September 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 08:52pm on 23/09/2017 under ,
Aside from squeaking in all those fics/ficlets/drabbles last night, I put on Dragonball, since it's been sitting here and I've wanted to revisit it~ *grins* So far, Boycritter seems to be enjoying it. And I haven't seen it uncensored, so this is fun~

I'll do some proper fic-announcement posts at some point soonish. Some of them are for some fairly obscure fandoms, alas? AO3's interface does not make for quick fic posting and deargods, I am still horrible with titles. *sighs*

I finally ordered the latest volume of Astray manga and I'm sort of dreading it. From what I've gathered of the premise, it's going to manage to insult a couple of my favorite characters by making them completely OoC and actually fart on the entire premise of SEED in the process. Good job. *sighs* And yet I'm buying it anyway, because.

I also ordered the new volume of UraBoku/The Betrayal Knows My Name. So glad it's coming out again~~ I got into it a couple of Yuletides ago to write something for [personal profile] roseargent and no regrets~

Aaaand, the Pilot Candidate/Candidate for Goddess box set which includes the OVA! \o/ So a little old, a little new all around. ^_^

It's been unseasonably warm here... I'm ready for it to be fall~
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posted by [personal profile] thawrecka at 04:56pm on 23/09/2017 under
  • Sometimes I get nostalgic for metafandom. Not the way it was before people stopped updating - basically having trended in the way of being totally about social justice, just like Tumblr, just like the blogosphere, and not really about fandom in particular - but the way it used to link to talk about the whys and hows of how fandom was done, in the beginning.

    I am often nostalgic for earlier versions of how fandom was done, lately. Not necessarily because of the actual things that happened to and around me but because of the way it made me feel. The kinds of discussions and sense of community and etc etc cannot be replicated in the Tumblr-based successors to media fandom which have their own norms and which I'm sure someone will be nostalgic about in 15 years when they've long been replaced by something else. I even get nostalgic for mailing lists and I was on very few for a hot second before I largely switched to message boards for about six months in 2002 and then after that to LJ.

    I lurked a lot on people's websites - especially the 'elite' archives full of the best fic from mailing lists - and then slowly circled closer and closer in to actual community. And then the grand era of LJ where I didn't ever feel like one of the cool kids but followed and was followed by hundreds of people and posted hundreds of comments a week. Ah, the vigour of youth.

  • Speaking of fannish nostalgia, I've been occasionally randomly looking up fans of various size of name on Fanlore, to see who was a Big enough Big Name Fan to end up with a page about them. I totally ran with a lot of BNFs back in the day! And never gained any fame or notoriety of my own hahaha which is probably both a good and a bad thing. (Good: getting featured on fandomwank never looked fun. Bad: the people who got super popular and notorious now have book deals and huge followings and have made it and I'm still cooling my heels.)

    Bizarrely, Fanlore has a page about my fanfic site, as though it ran from 2003-2005, when:
    (A) It still exists (and this reminds me to update it); and
    (B) I don't think enough people were actually looking at my fic site from 03-05 for it to warrant having a page about it on Fanlore. That's just bizarre.

  • And in my nostalgia I ended up looking at old fic sites from 00-02 on the wayback machine, feeling nostalgic about websites with frames, old arguments about darkfic (Buffy fandom was a great place for gen, seriously), web rings and fanfic awards, all the different places fandom has happened for me. I know all the very valid reasons frames stopped being valid HTML and why it's a bad idea to do site layouts in tables; nonetheless, I did both. I had so many websites. It was so fun.

    I feel like we talk about fandom, or at least fanart fandom and fanficdom, as if it all happens in one or two places, or in one way. Even now that's not true. Even beyond the almighty AO3, people still post fic to FF dot net, and there's all that celebrity RPF on Wattpad, and people post fic on Tumblr (terrible platform for it, jfc), and DW, and LJ. There are still fandom-specific archives, including those that are still (somewhat) active - I've read plenty of fic on the Kirk/Spock archive this year. There are still fanauthor websites, and I read fic on those, and not just The Sentinel fic I'm nostalgic about. (Seriously, note to self: update the damn website).

    And fannish discussion happens in lots of different places, with many different community norms: forums (still), and Tumblr, and here, and communities that still live on LJ, and Wordpress, and the book bloggers on goodreads, and . . .

    A lot of fandoms in the 80s and 90s and very early 00s flourished as their own discrete entities, building their own community norms, creating their own fan languages, many of which were then combined into the fannish soup when LJ started to be the big thing and pan-fandom communities started to organise. And some of those terms have fallen by the wayside: noromo, altfic, lemon. But I think the re-splintering of fandom en masse as LJ disintegrated into an increasingly unusable platform and people have fled to multiple different places has put the lie to the idea that there really is one big fannish community.

    But I'm still nostalgic for some of the things that worked when fandom on LJ flourished, some of the people I knew, some of the fic and art and discussion - a lot of which has been lost to time.
September 22nd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 07:18pm on 22/09/2017 under
All the fics, ficlets, and drabbles for [personal profile] luxken27's Summer Mini-Challenge are written! Because I'm ridiculous! Now, for the quickest bit of editing and posting known to the land~~

Go go go!
September 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 08:05pm on 21/09/2017
I didn't forget about [personal profile] luxken27's annual summer prompt tables, but I've just been so... flat that I couldn't even anything.

Tomorrow is the due date. I am going to be downright hellbent ridiculous determined.

TABLES! )
September 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 04:34pm on 19/09/2017 under , ,
"Oh, I know just the menu to use for this... I can have them order..." *digs out fancy restaurant menu, starts perusing*

Ten minutes later...

"WAAAAIIIIT! This is supposed to be a short smutfic with minimal lead-up."

BUT FOOD.

*scribbles notes for longer epic foodporn fic to write later*

...

*sigh*
September 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] thawrecka at 06:11am on 20/09/2017
The other night I was out to dinner with friends and one of the group revealed she hadn't seen any Highlander at all, ever. People actually gasped. I didn't think it was that shocking, actually, because she's about six years younger than me and most of the Highlander I ever saw was The Raven. Which was awesome, and now I'm wondering if it's on DVD. Edited to add according to JBHifi, no, the only Highlander they have on DVD at all is the original movie. What a downer. I'd ask why nothing is ever available in Region 4 but I guess there isn't a large group of people crying out for Highlander to still be available on DVD in Australia (Or Lexx, or Earth Final Conflict, or. . . I can buy Forever Knight in a box sex, though).
September 18th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] kalloway at 07:10pm on 18/09/2017 under
Well, I need to go back to it at some point and rework it into a list for this week, but I'm pretty confident in saying I didn't get most of my weekend to-do taken care of. ^^;; I did get a lot done in the bookroom, which was definitely one of the most important things. However, a lot of it involved unpacking and sorting books and now my bedroom is a disaster of bookpiles (whoops?). I ended up moving a couple of bookcases and the desk twice, because I had ~~different ideas, and then I had one more but ended up not doing it, because instead of trying to incorporate the cedar chest that's been floating around, I should see about parting with it. I don't use it, stuff gets piled on it, and like many pieces of furniture that came over here, it's not actually in very good shape. Well... I don't have to decide on anything today.

Basically, I have to keep reminding myself that not only can I be flexible, it's okay if I am. So if this layout isn't working in a few weeks, I can try something new.

Just unpacking and sorting, I've pulled out three books to go already. Well, for one, I read one chapter and immediately deposited it in the 'take to pagan shop' basket. Not my cuppa. I suspect this will happen more and more as I keep going, especially with reference books that are interesting but not the sorts of things I'll ever need to reference that often, or that seem impressively redundant (like the dozens of gardening books).

Other than that, words! I'm sort of trying for the impossible, lol. Wish me luck! (And words!)
September 17th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] thawrecka at 03:33pm on 17/09/2017 under
  • I thought I'd talked about finally watching Moana but it turns out that was on Plurk. Of course, now I can barely remembered what I thought of it. I liked it well enough and was largely underwhelmed by the music. The mix of accents on the supposedly isolated island was distracting. I assume that feeling the magic of older Disney stuff more is because I watched it when I was young enough to be more openly receptive to it; I would give this to my niece who likes both girls and monsters, if she hasn't watched it already.

  • The Clouds of Sils Maria is one of those navel gaze-y Hollywood actor films, about women and ageing, and self important about the art of theater and film. It's giving me all sorts of thoughts about celebrity culture but I shan't share them as, of course, that would be largely vomitting up bits and pieces of my fame and celebrity studies readings. Of course, it's impossible not to read this in light of Binoche's and Stewart's careers and public images. I can't say I particularly liked it, but that seems to be beside the point; the movie never commits to emotional consequences for almost anything that happens because the characters are too self-absorbed to emotionally react beyond the shortest moment. Hilariously, the worst acting in the film belongs to Chloe Grace Moretz - hilarious because Kristen Stewart's character wanks on about how she's this amazing actress, and in the (purposely badly written) space superhero movie scene, Moretz fails to rise to the level of her scene partner. Given Binoche's screen presence and marvellous command of her talent it undercuts the theme of the film, that tired middle age should gave way to spunky, if sociopathic, youth. After all, who was watching this film for Moretz? She's fine in this film but completely outclassed.

  • Keeping Up With the Joneses is a really stupid action comedy about super hot secret spies moving into suburbia and accidently making friends with an average middle aged white married couple, and I enjoyed the shit out of it. Some offensive jokes fell flat. Did not do well at the box office. But I was entertained. Solid, mindless three star film.

  • Spy, on the other hand, many people loved and while I enjoyed it, I don't think I enjoy it as much as I was supposed to. McCarthy was great if a little too much like she always is in every other thing I ever see her in. I enjoyed the nonsense spy hijinks. I also loved SPOILERS the after credits scene where Read more... ).

  • In news that will probably destroy my credibility with anyone who thought I had sophisticated taste (no one? okay), I loved Minions. I really loved the scene where they get run out of France. Queen Lizzy the second arm wrestling in a pub. The visual joke of the Orlando, Florida coming soon sign. The chaos of the villain convention. All the zany nonsense. I really really enjoyed this. I'm pretty sure pop culture has told me everyone is supposed to hate this and feel above it and be annoyed by it but I loved it. I would buy it on DVD and play it every Saturday. Hahaha. I love how the creators of this series have committed to their fully zany worldbuilding. I want a crossover between this and Austin Powers. This was awesome.

  • El Dorado is, for the most part, a lovely old Western. A Howard Hawks-directed, John Wayne-starring dealio, full of brilliant colour, beautifully structured shots, and good plotting and character work. I admired how perfectly the plot and tension came out of the characters, their relationships, and their physical limitations, established early in the story - textbook perfect, frankly, and I should make notes. What I do not admire is the racism, either the obligatory Western genre racism towards Native Americans, or the scene where a young James Caan pulls his eyelids to the side, wears a pot as a hat and mumbles a bunch of gibberish to convince a stranger he's a harmless Chinese man. I don't think I've been as blind-sided by a racist caricature of Asian people, since I read War for the Oaks.


What I did not finish:
  • Hot Pursuit - the combination of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara shouldn't be this boring. I skipped to the end, which was fine.
  • Tomorrowland - boring nostalgia for a retro future I was never invested in.
  • The Rewrite - even Hugh Grant's charm wasn't enough to make that character likeable.
September 15th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] thawrecka at 08:02pm on 15/09/2017
According to the tracking number my package has been delivered to a PO Box in Oak Creek Wisconsin which is really bizarre given that I live in Melbourne, Australia.

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