ot: SFF Binge-Reader Bundle

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:23 am
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https://storybundle.com/bundle

Just a couple of these things, & it pays for itself. For example, the Fiction River anthology alone [nearly 800 pages!] is 8.00 on Kindle. The Uncollected Anthology Year One [490 pages] is only available as a $24 paperback. Afaik, this is the only e-book edition. The Grayson trilogy is excellent, romance-with-woo-woo fun; the Rusch Diving series has great buzz. The Faerie Summer is a 20-book e-book set.

Throw in the others, & that's a lot at an excellent deal. Squee!

filkferengi, off to buy it now

Drabble!

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:00 pm
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Because it's not a fandom until there's a Highlander crossover...

This is 17776, aka something with some kinda cool space stuff, and absolutely terrible worldbuilding I cannot even express. I was mostly bored by the football stuff, although there were occassional interesting bits to me. But oh my god, guys, the worldbuilding, it burns us, precious. Hey, authors, just a thought, but when you have to lampshade twice how bad the worldbuilding is, maybe you should possibly just revise the thing instead?

Anyway, here's a drabble.


Double Drabble: .Who Wants To Live Forever? (200 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Highlander: The Series, 17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future - Jon Bois
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Pioneer 9, Pioneer 10, Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer
Additional Tags: Double Drabble, Flash Fic, Crossover, Fusion, Post-The Gathering, 17776's a+++ worldbuilding
Summary:

The Game ends in 2026.

seeking The Martian canon help!

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:42 pm
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So I was trying to work out how to make a crack crossover work and I realized I am very not-clear on a vital aspect of The Martian canon. That is: how many surface-to-orbit vessels are there, and how do they work?

The Ares crew took some kind of lander down to the planet, which remained there(?), since Mark uses the jet fuel to make water, yes? He's all happy that Martinez piloted them so well, there's still stuff left. And they took the MAV back to the Hermes, and the MAV had been pre-sent so it could charge itself.

However, the original lander is not good enough for getting back to orbit, since Mark has to go to the other MAV. But is he going there since that would be a good place to meet up with the next mission, or is he going there because there'd be no way for him to go up from his site to meet up with the rest of the new crew on the Hermes? Can the original lander not "charge itself" like the MAVs can? I do not remember if they took it apart to make the Habs/the rovers/anything else, so it's possible it's not even in the correct form to be useful for that purpose anymore.

Anyone remember this off hand? Am I doomed to a deep-dive canon review over this? Basically what I want to be able to do is have Ares 3 go up to the Hermes, wait a couple days, then take the MAV, or something else, down to the planet again.

Regression to the mean

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:29 pm
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Tonight, for the first time in my life, I made burritos. The tortillas were kinda small, so I had the opportunity to make multiple ones.

The first burrito was perfect. The ones after that, well... I'm gonna blame it on the fact that the tortillas ripped a bit :P

But, seriously, it was hilarious how much beginners luck there was, and how quickly I lost it.

Fic: Best Toy Ever

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:19 am
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I wrote something! Looking at AO3, this is the first non-exchange fic I've posted since November 2014. And with all those bingo cards, instead I write a fic that has nothing to do with any of the prompts and is instead entirely the fault of both of my boys. But hey, I wrote something, even if it is fluffy silliness about a broken toy :-D

Title: Best Toy Ever
Summary: "ImpSec is my ... intelligence utility." - Miles, in Diplomatic Immunity.
Five-year-old Miles makes use of some ImpSec assets.

Best Toy Ever )

that farmer and his dog again

Jul. 10th, 2017 04:22 pm
philomytha: girl in woods with a shaft of sunlight falling on her (Default)
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Writing progress is - well, I'd call it glacial, but I hear glaciers are going quite rapidly these days. In the hope of inspiring myself, I've been collecting bingo cards and I'm putting them all here. If anyone has any particular requests or suggestions for any of the prompts, feel free :-)

gen bingo, h/c bingo and trope bingo )

I watch stuff

Jul. 9th, 2017 04:07 pm
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  • Inglourious Basterds: I was enticed to watch this movie by being spoiled for the ending, and I would not have watched it otherwise. Good film, I enjoyed the ending. :P Way too gory for my tastes otherwise, I had to look away a lot. Brad Pitt's gang were kind of superfluous, weren't they, wow. If they hadn't existed, Shoshanna and Marcel would still have gotten it done. I guess the other moral of the movie (other than the obvious "kill lots of Nazis") is being multi-lingual is important.


  • Scraps: This is a TV show where a cook goes around the country, the idea being to use food scraps in food. For a half hour show (so, effectively, a 20-minute show), they make some really odd choices in what to spend time on showing, like in the first segment of the show they often show things like chocolate making and oyster farming and how to make baguettes, going more in depth than they have time for and then rushing the rest. There’s an odd tension between being a travel show and a cooking show.

    Also, because every food thing they make is described as being really good, the best, most amazing thing ever, changing their world, I don’t trust them. Like, in other shows, they for sure go over the top in praise, but by saying something didn’t turn out well, you trust them more when they say that someone is good, you know? This show advertises that their recipes are online and stuff, but I feel like I would approach those recipes as “who the fuck knows” and stuff, because I have no trust that these things actually taste good even coming out as they were meant to be. (A problem with trying new things: does it taste bad because I don’t like the thing, or does it taste bad because I made it wrong.) Also, in the ~magic of tv~ they are clearly not making enough during the shown-on-the-show parts to feed 12 people, but it’s soooo noticeable. So who/when is doing the actual cooking? Where are things being stored? Who is doing the dishes? I won’t even ask how long it takes them; the conceit is this is all done in one day, but there was already a recipe where it was “marinate this chicken for 24 hours”, and they did the tv-switch-thing of one that was already started, so it’s already full of lies. :P (Also, as usual, I pay way too much attention to things like “okay, someone is filming this” and that there’s a whole unseen group, etc.) (This is also what I notice first when there’s those pictures that go around of weird positions photographers get into on nature photoshoots: someone is also there, taking a picture of it.)

    OK, also, almost all the “scraps” they highlight? They are often not kitchen scraps you often get in your kitchen from general cooking, they are things you have to seek out. For every “overripe strawberries for jam!” and “stale bread for soup!” there’s equally something where it’s like “where do you even get that”. (such as peanut flour made from the leftovers of making peanut oil), plus they did once outright go "thye don't sell this stuff at grocery stores and never have".


  • Lego Batman: fun and enjoyable movie! I feel this was a better batman movie than the two Nolan movies I've watched.


  • American Gods: Got like 5 minutes into the first episode, turned it off for too much gore and damage to eyes. I shall probably try again. It's been a while since I read American Gods and I don't think I ever reread it. I don't recall being hugely blown over by it; there are parts I still remember, but I also remember being a bit confused by the plot and, idk, a little meh overall. Anyway, it wouldn't take much for me to like the adaptation more than the book, so long as I can get more than 5 minutes into the adaptation. :P


  • Lemony Snicket netflix show: Enjoying it so far! The format of the show makes all the definitions stuff much more palatable and humorous to me than when I was reading. Y'all are right, it is very Jewish.


  • Doctor Who: This show needs to stop being good and raising my expectations. It's going to let me down and the higher my expectations get, the further there is for me to fall :( I do like how we've now had two seasons in a row that end off with two ladies going off to explore space and time together.

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