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Jul. 21st, 2017 05:05 pm
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[personal profile] lexin
I read an entry from [personal profile] brithistorian which came originally from [personal profile] spiralsheep.

I welcome all of the following types of comments on ANY of my entries:

- Single term comments, e.g. *hugs*, yay, yes, no, thanks, this, seconded, like, +1, &c.
- One or two word comments.
- Otherwise brief comments, e.g. single sentences.
- A comment that is a punctuation mark to let me know you read, e.g. a full stop, or an asterisk, &c.
- A comment that is a punctuation mark to express your response, e.g. ! or + &c.
- A comment that is an emoticon(s) to express your response, e.g. \o/, <3, :), :(, :-D, ;-), :-P, &c.
- Long, wordy comments. Feel free to ramble away....
- Comments on related topics, conversational asides, and tangents generally.
- Incoherent comments. Most of us have both posted and had practice reading incoherent comments!
- Commentors conversing with each other is also welcome. I like hosting a place where people can interact.

I also welcome:

- Comments on older public entries.
- Comments on VERY OLD public entries.
- Comments from people who are not subscribed to me.
- Comments from people who I’ve never met.
- Comments from people who haven’t talked to me for a while.
- Comments from people who’ve never talked to me.

How I reply to comments:

- I usually try to reply to comments.

If you need to know anything else then I recommend asking as a more productive strategy than speculating. ;-P

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I don't mind arguments as long as they don't descend into name calling. I do ask that if you make a comment you stick around to defend your point of view, and don't drop a lighted match into the petrol of life, and then slope off.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 09:57 pm
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[personal profile] unovis

Feeling very low.

curacao sorbet
Made Curaçao sorbet. Fresh-squeezed limes and zest, simple syrup, vodka, and Curaçao brought home from the island.

Knitting a baby blanket for someone else to give as a gift.
green blanket1

Anyone watching Will?

Remix Revival!

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:44 am
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I signed up for [community profile] remixrevival! I ended up with a selection of fandoms that I think would be good, and included Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, and the Fatal Frame series in general. Hopefully people will sign up in those fandoms so I can have something to remix (I did offer some big fandoms so I have someone I can remix, but I'm hoping I get someone in one of my regular fandoms.) You only have to have one fandom that's considered remixable (5 fics of 100 or more or 3 fics of 500 or more) to join.

Remixes are fun and interesting - you take someone else's fic and put your own spin on it - it's almost like picking up a prompt from, say, Yuletide and writing it. I've written remixes of drabbles before - "Noble Boxes (The Doomed Italian remix)" for Doctor Who (classic) and "Coldish Hell (The Frozen Face Remix)" (Plants vs Zombies).

OMG YES!!!!!!!!!!

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:29 pm
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[personal profile] trobadora
*SCREAMS*

ETA: link

Will be coherent later, for now I'm just running around screaming. :D :D :D

ET again A: The clip is now up at the BBC website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p058vj2q

*STILL SCREAMING*

Another edit - some quotes from Whittaker, Capaldi & Chibnall here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/jodie-whittaker-13-doctor
http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/bbc-doctor-who-1202496884/

OMG OMG OMG

june booklog

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:47 am
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72. Our Nig - Harriet E Wilson ) Frustrating and structurally unsatisfying, but a sometimes interesting perspective on discrimination against free blacks in the supposedly-enlightened North of the US.


73. Enough Space for Everyone Else - ed. JN Monk ) A thoroughly satisfying collection of space opera short stories in graphic novel form, telling stories that aren't just about strong-jawed imperialist white dudes.


74. Ruth Hall - Fanny Fern ) Enjoyable enough in itself, but as, essentially, autobiography it's vicious and satisfying.


75. The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction - Justine Larbalestier ) Fascinating look at early science fiction, both the stories and the community around it; I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in both feminism and science fiction, and I'm only sorry I took so long to read it!


76. A College of Magics - Caroline Stevermer ) Kind of an odd story, sometimes frustrating, but definitely worth my persevering with.


10 Thorndyke novels - R Austin Freeman ) I cannot ignore the dubious bits, but I do still really enjoy these.


81. The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker ) Complex and interesting and very human, even though it's about people who don't officially fit the description.


82. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal - KJ Charles ) I can see why Charles is so popular, but at least based on this book, I don't think she's for me. Alas.


83. Death by Silver - Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold ) If you're looking for speculative fiction with gay detectives, I'd vote for this one over the previous!


84. The Girl with all the Gifts - M Carey ) Definitely interesting and, I think, good, but I could really take it or leave it.


85. The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo ) Surprisingly good for a random pick-up from a library shelf!


86. A Scholar of Magics - Caroline Stevermer ) Magical Oxbridge (sort of)! This was fun.


87. Sorcery and Cecelia - Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer ) Fabulous Regency entertainment, and I'm looking forward to the sequels.


88. Point of Hopes - Melissa Scott and Lisa A Barnett ) A satisfying fantasy adventure story with some really intriguing worldbuilding.


89. Among the Believers - VS Naipaul ) There is definitely scope for someone to write an interesting book about majority-Islamic countries, but it should probably be someone who doesn't have a reflexive dislike of the religion.


90. The Marshal's Lover - Jo Graham ) Fun historical adventures.


93. A Year of Biblical Womanhood - Rachel Held Evans ) In conclusion: Held Evans is a good writer, and this is well worth a look for anyone with an interest in what it actually means to live "by the Bible". Also, it's frequently very funny.


97. Raven Stratagem - Yoon Ha Lee ) Eagerly awaiting the final part of the trilogy!


99. The Saltmarsh Murders - Gladys Mitchell ) A very weird Golden Age series; I had a proper love-hate thing with it, and I still can't decide whether I want to try another one.
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NPT reveals have happened! It was a very short anon period, alas, but now I can actually talk about this. It was my first time writing this fandom - and it's a for a show I've loved for a long time. I used to watch The Pretender on German TV, and read a lot of (English) fanfic on the old pretender.de archive back in 2001/02, checking it almost daily until it vanished. My fic reading dropped off after that, but I never stopped loving the show, and rewatching it - my last full rewatch was in 2015 - only reinforced that. (It holds up very well, in case you were wondering. ♥)

Writing it myself for the first time after all that time felt pretty strange, but in a good way. :)

Title: Set Us Free
Pairing: Miss Parker/Jarod
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Jarod should be used to people being unworthy of trust, but some things hit closer to home than others. - Miss Parker knows how it goes when Jarod calls her in the middle of the night, but some calls are stranger than others.
A/N: This story refers to events from episode 3.04, Someone to Trust, in which Jarod gets himself hired as an arsonist and becomes close to his boss's seemingly-innocent wife. But Kristi isn't what she seems, and Jarod finds himself in trouble. Don't worry if you don't remember the episode well (or at all) - everything in the story should be clear from context.
Written for [personal profile] the_rck as part of Not Primetime 2017.

Originally posted here at AO3.

Set Us Free )

It's almost time!

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:20 pm
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It's almost time for the Thirteenth Doctor! Announcement on Sunday!

In 2008/09, when Eleven was cast, I had very definite opinons about who I wanted it to be, and was disappointed both that it wasn't Paterson Joseph, and that it turned out to be a VERY young white bloke. (Also, OMG I hated that leather jacket look - so offputting.)

In 2013, when Twelve was cast, I didn't have specific preferences but hoped for someone who wasn't a young white bloke, and at least got one out of three.

This time? Especially after all the groundwork Moffat has been laying, if it's not a woman this time I'm going to be disappointed. If it's a white man I'm going to be disappointed and angry. And if it's Kris Marshall as has been rumoured, I'm going to be furious and will probably not watch series 11 live.

I haven't really been following the rumour mill, but I've read enough to know that unlike last time, this time round rumours about female candidates have been treated seriously by all involved, which is great. But if they don't do it this time, they'll have lost the last chance to make it mean something other than a tired old "well, better late than never, I suppose."

Cross all your fingers for Thirteen!

Tell me about your ear

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:38 am
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Who here likes audiobooks? Can I ask you some questions?

What's important to you in a reader/narrator/actor--particularly in fiction? Have you ever figuratively thrown an audiobook across the room because some particular thing about the reading bugged the crap out of you?

For example, do you value voice quality above all? Can't stand certain types of voices? Would listen to Alan Rickman reading the phone book?

Or is vivid characterization most important? Do you like really dramatic character readings? Or are subtle variations enough for you to keep track of the story?

How much do you care about authentic dialect, accents, and accurate representation of, say, foreign words in a text? 

What about male versus female voices? Have you ever felt that an audiobook would have been improved by an actor of a different vocal gender? 

And pacing: do you use the playback speed control on your audiobook app if someone is too slow? Too rushed?

Here's why I'm asking: I'm thinking seriously of hiring a voice actor to create an audiobook of Restraint. I know what I like, but in the long process of workshopping the novel I've learned that my taste is pretty specific, maybe even alienating to people who might like my work if I opened it out a bit more.

I can't please everyone, of course, but if I'm gonna shell out for this production, I'd like to get a sense of your taste, too, and try to meet it.


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