October 21st, 2017
marginaliana: Charlie Brooker doing his newscaster impression. (Brooker - THIS IS NEWS)
October 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] giandujakiss at 02:48am on 20/10/2017 under
There. I said it.

(Never saw the original so I don't know how it compares)
out_there: Mycroft Holmes (SH: Prim Mycroft)
Because I enjoyed these and you might too.

First, a sweet little first date story (Mycroft/Lestrade):

Stigma (12299 words) by Mystrade_Dispatch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes/Lestrade
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade
Additional Tags: first date story, First Kiss
Summary:

"Stigma (n): A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

Stigma (Lepidopterology): A patch of modified scales on the wings of males of some butterfly species that release pheromones during courtship."

Thanks in part to his own daring, Greg gets to know a whole different side of Mycroft.





Second, a Torchwood/Sherlock crossover in the five things type format that was charmingly fond of both Mycroft and Ianto:

A Good Many Family Trees Are Shady (6519 words) by blackkat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Torchwood, Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ianto Jones & Mycroft Holmes, Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, slight Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Jack Harkness, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Ianto Jones
Additional Tags: Family, Angst, Humor, Tragedy, 5+1
Summary:

(Or, five times Ianto Jones called Mycroft Holmes 'Tad', and one time Mycroft called Ianto 'Son.')

October 18th, 2017
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petra: Text: "Aim high. You may miss the target, but at least you won't shoot your foot off." (LMB - Aim high)
posted by [personal profile] petra at 03:21pm on 18/10/2017 under
Music:: Binge-watching
Mood:: pleased
October 17th, 2017
celli: "You know what? I am absolutely out of my fool goddamn mind, and I am going to OWN THAT SHIT." (crazycakes)
posted by [personal profile] celli at 05:34pm on 17/10/2017 under ,
#ptsd #sexualassault #Weinstein

cut for the above )
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posted by [personal profile] marina at 11:13am on 17/10/2017
Before we get into this post, please know: I am not a Trek fan and have never been a Trek fan. I like maybe 2 characters (MAYBE) and a select few episodes from like, ALL OF STAR TREK CANON and furthermore: I've not seen most of the Star Trek canon. I also have a lot of not-necessarily-positive feelings about Star Trek FANDOM that I've been known to vent about so.

Please please ask yourself whether, knowing that, you really want to read the rest of this entry (which will contain mostly snark). Also know: if this entry isn't for you, I still love you and would never judge you (or anyone) for a single second for liking the things you like.

General thoughts on Star Trek )

Star Trek: Discovery 1x05 - Choose Your Pain )
rionaleonhart: kingdom hearts: riku, blindfolded and smiling slightly. (we'll be the darkness)
This fic very much reflects the way I played this game; I completely forgot about everything else and spent hours trying to get all the love hotel scenes.

Kokichi, it turns out, is extremely fun to write.


Title: Close Your Eyes
Fandom: Danganronpa V3
Rating: light R
Pairings: Shuichi/everyone, but especially Shuichi/Kaito
Wordcount: 2,100
Summary: Shuichi develops an unfortunate addiction to the love hotel.
Warnings: Spoilers up to the end of chapter two of Danganronpa V3. Dubcon themes (it's probably not morally great to have sex with someone in a shared dream if they don't know it's a shared dream).


Close Your Eyes )
out_there: Mycroft Holmes (SH: Prim Mycroft)
These days, to get me reading a series you have to sneak it in. It has to start with a good story that stands on its own, that makes me want to read more and that can be read in relatively small chunks. While this series is 200K, the longest story is the first at 38K and the rest are a very comfortable 5K - 20K per story. I enjoyed the Greg POV mostly used for this story, the insight into living around a job that comes with a security detail and secret overseas trips, and I always love stories where Lestrade plays a meaningful role in younger Sherlock getting clean and staying clean.

I've been reading this series for the last week, on and off, and really enjoyed it.



Puppet on a String (38518 words) by kazvl
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes/Gregory Lestrade, Mycroft/Greg
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Gregory Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes, OCs, Anthea
Additional Tags: references to drug abuse, case files
Series: Part 1 of Fire and Ice
Summary:

"Afraid I'll embarrass you?" mocked Sherlock, looking up suddenly, his stare spearing Mycroft where he sat.

Sherlock was too thin, too dirty - it was always a bad sign when he neglected personal hygiene - and he looked as if he hadn't slept for a week.

"Oh, that ship sailed some years ago. You've been vocal enough about what you don't want. So tell me, brother dear, what is it you do want?"

"You to leave me the fuck alone," said Sherlock venomously.

Several heads turned. Mycroft ignored them. He took such incidents for granted when he was with Sherlock and had never cared what strangers thought - unless required to do so by his job.

October 16th, 2017
petra: A blonde woman with both hands over her face (Britta - Twohanded facepalm)
posted by [personal profile] petra at 04:33pm on 16/10/2017
Mood:: ow my head
Music:: the internet has a cat
October 15th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] marina at 02:43pm on 15/10/2017
I've been struggling a lot this week. Yesterday I went back to work after nearly a month away, due to holidays and travel, and that's definitely landed on me like a very heavy truck. But in general, settling back into my life after the madness that the last 6 months have been is... a little difficult and disorienting. I've had a lot of see-saw feelings of "everything is great!" and "everything is awful!" and I'm kind of constantly exhausted and my tolerance for deadline-related stress is close to zero, and well.

more details )
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posted by [personal profile] ide_cyan at 10:54pm on 15/10/2017
If you're able to watch this show, you should! (Yaaay for Space airing it in Canada.)

Spoiler alert for tonight's episode (the fifth in the season):

GAY CHARACTERS IN THE REGULAR CAST.

Also, cursing!

"This is so fucking cool!"
celli: A black cat with a Santa hat on, tilting its head, captioned "Whatcha Writin'? Yuletide" (Yuletide kitty)
posted by [personal profile] celli at 09:45pm on 15/10/2017 under
Between a tax deadline and a ptsd episode, I haven't been able to write much, except for that yuletide treat which is my indulgence fic.

Done:
* Coursera Character week 2 story (326/300-600)

New:
* Coursera Character week 3 story (0/700-1000)
* Coursera Character week 4 story (0/1000)
* Yuletide story (0/1000+)
* Yuletide treat #1 (777/1000+)

Progress:

Other:
* PODSA mpreg (2264/whatever)
* Star Wars auction fic (713/1000+)
* PODSA Victory Eve sequel (110/whatever)
* AIRPF AU with [personal profile] rajkumari905 (3316/whatever)
* AIRPF auction fic (0/1000+)
October 14th, 2017
marginaliana: Sandi Toksvig and Josie Lawrence playing 'props.' Sandi is using a Christmas tree as a penis. (WL - Christmas tree cock)
October 13th, 2017
rionaleonhart: kingdom hearts: riku, blindfolded and smiling slightly. (we'll be the darkness)
I am obsessed with Danganronpa V3's Love Hotel scenes. These are optional scenes where you and another character have a shared dream in which you play a role in their private fantasy, and you apparently remember it afterwards, but they don't. This raises all sorts of interesting questions, some ethical, some great for fanfiction. How do you deal with having these intimate memories of someone that they don't share? Or, if the player is as determined to get all the Love Hotel scenes as I am, how do you deal with having intimate memories of everyone around you that they don't share?

Below the cut, I'm going to give brief thoughts on all the Love Hotel scenes, because I can. Be warned that some of these scenes are pretty fucked up and a couple of them involve sexual threat. (The fucked-up scenes are my favourites, inevitably.) There are spoilers for the first chapter of Danganronpa V3.

It's pretty clear from these scenes that the protagonist is bisexual, which is pretty neat! A bisexual videogame protagonist isn't something you see every day.


Thoughts on the Love Hotel scenes in Danganronpa V3. )


I have a pre-established tendency to 'ship Dangan Ronpa protagonists with every other character in their games. This mechanic does not help at all.
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posted by [personal profile] marina at 09:28pm on 13/10/2017 under
I've been more or less offline for about 3 weeks. A lot of things have happened. I spent 2 of those weeks traipsing through Ukraine, visiting two big cities, one small town and one tiny, itty bitty place where I stayed for 3 days and where I got to put a stone on the grave of my great-great-grandfather.

I came back sick as a dog, of course. (Got sick on the day-before-last of the trip, got REALLY sick on the very last day - the flight home was an actual hell dimension.) 3 days after I landed I was scheduled to give a brand new lecture at a con. 11 days after I landed I was scheduled to submit the thesis I've been working on for 2 years. (This last one is still in progress.)

So, it's been super hectic and busy (I look forward to November when I will have NO MORE URGENT COMMITMENTS and only... 5 straight months at work... with no vacation days... x_x)

But! I've been watching a lot of things, between small towns with no nightlife and being sick and bedridden.

So, some very brief thoughts.

* Person of Interest - I finally finished the last season! It was mostly blah with occasional bouts of "oh right, I remember why this show was so unique, in its own way". I'm still here for the special-ops-doctor-who-isn't-capable-of-feelings and tech-genius-who-spent-years-playing-by-her-own-rules femmeslash ship. Here for it LIKE BURNING.

* Straight Outta Compton - finally watched this! It wasn't the best movie, and the fact that they completely glossed over the IRL violence against women is... yeah. But it was cool to see a "documentary" about the period of hip-hop history that directly preceeded my introduction to hip-hop. Like Snoop showed up, and Tupac, and I was like - OH RIGHT! Dr Dre made both of them happen! And it was fun for like... getting a fuller context for the music I remember loving in middle school.

* The Good Place - I enjoyed this a lot (am enjoying this a lot?) but if I hadn't been spoiled for the twist at the end of S1 I... would have probably hated this show/been blah about it for a good long while. IDK how they're going to sustain the level of commentary they had in S1 - I don't really care that much about the characters? - but I will say I'm on the Eleanor/Tahani train for now.

* Keanu - another movie I've had on my to-watch list for a long while. I watched it in fits and starts while traveling - it was very cute and occasionally funny, and I did enjoy the commentary and the cute kitten. I could very easily see how it sort of "led" to Jordan Peel's Get Out, since I felt like in Keanu they were sort of figuring out how far they could take it in a mainstream comedy, and Get Out was like the progression of that.

* Top of the Lake - watched S2 in a single evening in Ukraine. It was less good than S1, while doing essentially the same thing. I can't speak to the racism and whether it was worse than in S1 (like, it seemed to me that it was? But I don't know enough about Australia) but the rape culture stuff was... more of the same, except done less well. Also, all of the parenting choices on that show were like 100% culture shock to me, which is a reaction I apparently often have with Australian shows lol.

* Outlander = I'm watching S3 and OMG. This show's perfect blend of "fanfic tropes come to life" and "boring content I'm fast-forwarding through" is baaaaaaack. I'm obsessed with it and simultaneously uninterested in like 50% of what happens on screen.

* Star Trek: Discovery - I've only watched 3 episodes so far (there are 4 out) but... sweet lord. Look, I was never a Star Trek fan, so I didn't expect much from this show, but it definitely has that Stargate feel of "if only someone with half a brain was writing this I'd really love it? As it is, I'll see you on AO3". Like the characters are SO GREAT, Michael Burnham is literally ALL MY DREAMS COME TRUE, but the writing is just so mediocre and blah. Perfect fanfic fandom I guess? I honestly ship everyone on that show with everyone. I shipped Michael with her first captain, I ship her with Jason Isaacs. I ship the science dude with his "warmongering" captain. Give me any pairing.

(Also, I wish this show didn't take Trek into a war direction? As if I didn't have enough to nitpick and be annoyed by, we're in straight up stargate territory now where they're all essentially soldiers? UGH.)

* Atlanta - OH MY GOD. I've watched 8 episodes of S1, and THIS FUCKING SHOW. THIS AMAZING FUCKING SHOW EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH. IT'S SO FUCKING BRILLIANT AND GREAT AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I know everyone's been on this train for like a year, but HOLY FUCKING SHIT. I've missed TV that was this sharp, this clever, this stylish, this full of humor and also things to say. God a show with THINGS TO SAY that's light as a feather and heavy like an ocean at the same time. With a show this good, even when it fails it does it in interesting ways. There's no real way of describing this, it's just... you need to watch it.

(In a way, I've realized Atlanta is the universe making it up to me for Master of None. Same concept of a 20 minute comedy show made by an alum of a popular mainstream comedy show, touching on deeply personal topics and personal stories, dealing with success in the entertainment industry. Same experimentation with format, visual style, characters. But Master of None was so deeply Not My Thing, while Atlanta is just... EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. God that show is STUNNING.)
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posted by [personal profile] giandujakiss at 11:10am on 13/10/2017 under
I've been reading a lot about the Weinstein sexual harassment saga these days. And I've seen a lot of wrong opinions.

The first set is some version of, we need clearer boundaries between work and personal life. Or, men are spooked and therefore won't meet casually with women employees. This group continues to assume the Weinsteins of the world are a product of some kind of misunderstanding - men and women get their signals confused, and whoops, a woman feels harassed. That's incorrect. Men know exactly what they are doing; they claim it was a misunderstanding after the fact to absolve themselves. When other men buy into the myth - by refusing to, say, meet privately with women for fear of being falsely accused - they not only stall women's careers, but shore up the narrative that predators are simply men who are awkward at expressing benign sexual interest.

The second set of wrong opinions suggests that Weinstein was only able to get away with it because he's powerful. This column is an example; it suggests that Hollywood is too deferential to talent. I mean, maybe that's true to some degree, but you also have stories like these, where Blake Lively couldn't get anyone to take complaints about a makeup artist seriously. Powerful men might be able to harass more easily, but fundamentally, this is not about worship of power or talent; this is about men who feel entitled to women, backed by other men.
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posted by [personal profile] giandujakiss at 10:08am on 13/10/2017 under
Mostly because I'm just curious but I haven't been keeping up with Doctor Who lore. IIRC, the Doctor is supposed to have thirteen lives, right? So this new one is the last one (until they find a way around it)? Wasn't there a thing about a missing regeneration somewhere, played by John Hurt? How does that factor in to the numerical limit on regenerations?
October 12th, 2017
rionaleonhart: okami: amaterasu is startled. (NOT SO FAST)
I've just finished Danganronpa V3.

WOW. This was an incredible, frequently distressing, frequently extremely stupid journey. 'Extremely stupid' is not a criticism. I'm so happy.

This entry alludes a couple of times to Love Hotel scenes. I am going to make a fuller entry about Love Hotel scenes when I've seen all of them, because I can't stop thinking about them. More games should let you take any character in the cast to a love hotel.


Spoilers for the entirety of Danganronpa V3. )


The second game is still my favourite in the series, I think, but this is a worthy addition to my collection of videogames about teenagers being horribly traumatised.
October 11th, 2017
marginaliana: A cat sleeping on some books (Cat + Books)

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