30 Days of Fanfiction: Day 23

Aug. 28th, 2015 09:20 am
sixbeforelunch: iron man on a pink background, text reads "everyone needs a hobby" (mcu - iron man hobby)
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23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

For a long time, LJ/DW was my primary fic platform both for reading and posting. When LJ/DW was more active, and when I was more fannishly active, I used to post not just to my journal, but also to every relevant community.

When AO3 became a thing, I started posting there, and also importing all of my old stories onto that archive. (There are still stories that never got moved and are only here on DW, either because I haven't yet gotten around to posting them to AO3, or because they're so short and of-the-moment (comment fic, fic that's really thinly disguised meta) that they don't belong anywhere else but in the context of my journal.)

I've had a number of personal sites over the years, but none are active at the moment.

I still post almost everything to my personal DW, and I might post to a community or two, if I think of it. Just about everything goes up on AO3. I have some server space that's currently unused (I also have a domain name, but that's my full off-line name, so I would need a new domain name if I wanted to post fic) and I keep thinking about creating a personal site, but in the end it never seems worth the work.

The Questions )

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Aug. 28th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1705 aged 81 George Welf , Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Sophia who married George I. George contrived to actually marry (morganetically, meaning their children would not inherit) his mistress, which presumably is a happier state of affairs than having to marry someone you have never met.

Born on this day in 1837 to Alexander Wurttemberg , Duke of Wurttenburg and Claudine ? , Countess von Kis-Rhede, Francis Wurttemberg , Duke of Teck (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Mary who married George V. Francis's parents were married morganetically, so he was not a great catch; he eventually married his third cousin once removed who was in her thirties at the time and thus "getting on a bit" (oy!) and less of a catch. They lived in England on her civil-list (which probably wasn't called that at the time) income, but overspent rather and fled to the continent and the charity of other relatives (eventually they moved back)
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It's the second anniversary of Claudia and Jinksy coming to live with us! *^^* This is the post I made the next morning, which is the first time I mentioned them at all in an unlocked post*. And this is the post I made a couple days later when we'd named them and had uploaded a few decent photos.

Even after living without cats for so many years and missing having them for all that time, I still can't quite believe how much better life is with them here. Our amazing, sweet little beasties. *^^*

ETA: I just made a Throwback Thursday post at [dreamwidth.org profile] jinksyandthebrain using the photos linked from the second post above (other than the one of me and baby!Claudia hanging out on the futon, because I don't feel like having a photo of myself on Tumblr. ^^;).

*The whole process of finding out Siberians even existed, doing research to see if we believed it was worth taking a chance on them not setting off [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's allergies, looking into breeders and then choosing 7 Cedars, and then making the commitment and arranging to get them here from Colorado was all rather involved, so I kept it all under lock. I was so scared it wouldn't work out, and poor [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose was scared of committing to trying it and then having it not work--he had no clue that he'd love the kittens so much, as opposed to getting them to make me happy and liking them fine himself, but he knew it'd devastate me if we got cats and couldn't keep them.

Other stuff...well, I was about to post that I'd remembered Kas has an Amazon Prime account and that we were working out whether he should be the one to order A Red-Rose Chain (copies for himself, me, and [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear) to get it here ASAP, but by the time I typed up the chunk about the kitties, he'd already placed an order for me--like, a separate order for just my copy so that it can be delivered straight here. Because Kas is awesome. *^^* (I suspect he'll do the same for [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear's copy as soon as she confirms that she needs one.)

Meanwhile, [dreamwidth.org profile] seangaffney arrived safely this afternoon. ^_^ By 10:30 PM I was the only person awake, since Ginny (who's here tonight too) and [dreamwidth.org profile] seangaffney are both morning people, and while [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose is naturally a night owl like me and not going to work tomorrow, he still has to get up at a reasonable hour to go for his tattoo appointment.

And I picked up my new glasses (both clear pairs; the sunglasses will be another week or so), so I'm wearing the simpler pair to start adjusting ASAP. Not that either pair is really dramatic, but the other one is a bit more so than this one. *g* (No photos right now. Not that saying so means there will be pics, just that there aren't any at the moment.)

Mentioning pictures, non-existent or not, reminds me that I'm at the point of needing a haircut or trim, but since [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear just found out that our mutual stylist is opening her own salon sometime in the next few weeks (!!!), I'm gonna hold off and go get it done there once her doors are open. She's wonderful, and I really hope this works out well for her. ^_^
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(Even though this came at the end of our Canadian trip, it's neither in Canada nor was it the mountain hiking vacation the rest of the trip was, so it really deserves to stand alone as a completely separate post.)

This river trip had been planned since late winter, when our friend Steve lucked out and got a permit - the Green River through the Gates of Lodore section is lottery-controlled, and a lot of people try for years and never get picked. We'd done it once long ago, when we'd lived in Boulder, but this would be my first time rowing my own boat.


"The Gates of Lodore", strictly speaking, refers to the dramatic entrance to the Lodore Canyon of the Green River (looming behind me in the above photo), which ends at the confluence of the Yampa River with the Green, but people often use it to mean the usual river trip through Lodore, Whirlpool, and Split Mountain canyons, a distance of 43 miles through the Dinosaur National Monument in far northwest Colorado and northeast Utah. We'd do it in four days, which is typical. The name was given by the 1869 Powell expedition and is a reference to a poem by Robert Southey called The Cataract of Lodore. (If you thought Poe was into onomatopoeia with his clanging bells, he ain't got nothing on Southey.)

Our trip, in words and pictures )

The Flickr album, with 36 photos

30 Days of Fanfiction: Day 22

Aug. 27th, 2015 11:57 am
sixbeforelunch: iron man on a pink background, text reads "everyone needs a hobby" (mcu - iron man hobby)
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22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Yes. (I also actually ran one once, [livejournal.com profile] sd_ficathon--it was fun by they are a lot of work.)

I used to do them all the time, when I wasn't as busy, but it's been so long that I really don't have any specific memories about any of the ones I did. These days, I watch them come and go but am only rarely tempted to sign up.

The Questions )
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(As with last night's Orphan Black linkspam, the cluster of tattoo things today are links I've been saving up separately. Or mostly separately, anyway.)

Toronto's first cat cafe is opening next month!

Fandom/Geeky Things

At Screencrush, "‘Captain America: Civil War’ Promo Art Gives First Look at the New Superhero Teams!"

"Why Bitch Planet Is Inspiring Women to Get Badass Feminist Tattoos".

On a somewhat-related note, a lovely Studio Ghibli full sleeve tattoo.

At the Daily Dot: "Woman goes in for tiny tattoo, gets giant 'Sailor Moon' sleeve instead". The post has a ton of in-process photos (no blood), if anyone's curious about the tattooing process in general. [article by Aja Romano, for those who prefer to know that]

Less Fannish Tattoo/Bodymod Links

"Stunning Diptych Tattoos Form Landscapes Across the Backs of Legs".

"All the science that goes into a single tattoo", in which a journalist gets tattooed FOR SCIENCE.

"The new tattoo: is body branding legal?"

Several photos of how various older folks' tattoos have aged over 50 years or so, for the "but think about how it'll look when you're old!!!" crowd.

At Buzzfeed:

--"24 Beautiful Tattoos Inspired By Mental Illness". (Yep, that's a Buzzfeed link, all right.)

--"26 Taylor Swift Tattoos That Will Give You All The Feels".


"Photographer Explores The Beautiful Diversity Of Redheads Of Color".

Eighteen lovely shots of the night sky from India.

"1000s Of Handmade Paper Flowers Cover The Streets Of Alentejo, Portugal".

Social Justice

"Call It the ‘Bechdel-Wallace Test’: The woman who gave her name to the women-in-culture standard would, true to the method, prefer to share the credit.".

Kate Harding of Shapely Prose: "The Fantasy of Being Thin". [2007; Shapely Prose shut down in 2010, although the archive obviously remains up.] "That is, of course, a pretty normal part of getting older. You start to realize that yeah, this actually is it, and although you can still try enough new things to keep anyone busy for two lifetimes, you’re pretty much stuck with a basic context. There are skills, experiences, and material things you will almost certainly never have, period. It’s a challenge for all of us to understand that accepting this fact of life does not necessarily mean cutting off options or giving up dreams, but simply — as in the proverbial story about the creation of the David — chipping away all that is not you. But for a fat person, it can be even harder, because so many fucking sources encourage us to believe that inside every one of us is “a thin person waiting to get out” — and that thin person is SO MUCH COOLER."


"Project Sunroof by Google maps solar energy potential on your rooftop".

At Buzzfeed: "I Asked 12 Scientists: What Is The One Fact Humanity Needs To Know? If civilisation was destroyed, what scientific information would you pass on to the survivors?"

At The Toast: "Wired Style: A Linguist Explains Vintage Internet Slang". "To my teenage self, it was like being handed a crystal ball and a lever with which to move the world at the same time. You mean that I could anticipate the direction that language change would happen in, and help push it there even faster? The power was intoxicating. I was sold — and I’ve written email and internet ever since, with the security of knowing that, if my choices were ever questioned, I could calmly reply “You see, it’s because I follow the Wired style guide.” (No one has ever questioned me on these choices. It seems that teenage!Gretchen slightly overestimated the number of duels that adults were expected to fight on matters of punctuation.) […] Oddly, for an internet style guide, Wired Style isn’t available anywhere online. […] So I bought myself a used paper copy, second edition, five dollars, and I finally read it cover to cover. Verdict? Well, to use the slang of this era in homage to the previous one, it’s one part hearteyes emoji and one part cryingeyes emoji."

Via Facebook:

--"Bandwidth: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure".

--This article is called "Phone-Reluctant Introverts, There is Nothing Wrong With You", but I'm unclear on why this is apparently an introvert thing. (If I had to ascribe my own aversion to phones as related to a personality trait, it'd be my anxiety, not my introversion.) But the actual list of reasons why the phone is often so annoying seems solid.

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Aug. 27th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1261 aged 74 Ela of Salisbury (my toy,wikipedia). Married William, illegitimate son of Henry II. She was the only child of the Earl of Salisbury, and thus his heir, at the point she married William she was a very wealthy woman.After William's death she founded a nunnery, and became a nun and later abess.

Born on this day in 1742 to Charles Mecklenburg-Strelitz , Duke of Mecklenburg and Princess Elizabeth-Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Ernest Mecklenburg-Strelitz , Duke of Mecklenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Charlotte who married George III. He tried twice (unsuccessfully) to marry wealthy heiresses, since he had run up enormous debts.
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[personal profile] umadoshi
--I just made one of my occasional attempts to figure out if Blackout is out in Russian yet, or if it has a release date. I found no signs of it, but since I don't speak a word of Russian, my technique is basically to pull up the Russian Deadline cover on Amazon.com and do an image search for it, then click links that look like they could be Goodreads-esque review sites, then click the author name to see what comes up. Not the most effective approach, I know, but it's what I've got.

I hope Blackout does come out in Russian eventually--I want to complete my set! (The story here, for those who don't know, is that I love the Russian cover for Feed--see icon--so I bought a copy a while back, and while I actively dislike the Russian cover for Deadline [largely because Shaun looks like a Terminator! I like the background image of Georgia a LOT], I bought it when I found it at a reasonable price because if the Blackout cover is lovely, I'll want a full set.)

--Luck is not with us re: the peaches we picked over the weekend and promptly tucked into paper bags. They're still hard, except for a few that have gone off. :/ Oh, well. We knew it was a risk, picking them when they were so hard. (Hazards of picking on a Sunday afternoon? The trees were weighed down with fruit, all of it hard, and the ground below the trees was covered in downed peaches rotting into the earth. I suspect all of the good fruit had been picked earlier in the weekend.) And we got rather a lot of blueberries out of the venture, plus a quart of yellow plums and a few pears (still [hopefully] ripening).

Happily, we continued to do well with market peaches. I hope there are more when [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose goes this weekend.

--It's my sister and her husband's twentieth wedding anniversary this month. O_O Somehow this is a bit alarming even though my niece is starting her second year of university next month and my nephew is starting his first year (AFAIK, at least; the last actual info I had was that he was still looking at schools). So you'd think I'd be used to all these milestones (all of them colored by my brother-in-law being only six months older than me), but no.

--I'm between books and not sure what to start reading next, although while I figure it out I can keep picking away at the mermaid anthology I've been slowly working through and/or the graphic novels I have from the library (three left from the pile I checked out a couple weeks ago). Several books I'm looking forward to just arrived in the mail, but Half Wild is in transit from the library (I'm reading it that way so I don't have to decide whether to buy it in hardback--I have Half Bad in paperback--or wait for the paperback; either way, if I wind up buying the full trilogy, it's yet another mismatched set. Some days I think if I ever switch primarily to ebooks, that will be the deciding factor. I'm SO SICK of mismatched sets). And I want to reread The Winter Long before A Red-Rose Chain comes out on September 1...

--[dreamwidth.org profile] seangaffney arrives tomorrow for his visit, so my time online may be more sporadic than usual this weekend. Or it may not. Our sleep cycles are wildly different, so there'll probably be a few hours each day that I'm asleep while he's up, and vice versa. (Ginny's going to go crash with Kas for the weekend.)

--And now I'm tired and it's past 1 AM, but I'm apparently still hoping to scrape together some wordcount. The odds aren't great, especially since I know I need to get a fair bit of rewriting done tomorrow before I go meet Gaffney downtown; I have both a rewrite (about halfway done) and a lettering check (not started) due on Monday. The lettering check is for Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, though, and as I've probably said before, going over the lettered pages when [livejournal.com profile] lyschan is the series letterer is about as good as it gets. *^^* (Usually about half of my notes on things she works on are me changing my mind about wording, rather than a comment on the lettering itself.)

Wednesday reading in a hurry

Aug. 26th, 2015 06:48 pm
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Just finished: Sense & Sensibility (also just watched the movie), for book club. More busy, but with less narrative, than I remembered. I rather prefer the movie version of Margaret, though: in the book she has fuckall to do. And the movie version of the mother, who is sensible enough to see how awful Fanny is right off the bat, and rather less prone to DRAMA than the book version. Still, the book is more about the grinding reality of putting up with unpleasant social situations in order to have any society at all (and ergo any hope of a marriage that will continue to feed your family); and in all likelihood people are probably more like the ones Austen gives us than the versions given us by Thompson & Lee.

I also just finished Kate Elliott's Court of Fives, which is billed by the author as "Little Women meets American Ninja Warrior", and that's just spot-on, though I would add the clause "in Ancient Egypt". The lead character is believably self-absorbed and naive about politics; her sisters are well-drawn and distinctive, the cultural setting is fascinating, the magic pretty creepy, the big set pieces exciting and vivid. My only dissatisfaction is that I find the male romantic lead dull as a stump and far prefer the angry revolutionary. But then (aside from Jaran) I don't read Elliott for her romances, and she's just so good at everything else I don't care if the romance isn't entirely believable.

Currently Reading: erm. Nothing, since I finished the Elliott last night.

Next up: Probably Atul Gawande's Being Mortal. Or something else on my Kindle, on the plane on Friday. And next week Updraft comes out, and I'll grab that.

Orphan Black linkspam

Aug. 26th, 2015 12:57 pm
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I have a few themed sets of linkspam accumulating very slowly, so here's the Orphan Black-focused one; I think I still have some more relevant links filed away to read, but I'm clearly not getting to them any time soon, and we likely won't get a fresh influx until season 4 approaches.

So have a slew of Orphan Black links (from a variety of places, but several are via [dreamwidth.org profile] wendelah1):

--"The Many Faces of Tatiana Maslany: In portraying a horde of clones on ‘Orphan Black,’ the actress has created TV’s strangest — and most sophisticated — meditation on femininity."

--"Here’s How Orphan Black Transforms Tatiana Maslany Into a Cast of Clones", which discusses the actual makeup/wig/wardrobe aspect. "What makes Maslany’s work even more impressive is that on top of playing multiple clones—each with their own identifiable personalities, quirks, and accents—she also plays clones imitating other clones. These especially awe-inspiring scenes require Maslany to layer clone personalities in a way that is realistic for viewers, and Lynch and Sokolowski have to find ways to similarly layer the hair and makeup ever so subtly."

--"The Orphan Black Scene So Disgusting It Made Tatiana Maslany Cry". (Some season 3 spoilers.)

--""How's Your Cervical Mucus?" Watch Orphan Black's Bonkers Blooper Reel". Also includes a series of gag promos focusing on Alison and Donnie. *g* (The horror movie one is my favorite.)

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] metanews, "The Science of Orphan Black: Fanciful, Fearsome, Educational". (Spoilers through S3.)

And via the link above, "Meet the Real Cosima" is a BBC America video (circa season 2, running just over one minute) talking to Cosima Herter, a science consultant for the show, as well as the inspiration for Cosima Niehaus.

--"What Orphan Black Can Teach Other Shows About Writing Women (Part 1)". [The Mary Sue] (Spoilers through S3)

--"What Orphan Black Can Teach Us About Family and Community (Part 2)" [The Mary Sue] (Spoilers through S3)

30 Days of Fanfiction: Day 21

Aug. 26th, 2015 09:47 am
sixbeforelunch: iron man on a pink background, text reads "everyone needs a hobby" (mcu - iron man hobby)
[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

At AO3, I have 5 series, none of which was conceived of as a series.

The Other Side and Shades of Who I Used to Be both got sequels because of a timestamp meme that was going around. I think Commencement got a second story by request also.

An Ink Stained Year got a sequel because of a "bad sex" challenge that made the story pop into my head and not go away until I wrote it.

Mnemonics I write a sequel to because I liked the feel of the first story, and I wanted to play up the D/V that I hadn't been able to in the first one.

And then there's Let'thieri, which is the sequel to Kal'i'farr and is 25,000 words long and is, I think, done, except for trimming and weaving in plot threads. It exists because I thought I was done with the story, but apparently I wasn't. Whoops.

The Questions )

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Aug. 26th, 2015 03:49 pm
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Ashes of Honour
Chimes at Midnight
The Winter Long
The Curse of Chalion
Red Rose Chain (acquired from SF bookstore in Stockholm, lucky me)

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Aug. 26th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1346 aged 50 King John of Bohemia (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Anne who married Richard II. Whilst being King of Bohemia John was not very Bohemian and not well liked in Bohemia; he spent much of his reign out of the country, leaving it in the hands of the Barons.

Born on this day in 1819 to Ernest Wettin I, Duke of Saxe Coburg Saalfield and Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (my toy,wikipedia). Husband (and first cousin) of Queen Victoria. Albert said of his position "I am very happy and contented; but the difficulty in filling my place with the proper dignity is that I am only the husband, not the master in the house." A position that only George (husband of Anne) had previously been in (Philip, husband of Mary, was declared King and also mostly absent from England; and Elizabeth had no husband whilst William-and-Mary ruled jointly). Such hardship, having a wife who is more important than you, blerch getoverit.

linkspam will never catch up

Aug. 25th, 2015 09:53 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
So a ton of stuff is going on right now. Job, home, vacation, all coming together within the span of about a month. Add to that the fact that I (foolishly) signed up for the Narnia Fic Exchange. This was a bad decision on my part. I hope my recipient is happy, but I feel bad that I didn't write the best story I could have: there just wasn't enough space in my brain and time available to do it justice.


Have an essay on the ethics of Star Trek and the Kobayashi Maru test. There's some good discussion about the essay on
this MeFi thread, which leads me to think about The 100.

Premise: The 100 is one big Kobayashi Maru test, for everyone. It's not possible to win, just lose more or less badly.

Thoughts? I think Clarke wants to be Kirk, but hasn't quite figured out how to break out of the binary thinking enforced by the narrative.

Speaking of Star Trek, apparently there's a podcast where people watch ST and comment on ethics. I wonder if it's any good?


The best new mood improver on the internet: Open Puppies. My favorites are the Bernese & the squirrel, and the amazingly-chill capybara.

Maybe park-and-ride isn't the boon for public transit we think it is. This took me a while to understand, but it makes scary sense.

Here's a somewhat curmudgeonly argument about how lettuce won't help save the planet. Lettuce is a vehicle to transport refrigerated water from farm to table. Well, I almost never buy lettuce: most of my salads are kale or chard. (So there.)

Laurie Garrett has long been one of my go-to science & health writers. Here she talks about how the WHO failed so badly during the West African Ebola crisis.


Oh, hey, check it out: The Atlantic has a nice retrospective on the 40th anniversary of Born to Run. And linked in there is Lester Bangs' original review of Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ: [H]e sort of catarrh-mumbles his ditties in a disgruntled mushmouth sorta like Robbie Robertson on Quaaludes with Dylan barfing down the back of his neck. Awesome.

Noted for later: Seriouseats on the rise and fall of jello salad.


In other news, I saw Dope last weekend, and it was really fun! A smart, thoughtful, funny movie. Highly recommended, even for such a white-bread middle-aged lady as myself.

Oh, and did I mention this? Love and Mercy is lovely, particularly for those of us who grew up listening to The Beach Boys. I was really impressed.

There are some really good movies out this year.


And I'm counting down: 2 more work days until I'm done with this employer and switching over to a more stable/secure situation. YAY.

I'm wrestling with tabs again(/still)

Aug. 25th, 2015 10:23 pm
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Tab wrestling continues because a) the Sea of Tabs is still scary, b) I'm still having trouble making my intellectual understanding that I can't read all the interesting people (never mind all the interesting links) translate into not trying to do it*, and c) perhaps most immediately relevant, there are things I do want to be posting about that I haven't managed yet, which I mention with the usual hope that naming this as a thing that's happening will help result in writing about said things.

*I'm pretty sure this is an actual concrete problem I need to keep trying to deal with.

At Slate, "The Strangest Campaign Pledge: Why it makes sense to support a candidate who vows to straighten out democracy and then quit" covers Lawrence Lessig's announcement that he'll run for president if he receives $1 million in donations by Labor Day...and if he wins, once the "Citizen Equality Act" becomes law, he'll turn over the office to his VP.

Fandom/Geeky Things

On Facebook, some casual shots of Melissa Benoist on the set of Supergirl.

Posting is open for the Dead Vanyel Memorial Party at [dreamwidth.org profile] 21_days.

[dreamwidth.org profile] heresluck posted "SF, ethics, and The 100", a short, non-spoilery post on what they love about The 100.

Kate Elliott diversity panels at cons. "I emphasize I don’t have answers; I only have questions, and I’m writing this post not to suggest solutions but because I am wondering what people think and what their own experiences are."


"Baby Can’t Contain Her Excitement When The Family Cat Comes In To Say Good Night". [video, 1 minute 30 seconds]

"Meet Shrek - The Renegade Sheep That Avoided Shearing For Six Years By Hiding In A Cave". (That article is recent, but alas, Shrek died in 2011, as read in this obituary.)


Via [dreamwidth.org profile] newredshoes, "The Value of Slow Journalism in the Age of Instant Information". Interesting (and for me, potentially useful for spoilery fic purposes).

Tumblr rounded up a couple of lizard stories [twitter.com profile] seananmcguire tweeted the other night, both of which involve her complete adoration of lizards and also some blood: one about her childhood experiences with alligator lizards, including one she kept as a pet, and one about a time when she volunteered with a reptile rescue and helped extract an alligator lizard from a man's leg. Yes, you read that right.

Cracked.com writes about five terrifying fish (with an ableist headline :/).

"What Menopause Taught Me".

The Japan Times recently began a series of articles on Black women who've married Japanese men and are living in Japan with them, and often raising families. The first article is here, and the second is here.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] giandujakiss, "Dinner and Deception: Serving elaborate meals to the super-rich left me feeling empty".

"The Petrifying Well of Knaresborough Turns Objects into Stone".

30 Days of Fanfiction: Day 20

Aug. 25th, 2015 11:53 am
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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Yes. Sometimes I'll keep on living in another fic author's world for a while after I finish their story, similar to the way I don't want to let a the world of the source material go just because the book/movie/episode is over.

The only time, though, that this has ever resulted in actual fic, is when I wrote Unexpected Changes in response to [personal profile] medie's Saavik and T'Pel short (that I also happen to have requested, heh).

The Questions )

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Aug. 25th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1482 aged 52 Margaret of Anjou (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Henry VI; Margaret was a fierce partisan of her husband's and son's although Henry was too sick to do much and Edward too young. She was the Lancastrian leader, and was present at some of the battles. When she finally lost at Tewksbury she was taken captive and held prisoner until the King of France ransomed her, thereafter she lived in France.

Born on this day in 1617 to Sir Thomas Aylesbury and Anne Denman, Frances Aylesbury (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Anne Hyde who married James VII and II. Doesn't seem to have done much of anything really.


Aug. 25th, 2015 12:07 am
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Via [dreamwidth.org profile] rushthatspeaks, the U.S. Trans Survey is happening now (link goes to the FAQ). Since I'm a cis Canadian, I'm just going to quote what [dreamwidth.org profile] rushthatspeaks said when linking to it: "This is a demographic survey for people who identify as trans, genderqueer, or non-binary who are living in the U.S. or U.S. territories or military bases. It is the largest demographic survey of this population and is an extremely important policy tool and referent for lobbyists and activists. I'm linking to the FAQ, and I strongly urge anyone who identifies as being in the target population to take the survey. It took me about half an hour."

Fandom/Geeky Things

Via a few people, a Fake It 'Til You Make It fanworks fest, inspired by how many people did the favorite-tropes meme that's been going around and ranked fake dating/fake marriage highly. The fest invites you to start with that trope and throw in as many others as you feel like.

"How To Make Incredible StarCraft Cosplay". (Holy crap. They aren't kidding. That's an AMAZING Kerrigan.)

At [dreamwidth.org profile] muccamukk's DW, the Middleman rewatch resumed a couple days ago with ep. 6, "The Boyband Superfan Interrogation".

At The Daily Dot: "Food blogger creates delicious recipes inspired by 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] ghost_lingering, "a list of songs sung by women that use female pronouns to talk about a love interest/other person or that forego pronouns".


"A Couple Did A Newborn Photo Shoot With Their Dog To Stop People Asking About Babies".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] newredshoes, adorable snowy owlets at Zooborns.


At Buzzfeed, a photographer had a lot of fun with Star Wars and other fannish Lego figures.

"Here's What 45 Minutes of Meteor Shower Looks Like in a Single Photo".

"Young, Black and Victorian: Wonderful photographs of Victorian women of color".

"Photographer Spends 14 Years Searching for World’s Oldest Trees: The Results are Breathtaking!"

"These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I".


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