sholio: Peter from White Collar, in a suit, smiling (WhiteCollar-Peter smiling)
This month's round at [ 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.
sholio: (Avatar-upbeat attitude)
I have no specific plans to go anywhere, but if you want to follow me elsewhere, or in case my LJ journal should suddenly go "poof" - I cannot lie, I expect all of English-language LJ is probably going "poof" sometime in the next five to ten years, if not sooner - I'm also [personal profile] sholio on DW, and [ profile] sholiofic (fic-only journal) & [ profile] laylainalaska (everything else) on Tumblr. I'm also [ profile] sholio on AO3, and nearly all of my fic is there except the SGA stuff - which has a masterlist on my website here. At this point, most of those links point to either LJ or, but just in case they DO vanish suddenly, I have everything I've ever written on my hard drive (and associated backups), so it's just a matter of kicking my lazy butt in gear and getting it all archived somewhere else.

In the meantime, if you've relocated to DW, feel free to say hi over there and remind me I need to follow you and/or grant you access. :>

I also came across a link to [community profile] 2017revival for new DW arrivals, and a post linking LJ names to DW names for those who use different names in different places, in case either of those are useful!
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
I signed up for a card at [community profile] genprompt_bingo. I'm really happy with the card I got; it looks like a lot of fun!

Under the cut )
sholio: webcomic word balloon (Kismet-Frank threat)
Phew. I've finished a bunch of archive updating for my webcomic Kismet. The site that used to host my backup archive (where all the short comics were) went down a couple of years ago, and I'm just now getting all of those back up on my website. I also got the website perma-archive updated to mirror the Tumblr site where it regularly updates. (It was almost 100 pages behind. Oops.)

It is very weird to go back to hand-coding HTML in a text editor after getting used to updating pages like a grown-up in a Wordpress/social media interface. I never have gotten the Kismet site into any sort of content manager. On the other hand, I've been maintaining the site for so long -- since about 1999, through a number of style changes, but still with a fundamentally similar underlying site scheme -- that the updating goes pretty quick once I get back into the swing of remembering which bits of code to modify on each comic page and which folders to upload into.

So, in short, if you have wanted to check out my webcomic, or didn't even know I had one, now is a good time because everything is FINALLY back online! Kismet is a space opera comic that, at the present time, consists of two books (one of which is complete; the other is currently updating) and a number of short side comics.

Book 1: Hunter's Moon (2002-2006)

Advantage to starting here: This is the recommended starting point; it was the beginning for me, and therefore, you can jump in and start reading without missing any context.
Disadvantage: The art and storytelling are both pretty rough in the beginning. The second book is also a lot more diverse, with a cast that's largely female/PoC.

Book 2: Sun-Cutter (2009-present)
Archive and current updates can also be found at

Advantage to starting here: The art is much better. It's also largely separate from the Hunter's Moon storyline, featuring a different set of characters, and doesn't start to tie back into the events of HM until about 70 or 80 pages in, so it can be read as its own thing if you prefer. The female characters get to shine a lot more, and there are fewer of what I might charitably refer to as "dubious writing choices."
Disadvantage: It does eventually spoil a bunch of things about Hunter's Moon. Also, some things will probably make more sense if you've read HM first.

The Short Comics

Advantage to starting here: You can get some samples without having to commit to a 300-page graphic novel. They don't go past the beginning of Hunter's Moon, so you won't be spoiled for anything in the main comic storyline if you read them.
Disadvantage: The art styles of the short comics are all over the map and not typical of the main comic's style at all. They're also fairly disjointed and jump around through 90 years of timeline. They're meant to supplement the main storyline rather than replacing it.

Just ask me if you have any questions!
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
I asked people on Tumblr last night to send me an AU and I'd give them some thoughts on that AU, which all ended up being Agent Carter. I got more than I could write, but here are the ones I did:

Vintage car mechanic AU
Librarian AU (with follow-up suggestions)
Art heist AU
Pet Shop of Horrors AU
Wild West AU
Star Wars AU (with follow-up expanding on Daniel's role in this 'verse)
College student AU
College faculty AU
sholio: Peggy and Angie from Agent Carter hugging (Avengers-Peggy Angie hug)
First of all, thank you so much for creating something for me! :D I tend to write long letters with a lot of options, but that's just to give you ideas. I know it's probably nervewracking to discover that you're making something for the mod who ALSO has a very long request letter, but please do not feel bound to follow my suggestions. I have very few DNWs, so I'm sure I will love whatever you make me.

For vids, see my signup details. You can also look at my vids tag to see what my typical aesthetic and musical choices are like, but don't feel bound by that.

General fic likes: friendship, casefic, action, fluff, cuddling, banter, awkward developing relationships, established relationships, hurt/comfort, quiet domestic moments (e.g. playing board games, going out for drinks), getting trapped somewhere together (either the super angsty kind where a building has collapsed on them or they're stranded in a cabin, or the funny/cracky kind where they're on surveillance duty together or forced to spend the night in jail because of a mission gone wrong), AUs

General fic dislikes: character death, character bashing, tragic/hopeless endings

Some h/c tropes I like in case you find it inspiring )

My signup details in case it's useful to have them here too )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
SSR Confidential signups are still open - the signup period ends Saturday evening, March 25. You know you want to! :D So far we've got 18 people (not including me - I haven't gotten mine done yet. BAD MOD) - fic, art, and vids are all accepted. Since I'm running this, just ask me if you have any questions.

ETA: Also, if whichever anon promoted it at ffa is reading this, thank you! <3

FK_ficfest (Forever Knight fic exchange) is currently taking signups as well. This is a really pleasant, small-fandom fic exchange with a great mod.

Another thing currently going on is Muse Fusion at Torn World, a shared-world SFF project. Participants in Muse Fusion leave prompts for writers/artists to make a creative work in the shared world setting.
sholio: Peter from White Collar, in a suit, smiling (WhiteCollar-Peter smiling)
So this is either the best discovery ever (for writing purposes) or absolutely terrible. I'm not sure.

In one of the White Collar Werewolf Peter AU stories, it is mentioned that Elizabeth keeps ketamine on hand to sedate him in case he gets out of hand as a werewolf. (His idea, not hers. SHE doesn't think he'd ever do anything. He feels better if she has some way of stopping him in case of werewolf attack.)

I mentioned ketamine because I'd looked up veterinary tranquilizers and needed a fast-acting one. Unfortunately for Peter, it appears that I missed a few side effects. There was a post today at ScriptMedic (a resource Tumblr for writing medical stuff) that talks about ketamine, and apparently, um, well:

In low doses, ketamine can relieve pain. It can also make people feel very “stoned”.
In medium doses, it can cause hallucinations. This is what the drug using community refers to as “falling down the K-hole,” and ketamine is indeed known for its illicit uses.


But it actually gets EVEN WORSE:

If the patient develops distress shortly after an initial dose, the patient is not fully dissociated and the best maneuver is usually to give more ketamine. [...]

In high doses, ketamine works as an anesthetic, specifically a dissociative anesthetic. It shuts the brain off from outside stimulus completely. Basically what ketamine does is it shuts the brain off from outside stimuli. That means that even though someone’s eyes are open (and possibly twitching, medically referred to as nystagmus) their brain isn’t processing information from them.

Think of it like this: with most anesthetics, the brain is temporarily turned off. With ketamine, the brain isn’t turned off – it’s just disconnected from the outside world.

However, if someone is unprepared for it, those hallucinations can seem like a nightmare. And there is a portion of patients who get ketamine and, as it starts to wear off, they start screaming uncontrollably. This is called an “emergence reaction,” as they emerge from anesthesia and slip into the K-hole.

Someone who has been sedated/anosthetized with ketamine, especially if it’s against their will (used as a “knockout drug”), will likely have very negative hallucinations. To an outsider they’ll be lying on the floor, eyes open and blinking, unable to move or react to anything. It’s a great moment for a horror scene, or a horrific element to an action plot, especially if they have an emergence reaction and come back to reality screaming.

sholio: Sara among winter trees (Legends of Tomorrow-Sara)
A few random thoughts on Flash and Legends of Tomorrow this week ...

Flash 3x16 )

Legends of Tomorrow 2x14 )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
Ah yes, that mildly braindead point in a novel rewrite when I start making incredibly cryptic notes to myself as I try to keep details straight from 50,000 words ago. "Remember to mention the state of his car." Whose car? In which scene? Thanks, self.

Fandom things:

• Nominations for the SSR Confidential tag set close on Sunday. Current tag list here.
• Agent Carter rewatch happening here!

Today is the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy was never a watershed show for me -- too old to be its target demographic, I finally started watching it in season six (giving in at last to my younger sister's urging; she'd been watching since the beginning). But I loved it enough to go back and marathon the rest of it, and watched it through to the (bitter?) end, even though it was never really one of "my" shows. Here is an interesting article on Buffy's influence on later TV (discovered via [personal profile] umadoshi) - I'm not sure if I entirely buy the thesis that Buffy did all of these things with commercial success before any other show, but I don't disagree that it was hugely influential on TV that came later, especially on complicated female characters in genre shows, and on the shift from mostly episode-of-the-week TV to mostly serial-arc TV that happened in the late 90s/early 2000s. It seems so weird now to look back on a world where DVDs didn't exist, season-long plot arcs existed only on soap operas, and while actors regularly abandoned TV for movies, respected movie actors almost never turned up on TV, because TV was a cheap, disposable medium where washed-up movie actors went for their careers to finish dying.

(Random side note: I first encountered Sara Michelle Gellar on the soap opera All My Children, which I used to watch obsessively in the early '90s. I was absolutely primed for getting hooked on serialized TV; I've always loved that kind of thing, first in comics and soaps, then in anime, finally in Western prime-time TV when it finally got there.)
sholio: Sara among winter trees (Legends of Tomorrow-Sara)
Gideon vid! Well, a vid about Gideon and Rip. (Look, you try vidding a character who consists of a disembodied voice and a floating computer-animated head, whose body is a spaceship.) The latest episode left me drowning in a puddle of Gideon feels, so here are those feels in vid form.

Title: Hymn to Her
Artist: The Pretenders
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Spoilers: to 2x13 (the latest episode)
Summary: She will always carry on. Gideon, the Waverider, and Rip Hunter: the story of a ship and her captain.

Tumblr: available here

Download: MP4 - 100 Mb, zipped | DivX - 80 Mb, zipped

Embed and lyrics under the cut.

Gideon - Hymn to Her )


Mar. 7th, 2017 07:41 pm
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
Saw a couple people doing this on DW, and it's a perennial favorite on Tumblr, but I've never tried it. So, let's!

Give me a character & I’ll answer the following about them!

general opinion: fall in a hole and die | don’t like them | eh | they’re fine I guess | like them! | love them | actual love of my life
hotness level: get away from me | meh | neutral | theoretically hot but not my type | pretty hot | gorgeous! | 10/10 would bang
hogwarts house: gryffindor | slytherin | ravenclaw | hufflepuff
best quality:
worst quality:
ship them with:
brotp them with:
needs to stay away from:
misc. thoughts:
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
Mainly complaining this time, because good friggin' grief. XD

Flash 3x15 )
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
As part of my new "think about happy things more often" initiative, I am going to try to start posting more about things I have enjoyed lately, and here's one: Courtney Milan's Cyclone series.

These are romances that, generally speaking, fall into the "new adult billionaire romance" genre (i.e. financially struggling young lady falls for billionaire). However, they're highly atypical billionaire romances that really feel more like general contemporary romance, or just contemporary fiction that happens to involve a romance. They are also very much about the world that the characters inhabit -- which is Silicon Valley, at a fictional, vaguely Apple-like tech company called Cyclone -- and about the ensemble consisting of the main characters' families and friends, which is what really sucked me in. I am a huge sucker for ensemble series and these books hit that button hard. I started with the second book in the series out of vague curiosity, then snaffled the first book immediately because I wanted to find out more about these characters, and at this point I'm glomming onto all the short stories and I just want to know everything about these people that the author is willing to share. It is very obvious from the part of the series that's out already (the first two books, plus various associated short stories) that the author has mapped the entire thing out in her head and has large parts of the future books written, bits of which intrude on the earlier books in various ways. It's huge and fascinating. It feels like a universe.

The series also does something that I have not seen in any other romance series I've read, at least not to this extent: she mixes het couples with various flavors of queer couples. The genre standard is to separate them out into different series or, at most, maybe stick one m/m into a series that's otherwise het. These books just sort of fling a bunch of characters together and then follow their various romances with an air of pure IDGAF. The first book is straightforwardly het romance. The second is still het, but with a bisexual hero and a trans heroine. Based on the covers, there's a lesbian one coming up (in which one of the heroines is trans; she's a supporting character in one of the other books) and the eventual book for the fan favorite, "when is this guy going to get his own book" character has been very heavily implied (bordering on outright stated, as of the short stories) to be m/m. Meanwhile there are a couple of other het couples with books still to come, as well as another book about the first couple who are the fulcrum of the series. Nearly all of the couples (possibly all of them) are interracial - first book is a Chinese-American heroine and a white hero, second book is a Thai-American hero and a Latina heroine. Ha, oh, and despite being technically New Adult, one of the books in the series is going to feature a couple in their fifties. The IDGAF is very strong with this series; the author is obviously just kicking genre conventions out the door, writing what she wants to write, and having fun.

The books so far are:

Trade Me - By far my favorite in the series, mainly because of the main characters' parents, who are AMAZING. I also really loved the heroine. THE PARENTS, THOUGH. Also, this book completely surprised me with a couple of the plot twists. It starts off with a really basic romance plot and you're like, okay, I totally know where this is going, and then at a certain point the book veers suddenly into OKAY WHAT??? and from there it's just a wild roller coaster ride through increasing levels of OMGWTFBBQ.

Hold Me - To be honest I was pretty meh on this one compared to the first, though obviously it engaged me enough to buy the first book (which was where my love for the series kicked up to eleventy). The couple never quite grabbed me, and while the first book handles the numerous issues it addresses (race, class, eating disorders, religious discrimination, and more) with a low-key approach that felt very organic to the plot, there were times when the second book got too hamfistedly didactic for my tastes. That said, it is an enjoyable romance novel and it may be some people's favorite; it just wasn't mine.

The next book will feature Blake, Tina, and Adam from the first book again, rotating POV between the three of them. *makes grabby hands*

If you want to sample a little of the 'verse, this short story contains no spoilers; it's just a little slice of life at Cyclone.

She's also got, I kid you not, a short story in which one of the main characters from Cyclone accidentally travels in time and meets the main character from one of her historical series. It's crack fanfic. About her own characters.

And if you've read these, come join me in the comments and talk about them! Particularly if you want to talk about Adam Fucking Reynolds. :D

DONE! \o/

Mar. 7th, 2017 02:40 am
sholio: Peggy, Jack and Daniel from Agent Carter (Avengers-Agent Carter OT3)
Epic Agent Carter OT3 fic is DONE!

The Song Remains the Same (57893 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Daniel Sousa/Jack Thompson
Characters: Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson, Daniel Sousa
Additional Tags: Amnesia, Relationship Discussions, Established Relationship, Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Angst with a Happy Ending
Summary: After a lab accident, Peggy wakes up in 1948, with no memories of anything since early 1946.

Rebloggable Tumblr post


Fandom misc

Mar. 5th, 2017 10:33 pm
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
SSR Confidential is happening again this year - I think I forgot to post a notice here, but tag set nominations are open through March 12th. Here's a text list of all nominated characters and relationships currently in the tag set. Signups will open on *quickly checks* March 15.

[personal profile] muccamukk is hosting a sprint of an AC episode rewatch, starting a couple of days ago and ending in early April, to fit in all the episodes with time left to write. Here's the rewatch schedule and the rewatch tag for episode discussion posts.

(I posted a couple of comments over there today before realizing fairly quickly that I was going to have to nope out. I kinda already suspected this was a show that's too close to my heart for me to be able to dissect its flaws without ending up in a downward misery spiral, and yepppp. It's no one's fault and nothing to do with the discussion, it's just that my mode on this show is very firmly set to "roll around in squee" and not "critically analyze". Anyway, it looked like the discussion was going well and had raised lots of interesting points, so I hope people enjoy it!)

On other topics, I have had a Tumblr post I made in support of lurkers blow up over the last couple of days - here's a reblog with some of my additional comments. It went from under 100 notes two days ago to around 1900 and still climbing. I'm drowning in notes! They're eating all my other notes! I wish it was possible to turn off notes on just one post on Tumblr, but I think you have to do it globally.

In spite of everything I dislike about Facebook, it has two features I really wish Tumblr would implement: the ability to hide just one specific post without unfollowing a person, and the above-mentioned ability to turn notifications on or off on a post-by-post basis.
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
We live roughly 20 miles south of Poker Flat Research Range ("the largest land-based rocket research range in the world and the only high-latitude rocket range in the United States" according to their website), which means we're close enough to watch/hear rocket launches if we happen to catch them. We rarely do, since most of what they do is aurora research and it's very spur-of-the-moment -- instead of scheduled launches, they wait for active aurora displays and launch rockets into the aurora itself to study it.

But we got a really fantastic view of one tonight, and they're currently holding for a launch window on another rocket, so we may get to see another. :D btw, you can stalk the rocket range on Twitter, where they often post livestream links. (Tonight's livestream.)

So what does a rocket launch look like? First of all, while they're nothing whatsoever like the scale of a manned launch, these rockets are not tiny. They're as much as 80 feet tall. Even from 20 miles away, it sounds like a jet taking off -- a loud, deep rumble. Watching tonight, we first heard the rumble, then saw a flash that lit up the horizon (I feel as if it should be the other way around due to speed of light vs. speed of sound, but they launched two rockets more or less at once, so we might've been hearing one and seeing the other). After that, there is a very bright orange spark traveling upward, framed against the stars. These are old-fashioned chemical rockets with stages, and when a stage falls, there's another bright flash and then you can see the glowing expended stage falling while the rest of the rocket continues upward.

(PFRR offers a reward to civilian hikers/hunters for finding rocket stages in the woods and calling in their location. It's pretty much all wilderness up here, so you're highly unlikely to have one fall *on* you. I mean, you'd have to have the world's worst luck for that. We hope.)

When the rocket reaches its target altitude, it releases a cloud of chemicals that disperse into the aurora and are used to study the ionization, solar wind, etc etc technobabble. We could see this very clearly tonight, a bright cloud expanding slowly in a curving squiggle as the rocket dumped its payload in the upper atmosphere. I don't think I'd realized that the chemicals they use fluoresce in the visible spectrum. I've seen pictures, but I guess I thought it was enhanced -- I've never seen the payload dumping in person before. But it's very bright!

Here's a timelapse/composite image showing the above-mentioned process (those bright white smudges are the payload release, but viewed in realtime, it really looks like more of an unwinding spiral or S curve -- also notice the slightly alarming, flaming "ploofs" in the bottom right-center where either the rocket stages or part of the rockets themselves have fallen back to earth). And here's another image showing what a launch looks like to the bare eye, though we're too far away to see details, so all we can see is a rising orange-white flare.

PFRR offers weekly tours of their facility and we took one of the tours last fall, so we got to walk around the launch gantries and see the control room and bunker (of course they have a bunker) and all of that. :D They're super friendly and delighted to talk about their work with civilians, and during our tour we were fortunate that the facility manager was on site and conducting part of the tour, which apparently is rare, so she was able to answer even the most technical and esoteric of questions.

My tax dollars at work! Take my money, NASA!

ETA: Sweet, here's a photo of tonight's payload release. That's what it looked like -- the curvy pale smear in the center of the two arms of the aurora.
sholio: (Egypt-Sombrero)
sketch-a-day feb 2017

And here is the final version of the sketch-a-day project! Ack, have I really not posted an update since Feb. 7? I meant to do more WiP posts for this!

It was really interesting to do a whole drawing one isolated square at a time -- definitely good practice for my drawing and visualization skills. There are a couple places where my mental plan got a little off track, but overall I'm pretty happy with it, and it was very relaxing to sit down at the end of the day and cross-hatch. It felt something like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

If you'd like to try it yourself, the March template is here: Click on "download" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, and then print it out, figure out what you want to draw, and do a daily square! (Or two. I did keep getting behind and having to catch up with two or three at a time.) Thanks again to [personal profile] darthneko for making these available. :)


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