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Tomorrow, Sunday 10/23, 9:30 pm EST, I welcome you to the Takarazuka Flashback Project’s next stream of converted VHS vintage takarazuka, Tango Argentina (Hanagumi 2000) and the revue Prestige (Tsukigumi, 1996). I'll try to open the stream a half hour early with some music or clips from other revues.

Contrary to what I originally believed, it does not feature tango in Argentina. No, it features an Argentinian immigrant (I think) dancing tango in Paris. Because he’s an artist, and all artists must live in Paris, obviously! Also it features characters angstily dancing their feelings about World War I and a happy ending.

Prestige starts out as a dignified revue, and then degenerates into delicious crack. I heavily endorse it.

There will also be a morning stream on Monday 10/24 at 10:30 am EST.

Everyone welcome! (Even if you don't know me or anything about Takarazuka.)

You can find the stream here: , and you can check what times these are in your timezone at the Takarazuka stream schedule here:

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Saturday morning Takarazuka Flashback Project video livestream!

The show from Action! (aka Action! Act 1) starring Saki Asaji plus the Jazzmania revue starring Makoto Tsubasa!

11 am EST, Saturday10/1!

Action! is a sf/fantasy crack show set at Christmas including robots, drunken wannabe rockstars and body-swap as well as Saki Asaji’s sunny, goofy smile. Jazzmania is a jazz-themed revue great for Makoto Tsubasa’s voice and Old Hollywood savoir faire... with random added anachronistic machine guns and silver lamé.

You don’t need to know anything about Takarazuka (sparkly genderbending musicals) or speak any Japanese to enjoy this stream, I promise! New fan-friendly!

You can find the stream here:

Don't worry, I probably won't double spam your journals in future, I'll be more prepared and know both times. Have patience, I'm new at this!

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First ever Takarazuka Flashback Project video livestream!

The show from Action! (aka Action! Act 1) starring Saki Asaji plus the Jazzmania revue starring Makoto Tsubasa!

9 pm EST, Wednesday 9/28!

Action! is a sf/fantasy crack show set at Christmas including robots, drunken wannabe rockstars and body-swap as well as Saki Asaji’s sunny, goofy smile. Jazzmania is a jazz-themed revue great for Makoto Tsubasa’s voice and Old Hollywood savoir faire... with random added anachronistic machine guns and silver lamé.

You don’t need to know anything about Takarazuka (sparkly genderbending musicals) or speak any Japanese to enjoy this stream, I promise! New fan-friendly!

The link will be posted on this journal, closer to the time.

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I’m almost ready to stream the first batch of classic 90’s/early 2000s Takarazuka rips from Kadorienne's Takarazuka VHS collection, and I’m trying to decide when to do it and what to show first.

You don't need to know anything about Takarazuka (sparkly genderbending all-female Japanese musicals), livestreaming video and chats (just click the link!), or me (seriously, this is open to all fans.)

I'm trying to decide which shows and revues to show first, and what times to show them. If you're interested, please click the poll!:

Poll #17671 Takarazuka Flashback Project
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 0

What shows do you want to watch first?

Cesare Borgia, Tsuki (Stabby, vaguely incesty, Rennaisance Italy)
0 (0.0%)

Tango Argentina, Hana (There is tango, in Argentina)
0 (0.0%)

Prisoner of Zenda, Tsuki (Identical cousins, court intrigue, 1800’s)
0 (0.0%)

Dal Lake no Koi, Hoshi (Beautiful and angsty in India, no brownface)
0 (0.0%)

Action!, Hoshi (Fantasy crack show at Christmas. Robots and body-swap)
0 (0.0%)

What revues do you want to watch first?

Prestige, Tsuki (Mix of legit and crack)
0 (0.0%)

Revue ‘99, Hana (Extra long revue with some classic Takarazuka songs)
0 (0.0%)

Jazzmania, Tsuki (High quality jazz-themed revue)
0 (0.0%)

Action’s revue, Hoshi (American pop themed. Extensive Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson sequence)
0 (0.0%)

At what times could you generally watch an online stream?

Thursdays, 9pm- midnight EST
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Fridays, 9pm-midnight EST
0 (0.0%)

Saturdays, 9pm - midnight EST
0 (0.0%)

Sundays 1pm-4pm EST (rarer)
0 (0.0%)

Wednesdays 1pm - 4 pm EST (rarer)
0 (0.0%)

Wednesdays 11am - 2 pm EST (rarer)
0 (0.0%)

Fridays 1 pm-4pm EST (rarer)
0 (0.0%)

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A close friend of mine has some Takarazuka rarities on VHS, and as you may know, a couple months ago, the last manufacturer of VHS players stopped making them. So for her personal use, archival purposes, and streaming possibilities, she’d like me to convert them to digital files or dvd, well, somehow.

The less said about my sad attempts with EasyCap, the better.

(Since VHS is now officially an obsolete format, and these items are not, and never have been, available on DVD, I really do feel we’ve done our ethical due diligence, although I understand if you disagree.)

A number of options and brands are discussed online, but I’d really love to hear from people who have done it themselves, what worked for them.
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So I showed a bunch of Takarazuka (all-female Japanese musicals) @con-txt and I promised people I’d give them a rundown online so they can explore more. Here it is!

“Guys and Dolls” from the 2002 Moon Troupe aka Tsukigumi production starring Shibuki Jun

The TI Project sampler disk ( skipping Quiz Hexagon, The Flower Halftime Show, The Lovers’ Suicide, Tale of Two Cities and Phantom.
Cocktail ( skipping the Tequila basketball number.
This tango number to Libertango starring Yoka Wao and Hanafusa Mari
Hikari to Kage from Legend of the Galactic Heroes, aka the “Let me dubcon you into accepting my fealty and also my glowing prosthetic eye” number. (No, seriously, it’s amazing, watch it.)
Yami ga Hirogaru (the “Let me seduce you, young prince, I am male but Death and therefore this isn’t gay, but it totally is” number) from, I believe but am not sure, the 1996 Star Troupe aka Hoshigumi production of Elisabeth
(Note: Sorry to everyone who made awesome suggestions that I didn’t use this time. I haven’t been able to find the clips you suggested, but I’ll keep looking!)

P.S. The Takarazuka Fan Podcast has just released an episode on how to get into Takarazuka, if that's relevant to your interests.
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As distinctive a visual figure as she is, Captain Phasma has not actually had many lines. Yet few as they are, they are consistent, painting a very distinctive verbal picture. There is such a thing as a specific Phasma voice. As a dialogue obsessive writer, I felt the need to collect and analyze it all, and since I put the work in, I felt that I might as well share it.

Collected here is every line of Phasma dialogue which I could find at the time of writing this. If I am missing any lines from The Force Awakens, Before the Awakening and Poe Dameron #2, let me know!


Phasma's speech patterns are precise and educated, bordering on formal. In all situations except her short period as a hostage on Starkiller, she projects self-assurance. Arguably, she is fully aware of this effect, and using it intentionally.

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Also available on Tumblr here:
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I have long loved Star Wars and Star Wars fic, since long before TFA was a gleam in Disney's eye. I have Han/Luke zines, okay? But anyway TFA happened and rattled around in my head, and I got struck by a fic idea that seems obvious to me but no one has done yet, and it's eating my brain. And weirdly, I think it will be good practice and training wheels for the orig fic that I still keep poking.

The fic's not going to happen any time soon, because grad school, and it may not pan out, but I'm sufficiently invested that I've already filled up a mini-notebook with notes for the damn thing, and I signed up for a fic tumblr just (and pretty much only) so I can join the mini version of the Star Wars Big Bang (I suspect I'll end up writing more than mini, but baby steps, baby steps).

TLDR, here's where you come in: I already have my hands on the original trilogy, Before The Awakening, the TFA Visual Dictionary, and TFA Cross Sections. Can anyone suggest other good sources to glean more information about the TFA-era state of the New Republic, any details about the First Order and the political state of the galaxy?

Also, is anyone interested in helping me work out world building stuff, subplot brainstorming, and so on? It wouldn't be terribly onerous, I just need someone to babble Star Wars at me and tell me which ideas sound good and which ones have massive holes. I have learned the lesson of George Lucas: ask smart people who are not yourself what they think!
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So apparently for all my thinking and dreaming of Yuletide, I got the day of signups wrong because I was in the middle of %$&%^$ midterm papers and missed it.

DAMMIT. I have never missed Yuletide before.

Well, I guess I'll just have to treat or pinch hit. And do [community profile] fandom_stocking 

I feel really down about this.

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Meet Frank and Sadie Doyle: Toast of the upper crust, headliners on the society pages, and, oh yes... They see ghosts! Think Nick and Nora Charles, but minus dog and baby, plus being experts in the supernatural. I love it so very, very much.

Beyond Belief is a podcast radio show that's part of the "Thrilling Adventure Hour" anthology podcast - for a typical case, a great example episode is "Caped Fear". (Did I mention it stars Paget Brewster as Sadie Doyle?)

Ill-met in Amtor (or The Wrath of Con) (2057 words) by Grey_Bard
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Thrilling Adventure Hour
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Frank Doyle/Sadie Doyle
Characters: Frank Doyle, Sadie Doyle
Additional Tags: Humor, Fans, Conventions, Work Contains Fandom Elements, Beyond Belief, Based on a True Story, Except for Moloch, 1930's fandom wank
Summary: Frank and Sadie face down blue beverages, warring fans and an angry blood god.

Join Frank and Sadie Doyle as they walk beyond belief in tonight's episode Ill-met in Amtor, or The Wrath of Con )

Or read it on AO3 here.
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Here's Luna, my foster cat! She literally showed up on my doorstep last week - my roommate opened our apartment door and in she ran. Within minutes, her previous owner turned up looking for her, informed us that he didn't want her, and left. Which is ridiculous, because she's adorable, healthy, well-behaved, friendly, and only about 6-9 months old.

Here is Luna showing off how friendly she is, by rolling around on my pillow in glee. You can even hear her purr toward the end.

And here's Luna viciously attacking a ribbon!

If you live in the greater New York City area and want a cat, let me know!
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Or, rather, it was two weeks ago. Ah well, better late than never.

This year I got a wonderful Yuletide fic in for the podcast radio show Beyond Belief on the anthology podcast "The Thrilling Adventure Hour", Gnoming Me, Gnoming You (1014 words) by janiejanine.

It was a whole lot of fun and everything I could have hoped for, which was rather embarrassing, since this year I was forced to default on my wonderful assignment, because after signups, I found out I would have to move and find a new apartment. Unsurprisingly, this ate my life and made it impossible for me to finish on time, causing me to bow out.

After the deadline, once I had moved, I was able to finish a Yuletide Treat, but the fic I started for my assignment is still in limbo. Sorry anonymous recipient! You'll get a surprise small fandom fic, um, sometime.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Okay, first off, don't panic!Fic preferences )

The Fandoms:

Mother of Demons - Eric Flint )

Note: This is one book with no sequels and is available free and legal in this zip file!

Safehold Series - David Weber )

Nantucket trilogy - S.M. Stirling )

The Thrilling Adventure Hour ).

Note: Beyond Belief (the show on Thrilling Adventure Hour) has been around for a long time, but because the show is so episodic and self contained, you can get the idea in one 20-25 minute free episode.

For a typical case, a great example is "Caped Fear"

For a wonderful and hilarious example of Frank and Sadie away from home and Beyond Belief making fun of a fictional source (in this case, Indiana Jones) I recommend "Sarcophagus Now"

And for a fun look at Sadie's best friend, Donna Henderson the vampire, not to mention their bigger, world-saving adventures, "When Cthulu Cthalls"

Mathnet )

This was a long series, but fully episodic, so for a taste of this math-themed police wackiness, just watch any Kate Monday episode of Mathnet here on youtube, and you're good to go!

Guardians of the Galaxy Comics )

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 So in a fit of enjoyable madness, I took part in the test round of Bad Bang, which is like a Big Bang, but terrible. Wonderfully terrible. Ficcers write intentional humorously bad fic and receive art that is outrageously terrible! And the feedback is just as bad! There are about 80-something fandoms covered, and it is more sheer ridiculous fun than anything I've done in a while. 

Go, go forth and read the Bad Bang if you dare! And leave equally silly feedback, perhaps.
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Digger is a wonderful, Hugo-winning fantasy comic classic featuring a good-hearted and matter of fact wombat coping with gods, hyenas, quests and killer squash in what starts out seemingly whimsical and random, and turns out to be epic and heartclenching and incredible. Don't take my word for it, it's all online for free!

But hey, you don't have to have read it yet to read my Digger fic, I swear.

A Long Evening of Delicate Work Right There (1387 words) by Grey_Bard
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Digger (Comic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels, Murai, Grim Eyes
Additional Tags: Ghosts, Storytelling, Mid-Canon, Ghost Stories, Misses Clause Challenge
A wombat, a hyena and a priest tell ghost stories and wish for alcohol.

Grim Eyes was chasing a rabbit, vaulted over a log, and landed on a porcupine, which was a long evening of delicate work right there )
Or read it on AO3 here


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Call and Response (2252 words) by Grey_Bard
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Temeraire - Naomi Novik
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Perscitia & Temeraire
Characters: Temeraire, Perscitia
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Dragons, Humor, University, Cambridge, 1870's, Futurefic, non-human protagonist
Series: Part 1 of With an eye to the future...

Summary: Dragons, higher education and excerable poetry... Excerpts from the historic correspondence of Vice Chancellor Emeritus Perscitia OBE PhD PhD and the dragon Temeraire, circa 1870.

Note: Hey guys, let's play spot the stealth crossover!
Temeraire: What is this I hear that you have retired indefinitely to Australia? )
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Okay, first off, don't panic! It's not that I'm really asking you for bizarre moresomes, it's just that there are several specific characters I would like you to pick from. Okay? Cool. I'm very okay with optional details being optional, though I definitely want at least ONE of the non-optional requested characters to be the main character of the story.
Likes and dislikes )
The Fandoms:

Safehold Series - David Weber  )
Nantucket trilogy - S.M. Stirling  )

Mother of Demons - Eric Flint  )
The Course of Empire - Eric Flint & K.D. Wentworth  )
Now You See Me (2013)  )
Les Contes d'Hoffman - Offenbach/Barbier  )
P.S. Check back in a couple days for links to some of these fandoms legally for free!
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 Lo the glorious age of the netbook is ending, much to my rage. Old faithful staggers on, crisis to crisis, homebrew fix after fix. Meanwhile, I suspect it has six months or less to live. Whatever I replace it with will probably belong to the last generation of netbooks ever.

Here's the thing: I have just bought a Pan Pacific Defense Corps sticker. Should I give it to my stalwart "Gipsy Danger" or hold out for Striker Eureka?

(Oh come on, I can't be alone in seeing the parallels.)

Poll #14382 11 inches of awesome
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5

"Gipsy" or Eureka?

View Answers

"Gipsy Danger"
1 (20.0%)

Striker Eureka
4 (80.0%)

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So a couple of weeks ago, a bunch of fans came over for the premiere of SHIELD. I met[personal profile] watersword , who turned out to be cool in person, [personal profile] seanchai  and [personal profile] elspethdixon  brought amazing peanut butter fudge and an old Star Trek friend rounded things out. And then this Tuesday, my former-temporary-roommate (Welcome to New York!) plus a new friend of [profile] mosellegreen 's from Tumblr dropped by for the second episode.

And you know what? It was worth all the dirty dishes. Totally worth it.

Everything is better with other fans around.

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Conveniently, two of fandom's most anticipated premieres this season are on the same night at different times! This calls for a viewing party, and since no one else in my general vicinity appears to have volunteered, I will jump on that grenade of fun.

Wait, something's wrong with that metaphor...

ANYWAY. September 24 at 8pm is the premiere of Joss Whedon's Agents of SHIELD. At 10pm is the season 3 premiere of Person of Interest. My plan (should you choose to accept it) is to gather interested New York City area (fanfiction) fans at around 7, engage in post-premiere discussion and hanging out at 9, and those interested in Person of Interest and/or who aren't worried about missing their train home can stick around for Part 2 of the premiere shenanigans. No you don't need to particularly know me.

Now, ideally, I would just have all of you over to my place and food, alcohol and beverages would be free. I'm conveniently located near the M and L trains, only 30 minutes from midtown! However, I know a lot of fans feel more comfortable in a public location, and/or in midtown Manhattan. So an alternate option is reserving a table at a respectable midtown bar that allows us to dominate one of their upstairs TVs. However, this would mean all of you have to at least buy an overpriced juice or soda, and there is a possibility we might get mistaken for a bachelorette party. What would you come to?

So! If you're interested, here are your options:
Poll #14212 Premiere party!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 1

I want to come and...

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I'm interested in a house party premiere
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I'm interested in a bar party premiere
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I'm interested in this party either way
1 (100.0%)

I have a better idea and will tell you about it
0 (0.0%)

Phooey, I can't come but I want to!
0 (0.0%)

I'm not interested, but wish to tell you that
0 (0.0%)

If you, for some reason, can't/don't want to use a poll, feel free to vote in the comments, in a private PM or in email to fitzrose @