Non-Christians need not apply

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:00 pm
jadelennox: "I'm ready for the rapture. Please go now." (religion: rapture)
[personal profile] jadelennox
I've had "What ISIS Really Wants" (The Atlantic, Graeme Wood, March 2015) open as a longread in a tab for a while. It was highly recommended and I was interesting in reading his perspective. And it was an interesting read, until I hit a sentence so amazingly factually wrong it's called everything he has to say into question.
Centuries have passed since the wars of religion ceased in Europe, and since men stopped dying in large numbers because of arcane theological disputes. Hence, perhaps, the incredulity and denial with which Westerners have greeted news of the theology and practices of the Islamic State.

Dude. Dude. Sixty years ago, when your parents were possibly already born, six million Jews were killed in Western Europe. Graeme Wood was already in high school when the Bosnian War pitted Christian versus Muslim, and 20K-50K Muslim women were victims of genocidal rape.

Unless you are going to claim that "ethnic cleansing" or "ethnic conflict" can't be a religious war, in which case, given how whiteness and ethnicity are defined, "religious war" in Europe always needs to be between Christians (or internicine at the very least, but given Europe, this implies between Christians).

(One could argue that since the Nazis were only sort of Christian, WWII doesn't count. I'd argue that wanting to kill people of a specific religion is by definition a religious war, and besides, it's irrelevant, given that most of us should have pretty clear memories of the mass graves they found in Bosnia.)

Basically, at best he's being cavalier and poorly edited. At worst both he and his editor assume that Christians can only understand a group such as ISIS by thinking about Christians murdering each other, because Christians murdering Muslims or Pagan-Occultist-Christians murdering Jews is totally understandable. For what it's worth, I assume the problem is the former. But that also makes the article less believable as a whole.

Share the squee

Nov. 30th, 2015 10:20 pm
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[personal profile] lunabee34
1. Emma has become besotted with Supernatural though she has only seen one or two episodes from way into the series. She is constantly looking at fanart and gifs and is listening to tons of classic rock on her tablet in her bedroom. It is adorable.

Yesterday, I asked Fiona, "Who do you love?" And Fiona said, "Castiel." And I said, "What?" And Emma said, "Oh, yeah. I taught her to say that because he is totally the best." And I said, "How do you know since you've never seen the show at all?" And Emma said, "He just is! But guess what I really ship, Mom? It's Destiel!" And then she laughed and laughed and told me all about her favorite Destiel fan art.

Then today at dinner when I told her the Civil War trailer had come out, she was all, "Who's gonna be on who's side? I mean, it's Bucky and Steve, obviously, but where do the others fall? Tony and Bruce are totally science BFFs, but Tony and Steve are BFF, too, so it'll be really hard watching them on opposite sides."

I explained to her that I didn't see a whole lot of evidence for Tony and Steve being BFF so much as teammates who are often slightly antagonistic with one another to which she countered, "But they are! They are! They're just those kinda friends who go Meh at each other in public but love each other behind the scenes. You know, like me and Callie."

Later during a discussion of how hard it is for Steve to find a girlfriend because no one understands him (her words, not mine), Emma said, "I guess I could ship him with Bucky, but he needs some more characterization and personality than he got in the other movies. We'll see." Then she announced that Tony is probably too old to be anyone's boyfriend.

So, to recap, my baby is using the word ship independently of my direction, and is clearly going to eventually claim the title of One Wanker to Rule Them All.

2. [personal profile] monanotlisa, Mona, Mona, Mona! Minority Report! Mona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The fanfic, it writes itself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apropos this rotten cold, a poll.

Nov. 30th, 2015 08:47 pm
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[personal profile] commodorified
I've been hearing about this whole 'tonsil removal and ice cream' thing basically forever. And it puzzles me greatly.

Admittedly, I had my tonsils removed when I was 18, and had had serious trouble with them for years, so it was a fairly complicated removal, but it took me slightly more than a week to successfully consume 2 litres of water within a 24-hour period and thus win my release from hospital and my ever-present IV, yclept Henry. (Not, sadly, "Henry IV": I would totally do that now, but this was then.)

Cold water, as well as even the most forgiving solids, took ... rather longer. There's a reason nobody tells you to put ice directly on fresh stitches, let me tell you what.

Had anyone attempted to feed me ice cream directly after the surgery they would have been exceedingly fortunate to escape having suffered no more than a paint-strippingly old-fashioned look (and only because my throat was too swollen to allow me to talk and I was too loaded on Demerol to throw a punch, at that.)


Poll #17145 In this poll, "ice cream" can also mean frozen yoghurt, sorbet, rice dream, etc.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 36

I had my tonsils taken out!

View Answers

I was a child, and there was ice cream, and it was good.
3 (8.3%)

I was a child, and there was ice cream, and it was awful.
0 (0.0%)

I was a child, and there was no ice cream
4 (11.1%)

I was an adult, and there was ice cream, and it was good.
1 (2.8%)

I was an adult, and there was ice cream, and it was awful.
0 (0.0%)

I was an adult, and there was no ice cream.
2 (5.6%)

I retain both my tonsils and an uncontrollable desire to tick boxes.
26 (72.2%)

(Optional but interesting) My tonsils were removed in (year):

commodorified: a capital m, in fancy type, on a coloured background (Default)
[personal profile] commodorified
So a shocking amount of writing advice I've encountered is about cutting the excess away, and this has rarely been my problem.

I tend to produce first drafts so condensed as to be downright gnomic, and then show them to friends who are kind enough to be informatively bewildered at me until I unpack.

Related to this, I always said I don't outline, at least outside my head. It occurs to me that my first drafts ARE outlines, really. Just, I outline in actual paragraphs.

Huh. That's an oddly useful insight.

In other news I forget where I recently saw someone comment that you can tell the difference between bad allergies and a cold because colds are PAINFUL, but that, sadly, is also very useful information right now.


Nov. 30th, 2015 11:40 am
fox: my left eye.  "ceci n'est pas une fox." (Default)
[personal profile] fox
I'm less of a mess today re: my uncle than I was on Wednesday, but it still sucks. Further family bad-health stuff cut for those who prefer it. )
musesfool: Korra/Asami (how to make two lovers of friends)
[personal profile] musesfool
November recs update:
[personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for November 2015 with 8 recs in 6 fandoms:

* 3 Avengers, 1 Daredevil, and 1 Daredevil/Jessica Jones crossover
* 1 Check, Please!, 1 Gilmore Girls, and 1 Hunger Games

It's not that I didn't read a lot of fic this month, it's that most of what I read was terrible Star Wars AUs on *hands*


Looks like it's time (past time, really) to give the December talking meme a spin again. As seen many, many places:

Pick a date in December and give me something to talk about. TV, books, movies, music, poetry, fandom, writing, food, travel, fictional characters (&/or pairings) and all of their feelings, stuff about my life, whatever.

- You don't have to be following me or ever have commented to request a topic.
- If you're doing the meme, I'll leave topics for you, too! Feel free to link me at any time if you want one.
- Feel free to suggest multiple topics/dates.
- Feel free to just leave a topic and no date. I'll fill it in.

dates, to be updated with topics )


Work is stupidly busy and my dad is currently in (planned) surgery to fix an aneurysm in his leg, so distractions are welcome!


Tough to live up to

Nov. 30th, 2015 07:19 am
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[personal profile] killabeez
My parents are moving, and their local paper just asked to come to their house, do a photoshoot, and interview them about their upcoming move. Can you say, vital to the community? Huge contributors to society? Embarrassingly awesome?

Thank goodness I've never really tried to live up to them. I'd have a mountain of therapy bills.

Book-Buying Monday

Nov. 30th, 2015 08:26 am
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[personal profile] marthawells
I'm not buying anything today, I'm finishing up reading the proof copy of The Edge of Worlds, and I'm behind on practically everything.

On December 11 we should be getting our chimney flashing fixed, so the roof will stop leaking. Cross your fingers for us. We still won't be able to use the fireplace, which is a bummer because it's been cold and rainy here. (The firebox needs to be repaired and it's a lower priority compared to everything else.)

For Patreon people, the next Raksura snippet/scene will be going up December 8. It's going to be a missing scene from The Siren Depths with Jade and Balm.

If you aren't following me on Facebook, I posted: Two bad things happened during the holiday. While we were out at the Galleria, a friend with a recurring eye problem had it recur badly so she had to make an emergency appointment with the eye doctor. Then right after that happened, we saw a young guy take a bad fall. He was walking past one of the kiosks that sit around in the open areas of the mall, tripped on something, and hit the stone tile and metal ledge supporting the glass partition face-first. It was about the worst place he could have hit without actually going over or through the glass partition and falling down to the next floor. Everyone just sort of stopped and stared, and everything went quiet. He was out cold for a minute or so. An older man helped him up and sat him down in the chair for the kiosk, spoke to him for a moment, then got on the phone hopefully calling the ambulance. I really hope he's okay and got an MRI at the hospital. I'm surprised his jaw wasn't broken.

Then we came home and one of the cats (Tasha) had a bad digestive upset again, a repeat of the one a couple of weeks ago. Our vet isn't open on the weekend, but I'm waiting to see if she keeps a little food down before panicking. I can take her to the emergency clinic at the Vet School, but I'd rather not if I can avoid it. Update: Tasha seems to be all right now, and didn't have any problems over the weekend. I'm hoping that's it for kitty gastrointestinal distress for a while.


If you're thinking of buying books for holiday gifts, all my available books are listed here on my website: in paper, ebook, and audiobook.

Also, John Scalzi has a holiday shopping guide post for traditionally published books today:

Daily Happiness

Nov. 30th, 2015 12:41 am
torachan: anime-style me ver. 2.0 (Default)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Day off tomorrow! I don't have a lot planned so I'm just looking forward to relaxing.

2. We went up to this reeeeally tasty roast beef place tonight called Top Round. They also have really tasty ice cream.

3. I got a payment for some translation that I'd totally forgotten about. When I do stuff for [personal profile] kiwimusume's boss, he doesn't pay until the end of the month after the work is completed, so it's easy to forget, especially like this time when it wasn't that much money. But it was still an extra $65 I wasn't expecting, so that was nice!

4. Got another sweet kitten pic.

i thought we were gonna be honest

Nov. 29th, 2015 08:20 pm
musesfool: "We'll sleep later! Time for cake!" (time for cake!)
[personal profile] musesfool
I did mean to answer comments and do recs, but my internet has been intermittent all day, so instead you just get the terrible pictures of the peanut butter cups I made this afternoon. I think next time I will use the mini muffin cups and dark chocolate instead of regular muffin cups and semisweet, because I don't even eat pb cups but I found the chocolate ridiculously sweet, and also they are ginormous peanut butter cups.

And also, chocolate is super tedious to temper. Good lord, waiting for the temperature to drop from 115°F to 82°F before bringing it back to somewhere between 88-92°F is ridiculous. And I'm not even sure it really worked? Because when I brought the pb cups to L. and she tried one, the chocolate immediately melted in her hand, which I thought tempering was supposed to prevent. so. I don't even know.


Oof, done.

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:59 am
st_aurafina: (NaNo: Sleep)
[personal profile] st_aurafina

Final breakdown:
W13 femslash for (belated) trope bingo: 5041 (finished)
Killjoys fic for for (belated) trope bingo: 1873 (not finished)
Sanctuary fic for (belated) trope bingo: 1237 (finished)
[Redacted fandom for Yuletide treat]: 7868 (finished)
Sequel to You Can Never Go Home Again (my Tenth Doctor & Sirius fic): 11182 (finished but damn, I want to write more.)
Person of Interest fic for no reason other than it pleases me: 14740 (and not finished, will never be finished, omg had to take a break from it)
Supergirl/Daisy femslash for [community profile] femslash_kink: 2301 (finished and awaiting editing, to post soon)
NBC's Dracula which seems to be feudal lord/handmaiden Lucy/Mina with some Grayson in there, maybe Lucy/Mina/Grayson IDK: 5981 (so unfinished)
Total: 50,367

And didn't break my duolingo streak: 108 days.

And will get to comments soon, so soon.

But first cake. And sleep.


Nov. 30th, 2015 12:40 am
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[personal profile] saraht
"Madeleine Swann?" Madeleine Swann? Really???

Also, the villains in this universe desperately need a crash course in interior and costume design. Your ultimate bad guy should not be wearing loafers without socks. Paging Edna Mode!
jadelennox: out of spoons (gimp: no spoons)
[personal profile] jadelennox
So sometimes you set yourself "the end of the long weekend" as the dealbreaker goal for getting the email monster under control. And knowing you have done so, you figure you can delay the inevitable until Sunday night, and don't check your email for a week. For possibly the first time since 1997, when you spent two weeks travelling around Scotland in a Time Before Smartphones.

There's a catch, of course.

transcript of video )

If you never see me again, my email ate me.

Fan Run MEDIA Fandom Conventions

Nov. 29th, 2015 02:56 pm
morgandawn: (Dr Who Purple Tardis)
[personal profile] morgandawn
One downside of the OTW event calendar is that (a) they don't get many submissions about conventions  and (b) when they do, they only post about it in the month the event is happening so it gives no time to plan.

So here is my list of known conventions. It is not comprehensive - the event has to be fan run with a focus on media fandom  and no Creation Cons or actor cons.   As always caveat emptor,  especially with events that don't have a track record.

Multifandom Gen
Mediawest (also has slash programming). May 2016, Lansing, Michigan USA

Multifandom Slash
CON.TXTJuly 2016, Arlington VA (mostly slash, gen welcomed)
Escapade - Feb 2016, Los Angeles, CA USA 
PacificCon - April 2016, Seattle, WA, USA (slash and some gen)
Slash/Night - Feb 2016, part of the Brighton Digital Festival, UK
TGIFemslash - Feb 2016, Los Angeles, CA USA
Wincon (also has gen programing) - moves around the US, 2016 dates and location not yet announced

Doctor Who
Coal Hill Con - May 2016, New Hampshire, USA

Harry Potter
Misti Con (next one in May 2017), New Hampshire, USA

My Little Pony
Everyfree - May 2016, Seattle, WA, USA (note: this event has paid guests, including actors and may be more commercial than fan focused)

Sherlock Holmes
221BCon - April 2016, Atlanta GA  (note: this event has paid guests, including actors)
Sherlock Seattle - Oct 2016, Seattle, WA, USA (this event is still seeking funding - check out their fundraising page)

Star Trek Slash
Kiscon 2015 - USA - just ended so keep an eye out for the next one
Kimset UK - Sept 2016 - Buckinghamshire, UK

Destielcon  Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - (held in 2015 in the USA and they're doing a survey to see if they can host one in 2016)

Vividcon - Aug 2016, Chicago, IL, USA
VidUKon - June 2016, Cardiff, Wales, UK

I am certain there are more events, so I will use this post as a master list that you can link to. Drop a comment or send me an ask if you know of any other fan run, non-actor conventions.

EDITED: This list will focus on media fandom conventions. Many general sci-fi events have some media fandom panels, but I'd like to keep this list focused on TV, movie and anime fandoms and events which do not featured paid guests (actors, authors, show runners etc).   Please include a link to the convention's website/tumblr/blog.

kindkit: Hot dog walking hand in hand with mustard but thinking of ketchup. (Fandomless: Hot dog/ketchup OTP)
[personal profile] kindkit
1) I had a pretty good Thanksgiving, in the sense of having a day off and eating lots of chicken and mashed potatoes.

2) I survived Black Friday and then had Saturday and today off, making up for last weekend's non-weekend. I had to come out of my usual workplace hidey-hole for a few hours on Friday to help customers, but it wasn't too bad. There was a weird moment about halfway through the day of realizing that, while we at the store have been preparing for Black Friday for weeks, this is actually the beginning of the Christmas retail season and not the end. There's still a month of escalating madness to go.

Baking, books, TV and Age of Ultron under the cut )

Episode Rewatch: 4.03 The Innocent

Nov. 29th, 2015 07:42 am
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[personal profile] killabeez
4.03 The Innocent
Original air date: October 9, 1995
Director: Dennis Berry
Writer: Alan Swayze


Synopsis: Richie finds autistic Immortal Mikey wandering after Alan, Mikey's protector, is killed. Richie and Duncan take Mikey in, but he is a trouble magnet, and the Immortal who killed his protector is now after him.

Transcript: is here.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.

state of the me

Nov. 29th, 2015 10:28 am
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[personal profile] marina
My back got fucked up about two weeks ago, and I'm still trying to dig myself out of that hole. The beauty of having multiple injuries is that once something gets fucked up it reverberates everywhere. If I were healthy, the rest of my muscles could take the strain of a bad back for a little while. But I'm not, so now my shoulder is fucked up, and my knees, and well. It's been a fun time trying to deal with all of that simultaneously while also like, continuing with my life over the last 2 weeks.

The weekend was... I survived it? So that's good. I had to get up way too early on Friday, visit two cemeteries, hang out at my parents' while they entertained their friends for 9 hours (ah, Russian gatherings...), and the next day was spent partially dealing with a surprise visit from my sister and her three small children (my parents would normally plan an entire weekend around this kind of visit, as a ~surprise~ popping by it was kind of a disaster) and then working on the thesis proposal I need to submit by Monday (*prays to all the deities my adviser doesn't make me rewrite it AGAIN*).

One of the effects of the overall health issues has also been lack of sleep - due to stress and pain and having to plan my days so meticulously so I don't get overwhelmed, and missing out on things, and getting overwhelmed anyway. And trying to address the lack of sleep means going to bed earlier, which means giving up either necessary tasks like working on the thesis proposal or exercise, which helps with the actual muscle pain. So, it's a lovely balancing act.

Anyway, after this challenging weekend, next weekend I have to drive to a friend's birthday party up north, which means this ENTIRE WEEK is dedicated to not fucking myself up any more than I have to to make that possible, no matter what I have to sacrifice, except of course today I found out work is sending me to a conference tomorrow that's 30+ minutes of driving away, in each direction (without traffic!). So... we'll see how that goes (this conference was prearranged months ago and no one but me can do since it's on one of the topics I'm in charge of). #FML

Anyway, in lieu of telling you all about the awesome concert of a Russian fannish bard I attended recently, where many songs gave me endless Arjuna/Krishna feels, let me share my favorite song from that concert, which is not the most musically nor lyrically impressive one, but still stuck with me deep in my heart. It's called "Malfoy finished school", and I'm deliberately linking to the fanvid version (because of course all her songs have been fanvidded):

The song is one Draco, a jilted lover, sings to Snape, upon leaving Hogwarts. It's precisely as lyrical and fucked up as you imagine, and it speaks deeply to my soul, even though I never shipped that particular pairing.

It's just that every Russian speaker I've ever encountered (and I'm sure this is a small, biased sample that doesn't necessarily describe all of Russian fandom, though it describes a lot of it) was way more into the Slytherins than into any other house, just like in X-Men: First Class, Russian fandom chose to focus on the villains (Riptide and Azazel) rather than the heroes (Havoc and Banshee), which was largely English fandom's preference, as a secondary pairing to Erik/Charles. There's something very distinct and cultural in the fact that so many Russian speaking fans I know have mostly identified with the villains in English media rather than the heroes, and it gives me a sense of comfort? Basically, it reminds me that I am under no obligation to accept or play by the rules of the fabricated morality of Western media, I guess, which so often has people-like-me as villains baked into its foundations.


Nov. 29th, 2015 09:31 am
kass: "I like Yuletide alot" (alot)
[personal profile] kass
I have a Yuletide draft which is long enough to pass muster! And I still have one more piece of the story to write.

It's always a relief when I reach this point. :-) From now on I can work on making the story better, but I have enough of a draft that I know my recipient will get a proper-sized present on Yuletide morning. Huzzah.

beta request

Nov. 29th, 2015 11:19 am
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[personal profile] tadorna
Wondering if anyone would be willing to read a fic for me? It's 7600 words -ish, and it's Downton Abbey but it's sort of about Ivor Novello and ghosts and sex and class and war and stuff. Also it's written in first person in the form of a letter. I can hear you all champing at the bit as I type.

As usual, it's mostly to check for mistakes and root out obvious crapness and so on. Any offers of help gratefully received, but no need to feel obliged. Ta!

Daily Happiness

Nov. 28th, 2015 11:30 pm
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
[personal profile] torachan
1. It was so nice to sleep in this morning, and I can sleep in tomorrow and the next day as well! :D

2. I love how cold it is!

3. Chloe face!

I suspect that even the Thameses

Nov. 28th, 2015 09:21 pm
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[personal profile] commodorified
Would find meeting the locus genii of the Fraser river ... unnerving.

Meta recs + Misc.

Nov. 28th, 2015 08:16 pm
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[personal profile] lunabee34
Check out these awesome meta posts [personal profile] endeni made about Vala's character: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. I've only read the first part so far, but this is really thoughtful meta with tons of citations from canon--a great resource on her character.

Thanksgiving week has been awesome. Mom and Dad are home safe. She didn't get sick while she was here at all, not even a weensy tummy rumble. Whooooo! And now I know exactly what to get her for Christmas (she's got to get rid of so many of her dishes, which frankly I think the tupperware that's older than me deserves a proper burial anyway). She just kept thanking me for being so attentive to detail and saying how comfortable she felt here and how grateful she was that I was willing to accommodate her new diet, and it all just broke my heart a little. I mean, what was I going to do? Poison my own mother? Sheesh.

Fi did so much playing outside yesterday that when Josh was doing her breathing treatment last night, she fell asleep. And then we couldn't wake her up to give her a bath or brush her teeth or give her any of her other medicine. LOL She slept through us putting on her pajamas and then slept for 13 hours straight. The very first thing she said to me this morning when I opened her door was, "Now I can run again!"

How has everyone else's week been?


Nov. 28th, 2015 02:40 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
So, lots of stuff going on. Health, work, family, blah blah blah.

In the middle of all that, though, I adopted a new German Shepherd. Meet Jetta:

Read more... )

She's a rescue. Which means that she's overweight, hardly trained, barely housebroken, tennis-ball obsessed, and suffers from separation anxiety. On the other hand, she loves people, is very snuggly, and has figured out pretty quickly that every time she goes in her crate she gets a treat, so we're learning to get along.

It will take a bit longer to get her used to having her nails clipped, though...

Oh, and the name is not for the car: it's a nickname for Bridget, except the original spelling was Gette, and it would be impossible to get anyone to pronounce it right. And since she's jet black, it seemed to work.

Talk to me!

Nov. 28th, 2015 04:09 pm
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[personal profile] commodorified
I seem to have borked my gmail account, which at least settles the question of whether i was going to keep it or not.

HOWEVER, if you're used to finding me on gchat, you see the one serious problem, here. I can't reach any of you and it's awful.


If there is some other chat client you're on, or if you don't mind getting chatty texts from me, please leave your info here (all comments screened)

New fic: Home Plate

Nov. 28th, 2015 11:12 am
gwyn: (bucky steve bar)
[personal profile] gwyn
Home Plate (8580 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
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, Howling Commandos
Additional Tags: Baseball, Military Uniforms, World War II, Implied/Referenced Torture, R&R, Rimming, Sexual Innuendo with Sports Equipment
Series: Part 4 of Batter Up (Baseball)

With a bashful smile, Steve said, “I thought maybe a little taste of home might make you feel better.”

It was such a perfectly Steve thing to do: he didn’t see Bucky as damaged goods, just as a guy who loved to play baseball. Who was still whole, still his best friend.

I used to have this tradition of posting fic on my birthday, so here's a birthday present in reverse. Sorry it's just another stupid baseball fic, though.

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 51-52

Nov. 27th, 2015 09:05 pm
torachan: yoshiki from himegoto (himegoto)
[personal profile] torachan

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Yuki is desperate to keep Mikako and Kaito from spending time alone with each other because she's afraid Kaito will confess his feelings. Kaito doesn't want Yuki spending time with Mikako because he's afraid Mikako will be a corrupting influence. Meanwhile, Mikako wants to keep Kaito and Yoshiki apart because she wants Yoshiki for herself. But not everyone can get what they want...

Chapter 51: Deadlock
Chapter 52: Alike

Help Me ID These Filk Songs - Post 1

Nov. 27th, 2015 07:55 pm
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[personal profile] morgandawn
Jonah (I met a man with weary eyes..
....Jonah, why did you run?) 
written by April Valentine

T'hy'la ("Reach out to me my brother
call out my name in your mind...
...I thought I could live without you...")

Who wrote: "What Do You Do With A Drunken Vulcan" Twas Roberta Rogow!

[Writing] Writing. And perfume.

Nov. 27th, 2015 07:58 pm
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[personal profile] minim_calibre
Have I ever mentioned that, as a massive scenthead, I have a specific scenttrack when I'm working on something?

The currently-on-the-back-burner Natasha story gets a couple of different smells, for Public Natasha and Private Natasha, respectively. (Self, just buckle down and finish it. You'll feel better. Like you've accomplished something.)

The currently-why-am-I-doing-this-to-myself Push fic has a couple of different scents*, and even inspired a (nearly) full bottle purchase (Miller et Bertaux A Quiet Morning).

Because reasons, where reasons = I find myself to be HILARIOUS, and perhaps because I was more than a bit on the punchy side the other night while writing, said story has also inspired me to buy a bottle of vintage Love's Baby Soft. 


So, hey! Welcome to my head. 

*There are scents that resemble feminine bodily parts on other people that I wish smelled anything like that on me, because they'd have been so useful for the femslash scenes. Instead, they smell of cherry chapstick, only expensive. 


Nov. 27th, 2015 08:26 pm
jenna_thorn: T-Rex holding a teddy bear (Bear)
[personal profile] jenna_thorn
Didn't post yesterday, so not actually Thanksgiving, but I'm grateful for...

In laws who are significantly different from my folks. We get along with them well enough, by which I mean, they serve as a foil in discussing philosophy, religion, social mores ... well, pretty much everything, thus helping me teach the kid the value of diversity, differences in faith, and so much of our normal lives that appalls my m-i-l.

Heh funny story, she made a half portion of oyster dressing for my f-i-l, for whom it is tradition. Bear took one bite of everything on display, and she thought to tease him, expecting him to turn up his nose. Nope, he tried it, decided it was a little weird, but worth trying and thank you very much for the opportunity. Her look of shock was pretty damn funny.

Driving home, the radio played Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Massacre and Himself and I sang along, giggling, then finished the drive discussing selective service, the draft, the Viet Nam war, and changing job hiring practices in regards to conviction as a career-killer.

I'm ridiculously blessed. He's a good kid, even as he mutters, "oh fine," as I remind him to go practice.

Babies are such fun, cuddly and snuggly and bright eyes and joy in nibbling their toes, and toddlers are great, discovering butterflies and bugs and wide eyed watching the world and and and....

As he has grown, each age is wonderful, and that's why this one, too, is the best. He's old enough now to beat Himself to puns and take the lead in discussion. Teenagers, man. I kind of miss the epic Hot Wheels tracks, but discussing Jackson's movies in contrast to the original Tolkien with him is pretty damn nifty. (He agrees with me - Tauriel wasn't original to the story, but adding her to the sausagefest isn't a bad idea.)

That's good, and I'm grateful for it.


Nov. 27th, 2015 02:36 pm
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Thanksgiving was always the big holiday for my father, so since his death it's been a difficult time. For the first couple afterward, my stepmother came up to visit me and Geoff in Montreal, because she didn't even want to be in the house, let alone accept one of the kind invitations she had from friends. Last year she volunteered to help serve at a free dinner hosted by a local wonderful brewpub, and had such a good time that she decided to do it again this year, and asked us if we'd like to join her. We were delighted to!

It was a lot of fun. We got there at 11:30, to get prepped before they started serving at noon, but everything was already set up, so we just chilled for half an hour, and then they stood us up behind the steam trays and off we went. The food was terrific -- local businesses had donated nineteen organic turkeys, and the stuffing and cranberry sauce were delicious, plus squash and potatoes, and apple crisp and ice cream for dessert, and we were ladling it out with gusto. We served well over two hundred people in five hours, and there was still food left over; I loved that we didn't have to stint to make it last, but could keep encouraging people to come back for more, and to fill takeout boxes. One couple with two kids had a whole stack of them. Some diners were pretty clearly folks in need, and some were folks who just wanted to come out for a shared community freewill-donation dinner (last year it raised $2000 in donations for the local food bank), and some were volunteers fueling up for their own shifts; Geoff and I were supposed to help for just a couple of hours, but we were energized and having fun and ended up working the whole five hours, except for a break to eat ourselves. Plus the pub was also serving its own brews; after a few hours over the steam trays I very much enjoyed a half-pint of oatmeal stout. (At one point one of the staff came by asking if anyone needed a break and were we all well hydrated, and I assured her I was beerdrated.)

At the end of the afternoon we thanked the cooks and the kitchen staff who'd kept the heaping trays of food coming for hours, packed up some leftovers for ourselves, and staggered home with big smiles on our faces.

Today we went for a hike up a local hill for beautiful views over the river valley, came home for the traditional post-Thanksgiving lunch of post-Thanksgiving leftovers, and are now relaxing before meeting friends for Mexican food for dinner and then to see Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky in concert. Tomorrow we go home and back to our everyday lives, but this has been a lovely break.

(Before this we spent three days with my mother, and left on Thanksgiving morning, ducking out on her meal with her in-laws, which I'm very glad of, it having been very high-stress the last time we were part of it...)

And as I wrote this up, my stepmother found a picture of the three of us serving up food in the local paper!
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Had more filling than dough for crust.

Made more pie dough.

In approx. 40 min, will be rolling out dough and making more pie.

So much pie.

did you think about reviewing that?

Nov. 27th, 2015 02:40 pm
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I hope everybody celebrating had a lovely Thanksgiving and that those of you who weren't had a happy Thursday.

My holiday in random bullet points:

= My sister's dog, Nala, wearing the cone of shame (to keep her from licking at an injury). With the cone on, she had a really hard time negotiating all the extra legs and chairs around for the holiday, and got herself trapped underneath the dining room table a few times.

= My sister made the pumpkin and apple pies by herself this year (pics. This is a big deal not just because they turned out great and thus rescued us from the possibility of a pieless Thanksgiving, but also because she doesn't enjoy cooking (my brother-in-law does all that) but she was determined and everything turned out well.

= Pie for breakfast! And bacon!

= the entire family being mesmerized by the last five miles of Railroad Alaska: Real Time Train Ride on Destination America. We just wanted to know what was going to happen when the train reached Healy! (Nothing, as it turns out.) There was a lot of hilarious Night Vale type speculation over what was really happening, but we did indeed stop watching football for a half an hour or so to watch a train traveling at about 12 mph through a snowy landscape. I can see how that would be soothing when you have insomnia.

= the hilarious M. family singalong to "Karma Chameleon."

= my nephew mentioned that he's been told he resembles Mats Zuccarello (mostly because of his long hair and scraggly beard) but then getting annoyed when I mentioned that Zuccarello looks like a hobbit.

= that same nephew being ready to throw down in defense of the Star Wars prequel trilogy and also aggressively stanning for (light-side) Anakin Skywalker.

= also, some SRS BZNS conversation about sorting superheroes into Hogwarts houses with my niece and sister over White Russians.

= my sister seeing these adorable Cap and Spidey ornaments and knowing that they were destined to be mine. As you can see, I come by my nerdiness honestly. We are a very nerdy family.

= I tried and failed to keep up on tumblr (it's terrible on the iPad and iPhone, with or without the app), but I did see this article, thanks to [ profile] angelgazing: Super: The Gayest 'Stucky' Moments in the 'Captain America: Civil War' Trailer, which includes this paragraph:
Yet if Bucky Barnes were a woman, this would be a love story, played out with all the same narrative beats. If Peggy were the brainwashed assassin kept frozen through the decades, this movie would definitely end in a kiss. Everything about the love, pain, and intimacy of the Steve/Bucky relationship on the big screen is typical of a romance, and that’s something fans are right to respond to — something the filmmakers may even be playing into, though surely not with any formal sign-off from Disney.
For reals though.

So that was a good day. I'm home now and watching the Rangers and planning to enjoy the long weekend.


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Nov. 27th, 2015 01:29 pm
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[personal profile] melannen
\o\ I finished an original short story! /o/

Ok, it's 7500 words, which is half again as long as it was supposed to be, and it needs a ton of revision before I can even think about a beta-reader, but still! VICTORY!

That means I get to go to ChessieCon this weekend, too. Sometimes self-bribery works.

(Hopefully the other near-finished one will get done, and then in December I take a month for Yuletide, and I can worry about revisions in January...)

Also dinner yesterday was quite pleasant, and we discussed the fact that my cousin's mom really wants her to read Anne of Green Gables, but my cousin will only read books with dragons in them, so therefore someone needs to write a version of Anne of Green Gables were Anne is actually a dragon. (This seems entirely workable, given what I remember of Anne of Green Gables. And it's public domain...)

No reason, just wondering

Nov. 27th, 2015 11:46 am
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Poll #17126 Asking for a friend
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29

You wish to engage in criminal activity of a magical nature in Toronto[1]. It is summer. Pick a location:

View Answers

CN Tower
3 (10.7%)

Casa Loma
6 (21.4%)

Hart House
2 (7.1%)

Leslie Spit
2 (7.1%)

0 (0.0%)

Eaton's Centre
2 (7.1%)

Union Station
2 (7.1%)

Other TTC station (specified in comments)
0 (0.0%)

Pearson Airport
3 (10.7%)

City Airport
1 (3.6%)

Elsewhere on Toronto Island
3 (10.7%)

Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall
3 (10.7%)

Regent Park Armory
2 (7.1%)

Queen Street West
2 (7.1%)

Queen Street East
0 (0.0%)

40 College
1 (3.6%)

Flatiron Building, Front Street East
0 (0.0%)

Don Valley (specifics in comments)
1 (3.6%)

Robarts Library/Majestic Turkey
4 (14.3%)

Public Library (specify branch in comments)
0 (0.0%)

6 (21.4%)

7 (25.0%)

3 (10.7%)

On a streetcar
3 (10.7%)

Ontario Legislature
2 (7.1%)

Horseshoe Tavern
0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

High Park
3 (10.7%)

Bloor Viaduct
6 (21.4%)

This other location:

Please speculate freely on tactical, logistical, and other considerations in comments.
No, I am not going to blow up the location in question. Not even if it's the extension on the ROM.

[1] South of Finch, East of Kipling, West of Kennedy. Amalgamation can bite me.


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