anotheranon: (busy)
I've not posted in almost a month, so here's the quick and dirty version of what's been up:

  • Health: The "bunion" turned out to be just bursitis, and now I have custom orthotics to keep it from getting worse.

    Fun tip: stick-on velcro in the sole works well for holding orthotics in place.

  • Media: have been sucked into Sleepy Hollow (makes free and loose with the history, but the characters have good chemistry) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (a couple of strong episodes but still finding it's feet).

    Saw Thor 2; thought the world/main characters were better than in the first one plus more Loki and Darcy = yay. Saw Ender's Game; I enjoyed it but never read the book so I didn't have nostalgia/expectations going in (yes, I know. I rationalize because D. loved the book as a kid before we all knew what a 'phobe Orson Scott Card is).

    Watched "Goonies" and "Beetlejuice" for the first times since…high school? [ profile] jlsjlsjls: Beetlejuice may have showcased the first documented pair of swants (scroll down), and Delia's other costumes definitely pioneered Japanese designers.

  • Sewing: bwahaha! Writing has eaten my sewing time.

  • Writing: still consumes me though I did not do NaNoWriMo; had good writing days both alone and with [ profile] dustdaughter.

    Teaching myself Scrivener because I'm rapidly losing track of multiple Word files.

  • Reading: mostly crunchy academic tomes for the book sprinkled with occasional fiction so my brain doesn't explode. See: Hollow City, Ooomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way, Halo Effect.

  • Thanksgiving: we spent with [ profile] kiya and [ profile] lady_masque and friends with tons of food.

    Played Arkham Horror for the first time and am staggered at the complexity of the game play.

    Turned everyone on to Alton Brown's cocoa brownies (which I've linked to before but are so good it's worth doing again).

  • Cats: routine vaccination updates turned into clearing up an aggressive ear infection for Spice; she is deaf now, though we don't know whether this is because of infection or treatment :( Due to the stress of repeated vet visits she didn't eat for a week and we're now plying her with tuna and canned food to bulk her back up.

  • Fencing: competed a couple of weeks ago and am proud I was only defeated 10-6 by a scary B rated vet in my final direct elimination.

    Arrogantly(?) think I stand a chance of getting my D this season if I can keep my head on straight.

  • Holiday: only thing planned so far is D.'s office party which is 1) 1920s themed and 2) in CA. So costume and slightly warmer weather = win.

  • Whisky: hoo boy yeah!

I'm very slowly catching up with y'all. I probably won't comment much but know I AM reading.


Sep. 20th, 2013 06:28 pm
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I am working on A Project(TM).

Some of y'all already know about this but for those who don't: Through a combination of self-teaching, practice, and online/in person classes, I'm learning creative writing.

The main impetus for this is because I am seized with an idea for an original work of fiction. I don't know what it will turn into, but right now I'm focusing on writing something I want to read - what to do with it will come later.

It's a work of historical fiction, so this necessarily means a lot of research, and I am LOVING it! So much to know, such a complicated timeline - I know I'm going to have to break the historical reality to make the story work but I want to have enough info to know exactly where I'm deviating.

I have often marveled at my friends who are already published/recognized for their work (be it writing or something else) and wondered where their persistence to see a project through to the end came from. I think it was Shem who told me once that "obsession helps", and while I have always made stuff this is the first time I've really understood what it is to be in that kind of intellectual "grip".*

So if I fall silent it's because I'm hip-deep in notes and timelines and writing mini-projects.

*Unless you count fencing as a creative act. It sort of is and I'm still plenty obsessed, but it's not the same thing to me.
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anotheranon: (busy)
Most costume/fashion; one not:
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[ profile] dustdaughter, you and [ profile] kiya and [ profile] lady_masque might want to get acquainted. Not only are you all writers and comics fans, you're actually fairly local to each other. Might have some things to chat about.

Feel free to use this post's comments to say hello. Other writers, comics fans, or mixture of these are welcome to comment as well :)
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  • 09:47 These not suck. I would even venture to say that they rock. Let's see how the rest of the day goes...
  • 10:43 Hey, sewing sorts - free/cheap copyright free patterns! Good ones too: . HT @sewgirls
  • 11:13 RT @FashionHistoria: Colonial Williamsburg are putting their collection (including historic costume and fashion) online
  • 12:17 All your characters speaking in the same voice (and how to stop that): #writing
  • 12:24 A Southern food blog. It's not all fried:
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J. R. Blackwell's 365 Days project - artistic/styled/character-driven self portraiture. Really beautiful work that shows facets of the person (rather than a tidily posed headshot in plain clothing) is really the way to go. Inspiration for how I'd like to have my costumes photographed one day (when I have the means/motive/get over camera phobia).

Some Other Scotland podcast, an evolving story based on current news. Listeners vote on a Scottish news story that the author tweaks from the original and weaves into his ongoing "alternative Scotland" storyline. I've only listened to the first one but it's very compelling, and all delivered in a Scottish accent :)
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Just sitting here nodding along to writer Mur Lafferty's musings on enemies, in life and on the page. She's right - true enmity can only come out of love. Genuinely felt antagonism can only come out of deep admiration, after all - why be envious of someone you don't care about?

Do I have any enemies? I don't think so, not really. Plenty of people on and off the strip that I'm happy for when they do well. I have to admit that I do sometimes wonder "when's my turn?" in different endeavors, but ultimately that's more about me and circumstance than it has to do with people around me.

I take it as a good thing that I'm not eaten up with burning jealousy. Warm jealousy, sometimes, but no consuming hatreds.

But Mur/J.R. Blackwell are right, it makes for far more interesting reading than one-dimensional baddies.

Tangential afterthought - I find it amusing that "arching" (v. the act of being an archvillain) and "henching" (v. the act of being a henchman/henchperson) are verbs now. I blame/credit Venture Brothers :P
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I miss writing.

Not that I am or was a serious writer with plans to publish or the like - when I do put hands to keyboard it's usually fanfic or something else for my own amusement. Still, I miss warping/inventing characters and taking them for a spin through borrowed/bent worlds.

And the attention - for all my reclusive tendencies, I enjoy writing for an audience. "I laughed" or "I swooned" just make me smile quietly inside :)

I also miss my writing buddies. They are some good and brilliant people, and there's nothing like the back and forth of bouncing narrative off each other and the "what if?"s that lead to hilarious "why not!?"s with them. Hi guys [waves]

I just don't have the time, at least not right now.

Kirtle makes mad progress. Lacing it up was a trifle that took me about an hour, including making the aiglet out of flattened copper tube (cut with wire snips). Now I'm hemming, and it looks like will come just as long as my ankles. May not need a guard - peasants/middle class wore their skirts a wee bit shorter for practical reasons, right?

Feeling mostly back to normal now, except for the nasty aftertaste from the antibiotics. I fenced successfully today, with breaks, and while my legs hurt, it's mostly because I can't take any ibuprofen with said antibiotics. I still miss coffee.

These are beautiful, especially the pirate coat. None have much to do with authenticity and the maker admits as much, but that's not the point.
anotheranon: (writing)
Expanding on a Tweet from earlier in the day, I enjoyed this article from Tor books blog describing the liberties Hollywood takes with historic accuracy. I agree with the author that the real story is often more interesting than the watered down, simplified version movies give us, and I'm often frustrated with the cut corners, compressed timelines and/or modernization/"sexing up" that shows up in movies covering time periods I actually know something about.

At the same time, I think it's inevitable given that historic stories (rather like science fiction) are interesting to modern audiences primarily because of what they tell us about ourselves, and apart from the comparative few who know the historic context of any given film I'm aware that allowances must be made to tell a story modern audiences can relate to (this is in addition to any limitations set by budget, actors, 2 hour limit, etc.)

deliberate anachronism )
anotheranon: (writing)
Old Wounds, the Firefly "season 2 that never was". I've listened to the whole thing and was surprised how well done it was: the plot smells Whedon-ish, the voice actors sound, if not exact, then close enough to the TV actors to make you see Mal, Inara, River etc. in your mind's eye, and the writing keeps everyone mostly in character (Wash a bit too flip, Zoey a bit too terse). Recommended.

Severance: Firefly 'verse, whole new characters and setting on a crime-free moon about to go bad. Less an audio drama and more of a book-on-tape, but the story is compelling enough to make me wonder what's going to happen next - wish they'd continue.

The Metamor City Podcast - original audio fiction that I only just now discovered through DragonPage Cover to Cover; haven't listened to it yet but am certainly curious enough to put it in my podcast aggregator.

See, this is where two of my casual interests collide: how people use the Internet and how people use fandom/fiction to tell their own stories :)
anotheranon: (writing)
[L]anguage isn't just a body of vocabulary or a set of grammatical rules. It is a flash of the human spirit, a vehicle though which the soul of a particular culture comes into the material world. And when we lose a language, we lose a vital element of the human dream." - Anthropologist Wade Davis, from here.

As I've said before, I'm not a good writer, but perhaps it's not quite true. I'm ok - better than some, with a decent vocabulary and enough understanding to deploy the occasional 25 cent word with aplomb (see! there I went). But I read enough to know that I can't make words sing, not the way I see in some fiction or poetry.

Right now I'm in the middle of the the second Captain Alatriste novel and I'm finding that there are some really beautiful bits in this series, many about love of country (there is one wonderfully melancholy section in the first describing the poet Quevedo's love for Spain despite its corruption and decline) and some of the most moving prose about young love I've ever read - I find myself really feeling for poor Inigo (the narrator), and his childhood crush on Angelica de Alquezar. He makes it clear that she breaks his heart in some undescribed way when they're adults, but he still describes her as "as beautiful as Lucifer before his expulsion from Paradise" (p. 79).

And this is just the English translation. I wish I could read the original Spanish. I've never spoken or read another language fluently but I often suspect I'm missing some nuance or art that simply isn't translatable from the original.

On a more practical level, there's a lot of costume (and other) research out there in languages I can't read. I've been feeding two Spanish articles into Babelfish and cobbling together a textile-specific glossary as meanings become apparent, but I know I'm missing something. I'm even told of magnificent finds in the Czech Republic, but all the research is in Czech!

One day when I have abundant free time and single-minded, laser-like concentration, I may well pick up a Rosetta Stone for one language or another and give it another stab, though frankly I don't give myself much hope as 4 years of high school French and 3 of (admittedly half-hearted) college Italian haven't managed to stick :P But still, knowing only English (and incompletely, IMHO, at that) I'm aware that I'm missing some flavors and shades.
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A writing exercise, found over at [ profile] vvalkyri's:

What would muggles do if magic were real?

This will run from July 11th when the new Harry Potter movie debuts until July 21st when the final Harry Potter book is released.

On days 1-4 (July 11-14), magic suddenly works for you, however you want it to, spells, wishes, etc.

On days 5-9 (July 15-20), now everyone is starting to notice that magic works, leading up to...

Day 10 (July 21), when it is all out magic war as people choose sides and fight it out.

Me, I'm gonna use magic to upload my bookstack instantly...
anotheranon: (smells_like_victory_house)
One buttonhole. One phone call. One careful line of prose....

I may be slow, but I get there in the end.

This fact will not stop my lamenting that there aren't more hours in a day.
anotheranon: (fanfic)
[ profile] fanthropology asks today: What characters of today might be as well recognized and loved in 200 years as Holmes still is now?

Interesting comments. I think that Han Solo will endure more than either Luke or Leia. I don't know enough about the Star Trek franchise to know whether Kirk will endure as some sort of archetype in the future. I'm tempted to guess Malcolm Reynolds, but it's a fair argument that he is derived from Han Solo and/or any other number of noble characters adhering to Lost Causes(TM).

anotheranon: (neat)
Some things that have tossed up in the netsurf over the past week:

The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook: I should get a (used) copy just to have on hand, because for all my silly writing I have a painfully bland record for names (girls are usually called Elizabeth, right? Or Mary...)

Level 1 Streaming Radio: brainspraining acidy techno; I've not kept up with the genre in years so this might be completely pedestrian but it's new to me! The "Rush Hour" show in particular is like having your teeth drilled with a jackhammer. FYI if you're not familiar with electronic music post 1995 this is a GOOD thing...

Austen/Bronte quiz gacked from [ profile] realm_of_venus and others:
can I have the model wearing skin tight doeskin breeches, please? )
anotheranon: (specialhell)
When he showed it to me, I told D., "You know I have to share this, right?":

[ profile] verywrongslash. Jesus/Cardinal Ratzinger, Poirot/Wooster, and Neville Longbottom/Darth Vader. And that's just on the front page(!)

Also on VWS's front page The Brain Hurting Fanfic Pairer. Fran (Black Books)/Pervinca Took (Lord of the Rings), baybee! Hit it again and again and watch your brain explode :P

Or if you want to break your brain the old fashioned way, may I recommend a movie? Showtime's "Reefer Madness: The Musical. Alan Cumming has now replaced Crispin Glover in my mental showcase of Very Twisted Actors - he's just so earnest in his main role and so bizarre in the other (and you'll know it when you see it). And if you're a "Veronica Mars" fan you get to see her character go from squeaky-cheesy clean Shirley Temple curls to scarily, hilariously over the top BAAAAAAAD - all the actors are incredible and I suspect they all had a fun time making the movie.

Ok, back to homework (over half done!) Or bed...
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D. has made me a new computer. Or, at least, he has done a staggeringly good job of cobbling together what we have, fine tuning it carefully and setting it up immaculately - he can squeeze more power out of a motherboard than I thought possible! I'm not going at light speed, but I am going substantially faster than I was before - no more waiting on graphics to chew....

And Filezilla rocks my socks!

I have spent a regrettably large part of this holiday weekend doing web work - this grieves me, but the hours sitting at my desk managed to spawn 1) some pretty good fic, if I do say so myself, and 2) the urge to move around motivated me to clean up the kitchen and stovetop (Greased Lightning also rocks my socks) and even some of my sewing area - I can see part of my cutting table again (!). So all is not lost.

I also managed to steal some reading time for myself. I finished "The Night Watch" - EXCELLENT book - not as merry or sexy perhaps as Waters' previous books, but written so well that it practically breathes, leaving you wishing you were there, even if it's in the middle of London during the Blitz.

Also still reading (or rather, skimming - it's not exactly an action-packed thriller) Henry VIII's inventories. Despite the archaic spellings most of it makes sense, and there are little things that are somehow so human - in the middle of the section on jewels and plate there are listed the contents of a small coffer that contained hoods and medicines for Henry's hawks. Sure, he wasn't the one medicating them, but it's nice to know that someone cared enough to do that, even if it was just to keep the hawks in hunting condition.

I do have some vocabulary questions I might post later for the historians reading, if I can't find the answers on my own.

And because I can't leave y'all without a clicky thing, here it is courtesy [ profile] betnoir: Serenity: The MST3K Version ("THE OPERATIVE: I’ve seen your war record.
TOM: It had a nice beat and you could dance to it.")
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Brief/random, because I don't feel too verbose on my own account for some reason.

I've been keeping up with current events; the significance of Alito's nomination isn't lost on me and I'm distressed to see this news coming out of my home state (among others). Tangentially, I'm still cheered to hear about this coming out of my adopted one...

Been a frustrating week, to tell the truth. The past few day have consisted of: get up, spin wheels at work (doing and redoing work due to technical problems, lots of waiting, ick), get home, eat something, study. The latter has paid off - conquered my first quiz today :)

Another quiz, far more interesting 'cos it's got pretty pictures:

Read more... )

Our phone is back - Verizon accidentally cut a line and several of our neighbors were without for a few days too. Annoying, but again, another reason to be happy about having a cell.

Some posts of interest: Brutal Women about the importance of being able to see yourself in stories, springing off of this essay about the whitewashing of science fiction - specifically of SciFi's Earthsea. I'd never read the series and didn't realize just how much of Le Guin's vision of a multicultural society was lost in SciFi's version - maybe this is (at least partially) why the miniseries sucked?

More sci fi whoo: Dark Crystal finally gets a sequel! I loved that movie as a child, so I'm curious to see what this turns into :)

[ profile] vree is looking for a "theatrically masochistic" icon. I know my Lexx fan buddies can think of at least one masochistic character who is prone to foot-stapling, but I can't find a cap of same that would be legible at icon-size - anyone, anyone, Bueller? :P

Glargh.. Tired. Headachey. Still a bit stuffy. Can't even summon an exclamation point for emphasis.
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Found thru [ profile] fanthropology: Fanfiction Comes Out of the Closet from What slash is, why there's more m/m than femslash, the role of the internet, more linkage.

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