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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? ;_;
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 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.

dhampyresa: (Sarcasm shall be the way)
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
dhampyresa: (Sad Cassie is sad)
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.)
dhampyresa: (MY BIRTHDAY HAS SQUID)
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.

dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
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.

RPG

Jun. 12th, 2017 12:15 am
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Friends and I have sort of decided to try playing an RPG. We are all total noobs at this. I've played maybe 5 sessions and I'm the most experienced. The second most qualified has listened to all of Critical Role, so there's that. I'm GMing -- it's going to be a fantasy setting, most likely and I have a vague arc. Anyone have any tips for playing/GMing/etc?

Since we're not sure we'll stick with this, I'd love it if anyone could rec me free, simple systems. (The vague arc I mentionned can be made to fit any setting.)
dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
I enjoyed it A LOT. I'm always a sucker for women fighting stuff, people being kind and righteously angry in the face of evil and fishes out of water situation; this movie delivers on all of this!

I saw it in VOSTFR. Only things I remember about the subtitling was that (a) we didn't get subtitles for whatever was said in French and (b) Steve called Diana 'vous' for a majority, if not all, the movie. I'll be using the names as they appeared in the subtitles.

I did not expect the framing device to have Diana living in France and working at the Louvre. Kind of really want a Diana vs recent French history fic, now.

Here be spoilers )

I reccomend it and would happily watch several movies of Diana kicking ass all over history.
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)
SLEEPING AND EATING AND SLEEPING AND EATING AND SLEEPING.

I was supposed to visit family, but here's my complete schedule:
- Slept on the train there
- Dinner
- Slept until noon
- Lunch
- Nap x2 (brief interruption to close windows because I was cold)
- Dinner
- Read a bit
- Slept until 11h30
- Lunch
- Nap
- Read a bit
- Dinner
- Woke up at 11h
- Lunch
- Nap/read
- Train back (dozed off several times)
- Slept

Maybe I am slightly tired.

(Stuff I read: a documentary/investiagtion journalism comic + the first chapter of a friend's novel and I have to say I am really fucking happy I've been pushing him to write for years, because it's great and I texted him immediately to say WHERE IS THE REST? [lots of thoughts] hahaha)

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I've decided I was going to stop crossposting from DW to LJ, likewise for [community profile] nightonficmountain. The new ToS make me uneasy. Idk, I reserve the right to change my mind.

I am also [personal profile] dhampyresa on DW. Come say hello!

Swimming

May. 28th, 2017 11:55 pm
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)
This is mostly for tracking purposes, because I know I went swimming more than twice since my last swimming tracking, but I can't remember when or how much I swam, sadly.

Right now my swimming record is 3km in 1h42m, which is 34mn to 1km. I swam this roughly keeping the same speed throughout, given that I had swam 2km in 1h08m. I think my next goal is going to get under 30mn for a 1km. (Meanwhile, Olympic swimmers swim 10km in under 2 hours.)

Time before that I did 2.7km in idk how much time. *squints* I think I did 2.6km the time before that, but I ain't counting it because I'm not sure. (I'm tracking less because of accuracy and more because it motivates me to make concrete progress towards a distant/big goal.)

I was going to go swimming today, but it was too bloody hot and I couldn't make myself. I may try to go one evening this week.

Past total: 27 850 / 585 689. Current total: 33 550 / 585 689.

dhampyresa: (OM NOM NOM)
Eurovision thoughts: MOLDOVA WAS FUCKING ROBBED.


An incomplete list of stuff I did while away from the internet: art (pencils, oil paint, watercolours), minimal writing (did you know it's hard to write without a computer), swimming (3K IN 1H42!!! record à battre), read a lot (mostly in French --  also I have thoughts), was told that I wasn't an asshole, had my teeth hurt like bloody hell (it's nothing to worry about), saw friends, went on dates, learned some poems and probably spent longer going "OMG I HAVE MUSCLES NOW :D" than I should have, but you know what? I HAVE MUSCLES NOW!  Hell, yesterday I even managed 100 push-ups (in 10 sets of 10, not in one go). I am severely regretting this choice today, but I did.


Between voluntary break, Eurovision and broken computer, I've been away for pretty much a month. WHAT'D I MISS? It can be big stuff, small stuff, I'm sure I've missed a lot.

Fandom 5k

May. 25th, 2017 11:38 pm
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I wrote a pinch-hit for [community profile] fandom5k.
Pocketful of stories (5031 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Ahsoka Tano, Padmé Amidala
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Worldbuilding, Folklore
Summary: Ahsoka travelled the galaxy, collecting tales and sowing revolution along the way.

I had a lot of fun coming up with the various folktales intersped in this.

All the planets/people have different ways of framing stories.
  • Stories from Naboo start with either "Once upon a time, above wave, below stars" for the Gungan stories and "Once upon a time, below stars" for the non-Gungan stories.
  • Stories on Alderaan start with "Long ago on Alderaan" and by giving the main character's relationship to Queenship.
  • Stories on Pantora start with "When yesterday was yet to be" and end with a bracketed statement including the phrase "Do not believe them." -- they refute other versions of the story.
  • Clone stories are much more informal in tone and start with "They say this is a true story".
  • Ykobar stories start with "There was a time" which is a literal translation of the French "Il était une fois", the traditional start to a fairytale. They end in "The tale still goes on and is only just beginning".
The stories of the Kermor are variations on the tale of the city of Ys -- the word Kermor itself is made up of two Breton words, "ker" (meaning "a place where people live") and "mor" (meaning "sea"). I was originally going to go with "Morvac'h" ("Horse of the sea") -- especially given that it's part of some versions the Ys legend and can be a war omen -- but ultimately decided against it. The c'h sound tends to be confusing for people unfamiliar with Breton; it's a voiceless velar fricative -- the same sound as in loch.

I didn't sign up for [community profile] fandom5k because I didn't know if I would have time -- and I kind of ran out of time on this pinch-hit a bit -- but I should have signed up if I was going to end up writing for it anyway. Then again, given my computer issues, I wouldn't have been able to comment until yesterday/today, which seems like a dick move. Not that could have known either of those things at the time. What I'm trying to say is that I'll sign up next year.

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