Bleah!

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:23 pm
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All of my Halloween icons on LJ are gone because of the userpic packages expiring. Just my luck it'd happen at the wrong time! :(

Meh, might as well whine some more. With the LJ Paid Account expiring in a week, the icons are kaput, anyway. I'm just a spoiled little girl! :)

Oh, well, Happy Halloween a little early!
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Week 2: New England Patriots 36, New Orleans Saints 20 (1-1) (Sunday, September 17, 2017)

MUCH better this week, but the Pats usually follow a stinker with a good game. Tom threw for 447 yards and Gronk had a great game, including a monster TD! Tom threw 3 TDs in the first quarter, the first time he's ever done that. The offense looked like they were getting in sync, but most of the WRs got hurt this game, so who knows going forward? The offense looked like they were getting in sync, but most of the WRs got hurt this game, so who knows going forward? Pats did gain 555 yards of total offense, the most for the Patriots since 2003.

The defense was better but gave up too many long completions. Still, improvement was shown. If injuries don't do them in, this team will be very potent as predicted.

Buffalo lost and Miami and the Jets playing late games, so will update later.

Next week, Houston comes to Foxboro!

EDIT: Miami wins and the Jets lose. Here's the standings:

AFC EAST DIVISION

Miami 1-0
NE 1-1
BUFF 1-1
NYJ 0-2

Help! (Bummer)

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:26 am
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*sigh*

Just as fandom becomes extremely important to me again after turmoil in RL, I get notices that BOTH my Livejournal paid account and Livejournal extra icon packages are expiring, the icons in three days (!) and the paid account in a few weeks. Sadly, without a paid account, extra userpics would go to waste.

I have been quiet so far this month but if I can get a handle on things, I might be able to post more fic next month. After all, it will be Halloween!

If any two fannish devotees could help out, I would be most appreciative! Thank you.

***Please note that while this entry appears on both DW and LJ, the expirations of both account and package are on LJ.

Happy Birthday!!!

Sep. 14th, 2017 06:43 pm
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Happy Birthday,

Ladyoneill!

May your day

Be a happy one!

:)







Yuletide nominations are almost over!

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:46 pm
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I definitely let time get away from me--Yuletide nominations end on Friday! (It actually technically ends at 5am Saturday morning, US Eastern Time, but of course I like to sleep Friday nights, so it'll have to be by bedtime on Friday night.)

Who else has nominated so far?

Only three fandoms, as usual. Hmm.

Okay, looking at the nom self-report spreadsheet, someone says they've nominated Almost Human, including John and Dorian. So that takes a load off my mind! And, happy surprise, someone who isn't me nominated Sinbad (TV), including Sinbad and Gunnar (and others). Whew.

Someone reports having nominated Space: Above and Beyond, which is a delight to hear--but, the characters they nominated were West, Vansen, Hawkes, and Damphousse. Without McQueen in some fashion, it's hard for me to get interested. {{{McQueen}}}

Someone reports having nominated the 1958 movie The Defiant Ones! So good, so upsetting, so slashy. I had a vague story idea for that once upon a time. Not sure I'd be able just to throw myself open to write someone else's request, especially given the historical context and serious racial issues one would perforce have to grapple with, but I'll keep it in mind.

I'm thinking I'll nominate Rejseholdet, since that remains so very rare still (even though I have had some wonderful stories written for me, which I wholeheartedly recommend! I am just also v. greedy. :D ).

Dare I gamble that someone else will nominate Master & Commander? (Or the O'Brian books, though I don't feel as confident when offering to write bookfic, for fear of people requesting het and/or Diana.) Maybe I should, just in case.

For a third, many choices jostle in my head. The Sting, of course, which is a best beloved (and also, being a movie, provides a nice short canon for people in a hurry, whether pinch-hitting or trying something new or whatever. :D). Shetland, though I'm not sure who else wants the kind of stories I'd want to offer/request (Jimmy/Duncan, anyone?)

Ugh!

Sep. 13th, 2017 07:33 pm
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Last week was the Week From Hell, and this week is no better. The changes going on in my life are making me cling to Fandom once again as my life preserver. Thank the stars it's my favorite time of year. Maybe that'll cheer me up. :(
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I saw a recommendation on tumblr for Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller and checked it out.



Summary on the back: Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map - the key to a legendary treasure trove - seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

My thoughts: This book had a slow start, and at first glance Alosa had most of the characteristics I dislike in a YA protagonist - too young, far too talented for her age, a violent, unnaturally good fighter, and annoyingly sassy - but I enjoyed the setting so I kept on reading. And before long it captured my interest. Yes, Alosa is all of the things I thought she was, and she is full of herself, but she does improve, and get layers - a tragic childhood of abuse, and a revelation as to exactly why she's so talented and unnatural - that helped change my opinion of her, and even grudgingly admit she wasn't so bad by the end. Similarly Riden starts out as relatively unlikable, but quickly grew on me, with layers of his own to uncover, and some impressive moments of self-sacrifice and honor.

The writing isn't perfect - a bit cheesy and occasionally bland - but there is some witty humor and several moments had me giggling or emotional. The darker moments don't blend well with the overall story - the writer couldn't seem to decide if she wanted a light-hearted swashbuckler or a gritty tale of a very unique girl trying to navigate a man's world - and the brief instances of torture and blood seemed entirely out of place. The real strength of the book, to me, was it's delightful concept, putting a fresh spin on the interactions of pirates and sirens. I'm actually surprised that both don't have more of a presence in YA fiction, but I'm always pleased when they appear, especially with the creativity in this plot. It was also refreshing to see a dash of the darker side of pirate and siren life, even if unpleasant - dubious consent/treatment of both women and men by the opposite gender, and violence. I did have one major issue with the way the topics were handled: while the violence/unwanted behavior of the male pirates to Alosa (and hinted at regarding other women) is rightfully and strongly condemned, the rape/murder of male sailors by female sirens is strangely romanticized as merely the way they reproduce (and one character is praised within the narrative for not trying to fight them off), which made me very uncomfortable, despite the briefness of the scene. But hopefully it's something that will addressed better in the sequel.

Despite its occasional side-eye worthy moments and imperfections, Daughter of the Pirate King was a mostly entertaining, relatively fun read that, if nothing else, left me wishing for more YA pirate books. Particularly ones with sirens.
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Week 1: Kansas City Chiefs 42, New England Patriots 27 (0-1) (Thursday, September 7, 2017)

It started out grandly, with fireworks and the unveiling of Banner No. 5, five giant mock-ups of the Lombardi Trophy, Patriot flags flying and the militia shooting their rifles. Retired Patriot greats held the actual trophies as the crowd cheered. Lusty boos and Goodell clown towels had greeted the weasel Commissioner before the game.

The game started auspiciously, too. Brady marched his men down the field in no-huddle and scored a beautiful TD. Unfortunately, it went all downhill after that. The offense was out of sync, special teams made critical mistakes, and the defense was a leaky sieve, giving up huge bombs and running yards. It was Tom Brady's first home opener loss, and a shocking rare loss at home, period.

I knew the Chiefs would be trouble! Andy Reid is a good coach. The loss of Julian Edelman and other key players is already showing. Of course, we've seen this before. After being humiliated on Monday Night Football by the Chiefs in Kansas City in 2014, the Patriots came roaring back and won a Super Bowl.

Will this be history repeating itself? Or will the injuries simply be too much? Stay tuned!

Since the other divisional teams haven't played yet (Miami's game is cancelled, in fact), I won't post any standings.

Next week: the Pats on the road against the New Orleans Saints!

EDIT: Buffalo wins and the Jets lose!

AFC EAST DIVISION

BUFF 1-0
NE 0-1
NYJ 0-1
Miami 0-0

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