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Feb. 22nd, 2019 04:36 pm
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Good takes on Youtube:

Angie Speaks talks about how social justice mechanisms can be gamed by people cynically accumulating clout and social capital.

Sarah Z talks about how callouts and "cancel culture" disproportionately affect diverse content creators and diverse media.
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[personal profile] grzanka posted: Aromantic spectrum people’s relation to romance
The aim of it was to determine what kind of experiences relating to romance were most common among aromantic spectrum people and if those experiences differed between people identifying with different labels on the spectrum.

Some really cool findings! :D

Friday KatMari

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:47 pm
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Yes, I am still at it. While in Mariposa I mentioned it to my parents, who watched a few episodes and promptly tidied up some of their stuff, donating clothes and watching videos on how to fold vertically.

As always, please no negativity in comments. Cut for photos of bookcases and cats.

Here is a shot of my kitchen from a month or so ago.

Untidy kitchen with bookshelves and cat in box

Here is my kitchen today. (Still need a new table and chair. That is way overdue.)

Moderately tidy kitchen with bookshelves and cat

Here is my memoir bookcase, with Jewish, Chinese, and oversize books on top. (Some overflow memoirs are elsewhere.) You can tell when categories change because the alphabet-by-author starts over from the beginning. It goes something like: My Happy Childhood, My Funny Family, I Love My Family, My Fucked-Up Childhood, My Mental Illness, I Loved Someone Who Died, My Exciting Experience, My Exciting Hobby, My Showbiz Career (Dance, Music, Acting, Directing, Writing), I Live Somewhere Cool, My Civilian Wartime Experience, Let Me Tell You About Religion.

Neat bookshelves of memoirs

Here is my food bookcase, with Japanese books on top. They're ordered more by size than by category, but the categories are How to Cook, I Like to Cook, I Like to Eat, Regional Food Is The Best.

Neat bookshelves of cookbooks and food writing

Emma in Winter, by Penelope Farmer

Feb. 22nd, 2019 12:04 pm
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This is a sequel to The Summer Birds, in which a group of children learn to fly, among them the sisters Charlotte and Emma Makepeace.

It’s now winter, and none of them can fly anymore. Charlotte is away at boarding school, and Emma is rattling around Aviary Hall, lonely and unhappy. Meanwhile, fat and clumsy Bobby Fumpkins, who once flew but was always the straggler vainly trying to be a welcomed member of the group, is also lonely, eating to soothe his unhappiness without recognizing that’s what he’s doing. Emma, like the other kids, is casually mean to him, lashing out at others (not just him) to soothe her unhappiness without recognizing that that’s what she’s doing.

Bobby and Emma begin to share a strange dream, in which they fly every night over a mysterious and shifting landscape. Their shared efforts to understand what’s happening and why lead a prickly but very real friendship, which in turn leads to emotional growth and the beginnings of maturity.

I was waiting with some dread for Bobby to learn not to eat to soothe himself and so slim down as a symbol of his maturing. Neither happens, though he does develop a better relationship with food in other ways – rather than just eating compulsively and alone, he discovers that food can also be used to emotionally bond with others. This comes to a lovely understated climax when he’s unhappy, automatically grabs some peppermints, and gives one to Emma before popping the other in his mouth.

The beginning of the book is rough going due to the realistic depiction of being twelve and miserable and doing things that only make it worse for yourself and others. Once Emma and Bobby make friends, it’s much more enjoyable reading, though its pleasures are the homey ones of friends and self-discovery rather than the transcendence of flight. Their dream-flights are strange and a bit abstract; they're atmospheric but the payoff didn’t 100% work for me as the emotional weight felt like it should be on something else.

Read more... )

Not as transcendent as The Summer Birds but still interesting and worthwhile.

Emma in Winter

problem solved

Feb. 22nd, 2019 02:02 pm
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While I was dithering about Kid Birthstone rings, it also occurred to me that I can sometimes be a difficult person to get presents for. One of the ways I show love (although I think my main way is Acts Of Service) is by giving gifts, carefully observing what a person lacks or envies or compliments or wants but doesn't buy for themself. But I also have a frustrating combination of (a) not really feeling like Gift-Giving Occasions matter that much (or at least not feeling like they should) and (b) appreciating a good present, one criterion for which is that the recipient is not specifically expecting it. This is why it's never really been comfortable for me to tell my loved ones what I want for Christmas. Only there isn't a lot that I need or even really want that I can't just get myself. And I know that's actually a tiresome person to live with, because that was a huge complaint I had w/r/t my dad for a number of years - the man's birthday was the same week as Christmas and we tried for years to declare a moratorium on his buying himself things from mid-November onwards, with only slightly limited success.

Side note: I remember a couple of years ago saying I knew there were things that had driven me bats about my father, but in the days following the anniversary of his death I couldn't remember what they were - that is, I could remember the feeling, but not the trigger, although honestly I didn't really want to try. But this! This was one of them.

So in the interest of Being Less Like My Dad In The Ways I Always Wished He Would Change, I thought - this ring I'm after would be an excellent birthday present from Himself, wouldn't it! And I can even solve the problem of not wanting to feel like I'm placing an order for a gift by showing him the three things I can't decide among and letting him choose! Two problems solved! I've been sort of role-playing in my head trying to anticipate my reaction to each one, in case it's the one he picks - in the model of tossing a coin and then making your decision based on whether you were disappointed by the outcome - to see if I'm like secretly hoping he picks one or doesn't pick another, and I really don't think I am, because whatever he picks will be extra meaningful to me because he's the one who picked it. Three problems solved!

I was going to do a Gordian Knot joke here but I can't think of one.

The Sound of Thunder

Feb. 22nd, 2019 04:56 pm
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A bit of random liveblogging, because I kept being interrupted while watching this anyway so why not make notes:

spoilers ahoy )
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Here is the spoileriffic discussion post for Russian Doll! Please feel free to discuss any aspect of it in comments.

If you have not yet seen the show, I highly recommend not spoiling yourself. It's not just that there's twists, it's that the entire show is a process of discovery.

Navel-gazing about fanfic timelines

Feb. 21st, 2019 07:13 pm
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We're now 3 years out from the Agent Carter cancellation, and I have written A LOT for it, mostly post-S2 continuation stories, and I'm starting to run into the problem of feeling like I've already "been there, done that" when it comes to writing new takes on all the major post-canon stuff (the shooting at the end of S2, the founding of SHIELD, etc). It feels like, whenever I go to write something new, I'm essentially having to reinvent the wheel in order to tell the story I want to tell - e.g. I have to go through describing some of the same things in order to get to the new stuff. And yes, I realize that springboarding off an existing story is always possible, but I have stories all along the several years post-S2, none of which are in continuity with each other. I would love to have an actual continuity for this and be able to just jump into that anywhere and write new stories in it.

So then with Iron Fist, I'm in exactly the same position as with AC - a fairly short-lived show that is now cancelled and ended with a number of unanswered questions and jumping-off points for fanfic. So THIS time I decided that I'd do what I wished I'd done with AC and put the stories in continuity with each other.

... so now I have a bunch of new problems. XD

All of this is going under a cut because it's spoilery for the end of S2 and also generally navel-gazey.

Rambling )

Not really sure what the point is of all of this, if anything. I'm mostly just thinking out loud while trying to figure out which stories actually work with this continuity and which ones don't.

Happy Shiptoasting February

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:54 pm
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Due to corporate attempts to use Hip Youth Lingo:

"Roll the dice to see if I'm getting woke!"
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New podfic challenge

Feb. 21st, 2019 02:57 pm
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Check it out!

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Out of the Auditary
: a fest for podficcing works that don't fit into the "standard" fiction format, such as meta, not!fic, epistolary and chatfic, video game codes entries, fake scientific articles, poetry, and many more!

Chocolate Box reveals

Feb. 21st, 2019 10:17 am
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Authors are now revealed, and here is what I wrote for Chocolate Box - assignments, pinch hits, and treats. Spectacularly unsurprising in all cases, I suspect. XD

Stranger Things

Night Patrol (6000 wds, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan)
By March or so, the patrols were getting pretty well organized. There was an actual, honest-to-God signup sheet, stuck to Mrs. Byers' fridge with a smiley rainbow magnet and decorated with stickers by the kids. (Or: Monsters are hunted, and Steve starts figuring some things out.)

Iron Fist

Steady Gun Hand (6600 wds, Danny & Ward)
Infected bullet wounds and heart to heart talks while hiding out from gangsters in Indonesia: just another day on the Rand-Meachum road trip of self-discovery.

Challenge Accepted (770 wds, Misty/Colleen)
Misty doesn't have THE Iron Fist, but she has AN iron fist. (LOL, I feel as if I should mention that despite the summary, no actual fisting occurs. It's about arm wrestling.)


Three Times Lucky (1100 wds, Defenders team gen)
There is no such thing as luck, no such thing as magic fish, and Jessica wants a refund for this day.

Sweetest Thing (600 wds, Defenders team gen)
It's Jessica who accidentally introduces Danny to the concept of half-off post-holiday chocolate sales.

Agent Carter

Apple of His Eye (950 wds, Peggy/Daniel)
A little snippet of post-canon life in L.A.

The Punisher

Tech Support (800 wds, Frank & David)
David is the Punisher's tech support. That's okay. It's fine.

My Chocolate Box stories

Feb. 21st, 2019 11:08 am
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I wrote three stories for Chocolate Box this year!

Watch For Me By The Moonlight. Original fiction for the pairing Female Wounded Stranger/Female Homesteader.

It involves a snowstorm, and I was RL snowed in when I wrote it! Sherwood and I left Mariposa three days later than we'd originally intended, and only barely made it out in the very brief window of time in which some snow had melted, much more had been shoveled, and more snow hadn't had a chance to accumulate. It was starting to snow again when we left, and by that evening there were three more inches on the ground.

The Life of a Cell. Annihilation (movie). The being that leaves the Shimmer carries with it some of both Lena and Dr. Ventress.

Sisters. Shadows of the Apt, by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Che and Tynisa as young girls, standing up for each other.

Huge spoilers for all stories below cut - they're short, please read any first if you plan to read before clicking. Read more... )

My Chocolate Box Fic!!!

Feb. 21st, 2019 11:58 am
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I wrote Vorkosigan fic, and it was fucking terrifying, but I'm really happy about how it turned out.

many things, but never boring (837 words) by FairestCat - No Archive Warnings Apply - Gregor Vorbarra & Ivan Vorpatril, Ivan Vorpatril/Tej Arqua Vorpatril - Epistolary, Family Feels, Post-Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Summary: "Damnit, Ivan, you do realize it's going to take two bloody years for this mess to blow over! At least! What were you thinking?"
- Gregor Vorbarra, Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

No, seriously, when I offered this fandom I knew I was pushing my comfort zone a bit, but I didn't realize exactly how daunting writing this story would be for me. The Vorkosigan Series is not just a favourite of mine, it's one of the fundamental texts that burrowed into my brain when I was a teenager and helped make me the person I am today.

It was also my first internet fandom, courtesy of the Bujold Mailing List, which I joined in 1999 and where I met innumerable people I still know today, including my wife. And it was either the first or second fandom I ever read fic in, back when pretty much all the Bujold fic in existence was listed on the Dendarii Nexus.

So, you know, no pressure.

This fic was really scary for me, but also a whole lot of fun. I managed to avoid a complete re-read and just jumped around and read a bunch of Gregor bits, particularly large sections of The Vor Game, and a bunch of the Ivan stuff in A Civil Campaign (and large chunks of the rest of the book, because I couldn't help myself), and then I did reread all of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, paying particular attention to Gregor's scenes.

What stood out to me, almost from the beginning, was the feeling that of all Ivan's relatives, the one who most understands him is Gregor.

Ivan has worked hard all his life to stay the fuck out of politics and have as quiet and anonymous a life as it's possible for someone with his family to have. And that's been intentional, and it's been work, and it's been completely baffling to his mother and to Miles and to Aral and Cordelia too, because the life Ivan wants for himself would have bored any of them to tears.

But Gregor, Gregor gets that. It's one of the threads at the heart of The Vor Game. Gregor is so tempted by that quiet life, by not being at the center of all things. And that's not an option for him, and ultimately I think he's happy to let that fantasy go, but I think it makes him understand Ivan better. And I wanted to bring that aspect of their relationship out.

Also, epistolary stories are just fun. As I've started writing more in the last year, I'm finding that what inspires me for fiction is much less about plot bunnies and more about style and form. I wrote epistolary fic for Trick or Treat, a Five Things story for Yuletide, and now epistolary fic again for Chocolate Box.

Chocolate Box Gifts!!!

Feb. 21st, 2019 11:39 am
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I have been remiss in posting about my TWO excellent Chocolate Box gifts, but reveals were this morning and now I know who wrote them!

The Secret Garden

The Promise of Spring (323 words) by snowshus - Not Rated - Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings - Colin Craven/Mary Lennox/Dickon Sowerby - Epistolary, WW1

Summary: You'll find enclosed our garden's first flower of the year.

WWI-era Secret Garden epistolary fic/art! So, basically everything I love most about fic in this fandom.

No, seriously, they made me a letter, complete with crossed out words and interjections and a pressed flower from the garden. And then they included a transcript, which I really appreciated.

Les Miserables

What you want (1083 words) by sonotadream - Explicit - No Archive Warnings Apply - Enjolras/Grantaire - Established Relationship, Canon Era, Kink Exploration, Gags, Spanking

Summary: Grantaire is being insufferable - again - but Enjolras knows exactly what to do.

Canon-era Enjolras/Grantaire porn!!! I always love getting porn written for meeeeeee, and this is delightfully playful and kinky and seriously hot.

This was my first year doing Chocolate Box and I really enjoyed the experience, I'm definitely going to try to do it more in the future.


Feb. 21st, 2019 10:27 am
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I have a friend whose husband is a college professor. Some years ago, I remember her saying he had his students submit their work anonymously because he knew or suspected he would subconsciously grade the pretty young women more leniently - or maybe then end up grading them more harshly in an overcompensating effort to second-guess his own subconscious.

I'm not sure how I felt about that then and still not sure how I feel about it now. The guy is not in any way an asshole; at this point his students are almost young enough to be his children, and of course he'd acknowledge that some of them are more attractive to him than others but that doesn't change the fact that they are his students. He'd never do or even want to do anything inappropriate or untoward. So the actual best way to avoid unpleasantness is not to do anything unpleasant, right? But he went the step further and worked to avoid even the appearance of bias. Maybe what makes me uncomfortable is the acknowledgment that his subconscious might lead him in directions he might not even realize as it was happening. :-/

Anyway. The reason I'm thinking of it today is to do with babysitting. Couple of months ago I asked the prince's day care if any of their staff babysit, and the short answer was that they aren't supposed to facilitate any type of side hustle between their employees and the families, but they could put us in touch with one or more of their volunteers. It was a volunteer I was particularly interested in at that time anyway, so they asked him if they could give me his contact information and he came over one afternoon to help out Himself with the prince when I was out of town and that was fine, but he's still never done any child care without supervision and wouldn't feel comfortable on his own at a kid bedtime or similar. More recently, though, I learned from another family that they do sometimes hire actual day care employees to babysit - the office doesn't hook them up, and I guess they take the attitude that what the employees do on their own time is their own business. So today I ran into one of the prince's former teachers in the hallway, whom that other family had specifically named as looking after their son at the time we were talking about it, and asked her if it would be okay to call her some time to look after the prince, and she said sure and gave me her number and I'm frankly delighted at the possibility that we might have a babysitter on the roster who is neither Grandma nor a friend, because of course it's cheaper to have someone do you a favor, but you feel like you can't do it as often as you probably need to be able to get out of the house. :-P

So I mentioned to Himself when I got home from dropoff that I'd spoken to that teacher and got her number for that purpose, and he said "Better you than me." He feels like his soliciting contact info could too easily be seen as a pretext. It wouldn't be, of course, but he's concerned about the appearance. I asked if it was because this particular teacher is young and pretty, which she is - and he thought about it and said he thought maybe he'd be comfortable having that conversation with the prince's first teacher, a lovely grandmotherly lady, but not anyone our age or younger. Because, he said, enough guys are assholes that it's not enough not to be an asshole - he also has to avoid innocently doing a perfectly reasonable thing that an asshole might do not as innocently. To be clear: He doesn't feel like this is any type of punishment for him or that he's suffering in any way. I suppose it's slightly inconvenient, but he's not getting at all not-all-men about anything; he just mentioned that he's glad I was there to initiate the conversation with the potential babysitter because he'd have felt - reasonably or not - like someone observing might have suspected he had ulterior motives.

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[personal profile] boogiewoogiebuglegal posted: Every property photographed in 1930s NYC
Just stole this from Tumblr---what an awesome resource! 

They're property tax photos. Not particularly artistic, but if you're trying to get a grip on what the NYC of Steve and Bucky would have looked like? This isn't a bad place to start. 

I really liked that the NYT article showed its buildings 'then and now.' If you go to the bottom of the article you get a link to the municipal site; the browsable database is here.

The Magicians

Feb. 21st, 2019 06:26 pm
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Alice Fucking Who?!


Feb. 20th, 2019 10:41 pm
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My brother just lost his job, so now we're all even more stressed than before. Fluffy animal pics appreciated.
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Here is the teenager story, because the other TFP one decided it was NOT finished after all. :P

ao3 story blurb

The Parent Trap (17924 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ratchet, Original Cybertronian Character(s)
Additional Tags: Teenagers, Cybertronian Parenting, Sparklings
Series: Part 16 of Transformers works

“Oh my God, are you saying that Megatron had Optimus’s baby?” Miko shrieked piercingly.

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:20 pm
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I've bounced off yet more books, primarily because of feeling so bad and not being able to concentrate. Currently attempting The Greenglass House by Kate Milford but rereading old favorite fic is where my head's at.

the health situation
I did a bunch of reading on health issues of the third chakra, so I'm yarning a yellow sun mandala and chanting RAM while doing all my western medicine stuff and waiting for my appt next week. I'm so impatient to feel better.

I went to yarn group and it was good. One of the people just moved into a new place and everyone is making housewarming gifts. Need to figure out a thing, as my initial idea got nabbed by our newest novice, doh. I dug around Ravelry but nothing jumped out. I may just screw around with some yarn & see what happens.

I moved the plants off the back porch and into the backyard where they belong. I'm counting around 35 daffodil sprouts but no buds yet. 13 out of 14 flowers on the orchid have bloomed.

I adapted a Sunflower Arugula pesto recipe I found on WaPo to make it free of things I'm allergic to. recipe )

Wednesday Reading Meme

Feb. 20th, 2019 06:18 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Mattie Hope, Murder on Metro 4: SF m/m murder-mystery novella featuring a guy who sleeps with a dinosaur alien detective in spaaaaaace. If that sounds like it's going to be your thing, it probably is. Hooray!

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Avengers #15, Avengers No Road Home #2, Doctor Strange #11, Guardians of the Galaxy #2, Unstoppable Wasp #5 )

What I'm Reading Next

Who even knows.
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this is one of my favorite comments to my Steve Birthday comic, ever: https://archiveofourown.org/comments/177835455 . IT IS SO PRECIOUS.

on guard

Feb. 20th, 2019 06:43 pm
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Posting this here since I also put it on tumblr, a rough drabble inspired by the description of the Third Cetagandan War from GJRQ.


Sending Aral off to lead the Home Fleet felt odd. Simon was supposed to be there, a half-step behind his left shoulder for his every waking hour. Instead, he was left holding the baby. And the wife. And the planet. And, of course, the Emperor. Aral hadn’t even said goodbye, just deposited that pile of valuables on Simon’s lap and soared off to make sure there would still be an Empire. Simon hadn’t been mistaken about the look on his face: it was joy. Given a straight choice between leading a space fleet into a wormhole slugging match, or staying at his post here on Barrayar, Aral hadn’t taken more than thirty seconds to make up his mind.

It made sense. Of course you left your guard dog at home when you went away. Simon supposed he couldn’t, in all decency, lie down on his stomach at the spaceport and howl until Aral returned.

In better news

Feb. 20th, 2019 01:31 pm
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* I survived a SUPER STRESSFUL board meeting last night
* I got to come in late today because of how late said meeting ran!
* Tomorrow I'm not in at all, I have an outside conference thing!
* I have a therapist who's accepting new patients and does DBT, which I'm interested in...we just need to connect on the phone
* I'm making a lot of progress on taxes, which is good for my soul AND my wallet. (Paying medical bills, buying shoes, and saving money.) (Which I will not blow on a last minute out of town trip...probably.)
* I lied, I just booked a trip to Chicago 3/8 hahahaha.

Chocolate Box Recs

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:01 am
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I got four fantastic stories for Chocolate Box this year!

Once and Future. Dark Tower - Stephen King. The ka-tet explores some more, and finds a different kind of tower. Lovely Mid-World story with the requisite bonding, eerie imagery, and metafictional elements.

Tech Support. The Punisher. David is the Punisher's tech support. That's okay. It's fine. Hilarious and poignant and all things wonderful.

born with the gift of a golden voice. The Stand - Stephen King. Larry is touring Las Vegas when the superflu hits. Flagg finds him in a hotel room. Beautifully written, and fucking creepy in the very best way.

Long Way Down. True Detective. Rivers of history inside of every human being. Gorgeous imagery, perfectly in-character Rust/Marty

Art Recs (all worksafe; some kissing with clothes on):

Left-Hand Man.. The Dragon Prince. Harrow and Viren kissing.

it's all been done.
Good Omens
- Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. "You go your way, I go mine, but I’ll see you next time ..."

SSSS Homage to Peter Max. Stand Still Stay Silent. The whole crew, done in the style of Peter Max, the noted psychedelic artist, best known for his work on the animated movie "Yellow Submarine."

Ebb and Flow. Wonder Woman. Darling it's better, down where it's wetter ;)

I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rose and Paige Tico.

Comic Book Rec (generally work safe; making out but no full nudity)

Union of Heart. Original Fiction. When the recently widowed Duke of Bridgewater discovers he has inherited a cotton mill where the workers are striking, he decides to investigate the conditions of the workers and meets the impulsive Edward Mann, the union leader for his mill.

A delightful 11-page comic book romance for the pairing "Impulsive Trade Union Leader/Recently Widowed Young Duke."

Fic Recs (don't need to know canon):

Lace. Words: 470. Ephie is dressed in traditional Lephratan style, and is ready to meet her bride. NOTE: You used the magic phrase: costume porn. If someone says they’re open to costume porn, I must satisfy them! Original F/F. Sensual and sweet; as promised, the costume porn is excellent.

Fic Recs (better if you know canon):

get a little closer, let fold. Annihilation (2018 Garland). Anya can't get the way Josie smells out of her head. F/F. Tagged "porn without plot," but it's actually a fantastic example of how to convey character, atmosphere, theme, and setting by means of sex. Really well-done.

Three Times Lucky. Defenders. There is no such thing as luck, no such thing as magic fish, and Jessica wants a refund for this day. Short and hilarious; more fish jokes than you can shake a pole at.

Challenge Accepted. Iron Fist (TV). Misty doesn't have the Iron Fist, but she has an iron fist. G-rated but nonetheless extremely hot F/F, well-characterized and well-written.

Steady Gun Hand. Iron Fist (TV). Infected bullet wounds and heart to heart talks while hiding out from gangsters in Indonesia: just another day on the Rand-Meachum road trip of self-discovery. Great hurt-comfort, wilderness survival, characterization, and snarky dialogue.

I wrote three stories this Chocolate Box if you want to take a guess.

snow day

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:30 am
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Okay, fair enough, it is in fact snowing at a clip that would have made getting to work and school challenging (and, in this town, unsafe). So kiddo is home from day care - but because Himself had already arranged a bit of "staycation" (a word I loathe, but it is what it is - three days of Not Working but not actually going anywhere), he's giving up one of his days off to majority-parent so I don't have to burn a vacation day on child care. And as I don't have but a fraction of a day's worth of vacation time in the bank, having used them all up on the furlough, I appreciate it.

Normally when I work from home lately I do it in the family room with the TV on. Several months ago I had a chunk of time with hardly any work to do no matter where I was, and locking myself in the spare bedroom where my desk setup is would have just made me unspeakably bored. (Plus for a week or so we had guys in here fixing the wall where the chimney had been leaking for years.) But with the boy home all day I can't really park in the family room and tell him I'm working - so I'm up here in the work room. Which I haven't used in months and is coated in dust. :-P

On the corner of my desk up here I've got some of Himself's childhood homework, which his mother had saved these 40 years and which I made him let me keep. Apparently they had a weekly-or-something assignment to write about their feelings, and I am utterly charmed by many if not most of his declarations of why he felt happy or mad (those being the main two feelings he ever wrote about). One of these days I'll transcribe as much of that as I can for the prince. ♥

Disco S2

Feb. 20th, 2019 01:53 pm
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[personal profile] philomytha
I am now all caught up on Disco, and I like it a lot so far.

S2 spoilers below )

Help finding a source?

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:45 pm
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[personal profile] staranise
A couple years ago I saw a survey going around that asked fans, "What do you mean when you say you ship something?" It was about the meanings of ship beyond "I think these two will be happy and healthy together forever and ever". I can't find it now. Anyone remember it?

Magi made me do it

Feb. 19th, 2019 07:24 pm
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I got into a conversation with [personal profile] magistrate about gen A/B/O and ... *cough* I woke up this morning with the worldbuilding for an entire Iron Fist A/B/O AU in my head and I kind of tripped and fell on my keyboard and wrote it.

Beta Run, the 3000 words of gen Iron Fist A/B/O that literally no one asked for. (An AU retelling of seasons 1 & 2; it runs through the end of season 2.)

I guess I can check another item off my fanfic bucket list.

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Feb. 19th, 2019 01:49 pm
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okay, after working at it for the last 4.5 hours ... all I have left are the fanart-of-fanarts and Captain China. Which I'll probably do ... in the far future.

(Rutabaga is veering towards illness and so I'm v. worried that I'm going to be spending the rest of februrary break doing child care instead of catching up on errands and creative projects.)

something trivial

Feb. 19th, 2019 12:09 pm
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[personal profile] fox
I've decided to get myself a proper ring with my kid's birthstone. (I got a little one from Etsy a while ago and liked the concept, but that was a teeny-tiny bezel-cut stone that's hard to see and the whole look wasn't quite what I was after, so good thing I only spent 20 bucks on it.) The options I've narrowed down to are (a) an eternity band with channel-stones all around, (b) a twist eternity band with ditto, and (c) a "hugs and kisses" (XOX) mother's ring with a bezel-set solitaire in the space of the O. Each of these has its advantages and disadvantages. I like the light design of the (b) twist quite a lot, but it looks like the stones have metal beads holding them in place (maybe the ends of prongs) and it seems a little cluttered. The simpler channel-set (a) band feels kind of stodgy, but maybe that's just by comparison with the airiness of (b). And the XOX option for (c) may be the solidest item with the best workmanship - that is, their website is more convincing to me than the other ones' - but the design seems too precious; I really prefer the idea of an eternity ring. (I mean, hugs and kisses are nice, but I will be this child's mother forever, is my point.)

Then there's the question of materials. The boy's birthday is in November, so the birthstone is yellow topaz (or citrine) (or, one jewelry website suggests to me, smoky quartz, feh). I am normally not flattered by yellows, but that's when the kid was born, so I have no problem getting past it w/r/t the stone(s). I can't get comfortable with yellow gold, though, so I'm looking at silver, white gold, rose gold, or platinum.

My wedding ring is white gold. My engagement ring is platinum. I have a plain very skinny rose gold band that I've been wearing outside the engagement ring as a sort of, I don't know, proof of concept? - so the idea of mixing metals does not distress me. I think probably white or rose gold would be better than silver or platinum; wouldn't they go better with the warmth of the yellow stone? (And also because platinum costs a fortune, let's be honest.) I lean toward rose gold because I actually do like the difference; white gold is the wedding ring, so let's have a different base color for the mother's ring. But will the pink of the rose gold overwhelm the color of the topaz-or-citrine so it would be better to use white gold so the stones are actually visible? (If the visibility is in fact an issue against rose gold?)

Finally, will I wear the thing on my left hand (probably middle finger, rather than stacked with my wedding and engagement rings) or right? And if on the right hand, will I wear it on my ring or middle finger? I have a slight preference for not using the same finger on both hands - but I don't know if I'll regret going with the middle finger. Hmmmm.

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Feb. 18th, 2019 10:45 pm
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me, putting my old art on AO3 so that it has a home: "oh yeah, this is a hassle and a half, which is why I didn't do it in the first place."

Basically spent the last 2 hours posting .... the rest of askwsbucky, the rest of the genderbends, and a few peggys. I better allot a chunk of time tomorrow to posting the rest (captain china, the fixit comics, the shuri comic, all the various fanart-of-fanarts, and some misc comics and doodles)

Chocolate Box recs

Feb. 18th, 2019 08:04 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
Some things I have enjoyed from the Chocolate Box collection:


One Thing Leads To Another (Stranger Things, 6700 wds, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan)
Excellent OT3 get-together fic with a nice solid monster-hunting plot and great h/c.

5 Letters didn't address to Jonathan Byers (+ 1 Steve did sign) (Stranger Things, 1600 wds, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan)
Really lovely little epistolary fic with a great Steve voice. Another cool thing is that, in 20+ years of reading fanfic, this is the first one I can remember in which the summary is actually a necessary part of the fic.

What Remains (Gattaca, 1000 wds, gen, Irene & Jerome)
I am always here for Gattaca fixits and this is great. I love the sardonic Jerome voice.

Dear Dad... I'm Seeing Green, He's Seeing Red (MASH, 2800 wds, gen)
St. Patrick's Day at the 4077th. This is great; it reads just like an episode.

Couples (Person of Interest, 660 wds, Reese/Shaw)
This isn't a fandom I read much and it's REALLY not a pairing I would normally read, but I clicked on it because of the intriguing "Platonic Sex" tag to find out what that was all about, and I really liked it. Excellent use of the undercover-as-a-couple trope!

Sisters (Shadows of the Apt, 700 wds, Che & Tynisa)
Sweet pre-series fic with a great sense of canon worldbuilding and sisterhood.

June in Paris (White Collar, 3700 wds, Neal & June)
Post-canon, Neal runs into June in Paris. This is really lovely.

Shoe Size (White Collar, 500 wds, Peter & Neal)
Adorable season-one-era friendship fic; this could totally be a missing scene for canon.

sky blues (One Piece, 2300 wds, Luffy & Vivi)
Sense8 AU for One Piece, with Luffy & Vivi as children. This is unbearably cute. <3


Waiting for Rescue (DS9, Jadzia/Kira)
This is really pretty and also h/c-riffic.

it's all been done (Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale)
I can't believe the amount of detail in this. It's gorgeous.

A Lesson in the Folly Library (Rivers of London, Abigail & Varvara)
I love how this suggests a larger story and is full of interesting details.


Humans of New York Series - Spider-Man (MCU, gen, Spider-Man)
I wasn't sure whether to put this under fic or art because it's essentially both. The author absolutely nailed the HONY style, and it's full of little in-jokes I don't want to spoil because they're so hilarious and cute. (If you're an SGA fan, check out some of the names on the posts ...)


Feb. 18th, 2019 06:10 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
You know, I love fandom.

Case in point: there are 147 stories on AO3 using the "The problem of Susan" tag.

That's pretty awesome.


In other news, I went for a lovely long muddy hilly hike this morning, then took a nap, then baked oatmeal cookies. And now I'm off to chorus practice. Tomorrow I'm back to work, bah, but at least it's a short week.

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Feb. 18th, 2019 06:19 pm
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[personal profile] nestra
It's a belated Festivids post! I was waiting because I wanted to link to the version of the vid with credits, but it turns out I'm still working on the credits, because why do something simple when you can complicate it? Although I'm learning new things, so that's actually my excuse.

So until then, here is the version without credits that is not yet on my YouTube account.

[VID] Small Town Moon (29 words) by Nestra
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Colossal (2016)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply

There's a small town in my mind.


Do you love The Good Place? Do you love Jason Mendoza? Sure you do! And if you don't, you should. You will love him even more after you watch All Star, my gift from [personal profile] maristu. Whatever you imagine this vid might be, it is that and more.

Fic: The Lion and the Unicorn

Feb. 18th, 2019 10:06 pm
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[personal profile] philomytha
I mentioned something about falling headfirst into a new fandom? Have another fic, something a bit more substantial this time. I don't think it's going to be all Saru all the time here forever, but, well, I'm not out of ideas yet :-). I feel like I'm still getting to grips with their voices, and Trek is such a gigantic canon that I only know bits of - the only Trek I've watched all the way through is DS9 - so it's a bit intimidating to write for this, and writing for visual fandoms really isn't natural for me at all. But I have a whole lot of thoughts and headcanon about the mirror universe and Kelpiens and what was going on with everything to do with Saru in S1, and because I don't really do nonfiction meta, it's coming out in stories :-)


Title: The Lion and the Unicorn
Summary: Saru visits the Terran Emperor aboard Discovery. An extra scene from 1.14

The Lion and the Unicorn )

Loose ends

Feb. 18th, 2019 02:50 pm
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[personal profile] petra
The final roll call on this year's Psychic Wolves for Lupercalia stories includes: Bleach, Lady Audley's Secret, The Dragon Prince, Ronin Warriors, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Wars Original Trilogy & Clone Wars, The Terror, and World Wrestling Entertainment. If any of those are to your taste, check them out.


A sure sign a piece of media you enjoyed made no waves: you hear the song that was used as a theme song in a different piece of media, struggle to remember where you know it from, read the wikipedia page for the song, and come up blank. Some time passes and the memory clicks.

In case anyone else is looking for this information, Harry Nilsson's "Gotta Get Up," most recently appearing prominently in Russian Doll, is the theme song for the show titled both Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays and Michael: Every Day--you know, the show written by Bob Martin, Mark McKinney, and Susan Coyne that isn't Slings & Arrows. Also two other people. I'm not sure how Shakespeare makes a more relatable show than anxiety but that's modern life for you.

I had a Dreamwidth tag for this show before I wrote this entry because I am in treatment for anxiety Canadian special.


The number of coloned subtitles in this entry is a little over the top. If I missed one, I am Petra: Slightly Embarrassed.

Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow

Feb. 18th, 2019 10:50 am
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Sherwood and I are snowed in! We had intended to depart today, but yesterday the snow piled up six to eight inches, and and we are at the end of a steep, half-mile dirt road. Hopefully we can escape tomorrow. We would not actually mind being snowed in, but I am expecting Layla to fly in and stay with me in LA on Friday, and there is more snow expected on Thursday.

Layla is coming in from Alaska. She had hoped for sunny warm weather in LA, not for ME to get snowed in!

Previously, on the very few occasions when I experienced snow, it was also bitterly cold and though I enjoyed looking at it from inside, I couldn't spend much time outside as I quickly got so cold that it was no longer fun. This time, it hasn't been all that cold, so I could take long walks in the snow and feel like the weather was no more than crisp and pleasant.

Yesterday I indulged this by hauling my parents, Dad's dog Heidi (carrying her beloved Squeaky, a blue rubber ball), and Sherwood to walk the entire length of the dirt road. It snowing lightly, but we were bundled up. Then, right before we hit the end of the road, we got hit by a mini snowstorm. Snow started pelting down as very tiny balls of ice crystals, like teeny hail. We then walked the whole length back with snow pelting down on us and piling up on our hat (Sherwood) and hood (me). And then escaped to my cabin, where we lit a fire and dried off.

I am staying at the cabin, which is downhill from the main house, so I walk back every night. Normally nights in Mariposa are pitch black due to the lack of light pollution. In snow, light reflects off the snow and makes it bright as day, though the light is blue-white rather than yellow-white. You can see easily, though colors are washed out - I can distinguish brown and yellow, but dark green leaves seem black.

The snow is fluffy, like cake flour that sticks to itself. My feet sink in way past my ankles.

Snowy path

Snowy branch

Icy tree

Red barn in snowy woods

My cabin outside...

Snow-covered cabin

And inside.

Cabin with fire burning in stove.

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Feb. 18th, 2019 07:45 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[personal profile] kshandra linked to [personal profile] swankkat, who had major surgery at the end of 2018, and has since struggled with bills, especially after a much smaller than expected tax refund. She's offering comissions starting at $10; you can see fandom-specific examples at her tumblr, or more general examples of her work at DeviantArt. You can also simply donate at her Ko-Fi.

[tumblr.com profile] desiterus is raising funds after he and [tumblr.com profile] cptprocrastination have been warned that if they don't pay their back rent, they will be evicted. She's been searching for a job while struggling with meantal and physical health, and he has been trying to deal with bad fibromyalgia. You can read more and reblog here.

[twitter.com profile] aritrahan has created a Patreon to help finance his transition and an eventual move away from emotionally abusive family members. His Patreon features art, fiction, songs, and photography in return for support; you can check out his Patreon here and his Dreamwidth (for more information) at [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron.

[tumblr.com profile] molly-ren linked to a fundraiser for Ian and Liz, who had started a small freelance business, then lost all their clients when Ian came out as trans. Ian also recently had a medical incident that they are struggling to cover bills for, while also covering their health insurance and rent/utilities. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] deadcatwithaflamethrower, who has settled with her family in their new home but are still fundraising for rent, particularly after Drougnor (her husband) lost his job. She's clearing out dolls, doll accessories on eBay, and sells jewelery as well. You can check out her doll stuff here and jewelery for sale here, or give through her Ko-Fi or paypal.

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Deconstruct, a "language-agnostic software development conference" which is looking for first-time conference speakers. The conference is in Seattle this coming July, and speakers receive up to a $2K honorarium, with travel expenses covered and coach and mentor speakers to help them prepare their talks. You can read more about this opportunity here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Feb. 18th, 2019 02:38 am
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[personal profile] staranise
A garden of flowers overgrowing crumbling brick ruins

I just watched Big Dreams, Small Spaces and saw this hugely elaborate garden made in somebody's backyard with brand-new custom-made brick ruins, and holy shit, I'm going to spend about two weeks obsessing over it before I get it out of my system and reconcile myself to a garden I can actually build and afford. (Did I mention we're planning to sell our house and move to a similar house in a cheaper and quieter neighbourhood? So I might have to/get to design a brand new garden)

More pictures here.

I'm not normally ashamed of my desires and longings, but this is so noveau-riche I do feel a little bad about how much I love it. BUT HOLY SHIT I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

(It even made me okay with red brick, which is really hard to do, normally)


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