Ladiesbingo: DONE!

March 22nd, 2017 12:10 pm
el_staplador: striped hot air balloon against cloudy blue sky (striped balloon)
[personal profile] el_staplador
I have got all the way around the edge of my card, and now I am done.

Here is the last piece of the jigsaw:

Under Her Skin (3500 words) by El Staplador
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mila Babicheva/Sara Crispino, Mila Babicheva & Sara Crispino
Characters: Mila Babicheva, Sara Crispino, Original Female Character(s), Michele Crispino, Victor Nikiforov, Yakov Feltsman
Additional Tags: Rivalry, Lovers to Friends, Stealth Crossover, Community: ladiesbingo
Summary:

Mila tries, repeatedly, to get the edge on Sara.



I'm going to have some lunch now.

another "I'm tired" survey post

March 19th, 2017 07:44 pm
delight: skeleton (rib-centric) with doodled wings (angel of death)
[personal profile] delight
Technically, it's "seeing 50+ people a week with flu may have given me the flu" post, too, as well as "I'm mostly done with all of the work that is due in the next 24 hours, even if I'm massively behind on my book still."

Also, first public post in a while. Hello, tiny herd of lurkers! [personal profile] misbegotten posted a survey, and I still like mindlessly answering questions, so here it is.

Kinda long. )

One to go!

March 18th, 2017 08:46 pm
el_staplador: A cheerful bird (cheerful)
[personal profile] el_staplador
Spirit Proud (817 words) by El Staplador
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: White Boots - Noel Streatfeild
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lalla Moore & Claudia King
Characters: Claudia King, Lalla Moore
Additional Tags: Aunt and Niece, Skating, Post-Canon, Community: ladiesbingo, Grief
Summary:

Lalla tells her aunt that she's not going to be a skating champion.

Ladiesbingo: the end is in sight!

March 11th, 2017 11:01 am
el_staplador: Yuri Plisetsky from 'Yuri!!! on Ice' sticking his tongue out; caption 'makes me wanna barf' (yuri on ice)
[personal profile] el_staplador
Firstly:

Le Donne di Llangollen (1398 words) by El Staplador
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 18th Century CE RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleanor Butler/Sarah Ponsonby
Characters: Eleanor Butler, Sarah Ponsonby, Original Characters
Additional Tags: opera - Freeform, Community: ladiesbingo, opera synopsis, Worldbuilding, Stealth Crossover, AU - no homophobia
Series: Part 2 of Opera Over The Rainbow
Summary:

With Le Donne di Llangollen Rossini returned to the theme of young love outwitting familial opposition that had served him so well with Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He may perhaps have been recalling Beethoven's advice to him never to write anything but opera buffa. Hoping to capitalise on the success that Donizetti had enjoyed with operas set in the British Isles, and that of his own La Donna del Lago, he and Gaetano Rossi borrowed the details of a noted scandal. So noted, in fact, that nobody ever questions the fact that the Ladies never reach Llangollen within the action of the opera. It doesn't matter. We all know how it ends.



Same concept as La Forza dell'Amore, although with no reference to Yuri!!! on Ice. I have been having fun with these, and can think of a couple I might add. Both are based on real-world operas, however. There's Violetta, which is La Traviata but with hanahaki disease instead of TB (not much difference, I suspect). Oh, bloody hell, imagine Moulin Rouge. And of course Lohengrin is implied to exist in YOI. (You don't have a dark past!) How different does it look? This would take some work, as Wagner is not one of my strong points, and I think it would be difficult to outsnark George Martin on the original:

Throughout, they sing the bridal chorus. (Wagner, wherever he is, must get a laugh out of middle-class Christian America, which has taken his march to the bridal bed, with its constant reference to the joys of the body, as a suitable accompaniment for a march to the bridal altar, with its connotations of the bonds of the spirit; and the reference to the faithless Elsa is, of course, wildly inappropriate.)

There are some assumptions there that I do not share, but still, it's pretty good snark, offering ample opportunity for extra bonus meta snark. (Marriage: what even is it? We just don't know!)

But all that's beside the point. The point is, I am down to two prompts on [community profile] ladiesbingo!

I have decided that I am not going to get The Fall of Strelsau finished in March/without constant reassurance [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo and have moved it to the back burner. It's sitting at just under 7,000 words, and probably needs twice as much again, plus some plot that hasn't even occurred to me yet, and it's not going to happen. I'll return to it in June.

This has freed my brain sufficiently to produce several ideas for both Silver and Gold and The Writing on the Wall, any of which should get wrapped up in a couple of thousand words. It is going to happen!

After that I shall perhaps refrain from setting myself challenges involving writing many different stories to difficult deadlines, which inevitably end up happening in tiny fandoms that nobody reads. Perhaps.

Don't know much about trigonometry...

March 9th, 2017 10:35 pm
glinda: just trying to read (books/reading)
[personal profile] glinda
Well, that was a month. I don't know why I'm surprised, February is always a difficult month for me. As I've so far failed to do my monthly round up post I'm going to combine it with my weekly reading post!

In February I walked 71 miles. (A whole 10 miles better than last month - better weather offset by having a rotten cold.) I posted 5516 words of fic (more were written but unrevealed ficathon pieces don't count until revealled!) and 856 words on the food blog. (I utterly failed to write anything at all on the film blog. Bringing us to a total for the year so far of:



6372 words in February means I just made it over my target! So not as bad a month as it felt towards the end.

What I've Finished Listening to/Reading
Mostly I've been reading 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang, which is a surprisingly engaging book about the myths and failings of free-market capitalism. It's my favourite kind of non-fiction, the kind that presumes its audience is intelligent with good general knowledge but has no expert knowledge in economics. Also, I'm quite primed to like it because several chapters so far have been an economist telling me things that I've suspected were true but didn't have the knowledge to back up my argument.

Despite really enjoying it, its taken weeks to read it. Between being side-swiped with the cold and starting a new temp role I've just not been feeling books this last month.

Mostly this month I've been watching boxsets. I treated myself to the boxset of all five seasons of Leverage and I'm working through it at the rate of a season a week at the moment. Given how little tele I actually watch these days I can't really bring myself to feel remotely bad about it, I love this show SO MUCH! Speaking of excellent media featuring Aldis Hodge, I also saw Hidden Figures with one of my derby girls - and four tween girls, her daughter and friends - I really loved that film, I came out of it wanting to hug all three of the protagonists and tell them how awesome they are/were. (M and I bonded on how much we wanted to punch people on their behalf, while the girls were clearly caught in the 'awesome women scientists vs horrible racism' dichotomy and were clearly having thinky thoughts going on - Based on the conversations in the car while she gave me a lift home, I think M probably spent the drive home and some of the following day answering all their confused and righteously cross questions.)

What I'm Listening to/Reading
Listening wise I've been slowly working my way through my eight-month backlog of From Our Own Correspondant which is fascinating as ever, but I can't listen to too many episodes in a row or I get really sad about the state of the world.

I'm nominally still reading The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, but I've not actually made any progress on it since I last posted about it. That's not the book's fault, that's mine, I just haven't really been in a reading mood most of this week month.

I did, however, start reading The Blind Man of Hoy by Red Szell this morning and read half the book today. I'm hoping I can keep up the momentum and finish it tomorrow, which would make me feel so much better about my reading rate. It's a really fun and fascinating piece of travel writing-come-biography.

What I'm Listening to/Reading Next
I'm hoping to tackle Alice Isn't Dead next on the podcast front, radio drama and data entry make good bed fellows for me, a couple of episodes an afternoon should easily get me through the series in a week. We'll see if that actually happens.

Book wise, I'm feeling in a non-fiction kind of mood, so I'll hopefully tackle Life List and then I'll have a respectable wee pile of books to return to the library. I also keep seeing The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet on my shelf and longing to read it, so I might indulge that desire too.

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