muccamukk: Two stuffed bears looking at a star chart. (M&C: Stars)
My profound apologies to anyone who was subscribed to me for that.

Various Hornblower Drabbles (6)
Various Master & Commander Drabbles (24 in all, less the ones I'd rather forget)
SG-1 Ficlet (1)

Grab bag

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:56 am
muccamukk: Bill standing in front of the TARDIS bookshelf. (DW: Queen of Books)
[personal profile] fuesch again has nice Doctor Who icons. This one included. Mostly New Who, but some classic Doctors in there.

So what is everyone doing for Photobucket replacement? I have a bit of leeway because my paid account is good until next June. I asked, and I'm grandfathered in at this rate until end of year 2018. Which I'll probably cancel before June. Which Means! I have to put something like 2500 pictures somewhere else before then. I'll move things like my mood themes and icons to DW, but I don't think I have that much hosting space here, and some of it goes to AO3 as well. I don't mind paying a bit, but not $500 a year!

Sorry I'm behind on the DVD meme. I'll get back to it soon.

Have just realised that I have a stack of comment fic and such that I never crossposted from LJ. ...guess I better move that! Some of them are a million years old and kind of terrible though, so I'm dithering on throwing them to the winds, and just moving the stuff I actually care about (mostly M&C and Hornblower drabbles). I guess I'll post them all in a fandom-theme blocks and tag lightly? I don't remember what everyone decided was least annoying.

[community profile] multifandomdrabble is so fun! I'm really glad it moved off imzy.

Also need to catch up on reading Wednesday.

I finally remembered to put Steam on this computer, but the only game I have is Marvel Pinball, which is FIVE GIGS so that's not happening. I'm looking for recs for games that I can kind of do as background de-stress and maybe listen to a book. I like Robot Unicorn Attack, Solitaire, Threes, 2048, the pinball game that used to come with windows. It can be a BIT more engaging than that, but I don't want something with a plot that I'll get addicted to and end up spending a lot of time on. I liked that game where you build Cologne Cathedral, but it was a bit too addictive and needed too much focus, if that's a measure. Also they have to be playable offline, for bandwidth reasons. And aren't huge files, ditto.

Catching up on Doctor Who finally, which we've been enjoying. Just watched 10x07. Onward!
muccamukk: Iron Man catches a falling Captain America (Marvel: Catch You)
Title: Shining in His Eyes
Fandom: Marvel 616 (The Avengers Vol 1)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 400
Notes: Written for [community profile] cap_ironman's weekly theme, for the theme Mirror. Thanks to [personal profile] veldeia for beta reading.
Summary: What Steve and Tony see when they look in a mirror, or at each other.
muccamukk: Wynonna makes a disgusted face. (WE: Ugh)
Well, that was definitely an episode I watched.

Spoilers in the comments probably.

Oh, hey, my [community profile] fandomgiftbox is posted! Go here for B5, Marvel, LotR, Murderbot, Wonder Woman, Wynonna Earp, and a bunch of obscure movies starring a surprising actor (okay, one of them has Willem Dafoe)!
muccamukk: Joe raising a glass and looking sardonic.Text: Sure, pal. Whatever you say. (HL: Whatever You Say)
So a couple years ago I did a post called Meme: Ten Fic That Stayed With You, in which I reviewed ten stories that had been influential on how I interacted with fandom and my own fic writing. Seven of the reviews were positive, two were negative, and one was mixed.

Later I noticed that a bunch of the reviews from that had been crossposted to Fanlore, even to the point that the only thing in the article was a link to the fic an my review. Witness: The World at Large. My mostly negative review of Written by the Victors made it over, even though my mixed-but-positive review of Monsters did not (?). I'm not sure what all this adds to fandom history, but a couple of the ones with lots of discussion are interesting reads I guess.

The one that maybe makes me side eye a bit is that no one crossposted my extremely negative review of a fic by Astolat. Like, golly gosh, I wonder why that might be.

Icons

Jul. 2nd, 2017 08:48 pm
muccamukk: Text: Did I mention that my nose was on fire? That I have 15 wild badgers living in my trousers? (B5: Nose on Fire)
If anyone were looking for Wynonna Earp icons.

[personal profile] timetobegin has a set here and another here.
[livejournal.com profile] stydia has a set here and another here.
[personal profile] goodbyebird has a set here and another here.
[personal profile] icy_imaginary has a set here
[community profile] insomniatic has a set here.
[community profile] bl00dredskies has a set here.
[community profile] bungalows has a set here.
muccamukk: Close up Diana Prince, in hat and glasses. (WW: Disguise)
Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

Find my fic here.
muccamukk: Kate looking like she's going to shoot someone (Marvel: I Will Shoot You)
Title: Nobody's Dream Girl
Fandom: Wynonna Earp (TV)
Characters: Dolls/Wynonna/Doc
Length: 1,500 words
Rating: Mature
Content notes: Canon typical violence, graphic imagery, and dysfunctional relationships.
Author's Notes: Set after 2x02 with minor spoilers.

It's the morning after the night before, but Wynonna has her boys and can't bring herself to care. Or that's what she keeps telling herself. 
muccamukk: Holmes examines a Santa hat. (SH: Christmas Hat)
One of the things I liked about Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries series is that the title character is some sort of android/human clone hybrid and has neither a sexuality nor a gender. The books are written in first person, but all the outside characters refer to the Murderbot as "it," and frankly it's fine with that. Wells mentioned on a recent AMA: "I feel the core of the character is that while Murderbot is obviously a person, it isn't human and doesn't want to be human, so while other characters might give it pronouns, it's not going to want to pick any for itself."

I know at least one person who found the use of "it" over "they" for non-gendered pronouns uncomfortable, while Nenya liked it for reminding the reader of the profoundly non human nature of the SecUnit. Reading reviews, I noticed that people used a variety of approaches to deal with Murderbot's gender, and I did a quick tally of them.

214 Reviews on Goodreads as of this writing
  • 137 of them don't use pronouns for Murderbot (a few seemed to be deliberately avoiding doing so, but mostly these reviews just said something like "Good book, will read the next one.")

  • 5 of them are in a language I don't speak (I'm taking a Murderbot approach to this, and half-assing my research)

  • 44 (61%) of them used "it"

  • 12 (17%) of them used "he"

  • 8 (11%) of them used "they"

  • 8 (11%) of them used "she" (Ann Leckie's got them trained!)

Speaking of Leckie, she has recced this series as well. I feel like Murderbot and Breq could have a profitable conversation, really.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:24 pm
muccamukk: An orange life ring floating in the sea. (Lights: Lifering)
I ended up signing up for [community profile] fandomgiftbox, which is sort of [community profile] fandom_stocking in the summer with slightly different rules. I had fun treating it last year, so why not.

Wish there were more people in my fandoms in [community profile] multifandomdrabble fest. Sign ups open for another day!

I know people have been looking for nice Bill icons from this series of Doctor Who. Here are a bunch made by [personal profile] luminousdaze, along with 12, Missy, Clara and a bunch of the gang.

I really like this essay by [personal profile] lydy: The Rules: A Memo for Every Man in My Life.
Instead, I want to address something that comes up over and over in these conversations, and always from men. "What are the rules?" "How can I know how to behave if you won't clarify what you want?"

Dear men, please do not ask me to provide to you something that I have never had. I cannot provide you the rules. I do not know what they are, and I never have.


Pitssburgh Queer History project has some great archival material here.

ETA: For those who like Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells is doing an AMA here, and here's a quote from the next one.
muccamukk: Kate looking like she's going to shoot someone (Marvel: I Will Shoot You)
Title: Would Teach My Feet to Fly
Fandom: Wynonna Earp (TV)
Charactesr: Wynonna & Doc
Length: 1,000 words
Rating: Teen
Content notes: Canon typical mental health issues and dysfunctional relationships, some theology.
Author's Notes: Set after 2x02 with minor spoilers. Title from "River" by Joni Mitchell.

Wynonna had used to say, "Make your peace." She'd even said that was going to be "her thing."

Fests

Jun. 18th, 2017 12:08 pm
muccamukk: Close up Diana Prince, in hat and glasses. (WW: Disguise)
Signed up for [community profile] multifandomdrabble fest, which is about my speed these days.

I also really like the idea of [community profile] picture_prompt_fun, but haven't done anything for it yet. #4 is calling to me though.

Most of my fic time is going to be spent reaping and paying off debts incured during STH anyway. I'm doing a multi-media found document thing with a couple other people (hence the card catalogue questions), and then someone put down $100 USD if I'd work on HoS. So.

I'm strongly considering not modding Femslashex this year. I just have too much RL stress, and I'd hate to do it badly. I'll have to decide soon to give time for new mods to take off. Argh. I don't want to give up something I'm really proud of and enjoy, but at the same time...

[livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman RBB is wrapped up, and holy fuck you all NEED to read Every Little Thing He Does Is by [archiveofourown.org profile] a_sparrows_fall. It's a Harry Potter fusion with Marvel 57289, and it's absolutely stunning. Some of the best worldbuilding I've seen in a fandom with baseline fabulous worldbuilding. Go read it. Go read it now.

ETA: [community profile] mcurollingremix has posted. Go here for fic.
muccamukk: Abe has a question. (Hellboy: Question)
If you were the Smithsonian, and you had a bunch of stuff in a box in storage, what would the inventory ticket for that look like? I assume there's some kind of catalogue/database that has something like: Wooden box, containing crystal skull. c. 1830. Collected by Davie Jones, 1901. Corridor x, shelf b, box 37. But exact details would be great. Actual images or references would be amazing. I'm googling the wrong terms or something.

(For found document fic.)

ETA: To be clear, I'm looking for whatever the record would look like now, in present day, not in 1901.
muccamukk: Steve and Tony standing side by side looking into a blue background. (Marvel: Into the Blue)
Title: Captain Rogers and the Iron Man of La Rochelle
Artist: [personal profile] marinarusalka
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Rating (both art/fic): Teen
Universe: 616 AU
Word Count: 15,614
Warnings: None

Fic Summary: Privateer Captain Steve Rogers' suspicions are raised when the notorious Iron Man hires his ship for a desperate mission to the besieged city of La Rochelle, and that's before he begins to make the connection to a French spy, and the extremely irritating Anthony Stark, Earl of Richford.

Link to art page
Link to fic page
muccamukk: Juli on a ladder shelving library books, sunbeams giving him wings. (Heart of Thomas: Wings)
What I Just Finished Reading

Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis
A lot of this book felt like filler, going into eating habits of past presidents and various largely unrelated people, and the first third or so was pretty basic biography (probably more interesting to someone who had not just read Up from Slavery). However, once it hit the relationship between Washington and Roosevelt, it picked up quickly. There were lots of great original quotes from news media at the time, and details of the complicated interaction of race and celebrity.

I'm glad I read it so close to Washington's own book, as it presents him in a very different light than what was essential a sales pitch for his school. He was a lot more politically involved than he liked people to think. Of course being a Washington book, it can't help but take the odd shot at Du Bois (no one seems to like both), and was more in favour of Roosevelt than I've seen in other places.


Tiger in the Hot Zone (Shifter Agents #4) by Lauren Esker
Like the Dragon story, this one was more mystery adventure, and less romance, especially in the latter half. However, the romance was well done and I believed in the couple who were really sweet together, and what I really WANTED was a continuation of the arc plot from last book. Which I got in spades.

I liked both MC's. Their issues felt real to me, and affected how they acted, but weren't OTT melodramatic like some romances are. I really enjoyed watching them learning to trust each other and working out how they could be a couple when they're from such totally different sides of the tracks.

Also the revelations of the mystery were AWESOME. Total vote for more Valeria plot soon.

(I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)


A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby, with Mary Louisa Plummer
So this was very well told, but also by nature of the story incredibly brutal (I switched to a book about North Korea for something less depressing). I would have liked more insight into what being two-spirit meant to Ma-Nee, but even without that her life was very interesting, and I liked how the book was put together. Really worth a read, but pretty well warnings for everything.


Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
I'm not always into steampunk, but I appreciated how this one just handwaved everything science and went straight for a political thriller, which was very well done. There was a lot of action jammed into a 100-page novella, but the characters still felt fleshed out and I liked the shape of the world. Desmond, our hero, managed to get a fair bit of backstory and characterisation into relatively few info dumps, and most of the ones he included were meta commentary on storytelling itself, which was neat.


Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Absolutely hilarious. I can see how it was adapted from a monologue, as the voice is so strong and the format is really fast-moving with lots of jokes and pictures. It took me a couple hours to read through. The more serious matter in the book (all of it really) is played pretty lightly, but no less touching for that. Of course, some of it is made more tragic in retrospect.


The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
Interesting format and intense storytelling, but I'd probably had a longer book in the same world that wasn't as tragic. Especially given small spoiler )


All Monsters Must Die: An Excursion to North Korea by Magnus Bärtås, Fredrik Ekman, translated by Saskia Vogel
If you don't know much about North Korea (which I don't), this is a solid if somewhat whimisically organised introduction to the country's history and culture. It's set in two frames: a tour the authors went on, and the country's film industry, especially as it related to the kidnapping of two South Korean directors. As much as I might have appreciated something more straightforwardly chronological, I found this book very interesting, and it did answer most of my questions.


Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction edited by Don Weise
As with most anthologies, it's a mixed bag. The historical essays were great for setting up the context, but then the inclusion of stories written before 1950 was very slim, and not much more before 1980 either. I also wish there had been more short stories and fewer novel excerpts (especially ones depicting graphic rape and on-page gay bashing leading to death). However, I also found a lot of great new-to-me authors, and revisited some old favourites.


Also listened to that Peter Grant story that's free over at Audible, which was cute.

What I'm Reading Now
Library: The Ariadne Objective: The Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis by Wes Davis, which is fine, but way, way too focused on the British officers, and not terribly interested in the Greeks.

E-book: Chalk by Paul Cornell, which is creepy as fuck.

What I'm Reading Next
I keep meaning to get to that latest Erin Bow novel.

GIP

May. 18th, 2017 06:23 pm
muccamukk: Diana as a child, riding her horse through a field. (WW: Horse)
So how cool was that Star Trek Beyond trailer? Maybe it'll even air someday.

Also, Nenya and I are on vacation for the next two weeks or so, so Internet access might be a bit intermittent. Or mine will be. Nenya has her phone.
muccamukk: Cap pulling Iron Man to his feet. Text: "Help you stand." (Marvel: Help You Stand)
[tumblr.com profile] stonytrumpshate is starting bidding on Sunday, if you're interested in getting Steve/Tony related things in exchange for a donation to charity. I have an auction page here.

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