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Nov. 22nd, 2014 03:56 pm
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I have come up with an analogy that entertains me way too much: if perfume genres were literary genres, fruity-florals would be YA Paranormal Romance With Love Triangle.

As in: it's definitely possible to make a very good one, but it's really easy and really profitable to cynically set out to make a flagrantly mediocre one and shift a million units, and a lot of people are going to look down on the entire category because A. there are just so many bad ones out there, and B. the target market skews very young, very femme, and not necessarily really into anything outside the genre.

(Following this logic, I think the Angel clones are Very Very Mainstream Het BDSM Romance, in that it's undoubtedly possible to make a fantastic one, but I personally will hate it regardless, while quite liking a lot of the components in other contexts.)
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Location: West Hollywood, California

I always wanted to have my own place and after having the roommate experience, I've decided to get a place of my own. I wanted to be close to work and also in the neighborhood with interior design resources so I chose West Hollywood, California. After seeing many one bedrooms and studios, I found a decent size, large studio apartment.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 04:00 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2881 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 04 pages, 076 secrets from Secret Submission Post #412.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 1 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

High Scorin' Shelf Porn

Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:58 pm
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In this week's edition of SHELF PORN, Tom shows off not only his original art and statues, but also his custom-built arcade game. Also find out how you can submit your shelves to ROBOT 6!

[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #413 ]

Nov. 22nd, 2014 03:45 pm
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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #413 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on November 29TH.



RULES:
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 600x600 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

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Rosemary once was a child in a family with a sister, Fern, and a brother, Lowell. Now she's in college, palling around with a manic pixie dream girl named Harlow and trying not to think about the mysterious event that caused Fern to vanish and Lowell's life to go off the rails. The novel switches between Rosemary's childhood and adulthood as she comes to grips with whatever happened.

This novel has a possibly surprising plot twist about a fifth of the way in; I say possibly because I learned of it in a review, and there are other elements of the novel itself which may make it immediately evident. However, I will keep it a surprise for the benefit of those who don't want to be spoiled. I'll put it behind a cut.

Fowler is a highly skilled author whose books, unfortunately, never appeal to me anywhere near as much as they appeal to others. She always has intriguing premises and her novels always get rave reviews, so I keep checking them out. To date, I have never much liked any of them. Something about her prose style, characterization, and tone always strikes me as distant and chilly. This book was no exception. It involves a lot of potentially interesting and moving elements, but I found it dry and unsatisfying. However, I am in the minority in this, so you may well love this or any other of her books.

That being said, if you are at all sensitive to animal harm, avoid this book. It is centrally concerned with cruelty to animals, and contains multiple graphic depictions of it. (I didn't know this when I started, or I would not have read it.)

Great title, though.

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By Karen Joy Fowler We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Pen/Faulkner Award - Fiction)
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BOOM! Studios has provided CBR with an exclusive preview of "Capture Creatures" #1 from acclaimed creators Frank Gibson & Becky Dreistadt.
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Part One
Part Two

NINE: HAIR APPARENT
Rating: PG (Gen)
Summary: You'd think Hydra would know more about hot oil.
Prompt: amekage: bucky's hair is a goddamned mess. Did HYDRA not hear of a brush?
copperbadge: Hydra does not deep condition! Discipline only comes from split ends! Now I want Natasha taking charge of Bucky and being like "Jesus, didn't Nazis have hairbrushes? Does Hydra think split ends are manly?" And Bucky's like, broken inside and miserable AND YET he starts loling. And then she's like I THOUGHT HYDRA LIKED HOT OIL.

Also available at AO3. The original draft of this story may be found here.

They found Bucky on a Thursday... )

TEN: THEMS
Rating: PG (Steve/Tony)
Summary: Steve discovers a secret simulation on the game server.
Prompt: Hailtherandom: according to icalendar, i am supposed to remind you to write midnight theater about jarvis playing the sims and making an avengers family

Also available at AO3. The original draft of this story may be found here.

The communal game server at Avengers Tower was an interesting mix... )

ELEVEN: WRECKING THE LAB
Rating: R
Summary: Tony Stark and Betty Ross have been friends since they were nine, and friends with benefits since they were fifteen...
Prompt: Mageflower: Formal request for Betty/Tony filthy lab sex :D

Also available at AO3. The original draft of this story may be found here.

I'm Tony. You're Betty Ross. My dad said your dad's a prick. )

TWELVE: YANKEE BUCK
Rating: R
Summary: Bucky is overpaid, oversexed, and over here -- but the barman doesn't seem to mind.
Prompt:

magpieandwhale: Fun fact! The indignant English bartender in this scene is the same actor who played tiny Steve.
actualmenacebuckybarnes: Fun fact! After seeing Steve gazing longingly at Peggy, Bucky waited for Steve to leave his side then propositioned the indignant English bartender for a night of angst-ridden lookalike sex.

Also available at AO3. The original draft of this story may be found here.

You're here with the big bloke, aren't you? )

THIRTEEN: POOR LITTLE RICH HERO GIRL CLUB
Rating: PG
Summary: Quinn is kidnapped by Wasp and Hawkeye. Sort of.
Prompt: Historymiss: If you're still doing hydrocone midnight theatre I'd love to see some more Quinn quire !

Also available at AO3. The original draft of this story may be found here.

Quinn Quire is a former terrorist, self-proclaimed... )

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 07:43 pm
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A random sampling of promotional cards from the lobby of the central Cambridge cinema:

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Arrive!
Celebrate with us Le Beaujolais Nouveau!
With the "International Jazz Septet"
Price includes: 2 glasses of wine & French nibbles

Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble
Performing music by Philip Glass at the Corn Exchange

The Late Propaganda State
And Why Real Meditation Ain't For Pussies
Steve takes us on an existential journey where he explores growing up in the American 'dream,' his entrance into 'spiritual life,' the ups and downs of enlightenment, and why real meditation isn't for pussies!

Fitz and Will - The Cambridge Cats
Join Fitz and Will on an adventure through the historic streets and colleges of Cambridge to Trinity May Ball, where their curiosity leads them into mischief.

Giamo & I. Pagano: Abstract Revelations
Giamo, a graduate of the Academia di Belle Article di Roma, makes woks considered to be 'natural abstract'. I. Pagano trained as a chemist and his work is described as 'gestural abstract'.
Pictured, the latter's piece Covalent Bond

The Imitation Game Giveaway
Solve our crypto challenge for a chance to WIN a pair of cinema tickets to The Imitation Game
(Contest sponsored by a data protection firm)

I think I'll stay.

The Washington Post for Free

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:40 pm
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Amazon is giving Kindle Fire tablet owners a free 6-month subscription to The Washington Post, no other purchase required. My Fire HDX updated to 4.51 a couple of days ago, but I didn’t see any notice of the app at that time; those who are updating now should see a note about the new app in the update notice DOC that gets placed onto the tablet. I just downloaded the app, which apparently triggered the update notice to also download and have been browsing thru the app. It works well and hotlinks out to related content (with a bit of lag here, which may be due to our slow internet speed); a convenient “Close” icon on the related content returns you to the news, rather than leaving you stranded in the web browser, which is nice. Articles can be easily shared via email or bookmarked (which saves them for later viewing on your tablet, from what I can tell).

Combined with the free NY Time subscription I get from Audible (for credit subscription members), I can get a fairly balanced view of the news (or dually biased, perhaps).

Note that the 6-month free subscription starts from the earliest of the date your tablet updates or when you install the app.

Book Description
Welcome to the new tablet app from The Washington Post. Designed specifically for the tablet, the app keeps readers informed with award-winning national and international news coverage. Striking photography and informative graphics bring stories to life. Users will receive two daily editions, plus important updates throughout the day for breaking news. Intuitive browsing allows readers to seamlessly navigate through stories and enjoy in-depth reading. The Pinch View feature gives a bird’s eye view of articles, allowing users to easily select and read full stories.

The new app is free for 6 months, available with the latest software update or from the date you installed the app, exclusively on your Fire tablet.

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NotNaNo, visual media edition

Nov. 22nd, 2014 07:46 pm
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Writers often look enviously at painters because you can create far more paintings than novels in a lifetime, which gives you more chances to experiment.

And then I spotted this:

http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/art-demos-techniques/working-up-from-a-grisaille

Outline. Underdrawing. Grisaille (several passes). Background colour. Two layers of flesh tone. Colours and clothes. Final touches.

Go and read the whole post and then tell me that this is not every bit as much work as writing a novel.


Also, as far as I know (unless you want to count the Bayeux tapestry), the first comic:

https://twitter.com/JohanOosterman/status/534826416375087104/photo/1

from the Liber Floridus, whole mss digitized here

And if you have any interest in layout, *do* go and have a look at the mss, because the lines have not been erased, and you can see the full layout grid that any inDesign user would be proud of: capitals to _here_, numbers in margins to be placed _there_, page numbers up _here_.) Also, the stitching on 23r/24v...)

You can see how the format developed from, say, 34v, which is not uncommon in medieval illustrations - but round off the text panels and you have a veritable ancestor of comics/graphic novels.

(In other news: coding slower than expected, but still ongoing. Not doing NaNo meetups this weekend as I have a stinking cold.)

190 Guardians of the Galaxy - BATCH A

Nov. 22nd, 2014 11:41 am
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190 textless icons from Guardians of the Galaxy, this is batch A. Goes from beginning of the movie to right before Peter Quill meets Gamora.

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190 Guardians of the Galaxy - BATCH A

Nov. 22nd, 2014 11:38 am
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190 textless icons from Guardians of the Galaxy, this is batch A. Goes from beginning of the movie to right before Peter Quill meets Gamora.

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