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Sep. 18th, 2017 06:57 pm
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Holy shit, you know you're a lightweight when all it takes to get you flushy is a single can of cider.

OR MAYBE it's just that the fic I'm writing is Really That Hot. Yeah, let's pretend it's that.

(Hey, [personal profile] laufeyknits, I think you'll love this thing. I mean, we figured that, but... seems it'll be up your alley. Probably.)

Apparently writing This Sort Of Thing is easier after a drink or two. I've slapped down five... almost six pages in two days. Who'd have thought. (NOT ME)

Except if everything goes according to plan it'll be Really Fucking Long and oh man, I don't want to think about how much of a pain in the ass it'll be to proof this, ugh....

Oh well. LATER. I will worry about that later. Yes.

Trick Or Treat

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Dear Tricksy Treater,
I’m looking forward to your gift so much! I have nothing but love for this exchange, so I’m very excited (and super easy to please!)
 
My letters always work as sort of a buffet so you can pick and select whatever catches your fancy and write something we’ll both enjoy. I’m a firm believer in Optional Details are Optional, so as long as you respect my few DNWs it’s going to be great! 
 
I can be found on AO3 as [archiveofourown.org profile] pameluke and on tumblr as janoda.
Likes, DNWs and Fandoms (Shadowhunters, Hidden Legacy, Difficult People) )

25 Things to Know About the OTW

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:06 am
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OTW 10th anniversary history


We've been around a while now, so as part of celebrating our 10th anniversary here are 25 things to know about the OTW! https://goo.gl/FuuMWS

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Sep. 17th, 2017 09:15 pm
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Oh gods, please remind me to never go into a yarn store again. Yarn stores are dangerous. Very.

(But... so many lovely things....)

I'm going to go to a piano performance tomorrow! And then a string quartet performance on Wednesday! Ahhh I haven't done anything of the sort in ages, this will be so nice... It's a good thing that I packed some vaguely-presentable clothes just in case.

Also: managed to write something today. It was kind of drizzly and cold and nasty, so I spent some time slapping down words in a cafe, and turned out about 1.2k ish. Feels good! Except, I started something new, when really, I should be finishing older wips. Oops. (It's that one with Tapiotar/Vesa, and if it turns out the way I expect, it'll sure be... something. And also one of the most niche things I've ever written, but oh well. xD)
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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat


What were some of your early experiences like when your work gained its own fans?

*MarthaWells
I think my favorite experience is seeing the fan art, and seeing fanfic from my books show up in Yuletide. That’s hugely exciting to see fanfic and fan art of your work, especially to someone who was a fan from way back in the print zine era.

*SeananMcGuire
The first time something I’d created showed up as a fandom option for Yuletide, I literally cried. Happy tears! But it was like, HOLY WHAT NO HOW OMG VIXY LOOK AT THIS DO YOU SEE THIS. It’s amazing. It’s still amazing. I can’t read any of the fanfic of my own work, but knowing it exists makes me so happy.

Did you miss our chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells? If so check out the transcript of their talk https://goo.gl/Q3Wu6P

Various

Sep. 16th, 2017 09:54 pm
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(Apologies if this posts twice; DW has been giving me tons of errors this evening.)

* Oh gods. My feet hurt. So. Bad. Not because of ill-fitting shoes; I've just done... so much walking... Damn, it's too bad I didn't take the phone with PokeGo on it; I'd have hatched a million eggs today. Upside: I did some wandering, discovered some new coffee shops away from the busiest part of downtown (and therefore more likely to be reasonably quiet), and also came across a grocery store, which certainly does mean some good things for my wallet. Mmm, fruit and granola for breakfast....

* I went to One Wave Gathering* at the legislature lawn today, and there were dance performances by various indigenous groups from the island, as well as some from the South Pacific, and it was awesome.

* Picked up a tiny cheapass sketchbook and spent some time scribbling (including while I was watching the dancers). Not actual, y'know, drawing; just some scribbly figures. It's nice. I find that if I go into things with the intent of disposing of it/recycling it after I'm finished, I enjoy it more....

* Going to go see Nomadic Tempest tomorrow evening. It's... a rock opera? Performed on a boat? Something like that. Hopefully it'll turn out to be as cool as it sounds. ;p

* I was going to write tonight, but I'm far too tired for it. ...Ordinarily I'd feel a bit bad, but I regret nothing. ;V (Well, okay, MAYBE I feel a TINY bit like a slackass for not writing anything for Synchronised Screaming two weeks in a row, but....) Hopefully I'll be able to do some scribbling tomorrow, though. The Trick or Treat signup list looks so good already, and I want to get started with writing....

* YiH: Karo showed a preview from an extra chapter* and eeeee~ <3 Ahhh Veeti's hair is doing that, you know, fwoosh, wavy thing. Loving the reminder that YiH Veeti actually is very attractive when he doesn't have that "half-dead, or maybe he just got pulled out of a swamp" sort of look goin' on... It's something that I forgot about, to the point where I even told Folie that while I love him to bits, he ain't smoochable, not so much. I CONCEDE, I take it all back, A++ would kiss.

* Imagine what a spider wearing flip flops would sound like. Just think about that for a second.
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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat


What things have you been excited to see in recent years, either regarding fandom or work in your genre(s)?

*Catherine R.
I really like fanfiction and its explosion on the internet. I think fanfic is a great way for people to learn the craft skills of writing. Many of my college students fall in love with writing that way: by reading fanfic and then starting to write it themselves. I always encourage them to go for it! I love the supportive structure it creates for imagination and fantasy to run wild. I think that realm is so important. Imagination lets us explore quandaries of desire and justice and truth and conflict: all the central problems of what it means to be human.

*Christina L.
It’s been incredibly exciting to see so many writers from our fandom specifically or fandom in general out there publishing books. Of course we all know the big ones—EL James, Cassie Clare—but there are others from the Twi world that had fantastic voices and ideas and who are now also bestsellers. Sally Thorne, Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci, Leisa Rayven, Mariana Zapata, Amanda Weaver—all of these women wrote fantastic fic.

Did you miss our chat with Christina Lauren & Catherine Roach? If so check out the transcript of their talk! https://goo.gl/8DR1PG

Ahhh, such lovely weather~

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:17 pm
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WELL, here I am in Victoria. It's nice to be off the plane, let me tell you. :V

Popped into Munro's after supper... oh gods, I need to avoid going in there. The amount of books - well, not just books, but books I would actually want to read - is overwhelming. They have an entire set of bookshelves filled with poetry! Like, not just one shelf, but the whole damn rack! So much of it! Huge! Every time I go in there, my brain can't process the amount of it. Far different from back home's "half of one shelf, and half of that selection is made up of Leonard Cohen".

Discovered that Gregory Scofield has a new collection out - Witness, I Am. Had to get it, of course. AND ALSO I discovered that he'll be holding workshops at the Festival of Authors... which I am going to miss by only a handful of days, arrrrgh goddamn. If only I could extend my stay!

See, his writing means a lot to me - when I read Singing Home the Bones, it was the first time I'd come across a 21st-century poet whose work I actually liked. Before that, it was all... [/vague handwave] Epics and medieval stuff. The Harley lyrics, Homer's works, the Kalevala, Beowulf, that sort of thing. But there was something about Scofield's work, I can't put a finger on what.

So, that's a disappointment. But oh, well. Maybe some time another opportunity will present itself.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to doing glorious nothing for an entire week. It'll be nice to just do whatever I please and not have to think about... anything at all.

Also: my room has a proper teakettle. I'm delighted. No sad mediocre microwaved tea this time. Brilliant. <3
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TWC's issue 25 is out! Essay topics include book history, women's writing, Teen Wolf, World of Warcraft, Sherlock, cosplay, Lego, Harry Potter & more https://goo.gl/dN3m5a

Reading Wednesday

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:15 pm
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Oof... there was some sort of enormous construction delay, and traffic was backed up, and the tl;dr of it is that I didn't get home until nearly 8PM. Geeze.

Upside: I was able to finish reading Patrick Gale's A Place Called Winter.

Quick take: This was a breezy read. I liked it. Would read it again, even. It'd make a good film, actually. Because of the premise, I was worried that it would have a tragic end, but that is not so; the ending is hopeful.

Now, a fairly realistic M/M novel set in Edwardian-era England and Saskatchewan is bound to have its parts that are painful to get through... and that can be said for this one. But there are also a lot of happy moments too. And, like I mentioned, the ending isn't a downer (or at least, not entirely).

Would I recommend it? Sure, especially if the time period/setting is appealing. While there is romance in it, it's as much historical fiction as it is a romance (if not more), and for me, the Saskatchewan bits were definitely part of the appeal.

The author isn't Canadian, but I think he must have travelled to Canada at some point, because the way he paints a portrait of it is just so very perfect.

A couple of short excerpts that I liked )

Anyway.

The character I fell in love with most was (as usual) not the central character, Harry Cane; rather it was Ursula, a two-spirit woman who shows up in certain parts and forms a friendship with Harry over time. We see just enough of her for me to latch on to, and man, I'm kind of tempted to write fic about her....

More about that (also, spoilers) )

Five Things Naomi Novik Said

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:31 am
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

As part of our Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said series, we have a special anniversary edition with OTW co-founder Naomi Novik. She discusses its evolution during her 10 yrs volunteering for it: https://goo.gl/nJXJrY

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 62

Sep. 12th, 2017 12:45 pm
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This Week in Fandom banner by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom: The author of My Immortal and her story, the Not Now I'm Reading podcast talks fanfic and AO3, and more: https://goo.gl/7YLw4h

Blah blah blah eyeshadow

Sep. 11th, 2017 09:37 pm
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I picked up a MUFE palette a while back, and it's only recently that I've been experimenting with it a bit.

More about that )

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Sep. 10th, 2017 10:07 pm
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You know it's time for bed when you accidentally put the relationships in the characters field... Maybe it's best to just, like, not let me near Ao3 ever. (Or maybe I could get some proper sleep for a change -- nah.)

Today was utterly nasty. Windy and cold and rainy all at once. I took one look outside, and decided to not even bother going out or anything, because it looked seriously unpleasant. (And now I feel like a lump, but, well. That's how it goes.)

Finished my letter* for [community profile] trickortreatex. You guys should all consider doing this one~ I love this exchange so much! Mmm, that bite-sized minimum wordcount. Delicious. :D

Leaving for vacation this Friday... Aahh! It'll be nice to go somewhere, even if it's somewhere I've been before - well, Victoria is always nice. Haven't decided what to do when I'll get there, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. Though, considering so much of the Pacific coast is on fire, I'm a little worried about smoke. Not physically, but well - ugh, I'll just deal with it somehow if I see/smell it, I guess.

On an unrelated note, I made a crustless quiche thing yesterday, and it turned out really good. ...I had supervision for it, but eh. At least it turned out. ~Learning experience~ and all that. We were going to do another one of my recipes from that book of Fruilian cooking, but we took one look at the time/temperature suggested for baking the frittata, and were like "... this seems off". Sooo... we used one of mom's recipes instead. I might dump it here later - going to have to look for the card first.

Dziady etc; pagan stuff )
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Dear Trick or Treat creator:
Hi! I'm really looking forward to what you're working on for me. I bet it'll be awesome. :D I've tried to provide a lot of possibilities in order to give you an idea of what I'd enjoy - but I'd be pretty happy with almost anything. There is no need to adhere strictly to my prompts; run with them in whichever direction you would like. As long as you don't hit anything on the Do Not Want list, we're good!

Requested medium: Fic or Art (all fandoms). Requested genre: Treat or Trick (all fandoms). Ao3 username: yuuago.

Questions/comments/requests for clarification are welcome. *Letter subject to change - I might add more prompts or another fandom later.

Likes and Dislikes )
A Redtail's Dream )
Hetalia )
The Seventh Bride – T. Kingfisher )
Slavic Mythology )
Small Trolls )
The Snow Queen (1957) )
Stand Still Stay Silent )
Valiant Hearts: The Great War )
Year in Hereafter )
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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat

Did you miss the chat with author Lev Grossman? If so you can check out the transcript of his talk at https://goo.gl/KGa7sw

August 2017 Newsletter, Volume 116

Sep. 8th, 2017 10:17 am
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In the OTW August newsletter: Election success, legal advocacy & the DMCA, updates to AO3, and more! https://goo.gl/JX72MU

Reading Wednesday

Sep. 6th, 2017 07:12 pm
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Finished reading: Forge by Jan Zwicky. Already mentioned in a previous entry that I liked it, so I'll just say - this poetry collection is great from beginning to end; if you have a chance to read it, please do so. There's something about her work that feels very fresh and musical; I can see myself returning to re-read this one frequently.

Currently reading: Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology, edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero. This is, basically, a short story collection of fanfiction for the film Night of the Living Dead. Well, okay, not all of it is fanfiction - considering George Romero has a story in it, as well as John Russo. ;) But, anyway. If you like short stories, and you like zombie fiction, and you like Night of the Living Dead in particular, then you'll enjoy this - though you don't need to have seen the film in order to appreciate it.

Also Currently Reading: What the Bear Said: Skald Tales of New Iceland by W. D. Valgardson. More short stories. Some of them are folk tales that came over from Iceland mostly-unaltered; others are Icelandic-Canadian stories firmly grounded in the Canadian setting. Storms over Lake Winnipeg, instead of whales there are enormous sturgeons, talking bears.... One story in particular that I loved involved elves in Canada.

Short retelling of it under here, because I liked it so much )

Now, there's one tiny detail that made me laugh - there's a scene where everyone is trying to find a "normal" explanation for who the elves were, based on what the clothing looks like; the answer they came up with was "Oh, the embroidery is so beautiful; they must have been Galicians" - okay, yes, thank you; if Galicians = elves, then I'm going to pretend that my ancestors were elves now. \:D/ Clearly my grandmother was an elf-lady, haha. <3 Anyway....

Reading next: Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65 by Cameron Duder. Title pretty much says it all; I have no idea if this book is any good, but we shall see. The selection of stuff in the local library that deals with specifically-Canadian LGBT2QA stuff is... small.

Also reading next: A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale. This one is a M/M novel set in Saskatchewan near the end of the Edwardian era. Hopefully the ending won't be tragic (but I'll steel myself for it anyway). It wasn't written by a Canadian; Gale is British. I find that interesting - it isn't often that I find stuff in Canadian settings that isn't by a Canadian author. Well, we'll see how this one goes.

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Sep. 5th, 2017 07:54 pm
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It's driving me nuts how I need to wear a coat when I leave the house in the morning, and then when I'm heading home from work, it's so hot that as soon as I get home I need to change into shorts immediately. Make up your mind, weather... Cold or hot, not both, please.

(Yes, I know, I'll regret saying this in a couple of weeks. Shh.)

Ah, suddenly realizing that I'll be leaving for vacation in under two weeks... I haven't quite figured out what I'll do in Victoria, aside from the usual, but. We'll see. ("The usual" includes appreciating the good weather, spending way too much time in bookstores, eating copious amounts of pastries, a bit of shopping, and wandering around the pretty surroundings. ...And lots of writing, of course.)

Aaand in other news, I've been Making An Attempt at getting the dogs to actually follow commands. See, they listen to my brother, but not to anyone else. It's... going slowly, but they're starting to get the idea. xD But getting them to sit without treats, now, that's going to be a whole lot harder.....