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January 1st, 2018

01:02 pm: A Year in Fic 2017
I've somehow managed to survive yet another year and I've even managed to write a few fanfics along the way, so I thought I'd do my annual post of looking back on those.

Starting with the very last fanfic I wrote last year, namely the fanfic I wrote for Yuletide:

The Enchanting Wedding of Magica De Spell (8145 words) by oneiriad
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Disney Ducks (Comics)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gladstone Gander/Magica de Spell
Characters: Magica de Spell, Gladstone Gander, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Rosolio
Additional Tags: Accidental Marriage
Summary: "You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Magica De Spell (witch) and Rosolio (fully trained magician) this All Hallows' Eve. You may bring a guest."

I must admit that this particular pairing had not even occurred to me before seeing it requested for Yuletide, but the fandom itself? I found it quite delightful to delve into a canon that was literally the canon I learned to read by. Even though every character was named wrong on account of the fic needing to be written in English. Poor Rasputin. His name is so much less elegant in English...

Other than Yuletide, I also participated in last year's AU Exchange, where the request my recipitient had that I ended up writing for was a Wonder Woman fanfic with the AU being an alternate origin based on another mythology than Greek. Which, possibly predictably, knowing myself, meant that I ended up writing it with Norse mythology, making Diana a valkyrie. As you do. Chooser of the Slain is the title, if you're interested.

Also last year, I partipated in a fairly massive collaborative writing project in the Legends of Tomorrow fandom. Basically, we were several who were - dissatisfied with how season 2 of that series had turned out, so we - wrote our own. We discussed plotlines and character arcs etc., and then we wrote one or more episodes each and posted them, day after day in september, and accompanied by absolutely stunning fan art by kickingshoes. My episode - The Sorceress' Apprentice - was set early on, being just the 5th, and had the legends visiting Viking Age Denmark, just because. It was a fun and interesting project to be a part of and I'd love to do it again (though so far season 3 is vastly better than season 2), though I am grateful I wasn't the organizer/fanfic writer wrangler.

Apart from those, I wrote a few The Flash and/or Legends of Tomorrow fics, as the mood struck. I wrote a couple of extra chapters for my prison AU wip for The Flash, Panopticon - and now the show has put Barry in jail for murder itself, so I am kinda feeling semi-not jossed, but - uninspired? I dunno. I should get back to that one. And I should get back to The Dragonish Way, my dragon AU coldflash WIP, because two chapters is barely a start and just embarrassing.

In completed arrowverse fic I wrote Where the Wild Things Roam, which was a sequel to my earlier wild west centaur AU fic - well, it was a sequel to robininthelabyrinth's sequel to it. You know how it is. It has centaur!Mick Rory and Barry Allen the very earnest Pinkerton and some wendigos. And then I wrote Mantis, which is just a brief ficlet playing with an alternate origin for The Flash and Captain Cold both.

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December 31st, 2017

12:34 pm: Movies and TV Shows august to december
Just as a note, I think I'm going to give up trying for monthly posts for this - obviously I am not good at them - and fold my audiovisual media consumption into my Wednesday Reading Meme posts starting next year.

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December 29th, 2017

05:56 pm: According to London Toast Theatre's facebook, we'll be getting one more year of the Crazy Christmas Cabaret!!!

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December 27th, 2017

09:53 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme
Yuletide has happened. Like I already mentioned, the story I got is lovely. As for the story I wrote, well - my recipient seems to like it, but precious few other people have clicked on it. Oh well...

Apart from that, well - I went with certain mysterious individuals to see the last Crazy Christmas Cabaret, which was a bittersweet experience. It wasn't quite as good as last year, but I had a nice evening. I've seen The Last Jedi and was - not particularly impressed? But I went with [personal profile] blnchflr, who went back for more two days later, so - opinions vary? And yesterday I watched Bright, the new Netflix urban fantasy movie, and was underwhelmed.

What I've recently finished reading

Steve Orlando: Virgil
I liked his Midnighter comics, but this? Not so much. It's kinda dull...

Jesper Wung-Sung: En anden gren
I found this novel very interesting. It's a fictionalized (and how much is fiction and how much is fact I would like to know, but JWS is a fiction writer, not a writer of biographies, so fiction is had to be, I suppose) story of how his great-grandparents met and their life together, from his great grandfather came to Denmark to be exhibited in Tivoli's Chinese village in 1902. It's an interesting book, and it's good at bringing early 20th century Copenhagen to life in so many little ways - but it's also a violent and unpleasant book, as the main characters get repeatedly assaulted and ostracized in various ways for their interracial relationship. And then you get a nice spot of hope and life is nice in pre-war Germany, which is nicer to the pair of them than Denmark were - until war breaks out and the locals fail to see a difference between a Chinese person and one of the Japanese people they were at war with back then.

Halfdan Pisket: Desertør
Halfdan Pisket: Kakerlak
Halfdan Pisket: Dansker
The story of the author's father, how he grew up in the border region between Turkey and Armenia, and how he came to Denmark and stayed, not exactly legally. It grew more interesting as the story developed, though I must confess, the art is not my usual taste in comics.

Makoto Yukimura: Vinland Saga vol. 8.

Bernard Cornwell: The Flame Bearer
Finally. So, that's book 10, and if the tv show does about two books a season - though they'll need to replace or at least age up the actor considerably soon.

Mike Mignola: B.P.R.D.: 1947
I quite enjoyed this little tale of vampires in post-WWII Europe.

What I'm reading now

Carrie Vaughn's Kitty saves the world, which I got for Xmas.

What I'm reading next

Lukian's Havdialoger, which I am too lazy to look up what is usually called in English right now. It's short and I've got a Goodreads goal to reach. My Bali trip sabotaged me.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 197

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December 25th, 2017

01:59 pm: Yuletide
I feel that everybody needs to read my present from this year's Yuletide exchange, which is an absolutely lovely Dinotopia fanfic with a T-rex giving a TED talk. It's brilliant. Go read.

Improvise (3976 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dinotopia - James Gurney
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dinosaur OC, Human OC
Additional Tags: TED Talk
Summary: "Hello. Thank you. Breathe deep. My name is Thundertooth, of the line of Crookeye. Though, to be fair, you might know me better from some of my other roles." </p>

A TED tale from modern Dinotopia.

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December 24th, 2017

02:03 pm:

Hmm. Anybody know when the Yuletide archive is due to open this year?
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December 14th, 2017

01:22 pm: Long term planning
Apparently, starting next year, Dyrehavsbakken at Klampenborg is going to have open at Christmas.

And next year will be the first year without the Crazy Christmas Cabaret.

Hmmm. I wonder if I can persuade certain people to start a new holiday tradition, or at least to give it a try? I mean, classic Christmas Lunch in Korsbæk sounds like an obvious thing for them to do for the holidays, and that might be fun?

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December 13th, 2017

10:20 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme
I really should be writing my yuletide fic instead of, well, anything. Oh well. That's what the weekend will be for. Why do I always do this sort of thing to myself?

What I've recently finished reading

Jan Guillou: 1968
I liked this better than the previous book, but it keeps the same main character. Essentially, the book series seems to be moving away from fictionalized family saga and into the realm of fictionalized autobiography. Further complicated by the inclusion of a character that is the main character from another autobiographical novel. I got the author's actual autobiography from the library, just to have something to compare and contrast with from here on out.

Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
Finally. That took - forever. Neal Stephenson is always a slow read for me. It's an excellent book, actually. Scientists bringing magic back and using it to time travel and there's a mix of science fiction and historical fiction and time travel paradoxes everywhere. And they visit Constantinople at the time of the Varangian Guard, which is nice. It's frustrating though - it's long and dense, and yet there are so many things unanswered, and it feels like the first book in a series, and yet there are no signs of more to come?

Riad Sattouf: L'arabe du futur volume 3.
Finally she's beginning to show signs of wanting to get away from this life. Finally. Please tell me the next chapter is all about a divorce. (The author's mini-biography not mentioning growing up in Saudi Arabia gives me hope.)

G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel: Civil War II
Why do everybody always think these major events are a good idea? They're annoying.

Jonathan Green: Howl of the Werewolf
This was fun. I used to read all the books of this sort I could get my hands on as a kid - in more or less terrible translations, back then. I'm pretty sure this one has never been translated to Danish, anyway. So it was nostalgic, leafing back and forth and writing down things I found (and then cheerfully skipping the fight bits and always assuming I won, because the fights are no fun anyway, and then backtracking and seeing where the other choices led.) It's such a delightfully gothic horror, Hammer movie style world to explore.

Ben Aaronovitch: The Furthest Station
Fun. All the ghosts, a bit of policing, and a random water baby.

Svend Åge Madsen: Af den anden verden
I'll admit that as a technical exercise in worldbuilding - a society created by a group of heavily traumatized and utterly amnesiac people, isolated from all others - it's interesting. I don't find it realistic, but interesting. As a story? Not my thing.

Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Boys
I must admit, I didn't expect that much from this book going in. So many others have been enthusiastic that my expectations were conversely low - too many bad experiences with so-called bestsellers over the years, I'm afraid. It took some time to get going and I'm still not exactly overwhelmed by it, but I'm curious enough that the next is requested at the library. I'm just enough whelmed, I suppose.

What I'm reading now

Nothing. Just finished one book. Will start a new tomorrow.

What I'm reading next

Jesper Wung-Sung's En anden gren, because it sounds interesting.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 189

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December 6th, 2017

05:28 pm: Legends of Tomorrow: Beebo the God of War
Aka the episode where the promo looks like the costume department has been binge watching Vikings.

Well, Stein might be dead, but it appears he's not entirely done yet.

I feel that the puppet might have been a bad call.

Nate? Stop pretending to be a historian? Please. That is not what happened, as far as we know. The colony was never big, the locals don't seem to have been friendly towards the colonists, and frankly? The Scandinavian population surplus at the time didn't need the space. Not to mention that a) there weren't that many vikings in Greenland in the first place and b) having to cross the cold North Atlantic when you could go all sorts of interesting places south instead can't have been that attractive.

Also, I am offended by the implication that the old Norse would mistake a silly Furby-knock-off as anything other than a trinket. (Not to mention that the "God" would run out of battery soon enough...)

Twisted Beebo's words? Listen, I can by anachronisms conveniently learning the appropriate language for where they land. But Beebo? Is a toy! It's not talking, it's producing recorded noises. How the hell?

Bad Leo. No ruining Mick's beer. Yes, Mick has a problem, but this tactic? You are getting a fist to your smug little face, Leo.

Nu' det jul igen, og nu' det jul, og julen var lige til ....

A bunch of vikings showing up in Vinland without even a ship? Not suspicious at all...

Well, Mick would have wanted to go out in a pyre?

And Beboo's toast.

Meanwhile, Damien and his daiughter have been watching too much Wagner.

Have we seen a jumpship from the outside before?

Awwww, Leo and Mick really rub each other the wrong way.

Ray makes a very weird god.

Looks like we're losing Jax as well as Stein?

Constantine sneaking aboard the Waverider. Because of course he does.

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November 29th, 2017

09:57 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme - actually on a wednesday
I guess I haven't been doing much of interest these last couple of weeks. I went to see Justice League - it was underwhelming. Not even terrible, just - meh. Watched the DC CW shows crossover, as you might have noticed. That sort of thing. Caught some Farfetch'ds. Have yet to participate in a Ho-Oh raid. The raids have started stopping earlier in the evening since we switched to winter time. It's annoying for a working person like myself.

What I've recently finished reading

Christina Vorre: Forladt: fortællinger fra 20 ubeboede danske øer
Reading this book - which is a short collection of stories from a number of formerly inhabited, but now abandoned islands in Denmark - we've got so many, many islands, most uninhabited - made me think of the the current "war" between Copenhagen and Outer Denmark, which mostly seems to exist in the minds of the latter. These islands were the exact same story, just earlier. The entire modern period has been the movement away from small, lonely country areas, and probably a lot of that has to do with the fact that small and remote areas are actually hard to get all the modern conveniences we require out in. I mean, who wants to live somewhere where you can't even expect a cellphone to get a signal? What if you need to call an ambulance?

Grant Morrison: Wonder Woman: Earth One vol. 1.
Well. That was a trainwreck. What the fuck did I just read? Amazons being - very, very, very into "loving submission", and canon lesbian Diana wanting an African-American Steve Trevor to put on a collar and lovingly submit and in general? This is a trainwreck of a comic? WTF? I just - I adore the character of Diana, but the Azzarello comics I read were just weird and this is? Why can't I find a nice comic about Wonder Woman? Am I just getting the wrong ones?

Mike Mignola: B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs

Siri Pettersen: Evna
And so the tale of Hirka ends, with the Ability restored and Ymsland needing to do some serious rebuilding. I liked this trilogy. And it vaguely amuses me that, if this ever makes it into a movie, that the filmmakers will have all the excuses in the world to include all the leather bikines and bondage gear.

Katrine Sommer Boysen & Sophie Engberg Sonne: Filmens københavn: hovedstaden i levende billeder
Gorgeous book. Not deep, but lovely.

Kojo Svedstrup Jantuah: Odyssey to Elsinore: reconciliation with the past in order to move forward
On one hand it's an interesting book. Written by a Ghanese academic, telling about his youth, where he travelled across Sahara, following the same dangerous routes the current migrants use, his work for reconciliation after the history of slavery, and his visits in Denmark to search for his relatives, as he's a descendant of one of the last Danish officers in the Danish African colonies before we sold them to England. It's a lot of interesting subject matter. Sadly, it's not really a very engaging book, but I'm not sure if that's because Jantuah is not a skilled writer, or because he's writing in a narrative tradition that I'm not used to reading and therefore not quite capable of appreciating properly.

Fred Van Lente: Ivar, Timewalker: Making History
I'm giving it one more volume.

Warren Ellis: Injection vol. 1.
I am not entirely sure what's happening, but I'm intrigued.

What I'm reading now

Jan Guillou's 1968 and Neal Stephenson's The Rise and Fall of DODO.

What I'm reading next

All the fanfic, probably.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 181

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