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Sep. 20th, 2017 12:13 am
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[personal profile] baranduin
Ugh. Sick here--am thinking I got it from the guy in the cube next to me, seems like a cold though my throat is fine so far. Drove home with the window down, the cold fresh air helped a bit for preventing puking in the car lol. Ugh ugh ugh. Have been sleeping off and on all evening, with time out for chicken soup a couple times.

Ugh.

Food glorious food

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:12 pm
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[personal profile] semyaza
I'm roasting cherry tomatoes in Greek olive oil and they smell so gooooooood.

I'm intersectional

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:46 pm
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[personal profile] semyaza
My lol of the day. It makes a change from Hitler's medical problems which interest no one but me. I might have done this before, or something like it, during the Racefail frenzy on LJ. I won't tell you my score but my result is:

"You're not privileged at all. You grew up with an intersectional, complicated identity, and life never let you forget it. You've had your fair share of struggles, and you've worked hard to overcome them. We do not live in an ideal world and you had to learn that the hard way. It is not your responsibility to educate those with more advantages than you, but if you decide you want to, go ahead and send them this quiz. Hopefully it will help."

The link is here.

I feel a vast relief about not having to educate anyone.

For trope_bingo.

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:30 pm
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: The Prince, the Knight and the Dragon

Summary: Once upon a time, there was a prince, a knight and a dragon. This is their story.

Prompt: AU -- Fairy Tale/Myth

Disclaimer: I own nothing.



Fic under cut.  )

Striving (Picture #23) -- original

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:48 pm
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[personal profile] marycatelli posting in [community profile] picture_prompt_fun
Title: Striving
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 111
Rating: G

Read more... )

(no subject)

Sep. 19th, 2017 01:03 pm
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[personal profile] baranduin
As [personal profile] mirabile always says, it is *always* correct to punch a Nazi.

Apparently this is how we roll in Seattle.

For allbingo

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:34 pm
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: Golden

Summary: The fallout of Ben's descent into darkness, and Poe's new role.

Prompt: Gold

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )

Tuesday bits n' bobs

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:56 pm
shirebound: (Pippin sleeping)
[personal profile] shirebound
Uh oh, I discovered a big patch of poison ivy behind the front bushes. I hate to attack plants, but I bought a big spray-bottle of weed killer and sprayed every leaf I could see. (Some of it is winding its way up the inside of a fat bush which may, sadly, become a casualty of the spraying.) Shiremom, Shiredad, and I are VERY allergic to poison ivy. We'll see how things look out there over the next week.

Shiremom and I both really enjoyed "August Rush". Thank you to everyone who recommended it!

In happy-happy news, I sat myself down yesterday, refused to be distracted, and wrote chapter 4 of my fluffy Cormallen story. Hooray! Now it just needs some polishing.

Pippin's been extra alert today, listening to the high winds whip the trees around, but it finally seems to be nap time. zzzzzzzzzzzz

For whole_new_world

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:01 am
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: Broken

Summary: An amnesiac Poe joins Finn and Rey on their quest.

Prompt: Memory Loss

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

For allbingo

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:31 am
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: Dark Labyrinth

Summary: Poe visits Kylo Ren in prison.

Prompt: Revenge

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )

Orinoco Flow

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:18 pm
semyaza: (Demon)
[personal profile] semyaza
I'm not sure that I want to hear about Hitler's stool samples while I'm eating supper. I don't know what the background music is but thankfully it's not Enya.

ETA: This is a terrible documentary. I'm done.
janedavitt: (starbyme)
[personal profile] janedavitt
I'd already part-edited Wild Raspberries so it didn't take too long to get it ready to post. The sequel Wintergreen will take a week or so to get ready.

When runaway Daniel Seaton inadvertently trespasses on Tyler Edward's land, Tyler nearly shoots him on sight.

Tyler's got a lot of years under his belt, and his past doesn't let him accept strangers easily. Dan's situation is dire enough that Tyler takes him home, at least for a little while, and that turns out to be a good decision when Tyler's injured and needs Dan's help.

Tyler's learning to trust, and Dan's settling in to a new life, but things aren't always what they seem. Between interfering friends, injuries, and their attraction to each other, Tyler and Dan have plenty of to deal with even before Tyler's previous career returns to haunt them. Can they overcome what lies in the past to have a future with each other?



Wild Raspberries at AO3

Work Life - Office Bullies

Sep. 18th, 2017 12:27 pm
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[personal profile] spencer5460
I've been at my job for a little over a year and a half after having left a job and boss I loved for certain practical needs. Several of you have been along for the ride and have been a wonderful support on this journey. I've grown a lot over the past several years because of you. Not so much that I've learned a lot about myself, but rather I've accepted some things about me that in the past I've tried to keep to a back shelf. Such as the fact that I'm a natural introvert and empath and being around large groups of people can be quite uncomfortable for me. But in the world of work being quiet and sensitive gets you nowhere. It basically sounds a death knell for any career aspirations. So rather than go with my natural inclinations, I've always fought against them. And felt inferior to those I've deemed more "successful" along the way.

Through my writing and online communities, however, I've learned there is a whole universe out there of people like me. Somewhere being an introvert is not a rarity but perhaps even the norm. I've learned that being empathic and sensitive are assets instead of curses, since those traits allow me to be more understanding and creative. I can enjoy my differences rather than try to bury them.

In any event, while my position as a paralegal allows me to work on my own much of the time, being employed in a law firm means having to adhere to conservative values. The act is becoming increasingly difficult for me. I am not - nor ever have been - comfortable in pencil skirts and at networking events. And lately I have realized that the senior partner is actually a bully rather than merely gruff and demanding. He literally yells at me about things beyond my control and gives me assignments while withholding important information, therefore setting me up to fail.

So while I am beyond the age where job changes are relatively smooth and easy, I am once again looking in the mirror and wondering what the hell am I supposed to be doing with my life. What do I want? Where am I going? I fear I've been letting the waves carry my little craft when I should have been forcing the rudder.

While I have more self-esteem than I did a few short years ago, it seems I'll never actually be master of my own fate.
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[personal profile] tehexile posting in [community profile] picture_prompt_fun
Written For: Picture #23 and Picture #24
Title: Who Let Slip the Dogs
Fandom: original
Genre: mythology/religion-inspired science fantasy
Length: 549
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: discussion of blood and injury
Summary: The Goddess of Defeat does not consider herself to be a war deity.


Return to Innocence

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:05 pm
semyaza: (Demon)
[personal profile] semyaza
Enya is an odd choice of background music for footage of Eva Braun doing gymnastics.

The Dispute

Sep. 17th, 2017 05:01 pm
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[personal profile] marycatelli posting in [community profile] picture_prompt_fun
Title: The Dispute
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 115
Rating: G

Read more... )

Challenge #12

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:06 pm
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Round #11 is closed now. We have three fills written by two authors. Thanks to everyone for participating.

Challenge #12

Writing period: 17.09.2017 - 24.09.2017

Pictures 23 & 24



#23


#24

click on the previews to see a bigger version of the pictures
use the code in the textarea to add the picture into your work (only on DW)


You have three options to work with the pictures.

- choose one picture to write one story
- choose both pictures to write two different stories
- choose both pictures and try to bring them together in one story

Interpret the pictures in which way ever you like. As long as you can explain the connection between the picture and your work everything is fine.

Please visit the FAQ for more information.

We also have an AO3 Collection. Feel free to add your work.


Good luck and have fun!

Goodbye, Fuchsl

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:28 pm
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[personal profile] semyaza
Oh crap. I was looking forward to Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) with much scenery-chewing by Robert Carlyle but 25 minutes into this 3 hour epic and I'm done. It's astonishing how many inaccuracies they've managed to cram into it thus far and it's only 1919. Just imagine how inaccurate it will be by 1933. Besides, whoever that is, it's not Hitler.

Heigh-ho, there goes my evening. In the absence of Adolf, I need chocolate.

Free Book!

Sep. 16th, 2017 09:47 pm
janedavitt: (chainsbyme)
[personal profile] janedavitt
I got my Torquere books back and after reworking one to sell decided that I'd edit them to bring them in line with my current style (way less... and --) and offer them free as a thank you to all the kind readers out there.

The first of them, Drawing Closer, is also my first novel, published back in 2006. It's at AO3 and it's mild BDSM.

Charles is a professor, an expatriate Brit, and a man with a past. He's put that aside, living the peaceful life he thinks he needs. He figures he's happy.

Until he meets Gray Collins, that is. Persistent, stubborn, and hot, Gray turns Charles's world upside down and brings him a future he never expected, with links to a past he's tried to forget.


Drawing Closer

The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:33 pm
semyaza: (Demon)
[personal profile] semyaza
GeoHumanities Vol 1, 2015 Issue 2

Abstract

This article examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, a widely circulated essay in McSweeney’s on “Decorative Gourd Season,” pumpkins in aspirational lifestyle magazines, and the reality television show Punkin Chunkin provide entry points into whiteness–pumpkin connections. Such analysis illuminates how class, gender, place, and especially race are employed in popular media and marketing of food and flavor; it suggests complicated interplay among food, leisure, labor, nostalgia, and race. Pumpkins in popular culture also reveal contemporary racial and class coding of rural versus urban places. Accumulation of critical, relational, and contextual analyses, including things seemingly as innocuous as pumpkins, points the way to a food studies of humanities and geography. When considered vis-à-vis violence and activism that incorporated pumpkins, these analyses point toward the perils of equating pumpkins and whiteness.

One Thing or Another

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:12 pm
semyaza: (Discontented Lobster)
[personal profile] semyaza
Fwah! Wildfire smoke from Washington state. The visibility is better than it was in early August when we were getting smoke from the interior but the smell is much stronger. Build a wall!

Ig Nobel

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:35 pm
semyaza: (Gay Johnny)
[personal profile] semyaza
Are cats liquid or solid?

"That’s the kind of question that could win a scientist an Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize that honors research that “makes people laugh, then think.” But it wasn’t with this in mind that Marc-Antoine Fardin, a physicist at Paris Diderot University, set out to find out whether house cats flow.

Fardin noticed that these furry pets can adapt to the shape of the container they sit in — think of a cat in a vase — similarly to what fluids such as water do. So he used the principles of rheology, the branch of physics that deals with the deformation of matter, to calculate cats’ relaxation time, or the time it takes for them to take up the space of a vase or bathroom sink.

The conclusion? Cats can be either liquid or solid, depending on the circumstances, Fardin reported in the Rheology Bulletin in 2014.... A cat in a small box will behave like a fluid, filling up all the space, but a cat in a bathtub full of water will try to minimize its contact with it and behave very much like a solid. For this achievement, Fardin was awarded this year’s Ig Nobel Physics Prize before an audience of more than 1000 people, including genuine Nobel laureates, during a ceremony here at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre."

It's a birthday!

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:46 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] dawn_felagund! I hope it's a wonderful day!

Party!

Next-Childrens-Birthday-Party

Hardy!

vermonttough
wallace_trust: Me and my plum tree (Default)
[personal profile] wallace_trust
I recently got an inexpensive computer microphone to do audio crowdwork jobs with, and I've used it to cobble together a short documentary about how I typically make my images!  I marked it unlisted so it won't show up on YouTube searches, but I've embedded it below.  I hope it's not too boring!  :D 

While searching for free background music for my video, I encountered an awesome site called Bensound.com.  This person has posted loads of first-rate original music under a Creative Commons - Attribution type of license.  Check this out if you need some excellent free music!  :)  






 

(no subject)

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:14 am
baranduin: (pink heart by shalowater)
[personal profile] baranduin
♥ London

(no subject)

Sep. 15th, 2017 09:42 am
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[personal profile] baranduin
Click on thumbnail to expand my mindfulness minutes chart.



Still in fifth position overall, 59 60 minutes out of first. Can I catch him up? Doubt it! Might try though that's probably not "skillful" behavior. Still human apparently lol.

Happy Friday. Man am I glad to get there. Going to make my reservations for the Sandpiper today. Sadly my friend can't join me but we'll try another time. So now I have to decide what room to get balanced with having to pay for the whole thing myself (translation -- probably won't put myself on the top floor like we usually do :-)

(no subject)

Sep. 15th, 2017 06:12 am
baranduin: (Harry spotted tummy)
[personal profile] baranduin
How can I tell autumn is arriving? Harry starts demanding lap time.

Happy birthday, [personal profile] lindahoyland! I hope your boys are treating you with the delicate care you so richly deserve. Or at least refraining from knocking over cups and bowls and glasses and anything else that catches their eye. Well, Reuben's eye :-)

It's a birthday!

Sep. 15th, 2017 07:28 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
Happy Birthday to [personal profile] lindahoyland! I hope the lads brought you breakfast in bed (or at least extra snuggles), and that you enjoy your special day. You have so many friends who love you and your fur-family!

7decb22ff0e9422672c44f46c1026986--birthday-greetings-birthday-wishes

(no subject)

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:52 am
baranduin: (Bahubali elephant)
[personal profile] baranduin
Hello. Here's a random list of good stuff. Life right now is incredibly stressful on a bunch of different axes so good to remember the good stuff.

- I'm fifth on the leaderboard out of 1,130 for the mindfulness challenge. I appear to be 58 minutes behind the leader if I'm reading it right. Probably can't catch him but I'm chasing his tail lol.
- Going to the beach next weekend, just for two nights but I need to get away. Fingers crossed a friend can join me but I'll go either way.
- Project Runway tonight!
- [personal profile] hanarobi sent me a wee cloisonne elephant and I clipped it to my work lanyard, which now has a number of things clipped to it in addition to my badge: elephant, steampunky magnifying glass, Star of David pendant, a wee ornamental flower.
- It's sausage and potato soup today for lunch! Yum!

Rewards (Picture #21) -- original

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:16 pm
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[personal profile] marycatelli posting in [community profile] picture_prompt_fun
Title: Rewards
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 111
Rating: G
Read more... )

For whole_new_world

Sep. 12th, 2017 02:39 pm
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Alternate Reality/Changing Canon

001.Alternate Showdown002.Alternate Romance003.Altered Past004.Altered Core Values005.Absence of Pivotal Character
006.Fork in the Road and/or Wrong Turn007.Dead Character(s) Alive008.New Skill009.Bad Decision010.Memory Loss
011.Power Loss012.Apocalypse, or Threat of013.Ignored Advice014.Fix the Past015.Never Found

(no subject)

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:19 pm
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[personal profile] mirabile
Hello, hello! I hope you are all well and that hurricanes will stop hurricaning for a while. We have friends on the east coast of Florida who went to Orlando to escape Irma, but my goodness, the flooding there! We haven't heard from them since Friday so my fingers are crossed.

We are fine. Webster actually went swimming with me two mornings this week! He hasn't felt well enough to do that in months. I've been cleaning house like mad because my sister and her wife arrive Thursday night. Yay! I'm so looking forward to their visit, and of course Mother is over the moon. That's one thing she remembers, that my sister is coming out.

In case you missed all the headers and announcements, it's the OTW's tenth anniversary. Ten years! And I'm very proud to say I was there at the start. I love the OTW despite its well known faults, and I adore the AO3. Bless every volunteer and all their hard work. Anyway, Tumblr user Gins posted an essay I enjoyed: A few notes on the past ten years, and so on: I don't think it's a coincidence that there is, broadly speaking, a strong correlation between the people who would like me to write my experience of queerness and womanhood differently and the people who dismiss the artistic import and value of fannish art, and art about fandom. Fandom is one of those rare artistic communities that was built, in large part, by and for women and queer people; this is not to say there aren't people who are neither in fandom, but to instead say that womanhood and queerness have architectural significance to fandom as an artistic space. Excellent essay covering a number of subjects important to me.

Okay, lots of links to share with you:
'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats: When teaching, I had the bad luck to run into a fair bit of plagiarism from my students. To this day, I wonder if I somehow didn't make clear what plagiarism was and why they shouldn't plagiarize. I've also caught some plagiarisms in fandom. It is very very unpleasant.

An essay by Cecilia Tan, Let Me Tell You, about the old saw "show, don't tell," which I have to tell you drives me wild. Literary fiction, I fear, is beyond help because of its overreliance on shared knowledge for its power. The only way to meet the literary "standard" of a "universal" story while writing about any marginalized individual -- whether by culture or subculture, whether of color, queer, or even just a woman -- is to make the story accessible to the educated white upper middle-class point of view.

Over at Think Progress I read about this incredible Twitter account, World War II, one tweet at a time. The Twitter account just started repeating after six years of tweeting, so this isn't exactly news, but you can start here and go forward. Honestly, I had no idea about most of the things that happened in September 1939. I dislike Twitter, even though I've had an account since the business started, so I keep the WW2 Tweets account up on a separate page and refresh periodically. Some days he posts many times, others just a bit. Also: my god, but the Poles were astoundingly brave! Get this: At Wizna village, 720 Polish soldiers in small forts have held back 42,000 Germans & 300 tanks for 3 days, stopping Guderian's panzer corps.

Really beautiful images and clear explanations of Cassini's jaw-dropping discoveries of Saturn's moons. (On Friday, the Cassini space probe will burn up in Saturn's atmosphere, and even though it's for SCIENCE, that still makes me sad.)

I just learned about this Kickstarter project so I didn't contribute any money, but it sounds like a hoot: Barry & Joe -- the animated series. These are the adventures of Barack Obama and Joe Biden bromancing the multiverse as they try and save us from ourselves.

Time for a little yoga, I think, and then what shall I do about dinner? Quesadillas and a salad maybe?

For allbingo

Sep. 11th, 2017 02:27 pm
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: This Time Around

Summary: In which Poe is captured by the First Order. Again.

Prompt: Captain

Disclaimer: I own nothing.



Fic under cut. )

Good Kitty News!

Sep. 11th, 2017 12:19 am
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[personal profile] lavendertook
This is a credible source I'm familiar with, but it misses what's important and talks all about Hemingway--blah, blah, blah. I don't know TMZ and how credible a source it is, but this article focuses on what's important: all 55 cats at the Hemingway House in Key West made it through Irma!!! Yay!!! OK, all other sources I've looked at say it's 54 cats, but I'm going to go with this one. Maybe a kitten was born during the storm, OK?

The parents took us to the Hemingway House when I was 6 or 7 and there were cats everywhere there and I was in heaven, so this was a special spot in my Irma concern. I know it doesn't help anyone from Barbuda, but I'm glad the cats and curators at HH made it through fine.

Here's another article on the 54 55 Hemingway cats with an explanatory vid showing some of them engaging in the very exciting sport of Multiple Cats sleeping on Beds--watch the gray one's expert utilization of the casual ear flick. Note the black and white cat named after the famous statesman I.M. Snowball. May they all sleep comfortably and soundly today.

I will get back to eclipse reporting--just had to pass on the happy news!
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Title: Colorfully Late
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 123
Rating: G
Read more... )

Stained Glass, picture #22, Undertale

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Title: Stained Glass
Fandom: Undertale
Pairings: none
Characters: Frisk, Chara
Words: 563
Rating: 15, Gen
Tags: spoilers, creepy, Genocide Route, headcanon, player-hunting Chara, evil player, fourth wall about to get several sharp things thrown through it 

the dust all over them was so many colours )

Challenge #11

Sep. 10th, 2017 06:11 pm
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Round #10 is closed now. We have seven fills written by four authors. Thanks to everyone for participating.

Challenge #11

Writing period: 10.09.2017 - 17.09.2017

Pictures 21 & 22



#21


#22

click on the previews to see a bigger version of the pictures
use the code in the textarea to add the picture into your work (only on DW)


You have three options to work with the pictures.

- choose one picture to write one story
- choose both pictures to write two different stories
- choose both pictures and try to bring them together in one story

You can replace the girl from image #22 with every character (male or female) of your choice.

Interpret the pictures in which way ever you like. As long as you can explain the connection between the picture and your work everything is fine.

Please visit the FAQ for more information.

We also have an AO3 Collection. Feel free to add your work.


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