frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Default)
So I've been super ill lately -- I mean, this year I seem to have been fairly constantly ill with various colds, which I was warned about as part of the joy of a baby teacher's life, but fever-over-40 ill was different and fun. Anyway, I haven't kept up with Monday and Wednesday posts.

At the moment: well, I've made the top half of a jumper in 4ply and I don't like it. Currently it's hibernating while Ellie tries to talk me round, but I probably will rip it back. I don't think the yarn suits it and I should reknit it in a semi-solid rather than variegated colourway.

Also I am trying to resize a pair of scale-mail knitted gloves for M. This is hugely annoying and going badly.

Also I am making a pair of knee-high socks with lace up the back! These are actually going well, but since I haven't quite finished the first one (I'm on the cuff though) and it's in dark blue, it doesn't photograph well. I'll wait til I've finished the pair and get someone to photo me wearing them.

So here is a picture of the lace-weight shawl I made just before Christmas! I'm hugely pleased with this. It's gigantic and really beautiful. Pattern is Samarkand Nightmarket, and I recommend you click through to the pattern page to see what it looks like spread out! (Also, boggle below at how badly my phone captures the colour on the close-up! The main pic is from a friend's phone and the colour is pretty much spot on.)

I have another shawl I want to start soon, and one which I am going to have to redo because of the incompetence of the yarn-seller (long story, when I can be bothered I will type it up). And then I need to knit my mum a birthday present. Lots of fun projects!
frith_in_thorns: A rainbow of yarn on shelves (.Yarn)
I saw someone suggest this last week (I can't remember who; sorry friend I'm plagerising!) and I thought it sounded like a great idea to show off! My phone camera is a bit rubbish so I'm using a filter to try and make the colours as close as possible to how they actually look. This didn't work terribly well on the first picture, but the second two came out okay.

What I've just finished this evening is a teacosy knit in stranded 4ply fair-isle. The pattern is Osaka Teacosy from Jameson & Smith yarns. (Sadly it's a paper-book-only pattern. Possibly it's the only pattern anyone buys that book for. I certainly can't help but laugh hysterically at the 4ply fair-isle jumper dress, who has that much time in their entire life?) I actually have an entire bag of J&S yarn in various colours which I use purely for this teacosy pattern, as I really love it and it's such a great gift! Lots of my relatives have one now, and this one is for a very good friend.

Construction details and more pictures )
frith_in_thorns: (Apt Seda)
Currently I'm still engaged in my reread of Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt series, which I'm pretty sure anyone who's asked me for a book rec in the last year and a half is pretty sick of hearing about. (This is mostly my fault. I take pride in my reputation of being very good at matching people to books they then love, but I'm not great at summarising/describing books -- since I do actually have this reputation, my friends tend to mostly take me on trust and look up the title, rather than emotionally reacting to, It's a ten-book epic fantasy series about BUG PEOPLE, guys, it's SO GOOD!)

(It is SO GOOD.)

Anyway, I started this re-read halfway through December and I'm now 68% of the way through book 9, War Master's Gate since I intercut with other books. I did say to myself going in that I would just skip the chapters I wasn't that interested in experiencing all over again (there is a large cast of protags and I definitely have my favourites), but actually I've been surprised by how little I felt like skipping. It turned out to be the scorpion chapters in book 5 and the Lazlo chapters in books 6 and 8. (Sorry, Lazlo, I didn't realise how much I Don't Care.)

It's really funny how much less stressful these books are on a re-read! They were super stressful to read unspoiled, let me tell you.

Also, book 5 was still my favourite. And Cheerwell Maker is still my favourite character. I think she's on my list of "3 characters you overidentify with" now.
frith_in_thorns: (SGA teamwork)
I am offering fic as part of the fandomtrumpshate auction going on, to benefit charities such as PP, the ACLA etc.

My info/bid page is here. I have no bids right now so it's easy to win! :D

I'm offering White Collar or Stargate Atlantis gen fic.
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
A book meme! I love round-up memes and had also been vaguely meaning to write up my book-reading, so I immediately copied this from [personal profile] naye.

How many books read in 2016?
86 books -- this is my log. 70 were new-to-me and 16 were re-reads.

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
Nonfiction: 1 1/2 (I started a book about geopolitics in early November. WHY, you ask. I asked myself this, and put it aside to finish when it's less depressing.)
Fiction: 85

Male/Female authors?
male: 27 (this is skewed by the fact that one third of these books were the same author)
female: 57
other: 2

Most books read by one author this year?
I read nine books by Adrian Tchaikovsky, since I started a re-read in December of his 10-book (excellent!) Shadows of the Apt series. Also he published like three things this year, what the hell dude.

Any in translation?

Not counting re-reads, because I am utterly unobjective about books I like enough to have read more than twice, it was probably The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison, which was just mind-bending.
Runner ups up include A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwabe, with was DELIGHTFUL, and Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. And shoutout to Goldenhand by Garth Nix because LIREAL.

Least Favorite?
Gilded Cage by Vic James, which is an utterly offensive piece of rubbish. (You want my review?
Runners up were The Traitor Baru Cormorant, which was also infuriatingly offensive and also boring, and The Boy with the Porcelain Blade which was just stupid.

Hexwood, Diana Wynne Jones (1993)

I read several books on their release day, but the most recent of those was The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman (late December 2016)

Longest Title?
The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, Carolyne Larrington

Shortest Title?
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson

Book that most changed my perspective:
Well, World War Z made me realise that I'm actually sick of zombies? And I found There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom really insightful (title associated trans issues for me but it's about being the "problem boy" in a ~yr 5 class)

Favorite character:
Mulaghesh from City of Blades. I didn't like the first book that much, but this one was about a different character and WOW I LOVE HER. She's a disillusioned, ex-General and life-long soldier who's being forced to help out in a political mess in a hostile colony before she's allowed to retire. And I just fell in love. (Sadly the third book is about a dude I don't care much about, so ugh.)

Favorite scene:
I have read Bitterblue several times now, and the last few chapters in particular are just so important to me.

Favorite quote:
I read most of these books on kindle; sadly I don't have time to skim for quotes!

What do you want to read in 2017?
These ones which I'm too lazy to type out, books already on my kindle, more good fantasy, the continuations of all the series I'm partway through...

Any recs?
frith_in_thorns: (DW Rise)
Now that I'm back from holiday in the wild reaches of the Cotswolds (well, kind of excessively civilised really) and about to head off to a New Year party, let's do this!

2016 )
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
My reading challenge: 80 books

Goal: Read as many books as I can from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, including rereads. My Goodreads profile is here, although it doesn't log books I've read more than once. I'm bad about writing reviews, but sometimes I remember to.

Books read so far: 86
New: 70
Rereads: 16

Books read:

RR = re-read
+ = extra good
- = extra bad

1. World War Z, Max Brooks (Jan 2) -
2. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley (Jan 7)
3. Coral Bones, Foz Meadows (Jan 11) +
4. The Glorious Angels, Justina Robson (Jan 13)
5. Reflections, Seanan McGuire (Jan 14)
6. The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, Carolyne Larrington (Jan 15) +
7. Five Wounds, Katharine Edgar (Jan 24)
8. Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Jan 25)
9. Hexwood, Diana Wynne Jones (Jan 29)

10. The Heaven Shop, Deborah Ellis (Feb 5)
11. There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom, Louis Sacher (Feb 7)
12. Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 12) RR +
13. The Hallowed Hunt, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 16) RR
14. Even in the Cannon's Mouth, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Feb 20)
15. Stormswept, Helen Dunmore (Feb 24) +
16. Saffy's Angel, Hilary McKay (Feb 27) +

17. Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore (Mar 3) RR +
18. Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (Mar 4) -
19. A Face Like Glass, Frances Hardinge (Mar 5) RR +
20. The Ragthorn, Robert Holdstock (Mar 5)
21. The Ship, Antonia Honeywell (Mar 12)
22. Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (Mar 18) +
23. The Terracotta Bride, Zen Cho (Mar 19) +
24. Quarter Days, Iona Sharma (Mar 20) +
25. Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (Mar 21)
26. Chaos Choreography, Seanan McGuire (Mar 21) +
27. City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Mar 25) +

28. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Apr 5) +
29. Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald (Apr 7)
30. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Apr 10) RR +
31. A Red-Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire (Apr 12) RR
32. A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwabe (Apr 14)
33. A Gathering of Shadows, V.E. Schwabe (Apr 16) +
34. In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Marie Brennan (Apr 20)
35. The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater (Apr 28) +

36. The Golem and the Djinn, Helene Wecker (May 5)
37. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo (May 6)
38. Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo (May 7)
39. Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo (May 7)
40. Sunbolt, Intisar Khanani (May 17)
41. The Witch of Duva, Leigh Bardugo (May 17)
42. The Too-Clever Fox, Leigh Bardugo (May 17)
43. Little Knife, Leigh Bardugo (May 18)

44. The Tiger and the Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Jun 2) +
45. Stiletto, Daniel O'Malley (Jun 5) +
46. The Book of Phoenix, Nnedi Okorafor (Jun 12)
47. Memories of Ash, Intisar Khanani (Jun 13) +
48. This Savage Song, V.E. Schwabe (Jun 14)
49. City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jun 17) RR
50. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (Jun 19)
51. The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickenson (Jun 28) -

52. Plastic Smile, S.L. Huang (Jul 1)
53. Ashes of Honor, Seanan McGuire (Jul 18) RR
54. Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Jul 20) RR
55. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Jul 27) +

56. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Aug 3) RR
57. Spiderlight, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Aug 9) +
58. The Drowning Eyes, Emily Foster (Aug 20)
59. An Accident of Stars, Foz Meadows (Aug 21) +
60. The Jewel and her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Aug 27) -
61. The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Aug 28) +

62. Once Broken Faith, Seanan McGuire (Sep 1)
63. The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe, Kij Johnson (Sep 19) +
64. Cold-Forged Flame, Marie Brennan (Sep 23)
65. Crashing Heaven, Al Robertson (Sep 25)
66. Gilded Cage, Vic James (Sep 28) -

67. The Red Knight, Miles Cameron (Oct 8) +
68. Goldenhand, Garth Nix (Oct 9) +
69. Feedback, Mira Grant (Oct 11) -
70. Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett (Oct 15) RR
71. Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay (Oct 24) +
72. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Meg Elison (Oct 26)

73. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Nov 5) +
74. The Boy with the Porcelain Blade, Den Patrick (Nov 11) -
75. The Tin Princess, Philip Pullman (Nov 12) RR +
76. The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (Nov 19) RR
77. An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir (Nov 26) +

78. The Art of Space Travel, Nina Allan (Dec 2)
79. Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Dec 3) +
80. Empire in Black and Gold, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 17) RR
81. Dragonfly Falling, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 18) RR
82. Blood of the Mantis, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 20) RR
83. Salute the Dark, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 23) RR
84. The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman (Dec 25) +
85. The Scarab Path, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 26) RR
86. Heirs of the Blade, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 31) RR

Recommendations always welcome!
frith_in_thorns: (SW Leia)
1. Your main fandom of the year?

I haven't really done fandom as such. I think Star Wars and Star Trek between them have taken the majority of my actively-thinking-about-fandoms time.

2. Your favourite film watched this year?

For once this is a hard question because I've actually seen quite a few films, way more than usual! But I think it has to be Moana, which was glorious.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

I loved The Fifth Season, rather to my surprise, and the sequel. (I had not got on with Jemisen's books previously.) Also Ninefox Gambit was really good. I read lots more that were really good too.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

Star Trek DS9! I finally got around to watching it, after a long time of certain friends talking about it incessently, and it deserved the hype :)

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

Twitter and the lovely crowd there, aka the Julian Bashir Face Appreciation Society.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

DS9! It was SO GOOD and everyone in it is SO GREAT.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I hated the new Newsflesh book, which was a real shame. Also hated how tumblr fandom fell into Bernie-cult.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Julian Bashir, who is a darling.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Jadzia Dax :D

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Finally getting Goldenhand, the Old Kingdom follow-up for Lireal, was wonderful!

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

I don't really miss any fandom in particular anymore, but I do still really miss just being in a fandom -- just the socialness of it and the endless positive feedback loop that being a minor BNF ficwriter always gave me. (I know it's terribly gauche to admit, but I write so intensly for readers that even when I was churning out fic like 50% of it was directly from prompts that other people asked me to write, and the rest of it was written directly from me to my friends because I knew they'd like it. It's hard to describe, but I really fic-write as conversation. And without that, most of the drive is just... not really there.)

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

Not sure. I always feel I should try getting more into book fandoms, but I am just not so keen on reading fic about books. There's a sort of uncanny valley for me in regards to the authorial voice.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Mass Effect Andromeda and Sunless Skies! Also the next Star Wars. And Jemisen's next book. And more Toby Daye.
frith_in_thorns: (Moana sailing)
Moana is amazing, okay. It's a beautiful, visually stunning film about community and responsibilities and mentors and lifting each other up and women supporting each other and no love interest in sight. And the music is great and it feels really culturally respectful and aaaaaah.

SO MANY EMOTIONS. I basically ugly-sobbed through like 80% of it (quietly, because we were in the cinema).

Go and see it. You will not regret it.
frith_in_thorns: (SGA fanfic)
From [personal profile] sholio

Give me a character, and I'll tell you:

First impression
Impression now
Favorite moment
Idea for a story
Unpopular opinion
Favorite relationship
Favorite headcanon

frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Default)
Hello festividder! Thank you so much for making a vid for me! You're obviously super cool if you're into one of my tiny fandoms *gg*

Fandoms: Blue Planet, Shark, Eternal Law, Fallen London, Sunless Sea, Strange & Norrell, Never Alone )
frith_in_thorns: (ME Citadel)
I have a lot of DS9 feelings, having devoured most of the show over this summer. I'm now at 6x21...

Julian is my favourite. He is such an adorable puppy. I do admit I probably wouldn't have liked him so much at first if not for That Twitter Crowd continually talking about his adorableness -- I'm very susceptible at being primed by friends to like a character. He's just so melodramatic and snarky and clever and lovely and he has such a great face.

Also he has a spy boyfriend and wants to be a spy himself but is terrible at being a spy.

Jadzia is also my favourite. She's just so ridiculously chilled and casual and a dork and also is way too cool for everyone and knows this very deeply. (I was charmed when in one of the early episodes she was sitting in Ops with her feet up on a console while on duty. It was just so delightfully incongruous for Starfleet.)

Kira is my favourite because she is so smol and she is angry about everything all the time and it's great.

Everyone else is also my favourite because they are all so incredibly cute and I adore them all.

I am delighted by this show, and am actually feeling seriously fannish about it, and I have missed so much feeling fannish about something! Although I have given myself a couple of serious spoilers by being too impatient for fic :( But when I've finished watching it all I will want to read all the fic in the world, especially Julian fic. I am yearning for the type that was incredibly popular in SGA fandom, the "small group of characters are on a random ice/jungle/ocean/desert/fire planet and TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN TO THEM for like 10k words" genre. If they don't exist I may need to write them.

(Okay, the episode Starship Down with Julian and Jadzia -- that was basically everything I want. EXCEPT LOTS MORE OF IT.)

Actually, I'm taking fic prompts. Especially from my hc_bingo card. One of the writing blocks I was talking about a while ago definitely comes from the fact that I'm still way into wanting to write and read h/c but most of my friends don't really seem to be into it and I've been feeling definitely really ashamed and childish for it still being my main narrative kink. And this is probably stupid. So prompt me for Julian-centric fics please?
frith_in_thorns: (ME Normandy)
Things I absolutely need to write posts about:

- Getting married
- NineWorlds
- [personal profile] sholio visiting
- Star Trek DS9 up to mid-season 6
- Books I have read recently
- Qualifying as a teacher
- Being terrified about properly starting my teaching career
- All the writing I have not done
- Moving house
- Many SEN thoughts
- Knitting

This is not one of those posts, as you can clearly tell. I've been so untalkative lately! Tell me about a book you read recently that you'd rec to me?

Anyone know where to find good DS9 icons?
frith_in_thorns: A rainbow of yarn on shelves (.Yarn)
This is a fun thing to make but has too much sewing imo. (There's a reason all the jumpers and cardigans I make are seamless.) This one was a present but I may make one for myself eventually.

Evenstar wedding shawl for my fiancee:

(My matching one in rust-orange is on my needles -- I'm about to start the perpendicular outside border section.)
frith_in_thorns: Shadows of the Apt: Taki (Apt Taki)
Oh, and I got a [community profile] hc_bingo card!

caaaard )

I really like this new innovation of being able to completely veto sex-related prompts. I also vetoed bodyswap and genderswap. And I've got a card I really like! In fact, although I was a bit ??? about a couple of my squares on first glance, thinking about more creative interpretations I don't think I've got anything I can't/won't write.

Now I just need some spare brain for writing... I really am making an effort to actually get back into writing and fandom. Please feel free to poke me and feed me prompts. I work best when suffering from social obligation guilt. Sad but true.

(This explains so much about my life, really.)
frith_in_thorns: (LoK Korrasami view)
So I made this Korrasami vid for [personal profile] kaberett as part of the [community profile] white_lotus Lunar New Year Exchange! It is genuinely my favourite vid I have made so far, I'm really pleased with it :D

Song: Harbor, by Vienna Teng

Download should work from the vimeo page. The file size is 143 MB.

Korra/Asami - Harbor (A:LoK) from frith_in_thorns on Vimeo.

Sail your sea
Meet your storm
All I want is to be your harbor
The light in me
will guide you home...
frith_in_thorns: Shadows of the Apt: Tynisa (Apt Tynisa)

This is the vid I made for [community profile] festivids! It's for [personal profile] marina, who indicated that they would like something lady-centric, and I LOVED making it. Aaaaa I love the characters so much.

I think the show did a fantastic job giving us more of Emma than we had in the book, although I was truly sad that for time-constraint reasons we didn't have quite enough of Arabella and Flora as I would like, particularly Flora. (My main regret for this vid is the general lack of really usable clips for Flora -- she tends to get either terrible lighting or she's mainly speaking, which of course is very important story-wise, but not so great for the sort of vid I was trying to make!)

In general, anyway, I really really loved the show (although still very unimpressed with the short shrift Stephen Black got...). It was gorgeous, eery and menacing, and with this gradually opening up view of magic and Fae. And, well, that's pretty much what I wanted to make a vid about! With these three women who are so central and key to everything that happened. And then the ending, which just has so much resonance for me. But she did not offer to go into the Darkness with him and he did not ask her.

All That's Left Are Your Bones (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) from frith_in_thorns on Vimeo.

Song: Your Bones, by Of Monsters and Men

I hope you enjoy watching my vid as much as I enjoyed making it! You should be able to download the file from vimeo, should you so desire -- let me know if there are any problems.


Jan. 31st, 2016 08:41 pm
frith_in_thorns: (ME Normandy)
Festivids went live yesterday, and there are lots of really great ones in there. I received a lovely Jupiter Ascending vid focusing on Jupiter, No Gold. Thank you, anon festividder!

As usual, I only know a small minority of the fandoms, and have mostly focused on those in my watching so far. But from them, here's my current rec list!

Planet Earth Love Will Always Win - Adorable vid. Cute baby animals and sweeping vistas, what's not to love?

Black Sails Still Alive - Yes, it's the Portal song. I got bored of the canon somewhere in S1, but this vid makes me laugh. It's great.

Jupiter Ascending Skyfall - A vid that takes full advantage of how beautiful this movie is. Just gorgeous.

Huge Sway - A lovely, gentle vid for Alistair/Athena (that's a name-change, not a ship), all about identity.

Limbo A Forest - Gorgeous and creepy, just like the game.

The Secret Garden Return to/of/from - Sweet and lovely.

Song of the Sea Ready for the Storm - I haven't actually seen this movie (yet), but I think this is actually my favourite vid from this year. Absolutely beautiful.

I made a vid this year too! \o/ If you guess it you may be rewarded with A Thing.
frith_in_thorns: (SW Rey)
I continue to have lots of feelings about the new Star Wars, especially about Rey. In particular I have an inordinate amount of feelings about her adjusting to her new life with the Resistance. I wrote some of them down and they're on AO3.

Pieces of Yourself (fill for [community profile] starwarsflashmeme prompt Strange New World) 900w, gen, Rey
A small missing scene near the end of the movie. Rey's been given a new home and new clothes, but it feels like she's giving up bits of her old life in exchange.

Background Noise (fandomstocking fic for [personal profile] glinda) 950w, gen, Rey&Finn
"It felt ungrateful to miss Jakku… but at times she did, fiercely. She missed having a place to live that was hers and hers alone, and she missed the wide-open quiet of the desert, and she missed knowing, always, exactly what she should be doing."

New Rules and New Reasons 2000w, gen, Rey&Finn&Leia
For Finn, hoarding resources means severe punishment. For Rey, it's the only way to be sure of survival.

More to come, probably.
frith_in_thorns: An open black umbrella with small red hearts falling out of it (.Love)
Goals for 2016!

Pass my teaching course and get a job
Finish editing my novel
Learn to drive and pass the tests
Do more housework, especially without E having to ask

And end-of-year memes, which I always find fun:

Fannish )

Life )

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