sholio: Peter from Guardians of the Galaxy looking over shoulder (Avengers-GotG-Peter)
So, if I did, hypothetically speaking, run a GotG fanworks exchange, what might be a good name for it? I was tentatively thinking either Come A Little Closer or Hooked on a Feeling (I would like to come up with something to do with mixtapes, but I'm blanking on it). Definitely need something that goes with the movies' cheesy pop-culture retro feel, though. Thoughts?
sholio: Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy (Avengers-GotG-Gamora)
I don't know if this is something I should be encouraged in, or have someone bash me on the knuckles with a ruler, but I really, really want to run a GotG fanworks exchange right now, while enthusiasm for the movie is still so high. Probably using similar rules to SSR Confidential, since I don't seem to have had any major problems matching people and covering assignments even with a small pool of players.

Good idea? Terrible idea? Will I regret this, and if so, how much?

... okay, back to drawing webcomic pages now.
sholio: Berries in the sun (Autumn-berries in sunlight)
I drove my husband to the airport at 4 a.m. this morning for a business trip. It was broad daylight when we left the house, and the sun was coming up by the time we got to town -- we live out of town a little ways on the highway. We marveled at the post-apocalyptic feeling ... from the quality of the light, it felt like it should be 7 or 8 a.m., but all the parking lots and roads were nearly empty, the businesses closed.

According to the paper, we had our last official "dark" night a couple of days ago; the next one will be 72 days later, on July 27. (i.e. we no longer experience anything darker than civil twilight -- the nights are now bright enough to perform activities outside without needing extra light.) At this point it's still getting noticeably dim at night, but in a week or two it won't even be doing that anymore. We never really get to the point here where the sun literally doesn't set (we're still south of the Arctic Circle, in other words) but by mid-June it's only dipping below the horizon for an hour or so in the very middle of the night.

Hello, two and a half months of light. We have to fill up our daylight tanks in the summer; we'll need it when the winter darkness comes!
sholio: Starlord with raccoon on shoulder (Avengers-GotG-Starlord with raccoon)
... that I love about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and have to mention now that I've thought of it ...

Spoilers for the new movie )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
Still hip-deep in Guardians of the Galaxy thoughts and feels, which is doing wonders for my productivity this week, let me tell you. /sarcasm

Anyway, a few other things:

Rebel, the next book in [personal profile] rachelmanija and [livejournal.com profile] sartorias's Change series, is out now! I'm linking to Rachel's post because it has useful links to All The Books. This is book 3 in the series, and I'm a book behind, so I can't read it yet! BUT I WANT TO! These are post-apocalypse YA with a large diverse cast, many different types of character relationships, and creative worldbuilding; they're a lot of fun.

There is a multifandom Harlequin Big Bang taking signups now. I was actually kicking around the idea of signing up for this (the minimum is only 5K!), but I am firmly refusing to let myself sign up for anything new until I finish more of the things I'm supposed to be working on ... SSR Confidential, MCU AU Fest, etc. But it does look fun. Wah. My life is hard.

Does anyone know if [community profile] intoabar is happening again this year? I actually have enough different fandoms I'm into right now that I could do it -- the problem in the past has always been that I tend to be a serial fandom monogamist, but I seem to have turned multifannish when I wasn't looking, and I have always kinda wanted to try that one. Just my luck, this will be the year it dies ...
sholio: Starlord with raccoon on shoulder (Avengers-GotG-Starlord with raccoon)
EDIT 8-12-2017: If you came here via an old link, this vid has now been remastered with high-quality footage. View or download the new vid here!


So this was one of those vid ideas that takes hold and won't let go until it's made. Cam footage will be remastered in higher resolution when the DVDs are available.

Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2
Song: Holy
Artist: Frightened Rabbit
Spoilers?: SO MANY. OH SO MANY.
Summary: Parenthood is about much more than DNA, and the broken places make us human. Focused on Peter and his various relationships with his family.

Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502s5_VodhU
On AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10920468
Tumblr: here

Download: MP4 - 132 Mb (zipped) | DivX - 102 Mb (zipped)
Subtitles: Download zipped SRT file

Embed and lyrics under the cut.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Holy )
sholio: Starlord with raccoon on shoulder (Avengers-GotG-Starlord with raccoon)
So the fact that I now have a GotG icon probably tells you all you need to know about how I reacted to the movie. I did not go in expecting to love it. I actually was lukewarm on the first one (which, by the way, I am totally buying so I can rewatch it now, because Netflix does not have it streaming, the jerks).

I DID NOT EXPECT TO LOVE THIS MOVIE. AT ALL.

I LOVED THIS MOVIE A WHOLE LOT.

I also think the trailer for this movie (the first teaser trailer, the Fox on the Run one) might be one of the best trailers I've ever seen, because it a) took me from "meh" to really wanting to see this movie, and b) did not actually spoil ANYTHING! I went into this completely unspoiled -- in fact, far less spoiled than I thought I was after seeing the trailer -- and I'm really glad. If watching things nonspoiled is your thing, I think you will enjoy having that experience.

Which means you will not want to click on the cut tag, because ALL THE SPOILERS are here.

All the spoilers )
sholio: Natasha in jacket (Avengers-Natasha)
We saw Guardians of the Galaxy last night (more on that in a new post shortly) and I came out of the movie with a burning desire to write a tag, which hasn't happened to me in awhile! Obviously this is about as spoilery as it is possible to get.

Title: Brighter Than the Sun
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Word Count: 1700
Pairing: Gen friendship feels
Cross-posted: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10898847
Summary: This is the problem with aliens. One of the problems, anyway. For my h/c bingo square "family." No particular warnings aside from HUGE SPOILERS; some more notes under the cut.

Brighter Than the Sun )
sholio: Westley in The Princess Bride: "Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist." (ROUS)
Because I obviously need more bingo cards, I got one for [community profile] tic_tac_woe, the marvelously named apocalypse mini-bingo challenge.

Reality is a dream Human error/accidents Sentient hostile planet
Psychic storms WILD CARD Doomsday device
Buried by garbage Flooding/erosion of land mass Super volcanoes


I can't help thinking this one works remarkably well for superhero fandoms.
sholio: Ana Jarvis (Avengers-Ana)
Would anyone like to leave some Agent Carter prompts for the SSR Confidential writers/artists/vidders? I just put up a prompt/inspiration post.

Prompt post on DreamwidthPrompt post on LJ

Anon commenting is turned on, but not required, though if you're participating in the exchange, it would be appreciated if you tried to avoid giving away TOO many clues about what you're working on.

You don’t have to be signed up for the exchange to leave prompts, and you can also use these for general inspiration – you don’t have to use them exclusively for SSR Confidential fanworks.

(And yes, I really should have done something like this a lot earlier if I was going to, but better late than never, right??)
sholio: Cisco from The Flash with hand out (Flash-Cisco)
I am just poking my head up from massive, massive book edits. Even proofreading a 130K book takes forever. WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF. It should be out early next week, though.

So, a catchup post on various recent TV-related stuff.

First of all, a vid rec: Fringe - Walter - 1985 by [personal profile] jmtorres. I never, ever would've thought of using 1985 for Walter, but it's such a hilarious and perfect song choice for him. Now I have Fringe feels.

This week's Flash: was certainly an episode of TV that happened. Spoilers )

This week's Agents of SHIELD: continues to be my favorite thing on TV right now, and I STILL can't believe I'm saying that about THIS SHOW. Spoilers )

This week's Supergirl: made me have conflicted thoughts about my least favorite character(s). Spoilers )
sholio: Peggy, Jack and Daniel from Agent Carter (Avengers-Agent Carter OT3)
Dear Author,

Thank you for writing for me! My requests tend to be long, but that's just to give you some ideas to work with. If you have a completely different idea, go for it! In general, I am very easy to please.

General likes: hurt/comfort, friendship, banter, quiet bonding moments, characters sacrificing for each other, developing friendships/relationships, established relationships, futurefic, presumed dead.

General dislikes: character death, character bashing, hopeless endings.

Since I ship/friendship Jack, Peggy, and Daniel in all combinations, I am fine if you make a gen request shippy or a shippy request gen. The one thing I would like to request is that, if you choose the slavery AU option, please keep that one gen. Otherwise, I'm good with any of it.

Mixing and matching different AUs is also something I'm totally fine with.

I adore h/c, but if you're not into it and would rather write something else, I also enjoy plenty of fic without it, so no worries there! In this particular case, I'm good with any of these characters in any h/c roles (maybe with a sliiiight preference for Jack being the one to receive h/c, but I really am good with any scenario).
sholio: Chess queen looking horrified (Chess piece oh noes)
I'm trying to do my signup for MCU AU Fest, and aaaaaugh, how am I supposed to narrow it down from all the many possibilities? Also, for the record, I now have about a dozen brand new plot bunnies, because that is TOTALLY a thing I need.
sholio: Harry from The Flash looking cute (Flash-Harry)
Title: Solsbury Hill
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Show: The Flash
Character: Earth-2 Harrison "Harry" Wells
Seasons/Spoilers: Season 2 & 3, through 3x14
Summary: You can keep my things, they've come to take me home. Harry and his Flash(es) and Team Flash.
AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10668813
Tumblr: here

So, just to be confusing, there are two versions of this. Initially I made the vid in my usual style, with minimal edits to the clips, then decided to redo it with clip color edits and some f/x to have a more contemporary look. The f/x one is the main one available below, but I'm offering both in case you'd rather watch the more lightly edited version.

Downloads: MP4 (zipped, 126 Mb) | DivX (zipped, 100 Mb)
Streaming: https://youtu.be/cnKv-ZwXnkA

No f/x version: MP4 (zipped, 126 Mb) | Streaming on Youtube

Subtitles (unzip and put in directory with vid): regular version | no f/x version
(These are exactly the same except for the filename; it just needs to match the vid.)

Embed and lyrics under the cut )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
Aaaaa! I've learned how to do subtitles on vids!!

I've been wanting to do this for awhile, but I always thought there would be a steep learning curve and/or you'd need special software. Come to find out, you can make .srt files in a text editor; you just have to put in the timestamps for each line of subtitle manually. (I'm using this method.) It really doesn't take long for a 3-minute vid, and I've fallen down the rabbit hole of tweaking the start and end of each subtitle. OH LOOK, A BRAND NEW VIDDING TIMESINK. XD

These subtitles are not embedded in the vid (I think you do actually need special software for that), but if the .srt file is in the folder with the vid and it's opened in VLC, it ought to work - it works great for me!

Right now I'm making subs for the Flash vid I'm currently working on, but now that I know how to do it, are there any of my old vids that anyone would like subtitles for and/or fandoms that you'd like to request subtitles in? In theory I can now make them for literally any vid, not just my own; it's just that I need to be able to open it in a vid player that will give me second-accurate timestamps since I need to look up the start and end for each subtitle line to get the timing right.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From LJ's 18th-anniversary graphic generator thingie:


LJ-infographic copy


Well, I'm certainly a chatty little monkey, aren't I? XD
sholio: webcomic word balloon (Kismet-Frank threat)
... Agents of SHIELD made me like Grant F**king Ward. what even
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
New community: [community profile] fanifesto, for fandom manifestos (fandom/ship/character/etc). In case it is relevant to your interests! There's nothing there yet, but it's very new.

I'm torn between the urge to rec some of the things that I'm into, and the awareness that most of the things I'm into are actually not that good, objectively speaking. XD
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
Something kind of random I was thinking about today is how the Vietnam War has almost completely disappeared from pop culture/awareness. I started thinking about it when I was flipping through a table of books at B&N, and picked up a book of war stories I was fully expecting to be WWII (because everything is right now), and opened it up and was briefly thrown to discover it was Vietnam.

And that's relatively rare now! When I was a kid in the late 70s/80s, it was ubiquitous, unavoidable. Most of the war movies were Vietnam. Just about every action-hero character in movies and TV and books had a Vietnam-veteran background to explain how they got their commando skills or acquired a bunch of exotic enemies or ended up living in an out-of-the-way place avoiding the world or whatever.

Which is not at all surprising, because of how thoroughly everyone in my parents' generation (the Baby Boomers) was shaped by the war. This is what makes it so weird and fascinating to me that we never talk about it anymore, because EVERY American male who was a young adult in the 1960s either served in the war or has a unique-to-him story about how he avoided it. There wasn't a single person in the adult generation that I knew growing up who hadn't had their life turned in a particular direction by the war, either through serving in it or avoiding it, through losing the boy they meant to marry or being forced to move to a different place or just having their worldview altered. It drove a whole generation; it's why I grew up in Alaska, and why my parents met in the first place. And 10-15 years after the war, there was a constant awareness of it; I grew up with the background awareness of Vietnam as a THING. And now that's simply not there.

Meanwhile WWII has experienced a resurgence. In the last 5-10 years it's EVERYWHERE, in a way I never remember when I was a kid -- not coincidentally, I imagine, as the generation who actually fought in the war dies off, leaving us to see it through a convenient pair of rose-colored glasses rather than remembering the horror firsthand.

And of course the war that's now used as a convenient backstory for characters in half the books and movies out there is Afghanistan.

I don't really see Vietnam coming back in the same way WWII did, just like WWI didn't. If the pattern held true, then WWI should've been the "nostalgia" war in the media a generation ago, and it wasn't -- probably for the same reason that Vietnam started to fade away, or be erased, once it was no longer close enough in time to overshadow everything. We don't like things that are messy and awful, that can't be reduced to a good-guy/bad-guy narrative (and especially in Vietnam's case, there's also the creeping suspicion that we might actually have been the bad guys). I don't really think the way we view WWII is any more accurate, but it's a whole lot easier to wrap up in a "just war" narrative and package it conveniently for entertainment.

And that narrative vacuum where Vietnam used to be is really interesting to me.
sholio: Peter from White Collar, in a suit, smiling (WhiteCollar-Peter smiling)
This month's round at [livejournal.com profile] collarcorner (White Collar gen prompt community) is the return of the lightning round, i.e. short prompts and short fills (though of course fills can also be long; art and other non-fic fills are entirely welcome). This was popular last year, so it's back for a second year! We are also coming up on our 50th round, so there's a discussion post for how to celebrate. At this point it looks like a fic exchange is the main idea that's been suggested.

There is also an important poll I just put up: A question about the future of the community. I'm asking for input on whether the comm should stay on LJ, move to DW, or mirror between the two. If you don't have an LJ account, you can leave your opinion in the comments.

One thing I'd be interested in finding out is whether the community might pick up new members on DW, to offset the members it's sure to lose if it moves. Right now the community is active enough to keep going (actually, it's very impressively active for a never-terribly-large gen community in a small fandom for a show that went off the air two years ago; White Collar fandom seems to have a lot of staying power) but it can't afford to lose very many people and still be large enough to support itself, and it seems likely we'll lose people no matter what we do, so I'm trying to think of ways to offset that.

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