Dream

Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:55 pm
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[personal profile] zulu
Last night I dreamt that I was heading to teach my first class of the semester, only to realize that a) I had probably never finished my university's second language requirements, and b) I was naked.

I am not even teaching this term, subconscious! Seriously!

Reading Wednesday

Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:06 am
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What I Just Finished Reading
Beguilement (The Sharing Knife #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Bernadette Dunne
Bit of a change of pace from say Chalion, but I enjoyed it anyway. It's a slow, sleepy romance novel, in which the odd demon is killed but the main problems are things like meeting each other's parents and realising that changing names on marriage is a problem when one of you comes from a matrilineal culture and the other from a patrilineal culture (to say nothing of who should make the first move). It's all set in summer in a secondary world version of rural New England (or something of that kind) following the downfall of civilisation. I'll read at least the next one for sure.

(Frankly, if the idea of a romance where the hero is much older and martial, and the heroine is young and domestic is not your thing, don't read this series. I'm fine with it, but I know it drives some people nuts.)


The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin
I think the best compliment that can go to this book is that it didn't let my expectations down. All the complications and ambiguities and history in the first two books are extended and to some extent explained, and I was left feeling content in the ending. I thought it would break my heart, but in the end it was just really, really satisfying.

I loved how the three (four by the end) character plots worked together, and how the many ends of the world tie together and we learn who everyone is. I especially liked Essun's developing relationship with her new comm, and all the characters there. Plus there are a couple set piece scenes that are flat out stunningly written. Should start over from the beginning once I have time.

(I was to some extent reminded of The Book of Phoenix, especially in the backstory segments. Hoa and Phoenix have a lot in common, it turns out.)

(I liked this review for NPR by Amal El-Mohtar.)


What I'm Reading Now
Paper: Cyberpunk: Malaysia edited by Zen Cho, which I've been meaning to get to for ages. First story is good so far.

Audio: Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman by Cathy Wilkerson. Which I'm also just starting, but the intro was promising.


What I'm Reading Next
Probably Moonglow by Chabon. Or something from the library, depending on the mail.

Day 7 Reveals 2017

Aug. 23rd, 2017 07:11 am
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Head of the Heartbreak Brigade (Marvel Cinematic Universe, DCU (Comics))
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] youshallnotfinditso, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] AlannaLioness
Summary: Sometimes it takes falling in love with the wrong people to fall in love with the right ones; or, the not-quite love song of Steve Rogers and Clark Kent.

miles from where anyone can find you (Football RPF)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] neyvenger, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] mm_nani
Summary: Biggest thanks for Nani, for undertaking this project with me and encouraging me through it. Also huge thanks to Mai, for always coming through for me when I feel the worst writer's block, and to Merc, for making this presentable. And greatest thanks to Rach, for doing my research for me and fact checking all the United information. I love you lots.

The Short Way's Short but the Long Way's Pretty (Original Work)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] nimblermortal, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] ICryYouMercy
Summary: Sometimes, when you're too depressed to clean your room but it has to be done anyway, you summon the fairies and they carry you away to Goblin City and send you home with a job offer.

you're still a part of me (My Chemical Romance, Reggie and the Full Effect, Frank Iero and the Patience, frnkiero andthe cellabration)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] akamine_chan, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] dapatty
Summary: Things have been tough for Jamia since Rijl Six. One partner left her, one died on her, and the only things she can count on is her ship and her gun.
Being a professional freelance wealth redistributor is not all that it's cracked up to be.

First Date (Captain America (movies))
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] redstaronmyshoulder, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] RsCreighton, [archiveofourown.org profile] Night_Inscriber, [archiveofourown.org profile] SomethingIncorporeal, [archiveofourown.org profile] UstolemyNAME
Summary: For the Pod Together challenge

Those Who Have Dwelt In Darkness (The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] LadyBrooke, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] the_dragongirl
Summary: Narvi is hesitant to put his trust in others to make their weapons for the Final Battle.
AulÎ sees too many similarities to past events.

Mission Report: Operation Sidestream (Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Original Trilogy)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] hapakitsune, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] bessyboo
Summary: Agents arrived on schedule and successfully took up residence at the resort. On the first day of the mission, the Happy Blasters made contact and negotiations began. On the third day all three agents in addition to the Happy Blasters were focibly escorted from the premises of the resort. Mission was a nominal success.

A Thought of Grief (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] lirin, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] Kess
Summary: There was a tension in the quietness at Malfoy Manor, after the war was over.

Day 6 Reveals 2017

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:38 am
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Think You Under the Table (Critical Role (Web Series))
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] Pax, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] bienenalster, [archiveofourown.org profile] pax
Summary: "Pub crawl?" Keyleth said.
"Pub crawl," Percy agreed.

Gestalt (Leverage)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] Poetry, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] Shmaylor
Summary: The thing about magic is that you can’t do it by yourself. No one person has enough magic in them to do even a minor casting – you need a coven. Parker knew that about magic, which was why she couldn’t trust it.

Cleave (Steven Universe (Cartoon))
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] susan_voight
Summary: “Tell me a story,” Steven asks, as he shuts his eyes. Garnet, as far as she has the capacity for it, is surprised; Steven is seventeen, and while he still has a tendency towards whimsy, he hasn’t asked for this particular indulgence for years. Not since he was a lot smaller.
Garnet feels a little angry at herself for not having noticed that earlier; she feels regretful, too, that she can never seem to see any part of Steven’s adulthood coming in advance.

Loss In The Night (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] luvtheheaven, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] marsmaywander
Summary: Set at the end of book 5, Hermione finds out from Lupin that Sirius has died. Her grief hits her hard. The conversation about everything that happened in the Department of Mysteries happens while she is in the hospital wing, still recovering from the effects of the Death Eater's purple flame. A few days later, she talks to McGonagall about the loss of Sirius.

Once Upon a Dream (Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, Iron Man (Movies), Captain America (Movies), Agent Carter (TV))
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] endeni, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] KeeperofSeeds
Summary: In which Tony meets Steve earlier.

Despite the Abundance of Violence (Captain America (Movies), Iron Man (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe)
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] romanticalgirl, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] Hangebokhan
Summary: Tony is trapped and stripped of his Iron Man suit. He sends out a distress call to Steve and Sam. Someone else answers.

The Short Telephonic History of the Hipster and the Ginger (Dead Poets Society (1989))
written by [archiveofourown.org profile] phonecallfromgod, performed by [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Summary: “Oh my god, why do none of you answer your phones!? It’s Gin; when are you done with class? I need your second opinion on something. I think Charlie and Steven might have become a meme? I’m not 100% sure but this is starting to look like the best day of my life. Call me back quick!”

Inter-Team Activity Time!!!!!

Aug. 21st, 2017 10:55 am
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So, we know you’re all super busy, but we thought it might be fun to get join together for a little inter-team activity. It’s dribbles and drabbles, flash fic and flash art, and it’s best done fast and under 300 words. Here’s how it works: using the characters based on the first/last letter (or symbol or number) of your user name and the prompt based on the first letter of your real name (or nickname or whatever, we’ll never know) create a small, quick story or drawing. And, if you wish, use the “bonus inclusion,” which is based on the month of your birth, to give the story/art extra form.

Below, please find a chart with randomized (we swear) characters, prompts (based on the history of rs_games), and bonus inclusions. These just two characters, not necessarily pairings, unless you want them to be. You’ll notice that Sirius and Remus are not included. Why? Fairness. You can add them if you wish.

So, for example, take [personal profile] brighty18 (real name Michelle): "B" = Severus Snape, "8" = Narcissa Malfoy, "M" = folk music, and she was born in December so the "extra" would be "learning a new skill." Brighty would then create a quick, little story featuring Snape, Narcissa, folk music, and mastering a new skill and then post it below.

You can even add a little header like:

<b>Title:</b>
<b>Author:</b>
<b>Characters:</b>
<b>Prompt:</b>
<b>Extra:</b>
<b>Warnings:</b>

PS Sorry about the poor quality of the chart. It was the best we could do! 

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