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thanekos: Lawyer doing a phone call. (Default)
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They weren't all superpowered.

They were all financial superpowers, fingers on one of the hands turning the world.

They weren't a cooperative, but a courtesy; they were meeting to address one of them being discourteous.

The charge was put to the offender in exactly those terms. )

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Jun. 28th, 2016 07:04 pm
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AO3 Name: rubylily
Other Profiles: rubylily @ tumblr

General DNWs: rape, dubcon and other forms of abuse, excessive grimdark, outright downer endings, infidelity, character/pairing/canon-bashing, AUs/alternate universes, second-person POV, or genderswap
General Likes: romance, friendship, fluff, slice of life, action, happy endings, bittersweet endings, unrequited love, hurt/comfort, travel

Day Break Illusion )

Gakkou Gurashi | School-Live )

Is the Order a Rabbit? )

Puella Magi Madoka Magica )

Sunday Without God )

Vampire Knight )

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Jun. 28th, 2016 08:07 pm
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AO3 Name: amyfortuna
Other Profiles: edgeoflight @ tumblr

General DNWs: Rape/Noncon, Pregnancy/Kidfic*, A/B/O, AUs other than as noted below
(*I don't object to the presence of pregnancy or children, just don't want them taking over the story.)
General Likes: Happy endings, joy in the midst of or after sorrow, vignettes, character studies, porn of any kind, canon-divergence AUs, Space!AUs, fic that makes me think, philosophy, art that embraces a wide variety of skin colours, body shapes, and standards of beauty.

The Silmarillion )

Lord of the Rings (book) )

The Hobbit (book) )

Fic: Soon, but not yet (White Collar)

Jun. 29th, 2016 02:07 pm
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~860 words, Peter & Neal gen, G-rated. Missing scene from 1.06, for the amnesty on [ profile] fan_flashworks and [ profile] wc_rewatch. A million thanks to [personal profile] mergatrude for beta. <3

Soon, but not yet

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Jun. 28th, 2016 08:02 pm
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AO3 Name: VampirePaladin
Other Profiles: sirvalkyrie

General DNWs: Cheating on significant other, needlessly cruel character death, watersports, female characters being swapped to male, completely mundane AUs, original work, M/M as focus/primary ship, issue fic
General Likes: Snow, dubcon, friendship, romance, stories where a ship is there but it is in the background, magical girls/super heroes, cats, coyotes

Hetalia )

X-Men Movies )

Puella Mago Madoka Magica )

Tokyo Mew Mew )

LoliRock )

Atelier Series )

Power Rangers )

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Jun. 28th, 2016 07:51 pm
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AO3 Name: jiokra

General DNWs: Non con, dub con, body fluids, mpreg, omegaverse / A/B/O, character death, rimming, internalized homophobia, non canon AUs, underage
General Likes: Hurt/comfort is my kryptonite. I love pretty much everything hurt/comfort (from hypothermia to nightmares to post-torture PTSD to huddling for warmth to nursing other half of OTP back to health). I love hurt/comfort and will love anything hurt/comfort related). I also have a soft spot for medically accurate hurt/comfort. Presumed death (no actual character death). Angst, pining, obliviousness. Competence kink. Mission fic, case fic. Best friends pining and afraid to ruin the friendship or feeling out of their league. Cuddling and making out. Hickeys, marking (hickeys or wearing each other's clothes, I love the possessive aspect of marking), anything involving necks and kissing. For sex, bondage, Dom/sub, breath play, one being more clothed than the other, oral sex, rough sex, needing to be quiet. Canon compliant, canon AU, or canon divergent.

Shadowhunters (TV) )

Captive Prince )

The 100 )

The Eagle of the Ninth )

Star Wars: Sequel Trilogy )


Jun. 28th, 2016 09:52 pm
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Octavia Butler's Kindred adapted into a graphic novel.

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Jun. 28th, 2016 07:40 pm
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AO3 Name: Dancingsalome

Other Profiles: scripsi on DW and LJ

General DNWs: Modern AU’s. Character bashing. Amputation, body horror, cannibalism blood play, wet, scat, child abuse, medical experimentation, torture, incest, animal abuse, mpreg and too gory violence.

General Likes: Het and gen are both equally welcome. The pairings below doesn’t have to be romantic pairings. Missing scenes and epilogues. I also like AUs where what-if’s are explored. Bittersweet romances. Introspection fics. Funny fics where the character banter or snark at each other. BDSM. Angst and darkfics, happy endings optional. I haven’t filled in any prompts because I can’t think of any.

Versailles )

Doctor Who )

Penny Dreadful )

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (either book or series) )

Ivanhoe )
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We finally get a full look at how Barry Allen and Vic Stone will look for 2017's Justice League! Check it:

Bleeding Edge Iron Man and Robocop 2014 are a go )
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Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Rose Quartz
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Watercolor
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] neonetta

Why this piece is awesome: A solemn, gorgeous Rose. The detailing and subtle color blending on the curls is lovely. Very old-school manga.

Link: Rose Quartz
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Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Temple Fusion
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Digital painting
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] JoanaTiago

Why this piece is awesome: A serious rendering of the rescue described in Historical Friction. The composition is intense -- you can practically feel the crashing of the ocean -- and the rendering of the Temple fusion is appropriately epic.

Link: The Giant woman will save the day

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Jun. 28th, 2016 07:27 pm
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AO3 Name: SilverDolphin
Other Profiles: -

General Likes and Dislikes )

Note: the fandoms are listed in a random order, there's no order of preference for any of them. ;)

The Chronicles of Riddick Series )

Marvel Cinematic Universe )

The Flash/DC's Legends of Tomorrow )

Mad Max Movie Series )

Farscape )

X-Men Movies (Original or Alternate Timeline) )
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Written to [personal profile] alatefeline's prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

The world had been very black and white for a very long time… mostly grey, if the truth was to be told. 973-25-025 was very good at engineering. She designed very good buildings, working fifty or 60 hour weeks, and then she came home and exercised for an hour before eating a sensible dinner and going to sleep.

She knew most of her co-workers, her former classmates, her neighbors in her building, lived similar lives. They had skill, and they exerted it. They had bodies, so they fed them and kept them working. THey needed sleep, so they slept.
Read more... )

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Jun. 28th, 2016 06:38 pm
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AO3 Name: Missy
Other Profiles: n/a

General DNWs: Sex between underage participants, scat/roman showers
General Likes: Humor, road trips, romance, slice of life, any sort of au

Evil Dead Series/Army of Darkness )

Galavant )

Burn Notice )

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Jun. 28th, 2016 06:24 pm
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AO3 Name: tielan
Other Profiles: tumblr | twitter | LJ

General DNWs: background slash, refrigerator/ignored females, humiliation, stupid jealousy tropes (basically anything that could be fixed by communicating), twisting characters around so they barely resemble who they used to be.
General Likes: I love female characters, female friendships, and het relationships depicted as respectful. My tropes are kickass chicks who also have softer sides, girl saves boy, genderswapped hero journeys, slice of life, action-adventure, relationships happening in life contexts, and conflict that isn't relational. I'm okay with AUs , fusions, and crossovers, but I'd prefer to see them in their canon scenarios.

Marvel Cinematic Universe )

Stargate Atlantis )

Angel the Series )

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Jun. 28th, 2016 06:15 pm
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AO3 Name: EvilMuffins
Other Profiles: Evil-muffins on Tumblr
General DNWs: Pregnancy, character death, harm to animals, ABO, sad endings, modern/mundane AU (unless I ask specifically), mentions of background ships I didn’t ask for.
General Likes: For fic or art: Pets/animals (especially cats), fluff, smut (pwp is fine!), holidays (especially Halloween), weddings, cooking/baking, fairytales (just the themes or a full-on AU), masquerade balls (think Labyrinth ballroom scene), magical girl or boy AUs, old-timey royalty AUs, steampunk AU, Tokyo Ghoul AU, Hogwarts AU, Pokemon AU, Attack on Titan AU, kaitou AU, circus AU, angst (that gets mostly resolved by end of fic), happy endings, hurt/comfort, dark humor, non-fatal gore.
For art specifically, I like pastel colors, pixel art, comic panels, giving characters new hairstyles or clothes (I really like lolita style, for girls or boys), illustrated scenes from my own fics, a scene from canon in your own style, my ships cuddling/kissing, my favorite ships with cats, and if you’re feeling adventurous- gore/guro.
DNW Media Types: Generic summer greetings

Super Dangan Ronpa 2 )

Dangan Ronpa )

Fire Emblem Awakening )

Fire Emblem Fates-Conquest )

Attack on Titan )

Kiznaiver )

Tokyo Ghoul )

Free! )

Pokemon (games) )

Haikyuu )

Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End) )

Yowamushi Pedal )

Revolutionary Girl Utena )

Samurai Flamenco )

Ever After High )

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Jun. 28th, 2016 03:32 pm
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The Kickstarter is funded, with a week to go yet! Yesterday's update (with pictures of cover progress) and today's update. Thank you to everyone here who's backed me and signal-boosted the project; I'm so thrilled. :D (And also relieved, because I had been nervously fretting at the beginning that I set the goal too high, so actually managing to HIT the goal is the biggest relief you can imagine!)

Weekly Otherkin Chat Starting Now!

Jun. 29th, 2016 12:02 am
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Reminder: Weekly #otherkin chat starting now, in irc://! Webclient here:

Night on Fic Mountain Reveal

Jun. 28th, 2016 07:45 pm
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Monsters Together (1125 words) by Persephones_Keeper
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Penny Dreadful (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Victor Frankenstein/Vanessa Ives, Victor Frankenstein & Vanessa Ives
Characters: Vanessa Ives, Victor Frankenstein
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Hetgen, Implied/Referenced Abortion, Drug Addiction, Witchcraft, Vanessa has hardened and become a powerful witch

His life in shambles, Victor Frankenstein flees London and encounters a mysterious woman known as the Cut-wife of Ballentree Moor.

This was an incredibly difficult fic to write and it shows. I had a better story drummed up...until I realized I was hitting one of my recipient's DNWs. Hence, this inferior AU.

Bundle of Laundry!

Jun. 28th, 2016 07:37 pm
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Agent! Our fellowship of Her Majesty's Occult Service has resurrected, through unholy (but authorized) methods, our March 2015 Bundle of Laundry, featuring the licensed Laundry tabletop roleplaying game from Cubicle 7 Entertainment. The Laundry RPG is based on The Laundry Files novels and stories by Charles Stross about a modern counter-occult espionage agency. Laundry agents fight Cthulhu Mythos horrors and bureaucratic supervisors. They can save the world, but they have to get a receipt.
The stars are right for this revival, because Charles Stross has just published his new Laundry novel, The Nightmare Stacks (Amazon Kindle edition), and last year's The Annihilation Score is out in paperback (and you can still get its Kindle edition). The Laundry RPG is a great introduction to this ever-sprawling bureaucracy. This collection has everything you need to protect humanity from higher-dimensional apocalypse while following correct paperwork protocols.
Our Starter Collection (US$8.95, retail value $40) includes the complete Laundry rulebook and the Agent's Handbook for players. And if you pay more than the current threshold price ($24.18), you'll regain Sanity and also get all five supplements in our Bonus Collection (retail value $75):
Black Bag Jobs (retail $15): Six self-contained missions ranging from the war-torn hillsides of Afghanistan to the corridors of power in Whitehall, from yoga lessons in Devon to the end of the world.
Cultists Under the Bed (retail $15): Eight of the nastiest, most tenacious foes of the Laundry, plus dozens of minor ones.
God Game Black (retail $15): Expands on the revelations of The Apocalypse Codex novel to send your games hurtling towards Armageddon.
License to Summon (retail $15): The dark side of Computational Demonology and arcane science in the Laundry, as well as the magic of other agencies -- and other entities. New spells, new gadgets, new ways to end the world!
The Mythos Dossiers (retail $15): Dozens of reports, handouts, eyewitness accounts and deranged speculations from the murkier reaches of the Laundry's archives.
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"If you look closely, you'll see that Marvel basically has three Thanoses. There is the 1970s Thanos appearing in the movies. This is before he got the Infinity Gauntlet. Then there are the Thanos stories I'm telling. And finally, there is the Thanos that appears in the mainstream Marvel stories. All three seem to coexist easily enough, so..." - Jim Starlin

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James Bond 007 #6: "VARGR," Part 6

Jun. 28th, 2016 04:00 pm
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"When Fleming was writing, the locales were difficult for ordinary people to reach, which added to their exoticism. These days, most of them can be reached by Easyjet or Ryanair from a regional airport. In VARGR, I can get the same exoticism from the atemporal strangeness of East Berlin, which still looks like a Communist district, and from places like remote Norwegian islands that are comparably difficult to reach. And Helsinki’s in there because I just wanted somewhere Brutalist and miserable, which chunks of Helsinki certainly are. I couldn’t bring myself to take Bond to Helsinki’s black metal karaoke bar." -- Warren Ellis

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[ SECRET POST #3464 ]

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:30 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3464 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 27 secrets from Secret Submission Post #495.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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Written to [ profile] fullaquirkes' prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

“I think I’ve got it.” Aspen hurried into the common room, three books under her arm and a basket full of miscellany in her other hand. “I figured it out. Now all we have to do is… try it.”

Betsy looked up. “Is this like the part where we ‘tried’ being a cat for half an hour?”

“I apologized for that.” Aspen wrinkled her nose. “I apologized, I made cookies, I even kowtowed. I had to look up kowtowing, but I did it.”

“Cut her a break, Bets.” Topher didn’t look up from his video game. “I mean…” somehow he still seemed able to see the glare Betsy shot in his direction. “If you want to? I mean, I spent that half an hour as a golden lab, remember?”
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Jun. 28th, 2016 03:48 pm
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I have already hit the point of "GET THIS FUCKIGN STORY OUT OF ME" and I am not even, I don't think, 1/5 of the way in. I haven't even started doing any of the heavy lifting, really! I haven't even figured out what the heavy lifting consists of!

(Well, in a practical sense, it consists of VERY RAPIDLY trying to figure out how to write a character I've only known for about two months [and still haven't been mentally equipped to watch a literal third of his episodes], alongside and equal to one I have been obsessed with for two years. I think I'm getting there, but I still haven't managed to write any dialogue between them that I can be happy with.)

Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 38

Jun. 28th, 2016 09:00 pm
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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 38: Infinity 12, Infinite - Journey

Welcome back to another react post for Sailor Moon Crystal. We’re up to the final episode of the season and oh my did the last episode pack a hefty punch. This episode is going to have to work hard to be as epic. (Though can it even ever be as epic, considering that so much of the epicness was the awakening and introduction of Sailor Saturn, a moment which anyone watching has been waiting for. Especially those of us who know the 90s anime and had high expectations of the reveal that, so the reaction show, seem largely to have been met.)

So. As it is the last episode of the season, let’s get to it! OMG! Fair warning: because it’s the last episode of the season, I may have gone overboard with the screencaps. So if you’re on mobile or limited bandwidth, I apologise! There are a good 20 images in this post.

Read the rest of this entry » )

Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.

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Jun. 28th, 2016 09:15 pm
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The UK is now two nations, staring across a political chasm | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian
"Even those who understand that something seismic is afoot among predominantly working-class voters are still too keen on the idea that they are gullible enough to be led over a cliff by people with whom they would actually disagree, if only they knew the facts. But most people are not really being “led” by anyone. In my experience, Farage, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove et al are viewed by most people with as much cynicism as the people fronting the remain campaign. Moreover, this argument is dangerously redolent of that lousy old Marxist trope of “false consciousness”, whereby people enthusiastically following the supposedly wrong cause are only a speech or poster away from enlightenment, and a sharp left turn."

How to think about the EU result if you voted Remain
There are worse things than leaving the EU and giving up on democracy (or the free press) would be among them. This is the first article I've seen that gropes towards articulating why Remainers, like myself, should not be looking for ways to wriggle out of this.

EU ‘massively impressed’ by the way Britain’s handling this
The Daily Mash struggles to make the situation seem more ridiculous than it already is.
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Hexarch Shuos Mikodez.

Full-res version for printing out and coloring [hosted at my website].

For the curious, you can also find coloring pages for Captain Kel Cheris, General Shuos Jedao (scroll down a bit), and Hexarch Nirai Kujen.

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Jun. 28th, 2016 08:58 pm
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My new chair may not be a success. Not sure it fits me. Feels a bit precarious. I read in it all day and my neck hurt until I changed chairs to go on the computer. It makes me feel tiny in it and I can't quite relax.

But I don't have a second favourite chair chosen and I can afford this one, so, shall have to think on it.
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Nasa has conducted a second round of test on a booster which is designed to send human beings deep into space.
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The UK Science Minister, Jo Johnson, says that world class research will "endure" following the Brexit.
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Posted by Ask a Manager

A reader writes:

I plan a LOT of events for my company both during business hours and social outings. Recently I have run into a bit of trouble with some dietary restrictions for some of my coworkers. When planning food for events, I always make sure that there are substantial vegetarian items available because being a vegetarian is fairly common, and all of these foods are generally on the regular menu and able to be consumed by anyone whether they are vegetarian or not.

The wild card is that I now have someone who keeps kosher and someone who is gluten-free. Am I obligated to provide special meals for these people? If the meeting was mandatory and the food provided was the only way that they were going to be able to eat lunch that day, I’d get it…but that is generally not the case. There was a very awkward moment a month or so ago when the gluten-free person came up to me during lunch (which was a buffet before a presentation) and asked me if there was a gluten-free entree that she could eat (the lunch was sandwiches, salad, chips, etc.). I also once special ordered an expensive kosher meal to be delivered for a lunch meeting and the guy didn’t even show up to the meeting! Frustrations abound.

I am struggling because if food is provided people will come expecting to be fed…but can I really expected to remember and accommodate the dietary needs of everyone in this organization of 200+ people? I want to make everyone happy but where do I draw the line? Please tell me if I am being a grinch.

It’s not that you’re being a grinch, but I think you’re losing sight of the point of this responsibility. The point isn’t to just cross this item off your list in the way that’s easiest and fastest for you; it’s to provide food for a group of people with diverse dietary needs. And it’s also probably to use food to make people feel generally taken care of and appreciated. That means that, yes, it might end up being more complicated than just placing one straight lunch order; you might need to make special arrangements for people with different needs — but you should see that as part of the job, not an annoying distraction from the job.

Deciding not to bother to provide food that some employees can eat is a really good way to make those people feel left out or like the company doesn’t think their needs matter. But on the flip side of things, making a point of ensuring that those people have food they can eat is a pretty good way of making them feel valued and supported.

And you definitely don’t want to exclude people because of their religious needs (your kosher employee or anyone in the future who needs halal food) or health needs (the gluten-free person or any future people with allergies or other health-related food restrictions). Part of having a diverse workforce is that you’re going to have people with diverse dietary needs too, and you don’t want to signal that only the dominant culture’s eating habits are accommodated there.

So yes, if you’re charged with handling food for events, make sure you’re getting food for everyone who will be there.

how much should we accommodate employees’ dietary restrictions at work events? was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

Zachariah Mudge

Jun. 28th, 2016 05:46 pm
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Some interesting bits from a promotional book about unnamed missionaries.

No author is named in the volume, but it’s attributed to Zachariah Atwell Mudge, not to be confused with another Pacific NW luminary, Zachary Mudge of George Vancouver’s 1792 expedition.

It’s titled “Sketches of Mission Life among the Indians of Oregon” (New York: Carlton & Phillips, 1854).

“They landed at Fort Vancouver, June 1, 1840…Some left for Puget Sound; others were appointed for the Willamette Valley; and still others for the Calapoosa [Kalapuya] country, far up the Willamette.” (pages 13-15)

The Dalles / Wasco / Wascopam: “This mission station was established in 1838 by the Rev. D. Lee and the Rev. H.K.W. Perkins.” (page 16)

“The Indians have a superstitious respect for these [rattle]snakes. They never kill them. They say, if they should, the “tamanas,” or spirit of the murdered snake, prompts his living friends to revenge his death by biting his destroyer.” (page 29)

There’s no such thing as coyotes yet, in English; just “prairie wolves” as opposed to the “forest wolves” (page 30 and following).  “Indian tradition says that Talipaz,” that is the “Prairie Wolf,” was the creator of all things.” (page 47) “…even their dogs, which much resemble the wolf, being doubtless possessed of some wolf blood, they treat with great respect, on account of their supposed relationship to Talipaz.” (page 48)

Indians of the Dalles area are mostly represented as talking pidgin English, lapsing into standard English for the benefit of the reader, for example: “See, me no got coat…and me no got pants…Me poor, o, very poor!…Mr. B—-, you are a man, a great man…” (pages 44-45)  Sometimes this speech could be calqued on Chinuk Wawa: “O, you great doctor!  My heart is large toward you!” (page 61)

A spelling you don’t often see: Chenwook (page 48).

“When a young man wishes to become distinguished, he goes out at night,— perhaps some night when the clouds overhang the sky,—and an awful mystery seems to enshroud the object of his adventure. He claims to meet either Talipaz or his spirit. Sometimes he says, “Tamanawas,” that is, a moving spirit of power, “came upon me.” He now knows what is to befall him, or he vainly thinks, in his superstition, he knows more than common mortals. He claims to be a great “medicine man;” and, strange enough, his people allow his claim!” (pages 48-49)

In November of 1843, Mt St Helens erupts (page 104 and following).  It’s part of the President’s Range.  “The highest is Mount Washington, the next Mount Adams, and so in the order of the presidential administrations” (page 107).

William M’Kendree is an orphaned Native boy who helps around the mission; Chinook Jargon is spoken of as it were his native language: “In his Indian language, he would exclaim, “Wake siar nika nanage Boston ileha,” — “It will not be long before I see the the United States.” (page 110)  He winds up becoming a member of Colonel John C. “The Pathfinder” Fremont‘s second expedition, traveling toward the coast, then southern Oregon, and eventually to Washington, D.C.

About chief Equator: “His head was not flattened, like those of his tribe. He used to say, jocosely, that his parents tried the usual methods of giving it the fashionable shape, but that it was too hard to be thus molded. He was therefore known, to some extent, as the “Boston chief,” because he had a head like the white men.” (page 118)

“She, however, became the wife of a “King George’s Man,” a name by which all the English are designated by the Indians.” (page 164)

Dala in the Jargon used to mean not just money but anything made of metal, or shiny: “”You lose spoon,–a dollar spoon?” meaning a silver spoon.” (page 210)

Night Hush by Leslie Jones

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:00 pm
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Night Hush

by Leslie Jones
January 20, 2015 · Witness Impulse
RomanceRomantic Suspense

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2016 review was written by SRose. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Best First Book category.

The summary:

In this gripping and action-packed debut, an Army Intelligence officer and a Delta Force soldier must race against the clock to stop a catastrophic terrorist attack …

When Army Intelligence officer Heather Langstrom’s military convoy is ambushed and she’s taken prisoner, she knows she’ll need all her strength and courage to survive, escape her captors, and report the whispers of unrest brewing in the Middle East.

Delta Force Captain Jace Reed isn’t one to throw caution to the wind, but when his team stumbles upon beaten and weak Heather fleeing the terrorist training camp they’ve been dispatched to destroy, he’ll risk everything to get her to safety.

Once back on base, they learn her convoy’s ambush was no accident … she’d been targeted. As the evidence of an impending attack mounts, Jace and Heather uncover a deadly terrorist plot that could kill hundreds of civilians.

But Jace’s protective instincts and Heather’s fierce independence put them at constant odds. And as they close in on the extremists, they must learn to trust one another in order to save innocent lives … even if it means sacrificing their own.

Here is S.Rose's review:

Trigger warning for torture and attempted rape.

Night Hush is a romantic suspense by Leslie Jones. It takes place in the fictional country of Azakistan. A terrorist group has taken an a female American service member hostage, and special forces group Delta Force runs across her in the course of their operations. Heather Langstrom has been tortured and badly injured, but has managed to escape captivity through her own intelligence and skills. Her rescuer, Jace Reed, has had sort of a crush on her after watching her run on base and has been carrying a picture of her around. He stokes it in one scene, giving a stalker vibe in the prologue.

After her rescue, Heather, who has been severely injured and is off duty, spends time recovering and talking with Jace. She is very reluctant at first to pursue any attraction, as female officers have to be twice as good to be considered half as good, and any interest shown in any man would get her blowback in the form of comments and innuendo.

The portrayal of women in the military was well done, showing how exhausting it would be to be under constant scrutiny for weakness or for those who would try to exploit their ambition. Heather is very ambitious and has goals of being a three-star general one day. Jace tends to be protective of her, and they have several discussions of her ability to do her job, as a man would, without extra coddling needed. Jace grows in this respect, understanding Heather’s need to have her work validated.

Ending spoiler
At the end, when Heather has been assigned to Jace’s team, all that ambition is tossed out the window when it gets in the way of the romance, so she first decides she will be a trainer in North Carolina where Jace is based, and then decides to accept the deus ex machina in the form of the same job with Jace’s team, but as a civilian contractor.

This part was sort of shoe-horned in, with sudden reversal from the woman who had been so determined to advance in her military career. Jace had offered to resign so she could advance, but that offer wasn’t taken as a serious possibility.

Heather has trauma from her time as a prisoner, and is having trouble with nightmares and flashbacks. She is reluctant to see the psychiatrist, and this is portrayed well, as she’s afraid of showing any weakness and it highlights a somewhat common reluctance in people who have experienced trauma. If they talk about it, that makes it real. She does discuss her torture with Jace, but not with any therapist. As the plot moves along, and they are frantically trying to stop a terrorist attack, she has the opportunity to confront her torturer. She does have a moment where she freezes, but is able to overcome that and again save herself.

This novel was very enjoyable and the writing flowed well, except for a few quibbles here and there with the plot and characterization, most of the book was an entertaining read.

However, there is one issue that I think is important to address: the country is fake but the terrorist organization is real. The Kongra Gel, or perhaps better known as the PKK, is a Kurdish separatist group. The Alevi are a real religious minority in Turkey. The Pashtun are an ethnic minority in Pakistan. When examining the real life use and practices of these people for this review, this portrayal became a problem, as none of the villains have motivations beyond controlling women, killing civilians, and other stereotypical characteristics. One character, Aa’idah, is the daughter and sister of the two terrorists, and she tells the Americans what the terrorists are planning after she is almost raped by the man her father has said can marry her. She is the only person in the book of local origin who cares about other people.

How do I grade this book? I don’t know. I enjoyed reading it, but the portrayals of the mentioned ethnic groups were problematic. I’m going with a B.

Question demanding the answer, WTF?

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:53 pm
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A determined spammer keeps asking me 'interested in safe floors?'

And since one of my current occupations is channelling a renowned author of Gothick novels and horrid tales, the image this evokes is of floors that suddenly open up beneath one's feet leading to an Oubliette of Doom, or possibly Hell.

In fact, it seems to be about becoming a distributor for some product that promises 'slip-resistant floor treatment' for the kind of public premises that have slippery floors.


Also, requires a set-up fee of $5000 to get into this promising business opportunity.

One is so tempted to put them in touch with relicts of dictators...


In other news, and trying to look on the bright side (wot bright side there is no bright side):

The keynote talk thing that I have been sighing over has done that thing where it gives a little wiggle and suddenly looks a lot more close to DONE than I thought it was.

Also in being Some Kinda Academic, sent off the paper I gave in Montreal to the organising body's essay comp, as they had solicited attendees to do this.

In nature notes, today I saw a wee robin and some kind of tit (?) in my perambulations through local green spaces.

Also, have had the royalty statement for a particularly niche work of mine and it's still selling - the royalties are still pretty much tuppence-ha'penny once the non-sterling cheque has gone through the bank, but I never expected wealth beyond the dreams of avarice from it.

I had a longer post to write

Jun. 28th, 2016 01:42 pm
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But today I'm going to the hospital to visit a dying friend. I'm going alone and I'm scared, but I know I can do it. I plan to go every week know.

I've lost people before, but I always found out after the fact. Maybe I should be glad I've been given this chance.

Wouldn't it be cool if Death really was the cheerful goth girl Neil Gaiman envisioned?
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Though the killer robot questions whether it's art.

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