Books Post – Norse Mythology

Mar. 24th, 2017 09:38 pm
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I seem to have endured a flurry of dopamine-click-led not-entirely-well-advised online book ordering. Things keep arriving, often things that are not quite what I imagined they'd be when I ordered them, if I remember ordering them at all.

An elderly yet still robust copy of Brigid Brophy's The Snow Ball arrived today (discussed brilliantly on Backlisted here). That can only be a good thing.

And this week I sat right down in the middle of the Salinas Valley (page 353) to read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology.

I hadn't read any Gaiman in a good while. I thought it would be happy to check back in with him, and with the Norse myth-world of my childhood.

Norse Mythology's dust jacket is beautiful: a soft matte black infinity dusted with stars, with a lustrous Mjolnir in the centre.

Some of my favorite stories from the mythos are in Gaiman's book (the forging of Mjolnir, the birth of Sleipnir), and some I didn't know as well (the mead of poetry). Some of the gods I feel most affinity for are less prominent (Baldur, Bragi).

Gaiman and I are both totally hot for Loki, so that works out, because Loki kind of is the protagonist both of this retelling and, arguably, the mythos itself. I'm not a traditional storyteller or an anthropologist, but it seems to me that Gaiman picks up on the culture-hero role of tricksters like Loki as creators and bad/fortunate role models.

I’ve loved Gaiman's use of this mythos in other works: Sandman especially, and American Gods. Norse Mythology itself isn't a wholly successful adaptation for me.

Why? )

Ultimately, reading Norse Mythology made me want to re-read the book of Norse myths I had (or at least read) as a child. I did a search; the book must almost certainly be the d’Aulaires’, probably in the 1967 version.

I found it in a Popular Online Bookstore, and then, on even sexier second thought, at the local library.

Now I will say positive things about a book, to prove I can.

Just when East of Eden was fading me out, Steinbeck dropped deeper into the workings of Cal's character, and my faith flared up again. Steinbeck is very good at imagining the inner lives of people without ordinary empathy. I find it exhausting to be in those minds for such long stretches, but this is not the same as the work not being well done. The work is done very well.

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Fannish/Geeky Things

"The Fansplaining Definitions Survey". "This project is a production of the Fansplaining podcast, which is run by Elizabeth Minkel and Flourish Klink. You can learn more about us at fansplaining.com. We're not academics and this is not an academic survey, but we do strive to discuss and learn more about fandom in general. (We're both, by the way, longtime fanfic readers and writers.)"

Fan-made "Deadpool Musical - Beauty and the Beast "Gaston" Parody". [YouTube, ~6 minutes (including credits)]

"Once More With Feeling: On the afterlife of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what makes a show resonate for two decades, and why we re-watch television".

"Marvel’s Netflix Shows Need to Get More Comfortable with the MCU".


Writing/SFF

I liked Daniel José Older's NaNoWriMo pep talk.

"The SFF Equine: From Companions to Dragons". [Judith Tarr at Tor.com] "Both McCaffrey and Lackey based their magical beasts on a particular horse-human partnership: that of the riders and the (mostly) white stallions of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The horses are called Lipizzaner or Lipizzans in tribute to the original stud farm at Lipica in what is now Slovenia, and have been bred to much the same standard since the sixteenth century. They’re short, stocky, sturdy, strong, and highly intelligent. And they’ve been bred to favor individuals that bond with a single rider for, in the best case, the life of the horse."

"V.E. Schwab Expanding A Darker Shade of Magic With New Stories, Fan Art". (This is a collector's edition of the novel, not a whole new book.)

"Tale as old as time? We explore spin-offs, reboots and racebending". [[twitter.com profile] readingtheend guest-posting at OxfordWords blog]

"How Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Became the Darkest Tale of All: Despite the musical numbers, the 1991 Disney film is actually the darkest retelling of the popular fairy tale". [Genevieve Valentine at Vice]

"The Savage Other as a Stereotype in Fiction". [Kate Elliott]


Miscellaneous

Julia sent me this YouTube link: "The Birthday Boys - Gotta Catch My Shows". It's so true. ;_; See also: today's Wondermark.

"How to download a GIF from Twitter?" [Ezgif.com] It's not perfect--I think maybe it's rejecting some file formats?--but so far it's the most reasonable way I've found to nab "gifs" from Twitter. (Scare quotes because Twitter's idea of what to do with a gif is convert it to a video.)

"53 Pictures Only Introverts Can Truly Appreciate". [Buzzfeed] An alarming number of these are accurate for me. O_o

"Chris Evans Is Ready To Fight: His success as Captain America has made Chris Evans one of Hollywood's sure things, which means he can do whatever he wants with his free time. So why jump out of airplanes and get into it with David Duke?" [Esquire]

"This Adorable Pup Named Biden Just Got To Meet Former VP Joe Biden". [Buzzfeed]

"ModCloth Has Been Sold to Walmart—and Their Customers are Pissed". [The Mary Sue]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] cofax7, "A Book of Creatures" is a blog that posts about "entities of myth, legend, and folklore", and notes "WARNING: May contain sex, violence, and divine retribution."

A dress that changes from a simpler ball gown to a butterfly dress. [Facebook video]

"A 130-Year-Old Fact About Dinosaurs Might Be Wrong: New research on the creatures’ family tree could “shake dinosaur paleontology to its core.”".

down a memory rabbit lane hole

Mar. 24th, 2017 11:33 pm
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Since I got the new ipad and read a lot on it, my posting pattern has changed, in that in the evenings I don't always turn on my laptop, thus I don't post as much, or answer comments in a timely way. I do read comments when I get them, usually on my phone, because that's where I read my email. But if I don't answer right away, it's because of the lag time it takes for me to get my computer out in the evening, not that I'm ignoring you.

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The experiment in trying not to aggravate my knee is going apace. Sitting in a chair at work with my leg mostly straight isn't very comfy. I've been using my standing desk more than usual. Today I teleworked and got to sit on the couch, which is by far the most comfortable. The good news is, the pain has receded. The bad news is it doesn't take much to bring it back *I'm looking at you, stairs* So I'm avoiding stairs for the time being. I've set up a doctor's appointment, so we'll see what happens.

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In wedding plans, I've made my bouquet! That's exciting. We'll need to fold more flowers, but two of my friends at work are actually excited about that.

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I'm tempted by [community profile] wipbigbang  again. I dropped out last year because of RL house-buying. This year I'm not even going to sign up. I've got a couple short things I need to get done first, and then my long stuff will have to be on my own time. I'm still in that I want to write but I can't make myself sit down phase, which is driven by not having a lot of writing time at the moment. I'm not worried. I'm past that. Now I'm just patient.

But as a consequence of the comm announcement I found [personal profile] beatrice_otter 's The Genetics Factory, which she wrote for it last year, which is a Criminal Minds/Stargate crossover, which then sent me on a delightful search through Criminal Minds crossovers. I read several crosses wtih Supernatural, which were the first SPN fic I'd read in years, and then of course, segued into a few old favorites with various other fandoms, Ronon's Protection, Branching Out, The Clusterfuck Job, A Fate Worse Than, and In Darkness.

Which then segued into checking in on SGA fandom and John/Ronon fic. I found a new to me little series where Ronon stealth marries John! I was so excited! Getting There by mific.

John/Ronon is my secret favorite pairing in SGA. Don't get me wrong - I was totally there for the John/Rodney for years. Definitely one of my all time OTPs, but as I've faded out of SGA, it's the John/Ronon that keeps me coming back to see what's been happening, and I think it's driven mostly by my love of Ronon. I could read Ronon fic all day, and there's not enough of it. John/Rodney I'm more inclined to stick with old favorites rather than try new stuff because there's so much more to wade through, and it often falls much more into the conventional story lines that I've seen before and I'm less interested in. Also, I'm there for any fic that doesn't make Teyla the wise-calm-serene-friend and OT4 because I am always and forever there for team!porn/feels.

I always kind of have this low-key urge to write John/Ronon fic but then I have no idea what I would write about. My writing style usually wants a plot to go along with it. The one time I wrote a serious romance story (Blueshift [ST:AOS]) it was kind of by accident because that's not how it started in my head.

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Mar. 24th, 2017 11:13 pm
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... my dad just called me for the express purpose of reading aloud to me a long passage of Eugene Debs praising the Bolsheviks and condemning both of the period American parties as capitalist sellouts. fml

Cover shoot progress

Mar. 24th, 2017 06:59 pm
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I now have most of the props for my book cover photo shoot. Spray paint, pins, hot glue, RIT Dye, masking tape, old curtains, bits of hardware, an actual riding crop off eBay--I really haven't had this much crafty fun in ages.

The lighting is pretty good. I'm pleased with the complementary orange/blue color scheme--which was a happy accident. It was time to put a body in the chair and start testing poses.

So I asked my sister to don the shirt and drape the (very skinny) "buckskin breeches" (linen drawstring pants, still awaiting modification) over her legs, and strike the attitude.

I liked the effect, so I pasted on the head of the actual model I hope to hire for the photo shoot.

test book cover art for Restraint, showing a long haired and barefoot young man in Regency garb lounging in an ornate wingback chair

(The professional graphic designer will be charged with a real layout and real fonts. It's still up to me to tweak the costume. The draped column might have to go.)

What do you think?

3/24/2017 The Nature Area

Mar. 24th, 2017 07:01 pm
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I went up at 4 pm because the clouds were raising over my house and I thought it would stop raining. It really didn't but it was light rain and even that mostly stopped by about 5:30. I walk north on the boardwalk, south on Lower Packrat, up beside the Little Farm, north on Loop Road, and out by the main road. It was quiet but worth it for the solitude, the quietly-singing hermit thrush at the south end of the boardwalk, and the great horned owls in two places. Just barely long enough to cut: )

I saw only six of those twenty-one species, a low ratio of ear to eye even for me. I'll go late in the day again in good weather, see if that's better or worse. I also saw deer in two places. Have a pic of new fern fiddles: )

So nice to see after the drought-browned ferns in last year's pictures!
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My promotion actually went through at work! I have a modified title and a tiny raise. My supervisor had coached me to brace myself for nothing, given looming budget cuts across the whole organization, so even a little bit is a nice surprise; and while it's taken three and a half years to claw back up to what I was making at my last job, I still don't regret the move. Best of all, the upgrade doesn't involve doing much more than I'm doing now.

This news was especially welcome on the heels of a weekend where I learned that revisiting season one of BtVS + reading some BtVS fics + washing my hair for the first time since the temporary straightening and discovering that it looked like the worst perm I'd ever gotten back in high school = broody, self-recriminating fugue. Fascinating how a couple of days of rekindling a yearning to be Willow and to have an intense core friend group and mentor and whatnot could send me right back to a college-era headspace like that.

But it faded with a little socializing and a return to the work week. I went to an annual St. Patrick's Day concert with a couple of coworkers. This year's theme involved wandering back and forth through time, from the 1600s to contemporary pieces, tracing some of the threads of the evolution of Celtic music, song and dance. A wonderful local-ish musician, Keith Murphy, led a reinterpretation of the shape-note song Clamanda that I'd grown to love when Ann Leckie mentioned it in a discussion of the music she'd included in Ancillary Justice.

(And my hair is fine now. It just took two showers to get back to normal.)

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And now today, a vidding zine that Lim has been working on for months has gone live! It's got essays on various aspects of vidding, close readings of vids, ruminations on vidding history, vidder profiles and interviews, stories about copyright appeals, and more, from 16 international contributors.

VIDELICET

*warning: the landing page is a still graphic, but when you click through to the article index pages you will get some animated gifs. details below

Lim asked me to write about the Mashup exhibit, so I expanded my Dreamwidth report from last year to include new stuff about, for example, wrestling with legal questions before accepting the invitation to have "Starships!" included, deciding whether to use my RL or fannish name, brief reflections one year on, and some graphics that tried to capture my general feeling of "OMG" from the months leading up to the gallery opening. The article also features write-ins from Kandy Fong, Lim and [personal profile] heresluck. You can check it out here.

I'm at a local conference this weekend and don't expect to be online much, but what I've seen so far has been fantastic -- dynamic design customized to each article, beyond the compelling subject matter -- and I'm looking forward to reading/watching the rest.

*The All Articles index has animated gifs, although the mobile version doesn't seem to. You can avoid them if you go to the About page, and the Contributors page links to the articles by author. At a glance, the Glitter and Gold essay had a flashy gif (and the History of Vidding essay had a subtler one) that the gif-sensitive might want to be warned about.

My piece was given an auto-playing background video in the "Screening Room" section, and there's a non-flashy gif in the slide show embedded in the "Sh*t Gets Real" section. Also FYI, the section headers font and a few pix are styled with deconstructed red and blue like you would see in 3D materials before you put the glasses on.

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Mar. 24th, 2017 06:43 pm
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Vimeo removed my 'Shake It Out' Down to Agincourt vid because of a copyright claim from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.1 The version on YouTube one is still up (and not blocked anywhere).

What's particularly frustrating is that I can't message Vimeo staff about what the claim was regarding (you have to be following at least one person to message anyone. I'm now following a few people (including Vimeo Staff) but I still can't message anyone at this time for whatever reason). I think it's because of the song, but I want to be sure.

In happier news, I planted irises and the ACHA got pulled for lack of votes.



[1] as a side note, I think my videos have had a grand total of four hits since I uploaded the vid in question (I was mostly using the account as a backup of my stuff)

Vidthings

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:04 pm
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Okay, this is AWESOME: Videlicet, a vidding zine featuring albymangroves, astolat, bironic, bradcpu, cathexys, gwyneth, hollywoodgrrl, kiki_miserychic, lim, loki, mordandawn, obsessive24, pteryx, speranza, stultiloquentia, thefourthvine, and tons of vids. I've only just started browsing it and it is delicious.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] sigerson sent me a link to a truly adorable Voltron vid made to "Starships," which I just showed to Zaphod, and which made us both very happy.

Here it is! )
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Die Hard. The original movie, John McClane at Nakatomi Plaza, dealing with terrorists, burglars, cops, the FBI and so on.

When John arrives at the big holiday party on the 30th floor, a small string ensemble is playing classical and seasonal music. They're located in a musicians' gallery, partway up a side wall, a kind of balcony, with a stairway for access from the main room, possibly a doorway to an upper hall behind them. Shots are fired, Hans and his merry men arrive, and the employees of Nakatomi Corp. are harried into the central room with the small fountains, stonework, pools, plants, etc. The musicians are seen once, running down the stairs or away from the situation, with their instruments.

What happens to them?

They can't get out; the building is locked down, the elevators (entrance in the room with the hostages) are stopped. They are not shot, harassed, or anything else onscreen. They are not among the group on the roof, later. Neither they nor their instruments are seen again for the entire movie.

I have a theoretical answer.

They are not human; they are fey musicians, arranged for by someone at Nakatomi who has connections to the Faerie world. When danger arises, they move down, huddle with the crowd and vanish, in such a way that they are not seen doing it -- and so many people are in shock at the terrorists' arrival that their leaving isn't noticed.

They make their way back to their homeland -- there is a gateway nearby, in the green area surrounding the building; the Los Angeles fey community has used it for centuries, and the modern era's takeover of the region with concrete and steel does not affect them; as long as the steel is not exposed and they are not forced into contact with it, it is not an issue. And they report what has happened to their region's queen.

The queen parts the gossamer curtains and scries in a pond in the mortal world. "It will be well. McClane is there." And she forbears to send elven troops to deal with the interlopers.

The magicians huddle and murmur. Who is this McClane? Ahh, *that* McClane, the reincarnation of one of their mightiest warriors, canny and powerful, who goes this time in the guise of a NY city cop, the better to fit into the culture. All will indeed be well.
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Five random things on Friday afternoon:

a. I realized I'd miscalculated and only had enough lettuce for four days of lunch salads. I still have croutons, cranberries, cheese, and cashews walnuts (the alliteration was working there for a minute), but no more romaine. So I had an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese and it sure was tasty.

2. Why is it so hard to find a nice red patent leather tote bag? It doesn't even have to be real leather? I would take PVC! But apparently it's not in style now? I don't understand - how does red patent leather ever go out of style?

iii. I went to bed early last night - the past two nights I've had that low-grade fever feeling, with the aches and the chills - and slept okay but I still did not want to get out of bed this morning. I am hopefully going to get some sleep over the weekend.

D. so in the oft-mentioned but still unfinished Thing 1 and Thing 2, I've been trying not to repeat events (it's the same overall story told from two POVs), but I came to a thing that I think has to be told twice - once when it happens, and then once again later, as told by the person it happened to directly. I think that makes it less repetitive? I don't know. I still haven't figured it all out. I've never really done a thing like this before, where it's separate stories rather than just sections from different POVs. I guess we'll see how it works if I ever finish them.

5. Alyssa texted me that she was feeling sad on Wednesday so she put two of the songs from the Flash/Supergirl musical ("Super Friend" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart") on repeat along with "Hooked on a Feeling," "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)," and the Lego Batman song and found it very cheering. In case you also feel in need of happiness.

Sigh. I am so ready to go home.

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 Okay, these are so belated, but apparently it takes me being at another con(ference, this time) to have enough time away from kids to be able to type up my notes from the last con. But here they are! It's a google doc, and feel free to add on in comments any stuff that I forgot/left out. Hope that they make some sense and convey the lovely conversation that we had (sitting around a cool wooden conference table like VIPs..)

Assorted Emails

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:32 am
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If you want to email/write/fax your reps and senators about any of these issues, feel free to crib from me, edit, whatever.

1. The AHCA amendments are even less acceptable than the bill itself – the one which concerns me is that one of the amendments would remove the requirement that health plans sold to individuals and small businesses must cover essential health benefits, many of which affect me personally. I do not trust the state of Pennsylvania to determine what basic health benefits my insurance must include. My state could even cut all of the ten essential health benefits, or refuse to set a minimum amount of coverage.

That amendment is preposterous. Please vote [representative] encourage your colleagues to vote [senators] against it.


2. Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch should be delayed while the FBI’s investigation into governmental ties with Russia is still in progress. Investigation of multiple members of the administration is worrisome and should be central at this time.

Additionally, lifetime appointments to SCOTUS should not be made by an administration that is potentially seriously tainted.


3. Attorney General Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russian hacking was only the minimum required. He should also resign, and accept whatever penalties he incurred for his documented misconduct.

Please demand that the integrity of the office of Attorney General be upheld.


4. I made this one more generalized than the one I actually sent. The NEA, the NHA, and the CPB provide funding that is minimal but still helps to employ large numbers of American artists. Musicians perform concerts and attract a steady audience from both the city and the surrounding areas.

Audiences don’t just sit and listen; both before and after the performances, they park their cars, eat in restaurants, drink in bars, do a little shopping if they happen to be early – in short, they spend money which helps local businesses. At the concerts, attendees meet their neighbors and make plans to attend still more concerts, buying more tickets, spending more money, something that doesn’t happen when you listen to music at home, alone.

The arts are a vital part of our economy as well as our culture. Please support funding for the NEA, the NHA, and the CPB.


5. I strongly oppose the President's proposed budget. The current outline will slash funding for the State Department, foreign aid, and every domestic agency while instead adding $54 billion in military spending, when we already spend far more than is needed for this purpose. If some of this money went to support our soldiers, their families, and our veterans and their healthcare needs, I might be onboard, but as it is, this is a ridiculous waste.

Please remember those in our state who continue to pledge their lives and their bodies to protect us, and support them rather than voting for useless spending on more weapons.

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