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In response to [personal profile] hannelore regarding King of Serpents (The Scrapbook Remix) (Harry Potter, Tom Riddle Jr., written 2012):

2. What scene did you first put down?

This is a tricky one to answer! I remember really struggling with this remix early on. I printed out a copy of the original story and marked it up, highlighting sections, drawing arrows, scribbling notes, trying to find an entry point where I could insert the end of a crowbar and flip the story into something of my own. I made a lot of false starts while figuring out what I wanted to do with this one.

I finally went with re-envisioning Tom Riddle's lost toad Baldric as Salazar Slytherin's lost son Baldric, and so the first scene I wrote down that survived to the final draft was that section.

Item: A sheet of parchment containing a transcription of a fragment attributed to Baldric, son of Salazar.

[...] was not always thus. I was a small boy who misadventured as any other and I was often lost in those labyrinthine hallways. My father told me once that when I had three summers, I wandered from my nursemaid and in error insinuated myself into a gap in the foundation. All were in a windstorm, for strange creatures grow in the darkness where magic washes away into water under the castle.

My father climbed himself down into the waterways. This was quite out of character, for he was a fastidious man naturally. He feared that the water had carried me away or that the rats had got to me, for they grew to the size of dogs in that place. However, in the deepest chamber he found me. I slept there, as at my mother’s breast. I was safe, enveloped in the embrace of his familiar, the Little King.


3. What's your favorite line of narration?

I'm rather fond of: At the orphanage, he knew every key and every cupboard, and every loose floorboard under which the unimaginative hid their uninteresting secrets.
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Posted by Mike Smithson


Wikipedia

Betting on last Sunday’s winner looks like free money

After Sunday’s first round of voting in France all eyes are now on the second round that takes place on Sunday May 7th.

Hypothetical matchups before Sunday had shown that Macron would have a big lead. The first post 2nd round polls, the ones featured above, still have him with a big margin but nothing like on the scale of what we were seeing before Sunday. This reflects the very large number of don’t knows at this stage particularly from voters for contenders that failed to make the cut.

In the past 24 hours on Betfair nearly £1m has been matched on the French election and Macron has now edged to being an 87% chance. Given his election in the second round is almost a certainty this really is free money if you’re ready to tie up the cash for less than 2 weeks. He should be a lot tighter than his current 1.14 Betfair price.

It really is difficult to see a pathway for Marine Le Pen though large numbers of voters have yet to make up their minds. The polls were remarkably accurate on the first round and it is hard to see that not continuing in the second

The second round of voting takes place on the Sunday after this year’s local elections in the UK which happen a week on Thursday.

Mike Smithson


Something new

Apr. 24th, 2017 09:19 pm
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Uuugh, I have to quit for the night.

So after dropping The Seven Deadly Sins because I got bored with it, I decided to browse Crunchy Roll, which I haven't done in a long time because I haven't been very interested in anime in a while. I just want something to watch and look forward to watching.

I tried a few titles and felt kinda meh about them, though I might go back to one and watch a few more episodes to see if it'll grow on me.

Then I tried My Love Story!! because it sounded light and cute, as much as I wanted to find a rad fantasy/sci-fi action-adventure. Oh my gosh, it's adorable and I love it. I laughed--like, actually, genuinely laughed at some of the scenes, something I almost never do, even for comedy shows. I might smile, sure, but not laugh. I'm glad to see there's an English release of the manga and anime, because this might go on my wish list. And I'm only three episodes in.

The Treadmill

Apr. 25th, 2017 12:30 am
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Posted by Dave Hingsburger

When my power wheelchair last broke down, which it has again, I was visited by an assessor kind of person who has to sign off on my need for a new wheelchair. Foolishly, when my chair was repaired, I rescinded the request and now will have to go through it again and, of course, pay for it again. But when she was there, and when she learned that I was a wall walker, she asked if I had thought about using a walker, she thought that I'd be safer that way. I told her that I didn't think I needed one at this point and we moved on to the rest of her evaluation.

So, we spent the weekend between gigs here in Minneapolis in a hotel that has a small gym. I noticed someone using the treadmill and holding on to it as if it were a giant walker. I got an idea. I told Joe that I would like to try using the treadmill as long as he was there with me, as long as I could step up on it, as long as it didn't go fast and as long as I could grab on to something sturdy that would keep me from falling over. Joe looked a bit fearful at the idea, having been there for a couple of nasty falls in the past, but agreed.

We set out.

The room was empty and I rolled my chair right up beside the walker. I got out and stepped up on it and then we had to figure out the controls. I got off the treadmill and back in the chair as we tried to suss out what all the buttons were for, I didn't want to go flying off and I admit that I didn't want to embarrass myself. Finally we understood how to work it and I got on again.

With great fear we started it up and it went really slowly, just perfect for me. It was sturdily built and I was able to lean down on it hard, holding myself in position as my feet moved below me. It wasn't comfortable and my arms tired more quickly than my legs did, and I have strong arms. But I managed seven whole minutes. Over the weekend I got that up to ten minutes at a slightly quicker pace.

Getting back in my wheelchair felt like the most welcoming thing. I felt stable and in control and the fear of falling was, of course, gone.

I know that the idea of me on a treadmill is comic to some and, oddly, a betrayal to others, but it was just me trying something new, trying something I didn't think I could do. Do I imagine myself one day running on a treadmill? No, of course not, I'm good with that not being in the cards. Do I imagine using it again? Yeah, I do. Why not? I'm a wall walker, I'm simply using an electronic walker.

See the things you get up to when away from home for a weekend. I would never have predicted this, and, my friends, that's what made it fun.

here we go.

Apr. 24th, 2017 09:03 pm
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//NAME: rhienna

//AGE:
37.75.

//INTERESTS & HOBBIES:
i'm working on an illustrated tarot deck, maybe two books, a bunch of articles (that, let's be real, will probably end up being tinyletters, dreamwidth posts, or drunken arguments on my back porch), doodles for ideas, next year's halloween costume, a curated photo blog, learning video software so i can either get into short films or motion design. i just took a handlettering class and loved it. additional interests that are less about what i make and more about what i consume/like: musicals, music, bike riding, wine tasting, film, pop culture, being near bodies of water, being very very nostalgic (why else would i be here?), travel, volunteerism, and a bunch of other stuff i'm spacing on. i work in tech, so i spend a lot of time thinking about our digital legacy (and terms like "digital nomads" or "digital natives").

//LOOKING FOR:
people who post and read/comment, preference to folks close to my age who aren't basic and are feminists. love travelers, professionals, queers, and creative folks.

//ANYTHING ELSE?:
ten years of journal entries are imported via LJ here for my own personal record, but i am primarily looking to make new habits and continue writing. a clean slate. i loved making online friends: maintaining journals and penpals and personas defined me from the 90s on, and i guess i haven't completely outgrown it. these days i'm rusty and sometimes Too Busy to reliably post, but i believe that can/will change when i have a community (here) to return to.

//ALSO KNOWN AS:
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Bits and bobs

Apr. 24th, 2017 07:00 pm
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Aaaaah, so! Nice things that happened today:

✿ Laufey received the package I sent! And the Icelandic post didn't do anything questionable to it. Hooray! (We've had some difficulty with mail going between Canada and Iceland, so - it has made me a little cautious about sending things other than cards/letters.)

✿ I came home to a parcel full of handmade marshmallows, courtesy of my mate Tesla. What a delight. Some day I'll learn to make them on my own (maybe) but until then... it's always nice when you can trade weird Canadian potato chip flavours in exchange for somebody else making candy for you.

✿ My lavender plant is Not Dead Yet. More specifically, lavender plants. There are four (4!!!) seedlings, and they seem to be growing well! Though, I... think one of them might not be lavender, actually. It looks quite different from the other three. I have no idea what it is. Hopefully it'll survive and grow long enough for me to transfer it to its own container, and then (maybe) find out its identity.

✿ Today's SSSS update is awesome. We finally get to see Ensi Hotakainen get some page time, aaaahh! With dialogue and everything! She seems exactly the way I'd imagined she would be. What a wonderful stern old witch. <3

So. Yes. Today was good, even if I'm utterly exhausted because of the pressure at work due to shutdown season.

I was going to write this evening. Something to go with the Vesa/Suvi ficlet I wrote last night*. I got to thinking about Suvi's reference to those poor sods stuck on night duty when it's so horribly cold, and it seems like a perfect opportunity to do something from Niko's point of view. Yessss, time to make him uncomfortable, excellent. I need to become more accustomed to writing him, anyway; his voice is still tricky for me, and I really want to nail it down before I write anything serious or difficult (and I do have some ideas of that sort).

...Buuuut, that will have to wait for tomorrow, because writing Did Not Happen tonight, as I went for a walk instead. It was a bit cold out, and threatening to rain, but still tolerable. And that's fine. I think I needed it. So, tomorrow. I've already met my Camp NaNo goal, so tomorrow I'll smash it! (Maybe.)

"Phantom Pains" by icarus_chained

Apr. 24th, 2017 11:54 pm
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Title: Phantom Pains
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] icarus_chained
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass
Rating: T
Fandom: Critical Role
Pairings: None, Pike-centric
Summary: Sometimes, when she touched them, when she trailed her fingers across now-whole skin, Pike's fingers ached.
Length: 10:31
Download: Right click and save as an mp3. (Thanks to paraka for hosting!)

Streaming available at AO3.

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Posted by Fred Clark

Brio is back. Focus on the Family is resurrecting its magazine targeting the teenage girls of white evangelicalism, because if anyone has his finger on the pulse of what’s hip and cool for teenagers, it’s long-time religious-right patriarch, spanking enthusiast, and proven false prophet James Dobson. Those who remember reading Brio back in the ’90s fall [Read More...]

Bits and bobs

Apr. 25th, 2017 12:00 pm
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First, I have to rec this AMAZING fic! It's hilarious, with gorgeous prose, characterization and the sweetest kind of Bagginshield angst.

Private Contemplations by Margo_Kim (M, The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, masturbation)

Yes, that warning is correct. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY IF YOU READ IT THOUGH. READ IT READ IT READ IT 



Also this morning we got confirmation!TO spoilers )


Also OMG AoS looks like it will continue to be mind blowingly good this week! 

DAISY AND MAY KICKING ASSSSSSSS!!! Apparently this particular stunt got Ming Na Wen yelled at by her mom. LOL 


So glad [community profile] space_swap  is posted! I was a total stalker and checked the tag set after my gift got posted and I'M SO EXCITED. LOL Hurry up May 1st! Now I need to get cracking on [community profile] trope_bingo  and I have to resist signing up for any more exchanges although Not Prime Time looks totally up my alley. Woe. Do need to focus on moving though. 


Scanlations: Fulldrum ch. 2

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:22 pm
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Title: Fulldrum
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Category: Seinen
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 1 volume, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?

Chapter Summary: Hino's first rugby practice is not what he was expecting.



Chapter 2: Sunshine After Rain

Canon gets me every time.

Apr. 24th, 2017 10:00 pm
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I'm like halfway done with my Stargate Reverse Bang fic (due in a week, omg I am so panicking), and I just realized I have a MAJOR CANON PROBLEM.  There was no time when a) Teal'c had a prim'ta, b) the SGC had reliable access to their own interstellar ships, and c) Daniel Jackson was on the team.  And for the plot to work as it is designed, I sort of need all three?  Like, Daniel and Teal'c are stranded for a while (longer than Teal'c would reasonably have tretonin supplies for) and the SGC needs to be able to come find them.

I suppose I could set it in, like, season 5 and have the SGC get ahold of Bra'tac?  He is more reliable than the Tok'ra, at any rate.

This is what I get for trying to write a story for a show I once knew encyclopedically but haven't watched in a while.

Seeking perfection

Apr. 24th, 2017 10:48 pm
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When I was growing up, I was very aware of the standard that I was expected to achieve and I knew that I couldn't meet it. I always felt that my mom wanted me to be perfect and she dismissed me when I made this complaint to her. But she really had awful, unrealistic, super exacting standards for me. The other day I read this article about the lousy goings-on at "troubled teen" rehabilitation centers that really brought it all back. I tried so hard to toe the line and I just never could. And my entire adult life has been an effort to toe that line of "perfect" adulthood. At that I have actually done better because the standards are at least theoretically achievable, but I always feel like I'm one disaster away from everything falling apart and everybody being able to see what a disaster I really am.

But I think that a lot of people actually feel this way on some level.

Life isn't about being perfect, or looking perfect. And I know I've spent so much time hoping my mother would see how much I'd achieved, but ultimately it didn't matter how she did or didn't see me, because it was always how I saw myself that mattered. Her positive statements were never enough and her negative statements would destroy me. But I just have to accept that she has her perspectives and they're very warped and I just need to take them with a large glass of salt; her perspective on me isn't worth more than that of any other randomly selected person. And she has this total inability to look at the world from anyone's point of view but her own. My sister is the same way now too. It's really irritating.

I know I have more to say on this subject but I can't seem to come up with anything right now.

So, on a whim I decided...

Apr. 25th, 2017 02:32 am
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...to see how much of my fanfic from 20 years ago I could dig up today, and then read it.


HOO. HOO THAT WAS HUMBLING.
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The cutest news you will read all day: Chris Evans will appear on British TV next month to read a bedtime story designed to help kids cope when they feel overwhelmed by their feelings. It is amazing to me how Evans continues to understand and represent the character of Steve Rogers so many times better than anyone currently employed by Marvel Comics.

Elementary, 5.20, The Art of Sleights and Deception )

Supergirl, 2.18, Ace Reporter )

Gratitude List

Apr. 24th, 2017 10:14 pm
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I called a crisis line tonight when my thoughts got really dark, and one of the things that the excellent counsellor made me realize is that although I am at a very low point in my life, that I have a lot to be grateful for. I don't think about that enough. He suggested making a gratitude list, and I'm going to do so here; no one needs to read it, although you're welcome to as well.

Grateful )

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