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Re: Steven Universe
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Is there any evidence that Amethyst has a split upper lip? Presumably this would not be related to the congenital abnormality, although of course, as she is our holotype, who knows.

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You guys, I just spent forty-five minutes and three bottles of nail-polish figuring out what I did when I converted my mom's house from ethernet to wireless, and it turns out I re-used an existing cable to connect the modem to the router, and that cable goes from the basement, to the third floor, and back.

I could re-wire it, but honestly, it works, so I probably shouldn't mess with it.

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@ YWG comicon, anyone else?

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Nobody in this Fanfic is having the conversations normal human beings would be having: instead, they are going through the points on the author's ship manifesto.

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Listen.

There are two types of dog; the kind that will let you tuck your cold toes under a haunch, and the kind that will immediately scramble to their feet, stalk across the room, and resettle themselves while glaring at you with only one eye at a time.

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Oh my god I have tried to type my review into goodreads web interface *three times* and it has lost my review EVERY TIME I AM GOING TO SET SOMETHING ON FIRE

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You guys, I just like genfic so much.

Every once in a while I reread [archiveofourown.org profile] marbleglove's A Square Peg in a Round Hole, or Junior Year of High School, Revised, A Clones Tale and I remember how much I love genfic. Like, I really love it.

And it's a little weird that this is the story that triggers it, because on the face of it, it shouldn't appeal to me so much. It's a crossover between two canons I have never experienced, in which one dude figures out a big secret some other people are keeping, lies to them about a big secret he's keeping, and then takes off to start a new career.

I mean, obviously, I love this story, and it slots into the category I've already discussed of secret-keepers and figure-outers, and has already been discussed there.

But somehow instead, while looking for more, I ended up traipsing through [archiveofourown.org profile] litgal's Not in Kansas Anymore series, which meets the requirements I outline in the above post, that the person keeping the secret doesn't spill their guts when confronted, but instead gives up only enough to satisfy the other party, but suggests some additional requirements I have perhaps developed in the intervening time.

I really want stories where the parties brought together do not adopt each others' agenda. That is to say: the Stargate team doesn't immediately say "Holy shit, vampires exist!? We need to help fight vampires!" But rather say "Holy shit, this weird transmissible virus conveys functional immortality and drastic personality changes? Can we isolate the functional immortality part?" Or, perhaps "Holy shit, can we make these guys our shock-troops? Are they susceptible to goa'uld parasitism?"

And maybe this is just good writing. In real life, people who work together don't always, or even primarily, work together because they all want the same thing, but rather because the things they individually want happen to be served by pursuing the same ends; writing them otherwise is a way to avoid dealing with the messiness of individuals.

I also want genfic where it's not an unlabelled AU where everyone who is not canonically in a relationship is asexual and aromantic. Like, this could be an interesting AU! But I'm not really interested in PG rated stories that get that rating by ignoring any aspect of sexuality. If some characters hook up, or experience attraction, that's a well written portrayal of a great many human beings. Sometimes called "gen/bob", to signify it's not just "gen" in the sense of being a story suitable for children; it's gen in the sense of not being motivated by romance.

Contrariwise, I also really love stories where the dilemma motivating the story is not 'will these characters hook up?' or 'will these two get together?' Don't get me wrong, I love ship-fic! But oh my god, I really love genfic, too, where the story's central question is "How can these two societies live together" or "can these characters build a future where they can live their lives authentically?"

Bonus points: Gratuitous anthropology, and actually alien aliens.

So, authors and stories who do this for me:

[personal profile] rydra_wong's Walked Right Out of the Machinery. SG1 fic about becoming a person you can live with, and finding a place to be that person, about surviving the unendurable and unacceptable, and becoming the person who can endure and accept. If you've been in fandom a while, you've already read it, but if you're newer, do yourself a favour.

[archiveofourown.org profile] cofax, who you will either know from her excellent Narnia fic, or, if you're an old, her SG1 and x-files fic. Try This is Not Wartime for SG1, Carpetbaggers for Narnia.

[archiveofourown.org profile] LtLJ, pretty much everything written by, definitely gets the bonus points for anthropology, but I am fascinated with the beautifully constructed plot of her Retrograde series, how the story never falls into the trap of allowing itself to be about the characters' goals, but instead constantly frustrates their pursuit of those goals in unpredictable ways, as everyone's goals clash and interfere with everyone else's.

Please feel free to comment with links to your favourite genfic!

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I want to make a "Let's nerd out about Steven Universe!" podcast. Possible topics include

- Steven Universe as Imperial Radch fanfiction, and vice versa
- Which one are you most like?
- What kind of weird dystopia is Beach City?
- Akira Toriyama, and other influences
- Things I know About Rocks (not much)

Does anyone else have a chunk of free time and enthusiasm for this project?

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Kind of saddened by the Hugos, not because of who won, but because every time I dip into that mess, the discourse has further deteriorated. This isn't to say "There's bad-faith actors on both sides! Neither side has any kind of reasonable position!" Rather, I think a few bad-faith actors on the side of the puppies (specifically, Vox Dei, whom I have encountered before, and have no qualms labelling a bad-faith actor) has driven down the level of discourse, since he is one of those people with whom there is no reasonable discussion to be had. In the presence of these elements, the tendency is to retreat to one's own side, and share frustrations, but the effect of this is that all the discourse quickly becomes personal attacks on one's opponent.

I tend to want to solve problems by intellectualizing them, of course, whereas real people are motivated by their emotions. (I mean. This is my model of how real people work. If you are not emotionally motivated, that's cool.)

And of course, Vox Dei is a revolting sack of mangoworms (do not google) so it's definitely understandable. And a lot of admiration for people like Foz Meadows who continues to try to produce rational arguments in the face of some pretty hyperbolic stuff.

In conclusion:

Ugh. Politics. WHy is it so full of humans?

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Ugh, I was dog-sitting a sweet, shy, scared dog yesterday, and managed to let her escape, whereupon she immediately bolted, and I spent four hours combing the neighbourhood with no luck, and had to tell her owners I'd lost their dog. I felt sick, because I am actually quite close the the number one highway, so it's quite possible for her to be hit.

I got news this morning that her owners had found her safe, which is such a relief to me, but I don't think they will be asking me to dog-sit again.

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