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Feb. 17th, 2019 05:30 pm
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thirsty in the desert with a bagful of gold (5317 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Marinette Dupain-Cheng & Tikki, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Plagg, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Chloé Bourgeois
Characters: Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir, Tikki (Miraculous Ladybug), Plagg (Miraculous Ladybug)
Additional Tags: Episode: s03 Climatika 2 | Stormy Weather 2, sitting these two clowns down to talk about their feelings, Discussion of Extinction
Summary:
"Hey Hawkmoth, Take A Bath Before We're All Extinct (or, Stormy Weather Would Not Have Stopped)"
—μcat, Schrödinger’s Miraculous: physics in the City of Heroes (may work differently when observed)
It was Mme. Mendeleiev's fault, really. She liked bringing current events into her lesson plans, and μcat the superhero-science blogger had done a lot of research and a lot of math in the four days after the second go-round with Stormy Weather. Marinette, looking at all the equations and cited sources and clear, concise prose salted with wordplay, wondered if μcat had slept at all in those four days. If she focused on how long it must have taken them to read each article, run each set of numbers, write each paragraph, then she had no attention to spare for the words "extinction event", and needn't think about what it meant here and now. What it implied. What it must have taken to make it not.

(Adrien whisked Aurore out of the classroom the moment he saw the essay title. He then casually leaned on the door frame, blocking Chloé from following. Marinette should have thought of those herself.)

Marinette lasted two more days before she cracked.
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I just posted some meta about the ending of the show, in the context of a particular trope (I'm trying to be not-spoilery here). So much spoileriness in the post, though! Like, seriously.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 08:06 pm
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Finally re-made my bed today!

Weight of the 'anti-anxiety' weighted blankets they are now selling in local stores for people my size : 12 lbs
Total weight of my usual winter bedding (flannel sheet, 2 fleece throws, hand-made vintage quilt, Southwestern-style woven cotton blanket or doubled woven wool blanket)* : 11.8 lbs.

...oh.

Well, there's another thing to go on the list of "what do you mean, coping mechanism for non-neurotypical people? That's just how we've always done it here!"


Also went to the thrift store for the half-off sale. Bought:
-sealing wax
-mini basketweaving kit
-beading wire
-necklace clasps
-2 yd plaid flannel
-2 small blank sketchbooks
-hedgehog kitchen timer
-steampunk aviator goggles
-'popcorn rocks'
-pack of vintage Crayola
-2 8-oz Coke glasses
-handheld electric bubble maker
-pad of watercolor & charcoal paper
-15 books.

....I need to be kept away from thrift store.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 07:41 pm
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Scott wants me to watch The Dragon Prince, so we sat down and watched the first season together. I enjoyed it, but it really, really underlined that I need glasses that will accommodate five minutes of looking at the TV then two minutes of looking at my laptop with glances at the TV.

I can't always read captioning without my distance glasses. How much of a problem that is varies from show to show, but I also lose details of acting and sets and such without glasses. I don't like to watch streaming things on my laptop because doing that means I can't do the other things I would like to do with the laptop. Watching on my phone isn't ever going to work because the screen is too damned small (which is also why I don't read long things on my phone).

I tried today bra-free, and it was less uncomfortable than wearing a bra was yesterday or any time in the past week. I'm going to see if it's okay going forward. Mainly, I think that, if I do it, I'll need to do the lymphatic massage on the post-surgery breast several times a day. Wearing a bra decreases that need, and lying down in order to do it is a PITA, but I'd much rather do that than deal with the constant discomfort.

There's no school tomorrow, so Cordelia and I get another day to sleep in. I'm not sure how we'll adjust to consecutive school days being a thing that happens this week. At least, I assume it will happen.

Five Things and a Lizard

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:01 pm
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1. Chocolate Box Exchange is live! Check out my gifts here. It's all top quality Golden Kamuy kontent. I have three stories in the collection. Can you guess which ones? I DON'T THINK SO, HAHA.

2. I just noticed that I listen to almost exclusively West Coast podcasts. I don't know what happened, but I think I can now fake my way through a conversation about the LA real estate situation. Can't say the same for New York. So yeah, it's a East Coast versus West Coast situation, but in podcasts this time. Let me know if any violence breaks out.

3. I made some overnight cinnamon rolls from scratch, halving this recipe quite neatly and opting for the dark chocolate filling. Some substitutions: I used a combo of milk and buttermilk in place of the water and added some cream cheese in the icing. Result: a baked good that disappeared into people's mouths almost as soon as I'd made it. Success!

I also made brie-spinach frittata cups for breakfast meal prep this week and I'm very proud of myself.

4. As you know, Bob, I'm thinking about getting a cat and as such, I'm asking questions to everyone around me about this decision. I'm beginning to think pet-owners are pretty cool, honestly -- seems like they have a tolerance for unexpected messes that I certainly don't have. Also, I learned that my beloved grandma used to feed the neighborhood cats dinner scraps almost every day, as a part of her duty as Muslim but mostly because I think she liked cats! I also learned her mother used to fill up coconut shells with water and put them out into the woods for birds to drink. So it seems like my foray into feeding the neighborhood cats seems like a tradition more than anything else. The neighborhood cat population seems to ebb and follow as the years pass -- when I first moved in, there were a pair of striking grey cats who must've been at least partly Russian Blues around, but now the cat landscape is dominated by a big white and brown tabby who I swear saw perched on top of the shed today. I'm tempted to name the cat Ogata. Or at least Wildcat.

5. There's a new chapter of Golden Kamuy out. I must go investigate immediately. Goodbye!!

Relevant to some of you, I'm sure

Feb. 17th, 2019 01:30 pm
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New exchange: [community profile] hurtcomfortex, a multifandom h/c exchange, now taking tag nominations. You nominate character relationships and specify which character you want to be hurt, and then freeform tags for scenarios like "Concussion", "Enduring Pain to Protect Another", "Mistakenly Believes the Other is Dead", "Gunshot Wounds", etc.

I wasn't going to sign up for anything else before SSR Confidential but ... yeah, I'm all over this.

Fic: Helpless

Feb. 17th, 2019 01:51 pm
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 Helpless
G, 1542 words, Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, h/c, set during episode 33.
Summary: Usually Shen Wei was the one taking care of Zhao Yunlan when he was injured. 





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Oooh, the signal-boost thing works for AO3 collections, too. I edited this a bit to get rid of the "profile" and "join" links that got included because I also wanted the collection icon, but other than that, totally straightforward.

Wayback Exchange 2019 | Archive of Our Own

Wayback Exchange 2019







The Wayback Exchange is a fanfiction exchange for all those old canons you loved back in the day. Nostalgia's trendy now! Get with it!

This gift exchange is focused only on canons that are more than 10 years old. That means that for the 2019 round, the only canons eligible will be ones with no new material published or released after December 31, 2009.

https://waybackexchange.dreamwidth.org/



(Closed, Moderated, Unrevealed, Anonymous, Gift Exchange Challenge)

This fortnight in writing, 2/17

Feb. 17th, 2019 09:06 pm
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I … totally failed to do this post last weekend! But I did write stuff! So, combined catch-up post.

Words written this week: 3,948

WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 1,243, getting SO CLOSE to finishing this chapter!!

Underage Child Soldier Omega!Bucky/Alpha!Cap!Steve Marriage of Last Resort Fic: 188

Marvel Trumps Hate Bucky/Steve First Time Fic: 2,383

Slavefic #7: 134

Also:



…a lot of cross-stitching, yeah.

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New flashfic: make up for my regrets

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:57 am
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~2800 words, G-rated, unacknowledged Zhang Shi/Zhao Xinci feelings, background Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan. Major spoilers for the ending. Many thanks to [personal profile] trobadora for beta. <3

make up for my regrets
Summary: Zhang Shi takes stock of his new life.
Warning: This fic is made of spoilers and angst.
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[personal profile] china_shop posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: make up for my regrets
Fandom: Guardian
Rating: G
Length: ~2800 words
Notes: unacknowledged Zhang Shi/Zhao Xinci feelings, background Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan. MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE ENDING. Also for the prompts Disaster (FFW bingo) and Accidentally Married (crack bingo). Many thanks to [personal profile] trobadora for beta. <3 <3 <3 Angst.
Summary: Zhang Shi takes stock of his new life.

make up for my regrets )
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[personal profile] lj_writes posted: Signal Boost bookmarklet with user name tags for more sites

This is an update to the update to [personal profile] astolat's bookmarklet for signal-boosting posts. It always allowed you to signal-boost from any page anywhere, not just DW, but [personal profile] lj_writes has added user name tags for almost every site DW has tags for - so AO3, pinboard, LJ, JF, IJ, DJ, DeviantArt, Etsy, Blogger, Ravelry, Wordpress, and a few more.
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Quiet Kisses Are So Hardcore
Harry Potter; Sirius/Remus; au; pg; 1465 words
Sirius knows being in love is totally punk rock.

Title and summary from A Softer World. A very truncated MWPP Band AU, just two days late for Lupercalia. *g*

Or read it on AO3.

Quiet Kisses Are So Hardcore )

~*~

Feedback is always welcome.

~*~

a box of chocolates!

Feb. 17th, 2019 09:51 am
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Figuratively, that is, since I'm talking about my three delightful femslash gifts for Chocolate Box!

(Though to make the chocolate allusion literal, I will also point to this recipe for flourless chocolate cakes for two which I made for our Valentine's Day dessert, and we ate without the whipped cream (I just dusted a little confectioner's sugar on) and it worked beautifully and was very tasty. Wheat free, milk-free though you'd need to sub out the butter if you want dairy-free. It puffed up in the oven but collapsed as it cooled, which was fine.)

In decreasing order of length:

they will tell tales of us (2661 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Last Kingdom (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Æthelflæd Lady of Mercia/Skade
Characters: Æthelflæd Lady of Mercia, Skade
Additional Tags: Arguing, Episode: s03e04, Angry Kissing, Enemies to It's Complicated, Unresolved Tension
Summary: While they are trapped in the besieged nunnery of Wincelcumb, Skade catches Æthelflæd alone to sate her curiosity about the princess for whose rescue Uhtred left behind everything. Æthelflæd is thoroughly unimpressed by her scrutiny but willing to meet her head on, and might discover far more of herself in the seer than she could ever be comfortable with.

I'm pretty sure this was written by my assigned author, as it's the only of my gifts that was posted before the deadline (yeah, I shook it!), and it's really great! This is everything I wanted from this pairing: the tension of their differences, the gradual realization of their common ground as strong women who chafe against the limits of tenth-century attitudes, who hate that they must achieve what power they can through men, and not on their own. Skade is sly and aggressive, Æthelflæd is straightforward and wary. It's a completely believable missing scene for this series.


no holy place existed without us then (1518 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Circe - Madeline Miller
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Circe/Penelope, Past Circe/Odysseus, Past Penelope/Odysseus
Characters: Circe, Penelope
Additional Tags: Worldbuilding, Rituals, Alternate Ending, POV First Person, AU: Telemachus and Telegonus leave together - Leaving Circe and Penelope on the Island
Summary: Circe and Penelope prepare a ritual bath together.

You might recall that I ended my review of Circe, which I read in November, with I still kind of wanted it to end with Circe and Penelope together as Lesbian Witches of Aiaia. Well, some lovely person wrote it for me! The pastiche is so perfect, measured and evocative prose that reads just like the book, that as I said in my comment, I'm probably going to forget how the novel actually ended and just substitute this in as my headcanon. I love Circe's evolving view of Penelope, first as Odysseus' wife, and then as a woman in her own right, mortal and complex.


An Unexpected Visitor (515 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, James Bond (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Minerva McGonagall/Female M (James Bond)
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, James Bond, Female M (James Bond)
Additional Tags: Fluff, Established Relationship, Crossover
Summary: Sometimes, a cat visits M's office.

This is an adorable little snippet of what is really my favorite sort of relationship these days, two older women who are comfortable with themselves and with each other. I'm a huge crossover fan, and I am so tickled by the idea of M and Minerva being long-time lovers who can complain about their respective problems over a drink.


I wrote two stories, both of which I think scream ISIS WROTE ME! but I guess we always think we're obvious, don't we!
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I don’t normally have a ton of trouble titling my work, but this church story is fucking me up. I’ve been just calling it “The Church” in my head, but that kind of gives the wrong impression (which I’m trying to definitively stay away from because the story could so easily be read as a parable about religion, even though it is not). And it needs a new name. 

I could call it something like “Samuel and the Church” (or whatever name I choose for the protagonist – Sam/Samuel was a placeholder). I could call it after the heading of the first chapter, “The Church That Was Always There” (which is kind of the point, in that it wasn’t) but that’s just the point of that chapter, not the point of the story. I may have to go into history and dig up some famous phrase or other from the dust bowl and play on that, because a vital part of the story is that the dust bowl JUST BARELY misses Lea.

Dust storms are a pivotal part of the story, in that they tend to happen at moments of emotional climax later in the book, so I could just call it “Dust”, but dust storms aren’t the point either, and really only three of them total happen in the book.  

One of the supporting characters in the story writes a book called Fearless Sun, and the town it happens in is called Lea, so I could legitimately call it Fearless Lea, but I’m not that dedicated to the joke.

Ah well. I’ve got to work on Don’t Read The Comments as well, but it feels good to have two mostly-completed novels in my files, which just need rewrites and typesetting. Now if only I can write the missing chapter of one and title the other…..

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BSFA Awards

Feb. 17th, 2019 10:06 am
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One piece of good news:

The Murderbot Diaries: Exit Strategy is up for a British Science Fiction Association Award for short fiction!


Congrats to all the other nominees!

https://bsfa.co.uk/awards-shortlist/



Best Novel

Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Dawn (Solaris)

Yoon Ha Lee – Revenant Gun (Solaris)

Emma Newman – Before Mars (Ace Books)

Gareth L Powell – Embers of War (Titan Books)

Tade Thompson – Rosewater (Orbit)



Best Shorter Fiction

Nina Allan – The Gift of Angels: an Introduction (Clarkesworld)

Malcolm Devlin – The Purpose of the Dodo is to be Extinct (Interzone #275)

Hal Duncan – The Land of Somewhere Safe (NewCon Press)

Ian McDonald – Time Was (Tor.com)

Martha Wells – Exit Strategy (Tor.com)

Liz Williams – Phosphorus (NewCon Press)

Marian Womack – Kingfisher (Lost Objects, Luna Press)



Best Non-Fiction

Nina Allan – Time Pieces column 2018 articles (Interzone)

Ruth EJ Booth – Noise and Sparks column 2018 articles (Shoreline of Infinity)

Liz Bourke – Sleeps With Monsters column 2018 articles (Tor.com)

Aliette de Bodard – On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures (Intellectus Speculativus blog)

Adam Roberts – Publishing the Science Fiction Canon: The Case of Scientific Romance (Cambridge University Press)



Best Artwork

Ben Baldwin – wraparound cover for ‘Strange Tales’ slipcase set (NewCon Press)

Joey Hi-Fi – cover for ‘Paris Adrift’ by EJ Swift (Solaris)

Sarah Anne Langton – cover for ‘Unholy Land’ by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)

Sing Yun Lee and Morris Wild – artwork for ‘Sublime Cognition’ conference (London Science Fiction Research Community)

Likhain – In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II (Inprnt)

Bede Rogerson – cover for ‘Concrete Faery’ by Elizabeth Priest (Luna Press)

Del Samatar – artwork for ‘Monster Portraits’ by Sofia and Del Samatar (Rose Metal Press)

Charlotte Stroomer – cover for ‘Rosewater’ by Tade Thompson (Orbit)

if not for bad luck...

Feb. 17th, 2019 11:01 am
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let's review:

ice storm
power out
heat out
water out
flooding

now

problems with the remediation from all the above
my sister lost her mentor unexpectedly
my nieces and sister have had the flu for SIX DAYS WTF
my BIL had surgery and his two day recovery is...not

When I am the healthiest, most upright person in the household, things are concerning. And *I* have had a loss (though not as close to me as the good twin) and really bad job stuff and am sliding into depression. So that's great. But, you know. I'm needed so I'm compartmentalizing.

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