Fanfic progress

Oct. 21st, 2017 11:09 pm
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Well, Adrift in Space did every bit as badly as I expected it tomoaning about reaction to 'Blue Remembered Hills' )

First draft of the Hallowe'en story "Annoyance" done, I think. The fandom really isn't going to like that one, given that it depicts their beloved Erik as a psychopath who fantasises about killing off Christine in order to get rid of the uncomfortable new feelings he is experiencing around her; even I wondered if I'd gone too far, given the way that he subsequently behaves around her when he first kidnaps her in Leroux (filling the room with flowers, telling her he loves her). Read more... )

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Baby alpaca, no filter. something i saw

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One from [community profile] lionswap, the other from [community profile] sheithparty's Sheith-a-Palooza~

Shoot First (986 words) by Kalloway
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Roy Fokker
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon
Summary: Roy Fokker was pretty damned sure that he would rather get shot at on a daily basis than deal with some of the waves of idiotic cadets coming through the Garrison.

(both [personal profile] taichara and I latched onto Roy's cameo in the first episode, and then managed to prompt for him, match each other, and write amusingly similar ideas, because, lol)

All New Star Charts (1192 words) by Kalloway
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Keith/Shiro (Voltron)
Characters: Keith (Voltron), Shiro (Voltron)
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Stargazing
Summary: Shiro, Keith, and the stars above them.

(aka, last-minute inspiration from my break-time stargazing and finally! learning some new constellations!)
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Basically: I want to devote 90% of my attention to a fiction world for a month just because I need a vacation from the real world, and I can't decide on a "Destination":

  • Dark -- bordering on tragic, with lots of hurt/comfort
    • Pros: lets me process my depression by changing my stress into metaphors I can control, and lets me comfort myself by writing scenes where my characters comfort each other.
    • Cons: I'm entering a potentially dangerous space while already feeling vulnerable.

  • Light -- with Dr. Seuss-like absurdity and Piers Anthony-like puns.
    • Pros: Creating a world that is a clear alternative to the dystopia I feel my country sliding into in the real world.
    • Cons: Not my wheelhouse. Will trying to write that way leave me even more exhausted, mentally? And will Avoidance-with-a-Capital-A make it harder to "return" when the month is over?

The train is leaving in ten days, and I don't know whether I should pack for a ski trip in the Alps, or a cruise through the Caribbean...

I haven't been this much of a "Pantser" since my very first year, when I didn't even know NaNoWriMo was a thing until a couple of days before it started...


Oct. 19th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Oct. 18th, 2017 05:43 pm
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i was cranky last night, so i watched some tv to cheer me up. it kind of worked.

the new (final) season of Rebels started this week. looks like they're going to be releasing two episodes a week for the next month or so.

spoilers for Star Wars Rebels through season 4 premiere, and The Clone Wars re: Mandalore )
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Unicorn at  fountain-4Web
[Image description: “The Unicorn is Found” or “The Unicorn at the Fountain”. The second tapestry in The Hunt of the Unicorn series, from circa 1495 -1505.

A tall ornamental fountain with lion-mask spigots is spilling water into a forest stream, where animals (a lion and lioness, a leopard, a weasel, a wolf, a stag, a pair of pheasants, a pair of goldfinches, and a pair of rabbits) have gathered to drink, while a pair of ducks swim past in the stream itself.

A unicorn is kneeling on the far side of the stream from the viewer, dipping the very tip of its horn into the water (a cure for all poisons), which makes the water safe to drink.

Behind the bushes surrounding the fountain are a dozen hunters with long pikes over their shoulders, along with their hunting dogs. They are talking and gesturing to each other, discussing exactly how to kill the unicorn, so they can bring it back to the king and queen.

The towers of the royal castle can be glimpsed in through the trees in the far distance (in the upper left corner of the tapestry). Description ends.]

When I was a tiny thing (maybe I was still in kindergarten/infant school) my parents took me to see the original Unicorn tapestries in the museum, and I got to see them ultra up close (like less than a couple feet away) -- and this one is nearly 12 and a half feet (3.78 meters) tall ... almost life sized (!).

Naturally, the experience made an impression. And the tapestry I posted here made the biggest impression of all: this is what “unicorn” means to me. Throughout the rest of my childhood, I was bitter and salty about all the “rainbow-sparkle/magic glitter” unicorns with Kewpie doll eyes that were absolutely everywhere (and well-meaning friends kept giving me, "’Cause she loves unicorns!”). ...And frankly, I still am.

Why I Wish This Tapestry Were the “Famous One”:

(Rant follows -- wherein I absolutely do spoil the story [plot wise] that these tapestries tell, and where I hope to spoil [popularity-wise] the most famous medieval tapestry of them all)

(The links behind the cut lead to The Metropolitan Museum of Art's online display of each of the Tapestries)

The story of 'The Hunt of The Unicorn' narrated -- warning: there is violence, gore, and more than one animal death )

Like I said at the beginning, “The Unicorn at the Fountain” is what “unicorn” means to me. Unicorns are wild and fierce -- able to kill you as easily as slice through butter (if they must, in self-defense). But the unicorn’s first impulse is to use their magic for the good of others -- to protect all the creatures of the forest, even though doing so makes them vulnerable to attack -- even though the powers of the State polluted the stream in the first place -- even though the powers of the State wanted to steal all that magic, and keep it for itself. Unicorns still take that risk.

With great power, comes great responsibility.

And then, with great responsibility, comes great kindness.

How is that not the most radical thing of all?

haiku 18th October 2017

Apr. 9th, 2017 08:00 am
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a sky filled with Saharan sand
red light

© Rachel Green 2017

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Oct. 17th, 2017 05:16 pm
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There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

my hair was short, above the ears short, for most of my childhood. there was a mullet at one point, and it did once get just past my chin all over, but i didn't actually grow it out until i was about 17. it always wanted to stand straight up or stick out. mom was always trying to smooth it out and turn the ends under, and complained about all my "cowlicks". she also had a thing about stopping stylists from layering my hair. what i discovered when it got long enough all over was that it wasn't actually straight-but-unruly, it was wavy.

it's only in the last few years that i've made a genuine effort to embrace the curl, and accept that what it wants to do is be messy. i'm on curly girl method attempt 2.5, and it's finally doing things i like.

stuff i had to learn about my hair:

  • my hair hates added proteins - silk, coconut, all that (i have a little conditioner graveyard)

  • no towels for drying hair, only t-shirts

  • don't brush it

  • stuff that works for tighter curls will often straighten my hair

  • anything that seals moisture in also seals moisture out and has to be completely stripped, if used at all

  • too short and the curl pattern won't develop, too long and the weight pulls it out

i don't get knots in my hair anymore, and most days it doesn't get touched with a comb at all. my curl pattern is tightening up - i would have called myself 2a/2b when i started out, now i see more 2c and i'm starting to get a 3a ringlet falling over my right eye. i'm thinking more about what i'm doing, but i'm not spending any extra time.

the best part: after a bunch of faffing around, the 99 cent Suave conditioner that smells edible is better than any expensive stuff that i've tried. i do still have a bottle of everything-free fancy shampoo, but since i only shampoo about once a week, it lasts forever.

currently i'm trying not wetting my hair in the shower on at least day 2 and day 3 after a wash. i have a spray bottle of water mixed with a dollop of the aforementioned conditioner; a spritz of that all over and a little finger-raking conquers bedhead.

Prompt for 2017-10-17

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Today's prompt is 'did you miss me?'.

haiku 17th October 2017

Apr. 9th, 2017 08:00 am
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blustery morning
kicking over the rubbish bin
red sun

© Rachel Green 2017

Prompt for 2017-10-16

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Today's prompt is "from the east and from the west".

Fic or Treat!

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Kalloway's Door

DW username: [personal profile] kalloway
AO3 username: [ profile] kalloway

You may get: Fic! (drabbles-or-longer), icons, recs, meta, picspam, etc.

Please leave me: A fandom, pairing, character and/or prompt, or a general request. Multiple requests are fine! Or just leave a 'fic or treat' and you could get anything! (I'll peek at your profile interests and go from there~)

Light is on for: everyone from SuperGo, everyone in my dwircle, anyone wandering by! No need to have your own door post. Don't be shy!

Fandoms, etc.: Saint Seiya, Final Fantasy VII/AC, Final Fantasy VIII, Gundam SEED/Astray/Destiny, Gundam 00, Twin Signal, Kiddy Grade, Macross/Frontier, Generator Gawl, Gundam Build Fighters, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Tekkaman Blade II, any of my original stuff, anything with dragons or robots/mecha, or float me an inquiry because I'm sure there's plenty I haven't listed.

Other info: DNW flat out rape/non-con, but everything else is open~
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Not too significant a mention, but hey, it's still a mention.

[Music] Megumi Ogata's Animeg. 25th

Oct. 16th, 2017 07:02 pm
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Megumi Ogata (seiyuu for CCS's Yukito/Yue and MKR's Eagle) recently celebrated her 25th voice actress debut anniversary with the release of Animeg. 25th, an album of anime cover songs. It was released Oct 11th.

In case you wondered what CCS's Platinum sounds like sung by Yukito, DL sample here (available for a short time only).

Another interesting fact was that she crowdfunded the album online. Read her AMA from a few months back here on Reddit. There are a couple short CCS questions answered.

last week i revisited my youth

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:42 am
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i watched Blade Runner many, many times on home video when i was inappropriately young. i'm the sort of person who is charmed when a newspaper gives politicians the Voight-Kampff test.* every time a walk sign makes an assistive noise, i internally chant "walk now walk now walk now".

the film led me to Phillip K. Dick's writing and a lifelong interest in a certain sort of fiction. it was my first introduction to climate change, to street noodles, to the idea of English-speaking white people as a minority culture, to flying cars, to mass extinction. i don't know if it blew my mind (because i wasn't formed enough) but it certainly made a lasting impression. i have lost count of the number of times i've seen it. my mental model of the film has the narration purely due to repetition, though i've seen the recuts most recently.

i was afraid of the new movie, but my woobies at Empire gave it five stars, and it was at the Bay, so on Monday i watched Blade Runner 2049.

it was good, really good. i don't want to say too much because i am so proud of the marketing avoiding spoilers, even though they would have attracted my attention.

bits of advice:

  • listen to the dialogue. there isn't much of it and a lot of it is significant.

  • there is violence against women. be prepared. i found some of it hard to take.

  • it's just as slow and arty as the first movie.

Wednesday was the SIFF members' meeting (AKA cheapest pass day) and a showing of I, Tonya. the Winter Olympics, and figure skating in particular, was something i followed avidly at the time (still do, but i don't watch as much television as i used to). it's interesting to have lived long enough to have movies made about events that i remember clearly. i have flashbulb memories of watching the 94 Olympics because i was in tour choir that year, so i was spending my February weekends doing run-outs to churches in the Mid-Atlantic and staying in host family homes watching on their television with other chorus kids.

the movie is good. it's a bit surreal at times, with occasional 4th wall breaks, and is darkly funny. what makes it all work is that the real story is so ridiculous. i do recommend seeing it, and then following up with the The Price of Gold, which includes the footage that is the source for much of the content of the film.

Margot Robbie disappears nicely into the role of Tonya. Sebastian Stan is nearly unrecognizable** as Jeff Gillooly. and Alison Janney is deliciously awful as Harding's mother. it was disconcerting for me, seeing these things i remember being recreated - the homemade costumes, Kerrigan screaming in pain, the restart at the Olympics.

*it's also a joke in the stage version of 21 Dog Years and my loud reaction embarrassed my seatmate to no end. in retrospect, that should have told me something i needed to know.

**Stan as Gillooly looks a lot like an ex. awk-ward.

Blue Remembered Hills (ch14)

Oct. 16th, 2017 01:48 pm
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I'm not even going to bother posting ch13 over in the Blake's 7 section, since this chapter is entirely B7-centric and is unlikely to attract much interest in the POTO section -- I may as well upload this one briefly, then move them both over at once.

At any rate, in chapter 14 we finally find out just what did happen to the Liberator, and why Blake and Gan are currently stranded on Newparis. When writing this story, I'd originally intended to insert the 'Liberator-chapter' in its chronological place, e.g. immediately after Blake and Gan are set down on the planet. But I came to the conclusion that it would be much more effective to do it retrospectively so that the reader would have no more idea of what had happened to the ship than Blake did -- the result of which is that most of this chapter, as usual, consists of what is effectively flashback :-p

Yet another (unavoidable) point of view switch, which means a chance to explore yet another character's opinions and motivations...

Chapter 14: Adrift in Space

‘WISDOM MUST BE GATHERED. IT CANNOT BE GIVEN,’ Zen had assured them once, evading the answers Avon demanded.

Well, they’d learnt that now all right, Jenna Stannis thought bitterly. And most of the wisdom she’d gathered over the past endless hours was wisdom of a variety she could well have done without. Right now she’d have given half the contents of Avon’s famous treasure room — still stored up in useless splendour deep within the ship, just as he had discovered it — to hear Zen’s electronic philosophising again. To hear anything at all from Zen.

Read more... )

Ghost progress

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:39 am
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Well, I finally managed the first few hundred words on my 'Annoyance' story yesterday, after days of procrastination in the hopes that I'd get some more concrete ideas... and then about six hours of procrastination on assorted domestic tasks (like ironing handkerchiefs) when I finally had a free day and resolved to make a start! Read more... )


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