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2010-09-07 10:18 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Things I access-lock on Dreamwidth:

- 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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2017-09-28 01:17 pm
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Ficlet: Completely Transparent (Lois & Clark, gen)

Continuing my trend of posting snippets from my WIPs folder as double drabbles, have this piece of silliness from when I rewatched Lois & Clark S1 a couple of years ago.

Completely Transparent (200 words) by Flamebyrd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Clark Kent, Lois Lane
Additional Tags: Double Drabble, Humor
Summary: In which Clark wins a meet and greet with Superman, and Lois thinks she knows why he can't go.
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2017-09-27 10:05 am
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Yuletide tagset filtering

The Yuletide 2017 Tag Set is open! \o/

However, I'm highly unlikely to sign up this year because I'm not in a good writing/requesting place right now, so this is a note to let people know if there are any bugs or UI improvements for my tag set filter bookmarklet, please let me know as I probably won't notice on my own.
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2017-09-25 08:13 pm
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Activity Log (Since July 5, 2017)

Usually I post these on Wednesdays, but time is meaningless, so.

Timekeeper - Tara Sim

Tales From Earthsea (2006)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017)
Finding Dory (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)

Bodacious Space Pirates 1x05-1x08
flamebyrd: (dragonfic)
2017-09-16 07:54 pm
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Some Lesser-Known Fairytales

I was researching Grimms' Fairy Tales for a certain upcoming Halloween party, hoping inspiration for a costume would strike (no luck yet), and was reminded of some of my favourite bizarre tales, so I am retelling them in short form below. (Links go to Wikipedia.)

The Wonderful Musician (Aarne-Thompson type 151, "music lessons for wild animals")

A fiddler wanders through the woods, looking for someone who will appreciate his music. He attracts the attentions of a wolf, fox and a hare, but is not interested in a harem of adorable animal friends and tricks them into trapping themselves.

Eventually he finds an appreciative woodcutter, the kind of company he was seeking (if you know what I mean), who helpfully protects the fiddler from the escaped and vengeful animals.

The fiddler plays the woodcutter one more song to thank him and wanders on (like a cad).

The Water Nixie (Aarne-Thompson type 313A, "the girl helps the hero flee and revolves about a transformation chase")

A brother and sister fall into a well, where they are captured by a nixie who puts them to work. Fortunately, they're able to escape on Sunday while the nixie is at church.

The nixie.

At church.

She chases them, but luckily they are able to use a collection of ordinary household items which transform into nigh-impassable mountains to escape.

The Devil and his Grandmother (Aarne-Thompson type 812, "the devil's riddle")

Three soldier deserters make a deal with the Devil (who is masquerading as a dragon, because that's cool) to escape execution, who gives them a magic whip and a promise that in 7 years, he would take them to hell unless they could solve his riddle.

Fortunately one of them is able to find the Devil's grandmother, who gives him the solution to the riddle. So they get to keep the whip and escape.


In all seriousness, go to Wikipedia and check out the source links for these, because all of the stories have some neat imagery that's worth reading. (And I assume that's the real point of them. They just sound cool.)
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2017-08-21 01:36 pm
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Movie: Tales from Earthsea (2006)

Last night, A nominated me to choose a movie to watch, so I picked Gedo Senki | Tales from Earthsea, a DVD I bought about a decade ago and then never actually watched.

Thoughts below the cut, with spoilers. )
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2017-08-03 01:08 pm
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The Adventure Zone?

I've been craving audio stimulus recently to keep myself motivated to do anything other than sit on the couch and bingewatch YouTube channels. I'm working my way through the Night Vale novel audiobook but I'll finish that eventually.

I've seen a lot of chatter about The Adventure Zone, but before I dive in I thought I'd check: is there anything I should know before I start? (Warnings, background information, anything.)

Also, for people who know me well, would I like it?
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2017-07-05 10:13 am

Activity Log (Since 2 March, 2017)

As always, feel free to ask me about any of these and I will try to distill my thoughts into something shareable.

The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red - Martha Wells
The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker
The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater (in audiobook)

Bodacious Space Pirates 1x04
The Royal Tutor 1x01-1x12

Figure Skating: Winter Spectacular, featuring Jeremy Abbott and Yuka Sato
Cirque du Soleil: Kooza

No, I haven't seen Wonder Woman or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 yet. Soon.
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2017-06-27 09:06 pm

Ficlet: First Steps (Raven Cycle)

My word processor of choice, FocusWriter, reopens with all the documents I had open last time I closed it, which occasionally leads to me discovering things I have no memory of writing.

Most recently, I found one scene and about 6 disconnected lines from a Raven Cycle fic idea I'd noted down after listening to books 1-3 on audio book a few weeks back. The scene was 218 words, so I hacked out 18 of them and posted it as a double drabble.

First Steps (200 words) by Flamebyrd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Noah Czerny & Richard Gansey III
Characters: Noah Czerny, Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch
Additional Tags: Sadness, Ghosts, Double Drabble, Pre-Canon
Summary: Noah becomes Richard Gansey III's friend outside the gates of Aglionby on an otherwise unremarkable afternoon.
flamebyrd: (just... don't ask)
2017-06-12 10:21 am

The worst thing I have ever coded

I did this a while back, and never posted the code because why would you want this. Nonetheless, it still makes me smile to see it.

Yes, I left it enabled. This is how I see AO3.

Screenshot of AO3 filters, with fruit added to the ratings Screenshot of an AO3 fic, with "Explicit" replaced with "Lemon"

I replaced the AO3 content ratings with old-style citrus ratings (and relevant emoji). Note: there's no lime emoji. I used a green heart instead. Also, I'm not sure what the citrus version of "General Audiences" is. I didn't replace the names in the Filters sidebar because I didn't want to wipe out the works counts.

Cut for code )

This goes in your custom AO3 site skin, if you have one. (If you don't, you can create one.)
flamebyrd: Kero-chan, with iPod shuffle. (Ficpod)
2017-06-02 08:25 pm

Hello, June!

Please don't let's have a May like that again*.

In an effort to get myself using my brain again... Does anybody have any niggling web annoyances that could be fixed with a bookmarklet or userscript (or userstyle - I've never made one but I know CSS)? Let me know!

* With apologies to all the very lovely people who made May less awful for me. ♥
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2017-04-26 07:01 am

New bookmarklets/userscripts: AO3 and Dreamwidth

I hadn't coded anything in a while... actually, that's not true. I coded a thing I hadn't posted here. So let's start with that instead.

AO3 Additional Filters
This is a userscript (and bookmarklet) to add author, date and wordcount filters to the sidebar on works listings. I basically wrote it because I was tired of losing my date filters when I changed the sort field.

And here's the one I was working on the last couple of days:

Dreamwidth HTML Buttons
This adds buttons to the beta Create Entries page that insert HTML for you.

Both of these are in beta and have only been tested in my own versions of Firefox and (briefly) in Chrome.
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2016-12-31 05:01 pm

2016 in Lists

Books (Alphabetical, by author)
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch (Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith)
Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho
The High King's Golden Tongue - Megan Derr
Tournament of Losers - Megan Derr
The Broken Forest - Megan Derr
The Madness Season - C. S. Friedman
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything - Chris Hadfield (Read by Chris Hadfield)
Valor's Choice - Tanya Huff
The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin
The Raven and the Reindeer - T. Kingfisher
The Steerswoman (Steerswoman #1) - Rosemary Kirstein
The Outskirter's Secret (Steerswoman #2) - Rosemary Kirstein
The Lost Steersman (Steerswoman #3) - Rosemary Kirstein
The Language of Power (Steerswoman #4) - Rosemary Kirstein
Fledgling - Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Transition (Starfarers #2) - Vonda N. McIntyre
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street - Natasha Pulley
Night Sky Mine - Melissa Scott
Dreaming Metal - Melissa Scott
A Death at the Dionysus Club - Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #1)
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #2)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #3)
The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #4)
Forgotten Suns - Judith Tarr
City of Bones - Martha Wells
The Element of Fire - Martha Wells
The Edge of Worlds - Martha Wells
The Genocidal Healer - James White

Movies (roughly chronological)
Le Petit Prince (2015)
Zootopia (2016)
Arrival (2016)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Music (roughly chronological)
The Little Prince (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Spirituality 1983-2008: The Consummate Compendium - Spirit of the West
No Matter Where You Are - Us the Duo
Naturaliste - The Lucksmiths
Speak Up - The Guild League

Live Shows
Rocket Man - with Chris Hadfield and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Stars on Ice Canada
Pentatonix (with Us the Duo)

NorWesCon 2016 (in Seattle)

12 USA states, 1 roadtrip
New Zealand (north island)

8 years of marriage to [personal profile] theducks
12 years dating [personal profile] theducks
7 years in Canada
1 year as a Canadian citizen
flamebyrd: (dragonfic)
2016-12-31 09:02 am

What I Wrote in 2016

All This and Heaven Too (Les Misérables - Schönberg/Boublil, Les Misérables (2012))
Accessory (Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back)
Mightier than the Sword (Highlander: The Series)
Where You Belong (Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells)

Original Fiction

Total wordcount: 3,402
There doesn't seem to be much point doing the other stats I usually put in here.

So, not a good year, writing-wise.
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2016-12-29 08:56 am

Reading/Watching Log

I'm house-sitting for the next week-and-a-bit and now that I suddenly have fast internet with a decent download allowance I'm not sure what to do with myself. Browse Tumblr? Watch streaming media?

Reading Log (Since October 6, 2016)
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch (in audiobook)

Watching Log (Since March 16, 2016)
Arrival (2016)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Yuri!!! On Ice 1x01-1x10
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2016-12-26 09:25 am

Yuletide Riches!

My signup went to the pinch hit list for the first time this year, which I feel a little guilty about for the sake of my assigned author. However, I got TWO delightful gifts in the collection, and a madness treat, and I am very happy. :D

Cat, Companion (2795 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: ねこあつめ | Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ekicho-san | Conductor Whiskers, Amesho-san | Lady Meow-Meow, Koikoi-san | Ms. Fortune, Usumike-san | Pasty, Cream-san | Peaches, Manzoku-san | Tubbs, Safaia-san | Sapphire (Neko Atsume), Shiromike-san | Dottie, Shirosaba-san | Pickles
Additional Tags: POV Second Person, Cats, Hopeful Ending

When you arrive in the country, you have two checked suitcases, one duffel, and one large tote bag as carry-ons. That’s it…. And then NO PETS says the lease in large, block letters. How will you learn to combat your loneliness when you’re this far from home?

Ida In The Labyrinth (1321 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Monument Valley (Video Game)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Princess Ida (Monument Valley)

Ida keeps walking.

Neko Haiku (115 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: ねこあつめ | Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Haiku, Illustrated, entirely random selection of cats

Performance haiku based entirely on which of my Neko Atsume cats decided to show up today.

I realised belatedly that I'd somehow managed to request 2 phone games, 1 PS3 game and an anime about a game. But it worked out well in the end. ♥

My own effort was much shorter than I would have liked, but writer's block has bitten me hard this year.
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2016-11-25 12:00 pm

The Wreck of the Bush Christening

I was noodling around on the piano earlier with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"*, a song for which I am familiar with the tune but hazy on the lyrics.

So to make up for the loss, my brain substituted the contents of "A Bush Christening", by Banjo Patterson.

Go on, sing it.

* From my book 50 Golden Country Hits, which has a very loose definition of country
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2016-11-09 07:56 am

Fic: Mightier than the Sword (Highlander)

It was the day of Halloween and somebody linked to the list of [community profile] trickortreatex participants with only 1 gift. I saw [personal profile] lynndyre had requested Methos identity porn. I remembered a plot bunny I'd had a while ago about Methos and Connor MacLeod meeting.

Thus, this story. I posted it about 20 minutes before the deadline, and did not have a lot of time to think of a title.

Mightier than the Sword (581 words) by Flamebyrd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Highlander: The Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Methos (Highlander), Connor MacLeod
Additional Tags: First Meetings, Adam Pierson - Freeform, Identity Porn, Trick or Treat Exchange Treat

"Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod," said Methos, smiling. Then, because he couldn't resist, he pulled a can from the ice box next to him. "Have a beer."

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2016-10-25 07:22 pm

Script: AO3 reading time estimate

After a certain friend of mine remarked that she'd been up until 3AM reading fic three nights in a row (a "fictim", as Tumblr would have it), I remarked that it should be pretty straightforward to write a script that will estimate how long it will take to read a fic and pop up a warning when it thinks you'll finish too late for comfort.

So there's now a bookmarklet that will calculate how long it will take you to read a fic, and also a userscript that will do the same and then warn you if it think you'll finish after 1AM (or however you configure it).

These are both still in very early beta, so please let me know if you encounter any weirdness or have suggestions.

I don't know if a point-by-point retrospective on developing this would be of any interest to anybody, so it's behind a cut. )
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2016-10-12 07:42 pm

Books: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I finished the final book a couple of days ago. Here are some thoughts.

Spoilers ahead! )
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2016-10-07 05:37 pm

Yuletide 2016 Letter

Previous Yuletide Letters: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Hello and welcome to Yuetide 2016! I aim to be easy to please, and I'll probably be delighted with whatever you most want to write for our shared fandom(s). As always, optional details are optional, something you really want to write is just as good as something I've prompted.

I love reading:
- Emotional intimacy, found families, trust and loyalty
- Melancholy with a side of hope, that feeling that things are changing (for better or worse) and the past is unrecoverable
- Edit ...But also happy things!
- Different takes on first meetings, fork in the road AUs
- Outsider perspectives, interactions with "normal" or "mundane" people
- Romances that disrupt the usual pining → confession → sex progression
- Tropes: amnesia, road trips, family reunions / high school reunions.
- Slash, gen, het, poly, ace, aro...

Please don't write me:
- Anything that would require an AO3 warning (mention of canonical character death is fine)
- Explicit sex (unless it's plot relevant)
- Incest, relationships with large power imbalances, infidelity
- Embarrassment or humiliation
- Torture, mutilation, damage to fingers/eyes, on-screen permanent injury (past canonical injuries are fine)
- Mundane AUs, zombies, apocalypses, mafia AUs

Request 1 by Flamebyrd
Monument Valley (Video Game)
Princess Ida (Monument Valley)

I was so fascinated to see this in the nominated fandoms. I loved this game, and the little hints of story behind the puzzles. Tell about Ida during her quest, her frustration and regret. Tell about Ida after her quest, when she's regained herself and her people. Tell me about Ida before the quest and what led her to her crime.

I love the atmosphere and mind-bendiness of the puzzles - I don't know how you'd get that into prose, but if you want a challenge, feel free to try!

Note: I'm not partial to very dark interpretations of canon.

Request 2 by Flamebyrd
Ni no Kuni
Oliver (Ni no Kuni)

I would really like to know what happens to Oliver after he returns to Motorville. How does he cope with returning to the "real" world and his friends there? Does he ever return to the other world? Does he grow up in Motorville, and what happens next (university, a career)?

I love stories about characters adapting to a "normal" life after living one full of adventure and danger. How do his experiences affect the way he approaches life now?

Request 3 by Flamebyrd
Shoji An | Tsukasa, Misono Mariko | Subaru

I would love to see these two and their relationship post-series. What's it like adapting to the outside world? How does their romantic relationship develop?

If you're not much for future-fic, a moment between them in-game would be lovely instead!

Note: I'd prefer if the fic didn't focus heavily on Tsukasa/An's abuse background. There are gender issues to be considered, I don't have any preferences there so go with your heart.

Request 4 by Flamebyrd
ねこあつめ | Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

Please, give me the cuddly, found-family, cat sanctuary fic of your dreams! There's so much you could do here. Slice of life, a slowly growing friendship over sharing the large cushion (or whatever your favourite multiple cat item is), the origin of your favourite memento...

My favourite items: Cardboard Choo-choo, Art Deco Cat Tree, Cow Tunnel, Mister Dragonfly, Butterfly Swarm, Penguin Cushion

Note: I'm not interested in subversions or dark interpretations of this canon. I play the English version, but if you prefer the Japanese names I'm happy with that too.