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: 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: 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: (champions)
There's just nothing fair about this incredible 6-3 double play from last night. Carlos Gomez had just broken up Ian Kennedy's no-hitter with a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth. Marwin Gonzalez followed it up with a bloop that by rights should have fallen for a hit in an awkward spot in shallow center. Instead, Alcides Escobar raced out, made a sliding over-the-shoulder catch, popped back up to his feet and doubled Gomez off with a long throw to first. There's a reason they call him El Mago.

Once more, with Statcast.
mayhap: hennaed hands, writing (Default)
Longtime readers with good memories will remember my debilitating obsession with a photograph of Bill Gates from his high school yearbook. Well, he's just painstakingly recreated it for a reddit AMA verification photo and it is amazing.

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mayhap: two hands reaching with text Grip tape is love (grip tape is love)
I went downstairs and found my mom using the YouTube app on the bluray player to watch compilations of Salvador Pérez's Instagram videos.

The last I knew, she had no idea that there was a YouTube app on there or how to do anything with it.
mayhap: Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Pérez celebrating (hermanos)
Met's Lucas Duda is an Instagram Star, Whether He Likes It or Not

Apparently, documenting your teammates against their will on Instagram is A Thing, and I love it. Is this not a form of fanwork? Who says that pros can't be fans of their fellow pros?


Oct. 20th, 2015 10:36 pm
mayhap: Chris Young pitching for the Royals (tall for no reason)
Yesterday's Royals game was a bit alarming, I'll admit. With two more games to be played in Toronto, things could have gotten very messy very quickly. Which they did…for the Blue Jays.

I wound up deeply pitying the Blue Jays pitchers, who included two old men, a rookie, and a position player, the last of which is apparently a first in the history of postseason baseball, all desperately attempting to keep something in reserve for tomorrow without actually letting the game continue until tomorrow, and giving up 14 runs in the process. Ultimately, the Royals did not actually need to run the score up that much, as they also held the Blue Jays to two runs, but it was fun to take the wind from beneath their wings.

This piece about Chris Young, posted before the game started, is easily the finest piece of humorous sports writing I have read this year. I love watching him pitch.
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I haven't actually read any of these yet, but I thought I'd link them for [ profile] coercedbynutmeg and anyone else who might be interested in Rose Wilder Lane's writing outside the Little House books.

I am so close to getting my hands on a copy of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography! Only sixteen people ahead of me!

These books are all available to download or read online at any time:

The Making of Herbert Hoover (1919) is the solution to the mystery of why Rose Wilder Lane's papers are held in the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.

Charlie Chaplin's Own Story: Being a Faithful Recital of a Romantic Career, Beginning with Early Recollections of Boyhood in London and Closing with the Signing of His Latest Motion-Picture Contract (1916) is another, earlier biography, with an amazingly entertaining subtitle.

Henry Ford's Own Story: How a Farmer Boy Rose to the Power that Goes with Many Millions, Yet Never Lost Touch With Humanity (1917), likewise.

Diverging Roads (1919) is the only novel in the selection of public domain titles. It seems to be about a girl trying to make her fortune in telegraph operation.

These books are not exactly free, but you can check out ebooks from Open Library, or at least add your name to the waiting list, which is still pretty great:

Young Pioneers (originally titled Let the Hurricane Roar, 1932) is a novelized version of some of the same material that would later become On the Banks of Plum Creek. Under the original title the names of the characters were actually Charles and Caroline, but they were later changed to David and Molly; I'm not sure if any other changes were made at that time.

Free Land (1938) followed on the success of Let the Hurricane Roar but seems to be a less optimistic take on the same material.

Old Home Town (1935) is a collection of short stories originally published in the Saturday Evening Post which seem, from the introduction, to be aiming towards a sort of portrait of small-town life. Actual story titles: Old Maid, Hired Girl, Immoral Woman, Long Skirts, Traveling Man, Thankless Child, Nice Old Lady. I am not making these up.
mayhap: screencap of title page of Principi di Sciencza Nuova by Vico (Vico)
My Austen-loving former teachers on Facebook shared some positive reviews of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: a Musical, which has Jane herself a character, revising her manuscript of First Impressions into its published form.

Although I am thousands of miles from being able to check out the show itself, they have a large selection of demo recordings on their Soundcloud page that I've been really enjoying. My favorites are Not Romantic (Charlotte Lucas's song), Miss Bennet (the Lizzie vs. Lady Catherine showdown) and When I Fall in Love.
mayhap: Peter Marvolo Rabbit (eeeeeevil)
It's Nightmare Pairings time again over at [personal profile] mctabby's journal, any fandom, crossovers welcome, which is why I have taken a stab at outlining the possibilities of Sherlock Holmes/Angel Clare.

(Spoilers: It doesn't end happily for Angel Clare.)
mayhap: monks with text check out my gospel of mark fanfic / you are not a very good monk (Biblefic)
I reblogged this medieval illustration of Noah's ark from [ profile] discardingimages and remarked that its unusual grid arrangement reminded me of the Brady Bunch theme song. [ profile] redscharlach went one better and filked the whole thing. Go and read; it is delightful.
mayhap: wee Matilda reads a book (Matilda)
I just saw that Zilpha Keatley Snyder has died, coincidentally two days after I was moved to reread The Egypt Game. (I checked because it could have been the same day and it wasn't, but it was close.)

I also just learned that Mary Rodgers died back in June and that she published a book called Freaky Monday in 2009. I loved Freaky Friday when I was a kid and the 1970s New York it describes was far more fantastic to me than the idea of body-switching.
mayhap: Tezuka wearing Inui's collar (collar)
What I've been reading

I read Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics, because when I set about geeking out about a subject I like to be thorough.

I read The Voyeurs, which is one possible answer to the question how introverted and socially awkward can you be and still draw a compelling autobiographical comic? which, as an introverted and socially-awkward person, drew me in. Amusingly, her boyfriend during the first part of the period of time covered by this book was some French director named Michel who was working on some short films and stuff, and it wasn't until much later when she mentioned him leaving to make The Green Hornet that I realized oh, wait, that's Michel Gondry. (I am the only person I know who loved that stupid movie.)

I read March: Book One, the first volume of John Lewis's graphic autobiography, and it's really great.

I read Venus in Fur, the play by David Ives. Or rather, I was watching this bootleg recording of Venus in Fur, because I'd seen the gifs of Hugh Dancy on tumblr, and I was having trouble making out the dialogue at times, which is a problem in a talky play, but then I found this PDF of the script that maybe isn't supposed to be public but Google totally found it and that let me follow along. It's a meta play about a playwright who's written an adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's book and an actress who shows up to audition for it. I found it really smart and sexy, the smartness totally enhancing the sexiness for me.

I was then, for obvious reasons, inspired to reread Venus in Furs, and was honestly surprised by how funny I found it. For an absurdly masturbatory fantasy, it's oddly realistic about how tiresome and ultimately unsatisfying it might be to fulfill some dude's incredibly demanding 24/7 lifestyle. I think my favorite part though is how Aurora Rümelin was inspired by reading it to pursue a Venus in Furs-type relationship with the author, only to eventually write her own memoir about how tiresome and ultimately unsatisfying it was. Ahahahaha whoops. I'd really like to get ahold of that book sometime, because it sounds fascinating.

I also reread David Ives's classic collection of short plays, All in the Timing. Back in high school I assistant directed a production of three of them for class and it was awesome, even though we had to edit some of them for language ("You brought me into your freaking Philadelphia!").

I read, for the first time, another of David Ives's collections of short plays, Lives of the Saints. I was particularly taken by the one about the Maytag man who's in a relationship with a washing machine.

oh hi

Dec. 10th, 2013 09:59 am
mayhap: vintage topless woman reclines with book (one-handed reading)
I just saw that my Celia/Rosalind fic was recced in an eclectic femslash roundup on The Toast. That explains the influx of fresh guest kudos! My plot to achieve extremely niche press by combining "respectable Shakespearean pastiche and naughty femslash" is working!
mayhap: hennaed hands, writing (Default)
As I understand many other writing types do, I often gravitate to soundtracks when I put music on while I write. The absence of lyrics keeps the language processing centers of my brain free, and unlike proper classical music, soundtracks are written with the intention of staying in the background while you focus on something else instead of demanding your full attention.

One of my favorites is actually the soundtrack to a game I've never played, a cult favorite steampunk RPG from 2001 called Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. The composer's website seems to be down at the moment, but you can check out the cached version to read more about it. Basically, he drew on elements from medieval/Renaissance/early music for the motifs, but then scored it for string quartet, with a couple of tracks that incorporate percussion and synthesizer. It's really gorgeous and atmospheric, and also freely available to download, along with the entire score.

I highly recommend it, whether you're noveling or not this month.
mayhap: medieval tapestry bunnies with text plotbunnies (lagomorpha fabulae) (plotbunnies)
I got an idea for NaNoWriMo this year from an article that I saw the title of when it was posted on, so naturally I had to go back to find it again as November swiftly approaches. The articles section on is extremely dangerous, like if TV Tropes and Cracked had a baby who specialized in medievalism and had significantly higher standards for citations, so I ended up with the article I was looking for, dozens of other articles that are more or less pertinent to saga-era Iceland, and still more articles that are completely irrelevant to my current project but that I want to read anyway.

And then there was the article that I downloaded and read immediately, entitled "Murder, Mayhem and a Very Small Penis: Motives for Revenge in the 1375 Murder of William Cantilupe, Great-great Nephew of St. Thomas of Hereford". The first part of the paper is actually a great medieval murder mystery, although I skimmed it this part heavily on my first reading as I was looking to see where the very small penis came in, so to speak. And it did not disappoint. (Well, it did not disappoint me.)

Prior to being murdered, this William Cantilupe had an older brother, Nicholas, who married one Katherine Paynel, only to have her abandon him and return to her confused family five days later, alleging that her new husband completely lacked genitalia and that she would be burned at the stake if it could be proved otherwise. Naturally, Katherine's father blamed her for the problem, saying that "she was stupid and she knew not what she should do," but she continued to pursue her legal options, including being sent back to live with him twice for periods of two years each in an attempt to fulfill one of the requirements to receive an annulment for impotence.

The ensuing court case was messy. Nicholas was supposed to undergo a physical examination to determine the status of his penis. He "strenuously resisted" this, instead opting instead to coerce an oath from his wife attesting to his manhood by showing her the wall he intended to chain her to if she didn't swear it. The court was not particularly impressed by this maneuver and granted the annulment in the absence of Nicholas and his alleged penis, but oddly enough, the fact that he had managed to dodge the physical examination gave him sufficient grounds to receive permission to appeal his case to the pope, although it is unclear what he thought he would accomplish there, given that presumably the pope would also demand to see his penis, it being the crux of the matter.

His appeal came to an end when he died en route to Avignon, and nothing further was ever discovered regarding his penis. I know! After all that! The author hypothesizes that he may have had congenital adrenal hyperplasia. I mean, he was clearly hiding something.
mayhap: Pippin clutched in Gandalf's arm with text meddling in the affairs of wizards (meddling in the affairs of wizards)
As Yuletide season is already upon us, and NaNoWriMo is swiftly approaching, many of you may be casting about for suitable distractions to procrastinate with. (Hey, it's a very important part of my creative process!)

In that vein, I proffer Card Hunter, a cute and polished free flash game that is a sort of hybrid Dungeons & Dragons/Magic: the Gathering mashup. I am also mayhap there and I gather that there is presently a competitive multiplayer and some kind of prospect for a cooperative multiplayer mode, although I've just been playing campaign mode.

Conversely, if what you instead lack is NaNoWriMo motivation (and I'm looking at you here, [ profile] coercedbynutmeg), here is a copy of No Plot? No Problem! in original .epub and converted .mobi formats.

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