Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:34 pm
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[personal profile] nerakrose
I haven't had as much time to read this month as I wanted to (both [community profile] hd_fan_fair and [community profile] rs_games are posting!), but I have managed to feast my eyes on some things. A few fanfair recs for now, and then I'll do games recs later and more fanfair recs if I get around to it.

I'm not gonna lie, I have prioritised reading the fics that came out of my prompts over the other fics, so that's my bias laid bare.

Dating for Dads in Denial (25198 words) by Anonymous
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, Pansy Parkinson, Scorpius Malfoy, James Sirius Potter, Albus Severus Potter, Lily Luna Potter, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Teddy Lupin
Additional Tags: Post-Hogwarts, Single Parents, Dating, Godric's Hollow, Getting Together, Friends to Lovers, Matchmaking, Harry Potter & Ginny Weasley Friendship, Divorced Harry Potter & Ginny Weasley, Bisexual Harry Potter, Gay Draco Malfoy, Minor Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley, Oblivious Harry Potter, H/D Career Fair 2017, HP: Epilogue Compliant
Summary: In which one wizard designs and another reluctantly patronises a magical matchmaking service, amidst the chaos of children and parenting.

Why you should read this I loved this - this was sweet and delightful and I adored both Harry and Draco in it. I particularly loved Draco's little speech to Harry in the hallway, declaring that they shouldn't date for the kids but for themselves. ♥ all the little ways in which they fell in love and realised it, Draco being in's just pure delight. ♥

We Two Alone (16292 words) by Anonymous
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter
Additional Tags: Science Fiction, HP: EWE, Post-Hogwarts, Action/Adventure, Humor, H/D Career Fair 2017, Original Character(s), Magic and Science, Alternate Universe - Space, Space Explorer Harry Potter, Space Explorer Draco Malfoy, Near Death Experiences
Summary: <>In space, Harry is Just-Harry. He is also an idiot, a handyman, and a glorified battery.

Why you want to read this: Hey so this is amazing!!! THE SCIENCE! it is incredible how well the writer managed to marry hp magic and science in this fic, and also made it feel like I was reading a classic "hard" SF novel. Literally the only thing I could possibly be upset about is the length, once I realised the fic was almost over I made a sad noise because I just wanted to see more of the science and the crew and Harry and Draco's life on the ship. Anyway, I loved everything about this, and I loved especially how inevitable Harry and Draco's relationship seemed; they'd somehow been orbiting closer and closer to each other throughout life until their trajectories aligned and now that they're together it's easy and so, so right. It's beautiful. I also have to admit my heart got racing towards the end, I'm stupidly scared of heights/falling and space, so when Harry was vividly describing the thrill he felt spacewalking I was just nope-ing out of it :'''D Please five this a read, particularly if you love SF, you won't regret it. Also: Harry is a rock nerd. ♥

Dropped Dead Gorgeous (0 words) by Anonymous
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson, Hermione Granger, Narcissa Black Malfoy, Ron Weasley
Additional Tags: Minor Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley, H/D Career Fair 2017, Blushing, Mortuary Beautician Draco Malfoy, Makeover, death anniversary, Comic, Post-Hogwarts, Smitten Harry Potter, Humor, Celebrations, Art
Summary: Draco Malfoy is hired to organise a funeral party on the anniversary of Harry Potter's first death.
This of course has everything to do with how he is a true artiste with lace, fripperies, and dead bodies, and absolutely nothing to do with why Harry Potter keeps inviting him out to dinner.

Why you should read this: as always, this mystery artist delivers on the whimsy and sweet and this was no exception. It's particularly inspired to have Harry hold a funeral party for himself, and even more for Draco to be the most renowned funeral attire - for the dead - designer! There were a bunch of lovely lines in there as well: Draco defending his profession by saying the dead don't talk back was well aimed. Lovely read, and the art is on point; pansy's snark, Draco's sneers and Harry's eternal confusion were all spot on. ♥

The Grip of It, by Jac Jemc

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:36 am
runpunkrun: dana scully reading jose chung's From Outer Space, text: read (reading)
[personal profile] runpunkrun
The Grip of It, by Jac Jemc:

Normal feels like a performance today, but we fake our way through, hopeful we'll grow into our actions.

That line comes from the end of the book, but even from the first page this story feels performative rather than sincere: The happy couple, moving into their first home. The happy couple, buying paint at the hardware store. The happy couple, being happy. It's superficial and uninteresting, as are the characters. The book is in first person, and husband and wife take turns as narrators, but it's impossible to tell who's in charge of what chapter unless one spouse specifically mentions the other; they're basically interchangeable for most of the book.

But maybe, I said to myself as I continued to read against my better judgment, they become more real when forced to confront the—

No. That did not happen. If anything they become even harder to relate to once the house starts acting up.

So they're useless, but the house? The house has all the hallmarks of being haunted: Ooh, who moved that vase. Ooh, what's that moaning noise. Ooh, the stain on the wall is spreading. The author ticks all the boxes on the checklist, but never builds on them. A misplaced vase, on its own, isn't scary. It's a signifier that doesn't signify anything. It's only half the equation. It's like being handed a fake cobweb and a plastic spider and being told it's a haunted house.

This book filled my hands with plastic spiders but failed to make a cohesive—or even engaging—story out of them. There's nothing meaningful at stake here. The house, for all its antics, is only slightly menacing, and its two indistinguishable narrators never made me feel anything but irritation.

Contains: Body horror, relationship horror, suggested domestic abuse, mental health issues, addiction (gambling), suicide attempts.


Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:39 am
tyger: Isaac and Miria, grinning. (Isaac and Miria - :D?)
[personal profile] tyger
I have two things left to do. JUST TWO.

Details )

And then of course go through it all and make sure I can tick all the tickyboxes and everything's saved correctly and write up the readme - don't ask me why we have to write a readme for a freaking fake shop, but we do - and submit it.

So I'm not feeling too worried about getting that done before 9pm tomorrow, honestly. ASSUMING I GET UP SOMETIME REASONABLE, of course, but that's always a major weakness of mine. >>;;;;;;

In that vein: bed now, sleep is good for you.
chebe: (Spools of thread)
[personal profile] chebe
My first project from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is the Easy Knit Pencil Skirt. The name says it all really. I made mine in a nice dotted Ponte de Roma knit. Sew it up, wear. The length hits about mid/upper shin/calf, and it is so comfortable to wear, but looks so smart. Will have to make more.

The book says to use 30mm elastic, but I couldn't find any anywhere. It's either 25mm or 38mm. I used 25mm, it doesn't seem to affect the outcome.

It also says to use a twin needle to hem. Which seems straight forward, but whether it was the fabric or the machine, this just refused to work for me. Used a stretch/lightning stitch instead.

Finished Easy Knit Pencil Skirt
Photo by chebegeek

Leaving for Dallas

Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:35 pm
cimorene: (yo)
[personal profile] cimorene
I'm going to be in the Dallas metro area for my little sister's wedding next week. Leaving Tuesday, and I'll be there until Nov 2. There will be family stuff and wedding stuff and I will be stocking up on things I have trouble buying in Finland like cotton yoga pants and cotton terry-lined socks.

And I'm PRETTY sure I don't know anybody in the Dallas area anymore from fandom, but feel free to contact me here or on Twitter if I've forgotten anyone.

Little Hat Season

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:07 am
sally_maria: (Vala age)
[personal profile] sally_maria
Innocent smoothie bottle wearing little woolly hat

It's little hat season again. :-) Whoever came up with this as a marketing campaign for Innocent smoothies has a lot to answer for.

(Yes, I'm bored after going through airport security, however did you guess. ;-) )

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:38 am
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[personal profile] cesy
Fannish people with money, [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico currently has a lot of bargains and very few bidders.

Fic or Treat!

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:42 pm
anaraine: Sarah Sanderson smiling widely with a hangman's noose around her neck. ([hocus pocus] hangman's noose)
[personal profile] anaraine
It's been awhile since I've done a fic-y kind of meme - and since [community profile] monthlysupergo is hosting a neighborhood party, I figure I should set up my door for fic-or-treaters!

Please note: I'm unlikely to get around to answering my door until the 30th/31st. I am incredibly busy this month, but I'm really looking forward to this as a low-stress countdown to [community profile] trickortreatex reveals, so please feel free to knock!

Ana's Door
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If you leave me prompts in fandoms I'm familiar with, you are 100% going to get bite-sized ficbits. (I'm aiming for 500 words or less, but who knows. You may inspire my next longfic.) If you prefer to just knock on the door and take your chances, you're more likely to receive gorgeous pictures of autumn-y stuff, or possibly some spooky theme music.

When knocking on the door, please leave a fandom, a ship, a character, or some other sort of prompt! (Lyrics or poetry are always fun to respond to.) I'm cool with multiple requests from the same person. (But just as an fyi, I'll probably try to treat everyone at my door before I double-back and hand out seconds.) Alternatively, just drop a cheery "Fic-or-Treat" and get whatever else I've got lurking in the candy bowl.

I've been hanging out mostly in the Prequels/Clone Wars era of Star Wars, but any of my old fandoms are welcome. (A brief and hilariously non-comprehensive list: Anita Blake, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cardcaptor Sakura, the Covenant, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Harry Potter, Harvest Moon, Hocus Pocus, Inuyasha, Juvenile Orion, Katekyou Hitman Reborn, Kingdom Hearts, Labyrinth, Leverage, Long Live the Queen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rune Factory, Supernatural, Yuu Yuu Hakusho) If you know I'm familiar with a different fandom, go ahead and ask for it.

the porchlight is ON
Obviously, anyone from [community profile] monthlysupergo is welcome to drop by. So are all the people on my rlist. As a matter of fact, my light is on for anyone to drop by! Anon passers-by are totally welcome, too; it's not like you need a door of your own to knock on mine. (But if you would like to link me back to yours, feel free.)

Forgot to update yesterday. Oops.

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:49 pm
archangelbeth: Woman doing a zombie "braaaaains" pose (Braaains!)
[personal profile] archangelbeth
Am in yet a third hotel. Back home, I am informed:
Main roof is all stripped, and half of front part re-shingled. That's the hard part with the dormer over the door. Most of one side of big room is cleared off. Siding is off front of house over big room; roofer said that part seemed in good shape.
Oh, and we have a large underground bee nest in the plant area under library window. They were not happy having shingles dropped in them.

I think that those are not bees, but rather the wasps that I saw the other day. Yellowjackets, probably, building underground nests for the larvae to overwinter in. Probably drove out the chipmunks, or the chirpmunks had moved out of those holes earlier.

The roofers and the yellow-jackets will just have to cope with each other.

I got some editing done, but no writing at this time. Too sleepy.

Made it to hotel breakfast, yay. Not enough sleep, boo.

So far, first hotel has been best hotel. Kitchenette suite for the win! This one is okay (beats out the second one overall, primarily by having breakfast be open till 10 and not 9:30), but the chair in front of the desk is way low, and it's kind of impossible to use a computer at it. How long do they think my torso is?? ...maybe they didn't set it up for humans.

Hotel breakfasts at mid- and upscale places have waffle-makers now, it seems. I can live with this. (This place only has scrambled eggs as the Egg Dish (well, and hard-boiled), though, and no cheese omelets, like Hotel 1 had for one day, and Hotel 2 had the day that I made it down there.)

...I am so judging hotels now. -_-

Havva Quote
Kid: "Senya, No! Your attempts to tank are interfering with my tanking! Stop Guarding me! I can't guard when I'm being guarded!"
--The kid is playing the Star Wars MMO...

I am not near my other computer that has all the book data so I can't update that at the hotel. Tomorrow e come home, though.

Oct 20th 2017 Friday Five

Oct. 20th, 2017 09:59 pm
jitterylittlething: (Default)
[personal profile] jitterylittlething
1. What book frightened you as a young person? May have been the BFG when I come to really think about it. Now have vague memories of hiding under the covers at night afraid I'd be taken by a giant :/

2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
Carrie Fisher's Princess Diarist.

3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
I watched Nightmare on Elm Street when I was 11 so that wasn't good. Terrahawks - even the good guy puppets used to give me the w*llies. Wasn't keen on the character Grotbags from Rod and Emu (UK show) either.

4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
The Ghostbusters remake - because why?? Also any of those tortune porn movies like Saw. I simply do not get why anyone would want to watch them and especially pay to see them at the cinema.

5. Do you have any phobias?
Is the pope catholic? I'm scared of my own shadow.
jitterylittlething: (Carrie)
[personal profile] jitterylittlething
Sweetheart would have been 61 today.

A bit silly really wishing her a Happy Birthday. I believe she's now done with that life and I asume is having such a blast on the other side her last earth birthday wouldn't be at the top of her list of things to dwell on. Still, alot of us still miss her and wish she was still here. Even now I feel myself getting emotional when I'm reminded she's no longer here... that I can no longer see her being fabulous on a talk show or enjoy her latest quirky tweet. I hate the way her twitter is still sat there sometimes. It's like I can almost see it gathering dust - and it's heartbreaking. Basically when Carrie died it's like something in me died. It reminds me of that prayer the priest does in the Titanic movie when the ships sinking "and the old world is left behind..." or something like that. It's as though someone bombed my childhood. And the people I grew up with and took for granted are taking their stage exits more and more and it's like a stark reminder of the passing of time...that no one is impervious, no one is around forever. I won't be around forever. It's like one minure you're 9 years old kissing your Michael J.Fox posters goodnight and the next you're almost 40 and taking 20 minutes to cover the bags and circles under your eyes with make up. Like WTH life??

Review: The Death of Stalin

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:05 pm
briarwood: Gal Godot as Wonder Woman (Default)
[personal profile] briarwood
Russian history is not my best subject. I know about the revolution and a little about the events that followed but virtually nothing after 1945. So the historical inaccuracies in this won't bother me.

Continued on my blog

Review: Geostorm

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:16 pm
briarwood: Gal Godot as Wonder Woman (Default)
[personal profile] briarwood
According to my favourite reviewer, Mark Kermode, Geostorm "takes stupid to a whole new level. You can feel any sense of intelligence you have sort of seeping out of your ears as your eyes roll backwards and you think...this whole thing is one gargantuan joke."

Oh, boy, I can't wait!

Continued on my blog


Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:36 am
tyger: Animated Ven, counting on his fingers.  Text: Uhh... (Ven - uhh)
[personal profile] tyger
Man, getting a whole night's sleep was super awesome. I woke up about 12:30, didn't get out of bed until after 3, it was amazing.

I am so much less stressed, even long after the anti-anxiety wore off. SLEEP IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT.

I'm still tired and have been pmuch all day, so I'm guessing I still have a sleep debt I'll need to pay off. But that'll hopefully be less of a problem!

Assignment's going pretty well, too! :D I've got two more buttons to code and then the user-side is 100% functional to-specs - stupid user unfriendly and also pretty stupid, but to-specs, which is what I'm marked on soooo - so I've just gotta to do the post-login management pages - manager login is done! - and the logout button, which is for both user and manager logout. Also I imported my CSS file from last semester's big project and am mostly just reusing it - a few tweaks, but yeah - so it's not ugly as fuck any more. I mean. Still ugly, but at least it's not HTML 1 level boring!

And now, sleeeeeep. <3<3sleep<3<3

[Daily happiness]

Oct. 21st, 2017 12:20 am
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[personal profile] oyceter
1. Was in Berkeley for a conference, and it was nice to be around campus again!

2. Had braised meat rice for lunch, then got pastries from the Chinese bakery and pearl milk tea, yum. And the lunch place was playing Cpop and made me slightly homesick for Taiwan.

3. Watched The Snake Prince, a Shaw Brothers movie, with CB and [personal profile] jhameia and it is... quite a thing. Let's just say there was much more disco music and dancing than I had expected.


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