2. Today's meeting was long and pretty boring but we all went to dinner afterwards (paid for by the company) at a fancy restaurant and the food was good and I had a good time. And we were finished around nine, which meant that there was no traffic coming home, whereas if I'd come back right after the meeting, it would have been right smack in the middle of rush hour.
3. Look at this cutie Molly cat!
* Seen Gifted twice (I enjoyed it the second time more than the first, where I was just sort of bemused by the whole thing. Brenna Clarke Gray had a short Twitter thread about it (she liked it and, as a bright academic, felt it touched on things that academia fails to adequately handle/discuss), which in turn spurred a lot of discussion on my Twitter timeline about the ways in which gifted kids are failed in general. My therapist, were I still seeing her, would be so proud. Not sarcasm. She would. It's very earnest, the movie, and really reminded me of a particular 1970s style of intimate drama.
* Tweeting my rage against the machine. Still. A lot. @mohmlet
* Reading non-fiction again. (Horror before that.)
* Hanging on Discord.
* Looking for work. It's been almost five months now.
* Failing to catch up anywhere and feeling guilty and avoiding things as a result.
Writing, I notice, has failed to make the list again.
Today I'm teaching maypole and longsword dancing at a local school. I do this every year on Wednesday afternoons in the run up to Wimborne Minster Folk Festival. The children will perform on Saturday at the festival and they always do me proud.
Saturday, I'm calling maypole at the Dorset Venison Fair for two half hour sessions.
Sunday, I'm calling maypole at a private event at Rockley Park and teaching a longsword workshop as well.
May bank holiday weekend is always a busy time. We turned down a request for May 1st as we knew we'd be knackered by then. (We being Anonymous Morris, who will be dancing at the two weekend events)
The catch is that calling for dances, even using a mike, always leaves me with a rough voice. Time to get out the glycerine!
SEAINNIT JA MOSKKUS
Vuosttas sámegirjjis lohká
sápmelačča jurdda ii golgga
go leat seainnit ja moskkus oaivval
muhto vár’ alde jos livččii
mo dat munges
maŋimus sámegirjjis lohká
vári jurdda ii golgga
go leat seainnit ja moskkus oaivval
WALLS AND OVERCAST
The first Sámi book says
thought is slow for a Sámi
when surrounded by walls and overcast
but imagine having a meeting
on a high hill
has gathered dust
how could I know
how to clean it
the last Sámi book says
thought is slow for a high hill
when surrounded by walls and overcast
Club Vivid: May 12th (more time available if needed - contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Challenge and Nearly New: May 26th
Themed Shows: June 9th
Premieres, Non-Attending Premieres and Auction: June 23rd
Please note the submission form does not have current vidshows listed yet. We will make a separate announcement when we are ready to accept submissions (which will be very soon).
Participation was modest, with 9 comments on LiveJournal and another 21 on Dreamwidth. A total of 9 people sent prompts, none of them new.
Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Her Wilderness Like Eden"
"What You're Living For"
"You Who Have Fed the Hungry"
"Define Your Own Reality" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink, April 19, 2017, outside fishbowl)
"A Realm of Your Own Being" (Polychrome Heroics: Danso and Family, January 20, 2017, fishbowl spillover)
Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for April 18, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.
All currently sponsored poems have been posted. Donors this time include: Anthony & Shirley Barrette, janetmiles.
The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Archie
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Nefyria on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This is an excellent, strong painting of Archie, looking moody and haunted. I really like the muted colours that fit the mood, and the 'tangled' texture and brush strokes. Click for the full effect.
Link: Archie Andrews
For Izzy! After putting this together I realized these are all established relationship stories, which … I guess comes with the territory, but next time I’ll try to summon up some first-time fics for ya.
Mature, 12773 words. Back in St. Petersburg with Yuuri, Victor struggles to come back to what he left behind. Painfully realistic and beautiful.
In the afterglow of the Grand Prix Final, the idea of coaching and competing simultaneously had seemed... not easy, precisely, but doable with hard work. Anything worth doing took hard work, and Victor was an optimist by nature. Kneeling on the floor rinkside, with Yuuri straddling his lap, he had been certain that he could make it work. Only now he could not remember exactly how he had intended to do it.
Mature, 2904 words. There's two types of dates Victor and Yuri go on in St. Petersburg. Charming and sexy. I love lazulisong’s voice.
Victor has not said, but Yuri has concluded that Victor fucked his way through a lot of beautiful people in places like this. It's fine, of course, but Yuri always feels like wrapping his palm around Victor's tie when they see one of Victor's "old friends", feels like making sure they know who, exactly, Victor kisses early in the morning, murmurs quietly to until Yuri blinks sleep out of his eyes. Who Victor falls asleep with. Who caught Victor, and means to keep him.
Explicit, 1340 words.
God, the things they’re going to do together.
Pure fucking porn. For incendiary smut, read anything by this author, you can’t go wrong.
“Oh my god,” Victor whispers, because the big guy upstairs could’ve given him a little warning. Victor, I have given you Yuuri Katsuki, for he completes the other half of your soul and also sucks cock like the world is ending.
General Audiences, 7609 words. Yuuri’s mother waits for Yuuri and Victor to come home from Barcelona after the Grand Prix Final. Utterly gorgeous and heartbreaking.
The exhibition skate, with the ghost of silver still around Yuuri’s neck, is something else. Her heart aches as she watches her son skate to Victor’s old program. Hiroko can’t remember the music - she never saw Victor skate it originally, but she recognizes Yuuri’s dance for what it is. The longing, the loneliness, the way he looks for someone…
When Victor joins him on the ice, Hiroko forgets to breathe. The smile remains. No one sees the tears resting on her eyelashes. No one looks at her – why should anyone look at her? They are all in awe, their eyes glued to the television. Her tears never fall. Her smile never falters.
She knows then. She knows without a single doubt.
Mature, 11790 words. Gorgeous slice-of-life of Yuuri settling into St. Petersburg, with gorgeous instagram-style artwork.
It still feels strange, though, and almost inappropriate to hang the jackets and sweaters he’s owned since he was eighteen, worn and soft with age, next to Victor’s Burberry coats and Armani suits. More than anything else, this is what hammers home the message that the two of them come from two completely different worlds.
And yet—Victor came to Hasetsu with the force of a hurricane and managed to make himself right at home at Yu-topia, somehow fitting into the quiet rhythm of their lives. Maybe this means that Yuuri will fit into Victor’s life in Saint Petersburg, too, against all odds or reason. Yu-topia, somehow fitting into the quiet rhythm of their lives. Maybe this means that Yuuri will fit into Victor’s life here, too, against all odds or reason.
Go give the authors some love!
Baran and her team dig into archived records and interview investigators, experts, family members, and victims. It isn't always clear who's talking, and the interviews with Jacob's parents made me uncomfortable at first. I don't know if it's that Baran approached the subject wrong, was too blunt about it, or what, but I didn't like it. That wore off as Baran got past establishing the circumstances of Jacob's disappearance, and I was particularly impressed by Patty Wetterling, finding her to be a thoughtful, reasonable person. As an advocate for child safety, she's more interested in creating policies that prevent these crimes from happening than unfairly punishing those that commit them. In response, Baran goes into an episode-long tangent on the creation of Megan's Law, the sex offender's registry, and the problems with its indiscriminating scope and the restrictions placed on sex offenders after they've served their time and been released from prison. I appreciated the context.
At around the halfway point, the focus shifts to the investigation rather than the details of the crime. Because this story really is about the investigation and the repeated failures of the Stearns County Sheriff's department to properly canvass neighborhoods, interview witnesses, and process crime scenes. It's fascinating to listen to Baran uncover twenty-seven-year-old clues that had been available to the Sheriff's office at the time. If they had just asked the right questions, this case could have been solved a lot sooner, and Baran establishes this as a pattern with this Sheriff's department. It's really some fine investigative reporting, and that's where this podcast distinguishes itself.
It isn't quite as polished or as confident as some of the podcasts I listen to, and Baron at times stumbles a little in her presentation, but it's technically easy to listen to, with enough music and sound effects to set mood, but not so much that it interferes with the story. I say "technically easy" because the subject matter is, of course, not at all easy to listen to. Trigger warnings for child harm and sexual assault. And also just garden-variety scum—all the basic assholes whose apathy allows, or even encourages, the more dangerous assholes to hurt people. At one point Baran speaks to a man who used to be childhood friends with a now admitted murderer and child molester, and this man's complete lack of reaction to this revelation followed by his breezy remembrances of when he and his friend used to sneak around in the dark looking in girls' windows made me feel like I was going to explode. But I wouldn't be me if I listened to a true crime podcast and didn't get pissed off by some irrelevant detail that has nothing to do with the crime in question.
There's going to be a second season by Baran on a different topic, and I'll definitely give that a try when it's out.
I also listened to one and a half episodes of True Crime All the Time, which is hosted by two guys named Mike and is exactly that exciting. Look, if you're going to be reheating true crime for me, you either need to have engaging personalities or awesome research skills. You can't be boring, play clips without identifying the source or speaker, and preface half your statements with "it was said." I mean, you can? It's just that I'm not going to stick around for it.
And, to completely change the subject, I tried My Brother, My Brother and Me, an "advice" show where three brothers "answer" "listener" "questions." I listened to one podcast, which was fine, but not exceptional, and watched the first couple of minutes of a Seeso episode where there's an unfortunate decision regarding a spider and a spiderphobic brother and then I noped on out of there. That's just not the kind of brothers I want to hang with. I might try these guys again, but honestly, I spend enough of my time listening to men talk; if they're not going to be exceptional, I'm not going to bother.
Name one of my fandoms and I'll answer some questions!
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed