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This book is so GREAT. It's a pretty straightforward pirate-ish fantasy romp type adventure, but Sarah manages to do a beautiful job of it. She gives you all the pieces and lets you put them together. She deconstructs so many tropes in the most loving way. She's feminist af throughout, and her world-building is top notch.

Oh, and all the characters are DELIGHTFUL.

And, you know, SAILING.

I enjoyed it immensely, and I am looking forward to book #2.
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Sleeping tree, Paignton, Devon 05-17

- If your idea of ~love~ involves submitting me to violence then that's abuse not love. I'm not here for privileged people insisting that disprivileged people should ~love~ violent abusers such as racists and fascists.

- My crisps claim they were cooked by Andre7. I'm now trying to work out if there are likely to be seven people called Andre working in a regional English crisp factory, or whether Andre7 is some sort of clone or android who needs rescuing. /Seven of Nine

- Reading, books 2017: 82. I've now reached all my unwritten reading goals for 2017 except my total goal which escalates, 26 to 52 to 104. Novels, adult: 26 (+2 short story collections). Poetry: 13. Books given away: 52.

78. Letters From Klara, by Tove Jansson (translated by Thomas Teal), 1991 (this translation 2017), short stories. Warning for an oblique reference to the Holocaust in the story My Friend Karin, while at least three other stories evoke mental health problems and/or suicidal thoughts. I personally found the stories in Letters From Klara generally life affirming, always insightful, and often wryly amusing, but I'm aware that many readers seem to find Ms Jansson's adult short stories bleak and disturbing: I suspect this depends on the mental state brought by the reader. (5/5, goodreads = 54 ratings / 8 reviews 3.5/5)

• Goodbye: They said their goodbyes in the front hall, with an affection that was perfectly genuine but that committed them to nothing.

• Weathering: By morning the storm had passed.
His jeans had dried. One day he'll find the boatbuilder's address in his back pocket.

• Something nasty in the woodshed... literally: Since the summer is over tomorrow, I've nailed shut the door to the woodshed. Sometimes it's good to make a decision. But I'm going to show the murals to my daughter.

• On returning from a sneaky smoke break while staying with one's overly religious and puritanical extended family, lol: When I got back, I stopped in the doorway and burst out, "How nice it smells here - just like home!"
Aunt Elsa said, "It's denatured alcohol. We're washing the windows."

• Hattitude: They began their trip by boat. Their friends stood on the quay and waved. Up on deck, Mama was clearly visible with her white hair and her large light grey hat, broad-brimmed, strict, with a low crown - the very epitome of hatness. She hadn't changed her headgear since 1912.

i'm on the move for you.

Aug. 17th, 2017 04:17 pm
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* Zavvi is currently selling their previous threads boxes, two for the price of one. So if you're in Britain you can get two books and two t-shirts for 10£. Ending up with an Aliens and a Fury Road t-shirt, plus Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky ([personal profile] renay is vomiting rainbows in the reviews, so I'm guessing it's an alright book hehe), and another book that looks ok.

* [personal profile] musesfool is running an OPI Summer Challenge, and that is pretty much the funnest premise ever. So many good potential prompts to choose from.

* If I ever attempt to give the third season of Twin Peaks a fourth chance, somebody please come punch me in the mouth.

* Found out the next episode of Game of Thrones was leaked, but alas, I'd already been spoiled. Thanks, twitter.

* I really need to finish Mass Effect Andromeda when I'm home, but I haven't even looked at my Playstation the past two weeks *sigh*

* Of course, dumb me just started another game on my laptop, plus a couple of playthroughs on youtube, because why do anything that makes sense ever. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice looks all kinds of intense, and I'm holding off watching more than the first play video since I do want to play it myself. But I'd need headphones I can use, hmmm... Meanwhile, I did make some icons.

(it really does look - and sound - amazing)

* Also, a vid rec list should be forthcoming shortly.
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"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." - Maya Angelou

Yesterday infamous fraudster and US white suPresident Donald Trump retweeted a message calling himself a fascist. Later in the day at an on-the-record press conference he referred to white supremacists as "us" ("Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at us – excuse me." ETA: now being claimed as an indistinct word despite all the initial reports and transcripts in which he is recorded as saying "us". My points in this post still stand, alas). The white supremacist who killed Heather Heyer by driving his car into her at speed on a crowded street was dressed as Donald Trump. His mother claims she believed he was attending a pro-Trump event. The white supremacist who killed Heather Heyer told the world he is a Trump supporter in words, dress, and deeds. We now know that white suPresident Donald Trump has publicly specifically supported the Trump Youth fascists in Charlottesville in addition to the many white supremacist policies his administration has already enforced. Apart from the murder of Heather Heyer and injuries caused to 19 other people (including another woman with a broken skull), the next most serious set of injuries resulted from about half a dozen white supremacists assaulting Deandre Harris (eight staples in his split head and a broken wrist) and again at least one of those men was dressed as Trump Youth while attacking alongside men self-identifying as Nazis and literally wearing Nazi insignia.




"Mr. Trump probably has trouble condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis because he hired people with those affiliations to work for him. His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has been accused of anti-Semitism, famed for running the racist website Breitbart. Other prominent staffers include Seb Gorka, whose family has ties to a Nazi group in Hungary, and Stephen Miller who worked with white supremacist Richard Spencer at Duke University. Mr. Trump’s Attorney-General, Jeff Sessions, is one of the most reviled civil rights antagonists in modern American history, denounced over three decades ago by Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For six months, this team has translated their long-standing racist rhetoric into policy: banning Muslims from travel and immigration, targeting voter rights through a 'voter fraud' commission based entirely on a xenophobic myth, refusing to mention Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day, renaming the 'Countering Violent Extremism' program 'Countering Radical Islamic Extremism' and proclaiming that white supremacist terrorist groups would no longer be targeted by the government, cutting funding for groups that help white supremacists leave the fold – and that’s to name but a few initiatives." - Sarah Kendzior

(Source: Globe and Mail article August 13 2017, i.e. after Heather Heyer's murder but before yesterday's press conference.)




If we fail to learn from history we are condemned to repeat it. Fascists attempting to seize power invariably deputise fascist militias. The only successful armed coup in USian history involved white supremacist militias.

"How The Only Coup D'Etat In U.S. History Unfolded

Think of a coup d'etat and images of a far-flung banana republic* likely come to mind. So it might come as a surprise that it happened here in the United States - just once, in 1898.

A mob of white supremacists armed with rifles and pistols marched on City Hall in Wilmington, N.C., on Nov. 10 and overthrew the elected local government, forcing both black and white officials to resign and running many out of town. The coup was the culmination of a race riot in which whites torched the offices of a black newspaper and killed a number of black residents. No one is sure how many African-Americans died that day, but some estimates say as many as 90 were killed.

Especially chilling was the fact that the insurgency had been carefully planned - a conspiracy by powerful white Democrats.

Southern Democrats lost their grip on power in North Carolina in 1894 and plotted to wrest control from the biracial Republican Party in 1898 elections. They campaigned on a platform of white supremacy and protecting their women from black men.

As the Nov. 8, 1898, vote approached, whites in Wilmington mobilized. They held supremacist rallies and parades and organized militias of 'Red Shirts' to intimidate blacks from voting. The statewide election restored Democrats to power, and two days later, the white supremacists descended on Wilmington's City Hall.

Their leader, Col. Alfred Moore Waddell, had publicly threatened in a pre-election speech to 'choke the current of the Cape Fear River' with black bodies, according to a 2006 report chronicling the events by the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission. After the coup, Waddell was elected mayor of Wilmington."

* spiralsheep's note: please remember that "banana republic" = fascist dictatorships historically sponsored wholly by the US.

(Source: NPR, August 17, 2008, but I've cut the paragraphs specifically about their radio programme.)




P.S. Yes, the some of the most celebrated founding fathers of the US, including George Washington, were slave owners and personally committed genocide against Native Americans. Acknowledging reality-based history is necessary to prevent fascist propaganda from taking root in culture. Live with it.

Plans for tonight

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:01 pm
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  • Clean my apartment.
  • Send money to organizations that support racial and LGBTQA equality.
  • Figure out if there are any good marches happening in the next couple of weeks and whether I have the emotional capacity to attend.
  • Watch more source for happy vid.
  • Scream as everything just keeps getting worse.

(no subject)

Aug. 14th, 2017 10:29 pm
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I am tired and wound up about my book, which seems to be my default state of being at present. (The book is now necessarily modified, "the stupid book", "the thrice-damned book", "the bloody book", "the book that I HATE and is DREADFUL and the BANE OF MY LIFE" etc.) Part of it is that my confidence as a writer has been significantly dented as everything else in my life has been, recently: I also don't think much of self as lawyer, friend, etc., and I'm working on it. (I am doing much, much better than I was. I'm very grateful. But piecing one's life back together turns out to take time.)

I'm also not doing well with reasonable self-care related to the book, which I should, because finishing the version that went on agent submission - in a several-month, every-spare-minute sprint - was what precipitated my last visit to the bottom of the well. (Perfectly nice as wells go, but not one to revisit.) But I keep wanting to just finish it and get it over and winding myself up in the process. And of course I'm aware that I have read it approx fourteen thousand times over the last two and a half years and naturally I'm seeing nothing but flaws? And perhaps other people might not think it is the worst thing ever committed to paper? In my more rational moments I think this. And yet, oh my god, I hate this book. I want to bundle it up and throw it into aforesaid well and write SOMETHING ELSE. It never gets less ridiculous. I spent four days trying to think of a 1940s-appropriate preferably-funny insult? And it had to be two syllables because otherwise the sentence wouldn't scan? And then [personal profile] tau_sigma suggested "strumpet", because she's a perfect human? And all of that hungama was about literally one word? etc.

Etc. Two months ago I was about as a far from a clean, well-lighted place as I could be. And now I'm not, but nothing terrible will happen if I don't finish this book soon. (Or ever? Like, it would be sub-optimal after two and half years, but I'm not writing Hamlet here.) And nothing terrible will happen if it's not as good as I wanted it to be. And nothing terrible will happen if I do it in ten-minute, 100-word chunks. This is quite a rubbish pep talk but there you are, it's what I've got, and it's better than the alternative.

In other news: I'm enjoying being back out in the world. I'm enjoying seeing friends and going for walks and learning to love this city again. I miss my legal practice and my Gaelic. I'm looking forward to returning to both in the autumn; I'm ready for the new terms and the start of the year.
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- I haven't posted any music for too long so as I dug this link out for al_zorra: A Place Called England, by Maggie Holland (video and transcribed lyrics). Ms Holland is also well known as the writer of A Proper Sort of Gardener. And here's gratuitous C16th choral music sung by Stile Antico (18mins youtube) who I've seen live and would like to see in concert again.

- I've been having delicious Strawberry Switchblade flashbacks (3min, utu, iconic). I couldn't decide which cap I preferred and t'interwebz seems to like both equally on flickr. The arty bollocks generator says: "My work explores the relationship between Jungian archetypes and urban spaces."

N-Pop Girl in hydrangea flowers . N-Pop Girl in metaphorical clover

- Reading, books 2017: 79

77. Zoology, by Gillian Clarke, 2017, poetry. Includes a whole and wholly wonderful poem cycle mostly about sheep! Ms Clarke is 80 years old but when she writes about what she knows then her voice is as fresh on the page as an alphabet of dew on the morning hills. My favourite poem was the short Alchemy, and there are five other extracts below because I couldn't choose fewer. (4/5, goodreads = 0ratings/0reviews)

• and still I see words on the radio as birds
or fish homing to settle in the hush
of long waves on a beach in Pembrokeshire,
a staircase in the sea, or in the air,
space humming with murmurations of words.

• chorus and choir of ewe and lamb:
Song of the mountains, a drumming
in the air, on the track.

cân o'r mynyddoedd, sŵn drwmio,
yn yr awyr, ar y trac

Four more brief quotes. )
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Title: Anything for Love (Including That)
Fandom: Mass Effect and Dragon Age series
Music: I'd Do Anything for Love, by Meatloaf
Summary: Thanks for the terrible romantic choices, Bioware

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Two Holby City (Berena) Vids

Aug. 13th, 2017 01:07 pm
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Title: Love and Affection
Artist: Joan Armatrading
Fandom: Holby City
Pairing: Serena Campbell/Bernie Wolfe
Summary: Give me love, give me love.
Content Notes: No standard notes apply
YouTube | AO3 | Tumblr

Title: Come Hell or Waters High
Artist: Judie Tzuke
Fandom: Holby City
Pairing: Serena Campbell/Bernie Wolfe
Summary: If I feel alone, I know your heart's my home.
Content Notes: No standard notes apply
YouTube | AO3 | Tumblr
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Oh gosh. I don’t even know what to say... It’s been five years of an amazing journey with this show, the characters and its cast.

It was ambitious and it had missteps, and I have a lot to say about representation they missed out on but at the end of the day its a good show that tried to swing for the fences.

I’m going to miss the cast, not only Tatiana Maslany because I’ve been watching cast interviews and panels and I love how much they all love each other.

spoilery reactions )



Farewell Orphan Black, thank you for the five years.


[admin post] Admin Post: Holy moly, Hugo Awards!

Aug. 12th, 2017 03:43 pm
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We won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine!

Ira and Susan on stage giving a speech with text overlaid reading This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS


Ira and Susan attended Worldcon 75 on our behalf (we can't even with our jealousy over Ira getting to meet Daveed Diggs). We're so grateful to everyone who nominated and voted for us this year. Thanks also to our fellow finalists, too. It was lovely being a part of a robust ballot featuring commentary and criticism from a wide range of voices. The full list of finalists and winners can be read at thehugoawards.org.

We're still reeling a bit, but we wanted to at least reach out and say THANK YOU and OMG and WHAT and THANK YOU OMG, etc. We are super honored and so excited! Congrats to US, congrats to the other winners, and thanks for liking our work! ♥ You can find the text of our speech below.

Thanks so much for this amazing award. We accept on behalf of ourselves and the four Lady Business editors who couldn't be here tonight: Clare, Jodie, KJ, and Renay.

We also want to thank everyone who has supported Lady Business throughout the years in ways large and small, including our readers, commenters, and guest columnists. Special thanks go out to John Scalzi, whose work welcomed Renay back to science fiction. Without his books Renay wouldn't have been in the SF community to start this project with our co-founders, Ana and Jodie. Thanks to Ana Grilo of The Book Smugglers for consistent support and writing opportunities, Kate Elliott and Justin Landon for believing in our work and being the best cheerleaders, and Zachariah Carlson for being our personal Shadow Broker all these years.

When Lady Business was founded, the goal was to create a safer space for discussions in a community that was still struggling to recognize white women, much less any other marginalized identities. There's still work to be done, and change has been slow, but we are thrilled our project has been a voice within this cultural shift. We are incredibly honored that the Hugo voters find our intersectional feminist work valuable, and we will keep working to remain worthy of your recognition as we move forward.

We dedicate this award to Jodie Baker and Ana Silva. Thank you very much.
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I walk, for leisure, in the countryside more often than urban areas but I don't often post photos because my favourite areas all tend to look similar: green, rocky, and damp. Now I need to sort out my autumn holidays for this year.... /rich people's problems

The day I walked the Monsal Trail, through limestone dales along a disused railway trackbed with many tunnels and bridges, was extremely wet even by local standards (as I was told by a local walking group I passed who had decided they were "mad" to be out and should've left it to the tourists like me, lol). One of the ever helpful Transpeak bus drivers let me off near the top of Chee Dale, from where I could hear the warning siren and blasting at Topley Pike Quarry, and I walked down until I met the end of the Monsal Trail to walk back to Bakewell (from where some of you received postcards). On my way I listened to the wind-up clockwork/electric audio trail, and saw pro-EU graffiti.

Chee Dale.

1 Chee Dale, Monsal Trail, Derbyshire 10-16

Seven more small images. )

VividCon Premieres - Part 1

Aug. 12th, 2017 01:16 am
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Links to vids should eventually appear here: http://vividcon.info/vidshows/281/

Battleflag by gwyneth (Star Wars)

"Got a revolution behind my eyes"
"Stand Up and Organize"
Comparison to SG vid to same song. Fits great with Star Wars. Whatever happened you keep fighting.
Surrender to a higher cause / the force.
Song choice
Powerful excitement
Great first vid to to Premieres
Have to set aside the personal in all these movies
Moved well between eras, they were treated the same. Cohesive.

Monsters of the Cosmos by CherryIce (Thor)

Beautifully edited
Cherry = Jane (knows science)
Gives Jane more of a character by leaning into her as a scientist
Knows MCU, has a view of this corner of MCU -- deep dive -- unique perspective.
Loves Jane as a character, Jane learning - becoming part of it.
Black holes are terrifying. Jane = black hole.
Thor science is ridiculous, so good match for song (which fetishizes science).

I Took a Pill in Ibiza by beerbad (Wynonna Earp)

Hard to be her
"I know a sad song"
Great musicality for movement. Lyrics in opposition, not sure if ironic intent.
Wynona - PTSD, not "trying to look cool" as said in song
Accessible to someone who doesn't know the show, couldn't hear the lyrics so not bothered by mismatch. Contrast to other vid for the show.
Amazing recruiter vid.

Spell by hollywoodgrrl (Carol)

Jarrow has no chill. Spiral motion, smoke of cigarette.
Gloves as a metaphor
Smoke clouds thoughts
Vidder made it look different / new with zooms & closeups
Eli likes the sex
Awesome imagery and metaphors. Pulled in, under their spell.
Anoel also has zero chill
The magjc of when they're together. In betwen, they aren't as connected. Finally get their happy ending.
Rare use of audio done perfectly, vidders take note.
Saying it with such reverence.
Great POV shift.

Blood on Blood by feedingonwind (Hannibal)

This vid is about A, could follow her journey.
Visual parallels with Will, repeated imagery is strong
Every Hannibal vid feels like it is about a different show, this vid had a different feel
Can't go there in general for Hannibal but this one grabbed her and kept her watching
*Will* has to keep watching her die over and over
Vid caught her before she could close her eyes

Is It Safe Now? by Kitty aka Winterevanesce (Eyewitness)

Double meaning. Learning how to be safe with each other.
Not sure if murderer knows that they saw him
Surprising to see guns after la, la, very gay.
Thanks for telling me how show ended (gave up after a few episodes)
Effective at getting her interested
Clear story telling told all. Filters to create closeness, intimacy.
Very sexy. Appreciated!
Gorgeous. Beautiful colors. Enjoyed transitions / zooms.
Really complete story. Is it a movie?
Good job with story.

Haunting by Rhea314 (Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu)

Context would have been helpful (hadn't seen anime)
It is S1 and S2 of dame source, despite variation in titles
Hand imagery throughout, push-pull
Meeting halfway, pulling away, meeting again
Good job of jumping through time, helped by snapshots from different periods
Pulled along in the current of back and forth
Pinky fingers connected, repeated with only one hand, and empty hand w/o match (loneliness)
candle imagery
song choice helped to explain a lot of context

Birdie by Lola (Mad Men)

BUILD (Yes!)
SHIFT in tone after the shotgun
(murder spree?)
(I was reminded of a recent line from Orphan Black. Who hurt you? ALL OF THEM)
Metaphor of birds, nickname is Birdie
Trying to fly free
Sick of playing house
Use of stillness. Violence feels amped up because of the contrast.
Scary. Emotions under the surface.
Betty is trapped. First time really saw her, saw the effect of HOW trapped, sympathy.
Most fantastic revenge of the Hitchcock heroines.
Loved Betty, love the feeling of tension, claustrophobia, pressure, everything.
Tension never really resolves, leaves you still feeling it.
Never let you rest, never gave you peace.
And *that's* why valium was known as mother's little helper.

Wild by tbm (Xena)

Super gay.
Callisto is super pissed!
Looks great on big screen.
Callisto is literally gay for Xena.
Oh yeah, that was really frickin' gay.
Song choice!
Good use of Callisto's madness.
Callisto's arc is all over the place.
Early 90s effects FTW, nostalgia.
FPreg craziness
Tarot imagery, AU image of Callisto

HandClap by elipie & kuwdora. Power Rangers (2017)

Pimp vid. Made our hands clap.

She Keeps Me by kiki_miserychic (Inside Out)

Cheerful one / Grumpy one ship vid.
Song choice A+
A lot of feelings
Vid makes her super happy.
Intertwinedness, how much they need each other.
Someone has a friend who cosplays these characters together.
1st time no sobbing. Very sweet vid.

Clean Light by skygiants (Steven Universe)

made for the source, wouldn't be surprised if it showed up in the show.
pure joy.
focused on warmth of family and friendship.
architecture - background --> expansiveness & joy.
mini character arcs
remarkably cohesive for so short.
each time the same lyrics felt different.
did a lot with a large ensemble cast.
super cute.

Stray Italian Greyhound by Butterfly (Yuri!!! on Ice)

Goosebumps
Super cute. Awesome.
Many vids are cute but "baby's 1st vid." This one is cute and sweet but a much more thoughtful take on the Relationship.
Not sure I wanted this, but oh shit I've fallen in love with this person.
Great song choice -- did some heavy lifting.
Punch to feels, still sense of anxiety that gets resolved at the end.
Assumption that Victor would be the stray italian greyhound but not the first time! Layers.
Loved editing. Huge kudos. Doesn't usually like boyslash.
Yuri claiming desire, sex, gold, being a great skater.
Tentative approach: can I admit to myself that I want it.
Repetitive. Coming together/away relates to Yuri's anxiety.

White Flag by Trelkez (Timeless)

Not!Dido song
Family feels
hand-holding
get up & get moving
pimp vid. already OT3-ing it
Connection
Confidence and strength in each other
Vid didn't forget that the black man going back in time would have different experience
Most effective recruiter vid of the night. I am so here for all of these people.
Teamwork and resistance to power (topical!)
Very big vid, featured multiple characters

Vid Review Part 2

Incredible Thoughts by pipsqueaky (Multi)

Cat baby universe?
Ballerina - poodle - irony
his vid is purrfect
Haven't laughed so hard at his face
Great job combining disparate sources
Like an extended Bill & Ted's Adventure
This vid is transcendentally beautiful
Then cat -> exceeded expectations
The two Keanus are one and the same

This is a Trent Reznor Song by rhoboat (Star Trek)

Stunning vidshow curation, placing it after Incredible Thoughts
Our love of formulaic things
We see that they are formulaic but love them anyway (because of it)
Guitar riff = swoopy
Entire song/vid as metaphor
TITLE CARD helped clue audience
Sickest JJ Abrams burn since AO3 fic jerking off to lens flares
Comment on vidders range (Lateralis) (But also Castiel vid!)
Vidders are smart
The movies don't feel like Star Trek, but they are fun. Can enjoy and still critique.

She Said by here's luck (Supergirl)

I miss S1. Hard same!
Nicely balanced aspects of life w/o getting bogged down in romance -- she is more
Empowered
Expected chorus to be all Supergirl but it was also Kara. Kick-ass as Kara as well, both aspects of her life are awesome.
Optimism, awesome women.
Great thematically for this year.
Moment that hit hard: stronger than Superman showing message of Clark supporting her, gives her confidence
Great use of literalism but vid didn't rely on it. Icing on top of a great vid.
Focused on women: sister, boss, president
Kara brings with her awesome woman power into the world.


Wake Me Up Before You Go by sisabet (New Girl)

Vid caught me up on what I missed
He tries super hard
The jar. He's always going to be *exactly* this terrible, but still worth loving.
Eli kept hearing "douche jar" in the song.
Effective at bringing me into a fandom I'm not in. Sold them as a couple, the charms of the show.


Overture to Folly by Franzeska (Rivers of London)

Jarrow is not sure if he's supposed to read the text bubbles or not. Got more from the vid by blocking them out. Eli found it harder to read them as they sped up.
B. wanted more internal movement, cue where the eye is supposed to go (if not to comics).
In MMVs (manga music videos) they block out the speech bubbles unless they are needed.
J. liked the song choice - instrumental - liked the feel of it.
Y. - Still source but vid still felt like it had motion and flow.

Everything Stops For Tea by Valoise (Multi)

This person has strong feelings about Tea Fandom.
Stabbing each other -- oh, let's stop for tea.
Withnail and I clip.
Brits will love it.
"I am possibly in Tea Fandom!"
Simple but vital. Now my life is more fulfilled!
Jarrow: You're going to watch this every day at 4pm!
Everything stop for tea, always.
Noted that vid was placed at "tea time" in the vidshow.

These Days Are Dark (But We Won't Fall) by bessyboo and queelez (US Politics)

Need a break from politics but important to see hope.
Long but it took a long time to get through history of all the protests. It took time -- that's part of the point.
Well made but not ready to laugh about Voldemort parallels.
Made her cry. Vid had to begin There but it made her nauseous.
"It ripped me apart. Thank you."
Appreciated the energetic quality. Neither "everything is terrible!" not self-congratulatory but "You can do it, so go do it!"
Ending with fans felt personal, hand held, people we know are out doing stuff.
Learning from actual history but (dyo??) the stories we *tell* each other
(Punched in the feels and I hate you but I love it -- could be for next vid)

Bad Blood (Never Ever) by fiercynn and scribe (Multi)

They make great multi vids
People who love each other punching each other
Wicked! broadway
Such angst!
You suck, and we're done! Finality. N_E_V_E_R getting back together.
The song itself was fighting each other, mash-up worked well.
90% queer, inverse of "usual"


Shape of You by Butterfly (Multi)

This is So. Gay.
I like the sex (again)
Diversity! Femslash!
Making its point and keeping you there. (despite some source issues)
A lot of nostalgia for queer movies that haven't seen a lot of recently (Velvet Goldmine)
It was a recruiter vid for the gay.

Wolves Without Teeth by Dar (Sense8)

Blew me away!
Taken in by group shots and sense of togetherness and them all working together.
So protective of each other.
I care so much!
Not a traditional recruiter vid but good representation of experience watching the show.
Condensed beautiful emotional. Not very plot driven.
Encapsulates experience of the show.
Hit me in the feels with no source knowledge. SO beautifully edited.
Song choice!
Never before understood what the show was about or why people love it so much.
Good job balancing the different relationships / pairings.
Ensemble vids can be hard, tech of equal airtime. Vidder skills deftly done.
Wolfgang feels hit hard - bittersweet.
Show choreography of the 8 - vid elevates it. Modern dance.

Gold Dust Woman by AurumCalendula (Xena)

The show is So Gay, not just Xena & Gabrielle.
50 Shades of Gold.
This one had more modern effects, made the show feel current and not so 90s.
Effective use of lyrics - silver spoon, put your kingdom up for sale
What do you do with this extra layer of orientalism? Do you just make the vid? Can't change the source (See Xena panel)

Farewell Ride by Destina (Tombstone)

Songchoice totally fit. Can tell vidder cares about source.
Movie tried to make these actors look the same (thank god I'm not face blind)
So happy because I love the movie -> most magnetic Val Kilmer has ever been even sweaty and dying of consumption)
Why "I'm your huckleberry?"
Key line Val Kilmer says when he's going to kill someone. Very gay.
It's more gay, that's what I needed to know.


When Sorrows Encompass Me 'Round by AurumCalendula (Wynonna Earp)

Almost made me care about Willa
"What a hard life, I wish she sucked less"
Synchronicity. Earp follow Earp in vidshow order.
Sold on fandom now.
I care about her now! Got really drawn into this character.
Resident Willa apologist claims she's the best!
Not the main character and her story is obscured both TV and her life. Vid took us into *her* perspective on things.


Desire by Kitty aka Winterevanesce (Heartless)

Taken on a JOURNEY y'all
Kinda rapey, then she SET him on FIRE. She lit him on fire with her MOUTH.
Emotionally exhausted by the end. On journey with you.
Great song choice.
This isn't what I remember Lost Girl looking like!
Avril Lavigne ... starred in Lost Girl?

Winter by scribe (Killjoys)

(I talked about this in vid review and apparently didn't take any notes. Sorry! Loved it!)

Overcome by sweetestdrain (Rogue One)

New Hope shots - visually completing the journey. Deeply satisfying.
Sacrifice has weight, meaning, purpose that will be fulfilled (especially following on the Killjoys vid)

Carry That Weight by Anoel (Star Wars vids)

Build super strong, a lot of feelings
Winter -> Overcome -> Weight. Arc of vids. Had to start dark.
Hopeful chills.
Can be jarring but transition to RL footage done very smoothly.
*Carrie* that weight
Expectation of Beatles but this cover choice perfect for the vid
Real World icons
Han killed - crossfade into Lea's heart

June 2016

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