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- Offline / non-fandom life that I feel is excessively personal
- Unbetaed fic and excerpts from works in progress
- Anything I don't want accessible via search engine

So if you're not on my access list and you're interested in any of that, let me know. I also tend to naturally add people to my access list once we've interacted a little. (Comments on this entry are screened.)
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My Wednesday posting experiment fell by the wayside for a while there, huh. I had to consult Tumblr to come up with this.

☀ Health-wise, I've been better (and worse). I came down with a cold over the Canada Day weekend and since then I've been feeling like I'm treading water. Tired, headaches, that sort of thing. Basically I'm just getting home and collapsing, most days. I'm due for a thyroid checkup so I really need to get that scheduled.

I made a Star Wars-themed greeting card I'm pretty proud of.

I re-laced my shoes with sparkly purple ribbon and I am very happy with them, even if nobody at work seems to have noticed yet.

☀ People keep asking if we've started packing yet. The answer to that is a slightly anxious "no". But I went through my books and came up with a stack to give away/donate/etc. So that's something.

☀ Writing-wise, I actually wrote 800 words of a thing! Sure, it's A/B/O gen, but it's something.

No reading update, because I've been slacking on the reading. The current StoryBundle (Historical Fantasy) is curated by Melissa Scott and looks pretty cool, though!
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...I set foot in Canada for the first time.

We flew into Vancouver, and eventually hit Calgary, Toronto and Montreal before flying on to London (England).

I was struck by the beauty of the mountains and how you could see them from everywhere.

I had no idea that I would ever be living here.

I was 24. I was working as a SharePoint/ASP.NET developer for the same university I'd studied at.

(I was still playing WoW. I was still watching anime. I'd just encountered Ouran High School Host Club for the first time. I was working on Kite and an untitled story about a vampire detective.)

I was pretty sure I'd marry the guy I was with someday, but we were still over a year away from being engaged.

3 years and 1 day later, we arrived here on a working holiday visa. I had a 1 year leave of absence from my job. We figured we'd stay a couple of years and then head back.

I love this city, and I'm going to miss it.
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☔️ Last weekend, I went to Science World* for what was the roughly fourth time in my life, and the first time accompanied by actual children. It is a completely different experience with a 4yo and a 3yo! A fun experience, although exhausting. It's very sad to have to surrender playing with the cool science toys to actual children, though. I hope they appreciated my sacrifice.

(Actually, I wonder how well some of them go down with modern kids [ones slightly older than the ones I went with]. Some of the tech has become increasingly commonplace. But I hope they love the infrared harp as much as I always did.)

☔️ On Friday it will be 10 years since I first visited Canada. On Saturday it will be 7 years since we moved here. I may make an introspective post about this, but I wanted to note the anniversaries in case I don't.

Reading Log (Since June 8, 2016)
The Edge of Worlds - Martha Wells

My ebook and library queue is empty now, so please recommend me things! (I have a small pile of physical books to read, though.)

* You may remember it from many TV shows where it pretended to be something else.
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In some fandoms, it's reasonably common for fanfic authors to write text in a language other than English and provide a translation that appears on hover. They do this by putting the text in the title="" attribute of an HTML tag (usually <span>). This works on desktop, but on a touch screen device it gets a little complicated.

Initially I was thinking I could write some CSS in a custom AO3 theme to display the text after the element it's attached to, but it turns out that AO3 doesn't allow you to use the attr() function. So I went back to my old friend, the bookmarklet.

Reveal Title Text Bookmarklet

I also learned how to install bookmarklets on mobile Safari, which will probably greatly improve my fic reading experience in future. No way to install them on my Kobo though, so I guess I'll just have to deal with not being able to read the translations on my e-reader. That or add custom CSS to every AO3 epub I add to my Kobo.
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Qantas lets you use their inflight entertainment system during takeoff so I loaded up an episode of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, which I've never watched.

It turned out to have on-screen decapitation and plenty of blood. So I then had to endure the plane taking off while I did my very very best not to faint and/or throw up.

I'm at the point now when I can recognize the symptoms when I am really actually going to pass out (vision darkening, skin prickling, nausea, etc) but I couldn't exactly lie down with my feet elevated, so I had to make do with really deep breaths and closing my eyes.

And it worked, but that was probably the worst takeoff I've ever had and I've learned a valuable lesson about watching crime shows on planes.
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Decided to write this bookmarklet during a discussion of advanced filtering in #yuletide, but had to leave before I finished it so it's no longer topical.

But I threw it up on my website anyway, so: bookmarklet to fetch AO3 tag ID

(Plans for next year: make my bookmarklet collection less hacked together.)
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I decided to start compiling my "What I Wrote in 2015" post and instead ended up tweaking the bookmarklet I wrote to let you download your AO3 stats page as a CSV.

It now includes:
- Work subscriptions
- A link to the work
- Fandom for both views

Try it out, let me know how it goes - and if any JS coders out there have any recommended ways to provide file downloads of dynamically generated plaintext please let me know? (I've googled the topic, I'm hoping for personal experience.)
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Previous Yuletide Letters: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Hello! Currently this letter is basically the same as my signup but I am hoping to change that before assignments go out. Assignments are out! And this letter is still basically the same as my signup. But I will note up here if I do change it.

The mini prompts I include with my request are just prompts. If you have a great idea in mind, go for it! I'm pretty easy to please.

My cup of tea:
- Character interaction and team dynamics. Snark, bonding over mutual interests, that sort of thing.
- "Downtime" fic, ie. where the characters do something fairly mundane, like go shopping.
- Case fic (for whatever passes as a case in that canon)
- Future fic, particularly where the characters haven't seen each other in a while and things between them are unresolved
- AUs, but if the canon is paranormal (eg. magic, psychic powers, non-humans) in any way, I strongly prefer its paranormal elements be preserved or transmuted into something setting-appropriate.
- Outsider perspectives, interactions with "normal" or "mundane" people
- Other tropes I am partial to: amnesia, road trips, family reunions / high school reunions.
- Slash, gen, het, poly, ace, aro...

Not my cup of tea:
- I have a fairly strong embarrassment/humiliation squick.
- Anything that would require an AO3 warning (canonical character death is okay as long as it's not the focus of the story)
- Torture, mutilation, injury to hands/feet/eyes
- Zombies, apocalypses, mafia AUs


Dreamships - Melissa Scott )

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou )

They Were Eleven )

Carry On - Rainbow Rowell )
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Previous Yuletide Letters: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Edits to this letter: October 30, 2014 I added some mini-prompts to the Fortress in the Eye of Time section.

Things I Like
- As a general rule, ending on a positive note. It doesn't have to be fluffy, and some angst is okay, but I like a happy/hopeful resolution by the end.
- Character interaction and team dynamics. Snark, bonding over mutual interests, that sort of thing.
- "Downtime" fic, ie. where the characters do something fairly mundane, like go shopping.
- Case fic (for whatever passes as a case in that canon)
- Future fic, particularly where the characters haven't seen each other in a while
- AUs, but if the canon is paranormal (eg. magic, psychic powers, non-humans) in any way, I strongly prefer its paranormal elements be preserved or transmuted into something setting-appropriate.
- Other tropes I am partial to: amnesia, road trips, family reunions / high school reunions.

Things I Dislike
- I have a fairly strong embarrassment/humiliation squick.
- Anything that would require an AO3 warning.
- Injuries to fingers/hands/feet.
- Zombies.

For the record, I like all kinds of relationships - f/f, f/m, m/m, poly, etc. Just no incest or underage, please, and I prefer that you avoid infidelity (unless agreed upon beforehand by all parties affected). I have a tendency to skim-read explicit sexual content so please only include it if you think the story requires it.

I've made a few "what happened next" prompts here, but I want to emphasise that if you want to write a missing scene from canon or a prequel or anything else that crosses your mind, I would be absolutely delighted with that. These are all canons I thoroughly enjoyed and would love to see expanded.

Fandom specifics )
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This occupied most of my day today*:
http://random.fangirling.net/fun/ao3/web_keyboard_shortcuts.user.js

It's a userscript (Greasemonkey, Tampermonkey, etc) that runs on Archive of Our Own, Dreamwidth, LiveJournal and Pinboard, and lets you navigate up and down posts with the j and k keys. If you hit enter, it will open the current post in a background tab**.

It loads a few external scripts: jQuery (because Pinboard doesn't include it), Mousetrap (for easy keyboard shortcuts) and scrollTo (because I couldn't be bothered writing it myself).

Not thoroughly tested, which is why I haven't posted it to userscripts.org or anything yet. Let me know if you try it out!

* Most of the time was spent messing around with keyboard shortcut libraries. Ugh.

** I copied the code for this from https://userscripts.org/scripts/review/179969
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I received a lovely introspective Twelfth Night piece about Viola, post-wedding. :D

Loud Even In The Dead Of Night (1044 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Twelfth Night - Shakespeare
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Viola | Cesario (Twelfth Night)
Summary: Viola reflects on her life since marrying Orsino and wonders if maybe Cesario had the better deal.

I wrote my assignment and one pinch hit; one fandom I've written before and one I hadn't. You are welcome to guess.

In other news, I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and started watching Arrow, and am hoping to gather my thoughts on those into a post sometime this week*.

I'm hoping to do a drabble a day from now until to January 5th (ie. the twelve days of Christmas) because I missed the Yuletide Madness Drabble Invitational - requests are welcome.

* I'm off work until January 2nd, phew.
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Previous Yuletide Letters: 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

I was out of town for most of the sign up period so that's why my prompts are super-short. I hope this letter helps clarify! I will probably update this occasionally until November (I'll note up here if I do).

Things I Like
- As a general rule, I like things light-hearted. It doesn't have to be fluffy, just a generally positive feel.
- Character interaction and team dynamics. Snark, bonding over mutual interests, that sort of thing.
- "Downtime" fic, ie. where the characters do something fairly mundane, like go shopping.
- "Case" fic (for whatever passes as a case in that canon)
- Future fic, particularly where the characters haven't seen each other in a while
- Other tropes I am partial to: amnesia, road trips, family reunions / high school reunions

Things I Dislike
- I have an embarrassment squick like woah.
- Anything that would require an AO3 warning.
- Zombies. Just... don't.

For the record, I like all kinds of pairings - f/f, f/m, m/m, poly, etc. Just no incest or underage, please!

For the record: I've made a lot of "what happened next" prompts here, but I want to emphasise that if you want to write a missing scene from canon or a prequel or anything else that crosses your mind, I would be absolutely delighted with that. These are all canons I thoroughly enjoyed and would love to see expanded.

Juuichinin Iru | They Were Eleven (Read online)
Characters: Tadatos Lane, Frolbericheri
I would love to see Tad and Frol a few years down the line, exploring space and bickering the whole time. Romance or gen are both fine!

Note: Frol declares that xie will become a woman for Tad, but... that's a bit heteronormative, no? Which is not to say that I think that xie shouldn't choose to become a woman, just that it shouldn't be so that xie can date Tad.

This movie/manga had a lot of elements I love, all put together - strong characters, adorable romance, and a SF plot! Like I said above, I wasn't really on board with the ending, although I'm not opposed to m/f relationships.

Fortress Series - C. J. Cherryh
Characters: Tristen Sihhë
I just love Tristen, the way he is in the world but not really a part of it - or perhaps too much a part of it. Anything about him would be lovely, but I'd particularly like to see him interacting with the people of his world (canon or original, whatever you like).
I bought this book on impulse as a teenager, and I read it over and over and over. It's one of my favourites.

If you want to write a romance, I'd prefer you don't break up Cefwyn and Ninevrise, but OT3 or pre-negotiated poly is fine. I'm also happy with any other pairing (Crissand, etc).

Twelfth Night - Shakespeare (Entire play | Spark Notes)
Characters: Viola | Cesario (Twelfth Night)
How does Viola adapt to being a woman, after her stint as Cesario. Does she settle into it smoothly; does she continue to masquerade as Cesario occasionally; does she miss being Cesario and the way she and Orsino interacted then?
I just saw this play for the first time this year, and I found it outrageously charming. Please don't think your story has to make any more sense than the play - outrageous shenanigans all the way!

The Wolverine (2013) (Can I Stream It?)
Characters: Logan (The Wolverine), Yukio (The Wolverine)
I want to see them as partners. Possibly on a road trip. Yukio says she'll be his bodyguard - what exactly does that mean, when her client is functionally immortal?
I found this movie to be enjoyable but it could have been better in almost every aspect - my thoughts on it are here. One thing I particularly loved was the non-romantic relationship between Wolverine and Yukio, and I'd like to see more of that.

Yukio wasn't with Logan in the credits-scene - why is that? Did he just dump her at the school and move on?
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I was lucky enough to receive two stories this Yuletide! \o/

Road Trip (1453 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Initial D
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fujiwara Takumi/Takahashi Ryousuke
Characters: Fujiwara Takumi, Takahashi Ryousuke
Summary:

"Are you sure you want to take a road trip with me to celebrate your residency being over?"



Yes, I requested Initial D. I am not ashamed! (OK, maybe a little.) But this is adorable and my OTP. :D

let sleeping castles lie (3588 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Molly Grue, Schmendrick (Last Unicorn)

This is a lovely story with an adventure and a mystery that feels very true to the canon. (Suspect [personal profile] canis_m is glaring at my for requesting The Last Unicorn fic without the unicorn... but I just love Schmendrick and Molly.)


As for mine... I think it'll be obvious which one it is if you can find the fandom. Will write ficlets for anyone who guesses.

I have half of a New Year's Resolutions fic for my recipient as well - just didn't have time to give it the attention it deserved before Christmas.
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I'm back home and Yuletide signups are open, which means I've been frantically fixing bugs and tweaking my Yuletide Taglist filter. (Well, I suppose it's one way to combat jet lag...) Last year it was a separate page, but since I've been on a bookmarklet spree this year, I decided to make this one operate on the actual AO3 tag list.

random.fangirling.net/fun/yuletide/taglist_filter.html

Basically, it's for people like me who never quite know what they'll be requesting or offering until the final tag list goes up, and it lets you peruse the list and mark off the ones you're interested in, then slowly whittle it down.

As a bonus, it generates your bucket list for you!
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Title: The Second Hand Unwinds
Author: [personal profile] flamebyrd
Wordcount: 3,507
Rating: PG
Pairing(s): M/M
Notes: In my last prompts request post, [personal profile] tygati said "I wonder what you could do with a (well-adjusted) vampire and a time-traveling bounty hunter. :)". I wrote that in the comments over the next few days, and then for her birthday [personal profile] kiyoshi_chan requested more vampire world-building and it grew a little. So here's the slightly brushed-up and expanded version.

There were some who said that rift-hunting was the solution to a self-perpetuating problem.  )
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I've been doing a lot of reading on my Kobo lately, so AO3's epub download feature is my favourite. In the shower this morning I thought, wouldn't it be great if I could just click a bookmarklet and it would queue up downloads of the epub versions of all stories in the series?

I encountered two problems with this:
1) For logical reasons, AO3's structure for the download URLs is a bit arcane. I had to grab a copy of the code from SVN and dig around until I figured out the format.
2) Prompting the browser to download multiple files is more difficult than you'd think (but, again, probably for logical reasons). I found a few solutions but they were all pretty dodgy.

Anyway, long story short, I sort of solved problem 1 but not problem 2.

http://random.fangirling.net/fun/ao3/downloader.html

This will provide download links for the ebook versions of all stories on an AO3 page (author's works, search, series, etc) in a little box that floats on the page after you click the bookmarklet.

It is undoubtedly very buggy.
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Not having a terribly productive flex day so far, but we're going to the bank in the afternoon so maybe it will be productive in the "organising our finances" sense?

I thought I'd link to something I posted on [community profile] ao3some earlier this week, though:
http://random.fangirling.net/fun/ao3/bookmarklet.html
This generates a bookmarklet (little button that lives in your browser bookmarks) based on the Pinboard posting bookmarklet that will fetch tags from AO3 and put them in the tags box for you.

I wrote the bookmarklet on Sunday, the generator on Monday, added Author tagging on Wednesday (by request) and this morning I added a feature to remove the brackets from the end of the fandom tag (ie. turns 'The Avengers (2012)' into 'TheAvengers').

Additional feature requests welcome.

PS: I have investigated doing this for Tumblr without much luck, and for Delicious (which I might be able to do but it'll be less elegant). I could do Google Bookmarks if I thought anyone cared...
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Previous Yuletide Letters: 2010 | 2009

Hi! We share tiny fandoms! That is awesome!

With regards to my tastes, I love romance but I also love plot and platonic friendships, so if you're not comfortable with romance please don't feel obligated to write it. I've tried to provide prompts for both types of story.

I love light-hearted things, but I also like things that make me think. I don't like things that make me cry. I am easily squicked and not at all comfortable with graphic violence. I love it when characters support each other in uncomfortable situations (eg. reunions). I love competence. I am not particularly kinky.

Read more... )
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Previous Yuletide letter: 2009

General Guidelines

I provided a few prompts, but feel free to ignore them if they're not working for you! I'm sure I'll be thrilled with whatever I get for my requests.

Things I Like

- As a general rule, I like things light-hearted. It doesn't have to be fluffy, just a generally positive feel.
- First-times rather than established relationships
- Happy or at least hopeful endings. Very important! Don't make me sad.
- Character interaction and team dynamics. Snark, bonding over mutual interests, that sort of thing.
- Deep affection between characters that slowly turns to love.
- Case fic, if it's a crime show. Best when combined with some kind of emotional progression.
- "Downtime" fic, ie. where the characters do something fairly mundane, like go shopping (as long as it's in character!)
- Future fic, particularly where the characters haven't seen each other in a while
- Other tropes I am partial to: amnesia, road trips, family reunions / high school reunions

Things I Dislike
- Breakups, particularly of canon couples.
- Definitely no: graphic violence, non/dub-con, BDSM, humiliation. I'm very easily squicked.
- This is probably unlikely to be a problem, but graphic torture and/or mutilation can and has caused me faint.
- Zombies. Just... don't.

More information on the fandoms and details I requested. )
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