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Also because I do not want to do admin work. But also I do not want to do event planning.

But I will for my son. Because bar mitzvahs are important.

Plus side, I get a party out of it. :)

(We really ought to have found a site AGES ago.)

writing and navel-gazing

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:14 am
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[personal profile] sohotrightnow
Somehow I got to rereading some of my fic on Ao3 yesterday and it was...not bad? Like, hm, looking at it with a fresh eye, I might catch a minor error here or there, a little continuity thing, repeating a phrase too soon or dropping a word. But apart from little copy-editing stuff like that, it's...surprisingly not garbage? It's actually kind of enjoyable? Even a fic from literally almost half my life ago, I'm reading it and going "wow, this is actually a solid representation of this character's voice, well done '00s Jules!"

I've had a hard time with writing the past few years, where every word is like blood from a stone and every paragraph I look back and decide it's garbage and need to walk away for a bit lest I just delete it all. So it's nice to look back and go "hey, actually, I do know how to do this." It's also gratifying to realize that a lot of the stuff I'm most pleased with, that I most felt at the time like no one but me really cared about but that was enough, is also some of my most popular. Like, oh, hey, this self-indulgent little id trip of mine wasn't just me talking into a vacuum, other people enjoy these weird crossovers and rarepairs and polyships!

Anyway, I've also stuck with this space opera romance novel thing for months now, and am only partly through outlining it, and even at such a slow pace I'm still pretty excited about it. It's nice to feel enthusiastic about something I'm making again, even if it's much slower going than it's been in the past.

I'm meming! I'm meming!

Apr. 26th, 2017 05:27 pm
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[personal profile] st_aurafina
I'm still trying to catch up on posting fic to my Dreamwidth. As I go, I'm trying to post to a comm or two as well, because that's where DW falls down a bit, I think - there aren't as many active comms as there were on LJ. Some really, really active ones! But not as many.

Speaking of which, is there a place I could post my Black Tapes genfic? A general fandom genfic comm? I couldn't find a specific Black Tapes comm, but in searching, I did find that there's an option for DW to add that topic to your interests. (Which is awesome.) And then through that, I found [community profile] addme_fandom, which is like [community profile] addme, but fannish.



Meme with me? (as seen everywhere, probably because it's a good meme!)
Ask me:
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed



Also, from [profile] yohijideranged, a music meme!

1. A song you like with a colour in the title.
I have three, because how do you choose these things?
Under this cut: Birdy, Lorde, David Bowie )

Youtube, why do you do that massive gap thing with your embeds? Why?

The rest of the topics )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: A Child's Path to Clarity
Fandom: The Black Tapes podcast
Rating: Teen
Words: 4672
Characters/Pairings: Richard Strand, Alex Reagan, Nic Silver
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Written for Yuletide 2016. Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta

Summary: "Almost certainly," said Alex. "Is most definitely not certain."

Also at the Archive

The apocalypse didn't start right away. )

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Apr. 24th, 2017 07:07 pm
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[personal profile] lotesse
I turn 31 next month, and this past year a lot of things I've wanted have shown up for me. Honestly, if I have one wish for this summer it's that I be able to enjoy them -- I'm still a wee bit shaken by the changes right now, tbh, and working to deal with worries about bad times coming round again.

Work first, then love -- work is good, I'm getting heavy praise for honestly not that much effort?? I met with an old family friend who works on freshwater conservation this afternoon, I guess he needs a writer in a hurry? So maybe this summer will be MBA work and writing for them, and perhaps I won't do any academic/literary writing at all, or not so much. I'm really okay with that -- it's been good for me, transitionally, but the industry that runs parallel to the academic humanities seems infected with the same sickness that's imo overrunning academia -- the pay is shit, the treatment is shit, there's no stability, and it's acceptable to work your people hard without having their backs on anything. Two years ago, it felt important to keep my hand in, keep up on scholarship. Now? Fuckem.

Love. Love is good. Not effortless, and not perfect -- but it's kind of an amazing feeling, learning how to trust someone to have my back like this. I was never this vulnerable with my ex, never as open about my needs, and my god, it's really something, innit, this mutual support gig?

I'm feeling comfortable moving on milestones that I never wanted to share with my ex, even though it hasn't been so very long -- discussed sharing the main body of finances today, getting a joint acct together, and lord but that's something I never ever ever wanted to do with S. I'm not worried in the same way about D. spending out my money selfishly, because seeing me provided for is genuinely important to him -- in fact, I think he's going to be able to help me learn to spend money on myself, which is something I've never got the hang off. I've a pair of new shoes and two new dresses this spring, and am going out in pursuit of a new swimsuit as soon as my period's over -- and it's lovely nice to have new things as needed, really it is.

April was scary for me, because I was medically and financially -- and emotionally -- in a needier place than I had been over the winter, and it was frightening to subject the relationship to the test that S. failed so abjectly -- could I still have worth when not able to play Lady Bountiful? But I needn't have worried.

We're going camping this weekend, for the 1st -- it's just starting to be warm enough to sleep out, here, and he's been asking for a chance to convince me that his method will render sleeping out comfortable enough to make it nice to do. I'm willing to take it on faith.

a sad day

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:15 pm
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[personal profile] such_heights
My dad passed away in his sleep last night, at the hospice where he's been receiving extraordinary palliative care for terminal cancer and resulting paralysis since late last year. He was 59.

I visited him a few times over the weekend. We ate dinner and watched Doctor Who as a family on Saturday night, and yesterday we sat and chatted and I held his hand and told him I loved him. I knew that might be the last time I saw him. These things do provide some comfort in an awful time.

My dad was a generous, hard working, and amazingly positive person and I know he touched a lot of people's lives. I'm so proud to be his daughter. He lived his life with tremendous gusto, creative spirit and an eclectic range of hobbies and interests. I've lost a parent, a mentor, and most of all a friend. I feel very lucky to know just how much he loved me and how he proud he was of me, as exemplified in the speech he gave at my wedding, which I have on video to keep forever.
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[personal profile] rosabelle
But instead, a few observations from the second viewing:
*The cow was the mascot of the rival school
*They were at an actual gold mine, not a random rock quarry (in my defense, random rock quarry is perfectly plausible given the canon but, you know. Good consistency!)
*I have more positive feelings about some of the relationships this time around

Doctor Who 10.02 - "Smile"

Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:49 am
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[personal profile] lizbee
Fun fact! A modern Doctor Who episode is exactly the right length to eat a bowl of cereal, drink three small cups of tea, and apply a fresh nail wrap. The deco styling matches my new Star Wars T-shirt, but I can't quite decide how I feel about this shade of pink. Which is fair, because I also can't quite decide how I feel about this episode!

Spoilers are quoting Bowie. )

remind me later

Apr. 22nd, 2017 02:15 am
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[personal profile] rosabelle
I need to rewatch Power Rangers in Space with the mindset that Andros is trolling everyone. (I have already forgotten the entire conversation leading up to this conclusion but it still sounds like an amusing use of my time.)

hmmm

Apr. 21st, 2017 07:56 pm
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[personal profile] sohotrightnow
LOL so I'm to "The Witch" in my Buffy rewatch. Which I mention because it's the third episode and Xander has ALREADY gone full Nice Guy.

This is why I always kill Kaidan on Virmire, you sleep with someone in ME2 after he's told you to fuck off and in 3 he starts talking about how he ~forgives~ you for ~cheating~ on him. (Again, he told you to fuck off, so you moved on.)

KAIDAN'S GOTTA DIE BECAUSE THE ONLY SURE CURE IS A NUKE. IF ONLY YOU COULD NUKE XANDER.
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[personal profile] sohotrightnow
Soooo as mentioned a few times, I have gotten super into gaming in the last couple of years? Hilariously, it was my mother who got me into it. She bought a used X-Box when she and Dad were living in Australia, and got hooked on Mass Effect, and at one point, after she got back, she finally dragged me over to the couch, put a controller in my hand, and made me play, because she was so sure I'd like it. SHE WASN'T WRONG. Friggin' Bioware, man.

Anyway, here are my 'canon' characters for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age games. )

YEP. Tell me about your various Wardens/Hawkes/Inquisitors/Shepards/Ryders!
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FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT BUFFY SUMMERS AND THE IRON BULL ARE MARRIED AND HAVE TWO CHILDREN IRL

(Alternately, if you're in more of a space opera mood, friendly reminder that Buffy Summers and James Vega are married and have two children IRL!)
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[personal profile] havocthecat
I have a friend with a friend who's over Laurell K. Hamilton and is looking for genre recs, so would you please rec your paranormal romance and urban fantasy favorites in the comments here? I've already texted recs, but I'm always on the hunt for new ones and so is the FoaF, so anything you think is good, drop a comment.

Any genre of pairings is welcome. Thanks!

Iron Fist: Further Thoughts

Apr. 20th, 2017 10:47 am
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[personal profile] havocthecat
Still not done with the series. I'm not as into it as Mr. Havoc, who has a long time comics love of Iron Fist. Though now I know why Colleen puts up with Danny. Spoilers, spoilers everywhere. )

As I beheld the calendar today

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I don't really want to talk about the bad things. I am glad, though, that I was able to help Mom out this weekend, and get her mind off of her problems, at least for a little while. If I let myself think about it too long, I'll start navelgazing about all of them. So instead, have some linkspam:

WordStar: A writer’s word processor - Every now and again, I look at this and think, "Do I want to learn another word processor? Something even more keyboard-intensive to use than WordPerfect? I love Scrivener, but options . I won't install it, but it's fun to think about.

I am not (yet) going to be watching this Carrie Fisher tribute, but I've heard I'll need tissues when I do. Mark Hamill organized his own tribute to her, and I'll have to watch that and laugh - and probably cry too.

One of my favorite ice cream places used to make lychee ice cream, but stopped. I need to start making my own.

Sylvia Volk has written a lot of very good Highlander fiction (though I have issues with her treatment of Cassandra), and I've found out that she's made the leap to original fic. I'll have to check her original stories out later.

I have this project where I've been looking for a stainless steel water bottle that's made in the U.S. instead of China, just to see if any are, and it's awfully difficult to find anything. Like, there are none. I've found one aluminium bottle, not much else. I've found some scaremongering blogs, those are fun (well, not really), and some more balanced ones that point out the costs of making a food-grade stainless steel water bottle in the U.S. are prohibitively high. (The comments are even fairly sensible, surprisingly enough.)

There's a copper travel mug (lined with stainless steel) that's made in the U.S., and probably everyone is paid a living wage and the prices are more than fair. I would love to buy this, but it's $300 and fuck if I can afford a $300 copper travel mug. There's also a stainless steel mug, but it's the "man mug," and I'm vomiting a little in my mouth at the name: You can check out their completed Kickstarter if you want to, though.

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