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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon reminds us that the 2017-18 school year is coming, and [tumblr.com profile] positivelypt has a post up with links to wishlists for underserved classrooms. You can check out the list, give, and reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.


Help For Free:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] globalsextrendsproject, who are working on an independent research projected aimed at establishing whether there are global trends in stimuli for sexual arousal and the content of sexual fantasies. You can read more and reblog here or fill out the form here. I took a quick breeze through the form and it's primarily short-answer rather than multiple choice, once you get past the demographic stuff.


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] stabulous has a post up about Welcome Blanket, a project initiated by the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and anti-Trump craftivists. They are asking people to send handmade blankets to be exhibited at the Smart and afterwards distributed to refugees and immigrants arriving in the US. The hope is to create 3200 blankets to equal the length of the wall Trump wants to build across the US-Mexico border. You can read more at the link above, and find out how to participate at the official site, which includes activism resources whether you want to actually send in a blanket or not.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Creative Commons, which is offering grants of up to USD$1000 for small projects ("Salons, campaigns, translations, e-books, printing, collaborations, and more") which grow the global commons. They want help increasing discovery, collaboration, and advocacy towards their mission. You can read more and apply for a grant here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] dr-kara's new comic available on ComixOlogy, [Super]Natural Attraction! Kara is well-known to me as a groovy artist who does cool stuff so while I haven't read this yet I wholeheartedly recommend her work. She has a rebloggable post about it here and you can buy and read it here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• 23 Things you didn't know about J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe. (The Independent)

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Happy Birthday, Daniel Radcliffe!
• James & Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Zoë Wanamaker (Madam Hooch), Mark Williams (Mr Weasley), David Bradley (Argus Filch), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood) and Danielle Tabor (Angelina Johnson) will be at the London Film & Comic Con on July 28 to 30.
• Frank Dillon (young Tom Riddle), Jason Issacs (Lucius Malfoy), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) in San Diego Comic Con trailers and posters.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• Sneak Preview at definite edition of 'Cursed Child' script.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt # 202 (due on or before July 29): “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” ― Anthony Burgess, Questions and West Tower.
[livejournal.com profile] slythindor100 posted the Week 2 Results and the Week 3 Prompt of the on-going H/D LDWS Challenge.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] rarepair_shorts is looking for 4 More Gifts for people's Wishlists.
[livejournal.com profile] dogdaysofsummer announced the Dog Days of Summer, the Wolfstar summer fest that will be running all August.
[livejournal.com profile] dramione_remix made a Mod Post about posting to AO3 for Round 8.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted the Prompt #201 Masterlist.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced a Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter/Severus Snape fic at the [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] rosevalleynb recced a Pansy Parkinson/Ron Weasley fic at the [profile] crack_broom (R).
[livejournal.com profile] toblass recced young Severus Snape art (G).
[livejournal.com profile] rosevalleynb recced a Merope Gaunt/Harry Potter and Tom Riddle fic at the [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom (PG-13).
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced young Lucius Malfoy art (PG).
[livejournal.com profile] gracerene made a huge post with all her Harry Potter cross-gen recs (more than 80 recs, various pairings and ratings).

Resources:
Schedule of Upcoming Events from 23 to 29 July at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.
• The SS/HP Prophet from July 15 through 22.

Archive News:
• OTW Guest Post: UsedKarma about starting the Darcyland fan network for Darcy Lewis (MCU, Thor) fandom.

Essay/Meta:
• Jasmine from MuggleNet wrote In an Attempt to Emulate the Trio, I Forage My Sparse Pantry for a Week.
• 19 tumblr posts you won't understand if you haven't read the 'Harry Potter' books.

General Fandom News:
• Deathly Hallows: 10 Years Later.
• Updates from San Diego Comic-Con.
Sign-ups are open at [community profile] crossovering, the multi-fandom cross-over challenge.

Nifty:
• The Riddikulusly Hard Harry Potter Quiz. (Editor got an Acceptable! ;))

Searches:
[livejournal.com profile] accio_hd_fics posted a search for dark!Harry fics. (Drarry only)
[livejournal.com profile] bluefatso posted a search for Draco/Harry Mafia AUs. (Drarry only)
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.


Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• VIDEOS: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone moving illustrated digital book out Sept. 5.
• Bloomsbury releases cover art of Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition companion book. (More info here)

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Dressing the Golden Trio: Us Magazine interviews costume designer Jany Temime.
• Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) visited Universal Studio Hollywood's "Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts" Show.
• Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter): (street-level) Superhero.
• Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood): theater review "Disco Pigs".
HP movies cast round-up of the week.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• New London cast reveals the magic of 'Cursed Child' in words and pictures.

Pottermore News
• The Ultimate Pottermore Quizzes Collection.

Communities:
• The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Edition of [community profile] firewhiskeyfic started tonight.
[personal profile] hp_drizzle posted the Fest Check-in, part 2.
[livejournal.com profile] hp_creatures posted the Claiming Post for the Halloween Creature Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] hd_erisedposted the Sign-up Forms for sign-ups of July 28.
[livejournal.com profile] snape_potter posted Join the Party! at the half-way point of the Harry Potter Birthday Party that ends July 31.
[livejournal.com profile] one_bad_man posted the Sign-up Post for the next week of reccing Lucius Malfoy and/or Severus Snape creations.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] wand_in_a_knot posted the Round Two: Masterlist of the Harry Potter 24 hours Porn Challenge.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] rosevalleynb recced a Arthur Weasley/Molly Weasley fic at the [profile] crack_broom (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] madeleone recced a Hermione Granger/Severus Snape fic (PG).
The Rec Center recced a Hermione Granger/Pansy Parkinson fic (PG).

Discussion:
• Holly wrote Did We Really Need a Map in the 20th-Anniversary “Philosopher’s Stone” Editions? (MuggleNet)

General Fandom News:
• Comic-Con San Diego Panel: Fantastic Fans and where To Find Them: Rowling Along in 2017 (Sunday, July 23, 2 - 3 pm, room 6BCF)
• MuggleNet Live! 2017: Nineteen Years Later – 15 Theme Park goals you can only complete at MuggleNet Live!
• Harry Potter Home Décor Collection coming this fall.
• Victoria reviews the Harry Potter nano metalfigs for MuggleNet.

Nifty:
• New Hogwarts House patches coming from Warner Bros this fall. Win a set at MuggleNet Give-away! or Win a set at the Leaky Cauldron Give-away!

[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.

Community Spotlight:
[community profile] firewhiskeyficHave a drink; write a masterpiece
The community to safely practice writing under the influence. Challenges take place once every 3 to 4 months. Each challenge consists of about 5 prompts centered on a common theme. All entries are due within 48 hours from the start of the round. No betas are allowed; editing and proof-reading is discouraged. Once all entries have been submitted, there is a one week period to vote in several categories. [community profile] firewhiskeyfic is based in the HP fandom but all fandoms are welcome. Writers and artists are welcome to participate!


Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

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I still have to review Extra Virginity as well, but I actually liked that one, so it will take longer to compose….

One of the things I did get done yesterday between work, the ball game, and the Epic Sunburn, was finish a slim book of short stories called A City Equal to My Desire by James Sallis. This wasn’t a book that was recommended to me, which means I don’t have to feel bad about truly disliking it. I found it in a keyword search on the library website for books about ukuleles, and it has a short story called Ukulele And The World’s Pain, which admittedly was one of the better stories in the book despite still not being very good.

From what I can tell, he did pick the best story out of the book to develop into a novel, “Drive”, but it is very obviously unfinished in short-story form. Sallis has a couple of ongoing problems in the short story collection, one of which is that he tends to skip the vital information you need in order to know what the fuck is going on. And not in a “the blanks slowly get filled in” way, or in a “your imagination is more terrible” way (though there is a little of that) but just in a way where like…he says something that you understand to be vital to the story but which is missing context, then spends like a page describing the fucking diner someone’s sitting in, and by then any context forthcoming doesn’t get linked back. It’s like being in the middle of a paragraph when you hit the photo plates in an older book – yes the photos are very interesting thank you but I need to finish the thought you were sharing with me before I go back and look at them. I think maybe he thinks this is challenging the reader but it’s not, it’s just annoying and makes what are otherwise interesting premises totally opaque. I shouldn’t need to work this hard for a story about a hit man who decides not to kill a politician. 

If the book had a more cohesive theme in terms of the stories, it might be more readable – he clearly enjoys building worlds and then doesn’t quite know what to do with them once he’s built them, so if this was an entire book of “weird and different worlds” ala Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, I would buy in more fully and I think he would have put a little more elbow in. But it’s not. It’s mostly “here’s a really interesting world and a person living in squalor in it does something while being in it”. Also he appears to be fascinated by describing things that are shaped like pi. And a lot of times it feels like he read a wikipedia article on something and wanted to share some knowledge, so he just kind of built a half-assed story around his wikiwander. 

And all of this I would probably let go if say, it was something I was noticing in a fanfic writer, or someone who was just starting out, or someone I felt was genuinely trying to get a point across. But there’s this inexplicable sense of arrogance to the collection, a sort of smugness to it that in professional writers drives me up the goddamn wall. Stephen King sometimes falls into the same trap, where it feels like the author believes they don’t have to respect their readers because they are The Writer. 

The thing about volumes of short stories is that you keep reading it because sometimes there is a real gem. And there are one or two good stories in the volume, but I don’t know if they’re worth the rest of it. 

So my review I guess is mostly me being annoyed, but it boils down to “If you like short stories in the SFF Noir genre, give it a whirl, but if you’re bored with a story none of them get better, so feel free to skip to the next one.” 

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I am like….90% sure I’m going camping this Friday. 

It depends a bit on the weather, but I’m mostly packed, I’ve cooked food that’s currently waiting in the freezer, and I have acquired the third Diane Mott Davidson book to read. 

The plan is to leave work early, catch the train to the campground, camp overnight, and in the morning hike out to a different train station further down the line, about a seven-mile trek, to do a longer endurance test than last weekend’s. Then I’ll catch the train home around noon on Saturday.

If something goes wrong, I can catch an evening train home on Friday until eight o’clock, or starting in the morning at 5:30, with little to no exertion. It’s pretty low-risk and I’m well stocked. I don’t have a sleeping pad, but my backpack has a partial one built-in, and I have one arriving tomorrow (though it might be too bulky, we’ll see). And honestly in this heat, I might just sleep on top of my sleeping bag in any case. 

Worst case scenario, the campground has heated, lockable shower cubicles with nice big floors. I’ve slept on worse. 

Caaaaaaamping! *jazz hands*

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Intended Reading (19th July )

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:19 pm
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What haven't you read yet this week?

We all have things we mean to read, but never quite find the time, whether it's a bunch of unopened tabs, or in a precarious tower of books by the bed.

What's on your to-be-read list this week?

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Jul. 18th, 2017 07:00 pm
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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
More Previews of 'Prisoner of Azkaban' Illustrated Edition by Jim Kay.
Sean Biggerstaff Joins Georgia Moffett for New “Doctor Who” Audio Adventures.
Bloomsbury releasing 2 new Harry Potter-related books with J.K. Rowling's notes.
‘Harry Potter’ Cast in Film News and Clips: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ and More.
David Bradley and Jim Broadbent in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Opening.
Harry Potter exhibit 'Christmas in the Wizarding World' coming to stores this fall.
Review: Harry Potter Film Concert Series – “Chamber of Secrets”.
You Can Do Your Holiday Shopping in the Wizarding World This Year.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
Unlocking Fantastic Beats: In Search of the Shooting Script 'The Round Up Post'.
Ezra Miller Shines as Flash in Press for "Justice League".

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on-stage production promos with new London cast.

Communities:
[community profile] hp_creatures posted Claiming Info for the HP Creatures 2017 Fest.
[community profile] hp_crossgenfest posted Submissions due July 17th.

Fandom Recs:
[personal profile] gracerene recced one Harry/Draco fic.

Resources:
[community profile] hd_prophet: Monday, July 17th.
[personal profile] digthewriter posted A Tutorial: Placing HTML tags in a Word Document..

Archive News:
The Brian/Justin Archive is Moving to AO3.

Essay/Meta:
Grindelwald: The Only One Dumbledore Ever Feared? By Victor

Searches:
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.


Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

The Book of Chinese Beliefs

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:14 am
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The Book of Chinese Beliefs by Frena Bloomfield

A book that includes every day religious practices and like beliefs, and also some information on other everyday practices.
Read more... )
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Le Raj, Epsom, London KT17
Evening crew!

This week's featured article is for Le Raj in Epsom, a fancy joint that's earned a spot in the Good Curry Guide. The takeaway prices are a bit lower but you'll have to come and get it yourself, as they don't deliver.

New to RGL but certainly not new to me is the Soldier's Return, the third best pub in Ickenham. It's changed a little since I was drinking cheap lager there in the '90s - the tie's changed from Courage to Greene King, and they've apparently got rid of the (really quite manky) carpet. Also new is Karachi Cuisine in Norbury, a child-friendly Pakistani restaurant that does an interesting-sounding traditional breakfast on weekends. Try the chickpeas!

Finally, the Michelin-starred Dabbous in Fitzrovia has shut. Apparently the team will be opening a new (hopefully less noisy) restaurant next year.

Current Reads

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:24 am
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I just finished reading the start of another series (The Order of the Sanguines) called The Blood Gospel.


A soldier, a priest, and an archeologist walk into a bar... not really. They are all in Israel in an attempt to uncover the Blood Gospel, a book reportedly written by Christ in his own blood. And hey! The Bathory story is also woven into this story. There are vampires, called the Strigoi, and those called Sanguinists. The latter are priests that follow the church and drink a wine infused with Christs blood by special consecration or blessing, as opposed to human blood. This is all brought about by an old prophecy and the book ends before a new mission so I am assuming book 2 will pick right up.


Another book I am reading, published in 1887, is called Ten Days in a Mad-House written by a woman named Nellie Bly, a reporter, who fakes her way into an insane asylum in order to report her findings on the treatment of patients, etc... I instantly think Lana Winters from season 2 of American Horror Story. What's sad is the treatment reported within this book is happening all around us.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 08:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] readera's partner, J, has been in the ER multiple times in the past three months, and their finances are very strained because of it. They're raising $300-$500 for transportation costs and medicine; you can read more and reblog here or give directly here.

[tumblr.com profile] sleepyheathen needs to make next month's rent and is selling items, offering commissions, accepting donations, and has an Amazon wishlist up. You can read more, purchase, or reblog here, or donate via paypal here.

[tumblr.com profile] tony-in-distress is trying to escape an abusive situation and hoping to take her siblings with her. She needs to raise enough money for a deposit on a safe house for her and her siblings to live in. You can read more and help out here.

Anon is raising funds to help a friend cover debt and pay for legal bills after her abusive husband took custody of their youngest son. You can read more and give here; unfortunately due to Australian law apparently they can't provide much information.

Sarah Sadat had to leave her job recently due to stress and is facing mounting medical bills for a failing kidney and previous hospitalization; she has surgery scheduled for next month, and is fundraising to help cover medical and other bills. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] ohstephyy was let go from a job three months ago and hasn't been able to get another one; there are also other costs coming up to cover. You can read more and reblog here; a paypal address is available at the post.

[personal profile] laurashapiro linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] kuwdora, a talented vidder who is trying to become a professional editor. She has an opportunity for professional coaching from the editor of Burn Notice and Empire, but can't afford the expenses on her own. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] tiarasnteakettles who is looking for work as a harpist, including attempting to purchase a harp that would be a massive upgrade from her current instrument and allow her more freedom in performance. You can read more about her situation and reblog here, including links to her Patreon and online store and Paypal donation address.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

News To Know:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] wanderlust-anthology, an upcoming anthology of reimagined myths, legends, and folklore based on the theme Quests and Journeys. They are looking for creators for this anthology, which will be a full-color printed book with stories, comics, and artwork. You can read more at their tumblr or at the FAQ here; sign-ups close July 30th.

Housing:

Riel is looking for a roommate in Austin, TX to share a townhouse; she and the other roommate (male) are both grad students, and they do have a cat. Riel is very fandom-friendly. Lease starts in August. You can check out the townhouse here and get in touch at ariellayendler at gmail.com.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
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Send you fannish recs to the [community profile] daily_snitch!

Joanne K. Rowling:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: first look at new edition illustrated by Jim Kay.
• A Guide to Collecting the Harry Potter Books. Also in German: Was sind die ersten Harry Potter-Bücher heute wert? (abebooks)

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Bid on Daniel Radcliffe's Loud Shirt now!
• Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) interviews the latest "Shared Shelf" author Margaret Atwood.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• Speakbeasty Podcast Episode #41: Credence Joins the Circus.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt # 201 (due on or before July 21): Jasmine Warga quote, Height and Nimbus Racing Broom Company.
[tumblr.com profile] introvert-club posted Wolfstar Prompt 11.
[livejournal.com profile] slythindor100 posted the Week One Results and the Week 2 Prompt: Chocolate Frog Card(s) of the ongoing Harry/Draco LDWS.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] hd_fanart: Claiming is open for the Harry/Draco Fanart Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] evening12 posted a Question for fest mods about using tumblr.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted the Prompt #200 Masterlist.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter/Severus Snape fic (R).
[livejournal.com profile] toblass recced Severus Snape art (G).
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced Harry Potter/Severus Snape fic (NC-17).

Resources:
[livejournal.com profile] hd_prophet: July 16, 2017 edition.
Schedule of Upcoming Events from 16 to 22 July at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.
• The SS/HP Prophet from July 9 to 15.

Discussions:
[livejournal.com profile] 8c | [tumblr.com profile] pukingpastilles has a discussion on Harry and Hermione as PoC on her tumblr.

Essay/Meta:
• Victor collected Five Moments That Allude to Dumbledore's Relationship with Grindelwald. (MuggleNet)

General Fandom News:
• Leaky Cauldron 2017 on September 3 so far: Special Guests, Schedule and Tickets.

Nifty:
• Candlewick publishes "New Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm" book.

Searches:
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.

Community Spotlight:
[community profile] picture_prompt_funPicture Prompt Fun
This new community is for every writer who wants to have fun with picture prompts. There is a new challenge, consisting of two pictures, posted each week. Pictures can be everything you can imagine: settings, persons, animals, history, science fiction, etc. All writing (fanfiction and original fic), all genres, slash, femslash, het and gen, all fandoms are welcome.

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

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