Title: The Devil's Luck
Author: KouriArashi
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Allison/Scott, Derek/Stiles, Melissa McCall/Sheriff Stilinski, Chris/Victoria
Rating: Teen
Length (total): 7:26:25
Music: S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W by My Chemical Romance
Cover: Opalsong (heavily influenced by Kylie L's gorgeous covers for this series)
Summary:Another day, another mysterious series of murders in Beacon Hills ....

Podbooks Link:
Podbook [7:26:26; 211.1MB]

Chapter Links [length; size]:
Chapter 1 [29:12; 22.8MB]
Chapter 2 [25:49; 20.6MB]
Chapter 3 [28:54; 22.6MB]
Chapter 4 [27:01; 21.0MB]
Chapter 5 [33:20; 46.0MB]
Chapter 6 [31:23; 24.2MB]
Chapter 7 [37:45; 52.1MB]
Chapter 8 [31:37; 43.6MB]
Chapter 9 [30:21; 41.9MB]
Chapter 10 [30:27; 42.0MB]
Chapter 11 [26:14; 20.2MB]
Chapter 12 [37:58; 29.2MB]
Chapter 13 [35:30; 49.0MB]
Chapter 14 [40:54; 31.5MB]

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3


Title: Fledged
Author: Lys ap Adin
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Katekyou Hitman Reborn
Pairings: Gen
Rating: General
Length: 26:16
Size: 36.5MB
Music: Tsuna Awakes by Toshihiko Sahashi
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: There comes a point when a person has to say, "Enough." And Tsuna just reached his.

Link: mp3

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!
Thanks to Lys ap adin for having blanket permission!!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3
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([personal profile] desireearmfeldt posting in [community profile] amplificathon Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:59 am)
Title: Mouthpiece
Author: Rheanna
Reader: DesireeArmfeldt
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Length: 30 mins
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard
Additional Tags: Podfic, Podfic Length: 30-45 Minutes, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Ancient plot device
Summary: "Well, that's one way to get you to shut up."

Text at AO3

MP3


Title: could not make a wookiee intimidating
Author: QueenWithABeeThrone
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Star Wars
Pairings: Gen
Rating: General
Length: 8:42
Size: 12.3MB
Music: Uh-oh! by Midnight Syndicate
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: "Aw, come on,” says Anakin, glaring at the dice as if they’ve personally offended him. “You roll twenties for Ahsoka and not for me? I own you, you fuckers, the least you could do is do me a favor every once in a while.”

or: Anakin Skywalker's terrible luck strikes again at the worst time.

Link: mp3

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3
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([personal profile] aralias posting in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:51 am)
For a while I thought the Photobucket purge wouldn't apply to us... somehow... magically. But I'm afraid it did.

Prompted by a message from [personal profile] tidal_race this morning I've downloaded and re-uploaded all of the original comm banners. I used Imgur. No idea whether this is going to stay long-term, but it's worth a shot.

I've also re-uploaded the bases, if you want to do something new - like this!



Unconventional Courtship opens on the 18th August (less than a month!)
I really enjoyed putting together the Multilingual Mix for Hannibal, with fanvids in different languages, and so I thought to do the same for Steve/Bucky or Marvel as a whole. The corpus is huge, I thought. I have watched hundreds of Steve/Bucky vids. Surely I'll find something, remember something. The concept was to have one vid per language. And to my surprise, I couldn't find as many as I thought. Compared to the Hannibal cornucopia, the Marvel corner experiences scarcity of the English-centric variety. There is intrumental, and I put the Vivaldi one here because it's cool, but it cannot be actually classified as fanvid in Italian, right? So, new plan.
If you know a Steve/Bucky or Marvel fanvid set to a song in a language not listed below, please comment.

Muddy Waters by SecretlyToDream (English)
Enfants de la Patrie (1998) | Children of the Homeland (1998) by CaitlinKuehn (French)
Обійми | Embrace by LuvyshkaNeo (Ukrainian)
Я приду к тебе на помощь | I shall come to your aid by DochZmei (Russian)
Ser o parecer | To be or to seem by miguel (Spanish)
Winter by xemsonx (Instrumental: Antonio Vivaldi)

Seriously, where is German? Japanese? Some good old-fashioned Latin? Variety is the spice of life!

Posted by John Scalzi

As part of my continuing effort to justify the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription I have, I’ve been playing with my Audition audio software and learning how to use it. Today I learned how to make a multitrack file! Go me. I also played with the various filters in the software to distort and shape sounds.

All of which is to say I recorded a song today and it is very very noisy indeed. It’s “Here Comes the Rain Again,” which is my favorite song from the Eurythmics. Here it is (and no, it’s not actually nine minutes long, I don’t know why the media player says that. It’s, like, five):

Yes, that’s me singing. No, Annie Lennox doesn’t have a thing to worry about.

In case you’re curious, every noise on that track either comes out of me, or out of an acoustic tenor guitar. Audio filters are fun! Let’s just say I let my Thurston out to play, and if you get that reference, congratulations, you’re old too.

No, I’m not giving up my day job. Relax. But I do enjoy playing with sounds. This is fun for me.

In any event: Enjoy the noise.


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([personal profile] musesfool Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:42 pm)
L and I made a spur of the moment decision to see Dunkirk last night - well, as spur-of-the-moment as you can with purchasing reserved seats ahead of time *snerk* - and I have mixed feelings about it. It is beautifully shot and I could watch Tom Hardy spoiler ) all day, but mostly I feel like it took an amazing real life story and didn't deliver on the emotional impact of it. spoilers )

I liked that it was nearly dialogue free (and I didn't mind that I couldn't understand half the dialogue that there was), but I felt that the structure was overly fiddly and unnecessary and it kept me from full immersion (um, pun not intended?) emotionally. Also the music was too loud and there was too much of it.

It also suffers a little from Band of Brothers syndrome in that I couldn't tell the two young dudes apart for most of the story. Once they're both wet so you can't tell which one has curly hair and which one has straight hair, I couldn't tell them apart, and I honestly didn't care that much about them beyond the generic - I mean, I didn't want any of those guys to die, and I felt there was nothing specific about those two to make me care more. spoilers ) (Otoh, casting Harry Styles - who was good, I thought - was a smart move, because I always recognized him, even half-drowned.)

Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh (and James D'Arcy!) were great, as was Tom Hardy. I mean, I would have watched a whole movie where Tom Hardy spoiler ) But overall, it's a B to B+ kind of movie for me. I wouldn't see it again.

If you do see it, I can say it was definitely worth seeing in 70mm, if you have that option. Otoh, if you have a fear of drowning, I don't recommend it for you.

Both L and I had similar mixed feelings. We discussed it on the walk to the bus stop, and my god, I have never sweated as much as I sweated yesterday - it was not a day for walking but I did a lot of it. I was so overheated that I never once felt cold in the movie theater despite being sleeveless, which has never ever happened to me before.

Before the movie we were going to meet at a Mexican place that looked good, but it was so jam packed with people, we ended up at the Cafe Tallulah, where the cheeseburger is fantastic, but again, on a day as hot as yesterday, wtf were the front windows all doing open, so you couldn't feel the air conditioning hardly at all? I never sweated so much in my life while doing nothing.

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([personal profile] chestnut_filly posting in [community profile] amplificathon Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:04 am)
(Crossposted @AO3)



Title: Cold Comfort
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Amyfortuna
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Pairing: Nerdanel/Nienna
Rating: T
Summary: "Nerdanel, early in the Second Age, ponders the wisdom of her choices."
Length: 9:11

Mediafire download link
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Recorded and posted for Tolkien Femslash Week 2017, for the prompt Sappho 56 (trans. Anne Carson):

not one girl I think
who looks on the light of the sun
will ever
have wisdom
like this

Because is this not the most Nerdanel quote there has ever been?
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There are slight sound effects here, but I don't think they should be triggering for listeners with auditory epilepsy, and there is no dramatic reverb/echo for those with auditory processing issues. The biggest difference is in "distance" and a slight volume drop.
([syndicated profile] scalziwhatever_feed Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:44 pm)

Posted by John Scalzi

Because sometimes it’s fun to play with Photoshop’s sliders and see what you come up with. This is what happens (in part) when you push the “dehaze” slider all the way to the right. The real sunset didn’t look like this (it looked like this), but I think it might be cool to live on a planet where the sunset did look like that, every once in a while.

Enjoy the weekend, folks.


([syndicated profile] scalziwhatever_feed Jul. 21st, 2017 08:53 pm)

Posted by John Scalzi

As we ease on into another summer weekend, here are the new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound this week. What do you like here? Share your feelings in the comments!


Posted by John Scalzi

Here’s Sugar curling up with a good book, in this case the ARC of Don’t Live For Your Obituary, my upcoming collection of essays about writing and the writing life, which comes out in December from Subterranean Press. And you can win it! Here’s how:

Tell me in the comments which Beatles song I am thinking of right now.

That’s it!

The person who correctly guesses which Beatles song I am thinking of wins. In the case where more than one person correctly guesses, I will number the correct guesses in order of appearance and then use a random number generator to select the winner among them.

“Beatles song” in this case means a song recorded by the Beatles, and includes both original songs by the band, and the cover songs they recorded. Solo work does not count. Here’s a list of songs recorded by the Beatles, if you need it. The song I’m thinking of is on it.

Guess only one song. Posts with more than one guess will have only the first song considered. Posts not related to guessing a song will be deleted. Also, only one post per person — additional posts will be deleted.

This contest is open to everyone everywhere in the world, and runs until the comments here automatically shut off (which will be around 3:50pm Eastern time, Sunday, July 23rd). When you post a comment, leave a legit email address in the “email” field so I can contact you. I’ll also announce the winner here on Monday, July 24. I’ll mail the ARC to you, signed (and personalized, if so requested).

Kitten not included.

Also remember you can pre-order the hardcover edition of Obit from Subterranean Press. This is a signed, limited edition — there are only 1,000 being made — and they’ve already had a healthy number of pre-orders. So don’t wait if you want one.

Now: Guess which Beatles song I am thinking of! And good luck!


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([personal profile] wendelah1 posting in [community profile] xf_book_club Jul. 21st, 2017 01:04 pm)
Welcome to [community profile] xf_book_club, formerly [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club.

What we do

We discuss X-Files fanfiction. This is a group for readers. Lively debate is welcomed; in fact, it is encouraged. Just don't make it personal. We're here to talk about the quality of the work, not the personality of the writer--or the critic.

Who we are

Just as it was on LiveJournal, our membership is moderated. Anyone who was a member at [livejournal.com profile] xf_book_club will be approved. If I know you, ditto. If you've changed your user name, send me a PM. If I don't know you, let's chat about it. Trust me, it is better to be safe than sorry. Anonymous comments are welcome but will be screened until approved by the moderator.

Make suggestions for discussion at the nomination post.

Comments on this post are screened. If you want to ask a question, this is the place.

Posted by John Scalzi

So, on July 21, 1997, which was a Monday, I posted the following on the alt.society.generation-x newsgroup:

Thought y’all might like to know. I’m happy, pleased, tired.

96,098 words, cranked out in a little under three months, working
mostly on weekends, grinding out 5,000 words at a sitting.

Learned two things:

a) I *can* carry a story over such a long stretch;

b) like most things on the planet, thinking about doing it is a lot
worse than simply sitting down and doing it. The writing wasn’t hard
to do, you just need to plant ass in seat and go from there.

I did find it helped not to make my first novel a gut-wrenching
personal story, if you know what I mean. Instead I just tried to write
the sort of science fiction story I would like to read. It was fun.

Now I go in to tinker and fine tune. Will soon have it ready for beta
testing. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

That novel? Agent to the Stars. Which means that today is the 20th anniversary of me being a novelist. Being a published novelist would have to wait — I date that to January 1, 2005, the official publication date of Old Man’s War — but in terms of having written a full, complete (and as it eventually turned out, publishable) novel: Today’s the day.

I’ve recounted the story of Agent before but it’s fun to tell, because I think it’s a nice antidote to the “I just had to share the story I’d been dreaming of my whole life” angle first novels often take. The gist of the story was that my 10-year high school reunion was on the horizon, and having been “the writer dude” in my class, I knew I would be asked if I had ever gotten around to writing a novel, and I wanted to be able to say “yes.” Also, I was then in my late 20s and it was time to find out whether I could actually write one or not.

Having decided I was going to write one, I decided to make it easy for myself, mostly by not trying to do all things at once. The goal was simply: Write a novel-length story. The story itself was going to be pretty simple and not personally consequential; it wasn’t going to be a thinly-disguised roman a clef, or something with a serious and/or personal theme. It would involve Hollywood in some way, because I had spent years as a film critic and knew that world well enough to write about it. And as for genre, I was most familiar with mystery/crime fiction and science fiction/fantasy, so I flipped a coin to decide which to do. It come up heads, so science fiction it was, and the story I had for that was: Aliens come and decide to get Hollywood representation.

(I don’t remember the story I was thinking for the mystery version. I’m sure death was involved. And for those about to say “well, you didn’t have to stick with science fiction for your second book,” that’s technically correct, but once I’d written one science fiction novel, I knew I could write science fiction. It was easier to stick with what I knew. And anyway I write murder mysteries now — Lock In and the upcoming Head On. They also happen to be science fiction.)

I remember the writing of Agent being pretty easy, in no small part, I’m sure, because of everything noted above — it wasn’t meant to be weighty or serious or even good, merely novel-length. When I finished it, I do remember thinking something along the lines of “Huh. That wasn’t so bad. Maybe I should have done this earlier.” In the fullness of time, I’ve realized that I probably couldn’t have done it any earlier, I wasn’t focused enough and it helped me to have some sort of external motivation, in this case, my high school reunion.

Once finished, I asked two friends and co-workers at America Online to read the book: Regan Avery and Stephen Bennett, both of whom I knew loved science fiction, and both of whom I knew I could trust to tell me if what I’d written was crap. They both gave it a thumbs up. Then I showed it to Krissy, my wife, who was apprehensive about reading it, since if she hated it she would have to tell me, and would still have to be married to me afterward. When she finished it, the first thing she said to me about it was “Thank Christ it’s good.” Domestic felicity lived for another day.

And then, having written it… I did nothing with it for two years. Because, again, it wasn’t written for any other reason than to see if I could write a novel. It was practice. People other than Regan and Stephen and Krissy finally saw it in 1999 when I decided that the then brand-new Scalzi.com site could use some content, so I put it up here as a “shareware” novel, meaning that if people liked it they could send me a dollar for it through the mail. And people did! Which was nice.

It was finally physically published in 2005, when Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press published a limited hardcover edition. I was jazzed about that, since I wanted a version of the book I could put on my shelf. The cover was done by Penny Arcade’s Mike Krahulik, who among other things knew of the book because I was one of Penny Arcade’s very first advertisers way back in the day, advertising the Web version of the book (those guys have done okay since then). Then came the Tor paperback edition, and the various foreign editions, and the audiobook, and here we are today.

When I wrote the novel, of course, I had no idea that writing it was the first step toward where I am now. I was working at America Online — and enjoying it! It was a cool place to be in the 90s! — and to the extent I thought I would be writing novels at all, I thought that they would be sideline to my overall writing career, rather than (as it turned out) the main thrust of it. This should be your first indication that science fiction writers in fact cannot predict the future with any accuracy.

I’m very fond of Agent, and think it reads pretty well. I’m also aware that it’s first effort, and also because it was written to be in present time in the 90s, just about out of time in terms of feeling at all contemporary (there are fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors remaining, to pick just one obvious example in the book). At this point I suggest people consider it as part of an alternate history which branched off from our timeline in 1998 or thereabouts. Occasionally it gets talked about for being picked for TV/film. If that ever happens, expect some extensive plot revisions. Otherwise, it is what it is.

One thing I do like about Agent is that I still have people tell me that it’s their favorite of mine. I like that because I think it’s nice to know that even this very early effort, done simply for the purpose of finding out if I could write a novel, does what I think a novel should: Entertains people and makes them glad they spent their time with it.

I’m also happy it’s the novel that told me I could do this thing, this novel-writing thing, and that I listened to it. The last couple of decades have turned out pretty well for me. I’m excited to see where things go from here.


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([personal profile] chestnut_filly posting in [community profile] amplificathon Jul. 21st, 2017 10:03 am)
(Crossposted @AO3)



Title: Tribute for the Queen
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LiveOakWithMoss
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Cover Artist: [tumblr.com profile] StygianAcrimony
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Pairing: Lalwen/Queen Berúthiel
Rating: M
Summary: "Berúthiel honestly doesn't know why she puts up with Lalwen. (Except, no, she totally knows why.)"
Length: 4:26

Mediafire download link
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This podfic was posted for Day One of Tolkien Femslash Week 2017, for Sappho's fragment 16A:
"Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army on foot and some men say an army of ships is the most beautiful thing on the black earth. But I say it is
what you love."
([syndicated profile] monkeysee_feed Jul. 21st, 2017 10:10 am)

Posted by Linda Holmes

Tom Hardy plays a Royal Air Force pilot in the new Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk.

Christopher Nolan's war drama about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops has immediacy, scope, and a sense of the unique terrors inherent in war.

(Image credit: Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros)

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([personal profile] musesfool Jul. 21st, 2017 10:05 am)
I spent last night reading fic where Jason and Cass turn out to be biological siblings, not just adopted siblings, and squee!, that is one of my favorite Batfamily tropes. Plus, there was some awesome Jason-Cass-Steph bonding which I feel canon has repeatedly cheated me out of, even though they would get along like a house on fire (literally, probably, given Jason's involvement and enjoyment in blowing things up). Plus there is some hilarious snark at poor Tim's expense that made me laugh out loud repeatedly. Oh Tim. (There will be recs at the end of the month as usual, but here and here for those of you who are impatient and also not following my pinboard.)

Also, yesterday, my consolation birthday present arrived - a beautiful red patent leather Love Moschino tote bag (wow, there were three left in stock when I ordered mine and now there are none! I'm glad I got there in time!). During the whole epic search for a new bag, I coveted a red patent leather bag, but couldn't find one (or, rather, couldn't find one that was less than, like, $800 and while I'm profligate, I'm not that profligate), since I guess they aren't in style right now? Except it's red patent leather so I can't imagine how it could go out of style? But whatever. On a whim on Wednesday, I checked Zappo's to see if there were any available, and lo and behold, there it was. It's beautiful. It's big and kind of unwieldy (and unpleasantly sticky against the bare skin of my arm in the heat), but I don't care, because it's gorgeous.

Bosses 1 & 3 both admired it as I unpacked it from the box, and they were like, "Are you going to save it for special occasions?" and I said, "Hell no!" (note: I did not actually say "Hell no!" I just said, "no! I bought it so I could use it! Because it is beautiful!") And I recommend to all of you to use your beautiful and special things rather than waiting for some mythical special occasion to crop up, because frequently, you will be waiting forever and never get to enjoy the beautiful thing you bought for yourself. Using a special bag/wearing your beautiful new shoes/opening that expensive bottle of wine - they can all make a regular occasion special, and I recommend you do that rather than wait for some occasion arbitrarily deemed "special" enough to break out the fancy lipstick or whatever. Live your best life whenever you can, people!

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([personal profile] chantefable Jul. 21st, 2017 04:50 pm)
I have finally checked out INHUMANS and wow, that really is some "Game of Thrones does Star Trek" aesthetic. They even have Ramsey Bolton as the evil opposition brother.

The lawful king brother is basically Mr Reese from Person of Interest with magic murder voice. He runs around city centre in a suit and has a dog. (The dog is a gigantic teleporter which is an upgrade from POI, but still. Totally Mr Reese.) The sister - Medusa - is basically the only character I know. Apparently, she has a lot of sentient red hair and political problems negotiating agendas of different parties (all in the family). The sister with even more fashion-forward hair (striped colour application like something from a hairdressing trend show circa 2010) is probably Crystal who is married to Quicksilver in comics. (IDEK what they'll do now that Joss Whedon has jossed that in Ultron. Grrrr.)

What can I say, royal politics never get old, let's see how much IMAX Shakespeare this injects into Marvel Netflix/MCU. Rag'n'Bone man track Human is nice here, mirroring the plot about Inhumans being originally from Earth and intending to come back. Not invested in this at all, but I support Medusa and her hair.
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