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Relatively quiet week this week. I'm still working my way through Feet of Clay at about 5 pages a day at present. All the pieces are on the board now, and we're watching them move around into interesting combinations. The plot is thickening nicely, and the complications are predictably cropping up.

So, over to fanfic. In fully new stuff, there's [recipes for sorry] by Feather - part of her "[to see you there]" series, where we see a fairly clear picture of just how neurodiverse Tony Stark is, and how much trouble this can be to live with. (If you're still unsure how being neurodivergent can be disabling, go through this story... and then think about having those thoughts and feeling those feelings without several million dollars as a personal and social buffer between you and the consequences thereof).

In updates, well, one of my favourite Persona 5 AU fics at the moment, AyuOhSeki's wonderful To Catch A Tiger Cub, One Must First Enter the Tiger's Lair has had its final chapter posted (today, in fact - I'm cheating a little). Note to anyone who likes happy endings: this is not the fic for you. It is bittersweet all the way through. It is, however, brilliantly crafted, and a wonderful ride the whole way. I strongly recommend it to anyone reading in the fandom.

A couple of new chapters this week in a couple of fics which are slow to update: Delicious Danish updated their fic He Can't Talk And I Can't Walk (Persona 5, actually mute protagonist in a relationship with Ryuji, post high-school); and Alexilulu updated their fic Black & Red (Persona 5, trans protagonist dating trans Haru).

So that's what I've been reading this week (actually haven't been reading much - most of my time has been spent running in twenty-seven different directions at once for other reasons. I'll explain why later).

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Apr. 18th, 2019 09:44 pm[personal profile] kalloway
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Well, here's a three day weekend and [community profile] fic_rush. I guess it's time to set a few goals.

DW Inbox: 371 start, 300 goal (300 current, though that's just 'unread', but oh well)
Email Inbox: 234 start, 200 goal (217 current)
Tabs: 60+ start, 20 goal (some of these are just reading things, 29 current, mostly bookmarked stuff)
AO3 Archiving: 773 start, 800 goal (787 current)
Camp NaNo: 12309 start, 18000 goal (13996 current)

This seems doable? Maybe?

Round 94 is Open!

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:03 pm[personal profile] xandromedovna posting in [community profile] fic_rush
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See y'all on the other comm!


Apr. 15th, 2019 10:27 pm[personal profile] raisedbymoogles posting in [community profile] ffvii_100
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No points were awarded for last week.

This week's prompt is #115 - Alike

In diversity, there is unity - though many things seem to divide and separate us, there are always things we have in common. This week, celebrate the things that make us alike, from Avalanche to SOLDIERs to the Turks, and everyone in between.

Are Barret and Reeve finding common ground in the restoration of the world? Do Cloud and Reno share a taste for hard liquor? Aeris appears to be the last of her kind - could Nanaki relate? Is there anything Tifa and Yuffie can agree on besides hating Shinra? Does Rufus see part of himself in Sephiroth?

All drabbles, of course, must have something in common: their 100-word length. ;)

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Apr. 14th, 2019 03:21 am[personal profile] kalloway
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About twenty years ago, possibly longer, I saved up and bought a really decent HTML reference book. I used it quite a bit with making some of my early websites, along with just reading the sources on a lot of sites I liked to see how they did things.

At one point around... 2001, the ex asked to borrow the book and I figured I could lend it out for a bit. Long story short, it somehow vanished and could never be found and I never found another copy of that exact book or one I liked enough to buy.

Every now and then, to this day, I keep thinking I should get another one even though 1) a gazillion online resources, 2) library, and 3) I don't do anything beyond the most basic raw HTML anyway because I pretty much just post to DW and AO3 and whatnot.

And yet I still sort of want the book anyway.

(Hilariously, I just peeked at the library! Most of their HTML books have been lost/missing since around 2001. Back when people were, y'know, actually still learning HTML to build their early websites. LOL)

It's been a while...

Apr. 13th, 2019 10:30 pm[syndicated profile] neilgaiman_feed
posted by Neil Gaiman
I finished the process of making Good Omens into television at the end of January 2019.  It's been ten weeks since then and I'm only just just starting to feel human again. And not yet a laughing running tapdancing human, more a sort of baffled, awkward vague human who only remembers the word he was searching for about five minutes after he no longer needs it. Like Charlie on the last page of "Flowers For Algernon". I'll probably arrive back at normal humanity-with-a-brain somewhere in June.

Amanda is on tour 3 or 4 days a week, and home the other 3 or 4 days. (Here's her tour schedule: I'm a home-husband, trying to remember how that writing thing I used to do went, and getting the Ash time I missed in December and January as I finished Good Omens.

Ash is keeping me amused and delighted. Mostly by talking, sometimes by singing. He fell in love with christmas songs at Christmas, and they are only just now starting to be supplanted. Which is good for those of us who feared that the reign of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer would never end. Currently his favourite songs are Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" and Harry Belafonte's 'Banana Boat Song', which quite often means an unusually large voice coming out of a small boy at unexpected moments, belting out "Day-o! DAAAAAY-O! Daylight Come an' mi Want To Go Hooome!"

Me: Perhaps you could use your quiet inside voice for that, Ash?

Ash (very politely, as if explaining something to someone a bit slow): No, Dadda. I need to be very loud. Do you understand? DAAAAAAAY-O!

This is Ash today, singing (quietly) this morning:

The squawking noise in the background is guinea fowl... 

This is because we have a very small flock of guinea fowl here.  And they squawk.

They also remind me a little of a flock of small dinosaurs, and they make me smile. We had twelve last summer, and then one day we had eight, and we had eight all through the autumn and the winter.

The collective noun for guinea fowl is a confusion, and this is both apt and accurate.

Our neighbour Caroline (she's a potter, and she recently made me a Perfect TeaCupMug -- it's enormous!) does all of the looking after the guinea fowl, and I look proudly and fondly on because they spend their days wandering around eating ticks and thus, I hope, decreasing everyone's chances of getting Lyme disease here in prime Lyme disease country.

I worry about mysterious predators, so I automatically count the guinea fowl when I see them.

A couple of weeks ago the number dropped to seven. I was sad, assuming that the fowl in question had been eaten by something local with teeth or talons.

I mentioned this to Caroline. She took me a little way into the woods and she pointed out the missing guinea fowl, who believed herself to be perfectly camouflaged, sitting quietly on an awful lot of eggs.

We pretended we hadn't seen her and walked away, then immediately googled how long it takes guinea fowl eggs to hatch (about 28 days). Fingers crossed that in another two weeks we will have keets (which is what you call baby guinea fowl).

It's been years since I've blogged regularly. Let's see if I start again now. (I might. It's a good warm-up for writing and I'm looking forward to being a writer again.)

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Apr. 13th, 2019 12:23 am[personal profile] kalloway
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[personal profile] kalloway: Meanwhile, I post Ryoma and Takumi brotherly genfic. Summary still sounds like they want to bone. *not sure if sigh or shrug*
[personal profile] kalloway: I mean, if a pair of them over there want to bone, sure why not, but that's Not What I Was Going For

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Apr. 12th, 2019 08:43 am[personal profile] kalloway
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Weekend. *__* I so just want to kind of chill and not do much of anything, but also do a lot of things? Sort of clean up the living room and see what projects are lurking, maybe? I keep feeling the push of 'do things'-- read/watch/play/do what I bring home, or find a spot for it.

I've been reading bits of manga here and there, including the first volume of Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, which is really interesting so far! I'll pick up more when I can. Other than that, nothing new or even just new to me. Little familiar things here and there, mostly.

I have a bunch of library holds to pick up tomorrow, too. Combination of research material and fun reading. (including a volume of Nozaki-kun!)

This month, I've had Rush's 'Time Stand Still' stalking me. Last month it was Hotel California. I'm not sure how I feel about this. (also a lot of Van Halen and Motley Crue, though I can guess on the latter and the former is likely from having umpty rock stations in my presets)

Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty stress-filled. I've been posting longer 'reports' over on [community profile] unclutter though I'll probably mirror them all here in chunks eventually. (Posts are comm-locked, but it's open membership.)
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Have another five from my reading list for this week.

First up, I've finished re-reading "Making Money", and moved on to "Feet of Clay. Since this one doesn't have chapters, I'm reading it out loud to myself, and stopping when I get through a couple of scenes. It's about five pages a night, or thereabouts.

Next, for uni, I've been required to read Lovecraft, for the first time. "The Call of Cthulhu" and "A Shadow Over Innsmouth". Which means I've now seen the origins of a great amount of the strangeness of the internet, and possibly due to being desensitised by long exposure to the internet itself, I haven't turned into a gibbering wreck. I do see where Bob Howard gets his comments about Lovecraft's purple prose from, though. All the shades, from aubergine through heliotrope to palest, palest lilac. Plus lots of focus on the "uncanny", as well as a lot of the racism and xenophobia for which Lovecraft is rather infamous. Seriously, if the guy hadn't been so absolutely and pathologically terrified of the idea of anyone who wasn't a white male upper-middle-class American from the North-Eastern US states having any access to anything by way of knowledge or power which he didn't have, he might have been a reasonable bloke to know. As it is, reading his stuff reminds me of a lot of reading memes from the alt-right bits of the internet - same sense of gibbering terror at the very notion of difference.

If H P Lovecraft were alive and writing today, he'd be a virulent blogger for the far right. If we were very lucky, he'd have been one of the Rabid Puppies and would currently be involved in a virulent argument with Vox Day about who was more hardcore and genuine, and therefore performing a service to mankind by keeping the two of them focussed on each other and out of everyone else's hair. I can admire the craft of his writing, while disliking a lot of the content.

I also had a look at one of the Hugo-nominated short-stories, mainly because it's a T Kingfisher story I hadn't seen before: The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society. Like many of her stories, it takes a fairytale trope, and turns it on its head, in a rather humourous way. I think if I ever wind up with money, I'm going to see about buying as much of her stuff as I can lay hands on (or get delivered to Australia).

So, final item, and it's basically an author/series recommendation more than anything else. I got interested in TwilightKnight17's Hours-Verse series, which is a fusion largely of Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5, where the central premise is that the end of Persona 3 changes in a particular fashion that I'm not going to share, because Spoilers. It's up to 13 parts so far, one of which is currently a work in progress, and I'd definitely recommend it if you're a fan of any of the Persona games, because even the original Persona and Persona 2 get a look in. Also look at any of their other stuff - they're well worth the read, I'm finding. Good characterisation, none of the more annoying fan-writer quirks (such as describing characters solely by epithets[1]) that can sometimes get in the way of enjoying a story, and they're very good at plotting and pacing.

So that's what I've been reading (along with a lot of Persona 5 fanfic). What's on everyone else's reading list?

[1] What is it with that one? Do neurotypical people generally think of their friends as 'the tall one', 'the short one', 'the one with blonde hair' and so on? Why not just use their names?
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All rise and no fall: how Civilization reinforces a dangerous myth

I don't expect to see a fellow collapsitarian in a game review websites, of all places. But here it is: Alister MacQuarrie on Rock Paper Shotgun has written an essay on how the myth of perpetual, endless growth harms the gameplay of Civilization, and how even the gear progression of fantasy single-player games is part of that. Along the way, he manages to drop a few comments about the danger that the myth of progress is doing to the biosphere.

So it isn't just a narrative problem that Civilization, and games in general, insist on perpetual growth. Yes, it produces the late game stagnation that Rise and Fall tries valiantly to shake up. But when games hew so closely to the perpetual growth model, they uncritically reinforce one of the most damaging myths of our time –- a myth currently destroying our only biosphere.

Round 94 Schedule

Apr. 10th, 2019 09:36 am[personal profile] xandromedovna posting in [community profile] fic_rush
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And the winner is... Tiiiiiicky Booooox! *air horns and confetti* However, Tiiiiiicky Booooox has a full calendar this month, so we will hold Round 94 Friday April 19 to Sunday April 21. That's right, Friday is back! Usurpers, sharpen your glowsticks, mods please list your availability so I can fill out the Chart of Temporal Mysteries. If you want to mod/usurp and don't have posting access yet, alert your local admin, and of course if I have disgraced the goddess Calcula in my math don't hesitate to publicly shame me.

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Apr. 8th, 2019 11:25 pm[personal profile] raisedbymoogles posting in [community profile] ffvii_100
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No points were awarded for last week.

This week's prompt is #114 - Journey

They say it's about the journey, not the destination - FFVII is the story of a journey, after all. This week, start a journey, end it, or make a friend along the way. Remember that journeys don't always have to be physical.

What are Aeris's thoughts on leaving home for the first time? How does Tifa prepare to travel someplace she's never been? Does Rufus expect five-star service everywhere he goes, or has he been known to rough it? Where are Cid's sight set now that he's been to space? Is Nanaki's journey now of a more spiritual nature?

The journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step, but your journey must take 100 words.

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Apr. 8th, 2019 08:38 am[personal profile] kalloway
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I am almost thru the more recent-ish things in my inbox! Whew!

So there's another Tellius banner coming up in Fire Emblem Heroes and I'm excited about the characters on it. But, sort of embarrassingly, I haven't actually touched Path of Radiance, the first Tellius game, since I played it in 2005 (I may have restarted once after that but never made it far). I played maybe a chapter or two of Radiant Dawn. But that's literally it.

I might see about replaying it, with commentary, maybe at the rate of a chapter a day and see how I do? (A chapter a day when I don't visit my folks.)

Not much going on. I'm actually almost halfway to my Camp NaNo goal already, which is a good feeling. I set the bar low because I had no idea what the month would bring (and still don't). We'll see what I can manage to write and if I can keep this kind of momentum for awhile.

I guess that's it. My copy of Super Robot Wars T arrived but I haven't poked at it yet.

Almost green

Apr. 7th, 2019 12:08 pm[personal profile] animama
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The creek is running again. Bits of green grass are starting to come up. In a few more weeks everything will look lovely and green here.
If you squint you can see little Rocky out in the muddy driveway. The older cats are sitting on the porch keeping their feet clean.

This next week is going to be crazy, with a lot of late nights. See you guys on the other side!

Today's agenda: a fruit stand, a folded pancake, and a shark on a surfboard


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