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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 10:15 am
Anyone know if this is running this year, and if it'll be on LJ? And if it is on LJ if people who deleted their LJs can participate?

ETA: [community profile] hlh_shortcuts. And it will be run entirely on DW. Last year sign ups started end of September. I really rec this fest as it's extremely welcoming and the mod is great.
Monday, September 18th, 2017 10:12 pm
Character List
1. Amanda (Highlander)
2. Boromir (The Lord of the Rings)
3. Colleen Wing (Daughters of the Dragon)
4. Doc Holliday (Wynonna Earp)
5. Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings)
6. Jefferson Jackson (Legends of Tomorrow)
7. Joe Dawson (Highlander)
8. Kaulder (The Last Witch Hunter)
9. Misty Knight (Daughters of the Dragon)
10. Murderbot (All Systems Red)
11. Nala (Sinbad 2012)
12. Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow)
13. Sinbad (Sinbad 2012)
14. Wynonna Earp (Wynonna Earp)
15. Xavier Dolls (Wynonna Earp)

The questions: )
Sunday, September 17th, 2017 07:02 pm
Title: A Pause Between Bullet Points
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 600
Notes: Written for [community profile] ladiesbingo square: Character Death (referring here to Han).
Summary: Leia is busy; Rey needs advice.

Totally not written for another fest before I realised it hit a couple big DNWs, nope.
Sunday, September 17th, 2017 12:24 pm
Still can't work out the bandwidth leak. I thought it was just my computer, but Nenya's is doing it when I use it. Could it somehow be firefox? *HANDS*


Meme from Selena K:
1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.



I can't believe it's my first year back to yuletide since 2013, and I got sucked into wank. Twice. Anyway. Whatever.
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 07:29 pm
Something in our system is haemorrhaging bandwidth, and since we have a fixed amount a day which cuts us off for a day if we run over it, we may not be online much until we figure out what the fuck is going on.

I'm gong to pull the plug before my last 76MB vanish for no reason.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 05:36 pm
Thank you so much for making me a gift! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with these my favourite characters (They can totally all be my favourite at the same time!) So uh, long letter is long, please feel free to mix and match prompts, or pick something off my like list and ignore the rest, or throw it away and go with your own idea for these characters (did I mention they're my favourites?)

Likes and DNWs: )

The Almighty Johnsons )

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (TV) )

The Guns of Navarone (1961) )

The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells )

The Reckoning (2003) )

Sinbad )

Twelve O'Clock High (1949) )

Wynonna Earp (TV) )

Whew! You made it to the end! Please remember that these are just suggestions, and what I'm interested in most is what you want to make. Also, there are more prompts for a lot of these characters in my letters tag or over at fandom giftbox.
Monday, September 11th, 2017 11:42 am
I am, for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, looking for the most depressing thing written in England in the 1860s-1890s.

I'm talking about like a grim dark novel on the devastation of industrialism, a report on the conditions of life in Whitechaple, Published letters about the status of women in Ireland, Top Five Things Wrong With Empire: A Pamphlet. It can be condemning bad things happening, or from the point of view of the people doing the bad things who don't care. Either way, Something that one would read and feel like hiding under a blanket with tea was really the only thing to be done against the overwhelming horror of life.

Under 200 pages would be ideal, since I'm going to have to read this in a hurry.
Thursday, September 7th, 2017 08:26 pm
I don't talk about politics much here, but this article is the best thing I've read in two years of dealing with Donald Trump in the media.

The First White President by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Nevertheless, the argument that America’s original sin was not deep-seated white supremacy but rather the exploitation of white labor by white capitalists—“white slavery”—proved durable. Indeed, the panic of white slavery lives on in our politics today. Black workers suffer because it was and is our lot. But when white workers suffer, something in nature has gone awry.
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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 06:20 pm
What I Just Finished Reading
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur, with forwards by Angela Y. Davis and Lennox S. Hinds
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in US history or the history of the protest movement. The story is divided between Shakur's youth and entry into the Black Power movements, and the four years she spent on trail in the early to mid '70s, and both parts are illuminating, though I found the story of her growing consciousness more interesting. She really lays out what it felt like to be working class and black in New York in the '60s and '70s, and is very frank about how her personal ethics evolved including many past errors.

I wish there had been more detail about her transition from the Black Panthers to the Black Liberation Army, and what life in the BLA was like, but I understand the political constraints she was writing under (not wanting to drop the FBI on anyone's head). Perhaps there will be a follow up some day.

On a prose level, the book is strongly written, and cut through with Shakur's poetry. It's definitely a step up from most memoirs.


Anathema: Spec from the Margins, April 2017 (#1)
First issue of a magazine dedicated to stories by queer writers of colour. I always say that collections are a mixed bag, but I honestly really liked everything in this anthology save one story (life is too short for AIDS metaphors). I think the mermaid story "The Woman with a Thousand Stars in Her Hair" was my favourite this issue. Also excellent, the essay about using Kenyan vernacular to define a place for marginalised people, especially in relation to SFF.

"The Creeping Influences" by Sonya Taaffe
Eerie short story about a bog woman found by a group of peat diggers in '30s Ireland. I like what this story does with love and gender, and I'm very fond of the prose. Fond of Shimmer generally, actually.

What I'm Reading Now
Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien, slow going. I liked the first part, which was the initial version of the story in a fairytale style with the prince of cats, but retreading the lay isn't really my fave. I'm such a bad Tolkien fan.

Audio: Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman by Cathy Wilkerson. If nothing else, this is underlining what an achievement the brevity of Assata's book was. It's very interesting (she's still not a terrorist!), but probably could have cut some detail.

What I'm Reading Next
Library books! Or maybe that Worth Saga novella by Milan. Something lighter.