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Initial post on what I'm doing here.

42. Who is your greatest role model?

As far as I can tell, everyone, no matter how exemplary and worthy of role model-hood they may be in some things, falls short in other areas. Saying that someone is a "greatest" role model strikes me as one's vision of the golden crown blinding one's perception of the feet of clay. I'd much rather list some people who have been worthy role models in certain areas:
  • My folks, who showed me what a relationship that stands the test of time looks like;
  • Someone I worked with at the start of my career, from whom I learned a lot about how to organize a team, run a project, and treat all the people involved with it -- and what it entails to be the one who does that;
  • Lynn Conway, a renowned computer science researcher who battled stereotypes and prejudice through her MtF transition, was a key figure in establishing hardware design principles that have enabled the astounding increase in computing power since then, and was able to spend the bulk of her subsequent academic career as an out and activist trans woman;
  • Julia Serano, whose understanding of gender and its relation with culture has been very enlightening for me, and models well how to affirm one's transgender existence and be an advocate for the sorts of change that reduce the misunderstanding, fear, oppression, and violence that are culturally common;
  •  [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith, who affirms the value of having a diverse range of interests, being inquisitive, doing one's research, embracing change, and bringing those tools to bear on one's own self and the status quo. In addition to which they are themself genderqueer, and a damn fine writer.

Chocolate Box Recs

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:01 am
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I got four fantastic stories for Chocolate Box this year!

Once and Future. Dark Tower - Stephen King. The ka-tet explores some more, and finds a different kind of tower. Lovely Mid-World story with the requisite bonding, eerie imagery, and metafictional elements.

Tech Support. The Punisher. David is the Punisher's tech support. That's okay. It's fine. Hilarious and poignant and all things wonderful.

born with the gift of a golden voice. The Stand - Stephen King. Larry is touring Las Vegas when the superflu hits. Flagg finds him in a hotel room. Beautifully written, and fucking creepy in the very best way.

Long Way Down. True Detective. Rivers of history inside of every human being. Gorgeous imagery, perfectly in-character Rust/Marty

Art Recs (all worksafe; some kissing with clothes on):

Left-Hand Man.. The Dragon Prince. Harrow and Viren kissing.

it's all been done.
Good Omens
- Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. "You go your way, I go mine, but I’ll see you next time ..."

SSSS Homage to Peter Max. Stand Still Stay Silent. The whole crew, done in the style of Peter Max, the noted psychedelic artist, best known for his work on the animated movie "Yellow Submarine."

Ebb and Flow. Wonder Woman. Darling it's better, down where it's wetter ;)

I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rose and Paige Tico.

Comic Book Rec (generally work safe; making out but no full nudity)

Union of Heart. Original Fiction. When the recently widowed Duke of Bridgewater discovers he has inherited a cotton mill where the workers are striking, he decides to investigate the conditions of the workers and meets the impulsive Edward Mann, the union leader for his mill.

A delightful 11-page comic book romance for the pairing "Impulsive Trade Union Leader/Recently Widowed Young Duke."

Fic Recs (don't need to know canon):

Lace. Words: 470. Ephie is dressed in traditional Lephratan style, and is ready to meet her bride. NOTE: You used the magic phrase: costume porn. If someone says they’re open to costume porn, I must satisfy them! Original F/F. Sensual and sweet; as promised, the costume porn is excellent.

Fic Recs (better if you know canon):

get a little closer, let fold. Annihilation (2018 Garland). Anya can't get the way Josie smells out of her head. F/F. Tagged "porn without plot," but it's actually a fantastic example of how to convey character, atmosphere, theme, and setting by means of sex. Really well-done.

Three Times Lucky. Defenders. There is no such thing as luck, no such thing as magic fish, and Jessica wants a refund for this day. Short and hilarious; more fish jokes than you can shake a pole at.

Challenge Accepted. Iron Fist (TV). Misty doesn't have the Iron Fist, but she has an iron fist. G-rated but nonetheless extremely hot F/F, well-characterized and well-written.

Steady Gun Hand. Iron Fist (TV). Infected bullet wounds and heart to heart talks while hiding out from gangsters in Indonesia: just another day on the Rand-Meachum road trip of self-discovery. Great hurt-comfort, wilderness survival, characterization, and snarky dialogue.

I wrote three stories this Chocolate Box if you want to take a guess.

wednesday reads n' things

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:54 am
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A short update this week, as I haven't finished anything new; over the past week my audio intake has been podcasts, rather than books. Well, okay:

What I recently finished listening to:

Some patreon-only podcasts and extras. The latest episode of Underwood & Flinch: Underground, Mike Bennett's current podcast novel, and his most recent "Meanwhile" which is just about him and his life; the most recent behind-the-scenes extra from The Strange Case of Starship Iris, an interview with Jamie Price (Brian Jeeter), and also an interview with Jessica Best, the creator, about the mental-health hiatus she took mid-season. These were the first of the Starship Iris extras I've listened to, and I think I'll go back and download the old ones now.

What I'm listening to/reading next:

The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu, which is the (set much later) sequel to The Grace of Kings, and from the reviews it looks as though it has avoided some of the issues I had with the first.

What I'm reading now:

Educated, by Tara Westover. This is a memoir by a woman who grew up in Idaho with a family of survivalists, preparing for the end of the world by living very off-grid, never seeing a doctor (all home remedies) and supposedly being homeschooled but really just working for her (probably-schizophrenic) father and her abusive (probably at least partly due to repeated head trauma) brother. It's gripping and disturbing and well-written, and I'm enjoying it a lot.

What I'm watching now:

Still Star Trek: Discovery. We're through episode 12 of S1. I like the darkness of the narrative, and also, I really like that it's one story with a long arc, rather than episodic. Still not feeling particularly fannish about it.

My Friend Died

Feb. 20th, 2019 05:01 pm
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I dedicate this vid to the memory of my dear friend, Lucy. I couldn't go to her funeral tomorrow, so I made a vid in her honor. I hope everyone that loved and cared about her enjoy this vid. I forgot to mention it in the video, but please donate to hospices, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes to help out current cancer patients. Also, donate to cancer research to help find cures and prevent shit like this from happening to others in the future. #FuckCancer

4theWords? + mishmash post

Feb. 20th, 2019 11:28 am
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I'm trying to decide whether I should finally give 4theWords a shot, since right now (until tomorrow) creating an account gives an extra fifteen days on top of the regular free trial. I did the demo the other night, and it seems possible that the site has the kind of elements my brain seems to latch onto, which would be such a perk if it's something I actually want to be doing instead of something I repeatedly discover I've sunk hours into with nothing to show for it.

I know some of you use the site, but I don't remember who. What do you like about it? And on a practical note, a) is it as simple as C&Ping to extract your new text out into your own files? and b) do you have to leave copies of the new words on the site so they'll keep counting towards games/rewards/what have you, or does it just track the words as you write them and not need to otherwise count them?

--This morning I hurried out of bed when the doorbell rang, and the delivery person who'd rung it was driving off by the time I got down to the front door. That's annoyingly typical, but whatever. But oh, this poor package has clearly been through the wars--the box is bent out of shape and covered in tape. And it's not for us. *facepalm* So at some point one of us will have to go drop the poor thing off with the neighbor it actually belongs to, and hope for their sake that the contents are intact. ("It was like this when I got it, I swear." *sighs*)


--I'm not surprised that Jessica Jones has been canceled (along with The Punisher), but I'm heartbroken and worried about season 3, even though the articles I've seen claim that S3 will still air. *frets angrily*


--Last night [personal profile] scruloose and I went out so I could finally get blood taken for (not-urgent) tests that were requisitioned at the beginning of October. >.> just a bit about blood draw--and mostly about tattoos )

So that just leaves one outstanding medical thing I need to look into, which is sleep apnea testing; I have to get in touch with the clinic my GP recommended and ask if I need an appointment to set up testing (which I gather is done with equipment they send home with you) or if I can just drop by with my doctor's note/prescription. Will I get this last thing done before Casual Job revs up a week from tomorrow? TENTERHOOKS.

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Feb. 20th, 2019 04:23 pm
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Today is one of those "bottom of the bed" days. Boo flu! It hit me like a brick wall, too, though given how my flus usually go, I should be back up on Friday or Saturday at latest.

My tangyuan have been delayed to ... maybe tomorrow at earliest. I'll try to put together the Fopinions February on NIF today, but that might be delayed as well. My preliminary Guardian cast list is all done, save Bo Bi, so that might actually appear today, if I have the wherewithal to watch anything. Guardian episode-by-episode posts, episode 1, will come over the weekend.

In the meanwhile, I have nice tea (Fengqing Dragon Pearl!), lots of oranges, and at least 6 meals' worth of food ready + the ingredients for the next large batch in the freezer. Does anyone remember what the recommendations for fevers were – should I wrap up warm and overheat, or try to remain at a comfortable temperature, or what?

The Marvelous Mrs. Masiel

Feb. 20th, 2019 01:50 pm
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I’ve finished The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I adore it! That, however, doesn’t mean I didn’t find some parts hard to watch, and a few things I liked less.

Read more... )

Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

Feb. 20th, 2019 06:46 pm
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A hundred pages in, all I can say is that this is an uncomfortably accurate depiction of social anxiety.

Help finding a source?

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:45 pm
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A couple years ago I saw a survey going around that asked fans, "What do you mean when you say you ship something?" It was about the meanings of ship beyond "I think these two will be happy and healthy together forever and ever". I can't find it now. Anyone remember it?

Whoa man! Clarification #4

Feb. 19th, 2019 09:48 pm
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NOMINATIONS CLOSE FEBRUARY 20, 10 PM MST.
WHAT TIME IS THAT FOR ME? | COUNTDOWN


We're getting close!

Parade's End/Lord of the Rings Nominators

Do you prefer the tags formatted to books/tv/movies? I need all the LoTR nominators to chime in before I change it. If you don't get back to me by the time sign ups open on Feb 23, I will default to the tags for the books.

Black Jack (Anime & Manga)

Is Young Black Jack (2011) the same franchise? Is it distinct enough from the rest of the canon to be considered separate?

Fantasy VII Nominator/s

Did you intend to use the compilation tag, or do you want it limited to the video game? I will default to the video game tag if I don't hear from the other nominator re: their preference.

Dad's Army / Sector General - James White Nominator/s

The tags "George Mainwaring & Everyone" and "Conway & Everyone" are problematic - is "& Anyone" acceptable?

Star Trek - Various Authors

This canonical tag seems to include all Star Trek novels. Please limit your nomination to a more specific category, such as "Star Trek: The Original Series - Novels" or "Star Trek: Rihannsu."





Note to those wondering about rejected tags: most of the ones I've rejected are because the relationship is already in the tagset under a different format, so double check before you freak out! As always, get in touch if you have questions.

Xena rec

Feb. 20th, 2019 02:08 pm
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I just watched this beautiful Xena fanvid and had to share it!

happy tuesday

Feb. 19th, 2019 07:41 pm
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oy, I did not mean to disappear! On the bright side, I now (unexpectedly) have several newly painted rooms, but HOMG, it's probably going to take me until spring break to get everything clean and put away again. (Painters called to say they could give me a (substantial) discount on said painting, which had been scheduled for April to go along with some other work, if I could let them come in 2 days. I said yes, which, yay for $$$ but gahhhh for everything else.)

It's 37°/3° and thunderstorming, so of course D's baseball season is in full swing and he is coming home like a popsicle. I'm doing my best Southern US hygge with a fire and stew and lots of wooly blankets, but I hate it when it's cold and rainy. Cold and snowy is bad enough, but the rain is so dreary. I have even broken out the emergency BeardedChrisEvans candle (I'm rationing it now b/c Yankee Candle has discontinued the scent, D:).

In cooking news, I'm working my way through Chrissy Teigen's new cookbook, which is super-entertaining and fun (and sooooo different than the dreary, boring cookbooks my poor Mom had to deal with. No wonder she was an uninspired cook.) (Favorite recipe so far is the scallop linguine with casino breadcrumbs, which I will provide if desired. I looked but couldn't find it online to link to... but, good gravy that was gooooood.)

Writing-wise, I finished more PWP Han/Lando, which kept me surprisingly entertained even as I was trying to figure out the non-info-dump way to describe positions. Like I said in the notes on AO3, I sort of want to write them all the way through canon. My writing brain thinks time/independent wealth would be a such good thing.

and finishing off, #2Son & I are on Season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels and spoilers? I mean, definitely some stuff that happened (and surprise!characters) but it's been years since this originally aired but... better safe than sorry )

[ SECRET POST #4429 ]

Feb. 19th, 2019 05:25 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #4429 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

01.


More! )


Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 31 secrets from Secret Submission Post #634.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

Chocolate Box

Feb. 19th, 2019 09:35 pm
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Fly by rec post. I have been particularly terrible at reading this exchange because I very recently got a tattoo \o/ on my forearm so it's making typing very uncomfortable /o\ and I keep hoping I'll be more able to comment on things if I put off reading a little longer.

At this rate I may have to just make my peace with only kudos-ing, though, boo. On the plus side I now have a giant Hogwarts to look at everyday and it's glorious and I love it to pieces. And I have at least been able to slowly hunt and peck out one handing babble over the two delightful gifts I received. Which is good, because they're amaazing hee

We'll Be Dating To the End of Time (1934 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Thirteenth Doctor/Yasmin Khan
Characters: Thirteenth Doctor, Yasmin Khan
Additional Tags: Humor, human-alien relations, Time Travel, Dating, The Doctor is hopeless at romance
Summary: The Doctor tries taking Yaz on some nice, calm, normal dates. It goes about exactly as well as you'd imagine.

Immoral Support (420 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Hour (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bel Rowley/Lix Storm
Characters: Bel Rowley, Lix Storm
Additional Tags: Ficlet
Summary: Bel winds up where she always does after a bad day; in the safest place she knows...
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Initial post on what I'm doing here.

41. What do you believe is possible in your life?

Trying to write all those things out would take so much time that there would be no time left for anything else. And, for me, "possible" doesn't properly account for "likely" or "beneficial".

    How about I share something I think is not only possible, but likely and beneficial? I believe that it is possible to figure out a way I can pass as nonbinary: to express myself in a manner that people will not reflexively gender me as a man, or as a woman, and understand that my gender identity is its own thing which cannot be expressed or understood in terms of fraction or intensity of masculinity or femininity. This would be incredibly empowering for me.

    Writing this out spurred some insight. For now, I'm reframing the thought as finding a way to make it clear that I do not pass as a man, or as a woman -- and am doing so with intent, rather than being unable to, or doing a bad job of it. This is going to be quite a challenge, especially in the face of all the one-person gender police departments there are out there.


Forest

Feb. 19th, 2019 08:35 pm
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Work has been pretty slow recently, and meanwhile I am having such a good time having fannish conversations on Twitter (this is new and I like it a lot) and finding gems on Tumblr and writing (thinking about writing and editing writing and writing-writing) and trying to keep up with Dreamwidth and also there's such good fic out there and--

Yeah. There's a lot of not-work things grabbing my attention while I'm at work, and though there's no official policy against this and nobody minds what we do in our offices or at the information desk as long as work gets done, I was developing a bit of a phone problem.

As in, checking it every minute or so. Which is too much. I looked at apps to fix this (I tried willpower, it didn't work), and there's a bunch that track your usage and lock you out of your phone or shut down your internet and that's... definitely a very effective solution.

But then I found Forest.

Screenshot_20190219-062757_Forest

And it's perfect for me! It's super flexible: you plant a tree, and give it 10-120 minutes to grow. The longer the growing time, the bigger the tree gets. And if you interrupt its growth by using Forbidden Apps (the paid version has a whitelist) the tree withers and dies. NOOO. How could I kill a struggling little sprout? I couldn't.

It has improved my habits enormously and I've only had it for five days. And I've already unlocked two new types of tree and my forest (you can see your daily, weekly and monthly collection of trees) is looking quite verdant. Not a single withered tree in sight!

Bonus: it comes with a Chrome extension you can sync to your account, so you get extra trees for avoiding stuff online on your computer as well as on your phone! :D

In fact, I'd better go plant a tree right now, because I am getting distracted by Forbidden Sites YouTube and Twitter when I should be focusing on my Google docs and Gmail.
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Title: Comic Book Life
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] redrikki 
Fandom: Black Lightning (TV)
Pairing: Anissa Pierce/Grace Choi
Rating: PG
Length: 640
Summary: Comic book Thunder's boyfriend knew what his woman did, so why couldn't Anissa tell her girlfriend?

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