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...oh, I. Uh. I never posted about this one.

So! Great news everybody! EXPOSURES ISN'T THE WORST THING I'VE EVER WRITTEN ANYMORE. :D

Yeah, I'll just leave this here. We never have to speak of it, it's fine.


Now That the War Is Through with Me (810 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Mercy Killing, HYDRA Trash Party, hydratrashmeme, Dead Dove: Do Not Eat
Summary:


"I know your creed. You should go outside now."

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Aug. 1st, 2015 11:00 pm
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Died on this day in 1100 aged 44 King William II of England (my toy,wikipedia). William died after being shot with an arrow whilst hunting, possibly murdered to put his brother Henry on the throne (in which case it worked), possibly an accident. He kept the Scots out of England but didn't gain control of Scotland and despite invading twice didn't manage to take over Wales.

Born on this day in 1424 to King Rene I of Naples and Isabella Lorraine , Duchess of Lorraine, John Valois-Anjou II, Duke of Anjou (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Margaret who married Henry VI. John spent much of his reign attempting to get Naples back, which didn't work.

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Jul. 31st, 2015 11:00 pm
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href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_VI_of_France">wikipedia). Grandfather of Margaret who married King Stephen. Louis spent most of his reign fighting various other people who wanted to be in charge of France, including of course the English (who were Normans). He was reasonably successful at this. He died of dysentery because in the 12th century even being King couldn't buy you a cure.

Born on this day in 1713 to Ferdinand II, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel and Princess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Charles Guelph I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Caroline who married George IV. Charles tried (unsuccessfully) to improve the finances of the Duchy and when he failed his son took over. He founded what is now the Technical University of Brunswick.

Friday linkspam

Jul. 31st, 2015 04:30 pm
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A couple more posts rounding up links and quotes from various comments in the Metafilter discussion on emotional labor: this post by [dreamwidth.org profile] elf, and a second post from [dreamwidth.org profile] kaberett, with a few more links to go with the ones singled out earlier.


Fandom

Via a Tumblr post, a neat interview with poet Richard Siken (whose work I discovered via [dreamwidth.org profile] musesfool, I believe): "The Poet Laureate of Fan Fiction / The internet mistook Richard Siken’s poetry for TV fan fiction—and then it consumed him". I was unaware that Siken has a second volume of poetry out this year! War of the Foxes, one day soon I will order you. ^_^

"How 'A Wrinkle in Time' Changed Sci-Fi Forever".


Writing

Zen Cho has a new "My Publishing Journey" post up: "Signing with a literary agent".

At The Dissolve: "We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome". "So maybe all the questions can boil down to this: Looking at a so-called Strong Female Character, would you—the writer, the director, the actor, the viewer—want to be her? Not want to prove you’re better than her, or to have her praise you or acknowledge your superiority. Action movies are all about wish-fulfillment. Does she fulfill any wishes for herself, rather than for other characters?"


Cute

Via [twitter.com profile] criacow, an adorable one-minute YouTube video of cows being petted and hugged.

"The Oddly Soothing Sound of 9 Cats and A Kitten Eating Dinner Together At The Same Time". The post has two videos: one in which all of the cats eat together, and one in which the new kitten is introduced to the nine cats already in residence. (You'll also be linked to this Japanese blog, 9 Cats, about the ten cats.)

"21 Cats Who Are Too Adorably Stupid For Their Own Good".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne, tremendously cute kittens and equally cute otters.


Unsorted

Vienna Teng's website has been updated with info on The Fourth Messenger album release. The Fourth Messenger is a musical Vienna wrote with Tanya Shaffer, and Vienna sings the lead role on the album.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] boxofdelights, this slow-motion video of a goshawk maneuvering through a fairly dense forest.

Via Facebook:

--"Why Proof-Texting Is Not Like Other Sins". "Proof-texting is an intentionally deceptive practice that offers out of context proof while ignoring the greater witness of scripture and any other evidence that might refute the desired (and predetermined) theological conclusion. It’s the tool necessary to perpetuate the myth that the Bible is always perfectly clear about everything, when in fact that clarity often only exists when we proof-text our theology by ignoring the overarching themes of scripture in general and the message of Jesus in particular in order to condemn and exclude people we’ve deemed unworthy of salvation."

--"Hey, Internet: Stop Trying To Inspire Me" "I’m tired of people trying to inspire me to have a better, bigger, happier life. Let me exist. Let me fumble. Let me find the patch of light in the long tunnel of darkness. Let me figure out some shit on my own. I say we need less fake inspiration in this world and more realness. Less doomsday. Less fake happiness. More real shit. Less preaching. More storytelling. Less advice. More community."

--"Artist Celebrates Late Grandfather By Drawing Each Of The 100,000+ Items He Left In His Toolshed".

--This is only a couple of paragraphs, but sounds neat: "Let's visit the Cave of Hanging Snakes!" (Here's a slightly longer post about it.)

--"What A 47-Second Quick-Change Looks Like". "At the 2015 Tony Awards, Kelli O’Hara allowed the documentation of what a quick-change looks like backstage – and the army it takes to pull it off successfully."

--"Let Yourself Be the Change You Want to See in the World".

--"Living Bio-Concrete Can Heal Itself".

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Jul. 31st, 2015 10:05 am
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Died on this day in 1137 aged 55 King Louis VI of France (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Margaret who married King Stephen. Louis spent most of his reign fighting various other people who wanted to be in charge of France, including of course the English (who were Normans). He was reasonably successful at this. He died of dysentery because in the 12th century even being King couldn't buy you a cure.

Born on this day in 1713 to Ferdinand II, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel and Princess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Charles Guelph I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Caroline who married George IV. Charles tried (unsuccessfully) to improve the finances of the Duchy and when he failed his son took over. He founded what is now the Technical University of Brunswick.

well, that's a nice round number

Jul. 30th, 2015 11:02 pm
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Bucky's broken dick epic (Codename: Aluminum Bastard): 100,192 words
Act II so far, spanning 6 days of internal time: 44,510 words
Events remaining in Act II: 6.5
Acts after this one: 3. Acts. hahaha ha ha. /o\
Target posting date: April 15, 2016. (Which is to say: three weeks before US release of Captain America: Civil War, which will put this a full two movies away from canon instead of one + Ant-Man.)
Confidence in hitting target posting date: hahahaha ha ha WHERE IS THE GIN.

I'll just. Be lying on the floor questioning my life choices.

(Today was actually a good day for working on this story but OH MY GOD I SWORE NO MORE QUARTER MILLION WORD STORIES AFTER THE LAST QUARTER MILLION WORD STORY, AND I MEANT IT. THANKS, BUCKY.)
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Behold, I have a [dreamwidth.org profile] trope_bingo card! First question: when one's primary fandom is set 20-odd years after the zombie Rising, what does one do with an "au: apocalypse" square? Write them into a different apocalypse, I guess? (It's a theoretical question--realistically, I'm probably not going to take a bash at that one. See also: the thing where I like getting cards and seeing if they get me writing, but never actually finish a bingo, so I don't spend any time strategizing for lines or corners or what have you.)

Also, admire the typo in one square, which says "art initiates life". ^_^ I hope someone else with that square works with it literally, rather than autocorrecting it and going from them.

Card under this cut )

Mishmash post

Jul. 30th, 2015 12:49 pm
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--The Kickstarter to fund year 3 of Sparkler Monthly has only four days left, and still needs about $2500. If you haven't looked at them and are at all into the idea of female gaze-oriented prose/comics/audio drama covering a variety of stories, brought together by lifelong fangirls with tons of experience, please consider checking them out and helping to make their third year happen.

--For the last several days I've been waking up around 7 or 7:30, lying awake long enough to seriously wonder if I should just get up (despite my having been staying up late enough that my alarm's been set for 10 or 10:30), and then falling back to sleep and having incredibly bizarre dreams. It's an odd pattern. :/ Can't say I like it much.

--Last night [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose prepped Doughbot, so I woke up (the second time) to the smell of fresh-baked bread and had some for brunch, with the raspberry jam Kas and Ginny made after our first berrying outing.

--I need to spend more time reading in general, but reading through a stack of graphic novels from the library has reminded me of my theory that reading one GN or one manga volume every day would be a significant change to my current reading habits, and it wouldn't take all that much time each day. It'd be nice to put a dent in that part of my to-read backlog, esp. given how much manga I own and haven't read. >.<

--Via Twitter, NBC has all of Kings posted for online viewing. (Doesn't seem to be available in Canada, alas.)

--Last night I did the first part of the Scrivener tutorial, and mostly it just hurt my head. A few different people on Twitter weighed in and said they hadn't really spent much time with the tutorial except when they actually needed to figure something out. It's very jargony, so I think I might take that approach. And right now clicking "take snapshot" completely freezes the program. Awkward. (Opening the system monitor reveals that instead of a CPU percentage, the monitor says "zombie" for Scrivener [O_O], which [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose says is a specific error that he forgets the meaning of offhand. He and Kas are both very busy from now until the beginning of next week, but hopefully we can get it sorted out.)

--[livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's new CD, Creature Feature, is out! It's also already out of stock at CD Baby, but I've placed an order for whenever they get around to sending her a restock request.

--The newest BPAL update includes...well. Let them say it: "We’ve had myriad political figures throughout US history that have possessed acid tongues, but few in the modern era have provided such a constant stream of colorfully vitriolic superlatives as Antonin Scalia.

He is the federal court’s beat poet of indignation and right-wing rage.

For your pleasure, we present a line dedicated to SCOTUS’ reigning Sick Burn Champion, the cranky, flamboyant, inimitable Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia. Proceeds from every single bottle will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Trevor Project, and the National Center for Transgender Equality."


(I'm hoping to avoid going in on any decant circles, because once again, I haven't worn any perfume in months and have plenty of other places I spend my money. >.> But the applesauce scent sounds tempting, and the idea behind this small line is great.)

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Jul. 30th, 2015 04:33 pm
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Died on this day in 1900 aged 55 Alfred Saxe-Coburg and Gotha , Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (my toy,wikipedia). Son of Queen Victoria. Alfred was in the Navy, beginning as a Midshipman and working his way up to Rear-Admiral (probably that was easier for him than for most Midshipmen...). He succeeded his uncle as Duke of S-C & G as his older brother had renounced his place in the succession for the Dukedom (and would in time be King).

Born on this day in 1601 to Louis Hesse-Darmstadt V, Landrgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt and Magdalene of Brandenburg, Anne of Hess Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia). Grandmother of George I.
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Fandom

At Tor.com, [dreamwidth.org profile] kate_nepveu posted Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: The BBC Adaptation, including, as she says, a spoiler-free "is it worth watching" section. (I have not read the full piece; I read the book long enough ago that I'll be going into the show with only a vague sense of what's to come, if I ever watch it.)

"The Afro-Diasporic Fantasy Art Of Nigerian-American Illustrator Odera Igbokwe". I've got this under "fandom" because the (gorgeous!) art shown is of racebent Sailor Moon characters, but it's a great piece in general.


Social Justice

At [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, [dreamwidth.org profile] renay posted "Five Ways to Add More Diverse Writers to Your White Male Dominated Reading Lists".

"Aya de Leon On How to Talk to Small Children about Racism: Celebrating Bree Newsome".

"13 Tips on How To Speak While Female". "9) When you form words at all, which should be but rarely, make certain they come out in a low, gravelly growl, like a hungover Joe Cocker who has just gargled shards of glass. Strive to sound like a cigarette would sound if it could talk. Strive to rumble like thunder that has taken a class to counteract its vocal fry. If you sound like the love child of Darth Vader and a female Ent, you have achieved your purpose. Speak so that those who hear you wonder aloud and say, “Surely this speaker is a man. Or a grizzly bear who has swallowed a man whole.”"

"Fatphobia: A Guide for the Disbeliever".

At Everyday Feminism:

--"5 Simple Ways Men Can Better Respect Women".

--"5 Effective Ways People with Thin Privilege Can Fight Fatphobia".

--"Here Are 5 Cultural Appropriating Outfits It’s Time to Retire for Good".


Photography

"10 Breathtaking Photos Of The Northern Lights, Taken On A Scottish Island".

"Interview: Photographer Christopher Swann Captures Whales and Dolphins in All Their Glory". There are some truly spectacular photos included.

At io9, gorgeous shots of the Milky Way over Yellowstone.


Unsorted

[dreamwidth.org profile] muccamukk has posted a list (with links) of neat things NASA's up to these days.

For anyone in the vicinity of Toronto: "Now you can play an escape room game at Casa Loma". (Casa Loma is the castle downtown which doubled as Xavier's school in the first X-Men movie. [I can't actually remember if it was used in the second movie.] It's a neat place, and well worth a visit in general.)

[ETA: [dreamwidth.org profile] muccamukk says that for X2 Hatley Castle was used for Xavier's.]

Via Facebook:

--Twelve gorgeous swimming pools from around the world.

--Two closely related links from Vox.com: "A Renaissance painting reveals how breeding changed watermelons" and "Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops". [with graphics]

--At Serious Eats: "The Chain Breaker: A Dairy Queen Like No Other". "With its seasonal hours and walk-up service windows—plus a penchant for producing menu items you won't see elsewhere—the shop has more in common with the first Dairy Queen, which opened in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois, than the sleek stone-walled Grill and Chills that make up many of the franchise's over 5,000 restaurants today."

("Rogue Dairy Queen has been ignoring corporate HQ since 1949" is another article on the same Dairy Queen location, if you'd like to read about it with fewer lingering descriptions of the food.)

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