Meet the Heliodrax!

Aug. 23rd, 2014 01:44 am
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted a new shared world, Heliodrax.  Read the basic parameters and the beginning of the worldbuilding material.  Particularly of interest to me is the compensation model.  The worldbuilding information is visible to everyone.  If you're making content to release for free, then using the core materials is free.  If you want to sell your work, you can subscribe for $5.20/year.  Eventually the idea is to build a website funded by the proceeds, to organize the content.

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Aug. 23rd, 2014 03:19 pm
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Ain't no one here but us chickens.

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Aug. 23rd, 2014 12:44 am
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I was outside a few hours ago, clipping some of the roses that we've been growing to bring inside and put in a vase, when I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head, expecting it was one of our bunnies (we have four or five who visit us regularly and help mow the lawn for us, although they're also why we've had to invest in chicken wire for the vegetable garden and the first-year roses).

It was not one of the bunnies; it was the fox who lives on the golf course across the street. He was just chilling out about three feet away from me, on the edge of the driveway just by the back lawn.

Looking at him was apparently enough to spook him, because he trotted down the driveway, head held high, then waited for the oncoming car to pass before darting out and walking along the side of the road for a few feet before dashing into our bushes by the sidewalk and loping off across our neighbor's front yard. I told him I hoped he had a good night and took my roses inside. :)

(It's kind of awesome living on the edges of the city but with such a great expanse of space across the street from us: the country club's been there forever so we know they're not going to sell to a developer and have McMansions turn up across the street in a year or two, and all that green space attracts all kinds of wildlife.)

SGA: Picspam + rec

Aug. 22nd, 2014 09:30 pm
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Kill him.
If you kill me, your killing him.
He cares for you more than you know.

[livejournal.com profile] mischief5: Who needs slash goggles?

[personal profile] esteefee: Okay, I’m going to give you this one. Why in God’s name did they cut to Rodney for his reaction? Why does he look so devastated to hear about John’s feelings for Teyla?? afdfslskd;laksdflksfj!!!

Rodney is thinking: why doesn't Thalen spill John's secret feelings about meeeeeee????

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] mcparrot has written the most AWESOME piece inspired by the Declassification series, specifically the Aviation Week cover: A Ride in Sheppard's Puddle Jumper. MUST READ. Hilarious and clever and thrilling.

Bargain Book Roundup

Aug. 23rd, 2014 03:19 am
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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1) by ($1.99 Kindle; $3.99 companion audiobook), by Faith Hunter [Roc / Penguin]

Book Description
Last year, Jane nearly lost her life taking down a deadly family of vampires who preyed on the helpless populace. Now, after months of recuperation, she’s back and ready to fight again. Except this time, she’s been hired by those she’s trained to kill – vampires.

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind–a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires–and hunts the undead for a living. But now she’s been hired by the Katherine Fonteneau, one of the oldest vampires in the New Orleans, and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt down a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps.

Amidst a bordellos of real “ladies of the night” and a hot Creole biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission … or else the next skin she’ll need to save may be her own.

Several books in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison [HarperCollins] are on sale:

#2 The Good, the Bad, and the Undead ($1.99 Kindle; $2.99 companion audiobook)

It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.

She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.

Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play — and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.

#3 Every Which Way But Dead ($2.99 Kindle; $3.49 companion audiobook))

Rachel Morgan’s back! Bestselling author Kim Harrison returns with a new supernatural adventure that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris won’t want to miss.

Some days, you just can’t win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan’s managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

But her vampire roommate Ivy is off the wagon, her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn’t sound like he’s coming back while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting, and there’s a turf war erupting in Cincinnati’s underworld.

And there’s a greater evil still. To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain and now there’s hell to pay—literally. For if Rachel cannot stop him, the archdemon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.

#8 Black Magic Sanction ($4.99 Kindle; companion audiobook))

Black Magic Sanction is the most complex and emotionally charged adventure yet in author Kim Harrison’s New York Times bestselling series featuring bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan. A spellbinding story set once again Cleveland’s vampire, demon, and other supernatural beings-infested Hollows, Black Magic Sanction has the intrepid Rachel trapped in a life-or-death battle against her own kind in a sensational urban fantasy that shows why Kim Harrison deservedly stands in the superstar ranks alongside Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, and Laurell K. Hamilton.

#9 Pale Demon ($3.79 Kindle; companion audiobook))

New York Times bestselling urban fantasy superstar Kim Harrison is back with Pale Demon—her ninth electrifying adventure featuring contemporary witch Rachel Morgan. This time Rachel’s leaving the Hollows, on a cross-country road trip with a pixy, an elf, and a vampire, as she races to clear her blackened name at a California witches’ convention in order to avoid an eternity of torment at the claws of a soul-devouring demon. Pale Demon is Kim Harrison at her gothic best—combining mystery, action, intrigue, paranormal romance, and breathtaking dark fantasy in a delicious witches’ brew that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, and Jim Butcher simply will not be able to resist.

#11 Ever After ($1.99 Kindle; companion audiobook))

Witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan needs to save the demonic realm of the Ever After in the eleventh entry in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series from supernatural adventure master Kim Harrison.

When Rachel sets off a chain of events that could lead to the end of the world—demonic and human—she must use her gifts to save those closest to her while preventing an apocalypse.

Satisfying and sexy, a visit to the Hollows will take readers on a wild journey that will capture their imagination. Fans of Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer won’t be able to resist Kim Harrison’s alternative universe—urban fantasy Cincinnati complete with vampires, witches, and other enchanting creatures—where spine-tingling adventures and fast-paced action are the norm.

Holidays Are Hell ($1.99 Kindle)

This holiday, spend quality time with family and loved ones—living and dead . . .

There’s no place like home for the horrordays—unless you’d prefer a romantic midnight walk through a ghost-infested graveyard . . . or a haunted house candlelight dinner with the sexy vampire of your dreams. The (black) magical season is here—and whether it’s a solstice séance gone demonically wrong with the incomparable Kim Harrison, a grossly misshapen Christmas with the remarkable Lynsay Sands, a blood-chilling-and-spilling New Year’s with the wonderful Marjorie M. Liu, or a super-powered Thanksgiving with the phenomenal Vicki Pettersson, one thing is for certain: in the able hands of these exceptional dark side explorers, the holidays are going to be deliciously hellish!

Fingersmith ($2.99 Kindle), an LGBT Historical Thriller by Sarah Waters [Riverhead / Penguin]

Book Description
Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.

With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

Breaking Point: Shadow Warriors #5 ($0.99 Kindle), by Lindsay McKenna [Harlequin HQN]

Book Description
In the line of fire…

OPERATION SHADOW WARRIORS

An ongoing U.S. military experiment to test the integration of trained female military operatives in live combat scenarios…

The Alpha Platoon. A unit of Navy SEALs stationed in the unforgiving dryness of Afghanistan…who just learned that their newest team member is a woman. But Bay Thorn has a spine of steel—and the chops to prove it. Without a team to back her up, however, she’s dead in the water. And her only ally is Gabe Griffin, a lone SEAL who is lethal, dangerous and unbearably attractive….

Between the open hostility from her team and the harsh al Qaeda territory, Gabe is a lifeline for Bay. But mutual respect quickly grows into mutual attraction. And with each day and every assignment, the longing only deepens.

They mustn’t speak of it. Mustn’t act on it. Because in this line of work, falling in love can get you killed….

Joe Hill’s The Cape ($0.99 Kindle), a graphic novel by Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel [IDW Publishing]; be sure to use WiFi to download this one – Amazon shows the file size at over 70 MB.

Book Description
Every little boy dreams about putting on a cape and soaring up, up, and away… but what if one day that dream were to come true? Eric was like every other eight-year-old boy, until a tragic accident changed his life forever. THE CAPE explores the dark side of power, as the adult Eric – a confused and broken man – takes to the skies… and sets out to exact a terrible vengeance on everyone who ever disappointed him. This critically acclaimed, Eisner-Award nominated story, written by Jason Ciaramella, based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill, with art by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel, will linger with you long after you turn the last page, and force you to ask yourself the question: “What if?”

Scent of Roses ($1.99 Kindle), by Kat Martin [Harlequin MIRA]

Book Description
Elizabeth doesn’t believe in ghosts.

But this time she has no choice.

Family counselor Elizabeth Conner isn’t sure what to think when Maria Santiago comes to her for help. Pregnant and terrified, Maria claims to be visited each night by the ghost of a little girl, warning her to flee. Her husband, Miguel, a migrant worker at Harcourt Farms in the San Joaquin Valley, dismisses her fears as hormonal changes. Sympathetic to the young woman, Elizabeth agrees to help by contacting Miguel’s employers, who own the cottage where the young couple lives.

Elizabeth immediately picks up on the deep enmity betweenthe two Harcourt brothers: Carson, the handsome scion running the estate for his incapacitated father, and Zack, the rebellious black sheep. While Carson is more interested in Elizabeth than in her concerns, Zack grudgingly agrees to help her look into the history of the house.

But even as unexpected desire draws them together, Elizabeth and Zack feel something dark and disturbing at the house. And when the cloying scent and lingering chill of pure evil surround her, Elizabeth knows something terrible has happened here before, something that has its roots in murder….

How We Lived Then: A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War ($1.99 Kindle), by Norman Longmate [Vintage Digital]; the paperback edition (Random House UK) is $22.85!

Book Description
lthough nearly 90% of the population of Great Britain remained civilians throughout the war, or for a large part of it, their story has so far largely gone untold. In contrast with the thousands of books on military operations, barely any have concerned themselves with the individual’s experience. The problems of the ordinary family are barely ever mentioned – food rationing, clothes rationing, the black-out and air raids get little space, and everyday shortages almost none at all.

This book is an attempt to redress the balance; to tell the civilian’s story largely through their own recollections and in their own words.

A Stainless Steel Trio ($7.59 Kindle), an omnibus of novels in the Stainless Steel Rat series by Harry Harrison [Tor Books / Macmillan]

Book Description
One of SF’s most beloved rogues: the Stainless Steel Rat!

Slippery Jim DiGriz is the Stainless Steel Rat: the galaxy’s greatest interstellar thief and con artist. For novel upon novel, the Rat has outfoxed the forces of conventionality, cutting a stylish swathe through dozens of star systems-and stealing the hearts of thousands of readers.

Now three of the Rat’s greatest exploits are collected in a single volume. In A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born, we see the origin and early days of Jim DiGriz’s brilliant criminal career, as our underworld hero is forced to work for the Good Guys. Conscripted again in The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted, this time into a planetary army, the Rat must avenge the murder of his mentor-in-crime. And in The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues, Slippery Jim must retrieve a missing alien artifact, while disguised as a futuristic rock-and-roller…or forfeit his life.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

The Ten Commandments: A DCI Webb Mystery ($0.99 Kindle), by Anthea Fraser [Endeavour Press ]

Book Description
The body of an unknown man is found in a pub car park on a warm summer’s evening.

He has been brutally bludgeoned to death, and there are no witnesses.

When DCI Webb is called to the case, he has a nasty sense that he’s been here before.

Six years previously, Trevor Philpott’s body was found in identical circumstances.

But the case was never closed, and the killer is still at large.

As Webb delves back into the details of the previous case he uncovers more unsolved mysteries.

Are the cases connected?

Has the same killer been responsible for more murders over the years?

DCI Webb must return to the past, if he has any hope of stopping more killings in the future…

May be price matched at B&N, eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.

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The Bow and Crown of Conquest

BPAL Tags: Biblical - Antichrist, Carnation, Haughty, Lavender, Leather, Musk - White, Nobility, Sage, Vanilla, Wood - Cedar

In the vial: Cedar, something faintly sweet, something that's probably leather.

Wet: Cedar, carnations, and yep that's leather. At nose-to-skin distance there's also a little pencil shavings.

30 minutes: Cedar sweetened by carnations and vanilla, and then the leather pops and makes it more complex. Not getting any lavender at all.

Five Hours: Mellow blended cedar/sweet/leather.

Love this and want it. It was a frimp Synecdochic sent me and it was on my wish list because of a comment on a review. I dislike lavender, and generally like leather but had no idea what it would be like in a scent. Never would have wish-listed it without that comment.

The comment described it as Ronan Dex walking in the woods with a few crushed flowers underfoot. That was … a really vivid scent image.
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I did actually finish at 11:59:20. :^)

3 pics and 3 links )

Some answers for the character meme

Aug. 23rd, 2014 02:09 pm
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I'm not doing these in any kind of order, just writing things as they come to me. I'll try to finish them all before the end of the weekend, though.

My characters were:

1. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Avengers)
2. Allison Hendrix (Orphan Black)
3. Felix Dawkins (Orphan Black)
4. Sameen Shaw (Person of Interest)
5. Carol Danvers/Miss Marvel (Marvel Comics)
6. Sam Wilson/Falcon (Avengers)
7. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Avengers)
8. Miss Marple (Agatha Christie novels)
9. Joan Watson (Elementary)
10. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Avengers)
11. Toph Bei Fong (Avatar: the Last Airbender)
12. Nikita Mears (Nikita)
13. Alexandra Udinoff (Nikita)
14. Abbie Mills (Sleepy Hollow)
15. Thomas Nightingale (Rivers of London)

For [personal profile] lilacsigil: Allison Hendrix, Sameen Shaw, Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers go on a roadtrip (or space or fantasy equivalent if you prefer). Who drives, who navigates, who is in charge of snacks and who has to stop every two parsecs to pee? )

For [personal profile] amorettea: Sameen Shaw and Toph Bei Fong are picking out window coverings. Drapes, shades, blinds, bed sheets? )

Sam Wilson and Joan Watson are arguing over the wine list. Who wins and what do they order? )

Huge nasty slimy thing comes out of spaceship. How do Natasha Romanoff and Thomas Nightingale handle this? Sam Wilson stops by to give suggestions. What are they? )

For [personal profile] spatz: Sameen Shaw, Alexandra Undinoff, and Joan Watson are on a team together. What kind of team (Do they fight crime? Tackle difficult accounts? Play soccer?) and what happens when they encounter their bitter rival Allison Hendrix? )

Tony Stark loses his voice. Can Nikita Mears manage to understand his anyway when they are, idk, locked in a room together? How annoyed is Tony? )

Under what circumstances do Natasha Romanoff and Thomas Nightingale make out in a bathroom? )

New Release – The Scorched Earth

Aug. 23rd, 2014 02:21 am
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Today’s Featured New Release is The Scorched Earth ($7.99 Kindle; $3.99 companion audiobook), the second novel in The Chaos Born series by Drew Karpyshyn [Random House]; I expect the audiobook price to go up in a day or two, as it is likely an intro price.

Book Description
New York Times bestselling author Drew Karpyshyn has long thrilled readers with his kinetic, fast-paced storytelling style. Now he returns with The Scorched Earth, the second novel in his acclaimed series about four young people who will either save the world or bring about its destruction.

The Children of Fire—four mortals touched by the power of Chaos—each embody one aspect of a fallen and banished immortal champion: Keegan, the wizard; Scythe, the warrior; Cassandra, the prophet; Vaaler, the king. Grown to adulthood, the Children are in search of the ancient Talismans that can stop the return of Daemron the Slayer, ancient enemy of the Old Gods. But in acquiring Daemron’s Ring, they unleashed a flood of Chaos magic on the land—leaving death, destruction, and a vengeful queen in their wake.

Now, beset on all sides by both mortal and supernatural enemies, they realize that their strength and faith will be tested as never before. And their greatest trial will be finding Daemron’s Sword, the last of the ancient Talismans, before the entire mortal world is engulfed in the war and Chaos that will herald the return of the Slayer.

May be price matched at B&N, eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.

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Free Book – Operation Money (K/N)

Aug. 23rd, 2014 01:47 am
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Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families, by Jean Chatzky, is free to pre-order in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble, courtesy of publisher NBC Publishing.

Book Description
“From investing in education and affording a home to choosing the right credit products and adequately saving for retirement, Operation Money offers military-specific advice to achieving financial stability.” –Michael E. O’Neill, Chairman, Citigroup Inc., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1969-1971

When it comes to money, military service members and their families face financial challenges that civilians simply don’t.

While serving on active duty, members of the military are typically asked to move every few years and must learn how to manage money during multiple deployments. And managing the finances means figuring out a way to maintain a balanced budget while communication is limited. Meanwhile, the spouse at home is essentially functioning as a single parent without the necessary skills and tools to make serving as the family’s Chief Financial Officer as easy as possible.

That is, until now.

Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today show, is here to help with Operation Money, a mission-based guide that provides detailed resources to prevent money problems before they happen; gives you the tools to manage through a tough situation if you’re already facing one; and empowers you to figure out how best to plan for your future—either in or out of the military—and then assists you in doing so.

The chapters throughout focus on saving, debt, credit, buying and financing a home, buying and financing a car, paying for college, protecting the ones you love with insurance and an estate plan, dealing with a relocation, managing money through a deployment, handling a furlough, retirement, divorce, and the financial aspects of caregiving.

With contributions from Blue Star Families, MSCNN, and other military related organizations,Operation Money is a must-read for those who serve that are looking to take charge of their financial present and future.

The enhanced edition includes video tips and advice from Jean Chatzky, as well as a bonus section featuring interviews with military spouses and veterans who share their personal financial stories with Jean.

Operation Money is published and available free-of-charge thanks to the generous support of Citi. For more information on Citi’s support for military veterans and their families, visit www.citisalutes.com.

About Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and a contributing editor for Fortune magazine. Jean is a best-selling author; her eighth and most recent book is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. She believes knowing how to manage our money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters, increasing financial literacy both now and for the future. Jean lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

Visit www.jeanchatzky.com for more information.

Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
Free on Kindle; links on Today’s Free Kindle Books.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle and Otto Penzler (Introduction), is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble, Google, iTunes and Kobo, courtesy of publisher MysteriousPress.com [Open Road].

Book Description
A dozen classic cases featuring the world’s greatest detective

This first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories includes many of the consulting detective’s best known cases. “A Scandal in Bohemia” finds Holmes matching wits with—and being outfoxed by—a beautiful American opera singer named Irene Adler. A struggling shop owner stumbles into a lucrative side job, and a criminal conspiracy, in “The Red-Headed League.” And in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” which Arthur Conan Doyle named as the best of his Sherlock Holmes stories, our brilliant hero and his loyal friend Dr. Watson pay a visit to a young heiress’s bedroom late one night only to stumble across another, far deadlier, visitor.

Other beloved tales collected here include “The Five Orange Pips,” “The Boscombe Valley Mystery,” and “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” Originally appearing in the Strand Magazine, these twelve stories catapulted Holmes and Watson to international fame and established Doyle as one of the most popular and influential mystery writers of all time.

This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
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Free on Kindle; links on Today’s Free Kindle Books.

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Supporting Member mailing update!

Aug. 22nd, 2014 09:42 pm
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Hi, everyone. I have good news and bad news! Bad news first...we are very, very sorry, but the Supporting Member mailing this year ran into some technical difficulties and they have not yet been mailed. But -- good news now!-- We are implementing an emergency back-up plan to get the mailing out on Monday! At which point your DVDs will be flying toward you at lightning speed (compared to the sitting still that they have been doing until now).

We apologize mightily for the delay and will be taking steps to ensure that such a situation does not ever happen again.

Until your packages arrive, please continue to enjoy the VividCon Live streaming, and we'll see you next year! And thank you for your support!
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I love this time of year because the vividcon recs are starting to flow.

This vid is a crossover between Fringe and TSCC with Olivia/Sarah, a quiet vid about love, loss, and connection. I love the parallels drawn between these two women, and I would watch this show in a heartbeat.

Hands Away by [personal profile] chaila and [livejournal.com profile] beccatoria



Vidpost where you go leave feedback!

Describing Skin Tones

Aug. 22nd, 2014 08:50 pm
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Here's a mostly tongue-in-cheek post about describing fair skin in some of the ways that dark skin is often described.

I have actually used "marzipan" as a skin tone. Also cream, peach, toast, porcelain, bisque, alabaster, grub (as in insect, not food), and uncooked bread dough. (Some of the descriptions were from a less-than-positive perspective.) Also in the white-people range are the pinkish-fair tones that are not copper, so things like ruddy, flushed, coral, and rosy apply.

Kay in Schrodinger's Heroes is Hispanic, but has fair skin, which I have described as vanilla latte: a dark cream or the palest possible brown.

Then there was the time I spent over an hour hunting around for synonyms and metaphors of "brown" that were based on things NOT associated with the slave trade, preferably things relating to African culture. Kola nut was a favorite. Ebony, which is dark brown to black, is a sacred wood in Africa and thus legit.

My desertfolk often have two or three colortones combined: rose-gold, rose-mocha, toasted-peaches-and-cream.  It's very rare to see truly pale skin or very dark skin in the Whispering Sands, but they cover an enormous range in between with subtle and complex variations of ruddy, shadowy, and tawny hues.  Very beautiful.  Oh, and to them "melon" is specifically the color of ladyparts and they make jokes about it.

Writing meme

Aug. 22nd, 2014 06:42 pm
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Seen everywhere, but first at [personal profile] musesfool. Give me a letter, and I'll do my best to answer:

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].

Vividcon 2014 Panel Notes (part 2)

Aug. 22nd, 2014 06:37 pm
anoel: vidding fandom (vidding fandom)
[personal profile] anoel
Here are my panel notes (part 2) for Vividcon 2014, apologies for the lateness. I missed the Feedback and Using Vids in Class panels, sorry but you can find some notes from the mods for the Using Vids in Class here and here and the mod for the Feedback panel may be posting notes at some point soon. If you're looking for more notes for the panels, [personal profile] kass has some here. I did my best at hearing and typing as accurately as I could but sometimes people had quiet voices or I couldn't type fast enough so these are not perfect transcriptions especially as they are not completely proofread. If you see something and want it corrected (or credit), feel free to let me know as I'd love for it to be more accurate.

Love Struc(ture) )
Timing Is Everything )
Nice Use of Clips! )
It Cuts Both Ways )

Vividcon 2014 Panel Notes (part 1)

Aug. 22nd, 2014 05:19 pm
anoel: vidding fandom (vidding fandom)
[personal profile] anoel
Here are my panel notes (part 1) for Vividcon 2014, apologies for the lateness. I missed the Feedback and Using Vids in Class panels, sorry but you can find some notes from the mods for the Using Vids in Class here and here and the mod for the Feedback panel may be posting notes at some point soon. If you're looking for more notes for the panels, [personal profile] kass has some here. I did my best at hearing and typing as accurately as I could but sometimes people had quiet voices or I couldn't type fast enough so these are not perfect transcriptions especially as they are not completely proofread. If you see something and want it corrected (or credit), feel free to let me know as I'd love for it to be more accurate.

Still Preoccupied with 1985 )
Vid Purpose )
Out of Context Theatre )
Gathering Source )
Lyrical Interpretation )

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