when the sun burst through the sky

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:05 am
musesfool: Stephanie Brown as Batgirl (can't hardly wait)
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I spent last night reading fic where Jason and Cass turn out to be biological siblings, not just adopted siblings, and squee!, that is one of my favorite Batfamily tropes. Plus, there was some awesome Jason-Cass-Steph bonding which I feel canon has repeatedly cheated me out of, even though they would get along like a house on fire (literally, probably, given Jason's involvement and enjoyment in blowing things up). Plus there is some hilarious snark at poor Tim's expense that made me laugh out loud repeatedly. Oh Tim. (There will be recs at the end of the month as usual, but here and here for those of you who are impatient and also not following my pinboard.)

Also, yesterday, my consolation birthday present arrived - a beautiful red patent leather Love Moschino tote bag (wow, there were three left in stock when I ordered mine and now there are none! I'm glad I got there in time!). During the whole epic search for a new bag, I coveted a red patent leather bag, but couldn't find one (or, rather, couldn't find one that was less than, like, $800 and while I'm profligate, I'm not that profligate), since I guess they aren't in style right now? Except it's red patent leather so I can't imagine how it could go out of style? But whatever. On a whim on Wednesday, I checked Zappo's to see if there were any available, and lo and behold, there it was. It's beautiful. It's big and kind of unwieldy (and unpleasantly sticky against the bare skin of my arm in the heat), but I don't care, because it's gorgeous.

Bosses 1 & 3 both admired it as I unpacked it from the box, and they were like, "Are you going to save it for special occasions?" and I said, "Hell no!" (note: I did not actually say "Hell no!" I just said, "no! I bought it so I could use it! Because it is beautiful!") And I recommend to all of you to use your beautiful and special things rather than waiting for some mythical special occasion to crop up, because frequently, you will be waiting forever and never get to enjoy the beautiful thing you bought for yourself. Using a special bag/wearing your beautiful new shoes/opening that expensive bottle of wine - they can all make a regular occasion special, and I recommend you do that rather than wait for some occasion arbitrarily deemed "special" enough to break out the fancy lipstick or whatever. Live your best life whenever you can, people!

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Dear co-workers:

* I cannot finish your urgent project in a timely fashion if you keep interrupting me to ask when your project is going to be finished! Please stop!

* We have already done Thing based on all your requirements (and with your approval!) last quarter. We can just update it instead of spending so much time trying to come up with a new way to do it (only to come up with basically the exact same Thing). There is no need to spend hours reinventing the wheel!

* You have to decide whether you need a meeting to happen ASAP or if you need everyone involved present, because it's July coming up on August, and half the people you need will be out on vacation at any given moment and I have no control of that.

* I don't want healthy snacks in the vending machine. If I am driven to getting food from it, it's generally because I want Frito Lay corn chips or terrible plasticky cheap chocolate, not some sort of chip made from beans or some kind of granola bar! WTF?

no love,

me

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Never knew no good from bad

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:55 am
musesfool: bodhi rook (honor the heart of faith)
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I went to bed early last night and I slept like a rock. I should not still be sleepy! Arrgh!

Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey, which I enjoyed a lot, mainly because Avasarala is the best and also Bobbie! ♥ Holden still needs a lot of punching though. Ugh. Why is this guy the main character? Not only is he a dead bore, he's a ridiculously common dead bore!

I like TV!Prax better than book!Prax, I think, but I also think the show compresses the timeline in a way that means I don't get bored with a character having repetitive beats, the way I can, and do in this case, in a book.

What I'm reading now
Still, I picked up Abaddon's Gate and started it this morning, so I'm still entertained enough to continue.

What I'm reading next
The next book in this series, probably. I don't even know what the name of it is. *looks it up* Ah, Cibola Burn.

I also read two really long stories that both turned out to be in progress, which I probably should have noticed but didn't. I mean, when I see a thing is 175K words long, I figure it's done. I mean, who has that much to say in one story? But no. Sigh.

In my recent fanfic readings, I learned that I will nope out of a story if you kill off Wedge Antilles. Which was a surprise to me - how strongly my kneejerk NOPE was - but there you go. Do not want! (I mean, I don't care for any character death in my fic, and generally not in canon either! but I get that some AU premises require it. But like Bartleby the scrivener, I would prefer not to.)

I also learned that I don't really ship Bodhi with anyone but if I did it would have to be Jyn and Cassian. Gotta keep the Star Wars OT3 pattern going, I guess. I just don't find Jyn and Cassian all that compelling. *hands* I'd much rather read about Baze and Chirrut being the most married. (I think Rebels is the only place that doesn't have an OT3, but I am okay with that. I'm already bracing for Kanan and Hera to get an undeserved tragic ending.)

I also realized that in addition to believing that Luke Skywalker is asexual, I believe Anakin is demisexual, and both Leia and Padme are bisexual. Ahsoka is mostly into women except that I also ship her with Anakin (and Rex, a little), so there are exceptions? And Obi-Wan is pansexual and flirting his way across the galaxy at any given moment.

Which is probably more than anyone cared to know about my Star Wars head canons. *snerk*

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in the corner garden

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:23 pm
musesfool: Daisy Ridley as Rey with lightsaber (you were not mine to save)
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You've all been watching Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, right? Leia, Rey, Ahsoka, Padme, Jyn! They're so adorable! I might be shipping Leia and Sabine a little bit now too. At least I said, "NOW KISS" at the end of "Bounty of Trouble." *g*

I caught this week's Orphan Black.

spoilers )

Ugh I stayed up way too late last night reading and I'm paying for it now. I just want to sleeeeeeeeeeep.

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i'm surrounded by your embrace

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:34 pm
musesfool: han/leia from TFA (stlil crazy after all these years)
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Five things make a post:

A. I had a most excellent birthday dinner on Saturday evening. L and I went to Uva, which I had never been to before and it was so worth it. They have an adorable little courtyard in back, so we sat outside and drank a lot of wine (A LOT OF WINE) and ate like queens.

2. I was going to make myself a birthday cake, but then I was sad and also I wasn't sure it would be good and I didn't want to make a cake that big and have it be terrible (because then I couldn't foist half of it off on my coworkers). That would just be one disappointment too far. I still want to make it though. It looks amazing. And terrible. But mostly amazing. (I would have made fresh whipped cream though instead of using Cool Whip. I'm not much of a food snob, but fresh whipped cream just tastes better, regardless of authenticity.)

iii. The A Wrinkle in Time trailer looks fantastic.

D. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Behind the Scenes. I might have burst into tears when Carrie Fisher said, "It's all about family," but you can't prove it!

5. I posted a story for my birthday:

Sing a New Song (@AO3)
Star Wars; Vader, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan; AU; g; 4,130 words
In which Ben has a bad feeling, Luke makes it to Tosche Station, Leia takes control of the situation, and no one understands how hard Vader's life is.

This is the sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating but probably not the one that people were asking for. *hands* I'm probably never going to write a long involved epic AU where they actually overthrow Palpatine. I'm just not that kind of writer. I just want the fraught family reunions where the Skywalkers get to be all ~dramatic~ at each other.

I don't usually write multiple POV stories anymore, but this one seemed to require it, so we could see Luke's "Wtf?!", Obi-Wan's "I have a bad feeling about this," Leia's ability to roll with the weirdness (and also ameliorate the tension between Vader and Obi-Wan), and Vader's misguided belief that he has control of anything, let alone his kids.

As I said in an endnote on AO3, the title is from U2's "40" (and not the Mountain Goats' "Psalms 40:2"*) and I kind of feel like the title of the concluding story of this little trilogy should also come from Psalm 40 but right now it's tentatively titled "How Soon Is Now" for ~reasons. I still have to figure out how to actually write it. Because I couldn't leave Ahsoka out! The story was originally going to end with that - I felt like Vader saying "no, there's someone else" was kind of analogous to Yoda's "no, there is another," but given that it was Luke's section, I thought he ought to have the last word.

Anyway, I like how it turned out, and I'm glad some other people did too. *g*

*which I still think should have a SPN vid made to it, and from which I already used the title "If I'm Not Beyond Repair" for Bucky, or you know I'd be using that for a Star Wars story ("Lord, send me a mechanic, if I'm not beyond repair" could definitely be a Vader and Luke story, you know? Though I could probably do something with "in the burning fuselage of my days" or even "feel bad about the things we do along the way, but not really that bad" if the right story idea struck. Huh. *adds them to the list of titles to use someday*)

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musesfool: anakin's lightsaber (this is your life)
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Sing a New Song
Star Wars; Vader, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan; AU; g; 4,130 words
In which Ben has a bad feeling, Luke makes it to Tosche Station, Leia takes control of the situation, and no one understands how hard Vader's life is.

Sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating. Thanks to [personal profile] silveronthetree for cheerleading!

Read it on AO3.

Sing a New Song )

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Feedback is the best present!

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musesfool: ultimate spider-man (what a good boy)
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Happy birthday to me! Maybe there'll be a story later? If I can wrangle all the characters into cooperating? Skywalkers! *hands*

I was woken up at about 5 am by the chirping of the smoke/CO2 detector. It needs a new battery. Because that never happens during the day when you could easily replace it. So I have to run to CVS in a bit to get that.

So yesterday, I did an online HIPAA training and then had my mid-year check-in lunch with boss3. Which went well but was also kind of awkward because she ordered prosecco to toast my birthday and then I had to be like, and yes, my co-op application was denied. (She wrote a recommendation for me.) So she smoothly switched to "then maybe this glass of wine will help ease that pain." *snerk* I had an excellent cheeseburger and fries (the fries at Odeon are great) and for dessert, the strawberry-rhubarb crumble with buttermilk ice cream, which was fantastic. And probably not going to be on the menu much longer as rhubarb season is coming to a close.

When I gave L. the news, she insisted we meet up for dinner even though we are going to dinner tonight, and since I was already going to be on the UWS because I was going to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (I hadn't intended to, but my niece saw it and was excited about it, and so I couldn't resist), we met up after the movie so she could commiserate with me. It was nice, despite the fact that the table behind us had three or four little kids who were completely out of control running around and shrieking. She wanted to complain but I didn't let her. I mean, if I had known, I wouldn't have agreed to take the table (there was a choice) but I didn't know, and ugh, who wants unpleasantness? Even if parents should do a better job of corralling their kids in public, especially in tight spaces. At least one of them thanked us for our forbearance when they left.

As for the movie, I liked it. I didn't think it was necessary, and as much as I love Peter Parker (and you know I do), I feel like it should have been a Miles Morales movie (I mean, was Ned not basically Ganke?) and also I kind of felt terrible for Donald Glover.

I personally really liked Amazing Spider-Man, and this movie didn't quite match the emotional response I had to that one. Otoh, in this one, the teenagers mostly looked like teenagers, and it also looked like the real world in terms of diversity in the high school.

spoilers )

I guess I better go to CVS now.

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there's no use crying about it

Jul. 14th, 2017 12:21 pm
musesfool: sad cap is sad (too sick to pray)
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I spoke to the realtor a few minutes ago and my application was rejected. So I guess no amazing birthday present for me this year. He sounded shocked and baffled ("I've seen people with less stellar finances get accepted into co-ops!") and was like, "after you get your deposit back, we can start looking again" but I have to figure out what to do about my apartment, since my lease is up September 30, and I don't know if they'd be willing to do month-to-month since it's a rent stabilized apartment. Ugh, I really didn't want to have to move twice, but I kind of do need somewhere to live.

Right now I'm sad and tired but probably not as shocked as he was, because I just didn't have a good feeling when I didn't hear right away. I'll probably be angry once that wears off, at the way they wasted my time and money and energy. I guess it's better to not be where I'm not wanted, but man, I really loved the apartment.

Sigh.

Comments are appreciated but I doubt I'll feel up to answering them.

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I have felt the edge of silence

Jul. 13th, 2017 03:55 pm
musesfool: (it's good to be the queen)
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Two things to look forward to:

- The Mrs. Ws from A Wrinkle in Time

- The Wakandan Royal Portrait

I AM EXCITE.

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Everything has its day, right?

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:28 pm
skieswideopen: (Being Human: Aidan close-up)
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I find it hilarious that New York Fries--a fast food restaurant that literally sells nothing but fries (and hot dogs)--has a loyalty program. (Okay, they also sell a few poutine variants, but that's just French fries with toppings.) A loyalty program. Buy 10, get one free.

On the other hand, apparently members can get free fries tomorrow in honour of National Fry Day, so now I'm kind of thinking about joining.
musesfool: Reboot Uhura (never tell me the odds)
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Since I'm sure you're waiting almost as anxiously as I am, no, I haven't heard yet if I've been board-approved. Sigh.

I did lock in the interest rate on my mortgage, though, at the urging of my mortgage broker, who knows what she's about, so there's that at least.

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Wednesday reading meme ahoy:

What I've just finished
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. As I mentioned last week, having finished both seasons of The Expanse, and not wanting to wait until 2018 for more, I started reading the books the show is based on.

I definitely think I like the show better, and I definitely see why they made some of the changes they did (especially bringing in Avasarala so much earlier - she's so great!). Book!Miller is more palatable than show!Miller, though I still wish they'd subverted the "hardboiled detective falls for missing girl" thing more, since it's a tired trope without any subversion. But getting his internal narrative helped a lot in making him less of a giant creepy bore.

I still want to punch Holden in the face most of the time, and I didn't think it was possible but the romance is handled worse in the book than it is on the show, where it's basically unremarked most of the time. Having Holden's internal POV made the show's underwritten version seem brilliant in comparison to how poorly it's done in the book. *hands*

I also think making the crew at odds to start was better narrative choice, though had I not seen the show first, I wouldn't have questioned the easy camaraderie in the book.

It's an old-fashioned page-turner of a space opera with some interesting ideas about space travel and humanity, but if I hadn't enjoyed the show I don't know that I'd be interested in continuing on to the next book. Choosing two generic white dudes as the only POV characters was a lazy choice, imo.

What I'm reading now
Book 2 of The Expanse, i.e., Caliban's War. I just finished Avasarala's first chapter, and she's so great. I imagine Shoreh Agdashloo eating pistachios and cursing a blue streak and it pleases me tremendously. And Bobbie's story is a lot less fraught than it was in the show, which is another choice I think the show made correctly. Or maybe it's just that I saw the show first, so it's my template for the story and the characters. *hands* Having two interesting lady narrators definitely offsets some of Holden's annoyingness. I like Prax on the show, but I'm as yet undecided about him as a book character. I guess we'll see.

What I'm reading next
I don't know if I'll be up for Abbadon's Gate next (the reviews are not heartening) but we'll see I guess.

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So I did a locked post* earlier with all the grisly deets, but the interview may have gone well? It was very short, anyway, which everyone I've spoken with seems to think means it was pro forma, and that it's a good sign. They told me I would hear within a week, so I'm trying to be hopeful (not my usual state) and to not second guess myself too much or freak out because they didn't immediately welcome me with open arms.

I was early enough that I did a little reconnaissance to see what was in the vicinity and found the closest diner and the Dunkin and the Starbucks, the CVS and the nail salon, and also at least two Chinese places and a pizza place, all within a block of the subway station (I mean, it's Queens Blvd so it's not like there's not tons of stuff on it). So that's good.

Anyway, I don't want to press anyone into feeling they have to wish me good luck every time I post about it. (And thank you so much to everyone who has!) It's just, like, everything in my head right now, so I can't stop fretting.

*My general policy on access is if you subscribe you get access to general access-locked posts, of which there aren't that many, but when there are, they are mostly about work or family, or in this case, househunting, and I just don't feel comfortable having it all out in the open even though it's not really private. I just went through and updated, so I think everyone who subscribes has access? But if I missed you and you're interested, let me know.

Meanwhile, L and I are trying to plan my birthday dinner, and I just want to eat pasta and be comfortable. And to be able to walk home afterwards. Especially if I'm not going to be in the neighborhood much longer. Is that too much to ask of a restaurant? Idk. *hands* I guess we'll see.

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musesfool: Inara (i know where beauty lives)
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[personal profile] vaznetti asked for commentary on the Anakin-Inara scenes from the dream of flight persists for the DVD Commentary meme.

Which is interesting, because when [personal profile] silveronthetree and I hashed this whole thing out, my one note on them was "Anakin avoids Inara," as if it were a given, without any real reasoning to back it up, so let's see if I can piece together my thought process.

the dream of flight persists
Star Wars/Firefly; Anakin/Kaylee, ensemble; AU; pg; 16,740 words
Anakin's never found much serenity himself, despite all the meditation he's been subjected to over the years; maybe working on this ship will do it.

dvd commentary: the dream of flight persists )

*

I hope that answered some of your questions. I clearly have a lot of thoughts about this that didn't really make it into the story, since there was a lot of other stuff going on, and once Obi-Wan swans in, everything else kinds of fades into the woodwork.

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i'm wild again, beguiled again

Jul. 10th, 2017 11:02 am
musesfool: sara ramirez applying lipstick (pull on your pout)
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Board interview today! Eep! Got my black dress and my mom's pearls on. Had a pedicure on Saturday so my toes are a demure and ladylike pink that hopefully screams murmurs, "quiet and fiscally responsible spinster lady you want as your neighbor" (Fiji by Essie). (yes, I'm wearing sandals. It's 85 degrees!) I even switched bags to a very classy tan leather tote bag. I decided against going for a blowout, mainly because the idea of sitting for an hour under the heat of a blow dryer is making me even twitchier than I already am.

Cross your fingers for me!

Yesterday, I went out to Dom's for our birthday barbecue - he's turning FIFTY on Friday (a fact which he is not thrilled about) and I'll be 47(!!!) on Saturday. It was just us, which was nice. My sister brought her new puppy, Roxy, to visit as well, and after a short period of shyness, she and Bolton, my niece's dog, got along like a house on fire.

I also managed to only get two new mosquito bites, both in places that are not visible when I'm fully dressed, so that's good. I don't want to go into this interview looking all spotty and diseased. (No lie, when my parents took me to the hospital when I had my appendix out, the doctors first thought I had Rocky Mountain spotted fever because I was covered in welts from mosquito bites and my mother had to explain, no, they were just bites and I'm super allergic so they all swell up. I was five, so they probably looked even worse on a little kid than they do now.)

As you can tell, I have kind of a one-track mind right now, so even though I probably have other things to say, I can't remember what they are.

Eight hours to go! *meep*

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musesfool: Steve and Bucky in the Alps (i'm your gun)
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For [personal profile] scriggle for the DVD Commentary meme.

I can't remember the genesis of this story - possible Nichole said "you should write a Steve/Bucky accidental baby acquisition story." Or possibly there was a meme? Anyway. Ten thousand words later, here we are.

Greetings to the New Brunette
Captain America; Steve/Bucky, Tony/Pepper, Sam, Bruce, JARVIS; pg; 10,365 words
"You said he should have a hobby. That it would help."

"I meant, like, knitting or coin collecting. Motocross, if he was feeling antsy. A baby's not a hobby. It's lifetime commitment."


Greetings to the New Brunette )

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So that was 10k words of fluffy wish fulfillment. It's one of the most popular stories I've ever written, so I guess a lot of people are into that. I hope you enjoyed hearing me ramble about it.

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musesfool: jason todd is not all right (always all right)
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For [personal profile] kore for the DVD Commentary meme. The offer is still open!

In the Shadow of Two Gunmen
DCU/MCU; Jason, Natasha, Steve, various members of the Batfamily; AU; pg; 12,330 words
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Department X was dissolved and their inventory was liquidated. The League of Assassins acquired certain assets.

Pre-reboot. Non-compliant with Cap 2 and AoU and more like a combination of the Winter Soldier's 616 backstory with Bucky's movieverse background. Do the usual timeline hokey-pokey.

I started this story in April 2013, before CATWS came out, so it is very much dependent on the comics for the Winter Soldier background. Though really, what it turned out to be is mostly a Batfamily story with special guests Steve & Natasha, so it's heavy on the DCU info.

While the two universes are generally not that compatible (despite actual canon crossovers and also Amalgamated Comics) my feeling is you can get away with melding them if you just don't do too much detailed worldbuilding. Just enough to make it seem like they could all co-exist – one or two relevant and clever details will sell the premise way more than any kind of overly detailed exposition trying to explain it. You want to get buy-in from readers without them doing too much thinking about all the ways it really couldn't work. That goes for any kind of incompatible crossover, really, I think.


In the Shadow of Two Gunmen )

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So whew, that was long and chatty. I hope it was interesting! I spent so long with this story that I can't be objective about it.

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