exciting news!

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:03 am
unearthlymarmot: Green Lantern Jessica Cruz ([ dc ] courage of the stars)
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The Adventure Zone is doing a live show in a city an hour away from me in December! My friend sent me money so I can buy a ticket when they go on sale this Friday. I'm so grateful and excited.

Less exciting is, of course, the US political news today. As a trans person I'm just kind of. Trying to focus on the positive things in my life right now so that I don't get overwhelmed with the negative feelings. Obviously there's a lot of work to do. A lot of fighting to do. But right now I need to enjoy some good things while I try and get a grip on all this.

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Jul. 25th, 2017 04:02 pm
unearthlymarmot: Bill Potts and the Twelfth Doctor taking a selfie ([ dw ] selfie)
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Today I got a much needed haircut + bought a shirt with all of the Doctors as cats.

picture of me
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hi everyone!

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:01 pm
unearthlymarmot: The Eighth Doctor in the doorway of the TARDIS ([ dw ] time lord)
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I just wanted to say hi and thank you to everyone who's added me! I think I already have more followers here than I had in like five years of Livejournal back in the day, ha.

Today was a pretty lousy day because of my depression, so I unfortunately didn't get much done. It was that feeling where you're bored but you're also too depressed to do anything, or for anything to seem interesting, so you just stay bored all day instead. I hope tomorrow is better, especially because I was planning to fill out some job applications, so having energy and motivation would be helpful.

I also took two naps today, which kind of helped but kind of just made me feel groggy.

Fandom-wise I've been trying to write this fluffy Data/Geordi fic about Data wooing him with flowers etc, but I keep being over-critical while I'm writing. I need to try and turn off my internal editor and just write. I can fix it later, but I need to get stuff down on the page first! :\

I have this short attention span, so I'm consuming Doctor Who in three different ways right now (re-watching first Doctor stuff, watching all the Doctor/River episodes, and listening to the Eighth Doctor audios). I'd probably get farther if I focused on just one, but it's hard for me to stick with one thing at a time.

Dice & pages

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:47 pm
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During work I keep coming up with things I want to post about, and then when I'm home I'm too lazy and/or tired, similarly often on weekends. No vacation for me until September, most likely, but I told myself to pay attention and take a mental health day if I need it. I haven't been sick yet so I wouldn't feel bad about it.

D&D )

I recently found a book again that I'd searched for for years: "Bloodrights" by N. Lee Wood. I was prepared to be disappointed, but to my happy surprise I still like it a lot. It's harsher than I remembered, especially in regards to the cost of striving for power. The surprising reveal at the end made me look at much of it in a different way and made me like it even more. Yay trope subversion. Spoiler )
I liked Antonya and many of the other characters, and rereading the book now there are several scenes that I now much better understand the id buttons they pushed (esp. Kerrick & Morgan.) Also, something I'd forgotten about which was a nice surprise, queer people exist and are, while not completely normal, not a big deal.

Politics, because it's unavoidable: The current situation in Poland is scary, it shows how easily things like that can happen. That the protests appear to have had some success is encouraging but not more than a silver lining.
There are so many countries were democracy is under attack…
In Austria I'm trying to focus on the push-back against the surveillance program, but I'm scared about the new government after the next election. The outcome seems almost certain and it would be a bad one imo, but as we've recently seen in the UK a lot can change during an election campaign, so we'll see.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:39 am
unearthlymarmot: The Twelfth Doctor and River Song ([ dw ] be with you awhile)
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 Somehow, despite being a Doctor/River fan, I hadn't gone back to watch Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead since they aired, so I did that last night, and cried my eyes out. I'm still feeling pretty emotionally compromised.

star trek: discovery

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:25 pm
unearthlymarmot: Jadzia Dax ([ trek ] lead with my heart)
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I'm so thrilled by the news that Michael Burnham is Spock's adoptive sister! We don't know much about her her yet, but I'm already imagining cute sibling scenarios with the two, hee hee.

I'm really curious to see what Michael's character is like, and how she'll struggle with her Vulcan upbringing.

Ahh, I hope this show is good!
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I was surprised to find some Star Wars: Forces of Destiny dolls on the shelves because I didn't think they were out yet. I shrugged, assuming they had come out without me hearing about it, and brought one up to the cashier. It turns out they're not supposed to be on the shelves until October! But because they made the mistake of putting them out, they went ahead and sold one to me.

I really expecting them to say they couldn't sell it to me (which I would have accepted!), so it's so nice that they did anyway. I'm so thrilled!

Leia doll and R2D2 figure standing in front of some Pokemon toys.

an unearthly chlid

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:18 am
unearthlymarmot: Susan Foreman ([ dw ] unearthly child)
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Finished An Unearthly Child today, my thoughts under the cut.

Read more... )

video game stuff

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:04 am
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I'm considering restarting Pokemon Sun because I want to play with Incineroar. (I hated that design at first, but after seeing all the fanart of big buff Incineroar doing silly cat things it's really grown on me, ha.) I could also just wait until Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon are released though. That might be a better idea, I don't want to burn out on Pokemon.

I also still need to finish Shadows of Valentia (which I loved, I'm just easily distracted).

uhg

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:07 am
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 My brain is absolutely convinced I need to wake up at 5AM every morning. It's really taking a toll on me. I feel sluggish all day and that makes it hard to do things like cooking for myself. If I could just sleep another hour or so, that would help so much.

I've tried going to be a little later, but it still happens. Maybe I need to go to bed significantly later?

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:15 pm
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 Speaking of Doctor Who, watching the First Doctor stuff makes me exciting for the upcoming special!

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:06 pm
unearthlymarmot: Charley Pollard and the Eighth Doctor. ([ dw ] he smelled of honey)
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Recently I've spent my free time -- which I have a fair amount of while I'm looking for work :\ -- listening to the Eighth Doctor Big Finish audios and watching Classic Who.

As far as the audios go, I've enjoyed each one so far, and I think Charley Pollard is just such a delightful character with an awesome dynamic with the Doctor. I find myself smiling a lot when they're just bantering with each other, which is always a good sign! I've heard bad things about the next one (Minuet in Hell) but I'm going to push through it anyway. I must experience every second of Charlotte Pollard.

I've seen bits and pieces of Classic Who (mainly Fourth Doctor stuff), but I decided I wanted to watch it all the way through in the proper order. Wish me luck with that! So far I really enjoy Barbara, Ian, and Susan. The Doctor is great too, but I love seeing those three interact, whether it's Barbara worrying about Susan, or Barbara and Ian being cute together, or etc. It's a good time.


Susan listens to music while Barbara and Ian smile at each other in the background.

hello!

Jul. 22nd, 2017 07:34 pm
unearthlymarmot: Susan Foreman ([ dw ] unearthly child)
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It's been a while since I used anything like Dreamwidth or Livejournal, so hopefully I can get back into the swing of things! I was looking for a place quieter and less ... dramatic than Tumblr, so I'm hoping Dreamwidth can be that place for me.

Getting some stuff done

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:20 pm
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I think I've gotten the most "urgent" broken photo links fixed. The ones over on Livejournal are still broken - might fix them eventually, but I really can't be bothered right now (fixing them over here and on my Holts was enough of a time sink).

My dad's gone with his oldest brother to help out his older brother, so it's just me, my sis and mom up here in the north right now. Things are a little rough due to Health Things, but I think we'll pull through.

Slowly but surely getting back the energy to do fun things. We'll see what I get done first...

Märchenmond

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:35 pm
schneefink: (FF Kaylee in hammock)
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I recently reread one of my favorite fantasy series as a kid, the Märchenmond books by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein. (I only ever knew of three books, I recently found out that there is a fourth one but with a different main character. I haven't read it yet and I don't think I want to.) The title means "fairy tale moon", though the English translation is "Magic Moon," which for some reason sounds hilarious to me.

I was worried I wouldn't like the books anymore, but I reread them anyway because I had ideas for these characters for h/c bingo. (No idea why they came to mind after so long. Now after rereading I've discarded the original idea but I have another one, let's see if anything comes of it.) Unsurprisingly I don't like them as much as I did, but I can still see why I loved them and enjoy some elements, good enough for me.

As I half expected, I didn't much like the main character, who always becomes unexpectedly extremely wise in the last fifteen pages and makes a great speech; the special fighting skills were pretty much a given. Especially books 2 and 3 required a lot of work to ignore how silly the central conflict premise was so one could enjoy the rest of the plot. In all three books I really liked the secondary characters, they were a lot of fun. There were continuity problems from each book to the next, I did not expect that to annoy me as much as it did.
All in all I don't regret rereading the books, but probably won't do it again, at least not anytime soon.

Märchenmond )

Märchenmonds Kinder )

Märchenmonds Erben )


In apartment news, most of the construction site is gone! Originally it said end of July, so logically I expected it to last until the middle of August, and it finishing earlier than announced was a happy surprise.
Eva moved out today :( She'd only been here for three and a half months, but apart from DD she was my favorite flatmate so far and I'll miss her. We already found the next person, she'll move in in August. She seems nice too, but at least at her initial visit I found it not that easy to get into a conversation flow with her, I hope that'll get better and we'll get along well. We already know that she doesn't bake, that's a downgrade right from the start ;) DD and I decided to bake more often (and also make more lemonade), I hope we'll actually manage to keep to that.
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Title: Public Service Announcement
Fandom: MCU (The Avengers / Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: 588
Characters: Steve Rogers
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming (no plot spoilers). Set about two months after The Avengers.
Notes: My inspiration for this story is a bit spoilery for Homecoming, so I'll put my notes behind the cut.

Here are the spoilers )

Summary: Next time, Steve Rogers will be more careful when he agrees to lend his name and likeness to a project.

Also on AO3
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Several hours into filming, Steve Rogers had to admit that this job wasn't the worst he'd ever done. )

Magical Horses + Fire

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:56 pm
schneefink: (FF River and Kaylee)
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As a distraction from the (partially justified) anxiety about all the things I should be doing, have a rec.

Friends Across Borders by [archiveofourown.org profile] MueraRashaye (Valdemar series)
316k, gen, canon-compliant & OC-centric, series in progress (9 stories completed + 1 WIP)
Summary: Two long-time enemy nations can't become meaningful allies overnight. Stories from the lives of a border-guard Herald and Sunpriest, from their first meeting to the end, and insights into just how Karse and Valdemar were able to turn around their relationship so fast.
What I knew about canon beforehand: In a country named Valdemar some people have special magical Gifts and they are soulbonded to magical white horses.
Why I love it: Enemies to friends <3 More precisely, technically-enemies to brothers on a personal scale leads to enemies to allies on a national scale. The friendship between Firestarter Kir and Herald Anur is so wonderful, and it's great to see the ripples they cause spread outwards. I also really like all the stuff about Karsite culture, cultural difference and culture change etc.; obviously I can't say how much of it is canon and how much is the author's own worldbuilding, but it's beautifully done. Kir also has a very nice atonement storyline.

I then decided to check out canon, which previously I'd only known through vaguely remembered crossovers/fusions with other fandoms (one with SGA and one with Rurouni Kenshin) that I read years ago. I knew that canon was about very different characters and even a different country, but I decided to at least try some books in the series, so I read the "Last Herald Mage" trilogy. It was… okay? I would have loved the books when I was fifteen. The plot was OTT dramatic several times, but sometimes I don't mind that very much. The romance in the first book made me roll my eyes a bit, but hey, teenagers. The second book was tough to get through at times because the portrayals of exhaustion of loneliness were very well done. In the third book spoilers )
I liked the fic series a lot better than canon though, so after finishing the books I read the fic again (for the third time. What. And it is free! I love fandom.)

Doing the things a spider can

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:15 pm
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I had been up in the air regarding whether I would see Spider-Man: Homecoming on opening weekend. Like many MCU fans, I've been resentful of Marvel's willingness to shoehorn the character into the franchise the second they got the rights back, especially in comparison to their mealy-mouthed excuses for not making a Black Widow film at the height of her popularity. Add in the annoyance at yet another white-dude-centric film and yet another Spider-Man reboot, and I was ready to put this film deep on the back burner. Maybe I'd see it later, like Ant-Man and Guardians; maybe I'd wait for video, like Doctor Strange.

But then. Despite his last-minute inclusion, Spidey was one of the best parts of Civil War. And then advance word came out that they weren't doing an origin story, and that they would follow up on Civil War's promise of Peter Parker as a legitimate awkward teenager. And then the early trailers were super-promising. Finally, the reviews started to come out so positively that T wanted to see it on opening weekend. So in the end I decided I couldn't say no. And you know what? I am really happy I did.

[twitter.com profile] kaytaylorrea put it perfectly in her early reactions: although the world doesn't need more white teenage boy coming of age stories, if we must have another Spider-man reboot, this was the best way to do it. Tom Holland may have just turned 21, but I 100% bought him as a geeky sophomore, torn between wanting to do normal teenager things and his desire to become a full-fledged Avenger, surrounded by other high schoolers trying to figure things out -- especially his best friend, Ned, who is a pure delight, and Zendaya, whose snarky, no-bullshit performance as Michelle made her a favorite character. Tony Stark's extended cameo adds just the right level of connection to the rest of the series without overwhelming the show. Adrian Toombs/Vulture as played by Michael Keaton is easily a top-5 MCU villain: complex, sometimes sympathetic, with realistic motivations, and genuinely threatening without feeling unbeatable. The third act fell apart somewhat, as third acts of superhero films often do, but the beginning grabbed me so, so hard that I can forgive its later flaws.

To talk about why requires some spoilers. So I'll put them behind a cut. )

I also appreciated watching a genuinely funny superhero movie that did not punch me in the face with gratuitous sexism and abusive relationships (I'm looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man), the comparatively diverse cast, and the hints of what might come in future installments. (Zendaya and Jacob Batalan (Ned) and Donald Glover had better be back, or I'll sit on Marvel's doorstep until they are.) And possibly the best post-credits scene in the history of post-credits scenes.

So: fun time, happy to have seen it. Happy that Marvel made it? I'm not sure I would go that far. But within the universe of choices that Marvel actually made (instead of the big picture choices I wish they'd made instead, I'm glad they went this particular direction.

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