fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (team fail)
NBC:

Oh, what a heartbreaking tragedy for Athlete X, who fought so hard but lost and had to settle for silver. She'll be kicking herself for that one. Let's watch a recap of all the mistakes she made. And here, have about five minutes of footage of her tears. What an utterly shattering loss. Terrible, just terrible.


BBC:

What a phenomenal job from Athlete X! She had a few moments of difficulty there, but she held on and gave it her all and gave us such a great finish. Just really stunning work from X here, and an impressive sixth place. Well done, Athlete X!


Snarkily summarized from a combination of swimming, diving, and gymnastics commentary. But yeah. Pretty much the general pattern overall.
fialleril: [Something there is that doesn't love a wall] (Sleipnir's mothers)
Browsing through a used book store this afternoon, I decided to take a look at some older books on Norse mythology for the lulz, and came across a real gem.

(It came from this book, in fact, in its original printing.)

In the course of a retelling of the story about the building of Asgard's wall, the author informed his readers that the giant building the wall was doing so with the help of a mare, and that, in order to distract the mare, Loki turned himself into a stallion, and that the other horse gave birth to Loki's son Sleipnir.

Because Loki can be a horse, sure, no big, but GOD FORBID Loki should be a woman, or (horrors!) give birth. We have got to protect Loki's precious masculinity, am I right?

It's funny because I feel like Padraic Colum is going out of his way to "protect" Loki from the accusation of being unmanly, which is basically the Aesir's favorite accusation against Loki in the mythology. 'Cause there's no worse insult than being called female.

Ha ha ha ha fuck you.
fialleril: [ofer middangeard monnum sended] (stars)
No spoilers here, just some general thoughts.

- Gabby Douglas is just stunning to watch. I mean, I will be the first to confess, I know very little about gymnastics (or any sport, really), and the only time I watch is at the Olympics, so my favorites tend to be based not on technicalities but on how much fun they are to watch. Obviously Gabby is incredibly skilled technically, but what I love about her is how she makes it look so energetic, so joyful, so larger-than-life. You almost can't even breathe watching her. So good.

- Also, Diana Bulimar on floor. Just beautiful.

- The BBC's coverage, and especially their announcing, is so much better than NBC's. Just. I'm not saying that BBC's coverage is perfect, because it certainly isn't, but for the most part they seem to steer clear of pitting the women against each other in catty narratives, they don't really make commentary on any of the athletes' personalities, they don't spend endless film time focusing on people's mistakes and tears and upsets. For the most part the commentary sticks to technicalities, and the announcers are frequently complimentary, which is such a nice change from NBC's tendency to spend the entirety of a beautiful routine talking about how the woman in question is usually awful at this, or wtf ever.

Just in general I guess it's a little sad how refreshing it is to finally hear some commentary that is...nice? NBC, why can't we have nice things?

Oh. I see.

Friday, July 27th, 2012 08:31 pm
fialleril: [mistress of all evil & my lifespiration] (Maleficent)
Haven't been able to find video for most of the opening ceremony yet, but I did see this on NBC's site.

And. Well. If there's one thing I didn't expect to see at the Olympics, it's children being rescued from a giant Voldemort by an army of Mary Poppins clones descending from the sky.

I was not expecting it, but I like it.

If anybody knows a link with better video options/live feed, let me know?
fialleril: [a bit like The Idiot, only written by someone much less talented than Dostoevsky] (Jar Jar Binks)
Getting all excited for the Olympics today, heck yes. And also very annoyed with NBC.

They have all sorts of great live streaming and special video content on their website, but you have to have a TV provider to watch it.

Protip, NBC: I would like to watch the Olympics via your website because I do not have a TV. Therefore, I do not have a TV subscription of any kind. That is in fact why I would like to use your service!

This is both annoying and oddly hilarious to me, because my parents have often told the story of how they bought their first TV, back in the day when I was a tiny spritely thing, for the express purpose of watching the Olympics.

This is a family problem, is what I'm saying.
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
Loki is the Snape to Balder's Dumbledore.

Think about it. Everybody knows Ragnarok is coming, and when it comes, all of the elder generation of male gods are going to die. The only ones who survive Ragnarok are a) exiles (Hoenir), b) children (Magni, Modi, Vidar), or c) already dead (Balder, Hodur).

So Balder dies well before Ragnarok, misses out on the battle and blood and death and all-consuming fire, and comes back to life just in time to find the world reborn, a blank slate just waiting to be ordered afresh, and himself the heir apparent of the gods, with basically no one to challenge him for the status of chief god.

And he'd be a good ruler, too. Unlike Odin, he's renowned for his justice and fairness as well as his wisdom. If Loki is the sort of trickster who wants to balance the scales by burning everything to the ground and starting over, Balder is definitely the guy to start over with. But in order to ensure he'll be around to start everything over, he has to die first. Loki is both the person who ensures that Balder dies, and the person who ensures that he stays dead - that is, stays in Hel, where he is safe from Ragnarok and in place to take the field once the world is reborn.

Surely someone has written this, internet? Don't tell me I'm going to have to write it myself!
fialleril: [all the movies should be about mothers and daughters] (Brave)
So I saw Brave for the second time yesterday, and it is still the greatest. I won't really spoil it here, for those who haven't seen it, but I will say this (at risk of being called a fandom heretic):

I've enjoyed some Pixar movies before, but I've usually found them predictable and, while enjoyable despite that, not nearly up to the hype they usually get. Brave is the first Pixar movie I have ever really liked, as in liked enough to purchase and watch again and again and show to all of my friends. It's just a gorgeous story, not only visually rich but also incredibly nuanced plotwise. It's a coming of age story that makes sense to me, that treats all of its major players with respect and care and depth.

I am darkly amused by the fact that the only Pixar movie I've ever found truly innovative and deeply moving is the same movie that most Hollywood critics are saying isn't up to Pixar's usual standards. Darkly amused, but not surprised. It's not up to snuff because it's about mothers and daughters instead of fathers and sons, because ladies and their relationships with each other are just not universal stories, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

Personally, I think all the stories should be about mothers and daughters. ALL OF THEM. All the Pixar stories, too. Give me more movies like Brave, and I might actually start to understand what all the Pixar hype is about.
fialleril: [here there be monsters] (mystery and wonder)
Remember that series of character studies on Loki's children I started, using Tolkien's riddles from The Hobbit as a lens? Here is the second one, about Jormungand, which was definitely the trickiest one to write.

(The first one, about Fenrir, is here.)

Title: and yet never grows
Characters: Jormungand
Rating: PG
Word Count: 555
Summary: His father hates walls, but Jormungand laughs at them.
Notes: The riddle for this one isn't quite as obvious, but I am using the actual answer to the riddle, "mountains," as a metonym for "the foundations of the earth." The title is a bit delightfully ironic, since of course Jormungand is famous for his never ending growth spurts.

and yet never grows )
fialleril: [Palo is everyone's favorite artist] (Palo)
Mostly thoughts on BBC's The Hollow Crown as it's aired so far (so Richard II and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2), but also a Hamlet fic rec.

spoilers for The Hollow Crown, though mostly minor ones )

On a non-spoilery note, here is a fic you should read immediately, if you have not already done so!

Rosemary for Remembrance by Gehayi. It's Hamlet! In space! With Ophelia as the protagonist and an asexual woman of color, solving mysteries and saving the day (in space)! And female!Claudius, and secret plots, and aliens, and people saving the day by being clever. It is one of my favorite pieces of fiction, period.

hello internet

Friday, July 13th, 2012 08:54 pm
fialleril: [someday perhaps I will write that AU about warrior!Sif and fosteredJotunPrince!Loki] (Sif/Loki)
I return, having had rather more adventures than expected.

I had an excellent time with my sister. We explored a good part of New York, and even some of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and came home with good memories, some little bits of nature, and rather too much mead. (This is a lie. You can never have too much mead.)

We ended the week by inviting one of my friends over for movie night. Neither she nor my sister had ever seen Thor, so we polished off a bottle of mead watching that. It seemed appropriate. There may or may not have been a drinking game involving Odin's terribleness as a parent and as a human being, but the mead disappeared long before we got to the end of the movie. Which was just as well, really, since that last scene between Loki, Odin, and Thor would probably have required the drinking of a whole bottle.

So, it was an excellent vacation. Unfortunately for me, it was followed by getting seriously ill (I had two ear infections, a sinus infection, and bronchitis all at once), so that was no fun.

And most recently, I had some car drama, the long and the short of which was that I now have a new car, because the cost of fixing the old one was more than the car itself was worth. This is not as awful as it could have been, because I've known for a while that I would need a new car, and was already saving up.

Anyway, that concludes this ho hum report of my activities. Next post will be much more interesting: Shakespeare!
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Spock/Uhura)
Welcome to my DW account. It's basically a mirror of my LJ, only without most of the non-fandom related things! Here you'll find only fic, meta, and graphics. My main posting grounds are on LJ, at [livejournal.com profile] fialleril. Check me out there if you want.

Adventure!

Monday, May 28th, 2012 09:29 pm
fialleril: [is my favorite superhero] (Wally West)
It is summer at last, and tomorrow I'm off on a much needed vacation.

The school year was long, intense, and ultimately very fulfilling, and I got to see several of the students I've worked most closely with graduate, which was an odd mix of exciting, surreal, bittersweet, and proud. It's a little overwhelming, sometimes, being on the other side of the mentor/mentee relationship, but mostly it's something I really love, and I hope that I will continue growing in my skills as a mentor and friend for my students.

In any case, now that everyone has gone home for the summer, I'm taking a short break before buckling down for summer planning. My sister, the delightful [livejournal.com profile] veriond, is flying in tonight, and then tomorrow we are headed out to the Finger Lakes for a couple days, followed by a few days in New Jersey with our grandma. I am really looking forward to seeing both of them.

So, catch you all when I come back!
fialleril: [a sword age, a wolf age] (wolf)
Yes, more Norse myth stuff.

I have started a series of short fics about each of Loki's three monster children, taking a metaphorical look at them and riffing on Tolkien's riddles from The Hobbit. It started with this one, when I realized that this riddle fit Fenrir quite well, and its answer gave me a whole new way of understanding the all-devouring wolf and his meaning and importance in the mythology.

There will eventually be a riddle fic for Jormungand and Hel as well, and most likely a bonus one for Loki too. (Go ahead, guess which riddle from The Hobbit he is. I think it's actually pretty easy.)

Title: this thing all things devours
Characters: Fenrir
Rating: PG
Word Count: 570
Summary: Fenrir remembers everything.
Warnings: references to canon torture
Notes: Yes, all the verb tenses are deliberate. This was loads of fun.

this thing all things devours )
fialleril: [someday perhaps I will write that AU about warrior!Sif and fosteredJotunPrince!Loki] (Sif/Loki)
Hello internet, I'm back! Another long absence, but not as long, at least? I am trying! And now that it's summer, I should have some actual time and energy to dedicate to this journal, which I am looking forward to.

In any case, [livejournal.com profile] vampirynka asked me if I had seen The Avengers, and if so, what are my thoughts on it and specifically on Loki? And a couple people on Facebook have indicated an interest, as well.

Yes, I have (alas!) seen Avengers. Twice, actually, due to a series of ridiculous circumstances which I will not get into here. As a movie it...wasn't bad, I guess. (LOL, a ringing endorsement to be sure!) As a follow up to Thor, it was bloody awful.

I am not going to do anything like a traditional review. Instead, I will give you a list of things that could have been done differently, resulting in a superior movie. Because I am feeling snarky and contentious. (The list is by no means exhaustive, and I'm only talking changes to the film that leave the basic plot intact. A complete plot overhaul might be the best option, but I shan't attempt that here.)

Cut for spoilers. Trigger warnings for discussion of self-hate, othering, dismissive joking about adoption - all things the movie probably should have warned for too. )
fialleril: [a fire that will burn the world] (Sigyn and Loki)
So here is a fic that I actually posted on ff.net and AO3 quite a while ago, but now that I'm back to LJ I wanted to post here, too.

Title: the shining mead is brewed
Characters: Narvi, Vali, Hel
Rating: PG
Word Count: 910
Summary: Oh, thinks Narvi, and rubs at his stomach. When he pulls his hand back, there’s blood on his fingers and coated thick under his nails. I’ve had the strangest dream.
Warnings: character death, implied torture
Notes: This is a slightly surreal take on what happens to Loki and Sigyn's sons after they're killed when Loki is bound. I especially had fun fleshing out my view of Hel (both person and place).

the shining mead is brewed )

Happy March 25!

Sunday, March 25th, 2012 11:56 pm
fialleril: [I am glad that you are here with me] (here at the end of all things)
Well hello there internet. Very long time no see! Um. Sorry about that?

See, I have been trying to think of a non-awkward way to come back for a while, but finally I just decided there's nothing for it, and so! It is still March 25 over here (although just barely), and this is a FRODO BAGGINS APPRECIATION POST.

'Well, this is the end, Sam Gamgee,' said a voice by his side. And there was Frodo, pale and worn, and yet himself again; and in his eyes there was peace now, neither strain of will, nor madness, nor any fear. His burden was taken away. There was the dear master of the sweet days in the Shire.

'Master!' cried Sam, and fell upon his knees. In all that ruin of the world for the moment he felt only joy. The burden was gone. His master had been saved; he was himself again, he was free. And then Sam caught sight of the maimed and bleeding hand.

'Your poor hand!' he said. 'And I have nothing to bind it with, or comfort it. I would have spared him a whole hand of mine rather. But he's gone now beyond recall, gone for ever.'

'Yes,' said Frodo. 'But do you remember Gandalf's words: Even Gollum may have something yet to do? But for him, Sam, I could not have destroyed the Ring. The Quest would have been in vain, even at the bitter end. So let us forgive him! For the Quest is achieved, and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.'

[livejournal.com profile] help_midwest icon set

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 09:33 pm
fialleril: [Persephone in autumn, on the cusp of a change] (Anabasis!Padme)
The lovely [livejournal.com profile] frostbit_sky made a gracious donation to Midwest tornado relief, and so here is a batch of ten icons.

I hope you know, Stephanie, that you are the only person in the world for whom I will willingly make Robert Pattinson icons.

Rules:
[x] Comments are nice. :)
[x] Credit [livejournal.com profile] fialleril.
[x] No hotlinking!
[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
[x] Resources are here.

Samples:

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the rest here )
fialleril: [Spock disapproves of your poor life choices] (what is this even)
[Trigger Warning for: heteronormativity, heterosexism, asexual and aromantic erasure, slut shaming, gender essentialism, theological abuse.]

I should know better than to read anything on "singles" put out by a Catholic publication, let alone a publication like Our Sunday Visitor. And yet...sometimes I guess I just have to know what I'm up against.

I mean, this is only a tiny fragment of the horribleness:

Although it may be reassuring, in some ways, that today’s unmarried Catholics have lots of company in the single life, it’s also a problem. Never before have quite so many adults, Catholics or otherwise, delayed marriage quite so late in life. Some delay by choice. Others by chance. But marriage is delayed regardless. And the results are often less than rosy.

...

Even if a nice Catholic girl or boy is found, however, other problems often get in the way of marriage. Many nice Catholics girls and boys haven’t always been nice Catholic girls and boys. Some have made mistakes in the past that haunt them still.

Others bear the wounds of past breakups, divorce or misguided notions about career, family, personal responsibility, the meaning of happiness and the ends of marriage.

- Being single in the universal Church


Click the link if you want to appreciate how truly terrible it is, and commiserate in my pain.

... And people wonder why I'm not "out" in my church community.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Default)
So awesome that I had to write some poetry to express how I feel?

Yes. Also, pictures. )

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