acchikocchi: (spirited away // at sea)
notes on this story and women's football )

Here's a handful of resources on Spanish women's football for anyone interested:
futfem.com - the place to go for league and NT news/info. (es)
Podemos Jugar - think From A Left Wing, but in Spanish. (es)
Nosotras - Women's sports coverage at AS. Isabel Roldán reports on the Primera Division as well as a fair amount on the national team and women in football at large (e.g. as directors). I've also seen Maite Martín's byline on several articles. (es)
From A Left Wing's Jennifer Doyle on the Spanish WNT, with a pretty convincing hypothesis for exactly why there is such a difference between the junior and senior teams, including a short interview with Laura del Rio. (en)
Interview with Veronica Boquete, touching on several of the above issues. (en)
FIFA write up of a national community side tournament, focusing especially on the players' families.

notes on the actual writing, and original characters )
acchikocchi: (spirited away // futatabi)
notes on Diana Wynne Jones and the writing of this story )

This isn't meant to say that the story I ended up writing is anything like a story DWJ would have written. In fact, it's not at all: the fic is a romance in both senses of the word, and it certainly doesn't aspire to a quarter of the complexity that was DWJ's hallmark, in novels and short stories alike. It's only meant to say that if only for this one single short story, I owe her as much as a writer as I do as a reader, and I know it. The influence may not be particularly obvious from the outside, but I'll always know it's there, and I'm very grateful for it.

Proper post on some underrated DWJ favorites coming later. In the meantime, here's the story.

Quedarse
Raúl González/Fernando Morientes, implied Fernando Morientes/David Villa.
10,787 words

read
acchikocchi: (stock // fields of gold)
Röyksopp - What Else Is There (Thin White Duke Remix)
Spitz - Koi wa yuugure

Thanks to the identical chord progression, I'm unable to listen to the first without hearing the second. If I were the kind of person who taught myself to make mashups - but I'm not.

Will try and post annual seasonal music share soon.

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In case I'm not the last person on lj to hear about the upcoming adaptation of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which I read about five times in junior high, just saying), see the cast. So... that'll be the next big kink meme, I take it. With even less characters of color than Inception!

This is old meme to everyone in Sherlock fandom. I know. Next time tell me these things early and I won't be forced to repeat them to you.

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This post is really my way of saying no, I have not started my Yuletide fic, and yes, I have instead written 5500+ words of self-indulgent AU in the last week. More, actually, because every night I have also significantly rewritten at least one major chunk of the story thus far. Which is not how I usually operate. As I was saying to [livejournal.com profile] winterspel, gee, it would be great if some day I could actually repeat my process from one story to the next... Starting to reach the uncertainty threshold, at which point I will probably have to post an excerpt under lock, because this is shaping up to be way too long - and too dependent on plot - to deal with in a vacuum.
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Shamelessly swiped from [livejournal.com profile] meretricula. Comment by tomorrow morning and you'll give me something to do on the plane! (edit: obviously, later comments are okay, too. that was just a shameless ploy to keep me busy.)

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if I have that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions!

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? Why did you decide to do this? And so on.


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Also, can someone familiar with Yuletide answer a couple questions about sign-ups/matching? I am confused and looking through [livejournal.com profile] yuletide unfortunately hasn't helped. DDD:

Now I will finish packing and go to sleep. Er, soon.

edit: fic snippets in comments!
acchikocchi: (sm // all ears)
-- mostly football related. Don't worry, I'll get around to setting up a filter soon enough. XD;

+ [livejournal.com profile] cornerflag fic finished in time, though after all those blasé pronouncements about how relaxed I was I did need that 24-hour extension after all. ^^; more )

+ New club bonding, version one. Aww. ♥ (Plus the international week - as I said to [livejournal.com profile] meretricula, the significance of the Argentina match as far as I'm concerned is that Silva's exile from the starting lineup is over.)

+ New club bonding, version two. I repeat: aww. (What's that you say? Saturday? That was a training exercise to acclimate Zlatan to the team, right?)

+ The weekend's La Liga results. Incidentally, the last couple weeks have made it clear both that Benz is Mou's latest project for the One Mourinho Muppet World and that it seems to be off to a promising start. Also happy to see O_Ozil acquitting himself quite well. :D

+ And here's Sid Lowe on Barcelona - Hércules (SO MANY PUNS, SO LITTLE TIME) from a neutral perspective, heartwarming feel-good angle and all. I like heartwarming feel-good angles, all right.
acchikocchi: (stock // crossroads)
For the benefit of the two people in JE fandom with nice quiet filters flists, [livejournal.com profile] je_holiday signups are open again. Yes, I already signed up. I need a deadline or I'll end up going an entire year ficless, which is... bad. So you guys should, too. please (Lest you think I've forgotten about my - my fic debt, I haven't. It's going to get finished. Someday. *determined*)

'Tis the season of job applications, plus one internship that I want badly enough to take over anything that actually pays well. I have several floating out there, most of which would take me away from Alaska - this is okay for the short term, say a couple years, it's when I start thinking about the long term that I get twitchy. Thus my mature response is, as always, to do my very best to not think about it. Regardless I would be thrilled if any of these came through so cross your fingers for me if you can?

Speaking - a paragraph ago - of writing, I am feeling kind of rejuvenated in the fic sector and want to stretch my metaphorical muscles again. Maybe prompts in the near future, I'm not sure, since those usually seem to help in a strange sort of way. Or a meme. I shall have to poke around the flist. (OR I COULD FINISH THE TWELVE HUNDRED WIPS ON MY HARD DRIVE. I KNOW, ALL RIGHT.)

In the meantime a meme, because I like memes:

Inspired by Doctor Who's "Turn Left:" Pick one of my stories and tell me a point in the tale that you'd change. Something tiny (e.g. "and then Fay chose silver glitter instead of gold") or big (e.g. "and then Rose was arrested instead of Jack") and I'll tell you how that one difference would have altered the course of the entire story.
acchikocchi: (stock // chaos theory (credit fluidic_ic)
Warning: this post is all over the place. And I haven't been keeping up with my flist or comments or anything at all -- please forgive me. D:


Things I Have Been Doing:

rl things, thinking about fic )


Things I Have Been Watching:

Doctor Who until it comes out my ears )


Things I Have Been Reading:

Diana Wynne Jones' House of Many Ways, which I quite enjoyed, as I expected to. Howl never fails to entertain. Although I really could do without the current juvenile/YA publishing trend to make moderate-length books HP-sized by manipulation of font, margins, paper quality, etc. I realized something was wrong when I was reading multiple pages a minute, and I'm a fast reader but not that fast. XD;

Several Mary Stewart novels, both new to me and rereads. This Rough Magic still takes the cake, though The Moonspinners is close and I have always been inordinately fond of Wildfire at Midnight. (I never got the huge appeal of Nine Coaches Waiting or The Ivy Tree, though. I liked them both all right but in Ivy Tree I never really warmed up to Adam and Mary was much more interesting before you found out *spoiler*, and in Nine Coaches I was very fond of Phillippe -- I always like Stewart's children/teenagers, I adored Colin in Moonspinners -- but the Gothic romance model just doesn't do it for me, I guess.)

Parhelion's Hurrah for Hollywood quartet, which I have always been inordinately fond of. Do I ever love Angelo Gerello, omg. The whole point for me of reading the quartet's final story, which I never really warmed up to, is always the final scene cameo (Angelo's "alarming version of a smile" ♥), as well as the various other references to and appearances by first-three characters. (Sid! Will! Nigel! Edwards & Schulman, my second favorites!) Has anyone else read these...?

Not entirely coincidentally, a large pile of nonfiction related to golden age Hollywood (if one wants historical background for the above quartet, William J. Mann's Behind the Screen is a good place to start), interwar Britain, Noël Coward, and Lorenz Hart. I read by chronological era, I suppose? XD;

Approximately a metric ton of Torchwood fanfiction.


Things I Will Be Watching Tomorrow:

BSG!!!
acchikocchi: (stock // farther east)
So I hear that [livejournal.com profile] je_holiday community revealed something or other? XD I was responsible for what is in all likelihood the silliest of the lot, One Thousand and One Tokyo Nights, which is not in fact an Arabian Nights AU but just Yamapi and Jin being Very Silly. XD (Mild Pin, but nothing too alarming.) I had a lot of fun writing it -- as in, I sat down and blew off steam related to another writing project by emptying the recesses of my mind without any regard as to how ridiculous the result was. XD ...it was fun! I also had it easy as it was for [livejournal.com profile] 4_03_am and [livejournal.com profile] phonestrap so I had a preeetty good idea what would go over all right. ;)

By the way, I'm never sure whether to repost challenge fic here or simply link and leave them be -- show of hands, what do you guys do?

In related news, I'm pretty sure all of [livejournal.com profile] je_ficgames is up now? So, if you feel like guessing that. (eta: Polls will be shut down on Sunday, so if you want to cast a vote, do it before then!) No one did manage to get [livejournal.com profile] je_holiday before the reveal, and at least one person expressed Surprise at the identity of the author being... me... which pleased me greatly, actually. :) It's nice not to be universally predictable.

People still hanging out here at least partly for fic-related reasons: a redux of that meme in which you tell authors your favorite piece of theirs is going around, and... actually I'm too lazy to link to it again. If you feel so inclined give me a heads up? :D Especially if this answer is something more recent. Just 'cause I'm curious.

Ending with a rec -- this is from Yuletide, but I don't even know if it counts as fanfiction. Theoretically the fandom is (coincidentally, haha) One Thousand and One Nights; in practice it reads as original fiction and wow did it blow me away. It's not so much the prose as, appropriately, the storytelling, but I really recommend it -- One Thousand And One And Counting.
acchikocchi: (little mermaid // under the sea)
So I'm feeling really contrary about writing right now and want to write nothing but, like, light-hearted fluffy entertainment until the end of time just to protest against the idea that something else is preferable. XD;;; Also I don't want to do any of the things I should be doing (cleaning, appointment-making, fic challenges) so. Perfect opportunity to, um, steal an idea from [livejournal.com profile] unrequitedangst from a while back -- give me an AU prompt and I'll write you a snippet for it. Offer good for the rest of the day or until I actually decide to be productive; author reserves the right to refuse Koki/Kame any unreasonable request.

hit me.

edit: results so far:
evil team kat-tun from [livejournal.com profile] lazulisong's legendary sparkling rainbow storm rangers 'verse
kimi wa petto: akame remix, or jin-inna-box
lady and the tramp, only cats -- okay you should really read the prompt for this one
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