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I recently finished the "Nightrunners" series by Lynn Flewelling. It was fun! I liked the earlier books better (it took me a while to even finish the last one, but it was a nice series ending.) The books have great h/c, a lot of it that felt "just like in fic," and some that would be OTT even for many fanfics. I liked the relationship between the main characters a lot.
Spoilers )

For some reason I thought of the "Tales of the Otori" series again that I read many years ago, and I feel like rereading it just so I can write, or at least imagine, fix-it fic for "Harsh Cry of the Heron."
Other next stories on my to-read list: "A long way to a small, angry planet", "Stories of the Raksura", and several long fics.

I was unexpectedly offered to take an html+css class for free this weekend. I feel too tired to actively look forward to it, but it could be interesting, and it'll probably look good on my CV. I'm curious where it'll start, because I know a little bit of html but I have no clue how much "everyone" knows.

Snowflake challenge, day 13: In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you.
Technically no fannish content, but definitely in fandom: May 26, 2013 (wow, over three and a half years ago), when everything I hadn't been coping with somehow got me to a keyboard and ask for a much-needed hug, and the responses to that gave me the strength to finally get the help I needed. I probably would have gone to a therapist eventually, but I don't know how much longer it would have taken, and having that encouragement and support helped a lot. Ever since then I've known that when I need something like that I can get it, and that's worth so much.
schneefink: (FF Kaylee in hammock)
I've been having a few bad days for no reason, and some of the usual support methods (I went climbing, I met with friends, I baked, I went to the zoo) didn't help either. (I made it to the top of the climbing wall twice! On the easiest route, but still. Now I know I can do it, and fortunately next time we're bouldering again.) So it's probably a good time for #8 of the Snowflake challenge: Make a list of at least three things that you like about yourself..

- I have an active&creative imagination. I'm good at creating worlds and characters, I'm good at entering different worlds and expanding on them, I'm not bad at creating stories, I can come up with weird stuff on the fly, and I enjoy it.
- I'm smart. Not exceptionally so or anything, but smart enough that I always approach problems with the attitude that I can understand them if I try, and solve them if I try hard.
- I try to think critically about important issues, and even more importantly, I'm willing to change my mind when confronted with better arguments.
- I like how I feel music, the way I can feel it when I sing or dance.
- I can be good company. I can be entertaining and funny.
- I think I give good hugs.

D&D puzzle

Jan. 8th, 2017 09:47 pm
schneefink: (FF Kaylee in hammock)
We spent about an hour past midnight at the last D&D session trying to come up with a solution for the scenario below. Usually I wouldn't involve people from outside our party, but in this case the DM already admitted that he planned for this situation to be unsolvable, so I think asking for brainstorming help just in case there is a solution after all is fine in this one case.

We are trying to save a town. )

I think these were the important details. Ideas welcome :)

This was my procrastination for the day (instead of the official session summary that I should be doing.) I also made very good chocolate muffins, and tomorrow I plan to make a banana topping and introduce myself with cupcakes to the neighbours that I don't know yet despite living in this house for a year and a half. Somehow I never got around to it.
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I went ice-skating on Saturday, for the first time in about ten months. The weather was great and the natural body of water near my parents is frozen over. I still can't do the things I couldn't do a year ago and I can't do some of the things anymore that I could, which was completely predictable but I was still disappointed. My usual problem while skating is that I'm too timid to fully commit to the movements, and when I don't even have protective gear on it's even worse. One day! In the meantime I'm reminded that when you fall down from the climbing wall there are thick mats to prevent bruises, and on the ice there aren't. During a game I don't usually notice, but it's annoying afterwards. Plus, natural ice is more uneven and the danger of falling is greater. Clearly I need more practice, or it'll be embarrassing when I sign up for another hockey class.

Noragami chapter 72, finally! Spoilers )

We had another D&D session on Friday :) In this new timeline the gods are alive, and we're not sure if that's a good thing because it looks like most of them are jerks. Also the NPC we sent back in time has started an industrial revolution.
Next decision we have to make: do we risk angering a major god, or even provoking outright war, to save a town of 100,000 that that god wants to destroy? And if we do, what's the best way to do it? I'm still looking for other ways to save the town but time is running out... Asking for ideas and help here is probably cheating, right? But then my character _is_ smarter than I am.

Our DM got me an amazing late Christmas present *_* A shirt with an adorable drawing of a cat on it that says "I'm harmless, I swear", and in the dark the kitten has a glowing skull <3 Perfect.
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Hi new friends! I'm too lazy to do an intro post right now (also I never know what to say), so I'll talk more about my evil undead cat familiar instead. (That's probably also more indicative of the kind of stuff I usually post about, so honest advertising.) Some highlights from the last few D&D sessions:

Also we are now in a different timeline. )

First session in three weeks hopefully soon! I still need to finish choosing new spells after reaching a new level. At first that was always fun, but by now I'm more anxious about picking the right ones so it's harder. Still, I look forward to using my new abilities :) I haven't once used Animate Dead yet, my cat is becoming impatient. (I even have a complete Shrunk troll skeleton in my bag that I could use…)
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This was kind of a weird year for me.

Fannish Things )

Non-fannish things )

Plans for next year:
- Get a job. This is important.
- Go on at least one date. I haven't been on a date in years.
- Expect more from myself. For some time now it's been too tempting to settle on what I know I can handle, energy-wise, instead of trying for more and risk failure, and it's a dangerous trend towards stagnancy.
- find a new choir
- be more active about spending time with friends
- do sports twice a week
- write more/more regularly
- spend less time in bed in the mornings (seriously, it's getting bad.)

As always, I can't express the many ways in which being part of the fannish community, specifically on DW, has helped me and enriched my life this past year. Thank you all so much. 2017 threatens to be challenging, but nevertheless I wish you and your loved ones good fortune, health, courage, and joy.

2017, day 1

Jan. 1st, 2017 07:56 pm
schneefink: (A:tla group hug)
Happy 2017!
I celebrated New Year's Eve with Lio&Maria and Lisa&Nati, and Maria tried out about ten or so different cocktails, yum. Three other people showed up for a while and drew Lio into a discussion on politics, and I hated that on the last day of 2016 while I wanted to play a game and enjoy myself I couldn't help but hear someone argue on the other side of the room that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were equally bad options. Bleh. Fortunately they left before midnight. We sang a bit (including to Level Up and This Year), and after midnight we played four rounds of cards and I won all of them :) I came home so late that I narrowly missed OT of the Pens-Habs game, but the Pens won so that was good too.

I wrote two stories for Yuletide this year:
See Your Silhouette for [personal profile] lilacsigil
Fandom: Gladiator – Dami Im
1.3k, background White Warrior/Princess
Summary: She hadn't seen the Princess in fifty years.
My assignment. It was pretty frustrating because the prompts were good and I had ideas, but it was hard to put them together into a story, and at some point I planned something much longer and more complex before I condensed it to its current length. It probably made the story better, but there were a few elements I'm sorry I lost.

Step Forward for [ profile] alessandriana
Fandom: Nirvana in Fire
1.6k, gen, canon-divergent AU
Summary: Jingyan had known this day would come, but for years xiao-Shu had done him the favor of allowing him not to think about it.
The first time I actually finished a Yuletide treat! Jingyu dies from natural cases and so there is no conspiracy. I'd started sketching this AU before I even saw [ profile] alessandriana's letter, and when I saw that she prompted it it gave me the push I needed to finish. I really like this AU, and there's a possibility that I'm not done with it yet because I keep thinking of more things that would be interesting to explore in it.

There are many Yuletide stories I still want to read (thanks to everyone who recced stories), but I decided to put those aside for now and try to write something for [community profile] fandom_stocking.
I also still need to do my 2016 year review, aaand I decided to try and do at least half of the [community profile] snowflake_challenge this year, so at least 7 days.

Day 1: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Huh. I think I'll cheat a bit and refer to "Step Forward" above, because I really like the concept of this AU and I feel like I wrote a good look into it.

Dark Blue Skies, a Steerswoman fic: "In the third year of Willam's apprenticeship with Corvus, Abremio came to Wulfshaven." It's one of my longer works and I'm quite proud of how it turned out.

Assuming Shape, a Young Avengers fic, Teddy Altman's mom's backstory. (I can't remember if her name is from canon somewhere or if I took it from another fic.) I wrote it because I wanted to make her more real (which makes canon even sadder) and I feel like I succeeded.
schneefink: (Feldgatter)
Last post of 2016! It's a good thing I told myself days ago that I would post recs today because otherwise I'd almost certainly be too lazy, even though I like reccing exchange fic before author reveals.

Live Free and Die Hard, The Bletchley Circle, Killjoys, Hero from Otherwhere, The Dark Tower, The Martian, Men's Pole Vault RPF, Good Will Hunting )

See you in the New Year! May it be a better one.
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Vorkosigan Saga is a fandom that gets good Yuletide fic every year (though it probably won't be eligible for much longer, I was surprised to see it this year.) Last year I didn't get around to it, so here are recs from the last two years.

Yuletide 2015:
Vorkosigan's Viper by [personal profile] lannamichaels
1.5k, Aral Vorkosigan/Ges Vorrutyer, a/b/o AU
Summary: Five ways Ges shows his love.
Why I love it: I was highly dubious about the premise, but when I actually read it I loved it. The story is almost just incidentally an a/b/o AU, most of it is about the political ramifications of the marriage between Ges Vorrutyer and Aral Vorkosigan. Ges is ambitious, and Aral isn't but Ges doesn't let that stop him, and he uses power differently than Aral but he uses it well.

The Iron Gates by [ profile] sunsmasher
10.1k, background Miles/Ekaterin, Diplomatic Immunity missing scene
Summary: Miles is dying, nobody is listening, and Ekaterin is doing her damndest.
Why I love it: BAMF!Ekaterin, fuck yeah. The book just glossed over this part but this fic does an amazing job showing what was at stake and what Ekaterin had to do and how she did it, and it's great.

Yuletide 2016:
Intelligent Disobedience by [ profile] Philomytha
1.3k, gen, Shards of Honour missing scene
Summary: A well-trained dog obeys his master, but the very best dogs know when to refuse to obey.
Why I love it: I love loyalty as a theme, especially when it's put to the test, and this short missing scene between Illyan and Aral hits that button beautifully.

peace and quiet by [ profile] alessandriana
5.8k, gen
Summary: Light and genteel laughter spilled out of the foyer. A large group of Barrayar's high society had just arrived, clustering in small groups as they waited to be greeted by the Emperor. Ivan hesitated on the edge of the group, mind racing in circles as he scanned the crowd. He resisted the urge to rub at the spreading patches of red on his hands. I don't want anything to do with this.
Why I love it: Wonderful h/c, with great Ivan & Gregor.

Troublesome to Others, but a Torment to Themselves by [ profile] ozymandias314
9.8k, Mark/Kareen
Summary: Miles Vorkosigan is the world's biggest cockblock.
Why I love it: This is a lot of fun, with the exact right amount of angst that comes from Mark being Mark. Plenty of Mark&Miles sibling feelings too.

Never Getting Back Together (Like, Ever). by [ profile] lannamichaels
1.4k, Aral Vorkosigan/Ges Vorrutyer, epistolary, crack
Summary: My dear Captain, I need some scripts for dealing with my Darth Vader ex, who happens to be the brother of my ex-wife.
Why I love it: This is a hilarious crack crossover with Captain Awkward, and I spent most of it figuratively with my head in my hands laughing and moaning about Aral Vorkosigan. If anyone could use some advice on how to cope with his emotions more healthily, surely it's Aral.
schneefink: (ahsoka)
Pre-New Year's resolution: I'll try to post fanwork recs every day from now until the 31st. Should be doable.

I just noticed I forgot to post my review of the fourth Raksura book, Edge of Worlds, which I also liked: Edge of Worlds )

Now that I read all four novels (I'm planning to read the short stories before the next one comes out), fic :)

Salt and Sea and Weathered Stones by [ profile] mpatientdreamr
2.6k, gen, book 4 coda
Summary: A series of conversations on the way home.
Why I love it: Lovely Moon&court friendship fic, with Moon making his own traditions.

Where You Belong by [ profile] Flamebyrd
1.1k, gen
Summary: Ember settles in to Indigo Cloud.
Why I love it: Very nice look at Ember.

The Consort Bower of Indigo Cloud by [ profile] MarbleGlove, art by [ profile] pentapus
7.4k, gen
Summary: Before Moon arrived at Indigo Cloud Court, the consort bower had been empty for some years and the court as a whole slowly dying. Something had to change. The three consorts of Indigo Cloud (Stone, Moon, and Ember) had had very different expectations, but the reality surprised each of them.
Why I love it: This is such a nice warm family story about Moon becoming an ever bigger part of Indigo Cloud and finding and making his place there, and with Stone and Ember.

Etiquette in Foreign Courts by [ profile] pentapus
2.2k, background Moon/Chime
Summary: Ember was being unusually insistent.
Why I love it: Very nice & warm character piece about Ember, Moon, and Chime.

Celebration by [ profile] LilTheHunger
3.5k, Jade/Moon, book 3 coda
Summary: After the events of THE SIREN DEPTHS, Jade is in a mood. Fortunately she's got a moody consort to help her out.
Why I love it: I may never get enough of stories where people, especially from Indigo Cloud, tell Moon how much they love and value him. Lovely coda.

Decision by [ profile] merellia
1.7k, Moon/Jade, AU
Summary: “Celadon’s back. With a queen,” Moon says to Dusk.
Why I love it: Moon grew up in Opal Night and Jade was the one who lost her court, but they're both still them. Very nice AU with a Moon who's no less willful and stubborn.
schneefink: (ahsoka)
I wanted to rec the first of these as soon as I saw it in the Yuletide collection, and then I realized it fits well with several other stories I also want to rec. What can I say, I really like post-canon Nirvana in Fire fics. My favorites:

The Next Life by [ profile] julad
17.3k, Lin Shu/Nihuang, canon divergent AU
Additional tags: what the fuck was I thinking, to write a story with a challenge deadline, about a man with three identities having an identity crisis, AND FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW
Summary: Post-series, alternate ending. Lin Shu ends his engagement with Nihuang. Nihuang lets him. Jingyan finds this unacceptable.
Why I love it: I haven't even commented on this yet because I'm still working on how to properly express my enthusiasm. This is just *flails* so good. I love Lin Shu and his long journey of recovery and figuring out what to do with himself, and I love all of his friends who refuse to let him go and call him on his bullshit, Lin Chen and Jingrui and Meng Zhi and so many others but especially Nihuang, who knows that she deserves exactly what and whoever she wants, and Jingyan, who's as stubborn as an ox and just wants his friend back and isn't afraid to use any means necessary. It's often heartbreaking but also warm and sometimes even funny, and it has a lovely happy ending.

Still Here (With All I Hold Dear) by [ profile] marvelist
10.1k, gen
Summary: Jingyan misses Xiao Shu in all the ways that matter but he cannot fall apart.
Surprisingly enough, Lin Chen can relate to that.
Why I love it: And this is the version where Lin Shu does die, and Jingyan and Lin Chen and everyone else have to live with that. It's a story about grief and healing, and it's gorgeous. Sad but life goes on and eventually there are smiles again. It has beautiful Jingyan & Lin Chen friendship and many other characters too. A great look at what LS/MCS meant to them and what it means that he's gone and what happens after.

where you go when wanderings are over by [ profile] Katharos
1k, gen
Summary: After the war, Jingrui goes home.
Why I love it: This is exactly what I wanted for Jingrui post-canon, and it's beautiful. In my mind this is in the same 'verse as my Yuletide gift:

Parallax by [ profile] lostlenore
1.6k, gen
Summary: The work of the Jiangzhuo alliance is never done.
Why I love it: Jingrui fifteen years later, excellent. Recced again because it is my gift and I love it and for completeness' sake.

even if you cannot hear my voice by [ profile] Alaceron
2.3k, gen
Summary: The ones we love never truly leave us.
This is somewhat truer for Lin Chen than most.
Why I love it: And here, the rare funny post-canon fic. LS/MCS is still dead, so there is grief too, but he's not exactly gone, and it's hilarious and warm.
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
Yuletide! I want to rec so much, but I'll have to start slow.

I got a great Nirvana in Fire fic:
Parallax by [ profile] lostlenore
1.6k, gen, future fic
Summary: The work of the Jiangzhou alliance is never done.
Why I love it: When I asked for post-canon fic I originally thought about 1-3 years after, but this is set 15 years post-canon and it turns out that's even better. I love all the characters and what became of them, and Jingrui and Yujin's friendship is the best.

Steerswoman, Gladiator, 2 Natsume Yuujinchou, Marvel Comicverse, Temeraire, Mulan, 2 Emelan )

Hopefully coming soon: recs for Vorkosigan Saga, Nirvana in Fire, Books of the Raksura, and probably more miscellaneous.
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How is Christmas tomorrow already? Every year it's so sudden. I suspect I'm bad with calendars.

Natsume Yuujinchou season 5 is over after only 11 episodes, but season 6 has already been confirmed so it's okay :) And season 5 was exactly what I wanted so that was great.

Episodes 10&11 )


Dec. 20th, 2016 05:48 pm
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
I signed up for fandom_stocking again, in a victory against self-doubt. My stocking is here.
And I reminded myself that even if I don't finish even half the treats I wanted to write, I'm sure people will still be happy to receive gift fic months later. Also I try to remember the two cakes principle. I almost finished completely rewriting my Yuletide fic and I like it better than the first version.

I didn't request Hockey RPF, not because I don't still enjoy reading hockey RPF fic but because I signed up late and in that moment I couldn't think of (not-angst) requests. (Of course I thought of things afterwards, it always works like that.) I still enjoy following the Penguins, and it's always especially fun when they're on a win streak. Sometimes it's harder than other times to focus on the narratives that I enjoy (like Sid's incredible goal-scoring, last year's rookies doing well, next year's rookies looking good) and not those that make me sad (Fleury), but the memory of the Cup win last season makes everything better. Also nice feel-good pieces like this one about how happy Schultz is in Pittsburgh and how well he is doing and how much Gonch is helping the defensemen.
schneefink: (ahsoka)
I caught up with the Noragami manga (instead of doing what I should be doing, i.e. editing my Yuletide fic and finalizing Christmas presents.) I started with chapter 40, since I read that's approximately where it continues from the story told in the anime, and read all of it in one afternoon/evening, and then I had emotional hangover. The cruel cliffhanger made it worse.

chapter 71 )

Thoughts about all of it – I don't even know where to start )

Monthly updates, this is going to be a long wait every time.

Rogue One

Dec. 18th, 2016 10:41 pm
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My favorite part about going to watch Rogue One: while waiting for admission DD and I by chance started talking with two people next to us. It started out about the practicalities of cloning, at one point we talked about Sith Lady Umbridge, and after the movie we went to two Christmas markets together and exchanged numbers and already made plans to meet up again. I love making new friends, and recently it hasn't happened as often as I'd like.

I also enjoyed the movie. It wasn't spectacular, but it was good.Spoiler-y notes )


Dec. 15th, 2016 10:14 pm
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I had a job interview today and it went very well! I feel good about my chances.
To celebrate, I binge-watched season 2 of Noragami, after I watched the first season in the past few days. I don't even remember who told me about it but it was on my list of shows to watch, it's short, and I liked the opening. Some people are literally other people's weapons, my loyalty kink sat up and took notice. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the second season.

Season 1 )

Season 2 )

My grandparents are currently visiting :) Please, muses, convince me not to scrap everything I've written for Yuletide so far and start from scratch just because I had an idea that might work better, I don't have the time for that.
schneefink: (Feldgatter)
I've been stuck writing my Yuletide fic for a while now, but I'm pretty sure I've finally identified the problem. Would anyone be willing to help me with worldbuilding questions? No canon knowledge necessary, it's more about "but how would [specific thing] work."
Edit: Found help :)


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