( 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? ;_;
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.
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
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
On Wednesday, 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
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
HannibalTheMannibal: what was your Eurovision entry even, yo
Two frenemies talk trash over chat about the most important event of the premodern world: EUROVISION!!!
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?
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
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
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: fandomgiftbox (fannish wishlists), drawesome (art community) and comicsroundtable (comics talk).
(Also, I would like to stop biting myself to the blood several times a day, ffs.)
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.)
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.
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.
I don't think I'm going to run 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.
nightonficmountain might open on time this year! This has never happened before;
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.
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.)
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.
I was supposed to visit family, but here's my complete schedule:
- Slept on the train there
- Slept until noon
- Nap x2 (brief interruption to close windows because I was cold)
- Read a bit
- Slept until 11h30
- Read a bit
- Woke up at 11h
- Train back (dozed off several times)
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)
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.
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.
Pocketful of stories (5031 words) by sevenofspade
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".
I didn't sign up for 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.