September 21st, 2017
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
posted by [personal profile] elanya at 12:06am on 21/09/2017 under , , , ,
Wwork is somethin' all right
I made a pie
I am going to a pie party tomorrow!
That's a party where we eat pie. yum!
I put dicks on my pie. We can then eat a dick.
It's an apple pit
I did some tagmoddng
I am tired
Mood:: 'tired' tired
tielan: (Sanctuary - Helen)
posted by [personal profile] tielan at 08:46am on 21/09/2017
It’s kind of nice to post a humourous Captain Hill ficlet I dug up off the HD last night, forget about it, and then only remember this morning when looking at my works page to discover it has 180 hits, 40 kudos, and 4 comments already.

I am starting to think that the Marriage Equality survey here in Australia will prove to be Australian Evangelicals’ ‘Trump’ moment. The ‘no’ side will win by a narrow margin, but it will be because half the people didn’t respond to the survey, and in the process, the most vicious ‘no’ responders (the 'loud and proud no' side) will have burned bridges beyond repairing for a generation already on the verge of asking, “Where is your God of mercy? We see none of His qualities in you.”

*grieves*

How I know I’m losing weight: my bra cups suddenly don’t fit my breasts. Which makes me feel like I’m walking around with my tits hanging out, never mind that I have two or three layers of clothing over the top.

Tonight, I have a quiet night. I don't even have to cook dinner; I prepped a lamb shoulder last night and stuck it in the slow-cooker this morning. I just have to get the sister to slice the potatoes and toss them in around midday...
September 20th, 2017
musesfool: Jason Toddler shows off his new costume to Dick (everybody starts somewhere)
Board meeting went well, even though it rained so the rooftop terrace at the venue went unused. Sigh. I went home afterwards and fell into bed at 8:30 pm after eating cookies and milk for dinner. I win at adulting!

Of course, the one night I go to bed without checking my flist, it turned out there was a question about my yuletide nominations. It is a spoiler for Crooked Kingdom but spoiler! ) As of this morning, he was approved without my having to say anything, but I did comment anyway to say what I said under the cut.

Now Gotham Academy has to be approved! I'm sure there'll be a question about Damian Wayne there too but he does show up more than once over the course of the comic. Which I guess is as good a lead-in as any to discuss Second Semester:

What I've just finished
Gotham Academy: Second Semester, which I enjoyed, though boy they do not shy away from making the kids selfish, thoughtless and highly teenagery. spoilers )

I did like that they have all really gelled into a team - I enjoyed Colton and Pomeline sniping at each other while they work together a lot. And any Maps+Damian team-up is A++ in my book. Best Team! For yuletide, I just want schoolgirl (and boy, though I care less about the boys) supernatural detective shenanigans, with occasional Robin.

Though have we ever gotten an explanation on why/how MacPherson knows Bruce Wayne is Batman?

This morning, I also read the Star Wars Annual #3 which is a nice Han/Leia story with some fun Indiana Jones references and Leia being her usual awesome self. I also liked how it explained Han sticking around with the Rebellion, neatly giving him an excuse he could live with to cover up the real reason.

What I'm reading now
Still A Ruin of Angels. I have to admit, I find "Trust me! / Don't you trust me? / I didn't tell you this hugely important secret because plot reasons it was too dangerous!" to be super irritating in a character so a lot of the plot machinations are making me say, "If Woody had gone to the police, this never would have happened!" "If Ley had just told Zeddig what was up, things might have played out differently!" Like, things still would have gone to hell in a handbasket, but I'd have a lot more sympathy for Ley when they did. Otoh, Izza and Kai and Tara! <333

And speaking of Crooked Kingdom above, yesterday I was thinking about how dropping the Crows kids into the Craft universe would work, since so much of the magic etc. in the latter is based on negotiation and deals, and the deal is the deal, right? Someone who isn't me should write that.

What I'm reading next
Two weeks until the new Magnus Chase comes out, so who knows? I do have a ton of stuff on the iPad, ready to go!

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Music:: Glory Box - Portishead
Mood:: 'rejuvenated' rejuvenated
tielan: (Merlin - merlin)

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posted by [personal profile] tielan at 10:52pm on 20/09/2017
So my Genex recip is entirely a non-commenter. That makes it better, at least.
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posted by [personal profile] naraht at 09:34am on 20/09/2017 under ,
nothing gold can stay (2628 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yuri Plisetsky & Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky & Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya/Yakov Feltsman
Characters: Yuri Plisetsky, Victor Nikiforov, Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya
Additional Tags: Rivals, Post-Canon, Growing Up, Coming of Age, growth spurt, Injury, 2018 Winter Olympics, Aging
Summary: Yuri Plisetsky will never step out of Victor's shadow. Not if Victor has anything to do with it.

Or, the epic Nikiforov/Plisetsky rivalry in the run-up to the 2018 Games.



Here it is, the long one. The first chapter of the long one, at least.

A friend tells me that 'rage-filled teenage boy athlete' is not my usual aesthetic – probably an understatement! But it's a refreshing change in writing terms, and it's good to stretch yourself... right?
September 19th, 2017
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
My hands are sore, I guess I'm paying for the progress I did over the weekend. I did two rows tonight and it was agony (one knit row, one purl), and they're still hurting despite drugs. My hip is bothering me too. Maybe it's time for aleve instead of ibuprofen.

Gee I can't wait until I'm actually old... -_-
Mood:: 'sore' sore
musesfool: Batwoman (your name in the title)
posted by [personal profile] musesfool at 01:55pm on 19/09/2017 under
ZOMG this day! Board meeting imminent!

I just wanted to let people know, in case they didn't and were interested, that Alice Hoffman has written a prequel to Practical Magic about the Aunts, and it's coming out in October: The Rules of Magic! I only found out the other day!

I love both the book and the movie, though they are very different, and I'm excited to read the Aunts' story! #please don't suck!

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Music:: Castle - Halsey
Mood:: 'busy' busy
September 18th, 2017
marthawells: (Reading)
posted by [personal profile] marthawells at 08:21pm on 18/09/2017
We've been hearing noises in the wall between our house and the garage for a while, and got confirmation today that it was rats. Apparently they chewed their way in through a hole at the end of a rain gutter and got in the garage attic, then got in and have been hanging out under the bathtub. So, not fun. But someone at the university recommended a wildlife removal company that specializes in rodents, and I think that's exactly what we need. (We're also infested with geckos, but that's actually a good thing.) Anyway, it's going to be expensive, but not nearly as bad as I thought.

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Fireside Fiction has set up an ebook Hurricane Relief Bookstore. 100% of the profits go to hurricane relief funds in Houston, Florida, and the Caribbean. My book Wheel of the Infinite is available there, with lots of other cool SF/F novels, magazines, and anthologies:

http://www.hurricanebookstore.com/
lannamichaels: text: "Don't panic" (don't panic)
posted by [personal profile] lannamichaels at 06:26pm on 18/09/2017


The ocd is getting so much worse and I have an appointment tomorrow with the Adversarial Therapist, so that's going to go so great, so to focus on good things:

today when driving home, I saw someone on a bike, wearing a helmet that had a big triangle in LED lights on the back. And if that wasn't cool enough, that person then signalled a left turn, and a left turn arrow in orange showed on the back of the helmet, next to the red triangle. That was so cool.

There are times when I want to stop bicyclists and tell them how awesome their safety gear is. For this person, I wanted to throw a party to tell them how awesome their safety gear is.

Now if we could just get better bike lanes and such.

musesfool: text icon: somewhere in this building is our talent (somewhere in this building is our talent)
posted by [personal profile] musesfool at 04:56pm on 18/09/2017 under ,
dear universe,

I have some complaints:

- as per this xkcd (hat tip to [personal profile] twistedchick), & should be used for friendship and / should be used for romance. Please stop getting my hopes up that there is new pairing fic to read in my rare pair when it is not, in fact, pairing fic.

- it's bad enough that I'm following a bunch of works in progress now, but what is up with people getting to the penultimate chapter of a work (and I'm not talking anything short here, I'm talking well over 100K words) and then just...never posting the last chapter? I would plaintively cry, "who does that?" except I am now in possession of such knowledge and it's more than one person! (And I know this because it'll be listed as 53/54 or whatever.)

- this is less a complaint and more a bit of bafflement, but I never know what to say to people who leave feedback along the lines of "I hope you keep writing!" or "I hope you've written more!" Like, click on my name in the by line? There'll be 700+ stories there? I mean, thank you! But yeah.

- why is writing such a garbage hobby? when I have the words, I don't have the time. when I have the time, I don't have the energy. when I have the energy, I don't have the words. Bah.

- subset of the above: I actually opened a story to work on last night, wrote one (1) sentence in two (2) hours, and gave up when I realized it would need to be all porn from there on out. Bah.

no love,

me

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Mood:: 'busy' busy
Music:: Photosynthesis - Frank Turner
marthawells: (Atlantis)



Now that the cover (by Jaime Jones) has been revealed, more preorder links are available. (I really, really appreciate preorders, wherever you shop, not just the links here.)


Note: Artificial Condition is a novella, around 160 pages. It's a direct sequel to All Systems Red and begins not long after that novella ends.


Description: It has a dark past -- one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks...

Available at:
Barnes & Noble, Amazon US and all other Amazons, Mysterious Galaxy, BooksaMillion, Book Depository, and from a local independent bookseller through Indiebound.

ebook (DRM-free): Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle France, Kindle Germany, Kindle Spain, and all other Kindle retailers.




Excerpt:


SECUNITS DON'T CARE ABOUT the news. Even after I hacked my governor module and got access to the feeds, I never paid much attention to it. Partly because downloading the entertainment media was less likely to trigger any alarms that might be set up on satellite and station networks; political and economic news was carried on different levels, closer to the protected data exchanges. But mostly because the news was boring and I didn't care what humans were doing to each other as long as I didn't have to a) stop it or b) clean up after it.

more )
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
posted by [personal profile] elanya at 12:11am on 18/09/2017
Game today was excellent! We had some cool combat stuff with some traumatic Confusion hijinx, got a bet brain, and probably went to participate in/start a riot. I hope someone remembered the spoon!

I also got a fair bit further o my chart. I am now into my third box of beads - probably 4 was an overestimate, but I guess this chart and the next are incredibly heavily beaded, so maybe not? I have about 1/2 charts left to go, If I have less than 1/4 of this box left when I'm done I'll feel vindicated for my overcautiousness, but if I have more than than I'l just feel silly. So we'll see. I'm very definitely at the 'want to just knit until it's done' stage, which is unfortunate because my knitting time is rather limited :(

Worked on more tag mod stuff tonight... and now, sleep! We have an extra dog this week, which means I have to get up extra early, bleh. I should be sleeping already, probably.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
waywardmartian: A fancy compass rose (Default)
tielan: (travel)
posted by [personal profile] tielan at 11:43am on 18/09/2017 under ,
- book the Dior exhibit for Monday or Wednesday, work out how to get there
- see if L wants to go see Much Ado at the Melbourne Popup Globe (otherwise just arrange to meet for munchies)
gileonnen: Text reading "But to me you're a shining light" (Shining Light)
Hello, my dear Trick-or-Treat writer or artist!

First, thank you for signing up and for writing or drawing something for me! Before anything else, I want you to know that whatever you make, I'll be delighted to receive it. (This is also true for anyone kind enough to treat me!) I'm open to all ratings, all genres, all verb tenses and narrative persons, most kinks, and all art styles. While I love creepy and uncanny stories, as well as sad or bittersweet, I also happily devour sweet treats. If you play to your strengths and write or draw something that you enjoy creating, I guarantee that I'll love it. =D

If you're curious about what I've written or drawn, my fics can be found here on AO3, and my art can be found here on Tumblr.

Quick note on my prompting style: I threw a lot of different possible prompts into each request, but these are only suggestions to get you started if you're having trouble thinking of an idea. They're also intended as 'or' suggestions, not 'and' suggestions--I definitely don't need you to fulfill all or even any of the requests! If your muse tugs you in a different direction, follow your muse. (But be wary, as the witching season approaches. My muse has often been a foxfire mistress, in the past, and has led me into many an impassable swamp.)

Below, in addition to the prompts, I'll give you a few notes on what I love about the fandom and the characters I've chosen. It's wonderful if those notes inspire you, but if not, please focus on what you love about the fandom and characters.

Do Not Want: The only thing that I'd prefer you NOT write me is dubious or coerced consent (e.g., 'I didn't hear a no' or 'That "no" didn't sound very convincing'). I do not enjoy reading dubious or coerced consent, and I'd prefer not to have it in what you create for me. If you're drawing sexy fanart, I'd prefer for everyone involved to look like they're having a good time.

Craft Sequence - Max Gladstone )

Kalevala - Elias Lönnrot )

The Penumbra Podcast )

Original Work )

Again, thank you so much for writing or drawing for me!

-- Gil

Side note: Love to you, my Trick-or-Treat writer or artist!
azurelunatic: Rock in the sea, captioned "stationed forever on a far-distant rock" (Housewife's Lament)
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
My fic for Franzi and Gecko's fic exchange - a small friends-oriented exchange. You would not believe how many times I rewrote this assignment before I finally settled on this story. Apparently I have sedoretu on the brain...
The Road That Leads To Home (1595 words) by tielan
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Laura Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Laura Barton, Clint Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie), Sedoretu
Summary:
He surveys the land before them as the Wakandan plane hovers over the landscape, and Natasha tries to imagine it through his eyes.

“A farm?”

“A safehouse.” Somewhere to recover, with no lingering ghosts, with nothing to trigger his responses, even now the programming has been taken out.

The expression on his face is bleak. “And is it safe for them?”
September 17th, 2017
marthawells: (Reading)
posted by [personal profile] marthawells at 03:59pm on 17/09/2017
Here's the transcript for the Organization for Transformative Works 10th Anniversary chat: https://www.transformativeworks.org/transcript-for-otw-10th-anniversary-chat-with-seanan-mcguire-martha-wells/
marthawells: (Miko)
posted by [personal profile] marthawells at 10:26am on 17/09/2017



* Excerpt: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot2.htm


* Interview on The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/16/16315474/science-fiction-author-martha-wells-murderbot-robots-interview


* And we're coming up on the time for the OTW Chat: Today 9/17 noon to 2 EST, me and Seanan Mcguire will do a guest chat for the Organization For Transformative Works 10th Anniversary https://www.transformativeworks.org/today-is-the-otws-10th-anniversary/
musesfool: baze and chirrut (i don't need luck i have you)
Last night, L and I went to the premiere of this English language musical version of The Romance of the Western Chamber (Xi Xiang Ji in Chinese?).

It is not, in fact, Romeo and Juliet, or it kind of is in terms of love at first sight and climbing up balconies and exchanging poetry in letters, but without the tragic ending. Which I was glad for.

It's very charming, though the male lead's voice was not up to the singing, imo. The ladies were all fantastic, especially Mari Uchida as Hong-niang, the matchmaking maid. The women's costumes were lovely; the men's were...well, they started out all right, but Mr. Chang's wedding outfit was made of what looked like baby blue lamé, which is not a look I personally endorse.

Afterwards - and it was not a short play! - we attempted to go here, because it was a beautiful night for a rooftop bar, but apparently my randomly picking a place in the vicinity of the theater because it looked cool meant I'd actually picked someplace popular and happening? There was a large line outside the door anyway, so we were like, we are too old to wait on lines for bars - even rooftop bars! - so we hopped in a cab and had dinner at the bar around the corner, and then stopped off at Insomnia Cookies for cookies. Which I didn't eat last night, but which will be my breakfast this morning.

All in all, it was a lovely evening, and I got to wear my star-print sun dress from eShakti, which is such a pretty dress, guys. I love it a lot.

I also have been catching up on Gotham Academy so I can make my yuletide request, and when Amy showed up in Second Semester, I at first thought, ugh, did they try to shove Harper in here as well? but I sincerely doubt Harper would ever do the nasty things Amy does, so it's not her undercover. Whew. I'll probably have more to say on Wednesday!

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Mood:: 'mellow' mellow

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