Blah.

Apr. 17th, 2014 12:04 am
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Well, I am very disappointed in recent developments on Marvelsagentsofshield. Blah.
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So I panicked and started changing every password I could find, due to Heartbleed.

Well, it turns out a lot of sites don't even use OpenSSL, and it doesn't matter; and the ones that do may not have updated already.

So. I get to keep the passwords I remember on some things.
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I have a notepad file with a handful of names designed to look Greek while not actually meaning anything, some few words of notes following those names, and a sentence explaining that this story cycle is probably a bad idea, because the major fandom is over here and the story that's spinning out of it is way over on the other hand and not a good fit for that fandom.

I really should not try to write fic.

Some part of me wants to scrub the fan elements (oddly, the fake-Greek ones can stay because they are way off to the side of the source canon anyway) and rename the characters so the story can go forward into something quite different than the canon to which it was going to be imaginary backstory. Another part thinks that's a poor solution--because the roots would be too obvious.

And the story that my brain has taken and built out of the fusion fic I was going to write is too boring, except in ways that, again, way over on the other hand. But now my brain won't let go of it.

It's not like I expect to get much more than that sentence written anyway. I can come up with big long stories, or the shadows of them, in my head. But writing them down is not a thing I do. I don't know why.

If I am being vague, well. Yeah.

SO NEVER MIND!

more fic.

Apr. 4th, 2014 05:34 pm
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all the trees of the field will clap their hands by twoskeletons (Lassiter) is a very apt coda to the Pevensies' story.
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I've been having issues with Chrome loading LiveJournal lately. Just now I opened an old 3-tab window and had one tab apparently replaced by an ad for a Star Wars: The Old Republic game. I'm not sure what happened there.
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I was reading KelinciHutan's The Trials of King Edmund, and at one point had to break out The Horse and His Boy, which I have perhaps unfairly fond childhood memories of, and reread it.

Well, it's not as much a mad series of dream sequences as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but it does seem to have very plot-dictated geography, and hinge on a confluence of events worthy of a Shakespearean comedy (albeit in the "fate" category rather than the "hilarious coincidence" category).

There is some...odd...setting work. Sometimes I find myself thinking the Narnians come off as a bit arrogant, and the extreme "evil culture" elements of Calormen seem to serve to make Narnia and Archenland just "less bad." Maybe.

But there are some neat ideas, some good lines, and Lewis's style is pretty breezy and quick. It's a short, light read in its way.

I also think that Calormen isn't just a ridiculous over-the-top cartoon version of authoritarianism, but somehow a metaphor for imperialism. It's just, I live in an imperialist country, and C. S. Lewis grew up in one, and it's important to understand that the English-speaking peoples of the world today are far more like Calormen than like Narnia.

I had forgotten most of the stuff with Hwin. She was actually the sensible one, mostly--which is then deeply undercut by the one line of hers I did remember.

Some interesting treatment of language. Not smart, not good, in fact kind of infuriating in a linguistics sense, but interesting technically. Come to think of it, I think it always did seem strange to me that the Narnians, Archenlanders, and Shasta all spoke very mostly the same language.

Liz Culmer might appreciate that I have a way to get Ilgamuth out of the battle at Anvard alive. I mean, it's pretty obvious how to do it, considering.

Incidentally, and connected both to the linguistics issues and to saving Ilgamuth for the sake of Liz's stories, if I do write more on this, I am going to have to change the reason that Lucy didn't have the cordial with her on the way to Anvard.

Because, seriously having Lucy's reason for not having the fireflower cordial with her be that the High King had charged her "not to carry it commonly to the wars"--that's really awkward.

Apparently, Jack was trying to riff on medieval western Europe, when roving bands of adolescents pretended to be governments and skirmished with each other a lot. And as a Wonder Woman fan who used to despise the old "purple healing ray," I sympathize with trying to write a story where there isn't a magic panacea available, whatever the case in one's previous works.

But for all that this was both supposed to be dire peril for Archenland and an engagement in which two of the Narnian royals assisted, I am bemused that protocol is portrayed as "leave that thing home."

And it would have been a moderately easy fix. I don't know what order everything was written in, but Jack had already established that Peter was on the northern border fighting Giants. So, it is a simple enough thing to have the cordial off with him.

Anyway, why is there generally assumed to be only one vial bottle of fireflower cordial? It's been a dozen years (probably) since that Christmas when Lucy received it--

--and I'm about to start ranting about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, so I will stop here, for now.
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I finally finished re-reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the first time since...childhood, maybe? Years, in any case.

I got to the end, and said, "Well, that was dumb."

OK, maybe that was flavored by other dumb things I was reading mixed in at the same time. And there are good bits, of course. But I am struck by the fact that the last chapter is a hot mess. The Four as adults kind of don't make sense, their high-falutin' language is absurd, and the idea that none of them seem to remember where they came from--not any of the four?--yeah, it's a mess.

It goes with the whole thing being a mix of children's horror story and lunatic dream sequence, a feeling I was getting from early in the book.

I re-read this how many times as a kid? No wonder I was a bit mad as a youth.

Now, I am being a bit cruel. There's some stuff to like, there is, and a fair bit I'd forgotten--including stuff to like--such as some pretty smart stuff about Edmund, who starts as a bad older brother, but isn't actually evil. But it seems such a strange thin book now.

Oh, well. When I was little, I used to read books like this a lot. Frank Baum, Lloyd Alexander, and the like. And at some point I lost the tolerance for them. As a teen, I went pretty hard into more visual forms, like comics and television, although I still read some straight-up text things. Ten years or so ago, I officially gave up trying to read novels (sometimes I forget). I wondered for a long time if something was broken in me.

Now I feel less bad about how much I moved away from this sort of book into comics and the like. It wasn't really as much a step down as I feared. No, I'm not really one for big serious realistic works, even now. At least not the fiction kind. (I do appreciate non-fiction.) But I really did mature beyond a goofy child's level...eventually.

The title page says, "A story for children." Wow, what poor children we were, to be given stuff like this!

No, that's a bit too harsh. But, but, but, Mr Beaver carries a lot of the exposition, while being a bit confused and basically being less than credible. That's awkward in a children's book, isn't it?

(started March 20, finished March 27)
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Oh, yeah, more musing about trope bingo. (My card is here.)

I think at least one entry (or whatever they are called) will be Narnia meta (mostly). I actually have that maybe a quarter written already.

But I am bemused that at the moment there is a good chance that my bingo will not involve lots of Narnia, Wonder Woman, and/or Yotsuba-verse. There may be really subtle allusions to Wondy and W. M. Marston, and maybe a couple of entries will be very Narnia, but I don't think I'm going to fit in "Gaga meets Koiwai" as a bingo.

Nope, the current plan is to try to do a AU fairytale of Sean Saves the World (but I need plot for that); an angry fixfic/anti-fic (is that even a word) with a really weird version of Queen Swanwhite; a weird night out in the Underground part of Philippe Keyaerts's Small World; and a rambling meta on Narnia that takes an odd turn by the end. And possibly another Small World fic, that was going to be my "fairytale/myth" entry, but ended up not quite making sense in that spot.

Also this: When I come up with ideas, they are often fannish fusion wackiness that doesn't really match much on the bingo card.

But I did come up with plot for a story that could actually be a postage stamp, and then realized it was all new characters in my head. I could pretend that the main character is Sara from QC in a timeline averted by her being eaten by an allosaurus, or just have Dark Angel pop up at the end and say, "Hello, Princess!" but those feel like cheating. So, I may not write it. (It was kind of based on a friend's traumatic day anyway, and went in a pessimistic direction from there, so that may be just as well.)
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So, if I'm doing trope_bingo, somehow, how do I get invited to join AO3?

Stuff

Mar. 15th, 2014 01:00 am
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I am trying to write something for trope bingo, but...it's me. It'll be more dialogue and essay than narrative with action.

It's possible that I will do something really goofy and not story at all for trope bingo, if I can get it to fit a trope. Like game elements based on only tangentially-relevant works....

I had apparently missed four installments of Grrl Power, a twice-a-week webcomic, and I know I'm much more behind than that on Bad Machinery/Bobbins/whatever John Allison is doing right now. I just in the last day caught up on Scandinavia and the World too.

I just added waterfall8484 to my flist, on the basis that she liked Grrl Power, and had an icon with Pinkie Pie bouncing up and down.

I have been reading a little bit more fic--mainly Narnia fic. I got to one of rthstewart's which most likely will get a snarky comment in one of my bingo tropes.

I really liked edenfalling's Out of Season, and am starting on the sequels...soon?

Friday I read a couple of albums of Marvel comics.

One was Thanos Rising. Grim and bloody it was. But the artist, Simone Bianchi, managed to hit notes that kind of evoked a lot of trippy artists I like, from Ian Gibson to Esteban Maroto to Larry Stroman. I was a bit befuddled by one thing. Is that bit with him destroying the inhabitants of Titan meant to be in the future of the main Marvel timeline?

The other was just the first five issues of the Gillen/McKelvie Young Avengers. Not even really a complete arc, bah.
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Well. Apparently the Fox network moved Rake to Fridays, and didn't think to tell anyone watching Rake. I just found out, and I'm not at home, and probably won't be in time.

Also, I am pretty sure they just totally skipped an episode a few weeks ago. Kind of a big status change episode, in which Mikki gets a new boyfriend, and apparently (I'm guessing from context) Keegan sleeps with (does something with, anyway) the mayor's wife. So we get references to these events without seeing them. Sloppy.

Guys? Don't Firefly this.
philippos42: "Dark Vengeance!" (flip)
(Warning: USA television stuff)

I've been watching Rake, a show where Greg Kinnear plays a rakish lawyer, on Fox, since it started. It started the same time NBC started doing lots of Olympics stuff and not showing Sean Saves the World. I was worried that Sean (and Mike Fox) would come back and I'd have to choose.

Nope! They're running Hollywood Game Night that hour. (I looked online: They canceled both shows, and Mike Fox is headed back to CBS's The Good Wife.) Thank you, NBC, for not wanting my eyeballs. (OK, I'll still watch Community. And I may even leave the TV on during Parks and Recreation, even as I direct the majority of my attention elsewhere.)

Rake was very likely to win, though.
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Yeah, this blog went silent. February has been--full of distraction.

Among other things, I really did start seriously obsessing on a board game. One of those wacky silly ones with lots of expansions, and online fora where people talk about homebrew additions.

I can get obsessive about stuff like that. It's not a side of my psyche I'm real proud of.
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OK, last day of the writing meme.

I kept meaning to do a Midnight Oil post, but I'm going to make it a post about my favorite Aussie bands. Because some of my favorite bands when I was young were from Australia.

I discovered Midnight Oil in high school. They were sort of political, kind of crabby, and I liked them. I borrowed some albums on cassette from a friend. The accents were thick, the lyrics strange. I didn't know what all they were talking about, but that was interesting. But eventually I realized some of their songs seemed to have an environmental consciousness. So Oils were my favorite band for a while.

But Oils were the favorite band of my social conscience. At some point I stopped wanting to listen to songs that were so rooted in the real world. I was losing my will to fight for things. And I think I kind of stopped liking Peter Garrett so much for...other reasons.

I turned then to another band, that like Oils, had dense, strange lyrics, that had struck youthful me as, "music for science fiction." That was the Church, whom I discovered with Starfish. Steve Kilbey's voice reminded me of my own voice at that time, and it was he that actually made me think I could sing and sound OK. I like the Church, but I only have a few of their albums. As I understand it, they were more "jangle pop" before Starfish, and became rather more trance later. But I liked the odd psychedelic quality of Kilbey's lyrics, which endured for some time, I suppose, even as their albums became more instrumental.

I lost track of their new releases for a time, and was later surprised to learn that between band albums and solo albums, Kilbey, Koppes, and Willson-Piper had been putting out about an album a year for decades. And last I knew, Steve Kilbey was doing a project where a single patron could pay him a sum of money to write a song. Out of my price range!

And of course, being in high school in that era, I also liked INXS. They weren't my favorite, favorite band, but they had a cool sound early on. And being more commercial pop rock, it was pretty common to find other people who knew them.

Years later, INXS would have a reality show to add a new lead singer. I watched it devoutly. And in fact, they picked a younger North American, about my age, to be their lead singer for a while. Then, let's see, I think their bassist got injured, the new lead singer had a falling out with their manager, and they stopped touring. That was years ago, I haven't really checked up on them since.

I don't really know much about Aussie music otherwise. I think I have the soundtrack to Young Einstein somewhere. :รพ
philippos42: zat on stage (escape)
Yeah, I kind of gave up on the writing meme. Sorry. OK, today you get a mildly funny (and mostly true) story.

I know a couple who own a little mom'n'pop bookstore. One side has books, and the other side has games. The game side used to have model trains, and they had a sign and a yellow pages ad saying, "books, games, trains."

Well, they sold some model trains, but they also would get lots of phone calls looking for actual train schedules. They're located in a town with no passenger train service; if you want out, take the bus. So people looking for transportation out of town, and hoping for train tickets, would in desperation call up the model train store. It doesn't look likely, but it does say "trains" in the phone book, and it doesn't hurt to ask, right?

So at some point the proprietors were getting more would-be travelers looking for actual passenger train service than customers buying model trains. They sold off their model train stuff and got out of the business.

But once in a while, they still get the calls....
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Paul Cornell's last Doctor Who comic is a bit meta.

"Songs in the Dark," by secooper87: Tenth Doctor finds himself in Narnia, mopes about Rose, manages to save the future. Seriously, I liked this. Nice to see someone be respectful to Aslan without being overly reverent, and that's in character for the Doctor, I think.
philippos42: zat's bunny (comedy)
OK, since I've been missing days, a short bonus writing meme post to make up for Saturday--which more or less would have been Saturday's post if I had remembered:

It occurs to me that some of the revamps of major comic book superheroes in recent years are not only, "Why haven't we done that yet?" but a bit of, "Of course they are!" That is, "Of course they are!" if you asked someone with only the barest familiarity with the property.

Wonder Woman is Superman's girlfriend? "Of course she is!" as you might be told by someone unfamiliar enough with the mythos to confuse Wonder Woman and Lois Lane.

Spider-Man is black now? (That is, in the "Ultimate" comics) Hasn't he always been?

Going back a little further, we could add more:

The Avengers work for the government, so they're basically a military outfit? Of course!

And Spider-Man has to be an Avenger, right? Of course he is!

So Spidey is a government employee? Uh....

And having a Robin who was literally Bruce Wayne's son may have been playing with that trope.

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