shinyjenni: Janeway sitting at a table, smiling (janeway)
I made an Imzy account! I don't really know what it is or what I'm doing with it yet, but it looks interesting. (I also have invites if anyone wants them!) And it displays very nicely on my phone, which I appreciate.

In other news, everything is still Star Trek forever and it's great. Still ridiculously in love with Star Trek Beyond (should I go and see it again over the bank holiday? Probably not, but I want to), also I have returned to my TOS watch-through and am thoroughly enjoying it. I LOVE EVERYONE ON THIS SPACESHIP.
shinyjenni: Close up of Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond (jaylah)
Title: Anthem
Fandom: Star Trek Beyond
Character/Pairing: Kirk, Enterprise crew
Music: Delta Rae
Content notes: none
Summary: "Give me something I can hope for."
Notes:
1. Thank you to [personal profile] such_heights for betaing! ♥
2. I am almost certainly going to remaster this when the DVD comes out, because that's the sort of thing I'm into.
3. So I went on a weirdly similar emotional journey to Kirk while I was watching this film. I've been pretty glum about a lot of my fandoms recently, specifically in a way that's made it hard to be enthusiastic about new canon; and then this film, for which I had no expectations at all, came along and just captured my heart and made me feel like hope wasn't such a silly idea after all. ♥ So, in conclusion, this vid is as much about me as it is about Kirk.
Download: here (1:24 minutes, 60MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
shinyjenni: Close up of Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond (jaylah)
I went to see Star Trek Beyond again on Monday in an attempt to beat the post-Nine Worlds slump (nb this plan was a roaring success, A+ recommend; I think it helped that I was wearing the necklace I bought there), and it turns out I have enough extra things to say about it to make another post. (As before, this is basically all squee, because that is where I am right now.)

spoilers )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Courting Magic - Stephanie Burgis
Witches of Lychford - Paul Cornell
Binary - Stephanie Saulter
The Ships of Aleph - Jaine Fenn
The Blackmail Blend - Livia Day
Robin: Triumphant
Rubyfruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown
The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter - Rod Duncan
Shadow Scale - Rachel Hartmann
House of Secrets - Stephanie Burgis
Cuckoo Song - Frances Hardinge
Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves - James S.A. Corey
Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire
The Case of the Missing Moonstone - Jordan Stratford
Shadowshaper - Daniel José Older
The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater

Binary (four stars), The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter (three stars), Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves (five stars) )

Didn't finish: City of the Beasts - Isabel Allende )
shinyjenni: Janeway sitting at a table, smiling (janeway)
I saw Star Trek: Beyond at the weekend and while it wasn't perfect, I enjoyed it a great deal. Here are some of the things I loved about it:

spoilers! )

And then the SDCC Star Trek panel happened and now there's a BEAUTIFUL TITLE for the new show and a LOGO and also FOOTAGE OF A SPACESHIP and it's set in the Prime universe and right now everything is Star Trek and nothing hurts.
shinyjenni: The four ghostbusters heading into battle (ghostbusters into battle)
Saw Ghostbusters last night in the swanky new cinema that's just opened near me! I was a bit worried going in, as Paul Feig's films haven't previously clicked for me the way I want them to, but I needn't have been: I really really enjoyed it! More thoughts under the cut:

spoilers )

I impatiently await all the vids and, in the mean time, commend to your attention the Doubleclicks' efforts in that department.
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
The Hidden Oracle - Rick Riordan
Robin: Reborn
Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes
Star Wars: Lando
Star Wars: Princess Leia
Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey
The Hearing Trumpet - Leonora Carrington
The Eleventh Doctor: Serve You
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire
Arrows of the Queen - Mercedes Lackey
The Eleventh Doctor: Conversion
Hellblazer: Red Sepulchre
Death by Silver - Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
Under the Skin - EE Richardson
Glitter and Mayhem eds. John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas, Michael D. Thomas

Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes (three stars), Star Wars: Lando (three stars), Star Wars: Princess Leia (four stars), Dragonflight (two stars), Every Heart a Doorway (three stars), Death by Silver (five stars), Under the Skin (three stars) )

Didn't finish: A Brief History of Seven Killings )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Two's Company by Joe Abercrombie. So this was a little on the grimdark side and also full of gore, and yet somehow also a hilarious delight? Not sure how that worked but I'm pleased about it. Plus, queer lady narrator who is 1000000% done with everything, excellent.

Kid Dark Against the Machine by Tansy Rayner Roberts. I just have a lot of feelings about superheroes, I don't know if you knew. ♥ ♥ ♥ Plus, a version of Batman that (just about) stayed on the right side of my Batfeelings is not something to sneeze at.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
I did a "things I have loved this year" roundup post last December, but I don't want to wait until next December to do another one, so I am doing one now instead. Here are some things I have loved since last time I posted about loving things:

- Knights of the Old Republic 2. Friends, I loved this game so much. I was worried that my ongoing Force Awakens misery would get in the way, but thankfully I appear to have successfully partitioned my Star Wars feelings, well done me. I've been thinking a lot about why I loved this game so much even though it is very definitely an example of "let's make the sequel DARKER", which I am not often here for, and this is what I have come up with: spoilers both vague and specific. Wait, no, only general, I forgot to mention to specific one /o\ ) A caveat: this is in no way a finished game; even with the restored content mod it is still effectively KOTOR 2, part 1, and I still ran into several game breaking bugs, but that aside, I really recommend it and found it an incredibly satisfying experience.

- SUPERGIRL SUPERGIRL SUPERGIRL. I love that we have a superhero show where our heroes solve problems with honesty and bravery and kindness. I love that Kara is sweet and kind and also allowed to be angry and have the show validate her right to be angry. I have never watched The Flash and yet the crossover episode was the greatest gift that TV has given me in a long time. I am weirdly fond of Max Lord chaotic neutraling all over the place. spoilery things I loved )

- The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery. I talked about this when I read it, but what a glorious book. It made me so happy.

- The new Mockingbird comic! I love how this is funny and unusual and unflinchingly, explicitly feminist. I'm really excited to see Chelsea Cain making such a bold and confident comics debut, and I can't wait to see what she does next. (Hopefully more Big 2 superhero stuff, as that is, let's be honest, where my heart lies.)

Those are some things I loved in the last six months (ish) that I remembered about when I came to write this post! \o/
shinyjenni: Kaylee and River from Firefly; text reads "family" (kaylee river family)
I had a great weekend at Vidukon, hanging out with some excellent humans, watching vids and dodging low flying Mass Effect spoilers. :D Here is the vid I made for Premieres:

Title: Supernova Girl
Fandom: Multifandom (see below for complete list)
Music: Zenon
Content notes: Some bright strobe-y lights
Summary: Zoom, zoom, zoom.
Notes: Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2016. Thanks to [personal profile] silly_cleo for Farscape help and for suggesting the song, to [personal profile] cosmic_llin for Star Trek help and beta-ing, and to [personal profile] isagel for tech help! Mass Effect footage from fuschelfu and Operation SFX; starfield image from freelancah-d2k5mcu.
Download: here (2:50 minutes, 124MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )

Full list of fandoms )

List of characters in order of appearance )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
A Rose-Red Chain - Seanan McGuire
Thor: Goddess of Thunder
The Raj at War: A People's History of India's Second World War - Yasmin Khan
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
1602: Witch Hunter Angela
Fly By Night - Frances Hardinge
Luna: New Moon - Ian McDonald
The Oracle's Dilemma - Amber Darke
Ms Marvel: Super Famous
Captain Marvel: Rise of Alpha Flight
The Snow Queen - Joan Vinge

Fly By Night
I loved this - it was both very reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones and Joan AIken, whilst also being very much it's own thing. Best of both worlds!

Luna: New Moon
This was a sci-fi novel with lots of brown characters, queer characters and women, so it would have had to have worked quite hard to lose me. It wasn't perfect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next in the... series? Trilogy? Not sure. (I hope it is less typo riddled than this one was, though. :/)
shinyjenni: Tom Baker reading Doctor Who Weekly (shocking)
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
Sea of Poppies - Amitav Ghosh
Doctor Who: City of Death - James Goss
Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton
Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders - Kate Griffin
Secret Avengers: God Level
JLA: World Without Grown-Ups
If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home - Lucy Worsley
Doctor Who: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark - Andrew Hunt
Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice
New Avengers: The Reunion
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown - Holly Black
Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill Fortune - Kate Griffin
The Blue Castle - L. M. Montgomery

Doctor Who: City of Death (two stars), Tooth and Claw (three stars), The Coldest Girl In Coldtown (three stars), The Blue Castle (five stars) )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
(Slightly belated due to me spending the first week of April in the Lake District with some of my favourite people. <3)

Warlords and Wastrels - Julia Knight
The Fair Fight - Anna Freeman
The Corn King and the Spring Queen - Naomi Mitchison
Midnighter: Out
The Martian - Andy Weir
Catseye - Andre Norton
Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days
Blood of Dragons - Robin Hobb
Tremontaine Season One
Born With Teeth - Kate Mulgrew

The Martian
I've never been a fan of puzzles, largely because I go from "oh a puzzle" to "WHY CAN'T I SOLVE THIS I HATE EVERYTHING" in the space of about ten seconds, but as it turns out I really enjoy watching other people solve them. So I liked the Watney-POV sections of this book very much! The other sections I was less enamoured of - they felt a bit flat, partly I think due to the contrast between single character first person conversational and multiple character omniscient third person style, but also I thought the prose just wasn't that great. :( I did however really like how throughout the earth-based sections there was this sense of everyone coming together to rescue Watney and the feeling that they were determined to rescue him if it was at all possible, no matter the cost in money, resources, time etc. ♥

Didn't finish: The Trials of Masculinity: Policing Sexual Boundaries 1870-1930 - Angus McLaren
This sounded really interesting - looking at how masculinity and heterosexuality were constructed and policed through the legal and medical systems - but ultimately I found it pretty frustrating. I felt like it didn't make strong enough connections between the legal cases it examined (I didn't get as far as the medical section) and what it was trying to say about masculinity as a construct, and when it picked exemplar cases instead of looking at trends, didn't adequately justify their selection either in terms of how they contributed to the argument or why they were characteristic of the period. The wide and slightly unfocused geographical sweep didn't help either - the main focus seemed to be England, but the introduction talked about "Western culture", and cases from France and British Columbia also came up. So I stopped reading it and read a comic instead.

A short story I enjoyed this month: Flightcraft - Iona Sharma. Really beautifully written story about flight and magic and aftermaths. <3
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Angela, Asgard's Assassin: Priceless
Spider-Woman: Spider-Verse
Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400-1070 - Robin Fleming
Euphoria - Lily King
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Open for Business
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Last Days
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
City of Dragons - Robin Hobb
Ultimate Spider-Man: Deadpool
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer - Sydney Padua
The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family - Annette Gordon-Reed
Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Suicide Squad: The Nightshade Odyssey

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Last Days (four stars), Six of Crows (four stars), Ultimate Spider-Man: Deadpool (two stars) )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
First of all, thank you to [personal profile] sanguinity for my wonderful Danvers sisters vid, Saved The World Today! It's so beautiful and I have SO MANY feelings about it. ♥ ♥ ♥

I made two vids! The first was Start As You Mean To Go On, for [livejournal.com profile] way2busymom. I was so happy to match on Supergirl because, as you may possibly have noticed, I am enjoying it VERY VERY MUCH. It was such a fun vid to make, because of KARA and her FACE and her SMILE and her CONFIDENT SUPERHERO WALK, and also because I got to vid her punching people a lot, which is basically my favourite thing to vid. :D

I had plans to make lots of treats this year, most of which ran aground on the rock of not being able to find songs. /o\ (On that subject, does anyone have any music recs?) But I did make one, I Awake (Wonder Woman), for [personal profile] silly_cleo, which was also a joy to make: it came together really fast and fluidly, and I'm never going to get tired of looking at clips of Diana. ♥

Festivids! \o/
shinyjenni: Eighth Doctor hugging a Dalek; caption "Time War, you're doing it wrong" (time war)
Festivids is live! :D And I received the most amazing Supergirl vid about the Danvers sisters, Saved The World Today. It's SO GOOD and also I cried a lot whilst watching it. SISTERS. ♥

Herein find a selection of recs for some of the other vids that I liked:

thirteen vid recs under the cut )

For those who like guessing, I made two vids this year! I think they are both deeply obvious, but then I know which ones they are.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Gotham Academy: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb
Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who ed LM Myles and Liz Barr
The Pulse: Thin Air
Ms Marvel: Crushed
The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects - Deborah Lutz
A Man Lies Dreaming - Lavie Tidhar
Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us - John Hills
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Resistance is Futile - Jenny T. Colgan
Ms Marvel: Last Days
The Pulse: Secret War
The Pulse: Fear

Gotham Academy: Welcome to Gotham Academy (five stars), Dragon Haven (four stars), Companion Piece (five stars), The Brontë Cabinet (four stars), Resistance is Futile (four stars) )

Didn't finish: Black Wolves, Astro City: Life in the Big City )

A short story I enjoyed this month:
The Spy Who Never Grew Up by Sarah Rees Brennan, in which Peter Pan is recruited into the Secret Service.
shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
Title: Start As You Mean To Go On
Fandom: Supergirl
Music: Thea Gilmore
Content notes:
Summary: We're gonna start by aiming higher.
Notes: Festivid for [livejournal.com profile] way2busymom. Thanks to [personal profile] purplefringe for betaing!
Spoilers: up to 1x08
Download: here (3.35 minutes, 155MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
shinyjenni: Janeway sitting at a table, smiling (janeway)
Cut down (and somewhat rewritten) version of the fandom meme, because I didn't feel like doing the whole thing:

Biggest fannish surprise of the year: How much I loved Supergirl! I was always planning to watch it, but I wasn't terribly enthusiastic, since I've never particularly connected with the character, and DC is really not doing much for me at the moment, but then the sneak peek came out and I fell for it completely. ♥ ♥ ♥ I love how it's unafraid to be silly or earnest, I love how Kara can be sweet and kind and also a complete powerhouse (I love her confident superhero walk), I love how much it seems to like its characters and how much they like each other. I love its cheerfully unsubtle feminist anvils. Watching it just makes me happy.

I was also... pleasantly surprised isn't quite right, but something like that, by Jessica Jones. I wouldn't call this paragraph spoilery at all but just in case )

Not quite a surprising thing, per se, but an honourable mention goes to Steven Universe for consistently living up to the hype. ♥

(Also, there was some musical about American history or something, idk.)

Biggest fannish disappointment of the year: Clariel and Convergence: Batgirl #2 were strong contenders, but for the sheer magnitude of the drop from the heights of excitement to the depths of despair, it has to be The Force Awakens. :(

Biggest fannish anticipations for next year: New stuff wise, I think it's just Luke Cage? Oh, and Sarah Rees Brennan's Tell the Wind and Fire! Probably there is also stuff happening that I don't know/have forgotten about. Otherwise, it's mostly more of what I already love: Supergirl, Agent Carter, Brooklyn 99, the last Raven Boys book, the new Captain Marvel comic (which is going to have ABIGAIL BRAND IN IT YESSSSSSS). And catching up on stuff from this year that I haven't got round to yet (Ancillary Mercy, your time is SOON). And going to see Hamilton! :DDDDDDD

Vidding meme:

under the cut )
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "&hearts; books" (hermione hearts books)
Quarter Days - Iona Sharma
Silence: A Christian History - Diarmaid MacCulloch
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
The Paradox - Charlie Fletcher
Star Wars: Shattered Empire
The Burning Stone - Kate Elliott
The Sibyl in her Grave - Sarah Caudwell
All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance
The House of Eyes - Patricia Elliott
Wolverine and the X-Men: Death of Wolverine
Legends and Liars - Julia Knight
Ultimate Spider-Man: Silver Sable
Karen Memory - Elizabeth Bear
The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Operation S.I.N.: Agent Carter
Star Trek DS9: Hollow Men - Una McCormack
The Gospel of Loki - Joanne Harris
The Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb
The FitzOsbornes at War - Michelle Cooper

Didn't finish: Charm - Sarah Pinborough. Retelling of Cinderella with a rather unlikeable main character and added horror elements. Not terrible but not really my thing and not good enough to make me continue regardless.

Uprooted (three stars), Star Wars: Shattered Empire (three stars), The House of Eyes (three stars), Star Trek: Hollow Men (five stars), The Gospel of Loki (two stars) )
shinyjenni: Black sihouette of a man wearing a frock coat pointing in the air, standing on top of a star shape, on a gold background (like you're running out of time)
Since it is nearly 2016, here are some things that made me happy in 2015, sorted vaguely by category. There were probably more, but I can't remember what they were right now.

SUPERHEROES
- Peggy Carter, punching people so pleasingly, and realising that trying to win the respect of her male colleagues is trying to win a rigged game. If they don't value her, that's THEIR problem.
- Kara Danvers, dorky ray of sunshine and superpower.
- Jessica Jones, bruised and cynical and fundamentally heroic.
- Kamala Khan, noblest of dorks.
- Carol Danvers, punching the sky. The last issue of her comic made me cry; I am looking forward to seeing her have space adventures with Abigail Brand next year.
- Possibly stretching the definition of "hero" a tiny bit, but Loki: Agent of Asgard was one of my favourite comics of the year, despite the endless crossovers it got tangled up in, and I am sad it's over.
- Age of Ultron gave me NATASHA and WANDA and MARIA and HELEN, and also some boys, some of whom were also quite good, and it was GREAT. And then [personal profile] purplefringe made Wolf Like Me, a beautiful Natasha vid, and everything was excellent.

SPACE DORKS
- I played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and fought a lot of lightsaber battles and lost a lot of money playing Pazaak and it was GREAT. Also this one time I found a gong and I clicked on it and it went bong. (I ask for very little in a computer game.)
- [archiveofourown.org profile] kathkin's lovely Second Doctor era fic made me very happy this year.
- seeing "The Trouble With Tribbles" and "Trials and Tribble-ations" (aka "Kirk Is Super Done With Everything About Today" and "Jadzia has the best day ever") with many excellent humans.
- reading Una McCormack's The Crimson Shadow and still wanting to draw hearts around it months later, for reasons of GARAK, and also spoilers )
- my gaming group is slowly starting to work its way through Mass Effect. I AM EXCITE.

BOOOOOOKS
- Sarah Caudwell's Hilary Tamar mysteries, recommended to me by [personal profile] raven, are a gem: witty and delightful.
- I read Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor the other day and, oh, my heart. People trying to be kind and to act rightly in difficult situations. ♥
- I followed Tansy Rayner Roberts's Musketeer Space, a retelling of The Three Musketeers, but with lots of women and queer people and brown people, and also set in space, as it was being serialised, and I loved it SO MUCH. Highly recommended! I want to read a million more things like it.

OTHER
- Hamilton! I feel like I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said at length elsewhere, but I really love it and am so excited about the fact that I'm going to see it next year. :DDDD
- Sense8! I didn't talk about this anywhere, but I really enjoyed it. I loved that it took its time and really immersed us in the characters, and I liked (almost) all the sensates and their associated humans a whole lot.
- Person of Interest's Sameen Shaw. PRECIOUS VIOLENT WEIRDO. <3
- KORRA. The last two seasons were SO GOOD.

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