tielan: (AVG - agents)
Sunday, July 9th, 2017 09:00 pm
Mostly, I was finishing assignments and writing treats. I got at least one finished, would have liked to get two, but it's kind of complicated.

And the next chapter of the sedoretu fic is done. At this point, I don't care how angsty/angry Natasha is being, I just want this done and out of my head. And now Bucky's up. In more ways than one.

My achilles is once again aching, I've deputised my sister to drop me off at the station tomorrow so I don't have to limp up to the bus stop.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, July 7th, 2017 02:06 pm
Because I had yesterday off, I spent a portion of it doing my own nails.

I was aiming for Wonder Woman inspired nails:

Pro Mani

Which I kind of did, just not quite as neatly:

Wonder Woman nails.

Part of it is the nail polish I'm using - it's not all stamping polish, so it's not as thick as it perhaps could be. And unfortunately, I can't buy the stamping polish I want to (the MoYou brand in the UK) because they don't deliver to Australia. In answer to which, I'm going to try getting it sent to my dad in Vietnam and have him mail it on...

I also didn't have my clear stamper with which I was able to see what I was doing, and position everything the way I wanted it. I misplaced it a couple of weeks back, and I haven't yet managed to relocate it. I'm hoping it didn't fall in the bin or anything...
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Friday, July 7th, 2017 09:33 am
[community profile] auexchange 2017:

Hello dear author!

Thank you so much for writing for me - I really appreciate the effort you're going to put into this! Writing AUs is always tricky for the amount of backstory that has to go into them (particularly for fusion AUs), and I love seeing the work in little bits and pieces through your story!

My primary desire for all these requests is a story about the women.

MCU and TV, Buffy and Angel, Merlin )


So all of these are just ideas; if you can't manage any of them, then please go for the character/relationship and the AU that we matched on, and write what you can.

I look forward to reading your work!
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
Thursday, July 6th, 2017 09:46 am
[community profile] genex is finishing nominations in about 10 hours (just after midnight 'Pago Pago' time, which I presume is the last island in the Pacific to flip the date over). Here is the existing tag set and I've nominated a bunch more female friendships besides!

(Damn, forgot Pacific Rim? Anyone willing to go in and nominate all the Mako friendships, although particularly with the female characters?)


[community profile] auexchange has opened sign-ups! This is a fairly specific AU exchange, matching on fandoms and characters and AU scenarios - both fusion and canon divergence.


[community profile] crossovering is also presently taking nominations although they're not showing the tagset.

In order to check that you haven't doubled-up on fandoms, you have to go to here and see if someone's said they're nominating your preferred fandom. It's a bit tricksy IMO - easier just to show what fandoms have already been nominated so you can add the ones that aren't there without problem.

I think the difference between AU Exchange and Crossovering is that the first is pretty specific scenarios, and the second has a lot of leeway around general universes.


Northern Hemisummer is always crazy for sign-ups...


I have the [livejournal.com profile] mcu_aufest story in, as well as [community profile] not_primetime, and I'm contemplating treats for both. Not convinced I'm going to have time, though...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 03:57 pm
  • Sew a dozen quilt blocks.

  • Take out one bucket of red rocks

  • Prep copper sulfate

  • Do Wonder Woman nails
tielan: (Sanctuary - Helen)
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 01:27 pm
[community profile] trope_bingo 2017 card












Feel free to suggest ideas (just don't count on receiving them quite the way you asked for them).
tielan: (go boom)
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 01:30 pm
Saw 'Frozen' yesterday thanks to the TV screen on my dentist's ceiling while at my appointment yesterday. Have a few questions.

1. So Hans was from another kingdom but kind of insinuated himself into Elsa/Anna's kingdom by getting himself engaged to Anna?

2. Did the rock trolls have any purpose at all or were they just there for the song about pairing up and getting married?

3. Nobody was going to actually check that Anna was dead, she was just dead on Hans' say-so? Like, NOBODY?

4.Was it just me, or did the ending feel somewhat anticlimactic - particularly because Hans only revealed himself to be evil in the last, oh, 10 minutes of the movie?
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, July 3rd, 2017 08:24 am
Slight headache around the temples; likely to be lack of water after playing half a game of hockey. (I didn't hydrate enough.)

Slight ache at back of head, consonant with having banged it down on the turf. Apparently the photos of the goal that I assisted by getting the ball in are pretty good. The photos of my being taken out...not so great.

Someone asked if I got knocked out, but I'm pretty sure the conversations over my head were continuous while I was lying down, no breaks like from a loss of consciousness.

Achilles tendon is not playing ball; it feels twingey and sore and I had to walk to the bus stop this morning. I think I'll be working from home for at least the next couple of days - most of the people who'd usually assign me work are going to be working from Wagga until Thursday, so there's not really any value in me working in the office. (Another reason I dragged my sorry carcass in this morning rather than call in sick.)

And I have a dental appointment this afternoon. Joy.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 08:52 pm

Scored a goal (touched a ball on the way in to the goal), and was running another ball down into the circle.

Opposition Player 1 barged me, but slid over trying to get to the ball. I went crashing into Opposition Player 2 whose shoulder hit my jaw and flung me back. I went down like they do in movies, where the head bounces against the concrete.

Okay, so it was water-based astroturf, and a little bit bouncy. It still hurt like the dickens. I saw double for about 10 seconds, and lay there for another minute trying to determine if the ache in my head was just that bruised feeling you get when a body part makes contact with an unyielding surface, or if it was something more.

My team-mates (having scored our second goal mere seconds after I went down) crowded around, and they called one of our coaches along to help me off the field. I could walk, but it was cold and my head ached. I sat out the rest of the game (there was five minutes to half-time) because we had enough subs and the coach wasn't willing to put me back on the field and running around. I was kind of disappointed not to get to play more.

So far as we can ascertain at this point, I don't have a concussion. I don't feel fuzzy or woozy, my head just aches the way something does when you've hit it really hard, and my body is taking stock.

However, it was kind of funny when I was determining whether i needed to take a concussion test. I asked the coach who helped me off the field, and she said "stay awake for the next four hours and then if you still feel okay - no sore ears or headaches - then you can go to sleep and you should wake up."

And me (being me) deadpanned, "And if I don't wake up?"

Her husband grinned. "Then you should definitely go to the hospital!"

Mostly, I think it's that if I wake up feeling nauseous or any worse, then I should go to the hospital (which is 9 minutes away) and emergency.

We still won the game 3-0, which was satisfying. The other team kind of had a meltdown - their best fullback got really shrill and angry, which is kind of enjoyable to watch, and also kind of sad-making, because, yeah, it sucks when you know you can play better, but implosion is one of the worst ways to go.

Anyway, hockey has been a really dangerous proposition for me this year; little finger, achilles tendon, and now my skull.

So, just in case, if I don't wake up, I love y'all.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, June 30th, 2017 03:43 pm
One of those days where you're just falling asleep at your desk no matter what you do. I even went for a walk to wake myself up and found it didn't really help. I'm still back at the desk now feeling sleepy.

However, while out on the walk, I did discover an interesting looking cafe/eatery in one of the back streets. And a park maybe two blocks from the office.

The problem is mostly getting out there and back. My foot hasn't been feeling great lately, although I don't know if that's the cold or over-exertion.
tielan: SGA: Teyla and Elizabeth sitting on the bed (SGA - teyla/liz)
Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 10:47 am
My achilles tendon stiffened up on Monday, to the point where merely walking from work to the station, from one station platform to the next, and walking home from the bus stop was awful.

So I worked a half-day from home yesterday and saw a physio, and I'm working from home again today because it's still twinging a little.

Down side: all the testing and over-the-shoulder help I could use right now is not available. And there's quite a lot of it.

Up side: I can pick up my Sydney Transport card which I dropped on a bus the other week and which someone kindly picked up and turned in.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, June 26th, 2017 11:30 am
[community profile] fandomgiftbox is running again in July-August. It works a little like Fandom Stocking, but is in the middle of the year, instead of the end when all the Yuletide/Santa exchanges take place.

You post a comment with the lists of your requests for fandoms/characters/prompts, and the type of gifts you'd like to receive, and the mods post your lists in a separate post which is temporarily screened. People may then gift you fic and art based on what you've posted.

You don't have to gift other people - it's not an exchange. However, it's hoped you'll go looking for someone who has interests that match yours and give them a little something.

Sign Ups at [community profile] fandomgiftbox run until the 7th July.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Monday, June 26th, 2017 09:27 am
With two assignments and a pinch hit to get done in the next week, none of which are even close to completed, along with both the Porn Battle community ([community profile] pbam) and the Fan Flashworks community ([community profile] fan_flashworks) running amnesty weeks, it may not have been the wisest time to subscribe to Netflix.

But I do have Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, Sense8, and a number of movies lined up for watching...
tielan: (books - shiny)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 10:41 pm
NPR: Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve

From what I understand, the problem is less that 'without bees we won't be able to pollinate anything' and more 'the way we agribusiness is a problem - and the way we use bees in agribusiness is part of that problem'.


NPR: The Astrobiology Of The Anthropocene (2016)

Basically, like the Jurassic, Triassic, and other '-cene' eras, we're now in the Anthropocene. A new way of looking at things.


The Establishment: Adoption Is A Feminist Issue (But Not For The Reasons You Think)

Ties in with abortion and childbearing, and (I think) points out the issue that if women weren't crowded into a place where they have no economic choices/advantages, then both adoption and abortion rates would drop.

Which is pretty much what this article I linked to (from a Christian minister in Sydney) points out - that having children economically disadvantages women, and if we as a society (or culture, or community) are not going to help a woman bear the burden of children, then even the ones who eventually want children are going to abort if they become pregnant at an inconvenient time.


The Atlantic: The Cheapest Generation

What do you do when an entire generation of society largely don't want or can't afford the products you're selling? What does that do to the model of economic growth?


Sydney Morning Herald: Three Women Who Regret Motherhood

Earlier this week, I asked if there was any socially acceptable way for a woman to indicate she regretted having children. The kick for that question was this article.

I think the most helpful thing I got was [personal profile] havocthecat saying that perhaps there needs to be some kind of 'mourning ceremony' for all the things that are going to be lost in having a child. A baby shower is supposed to be the joyful, hopeful, encouraging thing, but we don't talk about the negative side of changes to a woman's status when she becomes a mother.


Racked: The Politics of Pockets (2016)

How and why women's clothing has no pockets.


The New Yorker: China's Mistress Dispellers

The people who are hired to get rid of China's mistresses - chase them off, buy them out - whatever works. And the culture and sociology and reasoning behind the scenes of such a business, as well as an insight into a brief history of Chinese marriage.


The New Yorker: Power To The People (2015)

An article about solar power and the part that utility companies - and regulation - may have to play in that; to their advantage, but in the face of the old model. (Man, how does that sound familiar.)

There was an interesting article that popped up as a result of this (or which popped this up as a result) about solar power in Africa - that's a 2017 article, about startups in Africa selling cheap power to sub-Saharan Africans, the advantages, disadvantages, and moral questions. I don't know where that article is, though - I thought I saved it, but maybe not.


Modern Maker's Retreat: A New Perspective on Modern Quilting

The last few years have seen arguments over what defines modern quilting, and this woman has an interesting perspective on it all (and one which I've lightly touched on in quilting blogging). Quilting used to be a thrift task - done because there were scraps that needed to be used rather than wasted. Now, it's a creative work of art - done for the joy of it, and by people who have the resources to spend on function-specific tools and fabric. She thinks that's the difference between 'traditional' and 'modern' quilting for her. I can't entirely agree; I think colour and fabric and style comes into play as well.
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:22 am
Dear Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! I'm so glad you like Diana (you'd kind of have to because she's in all my options) and I hope that you enjoy the process of this exchange!

Please remember that pretty much everything but the Do Not Wants (DNWs) is optional.

dear author )

Ultimately, I love these characters and these dynamics and would really like to see stories about them, so if you can't do the specific scenarios I've given, then just write them how you see them and we'll be cake by the ocean!
tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 08:45 am
Taking a leaf out of [personal profile] kass' book:

1. Cats who love being petted. A friend came by last night, and her cat is an "I will allow you to caress me at arm's length" kitty, while mine are both "Oh, you have a LAP! We are FOREVER FRIENDS!" cats.

2. The realisation that Diana is all of us who want to make the world a better place: fierce anger, fierce sorrow, bitter defeat at the enormity of our failings, and loving hope at our ability to change the world.

3. #Throwback Thursday on Spotify - soundtrack hits. Currently listening to Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" - I have no idea what this song is about, but I love the harmonics of it, and the 'bridges' between chorus and verse.

4. At some point in the last couple of days, I hit 400 subscribers on AO3. That's 400 people who want to be notified when I post any fanfic, because they'll at least give it a chance.

5. Just how many wonderful people and opportunities and gifts I have in my life. Including the friends I've made on the internet. Thanks, ppls.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:32 am
Dear Author,

These are guidelines more than anything else (except the DNWs): please keep that in mind while reading!

requests )

These are all JUST IDEAS, by the way! Ultimately, write the characters and relationship we matched on in the way you see their relationship and we'll be fine.

Thanks so much for writing for me, dear Author!
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 08:33 am
Actually, I think it's the same problem that Marvel is facing now for me: heroic heroes vs. world weary Nietzchean ubermensch.

polygon.com: The DCEU has a problem — everybody likes Wonder Woman
With Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins has returned the focus to humanity writ large. She recognizes that superheroes resonate precisely because their stories are familiar. Yes, Diana is better than the rest of us. As a fictional character, she can do things we can’t, from both a moral and physical perspective. However, that doesn’t make her alien. In the film, her actions instill the allied forces with courage and resolve. The later heroics of Steve, Sameer & Co are less spectacular, but their contributions are no less meaningful and the audience is equally able to learn from that example. Diana inspires everyone around her to be better. That gives the film genuine warmth and makes Wonder Woman relevant to anyone watching in a theater.

But the quotation that I found particularly interesting in the context of my (rapidly dying) love of the MCU is this:
He [Snyder] wants to see Batman have a dustup with Superman, and he’s not overly concerned about how mere mortals relate to the personal struggles of gods.
Which is pretty much how I feel about CACW: the point that would have made for the most interesting movie regarding the nature of heroes - the Accords - was pretty much just a McGuffin so we could eventually see Iron Man fight Captain America (and the Winter Soldier).
tielan: Leia, RotJ, concerned (SW - Leia concern)
Monday, June 19th, 2017 11:16 am
I'm trying to think of whether there's any societally acceptable way (offline, outside of the kind of circles that we encounter here in online fandom) for a woman who's already had kids to express the sentiment that she wishes she'd never had them and I'm coming up blank.

The ones I can think of would mostly get waved away as "selfishness" - ie. career interruption, limitations on lifestyle - or "that's part of the role" - ie. emotional/physical/mental struggle, dealing with the children 90% of the time.

Can you think of one?