(Resurrecting a post that’s been sitting in the Drafts folder for almost 2 years now, and testing a new crossposting plugin at the same time.)
We are not social people. Well, okay, we’re selectively social. We have our groups of friends that we see now and then, but we don’t generally seek out new acquaintances. This will become important in a bit.
But we do like to cook. When looking for things to do on this trip, Stephanie found this cooking class that covers several Japanese dishes, and includes a main dish of actual Kobe beef. We figured, “Sounds cool!” and signed up.
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In Crossovering, I want to mention that sovay said that my gift fic Frank & the Phoenix is perfectly readable without knowing David Blaize (it's a crossover with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Frank Maddox/Newt Scamander) and actually, I think that as long as you are familiar with the Harry Potter-verse, it should be fine. Other Crossovering stories I particularly liked:
And Bide the Danger (6764 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Amelia Bones/Susan Pevensie, Amelia Bones & Edgar Bones, Aslan & Susan Pevensie, Amelia Bones & Alastor Moody, Edgar Bones/Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, The Problem of Susan, Temporal Paradox, Department of Mysteries, Dark Character, Deus Ex Machina, Investigations
Summary: Susan Pevensie: former Unspeakable, legendary beauty, possible Dark witch. A young Amelia Bones, eager to make her mark on MLE, has just been assigned to track her down. But the further Amelia proceeds with her investigation, the more questions she uncovers - especially once she meets Susan herself.
The Start of a Long Summer (1676 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Azula (Avatar), Tumnus
Additional Tags: Crossover, Attempted Kidnapping
Summary: Azula steps through a wardrobe to find a kidnapping faun and a wintry kingdom ripe for regime change.
There are also two lovely artworks for due South/Lost, and although I'm not familiar with Lost I certainly can recognize the dS characters in Bob Pays a Visit to the Travelers and Kenzi Meets Diefenbaker.
In the Femslashex collection, I particularly liked these:
The Part of Her Hair (10596 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Original Female Character
Characters: Mary Bennet, Original Female Character, Lydia Bennet, Kitty Bennet
Additional Tags: Falling In Love, Family Bonding
Summary: Miss Gibson said, “In the spirit of truthful admission, Miss Bennet, I intend to spend some time devising the right question for you. If I may see you again?”
Why did that sound strange? But she always sounded strange to people herself. And it was a familiar kind of strangeness, as if it were something she had heard before, only not like this.
Mary, constrained by the principles of truth, could only admit that she would enjoy that very much.
A Golden Thread Between Hearts (1633 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Seasons of Glass and Iron - Amal El-Mohtar
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tabitha (Seasons of Glass and Iron), Amira (Seasons of Glass and Iron)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, First Kiss
Summary: Tabitha and Amira travel, and grow, and love.
(The canon for the second is a freely-available short story I recced before: Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar, which is f/f fairytale fantasy with an edge of grimdark.)
There are actually many other excellent stories in both collections, and I encourage you to browse!
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I do have one beta already on it but I think it came out a little wordy for her to handle on her own. Kara/Mon-El divergence AU, 36k. You don't have to be a hardcore grammar nerd unless that's your thing, here's the list of things that probably need checking:
-did I get excited by an idea and fail to finish the sentence I was working on
-did my phone app insert a word in the middle of a different word just to fuck with me
-is my portrayal of Krypton distractingly weird to someone more familiar with the wider DCU (for this you would only need to read the first 10k!)
-do the action scenes make any sense
-does the rest of it make any sense
If you can only read for one of these things it would be perfectly cool and a ten day or less turnaround would be ideal?
PS it mostly takes place on Daxam, so warnings for Daxam being a terrible place! Nothing graphic though.
And while you are doing that I will try not to flub this fandomgrowthexchange deadline, ugh. They have open pinch hits if unlike me you are not already screwing up the whole writing to a schedule thing.
*blows kisses to everyone*
In the middle of the week, we have our anti-procrastination day. It's a great opportunity to look carefully at the things we've been avoiding starting and thinking about why we aren't getting anywhere with them. There are any number of reasons and it really doesn't matter what they are, they were good reasons before, but now is our chance to reevaluate and to begin to look for a way past them. Remember - this comm is not about having to manage to complete the whole of a task in one go, it's about finding first the way to start and then the way to continue it until we can overcome it. Tasks don't have to be daunting and beyond us, because all we're looking for at any time is the next step.
Can you think of something that you'd like to begin? Something that bit by bit you could overcome? What's today's part of that task going to be (or tomorrow's if today's is the planning stage)?
Wir schauen uns sehr genau an, was sich in der »Szene« tut: Wer veröffentlicht in Fan-Zeitschriften, wer schreibt eigene Romane, wer arbeitet für andere Verlage in vergleichbaren Serien? Gelegentlich sprechen wir jemanden an und fragen diese Person, ob sie Lust und Zeit hätte, für uns zu arbeiten. Aus einer solchen Frage wird manchmal etwas, manchmal aber auch nicht.
Das ist der eine Weg. Leo Lukas sagte einmal: »Bei PERRY RHODAN wird man berufen.« Man kann sich allerdings auch bewerben; das ist der andere Weg.
Hilfreich ist hierbei ein aussagekräftiges Manuskript, aus dem hervorgeht, was der Autor oder die Autorin eigentlich kann; Science Fiction wäre noch hilfreicher. Ein höfliches Anschreiben zählt irgendwie ebenfalls dazu. Wir schauen uns alle Manuskripte an, die bei uns eintreffen – leider dauert es manchmal, bis eine Antwort kommt. (Die aktuellen Manuskripte für die laufenden Serien gehen selbstverständlich vor.)
Grundsätzlich sieht es derzeit so aus, dass wir ein PERRY RHODAN-Autorenteam haben, ebenso ein Team für PERRY RHODAN NEO. Wir suchen nicht händeringend nach neuen Kolleginnen und Kollegen. Aber man weiß ja nie ...
First chapter & notes here (on LJ), for DW just follow the tags, and Master post of whole 'verse here (also tagged on DW).
Can also be found on AO3.
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Rating: Teen. (Same warnings as the show basically.)
Characters: Spike, Angel, Illyria, Buffy, Scoobies + cameos from more or less everyone in the 'verse.
Main Ships: Spike/Buffy, Angel/Nina
Feedback: Is bloody ambrosia! (The secret ingredient is otter...)
Word count (this chapter): 2400 words approx.
Setting and Summary: As before. (Post-NFA epic quest thing.)
Beta: The ever wonderful kathyh
( Chapter 10: Christmas Angel )
In other news, I just wrote and deleted a writing rant, but suffice it to say, "start as close to the end as possible" remains one of the best and most useful bits of writing advice I ever heard.
On Thursday I had a big day out with my dyebuddy, J. We rendezvoused on the first off-peak Chiltern line train to London and made our way (not by the most efficient route) to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. A free shuttle bus turned up just as we stepped out of the railway station, which was jolly good of it, and I loved the view we got on the short drive, especially the last, elevated section where you're looking down across London.
The first thing we needed to do when we arrived was to eat. And oh my, the catering at Ally Pally is like taking a step back to the 1970s. We could only find windowless, underground eating places -with black tablecloths adding to the gloom - where the options made little concession to people with allergies and a preference for not eating meat.
The show itself was disappointing. For ages we genuinely thought that we were wandering around the edges and failing to find the main event, but no, that was the main event. It was just vastly smaller than the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, and vastly less imaginative, passionate or cutting edge than the fabulous Fibre East.
The one thing that made show itself worthwhile was a substantial display of work by Diana Harrison. I've seen a little of her work before (at BMAG's Lost in Lace exhibition a few years ago) and found it interesting. Last week, seeing a lot of the work together, and with the benefit of having done rather more printing and stitching myself, it made a huge impact. J loved it too. We enthused at the artist, signed her comments book, and I bought her catalogue from a previous exhibition.
The great thing is, even though the show didn't live up to expectations, we had a lovely day. We don't often get chance to hang out like that, the sun was shining, everyone is friendly and comfortable at these events, and I was on my feet all day (walked about 8km) without trouble from the tendons.
On the way home, looking at the trainline app, I noticed that at Banbury the train behind us was going to overtake the train I was on, so I could switch and arrive 20 minutes earlier than expected. It all happened on adjacent platforms, with no rush, and I was so proud of myself because trains and platforms and timings all tend to induce stress and panic. I love living in the future where I have so many tools to make life easier and minimise the fear.
On Thursday my new gardener worked some more magic in the back garden and it's now looking like a place one might want to spend time, even though his work is very much at the beginning. (This week he has been attacking the front and letting in the light - very exciting.)
On Friday I discovered The Good Place and didn't really stop until Saturday evening when I had run out of episodes to inhale. It's lovely. And smart. And darkly charming. And contains many actors I was delighted to find on my screen. I am more than a little in love with Janet.
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Happily, Andrew's explanation of how the light works was spot on, and it doesn't bother me like a glowy phone or computer or TV screen. To give you some idea of how Lorca-ish my eyes are, though, I have it set to 2 when I'm in bed, and 5 in daylight. It goes up to about 30, by the looks of it (haven't actually counted).
I'm really REALLY happy with the cover I got for it, which is incredibly thin and light, but still feels sturdy. It also has the autowake function, which is handy. I would genuinely rec it to anyone who has a papperwit of the requisite size (that's pretty much all of them less than 5 years old).
I think I am also going to quickly get used to having Goodreads integration, which my old Kindle was too ancient to support.
All in all, I think I made the right decision. Thanks to those of you who helped by voting and commenting and things.
Aku« aus Akustik-Versionen von Stücken, die seit Jahren zum Repertoire der Band zählen. Die Songs werden live gespielt, sie finden sich im Original auf den unterschiedlichsten Platten. In den hier präsentierten Versionen sind sie aber extrem selten.
Tatsächlich klingt das alles ziemlich gut. Lässt man sich darauf ein, sind die Stücke so schmissig, wie man es von der Band gewohnt ist. Die Melodien gehen ins Ohr, die Texte sind eh gut: keine Politparolen, eher persönliche Aussagen, alles ein wenig schlauer formuliert als beim durchschnittlichen Deutschpunk.
Klar, dass es musikalisch dann auch in andere Richtungen geht. Die Stücke plunkern manchmal in Bereiche, die man von der Band eher nicht kennt. Es wird ein wenig geschunkelt, es kommen Elemente rein, die man eher bei irgendwelchen Polka-Kapellen vermutet – eine Mischung, die man echt an sich ranlassen muss.
Aber cool ist das Ganze schon. Ich bekam die CD, nachdem ich mich an sie gewöhnt hatte, tagelang nicht aus dem CD-Player raus.
Ganz klar: Mit »Descender« hat Jeff Lemire erneut einen starken Comic geschrieben. Ich mochte seinen »Sweet Tooth« sehr, und ich fand seine Superhelden-Geschichten ebenfalls gut – ein echtes Meisterstück ist aber seine große Saga um Menschen und Roboter, um Gefühle und Ängste, in einem Science-Fiction-Universum, das auf seine emotionale Weise ganz andere Wege geht.
Der Charme der Geschichte kommt aber auch aus den Zeichnungen. Dustin Nguyen bleibt sich im vierten Band treu: Seine Bilder wirken oft fahrig, wie Skizzen, über die Wasserfarbe gespritzt worden ist. Gerade damit erzeugen sie eine Stimmung, wie man sie von anderen SF- oder Superheldengeschichten nicht kennt.
Wenn im vierten Hardcover-Band der deutschsprachigen Ausgabe der große Krieg offenbar direkt bevorsteht, ist die Spannung natürlich groß. Ich giere aber viel eher nach den weiteren Entwicklungen auf emotionaler Ebene: Wie werden sich die Figuren in welcher Stimmung entscheiden, wie wird es weitergehen?
(Wer jetzt an dieser Stelle eine ausführliche Inhaltsangabe vermisst, den muss ich vertrösten. Sie ist sowieso nicht verständlich, wenn man die vorherigen Bände der Serie nicht kennt. Wer mag, schaue sich die Leseprobe auf der Internet-Seite des Splitter-Verlages an; das erklärt vielleicht mehr ...)
Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?
I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.
This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.
The Kosher Salt Question
Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.