Jul. 3rd, 2015 07:57 am
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I made out like a bandit in Remix and Remix Madness. Four gifts, and each has made me very happy. (And cumulatively, given me a case of emotional whiplash.)

An extension of my “Joan tells Mary about the kidnapping” fic, covering the events of S3. It made me cry, as all the best Joan & Mary fics should do.

Lighthouse (The Lost in the Fog Extended Mix)
Elementary, Joan & Mary Watson
“People who are in grief come to Mary Watson like birds to a lighthouse. Joan is no exception.”
based on Lighthouse

A sequel for my Joan & Sherlock handcuffed together story, providing excellent answers to the questions I left hanging in that story, along with just-right Joanbell:

Palliative Care (I’m FINE Remix)
Elementary, Joan/Marcus
“Sometimes Joan did just need a quick break from too much Sherlock, but Marcus thought it was more, this time.”
based on Preventative Medicine

An elaboration on exactly how Joan's Euglossa watsonia came to be Charlotte’s Webb fans:

Procession of the Species (Reading the Bees Remix)
Elementary, Ms. Hudson & Euglossa watsonia
“Although THE BEST BEE FIC EVER has EXACTLY THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PLOT one or two details remain an exercise for the reader. But who likes to exercise all the time, am I right? So here’s a little something for all you lazy slobs who can’t be bothered to do your own homework once in a while. sheesh.”

And a remix of one of my vids into a fic! Everyone has been ignoring this one because the fandom is so obscure, but hey it has lesbian sex and also trapeze, what more could you possibly be looking for?

When Night is Falling, Camille/Petra
150 words, no summary provided
based on Glitter in the Air 

software release accomplished!

Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:54 pm
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I am done, sort of! at least, it shipped!

Cool huh?

I'm so very very very tired and brain-fried! I hope for a good long weekend with some swimming involved!

Revisiting the RTE

Jul. 2nd, 2015 04:37 pm
[personal profile] jazzyjj

Hi folks. I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. I just realized that I was using the RTE on here incorrectly. Not sure why I just realized that now, but there you go. So I hope this works out. I am going to copy and paste this entry from TextEdit, and see what happens.

My Readercon Schedule

Jul. 2nd, 2015 11:40 am
[personal profile] yendi
I'll be at Readercon next week, and on four panels (which is just the right amount -- programming at Readercon is more intense than at any other con I've been to, especially since it's one where panelists really do have to do some advance planning). Here are my panels, along with their awesome descriptions (note that I actually challenge the description of "Ghostbusting Lovecraft" a bit, and noted this in my response when I expressed interest in it.) The letters represent room names (possibly confusing, since both my Friday panels are in "F"). It's a wonderfully small con -- if you attend, you won't have a problem finding these panels, and if you're someone I know online, you should say, "hi." I'm an introvert, but do like chatting with folks at cons (and when I don't, I'm adept at making that clear).

Friday July 11
11:00 AM F Mystery and Speculative Crossovers. Meriah Crawford, Chris Gerwel, Greer Gilman, Nicholas Kaufmann, Adam Lipkin. There are many books that draw from both the speculative fiction and mystery toolboxes, in both macro ways (China Miéville's The City & the City and Peter F. Hamilton's Great North Road are catalyzed by hard-boiled murder investigations) and micro ways (urban fantasy was initially defined by its relationship to noir, now often more evident in tone than in plot). Where is this crossover most satisfying? How do magic and advanced technology open up new avenues of investigation or methods of befuddling the detectives? How have trends, tropes, and developments in each genre influenced crossover works?

7:00 PM F The Plausible Normal in Future Societies. Chesya Burke, John Chu, Sarah Langan, Adam Lipkin, Scott Lynch.
According to author Charles Stross, "If you're not doing [far-future extrapolation] to the cultural normals as well as the setting and technology, you're doing it wrong." Many far-future SF stories are set in a universe with an interstellar polity, advanced transportation technologies, and familiar political structures. The planetary civilizations they tend to portray, however, are middle-class white suburbias that barely exist now. Where are the far-future stories that explore novel and radical gender politics, religious frameworks, ideologies, fashions, and cultural attitudes? What are some tools authors can use to get out of their here-and-now mindsets and imagine a truly transformed future?

Sunday July 13
10:00 AM CO Ghostbusting Lovecraft. Mike Allen, Gemma Files, John Langan, Adam Lipkin, James Morrow. In Max Gladstone's blog post "Ghostbusting Lovecraft," he writes: "Ghostbusters is obviously taking the piss out of horror in general. But while the busters’ typical enemies are ghosts of the Poltergeist persuasion, the Big Bad of the movie, a formless alien god from Before Time summoned by a mad cultist–cum–art deco architect, is basically Lovecraftian." Unlike typical Lovecraftian protagonists, however, the Ghostbusters prevail over the eldritch horrors by exploiting the power structures and emotional connections that exist between people. Is the Ghostbusters story arc an alternative to the standard horror tropes, one that replaces fear with humor, defiance, and camaraderie? How else does it subvert our expectations of the conflict between humans and horrors?

1:00 PM G Transformative Works and the Law and You. Max Gladstone, Toni Kelner, Adam Lipkin, Sarah Smith. Let's discuss the state of transformative works today. Copyright law and case law in this area is changing rapidly, as is the way big publishing treats transformative works. Remix culture is the cutting edge of 21st-century creativity, and we are all postmodernists. Is the law finally catching up with that, or lagging far behind? Will the fate of copyright and transformative works ultimately be decided by the whims of corporations and powerful literary estates?
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Most people don't know that I had not 1, but 2 successful kidney transplants. At least I don't think many people knew that. But if you already did know that, you know it again! Most people don't know that I used to be scared to death of my first elementary school's fire alarm. Most people don't know that my next-door neighbors just had a baby girl. I think lots of people knew it though.

Dream of spies and leather

Jun. 30th, 2015 10:28 pm
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My friend Beth was in my dream last night. we were spies. it was pride week in London and we were in full leather and discussing its cultural meanings. I could walk during most of that and then suddenly things shifted and i remembered I had a wheelchair and then i was in it for the rest of the dream and wondered how I could have walked so far in my spying job! We said wry things and slinked around. Things were very industrial.

Three Things Chicagoans Love

Jun. 30th, 2015 08:18 pm
[personal profile] jazzyjj
People from Chicago love deep-dish pizza. I'm including myself here
even though I'm not originally from Chicago. People from Chicago also
love road rage. Finally, people from Chicago love hot dogs without

Diversity in Reviewing

Jun. 28th, 2015 03:32 pm
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[personal profile] deborah
One hugely important outgrowths of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement has been the understanding the diversity in books requires diversity in authors and illustrators, in the publishing industry, and yes, among reviewers. Malinda Lo compiled her four-part Tumblr essay into "Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews" (February 18, 2015), and Jason Lee of Lee & Low Books assembled "The Diversity Baseline Survey" for publishing houses and review journals. A few months ago, School Library Journal released their numbers for race (though oddly not disability or sexuality and gender identity) with Kathy Ishizuka's "Survey Reveals Demographic of SLJ Reviewers (April 27, 2015). Now my editor, Vicky Smith, has released the numbers for Kirkus Reviews.

I know Vicky was working on diversifying the KR review pool for a while before Malinda made her much needed call, which might be part of why KR's numbers, pathetic though they may be as representative of the industry, are less bad than one might expect. I will say that Vicky has never shut me down or edited me out when I've critiqued a text on social justice grounds: race or gender, queerness or disability, fatphobia or class. She asks me to provide page references and source quotations, and occasionally asks me if changes she's learned will appear in the final version of the book (rather than the advanced review copy) will change my assessment. The only person who second-guesses my race or gender analysis is me; years after a review I will sometimes wonder if I've been too harsh (oy, that one book still haunts me) or if I didn't shine enough of a spotlight on something that needed the right attention.

If you want to know why it's legit for a trade reviewer to comment on ideological grounds, ask and I'll make that post. There's a long answer, but the short version is readers want to know. In the case of children's and YA books, teachers and librarians especially want to know.

Anyway, here are a couple of pieces by Vicky:From the latter:
We asked our 110 reviewers to answer four questions: What race do you identify as? What gender? What sexual orientation? Do you have a disability? In just three days, I received 79 responses, and I can't say I'm terribly surprised by the overall results. We are mostly white: 77 percent. We are mostly straight: 76 percent. We are mostly able-bodied and -minded: 81 percent. And—only in children's books, folks—we are overwhelmingly female: 86 percent.

I'm in some of those groups and not others (white, cis, female; queer, disabled). And I fully support the goal to continue diversifying KR, reviewing, and the entire field.

Summer Holmestice Reveals

Jun. 28th, 2015 07:01 am
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[ profile] holmestice authors were revealed last week!

I was very happy to receive a story for Watson & Holmes, which is a comic set in present-day Harlem, where both Watson and Holmes are African-American men. Volume 1, Study in Black, was published two-ish years ago; I hear that Volume 2 is at the printer’s now. (Yay!) I am inordinately fond of the series, partly because of the characterizations, but also because it’s willing to bring contemporary social politics within its scope. (Make Sherlock Holmes African-American, and his choice to operate outside the official police force begins to look very different!)
A Stitch in Time by [ profile] HisMightyShield for [ profile] sanguinity
Watson and Holmes (Comic)
Sherlock Holmes, Jon Watson
PTSD, Blood and Injury, First aid, Hurt/comfort
Unrated, 2748 words
“Holmes returns with an injury & a solution. Watson, as always, helps with both.”
A lovely exploration of the state of Holmes’ and Watson’s growing partnership, both the pieces that tick smoothly already, and the pieces that still need hammering out. (Be warned that the comments have picked up a troll upset about… the appropriation of white British culture, I guess?)

For my own contributions, I went a little over-the-top, and wrote three things for Holmestice! And as ridiculous as it is, I am proud to say that I have now written Sherlock Holmes stories set in each of the nineteenth through twenty-fourth centuries, inclusive. It is an incredibly dorky achievement, but it is mine. :-P
Setting the Sail by [ profile] sanguinity for [ profile] garonne
ACD canon (“Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” and “Abbey Grange”)
Frances Carfax / Mary Brackenstall
post-canon, femslash
Warnings for non-explicit references to cognitive injuries, stalking, kidnapping, imprisonment, and domestic abuse. (fyi, most of that is references to the two canon stories.)
Teen for sex / Mature for themes, ~6K words
“‘Lady Frances Carfax’—as she is not called—has already lost years of her life to her ordeal. She has no intention of losing anything more.”
My second go at ACD femslash, with an emphasis on surviving the aftermath and publication of the stories. “Setting the Sail” expands considerably on a theme that was more understated in “So Keen a Sympathy” (my previous ACD femslash), one about the hazards of good men operating in an extreme patriarchy. Mostly, though, the story is about these two women striving to build lives for themselves that they might actually enjoy living.

On Verity and Verisimilitude by [ profile] sanguinity for [ profile] Gray_Cardinal
Star Trek: The Next Generation (6x12 “Ship in a Bottle”)
Vignette, Timestamp, Mathematics, Philosophy of Science
Gen, 1200 words.
“Moriarty gazed on the stars, and trembled at the possibilities.”
Or as I sometimes call it, “The one in which you know Moriarty is evil because he thought Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem was funny.” :-D

This is probably one of the most self-indulgent fics I’ve ever written, packed full of math and science jokes and my quivering indignation about the resolution of “Ship in a Bottle.” Hilariously, not one person identified it as me. (To be fair, I don’t think that many people read it, and while there’s evidence in my Holmestice sign-ups that I’m a math/science/modeling geek, few besides [personal profile] amindamazed has had much reason to notice or remember that.) Anyway, I giggled madly writing great chunks of it — there just aren’t enough Megalomaniac Mathematician Moriarty fics out there — but I freely admit that its proper audience is fairly narrow.

A Handsome and Generous People by [ profile] sanguinity for [ profile] gardnerhill
Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century / ACD Canon
Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Wt’sn; implied Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Humor, Happy Ending
Teen, 7.5K words
“Watson,” Holmes said, reaching up to clasp my wrist.

“I’m sorry, old chap,” I said, giving him my other hand. “It’s only Wt’sn.”
Based on an obscure children’s cartoon, but as [profile] cherrytide pointed out in her rec, you can skip that and read it as an ACD sci-fi AU, wherein Holmes is trapped in the future, trying to get home to Watson. ACD canon references are thick on the ground, but most of the stories referenced are pretty major, and I tell you what you need to know about the rest.

[personal profile] amindamazed immediately recognized this one as mine, as well she should. I wrote it in part because I’ve been struggling with the continuation of her gift-fic from last summer, “Persistence of Memory:” both fics prominently feature a Holmes living in the future with a worthy faux-Watson and keenly missing the original. In some ways, it is also me getting my geek on about the experience of writing ACD canon: staring at those damn stories, trying to figure out what might be true.

Mostly, though, it’s an incredibly sentimental story about loving people well, and doing the best you can for them. :-)
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Hi! This is just another test, so please don't bother leaving any comments. It seems the good folks at Dw Studios have been hard at work as usual, and they've tweaked some things. I'm about to turn off commenting, so even if you were to try I won't let ya in!

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Jun. 26th, 2015 08:54 pm
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[personal profile] owlectomy
Nothing will make you feel like an Old like working at a library.

"Can I get the Karate Kid DVD?"

"The new one or the old one?"

"There's an old one?"

"Can I get the Tron DVD?"

"The new one or the old one?"

"There's an old one?"

The Sound of Music is big among Orthodox folks at my library even though the main character starts out as a nun. Well, it's a family-friendly World War II movie that ends happily; I guess that's enough to recommend it. So normally I wouldn't even ask "the new one or the old one?", passing the remake over without comment like the Gus Van Sant remake of Psycho. But one embarrassing time I was forced to say, "We don't have the original The Sound of Music checked in, but do you remember last year Carrie Underwood starred in a remake on TV? Well -- it's not supposed to be very good. But we have it checked in."

Last week I got "Do you have any old-fashioned DVDs?" and I was about to suggest some classics, but it was my colleague who guessed what the patron was looking for: VHS tapes.

Church bells softly chime

Jun. 26th, 2015 09:40 am
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Can't believe I'm in SF for this!

The party is going to be epic.

Summer Updates

Jun. 25th, 2015 10:34 am
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi peeps! I hope all is well in your part of the world. I'd like to talk site updates. Visitors to my site will have noticed some additions within the past couple of weeks. The first of these is that I've updated my profile a bit, and I've also added a link to a daily word. I've been subscribed to their emails for several years now, and it has indeed been a welcome addition to my daily routine. I'm one who has a keen interest in the English language, and I trust people will enjoy this service as much as I do. In addition to this link, however, I just subscribed to some feeds this past weekend and they've been added to my profile. They are automatically updated whenever new content is added to them, so no need to do anything. For the most part it seems their content is text-based, but I have found some images too and I'm currently trying to get them described somehow. So stay tuned. That's all folks!

bus stop

Jun. 23rd, 2015 10:39 am
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bus stop with homemade purple bench, water fountain, and raspberry canes
This is the second-closest bus stop to my house. Don’t you think the owners/tenants must be lovely people? They provide not only a bench but a water fountain and fresh raspberries! There are more raspberry canes planted in the square of dirt around the bus stop sign.

The first-closest bus stop to my house features a mini Australian Shepherd whose human successfully trained him not to bark at the people waiting right outside his fence, so that’s pretty impressive too.

This post also appears at read write run repeat. Comments read and welcomed in either place!

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[personal profile] erika

Here I sit, and I am terrified. To do what I want, I have to leave my fears behind. But my fears have kept me safe. (Have they?) I haven't had safety. (I found some in myself.) Safety may come in risk. Risks are scary.

I am terrified. I do not choose that word lightly; the weight of my fears is nearly incapacitating. It drains my throat, and I find myself ducking all eye contact, as if a glimpse into my soul would reveal the emptiness swirling around a chain of logic so inescapable—so devilish—that even though I know it's wrong I can't help but feel it's right.

(I don't think it's I'm really empty. I think that's something my fears tell me will manifest. It feels real. I think it's wrong, but it feels real.)

Here, have a thousand words to make up for me not posting in the last month. Covers the state of affairs around here & my trip to SF [yay again!] on Weds. )
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