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Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:35 pm
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Looks like BistoCon 2018 is on.

Dates and details very soon.
przed: (film)
The fest has been over for a few days, I saw 19 films, and I'm still feeling a bit on the loopy/exhausted side. But thought I'd put up short reviews of the two (excellent!) documentaries I saw, both by filmmakers in their 80s!

Ex Libris - The New York Public Library
Frederick Wiseman is one of the very best documentarians working today. For his films, he selects an organization or a place (the National Gallery, UC Berkeley and a boxing gym were some of his recent subjects), films in them for a few months and then spends a year editing his footage into a distillation of the organization and the people in it. And after so many years of doing this, he clearly knows what to look for when filming. This year his subject is the NYPL, and the result is utterly mesmerizing, really showing the breadth of what the library and all its branches does. There are budget and board meetings, readings/interviews by Elvis Costello and Ta-Nehisi Coates, parents discussing with librarians the need for books with accurate portrayal of African American history, NYPL staff answering client's questions, an ASL interpreter of Broadway plays explaining her working method, and so much else. The film is 3 1/2 hours long, but it's always fascinating. [personal profile] msmoat, I very much thought of you as I was watching.

Faces Places
Agnes Varda is just about the only woman director to come out of the French New Wave, and she alternates between fiction and documentary. For her latest doc, she teamed up with JR, a Bansky-like photographer who takes large-form photographs of people and pastes them onto buildings. The two of them set out on a road trip, taking pictures of people they find along the way and pasting them on buildings they find along the way. The premise sounds slight, and the tone is mostly playful, but it leads to some really lovely and profound moments. And the friendship that exists between the 80-something Varda and the 30-something JR is absolutely wonderful to watch in action. This film won the People's Choice documentary award at TIFF.
przed: (film)
We're well past the halfway mark for this year's film festival, so I thought I'd put up a couple of mini reviews of stuff seen so far.

Call Me By Your Name
This had great buzz coming out of Sundance, and it was not misplaced. It's a story of summer love, with precocious 17-year-old falling for his dad's 23 year-old grad student. It's also a gay love story without any coming out panic or inevitable tragic ending. And it's utterly gorgeous, set in and around a villa in northern Italy. The cast is uniformly wonderful, especially Armie Hammer as the grad student and Timothée Chalumet as the teen, but also Michael Stuhlbaarg as the main character's father, who has a lovely scene at the end showing his empathy for his son and his first love. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Borg/McEnroe
I became a tennis fan watching Borg play at Wimbledon every year, so I was very much looking forward to this movie, examining his rivalry on the court with bad boy John McEnroe. And it was honestly everything I was hoping it was. There are flashbacks to both men as kids, coming up in the game, and a look at how their rivalry developed, but it all comes down to the insane Wimbledon final they played in 1980. The actor playing Borg, Sverrir Gudnason, is a dead ringer for Borg, and Shia LeBeouf was unexpectedly good as McEnroe. I've heard people in festival lines say they found it a bit dull, but those people are WRONG.

I, Tonya
This was my one ridiculous indulgence for the fest. I paid to see the premium screening of this biopic of figure skater Tonya Harding solely because Sebastian Stan is in it and I wanted to see him in person. But it turns out, the movie is really good and is getting great word at the fest. I put up an incredibly long post about the screening and my thoughts on the film on Tumblr, along with a pic I took of Stan and his co-star, Margot Robbie, but the short version is it's dark and funny and will make you really feel for what Harding went through in her life.

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
We managed to talk Ros into seeing this film in the kids sidebar at the fest. It's a French animated film with a Looney Tunes feel, and it's really fun. The trailer gives a good sense of its inspired lunacy. And as a bonus for me, the first of the three stories has a baby called Pauline! (My name is only popular in France, it seems.)
przed: (Default)
Good: I have a complete first draft of my Stucky Big Bang story done. Nearly 34K words, and I don't think it sucks.

Bad: My original artist defaulted, which the mods apparently didn't catch until I sent them a "hey, I haven't heard from my artist in, like, MONTHS" email.

Good: The mods got me a pinch hit artist.

Good: My copy of the Stucky Not Without You zine finally arrived. And wow, it's as gorgeous as everyone says. Also not so much a zine as a giant, freaking art book. (I'd ordered two copies, one for a friend's birthday, and had it shipped to work, and schlepping the box home on the subway just about took my arm out of my socket.)

Bad: Okay, this isn't so much a bad thing as just a thing, but what with having an international order and a last name beginning with zed, I'll bet I got one of the last zines sent out. I love my last name, but it definitely makes patience a necessity.
przed: (Default)
In the past week:

  • I have started getting hot flashes (and I know my friend have told me they suck, but, man, they really suck; like they're-messing-up-my-sleep-big-time suck)

  • Had my far-too-old laptop finally die on me, taking two hours at an Apple genius bar and half a day of wiping and reinstalling and restoring to get it working again (I've now ordered the new machine I meant to get six months ago, lest it die on me again)

    I've got my fingers crossed the universe doesn't have any other little surprises stored up for me.
  • przed: (Stucky - First Avenger)
    Since it's July 4th, a.k.a. Steve Rogers' birthday, I thought I'd post the link to the two Cap Reverse BB stories I wrote.



    Brooklyn Runaways
    (12822 words)
    Art by: slaughterme_barnes
    Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
    Rating: Explicit
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
    Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
    Additional Tags: Pre-Serum Steve Rogers, Great Depression
    Summary:
    "Aw, Stevie, don't be like that." Bucky's voice was muffled by the door, but even given that, it didn't sound right. "Open up."

    Steve fumbled with the lock, threw open the door, and there was Bucky, standing in the hallway, a suitcase in his hand and a bruise on one side of his jaw.

    "We gotta go, Stevie," he said. "We gotta go now."

    When Steve and Bucky get careless, they end up having to run away. But maybe running away will find them the home they've always needed.


    I lucked out on the initial claim and got one of my absolute top choices, and lovely piece of art that let me write skinny!Steve and Bucky in the '30s. The artist also did a second piece of art that inspired me to break the smut barrier in my new fandom and write Steve/Bucky sexy tiems, so that was fun.



    That was all I was supposed to write, but then a couple of weeks before the final deadline, this lovely piece of art with the Avengers as characters from a Chinese wuxia epic went up for a pinch hit. And no one else claimed it. I hadn't put this one of my list of initial claims because I didn't think I could do it justice. But my insanely optimistic muse suddenly assured me I could get the job done in two weeks. Stupid muse, but I did it, thanks in part to a lovely artist who had lots of ideas for the background of the characters.



    Wuxia Avengers: Heroes' Justice
    (10355 words)
    Art by: potofsoup
    Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
    Rating: Mature
    Warnings: Major Character Death (but not the main characters)
    Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
    Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, Howling Commandos
    Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Wuxia AU, Don't worry the Avengers don't die
    Summary:
    Captain Steve Rogers was a trusted member of the Emperor's Palace Guard, but then his entire company was wiped out by the Red Skull. Now Steve seeks only vengeance for the death of his sword brothers and the man he loved. He thinks his is a solitary quest, but on his journey he will find fellow avengers to help him. Bu they will all have to come together to defeat the fearsome Hydra fighter, the Winter Assassin.



    Now I'm going to take a few days break to recover from the stress writing of 10K words in two weeks before I get back to work on my Stucky BB story.

    Happy July 4th to all my American friends out there!
    przed: (footie)
    Ros' soccer team just had their fifth game, and this is the first chance I've had to post about the footie season. I got paired up to coach with another dad this year, so the Sweetie briefly thought he was getting off helping out. But it turns out the two of us were really bad at running lineups, so the Sweetie is back on the roster. And another dad, who was a goalie, volunteered to help out coaching the goalies so there are four of us running the team.

    There was some period of adjustment, but we're now all playing to our strengths. I do the overall organizing and running drills at practices, the goalie dad drills the goalies and helps with strategy during games and the other dad helps run drills and keeping the kids enthusiastic. Non-sporty Sweetie does his bit making sure everyone gets an equal amount of playing time on the field.

    We've been having practices every week, and it's really starting to pay off. Last night the girls were actually passing and running plays with each other, and we pulled off a 0 – 4 win against a team that has some of the best players in the league and two coaches who usually have one of the better teams. So, yay!

    Ros was in goal the first half, and she's really doing fab. I think working with a coach who is NOT me is good for her. Our goalie dad is really pushing her, and she's made some fabulous saves.

    On the downside, our goalie in the second half sprained her finger, and since we're on a full-sized field and she was in the other end and didn't say anything, we didn't know she needed to be pulled off until one of the other girls rotated off and told us she was crying. I felt horrible! But her dad (the non-goalie coach) tells me she's okay.

    It's a nice bunch of girls, and they're playing well together so it's looking to be a fun rest of the season. And they actually come to practices! (Last year, I was lucky some weeks to have three girls at practice. This year, most of them show up.)
    przed: (tt ot4 group hug)
    I flew back from London last night, after a super short, but super awesome trip.

    The main reason I flew over was to see Take That, but since I was going to be over anyway, I thought I'd take in a play as well. My lovely host, [personal profile] halotolerant, picked The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar, and it turned out to be a brilliant choice. It's a Brecht play, a satire on fascism, and starred the brilliant Lenny Henry. Seeing it the day after the British election, it took a whole different, hopeful tone. The main floor of the Donmar had been set up as a speakeasy, with the audience sitting at tables scattered through the floor, and various audience members pulled into the action. The strongest bit was the end when the audience is either asked to stand with the reprehensible Ui or to resist against him. A heartening number of the audience stood with the resistance on the floor, hands linked together. It was an amazing theatrical experience.

    Saturday, we started with a leisurely shopping trip around the West End, broken up by a delicious dim sum lunch, then headed over to the O2 for the concert.

    Pics and concert details this way )

    Sunday, was a much less energetic day, but no less awesome. Halo and I met up with [personal profile] solosundance and [personal profile] heliophile (waves!) for lunch at the wonderful Tas, and then popped around the corner to the British Museum to see the Hokusai exhibit, which was as great as I'd hoped. Halo then suggested a visit to a fab little LGBT exhibit they have, with a side trip to the Warren Cup, an amazing bit of Roman homoerotica.

    Then there was a nice dinner and a viewing of The Winter Soldier, because apparently I'm not the only one with Cap and Bucky feels.

    It was a short, concentrated trip, but I feel like it had exactly the right mix of doing stuff to just hanging out.
    przed: (Default)
    Since Ros is doing her black belt next year (OMG!) she won't be playing hockey.

    I, however, have signed up again for the women's learn to play lessons. I don't even know how this happened, but it turns out I kinda enjoy hockey. Or at least learning hockey skills. I may sign up for league play the year after.

    In fannish news, I've got my Cap RBB story finished, formatted and ready to go, and my artist and I have a game plan for posting. My posting date is May 28th, so I'll be able to share the story and the fabulous art that inspired it then.

    I've also just crossed the 10,000 word mark for my Stucky BB story, and have finally outlined where this sucker is going. And I've got a decent summary put together ready for the artist claims. There are, apparently, way more writers than artists, but I'm not going to stress about the claims too much. This is a story I want to write whether or not there's art for it. Not that it wouldn't be cool to get claimed.
    przed: (Stucky - First Avenger)
    List your ten fics at AO3 that have had the most hits.

    This is my seventh year doing this. Usually there's a slow evolution of new things creeping up the list as older stories creep down. But in the last few months I've joined my first stupid big fandom ever, and wow, did that make a change.

    This way to the list )
    przed: (Default)
    I've got a bunch of longer stories on the go, but I've snuck this short piece into the queue. It's a goofy little sequel to my very first Stucky story, The Altar Boy Act.

    The Boiled Cabbage Strategy (2847 words)

    Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
    Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
    Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Pepper Potts, Tony Stark
    Additional Tags: Sassy Bucky Barnes, Snark, bad language
    Series: Part 2 of Bisexual Sweary Old People
    Summary:
    When a dinner invitation teaches Pepper Potts what a little shit a certain super soldier can be, she's positive they're going to be best friends
    przed: (Default)
    As my first official DW post, I thought I'd put up the pic I was going to post on LJ before the TOS thing happened.

    It's a pic from the final day of the Learn to Play hockey class I took, along with a bunch of other lovely women. (I'm the short one in a teal and black jersey in the back row.)

    LJ to DW

    Apr. 7th, 2017 12:45 pm
    przed: (stucky - tfa)
    I've had a Dreamwidth account I've never done anything with, but LJ's latest TOS is my cue to get out of Dodge. (I clicked the damn thing so I could post this and import my journal to DW, but I'm done after that. Being subject to the laws of the Russian Federation is not something I'm at all keen on.)

    I'm przed over at DW. (There's nowt there yet, but there will be.)

    Most of my fannish life these days is over at Tumblr at trappingsofzed.tumblr.com. (I'm not keen on the platform for conversation, but it's good for the pretty, and for fic notifications. And that's where all the Cap Stucky action seems to be.)

    I'm sad to leave LJ. Just checked and I hit my 14th anniversary on the site a couple of days ago, and that's a lot of interacting with all you wonderful people. Hopefully I'll still see all y'all in other fannish spaces.
    przed: (bucky)
    Just finished watching the Badgers lose a heartbreaker. The Florida Gators managed a 3 pointer in the last second of overtime to beat them by one. So close. But it was a great game.

    To cheer myself up afterwards, I watched Take That's Red Nose Day Carpool Karaoke, which is exactly as much fun as you'd think it would be.



    Now I'm totally jazzed to see them in June.
    przed: (bucky)
    Wisconsin beat Villanova!

    And it was a really great game! Wisconsin led the first half, Villanova took over a lot of the second, and it all game down to the final 3 seconds, when Wisconsin held onto a 3 point lead.

    There was much yelling at the screen, much to the bemusement of the Sweetie. Ros kept being affronted when foul calls when against the Badgers, bless her.

    So, the Bucky icon will live on this year until at least Friday, when they play their next game.

    Sports!

    Mar. 18th, 2017 12:38 pm
    przed: (bucky)
    Apart from the whole Stucky obsession, the other thing keeping me busy these days is sports! And it's March madness, so time to bring out the icon for that other Bucky. (Though how awesome would a Winter Soldier Bucky Badger icon be? I wish I could still draw.)

    The Wisconsin Badgers beat the Virginia Tech Hokies (and seriously, Virginia Tech, the Hokies?) on Thursday night, so they'll be playing Villanova this afternoon. Considering Villanova is a #1 seed, this could so south quickly. Or not.

    I won't be watching the game live because I'll be taking Ros to her second last hockey practice of the season. Yay for the imminent end of the hockey season! Although also boo, because that means I've only got two of my hockey lessons left. I'm enjoying it rather more than I thought I would, though I still kinda suck. My goals were 1)stopping, 2) crossovers and 3) changing direction without stopping. I've got the stopping down, the right foot crossovers are coming but the left ones are still terrifying, and I can kinda go from backwards to forwards without stopping but not forwards to backwards.

    I don't know that I ever want to play in a league (though scrimmages are actually fun now that my skating's a bit better and I finally splurged and got a properly fitted pair of skates), but I may sign up for lessons again next year.

    My final sports news is that we finally got the pictures from our Taekwondo Black Belt Spectacular. My favourite is actually from the technical rehearsal of the self defence part of the ceremony, me kicking my partner, one of the fourth degree candidates:
    00lj-bbspec01.jpg

    A couple more pics below the cut )

    I have unfortunately become one of those people who gets their black belt and then drastically cuts back on their training. Mostly because I tore my piriformis muscle (which is a little muscle behind your glute, so I officially have a pain in the butt) at a class in September and the stupid thing is taking forever to heal.
    przed: (stucky - tfa)
    I have now officially written more in the last month and a half than I did in the previous two years. Cap, Bucky and the gang continue to inspire, apparently.

    Captain America Finds His Happy Ending (2918 words)
    Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
    Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
    Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, civil war never happened
    Series: Part 4 of Captain America Has a Fella
    Summary:
    Ever since Steve got big, it seems like he's been the one saving Bucky, when it used to be the other way around. Steve saved him from regular Nazis a bunch of times. He saved him from Hydra twice. He even saved him from New Jersey. (Fucking Paramus.)

    Now, Bucky thinks, it's time for him to save Steve.

    Or what happens when a former brainwashed assassin puts his mind to giving his boyfriend the happiness he deserves.
    przed: (stucky - tfa)
    Yep, more Captain America fic. Which led to this conversation with the Sweetie as we were waiting for Ros to finish volunteering at our martial arts school last night:

    Me: I finished another Cap story!
    Sweetie: I never thought you would get obsessed with Marvel. And of all the Marvel characters you could get obsessed with, that it's Captain America... ::laughs hysterically::

    This is payback for me making fun of his Marvel obsession for, oh, the last twenty years. (I still maintain that the Essential Ant-Man volume is probably not that essential.)

    Captain America Finds His Fella (5567 words)
    Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
    Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
    Additional Tags: civil war never happened, ballet dancer bucky, Fluff, Angst, Fluff and Angst, outsider pov
    Series: Part 3 of Captain America Has a Fella
    Summary:
    When she reached her eighties, Audrey though she was done with change. She thought things would continue as they always had.

    Instead, Steve and his friends have brought her more change than she'd gone through in the twenty years before. She gets used to one routine, and then a new one crops up.

    Or what happens when an elderly USO showgirl helps her super hero friend and his boyfriend.
    przed: (stucky - tfa)
    Another week, another Captain America fic churned out. This is nuts, but I'm just going to go with it.

    Captain America Is Out and Proud (5222 words)
    Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
    Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
    Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Original Characters
    Summary:
    The truly terrible thing about waking up in the future, thinks Steve, is that everyone who looks at him sees Captain America, national icon. An icon 70 years in the making, never mind that he's really only lived 25 years. (Years don't count if you spend them in the ice, do they?)

    Or what happens when Steve runs into an old friend from the USO.

    A sequel to Captain America Has a Fella
    przed: (stucky - tfa)
    And here's another Stucky story.

    The Stucky writing binge continues unabated. I don't know if I've written this much, this fast since, oh, ever. I'm having a blast.

    Captain America Has a Fella (2361 words)
    Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
    Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
    Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Original Female Character
    Additional Tags: Outsider POV
    Summary:
    "Welcome to the USO," the director tells Audrey. And with a handshake, she's in.

    Six month she's been in New York, slinging hash in a diner and going to every audition she hears about. Now she's finally got a job dancing. She's ecstatic.

    She's not so sure about working with this Captain America guy, though.

    Or how one showgirl finds out there's more to Captain America than meets the eye.

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