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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," and "kintsukuroi."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22.

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Poem: "Collateral Damages"

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 11:09 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. This also fills the "red" square in the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. This poem belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, an immediate sequel to "Buttoned Up."

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Character Agency

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 09:14 pm
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Here's a wonderful article that explains character agency.  A majority of stories that suck have a problem with absent agency; the characters get railroaded.  This is not fun.

I on the other hand like characters who can get into trouble on their own, and audiences who can suggest exciting trouble into which characters can get.  Nothing is more entertaining than having someone say, "Hey, there's a six-foot-wide mud puddle over there," and the main character goes, "Nah, I'd rather burn down the barn instead."  Or whatever.

Arigatou!

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 08:49 pm
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Those of you who know Japanese:

I'm watching an episode of the new series of Mushishi, and after Ginko is rescued by a farmer and given a meal by the farmer's wife, he thanks her by saying what sounds to me sort of like "Arigatey" instead of the usual "Arigatou." Is this a variant, an accent, a dialect, or what?

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Wed, Jul. 23rd, 2014 01:08 pm
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May partner was watching a documentary the other evening on sleep and dreams, and there was a section on lucid dreaming. It's fascinating to me that it's potentially possible for brains to do that; I think it would be interesting to experience.

Last night I dreamt I was riding around the streets in the area where I used to live on a small purple bicycle with straight handlebars. I rode around for a bit and then I noticed I was riding a larger red bicycle with swept-back handlebars. I was surprised that the bike had changed while I was riding it; I also had a very strong feeling that there was something very important to remember about why bicycles don't change into different bicycles and what it meant that this had happened. I struggled to work out what it was that I needed to remember, what vital fact this clue was telling me - I wrestled hard with it, but the crowd of children running behind me distracted me and I forgot what I was trying to do.

Every time I'm reminded that lucid dreaming exists I seem to have one of these dreams; this one was the closest I've got so far, with not just the realisation that something odd and impossible had happened, but the knowledge that I could deduce something from the impossibility, even though I didn't quite get to the answer. Odd sights in dreams (day into night, childhood home attached to current garden) don't seem to trigger any realisation, but things that feel wrong do. Both bicycles in my dream are real ones that I'm familiar with riding (though only one is mine) and they feel very different, with different riding positions and gears.

Story: "Marketing Concerns in Mad Science"

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 04:22 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This story came out of a discussion between me and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, with contributions from both of us; it's so short, I don't want to muck around trying to divide a price. It also fills "The Classics Freestyle" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This story contains some rude language, weapons of mass destruction, references to crazy supervillains, and super-gizmologists with a shortage of common sense. Consider your tastes before you click through.

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Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 05:22 pm
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This Site is Cyberstalking Your Cat For Your Own Good.

Essentially, iknowwhereyourcatlives.com is educating you about the dangers of posting images directly from your smartphone or other device (which encodes the GPS position into the image) to the web, which can show a determined cyberstalker where you are or have been.

On the other side: pictures of cats!

HOLY SHIT

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 05:52 pm
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[personal profile] cadenzamuse
You guys.

T. got his dream job.

We're moving to the Midwest, near my in-laws (and I can unironically say that I really adore my in-laws), to where T. went for college.

I will be able to go to grad school.

We will not starve to death.

We're moving away from my parents (sad).

I am a roiling bubbling mess of emotions (although I still am going to look into all your lovely ideas for jobs).

T. keeps calling people and telling them "I get to shoot things with lasers! I get to do 'real science!'"

I keep calling people and babbling confused things, half terrified...no wait, all terrified, although happy too.

Sad I'm moving away from my church, and D&D group, and favorite yarn store, and my city which is one of the best foodie cities in the States.

I have no idea what I'm thinking. I want to order ALL THE YARN from my current LYS.

In conclusion: HOLY SHIT.

P.S. Oh wait, I should add that we're totally fucking getting season tickets to Blue Jackets games. (T. does not know this yet, but I totally fucking will.) So, you know, if you're in the area, hit us up.

what I'm reading, about to read

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:45 am
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The Fault In Our Stars, John Green.

I can't say how well this book portrays teenagers with cancer because I'm not one, but a friend whose niece did have cancer really liked it and said he got it right. It really felt like he did - the guilt that Hazel, the 17 year old narrator, feels about that pain her death is going to cause her parents; her parents' smothering and hovering; her wise-beyond-her-years cynical attitude.

I liked it; both Hazel and Augustus are utterly charming and dear (and yet feel realistic because Augustus reminds me of my godson) and it's a sweet story. I was glad it was more than that, too, with some twists and turns and suspense.

The one thing I didn't like, ironically, was Augustus' feelings for Hazel. To instantly fall into a crush and after what, three or four get-togethers, want to do a life-changing thing for her - it's certainly romantic, but for me that's not love. They don't even know each other well enough to really be in love. It was almost like Twilight though not as creepy because at least Hazel is smart and interesting in ways Bella can only dream of. But at this point in the story, Augustus doesn't even know her well enough to know how smart, etc., she is.

I think you have to know somebody for a while and see them at their worst - these two don't even have any fights, for god's sake. Maybe this is a YA convention I'm not used to. Hazel's doubts and slow realization of her feelings felt more right. So the ending wasn't the glorious climax for me that I suppose it was for other people. That's okay, I found plenty to like. But I don't think I'll bother re-reading this and a friend's son wants it, so that works out fine.

Now I'm reading 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann, and I'm really enjoying it. Been a while since I read a history book.
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Seeing as how [livejournal.com profile] mylittleredgirl and I are discussing [livejournal.com profile] sparktober, which we do every now and again, I got nostalgic for SGA/SG1 fic. Specifically, for telepathy and soulbonding fics.

Any chance that anyone here can rec them? ETA: Rec your own, if you've written it!

To be fair, I'm not just looking for Elizabeth/John fic, but for basically any SGA or SG1 soulbonding or telepathy fic. Help, please?

(Er, except I am not looking for Jack/Daniel or Sheppard/McKay fics. Nothing wrong with them! Just not my cup of tea.)

So...

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:42 am
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Anyone up for a free Kindle ebook on Jane Austen? What Matters in Jane Austen?. Basically, I bought it for my mom as it was $1.99 and it turns out that she already has it, so she didn't redeem the code. So it's up for grabs!

If more than 1 person wants it, tomorrow I'll do a random-number draw.

A bullet-point update whynot

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 11:14 am
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- First off, I guess, A lot of my brainspace is taken up with WisCon stuff right now. If anyone is wondering why I seem oddly quiet about this (in any space), I assure you it's because I'm reading just about every bit of discussion and processing a lot. I'm speaking up (mostly on the concom list) when I feel I have an actually constructive point to contribute. That's about all I'm going to say on it specifically/in a general way for now.

- Our WoW guild retreat is this week! In fact, we are leaving tonight after work. Prior retreats have mostly been held in Tennessee or Kentucky -- this year, it's actually in Ohio (Hocking Hills area), which means that it's only about a 2 hour drive (last year's was something more like 6). And one of the positive side effects of having my summer classes canceled is that instead of me only being able to go from Friday afternoon to Sunday, I can go for nearly the whole week. YAY.

- For the retreat, I did some seriously epic baking this weekend & last night. On Sunday I made about 18 doz cookies total. Last night I made my favorite orange bourbon cake. Since several folks asked when I tweeted about it, I've put the recipe under the cut:Read more... )

- There are some other things going on behind the scenes that I am trying to be optimistic about. Camp NaNo is.. not going super well, but I'm okay with that. I've been knitting and reading a lot. Things are generally pretty decent this week, as far as my personal life is concerned. :)

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Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:21 am
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Scott was running late last night, so we had pizza. He and Cordelia together finished off a medium thin crust pizza. Scott says that next time they'll have to get a large because they were both still hungry afterward. I, of course, had pizza leftover. I get a small (regular crust) all to myself because I can't handle any of the sauces that Cottage Inn offers, not without significant risk of reflux. These days, Cordelia won't touch pizza without some sort of sauce. She prefers Alfredo or ranch while Scott likes barbecue.

I am thinking to send Cordelia to Subway on her bike some day this week to buy us lunch. She both likes the idea and is intimidated, more by Subway than by the trip there. I pulled up the menu so that Cordelia could look at it and decide what she wants (I think going in knowing just what to order will go a long way to overcoming her anxiety), and I was sad to see that they no longer have the seafood and crab sub. I loved that one. Ah, well. Some of the other subs look good. Given the pizza last night, I will probably wait until late in the week.

I put chai on the grocery list last weekend. Scott bought two kinds, one in tea bags and one powdered. I haven't tried the kind in tea bags yet, but Cordelia and I tried the powdered. It's pretty tasty. I'm going to leave it for Cordelia to drink, however, because I don't need the calories from the sugar and creamer (Just stopping drinking sweetened tea and juice and pop has stopped me from gaining more weight. That's all I wanted). It's tempting, but I think I can resist.

My sort of plan to exchange Sit and Be Fit for time on the treadmill is on hold. Scott says, and I know he's right, that the basement needs cleaning first. The corner where the treadmill is is piled with stuff, books, furniture that needs to be repaired, a small mattress. I think I could get to the treadmill and use it anyway, but it would be a challenge. I need to make Cordelia pick up her toys. Then we need to sweep and/or vacuum. There are mouse turds near the stairs (which makes me wonder if we have more mice and they simply haven't come upstairs). I'm considering asking our cleaning lady if she can give us an extra hour some week to work on the basement with me. If nothing else, she could get spiderwebs off the bookshelves so that I can put away the piles of books. She'd also help me get past being so intimidated by what needs to be done that I can't even start.

:-)

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 02:53 pm
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That mantle sulphides doc I wrote up based on having gone "no, you know what, this stuff is important and we should think about it"? My supervisor agrees to the extent that she's intending to use it as the basis for a grant application and setting up some more potentially exciting collaborations for me. And while the writing deffo stands to be improved, I actually got "good" scrawled on the thing at a couple of points.

This really massively feels like a major milestone in terms of The Self As Researcher: it is the first time in my PhD that I have properly gone "nobody has done this before and I think we need to look at it", and -- I was right. I was right and I'm taking ownership of my project and setting direction. I was right and my supervisor is going to write a grant proposal based on my document, and let me see how the thing is done.

Feline Identity Awareness

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 08:01 pm
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Have you sat your cat down and raised the possibility with them that they are a cat? Some cats may lack insight into their condition, and need to be gently brought to an understanding of it. Other cats may have already had their suspicions, and would appreciate affirmation from you on this point. Follow-up is also very important, as many cats will have further questions, and most will need reinforcement on the main concepts.

A much-abbreviated list of woe

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 02:57 am
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
Lost a nice long draft entry about today's shenanigans to a bluescreen. Woe.

Weekend: laundry.
In the service of laundry, ran into a neighbor in the laundry room, chatted. The "doing fireworks" line came up.

Purple was more quiet than usual at lunch, but there was still hilarity. I will sometimes say "come over here so I can hit you" even when I'm sitting right within range, but don't feel like even symbolically punching him. He teased me about it, but very quietly. (I was glad I was sitting next to him rather than across or kitty-corner as is often the case, because he was that quiet, and it's generally pretty loud.) Eventually it came out that he was in a significant amount of pain from a known source. Later there were sheepish fistbumps of solidarity.

Friday marked the launch of the new helpdesk software. One of the things that disappeared in the bluescreen was an unsaved list of mild grievances I have filed against the new software.

Purple: do you ever like new software though?
Azz: ... I, uh. The new Kipper/Llama?
Purple: That doesn't count. that was an update.

Manager: They're getting a lot of people to buy it, somehow! Like one of the guys from [2nd Thursday].
Azz: *squinches eyes, searches* Oh! [firstname lastname, company]
Manager: One of these days your head is going to explode from all the pointless trivia.
Azz: *concedes the point*

I think the two worst are that you don't get an email receipt of your ticket until it's triaged, and that you can't link it to your buddy unless you add them to the ticket. Mr. Zune is regretful, as reading my tickets is a minor source of entertainment.

Purple is expected to be working from home tomorrow afternoon, and then working from home another day due to internet techs paying a visit or some such. It will be more quiet than usual, I suppose!

My manager nearly gave me a heart attack when she said "Friday is my last day," and then paused before continuing "before my vacation." She had advice on the things that get filtered into side boxes; my suggestion that she set a filter to override if the subject contained "READ READ READ" resulted in uproarious and possibly mutinous laughter.

The dude came to test the noise levels in our wing just as the jelly doughnut-based hilarity reached peak. He'll get a quote on insulating the walls against the noise.

Why can't we be more than this now.

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:43 am
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1. Never a dull moment around here! There was a tornado warning in my area earlier; Bro-in-Law's mom called me to make sure I heard about it, after which I very nervously checked the sky for a couple hours afterward. Thankfully, this area being the way it is, none of the cyclone formations touched down, but. Let's just say it was a very exciting evening?

(I don't live in the Midwest. There aren't storm cellars around here. If there had been a real threat of tornadoes, I would have had to try hunkering down in my bathtub.)

2. Another audience participation round: there's a couple posts about Strays. I couldn't remember something I'd left out of the story, so I improvised.

I also spaced that Well, I Guess I Changed For Good was recced in [community profile] fancake a few days ago! Between the meme, the recs, writing BBB, and discussing the two bandom stories I'm going to write for Aka's fanworks drive, I'm having a bandom renaissance! Love it!

3. Actually, related to said renaissance: I listened to Fake Your Death on Sunday. It shouldn't really be worthy of note, but that was the first time I listened to it, and. I don't even know what to say about it except that I did it, and then I listened to my favorite Conventional Weapons songs.

It's still kind of hard for me to listen to MCR just because I love them so intensely. I listened to all of Panic's albums the other night without difficulty because my feelings about them are almost entirely divorced from the songs themselves, but yeah.

(This doesn't extend to playing my MCR DLC on Rocksmith, though. Na Na Na is one of the most fun songs to play ever on rhythm guitar, and bass on WTTBP is an endurance trial, but a great one.)

Poem: "Friendship Is Important"

Tue, Jul. 22nd, 2014 02:12 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is kind of an elegy, thus posted free. It fills the "coma" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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