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So the Stony Trumps Hate auction is proceeding apace and I currently have high bid on a couple vids because I want aaaaall the comics vids. But we will see how this goes. *crosses fingers*

What several people have come up with, endorsed by the auction mods, is the idea of forming bidding "pods" -- basically, people who want the same thing pooling their bids to try to win one of the people who would otherwise go for more than they can afford separately. For example, a bunch of people are going in on Kiyaar to get her to finish Sins of Omission, which sounds great to me. A lot of people seem to want to use this to get sequels and/or WIPs completed, which is kind of fun. I am excited about it, anyway. And I think the idea of cooperatively pooling bids is great.

The hilarious thing is, I personally seem to have broken the cooperative bidding. Because, there are, by my count, at least four groups that all want different things from me:


  1. Some kind of sequel to Like a Comet Streaming On (the psychic wolves AU). I don't personally know the person interested in this, so I don't know what they want, but I assume wolfy fluff?
  2. Kiyaar has started a pod bid for a sequel to Straight on till Morning (the Star Trek AU). I actually have a novel-length sequel outlined that I have had no time to write (it involves Don Blake's other identity, mysterious kidnappings of several people including Tony, Section 31, Bucky's fate in this universe, and a ton of angst) and Kiyaar definitely wants this, so provided that bidders are okay with waiting possibly a long time, I would be happy to write that.
  3. There is also interest in a sequel to Double Time (you remember, that Civil War fixit). You will probably be unsurprised to learn that I have had also a novel-length sequel planned out for this -- this outline is a little sketchier (and honestly probably shorter) than the Trek one, but it is all 616 and involves Director/Commander, the Secret Invasion, and a lot of yelling at the Illuminati. It's been a while since I've thought about it. Again, it's one of those things I haven't had time to write, but I could! It would also take a while.
  4. And finally, someone (*significant look at Magicasen*) wants a Kimi no Na wa/Your Name AU. Which is not a sequel to anything I have written, but would also be great.


No pressure or anything, right? Right. *looks at WIP list* I have seriously just mapped out my writing commitments up through December.

But that's not the most hilarious thing. The REALLY hilarious thing, to me, which Sparrow pointed out, is that being in multiple bidding pods for the same creator actually has no conflict. Since the creator is only making one thing (I mean, I am, anyway), only the winning bidder or bidder group actually has to pay. So you can put your name in for me writing two or three different things, but since I'm only writing whichever one wins, you're only paying for whichever one wins, assuming you're in on the one that wins. Like, if you put $20 in every pod bidding on me (say, because you like the sound of all four of those stories and you want to give to charity), you're only going to be out $20 no matter what. Awesome. Weird, but awesome.

Anyway, if you personally wanted to bid on me and you want to get in one or more of those groups -- or create your own, for me or anyone else, there's a post on Imzy (currently missing details for the last two of those pods but they should be going up shortly) where the groups are organizing themselves, and there's a Discord chat where participants are convening. I think a lot of the coordination is going on privately over Discord and/or Tumblr; I think people are PMing the pod organizers with their bid amounts and so on.

I guess I should post about this on Tumblr, though for that I will wait until all the details are up.

Daily Happiness

May. 22nd, 2017 02:24 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Super hectic weekend at work, following a super hectic week, so I'm reeeeeeeally glad for my day off tomorrow!

2. I was worn out after work but still managed to get a chapter of manga translated tonight.

3. I love the way Chloe likes to chill with her arms stretched out like this.

Low-bandwidth reading page

May. 21st, 2017 09:59 am
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
I read from this link

http://www.dreamwidth.org/mobile/read

Which has no graphics at all, and when you click through you're automatically in style=light

(And if a post doesn't have a title, then this displays the initial words of the body.)

Daily Happiness

May. 21st, 2017 01:37 am
torachan: brandon flowers of the killers with the text "some beautiful boy to save you" (some beautiful boy to save you)
[personal profile] torachan
1. It was really hot today, but it looks like it's supposed to drop down a lot tomorrow and even more as the week goes on. (And at least I was at work in the air conditioning while it was hot!)

2. We've been trying to get back into the habit of taking a walk every night and have taken one every day for over a week. I'm really hoping we can keep this up.

3. Look at these two cutie snugglers!

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May. 21st, 2017 01:01 am
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[personal profile] staranise
I went and saw Beauty and the Beast tonight, and actually really liked the LeFou storyline? Score one for thoughtful, nuanced analysis over premature angry judgment by a high standard of moral rectitude.

Stony Trumps Hate

May. 21st, 2017 01:48 am
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[personal profile] sineala
Yay! The Stony Trumps Hate auction is on. You should come bid on me (I am currently a very reasonable $35) or on any one of these fine people (although ideally not the ones I am bidding on because then I will be sad).

Also I signed up for the Steve/Tony anniversary zine, for which I am hopefully writing something short (*glares sternly at self*) but I am excited nonetheless.

On the plus side, I am done with my Cap-IM RBB draft (60,000 words! short, for me), so that means Cap RBB, a couple bingo fics, FTH still, STH after it's over, the anniversary zine... and then I guess BB. And origfic. Have not forgotten origfic.

It's gonna be a busy few months, I guess.

Duo, and keyboard rant

May. 20th, 2017 09:26 pm
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I've decided to temporarily give up on Greek -- I'm still curious about it, but Duo isn't the best mechanism for learning it.

Still haven't decided between Russian, refresher course in Spanish, or German. For tonight I did Russian, going back to the beginning, but I think it is more like Greek, in that I really need solid grammar info as well as what Duo gives. There is something to be said for using real words instead of memorizing charts, but there's also something to be said for the charts. Especially since my brain is not the super-elastic brain of a child.

But I did find that the Greek iThing keyboard is a lot easier to grok for English speakers than the Russian keyboard.

blathering about keyboard layouts )

Ah, human/computer interaction and user interface design. Two subsets of my major that I learned very little about! (I'm still resentful about my major -- I sort of herded myself into it because I could finish in time with what I had already taken, and while there's a lot of fascinating stuff, flailing is not the best way to come at a major. And I picked a specialty in eenie-meenie fashion, ending up in computer music because "I like music" and because it had the fewest classes, or at any rate the fewest horrid-sounding ones (I thoroughly hated philosophy by that point); only I'm not a composer and the classes turned out to be basically graduate-level, which is not the best for a flailing depressive undergrad. I still half feel like I didn't deserve my degree, that the (minor but still freaky) car accident I was in gave me sympathy points and the resident faculty member of my dorm was the head computer music person (oh yeah that was another reason) and idek. Back to the point though: if I'd come in wanting to do symsys from the first, rather than starting with computer science and then not being able to do that but not having enough time to do another major (and there's no way in hell im going TiVo ask my parents now whether they would have funded another year if I'd needed it, because the answer will probably make me sad) and so grasping at symsys as a last resort panic option, I would have made different choices, something more linguistics-y or user interface design -y. And I've lost track of my parenthetical. Was this a parenthetical? I think so.)

More fun with Greek

May. 20th, 2017 09:47 pm
sineala: Greek red-figure painting of a Greek youth riding a rooster (youth riding a cock)
[personal profile] sineala
So I think I mentioned before that [personal profile] lysimache is teaching me Attic Greek; I am five? six? -- some amount, anyway. I am some amount of chapters into Athenaze.

I knew already that Greek morphology was a mess, so I was anticipating hating having six principal parts and the middle voice and the aorist and the perfect and whatnot. But I'm not even there and I ALREADY hate it. Contract verbs are a mess. Imagine that you have a language where some of your verbs have theme vowels, right? Now imagine that in a particular dialect of your language (unfortunately, Attic), conjugating these verbs means that half the time the endings cause the theme vowel to "contract," by which they mean disappear in a variety of ways that are completely different depending on what form it is and what vowel it is. Basically if asked to produce some form of a contract verb I put an omega in the middle and hope for the best.

And these deictics? What the hell are these deictics? Why does ἐνταῦθα mean here, there, hither, thither? Those are FOUR DIFFERENT THINGS. There's not some kind of word limit. You could have a different word for each of them. There are already like five different particles that mean something like and.

And then I got to αὐτός. In cases other than the nominative (yes, of course Greek has a case system, what do you think?) it's the third person singular pronoun (he/she/it -- or, I guess, him/her/it). In the nominative -- as well as in all other cases -- it is the intensive adjective -self (like "I myself cannot believe that Greek would do this to me"). So in cases other than the nominative it may be a pronoun, or it may be an intensive adjective! Ha ha! And for added fun, when it's an attributive adjective, it means "the same."

Also sometimes when the sentence is about a noun you have already mentioned before you can just have the definite article without the noun and the subject of your sentence is, in its entirety, "the."

Dear Greek: would it kill you to have more words?

(I know, probably it would also help if I memorized the endings, especially the forms of the definite article. Meh.)

WisCon Contact Post

May. 20th, 2017 01:40 pm
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
Hello there! Anything you write in a reply to this magic post will only be visible to you and me.

I'll be panelling 9:45 to 11:30 on Saturday, otherwise my schedule is open.

Let's make a plan!

If you want to contact me during the con, you can also direct-message me on Twitter [twitter.com profile] jesse_the_k

I look quite a lot like my icon, but tragically no Bella at the hotel.

See you there!

Daily Happiness

May. 20th, 2017 12:57 am
torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Season 5 of Arrested Development was announced! I know season 4 was far from universally liked, but I loved it, so I'm really looking forward to another Netflix season.

2. As of today I've read 24 books this year, so I went ahead and changed my goal on Goodreads from 30 to 40.

3. I didn't end up having to go in to work at all today!

4. I didn't play much Zelda, but I did do the Yiga Clan hideout quest, so now I can do my last divine beast if I want to, though I will probably hold off for a while and do a bit more side-questing and shrine-searching, just because having all four divine beasts done seems so final.

5. Molly got up on the top bookshelf last night and I got lots of super cute pics of her exploring, including this one with Mr Meeseeks (sadly blurry, though). I moved him to a different shelf after taking the picture, though, so he didn't get knocked down.

Nerve block #3

May. 19th, 2017 10:45 pm
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
Nerve block #3 today. It went well.

The doctor had a resident with her again, and she explained everything she was doing. I think the combination of that and the fact that I had a vasovagal reaction last time, made me a little nervous. But I did OK and only had to lay there for a couple of minutes before I could get up and go. The whole thing was fast and pretty easy. I felt sort of euphoric; my pain lowered dramatically and it was easier to breathe. The resident said that my case was the most interesting one of the day.

I am waiting for the headache to come, the one that follows after the nerve block. My mouth hurts but so far, no terrible headache. I think it's just on the edge though. I bought a bunch of popsicles and plan to keep eating them.

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May. 19th, 2017 08:05 pm
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[personal profile] ysobel
Well, the whole "learn Greek" thing seemed like a great idea until I got out of the alphabet section and into the words.

I need to check the website info (it drives me crazy that the website has information -- like blurbs about indefinite articles or conjugations or whatever -- that doesn't appear in the app) but there's no way I am going to remember anything. There are about five words for a/the (and without information I don't know whether it's based on noun gender or whether the next word Astarte with a consonant or whatever), plus I can't remember the words for "man" and "woman" even from one screen to the next.

So my options seem to be a) stay with Greek and get completely overwhelmed; b) switch over to Russian to see if that sticks any better; c) go back to re-refreshing German; or d) refresh Spanish and start getting serious about things like consuming Spanish media and whatever so that I can get passably ... well, fluent seems unlikely, but I guess conversant or whatever.

Or e) give the fuck up because my brain is broken so why am I even trying. But I think that's the depression brainweasels talking.

Weekly Reading

May. 19th, 2017 04:36 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Still reading The Invisible Library and am about a third of the way through.

I also started reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, which is something I've wanted to read for a long time, and Carla just happened to find it at a Little Library the other day! I only read the intro so far, but I'm really looking forward to reading more.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished two books! Finally, finally, finally finished The Mayor of Castro Street, which I started reading in early February. Although I found it slow going sometimes, it really was interesting. I was basically totally unfamiliar with any of the events, except the basic fact that Harvey Milk was a local politician in San Francisco and had been murdered.

This happened when I was really little, so I wasn't paying attention to politics or news of any sort at the time, but it's also so recent that it was never covered in school (all my US history classes ended around World War II). Aside from Milk himself, I'd had no idea that Jim Jones was active in San Francisco politics like that. My only awareness of him is as a wacko cult leader who convinced hundreds of his followers to commit suicide, so it was surprising to see people taking him seriously (even as they thought he was a bit odd).

I also just finished reading Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, another Little Library find!

Honestly, before recent political happenings, Donald Trump was not really on my radar at all. Of course I'd heard the name, and could have told you he was rich and that there's been some scandal with his first wife Ivana and his mistress Marla Maples, and that he had funny hair, but that's probably about it. Now he's unavoidable and utterly terrible and ridiculous, and it's interesting to look back at these strips going all the way back to the '80s, and see that he was pretty much the same back then, just on a smaller stage.

I also have very little familiarity with Doonesbury. I never read the funnies much growing up, and when I did, I skipped over the ones with ongoing plotlines and read things like Far Side or Garfield instead, so while I was aware of Doonesbury and could pick it out of a lineup based on the art style, I have no idea who any of these characters are or what other plotlines are going on besides the Trump theme here. So it was a little confusing in that regard, but not to the point of making it unenjoyable.

It was an interesting read and I'm glad I picked it up, but I think people who are already fans of Doonesbury or people who have more familiarity with Trump through the years and can link real life events to the portrayal in the comic would get more from this than me.

What do you think you'll read next?
The two books I've got in progress, for sure, and maybe one of these days I'll actually read some more manga again? idk why, but it seems like I'm always either in book mode or manga mode, and I just haven't been picking up the ipad lately.

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May. 19th, 2017 02:36 pm
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[personal profile] synecdochic
Saw the radiation oncologist this morning. (Two hour drive to NoVA, whee.) More info when I get home and have a keyboard instead of phone, but: I adore him, he's given me tons to research, he's willing to schedule me now but also says it's not house on fire urgent since it's not proceeding quickly enough to be an urgent situation (but he didn't downplay it either) and did I mention I adore him?

I feel very much better now that I know I have him, and will feel even better after seeing Mom's guy on the 30th.

Daily Happiness

May. 19th, 2017 01:08 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Posted the second-to-last chapter of Himegoto! I can't believe it's almost done.

2. The ebook of volume one of Fulldrum was released today so we finally have good copies to work from and a proper cover illustration and such, yay. (Sadly we are almost certainly going to get ahead of the tankobon release again, considering this has only six chapters, but oh well.)

3. Work was super busy today, and working Thursday completely screwed with my sense of what day it is, but it looks like I can (mostly) take tomorrow off. I have to go in around closing to help lock up, but other than that shouldn't have to go it. (Hopefully.)

4. This Chloe tongue!!

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 99

May. 18th, 2017 11:03 pm
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[personal profile] torachan


Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Kaito and Yuki race to the hotel to rescue Mikako.



Chapter 99: Dissolution

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