[#012] Ryo's Very Bad Day (FAKE)

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:43 am
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Theme Prompt: #012 – Bad Day
Title: Ryo's Very Bad Day
Fandom: FAKE
Rating/Warnings: PG
Bonus: Yes
Word Count: 1000
Summary: Some days Ryo feels sure the universe has it in for him; he just doesn’t know why.

Ryo's Very Bad Day... )

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Apr. 21st, 2019 06:08 pm
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Fourth on the theatre jaunt! We watched Parts 1 and 2 in the same day, which wasn't as exhausting as I feared, though it was uncomfortable for Mister Fabulous because we had first row seats in the Grand Circle, and leg room was very tight against the edge of the balcony.

Overall, I enjoyed it! Good energy and performances, I was captivated throughout, the special effects are a fun bonus, plus the family aspects hit hard. Albus & Scorpius being the Next Generation LosersTM is the most lovely, semi-tragic thing (not full-on tragedy, because this is a universe that has seen plenty of actual tragedy) and I may have spent quite a bit of the interval between parts clawing at my face and going FRIENDSHIP IS MAAAAAAAGIC. I'd been spoiled for some things on tumblr and other places, but was definitely not spoiled for others and gasped LOUD at certain things, which I hope at least amused some people around us.

I'd read that some (a lot?) of people are unhappy with some things in the play, which is fair. I've been unhappy with new material of my fav canons before, so we pick and choose what "counts". I think what helps in my case, at least, is that my enjoyment of the Harry Potter world is a casual-ish, i.e. I have not even read the last book, and wondered if I even remembered enough of the universe to be able to follow. The play tries to be accessible where it can but does assume a slightly-above-base amount of knowledge of the Harry Potter story, which it's entitled to, because everyone who's watching HAS to be pre-invested to begin with. Anyway, I was able to follow it well enough, and got swept up in the melodramatic bits just fine.

Thoughts, with massive spoilers. Positive, but also some negative. )


An anecdote to close this post! West End theatre security/entry protocol has changed in the past few years. Where it used to be more casual, security checks are now strict, and not only for high-profile shows. The first time I encountered this strictness was three years ago when I was told that entry to the Harry Potter & the Curse Child's Palace Theatre was strictly for ticket holders only, because even buying merchandise was controlled. (Was not the case in any of the West End shows I'd watched before, where entrance to the store was encouraged for non-patrons.)

When we went in for Part 1, we heard that the souvenir brochure would only be sold during Part 2, because of spoilers. I concluded that it was possible that they'd control purchase of the brochures in general, and may not allow me to buy four. (One for myself, three to give other people.) So I asked Mister Fabulous to buy one, and (in order not to bother him more with my ridiculousness), went to three different theatre staff to buy the remaining three individually. I have no idea if they would actually have stopped or questioned me, but I got all four!
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Theme Prompt: Bad Day
Title: Keith Kogane And The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating/Warnings: None
Bonus: Yes
Word Count: 597
Summary: He wonders how someone like him ever got lucky enough to have a best friend like Matt Holt. Especially on days like today.

You're having a bad day. It's not the end of the world, it's not your fault, and you need a break )


Apr. 21st, 2019 10:38 am
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Theme Prompt: #012 - Bad Day
Title: Out of time
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating/Warnings: PG 15, Spoilers for CoE
Bonus: Yes
Word Count: 1,000 words
Summary: Jack is finally about to find out how it all ends.

Out of time )
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Title: Farewell Cruel World
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Author: smallhobbit
Rating: G
Challenge: #14: Challenge 14: Reverse fandom: Agents of Shield (Farewell Cruel World + others)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: The Ferret is desolated in his love life, but never fear he'll bounce back.

Farewell Cruel World on AO3

Tina (musical)

Apr. 20th, 2019 04:46 pm
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Been relistening to the Tina recording, have a few more additional thoughts from my last post.

Mainly, about the show's use of "Proud Mary". Another of my favourite Tina songs and I was looking forward to it, but dang the stage context. It's set smack dab at the height of Ike's abuse, where literally after Tina attempts to overdose and is revived at the hospital, she is forced to get up and perform. The musical depicts this semi-symbolically, with siren sounds and Tina standing upright but dazed as doctors & nurses surround her, stripping her down to her underwear (complete with wig removal) then dressing her back up in her stage clothes, just as her mom orders her to go on stage. She sobs a little, and then smooths her face over and goes into performance mode. "You know... every now and then I think you might like to hear something from us... nice and easy..."

I was very much thinking of her (first) autobiography, where she explains in detail the physical toll on her mind & body during that period of her life, so there's whiplash at very direct depiction of what she had to endure off-stage to perform on-stage, and it made me feel kind of that I shouldn't applaud, or even enjoy the performance. Which was made more disconcerting because at least one person in the audience whooped in recognition when the song started, while I was still going D:

That discomfort seems to be point, though, which I find interesting! Can/should we enjoy art if we know the context behind its creation, when at the same time we're being called to enjoy the literal performance that the actors are putting on in front of us? Plus the real Tina herself divorced the songs from their context in that era, so there's those layers and I dig it?

I'd watched a few interviews with the creative team back when the promo machine was warming up, and they mostly focused on the empowerment aspect of the show and seemed to skirt around Tina's earlier history with naive-sounding questions, which frankly irritated me, but in retrospect, I can see that the neutral questions were more an awareness of how that platform wasn't the place to talk about abuse & domestic violence in a meaningful way, so they kept the questions flat. And, likely, they decided to let the show speak for itself. Much like how Tina is very candid about what she went through, the musical seems to be taking a leaf out of this and being candid as well, albeit stylized.

Plus some other thoughts!
  • At one point the characters are listening to a radio and The Four Seasons's "Stay" is playing. It's used as setting, not a Jersey Boys reference, but I cracked up all the same.

  • Oscar Batterham's Australian accent is pretty damn decent. A little too clean, but that's usually the case with accents that are learned, plus it's way too easy to slip over into joke!Australian. Good job!

  • They don't resolve the emotional thread of Tina's relationship with her sons, Ronnie and Craig. I didn't register it until I listened to the whole recording in order, and how they neatly wrapped up the threads with Ike and Tina's mom before the finale, but the last we hear of Tina's sons is that they're unhappy at her workload and miss her, and then there's no more. I wonder if perhaps that is a bit sensitive due to Craig's passing. Maybe they'll fix it before they transfer to Broadway.

  • I really love the female duets, especially Tina & Grandma in "Don't Turn Around" and Tina & Rhonda in "Open Arms". Wish Tina & Alline had a duet, though.

  • So, like, Jersey Boys and We Will Rock You did the thing where they built anticipation to a specific Iconic Song by talking about it and referencing it before they actually perform it, the former being "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and the latter being "We Will Rock You". Tina does this with "What's Love Got to Do with It?" by having other characters sing it in demos while she side-eyes them and that's just??? Really nice??? On a meta level it's super obvious because it really was her comeback song but it still gives me all the feelings!!!

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Apr. 20th, 2019 12:33 pm
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In spite of all the chocolate and hot cross buns available, all I really want right now is Pomegranate Baklava.

I've made this before back in 2012, but I have a sudden yen for it again...

Agatha Christie!

Apr. 18th, 2019 09:15 pm
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Still making my way down my book stack. Surprisingly I have not yet finished the bag that zen-ish loaned me, since I've been going back and forth between her books and the ones I've picked up myself. Since last check-in I have read:
  • Peril at End House - I liked this one! The characters and the set-up and Poirot's drama llama way of trying to stop the murder before it happens. Was pleased that some bits jumped out at me did turn out to be important. I have to confess to feeling Betrayed at the reveal, though. XD

  • The A.B.C. Murders - Seeing as that I'd watched the new BBC version, I should backtrack and read the book. It was a fun exercise in seeing which bits the BBC adaptation chose to blow up, plus the very different motivations behind the murders, though I didn't find the actual crime all that compelling in the end. The means were very clever, but once all that was stripped away, it was bit... mm. Which I suppose is the point?

  • Third Girl - Really enjoyed the investigative portions of this one, of trying to make sense of a mountainload of Clues and Motives to distill what's actually important. Poirot is very tricksy!

  • The Blue Train Mystery - I'm just very relieved that the character I liked a lot was not the murderer, though there were a few moments were I was like, please... no. Please. The momentum of the investigation went a bit in fits and starts which threw my reading a little, but I really liked the characters.

Tangentially related! While walking around during the recent London trip, we stumbled upon St. Martin's Theatre where The Mousetrap is playing. We didn't watch it, but the friend double-taked at the sign. "67 years?" "Yes!!!" "...67 years."

St. Martin's Theatre )

cooking with American shortcuts

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:24 am
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The down side of a lot of American recipes is that they have 'shortcuts' that aren't available in other countries.

Graham cracker crumbs? Nope.

Sugar cookie mix? Nope.

Cherry pie filling? Nope.

And then once you add up all these NOPE items, the calculation begins: can you substitute with something else?

TBH Graham cracker crumbs is the easiest thing for me to substitute. The Arnott's NICE (pronounced like the Italian city) biscuits are our preferred cheesecake crumb crust. But Sugar cookie mix? Those may be available, but not easily and I wouldn't know where to start. Same with cherry pie filling - would blended, pitted cherries do? How liquid would it need to be?

Pumpkin pie filling? Don't make me laugh. You're not even talking about blended up pumpkin flesh, you're talking about pumpkin-flavoured custard which is an entirely different kettle of fish!

A stick of butter? Welp, that's unhelpful in other countries. As it turns out a 'stick of butter' is about 100g. Probably closer to 110g.



Apr. 17th, 2019 08:57 pm
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Challenge 012:

Everyone has them: days when nothing goes according to plan, where commitments fall through, where people are just awful. Whatever the reason, bad days plague even the brightest of attitudes from time to time, and it's often a test of character to see how others handle it.

Write a story where someone has a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and how they choose to deal with it.

BONUS GOAL: "I needed that!"

If your submission contains this line of dialogue, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, April 22 at 9:00PM EST
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Apr. 17th, 2019 08:53 pm
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Here are this week's votes tallied, and below the cut are our winners for Challenge #011 - Interview.

This week's finalists are... )

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Apr. 17th, 2019 08:52 pm
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Third on the theatre jaunt was Hamilton! I was excited but also anxious, as happens with shows that I let live in my head thanks to putting the recording on repeat before ever seeing it, and also the less-than-stellar sound system for Tina had me worried. Luckily, a couple of lines in made it clear neither would be a problem and I got swept in. Tremendous energy, from cast and audience and back to cast, with little bonuses here and there of things I didn't expect from the recording and the *cough* clips.

I was going to watch Hamilton no matter what, it being one of the major reasons I planned the trip in the first place, but I double-checked with Mister Fabulous that he'd be interested in joining me, and he said that he was. It was only as we were going to the theatre that I asked a little more detail of why he's interested, seeing as that he's not a theatre person in general.

He said two things, i.e. that he'd vaguely heard of how popular it is, and that he'd listened to one song and really liked it. I asked which song that was. He said it's "You'll be Back."


So to adjust his expectations I had to explain that "You'll be Back" is an outlier in the show, and that it's primarily hip-hop, rap, R&B, and that portions of it are really quick and you need to pay attention. So we both went in a little worried, but it worked out in the end! He really got into it, and went OH WOW at "Satisfied" in particular.

Of the show itself I reckon the major thing I walked away with was that Karl Queensborough's Hamilton starts as such as SWEETIE BOI. All though "Alexander Hamilton" and "My Shot" I was just looking at his bright-eyed bushy-tailed self and thinking, what a SWEETIE, look at this SWEETIE BOI trying to make something of himself, he's too much a KID! But by the time "Non-Stop" comes around he'd changed into a man terrifying and driven, and it made sense even if I hadn't consciously noticed the exact stops it took to get him there. I thought Sifiso Mazibuko had more stage presence than Karl in general, but I did like that transition a lot.

As an amusing anecdote to round up this post, during the intermission there was a group of white people behind us talking about the show where at least one of them was familiar with it and two were going in cold (at one point the dude asked, "Is he cheating with his wife's sister?????") and their lady friend was very enthusiastically explaining the meta aspects of the show and the creative choices behind it and at one point she talked about the casting and was like, "That's why Lin-Manuel Miranda specifically cast..." and you could just HEAR her brain skid to a halt trying to find a non-offensive term and conscious of the people sitting around them, "...people who reflect America today." XD

ready and braced

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:41 pm
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The Other Side Of Infinity is one epilogue shy of complete. I'll post that on Friday or the weekend. eta: I decided I couldn't be arsed waiting to put it up. Just post it, all done.


the other side of infinity (84281 words) by tielan
Chapters: 26/26
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Nick Fury & Maria Hill, Maria Hill & Sam Wilson & Bucky Barnes & Wanda Maximoff, Maria Hill & Jane Foster, Peter Quill & Groot & Mantis & Drax, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers, James "Rhodey" Rhodes & Tony Stark, Nick Fury & T'Challa, Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & Sam Wilson
Characters: Maria Hill, Nick Fury, T'Challa, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes, Peter Parker, Stephen Strange, Jane Foster (Marvel), Loki (Marvel), Brunnhilde | Valkyrie (Marvel), Hela (Marvel), Groot (Marvel), Mantis (Marvel), Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Carol Danvers, Hulk (Marvel), Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Clint Barton, Thor (Marvel), Ayo (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Not Avengers: Endgame (Movie) Compliant, Post-Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (Movie), action-adventure, Canon-Typical Violence, Infinity Gems, Infinity Gauntlet, Sacrifice, Fan theories

On the other side of the moment, those turned to dust may no longer be 'alive', but they're damn well not helpless.

This is the story of how they saved themselves.


And I feel like right now I need a bit of 'flop' space for my brain to recover from writing and rewriting and stressing and ARGH. It won't get much time, for that, though. I bought my ticket for Endgame, next Wednesday 5:20pm. Expect copious ranting around 9pm AEST.

Not going to look at the release. Not going to check out spoilers. On the other hand if the movie is actually about how Maria gets to save the world with all the other Snaptured people...

*crickets chirp*

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Frankly, I just want to make it out of this fandom alive.

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Apr. 16th, 2019 09:28 am
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Here where barbarians knelt in Roman court
Stands the basilica: original
As joyous Adam, stretching nerves, the tall
Groined archway bunches muscle as for sport.

But things outside betray the secret plan:
A pact of arch and buttress here forestalls
The heavy mass from flattening the walls
In deadlock with the bold vault's battering ram.

A well-turned maze. Primeval wood and stone.
The Gothic spirit's rational abyss.
Egyptian brawn and Christian timidness.
Reed next to oak. The plumb-line takes the throne.

But, stronghold Notre Dame, the more acutely
I studied your great ribs' monstrosity,
The more I thought: a time shall come for me
To likewise make grim bulk a thing of beauty.

-- Osip Mandelstam (tr. A.Z. Foreman)


Apr. 16th, 2019 03:24 pm
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That was a ridiculously easy cup of tea to make and drink.

fuck that shit, auspol

Apr. 16th, 2019 09:38 am
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A moment to rant about politics and inertia.

we're not a dictatorship just yet )

tl;dr: Politics is fucked but we can unfuck it, however it will be slow. Unfortunately, people are lazy and they'd rather throw tantrums about how there is no Mr Perfect Party for them to take them away and give them Democratic Orgasms all day long, and they simply can't settle for anything less, darling, it's not true to themselves!

the advertising has begun

Apr. 16th, 2019 08:11 am
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Plastered all over the train station exits.

To Do Tuesday

Apr. 16th, 2019 07:24 am
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1. shuck corn and store
2. dry blue pea blossom
3. sew mum's laptop case <- IMPORTANT GET DONE BEFORE WEEKEND
4. Put up noticeboard posts against front fence.
5. Put in holiday time for the last week in May. They haven't said they're renewing the contract yet, but still. Holiday time for the last week in May.

To be added to as the day goes on.

I wonder if I could get myself out to the pool/gym tonight instead of hockey. It won't be the same - not even close - but it would be something. Mind you, I'd probably do better with a gym class of some kind, but...

I just realised: having short hair for swimming = WINNING.
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Apr. 15th, 2019 09:42 am
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Yesterday evening sure was an evening.

It was election day, and in the end, the results were... mixed. Despite a projected clear win for Social Democratic Party, they only managed to make it to the top by one seat, with the populist right-wing party coming in close second; they again squeezed past the National Coalition ("moderate right wing") by one seat.

It's historic because where there used to be the big three (SDP, Coalition, Centre), we now have four to five big-ish parties. Seeing the racist fuckwits come in second is scary, but on the other hand, the Greens and the Left Alliance (who are left of SDP) making major gains is great. There are more female MPs now than ever, and a lot of younger candidates got in. A left-wing goverment is possible... hopefully. It'll be a long negotiation.

I've been combing through the results for more good news, and while the Feminist Party, as expected at this point, didn't get a seat, their main candidate/one of co-leaders got almost a thousand votes more than in the municipal elections in 2017. With the Finnish numbers, and for a new party, that's a great result. My candidate almost made it past the line -- she's just below the cut-off.

In addition the election rollercoaster, Finland also ALMOST won the Ice Hockey World Championship. The win was already declared, the stadium erupted into delirious celebration and we all went crazy on the couch (we kept switching between hockey and election results)... and then it was ruled no goal. Because the US goalie left the crease to trip the Finnish player. Such bullshit. It was a great night for the Finnish team and women's hockey in general, and "there's no shame in silver," but it left a sour taste.

Oh well. Gain some, lose some.


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