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"JUDITH KRANTZ'S TILL WE MEET AGAIN" (1989) Photo Gallery



Below are images from "JUDITH KRANTZ'S TILL WE MEET AGAIN", the 1989 television adaptation of Judith Krantz's 1988 novel, "Till We Meet Again". Directed by Charles Jarrott, the miniseries starred Lucy Gutteridge, Michael York, Courtney Cox and Mia Sara: Read more... )

一个人的夜色

迎接黑夜的召唤
我又坐上了这班列车
经过城市的灯火璀璨
重返我潜伏的深渊

荒野是我的家园
怎样呼喊也是徒然
每一次看见的温暖炊烟
原是自己的幻想被自己点燃

那个灯火璀璨的城市
可以来往却无法生根茁壮
除非将之前的记忆
全部移植到有光照耀的地方

一个人的夜色下
那些旧伤一一复发
血流如注 痛彻入骨
却是我生命里惟一羸得的赌注

felaries65 [userpic]
"THE WINDS OF WAR" (1983) Review





"THE WINDS OF WAR" (1983) Review

Nearly forty years ago, author Herman Wouk wrote ”The Winds of War”, a bestselling novel about the experiences of a middle-aged U.S. Navy officer and his family during the early years of World War II. A decade later, ABC Television and producer David Wolper brought his story to the television screen with a seven-part, fourteen-and-a-half hour miniseries that became a ratings hit and a major Emmy and Golden Globe nominee. Read more... )

typographer [userpic]
The Missing History of Decoration Day

Once again it’s Memorial Day, and once again I find myself having conflicting feelings. There is, of course, the part of me that gets irritated at how so many people treat every even slightly patriot holiday as another occurrence of Veteran’s Day. And that’s wrong for many reasons. If nothing else, if someone is a military veteran or still serving, this day can be extremely emotional day, because they may be thinking about people they knew who didn’t make it back...

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Memories...

Mom, Dad, Jimmy

I would like to dedicate this Memorial Day to my Dad, Jim, my Mom, Louise and my brother, Jimmy. I was blessed to have such an amazing family!

My Dad served in World War 2 under General Patton, he then came home and built a great life for my mom and us. He was a long distance trucker and worked in both VA and KY coal mines during his life. He was smart, kind and so loving. He always shared the best buys from Kroger with me every week. I so miss those calls.

My brother, Jimmy, was an artist with amazing talent. I know he would have done great things with it given the chance. He married Rada, the love of his life and had Chrissy, who grew up to be a kick ass teacher. He was also a Huey Copter pilot in Vietnam and left us way too soon.

My mom was incredible. Strong, funny, kind, artistic with a great sense of humor and a razor sharp wit. She designed beautiful things for our house my whole life. Dad always said give her some wood, pretty fabric, a flower or two, come back in an hour and she'd have a whole, gorgeous home. Her smile lit up a room and her hugs healed everything!

She worked at Martin Aircraft during the war building B17 Bombers, working her way up to being a supervisor. Her most cherished career though, that she truly excelled at, was being a mom. She organized our lives, cooked wonderful meals, grew beautiful flowers, helped with every school project and loved my Dad and us with her whole heart. She and Daddy never missed a school play, a concert, anything. They were always there when we needed them most.

Like I said, I was truly blessed. I also send all my love to Amber, Susie, Betsy, Christina, Candace and the rest of my family. They are all my heroes and made me the person I am today. 😊 You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth (comment count unavailable comments)

beatrice_otter [userpic]
Pride and Prejudice

There are some takes on P&P, and the characterization of various characters, that frustrate me whenever I see them.  For example!

1) Elizabeth is determined to only marry for love! ... uh, no, that's Jane, at least if we're talking about the book.  In the various adaptations, sure, Elizabeth talks about marrying for love and how important it is.  But in the book, Elizabeth is more concerned with whether or not she respects any prospective future husband.  Love is great!  I'm sure she would prefer it!  But after watching her parents' marriage (and knowing that they believed themselves in love when they married, that's why her father married beneath him) what she wants most out of marriage is mutual respect.

2) Elizabeth is so unconventional and breaking social conventions left and right! ... uh, no, that's Lydia.  Elizabeth cares very deeply about courtesy and propriety, in some cases too much.  Why does she hate Darcy, to begin with?  He is discourteous and flouts propriety (i.e. doesn't dance or talk to anyone at an assembly.)  Why does she like Wickham so much?  Everything he says and does (that she knows of) is courteous and proper.  He knows how to project a surface veneer of Proper And Courteous Gentleman.  Now, Elizabeth doesn't let her desire for courtesy and propriety to blind her to the ways that people can be rude, cruel, mean, or selfish despite being (on the surface) everything that is proper, but that doesn't mean she doesn't like propriety, it just means she wants it to be real and not just surface hypocrisy.

3) Elizabeth's perceptions of everybody and everything in the novel are absolutely true and impartial! ... uh, no, one of the major themes of the book is Elizabeth realizing that she is an unreliable narrator and doesn't always judge people very truly.  She's an intelligent and perceptive woman, but nobody is perfectly impartial, and even at the end of the book she certainly is not.  It is good to take her evaluations of other people, and what she believes they are thinking and feeling, with a large grain of salt even at the end of the book.

4) Mr. Bennet is the Good Parent and Mrs. Bennet is the Bad Parent! ... uh, they're both pretty bad, actually, just in different ways.  Mrs. Bennet's flaws are obvious, but that's because Elizabeth loves her father more than she loves her mother, and so she's more critical of her mother.  But, look, Mr. Bennet has known for years that Mrs. Bennet is not a very good mother, that she's not doing anything to help their kids grow and learn and become good people with decent educations.  And how does he respond?  By alternately ignoring the issue and mocking his wife and any daughters he thinks are silly.  At best, that's neglect.  And, yeah, he likes Elizabeth best and treats her better than the others!  But that doesn't make him a good parent.  It just means he's playing favorites as much as Mrs. Bennet is.  Jane and Lydia are treated well by their mother because she likes them (although the lack of discipline and boundaries has done some damage to Lydia), and Elizabeth is treated well because Mr. Bennet likes her, but Mary and Kitty are kinda screwed over by both parents.

I find the first two more annoying than the second two, because they're caused by modern ideology being imposed on Elizabeth.  She's the heroine, so she must therefore think and behave the way a woman we can relate to would, so she must think about love and marriage and social conventions the same way we do.  We believe that True Love is necessary for marriage, so therefore Elizabeth must.  We believe that most of the social conventions of the Regency were stupid, so therefore Elizabeth must, too.  We see Elizabeth the way we think she ought to be, instead of the way she actually is.
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BL manga I've been reading: Given and 10 Dance


I've been reading a lot of manga while stuck at home, so I thought I'd share a rec for a couple of BL manga that I recently read and enjoyed.


Read more... )

felaries65 [userpic]
TIME MACHINE: Armistice of 11 November 1918

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TIME MACHINE: ARMISTICE OF 11 NOVEMBER 1918

November 2018, marked the 100th anniversary of armistice that was signed between the Allied/Entente Powers that included Great Britain, France, Italy and the United States and Germany, the remaining member of the Central Powers. This armistice ended the fighting in World War I. Read more... )

AKK [userpic]
BAUplan - look for the Tachibana

current chapter word count: 7081 + 324
scene accidentally written: Tachibana (or: follow the blossoms)
why accidentally? because it killed two hours of tonight's sleep and the current scene I have to finish is still "nightly visit", but somehow the Tachibana squeezed themselves in.
scene complete? mostly (depends on the adaptations necessary once I get to it in the flow of this chapter)
scene is important, because? it introduces the symbolism of the tachibana (blossoms, mostly) into the fic, which will (a) become important later, and (b) drives home that despite the Sumeragi not offing offenders doesn't mean they don't have options to deal with them.
character learning that putting a tracer on the Sumeragi head is a stupid idea: Seishiro's accountant (Motohiro)
character having more fun than he expected on his first day at the office: Subaru (and Seishiro, though he won't admit it)

Excerpt of the day (shortened):

"Don't. We have to check--"
But Subaru, sitting on the new grey carpet of his office, had already opened his suitcase, checking its contents. Counting shirts, pants, toiletries… and frowning at a small parcel wrapped in colorful paper bound with red silk tassels. He set it aside and looked up. "Yes?"
Seishiro sighed. "Now we have to clean you of tracers."
Subaru snorted. "Unnecessary. That's for the one who dared placing them."
"How would you know who that was without tracing them back?"
Laughter erupted outside. Subaru smiled serenely and pushed himself off the floor. "Come. Time to look for the tachibana."
[...]
"We train gifted children from a very young age. Of course we have a way to find out who causes mischief with spells." [A mirrored Dreamwidth post | read comment count unavailable comment(s) at DW | post a comment at DW | How to use OpenID ]

Feeling : amused amused
海上幽灵船

他们看到的是华灯初上夜上海
我看到的是磷光闪烁的幽灵船
永无休止地航行
汹涌的海浪
淹没了所有祈求拯救的声音

我是这艘幽灵船的主人
与无数的船只擦肩而过
当那些好奇的人们登上我的甲板
总会发现此处空无一人
我在他们看不见的维度里生存

过去与未来是我的航线
我与久病初起的谢灵运同登池上楼
感慨池塘生春草园柳变鸣禽
我又在十二月的寒冬与他永别
遥望山间松柏也在劲雪严霜中凋零

我又与袁天罡、李淳风一起夜观天象
从唐朝启程一直向未来飞行
飞了约两千年的光阴
飞到无城无府无尔无我
飞抵治臻的大化之境

我只是一个生活在别人故事里的阴影
努力去尝试感同身受种种人生
我每天必须定时返回现今
否则就会被夺魄销魂
此为上帝这个程序员给我的系统设定

我是一艘废弃的孤舟
楫已生苔帆已落尘
停泊于他们的海上魔都
徜徉于自己的瑰丽蜃景
至暗之中大放光明

他们听见孤舟的宁静
当夕阳镀金当月光洒银
他们听不见幽灵船上的无声尖叫
那些风暴蹂躏留下的耻辱烙印
将驶向美好彼岸的希望永恒封存

Rushlight [userpic]
Hooray hooray!

Firedrake is officially done!!! *throws confetti* I'm looking at a release date of June 12th for it. I'll post the preorder links just as soon as I get them. The book will be available on Kindle and Smashwords to begin with, and as usual the paperback version will come a bit later.

Now onward to finish the edits on the final book in the series....

bit.ly/DragonMageChronicles




Feeling : accomplished accomplished
Classified [userpic]
Two more things

First is that the postcards I got I understood to not need stamps so if you haven't gotten yours in like. Two weeks? Let me know and I will order more to resend. (Getting nervous that they haven't arrived yet!)

Second, I think it's completely valid for all of us to want things to go back to normal while also feeling like it's too soon. Thoughts? It isn't really something I'm seeing talked about. Like. Of course we all want things back to normal. But we're also scared. But no one seems to be saying (at least that I've seen) that it's ok to be feeling both. And frankly I wouldn't want to be a politician right now, having to make the choice of funding running out to keep people safe in social isolation and reopening while risking new outbreaks. But I think it's ok if we're feeling like it's soon while feeling that it's necessary to return to normal. I dunno. I'm just. Conflicted. I think we all are. And it's ok.

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Classified [userpic]
So far...ok?

The blessing is that. At least I haven't had to deal with the public yet.

Just...talking )

I'm glad we get a three day weekend. I need it. Not only because I went from not working to working, but because of the work load, between actual work and then home stuff.

BUT AT LEAST the cafe is cleaned and my house is clean and my car has what it needs and my cat's nails are clipped and he got his flea medicine and we have groceries and the plants are doing alright (they even got liquid feed this week). And I finally got in a book care package I ordered ages back.

If all I do is sleep and read tomorrow no one can blame me.

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Rushlight [userpic]
New graphics for the Sacred Guardian series!

Sharing the new promo graphic I made this morning for the Sacred Guardian m/m fantasy series:





I also created a new profile picture and cover graphic for my Facebook page for this series:

https://www.facebook.com/sacredguardianseries/

I'm really excited with how they turned out. If you have a spare moment this morning, stop by to check out the page! :D

bit.ly/SGseries






Feeling : creative creative
~Hisokaomi~ [userpic]
Animes watched

bougou to alchemist shinpan no haguruma #06:

Danzai was unhappy with other author who criticised his sensei's works and challenged him in a farming competition. In the end, neither group won. Danzai's sensei got into depression over his novel's shortcoming and vanished before danzai in taint smoke.

hachi nan tte sore wa nai deshou #08:

Well and his group, under guidance of his late teacher's trainer went for their first task in an ancient ruins. While stuck in the continuous battles in the ruins, the nobles who disliked well, spread fake rumours of well being killed in the ruins.

hozuki no gekokujou shisho ni naru tame ni wa shudan s2 #08:

Wilma took on myne's request to draw and finally overcame her past dilemma to leave the orphanage building and visited the printing studio. Myne was moved as she held her first book.

kami no tou #08:

Khun got the ranker to win after tricking him off the bridge. The other examiners knew khun had a real team whom he did not betray. With Khan's group lost, bam's group was next to battle the ranker.

natsume no yujinchou movie:

Natsume met his grandmother's ex school mate and got to know her son. Madara ate a strange fruit from an ayakashi tree and spilt into 3 mini madara. While searching for 2 missing madara with his classmate, natsume learned that his grandmother's ex school mate's son was actually an ayakashi who had changed into his form as the real son was already dead in a mountain accident. He had ability to manipulate memories and was the one who had left the power on the ayakashi tree. After natsume returned him his name, he turned madara back to normal and vanished from his 'mother''s memory. Same time, natsume also helped an exorcist friend released a familiar from it's late summoner's command.

plunderer #13:

All students except rihito were given two star pins as challenge to accumulate 10 by day 3. Those without a star would be expelled and those with 10 could graduate. Rihito managed to trick 10 stars from a class bully by day 3.

Feeling : blah blah
felaries65 [userpic]
"HOT FUZZ" (2007) Photo Gallery



Below are images from the 2007 comedy hit, "HOT FUZZ". Directed by Edgar Wright, the movie starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: Read more... )

beatrice_otter [userpic]
Fanfiction pet peeve: briefing and debriefing

Briefing happens before the mission, when people give you all the information and the plan and tell you what's supposed to happen.  You are given a "brief" as in "a specific instruction or responsibility"

Debriefing happens after the mission, when you tell people all the things that actually happened.

Think of it this way: Before the mission, the planners plan, and then brief (give orders and information to) the person going on the mission.  After the mission, the information goes the other way, the brief passes back from the mission-person to the planners.  The mission person is de-briefed.

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AKK [userpic]
BAUplan - mistake

current chapter word count: 7081 (approx. 6880 of which are continuous text)
scene currently written: Subaru's nightly visitor
scene completed? not yet (but it is getting there & already has the right "flavor")
character not yet used to midnight meetings in pyjamas: Subaru
character who may or may not be there: Seishiro
character trying to teach a Sumeragi: Tree-san
is Tree-san making some progress with that? maybe...
research for today: a reread of 36° chapter 6 was in order to get Nandaro-Tree-san right.

quote of the day:
The petals he touched turned a brilliant white. "What do you want?" Subaru demanded sharply.
…for my Sakurazukamori to do his duty…

"We made a mistake." Seishiro, dead-serious, came out of the darkness into the pink glow of the Sakura's wide crown. [A mirrored Dreamwidth post | read comment count unavailable comment(s) at DW | post a comment at DW | How to use OpenID ]

Feeling : determined determined
Squeaky [userpic]
Issue with notifications

Hi Gang!

It appears that Yahoo/AOL is blocking all of our emails from the site again. There really isn't anything we can do to prevent this. It is also causing some other emails to be delayed. We highly suggest, if possible, to use another platform for email. Yahoo does not provide a method for us to contact them.

The main cause for this is Yahoo/AOL users using the “report spam” it “report email” functionality in their email client or in your web based email. Always report spam comments here on the site and then delete them from your email if they are unwanted. These reporting functions are what is causing our emails to be blocked at this time.

typographer [userpic]
Friday Five (don't be like them edition)

It's Friday! Nearly the end of May. In the U.S., we're on the brink of Memorial Day weekend... which snuck up on me because time feels like a fog.

It's been drizzly and cool this week. Most of my flowers are wildly blooming, and there have been lots of bees flitting from flower to flower. I just wish work wasn't so freakishly busy that I could take a few more breaks during the day to enjoy it. On the other hand, I'm really glad I still have a job. So...

Meanwhile, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Jane Roe Confesses Anti-Abortion Conversion ‘All an Act’ Paid for by the Christian Right.

Exclusive First Look at New Photograph of Blues Legend Robert Johnson.

This Alaskan man is making a 14-hour boat trip to Costco every week to supply his entire city with groceries amid the pandemic.

Scientists Might've Found the Most Dangerous Place in Earth's History.

My faith instructs me to stand up for LGBTQ neighbors.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



What happened to the gay sex scenes in ‘God’s Own Country’?!

SCOTUS, Incl. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, OK Trans Prisoner's Surgery.

Johnson & Johnson pledges to pay repair costs for Pulse memorial defaced by white supremacists.

For gay triathlete, sport helped him get sober and saved his life.

The ‘gender critical’ feminist movement is a cult that grooms, controls and abuses, according to a lesbian who managed to escape. Uh, I thought we all already knew this?

This Week in the Pandemic:



‘Straight-Up Fire’ in His Veins: Teen Battles New Coronavirus Syndrome .

‘Clear, uniform, national’ coronavirus guidelines needed for U.S. air travel, Sen. Cantwell says .

The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarmingly high rate.

Unpacking The Mask Debate.

Catholic church in Houston closes again after 3 priests test positive for COVID-19.

This Week in Deplorables:



Inside Trump’s coronavirus meltdown - What went wrong in the president’s first real crisis — and what does it mean for the US?

US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests.

McConnell admits he was lying when he said Obama administration failed to leave a pandemic playbook .

Haters Petition PBS To Cancel LGBT Pride Series: It’s An “Attack On Christianity And God’s Design For Sexuality”.

Arizona attorney general “actively pursuing” right-wing troll Jacob Wohl.

In Memoriam:



Annie Glenn, speech disorder advocate and wife of John Glenn, dies of coronavirus complications at 100.

White House Butler For 11 Presidents Dies Of COVID At Age 91.

Fred Willard, ‘Best in Show’ and ‘A Mighty Wind’ Actor, Dead at 86 - Prolific comic actor and master of mockumentaries starred in Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond alongside Waiting for Guffman and This Is Spinal Tap.

Ken Osmond, Eddie Haskell on 'Leave It to Beaver,' dies at 76.

Lynn Shelton, the Brightest Talent in the Seattle Filmmaking Universe, Has Died at 54.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 5/16/2020: This is not about freedom.

Tuesday Tidbits 5/19/2020: That’s not faith, that’s stupidity.

Adventures in feeding the birds and squirrels… and some blogging weirdness.

Videos!



Pioneering Gay Newsman Randy Price Chokes Up As He Signs Off After 38 Years:



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Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine: A Closer Look:



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It's Time to go BACK TO THE FUTURE! | Reunited Apart with Josh Gad:



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The Miracle Sudoku:



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Amazing - Space Rocket built with 1 Million Matches Really Flies - Match Chain Reaction:



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Rushlight [userpic]
New promo pic

Just taking a minute to share the new promo graphic I made for the Dragon Mage Chronicles:





I'm really getting into this whole graphic design thing. Making my own book covers, designing my own promo pics.... It's really a lot of fun, and a great way to exercise some creativity while I'm waiting for edits on my new book to get finished. ^_^

In related news, Firedrake is almost ready to go! I can't believe how fast it's all going. Before I know it, I'll be neck-deep in Wardrake edits and then this whole wild and crazy adventure will be over. The thought of that makes me feel a little bit sad, kind of like a parent sending my child out into the world for the first time. It'll be all grown up at that point.

For those of you who have purchased the books, or sent me a note to let me know you're enjoying the stories, or even to offer me encouragement and wish me well, THANK YOU. I really do appreciate each and every one of you, and all of the encouragement that you've given me. I'm so excited to get this series finished and out there for all of you to read and enjoy. :)

Konstantin Boyandin [userpic]
Post post scriptum

P.S., "Post scriptum" - "после написанного"; думаю, это одно из десятка латинских аббревиатур, которые знает большинство населения. Как минимум те, кто в школе научился хотя бы читать.

Применительно к литераторам, этим словосочетанием также можно назвать привычное (или не очень) для человека состояние по завершении очередного опуса (не так даже важно, "magnus", "modestus" либо "parvus" - великого, скромного или малого). Полагаю, тут как у любого душевнобольного (виноват; как у любого, преодолевающего психические испытания), всё обостряется и проходит по-разному.с этого места подробнее )

Feeling : busy
Ny [userpic]
The 100 and Schitt's Creek and My Birthday

Today is my birthday. It was lovely.

Wife went out and got us breakfast, we both had taken the day off. Then we spent most of the day watching two very different shows with one very important thing in common.

Schitt's Creek and The 100.

What do they have in common? Multiple characters, including leads, who are part of the LGBTQ+ community AND universes where Homophobia doesn't exist. All love is on equal footing and no difference to be found between straight and same sex relationships.

Unfortunately on The 100 this means that the LGBTQ+ characters aren't immune to horrible dark fates. But in SC it means the opposite, the LGBTQ+ characters aren't immune to beautiful loving futures.

SC has already finished its run. The 100 started the beginning of its end tonight.

This means 2020 will bring me COVID and the end of two of my favorite all time shows. FUCK 2020!

I hope this is a new beginning though. I hope more shows will look like this in the future. :)

felaries65 [userpic]
"THE CLOCKS" (2009) Review





"THE CLOCKS" (2009) Review

While perusing the list of novels written by Agatha Christie between 1957 and 1973, I noticed that only five of them featured Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as the main detective. Five out of sixteen novels during this period. Considering how the author used to churn out Poirot novels and short stories like nobody's business in the previous decades, I could not help but wonder if the author's interest in the Belgian detective was on the wane. Read more... )

beatrice_otter [userpic]
The Dreaded Homonymn List

Homonyms are words that sound the same but mean different things (and are usually spelled differently).  They are the bane of writers, ESPECIALLY in the modern era, because spellcheck often doesn't catch them.  So if you aren't sure which one is which, or just make a mistake ... your first line of defense isn't going to help.  (Also, ironically, I misspelled "homonym" and had to go back and fix it.)

Anyway!  Here is a list of common homonym fails.  If you aren't sure of something, you can check it here.
The Big List of Common Homonyms ) This entry was originally posted at https://beatrice-otter.dreamwidth.org/404363.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

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