starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
For Yuletide 2018 I picked up a pinch hit on the list in a wild burst of optimism and hubris when I saw the fandom, The Box of Delights. For those who haven't read John Masefield's classic Christmas fantasy, it's wild, though somehow not quite as wild as its predecessor, The Midnight Folk. Both are available from the NYRB Classics line, and I highly recommend them.

Somehow despite the fact that this was the first fic under the TV tag, it has proven fairly popular for such a tiny fandom. Happy Yuletide to us all.

Fire and Bells (3515 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kay Harker Series - John Masefield, Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper, The Box of Delights (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Maria Jones, Kay Harker
Additional Tags: Christmas, Future Fic, Crossover, 1930s
Summary: It's Christmas 1932, and Maria Jones only wants to find the magic in the world.

I finished the book on New Year's Eve 2016, so to refresh my memory I queued up the 1980s BBC adaptation of the book on YouTube, which was helpful in that it clarified the class status of the characters. Reading [personal profile] merriman's letter, I realized that crossing the story over with Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series would solve all of my plot problems, with the nice addition that I am pretty sure Masefield influenced Cooper. I had originally wanted to make this a stealth triple crossover with the Wimsey novels (T9T shares some thematic elements with The Box of Delights, actually), but that proved ungainly--though Merriman and Wimsey do both drive Daimlers. On the other hand, you may also recognize a few elements from The Magician's Nephew; that was deliberate. So was the fact that I ignored the book's cop-out ending, though I think after having read The Midnight Folk I am more inclined to the interpretation that it all having been a dream doesn't mean it wasn't real.

Really, though, I cannot recommend tossing Merriman, the Lady and the Rider into your story enough as a strategy to solve your plot problems. What is the Lady doing lying in a barrow under a berm? Who knows and who cares! They are in all times as they need to be. And Maria Jones is a treat to write. If I had actually read The Midnight Folk before writing this fic, I would have done more with her own magical origins (she and her family were some of Kay's toys originally, probably? WILD), but alas, I had not. 

I thought this was the only story I had written this year, but I forgot that I had written a brief Star Wars Rebels coda by way of an ROTJ coda earlier this year when Rebels finished.

Freedom on Endor (1642 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Original Trilogy, Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Luke Skywalker, CT-7567 | Rex
Additional Tags: Spoils the Rebels ending, Past Character Death, Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars, Post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Summary: Rex sat back slightly. “Any relation to General Anakin Skywalker?” he asked, too casual, and Luke swallowed hard.

Despite my diminished output over the past few years, I have not been idle on the fanfic front in 2018. I wrote nearly 80K of an epic Star Wars fic, and my main goal for 2019 is to get it finished and posted. May the Force be with us all in our endeavors.
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
source: Star Wars Rebels
audio: Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar, "The Greatest"
length: 3:24
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: rebels
download: 250MB on Dropbox
summary: I'm free to be the greatest, I'm alive. Or, Hera, Sabine, and Ahsoka survive the Rebellion.

AO3 page | tumblr post


 

I love Star Wars Rebels, and though the strength of my feelings about Kanan and Ezra surprised me, I knew that I loved the show's female characters from the beginning. Hera, Sabine, and Ahsoka are all the heroes of their own stories, and they're all different women who do very different things for the Rebellion--and they all live to see the fall of the Empire. Ahsoka gets the Kendrick verse because, as a former Jedi Knight (as the Bendu calls her in an unfilmed scene), she walks a different path than the other members of the space family.

This vid premiered at Club Vivid 2018, the last one ever, and it got a great reaction in the room--I was really happy that people liked it and that I got to see and share that reaction for myself. Thank you, VividCon, and may the Force be with you.


Lyrics )
starlady: (crew)
source: Star Wars movies
audio: Dessa, "Congratulations"
length: 2:01
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: Anakin
download: 185MB on Dropbox
summary: Congratulations, you have invented a new kind of stupid.

Premiered at [community profile] con_txt 2018.

AO3 post | tumblr post

Hello, my name is Electra, and I like Star Wars. A lot.

 

You will note that one of the tags on my reblog of the above gifset is "it works on multiple levels omfg," which…is what this vid does. I ship the prequel OT3, and in a weird way this is probably as close as I will ever get to trying to make a prequel OT3 vid. (It already contains about 80% of the shots in the entire three movies in which all three of the main characters are in the same frame.) I love them, and this vid is about the end of everything. Sixty years later in-universe and people are still fighting the war that resulted because these three people couldn't get it together.

As you can probably tell from this vid, I have a weird Hamilton ship too; let's just say that if I were to rewrite it in space, it would include Alexander/Angelica as well as the more popular Hamilton ships. So it wasn't a difficult choice to make Obi-Wan the Angelica/POV character here, just like it wasn't a difficult choice to cut the last verse about Eliza's future, which…doesn't exist for Padmé. (The greatest injustice and worst canonical fate for any character in the saga, and those are the facts.)

Technically, I think they need to do a new 4K scan of the original ROTS film print, because there are parts where the current Blu-Ray doesn't look so good, particularly in comparison to Rogue One (bonus points for spotting the one shot from that movie in this vid). It would be nice if they could also re-release the original DVD deleted scenes when they do that, because working with those clips in this vid was not thrilling. I enhanced them as much as I dared before they got too grainy, which was not a lot, and you can totally tell. ANH, by contrast, looks pretty great on Blu-ray, and Alec Guinness' performance is amazing.

May the Force be with you. And for the sake of the galaxy, tell people you love them before you amputate their limbs and leave them to burn to death on a hellfire planet.


Lyrics )
starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
source: Star Wars Rebels
audio: Fall Out Boy, "The Last of the Real Ones"
length: 3:56
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: rebels
download: 303MB on Dropbox
summary: You're just the last of the real ones. Or, Kanan & Ezra find in each other what they need.





AO3 post | tumblr post


Premiered at Bitchin' Party 2018.

I watched all of Star Wars Rebels over the last year or so. I started out not caring about Ezra Bridger. Before the final episodes aired, I would have told you that I still didn't really like him. It wasn't until I started sobbing halfway through the last episode and didn't stop until well after it ended that I considered that I might actually feel differently. I love them all so much, including Kanan and Ezra, and this vid is about them be(com)ing Jedi together.

Lyrics )
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
source: The Clone Wars
audio: Daft Punk, "C.L.U. (Paul Oakenfold remix)"
length: 4:40
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany, password: theforce
download: 217MB on Dropbox
summary: Beware the dark side. 

My 2017 Club Vivid premiere! 



tumblr | AO3


I watched all of The Clone Wars over the course of the past eight months or so--the (re)watch was originally scheduled to coincide with the release of Rogue One, but then November happened. Somewhere around October, I realized that I wanted to make a vid about the show, and that I wanted to use this track. This is the easier vid to make from the show; its complex exploration of sentience, personhood, and free will playing out with the clones and the droids is more difficult. I also decided fairly early on that I wanted to make this vid by colors--the lightsabers go from blue to green to red by the end of the vid, just like the galaxy slides further into chaos and the fall of the Jedi and the Republic. The black darksaber, something of a wild card in the morality play of the lightsaber color codes, appears at the beginning, middle, and end. 

I'm really happy with how this vid turned out. It was a fairly easy vidding process, possibly because I was using an extensive spreadsheet and because the realities of who fought who meant that I was somewhat constrained in my clip choices at each point through the timeline, until I hit the wall of trying to find copies of episodes that weren't TV rips with logos and started tearing my hair out. Anyway. May the Force be with you.
starlady: (bibliophile)
What I'm Reading
Wicked City by Alaya Dawn Johnson - The second Zephyr Hollis book and the last ADJ book I haven't read. She needs to write more! I just started this, so no comments yet other than that I stand by my observation about Zephyr being in denial about who she is.

Shriek by Jeff VanderMeer - I loved the Southern Reach, and this is more obviously weird fantasy than those books, which has its pluses and minuses, but I love it so far, particularly the fact that it focuses on a sibling relationship.

What I've Read
Whoops, I've built up quite a backlog. Here goes!

Charles Soule et al, She-Hulk vol. 2 - Apparently this was always meant to be as short as it was. Siiiiiggh I would read many more volumes of this kind of thing, the "how X thing or Y institution or Z non-superhero person is affected by a world of superheroes" thing is honestly more interesting to me than many superhero stories. A+, will totally seek out more Charles Soule comics in the future. Has anyone read Letter 44?

Michelle Sagara, Cast in Honor - The newest Kaylin book, and with this, I have read all but one of Michelle Sagara West's novels (except the Sundered books, which I honestly found unreadable). I enjoyed it very much, I continue to enjoy Kaylin's growth as a person and the exploits of her motley crew (found family ftw), and I am looking forward to the next book on multiple levels, not the least of which is: Aerians!

Diane Duane, Interim Errantry - This is "the Young Wizards volume 9.5," and since it's been a few years since I read A Wizard of Mars, I'd forgotten a little how much I love Duane's writing and the Young Wizards in general. The bit in the Halloween story where Dairine is a Jedi, for example--perfection. And all the characters I've loved for so long getting to do things that are slightly less "stereotypical plot diagram," particularly in the novella in the collection, Lifeboats, which I adored. (Also, how married are Tom and Carl in Lifeboats? Super married.) In many ways these three stories were like the best kind of fanfic, which expands a slice of the canon beyond what we get to see in the actual published works. I can't wait for Games Wizards Play.

Martha Wells, Razor's Edge - Martha Wells wrote the last novel in the old Star Wars expanded universe, and it's about Princess Leia, set between ANH and ESB. I liked it a lot (particularly semicompetent!Luke, lol), and you know, I love Star Wars. You can put that on my tombstone. I also love Martha Wells' writing, and I'm psyched to read more of her books. (Even her SGA tie-in novels, because in the year of our lord 2K16 I am not going to apologize for enjoying tie-in novels.)

Diana Wynne Jones, Dogsbody - More DWJ! More terrible parents and parental figures! More plucky heroines and brilliant writing! I feel like I understood this book, which is told from the perspective of a star who gets reborn as a dog, which probably means I'm missing things. The ending felt abrupt, but also completely neat and tidy; it was brilliant and painful and great.

Gillen/McKelvie, The Wicked & the Divine vols. 1 & 2 - My dear sibling introduced this to me with "This is what American Gods wanted to be," and I stand by that assessment. The art is beautiful, the story interesting, the concepts compelling, but I have to say the characters mostly left me cold. That said, I'll still keep reading, because I want to find out what happens after the Shocking Twist!™ at the end of the second volume.

Kelly Sue DeConnick et al., Bitch Planet vol. 1 - I feel like most people have probably heard of this comic by now, with its non-compliant women and its smart take on exploitation tropes and intersectionality. I liked it; like The Handmaid's Tale, it seems both a bit too plausible for comfort and also in many ways a story about what's happening now, as well as a near-future fantasy.

Noelle Stevenson et al., Lumberjanes vol. 1 - This was so great! As a Girl Scout, I got an extra kick out of the story of a bunch of young Lumberjanes at summer camp, I loved it, and I need to read more of it. (I also loved the little in-jokes of the palindromes in the cave, ngl, and also the camp chief's name and appearance. AUGH, it's so good!)

Becky Cloonan et all, Gotham Academy vol. 1 - I've liked Becky Cloonan's work for a while, and this was exactly the kind of story I like, as I said above, following as it does a group of misfit students at Gotham City's most prestigious private school and inventing some old history for the city, as well as featuring an independent take on its present. Also, important to note, the Batman in here isn't the full-on manpain Batman, which makes the whole thing more palatable--there's darkness, but there's also light, and most important of all, I love Olive and Maps and would read many more volumes about them.

Gillen/McKelvie, Phonogram vol. 1 - This feels like a dry run for The Wicked & the Divine, and given that it was about an obnoxious dude, I was mostly into it for the liner notes. Who knew so many people had so many feelings about Britpop.

Octavia Butler, Bloodchild (2nd ed.) - This is the late Octavia Butler's only (and entire) short fiction collection. Xenogenesis, fraught parent/child relationships, taboo subjects--Butler was great, and reading the back of the book talk about her in the present tense is still a wrench.

Gail Simone et al., Wonder Woman: The Circle - This volume collects Simone's first issues on Wonder Woman, telling the story of Diana's attempt to save her mother from the DC-equivalent of HYDRA Nazis invading Themiscyra, mostly. It was good! I like Diana and her friends and her sense of honor! I am still going to drink in the Batman vs Superman movie!

What I'll Read Next
Who knows. Hopefully a lot of it.
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
I saw this with my family at 19:00 on Christmas Eve, and the screening was almost totally full--not the experience we had with our last Christmas Eve movie several years ago, when we saw Harry Potter 7.1.

The belonging you seek is ahead of you, not behind. )

In the meantime, I'm going to start watching The Clone Wars and Rebels on Netflix, and I started reading Martha Wells' tie-in novel Razor's Edge on my second plane flight. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and may the Force be with you.

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