Media update

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:23 am
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Well, I now have even more books out of the library AND more new books on my kindle (In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan!), but in fact, I haven't read any original fiction this week, just Les Mis contemporary AUs of the Combeferre/Enjolras/Grantaire variety, including a very good White Collar AU: Still the Same by [ profile] tears_of_nienna.

Next up, probably Kept by Y. Euny Hong, since it's the library book that's due back soonest.

Finished Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, about a small young woman with super-strength, who's hired as a bodyguard for the CEO of a video games company. It started out intriguingly wacky and cartoony but turned into a giant mess: endless pointless subplots and a tonally whiplashy crime plot about a serial kidnapper. Similarly, the romance began promisingly but became obnoxiously cutesy by the end. Like, to the point where the leading man's secretary, Mr. Gong, on several occasions, had to politely interrupt their cooing at each other because it was making him super-uncomfortable. At which point, the couple would go, "Oh, are you still here?" and immediately resume giggling and fawning over each other, the moral apparently being that love makes you an asshole.

Also finished Capital Scandal, which was excellent. I chased it down solely for the time period (1930s, during the Japanese occupation), since I hadn't seen anything else set then, and I wasn't at all sure what to expect, but it was adorable and fun (and appropriately distressing in places), and did a great job of balancing romance and revolution. The female leads were outstanding, and the guys eventually caught up, more or less. :-)

Started Suspicious Partner on Sunday and am now nearly halfway through. Ahem. It's about spoilers for the first few episodes. )

Next week: starting a re-watch of Goblin with J.

Other TV
Last Week Tonight. That's about it.

The Midwife (French): The last of our film festival films. It was good, and I liked the no-nonsense main character, but I wasn't quite in the mood to appreciate it, due to Life Things, and it didn't make much of an impression on me.

I had a plan to write pining fic for the Disguise challenge on [community profile] fan_flashworks, but let's just say it hasn't been a fruitful week.

2186 / Orphan Black, 5.10

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:07 pm
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As [personal profile] sheafrotherdon wrote about a few days ago, we had a wee bit of a vehicular misadventure while attending a conference. I have some friction burns and a bruise on my arm from the side airbag (which looks worse than it feels), but am otherwise okay. Still, between that and a fairly intensive week-long series of workshops on teaching, I was so grateful to come home, shower, and crawl into my own bed last night.

Orphan Black, 5.10, To Right the Wrongs of Many )

A few things

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:11 pm
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하나. [personal profile] ride_4ever pointed out that I currently have exactly equal numbers of White Collar and Due South works on AO3 (243 each). This is a) awesome!!, b) an incentive not to post any more fandom White Collar things, which I will undoubtedly ignore, c) [redacted whining about my thirst for a new fandom].

둘. [personal profile] kanarek13 made an amazing gorgeous (NSFW) artwork in response to my White Collar P/E/N ficlet last week. *wins everything*

셋. I just read In Defiance of All Geometry by [ profile] idiopathicsmile, a Les Mis modern AU about Enjolras/Combeferre/Grantaire all falling for each other, and it was adooorable, especially the getting-together scene, which made me laugh.

넷. I am 1.5 episodes from the end of Capital Scandal and about to finish it off.

[fic] VLD - Drink to That

Aug. 11th, 2017 01:16 pm
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Title: Drink to That
Characters/Pairings: Shiro/Keith/Lance
Summary: It's always been clear that Shiro and Keith are close, but Lance hadn't realized they were this close.
Notes: Adult for smut; not compliant with season three. Illustrations by keithhawke.

Lance had asked about it once during that awful period when Shiro had been missing and Team Voltron had been falling apart at the seams: 'So… you and Shiro. You two go back, huh?' )

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Crack. Possibly unrequited Neal/Elizabeth(/Peter), who even knows, I mean it's only 100w.

Temptation )
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Finished You Could Make a Life by Taylor Fitzpatrick. It was cute, but I don't think I'm ever going to care about hockey bros, and the present tense in such a long work gave me a constant feeling of impending doom which was disconcerting in such a non-doomy story. Still, an enjoyable read with better characters than most other original longform m/m I've read (admittedly a very small sample).

Next up, I have Kept: A Comedy of Sex and Manners by Y. Euny Hong (author of The Birth of Korean Cool) out of the library, and three newishly acquired ebooks on my Kindle: Let us Dream by Alyssa Cole, Spectred Isle by KJ Charles, and The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. Not sure which will grab me first.

Oh, man. Okay. I'm now three episodes from the end of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, and it feels more and more like someone threw an enormous tray of tapas (or, I guess, Korean side dishes) at a wall and turned the resulting chaos into a show. Like, WHAT IS HAPPENING?! Why is there a roving gang of school kids? Why do we need the kidnapper-traumatises-random-women bits? Or the barely acknowledged domestic violence? What’s with the Indian-not-actually-Indian monk? The problem is I don’t care! I think the bits of this drama I like would make a great 8- or 10-episode show.

Also, really not happy with the conclusion of episode 13. However, the leading woman is still pretty great.

Capital Scandal continues to be excellent, but they're doing that operatic thing where people loudly sing discuss their secrets, and I’m finding it very stressful because the bad guy is smart and evil and arrrgh, stop yelling at each other in public about being undercover revolutionaries!!!!!! And remember your walls are made of paper!!!! /o\ /o\ /o\ I'm worried someone's gonna die. (Don't tell me!)

Chief Kim is still good. There's a chance it'll head down the Do Bong Soon route and turn into a giant mess, but on the bright side, no serial kidnapper, so even if it does, it'll be fine. *crosses fingers*

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds is as adorable as the first time around. I love everyone in this bar.

Other TV
Still nothing much besides Last Week Tonight and a slew of stand-up comedians on Youtube. (Latest crop includes Celia Pacquola, Zoe Lyons and Sarah Pascoe.) This absence of a current show is unusual for the boy and me, but we've been seeing a lot of movies, so.

Claire’s Camera (South Korean): I was a few minutes late for this (having gone to the wrong theatre), so I spent the whole movie wondering if I’d missed some crucial plot point. (My sister, who saw it at an earlier session, assures me I didn't.) Low-affect cast. Possibly improvised dialogue. Would have made a better short story.

Yourself & Yours (South Korean, same director): Like being stuck at a drab party with boring people. Camera locked off, Dogme-like aesthetic, very repetitive and uninteresting dialogue. No close-ups. I did actually like one of the characters (the man with the folding bike played by Kwan Hae Hyo), possibly because I recognised the actor from dramas, but he wasn't enough to get me interested.

Pop Aye (Thai): A perfectly fine first film about a disillusioned architect who encounters an elephant from his childhood and buys it to take it back to his home town. I didn't love it, and there was some ambivalence at the end that bothered me, but it's always nice to see a different culture/country, and it was fine. Road movie + elephant.

The Big Sick (US): The true story of how comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon met and got together, with Kumail playing himself. Romcom with a twist. Really good. Highly rec.

I don't know if I'm continuing with the drabble-a-day regime, or whether I should try to knuckle down and work on one of my WIPs. Some of the drabbles have been based on old notes/ideas/scraps of dialogue, which seems a satisfying way to declare them complete, and some are new, which means my brain is occasionally coming up with new material, but I'm still not feeling sparky. At the same time, there are two WIPs I would dearly love to finish this year, and time is zooming by.
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200 words, mergatrude and me, Cruiseliner fannish Mary-Sue metafic, with allusions to an animatronic llama called Albuquerque.

In which the solution is obvious, but also not really a solution )

Also, I was going through my WIPs folder and found this unfinished cruiseliner ficlet from 2014, which still seems highly relevant...

I light the last candle in the circle... )
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300 words, P/E/N, PG-13. Post-anklet (not canon compliant), post-first-time.

everything she wants )
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Title: You Have One Invitation
Characters/Pairings: Dadsona, the other dads
Summary: Sometimes there's comfort in numbers.
Notes: I had a lot of feelings about the Joseph route. Like, a lot of feelings. Second person pov, 1596 words.

So this is how you find out that you can have groups on DadBook: you meet up with Craig the morning after Amanda's party (ugh, mornings), he takes a look at you, and says, 'Bro,' with the same kind of sympathy he'd had after things with you and Sam had gone south back in school. )

2185 / Orphan Black, 5.09

Aug. 6th, 2017 08:49 am
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If the proposed immigration bill becomes law, I won't be considered eligible to even apply for a Green Card, let alone stand a good chance of getting one. That's as an English-speaking person from a "safe" country who holds a doctorate and is already employed. Hurray.

Speaking of doctorates, did you know that we should be referring not to General Organa, but General Dr. Organa? Or I suppose, Her Highness General Dr. Organa.

I am in awe of someone who could read for comps while helping to organise a rebellion.

Orphan Black, 5.09, One Fettered Slave )

Things and some drabbles

Aug. 6th, 2017 12:01 pm
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Is anyone else finding Gmail to be extremely crappy atm? It keeps saving drafts that I've already sent, so my threads are confusing, and taking ages to refresh, and IDK. Maybe it's using all its energy on the suckfest that is Hangouts. *grumpy*

(Also, if anyone can recommend an easy/convenient Gchat-like thing, please do! I really really miss the little green, orange and red dots.)

So, after I posted yesterday's drabble, I had some doubts and over-thinking and took it down again. I think it suffers from my not actually being in the fandom. But here it is for completeness anyway.

MCU. Sam/Steve domestic fluff. )

And here's today's:

White Collar. P/E/N. )

2184 / Rec me things!

Aug. 4th, 2017 10:59 am
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This coming semester I'm teaching a rhetoric/comp class, aiming to get students more comfortable with reading and writing at the college level. The theme is “heroes and monsters”, which is a little outside of my usual wheelhouse.

So I’m looking for recommendations for thematically appropriate readings that will challenge and engage first-year college students without being too frustrating for them. I’m looking for solid, interesting arguments/structure that we can grapple with and deconstruct in class—they can be traditional journal articles/book chapters, but also long-form online writing or even provocative shorter stuff. The goal here isn’t subject coverage, but I would like to introduce the students to a range of ideas, perspectives, and takes.

The kinds of intersections of heroism/monsters I’d like to cover include:

  • Gender (Buffy? Wonder Woman?)

  • Race (Luke Cage, Black Panther, Kamala Khan?)

  • Nationalism (Superman, Captain America?)

  • Archetypes (Star Wars?)

  • Ways of telling stories about heroes/monsters, and why we need them

Suggestions on these and any other topics welcome!
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This is kind of a cheat because it's an adaptation of some story notes I made years ago, but today is busy: a film festival movie and then two consecutive drama clubs.

Double drabble: Captain America/Temeraire crossover. 200 words, G-rated.

This must be Asgard )


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