Cover for Uncanny Inhumans FCBD issue

Apr. 18th, 2015 09:53 pm
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Anyone remember when they said the usage of 'Uncanny' in 'Uncanny Inhumans' was coincidental and that they weren't trying to copy the X-Men?

Well... )

Zen Speaks

Apr. 18th, 2015 09:42 pm
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Please come in, take off your shoes, sit down, have some tea and read a little something from the manhua Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness by Tsai Chih Chung (translated by Brian Bruya; Anchor Books, 1994). Seven pages of 159.

Then go wash your bowl )

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GI Joe 141-142: Such Heroic Nonsense

Apr. 18th, 2015 06:22 pm
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When last we left off Megatron had touched the Ark down in a Cobra occupied town in America so that he could give Cobra Commander some of the tech contained there in as payment for his new body... but Megatron has something else that interests him, a reason he is continuing to deal with Cobra.

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My mental health is such a fucking headtrip sometimes. (I know, sounds like a tautology, but–normally my reality testing is fairly good.)

About six months a lot of my bullying-sourced crazy got triggered like mad and my head went back to the place that I am awful and unlovable and everyone is going to desert me. So, since last autumn, I’ve been low-level convinced that at least half the people I know casually despise me. If I haven’t kept in touch over the winter odds are I’ve been thinking, like, “It would be awkward to force myself on people who dislike me so much. I’ll have to save making amends and mending fences for when I’m more recuperated.”

I’m better in many ways these days but the residue of crazy clings. So when I extend little gestures of “Do you still hate me now?” to friends and acquaintances and they’re just friendly and glad to hear from me, it blows my fucking mind every time.

More books

Apr. 18th, 2015 07:34 pm
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Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

Lovely setting, lovely magic, I loved the characters for the first third where they were finding their feet, but then found it hard to stay engaged, hard to care about what happens. I'm starting to think I love Kameron Hurley's writing in theory but I often lamentably don't enjoy her books as much as I want to.

Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey (aka Mike Carey)

Woodpijn originally recommended this here and I mostly agreed with her, and with the comments on bookatorium. Read woodpijn's review for a non-spoilery recommendation if that's what you want.

However, I hadn't realised when I thought "oh, that sounds interesting" that it was a new book that would show up in book award lists. That made more sense when I realised M R Carey was Mike Carey, the author of the lovely Felix Castor london exorcist urban fantasy books.

It's different to his other books -- it reads like a mainstream slightly-literary novel that happens to have a slightly scifi-nal premise, but is pretty good.

I also agreed with comments that the first two chapters with Melanie being taught and working out what's wrong were extremely strong, and the rest of the book, while good thought-provoking and enjoyable didn't take those bits as far as I'd hoped.

Other films, I don't have much to say about

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Whip It

Batman:Hush - Batman vs. Superman

Apr. 18th, 2015 05:09 pm
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(Despite starting with Batman #611, this cover is from #612, since it kinda fits the theme more)

I have conflicting feelings towards Hush. I enjoy reading it, but not thinking about it. The story isn't very good, but I think he characters are well written. The art sticks to very stereotypical body shapes, where everyone kinda looks the same, but it's Jim Lee, so it's gorgeous art. Hush himself WOULD have been an interesting villain, if his 'reveal' wasn't so obvious (but also very confusing). It reminds me a lot of Jeph Loeb's other big Batman work 'The Long Halloween', where the characters and set-up are pretty good, but the resulting story and payoff... aren't.

Anyway, after seeing the new Batman vs. Superman teaser (which, IMO, looks pretty lame), I though about this confrontation which happened in the middle of the Hush story-arc (issues #611 and #612). I think these two work best together in a story when they begrudgingly work together rather than out-right fight, but I do think it's one of the better done fights between them.

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I do not remember the last time I woke up at 11. I mean, I did probably go to bed around 2, but still -- oh man, disorienting. Last night [personal profile] theladyscribe and I had an A+ Korean food experience, then wandered up to Times Square to see a movie, any movie, which turned out to be Ex Machina, which was incredible. Many thoughts about how amazing and weird that was.

Oof. I thought writing an entry would help me have more to say (that I would want to say in public?), but I don't think it's going to.

Hello, Saturday, I guess I really need you.

Avengers Millennium #4

Apr. 18th, 2015 11:49 pm
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"Just discovered Rob Liefeld's sister-in-law played Tori on SAVED BY THE BELL and I entered a rotating snowflake of infinite 90s punchlines." - Mike Costa

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He's a master of ambient sound.

Apr. 18th, 2015 09:24 am
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His powers're to control, amplify, and redirect the noise around him.

He calls himself Doppler, because he thinks that effect's " close enough " to what he does.

He's been a key part of C.O.W.L.'s last few issues; his introduction opened last December's #7 nicely.

There, he'd walked into a convenience store, picked up some newspapers, and turned to walk out.

He was stopped by the man behind the counter, who told him that he needed to pay for those.

He said he wouldn't, and told the man's wife to mind her business when she tried to interject.

The man, provoked, pulled out a gun to hold him there.

" You're going to call the police? "

" Yes, I am. "

" Okay then. "

..he said, like a man taking his cue. )

Just One Thing (18 April 2015)

Apr. 18th, 2015 10:44 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

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There is this anxious thing I do, that I think a lot of people do: if I know something difficult is coming up, especially a difficult conversation or interaction, I rehearse it in my head. My rehearsing mechanisms go back and forth with my editorial mechanisms, refining what I'm going to do or say and how I'll respond to questions until I'm reasonably certain that I have prepared for every eventuality.

This is apparently also how I write, at least based on how it's gone so far. I pick a scene (either because it follows logically from the one I just left or because I get excited thinking about it) and frame it in terms of interaction; if it's not multiple people interacting, it's an individual interacting with their environment, memories, worries, plans, creative work, etc. Then I turn the scene around in my head and rehearse it a bunch of different ways. If something feels out of character, ahistorical, or otherwise off, I tweak it. Lather, rinse, repeat (sometimes literally--I do a lot of this sort of thinking in the shower).

I focus less on specific words and more on concepts, same as when I'm rehearsing for a real-life event: make sure you express this, but try to avoid discussing that. I don't worry too much about how the scene builds plot, though having characters' different motivations interact almost always develops story to some extent; I'm just getting a sense of how the interactions might go. And the emphasis is on "might": the first time I noticed that I was doing this, it was because I'd caught myself assessing a scene in my head and realizing that there were several different and equally acceptable ways that it could go. That alone was kind of revelatory. I'm not usually so easy-going. :)

When I write the scene down, the written words are like a translucent overlay on the imagined interactions. I fill in a lot of details while I'm writing, things like body language and staging and specific witticisms that aren't relevant to the rehearsals. Then I look at the places where the overlay diverges from the rehearsal and decide which I like better.

I do almost all my writing on Tuesdays, and write maybe 1200 to 1500 words in a day, so I spend most of a week casually exploring possibilities for fairly short scenes. It's a leisurely process. I like it.

The one thing I need to watch out for is that when I'm rehearsing for real-world things, I want them to go as smoothly as possible, whereas sometimes fiction needs to go very badly for one or more people involved. J reminded me today that I struggle with maintaining tension in my longer narratives; I always want to solve all the problems right away! I also tend to keep writing after a scene has already done all the things it needs to do--I guess I just get in the groove, and I don't quite have a sense yet of the natural stopping point--and then it trails off in the fiction equivalent of people awkwardly making small talk at a party because they don't know how to escape. But I'm working on that. I suspect it's going to involve writing a lot of scenes that go like this:

1. setup
2. presentation of problem
3. resolution of problem/unnecessary restatement of problem/hot air

and then cutting part 3 and either throwing it away or saving it for later. I guess this is a type of "writing out of order" but I'm not doing it deliberately; I'm just an amateur writer who doesn't know how not to kill tension yet. :) Fortunately I'm also a decent editor who can spot the problem once I'm looking back at it.

Arm pain is my friend here, oddly. I had to stop writing on Tuesday night because ow, and then I went back on Wednesday and realized that actually that scene had done everything it needed to do. It didn't end in a perfectly resolved way, and that's just fine because I am writing an entire book and individual scenes and chapters don't need to be perfect tiny short stories. :) So I will leave the # at the bottom of the page where Scrivener put it and move on to the next thing, which is probably Nathaniel and Eliza having a fight.

I might even end the scene while they're still--*gasp*--annoyed with each other.

Gosh, that feels wicked and daring. :D

Have I mentioned that I'm having so much fun with this? The slow pace really helps with that too. At 1200 words a week I'll be done in a year and a half or so. That's fine. I'm in no hurry. And I just get to enjoy it.

EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention the flip side! Of course there is a companion anxiety thing where after I've done something that I feel bad about, I replay it over and over in my head, sometimes years later. Well, I do the post-hoc analysis with writing too... but it's called "revisions" and I get to fix everything I regret. So tremendously satisfying.

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Apr. 17th, 2015 10:46 pm
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Quick FYI: DW apparently removed some people from my circle somehow? IDK. So if you got a notification that I added you, and were pretty sure I had already added you, I didn't remove you on purpose.

Prayer -- Jorie Graham

Apr. 17th, 2015 07:34 pm
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Over a dock railing, I watch the minnows, thousands, swirl themselves, each a miniscule muscle, but also, without the way to create current, making of their unison (turning, re- infolding, entering and exiting their own unison in unison) making of themselves a visual current, one that cannot freight or sway by minutest fractions the water’s downdrafts and upswirls, the dockside cycles of finally-arriving boat-wakes, there where they hit deeper resistance, water that seems to burst into applause where it hits pilings, keels, breaking back into itself (it has those layers) a real current though mostly invisible sending into the visible (minnows) arrowing motion that forces change— this is freedom. This is the force of faith. Nobody gets what they want. Never again are you the same. The longing is to be pure. What you get is to be changed. More and more by each glistening minute, through which infinity threads itself, also oblivion, of course, the aftershocks of something at sea. Here, hands full of sand, letting it sift through in the wind, I look in and say take this, this is what I have saved, take this, hurry. And if I listen now? Listen. I was not saying anything. It was only something I did. I could not choose words. I am free to go. I cannot of course come back. Not to this. Never. It is a ghost posed on my lips. Here: never.

-- Jorie Graham

[if the formatting on this is screwy, poke me and I'll fix it tomorrow night after sundown.]

Masks and Madams is almost at 50%

Apr. 17th, 2015 08:00 pm
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We are at 49% on the campaign for Masks and Madams!

Sequel to Pride and Prostitutes, by far the bestselling thing we've done.

Go check it out and donate!  We have packages where you can get the first one as an ebook if you haven't read it.

And please signal boost if you can.  Indiegogo changed how it does things re: paying out, and so we're starting behind the line on this one to begin with.  Any help is welcome!

Thanks!  I'm really glad we're nearly at 50% already!  <3
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Last time Scarlett had been stabbed in the chest by Snake-eyes, and the Cobra Ninjas were, correctly, suspecting her of still working for GI Joe cause Snake-eyes never misses. But since there are more Transformers fans here than Joe fans we'll have to side skirt her story for the next couple issues (though don't worry we'll get back to her), cause here's Megatron.

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Boost for friend

Apr. 17th, 2015 03:05 pm
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A friend is very concerned about money issues since having to cut hours on their job.

They are willing to write fic or draw something for a little money in order to make sure rent is covered. $1 per one hundred words and $7 for art.

You can read more about in [personal profile] wallwalker 's post here.

Please take a look and help if you can?

Bendis' Daredevil Part 11: Wake Up

Apr. 17th, 2015 02:50 pm
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I didn't post this during this during my initial 'Bendis' Daredevil' series but I figured I would now. It's his first Daredevil story that he did and it was a stand-alone arc that took place before his main run began (there was another writer's arc in between the two). It's considerably different in style and tone than the rest of his work.

As a warning, this story deals with child abuse.

Scans under the cut... )

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Apr. 17th, 2015 01:02 pm
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Theme week will begin Monday April 20th, and our theme is times of day. I will probably not be able to post again on Monday to let you know it is time to begin posting your selections, so if it is Monday for you wherever you may be, please go ahead and post. Just remember to tag your posts with theme:times of day and have fun!

okay no

Apr. 17th, 2015 04:33 pm
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I am legit more resentful than that about today's xkcd

if people would like to have a grump-in in comments here they are very welcome to

because what the fuck

(content note, if you haven't looked at it and are wondering: Read more... ) NOPE.)

Just One Thing (17 April 2015)

Apr. 17th, 2015 12:32 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


More hat-wearing problems

Apr. 17th, 2015 11:33 am
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A friend on facebook linked to a variant of the 100 hats puzzle I talked about at:

Suppose there are 100 scientists (or logicians, or philosophers...) and 101 hats. As in the other puzzle, the scientists are told the rules, allowed to confer, and then not allowed to speak. They're lined up all facing the same way, so the one at the back can see everyone else's hats, and the one at the front can see no-one's hats. And no-one can see their own hat.

The hats are numbered "1" to "101". The hats are placed randomly on the heads of the scientists, with one unknown hat left over. In any order the scientists can guess what hat they're wearing. But can't guess a number that was previously guessed.

What's the maximum number of scientists you can get to guess right?

If you have that, can you do it if there are 102 hats and two are left over? I genuinely don't know the answer to that one.

Hints in the comments.

Killed the most characters

Apr. 17th, 2015 11:31 am
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Ptc joked that authors kill off an average of three major characters -- most kill none, but one is George Martin :)

Which got me thinking, which author has really killed off the most characters? I want to say "named" rather than "major" so it's more objective. In which case you maybe want two categories: authors who kill off a whole world at the end of a book; and authors who kill off the most named characters -- but still have plot going on afterwards.

Who are the obvious candidates?

ETA: With thanks to Mark for the link and to seekingferrett, the current frontrunner is the Illiad with 254 :)
ETA: Apparently GoT beats it out with 293!

GI Joe ARAH 137-138

Apr. 16th, 2015 09:26 pm
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When last we left off Scarlett, and weapons designer Doctor Biggles Jones had just agreed to join Cobra.

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Shema -- Primo Levi

Apr. 16th, 2015 02:48 pm
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You who live secure
In your warm houses,
Who return at evening to find
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider whether this is a man,
Who labours in the mud
Who knows no peace
Who fights for a crust of bread
Who dies at a yes or a no.
Consider whether this is a woman,
Without hair or name
With no more strength to remember
Eyes empty and womb cold
As a frog in winter.
Consider that this has been:
I commend these words to you.
Engrave them on your hearts
When you are in your house, when you walk on your way,
When you go to bed, when you rise.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your house crumble,
Disease render you powerless,
Your offspring avert their faces from you.

-- Primo Levi

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