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Story: "Up the Water Spout" Part 15

Oct. 1st, 2014 12:24 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14.

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Necessary Conversations, Part 7 of 7

Sep. 30th, 2014 07:04 pm
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Necessary Conversations
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 7 of 7
word count: 908


:: As always, this is written with the gracious permission of Ysabetworsmith. I have borrowed her characters, but have /hopefully/ maintained their characterizations. As always, anything I've added to world-building is hers to develop in any way she prefers.

Review part One, Two, Three, and Four, and Five , and Six



“And you think what, that it's... intrusive?” She stumbled a bit over the last word. He flinched.

A slow, reassuring smile crept onto her features. “When you get to be my age--” Hannah began, only to have him bark a laugh, dry and broken.

“I doubt Groundhog told you how he and I met,” he answered, staring up at her ceiling as though looking through it.

She shook her head very slightly.

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Planting Iris

Sep. 30th, 2014 08:57 pm
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Today's yardening task: planted 10 assorted iris bulbs, watered them in, and mulched around the tops.  Hopefully some of them will sprout and bloom. 

I hate this song. So I filked it.

Sep. 30th, 2014 09:18 pm
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I loathe this song. I detest it. It's either full of lies or self-delusion or doormatness that's just asking for trouble and I hiss whenever it comes on the radio.

However, it is, *sigh*, a catchy tune. Therefore, I decided... Hey. I could filk this.

This is a first draft. Subject to change or being ignored forever. Tweak for yourself if you like, sing it wherever, a mention would be nice, yadda yadda, etc.

DPS More Than The Pet

I'm not surprised that we wiped this.
I've repaired my gear so many times
I've stopped keeping track.
Zone myself in, run myself back.
I get all hyped up then I let the raid down.

I tried so very hard not to get kicked.
I came up with a million excuses
I thought I'd covered all the contingenci~es

And I know someday that it'll all turn out.
The GM'll make me work so the raid can work it out
And I promise you, Arthas, I'll DPS more than I get!
I just haven't geared up yet.

I might have to grind; I'll never give up.
I guess it's half timing and the other half's luck.
We're running from rot, we're hacking him down
Then Val'kyr from nowhere drops me off a cliff.

And I know that this dungeon's amazing.
And GM your trust is gonna change me
And now I can see all the contingenci~es

And I know someday that it'll all turn out.
The GM'll make me work so the raid can work it out
And I promise you, Arthas, I'll DPS more than the pet!
I just haven't geared up yet.

They say all's fair in love and war
But I won't need to tank it
We'll get through it, a raid united

And I know that this dungeon's amazing.
And bein' in this raid's gonna change me
And now I can see all the contingenci~es

And I know someday that it'll all turn out.
The GM'll make me work to work it out
Promise you, Arthas, I'll DPS more than I get!
I just haven't geared up yet
I'll DPS more than the pet!

Oh you know that it'll all turn out.
The GM'll make me work so the raid can work it out
And I promise you, Arthas, I'll DPS more than the pet!
Yeah, I just haven't geared up yet.

I just haven't geared up yet
Oh, I promise you, raid,
I'll DPS more than the pet!

(For original lyrics, you can check out http://artists.letssingit.com/michael-buble-lyrics-havent-met-you-yet-wtq952q#axzz3EqpilBPc )

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, October 7

Sep. 30th, 2014 08:04 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "mad science." I'll be soliciting ideas for scientists, lab assistants, hapless victims, laboratories, offices, secret lairs, forming hypotheses, doing experiments, making discoveries, difficult choices, plot twists, safety equipment, doomsday machines, gizmos or super-gizmos, mysterious substances, scientific theories, types of madness, monologues, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Testing the Metal" (A Conflagration of Dragons).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

 

Tiiiiiired.

Sep. 30th, 2014 08:23 pm
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The squirrels in the walls -- flying squirrels -- were apparently deciding to store nuts there. At least, so I surmise by the PLOK PLOK PLOK noises that were coming from there. After getting up to look down and see for sure that it wasn't some stupid woodpecker trying to tap its way through the glass, or a burglar or something, I went THUMP on the wall with both hands.

The squirrels quieted down after that.

Speaking of woodpecker, one was on the feeder... yesterday, I think it was. Tapping away... at the clear plastic, then disgruntledly eating a seed out of the bottom like a normal bird. It was funny.

Kid had gaming club today, with one of her friends added to it. Friend had fun, I drove her home, she showed us her GECKO, EEEE, SO CUTE! It licked me! SO CUTE!

Havva Quote
Kay’s fingers were very artistic; it was the icy game of reason at which he played, and in his eyes the figures were very remarkable, and of the highest importance; this opinion was owing to the piece of glass still sticking in his eye. He composed many complete figures, forming different words, but there was one word he never could manage to form, although he wished it very much. It was the word “Eternity.” The Snow Queen had said to him, “When you can find out this, you shall be your own master, and I will give you the whole world and a new pair of skates.”
--http://hca.gilead.org.il/snow_que.html


And a new pair of skates. *nods*

INwatch+Bookwatch )
Adopt one today!
Dragons under fold )

BINGO: column

Sep. 30th, 2014 06:33 pm
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I've made bingo down the B column of the public card for the Birthday Bingo Fest.  
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Origfic Bingo Card 9-30-14

Sep. 30th, 2014 02:43 pm
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Here is my new card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This bingo challenge encourages original material across all formats and lengths. It's a terrific fest if you want gen and/or gentle fiction. There are Gen, Romance, and Kink cards available or you can mix those categories. Read the rules first. A signup post appears the first week of each month, when anyone can request a card whether you've completed a bingo or not. (See all my 2014 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

This fest allows bingo claims for fills that have been written but not posted yet. The card below is Gen.


BINGO
enlightenmentbuilding (verb)youthcause and effectmemories
bluffingevening the oddshistorybrand newholding one's ground
parent(s)disability (temporary)FREE SPACEgravityperfect
wanderingthe usual suspectscriminal intentobediencefriendship
lost in translationface to facesports and gameseccentricaccidents
 

Nina Paley Interview

Sep. 30th, 2014 01:10 pm
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Here's a short interview of artist Nina Paley.  She does cartoons, animation, and sundry other things.

I'm intrigued to see her complaining about the decay of good computer programs.  This is a problem I have observed very widely.  The first version is rarely the best.  Then a few rounds later, it gets really good if its ever going to.  After that it's all downhill as people add more and more crap until it collapses under its own weight or they get bored with it or sell it or whatever.  Before long, you can't get the version(s) that actually worked, so you can no longer do that thing.  It's extremely frustrating.

I miss the virtue of elegance  in programming.

One Card Draw

Sep. 30th, 2014 10:43 am
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I am holding my monthly one card draw to celebrate the September new moon and Mabon/the fall equinox in the northern hemisphere from 1100-1900 Pacific Daylight Time [PDT] on 30 September 2014 ONLY [countdown].

Come on over and request a card.

There are new crowdfunding perks listed for both donators and advertisers.

Tips are not required, but definitely appreciated. And feel free to pimp this far and wide...

Silicon Soapware #243

Sep. 30th, 2014 10:21 am
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Silicon Soapware #243 is out. Look in

http://www.well.com/~bubbles/SS0243.txt

or check out my main page at

http://www.well.com/~bubbles/

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readers react: the caretaker

Sep. 30th, 2014 10:19 am
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If you’re following the Doctor Who “Caretaker” post, you really want to check out this comment thread on the Livejournal echo.

Also, you’ll find this pair of comments on the primary blog post illuminating: Tony Cross on the classist military PE teacher trope, and my reply on how that matches racist tropes in North America.

This is really interesting. I hadn’t expected to get a convincing explanation here, and I rather have. This is an element of class I had been aware of in, say, a Great War context, but not as current.

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the story you may have missed

Sep. 30th, 2014 12:53 am
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This last weekend, This American Life broke the biggest story on bank regulation in two years or more. And it didn't even make much of a ripple.

It's called The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra. (Written story version here, This American Life transcript here, Bloomberg article here.) It is regulatory capture writ large, and in simple and easy to understand terms. It's the story about how the New York Federal Reserve runs interference for the large banks they regulate, and discourage - or just fire - the people who try to enforce any regulations.

One such person was Carmen Segarra, who had started to realise how badly wrong things were, and who had secretly started recording many meetings, up to and including her firing. These recordings have now all been released.

If you have persisted in thinking, despite my many updates in the past, that anything has improved in the financial system, please listen to this story. It has not.

There's been very little coverage, though. Four minutes on MSNBC. HuffPo and CNN have some coverage less of the story itself and more on Elizabeth Warren's call for a Congressional investigation. Inc. says that this is an example of why you need these sorts of people in your startup - and on your side. There's a little bit of blogging, some of which is on major outlet sites, but not all that much. Mostly, the coverage is locals and fringe.

That's pretty dramatic failure to cover what Bloomberg - the only outlet covering this for real, see link above - called "the Ray Rice tapes of the financial sector." You have to go to the UK to get anything else substantive.

Maybe it's because everybody knows. Maybe it's because nobody expects better. Maybe it's because nobody wants a reminder. I don't know. But here, inarguably, is your smoking gun. Now you can't not know.
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How does our entertainment strengthen us? Does it reinforce our beliefs, or hopes, or opinions about the world?

But more interestingly: should it to these things?

If a book is written purely to entertain, does it have the same literary value as, say, “War and Peace”? Could it?

So far, the most common descriptive term for the kind of no-sex, no-swearing, no “on screen” murder and mayhem... isn't. That's a major source of the problem finding new stories in that if no one can agree on a category or parameters, the phrase becomes a catch-all, dumped in with words like “fluff,” “schmoop,” or any of a dozen other labels, regardless of genre.

I am categorizing /gentle/ fiction as entirely different than “inspirational” fiction, rather than including it as a sub-genre. There are many, many other sub-genres of fiction which could be described with the same criteria as for “gentle fiction” which also happen to be science fiction or fantasy or manga.

But when I go looking for /gentle/ versions of science fiction or fantasy, it seems that the /closest/ I can get to both 'gentle” and “fantasy” is something labeled for the 9-12yo age group.

Frankly, I'm amazed. This is an ENORMOUS oversight.

The entire /premise/ of the television show “Quantum Leap” was to, quote, “put right what once went wrong.” Sam's worst “swearing” was the catchphrase, “Oh, boy!” when he recognized whatever mess his new leap had landed him in Yet, within the scifi framework, the stories broached very serious topics, and the framework of leaping from event to event (and person to person) tended to minimize the possibility that Dr. Beckett would be stuck in a particular time and place, impersonating the pseudo-host for the remainder of his/their life, simply because so few of the episodes /emphasized/ that risk.

Because the show focused more on solving the immediate situation, rather than focusing on the New Mexico project team as /they/ tried to find ways to bring Dr. Beckett to his home time and place, the long term impact on Dr. Beckett's life was completely sidestepped. Because his memory was temporarily “Swiss cheese,” there were important (crucially important) parts of his life which he simply did not remember after the first leap.

Despite the science fiction element, the focus of the story was on the new problem, from identifying it to solving it--with the buffer created by the setup adding to the perceived safety net. In effect, the whole show was "gentle science fiction" with a few edgy/risky/traditional episodes.

It's hard to find new stories which even /marginally/ balance between the different requirements, before recognizing how dismissive and derisive most labels for gentle fiction are. At that point, I think I'm on a unicorn hunt.

However, including sex scenes does not automatically make a story “sophisticated.” Swearing doesn't make the story “edgy,” either. What on earth prompted publishers to define “gentle fiction” so narrowly, especially when they're already crying that the number of books sold each year is in steady decline?

As an adult with varied interests, I want to read science fiction some days, fantasy, speculative fiction, or poetry on other days. Why can't I also choose how much sex or violence is going to fit between the covers at the same time?

Yet, most of the "gentle fiction" I encountered before specifically searching it out on DW was all entirely modern, general fiction, and much of it had the intellectual challenge and re-readability of the listed ingredients in a can of whipped cream.

So help me collect more authors' names, more projects or worlds which don't cater to the mainstream. Help me find more /great/ reads.

Are there any you'd put up against a classic like “Huckleberry Finn,” which are also science fiction or fantasy?

If they just don't exist yet, /why/ aren't there more stories which meet both "science fiction" standards and the guidelines for "gentle fiction"?

Dear electric company

Sep. 29th, 2014 10:29 pm
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[and I don't mean on PBS]

Having completed the sale on my house today, I just canceled my service online. You asked me to complete a survey afterwards, and I rated your online service 10 on all counts. [That's the best possible.]

Then you asked for my account number, if available. I opened the PDF of my latest bill and copied the account number. This is it, exactly as copied: [redacted to letters]
 abcde-fghij
I pasted that. It went in as
 abcde-fgh
I left it that way. Your problem.

The same thing happened on this form. Here, though, since I'm reporting this very issue, I'm correcting it. ... Well, what do you know? It went in as
abcde-fghi
Looks like your fields don't like the hyphen that YOU put in there.

I'm of an older generation than your programmers (age 0x41), but I'm also a language researcher, so I'll put this in language they'll understand:

*** Dudes, that's STUPID. ***

You control the formatting of the number and the fields, so it's up to you to make the fields accept the formats YOU provide.

Recipe: "Persimmon Crumble"

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:20 pm
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Today we got some free persimmons, so I made this. I probably put less than $1 of other ingredients in, so yay, almost-free dessert!

When I was little, my grandmother and I used to pick up persimmons from an empty lot near her house, and they are still pretty easy to find out in the world if you know what to look for: a medium-sized tree that drops most of its leaves and then has lots of little orange balls hanging from it. Pick them off the ground, not the tree. Persimmons make good pies, cakes, or persimmon butter.

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Blaaaaaaaah.

Sep. 29th, 2014 08:28 pm
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Don't mind me, just having a run-around-in-circles, curl-up-under-a-rock moment.

Have edited another chapter. Need to scrape together the cope to do some writing. Probably not in the room with other people? Ungh.

Havva Quote
N_____ is twenty minutes into the pilot and already likes "Elementary" a lot more than "Sherlock". >_>
arcangel says, “Hm!”
arcangel . o O (Wait, wait, Sherlock has a plot? I'm not just watching it for the cheekbones?)
arcangel . o O (something something that watson guy something CHEEKBONES! something about a dead person CHEEKBONES!)


INwatch+Bookwatch )
Adopt one today!
Dragons under fold )

A Cat Can Look At A Book

Sep. 29th, 2014 06:07 pm
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Or in this case a short story on Tor.com.

I came across Seven Commentaries On An Imperfect Land, by Ruthanna Emrys, while poking through the short stories on the tor.com website in search of stuff that I thought I might like to nominate for the Hugos.

This is a story for those days when I look around me with bewilderment and think I must be somehow fundamentally foreign to the people around me--different inside. It might be described more precisely as a concatenation, a chain of seven storylets, related to each other but not sequels. Storylets share characters, but no one character appears in all storylets. There is another country, a reality with porous borders that bleeds over into our own, and there exist people drawn to that reality and at home there, who then have to contend with problems that arise from that reality, strange creatures, not all of whom are friendly, and times of privation that have nothing to do with Earth's rhythms.

I enjoyed it very much.

I wrote a set of lyrics for it but the melody hasn't stablilized yet:

Tikanu
lyrics by Catherine Faber 2014
inspired by Seven Commentaries on An Imperfect Land by Ruthanna Emrys, published at the tor.com website

The land of Tikanu was Dinah's to bind
It spread with the mint from the garden behind
Lights in the dusk, with the children abed
And ants that gave gems in exchange for their bread

Mint is invasive, but hard to direct
A border unguarded receives no respect
Warmed by the sunlight, its fragrance will blow
To any domain where the wind wants to go

Miriam's cutting of mint took its due
A tree like a fractal unfurled and grew.
Footprints appeared on the dunes as a guide
And dolphins would visit to squeak at low tide.

The lillim are chaos, you take as your dart
Strong patterns that lie at the galaxy's heart
So they haven't a hope when they meet with a mild
Mathematician defending her child

Tikanu has seasons, at odds with the Earth
Of feast and of famine, of plenty and dearth
To drive out starvation, a feast lies at hand
Given by friends in an alien land.

The folk of Tikanu are scattered like corn
Everywhere settling, everywhere born
Spreading like mint in the soil on the way
Its borders are porous; come visit, come stay

Holding out for a hero

Sep. 29th, 2014 12:28 pm
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The last Doctor Who reaction post I did was for Listen, and y’all may have noticed I didn’t do one for the episode that followed, “Time Heist”. There’s a reason for that, one that pretty much bubbled right up to the fore with this past weekend’s episode, “The Caretaker”.

Which is to say, I’m starting to really not like this season of Who. Dara, Paul and I all watched “The Caretaker” last night, and none of us liked it. Dara calls out her reasons why over here. And to what she has to say, I’ll add this.

As many of you know, I came into Who fandom with the new series. I’d been half-assedly paying attention over Dara’s and Paul’s shoulders when they watched the classic-era episodes on our local public access station, but when the series revived in 2005, Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper made me sit up and take notice. And yeah, I’ll say it right out: I really liked the relationship chemistry between Nine and Rose AND Ten and Rose. I’m a romantic sucker. This is known.

But I’ll also note that just because I am a romantic sucker and I greatly enjoyed the love story with Rose, this does not mean I am incapable of appreciating Who in a non-romantic context. I have since gone back to enjoy quite a great number of the classic-era episodes, particularly in the eras of Three and Four, with nary a love story to be seen.

Let me emphasize this: I do not need the Doctor to be a love interest for him to be interesting to me.

But with all due respect to the considerable acting powers of Mr. Capaldi, y’know what I also don’t need him to be? A screaming asshole to everybody in sight. Here is a short list of things I am now really tired of in this season of Who so far:

One, the Doctor’s rampaging anti-soldier bigotry, which appears to have exploded from out of nowhere. I speculate that this may be a leftover from his experiences on Trenzalore, but I don’t know, because we haven’t been given any justification for it so far. Dara points out correctly that the Doctor does have a history of being contemptuous to the military, but for me as a viewer, it seems like it’s been ramped up to 11 in this series, and for no good reason at all. It can’t just be a reaction to Danny, either, because he was starting this pretty much right out of the gate. “Into the Dalek” had it too, and the Doctor specifically, sneeringly denied Journey Blue a chance to come with him in the TARDIS because she was a soldier.

Two, the constant derisive remarks about Clara’s appearance. I’ve counted at least one per episode, and this is starting to become seriously NOT OKAY. Yes. I get it. The Doctor isn’t Clara’s boyfriend! But he’s supposed to be her friend, and friends don’t say shit like that about each other.

Three, the Doctor yelling “SHUT UP” at everybody. This has grown really tiresome, and it’s presenting Twelve as an arrogant asshole without something to legitimately balance it out. It’s making the Doctor come across as not giving a damn about anybody else having a voice in what’s going on–and that’s another thing, this whole notion of the Doctor “not caring”. I don’t like this idea of Clara as his emergency backup conscience. The Doctor’s supposed to be a champion of humanity, and while sure, there’s some amusement value in the snark of him calling Earth the Planet of the Pudding-brains, if he keeps this up, you have to start wondering why he’s still bothering to do anything on humanity’s behalf. “Because Clara is making him do it” doesn’t cut it as an answer to that, either.

Trevor on the Doctor Who Podcast, which Dara and I follow, has been talking in recent episodes about how in this season, he’s just not finding the Doctor heroic, and he’s really having a hard time understanding why Clara or anybody would want to travel with him. And I’ve got to back Trev up on this.

Because right now, the Doctor I’m seeing is not a Doctor I would want to travel with. I don’t care if he’s got a time machine and can go anywhere in the cosmos. If he said shit to me like what he’s been saying to Clara, particularly this past episode’s line of “you explained me to him, but you haven’t explained him to me”, I’d tell him to stuff his sonic screwdriver where the suns don’t shine. Because that, that right there, encapsulates the problem in a nutshell. My immediate reaction to that line was “hey asshole, she doesn’t owe you an explanation for her love life!”

And I really do not want to be thinking of the Doctor as an asshole. It makes me sad and it makes me cranky all at once.

I don’t need the Doctor to be a romantic lead. But I do need him to be a hero.

I need him to be the Doctor.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

The case for open borders

Sep. 29th, 2014 01:47 pm
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[personal profile] jae linked to this article, which explains why the whole world would benefit if we stopped trying to lock people into their native economies, and instead allowed them to seek out work wherever they can find it.

I've been saying the things found in the article -- though not as clearly -- for decades. In an era where we've decided to let multinational corporations seek out the most favorable business conditions wherever they can find them, it makes more sense than ever before to let labor do the same thing.
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For those of you who may have missed the news as it exploded over the weekend, Jane Litte and the Dear Author site are being sued by Ellora’s Cave. As you might expect, there was a great deal of brouhaha over this, not only on Dear Author, but also over on Smart Bitches.

However, there are new developments as of this morning. Jane reports on Dear Author’s Monday news post that she’s now retained the services of Marc Randazza, a story also picked up by The Digital Reader.

It’s very worth noting that a bunch of Jane’s commenters were urging her to go talk to PopeHat, and that the guy she’s now hired is spoken VERY highly of on that site, calling him a First Amendment badass. This is promising news indeed.

Meanwhile, I’m seeing the #notchilled hashtag springing up on Twitter, and several of the authors I follow are speaking out passionately on it.

Like Courtney Milan, about whom I’ve posted before as one of the small but growing set of romance novelists whose work I REALLY like. Courtney’s letting Ellora’s Cave have it with both barrels on her own blog as well as on Twitter:

Fellow Carina author Ella Drake ALSO has words to say about this–because SHE’S had some experience as an EC author, too:

And with Ella in mind, I’ll make an open offer to any Ellora’s Cave authors whose sales are impacted by EC’s implosion and by readers backing out of buying their work: if any of you have non-EC titles you’d like to encourage people to buy instead, come talk to me and I’ll run a piece for you on Boosting the Signal.

ETA: Couple more links as people continue to post about this:

The Book Pushers have proclaimed that, moving forward, they won’t be reviewing Ellora’s Cave releases and invite EC authors to submit non-EC titles for review instead

Novelist and blogger Barry Eisler is deeply unamused at EC’s behavior, along with the rest of the Internet

Jenny Trout has choice, pungent words for some individuals who’re pleased that DA is getting sued

Bad Menagerie posts about how they’re exactly the small-time bloggers that many are suspecting EC is trying to intimidate

Wendy the Super Librarian breaks out her Little Miss Crabby Pants persona, and goes into detail as to why EC’s behavior is a problem for everyone

Book blogging site KBGBabbles expresses its concerns

Deirdre Saoirse Moen has an EC Author Exodus Support thread

And OH YES: the LA Times has picked up the story

More to come as I find it.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

way too much to dislike at this point

Sep. 29th, 2014 08:30 am
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So, yeah. “The Caretaker.”

I’m getting pretty close to “ring me up when Moffat is gone from Doctor Who.” And I’m not that entirely sure I’m going to turn on my phone’s ringer. Because right now, there is so very little to like and so very much not to, and I am out of patience with Mr. Moffat.

I don’t like – to paraphrase James Nicoll – that at the rate we’re going, we’ll end up with an entire episode consisting of the Doctor negging Clara for 50-odd minutes straight by the end of the season.

I don’t like Clara again being defined so entirely by what men think about what she’s doing. I particularly don’t like – as Leeson on The Doctor Who Podcast said – that it feels like some sort of competition of who is better at taking care of her. She’s a goddamn adult, she doesn’t need taking care of.

I don’t like Danny Pink anymore, in no small part because of what I just said. I kind of liked him in the first episode; since then he’s become more and more weirdly erratic and demanding in ways that set of alarm bells for me. (I did like him when he went all soldier-and-officer on the Doctor, though, in this episode. I’ll say that.)

I don’t like the Doctor demanding explanations about Clara’s boyfriend, even if I don’t like that character. Wanting to know? Sure. Feeling hurt or isolated if he’s kept out of the loop? Okay, I can see that. Demanding like he has some sort of goddamn right? Fuck you, Doctor.

This show has made me think, “FUCK YOU, Doctor. FUCK you.” And wow, do I not want to be thinking that.

I can take an abrasive Doctor. Sometimes I like it. It’s a delicate balance, a challenge, and I’m not convinced it’s a good idea, because in episodes like this, you end up with nothing to like about this Doctor, or any of these characters. Don’t get me wrong, that can work. You weren’t supposed to like anybody in Absolutely Fabulous either, and that didn’t stop it from being completely genius.

But I think the way Moffat is running this version only works if you have previous regenerations of the Doctor in your head. One, to remind you that eventually he’s not like this, and for another, to place this into contrast, which makes this in turn more interesting.

That’s called “writing entirely for the fans,” and over time, it’s a really bad idea.

But most of all – on top of everything else, the thing that really punched me in the face, the thing that’s making me think that maybe I’m done…

I really, really don’t like the Doctor turning the black maths teacher into “the PE instructor” over and over again.

I really do not fucking like the Doctor playing racist tropes as dismissals.

See, here’s the thing. I can take my own ox being gored with more … grace? With having more stomach? I can more easily deal with problematic material that’s problematic towards me than I can with problematic material that’s that so very problematic towards others. It’s one thing to be all dismissive of humans, I’m fine with that. It’s another to be pulling out racist shit.

Now, I’m willing to listen to people to say this isn’t such a fucking racist trope in the UK. I only want to hear it from Britons, and really, I prefer to hear it from Britons of colour. But I’m willing to listen to that.

Something tells me, though… I don’t think it’s that different.


eta: The original version of this post attributed a phrase to James at The Doctor Who Podcast; the statement was actually made by Leeson, and the post has been edited to reflect that.

eta2: Anna has added her reaction over on her blog. She has other issues I don’t.

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Story: "Up the Water Spout" Part 14

Sep. 29th, 2014 12:04 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13.

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Poem: "Pulling It Backward"

Sep. 28th, 2014 10:41 pm
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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "septicemia / infected wounds" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo  fest.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Dogs by Origin

Sep. 28th, 2014 10:06 pm
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 Here are cute illustrations of dog breeds, grouped by place of origin.

Heliodrax- Outliers

Sep. 28th, 2014 05:36 pm
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Other Outliers among the Heliodrax-

For the youngling as rare as the Blighted, any exceptionally Talented shapeshifter, the parents are called together to discuss specific Teachers who have already been contacted, and word is sent via the fastest method available at the time to the Archives, where every available scribe, assistant, and junior Archivist is set to the task of contacting the most talented shape-shifters among the adults in every Clan. The term “Talented” is of course, seen as merely a label of convenience, not /meant/ to be a slight to others, but the pervasive, deeply ingrained perception may eventually be perceived as biased in the same way that the term “Blighted” will be.

The adult and the Taleneted youngling must adjust their “human” identities due to changes in their planned environments and the adult's job(s). This begins immediately, and the youngling also takes up more detailed studies of both Heliodrax biology and human appearances, but only adds a single category of creatures of similar mass for possible imitation until they are no longer bound steadfastly to the mass-to-mass transition limit (about two years of study). After that, of course, the student's interest shapes the direction of study and their relative success rate determines which types of shifts will be pursued.

Other adults may offer to continue a long-term research project so that the parent and youngling may move to another area, in order to study with another Teacher. Stepping up like this is typical for a society with strong /feelings/ for each other, but limited tolerances for direct interaction. Because the whole society is more focused upon the /total/ contribution over one's lifespan, rather than the “fame” of a particular study or field of study, the individual who exchanges research opportunities to help the young Talented and their guardian, offsets any potential negative effect of giving up or sharing their research role with the very positive effect on the Clans and Families within them.

A Human comparison might be the coworker who gives up a week of their vacation time so that a coworker can spend time with a severely ill relative after already spending all of their allowed sick and vacation hours. People will talk about the event, but it is neither expected the /next/ time someone else is in dire straits, nor is it a reason to black mark their professional contributions.

Note that some more aggressive Heliodrax, or those seeking opportunities for specific research, will become quite /interested/ in the pair, and often attempt to 'sweeten a deal' to participate in the adult's project with gifts. Very, very rarely, these exchanges result in the parent's research being suborned or stolen. This is considered an extreme crime, as far less than one percent of Heliodrax will commit an act of violence against another sentient in their lifetime. Violent crimes typical in human societies are viewed with horror, fear and mistrust, and those who investigate this aspect of human cultures are treated similarly to those humans who act as undertakers and morticians.... they're more than a little creepy to their fellows!

Theft or (horror!) falsified research is treated very harshly, and the cautionary tale of such an attempt to interfere with the accuracy of the Archive -and the history of the Heliodrax- is remembered for generations after an attempt is made. Unlike humans, the Heliodrax believe that truth /is/ truth, facts /are/ facts, and should be recorded as such. [The legal system is a separate post, and the criminal, fraudulent and defaming Heliodrax is in a WORLD of trouble there!]

Despite focusing on younglings and how they mature in the society, this may be the best opportunity to discuss the other 'outlier' Heliodrax.

There are, very rarely, “jock types” or “pure artist” personalities, identified very early in their Fledgeling years. The adults around them do their very best to adapt and help the youngster, of course, but their differences persist as adults, too. The simplest solution for both is to focus more of their living and socializing with humans, and maintaining very long periods in shifted form is a necessary part of that balancing act.

But for others, there are elements of /identity/ bound up in their human, shapeshifted form. This is treated like a rather annoying habit at best by the most liberal Clans and like a mental aberration by the most conservative Clans. The individual Heliodrax who identifies not as gi, li, or zi, but as “he” or “she” does have opportunity to form a Family, and become a parent if they wish to, but they do not tend to be approached by the most conservative members of any Clan.

For the “teen” Heliodrax (their adolescent years fall between Form and Mature transitions, when the preference for a human gender over a “natural” one usually develops) this may mean searching outside their Clan for opportunities to be adopted (extremely rare) or looking for opportunities to start a new Line (Clan), which happens only if catastrophe cuts down a Line to fewer than 21 adults, when the Line is dissolved (and its living members adopted into other Lines) so that a new one may be formed and recognized.

Some Heliodrax may be sexually attracted to one or both genders of humans. This is less common than homosexuality in human societies, and is only a source of friction to the most conservative Clans, who can have a member Exiled for their preference, because of the presumption that they will /not/ procreate. This presumption is of course absurd; other Clans and Families are quick to offer sanctuary and status to the shunned individual. Heliodrax, with their interest in formalized study, have proven statistically that these Heliodrax not only become parents at the same rate as their typical peers, but that they parent just as well as those peers.

A note on Exile, though the topic will be developed in more detail when the legal system is discussed: very, very few Clans go through the legal process of Exiling a member for anything other than violent behavior or theft/fraud which may affect the World Archive. The usual tactics include nasty gossip, failure to include the individual in Clan events (like a youngling's first party) and other petty cruelties which cut deeply but are nearly impossible to fight directly against.

The usual solution is for these outliers, otherwise healthy and sane adults, to socialize with each other and among the more liberal individuals, regardless of Clan. In effect, they act as a homogenizing influence on the social /habits/ rather than mores, and reinforce traditions across Clan lines. Many cluster together to make Families, but ask their friends in more traditional roles to become Teachers for their offspring. This short-circuits any potential criticism from the most outspoken conservatives that these offbeat Families are a detriment to the society as a whole.

Twitchtwitchtwitch

Sep. 28th, 2014 07:22 pm
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I am currently in a state of wanting to write and being both mind-blank on what to write, and actively repelled from the process of opening up a writing app/program. I am not sure why, though I suspect it's a combination of hormones and that every time I've been writing lately, it seems to chew through my Spoons of Cope -- whereupon I am then twitchy more. And today has had Just Enough random input that I'm already fragile.

Clearly, I will need to figure out some way to fix this, but I'm not sure what it is except to wait till people GO TO BED or something and I can stop jumping at random sudden noises. Or wait for the hormone things to revert back to a functional state. O:p

Did manage to edit a couple chapters of One Thing.

Havva Quote
I definitely felt like I was heading to the prom. At least I wasn't going to have to try to load that dress on a motorcycle.
--M.M.Justus' Work In Edit (aka One Thing)


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Rough week.

Low point: asking for help on the financial trainwreck. Maxing out another credit card Monday kind of drove it home. Naomi is of the opinion that I need a keeper. She's right. She's also of the opinion that I'm worth it; this is less obvious but I've learned that she's usually right, so I guess I'll take her word for it.

High point: going out with Naomi to see A Chorus Line last night.

Adventures along the way: the Shellshock bug (quickly patched on the systems I use regularly), and updating the household's random laptops. We (ok, mostly I) have a *lot* of old laptops. I remember when a gigabyte was a lot of disk.

Links, as usual, in the notes.

raw notes, with links )

Historic Foods

Sep. 28th, 2014 02:20 am
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 Here's an interesting article about foods native to Turtle Island.
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I’ve been noticing lately that Kobo has been stomping on the ability to download certain books from user libraries–and at first I thought this was simply a passing glitch. But then I started noticing it happen on books where it was particularly puzzling, i.e., releases from Tor.com. Which are DRM-free and which should not have any restrictions whatsoever upon them.

I saw this happen when I tried to pre-order John Scalzi’s Lock In, and when I sent Kobo’s CS people cranky mail about this, they told me something that made no damn sense whatsoever: that because the book was in epub3 format, that meant I couldn’t download it. I’d also noticed it happen on a free book from Tor–Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Lady Astronaut of Mars”.

Reasons why this made no damn sense:

1) A book’s format does not dictate whether you can download it. All downloading is is copying data from point A to point B. If there’s something that’s getting in the way of the data moving, that’s DRM or some other form of restriction.

2) I was able to go over to my B&N account, go find Kowal’s novelette, and download the exact same thing in the exact same format with no problems whatsoever.

So I sent Kobo additional cranky mail about this, and was told that if I wanted the book in another format, then I should complain to the publisher. And that pissed me off because the CS person didn’t understand that I wasn’t complaining about the format–I was complaining about the inability to download the thing onto my computer so that I could keep a backup copy of it around. Which I should have been able to bloody well do as I wished, because it had no DRM on it.

Meanwhile, though, B&N has trumped Kobo completely on this, because according to this post on The Digital Reader, now B&N has removed download links for ALL books in user accounts. Apparently, they’re stopping support for sideloading, according to what the poster was told in tweets.

And this just makes me crankier. Dammit, B&N, I started buying ebooks from you because Amazon was pissing me off. And Kobo, I started buying books from YOU because B&N was pissing me off, and additionally, because I wanted to support moves to partner up with independent bookstores.

But if BOTH of you are going to start denying users ability to download their damn books, all this is going to do is drive me off to find out whether Google Play will let me do this. And it’ll make me way more interested in buying books directly from publishers and from authors as often as possible.

Dammit, all I want to do is buy books, keep master copies on my computer, and put them on devices to read when I want to. This should not be difficult.

And yet.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Why do I not feel reassured?

Sep. 27th, 2014 11:10 pm
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The following is spam sent to my university address:

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From: Cyagen Biosciences
 
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Thankful, um, ok

Sep. 27th, 2014 05:54 pm
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Hmm. Late again, I see.

  • A sister willing to be her brother's keeper. (Because I apparently need a keeper.)
  • A trip to the theater to see A Chorus Line.
  • My family.
  • Help with the Trainwreck.
  • Employment.
  • Backups, with extra git.
  • Timely upgrades, and apt-get.
  • Cats.
  • Ethanol.

And NO thanks to:

  • Our no-good realtor.
  • Shellshock.
  • Uncooperative body parts.
  • Bad habits. Especially expensive bad habits.

Much Time At Library

Sep. 27th, 2014 08:29 pm
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Hanging out to answer GURPS questions whilst kid and her friend worked on a character for friend for the game that kid is running at gaming club after school, once a week. (That enough prepositional snippets for ya?)

Did not do much of use. Had planned to, but between not enough sleep and answering questions, was... mehhhhh.

Took kid's friend to dinner along with the rest of us. Nice time -- though my introvert self now needs to curl up, hate everyone for no reason, and be whimpery. (Recovering... slowly.)

Havva Quote
f___ says, "Oh my god"
f___ says, “I just realized”
N_____ [to f___]: ...oh dear?
f___ says, “Jessica Fletcher is an Elohite of Judgment.”
N_____ LAUGHS
arcangel [to f___]: O_O
arcangel [to f___]: ... ..... *jawgape*
f___ says, “She's unfailingly polite and friendly, even to people it's clear she dislikes.”
f___ says, “She's almost impossible to intimidate, though she's careful!”
f___ says, “She's so /sympathetic/, and expresses sorrow at people having gone awry.”
f___ says, “And when she's figured things out and needs proof, she constructs elaborate, manipulative schemes that get people to prove their own guilt.”


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Kink and Fiction

Sep. 27th, 2014 03:33 pm
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A while back, a discussion with a friend led me to raise this question:

Does your kink polarity (Dom or sub, top or bottom, sadist or masochist, etc. if you have one) influence your taste in reading material?

Frex, a Dom might seek out character weaknesses while a sub might look for what strengthens them.  They might favor different points in the hurt/comfort plot cycle. Of course it also depends on which character people identify with and how.  

Thoughts?

notice of awesomeness

Sep. 27th, 2014 12:54 pm
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Janelle Monae is awesome, and [personal profile] beatrice_otter made some icons of her.

My favorite song of hers is "Tightrope", for many reasons, not the least of which is her dapper tuxedo.

See the Purple Siphonophore

Sep. 27th, 2014 02:25 pm
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Here is an article with some video about a purple siphonophore -- it looks like a living dustmop. 

Today in disturbing publishing news

Sep. 27th, 2014 11:32 am
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News has broken since yesterday that Ellora’s Cave has sued Dear Author, specifically over the post DA did here, talking about the publisher’s history and how they appear to be imploding now, and basically asking WTF. EC is suing DA for defamation. Jane Litte of DA, being involved in the suit, cannot really post about it in depth. But Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches posts about it here.

There is a great deal of WTF to be had here, in no small part because Jane Litte was reporting on Things That Actually Happened. This used to be called “journalism”. But if this suit has its way, it could now be called “defamation”.

I’m not an Ellora’s Cave author, but I do know folks who are, and who have been deeply worried about developments with that publisher. That there are EC authors who are not getting paid for the work even though their work continues to be on sale concerns me deeply. So does EC authors being afraid to speak out publicly about what’s been going on.

And now DA is being sued?

This is, in a word, bullshit. I know from following the Dear Bitches Smart Authors podcast that Jane is herself a lawyer, so she’s got background to understand the level of bullshit involved here. But I really hope that the Ohio courts will smack this down, and if Jane winds up calling for help with a legal fund, I’ll be throwing her what bucks I can spare.

ETA: I’ve been linked to! So here, if you’d like to see other links cropping up on this matter:

Her Hands My Hands stands up to join the Streisand Effect starting to spread about this.

The Digital Reader reports on the matter, including an explanation of what SLAPP is (note: Jane Litte reported a lack of anti-SLAPP laws in Ohio, which could prove to be a problem).

Vacuous Minx reports on how EC has bailed on a prior lawsuit before, and speculates on likely outcomes of this case.

And although this is a post from earlier this month, prior to news of this lawsuit, Writer Beware reported on the EC implosion and warned writers off of submitting new work to them.

Pete Morin has a link off to the actual complaint filed. Which I have now read, and it’s interesting to note that EC is specifically stating that the assertions that EC authors aren’t getting paid are false, and they seem to be trying to make a case for the DA post being a cause for EC authors having a panic rush–rather than oh, say, EC authors themselves reporting that this shit is going down and DA’s post reacting to that.

The Passive Voice has a post up also linking to the complaint, and some analysis of what will be happening now both in the post and in the comments.

More links as I find ‘em, folks.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Quick note on the file recovery

Sep. 27th, 2014 10:06 am
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Finding /this/ and the concluding portion of the story has taken a LOT of work (for which dear hubby is owed a backrub until he turns into a puddle, as well!)

I have gotten nine hours of sleep in the last four days, three of them this morning after six a.m.

PLEASE, please, BACK UP YOUR FILES.

Thank you for your patience with my crummy Friday post (I saved everything that made sense; sleep deprivation is not your friend!) and I am trying to develop it in conversation with readers, so toss a question in the comments if you're not sure what I was talking about.

Necessary Conversations, Part 6 of 7

Sep. 27th, 2014 08:46 am
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Necessary Conversations
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 6 of 7
word count: 1133

:: As always, this is written with the gracious permission of Ysabetworsmith. I have borrowed her characters, but have /hopefully/ maintained their characterizations. As always, anything I've added to world-building is hers to develop in any way she prefers.

Review part One, Two, Three, and Four, and Five



Hannah found him in the greenhouse area, assembling the last truss for the roof. “Aidan, how much of the cost of the greenhouse, and the plants, and the pots and potting soil, is SPOON covering?” she asked in an even, quiet tone.

He laid aside the wrenches, and bit the fingertip of the left hand glove to help work it loose, then stripped off the right glove. All the while, he pinched his lower lip between his teeth. “None of it,” he admitted at last.
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World Texture

Sep. 26th, 2014 11:41 pm
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One of the things I notice about the universes I enjoy reading is that they convey a sense of the past, even as little as a few hours or ten years of events, experiences and multiple influences on styles and design choices.

If feels in some universes is reborn every morning, in order give the actors... absolutely nothing to consider. Tonight, I need to let the other universes “speak” for themselves, so please, suggest favorites?

Dune, more specifically, “God Emperor of Dune,” lost me for being /too/ specific and steeped in the past. “City of Bones” often fails to give /enough/ detail. Where's your happy middle ground?

(A short post, but technical problems are eating my brain tonight, so let's jump start it with /something/, please.)

Worble

Sep. 26th, 2014 11:59 pm
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worbleworbleworble.

Spoons regenerating...

I finished with the spouse's edit-comments on Crucible. Then I performed a full backup of the drive. Now all I need is:

1: Art.
2: About The Artist.
3: What names my beta-readers would like to be credited under!
4: To format the sucker for MeatGrinder, but also to contemplate what I would need to do in order to maybe go through iBooks directly? Since I have this cute little iBooks Author App Thingie now and want to play with it. >_>

URL of interest:
http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2014/07/30/movie-legends-revealed-how-let-it-go-saved-frozens-elsa-from-being-a-villain/ -- what it says in the URL. The original plotline had Elsa as a real villain, and this song changed that. The interesting thing is, seeing that evolution... A couple of the lyrics make more sense when applied to the original plot, and the segment that's in the pop-song version (BLAH!) that was dropped from the Menzel version. (Which is still... conflicted... but also even more "sure, throwing it away for reals" without a lot of the "telling myself it's for reals" that I get on the original.) Link also has a short rough-animation of EvilElsa.

Havva Quote
BAKED BEEF TEA.
1860. INGREDIENTS.—1 lb. of fleshy beef, 1-1/2 pint of water, 1/4 saltspoonful of salt.
--http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10136 (The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Beeton)


D:O

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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters wrote the ficlet "woven with words" based on my prompt about discovering identity.  Some stories are true more than once.

Remember that lights review I did?

Sep. 26th, 2014 04:23 pm
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Remember that review I did of LED filament bulbs? We used to not use this fixture because it drew 345 watts - more than our server core. Now it draws 30 watts, for the same output light. yikes. Now we'll actually use it.





The "dark" photo is me getting my phone camera to set levels based on the bottom part of the fixture, to try to show the filaments from ground level. It didn't completely work but you can see them a little.
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters has written the story "a tale to read on screen" based on my prompt about urban legends in cyberspace.  It is creepy and plausible.

Call for Prompts

Sep. 26th, 2014 03:33 pm
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters has posted a call for prompts on the theme of "identity, urban legends, or anything autumnal."  Leave prompts, get ficlets.  You can donate to extend a story.  

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