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I can't believe February is almost over already. But our regular reccer recruiting post to look ahead to the next month is overdue. So far we have ONE volunteer reccer who signed up for March with this fandom:

* Gundam Wing ([personal profile] turlough)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in March, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for April, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for March, April or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of February. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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In honour of Fair Use Week, OTW's Legal team presents preliminary results from their copyright survey: https://goo.gl/aGM8Au

transformative works policy update

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:13 am
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I just amended my transformative works policy to make it more friendly to podficcers. I've always wondered what podficcers do if they find a typo in a fic, or the wrong name, or a sentence that makes no sense.

I still don't know the answer to that, but I found a statement addressing that problem in [personal profile] helens78's profile, and I've adapted it for my own use. I like it because it gives podficcers more flexibility when it comes to transforming a written work into an audio performance. Feel free to use any part of this in your own transformative works statement which I hope you have posted somewhere.

So, podficcers:

If you ever need to change words, omit dialogue tags, add dialogue tags, or just generally adjust one of my fics for better podficcing purposes, please do so! As this is original work that deserves recognition, and an alteration of my own work, please mentioned it in your notes, wherever you would normally have notes: "this fic is by [author] with (additions/alterations/ease-of-podfic transformations/contributions/however you want to describe it) by [your name]," or "adapted for podfic by [you] from a work by [author]" or whatever—whether that's in your post or in the "headers" in the podfic.

If you would like me to make alterations specifically for you, or if you have any questions about what exactly I was going for when I decided to leave out half a sentence somewhere, please feel free to ask—I may not want to revise an older fic, but it's worth a try.

you don't know dick

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:22 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
In news that is both awesome and probably terrible, WB/DC is talking about making a Nightwing movie.

If it's not two hours of dick jokes and gratuitous ass shots while Dick gets tied up and escapes repeatedly, preferably with strategically placed rips to his clothing, then I don't even want to know.

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we ain't down yet.

Feb. 24th, 2017 10:19 am
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[personal profile] twistedchick
The Standing Rock Camp is gone, but the protest continues. Defund DAPL.

The Wilderness Society's activist toolkit.

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Bloomburg: Keeping America's doors open.

You need to know this: for deportation purposes, 100 miles from the border is still the border. Yes, that includes the majority of western NY state, and any other borderline or lakeside or oceanside state. Yes, NYCity and Philly and DC and San Francisco and coastal California and Seattle and more. 100 miles. This is insane. More on this here and here, considering Constitutional rights.

The working class now isn't largely construction or factory workers -- here are talks with working people outside those lines.

If what 45 thinks is true (doubtful), that the deportations are a military operation, that military operation is being carried out against civilians, which violates the Geneva conventions. And brings us to the brink of an uncivil war.

NY Gov. Cuomo: schools must protect transgender students.

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The West Wing, what fragements there are of it, did not expect such splashback from the bigoted anti-Muslim travel ban. So they're revising and tightening and trying to make it impervious to everything. And not everyone agrees on it, there either.

As far as lying presidents go, we have been here before. Is compassion dead? Among Republican presidents, it appears so. There is no compassion in conservatism, just as there is none in stealing parents away from children and dumping them on the other side of a border.

And the environment will be damaged and streams destroyed because nobody in the White House understands the coal business, economics, ecology or the facts that more people are using natural gas. Oh, and the anthracite 'hard' coal is already gone, so what's left is bituminous, 'soft' coal, which produces soot, gases and other problems.

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Humans in dark times, confronting violence.


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The perfect shots of Oscars.

Tom Hanks on community college.

John Adams: portrait of a founder as a young schoolmaster.

Together. As we do with all things.

Feb. 24th, 2017 06:05 am
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
There are a few resonant phrases in this relationship. Some are endearments and other such private things.

There are two that occupy adjacent spaces.

"As long as we both want it."
That's our time commitment. If both of us no longer want the relationship, it's time to work on dismantling it with the same consideration and love we put into constructing it. If so many as one of us no longer wants it, it's time to end it.

And as long as we both do want it, that means putting in the work. Being present. Taking care. Tackling the problems that pop up.

And there will be problems. But we don't have to face them alone anymore.

"Together. As we do with all things."

Even when we still have to do a specific part alone, the principle stays with us. The hard things are a little less hard with someone holding your hand.
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Apparently at the big Parliament Square demo on Monday, everyone pledged that they would go to Birmingham if Buttercup's state visit is there.

They were invited to do so by a speaker from Birmingham (name could not be recalled by my source but apparently very impressive), who promised that there would be a big street party.

Daily Happiness

Feb. 24th, 2017 12:29 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Today was the last day of my vacation. I really enjoyed having the time off (even if the first part was spent recovering and was less pleasant), but I'm also looking forward to getting back to work again.

2. Today Carla had an eye appointment at the LensCrafters down by the Promenade, so we went down there a little early and had lunch at Chipotle first, then wandered over to Barnes & Noble, mainly to check out their toys and stuff rather than books. I got a Marceline Funko Pop and we bought a jigsaw puzzle, since we both agreed we'd like to start doing puzzles. The problem is figuring out a way to do them without kitty interference (especially Chloe, as she's likely to eat the pieces).

3. There was a new episode of Powerless today and it was pretty great.

4. Look at these sweeties! Too sweet for words.

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[personal profile] out_there
Because, oh, a world where John met Mycroft first, a world where John's loyalty might not be to Sherlock and the disastrous results of that. Sometimes, the dystopias make you so glad of how canon actually turned out.


you'll never be alone in the bone orchard (9114 words) by Sarah T
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes
Summary:

John Watson meets Mycroft Holmes one day early. The world tilts slightly on its axis.

my usual question

Feb. 23rd, 2017 07:46 pm
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[personal profile] kindkit
I've watched about half of the first episode of The Man in the High Castle. Have any of you seen the series? Is it worth continuing? So far the show hasn't managed to make me care about the US being ruled by fascists, much less about its deeply boring straight white protagonists. But that could just be a case of the first episode being made as insipid as possible in order, in the minds of showrunners, to appeal to a broad audience.

Weekly Reading

Feb. 23rd, 2017 06:47 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Still making very slow progress on The Mayor of Castro Street. I think I read one chapter since last week, lol. ^_^;;

I also have technically started, in that I opened the book, but have not read a single word yet, the most recent Wells & Wong mystery, Mistletoe and Murder. Now that I've caught up, I'll be super sad not to have any more of this series to read! D:

What did you recently finish reading?
A lot. O_O This whole being home from work thing has really done wonders for getting through my to-read pile!

Bookwise, I finished reading First Class Murder and the next book in the series, Jolly Foul Play. I like these books so much!

Comicswise, I finished all the Rick and Morty comics (including the one that came out this week), also also the Lil' Poopy Superstar miniseries. Definitely some fun story arcs in there (I really liked the one that just ended with Jerry from the doofus universe taking over the galaxy).

I also finally read the Star Wars Force Awakens tie-in comic, Shattered Empire, about Poe's mom. That's been on my ipad for a while! It was okay. Really nice art, but the story was just sort of meh.

Another one that's been on my ipad for a while is Lost at Sea, a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley, author of Scott Pilgrim. I love Scott Pilgrim, yet somehow never got around to reading any of his other stuff. I think this may be his first graphic novel; it definitely feels a lot more amateurish than Scott Pilgrim, but I enjoyed it.

I've read a lot of manga, too! I read volumes 2 and 3 of Otouto no Otto, which continues to be awesome. That's all there is so far, and it looks like the next volume might wrap it up, which makes me sad, but I'm glad to have found it.

I also read volume 13 of Silver Spoon and volume 13 of Yotsuba&, both of which have sadly become the sort of series that is on hiatus more than it's actually published, which is sad, because I like them both a lot.

Then I read volume 13 (a lot of 13s here for some reason) of Ore Monogatari!!, which turned out to be the final volume. I'd had no idea it ended! I'm so bad at keeping on top of the series I'm following. ^_^;; Overall I was happy with the ending and I think it ended at a good place. Slight spoiler )

And finally, I finished up Aozora Yell. The last volume of this I'd read was volume 12, and then even though I had the next couple volumes on my ipad for ages, I just never read them. So since I was clearing stuff off my ipad, I thought I'd see how many volumes I was behind, only to find that it had ended at volume 19, so now seemed a perfect time to finish it up. I liked the ending a lot!

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, today is my last day of vacation, so I probably won't be getting as much read as I have been (no probably about it, really), but in addition to finishing the books I'm currently reading, I want to continue getting through the manga and comic backlog on my ipad. But I don't know what I'm going to choose next!
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The boy and I just spent a week in Ngakuta Bay in the Marlborough Sounds, reading, swimming in the sea (avoiding stingrays), getting bitten by insects, and playing Scrabble. It was divine, largely for the absence of news sources, but also because of excellent weather and the aforementioned activities.

Books consumed:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
Bonk by Mary Roach (hilarious, but incredibly cis-het focused)
A Year and a Day in Old Theradane by Scott Lynch (short story)
Deadline by Mira Grant

Apparently it was SFF season! I enjoyed all of them very much and am about to fail to say anything further about them. Book reviews are hard.

Now reading Blackout by Mira Grant.

colored pencil extravaganza

Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:48 am
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[personal profile] runpunkrun
Here's a thing about me: I'm a total nerd for pens, paper, pencils, anything you can write with or on. I love an office supply store. My notebook collection is out of control.

I've recently taken up coloring again, which gave me an excuse to buy a whole lot of colored pencils. To read the reviews on Amazon, each brand is either the best or the worst, as it is with all reviews on Amazon. So of course I was forced to try them all. Or five, so far.

I started out by investigating my pre-existing colored pencil collection. I have a set of twelve Crayola pencils, which are hard and a little waxy and don't blend very well and are kind of faint, color-wise. I have a twenty-four set of Coloray, which apparently were made by Faber Castell and are now discontinued. I also have six Venus Paradise pencils, which you can sell used on eBay for about two bucks a piece because the nostalgia factor is high. Plus various terrible hard waxy pencils I should definitely throw out but probably won't.

Thus begins the great pencil experiment.

In order of increasing cost (actually, it's how much I paid, which isn't the same thing), with price per pencil in USD.

Prang | $0.25

Cheap and effective. )


Staedtler Ergosoft | $0.42

Fuzzy with protected cores. )


Staedtler Watercolor Pencils | $0.58

Soft and easy. )


Koh-I-Noor | $0.65

Smooth color laydown and a nice feel. )


Prismacolor Premier | $0.92

Artist quality pencils with soft cores and beautiful color. )

In conclusion, the first set of Prangs I bought were good and the second set terrible, the Koh-I-Noor are probably my favorite due to their versatility, good blending, and feel, but the Staedtler pencils are great too, and I would use Prismacolors if I could afford all them.

And why not a few coloring book recommendations why I'm here. I like things with abstract patterns so I don't have to worry about if I colored a bird wrong, because I will definitely worry about that.

Entangled is a book of abstract designs by Angela Porter that has a nice mix of incredibly detailed fussy little zig-zags and swirls, and some larger floral patterns, and mandalas. It's put out by Creative Haven, and all their books are really nice, with one-sided, perforated pages, and the paper is thick and toothy without being fuzzy; that texture gives my colored pencils a little something to work against. Slippery paper and colored pencils don't really mix. I also have a Creative Haven color-by-numbers book about ocean critters, which is nice for when I don't want to think about what color things should be, but then I find myself disagreeing with them at times, so it's not as relaxing as I'd hoped.

I also like Valentina Harper's work. She uses a lot of lines within larger shapes, as well as little circles inside larger shapes. She's often published by Design Originals, and they have the same toothy one-sided perforated paper as Creative Haven.
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In no particular order:

If you have to rip back, rip back, carefully. Do it on a flat surface, gently, and the yarn might retain its shape enough to make it easier to pick up the stitches. If you pull at it too strongly, it'll deform and might loosen up further down than you want.

Pick up stitches with a smaller needle and transfer them after. I am working with a 40-inch metal #6 circular needle; I am picking up stitches with a #2 bamboo circular needle. The bamboo needle has very sharp points, good for picking up delicate thread. I pick up with that needle, knit them off onto the larger needle.

Crochet hooks are your friends! They're great at helping you pick up stitches, and reknit ones that laddered down a bit, or where the smaller needle split the yarn and you need the whole yarn for the stitch. Peruvian needles have hooks built into them, which makes them very sensible; those of us who don't have those need a few sizes of regular hooks. I have some in wood, some in metal, and they all work.

Big secret that will save you headaches: you do not have to pick up every stitch facing the right direction with the left side of the stitch hidden behind the needle.) It does not matter, as long as you didn't twist the stitch as you picked it up. As long as the needle you are knitting onto goes *into* the hole in the center of the stitch straight on, with the yarn in back, it's knitting. If you go into the stitch from behind the right-hand side, with the yarn in front, it's purling. Or you can certainly straighten out the stitches on the regular needle by picking them up off the smaller one and making sure they face the direction you want (right side forward, left side behind the needle.)

If you can't see the error, it makes no difference to the stitch count or pattern or final result, it doesn't matter.

Don't torture the yarn. Knitting is supposed to have some stretch in it, some ability to bend. If you feel as if you're knitting something that feels starched when it's not? You're holding the yarn too tightly. There are numerous ways to wrap it around your hand and get control of tension; play with them until you get something you like. I use my mother's method, which wraps around the last one or two fingers, pver the back of the hand and around the index finger. I modify this depending on what I"m working on -- but it doesn't cramp my hand and the yarn flows reasonably.

If you think you need stitch markers, you need stitch markers. Markers are a lot cheaper than ripping back and redoing your work. I have used regular markers, twist ties, earrings, rubber bands, anything that is handy, but the bits of plastic sold as markers work fine and don't catch on the yarn. The pattern I am doing calls for four markers, two at each end of the working area -- but I am adding about 20 more, to get better control of the repeating pattern in the middle. Who the hell makes a 14-stitch repeating lace pattern? This pattern's maker, apparently. Adding the markers made it bearable, and easier to track what went wrong when the count didn't work. Not adding markers because the pattern doesn't mention them and getting confused does not make you macha, but you can end up spending far too much time trying to figure out why that slipped stitch isn't where it's supposed to be or the interesting K2PS (slip a stitch, knit two together, put the slipped stitch over the top, a decrease of two stitches overall) is not working out.

My eyes are not what they used to be. I wear bifocals. If I knit for too long, without looking up, my eyes 'set' at that distance, which is not good. So I turn on whatever is on TV, generally movies, so I have something to look up at that is more than two feet from my eyes. It helps immensely.

Make sure you have enough light to see very well.

Work with yarn that feels good on your fingers and tools that suit you. I love circular needles - but I strongly dislike the expensive sets of them where you have 40 sizes of needle end and long cable to fasten together, because the yarn tends to get stuck at the join. So I have tons of different sizes of needles, a number of duplicates, plus my mother's collection of aluminum or plastic or bone straight needles from the past 60 years. Some I use, some I don't. I tend not to knit with the straight long needles because they put a lot of strain on my wrists, which isn't good. But they're good to hold long amounts of stitches if you're working around, say, a neckline. Do what works for you and don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. I also use the best yarn I can afford that suits a project, because working with cheap nasty stuff is no fun and I won't like the result. But I also spin wool and knit with that sometimes, too. It's all about what works for you.

And if it's not fun, and you don't like the process, and you don't like the result, go do something you like instead. There is no law that says YOU MUST KNIT OR DO NEEDLEWORK TO BE A PROPER FEMALE. Actually, I learned a lot about turning sock heels from my large and macho male cousin, who grew up knitting socks to send to the troops in WWII. So don't make assumptions, either. :)

internet can haz

Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:39 am
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I'm back! With real internet that doesn't rely on stupid unreliable hotspots. Or using my phone's data allowance.

*hugs all of you*

*hugs Netflix streaming as well*
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Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Laketown with Smaug and Bard
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] breath-art

Why this piece is awesome: Another fantastic work from this artist. Highly stylised but still full of life and movement and the colours are just gorgeous.

Link: Bard with black arrow

Anyone thinking of going to ConFabCon?

NSFW Feb. 23rd, 2017 12:08 pm
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Due to reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I've been asked to add 7 biweekly meetings to boss1's calendar through the end of the second quarter, and as you can imagine, this is making me tear my hair out, especially for the next two weeks, which are already overbooked. This lack of understanding of the basics of space-time - that you can't be in two places at once and you can't add extra time just to fit in more meetings (I mean, they are already meeting before 9 and after 5) - is baffling to me. And extremely frustrating because after I work the scheduling magic and manage to fit everybody in somehow, they invariably decide to change things and require more rescheduling. It's stupid and exhausting.

Speaking of exhausting, they confirmed that my dad has a staph infection, the how and why of which are unknown, but nobody's uttered the terrifying term MRSA so I don't think it's that, at least. He says he feels better and wants to go home, which I guess is something. Dom is supposed to buttonhole the doctor today to get more detailed information. And the social worker has already said that he'll be sent to a rehab facility upon discharge to get him walking again. Keep your fingers crossed!

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Wednesday reading, on a Thursday:

What I've just finished
The Cafe La Femme books by Livia Day: A Trifle Dead, The Blackmail Blend, and Drowned Vanilla, all of which I enjoyed very much (Drowned Vanilla even has ice cream recipes I might have to try!), though I really hope the whole situation with Stewart gets resolved satisfactorily (by which I mean, in a poly relationship for Tabitha, rather than her choosing one or the other guy).

What I'm reading now
I just started The Bees by Laline Paull, and I mean literally just started so I have nothing to say about it yet.

What I'm reading next
*hands*

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[personal profile] twistedchick
Mexico will not take deportees dumped over the border. And it is their right to do this -- but what will happen to the thousands of people whose lives are in question? The deportation policy that ICE is enforcing is an assault on basic American values. It is about as unAmerican as it could be.

The Occupation has rescinded the access to appropriate bathrooms that Obama guaranteed for transgender people.

***

Standing Rock camp closes.

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The five Trump administrations -- entertainment, cleanup, crazy, GOP, and essential -- and the perils of Potemkin democracy. And let's not forget poorly thought out economics.

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The folly of abolishing the National Endowment for the Arts.

What Facebook owes to journalism -- and what it could do to support good reporting with 1% of its profits.

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Protesters jeer at cowardly Congressmen who don't have the guts to face their constituents. And a woman whose husband is dying confronts her Congressman: “And you want to stand there with him at home, expect us to be calm, cool, and collected? Well what kind of insurance do you have?” And that was only the start.

Democratic Senators introduce legislation to stop the deportations.

The British Parliament votes no to a state visit from Trump. The vote is emphatic but nonbinding -- he can still visit, but it won't be the whole formal deal that other presidents received.

This is the page in Congress.gov for House Bill 610, which takes away free lunches from children who need them, and turns money for public schools into vouchers for private schools, as a way to destroy public education in America. Read it. Write your Congresspeople about it. Tell them to defeat it.

US libraries become sanctuary spaces, in resistance.

Oh, my heart, part 2

Feb. 23rd, 2017 08:39 am
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
LaunchGood: Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery

$109,794
funded of $20,000 goal


(If the name behind it sounds familiar -- yes, this is the same Linda Sarsour who was one of the Women's March on Washington organizers, among other activist accomplishments.)

daily life (alas)

Feb. 23rd, 2017 05:21 pm
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[personal profile] emma_in_dream
Today I have:


Negotiated an extension of my appeal against the ATO’s refusal to relodge my 2012 and 2013 tax returns.
Represented my boss at a hierarchical meeting where we had to sit by rank.
Attended a meeting with Pearl’s teacher about her ongoing issues and never-quite-diagnosed Autism.


I have adulted enough. I think now a cruise of some crystal blue ocean in a flying boat is in order.

Daily Happiness

Feb. 23rd, 2017 12:42 am
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I posted two chapters of manga!

2. We had roast chicken, asparagus, and butternut squash soup for dinner and it was all so delicious. The soup was bought, the sort you get from the grocery store deli, but everything else was homemade. I also made a rhubarb custard pie for dessert, so it was a pretty awesome evening food-wise.

3. We took a nice walk this morning, about a mile and a half. That's the longest Carla's been able to walk in a while, and although it wore her out, she was still able to make dinner and we even took another shorter walk in the evening.

4. We got a new vacuum today. I'd had it on my Amazon wishlist for a while and then the price dropped last week, so I went ahead and ordered it. Our old vacuum wasn't totally dead, but it was getting there, and also it was super loud, which bothered the kitties and also bothered Carla, especially when she's migrainey, so we got one that's supposed to be quieter and it really is pretty quiet for a vacuum! The cats still weren't thrilled with it, but Carla said it didn't bother her at all, and it did a better job than our old one, too, so I'm pretty pleased with it. (Also it has a retractable cord, which is great!)

5. Molly's always so cute when she gets on my desk demanding pets. :)

Chapter Update: Celluloid Hero

Feb. 22nd, 2017 09:05 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
Celluloid Hero (13688 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 3/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bette Davis, John Garfield, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Original Characters, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, William Powell, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott
Additional Tags: Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood Canteen, World War II, The Star-Making Machinery, Propaganda, someone's going to get his V-card punched, and by someone I mean Steve, Letters, Period Typical Attitudes, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, First Motion Picture Unit
Summary:


The talk of the town last night was Captain America’s star-spangled appearance at the Hollywood Canteen, where the ladies swooned and the gentlemen cheered. Rumor has it he will be meeting with studio heads to discuss bringing his patriotic man with a plan to the silver screen.

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[personal profile] torachan


Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: The occult club heads to nearby Mt. Urakami in hopes of catching a mythical animal called a tsuchinoko.



Chapter 8: Capture the Tsuchinoko on Mt. Urakami!

5 things thing

Feb. 23rd, 2017 03:03 am
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[personal profile] dira
Tagged by @silentwalrus1​!

5 things you’ll find in my bag

1. Druuuuugs. By which I mean a sheet of generic Sudafed and a little mint tin filled with Advil and Excedrin. I have a lot of headaches, okay.

2. A set of headphones. I don’t go ANYWHERE without the ability to plug into my phone and tune out the world.

3. Small notebook. I almost never use it–I take pictures of things rather than writing notes/lists for myself, or make To Do items in Habitica–but it’s nice to know it’s there. 

4. An actual metal nail file. I bite my nails, not constantly, but enough that “ugh my nails are raggedy and it is Bothering Me” is a thing that I need to be able to deal with at any time.

5. Pretty enameled compact mirror that I got as a bridesmaid’s gift for standing up in my little brother’s wedding five years ago. I pretty much never wear makeup, but a tiny mirror is handy sometimes!

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The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins

Feb. 22nd, 2017 08:23 pm
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The Dead SecretThe Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I absolutely loved this book. Many of Collins's novels are predicated on a secret, and this is clearly no exception. What I really liked about this book (in comparison to, say, Man and Wife where the audience is in on the secret the whole time) is that the secret is kept from the audience until almost the very end. For a good half of the book, I had no clue what the secret might be, and then I started to suspect what the secret was but not the why of it. The mystery aspect of the novel is really well done. Collins misdirects multiple times, leaving little clues that end up going nowhere or suggesting something about someone's personality that ends up not playing out the way the reader might think.

The characters are very well drawn and interesting. One of the main characters is blind, and his wife serves as his eyes, giving Collins ample opportunity for beautiful prose and sparkling dialogue.

I don't want to spoil what the secret is, but I will say that it's heartbreaking, and I found myself moved to tears by the novel's end.

So, if you like a good mystery, a heaping helping of gothic trappings, irascible old misanthropes, and beautiful young women who can describe the contents of a room as if they're reciting poetry, this is the novel for you!



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Hawkeye, Volume 4: Rio Bravo, written by Matt Fraction, art by Chris Eliopoulos, Francesco Francavilla, and David Aja, color by Jordie Bellaire and Matt Hollingsworth: As always, Aja and Hollingsworth are excellent together on art and color, and when Kate returned from L.A., I was approximately 80% more into the story, but, like, should I have recognized that redhead? Or, really, anyone who wasn't Clint or Lucky? Because I didn't. And it'd been so long since I'd seen Aja's Kate I didn't recognize her at first either.

As for the story, the second half of this is an action movie, and it just didn't work for me. Lots of blood and violence, some animal harm, and a general confusion as to what was going on. This volume does have the issue where Clint's been deafened and that's an important one, with its empty speech bubbles and panels with ASL. But it also has some weird nondenominational winter holiday issue with symbolic cartoon dogs that doesn't fit into this storyline at all. Then there's an issue that's background for Clint's relationship with his brother, which had a great look with Francavilla's art, but felt like someone somewhere was like, oh shit, we have to introduce Barney, quick, do a thing. It felt isolated from the rest of the story.

Basically I think this graphic novel's a collected mess, and though it does bring some resolution to the whole building/tracksuit bro business; it doesn't even approach the Kate and Clint problem. And, surprise, I still have no clue who Jess is or where she came from or—look, I love Fraction's dialogue, and his Clint and Kate, but his storytelling has always left me with more questions than answers, and they're not the good kind of questions. They're like "Where did that money come from?" and "He was married? To her?" This is just more of the same.

Movie thoughts

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:43 pm
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Saw a preview for "Gifted." I hope I can rely on fandom to give me the romance between Chris Evans' character and Octavia Spencer's character which Hollywood will certainly deny me.
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Scanlations: Yasha ch. 55

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:05 pm
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Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Sei and the Amamiyas arrive on Ogami, and the hunt for Dr. Smith's diary begins.



Chapter 55

Narnia fanfic

Feb. 22nd, 2017 12:26 pm
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For the Chocolate Box exchange, which focuses on romantic or friendship pairings, I wrote The Gift for [personal profile] aurilly's request for Emeth/Tirian from The Last Battle. If you don't remember him, Emeth was the honorable young Calormene officer, who made a disproportionate impression in a very brief appearance, at least on those of us who like noble warriors.

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Feb. 22nd, 2017 02:07 pm
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Ha, I figured out a plot point while in the shower. I love it when that happens. I guess it's because you're doing something physical, which gives your mind a chance to work differently than it does when you're thinking real hard.

I'm glad to have figured that out, because I want to keep up the writing momentum. And when I say momentum, I'm not kidding. Since February 11, not counting today, I have written 9502 words. In ten days.

NINE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED. AND TWO.

I realize this is a day at the office for some people, but that is probably more than my entire fannish output over the past...five years? This is original fiction, but I'm hoping that when I'm done writing it, in maybe a week, I'll be able to apply it to fanfic.

I'm not entirely sure what switch got flipped, but I'm not complaining.

what keeps me going in all of this

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:56 pm
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Is you. And my SU and the cats. And the blue jays spreading word of the crows outside my window. And the snowdrops in the lawn. And the slanting sunshine pouring in the window so I can knit and not strain my eyes. And movies and books and fanfic.

But a whole lot of it is you all. You, who read what I put here and pass it along and comment intelligently. (Do you have any clue how rare intelligent comments are?) And you write fanfic about characters I care about -- you tell the truth aslant by putting it in the mouths of characters and making it real -- and record it so I can listen to it in the truck, and come up with alternate universes and ways to show me new worlds at an angle.

If I could, I'd buy you all coffee, or good wine, or sing you all a song I wrote about friends. (No, it's not on YouTube, and it won't be; it'll be some time before my voice is back to singing well.) I do what I can, which is to hold this space, to put things in it that I hope are helpful and that I hope aren't going to drive you to despair, and I try to put in some cheerful or offbeat things also. (I purely love the woman who stood off an intruder with a broadsword, for instance. SCA and similar for the win!)

What I am saying is this: if you weren't there, I wouldn't be here doing this.

Thank you.
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Deportees. Written 66 years ago by Woody Guthrie. Sung by Arlo Guthrie and Hoyt Axton.

Lyrics here.
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14 brands NOT to buy for olive oil -- it's fake. And a list of trustworthy brands.

The Second Amendment does not grant any right to own an assault weapon. So says the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. So say we all. A similar ruling was decided by a court in Maryland, also.

***

As if there was anything else needed to make this Occupation look sleazier: how Rump and Bannon (I keep wanting to type Bannock, but that would slander a perfectly good pastry) are connected to pedophilia-advocate Milo Yiannopoulos.

The most important thing to know about Trump's deportation force is that they will be going after everyone they can. Any way they can. Every way they can. More here.

This is evil. Trump signed the bill getting rid of protection for streams. Say goodbye to trout, turtles, frogs and toads, and hello to mosquitos, poor water quality, and devastation for anything relying on that water. This is an attack on rural and urban America, on water flowing through farmland and through suburbs.

***

Two Russians admit to colluding with the Trump Campaign.

***

Independent film theatres are screening '1984' to protest the incremental authoritarianism. And would it surprise you to find that the Orwell novel is free on Kindle?

In Virginia, the governor vetoes a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Thank you for women's lives, Gov. McAuliffe.

Students at a high school in Carroll County, MD, one of the less diverse areas of the state, were forced to take down diversity posters as 'anti-Trump'. But there's a campaign on to put the poster images on t-shirts the kids can wear. The posters are beautiful works of art by Shepard Fairey.

What to do when a restaurant puts a 'minimum wage service charge' on your bill -- that is, asks for money that is not for tips or for the cost of the meal, but theoretically to offset the cost of paying an actual living minimum wage. Cheap-ass jerks would not get return business from me. I'd give a big cash tip to the server, give the owners a piece of my mind about their underpayment of hard-working employees, and leave. Permanently. I tend to be hot-headed about mistreatment of restaurant staff, since I worked hostess for the overnight shift in a pancake house for a while, dealing with drunks, cops, wedding parties, exchange student employees and a misbehaving dishwashing machine. As hostess, I got a nickel more an hour than the waitresses, but I didn't get any of the tips. I also had to go outside and wash the glass doors even in snowstorms. It was not worth the trouble after a couple of months.

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Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:57 am
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When did compassion become partisan politics?

ETA: Another way to think of it: when did legislating for the good of the majority, with as little harm to the minority as possible, become a rare bird, all but extinct?
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My dad is still in the hospital - they think it's some kind of bacterial infection. His fever was down last night, and hopefully they'll have identified the appropriate antibiotics to treat it soon. *hands*

*

Did you see that ridiculous save Carey Price made on JT Miller last night in OT? I can't hate Carey Price but ugh, the Habs. And then the fucking shootout. I can and do hate the shootout.

*

The Flash: Attack on Gorilla City
GORILLA CITY! ONE NATION UNDER GRODD!!!

Ahem.

spoilers )

I keep getting distracted and I can't remember what else I was going to say, so I guess I'll just hit post.

*

sword and plague and evil

Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:33 am
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Agent leaves the CIA because of Rump.

***

This is evil. ICE vans picking up parents as they come to get their kids at school, leaving children behind alone. Teachers are hiding the kids, sneaking them out, telling them not to come to school tomorrow.

Parents: Scarlet fever has returned.

***

Towers of secrecy; behind the shell companies.

The facts, not the alt-facts: Rump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russian mobsters. He owes the Russian mob.

***

This is also evil. First take away health care, then take away food. The House of People who Do Not Truly Represent The Best Interests of Their Constituents wants to cut back on free lunches for kids who don't get that much food anyway. Yell loudly at your Congressperson about this!

Intellectual integrity and the news. Rump objects to objectivity itself. Read this.

Is Rump's thin skin keeping the government understaffed? Rump is clueless about how government works -- such as actually needing people to assist other people to get stuff done.

***

Roller derby woman subdues intruder with sword.

Withering into the truth.

New Book Wednesday!

Feb. 22nd, 2017 08:39 am
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(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* Free Story: Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee
A space opera adventure set in a distant future where an undercover agent has to go behind enemy lines to recover a lost ship and a possible traitor.

* The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier
Imagine you live with your aunt, who hates you so much she’s going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts—and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned.

* Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor. In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

* The Song of the Dead by Carrie Patel
Finally, the lost histories of the Catastrophe will be revealed and with them the ultimate fate of the buried city of Recoletta in thedramatic conclusion to Carrie Patel’s trilogy. With Ruthers dead and the Library Accord signed by Recoletta, its neighbours, and its farming communes, Inspector Malone and her partner Laundress Jane Lin are in limbo as the city leaders around them vie for power.

* The Truth About Cats and Wolves by Alethea Kontis
Like many paranormals of Greek descent, Kai Xanthopoulos will not know her true nature until her young powers fully manifest. Unlike her parents—and much to the dismay of her stray cat best friend—Kai has chosen not to spend the rest of her life at the diner in Nocturne Falls. She takes a job at Delaney’s Delectables instead, a decision that puts her directly in the path of a fugitive werewolf that could change her destiny...

* Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny.... Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

* The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard
The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war.... As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital. House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal—to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear.

* The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho
A tale of first love, bad theology and robot reincarnation in the Chinese afterlife. In the tenth court of hell, spirits wealthy enough to bribe the bureaucrats of the underworld can avoid both the torments of hell and the irreversible change of reincarnation.

* With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley Beaulieu
Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim—that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will—but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own. They hunger for release, they demand it, but with the power of the gods compelling them, they find their chains unbreakable.

* Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due
Stephen King says, "Ms. Due accomplishes the hardest thing of all with deceptive ease, creating characters we care about on their most human level." Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence bestselling author Tananarive Due's work is both riveting and enlightening. In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories-one of which has never been published before-GHOST SUMMER: STORIES, is sure to both haunt and delight.

Art rec: Beautiful ink and watercolor paintings by Likhain

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