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I found this ("Who needs gnosis?") written where I write things I think of in the middle of the night. I have distinct memory of needing to write it down because it was important, but fuck if I know why, now. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Almost done with current novel. Only epilogue left. I have learned Valuable Lessons about my writing process, I think, even if not entirely sure what they are yet.

I watched the parade of the Festical Interceltique de Lorient on FR3 and the main commentator is painfully French. I physically cringed several times, because that's not how you say that. Just stop. (And while you're at it, also stop with the ~mysterious and mystical country~ crap, thanks.)

I just rewatched the first season of Kaamelott and I'd forgotten how funny that show was. Kaamelott S1 is a short comedy program where Arthur is about 100% Done with herding cats aka dealing with his knights. (In future seasons, things get more dramatic/serious.)

ALSO! Events have conspired to make it so I won't have (time for) internet before I leave on holday, so I'll see you at the end of August!
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Still working through my backlog. It's late so I'm only doing one.


Toil and Trouble, by Mairghread Scott (writing), Kelly Matthews (art) and Nichole Matthews (art): I read this when it was issues 1-6, (caught it issue 3, iirc), but I see the tpb is out! I should buy it. *makes note* ANYWAY. This is about the witches in Shakespeare's Scottish play. It covers most of the events in the play, starting a little before the first scene and stopping before the Battle of Dusinane. Macbeth is a character in this, but he is very much a secondary character to the witches -- he's their pawn, more than anything. They're fighting for and about Scotland and he's the catalyst. Well, his son, but he's dead, so heh. The witches are GREAT! And I'm not just saying that because they follow proper magic balance rules / represent a three element system, as they should. They have their own shit and internal power struggles going on. I love their design and at one point there is a magic duel and it is super cool. I like that it doesn't cover the whole play -- it ends when the witches' part of the tale is done, not when Macbeth's part is done. And besides. It's the bloody Scottish play. We know how it ends. I do regret that the lines are not suite quite the lines in the play (when applicable) as they've been rewritten to match the more modern (and unrhyming) manner of speech of the rest of the book. Mostly because "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" is one of my very favourite lines in all of Shakespeare


Other stuff wot I read )


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I have a ginormous backlog of stuff I read and didn't talk about, to the point where I've kind of stopped tracking what I'm reading. THIS ENDS NOW. I'm going to try to get through as many of these as I can.


Plogoff, by Delphine Le Lay (scenario) and Alexis Horellou (art): This a BD about the events of the Affaire de Plogoff aka that time the French government wanted to put a nuclear powerplant in Brittany SO BADLY that they sent fucking tanks and paratroopers against the local population. The comic is quite welldoen and approved by the people who made this primary source documentary.


Star Wars Princess Leia, by Mark Waid (scenario) and Terry Dodson (art): In which leia goes on a roadtrip immediately post A New Hope to gather Alderaanian expats, who are the only survivors of Alderaan. She's aided in her quest by Evaan Verlaine, an Alderaanian pilot. I enjoyed seeing the two of them grow closer. (I ship it.) Also, it's pretty cool that pertty much everyone's a woman, even though, well, Terry Dodson gonna Terry Dodson. Leia's figure does not look like that.


DC Comics Bomshells 1-36 (Year One), by Marguerite Bennett (scenario) and Marguerite Sauvage (+ various) (art): DO YOU WANT TO SEE BATWOMAN FIGHT NAZIS? This is a self-contained continuity set during WW2 where all the superheroes are women (not genderbent versions of male heroes, AU versions of DC canonically female heroes). It updates (backdates?) and modifies their backstory as needed, but always interesting way. I really like that they made Stargirl and Supergil (adopted) sisters, for example. French Resistance fighter Poison Ivy is AMAZING (and her and Harley fall in love <3). I enjoy it greatly.


Here's a list of stuff I have also read. I'll go down the list, unless someone wants me to talk about anything specific.

Other stuff wot I read )


dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
Saw it VOSTFR 3D.

Way back when I first saw the trailer for this movie, I went HOLY SHIT THEY'RE ADAPTING L'AMBASSADEUR DES OMBRES? THAT'S MY FAVOURITE. Well. I was right, but also, I was wrong.

It has a lot similarities with L'ambassadeur des Ombres, but some major changes make it a story with a different theme/message. I'm not saying the new story has a bad theme/message -- it's a good message and I can understand the reasoning behind the changes -- but it is 100% a different message. Idk, the original Ambassadeur des Ombres comic (especially the ending!) blew my tiny mind when I read it as a child and this movie would not have. Although these changes gave us the opening scene, set to Bowie's Space Oddity, which is pretty lovely.

It's a decent movie, I guess, but it's a bad adaptation.

For example, the movie implies Laureline is from the future, which NO. The really cool thing about Laureline is that she's from the mid-Middle Ages, circa 1000CE, and used Valérian as her ticket out of that hellhole. Then she becomes a space-time cop. She is the best. Also she's a redhead.

Not sure why the Shingouz go by a different name. That seems like a pointless change.

In a way the changes -- Laureline's hair colour, the names (not how you say Valérian, Alpha vs Point central), etc -- made it easier to think of this as its own thing, rather than an adaptation.

I came out of the movie shipping Laureline/Bubble the most out of everything. I did not ship Laureline/Valérian at all. I would ship Laureline/Neza first (he recognised her temper, hahaha).

I was kind of really disappointed that Laureline seemed to be one of only two women in the Earth military. Nice future there :/ There are some vaguely sexist moments that rubbed me the wrong way, as well. (Also the comic is SO MUCH MORE Laureline's story.)

GOOD STUFF:
  • BUBBLE WAS GREAT. Bring back Bubble for the sequel!
  • The heist was pretty cool.
  • THE VISUALS ARE AMAZING.
In conclusion, good visuals, bad adapatation, decent-ish movie.

Ow

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:49 pm
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So I got kicked in the chest last Sunday. Well, upperchest/shoulder. Swimming: a more dangerous sport than you'd expect!

Was okay most of Monday, then began hurting in the evening. It's been hurting, with varying degrees of intensity, ever since. I hurt more in the evenings than mornings, but overall I thinkit's getting better. (I have an unrelated doctor appointment on Friday, so if it still hurts by then, I'll bring it up.)

Anyway, I've been taking it easy and avoiding moving that shoulder. That's why I've been mostly off the internet for now. Tomorrow I'll off the internet because I'm going to see Valerian! That should be more fun.

*sigh*

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:02 pm
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I haven't quite reached peak asshole yet, but I feel like if this were a Disney movie, you'd be able to hear the opening strings of my villain song right about now. (Cause: heat, sleep deprivation and people telling me what the fuck to do. NO. FUCK YOU.)


Somewhere around the mid-afternoon, I started being interested in Critical Role again and got through an hour of podcast in the rest of the afternoon! This is much slower than I was going before the brainwipe hit, but it's also much faster than me taking over a week to get through the previous episode (that was ep 62, fyi). So I guess there's that.


In happier news, we are apparently fucking finally a Kaamelott movie! :D Time for a rewatch, me thinks.
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1: The Doctor is a woman, FUCKING FINALLY. (I've always low-key resented 11 and 12 for not being girls every since the possibility was brought up in Eleventh Hour.)

2: I need a Bill icon. YESTERDAY.
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Anything happen while I was away?
dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
Nothing says "patriotism" like being in a different country for your national holiday, hahaha. Whatever. It's a long week-end and I'm visiting family.

Be back around about Monday.

Also, my [community profile] fandomgiftbox is here. Where are yours?

dhampyresa: Paris coat of arms: Gules, on waves of the sea in base a ship in full sail Argent, a chief Azure semé-de-lys Or (fluctuat nec mergitur)
It's raining extra hard outside. Full blown thunder and lightning rattling your windows rain. Been coming for a while, hope the air feels less heavy now.


Swimming )


Also, for reasons not worth explaining at this juncture, I have sadly fallen (back) fully into Arthuriana. Why do I do these things to myself? ;_;
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I went to the "Hommage national à Simone Veil" (National hommage to Simone Veil) at the Invalides this morning.

Got there early, made it into the yard of the Invalides and spent probably far too long in the sun for someone wearing all black -- at least I didn't straight up collapse, like one of the men of the Garde républicaine did. Several other people also felt faint had to be evacuated. I can speak for them, but to me it was worth it and would still have been worth it if I'd collapsed.

I started crying when Macron said she'd get into the Panthéon -- I can't think of anyone who deserves it more, tbh -- when I had been bravely holding back tears previously. I'm tearing up again.

I'm so glad I went and I'm so glad she's getting into the Panthéon.

Merci.

An update

Jul. 2nd, 2017 10:31 pm
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Swimming )


I am feeling better, BUT I will be very busy all of next week for Reasons. So don't worry if I'm not around much.

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I can't believe people at work dragged me for wearing all black yesterday. (A) My shirt was blue -- admittedly very dark blue, but still blue. (B) I have worn this outfit several times and was not mocked before, what give? (C) Have those people met me? Is their gothdar broken???

I have managed not to bite myself today! And I'm feeling just about well enough that I should be able to go to the pool tomorrow -- where I will be wearing all black, because I am the kind of person who once held the reasoning of "how will people recognise me if I'm not wearing at least one black item of clothing?" -- if I manage to get some sleep.

SPOILERS FOR DOCTOR WHO 10.12: I am in super into any combination of Missy/Doctor/Master, especially Missy/Master what with the flirting and spoilers ). I also deeply appreciated that one shot of the Master putting on eyeliner #aesthetic
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Simone Veil died this morning. She was one of my heroes, growing up. Still was.

She was the main force behind the legalisation of abortion in France, a Holocaust survivor, the first female President of the European Parliament, among other things.



I hope she gets into the Panthéon -- "aux grands hommes grandes femmes la patrie reconnaissante" and yes we are so very very grateful. I'll try to go to the funeral on Wednesday.

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On Tuesday I came home from work, decided to lie down for a bit because I was feeling sick and woke up with my alarm the following day, having slept 12 entire hours and still feeling as ill and tired. On Wednesday I had to stop halfway up a flight of stairs because I was feeling faint. But who gives a shit, amirite? /is bitter about things


On Wednesday, [community profile] nightonficmountain creators got revealed.

Somehow I never got around to posting about the gift I got. So here it is:

War-Chants (1088 words) by azaleaknight
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Eurovision Song Contest, Crack
Summary:


HannibalTheMannibal: what was your Eurovision entry even, yo


ScipioAfricanus: yeah, like yours was any better? i mean, like, a troupe of ice-skating elephants crossing endless mountains? did you send that idea in, bro?

Two frenemies talk trash over chat about the most important event of the premodern world: EUROVISION!!!

The person I was assigned to defaulted and so that left me time to focus on picking up pinch-hits. I picked up one of the lingering pinch-hits, blasted my way through the Kill Six Billion Demons webcomic (A++ def reccomend) and produced art as a result.

King of Flame (0 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kill Six Billion Demons (Webcomic)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Incubus (Kill Six Billion Demons)
Additional Tags: Fanart, Watercolours
Summary:

In the shadeside of Throne, they play interesting games. Here is a card from one of them.



Watercolours on watercolour paper.


Cool things I found out about/was reminded of recently: [community profile] fandomgiftbox (fannish wishlists), [community profile] drawesome (art community) and [community profile] comicsroundtable (comics talk).

(Also, I would like to stop biting myself to the blood several times a day, ffs.)
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1. You are on the wrong continent to play Critical Role.

2. You are not caught up on Critical Role. They're not going to roll back the story 50 episodes or so just so you can join in.

3. You are not a character in Critical Role, either.

4. Critical Role does not take place in Fallen London.

5. You do not know how to make a lightsaber. No, not even if Percy helps.

6. You cannot break through two different layers of reality (from Fallen London to the world of Critical Role, and from there to the 'real world') so you can steal the DM's notes and METAGAME. No. Stop.


The way you actually knew it was a dream: getting wifi on your phone when, and I quote, "there's no wi-fi in the Neath". Really, self? REALLY? It's getting wi-fi in Fallen London that broke your suspension of disbelief? Really?

(Then I lucid-dreamed my way into stealing the DM's notes but woke up before the actual metagaming could happen.)

dhampyresa: (Sarcasm shall be the way)
As any English-French dictionnary will tell you, the French word for "fox" is "renard".

It's not that this is wrong -- certainly, if you speak about "un renard" to a French person, they will know you're speaking of a fox -- but it's that it's not entirely true, either. It also omits my favourite part of the tale.

The word for "fox" in French is in fact "goupil".

Back in the Middle Ages (12th-13th century), there began to be written, collected and/or redistributed a set of folk tales involving animals. These animals are anthropomorphised and have names: the cat Tibert, Chanteclerc the rooster, Tiécelin the raven, Ysengrin the wolf, Hermeline the vixen and, most famous of all and the one who gave his name to the collection of these tales, Renart the fox.

Le Roman de Renart is a really fun collection of tales about Renart, trickster extraordinaire.

Renart goes by many variations on his name: Reynhard, Renard, Raynard, Regnard, Reinhart... He tricks the wolf out of hams. He becomes godfather to a bird's children. He's funny, he's charming, he's a rogue -- he's Robin Hood!

But by far the greatest trick Renart ever pulled was convincing the French that there are no foxes but him -- or perhaps, that he is all the foxes and all the foxes are he.
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1. [community profile] nightonficmountain should open on schedule as all assignments are in. Of course there is the possibility that someone'll delete their work and/or entire ao3 account between now and Wednesday /still bitter


2. The latest Doctor Who episode made me cry. I'm a sucker for certain tropes. Also, I love me some Romans (especially Romans getting to face their bullshit) and that was an A++ use of Tacitus' "They make a desert and call it peace" speech. Also also, crows. YAY CROWS!


3. I bought some comics, because the bear is dead.*

* No actual bear harmed in the making of this post.

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I got to see all the fandom folks today! It was awesome! The RPG went well.


I don't think I'm going to run [community profile] history_exchange this year. I didn't think about it until recently, I couldn't even remember how I'd spelled it (historyex? historyexchange?) and nobody seems to have missed it. I can't really run it now because I don't have enough visibility to set dates on it anymore. Maybe next year.

[community profile] nightonficmountain might open on time this year! This has never happened before; Is the curse finally broken? (Probably just jinxed it, oops.)

[community profile] starwarsrollingremix will most likely run again next year, but I might need to recruit someone for the starter story this time around.


Not much going on fannishly with me right now. I'm not even really writing fic? I am writing things, but I can't really point at any of them and say "That's my main fic project". Mostly focusing on the novel and NoFM (sometimes I am tempted to do a ~lessons modding fan exchanges has taught me~ post, hahaha).

I'm kind of doing fanart. Having 'preset' appearances cuts down a lot of overhead when the point of a daily sketch is to practice anatomy/shading/etc.

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