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Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 12:30 am
1. (Favourite) book from childhood

More lovely pictures here

Comet in Moominland / Kometjakten / Mumintrollet på kometjakt / Kometen kommer by Tove Jansson. It is a sequel to The Moomins and the Great Flood, so it picks up the story of the Moomin troll family and their new acquaintances as they are settling into new life in the valley. Moomin and Sniff go hiking (local eco-tourism) and meet interesting folk - like harmonica-playing Snufkin, the gold standard for travelling minimalist philosophers everywhere! Adventures are had. Snork Maiden saves Moomin from an octopus. A comet is coming and is supposed to destroy everything. In the spirit of friendly community, all friends of different species find shelter in a cave and wait for, well, the end of the world / total destruction / death, and fall asleep. In the morning, they discover the comet has passed earth and everything is okay. Everyone is joyful.

This is a lovely book for children and adults alike. It carries a very particular zen, and teaches useful & true things about life: that things beyond our control happen, and it's okay to panic a bit and be emotional about it, but ultimately, you need to deal with it in an efficient way and live on regardless; that you don't necessarily need to fight something, that life is no competition; that the world is full of very different and very interesting people; that new people will arrive in your valley and make a home there, and that's okay; that people you hold dear may leave, and that's okay, too; that travelling is good, but so is coming back, and it's okay to want both; that all kinds of occupations & vocations are valuable and respectable; that it's great to love doing something; that if you cock up or someone is harmed as a result of your actions, you don't sulk or go on a stupid heroic quest or something, but apologise and to practical stuff to remedy the situation.

Life is better with Moomins. :)
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 11:55 pm

A lovely meme as seen over at [personal profile] vaysh11's journal. I love it so much when my f-list talk about books (the lovely Wednesday reads [personal profile] sineala & [personal profile] isis are doing, and [personal profile] osprey_archer's never-ending book discoveries), so I'm going to try switching from the constant stream of fanworks reccing to published books for a bit. No pictures promised, but much book talk. :)
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 12:11 pm
I spent a good bit of time last Saturday writing this rec list up in Semagic. Sunday morning I did a last sweep and some final edits before calling it complete. Then opened a new file that I made some changes to and hit save-- which promptly saved over top of my completed rec list. Semagic has a weird save quirk that makes this possible when hopping between different files but I never remember that when I need to and I'll let you imgaine the swearing and clawing at face that proceeded, especially after I tried an immediate salvage of the file autosave and failed. So I then spent a good chunk of Sunday rewriting it from the scraps of memory. This time in Notepad ++ as all future posts will be drafted. *glares at Semagic icon*

ANYWAY, before all that excitement, when I first called up my rec tag shortlist, I realized I had over a dozen that were either Avengers/Captain America or Wonder Woman related (or, in one case, both), so I decided to run with those and give them their own list. These are heavy on the Steve, Bucky, and Diana, not surprisingly, along with two from Antiope's POV. They also feature significant appearances by Peggy, Tony, Pepper, Pietro, Wanda, Steve [Trevor], Donna Noble, and Bruce Wayne. Mostly fics as usual but one exceptional vid and a serendipitous art experiment also made their way in. There's 14 recs all together and the rec notes were written in order but you can, of course, pick and choose as you like. <3

ETA: The first couple of recs had a missing div coding error so they looked like one rec with the wrong title/link/author. That's been fixed now. :)

Onward to the Recs! )
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 06:17 am

Yesterday, I was one of the day’s lucky ten thousand: I learned that the internet has a cat!

Purrli, aka “The Internet has a Cat!” is a purr generator. Yep. And it’s amazing.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

Monday, July 24th, 2017 11:55 pm
I realise this is a bit like screaming into the void, but I have to ask:

Remember how in Batman v Superman, BAMF Lois Lane is somewhere in "Nairomi, Africa" (WTF?) about to interview some shadowy local general, and is accompanied by Jimmy Olsen (who is supposed to be a Daily Planet photographer). Jimmy Olsen has that styled fake-rugged model look that makes him look like an extra from Alias. And indeed, he turns out to be CIA with a tracker in his camera, uncovered by the general's security. (Poor Lois barely makes it three questions in the interview.) Agent Jimmy tries to broker a deal with the general on behalf of his agency, and is killed.

This is seen by his superiors/support team (via heat vision cameras), who refer to Jimmy as 'Talon'.

Codenames are all nice and good, and I thought no further until I read a couple Batman fanfics about the Court of Owls, which is apparently this secret society with hands in many pies intent on world domination. (Not to be confused with League of Assassins, which is another Batman-related secret society. League of Assassins was in Nolan's Batman and had Marion Cotillard.) Court of Owls hasn't been anywhere I noticed? Except -

- except this Court of Owls has these hordes of brainwashed / zombie-like / reanimated replaceable agents or dispatch assassins (IDEK?) who are called 'Talons'. And now I'm thinking, was that an Easter egg or something. Was this supposed to mean that in DCEU, Court of Owls has infiltrated agencies. Or that Jimmy Olsen is going to come back as an undead assassin.

See, I'd say this is weird, but on the other hand, Brubaker had teenage Bucky Barnes shed the booty shorts and come back from the dead with a metal arm and Soviet technomagic hitmanship on his CV, so how do we measure weird? Is bumbling happy-go-lucky Jimmy turned into an extra from Alias turned into a Talon of the Court of Owls 'weird' or... 'comic-book logical'?

EDIT: I stand corrected, Wikipedia informs me that in Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar (who else?), Jimmy Olsen is an agent of the CIA who eventually becomes the director. Moreover, he joins Dr. Lex Luthor in his Presidential bid and becomes Vice President. So I guess yes, magically reanimated Jimmy Olsen + Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor = supervillains forever in future franchise movies?

Thoughts? Links? Fic recs?
Monday, July 24th, 2017 08:00 pm

Posted by gracerene

Title: The Destiny You Sold
Author: tryslora
Word Count: ~59,000
Pairing: Draco/Harry
Rating: NC-17
Author's Summary: In which Draco knits, Harry makes wands, and things get very tangled up between them.
Author's Website: masterlist on AO3
Why everyone should read this: Such a fun and mega-hot fic! Love me some accidental bonding, and the dynamic here between Harry and Draco was fantastically hot. Plus, there are so many wonderful background characters and pairings that really make this universe feel real. Beautiful development of feelings, and an awesome ending. :)

Draco carefully unpacks the bin of bulky yarn, the strands thick and soft under his fingers. He lays some out on the tabletop, arrayed in a chaotic rainbow of colour to showcase each dye lot, then stows the rest safely in the cabinets beneath. The sign comes last: Thick For Her Pleasure, bulky weight, please touch. One corner of his lip lifts as he rolls his eyes at the name, but there’s nothing he can do since Millicent is in charge of naming the different fiber weights, and she claims the suggestive names sell more product.

She’s probably right, but it still rankles when Draco has to say so that’ll be two Thick For Her Pleasure to some old lady who reminds him of what he imagines a doting grandmother might be like.

Millicent, on the other hand, seems to find it amusing. Of course she does.

“This is the last box.” Greg sets it down next to the remaining empty table and opens it up, wincing slightly as he does so. “Bloody hell, that’s bright. Mil, what was Marc thinking when he made this?”

“He was thinking that folks like bright colours,” Millicent calls back from her spot behind the till. “What the bloody hell did you think he was thinking, Greg?”

“You should know by now not to ask ridiculous questions of the pregnant woman,” Draco murmurs.

“The pregnant woman has excellent hearing,” Millicent points out. “She also wants tea and ice cream, so we’ll be going out for a bit.” She moves slowly, her heavy belly leading the way as she walks over to join them. “Draco, finish setting up, and get all the prices marked. There might be some folks coming through this afternoon, but I’m sure it’ll be a slow day, and you’ve got the whole rest of the week to set up—we’re technically not open until Saturday. On the other hand, Saturday is the first Hogsmeade weekend, so you’d best get all the wrinkles worked out before you’re on your own with half of Hogwarts in here.”

Draco can’t think what half of Hogwarts would be doing in a yarn shop, but he nods to Millicent—he might be willing to provoke her, but he will not argue with her—just the same. “We wouldn’t want anyone to think our fibers are wrinkled, Millicent,” he says blandly, while Greg snorts and Millicent looks like she’s trying to hold back a laugh.

She pats him on the back. “I do like you,” she says. “Greg and I won’t be gone long, just an hour, maybe two. Oh, and don’t be surprised if Marc shows up. Said he’s got some information for you on the latest, some new sheep he’s been raising. He wants to bring his experimental lots here.”

Draco’s smile is thin but professional. “Of course, Millicent. Go get your ice cream,” and likely a quick pregnant shag, he thinks, from the way her hand is lingering on her husband’s arse. “I’ll take care of the shop.”

It is his shop after all. Oh, it belongs to Marcus Flint and Millicent Goyle, but in the end, this particular new shop is his. He helped finance the opening with his own meager available funds, and he will work in the shop while Millicent and Marcus provide the inventory. Hiring is up to him, should he decide he needs help, as are the hours, sales, promotions, and anything else that might occur. The only thing not under his control is the stock, the source of the yarn, and the bloody names Millicent attaches to each weight.

And the colours, he reminds himself, as he opens the last box wide. Kiss My Toes, sock weight, spoil your feet! He sighs as he places the sign in the centre of the table, then starts pulling skeins free. Not a single one of them is the same, a chaotic rush of colours that means that no two socks will ever be exactly alike. Not that Draco would ever knit a sock. Draco does not knit. But even he can see that there is nothing here that matches, and he wonders who they will appeal to.

Perhaps he needs to lure someone like Luna Lovegood into the shop; surely she’d be thrilled to find something like this.
Monday, July 24th, 2017 07:26 am

Two wonderful retirees that I met last summer invited me to join them on a two-day hiking trip this September. ‘Great!’ I said. ‘Sign me up!’

Last Friday I got a copy of their planned itinerary, and I nearly called the whole thing off. I suspect these two may actually be superhuman, because I need to up my training game if I’m going to keep up on this thing.

I mean, on the one hand, it’s going to be embarrassing for me if I’m slowing us down. On the other hand, that is some serious Life Goals right there. I hope that’s me in 40 years!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

Monday, July 24th, 2017 09:00 am

Posted by rosevalleynb

Title: A Dream Carved in Stone
Gaining Access: n/a
Author: Diadelphous
Word Count: 106,440 words, complete in 56 chapters
Alternate Links to Fic: none that I could find
Pairing: Lily Evans/Severus Snape
Rating: M (R)
Author's Summary: When an unmarried Lily Evans joins the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore gives her a simple mission: meet with the Death Eater Severus Snape and tell him what she's done. AU.
Author's Website: Ficlist on FFN
Why everyone should read this: Story is set in the years after the Marauders and Lily finished school, late 70's to early 80's. There is no Lily/James, not even in passing.
There aren't many stories out there where the author is able to create such a tense, grim, and angst-filled atmosphere that it lures you in from the start and refuses to let go until the very end. This is one of those rare ones.

While Snape is very much in character (to me) being his dour self, Lily is anything but. The loss of Severus and their friendship has obviously affected her more than she's willing to admit to anyone, even to herself. Chain-smoking, pessimistic, and living day by day as the war goes on around her, it's a far cry from the average fanfic depiction of her. She doesn't turn into an instant hero as soon as she joins the Order, nor does she excel in her missions, in fact, she barely makes it out alive each time she goes on one. The author has created a realistic woman with hopes and fears and flaws, just like the man she's hooked on for better or worse.

There is so much more to say in praise of this story, the rec would turn into a novel in itself. All I can say is, read it for yourself. Even if the pairing does not appeal to you, read it for the author's interpretation of the Dark Arts and its workings, or Remus Lupin's small but significant part in the story. If that fails to convince you, read it for Severus Snape being his unapologetic self.

She wondered how many of them were thinking, There's that girl who used to hang around with Severus Snape.

"-An excellent witch," Albus was saying. "Very talented, and loyal to our cause -"

Lily watched their faces, looking for flickers of doubt. But the light in the room washed out all expression, leaving just those frozen bright smiles.

What am I doing here? she thought.

But she knew. The year and a half since she graduated had been filled with more doubt and loss than she would ever have thought possible as a student - but she had no doubts about this. It was Right. For a year and a half she had moved mechanically through her life, going to work at the robemaker's shop in Everthorne Alley, eating her meals at the pub on Merrythought Street, smoking one cigarette after another while she stared out her flat's grimy circular window and listened to old sad songs on the wireless. For a year and a half, the only vividness in her world had been in the memories of her past - the green light in their secret place in the woods, the smoky, papery scent of his Potions textbook. But she was tired of the past. The past was dead.

He was dead.
Monday, July 24th, 2017 06:37 am

Posted by themightyflynn

Title: Time Turner
Work safe?: Yes
Artist: kaseiart
Alternate Links to Art: tumblr
Pairing: Harry/Draco/Severus
Rating: G
Artist's Website: deviantart and tumblr
Why you chose this piece: This is the most beautiful H/D/S art I have ever seen! Everything from the details in their clothing, to their expressions, to the background work is just brilliant. And, if you take a look at the summary the artist has given, you can see why: she has taken details from the tiniest things in the movies and added them as textures in the art itself.
Also, the fact that it plays on the "red string of fate" trope doesn't hurt!
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 11:29 pm

Posted by lindacollomp

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Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 06:54 am

1. Summer foods consumed: popsicles, ice cream, hot dogs, food truck bbq: check!

1a. Summer foods yet to be consumed: maybe some kind of iced coffee drink?

2. Summer plants: still alive!

2a. Summer plants admission: I’ve actually swapped out two of the originals for coleus cuttings.

3. Summer activities: just did a fun google search on the difference between walking and hiking, and there are some strong opinions out there. Anyway, some of that.

3a. Summer activities yet to come: Eclipse!2017, heck yeah!

4. Summer hours at work: a dumb idea, but does give us something new to talk about.

4a. Summer work event to come: the company-wide meeting with food and “team-building activities.” This year’s theme is “Survivor.” Foreshadowing, or just poor planning?

5. Summer weather: it sure is summer out there!

5a. Summer weather update: the weather at this exact moment is actually amazingly nice; kudos to you, nature!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 01:42 pm
It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have ONE volunteer reccer who signed up for August with this fandom:

* Steven Universe ([personal profile] juniperphoenix)

So while we already have a few recs to look forward to in August, it would of course be awesome if we had some more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccer has volunteered for September, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for August, September or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of July. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 09:01 am

Posted by rosevalleynb

Title: Boy Who Lived
Gaining Access: n/a
Author: Megii of Mysteri OusStranger
Word Count: 28745 words, complete in 6 chapters
Alternate Links to Fic: n/a
Pairing: Harry Potter/ Merope Gaunt, Tom Riddle
Rating: PG-13
Author's Summary: Not even the birth of her son could compel Merope to continue living after her husband's abandonment, but the green-eyed stranger sitting by her deathbed, cradling her squalling babe, proves to be an unexpected savior. Time Travel.
Author's Website: AFF, FFN, Tumblr
Why everyone should read this: This isn't a cliched Harry travels back in time and adopts Tom to raise as his own. Even the pairing isn't the main focus of the fic, even though it is a nice addition. Nor is the focus on the Ministry and it's shady practices, or on Merope and her miserable life until Harry shows up. This fic is, in fact, a story about Tom Riddle Jr. and growing up with loving parents.

It's interesting to see Tom grow and mature and despite Harry and Merope's best efforts to show him love and make him feel loved, he still does not turn out completely 'normal'. Without giving away too much, some events still take place and leaves you wondering if this means that he's still bound to become Voldemort or whether those events were just 'mishaps'. Only time will tell.

He moved slightly, gesturing that he intended to clasp it around her neck, and she compliantly lifted away her perm so that his fingers could flit across the nape of her neck. The locket settled heavy and familiar against her sternum, and she held it tightly in her fist, knuckles ashen, palm aching. His hands lingered just a bit longer than appropriate, one of his hands darting up to touch her hand that held up her hair and the other trailing along her too-sharp jaw line to wipe at the stream of tears dripping from her chin.

"Please, don't cry. I've never been good at dealing with crying girls…"

Maybe it was the alcohol or the emotional upheaval, or maybe she couldn't tolerate his kindness any longer, or maybe it was a combination of all three, but her control finally snapped and she spun around to face him and pressed her mouth firmly against his, hands flying up to hold his head in place. Her aim was off by a few centimeters, but that was remedied quickly enough and once he had recovered from his shock and teetering balance—she had nearly knocked him onto his bum—he slipped his arms around her long waist and kissed her back. It didn't last particularly long, nor was it especially passionate, and it was far too wet, but when their kiss broke and they came up for air, she exclaimed the most romantic thing Harry had heard to date:

"I want a divorce!"
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 01:23 am
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Peter Quill, Yondu Udonta
Content Notes/Warnings: some blood
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: rej11 on Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: Most of the pre-canon art about Peter and Yondu focuses on a really young Peter, so I like this one because Peter is in his mid-to-late teens. I love how this piece tells a whole story in one image, and the details are fantastic.

Link: Peter & Yondu in trouble (Bigger image)
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 08:54 pm
Fandom: Wonder Woman
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Wonder Woman
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: GiannaRoseH on DA
Why this piece is awesome: It's a marvellous strong portrait of Diana on the horse, from near the end of the movie, wrapped in a fur-trimmed cloak and looking every inch the warrior princess. Also I love the colours. 
Link: Wonder Woman
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 11:55 pm
I really enjoyed putting together the Multilingual Mix for Hannibal, with fanvids in different languages, and so I thought to do the same for Steve/Bucky or Marvel as a whole. The corpus is huge, I thought. I have watched hundreds of Steve/Bucky vids. Surely I'll find something, remember something. The concept was to have one vid per language. And to my surprise, I couldn't find as many as I thought. Compared to the Hannibal cornucopia, the Marvel corner experiences scarcity of the English-centric variety. There is intrumental, and I put the Vivaldi one here because it's cool, but it cannot be actually classified as fanvid in Italian, right? So, new plan.
If you know a Steve/Bucky or Marvel fanvid set to a song in a language not listed below, please comment.

Muddy Waters by SecretlyToDream (English)
Enfants de la Patrie (1998) | Children of the Homeland (1998) by CaitlinKuehn (French)
Обійми | Embrace by LuvyshkaNeo (Ukrainian)
Я приду к тебе на помощь | I shall come to your aid by DochZmei (Russian)
Ser o parecer | To be or to seem by miguel (Spanish)
Winter by xemsonx (Instrumental: Antonio Vivaldi)

Seriously, where is German? Japanese? Some good old-fashioned Latin? Variety is the spice of life!