mayhap: Clint drinks straight from the coffee pot (Clint/coffee)
It's probably just as well that I don't live in Japan or I would be far too tempted to scoop up all of this adorable Café Inui merch. How can you say no to delicious probability 100%?

Meanwhile, Peter Moylan is serving the rest of the Royals coffee drinks out of his locker, including a signature drink involving espresso and chocolate milk over ice that he calls a "Sledge-iatto". Yum.
mayhap: hennaed hands, writing (Default)
Some years ago I found a copy of The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery, Volume III in a used bookstore, and I've never read it because, among other reasons, I'm constitutionally incapable of starting anything with Volume III. Some time during Femslash February I got frustrated that there wasn't more Anne/Diana fic, especially higher-rated fic (and seriously, why isn't there more Anne/Diana fic?), which extremely indirectly led me to finally put in an interlibrary loan for Volume I, 1889-1910, which I then in due time received. It makes for really fascinating reading. LMM burned all her previous journaling attempts at fourteen and started fresh, so it doesn't quite take her from Anne's age to author of Anne of Green Gables and its first sequel, but it's close. Young Maud (without an 'E') reminds me of her various young heroines in flashes while seeming to me like her own very different person.

The low-hanging fruit of biographical criticism is that LMM, raised primarily by her own aloof grandmother, returned again and again to stories about young girls who melt older women's hearts, so it surprised me that contemporaneously, at least from fourteen onwards, Maud barely mentioned her grandmother in her journal at all. Generally she alluded to her grandparents collectively, or if either was singled out for particular mention, it was her grandfather, pretty much always in the context of how they hampered her social life. Her focus as teenager was very much on writing about her relationships with her peers, male and female. It was only later, starting in her mid twenties, that she began to write about her childhood in retrospect. After her grandfather died, Maud was forced to live with her grandmother in order that she could stay in her own home, which probably had not a little to do with how the role of the older woman became so prominent in her work. The way she describes it, she found these things much more painful to remember than she thought that they had been to her at the time, which I think does comport with the way she presented herself in those earlier journal entries.

I hadn't read anything about either her long unhappy engagement to a man whom she realized, more or less the instant that she accepted his proposal, that she couldn't stand to be intimate with, nor her torrid love affair with a man that she didn't respect and had already decided that she would never marry but whom she could barely keep her hands off of. By her account, they got pretty hot and heavy, having ample alone time in the house where they were both boarding, and on one occasion only narrowly avoided having sex when she, though strongly tempted, refused. It seems like this was her only real experience with physical attraction, at least thus far, and it pretty much just made her miserable. By the end of this volume, she is engaged to the man she would marry, Ewan Macdonald, and knowing what I've read in passing in other sources about their marriage, it was like a horror movie as she talked herself into the engagement.

I was also surprised how little she wrote about her writing in her journal. Notably, she sprung Anne of Green Gables upon it as a fait accompli, which is rather amusing. She does then mention working on the sequel in subsequent entries, more like what I would expect.

I only realized after I'd finished reading the selected journals that this book was coming out in a month: Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery. It's a YA novel that looks to begin when she's fourteen, where it can draw on the journals, and climax with her sadly necessary decision to move back to Cavendish with her grandparents because her father's new wife is awful. I've placed a hold on it as well to see if it's any good.

Sidenote, mostly relevant to my own interests: teenaged Maud was apparently an avid and skilled baseball player. ♥ She says they played a modified game of ball at recess, and described another game, at a celebration of the Queen's Birthday: "After dinner Mr. Stovel made some bats and we all went over to the lake and had a game of baseball. It was glorious. Mr. S and I were on the same side and we just made things hum. We won the game, too."
mayhap: Alex Gordon wearing his glove on top of his head (glovehat)
Struggling to come up with a name for an original character? Why not use one of these fine suggestions from the 1995 Super Famicom game Fighting Baseball? They are incredible. Like, literally incredible.
mayhap: (Hosmoose celebration)
HBO Partners with Major League Baseball to Promote Game of Thrones Season 7

Although I think A Song of Ice and Fire would pair better with American football, and not just because [Bad username or site: grrm @ livejournal.com"] posts about football weekly during the season. I really want an AU where all the provinces of Westeros have football teams, or possibly are football teams, and the plot of the entire series is translated into seasons of football games, but I don't understand football nearly well enough to actually write it even if I would ever finish it, which I wouldn't.

agonomancy

Feb. 26th, 2017 09:37 am
mayhap: Alex Gordon wearing his glove on top of his head (glovehat)
Spring training games, are, of course, completely meaningless scrimmages with no bearing on anything, except when my team wins one, in which case they are clear portents of a successful season.
mayhap: (Captain Comeback)
Alex Smith mic'd up at Pro Bowl practice

I can't even adequately explain why this is so delightful to me. It's just. Green is Philip Rivers's comfort color, okay?

I have been given to understand that the NFL Pro Bowl is for losers which is why I will definitely be watching. Honestly, a game with no real stakes sounds kind of soothing.
mayhap: watercolor star over a hill (le plus beau et le plus triste paysage)
I had something running through my head about how I felt about sports teams like Rudyard Kipling felt about dogs—they're just so gosh-darned adorable that I keep adopting them, knowing full well that mostly what they do is break your heart.

What I had in mind was injuries, trades, and playoff losses, though. Not this: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura dies in Dominican Republic vehicle crash at age 25. It's the saddest fucking thing.
mayhap: sad Mac black and white icon (sad Mac)
Life is meaningless and full of pain.
mayhap: (Captain Comeback)
Way back during Week 1, after the Chiefs rallied from a 21-point deficit, Melissa Etheridge tweeted this:



(And I discovered that Melissa Etheridge is on Twitter, and mostly tweets about Chiefs football and jigsaw puzzles. It's kind of adorable.)

Well, today on Good Morning Football she followed through and played a little song called "Alex Smith, I Love You."
mayhap: (whatever the hell)
Happy 260th (or, possibly, 262nd) birthday, Alexander Hamilton!

mild cards

Jan. 8th, 2017 06:56 pm
mayhap: Atobe looks sort of disgusted and incredulous (o_O)
Four games, no upsets, and none of them were even particularly close. Yawn.

Realistically it was always going to be the Steelers next week. I'm sure Andy Reid has been decorating his sheet cakes accordingly.
mayhap: Tezuka looks disappointed (eyes closed)
Mariners getting OF Jarrod Dyson for RHP Nathan Karns

I fucking hate this trade. It doesn't make emotional sense or baseball sense. It does cut payroll, though, which is the only thing David Glass cares about this offseason, apparently. I mean, sure, you're replacing a guy who was insanely affordable for his production with a giant box of question marks, but at least they're cheap question marks! Piece by piece we're replacing our team identity with pieces of castoff trash. It's a good thing David Glass can't actually sell the 2015 championship or I'm sure that would be gone too.
mayhap: (Captain Comeback)
Reviving this feature because it's wild card weekend eve and you'd probably wonder why there is suddenly NFL content on your friendslist, and the answer is that [personal profile] ionthesparrow incepted me into it.

(How did I end up in another sports RPF fandom where there isn't enough fic and most of it is for a team that I won't read? The Patriots, in this case.)

This Won't Hurt (15506 words) by ionthesparrow
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: National Football League RPF, Sports RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alex Smith/Dustin Colquitt
Characters: Alex Smith, Dustin Colquitt, Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles
Additional Tags: Kansas City Chiefs
Summary:

The average NFL QB stands 6’3” and weighs about 225. The average quarterback career runs about 6 years, depending on who you believe, and allowing for the variance generated by guys like Blanda and Favre, and all the cup-of-coffee players littering the other side of the bell curve. All that makes it seem Alex is sitting pretty square in the middle of things, average in all senses of the word.

But Alex has always been exceptional.


Utterly gorgeous story of how Alex Smith found a home in Kansas City in 2013.


Take, Eat (3440 words) by ionthesparrow
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: National Football League RPF, Sports RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers
Characters: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre
Additional Tags: Sex Is Not The Enemy
Summary:

Brett always gets to say where. Brett always gets to say when.


Deliciously messed-up, scorchingly hot.
mayhap: straw goat drinking coffee with text yule goat (yule goat)
This year I wrote Ea-Nasir Tablet RPF for [personal profile] jjhunter for Yuletide:

Say to Them (2604 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ea-nasir Tablet RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ea-Nasir, Nanni, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Correspondence, Legal Documents, 5 Things
Summary:

Five undiscovered texts pertaining to the life of Ea-Nasir.



You may have heard of the Ea-Nasir tablet, which went a bit viral on reddit, tumblr, etc, a while back. It's instantly relatable: the ur-customer service complaint, if you will.

At one point while I was working on this story I joked that I was living the classic stress dream wherein you realize that you have a final research paper due in a class that you have never attended. That was basically how I ended up approaching it—as I was looking up stuff about the world of Ea-Nasir, I kept coming across great stuff that I wanted to work into my story somehow, which in turn led me to look up other things, and so on. Pretty early on I settled on doing a 5 Things fic, with five different scribes and five different texts, with Ea-Nasir's direct response to Nanni's tablet at the center, and at the last minute I went through and annotated a bunch of things for the edification and enjoyment of my readers.

Incidentally, [livejournal.com profile] coercedbynutmeg, the entrepôt where Ea-Nasir acquired the copper that Nanni wrote him an angry letter about was none other than Bahrain.
mayhap: watercolor of a girl looking down (a face like a glass of water)
I am the luckiest Yuletider in the world! I got this long, perfect sequel to a book that is as obscure as it is beloved by me:

A House For Me (12120 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Woman in the Wall - Patrice Kindl
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anna Newland/F | Francis Albright
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Growing Up, Chicago (City), romance between stepsiblings
Summary:

How Anna Newland made herself at home in Chicago.


And this delightful treat about my favorite baseball players:

Life On Line (1082 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Baseball RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lorenzo Cain & Salvador Pérez
Characters: Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Pérez
Summary:

Salvy visits Lolo in the off-season. Lorenzo wishes he'd stop calling him that.


I just realized, reading both stories together, that the common thread running through all three of my requests was people being pushed outside of their comfort zones in various ways.
mayhap: indistinct screencap of hands with text My hands are the best part of this episode (Sark hands)
This video where Vikings defensive end Brian Robison goes around asking his teammates who on the team would make the best hand model is incredible. The Vikings may be struggling on the field, but their locker room game is still on point.

Edit: Replaced link to video with HD version. Thanks, NFLVideoConverterBot!
mayhap: animated gif of yule log burning (yule log)
Dear Yuletide author,

I am so excited that we matched on one of these fandoms and I can’t wait to read whatever you write this Yuletide!

I enjoy a wide variety of stories, all year round but especially at Yuletide. I like short, punchy stories and longer, plottier stories, explicitly porny and/or kinky stories and coy stories that are all about the teasing and the implications, stories with some kind of meta angle to them and stories that engage with the source material 100% on its own level, stories with unusual pairings and stories that are strictly canon pairings only, if applicable.

Baseball RPF
Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Pérez

I love the close relationships among all the various Royals players, but the single most entertaining one for me would have to be the ongoing bromantic comedy starring Salvy and his beloved hermanito Lolo, now showing at an Instagram near you. I definitely ship it, but I would also adore a story about them as teammates. I love all the horseplay, the giggling, the amazing locker room music choices. I love the way Salvy gets hearts in his eyes and LoCain struggles to maintain a straight face as he tries to fend off the camera.

I also just love baseball and everything about it, so any and all baseball-specific stuff in a story would totally thrill me. I really enjoy RPF that incorporates various real life references along with the stuff that didn’t happen and is totally fictional and would prefer not to receive the sort AU where they are something other than baseball players.

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë
William Crimsworth, Frances Evans Henri, Hunsden Yorke Hunsden

I am fascinated the role that Hunsden Yorke Hunsden plays in this story, which is one of the things that makes it so different from Villette. From the beginning he alternates between needling William and performing these extremely thoughtful favors for him, although it's not always easy for him to get under William's skin since William perversely enjoys some of his bluntness. He brings out such an interesting side of Frances when he meets her, too -- I love that promptly she gets into three arguments with him in a row, and the third time she doesn't even believe in the argument she's making; she just wants to fight with him!

I'm particularly interested in a story set when William and Frances are living in England and Hunsden is their neighbor. I love how he has apparently latched onto their family in lieu of starting their own, especially the way he seems to practically be a coparent to Victor. I would love more about their daily life as it's sketched all too briefly in that last chapter, or a story about something that happens as Victor gets older and goes to school, as William worries about.

I would also love threesome fic! William would be almost hopelessly scandalized by the prospect, I think, and probably Frances too, but then with the dynamic both she and Hunsden have with William where they love to tease him I can imagine it working out somehow. I do love stories where characters fumble their way into unusual relationships or sexual practices without quite knowing what they're doing or having the usual vocabulary to talk about it, which is sort of what I would picture. But I also absolutely love them the way they already are together, so it is totally up to you.

The Woman in the Wall - Patrice Kindl
Anna Newland, Francis Albright

I'm especially interested in futurefic exploring how Anna interacts with the outside world, set any time after the events of the book. I love her highly distinctive perspective and her willingness to explore unfamiliar and intimidating things but also judge them. I'd be curious to see her navigating any or all of: a new home, the city of Chicago, the late 90s internet, and of course her new blended family. I don't have a strong preference for whether you get or keep Anna and Francis together, but I do find it fascinating that the first person Anna gets to know who is outside of her immediate family, which is such a huge step for her, ends up being brought into her immediate family after all, and how, if at all, she would explain the complexities of that relationship to outsiders.

Most of all I just love this very peculiar book, with its very implausible premise worked out in such extensive detail, and I'm interested in whatever story it should happen to inspire you to write.

I am [archiveofourown.org profile] mayhap on AO3 and [personal profile] mayhap on DW crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] mayhap on LJ for stalking purposes. Happy Yuletide!
mayhap: Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole in Becket (Becket)
T. H. White apparently read the same book that Jean Anouilh did—Augustin Thierry's Norman Conquest of England—and wrote this note in its endpapers:
[With Thomas Becket the King] seems to have had one of the most important relationships of his life. Sodomy was a Norman vice, and Becket beautiful as well as strong, but there need have been no physical relationship. Indeed, it is most unlikely. But he did have a most intense emotional relationship with Becket, and I have no doubt that he submitted sincerely to the rods… Consider this fat, grey-eyed, bloodshot, strangely attractive sportsman kneeling to be whipped before the tomb of that beautiful person whom he had personally known to be a saint long before he was canonised, who he had persecuted all his life ("hell knows no fury like a woman scorned") and whom he had driven to revolt because he loved him and could not for that reason permit him to live his own life. Henry is a very real person.

(quoted in T. H. White's The Once and Future King by Elisabeth Brewer)
mayhap: illustration of young girl consulting tattered map (Dave McKean)
What I've been reading

Well, I've mostly been watching the Olympics, except for when I've been watching the Olympics and a baseball game at the same time. (That's pretty disorienting, especially when the announcers start talking about gymnasts warming up in the bullpen.)

But I did reread "The Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang—just the novella, not the whole short story collection—after I saw the trailer for Arrival during the Olympics and was very confused by the idea of a movie being made out of that story as I remembered it, although I wasn't entirely sure how well I remembered it.

On reread, the trailer definitely has them changing a bunch of stuff about the setup for no immediately apparent reason that isn't necessarily important either way, but makes me wonder even more how on earth they've attempted to represent the important part of the story, which the trailer doesn't even really hint at. Which, I mean, it shouldn't; that would be horribly spoilery. But I'm so curious! How did they even end up making a movie out of something so seemingly unfilmable? I'm so curious now!

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