Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Jun. 25th, 2016 03:41 pm
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The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is running through the end of Sunday.  If you haven't made your selections yet and still intended to, now is a good time.
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Will Davies, a politics professor and economic sociologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, summarized his thoughts on Brexit for the Political Economy and Research Centre, arguing that the split wasn’t one of left and right, young and old, racist or not racist, but center and the periphery. You can read it in full there, or scroll down for my summary.


Many of the strongest advocates for Leave, many have noted, were actually among the beneficiaries of the UK’s relationship with the EU. Small towns and rural areas receive quite a bit of financial support. Those regions that voted for Leave in the greatest numbers, then, will also suffer some of the worst consequences of the Leave. What motivated to them to vote for a change that will in all likelihood make their lives worse?

Davies argues that the economic support they received from their relationship with the EU was paired with a culturally invisibility or active denigration by those in the center. Those in the periphery lived in a “shadow welfare state” alongside “a political culture which heaped scorn on dependency.”

Davies uses philosopher Nancy Fraser’s complementary ideas of recognition and redistribution: people need economic security (redistribution), but they need dignity, too (recognition). Malrecognition can be so psychically painful that even those who knew they would suffer economically may have been motivated to vote Leave. “Knowing that your business, farm, family or region is dependent on the beneficence of wealthy liberals,” writes Davies, “is unlikely to be a recipe for satisfaction.”

It was in this context that the political campaign for Leave penned the slogan: “Take back control.” In sociology we call this framing, a way of directing people to think about a situation not just as a problem, but a particular kind of problem. “Take back control” invokes the indignity of oppression. Davies explains:

It worked on every level between the macroeconomic and the psychoanalytic. Think of what it means on an individual level to rediscover control. To be a person without control (for instance to suffer incontinence or a facial tick) is to be the butt of cruel jokes, to be potentially embarrassed in public. It potentially reduces one’s independence. What was so clever about the language of the Leave campaign was that it spoke directly to this feeling of inadequacy and embarrassment, then promised to eradicate it. The promise had nothing to do with economics or policy, but everything to do with the psychological allure of autonomy and self-respect.

Consider the cover of the Daily Mail praising the decision and calling politicians “out-of-touch” and the EU “elite” and “contemptuous”:2

From this point of view, Davies thinks that the reward wasn’t the Leave, but the vote itself, a veritable middle finger to the UK center and the EU “eurocrats.” They know their lives won’t get better after a Brexit, but they don’t see their lives getting any better under any circumstances, so they’ll take the opportunity to pop a symbolic middle finger. That’s all they think they have.

And that’s where Davies thinks the victory  of the Leave vote parallels strongly with Donald Trump’s rise in the US:

Amongst people who have utterly given up on the future, political movements don’t need to promise any desirable and realistic change. If anything, they are more comforting and trustworthy if predicated on the notion that the future is beyond rescue, for that chimes more closely with people’s private experiences.

Some people believe that voting for Trump might in fact make things worse, but the pleasure of doing so — of popping a middle finger to the Republican party and political elites more generally — would be satisfaction enough. In this sense, they may be quite a lot like the Leavers. For the disenfranchised, a vote against pragmatism and solidarity may be the only satisfaction that this election, or others, is likely to get them.

Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and Gender, a textbook. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Poem: "To See the Air"

Jun. 25th, 2016 01:14 pm
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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

Read more... )

The Michelin Man

Jun. 25th, 2016 12:40 pm
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Title: The Michelin Man
Rating: General
Summary: Steve was not prepared for this at six am on his day off.
Notes: Minopoke on tumblr posted the following:
"Michelin has gone to extraordinary lengths to maintain the anonymity of its inspectors. Many of the company's top executives have never met an inspector; inspectors themselves are advised not to disclose their line of work, even to their parents (who might be tempted to boast about it); and, in all the years that it has been putting out the guide, Michelin has refused to allow its inspectors to speak to journalists."
Okay but Michelin inspector AU where they use all the cheesy spy lines and dodgy excuses and their SO is convinced they work for the CIA or something. but actually they just really secretly review restaurants.

Starkerized then suggested I don't know who fits the bill for this job but my first thought was FOODIEVERSE.

It's not quite what Minopoke suggested but the whole thing gave me an idea.

Warnings: None.

Part of the Foodieverse series; also available at AO3.

The banging on Steve's apartment door woke him from a dead sleep... )


Jun. 25th, 2016 12:23 pm
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Title: Apprentices
Rating: General
Summary: Using Bucky to keep Tony entertained wasn't Steve's best idea.
Notes: Prompted by onemuseleft: I misread "Starbuck" as "Starkbuck" and got all excited that you were writing a Tony/Bucky domestic baking AU. I saw domestic baking but I heard Foodieverse.
Warnings: None.

Part of the Foodieverse series; also available at AO3.

All-Purpose Flour is my nemesis. )

What can we do?

Jun. 25th, 2016 09:27 am
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So what do we do about the rise of fascism and xenophobia, then?

I'm asking seriously. What do people think is effective? I go to rallies and activist events on local issues of environmental justice. I vote for progressive candidates. I donate to get money out of politics, to overturn Citizens United, to restore voting rights, to address income inequality. I listen to and elevate the voices of people less privileged than I am. I pay attention.

It's not enough. I am seriously afraid, and I can't just sit here and watch the world go to shit.

The power of a single individual isn't really the point, of course. Collective action is what's needed. But how? With whom? What will work?
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The new guidelines for Star Trek fan films released by CBS and Paramount led to a bunch of mainstream media references this week. From 'Follow these rules for a Star Trek fan film - or get sued a lot' for Irish Examiner: rights holders Paramount and CBS don't want to come off as complete kill joys, saying they are 'big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity' who want to see projects around their properties from amateur filmmakers. To help stop any future lawsuits, they've put together a list of guidelines for anyone thinking of making a Star Trek fan film. It's a pretty long list and it's sure to cause some anger among fans, particularly given the fact that they'll have to use official merchandise and can't actually mention the words 'Star Trek' in the title. From Teresa Jusino on The Mary Sue, in 'CBS/Paramount Issue Guidelines for Star Trek Fan Films Because Axanar Ruined It for Everyone': this also doesn’t stop people from creating different Star Trek fan fictions. It just means that one story can’t be longer than half an hour. So stories have to be more self-contained? So what? Anthology series are all the rage these days anyway! And, "Axanar" Executive Producer Alec Peters told FOX411 he is disappointed in the studios. "While CBS and Paramount claim to want to encourage the passion of fans to produce reasonable fan fiction, the restrictions presented do just the opposite, willfully ignoring over 40 years of fan works that helped buoy the 'Star Trek' franchise through some very lean years and enthusiastically spread the magic of the franchise in more plentiful times," he told us in a statement via email. (Blanche Johnson, Fox News).

In a piece about podcast storytellers Paul Bae and Terry Miles for Vancouver Sun, Rob Shaw wrote Fans, meanwhile, are filling the show’s inbox with creative theories on major plot points as well as original artwork and even erotic fan fiction. “It’s pretty nuts,” laughs Miles. "The fan fiction is pretty extreme. Oh my god, there are adult stories about these characters that are actually very well written."

For Berkeley News, Christopher Merchant wrote about a workshop for children: [Seven-year-old] Benjamin’s story, about a mythical species of creatures called Wumps, was inspired by The Wump World by Bill Peet, a children’s book author active from the 1960s through the ’80s. The unofficial sequel may have been fanfiction, [his mother] said, but Benjamin insisted on personally writing all of the text and drawing all of the images.

Brexit, One Direction, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Walking Dead, Harry Potter, Swift/Hiddleston )

Penny Dreadful, Hamilton, more Taylor Swift, Sherlock Holmes, Person of Interest, Gilmore Girls )

In 'How Sonic the Hedgehog Explains the Internet' for New York Magazine, Brian Feldman wrote The slashfic portion of Sonic gets weird. You might think that a running role play in which Sonic is pregnant with Shadow’s baby is an absurd escalation, but whoever runs the Tumblr called Ask Mpreg Sonic does not.

The Washington Post’s Jeff Guo somehow got from explaining that he watches TV at 1.5x to Henry Jenkins, who has studied the rise of "participatory culture" — ways in which fans take control of favorite stories through fanzines, fan art, fan fiction, and more recently, fan videos.

For Dhaka Tribune, Sabrina Fatma Ahmad wrote What follows in the wake of every great piece of popular fiction is a host of fanfic writers who fall in love with the basic world of the story, but also have their own ideas of how they want the story to play out. This is an excellent writing exercise, one which provides you the set characters and world, and isolates your “story writing” muscles and lets you work those out.

Finally, Time Riders author Alex Scarrow told BBC’s Tim Masters "I deliberately left book nine as the last of the series with the door open partly because one thing I really wanted to encourage was fan fiction […] The quality varies, sometimes it's bad and sometimes it's so good I think I need to raise my game […] Now, 18 months later, I'm coming back and thinking, 'I want to write that fan fiction now,' and write book 10 and perhaps even set up a new series."


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Jun. 25th, 2016 09:26 am
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Title: Truckbru
Rating: General
Summary: Tony's idea of a food truck is...interesting.
Notes: Inspired by two prompts:
agentpaxieamor: Steve is going to be taking his truck to NY ComicCon, Tony decides he has to have a truck there too. His truck is... Interesting.
katisatotalnerd: Are there any parades in the Foodieverse? Does Steve drag Tony to the parades? Do Steve and Sam set up their trucks along the parade path? Does Steve badger Tony to set up some sort of promotional table for TOBRU?
Warnings: None.

Part of the Foodieverse series; also available at AO3.

Tadaa! )


Jun. 25th, 2016 08:49 am
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Title: Protege
Rating: General
Summary: Steve was prepared to be coldly polite to Jarvis, until he figured out who he actually was.
Notes: Prompted by drivemetogeek: What's/Who's Jarvis in Foodieverse?
Warnings: None.

Part of the Foodieverse series; also available at AO3.


The Brother And The Mother

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:33 am
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Title: The Brother and the Mother
Rating: Teen and Up
Summary: Clint's brother shows up, and Clint disappears.
Notes: I love how these "the _____ and the _____" titles keep getting more ridiculous. Also, I know Barney's been somewhat rehabilitated as of late, in the Hawkeye comic, but I love him as a villain...

Part of the Silver Age series; also available at AO3.

The first the Young Ultimates knew about it... )

The Ranger And The Stray

Jun. 24th, 2016 10:36 pm
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Title: The Ranger And The Stray
Summary: Clint Barton was always the kid brother in the background, until one day he definitely was not.
Rating: Teen and Up
Notes: In a previous story in the series, The Music Room And The Penthouse, I mentioned that Clint’s role in the inner circle of Tony’s friends is akin to “mascot”. It inspired me to write about Clint, the youngest member of the hottest society set in Manhattan and thus the entire city’s baby brother, clinging desperately to Tony and Bucky as his Gay Role Models. And the moment Tony offhandedly introduces him to Phil Coulson...
Warnings: Mention of kidnapping and recuperation.

Part of the Silver Age series; also available at AO3.

Phil! Hey, Phil! )

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Jun. 25th, 2016 07:18 am
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Republican delegate files lawsuit to avoid voting for Trump. "The delegate, Carroll Correll Jr. of Winchester, Virginia, argues in the suit that being forced to vote against his conscience is a violation of his constitutional rights. Correll says he will not vote for Trump because he believes the billionaire businessman is unfit to serve as president...Correll filed the suit Friday in federal court in Richmond. He seeks a judgment on behalf of all delegates to the Republican and Democratic conventions."

An update in point form

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:08 pm
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1. Still alive and kicking. Living a quiet life. Slowly digging out from under the dark pile of crap that has been the last year or so.

2. I'm still checking in on DW every few days at least to follow those who are still posting here, especially those who access lock. I might not always comment but I am reading and appreciating the insights into your lives. Thank you :)

3. As you may have seen I am handing over Growstuff to people who are better able to look after it. Sad to let it go, but glad to be letting go of the guilt about not having the mental wherewithal to deal with it. Pretty much all my old personal websites/domains are also expired/gone. I'm glad to be leaving it behind.

4. Please note username change. While I hated being forced to use my birthname, I actually like my current name, and have been using it more often online of late. Feel free to refer to me as "Alex" when talking about me in the third person. Pronouns are still "they" or "she" - either is fine, though I aim for mostly being gender neutral when refering to myself.

5. I have a new blog, Spinster's Bayley, which more or less replaces the old "Chez Skud" blog, in that it's about domestic life, but is less just "random crap that I feel like writing about" but has a bit more intent around it. I'm tossing up whether to crosspost it here - feedback welcome. If you're interested in simple/sustainable/resilient living, homegrown and homemade stuff, and subjects of that variety, go take a look.

6. I also recently started blogging at Eat Local Ballarat about locally produced food in the Ballarat region. Don't imagine it'll be of much interest to people beyond this geographic area but if you're interested in local food or relocalisation in general, take a look :) Definitely won't be crossposting that one here, but of course there's the usual collection of RSS, newsletter, and social media for those who want to follow it.

7. I would welcome suggestions of any DWs that talk about simple living, or related topics (as above). Anyone got recs?

A Europe of the Regions?

Jun. 25th, 2016 09:55 am
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In addition to a whole lot of other things that one could say about this shambolic referendum, it's clear that the Leave campaign has been centred around the interests of England and Wales.

The Guardian has been examining the mess Brexit will make of the life of border communities in Northern Ireland, not to mention the peace process. Was this in any way part of the national dialogue about the referendum. Not really.

And then there's Scotland. Some Scottish Nationalists might well be happy about the vote giving them another chance at an independence referendum – not to mention legitimately angry about having to leave the EU when Scotland voted to stay – but Brexit causes some major issues with the practicality of Scottish independence. It was all very well when both countries were in the EU, but if Scotland manages to rejoin the EU, are there really going to be passports at the border? It seems to me that independence is now a harder road for Scotland, or at least a harder argument, not an easier one.

Of course this would only become an issue if Scotland were able to join the EU again, which is by no means certain (though some think Brexit might make EU membership easier for Scotland).

Having always rather liked the idea of a Europe of the Regions, I find Brexit depressing on these grounds.

(Not to mention all the others, obvs, but I feel those have been well addressed elsewhere...)

Daily Happiness

Jun. 25th, 2016 01:31 am
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1. Just as I was thinking things are going well at work, despite one of our best workers leaving early next month, I get the news today that someone else (another fulltime employee who we rely on a lot) broke his hand and may be out of commission for four weeks (or possibly more!). But other than that, things really do seem to be going well employee-wise. The new guy we hired is working out really well, and the guy we've been wanting to move from cashier to stocker may finally be able to change positions now that we have some more cashiers working. (But argh, broken hand! Why now!?)

2. A coworker brought in delicious cupcakes today!

3. I stayed up way later than I meant to (I really want to try to get to bed by midnight!) but at least I can sleep in tomorrow.

4. Mollyyyyyyyyy!

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Seen it a couple places around:

What’s your first and second most common work ratings? Explicit [56] and Teen and Up [38]. Probably due to the fact that if I'm going to write sex, I tend to just go ahead and make it porny, but I also enjoy writing a lot of gen. I kick things into the "teen and up" rating if I'm unsure about the maturity of any themes I'm writing about. I have two that aren't rated... hm. One of which is on the mature/explicit border and one of which is on the gen/teen border. I guess I could go back and put ratings on them. (It's "A Tiger at its Mother's Breast" and "All the World's A Stage for Death" if anyone's counting)

How many fics have you written in each relationship category? Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?

M/M (47), Gen (42), F/M (34), Multi (22), F/F (6), Other (2)

I tend to write... more complicated stuff, but yeah, I write a lot of straight-up dudeslash. I don't feel like I have much of a preference but I don't tend to gravitate toward femslash. I'd like to write more but it's the compounding problem of "not enough awesome femslash relationships in canon" compounded with "if I don't feel it I'm not going to make it happen," which leaves... fewer femslash ships happening in my writing. Then again, one of my first explicit stories was that Na'Toth/Neeoma Connally hookup...

The two "other" are "Mystery Workings" (which has m/m stuff and also some gender-queering happening) and "Delay" which is a solo story about Marcus Cole eroticizing his own virginity.

What are your top four fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?

Babylon 5 (32), Pirates of the Caribbean (Movies) (21), House M.D. (20), Doctor Who (13).

I'd say I migrate a LOT, but I do tend to keep coming back to fandoms I've loved in the past. I'll probably never pick up House again, though. I stopped watching in Season 3 and the thought of going back and reviewing canon is just exhausting. I'll probably never stop writing for Babylon 5, and I do have a few more ideas in PotC I'd like to finish. And as for Doctor Who, well, there's so much to explore! (That's Classic Who, not New, in case you're wondering. Though I did finally hear something that made me more interested in picking up the new stuff again. We'll see!)

I'm a very multifannish person, but I'm also much more likely to write one or two stories in a fandom and then either run out of projects or get distracted by the next shiny thing.

What are your top four character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?

Robert Chase (10), Greg House (10), Eric Foreman (9), Allison Cameron (8). I was puzzled until I realized that this does NOT include characters who are tagged in a relationship. Also, I tend to write about a lot of different characters, so the fact that House has a limited cast means I keep bringing in the same people over and over again. My B5 stories wander all over the character map, and there are a LOT of B5 characters, so I don't have the same concentration of tags.

What are your top two most used additional tags, and your bottom two? What would happen if you combined all of these into a fic?

Community: kink_bingo (30), Alternate Universe (30), Safe Sane and Consensual (6), Yuletide 2011 (4) (At least, those two are the bottom two on the list, which means they're used at least often enough to show up on the filter.) If I take out the community tags I get BDSM (19) and Directedverse (10), which along with Safe Sane and Consensual sounds like a nice evening in my most-returned-to AU.

(I know for a fact that there's at least one Additional Tag that is canonical that I've only used once--Dubious Consentacles. I'm not sure where that gets me--Alternate Universe, BDSM, Directedverse, Dubious Consentacles... hmm. Some kind of drunk tentacle monster Ghastly comic, I suppose.)

How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?

As far as I know, it's just the one, "Aspects and Avatars." I want to finish it, but GAH, so much to do and so little time to do it in. I tend not to post WIPs before they're finished, but I reassured myself that since it's just a linked set of ficlets rather than a proper story it would be okay. Ha ha ha.

There is never enough weekend

Jun. 24th, 2016 11:51 pm
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So tomorrow it's back to work. Every day until Thursday. Though tomorrow, I may very well take off early because I've worked so much OT this week. I really only need to be there to take care of a couple things that can't be rescheduled, so it wouldn't be that bad.

I'm planning on taking it easy this week. I hope that works out. At least, I'm planning on taking it easier.

Have I mentioned that I'm downloading a bunch of episodes of Nickelodeon Guts, that weird 90s kids sports competition game show? Miles or Jay mentioned the Aggro Crag a few episodes back in their podcast and I've been thinking about it ever since. Wow, is it ever 90s. Like, really, REALLY early 90s. Everything is "radical" and "extreme"! TO THE MAX! Of course, now that I'm an adult I'm more interested in their production. Did they set up a set of challenges and then film a few episodes in a row? Did they give the kids training time to familiarize themselves with the course?

Also, I don't think I ever saw the Global Guts spinoff before! It's oddly charming, like a baby Xtreme Olympics.

Maybe I'll invite some friends over for this and Legends of the Hidden Temple, as some kind of "The 90s Tries to Kill Children" party. Glowing and/or tiki drinks to be on theme.

Fine Details

Jun. 25th, 2016 06:11 am
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AO3 meme, from musesfool

What's your first and second most common work ratings? Any surprises?
Explicit (174) and Mature (145). I didn't realize that!

What's your most common archive warning? Least common?
No Archive Warnings Apply (471); Major Character Death (5). I don't have any Underage listed, though that doesn't mean none of my 519 fics at AO3 don't have it. *cough*

Do you consider yourself an adventurous writer?
I don't think I'm an unadventurous writer, but I don't think as myself as an adventurous writer. Does that make any sense?

How many fics have you written in each relationship category? Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?
M/M (392), Gen (102), Multi (21), Other (3), F/M (1). Not a surprise to me. I prefer to read M/M in fic and the broad majority of what I write has it.

What are your top 4 fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?
Weiß Kreuz (113), The X-Files (108), Andromeda (TV) (75), and due South (75). I'm actually currently working on Weiß Kreuz wsip and an Andromeda gen. I've been super fandom polygamous in my writing this year in particular.

What are your top 4 character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?
Fox Mulder (102), Alex Krycek (87), Schuldig (77), and Seamus Harper (75). I'd say that I had Mulder in 99% of my X-Files fic, so that's no surprise, and I slashed him with Krycek 95% of the time. 98% of my Andromeda fic had Harper in it. Schuldig came as a bit of a surprise though.

What are your top 2 most used additional tags, and your bottom 2? What would happen if you combined all 4 of these into a fic?
Drama (296) and Humor (150), but I don't even know how I'd find out about the bottom 2, especially since I know there are many tags I've only used once.

How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?
Four, and while I haven't posted more in ages on some of them I don't plan on abandoning any of them.

Do you guys have any questions about my fics?

super long haul

Jun. 24th, 2016 09:13 pm
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I'm going to Australia and New Zealand for vacation later this year! I have plane tickets, so I guess that's a real thing that's happening. And I'm probably gonna go back to India for work before November, so I'm going to rack up some miles. This time I'm at least going to try for business class.

Work has been interesting. I kind of quickly went from a place where I felt like I wasn't contributing anything and like I wasn't valued thanks to my annual review, to now having more responsibilities than I can handle. Right now I'm in a position to make some decisions that actually will make the internet safer, which is really cool. I'm also being pretty firm on not working 12 hours a day (which is a resolution I broke this week because I was pushing code, but whatevs), so I'm not sure how this is going to work out. I can't do all the things. I've even started feeling resentful about being an expert. I can't pass the buck!

I still haven't written anything fic-wise, but I have been cooking more, leaving work earlier, and watching TV. Doc Martin is expiring from Netflix Instant on July 1st, so I'm mainlining that right now. Katherine Parkinson! Surprise Chris O'Dowd!
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Title: The Music Room And The Penthouse
Rating: Teen and Up
Summary: Maria Stark makes a place for her son's many friends; Tony also makes his own place for them.
Notes: This was initially two separate stories, neither titled, but both being short I thought they went particularly well together. Written for the June Fic Fest in June of 2016. Prompts were:
Anonymous: I just adore your Jan and Natasha interacting with Maria, and I'd love to see their shopping trip! Or just the aftermath, with Jarvis providing soothing beverages after a frenetic day out.
Anonymous: I really love your Silver Age series, so could you maybe write Tony and Bucky cuddling/tinkering together in that universe?
Warnings: None.

Part of the Silver Age universe; also available at AO3.

Maria was playing piano when Tony came into the morning room... )
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I am in need of a new mouse; current one (evoluent vertical) is dying and also ergonomically bad for me (yes it's an ergonomic mouse, but I'm a special snowflake).

What I need:
* because of mobility restrictions, I'm looking at things that don't move -- so trackballs or joysticks. Small touchpads might work, I don't know.
* because same, dual-hand or lefthanded
* scroll wheel preferred but not required (current mouse's scroll hasn't worked for two years
* PC running Windows 10.

Anyone have suggestions, recommendations, anti-recs, advices, etc?

Friday Yardening

Jun. 24th, 2016 08:57 pm
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Today I watered the container plants, the wildflower garden, and the patch of grass by the patio.

The first of my echinacea flowers are blooming.  \o/

Linkspam has a new filling (ouch)

Jun. 24th, 2016 06:18 pm
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I'm astonished and saddened about the referendum results in the UK, especially since it appears that many people didn't actually know what they were voting for? I can't even. All my sympathies to folks currently living and working in Britain.


Dave Eggars has a fairly damning report on a Trump rally in Sacramento. Damning for what it says about Trump's appeal, rather than for what Trump himself says. Interesting...

This won't convince anyone, but it's a great essay debunking a lot of the asserted reasons for hating Hillary Clinton. (Protip: it's sexism.) And again: why is Hillary being held to a standard that never appears to be applied to her male counterparts? Am I not supposed to notice that a media frenzy has been aimed at Hillary Clinton for accepting speaking fees of $225,000 while Donald Trump has been paid $1.5 MILLION on numerous occasions with hardly a word said about it? Am I supposed to not notice that we are now in an election season in which Donald Trump, a proud scam artist whose involvement in "Trump University" alone is being defined by the New York Attorney General as "straight-up fraud", is regularly calling Hillary Clinton "Crooked Hillary" and getting away with it?


This is a bit hyperbolic, but I could see at least some of it happening: The hack that could take down New York City.

This book about beauty looks really fascinating.

This is kind of a great story -- a dude rescues a baby deer.

Noted for later reading: The Guardian on the evolution of personal taste (I think).

Also wild times in Utah.


In other news, I haven't read all of this yet, but apparently there are new guidelines from Paramount for fannish Trek films? Um. If they're fan films, how can Paramount issue guidelines? (I know, I know, with the threat of lawsuits, naturally.) But really, if they fall within corporate guidelines, they're really not transformative texts anymore, they're approved derivative uses. Or so I would guess.

... and now that I've looked at the summary at Tor.com, holy cow. This is so gross. I really love the one where the fan filmmakers are forbidden to make their own props. And the one where they're required to only distribute via streaming or download -- they can't distribute on dvd/cd. (Sorry, fans in places without broadband, you're not allowed to watch fan films!)

Eh. I'm sure IP attorneys will have more sophisticated takes than I do, but this will chill any critical takes on the Trek franchise. Although I'm not sure how critical any of the fan episodes/films are -- fan films require so much more labor than fanfiction does, I don't know how far afield those folks tend to go.


In other fannishness, I finished reading League of Dragons last night. And ... I liked it. Didn't LOVE it, but it was entertaining, and resolved a lot of stuff in pretty thoughtful and creative ways. There is, in fact, one particular bit at the end where Temeraire goes to thank someone and is roundly rebuffed for his pains, that I just really appreciated. That said, I didn't love the way the narrative cut away from some of the more dramatic moments, only to tell us about them later. In fact, three of the most dramatic things to happen in the entire series are never shown, which I found... baffling?

Anyway, it was still pretty fun and I think anyone who has been sticking with the series will find the conclusion pretty sound. Stuff mostly gets resolved and you can see an interesting future ahead for most of the characters.
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One thing I have been thinking about today in regard to Brexit: no lives were lost.

Making the decision did not require an army, weaponry or a DMZ. Or some version of Henry V or General Montgomery.

I am not being sarcastic about this. I know the Brexit winning the vote is a huge thing and nobody knows how it will play out -- though I feel the need to mention that *nothing has happened yet*. It will take a couple of years to sort out; if you are British and want to work in Europe? Find the job *now*, so you will already be there when it comes through.

But with all the wars in the world? And all the idiots running around with guns here? I am very glad to see a governmental decision, a major one, that does not require someone to die.

What a load of shit that was.

Jun. 24th, 2016 11:42 pm
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I say, Marvel Heroes sure picked the best day to randomly gift me with a cute dog. Though ironically one named Lucky, of all things.

So sorry for all my friends dealing with the Brexit fiasco, the anger, sadness, and uncertainty it all brings. Wish I could rewind to when VidUKon was going on and people had something to smile about. Such a fucking mess.

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Jun. 24th, 2016 04:30 pm
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Dear everyone I know in Britain and/or who is British: I am so incredibly fucking sorry. Maybe we can all just agree to rewind 2016 to, like, somewhere in February or March and try it again from the top.

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Jun. 24th, 2016 01:59 pm
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There are not eight middles! There are THIRTEEN middles. How did I not see that? I'm four scenes short of having six middles finished. What is this project? How does it keep growing?

My house is possibly on fire.

Jun. 24th, 2016 05:13 pm
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Jun. 24th, 2016 10:33 am
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I'm certainly feeling a lot more good will towards the Scottish independence movement these days.

Christ, what a time to live in.

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Jun. 25th, 2016 01:26 am
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I thought it might happen that way. (Also, I had the impression that most polls were around 50:50.) Even though I hoped not - but I've sort of given up on expecting people not to make decisions out of anger, fear and spite.


The Rules Saga, Atobe/Ryoma, WIP, Prince of Tennis, by psiten. It might be WIP with what is likely a long wait for updates (if ever) but this is, hands down, one of the nicest PoT fics for this pairing that I've read.

The Reaper and the Flowers, Seishirou, Tokyo Babylon/1999, by 定 (Hikarinimichitasora)

at least a little bit good

Jun. 24th, 2016 12:52 pm
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Brexit is not a warning about Trump.

The House Democrats' sit-in on gun violence is a genius move -- and it's already working. And this is the speech that you need to see. (The experience of one of the Reps who faced a gun in her own home.)


You want to help stop human trafficking -- children 14, 12 or younger used for sex -- but you don't know what will help? When you travel, take photos of your hotel room and send them to Traffick Cam, which matches them with photos of children on beds in hotel rooms, to rescue the children.


Jewish, Muslim and Christian women who dress modestly are starting a style revolution together .

And useful paraprosdokians. Read on if you don't know what they are; chances are that you've said some of them.
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A test version of the booster for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, will fire up for the second of two qualification ground tests at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28 at prime contractor Orbital ATK's test facility in Promontory, Utah. NASA Television will air live coverage of the booster test June 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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I woke up to the news this morning about the Brexit vote and wow, wow, what is happening? 2016 must be stopped. ([tumblr.com profile] angelgazing texted me this morning to say that now she knows what the rest of the world is up to in all those US-centric YA dystopias, and it ain't good.) I'm terrified that here in the US we're going to wake to an equally horrific result in November even though part of me still can't believe we'd be that stupid! I mean, we are not very smart, a lot of the time, as a country, but surely we're not that stupid?

Anyway, good luck to all y'all in the UK. I have a feeling you're going to need it.

In less disturbing news, here's that AO3 meme - I posted it to tumblr yesterday, but I'm putting it here as well so I can find it again if I want to:

What's your first and second most common work ratings? Any surprises?
General Audiences (269) and then Teen And Up Audiences (209). I would have expected it to be the other way around honestly. But then, I think I lowball the ratings sometimes. I seem to recall [personal profile] mousapelli once telling me I couldn't rate something G that had under the blouse boob-touching. I think I listened to her? (I'm pretty sure it was some James/Lily schmoop.)

What's your most common archive warning? Least common?
Most common: No Archive Warnings Apply (650); Underage (21). Least common: Rape/Non-Con (1); Graphic Depictions Of Violence (1). That seems about right. If incest were a common archive warning, it'd probably bump underage, but it isn't. Mostly I don't write stuff that needs warnings (or in the case of incest, the pairing is the warning?). I kind of got all of that out of my system in those XMM stories that haven't been uploaded to AO3. *snerk*

Do you consider yourself an adventurous writer?
No. I think you pretty much know what you're getting when you see my name on a story. With rare exceptions, I tend to write the stories I want to read, so I don't feel a lot of need to work out of my comfort zone or stretch or whatever motivates people who do that.

How many fics have you written in each relationship category? Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?
M/M (292); Gen (205); F/M (198); F/F (27); Multi (21); Other (1). Taking into account the lack of most of the 100-odd XMM stories I wrote back in 2000-2003, most of which were het, I'd say this seems right. It's also missing a lot of the ficlets and drabbles I wrote in HP and never bothered to move to AO3. (You can see the numbers with those added in on my pinboard index.)

I do have preferences, but they're related to relationship dynamics rather than gender or sexuality – in some fandoms I do prefer m/m but in some fandoms I am all about the het (or the OT3). I also have a few fandoms where the family/friend/non-romantic relationships are just as interesting to me as the romantic/sexual ones are (SPN, Firefly, Star Wars), which accounts for the amount of gen I've written.

I do wish I wrote more F/F. I say that every year and yet I don't seem to do it.

What are your top 4 fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?
Supernatural (159); Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling (156); The Avengers (Marvel Movies)/Captain America (Movies) (127); Firefly (51) (again this leaves out the ~100 XMM stories I wrote back in the day and never uploaded to AO3).

Except for SPN, with which I had an unhappy and rage-fueled breakup, I still write/want to write in all of these. (I mean, I do miss s2-era Sam and Dean – that was some fun writing times – but I haven't watched the show in 6 years or so and have no desire to catch up.)

I miss writing in Firefly sometimes – the specific cadences of the language and the characters spoke to me a lot – but I do have a new (old) fannish focus atm. I mean, I come back to old fandoms somewhat randomly in time or for ~reasons. I still have unfinished wsip in a couple of the fandoms I've written way less in (Push, DCU, etc.). And I'm not not still in MCU fandom. I mean, I still read in it and want to write in it. But it's been nearly 5 years for me, which is a long time to keep telling stories about the same characters.

I tend to stay in fandoms for 2-3 years at least, and I frequently have a couple of fandoms going at once.

What are your top 4 character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?
Dean Winchester (144); Sam Winchester (140); Sirius Black (137); Remus Lupin (136). Oh man, you couldn't have asked for Top 5? Then I could get STEVE ROGERS in. But that seems right. I mean, I will always love Sirius and Remus – OTP OF OTPS – and I did love Sam and Dean a lot when I loved them. That show was a gift for fic writers in its early seasons.

What are your top 2 most used additional tags, and your bottom 2? What would happen if you combined all 4 of these into a fic?
Top 2: West Wing Title Project (83); Schmoop (45)
Bottom 2: First Time (16); Female Sam (14)

Obviously it'd be a schmoopy first time for Dean and his AU sister Sam with a title from a West Wing episode. Something I'm sure I wrote more than once.

How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?
I don't post works in progress.


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Jun. 24th, 2016 08:57 am
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UK folks: y'all have my sympathies. :]
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"put your feet up to the edge, put your face in the wind
and when you fall back down keeping on remembering
every storm runs out of rain
just like every dark night turns to day
every heartache will fade away"
--gary allan, "every storm (runs out of rain)"

"Pax in forma columba..."

Jun. 24th, 2016 09:47 am
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Posted by Jo Walton

Come, peace, descend to us now
in the form
of an urban pigeon.

Underfoot everywhere, disregarded,
fed by children on sugar biscuits,
and by old people on hoarded crumbs.

Flocking all over, rising up at a sudden alarm
to settle back in a flutter of wings,
unafraid, beautiful, ubiquitous,.

Grey, barred, or brown,
with a preen of glorious pink,
bright-eyed, head cocked, bold.

Descend into the interstices of our lives,
peck round our park benches, strut past our summits,
nest on our ledges, circle our rooftops.

Billing and cooing, pouting and searching,
come down to the hearts of our cities
and be everywhere taken for granted.

Again, sponsored by my excellent and much appreciated Patreon sponsors.

Read "Guido" by Siliconshaman

Jun. 24th, 2016 04:42 am
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Guido" which comes between "Chase" and "Liquid Time."   It shows the perspective of a henchman who is a lot smarter than he looks.  <3
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It possibly wasn't the best idea to slam the drinks I just did, but damn, it's been a WEEK.

The last straw was probably today when my boss was complaining that me taking Friday off (and working Saturday and Sunday) meant that it screwed up his three-day weekend. Excuse you, me attempting to schedule my one-day weekend is kind of important to me! Ugh. There is more to that story but it's not really relevant. That just put me in a snit.

I haven't been writing very much, but I'm hoping that next week I won't have to pull as much overtime and will have some time to sit down and write. And to pack! It's Lair week very soon, and I'm looking forward to it. Mountains and margaritas, here I come!

In the meantime, there's vodka and Chak De! India. That's a reasonable compromise.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 24th, 2016 12:52 am
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1. Went out to lunch for my birthday today with my mom and Carla. (My birthday is on Sunday, but I have work then.) We went to Truxton's and Carla and I both got the new Seoul Burger, which was so good! It had kimchi and a fried egg on top, and some sort of delicious gochujang-based sauce. Also their sweet potato fries were super tasty as usual.

2. I mostly didn't do much today but I did get some translating done.

3. We took a nice walk tonight, which we haven't done in a week or so due to the heat. (It's supposed to get hotter again this weekend, I think, but it's really nice right now, if humid.)

4. We got a package today, which means new box for Chloe! (And Molly, too, though while she does enjoy a good box, she's not nearly as box-obsessed as Chloe, who will jump in two seconds after you put a new box down, even if she was in some other part of the house sleeping.)

I think we've got about fifteen boxes of various sizes scattered around the house and it's not a large house! Should probably go around and throw out all but a few, but they love them so much!


Jun. 24th, 2016 02:15 am
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Between the polling failures and the nationalism on display, I am afraid that the Brexit vote could be the canary in the coal mine for what's going to happen to the US in November.


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