Yuletide!

Dec. 28th, 2013 10:38 pm
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I was so lucky and received a treat in addition to my gift this year. Both stories are wonderful. Thank you, mystery authors!

An Analysis of the Implicit Rules of Expletive Infixation (Or, Where the Fuck do You Put the Fucking Fuck?)
Hark! A Vagrant - Mystery Solving Teens | 8K words
content note: The teens & other characters pantomime methods of suicide as a joke.
In which Vanessa and the Mystery Solving Teens Uncover a Dastardly Plot, Participate in Civic Life, Stake Out a Villain's Headquarters, Lie to a Small Child, and Ramble through Nature Au Naturel.

Or, How Vanessa Dragged the Mystery Solving Teens Toward Graduation while Committing Aggravated Assault on the Rules of English Grammar.


Just what I wanted! Truly snappy dialogue and great capers.

A dirty house in a gutted world
Daniel Danger - or is it the dying little light of the soul | 750 words
A journey through a dark house at the end of winter.

This was, in addition to being a great surprise, a lovely, quiet piece. The worldbuilding was such that, if the author cared to write more in this world, I would be happy to read it.
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What is your comfort music? for [personal profile] siegeofangels

My comfort music varies a lot depending on the situation and what I've been listening to lately.

1. Bandom
My second summer home from college I clashed with my parents--especially my mother--constantly. I was working at a steakhouse and started going on drives instead of going home when I was cut for the night. I was just getting into bandom then. I'd go outside town limits, maybe 10 minutes away, and just drive around the backroads with my windows down and Panic and Fall Out Boy blaring. It sounds very teen angst now, but it's probably what got me through the summer with my relationship with my parents intact. Now, I listen to bandom when I need something to cheer me up. All of the wonderful fandom associations plus the generally upbeat music is great for my mood even if they lyrics are, uh, less happy.

2. Mount Moriah and Hiss Golden Messenger
Mount Moriah is a local, queer altcountry/folk band. I was just starting to recognize my bisexuality when I started listening to them (*cough* a recognition that definitely had nothing at all to do with the frontwoman *cough*), and hearing a Southern woman sing about queerness, and religion (because even though my immediate family isn't particularly religious, it's just part of life down here), and loving the South despite all its problems...well, it resonates with me pretty deeply. And, of course, the music is beautiful.

Hiss Golden Messenger is also local, although they're not originally from 'round here. The lyricist has a degree in folklore and their music is also a lot about navigating your relationship or lack thereof with God.

Both of them are great anytime music for me. I put it on and start to relax.

3. Sad music
I frequently deal with my difficult feelings by reading really sad fic and crying it out. It in no way addresses the root problems but it is cathartic :D? I listen to sad music for the same reason.

Favorite thing about working at the radio station? for [personal profile] cinco
I really like listening to music I wouldn't have otherwise, that I wouldn't even have known to look for. I've discovered some bands that are mainstays in my listening now that I hadn't ever heard of before I started at the station. I love feeling connected, not just to music in general, but to a specific music scene; to the rich history of music in the South, in North Carolina, and in the triangle of cities I live in. A couple weeks ago I went to an experimental noise show in a hipster DIY venue with DJ K because two of our fellow DJS were in the experimental noise jazz group that was opening. I never would have done that before I started at the station. My friendship with DJ K has been an awesome side effect of working at the station. She's my first and best friend in this city, I think.

I am getting more used to the idea that people--people I know, even, who aren't my parents!--listen to me. I've become more confident with my song choices and gauging where a song I've never listened to could fit in my set.

Basically, I like it a lot!

I have plenty of days left here, though I can't promise I'll answer them in a timely manner.
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Title: Welcome to Crescent Lake!
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Medium Watercolor & colored pencil

I created this for [personal profile] spikedluv's awesome story there's a ritual for that as part of [livejournal.com profile] teenwolf_bb.

Welcome to Crescent Lake! )
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This is hard! I don't know how defined my personal style is; I often wish I had more of a "look." I love big stompy boots and aggressive jewelry--bring on the spikes!--but I also love full skirts and dresses and floral prints. The current trend of juxtaposing those elements has been good to me.

I have a ton of t-shirts, mostly band-related, and tend to wear a t-shirt and jeans to work most days. I'm not a huge fan of shorts, because they're almost always either shorter than I'm comfortable wearing or sort of frumpy. I compromise with a few pairs of long shorts--whatever you call the ones that go to the knee--and lots of skirts. I would wear jeans all year but can't deal with them if the temperature is above 85.

In the winter I wear tons of sweaters, especially cardigans, especially the long swingy sort with no buttons. I used to think they were silly but I've become a convert.

I wear mostly dark colors; I would guess that a full three quarters of my wardrobe is some shade of blue. I love shoes and, if my job was different, would probably wear heels to work at least twice a week. I prefer heels that are at least 2 inches, even though they aren't the most comfortable. I like brightly-colored tights. I like tights in general, because I hate shaving but don't like the way my leg hair looks.

I have a serious dress problem. If I could I would wear dresses every day.

I like bracelets and necklaces and rings but I fiddle with them too much and take them off and leave them in strange places, so I mostly limit my jewelry to earrings. I've gotten a little better about wearing necklaces and have two from Fable and Fury that I like a lot and wear semi-frequently.
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I think Disney released some of their best films between the time I was born and when I turned 10. I had a cassette soundtrack and singalong book for The Lion King and I listened to it on my Walkman whenever we went to Pennsylvania to visit my grandparents. The animation used on the establishing shots is iconic. It's been years (probably more like a decade, actually) since I've re-watched it, but I can picture the opening sequence with remarkable clarity.

I was partial to the animal movies: Lady and the Tramp (we had a cocker spaniel, so I really loved that one), Fox and the Hound, Rescuers Down Under, Robin Hood, The Lion King, Oliver and Company. I loved the (non-Disney) American Tail movies. I was absolutely obsessed with (again, non-Disney) The Last Unicorn. I think I must have rented it almost every time we went to the video store for at least a year.

When I was younger I think Beauty and the Beast was my favorite of the so-called "princess" movies; it's certainly one of my favorite tropes now, but it's hard to say if that's because of Disney or Robin McKinley.

We had Fantasia on tape. I think my parents had to turn it off before the last sequence because that's the only one I don't remember very well, and my memories are mostly of how much it freaked me out. I loved the pegasi and the ballet section the most.

meme

Dec. 1st, 2013 12:15 pm
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Seen everywhere, happened to steal from [personal profile] cinco.

Pick a date below and give me a topic and I'll ramble on. I'm good at talking. It can be anything from fandom-related to life-related to pizza preferences to whatever you want.

They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject.

Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet.

Topics: you can get an idea from my tags/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don't. Please feel free to ask me about music, media, whatever, and please ask multiple questions!

December 01 -
December 02 - Disney animation [personal profile] alpheratz
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December 04 - How come library science? [personal profile] cinco
December 05 - Things you love and/or hate when seeing live music. [personal profile] likeadeuce
December 06 - your personal style [personal profile] jrho
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December 11 - What is your comfort music? [personal profile] siegeofangels
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December 16 - Favorite thing about working at the radio station? [personal profile] cinco
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December 20 - ways to best utilize werewolves in fic [personal profile] jrho
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December 31- A fictional moment that will forever stick with you, either for good or for bad [personal profile] sansets
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Hello, dear Yulewriter!

Thank you for offering one of these fandoms! I can’t wait to read the story you come up with. If you already have an idea for one of these fandoms, go for it! However, if you'd like a prompt then I hope this post helps.

General likes:
I read across all ratings, genres, and pairing permutations (or lack thereof! gen is love as well). I have a gigantic pan-fandom love of urban fantasy and fairy tales; I don’t think there’s a fandom where I wouldn’t love a magic AU. But please don’t feel you need to write one! Canon fic, real-world AUs, slice-of-life: I love it all. I have a particular weakness for stories that hurt. I unabashedly love worms!fic ("go into the garden and eat worms"), where the POV character feels isolated and alone and unappreciated but eventually realizes that they're loved. I am a big fan of Belligerent Sexual Tension (warning! link goes to TV Tropes). I generally prefer happy or ambiguous endings to unhappy ones.

General dislikes:
I don't really care for gore in horror but suspense is A-OK. I would strongly prefer your story not contain rape/non-consent, major character death, infidelity, watersports, scat, or bloodplay. I also have a mild-to-moderate embarrassment squick, which can be best described by the motts.

Here's a bit more about my requests, in no particular order.

Daniel Danger - Works )

Hark! A Vagrant )

Lament - Mount Moriah )

Sunshine - Robin McKinley )

Thank you again for your story! As always, optional details are optional. I truly love all of these canons and the characters I nominated and can’t wait to see what you come up with, whether or not it’s based on one of my prompts.
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After much gnashing of teeth I settled on my Yuletide noms for the year.

Sneedronningen | The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen
Lappekonen | Lapland Woman (Sneedronningen)
Finnekonen | Finland Woman (Sneedronningen)
Røverpige | Robber Girl (Sneedronningen)
Prindsesse | Princess (Sneedronningen)

Kai, Gerda, and the Snow Queen were already nominated. If I request this it will be for women Getting Shit Done.

Lament - Mount Moriah (Song)
You (Lament)
Narrator (Lament)

I love this song so, so much. You can watch the video here. Sometimes I want to read stories about relationships that are broken beyond repair. If the relationship is fixed through lots of tears and hard work and communication, that's cool. If it's never fixed and you're left with that ache in your heart, that's cool too.

DANGER Daniel - Works
wet teeth in the darkness
or is it the dying little light of the soul
hear
id sink to your city streets if i wasnt buried in your hands

I first saw Daniel Danger's work because of Fall Out Boy and Jensen. He did the cover art for Believers Never Die but I'd seen his stuff earlier on the website for Jensen's Gallery 1988. I just want to know the story behind almost every one of his pieces; they have very rich narratives, I think.

Hark! A Vagrant
Vanessa (Hark! A Vagrant)
Dark-haired Mystery Solving Teen (Hark! A Vagrant)
Light-haired Mystery Solving Teen (Hark! A Vagrant)
Pony (Hark! A Vagrant)

Teens! They are so terrible. And I would read a million stories about Vanessa the girl reporter, so.

What are your Yuletide nominations this year?
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Meme from [personal profile] likeadeuce!

You post a topic, list, category, whatever, in comments. (examples: "Five Dates Roy Mustang Regretted Going On," or "Five Fannish Gatherings that Sally Draper Attended"). I'll answer with a list of five things.

My eligible fandoms are Teen Wolf; Bandom; Harry Potter; any book by Robin McKinley; most books by Tamora Pierce; Howl's Moving Castle, Dark Lord of Derkholm, and Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones; and the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. If you think there's another fandom I'm in/have been in that I've forgotten, feel free to ask about it!
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Teen Wolf Heat Wave: A Summer Prompt Fest | AO3 Collection
Banner by [profile] tealeaf523!


I made some stuff for this! The challenge includes both fic and art and posting continues through the end of the month. AO3 collection here.
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I made a thing! Thanks to [personal profile] monkey_pie for listening to it & assuring me that it did indeed work ♥



fucked up to broken up to back together in 11 songs
(stream)

Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt by We Are Scientists
Oh My God by Ida Maria
What I Say and What I Mean by The Like
Living Cruel & Rude by Races
No Oath, No Spell by Murder by Death
Hail, Lightning by Mount Moriah
When Winter's Over by Torres
Get Lonely by the Mountain Goats
Faraway Lightning by Moonface with Siinai
You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son by Wolf Parade
You Are the Moon by The Hush Sound

Further notes )
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Things I accomplished today:
1) Finally found a funnel (at Bed Bath & Beyond, though it seemed to be their last one).
2) Called the gas company to regain access to my account.
3) Made this soup. It took longer than I would have liked but it's pretty tasty.
4) Completed the last phase of Secret Fermentation Project, also a lengthy process.

I've also updated the first lines meme with the next line of each song.
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Instead of making a real post I'm going to do the first lines meme. Some of these songs are covers or have many cover versions; you get extra points for guessing the correct version ;)

1. I've just had the craziest week / Like a party bag of lies, booze, and then deceit
2. I'm everyone, I feel used / I'm everyone, I need you
3. You don't answer my call with even a nod or a wink / But you gaze at your own reflection, alright
4. Walk tall beneath these trees, boy / You monolith, not scarred by fallout
5. Ooh, it's so good, it's so good / It's so good, it's so good, it's so good
6. As I was going over the Cork and Kerry mountains / I saw Captain Farrell and his money he was counting Whiskey in a Jar, guessed by [personal profile] coyotegestalt
7. My first love, he went away Hell's Heroes by Empires, guessed by [personal profile] alpheratz
8. Skating by the blue line, that's when I saw your green light / So I took my windup for [song title]
9. I knew I was never gonna talk to you tomorrow / And oh the birds, how they sing
10. Tell me, baby, tell me / Are you still on a stoop, watching the windows close?
11. You've been followed / And now there's nothing to say for yourself
12. I walked across an empty land Somewhere Only We Know by Keane, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tanisafan
13. And I found a flower in a field / A field of cars and people
14. I can show you the world A Whole New World from Aladdin, guessed by [personal profile] coyotegestalt on DW and [livejournal.com profile] tanisafan on LJ.
15. There was a time our happiness seemed never-ending / I was so sure that where we were heading was right
16. It was pretty bright upon the rainbow bridge tonight / I could see into your window
17. Please don't let the mystery end / So I won't be forgotten
18. I sit and think about the day you're gonna die / Your wrinkled eyes betray the joy with which you smile
19. I have such envy for this stranger lying next to me / Who awakes in the night
20. Up, up and away she goes / Now I know that I know she knows
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I meant to include this in yesterday's post as another strange fandom-to-real life coincidence but forgot: An intrepid gardener in my neighborhood posted to our list about her night-blooming cereus mere days after Greensilver posted their delightful A Blossoming Romance (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles, 8k), which features said flower.
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Last night I went to see Dessa and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I need to seek out more rap/hip-hop/R&B shows; in my limited experience they have an energy & showmanship that you don't get from most rock shows. (My limited experience: Black Cards, Patrick Stump, Bad Rabbits, Gym Class Heroes.)

In a weird fandom-is-everywhere twist, Dessa is a member of the hip hop collective Doomtree, which I had never heard of before reading RAP WON'T SAVE YOU (neither will hockey) by best liar a month or so ago. I know almost nothing about Zach Parise but I liked the story, in which he does not play hockey but is an indie rapper.

some Dessa songs )

One of the openers was playing their second-ever show and were both earnest and adorable. They don't have any music up yet and no one's posted video (I am very sad ;____;) but keep an ear out for Sylvan Esso. They reminded me of tUnE-yArDs a little. (ETA: Was poking around the internet, trying to find a track, and found someone who agrees with me about the tUnE-yArDs comparison! *fist pump of validation* They're just teasing about the SoundCloud tracks, though, there's nothing up yet.)
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I pledge to complete the [livejournal.com profile] squee_challenge by August 26th!


prompts )
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During inventory we got a little bit punchy while scanning the paint. I was scanning Reaper paint by myself and J & S (owner and old warehouse manager) were scanning Games Workshop paint.

Reaper paint has fairly sensible names such as "Blues, Bright: Brilliant Blue" and "Greens, Camouflage: Swamp Green" but Games Workshop paint is named with an eye toward trademark, which leads to paint names like "Evil Suns Scarlet" and "Waaagh! Flesh."

J & S finished their paint rack and moved on to a clothing rack, where they were mystified by a Charlie Brown shirt with Charlie Brown, a tricycle, and the caption "It's a fixie."

So I explained why it was a hipster joke.

Which obviously led to Warhammer Fantasy hipster jokes.

"I was into rotting flesh before it was cool!"

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