Daily Happiness

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:10 pm
torachan: john from garfield wearing a party hat and the text "this is boring with hats" (this is boring with hats)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Today was one of those days at work, but despite a bunch of people calling out and a bunch of crap going on, I got out of there only an hour late.

2. Tomorrow I can sleep in!

3. Earlier this week the forecast was predicting temps in the 80s this weekend, but it's actually been in the 60s and low 70s. I hope that continues for a while.

4. We had a nice walk this evening and stopped at Pollo Loco for dinner.

5. Look at this fluffy kitten!

china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
[personal profile] china_shop
1. Latest favourite cryptic crossword clue is a linguistics joke: In which our conclusions are often non-U (8,7) Solution )

2. "How Black People Are Being Shut Out of America's Weed Boom: Black Americans were disproportionately targeted in the “war on drugs.” Now state laws and steep regulatory costs have left them far more likely to be shut out of America’s profitable marijuana boom". [Buzzfeed] (via [personal profile] umadoshi). An excellently written, appropriately outrage-inspiring piece.

3. We've just finished The Expanse season 1, noir detective/action/politics/conspiracy in spaaaaaace. (It was particularly cool to watch this just after reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, for all its similarities and differences. Mostly differences.) Both of the main dude characters made me roll my eyes in different ways, but I enjoyed it for all that, and it was fun seeing various Canadian actors pop up. (Hai, Art from Orphan Black! Hai, Due South's Gardino! HEE!)

4. It's Saturday morning, and I'm heading out in a sec to try out a new zumba instructor. Arms are still borderline sore. (But wheeee, I wrote something yesterday!)

5. Here are my answers to the "three sentences of an imaginary story" meme, collected for my own convenience:

Neal wakes up from pretending to be dead, for Sherylyn )

Agent Carter, Dottie, for sapphire2309 )

White Collar haunted house story excerpt, for sallymn )

White Collar boys lost in the woods, for kanarek13 )

Neal and/or Peter mountain climbing, for ladyrose42 )

Battle Creek truth serum fic, for draycevixen )

Waltzverse futurefic excerpt, for Sherylyn )

Neal in Paris with memory wipe, for mergatrude )
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
[personal profile] astolat
Possibly the summary for this story should actually be "And the wacky hijinx won't stop until the Antichrist destroys the world!" haha

Whosoever Believeth (8780 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (TV), Damien (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer TV)/Damien Thorn, Chloe Decker/Lucifer Morningstar
Characters: Lucifer Morningstar, Chloe Decker, Damien Thorn, Trixie Decker, Dan Espinoza, Mazikeen
Additional Tags: Antichrist, Wacky Hijinx, Apocalypse, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, mention of past rape
Series: Part 2 of Only Begotten

It had been a month since Lucifer had brought Damien Thorn home with him like a stray kitten, and there was no sign he was planning to put him back out on the street anytime soon.

my whole face is tingling

Apr. 29th, 2016 06:16 pm
the_shoshanna: autumnal glass of wine (autumn wine)
[personal profile] the_shoshanna
aka Friends don't let friend blog drunk

another excellent day, ending with a large glass of wine )
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
So when I was a kid, and people asked what you were scared of, I always said "vines and climbing plants". Which, you know, even then was probably more of squick than a phobia, but I didn't have anything I was really terrified of, other than, you know, the standard stuff like "my parents dying" and "forced social interaction" and "making phone calls" and that's kind of a downer when they want you to draw a picture of it.

But you will admit that plants that move so fast you can see it happening and have little hairs that grow into things and strangle them and pull down buildings and trees and mountains. Are creepy. (Also I read a short story in Ranger Rick Magazine about a kid who watched too much television and got covered in vines that grew him into the couch, which *was* pretty authentically terrifying okay.)

I though I was mostly over it because around here you can't really go outside anywhere but manicured lawns without being okay with climbers and tendrils and runners, plus pulling down wild grapevine is actually really satisfying and you have to be willing to touch it to do that, but then yesterday I went out on the back porch and discovered that the Trail of Tears pole beans I started last week (on KUEC's rec) had come up and then grown over eight inches tall *in two days* and, friends, I am apparently still capable of being scared of climbing plants. They are bigger than the dirt I planted them in, and all the dirt is still there. SORCERY.

I had a dream last night that they had found the sticks I put aside for trellis and coiled around them and pulled them up and were waving them around stabbing people.

(Mushrooms and spiders and mice and snakes and frogs and millipedes* and worms? Adorable, I would like to pet them please. Triffids? boring and also incredibly disability-phobic. Old Man Willow? Eh, kinda creepy, but also kinda restful-sounding. Pea plants? Wisteria? Jesus fuck, dodder? RUN.)

*Millipedes, not centipedes. Centipedes aren't scary but when they move they just have an aura of "thing that should not be" about them. I teach people that you can tell the difference between centipedes and millipedes because millipedes are little hard-shelled caterpillar-like creatures, and centipedes make the human hindbrain go 'augh why all the skittery legs make it stop' and so far this has not failed me.

from joy to joy to joy

Apr. 29th, 2016 10:36 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
I fell asleep early last night, so I caught up on no TV. Sigh. This weekend is supposed to be chilly and rainy (ugh, not how I want May to start), so I guess I'll catch up then.

I did come up with a title for a story idea I've been kicking around, though I feel like it probably won't end up being the the title if I write it. I find that having a title to start, or pretty early on in the process, allows me to shape the story to match, or at least to make sense of it, which I guess is pretty backwards, but it mostly works for me. I mean, "Like stars burning holes through the dark" was an easy one - Luke and Leia are the stars, Vader is the dark - voila! "Circle into Motion" went through a few variations but it was always about acknowledging the sort of circular nature of events and relationships but then attempting to break out of those patterns since they clearly hadn't worked before. I mean, I don't know if any of this ever communicates itself to people who read my stories, but a lot of the time, the title does actually have a connection to the story (not always - sometimes it's just a lyric from a song that was playing when I was ready to post, e.g., "the naked floor reminds me"), though sometimes years after the fact, even I couldn't tell you what the connection was.

Of my current wsip, Thing 1 and Thing 2 have complementary titles, since they go together, though I'm probably the only one who thinks they're clever. And something [tumblr.com profile] angelgazing said to me makes me think that this fifth attempt at the opening of Thing 1 might be the one that sticks. I'm also considering just writing it as notfic for myself and then fleshing that out, since I have a bunch of notes of things that are important and I know exactly what it needs to do, I just can't...do it. Part of that is that it relies on the sequence of events in Thing 2, so I kind of need to have that mostly done for this to make sense? But that one's rolling merrily along. Mostly it's a POV issue, in that the POV character for Thing 1 is a lot harder for me to write and it keeps coming out wrong.

Wow, that is a lot of vaguery there. I'm not sure why I don't feel like talking about those two in more detail when I'll happily discuss nearly anything else I'm writing, but I feel like I can't say too much. I mean, I think this is also the sort of thing that has an audience of me? So I can't imagine other people even being interested? But I've been there before and not worried too much about it, so... *hands*

In more concrete things, last night this picture of Temuera Morrison came across my dash, and for those of you who don't recognize the name, he played Jango Fett (and various clones) in the Star Wars prequels, and in that picture he looks JUST LIKE Rex looks in Star Wars Rebels, and since Dave Filoni has said he believes Rex is alive at least through RotJ, and he is actually in a position to make that canon, they could have had him in Rogue One but they probably don't and now I'm preemptively sad that that is not a thing that exists. Sigh.

In other news, possibly there will be a recs update later today. New Boss 1 is having surgery today, so she'll be out of pocket for a while, but I thought I was going to have a huge project, except that it's still being fiddled with, so it hasn't landed on me yet. Sigh.

Anyway! Today's poem:

From Blossoms
by Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.



Apr. 29th, 2016 07:23 am
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[personal profile] marthawells
* Los Neflim by T. Frohock
This is a collected paperback edition of the three ebook novellas:
Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.

* Icarus by Gregory Wilson
This epic fantasy graphic novel, written by Gregory A. Wilson, with illustrations by Matt Slay and Mark Dos Santos, follows the story of Icarus and Jellinek, an unlikely pair of heroes.

* Barbara Hambly has put up a couple of new stories on Amazon and Smashwords. She has a whole series of short works featuring characters and worlds from her previous books, including the Benjamin January mystery series.

* Whisper of Shadows by Diana Pharaoh Francis
When the FBI uses an anti-magic law to arrest and torture Riley's boyfriend, they have no idea what hell they are about to unleash. If Riley can't rescue Clay before he breaks, the result will be a disaster of epic proportions. Newest book in the Diamond City Magic series.

* Eastern Tide by Juliet E. McKenna
This is the fourth book in the The Aldabreshin Compass series.
The Archipelago is still plagued by dragons and its peoples live in terror of their coming. Kheda, Risala and Velindre chase rumours of a water dragon, as they alone have gathered secrets of how to repel these fearsome beasts. Yet this has won them no friends as they are forced to travel incognito, their lives at risk.

Captain America

Apr. 29th, 2016 05:51 pm
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[personal profile] emma_in_dream
I just saw all but the last half hour of *Civil War*. Please, someone, tell me what happens next.

Tidying continues!

Apr. 29th, 2016 02:09 am
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
The apartment is yet again entirely topsy-turvy, but in a continuingly more productive vein, as I am after completing the swap-bed-and-computer-desk project.

Wrapping up the post-conference work, and ramping up the applications again.

I have a cleaning goal: I would like the apartment to be presentable-to-Certain-Parties by the 13th. I think it's progressing in that direction, but you could not entirely prove it by one day's moved furniture. (I suspect that with a few modifications the current state would work, but I'd also like, you know, a few more places to sit. Although the idea of someone sprawling in characteristic fashion on my bed has its charms.)

This morning involved the dentist, and an obnoxiously deep filling (and a very annoyed nerve). I wound up taking a substantial afternoon nap because my brain could Just Not Even. (This also happens after eye appointments involving dilation, I find.)

Divergent: Allegiant

Apr. 29th, 2016 07:11 pm
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
[personal profile] china_shop
Oh my god, this series is so ridiculous, and I continue to enjoy the hell out of it. :-D

Daily Happiness

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:45 pm
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
[personal profile] torachan
1. We went to Costco this morning to see about a new prescription Carla got the other day, which she wasn't sure if Medi-Cal would cover or not (and if they didn't Costco would be the cheapest place to get it if we had to pay), and they did, so it was totally free! :D

2. Today was Alexander's birthday so we went out to lunch and karaoke. For lunch we went to ROC Sawtelle and it was so good, especially their "three cup chicken" and pickled cucumbers. We got there in between lunch and dinner so it wasn't crowded at all.

3. I didn't do much translating today, but I finally finished a big project I've been working on for a while, another collection of one-shots by Nishioka Kyodai. The scans haven't even been cleaned yet, much less any progress on typesetting, so I have no idea when we'll be releasing it, but I feel good about getting my part of it done.

4. We bought a few things while at Costco today and they gave us a box that is open on three sides and when turned upside-down makes an excellent fort for kitties. We call it the Fortress of Catitude.

linkspam is grateful it's Friday

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:02 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
So, yet another delayed compilation.

Argh, yes, this a thousand times. When I picked up my last bicycle, the guy in the shop kept steering me towards the pink and purple helmets, and it was like pulling teeth to get a black one to try on.

Oh, yeah: 33 Things I hate about this Election. SO TRUE.

This is one of the most amazing/horrifying stories I've seen recently. I guess this is how conspiracy theorists get made?

This article about bassist Carol Kaye reminds me I need to watch that documentary about The Wrecking Crew (even if that wasn't really their name!).

OMG this looks like the best thing ever. Daveed Diggs as Hobbes! ::loves::

Chernobyl, 30 years later. Jeez.


In other news, I finally watched Steven Universe and OMG Peridot is basically Rodney McKay. ::facepalm:: Anyway, how long until the next season? I am totally hooked.

I also watched Over the Garden Wall last weekend, and that was lovely.

I'm also finally watching Man in the High Castle and it's pretty interesting, even if I can't quite tell what's going on half the time. I think a lot of spycraft is too subtle for me. (I would be a terrible espionage agent, I'm just saying.)

ok, and now to bed.

Kitty fail

Apr. 29th, 2016 02:13 am
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[personal profile] vass
Dorian was trying to hunt a moth. Beatrice was sitting on the arm of the couch, near the lamp.

Dorian decided the best way to get close to the moth was to stand on top of Beatrice.

He knocked her, and himself, off the couch. She didn't even smack him for it, she was too surprised. As was he.

It's Thursday already

Apr. 28th, 2016 10:27 am
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[personal profile] marthawells
I'm sorry I haven't been posting here more often, but I've been working on the last couple chapters of The Harbors of the Sun, plus the Patreon, plus promo stuff for The Edge of Worlds, plus the usual house stuff, plus feeling kind of crappy. Hopefully I can catch up on answering comments and questions soon.

In the meantime, I have a post at Tor.com on Five Books about Unusual Methods of Travel: http://www.tor.com/2016/04/27/five-books-with-unusual-methods-of-travel/

And I'll put my con schedule below. I wish I could afford more than one out of state con, but except for WorldCon (which is fortunately a cheap flight) right now I only have money to get to places I can drive to.

(Unless writers are guests of honor, we don't get paid for or reimbursed for hotel or travel or food during cons, no matter how much programming we do. Usually we do get a free membership to the con, but that's about it. (And for WorldCon and World Fantasy, we have to buy our own memberships, though WorldCon is generally able to reimburse participant memberships a few months after the convention.))

June 16-19, 2016. Comicpalooza in Houston, TX.

July 29-31, 2016. ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX.

August 17-21, 2016. 74th WorldCon - MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO.

on today's hike

Apr. 28th, 2016 04:36 pm
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[personal profile] the_shoshanna
me: Okay, so we stay on this trail for another forty-five minutes or so, until it meets the main stream, and then the trail follows the stream.

him: It's a good thing we're not hipsters, then, or we wouldn't be willing to follow the mainstream; we'd have to make our own stream.

me: Step off the path if you're going to do that.

when i waked, i cried to dream again

Apr. 28th, 2016 09:58 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] innie_darling and I went to see Helen Mirren be interviewed at the New York Public Library. The line to get in was tremendously long - I think the only other time I've seen it that long was for Neil Gaiman on Halloween (and maybe not even then).

She was fantastic - funny, smart, gracious (but willing to shut down the interviewer when she thought he was wrong), and just a little bawdy. A true queen. #there is nothing like a dame

I don't think all that highly of the NYPL interviewer - he tries too hard to be witty and profound and often misses his mark, though I can understand why he'd want to be when he interviews so many amazing people, but he needs to be quiet more and just get out of their way. Nobody cares what you the interviewer think is the answer to your question! Just let Helen Mirren speak!

At the very end, they showed a clip of her as Prospero, and she recited the speech along with it:
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

And then she read Caliban's speech to us:
Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.
(That should count as today's poetry, I think.)

So that was a great experience. I highly recommend the live programs at the NYPL and if you're a 'friend' of the library you get discounts (though there was no discount on these tickets for some reason, but it was totally worth the $40).

Then I got home and my fear of not being able to unlock the new door on my apartment building was, alas, realized. I panicked a little and called Mean Super's Nice Wife, and she was like, "They installed it wrong! Everything is wrong! But if you turn the key to the left instead of to the right, and pull while you turn, it should work!" and it did, so I didn't have to show up at L.'s door like a vagrant with no place else to go.

Whoops, hit post too soon!

[personal profile] umadoshi pointed out that you can buy a Murder Squash T-shirt from Stiefvater's Society6 page, and the thing is so ugly it's charming, so I have ordered one. I am weak. Squash one, squash two. Sigh.


Also for the sake of posterity

Apr. 28th, 2016 03:47 am
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
It's hard to imagine there's anyone in the fandom who hasn't read this, but 100 years from now when archaeologists are poring over my journal, I don't want them to think I didn't recognize its brilliance:

Ain't No Grave (Can Keep My Body Down) (107093 words) by spitandvinegar
Chapters: 10/10
Fandom: Captain America - All Media Types, Marvel
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Original Characters, Pepper Potts, Matt Murdock, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Claire Temple
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Drug Abuse, Homelessness, Jewish Bucky Barnes, Catholic Steve Rogers, Religious Imagery & Symbolism, Artist Steve Rogers, Identity Issues, POV Alternating, Not Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie) Compliant, because I am a desert pony that runs as wild and free as the wind, Period Typical Attitudes, Masturbation, Tupac - Freeform, Past Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson Is a Good Bro, original kid characters, original mean old Chinese lady character, a coupla goddamn kids, Pinkberry, Past Rape/Non-con
Series: Part 2 of Ain't No Grave

It's six in the morning, and Steve is heading out on a run when he nearly trips over a bouquet of sunflowers on the front steps of his brownstone.

For a second paranoia takes over, and he kicks the flowers a little, waiting for them to explode. They don't. They also came with a card, which he picks up. The front of the card has a tasteful picture of the Brooklyn bridge at sunset. It's very nice and sedate, like the kind of card you would buy to give to your boss. On the inside someone has written a short message in big, shaky block letters.


Steve sits down hard on the steps.

3 Things

Apr. 28th, 2016 03:55 pm
[personal profile] emma_in_dream
1, One of my everyday luxuries is hot showers. Clean, running water is amazing.

2, Instead of staggering out of bed like a grumpy snail, Pearl instead sprang out this morning like a cheerful gazelle. This meant that the day did not begin with me nagging her to get up, get dressed, not to lie on the couch moaning that she is tired – a very nice change for both of us.

3, I got refund from the place I parked last week where they had no functional elevators, the doors in the stairwells would not open and there was a fire alarm misfunctioning by blaring an unnecessary alarm. I had not expected to get a response from a big company like that.

first hike!

Apr. 28th, 2016 08:25 am

Daily Happiness

Apr. 27th, 2016 10:03 pm
torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
[personal profile] torachan
1. We got our new dutch oven today (not sure why Amazon needed to take a week to ship it, but whatevs) and Carla made a delicious pot roast for dinner in it.

2. I can sleep in tomorrow! I'm looking forward to that. We have plans in the afternoon, but the morning is completely free for sleeping.

3. I love the look on Molly's face here:

minim_calibre: (Default)
[personal profile] minim_calibre
See you all in a week.


(Let's hope it does not come to that.)
giandujakiss: (Default)
[personal profile] giandujakiss
As long as I'm thinking about it.

Follows On Like Clockwork (33206 words) by youabird
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Sharon Carter (Marvel), Peggy Carter, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, Implied/Referenced Torture, Minor Character Death, Recovered Memories, Identity Issues, Past Relationship(s), not avengers 2 compliant, somebody shoots the president, Very Mild Gore, Medical Procedures, Past Suicidal Thoughts

Steve would do anything for Bucky. He tore the world apart and chased HYDRA back into the shadows. He stepped back when Bucky turned himself in to the feds. Now that Bucky's broken himself out of custody in order to take down the corrupt agency that tried to use him again, Steve'll be damned if he doesn't stand by him. The only problem? The Winter Soldier swears he's not Bucky.

Or, genetically altered superheroes point guns at each other.

Laws of Thermodynamics (14651 words) by thisbluegirl
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Recovery, PTSD, Mild Dissociation, Fluff and Angst, Tags Are Hard, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Let's Pretend Civil War Isn't Happening, Explicit Sexual Content, Angst and Fluff and Smut, Bucky is not okay, Steve is less emotionally constipated than we thought, Unrepentant Fluff, Unrepentant Metal Arm Kink, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Consent Issues

He never had to relearn how to love Steve Rogers. It might be the one thing he never forgot.

(also on tumblr)

AO3 stat meme

Apr. 27th, 2016 11:51 am
runpunkrun: j.d. looking down at his pink scrub pants and hearting them while dr. cox walks by (they make me feel pretty)
[personal profile] runpunkrun
Top 10 fics as of April 2016

Dash means it's in the same place as last year, a heart means it's new to the list, and the arrows indicate if it's moved up or down and what spot it used to be in.

— 1. The King of Atlantis (SGA, March 2009, 4486 hits)
— 2. Gun, with Occasional Kangaroo: A Love Story (Due South, September 2005, 4198 hits)
↑4 3. The Milk and Cookies War (Smallville, January 2005, 3748 hits)
↓3 4. Caught (SGA, May 2009, 3743 hits)
— 5. The Bottom Line (SGA, September 2007, 3485 hits)
↑8 6. Q.E.D. (Smallville, January 2007, 3466 hits)
— 7. Interstitial (Smallville, Aug 2002, 3096 hits)
↓6 8. Two Bells (SGA, May 2011, 2939 hits)
♥ 9. Brass (SGA, November 2013, 2900)
♥ 10. My New Pants (Scrubs, April 2006, 2848)

I haven't posted anything new in a while, and that bums me out, but it's so nice to see my older stories still being enjoyed. Look at how My New Pants, a story from TEN YEARS AGO, is now in my top ten fics. The AO3 didn't even exist when I wrote that.

slow down. nothing bad will happen.

Apr. 27th, 2016 11:20 am
musesfool: "You think you know Nightwing. You don't know Dick." (you don't know dick)
[personal profile] musesfool
The Flash: Back to Normal
Maybe it was the beer I had at dinner with L., or maybe it was my desire to get back to reading The Raven King, or maybe this was just a very meh episode, but it did not hold my attention at all. spoilers )

So yes, let's talk books:

What I've just finished
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. If you've been waiting for the series to be complete to read it, I definitely recommend it. I have some minor quibbles, but overall, I loved it.

stuff I loved-major spoilers )

things I liked less-major spoilers )

So that will require rereading repeatedly. Come and talk to me about it! ♥

I also read this month's Star Wars and I kind of have no idea what the hell is going on (this is why I prefer to trade-wait and read a whole thing at once), but I enjoy Leia being in no-bullshit/take charge mode (which is to say, being her awesome self 100% of the time) and Luke being a wheedly little brother to Han, so that was fine.

And there was also this week's Grayson, which is wrapping up next month I guess for rebirth or whatever, so there are a lot of things rapidly spiralling (pun intended) to their ends, and then there's this exchange: 75 years of subtext becoming text )

What I'm reading now
Still Apollo: The Race To The Moon by Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox, which I'm enjoying but not finding a page-turner. I did have to stop in the middle of Apollo 13 to read TRK though so now I'm back to that.

What I'm reading next
I don't know! I'm no longer anticipating TRK so I'm at loose ends!


Today's poem:

In a Beautiful Country
by Kevin Prufer

A good way to fall in love
is to turn off the headlights
and drive very fast down dark roads.

Another way to fall in love
is to say they are only mints
and swallow them with a strong drink.

Then it is autumn in the body.
Your hands are cold.
Then it is winter and we are still at war.

The gold-haired girl is singing into your ear
about how we live in a beautiful country.
Snow sifts from the clouds

into your drink. It doesn't matter about the war.
A good way to fall in love
is to close up the garage and turn the engine on,

then down you'll fall through lovely mists
as a body might fall early one morning
from a high window into love. Love,

the broken glass. Love, the scissors
and the water basin. A good way to fall
is with a rope to catch you.

A good way is with something to drink
to help you march forward.
The gold-haired girl says, Don't worry

about the armies,
says, We live in a time
full of love.
You're thinking about this too much.
Slow down. Nothing bad will happen.


Ugh, it's taken me like two hours to write this post because work keeps interrupting me. Bah.


reading Wednesday

Apr. 27th, 2016 11:03 am
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Recently read

House of shadows / Rachel Neumeier. This book handles complicated loyalties very well in one character and then resorts to a cheesy one-dimensional villain, which is so much less cool.

Quicksilver / R.J. Anderson. Did not finish; unreadable unless you've read the predecessor, ULTRAVIOLET.

Lost lake / Sarah Addison Allen. Ehhhhh. There are lovely elements in this, but I thought all the magic was shoehorned in at the end, and I never believed in the characters as real people.

Mornings on horseback : the story of an extraordinary family, a vanished way of life, and the unique child who became Theodore Roosevelt / David McCullough. I'm so happy the Suck Fairy did not visit this! I loved this book as a child, and it is one of the primary reasons I get enraged at boring obligatory family-history chapters of biographies, because the background of the Roosevelts and the Bullochs is FASCINATING. Admittedly, McCullough has excellent subjects who saved all their letters (the Lees of Boston apparently did not keep Alice's letters and I am very angry about that), but omg I love this book.

Currently reading

Sea room : an island life in the Hebrides / Adam Nicolson. Still making progress.

Blue hour / Carolyn Forché. This is weird and increasingly fascinating. I don't know what the hell she's talking about half the time, but it's lovely.

No place to call home : inside the real lives of gypsies and travelers / Katharine Quarmby. This is depressing as fuck and Quarmby's introduction left me feeling super-distrustful of her.

Of beast and beauty / Stacey Jay. Beauty and the beast is not one of my ur-stories, but setting it in a sci-fi context has potential.

Heart of iron / Ekaterina Sedia. I have been dying to read this since forever, the premise is amazeballs, and so far I am not disappointed.

Walking the clouds : an anthology of indigenous science fiction / edited by Grace L. Dillon. I'm really glad this exists, even though I dislike anthologies that rely on excerpts from longer works, and I'm kind of skeptical about a couple of the pieces as sf (I *like* Diane Glancy's "Aunt Parnetta's electric blisters" but I'm not really seeing it as sf?). Saving the Nalo Hopkinson for last.

3 Things

Apr. 27th, 2016 06:16 pm
[personal profile] emma_in_dream
1, We went to the zoo twice on the weekend, as a trial run for Pearl’s birthday party at the zoo feeding the giraffes. I am really looking forward to it.

2, ANZAC day holiday much appreciated. Thanks ANZAC ancestor, your work was not in vain. (Virtually the only things I know about him are that he served on the western front, he was left with a bullet hole through his leg that you could push a pencil through, and he was very keen on shooting officers who were numpties).

3, Ruby read ‘F-U-N’ on the wall of an indoor playground. ‘Hey, this place sells fun!’


Apr. 27th, 2016 06:14 pm

the upcoming Temeraire book

Apr. 27th, 2016 10:46 am
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I've been looking at Amazon to pre-order, and it looks for this one there will be a paperback available at around the same time (publishing date June 16) as the expensive hardcover (June 14)? Does anyone know whether this is correct?

With the last couple of volumes I've ended up getting the hardcover because paperbacks were out much later, but having a hardcover is not worth paying more than twice as much for just two days earlier, especially since I've been not as into the series in the later volumes. And hardcover is harder to carry around.

But I've had Amazon advertising wrong dates before when there were multiple US/UK editions available for pre-order, and ended up pre-ordering an edition (based on picking the cheapest), that then didn't come out at that date after all. (Most recently that happened to me with Foxglove Summer, iirc.)

This is a thing that is good

Apr. 27th, 2016 08:24 am
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Manchester Asda introduces 'quiet hour' to help autistic shoppers

N.B. Despite the headline, it's not directed at autistic shoppers alone, but anyone who has difficulty with noise and disturbance.

(And how nice that the guy pioneering it is someone who knows about the problem first-hand from his experiences with anxiety, and is willing to be out about that.)

It still wouldn't solve some problems (like fluorescent lighting), and also it's at 8am when some of us are not capable of being human, but god, what a step in the right direction that people are actually thinking about this shit.

arrival in Italy

Apr. 27th, 2016 09:03 am
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We have arrived in Amalfi! and here is the story of that not-terribly-exciting first day )

Now we're about to head out for our first hike!

Daily Happiness

Apr. 26th, 2016 10:24 pm
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1. I went to bed early last night and actually woke up before my alarm this morning. I'm pretty tired now, too, so maybe I can get back on an earlier schedule where I'm not always dragging myself out of bed in the morning. That would be nice.

2. We were short two stockers today and work was pretty busy, but I was only about half an hour late getting out of there.

3. The other day Carla went to Walmart and they had twelve-packs of Mountain Dew Voltage!

4. I got so many cute pics of Chloe sunning herself in the window the other day.

Five things make a post:

Apr. 26th, 2016 08:33 am
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[personal profile] jenna_thorn
the big one I can't put words to, so let's start small.

1. The roofers still haven't been able to start on my house, because they need two clear days and there's a storm coming in tonight, probably bringing with it hail and possible tornadoes and I just want the hole in my ceiling covered over with more than a paint tarp and duct tape. Yes, the front windows are still loose glass held in place by packaging tape, too.

2. The kid auditioned for next year's orchestra last week.
- a. there are five possible levels. Four pieces of music to play for audition - simplest music played adequately gets you into the general orchestra (called sinfonia, I think?) while all four played well puts you into contention for chamber (highest) with everyone else being sorted into the middle levels. Kid played all four, but fuzzled the second a bit, so we'll see. He's moved onto his next performance piece, which is Vivaldi, so I'm walking around humming snippets of Spring these days. Good thing I like the tune, eh?
- b. he wanted to dress up for the audition, to show he was taking it seriously and I'm not going to discourage that. But when he put on his dress shirt, the sleeves ended at mid-forearm, so he wore his father's black button down for the audition.
- c. so Saturday's errand was a run to Kohl's to find him a button down of his very own. He choose black, for fashion reasons that escape me, his hopelessly out of date mother. No ties, but as I said then, if we had a tie-needed event, he could borrow his father's.
- d. Now I'm kind of regretting saying that, because his father has a dozen ties left over from when he wore a suit to work (oh, I kind of miss those days. Dry cleaning is pricey, but Himself looks damn fine in a suit. Okay Hollywood casting would put him as the bodyguard, but I'd climb him like a tree. And did.) but most of them are ... okay there's the Jack Skellington one, and the Bugs Bunny in the Santa hat one, and ... you get the drift. He does have a gorgeous one with knotwork that my folks picked up for him years ago, but he'll be wearing that, because it's funeral appropriate. We have to decide whether to pull the kid from class for the funeral or have him skip it. But if he goes, he'll have a black button down.

3. and that's the thing I can't talk about at this time, because
- a I'm not primary circle to the deceased. I'm secondary circle, in a position to support primary circle, which includes Himself and Kevin and the Judge and Doc and a whole bunch of people that y'all know of only as recipients of my goofy knitting. (The baby sweater in green, grey, and white. That was for his baby. His second born isn't yet potty trained, and he's dead.)
- b which means my grieving is turned instead toward supporting them and restraining myself from standing on every hilltop I can find and yelling at strangers walking in the distance to not drink those god-awful energy sodas that are nothing but caffeine and to quit smoking and to get some level of exercise on a regular basis and manage health risks and .... Because that's not actually helpful. I know that, I do. I don't have that right, or that responsibility, not even for primary circle (okay, yeah, I ride Kevin about the damn energy drinks, because he is, in many ways, my brother, but he's also a grown up and responsible for himself.) Plus, I won't, I can't, because I do that, too. I refuse to give up eating food. A diet of rice and water would probably lessen the acid reflux, now that I cannot take my beloved omaprozole any more (kidney damage I can wave off, but dementia? Yeah, dementia scares me more than vomiting acid. So I'm off the omaprozole until they work out that the original test was flawed and the long term side effects are ones I can live with. Because if the test wasn't flawed, if dementia is a side effect, that's not one i can handle.) I manage my health risks, but I could do more. I wear my seatbelt, we eat low salt and low fat most of the time, I do some things, but I eat real food, I drink wine and beer and even the occasional vodka, I don't drag myself to the gym daily, I don't live like a monk, Hell, I choose to drive in Dallas, there's a risk factor right there. Next week I'll be calmer about choice and responsibility and mortality, but right now I want something to blame, something to rail against, some variable I can eliminate, and man, those stupid energy drinks make a tempting target.

Okay, I'm done.

4. So, stepping away from the elephant in the room - how about Lucifer last night? Yeah, good tv. Can't say much about it, because we were on and off the phone for the above. Other than I love Mazakeen.

5. I got nothing. Which is normally when one talks about the weather, but um, did that. Storms coming in tonight. Hail on still broken roof. On the other hand, I'm not a widow with an infant and elementary school aged daughter, so I'll take the damn broken windows and count myself blessed. Right, done again, sorry.

Wanna talk about knitting? What's your current project/ what did you plant this weekend / wanna share a bit of your wip / who's your newest otp?
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So the hallway renovation in my building has been ongoing and everything is coated in a very fine layer of plaster dust, which so far has not migrated to the inside of my apartment but it's all over everything in the hall and ugh. Also, yesterday, they installed a new outer door and a new inner door, but I am not at all confident that either of them actually locks at this point (and I'm a little afraid that my keys aren't going to work when I get home tonight, but that can't actually happen right?), which is a little anxiety-inducing.


I forgot to mention this, but I've been wearing my Darth Vader faux leather jacket a lot and I have received numerous compliments on it! Even my sister was like, "Wow, you look very stylish!" and that was before I showed her the hilarious quote on the lining ("You underestimate the POWER of the Dark Side!"). I also like wearing it because much like when I'm pretending I'm the Winter Soldier on his way to murdering Captain America, I pretend I'm Darth Vader stalking through the smoke on the Tantive IV and people get out of my way on the sidewalk. *g*

Speaking of that Winter Soldier murder swagger, I see that people are getting anxious about Civil War, but my past couple of weeks has been full of anxiety about The Raven Cycle so I can't be worrying about CACW until I'm done reading. I downloaded my copy when I got out of bed this morning and then I didn't get a seat on the bus until Lexington arrgh! I should have taken the day off to read! Because I'm sure tumblr is rife with spoilers (apparently there were already spoilers out there but I didn't see any; thank you, tumblr dash for not spoiling me!) and my planned CACW-induced tumblr hiatus (well, more like a reduction in time spent, rather than a full-on hiatus) isn't scheduled to start until Thursday!

Of course, I'm also like, I should have taken next Friday off in case I want to see CACW over and over again, but I've mostly been occupying myself with other fandoms to stave off that anxiety. This is why being multifannish is the best! I've spent so much time worrying about Gansey et al. (and also, the Stanley Cup playoffs) and trying to write SW stories over the past few weeks that I haven't really had time to get wound up with worry about Steve and Bucky, and instead have just been enjoying the Mackie/Stan/Evans roadshow. *hands*

Anyway! I'm sure I'll be anxious soon, but the rumor of good reviews pleases me (I haven't read any of them), and right now I am too busy spoiler for The Raven King )


In television news: Jane the Virgin
spoilers )


Anyway, here's today's poem:

The Archipelago of Kisses

We live in a modern society. Husbands and wives don't
grow on trees, like in the old days. So where
does one find love? When you're sixteen it's easy,
like being unleashed with a credit card
in a department store of kisses. There's the first kiss.
The sloppy kiss. The peck.
The sympathy kiss. The backseat smooch. The we
shouldn't be doing this kiss. The but your lips
taste so good kiss. The bury me in an avalanche of tingles kiss.
The I wish you'd quit smoking kiss.
The I accept your apology, but you make me really mad
sometimes kiss. The I know
your tongue like the back of my hand kiss. As you get
older, kisses become scarce. You'll be driving
home and see a damaged kiss on the side of the road,
with its purple thumb out. If you
were younger, you'd pull over, slide open the mouth's
red door just to see how it fits. Oh where
does one find love? If you rub two glances, you get a smile.
Rub two smiles, you get a warm feeling.
Rub two warm feelings and presto-you have a kiss.
Now what? Don't invite the kiss over
and answer the door in your underwear. It'll get suspicious
and stare at your toes. Don't water the kiss with whiskey.
It'll turn bright pink and explode into a thousand luscious splinters,
but in the morning it'll be ashamed and sneak out of
your body without saying good-bye,
and you'll remember that kiss forever by all the little cuts it left
on the inside of your mouth. You must
nurture the kiss. Turn out the lights. Notice how it
illuminates the room. Hold it to your chest
and wonder if the sand inside hourglasses comes from a
special beach. Place it on the tongue's pillow,
then look up the first recorded kiss in an encyclopedia: beneath
a Babylonian olive tree in 1200 B.C.
But one kiss levitates above all the others. The
intersection of function and desire. The I do kiss.
The I'll love you through a brick wall kiss.
Even when I'm dead, I'll swim through the Earth,
like a mermaid of the soil, just to be next to your bones.

~Jeffrey McDaniel


"original" slash okay

Apr. 26th, 2016 08:36 am
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title graphic in grainy black and white of a man playing acoustic guitar that reads: Savior (tfw maybe bf)

The new issue - #60! - of Shousetsu Bang*Bang is live. The theme this time around was anyway here's wonderwall: memes and guitars and hipsters macking on each other? I am there.

If you like those things, I have a story in it which is totally not but kind of is a fic AU. Crashing into each other to escape nasty capitalist fascists and falling in love and changing the whole direction of your life: definitely happens here. There are also unfortunate clothing choices, lots of seduction-via-guitar and cajón, terrible jokes, minicomics, dumb drugs, spacey dickhead slackers, PINING, and mooching. So much mooching. Also sex
Pym swings around, chin planted on his shoulder, eyes wide.

"Oh, Christ. You're not a virgin, are you? It's totally cool if you are, I just -- I should know and maybe do something special for you? Different? I don't know. Are you?"

"No," Huck says, and laughter's burbling up his chest so fast he could choke on it. "No, I'm not a virgin."

Pym exhales as he settles back, lying on his side, looking up at Huck. "Good, good. No offense to virgins. But that's a lot of pressure. That's like rom-com level pressure, you know? Shit."

"Showing up with a cake and candles for your sixteenth birthday, yeah," Huck says.

"Shit. You're sixteen? Happy birthday!" Pym goes to hug him, then stops. "That makes this illegal, though, right?"

"I'm 21," Huck says.

"But it is your birthday?"

"No. It's a movie --. Forget it." Huck pulls him in the rest of the way, completing the hug, and kisses him.

"It'd be worth it, though," Pym whispers against his neck, a little later. His mouth feels slick, his beard silky-tickly. "If you were illegal."
feedback of any kind is love
also sorry to the people also on tumblr I know I'm pointlessly spamming

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Apr. 26th, 2016 06:13 pm
[personal profile] emma_in_dream
1, As part of my general appreciation of my car, I like that it has a working digital clock. The clock in my old car broke and I was quoted $800 to replace the entire CD player/clock part. Ridiculous, so I gaffer taped an alarm clock on so I could get places on time. Functional but not aesthetically pleasing. Whereas my current car has the sleek console of the Star Ship Enterprise.

2, Ruby believes her internal organs to consist of ‘hugs and other bits and bobs’.

3, I am so far spoiler free for *Civil War*. Indeed, I may remain unspoiled even after going to the movie because the only session I can make is one beginning after twelve. If the ads run too long I will have to leave before it finishes so I can pick up the kids. All the morning sessions are 3D which makes me so ill that I can’t watch but must close my eyes. Hmmm, the whole movie but without being able to see it or three quarters with vision? I’ve chosen the latter as the Marvel franchise is not known for its snappy dialogue.

Game! of Thrones!

Apr. 26th, 2016 10:46 am
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I suspect that, as with The 100, no one likely to see this is actually still watching the show. But now that I no longer have a book canon to compare GoT to, I am really interested again. It can go be its own thing. Still too much (talk about) rape and not enough Frey-related cannibalism, but otherwise it was enjoyable.

Spoilers obviously under here, for books and new episode )


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