PB VID: Arrow by Isagel

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:00 am
out_there: Alex and Michael from Prison Break (PB:  Alex and Michael)
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This is one of those beautiful vids that feels like it summarises the canon -- like the ship is obviously there, you can see it all of those scenes, and the fact that Michael walks away to be with Sara doesn't reduce or distract from the Alex/Michael feels. In essence, this is how I saw the show, and it's lovely to see it in vid form.

(Vid) Arrow (17 words) by Isagel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Prison Break
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alexander Mahone/Michael Scofield
Characters: Michael Scofield, Alexander Mahone
Additional Tags: Video, Fanvids, Season/Series 04, Enemies to Friends, Enemies to Lovers, Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Heist, Puzzles, Codes & Ciphers, Angst and Feels, Grief/Mourning, One True Pairing, True Love, Protectiveness, Redemption, Worship, Floppy hats, Self-Sacrifice, Plans, Former enemies working together, Vidukon 2017

I want you to destroy me.

Or on DW here.

Art Community on DW?

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:29 am
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I've been wanting to join a Fan-Artists community for quite some time, but haven't come across what I'm seeking. What I want is a place where fan-artists (of traditional media) can challenge and motivate each other, a place for collaborating and posting, for getting feedback and advice.

On LJ, I loved being part of [livejournal.com profile] drawmelot, a community for traditional artists in the Merlin fandom. I especially always enjoyed their collaborative projects, eg. Tarot cards, Zodiac signs, Celtic animals.

I was wondering if there's anything like that out there on DW, fandom-specific or multi-fandom? And if not, would any other fan-artists be interesting in using such a comm?

Anyone wanna help me get something like that started?

Radio Roundup

Jun. 20th, 2017 01:41 pm
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In advance of my trip to Annecy, I've been listening to francophone radio more or less solidly since March, trying to improve my comprehension. Now that I'm back in the linguistic brothel where English was born, it's time to do some catching up – and oh, what a lot there is to choose from!

The Reith Lectures: Hilary Mantel - Author of Wolf Hall and A Place of Greater Safety speaks fascinatingly about historical fiction, our relationship with the past, how and why we resurrect the dead in stories, and many other things very close to my heart.
Away with the Fairies - An exploration of the journey the Little People have made in popular culture, from uncanny threat to sparkly friends.

Golden Hill - An excellent jape set in colonial New York. Only available until the wee hours, UK time, so if you're reading this on June 20th, give it a listen while you can – it's a very good story, very well read!
I, Claudius - A radio adaptation of the famous historical novel. I've only caught half of one episode so far, but it's very good, so will be catching up on the rest as an antidote to the news. If you think man's inhumanity to man is a recent thing, well, you don't know much about the Romans...
A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel's novel of the French Revolution, and a salient cautionary tale for passionate idealists on either side of the political spectrum. This production I know for a fact is fabulous, as it was so good the first time I recorded it and listened over and over. Highly recommended.
Hard Times - I never got into this novel when I tried reading it, but the exploration of heartless pragmatism vs anything else is appealing, so I hope the radio adaptation is a way in to the Industrial Revolutionary fable.
Nineteen Ninety-Eight - A spoof of Orwell's 1984, but when the main character Edward Wilson goes in pursuit of Truth and ends up founding a Movement, and it stars David Threlfall (my favourite Iago) and Hugh Laurie (Hugh Laurie), there's reason enough to listen right there.

Double Acts - John Finnemore's series of droll two-character dramas is back! As always, anything he writes is worth listening to – these aren't as laugh-out-loud funny as Cabin Pressure or Souvenir Programme, but are great little character pieces, and have such range.
Saturday Night Fry - Stephen Fry, Hugh Laure, Jim Broadbent and guests are silly on the wireless – and SO YOUNG.
The Burkiss Way - Vintage barmy sketch comedy
The Harpoon - Slightly more recent barmy sketch comedy, spoofing much less recent and generally non-comedic kids' magazines.
The Consultants - Contemporary barmy sketch comedy
John Finnemore, Apparently - Contemporary barmy sketch comedy by a certain eponymous gentleman, airing Thursday
Talking and Not Talking - Contemporary barmy sketch comedy, with a little more gender balance
On the Town With the League of Gentlemen - Barmiest of all comedy, the radio series that preceded the TV series that launched the careers of Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, and Steve Pemberton.

And now my laptop's overheating, so I will leave it there! Enjoy!


Jun. 20th, 2017 11:12 am
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I've been wanting to get to the animation festival at Annecy since 2012 when Paperman premiered there, but every year there's been some reason why I can't make it. This year, I made a pact with a friend to book accommodation early so we would have to go, and luckily that paid off. I just returned last night from a week's worth of animation nerdery, architectural beauty, and cheese (so much cheese), and while more will probably be written, here's a quick rundown of a few things I learned:
  • The French for 'screening' is séance, a fact I shall treasure forever
  • Just because it's in the mountains and by a lake doesn't mean it won't get really, swelteringly, paralyzingly hot
  • Annecy is not, as I had been led to believe, a small town. This impression came from people who live in LA, in comparison to which pretty much anything smaller than London is small town.
  • However hot Annecy gets, Lyon gets much hotter. I must never go to Lyon.
  • Buy your bread before noon
  • Unexpected vocabulary differences between French and Québecois: myrtille for bleuet, parking for stationnement
  • There are astonishingly few places that will sell you a coffee and a pastry and a place to sit down for an hour or so
  • On the other hand, the springwater standpipes everywhere are pretty great

All in all it was a fabulous experience – I don't think I've ever been to a film festival before, nevermind an animated film festival, so was expecting something more along the lines of a comics convention. Something about all coming together to share the experience of films, rather than buy and sell each other's products – and reconnecting with so many people I knew from so many different places – gave it a lovely sort of family reunion atmosphere. An assortment of 'in group' experiences helped that too: shared exasperation for the heat, queuing for screenings (séances!), and little Annecy rituals like throwing paper airplanes at the screen while waiting for the show to start and making fish-popping noises in the darkness between shorts in a programme, but a major one was that everyone had the same song stuck in their head, because this little film played before every event:

There you go, now you're part of the family.

Snow...er, storm day!

Jun. 19th, 2017 03:21 pm
goss: (Cosmic Swirl (blunaris))
[personal profile] goss
Government just declared All Schools cancelled for tomorrow! \o/

ETA: It's official - Tropical Storm "Bret". Sounds so...douchebro. LOL.

All banks closed tomorrow too. So the bro and I *both* get a day off. \o/


Jun. 19th, 2017 11:27 am
goss: (Cosmic Swirl (blunaris))
[personal profile] goss
From where I'm standing, weather is being deceptively pleasant. Sun is shining, birds are singing. Gorgeous day on the island.

From another perspective though:

AHHHHHHHH. So this was taken an hour or two ago. Guess what's at our doorstep... /o\

Tropical Cyclone Bulletin: "The Met office is advising that citizens adopt all measures to preserve life and property." O_O


Jun. 19th, 2017 12:23 am
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[personal profile] karanguni
I've missed my June checkin for getyourwordsout, I am so behind on any personal writing, and I've only a handful of prompts I'm seeing myself capable of doing for notprimetime treats. D: D: D: Need a day off from work that's not a weekend where I'm trying to take a day off from doing anything; god almighty.

AG Rec: Cities in dust (Ibis/Jacquel)

Jun. 19th, 2017 09:14 am
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Reccing this because I know [personal profile] china_shop is shipping Ibis/Jacquel too, and I love the quiet accepting tone to this story.

Cities in dust (3203 words) by hypsoline
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: American Gods - Neil Gaiman, American Gods (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mr. Ibis/Mr. Jacquel
Characters: Mr. Ibis, Mr. Jacquel, Bastet (Ancient Egyptian), Anubis (Ancient Egyptian), Thoth (Ancient Egyptian)
Additional Tags: Old Gods, New Gods, Old Married Couple, Ancient Egyptian Deities

An Old God, a forgotten word. ‘He is what he is’, Mr. Jacquel whispers into Mr. Ibis’ neck, on full moon nights. The lights of the modern world rob the sky of all its ancient mystery, perhaps of its Gods too. But new ones have taken their place, and thus the divinity has been passed on, not completely alienated.

Wonder Woman

Jun. 18th, 2017 02:32 pm
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[personal profile] karanguni
... was like empty calories, but good empty calories. Loved the women, but wow, such plot, so Great War trope, wow.

Pictionary | Fic Rec | Moonlight

Jun. 16th, 2017 09:11 pm
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[personal profile] goss
1. I just whiled away an hour amusing myself playing Pictionary with a neural network: Quick, Draw!. I'm there drawing my masterpiece Pig and it guesses "the Great Wall of China". *dies laughing*

2. Fic Rec! I have a major weakness for Angel/Demon AUs, and this series certainly delivers. *___*

Pater Noster by [archiveofourown.org profile] manic_intent
Mycroft/Lestrade (BBC Sherlock) | Good Omens AU | Explicit | 26,551 words

3. I had Moonlight sitting in my laptop for quite a few months now, and was working up to watching it. I finally did this evening. I'd also seen two other queer-themed films this week, Pride and Handsome Devil, both of which I enjoyed and found pretty upbeat with uplifting endings.

I knew Moonlight would have a whole different tone and braced myself for it going in. Poor child. It was heartbreaking. The ending felt abrupt. I still don't know how I feel about it, but am glad that it was made, and that these kind of stories are being told, and getting recognition by the film industry.

And in other news

Jun. 16th, 2017 08:42 am
karanguni: (Default)
[personal profile] karanguni
* Starting Witcher 3
* Need to catch up on American Gods
* Is there really going to be a new Rivers of London book already? ? ? ????

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Jun. 15th, 2017 07:23 pm
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[personal profile] karanguni
Been busy trying to stay alive at work, sustain a single-income household, and gardening to keep sane. Snipped to death all the greens that were kind of stunted today, and filled with beans and cucumber seeds because I have no idea what to grow under the blasting heat of the midday sun. Something about mad dogs and Englishmen.

God I miss writing.


edit: over and over I have had in my head

My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;

A lot of poetry recently, including Mary Oliver.
goss: (Captain America - watercolour)
[personal profile] goss
Today's the day for posting! [personal profile] mific selected my artwork as inspiration, for the 2017 Captain America Reverse Big Bang challenge. Which resulted in the following awesome fic:

Summer Captain, Winter Soldier by [archiveofourown.org profile] mific
Steve/Bucky | Fantasy AU | Rated M | 19,556 words

Here's my artwork:

Fan Art - Rook and Knight by [archiveofourown.org profile] goss
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes

Click below to view the full image at AO3:

Notes: Artwork painted using watercolours. Additional graphics include eight fic dividers, drawn with ink pen.

Thanks to [personal profile] mific for developing such a wonderful fantasy AU. I was really delighted to see how the concepts and details in the artwork were given life in your fic. ^___^

This Week (Fannish and RL)

Jun. 15th, 2017 06:13 am
goss: (2017)
[personal profile] goss
1. Corpus Christi

Public Holiday today, YAY! Thanks to multi-cultural diversity, the island ranks amongst countries with the highest number of public holidays. Usually it's around 18 days. And as a teacher, thank goodness for that - we live for every day off, *way* more than the students. *g*

2. Wonder Woman

After work yesterday, I went with a bunch of my teacher pals to see the Wonder Woman movie at the cinema. With all the spoilery gifs and stuff every which way online, I'd decided to check it out via DL over the weekend, and so this was really my second viewing. It was EVEN BETTER this time. All that WOMAN POWER in big screen. The fight scenes were MAJESTIC. MAGNIFICIENT. MAGICAL. And every other awesome M word. Gal Gadot is ethereal. I can see it becoming one of those movies that you grow even more fond of with every viewing. ♥_____♥

The preview for Justice League had me :D :D :D. Cannot wait!!

3. Chocolate Company Logo

I also DLed the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but mainly so my cousin and I could have something to watch while I played around with designing and sketching out the logo for her chocolate company. We eventually settled on a fancy version of a letter 'K', rather than any one picture or graphic. I told her this would be better, since we would obviously want to change up packaging over time (using tropical themes, pictures of cocoa pods/flowers, etc.), but would want a company logo to hold up for all the years to come, and be flexible in its look to go with any colour, design or graphic around it.

4. Online Flight Booking

Bought my mother a plane ticket to London to visit her brother. That morning, she mentioned thinking about visiting him, since he's over 80 and won't be travelling here anymore, and I thought it was a wonderful idea. Before she could talk herself out of it, since she tends to waffle on these things a lot, I just took charge, went on the British Airways website, found a direct flight and booked it. Paid with my credit card, and voila! I can't believe how easy the process was, doing it yourself online.

The look on her face when I presented her with a print-out of her travel itinerary, all paid for, just one hour after she mentioned it, was priceless. She hugged me so hard, with shining eyes, incredulous, and just so happy. Parents. *___*

5. Summer Job

Last night a tiny bit of good news. A couple weeks ago, I sent in an application to mark National Exam papers for Visual Arts over the summer vacation, and have been accepted. \o/ Even though it will take up 2 weeks out of summer vacation, it will be valuable experience to gain as a teacher of the subject, and also I could do with a bit of extra money. Hey, maybe it will help pay that huge credit card bill I just racked up. :b
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[personal profile] out_there
Things I love about this fic:
- scheming, powerful, morally dubious Mycroft
- persistent, hard-working, determined Lestrade
- John and Sherlock being likeable and annoying in equal measure
- an angel mythology that's half Good Omens and half Supernatural (and that wonderful feeling that after working against someone for centuries, you actually have more in common with them than with your own rarely-seen higher ups)
- wings!

My sign of the best AUs are the ones that leave me wanting more, leave me imagining what else might happen in that universe and how they'd react, and this is a nice series of three stories that worked really well for me. I love the idea of Mycroft as Hell's Great Tactician (who's really decided to ignore the Great War for a while because human politics is his idea of fun) and I love Lestrade as an outclassed angel, someone who knows he's not Mycroft's equal but that doesn't mean he isn't going to try to help humanity anyway. Plus, wing smut. (Mmmmm, wings.)

(Also, the mention of Aziraphale in the second story made me grin. Mostly because I could imagine Lestrade and Aziraphale chatting over a cuppa. I could even imagine Crowley there. However I bet that Crowley would avoid Mycroft as much as he could, because Crowley's general approach to powerful demons is to slink away and hope he wasn't noticed.)

Signum Crucis (12806 words) by manic_intent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Crossover, Angel!Lestrade, Demon!Mycroft, Interfering!Sherlock, Clueless!John, Wingfic, wing!kink
Series: Part 1 of Pater Noster

Good Omens!AU. Mycroft trades favours and requests that Lestrade keep an eye out for his current vessel's little brother. Lestrade begins to suspect that having to babysit the impossible Sherlock Holmes is all just a new stage in the technical if highly one-sided war that he's been waging against Mycroft's influence, an opening salvo from Mycroft against his sanity, maybe.


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