Stockings ahoy!

Dec. 3rd, 2016 11:09 am
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I'm home! Had 11 days in London playing tour guide big sis to my two teen cousins, who were lovely and well-behaved, though I feel like my brain started to atrophy a few days in due to a lack of peer-level interaction. I think being alone would've been less brain-draining than having to play babysitter, even if there's still positive socialising involved.

Anyway, I watched far fewer shows this round mostly because it was a short trip and there wasn't as much playing that interested me. I was aiming to go for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child but sadly I couldn't get tix for all three of us at the same show, so that was a bust. Maybe if it's still playing next time, when Hamilton's started, I'll give it a try again?

I did watch Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which is playing at the Aldwych Theatre just around the corner from where my cousins watched The Lion King. I've been curious about Beautiful for a while, and I'm pleased that it was as wonderful as I expected it to be; emotional, witty, clever, heart-breaking, with a whole bunch of great songs highlighted. In many ways it's the feminine flipside to the very masculine Jersey Boys (the program book even mentions Jersey Boys as an inspiration!) which is very welcome and a tremendous balm. I couldn't help comparing the two throughout; Jersey Boys has a stronger overall story, but Beautiful is far more intimate and heartfelt.

Cassidy Janson made for an amazing Carole, and more than once I had to double-take because of how much she looks and sounds like the actual Ms. King, though funnily enough that was when she wasn't wearing the curly wig (which was too obviously a wig). Alan Morrissey as Gerry Goffin was okay, but I felt like he was way too overshadowed by Janson, as well as by the STUPENDOUSLY CHARMING Ian McIntosh and Lorna Want as Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. (I'd seen Lorna Want before in Evita where she only had the one song, and was delighted to see more of her range here). As an unexpected surprise this production had Matt Nalton (!!!!) whom I adored as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys playing various characters, so I may have been screaming quietly at various points throughout the show. BONUS!

There's no London recording, so I got the Broadway one and have been listening to it on repeat today. I love so many of the songs, it's wonderful.

Daily Happiness

Dec. 3rd, 2016 01:32 am
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1. I stopped at the store on the way home tonight, totally not planning to buy anything for dinner, since I already had something at home, but I happened to walk past the Marie Calendar's chicken pot pies and they looked so good and it's been ages since I had one, so I got it and it was the best dinner and now I wish I'd gotten more (except the freezer is jam-packed again and there's no room for them anyway).

2. I did a bunch of translating this evening. Feeling pretty good about that.

3. Work was hectic this morning, but I managed to come home pretty much on time.

4. Since I work weekends, I don't have that "yay Friday" feeling many people with more traditional work weeks have, but my weekend days are late days, and then I have Mondays off, so I do always feel a little bit "yay Friday" because it means I have three days in a row where I don't have to set my alarm.

5. Snuggly Molly.

D&D

Dec. 3rd, 2016 03:30 am
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Well, that was interesting. (A lot of fun! But, well, interesting. In a "does that count as a tpk or not?" kind of way.)

Our DM has lost her voice, so we were going to cancel our Friday D&D game at the last minute. One of the other players (our rogue) volunteered to throw together a oneshot, though, less than two hours before the normal start time. We all readily agreed to that idea and went to come up with new characters. Well, mostly. More on that in a minute.

I stuck with playing a cleric, since I didn't want to have to learn a completely new class for a oneshot (and, while I like playing a rogue on Tuesdays, tonight's game was with Level 2 characters and rogues... aren't that great at that level). Instead of one of the usual races, though, I went with a tabaxi now that they're a playable 5e race. And I went with Trickery Domain instead of Knowledge Domain, which was actually a hell of a lot of fun.

As I said before, our halfling rogue was the DM. Our gnome barbarian played a dragonborn warlock for this game (specifically "Augustus Hailfire from Draconia", a blue dragonborn - and those of you who watch Critical Role would probably recognize the voice and mannerisms :-P). Our elf wizard was a dwarf paladin. And our half-elf bard... well, he was actually the exact same half-elf bard that he always plays, just as a 9-year-old rather than a 20something. No, really.

To give you an idea as to how the game went, let me post a few tweets that I made last night:
The cleric's dead, two people have jumped down a hole, and the paladin's holding a giant spider by a fang. This D&D oneshot is going well.

The paladin has now managed to yank the fang off of the spider and is using it as an improvised dagger. Or, at least, he's trying.

And now the paladin is riding on top of the spider's body, Dr. Strangelove-style, as they fall towards a giant underground lake. As you do.

The cleric's dead, the warlock's unconscious, the paladin's at 1HP, the random myconid we saved is at 1HP, and the bard's almost drowning.

They're trying to decide which NPC to follow: the dwarf who wants to go to the surface or the myconid that wants to go deeper underground.

Apparently they're following the myconid, with the unconscious dragonborn being dragged behind them because nobody can heal him.

So... the cleric (who died first) was the only character that didn't let the myconid into her head.

All of the others trusted it. And the oneshot ended with the surviving characters being brainwashed into becoming part of the hivemind.

So, yes, the game clearly went well. :-P

(Seriously, though, it was a lot of fun! And very, very, very impressive for something that was thrown together in less than an hour.)

A Triple Star is Born

Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:42 am
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A triple star system is forming, enshrouded within this dusty natal disk A triple star system is forming, enshrouded within this dusty natal disk


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We may have found the underlying cause of the heart murmur, and the reason we can't seem to get his diabetes to stabilize, and why he's been so successful at losing the extra weight: he's hyperthyroid.

Excuse me while I headdesk for a while over my expensive damn cat.

They're running a second test on his blood to confirm the hyperthyroidism and if that comes back positive then I guess we get to add one more med to the daily regime.

Poem: "Best Teach It to Dance"

Dec. 2nd, 2016 08:45 pm
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "aggressive" square in my 12-1-16 card for the Defining Character fest, and the "nurture self-worth" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, but contains some intense emotions. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. The Finns take Shiv to Pennsic War for a day. It includes anxiety over expectations, being in a totally unfamiliar place, feeling overwhelmed by people and social activities, touch aversion, (wildly inappropriate) accusations of racism, other people ignoring rules, which drives Shiv up a wall, so he starts stealing contraband off people, scavenging for supplies, performance anxiety, panic over social connections, physical exhaustion and overheating, discussion of supervillain philosophy, educational comparisons, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

Read more... )
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Since I don't have a fic request or question for today, I'm posting an unfinished story again instead. I don't quite know how this ends, which is why it's unfinished, but there's a decent chance for this getting done. I like the characters, I like the story, I'm just temporarily baffled. (For, you know, four years of baffled...l That said, feel free to comment, ask questions, speculate, etc. It's the most likely thing to prod this along!

TL;DR? Have a WIP/Amnesty fic. Enjoy! (At the AO3 here.)

Nota bene: WIP: aka, 10 pages, it's not done, and it was supposed to be a PWP? (See that gen rating?) Also, set between Captain America and The Avengers, and now an AU. You know: I'd started writing this before I found out when Coulson and Cap first met, but I was having too much fun to change it back.
Furlough

Steve Rogers went from Project: Rebirth to the stage show to the fronts to SHIELD. He's way, way overdue for leave; he's just not entirely prepared for 2012. That shouldn't be too much of a problem when touring Washington, D.C. and its museums -- should it? )
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Not Me: So how was your day?
Me: Do I think Zootopia is a great movie? Yes! Yes I do.

"look how far you’ve come, you filled your heart with love
you’ve done enough, take a deep breath
don't beat yourself up, no need to run so fast
sometimes we come last but we did our best"
--shakira, "try everything"

Happy December!

Dec. 3rd, 2016 03:25 am
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Posted by escapade_team

Happy December!  Can you believe it’s only 98 days until Escapade??


 


I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get excited, and starting to think about what I want to talk about when I get there.


 


Right now is kind of an annoying time on TV, what with all the “winter finales” and gaps in new episodes until sometime in January.  But what we can do in the mean time is work on fixing what they’ve left hanging for us, right?


 


Best way to do that is to put all that annoyance into a panel idea!  Then once you’ve come up with something that needs to be ranted about, er, discussed, head to the Panel Suggestion page on the website and let us know what it is!


 


Even if you’re not annoyed about something some showrunner has done, I’m sure there must be something in your fandom, or in the world of fandom at large that really needs to be talked about!


 


Let us know:


 


https://escapadecon.net/panels/suggestions/

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Dec. 2nd, 2016 07:31 pm
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Here are some pics from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, where The Boy and I went on Thanksgiving day. It's a really cool combination museum/botanical garden/aviary/zoo, and the weather was perfect on the day we went.

Birds and beasts )

Happy December!

Dec. 3rd, 2016 03:25 am
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Happy December!  Can you believe it’s only 98 days until Escapade??


 


I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get excited, and starting to think about what I want to talk about when I get there.


 


Right now is kind of an annoying time on TV, what with all the “winter finales” and gaps in new episodes until sometime in January.  But what we can do in the mean time is work on fixing what they’ve left hanging for us, right?


 


Best way to do that is to put all that annoyance into a panel idea!  Then once you’ve come up with something that needs to be ranted about, er, discussed, head to the Panel Suggestion page on the website and let us know what it is!


 


Even if you’re not annoyed about something some showrunner has done, I’m sure there must be something in your fandom, or in the world of fandom at large that really needs to be talked about!


 


Let us know:


 


https://escapadecon.net/panels/suggestions/

Am I the only person

Dec. 2nd, 2016 09:20 pm
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Who looks to my Amazon order history whenever I have to figure out my prior addresses for some kind of application?
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Sometimes I cook something and I can’t tell if it’s delicious or not.

I came across Dill Pickle Soup, somehow, and while I don’t like the actual flavor of pickles, I do like the smell and the flavor of the pickling juice. And it’s basically just a potato soup with a light vinegar base. So I decided I’d make the recipe, and I finally got round to making it.

I left the actual pickles out of the recipe because that seemed like it would make it a bit strong, and I was right. Because the finished product tasted basically like pickle juice with the texture of potato soup. Which is fine because, as indicated, I liked pickle juice. And I also like potato soup.

But it was a bit one-note, so I added some more Old Bay and a bit of garlic powder as well, and that adds complexity, but I still can’t tell if it tastes good or not. It has a flavor! Do I like the flavor? I don’t know! (Should have cooked a bunch of chopped up bacon and used the fat instead of butter, also should have added less pickle juice.) 

Also I made half a recipe because holy crap the Noble Pig recipe makes a VAT of soup, like ten or twelve cups of soup. Half a recipe will still feed me for probably two weeks, if I choose to eat it.

Will I choose to eat it? WHO CAN SAY.

Nessie Ladle likes it, though.

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So, reality... and a Korean drama

Dec. 3rd, 2016 12:26 pm
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I keep failing to post. I don't want to talk about US politics, but I don't want to ignore US politics and pretend everything's okay, and... ugh.

This Mira Jordan column made me cry: Here's What I'm Telling My Brown Son About Trump's America

And this poem: Revenge


And now, a Kdrama. I've just finished Witch's Romance, and it was adorable! It's definitely going in my faves. Sixteen episodes of a cranky 39yo workaholic and her earnestly sweet, gorgeous 25yo love interest. It has very little plot: sometimes they're heading towards capital-D Drama, and then it gets undercut or takes an abrupt comic turn. I think the main couple have, like, one fight in the whole show, and multiple meet-cutes (can you technically have more than one meet-cute? somehow they manage to!). But there's enough going on to give it momentum; it's just that if it were fanfic, it would be firmly in the "fluff" category. Also, the supporting ensemble is great.

A few pics )

Sadly, I don't have the arms to screencap the rest of the cast right now, but other things I liked include:

- Ji Yeon's relationship with her mother is wonderful.
- Dong Ha shares an apartment with his best friend, and they have a great, teasing friendship.
- Nearly everyone likes everyone and wants the best for them, Ji Yeon's colleagues notwithstanding.
- People are mostly very good at communicating. (There is a little bit of problematic nice-guy-ism happening in one corner, but it turns out all right.)
- Epic levels of cute.
- The gender reversals -- she is the obnoxious one, for once.
- Noona romances (older woman, younger man) often seem to be about the woman deciding to be playful and not settle down just yet. See also The Woman Who Wants to Marry. ♥
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Via [personal profile] runpunkrun:
Yesterday, December 1st, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted this:
House Committee on Science retweets Breitbart: '.@BreitbartNews: Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists' December 1, 2016 from twitter


I'm sure I don't need to explain why this is outrageous.

I called my rep who serves on the committee to express my outrage, and his staffer informs me that he and his fellow Democrats have already condemned the tweet and the underlying implications in every venue they can. As I've mentioned before: you should only contact the people who represent you (i.e., for whom you can vote), don't go around emailing/calling/otherwise contacting people you can't vote for; this is an explanation of why from a former congressional staffer, but if your rep is on the committee, please do call, either to thank them for standing up for evidence-based science or to condemn their use of junk science from an unreliable news source, depending on their party.
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Actress Octavia Spencer, left, who plays Dorothy Vaughan in the film "Hidden Figures" and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, right, greets NASA "human computer" Katherine Johnson, at a reception to honor NASA's "human computers" on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, VA.

Drabble

Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:05 pm
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This isn't my fault. Jumblr made me do it.


Drabble: The Martian Chabadniks. (100 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Martian - Andy Weir
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mark Watney
Additional Tags: Drabble, Flash Fic, Jewish Mark Watney, Chabad, Tumblr Fic, Based on a Tumblr Post, Jews In Space, Jumblr (Jewish Tumblr)
Summary:

bigsis144: You’d think you’re making first contact on a new planet… but no, there’s already a Chabad house there, doors open to all.
gnomerino: There are a number of jokes about first contact situations where the aliens come to earth and have already encountered Chabadniks.



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Dec. 2nd, 2016 03:25 pm
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Dec. 2nd, 2016 11:00 pm
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Watched, among others:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It sounds like damning with praise but it was nice? Loved the creatures and special effects, and the story itself has a lot of potential (I can see why sequels are forthcoming, and not just because of the franchise thing). Also, kind of weird to say this after 8 Harry Potter films, but it's just fun to see adults doing regular magic without thinking that at any moment, the big bad was going to kill everyone. Well, I guess that big bad does make its presence felt at the end but that was expected. Read more... )


Your Name (trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRfHcp2GjVI)

Which was all kinds of awesome and easily one of the best movies I've seen this year (though I've mostly seen blockbusters all year). I thought at first that it was going to be a quirky romantic story that makes use of the oft-misused body-switching schtick, but the plot was better than that. The point when the characters find out what really, really happened, and my heart was breaking when I thought that was it, no more true love. But luckily that was only the halfway point...

The artwork is great, though not very distinctive. That's all right, though; what really shines is the storytelling. And what I really loved was how it went into the local traditions of Mitsuha's hometown, going very micro in one part of it, linking traditional rituals and beliefs with the characters, and then, as the plot unfolds, connecting all of that with macro themes of love and longing and emotional ties. It's lovely work, a tiny bit sentimental without being preachy. And the plotpoint has kumihimo braids! I adore that part of it so much. spoilery )
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Poem: "To Feel Safe in This World"

Dec. 2nd, 2016 01:41 am
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This poem is spillover from the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "situational Awareness" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Read more... )

Daily Happiness

Dec. 2nd, 2016 02:04 am
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1. I got out and did some errands today even though I really just wanted to stay home.

2. I got a ton of translating done. Very happy about that.

3. It's so windy tonight. I love it!

4. Chloe toes.

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AND IT DIIIIIIIID

Avengers Academy blab )

Deep Thoughts

Dec. 2nd, 2016 08:35 am
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ride_4ever asked me to comment on any aspect or aspects of my due South Borderlands - One for Sorrow series, like technical things about writing it or the feels I got from it while writing it or what originally sparked the idea. (Readers, it's not too late to give me questions about anything--interesting, boring - I don't judge, impertinent, or unusual questions for me or what have you always wanted to know about me, my past, or my opinions on Very Important Topics--to tackle for this December posting meme!)

I can’t vouch for all the facts here since I wrote the series from 1999-2002--has it really been 17 years since I started it?--and memories fade somewhat, but all of the following is true as far as I know.

I actually wrote in the original author notes for “One for Sorrow,” the first story I wrote in the series, that readers shouldn’t ask for a sequel because I didn’t have one in mind and wasn’t sure exactly where I’d gotten this fic. Sleepy Saturdays when I half wake up but don’t have to get out of bed have given me several stories and fic scenes over the years, and “One for Sorrow” was one of them. Its most obvious influence would be the more mystical episodes due South had done, while secondary would come from me reading the entire Neil Gaiman The Sandman run.

(This is also partly how “One for Sorrow” was written in the third-person while the whole rest of the series is in first-person. “One for Sorrow” was a one-shot, while the rest of Borderlands was conceived as a series and just demanded first-person.)

I eventually got the idea of writing more post-series fics and tying them in to “One for Sorrow.” The new stories ended up being a prequel, two sequels, and one alternate final fic. I had a lot of Thoughts about Ray and Fraser and what the finale's ending said they did. Some of the finale’s tie-ups of various characters’ futures are openly ridiculous, like Ray Vecchio coughing up a golden bullet, Stella having anything to do with a bowling alley, and Frannie’s six fatherless “immaculate conception” babies. (Immaculate conception isn’t that, but so many people get that wrong that I’m not terribly surprised.) So maybe Ray and Fraser didn’t actually go off dogsledding into the frozen, isolated wilderness not long after Ray was nearly killed by hypothermia as the ending seemed to suggest.

But let’s say their “reaching out hand” quest happened and went down like that. It would be very Ray Kowalski to throw everything--his home, his job, his friends, the parents he only recently reconnected with, his beloved car, city life, and his country--away for the person he loves, and I can see the romance of that, but is it really healthy or fair?

A lot of fics at the time answered “yes.” Happy Ray with his Mountie love living out in the middle of nowhere or in a very small town in Canada and being content with that and whatever job the author tossed at him, like mechanic or pilot. When he does interact with anyone who isn’t Fraser, it was mainly as an appendage of Fraser’s. Both the characters and narrative agreed that this was a wonderful state of affairs.

But Ray is a guy with a lot of personality, and a guy so set on becoming a cop that he did it even after his father threatened to cut all ties to him over it and followed through on that threat. This is a guy who nearly died in Canada not that long ago, someone going through a massive identity crisis at Vecchio’s return and afraid that Fraser is going to throw him away the way many people in his life had. He’s even more of a fish out of water in the Northwest Territories than Fraser was in Chicago because Ray is completely dependent on him for survival,at least during the quest for the hand of Franklin. (I see why Ray wanted to start as soon as possible, since he’s desperate to keep Fraser, but why couldn’t Fraser have at least waited until spring?) Ray can learn, but it’s still a difficult life, especially if you’re not born to it.

I’m a city girl who was transplanted in the country for a few years. Nature is beautiful, but the isolation and lack of options wore at me, as did how far away and long I had to travel for everything. And I at least could get my parents to sometimes let me drive their minivan or eventually my car places. It’s much faster than a dogsled. People didn’t really talk to each other there, and I didn’t find any sense of community.

I returned to a city as soon as possible.

I wasn’t really seeing any of my thoughts in other people’s fic, which has led to me (somewhat resentfully *g*) writing more than a few stories over the years.

I figure that Ray and Fraser's trouble with Raven/One for Sorrow made them end their Franklin quest--and confess their love for each other--sooner than they would have otherwise. If not for that, Ray would suffer in silence until they either found the hand or had to give up for some other important reason.

As I got into the series more, I ended up roping a lot more concepts in and making the series longer, as usual. There’s Fraser, who recently remembered the murder of his mother and just lost his father for a second time. There’s thinking about what his past relationship with Victoria said about him and what he’s used to. There’s the way “Burning Down the House” threw away Fraser’s neighbors and 98% of the Vecchio family and the series rarely even mentioned them ever again even though they were formerly a good-sized portion of Fraser’s life in Chicago. I found it difficult to believe that Fraser never thought about them. There was my curiosity about Ray’s life as a cop before becoming Vecchio: his co-workers, cases, and friends. He didn’t seem to have any canonical contact with any of them aside from Sam Franklin and Beth Botrelle in “The Ladies’ Man” due to maintaining his cover, but I would’ve liked to have heard more.

In “Nevermore” I ended up dealing with all of this plus tying up loose ends from the series plus doing my version of “correcting” the weirder destinies of the cast. Plus presenting a somewhat more complex view of Stella, who canonically can be meaner than she has to be to Ray, though he was stalking her for a while, but I have some sympathy for her position. Canon is that they divorced over children--he wanted them, she didn’t--but there might be more to it than that. They knew one another since they were pretty young, and Stella seemed to be the only person Ray was really in romantic love with. (Until Fraser. *cough*) People’s feelings can change over time, and sometimes it turns out that the two of you eventually don’t want the same things or that maybe you never really did. Being married to a cop can be difficult. A more generous reading of why she puts Ray down so hard and often is that he obviously would take her back in an instant and she still has feelings for him too--they certainly still have chemistry and I got the impression that a lack of good sex was never a problem in their relationship--but wants to remain separated. The writers giving her the canonical ending of settling down with Ray Vecchio and moving to Florida to open a bowling alley doesn’t look good for her or Kowalski, so I was glad to present something that went along with my conception of the characters.

Originally I thought "Nevermore" would be the final fic in Borderlands, but I spent a lot of time being bored out of my mind during jury duty in January 2001 and had the thought of what might come of Ray's new psychic/mystical abilities in a more X-Files/Weapon X/Alpha Flight-ish universe. I finished and posted "Nevermore" first because that was the meaty, in-depth contemplation and tie-up of all the things I'd brought up earlier in the series, the true finale, then went on to write the much shorter, dark lark AU "Neverland." I couldn't resist putting a bit of the Things Once Linked series in there. If you can get a chance to listen to the Sisters of Mercy's song "Neverland," the short version and the 12-minute-long version, you should. They make a great companion to "Neverland" the fic.

I spent a lot of thought about how much Rachel Walker I should present in "Nevermore" because I felt she was an important foil and mirror character but didn't want her to become too big a distraction, bore people, or seem like a Mary Sue. One of my betas suggested I spell her as "Rae" instead of "Ray" to make it a little more obvious who was being referred to, but Walker absolutely refused. (First-person narration became even more of a boon to me and readers in "Nevermore" since it had three Rays in it.) If you're interested, "Nevermore," "In a Box," and "Free" are all in continuity for Ray Walker's backstory, even though "Free" is an AU in other ways.

If there are any questions or comments about any of this, please feel free to leave them for me here.

Critical Role

Dec. 2nd, 2016 02:26 am
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On the one hand, I'm totally going to regret staying up until 2:30am watching this show in less than five hours. Which is when I need to get up for work.

On the other hand, it was a hell of an episode.

ETA: Spoilers in the comments.

'tis the season...

Dec. 2nd, 2016 01:14 am
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...to need a distraction.

So, rec me your favorite Christmas/winter holiday songs/albums.

Download or streaming or youtube links preferred.

Any genre or style.

Please feel free to link other people to this post, I'd love to get a wide range of answers.

WolframAlpha

Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:15 am
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My partner Doug tipped me to WolframAlpha, a search engine that calculates things and answers questions.

CFC Service Call: What do you need?

Dec. 1st, 2016 11:56 pm
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This community has a lot of talented members. If there's a service you need -- content submitted, fiction illustrated, writing edited, websites designed, etc. -- here's a chance to speak up. Maybe someone else in the community will have that skill. What do you need?

*facepalm*

Dec. 2nd, 2016 12:47 am
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Because Dreadful needed more health issues, and I needed something else to fret about, in today's vet appointment they found that he has a heart murmur.

The vet is less worried than I am. For now we're checking for any underlying cause on the bloodwork we were already doing. Then we'll decide if we want to do an ultrasound. And either way she wants to see him again in three months to check on it again.

There's not really anything I can do right now, so of course I'm fretting rather a lot. Damn silly, expensive, vexing kitten.

December Monthly Post

Dec. 1st, 2016 11:52 pm
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What are your planned crowdfunding projects for December? What did you accomplish during November?

There is no Creative Jam in December, to give folks a holiday break.  It will return in January!

Poem: "Leaving and Not Knowing"

Dec. 1st, 2016 09:52 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "rites of passage / coming of age" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains a lot of intense feelings. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv is moving out of his old cell in the private wing. It seems like a simple, low-action scene from the outside but it's not to Shiv; for him it feels overwhelming. Also the inside of Shiv's head is still a dicey place. There is anxiety over change, uncertainty about the future, a fatalistic approach to doing what he frankly doesn't want to do, difficulty perceiving benefits, ambivalence, discussions of discipline, erratic personal boundaries, difficulty tolerating touch, reluctance, confusion, and other challenges. It's a necessary and positive change, but that still doesn't make it feel good. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

Read more... )
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Since I don't have a fic request or question for today, I'm posting an unfinished story instead. (Terrifyingly, I probably have more than enough to do this all month....) I haven't figured out how this ends, or if it will get finished, but there's a decent chance it will; this is me. Besides, I like Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier.  That said, feel free to comment, ask questions, speculate, etc.  It's the most likely thing to prod this along!

TL;DR? Have a WIP/Amnesty fic. Enjoy!  (At the AO3 here.)


What The Right Hand Is Doing

Story here! )


Where this came from: A couple years ago, I saw some mirror-image animated gifs of Winter SoldierStory spoilers; FYI this one has gruesome implications )This is what I have so far.

Fests

Dec. 1st, 2016 06:21 pm
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[community profile] fandom_stocking has sign ups open.

I'm sure I'll sign up, as it's one of my favourite fests, but right now I'm drawing a fandom blank. Maybe I'll wait until Class wraps up this weekend, and I've seen the DC "Invasion!" thing.

I'm making zero progress on exchange fic. Need to work on it.
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Summary:

Lin is super duper drunk. Derek's lips have kissed the lips of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their significant others take it in amused stride.

Pairings: Lin-Manuel Miranda/Derek Waters; Lin-Manuel Miranda/Vanessa Nadal; Derek Waters/Molly McAleer

Notes:

For ames.

Ames is the best of friends and best of women, plus she poked me until I wrote this for her.

Disclaimer: Written using the personas of famous people...much like a play we all know. ;D?

Also on the AO3.

Drunkenly )

iPod Shuffle Music Fest Card 12-1-16

Dec. 1st, 2016 05:22 pm
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Here is my card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest hosted by [personal profile] kiramaru7 and [personal profile] spiralicious  on [community profile] allbingo.  It uses song titles for inspiration, divided into separate batches.  No minimum word counts or exclusions this time, and fills can be anything inspired by the prompts; they don't have to be songfics. (See all my 2016 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


iPod Shuffle Music Fest Card

I’ll be ThereHard WorkHomeThe TruthSmile
In the MallMoneyFighterColder WeatherFriends in Low Places
Must be Doin’ Somethin’ RightEverybody HurtsWILD CARDGives You HellThrift Shop
Pictures of YouTake it EasyWhyCloserBlack Mollies
All of YouHappy HolidaysNeed you NowBreatheThe Scientist

Hey, crazy. Let’s be friends.

Dec. 1st, 2016 10:01 pm
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