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Now that the authors/artists of [community profile] nightonficmountain have finally been revealed, I'm able to share my own contribution to the exchange, and also a few recommendations. For those of you who don't know, [community profile] nightonficmountain is a fun, multifandom exchange for fanworks in small fandoms (on similar lines as Yuletide, but on a much smaller scale).

This year, I wrote one gift fic:

Sugar Water by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dolorosa
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 3066
Fandom: Six of Crows Series - Leigh Bardugo
Characters: Inej Ghafa, Matthias Helvar, Nina Zenik
Relationship(s): Inej Ghafa/Matthias Helvar/Nina Zenik
Summary: Matthias wants to give Nina a gift. Inej has the perfect idea.

Three exiles in Ketterdam come to the realisation that they have found a home in each other.

Post-Crooked Kingdom. (A canon-divergent AU.)

My gift was a lovely Briseis/Chryseis Iliad fic:

In the Ruins by [archiveofourown.org profile] LadyBrooke
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 1168
Fandom: The Iliad - Homer
Characters: Chryseis, Briseis, Chryseis' Son
Relationship(s): Briseis/Chryseis
Summary: Briseis escaped from the camp before the army had left the ruins of Troy, and ran towards it.

Chryseis lived through the ruin of the city and remains within it.

I didn't know many of the fandoms in the exchange, but there were a couple of fics I really liked, so I'll rec them here.

A Meeting of Curious Minds by [archiveofourown.org profile] notkingyet
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 1370
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (TV)
Characters: John Childermass, Arabella Strange, Lady Pole
Summary: 2 July, 1817

Mr Childermass,

I require your assistance in a matter of urgency and grave importance. Please come to no. 9 Harley-street at your earliest convenience. Mr Vinculus need not attend.

Your obedient servant,

Lady Pole


Smoulder by [archiveofourown.org profile] Merit
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 4081
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Characters: Lirael, Sameth
Summary: Smoke tears through the sky.

I hope everyone else who participated in [community profile] nightonficmountain enjoyed it as much as I did! If you have any recs, feel free to post them in the comments!

Shinobi no Kuni Q&A HUGE spoiler

Jun. 29th, 2017 01:41 am
railise: (Arashi - happy)
[personal profile] railise
This is a continuation of my Shinobi no Kuni event report. It'll make more sense if you read that first.

THIS QUESTION COMPLETELY GIVES AWAY THE ENDING OF THE MOVIE. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT CLICK THIS UNLESS YOU'VE SEEN THE MOVIE OR DON'T CARE!!! )

Seriously, after you guys see it, PLEASE come back and read the answer. I LOVED this!!!
railise: (Arashi - happy)
[personal profile] railise
Back in... late April, maybe?-- I heard that Shinobi no Kuni was going to be airing in Toronto. With English subtitles, nonetheless! And the director, Nakamura Yoshihiro, was going to be in attendance and doing a Q&A!! Fast-forward to the morning tickets went on sale, and I'm sitting in front of my laptop. XD The minute tickets could be ordered, I ordered 'em. Booked a hotel immediately afterward, and a rental car shortly after that.

a bit more of my background for this adventure, mostly for my friends :) )

The event!! )

After the film, they went into the Q&A (making sure to wait until after the end credits, so the Arashi fans in attendance wouldn't get upset since "Tsunagu" plays during them, lmao). I wrote as fast as I could; some of this is close paraphrasing, and some are direct quotes from the translator. Also: some of these can be considered spoilers, so read at your own discretion!! With that said, there were two fairly spoilery answers, so I'm going to put those in a separate post (linking to that post here), and one so massively spoilery that I'm not even writing the question here (it'll get its own post), so nobody should be spoiled for the ending unless they try really really hard and ignore my warnings. ;) My notes are in brackets.

Q&A )

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Jun. 28th, 2017 01:09 pm
newredshoes: midcentury modern swallow (<3 | circumnavigator)
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Please allow me to just scream for a minute that my Wonder Woman/WWI story got linked by SyFy?!?!???

Also today in link round-ups, a new Things I'm Verbing: Cultural memory, peanut stew and how to be a better gentrifier.

Also related to Wonder Woman, if you've heard all kinds of Jew-hating bullshit about Gal Gadot "notching her rifle for Palestinians she's killed" and the like, this is a good rebuttal and full explanation of what Gadot's ~support for the IDF actually entails. See also. Yes, I'm still cranky about the Chicago Dyke March bullshit. This op-ed has a quite harsh take on intersectionality itself, but the basic point, that intersectionality as practiced is often antagonistic or indifferent to Jewish issues, is true to my experience. UGH. Okay. Gonna go draft that essay on Jewishness and who gets to be beautiful that I've been mulling over ever since Jenny Slate got together with Captain America.
newredshoes: midcentury modern swallow (<3 | circumnavigator)
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Okay. Okay, this thing that I've been pouring hours into for more than month -- it's here. It's finally live. I am so proud of it. I am already thrilled and overwhelmed by its reception!! It definitely started with a late-night annoyed tweet, and now it's a 2,000-word examination of how and why we form and curate cultural memory. Thanks, Wonder Woman!

"Why Do So Few Hollywood Movies Take Place During WWI?" - Pacific Standard (a very big deal!!)
Going to the movies became a ubiquitous means of participating in patriotic culture closer to World War II. The Great Depression halted most memorial-building in its tracks, as memorials required huge local investments. In the 1910s, when movie palaces were still new, they became sites of moral panic for civic and community leaders concerned about sexual looseness and the corruption of American youth, even as only about one-third of the total population attended each week. However, by the 1920s, that number rose to half, and, by the 1930s, two-thirds of Americans took weekly trips to the movies. During WWII, studios supplied hundreds of fictional films torn from the headlines.

Simple, hagiographic narratives about the war predominated. In titles like So Proudly We Hail! (1943), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), and Saving Private Ryan (1999), WWII was "the good war," waged by the U.S. to crush fascism and imperialism. Hollywood did work closely with the War Department to produce pro-war documentaries during the war. But, historically, even films that are not government-funded, or those that have questioned American wars, have largely refused to condemn those who fight it. It is perhaps easier for film studios to sell a vision of Americans as principled heroes fending off all-threatening evil, rather than naïve young men fighting in a conflict of ambiguous nobility.
There's so much more! I got to talk to some amazing people! My job doesn't pay bupkis but the work can be so good!! (And if you feel inclined to share, you can credit me at [twitter.com profile] ejbergdahl.)

An important revelation

Jun. 25th, 2017 01:46 pm
newredshoes: cartoon lady in vintage-y/goth get-up (<3 | a good aesthetic)
[personal profile] newredshoes
After going around to all the skate shops I could find in Brooklyn (excluding Williamsburg, because ugh, so far away) and Lower Manhattan, I've decided to just stick with my skate school that's two miles away and nice and trustworthy. I just called the owner/founder, and he says that I can order the deck (the main body) online and bring it in to outfit with the rest of the necessities, if I don't see something I love that they have in stock.

Which means I have a couple of decisions to make, and they're hard, so I'm putting it to a vote. Help me out, friends -- there are no bad options, so which one should I get?

A bunch of pictures, some of which are new )

Poll #18526 Help me buy a skateboard for my birthday
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


Which two (2) win for you?

View Answers

'90s Spaceman
7 (24.1%)

Creature Kills!
10 (34.5%)

Good Motel at Sunset
13 (44.8%)

Deshi - magenta/blue wrench
8 (27.6%)

Oyola - cream wrench
1 (3.4%)

Coakley - '40s planes
13 (44.8%)