aphrodite_mine: a woman makes a truly goofy face (random - jaye face)
This is my FIRST YEAR participating! If I've managed to do something that's frowned upon in my sign up, please ignore it! I LOVE women. I love visual media. And I love music! My favorite vids are ones that make me consider the original media in a new light. I know that's sort of... out there? But yeah. There's no need to build a whole other AU or a plotline -- though those things are perfectly rad! -- because I like just... THINKING about media and seeing things in different orders, with different music, different pacing, and seeing how those things change the media. For insight into the sort of music I most like, check out my last.fm page. Overall, I prefer more serious vids than hilarious montages of silly things. 

A bit more info on the fandoms I selected...

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aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (inside - lost)
500% done with night terrors, y'all. Halp.

True story: I didn't even know they were night terrors until Hannibal. Who says TV isn't educational?

my review of Dysphoria by Karelia Stetz-Waters is up on Lesbrary. I've a review of Spring Breakers coming to BitchFlicks a bit later this month as well.

also recently written:

I offered drabbles in exchange for comments on the rarewomen archive and wrote two as a result.
- did it free the feelings in your spine? which is Sucker Punch gen focusing on Sweet Pea and Rocket
- only makes me stronger yet which is Runaways and Karolina/Xavin in all the ways I feel like I should apologize for the transphobic bullshit I posed when Xavin was first introduced

Also: a breath, a finger grip on a cliffside which is the Game of Thrones verse of my dreams (literally) focusing on genderqueer Cersei/Jaime/Brienne
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (new girl - sharing a bed)
The rarewomen archive is live, as of this morning, with a story for everyone and 220 fics! *collapses happily*

I wrote:

that black forest and the fire in earnest (The Awakening (2011), Florence Cathcart, horrorgen)
She turns her head, suddenly aware of a thousand aching pieces, parts, joints, whispering or howling for attention. Hands, wrapping and re-wrapping a kind of gauze. Female hands, female arms, and there. A face. The girl is young with a round face that seems at once utterly foreign and intensely familiar. It is her eyes Florence knows -- absurd, since she’s certain the girl at her side is stranger, but true.

“What has happened?” Florence manages, each word tasting like dust.


and

we are the half-destroyed instruments that once held to a course (The X-Files, Dana Scully/Samantha Mulder/Monica Reyes, prefemslashy mystery adventure and awkward flirting)
“That’s what I’m proposing, yes. And be patient, Sam. Good things come to those who wait.”

“Not much comes to those who wait, you mean,” Mulder teases, knocking Reyes in the arm, an easy physical motion that could mean nothing or everything. Scully tries to remember the last time Mulder touched her like that -- they are partners, after all -- and surfaces blank, thinking only of her fingers tight around Mulder’s arm, Scully trying to quell her own shaking.

She’s not sure, then, exactly what she’s seeking.

Perhaps that is what scares Scully most about all of this.


I received a lovely, fluffy rom-com of a New Girl story from flipflop_diva: The End (It's Coming Closer) (Jess/Cece, zombies. And yes, you can have zombie-related fluff!)

For the rest of May I'll be 
  • moving (!!!!)
  • reworking my Spring Breakers review for BitchFlicks
  • writing a book review for the Lesbrary
  • and gathering ideas for not_primetime and intoabar
Hope you all are feeling lovely!
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (inside - lost)
Hi writer, participant, and overall cool-person! We have matched on a totally rad lady from Bomb Girls, Bunheads, For A Good Time, Call..., The Inside, New Girl, or The Office which means that not only are you a totally rad person but you have rad taste in rad ladies! Here's what I requested and some additional information you might want.

~~ THIS IS NO LONGER A PLACE HOLDER ~~

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aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (cougar - ellie and jellybean)
[community profile] snowflake_challenge day 9: In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something.

[footage not found]

And here is my Day 7 video, as promised. I actually like doing this. So. It may be a thing that I do periodically. Hello, and welcome to my room mwahahaah

As for snowflake day 10 talking about someone whose fanworks/presence you want to CELEBRATE.. skipping, for now, because I want to rave on [personal profile] gloss some more, but lack the spoons at the moment! And really, I do it quite often. :P

And Day 11 has now posted while this window has been open, waiting for me to finish: In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book) and explain why you love it so much. Here, have the entirety of The Inside available on YouTube. If you require downloads, I or[personal profile] prozacpark would be happy to hook you up as the series is very unlikely to receive a DVD release, and the creators encourage finding the series by whatever means.

Oh, look, Day 12! In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. If at all possible, try to pick a smaller or rarer fandom, one that maybe doesn't have the following you feel it should.

To switch things up, I am going to link to three beautiful arts!

under the cut because of PRETTY -- one image has drawn gore )


Day 13: In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some."

I am perpetually looking for:
  • The Office fic with IC Karen Filippelli
  • Parks & Recreation fic where Ann has agency
  • Community fic where Britta is fallible but not pitiable
  • Excellent books that I can read for free as EPUB
  • Any/All roller derby femslash AUs
And finally, for now, day 14: In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Skipping this one as well, though if you'd like to leave a comment with the name of a character, I'll write a short drabble about someone/something THEY love!
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (whip it - derby oh my god)
  • I am running another giveaway. This time in promotion of ThoseTwoGuysOnline.com. Check out this post on tumblr and take whatever action you feel is necessary to win a For A Good Time, Call..., The House at the End of the Street, or Celeste and Jesse Forever goodie.
  • Speaking of Good Time, I saw it tonight, have complicated feelings about it but will ultimately give it a good review. It might be a little different if I were writing for say, a feminist or lesbian review site... SO MUCH QUEER BAITING. I'll probably settle for asking for femslash fic and try to keep my bitterness contained.
  • It seems early to consider it, and I'll have a separate post about it, but [personal profile] escritoireazul reminded me that I want to do a card exchange this year. I've discovered that actually really love going to the post office.
  • Still really liking my job, even if my brain is using MUST THINK ABOUT CLOTHES FOLDING as an excuse to keep me awake at night. *smh*
  • Have a good week ahead. Lots of work, lots of A, getting my meds fixed. Radical.
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (homestuck - vriska all dressed up)
Today:
-- watch something & review for weekly Netflix feature
-- eat, at some point
-- go see Celeste & Jesse Forever, collect self, write review (next week, yo. Gosh, Sheeds. Get your dates straight!)

Saturday:
-- FINISH RARESWAP STORY, FOR GOD'S SAKE
-- announce winners of postcard giveaway (see Tumblr for details)
-- again, consider eating
-- reward self with a movie to review! If feeling gay and romantical, Farewell, My Queen. If feeling homicidal, Killer Joe.

Sunday:
-- prep MYSTERIOUS PROJECT for launch announcement
-- make L. look like Don Draper
-- eat. everything.
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (girls - girls)
I really, really like identifying problems, searching for the steps necessary to fix them, and then taking those steps in an orderly, refined fashion.

But of course, real life, so there's cracks in the road, or I get rejected for insurance, and then the plan goes all to hell.

I wish this didn't affect me as much as it does. Alas, re-group. Start again.

--

If you didn't know, I'm writing reviews for my brother's website ThoseTwoGuysOnline.com. Check it out. Give us hits. Get me paid. (Recent reviews for "God Bless America" and "Hope Springs")

--

Want to win a Celeste and Jesse Forever postcard? From moi? **TUMBLR SELF-PROMOTION**

--

If you want to write New Girl, Homestuck, Game of Thrones, Parks & Recreation or X-Files for me, I was dropped at rareshipswap, so...

--

... And I just gave away my cat. I feel weird.
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (tipping the velvet - sexytimz)
Top five movies you're looking forward to in 2012.

Since it looks like Bachelorette, Celeste & Jesse, and Save the Date are all not slated for 2012 (BOO) that clears up some spots for my top five. And because I can, have a top 10!
  • Butter (October) : Jennifer Garner in competition with a young girl (trope!), unlikable main characters (trope!) and a weird niche of society = win.
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (May) : I'm sort of obligated to include this, aren't I?
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (June) : From the writer of Nick & Norah (so witty!) and starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, this genre-mash looks delightful.
  • People Like Us (June, Limited) : I'm including this based on a tasty little incest rumor. COME ON.
  • Anna Karenina (Nov) : Another Keira-fronted historical flick directed by Joe Wright (who I have mixed feelings about but damn does he make beautiful movies)
  • For a Good Time, Call... (Sept, Limited) : There are few things I love more than a female-fronted comedy about sex work. And Ari Grainor.
  • This is 40 (Dec) : Speaking of female-fronted comedies, this is a sort-of sequel to Knocked Up that focuses on the secondary characters including the always-amazing Leslie Mann.
  • Sound of My Voice (April) : The first ten minutes of the film are already online as part of the marketing for the film, but damn if this doesn't look incredible. Cults, mysteries... tons of buzz from Sundance. Nice!
  • Hysteria (May) : If you haven't seen the trailer for this, you might not understand my excitement but Maggie Gyllenhaal. Historical drama. Vibrators.
  • Prometheus (June) : I don't know much about this other than the pre-trailer that I saw awhile back, but NOOMI RAPACE. And Ridley Scott directing... drool!
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (jenny sees the future)
At this point (I had a mostly successful review yesterday) all I have to do to get both a raise and company insurance is show up on time and do my job for the rest of October (and, everyone assumes, after that).

Hello, incentive.

Now, I'm not a morning person. But once I am actually awake, I'm pretty much ready for the day. So, I had a few options:

-- Keep waking up at 7 for work at 8, using a better alarm clock (end up being late, failing, suck) REJECTED
-- Wake up at 6, do some AM exercise, shower (issues with noise/waking up roommate/space for workout/hate showering in AM/hate having wet hair and using hair dryer) REJECTED
-- Wake up at 6, get dressed and awake, watch an hour of DVD (can find no fault in this plan) STARTING THE DAY WITH FANDOM FTW

So many reasons why this plan is awesome! I have been missing out on TV time because of derby, and this will fill a huge gap in my life. (Sad but true.) I am so freaking happy about this. Watching every X-Files episode ever is no longer an unreachable goal!
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (Default)
The past two weeks have been somewhat nightmarish. I've been caught in a spiral of guilt and paranoia and irrational thinking. Crisis mode at home really didn't help.

I normally wouldn't talk about a "cure" like this, but the change has been so... almost instant, and so dramatic, that I really need to stress what is going on.

Until yesterday, I had been eating basically fast food and soda for my one, sometimes two meals a day. Not awesome intake. I was reading up on things I could do to help with depression, and something I kept coming across was a change in diet. I remembered seeing it while researching epilepsy. The food recommendations were the same. Why not try it.

Yesterday for lunch, I bought a bunch of portable health foods (important for work): dried fruit, nuts, granola, juice and soy milk in small containers. I ate a sampling for lunch, and that afternoon started working on a chart to process things I was feeling irrationally guilty about. I could tell a difference between the things I wrote down right after lunch and what I wrote later, as the food and energy kicked in.

Derby practice... hard, but I felt good as usual.

And then this morning. I was able to wake up at the first alarm. I nibbled on snacks during the morning, continuing the healthy diet, was able to keep positive and guilt-free even though I was over-due for posting my femslash10 story and received an AWESOME 6k Mean Girls fic featuring JANIS IAN THE LESBIAN which I will link to once I've read all the fem10 fics and have a big giant link post together.

AND I finished before I went to lunch, thanks to my awesome writing partner Maia, and here it is:

http://community.livejournal.com/femslash10/18643.html (Whip It, Bliss/Pash)
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (thesis - wildivymildmara)
What's that, universe? You've been longing for an update from my little corner of the world? Well, I'm about to make your dreams come true, baby. Get ready for this.

One word, my loves: Derby. Roller derby, to be specific. If I wasn't utterly consumed before, I sure as hell am now. Pencil me in for three practices a week, watching my diet, attempting to exercise and stretch while sitting at my desk job... you name it. Our first bout is September 11, and I do not want to be flattened out there. We have less than six weeks with fewer than optimal numbers to get into bouting shape. I. Want. It. Last night's practice was brutal: at least three girls threw up, two cried. But we didn't stop. Roller derby is the best thing to happen to me, and despite all the drama and hooey that comes along with running a group of 30 women, the rewards are incredible.

I'm also reading more than I've had time to in ages. That's one of the benefits of being out of school and having an hour-long lunch break. I prefer to review series as a whole, which puts a bit of a hindrance on posting, but lately I've been speeding through the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, the Oresteia (for Classica chat), the Sookie Stackhouse novels (forget what I said before about hating them, I'm so addicted), and I'm about to start the Millennium series by Steig Larsson.

As for writing, and other more intellectual pursuits, not much is happening other than RP. But that doesn't mean I'm not completely happy with the way things are right now. If you've talked to me lately, my main shows are True Blood and Degrassi, both of which I've had the pleasure of watching with friends. Simply watching, however, is not always enough. I've recently hooked up with people in the role playing community who have allowed for a deeper, meta experience. Through RP, we have explored motivations, how far characters will go, and the extent of things written into the text such as genderfail and manpain. Writing Bill has made True Blood watchable for me again, since I analyze the show and break it up instead of swallowing it whole. (RP also makes my work day a blast!)

Oh, and did I mention, I'm living with my best friend and derby wife, Bobbie Soxxx in the cutest house ever, for one. AND today I'm picking up one of my teammate's kids for the evening cause she pulled her back--I've missed babysitting so much!
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (rpf - eh - desperate)
--> Cyber stalker alert: http://emigree.livejournal.com/52781.html. Please read for information.

--> Things I watched today:
+ Episodes 901-909 of Degrassi TNG. I'm into new territory for me. SO excited for the new season to kick off in a few weeks. My favorite characters are Jane, Fiona and Declan, so I'm glad I picked up Fi as an RP character :)
+ New True Blood. Every episode of this season (and last) has been sickening and ragey. It's a friend groupwatch activity or I might quit the show. I am bored with half of the plots this season, a few are interesting, and some are just downright horrifying (not *scary*, but... awful.) I need to write about this, I just can't stomach the thought.
+ Hounddog. I've seen the movie before, and I liked it better and worse on the second viewing. Explanation: I could appreciate it this time through as a strictly "southern gothic" venture into storytelling. That said, even knowing that everything is going to be a bit over the top, the excessive symbolism got to me. Some things work on the page, or work in experimental film, and just don't really translate in a serious way to film, at least not a film that seems to be taking itself "mainstream" for the majority of the film. Hounddog needs to find its niche earlier on and stick there, rather than dancing in and out of stereotypes and relying on banjo music. It also thinks that it is racially progressive when it falls back on the same old "magical negro" syndrome of many old southern lit--especially films. That said, it isn't a bad film. And the controversial rape scene is hardly even one, even when compared to my metaphorical issues with True Blood.
+ Childrens Hospital, the first episode. This used to be a web series and has now been picked up by Adult Swim. During July they'll be running the webisodes as full episodes, and in August "season 2" will begin. The show mocks hospital dramas, and is hilarious. The cast is first rate, borrowing from top comedies like Party Down and Parks & Recreation. I can't wait to see more, and I'm so glad I'm catching this from the beginning.

--> Also reading? Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. I love it so far, but I will refrain from further comment until I get caught up and can do a write up. [[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, Ramona is an "American Ninja", thankfully, and not a half-ninja, as AfterEllen.com erroneously reported.]
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (runaways - sex pistols)
This seems to be the general consensus of the internets, but I actually enjoyed Eclipse as a film, and not just as something to be lulzy about. The acting was multiple percentages better, the directing (done by David Slade of "Hard Candy" fame) was really good (while consistent with the previous films i.e. some scenes had the blue saturation there were different touches like extreme close-ups and coaxing performances out of the actors).

I haven't read any of the books, so I have no idea how this one, or any of the others stacks up as an actual adaptation, but from what I hear Eclipse is one of the weakest books in terms of material, and the movie was full of action and didn't drag. The screenplay was improved from the first films, while the dialogue is still weak, like I said the acting is better.

The weakness is still Pattinson. Also, Bryce Dallas Howard doesn't seem to know how to step into the role of Victoria. She's way too hesitant for such a kickass character. As Roger Ebert said in his review, the special effects are also problematic in the fight scenes.

The thing I liked the most, however, is the development of Bella. I have no idea if this is a representation of the book-verse character, but something happens the moment Kristen Stewart steps on screen this movie. I think it has to do with "The Runaways" -- she even looks different. She doesn't bat her eyes as much, bit her lips as much. Bella is not hesitant anymore. The theme of the movie is about Bella making choices, between Edward and Jacob on a surface level, and for her future. These two controlling men are on either side of her, battling constantly for her body and soul. For the first time in this movie we see Bella take actions for HERSELF -- telling the boys to stop, making her own decisions, initiating kisses, taking charge of her sexuality. Of course, this stronger, wiser Bella still chooses to go with the abusive Edward. I cannot justify that decision, even if she makes it for her own reasons. He cites her fragility and helplessness throughout the film, both as reasons she needs him and reasons he desires her. Disgusting.

Another surprise in the film was Rosalie. Having not read the books, I had not idea that this previously silent character was so badass. Where is all the Rosalie/Bella fanfiction? Why is it all Alice/Bella?

I'm also a fan of Jane and the Volturi. I love the hint in the film that there is something more to Bella, and that Jane knows this. That connection between women, that danger, that power, is what will keep me coming back to the franchise despite abusive and controlling men.
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (Default)
I've just gotten home from the epic adventure north to see the Sundance Film Festival--USA premiere of Floria Sigismondi's film 'The Runaways' in Madison, Wisconsin. Originally, Floria was to be in attendance, but I suppose something happened, and instead, we were treated to a Q&A with Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie after the film.

What follows under the cut are some of my thoughts on the experience after having a night to sleep on it, and a seven hour drive to ponder. I've tried to keep things spoiler-free, and WILL NOT ANSWER specific questions in this post. Specific references to spoilers or the script will be screened, as this is a public post. If you would like specific questions answered, please ask them at the posts on [livejournal.com profile] runawaysmovie or [livejournal.com profile] dakota_kstew, DM me on twitter (user aphrodite_mine), or email me at cookingwithedna at gmail. Please don't ask for 'more description in general' -- if you want that, you can find the script or watch Edgeplay.

And enough formalities. they had the opportunity to tear the world apart )
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (art - sexy role play)
So, for this year I'm going to thematically divide recs. If you are looking for a particular fandom [I'm including Juno, Princess Protection Program, Push, Imagine Me & You, Wizards of Waverly Place, Jennifer's Body, Whip It, Fingersmith, Glee, United States of Tara, Bend it Like Beckham, Skins, Sonny With a Chance, Parks & Recreation, Saturday Night Live RPF] just use CTRL+F.

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la la laa.

Dec. 17th, 2009 09:45 pm
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (p&r - leslie loves her job)
destinedforgaydom.tumblr.com

Just gonna leave that there. :D
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (skins - tony)
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I was thinking I would try to be clever and make this the same picture, but I'm recovering from having a swab up my nasal cavity. I'm not that amazing! Hmm, let's see what I have in my folders here...

Day 7, a photo that makes me happy:



Day 8, a photo that makes me angry/sad:


Looks like Roy, isn't Roy. Is Spike. Thanks Dad, for sending him back to the pound. Not.
aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (art - mucha flowing)
I am SO excited for Yuletide this year. Well, to be fair, I'm excited for Yuletide every year, but I just wanted to say that I'm excited for this year, because dear Yulegoat, this year YOU are writing for me, whoever you are. The important thing is that you signed up for one of four INCREDIBLE, AWESOME fandoms and are willing to write a story for them, whether or not you pay a whit of attention to my ~very optional~ details.

I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM EXCITED.

Here, in random order, is what I asked for, and under the cut are additional details that I may or may not have included in the signup. I was so excited that I didn't copy/paste as usual!

1. Antichrist, She/He
2. Ian McEwan - The Cement Garden, Julie/Jack/Tom
3. Juno, Juno/Vanessa/Leah
4. The Middleman (tv), The Middleman/Wendy Watson/Lacey Thornton

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aphrodite_mine: barrettes in reddish hair read 'feminist killjoy' (true blood - tasty treat)
I decided to try my hand at podfic... so, here's this.

If anything, its loltastic to hear my accent sneak in even when I'm NOT doing Rogue-voice. *headdesk*

La Brea (Tar Pits Remix) by Kate Bolin - story, podfic (X-Men, Rogue/female OC)(and yes, I'm aware that the file is huge... but, idk. I'll try harder next time. Speaking of which... do you have any requests? ~1,000 word one-shots preferred.)

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