tielan: (AVG - agents)
Sunday, September 25th, 2016 01:08 pm
Written as a pinch-hit for Avengersfest 2016:

Carter's Eleven
“Have no fear, Director,” Zola said in primly satisfied accents. “I assure you that there is no one person who can make a difference to Thursday’s events.”

I angsted a lot about this story - what to change, what to keep, how to rewrite the timeline and the scenes reasonably to give the women the opportunity to shine as they are, not just slotted into the appropriate character positions. This may not be the Carter's Eleven I originally envisioned, but it one works better in-canon, I think.


Interludes With Jaeger Pilots
Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, and the questions of war, friendship, and love, in the battle against the Kaiju.

Second part of a story in a series about an MCU Pacific Rim universe. Maria & Pepper focused, although this one has background Pepper/Tony and foreground Maria/Steve.
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Friday, September 23rd, 2016 09:10 am
Writing things, mostly rambling to myself.

Dance Me To The End Of Love )

I have the ending in place, although there are still a few things in flux...


Sharp Evening Stars And Bright Morning Flame is satisfactorily plotted out. Can I write it in the next 3 weeks? I'm doubtful.

I seem to have overreached myself in due dates right now.

There's [community profile] crossovering and [community profile] marvel_poc, both of which have plotbunnies, only they're pretty decently sized ones and will probably be written right up to the deadline.

I signed up for a quilting swap for Marvel characters about a month ago, and am planning to make a polygon hulk shoulder bag. Paper piecing is harder and more intricate than it looks.

And then I signed up to pattern-test a new bag pattern which is due...you guessed it - October!

Summercomp hockey starts up in the 2nd half of October, too.

And a 'proof of concept' has been floated at work, and I got assigned to it. Only I'm the database and the main interface, and I've been working on another project for the last couple of weeks. The UI developer has more or less stepped away from the project in disgust and concern that it's not managed properly, and the project managers are all either really high up, or else in sales and more concerned with whether it's pretty enough and not whether it does anything that the proof of concept is wanting.

Plus, new tech and skills. Always harder to do than just leaping into something familiar...

So I'm a bit stressed right now.

On the plus side, the parentals come home from the US by mid-October, so I get B2 back in the house. It'll be nice to have someone at home to come home to and chat with.
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 03:39 pm
Over the last five years, there've been some slow and steady changes to the club and the players in the club.

When I first joined, the club was smaller. It had a core of old friends who'd played together for a long time, and had young children still in primary school. They were the good-natured ribbing kind of friends, who'd known each other for a long time and were comfortable joking with each other. Now, those old friends are still there, but their kids are teens, in high school; they're held together with fondness, but they're separated by the lives of their children and their own careers.

Over the years, the women who've come in to play are...louder. Rowdier. The kind of women who think that pranking someone so they feel isolated and excluded is funny. The quieter, more...I'm going to say 'more honourable' players, have drifted away - mostly to motherhood, or they left after a rough year and never came back. What we have now is a core of women who don't really care about the rules so long as the system benefits them, who think nothing of calling our opponents names openly in social media, who think humiliation is 'funny'...

There's the old adage of the boiling frog. Dump a frog into boiling water and it'll jump right out. Dump a frog into cold water, and turn up the heat, and he'll sit there and boil to death.

I guess we're boiling to death, then.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 09:58 am
[livejournal.com profile] vervainwolf noted my nomination of Maria Hill in Ultimates!verse for Yuletide, and wrote this little ficlet!

Comics are difficult for me to get into - a lot of it relies on the quality of the art, which can be very variable. But the panels I've seen of Ultimate!Spiderman where Maria is featured look really high-quality.

(And I'm still SALTY AS HECK that they didn't go with Miles Morales Spiderman and include Maria working with him - particularly after she finds out that Tony recruited a TEENAGED BOY.)
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 07:12 am
Writing a pinch hit when you're not getting anything in return is a little demoralising. Yeah, I knew the deal when I wrote it but it's hitting surprisingly hard this morning.

Maybe it's just that there's Marvel everywhere right now but nothing of Maria Hill and nearly nobody either capable of writing her or willing to stretch to try.
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 06:15 am
There's an emergency PH on [livejournal.com profile] avengersfest that wants Clint-centric, Clint/any-not-Phil, and no Civil War.

I'd fill it, but I've already filled one PH for the exchange and I'm not actually signed up (because nearly nobody wanted Maria or Maria/Steve) so I'm not getting anything out of this exchange except (hopefully) love on my story.

And, again, this weekend is kind of busy.

Anyone on my f-list able to drop an emergency PH?
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Friday, September 16th, 2016 04:49 pm
Okay, so the project that isn't decently specced is supposed to be what they call a SPRINT - which is where you start off with fuzzy ideas of what you want, you build a prototype, and keep refining it.

Problem is that the business people have provided a really highlevel example of what they want, thinking that we'll come up with the specifics of the scneario, and we're waiting for a more nitty-gritty rundown of what's going on.

They think this is enough for us to work up the steps from - which it is, but we're used to having someone else work up those steps and then comes to us with what they want, from which we do the actual development. And, generally, when we try to come up with 'ideas of what the user wants' we end up on the wrong side of the client which causes all kinds of grief.

The other developer on this project (the User Experience developer or UX developer) is particularly used to this because he designs and programs the user interfaces for, say, tablet and phone apps. And you know how pissed off you get when something doesn't work PRECISELY the way you want it? Yeah, I get the feeling he's had a bunch of bad experiences. Which, fair enough. HOWEVER, I am still not going to be the person he gets to grumble to about all the things that should be happening which aren't.

Anyway, after today's meeting, I bit the bullet and wrote the 'steps for the scenario' and sent it out. Have yet to hear back from people about whether it'll suffice. Here's hoping.

The scary part? The high-ups have been singing about this to various people and apparently EVERYONE'S excited. "You'll be famous," they said in the meeting. Which, frankly, just made me want to climb under the desk and wibble.
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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 08:36 pm
Avengersfest PH is done. It's probably not as good as I'd like to believe it is, but it fills the requirements and I'm in under the deadline.

- Dance Me To The End Of Love
- There's A Show Alright..
- Neighbours AU
- Jaeger AU
- fake!marrieds
- sedoretu


I'm feeling a bit shaky, although I don't know if that's because I'm tired or because the tooth has been nagging at me for the last few days.

It's 8:40pm and I think I'm going to get a wash and try for bed...
tielan: (Castle)
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 12:28 pm
Meme taken from [personal profile] muccamukk:

My fics on Ao3 are here.

The questions are:
1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?

Only 2 questions per commenter!
[personal profile] muccamukk: #23
[livejournal.com profile] mieystrapurore: #16 and #18
[personal profile] crossing_hades #24
[livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer: #19 and #20
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 01:59 pm
I think one of the issues I'm currently experiencing with Imzy is that they're rather overfriendly. Lots of "Hi! We just want to sound really cheery about something that's minor, or make someone friending you sound exciting! Lots of exclamation marks will do this, and it should make you feel right at home!"

As a matter of fact, I'm not a fan of overdone 'chumminess', although I guess it might appeal to other people. It makes my skin crawl, just a little, but there's no option to remove this or change it.

Also, I feel that only notifying a user of the first comment in a post is a little like blackmail: "YOU MUST VISIT OUR SITE AND INTERACT IN ORDER TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON." You know what? I don't want to visit your site 'just to see what's going on'. I'd like the option to be notified when people respond to my posts - every comment but my own.

Basically, I feel like imzy is trying to force a whole bunch of things on the community to make it a community, without letting the community organically grow itself as communities do. There's no absolute way to make a successful social media site, although there are reliable metrics for me - interaction, commonality, and the easy ability of the individual to mark lines and maintain them.

While they're pushing the interaction and the commonality on me, they've taken away my ability to mark the lines and maintain them - or complicated it rather more than I'm particularly comfortable with.

Maybe they'll convert me; at this point, the answer is "no". And when they keep coming at me with bright and chirpy email messages, then the answer is "HELL, no."
tielan: (SG - JT hero)
Monday, September 12th, 2016 08:28 am
US Political Action Alert: Refugee Crisis and Prison Sentencing Reform over at [personal profile] beatrice_otter's LJ.

What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?
"Founders are typically bold and charismatic visionaries who inspire with their moral imagination, while their teachings sometimes evolve into ingrown, risk-averse bureaucracies obsessed with money and power. That tension is especially pronounced with Christianity, because Jesus was a radical who challenged the establishment, while Christianity has been so successful that in much of the world it is the establishment."

Anne Frank Today Is A Syrian Girl
"The obstacle was an American wariness toward refugees that outweighed sympathy.

Jim Wright: How The War Against Terror Was Won
"Yes we did. Many times over. We killed them. We killed them all. We killed their families. We killed their wives and their kids and all their neighbors. We killed whole nations that weren’t even involved just to make goddamned sure. We bombed their cities into rubble. We burned down their countries."

On the difference between being nice and being kind
Haven't read this, was pointed to it by [personal profile] colls, but need to take a look. Looks valid and interesting.


In other news, I went to a women's weekend at our church, based on the book of Hebrews, about how to be encouraging. It was really good. And all the more to sit in a group of women, with whom I figured I had little in common but our faith, and discover that we have a lot of other things in common: feminism, belief that the church is focusing too much on 'gay marriage' and not enough on compassion for refugees, how to minister to our fellow women when we're all out of emotional spoons ourselves, and many other things, including taking time to self-minister spiritually (something that I struggle with, and I'm a single woman with no partner or children to take my time and energy).

It took up a big chunk of my Saturday, but it was really good and I was going to type up a precis of it, but haven't done it yet. I don't think I stopped on Saturday until around 10:30pm. And then Sunday was nearly as busy!

Tonight, I'm going to dinner with a friend, and another friend (undergoing a messy divorce) wants me to go out with him and others to a comedy club until nearly midnight. Sorry, mate, no.

Finally, I'm over at imzy as tielan.
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Friday, September 9th, 2016 07:47 am
I have begun reading Quora answers, because they're interesting, and some of the people put opinions far more succinctly than I ever could.

And the snark is strong with this one:

"Seriously? This is not the hill you want to die on. Move along."
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Thursday, September 8th, 2016 10:26 am
So, with the PH still in the works and me trying to write myself out of corners and trying not to play the tape loop that says "nobody will like this", there's no way that I'm going to get [community profile] iddyiddybangbang done by the due date. :(

I mean, that doesn't stop me from writing it, but the opportunity for unabashed id was one of the key motivators.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 01:24 pm
I am in the "I hate this story, it sucks, I can't write it, i should have picked something easier" phase of writing right now.

Send Steve/Maria fic.
tielan: Leia, RotJ, concerned (SW - Leia concern)
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 08:59 am
So, I didn't get very far with my 2015-2016 Ladies Bingo Card mostly because I don't think "oh, I should write a story about this prompt".

I tend to think "this would be a cool concept" and then I try to make it work.

General Writing Things )

I have a plot for [community profile] iddyiddybangbang and it is ALL ID. ALL OF IT. I just have to write it in two weeks. After I write this PH.

I am seriously contemplating going home at lunch. Because the system I need to use here at work is down (has been for the last few days) and I could be using my time more usefully than I'm doing here...
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Friday, September 2nd, 2016 08:45 am
Regarding the 'How To Talk To A Woman Who's Wearing Headphones' fiasco:

How To Talk To A Woman Who Is Playing A Playstation 4 Inside Her Locked House: relevant comparisons.

So You Must Talk To The Woman Who Is Wearing Headphones: or "no, we're not going to listen to you just because you have a penis anymore".

This Vote Is Legally Binding by [livejournal.com profile] ursulav: in answer to the "so I can't talk to anyone ever again, huh?" question that the bros are asking in answer to being told that they don't have the right to impinge on a woman's clearly-defined personal space.