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Milkshake Butterfly
Mon, Aug. 22nd, 2016 04:42 pm

Well, I promised myself I'd do this if it stayed alive this long, and I would have preferred to do it on JournalFen but that's so much Dust in the Wind, so:

LOL GRIEFMOUSE

(Give how freakin' melodramatic I was ten years ago, this is a total un-surprise to the five people who still care, I'm sure. Someone on Fandom Wank successfully called it even then. Looking back it's all very, "Really, self? Really?")

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Sat, Mar. 15th, 2014 02:27 am

Blowing a two-year layer of dust off this because I never got my DW up-and-running and I am turning into an ancient granny of the internet when it comes to making tumblr work for me, and I need somewhere to record this for posterity:

[Hannibal spoilers/predictions]So it's a guard, right?

3 points of evidence:
1: Will saying he felt as though the killer was with him when he exited the courtroom.
2: The sequence with Will dreaming watching himself perform a death sentence on himself. Will has this habit of dreaming himself as killers.
3. The stag unlocked Will's door and walked to what seems to be a guard's office or room of some sort... there's a locker there, I do believe.


I suppose being in an active fandom now I should try and find activity. I mean, my friendslist actually seems to have ten active people which is way more than I expected! But still kind of, um, sparse. Are there more people on DW? Am I going to have to wheel my walker over to tumblr and learn how to get with the hip young things?

This is what I get for missing the changeover.

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Sun, Apr. 22nd, 2012 04:44 pm

1: How much do I love this show? I haven't got words.

2: Spoilers and a Possibly Crazy TheoryCollapse )

This is at least far more likely than my other theory: that Amon is the Seller of Cabbages.

3. Forget the ever-burning ship wars: the true OTP that the series creators will always give us is Small Fuzzy Companion animal/Large Fuzzy Companion animal.

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Wed, Dec. 7th, 2011 05:08 pm

Every time a major site/service changes something, it is of course the worst thing ever, but that said... the new Xbox Dash really is remarkably awful.

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Sat, Sep. 17th, 2011 02:15 am

There are some wizards who enter a mob boss' life and screw it up forever. Harry Dresden did this to me--not forever, but periodically.

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Fri, Aug. 19th, 2011 08:42 pm

Which television show continues to get worse every season and should just get cancelled already?

For some reason a lot of the entries on this keep saying House, but that's very strange since we all know House was canned at the end of the second season on that cliff-hangery note, as FOX is wont to do with all unusual shows, as any Firefly or Brimstone fan can attest.

Of course, you never know: if FOX had kept, maybe what they would have done was made it stupider and stupider with each passing season, so as to suit the FOX standard of Televison That Drops Your IQ. Perhaps there would have been sincere storylines based on urban legends, or a plotline so utterly moronic that it concluded when a judge actually declared it too ridiculous to bother with, or maybe they would have replaced all the Ducklings with alternate Ducklings who would have to compete in a reality show, because hey! Viewers like reality shows, right? And maybe they would have gone on to titillate fandom in even more ridiculous ways, like making House an abused little boy who cuts himself while listening to emo Peter Gabriel songs before jumping off of balconies. And maybe a lot of these people remember that Firefly was actually canceled just in the nick of time, assuming you didn't want to watch an episode with gang-rape and death vaginas.

So maybe what these responses are all saying is we should be grateful that House was canceled after only two seasons (and that Heroes didn't even completely get that because of the writer's strike). I suppose I could roll with that.

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Mon, Aug. 15th, 2011 02:09 am

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
— Alfred Hitchcock
If I write fic--or if I painted pictures or did interpretive dance or whatever*--what do you immediately look for?


What interests me most is to see if there's any difference between my alphas, who have seen tens of thousands (and in one case, well into the three digits) of words that nobody else has.


* Feel free to pick your own favorite artform and tell me what I'd do. I'm playing Portal 2 cooperative just now, so if you actually guess something I do and have never mentioned, you will be awarded Science Collaboration Points.

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Fri, Jul. 8th, 2011 10:11 pm

Go look at your blog journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?

Very, very fucked. Unless I get that crossover version--although I'd still have to deal with the cliquishness and there'd probably be some bizarre attempt to organize a festival for the shambling zombie hordes or something.

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Fri, Jun. 24th, 2011 06:55 pm

This is all azarias's fault. We were talking, and she said something about how the Power Rangers got really cliquey after they became Rangers: they didn't hang out with people who weren't other Rangers or ex-Rangers, and when they did, they inevitably became Rangers. And I, my memory refreshed by reading poisonivory's recap posts, innocently asked "What, like the Baby-Sitter's Club?" and a terrible fusion/crossover was born.

And azarias hasn't even read the BSC, so she's completely escaped the fallout.

It all fits together rather disturbingly well. Angel Grove and Stoneybrook both occupy the same "No town I've ever known has actually worked like that" fictional existences, both groups do magnificently implausible "for the community!" projects, and the PSAs and morals that both series liked to give might as well have been purchased at the same shop. It's not so much an idea whose time has come as an idea whose time was fifteen or twenty years ago, but one who you still can't help looking on with a sort of nostalgic delight anyway. Very, very fuzzy nostalgic delight in my case, since Power Rangers was a show I watched when I was thirteen and BSC were books I gave up even before that.

I'm not wedded to most of these, because again, my memories are vague at best, but my present tentative line-up. It also lacks a few additional characters because I stopped reading before they were introduced/became members.

1. Kristy Thomas: Red Ranger

This was an easy one. Not only is she group leader, a position generally held by either Red or White, but she's easily the most physically aggressive and she already loves the color red itself, so her obligatory wardrobe redo wouldn't be very difficult. I think this one is a given.

2. Mary Anne Spier: Blue Ranger

This one took a fair bit of debate, but I think I'm happy with this. I seem to recall she liked the color pink, but I rewatched the original Power Rangers Pilot (I have suffered for my ideas), and Zordon described Blue as "Patient and Wise," which I think fits Mary Anne best.

3. Claudia Kishi: Purple Ranger

For a long time there was no Purple Ranger in any actual series, and thus Purple was the color of choice for Ranger Sues, but I don't think that's actually an argument against Claudia using it. I had initially thought Yellow ("Agile and Fearless" according to the Giant Glowing Exposition Head), but I've assigned that somewhere else now, so why not give Claudia the color that is her favorite anyway? Also, I could totally see Janine as Alpha/later series Billy, keeping crap actually functioning in the background.

4: Stacey McGill: Pink Ranger

Pink is "Graceful and Smart." More importantly, the first time the first Pink Ranger got into her Zord, she checked out the stereo. Also, my vague memories suggest to me Pink was always one of the more fashionable Rangers. I'm reasonably attached to this selection, but not in a way I can explain well.

5: Dawn Schafer: Green Ranger

I give Dawn Green for three reasons. One is that it's a bad pun on her "eco-healthy as seen by ghostwriters in the 80s who didn't research" lifestyle. The second is that the Green Ranger in the first series had an occasionally troubled relationship with the team, what with the evilness and all, and Dawn came in during a troubled time and eventually broke away to do her own gig in California, which is... nothing like being evil, but this is BSC we're talking about. The third is that when she went back to California, she totally became White Ranger and leader of her own team. This and Kristy are the assignments I like best.

6: Jessi Ramsey: Yellow Ranger

I had initially labeled Jessi as Black Ranger, because Zack, the first Black Ranger, fought evil with the power of Dance, and you just know so would Jessi. But even if the show went for the "Black Ranger is the only black team member" thing first, I'd just as soon not go there if there's a better choice. With the "Agile and Fearless" descriptor, I think Yellow is just that.

7: Mallory Pike: Black Ranger?

When I read these books in my distressingly long-ago prepubescent years, Mallory was my favorite, probably not coincidentally because I was 11 at the time myself. Now, however, I find I remember next to nothing about her aside from basic facts: huge family, drew, got mono that once. None of those especially help pick a Ranger color. But Black Ranger is tagged as "Clever and Brave," and I seem to remember that fitting okay, so there we go. Plus cheshireempress tells me that as much as she loves her, she feels Mallory got a lot of leftover plots, so there's a certain poetic justice to her getting the leftover Ranger color, if nothing else.


Further thoughts, anyone? I know I can't be the only person who is of the right age to have loved both these (objectively terrible, really) series.

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Fri, Jun. 17th, 2011 04:56 pm

Which comic book character would you like to see on the silver screen? Who would you cast to play the role?

This is one of those questions that really deserves an "in an ideal universe" or "under practical circumstances" modifier, because that really does make a difference.

For example, in an ideal universe, I'd love to see the Authority get the treatment that the Avengers movie is getting right now, with a series of lead-up movies. You've have your Jenny Sparks: Spirit of the 20th Century nostalgia piece a la the Captain America movie; the gritty, urban, tormented-male-lead Jack Hawksmoor: King of Cities movie; a Midnighter and Apollo movie about gay fugitive superheroes seeking revenge with flashbacks to the destruction of their team and the reason they're out for said revenge; and maybe even a Stormwatch movie tying some of the threads together before you got the proper Authority movie. (Much as I love Angie, her origin does not a movie by itself make*; nor does Shen or the Doctor's. Plus, a Jeroen origin-story-movie would be a little too Trainspotting for most people's tastes.) And in this ideal universe, I would cast Daniel Craig as Midnighter (azarias's idea) and Hrithik Roshan (six photos here; I could not pick) as Apollo, although I seldom fantasy-cast so thus ends my thoughts there.

In a practical sense, if I heard they were actually making an Authority movie or even a series of Authority movies or even just the Jenny Sparks movie, I would pale and start building a fallout shelter immediately. The Authority is pretty high on the list of topics I feel Hollywood would mutilate. And on a smaller note, while Daniel Craig as Midnighter actually isn't too completely far-fetched, Hrithik Roshan as Apollo is never going to happen.

However, still talking in practical terms, I, like many other people, have spent most of my time since the abortive Wonder Woman project going "Why didn't they just make a She-Hulk movie? I mean, everything they were describing that made no sense for Wonder Woman--the dual identities and their conflict, the eating ice cream and crying over men, the media influences, the Ally McBeal homages--all of those are Shulkie. But I have no idea who I'd cast to play her. Probably not the Hollywood-skinny type who would be bound to get it. (Personally, I cast Bipasha Basu for Wonder Woman--Bollywood has a remarkable number of actors and actresses who actually look like superheroes--but again, that abortive Wonder Woman project makes me think that an actual movie about her is still ideal-universe, not practical-universe.)

Also in the ideal universe, I'd love a JLI/Can't Believe it's Not the Justice League comedy/action movie, but again, with what Hollywood is putting out right now I just can't believe it would do well.

And I would love a really well-done Batgirl movie, or even just to have her inserted into the current ones--I think any Batgirl would adapt much better than the Robins to the Nolan-verse--but failing that, some time with Joel Schumacher and some very pointy heels would be equally therapeutic.


* What I would do is make Angie's backstory the trailer opening: you see a girl go to her high school guidance counselor and get asked, very bored, "And what are your plans post-graduation, Angela?" and she goes, "I'm going to be a superhero," and the counselor smiles, very clearly pained, and says something about how she's got some very nice pamphlets here for pre-med. And you see wee!Angie's eyes narrow, and then it cuts to some explosions and adult!Angie standing there in all her CGI chrome Engineer glory having just caused the explosions. Then you get snippits of the other characters. Never gonna happen in the real world, because of course everybody knows women can't be hooks for superhero movies unless they're being sexy.

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Milkshake Butterfly
Sun, Jun. 12th, 2011 01:09 pm

So, for the three of you who haven't heard it, DC is doing a reboot again. It's going to be so much bigger and better than the old reboots, and is totally going to save the company, you'll see! It really will work this time!

But anyway, they've been dribbling out their new title information a little bit at a time, and here's one of the most recent nuggets of joy:
"Stormwatch is a dangerous super human strike force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo. And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds. Featuring a surprising new roster, STORMWATCH #1 will be written by the critically-acclaimed Paul Cornell (Superman: The Black Ring, “Dr. Who”) and illustrated by Miguel Sepulveda."

And here's the cover, which appears to be Martian Manhunter, redesigned Apollo*, and redesigned chinspike!Midnighter, despite the fact even the writer keeps saying that's Jack Hawksmoor in the middle. I'm starting to wonder if it's some sort of fucked-up clue, and not a mistake. (More realistically, it was probably Jack in the sketch and an executive decision turned it--hideously--into Apollo sometime after that. Still, it does not bode well.)
Stormwatch Reboot Solicit Cover. Three figures stand around a glowing holographic sphere that may be meant to represent the earth: J"onn J"onzz, looking normal; Apollo, looking like a bad 80s plastic action figure with no hair, a slit nose, and a short-sleeve uniform redesign; and the Midnighter, in a blue, black, and silver uniform redesign featuring lots of metal plates in "modern" scale patterns and a number of random spikes. There"s one on his chin, like a zit.


I have no words for the stupidity of all this. I do have words for the complete lack of mention of any of the ladies thus far. They are not polite ones.

Now, I grant you, if you only know the Authority via fannish osmosis, you may think Apollo and Midnighter compose the whole of the team, but actually it's home to several of my favorite female superheroes, including the Angie, the Engineer, who told her guidance counselor she wanted to be a superhero when she grew up and then made it happen; Jenny Sparks, the smoking, drinking, swearing spirit of the 20th century, who may have been depressed because it was the 80s or may have caused the 80s because she was depressed; and her successor, Jenny Quantum, who has two daddies and cannot be told certain bedtime stories because of her tendency to make them come true. Hell, Jenny Sparks was the one who founded the Authority and recruited Apollo and the Midnighter in the first place, and in the sensible, in-universe reboot which is the one I choose to pay attention to, JennyQ runs the joint after she aged herself up so she could see over the counters to hit people.

So you might think somewhere in the discussion of the new title the question might have at least arisen about "So where's Jenny, who originally done this deal you're now giving to J'onn J'onzz, and who was actually one of the members of the Authority who was in Stormwatch, unlike certain other headlining individuals you have named?" but no. Apollo and Midnighter are in it and still gay, and that's all anybody really cares about, right? (Distressingly, going by quite a large section of fannish reaction, it's true. I can't wait to see what happens when they try to kiss, given Apollo's complete lack of mouth in the design concept. Perhaps that's what the chinspike is for?)

And this is just an Authority fan talking. I don't know what the Stormwatch fans are thinking. I wonder: are there still people looking forward to this reboot? Because every time I run across one, within a day or two DC manages to release some new info that pisses them off, too. I'm starting to wonder if they've actually got someone who really truly believes there is no such thing as bad press.


* For a bonus, check out the next design down. Who looks as Deathstroke and goes "Hmm, needs more spikes"?

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Mon, Jun. 6th, 2011 04:49 am

Stephen Moffat, did you or did you not just have a character show up at the end of your "OMG so amazing!" episode to explain the plot to us because you had just failed utterly to do so?

And no, "Well, it's a children's show" does not excuse that.

I have other thoughts, but this is the one I keep coming back to.

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Thu, Oct. 14th, 2010 02:28 am

Why is it just about every discussion of "strong female characters" I see, I come out of it feeling like it doesn't matter how well a character is written, fandom will still hate her and insist she's bad in some way?

Oh right, that would be the misogyny.


ETA: Here's something more cheerful and utterly unrelated: KGB fiction is doing a raffle with such diverse prizes as a signed, used keyboard of Neil Gaiman's; a session with Peter Straub's masseuse; a carnivorous plant terrarium; three unpublished stories by Michael Swanwick where you own the rights till 2015; Cat Rambo critiquing a short story of yours in the form of a poem; a session with Ellen Datlow's reflexologist; and your very own wormhole, with a certificate of authenticity by physicist Michio Kaku, just to name a few of the odder ones. I'm rather tempted by the last, to be honest.

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Wed, Oct. 6th, 2010 08:54 pm

apocabigbang: "The challenge is for writers to create a 10 000 word (or longer) novella for het, gen, or slash in whatever fandom or crossover they so desire." [Emphasis mine.]

I... don't even know what to say to that, really. I thought it was bad when I saw one at 12K, but now I'm pretty sure that in my lifetime I will see a drabble Big Bang done completely without irony.

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Sat, Aug. 28th, 2010 02:19 am

"Note to Project Runway casting team: women (this gal included) enjoy having at least one attractive, possibly heterosexual male to watch and lust over in an hour and a half’s time, especially if nothing more exciting occurs than Tim Gunn announcing “Oh, they’re wooly balls!”"
-Second City Style on last week's Project Runway
I swear that sometimes, the most depressing thing about being a Project Runway fan--and this is impressive, given how increasingly blatant the show has gotten--is the misogyny, and I'm not just talking about every other word out of Michael Kor's mouth. And this one is somehow impressively depressing, since it goes out of its way; most misogynists are perfectly content to leave it at the idea that women love the show since it's about clothes, and clothes are all girly and stuff. (I've also seen a lot of people arguing that Jason should have been left in, to give the straight women that something to lust over, but on that one I just have to say that if Jason is what you consider a good lust object, I feel for you on many levels.)

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Milkshake Butterfly
Fri, Jul. 30th, 2010 12:23 am

Have you ever secretly loved someone you shouldn't have? If so, did you confess your feelings? Any regrets either way?


Man, I just want to say if the collective fannish RPers of LJ have not gotten a fuckton of mileage out of this one, I am ashamed to be a part of fandom. (Also I am going to assume one of them submitted the question in the first place, because good lord.)

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Wed, Jul. 14th, 2010 12:24 am

I was going to share this with a Koei games comm I know exists, but it turns out they limit commenting only to community members, so here, friendslist, I know some of you game: Are You Game, a video game-based fest on DW, is currently taking prompts for its latest round. Doesn't seem to matter what kind of game (and related media and/or adaptions of games are accepted too), although it's not really surprising that certain games--*coughcoughFFcough*--are more represented than others. And sadly, crossovers with non-game media don't seem to be accepted, so I'll have to continue hauling around these oddball Silent Hill ones I've got until I find some other unsuspecting place to dump them off.

And in other news that might interest someone else, I've found a Young Wizards Kink/Cliche meme. Unfortunately, it seems to be dead.

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Fri, May. 21st, 2010 02:18 pm

I've finally replied to the replies left to my disability rant of... not quite three weeks ago (and yes, I broke the character limit length again; I really do need to find a way to haul my style over to DW and move). Unfortunately, this is pretty exemplary of how my life has been going for the past couple of years: my health took a nose dive to the point it's even impacting my ability to futz around online, which is impressive since previously my health caused my extraordinary quantity of futzing. Anyway, if you've noticed I have a tendency to abruptly drop out of conversations, or reply to things considerably after they've been posted, or say I'm going to do something and then never get to it, that's why. (Not fishing for sympathy comments; if you've got well-wishes, I'll take prayers/bribes/sacrifices/stern looks/whatever method of trying to influence reality you choose in the direction of my next round of tests producing useful results.)

On a lighter note, here, have a set of icons based on "We Has Tribbles And Also Troubles". (Her other TOS icons are good, too.)

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Milkshake Butterfly
Fri, Apr. 30th, 2010 08:27 pm

I would like to make a personal request of every writer out there, whether of original fiction or otherwise:

In the event that you find yourself deciding to use disability¹ as a plot gimmick², please push back from your computer, typewriter, notebook or other writing device, take a deep breath, and punch yourself in the nose. Hard.

I can't do it, you see. Even if I were there, I have these muscle weakness issues. You might not even feel it, and certainly it wouldn't make a sufficient impact. So I need you to do it for me.

How, you may ask, can you tell if what you're doing is a plot gimmick?

Two things.

1) Replace it with something else. A badly broken leg, or even two. A brutal headache. A very bad day at work. What you could use will depend on situation your character is in, of course, but if you can replace the disability with a set of circumstances that is not a disability and the plot doesn't change, or the character arc you're working through still progresses the same way, then you don't need to have it there in the first place.

2) Ask if you're doing this just for 'dramatic tension' or 'emotional impact'. If the only reason you've just made a character disabled is to make your readers gasp, then you're being an asshole.


Oh, and if the disability in question gets fixed say, three chapters later³, punch yourself in the nose twice. With luck you broke it the first time. At that point, all you're doing is proving to your audience that you never really needed to do it in the first place; you just wanted to artificially raise the stakes. And given how seldom in modern fiction any significant character becomes disabled and stays there, you're being pretty insulting to your reader's intelligence, much less anything else.



¹ For the purposes of this post, assume we're talking about permanent or long-term disability. A broken hip or leg can be a short-term disability, but that involves an entirely different set of connotations, social history, and so on.
² Also known as a poorly-done plot device. Plot gimmicks may be purchased with plot coupons at participating locations.
³ This doesn't apply if you're writing something intended for largely comedic effect, of course; a quick and easy resolution is usually an essential part of the humor of the situation, and again, the cultural context is entirely different.

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Mon, Apr. 19th, 2010 02:08 am

I'm presently working through an accumulation of tabs I've left open and leaving some comments I've meant to, so don't be surprised if you get a reply to something from like a month back. It's embarrassing how horrible I am at timely replies, and I want to issue a blanket apology to everyone I have left hanging in email or LJ over the years: it's not you, it's so very very me.

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Sat, Apr. 10th, 2010 01:00 am

azarias and I just had a beautiful thought: Susan Ivanova as a Dresden Files-style Knight of the Cross. (She gets Amoracchius, of course. Although you could make an argument for Fidelacchius too. Either way this is an idea made of awesome.)

ETA: There is also a magnificent crossover femslash pairing in this. Murphy! You know all those problems you have with love? Meet your soul-sister.

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Thu, Apr. 8th, 2010 09:12 am

I would like to ask how it is possible that a book with the spoiler list I read could be boring me this hard in its opening... Oh god I'm at twenty chapters now. Twenty chapters and having to push past mental yawns. Seriously, I was prepared to be disgusted. I was prepared to roll my eyes hard enough at places to sprain them. (Well, okay, I have done that a few times.) I was expecting to be turning pages rapidly to find out what over-the-top thing he was going to do next. What I was not expecting was to be slogging. My god, the Merry Gentry books are faster reads than this. What the hell happened? Slow reads are not on his previous list of writerly sins.

Actually, I think I know what happened. This couldn't have been edited for more than the basics. He contradicts himself with disturbing frequency, the prose often puddles instead of flowing, people keep using physical and verbal tics that scream "this is characterization yes it is" while his character voices are blown halfway to hell and back, the chapters are positively weird as far as length goes, and the whole thing feels really flat. This needed someone with a loving chainsaw to go through it, badly. Also, he's hit the wall with a lot of things--his story formula and his first-person POV, just to name the two biggest ones--but won't let them go. As odditycollector put it, you get one scene per book where the character is stunned or otherwise rendered out of the action so he can't affect it but the writer can still tell us things that are happening. At twenty chapters in I've counted three, and she reliably tells me I've got a fourth coming.

Given that he's said he wants to make this a twenty-four or twenty-five book series (I don't even know what to say to that) and he's having this much trouble now, you kind of have to wonder what book, say, twenty will look like. Maybe Harry will gain the Doctor's weird Omniscient Near-Death Vision.

ETA: So for about a page the characters discuss mortgages, which is probably Jim Butcher's way of saying he needs us to help him pay his. In any case, one of the characters started complaining they were bored and that was it. I'm out for the day, and I haven't even gotten to the Part Where Jim Butcher Pushes One of My Personal Buttons.

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Wed, Apr. 7th, 2010 07:56 am

Last week, while rattling around the internets as one does, I encountered a fic list that contained several of my stories. This is traditionally a happy moment for me, but as soon as I saw they were attributed to "m_butterfly", I found myself seriously glaring at the screen.

Now, I've never been wild about it as a username--it was chosen rather hastily and at random when I realized "butterfly" was taken, "milkshakebutterfly" didn't fit and "milk_butt" was just completely unacceptable in every way--and I was aware of a growing discontent with it for years*, but outright glaring at a fic listing just because they did the completely normal thing and used your LJ handle as your name? That's a pretty unmistakable sign that your handle has to go.

So yesterday I bought myself a present and here we are. (milkshakeb, also registered back when I was considering alternatives, was rejected because I didn't want to spend the rest of my fannish life wondering what a shakeb was.) I'm still unsure if I want to stick with Milkshake Butterfly on a whole, but since I've got no better alternatives I'm sticking with it for now.

Next up: anybody got any guides for getting used to/setting up Dreamwidth handy? I know there have to have been some.


* As well as a sense of apology to people who genuinely went by M. Butterfly or some close varient as their handle. Sorry, guys; I can't exactly give it back to you for your use, but at least now it doesn't automatically mean someone else. It's free on DW, anyway.

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Milkshake Butterfly
Tue, Mar. 23rd, 2010 06:00 pm

mafiabanter
Hot Yakuza/Sulky Minion Banter: Dresden/Marcone
A Harry Dresden/John Marcone comm for fic, art, conversation, or whatever

Some day I will belong to a fandom where the rest of the fandom and I are observably watching or reading the same source material. Today... is not that day. Seriously, what the hell?

ETA: It's not the pairing that bothers me here, it's the characterization. Not to mention... 'Yakuza'? Seriously?


Speaking of cooties, I seem to have plot ones. Poor azarias has spent the last two weeks crying on my shoulder about how the fanfic she's writing was just supposed to be a conversation about killing children and then some buttsex*, and instead she's got this big thing where even buying bread starts a digression about what bread means in their society and to them, personally. And she's not even doing research, since it would be a violation of the canon**. I'm trying to be sympathetic, but when she started complaining about how the sex scene turned out to be more than half them talking and not actually fucking, I may have pointed and laughed a little. MY PAIN, LET ME SHARE IT WITH YOU.


* It's for Spartucus: T&A B&S. If you know anything about the show at all, no further explanation is needed.
** See above.

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Milkshake Butterfly
Sat, Feb. 20th, 2010 01:40 am

So, after months of poking Jim Butcher's website to see if he's posted what the next book, Changes, is gonna be about, it finally occurred to me to check wikipedia.

Mild spoilers of the book-blurb variety.Collapse )

I haven't got enough 'no' in my house for this, although there probably is enough 'no' in the world. After all, it's possible for an extremely talented author to pull off that plotline without it being insulting, stupid, and/or misogynistic, but considering Butcher's track record? Given that Turn Coat already left me feeling unusually meh about a series I'd been outright in love with for four books, I'm highly dubious this won't leave me putting you on my list of "Was great, now isn't worth picking up except through the library" book series.

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