we IMed quite a bit over the last few years. She should have had more time. She shouldn't be gone.


American lotus was her flower, but water lilies are close. Daisies, and black-eyed susans especially remind me of her beautiful beadwork.

Some pics for you, bb. One last time. )

Things I Am Crotchety About, Rant #1

Aug. 29th, 2014 09:42 pm
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So yeah, here's your first installment of "Things I'm turning into a BOFQ about!"

I have mostly made my peace with Tumblr (I appreciate all the art, I appreciate the spreadability of vids, I am still annoyed about the way in which it makes me into an endlessly scrolling monkey and they way it makes conversation impossible and--here I near to my point! - attribution impossible, in that I can never figure out who actually made the thing I like and ENGAGE THEM DIRECTLY, which is how I've made most of my many friends in fandom. Going to people and saying, omg, I love your work, how are you so awesome, can we talk more?)

But I've mainly been irritated at that from the reader/spectator/fan position, in that I'm finding it hard to connect with the writers of meta/ makers of art that I fangirl.

BUT NOW. I am NOW irritated at it from the writer's perspective, because my latest story, Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes, have gotten tags/comments/recs like the following:

"I don't always read Stucky, but when I do? It's by Astolat because holy hell."


"by: seperis"

and okay, astolat, seperis, I love you both! really! a lot! but MY NAME IS AT THE TOP OF THE STORY! and besides, astolat is a lot shorter than me, and seperis is a lot taller. I can only assume that people are clicking to the story from astolat's tumblr and/or seperis autofills like speranza? or something like that? But it clearly shows me that some number of people are having as hard a time attributing my work to me as I am attributing their work to them, and I HATE IT, because in an online world, I only know you by what you make, write, say, etc. I hate this disassociation! I know a lot of people fled LJ/DW for Tumblr to avoid personalities (and like the anonymemes even more because NO personality)--and I will admit that I was, years ago, resistant to LJ/blogs in the first place because I thought there was TOO MUCH PERSONALITY - too much about people's dogs and kids and whatever, dentistry, and not enough fannish stuff--but can't there be a happy medium?

SIGNED--Goldilocks, looking for a fannish mix that is juuuuuuust right.

Dear Craigslist Poster*

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:39 am
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I understand your desire to get the most possible money for your used computer. But $625 for a Mac G5 desktop? Even with two Mac monitors -- presumably of the same ancient vintage (well, ancient in computer years), this is ridiculous.

You say, 'It has been in storage for all except first year of its life. That is why I am calling this "new." '

Sweetheart, time passes even in storage units. This computer is somewhere between nine and eleven years old. That's elderly even for a Mac. Furthermore, this is an outdated Mac. It's running on a PowerPC processor. You cannot upgrade this machine to the current OS. In fact, it won't run anything past OS 10.5.8. That's if you're lucky. Older G5s are stuck at 10.3.9.

For less than the price you're asking, other Craigslist sellers are offering much better bargains: a three-year-old MacBook Pro running OS 10.9.4 with Office 2011; a four-year-old i7 Mac Mini server with display, keyboard, and mouse; even a Mac Pro Tower, which is a fearsome beast. All have far more speed, power, RAM, and storage than your G5.

On the other hand, you're not the only person selling a G5 on Craigslist. The other ads are asking anywhere from $50 to $350 for these systems. (The $350 system seems overpriced, but it's bigger and faster than yours.)

I've loved every Mac I ever had. I loved and used my Apple IIe for eight and a half years -- not occasionally, but for five to ten hours a day -- and I was deeply disappointed when it couldn't be fixed. But a touch of realism, please. The G5 just isn't worth that much.

*Not linking out of mercy.

So why am I looking at Mac ads on Craigslist?

Because my much-loved MacBook Pro has finally succumbed. Anybody got a used Mac for sale? Desktop preferred, which basically means a Mini, probably.

What the hell - writing meme!

Aug. 28th, 2014 11:17 pm
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[personal profile] cesperanza
Via [personal profile] aerye. Pick a letter(s)!

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].

Posting Meme

Aug. 27th, 2014 10:44 pm
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OK, so [personal profile] heresluck and [personal profile] norah and some others decided they wanted to do again the post-Vividcon posting meme we did last year, and so what the hell, I'm in--I'll try anyway! I can't promise long and meaty, and I can't promise even to proofread that well, but I'll try to do a post a day for at least a month or so.

So! The quick tl;dr as to where I am is a kind of a good news / bad news situation, which is to say the good/bad news is that I'm having a helluva time doing anything after I've dealt with a) my 4 YO kid, b) my sick elderly parents and the endless TO DO list associated with trying to slow their rapid decline, c) teaching---other than WRITING FIC: there's so much story in me right now, it's actually kind of terrifying. I'm going to have to find some way to trick myself into doing more other writing though before the deadlines really stomp me hard. But I am in a deep deep swoon of fannish love with the whole Cap America/Marvel thing - but I think I will save some of the details of my swoon (and also some weird attendant crotchety-ness) - for another post!

Birthday greetings and felicitations!

Aug. 27th, 2014 03:17 pm
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[personal profile] onyxlynx
 to [personal profile] fledgist !  Because all the nails have concussions.  Have a glorious day!

take me to the river

Aug. 27th, 2014 05:49 pm
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re-thinking an exercise from my education:

when I was in the seventh grade, my multi-age grade 6-8 class went on an extended field trip; divided into two groups, the Haves and the Have-Nots, we spent a weekend mimicking c19th farm life. I was one of the Haves, and we were bored; the Have-Nots had to do hard work, but they had a lot more fun. Reflecting on the trip, I'm not actually sure what the lesson on socioeconomic class division was supposed to be. I remember concluding, with my friends, that it meant that it wasn't such a bad thing to be poor - and as our families were relatively poor, it wasn't a bad thing to have reinforced that money can't buy happiness. But looking back I'm struck by the way we were set up to overlook systemic oppression. Of course most kids are going to have more fun doing vigorous playful outdoor work than sitting quietly in an empty room. Cyclical poverty isn't like that. You don't get to go home, and it's not fun working for low/no wages when you're an adult with skills that deserve to be fairly valued. They taught us the wrong damn lesson, and likely lessened some of my classmates' tendency to empathize with the righteous anger of the exploited; we were Have-Nots too, for a weekend, and it was nothing to get upset about. 100% certainly it reinforced the blindness of all of the kids who were Haves, myself included, to the real benefits we gained through our various race/class/gender privileges; we were all of us white.

Coming Through the Trees

Aug. 26th, 2014 07:34 pm
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Kate Bush is back.
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  1.  Via Captain Awkward, a love song to Miss Marple.  Because
    In St Mary Mead, they have a different word for ‘crime wave.’ They call them ‘Tuesdays.’ This is a wicked little English town! What the hell is going on at St Mary Mead? And I love the sleepy, old-fashioned English town with the dark undercurrent.
    Eat that, Badgers Drift.
  2. I could have sworn I'd gone to Emeryville more recently than April, but apparently not.  Because Things Have Changed.
  3. I have seen Chef and The Hundred-Foot Journey.  I am actually not on a food-movie kick, even though the thought of rewatching Julie & Julia crossed my mind.  The thing with Chef, though, was that while I could believe his dream of owning a taco truck (and using fresh ingredients), I could not believe anything else.  Another annoying bro-vie.  Journey was mostly good, although I spent more time than necessary trying to figure out who burned them out at the beginning of the story.  I want to eat at that restaurant, and I probably can't afford it, and it's not real.
  4. Via [personal profile] supergee , someone's relationship advice that contrasts John Lennon and Trent Reznor, which led to some videos and an interesting comment by one TurboTsunami19 on one of the "Hey Jude" videos on YouTube:
    From a musicians standpoint, you really gain a true appreciation of the Beatles music. It is more difficult than it sounds. It's tricky to learn to sing their songs and play their guitar parts at the same time, it's great practice. Compared to much of the current standard pop songs, their music is deep and diverse. […] And most all musicians have huge respect for the Beatles.
    (I've been saying that for years.)  Mostly I avoid reading comments on YouTube, though, and apparently you can't link to just one (*giggle*).  And I didn't know anything about Trent Reznor (I've known about Lennon forever).
  5. Maybe.

Birthday Beginning . . .

Aug. 25th, 2014 08:41 pm
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A very happy birthday to my friend[personal profile] saraqael!!! You've been busy as a bee getting your home ready for market, and may this mark the beginning of a time in which you get to soar and flutter where you will in peace and joy.

Tiger swallowtail and bee snacking on butterfly weed by the lake.

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