sketch of the day

Feb. 19th, 2017 10:44 pm
yhlee: chessmaster (chess pieces) (chessmaster)
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Not really a sketch; it's a line rendition of this photo in an interview with actress Megan Boone; I'm not seeing a credit for the photographer.



The proportions are a bit off :/ which is why I will never be a portrait artist, but I was working fast and loose. Also, I cannot even with the FBI badge (or TV fake FBI badge, not like I'd know the difference). Sorry?

Ink: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot
Pen: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary

BTW, for the curious, both my Auroras have M nibs. I know a lot of people who prefer F or XF nibs for fountain pen drawing, but I'm finding that when I'm drawing with a firm nib, the bolder line of a European M is kind of nice.

I have now watched all of Blacklist S1 and am wondering whether to continue, because the unrepentant torture quota is...high. :( I get that bad guys will use torture in the course of narrative but when the "good guys" are doing it all over the place it's hard to care about anyone, especially in a modern-day setting.

Consider the Pun

Feb. 19th, 2017 05:03 pm
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Generally speaking, puns don't get no respect; many people seem to consider puns a very low -- or juvenile -- form of humor. But I enjoy a good pun. Partly, it seems to one of the few forms of humor that don't "pick on" somebody -- blondes, Aggies, various ethnicities. Partly, my dad started training me to like puns very early --
"Say two."

"Two."

"Say two."

"Two."

"Say twain."

"Twain."

"Say two-two-twain."

"Two-two-twain."

"Very good. When you're older, I'll teach you to say 'locomotive'."

Cut for length. )
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And more Amber Tarot!

The origin of playing cards
A strange burglary

[New icon! It's the Knight of Swords, or Benedict, from the Amber Tarot.]

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More Tarot d'Ambre translation exercise.

Le Tarot (The Tarot)

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More Tarot d'Ambre translation exercise.

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Comments/corrections welcome.

More cinema-going

Feb. 19th, 2017 08:14 pm
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So last night I was thinking my next trip to cinema would probably be something at BFI Flare. But as I was looking at my options, I got confused about when Moonlight was screened and if I had missed it. This morning, I checked and realised it had opened on Friday and my easiest option would probably be to see it today, so I did.

And I'm glad I did: it was good, thought-provoking, sad. It took me a while to warm up to the protagonist because he was so reluctant to speak, but as it went on, it became more understandable. What can you say if everything you could say feels like something that's impossible to say?
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Continuing with this list.

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Okay, that's it for the moment.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Feb. 19th, 2017 09:58 am
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to [personal profile] rheasilvia  and [personal profile] dsgood !  Day full of joy and beauty!

sketch of the day

Feb. 18th, 2017 11:54 pm
yhlee: chessmaster (chess pieces) (chessmaster)
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Blue ink: Robert Oster School Blue
Pen: Aurora Optima blue chrome.

Red ink: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot.
Pen: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary.

Because Blacklist doesn't just jump the shark, it has FLYING SHARKS.

Uh, excuse my sad excuses for chess pieces. I didn't think to reference a chess set and I don't remember what the pieces look like except that knights are horses and rooks are castles. I should have done a rook instead of the bishop-thing.

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Feb. 19th, 2017 02:49 am
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We got a little more than a month but now mum is back at the hospital, and it is really bad this time. They give her a few days at the most. My sister and I are here with here during the night, and who knows what will happen.

Last month mum spent almost two weeks at the hospital and I stayed with here there every night. We were so happy that she made it back home on the 26th of January. And she was back on form. Yes she needed external help six times a day and used incontinence pads etc but her energy and self was back! She spoke on the phone with her brother and old friends and we planned dad's birthday and were happy to be together. Three weeks she was back home. And then she got worse again. Felt sick in Tuesday night, had a hard time breathing on Wednesday and the doctor upped the cortisone again. And she was happy on Thursday until an annoying person from the home care team made her very nervous during the night.. and on Friday she was happy and we read Barbara Pym aloud, and things got we rid again in the afternoon when that annoying person came back.. and we sorted it out I thought.. mum slept really well and this morning her saturation was up and she felt fine.. and then the home care services people came and it was the good one and things seemed fine.. until they ran up to the room where I sat and shouted come quickly..

Yes, same kind of seizure as last time. She sat in her wheel chair and looks up towards the lamp in the ceiling, almost impossible to get any contact with her.. I hugged her and said all those things you for, I'm here for you etc we love you.. and she did seem to react and even said 'it will get better' in Swedish.. my darling mum.. my sister came running and called the ambulance and since I had to stay with dad she yet again went with mum in the ambulance

I had to wait for my brother to come send help me with dad but as soon as he was there I left for the hospital..

Mum has been more or less uncontactable since then. She apparently opened her eyes while my bother was here in the afternoon while I went back home to check on dad, but tonight when I came back she has been out of it..

My sister and I sit with her and cry and talk and remember good stuff we've done together and plan how to handle everything

How will our poor father react? He can't come to the hospital and he is so worried already. Things will be very tough for a while

Now she is sleeping and we watch he breaths. No idea when it will happen and can only wish for a small miracle that she wakes up for a short wile and talk to us. So very sad, I can't imagine how it will be without her here
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Melomakarona, tiropita, regular pita, fruit & nut bread, kabocha squash, and pink lady and nittany apples.

Cinema-going

Feb. 18th, 2017 08:31 pm
queen_ypolita: A section of a film reel (Film)
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Last week, Denial, which I had mixed feelings about. As a film, it was worth watching, but its subject matter was harder to get my head around. I mean, I knew Holocaust denial was a thing, but I just wreally don't understand why anyone would, and then deny the denial, unless it's deliberately to drive some political purpose. But I suppose that's partly the point. And I probably wouldn't have gone to see it unless I hadn't listened to this podcast where a historian discussed Mein Kampf and what it actually says about killing Jews recently, and heard a couple of people talking about the film.

Tonight, Hidden Figures, which I had been eagerly looking forward to ever since seeing the trailer when I went to see Manchester by the Sea. It was wonderful: great story and great characters. I've bought the book it's based on, but not read it yet, so I've still got something to look forward to.

(Incidentally, we're doing an Oscars-themed bake-off at work, and since Hidden Figures is one of the Best Picture nominees, I tried to make a Freedom 7 rocket cake. It wasn't as successful as I wanted it to be—as much as I like baking, cake decoration is not something that I enjoy or have the patience to do well.)

Not sure what to see next—definitely not the film about the last British viceroy in India that was trailed tonight, possibly something at BFI Flare next month: I'm browsing the festival catalogue and making plans. I can't do the first weekend as I've headed to Sheffield, but the second weekend should work if anything I fancy seeing is on then. I'd like to see the opening film (Against the Law), but as it's mid-week, I don't think I can.
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the Master and Margarita (3893 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lilia Baranovskaya/Yakov Feltsman
Characters: Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya
Additional Tags: 1980s, Soviet Union, Moscow, Cold War, Jewish Characters, Antisemitism, First Meeting, First Time
Series: Part 4 of trials of Coach Yakov
Summary: In 1980, Yakov Feltsman is the USSR's skating hero. At a dull official reception, he defends his loyalty to the motherland – and makes the acquaintance of a beautiful young dancer from the Bolshoi.

Now I'm hearing voices

Feb. 17th, 2017 11:19 pm
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.
Just two lines of dialog, between Spock and Fraser.
"Illogical."

"At first glance, it might appear so. But I have found that such seeming implausibility often leads to surprisingly effective results."

*throws hands* I don't even know. But if this story ever gets off the ground, I have two lines ready to go. Well, One Bright Summer started with two lines... then stalled for several years. Even if this doesn't fizzle into the ether, don't hold your breath waiting.
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Le Tarot d'Ambre: Ambre et ombres

Feb. 17th, 2017 05:18 pm
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More Amber Tarot translation exercise.

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question

Feb. 17th, 2017 02:59 pm
yhlee: red and black tentacle heart pendant (tentacle heart)
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Howdy!

I have a general fictional relationship question: when you look for signs that a fictional couple (or moresome) really cares about each other, what...do you look for? I am so stuck. My idea of a declaration of love is "Let's have sex!", which, uh, lacks subtlety.

(I'm aware of the languages of love research and am foxed as to how to apply it to the characters I need to apply it to.)

(I have writing reasons to be mad-last-minute researching this. Too bad I can't send this character to a chocolate store. He and his lover are on a spaceship at war.)

Several things make a post

Feb. 17th, 2017 06:04 pm
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The pound-to-krona exchange rate is absolutely ruinous at the moment. I may have obsessively visited Iceland during the roughly five years when it was actually financially possible for me to do so.

This has not stopped me buying Icelandic books, as I have to read something (logical fallacy ahoy), but I've decided not to go for that Dracula edition for the time being.

***

My hairstyle choices are disturbingly influenced by fannishness. I cut my hair short for the first time when I was about 12 because of Kira Nerys. Then I grew it out while doing my DPhil in a spate of Victorianism. My current incarnation of very short hair was, I thought, fairly secure. It was only getting shaggy because I've been too fiendishly busy to get to the salon. But... everyone on Yuri!!! on Ice is growing their hair out.

And suddenly having a floppy, eye-length half fringe combined with a weird hairline (widow's peak in my case) seems like Awesome Fashion. (See icon.) Maybe I'll just get a trim after all.

Is it weird to bring a picture of Victor Nikiforov to your hairdresser? ;)

***

Absolutely loving the Tour of Andalusia. Rather minor race unexpectedly enlivened by epic Contador/Valverde rivalry. And Matt Stephens' commentary on Eurosport is coming into its own. He's a much better foil for Carlton Kirby than Sean Kelly.

(Kirbyism of the race : "Just clearing his nasal passages there. Preparing for battle.")

A More Specific Grievance

Feb. 17th, 2017 09:28 am
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This post is about the blackmailer, harasser, bully, and maker of death threats known by the remarkably apt name of Requires Hate. She has a ridiculous number of other socks and pseudonyms, such as Winterfox (her former LJ handle), Benjanun Sriduangkaew (her pro writer identity), Lesifoere (spewer of repulsive transphobic slurs), and at least four or five more. There may be others which are still unknown. It would not surprise me in the slightest if she had a second career threatening people in, say, the hamster fancier community, under twenty different vicious sock identities.

She harassed me for years and is still doing it; she carried on elaborate campaigns to destroy the careers of other pro writers in her genre; she befriended people and then blackmailed them; the list goes on. As far as anyone can tell, she's devoted her entire life to being horrible, online and off, for a minimum of twelve years now.

I have encountered a lot of mean people in my life. But Winterfox is the only person I've ever known who makes people miserable as a full-time job. I literally do not know how she finds the time to bully as many people as she does, as constantly as she does. She could afford to bankroll organizations protecting human rights or rescuing orphan kittens. She could create her own publishing house. She could go on really awesome long vacations. But no. She just hunches over her computer 24-7, spewing vitriol in all directions.

I think we need a word that means "pathetic and a little bit darkly funny, but also genuinely harmful." I suggest "winterfoxy."

So why am I posting now? What's new?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Winterfox is still doing everything she used to do, as far as I can tell. She still makes death threats. The people she blackmailed are still being blackmailed. She still harasses me in the exact same way she always did: I review a comic book about gay men in Iran, she accuses me on Twitter of being a child abuser.

At least, I assume she's still attacking me. I have asked (and still ask) people to not inform me if they see her saying anything about me. Since I don't do Twitter anyway, this means I miss about 99% of her activities and so only randomly and occasionally hear about it when she lies about or abuses me. Last time was about six months ago, so I imagine I'm due. Bring it, Winterfox. If you tweet about me a thousand times, I'll probably hear about one of them. I'm sure you'll find that motivational.

I am writing about her again for a couple reasons. One is to link to a surprisingly funny (considering the subject matter) essay by my friend, fantasy author Zen Cho, Being an Itemized List of Disagreements . Another is a thoughtful and heartfelt post by another friend, artist and writer M Sereno, A Letter to Apex Editors . Both were written to protest the embrace of a vicious and destructive bully, protect vulnerable people from her, and alert people who might not know exactly who they're dealing with to her past and current activities.

That's also why I posted. (So linking is fine.) Winterfox doesn't scare me any more. She's way too much of a coward to risk hiring a hit man, let alone confronting me in person. Anyone who believes I'm a child abuser or pro-rape or whatever because some rando on Twitter said so is not only not someone whose opinion I care about, they probably don't even know who the hell I am. I don't go to science fiction conventions, so she can't get me ostracized there. There's really nothing she can do to harm me.

But there are other people she can harm. There are people she is harming right now. She and her supporters make the science fiction world unwelcoming to her targets, who are disproportionately women of color. They also make it unwelcoming to onlookers who see people like them getting abused with impunity and even applause, and decide to go elsewhere. Not fucking okay, Winterfox supporters!

Sometimes life hands you difficult and complex ethical problems in which the right thing to do is genuinely unclear. This is not one of them. If you are endorsing someone whose big contribution to your field is to tell women of color that they should be raped by dogs, you are not one of the good guys.

I'm not calling for a boycott of her fiction. I'm not even saying you should stop being buds with her, though if you are, for God's sake don't email her anything she could hold over you later. What I am saying is that you should not ostracize people on her account, join in on bullying, believe anything she says about anyone without checking it yourself, brush off her death threats, or invite her to a roundtable on intersectionality. For instance.

Also, if you see someone interacting with her who doesn't know her history, you might want to warn them. I told her once to stop verbally abusing people, and I have now been harassed by her for six years and counting. Others thought she was their friend, and are still being blackmailed by her. If people know about her and choose to interact with her anyway, that's up to them. But if they don't know, a heads-up might save them a world of trouble.

If you already totally agree with me and would like to get Winterfox's goat, I have some suggestions for ruining her day.

You could donate to Outright Action International . They do stellar work in international LGBTIQ rights. I raise money for them, and Winterfox attacks me every time I do it online. So clearly, donating to them would really annoy her.

You could buy some art from M Sereno. It's gorgeous, and I bet it would really piss Winterfox off to know that people are financially supporting and appreciating the work of someone who had the nerve to speak out about her. Especially, to continue the theme of queer rights, the lovely print "To Live."

You could buy Zen Cho's awesome books, ditto: Sorcerer to the Crown, The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo, Spirits Abroad, and The Terracotta Bride.

You could buy or review books by people she harasses and whose careers she's tried to destroy, and also by people who supported them. That list is very long so I'll just link to a few: The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring, Serpentine by Cindy Pon, Glass Houses: Avatars Dance by Laura Mixon, To Shape the Dark (Feral Astrogators) by Athena Andreadis, Rosewater by Tade Thompson, The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, Shadowboxer by Tricia Sullivan, The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan, Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, Mindplayers by Pat Cadigan, and What Fates Impose (includes a story by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz).

I initially wasn't going to post more than just links to the other two posts. I'm seriously ill and didn't think I had the energy for either the writing of or the fallout from a post like this. But when I started, I realized that in fact, I'm sick enough that I really don't give a damn. Also, apparently thinking about Winterfox gives me some energy. The WTF factor alone could launch a thousand ships.

I realized something else, too. No matter how bad things get for me, I will always have one thing to be grateful for: at least I'm not Winterfox.

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