fic snippet: undercover

Oct. 24th, 2014 11:12 pm
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What it is, is obvious. If you pay attention to various casting decisions...

They weren't going to find a body )

Yeah, so I don't read the comics, and I don't really know the character, but c'mon, you know I had to tell that story.

October 25, 1881: Pablo Picasso born

Oct. 25th, 2014 12:00 am
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Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is born in Malaga, Spain.

Picasso's father was a professor of drawing, and he bred his son for a career in academic art. Picasso had his first exhibit at age 13 and later quit art school so he could experiment full-time with modern art styles. He went to Paris for the first time in 1900, and in 1901 was given an exhibition at a gallery on Paris' rue Lafitte, a street known for its prestigious art galleries. The precocious 19-year-old Spaniard was at the time a relative unknown outside Barcelona, but he had already produced hundreds of paintings. Winning favorable reviews, he stayed in Paris for the rest of the year and later returned to the city to settle permanently.

The work of Picasso, which comprises more than 50,000 paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, and ceramics produced over 80 years, is described in a series of overlapping periods. His first notable period--the "blue period"—began shortly after his first Paris exhibit. In works such as The Old Guitarist (1903), Picasso painted in blue tones to evoke the melancholy world of the poor. The blue period was followed by the "rose period," in which he often depicted circus scenes, and then by Picasso's early work in sculpture. In 1907, Picasso painted the groundbreaking work Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, which, with its fragmented and distorted representation of the human form, broke from previous European art. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon demonstrated the influence on Picasso of both African mask art and Paul Cezanne and is seen as a forerunner of the Cubist movement, founded by Picasso and the French painter Georges Braque in 1909.

In Cubism, which is divided into two phases, analytical and synthetic, Picasso and Braque established the modern principle that artwork need not represent reality to have artistic value. Major Cubist works by Picasso included his costumes and sets for Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1917) and The Three Musicians (1921). Picasso and Braque's Cubist experiments also resulted in the invention of several new artistic techniques, including collage.

After Cubism, Picasso explored classical and Mediterranean themes, and images of violence and anguish increasingly appeared in his work. In 1937, this trend culminated in the masterpiece Guernica, a monumental work that evoked the horror and suffering endured by the Basque town of Guernica when it was destroyed by German war planes during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso remained in Paris during the Nazi occupation but was fervently opposed to fascism and after the war joined the French Communist Party.

Picasso's work after World War II is less studied than his earlier creations, but he continued to work feverishly and enjoyed commercial and critical success. He produced fantastical works, experimented with ceramics, and painted variations on the works of other masters in the history of art. Known for his intense gaze and domineering personality, he had a series of intense and overlapping love affairs in his lifetime. He continued to produce art with undiminished force until his death in 1973 at the age of 91.

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DISCLAIMER: I Am Not A Mod™, so the following should not be construed as official advice; all opinions expressed are entirely my own. I posted the original version of this guide last year, and had meant to get this up a bit earlier this time around.  All comments and suggestions are very welcome, and will be considered when next year's iteration is drafted.

The first thing to remember is that the Signup Summary is mostly accurate, but not entirely accurate.  Specifically, the code that generates the Signup Summary doesn't see (and therefore doesn't tally) fandoms included in the Optional Tags section of a "bucket list" offer. It does see all requests, and sees all offers included in the main Fandom field of an offer slot, whether that slot is used for a "bucket list" or not.

[NOTE: A bucket list is an offer slot featuring multiple fandoms in which you've offered "Any" characters; you add the extra fandoms to the Optional Tags section. Details about this process are documented elsewhere.]

It's important to note that the "bucket list bug" is an AO3 code issue, and is not a matter over which the Yuletide mods have control. Any challenge or exchange that produces a Signup Summary will experience the same issue. It does NOT affect the actual matching process. The code that does the matching sees all and knows all; it recognizes and accounts for bucket list offers.

What this means, generally:

If a fandom is listed in the Signup Summary, its actual number of offers may be higher than that listed. Specifically, a fandom listed with 0 offers may in fact have 1 or more offers in bucket lists. OTOH, the listing may also be correct as reported.

Essentially, the result is that all those (x/0) fandoms that look unmatchable may actually have a potential match or matches lurking in the bucket lists, and many (x/1) fandoms may be more matchable than they look....but there's no way for most participants to tell for sure.

Suggestions for building or editing bucket lists:

Use a bucket list only if you're actually offering more than ten (10) fandoms.  This ensures that the lowest possible number of offered fandoms is affected by the bucket list bug.

If you have a choice as to which of several fandoms to include in a bucket list, consider choosing fandoms with the fewest characters nominated.  Fandoms with larger character sets may benefit more from being visible.

If you have a choice as to which of several fandoms to move into or out of a bucket list, check the Signup Summary first.  Fandoms with many other offers will suffer least from having one offer moved into a bucket list, while fandoms with few or no offers will benefit most from having an offer moved out of a bucket list.

If you made a bucket list offer:

With respect to the fandoms in your own signup, you have a slight advantage in reading the Signup Summary. For example:

If you offered Agents of H.Y.D.R.A. in your bucket list, and it's showing up as (3/0) -- that is, three requests, no offers -- in the Signup Summary, you know that there are requests out there for it and that you can be matched to at least two of them (or all three, if none of the requests is yours).

If Agents of sitting at (1/1) in the SS and you know (a) the request was yours, and (b) you made a bucket list offer for it, you are also slightly ahead of the game. Because you know that the offer reported in the SS isn't actually yours, you know it's a potential match.

By contrast, someone who requested and offered Agents of Y.U.L.E.T.I.D.E. -- but didn't use a bucket list -- will look at its (1/1) Signup Summary listing and think "unmatchable", not knowing that you also offered Agents of your bucket list.

Should you edit your signup as we approach the last-minute stage?

That depends.

Three things you should NOT do:

• Don't simply delete a bucket list offer. The matching process needs those offers.
• Don't delete a request you want desperately, just because it looks unmatchable in the SS.
• Don't blame the mods for this problem; as noted above, it's an AO3 coding issue.

Two things you probably should do:

If you made a bucket list offer, but still have available offer slots (remember, you have as many as 10), you should consider moving as many offers as you can out of the bucket list and into those available slots. This will make the Signup Summary more accurate.

If you have available offer slots, bucket or otherwise, take a few minutes to cruise the long list of (x/0) and (x/1) fandoms in the Signup Summary. Invisible bucket offers notwithstanding, many of those listings are most likely accurate, and if there's a fandom among them you can offer, making that offer will (a) help the matching process, and (b) give someone a better chance of receiving a story they really, really want.

Three things you might consider as the clock ticks toward the last minute:

If all of your fandoms look unmatchable on the Signup Summary as the signup deadline nears, you might want to modify your requests (and/or offers). Remember that you have as many as 6 requests and 10 offers, so you may be able to add one or two without deleting existing entries.

If you've made offers for fandoms not on the Signup Summary -- that is, for entirely unrequested fandoms -- you might consider deleting those offers. This is very much a judgment call. The mods have indicated that offers for unrequested fandoms tend to slow the matching process; OTOH, it's entirely possible for a last-minute signup to include unrequested fandoms, so that the offer you thought wasn't matchable might actually "go live" just as signups end.

If you have time and interest in doing so, consider sending a polite note to AO3's Support team, encouraging them to address the bucket list bug as they continue to improve the archive's underlying code engine.  (The squeakiest wheels are the ones that tend to be greased soonest...but the cyber-elves tend to do their best work for the customers that feed them cookies as opposed to the ones that just shout the loudest.)

This has been your Muppet News Reporter, now signing off....

Daily Happiness

Oct. 24th, 2014 09:37 pm
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1. My work schedule is changing and I now have Mondays and Thursdays off instead of Sundays and Wednesdays. I'm really glad I was still (at least for now) able to keep the week divided pretty evenly (as evenly as you can get with a seven-day week), and although this means my next day off is pushed back a day, at least I'm working afternoons on Sundays so I can sleep in.

2. I can also sleep in tomorrow! Which I may need, considering I drank a lot of soda today. (I'm really tired right now, but that doesn't mean I'll actually be able to get to sleep, though I'm going to try.)

3. Today was my coworker's last day, so there was pizza at work. It's going to be weird without him there, though, as he's been working there since the store opened, same as me (and now we're down to only five people including me who have been there since the store opened).

4. We finished up watching Hataraku Maou-sama tonight, which made me want to get back to reading the books (I only read the first one before getting distracted by other stuff) and when I went to see how many there were now and saw that it was up to volume twelve, I was able to find the ones I was missing quite easily! (I still don't have volume twelve itself, but it was only released last month. I'm sure I'll be able to find it by the time I actually want to read it.)

5. Not only did I have pizza for lunch at work, but we got pizza for dinner, too. :D

Prompt for 2014-10-25

Oct. 25th, 2014 11:50 am
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Today's prompt is "nightly visitor".
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This was supposed to be comment length on LJ and it....Didn't make the cut. I'm gonna get August to beta the thing, then post it to AO3 and, until then, try and tell myself I do not need to start a series of fics in which Bucky and Steve explore kink and trauma and sex and identity.

I so don't need to do that, nope.


Bucky knows Steve is doing this because he asked, because he demonstrated enough sense of feels to know what he wants and go after it. When he asked him to do it, Steve looked so surprised, then pleased and he agreed.

Bucky is also aware that Steve is apprehensive as hell about doing this. Especially after having a few days to think about it.

"Are you sure," he asks for the third time in as many days. "We don't have to do this."

"I'm sure," Bucky promises, pressing a kiss to Steve's mouth. "Please?"

Steve only nods, reaching out and brushing his fingers against Bucky's cheek. He leans into it, just as he always does, just as he had been trained and yet so very against the ingrained programming that lays within him.

Read more... )


Oct. 24th, 2014 08:10 pm
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For records because I've been wondering for awhile since a translatable interface was officially mentioned in 2011, here are questions I have posed regarding features to have a translatable interface and tags in all languages supported on AO3 (not sure if the two are different features or one feature with different implementations and practices but) in relation to multilingual user needs:

  1. A user want to browse the archive in Portuguese, but would like to see (a) the fandom, character and relationship tags in the fandom source language and (b) freeform tags in Portuguese. How will this user's needs be supported?
  2. A user want to browse the archive in Korean and for Korean source fandoms, they want to see the tags in Hanja. However, for other non-Latin language source fandoms, they would like to see the fandom, character and relationship tags transliterated and freeform tags in Hanja. For Latin language source fandoms, they would like to see the fandom, character and relationship tags in the fandom source language. How will this user's needs be supported?
  3. A user want to browse the archive in Russian, but would like to see (a) the fandom, character and relationship tags in the fandom source language and (b) freeform tags in Cyrillic. However, for Japanese source fandoms, they want to see the tags in katakana. How will this user's needs be supported?
  4. A user want to browse the archive French, but for non-French language source fandoms, they would like to see the tags in the fandom source language and in French. How will this user's need be supported?
  5. A user want to browse in Tagalog, but for non-Latin language source fandoms, they would like to see the tags transliterated. For Latin-language source fandoms, they would like to see the tags in the fandom source language and in Tagalog. How will this user's needs be supported?
  6. And all the various combinations of the scenarios identified above and not yet identified.

New fic!

Oct. 24th, 2014 06:34 pm
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"One More Day" (AO3 | DW)
Center Stage, PG-13, 4890 words, Eva/Juliette, for [community profile] femslashex, October 2014
Eva's come to terms with why she left ABA for a guest stint in London. Now she needs Juliette to understand why she came back.

Shoutout to Netflix for having Center Stage so I could watch a million times in July/August/September...and then getting rid of it just in time for me not to do a final check for my fic in October. Augh.

Anyway, I really liked doing [community profile] femslashex! It's like Yuletide in that I get that smaller-fandom itch scratched a little, but the timing's better AND it's guaranteed to have its focus on ladies (or non-binary folks, but I haven't seen any yet). And then, on top of having fun writing, I actually got both a gift and a treat!

Gift: Masters of Sex episode tag centered around Lillian and Virginia. I can tell my gifter read the rambling I put down in my letter and possibly understood it/me better than I do because this is exactly what I wanted to read for them: their dynamic and acknowledging the tragic elements without dwelling on them. It's a comfort blanket of a story without hiding the tough spots, and I adore it.

Treat: Angel Haze/Ireland Baldwin story using Angel Haze's actual Instagrams as story structure, and the prose makes it read like the story equivalent of an Instagram picture with a filter on it. How delightful is that? I clapped my hands with delight while reading it.

I'm going to go through more of the archive later, but if anyone has any recs, I totally want them! I'll be updating Twitter/Pinboard with my own as I go through.

Movies I watched on my holiday

Oct. 25th, 2014 02:35 pm
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Technolust was an enjoyable low-budget sci-fi movie starring Tilda Swinton in four different roles (one dorky scientist and her three half-digital creations). Very charming. For some reason the digital Tilda Swintons need extra sex chromosomes to stay healthy, so one of the Tilda Swintons goes out regularly to have sex with men and collect their semen. Um. The men later develop barcodes on their heads.

It's a charming movie, really! The scientists human-Tilda works with are trying to figure out how this new barcode STD works; human-Tilda is trying to stay on top of things and not get caught; and sexy-digital-Tilda is falling in love. The other Tildas just want to leave the house and have some fun. Weird but cute.

Our Nick Cage movie was Raizing Arizona, which was ... not the movie we thought it would be. I think we were expecting more like those movies where the action star has to take care of a baby, except with Nicholas Cage and quintuplets. I think it was meant to be a sort of comedy, but the comedy part fell flat for us, so instead it was just kind of melancholy and bizarre.

Elysium was not very good. We wanted a space movie but there wasn't nearly enough space in it :( Also, someone was more interested in guys in exoskeletons punching each other than they were in any of the movie's supposed themes. I had low expectations based on District 9, and the movie met them. Which is a shame, because something that looks so good and has such a big budget should be better.

Under the Skin was too arty and I didn't get it. If anyone knows what was going on, please explain. Why was the man-eating (absorbing?) alien suddenly having feelings and trying to eat chocolate cake and have sex with dudes? And why do we have to see the man-eating alien be the subject of an attempted rape? (Because this isn't actually a misandrist revenge story, Cara.)

Dear Author

Oct. 24th, 2014 07:54 pm
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Dear Yuletide Author,

Before I say anything else (and I’m going to say a lot, it’s just my way), thank you for writing for me. Every fandom I requested this year is a fandom in which any story, of any shape or size will make me happy. So write the story that grabs you.

I am a sucker for world-building, plot, and fully-formed characters, even in small doses. Now, you could write from just that, but if you would like more info, what follows is an extended digression on likes, dislikes, and the wee, tiny fandoms I've requested.

More on that... the infamous optional details )

More optional details: The Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells, The Element of Fire by Martha Wells, Scrapped Princess, Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers )

That’s all for my requests. I hope you found something in there that helps you. If not, go where your heart takes you. You are writing a story in a wee, tiny fandom of my heart. I already love it. Thank you!



Oct. 24th, 2014 09:10 pm
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Just finished A Death at the Dionysus Club by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold -- the second Lynes/Mathey book, magic and metaphysics and m/m romance -- and it made me SO happy. If I weren't posting via small touchscreen I would be overflowing with gleeful words. I so hope there is Yuletide fic, because omg, so delicious.

(no subject)

Oct. 24th, 2014 08:15 pm
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Sarah, sitting and putting labels on the 150-odd vials of BPAL I decanted today: "You know, I don't think it was an unreasonable request."

Me, opening 200-some vials that I bought secondhand to sniff them and determine if I like them or not: "What?"

Sarah: "'One of these days I should find a perfume I can wear to work', I said. And here we are, somehow that having turned into 'try everything BPAL has ever made'..."


(She is so very tolerant of the fact that "....that escalated quickly" is my life motto.)

Time's Up

Oct. 24th, 2014 07:46 pm
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The due date has passed and all open assignments have been marked as defaulted. If you are one of the late individuals you can still add your gift to the collection manually. You can claim a pinch hit by emailing me, PMing me, or commenting on this post. Include your AO3 name.

The pinch hit list.

Pinch hits are due at 23:59 UST 29 October.

Hail! Hail! The Femslash Is Here!

Oct. 24th, 2014 04:58 pm
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The Archive Is Open!

We had a great run this year, totalling 186 stories and pieces of art, including some pretty cool multimedia submissions. The collection will remain open, in case anyone had a treat they didn't quite manage to finish.

AO3 notifications should be going out shortly, if they haven't already. If you haven't got a notification in your e-mail, try checking the gifts section of your profile. You can also use the search bar at the top of the works page.

If you didn't get a gift, or received an incomplete/placeholder gift, please contact the mods ASAP. Our e-mail is:

If you did get a gift, please check it out and comment on it! I know all the artists and authors can't wait to see how you liked their work. If you don't have time to read a longer story or comment properly, consider dropping a quick note to say that you've seen it's there and that you'll be around a bit later. I know everyone appreciates that.

Thank you so much to everyone who drew, wrote, beta read, cheered along, commented, advertised, reblogged, and generally made this thing go. A special thanks to all the pinch hitters, last minute and otherwise. We'll post a discussion post in a week or so, to see how it went for everyone, and talk about how to make next year even better.

For now, go forth and enjoy the giant pile of femslash!


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