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Yuletide is open! Here's all the fake news (& related) fics.

It's my second Yuletide, and the first one where I've written treats. So if you read a fic and think "huh, this writing style/character interpretation/combo of favorite tropes seems familiar"...you might be right.

And for a gift -- guys, I got my incredibly-niche moonshot prompt -- it's Dorothy hanging out with lesbians in turn-of-the-century San Francisco!

The Road Built in Hope (5346 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Oz - L. Frank Baum
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorothy Gale/Princess Ozma
Characters: Dorothy Gale, Uncle Henry, Original Female Character(s), Eureka (Oz)
Additional Tags: Slice of Life, Canon Compliant, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

Dorothy stays with friends in San Francisco before the events of 'Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.'

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Bonus cheer:

NBA stars playing Carol of the Bells using basketballs. Hardcore.

Vintage holiday wishes from Catball & Clown Girl:

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I'm going through AO3 tags, trying to round up all the freeforms in the wilderness of No Fandom that should be in Christmas Tales & Traditions. Everything from Christmas caroling to Santa pub crawls to ugly holiday sweaters.

As of last night, a search for "christmas" in freeforms turned up 2024 results. Most of which aren't in Christmas Tales. This could take a while.

On the plus side, in the process I've put at least a few dozen 0-use tags in the path of the rake (the daily subroutine that gets rid of such things). So that number should look a smidge less intimidating soon....
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...in association with this TV series, and the art is this unholy hybrid of Flash animation and Dr. Seuss's original drawing style. It's such a trainwreck. Especially when you compare it to something like How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which animates Seuss' character designs with so much love and care in order to make them work.

Although I do give them points for making the reindeer look like actual caribou, not Rankin-Bass-esque white-tailed deer standing in snow.

Early in the episode, the plucky kid heroes arrive home, and one of them goes "Look! Our dads are bringing in the tree!" Smash-cut to two clean-cut men, one black & one white, carrying a giant fir.

I was briefly so excited. Casual same-sex couple in a children's show, and not just any children's show, but a Seuss adaptation?!

...and then the moms showed up, and eventually it sank in that these weren't the divorced moms spending Christmas with their exes and the kids to round out the blended family, these were just two unrelated heterosexual couples, having Christmas dinner in the same house for some reason.

Which makes it all the more annoying that the Cat (voiced by Martin Short) is played with the most exaggerated, campiest, lispiest voice you could imagine.

Sigh. I'm gonna go look up shippy Cat/Grinch fanart, just to cleanse my soul.
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First December ever where I've had a full-time job throughout. Which is great financial-stability-wise, and not bad personal-fulfillment-wise, either.

As for Internet/artistic/fannish work...well, I only just finished with November's Patreon rewards, which gives you a good idea of how under-control things are -_-

Current art commissions are inching forward. Other art is...happening. Writing is almost entirely at a standstill. I've done a few hundred words here and there, but haven't had any blocks of uninterrupted thinking time long enough to finish anything. (Weekends keep getting broken up by tasks like "laundry" and "grocery shopping.")

BICP is in an important place story-wise, which means each page also requires a Block of Uninterrupted Thinking Time to do properly. On the plus side, I know exactly what the plot is doing right now! It just takes coordination to pull off. But I am keeping up the two-pages-at-some-point-every-week schedule, dammit.

Leif & Thorn's four-panel format means it's easier to come up with a few gags and get them sketched during my lunch break. And even that is kinda scattered right now. In the storyline I'm working on, I keep going "wait, there's something else that has to be revealed/established/joked about before the strip I just drew," and then backtracking.

Seriously, here's the current order of the strips in the sketchbook: 5, 6, 7, 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 4, 11, 12. At least with this strip there's enough of a buffer uploaded ahead-of-time that I can get away with it....

Did some holiday fanart sketches on the train this morning, too. Fingers crossed that I can scan and color them over the weekend.

(btw, if anyone wants to inject some insta-joy into my life, I would love for other people to draw fanart of BICP/L&T. If it's on Deviantart I will +fav it, if it's on Tumblr I will reblog it, and no matter where it is I will adore it.)
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has aired, and I have finally gotten my hands on a download.

Spoilers follow.

Reactions... )
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I think I'm finally not sick anymore! It's been down to a level of "sore throat + sleeping 12hrs/night" for the past week or so, but the sore throat actually seems to be gone, so fingers crossed for normal sleep too.

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My WIP folder has a file named "5 nativity stories.txt" in it. Last modified on Boxing Day, 2012. The file is 92 bytes, and is literally just a list of fandoms. I no longer remember what the story for any of them was supposed to be.

And there weren't even five of them at the time, just four ._.

(Pet Shop of Horrors, Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica, and Death Note, for the record.)

I'm officially giving up on remembering, and am deleting the file. Just wanted there to be a memorial somewhere in the world that it existed.

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(The least-recently-updated thing in my WIP folder was last touched in 2008. Don't ask.)

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I'm so bad at deleting digital clutter.

When And Shine Heaven Now was maybe six months from ending, that was a big motivation to go through all my notes and doodles and half-baked ideas and say "okay, there is no more indefinite maybe some time I'll get around to this, it's either showing up in the next six months or it isn't getting used at all." And once you face up to the fact that you're never going to finish a thing, so no final product will be ruined by sharing the details, you can pull the summary/sketches into some kind of organized form and release them as-is.

Trying to let the end of TCR be the impetus to do that for a bunch of fake-news ideas. There isn't the same kind of deadline, it's not like the comms are going to close up shop after the final episode (three left to air, aaaahh), but, you know, any excuse for motivation.

Some files that might get mined and polished, rather than deleted, in the next week or two (including the date they were last updated):

--5KB of misc genderswap notes (October 2011)
--27KB of liberalverse misc notes + disconnected scenes (April 2013)
--like 80KB of an AU where my OTP are related (April 2013)
--1.7KB of half-finished filk (July 2012)
--31KB from an AU designed by [community profile] fail_fandomanon (worked on this last week, hah!)
--8KB snippet of dystopia, in which I hate at least half of it (September 2010)
--6KB of so-misc-I-don't-know-what-it-is (October 2013)
--Drawings from the next strip of Jon's JDate Adventure (October 2012)

...If anyone has a particular interest in one of those, feel free to vote that I work on that first! Otherwise I'll just tackle things in whatever order seems like a good idea at the time.
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Saw this going around, figured it couldn't hurt to put one out there.

Part 1:

* Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) with a list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related, to medium, to really big. The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
* If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
* Include some version of these guidelines in your journal so that the holiday joy will spread.

Part 2:

* Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
* If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another fan's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

Part 3: The Wishes:
  1. Fanworks for But I'm A Cat Person. Guest strips, art of the characters, fic, icons, a Broadway adaptation...whatever you feel moved to do.
  2. These Eternal SM earrings or these Sailor Saturn earrings.
  3. A rec at [community profile] fancake for a fic of mine that you liked. (They're doing an amnesty round from now until the end of the year, so all the themes they've ever done are fair game.)
  4. Carlos to come home, already.
  5. One of those lightweight, portable solar chargers, with USB input.
  6. Empowered volume 7 and volume 8.
  7. A new Sailor Moon anime with a top-of-the-line budget and well-crafted, lovingly-detailed action scenes.
  8. Money never hurts. Gotta keep the heat on and the Internet running. I can take donations via Paypal, sailorptah [at] gmail [dot] com.
  9. ...I think that's it.
  10. Unless you have an opening for a full-time job doing digital preservation and/or archivist work in the Boston area? In which case, I'll take that.
If anyone wants to buy one of the physical items, PM me for a shipping address! Everything else should be pretty straightforward, I think. Y'all know where online to find me.
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Dear friends/readers/watchers/random-scrollers-by:

Do you feel like something is missing in your life?

Do you ever suspect that that something could be "an animated video in which Santa Claus and an anthropomorphized FOX News attack the Daily Show desk with rifles, only to have Jon Stewart defeat them using a fire extinguisher, then harness them to the sleigh and take off"?

Me neither. But good news! You get to have one anyway:

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Apparently playing bad music is a calculated strategy to get you to buy more. When you're frustrated and overstimulated, your system panics and you'll make the decision to buy something just so you can feel like you have closure and can get out of there.

This explains so much.

So, yeah, I work in retail now. A couple weeks in, and I have a whole lot of Feelings about their playlist. Like: No traditional carols that namecheck Jesus are on it. Okay, that's understandable -- they're trying to get that holiday mood without annoying the non-Christians too too much. Except that the rule doesn't apply to Taylor "here's to Jesus Christ who saved our lives" Swift. What's up with that?

Also, for some reason "Little Drummer Boy" doesn't get nixed. (Do they think Muslim customers won't get that it's about the nativity?) Meanwhile, lovely classics like "Silver Bells" and "Deck The Halls" don't get played in any version. I object.

There's a sharp contrast between the "buy more stuff!" songs ("Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town", "Santa Baby", the insufferable "Toy Town", etc) and the "Christmas is not about the stuff!" songs ("Christmas Must Be Something More", endless variations of "All I Want For Christmas Is You", "One Wish (For Christmas)", anything related to The Grinch). Maybe the latter category is there to give them plausible deniability about the former.

They have three separate songs about celebrating Christmas in a tropical place. ("Christmas in the Caribbean", "Christmas on Christmas Island", and "Mele Kalikimaka"). It's cute and trope-twisting when it comes in the middle of a bunch of more typical songs, but starts to grate when the idea is being smacked at you all the time. Call me back when you've decided to let "White Wine In The Sun" in on the action.

There's one Mannheim Steamroller song. It's a great song. Did they just buy the one? What, was the rest of the album not good enough?

You can make some inferences about the customer base from the playlist. We get a whole lot of Spanish-speaking customers, and there's a decent amount of Spanish versions of carols. I can't vouch for how well they work (my sample size of one, a co-worker, said she thought they were trying too hard). There's also a fair proportion of black customers, so the playlist has one single Kwanzaa song, which I cannot for the life of me find online in video or lyric form, in spite of the fact that it's stuck in my head right now. ("It's a Kwanzaa celebration! Honor elders from the family tree! If not for them there'd be no you and me receiving glory from above. It's a Kwanzaa celebration! Come together with your family. Something celebrate our history and the harvest of our love!")

No sign yet of a Hanukkah song, btw.

I had thought, previously, that "Feliz Navidad" would be the song I hated most. I was wrong. It helps that they have a couple of versions that are sung prettily, crooned and harmonized, instead of the weird exaggerated Speedy Gonzales-esque cover that was the only one the radio back in MD ever played. No, the song that makes me want to punch things, or at least go hide in one of the young-adult corners of the store (tiny enclaves with TVs that play pop songs) until it's over, is "Run, Run, Rudolph". Multiple versions of it. If I never have to hear one more male singer happily imitating a girl whose greatest ambition in make-believe is to clean up baby pee, it will be too soon.

(It's very disorienting to come out of one of the teen sections and transition from Taylor Swift singing "We are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together" to Taylor Swift singing "Santa, Baby".)

Also up there on the DNW list: "Little Saint Nick". It's apparently a riff on one of the Beach Boys' other songs with Christmassy words put in, but since the other song ("Little Deuce Coupe") isn't played any more, nobody gets the joke and the result is just kind of teeth-gritting. Oh, and the speedy polka version of "Step Into Christmas"! Who thought that was a good idea? (Elton John's version can stay.)

There are a couple of songs that have come up, but don't seem to be on the endless-repeat list. Springsteen's iconic "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" was there earlier, but I feel like I didn't hear it at all last week. Same with Glee's "Extraordinary Merry Christmas". And I swear they played the SpongeBob version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (which I had not known existed until then), precisely once. It has not returned.

Some bright spots: "2000 Miles" is pretty, as is "We Need A Little Christmas". There are a bunch of covers of "Last Christmas", all very lovely. I haven't even ranted about all the ones with adults trying too hard to sound like cutsey children, which apparently means they're not a lasting annoyance. And there are some notable terrors that they haven't even touched. (Three words: "Dominic the Donkey".)

So that was my Christmas music rant! Next up: customers: why don't they notice that we have trash cans? Even if you don't, come on, at least carry your kid's used juice box out into the main mall and throw it out there, instead of leaving it on our T-shirt displays.
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A joyous Yule, festive Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanzaa, and merry Joelmas to one and all!

Enjoy your vacations and pumpkin pie :D
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Spending the holidays with the family, marathoning the box set of all the Harry Potter movies and being lightly mauled by Ziggy Stardust (that's the cat). Good times.


2011 First Lines Meme:

January: I've come to the conviction that nobody actually manufactures New Year's commemorative spectacles or paper hats. They spring forth fully formed once any given party is in full swing, in a kind of celebratory parthenogenesis.

February: Another round of poems - all in one thread this time. (One of them is seventeenth-century tentacle porn. In couplets. No, really.)

March: Continued from yesterday's post: the conclusion of the adventures of The Steamypuff Girls.

April: Anyone have recommendations for good sites where you can sell used books? (And hopefully DVDs, CDs, etcetera.)

May: For example: several anons from extremely small towns tl;dr about the experience of growing up there.

June: This is a topic I've been pondering a lot recently. It's probably a natural result of following a bunch of Issue-based fandom comms, rec lists, and fests...but honestly, what spurred the post was a bunch of summaries that looked intriguing and thoughtful, leading into fics that were just bad.

July: Just spent my evening finishing off the ebook for But I'm A Cat Person #1, then the rest of the night promoting it everywhere I can.

August: Back in the land of the Internet after almost a week of sporadic access. Computer is groaning under the weight of all the tabs I have open, poor thing.

September: I've applied to grad school for library science, starting in the spring semester of 2012.

October: FFA's reputation in other Internet spaces. Very through-a-glass-darkly. Thread was frozen over contentious discussion of triggering events on other communities, so do tread carefully.

November: The OTW is the topic of the moment, with Yuletide and board elections on the horizon; and I'm glad the meme is around, because now that [community profile] metafandom is dead I have no good source for roundups of this stuff.

December: (To the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
God Rest Ye, Unitarians


Will do the same meme for [personal profile] ptahrrific soonish.
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(To the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
God Rest Ye, Unitarians

Gods rest ye, Unitarians, let nothing you dismay
Remember there's no evidence there was a Christmas Day
When Christ was born is just not known, no matter what they say

O, tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact
O, tidings of reason and fact!

Our current Christmas customs come from Persia and from Greece
From solstice celebrations of the ancient Middle East
This whole darn Christmas spiel is just another pagan feast

O, tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact
O, tidings of reason and fact!

There was no star of Bethlehem, there was no angels' song
There couldn't have been wise men for the trip would take too long
The stories in the Bible are historically wrong

O, tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact
O, tidings of reason and fact!

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(To the tune of Jesus Christ Is Risen Today)
Jesus Christ May or May Not Have Risen Today
set for Pretty Yellow Flower Day

Jesus Christ may or may not have risen today
Alleluia
Whether or not he did is pretty difficult to say
Alleluia
Let's discuss all sides of the issue thoroughly
Alleluia
We can take a vote! And then we'll see
Alleluia

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More Unitarian jokes. Features some absolute gems; check them out.

What do you get when you cross a Unitarian Universalist with a Jehovah's Witness?

Someone who knocks on your door for no apparent reason.
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"And, yes, I have all of the usual objections to consumerism, the commercialisation of ancient religions, and the westernisation of a dead Palestinian press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer...but I quite like the songs."

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So I went through and copypasted...most of my entries from GJ, for a total of maybe 300. They're the ones with (helpfully enough) "[GJ]" appended to the beginning of their subject lines. (Just to explain why they look so lonely and commentless.)

All of which has led to a ton of new tags. I'm pretty sure nobody's going to bother browsing this entire backlog, but it might be worth glancing down the list for fandoms you like, or perusing the lol tag, or maybe the links on the copyright tag. And the general highlights of those three years are collected under the label hey this is kind neat.

...I used to do a lot more excited, detailed recaps of shows I had just seen. I wonder what happened to that.

Also, new layout! Lifted from [community profile] andthatstheword, which will be officially moved to DW some time next week, once (a) I've made it home and done some other catching up, and (b) people currently swept up in the Christmas rush start trickling back onto the Internets.
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After doing a concert for troops, comic Tom Irwin started facing airport delays. You know, the "no fly" list is a great idea in theory, but in practice it's not working out that well.

In better news, it's never too early for Christmas-spirit-y stories like this one, about a man who's given away over a million dollars in small bills since 1979. (On the other hand, it is way too early for radio stations to be playing 24/7 Christmas music.)

And, on another uplifting note, an office worker talks about being semi-out at work. It's understated; it's subtle; it uses gender-neutral pronouns; but it's not a closet, and there's been no reaction, and it's hopeful.
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Last one.

For when you need to crank up the volume on something, and you've already had "A Mad Russian's Christmas" on repeat for the past six hours. (...it's just me who does that? Okay then.)



Joyful and triumphant! )
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Okay, so this one is mostly traditional carols. But in techno. (With a little bit of J-pop to round it out.)

The awesomely awesome Pac-Man Christmas tree graphic comes from, uh, Google.



Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling too )

A bunch of individual uploads (with no rhyme or reason to them) have also been added here.
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You've heard of Frosty, you know about the Grinch, and, yes, you do recall the most famous reindeer of all. But did you hear the one where Rudolph got kidnapped by Osama bin Laden?

No? Perfect.

Grab your eggnog and curl up on the couch with some Christmas stories you haven't already heard a million times.



The Mounties reached the North Pole; they found it was outside their jurisdiction. They called up Interpol, the Finnish police, to facilitate the suspect's extradition )

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