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Posted in full at: on January 23, 2017 at 10:41AM

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I've been looking for the sunshine

Jan. 23rd, 2017 12:54 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
January talking meme, day 23: [ profile] secretsolitaire asked: City you could visit over and over again?

it would be a copout to say New York, right, since I live here? Even though there is so much to do and see that I have not done and seen? But of cities I have been that I would like to go back to, San Francisco probably tops the list followed closely by New Orleans. I feel like they also have so much to do and see that I have neither done nor seen since I was only there for work and thus, despite the occasional outing, spent most of my time holed up in various hotel conference rooms for work.


So the title of Star Wars VIII was revealed today and I guess I'm still working through my thoughts on it.


WIP roundups are going on all over so here are mine:

if you find yourself lost, dig, the Rey & Leia bonding story I tried to finish for More Joy Day but since I was utterly lacking in joy, was not able to. I'm still hung up on the details which should be handwaved as "for reasons not explored at this juncture they are in this situation" except I keep trying to explore them and that has led to a lot of deleting and rewriting. Sigh.

Talking Points, Luke and Rey and trying not to make the same mistakes past generations did.

nobody move, nobody get hurt and the movement and the spin, generally known as Thing One and Thing Two in this space, but I've been amused at the titles for so long that I need to share them. Hopefully they'll both be finished at some point in the near future! Writing happens, but since they're tied together so closely, it's a question of which POV better serves which part of the story, while leaving them both things that could stand on their own if they had to, but also make sense if read together as intended. So there's some referencing back and forth that happens as well. They're also AU, so there's figuring out how the changes impact events down the line. Sigh.

leave all your love and your longing behind, the SW drabble sequence, which I keep opening and closing because drabbles are hard. Or, rather, choosing that one moment/decision/scene to encapsulate each character is hard enough; writing it satisfactorily within 100 words is even harder.

how strangely my life is curved, aka, Ahsoka unfrozen in the future and Steve Rogersing her way through the Resistance.

Night Five, Anakin/Ahsoka trope fic ("there's only one bed at the space hotel!") for [personal profile] silveronthetree.

Drive It Like You Stole It, the Han/Leia PWP that is basically nothing but a title and some notes. I have to figure out what the point is so I know whose POV to write from. *hands*

the untitled story where Force ghost!Obi-Wan haunts Darth Vader and Darth Vader is just like, "I already have an Obi-Wan in my head criticizing everything I do! What fresh hell is this?" also for [personal profile] silveronthetree.

writing is hard!


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Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:03 am
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[personal profile] melannen
I marched*!

I ended up catching a ride to DC with the friends coming from the Barony of Cynnabar. I'm glad I went. I'm also glad I didn't go by myself; it wasn't scary or anything but having other specific people to keep an eye on helped with scale.

(Also, wow is Michigan angry. Most people didn't bother IDing themselves by home state, but I think nearly every Michigander there had Michigan on their sign somewhere.)

Also, nobody told me I was supposed to make a pink hat, why did nobody tell me (the website specifically said there were no matching clothes or colors proposed!) I was really heartened by the number of My First Knitting Project hats people were wearing, though - someday I really do need to finally write that essay on knitting and social resistance.

My sister marched in Reykjavik; I haven't seen that one in any of the round-up photoposts so here's the best set of Reykjavik photos I've seen.

*You may have heard contradictory things about whether we ever actually marched in DC. )

So yeah, I'm glad I had that experience. I always feel like you should take part in political action like that not because you think you being there will achieve the goal, but just because you want to be there, and it was worth being there Saturday.

that said, goal-wise: )

4. Illegitimi non carborundum.

And if all else fails, outlive the bastards. And live well. They may run our country but they can't run our lives if we don't let them in.

On that note, this will probably go back to being a mostly non-specific-politics journal (until the next time I need to desperately beg for a ride, at least) because maintaining a free cultural space is also a very important means of resistance, especially over a long grind.

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Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:36 am
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[personal profile] killabeez
On Saturday, I marched in Seattle with my wife, my parents, and a group of about 25 local women (plus a [personal profile] wickedwords). It was truly awesome, and inspiring.

On Sunday, I deleted my Twitter account. (Here's why, though it's only the last straw.)

New Book Tuesday on Monday

Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:25 am
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[personal profile] marthawells
(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.)

* Black Dog Short Stories II by Rachel Neumeier
Stories from the world of Rachel's Black Dog novel, which takes the reader into a hidden world of magic, war, and shapeshifting that exists just behind the headlines of the human world.

* Preorder: Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells
The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves. Ten years later, she discovers that the body of Nick’s brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered – both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.

* Short story: A Human Stain by Kelly Robson

* Short Story: Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story by S.B. Divya

* Oathbreaker by J. Kathleen Cheney
From the world of Dreaming Death, we follow Amal, Lady Horn as she and her guards try to preserve one of the great secrets of Larossa: an abandoned Fortress. Amal, the chief of the Oathbreakers, is one of only a handful of people aware of the true dangers the abandoned Fortress of Salonen presents. The Cince Empire wants its secrets, and will do anything to get someone inside.

* Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
Connected by ansible, humanity has spread across galaxies and fought a war against an enemy that remains a mystery. At the edge of human space sits the Citadel—a relic of the war and a listening station for the enemy's return. For a young Ensign Aldo, fresh from the academy and newly cloned across the ansible line, it's a prison from which he may never escape.

* Preorder: 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.

* Available tomorrow: Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.

* 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...

* Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari. Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone.

* and if you haven't already, please check out Uncanny Magazine

* Hugo nominations are open, and I encourage anybody who can nominate (members of the previous WorldCon in Kansas City and the next WorldCon in Finland) to fill up their ballots.

winter TV

Jan. 23rd, 2017 04:25 pm
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[personal profile] roga
Have you guys seen the trailer for Powerless? I didn't even know this series was in the making, but I hope it's good because the trailer looks right up my alley:

It's a sitcom that takes place in the official DC Universe, about an R&D team working at Wayne Enterprises. The cast is straight out of Comic-Con, with Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, and Alan Tudyk playing Bruce Wayne's cousin.

SO. That seems like it could be fun. In unrelated news the Falcons are going to the Super Bowl! I do not follow the NFL for real, but whenever I do I root for the Falcons, because of both old and new reasons.
logical reasons for rooting for a sports team )

UK people: super-short notice but

Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:07 am
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Inclusion London and DPAC are holding a briefing event on the UN report on the treatment of disabled people for MPs and members of the Lords tomorrow:

Therefore, you may wish to e-mail/phone your MP to ask if they'll be attending/encourage them to attend.

Daily Happiness

Jan. 23rd, 2017 12:34 am
torachan: a cartoon bear eating a large sausage (magical talking bear prostitute)
[personal profile] torachan
1. So much rain. O_o This is really, really good for the drought, but omg so much rain. I spent a huge chunk of this afternoon and evening trying to mop up leakage at work. I called around a couple places and sandbags were sold out, but Home Depot did still have sand and empty bags, so I went over there and got a ton of sand and a ton of bags and made up a bunch of sandbags. It made me really glad that despite the generally bad condition of this house, we don't have any leaks at home.

2. I needed some cash for something and I didn't have any cash, and then I had to go to Home Depot and buy $70 worth of sandbag supplies, for which I then reimbursed myself from petty cash, so now I have plenty of cash! That worked out well.

3. Look at this sweetiepie!

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[personal profile] ainsley
I was one of 30,000 people on the Indivisble team's conference call, and even though I'm just now getting involved, it felt great to have NC's Moral Mondays movement called out specifically as successful progressive activism. NC is so much more than just HB2 garbage. (important note is important: Moral Mondays is based in the NC NAACP.)

I keep logging into Facebook for reasons, and it feels good every time to unfriend anyone I can who has deplorable politics. Might not be able to ditch family, but former coworkers? BYE.

Meeting with city councilman Wednesday regarding a role on his campaign staff.

It's probably no wonder I'm burying myself in comfort reading fic right now; I can only stretch my comfort zone so much at a time. I wish I could build a fic fort to keep the world out for a while.

Happy birthday to

Jan. 22nd, 2017 09:18 pm
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[personal profile] lunabee34
[personal profile] executrix

You are unfailingly kind to us all--generous and supportive and encouraging.

I am thankful every day that I met you twelve years ago. You have enriched my life.

(Your present is on the way!)

This week in writing, 1/22

Jan. 23rd, 2017 12:35 am
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[personal profile] dira
What even happened this week? I spent the weekend traveling to/attending ConFusion in Michigan, and I think most of the week disappeared under a rising tide of anxiety about going to the con as An Author, which, as with most things, was a bit anticlimactic. Anyway. I also did some writing in there somewhere! 


WIPs currently active: 4, still.

Words written this week: 2,445

WIPs that got no words this week: 2, Born in the Blood and Slavefic #5

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 2,122, which got me to the end of Chapter 43. Total word count is now 166,190, and there are probably… twenty-five chapters to go? ish? I have no idea.

Pillow Box #4, Sam: 323, Sam and Threetoo have now laid eyes on each other! Progress!

from Tumblr

AMV History

Jan. 22nd, 2017 03:38 pm
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[personal profile] morgandawn
 The earliest date I have for is Dec 4, 2000. Does anyone know if it was online earlier?

Also, when did AMVs start appearing online (either streaming or downlaod) and where? Examples wopuld be great
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: on January 22, 2017 at 03:11PM

Tags:vidding, fanvids, vidding history, fandom history, DWCrosspost

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[personal profile] kass
[personal profile] laurashapiro asks: How do you feel about Christmas? What are your favorite Jewish-at-Christmas stories or memories?

My relationship with Christmas has shifted over the years.

Here goes! )

I forgot to say

Jan. 22nd, 2017 05:02 pm
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[personal profile] the_shoshanna
that my brothers-in-law have a copy of Go the Fuck to Sleep, and not only is it HILARIOUS, I love the way the rhythm scheme disintegrates as the book goes on. There are some lines in it that I'll be quoting for weeks.

(Possibly at myself.)

Joining the 21st century

Jan. 22nd, 2017 02:12 pm
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[personal profile] kindkit
Just posting to say I'm posting from my new phone. I think I'm in love with it.

10 Actions / 100 Days

Jan. 22nd, 2017 09:05 pm
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Posted in full at: on January 22, 2017 at 12:44PM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, politics, women's voices, PDWCrosspost2

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the_shoshanna: Bert and Ernice, with text "Baby's first gay couple" (baby's first gay couple)
[personal profile] the_shoshanna
My brothers in law are wonderful people, and wow, are they amazing dads! I mean, it helps that their kids are well-behaved and sunny-tempered (although one kid did have a screaming meltdown at afternoon nap time today), but I'm so impressed with how in synch and in tune the dads are. Meal time, bath time, nap time, it's all organized and in line, and the weekend has been long chunks of nonstop action and playing, interrupted twice a day with naptime for children and usually at least one dad as well. Most of their living room is a giant play area, gated off and with floor pads and tons of toys (none of which they bought; they have lots of friends with older kids, and lots of friends without kids but with good wishes, and thankfully they also have lots of friends with younger kids and pregnant, so they'll have people to pass the abundance on to). One of the boys slipped in the tub yesterday, hit his forehead on the edge of the tub, and managed to cut his eyebrow pretty badly (on smooth curved porcelain, how is that even possible), but I was there helping bathe them and I can say it was absolutely no one's fault, it was just one of those things that happens, and the kid is fine today -- in fact, he was fine fifteen minutes later, after howling and being cuddled and getting a bandaid, and he wanted to get back in the bathtub, but bath time was over.

At fourteen months old today, two of them are walking and the third is standing, but not yet walking independently -- although he did knee-walk this morning, for I think the first time! It's fascinating watching them learn and experiment and respond to what we say to them. I'm glad I don't have to wrassle toddlers full-time -- let alone three of them! -- but I'm loving visiting them. And both nights so far, after the kids get put down for the night, the adults have sat up over dinner talking; I don't get to spend much time with my brothers-in-law, what with them living so far away from me, but they're wonderful people. (Also, I've married a lot of couples -- about fifty -- and they're tied with one other couple for "seeming most perfectly in tune with each other.")

Things here have been so involving and exhausting that I pretty much managed to forget the (*spits*) inauguration, but during today's afternoon nap time (which is still going on, that's how I have time to write this) I paged through wonderful photos of the marches. I look forward to figuring out how to join my energy to such efforts.
musesfool: anakin's lightsaber (this is your life)
[personal profile] musesfool
January talking meme, day 22: [personal profile] kayim asked, What fiction genre do you most enjoy (and why!)?

I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy these days, as I did when I was younger and then stopped sometime in the late 80s because so much of it was so bad and generic, so for many years I mostly read thrillers and mainstream literary fiction, both of which have their charms (the latter more so when you avoid the 'middle-aged white male professor contemplating adultery' subgenre, which I do), and a lot of what is sometimes called chicklit, about professional women coming back to their hometowns and reconnecting with family or learning family secrets or what have you. I read a lot of Regency romances, which is basically the only category of romance I personally enjoy, though I do like some YA romance, but of the Sarah Dessen variety.

I think my favorite, though, my very favorite, tends to be mysteries. Cozies, procedurals, vigilante, noir, hardboiled - I love them a lot. A good mystery should have a well built and interesting structure, intriguing characters who all sound like individuals, a good sense of place/time (depending on subgenre), snappy language (again, depending on subgenre), and a satisfying conclusion that you might be able to figure out before the detective gets there (certainly you should be able to figure it out on the reread) but which isn't too easy or obvious from the get-go. (I mean, there are exceptions that prove the rule - does anyone know what actually happened in "The Big Sleep?")

So yeah, mysteries. I especially love it when a mystery-type plot pops up in a different genre style novel - a sci-fi or fantasy or romance novel with a mystery is frequently going to be my favorite kind of thing to read.


In other news, as it turns out, my sister can't use aloe, so I'm using coconut oil for her*, but I'm concerned that the glitter will all sink to the bottom as the stuff solidifies since I can't fight gravity. Should I not have melted it completely? I didn't really see another way to work with it (I also didn't really want to bring out the hand mixer in the presence of so much glitter). It's in little 2 oz jars instead of the roller ball bottles, though, for ease of use, since it won't be liquid by the time it gets to her.

*a paraphrased transcript of our conversation: )


Star Wars Rebels: The Trials of the Darksaber
Now that's what I'm talking about! I realized I didn't say anything about last week's episode and...I think that basically tells you exactly what I thought of it. *snerk* Anyway. This week was fab! spoilers )



Jan. 22nd, 2017 12:32 pm
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[personal profile] tallulah_rasa
I just noticed there's a TallulahRasa on Twitter.  It's not me.

I'm also not on FB or tumblr, or, as of a couple of weeks ago, on LJ.  The Tallulah_Rasa on Ao3? That's me.

This isn't a complaint, btw, or a condemnation.  I'm just trying to avoid confusion, or maybe an identity crisis. *g*

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[personal profile] lunabee34
1. My parents weathered the storm okay; they'll be out of power at least through Monday (probably longer) but since surviving Katrina, they are mother-fucking prepared. Nobody I know died or was severely injured although some people in my parents' church had extensive property damage. /gratitude

2. Our roof is leaking. Naturally. Thank the baby Jesus in his golden diapers that we are renting and it is somebody else's problem.

3. I need to take a medication right as I start eating, and I keep forgetting to do so until after I've eaten. Help me figure out how to remember to do this. Josh has suggested setting alarms, but I don't eat lunch at the same time every day. It would work for dinner time because we always eat at roughly the same time. Suggestions?

4. I really want to explore the writing idea I had about interstitial cystitis. If I never write anything, it'll go nowhere. So I want to commit to writing daily. What is a good daily word count minimum to set? I want it to be substantial enough that I take it seriously but not so much that it's intimidating and I don't do it. Anyone who's ever had a daily writing goal wanna weigh in? What did you do? How did it work? Any other suggestions that you'd make for someone who's wanting to start a big project and needs to figure out how to generate consistent forward momentum?

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Jan. 22nd, 2017 11:16 am
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[personal profile] twistedchick
I am skimming (formerly; it has been updated, apparently) to look at newly introduced bills -- those that arrived since Jan. 1. Here are some that you may wish to read and write to your Congresspeople about. I'm providing the bill number -- HR (House Resolution) or S (Senate) or HJR or SJR (joint resolutions introduced in the House or Senate), plus the number indicating the order in which it was introduced; the sponsor; the summary or short text; and the current status. It can take some days for the full text of bills or summaries to appear, particularly when there are hundreds of them in the pipe. These are only a sampling of what is there -- feel free to go there and look for yourself, it's public information.

Bills are introduced, read twice and sent to committee; they must pass review in committee and sometimes in subcommittee as well before coming back to the floor for a vote by the House or Senate. Please bear in mind: thousands of bills are introduced that are sent to committee and die in committee at the end of the legislative session -- bills are not carried over from one session to another. Some are introduced as a threat, so that one group can say to another, "if you don't back me on this, I'll push through something you can't stand." Consider that at times the behavior of our elected officials closely resembles that of a kindergarten playground -- though at other times it is far, far better.

I am doing this so that you can contact your Congresspeople and Senator with *concrete* matters to support or oppose. Call or write, give the number of the bill, tell them that you support or oppose it and why. Calling works better; they keep a tally of calls from constituents, with what is supported or opposed.

Behind cut, for length. )


Jan. 22nd, 2017 02:20 pm
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[personal profile] roga
And by 'poll' I mean open ended questions, but please answer even though they don't come with a fun ticky box.

1. When you think about the zodiac signs, which sign do you mentally classify as the first? I don't care what the "true" first sign is, which there probably is - but I'm curious which is considered first to you, because I realized today which one I consider first and why, and am wondering how unusual it is.


How do you pronounce 'ugh' in your head (or out loud)?

Brought to you by the horrifying discovery yesterday that - apparently many people - pronounce it entirely differently from the way I do I don't understand. HOW. Ugh.

unpopular fandom opinions time

Jan. 22nd, 2017 09:39 am
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So, last Thursday I went to my first one-on-one, hideously expensive, pilates class with a physical therapist.

It went... good and bad. health stuff )

Also bad because the class was in a basement room with no heating and it's January and pilates is done shoe-less, and well, lo and behold I spent the entire weekend sick and I'm still sick at work today.

Circling back to the title of this post: I hence spent the weekend passed out in bed and rereading Captive Prince.

Gosh I still love those books A LOT. Like I've reread them multiple times but on this reread I'm still like "ugh I just want to be home reading, I have to read more" even though I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS so what's the rush, really.

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about these books after the dust of book 3 settled. I thought book 3 was structurally less good than the other two, and more specifically, I thought a particular choice the author made kind of ruined all the previous characterizations for me and made the books not add up.

I know before book 3 came out there was a heated debate in the fandom on captive prince spoilers )

Daily Happiness

Jan. 22nd, 2017 12:13 am
torachan: maru the cat giving the side eye (maru side eye)
[personal profile] torachan
1. As much as I've been enjoying the rain, it was nice to have a break from it today.

2. I hired a new person at work today, someone to help with some of the office stuff that isn't getting done, and maybe do some other random stuff around the store. Hopefully she works out!

3. I got another chapter of manga finished up this evening. I have Monday off and no big plans, so I'm hoping to get the last of this month's chapters done then.

4. This afternoon Carla texted me a picture...Molly and Jasper curled up on the sofa together! They weren't quite touching, but were happily curled up right next to each other. What sweeties!

Swing Left

Jan. 22nd, 2017 05:05 am
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Posted in full at: on January 21, 2017 at 07:52PM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, politics, PDWCrosspost2

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[don't stop now]

Jan. 21st, 2017 10:45 pm
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[personal profile] watersword
Drinking with [personal profile] zopyrus last night netted us some really good conversation and five signs for today's Women's March; I joined up with [personal profile] dragojustine and her husband midday and we took an hour-plus to get from 42nd and 5th to 50th and 5th. There were some excellent signs and it was a really good, calm, focused crowd. The police were just wearing everyday uniforms, not riot gear, and taking selfies with protestors.

What's next?

Trainwreck, by Sady Doyle

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:30 pm
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[personal profile] runpunkrun
Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why, Sady Doyle: The trainwreck. If you've spent any time exposed to western culture, you can probably name one or two, a woman who had it all, and lost it, and the media frenzy dedicated to documenting her every move. We build these women up and then we tear them down for our own entertainment. If they die young enough, they're redeemed, again perfect in our eyes. If they live long enough—age past the point women are considered relevant—they're forgotten.

The trainwreck is part circus sideshow and part cautionary tale, a narrative necessary to keep women in line, to show what happens when we as a society disregard what it means to be "feminine," when women step out of place and speak too loudly, want too much, feel too much, demand too much. In men, this behavior is considered strong and brave; in women it's a sign of insanity.

This is Doyle's theory of the trainwreck, and she takes us through all the things the title promises. Her argument is well structured, never forgets its purpose, and comes together to build a cohesive whole. The book's profiles include women of color, as well as queer women, and go all the way back to Mary Wollstonecraft—not someone I would have named as a trainwreck, but she definitely got the trainwreck treatment after her death when her husband released her papers, all of her papers. Sylvia Plath's profile, on the other hand, reminds us what happens when your ex-husband has control of your work, and edits and censors it according to his own agenda. The profiles are, in fact, probably none of the trainwrecks you would have listed if asked—Charlotte Brontë, Harriet Jacobs, Valerie Solanas—but they prove that TMZ didn't invent the trainwreck treatment; it's been around a long time, and the things Billie Holiday had to put up with are very similar to the things Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, and Whitney Houston had to deal with. There's a definite pattern.

And it's a pattern Doyle points out again and again. But even as you're collapsing under the weight of centuries of oppression, her prose is easy to read, light and casual, and casually profane, and her points are clear. The book has the research to back it up, too, and though that work is almost invisible in the text, it's detailed thoroughly in the copious endnotes. I didn't relate to some of her more personal conclusions, which is understandable as they're clearly informed by her own experiences, and she skips over some details, assuming we know exactly what she means when she talks about Britney Spears and an umbrella, but none of that takes away from her message. That these women were, in many ways, ahead of their time, doing and saying things that were frightening because they went against current social mores. But they were also just living, wanting things, having feelings, and not holding them back—something that's been pathologized in women even before there was a word for it—and as Doyle writes, "The trainwreck is alive. And for a women to be fully alive is revolutionary."

I'll admit, this is a frustrating and upsetting topic to read about, especially now, in the wake of the 2016 US Presidential election and the rise of public figures who are openly encouraging misogyny and sexism, but following the coverage of the Women's March, today, January 21, 2017, a day after Trump was inaugurated, gives me hope that we can pull together, stop lashing out in fear, and step out and be revolutionary.
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WPost: A sea of pink-hatted protesters.

CNN: Global protests.

More pictures from around the world.

NYTimes: We're here and we're not going away.

Daily Kos: All the marches were bigger than expected.

A huge crowd, but the march stil happened.

But not everyone made it. Canadians planing to go were turned back at the border, after being photographed and fingerprinted.

The Women's March was peaceful; no arrests. That can't be said of every protest this weekend, everywhere.

Photos from yesterday and today.


This is what has happened while the marches took place, and just before them:

Trump issued an executive order scaling back portions of the Affordable Care Act. He also put a freeze on new regulations. And he removed the fee cut for mortgages that Obama put in place, so it now costs more to buy a house.

This is an explanation of what the ACA changes mean.

Snopes explains, at least in part, the changes to the White House website that removed LGBT and climate change information from immediate access.

Media Matters provides a thorough discussion of how Trump is violating the Constitution by ignoring the emoluments clause. This is an impeachable offense. But that will take bipartisan support in the House, which is notable for not understanding how to do that.

Last, week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety and civil rights law on the books. The bill, called the REINS Act, requires that any future major regulation adopted by an Executive Agency—say a new toxic chemical standard required by the recently enacted Chemical Safety Act, or a new consumer protection rule about some innovative but untested kind of food additive—must be approved by a specific resolution in each House of Congress within 70 days to take effect.

Oh, by the way, at CIA HQ, Trump suggested loosening restrictions on torture, and declared war on ISIL.


In the era of Trump, learning how to be an active bystander to protect victims of harassment.

And in Virginia, a *Republican-led* majority killed a proposed anti-trans 'bathroom bill'.

Something you can say to people who demand that you accept Trump's presidency now.
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Some of you who moved here from LJ may recall that I used to have a community there, The Free Speech Zone, where people could post news that wasn't hitting the major media. As of today, the FSZ is closed at LJ -- [personal profile] zenlizard kept it going there until now, but has bowed to the inevitability of LJ going down the drain and closed both it and his LJ account.

Here's my question: is there a need for a Free Speech Zone community on Dreamwidth? Would it be helpful for organization or publicity or news or anything? Most of the posts would have to come from community members -- I don't have the energy to add that on as a daily or weekly job -- but I could moderate, or [personal profile] zenlizard could.

I don't know enough about other venues -- tumblr, instagram -- to know if it would fit in there or be useful.

What do you all think? Yes? No? Thanks, but its time is over?


Jan. 21st, 2017 03:34 pm
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1. All of y'all who are marching and protesting and demonstrating around the world. I am not, for a variety of reasons, but it heartens me to see so many pictures and videos and signs and tweets and and and and and. Thank you for giving me some hope in humanity again.

2. I am doing some A+ adulting today (realm: feeding myself) -- I'm trying a curried chicken and rice thing in the slow cooker, and I've just made a giant pot of steel cut oats with apples and raisins on the stovetop (which will become breakfast for the rest of the week, starting tomorrow.)

3. I found a plant stand on sale on Amazon, and assembled it, and now three of the plants in my living room are stacked one atop the other, which gives me more living room space and will hopefully enable all of them to flourish. The peace lily is blooming and the aloe and jade plants have space to grow.

4. An afternoon of cuddling with Mr. Kid, and playing games, and doing LEGOs.

5. I may not be marching today, but for tonight's work event I have a pink dress, at least.

i'm gonna drink that sun

Jan. 21st, 2017 03:00 pm
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Five things make a post:

a. I found this post by Chuck Wendig comforting yesterday: No One's Coming To Save Us, So We Have To Save Each Other.

ii. I'm not marching for a couple of reasons but I have been heartened by many of the pictures I've seen, and enjoyed the fannish ones like Melissa Benoist and this Princess Leia sign.

3. I saved this tutorial on making body glitter gel so spent some time this morning doing that, though I used little roller ball bottles so you can roll it on like perfume. It was easy and sparkly, and so having bought a bunch of supplies, I will likely be giving little glittery gifts to people for the next few months. Do not doubt my commitment to sparkle motion.

D. I thought I'd found a vid I'd been hoping someone had made, but it turned out to suffer from talking throughout (why is this so popular now? it just jars me right out of the vid when the talky meat starts talking.) so really, someone should make a Star Wars ladies vid to "Castle" without any dialogue to interfere.

5. For the January talking meme, [personal profile] innie_darling asked me If you could, right now, create a TV show and have complete control (it would either be you or people you've picked) over the writing, casting, directing, etc., what would that show be?

I've thought about this a lot and while there are no really original ideas I want, and without repeating the Gotham Central and Blue Beetle ideas, I thought about an Organa family political style drama, and a live action show where we see Ahsoka's life between the end of the novel and the beginning of Rebels, but what I really want (and I kind of can't decide between them) is this:

♦ "Does Whatever a Spider Can!" with Peter Parker as a married 30yo high school bio teacher trying to keep body and soul together while he mentors Miles Morales and Anya Sofia Corazon as teenage superheroes, since no one else is willing to do it. There could be appearances by the Young Avengers and Rikki Barnes. ELI COULD BE A RECURRING CHARACTER. but mostly it would be Peter and Miles trying to get through the day as teacher and student and be superheroes at night while working in a world that doesn't really appreciate them. I would keep Andrew Garfield as Peter and find a new kid to be Miles, and film it in Queens as it should be filmed. Maybe let Greg Weisman write it, since he seemed to get Spidey in Spectacular Spider-Man?

♦ "Keeping Up with the Waynes," the Batfamily hangout sitcom, probably centered on Alfred's POV, with Bruce (played by Jon Hamm) sort of an occasional presence, but really more concerned with various Batgirls and Robins in their various incarnations and split between stately Wayne Manor and the Wayne Tower penthouse/bunker, featuring Dick, Babs, Jason, Tim, Steph, Cass, Damian, and Duke, with occasional appearances by other characters - Tam and Lucius Fox, Helena and Dinah, Kate and Renee, Maps Mizoguchi, Kon and Bart, etc. But not focused on the superheroics. Like, maybe there'd be some detective work, but it'd mostly be in the background as they ate waffles and complained about having to get bloodstains out of leather and write papers/attend galas/run Wayne Enterprises etc. with Alfred watching over them benevolently. We'd see Dick as the society darling of the paparazzi, Steph and Jason both in school - Steph unsure of a path or major or even why she's there at all, but Jason studying sociology and planning to be a social worker, Tim having long since graduated and running Wayne Enterprises, Babs as Oracle, and Cass in her ballet classes and maybe working with little kids somehow, Damian's disdain for school and the series of hilariously escalating notes he forges to get him out of class.

I feel like the dialogue here should be Sorkin-y, so let Sorkin write it but have someone else direct and run the show, but have it be separate from the Berlanti-verse shows, so it could be its own thing.

Not terribly original, but definitely fun if done right! *g*

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I am not calling this new group taking over the executive function of government an administration. I am calling it an occupation, by people unwanted by the majority of us, and obtained through illegal and unethical means. It is a coup, obtained through the assistance of an unfriendly foreign state -- and as such deserved and requires resistance.

(no subject)

Jan. 21st, 2017 01:40 pm
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The Russian long game -- what the Kremlin wants, and how we can fight it.

The leaders in the Kremlin don’t care about any individual American winning or losing. They care about America as a nation losing....Perhaps the hardest thing for all of us to wrap our heads around: No matter what is true or not, and no matter what information may eventually be confirmed or completely discredited, the Kremlin has successfully created the perception that it has direct influence on the president-elect of the United States, and that he is making decisions in Russia’s best interest. This is an impression that will be enormously hard for Trump to free himself from, absent a coherent policy that is clear on the Russian threat to our country.

Please read the whole thing. It is thoughtful and complex and factual -- and essential.
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Occupation, day 2

DC law groups offer free aid to marchers arrested this weekend.

Obama had bigger crowds. The only inaugural I can think of where this was bigger was GHW Bush, which I attended -- it was well below freezing, with a sharp wind off the Tidal Basin. I stood behind the nearest possible reflecting pool, close enough I could see his hand on the Bible -- and behind me was nobody. A few people to the side, no more. Empty space from me to the Washington Monument and beyond to the Lincoln. I don't know the official number count.

Yes Magazine: Protests are fine -- but here's a to-do list for lasting change.


Calling up our Boddhisattva citizen -- why wisdom, compassion and commitment matter. And not just for Buddhists.

Five yoga practices for surviving this weekend.

On not knowing what's next.


Speechmaking -- an ignored (not lost, but ignored) art yesterday:

George Will (yes, I cannot remember linking to him before, either): A most dreadful inaugural address.

Vanity Fair: Fact-checking Trump's speech.

An inaugural for Red America alone. And no, not Native tribes.

"America First" -- a phrase with ugly Nazi echoes in history.

(no subject)

Jan. 22nd, 2017 02:47 am
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I suspect my new fandom is going to be Lance Bass: Reality TV. My Kitchen Rules is terrible and I love it.

In other competition reality tv, The Great Interior Design Challenge is over and I am so sad. Seriously, they could run that all year round and I would be happy. I'm having that little bit of fun in my new flat working out how I can make myself happier with it. The renting restriction is stymying but also limits the amount of work you can commit yourself to.

My main problem is stuff. I have too much stuff. I got rid of so much stuff before I moved and yet still, there's stuff. I finished building the shelves for my sewing and knitting stuff today. Tomorrow is a trip to the bin room with an enormous amount of flat pack cardboard, plastic and styrofoam. I now have enough allen keys to make a design challenge mobile. Or a robot. Flat pack purchasing options should include a tick box about allen keys although the 'industrial' shelf unit did require two (2) allen keys and a teeny flat spanner for the bolting of some bolts.

In tennis fandom spoilers )
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*fist-bump* to everyone else who's been at/is still at/is getting ready to go to their march, as appropriate to timezone and location.

It was way better than I expected (given that it involved voluntarily going to a place with NOISE and PEOPLE and even sometimes SHOUTING, and that it turned out to be really fucking big). I'm presuming that I'm probably still going to crash with screaming overload shortly, but I'm glad I went.

(Also people liked my sign and that makes me happy.)

Will try to write up a more detailed report at some point in case it's of interest to other people who are considering trying to expand their activisting. But right now, cocooning.
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I turned on the TV to catch the tail end of the inaugural speech. He spoke for about thirty seconds, and then the TV cut off, never to revive.


A metaphor for what's ahead?

You decide.

All I know is the grand I planned to put towards debt went toward a new TV. This administration is already costing me money. *shakes head*


Jan. 21st, 2017 10:17 pm
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Just wanted to put that out there, for my US friends. I feel for you, I'm along on this ride with you, even if I'm not in your country. I will do what I can to support you and I will keep posting here so this community stays strong, so you have a place to retreat to, to spread information through, and to feel as safe as you can.

I can't get to a march, but I've got my pussyhat made and ready to wear: Pussyhat Project.

Okay, it looks a bit lavender, but it's pale pink on the top, I swear )

For More Joy Day, I have linkspam:

- [community profile] 100words - a drabble com, yay!
100 Words @ DW

- Giving a friend's etsy a boost: [ profile] gilascave
James, aka zortified or gilafied, is a long-time fan who, in addition to writing fanfic, makes things with fabric! Tote bags, quilts, and more. The shop is Gilascave on Etsy, , and right now there is a 10% off coupon available through the end of January!

- Fandom Snowflake Challenge – Day 12
Day Twelve at [community profile] snowflake_challenge was to nominate fannish communities:
In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I wasn't doing the challenge this year, but I thought I'd link to Day Twelve for others who weren't following it or who are new to Dreamwidth, because there are a lot of good comms linked there.

- [DW, LJ, Patreon] Welcome Back to Social Journaling
Another link about adjusting to Dreamwidth when you're more used to using apps like Facebook and so on, via [personal profile] umadoshi. I want you to feel at home here, all you new peeps! I like my flist being full and long.

- via [personal profile] misbegotten, ‘Constantine’ Returning as Animated CW Seed Series With Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is going to voice John Constantine in an animated series, omg yay!

- Cuddles for Comfort 2017 banner
A cuddle fic meme! Cuddle for Comfort!!

- from [personal profile] nenya_kanadka: 13 LGBTQ Comics to Look Forward to in 2017. America Chavez!!

- from [personal profile] spikedluv via [community profile] snowflake_challenge: Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 11
A bunch of Captive Prince vids. I DID NOT REALISE THIS WAS A THING. I DID NOT. OMG. (Also vids for The Raven Boys, which I haven't read, but how much do I love that fandom just goes and makes vids for things with no visual canon? THIS MUCH.)

- Rogue swan’s reign of terror leaves lake’s model boaters in a fowl mood.
This motherfucking swan is smashing up motherfucking boats. I think we found Voltswan's nemesis! (Voltswan is the name we have given to a local GI-FUCKING-NORMOUS swan that may also be made up of five swans.)

- Early breaking meme for 2017: I LIK THE BREAD, from Health Inspectors of Reddit, what's the worst violation you've ever seen?:
My stepdad used to be a baker in an authentic recreation of an 18th century New French fortress. Because they sell bread to the public, the health inspector came by, and she was ripping into my stepdad for violations like the stonework walls, the doorless entranceways, or the lack of a mosquito zapper. He pointed out that they were following the highest standards except for things that would destroy the authenticity of this 18th-century bakery. The health inspector relented and agreed to give him a pass after verifying the food storage area was secure. They went to the shed, which was a doorless building attached to the bakery. As the health inspector went in, there happened to be an escaped cow licking all of the loaves. My stepdad could only say, "Honestly, this never happens." They passed the health inspection.

tl;dr: Health inspector witnesses escaped farm animal licking all the bread in a bakery, passes health inspection anyway

Which spawned this genius from Sam Garland:

my name is Cow,
and wen its nite,
or wen the moon
is shiyning brite,
and all the men
haf gon to bed -
i stay up late.

i lik the bred.

fail_fandom had a good summary yesterday, including a spin-off into Imperial Radch fandom, and some excellently phrased wank.

My favourite, via Ann Leckie:

my name is catte
and i hav found
that wen the moon
is big n round
the humans sleep
all nite in bed
and do not kis me
on my hed
so i can plot
my onle wish
to sumhow, sumday
eat the fish

Daily Happiness

Jan. 21st, 2017 01:23 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. It rained so much today. So much! And there was so much leaking at work, which was less happy-making and more of a huge pain in the ass, but I'm still excited about all this rain. At least we don't have any leaks at home.

2. Each day brings the kitties a little closer. Today Molly and Jasper were both chilling on the sofa together for a little while. Not cuddled up or anything, but it's progress!

3. I got my W-2 today at work and came home and did my taxes right away and now I just sit back and wait for the refunds to roll in! It's enough to pay off one more credit card, so I'm excited about that.

4. We got this little scratching post/perch a few months back on clearance at Target and the girls played with the attached feathery toy until it was destroyed (which took very little time) and completely ignored the scratching post and perch aspects of it, but Jasper is loving it. He hops up on top and likes to look around.

That escalated quickly.

Jan. 21st, 2017 12:59 am
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It turns out that my dinner crew can get from "I'm not going to make this rude gesture because there are children present" to "Donald Trump could fist ducks" and it took less than 5 minutes.


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