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Sunday, May 28th, 2017 08:22 am
This was the first Doctor Who episode since "The Caretaker" I disliked thoroughly, albeit for different reasons.

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Saturday, May 27th, 2017 11:17 pm

Posted by <a href="/users/XtinaJones91/pseuds/XtinaJones91" rel="author">XtinaJones91</a>

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“I don’t like surprises, Philip.”

“It won’t be long.”

A 5x10 (Darkroom) introspection/post-episode tag.

Words: 2824, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 06:53 pm
If I wanted to read X-Men with an emphasis on Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost (not necessarily all at once--for example, I'd love to read about Emma all by herself), where are good places to look? Comics continuity confuses me. I read New X-Men a long time ago but that's pretty much where my knowledge begins and ends (unless you count the MMO, which I haven't played for some time because I don't have time to play computer games these days :p).

I prefer things I can get as trade collections because there's pretty much zero chance I can afford to chase down individual comics. XD

(This has been brought to you by wasting time by reading Cyclops' TV Tropes page.)
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 09:35 pm
We've lived here for four and a half years, and today was the first time we actually went down to London for one of the biannual MCM ComicCons down there. Why now? Two words: Donnie Yen!

Darling [personal profile] doctorskuld is pretty much a lifelong fan, and of course she accidentally fell really deep into the Baze/Chirrut corner of Rogue One fandom so.

It was an interesting experience! I've only been to cons in Japan before (JumpFesta, Comiket and other doujinshi events), and this was definitely different. Most like JumpFesta than anything else, with the stages and goods booths and whatnot?

But Japanese cons don't have (or haven't had - who knows what's changing) bag checks - and having them sadly felt good after the week we've had here in the UK. There were also sniffer dogs both outside and wandering the exhibition centre, and as you can see they were GOOD DOGS who kept us all very safe. ♥

The crowd control wasn't bad, either - like, not Japanese standards, because these weren't Comiket level crowds, but serious kudos to Transport London for their work outside the event and staff for everything they did inside to direct people, keep lines manageable and generally be helpful and attentive.

Once inside I found myself still operating mostly on Japanese con protocol, which includes stuff like NO PICTURES of anything ever - I took a few snapshots, but I kept waiting for there to be some kind of cosplay area where pics were welcome? Which is obviously not how this con worked - lots of people were stopping cosplayers and asking for pics wherever they happened to come across them! But I never quite worked up the courage to do the same...

There were lots of really good cosplays though! Some of my favorites were Yotsuba's carboard robot, an Al from FMA with glowing red eyes, a Victor & Yuuri couple where Yuuri was pantsless and had his tie around his head, a lava-flowing Akainu, Jedi!Ariel (yes, the mermaid), Stormtroopers in helmets with stormtrooper-pattern suits carrying clipboards reading IMPERIAL (TORY) MANIFESTO, an inflatable t-rex, Jesus, and a little group of Gintama cosplayers that I loved just because Gintama.

And I think I caught a glimpse of someone cosplaying a Jaran rider from the Kate Elliot series I've been reading?? I mean I could be wrong - they were heading up some stairs and when I followed them they were lost in the crowd so I didn't get a chance to ask which I totally regret. But they fit the description of one of the main characters exactly, which is so weird?! Is there some other show/film/manga that features someone in a red silk shirt with embroidered hems and sleeves, black trousers, black boots and a close-cropped black beard? Like. It was a full-on cosplay beard. I am so curious now - I wish I'd called out to them, but I was so busy thinking I must be missing something because surely nobody would be cosplaying Ilya Bakhtiian...? But maybe they did. Missed connection sadness!

My least favorite costume of the day was a grown-ass dude in a t-shirt that read "Breast cancer awareness week: we stare because we care" UGH GROSS BAN MEN.

We got good spots for Donnie Yen's Q&A (here at 48:29), and Skuld got a lovely photo off the assembly line photo shoot. Not too much queuing - well. Maybe an hour for the photo shoot? And then we were supposed to walk out and grab the prints, but there'd been some kind of glitch so there was a whole crowd milling about outside the photo print place. When they finally fixed it and ended up with a bunch ready there might've been as many as a hundred people waiting, meaning they couldn't just slap the prints down on a table without causing chaos... What ended up happening was the staff literally holding photos up over their heads and yelling vague descriptions:

"Rogue One T-Shirt!"
"Pink Shorts With Child!"
"Guy with, uh, glasses? Wait that's all of you I can't use that.."
"WONDER WOMAN!"

It definitely broke the annoyed sort of tension that had been brewing, and sent us off smiling, so good work staff!

We had some overpriced and underwhelming Japanese festival food for lunch, eaten on the floor, but I'm not complaining because it's been ages since I've had takoyaki and the floor was kept tidy by attentive staff.

I didn't think we'd buy anything, but OOPS. There were Bandai figures on sale (a £10 Chopper and a £5 Barto Club ship are both steals), and we happened across the last copy of the most recent One Piece art book that we've been meaning to get... and then I found the next volumes of both Princess Jellyfish and Vinland Saga and they had Junji Ito's Cat Diary which we've been wanting for ages because it's THE BEST... and then there were a bunch of Scandinavia and the World books including ENGLAND so we snatched that one (the booth seller was Swedish and we were both so excited to speak Swedish and both like "...wait it's been so long how does this language work?!") and Skuld had a fandom friend selling original stuff there so of course we had to get some annnnnnnnd then we got some cute stationary stuff because hey why not but that's really it.

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Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:47 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3797 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 00 secrets from Secret Submission Post #544.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:42 pm
[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #545 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on July 3rd.



RULES:
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 07:11 am
Yesterday, somewhere out there in the vastness that is the internet, I published something about my experience with sexual assault. (I'm not linking because the piece contains some references that could make it fairly easy to identify 'real' me, and I don't want to cross the streams.)

The comments. Oh my god, the comments - the victim-blaming, responsibility-shirking, rape-culturey comments.

I shouldn't have read them (first rule of the internet!) but I did, and I am aghast by them.

Which made me come here to thank all of you. Because in this corner of the web you have been such a profoundly supportive, wonderful set of people. You have never blamed me for anything, nor suggested I'm "doing it wrong," and I hadn't - before today - really considered how amazing that is. I know I couldn't have made it through these last few years without the opportunity to tell my story on my blog, and to rejoice in things with you, answer questions you've posed, listen to the wisdom you've offered, and bear witness to our collective struggles. You are incredible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Friday, May 26th, 2017 06:50 pm
Netflix movie Whip It )

I just finished a great book, The Disastrous Mrs. Weldon by Brian Thompson. She was a true Victorian eccentric. From the moment she was born she was overweening ego and kept grudges for everyone who ever crossed her, real or imagined.

She dreamed of a career as a singer and formed an alliance with the French composer, Gounod. He was her pet? Submissive? Lover? Collaborator? Anyway, the time he spent with her exhausted him.

One of the positive things she did accomplish through many the lawsuits she brought was public examination of the lunacy laws (because of one her life’s adventures). These laws made it too easy for inconvenient people to be locked away.

The author wrote this book because of multiple volume autobiography she wrote. In French, published in France because she would have been sued for all the libel the thing contained.

I wish the author had other books; I really like his style.

Highly recommended.
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 12:59 am
It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post (overdue actually *wince*), and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have four volunteer reccers who signed up for June with these fandoms:

* Dragon Age ([personal profile] dreamkist)
* Narnia ([personal profile] turlough)
* Stargate Atlantis ([personal profile] mific)
* Teen Wolf ([personal profile] ceares)

So while we already have a few recs to look forward to in June, it would of course be awesome if we had some more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far only ONE reccer has volunteered for July, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for June, July or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of May. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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Saturday, May 27th, 2017 12:23 am
The deadline is June 3, but this can be extended if you need more time. Both pinch hits are requesting fanfic, which should be a minimum of 1000 words. Please comment on this post with your Ao3 username if you're able to take either pinch hit!

Pinch hit #8: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV), Eroica Yori Ai o Komete | From Eroica with Love, Life on Mars (UK)

Pinch hit #9: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Alternate Original Series (Movies), Teen Wolf (TV)
Friday, May 26th, 2017 06:23 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3796 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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More! )


Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 00 secrets from Secret Submission Post #543.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
Friday, May 26th, 2017 01:45 pm
Thick as Thieves: The Queen's Thief #5, Megan Whalen Turner: Kamet is a slave in the Mede Empire. Secretary to a powerful man close to the emperor, Kamet is content with his office, his scrolls, and the power he wields over his master's other slaves. Then an Attolian soldier offers to bring Kamet to Attolia.

I love how smart Kamet is about human behavior and the way he uses it to their advantage, though I am mystified that he, himself, is so easy to read. People read his mind multiple times, like take the words right out of it, and most of them don't even know him that well. So perhaps, as a slave, he wasn't as successful at schooling his expression as he thought he was, but in this world where your gods come down to talk to you, it's distracting because I kept thinking of supernatural explanations. Instead, he's probably just incredibly transparent, and maybe, since this is his account of events, likes the humor of exposing his thoughts so exactly, a reversal of the Senabid jokes with the clever slave and idiot master. Maybe, in this way, Kamet is acknowledging his past prejudices by making himself the butt of the joke.

Kamet goes through a lot in a short time, and his relationship with the Attolian basically carries the whole book, in between all the stabbings and such, and I enjoyed their interactions and the partnership they build. I missed Gen so much though—the Attolian's little remarks about him killed me: "No one knows what my king knows." My kink is people realizing that Gen is more than he seems, and this series continues to deliver. I loved learning all the details as the story came together, and even though it's been a while since I read the rest of the books and couldn't remember everything, I still had a broad understanding of the way this corner of the world works, and I felt confident enough reading this. Like I knew who the Attolian was even if I couldn't remember his real name. But mostly this is a story about Kamet and Mede and doesn't depend too much on past events. As long as you're familiar with the series, you should be okay, but a reread of Queen of Attolia and/or King of Attolia wouldn't be amiss. If you haven't read any of the books, this isn't the place to start. But—good news!—I highly recommend the series. It's filled with masterful character work, and this book is no exception.

Contains: violence, animal harm, mention of miscarriage, suggestion of sexual assault.
Friday, May 26th, 2017 08:13 pm
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Wing Zero
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] longai / [tumblr.com profile] leonjo

Why this piece is awesome: Mechas in action is another popular subgenre in GW fanart. This is a very nice example. Full of energy and movement and with a lovely colour palette.

Link: Endless Waltz
Friday, May 26th, 2017 02:21 pm
I finished Mass Effect Andromeda and my final assessment of the game is that it's flawed, but enjoyable. I think it's safe to say that I won't be replaying it as much as any of the Dragon Age games, but the same was true of the original trilogy.

So much of the critism of this game compares it to Mass Effect 1-3, and can never quite identify with that because I never had that much fun playing them. Biotics aside, I found pretty much every aspect of battle incredibly dry and boring. I adore Ashley and Liara, but there were a whole lot of characters I felt so disconnected from. Plus, the military nature of the game always made the crew seem more like Shepard's employees than the cooky space family I want/need/crave.

(The Citadel DLC is still the greatest thing to happen in our time.)

My small, tiny interest in Sloane Kelly has grown a little bit into a full on obsession after reading the tie-in novel Nexus Uprising. More on that in another post, probably. Too many feelings.

I conclusion, Mass Effect Andromeda appealed to me a whole lot more than the original trilogy, but Dragon Age 1-3 still win out by a mile.

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In other news, Once Upon a Time season 6 is finished, and though there's a season 7 coming, this very much seemed like an ending to the story started in season 1. I'm assuming, going forward, that seasons 1-6 will be more or less self-contained, while season 7 kicks off a new kind of story.

I... can't quite believe I've stuck with this show for this long. There have been ups and downs, and several points where I was sure I was giving up on it, but I am really happy now that I didn't. This show definitely qualifies as one of the weirdest and most enoyable TV experiences I've had. The sheer absurdity of some of their storylines is staggering, but somehow they always make me believe it.

After we watched the last episode, [personal profile] commoncomitatus and I were both like, "...ha ha, what a weird few years, some of it was great but so much weirdness, wouldn't want to rewatch that, ha ha... unless..... you........... do.................?????"

So we're doing a rewatch from the very beginning now. It's going to be glorious.
Friday, May 26th, 2017 10:56 am
The Friday post of glee is where you get to tell us about your climbing-related happiness this week.

It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.

N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.

To enhance this week's glee: David Fitzgerald takes on the mighty Voyager.
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 08:44 pm

⌈ Secret Post #3795 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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More! )


Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 10 secrets from Secret Submission Post #543.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.