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Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:45 am
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*catstares at Exvius*


*waits ...*


Sep. 19th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Got two drabbles done last night -- I haven't given up on StoryADay yet, and I started pecking at my prompt tables for [community profile] serendipityclaims, whee ~

Also I actually managed drafts for two locations for the gazetteer in the Black Hack hack omfg 83~

So, progress! Little progress but still progress!

On top of this stuff, I have my prompts for [personal profile] spook_me (let's go, not-at-all-cute Genealogy fic ~~), and -- all things being equal -- it just might be time to think about buckling down and dead tree'ing Equinox after all. Lol.

*tiny eee*

Sep. 19th, 2017 01:01 pm
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[personal profile] taichara: *did free banner pull*
[personal profile] taichara: "I am Seliph, a son pledged to fulfilling the wish my father made as he died a bitter death -- to battle darkness."
[personal profile] taichara: *is all eyeball prickly*
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[personal profile] sasha_honeypalm's musical tribute to Barbara G. Walker's (professionally published!) novel

Don't know much about history
Don't know much about theology
Don't know much 'bout how to write a book
Don't know how to cite the quotes I took
But I know all that I say must be true
And I know if you believed it, too
What a wonderful world this would be

Don't know much about geography
Don't know much sociology
Don't know how to understand folklore
Don't know what a reference book is for
But I do know that one god is bad
And if we'd kept the goddess we once had
What a wonderful world this would be

Now, I don't claim to be a goddess
But I'm tryin' to be
For maybe if I'm a goddess, people
You'll all worship me.

Don't know much about history
Don't know much about technology
Don't know much...

[personal profile] rosepsyche's paean to the Power of Story is also quoteworthy:

I have to call "bull" on Antiope's reasoning that art and music are inferior because they are "not alive" for another reason. No, such creations aren't living, breathing things. However (and I apologize if this gets a bit corny), the best of them can seem as if they are alive, get us invested in their characters, have us cheering about their triumphs and crying over their tragedies. They are just as valuable in their own way for their ability to entertain, to inspire, to teach, to help us grow and develop by seeing the world from a new point of view, and I don't think anyone involved in creating them would appreciate being told that their work can never compare to something that was squeezed out of a vagina.

Context sporks the world's worst Wonder Woman fanfic.
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I have now hit the 100 Orb point in FEH and I still have maps left to go.

This will be very, very useful if that rumour about next month pans out --

lalalala it's a Fire Emblem meme ~

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:07 am
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Continuing on the quest to climb out of a fandom hole, I decided to hunt up a Fire Emblem questionnaire meme!

... And then promptly gutted it of all the ridiculously over-specific questions, and tweaked a few others. You know, like one does with memes ~

That said, this is still 25 questions about FE, and that's kind of a lot.
So, this is now an Ask And Answer Meme! 83

Comment with the number or numbers of the questions you'd like me to answer, and I'll respond back. (no asking for every single one in a clot, that's just mean.)

Fire Emblem Questionnaire ~ )

time to put up or shut up, HG

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:08 pm
taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox - ...)
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It looks as official as it gets:

Harmony Gold's Macross, Mospeada, Southern Cross Licenses Still Expire in 2021

-- so this is the part where Harmony Gold needs to either get ready for a final winding down (unless things do actually wind up getting renewed after all, and I don't know how likely I find that), or (and I bet you can guess which option I favour at least trying) use the creations it has and build a proper 'new' Robotech.

I'd like to think that the new comic is an intermediary step -- changing up events and character details and such while retaining, for the moment, familiar trappings -- but somehow I don't know that I'd be so lucky.

Also, the bit in the article about "Harmony Gold owns the title Robotech in perpetuity, but when its license expires it will no longer be able to use or exploit works that are derivative of the three anime titles" is so disingenous I could chew up swords and spit out tacknails.

But I really shouldn't be surprised that the anime news site does its best to passive foster the continuing bullshit misinformation that Robotech has nothing of its own addition and creation, right? *snort*

things must

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:29 pm
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For various reasons -- most online, but not all of them -- over the last several months my attachment to Fire Emblem (or chunks thereof) degraded from 'omnipresent part of fannish multitasking, several years consecutively' to 'get thee behind me, satan'.

This is, frankly, depressing as hell and I'd like to get my groove back. There are critters I do miss.

I'm open to thoughts on the subject?
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Wonder Woman Co-Writer Jason Fuchs to Pen Live-Action Robotech's New Script

"Robotech was Harmony Gold's edited and rewritten 1985 adaptation of three separate anime science-fiction series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. The producers have yet to announce which, if any, of the three anime that the proposed live-action project will most follow, or how it will deal with the copyright issues between Harmony Gold's partner Tatsunoko Production and the creators of Macross (the most popular of the three anime)."

In a perfect world?

Hit the ground with "Zor's ship is sent out of his Masters' clutches, crashes on Earth with the pursuit hot on its tail space-travelingly-speaking, dude check out this alien tech and the whacked-out shit that powers it" -- and then run from there.

Make the fucking thing Robotech and shear as much of the borrowed details off as fucking possible. Keep what Macek wrote and others have elaborated on. Season with mecha to taste.

Of course I suppose that's easy for me to say because my own two most beloveds can skate through a purge like that untouched, but I don't care. I want it and would want it anyway.

Cut off the limb to save the body, it's already on fucking life support.

[personal profile] pink_halen on eggs and cages

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:01 am
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It seems that Starbucks is offering sandwiches with Cage Free Egg Whites. Personally, I never keep my egg whites in cages. Usually keeping them in their shells works just fine.

Context is free-range.
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- get a concrete version of [community profile] lionswap gift wrapped up, typed up and tucked away

- figure out if I'm going to do [personal profile] spook_me this year (aka: do I have an idea or at least a fandom/subject ...?)

- keep trundling along with StoryADay

- write up at least one more gazetteer entry for the Black Hack hack

my life, my weirdarse obsessions?

Sep. 11th, 2017 02:08 am
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[personal profile] taichara: ...
[personal profile] taichara: no brain
[personal profile] taichara: dont do this
[personal profile] eliyes: BOTH

my life, my choices

Sep. 10th, 2017 06:36 pm
taichara: (Desert's Jewelbox -- spooky ~)
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[personal profile] taichara: once again the purgle times
[personal profile] eliyes: like the end times
[personal profile] eliyes: but fuzzy and affectionate
[personal profile] eliyes: over-enthusiastic bodyslams and snot included
[personal profile] taichara: tis true
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Around the middle-ish of last week, my Kickstarter copy of Sunvault arrived.

Now, Sunvault is a "solarpunk" anthology and when the Kickstarter launched I was all for the concept as explained by the publishers then, because the general gist could be boiled down to "cyberpunk but with an ecological bent and we're gonna fight to un-dystopia the place because wallowing in grimdark misery is not fun yo RISE UP" and bloody hell is that notion basically my jam. More diverse settings, people, etc etc.

It also wasn't going to be all perfect hearts and flowers -- one of the examples of "solarpunk" given on Upper Rubber Boot's blog was Paolo Bacigalupi, whose short works I'm very fond of and then I was surprised how hard I bounced off of The Wind-Up Girl because, meh, gengineered sex worker is not my bag and the book didn't have the verve of the short-form I'd read. But this was nonetheless a good sign for me also. It said (then) that things could even be post-apocalyptic or fighting losing battles as long as people were fighting those battles and doing it for each other. I am all in for that shit.

... You all know there's a 'but then --' coming, don't you.

But then, with the Kickstarter ending/ed and the submissions call rolling (and yes I did submit a work, which had some significant fuckups; most notably accidentally using a surname from a Syrian politico because I didn't check to see if my random stuff actually existed in the real world *facepalms* *has since altered placename*), I started being not so sanguine.

The concept seemed to be rapidly flanderizing into extreme diversity representation above all, and a drive to excise everything but the most ... I don't even know how to describe it, really. But the impression I had by the end of it all is that by the time the project was a wrap, Bacigalupi's work would be considered anathema for not toeing the line. In fannish terms, not "pure" enough.

What bothered me in a different way was watching the sunvault twitter spend the last ~three weeks or so calling again and again and again for more insert-minority-here submissions. Again and again, this was the only drum they banged on. This was and is discouraging.

I sent in mine, and was rejected; I was never told even the vaguest idea why, except that it "wasn't what they were looking for" -- but was that because it wasn't a perfect progressive utopia? (there's some fights in mine, and people get injured; again, see frex Bacigalupi) Because of the name gaffe? (understandable, but I could have changed it then also.) Just not up to par as fiction? (definitely possible, hi I am an amateur author.) Or was it because even after swallowing my distaste for needing to wave a laundry list of where I fit on the progressive minority scales, I wasn't high enough on those scales? Or didn't have enough entries on them? Or something?

So, essentially, what started out as sounding like A Damn Good Thing slowly mutated into a weird purity-utopia cult (from my vantage point) and it makes me cranky and uneasy. And now I have a book that I don't know if I really want to even read, which then makes me feel guilty and kind of like a betrayer because I have Issues[tm]. That and I still am totally onboard for what this was all said to be initially.

I just want my eco-bio-everythingelse duders fighting against The Man[tm] like any proper child of the 80s, damnit.

Ironically, there's another Kickstarter currently running, this time for a translation of the very first solarpunk anthology to use the word -- which was a Brazilian specfic anthology and hell yes, I want to read this. So I'm doing it again and going back to the well, because I still want this shit and want it to pick up steam.

But note that this translation team is also running their own anthology, and their submission guidelines seem, again, painfully narrow-focused for a genre and not what I was hearing just a year and a half ago. So I want to see that anthology translation, to -- if nothing else -- find out if it's just my understanding that's off-kilter. (will I submit? probably not; small window, and I'd rather clean up Equinox and add Lion's Teeth to it in that timeframe, which is also a 'real life continues to mess with my shit' timeframe. maaaybe if I have a sudden crazed inspiration for something short. not getting my hopes up this time, though.)

Related: this "hopepunk" thing is also going the rounds and just reading this thing is tiring. Look, it's everything that I want but all wrapped up in some ridiculous performative bull and I can already see potential battle lines being drawn over just what is "real" "hopepunk" and *puts bandsaw through skull*

Basically, coming down to points I guess my point is: why do we need entire fucking genres -- and performance, and purity, and etc etc -- just to write and read and have media that isn't a fucking cesspit of misery. Why. I just. Baaaaaah.

(if you haven't yet, go read Kings Of The Wyld, by the way. this book was fucking everything that these people could have wanted for inspirational and it is fucking amazing.)

Unrelated but intriguing and awesome, Iraq + 100 is an anthology of science fiction -- the first one from Iraqi authors -- and does exactly what's on the tin: what might Iraq be like in a century?

(Science Fiction in Arabic Literature)

The TOR release is dropping on Sept 12 -- this Tuesday -- but there's a 2016 release from Comma Press on Amazon so I'm guessing this is a wider-release sort of thing and I am all for that. And yes, this is something headed for my mailbox --

[personal profile] ivy is a stranger in a strange land

Sep. 10th, 2017 05:45 pm
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Everyone was nice to me, but I found it hard to participate in some of the conversations because everyone else there was fluent in Gearhead and I just don't care. It was all

One dude: "How do you like that model BLQ45Z?"
Other dude: "It's got pretty good flang, but the chimping bleederweep doesn't zerbert as well as I like in the corners."
First dude: "I heard that floppykush helps with the zerberting, tried that?"
Third dude: "My next squelch is gonna be a floppykush! Used to have a panpan bleederweep, but you know what they say about those oilsquirms!"
All dudes: [nod sagely and then argue]

Context is locked; QWP.

StoryADay: birbin'

Sep. 9th, 2017 10:49 pm
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So far I'm nine out of nine days complete, a drabble a day, and not counting finishing off luxken's prompt tables.

Hilariously, eight out of those nine are L5R drabbles -- the exception is a lone Robotech drabble when I needed to flip a bloody table -- and seven of those eight are characters I've pulled out of the aether or a scene with unnamed characters. I expect more birbs incoming.

Well, it's a thing at least? X3

PSA: re: Hurricane Irma

Sep. 9th, 2017 07:52 am
taichara: (Avenir - stardust revolution)
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This one's right fucked, folks. The Caribbean got mulched -- 90% of Barbuda is wiped flat -- and Florida is next.

There's already a lot of people who need help.

CanadaHelps.org: Hurricane Irma

Charities begin accepting donations for areas affected by Hurricane Irma

Samaritan's Purse

Edit: Tim Duncan (retired NBA player) is offering to match up to one million dollars in donations for the US Virgin Islands


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