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[personal profile] kiki_miserychic asked: Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?

Hmmm. There's definitely stuff I can't see myself vidding, but the cause would be content rather than genre/style -- for example, I am a total wimp about gore, and quite content to be so. I doubt I'll ever vid really cracky comedy, but it's not because I wouldn't, it's because I've never had that kind of vid idea. (But hey, I thought I'd never make an effects-heavy vid, either, and then I did, so what do I know.)

Though, okay, thinking about effects, there is a particular style of very effects-heavy vid that I will probably never make -- it's an aesthetic I see primarily though not exclusively in YouTube vids: heavily saturated color (sometimes combined with black and white or radically desaturated clips), blown-out contrast, lots of glow, lots of dissolves, lots of overlays and especially overlaid textures. I have seen some vids using this visual style that I like very much, so "wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole" isn't really the right description, but it's not a style I can imagine adopting for myself, partly because it feels like a language that I don't know how to speak (my well-established "How did you know to do that?" problem), but also because so much of my approach to vidding is grounded in getting out of the way and letting the clips and the music do the work. That used to be the only thing I knew how to do, but as I've expanded my skill set it's become more of a deliberate choice -- certainly not the only way of doing things, not even the only way that *I* do things, but the choice that feels right for the kinds of vids I usually make. I do have some ideas on tap that might have me diving back into AfterEffects, but I don't think I'd be using quite those types of effects or combining them in the ways I sometimes see them combined.

Full list of questions is here.
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September is still the beginning of the year to me.

still going strong!

Sep. 1st, 2014 08:42 pm
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Today's entry in the domesticity meme is Sam/Steve, who steals the covers. :D

Still taking prompts on the main post! I have a 5-day streak and I'm starting to feel a lot less rusty when it comes to writing. Also, I'm a big, big fan of shorter fic, and this is giving me an excuse to write it. :)

I still need to get my AO3 account updated with all these ficlets, but we'll save that for another time...

Too Much TV

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:59 pm
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I'm blatently stealing and modify where necessary [ profile] sam_gamgee's list. I DVR everything, so the actual time it gets watched varies alot.

Some shows still have question marks - Gotham Constantine & Flash - any thoughts on those?

Sun-Tues the DVR gets a workout. Sunday has some cable shows that are repeated, so good there. Tuesdays on the other hand have some irreconcilable issues at 9 pm. Of course I'm watching SHIELD - most improved show of last season going from last to first. In fact, SHIELD ultimately won my one and only "watch it live" slot in the schedule.

The pilot for the new NCIS show was WEAK, but I'll probably want to watch it anyway -NCIS:LA got some redeeming qualities after a while. And I'm one of the few people left on my reading list that's still watching Supernatural. I was never fannish about the show, but it was mostly nice to watch when I wasn't ranting about it being problematic. Now Mom looks forward to watching the boys too, so I don't want to stop watching it. The problem is that they're network shows and non-repeating cable shows. Decisions will have to be made.

schedule )

Maybe I'm just crazy.

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:10 pm
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I have to update my Yuletide nominations list. Out with Renault (I assume people will do it.) I might try to convince someone to nominate A Separate Peace, but as it stands, I'm nominating:

Leopold and Loeb RPF: NATHAN Leopold and RICHARD Loeb -- I was really tired when I commented on the nominations post, all right? I shouldn't be posting when I'm tired.

Maurice - E.M. Forster: Maurice Hall, Alec Scudder, Clive Durham, Kitty Hall (I wishhhhhh for an extra spot for Violet Tonks so I can ask for her and Kitty's epic love story. Might give Clive the boot to make it so.)

Casting the Runes - M.R. James: Dunning, Harrington (the not-dead one), Karswell. Either I'd request Dunning/Harrington, or gen where someone gets a hold of Karswell's writings and all hell breaks loose (again.)

Take Me to Church - Hozier (Music Video) - Any

DILEMMA! Definitely nominating Take Me to Church and Leopold & Loeb RPF though.

ETA: DILEMMA resolved!

And now meme:

You can tell a lot about a person from their music. Hit shuffle on your iPod, MP3 Player, etc. and put the first 10 songs! One rule, no skipping! Tag 10 people and pass it on!

1. Take Me to Church - Hozier (tw: homophobia, character death. AMAZING. Everyone go and listen to this. I might throw everything over and nominate the music video for Yuletide. Yeah, let's make it official-like.)

2. Jeux D'Enfants, Op. 22 - Bizet

3. Ceremony - New Order. (Although of course, I'd prefer Joy Division's new, never-heard of album that they neither wrote, produced, nor even thought of. *Sniff, sniff*)

4. O Paalanhaare - Lata Mangeshkar/AR Rahman. (From the movie Lagaan. Oh man, gorgeous song!)

5. Simple Gifts From Appalachian Spring - Aaron Copeland (conducted by Leonard Bernstein.) One of my favorites.

6. You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son - Wolf Parade. Remember when every other slash ship had fic based on this song? Well, I do, and I love it. Of course it reminds me of my first days of shipping Fingon/Maedhros. (I still think it works for them -- maybe from Maedhros' POV?)

7. Gods & Monsters - Lana del Rey. I listened to this a lot back in 2010-11.

8. O Nodire Ekti Kotha Shudhai - Hemanta Mukarjee This was my grandfather's favorite song and when I hear it, it always reminds me of him. It's in Bengali, but the basic gist is the river has no home, no nationality, unending. Beautiful and deeply philosophical -- can't really explain it.

9. Speed of Sound - Coldplay. In my defense, this is the only Coldplay song I own. Well, that and 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall', but I have that for ... reasons.

10. Crazy for You - Best Coast. Yeah, I'm just going to sit here and listen to the entire album.

Man, I have the greatest taste in music!

Back in Aus

Sep. 2nd, 2014 01:06 pm
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[personal profile] den
So, back in Dubbo for a while. It was a good but far too short trip. I:

Saw 1000 year old churches
Had excellent fish and chips in a shop built in the 1600s, in a town founded by the Romans
Rode on 100mph trains
Saw a medieval re-enactment society re-enact medieval life in a 1000 year old castle
Drank Tea.
Walked -
- a bronze-age site
- the streets of London
- the streets of York
Saw the WW1 memorial at the Tower Of London, consisting of thousands of red poppies - one for each soldier British killed - which made the moat look like it was full of blood.
Touched the A4 Gresley "Mallard" steam engine
Drank Tea. Lots of it.
Saw pre-WW1 aircraft
Saw WW2 aircraft in flight
Drove around The Fens
Walked through a water meadow
Walked around Peterborough Cathedral
Walked around Oakham Castle medieval Great Hall
Saw a council-supplied EV charging point - free to use in the pay-and-display car park.
Bought flour ground by mill stones powered by a water wheel
Ate scones made from flour ground by a water-powered mill and marmalade and drank lashings of ginger beer
Drank Real Beer in pubs.
Talked to a blacksmith
Ate many Full English breakfasts (toast, bacon, eggs, fried tomatoes, sausages, baked beans.) With Tea.

Many photos to come.

Moving along

Sep. 1st, 2014 11:03 pm
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Between finishing 26 early and the three days weekend, I was able to get a full 4pp done on 27. I also wrote out the rough for the second scene of the chapter, which should be another 3-6pp, and it's ready to go as soon as the writing battery pings back into green. Some familiar facing being brought back into the fic, after being offscreen since the early chapters. It's like, oh yeah, these guys exist! I should use them.

Also, summer made a surprise reappearance! Clearly the weather is trying to encourage me to focus on writing by making the outside work inhospitably hot and humid.

Labor Day

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:47 pm
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Shine and I headed up to a neighboring town's Labor-Day bash this morning. They have a rummage sale, the fire dept. sells lunch, the library has a book sale, the historical association opens its museum, there's a small juried craft fair and a parade, all of which take place basically along the street in the middle of town and is very dog-friendly. It was so hot, though, that we walked around for only about forty-five minutes and came home before the parade.

One cool thing: I saw a dog named Willow that I recognized from 2008. Considering that she's wolfhound/mastiff mix and was three when I met her previously, I was really pleased to see her again. No pictures because I decided that adding the camera to the puppy and the event was going to be too much work, but she looks great.

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Sep. 1st, 2014 09:17 pm
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Home from DragonCon. Many things I like about our hotel, but the beds are not one of those things. Now I will spend a week sleeping.
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I feel like it's been an age since I last posted, even though it's only been a few days. A combination of stressful work week and the three day weekend and being a social being and things. As usual, I have way more posts in my head than have actually made it to paper. I feel the urge to do one of the question memes that's going around, just so I can feel like I'm talking to people again.

The goings on have been pretty good, all things considered. I started watching the Miss Fisher's Mysteries on Thursday which are very fun and very good, and delight me no end. I am so very much loving the show ) I was so excited, I made my boyfriend watch the second episode with me, and he loves it too, wants to bring back jazz and 20's clothing. Which is all great except now it's something we're watching together and I have to wait till next weekend for the next episode. My life is hard sometimes.

So today, on my lazy day, I started watching Person of Interest because [personal profile] grimorie/[ profile] isgrimorie reblogs it and it's slowly becoming something I want to know more about. Who am I kidding, it has Sarah Shahi in it (eventually) and [personal profile] grimorie hasn't steered me wrong yet on a show I'd like. I'm only a few episodes into season 1 and I'm waiting for it to get into a groove, but generally liking it so far.

I haven't been reading much lately, though I did get the rest of the available Hawkeye comics run, so I'll probably be poking at that next.

After I devour all the Troubles Fest Haven fics that went live today. I received two stories, which are fun and funny -- one of them is a crack fill for a crack prompt.

I'll Wake Up New Gen rated, Jennifer/Duke, Audrey/Nathan, Jennifer/Duke/Audrey/Nathan
Summary: It turns out that relationships in Haven are a lot more complicated than Jennifer could ever have imagined, and her new birth certificate suddenly turns everything on its head. It might be a good thing that she’s surrounded by people that are usually bad at following the rules, right?

Audrey The Vampire Slayer Gen and gen rated
Summary: Life on the Hellmouth is hard, especially when the Hellmouth is in Haven.

In other news, I've managed to fuck up my left shoulder now too, though it's not as excruciatingly painful as it was on Saturday. Also I reinvented cereal. I keep granola around to mix in with yogurt for breakfast and this weekend in a fit of not wanting to cook, I combined the granola with chocolate chips from the freezer and added milk. It was genius.

So TV shows are starting up again I hear? I am so out of it. September doesn't feel real yet.


Sep. 1st, 2014 09:49 pm
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[personal profile] snacky
Hey let's do a meme, wouldn't that be fun! As seen on tumblr!

Leave a comment with one of these and I'll post, without editing*:

FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
NEXT — the next line. meaning i will finish the sentence I’m on and write a new one, which you’ll get.
[insert prompt here] — you post a prompt, and i’ll write three sentences based on that prompt, set in the same time/setting as my current project
THE END — i’ll make up an ending, or post the ending if i’ve written it
BEFORE THE BEGINNING — three sentences (or more) about something that happened before the plot of my current project
POV — something that’s already happened, retold from another character’s perspective

*okay, I might have to edit some names out of an exchange fic, but that's about it.

Hit me up!

I have 2 Troubles(Fest stories!)

Sep. 1st, 2014 08:50 pm
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[personal profile] dorinda
TroublesFest 2014 stories are live! There are 23 Haven stories in there at the moment.

And TWO of them are MINE! *gloat, gloat, curl up on hoard like Smaug* I don't know what I did to deserve two gifts, but man, I'll take 'em!

They are:

Winter's Flotsam (7944 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Haven
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dwight Hendrickson/Nathan Wuornos
Characters: Nathan Wuornos, Dwight Hendrickson
Summary: It's been a hard winter for Nathan and Dwight, and they're both a little worn at the edges. But maybe the wear and tear can bring them closer.


Breathe (2797 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Haven
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Characters: Duke Crocker, Nathan Wuornos
Summary: Duke tries to teach Nathan how to meditate. Set season 4 after 'The New Girl'.

"Winter's Flotsam" is a Dwight/Nathan slash story, set after the events of 4x01, "Fallout". Dwight is worried and capital-R Responsible, and Nathan is still shocky and getting back on his feet; they end up learning more about each other and steadying themselves against each other as they adjust to what is to come. (This is the X-rated type of steadying. :D ) I really like how much Dwight needs to be needed and leaned-upon; his dazed reaction when Nathan tells him that Garland would never have disapproved of him, it's very endearing. And Nathan, though he's in a really matter-of-factly dark place, accepts this moment of connection, and reveals a lot of things I think he otherwise wouldn't have. (Also: Dwight is built like a brick shithouse. Aherm.)

"Breathe" is a warm, UST-ish story of Duke trying to show Nathan how to meditate, and actually succeeding despite everything. Duke is still Duke, in his jokes and his happy bulldozing through Nathan's stubbornness, but he also has a very real desire to help Nathan somehow. So with every apparent obstacle, whether it's Nathan's exhausted derision or Nathan's Trouble with his sense of touch, Duke just shakes it off and adjusts things, until he can make the situation work. And in calming Nathan, he seems more strongly affected than he had expected to be.

I hug these stories to my face, and stick the giftwrap-bows upon my head like on my birthday. And there are all kinds of other stories there, waiting to be discovered!

Music meme, no arms

Sep. 2nd, 2014 01:14 pm
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[personal profile] china_shop
via [personal profile] cyphomandra

You can tell a lot about a person from their music. Hit shuffle on your iPod, MP3 Player, etc. and put the first 10 songs! One rule, no skipping! Tag 10 people and pass it on!

We Close Our Eyes - Go West
Beautiful Collision - Bic Runga
Sunshine - Wheatus
Horses - Greg Johnson
Whatever (I Had a Dream) - Butthold Surfers (Romeo + Juliet soundtrack)
All Connected - The Feelers
Beautiful World - Colin Hay
Without a Sound - Headstones
The Whole of the Moon - Peter Mulvey
Hard - Grey Eye Glances


*resumes radio silence to conserve arms*

Rest in Power

Sep. 1st, 2014 08:56 pm
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I didn't know [personal profile] delux_vivens well, but even so, she was so important and influential in my life. Here are some of the things she taught me: how to give not a single solitary fuck about the opinions of people I don't respect, to accept nothing less than the best from myself and the people closest to me, to value my existence in this world for the precious thing it is, to never ever be ashamed of afraid of my sexuality. She was strong and funny and smart and had the best collection of manflesh images of anyone I knew. For a long while, seeing a chat window from her pop up on my screen -- she always greeted me with a bright "Yoohoo" -- was the highlight of my day. We hadn't chatted just for the hell of it in a long time; I'd gone through a period where I just wasn't responding or interacting with anyone at all. I kept meaning to reach out to her again, to tell her I missed her and ask what was new with her. I wish I had. The world is a poorer sadder place without Delux in it.

Tell your friends you love them. Do it now. Don't worry about looking awkward or mawkish or whatever, just make sure your people know how much they matter.


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October 2013




The collected poems from my descent into madness year spent writing daily poems are now available from Lulu as the cheapest 330-page book they would let me make ($16.20). If that's too pricey, you can also get it from Lulu as a free download, or just click on the "a poem every day" tag to read them here. But if you did buy one, that'd be awesome.

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