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Thursday, August 17th, 2017 04:15 pm
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Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 08:05 pm
I bought a vid at the Vividcon Auction, from the lovely and talented [personal profile] grammarwoman! My music tastes are eclectic and nonstandard (basically, everything BUT modern popular pop/rock and modern country--it's not that I don't like them, it's that it all tends to blend together and sound the same), and I don't vid, which means there are a lot of songs that I think would make AWESOME fanvids that I know nobody will ever make, sigh.  (Okay, some of them might get made.  I'm actually surprised that nobody's done a Spock vid to The Logical Song by Supertramp, or a Goa'uld vid to Jeepers Creepers by Louis Armstrong.  Others ... I might think a werewolf vid to the old Big Band classic "Moonlight Becomes You So" would be hilarious, but I doubt anybody else would think it was funny enough to spend the time and effort to make, particularly given that it's a slow song and most vids are done to upbeat/fast songs.)

Anyway, I have a number vid ideas that will never get made if I don't pay someone else to do it, and so I'm always on the lookout for vid auctions featuring vidders offering those sources that I think would do a creditable job with the idea.  Which is how I bidded on (and ended up winning) [personal profile] grammarwoman's services to make a Star Wars fanvid to that old American Civil War hit, "That's What's the Matter."  And she did a really great job, and the vid is SO FUNNY.  You have to go see.

Title: That's What's the Matter
Source: Star Wars movies (Rogue One, Episodes IV-VII)
Music: "That's What's the Matter", Stephen Foster
Vid Download Link: 183 MB m4v file at Sendspace (If you'd like it in a different format, let me know.)

AO3 link.
DW link.

Summary: The Empire would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling Rebels and incompetent Imperial officers.
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 07:43 pm
Every year, Uncanny Magazine does a special "Destroy Science Fiction!" issue. (Women Destroy Science Fiction! Queers Destroy Science Fiction! People of Color Destroy Science Fiction!") This year, it's "Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction!"

The issue itself isn't out yet, but many of the personal essays about disability and science fiction are available for free on the Kickstarter page. They're all good, and you should totally check them out.  Here are some of my faves:

K.C. Alexander, We Are Not Your Backstories:
Science fiction shapes generations—how we think, the way we act. It influences the careers we choose and our thirst for knowledge. It cautions against the worst of our impulses, and quietly teaches us empathy. Without knowing it, we are slowly acclimated to people and beliefs that live outside our rigid monocultures.
A.T. Greenblatt, The Stories We Find Ourselves In:
So, I'll let you in on a secret, the thing I've learned about having a life-long disability, the thing that lots of stories never quite grasp: The real trick, the true solution to a disability, is to find a balance between your abilities and your goals.
Michael Merriam, We Are Not Daredevil. Except When We Are Daredevil:
I live in this world. I can't toss my white cane aside when I need to spring into action: the cane goes with me everywhere. I travel around my city on public transportation. My other senses are not supernaturally sharper because I am blind. I simply pay better attention to those other senses. It's a learned skill. I live within my blindness every day, and I want to read about fictional characters who also live with and within their blindness.

 

Marissa Lingen, Malfunctioning Space Stations:
I have a major balance disorder. When I am awake and able to use all my senses, I can reason out the vertical. If you make me close my eyes, I can still get it to within about five degrees of the correct answer if I'm sitting still on a firm surface. If I’ve got a squishy surface, motion, or other things confusing my senses, doubtful. Asleep? All bets are off. I literally do not know which way is up.

Since I have read and written science fiction for decades, what my sleeping brain knows to do with this much disorientation is to process it into a malfunctioning space station. And so I dream. Occasionally my dreams veer into carnival rides, roller coasters, giant swooping swings. But that is someone else's genre. This is mine.

H. Ace Ratcliff, Nihil de Nobis, Sine Nobis:
I narrowly avoided the temptation to throw my Kindle and watch the book shatter into a million plastic pieces. If it had been a printed paperback, I’m positive I would be able to show you the dent in the wall. “For the record,” I tweeted out to the hashtags The Expanse was using, “you can be a fucking Valkyrie in a goddamn wheelchair.” I can assure you that any human with the wherewithal, sheer willpower, and pain tolerance to put her skeleton back into place on an hourly basis absolutely deserves a place in any mythological pantheon.
Day Al-Mohamed, The Stories We Tell and the Amazon Experiment:
As an example, I once asked a room full of authors what their response would be if I asked them to make the protagonist in their current Work-in-Progress a woman – most nodded, yesses were heard around the room. Then I asked if they could make their character a person of color – again, nods around the room. Then I asked if they would make the character disabled – silence. The discomfort was palpable. In theory diversity and disability was great to include in fiction but when it came to implementation, they couldn’t easily connect disability with their protagonist. They had trouble adjusting to the practical reality of disability existing outside of the boxes they knew. This is why 134 stories on Amazon could be broken down into five story categories.
Ada Hoffman, Everything Is True: A Non-Neurotypical Experience with Fiction:
When I read #ownvoices autistic characters, I often think the authors have had that same feeling. Many of these characters have devoted family, friends, romantic partners, even when the world at large is awful to them. Most of them first have to overcome a broken relationship with themselves. To learn to believe that they're worthy as they are.

With autistic characters written by NT authors, it often feels like everyone is tired of their shit from the start.

You don't have to be tough. People sometimes say things like, "If you can be discouraged from writing, you should be," and use that as a way to justify being unkind to people who are tender. I don't think it's meant as a cudgel against disabled people specifically, but it can function as one. If you doubt your abilities, if you are sometimes crushed, if you feel like an impostor—that's fine. It's normal. If only tough people wrote stories, then we'd only have their perspectives, and we would lose all the things other people—you—have to offer.
Haddayr Copley-Woods, Move Like You're From Thra, My People:
I was glad I didn’t have this unfortunate internalized disableism stilling my movements, but I didn’t know why I’d found it so easy to make the switch until I sat down with my little boys to watch The Dark Crystal, which I hadn’t watched in decades.

I didn’t know. It took my breath away. The reason why I am fine with moving like this, the reason I am fine with people staring and why I love myself this way, is because of The Dark Crystal.

 

The issue is more than fully funded, right now they're adding content left and right as more people pledge, and if they get to $45k (they're at $39,425 with 9 days left to go) they'll do a hardcopy of it for supporters pledging $50 or more.
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 08:47 pm
Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Jack and Daniel friendship
Characters: Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill, General Hammond
Categories: gen, angst, character study, horror
Warnings: major character deaths
Author's Journal: [personal profile] agentotter
Author's Website: [archiveofourown.org profile] otter
Link: The Standard of Comparison

Why This Must Be Read: Oldskool classic fic! This is intense Jack and Daniel friendship, with a typically Otterish twist that you will not see coming... even if, upon rereading, you realize that all the clues were right there.

snippet of fic... )
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 08:45 pm
Rec Category: Jack and Daniel friendship
Categories: angst, character study, horror
Warnings: major character deaths
Author's Journal: [personal profile] agentotter
Author's Website: [archiveofourown.org profile] otter
Link: The Standard of Comparison

Why This Must Be Read: Oldskool classic fic! This is intense Jack and Daniel friendship, with a typically Otterish twist that you will not see coming... even if, upon rereading, you realize that all the clues were right there.

snippet of fic... )
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 05:20 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooked Perfect® Meatballs for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. With the back-to-school season underway so many of us with busy schedules find ourselves even more pressed for time. There’s shopping for clothes and supplies to be done, rooms to be organized, teachers to […]

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 01:35 am
Show: SGA
Rec Category: 5 Things
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, various characters from other fandoms
Categories: Gen
Warnings: Nil
Author on LJ: Rhymer23
Author's Website: AO3 or own site
Link: Five Authors Who Didn't Write Stargate Atlantis
Why This Must Be Read: these are very clever, and hilarious, like all of rhymer's humorous fic. The members of Team AR1 are placed in totally different literary canon settings, and proceed to trash them, in their own inimitable ways. The last one's a turnabout, where we can be glad Terry Pratchett didn't ever write SGA fanfic! 

snippet of fic )

 

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 12:38 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

This Garden Ratatouille with Fresh Basil Cream Recipe is a visually stunning twist on a classic dish that gets elevated to gourmet with lashings of a silken herb-infused sauce. It’s also a fantastic way to deal with a garden that decides to put out more vegetables than you can possibly eat in one meal. We […]

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Friday, August 11th, 2017 11:39 pm

Show: Stargate Atlantis

Rec Category: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex
Pairings: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Categories: Slash, Romance, Meet Cute, First Time
Warnings: None
Author's Journal: [personal profile] respoftw
Author's Website: AO3
Link: It Happened in Vienna

Why This Must Be Read: John and Rodney meet on a train! Rodney ends up taking a seat across from John, and John - who had been traveling alone for some time - wishes for a little human contact and strikes up a conversation. Rodney is on his way back to Switzerland, to his job at CERN. They're just two ships passing in the night, but there's a connection there. John's flight isn't until the next day, so he asks Rodney to spend the rest of the evening with him, walking the streets of Vienna. Respoftw is great at the endearing banter that define John and Rodney's relationship. This fic is funny and absolutely charming.

Fic snippet )


Friday, August 11th, 2017 06:34 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Every so often, I get in the mood to iron. It never happens in the summer — who wants to stand over a hot, steamy iron when it’s already hot and steamy in […]

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Saturday, August 12th, 2017 02:34 am
Show: SGA  
Rec Category: 5 Things
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Pairings: John/Rodney
Categories: slash, humour
Warnings: none
Author's Journal: [personal profile] toomuchplor
Author's Website: see the AO3, DW or LJ
Link: Five Reasons Why John and Rodney Hate Sleeping Together
Why This Must Be Read: A short humorous one to start off my 5 Things recs for August. This is hilarious and accurate, with great characterization and a nice Mcsheppy resolution. Enjoy! 
 
snippet of fic )
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 08:13 pm
Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Alternate Universe
Characters: Daniel Jackson, Charlie Kawalsky, Sam Carter, Jack O’Neill
Pairings: Minor Jack/Sam
Categories: Episode Related, Drama, Alternate Universe
Warnings: None
Author’s Website: Redbyrd’s Stargate Fanfiction
Link: Rearranging Fate

Why This Must Be Read: I love alternate universes and Stargate gives us some great ones built right into canon. Rearranging Fate is a gorgeous extension of Kawalsky’s perspective in Point of View—when he and Dr. Carter come to the main SG-1 universe through the quantum mirror—and then of the alternate universe they came from. I love archeologist Daniel being snatched out of Egypt by the US military and the differences in relationships and missions that are sometimes huge and sometimes subtle. A long and satisfying read.

First paragraph to get you started )
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 09:21 am
You know how you liked the Wonder Woman movie, but it was super white and didn't really deconstruct anything because it didn't have time? Let me tell you about WARBRINGER, the non-movie related YA novel about Wonder Woman that Leigh Bardugo wrote for DC.

It took me a while to get my hands on this ARC, but enough of my friends read it and said things like "You know how the movie reached? The book landed." that I was very excited. And it totally lived up to my expectations. WARBRINGER was brilliant, insightful, and FUN, and I loved every moment of it.

Pitch: After Diana rescues a human girl from a shipwreck, the island begins to suffer and the girl begins to die. Diana has to choose, and decides to take the girl to safety, even though it will likely mean her exile. Eventually, she learns that she has rescued a Warbringer, a mortal girl who unwillingly channel Nemesis and brings discord to humans, a legacy that has plagued the world since Helen of Troy. They must work together to break the cycle...or die trying.

God, I loved it. I love the whole premise. We put SO MUCH SHIT on teen girls, and then turn around and blame them for it, and I loved how WARBRINGER dug into that. It was really, really good. And Diana had friends who were girls! AND IT WAS THE GREATEST.

WARBRINGER comes out on August 29th.
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 11:44 am
The summer I was nine, I read all the wrong books. The Mists of Avalon, The Firebrand, Dragonflight, Pawn of Prophecy, The Black Trillium, Tiger Burning Bright, Elvenborn, The Clan of the Cavebear, The Horsemasters.

My mother tried to fix me, forcing books she deemed appropriate, but it was too late.

Now I am thirty-three, and adult fantasy and I do not always get along. I don't like the rape in the "dark" side of the genre and I don't like the smugness in the satirical side. I'm not super interested in the way "nuanced" heroes are presented (because for dudes it invariably means they're murderers and for women it invariably means they were abused). I don't read fantasy for shades of grey. I know the fantasy of my childhood doesn't hold up well now that I understand more about how misogyny and racism work.

The Queens of Innis Lear is the book I have been training for my whole life. I would have read it at 9. I would have loved it at 9. I would have missed so much of it.

Surface Pitch: an epic fantasy re-imagining of King Lear, but focused on the daughters (a warrior, a witch, and a priest), and set on an island obsessed with star prophecy that has lost touch with the earth magic that served as the other half of the island's power. Without that balance, the island is dying...and the mainland kingdoms are starting to consider military options.

It's so good. IT'S SO GOOD. It's 700 pages of pure wonder and glory and blood, and I loved every moment.

Disclaimer: Tessa Gratton might be my favourite living author (and also one of my favourite people). I love all of her books and I love her, but OMG, THIS BOOK. Tessa writes my favourite love stories and my favourite murder stories and my favourite animal sacrifice stories, and she usually does all of those things at the same time, and QUEENS is no exception. It's wonderful.

QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR comes out in March and you should pre-order it.