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New DW Communities

[dreamwidth.org profile] drawesome is "a friendly community of fan-artists who enjoy drawing. We hope to inspire and motivate each other to practice and hone our drawing skills in a stress-free, supportive environment."

[dreamwidth.org profile] comicsroundtable is "a fannish community for comics discussion, reviews, and general chat."


Fannish/Geeky Things

Neat Twitter thread on Wonder Woman costuming, written by a costume designer.

"Wonder Woman Actor Says Chief Is Actually a Demi-God". [io9]

"Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women".

"More Murderbot Adventures from Martha Wells". [Tor.com]


Miscellaneous

"Disney Princesses Reimagined Years Later As Queens By Daughters And Mothers". "The main idea was to portray the relationship between a true mother and daughter as the same princesses a generation apart to show the similarities, the features that are alike." (Related ~10-minute YouTube video, which I haven't watched.)

"Report Finds Diverse Movies Outperform White Ones At Every Level".

"Declawing: A new study shows we can’t look the other way".

"Host a Silent Reading Party in 7 Easy Steps". [Book Riot]

"Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve".

"Invention Saves Wildlife From Drowning in Swimming Pools".

"Sitka artist designs slinky dress from 20,000 salmon bones".

"How I use comic books as a learning tool in my social studies classroom". [March 2016]



On Atlas Obscura:

--"Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company".

--"Jupiter Is Even Weirder Than We Thought".

--"Laurel Dinosaur Park: This dig site outside D.C. is known for its exceptionally high density of baby dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs".

--"The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool".

Replica

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:40 pm
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Jenna Black's Replica is a YA sf novel that I picked up from the library one-cent-a-book discard sale along with its sequel Resistance. I have just finished Replica and have not yet read Resistance, although I plan on getting to it soon. My verdict is that this is a good novel, but it could have been so much better.

I was attracted to Replica because clones and faux!amnesia are bulletproof narrative kinks for me. You have to work to foul those up for me. Here's the back cover copy:
Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake's marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in the Corporate States. She lives a life of privilege, even if she has to put up with paparazzi tracking her every move, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image--no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.

Nathaniel Hayes is the heir to the company that pioneered human replication: a technology that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Except he's more interested in sneaking around the seedy underbelly of the state formerly known as New York than he is in learning to run his future company or courting his bride-to-be. She's not exactly his type...not that he can tell anyone that.

But then Nate turns up dead, and Nadia was the last person to see him alive.

When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn't know what--or rather, who--killed him.

Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.

What's good: there's a lot packed into the premise. Nadia is genteelly raised, but far from spineless, and easy to sympathize with. Nate is a closeted gay man in a social class of a future society that strongly discourages homosexuality, and one of his major motivations is to protect his lower-class lover. And Nadia and Nate's friendship with its ups and downs is believable.

Neutral: the Executive class of elites allows women to inherit, but there's a behavioral double standard as to what men and women can get away with, which is why Nadia has to watch her every move so she doesn't cause scandals while Nate can act out all he wants. The narrative states that this is some kind of throwback to the nineteenth century (Western, presumably?). There isn't much explanation given for how this developed, but I've seen sillier setups in sf so I was willing to go along with it.

What's less good, without going into spoilers: As far as I can tell, the entire named cast minus one character (Chloe, a friend of Nadia's) is white. There is lip-service paid to Chloe feeling like an outcast because she's black, and then Chloe is very rapidly shuffled off-stage and we never hear from her again.

That's not actually my biggest complaint about the novel. My biggest complaint about the novel is that it has a lot of tense action and still never manages to punch hard enough. And I don't mean this in the social justice sense of punching down or sideways or diagonally or whateverthehell. I mean this in terms of narrative impact on the reader.

I can't discuss further without spoiling the whole thing, and I am really frustrated by the fact that this fairly good novel could have taken my favorite tropes and done them even better, so let's have a spoiler cut: Read more... )
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Mon Dec 26th: What has brought you joy over the past year? Pick three things/people and tell us about them. (2014 December Blogging Meme: NaNoBloPoMo Dec 2014)
1. School: i enjoy being able to take classes for free and i feel comfortable with a lot of the staff and students.

2. Starting all the podcast discussion groups: it's just so much fun running discussions and it helps me keep up with canons.

3. Volunteering: I'm really happy with my volunteer job at the shelter. I always feel accomplished and it's nice having cats to socialize.

December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)

20 Years of Harry Potter

Jun. 26th, 2017 05:56 pm
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Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since the first book was published. I confess, I started reading with the third book. Canis_m on Livejournal, a friend from anime fandom, got me interested in the books and fandom. My involvement was a little distant, as I was much older than the target audience, but I loved the books, and especially loved J.K. Rowling and how open she was with her fans.

Some Favorites, spoilers within )

I look forward to more of the Fantastic Beast franchise movies, but it's not quite the same as the school setting. Rowling has released some books of her notes, but I'd love to see some short stories set in Hogwarts. But she's moved on. Thank goodness she is okay with fanfiction.

HELL IN A HANDBASKET

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:02 pm
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Talked to the director about moving to NOC shift in August. Am being moved next week.

Car? What car? It broke down! LOL. (Will be spending money on Lyft at least tonight.) I'm hoping the problem is cheap. If not, I'm going to have to work on replacing my car. I haven't saved money for that! I only started getting full-time hours last month!

Bright (maybe?) side: Tyler is leaving (he wants this. LA, lives closer to his girlfriend) and they are conflicted about Tigger taking over because he doesn't show up too often. Maybe I'll end up taking over? It doesn't pay as much, but the hours work with both jobs way better, and I'd write my own schedule, which in my opinion, is worth an extra $5-10/hour because fighting with the schedule every week is a huge pain in the ass. I feel pretty confident I could juggle both jobs if only I had control over the schedule and making a routine for myself.

The manager is allowed up to 48 hours per week. There are some days you need to be there (Tuesdays for ordering... I think the load usually comes Fridays?) and other days you do not. I think I'd do 10 hour days Friday and Saturday, eight hours Sunday, four-to-six hours Monday-Thursday pending on the store needs. I wouldn't be able to open, but I could close any given night.

Linda really doesn't want me to do Starbucks management because she wanted to invest on me in the front end. But considering my availability change... I might be more useful to her back in Starbucks (if Tigger doesn't work out. I don't want to take over his job, either. He's more knowledgeable than me in that department.) And unlike other people, since I'm looking at trying to do nursing school, I really couldn't care less about my weekends at the moment.

That would fuck up my Himalayan Trek big time, though. If that happened, it would mean neither Tigger nor Tyler would be working at Ralphs anymore. No vacation.... Though to be fair, if I have to somehow figure out a new car, that trip was already fucked.

I WAS SO FUCKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT TRIP.

*facepalm*

Jun. 26th, 2017 03:00 pm
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The moment where you see Microsoft Word's wordcount for the current story in progress saying "1701 Words" and think, Why is it 5:01 p.m.? I thought it was only 3 p.m.

Perfume Reviews + Swaps/Giveaways

Jun. 26th, 2017 03:15 pm
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Michael by Michael Kors

Top notes are freesia, incense, chinese osmanthus and tamarind; middle notes are tuberose, iris, peony, orris root and arum lily; base notes are musk, cashmere wood and vetiver.

This is a very sweet white floral. The tuberose is almost a gardenia dupe. Josh cried almost instant headache, so I didn't leave it on long enough for the dry down, but I could just start to smell the woodiness of the iris start to tamp down the florals before I scrubbed it.

Clean (the original)

This soap-inspired scent combines litsea cubeba, orange, sweet lime, pink grapefruit, passion lily, rose geranium, and white musk and is perfect for women who enjoy crisp, subtly. It opens with a bright burst of freshness and dries down to a simply CLEAN scent.

This does smell fresh and clean. Very bright and citrusy but very sweet (must be the sweet lime). I don't get any orange or grapefruit, but I do smell rose geranium (yummy) and soap. Clean is a good descriptor. I would like to smell this on someone else, but it's not for me. I passed it to a friend.

BPAL Rapunzel

Angel’s trumpet, bois de rose, orris, and wild lettuce.

I really like this. It smells green and sweet and a little of rose. Josh detects a note of ginger. It's a keeper!

SWAPS AND GIVEAWAYS )

The Intolerable Clock

Jun. 26th, 2017 12:58 pm
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Because there is not enough roleplaying in my life, and it's been entirely too long since I GM'd (The Black Wall, Shazrad: City of Veils, The Hidden General, etc.), I am opening The Intolerable Clock ([community profile] hexarchate_rpg), a non-canon freeform multiverse hexarchate RPG.

The hexarchate is a star-spanning polity of monstrosities small and great, where consensus reality is enforced not just by a rigid police state but by the ritual torture of "heretics" on state holidays. Lately it is not just wracked by internal dissent but by the discovery of rifts in time and space through which people from other worlds appear.

You are one of a hardy group of people--whether from the hexarchate (or heptarchate) itself, a foreign state, or another world in the multiverse entirely--who have gathered with the explicit goal of destroying the hexarchate by going back in time and preventing its creation, or otherwise seeding its destruction.

The question is, can you succeed before the hexarchate's agents catch on and eliminate you?

Interested? See the write-up for the guidelines and the character application! Hope to see some of y'all.

[hxx] [story] Hunting Trip

Jun. 26th, 2017 10:00 am
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For [personal profile] metaphormorphosis.
Prompt: hexarchate, "red pandas."

(NOTE: I promise this has a happy ending for the red panda.)

"Zoo?" High General Garit said. "Really, Jedao?"

Jedao, who was driving the car, glanced sideways to assess Garit's expression, even though the high general's tone of voice told him everything he needed to know. Garit had invited him along on this damned trip to a hunting preserve because Garit was desperate to bag a gray tiger, and alongside his record with firearms, Jedao had made the mistake of letting drop that he had grown up hunting. Jedao had tried to point out that going after pesky deer and jackalopes was not the same as gray tigers. Garit had merely clapped him on the back and told him not to be so modest. Modesty had nothing to do with it. On top of the stupid expense per round, the recoil on the ammo that Jedao was going to have to use was proportionate to something with its stopping power, and he wasn't looking forward to the ache in his shoulder.

"Just for an hour or two," Jedao said coaxingly. "My mom and my siblings wanted me to send home some vacation photos. And I promised my nieces that I would bring them back some souvenirs, and maybe the zoo's shop will have some mounted skeletons or the like."

"You spoil those kids rotten," Garit said with a snort.

"What are uncles for?" Jedao said. One of the great regrets of his life was that his job kept him away from his family for long periods of time. The girls grew so fast. "Besides, the folks down at the shop might have some tips for hunters."

Garit shook his head, amused. "You're transparent, but all right."

The zoo was not particularly busy. The two of them were off-duty, and the young woman who told them about the zoo regulations either didn't recognize them or didn't care, which Jedao found congenial. Jedao persuaded Garit to come into the zoo proper so Jedao could snap some photos.

Jedao fiddled with the manual exposure, trying to get the black panther to show up in its cave. The camera had been a gift from his brother, and was practically an antique. Jedao was not especially gifted at taking pictures that pleased his family ("These look like reconnaissance photos, who cares about all this kill zone stuff when you're snapping pics of an engagement party?" his sister had once complained) so he had resolved to do better.

"That's the oddest damned fox I've ever seen," Garit said, pointing.

Jedao gave up on the exposure and settled for a muddled silhouette in the shadows. "Beg pardon?" he asked.

They strolled closer to the enclosure Garit had indicated to have a look. A reddish, bushy-tailed creature was taking a nap in the branches of a tree. Bamboo shoots sprouted not far away. Some of them looked like they'd been gnawed on.

"That's not a fox," Jedao said, reading the enclosure's label. "Red panda. Apparently they eat bamboo. And sometimes birds and things."

"It's kind of cute," Garit said grudgingly. "Doesn't look like much of a challenge, though."

Jedao thought that coddled zoo creatures were generally unlikely to be much challenge, but he didn't say anything that would give Garit the idea of adding another kind of animal to his wishlist for this trip. "My nieces will like it," he said, and raised his camera.

"We should catch you one to take home to them," Garit said.

Jedao made a face. "Have you ever looked at the customs forms for importing wildlife? I'm pretty sure these critters don't exist on my homeworld."

"Well, I'll look into expediting it as a favor to you if you can help me with my tiger problem," Garit said.

"That's very kind of you," Jedao said, as diplomatically as he could, "but my nieces are notoriously good at killing goldfish. Let's just leave the red pandas alone and go hit up the shop so I can buy bat skeletons or fox-eared hats or something, and we can head to the hunting grounds."
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[profile] wendelah has been a nurse for 32 years and knows her shit: Go here and see these links for helping to fight for the Affordable Care Act. Yes, it's flawed, but it's a far cry better than what they're looking to replace it with.

I have many strong, personal feelings on health care and the medical system right now and don't want to dump them on you, so I'm going to disable comments and make a more upbeat post soon. If you want to talk about the ACA or health care, or any of the other interesting political things that [profile] wendelah has linked to, please let the focus be on her post. :)

Good job, you guys! \o/

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:44 am
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A very big THANK YOU to everyone who helped signal boost the [community profile] drawesome community over the weekend! We gained more than 30 new members yesterday, so well done everybody! *high-five*

So far, even though we seem to have a lot of new community members, only a handful of people have ventured into the Introduce Yourself page to break the ice. I understand how it can be a bit intimidating, to put yourself out there in a public comm.

So if any of you guys want to add a contribution to the post (whether comment or sketch) to get the interaction going, that would be awesome! Drawesome, even! LOL.

Postcards

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:12 am
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Monday morning at the office. #amwriting #writersofinstagram #thepoweroftea #matcha #tea #fountainpen #travelersnotebook #handwriting
http://ift.tt/2rSCNTg

Fandom post

Jun. 26th, 2017 12:49 pm
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Animated Movies/Shorts

Big Hero 6 (8/10) → I am forever bitter about Tadashi. I thought Disney wouldn't be able to manipulate my feelings but I was wrong.

Moana (9/10) → The only thing I didn't like was that long-ass Shiny song. Lowkey wish it'd been traditionally animated but *shrug* what can you do.

Cartoons

Samurai Jack S05 (9/10)Things I didn't like. Spoilers. )

That being said, I very much enjoyed S05 overall. I was worried about the ending—after making people wait so long for it, it felt like one of those things where nothing would be good enough. But the bittersweet final scene felt right, though I think the show would've benefited more from 2-3 more episodes because the final battle/s felt rushed.
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(and it's 87F past 9 PM, and the low's supposed to be 67F at 5 AM))

I'm mellllllllting
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Sun Dec 25th: Tell us about your favourite holiday tradition. (2014 December Blogging Meme: NaNoBloPoMo Dec 2014)

Ray: Traditionally? We put up our little yule tree (a charlie-browned American girl christmas tree decorated with mostly secular decor, and the foam snowman we made at a vinfen party). We read The Mouse in the Manger (sadly the audio is no longer available; we'll have to fix that some day) and the inside kids watch the santa tracker app on our phone.

Julian: I will probably be adding a tradition of my own this coming winter, but I'm going to keep that a secret for now ♥ Though you can probably guess.

December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)
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Sat Dec 24th: What's the best present you've ever given someone? (2014 December Blogging Meme: NaNoBloPoMo Dec 2014)

Hmm... I dunno. I think I'm still proud of the fact that we still remember how to do pre-school style candy-decoration stocking stuffers?

We love inner-kid style stuff. :P

December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)

Round 8 of Hurt/Comfort Bingo

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:56 pm
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here is my card for round #8 of [community profile] hc_bingo

haunted forced body modification corporal punishment grief strapped to a moving vehicle
de-age loss of home / shelter suicide attempt head trauma skeletons in the closet
abuse combat WILD CARD homesickness poisoning
pandemics and epidemics burns ritualized pain / injury resurrection cursed
runaways forced to rely on enemy / rival forced marriage drugged kidnapping

Last LJ Post?

Jun. 25th, 2017 01:55 pm
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Hey, just a heads-up: This is could maybe be the last post I crosspost to LJ...?

Just realized that since I took all the LJ/Open ID people off my DW list (to simplify things, or so I thought), you all can't see my photos, soooo...

Still not sure whether to delete my LJ account, or just leave it.

I want to be all nonchalant like, "welp, you know where to find me!" But really, there are some of you whom I don't want to leave behind! Please, come join me on DW!

xoxoxo

Operation: Signal Boost is a go!

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:50 am
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[community profile] drawesome is ready for launch. :D

You can use use any of the banners below to start spreading the word...

Banner #1:
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