yuuago: (Norway - Tea)
Today had a rough start; I woke up feeling hungover, with a pounding headache, even though I hadn't been drinking at all, and was nearly late for work because of it. Eesh. If I'm going to feel like that, I want to have had a wild night to go with it, you know?

But! There were some nice things today, at least.

+ I managed to survive the day without murdering anyone. I also did not die. (This is important.)

+ I saw an ADORABLE PUPPY when I was walking home from work, and I got to PET IT. Tiny black lab. Sweet and fuzzy. It looked like a plush toy. xD Didn't think to get pictures, but I think the people who were walking it live near my street, so hopefully the opportunity will arise.

+ Fic rec: Noon Raid by Minutia_R, a lovely fanpoem posted today. *_* Worldbuily SSSS goodness! Even if you aren't familiar with Stand Still Stay Silent, I think this one can be appreciated as "rebuilding society during/after the apocalypse" fiction, since it deals with original characters outside of the comic's setting. And ahhh it's so good... I love this kind of thing in this fandom.

+ I'm editing a story that I've been ignoring in the wip folder for a while, and it turns out that it doesn't need half as much rewriting as I thought. *_* It is soooo nice to not be signed up for any exchanges... I hadn't realized just how much I needed a break until now. Though a part of me does want to sign up for [community profile] femslashex... But I will refrain. xD I should just write down all of the things that I would request/offer, and then write them myself. Brilliant plan.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Hannu)
So, fics for [community profile] raremaleslashex were revealed today. I received three (!), which is amazing in itself. But not only that, they're all really amazing. I'm so lucky. <3

I haven't had much time to read everything yet, so for now, I'm just going to rec my gifts here. More might come in another entry later, maybe. (Unless I decide to dump the other recs on twitter, perhaps.)

A Redtail's Dream
*Both of these are Joona/Hannu, and both of them are SSSS Year 0 crossovers. :D

Harbors. 0+, 1.7k; Ville is there too.
It was only by the soft light of the rising moon that Hannu even saw the figure sitting on the porch outside the cabin, holding a crossbow on his knee as he waited for them.
Reccer's notes: Great atmosphere; just the right amount of comfort + apocalyptic grimness.

Surely Some Revelation. 13+, 4.2k.
The Rash Illness has come to Hokanniemi. A contingency plan of Hannu's leads to some unexpected revelations.
Reccer's notes: Lots of nice worldbuildy bits to chew on; builds up the rest of the village in addition to the main couple really well.

Year in Hereafter
*This one is Jaako/Veeti. Both author and I are aware that the scenes will get hella jossed when the rest of chapter 05 drops but la la la I don't miiiind. xD

In Need For Company. 0+, 1.7k
Jaakko struggles with extending a helping hand to the newcomer at Rautiola. In the end, he's glad he did.
Reccer's notes: I asked for hair-washing. I received hair-washing and it is glorious and lovely and everything I could have wished for. xD And I really like the way the author wrote Jaako (I find him really difficult, so I appreciate that they managed so well with him.)
yuuago: (SSSS - Signe)
So, fics for Multifandom Drabble Exchange were revealed today. I really, really enjoyed this exchange - there's just something about bite-sized fic that I find really fun.

I suggest checking out the main collection and treat collection if you haven't already. So many fandoms listed! *_* A little bit of something for everyone, I think.

I'm not finished reading everything I'm familiar with, so for now I'm only going to rec my gifts.

7 recs under the cut - SSSS & YiH )

Aaand anyway, here's the 5 fics I wrote, for completeness's sake. (All crossposted to [personal profile] roesslyng, of course.)
aRTD + YiH )
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
Well, today was... something.

☆ There was a call to help sort and pack food and clothing donations for the BC wildfire evacuees, so some of us left work for a while to work on that. It was ridiculously hot out, but that's all right. We were able to get a lot of boxes packed, at least. It was put on a truck that's heading to BC overnight - not sure where specifically, but I'm assuming the Kamloops area. Other trucks have already left, driving through the night to get there. I don't know if we'll be doing more of this tomorrow, and even if we are I don't know if I personally will be able to go, but at least we could put something together.

☆ PokeGo: I participated in my first raid battle over lunch! There were a bunch of Mystic players over by the gym near my work, at just the right time. The battle was... interesting... I've been meaning to do a proper entry about how I feel about the new system and so on, but I'll have to save that for another day. Anyway, it was nice! They were very friendly! They organize via Facebook, mostly, it turns out. I have no plans to resurrect my Facebook account, but who knows, maybe I'll run into them again. But the most important part here is that I had an unplanned social interaction and Did Not Die. ;V

☆ Music rec: Started listening to Le Vent du Nord recently, after chancing to hear their stuff on the radio. They're a folk music group from Quebec; very much to my taste. Ahh, so good! Currently stuck in my head is "Élise", which is lovely.
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A few other songs that I've liked: Noces tragiques, Toujours Amants, Le Coeur de ma Mère, eh... well, everything I've heard by them was good, actually. :D The first song I came across was actually one that I can't find on youtube - "Chaise Artente", from Têtu, their most recent album.
yuuago: (SSSS - Purrito - Twirl)
[personal profile] straightforwardly asked for some SSSS recs, and I kind of got carried away. Whups.

I'd like to stress that there are a lot of really good fics that aren't on this list. I mostly just went through my gifts + my bookmarks. Also, I haven't been reading recently, so it's 100% likely that awesome stuff was posted after, ehhh, January or so, and I just didn't see it. I also included some of my own stuff if it fit the requirements, though only what I have posted on Ao3 (as opposed to over at [personal profile] roesslyng, which is... twice the amount).

I tried to list stuff that contained at least one of the following, as requested:
-Prologue stuff
-Main cast gen and/or neat worldbuildy stuff
-Emil/Lalli romance

Prologue and Post-Prologue era )
Year 90 cast era )
Emil/Lalli Shipfic )
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
Wow, has work ever been stressful lately. Pardon if I seem a bit distant. (Or snappish, at times - I know I shouldn't, sorry.)

Anyway, just going to jot down a few things, cut into bits for convenience.

Stand Still Stay Silent )
Year in Hereafter )
Tistow )
Camp NaNo )

☆ Aaaand now, a music rec, since I was listening to CKUA today, and when I do that it's inevitable I'll stumble across something I like: "The Update" by Martin Kerr. Well, actually, I wanted to recommend "Better than Brand-New", which is the song I heard, and also the title of the album this song is on, but unfortunately I can't find it on youtube. Anyway, this guy is from Alberta (Edmonton, specifically) and I really like the sound of his voice. <3 "Mr. Liao" is another one that the radio played today, and it's lovely, though quite a sad narrative in this one. I think I'll have to look into his music some more; it has a certain something that's very much to my tastes.
yuuago: (Tistow - Veeti - Glance)
You'd think I'd have learned not to take naps after supper, but apparently not. Yesterday I woke up at 11:30 PM and proceeded to flip my shit because I thought I'd slept in... fortunately, we still have proper nights right now; we aren't into "still bright past 11" season yet. So one look out the window fixed that. But I sure do feel like a bag of fail, pffff.

I have no idea what I'm going to do tomorrow. Library's closed, transit is reduced... what a bummer. Maybe I'll go for a walk in the woods, if it isn't too soggy in there, as long as I remember to bring the bear whistle. There are some geocaches that look like they would be easily accessible, and I want to check to see if they survived the controlled burning over the winter. The one that I found a few weeks ago, just on the edge of the Birchwood Trails, was not in very good shape - somebody else had come by and hastily repaired it, but it could have been better. ...Maybe I should take some duct tape. And an extra container or two. And add some more Euro cent coins to my messenger bag pocket - they make for pretty good swag, nice and compact and ~exotic~.

There are rumours that it's going to snow. Please, no. Or, well - I shouldn't say that. We need precipitation. So I suppose it should be "if it's going to snow, please let it melt soon after". I guess.

Aaand since I forgot to do Reading Wednesday yesterday, here's a brief one:

Currently Reading: Race to the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen, edited by Roland Huntford. I haven't reached the part where things start to get really horrible for Scott, not yet. But his diary entries kind of make me want to claw my face off. Even from the very beginning, his expedition seems like an absolute clusterfuck. Whhyyyyy ponies, of all animals! Why fabric anoraks instead of fur?! Why take experimental motorized sledges, ones that haven't been thoroughly tested in extreme conditions?! ...And then there are Amundsen and Bjaaland's entries, which are brief but cheerful, and keep going on about how excellent the skiing is, pfff. One would think they were on vacation.

Also Reading (And also a rec): My copy of the Building Fires in the Snow anthology arrived last week. At this point, I've only read some of the poetry in it, not any of the short stories, but so far I can definitely say that the poetry is lovely. Aside from that, one thing that I found really touching was the introduction. It made me feel like this anthology is coming from a place that I can identify with. A lot of the time, when I read non-fantasy LGBT2QA works, I feel very... detached from it, because I feel that it has nothing to do with me. The kind of community and experiences that have appeared in other anthologies that I've read speak to something that does not exist here. If I try to find any sense of community at home, it's like... what community? The only public LGBT2QA event that I can remember was followed up by someone stealing and burning the pride flags* (but thankfully, no physical violence). But this book, with its emphasis on nature, and remoteness, and the difficulties of building up relationships as a result of that remoteness, and the necessity of the closet... Its mention of the fact that many people who were approached declined to contribute because of the fear of being outed and the very real danger that could come from that... The northern experience is not a big city experience. This isn't Vancouver, this isn't San Francisco, this isn't Toronto. This is something that I can identify with. Anchorage is a much bigger city than Fort McMurray, and of course it's much farther north, but the poetry I have read in this book so far feels like home. And the way so many of the works are firmly situated in nature, an existence utterly surrounded by it -- yes. That's it. That's my experience. It makes me feel like I'm not so alone. (I'll confess, I cried.) ...So. If you do get a chance to read this anthology, please do. Whether you're looking for LGBT2QA lit, or if you want to read something about life in the more northern parts of North America, I really do recommend it. I might have to see if I can get my local library to add it to their collection.

Reading Next: The library had In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle, so that needs to go before anything else. I loved The Last Unicorn, but haven't read any of his other works, so we'll see how this one is. Aside from that, I've felt a vague desire to read Lord of the Rings. And I've also felt like re-reading T Kingfisher's The Raven and the Reindeer for a while now. Ehhh, who knows. :V
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
I recently discovered that my local library has a handful of Norwegian films, so I decided to go through them as a half-assed way of working on audio comprehension. (And was once again reminded that my audio understanding is terrible. This is what happens when you rarely study/primarily study in text, alas.) ...Anyway, from a strictly-film standpoint, I enjoyed most of them, which is always good. Details -


Flukt (English title: Escape) Kidnapping and subsequent escape during the years of the black plague, whoo! This one isn't the deepest film out there, but I did enjoy it; I've been wanting to watch it ever since the trailer first came out, and I wasn't disappointed. Nice visuals, a setting that I'm always up for, and - the best part - this is a good one to watch if you enjoy female villains. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal was great as Dagmar (the mastermind behind the roving band of bad guys); she was a pleasure to watch. In general, the female characters in this film had some pretty interesting relationships (in particular the situation between Dagmar and Frigg, and how it leads to the situation between Frigg and Signe). So, if you're into stories that are mainly about women, this might be one to look at.


Kongen av Bastøy (English title: King of Devil's Island) Period dramatic film about an uprising at a prison institution for boys; inspired by actual events*. I liked this one; the early 20th century setting interested me. And there were some recurring motifs that I really liked - the way they create a story/narrative for themselves, the bit with the whale, and so on. And of course the developing relations between Erling and Olav were great. And the bit where the navy is called in was very well-done, visually - I loved it, the way they're planning to escape on that tiny boat but THEN.... OH and also everything with the sea ice - okay, if I continue, I'll gush too much, there were too many moments that I liked. One thing I will mention; this is not a movie to watch if you want to end it in a good mood. It's a deeply unhappy film. Very good, but depressing. (As an aside, the English title rather bugs me. Why not a direct translation? Is it because it's assumed that English-speaking audiences wouldn't know how to pronounce "Bastøy"? Who knows.)


Bølgen (English title: The Wave) It is anticipated that one day the side of a mountain will collapse into the fjord below, causing an enormous wave that will overwhelm the village in on the fjord - but nobody knows when. One day, it happens, and the geologist who came closest to predicting the collapse is caught up in the middle of it. If you like disaster films, watch this one. If you're "eh" about disaster films, but love beautiful landscapes, then definitely watch this one - because of course, Norway's jaw-droppingly gorgeous mountains are the adversary here, and in the end this means that they get almost as much screentime as the protagonist. And finally, if you like imperfect but loving families, watch this one. (To my surprise, I didn't find this film too distressing, though there were certain moments - that line of cars up the mountain, not even moving but at a standstill because of the traffic jam... it reminded me too much of our own evacuation, brrrr.) While we're on the subject, this film is based on actual stuff - other rockslides in the past, as well as one that will happen some time in the future, in the Geiranger area, where this film is actually set.


And one finally, one anti-rec for Reprise. It's about two young novelists trying to make their mark in the writing world. This one was a disappointment, because it has been recommended to me on more than one occasion, so I expected to enjoy it, but I ended up hating it. I've sat through some films I've felt lukewarm about in the name of half-assed studying, but this is one of the few films that I haven't been able to sit through, period. It's possible that I just wasn't in the mood to watch this kind of movie, but regardless, I just gave up on it. I found both protagonists completely obnoxious, and just kind of annoying to watch - I ended up not caring about the story nor the characters; they reminded me of every blowhard novelist wannabe guy I've ever met. To make matters worse, I had difficulty telling them apart - and admittedly I do have difficulty with that, but it isn't a problem I had with the other films in this list, and it probably just boils down to - I disliked both of them so much that I couldn't be bothered to differentiate them. The point I gave up at was when one of them was going on about how he would have to dump his girlfriend, even though he likes her, because ~true artists~ don't have girlfriends. I'm pretty sure he's meant to look like an ass, but that doesn't mean I feel like watching it. ...And also this film didn't even have any of the other things that would cause me to sit through a film I dislike (IE very unconventional format, great cinematography, interesting effects, etc). So, yeah, if your tastes are like mine, don't bother with this one.
yuuago: (Norway - Map)
☆ Starting to feel better, FINALLY. I'm still coughing a lot, but by this point it's like, mostly a reflexive thing. Urghhwarblglarbl.

☆ I gave up on the Curiosity scarf that I had in-progress, and unravelled it, and started over. This one SHOULD be possible to do in one skein of Arroyo, but I wasn't managing it. I jumped down two sizes below the recommended needles and... it looks like now I'm able to work the recommended gauge. Lovely. xD Ahhh I'm still not used to actually paying attention to gauge... but if I want to do this scarf properly (without running out) then I guess I'm going to have to.

☆ Speaking of which, in a fit of craziness I ordered more Malabrigo Arroyo in the same dark blue, and I think I'll try making this hat to go with it. I like the bit in the description that says you can spend a lot of it just comfort knitting - that sounds reassuringly relaxing. :) Soooo hopefully when I start that one (whenever it'll be) that will go well.

☆ Kiraly drew an adorable Jonna/Riikka picture for me, which is posted over here. I can hardly wait for her to mail me the original, eee. <3 I realized today that I've only written two stories with them, which is a travesty and I must remedy this ASAP. xD

☆ A random fic rec: As Long As You Like by Kiraly. Author's summary is: A week after their first encounter on the ferry, Michael and Signe meet again. Some things have changed. Some things haven't. Goooo read it, it's a lovely fic with this pair - very true to character, and basically the continuation of their story to a part that I wish we'd been able to see. ...Yes, I'm only just now getting around to reading stuff from Chocolate Box. ;p
*I think that it's possible to enjoy this one even if you aren't familiar with Stand Still Stay Silent - all you need to know is that there was an illness spreading rapidly through Europe (and the rest of the world), and that these two met on a ferry that was bound for Bornholm, and they weren't able to return to the mainland because Denmark closed its borders.

☆ Noms start March 15th for [community profile] nightonficmountain if anyone's interested. Schedule is here. This is a small/rare/inactive fandoms exchange - always nice to see those. Unsure if I'll sign up for this one, but I'll be keeping my eye out for people to potentially treat.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
One of the albums I bought during Bandcamp's ACLU donation drive was Woodfall by Musk Ox, and wow, was that ever a good decision.

Musk Ox is a group of musicians from Ottawa, Ontario. Their work, especially on Woodfall in particular, could be described as progressive neofolk chamber music. If you like instrumental epics, and have a love of acoustic guitar, violin, and cello in particular, this one is an album to check out. Definitely give it a listen if intensely beautiful strings are your jam. And while this album isn't metal, I think it is worth checking out if you like Apocalyptica - Musk Ox hits a lot of the same feelings for me that Apocalyptica's work does.

Woodfall has only five tracks on it, but it's by no means short - these are all long songs; the shortest is about 9.5 minutes. All of them are so lovely that chosing a favourite is incredibly difficult, though if I had to pick one it might be "Above the Clouds". Overall, the album feels very coherent, and the way the tracks are labelled as parts rather than individual pieces is suiting, because it's really something that's meant to be taken as a whole work rather than separate songs.

Their music has a sense of harmonious warmth. I'm so glad that I stumbled across it, because this album is quickly becoming a favourite. Man... now that I'm thinking about it, I can only imagine how amazing this would sound in a life performance.

You can listen to Woodfall here at Bandcamp. Hopefully you all will enjoy it. <3

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Feb. 15th, 2017 07:56 pm
yuuago: (Norway - Very okay)
☆ Wow, is it ever nice out! I'd forgotten how good it feels to be able to wear a normal amount of clothing, rather than winter gear. Went out today with minimal layers and it felt great. SO FREEING. (Of course, this mild weather is not exactly season-typical, and that is worrying, but whatever. I'll enjoy this while it lasts.)

☆ Real life is kind of a pressure cooker right now (to put it mildly) so I've been spending some time offline, trying to deal with that. Success has been... uh... varied. But! Hopefully with the weather turning, and the days getting longer, it'll be easier to deal with things. (That sounds kind of weird, I guess, but - it's just hard to get motivated when it's freezing and pitch black out, you know?) On the upside, one recent RL-related positive is that my optometrist appointment went well; I don't need glasses. What a relief. I don't need yet another thing to worry about right now. And also, I've made an appointment for a driving lesson... on Friday. Probably would have been useful to practice more before paying for something like this, but eh, in other ways it's better to just go to a professional. I might end up paying for a whole set of them, who knows. (I neeed to get my license, good lord.)

☆ Chocolate Box fics have been revealed!* And I received three wonderful gifts! I feel so spoiled. <3 I haven't had a chance to look at the rest of the collection yet, but I'm sure everything else is awesome too. In particular, I have my eye on the SSSS stuff (apparently there's a great Signe/Michael fic in there, I can hardly wait). And there's over 30 fics in the YOI section, so there's bound to be something to my taste. And of course I always look at the art, no matter what fandom it is. :) Anyway, my gifts were as follows -
+ Keep it Close. A Redtail's Dream, Jonna/Riikka, G, 3.2k. Pining with eventual get-together! *_*
+ Like a feather on the ice. Yuri on Ice + Hetalia crossover, Phichit + Thailand gen, G, 3.9k. Phichit has a mysterious friend and this is basically the crossover I've been wanting for a while, haa. <3
+ Not Your Style. Yuri on Ice, JJ/Leo, 18+, 2.4k, set a year or two before canon. *_* There is nothing I do not love about this; it's the kind of fic I've been wanting to read with them for quite a while now. <3

☆ Fests/Exchanges! I'm still on hiatus from signing up for things, and will be for the foreseeable future, but that doesn't mean I haven't been keeping an eye on things. Signups for [community profile] smutswap start next week (Schedule). I threw some things in the tagset, so who knows, maybe there will be requests I can treat. Also, the Porn Battle Prompt Stack is starting up over at [community profile] pbam; prompts are open until February 22. On the fence as to whether I'll toss some prompts in there - I do have ideas, but I'd feel bad for prompting without writing anything. We'll see.

☆ Gen2 is coming to Pokemon Go soon (according to details over at [community profile] pokestop) and oh my gosh, I can hardly wait. The game has been so grind-y lately, it'll be nice to work with something completely new. Though I expect that some of the game changes will cause it to be kind of buggy at first. We'll see...!

☆ I've started listening to an audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (unfortunately, Philosopher's Stone wasn't available at the time) and ohhh man, it's reminded me of how much I used to love that series. I haven't read the books in ages, and now I'm feeling so nostalgic. Looks like I'll end up listening to the entire rest of the series, probably. xD There is SO MUCH that I've forgotten about how these stories go! I mean, yes, I've seen the movies and so on, and rewatched some of the early ones a few years ago, but it just isn't the same. And now there's a part of me craving Hogwarts AUs for so many other series that I like. (Especially for A Redtail's Dream, because Fred and George make me think of Joona and Jonna. The thought of those two as wizards is just too funny.) Though as usual my preferences lean more toward fanart, hm.

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Feb. 9th, 2017 10:03 pm
yuuago: (Netherlands - Derp)
☆ I've been spending more time reading than usual. Borrowed way more things from the library than I usually would, completely unintentionally, so I've been using a lot of extra time to do that. It's a nice problem to have, honestly. Tea + books = <3

☆ Since I didn't get around to writing a proper Reading Wednesday entry, I'll just drop a rec here for Thomas King's The Back of the Turtle. I loved one of his previous novels, Green Grass, Running Water, and I love this one too. The Back of the Turtle is set in British Columbia, in a small coastal community recovering from an environmental disaster. It's about a lot of things, but if I had to sum it up, I'd say it's about revitalization, and finding - and rebuilding - connections even when it seems like it's all over. It's about the relationships have with each other, and with the land too. Thomas King's works tend to have a certain sort of wit, and occasionally biting humour, and that was here too. Anyway, read this if you like good writing and interpersonal relationships. (Or read Green Grass, Running Water, or King's short story collection, One Good Story, That One... I love both of those, can't recommend them enough.)

☆ I need to go in to get my eyes checked tomorrow. Not entirely looking forward to it, but it's been years since I last had it done, so. And... I've actually been really concerned about my eyesight lately - I'm not sure, but I think something has changed - so, uh. I need to get that looked at. I mean, I'm 30 years old, and I stare at screens for 12 hours per day. It would be utterly unsurprising if I end up needing specs.

☆ State of the Chocobox: Assignment is done. Other stuff is also done. It all needs some final revs, of course, but that can wait until the weekend. I'm pretty satisfied. :)
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
☆ Spent almost the entire day at the library yesterday. Sweet. Good times. It's so cozy in there. Anyway, I picked up Thomas King's The Back of the Turtle, which I've been meaning read for a while. Also found a book on the cultural history of Chinese cuisine, and that looks pretty interesting - hopefully it'll actually be as cool as it looks. Ooh, and they had Paprika, which is a film I've heard good things about but haven't seen yet - probably going to watch that one tonight. Anyway, books were obtained and writing was done. Life is good.

☆ What the heck, I had no idea Bastille released another album this past September... man, I really need to get better at keeping up with bands I like. Haven't been able to go through all of the tracks from Wild World yet, but man, I do like Fake It, it's pretty good. <3

☆ I have three stories that're all drafted out by hand, and I need to type them up, and I really don't want to. Arrrgh! This is one of the worst parts of writing, well, anything. I write best when it's by hand (with a few exceptions) but then there's the whole trouble of... getting it onto the computer. OH WELL, looks like I'll be going to the library again today, in that case. :F For the curious, the fics are my chocobox assignment, and an 18+ aRTD fic (Jonna/Hannu), and a SSSS fic with my OCs from the Kajaani settlement (Vesa/Suvi <3).

☆ SSSS: I've been thinking again about that SSSS fic that I wanted to set in my area - specifically in Fort Chipewyan - and I keep feeling overwhelmed. In some ways the situation in northern Alberta would be a lot different from the canon's Nordic setting, and I keep getting varied ideas about how to account for that. But it's a lot of stuff that I find hard to articulate; partly caught up in how the geography is somewhat similar, but the population distribution is very different, and how would that affect life 90 years after the apocalypse etc. And the technology available in post-Rash Denendeh would be much different from what we see in Finland, I'm sure.... ALSO I keep tripping over things like what to call Beasts and Trolls - an obvious parallel for Trolls would be Wihtikiw, but that is not a Dene legend. There is apparently a Dene concept that is sorrrrt of similar, Wechuge, but it isn't really the same thing. I'll probably try reading a little bit more before I settle on the fussy issue of vocabulary - I mean, it would make sense to go with the Dene word, but the problem is that I haven't tripped over it in any reliable sources for that yet. So... to the library, then. :V Again. (Oh no, how terrible, how will I survive, haha <3 )

☆ YOI: There is a White Day Exchange; I just heard about it today. Minimum for fic is 700, which is doable (I had to ask the mod on twitter about it - the minimum wasn't written in the profile/faq - hopefully they fix that). Today is the last day of nominations, so I threw in a few pairs... I'm waffling on whether to sign up for it, but at least I have a week or so to decide. Could be fun! Or, eh, maybe I'll just treat. Who knows!

☆ YOI rec: A Hundred Flowers in Bloom by Chiharu. Leo/Guang Hong, M, 9k. Summary: The 2022 Beijing Olympics open on the fourth day of Chinese New Years with twelve lines of lion dancers forming into a dragon. This year, Guanghong only has three resolutions: to not drop the flag on international television, to win Olympic gold for China, and to fall out of love with Leo. | YOU GUYS, oh my god. I love this fic so much. It's lovingly-crafted, you can really tell that the author put a lot of heart into it, both into the story as a story and also into giving everything the right "feel". I just - pining, and skating a program about unrequited love, and then the ending...! So lovely. There's only one thing I'm not crazy about, and it's Phichit's characterization - but I can't put my finger on why, exactly. That's such a small thing, though, and it doesn't distract from how awesome the rest of the story is.

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Jan. 18th, 2017 07:11 pm
yuuago: (Yuri on Ice - LeoxGuangHong - Cozy)
☆ It's starting to get a little too warm up here. The municipality has shut down all of the outdoor skating rinks, and my socks keep getting wet when I walk to the bus stop. I think there might be holes in my shoes. But I can't really bring myself to buy new ones until spring. I always feel kind of conflicted in mild weather like this, because yes, it makes spending time outside a lot more enjoyable, but... it's unseasonal, completely outside of the usual for January, and that's a bad sign. I mean, aside from the fact that mild weather means ice, we need the cold here for other reasons. I hope it snows soon - we need more precipitation, badly. And if it stays warm too long, the ice-road might become unsafe, and... I mean, I don't use it, but that would be bad. So many mixed feelings.

☆ I have two lightweight scarves in progress, and a bunch of yarn that I haven't done anything with yet. But I keep looking at more yarn, because I'm a dumbass who goes poking around in the fibre arts section of etsy even though I know that it's too easy to get tempted by pretty pictures of yarn. Terrible! I really should, uh, finish knitting these two things... and block them... and then use up the other balls that I have, first. But that's what everyone says, I think. :Va I don't even know what I want to do for my next project - I have some more scarf patterns that look great, but they're charted, which - bleh. I can knit by chart, sure, but I don't prefer it.

☆ I told myself I wouldn't do any more exchanges for a while, but [community profile] worldbuildingex is in the nomination stages right now, and oh man some of the stuff that's been nom'd already looks really good. The worldbuilding prompts, and the fics that resulted from that, were one of my favourite things about Silent Night Exchange, and I see that there are a lot of good things in the SSSS tag for this exchange already. ...Maybe I'll just treat. I can do that. Right? (We'll see.)

☆ I was reading random YOI fic while on my lunchbreak and stumbled over this adorable Leo/Guang Hong story: one to make your heart remember me by Strikinglight (3k, G). So sweet! What can I say, I'm a sucker for Leo POV and using music to express affection. <3 Unfortunately, I don't often have luck finding work that's to my taste when it comes to this pairing because I tend to give up on even sorting through it... so this one was a fortunate find.

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Jan. 16th, 2017 09:49 pm
yuuago: (SSSS - Lalli - Rest)
☆ I have no idea what's going on with the weather. It was like -5C yesterday. I was able to go out in just my autumn coat. Didn't even need to wear a hat. I'm not COMPLAINING, mind you! But after those arctic blasts we had, it's a little weird.

☆ This whole "trying to get less screen time" thing is... ehhh. I'm trying, but part of the thing is that I spend so much time staring at screens at work. And then when I get home, I don't have much energy for anything except mindlessly browsing anonmemes. Like, I try to read books (easier on the eyes) but I can't concentrate. ...Maybe I should try just putting on some music and going for a run instead. Normally it doesn't work so well when I feel like that; I find it difficult to get into the right mindset for it. But if it's something soothing and instrumental (like Ólafur Arnalds, maybe) it's possible I'll have more success...?

☆ I've heard people murmuring that they want a YOI rarepair exchange to exist. (Well, it'd probably be an "Everything except Victor/Yuuri" exchange, let's be real.) I want it to exist too. But I don't want to be the person to bring it into existence. :V Hopefully somebody will take this up, because it's a Good Idea. In the meantime... Chocolate Box? Lots of neat rare requests in there, and I hope to write some myself.

☆ Speaking of YOI, look, MadameFolie wrote something: View from the Top: The Power Pair That Shook the Sports World Victor/Yuuri, T, 1.7k; it's written as a magazine interview accompanying a photoshoot! Read it if you like unusual fic formats. Ahh man, I just love her work, no matter what fandom - so many of the things she turns out are exactly to my taste.
yuuago: (SSSS - Purrito - Twirl)
So, the works in Silent Night Exchange were revealed yesterday! 59 works in the collection as of this posting, wow. We managed to get everyone at least two gifts, which is awesome. <3 This fandom is crazy enthusiastic! And there are more for A Redtail's Dream than I was expecting - of course, the majority of the works are for Stand Still Stay Silent, no surprise there, but it's so good to see people writing/drawing fanwork for aRTD too. <3

I received five lovely gifts!

Details )

I've actually gone through the entire collection in the past two days. I have no idea how I managed it. xD Lots of awesome stuff, though. Anyway, it's hard to narrow it down, but under the cut I'll put my top 10 of the works that weren't for me. :D

Top 10 )

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Dec. 29th, 2016 09:09 pm
yuuago: (Nor&Ice - Sweetness)
☆ I went ahead and posted my Chocobox Exchange letter* because I'm a keener a hoser finished and impatient. And because if it goes unposted, I'll just... keep adding to it. And that would be terrible.

☆ I received a WONDERFUL little package from Qichi today, ahhh. ;;; Chocolate (mmm <3 ) and a book that looks really good - Off the Map: Lost Cities, Invisible Cities, Forgotten Islands, Feral Places, and What They Tell Us About the World by Alastair Bonnett. Totally looking forward to reading this one. <3 And also, Q WROTE ME A POEM. IN NORWEGIAN. And it is beautiful, both på norsk and in English. Some people are so amazingly thoughtful, it's overwhelming.

☆ (And this reminds me that I really should try again with Norwegian in this upcoming year. Because I did manage to get through Q's poem, but there were so many words in it that I didn't know, and most of the vocabulary wasn't that unusual, so I really have no excuses.)

☆ I've been told that the time between Dec 25th and Jan 01 is a liminal space. You know what? I'm starting to agree. It always feels weird and slightly off and I Do Not Like It.

☆ Here, have a Wodehouse fic rec: The War of the Worlds and All That, Jeeves/Wooster, 13+, 7.1k, in which Bertie gets abducted by aliens and... well, see for yourself. ;) I think you can read this one without knowing much of the canon - I've only read one of the Jeeves novels, myself. It's delightfully funny, anyway.

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Dec. 26th, 2016 10:03 pm
yuuago: (SSSS - Niko)
Thanks for the kind words, guys. I'm still kind of a mess right now, so it might take me a day or two to respond properly to comments/pms/whatever. Ah, well. ...Let's concentrate on some nice things instead.

☆ Yuletide fics were revealed, and there are a lot of good ones! I haven't had time to read everything relevant to my interests yet, but here are some historical RPF that I liked: First, A Change of Season, Tang dynasty RPF with Wu Zetian and Shangguan Wan-er, 3.4k, VERY nice use of language and structure etc, gooo read it! Secondly, sheep in the plain, about the Battle of Tollense River (c. 1250 BCE), 4.4k and absolutely beautifully written. <3 And also of course there are my lovely gifts, which I have linked over here; all are based on a music video and can be read as original fiction. One of them is nice and long if you're looking to read something plotty. <3

☆ I have some beautiful new deerskin moccasins. <3 They're SO PRETTY, with tooled detailing over the tops and floofy rabbit fur edging. I keep wanting to feel up the leather, it's so amazingly soft.

☆ My brother really loved his gift. <3 Which is good, because it wasn't exactly something "exciting", since it's equipment for his job. I'm, uh, actually not entirely sure what I bought him, to be quite honest. (Some kind of Thing that will allow him to do really small welding work? I think.) But it's exactly what he asked for, so... yes. Just glad to see that he was so happy with it.

☆ Actually, to be QUITE honest, I will say that I have the best bro ever, because he gave me some really niiiiice eye makeup remover and nail stuff, and I didn't even have to ask for it. I was expecting a gift card or something, but somehow he just KNEW, what the hell. So thoughtful, wtf.

☆ I was able to take a Nice Long Walk for the first time in a couple days - hadn't been able to get out of the house yesterday or the day before, ugh - and it was SO REFRESHING. Well, maybe a little bit too refreshing, because it was -28C. But, it still felt good. However I would recommend against trying to single-handedly take down a level 9 pokemon gym full of Vaporeons when it's that cold out. (But at least I managed to knock it down to level 6 before I gave up because my hands were FREEZING.)

☆ I started writing a new fic! ...I probably shouldn't have, considering I have so many wips already, and an exchange assignment due soon. BUT oh well. I'm just noodling around, anyway. It's some YOI stuff, a little bit of long-distance Guang Hong/Leo because that's... just what I feel like lately, heh. I decided to borrow anon's idea and set it in Harbin (because ahhh the snow and the lights...) Hopefully they won't mind. :V If they do happen to see it after I finish it. Which they probably won't.

☆ I don't have to work tomorrow! Score. <3
yuuago: (Anno 1790 - Magdalena)
Today was kind of a mess, but let's not get into that, and concentrate on the good things instead, namely - Yuletide fic reveals!

I received three wonderful stories. <3 (I also see that there is one in the Yuletide Madness collection, but since those won't be revealed until a couple of days from now, I can't read it yet. Looking forward to it!)

All three were for the video to Dami Im's song, "Gladiator". If you haven't seen this (totally awesome and gorgeous) music video, you can watch it here on youtube. That's all you need in order to appreciate these stories. :D

So, here they are, in the order they were posted:

01. A moment to breathe. White Warrior/Princess, T, 1k. Slice-of-life + H/C. "Hani finds it hard to adjust to being the ruler of a kingdom again."

02. would my heart be changed. White Warrior/Princess, T, 10k (!!). Mistaken identity, amnesia, worldbuilding, and magic. "Min will rescue the sacred princess. She knows this, and always has; it is foretold. But the girl she finds in the Shadow King's fortress is not the princess she had expected, and she does not understand it. (aka, your average fairytale: girl argues with girl, girl saves girl, girl saves girl right back, with a side of bedsharing and amnesia and stubbornness.)"

03. So meek and so mild. Mentor & White Warrior, G, 1k. Teaching, family, and destiny. "Kyung-ok watches Ju-u grow up into a warrior."

Between these and the nice comment that my recipient left on what I wrote, I feel like I've won Yuletide. <3 <3 <3
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
I loved these so much, I just had to share them. They're from the collection Bone Map, by Sara Eliza Johnson. I've been reading and re-reading it off and on for the last couple of weeks. The following two are my favourites, though. Partly because they remind me of certain characters, but mostly just because I find the language lovely. It's definitely worth taking a look through this collection if you can get your hands on it.

Elegy Surrounded by Water )

The Dream of Water )
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