lizbee: (LoK: Young Lin)
Title: Gravity and Lin
Song: "Into the Spin" by Dessa
Warnings: cartoon violence, needles (acupuncture), fast cuts, white flashes
Notes: Vidding is easy, everyone should do it. *weeps quietly into wine*

Streaming at YouTube | Download (98MB mp4) from Dropbox

Lyrics and more detailed notes )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin and Tenzin (back to back))
So what have you been up to? / Major life changes? Same old same old?

Oh, you know, work, sleep, watch TV, write.

I'm trying to get fitter and a bit healthier, on account of all the heart disease and DIABEETUS in my mother's family. To that end, I've invested in a Fitbit One, a bike pump and a key to the locked bike cages at the station three kilometres away.  It's going well!  I seem to have more energy, and I cracked 16km/hr on my bike last night. (Admittedly by taking a different route, one with fewer stop lights and more trucks, but, you know.)

I can't remember if I blogged about it here, but in April I moved out of my last sharehouse and into a tiny flat in the inner west.  It is DELIGHTFUL, except that it's always my turn to clean, and for reasons I guess I'll discuss below, I did no cleaning at all last week, and have regretted it ever since.  I'm basically procrastinating right now, before I start washing ALL THE DISHES.  (Literally.  All the dishes I own.)

ETA: I have washed all the dishes.

What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?

Legend of Korra!  Specifically the Lincentric part, because cranky middle-aged superheroines are love, and I still adore the complexity of the Beifong family's dysfunctions and the impact they had on Republic City.  

Where do you hang out online?

Twitter, Tumblr, and I'm still blogging about social justice, pop culture and auscore with [personal profile] yiduiqie  at No Award.

What are you reading?


I started The Dark Forest, the second book in Li Cixin's Three-Body Problem trilogy, but the library's ePub is super buggy -- turning pages takes 15 seconds, and it loses my place every time I put my Kobo to sleep.

I meant to try it on my iPad, but accidentally started reading The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett instead.  Only a million years after everyone I knew in Harry Potter fandom was obsessed with Dunnett's books, I'm finally reading them myself.  They are quite hard work!  Rewarding, but also a challenge, especially if you're an instinctive speed reader like me.  I really have to force myself to slow down and find the plot hidden in the dense prose. 

Oh yeah, and I'm also reading A City Lost And Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne, which is a combination of urban archaeology, local history and a working class-eye view of the twentieth century.

So, you know, just a few things. 

What are you watching?

I've been watching The X-Files!  I'm into season 9, and ... look, I knew the last few seasons had a bad rep, but there was a point back in season 4 when I really looked forward to Mulder leaving.  

I have regrets.

But I am determined to finish the damn series, and I really like Doggett, and Reyes has a lot of promise, although she feels like a much more nebulous character than any of the others.  And I liked the bit in the season 8 finale where Skinner shot Krycek in the head. 

What are you making?

So the reason I cleaned nothing last weekend is because I needed to finish revising the novel I wrote and submit it for the Ampersand Prize.

It is a middle-grade contemporary boarding school novel, which I started back in 2012 and kept having to put down because I was busy with other projects.  I finished it a few months ago, knowing that it needed heavy revisions, and when I found out that the Ampersand Prize existed, I realised that I absolutely had to enter it. 

You see, my original pitch to myself with this novel was "Malory Towers with a social media policy", only as it turns out, the school is co-ed and social media isn't really a factor in the story at all.  And the Ampersand Prize is run by Hardie Grant Egmont, which publishes the Enid Blyton school stories that inspired me. This could work against me, but I figured that made it worth a shot. 

Anyway, it was finished last week, and while I don't expect to win, long-listed titles often get editorial notes, which I would value a lot.  I'm trying not to think about it too much until it's all over, though.

Now I'm tossing up three ideas for my next project, trying to decide which to write next.  All require research, and I plan to use NaNo as a time to do a very rough first draft/outline/getting to know the story and figure out what it wants to be type of thing.  

Since I'm equally excited about all three projects, I'm thinking that I'll go with the one that has the most international and commercial potential -- I guess I'll talk about it in more detail in a locked entry -- but it's hard to choose. 

What are you squeeing about today?

I'm honestly pretty excited that the bathroom is clean. 

(Signs you may in fact be a grown up...)

If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...

[personal profile] violetisblue has taken out a restraining order to make me stop recommending the Avatarverse to her. 

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!

This was a recurring theme at Continuum, and I'm speaking to the choir a bit here, everyone should read The Steerswoman and sequels by Rosemary Kirstein.  

What else is on your mind?

Why do I have so many surfaces that require dusting?
lizbee: (LoK: Lin smiling)
Title: The Sisterhood
Author: LizBee
Rated: general
Spoilers: book 4 of Legend of Korra
Notes: So the idea that Zuko is Lin's father started out as a joke, and then I kind of fell in love with the idea, and now I can't see it any other way.

Summary: Lin wants something Izumi can't give her. 

The moment she stepped off the royal airship, Fire Lord Izumi, in defiance of protocol and family tradition, threw her arms around Chief Beifong. )
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I haven't completed a vid in aaaaages, but I have the urge. Of course, I vid rarely enough that every time I try, I find I've gone and changed operating systems, and have to start all over from scratch.

(Why isn't Sony Vegas available for Mac? It was such a NICE program. Then I found a site that said Kdenlive, the delightful Linux video editor I used a few times, was available for Mac ... and it is, but via some high-level workaround stuff. I just want to vid, dammit!

Anyway, my n00b level question -- when you real vidders talk about clipping, what do you mean? And what software do you use?

What I THINK you mean is that, before the vidding begins, you go through and cut out the clips you want to use, so you're not sitting there with ENTIRE EPISODES or ENTIRE MOVIES in your video editor when you're making the actual vid. Is that the case? Because it certainly seems like an easier way to go about it. But what software do you use if you're on a Mac? Or am I heading off in the wrong direction all together?
lizbee: (Random: lush (Lalla))
On No Award, about 5000 words of discussion of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword. All those words, and we didn't even get around to complaining about the Ghost Gate, and foolish persons who DON'T GO THROUGH THE GHOST GATE WHEN IT'S RIGHT THERE, I MEAN, COME ON, PEOPLE.

Companion Piece is now available for pre-order from Amazon and BookDepository.  These are for the hardcopy editions; ebook pre-orders will be available in the near future.
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Been a while, eh? Here's what I've been doing in the meantime...

(Mostly my own stuff, reblogs only when I've added something of substance.  I mean, I figure you've all seen the stuff that gets reblogged already, right?)

Legend of Korra stuff

Post-finale (oldest to newest):
Pre-finale (newest to oldest because I forgot to order them!):

...everything else
Well, that takes us back two months.  You can probably get the highlights for the rest if you check my Lin Beifong tag.  I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM, I CAN STOP ANY TIME.  But also, did I mention I sold a short story and co-edited a book?

lizbee: Mid-shot of Lin Beifong, a slight pout on her lips (LoK: Lin (pout))
Title: ("Royals!")
Author: LizBee
Rating: All ages
Characters: Lin Beifong, Suyin, various others
Notes: I have to apologise to [personal profile] archangelbeth, who shared her headcanon that Lin is Kuei's daughter, and therefore next in line for the Earth Kingdom throne. Because I have taken a perfectly good crack theory and treated it seriously, but also given it the worst possible title (I've had the Lorde song in my head all day, shut up) because none of my friends stopped me. Uh, spoilers for the book 4 trailer and the name of a new character.

Summary: Lin discovers (a) who her father is and (b) that she's the new Earth Queen. She's not delighted.

'And baby, I'll rule (I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule)' )


Sep. 3rd, 2014 06:50 am
lizbee: Mid-shot of Lin Beifong tilting her head thoughtfully. (LoK: Lin (head tilt))
The danger of taking a few minutes out of your lunch break to post fic: of COURSE you're going to mess up the cut tag and lose the first few paragraphs.

"The Hidden Stars", now with end, middle AND beginning.

Grover voice: Oh, I am so embarrassed...
lizbee: Lin Beifong, hands raised for a fight (LoK: Lin fights)
Title: The Hidden Stars
Summary: You can't see the stars in Zaofu.
Notes: Spoilers.
Rating: Teen

Lin's good mood carried her through the afternoon and well into the evening. )
lizbee: Close-up of Korra's face as she smirks (LoK: Korra)
Title: The First Step
Summary: Lin offers Korra companionship in her recovery.
Rating: Mostly G with PTSD and allusions to suicide and Lin's time as a prisoner of the Equalists?
Notes: Spoilers through to the end of season 3.

Korra got Asami to take her out to the cliff that overlooked the statue of Aang in the harbour... )
lizbee: Korra smiling, her face at three-quarter view (LoK: Korra's firebending test)
It's not through any lack of love that I didn't do a LoK post last week -- just that I was in immense pain on Saturday, and pretty much watched the episode, went to the movies to see Guardians of the Galaxy, stopped in at a friend's birthday drinks, then went to bed at 5.30 in the afternoon. And the rest of my weekend was spent catching up on everything I didn't do on Saturday.

(I was awake for a period on Saturday evening, during which I ate dinner and drew this, which went on to get more notes than anything I've ever drawn. Painkillers, man.)

Anyway, I threw some semi-coherent thoughts at [personal profile] nonelvis last weekend, and here they are: Spoilers )

And then 'Long Live the Queen'. )
lizbee: (LoK: Lin and Tenzin (DVD cover))
Title: Stack Your Stones
Rating: General Audiences
Pairing: Lin/Tenzin

Summary: Tenzin hears about Suyin's arrest.

'Children aren't as simple as we'd like to think.' )

Life goal

Jul. 25th, 2014 09:21 am
lizbee: Lin Beifong, hands raised for a fight (LoK: Lin fights)
I've never done Yuletide before, but I'm prepared to make an exception if I can submit First Dog on the Moon as a fandom. Mostly so I can get someone else to write me fic where Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin infiltrates Border Force ("Honk"), but also because he's great and stuff. (Further archives.)

My other life goal is to not be the only Lin/Asami shipper in fandom, but just for now I'll settle for persuading fans that giving their fan comic to Bryke won't net them a job writing for Legend of Korra in any medium. Don't Give Fan Works To Creators. Maybe we should start teaching it in schools?
lizbee: Chief Beifong sits at a table, looking unhappy (LoK: Lin is unimpressed)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Lin Beifong, Suyin Beifong
Additional Tags: Sisterhood, Mother-Daughter Relationships, Dysfunctional families
Summary:  For Lin and Su, reconciliation means addressing their mother's failings.

'She never came,' Lin said suddenly. )


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