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Titre : D'en bas on croit que c'est une aube qui point
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Oniisama e
Couple : Rei/Nanako, mention de Rei/Fukiko
Genre : Angst
Résumé : Rei est malade, et Nanako est venue prendre soin d'elle ; Rei pense à la mort.
Rating : PG-13
Disclaimer : Tout appartient à Riyoko Ikeda
Nombre de mots : ~600
Notes : Ecrit pour la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "Abandonment" de ladiesbingo. Avertissements pour mention de suicide.

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Titre : Expiations
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Kushiel's Legacy
Couple : Phèdre/Mélisande
Genre : PWP
Résumé : Phèdre reçoit une lettre de Mélisande, toujours en exil à Cythera. Se passe après le dernier tome de l'arc d'Imriel.
Rating : M
Disclaimer : Tout appartient à Jacqueline Carey
Nombre de mots : ~2000
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "FoeYay" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "First person narration" de ladiesbingo.

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Hi guys!!! I'm part of the Marvel Big Bang this year and my entry is due in Nov 18th. I need someone that can help me with my sentence structure, wording, pacing and any other thing you might be willing to offer. English is not my first language so it would be extremely helpful to have a second or third pair of eyes looking over my work.

Here's the info on my story:

Title: Down the Valley of Elah
Summary: Scott has to rebuild his life on the ashes of his Phoenix possession, the death of the man that was his father in fact if not in blood and the shattering of most relationships he's ever had. Scott is acquitted of the crimes he committed under the influence of the Phoenix. AvX Consequences AU.

Here's an excerpt of the story. It's incredibly rough since I haven't had the change to edit and clean it up:

The apartment was all upper New York lush and plush. From the white: carpets, wrap around sectionals, to the minimalistic metal and glass that was supposed to be the height of fashion but felt cold and impersonal. So unlike the warm oak paneling of the mansion so many years ago. The afghans and throws and quilts thrown over the backs of well worn couches, foot of soft beds and the occasional chandeliers if any of them were feeling particularly creative. 

 

It wasn’t the alien place to Scott. He had spent the greater part of his youth with a billionaire’s son, a chunk of his adult’s life in real alien home-worlds and then with Emma Frost as his lover. But it didn’t fit like a second skin or third skin. Always out of place in the landscape of who Scott Summers was and where he belonged. 

 

It was a familiar feeling. Similar to the one he had after he regained his sight, when the mansion wasn’t just made out of a symphony of sounds and textures. The day he opened his eyes to red tints and dark shades, it was like Alice falling through the rabbit hole. This whole new world where nothing matched and everything was an askew vision of the images in his head. 

 

So no, here in the very pinnacle of luxury that New York city had to offer, Scott Summers didn’t feel out of place so much as a man coming into sunlight after years underground. Blotches of black dancing in his eyes and everything too bright and dark by turns. 

 

He stood at the threshold and couldn’t make himself take those first real steps into a new life. And that was it, wasn’t it? New life, new beginnings.

 

A new start. 

 

 

Again.

 

Somehow unfair, really. How easily everything seemed to come and go. How often he was forced to pick up the pieces and start over again. To rebuild: the school, the dream, a mutant safe-haven, broken relationships, life. And shouldn’t there be a rule about that? A kind of limit to the times you got to watch your entire life burn down, of having to start all over again? 

 

Four, maybe. 

 

That would be a good number. A decent number. Instead of this never ending cycle he seemed to be trapped in. That futility of purpose that never reached its mark and always, always ended in failure. Like Sisyphus, cursed to roll a boulder up a hill over and over again. Knowing that no matter how close he came to the summit, he would never, ever reach it. 

 

He stood there in arrested indecision, wondering, not for the first time, if he had it in him for another new start. Once more unto the breach. Somehow the thought left him feeling tired and older than his twenty seven years. 

 

A heavy weight settled on his shoulders as he peered into the room. There was a crowd there. To celebrate. As if any of what had happened was cause for anything but a funerary progression. Scott certainly felt like something inside was decaying. The rot spreading inwards and outwards towards anyone and everyone that he came into contact with. 

 

Why couldn’t you just have left it alone? He thought not for the first time at Matt Murdock, who stood to his left, like he had since day one. Matt, who was an Avenger on occasion and a vigilante always. Lawyer to the destitute and disenfranchised and thought that Scott was worthy of his time and effort. Scott wanted to hate him and some days he thought the man was every bit the demon he masquerade about. 


HELP!!! :D 

Happy Durin's Day!

Oct. 19th, 2017 01:58 pm
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According to the Encyclopedia of Arda, today is Durin's Day.
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Titre : Le monde des vivants
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Mythologie hawaiienne
Couple : Hi'iaka/Hopoe, Hi'iaka et Pele
Genre : Angst
Résumé : Après la mort d'Hopoe, Hi'iaka décide de se venger de sa soeur, et de descendre dans le monde des morts trouver la seule arme qui puisse la détruire. Cela ne tournera pas comme elle avait prévu. (Il y a de nombreuses versions de cette légende. Dans celle que j'utilise, Hopoe ne revient pas, mais Hi'iaka n'épouse pas Lohiau non plus)
Rating : PG-13
Disclaimer : Domaine public !
Nombre de mots : ~2000
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Character death" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "Fairy tales and folklore" de ladiesbingo.

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Silks class #4 is the day after tomorrow, so I guess if I'm gonna muster up any semblance of a post about weeks 2 and 3 I'd better do that.

Week 2 )


Week 3 )

Three classes done, five to go. My feeling at this point is that this was probably unrealistically ambitious for someone who hasn't taken any physical classes in a long, long time or really done any focused exercise since I stopped climbing several years ago, but despite almost none of it coming naturally, I'm mostly enjoying it. I'm kinda hoping it'll give me a push to taking some kind of class after this (like barre!) that's more suited to where I currently am physically.

It's also probably just as well, in one sense, that (so far) I'm not in love with silks, much as I think they're incredibly cool. The sad reality is that evening classes are rarely feasible around Casual Job, so finding a level 2 (or beyond) timeslot for something as specific as silks that'd actually work for me logistically seems...unlikely. But we'll see. And meanwhile, "enjoying it well enough" is not a bad place to be.

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Oct. 18th, 2017 07:40 pm
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I didn't deliberately read up on seventeenth-century English history history in preparation for A Skinful of Shadows; it was just a fortunate coincidence that I'd just finished Aphra Behn: A Secret Life right beforehand (thanks to [personal profile] saramily, who came into possession of the book and shoved it into my hands.)

The thing about the English Civil War and everything that surrounds it is that it's remarkably difficult to pick a team, from the modern perspective. On the one side, you've got Puritans and repressive morality and NO PLAYS OR GOOD TIMES FOR ANYONE, but also democracy and egalitarianism and a rejection of the divine right of kings and the aristocracy! On the other side, you've got GLORY IN THE DIVINELY ORDAINED KING AND THE PERFECTION OF THE ESTABLISHED SOCIAL ORDER, but also people can have a good time every once in a while and make sex jokes if they feel like it.

Anyway, one fact that seems pretty certain about Aphra Behn is that she grew up during the Interregnum and wrote during the Restoration, and was very much on Team Divine Kings Are Great. Would Puritans let a woman write saucy plays for the stage? NO SIRREE, NOT AT ALL, three cheers for the monarchy and the dissolute aristocracy!

There aren't all that many facts that are certain about Aphra Behn, especially her early years -- the first several chapters of this book involve a lot of posed hypotheticals about who she might have been, how she might have got her start, and who might have recruited her into the spying business. It does seem fairly certain she was a spy: code name Astrea, Agent 160. (Me, to [personal profile] aamcnamara, after seeing Or last month: "I don't know that I buy all that Agent 160 business, there's no way that was something they did in the 1660s!" I apologize for doubting you, Liz Duffy Adams.)

Admittedly she was the kind of spy who spent most of her spy mission stuck in a hotel in Antwerp writing irritated letters back to King Charles' intelligence bureaucracy, explaining that she would happily continue with her spying mission and do all the things they wished her to do if only they would send her enough money to PAY HER DANG HOTEL BILL. (They did not.)

Besides her unpaid expense reports, most of what is known about Aphra Behn comes from her context and her publications, and the things she wrote in them -- only some of which can absolutely definitively be traced to her at all; several of her short stories and novellas are disputed, including one of the ones I found most interesting, "Love-Letters Between A Nobleman And His Sister." This early three-volume novel is extremely thinly-veiled RPF about a wildly trashy historical trial involving King Charles' illegitimate son, his best friend, the best friend's wife, and the best friend's sister-in-law. All of these people then went on to be involved in a major rebellion, which the second and third volume of "Love-Letters" cheerfully fictionalizes basically as it was happening, in the real world.

One of the first English novels ever written by a woman [if it was indeed written by Aphra Behn], and arguably the first novel written EVER, and it's basically one of Chuck Tingle's political satires. This is kind of amazing to me.

OK, but back to things we think we're fairly sure we do know about Aphra Behn! She wrote a lot about herself talking, and about men judging her for how much she talked; she wrote a lot of things that were extremely homoerotic; she also wrote a lot about impotence; she was often short on money; she cheerfully stole other people's plots, then got mad when people accused her of stealing other people's plots; she rarely wrote anything that was traditionally romantic, and most of her work seems to have an extremely wicked bite to it. She did not read Latin, which did not stop her from contributing to volumes of translations of things from Latin. She was almost certainly not a member of the nobility, but she believed in divine right, and divine order, and divine King Charles, even though it seems likely from her writing that she did not believe personally in religion, or God, and the King probably never did pay her bills. An extremely interesting and contradictory person, living in an interesting and contradictory time.

And now I think I need to go find a good biography of Nell Gwyn - she's barely relevant to this biography (Aphra Behn dedicated a play to her, but there's no other information available about their relationship) and yet Janet Todd cannot resist throwing in a couple of her favorite historical Nell Gwyn one-liners and they're all SO GOOD.
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I just beat the computer at chess, absolutely by accident.

Background: Because I'm a complete novice, I have the computer set up on easy mode (it only thinks for two seconds, it only looks two moves ahead). The computer nevertheless usually beats me with ease (though I have gotten a draw a couple of times), but I feel like I'm learning from it, at least enough to make the game interesting to me.

I also allow myself to take back really stupid moves at the point when it becomes obvious that they were stupid, on the theory that the computer doesn't care, and I'll learn more that way.

So anyway, there I was, playing along, and I made what looked like a stupid move after the computer took my rook and put my king in check. I'm like oops, but decide to keep going along the line for a couple more moves to see how bad this would be. The computer then proceeded to sacrifice both its rooks and its queen in order to put my king in check three times, and then, having no major pieces left it moved its king and I realized that I could now checkmate.

I was baffled... why was the computer just throwing away its pieces? Was it a bug? But then I looked back and realized that I had checkmate in one move the whole time the computer was sacrificing all its pieces, and that instead of being a mistake, the original stupid move had actually been brilliant. Or at least far better than most of my moves.

Maybe someday I'll be good enough to make these moves on purpose. :)
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Titre : La confusion des sentiments
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Steven Universe
Couple : Pearl/Connie, mention de Pearl/Rose et Connie/Steven
Genre : Tension émotionnelle non-résolue
Résumé : Pour Connie, Pearl est une héroïne, et la clé d'un nouveau monde pour elle. Pour Pearl, Connie est quelqu'un qui lui ressemble, et pourrait presque la comprendre.
Rating : PG
Disclaimer : Tout appartient à Rebecca Sugar et quelques autres
Nombre de mots : ~1100
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Underage" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "It wasn't meant to be" de ladiesbingo.

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Titre : Affolements nocturnes
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Card Captor Sakura
Couple : Tomoyo/Sakura
Genre : Angst
Résumé : Tomoyo n'arrive pas à dormir, elle pense trop à Sakura...
Rating : M
Disclaimer : Tout appartient à Clamp
Nombre de mots : ~1000
Avertissements : Masturbation underage
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Underage" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "Sleepovers and pyjama parties" de ladiesbingo.

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Back-to-the-office mishmash post

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:01 am
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I rewrote SO MUCH MANGA this weekend (counting yesterday as part of "the weekend"). Other than a) the amount of time I spent waiting for my GP appointment yesterday morning and b) going out for ramen and having some social time afterwards on Sunday evening, I feel like rewriting is all I did over the past three days.

I also think that can't be as true as it feels, because I also finally finished reading K.B. Spangler's Stoneskin (which was wonderful, and I'm really excited for the [as-yet-unwritten, AFAIK] trilogy it's a prequel to), and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I finally saw the first two episodes of Star Trek: Disco last night.

OTOH, I read most of what I had left of Stoneskin yesterday morning while doing the aforementioned waiting for an appointment, most of which was my own fault. Last month's appointment used up the last of the injectable B12, so I got a new prescription from Dr. Awesome and dropped it off at the pharmacy to be put on file, but then I forgot about it until I was on my way out the door to yesterday's appointment. Fortunately the pharmacy is right next door to Dr. Awesome's office, and I called in to get the new B12 as I started walking, and they got it ready as fast as they could, but it still meant I was late to my appointment (although at least I was able to pop in and say "I'm here! Sort of...").

--I've got a small heap of ST:D reaction posts from all of you tucked away in Memories and was finally able to start sifting through the early ones late last night. I doubt I'm going to do much (if any) commenting on weeks-old posts, but reading them is fun. ^_^


--I'm blanking on another detail about Yuletide logistics. I feel like in previous year's there's been a page (on AO3?) showing all the names of who requested what fandoms (but I think not connected at all to people's optional Dear Yulegoat letters?). Is that right? Am I simply missing it?


--My third year of "only read books (novels, anyway) from my bookcase of purchased TBR or things I've purchased in ebook" is almost up, and the status of the physical bookcase is...dire. I'm not literally out of room to put any more books on it (especially since the bottom shelf has binders of CDs and stuff on it, so the TBR only ["only"] takes up four shelves), but it's not good.

Between that and my wallet, I truly need to buy fewer books. (And relearn the habit of making purchase suggestions for novels with the library, not just anthologies and graphic novels, without getting back into putting tons of things on hold there. No going back to the days of juggling a 300 or 400-item holds list, self. *stern*) Emphasis on the "and my wallet" part, which means not simply switching to buying a higher percentage of things in ebook. (Even if ebooks are usually enough cheaper that doing that also technically means spending less money.)

As is usually the way, I feel like there were other things I meant to mention, but I now have about an hour before I have to throw on proper clothes and head off to Casual Job, and I need to use that hour to proofread some prose. Yes.

Ruritsubame Blues English Subtitles

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:19 pm
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These subtitles are timed to the video on the DVD. There are certain bits of dialogue that I'm not 100% sure of but I've referenced the third Showa novel in the making of the subtitles so hopefully, there are minimal mistakes. If you do spot anything glaringly off, just let me know.


English subtitles for Ruritsubame Blues (the second Mirage Showa Hen stage play)
Subtitle Formats: SSA / SRT 
Transcript: PDF

Tech Tips
Just a couple of suggestions on how you may use these subtitles.
  • Rip the video from your DVD and burn the subtitles together with the video onto a new DVD. Or you can simply store both the ripped video and subtitles in the same folder on your computer/external drive, make sure the file names are identical and play the video.
  • Play your DVD on your computer using a media player that can load external subtitles. VLC player is a good one to use. If you're on a Windows platform, Media Player Classic also has this function.
If you have any technical difficulties or issues with the subtitles, such as out-of-sync timing, feel free to let me know and I'll try to help you out.
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Titre : Les souvenirs derrière le voile
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Read or Die OAV (ne tient pas vraiment compte de la série)
Couple : Yomiko/Nancy II, mention de Yomiko/Nancy I
Genre : Romance malsaine ?
Résumé : Le second clone a perdu ses souvenirs. Elle demande à Yomiko de lui parler de sa "soeur", et elle lui ressemble tellement... Yomiko savait qu'elle allait lui mentir. Ce sont les ordres du Bureau. Elle ne savait pas où cela la mènerait.
Rating : PG-13
Disclaimer : Tout appartient au Studio Deen et quelques autres
Nombre de mots : ~1100
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Abuse/Power Imbalance" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "Revelations and concealments" de ladiesbingo.

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Titre : Le soin de ses propriétés
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)
Couple : Dante/Roze
Genre : Dark, PWP peu explicite
Résumé : Dante s'occupe très bien de Rose. Elle sait que son corps lui appartiendra bientôt, après tout.
Rating : M
Disclaimer : Tout appartient à Hiromu Arakawa.
Nombre de mots : ~1100
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Power Imbalance" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "Furnishing the home" de ladiesbingo.

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[dreamwidth.org profile] mini_wrimo is open for signups until October 30!


Fannish/Geeky Things/SFF

"Hero-Princess-General Carrie Fisher Once Delivered a Cow Tongue to a Predatory Hollywood Exec". [The Mary Sue]

"Carrie Fisher Insisted That Leia’s Last Jedi Arc Honor All The “Girls Who Grew up Watching Star Wars”". [The Mary Sue]

"Who are Tessa Thompson’s LADY LIBERATORS?" "The Marvel Cinematic Universe has realigned how Hollywood thinks of blockbusters, franchises, and comic book movies. Though the films have been groundbreaking at the box office, it’s been nine years since Marvel Studios began the MCU and they’re still two years away from having a solo female led movie on our screens.

But if Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson has anything to do with it, that’s not going to stand. During a recent press conference for Taika Waititi’s much anticipated Thor film, Thompson regaled us with a rad story about confronting Kevin Feige with the possibility of an all-female Marvel movie."


A discussion on N.K. Jemisin's Facebook about the "magic system" (scare quotes hers) in the Broken Earth books. Spoilers!

Abigail Nussbaum on N.K. Jemisin's The Stone Sky.


Cute Stuff

"If You Ever Feel Sad, These 10+ Highland Cattle Calves Will Make You Smile".

September LaPerm pics from [dreamwidth.org profile] naye. These posts are always great, but I think this one is even better than usual.


Miscellaneous

"We Don't Do That Here". "I have a handful of “magic” phrases that have made my professional career easier. Things like “you are not your code” and my preferred way to say no: “that doesn’t work for me.” These are tools in my interpersonal skills toolbox. I find myself uttering phrases like, “right or effective, choose one” at least once a week. This week I realized I had another magic phrase, “we don’t do that here.”"

Brian Fies' "A Fire Story" is a short comic about him and his wife being burned out of their home in the wildfires.

"Art Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities". (I haven't read the book, but the art is really neat.)

"Photographer Gets Bitten By A Deadly Black Mamba, Still Manages To Finish The Photoshoot". (Many beautiful snake photos!)

"Native-Land.ca: Our home on native land". Searchable map of North America's First Nations territories and pre-colonial histories. "There are over 630 different First Nations in Canada (and many more in the USA) and I am not sure of the right process to map territories, languages, and treaties respectfully - and I'm not even sure if it is possible to do respectfully. I am not at all sure about the right way to go about this project, so I would very much appreciate your input."

"Creating Gender Liberatory Singing Spaces: A Transgender Voice Teacher’s Recommendations for Working with Transgender Singers".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Pumpkin Spice and Needles: Bookish Autumn Cross Stitch Patterns".

"Video game developers confess their hidden tricks at last".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne, "Why Do We Cook So Many Foods at 350 Degrees?" [Mental Floss]
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Titre : Pas de la bonne façon
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Souvenirs de Marnie
Couple : Anna/Marnie
Genre : Angst
Résumé : Marnie ne reviendra plus. Anna voudrait comprendre pourquoi elle était là en premier lieu. (Elle voudrait la revoir, aussi.)
Rating : PG-13
Disclaimer : Cette version des personnages vient du studio Ghibli
Nombre de mots : ~800
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Inceste" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "What do you mean, we're related?" de ladiesbingo

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Volume 37 Summary

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:28 pm
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Here is Rina already with a summary of volume 37, full of Naoetora angst!

Summary of Volume 37: http://www.asphodelshaven.com/forums/translation-and-summary/summary-vol-37

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