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Dec. 9th, 2016 02:26 pm
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I will be the first person to admit that the structure of AO3 baffles me--my brain doesn't really work that way, and a lot of the ins and out mystify me to the point of wanting to tear my hair out, and I feel really stupid when I use it sometimes because I just don't think that way or connect like that, there's some kind of process that makes searching and stuff opaque and confusing for me. And I was an idiot when I first signed up, because I just used the name I use on lots of things, gwyneth, rather than the pseud I'd always used for writing, gwyneth rhys.

It was too late to change it when I realized that I hadn't used my actual full writing name, so I added a pseudonym with the full name. I hate that it's always "gwyneth rhys (gwyneth)" when I share new uploads and stuff, but that's my punishment for being a moron and having a stupid brain. But now I find myself in a really confusing situation and I don't know the answer so I turn to you, oh flist.

I went in to check my Yuletide assignment once we got the notice that the assignments had been restored from the snafu the other day, and I noticed that I still had seven fanworks that were only showing up in my default pseud, gwyneth, and not in my gwyneth rhys list of fanworks--I was probably asleep at the wheel and didn't choose the alternate pseud when I posted them. So I fixed that, and then…realized that under my default gwyneth pseud, I had 0 fanworks listed. The only things showing up on the Dashboard page were my bookmarks.

Yikes, says I, does that mean that if someone searches on my main pseud name, all they'll see is a page listing 0 Works? That if, say, someone read one of the comments I'd left on their fic, and decided to check me out (I know, but I'm being hypothetical here), all they'd see is a listing of my bookmarks and 0 Works? So the 145 Works I have currently up there are not visible unless they actually pulled down the list of pseuds?

I don't actually understand how this works, and that's what I see when I tested it out--that it looks as if I had 0 Works now listed on my default pseud Dashboard, which it goes to if I follow a link from that name. But I don't know if that's because I'm logged in, so I'm seeing all my available information, but a person who's not me would see something different. I fear I've cocked this up by re-pseudifying all my existing works on AO3.

I mean, I'm assuming that if someone just follows a link to a vid or story, they'd be able to get to the main page of my Works by clicking on the "by" link there. But if they were coming in from some different link, does it just end up looking like I have nothing there?

I hate my stupid brain sometimes--I'm driving an old model that you can't get parts for anymore and it doesn't work well in this modern age.

(My subject line refers to a class I took in college, a higher level public relations and advertising course where we were studying propaganda and things like that, and one of the students asked the prof one day, "I wanted to know what a puh-swaydo event was," and the whole class just face-palmed.)

[Yuletide] Dear Recip,

Dec. 9th, 2016 02:40 pm
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I totally apologize in advance if you are the sort of person who, post-reveals, comes and reads what the author has to say, post-reveal, because even as I am writing your story, I am considering writing up me babbling about said story for post-reveal and I'm not entirely sure anyone needs to know how deeply I contemplated the scents I determined I needed to wear when writing the different parts of the story, because I'm not sure anyone gets anything from that but a o.0 face at how I actually write.

(no subject)

Dec. 9th, 2016 09:41 pm
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[ profile] isaakfvkampfer translated Five people on StarKiller Base who didn't listen to Anakin Skywalker (and one who did) into Chinese / 中文 as [Translation]弑星者基地上不愿听安走天说话的五人(还有个真听了).

I ran the the whole thing through google translate and my favourite thing is the way Anakin's "Way harsh, dude" became "This is a bit too much, man". (Also, if I understand the question in the ending notes properly, the answer is that it's not about Kylo Ren and it's never been about Kylo Ren -- it's always been about Anakin and his issues and Vader.)
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Heavy Drinking Is Not In His Jeans

Dec. 9th, 2016 09:00 pm
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Posted by BD

Train | UK

(My friend gets on a train to somewhere in London one evening, while a bit drunk. He doesn’t remember what happens next. The next day, he’s woken up by a ticket attendant. Note that there are several families on the train by this time, including young children.)

Friend: “Where am I?”

Attendant: “You’re in Bognor Regis, sir. And it’s ten in the morning.”

Friend: “Sorry, I must have fallen asleep. Would it be okay if I stayed on the train?”

Attendant: *casually* “You’re welcome to do so. Just as long as you put your jeans back on.”

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Dec. 9th, 2016 09:34 pm
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Just spent half an hour sending out texts to the upcoming crew about doing Secret Santa. I DID THE SOCIAL THING. I deserve a drink. But I'll settle for a hot shower, so hopefully hot water hasn't fucked off again. This morning everything was freezing brrrrr. In any case, I shall surely flop *pets poor brain*

Avengers Academy started the holiday event tho. I of course plonked down cash immediately for She-Hulk whups. Kinda wish they'd gone more with spreading cheer and delight, and saved the Ice Giants for January tho.
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Aaaaaaaaah. Do you know what I’ve forgotten in all the November rush and the beginning of December where the majority of my time has been spent flailing around, frantically helping students, doing lots of thinking about DemiPrincess, or tackling job-hunting things? I forgot to actually announce that Feather by Feather and Other Stories is now available in paperback format! *facepalms* THIS IS HOW BRILLIANT I AM THIS MONTH.

But! I’ve actually remembered now, so! TADA! Have an official and proper announcement. ^_^ To start off: new cover!

Two stylised wings folded into a heart-shaped hug above a pile of feathers.

I really miss Anna’s old design, but it was never created for print purposes. And also I kind of did not have the monies to go and ask her to redo it entirely to make it fit for print covers. (ONE DAY, THOUGH. I think that design could look AMAZING as a wraparound cover. It’d also be fun and quirky, I’d imagine.) But! For now! Stylised cover it is.

I do really like this cover too, mind you! It’s pretty evocative and though you can’t see it here, the back cover is also covered in feathers. Some of them falling. It was a lot of fun to do a cover like that and to make it all look good together. I’m really proud of what I did with it. I like the colours on this. The’re a little too cold and flat on the monitor I’m using now, but the actual print is quite soft and warm to look at.

I hope that you all will like this cover too!

Feather by Feather and Other Stories has been out in print for a while. I really, really wanted to wait until December to release it, but then the US elections happened and I figured that someone out there might, possibly, find a print copy of the book a comforting thing to be able to have, so I published it a fair bit earlier than I was planning to.

On the plus side, it did give me a chance to announce the new cover after Amazon fixed up the part where it hadn’t updated the ebook cover to the new edition cover.

And yes! This is a new edition! It’s more than a new cover and some more typo fixes. I’ve added The Princess who Didn’t Eat Cake (so that, if anyone really wants it in print, they can now have it; it’s really not long enough to warrant a print copy on its own), and I rewrote the introduction and the commentary. (It is now way less negative about stories that I, personally, don’t like as much as the others, so future readers who love them don’t need to be sad to discover that I don’t.)

I haven’t made any changes to the stories themselves. Well, I fixed up some typos that’d sneaked back in, but that’s about it. No significant changes have been made other than what I just mentioned in the previous paragraph.

And, of course, as I mentioned before, now that it’s December the ebook price has returned to $5.99. Well, I say that, but the changes are still in review. So do be warned of that. This is the biggest sad I have in the past weeks being so busy. I would really have liked to, you know, announce that the price would be going up soon, so people who were hoping to snag it cheaply at the last minute could do so. But I don’t want to forget about it again, so I just went and changed it. My apologies for that snafu!

And I think that’s about it from me today. It’s been… a day. Not a bad day, mind! It’s actually been a really good day. But a day. I’ve spent most of it trying to arrange a fair few things reasonably last-minute. YAY travelling during the Christmas holiday period! (Actually, that makes it sound much worse than it actually is.) And then I got to spend it running errands and playing arbiter and watching my extended family’s dinner plans fall through. (Anxiety Brain is having a field day. So far, I’m succeeding brilliantly at ignoring Anxiety Brain.)

So… Yes. Feather by Feather and Other Stories is also available in paperback and the ebook has reverted to its $5.99 price point! I probably mentioned both before, but look! Now I have a proper official announcement for both! WHOO!

Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.

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Remember the letter-writer who had dropped out of school, got bored with all her jobs, and didn’t know what to do with herself? Here’s the update.

Well, I’m 23 now as of August, and it took me seven months but I just got employed at Starbucks last week! My orientation was just last Friday. I got along with my coworkers very quickly, and the benefits are great. My supervisor at the library was very taken aback by my resignation. I even cried after getting off the phone with her because she asked me to stay, and because I liked my coworkers there.

Your advice helped me see work less as something that I absolutely have to have passion for. I started to focus less on my tasks as reasons why I should stay or leave, and more on the environment: most of my coworkers were great, the library can be nice and quiet at times and in certain areas, whereas most of the time it’s busy with school children (who are loud). I enrolled in an amazing youth job agency, and was assigned a job counselor who helped me tremendously with my job search. Throughout the months, I got a lot of interviews, attended job fairs, and got a lot of practice and feedback on interviewing. It was hard to get by financially, but I did it, and I’m so happy that things are finally changing for me. So right now, I’m focusing on building myself back up financially and becoming stable, so I can get an apartment of my own and pay my way through school. Yes, I’m going back to school!

I thought every single day about how to get myself into a career where my skills and/or knowledge would be useful, as opposed to chasing a rags-to-riches American Dream, like I was doing before. Your advice helped me with that. I was so lost for quite a couple of years, but pulling myself out of school allows me time to think and explore my options. I have to admit that a career choice was stressing me out a lot. It’s just recently that I’ve given myself permission to relax my mind, be patient with myself and focus on the present moment. I did have help from my mental health counselor to figure all of this out. I’ve been seeing them since spring, as soon as I had dropped out of school. Actually, I’ve had issues concerning my mental well-being since childhood, and in my family (and ethnic culture) it’s a big taboo. But as an adult, I’m finally able to help myself get the therapies I need. I’ve decided that it would be a shame not to help others get better too. Mental health is just such a huge problem. I’m either going to finish my undergrad at my old school or transfer my credits to an online university, and then do a master’s in counseling psychology or art therapy. I’ve done extensive research into all of my options, so I’m going to make a decision very soon.

As for my writing, I still write everyday but I’m in no rush to publish anything. I used to think that I had to accomplish most of my goals in my 20’s, but honestly I think the craft of writing gets better with time and practise. I still want to write novels, and I will, but I’m taking my time.

update: I get bored with all my jobs and don’t know what to do with myself was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

this will only take a minute!

Dec. 9th, 2016 03:00 pm
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"Quick and easy: U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology—and climate change denier—has a one-question survey on his website about congressional priorities for the year. Please select Other and write in "climate change mitigation" or "fight climate change," something like that. Do it and then COPY AND PASTE in a new status (don't share or it will only be viewable by my friends) and share the hell out of this post."

Someone REALLY Needed That Coffee

Dec. 9th, 2016 07:00 pm
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Restaurant | IA, USA

(I work at a popular chain donut shop. Most run 24/7, but our particular branch opens at 5 am and closes at 10 pm. It’s been that way since the store opened; hours are posted on both entry doors. To avoid confusion when the openers and bakers are inside, we keep the lights off inside and outside lights when not open. Typically, this is only a problem at night, mainly people trying to order from drive-thru. We’ve had people sit there, go back and forth over the sensor, shout “hello” repeatedly, and several pull up to the windows and try to order there. Openers typically unlock the entry on arrival, but keep lights off until open. Again, this is usually only a problem with drive-thru. A guest wanders in at 4:30 am.)

Guest: “Helloooo? Is anyone here? Helllllooooo!”

Coworker: “I’m sorry, ma’am, we’re not open yet. It’ll be another half hour before our registers will let us take orders.”

Guest: “Why wasn’t anyone watching the front?! I’ve been waiting five minutes to order a coffee!”

Coworker: “I’m sorry. It’s just we’re not open yet, so we didn’t expect anyone to be up here.”

Guest: “I want a coffee. Five cream, seven sugar, hazelnut flavor. Make sure it’s fresh. I don’t want something that’s been sitting out here, tasting all burnt.”

Coworker: “Ma’am, I’m sorry, we’re not open for another half hour. The register won’t let me take an order until at least five minutes to open.”

Guest: “I also want three donuts. Which ones are the freshest?”

Coworker: “Ma’am, we’re not open. All these donuts are fresh right now, but I can’t sell them. The registers won’t let me ring them in.”

Guest: “Why can’t you sell me donuts? Whatever. Just the coffee, five cream and seven sugar. FRESH. ”

(My coworker usually brews a pot when she gets in for herself, and seeing as this guest isn’t getting it, decides to make her drink anyway. Coworker warns her (again) our registers won’t ring anything in, so she’ll have to pay cash. She emphasizes this, and the guest agrees.)

Coworker: “”All right, so what size would you like that?”

Guest: “Hazelnut, five cream, seven sugar.”

Coworker: “Yes, but what size would you like it?”

Guest: “HAZELNUT. Five cream, seven sugar.”

Coworker: “Yes, a hazelnut coffee, but what SIZE would you like it? Small, medium, large?”

Guest: *almost shouting* “FIVE CREAM. SEVEN SUGAR!”

(My coworker gives up and starts making a medium. The guest watches and waits until my coworker is done to inform her she wanted a large. My coworker REMAKES it in a large, only to finish and have the guest demand a fresh pot, despite my coworker explaining the coffee was not even ten minutes old, and then she claims it is my coworker’s fault she has to remake it again because the guest had mentioned she wanted it fresh. Then the she tries to pay with card. Of course, we still have no way of processing this, and she’s upset. We basically give her coffee free to get her to leave. FINALLY, the guest starts to leave. She turns around at the last minute.)

Guest: “You guys forgot to turn on your lights. How do you even forget that? It’s dark as h*** in here!”

Me: “Oh, it’s fine. We turn them on when we open. We don’t open for another 15 minutes, so we have time.”

Guest: “You’re open now. Aren’t you open now?”

Me: “No… that’s why all the lights are off, the chairs are up, and the donut racks aren’t fully stocked, and why you needed to pay in cash.”

Guest: “If you’re closed, why did you make my coffee?”

(She finally left, shaking her head and grumbling how it shouldn’t be so hard to get a coffee.)

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Posted by Ask a Manager

Remember the letter-writer last year who had racked up $20,000 in personal charges on his company credit card and was in a horrible cycle of using the card to take Paypal cash advances to pay it off each month, thus moving it to the next month, along with interest charges? He updated once a few months later, and here’s the latest update.

Hi all, just thought I’d give you an update a year later…

I have repaid Amex in full and with the habit of saving firmly established, I have a little bit of a saftey net in place so things will not likley get that bad EVER again..

I got a promotion in my job later on in the year and that came with a pay raise, so I was actually able to get it taken care of in nine months instead of 12. Life’s all good and I am very thankful for all the opinions here. Some of the info was very valuable in my approach. Things could have taken a VERY different path.

update: I racked up $20,000 in personal charges on my company credit card was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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Enrie did not know her cousin all that well, but she thought the woman sounded faintly amused.

Saydrie’s cheeks went red and blotchy and he bowed again, jerky this time.  “No, Honored One.  If anything,” he cleared his throat and managed a weak smile, “simply pointing out a specifically Bitrani

Read on:
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Nobody reads Friday night posts, y/y? Good. Look away now! No, rly. I hated these graphic novels. Don't say I didn't warn you. Last chance: instead of reading my post you could read this post on cracked that basically exposes dystopian post-apocalyptic fic as unrealistic libertarian propaganda (but does so with subtlety and humour):

- Reading, books 2016, 215

Monstress vol.1, and Unwritten vol.7-11 )

Love Sonnet XVI

Dec. 9th, 2016 10:49 am
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[personal profile] kaberett brought to my attention Pablo Neruda's Love Sonnet XVI, and I found this translation.

I love the handful of earth you are.
Because of its meadows, vast as a planet,
I have no other star. You are my replica
of the multiplying universe.

Your wide eyes are the only light I know
from the extinguished constellations;
your skin throbs like a streak
of a meteor through the rain.

your hips were that much of the moon for me;
your deep mouth and its delights, that much sun;
Your heart, fiery with its long red rays,

was that much ardent light, like honey in the shade.
So I pass across your burning form, kissing
you—compact and planetary, my dove, my globe.
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Posted by Ask a Manager

A reader writes:

I’ve recently gotten a job at a nice company and everything’s great, except this upcoming Christmas there’s a holiday party and, well, truthfully I don’t want to attend. It’s not because I dislike any of the people there. I’m just not really a social animal and I don’t really enjoy those sorts of events.

How much of a risk do I run if I decline? And how do I say that in a way that doesn’t insult anybody? My boss hasn’t yet approached me about this, but I get the feeling he soon might.

I answer this question over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and sometimes updating/expanding my answers to them). You can read it here.

do you really have to attend your office holiday party? was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.


Dec. 9th, 2016 12:56 pm
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After Punished
Landing Page:

"Stay here." Cya walked into another room, only to come back a few moments later, carrying... what looked like sheets of leather and a few buckles. Luke frowned.

"Can you Make things or shape them more easily?"

"Shape, usually." He looked at the leather in concern. "What am I shaping?"

She ran her hand over a very thin slice of wood and muttered a Working. When she was done, there was a technical drawing in black - char? - on the light wood sheet. "This."

Luke studied it for a moment. His wings flared out in protest, knocking something off an end table and catching a throw pillow with his bottom wing-claw. "This is for me."

"It's for you."
Read more... )
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Title: your love is my turning page
Author: cityboys
Reader: Rhea314
Fandom: Yuri on Ice
Character: Yuuri/Victor
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: no archive warnings
Summary: It's early morning when he gets back to Hasetsu, half of the sky still dark and the sun lazy in its ascent. Yu-topia is still when he arrives, and the rattle of the front doors sounds too loud, too heavy, when he slides them open.

Victor and the hours he spends waiting, reflecting and figuring things out. Set parallel to Episode 9.
Text: here
Length 0:30:53
Link: here

a note on commenting policy

Dec. 9th, 2016 05:00 pm
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Posted by Ask a Manager

A housekeeping note: The comment section on this site has worked really well for a long time, but as the readership has grown, the light-touch moderation approach I’ve used in the past isn’t working as well now.

The rules are still what they’ve always been — assume good will even when people’s opinions differ from yours, don’t nitpick other people’s wording, don’t take threads way off-topic in ways that aren’t constructive for the letter-writer, and the rest of the rules you can find here.

But as I try to keep the comment section an enjoyable place to be, I’m going to make a point of enforcing those rules more actively. In particular, that means I may delete comments or whole threads that break those rules (whereas in the past, I usually just asked people to move on but left the thread up). I don’t expect this to occur daily or anything like that, but since it’s a change from how I’ve traditionally done things, I want to give a heads-up about it. I also want to be transparent that this might not be applied 100% evenly because I don’t always see everything.

Thanks for reading!

a note on commenting policy was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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Title: we’ll call this place our home
Author: perennials
Reader: Rhea314
Fandom: Yuri on Ice
Character: Yuri/Victor
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: none
Summary: “What do you want for your birthday?”
Yuuri averts his gaze, cheeks rosy-red. “You, I guess? Forever?”
Forever. Forever.
Viktor buys a ring.
Or, The Big Day approaches, and Viktor seeks advice from various members of the Katsuki family.
tags: marriage proposal
Text: here
Length 0:16:03
Link: here

Drastic Plastic

Dec. 9th, 2016 05:00 pm
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Video Game Store | UK

(It is my first day as a sales assistant in a video game store. I’m tidying the store when a woman walks over to me holding a Disney Infinity figure.)

Customer: “Excuse me, what is this made of?”

Me: “Um… I think it’s plastic?”

(The customer stares at me as if waiting for a different answer.)

Me: “You know what? I’ll check with my manager.”

(I walk over to my manager and, obviously looking completely bewildered, tell him what the customer just asked. He looks just as confused as I am.)

Manager: “Yeah… It’s plastic.”

Me: “That’s what I said.”

(I head back to the customer and give her the same answer as last time. She looks absolutely devastated.)

Customer: “Oh… I’m sorry…”

(She puts the figure back. And hurriedly leaves. My manager comes over looking bamboozled.)

Manager: “What was she hoping for?”

Me: “I don’t know. Hand carved from the finest ivory by tiny woodland pixies?”

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not a chicken.

Dec. 9th, 2016 11:42 am
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Doom!Twin02: I had this dream that I met a chicken and I tried to bring it into the house, but you wouldn't let me.

W: Well no, because chickens belong outside.

Doom!Twin02: And also because it had four legs--

Me: *Suspicious* ...Did it have a house on it?

D!T02: No, it was only this big *gestures about waist-high* and it had a long beak *holds hands about 2 feet apart.*

W & I: *look at her with concern.*

D!T02: I drew a picture of it. Let me show you. *runs for her sketchbook* *shows us*

Me: *stares at it* ...Baby, that's not a chicken.

W: That's Not a chicken.

D!T02: But it said it was a chicken! And it had chicken feathers. I tried to put it in your room, but you said no.

W: ...Chickens don't talk.

Me: Definitely not a chicken.


Speaking of monsters, yoinked this one from st-aurafina.

This twitter is probably a million times funnier for me because of the ton of Pi backstory snips I have stashed away, in which at times he is in fact demonstrably disturbed by the presence of an open flame. Among other things.

But not actually afraid, I mean, of course not! Who would dream of insulting Ceraan's shiny perfect golden sidhe in that fashion? Not me. Nope. He's just uncomfortable with Ceraan's cultural love of that particular chemical reaction.
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Welcome to another Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auction!

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

Today’s auction comes from Hugo award-winner and New York Times bestseller John Scalzi, who’s offering an autographed hardcover copy of his novel LOCK IN.

Cover of Lock In

About the Book:

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

But “complicated” doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery – and the real crime – is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It’s nothing you could have expected.

This auction is open to U.S. residents.

How to bid:

  1. Minimum bid is $20 U.S. Bidding starts the moment this post goes live!
  2. Enter your bid in the comments. Bids must be a minimum of $1 more than the previous bid. (No bouncing from $20.01 to $20.02 to $20.03 and so on.) Make sure to include an email address I can use to contact you.
  3. Each auction will run for 24 hours, starting at noon Eastern time and running until noon the following day.
  4. To discourage last-minute sniping, I’ll wait until 10 minutes after the last bid to close an auction.
  5. If you want to be notified about other bids, check the “Subscribe to Comments” box when you bid.

Winning the auction:

I’ll contact the winner, who will then donate the winning bid to Transgender Michigan. You’ll forward me a copy of the receipt, at which point, I’ll contact the donor to arrange delivery of your winnings.

About John Scalzi:

John Scalzi is the best-selling, award-winning, ukulele-playing author of the Old Man’s War series, as well as a number of other SF novels. His book Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo for Best Novel. In his free time, he’s also served as creative consultant for Stargate: Universe, wrote the video game Midnight Star, spent three years as president of SFWA, and serves as Executive Producer and Consultant for Ghost Brigades, currently in development for television. He also once taped bacon to his cat.


Don’t forget about the DAW Raffle!

My publisher, DAW Books, has agreed to contribute:

6 Tad Williams Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (hardcover first edition, first printing)  plus 1 Advance Review Copy of The Heart of What Was Lost.

6 DAW December Release Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of all DAW December titles: Dreamweaver, Tempest, Alien Nation, and Jerusalem Fire, plus a bonus ARC (dependent on stock).

At any time between now and the end of the fundraiser, donate $5 to Transgender Michigan and email me a copy of the receipt at jchines -at-, with the subject line “DAW Raffle Entry.” Each week, I’ll pick at least one donor to win their choice of either a Tad Williams or a December Release bundle from DAW.

You can donate more than $5. For example, donating $20 would get you four entries. However, you can only win a maximum of one of each bundle. This is separate from the individual auctions. Winning an auction does not count as a raffle entry.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

open thread – December 9-10, 2016

Dec. 9th, 2016 04:00 pm
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Posted by Ask a Manager

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers.

* If you submitted a question to me recently, please don’t repost it here, as it may be in the to-be-answered queue :)

open thread – December 9-10, 2016 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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Bakery, Supermarket | AK, USA

(I work as the cake decorator in the bakery of a well known supermarket. This incident happens on a Tuesday — not one of our busy days — and I’m just working on making back-up cakes for the freezer. A lady comes up and says she has a question.)

Customer: “Can I order a cake and have it done today?”

Me: “It depends on the cake, but it shouldn’t be a problem.”

Customer: “Okay, well, I want this one.” *points to a two-tier detailed cake in the book*

Me: “Okay, not a problem. When would you like it by?”

Customer: “Noon.” *note, it’s currently 11:30 in the morning*

Me: “I’m sorry, I can’t have it done that soon, but I can do it by 12:30 at the earliest.”

Customer: “Really? Why can’t you have it done by noon? I NEED it by noon!”

Me: “I’m really sorry, ma’am. It takes a little time for a cake like that but I’d you’d like I can have it done by—”

Customer: “Jesus Christ! What good are you? Fine! I’ll just get a different one.”

(She proceeded to order a smaller much simpler cake, that could have been done in the half hour she gave me, to be picked up by four…)

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This Week Was Terrible

Dec. 9th, 2016 08:12 am
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There was a crisis every day this week. The fun included:

- a conflict with my least favorite coworker
- a dead furnace at 3am
- a relative in the ER
- a dead work vehicle (blown diesel turbo)
- another, unrelated work problem for me
- a narrow miss with an electrical fire

Star fixed the furnace. The relative was patched up, given medicine, and released. The fire was averted; Star moved the bus cart at the pizza place, and I yanked the smoking plug. We alerted the employees and scooted.

I keep having to remind myself: nobody is bleeding and nothing is on fire.
Let's see what Friday has to offer.

Possessions by Claudia Emerson

Dec. 9th, 2016 09:50 am
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I sent you a list of what I wanted, and you boxed it up carelessly, as though for the backs
of strangers, or for the fire, the way you might

have handled a dead woman's possessions—when you could no longer bear to touch
them, the clothes still fragrant, worn, still that reminiscent

of the body. Or perhaps your lover packed the many boxes herself, released from secret
into fury, that sick of the scent of me

in the bed, that wary of her face caught in my mirror—something I said I didn't want,
where I would not see myself again.

This interview was a bit whiplashy

Dec. 9th, 2016 01:55 pm
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Interview in The Guardian with the new President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which may have been the first of the Royal Colleges to have a female President, but then decided that that covered them for the next several decades against any claims of gender bias, and they've only just appointed the second.*

And at one point she's suggesting being very interventionist with patients over obesity**, which made me cringe -

- and also made me go WHUT when later on in the interview:

She has been tremendously influenced by Sir Michael Marmot, who as a leading epidemiology professor at UCL has pioneered research on health inequalities. “Why is it we treat people, only to put them back into the place where they got ill?” she asks. Marmot said that only a third of our health outcomes are attributable to doctors and other medical staff. “Two thirds comes from all the social and epidemiological factors present where somebody is born and lives and where they are educated. It’s absolutely phenomenal.”
Which, you know, might have led her to consider the social etc factors bearing upon 'obesity' - and I note she cites the BMI, which is widely considered a not very useful or reliable gauge.

Of course, one doesn't know to what extent the interview was edited to foreground some things rather than others.

*Thinking about professional cultures, a friend who once worked in a non-medical capacity at that particular Royal College found it had a hideously macho culture and the male bias was not just lingering in dusty corners.

**And over the years of my own career, I had to do with quite a number of women docs who had trained and qualified when the percentage of women admitted to medical school was subject to stringent quotas - I think Regan probably started her medical education just about the point that parity came about - and would say that terrifying virago was quite often an understatement, there was frequently entire internalisation of certain mindsets common to the profession ('There's no knowledge but I knows it').

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A new offer that's worthwhile if you're planning on spending at least $100 at Amazon any time soon: Load your Amazon Gift Card account with $100, and they'll add $5 on top of that. Not surprisingly, this is a one-time-per-customer offer (and for people reloading their balance for the first time, but since I don't know anyone who reloads their own balance, I'm guessing most folks are eligible).

I'm not blown away by most of the daily deals today, but one of the Kindle deals is on The Very Best of Tad Williams for $2.99.

Other good Kindle deals: Pratchett's The Wee Free Men is $4.99, while The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is $3.99.

And in Kindle/Comixology graphic novels, Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than A Man, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF, Spider-Woman Vol. 1: Baby Talk and The Mighty Thor Vol. 1: Thunder In Her Veins are $2.99 each. That's some dirt-cheap and really good Marvel stuff.

In kitchen goods, Amazon's got a couple of sales on their Amazon Basics (their house brand), including their AmazonBasics 16-Piece Cafe Stripe Dinnerware Set, Service for 4 for $21.80 (18% off) and their AmazonBasics Digital Kitchen Scale with LCD Display for $9.64 (12% off). Even at the regular prices, the AmazonBasics stuff tends to be good for folks looking for good cheap kitchenware, but the discounts make them extra nice.

In TVs, the TCL 32S3800 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV is $169.99 (about $60 below Wal-Mart and other dealers).

In toys, the Ever After High toys are on sale, with some as low as 65% off and a lot of them under $10.

And finally, in MP3s, Mozart vs Beethoven: the Ultimate Battle of the Masters, a 100-song MP3 collection is $.99, a damned nice way to get a ton of classical music into your collection.

So cool!

Dec. 9th, 2016 01:48 am
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Whoa, for those of you who like Sara on Arrow/LoT (Sara is my BAE ♥) you have got to see this video of Caity Lotz practicing her stunts:

SHE'S REALLY DOING THEM. Those spinny flip kicks that Sara does? She's not on wires and it's not a stunt double. The actress can literally flip herself upside down, twirl through the air and land on her feet. She does parkour too! Apparently she was a dancer and stunt double before getting into acting, so she still does all her own stunt work and martial arts on the show.
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It's that time! I have DW points to give away, and so I'm offering:

One year of paid account time to one user
Six months of paid account time to two users

To nominate someone for either of these, please enter their username in the following poll. Other points to consider are:

  • I don't need to know, interact with, or have anything in common with your nominee, so please don't worry if they don't overlap in our Circles.
  • Self-nomination is absolutely OK. I won't know anyway, because the poll is anonymised.
  • Sharing this entry is absolutely OK.
  • If you would like to identify yourself as the nominator of a user (e.g. "I put in so-and-so's name") so that, if they're selected, they know their donor's name, you can do so in the screened comments on this entry. Please don't feel obliged to do this.
  • I will be drawing the three names out of a hat after the poll closes (next Friday 16 December).

    One caveat: Seed Account users won't be included in this round of Seasonal Giving, as additional account time wouldn't be of use to them.

    Poll #17775 Seasonal Giving 2016
    This poll is anonymous.
    Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 11

    I would like to nominate the following user for 6 or 12 months of paid Dreamwidth account time.

    (All comments are screened. This entry is not cross-posted to LiveJournal.)


Dec. 9th, 2016 05:24 am
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"[F]ascism is the idolatry of the imagined past, while communism is the idolatry of the imagined future. They're mirror images in terms of why they turn totalitarian." -- Michael Roberts [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this last night]

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Dec. 9th, 2016 09:14 am
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Wow! I'm sorry I dissed Patrick Hamilton's The Slaves of Solitude earlier. After a slow start, it builds to an unexpected and I would say life-affirming climax. I finished it on the train back from Birmingham yesterday (I actually went to Taunton and had planned to get the 15.15 home, which is direct, but the 14.51 to Edinburgh being at the station when I arrived, I caught that, changed at Birmingham and during the 30 minute stopover (probably waiting the 15.15 from Taunton, I wouldn't be surprised) I wandered up to Carluccio's where I had left my white fluffy earmuffs with owls on them after a convivial birthday bottle of Montepulciano with [Bad username or unknown identity: major_clanger"] the previous week. And they had them! God, Carluccio's are good. Not only did they act brilliantly on the occasion one of their waiters tipped a glass of wine into my laptop, they are always reliable as a source of presents for vegetarians (truffles, truffle oil, salted capers, biscotti, fancy pastas....) serve sour cherry juice among their soft drinks, and do a hot choc

I should have had more faith. After all, this is the man who wrote Rope, Gaslight and Hangover Square, any one of which would be likely to earn a lifetime's achievement award.

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Dec. 9th, 2016 09:47 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] bibliofilen, [personal profile] lsanderson and [personal profile] nineveh_uk!
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[It's December Days time! There's no overarching theme this year, so if you have ideas of things to write about, I'm more than happy to hear them.]

[personal profile] bethany_lauren wanted to know what my favorite thing to do during a rainy day was.

The truth is that I really like to listen to the rain. My current area varies between light drizzles and sheets of rain that go at strong angles to soak people who have their rain protection on. Strong rain on windows and other surfaces is an exciting sound, even as it makes me feel a bit worried that there will be water dribbling into the basement. The place of my upbringing had rain with an extra quality that my current locale doesn't have - regular thunderclaps. Which, with their lightning flashes, brought an extra visual and auditory dimension that's flat out cool. Even though it makes you worry about power outages. So, six of one, half dozen of the other.

Usually, though, that question is about what happens when your plans are shredded by forces beyond your control. Since much of my life has had things happening that I can't control, much as I want to, I've gotten to be very flexible about plans, and usually have at least a couple writing plots on the fire. Whether essays, the giving of grief, or linkspam. (And I'm totally behind on that again.) Because sometimes the person involved can't get anywhere on time, or has not yet learned the fine art of executive function, or doesn't understand the limitations of their body and how that requires them to not do the thing fully now so that they can do a thing later.

The best thing to do when it rains is listen to the rain. When your plans get wrecked, take it with grace and have a backup ready.

Covers & Cocktails: Luck Be a Lady

Dec. 9th, 2016 09:00 am
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Posted by Amanda

Welcome to December, everyone! I hope (those who are experiencing winter) are staying warm and that the upcoming holidays leave you feeling happy and loved. This is the last Covers & Cocktails post of 2016 and I want to thank the Bitchery for reading and interacting with these posts . It’s really awesome to see an idea become a monthly post on the site. Hopefully, some of you have been able to try the recipes and enjoy them!

A | BN | K | ARe | iB
This month’s book is Nico by Sarah Castille and let me tell you, it is bananas. The book does deal with the mafia, so I’m giving you a warning if you’re not a fan of those themes. But seriously, this book has all the makings of modern crazysauce: an over the top villain, some double crossing, and even a brief marriage of convenience. And it’s all set in Las Vegas, which is why I’m calling the drink Luck Be a Lady. It’s also a reference to Guys and Dolls, which is one of my favorite musicals of all time. The hero, Nico, is a huge Sinatra fan as well.

The main characters have ties to various Italian mob families, so I picked an Italian drink. Luck Be a Lady is essentially a blood orange Aperol spritz. An Aperol spritz is a popular aperitif in parts of Italy and I initially heard about it when my (very Italian) boyfriend went to Italy this spring and asked if I’d ever had it. Traditionally, the drink is made with Aperol, a bitter orange (in taste and in color) aperitif, and Prosecco with a splash of soda water.

For this version, I replaced the soda water with San Pellegrino Blood Orange. I also coated the bottom of the glass in juice from my Luxardo cherries for some extra bloody emphasis. And since this is a mafia-themed book, blood everywhere, even if only from fruit, seemed fitting. This cocktail is citrusy, a bit bitter, and has some great bubbly lightness from the Prosecco.

Ingredients for a blood orange Aperol spritz

Shopping list:
San Pellegrino Blood Orange
Luxardo cherries
Orange (optional for garnish)

3 oz Prosecco
1 1/2 oz Aperol
2 oz San Pellegrino
4 tablespoons of Luxardo cherry juice


  1. Layer the cherry juice on the bottom of the glass. It’s the thickest liquid out of the bunch and when “floating” liquids, you have the heaviest at the bottom.
  2. Pour in Aperol and then Prosecco over a spoon, with the bottom face up and the tip touching the glass. You want the liquid to touch the spoon and the side of the glass first before falling to the bottom of the glass.
  3. Top with San Pellegrino. I just eyeball it, but it’s roughly 2 oz.
  4. Garnish with cherries, orange peel, or orange slices.

Modifications and notes:

  • If you’d rather, you can make a normal Aperol spritz without the San Pellegrino. It’s a bit lighter using just soda water.
  • Alternatively, you can use a flavored seltzer water to get more bubbles, but still add in some extra citrus taste.
  • I can’t recommend Luxardo cherries enough, honestly. I love them and if you have the opportunity to buy them, do it!
  • For the Prosecco, my local store had these adorable mini bottles. I will warn you that it took me ages to unscrew the damn cap, but one bottle is enough to make one drink, plus leave a little Prosecco leftover for sipping later on.

A bright orange Aperol spritz in a high ball glass next to a copy of Nico by Sarah Castille

Happy drinking!

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