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Books finished: I just finished rereading Persuasion and IT CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST OF THE TWO JANE AUSTEN NOVELS I HAVE EVER ACTUALLY READ.
To the surprise of no one, I did in fact mentally work out the AU where Bitty is Anne, and then staranise lured me into joining her contemplation of the AU where JACK is Anne and in conclusion I am definitely not writing any Persuasion AUs ever.
...Because I am totally onto "what if Jack hadn't gotten an NCAA waiver to play at Samwell after playing in the QMJHL" AUs now.
Ahem. Where was I. READING THINGS, RIGHT.
Fic: Still 15 WIPs bookmarked! maculategiraffe's Fallout 4 series updated today and IT IS GREAT AND MIGHT EAT YOUR LIFE!! I've managed to get my Marked for Later list on AO3 down to... 99! Although my "To reread" bookmark tag is up to 39.
(A sampling of stuff I’ve bookmarked recently--you can see all my bookmarks at http://archiveofourown.org/users/
the black lake by alcibiades (Bucky/Steve, T, 9k) Ohhh boy I hadn't had my heart shredded by a recovering!Bucky story in a while, so this was. OH BUCKY HONEY. PLEASE KEEP GETTING BETTER.
In So Many Words by alocalband (Nursey/Dex, M, 17k) In which Nurse writes stories that... all... seem... to be... the same... story. And they're all about him and Dex even when they're NOT ABOUT HIM AND DEX. <3
Short Circuit by Chiyume (Bucky/Steve, E, 20k) Bucky's arm gets damaged and starts giving him an... unusual... variety of sensory feedback every time it's touched. Which would be a lot easier for him to explain to Steve if he and Steve weren't both firmly convinced that the other isn't interested in him like that. (I would love about a million more stories about Bucky's arm getting cross-wired like this, but this one was definitely A GREAT START. :D)
You Make Me Look Legitimate. by Lanna Michaels (Bitty/Jack, G, 3k) LANNA WROTE FIC FOR MEEEEE ABOUT BITTY GOING TO THE 2018 OLYMPICS AND IT IS ADORABLE AND GREAT!!! <3 <3 <3
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lindsey Way
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional (markers)
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: ghostparachutes
Why this piece is awesome: There's a lot of delicious colorful art by ghostparachutes to love, but I picked this one because I have found so little high-quality art of Lynz. There are two pictures in the post I linked, but I especially like the portrait of Lynz playing her bass--the red bandana and matching bloody knees (and hands!), the guitar, the hair, and the dark cloudy background.
And after rolling around in glee, I had to go write fic.
Fandom: Avengers Academy
Pairing/Characters: Steve/Tony, one-sided Crimson Dynamo/Tony
Genre: First kiss, humour, silly, fake relationship
Summary: Steve's more than happy to step up when Tony's in trouble.
( Strategic Thinking: Armor Wars Edition )
Then, before noon, we got TWO gods-blighted illegal telemarketer scam robocalls, and then I was awake. *growls more*
But today was long drive day, and kid and otherparent went while I stayed home.
Look what I managed to get up! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/
...tomorrow, hopefully, I will have enough brain to fix all the errors that got through. >_>
arcangel | Spouse: Percy, stop trying to plug your nose into the USB-c port.
O••••• says, “Getting severely sleepy here.”
K_______ says, “Yeah”
w~~~~~~~ says, “Take a close look around for sneaky hypnotists?”
O••••• says, “It could be the fact that I fell asleep late and had to get up at 6 am :)”
w~~~~~~~ says, “Bah, that would be too much of the sensible explanation.”
K_______ says, “Around here, it's because the clouds are coming in and it's getting dark”
O••••• says, “There is someone outside the office playing the accordion. It feels a bit absurd to discuss deeply technical issues with background music.”
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( Dragons under fold )
Tonight, my BiL passed out on the floor downstairs after bringing the kids home from camp. Apparently he told the kids his stomach hurt, but I think this is all a result of making Poor Sleep Decisions. He'd gone upstairs to lie down in bed by the time I got home, though I think he went there pretty directly and didn't actually have dinner or anything. Longpig and I took over the kids' bedtime routine, but he "woke up" part way through me giving them a bath, and when I say woke up I mean not at all. He came in to the bathroom holding one of their stuffed animals, and stepped directly in the bath, still fully clothed. I told him to go take off his wet pants and go back to bed, and he seemingly complied? It was kind of like when you are playing a game with someone and they do exactly what you tell them and no more no less, so I had to be very precise or else I think he would have just laid down on the bathroom floor when I first told him to just go back to sleep :p
Later he came out again when I was trying to find the new bottle of mouthwash for the kids. He had brought out a box of goodnights, probably because he thought they would be needed? (They weren't, afaik), and I just asked him, not realizing he was still/again sleepwalking. At first he passed me a different bottle of mouthwash, and I thought he was being glib, but at one point he actually spoke and then I realized that no, definitely still sleepwalking. He did find the mouthwash though! It was under the sink. And then he went back to bed where he has so far stayed put. So weird. I wonder if he will remember any of this tomorrow.... I'm betting no.
He does have a history of this though, and especially when sleep deprived. Longpig's response when I told her this later was "Okay, now imagine him doing that only he is carrying your baby." eep! But I know that happened, too. He got up to check a crying kid but was not actually awake at all, and she had to get him to hand over the baby (I forget which one). That wold have been concerning. This at least was mostly just bizarre and bemusing.
I have also been making poor sleep choices, so I am going to head to bed after I throw together my larp gear.
One of my friends was recently talking in Slack about his role as a moderator at a Worldcon panel, and one of the things people agreed was a moderator’s role was keeping the panelists on topic.
And I wanted to put a word in for the times when that doesn’t happen.
The times when you have all sorts of keen ideas–either as a moderator or a panelist–about what this panel will be, and you get up on the panel, and it’s interesting, and it’s active, and it’s going places, people are engaged, discussion flows freely…and the places it’s going are not where you thought. Sometimes really not where you thought. And you have to use good judgment, because when you have a panelist who has already been bloviating for five minutes about book five of their own fabulous off-topic series and takes a breath to start in on book six, it’s time to jump right on in and get that panel back on track.
But when you’re having a really good discussion among lots of people, and it just doesn’t happen to be the good discussion you thought you were going to be having? Square your shoulders, take a deep breath, and wave goodbye to the panel not taken.
It might have been a beautiful panel. A lovely panel, an insightful panel. It might have been such an important panel that you can propose it again under a different name. (Or y’know, the same name. Sometimes audience members notice that there is more–or something in the first place–to be said.) But it is not the panel you are having right now. And taking a panel that is full of inspiration and ideas and energy and turning it into a panel that has been stopped in its tracks and wrenched around is not a success condition. It’s just not.
I was on a panel at Readercon where Maria Dahvana Headley was the moderator, and she asked the panelists a question, a good question, an insightful question, a question that might have taken us interesting places. And Max Gladstone said, “I’ve been reading about hyperobjects.” I think I blurted out something encouraging like, “Good!” so this is also on me. (I have been known to encourage Max. Maria has been known to encourage Max. Random passersby…well. You get the idea.) And then Max kept talking about hyperobjects, and it was interesting, and everyone in the room was interested, and…I caught Maria’s eye…and we could both see her question disappearing over the horizon. We traded little smiles as we saw it go. Goodbye, little question, goodbye! Because then we went from Max’s hyperobjects to whatever else that made the other panelists think of and then whatever questions the audience had and then the audience still had questions but the panel was over…and it was fun and everybody was talking after with thinky thoughts…and saying, “Stop, Max, stop! do not talk about this interesting thing! Talk about the other interesting thing!” would have made everybody feel stifled and weird and the total number of interesting things talked about would almost certainly have been fewer.
Sometimes there is still time to say, “Wow, cool, that was really interesting, but I wanted to get back to this idea Maria had twenty minutes ago/the panel description/that question Beth asked that I don’t think we fully answered/whatever.” But often there really, really isn’t, and that’s okay.
And this is true in less formal conversation, too. Extremely often I come home from my monthly lunch with one friend, I think, we didn’t even get to this bit, I forgot to tell him that–or I’ll be driving him back to his office and trying to quick hit the highlights of major life areas the leisurely lunch conversation missed. The Minnesota Long Goodbye is legendary in these parts, possibly because of this, possibly because it just takes us a long time to put on winter gear and you might as well catch up on how auntie is doing in the meantime, but possibly because there are always going to be The Conversations Not Taken, and oh crud now that you’re leaving it occurs to me what they were.
I think we all know about not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, and that’s relevant here, but there’s also not letting the good be the enemy of the other quite good. And you can tell yourself you’re not aiming at the perfect panel, you’re just aiming at the on-topic one, and that’s all very well, but writers and fans and sometimes editors and agents and artists being what they are…goodbye, panel that might have been, farewell, you were interesting, on to the panel that is and how it can be its best self.
First of all, relax! I'm far from being picky, and I can pretty much guarantee that I'll love whatever you decide to draw or write for me. These are nothing but guidelines, for you to take to heart or ignore to your heart's content. Also, hey! You're drawing and/or writing me femslash! What's not to love? ♥
That said, I thought that I'd elaborate a bit on my requests in case, like me, you're the type of person who likes to have something to work with. Feel free to use and/or ignore as much of this as you want. I've tried to include a mix of vague prompts as well as more detailed ones, to hopefully make things as helpful as possible whether you're drawing art or writing fic.
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Location: Las Vegas, NV
Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I am an acquired taste but overall very easy to get along with! A friendly, bisexual, karaoke-fiend that loves to write/roleplay, draw, and watch disturbing videos willingly at night. I'm a sucker for being creeped out. Have I mentioned I'm a weirdo? But a weirdo who loves to make friends!
Top 5 fandoms: To be quite honest, it's really only American Horror Story, Preacher, annddd The Office. I am constantly watching The Office. I realize it's been over for quite a while but that means nothing! Nothing, I say!
I mostly post about: My personal life and what-have-you. If not that: an article, new music I've discovered, maybe a selfie here or there, and pix of my pups! I just recently registered on the site so I have very few posts up right now.
I rarely post about: Politics, only because I use FB primarily for that. But I am not opposed to following folks that do, as I like to engage in discussion sometimes - especially if you're looking for one!
My three last posts were about: My loneliness and lack of friends, haha. I promise that will change and is not a constant. I was simply amusing myself. ;)
How often do you post? I will probably start out posting often but it may slow down as I have adult things that need my attention more. I'm taking care of my dad at the moment and that's where most of my focus is at when not here or other social platforms!
How about commenting? I will likely comment more than post. But that's so I keep in touch with everyone. My life doesn't provide a great deal of interesting things to talk about right now, so! I'm also trying this new thing where I don't dwell on negative crap like I used to. It's working out nicely!
(This doesn't describe my day, but the kid's face cracks me up and I have a similar distaste for vodka myself, haha.)
As I'm finishing up the bathing dress (pro tip: make the size correlating to your over-bust measurement so that it'll give you the necessary support and tuck in under the bust) and my next project is going to be only a slight variation in a dress I've made before, I'm thinking ahead to medieval sewing to do after that. So I'm probably going to make a Gothic Fitted Dress ... but are there any blog posts out there that argue with Robin's discussion of how to cut it? Since there's so little out there, I'd like to read two well-reasoned sides and decide between them.
Peter Dickinson, Skeleton-in-waiting
-- sort of sequel to King and Joker. Lacks the dislocating feeling of K&J, now that one has the alt-history and new Royals straight. Not as focussed in plot, which all happened in one place in the first book, and the denouement was a bit too Dickinson for my total satisfaction. I like Poirotesque 'unmask the villain and untangle the plot' in a grand finale of detective fireworks. This one has after the fact deduction, which is nowhere near as fun. Does however have the alt-Royals in the 80s still having to deal with the constant bogey of Mrs.T.
Hugh Greene ed, The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes
-- cads, cracksmen, and confidence men. Baroness Orczy's stories are the standout, with actual detection in them.
I.N.J. Culbard, The King in Yellow
-- mangaization of Chambers' stories. Truly, why bother?
On the go?
Still with the mysterious Mr. Quin, pleasant bed- and mealtime reading.
Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight
-- later Pratchett, sometimes heavily sincere; but still, Pratchett and Tiffany.
Possibly I shall finish the Sandman prequel, though online sources say Do Not Start Here. But I doubt very much that I'm starting anything.
Erm. I have The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: the omnibus edition, which, it turns out, may not contain anything I haven't read.
I could go back to my perennials, or go on with the third volume of the Rivals of Sherlock Holmes. What I thought would be my next book- Sherry Thomas' A Study in Scarlet Women, was abandoned ten pages in. Dull dull dull.