Comics!

Dec. 5th, 2016 09:59 pm
dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
This evening I patronised my local comic book store. It's been ages since I went and I want to buy ALL OF THE THINGS. I have (so far) restricted myself to one comic for me and one as a gift for someone else. (I'm going to go back and buy more stuff for me -- as long as I'm also buying people gifts, it's not being selfish.)

I did however get my headcold germs aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall over the shop. Sorry to anyone who catches it.

Okay, usually I don't buy books in translation when I can avoid it, but HOLY SHIT the intégrales of Locke & Key are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. Seriously. This is literally the first time I've wanted to own books not because of the content but because the physical objects themselves are so beautiful.

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READING

What did you finish reading

2015

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Asgard, by Rick Riordan: It's been ages since I read this, given that I read it when it came out, way back in October 2015. Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot. Sam was my favourite and I remember being pretty down with the Loki characterisation. (And now I can go buy the sequel.)

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan: I read this in early 2015! I am so bad at this reading Wednesday thing lately, wow. (But now I've officially talked about everything I readin 2015. Woohoo!) I also enjoyed this, but the worldbuilding didn't work quite as well for me here as it did in the other series(es) of Riordan's I've read. Also, I did not expect as much Isis/Seth shipping fodder as I got (it's my crackship of Egyptian mythos).


Tbh my fellings about both of the above are that they're pretty much exactly what one would expect of "Rick Riordan Does Norse Myths" and "Rick Riordan Does Egyptian Myths" respectively, so for people who like that sort of thing, it is the sort of thing that they like. /is a person who likes that sort of thing, is a case in point


2016

Everything below the cut is stuff I read at various points this year and didn't talk about already. I'm going to try my best to get through the whole list before the end of the year, but if you want to hear about anything in priority, don't hesitate to ask. With the exception of The Grass King's Concubine, they're all comics.

List )


What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:
Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier
Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa
La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière

However! I have been re-reading Les Quatre de Baker Street in preparation of buying volume 7 soon (thoughts forthcoming) and I have missed these kids (+ cat) so much! There are so many great moments, but I think my favourite(s) is Charlie being the one to see through Holmes' disguise(s). At least in the first 3, which is as far as I've gotten this re-read so far. Volume 5 has my favourite panel, in which Billy and Charlie as scrambling out the window in a desperate move and run into Tom, who is just casually entering through the window. AS YOU DO.


Sophonisbe, by Pierre Corneille: CORNEILLE WROTE A PLAY ON THE SECOND PUNIC WAR AND NOBODY TOLD ME?! Anyway, I listened to the production on the France Culture website and daaaaaaaaaaamn that is one hella good play. In places I had to refer to the text on Wikisource, because I'm not great at voices. (All translations below by me.)

The play follows the broad lines of history. Before the play, Sophonisba (daughter of a General of Carthage) was going to marry Massinissa (Numidian king) and they were in love with each other. Unfortunately, Massinissa allied himself with the Romans, which lead Sophonisba to follow her head over her heart and marry Syphax, a Numidian king allied with Carthage, instead. The amount of choice she had in making this decision is something she doesn't always think of as the same. Within the play Sophonisba encourages Syphax to fight Laelius' army, allied with MAssinissa. Syphax loses, Massinissa and Sophonisba sort-of maybe get married and things degenerate.

I guess you could say it's a play about how far people are willing to go/what they're ready to sacrifice for love, power or pride.

This play gave me an even better appreciation of Sophonisbe and quite frankly everybody in it is a flawed and complex human being, but her most of all. *adopts characterisation wholesale*

I was surprisingly fond of Laelius. He starts off a lot harsher than I usually think of him, but then it becomes obvious that he's trying to be 'bad cop' (to Scipio's presumed 'good cop') and at one point he stops that and starts trying to make everyone happy, or failing that, making sure they stay alive.

Neither Hannibal nor Scipio appear in the play, but their presence is felt. Scipio's especially.

I liked that there seemed to be a fundamental cultural misunderstanding between the Romans and the Carthaginians/Numidians. The latter take it as read that Syphax' capture makes his marriage to Sophonisba null and void while the Romans are like "Married's married, what the hell?".

(Also, I ended up shipping Laelius/Massinissa and Massinissa/Scipio -- Sophonisba literally tells him "Vous aimez Lélius, vous aimez Scipion" / "You love Laelius, you love Scipio" OKAY -- and Scipio/Sophonisba -- idk, there's this whole thing about getting Scipio to marry Sophonisba himself to keep her safe and what if.)

The entire thing's in verse and there are more rhymes with Carthage than I expected! My favourite is "suffrage". But I also really love "En un mot, j’ai reçu du ciel pour mon partage / L’aversion de Rome et l’amour de Carthage." ("In one word I have received as my lot from above / From Rome dilike and from Carthage love") because oh, Sophonisba.

I was very pleasantly surprised by the amount of SICK BURNS in this play. Seriously, it is fucking savage by moments. At the end of Act 1, for example, Sophonisba has this to say to Syphax: "Je vous répondrais bien qu’après votre trépas / Ce que je deviendrai ne vous regarde pas" ("I would tell you that after your demise / What happens to me is for you to surmise"). Damn girl, find you some chill.

The line that's been stuck in my head since I listened to the play is from Laelius (to Massinissa), though. "Ce n’est qu’à leurs pareils à suivre leurs exemples ; / Et vous ferez comme eux quand vous aurez des temples". Laelius is referring to the gods with "leurs" so it translate more or less to "Only their equals can follow the gods' examples / You might do the same if you had temples". (NOBODY HAS ANY CHILL.)


I also listened to Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, a short-ish Neverwhere sequel. It was okay. The plot twists/reveals could be seen from space, though.


I also listened to a bunch of podcasts but idk if these fit here or in the Watcing Monday posts or somewhere else or what.


What are you reading next

To-read list )


dhampyresa: (This is my life)
I went and watched Les Animaux Fantastiques (in English: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them) in VOSTFR 2D yesterday.

That is a movie with one hell of a special effects budget, yowza.

Short version: I enjoyed it and I liked all the characters, except [redacted] once [big reveal] happened. Overall I think the movie would have benefitted not having such an obvious sequel hook in it.

Long version under the cut! )
What I'm hoping for in the sequel: More creatures! (Apparently they're going to Paris, so hopefully something from French folklore? I promise we have lots of fun creatures!) Less Grindelwald bullshit.


I also got to see the trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and I have so many thoughts, but for now I'm going to go with HOLY SHIT THEY'RE ADAPTING L'AMBASSADEUR DES OMBRES? THAT'S MY FAVOURITE. Also, that's not how you say Valérian.
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
As previously said, I wrote four fics for this exchange! My fellow mod wrote 23 because they're fucking amazing.


alloy & nomenclature (1211 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: CC-2224 | Cody/Obi-Wan Kenobi/CT-7567 | Rex
Characters: CT-7567 | Rex, CC-2224 | Cody, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Summary: The galaxy was a different place after Clone Order 66.

This was my assignment. It was a pain to write. My recipient, Mithrigil, gave a single prompt for this pairing and it was a smut prompt. Now, I can't fucking write smut, so I had to try and figure out how to write something they might like. Which, when all you have is a smut prompt to go on is not easy. Hopefully I succeeded.

This fic is also part of the reason I've been pretty silent on reading Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa lately. The title comes from 'Here, the old masters of Shock and Awe' from said poem anthology and I figured that there probably weren't many people currently reading said book in fandom and what if someone guessed it was me writing the fic WHAT THEN

(Fellow veterans of Hetalia fandom might remember Mithrigil as one third of mithpuelinden. In case you wanted that blast from the past.)


Rendezvous (1269 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Poe Dameron (Comics)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Terex
Characters: Poe Dameron, Terex (Star Wars)
Summary: Poe goes on an impromptu extraction mission.


So because we'd set the collection to needing approval, I was in charge of vetting the fics [personal profile] spookykingdomstarlight would getand that's how I found myself reading [archiveofourown.org profile] celeste9 's The Game. As it turns out, Poe/Terex is very good to my ~worthy enemies~ loving heart, so I went out, read the canon (the Poe Dameron comic series) and wrote some fic.


Strange Bedfellows (2087 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Asajj Ventress/Rey (Star Wars)
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Asajj Ventress
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: Palpatine died in a ship crash. Sixty years later, Rey had to put the War on hold and go rescue her master.
One of the things I wanted to do with this exchange was to treat at least one of: femslash, hero/villain and crosstime ship. At one point I decided to see if there were any requested relationships that fit all three and there was! So I wrote Rey/Asajj Ventress femslash.

I'd originally come up with the idea of Palpatine dying in the crash early in Revenge of the Sith causing Grievous to be in charge of the Separatists and that causing the war to last for decades in order to write Rey/Rex and/or any clone/TFA person pairings, but there weren't any. Rex still gets to be around because I say so, that's why. This is a fun verse and I may end up writing more in it. (In case you're curious: yes, the clones still have the chip for Order 66 implanted.)

Making Rey Anakin's padawan was a given and I loved getting the opportunity to write her as a more traditional kind of Jedi, if not a totally traditional one. My favourite passage I wrote for this exchange in fact relates to Rey, the Jedi and meditation: To Rey, the edge of meditation always felt like being back on Jakku, standing at the top of a dune, nothing to see but endless sand and the unforgiving horizon. It wasn't the vastness of the space between stars that reminded her of her place in the universe -- it was a favoured metaphor of some Jedi, that every Jedi was a star and the Force the galaxy -- it was the desert, immortal and infinite. Every Jedi a grain of sand, the Force the desert.


Evergreen (577 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Riyo Chuchi/Ahsoka Tano
Characters: Riyo Chuchi, Ahsoka Tano
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary:

Ahsoka came back in early winter.


A last minute treat. I think I submitted this five hours before the stories went live or something. I've low-key shipped this ever since those two referred to each other as "good friends" on screen. They're really cute and also Riyo's got blue skin to Ahsoka orange so they're complimentary.


So there you go. 2 slash fics (alloy & nomenclature, Rendezvous), two femslash fics (Strange Bedfellows, Evergreen). If I ever start complaining that I didn't write much this yuletide, point me towards this post, please.

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CURRENTLY AIRING SHOWS

Star Wars Rebels
: S03E07: Eh. Teenagers, more teenagers, not enough Sabine and Sato and his nephew don't look related to me (but then I'm bad at faces). Thrawn and Sato's ~worthy adversary~ brief dialogue made me ship it.


Lucifer: S02E09: DR LINDA! Standing up to primordial forces of the universe for her patients <3. Chloe helping Lucifer kill Lux. Maze deliberately embarassing Amenadiel, aw. This show continues to be great fun.


The Librarians: S03E01: IT'S BACK! :D I was worried for a moment that they were going to make Seth the bad guy -- there was a close-up on a dog-headed god carving and I was ready to rant especially since it was Anubis -- but it was Apep, so all is forgiven! (Seth gets a bad rep.) I shoudl have trusted the show more -- after all, it's the show that named Lancelot as the son of Ban. Anyway, Antikythera mechanism!!! I loved Cassandra this episode and Eve and Jenkins and Ezekiel and the Stumpy shoutout, but Jake had my favourite line with "'Pure Evil'? As opposed to 'fake evil'?".


Legends of Tomorrow: S02E06: It's my favourite Western genre: timetravelling western! (Look, there's Back to the Future III, this episode and one other from this show at least, that's three examples, that makes it a genre.) I ended up shipping Sarah/Jonah, ngl -- if nobody writes that fic and calls it "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy", I will be very disappointed with fandom.


Class: S01E06: This was a really lovely bottle episode and in real time on top of that! Creepy concepr, really well executed. I loved getting a better view of the characters, including their darkest sides. Matteusz and his dodgy Narnia analogy, awwwwwwwwwww. Quite excited to see what Quill's been up to.


NOT CURRENTLY AIRING

Luke Cage: S1E09: STILL don't care about bloody Diamondback. Especially with his Bible obsession or whatever -- and yet nobody's made an Esau and Jacob reference or even a Cain and Abel one. I spend all the time he's on screen dreading one anyway.  Also, the music from the credits grates on me. I WOULD WATCH HOURS OF MAD SCIENTIST!CLAIRE, THOUGH.

Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.

Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: Have made no progress.

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I got four (4!) fics for [community profile] swrarepairs ! And they're all femslash.

In order of longest to shortest:

On Art, Ageing, and Armed Resistance (3582 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships:Leia Organa/Sabine Wren, Past Leia Organa/Han Solo
Characters: Sabine Wren, Leia Organa, Background & Cameo Characters
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Pre-Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Old Ladies of the Resistance
Summary: Selected written communications (17-30 ABY) between Senator Leia Organa of the New Republic and Sabine Wren, prominent experimental artist of the post-Empire era.
SABINE/LEIA THROUGH THE YEARS! Epistolary fic! Did not expect epistolary fic, so this was an unexpected delight.

ingrained (1271 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phasma/Rey
Characters: Phasma (Star Wars), Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Dark Side Rey, Kissing, Training, Extra Treat
Summary: “Tell me more about how terrible a fighter I am,” she commanded, pressing her hands against the breastplate of Phasma’s armor. If it was as easily removed as the helmet, it would be on the floor, too, Phasma suspected.
DARKSIDE!REY/PHASMA and it is lovely and sharp and I love it so.

You can sing me anything (709 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Numa/Sabine Wren
Characters: Sabine Wren, Numa (The Clone Wars)
Additional Tags: Body Paint, Sharing a Room, Extra Treat
Summary: Sabine managed to swallow her grin when Hera asked if she would mind sharing with Numa just for the one night.
SABINE/NUMA! The crackship lives on. And it's so loving and intimate.


Palette (384 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ketsu Onyo/Sabine Wren
Characters: Sabine Wren, Ketsu Onyo
Additional Tags: Inspired by Art, Extra Treat
Summary: Sabine is painting again.
ART! And Sabine and Ketsu and Sabine/Ketsu!

I am the luckiest!

(I also wrote four fics.)

dhampyresa: (Default)
Between yuletide canon review and the continued weirdo headache I've been having for a week*, I can't say I've been doing much reading I can talk about.

I'm really hoping the headaches go away and I can do creative stuff that's actually creative again.


* I'm pretty sure I know what's causing it. It's not what you think. It's the supermoon!!!

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OH HEY SO I'M FINALLY CAUGHT UP ON THE SHOWS I'M WATCHING


CURRENTLY AIRING SHOWS

Star Wars Rebels
: S03E06:

FINALLY A SABINE AND MANDALORE EPISODE I AM HERE FOR THIS

I appreciated getting the glimpses we got into Fenn Rau's captivity: play space!chess with Sabine and hahaha Kanan's "More like a cranky guest". I feel bad for Fenn Rau. He wanted to do what was right for his people.

Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo as Mandalorians!

So Sabine's mom is maybe working for the Empire?! WHAT

SABINE GOT A JETPACK! :D She's been wanting one for ages.

I'm hoping this episode means we'll get more Sabine content for the rest of the season.


Lucifer: S02E06, S02E07 and S02E08: Trixie accepting Maze's real face is my favourite scene, but it's very very closely followed by Maze and Dr Linda. "He's not dead, but trust me, he's going" places quite honourably -- I needed that, thank you, show.

CANNOT BELIEVE LUCIFER BROKE DR LINDA but thankfully she got over it.

I'm really enjoying Ella. Chloe and Maze roomates hijinks are amazing. Mum is up to no good, but frankly what I want most right now is for Azrael to show up about her knife.


Legends of Tomorrow: S02E03, S02E04 and S02E05: YES FINALLY WE ARE DONE WITH THE NAZIS

This show remains ridiculous, yet entertaining. I quite like Amara, but I'm meh on Nate, as far as new additions go. Still don't really care about Ray, either and the whole ~am I a hero without my suit~ thing isn't helping.

REALLY enjoying Sara as captain, though. I also continue to enjoy Jax and Stein -- especially totally rational fear of zombies. Poor dude.


Class: S01E03, S01E04 and S01E05: April continues to be my favourite -- I have A Thing for characters who tell the world "you will not break me and you will not take my kindness from me" -- but poor Tanya! I feel so bad for her! And the intro with her dad was really well done. Matteusz's "I don't like guns" is probably the hardest I've laughed at this show. Idk, something about the delivery really got to me.


NOT CURRENTLY AIRING


Luke Cage: S1E08: I feel like I should be more invested in this. It's entertaining, but I don't care about Diamondback and him being Luke's secret brother (?) so it makes the show lackluster for me. Less of that, more of Misty, Claire and Shades, please.

Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.

Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: Have made no progress.

WW

Nov. 11th, 2016 09:46 pm
dhampyresa: (Sad Cassie is sad)

WONDER WOMAN MOVIE!!!

I have to admit that I tend to have reservations about "Hollywood does WW1"*, but this looks like it could be a decent portrayal. "The war to end all wars", my fucking heart.

I'm really hoping this movie's good. Wonder Woman looks great, at least. And the cinematography is gorgeous, so at least it'll be pretty.


* As far as I can tell, the US was 10 minutes late with Starbucks so doesn't realise that it was a fucking slaughterhouse. One in twenty of the people alive in France when the war started died during the war; for soldiers, it was one in every six who died.

[ANGRY TIRADE REDACTED -- I am feeling particularly angry about WW1 lately, for various reasons.]

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)
On the whole, 2016 has not been great. Aside from a few things, 2016 has been horrible to me from the start (and earlier if one counts the Roomate From Hell).

But anyway, *hugs* to anyone who wants them.

I'll make the offer here, for anyone and everyone: Give me a prompt of some sort (even just a character!) and I'll do my best to write you a thing. Or art you a thing, if you prefer.



dhampyresa: (that's high profile)
I made two works for Trick or Treat! And I was very careful about not referring to them as fics, because one of them's only half fic.

The Revolution Will Be Illustrated (956 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Sabine Wren
Additional Tags: Mixed Media, Fanart, Fanfiction, Backstory, Character Study, Traditional Media, Digital Art
Summary: Sabine changes and her art changes with her.

According to the wishes of the artist, every piece is presented as it might have been at the time of its inception.

My assignment was [archiveofourown.org profile] shiningstar who requested both fic and art and ALL OF THE STAR WARS. I'm not sure which of the Star Wars we matched on, but it wasn't Rebels since I don't offer what I request.

Anyhow, my first thought was to write Sabine/Numa crackship femslash (although they have actually met and talked in canon so it's not that much of a crackship). I couldn't figure out how to make it work in the time that I had -- but now I know how to do it -- so I went with an idea I'd been vaguely thinking of before assignments went out.

Sabine is, canonically, an artist, so I wanted to do a character study through her art.

So I did! It's a combination of backstory (+ futurefic) and character study, with art. Sabine's an Imperial cadet turned bounty hunter turned Rebel by the time we meet her in canon. The fic is split in three parts: one at the Imperial Academy on Mandalore, another while she's a bounty hunter and one last one set after Return of the Jedi.

Fic-wise, I tried to reflect the dehumanising effect of the Empire by having names creep into the narrative as Sabine spends time away: first part has no names, second part has other people's names and last part has her name. You can see that in the in-story titling of the artwork too.

I mirrored that in the art by having colour creep into the pictures. First one's black and white (+ red), second one is blue monochrome (+ red) and the last one is in full colour. And now I'm going to talk more about said art.

Art babble + 3 pictures )

The title of the work is a reference to Gil Scott-Heron's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

It was really, really hard for me to give someone art as a gift, even with fic associated with it. I kept having to talk myself into it -- "It's not good enough!" "Self, the writing part alone is three times the minimum requirement! POST THE THING."

(Also while I was fiddling with it I managed to accidentally default on my assignment. *facepalm* I PM'd the exchange mod who gave me back the assignment -- but didn't tell me, so if I hadn't noticed will posting Out of the Cold that my assignment count had gone back up, I might have stayed defaulted.)


Filling my assignment took up a lot of time and brainspace, so I only made one treat for the exchange.

the ruin of the soul (669 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Haggar (Voltron)
Additional Tags: Mad Science, ToT: Monster Mash
Summary: A day in the life of Haggar, mad scientist of the Galra Empire.


The title comes from François Rabelais' Pantagruel: "Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul". And while "Science sans conscience n'est que ruine de l'âme" is a MASSIVELY famous quote in France, it sadly not so in English and suddenly I sound really pretentious quoting 16th century French authors? So I figured "in for a pretentious penny, in for a pretentious pound" and didn't capitalise the title at all. (*dodges pitchforks from the title police*)

I hesitated to tag Shiro in this, but Haggar doesn't consider him a person I went with not tagging him.

This fic also features all of my Voltron headcanons, except the one about Pidge being a K-drama protagonist an adult woman who is both short and can pass as a boy. To wit, it features the following: spoilers, I guess ). While writing it I also gave myself the headcanon that Haggar gave Shiro the white lock in his hair deliberately.


Idk, apparently my theme this ToT was "artists and their art". Both fics were betaed by the ever excellent chiiyo86, who I can finally credit now that author reveals are here.
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1. I have actual words written on the fic for an ongoing canon I was being silly about earlier. I'm going to write it -- and post it as AU if I have to.

2. Edge of Tomorrow is surprisingly good and give surprisingly good Paris. Currently the Louvre is being destroyed in slowmo.

3. I've fallen behind on my currently airing shows. Boo.

4. I was making good progress on answering ao3 comments -- only 69 left! -- but now the next one up is the one that stopped me answering ao3 comments for a long time there and uuuuuuuuuuuuurgh idk how to tackle it? It's not a mean comment or anything, I just don't know what to say to it.

5. Sometimes I forget how much fun writing or drawing can be.
dhampyresa: (Default)
...And yet.

I mean, I opened this tab to post something, didn't I? But nope.

Anyway.

Give me prompts?

Or tell me that it's okay for me to write for an ongoing canon. Lots of people do it! Why am I stuck on but "what if my fic is rendered obsolete before I post it?!" -- then just mark it as AU, self, ffs. Not that it's much of a concern given how much canon focuses on these two, even though one of them's nominally a main character (I say bitterly, with a bitter expression). But still. I'm stuck on that, like the silly person that I am.
dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
I GOT A TRICK AND A TREAT! (I cannot believe I git two fics? I am the luckiest.)

Trick-wise, I got an FMA fic about Scar from before canon to after and it gives excellent angst, let me tell you.
For Every Kind Stranger (1392 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Manga
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Winry Rockbell & Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist), Mei Chan | May Chang & Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Characters: Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Additional Tags: Ishval Civil War, Ishbalan Character(s) | Ishvalan Character(s)
Summary: Before they called him Scar, he was a boy named Joshua. Before he hunted State Alchemists, he lived in a small village long since forgotten.
It's still out there, buried in the sands of Ishval. He's not sure he wants to find it.

And treat-wise I got a fic in which Shiro babysits Katie and tells her bedtimes stories -- with timetravel and dinosaurs!
Adventures of the Princientist & the Time-Traveling Paleontologist (2568 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Pidge | Katie Holt & Shiro
Characters: Shiro (Voltron), Pidge | Katie Holt
Additional Tags: Storytelling, Time Travel, Dinosaurs, Alternate Universe, female pronouns used for Pidge | Katie Holt
Summary: "Once upon a time," he starts, "there was a princ—" He pauses mid-word as her smile fades, his words a cloud blocking out the sun. He scrambles internally, thinking of what he knows about her, and comes up with: "—ientist. The princientist had been born into a royal family but had ambitions of her own: the project she happened to be working on just then was a time machine, for a rescue mission."


I made two things for Trick or Treat. They're both in new fandoms for me and are somewhat outside of what I usually post (for different reasons), so I'm quite curious to see if anyone can tell which ones they are.

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)
I'm having a friend over from abroad for the next couple of days. (I already gave the "native Parisian tourguide" routine, so I'll have to find something else.)

So if I'm not around, that would be why.
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READING

What did you finish reading

2015

Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman (scenario) and J. H. Williams III (art): Well, that is certainly a published comic book. I wanted to like this a lot more than I ended up actually liking it.

I didn't care for meeting the Endless' parents -- yeah, that's a thing now apparently. /does standard comics thing of "only canon that matters is canon I like"

The plot was pretty eh, overall, I have to say. Tbh, I always considered what happened immediately before Sandman to be best left unexplained, because any explanation was (a) not needed and (b) unlikely to live up. As it turns out, I was bright on both counts. I did like the call forward with "Hope", though.

The art is very pretty. Unfortunately, sometimes it's very pretty at the expanse of legibility.

So all in all, it's okay and made disappointing by the fact that I expected better.


Stuff I read and didn't talk about )


What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:
Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier
Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa
La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière

I can never remember/make up my mind: do I talk about US comics as they come out in floppies here or not?


What are you reading next

To-read list )




WATCHING

Star Wars Rebels: S03E05:
THE LAST BATTLE OF THE CLONE WARS! Clone Trooper Captain Rex vs Super Tactical Droid Kalani, winner takes all.

SO I SHIP REX/KALANI NOW SORRY NOT SORRY the "old enemies who find common ground and respect each other" dynamic just hit me where I live, okay?

I am having ALL OF THE CLONE FEELINGS, seriously. Cody*! "Clone Order 66"! "A good soldier follows orders", Rex, noooooooooooooo!

I am so glad Rex didn't die. SO GLAD.

It may have been my monitor, or the lighting or whatever -- and I fully expect to be Jossed by the next episode -- but Sabine's hair looked blue and white to me in this ep and I'm going to headcanon it was because she dyed it that way to honour Rex (and if it's back to pink-ish newt ep, I may have to write fic about the fallout of Agamar, re: Rex).

* I cannot believe when the preview came out I thought "Oh hey they got Cody's voice actor back just for this scene, that's sweet". Self, Cody and Rex have THE SAME VOICE ACTOR.


Lucifer: S02E03, S02E04 and S02E05: I can't quite remember what happened when, so you get three for the price of one. I continue to enjoy this ridiculous show greatly. Character interactions are gold and I love how many of the characters are women (Dr Linda, Maze, Chloe, Ella, Mum, Trixie). Dr Linda was a phone sex operator, omg and then there was a bar fight. Lucifer and Dan geeking out over action movies were cute. I grow impatient about getting to see CHLOE AND MAZE ROOMATES HIJINKS. I'm kind of sad Uriel is gone already, for some reason I tend to like Uriel best in ~classic angelology~ and his power here was pretty cool. I do like that we got canon confirmation that angels can be female (Azrael/the angel of death is "she"). Faced with the lack of non-binary/ungendered angels, I'll take 'angels can be male or female, it's whatever'. Also, Tom Ellis does Righteous Fury really well.


Legends of Tomorrow: S2E02: Are we done with the Nazis yet? Like. Seriously. I know Timetravel To WW2 is a well-used trope, but are we done yet? One episode is pretty the price I agree to pay when I get into a timetravel show, twice is trying my patience. At least Sara leading the crew is now oofficial.


Class: S01E01 and S01E02: Well, that was unexpectedly violent. I thought this would be a kid's show! (I did not follow the promos at all.) And yet I was really charmed by all the characters, from super-smart Tanya to Ms Quill the freedom-fighter-turned-reluctant-teacher/bodyguard to April whose bravery comes from kindness.


Luke Cage: S1E07: No progress.


Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.


Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: This show gives REALLY GOOD PARIS, I have to say. To the point that, despite the fact that I was watching the English dib (my search for the Korean dub remains fruitless), I ended up thinking "Genre la meuf va au Troca pour trouver un pigeon. Genre!" ("Like the girl goes to the Trocadéro to find a pigeon. As if!") in French, which usually never happens -- I certainly didn't think in French while watching Legends of Tomorrow, even though it was nominally set in Paris this week. So ML gives great Paris, including aaaaaaaaaaaall the subtle social clues. Yikes. I think I went to school with some of those people. Adrien's social clues are unambiguous, but Marinette's are more confused. Then again, I'm only two episodes in.







DID YOU KNOW X-23 WAS GOING TO BE IN A MOVIE



A meme

Oct. 24th, 2016 09:24 pm
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Via [personal profile] musesfool,

Give me a potential title and I tell you about the story I would write for it.
dhampyresa: (Natasha and red)
You can have the fic which I beta-ed and chiiyo86 wrote:
A Tale of Earth and Fire (39298 words) by chiiyo86
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Toph Beifong & Zuko
Characters: Zuko (Avatar), Toph Beifong, Ozai (Avatar), Mai (Avatar), Azula (Avatar)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Arranged Marriage, Friendship, Action/Adventure, Minor Character Death
Summary: AU. Two years after the fall of Ba Sing Se and the capture of the Avatar, Zuko is forced by his father into marrying Toph Beifong, the blind daughter of Earth Kingdom merchants. Neither of them is very keen on the situation, but as they learn to know each other better, Zuko and Toph find that through this union they didn't want they might have gained something precious: an ally. Together, they will fight to carve their own paths and get free of the constraints that have kept them prisoners their whole lives.

Or you can have the fic I wrote and chiiyo86 beta-ed:
Out of the Cold (6290 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America: Civil War (Movie) - Fandom
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Original Female Character(s), James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Male-Female Friendship
Summary:

Alina's neighbour disappeared while she was in Antarctica. He forgot his notebook.

This fic was almost about one of Anakin's illegal podracing buddies wondering wtf had happened to him -- but I didn't want her to know he was a Jedi and couldn't figure out how to make that work. So instead I took the basic concept of "bystander gets caught up in onscreen events and investigates what happened to a friend", Suoé became Alina and I wrote this. I may still keep the concept of "Star Wars fic in which everything is going great until, unfortunately Palpatine/Order 66 happens" or I may not.

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What did you finish reading

2015

Tumulte à Rome, by Odile Weulersse: SECRET TWIN MISTAKEN IDENTITY SHENANIGANDURING THE SECOND PUNIC WAR. This is relevant to many of my interests. One of the twins (the Roman one) has the world's biggest crush on Hannibal, it's sweet. To the point where other people comment on it, even. I could have done without the weird epilogue, but other than that an enjoyable read. (It was a paper book loaned to me by a friend -- who knows me so well.)

More stuff I finished and didn't talk about )


What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier

Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa: Unpopular opinion time! Free/blank verse is not poetry. That said, I quite like the prose in this. "Sweetheart, was I talking war in my sleep / again?" OUCH.

La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière: This is a book about the Valladolid debate (aka "are Native Americans people? The Catholic Church debates"). It's a short-ish, somewhat fictionalised retelling of the debate. It's an interesting, yet infuriating book, because the question of what being human means is an interesting one but not in this context because OF COURSE THEY'RE PEOPLE FFS WHY IS THIS A DEBATE so it's infuriating. So far I have only read up to the end of the pro-people opening argument. I expect to be even more infuriated.

The author did in the opening raise the excellent point that the 'discovery' of the Americas was basically the same as a "first contact with aliens" situation, inasmuch as neither side knew anything about the other.


What are you reading next

List )
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CURRENTLY WATCHING

Airing shows

Star Wars Rebels:
S3E03
: It has been AGES since we got an episode where Sabine got the starring role!
She looks really good with dark hair and the dark uniform and hahaha she beat up Governor Pryce. "My clan taught me better" yesssssssss
Have Kallus and Sabine ever interacted before? Kind of sad we didn't get to see her pass his message along to Zeb Garazeb Orrelios. (Kallus is the new Fulcrum, calling it now.)

S3E04: WHOA HERA DAMN. I want the main arc of the season to be Hera vs Thrawn high stakes space chess (and for the voice acting on Thrawn to sound a little less bored).
Did not expect to feel bad for Chopper -- but then he went back to blowing shit up.
My crackship sails on! They were both on screen at the time at least once this episode; that makes it not a crackship anymore. (It's Sabine/Numa, for the curious.)

[community profile] starwarsfruitbowl is doing weekly Rebels watching posts. (Or I am, rather.)


Lucifer: S2E02: This is a stupid show and I love it so much. I am always 100% there for people getting righteously angry about stuff and boy howdy does Lucifer have stuff to be angry about. I am also always there for fish out of water situation so everything dealing with Mum is gold. I have no idea what's going on with Amenadiel, but I don't like it. I continue to love Ella as a character -- she's a great foil to Lucifer. (I continue to ship Dr Linda and Maze.)


Legends of Tomorrow: S2E01: I did not expect this show to be back so soon! It was entertaining. I could have done without the new dude being, well, a dude, but alas.
This week they did the tried and true "Timetravel vs Nazis" episode. In an unlikely twist for the genre, the Nazis didn't win WW2 in that new timeline. I know I was suprised too. I appreciated that Stein was the most affected by this. Anyway, they win against the Nazis.
Also appreciated the physics nerding out and Mileva Marić getting her due credit.
Then they get scattered in time and space. I think that was supposed to be Arthurian times? Hey, non-Breton Arthurian folks, is it reasonable to assume something set in Tintagel 831 is meant to be Arthuriana?
It's cool that they haven't forgotten Sara's bisexual.
Okay, was I supposed to know who the speedster at the end was? And Justice Society of America!


Not currently airing shows


Luke Cage: S1E07: IN YOUR FACE COTTONMOUTH and that's all I have to say.

Nirvana in Fire: Have made no progress.

Miraculous Ladybug: Also no progress.


Fanvids


Toy Soldiers from Deirdre on Vimeo.


BOOM! CLONE FEELINGS.

I'm quite impressed the vidder managed to not jar me by switching between early Clone Wars, late Clone Wars (there's a definite shift in the animation about halfway through*) and even live action at one point.

* Late Clone Wars has my favourite animation of the Star Wars cartoons. It goes late Clone Wars > early Clone Wars > Rebels. Rebels is weirdly smoothed and streamlined, early Clone Wars is spiky. Late Clone Wars strikes a good balance. /CGI animation feelings

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