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Last yuletide's fic

May. 3rd, 2018 | 08:06 pm
mood: amusedamused
music: Steampunk Revolution - Abney Park

I have just remembered that I also completely forgot to post my Yuletide story here this year! Of course, not posting means I also did not subject you all to my usual impending deadline freak out, so there's a bright side for you. In case you were wondering, though, yes, I totally started writing this the day before it was due. But isn't that a beloved tradition at this point? You may also read it at AO3 if you prefer.

Title: Fair White Wings of Imagination as Bases of Profound Physical Inquiries
Fandom: Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
Rating: G
Pairing: Gen
Warnings: None
Words: 4,933
Disclaimer: This is not my sandbox.
Feedback: Would be pretty spiffy.
Motes: For omphale23. Footnotes are in mouseover and also at the end of the text just in case your browser or device does not support mouseover footnotes.

Summary: The Extinction Equation predicts our Dire Doom! Which is to say, the Empire doesn't make mathematical sense, according to the Engine. But surely the amazing powers of three geniuses can save us all!

Wherein There is a Tragical Conclusion Marvelously Averted by the Powers of Science, With Interesting & Curious Anecdotes of Eccentric and Distinguished Characters Fully Illustrating a Variety of Instructive and Amusing Scenes as Performed Within and Without the Remarkable DIFFERENCE ENGINE.

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Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 9th, 2017 | 01:18 am
mood: excitedexcited

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Dear Yuletide author

Oct. 8th, 2016 | 05:10 am
mood: excitedexcited
music: Friction - Imagine Dragons

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As my reward for posting, I get a cookie!

Sep. 18th, 2016 | 02:39 am
mood: productive
music: The Logical Song - Supertramp

The quote of the day is: “When all is said and done, we exist only in relation to the world, and our senses evolved as scouts who bridge that divide and provide volumes of information, warnings and rewards.” — Diane Ackerman

I don't think I've mentioned this to y'all before, but I am a firm believer in operant conditioning. It's useful on any animal, including humans, and it's one of the few things that I find can produce long-term changes in behavior. Many biologists and therapists would be nodding along with me so far. The part that many people seem to think is weird is that I use it on myself. I have a system of rewards and punishments for my life, and I'm pretty good about dispensing them as needed. (It's important to have both the positive and negative, I find, to reinforce desired behaviors and discourage undesired with maximum effectiveness.) I think that's how I get through what is frankly ridiculous over-scheduling and over-commitment. I feel like this is a totally reasonable, logical life plan and not weird in the least. So why do so many people react like I'm doing something crazy when I mention this as my life hack?

And today, for day 6 of the fic meme (one day left to go!), something for a minor fandom/pairing/character. This is easy, because Yuletide, crossovers, and general contrariness. Or hard, because spoiled for choice. I'm going with A Vermillion to One, my Eddie/Monty Keen Eddie story from Yuletide 2007. It's not the smallest fandom I've ever written, but it's pretty close. After writing it, I realized that it's the longest story this fandom ever produced. I wonder if that's still true? I really need to post the sequel I still have kicking around on paper one of these days.

And your three shiny links of the day are:
1) This talk on how architecture can heal is surprising and profound in the very best ways. I actually got a bit misty at a few points.
2) This article on how our higher rate of PTSD comes from our lack of tribal connection is interesting and rings very true for me. I have always felt the need for a pack; it makes me feel right. Given the popularity of found families and team love tropes in our media, I believe that I am not alone.
3) And speaking of training, programmers are working on teaching computers to feel suspense. We're coming closer to full AIs, I tell you what.

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Feminism and zombies - two great tastes that go great together!

Sep. 12th, 2016 | 11:51 pm
mood: working
music: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves - Eurythmics

The quote of the day is: “The simple, stupefying truth that, as a woman, I am a minute ocean, in the dark tropic of whose womb eggs lay coded as roe, floating in the sea that wet-nursed us all, moved me deeply.” — Diane Ackerman

Hey, wasn't this MacGyver reboot supposed to have a female star? I swear I remember hearing that back when the reboot was first announced. What the hell happened with that? I would have been much more excited about that.

Also, we're on day 4 of the fic meme, which is something I made just for myself. That's difficult, because as it turns out I don't do that often. But I did that 'Verse War Z project all for myself, because zombies and multifannishness are me right down to the ground. I asked people to prompt me with fandoms, true, but still. So have the first entry in the project, 'Verse War Z Day 1: Unspeakable
This is established relationship Mal/Simon slash, rated PG, and kind of creepy, as you should expect. The plague starts in the Core, but works its inevitable way toward the Rim.

And your three shiny links of the day are:
1) Speaking of women, I believe I posted a while ago about supporting the Ordinary Women project. Their first short vid is out! This one is about Emma Goldman, a revolutionary and firebrand. I love that all the women they're profiling in this project are less well known but very important, and that they're particularly working on representing the lives and achievements of a broad spectrum of women.
2) Speaking of feminism, did you know that South Korea is having a gamergate of its own? Because why hog all that ugliness for ourselves, I suppose.
3) And apropos of nothing except how much it amuses me, try this article about how you can boost your mood by smelling the body odor of a happy person.

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Gifts make fandom go round

Sep. 10th, 2016 | 09:17 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman

The quote of the day is: “If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.” — Ernest Hemingway

Today, I am excited about Yuletide noms! Who's participating this year? What are y'all thinking about nominating? I'm still whittling down my list - and, to be honest, strategically waiting to see if some of my list gets nommed by other people first. Seven of my nine Yuletides were unmitigated delights, and the other two were still worth it. So if you're on the fence, I say go for it!

And I also give you day 3 of the fic meme: something I made for someone else. Thinking about this prompt made it abruptly obvious to me that almost everything I have written in fandom has been gift fic. So I guess I will give you the very first gift fic I ever wrote. Also? It was my first graphic slash, so there's that.

Full Circle
Written for [profile] beadattitude, rated NC-17, Angel/Wesley, sequel to "Turning in a Tightening Gyre," which I actually wrote later. It's set after "Not Fade Away" when there's a lot of issues to resolve, a little brooding to do, and some distracted Latin to babble in the heat of the moment. This fic won Best Slash in round 4 of The Fang Fetish Awards, and won in the Wesley category in round 4 of the Serenity on the Hellmouth Awards.

Your three shiny links of the day are:
1) Check out this musically talented elephant with therapeutic shoes. And be sure to play the vid of her harmonica concert down at the bottom - that's the best part.
2) Speaking of unexpected arts forms, there is also a guy who creates cosmic art with things from his kitchen.
3) And speaking of art, this beautiful talk by photographer Angélica Dass about her project to document the true colors of humanity is a lovely testament to the real complexities of human identity and the artificiality of the divisions we make amongst ourselves.

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Day 2, the red-headed stepchild

Sep. 8th, 2016 | 11:26 pm
music: How You Like Me Now? - The Heavy

The quote of the day is: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt

You know what I need? A cruise buddy. Gwyd and I can't vacation together easily - not with these dogs. And most of my in-town friends either a) get really seasick, b) are strapped for cash, or c) have young children. I miss the boat; I love cruises. Yeah, I know: another high-class problem. I tell you, one of the best things about middle age is that I have more of those and less of the desperate kind. I fear old age will probably tip the balance back the other way.

And in Day 2 of the fannish self-promotion meme, I give you something new. Well, not that new; it was last year's Yuletide fic. But the thing is, I'm unconflicted about the fics I wrote this year. But this one was for a prompt I wasn't quite feeling (not squicked by or anything, you understand, just not what I felt like writing with those characters), and it's the only Yuletide fic I've ever written on which the recipient never commented at all. So I still feel weird about this story, and that makes me want to poke at it. Or, you know, post it in a meme. And of course Yuletide is also on my mind because of the noms opening soon. So here, have Manifest Destiny. It's Stargate Universe Rush-centered gen in which Destiny makes a deal with Eli to alter Rush's brain just a bit. For the greater good, of course.

Your three shiny links of the day are:
1) I get a good chortle out of the 2015 Winners of the Worst Sentence and Worst Puns. Can I leave my humanity card in the Volvo, too?
2) This talk on how our body language actually changes our hormones and our moods is fascinating. And it will probably make you hyper-aware of your body all day.
3) For the chefs and foodies among you, this article on how class, politics, and fashion shaped European cuisine is an interesting bit of little-known history. It explains a hell of a lot about the difference between Medieval and contemporary cuisine, for one thing.

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A decade in fannish years equals what in regular time?

Sep. 8th, 2016 | 01:49 am
mood: busy
music: A Long Time Ago - Concrete Blonde

The quote of the day is: “To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” — Edmund Burke

I have very little time tonight, so I'm just going to check in with y'all with a brief meme I snagged ages ago from brutti_ma_buoni: I think that many of us like talking about our and linking to our work but are embarrassed to do so without excuse, so I am making us an excuse. Behold, the Seven Days of Self-Promotion Meme, inspired by another recent meme but with more categories, all obviously customizable as you see fit. Notice that the categories are very broad, so you can talk about your art or vids or meta or whatever if you don't write fic.

The Days:
1. Something old
2. Something new
3. Something you made for someone else
4. Something you made just for yourself
5. Something for a major fandom/pairing/character
6. Something for a minor fandom/pairing/character
7. Something you're just really proud of

And then other people can read your discussion and follow your links to your fanworks (and maybe comment on them?) and you can read their discussion and follow their links and comment on them, and it will all be lovely.

So, day 1, something old. I give you Fade to Black, which I wrote for the now-gone scififan151852 a little more than ten years ago. It was one of my earliest stories, it was the first to start winning awards, it was the first to go into triple digit comments, and it was PG-13 Angel/Spike. I think of it as kind of a loose sequel to “Sweets,” which was actually the second fic I ever posted, but it can stand alone just fine. It's set after the events of “Not Fade Away," when our heroes were left in an alley fighting overwhelming odds and snarking amongst themselves. But in my story that’s okay, because Spike has a plan. Sort of. This fic won the Bite Me (best Spike characterization) and Judges' Choice: Dream Awards in round 13 of the Shadows and Dust Fanfiction Awards; it also won Best Spike Characterization in the Serenity on the Hellmouth Awards.

Your three shiny links of the day are:
1) I love found families, especially for people who need them most. So I delight in the story of Casa Ruby, a chosen family for transpeople who need a home.
2) I've been holding off on posting y'all a link to the letter the Stanford victim wrote to her rapist. It's powerful and painful, and I wasn't sure of the right time for that. But I think there will probably never be a time that's comfortable for it, and that is entirely the point. So, trigger warnings, but here it is; brace yourselves before reading.
3) And to make you feel a little less raw after that, try watching science woman heroes. It's hopeful and celebratory, and it reminds us that role models are important for young women, so that they can imagine what paths might be open for them in science.

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Hooker grilled cheese

Sep. 6th, 2016 | 11:59 pm
mood: amusedamused
music: Mouth - Merril Bainbridge

The quote of the day is: “Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.” — George Carlin

I went out to a gastropub with a friend and had what I must admit was the finest grilled cheese sandwich I have ever tasted. I mean, there was fresh challah, parmesan butter, havarti, and smoked tomato jelly; does that not sound amazing? But I came home and declared this to Gwyd, who is in charge of making grilled cheese at our house.

Gwyd: Fine! See if I ever make you grilled cheese again!
Me: I'm not saying your grilled cheese isn't really awesome. I don't love it any less.
Gwyd: Sure, it's just the convenient, slutty grilled cheese you'll slum it with when you can't get the real thing! I see how it is. Mine is the other cheese!
Me: No, no, honey, your grilled cheese is the married grilled cheese I can come home and be comfortable with. Their grilled cheese is the hooker grilled cheese I sneak out to see and have to pay for. Maybe if I were getting enough cheese at home...
Gwyd: Not helping!

Yeah, this is how we roll at my house. Also, now I have to make apology blueberry pie tomorrow.

And your three shiny links of the day are:
1) I kind of love the story of the accidental discovery of phosphorous. It includes urine and alchemy, so how can it not be fun?
2) This TED talk on the gospel of doubt is truly powerful and deeply profound, and also simply beautiful in its humble honesty and exquisite eloquence.
3) Also, for your viewing interest, try women's historically ideal body types starting from Ancient Egypt.

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Marvelverse fic

Jun. 15th, 2016 | 09:53 pm
mood: accomplished
music: Shape of My Heart - Sting

So, I did that trope prompt fic thing a while back, and I may not be fast, but I get there eventually. Today's is for [personal profile] umbo, who asked for Marvelverse Clit/Phil telepathy/soulbond fic. It's kind of not the drabble I meant it to be, though, because I have mad love for telepathy/soulbond fics. Oops? Russian translation is both in mouseover and at the end of the text.

Title: Quantum Entanglement
Fandom: Marvel, mostly movieverse with maybe a bit of comics canon
Rating: R
Pairing: Clint/Phil
Words: 6,882
Disclaimer: This is not my sandbox.
Feedback: Would be pretty spiffy.
Summary: The funny thing – and by funny, Clint means weird, but also kind of ha-ha, in retrospect – is that it takes over a week to figure out that he and Coulson are telepathically bonded. It seems like the sort of thing that should have been obvious from the get-go, but neither of them notice; the thousand little ways they've gotten used to reading each other over the years are almost like telepathy, after all.

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