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I'm a Finnish fanficcer and University student. I write stuff occasionally. The best way to find my works is on AO3: [archiveofourown.org profile] ExtraPenguin . I also have a tumblr: [tumblr.com profile] extra-penguin. I can also be found as ExtraPenguin on #thegoblinemperor and #yuletide on SlashNET. Pronouns are hard. (Ze/hir is probably the safest bet, though I do not object to he, she, or they.)

I mod the [community profile] space_swap and [community profile] coronationceremony exchanges as well as the past few iterations of the Bujold Fest.

Transformative works: I give blanket permission to remix, podfic, make fanart of, etc. any of my fics, provided that you list it as a related work on AO3 or otherwise make me aware of the result.

Main Fandoms For Which I've Produced Stuff:
Vorkosigan Saga (Lois McMaster Bujold)
The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison)
Honor Harrington series (David Weber)

I've also written the first english-language Yoko Tsuno fic on AO3 and some other one-off stuff. All of it's on AO3, even the stuff prompted and originally posted on Tumblr, DreamWidth, or #thegoblinemperor on SlashNET.

My fandoms are near-exclusively SF novels. Other interests include horses, feminism (in the non-Tumblr-SJW, non-academic way), symphonic metal, vicariously experiencing emotions via the rants of others, stroking my hateboners for some things, and writing origfic.

If I do socially step on your toes/kick you in the face, please tell me so that I can not repeat it. Asperger's means I missed all the social cue stuff growing up.

(Last edited: 15 Jul 2017)

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An exam! On stuff I mostly sorta know, but anyway. Better revise. So, busy.

In the meanwhile, the collection for my exchange Coronation Ceremony (monofandom The Goblin Emperor) opened with 22 works. Read the fics and look at the arts.
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11. A song that you never get tired of
Within Temptation - Faster
(lyrics)

It's just so ... idk, uplifting? Enthusiastic? I'm proud of all my scars is a sentiment I want to get behind wholeheartedly. Also, throwing oneself into one's life and enjoying it in the moment.
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I, um, did another book-inhale yesterday. Dichronauts, in true Greg Egan fashion, requires some background reading from the author's site to figure out WTF is going on. Mostly because I was a bit confused by the coordinate system. (The Sun rises and sets; the migration happens because the axis of rotation is tilting, not because of the Sun's movement.)

The main characters, Seth and Theo, are in a symbiotic relationship, where Seth (a Walker) sees along the East-West direction and can move, and Theo (a Sidler) echolocates along the North-South direction and subsists off Seth's bloodstream. They share inputs, and have a sort of telepathic communication. Everyone in their society is a symbiont pair. The reason for this arrangement is that instead of three space and one time dimension, there are two space and two time directions. They live on the surface of a hyperbola hourglass thing, and the axial dimension is time-like, so light can't go there – but sound can. The plot is basically an excuse to explore this world and all its weird geometries, but the world is interesting and the exploration well-executed, so I don't mind. Egan also goes into some of the societal tensions of Walker-Sidler relations, and based on the noms spreadsheet, someone seems to want fic of that for Yuletide.
extrapenguin: Artist's rendition of the Ashhawk from Ninefox Gambit, with the text "From every spark a fire". (ashhawk)
Yuletide season is here. I have my noms in (Kerbal Space Program, Uplift, Pushing Ice), other people have nommed Vorkosigan Saga for its perhaps-actually-final hurrah (988 fics, up from 963 last year), and some things I've heard nominations rumors of (Dichronauts, Machineries of Empire) are interesting and perhaps offerable. Dichronauts is physically here and next on my to-read list, and I have finally ordered The Raven Stratagem, so I can request/offer that as well. (Please read the series. Ninefox Gambit was excellent, and I have it on good authority that The Raven Stratagem is a fitting continuation.) If someone noms The Stars are Legion, that is also a thing I could offer/request. Lots of nice science fiction books! If I have the time, I might go through the tag set's Books & Literature section and separate out the sci-fi books, sorted by how many there are in the series :P

Oh, and this years Yuletide tagset's ID is 1998. The most recent one (when looking at the tag sets page) is 2013. Soon we'll have (had) more tag sets than years in the Gregorian calendar.

EDIT: Might as well make a Ninefox Gambit/Machineries of Empire icon, no? Imgur mirror here. Pose ref, texture. Quote's the Kel motto. Use wherever, mention me somewhere when you start using it.
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10. A song that makes you sad
Sirenia - One by One
(lyrics)
The lyrics are about not being able to help someone with their demons, but what the bit that resonates with me is I've been dreaming for far too long/And my dreams all break one by one, which. What if I've been sitting here dreaming, letting doors close all around me, when I should have been doing something more to make those dreams reality? – I recognize that this is mostly a reaction to the inevitable narrowing of the possibility cone that comes with ageing, but, well, what if the doubts are right?

I can only snatch spare moments from the jaws of time. Live. Live. Live.
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I have acquired a terrible flu, and am frightfully bored, because I want to go outside and exercise, which is ... not advisable. Instead, I made inroads into more of my to-read pile.

The Stars are Legion
Firstly, it's a standalone, so no nail-biting wait for a squillion sequels.
Secondly, the back cover blurb doesn't quite capture the thing.

Despite the fact that it's first person, I liked it! (Especially the "Lord Mokshi, Annals of the Legion" bits that preface each chapter.) There are two narrators, Zan and Jayn. Most of the narration is from Zan's POV. The premise is that there is a Legion of organic world-ships who are decaying, but cannot leave their position – apart from one empty one, Mokshi, which Zan is sent to get into. By Jayn and her family. Zan has succeeded repeatedly, but each time she comes back without her memory. Now, Jayn's faction isn't the only one, and there's lots of interesting politics going on.
All the inhabitants of the world-ships are women, and the ship somehow makes the women get pregnant and give birth to components – gears, etc. The ships do have metal frames, but they're patterned off humans and have arteries and such. There is some gore and body horror, though I could read it, and I'm not at all a fan of body horror. If pregnancy squicks you, skip this one.

spoilers )

On a related note, I am accepting book recs for science fiction. On a semi-related note, I tried getting into Fran Wilde's Uplift and bounced off the teenage first-person POV protagonist. I'll probably try it again later, but oh well. If that doesn't work, I have a younger sibling who's into fantasy.
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9. A song that makes you happy
Delain - Stardust
(lyrics)
(Okay, perhaps more satisfied-content-happy than overjoyed-bursting-happy, but I actually prefer content-happy.) I love star and space metaphors. I have no idea WTF is actually going on, but it might be a generation ship perhaps? It'd fit the "left the Earth to die" and "all light in hollow eyes is stardust" bits. And the "bring me the Sun and Moon" and the memories being left behind etc. Hmm, maybe some sort of psychological trouble? Anyway, a potentially interesting plot idea lurks within.
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So, after this being a thing recced to me by like 10 squillion people and every Worldcon panel ever, I inhaled it in one sitting. It is now past 21, and I have yet to eat dinner, but: so worth it!

It's military science fiction where the basis of the military tech is interesting, the battle scenes are well-written, there's an intrigue component going on simultaneously, and it's got casual bisexuality! It's pretty much exactly what I wanted from Iain Banks' Use of Weapons, and resembles Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice in some ways. The best way I could describe it is Ancillary Justice meets one of the Vorkosigan saga's Admiral Naismith books. The cultural stuff in Ninefox Gambit feels innovative enough, and it's certainly got a fresh take on things. I'll add the sequel, Raven Stratagem, onto my birthday books wishlist.
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It's autumn! University's in, work is now part-time, and the weather is cool enough that I don't melt!

I have recently-ish shared some poetry of mine with some real-life friends. They liked it. I suppose I'll publish 2017's crop somewhere in January. Do any of you know good places to self-pub poetry, or should I just stick it on Amazon?

Speaking of Amazon, I got a crop of books! Updraft and The Man Who Bridged the Mist are fantasy with engineering stuffs, Ninefox Gambit and The Stars Are Legion are MilSF that's hopefully not hilaribadly regressive, Blindsight, Dragon's Egg, and Dichronauts are weird science (and aliens) SF, and I got a nonfiction book on an English cholera epidemic: The Ghost Map. Now, I just have to figure out what to read next...
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On the one hand, I understand that mostly befriending other socially undeveloped nerds-in-person-suits means that a lot of emotion-related stuff is handled poorly, if at all, and am okay with taking the spills. On the other hand, all of this drama was avoidable.

(As for what happened, well: "I'm having emotions! Let me dump them on you!" "Um, okay." "...How should I handle them?" "NOT LIKE THIS.")

Well, I did get called good at this social interaction business, which was confusing.
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8. A song about drugs or alcohol
Jenni Vartiainen - Malja ("Grail", "Mug", "Cup" ... the word has a large semantic field.)
(lyrics + translation)
I don't have all that many songs about drugs or alcohol, because, well, "I drank lots of ethanol!" isn't a topic of songs that interests me. This one's in my library due to the fact that it's also about anguish, in a way. And today, this speaks to me and my longing, sorrowful heart.

The breadth of human emotion, from the most ecstatically fleeting heights to the very depths of despair, is a beautiful thing, but I wish only that I could avoid sustained-ish downswings.
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7. A song to drive to
Breaking Benjamin - Blow Me Away
lyrics
It's reasonably active without being aggressive, so alertness-inducing, and the rhythm's nice. And, after an inevitable post-con crash in sentiment, I require something that tells me that yes, I'll be the one who saves us all.
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I slept in an hour, then visited the art show and did a final round of stuff-buying.

Read more... )

Then there were the closing ceremonies, which were nice, and then I went home and crashed. I think I'll skip San Jose 2018, but Dublin 2019 is a place I plan to go to.
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Saturday, I went to the con on less than enough sleep (since I was getting rather rank on Friday and had to shower => half an hour + away from my sleeping time). Here are my notes.

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They started moving stuff into bigger rooms on Friday. Here are my notes:

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The early bird gets the worm, so I identified all the panels I Really Wanted to go to, then went to queue at least 40 minutes before they started. I mostly went to the science things, since I was at least partially there to get some writing mojo and inspiration, and also if I've already encountered an idea, re-encountering it later makes learning it then easier. Here are my notes on last Thursday beneath the cut. (Updated 18.8.)

Oh, and Worldcon has put up videos of some of the panels, plus the opening ceremonies.

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I arrived, registration was painless enough, and then I went to do panels. They had seriously underestimated the amount of people attending on Wednesday, so everything was packed, and I didn't fit into many panels. Have my mostly unedited notes from last week.

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6. A song that makes you want to dance
Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance With Me (link to a video with a movie dance compilation)
lyrics
This is also a song that cheers me up immensely. It has even managed to acquire YouTube comments (typically the dreg pits of lost faith in humanity) such as "This is one of the most beautifully crafted music videos I've seen on this site. Every scene matched the beat, rhythm, tone, and mood of the song. This is what makes a great music video."
In slightly related news, I have connected with a local queer in a maybe perhaps romantic way. I'm certainly grinning like an idiot. Let's see what happens.

I also survived Worldcon! I'll be putting up my panel etc notes for each day a week late – ie, I'll start with Wednesday's on next Wednesday, and so on and so forth. I managed to read two and a half books queueing up for stuff: Jussi Katajala's Nollameridiaani ja muita tarinoita (a compilation of shorts, from refreshingly Finnish to refreshingly un-American to utterly intriguing, to my knowledge untranslated but should be worth a check), Emmi Itäranta's Teemestarin kirja (aka Memory of Water; pretty much at the litfic end of what I like reading, but very immersive in worldbuilding and I loved all of the water metaphors), and half of Alastair Reynolds' Pushing Ice (so far, typically Reynoldsianly dark and gloomy like gothic metal, but with an intriguing premise).
Other purchases include O.E. Lönnberg's Langanpäitä (a drabble collection, signed by the author who was also the sales clerk), Shimo Suntila's Tähtiviima (a collection of shorts, set in space probably), Alastair Reynolds' Revenger and Century Rain, Stephen Baxter's Xeelee: An Omnibus (seemingly an omnibus of his Xeelee series), three T-shirts (both the Worldcon 75 ones and the Dublin 2019 one), two necklaces for my LARP-a-woman needs, and a space-related oil painting triptych (expensive but very much worth). Freebies include the souvenir book and Giants at the End of the World: A Showcase of Finnish Weird, ed. Johanna Sinisalo & Toni Jerrman.

Artists whose work I liked include: Hannele Parviala (twitter, example art), Lisa Konrad (official site), John Granacki (official site), Sergey Shikin (interview & example arts), Vitaly Yekleris (I think this is his pinterest and here are some book covers by him, but I can't really be sure), Minna Louhelainen (official site), and Eeva Turkka (twitter, an art).
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5. A song that needs to be played LOUD
Amaranthe - Razorblade
lyrics
This is the most positive and encouraging song I know. I like to put it on when I'm feeling discouraged – it tends to fix the world. <3

Tomorrow, I go to Worldcon. Other stuff: the egg donation place called me back and I have a mandatory doctor's appointment related to that in a few weeks. Additionally, one of the people I messaged on an internet dating site messaged me back, and we're meeting next Monday. Let's see what happens. <3
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With regards to things that must be done sometime but not now, I am a human disaster zone. At least I have lots of friends I can ask favors from, and that is the story of how I am actually going to be able to do Worldcon in a proper fashion rather than commute back and forth from my current location. (Technically doable, but deeply unpleasant.)

I am practicing some singing techniques to help with vocal stamina whilst instructing the newbies at work. Also trying to figure out where my "relaxed vocal vibration" point is – turns out it's quite low! Attempting to reconnect with it and rebuild my voice around it. (My Finnish is closer; my English is inexplicably a few semitones higher.)

Coronation Ceremony's sign-ups are done (my least favorite part of running any exchanges: waiting for the countdowns to finish so I can move to the next stage), and everyone was matchable! I even successfully massaged some loose ends into the loop! Now, I look at my assignment and try to recover my writing urge. It's mostly a question of attitude + letting the proto-ideas percolate. As an aside, I always let AO3's random come up with an assignment for me when I'm modding – it makes for a way more interesting experience!

But tomorrow, I'm off to a friend's – so I need to pack for the weekend. It'll be the most north I've been by 33.5' N – about 60-odd km, if I'm doing the math right. Well north of 60, in any case. I must pack.

(One day I'll visit the polar night. One day, I promise myself.)

(Visiting south of 60°N is all well and good, but even my current 61-and-a-bit is a bit surprisingly southern for a place to live. (What can I say? I like my winters long and dark.) If only there were any potential jobs in my field near, idk, Iisalmi. That seems to be close enough to The South that it's possible to go there if necessary (albeit not as a day trip), and a small enough place to be chill. OTOH, my parents still own my childhood home #1 near here. It's in a valley. Maybe that'd be enough. Maybe I just have to find a job in my field in ... Canada?)

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