January 9th, 2017

tielan: (AVG - maria2)
Monday, January 9th, 2017 08:18 am
A couple of years ago, I supported a gaming minatures start-up: Toughest Girls of the Galaxy and, as a result, got rewarded with couple of dozen resin miniatures which need prepping and painting.

Like I need another hobby!

Any suggestions for sites giving instructions on how to go about it?

I have this youtube video on how to assemble the models, but I guess I'm also looking at tips, tricks, advice, your own thoughts on how to paint miniatures...

I have another set of miniatures that are due to arrive in the next week or so, and I haven't even prepped the first set. I don't know where I'm going to have the space to do this, because outside is gardening and the dining room is full of B1's study stuff, and the study is either my writing desk or quilting stuff...

Eh. I'll work it out. I'm looking for tips and how-tos right now. Or your thoughts on miniatures and painting them?
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, January 9th, 2017 10:32 am
Day 06

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

1. Star Wars original trilogy fic.

"There is another...Sky...walker..."

An AU where Luke falls to the Dark Side in Palpatine's throne room, and Leia just manages to escape Endor with her life. She then has to train up in her Jedi skills while evading Luke (who's now hunting her), and bring him back to the light side, all the while trying to keep the last fragments of the Rebellion alive.

I want this LIKE BURNING. I have wanted it for many many years, but now I'm thinking, DAMN IF THIS ISN'T A TIME TO ASK FOR IT, THEN WHEN WILL BE?

Also, I'd take a Rogue One 'everyone survives' background AU for this - they're part of the lingering Rebellion (for some reason they weren't at Endor, perhaps scooting around trying to hold other little bastions) and they know Luke and Leia and Han and Chewie, and the hope they had is gone...

2. Maria Hill-centric fic with Maria/Steve

I always want this fic - always always always - but with Civil War in the rearview mirror, I want the story of Maria Hill, unenhanced non-Avenger human, making the Avengers and their associated peoples see reason because she is the one who knows them, who they trust, who they're friends with, who they love, and she is the representative of humanity - the ones that need the protection of the Avengers, yes, but also who need the protection against the Avengers...

She knows the game of politics and how it's played. She knows the intelligence world and how to survive in it. She knows the Avengers and is known to them - is friends with them in canon as no other character with her background and her understanding of what they do is.

This is important!

I want MCU Maria Hill in Civil War, walking the fine and difficult middle line with friends and found family all around her, arguing, fighting, falling apart. I want a story about her perspective, her world, her utterly unique view on the world and how she makes it work with all the resources she has - soft power as well as hard.

3. Steve/Maria/[female]/[male] Sedoretu fic

I don't care if the other pairing is Natasha/Bucky or Pepper/Tony (or Jane/Thor, or Natasha/Clint) but I'd like to see a take on a four-person marriage with a Steve/Maria pairing.

(I'm already doing it with sharp evening stars and bright morning flame, but I'd like to see someone else do it.)
tielan: (SGA - Teyla 2)
Monday, January 9th, 2017 04:56 pm
Day 8: In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is a difficult one to answer. I don't know. Everything?

I like my writing - even my mediocre fics are pretty good (once I've gotten a bit of distance from them).

I like the way I see the world - a blend of conflicting ideas: that Christianity is best when it's not the official religion, that women and what they do are worthy of being celebrated even when men and other women don't see that or can't celebrate that, that a good society both gives the individual the ability to achieve and excel and be marked out for it, but also requires community and social capital to keep everything running smoothly.

I like myself.

It's not the done thing to like yourself. We're supposed to pick at our faults, expose our weaknesses, be self-deprecating.

The truth is...most of the time, I think I'm pretty hot stuff. Okay, maybe not hot stuff but I'm someone that people like being around. I'm someone that people like talking to. That people like listening to. I hope I'm a good listener (truthfully, that's probably something I'm bad at - I struggle to remember distinct things about people, particularly on social media when I haven't met them or interacted much with them).

I like myself. And I like that I like myself. It's a good position from which to start: the assumption that you are the good stuff and that people want to know you and will be enriched by knowing you.

Does it need to be leavened with humility? Well, yes. Yes, it does. :)

And yes, a lot of this is because I've had good fortune to be among people who gave value to others - as the challenge post for Day 8 says, "children have such great self-confidence, because they have people in their lives that tell them that they are great, that they have value." And I have had people in my life tell me that I am great, and that I have value - from the God who became incarnate in Jesus Christ, to the parents who - while being entirely human and flawed themselves - have never let me doubt that I am loved, to friends who want to spend time with me, to a cat who is sitting on my mousepad looking adoringly up at me right as I type this.

The truth is that I have been taught that I have value and I have never unlearned it; God willing, I never will.

You have worth, too; you are valuable.