the power to revolutionize the world

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the saga of how much i hate that book: the continuation!
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Today I came across a post about how Lev Grossman's The Magicians is a flawless allegory for grad school. Not having been to grad school, I couldn't tell you one way or the other whether this is correct, but I can definitely say I don't want to read that book or anything like it again to check.

I'd rather go to grad school, I'd rather go to ten grad schools. Better have your own shitty experiences (and maybe get something out of them -- education, networking, nervous breakdowns, anything) than spend time reading about someone else's.



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trying to get back into the habit of posting again
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So here is a meme. Give me one or several or a bunch of letters, and I'll answer. Possibly even right away!

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode or section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What's the best writing advice you've ever come across?
N. What's the worst writing advice you've ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person asking the question is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description)



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so I've been watching that Young Justice show it's pretty good though not as good as Iron Man armored Adventures.I've been really frustrated because my hands have been hurting too much for me to write about it so I'm testing out my phones speech to text function which is also not bad. I really really like Kaldur although I'm sure there's no fic about him. he's just so obviously a good leader who plans ahead and is really good at judging what everyone can do and what they should be doing. like you think the leader would be Robin because everybody loves Batman and Robin or superboy because he is superboy but it's so obviously Kaldur, right from the start. he's also just a sweet kid though actually I think he's older than the others. at the beginning I was thinking there should be more Kaldur and less Wally because Wally is kind of a jerk and I don't like him, but I think the show actually manages a good balance between all the characters. I've started liking Superboy more and Artemis and M'gann are pretty great as well but I still don't really like this version of Wally West.

Speaking of M'gann, i really like the way she goes "Hello, Megan!" at herself when she realizes something. It's really the kind of thing secondary language learners do irl, and it's a nice detail. Also the white martian stuff.

so is this is the show they cancelled because too many girls liked it. Huh.



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so i watched pacific rim


...I LOVE IT TOO MUCH I CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT I HAVE TOO MANY FEELINGS



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music rec party post is a go.
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Inspired by an old post of [personal profile] littlebutfierce, who has been looking for some new tunes lately.

Everybody likes an excuse to talk about their favorite music, right? Recommend me music, recommend other people music, make a specific request for music recommendations you might like, go for it!

Here, I'll go first:

just a few for nowCollapse )

Also, if anybody wants to rec me some modern/new jazz, that would be lovely!


Please link this post to all your friends, etc etc., so we can get a wider pool of tastes (and more music).



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I wrote a fic for stseiya_fanfics' Multifandom Yuri Festival, which I am very excited about, but the posting date got pushed back again (to August 20th) so now my fic is all finished and sent off and I want to talk about it but I can't. :(

I guess this means I can write people extra gifts, though?



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In the spirit of 'less romance, more identity issues and cyborgs':
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Even if you, like me, are not really in Avengers/MCU fandom, you should absolutely definitely read this fic. Identity stuff! Genderqueer main character! Non-linear storytelling! PERFECTION.

Not joking around; take my name and just let me be is one of those gorgeous, gorgeous things that make me think: yes, this is what writing is for.



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Today i successfully made dosa! I have been having dosa CRAVINGS off and on for weeks, without the chance to go get any, so i am both fulfilled and very proud.

...now i want more and there isn't any. hmph.



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at last, a non-ironic use of this tag
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I've been feeling p. good the last few days! My baseline for most of the last year and a half has been 'tired and achy and generally yuck' with a side of 'wondering if I'm just being a lazy-ass', and the bonus that, looking at old DW entries, this seemed to be a usual thing & it did not in fact get better. But this week, since Tuesday, I have been . . . okay! Like, not super great amazing climb mountains and conquer the world, but definitely decent alright good clean desk and put effort into cooking dinner.

I did not realize how much difference there was between that and the way I'd been feeling until it changed.


(The slightly worrying thing is that there doesn't seem to be any direct cause for this mood shift, but I guess we'll deal with that later. I want a record that this happened.)



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So I had my first ever panic attack today! Minor cosmetic surgery, nurses who can't find a god damn vein, continuous oozing blood from the site, etc etc. I really don't want to talk about it except to say a) that I have never wanted to avoid mirrors so much in my entire life, and b) this is also the first time I've spent an entire day watching netflix. I have finally seen both Ghostbusters and the Matrix.

Also my computer is broken, possibly permanently -- this is coming to you live from my tablet.

If you wish to express your sympathy for the above, please do so by talking about ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS. Like your current favorite manga! Let's talk about that.



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Confession: I always avoid Male Main Character/Any Female Character At All fics in fandoms where the main character is a dude, because I'm not willing to take the risk of her character arc & accomplishments being overshadowed by his. (Female character/male secondary character is usually okay. Main dude/other dude can have its own problems, but those are different. I'm just really, really tired of Hero Gets The Girl, okay.)


Incidentally, if you are going to be trapped at an airport for long periods of time, do not make it Chicago Midway. It is potentially the most boring major airport on earth. Do try and make it PDX. PDX is very nice, and i would much rather be there right now.



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something I'm curious about
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I do believe in the transformative power of fan works as much as anyone else, but I see page after page of fics and art dedicated to $Thing About White Dudes, and I think -- yes, transformative works are all very well, but does it really matter how transformative the fanworks are when we're still giving these things attention?

I mean, you can racebend and genderfuck till the cows come home, but I feel like at some point it's just not worth it to keep investing so much love and effort and time in $whitedudethings.

That's the question I'm asking here, I guess. At what point, to you, is it no longer worth it?



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in which I should really know better than to engage
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There's this thing in fiction that makes me see absolutely blinding red. That one where writers are like 'how can I show my main character is growing up and becoming a man? oh, I know! have him separate himself off from the women in his life, to show he is a real man who no longer needs mother figures to protect him!'

Which is bullshit in about 837591736 ways.

I mean, entirely apart from the sexism angle, there's this idea in those bildungsroman lone hero stories that he, the hero, must be the one to protect everyone (and if anyone else does it, they don't count). Which is just the most patriarchal harmful nonsense.

One of the reasons I love stories like Fullmetal Alchemist (the manga) and Sailor Moon, is because those say: everyone needs to be protected sometimes, from something. Yes, even you.


(This post brought to you by an FMA:B fic that so fundamentally misreads the character types and the overall ideals of the series I actually begin to understand why people throw books across the room.) (A very popular fic I have previously read in its entirety.) (it has not improved over time.)



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adventures in oregon: part 1
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Portland: surprisingly reminiscent of Kyoto! As far as I've seen on today's short walk, at least. I suppose it's not really that much like Kyoto, but it makes me think of areas like Arashiyama and some of the neighborhoods on the edge of that city. Absolutely gorgeous, loads of plants (everybody gardens, it seems like) nice little shops. I thought it would be like Indianapolis, where everything's really far away from everything else and it's difficult to get around without a car, but I was pleasantly surprised. It seems like the kind of place I'd like to live.

Speaking of tiny shops: I bought books! Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes is one I've been looking for ever since [personal profile] rushthatspeaks posted about it, so I'm super excited to have it now. Other finds include: Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red (which you must read, though it deserves some warnings first which I will give once I've read it again — it is genuinely one of the best things I have ever read), a new translation of Herodotus, and A History of the World in 12 Maps, which looks like decent pop history and is probably a suitable jumping-off point for me to begin taking an interest in cartography.



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yuri fic exchange~
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Is anyone else signing up for the Multifandom Yuri Festival over at stseiya_fanfics? Sign ups close on the 30th, so if you'd like to sign up & haven't, now is a good time! Minimum wordcount is only 300, so I will definitely be able to write something nice (instead of trying really hard for length). I've already found at least two prompts I want to write treats for, too!

Have I actually written yuri before? Idk. Here goes, then.



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Do you ever have that problem where you set out to write a story, but on the one hand you want it to be super 100% realistic also kind of dark and angsty and on the other hand you want it to be SUPER ROMCOM WITH BONUS EXTRA HILARIOUS SITCOM TROPES.

(Stories I am currently having this problem with: 3.)


And if you have experienced this problem, is there a solution?



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Sometimes I wish Bleach was better, so I could like it. It's really awful in a lot of respects—but I do love Ichigo. He's such a straightforward guy! I love straightforward characters!

I was going to say something else, but apparently Shiina Ringo put out new songs??? I NEED THEM.



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I really, really enjoy writing fake articles and book extracts. They may be my favorite thing to write? I don't think I'm very good at them but it's a lot of fun describing, like, different kinds of magic in a very serious and authoritative tone.



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1. Happy Magical Girl Month! I was going to talk about our favorite leading ladies from Metropolis, despite them only being tangentially related -- as I haven't been doing much fandom stuff with actual magical girls -- but alas I am too tired. Later.

2. Literally all of my schoolwork is overdue. This is not an exaggeration, and thinking about it makes me want to cry, which is 100% not codusive to finishing any of it.

3. How does Senator Mark Kirk have my email, and why does he think I've already forgotten about him filibustering the bill for minimum wage increase. Senator Mark Kirk, please stop. And delete my email address from your computer. I don't like you.



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So I watched Metropolis.

LET'S TALK ABOUT METROPOLIS.



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