athenejen: iAthena (Default)
2017-04-08 12:49 am
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a stroll down fandom memory lane

After dragging my feet for years, I have finally migrated over my old lj entries to the dreamwidth journal I'd set up long ago. I went through my lj friendslist and tried to find as many people on dw as I could off of it; it was incredibly nostalgic. It was also sad at times to realize how many of them don't seem to be around anymore (so many empty journals...). Makes me grateful for those of you who are still active on these platforms! I'll be trying to read both friendslists and crossposting from here on out -- not that I've been posting much, admittedly, but when I do.

Maybe I'll even take another step and attempt to actually use my tumblr account, too. Maybe.
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2016-08-17 10:48 pm

come talk to me about anime and manga?

Events have conspired to get me on a bit of an anime and manga kick at the moment. The last time I watched anime with anything even close to approaching regularity was college -- which qualifies as long, long ago, at this point -- and even that was pretty sporadic and mostly based on what my friends felt like making me watch. It turns out, some pretty darn good anime and manga has been put out in the meantime.

Currently obsessed with:

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma. Unfairly charming anime and manga series about a culinary high school that decides all conflict through cooking battles. Features gloriously detailed food descriptions (the manga even includes some recipes!), gorgeous art, wonderfully equal-opportunity fan-service, family and friendship and school politics intrigue, and a large, endearing, and varied cast that I totally adore. They make me want to write an endless number of slice of life character studies.

Yowamushi Pedal. About high school bicycle racing. Features self-discovery and also the joy of discovering a fulfilling hobby, many types of friendships and rivalries and people, different approaches to competition and teamwork, philosophies about life as expressed through biking, and a full gamut of intensely satisfying emotional narratives. I have an embarrassingly elaborate meta percolating in my head about one of the characters that may not ever see the light of day, because it would require some in-depth research into Daoist and Buddhist philosophies and also the Journey to the West to write up properly. But, um. That probably says more about me than it does about the anime & manga, per se. /o\

Silver Spoon. About a guy from the city who decides to attend an agricultural high school, based on the writer’s experiences growing up on a dairy farm in Hokkaido. There is something really warm and human about this one, well-balanced and thoughtful. I really, really wish someone would put out a translated version of the manga.

Also enjoyed: Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless (high school slice of life; we had to pause in the middle of the first episode because I was laughing too hard to continue, but my sense of humor is a bit weird, so ymmv), ERASED (intense time-jump mystery; content note — ping me for details if needed), Amagi Brilliant Park (lighthearted, goofy, adorable), The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (quirky and fun), Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (which is more entertaining than its ridiculous name suggests), Sword Art Online (first season much more than second season, alas, but I liked first season a lot, though the episodes do vary quite a bit in tone).

Actively working on: Hikaru no Go (about a kid who accidentally gets a go-playing ghost attached to him; delightful!), Haikyu!! (about a high school volleyball team, promising so far), Saiyuki (loosely based on Journey to the West; I had read several volumes back in the early/mid 2000s and loved it, but never got around to finishing it or reading/watching the sequels), Flying Witch (gentle and odd and sweet; somewhat Miyazaki-like), Duarara! (I have no idea what’s going on as of yet, but I’m interested enough to keep going).

In queue: Initial D (about drift racing; I have a fondness for the live-action movie despite its flaws, and am finally getting around to trying out the anime), Azumanga Daioh (picked up the manga omnibus; I get the impression that it’s just a straightforward slice of life comedy about high school girls, but it comes highly recommended and looks charming), Revolutionary Girl Utena (I watched several episodes of this anime in the late 90s/early 2000s but it was difficult to acquire the later ones at that time, so I never finished it; I barely remember any of the plot anymore, so I plan to start from the beginning).

Please feel free to rec me stuff! I would love know of other anime and manga worth checking out.
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2016-01-20 10:26 pm
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Here's the weird thing: I have always had a bit of soft spot for Alexander Hamilton

I did a report on him in fifth grade; I think I picked him because he was the one people almost never talked about (I was pretty obsessed with the Continental Congress around that time -- I had a Scholastic book about it and also one about the US presidents that I read over and over). And I discovered that he was kind of a dick (well, I probably wouldn't have put it in exactly those terms at the time, but the fact remains), but an effective dick, the kind of dick a fledgling government needs if it's going to survive, because someone has to do the practical dirty work and deal with the overwhelming, necessary bureaucratic crap of it all. I wasn't sure if I liked him, exactly. I have mixed feelings about his legacies, even more so now that I understand more about the world, and obviously he had some personal flaws. But I couldn't help having a soft spot.

Which probably contributed to me crying my eyes out multiple times today, these huge wracking sobs, as I finally got around to listening to Hamilton for the first time. So many different emotions. (It's been a while since I had a good cry. I probably needed it.)

Governing is harder. Living is harder. He did his best, and he paid the price (so many different kinds of prices, for both the successes and the mistakes), and he kept going, and he got things out of it, and so did the people (and nation) around him, for better or for worse. What's more human than that? (Plus, I'm the daughter of immigrants. Immigrant stories are close to my heart.) And I am basically in love with the Schuyler sisters, because yes.

My mom (who is full of awesome; this is but one small example) decided that what she wanted for her 70th birthday was a trip to NYC to see Hamilton. We managed to snag some tickets, and it's not for months yet, but I'm so excited. ... I need to remember to bring tissues. A lot of tissues.

(ETA: Also, hello everyone! It has been far, far too long since my last post. I am still reading. I hope to get back to posting and interacting more. I have no idea if I'll manage it.)
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2015-06-24 11:46 am
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Wednesday = books!

What I've just finished

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, book 2 of The Raven Cycle. Loved it (description from previous posts still applies).

What I'm reading now

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, book 3 of The Raven Cycle. This series continues to be wonderful. So far, I am especially pleased about the progression of the relationships -- the gradual growth and subtle acknowledgement and emotional complexity have all been quite satisfying. The overall plot has also been developing well. I can tell I'm going to be aching for book 4 for the next several months until its release (scheduled for March 1, 2016).

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. Still no progress this week. Too caught up in The Raven Cycle for now. Not sure if I'll go back to it right away or move onto something different.

What I'm reading next

Lots of Raven Cycle fanfic? *g* But besides that.

Probably either Hostage by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith (book 2 of the Change Quartet) or Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout (sequel to California Bones). (Book 3 of the van Eekhout series is due out in September; GoodReads is calling it the Daniel Blackland series. Annoyingly, the very first sentence of the brief description of book 3 seems to be a huge spoiler for the main plot book 2. Damn it.) Possibly Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout (a standalone that's completely separate from the Blackland series) or Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge.
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2015-06-17 06:03 pm
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Wednesday Reading Meme

What I've just finished

California Bones by Greg van Eekhout. (See previous post for description.) I really enjoyed this, enough that its sequel, Pacific Fire is getting a pretty high slot on my to-read list. California Bones is definitely a full, satisfying arc all on its own, though. Note: I feel like I should probably emphasize here that it's a very dark world (the dominant powers of the world consider people just commodities to be used and consumed) and includes some pretty serious violence and grotesquerie -- if you're worried about specifics that might put you off reading or trigger you, feel free to ask me for more detail. Nonetheless, I would consider the overall narrative arc to be on the positive/heroic side.

What I'm reading now

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, book 2 of The Raven Cycle. I am enjoying this even more than I did the first one -- and I liked the first one a lot, so that's saying something. The cadences of the various voices of the characters have settled in more comfortably, and the style of the writing has definitely grown on me. Each character has a distinct perspective with different insights and blindspots, so the story is being built gradually and intricately like a (moody, atmospheric, potentially gorgeous) puzzle box. I feel like it's a good sign when getting to know the characters more has me both even more intrigued and even more endeared, and I'm quite interested in the new characters and hints at further world-building we're getting as well. Pleasing!

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. Haven't made any progress since my previous post. I suspect I won't get back to it for a little while yet, but there's another plane ride scheduled for next month, so maybe then if not before.

What I'm reading next

Almost certainly book 3 of The Raven Cycle, Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I have a feeling I'll soon be joining everyone waiting on tenterhooks for book 4 to come out next spring.

Bonus: Recent backlog

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu, first book in a trilogy (though the second and third books have not yet been released in English). Okay, this got long. If the idea of a Chinese hard SF novel intrigues you, click here! )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2015-06-10 06:49 pm
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a revival? Wednesday Reading Meme

It has been far too long since I posted anything. Mostly I've been watching a ton of hockey, but lately I've also been reading more actual books, which has been pretty great. I often contemplate posting, but somehow it just... slips away from me. But I've been reading enough that I keep thinking I should try doing the book meme and finally the thought stuck. So here goes.

What I've just finished

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. One of the pleasant things I've noticed lately is that the books I pick up keep having a bit of a throwback aspect to them, like the authors probably imprinted on the same wonderful books I did in the 80s and 90s, and are now writing things that evoke some similar themes and emotions and styles while also adding their own elements. This book reminded me a little of some of my favorite Diana Wynne Jones novels (especially the way Agnieszka comes into her own over the course of the novel, and the gradual, prickly progression of her relationship with "the Dragon") and a lot of the Fairy Tale Series of books with the Thomas Canty covers that Terri Windling curated in the late 80s and early 90s, with a judicious dose of Patricia C Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles for good measure. It is steeped in Eastern European fairy tales (Polish specifically, I believe) and has a distinctive earthiness to it that I really liked. While I wouldn't necessarily consider it groundbreaking, I do think it's a really lovely version of what it's trying to be, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It captured me.

What I'm reading now

California Bones by Greg van Eekhout. A fascinating, dark, alternate-modern Los Angeles run by a dictator whose power seems to be primarily based on controlling magic through brutality and bureaucracy. The main character is a 22-year-old kid who has spent most of his life letting the authorities think he's dead after his father was killed in a political purge. Politics and magic are inevitably intertwined in this world, and unsurprisingly so are magic and crime. The crime lord who effectively raised him wants him to perform one last heist -- breaking into the dictator's vault for a haul that includes the sword his father had meant for him to have, that also happens to be infused with the protagonist's essence (the main type of magic is osteomancy, in which bones are used to impart characteristic aspects of the creatures the bones were from). I'm only about a third of the way through, but well, I can't resist a heist. I'm definitely enjoying it so far.

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone, book 1 of the Craft Sequence. Investigating the death of a god and resurrecting him is within the scope of a necromantic law firm's job description, especially in a steampunk-inflected world in which magic is primarily based on legal contracts. Tara's finding that out firsthand... for her first case. I'm only about a quarter of the way through this one as well; I've been reading it on airplanes because there was a bunch of travel last month, and so far I would say that it has a bit of a slow build. There are many things about it I've found interesting, and the overall world-building strikes me as extensive, deep, complex, and rich in scope. But that's just it -- so far, it's been more interesting than compelling. I like it enough that I'm fairly certain I'm going to keep going, but it seems to be more of an off-and-on thing than something that grabs me and keeps me reading straight through. But perhaps once I get far enough in that will change.

What I'm reading next

Either Hostage by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith, book 2 of the Change Quartet (I loved the first book in the series, Stranger) or The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, book 2 of The Raven Cycle.

Bonus: Recent backlog

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, book 1 of the Raven Cycle. If Uprooted felt like a nostalgic reminder of some of my favorite fairy-tale-based fantasy novels, The Raven Boys did the same for classic urban fantasy. Not the Harry Dresden/Anita Blake section of the genre, but more on the Borderlands/Emma Bull/Margaret Mahy/Fire & Hemlock side of things, all dark secrets and magical places and the muddy edge between mundane reality and something more. It's distinctly YA in that it focuses on teens trying to navigate and understand their place in the world, their emotions and their preoccupations and their complicated relationships with their families and with each other, and while the prose and structural execution are relatively workman-like and some of the side characters could be more deeply developed, I found the main cast to be interesting and endearing. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
athenejen: (yuletide)
2014-10-26 11:17 am

welcome to yet another hilariously long yuletide letter

Dear Yuletide Writer )

The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher [Note: spoilers through Cold Days] )

October Daye Series - Seanan McGuire [Note: spoilers through Chimes at Midnight] )

Gosford Park (2001) )

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) )

New York Rangers RPF )

Lost Coastlines - Okkervil River (Song) )

The bottom line is: I like a huge variety of stuff (and am all in favor of experiments, creativity, and unusual things), I'm harder than usual to squick, and I'm willing to try almost anything. Please just enjoy the writing, and I know I'll have fun reading it. :)

much love,
[ profile] athenejen
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2014-10-09 02:22 pm
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A good day

I'm in the middle of the most recent October Daye book by Seanan McGuire and enjoying it ridiculous amounts. Over the past month or two I've read the most recent Dresden Files book by Jim Butcher (which was awesome and heist-y and delightful), the most recent Iron Druid book by Kevin Hearne (which was overall entertaining but a bit disjointed), Among Others by Jo Walton (which was haunting and distinctive and basically tailor-made for people who were the kind of bookworm I was growing up; unsurprisingly I loved it), Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride (which is the sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; both were pretty hilarious and fun, as you might guess from the titles), and the first three books of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles (which were full of fascinating world-building and endearing characters, and I'm eagerly awaiting the concluding book(s) of the series).

I have chilled coffee with agave and milk that my partner made for me this morning and stuck in the fridge for drinking in the afternoon. I have a part-time job that I like and sporadic freelance work. The Yuletide tagset is open for perusal -- there are so many awesome fandoms I want to write for, and I have eight nominations in mind that I must whittle down to six, which is hard because I love all of them, but that is the best kind of problem to have. Soon it will be writing season, which means [ profile] mini_wrimo is taking signups for daily writing in November, woot!

And hockey is back! I stayed up late watching the two games NBCSN showed last night, the Dallas Stars & Chicago Blackhawks will be on my television tonight, and I'll be at the Texas Stars season opener (and Calder Cup banner raising!) on Saturday. I wish sometimes that Hockey RPF fandom hadn't essentially jumped ship wholesale to Tumblr, which I don't keep up with, but it's okay, because the best thing it gave me was the opportunity to discover a love of the game, and that I get to keep regardless.

Life has been kind of mixed recently. But today, today is a good day.
athenejen: (yuletide)
2014-09-27 03:03 am
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Time is moving too quickly

I can't believe it was April the last time I posted. /o\ We've been so busy and traveling so much that on Wednesday my SO forgot what month it was. It was only, you know, three and a half weeks into September, no big deal. That's almost like it's still August, right? Ahahahaha.

Apparently Yuletide nominations close Monday. That is... really soon. My thoughts are all scattered, but here's where I am right now ("already nominated" notes for the "probable" and "tempting" categories are from the spreadsheet here):

The List! )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2014-04-12 05:23 am

things are really hectic right now, so this is going to be short

But I just need to say that I have never been happier that I accidentally Stockholm Syndromed myself into becoming a Dallas Stars fan. Jamie Benn has grown into the C so fast, and so strong... His little spontaneous speech at center ice tonight after they clinched their first playoff spot since 2008 was perfect, and it's something I would've had a hard time imagining him doing a year ago. It's been pretty incredible to watch both him and Tyler Seguin blossom into leaders this year, both on and off the ice. I've always had a thing for a good coming-of-age story, after all.

Also, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was amazing. My favorite of them all, I think. Not perfect, not that anything is ever perfect. But truly awesome and incredibly fun to watch.
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2014-03-27 03:04 am

quick drive-by post

To flail about the fact that Hockey RPF is a qualifying fandom for Remix Redux this year, and I've written enough Hockey RPF stories to qualify! I'm kind of really incredibly excited about this, as I've wanted to participate in Remix for years but I've never had enough stories in a single fandom to qualify before. I'm looking forward to the challenge!

In the meantime, I'm still hockey obsessed. Got to watch the Blackhawks beat down the Blues at United Center last week while visiting family in Chicago, which was pretty amazing -- the atmosphere there is really something else -- and am now the proud owner of a small teddy bear Tazer. He was almost a teddy bear Kaner or teddy bear Duncs instead, but I just couldn't resist his adorable little supercilious expression. I fall a little more in love with my Dallas and Texas Stars every day, it's completely ridiculous. Also ridiculous are my many affectionate feelings about so many players on so many teams. Mostly based on their actual hockey playing, these days (but not solely, I must admit). For example, I've had a thing for Ryan McDonagh since I snagged him for my fantasy hockey team in 2011-12 partway through the year because of injuries and then couldn't ever bring myself to switch him back out because he was always so consistent and steady; watching the Flyers @ Rangers game tonight gave me super embarrassingly proud feelings I probably shouldn't admit to. Only things like that happen basically all the time. It's just a fact of my life now. Another day, another hockey enthusiasm. ♥

I have all sorts of Olympics things to say (especially about the figure skating! That Russian ice dancing team that did the Swan Lake made me swoon), and also things about such diverse topics as Community, Elementary (Joan Watson ♥_♥), Lone Survivor (which gave me such a craving for GK fic), the Lego Movie, the Voice, Dancing with the Stars (Meryl & Maks forever!!), Grimm, the October Daye books, and I'm sure tons of other things not coming to mind right now. And I should probably make a Yuletide post covering the past couple of years at some point...
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-12-24 01:04 am

so i was all grumpy tonight

And then I watched the Dallas Stars' holiday greetings video. And now I can't stop smiling!

Highlights include Jordie Benn (Jamie Benn's older brother, a defenseman) and Cody Eakin (whose shockingly orange-red hair is sadly hidden under his santa hat) pretending to be each other, Maxime Fortunus's gorgeous arms and shoulders and face and total failure to help Brenden Dillon and Kevin Connauton (defensemen being adorable goofballs!) sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the way Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin's arms are pressed together the whole time they're on screen (see my tags for more gushing about them, particularly this post), and absolutely everything about Valeri Nichushkin (ridiculously talented 18-year-old Russian phenom winger). So much giggling and laughter! It's so obvious how much they all actually really enjoy being around each other. Ah, this made me so happy. And so I share it with you! :D

In other news, [ profile] mini_wrimo went well, though I still need to polish up the thing I finished and actually post it at some point (anyone want to beta ~4k of ridiculously filthy pure porn? Hockey RPF; it probably wouldn't be until sometime in January). And I uploaded my [ profile] yuletide story by the deadline! I wasn't sure that was going to happen, but it did! And I quite like how it turned out and so did my betas, whew. So that is pleasing. There's a treat that I am very tempted to try writing, but I am basically stuck getting up super early tomorrow for travel and then doing family stuff all day and I don't know if I'll be able to get away, and it's harder than it used to be to run on very little sleep (ah, getting older), so I proooooooooobably shouldn't stay up late to write it. And it's already midnight. But oh, it's tempting.

On the media front, I just watched Pitch Perfect and really enjoyed it. Ensemble movies about women and involving lots of female friendship and camaraderie make me happy. It reminded me a little of Whip It in that way. Not a perfect movie, of course, but delightful nonetheless. Television-wise, we're behind on most things because my SO's family is super intense about the holidays and so that's been cutting into keeping up with our shows. I'm happy about the winners of The Voice and The Sing-Off, though! I've also been watching my SO play through the Mass Effect games again, which has been really entertaining. We're playing a female Shepard and I made her at least somewhat Chinese-looking; the port of her from the first game to the second game changed her coloring a little and made me realize that she actually kind of looks like one of my aunts, so that's nifty. And the character and character interactions are so great. We're midway through Mass Effect 2 and I'm all torn about who I want her to romance. I just like so many of the characters!

So... I didn't really mean for this to be a mini-update when I started it, but I guess now it is. Life overall is pretty good. Started a new part-time job and am liking it a lot. Fantasy hockey is up and down, sometimes frustrating, sometimes vindicating, but always fun. Still don't have the energy levels and ability to get things done I wish I had, but I do think it's slowly getting better with time, which is at least better than the alternative.

Happy holidays, everyone. May they be everything you want them to be!
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-11-18 01:08 am

I just. How is this possible to resist?

From here, after Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin combined for 11 points in a single game:
When the two were combined this season, Benn was moved back to left wing and Seguin was moved back to center. And in a normal relationship, that means Seguin carries the puck and Benn shoots it. But this pair might not be so normal — and that’s a good thing.

“We’re definitely learning each other’s game,” Benn said. “It just takes awhile to find out where the other one is going to be and what the other one likes, but we’re learning.”

Ruff said he’s seeing the development of the kind of chemistry that can create a special line.

"They like playing with each other, they feed off of each other, there’s great communication there,” Ruff said. “As a coach, you can see if a relationship is working, and that one has pretty much worked right from training camp. They like playing with each other, they hang around with each other, they’re good friends now.”

When Benn was getting interviewed by the Canadian media Saturday, Seguin was trying to distract him. When the question was broached whether the two were close, Benn laughed and said: “We’re closer than you think.”

Jamie's gotten so much better at dealing with the press just in the last year. It's clear he came into camp this year with a new confidence and determination to be a real leader, and he has quietly taken the captaincy and run with it. It helps that Seguin has turned out to be the perfect running mate.

Who knows if they'll make the playoffs, despite all this, because the West and the East are both hilarious this season, just in completely opposite directions. Why yes, as of the standings right now, the top team in the East wouldn't even make the playoffs in the West, why do you ask? And every single team in the Central division would slot in at ninth or higher in the standings in the East.

But at least the Stars seem to have collectively confirmed on these two back-to-back road trips that they do, in fact, kinda like each other. Western Canada is now especially aware of this. :D

Actually, it occurs to me, the Stars basically had two days off in between games in Vancouver, and the Benn brothers are from Victoria. Wonder if they took Tyler home with them...
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-10-15 02:10 pm
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the annual filter post!

A little earlier than usual. I'm trying to be more on the ball about these things!

I only have two filters, one for [ profile] yuletide and one for [ profile] mini_wrimo. If you were on them in previous years, you are still on them. If you'd like to be added to one or both (or if you'd like to be taken off), please comment here! The Yuletide one is not usually very high-traffic, just the occasional process or brainstorming or flailing post. The Mini-Nanowrimo one is meant to get daily snippets, though sometimes I end up compiling them rather than posting every day.

Incidentally, sign-ups for [ profile] mini_wrimo are still open! It has been one of the best things to ever happen to my writing functionality. I've only written four fics longer than five thousand words; three of those were written in part during [ profile] mini_wrimo, and I don't know that they would've turned out as extensive and complete as they did if I hadn't had that as structure and motivation. The minimum commitment is 100 words, every day, for the 30 days of November (but you can commit to more, if you like; I'm sticking with 100 this year). It's completely up to the writer what counts for them in those words, and how they want to define their writing day (I usually do midnight-to-midnight, but I think plenty of people go with sleep-to-sleep). If that sounds at all interesting to you, I highly encourage you to check out the info on the community's profile page, join the community, and then take a look around! The sign-up post is here, locked to community members.

I love that fall has essentially become my season of writing. I love autumn anyway, but this just adds to the reasons!
athenejen: (yuletide)
2013-10-14 04:29 pm

a letter of yuletide

Dear Yuletide Writer )

Lost Coastlines (Song) )

莊子 | Zhuāngzǐ - 莊周 | Zhuāng Zhōu )

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch [Note: I have tried to avoid any specific spoilers for Broken Homes] )

Gosford Park (2001) )

The bottom line is: I like a huge variety of stuff (and am all in favor of experiments, creativity, and unusual things), I'm harder than usual to squick, and I'm willing to try almost anything. Please just enjoy the writing, and I know I'll have fun reading it. :)

much love,
[ profile] athenejen
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-10-03 04:38 pm

so... many... feelings... (and a Hockey RPF rec!)

Holy shit, apparently the rapidly developing bromance (which I talked about a bit a couple of weeks back) between Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn is so visible from outer space that there's even an entire story about it linked on the front page sidebar of Given how little the Stars tend to get covered in the national media, that's kind of seriously astonishing.

Here be quotes! )

Even before the trade I had more Tyler Seguin feelings than I really wanted to admit to myself, but now that they've collided with my Dallas Stars and Jamie Benn feelings... it turns out that's almost too many feelings to be able to write about them. But the good news is, it doesn't matter if I manage to beat those feelings into submission long enough to shape a fic out of them or not, for [ profile] hapakitsune has provided:

settle down, it'll all be clear (2002 words) by hapakitsune
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tyler Seguin/Jamie Benn
Characters: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
Additional Tags: Power Dynamics, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot
Summary: It just felt right, going up to Tyler's place instead of his own.

Bookmarker's Notes: A perfect balance of hot and sweet, with really lovely, deft characterization -- somehow intense and understated and full of nearly-unspoken context all at once, which is exactly, exactly right for the pairing.

Seriously, I loved this fic SO MUCH. I've been falling down on the job lately in terms of reccing (or even commenting, sometimes, which I feel bad about, but well, I'm kind of in a mental state where either things happen or they don't and I don't seem to have much direct control over it), but with all the Benn/Seguin feelings I've been having, I just had to call this one out. It made me so happy! I bet you will enjoy it, too.

A few pictures for reference, because why not! )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-09-19 02:50 am

five things that made me happy today

Today has been a very grumpy day, but there were a few bright spots, and I feel it would be good for me to make a concerted effort for forget the crap and highlight the good stuff.

1. [ profile] oxoniensis is one of my very favorite enablers, and it's really great to see her around and posting again.

2. It's been delightful perusing what people have nominated for Yuletide so far. I haven't quite completely decided, but I'm pretty sure I'll be nominating Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Zhuangzi - Zhuang Zhou, Lost Coastlines (Song), and prooooooooooobably Gosford Park (2001), though some part of me is tempted to nominate Sentinels of the Multiverse, which might still win out over Gosford Park or Lost Coastlines. Rivers of London and Zhuangzi are just about definite, though.

3. Ulta was having a sale on Butter London nail polishes, and while I like to keep my fingernails natural, I've been thinking a lot recently about how I wear flip flops essentially year-round because it's so warm here, and so I've been wanting to experiment with some toenail polishes. This was inspired in part by getting the occasional nail polish in my Birchbox subscription (which I have been really enjoying), as well as by the people on my flist who seem to have fun with their polishes. I ended up picking out Keks, Blagger, Champers, Shag, and British Racing Green, and I'm really looking forward to trying them.

4. Hockey is being played!! Sure, it's just the preseason, but... HOCKEY! With all the changes the Dallas Stars made in the offseason, I have been really curious to see how training camp would play out, and so far, it's been both interesting and promising. Obviously a work in progress, but lots of good things and excitement!

5. One of those good things, this quote from Tyler Seguin after an intrasquad scrimmage in which he and Jamie Benn played together for the first time (on a line with Erik Cole) and seemed to click pretty darn well: “For Day 1 playing together, it was nice,” said Seguin. “Away from the rink, the Benn boys and me have been together pretty much 24/7, so the chemistry on the ice is just going to come.” (The Benn boys = Jamie and his older brother Jordie, who's a defenseman with the organization.) They're living in the same building and it sounds like they're hanging out a lot, they've been really complimentary about each other's talent and play style, they've keyed into the importance of on-ice communication as they both get back to playing their natural positions, they've already started using each others' nicknames, and apparently Segs spent the summer studying clips of Jamie to start figuring out how to adjust to his play. They've both sounded really positive in quotes, and that makes me super, super happy (and honestly, kind of relieved). I'll miss Loui Eriksson terribly (and I liked Reilly Smith, too), but I'm pleased that the Stars got Seguin (and also Peverley!) and am very, very glad to see some early signs of potential good things to come.
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-09-07 01:54 am
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Women's Hockey RPF aspiring masterlist

Ahoy, Hockey RPF denizens! Here are all the Women's Hockey RPF (and related) fics I could find upon a quick scan through the Hockey RPF tags for relevant tags of various types. If you know of other fics, either on AO3 or elsewhere, that have a significant Women's Hockey RPF component, please drop me a comment to let me know and I'll add them to the list!

Note: This is a masterlist, not a rec list. If a fic features a (canonically) female hockey player as a main character or significant side character, features female hockey players as a significant part of the ensemble, or features women's hockey as a significant part of the setting, it belongs in this list. Organized by author and then title.

Women's Hockey RPF! :D )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-09-06 01:20 pm
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holy hell, I haven't posted since March?

I... didn't realize it had been that long. This year has been seriously, overwhelmingly Full Of Things -- tons of travel, tons of drama, tons of events and organizational crap that had to get done. But hopefully things have calmed down, just in time for my favorite fannish things to commence! Those being, of course, hockey season and Yuletide. :D I could go on and on about how giddy finding the Hockey News Yearbook in the mail made me, and how I plan to play way too much fantasy hockey this year, and how many thoughts I have about the Dallas Stars (actually more like how many thoughts I have about the entire league and the coming Olympics and hockey in general), but I'll spare you for now. Soon to come, a post compiling all the Women's Hockey fic that I can find on AO3, as people seem to be excited about that right now (as evidenced by this fantastic primer). There is sadly little of it, but it does exist! Maybe there will be more for Yuletide!

Speaking of Yuletide, a preliminary list of potential requests/nominations! Shorter than my usual, as I've been distracted this year and failed to keep a running list, and I don't feel like going back through previous years quite as comprehensively as in the past. But unless something else smacks me in the face (always a possibility!), my nominations (and likely also requests) will be drawn from this list.

That is to say, this list )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-03-13 10:06 pm

Hockey RPF fic: just become a word (Zach Parise/Ryan Suter, NC-17)

Title: just become a word
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Relationship(s): Zach Parise/Ryan Suter, mentions of their relationships with their wives
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~2750
Disclaimer: So very, very fictional.
Warnings/Content Notes: Involves polyamory/open relationships and real life wives (though in conversation only). Also light bondage and D/s, only partially negotiated but very, very consensual.
Summary: "You need to tell him what to do." Her mouth quirked up in a tiny smile. "He likes that."
Notes: Set after the Wild @ Predators game on March 9th, 2013. Written for round 4 of [ profile] pass_shoot_porn, for the prompt "Low is a height." Indirectly inspired by the song of that name by Great Northern, as well as the video for it. Title (and cut-text) is from the song. Also on AO3 here.

Still like the sun around you )