Félix Saparelli

(about me)

a.k.a. passcod

Monthly update: May 2017

Posted on May 10 ‘17

This is a monthly-update

It has one parent: Monthly update: April 2017

I only started writing this update on the 28th April, so it might be a little shorter than usual.

Birthday

May 4th was my birthday, which I learned a few years ago coincides with the (unofficial) Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you”). I turned 24 this year. I don’t really feel twenty-four, but oh well.

Star Wars fic

New working title is: In the pale Darkness of Dawn. Casing tbc.

Due to conferencing and traveling and the effect that has on my writing as well as a very unfortunate (and frustrating) bout of flu or cold or whatever in the last week of April, I didn’t get as much writing done as I’d hoped.

I have about 6k of material written, but I do have a fairly large amount of notes and a good outline for two of the four threads in the fic. So it’s not too bad. And now that I’m nearing the final design of this fic (or have already achieved it? it’s hard to tell), it should go much faster.

The form of the fic has also evolved from more traditional prose in long sections and chapters, towards smaller single-scene sections ranging from 600 to 1500 words in length each, and then organised in semi-chronological order and grouped in chapters. It’s a particular form, and it provides interesting possibilities, like making it very easy to present the same scene from multiple point of views, almost in a side-by-side manner. It’s also much closer to my own ‘natural’ writing style.

Play By Play

I went to Play By Play! Both the festival (for two of the days) and the conference. I tweeted a bunch. Honestly, I’m not a game developer. I think it’s something I might want to do later on?

Mostly, I went because I wanted to do something different, it sounded like a cool event, and I knew there would be some great talks at least. (There were!)

So soon after NZ.js(con), it might have been too much city and crowd at once, though. I was mostly fine during the festival days, which I spent sometimes at the expo space and a lot walking around Wellington (eating stuff and drinking coffee and climbing up Mt Victoria like I try to do everytime I go to Welly), but on the day of the con… I think I blanked out for most of the morning shuffle, at least until talks started really going. And after the con, I was definitely frazzled; I was so out of it and wanting away that I walked in completely the wrong direction for a good kilometre before I realised!

So, I won’t be going down to cities and crowdy events for a little bit.

I did get a nice haircut out of it, though.

Cargo Watch

I released Cargo Watch v5.0.0. It’s bittersweet because it’s kinda giving up on the original project that made Notify a reality, but I eventually realised that I really had no interest in implementing and maintaining the intricacies of process groups and restarting servers on three different platforms, and that Cargo Watch is a cargo tool.

So now we embed watchexec, which does all the stuff I don’t want to do way better than I would ever have done, and leaves me to crafting a cargo-focused experienced, with cargo-specific features, and geared precisely at development workloads and use cases. It feels like a breath of fresh air.

Docker on BSD

I briefly attempted to get Docker running on FreeBSD (the native implementation) in the view of running Kubernetes on FreeBSD on Digital Ocean, but quickly got disabused of that notion when I tried running trivial containers and got fatal and critical errors straight out of the gate. So much for that idea.

Catflap

A small single-purpose development tool for server reloading. Initially from a feature request on Cargo Watch, I wrote it instead as a separate tool for Linux/Mac/Unix. The name Catflap is both because it’s a small door that you install so that you don’t have to constantly open and close and open and close a door, and as a play on the netcat tool.

I was initially skeptical of the benefits, but testing it convinced me!

Fanfiction

I’m going on a strong Star Wars (all eras confounded) bender. I avoid Kylo/Rey (extra ew) and Kylo/Hux fics because ew, and I like time travel fix-it fics. Mostly I’ve been impressed at the depth and breadth of the verses crafted, and the large currency held by Queer-abundant fics. It “makes sense” to have genderqueer and varied sexualities in a universe where there’s several dozen species cohabiting with each other, among a few thousand worlds (sometimes the scale of it all boggles the mind), but it’s heartwarming every time.

I’ll certainly be adding a bunch of references and homages to some of the best fics out there into my fic, mostly in passing-by references to names and places. If you’ve been in the fanficdom, you should be able to pick out a few!

Something that’s been interesting to notice is fics and authors that were influenced by the Re-Entry fanfic epic. You see, in Canon (and Legends) Coruscant has a 24-hour day. In the Re-Entry fanon, though, Coruscant has a 26-hour day. Well, in many non-Re-Entry fics that should AU from Canon or Legends, and that state it as such, you get mentions of “25th hour” or “there isn’t more than 26 hours in the day” while in the Coruscanti Jedi Temple (or elsewhere on planet)!

Exceptional fics within those I read this month:

  • {SW Legends} The entire Re-Entry and Journey of the Whills corpus.

    An epic masterpiece. {50k + 1k + 11k + 37k + 18k + 30k + 32k + 27k + 25k + 23k + 25k + 53k + 55k + 2k + 76k + 16k + 28k + 21k + 24k + 7k + 1k + 1k + 17k + 33k + 3k + 6k + 10k + 33k + 9k + 10k + 6k + 36k + 14k + 6k + 7k + 5k + 8k + 10k + 11k + 13k + 12k + 7k + 7k + 10k + 9k + 19k + 8k + 13k + 13k + 12k + 8k + 13k + 11k + 15k + 12k + 7k + 10k + 9k + 20k + 18k + 11k + 21k + 26k + 20k + 21k + 24k + 27k + 33k + 3k + 79k + 22k + 24k + 33k + 2k + 11k words atow}

  • {SW} More Than Our Makers Intended.

    Excellent fic both in the romance/ship side and in the PTSD side. Notably, actually gets that Rey comes from a desert-world where water is precious and food was scarce and she is used to work and also not used to have food be guaranteed. Similarly, that Finn was a trooper in an extremely harsh and conditioned army, where even trivial-for-bacta medical issues were more often than not resolved with blaster-aided disappearances. Also great at non-binary and queer genders and sexualities in a wider universe without making it be a super minor discreet story element (like some novels do, like they want to have it but also are afraid to bring it front and center). {26k + 26k + 4k words atow}

  • {SW} heart in a headlock.

    Well-written, really, and has good emotions… I would have liked Rogue One to go more like this, I think. The depiction of Leia in this fic helped me re-evaluate a plot point that always bothered me in my fic, and that I’m going to change now. {53k words atow}

  • {SW} Back From the Future: Episode IV The Clone Wars.

    Has a fairly unique narrative style and form that I’m going to liberally borrow from, and not just because it seems tailor-made for my style and cadence of writing. I had been despairing of the glueing work I’d have to do to make my fic work, and the rewriting of scenes to comply with One Narrative, but this is much better. Story-wise, this is well done, both in plot that is organised and yet still surprising, in style which is “crack that takes itself seriously” and manages that perfectly, in humour both wordplay and plot irony and situational, in character development as well as characters stubbornly refusing to change, for good and bad. {107k words}

  • {LotR} Sansûkh.

    Another incredible epic fanfic. I really like both the concept and the execution, and have healthy respect for the huge amounts of research and outright creation that must have gone into it. The character growth shown and told for everyone involved is first-rate. The use of Sindarin and Khuzdul is appropriate and not overbearing, which is very well done indeed. And the language style itself, that manner of speaking… I love that. (Also the massive amounts of recursive fanart displayed throughout is both heartening and frankly quite cute.) AND DID I MENTION the vast diversity of cast! Gay/bi are merely common, colour is varying and fine, neuro-atypicals are well-represented, and a/bi/trans-gender characters! That’s right, with a plural! Not just two, either. Now that’s greatness. {518k words atow}