July 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] esteliel at 11:04am on 23/07/2017 under
I'd scheduled myself a full Saturday - I was seeing a matinee of Taylor Mac's Hir, all the way out in Sheperd's Bush, and I thought that afterwards I'd have enough time for an hour or two in a museum. But there was something weird going on with the District line, so all I managed to see was the Chris Ofili exhibition. And then I went to see Yank! at Charing Cross Theatre, which is a super cute, sometimes sentimental, gay soldiers in WW2 musical (without a happy ending, but it was surprisingly feel-good, and also gay tap dancing pas de deux).

Hir was... fascinating, and well acted, and despite all of that made me realize that apparently I really can't deal well with those themes on stage; it mainly felt like a vicious circle of toxic masculinity engendered emotional violence.

Writing-wise, it was an alibi sentence day for me, but hopefully I can make up for that today (if I don't succumb to Dad Dating again... :D)

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ozma914: a photo heavy illustrated history, Arcadia Publishing (Images of America: Albion and Noble Coun)

We stopped at the Glenbrook Square Barnes & Noble on the north side of Fort Wayne last week, and I was very surprised to find they still have our book in stock:

 I say "book" singular, because it's the only one of our nine that we've managed to get into a chain bookstore--the others are either through small publishers, or independently published, and it's not easy to find shelf space for those. In any case it was a suprise, because I've always heard that major book stores won't keep a book for longer than a couple of months before they return the unsold copies, to make room for new releases.

But that's not the only Noble County related book they had in their history section:

 


Yay for local history books! For those of you who don't know, Ligonier is indeed within Noble County. The author of that book, Daniel L. Replogle, was my high school science teacher, far enough back that we'd probably both rather not discuss how far back it was. As for the other author, John Martin Smith, I got a look at his vast historical photo collection while we were researching for Albion and Noble County.

Of course, it goes without saying that you can get all of our publications at Barnes and Noble online, as well as all your better online bookstores ... and some of the worst ones.

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posted by [personal profile] petzipellepingo at 03:21am on 23/07/2017 under
Chapter One and Chapter Two of The Wedding of Frog Fears and Anthropomorphic Nonsense, Giles/Willow by [personal profile] punch_kicker15.

Hypable podcast talks Wrecked & Dad .
July 22nd, 2017
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At the start of the year I delved back into this 'verse. I didn't mean for so long to lapse before I posted the next installment, but it took longer to write than anticipated (not to mention other factors such as RL, S10 of Doctor Who and all the meta etc. etc.) Anyway, for my tiny handful of faithful readers - here you are. I hope you enjoy. (Nine chapters, plus prologue & epilogue)

Basically each story in 'Stepping Sideways' is a visit to a different universe/character, allowing the Seeker to be seen with fresh eyes by his nearest and dearest, this time round meeting Roda (luckweaver's OC). Part of my Not the Last 'verse.

For new people - I have my own OC Time Lord and a whole verse centered around him. (He is the Master and Lucy's son and born during TYTNW.) The stories are all meant to stand alone, so please have a look if you like. I'd love you forever. <3


Summary: How do you save people that don't want to be saved?
Setting: Between A Good Day and The Death and Life of Rodageitmososa. (This is AU, but within New Who between Name of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor.)
Spoilers: A Good Day. But can easily be read on its own.
Rating: PG-13.
Characters: This part: The Third Seeker (OC), Alt!Roda (OC)
Beta: Um... That would be a no. All mistakes mine.
Feedback: Would be amazing. :)
Thank yous: To luckweaver for the loan of Roda, for the collaboration and all the dialogue, and for the gorgeous icon/banner. ♥



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A Long Way from Sherwood: Prologue )
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Chapter One of Nightjar , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] sparrow2000.

Giles/Dawn video by wakeupinacoma.
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posted by [personal profile] shaddyr at 07:20pm on 21/07/2017 under
Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful
location: The Leaky Cauldern
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posted by [personal profile] esteliel at 01:43am on 22/07/2017 under
I woke up to a very weird comment on a PWP I wrote a while ago which was basically a sort of smug mockery of the fic and me? So that wasn't a good start into the day at all, and I just don't get why people feel the need to do that in the comments of a fic, sigh.

But I didn't want to spend the day feeling sad, so I decided that I definitely deserved some hot dads now and bought Dream Daddy, a gay dad dating game that has suddenly been all over my twitter. And it's very cute indeed! Obviously I had to go and make a Valjean dad and see if I could make him date the most Javert-like dad. :D

It's actually a super cute game, and I've been having fun with it! I might even offer it for Yuletide.

I managed to write another 500 words of my WIP as well - which was supposed to feature a conversation but so far has been mostly kissing. /o\ Failing at communication is truly what they're best at.

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July 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] elisi at 11:08pm on 21/07/2017 under
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posted by [personal profile] shirebound at 07:35am on 21/07/2017 under
Here's one more chapter before move-preparations swallow me up completely!

Summary: Two late-comers to Cormallen are nervous about meeting the Ring-bearers. In the process of getting to know them, they learn a great deal about hobbits... and their new king. Characters include Aragorn, Pippin, Frodo, Merry, Sam, and Gimli.

Links to Chapter 2:

http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7551

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12572274/2/Small-Hands
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posted by [personal profile] elisi at 01:22pm on 21/07/2017 under
A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the one and only [profile] kerkevik2014.

May you have a lovely lovely day and may the Goddess bless you. <3
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posted by [personal profile] esteliel at 11:21am on 21/07/2017 under
So umm, because I have never heard of moderation I actually went back to the National to see the first part of Angels in America again, live in the audience as they broadcast it (which was a fun experience with all these giant cameras around us, fortunately I sat in the second row so no audience reaction shots, phew). :D I have a ticket to see the second part at the NT as well when they film it next week, but damn it, I'll never see this play done so well again in my lifetime, and also I very much prefer paying £15 for a seat here to $100 on Broadway.

I came back home completely starved and barely managed to post the next chapter of my slavefic, which I finished editing before I left for the theatre. I also wrote a few paragraphs of chapter 51, so all in all a very good day. I'm still happy about the 50 chapters milestone, even if I still have no idea how many more it'll take - there aren't that many plot points left, but quite some emotional development, so hopefully I'll get to finish this year...

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posted by [personal profile] petzipellepingo at 03:10am on 21/07/2017 under
July 20th, 2017
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Doctor Who fans are aghast, or deliriously happy, that the show's main character is having a sex change. Non Doctor Who fans are saying the same thing they always say when they hear details about the show: "Huh?"

We'll get to the good Doctor--whose name is not Who--in a moment. This is set against the bigger question of whether it's okay to change the race or gender of an established character, always (so far) to a person of color and/or womanliness. In general, if it's another case of political correctness gone rampant (I call it Political Over-Correctness) I'm not a fan.

"The next James Bond needs to be black!"
"Why?"
"So we can have a black James Bond!"
"Okay. Or, you could just create a black secret agent from scratch."
"Yeah, but ... then he wouldn't be James Bond!"

Honestly, it's not something I care enough about to argue over, which sets me apart from most people who care at all. If the TV and movie industry disappeared from the face of the earth right now--which isn't the worst idea ever--I'd just go back to reading books for entertainment. Interestingly, if the race of a character in a book isn't specifically mentioned, most people either don't think about it at all or put their own skin color on the character. It never occurred to me, until I saw the wildly entertaining TV version, that Shadow Moon from American Gods was black. You can call that racism or you can call it being color blind, whatever. People will color anything I say here with their own views anyway.

James Bond is an interesting case when it comes to gender and race swapping, because the franchise has already done it--just not with 007. Bond's CIA buddy Felix Leiter has already turned from white to black--twice, if you include 1983's Never Say Never Again. The famous Moneypenny had a similar transformation, while Bond's boss M became a female ... although it should be noted that M is a title, rather than an individual.

You can complain about it all you want, but for me when it does work, it works spectacularly. Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica was just as much fun and kick-ass as a woman in the reboot, for instance. From the time I was old enough to read comics I knew Nick Fury as a white guy, fighting his way across Europe in World War II. Now I can't imagine him looking like anyone but Samuel L. Jackson.

Which brings us back to Doctor Who, who Samuel L. Jackson could totally play if he wanted to. Are you going to tell him no?

On the question of changing a character's looks just for the sake of changing them, the Doctor is a special case. Sometimes the actor playing a character is changed without explanation, as with the James Bond series. (Wait--who's this new Darrin on Bewitched?) Sometimes it's a reboot, as with Battlestar Galactica, and thus not really the same character. But Doctor Who ...

Okay, in case you don't know, I'd better offer a brief explanation.

The original Doctor Who, back in 1963, was an old guy. He was a grandfatherly type, on a show designed as a fun way to teach kids history. (He's a Time Lord, you see.) But the actor began to have health problems, and it was soon apparent he couldn't continue in the roll. It seemed Doctor Who was doomed to retirement.

But wait, the writers said. We've already established that he's an alien. Suppose this particular species of aliens, when facing death, could cheat their way out by transforming into a new body? Regenerate into, say ... another actor's body?

Yeah, they're all the Doctor


That was twelve Doctor's ago. More, really, but we don't have time to go into that complication. In fact, the Doctor has already been a woman, played (very briefly) by Joanna Lumley in a 1999 charity episode.

So there's no story reason why the Doctor can't be female. In fact, one of his main antagonists, also a Time Lord, already regenerated from male to female. The show has had many strong female and minority characters in the past, and the Doctor's most recent companion was a black lesbian. (Is lesbian still a permitted word? I don't care.)

That's Bill, on the left. Black, prefers women, young, smart, and most importantly fun.
So that's where we are in the Doctor's complicated half century. In the Christmas episode the current Doctor is going to meet the first Doctor--that kind of thing happens, from time to time--and then presumably regenerate into someone who looks a lot like the actress Jodie Whittaker. If they did it to freshen up the show and keep things interesting ... well, why not? I'm not sure it's any more of a shock to me than when uber-young looking Matt Smith regenerated into still another grandfatherly type.

I wasn't thrilled back then ("my" Doctor is David Tennant), but I came to like Peter Capaldi's version. That's why I don't understand the so-called fans who are closing the doors of the TARDIS and going home. I know it's not just mysogeny, as some narrow minded people claim. Not always, anyway.

Honestly, I suspect it's just resistance to change in general, and I get that. Contrary to what some will tell you, sometimes change is bad. But you won't even give the new Doctor a chance? Why not? With that attitude, the show would never have made it out of the sixties.

And we'd have missed a lot of fun.

There's a new Doctor in the TARDIS
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posted by [personal profile] esteliel at 02:34am on 20/07/2017 under
I have no idea how it got so late, but at least I managed to do an entire first edit pass through my next WIP chapter today, and even wrote an additional 500 words of the next chapter. Bed time for me now!

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July 19th, 2017
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What I Just Finished Reading

I really hit the jackpot in terms of reading this week; the only near-miss was caused by my own lack of planning. *kicks self*

A Tyranny of Queens, by Foz Meadows, the sequel to An Accident of Stars. I did this book a terrible injustice by not rereading the first one before this sequel. I remembered Safi and Gwen, but lost track of most everyone else. So it was a good read, but not the great and engrossing one it could have been for me. So I'm planning a reread of both.

Behind the Throne and After the Crown, by K.B. Wagers. If you love Star Wars but wanted more intrigue, and less explosions, these books are for you! (There are still plenty of explosions, though. YAY EXPLOSIONS.) Non-stop action, fun characterization, unusual South Asian based worldbuilding! I devoted pretty much two whole days of my life to these books last week, and I don't regret it one bit. Third book in the series coming this fall!

Traitor's Blade, by Sebastien De Castell. This is a hilarious, snarky take on The Three Musketeers, and probably any number of other things. Four big fat thick books in this series!

What I Am Currently Reading

Knight's Shadow, the sequel to Traitor's Blade, because it was sitting right there at the library. How could I resist? Still a wild ride, but now with even more fierce female characters!

What I Am Reading Next

Next up is the Frances Hardinge Festival (which was postponed when Knight's Shadow showed up) featuring Fly by Night and its sequel, Fly Trap. So many hilarious quotes from these books on Goodreads - how could I resist?

I am out of exclamation points, so I will stop now *giggle snort* What are all of you up to today?
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posted by [personal profile] esteliel at 11:50am on 19/07/2017 under
My Tuesday was incredible and exhausting - at last it was time for my two show day at the National to see the current production of Angels in America and it was GLORIOUS and everything I'd hoped it would be! I've never spent an entire day at the National before - I was there literally from noon to midnight, and spent 8 hours in my seat, but it was so worth it.

This felt like a defining production, I don't think I'll ever see this play again done so well in my lifetime. I know that 8 hours in a theatre sounds like a lot, but this truly went by much more quickly than some 2 hour plays I've seen. And the experience of getting to spend an entire day delving deeply into these characters and this story is indescribable.

After the show I made adorable stage door friends - Russell Tovey was just so so impressive in Bent, and then this, I just had to tell him how impressed I was, and he was so happy to hear that I'd come to see Bent especially. Andrew Garfield really impressed me as well - I don't know how you can go through eight hours of emotional upheaval on stage like that, again and again, it was so stunning! And I sat center front so I got to see every single tear and drop of sweat (and uhh Russell Tovey's balls for his full nudity scene /o\).

So, writing-wise, as I should probably have expected, I didn't get much done. We had a two hour break between part 1 and 2, and I'd brought my tablet, but I was just way too emotionally wrapped up in the play to write. I think I managed to edit a sentence or two before I gave up. But I don't regret a single bit of this day! (And I have a theatre-free day today, so hopefully I can catch up now.)

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posted by [personal profile] elisi at 07:22am on 19/07/2017 under ,
As people on Tumblr have been saying, the 60th anniversary looks interesting...



It's Christopher Eccleston (9) and Jodie Whittaker (13) in Antigone. And interestingly, her lines could be summed up as 'I do what I do because it's right!' Oh aye, she'll be a grand Doctor. In short - if you're wondering why she was cast, watch this. Big, angry righteous monologue, as if born to it. She'll be fantastic.

(Also, SO NORTHERN OMG. The Doctor is a Northern lass, I'm chuffed to bits. <3)
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(This will be of limited interest to those who aren't fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The West Wing.)

So, the husband and I were talking, yet again, about the fact that he likes Sam Seaborn and I don't. And I referred to Sam as "the Riley Finn of West Wing".

He pointed out that Sam's character was supposed to be the interesting one, until the interesting role got taken over by Josh - and that "Josh is probably the Spike". To which my instant reaction was "Of course not! CJ Cregg is the Spike!"

...much discussion ensued.

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I would be interested to hear how very wrong I am, and why clearly it should be arranged in a different order...

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