muccamukk: Sinbad looks up with an innocent and concerned expression (Sinbad: Puppy Eyes)
Title: Target Practice. Or, Missing the Mark
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Prompt: Finn goes into a bar and meets... Sinbad (Sinbad 2012)!
Fandoms: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sinbad (2012)
Word count: 1000
Rating/Contents: G, no archive warnings apply.
Summary: Finn needs to work on his undercover skills.
muccamukk: Sinbad and Gunnar sitting together on the rail. Text: Shipmates. (Sinbad: Shipmates)
Title: On the Shoulders of the Sea by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dorinda
Fandom: Sinbad (2012)
Characters: Gunnar/Sinbad
Words: 2,200
Rating: Teen
Summary: Gunnar suffers, and Sinbad discovers it's not only from the sun.
Notes: Lovely, warm, intimate story with great character voices and correct first aid. What more could you want?

Oh, and [personal profile] gloss has been writing TFA fic, which I've been quite enjoying, especially this one:

Title: Hombres como las estrellas by [archiveofourown.org profile] gloss
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Characters: Finn/Poe
Words: 3,200
Rating: Mature
Summary: Havana, c. 1957: a low-level security forces employee helps a moody Communist escape.
Notes: Wonderfully realised AU with vivid descriptions and hot men in white shirts.

For International Women's Day, we had the other keeper over and drank Madeira and played Settlers. Nenya won, as usual.
muccamukk: Sinbad and Gunnar sitting together on the rail. Text: Shipmates. (Sinbad: Shipmates)
Free for All: New York Public Library Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse
Man. I am really glad this wasn't around when I was in fandoms that required research into historical NYC. Not that it wouldn't have been great, but I'm pretty sure I would have fallen in and never climbed out again. Ever.


Fandom Snowflake Day 7

In your own space, share a favourite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.


So I think most people agree (and by most people, I mean the three people who are in this fandom) that 1x04 "Old Man of the Sea" is objectively the best episode of Sinbad, which is because it's wonderfully creepy and atmospheric, and actually has a plot as well as a guest star who can act, but it's not actually my favourite episode.

My favourite episode is 1x05 "Hunted," and allow you to tell me why.

First of all, there's something about the bolas-wielding telepathic ninja international criminal court that really perfectly encapsulates what is amazing about this show. Like, pick any one of those things, and it would be too much for a show ostensibly set in 9th-century Arabia, but all of them together is just fabulous. The first time I saw it, I actually clapped like a seal, because that level of storytelling WTF takes guts.

But for all that the story is 100% bananapants, the structure is really nice. You have the bolas-wielding telepathic ninja international criminal court chasing Gunnar, Sinbad chasing Gunnar, the palace guard from Basra chasing Sinbad who is chasing Gunnar who is being chased by the bolas-wielding telepathic ninja international criminal court, and then on top of that by about mid-episode you have the sea salt golem chasing Sinbad who is chasing Gunnar who is being chased by the bolas-wielding telepathic ninja international criminal court. And they're all on an island. So the whole episode is like the perennial slapstick bit where they all run in and out of different doors chasing each other, and somehow there's always a gorilla.

Plus, in the B-Plot, we get Lost Princess Nala, Street Rat Rina, bb Med Student Anwar, and Possibly a Shapeshifting Dragon Cook trying to free their ship from the palace guard and the Evil(?) Mage Taryn, which is a combination of personalities which will never not be hilarious. Like, Nala wants to declaim her lineage, Anwar thinks if they just talk it out it'll be fine, Rina thinks they're doomed, and Cook wants to take up theatre. None of these ends up being helpful, but again it absolutely showcases what a weird little crew they've put together, and how everyone coming from things from different angles totally shouldn't work, but in the end somehow does.

We also get the first serious hints that the Wicked Witch character has motivation that goes past being power hungry for power's sake.

But the actual meat of the episode is about redemption, and how Sinbad and Gunnar can live with the legit screw ups in their past. Obviously, Gunnar is coming at this from a more serious position, being the war criminal. Gunnar is looking at himself and seeing that he's gone too far to ever make up for what he's done, but still trying every day not to be that person any more. At the same time he's seeing Sinbad, who's still a kid, and going, don't be that guy; you still have a chance even if I don't. Because it's really about Sinbad, and how if he's ever going to make up for what happened in the pilot, he's going to actually have to change, and that's really fucking hard. And also how he has the capacity to recognise the good people and have compassion, for Gunnar, sure, and Sinbad certainly needs to believe that people can change and better themselves (or else he's fucked), but also for Taryn, who has been trying to kidnap him for four episodes, and that is him taking baby steps that will eventually lead to his redemption.

It's also just lovely and complicated and rather surprising for a show rarely has a plot, and thinks logic is for other people. I've said before, I don't believe in the stories told in this show, but I sure do believe in the characters.
muccamukk: Nala smiling. (Sinbad: Smile)
So I did this pinch hit for [community profile] fandomgrowthexchange, in Sinbad fandom, which is a cheesy fantasy-adventure tv show you've possibly heard me mention before.

I thought, hey, it's an AU, so people can just read the fic, and don't have to worry about knowing the canon, but why don't I do a little primer for the characters anyway, just in case it helps? Because everyone should watch Sinbad. It's on youtube for free! See the bottom of the post for the actual fic, but first, if I might have a moment of your time, here are the basics:


This is Rina. When Rina a child, her parents sold her into slavery. She escaped and ended up living on the streets, becoming a thief. This has left her with trust issues. Her default approach to communication is to threaten to stab someone and/or to steal all their stuff. However, once she's onside, she's pathologically loyal (even if she still threatens to stab you, and occasionally steals your stuff). Mostly she doesn't talk about her feelings, or talk at all, though she did once use her Incredibly Tragic Backstory to poison an emotional vampire and save the day. She's also handy to have around if you need a lock picked.


This is Nala. Nala's people made a deal with their God of Death (and also blue butterflies) to protect their city, and in exchange promised him one of their daughters. Nala was not thrilled to be picked for this, and she and her father fled the city so that Nala wouldn't be married off to Death. Unfortunately, Death tracked them down, and various events along the way killed Nala's father. Nala feels pretty guilty about this. She's also not used to being a princess among sailors and thieves, and tends to negotiate with people by telling them her lineage and expecting everyone to do as she says. For someone running for her life, she managed to pack an impressive amount of clothes and jewellery.

They end up as travelling companions on many adventures, on which they mostly fight like cats and dogs, because boy do their insecurities play off each other perfectly, and Rina periodically steals Nala's stuff. If you're at all into the Aladdin-style street rat/princess pairings, this could be your thing. Also, you should watch Sinbad.

Here is a comprehensive, and chronological, list of all fic for this pairing:

Title: Sharing
Author: [personal profile] surexit
Rating: None
Words: 465
Setting: During series one.
Summary: Late at night, in the galley.

Title: By Light of Lamp and Moon
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Rating: Mature
Words: 1,300
Setting: Post series one.
Summary: When The Providence returns to Basra, Rina looks for Nala and the answer to a question she doesn't quite know how to ask.

Title: lose something every day
Author: [personal profile] damkianna
Rating: Teen
Words: 8,300
Setting: During series one.
Summary: Five things Rina stole from Nala, and one thing Nala gave her. Episode tags for 1.01-1.06, kind of accidentally.

Title: The Butterfly Girl
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Rating: Teen
Words: 6,400
Setting: Pre-canon AU.
Summary: At fourteen, Rina thought that finally escaping her master would mean the start of easy days – or at least less horrifying days, Rina's standards were pretty low – but then chance threw her together with a cursed princess, and Rina realised that her trouble had only started.

(Image credits to [tumblr.com profile] reginamea, click the pictures if you want to like/reblog.)
muccamukk: Sinbad and Gunnar sitting together on the rail. Text: Shipmates. (Sinbad: Shipmates)
Junix Inocian, who played Cook on Sinbad, passed away yesterday. I haven't seen him in anything else, but he was apparently really well respected in the Filipino community. He did a great job with what could have been a stock character, and was one of the best mysteries on the show.

On a happier Sinbad note, [tumblr.com profile] ask-the-providence-crew continues to be a gift. I especially like this one about inter-cultural conversations on board the Providence.

I feel kind of odd basically doing recs for every vid [personal profile] shinyjenni makes, but OMG! Check out this multi-fandom vid about weaponised women to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "Weapon of Choice." It's got Natasha and River and Faith and Lyta and Max and Dottie and Jenny Who and all kinds of people.

Watched Bessie, the HBO biopic of Bessie Smith with Queen Latifah in the title role and Mo'Nique as Ma Rainey. They certainly didn't play down her bisexuality! Which makes a nice change, though it was pretty standard stuff otherwise. I liked that while there was a lot of relationship drama with her various male love interests, she always had a connection with other women, either her lover or her mentor (and I like that the mentor is a continuing thread, not just dropped after Smith takes flight. I wonder it's more a female hero's journey thing to return to the old teacher, instead of killing them off). They did streamline a lot, from what I can tell, and only really touched on her relationships with her peers, and left out Louis Armstrong all together, but there's only so much you can fit into a '90 minute movie. Why is this a tv movie anyway? It's got a big-name cast and gorgeous period production. It seems like it should be in the theatres. Also, I could look at Queen Latifah's face all day. She's so expressive!


Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) by Octavia E. Butler
I didn't like it nearly so well as Kindred, and I feel like my opinion of it will vary depending on the second book. A lot of it is about turning change to be more positive, building out of chaos, but this book was more with the chaos, and less with the building.

I liked our heroine and how closed and pragmatic she was, but also her compassion and stolid optimism. Her theology was very much what a seventeen year old would make up, but didn't really come together for me. I wonder what Butler thought of it. The diary format didn't work for me at first because it explained too many things to feel like an actual journal, but then I realised that Lauren was probably doing it with an eye to posterity, like she did most things. The rest of the characters felt fairly lightly sketched, and we never seemed to get to really know them.

On a technical note, this edition was very unprofessionally put out, with lots of typos and punctuation errors, and the weight of the font wavering. I hope that subsequent publications have fixed that.


Hild (Light of the World #1) by Nicola Griffith, narrated by Pearl Hewitt
I had this as an audiobook which I highly recommend as it kept me from getting swamped in all the Old English, Welsh, Irish, etc names, and the narrator has a lovely voice and does regional accents very well. Plus the author's page for the book has copies of the glossary, maps and family tree, so you don't miss anything not having the paper book to hand. Still, about fifty characters whose names start with Æ and end in th, and you just have to roll with it and realise that you don't really need to keep all of the Irish kings straight because there's lots of them, and the importance of one of them killing or allying with another will usually be explained as it happens. There are also a lot of long descriptions of jewellery, weaving, fields of grain and birds, which I liked a lot, but it's not a fast paced book.

I liked the historical detail, and the comment on women's power and place in society. Part of it was about how vulnerable they were, but a lot of the story was women manoeuvring for better positions and getting a hell of a lot done. The issues around religion were also well done, with priests of various faiths being played as whole characters and not cut outs for the sake of polemics, and the arrival of Christianity having good and bad consequences for everyone.

Hild herself is the latest in the recent trend of self-contained, introverted and very smart heroines who spend a lot more time watching and listening than talking. The books is largely form her point of view, but occasionally shifts for a moment to show how others see her, which was neatly done. I liked her a lot, and her relationships with her mother and best friend, but found her a bit frustrating at times. It's nice to have a bisexual heroine, but almost all of her sexual relationships were mired in consent issues or other odd things. Part of that was the past is a different country stuff, but part of it was, I think, me having ykinmk issues with the author.

Hild also the first in a projected trilogy, which is nice because I get to wallow in all that lovely historical detail for another two books, which will hopefully have the same narrator, but again frustrating because book one ends pretty abruptly, and on something of a sour note.


These were actually really interesting to read together, especially for the similarity in heroine, and the religious themes. One is dealing with the end of Christianity's usefulness to her, and the other with the start.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Lights: Stairs)
Had a great Easter with seven people in visiting, and a sea of music and good food. They also had a dog, and I'm not a dog person, but this was a great dog, It was a border collie/husky/blue heeler mix, but small, and somehow managed to be totally chill and well-behaved, have the softest coat in heeler colours, except for a border collie white tip on her tail. I would own that dog.

Nenya's heading to town for two weeks starting Thursday, so I'll have to get used to batching it for a bit. Mind, I'm currently of the thought that I don't want to leave the station ever again, except to get a haircut that I really need, so I'm just has happy not to be going with.

You should all check out this Peggy/Dottie story that [personal profile] st_aurafina wrote for [community profile] femslashficlets: Teamwork (PG, 888 words). Also, yay, I'm now one of three people posting there, rather than one of one. It's a fun comm, and I want good things for it. New prompt tomorrow.

Speaking of prompts, I got my [community profile] intoabar assignment, which is a Sinbad/The Musketeers crossover: Rina goes into a bar and meets... Louis XIII. AHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah. Still figuring out how that's gonna work.

Speaking of Sinbad, as I so often am, there's the cutest Sinbad art blog happening right now: [tumblr.com profile] ask-the-providence-crew by [tumblr.com profile] toastyhat. Great art, and often very funny. SFW so far. Yay! Someone else in the fandom! Though I'm still bummed that Big Finished never picked it up like they were talking about last year. I guess there probably wasn't much interest.

My mp3 player, a SanDisk Sansa 8GB, is on the blink. I've only had it for a year and a half (on a one-year warranty, of course), but it keeps randomly dropping all battery power, then refusing to charge, then later working fine for a day or so before crapping out again. This seems to have no relation to when I charge it or how much I use it. At one point it dumped all my data, and had to be reformatted, which didn't help its power problems. My last SanDisk lasted six years before the battery started to go, so I'm pretty unhappy about this. I don't know what to do about replacing it. I don't want to get another SanDisk after this, but the Sony version is getting terrible reviews, and I dislike iTunes intensely (plus the iPod mini is twice as expensive and doesn't have a clip so I can't put it on my skirt/shirt/apron/bra/hair when I don't have pockets). I use my mp3 player A LOT for books and podcasts, and am stricken without. Any input or advice would be welcome.

A friend of my is getting a surprise!baby (she's been trying to adopt, and something came through very suddenly, like zero to newborn in under three weeks). I'm making crocheted boots, but having a hell of a time casting onto the leather soles. The process involves a darning needle, a threader, a pair of pliers and a small amount of profanity. They're going to be super cute when they're done though, and a nice merino/mulberry silk blend that's easy on the little one's skin.
muccamukk: Nala, Anwar and Rina hide behind a giant basket of squash. (Sinbad: We're Hiding!)
I am not sure I believe in the Hound of the Baskervilles. I am sure I do not believe in being terrified by a dog painted over with luminous paint. But I am sure that I believe in Mr. Sherlock Holmes and in the strange friendship between him and Dr. Watson.
--Jorge Luis Borges: This Craft of Verse.


(I'd feel bad about employing Borges to discuss my latest pop culture interest, except that he's already talking about frivolous pop culture in the above quote.)

So this is probably my motto for all of my fandoms? I'm a character-centric girl. Granted, I have a weakness for a clever bit of world building, but if the people aren't there, I get bored and wander off pretty quick. It's why I tend to only read short stories for old-school space and lasers SF. But give me a character I believe in, I'll follow them to the ends of plot and reason. (Conversely, if you give me a character that I believe and and don't LIKE, I'm also gone, see Rochefort and why I'm coming up on three episodes behind on The Musketeers).

So, Sinbad. Why it's my favourite show ever.

Here's the thing: it's got flaws. It's never met a theme that it didn't want to use for two episodes, drop, and them bring back long enough to fub the ending; the plots are silly; the logic doesn't; it has a gleeful disregard for period and historicity; it erases Islam (probably the only thing on this list that I actually find annoying), and it just generally embodies the term, "hot mess." But do I ever believe in those characters.

Part of it is the cast. They're good actors across the board, and they're committed to this nonsense, and does that ever make a difference. Other than the odd unconvincing guest star, no one's phoning it it, and they all have great chemistry. (Also, PRETTY! if you're into that kind of thing). But beyond that, pretty much everyone of them has a story and characterisation that hits one of my narrative kinks, and just makes for great storytelling. Plus the combination of them is shipping gold.

So you have a young man, a boy really, who's spent his whole life counting on good looks, charm and luck to get him out of the scraps his brashness gets him into. He says he has dreams of bigger things, but honestly he's never really thought that far ahead because he has what he wants: a family who loves him, a city full of adventure and sometimes even food on the table. Then he makes one bet too many and loses everything. It's his fault, and there's nothing he can do to fix it. So now he has to decide what that means to him, if he should just carry on as he always has, or if he has to change, if so how much (what parts need to go, and what parts he needs to stay alive), and how the hell to do that? Or is there someway he can make everything not have happened (Oh, God, make it not true), and just be the same as he always was.

There's a girl of high birth, the daughter of one of her city's rulers. Even when she decides to flee her home, she expects the world to bend to her because of her power and position. That's how she's learned to deal with impossible expectations: keep your head up and don't ever let them see you bleed. If the world is what you make of it, she's still a princess, and her heart isn't broken; she doesn't miss her home and her family, and she's still in charge. Really, she is. You can tell because she'd not crying, and she never asks for help.

There's boy who read every book in his parents' library and dreamed of adventure. He's smart and good at puzzles and thinking everything through, and that's always made him the golden boy. But the thing is, when you read about an adventure, you can always work out what the hero should or should not have done. When you're in an adventure, you never have time. Now, he's running as fast as he can just to keep up, and he's terribly afraid. What if really he's a failure? What if because he's no longer the best, no one will love him?

There's a girl who's never had anyone and told herself he never wanted anyone. She learned young never to dream of anything past a full stomach and a safe place to sleep, and most days she didn't get either. There's no sense in relying on other people because when everyone's in it for themselves, it's only a matter of time before they sell you out. The smartest thing is to keep everyone at a distance, push them away before they can figure how to hurt you. Better still, stab them in the back, steal all their stuff, and run like hell. It's worked so far.

There's a man who may be a dragon, or a jinn. He knows how to pretend, and generally he's pretty fond of the swirl of humanity that always seems to wash up at his feet, but he's never quite part of it. If you asked him what mattered, he'd say his ship and the sea surrounding it, the waters he was born to. Still, he needs people to survive, and this bunch in particular always seem to need his help, so he looks after them as best he can, and in exchange they mostly pretend not to notice how he's not quite human, or ask why he doesn't have a name.

There's a girl who was once a feral child, until humans found her and taught her that there was more to the world. Somewhere along the road, she decided that she wanted to see everything that could be seen, and go everywhere that could be gone. She doesn't have a home, and is pretty happy to rely on herself and not to worry too much about anyone else that might get stabbed along the way. People are kind of odd, and a lot of work to understand, and it's not like she minds them, she just doesn't really get them either.

There's a man who used to be a monster. He knows that he can never make up for the things that he's done, and he can't run from them either, and isn't sure what to do about that. He's trying his best to carry on as a new person, but that's hard when he has to weigh every instinct against who he used to be, and whether it fits his new morality. Sometimes he thinks he should just die, but he can't quite bring himself to give up like that. He still has friends to protect, and maybe there's hope for them, even if he himself is damned.

And then you take all these people, put them on a boat, and force them to rely on each other to survive, and it's fascinating, because they all react completely differently, and they all find different ways to integrate into the group. Plus they're all from different cultures and classes, and thus have, on top of their varied backgrounds, entirely different ideas of social norms and to some extent morality.

It's one of the tropiest, ficciest, most interesting fandoms I've ever been in. And you should be in it too!
muccamukk: Sinbad and Gunnar sitting together on the rail. Text: Shipmates. (Sinbad: Shipmates)
In which there are a few surprises, several things are explained, several more things are not explained, and our show, alas, comes to an end.

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Welp, that's the show. I hope everyone had fun, and thank you for playing along.
muccamukk: Gunnar pointing and saying, "but life's a bitch, and you're cursed." (Sinbad: Life's a Bitch)
In which Mucca wants to know HOW THE FUCK THEY GOT TO MALTA!? (Nenya: "Or, Rina is basically on point the entire episode.")

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muccamukk: Gunnar pointing and saying, "but life's a bitch, and you're cursed." (Sinbad: Life's a Bitch)
In which Nikki Amuka-Bird takes that trip to Malta, Tiger takes a shot at the Tragic Backstory Competition, and the plot takes a turn for the loopy. (Nenya: Or, I DON'T UNDERSTAND!!)

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muccamukk: Gunnar and Nala looking intently at something out of frame. (Sinbad: Look!)
In which we meet a new character, an old character reappears, too much time is spent on guest stars, and history, among other things, repeats itself. (Nenya: Or, Sinbad! You have so many bad ideas!)

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muccamukk: Gunnar and Nala looking intently at something out of frame. (Sinbad: Look!)
In which an obvious jinni claims to be a god, and everyone believes her, and I really have no idea what was going on or why. (Nenya: Or, I like Anwar, but... what?)

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muccamukk: Peggy, with briefcase, entering a room, the light of the hall silhouetting her. (AC: Silhouette)
Thank you making me a thing! I love presents, and putting work into something for me makes me very happy. I'm pleased that we have fandoms in common, mystery author, and I look forward to seeing what you end up doing.

Below are general likes and squicks, followed by chatter about fandoms. Obviously, I'm not expecting all, or even any, of the following, but if you're looking for ideas I hope it will help. Since you clearly have excellent taste in characters, I trust to your judgement.

Likes and Squicks )

Fandoms: Babylon 5, Marvel Comics, The Musketeers, Quantum Leap, Sinbad )

Again, thank you for writing me a story, and I hope this post gives you ideas, but if you want to go in a totally different direction, do that! I'm sure I'll enjoy whatever you want to write about these characters.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Marvel: Cheers!)
Though first off, can anyone hook me up with an MP3 of the Neon Jungle cover of "Take Me to Church"? I tried to buy it, but none of my usual sites have it on sale, and I don't have the bandwidth to stream it over and over and over like I was doing in town.

Things I liked about Jupiter Ascending (and a few I didn't like) behind the cut: spoilers )

Black Ships (Numinous World #1) by Jo Graham
Enjoyable fantasy retelling of the Aeneid. I really liked the main characters, and the slightly off-beat love triangle between them (Yes, I liked a love triangle!). The feeling of fleeing before the wind as the world crumbled down around them was very evocative and well-written. Overall, it's a gorgeously written book, and manages to hit the mystical feminine without getting too far into what my wife calls "New Age Moon Woo."

I'm less sure about all the sharp edges that Graham filed off the original story. In some places it feels like she made this version too neat, and the choices too easy. Plus, you know, they just founded what would lead to the Roman Empire, and don't seem to have a problem with that. I'll certainly check out the rest of the series at some point.
muccamukk: Sinbad and Gunnar sitting together on the rail. Text: Shipmates. (Sinbad: Shipmates)
In which there are quite a few dramatic events and revelations, and there are more tentacles than one might expect. (Nenya: Or, Taryn disapproves of everyone's apologies, and Gunnar thinks this plan is ill advised.)

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muccamukk: Gunnar pointing and saying, "but life's a bitch, and you're cursed." (Sinbad: Life's a Bitch)
In which Sinbad demonstrates his usual taste in women, everyone acts like they have cellphones, and there's a new leader the tragic backstory competition.

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muccamukk: Doctor Rao studying while everyone else parties. (Marvel: Study Hard)
Finally wrote an ending for that Sasha/Mako Pacific Rim werewolf au. I say it's ended rather than finish because I'm not very happy with it, and sent it to beta with a note basically saying, "HELP!" More to follow.

I'm behind on Agent Carter and Sinbad, but hope to catch up on both tonight. Musketeers is taking another week off, apparently, because of stupid sports. The Friday night slot sucks.

Am not reading at all right now, pretty much, and I'm not sure why. I have lulls sometimes. I am however about four hours from the end of Herodotus! Haha!

My next fic I want to work on is a Nala/Rina Sinbad AU where they meet when they're kids (for my kidfic bingo square), but that would mean it's set in Zeila, about which I know nothing. So I've been trying to research up a bit on NW Somalia in the ninth century, but have not been getting very far. A couple people with paywall access have kicked some articles over my way, but I think I will be making shit up a fair bit. Granted, making shit up is fully within the tradition of Sinbad (both the show and the original folktale, come to think of it), but I'm not comfortable setting a fantasy story in Africa without at least some groundwork. If, and I grant this is unlikely, anyone happens to have relevant materials or knows where they may be found, I'd appreciate the help. For value of relevant, I'm counting anything even tangentially related in either period or location at this point. In English would be good.

I'm pleased with the kind response I've gotten to the short fic I've posted recently. I always knew that the Master & Commander crowd were good eggs, but the Rivers of London people are also super friendly. I would recommend either as a fandom experience.

Oh, [community profile] rarelywritten has nominations open. If you click through to the comm, you'll find rules and such. I'm hoping to sign up this year, though it'll depend on how much energy I have. Nominated Sinbad and Quantum Leap in case I do, however.
muccamukk: Nala, Anwar and Rina hide behind a giant basket of squash. (Sinbad: We're Hiding!)
In which there're quite a few things going, including inexplicable ninja, and Mucca has a lot of feelings.

I am unfortunately unable to find one of those youtube episodes with the Vietnamese subs. I think it's the only one they're missing. Sorry. Maybe try your regional streaming service?

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How to white code:

I'm going to do a post for every episodes, as I watch them, and I'll probably watch one every couple of days.
muccamukk: Gunnar and Nala looking intently at something out of frame. (Sinbad: Look!)
In which Sinbad continues to poach from the Harry Potter cast, and Nenya is deeply creeped out.

Link to episode on youtube.

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I'm going to do a post for every episodes, as I watch them, and I'll probably watch one every couple of days.
muccamukk: Nala smiling. (Sinbad: Smile)
In which Steve Thompson (of Sherlock and Doctor Who fame) writes an episode, but idk if he got a trip to Malta. (Or, according to Nenya: "This show is fucking weird, man!" hands)

Link to episode on youtube.

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