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For those who are as annoyed as I was seeing that 'LJ TImes' bar at the bottom of LJ pages this morning, go to account settings. On the Extensions tab, near the bottom, there's a sections called LJTIMES. There next to the 'Display LJTIMES' there's a ticky box.

Untick that, hit save, and that bar goes away.

So that was a day.

Oct. 29th, 2014 10:12 pm
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In which the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and Anita Sarkeesian appeared on the Colbert Report. (Icon chosen very specifically.)

A good day for the Bay Area, I would say.

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Oct. 29th, 2014 10:08 am
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I think I am beginning to master the art of being a casual fan. The MCU announcements left me with no really strong feelings one way or the other. Also, I didn't bother watching AoS last night, because I knew it would be up on Hulu by today, and I'm trying out a no screens after 9PM rule. I...actually rather enjoy being a casual fan. And, it really is a new experience for me. For years, my brain had two settings when it came to media consumption: completely uninterested or totally immersed to the exclusion of all other things. The experience of being able to pick up and put down media and not think about it when I'm not actively engaging with it is a new one, and not unpleasant.

*

Read

Lots of Anne books. I've finished the first four books in the series, and loved each one of them, in its own way.

Also, The Little Prince. I've never read it before, and I read it too quickly when I first opened it, because I was thinking of it as a children's book, enjoyable but not overly complex. But actually, hah, no. There is a lot of complexity, and this is a book that I need to revisit when I have the time to read it slowly and deliberately.

Reading

Anne's House of Dreams. Captain Jim is a joy. Gilbert remains bland and uninteresting to me, but Montgomery wisely keeps him mostly in the background anyway, so that's fine.

I'm dipping in and out of a volume of Keats as well, because the other day I found myself with the line, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" wandering around in my head, unwilling to settle until I had satisfied it by reading at least part of Endymion, and once I had put the book on my nightstand, it was easy to start reading a sonnet or two before bed.

To Read

I have a lot of unfinished books that I want to get back to, including Catch 22 (which I am not really enjoying, and may give up on), A London Family, Austerity Britain, and Barrow's Boys. But there is a very good chance that I will end up reading something completely new and different.

CA:TWS Fic: Unquiet

Oct. 28th, 2014 10:39 pm
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Thanks to [tumblr.com profile] teatotally for beta, and [livejournal.com profile] rubynye, [tumblr.com profile] feanorinleatherpants and [personal profile] iulia for encouraging this all along! Written for the "poltergeist" square on my [community profile] hc_bingo card.


Unquiet (15944 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Clint Barton, Lucky (Hawkeye), Jane Foster (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Poltergeists, Gaslighting, Bucky Barnes Recovering, Bucky Barnes Needs a Hug
Summary:


A few hours before dawn Steve woke up already in the process of running to Bucky's room, shield in hand. He hesitated at the closed door, and only then registered that the sound that woke him had been a strangely prolonged shattering of glass.

Dear Festividder

Oct. 28th, 2014 07:52 pm
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[personal profile] sanguinity
Dear Lovely Person Who Volunteered to Make a Vid:

Physical triggers: I can get video-induced migraines, which appears to be set off by a certain kind of stuttering or shaky-cam. It's rare for that to come up in vids, but this is an example of a vid I can't watch, and I likewise have trouble with most Hunger Games vids. Quick cuts seem to be no problem whatsoever. I'm okay with occasional flashes, but fading to black on every cut pushes my physical limits, so I'd rather you didn't do that, please.

Music: Vids are the primary place that I'm introduced to new-to-me music and artists, and that is one of the things I love about the genre. However, if you want a run-down on the kinds of things I best-like and worst-like, there's this. Just please don't feel you need to limit yourself to something I discussed there: I really do enjoy getting introduced to someone else's musical passions via a vid.

On to the optional details...! (Blockquotes are what I already said in the on-site sign-up.)

Borgen )

Read more... )

HLOTS )

New Russian Holmes )

Noah's Arc )

Saving Face )




In short, thank you so much for volunteering to make a vid for one of these fandoms! I think the really important thing here is to make a vid that makes you happy: please don't contort yourself to make a vid that you think I'll like, if it's at the cost of making a vid that you like. Because life is too short for that, and in any case, part of the joy of an exchange is seeing what excites you about these fandoms.

Have a lovely Festivid season, and I'm looking forward to meeting you in January!

fic fic fic

Oct. 28th, 2014 09:42 pm
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[personal profile] violsva
Title: Epithalamium
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Rating: E
Warnings/Enticements: Explicit Sexual Content, Flagrant Heterosexuality
Word Count: 1223
Summary: My wife showed up in my office the evening after we were married, and told me we’d better leave the country at once. It was not for a typical honeymoon.

On AO3.

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Oct. 28th, 2014 04:38 pm
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Well, my LJ paid account is about to expire and I decided it's time to let it lapse back to basic. I barely use it any more, honestly, and even with basic I should have enough storage space on scrapbook to make sure my image links stay active; that was the main reason I kept paying for the service.

But it was trickier than I thought to cut my userpics down to six. Think I might keep paying for DW for that reason alone.

monthly check in

Oct. 26th, 2014 06:33 pm
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Grad school is still eating my life.

Anyone watching Gotham? Spoilers for all aired episodes )

I'm two episodes behind on Haven, but I am really, really enjoying the season so far. More even that last season. I've even been playing around with the girl!Duke fic again. And realized that Wade is older than Duke and thus editing needs to happen. Pesky canon.

I'm having a bit of a Criminal Minds Renaissance. Or maybe I'm just missing Prentiss. Either way, I've been fast forward watching old episodes for the team bits.

I did end up signing up for Yuletide and a Leverage exchange as Troublefest got me to actually write something that wasn't part of my dissertation and it made me pretty happy.

Other than that, I started going to Crossfit which is killing me, but in the best way possible. I definitely get the improved mood from exercise thing, I just apparently have to work til I'm about to fall over for it to kick in.

stuff my friends made

Oct. 26th, 2014 12:58 pm
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  • [livejournal.com profile] aelfgyfu is running a Kickstarter for a new glass furnace:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vandyhall/update-the-vandy-hall-glass-studio

    Rewards include hand-blown medieval drinking glasses and Dalek ornaments.

  • [livejournal.com profile] reasie has a story, Jupiter Wrestlerama, up in Lightspeed. She writes, "The core of the story had always been small-town life, and I made it a story about that." If you like stories about economics, hard choices, and the outer reaches of the solar system, you will like this story.

  • [livejournal.com profile] hrj wrote a book called Daughter of Mystery which I have been pressing on all of my friends who might appreciate a swashbuckling lesbian romance. The magic system is also very interesting. At some point I wrote a list of 'characters who have stuck with me', which divided neatly into independent, imaginative women and absent-minded male scientists. In Daughter of Mystery, women get to be independent, imaginative, and scientifically minded, which, alas, is all too rare. Specifically, the magic in this story is susceptible to careful intellectual (especially linguistic) analysis-- it doesn't just depend on the intensity of characters' emotions, or the power of their specialness-- which I found refreshing.

This and that

Oct. 26th, 2014 02:47 pm
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How is it nearly November?

For the first time in a couple of years I'm probably going to do Nanowrimo again. I spent a couple of weeks getting way ahead on work commitments, as I was expecting to spend October/November/December working on a big project. Big project will hopefully still materialise but hasn't yet, which in turn means that my work time is pretty empty, so I may as well do *something* with it.

I have also been doing a surprising amount of socialising, including a trip to Oxford to meet up with various folk, a couple of dinners with various friends I haven't seen in ages, drinks ditto, a visit to my sister, and yesterday, a very splendid party. Arranging social things is still a lot harder than it was pre-Leon (...obviously...) but in comparison to, say, a year or so ago it is much easier. Which is lovely.

I still miss climbing. I manage to go once or at most twice a month; it's still lots of fun but that's just not anything like the amount I should be doing to get any better. Maybe I should apply my "tiny changes" theory to this, but that warrants its own post.

I am slightly, superstitiously, scared to say this publicly, but Leon, over the last week or so, has been regularly sleeping 5-6 hours at a stretch after going to bed. This is the first time since he was born that he's done anything like that consistently. I don't think I'm entirely feeling the benefit of it yet, possibly because I can't bring myself to believe it / count on it yet. But this may yet mean that "being less exhausted" becomes a marginally more reasonable aim.

(He made up his first story the other day, too, albeit a pretty basic one*; and has suddenly got the hang of piggy-back rides; and grown about 2" overnight. Children are terrifying.)

* "Once upon a time there was a little Leon, with his mama, in the sling. Then they were very tired. So they went all the way home." He was, at the time, on my back in the sling and we were on the way home.

Yuletide Letter 2014

Oct. 26th, 2014 01:34 am
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Dear Yuletide Writer

You are amazing for writing for me and I hope you have fun doing it. My requests are below and you may find the optional details helpful to use as inspiration. I will however be delighted by any story about any one of these characters!

Things I like )


Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome - Nancy Blackett, Susan Walker )

Miss Marple - Agatha Christie - Jane Marple )

Chalet School - Elinor M. Brent-Dyer - Peggy Bettany, Bride Bettany )

Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper - Jane Drew, Mary Stanton )

Gotham Central - Crispus Allen, Josephine MacDonald, Marcus Driver, Renee Montoya )

I just want to reiterate that I'll love absolutely anything involving those characters, so feel free to ignore my prompts and go for the story that inspires you. Thank you so, so much for writing for me.
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I was about to post this year's Yuletide letter when I realised that I never linked to the fic I wrote for kindkit last year!

So go on and do not stop by silveronthetree
(Biggles Series - W. E. Johns. Teen And Up Audiences. 4097 words. Biggles/Algy Lacey, Mahoney, Major Mullen, Henry "The Professor" Watkins, "Mac" Maclaren.)
During the events of the short story 'The Great Arena' from Biggles of the Camel Squadron, the members of 266 Squadron spend an evening trying to trick German intelligence into thinking they are "as green as grass and over in France for the first time" before acting as bait to even the odds and put a stop the slaughter of new pilots by the Von Doering circus. In the original story the events of that evening were barely touched upon, so here is what might have happened.

I'd been itching to write a Biggles fic for years and I finally had the excuse to write one and the motivation to finish it. This involved all my favourite things about the Biggles books - the boys, their planes and a First World War setting.

Dear Yuletide Author:

Oct. 25th, 2014 03:46 pm
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Hi! Thank you so much for offering one of my fandoms, and for your fic!

I requested Goblin Market, The Great God Pan, Tam Lin, The Great Mouse Detective, and The Road to El Dorado.

A random list of things I like in general: worldbuilding, adventure, lesbians, alternate universes, ethical dilemmas, people being awesome, twisty plots, gender, epistolary fic, backstory, hurt/comfort, architecture, physical affection, queerness, poetry, philosophy, romance, feminism, mythological allusions, polyamory, hidden worlds, banter, complicated plans, beautiful landscapes, angst, puns, magical realism, history, creepy supernatural beings, passionate platonic friendships, case fic, gen, smut, diversity, fairy tales... Feel free to use some, all, or any of these.

Dislikes: I’m not much for kidfic, and I have a major embarrassment squick. Other than that – well, I don’t want very detailed descriptions of gore or torture, but a couple of these fandoms will let you go very dark places, and I wouldn't have requested them if I wasn't aware of that.

On the other hand, that depends pretty heavily on which fandom we were matched on. I will be totally happy with a fluffy story about mice solving crimes together. I will also be totally happy with a dark story about a supernatural force of nature ruining all the men who come near her. But maybe not vice-versa.

Fandom specific thoughts and optional details, to be taken more as suggestions and jumping-off points than requests:

Goblin Market )

The Great God Pan )

Tam Lin – Pamela Dean )

The Great Mouse Detective )

The Road to El Dorado )

Have fun! Thank you so much!

fic snippet: undercover

Oct. 24th, 2014 11:12 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
What it is, is obvious. If you pay attention to various casting decisions...

They weren't going to find a body )

Yeah, so I don't read the comics, and I don't really know the character, but c'mon, you know I had to tell that story.

Dear Yulewriter

Oct. 24th, 2014 04:58 pm
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[personal profile] dira
Dear Yulewriter!

Hi there! I am DELIGHTED that you love one of these things I love, and please by all means remember optional details are optional and write what makes you happy!

Some things I like, not necessarily all in the same story:
-Hurt/comfort, heavy on the comfort
-Domesticity
-Porn (where appropriate & illustrative of character/relationship, NOT REQUIRED AT ALL!)
-Kink & kink negotiation (as above, NOT REQUIRED PLEASE DON'T BE ALARMED IF IT'S NOT YOUR THING!)
-Polyamory & poly negotiation
-Cuddles, blankets, etc.
-Family feels
-Characters being smart and perceptive

Tropes I love, if you see a way to fit them into the fandom/characters in the question: kidfic, deaged characters, amnesia, woke up married, pretend relationship, marriage of convenience/arranged marriage, BDSM AU. (Uh, looking at my requests, I really don't know how some of these would work, but, you know, if you have a brilliant/irresistible idea, run with it! :D)

If you need other tips on things I enjoy, feel free to hit up [personal profile] iulia (iuliamentis on twitter and tumblr) for advice; she knows what I like and is scarily good at keeping secrets from me.

My requests: Political Animals, The Goblin Emperor, The Martian, The Secret Garden, What's Your Number? RPF, Oxford Time Travel )

Whatever you're writing, thank you for it! I am excited to read what you come up with, and I'm delighted to know that you love something I love. Happy Yuletiding!

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