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|Monday, March 14th, 2011|
|Wednesday, January 7th, 2009|
|Oh look, a post.
1. So, now that Make it Rough
is on sale (and excerpted at the Changeling Press blog
, if you're curious), I'm doing other things.
Specifically, I'm writing and researching other things. Yes, more than one: I get more writing done when I can switch from project to project.
But one of the things I'm tentatively writing/researching/poking at is another doll-related fic, and the research for that is proving interesting. More interesting than usual. I am venturing into new, uncharted territory--or, at least, territory for which I personally haven't seen a chart--and talking to some new people.
Specifically, I've been communicating with a couple of the folks at CoverDoll
. (If you're at work or there are children hanging around your screen, you probably shouldn't click these links). I asked them for input, and a couple have been kind enough to provide some. It's one of the more unusual conversations I've had in a long time. Check it out
2. I would dearly love my own page at Fanlore
, but I would feel like such an ass writing it up myself. Would anyone like to do a swap? I could give you my info, you could give me yours, and we could write up each others'? I don't know, that would just feel less weird to me.
3. Regarding flocked posts: I hate when people break flock, but that does remind me: possibly I should post unflocked sometimes. Not that anything I post is of urgent importance or anything, but if every single fandom opinion or burst of squee is locked down, it does make it more difficult for fandom to function, particularly for anyone trying to enter a new fandom. No, I'm not
saying the growth in secrecy is any excuse for flock breaking; I'm just saying, it's a human thing for any community to want to talk about stuff, and if you never ever provide anything to talk about, then it's less of a community and more a series of enclaves.
And I have, like a lot of people, fallen into the habit of flocking everything, mostly just because meanspirited stupid gossip disinclines you to participate
in communities, but...I don't know, possibly I should flock less.
|Tuesday, January 6th, 2009|
|Thursday, January 1st, 2009|
|Thursday, December 4th, 2008|
|Politics, retro In the longer term, however, and assuming that Quebec remains in Canada, the alliance would find it hard to form a stable government without some Quebec support. Although Quebec has lost importance — in the next election, its share of Commons seats will fall below 25 per cent for the first time in Canadian history — it nevertheless remains second only to Ontario and much larger than any other province.
If Quebec stays in Confederation, the Bloc will either disintegrate or become an autonomist party, participating in federal politics as a representative of Quebec’s specific interests. Philosophically, it is logical for liberals to offer Quebec money and privileged treatment, while conservatives find it easier to offer autonomy and enhanced jurisdiction. On that basis, a strategic alliance of Quebec nationalists with conservatives outside Quebec might become possible, and it might be enough to sustain a government.
|Saturday, September 13th, 2008|
|You guys, I'm warming to our Prime Minister But instead of a jail cell, Hall was surprised with a brief one-on-one chat with Harper.
"OK, that was a bumpy start to the second part of our relationship," Hall joked, "but it was kind of sexy, too. Girl doesn't get arrested by a blue-eyed man very often."
To which Harper replied, "You like handcuffs?"
"Should I like handcuffs?" Hall responded, eyebrows raised.
The incident marked one of several lighter moments during this first week of campaigning ahead of the Oct. 14 federal election.
At a campaign announcement in a Winnipeg produce terminal Tuesday, Harper was asked by a reporter what vegetable he thought he was.
After pausing for a few seconds, Harper responded that he wouldn't be a vegetable but a fruit, because he's "sweet and colourful."
|Saturday, August 9th, 2008|
Oh, one other thing: GHOSTS
I just remembered, I meant to mention that I have a sudden urgent, pressing need to know what people believe about ghosts. And you know how much I like to share these urgent pressing needs of mine.
So: does anyone have any insight or linkage regarding ghost beliefs (as opposed to ghost stories)? Like: is there any official Catholic stance on hauntings? Do Mormons believe in ghosts (pr perhaps I don't mean "do they" so much as "are they supposed to")? And etc.
I assume if you just comment with a link to a site about beliefs concerning ghosts you won't mind my unscreening as I reply to thank you, but since anything touching on your personal beliefs might conceivably come up here, could anyone who wants their comment to stay screened say "KEEP THIS SCREENED" somewhere in the comment?
|Tuesday, July 29th, 2008|
|Fic Recs, of the non-recent kind Title: VulnerableAuthor: dominique012Rating:
Chase catches Cuddy in a rare moment. Why this should be read:
The title says it all: dominique012
has caught the awkward, vulnerable Chase perfectly. This
is the Chase his fans see and love; if you've always wondered what, exactly, we like about him, go see him through dominique012
's eyes for a minute.Title: The DoctorsAuthor: violet_quillFandom:
Rose becomes ill, so the Doctor and Jack take her to the person most likely to help her.Why this should be read:
Worth it for the interaction between Jack and Chase alone, really. And the Cameron scene near the end. And the scene between House and Wilson at the very end.Title: BrandAuthor: pwcorgigirlRating/Warning:
Gen. Refers to "Three Stories" and "97 Seconds."Summary:
Each of his deaths has left behind a scar.Why this should be read: pwcorgigirl
has an unforgettable fic voice, both extremely concrete and yet hauntingly lyrical.
|Further onThat Website. You know: [name redacted]
There's a statement from Laura up at the site blog
. Please note I'm not, in posting this link, intending to weigh in one way or the other, but since I did react and contribute to discussions surrounding this, I thought I might as well post the link. nestra
has the text here
if you want to avoid going to the blog.
Also, what's become a standard disclaimer for me recently: I'm offline (and unconscious) a lot these days, so if I don't reply to you promptly, I'm not intentionally ignoring you. I'm keeping hellishly erratic hours right now. Current Mood: sick of the subject, really
|Saturday, June 7th, 2008|
|New Moon: Fourth Post
Dear readers: I have a confession to make, a deeply disturbing
confession. This is the part where the book, unexpectedly, turned hot.
Oh, not hot for the reasons the author probably intended. For example, the continual presentation of Jacob's skin as attractive because it's "exotic" does nothing in particular for me. Well, no, that's not strictly accurate--it does something
: it causes me to grind my teeth in irritation.
But it's not hot.( Strangely, though: other things are. )
|Tuesday, May 27th, 2008|
|Of wikis and wikis. Hey, is this that 'convergence' thing I hear so much about?
Hmmm, interesting. For fanfiction reasons of my own I went looking for the House M.D. fanwiki today, and google turned up something interesting.
What I'd been looking for was this: House Wikia
What I found was this: the Fox-owned, slickly packaged, Official House Wiki
, which plays at being "written by everyone," but of course is a carefully controlled and gorgeously presented Official Thing, not a fan-owned or fan-run anything. Isn't that
I don't have much occasion to make use of specific-fandom wikis, so perhaps this is standard practice and I'm just now noticing. I just find myself eyeing it sort of cynically; wikis are such a grassroots, everybody-contributes sort of space that I find it mildly weird that TPTB have hijacked them for inclusion on Official Sites.
Just out of interest and obsessive fangirlishness, have a look at the two pages for, oh, let's pick a character at random, DR. ROBERT CHASE (shut up):
Chase's Official wiki page
(you'll probably need time to recover from the use of the phrase 'aussome' blond hair
, I know) and Chase's wikia page
|Saturday, May 24th, 2008|
|New Moon: Third Post
I'm not sure how many of these posts there'll be, because I'm not entirely sure I'll stay interested in reading this book, let alone commenting on it. But for now, it is fascinating, in a trainwreck way.
I'd been told before I ever started reading that Jacob is the thing that redeems these books. I have to say, I'm completely onboard with the Jacob vibe so far. But before we get to Jacob, we have to get through missing Edward--( Bella missing him, I mean: the rest of us can probably survive his absence. )
And on that note, I'd like to add a short public service announcement. The Ride for Sight
collects money all year round. My father used to participate every summer; please check out their page, and donate if you can.
|Friday, May 23rd, 2008|
|Friday, May 2nd, 2008|
|Yes, I know: you did tell me so.
And you were right, all those of you who predicted fpb
would defriend me. Although I will just point out that he's not mad at me--he said so
--and that he is, if I read him correctly, more amused than annoyed by my claims to melodrama. At least, to my eyes in real Victorian melodramas, one would be dealing with death, tuberculosis, financial ruin, dishonour, suicide
is as good-humoured an exasperated reminder to get over myself as I've ever had levelled my way.
In short: we may not be able to 'safely' remain friends, but nothing will ever destroy our amused tolerance for one another.
|Thursday, May 1st, 2008|
|I have fallen into a Victorian melodrama and I can't get up. This post isn't friendslocked.
So, you know: don't say anything you wouldn't say in public.
It's just: I know people will make up their own stories about this, which will undoubtedly be more exciting than reality. Reality, in this case, is regrettable and painful but not rude or aggressive or whatever it is people might think.( Screencap the first: things I hate to find in my inbox. )
I am, this morning, greatly upset and saddened to find that fpb
has defriended me (I have not, at the moment of posting, defriended him, which is why he's able to continue commenting on my recent posts; it would be rude for me to cut him off in mid-argument, as it were). The painful part is that I cannot entirely fault him--I mean, I can feel hurt
, but I can't fault his reasoning or his manners on this one. ( Screencap the second and third: impeccably correct. )
His stance is that, my fiancé having twice shown up to argue with him, the man must dislike him intensely (I don't think that follows logically--I think it's just he's argumentative, and didn't see how rude that might appear to fpb
), and that being the case, I cannot possibly continue to be his friend. Continued friendship is, as I'm sure any Victorian would have understood, impossible under the circumstances, because it puts me in the untenable situation of suffering divided loyalties, and fpb
in the equally untenable position of having a 'friend' he cannot fully trust.
I get it, I really do. But I can't pretend it doesn't make me sad.( A screencap from my original post, and a response. )
|Friday, March 21st, 2008|
|Possibly more like Brownian Motion than an Exodus
And yet it is starting to feel as if something's changing--as though, no matter how much inertia and jadedness weigh us down, fandom is drifting away from LJ and its special brand of PR. No consensus on 'to,' but 'from' looks to be happening in bits and pieces. It's almost exciting. I know it's unfashionable to admit to being excited, but I prefer my fandoms enthusiastic even when wrong-headed, and I think it's better to light a t-shirt than to mock the dorkness. I caught myself wishing this morning that OTW
were further along so I could have a back-up account there.
Oh, and I almost cheered at the chorus of 'no, thanks' to LJ's offer to share the wealth. Not that I couldn't use some fucking wealth, mind you, but I really enjoyed that example of LJ failing to get it and being rebuffed. Anton&co. must really be baffled
by the fandom bits of what they've bought: the 'Who are all these crazy people and what motivates them?' kind of baffled. Because I bet they thought they had it all figured out; I bet they thought we were jealous of their profit-making abilities, and that if they offered us a cut we'd be happy and, more importantly, quiet. I wonder what their current working theory is? Possibly they've decided we hate capitalism.
I almost feel for them. It's not like I could put into words why we do this stuff. It costs most of us money and/or time. The benefits are largely non-bankable: bright friends, sharp foes, entertainment, a place to think thinky thoughts. Priceless, isn't it? And still not for sale.
On which note: I'd really hoped to have The Second Annotated Mina ready this week, but real life has helpfully given me a zillion fewer free hours than I need, so it's not going to happen. The first one
's all there is until weekend after this at the earliest; my apologies that it's taking so long. Current Mood: hopeful; sleep-deprived
|Tuesday, March 18th, 2008|
|What fresh idiocy is this?
Looking at the yahoo!Canada page two minutes ago, I noticed a headline that claims the incoming N.Y. governor has admitted an affair. No, really, that's what the headine says.( Screencappage. )
But the article
doesn't say that.( The article. )
So. Is someone writing gossipy headlines and then editing the gossip out of the articles, or is someone employed by Yahoo!ca to write headlines even though they're actually too stupid to know Paterson was joking?
|Saturday, March 15th, 2008|
|Friday, March 14th, 2008|
, and others; please repost, and contribute if you can:Today, it was announced that Terry Pratchett has donated half a million pounds to Alzheimer's research. Hearing that, it occurred to me that if half a million of us all donated a pound to Alzheimer's research, we could match his donation and make it an even million.
So whaddaya say, guys? It's a pound. That's about 2 bucks US dollars, give or take a couple of (US) pennies. You can spare that much. Go here and make your donation. Tell them it's in honour of Terry Pratchett.
Let's do it!http://www.alzheimers-research.org.uk/howtohelp/