Poem: "The Cutting Edge"

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 02:47 pm
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This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "no honor among thieves" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] curiosity. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some tense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is incarceration, reference to lingering damage from previous injuries, explicit self-harm, blaming others, psychological manipulation with intent to harm, negative coping methods in general, and use of superpowers for petty mischief. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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Now Available: Eternity in a Touch!

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 11:50 am
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POD Eternity in a Touch Ebook Cover 02
Exploration of new worlds delighted Berenike. They'd yet to find one that would make an acceptable colony but she enjoyed the process of discovery. Until they landed on one bleak grey world and discovered something so far beyond her expectations that Berenike feared for her and her team's survival.

Eternity in a Touch is a SF exploration of time, space and the urge to connect that spans worlds and utterly different species that is sure to entrance you.

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Whoot! I got another one up! This one is SF with an all-female crew (literally, the whole generation ship is filled with women, no men) and there's alien pets getting love. Because pets are happiness. *firm nod*

Hope you enjoy if you choose to read!

Lunch today...

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 06:57 pm
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 ... was pork loin with fennel and fish pie, which sounded a weird combination on the menu board, but absolutely worked. Yum!


Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 12:42 pm
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My new PSP charger came. It didn't work. ; ; So it must be something wrong with the PSP itself. As of now I have 17 minutes of battery life left, so we're pretty much dead.

My life has already changed because of this. I've been going to bed really early (for me) because normally I would be on the PSP browsing FFXIAH but I can't do that now and there's only so much knitting and crocheting I can handle in a day. So I go to bed. But it's hard to fall asleep because I am effectively going to bed a mere 12 hours after I get up and I'm just not that tired yet. So I lay there for over an hour. Bleh.


Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 06:33 pm
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 The tree at the bottom of my garden just opened up its leaf buds* today, this makes me happy.  There are also a handful of rather premature ** irises in bloom.

* as it's a 60-70 foot lime, that's a lot of leaves.
** premature as there's about 50 more haven't even started their flower spike yet.

Trying for a write-in

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 11:12 am
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I signed up for a local SpecFic Write-In, where a bunch of us have showed up at a cafe to work at our various laptops and notebooks and sketchpads. I haven't written in ages, but I'm gonna try to get back into the swing of things.

I wanna write Melissa, so here's a quick Negative Coping Techniques bingo card )

And in case it comes, Positive Coping Techniques for the urban fantasy crowd )

Fic in the comments, hopefully.

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Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 11:17 am
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I'm trying the lighter brace this morning. I already have a problem with it-- Bending my foot as I walk hurts. That is, in fact, the main thing that hurts when I walk. This brace is great at supporting my ankle but does nothing at all for my foot. I'm also finding that, as I sit at my laptop, I tend to rest my toes on the floor and lift my heels which, of course, bends my foot in a way that hurts. I can't do that when I'm wearing the boot. I don't know. I'll probably be back to the boot later in the day and be glad of it, even if it is uncomfortable, too.

Scott had to work late last night. We weren't expecting it, but one of the guys on second shift had a family emergency (his mother was in an accident) and couldn't come in. On the plus side, Scott working late got him out of working today or tomorrow, so there's that.

I managed to cut up the chicken so that Cordelia and I could put it on salad greens for dinner. There was enough left for Scott to have some, too, when he finally got home. Cordelia didn't complain nearly as much as she usually does. She was unhappy, earlier in the day, when I wouldn't let her eat any of the burger buns. I pointed out that Scott will probably make turkey burgers again this week and that one package of ground turkey generally makes four burgers. That's exactly how many buns we have left, so I want to save them.

I've been thinking about [community profile] metanews policies. We pretty much always ask for permission before we link anything on LJ, DW, or AO3 (the exception is an LJ or DW account that is clearly identified as an author's professional journal. Even then, we'd probably ask. The only reason this exception came up is that we wanted to link to a post with comments turned off that was written by an author who had blocked PMs). We don't ask permission for Tumblr (I'm not even sure how we could) or blogs. Most people say yes, but some people do say no or don't respond at all. If we get no response, we hold the potential link for two weeks and then delete it because we figure that a silence that long is meant to be a no.

I do think that LJ and DW, for most people, have a certain expectation of a relatively small audience, so I think asking permission makes sense. I'm always a little sad when someone says no, but I can understand not wanting a sudden influx of strangers. I'm not so convinced that we should ask about things posted unlocked on AO3-- That's a very public forum and doesn't come with the same expectation of a controlled audience that LJ and DW do. Of course, we haven't done anything with AO3 since the first week of March because the person who was doing that had to quit. I just didn't feel like I had the time to pick that one up, too.

Belated FOGcon entry, for Sunday March 8th

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 12:48 am
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Despite it having been timechange weekend, I had got to bed early, and then woke up disgustingly early, fully perky and ready to get things done. I had a leisurely morning where I did not feel obligated to do any of the things, just get dressed and pack. It was fortunate that I'd woken early, as all of my alarms were set to only go off when I'm at home, and be silent when I'm elsewhere (like at work, but also at hotel). I hauled my stuff downstairs, checked out, and then realized that the valet queue was ridiculous. I promptly found a chair, parked my bags, and joined lobbycon.

I got a chance to chat with Wendy; that was nice.

I saw [livejournal.com profile] ckd; the name on the badge didn't mean much to me, but the blue shark picture did. "Oh!" I said. I know that shark! You are a helpful person who I have known in passing for years! So that was nice. He passed along greetings on behalf of [personal profile] aedifica as well.

Having seen him sillydrunk and being a fucking perfect unicorn the night before, it was no surprise that Naamen was gloriously hung-over.

The next little circle over was having a fascinating conversation about Supernatural. I had thoughts and feelings. It was thus that I met [twitter.com profile] geardrops and [twitter.com profile] doriangrayscale.

For the record, my feelings about Supernatural season 5 episode 22 are as follows:

I was recommended "I Feel Better", by Hot Chip, which is … a bit surreal. I think this was around when lunch arrived, because Carrie had fries, and they were very very hot. There was basically nothing vegan on the menu, which is unfortunate.

Seanan had been Out of Town, but made an appearance for Lobbycon, in all her mantis shrimp rainbow hair glory. It was very good to see her!

We got around to exchanging twitter handles, and mentioned our strategies for dealing with some of the low-content sorts of people who seem to exist to recycle the same five links every three hours on Twitter. I was abruptly reminded of something I'd seen during an [off-topic] discussion of home automation.

"They're -- tweeting like a lightbulb," I said in disgust, and then had to explain.

Emma and Cynthia came back through, and that was great. Topics included Janelle Monae (yay afrofuturist art) and so many books and shiny things. There is a tool that will let you know when bands you like are going to be local to you, but I am not sure where to find it. I need to check out http://www.elizabethwein.com/sunbird . I did not know that Ellen Kushner had written not just one but several Choose Your Own Adventure books: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Kushner#Choose_Your_Own_Adventure_books

At some point after the valet line had cleared out, I retrieved Vash to load most of the heavy things.

Shweta and husband re-appeared also, and I went fishing for mippos with my party cane. (I have a cane with a rainbow tie-dye scarf attached to the front, and I had added a little book of paper for the con.)

Eventually it came time for the wrap party. That included some review of what had gone well, and who needed to either be sat down with a sock in his mouth or shown the door.

So there was a panel (which I didn't wind up going to, but sounded very interesting if I'd actually been making it to any panels) about how Whitey Brings Civilization is a toxic meme in general, and maybe when we're writing we might not want to do that thing.

So Whitey McMansplain in the audience stood up and started talking, apparently. Read more... )

Eventually the wrap party too was wrapped. Wendy and some guy who also had some muscles carried some soda down for me, as I was willing to take some home, but was sort of limited in what I was willing to carry at once. We loaded it up into my car. The valet dude on duty observed that the car sort of felt like he was going to die when starting. This was a Known Problem.

I headed home, not being quite up for Dinner With People after such a delightfully social weekend. This is such a lovely fun con, and I'm planning to return next year.

I curled up in bed early (for me). Before I fell asleep, I remembered that Aahz had been wearing an "I Break Rule 6" button, so I googled the phrase to see if I could find out the backstory. The backstory is amazing: http://rule6.info/timecon.html

My unexpected early rising schedule would continue for some time yet.

Poem: "Fate Misnamed"

Fri, Apr. 24th, 2015 11:55 pm
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This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "accidental mating for life" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calvin/Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem features some touchy topics. Highlight to read further warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is canon-typical supervillain activity, a superpower mishap resulting in a mental link, nonconsensual drug use, a whole heap of boundary violations and other consent issues, really awkward interactions, a supervillain trying to do at least some of the right things and getting smacked down rather hard, and other angst. There are some hopeful notes, but folks are by no means out of the woods yet. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before clicking through.

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NPM, day 24

Fri, Apr. 24th, 2015 09:58 pm
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Because I missed observing Shakespeare's birthday yesterday.

In Shakespeare - James Richardson )

Dear Not Prime time

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015 12:38 pm
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 Dear Not Prime Time Writer!

Hi, hi! I'm super excited for the challenge! All of these series are ones that I love and I'm looking forward to seeing the results! :D I know that I tend to get a little overly wordy when I'm excited, but please know that I'm fairly easy going most of the time, so feel free to play loose with the prompts, I want you to have fun if possible writing your fic!! The only things I really don't want are - I really don't want any underage fic nor do I want any character bashing. If you prefer to know more about you're letter writer's preferences - I've made a more detailed list over here.

[archiveofourown.org profile] Qem Read more... )
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    I decided to go with Himuro because he’s been on my brain a lot of late. But if you get stuck, you can use the prompts I wrote up about Kuroko, Kiyoshi, Alex & Nijimura over here as a back up - http://qem-chibati.dreamwidth.org/169343.html - As I’d much rather you have fun during the writing process!!!
    I’ve completed the main manga series, and behind of the jump special chapters and am very sporadic with the extra materials in regards to spoilers.
    I would prefer gen or slash for Himuro please.

    *_________* I can’t stop thinking about the sticker photo and story behind it in this translation here. What other memories may Himuro have built up with Mibuchi, what kind of feeling would be given if others in Kuroko no Basuke stumble across it! And oooooh! I love the idea of Himuro building up a sticker collection with other characters - although that’s probably a complete story on it’s own how it came about.

    + there’s also the expansion of other cultural differences Himuro may have encountered between LA and Tokyo. (If you wanted to explore that more seriously, completely separate from the sticker machine that’s AOK with me!)
    On the topic of cultural differences, maybe explore how things go about for him at school? He seems to have built up rapport with his team rather quickly. I enjoy him and Murasakibara being friends or something more. :D

    Or you could also play around with his relationship with Nijimura! According to the novels ( http://kuroko-no-basket.dreamwidth.org/26387.html ) on the first day they met, they stop a kidnapping. Just imagine what other potential mishaps these two can get into! :D I also think they can also have a lot in common with being overshadowed by younger players that they helped teach.
    Finally, I love the relationship he shares with Kagami, and the way both of them are obviously super important to each other. Playing around with that in fun (bro jobs!) or more serious ways would be very enjoyable to me. (Although if it’s with Kagami - happy ending please!!!!)
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    Series wise - I fail and have never read the manga or novels for Kyou Kara Maou, and although I finished the main series I don’t think I’ve seen the ova’s either. /o\
    Murata!!!!! I love Murata quite a bit from this series. In regards to shipping, gen is good & I particularly ship him with the Shibuya’s (either Yuuri or his brother Shouri), although I don’t mind if you wanted to explore something else.
    I loved Murata from the moment I first saw him on screen. There was just something about the way that he made eye contact with Yuuri that made my heart go pitter patter. And the way that he came back to rescue Yuuri in a thought out kind of way made me happy - and then when we got to see the baseball stuff, at that point I really hoped that we would get to see lots of Yuuri & Murata being friends in the normal world kind of filler episodes. And ended up being delighted when it ended up going a completely different direction with Murata’s role in the series! (If you wanted to normal world friendship shenanigans though… :D? :D? :D?)
    You see, reincarnated characters with memories of their past are like catnip to me. Catnip. And the way that Murata has mysterious knowledge and tension with so many characters is *________* I love that he has a dark background but largely chooses to surpass it and try to stay positive in his life.
    I super, super love the way that he baits Shiori and how they are all brother of my friend, and friend of my brother.
    (And since I covered the topic of cats - Murata with cat ears is an image which just. *does things* to me, so if you wanted to play around with that idea - I guarantee it would make me super happy.)
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    I am happy to receive fic on either of these characters it doesn't have to be both. (The canon I know best is scanlations/fansubbing, but I'm ok if you use the translated names too, I've read / watched some of the canon that uses the English names, so they aren't completely alien to me.)
    I love Haibara Ai's attitude, even as a midget kid. I think even if given the choice to go back to being an adult or growing up, she'd choose the latter, and I think it would be very interesting to see a story exploring her motivations for such. I think also exploring the fact that she used to be a criminal would also be interesting to explore. Having her being genuine friends with any of the other kids would be A++ and I love seeing her interact with Conan/Shinichi, especially when they have a snark off.

    Another idea might be to explore her background - her relationship with her sister (that's obviously super important to her) or if you wanted to look to the future - having her grow up along side the other detective boys and them realising something being not quite right for Ai.

    Kaitou is hilariously fun with his antics, but he also has a much more serious side. Please feel free to go either way with the story, with a heist that he is pulling, pranking detectives, flirting in disguises or maybe having his motivations line up with Shinichi/Conan and working with them. Cross dressing antics are A++ I also love seeing how he and Shinichi are a like, and Kaitou taking advantage. XD

    Other ideas could be writing about how he came to be scared of fish?


    (P.S Kaitou kid stars in some of the movies, and there's a movie AU where Ai and Conan both grow up and are in high school, and most of the movies can be watched with little background, maybe a quick wiki for who the characters are, if you got matched with me on another series and need a back up prompt.)

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    • Any Character
    I’m happy to receive fic on any of the nominated characters for Hikaru no Go, and have left some prompts for them all.

    Isumi Shinichirou - I love the chinese arc where Isumi really comes into himself. I'd love to see the impacts of that with Waya, or having him go back for a visit to China once again / having his Chinese friends come to visit Isumi. Or maybe just having him commiserate with Ogata, over the torments that Kuwabara inflicts on both of them. (Or you could just settle for the torment Kuwabara inflicts. :D Hey I bet Isumi makes for a /great/ golf caddie!)
    Kuwabara Honinbou - and on that note, Kuwabara! :D Ahahaha, I OTP ship him with Ogata (it is totes canon!!!!) and love the way that he trolls other professionals in the Go Industry. I also like the moments which indicate that he has some spiritual awareness - he couldn’t see Sai but he sensed something and seeing more to explore that would be very cool. If you wanted to explore the history of Japan and changes Kuwabara’s witnessed that would also be A++ to me.
    Ogata Seiji - oh Ogata. I do enjoy watching Ogata suffer. :D :D :D He seems so prideful, then so utterly desperate in trying to find Sai, and watching him grit his teeth about Kuwabara makes me happy. But if you wanted to keep Ogata happy, that’s ok too. XD While I OTP Kuwabara with Ogata, I’m happy with any pairing for Ogata.
    Shindou Hikaru - I’m ok with any pairing for Shindou, but I’d rather it not be a focus on Hikaru/Akira. Sorry! It’s ok to have it in the background! I love the idea of Shindou interacting with other supernatural things – he’s seen one ghost, what if there were others that now become visible after Sai is gone? (oh man a Natsume style crossover would be brilliant.)
    Touya Akira - I’m ok with any pairing for Touya, but I’d rather it not be a focus on Hikaru/Akira. Sorry! It’s ok to have it in the background! I think it would be particularly interesting to see fic focused on Touya growing up, pre-Shindou. We already know that it’s a lonely life, but I think it would be interesting seeing ways that he’s introduced to Go / the Go world is introduced to him.
    Touya Kouyou - the gravitas of this man in the series is really impressive, and I love the way that he’s rejuvenated post his game with Sai. Seeing his adventures would be very cool to me! Or if you wanted to explore father bonding times with Akira that would also be enjoyable. I also think watching him and Hikaru hang out would be hilarious given how much he intimidates Hikaru at times. XD
    Waya Yoshitaka - Any of the following would be great: Friendship with the other insei, his weird grudges against random people, his confusion at Hikaru's weird ways, and the internet. I love internet and Waya fics. <3 I love seeing Waya connect with the Chinese characters, in particular Yang Hai (they can bond over the internet!) and Le Ping (twice the fun!), and also I enjoy watching Waya suffer with everything Shindou and the other go maniacs have to throw at him. I also would love the idea of Waya cosplaying – especially if it was Zelda. XD


    The only issue I have with shipping in this fandom, is I don't like underage explicit fic. I would rather it stay gen / chaste, unless they are adults (although I agree Gon/Killua is cute as well).

    Ging is a character I didn't really care about in the original anime, but with some of the recent manga arcs I'm finding him completely fascinating. I've tried to keep this more general, but it might contain spoilers - I haven't been following the dark continent saga though.

    I find it really fascinating with how everyone reacts to him in the election arc and how he's shown to be a complete troll. I find his relationship with Pariston Hill fascinating, writing more about that dynamic of trying to out predict the other would be awesome, and I want to see Ging's dream of exploring the world tree. (As I've said with a friend, it's a perfect crossover over opportunity, if you are so inclined XD.)

    I also find it fascinating seeing him briefly explain how he got into becoming a hunter and comparing and contrasting him with Gon. They have some similarities, but I think even in their similarities - it emphasises how different they both can be and exploring that in a character study, or plot fic with their contrasting reactions would be fascinating.

    Killua is my absolute favourite character in hunter x hunter. I love his cheekiness combined with sense of responsibility. I love how much he supports Gon and their really valuable friendship.

    His relationship with his family is also really fascinating with how much they dote on him ( and he struggles sometimes to be free of their grasp).

    I also think that his relationship with Ging could be quite interesting as they both play an important role in Gon's life.

    I also really enjoyed seeing Killua with Biske-chan, with their training. There were some interesting things Biske-chan observed and building off that would be quite fun.

    I also love his relationship with Alluka shown in one of the later arcs of the manga - backstories or future fic with the two of them would be quite awesome as well.

    I Was Very Pleased to See This

    Fri, Apr. 24th, 2015 11:00 pm
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    Familiarize yourself with the Hugo mess before voting

    "Apparently a concerted effort gamed the Hugos ... ." - C.J. Cherryh

    Poem: "The Shadow of His Hand"

    Fri, Apr. 24th, 2015 08:16 pm
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    This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

    Warning: This poem deals with some intense material. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read them. Hadyn is a survivor of child abuse, so extra alert to that kind of issue. She notices clues that make her suspect that her classmate Adriel might be abused. So Hadyn has to scrape up her courage to tell someone. It is scary and creepy. Plus Adriel gets mad at Hadyn for a while. It all works out in the end, though, and the environment is generally supportive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

    Read more... )

    Fairy Kingdom update

    Fri, Apr. 24th, 2015 07:51 pm
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    I FOUND A SOURCE FOR THE RUNES! Once you have the Academy of Magic up and running, you can choose to put in an order at the Faculty of Water, Air, Fire, or Earth; when you collect that order you're issued a time-limited quest of 1-8 hours, and completing that quest gives you a blue, yellow, red, or green runestone.

    \o/ Observatory, here I come!

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