...it's November already?

Hellboy - Death
To everyone out there doing NaNo this month - I SALUTE YOU!

To anyone that's doing Anti-NaNo (squidathon people - are we doing it this year?) - EVERY WORD IS AN ACHIEVEMENT.

I sorta want to try to put a dent in my WIP folder and the fics I'm currently not writing -- there's a massive "what the hell has Hawkeye been doing for the last two years?" fic that's most likely gonna get literally Jossed come May next year that I'm itching to do, plus some Gotham things that I really love the idea of -- but I'm not entirely sure if I'm up to the task. Plus I really suck at time management and I have a bunch of other things to do, so I don't know. The spirit is willing, everything else is against me.

BUT TONIGHT IS HALLOWEEN! I'M WALLOWING IN SCARY MOVIES UNTIL I PASS OUT! THERE WILL BE PIZZA AND BEER AND CUPCAKES AND POPCORN! *DANCES* Tonight's movie slayhem is: The Babadook, Evil Dead II, Devil's Rejects, original Halloween, The Orphanage, and possibly The Signal.

EDIT: I'm also down with hosting Anti-Nano right here too. Basically set yourself a goal (doesn't have to be 50k - think more "work on X project" or "finish something") and we'll have some progress check-ins and sharing days.

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Avengers - Natasha
So after DC announced their line up, Marvel just went "challenge accepted," and announced Phase 3. (liveblog here)

I HAVE SOME FEELINGS.Collapse )

I've officially stayed up well past my bed time because there are kookaburras laughing in my backyard. Noisy fuckers.

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STATUS: [hold music]

Izzy
I have another week to myself and a mountain of Stuff To Do! I'm taking baby steps with A Shiver of Light because I'm ready to quit but at the same time I refuse to let this book fucking defeat me (also I know that Affliction is going to be SO MUCH WORSE D: whyyyy). And this week is Halloween, which isn't really A Big Deal here but there's going to be non-stop horror movies on Friday night to about 4am. So I'm going to have pizza, beer, and take to twitter about that.

I took Mum to see The Judge last week and it was excellent. I also showed her the Age of Ultron trailer and now she's excited about evil robots and shirtless/wet Thor. Mum has the best Marvel priorities. This week I'm aiming to see John Wick and Kill The Messenger.

RE: Kathleen Hale wank - what is #HaleNo and the blogger blackout with further evidence that Hale was making shit up for her "journalism." ETA: lol I had Deb Smith pop up in my mentions to tell me that this is totes an excuse for bloggers to cyberbully authors. She's the one that compared blogging to the Taliban. *pours circle of salt around twitter, flicks holy water everywhere*

RIP Jurassic PC - a fully functioning Win95 computer with a 2GB hdd. I'm finally taking it out of my room. IIRC I already deleted all my old data from it many moons ago. It was a very tedious process of transferring everything to floppy disc, then going to the other desktop and transferring stuff from the floppy to a USB.



(The Facehugger's name is Ripley.)

My search for a new place to live is ongoing. And I need to get my paperwork done for passport application if I'm going to New Zealand in December. Mostly I'm exhausted all the time from Getting RL Stuff Done.

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AGE OF ULTRON TRAILER

Avengers - Natasha
It got leaked so Marvel decided to officially release it.



ULTRON IS FREAKING ME THE FUCK OUT RIGHT NOW. Seriously this is mashing all my AI related nightmare fuel. This is why robots are evil and uploading your brain to things is a bad idea. THIS IS WHYYYYY. /o\

The creepy "I had strings but now I'm free" song isn't helping at all.

(Hey it's nice to see Andy Serkis.)

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BASK IN IT

Hannibal - Will
I only found out that the Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf meme is a real song. Tumblr now makes sense! Two years later! But goddamn it's catchy as hell and now I can't stop listening to it.

Turns out this is just in time for Rob Cantor to release an official video and it's amazing on so many levels.



THE ORCHESTRA. THE DANCERS. THE CHILDREN'S CHOIR. THIS IS THE BEST.

Massive hat tip to [profile] loupetlapin for sending me the link. XD

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Paleyfest 2014 - Hannibal panel

Hannibal - Will
BLESS THE INTERNET! The entire Hannibal Paleyfest panel is on YouTube.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

And in related news - Lady Murasaki has been cast.

*RUNS AROUND SCREAMING*

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#HaleNo

Izzy
Kathleen Hale wank update: the reviewer she stalked has quit.

And Hale is proud of herself. She thinks she's "fucking fantastic."

Bonus writing wankery

This is a hell of a way to wake up.

EDIT: Hale has no regrets over her actions.

More deconstruction of Hale's article and sorting fact from fiction - now with links/google cache of stuff that actually happened. Which doesn't support Hale's narrative, but hey why let the truth get in the way of a story?

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Smoke and mirrors

Swords replace feelings
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A Shiver of Light - chapter 23

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Much like last chapter, this one is supposed to be fluffy fairy porn only to get derailed by Serious Conversations. And then I make it worse because this falls into a pattern of sketchy racial issues that have peppered the book thus far. I also go on a weird art tangent because I can!

What's worse is that we're about halfway through the book and the only thing that's really happened is that Merry's given birth. And that happened between chapters.

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Izzy
Author stalks reviewer and gets to write a Guardian article about it -- Author Kathleen Hale got a one-star review and decided to go on a quest to UNCOVER THE TRUUUUTH!!! about said reviewer. Which is bad enough on its own, but her publisher then goes on to confirm that the address she's obtained is the right one. That right there is downright terrifying.

And then Guardian gave her a platform in order to publish all this. Which turns out to be a violation of their own Editorial Code of Conduct.

What's more? This isn't the first time Kathleen Hale has stalked someone. And both these stories are written in a style like it's such a quirky adventure for the plucky heroine to be on rather than stalking someone for petty and vindictive reasons.

I hate that she's using STGRB as a resource for her vendetta. I hate that people are like "oh no poor author!" and totally support the stalking while wondering why people have online pseuds in the first place. Or why people are too afraid to post anything less than a glowing review. Not that it helps -- another author went on a bender over a three star review just a few months ago. Because it wasn't a five star review. It's sad that at least one person is wondering what if the next review is the one that gets someone doxxed?

Also someone is scraping/stealing and reposting fanfic from LJ.

It would be nice if this week could stop being horrifying for five minutes. Ann Aguirre has a magnificent unicorn hat and we need more things like this in life.

(Horrifying in a different way: this season of American Horror Story. I'm gonna guess that's not a mask the clown is wearing. That's probably his actual face. The main titles alone are a nopefest I'm not really prepared for.)

EDIT: Anne Rice supports Kathleen Hale and I'm sure nobody is surprised.

Also Hale was involved in a 3-star review kerfuffle earlier this year.

Dear Author post - in which Jane thoroughly dissects the Guardian article to highlight just why Hale's behaviour is so very, very wrong.

SmartBitches post - in which Sarah discusses things she covers in a review workshop she gives and more about why Hale's behaviour is unacceptable.

EDIT II: Kathleen Hale brags about abusing her pets. Even if it's all made up, why would you do that. This isn't endearing or quirky or even fun, you're talking about wantonly tormenting and killing your pets.

Jim Hines on Kathleen Hale's Guardian piece - Bad reviews are also a thing. Hating someone’s book is not bullying. Sharing your opinion, suggesting others stay away from a book or an author, is not bullying. It might cost you some sales, and that sucks, but it’s not bullying, nor is it an organized campaign to destroy someone’s career.

Jenny Trout on Hale's piece - I’ve long said that a site like Stop The GoodReads Bullies was going to get someone killed. And I am not exaggerating or being histrionic when I say that I fear that author Kathleen Hale’s actions have opened the door to that possibility.

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At least they have Jason Momoa

Batman
DC have announced their superhero movie schedule up to 2020

While you cannot pay me to be remotely interested about Batman vs Superman, GDIT SUICIDE SQUAD IN 2016. I WANT IT. I NEED IT. I was quite content to be like "yeah but what else are you gonna fuck up, DC?" at everything because I have turned into that person. Also quietly terrified of what they'll do with Shazam. Don't make me excited for these things! I don't want to have hopes and dreams!

I vastly prefer DCTV right now -- I'm loving Gotham so much, The Flash gives me SO MUCH HAPPY, and Arrow is my favourite I Can't Believe It's Not Batman, and Constantine is going to start next week.

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Izzy
I'm working on the next chapter of A Shiver of Light and should have it done in the next few days. But in the meanwhile, there's been some drama brewing in small SFF circles over the last week or so.

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A Shiver of Light - chapter 22

ABVH - hands
Fuck this book.

But it keeps getting worse :(

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A Shiver of Light - chapter 21

ABVH - hands
Head's up that I'm also not around this coming weekend due to Zombie Walk!

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Gone Girl

EA - mask
Not very spoilery but cut just in case.Collapse )

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Hellboy - Death
THEY MADE A MOVIE ABOUT THE EVIL DOLL FROM THE PROLOGUE OF THE CONJURING!

THE TRAILER IS ALL KINDS OF NOPETASTIC!

IT WILL NOT PREPARE YOU FOR ALL THE NOPE IN THE MOVIE.

It's a slow start but it's worth it because when it hits its nightmare fueled stride, it hits it real hard. And then gives you a bit of a breather before going LOL NOPE WE CAN MAKE IT WORRRRSE. The entire theatre was hissing, "nooooOOOOOooooo!" when Annabelle got taken out of her box. The heroine's got another doll that giggles when you pull the string and that's when there was a chorus of "JESUS CHRIST!" and "WHYYYY."

I have an issue with the ending, but otherwise it's a great spin-off from The Conjuring.

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A Shiver of Light - chapter 20

ABVH - hands
I'm not going to be around this weekend so I'm not going to get another chapter up until next week! Which is probably just as well because where I'm up to is another long and tedious chapter but with added swearing because I HAVE REACHED MY LIMITS WITH THIS GODDAMNED BOOK. I finally exceeded my rage quota while reading and have officially entered "FUCK THIS BOOK!" mode. I am wearing my crankypants for the next few chapters.

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#Haus news!

Izzy
I got a phone call on my way home from Dracula Untold (which is great and I'll post about it later) to say that my offer has not been accepted.

So I'm back to square one on trying to find a new place to live.

I'm less upset and more tired than anything.

I just want to have my own place before the end of the year.

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A Shiver of Light - chapters 18 & 19

ABVH - hands
These are pretty short, which is why you're getting a twofer!

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Agents of SHIELD 2x01 - Shadows

Avengers - Natasha
I'm genuinely afraid to watch this episode! I'm not ready for these feelings. I'll never be ready for these feelings.

Guten tag, boys! Nice and calm, no sudden moves or we'll tie a blasting cap to--hey Dugan, what's the German word for nuts?Collapse )

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A Shiver of Light - chapter 17

ABVH - hands
I RETURN WITH RECAPS. And this is chapter is a monster because it's a whoooole lot of talking and none of it is particularly entertaining or even relevant to the story at large.

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#HAUS: PLAYER TWO HAS ENTERED THE GAME

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On the way home I met a man with the most magnificent waxed moustache and we had a chat at the traffic lights. He was quite pleased that I noticed his 'stache and was very proud of it.

So today started off kinda terrible but has ended up reasonably okay. I'm going to go seal my antlers and leave them to dry and go back to A Shiver of Light. I should have a chapter recap ready later tonight.

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Non-real life status: pending

Batman
I'm pretty sure Agents of SHIELD is back tomorrow? In which case, the recap/reaction posts will resume.

I've returned to A Shiver of Light and am making slow headway, posting will resume when I've got a bit of a recap buffer. (Chapter 17 is so tedious because everything needs to be explained to Merry three times before she understands anything. Also Kitto makes my skin crawl.)

Hannibal s2 recap is in limbo due to everything else that I'm doing but GODDAMN IT I WILL FINISH S2 BEFORE S3 BEGINS. I WILL.

Antler progress is at the painting stage. I had hoped to finish them tonight but it started raining so I won't be able to seal them until Thursday. They're not exactly heavy but they'll fall off if I move my head back too fast. I'll look at getting a second headband to attach for counterbalance or a comb for more stability. Photos will follow when they're complete!

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ADULTHOOD: UNLOCKED

Swords replace feelings
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:(

Hellboy - Death
Well, there's my second anxiety attack in three days.

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