Food Friday: unplanned bento

Mar. 24th, 2017 01:10 pm
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Other things got in the way of the usual grocery-shopping process, so we sort of did it on guesswork this week. That turned into all the steamed veggies, all the time. The volume was big enough that it was Laptop Lunches or nothing.

Pic and bonus recipe: Chicken Pepperoni Bake )
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It's spring by any reasonable measure. True, we'll have at least light frost for probably a month (maybe two) yet, but... SPRING. Yesterday, I saw mountain bluebirds and the season's first Mourning Cloak. The chickadees are out, the blackbirds have arrived, and the deer and elk are making their spring cameo before they take their fawns back up the mountains.

Goodbye, winter gardening prefix! Ramble and pics under the cut.. )

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Mar. 18th, 2017 11:27 am
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A new day, a (somewhat) new list!
  • FTH cont
  • ABBE
  • dead dropbox links
  • postcard for sheriff
  • post-ready the things
  • tofu
  • soup
  • groceries

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Mar. 17th, 2017 02:41 pm
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Hope that clears everything up for now! Let us know if it doesn't...

To-Do

Mar. 17th, 2017 11:49 am
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Don't mind me, just a to-do list:
  • test oven
  • clean kitchen (one two three HOORAY)
  • trash kitchen
  • clean kitchen
  • FTH prework
  • ABBE
  • dead dropbox links
  • postcard for sheriff
  • thumbdrive for bookherd


Things NOT on my to-do list, but which I've been doing instead:
  • that godforsaken bit of crack what probably ought not to exist, but which is apparently going to
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As a reminder, I blog about endometriosis in public because maybe it'll be useful to someone, sometime.

This entry features a lot of medical detail. )

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Catullus 64

Mar. 16th, 2017 12:03 pm
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Catullus's 64th poem (as the collection comes to us) is what we call an epyllion: a miniature epic, in which poets of his period showed off their ability to handle the epic style and epic topics, without running to the bloated and tedious length that those had become associated with over time. That still makes it his longest extant poem (and likely his longest ever): 408 lines. It's written in a lofty style he didn't usually deploy, a lofty meter, and on a lofty topic: the marriage of Peleus, one of the heroes that sailed in search of the golden fleece, and Thetis, a nymph prophesied to give birth to a son greater than his father. For which reason Zeus, who was terribly interested in her (because Zeus), married her to a mortal instead.

The prophesied son is Achilles, the greatest--and in some senses, last--of the heroes in that Age of Heroes. He's a pretty popular topic for poetry, art, and so forth. I mean, the whole damn Iliad is about him, in a sense: it begins with Achilles being angry and sullen, and ends with the funeral of Hector, pretty much the next-best hero, whom Achilles killed.

In Catullus's telling of the marriage of this man's parents, Achilles gets about a quarter of the poem. Half of it is given over to describing the bedspread on the marriage bed/couch, which shows Ariadne, abandoned by Theseus on an island after she helped him against the minotaur. Because what's more epic than dramatic ekphrasis, right? What's left of the poem is about Peleus, Thetis, and their wedding day.

So, with that introduction given! This is my translation of the poem. I've gone for a very literal translation, where possible--most of my digressions from the literal involve adjusting the syntax or moving an adjective around or swapping something between adjective/gerundive/active verb, so that it doesn't become wildly awkward in English--and I've resisted the urge to footnote.

Assume the usual warnings for anything written in the classical canon.

Long poem is long )
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Some 2016 stories I haven't gotten around to mentioning here yet.

Desperate Men and Fools
ACD x Strange Empire
Western AU, based on [livejournal.com profile] gardnerhill's Welcome to Bakerstown
Holmes & Watson, Kat Loving
Teen, No Archive Warnings Apply
pre-canon for everything, minimal spoilers, no source knowledge required for either universe
~11,000 words

“It’s bringing justice to a murderer, Doc,” Lock assured me, “nothing more. Strip away the politics, and we’re hunting a common murderer like any other.”

July 1869, and a surveyor has been killed in Manitoba. Lock and Doc are called in to find the killer, but find themselves at odds about whether they're on the wrong side of justice.

Getting on toward two years ago now, on my birthday in 2015, Gardnerhill prompted me a crossover between her own "Welcome to Bakerstown" 'verse (in which Holmes and Watson are a lawman and gunslinger in a small Texas town ca 1880), and Strange Empire, a feminist Canadian TV Western. And I thought, "Whee! Fun! Yes! I'll do that! Two things that I like lots, this'll be great, no problem!"

It was not as straightforward as I thought it would be. Both sources are Old West stories, sure, but they're diametrically opposed in their sensibilities. "Welcome to Bakerstown" is about that mythic Old West where our heroes are giants among men, the like of which we'll never see again, whereas in Strange Empire, victory is all about coalitions and collective action. The central problems of the two sources are similarly mismatched: Doc and Lock live in a world where the twin impediments to justice are whodunnit and whether you're a faster and meaner draw than your opponent, while Kat Loving's problems were never so simple. No, her problem is how, as a Native woman, to procure justice against a wealthy white capitalist and not swing for murder after. So my problem in crossing these two 'verses became how to bring Doc and Lock, larger-than-life lawman and gunslinger, into the world of Strange Empire, without gutting every notion Strange Empire stands for.

Spoilers for 'Desperate Men and Fools' )

writing a 'classic' Western while Lakota )

In the end, though, I'm happy to say that the story I wrote is fairly close to the one I wanted to write. That doesn't happen all that often. Its audience has been small, which I expected, but some of its readers are passionate about it, so that's all right.

Huge thanks to [personal profile] gardnerhill for letting me play with her toys, and to my friends who spent a considerable amount of time listening to me talk my way through the story.

~~~


I finished "Desperate Men and Fools" in March of last year, then the multi-Holmesian vid in June, and then I slogged away on my other major WIPs for a while but to no great satisfaction. Around August, I declared amnesty from my attempts to finish WIPs, and decided that since I had a little free time before Holmestice, I'd bang out a birthday present for [personal profile] language_escapes.

Baker Street Papas
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Whitehead and Pickering, 1979-80)
Holmes/Watson
Teen, No archive warnings apply
Kid fic, hurt/comfort, first kiss, humor
~17.5K words

Holmes stood; the infant steadied itself with a fistful of his waistcoat. “Watson, I am given to understand that this is—”
“Violet Victoria Mary Smith-Watson,” I said, hearing the death knell of my easy, bachelor life with Holmes.

background )

"Baker Street Papas" sits a little to the side of most of my work -- fluffier, more humorous, out-and-out slash -- but I think it came out nicely. And much to my shock, "Papas" seems to have found itself a readership? I am confused, because I fully expected it to languish in rare-fandom obscurity, unread by any but my most loyal friends. Is this the dudeslash effect? Something more random than that? I have no idea. But whatever the reasons, it's been nice to know that people have been enjoying it.

~~~


Four Gifts
Strange Empire
Rebecca Blithely / Kat Loving
Teen, No Warnings Apply
Friends to Lovers, Slow Build, Family of Choice, Minor Character Death
7K words

Kat Loving gave Rebecca four gifts. They are the most precious things in Rebecca's life.


finishing a previously-trunked story for a pinch-hit )

...and I'm still not up-to-date with my 2016 stuff, but this post is long enough.


[1] I trunk a lot of stuff. When I die, Lang and Grrlpup are gonna publish my failed stories and you can all have a virtual wake where you dissect where they went wrong and come up with cracky endings for them. It'll be fun. (return)
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For Festivids, I made [livejournal.com profile] jagwriter78 a Noah's Arc vid!

Sisters (AO3) (tumblr)
Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt, "Sisters"
General Audiences, No Warnings Apply
Noah, Ricky, Chance, and Alex

So you all pretty tight, huh?
Yeah, I guess we are.




I was more than a little shocked when the assignment came in: Noah's Arc has been requested and offered for years, but there's never been a fill. When [personal profile] ghost_lingering made "Silent Fandoms" (vid; commentary) two years ago about Festivids' many unvidded fandoms, Noah's Arc was one of her inclusions. (Heh, her Noah's Arc not!vid was an inside joke for me: once upon a time, she made me a twenty-minute vid to ten covers of "Losing My Religion", so for "Silent Fandoms" she not!vidded Noah's Arc to "Losing My Religion" for me. I laughed and laughed.)

Anyway, I'd been requesting and offering Noah's Arc since my first year, but when I sat down to do my source review, I discovered that I'd never watched it with a vidder's eye. That is, I'd never looked at the visuals as visuals: the camera-work, the shot compositions, the use of color and light and motion... I'd known that Noah's Arc was made on a slim budget, of course, but I hadn't connected the dots to what that would mean for vidding. Most of the shots are people sitting or standing around talking, there's very little interesting camera-work, and often-times the lighting or color-editing is an utter disaster. (Happily, I strengthened my skills for working with mangled source while making "Something Good," but I wish I'd been able to make "Sisters" prettier.)

Once I got into making it, however, things mostly fell into place. I had some concerns that my song choice would sandbag me -- that the broad comedy of the song would undercut the show's heart -- but the love and loyalty between these four seem to have come through okay. And I have to say that in vidding it, I kinda fell for the show all over again. :-)


Lyrics )
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