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01. Your Mother by [personal profile] ghost_lingering
Saga | R | 1:27 | Alana & Hazel
Audio: If I Should Have A Daughter by Sarah Kay

This is a really engaging comics vid that packs a really strong emotional punch. The source is a still medium and it's set to spoken word, and it moves and pulls you in, and just might make you cry. It's about love and strength and unrelenting optimism in the face of terrible things.

02. L.E.S. Artistes by [livejournal.com profile] cherryice
Terminator Movies | R | 3:30 | Sarah Connor
Summary: Sarah Connor. To tell it straight, I'm trying to build a wall.
Music: L.E.S. Artistes - Santigold

The story of the Terminator films, about Sarah's voyage, fighting the darkness with all you have, and hammering yourself into a weapon in the fire. This vid hurts a bit - there's a kind of rawness to it, well-executed.

03. Hammerhead by [personal profile] such_heights
Doctor Who | PG | 3:34 | Martha Jones
Summary: Prove 'em wrong, girl.
Music: A Brand

A vid about Martha fighting, and shining, and winning. I love Martha so much, and this reminds me why, with her facing down everyone's shit, and always carving her path and making friends. Martha Jones talks to people and she listens and she fights, and she saves the world, and herself. This vid captures her perfectly.

04. Rescue by [personal profile] cosmic_llin
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries | PG | 3:46 | Phrynne, Dot
Summary: We don't need no rescuing, we're ok.
Song: Rescue by Yuna

Phrynne faces the world fearlessly and Dot faces her fears; it's a vid about them and all the women of the Phyrnne Fisher verse facing things down and being there to support each other as they do, in good and bad times. This is such an uplifting vid.


(This post is for [community profile] snowflake_challenge. Details about the fifth day are here.)
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In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

This book basically ate my brain when I read it as a kid and I became thoroughly obsessed with it. It consumed me, basically, in a good way - it sparked a lot of creativity and some of my early independent writing had its roots in that book's style, sensibilities, and humour.

Looking back on it, I think one of the greatest gifts it gave me was its characters, especially Morwen.

Cimorene showed me that I could have my own adventures, they didn't have to look like anyone else's, and I didn't have to fit in at home to be happy; I could find my own place. That was a really valuable thing to have, and to have pre-puberty, I think.

Morwen, though, was who I wanted to grow up to be. She was magic and clever and lived alone with a bunch of cats and she was happy. She kept her house neat and tidy, exactly how she liked it, was a skilled baker and ciderer, and was working on organising her library. She put up barriers to keep crap from entering her life (none of this nonsense, please).

I think Morwen let me grow up imagining a future for myself where being by myself and living by myself and doing the work I wanted to do was an option, and that option a given.

She introduced me to witches as independent women with deep lives, strong friendships, and morals. You could probably write a strong meta piece about Kazul, Morwen, and Cimorene - a dragon, a witch, and an improper princess - living outside the bounds of polite society and facing down the patriarchy (wizards): feminism and fairy tales in the enchanted forest and mountains of morning.

Morwen made me want to be a witch when I grew up, and she set me up pretty well for meeting the witches of the Discworld - and feminist texts for that matter. ...and you know what? I've got two feet on the ground, know I'm never going to fly on a broomstick, have been filing taxes for years, and I still want to be a witch.
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In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

(reconciliation)
This is a rec set I made for [community profile] snowflake_challenge last year, on a fannish trope I love. These are some of my favourite stories in general, and reading them I feel like they sink into my bones; they're all really satisfying for me and I'm really happy to have recced them together. (recced: 3 bandom fic, 1 hp, 1 tsn)

SGA, Harry Potter (were you ever in HP?)
I did a December meme last year, shifted and made into a Second Half of January meme - the title was a prompt that was given to me, and I wrote a rec set/playlist of 10 vids in those two fandoms. It's kind of about home and scary things and standing strong and going fuck it - so, life, basically, and some of the major themes in those two fandoms.

"Femslash! Now that you brought it up :D"
Another prompt from the second half of January theme. This post is half rambling meta about representation as a queer woman and half recs. (6 fics: bend it like beckham, bandom, pitch perfect, glee, merlin, elementary and 2 vids: grey's anatomy, xena) It's a pretty messy entry in some ways. Femslash and representation both mean a lot to me; I have a lot of feelings about stories.
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[community profile] snowflake_challenge is a posting challenge that runs annually for the first fifteen days in January. Some of the challenges are fannish in nature, some of them aren't, but they're all designed to be as do-able as possible for people and to encourage expression and creativity and caring and happiness, basically. It's a super-chill challenge, you do as much or as little as you like.

The mods are fantastic. In addition to posting a new challenge each day, they also post a ton of comments on the participants posts - the "I did it!" posts that they make on the comm and the post that they made on their journal or tumblr. The mods do an amazing job at setting a tone of encouragement and enthusiasm throughout the challenge and I've had some really great interactions as a result of the challenge and that tone.

I'm going to be so sorry to see it go, if it does, because that's the thing: it is a lot of work to run a challenge like that and they can do it because they have a team of multiple people trading off and making schedules behind the scenes, I imagine. This year has been a year of changes for a lot of people, though, and a lot of the old mods can't run the challenge this year, so they need new people.

So, if you've loved this challenge, or are excited about the idea of it, I encourage you to help out however you can - spreading the word or volunteering.

This year has been fairly crap for a lot of people in many ways, and, I kind of think of [community profile] snowflake_challenge, as, like, an extended More Joy Day. We could use some more joy this coming year, I think.

(The official how to help post is here. Yes, there are three links to the same post in this entry.)

Today.

Nov. 9th, 2016 11:39 pm
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I stayed up until just about the end, last night, around fifteen minutes before they called it, and so I have gone through the day with too much to do on too little sleep. I felt like I was going to a funeral, heading out this morning.

Today I have been frustrated and angry and sad. I feel threatened. I feel that we are beginning a very difficult time and that there is so much potential for evil - for greed, for oppression, for violence, for atrocities. I am wary of what will happen in the United States of America and what may spill over, and I think that is sort of where we need to be. Wary. Aware.

We need to be watching and I think that we need to be very aware of the past as we do that, and of the sort of things that have come to pass when this kind of rhetoric has been spoken. And we need to be ready to say "no" and "never again".

I think there are many different faces of resistance, and we have seen that, in history.

I think that pervasive fear and anger can be like gasoline and I think it can smother freedom and goodness.

I think that there is a place in all of this, for those of us that can manage it, for radical kindness, and to fight evil with good; I think that this is part of resistance.

I've been remembering today, Jack Layton's words of over five years ago:

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we'll change the world."

I think we need some of those things, today. I think it is easy to forget they exist, today. (I've needed those words, today.)

I think that we need to prepare for the worst, but make the world we try to build not be shaped by fear, despair, and anger. We need to keep fighting.

Journalism

Sep. 23rd, 2016 09:38 am
kiki_eng: Bones and Jim on the shuttle, text: "you had me at 'I may throw up on you'" (Star Trek 2009) (you had me at "I may throw up on you")
The Agenda did a piece this week on a documentary, All Governments Lie, and the issues surrounding that film - it's about journalism and one journalist in particular: I.F. Stone. The piece is: Failure of the Fourth Estate. One of the things that the panelists seem to agree on is that independent journalists are, because of the compromised state of mainstream American media at present, in a sort of golden age; that there is a lot of independent journalism happening right now because there is a place for it, because of the way corporate media outlets are failing to report and investigate.

John Oliver did a piece on the decline of the newspaper industry a month ago - Journalism - where he talked about the importance of investigative reporting and the economic pressures that are leading and have led to its decline. (There's a skit about covering a cat raccoon news story in it. Hilariously, the day after I watched this The Toronto Star had a teaser for an article about an albino raccoon front page, above the fold.)
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Fanmix for [community profile] bandombigbang, complement to [personal profile] argentumlupine's podfic, Half of Something Else(, a podfic of [archiveofourown.org profile] fleurdeliser and [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesdaysgone's fic, Half of Something Else).

Title: Three is a Magic Number
Format: fanmix
Bands: My Chemical Romance
Pairings: Frank Iero/Gerard Way/Grant Morrison
Size: 25 songs
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: addiction (the singer in track 5 pledges to enable an imaginary addiction and in 21 there's a positive drug metaphor)
Summary: "hand in hand is the only way to land"


mix, tracklist, notes )
kiki_eng: Breakfast at Tiffany's - Holly Golightly - Audrey Hepburn (woman in evening wear & sunglasses stands before shop window) (breakfast at tiffany's)
[personal profile] calvinahobbes and I decided to watch Fried Green Tomatoes the first week in February and then I kind of watched a bunch more films that feature queer women - I go through phases with media. (It's a thing.) I started writing this post after watching Jenny's Wedding and not really having the reaction I was expecting.

I also saw Deadpool opening weekend here, and I do not think I have ever been made so happy by a cartoon boner in my life; boners for everyone is pretty unambiguous. I feel it might actually be less ambiguous than a scene containing something along the lines of "Hello, my name is Wade Wilson and I am pansexual," because I feel like there is a strong desire within certain subsets of the comic book community to erase that sexuality, and that while someone might go "Ha, ha, what a funny word, 'pansexual', what a kidder, that Deadpool," that is basically the audience who's gonna get the message about his sexuality in the film's ending. So: yay, cartoon hammering home the queerness, and yay representation. ♥ The film lived up to expectations for me, going beyond in some ways, and was enjoyable if not a favourite.

The F/F films I watched in February were kind of hit or miss.

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991, USA (English) - "A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know."
Comments )

Jenny's Wedding 2015, USA (English) - "Jenny Farrell has led an openly gay life - except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrells inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice - either change with it or drown."
Comments )

I Can't Think Straight 2008, UK (English) - "A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another woman, Leyla, a British Indian."
Comments )

The Perfect Family 2011, USA (English) - "A devoutly Catholic wife and mother has been nominated for one of the church's top awards. She then goes about trying to prove she has the 'perfect' family, refusing to accept them for who they are."
Comments )

The Baby Formula 2008, Canada (English) - "Two adventurous women in love are desperate to have their own biological child. They take a chance on an experimental scientific process and make sperm from their own stem cells. Pregnant with humor and unexpected twists, their journey ultimately confirms that all life is a gift and all families are crazy."
Comments )

Bessie 2015, USA (English) - "The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s."
Comments )

Vic + Flo ont vu un ours 2013, Canada (French) - "Vic + [Flo] Saw a Bear is a darkly mysterious tale of [two lesbian] ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and [quiet], the [couple slowly] begin to feel under siege[...]"
Comments )

Show Me Love 1998, Sweden/Denmark (Swedish) - "Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin."
Comments )

kiddie gen

Feb. 27th, 2016 11:04 am
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The Dragon's Treasure by [archiveofourown.org profile] misura
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Elizabeth | G | 2,295 words
Summary: Elizabeth goes home. Various things happen. (Also contains moderate doses of floppy shoes, tennis rackets, bums and a treasure.)

This is very simple and Munsch-like and kind of wonderful.


At Tilde by [archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge
Matilda by Roald Dahl | Marvel
Matilda | G | 1,247 words
Summary: Matilda turns hacker, impresses Tony Stark, and fails to be swayed by Charles Xavier.

There's something tremendously satisfying about people telling Xavier "no". I love this; Matilda is wonderfully herself and the path that she chooses is realistic.


a home for every season by [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis | The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Susan | G | 4,042 words
Summary: Susan Pevensie goes to Middle Earth
Let’s talk about a Susan who never moved on, who buried her family in English soil and spent the rest of her life trying to find her way home. She did not believe lions were kind, but she always remembered a bow in her schoolgirl hands.She looked in every old wardrobe she came across. It was casual, everyday– the first day in a new lecture hall, she checked the back of the coat closet. Friends had her over for Christmas dinner and she excused herself to go the bathroom, checked every cabinet and closet, and then headed back in for pudding. She went home with a cute boy she met in a smoky little pub and she checked his wardrobe before she headed home the next morning, heels in hand.

Part agonising, part defiant, part hopeful.


Realistic Painting of Mai by [deviantart.com profile] missbennet
Mai | G | one image

Pretty. Rich - lovely colours and texturing.
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[personal profile] cosmic_llin is taking suggestions for vids about revolution, and is especially interested in less known or non-Western stories.

I went looking through my bookmarks, and 12/14 of the vids I came up with on my first run-through featured women. Since my fannish roots are actually m/m slash I feel this is a pretty significant percentage. I didn't really notice, actually, what a large number of them were about women, but I watched a chunk of them in quick succession and one of them is a baseball vid I recced earlier this month by [personal profile] trelkez - it's called Revolution and is about a women's baseball team, on the surface at least.

One Girl Revolution by [personal profile] arefadedaway and She's a Rebel by [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls are multifandom vids. [[personal profile] thingswithwings wrote some interesting meta, ladies (en masse) are awesome, about that particular genre in 2011.] ...and then there's [personal profile] kuwdora's SG-1 vid about Vala Mal Doran vid, Just a Girl.

SG-1, so, evil empire: check ...and Vala's generally a shit-disturber, so it made the list of vids to check out, and then I watched it. The No Doubt lyrics are pretty intense: "this world is forcing me to hold your hand, because I'm just a girl, little ol' me, well don't let me out of your sight" and "don't let me have any rights, oh, I've had it up to here." The vid ends with a shot of Vala about to burn at the stake, a shot of her in a kitchen, followed by a clip of her finishing up a fight and punching a man's lights out. (It reminds me of [personal profile] kuwdora's Hook Shot, which is a multifandom vid with a lot of punching, and ends with a girl shooting the camera out.)

Watching all of those female-centric vids about revolution have made me wonder. Is the act of being female an act of revolution? Does existing, as a woman, mean that whatever you do, you're going to occupy space that someone thinks isn't yours? Do we have a vidding canon that supports something along those lines?

There's a lot of speculative fiction on the fandom list for those 14 vids, but I'm becoming increasingly convinced that reality is by far the scariest source material out there, because, look, there's a reason we have all these vids about women fighting oppressive regimes.

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