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May. 22nd, 2017 09:55 pm
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As of this, with the kind permission of Bing, Vyvyan is constructing a small man cave at the bottom of one of the mountains, away from anything else anyone else has going on around there.

Feel free to notice it; when he's not in it it will be covered (after today) with a locked wooden door bearing the notice: 'VYVYAN - PISS OFF'.

You probably don't want to go inside, but if you decide to, let me know so I can tell you what to find...

Fidele Chapter 21

May. 22nd, 2017 02:02 pm
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Fidele (95248 words) by misslucyjane
Chapters: 21/?
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Male Character/Original Male Character
Additional Tags: Romance Novel, Paranormal, PTSD, Hauntings, Kid Fic, Drug Use
Summary:

A house full of ghosts is no place to fall in love.

Malcolm Carmichael has been coping with his post-war trauma by taking lovers, teaching art to schoolboys, and trying to ignore the ghosts he sees everywhere. At the death of his mother, he realizes he wants more than just to coast on by, and leaves the exclusive school in search of something more.

Caleb Thibodeaux was so traumatized by the death of his parents in a fire that he hasn't spoken a word since. His uncle Noel hires Malcolm to be his tutor, and Malcolm discovers that Caleb is not the only Thibodeaux son with secrets. The plantation house Fidele is beautiful but haunted, and Noel is much the same.

Soon Malcolm is absorbed in protecting Caleb and Noel from threats both living and dead, and in uncovering the story of Fidele.



Read at AO3 or JennaLynnBrown.com

Just a Thought

May. 22nd, 2017 02:39 pm
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If thisfinecrew ever needed a fund-raiser we could print t-shirts that say "This IS the rutting Town Hall."

the light in my eyes is strange

May. 22nd, 2017 12:21 pm
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I dreamt that I attended a wedding and Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, and Ewan McGregor were also guests, and the entire bridal party (...wedding party? can it be a bridal party if it's two dudes getting married?) was dressed as French sailors (i.e., navy and white striped shirts, high-waisted navy trousers, and berets!). Then LION from Steven Universe showed up. I still don't know who was getting married, though.

Then I woke up and emailed myself a completely unrelated story idea that is feasible but gosh autocorrect makes trying to read those written at 2 AM while half-blind emails difficult. Luckily, since the idea is basically "these characters bang for ~reasons" there wasn't much figuring out to do. *snerk*

This morning, I had one of those eye migraine things, which made me late for work since I didn't feature taking the stairs down into the subway with the vision in my right eye going all fractal, so I waited until it passed. I don't get them very often but they are freaky when I do. And for the first time, today's has left me with a headache. Or maybe it's the weather. Sigh. Monday being Monday, I guess.

***

American Gods: Git Gone
spoilers )

Brooklyn Nine Nine: Your Honor & The Slaughterhouse
spoilers are beloved by mothers )

At some point I'll catch up on other tv shows, but it didn't happen this weekend. Sigh.

In other tv news, [personal profile] skygiants is watching The Clone Wars, and has a fun recap of the first ten episodes here. If I'm stuck having feelings that aren't annoyance and dislike about Anakin Skywalker, I'm going to drag as many people down with me as I can. I am just saying. #i hate that i have ~feelings about darth vader now

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[personal profile] melannen
I keep trying to write up my response to Castle in the Air but basically I really liked it a lot and it was great, also there was a very angry kitten, and the things I want to talk about it end up being complicated structural/worldbuilding questions that go beyond just this book. So I think I will just do a short three things capsule and save the drafts for more pondering:

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones )

Contrast this to the other YA series I finished in the last couple weeks, Laurence Yep's Dragon of the Lost Sea series, which has been my nemesis since I was about nine because the library had ONLY THE THIRD BOOK, which BEGAN AND ENDED AT CLIFFHANGERS, and twenty-five years later I had still only managed to find one of the others, plus Yep kept publishing books with "Dragon" in the title that were super-realistic stories about the Asian-American experience and I am sure they were great and all but they did not have actual DRAGONS in them so that was a terrible bait-and-switch, Mr. Yep. Anyway I finally went wait, I am a grown-up and a librarian now so I can just ILL them if I want.

Dragon of the Lost Sea by Laurence Yep )

I also read Captain Blood for FMK yesterday! It is another one that I really liked, and tbh I liked it too much to want to think about it in a critical way as opposed to a squee way. So here are three things for it too:

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini )

Also despite 1922 Captain Blood was way better on both race and gender than the community theater production of Peter Pan I went to see a friend in yesterday, so, you know, that was a thing where they had elementary school kids wear feather headbands and say "ugh" lot, it definitely was.

Last weekend I also saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Dr. Strange, because I have the best friends.

Guardians of the Galaxy )

Dr. Strange )

Also I now really really need the story where Thor is fucking his way though all the Infinity Stone bearers. I may possibly even need to write it myself. ;_;


Let's see, what else have I been meaning to post about here? Oh! I did read Makt Myrkranna and Pale Guardian, did I post about them?

Makt Myrkranna, the early Icelandic Dracula translation, managed to be a better Dracula story than Dracula, I think. Vilma was great. Also possibly helped by the fact that Iceland has much more of a living tradition of revenants, maybe, so it felt more like it was part of a vampire tradition? IDK. Also I apparently now know enough Icelandic that I could immediately tell when the translation footnotes were screwed up and referenced to the wrong part of the text.

Pale Guardian was the new Ashers novel. 1) That continues to have the best vampire worldbuilding I have ever encountered, and she always follows it to the logical conclusion and makes it work, and she made it work on the front in WWI too; 2) The way James just accepts the fact that the London vampires basically treat him as one of their own at this point was really good character development? 3) He REALLY needs to catch up with the other two and realize he is in a poly triad not a poly V already.

...and that is probably enough.

Before I leave for Iceland on Sunday I still have both Becky Chambers books and two FMK to read and also to decide whether to actually read that Falco book I checked out right before I read the last one and she made it weird, or return it unread.

Looking for Plotty Fanfiction Recs

May. 22nd, 2017 09:13 am
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I am looking for recs of long, plotty fanfiction stories. Gen preferred but not necessary. I do not want A/B/O or D/S universes.

AU is more than okay, crossovers are okay, kidfic is okay. Curtain fic is okay. I like found family stories a lot.

It doesn't matter if you think I've already read it, I might want to read it again.

Preferable fandoms: MCU, Marvel comicsverse, Harry Potter, Stargate: Atlantis, Check, Please!

I also read SW: The Force Awakens, Sherlock, Supernatural, Stargate, all flavors of Star Trek, Inception, and Merlin (mostly AUs).

Feel free to rec anything else you think I might like, regardless of fandom.

Thanks!

Monday DE

May. 22nd, 2017 05:25 am
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Inspired by some time I spent in a forest yesterday, what is your pup's relationship to nature like? Do they avoid it or need time out in it?

How about yourself?

The Blood is the Life for 22-05-2017

May. 22nd, 2017 11:00 am
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[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: Five Birds Harold Has Never Been, Part 1: Muscovy Duck
Fandom: Person of Interest/Elementary
Rating: PG
Words: 6318
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch, John Reese, Bear, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Jaime Moriarty, Clyde
Warnings/Content: Show-level violence, crossover, Shaw/Watson flirting, Watson/Moriarty flirting
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Sherlock thinks there's something peculiar about their new neighbour, Mr Muscovy.

Also at the Archive

'There's something peculiar about our new neighbour,' said Sherlock )

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May. 21st, 2017 11:45 pm
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Netflix movie. London River )

I also read a book. Hal: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain, an autobiography by Hal Holbrook. What this book needed was an iron-willed editor. Holbrook’s very interesting when he talks about his family and about most of his career but there is much too much itinerary detail about his crisscrossing the country in his early days performing at schools and clubs.

He comes across as a callow young man who paid little attention to his first wife after she stopped performing with him and started having his children.

With all the padding about his travels the book turns into a first volume which only covers the first part of his career. I’d enjoy reading the next one concentrating on his later tv and stage work.
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I bought a Costco membership, on a whim. They have organic fruit that I can afford but I don’t like going in there because mostly people will step right on you because they don’t register any other humans exist. They’re intent on giant boxes of stuff.

I have 3 different Yahoo addresses. Yahoo in their corporate wisdom has linked them up so I can jump between them. BUT, if I wanted them bundled I wouldn’t have 3 different ones. Corporate America, giving people things they don’t want. Yes, I’m complaining about a free service.
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Continuing the theme of "what's a plan?" in terms of gardening, we're not venturing out to Eastern Passage next weekend after all--turns out Étoile Estates isn't able to have the scheduled second week of veggie plant sales (the owner has to work), although apparently we can order and have things delivered. Not sure we'll do that; there's only tomato variety I was specifically already interested in on their list, and I mostly wanted to go for the experience of looking around. But we'll see.

Today's plan to dig out a small flowerbed was set aside when the board emailed to take us up on our offer (us and Neighbor G, who'd been planning to take our unwanted shrub) to just dig the plant up ourselves. The landscaper they'd consulted didn't think it was worth it to try to transplant the shrub, which worked out, because G had realized that it wasn't actually a good fit for him after all.

So G and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose spent a while digging the poor unwanted thing up, which went pretty fast once we thought to truss it up like a Christmas tree (getting its branches out of the way) and our neighbor remembered he has a pickaxe to go with our pair of spades. ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I spent a chunk of yesterday shopping for garden supplies and equipment.) The combination of a pickaxe and not attempting to save the plant made it go very fast indeed, although then there was another hour or so of digging roots and rocks out of the hole, plus ripping dandelions out of the vicinity--thanks to Neighbor L, from our other side, who'd come outside and, when she heard me sadly mention our lack of a dandelion ripper, ducked in to lend me hers. (And now we have one too--I had to get some work done, so [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose made another shopping run to get one of those, some grass seed, and some spray-on sunscreen. I keep forgetting the latter is a thing; I hate most sunscreen, but G said he actually uses the spray-on stuff, and let me use some to protect my outer-arm tattoo. And lo, I didn't hate it.)

In our shrub's death, I finally learned its name, because its tag was still attached at the base. It was a Tor Spirea/Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'. I do feel bad for its fate, but I really did try to at least not mind it for seven years. (Or eight. Whichever.) And honestly? As soon as it was gone, while there was still just a big gaping hole where it'd been, I already felt so much better about the space.

Or, as [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose said, "Suddenly it feels like being outside."

In honor of the occasion, I'm using Dreamwidth's image hosting for the very first time. Have a pic of the trussed spirea and one of [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose dealing with its roots: I embedded thumbnails, but I'm still cutting the pics in case you don't feel like actually seeing the poor spirea's fate. There's also a bit of explanation of how much of what's visible in the second picture is space we're allowed to work with )

Anyway, hopefully tomorrow we'll get the little flowerbed dug out so we can plant...next weekend? Or the week after? And I'd like to get the Lemon Boy tomato seedlings settled into their compostable interim pots.

But I also have a half-volume of manga due tomorrow, which until Saturday night I'd somehow thought was due Wednesday. >.> So the amount of garden work we accomplish will depend a bit on that, too.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Blade of the Immortal trailer. [~2 min., subtitled]

"Supernatural Is Crossing Over With Scooby Doo Next Season".

"Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins the Cast of DUCKTALES Reboot".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] erinptah, an FFA thread on what kind of fic summaries do or don't entice people.

"65 ‘Wonder Woman’ Images Highlight Amazonians, Allies, and Antagonists".

"Hugh Jackman didn’t know wolverines were real animals".

"On Captain America and the Spirit of Story". [Kiya Nicoll]


Writing/SFF

Over at [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, Ira and Anna have teamed up "to present you with two ways to skim the highlights of [The Vorkosigan Saga] in 5 books each". "This post is intended for two audiences: (1) People who have never encountered a Vorkosigan book in their life, or maybe have read one or two but don't really know the full series, so we can suggest a subset of the series that is readable by the Hugo voting deadline; and (2) Fans of the series so they can come argue with us about our picks. BOTH ARE SO WELCOME." (I'm in the former camp, so I've only skimmed the post and haven't gone into the comments.)

"What Will Sink Our Generation Ships? The Death of Wonder". [Kameron Hurley at Boing Boing]

"A Hot Steaming Sack Of Business Advice For Writers". [Chuck Wendig]


Miscellaneous

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, "New WannaCry Ransomware and How to Protect Yourself". ([dreamwidth.org profile] telophase's summary is "In short: if you're on Windows, make sure you're updated to the latest OS version. If you're on an unsupported version (XP, 2008), there's a patch you can load. Make sure your antivirus is updated.")

Signal boost: via [dreamwidth.org profile] 2017revival, I see that [dreamwidth.org profile] transandnonbinary is a newly-created community.

"The Ingenious Way TV Logos Were Made Before Computers".

"Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives".

ETA: [dreamwidth.org profile] juniperphoenix linked me to Ancestry.com's response: "Setting the Record Straight: Ancestry and Your DNA".

"An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong".

"The Skeletal Structure of Japanese Horror Fiction: Digging into the Guts of Japanese Folklore". [2014]

"Japanese Finally Comes To Duolingo".

fiber monday

May. 21st, 2017 08:00 pm
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Status: Tidblad for MIL is nearly at midpoint. ___Sand has two completed sleeves and the right shoulder width!! Body is paused for a break near 70% to let my finger heal: half-cotton yarn and a tendency to push the working needle back through = callus, stress-burst skin, and a bit of a bruise beneath them. Oops.

Having attempted to sew exactly zero of the patterns for tops that I've eyed since two years ago, I've renewed contemplation of knitting some: not cardigans but the layer beneath, as complement to the few cotton buttondowns left from grad-school teaching, the few linen buttondowns bought since (pricier), and the usually plain T-shirts to which I still default.

Read more... )

It's fine to have more ideas than time: beats boredom.

Weekly Check in May 21

May. 21st, 2017 10:30 pm
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Our Minority Pres is out of the country for the moment and things have calmed enough to breathe.

Housekeeping

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions

Action
Elections

Montana Special Election on May 25

Regulation Repeal / Red Tape
Senate is voting soon on the Regulatory Accountability Act which favors corporations

Net Neutrality
John Oliver set up a redirect to the public comment page so it's easy to comment

Upcoming Protests
TODAY May 21: Applications due for MoveOn Community Organizer training
June 5: Applications due for Organizing for America Community Organizer training
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other Info
Healthcare
Info of the timeline of repeal and replace -  a reconciliation bill between the House and Senate version likely won't take place till 2018.

Immigration
National Immigration Law Coalition webinar available
Immigration Advocacy Organizations

Want to Run for Office?
Emily's List Candidate Training Info

Track How Your Congress People Vote
ProPublica has API keys to track legislation

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18404 This week in resisting
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


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called my one senator
1 (16.7%)

called my other senator
1 (16.7%)

called my representative
1 (16.7%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
4 (66.7%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
3 (50.0%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (33.3%)

participated in online or phone training
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went to a protest
1 (33.3%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
0 (0.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (33.3%)

did something else
1 (33.3%)

committed to action in the coming week
0 (0.0%)



Rainy Sunday thought

May. 21st, 2017 10:24 pm
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Those online question memes often ask a variant on 'What did you want to be when you grew up?' I never /wanted/ to be anything but this is what I thought I would be:

Helga

The wishes on this child's mouth
Came like snow on marsh cranberries;
The tamarack kept something for her;
The wind is ready to help her shoes.
The north has loved her; she will be
A grandmother feeding geese on frosty
Mornings; she will understand
Early snow on the cranberries
Better and better then.

Sandburg wrote a poem for each of his three daughters. This was for the youngest, published when she was two. Prophetic, in the event: she was the only one who married and had children, and devoted herself to animals.

icons: Ever After High

May. 21st, 2017 07:01 pm
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86 x Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland
 

here )


Sunday Indulgences

May. 21st, 2017 05:51 pm
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It's Sunday again, Milliways, and you know what that means...

it means I get spaghetti for dinner tonight! )
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Today's major achievement: writing to the Department of the Interior about the ongoing national monument review, which could (and feels designed to) result in the rescinding of federal protection from more than two dozen established national monuments. Rather obviously, I do not believe this is a wise idea.

We live already in a world where it is far too uncertain whether our grandchildren will be able to enjoy the land and the seas as we knew them. )

If you wish to send a letter or submit a comment of your own, the deadline regarding Bears Ears National Monument is the end of this week, May 26th; the deadline for all other monuments is July 10th. Some of the land in question is sacred; some of it is merely irreplaceable. Thanks to [personal profile] truepenny for the heads-up.
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I feel, in good Viennese, "wia daschlogn," i.e. my head weighs a ton and that's after pain pills. I blame the weather, it went from middle of the summer on Friday to autumn on Saturday and then spring today. (Weather forecast: changeable, fuck.) At least it's the weekend and it doesn't matter so much, and in a few minutes I will go to bed. Sleeep.

Today I ran in Vienna's Women's Run, it was nice. 5km, and considering that I didn't train much because my knees hurt if I'm not careful I'm satisfied with my time. Every kilometer I was a little bit faster.

Then I visited my family for lunch & a nap, and when I came home our new roommate Eva offered me still warm apricot pie. We definitely got lucky in the roommate lottery. Then I convinced her to watch her first hockey game, that was fun too. The Pens won 7-0 :) Goals goals goals. And Sweden won gold, capped by attempted goalie murder.

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