We’re hard-pressed to imagine The CW adding yet a fifth DC superhero to its airwaves, but the FOX-transplanted Black Lightning is nonetheless ready to strike. See for yourself in the first official production photo, as Hart of Dixie alum Cress Wiliams suits up in an electrifying costume.
Now that Arrow has confirmed one of its most enduring players will be back for Season 6 full-time, it’s worth wondering whether the main cast is untouchable. Every season has its deaths, but according to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, there’s at least one member of Team Arrow who gets a lifetime pass, and it isn’t Oliver Queen.
(Sidenote: I can't believe Dolezal is what passes for plot twist these days. Thanks, Hollywood.)
I'm struggling. I have for the entire month, and all the more because there's really nobody to talk Steve/Maria with anymore, and nobody who wants to. (It's never going to get anything more in canon, and I don't have anyone to bounce off regarding her character, which is most of what I want.)
I'm two days away from going into Camp NaNo, with the goal of writing 50K to Shadowkin: Seabirthed. Carlos is part-Hispanic, Australian, half-Shadowkin, and struggling with the changes to his life - his mother dead, his father remarried, his stepmother expecting, his grandparents hostile. He's solitary and bullied at school, and it's only when he stands up for someone else, and she reaches back out to him that things start getting better. (No, she's not the romantic interest; for starters, they're about 12 years old, and she's the protag of the next book.)
I've started his story at least five times, maybe as many as ten times.
But I feel like I have nothing to tell, that nobody would be interested in my stories, that even if I managed to finish a manuscript, I could never find anyone to buy any story I'd want to tell in any case.
Pairing: Anna Khitrova/Nikolai Luzhin
Rating/Warning(s): Mature/Sexy times
Word Count/WIP?: 4,793/No
Recced on LiveJournal By: Honor_Reid
Special Rec: 35 of 41
Why This Must Be Read: A year after the movie ends Nikolai shows up in Anna's life again with a birthday gift for Christine. What I love about this story is Anna's pov and how she deals with Nikolai's reappearance in her life. This story manages to keep the angst and tension between the two but still gives the happy ending we have always wanted for them.
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Nothing! Maybe if I finish this RBB chapter before Friday, I can read something. (At least this is the longest chapter. Probably.)
What I'm Reading Now
( Avengers #5.1, Infamous Iron Man #6, Mighty Captain Marvel #3, Spider-Woman #17, Thunderbolts #11 )
What I'm Reading Next
Don't know. There are so many books I want to read but I am not reading them.
Author: MissDavis on AO3
Pairings: Sherlock/John (established)
Length: 117627 words
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: After John is seriously injured, Sherlock struggles to figure out how to help him, keep himself sane, and maybe, just maybe, get their life back to the way it's supposed to be.
Reccer's comments: John gets injured during a case, remaining paralyzed from the waist down. Both he and Sherlock have to come to terms with their new situation – as John learns how to live with his disability, Sherlock tries to cope with the guilt that is eating away at him.
I loved the way this fic portrayed Sherlock’s and John’s emotional journey, going through grief, anger, sadness, and ultimately acceptance. I also loved that there were moments of tension between Sherlock and John even when it was clear how much the two loved each other and how determined they were to stay together. I found the portrayal of emotions realistic, sometimes even raw, and definitely touching.
Excerpt: For once John was waiting for him when he got to his room. Sherlock looked him over. He'd been out again; he was wearing chinos and a button-down. Where—ah, he had the new chair. It was one hundred percent different from the old one, but it had still taken Sherlock a moment to notice, because he'd been distracted by John's expression: a shy, uncertain smile Sherlock hadn't seen directed at him in ages.
"So, what do you think?" John's words were casual but Sherlock could hear the apprehension behind them, see the way he had to stop his hands from clenching convulsively on the slim, contoured arms of the wheelchair.
He wasn't even sure what response John hoped to hear. It's perfect. Good choice with the black. It's horrible. I will never not hate to see you unable to stand. What he said was, "It's tiny."
John raised his eyebrows. "Not exactly words I want to hear coming out of your mouth, but fair enough, I suppose."
(I am coming on my shift and my manager is leaving, but wants to show me his new car so we proceed outside. While we are discussing the car, a Cadillac pulls up in the far corner of the parking lot and just sits there for around thirty minutes as we talk about the car. I jokingly say “there is another drug deal going down.” My manager gets in his car and pulls up next to the Cadillac, then comes back to the door, gets out, and the both of us go inside.)
Me: “So what was he doing?”
Manager: “He was smoking a joint. He claims to be a guest here; I’m going to verify that.”
(We get to the desk and look up the room number. As we are doing this the guy walks in and stands by the desk.)
Guest: “So just because I am black and wearing a wife beater you assume that I was doing something illegal?”
Me: “Uh, what?”
Guest: “You’re racist, man! You assumed I was dealing drugs and doing illegal things cause I’m black!”
(I am a white male in my early twenties, and my manager is an older black guy.)
Me: “If you want to get technical about it, sir, you were doing something. Last time I checked pot is still illegal; correct me if I’m wrong. Instead of accusing me of being racist, you should be thankful that we haven’t gotten the cops involved in this matter.”
(He turned and walked away. He didn’t say a single word to me for the rest of his stay. Turns out you’re racist for catching someone smoking pot; who knew?)
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She also ordered x-rays and thought she saw something worrying in them. The report from the radiologist that came in today said everything looks as expected and, oh, by the way, those are cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) clips, so I’m assuming that those are what worried her. She was very concerned about the possibility that this is the beginning of something dire. She asked a lot of questions with a neurological/cognitive bent and wanted to know about my recent bowel movements.
Scott has decided that he has to call in tomorrow. He says that the combination of my back with Cordelia’s appointment and Expo means he really, really needs to be home. Him being home in the morning will make it more likely that I’ll be together enough to get him to move the things in the kitchen that I’ve been wanting him to. I can’t reach the lower shelves of the refrigerator, for example, and the shelves where we keep our canned goods are too low for me. I can get what’s right at the front of the top shelf but not anything else.
I’m finding lying flat on my back vastly tedious. I can’t easily type while in that position. Lying on my side doesn’t hurt, but after I do that for even a minute or two, I can’t sit up or stand without severe pain. If I’ve been flat on my back, I can do both with minor trouble.
I’m feeling so very, very tired, enough so that I’m wondering if I should default on Fandom5K. I don’t know if this will be better in two or three days or if it will take weeks. I’ve never defaulted on an exchange, and I quite like the idea I’m working on, but… I don’t know.
Which means that my favorite coworker, who usually does the deliveries with me, is in the copy center...
Which means that I take over most of HER responsibilities, while still having most of mine...
And of course, this Would be the week when some random bureaucrat decides to play mind games with us, and then raises a giant stink when we (welnigh inevitably) deliver his package to the wrong building. Sigh.
It's that kind of week.
Oh well, bell practice tonight, then have a beer withe the associate rector; and quarter peal on Sunday!
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We usually have to wait until the newest Pixar film hits theaters to enjoy the latest Pixar short, but fans of the beloved animated studio won’t have to wait until this fall to see Dante’s Lunch… A Short Tail. Pixar has released their new short online a full eight months ahead of its theatrical debut, giving fans another sneak peek at the colorful world of Coco via the life of his endearing dog, Dante.
So you've decided to read about Batman! I would definitely applaud this decision, as I have spent the majority of the past thirty years doing exactly that, but I also know that it can be pretty daunting to figure out where to get started. There have, after all, been thousands of Batman stories published since he first debuted from Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939, and despite a few missteps along the way, he probably has more classic and definitive stories in print than any other superhero.
But don't worry, ComicsAlliance is here to help with a list of ten essential Batman stories. Read these, and you'll (hopefully) come away with a solid foundation for understanding the Dark Knight and how he works.
What I'm currently reading: I'm still trying to convince myself to keep reading Abaddon's Gate by James S. A. Corey. It's not that it's bad, it's just that I always find I have other things to do.
What I'm reading next: As I mentioned last week, I have The Marches by Rory Stewart, about walking the border between Scotland and England, sitting on my desk waiting to be opened. For audiobook, I am on the waiting list for something through Overdrive, but I don't remember what it is, and I can't log in because "the library authentication server is overwhelmed due to high volume." So it's likely to be a pleasant surprise when it shows up, which is not uncommon as I usually forget what I've wait-listed on Overdrive or from my library, or requested through ILL, until I get the email that it's available!
In other news, we have finished S1 of The Expanse and are making ready to catch up on Black Sails.
Speaking of, there is a Black Sails Exchange happening! blacksailsexchange and yes, that looks like Black Sail Sex Change to me, too. Nominations are now through April 5th, then signups through the 16th. I may or may not participate, haven't decided yet. It might be too much because...
...I am putting together nominations for nightonficmountain and hoping to participate (for the first time). [And aie, I see AO3 is going down for a 30-minute code update in about 45 minutes!]
Speaking of exchanges, sutcliff_swap is not running this year, as my co-mod riventhorn has Things Happening this summer, and so do I, though with fewer capital letters. (So if you'd like to write or draw for (or receive art or fic for) a Sutcliff book, why not nominate it for nightonficmountain?)
In gaming news, I'm still really enjoying the Witcher 3 Blood & Wine expansion. There seem to be a lot of easter eggs and a lot of humor in this one; while walking through the main city I overheard a man singing "I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me..." and the quest I'm on now involves a note by "Smegole Serkis" about his "precious" gold spoon and has sent me off to find treasure in the kitchen of the legendary elven cook "Ra'mses Gor-Thon", who must be the chef Gordon Ramsay.
And in class today our teacher gave me a hand and I made it! For the first time ever - full headstand!
It didn't last very long, but with another hand I managed to come down slowly in a controlled fashion and didn't hurt myself and I was feeling so good about my progress.
For about ten minutes.
And then I hurt myself going into another inversion annnnd... yeah. It was both humiliating and scary. I don't even know what happened other than I failed catastrophically at going into a shoulderstand involving bolsters and ropes and lovely doctorskuld has given me pain killers and rubbed back and neck with tiger balm and I will be sore tomorrow. (Our teacher felt really bad for not demonstrating the technique better, which may have helped? But it might also not because - inversions. There's a reason I freak out about them.)
I just finished reading...
Inda by Sherwood Smith
I am currently reading...
The Fox by Sherwood Smith
And I am 100% totally absorbed by everything about these books. After getting through the first third of Inda last week I still wasn't sure about it but then I stuck with it and got a bit further in and somewhere along the way I got incredibly emotionally involved.
As it's as series and I still have two and a half books to go I don't want to write too much about it - I know I'll have a lot more to say when I'm done - but what I've read so far is so very good. Absolutely demanding of the reader (though it does get easier eventually - and I feel like The Fox has slightly fewer POV jumps), but what a payoff. Any emotional investment gets repaid manyfold by the plot and what it does to the characters and it's all so terribly gripping and fascinating.
The worldbuilding really is something else - again, I'm sure I'll have more on this subject, but it's one of the most interesting fantasy series I've come across in ages. It's got depth and mystery and it's so stunningly creative with the things it does, like the everyday magic and the things that are like our world but slightly different?
And I don't want to spoil anything, but part of what makes it so engaging is that the world comes with a built-in lack of any kind of sexual assault. This is a HUGE RELIEF to me as a reader, especially coming off a pretty bad experience with Finnigan of the Rock with its recurring theme of people suffering the ongoing consequences of sexual violence, and also an amazing demonstration of what you as an author can do with your fantasy. I mean, don't get me wrong: there's a lot of other violence in the books, and a lot of people who are suffering the consequences of all sorts of cruelty. So it's not that it's a world that's all sweetness and light. It's just - that's such an interesting thing to explore. The consequences of a world where a few key things (things pertaining to women, in particular) are different, and what that would mean for society.
That's me keeping it really short and not going off on a ramble about all the things I love about this series and how happy I am that eglantiere pointed me this way and how I'm actually less productive at work right now because I keep taking "short breaks" that end up... quite a bit longer as they involve me sneakily reading "just another page" on my Kindle...
Toby was convinced that we'd somehow bought expensive dollhouse furniture. I was convinced that what we were going to get was a box with the warranty and some cleaning fluid in it (that's happened before when we bought furniture).
On the way home from dropping documents by our tax lady, we got a notification from FedEx that our shipment had been delivered, so the drive home was a bit tense as we wondered what awaited us.
So what arrived...?
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The Question Ever by Wendy Videlock (though I feel the urge to note that 'glove' and 'of' do not rhyme in my accent)
Diss by Makaila Dean
Upon Receiving My Inheritance by William Fargason
What I've read: short fiction
Nevertheless, She Persisted - a collection of 11 flash fiction pieces for International Women's Day
For me, the standouts were:
Heart Stitch by Jose Pablo Iriarte
The Redshirt's Daughter by Evan Dicken
Attending Your Own Funeral: An Etiquette Guide by Erica L. Satifka
Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm (novella-length romance)
Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Penric & Desdemona 4). This just happened to show up when I was checking Hugo-eligibility of the previous two Penric & Desdemona novellas. While the first three had quite long gaps of time between them, this one follows almost straight on from the previous, and leaves more than one plot thread unresolved by the end.
What I've read: long fiction
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (reread)
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (reread)
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
I had a couple of days where I really was too ill to do anything but doze or read, and inhaled these latest three. The endings all struck me as particularly abrupt on this read through, the general destruction-level is getting ridiculous even with authorial lampshading, and there are really a lot of loose threads in play now. (But I still enjoyed them all very much.)
The Long List Anthology Volume 2 edited by David Steffen - I was surprised just how many of the short stories collected within I'd read - and surprised by a couple I'd not read but really should have. Anyway, the quality level so far is excellent.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I am ... not enjoying this as much as I expected. It is feeding my thirst for more information about Dorothy Vaughan (in particular) and the other women from the film and NACA/NASA more generally, but its style is both a bit too chatty and a bit too florid for my liking. Or possibly having two bad colds in three weeks is making me bad-tempered and uncharitable. Listening to the audiobook version doesn't seem to wind me up the same way, so I'm going to try listening the rest of the way through.
Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm
Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Tony bought Digital Divide by K.B. Spangler, which has been on my radar for a while, so I may sneak a read of it. (And/or go back to working through A Girl and Her Fed by same.)
I preordered Provenance by Ann Leckie (out in October) and The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (out in September).
- author:ann leckie,
- author:ben aaronovitch,
- author:erica l satifka,
- author:evan dicken,
- author:jo walton,
- author:jose pablo iriarte,
- author:k b spangler,
- author:lois mcmaster bujold,
- author:makaila dean,
- author:margot lee shetterly,
- author:maria dahvana shetterly,
- author:nicole helm,
- author:seanan mcguire,
- author:wendy videlock,
- author:william fargason,
- books:2017:reading wednesday
- My phone, that I bought only half a year ago, is broken (not my fault.) Still covered under warranty, but still, ugh.
- We now have shelves in our kitchen! For cookbooks, and because we don't have enough yet there's also space for plants and fandom stuff. I'd take a picture, but see above re: phone being broken (and I'm too lazy to search for my old camera.)
- I wanted to go see Eddie Izzard in Bratislava on Saturday, but missed the bus. I was so mad at myself that I went running and completely overdid it, my knee still hurts.
- Last week we found out that our third roommate is moving out, so we're looking for a new one again. *sigh*
- So, so many terrible things in politics. So many. I know that world-wide there are much larger and more serious issues, but that our foreign minister and minister of the interior are huge dicks and the chancellor is ceding way too much ground to the conservatives is just the shitty cherry on top.
By now I have a few thousand words of unsorted thoughts on the last ~25 Critical Role episodes and I'm too lazy to clean them up and post them yet, but I feel the need to express my feelings about episode 83 RIGHT NOW.( spoilers )
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