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Kiss, fuck, pine, regret. A tale of Sid and Geno as told in four drabbles. 100 words each. No more, no less.

Words: 457, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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And here are some very random thoughts about each.

Wonder Woman )

The Mummy )


I'll probably think of a million other things I should have said once I've posted this, but I've got out of the habit of posting at all, so ... jazz hands! Here I am. For what it's worth :-)

So. Have I missed anything else that was good? I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which I enjoyed enormously, but I don't have much more than that to say about it. I hope you're all okay after the Great Exodus from LJ *offers a random hug to all*

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Jun. 24th, 2017 02:37 pm[personal profile] tamsin
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Qwertee has a really cool Wonder Woman design up today. Their sizes are cut pretty small, so keep that in mind.

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" “Just a heads up,” Derek said. “There’s a sorceress in town. Thought you should know.”

And then he just drove off.

“What an asshole,” Stiles said, to the empty parking lot."
Sorcery-verse series: http://archiveofourown.org/series/77935

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I’ve love to know the train of thought that ended with deciding this tweet would go down well.

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RT @victoriadrew: The Rules: A Memo for All the Men in My Life.

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Below is an excerpt from Radical Technologies, by Adam Greenfield. This story is recommended by Longreads contributing editor Dana Snitzky. The smartphone is the signature artifact of our age. via Pocket

Just One Thing (24 June 2017)

Jun. 24th, 2017 12:04 pm[personal profile] nanila posting in [community profile] awesomeers
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Posted by Rebecca Renner

During an Orlando Illiterati event in May, I listened to novelist Jeff VanderMeer and environmental journalist Amy Green mix environmental science and literature to illuminate the audience to environmental fiction. VanderMeer and Green spoke of humanity’s impact on the planet and how we may be closing in on the point of no return. They also touched on hope. Nature is tenacious. So is science. But sometimes science needs to do a little convincing before people rally to the cause. That’s where books comes in. Books have the ability to breed empathy and understanding.

While there is a vast amount of environmental nonfiction (Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring immediately comes to mind), environmental fiction does this best. Instead of talking about the future of our environment in vast what-ifs, it gives texture to those new realities and a face to the people who fight to survive them.

 

What is Environmental Fiction?

Environmental fiction, sometimes called eco-fiction is populated, certainly, by characters who interact with the environment. But that’s not enough. To be environmental fiction, a story needs to explicitly assess humanity’s impact on nature.

book cover for power: a white dress hangs from bare treesEnvironmental fiction comes in two categories: what is and what might be. What Is encompasses the present and the past. It tells a story based on observable facts. What Might Be projects those facts into the future. It uses details to teach a lesson, often a cautionary tale, of what might happen if humanity continues on its path of destruction.

It’s important to note that environmental fiction need not be didactic. Jeff VanderMeer was particularly adverse to that idea. When an audience member asked if writers of the present era of discord are duty bound to write didactically, VanderMeer answered with the most apt analogy. He described fiction as “an organism,” “a living creature,” that it’s the author’s duty first to tell a story, to make the reader care. It doesn’t matter what the author says if she can’t do that.

Environmental fiction: What Is

These What Is books are set in the present. Each deals with humanity’s impact on nature. Several of them emphasize the relationship between humans and animals, a relationship which, in fiction, often acts as a barometer for how well humans are taking care of their surroundings.

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Power by Linda Hogan

The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingslover

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

 

environmental fiction: What Might Be

These books, as they’re bound to be, are all dystopias. They stretch humanity’s environmental impact into the future, into fantastical settings rich with imagery and with struggle.

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Gold Flame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

 

after reading, What else can we do?

book cover image for born: a colorful birdlike mutantIn their Orlando talk, Amy Green and Jeff VanderMeer voiced concern that the world is reaching a point that we can’t turn back from. Nonetheless, VanderMeer said he retained some hope, especially because there are so many scientists like his daughter endeavoring to make advances that can rescue nature from the environmental impact of our staggering population growth. Amy Green, on the other hand, pointed to the tenacity of nature. She remarked on an example of natural resilience that she knew her audience, a room full of Floridians, would easily recognize: the lionfish.

Though exotic and beautiful, lionfish are not native to Florida waters. Without any known predators in Florida, their population continues to boom, decimating populations of smaller fish and drastically altering already fragile reef ecosystems. Though invasive and harmful, lionfish make an appropriate metaphor: “Life wants to flourish,” said Green. “Life wants to find a way.”

But after so many years of human impact, we can no longer leave nature to fend for itself. When asked what people could do to save the environment, Jeff VanderMeer answered: “Simple things.” He said we should all try to drive less and eat less meat, reduce our consumption of plastics and try to limit our waste, and we should definitely engage with our lawmakers.

Most importantly to me, a seventh-generation Floridian and girl often lost (by choice) in the woods, VanderMeer implored us all to find connections to our local landscapes. When you can see the effects you have on the landscape—algae blooms, injured sea turtles, tar washing up on the beach—you’re more likely to step up. Earth is your home, too. Take care of it.

Featured image is by Michael Gäbler via Wikimedia Commons.

Posted by Jessi Lewis

Book-to-Movie adaptations can be some of the greatest pieces of cultural reconsideration of a text, and some of the greatest flops. If there’s anything to get excited about here, it’s the explosion of culture and discussion when a new adaptation moves into theaters. We’ve seen this with the response to just the trailer alone for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. And King is not alone:

Atomic Blonde  is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, though the script itself is written by Kurt Johnstad. Here you have the powerful Charlize Theron playing the main character of an 80’s punk spy thriller in which a list of the names of every spy in Berlin is taken. The screenwriter has shifted the plot here to include an affair between Charlize Theron’s character and her costar/fellow spy, Sofia Boutella. Release Date: This one’s coming up fast at July 28th 2017.

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin has been made into an upcoming flick, and you really can’t go wrong when combining Idris Elba and Kate Winslet in one movie. In the book, two plane crash survivors struggle to survive cold winter temperatures and romantic complications. It’ll be interesting to see what the movie script takes and leaves. Release date: October 20th, 2017.

While the release date is still unknown, at some point in 2017, Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg while be released in film version featuring Daniel Radcliffe. Ghinsberg’s book is based on the true story of four backpackers struggling to survive on a Bolivian hiking trip.

 

In Ready Player One, the novel follows a gamer entering a massive MMO game in search of real-life fortune. While the original book was written by Ernest Cline, the movie adaptation will feature British actor Simon Pegg. If you’re not familiar with the book, check out Rioter Jamie Canves’s deep consideration of the movie’s potential. This should be an interesting adaptation for sure. Release date: March 30, 2018.

And, just in case you haven’t heard, A Wrinkle in Time, the most mind-melting book for kids and winner of the Newbery Medal of 1963 is being adapted into a movie. Remember? This is the story of three kids traveling through space and time to go save a scientist-father. There are big names attached here, including Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon and Zach Galifianakis. The question is, can they take on such a classic with class? Release date: March 9, 2018.

In addition, at some point in 2018, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society will be adapted into a movie entitled just, Guernsey. Based on a writer’s connection to a man on a German-occupied island during World War II, the movie will feature Jessica Brown Findlay of Downton Abbey fame.

 

And, of course, keep an eye out for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the story of a serial killer at the world’s fair– Devil in the White CityThe film will feature Leonardo Dicaprio and is only now in development.

 

 

Even farther into the future, it’s rumored that Sabaa Tahir’s fantasy epic, An Ember in the Ashes, is on its way to adaptation. Film rights were purchased even before publication by Paramount and a producer of Breaking Bad, Mark Johnson, has signed on.

 

 

Posted by Melissa Baron

On this day 175 years ago, a great and morbid American writer was born in Ohio. He would grow up to fight as a Union soldier in The Civil War and later become a satirist, a journalist, and a short story writer. Then he disappeared in Chihuahua, Mexico, at 71, and was never seen again. Literally no one knows what happened to him after that.

Let’s wish Ambrose Bierce, satirist and spooky short story writer, a happy birthday—even though he probably would have rolled his eyes at you for it.

Ambrose Bierce was the only major writer of his time to serve for nearly the entire duration of The Civil War, and his experiences as a soldier is detailed in some of his stories. The poor man also took a bullet to the temple at 21—the day before his birthday—that left him with migraines and dizziness for the rest of his life. Then his fiancée called off their engagement. He was finally granted medical discharge from the war later that year.

All of that happened before he turned 22. Bierce was a sharp, creative, and outspoken abolitionist and journalist with a memory attic full of terrible, harrowing, and no doubt painful experiences as a Union soldier. It most certainly played a part in how people perceived him; as a cynical, critical, and pessimistic man with a low opinion of most people (they called him “Bitter Bierce” back in the day. Jeez. Cut the guy a break.)

Before he disappeared, he left behind a cache of brutally honest portrayals of war, a touch of the supernatural and magical realism, and a heavy dose of black humor. In honor of his birthday, here is a list of Bierce short stories and works worth reading that you may have missed in your high school or college lit class (because you probably just read “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” which is also a fantastic piece of writing). Bonus—you can read all of these right now!

Civil War Stories

Chickamauga

Bierce was one of the survivors of The Battle of Chickamauga. That experience led to this short story, about a young boy trying to play with the ghosts of dead soldiers.

What I Saw of Shiloh

This is Bierce’s actual account of The Battle of Shiloh, memoir style. It is beautifully written, extremely detailed (and gut wrenching for it), strong anti-war piece.

Horror Stories

The Damned Thing

Some creature with sharp teeth finally gets the prey it’s hunted for so long. The locals insist it’s a mountain lion. But no one actually saw the thing that did it…or did they?

The Boarded Window

An old man is found dead in his cabin, with one window mysteriously boarded up. Few know the story behind that window. Spoiler alert—Bierce does.

The Death of Halpin Frayser

Halpin Frayser made the mistake of venturing outside to hunt small game—and found the ghost of his dead mother instead. His last day on earth is a weird and chilling one.

Satire

The Devil’s Dictionary

Ever wanted to know the equivalent of Urban Dictionary circa the 1880s? We got you. Bierce’s lexicon of satirical definitions began as a series of installments for a weekly column, spanning three decades. Some samples:

ANTIQUITY, n. A kind of leather, probably.

GOVERNMENT, n. A modern Chronos who devours his own children. The priesthood are charged with the duty of preparing them for his tooth.

HUG, v. very a. To — to — What the devil does it mean, anyhow?

Got any Bierce favorites of your own? Celebrate Bitter Bierce and share them in the comments! (He probably hated that nickname. Or embraced it just to mess with the haters, who knows.)

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