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monday poem #302: Morgan Parker, "Hottentot Venus" [Oct. 23rd, 2017|10:38 pm]

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Morgan Parker's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé is amazing and I can't stop thinking about it. I am looking forward to reading her previous book. I also enjoyed this interview with her in the Paris Review.


Hottentot Venus

I wish my pussy could live
in a different shape and get
some goddamn respect.
Should I thank you?
Business is booming
and I am not loved
the way I want to be.
I am an elastic
winter: sympathy
and shock, addictive
decoration. In the sunlight
my captors
drink African
hibiscus. They tell me
I look regal bearing fruit.
I am technically nothing
human.
I will never be
a woman.
Somewhere in my
memory, I was held
by a man who said
I deserved it.
Now I understand.
No one worries about me
because I am getting paid.
I am here to show you
who you are, to cradle
your large skulls
and remind you
you are perfect. Mother America,
unleash your sons.
Everything beautiful, you own.


– Morgan Parker
from There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
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Festivids ambivalence [Oct. 23rd, 2017|09:57 pm]

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Aaaah I don't know what to do about Festivids this year. For the first time, there's a full set of sources I want to request -- movies that have been in my Dear Festividder letters round after round -- and almost nothing I'm psyched to offer or have ideas ready to go for or that wouldn't be a lot of work when I'm determined to really dig into the editing of this long-term auction vid over the winter. It's hard to spark new ideas without seeing people's requests, too.

I basically have to decide by tomorrow morning, because after that I'll be offline and/or busy at this out-of-town conference until signups close.

What to doooo? Sign up with a loose list of sources I know and default if necessary, maybe. Or go in knowing the likelihood of producing a mediocre vid. I'd forgo signups and simply treat hunt after people's letters are posted, except I really do want to receive a vid. :/ :/ :/

From the sound of Twitter during the nominations period, I'm not the only one feeling lukewarm this round. True/False for you?
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today hasn't been terrible #ptsd [Oct. 23rd, 2017|05:03 pm]

celli
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I had a highly distracting morning and some friends made sure I wasn't stuck in my head all afternoon. I've also been doing that "1 like = 1 thing I love" meme, which is very positive. :) Except like 37 people have liked it. AHHH. I should have listed my entire family individually or something!

Going home in a few minutes and I have one call planned and a couple more I can make if I need to. I'm also going to try and write my indulgence fic for Yuletide and watch my Coursera class videos so I can continue to get these assignments done - NaNo is coming, I need these out of the way.

Note to self: a) don't spend too much time on Twitter except in your mentions, you don't have the emotional strength for the world on fire right now. b) don't call your dad, he means well but has no idea how to help. c) NO RACHEL. sorry, boo.
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Dear Festividder [Oct. 24th, 2017|09:31 am]

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Dear Festividder,

First of all, thank you so much for signing up to make me a vid! You can relax right now, because I love Festivids, and I love all the fandoms I have nominated, and I am guaranteed to adore whatever you want to make for me.

In terms of likes and dislikes, I only have a few. Musically, I am not a fan of country, opera or death metal. Other than that, I'm good. The main thing is that the song is right for the source, and that you are happy with what you've chosen. There's nothing worse than trying to vid a song that doesn't move you in some way, right? When it comes to phobias and triggers, I can't deal with anyone barfing and I don't like gore, but I'm pretty sure there's none of that in my chosen sources anyway :) Please, just make something that you love and that gives you joy to edit, and that will give me joy, too.

And now, a few (probably unhelpful) words about each of my chosen sources.

Duran Duran )
 
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Dear Festividder [Oct. 23rd, 2017|08:40 pm]

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Gratitudes [Oct. 23rd, 2017|01:49 pm]

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1. Being able to take a personal day today when I needed one.

2. Having sufficient supplies on hand to make food without having to go to a grocery store. (Slow cooker chicken curry with potatoes and carrots; later I will make my favorite baked rice with cinnamon and curry leaves and lemon peel.)

3. Laundry, clean and folded and put away.

4. My cat, curled up on my desk beside the laptop.

5. Autumn sunshine and leaves spiraling lazily down through the air.

How are y'all?
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HLWW: The Gathering [Oct. 23rd, 2017|09:16 am]

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It's been a while since I posted, and longer since I posted anything of significance. Aside from the general chaos and emotional upheaval of our lives these days, we bought a house in August and moved in the middle of September. The house is a total fixer-upper, and it's huge, and I probably don't need to go into the details of the slightly hellish experience that is living in a giant construction zone. Plus, new roommates! and a dog! and a six-year-old! My poor cats. We've been living out of suitcases since May, though, so I suppose this is an improvement? We'll see.

ANYWAY. Thank goodness back in April, before we moved, I'd already bought tickets to the Highlander World Wide convention in LA. It was this past weekend, and it was fantastic! I coerced my dear [personal profile] hafital to come with me, and then figured what the hell—I also planned a road trip with [personal profile] destina for the week previous to the convention. So, the last ten days have been a much-needed balm to my soul, a too-rare opportunity to spend time with two of my favorite people in the world, and a chance to re-awaken fannish loves after nearly two years of putting fandom on hold.

Road trip! )

HLWW: The Gathering )

And with that, I must away to the airport. It all went by too quickly. Thank you, friends!
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Fic rec [Oct. 23rd, 2017|12:13 pm]

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Deep thanks to [personal profile] shoshanna for sending this to me -- holy wow, it is gorgeous.

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The Name in the Mouth (20796 words) by Rave
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Jewish Bucky Barnes, War, Bucky Barnes in Bucharest, Non-Linear Narrative, Golems, Epistolary, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
Summary:

He was determining his own protocols. It was an ongoing process, and kind of a mess.

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[Oct. 23rd, 2017|10:27 am]

seekingferret
I did the ride I was talking about on the D&R Canal trail yesterday. The ride out there was pretty easy. Highland Park is called Highland Park because of the way it looms over the Raritan, so the ride down to the river was a lot of downhill coasting and only a handful of hilly spots. Then I rode through Johnson Park, dodging the Breast Cancer walk whose staging area overlapped with my route. Then over the Landing Lane bridge and onto the trail.

I'd only planned to ride on for two or three miles on the trail. This trail segment of the D&R trail, which used to be a canal towpath, is 29 miles long, and I said in my last post I was going to pace myself and try to work up to doing the whole length. But when I finally stopped myself and said it's time to turn back, I'd gone almost five miles on the trail. My best guess for the total trip is 17 miles- ~5 miles out on the trail, ~5 miles back, plus the 8 miles getting to the trail and back.

When I was on the trail, I just... kept riding. I always have that problem when I ride toward the river- the ride out is mostly downhill. And then when you're out by the river the terrain is flat the whole way. But... the trip back, the last few miles, is when you have to do the climbing. So it's very easy to overestimate my stamina and push further than I really ought to and not leave enough for the final push. In any case, this time out, I wasn't super-winded when I hit the final climb, but my legs were starting to stiffen a bit. I'm glad I did it, though.

But anyway, the D&R Canal Trail was so lovely and I want to spend more time there. There are people biking, and people hiking, and people fishing and people kayaking the canal, but mostly it's just you in the woods on a narrow path, with the Raritan on one side and the canal on the other.
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Dear Festividder! [Oct. 23rd, 2017|07:30 am]

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Hi! Thank you for making something for me!

I’m fond of songs with female vocalists, I like fast paced vids, and quick cuts. I also have a weakness for awesome women and femslash. Below is some of what I like about the sources and some ideas/suggestions:

Read more... )
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I definitely remember deciding to post on DW more often [Oct. 23rd, 2017|10:32 am]

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I haven't posted anything substantial since February. I suck.

That said, I'm here and reading everyone, I just... haven't had the energy to make sense of my life enough to put it into words. Work is very rewarding and very stressful all at once. And the rest of the time is spent on ... well, roleplaying :) G, my housemate, is still running the Awesome Awesome Exalted Campaign of Amazeballs for me, and I'm tempted to start doing weekly recaps of what's happened in the game. (I have no idea whether anyone would want to read it other than me, though.)

So, yeah, not dead. Yay! :)
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[Oct. 23rd, 2017|12:45 am]

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Headlong | Batman Forever [Oct. 23rd, 2017|01:07 am]

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Title: Headlong
Fandom: Batman Forever
Music: Headlong by Queen
Summary: 'there's nothing you can do about it' Chase Meridian, Bruce Wayne, and Dick Grayson.
Notes: Quick cuts and flashes throughout (there's a bunch of flashing lights at 3:49 - 4:12 in particular).

streaming )

AO3 | tumblr | youtube

additional notes )
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clean apartment and fic report [Oct. 22nd, 2017|10:28 pm]

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You'll all be happy to know that my apartment is now clean and my laundry done - unless you require, UFYH-style, that laundry be put away to be done. In which case you'll be happy to know that my apartment is clean. :P

Fic report time!

Done:
* Coursera Character week 3 story (706/700-1000)
* Coursera Character week 4 story (929/~1000)

New:
* PODSA White House AU (474/whatever)
* PODSA taxfic (0/whatever)

Progress:
* Yuletide treat #1 (1118/1000+)

Other:
* Yuletide story (0/1000+)
* PODSA mpreg (2264/whatever)
* Star Wars auction fic (713/1000+)
* PODSA Victory Eve sequel (110/whatever)
* AIRPF AU with [personal profile] rajkumari905 (3316/whatever)
* AIRPF auction fic (0/1000+)

Not mentioned: the many many pre-planning NaNo emails.
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Trip to the dog races [Oct. 22nd, 2017|08:58 pm]

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Yesterday I went with my new friends to see some Greyhound races in Dubuque, Iowa. We were curious what it'd be like as we are all greyhound owners (ours are retired racers).

Dubuque is an hour and a half away, a gorgeous drive through Wisconsin's "Driftless" area, where the glaciers didn't come through and plow down the hills like they did in other areas of the Midwest. So there are rollling hills and steep valleys, dotted with farms and forests.

The casino is right off the highway and easy to find. The greyhound race area is technically not part of the casino, so you can be under 21 to enter that area. Indeed, we saw kids and teenagers watching the races. It's nice that there is no fee to enter, and you don't have to bet. The only thing we spent money on was food. There was a crowded upper observation area, and we went down some stairs to the outside part. It was almost hot yesterday, 76 degrees F (24 C). The benches were shaded by the casino building and the track was in bright sunlight.

The dogs were beautiful and lively. We watched about 4 races, each 10-15 minutes apart. We didn't place any bets but picked out the ones we thought might win based on how they acted and looked. Teenagers (presumably summer workers) brought the dogs out and lined them up to be looked at before leading them to the starting blocks.

I took some pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sasha_feather/tags/dubuque/

We drove around town a little bit and had some ice cream before heading home.

My friends asked me, can you imagine your out here dog doing this?
I think Abbie would have hated it. She's so anxious and scared in environments that are loud and chaotic; her preferred environment is quiet and calm. She doesn't seem to have a competitive spirit.
My last dog, Sorcha, was a winner though, and I imagined she enjoyed it at least somewhat.

Racing is controversial and people often ask me what I think of it. I still don't know what I think of it! It was cool seeing the dogs run. I think that when gambling and money enter into it, they tend to corrupt. I don't think racing is inherently bad, but making it into a big business means the animals' welfare isn't put first.
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Current poll winner #2: Thoughts on body image [Oct. 22nd, 2017|08:27 pm]

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Funny, I had assumed no one would be interested in this one. Should have known better.

contains talk of negative body image, weight and fitness )

Is this weird to post about? It feels weird to post about in a mainly fannish/media space. And this is only the summary version of things.

I'd better do it before I think twice. Or ten times, heh.
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D&D [Oct. 22nd, 2017|08:02 pm]

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Wow. This weekend has been an absolute roller coaster when it comes to D&D. Rambling under the cut. )
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=^.^= [Oct. 22nd, 2017|07:34 pm]

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So... as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I accidentally adopted a new cat last weekend. Oops?

Long story short: one of my coworkers has a teenage son who's in college. Said son adopted a cat back in the spring, decided over summer vacation that she was too much work, and left her with his parents when he went back to school. His mom is severely allergic to cats. They tried keeping her for a few weeks, but my coworker's wife ended up in the emergency room unable to breathe because of it, so the cat ended up with me somewhat unexpectedly.

(I'd volunteered to take her, on the condition that WWIII didn't break out in my apartment when I tried introducing a third cat to the mix, but it was something that was tentative and wasn't planned for at least several more weeks. Then I got a phone call last Saturday night asking if my coworker could come by the next morning.)

Anyway...

Everyone, meet Keyleth (also known as Kiki.)











Garrus and Percy have been fine with her from the beginning. They've definitely been more curious than anything else. She, on the other hand, has been a little more wary. At this point, she's just starting to get used to being in a new environment with two much-larger-than-her cats around. (Kiki's approximately two years old, but she's tiny. Even smaller than Tali was, which is saying something.)

So far, so good. I left them alone without shutting anyone up in the bedroom for the first time earlier today, while I played D&D over at the game store near my place, and the apartment was still standing when I got home. Kiki's still somewhat wary of Garrus and Percy, but the worst she's done is hiss and go pout under the bed for a little while before coming back out. And neither of them seems to be taking offense to it, so they're just leaving her be for a bit when she gets to that point.
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Sale ends tomorrow! [Oct. 22nd, 2017|01:17 pm]

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The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico auction ends tomorrow, just FYI. Is that popular writer too expensive to bid on? There's a ton of us also-rans who are still available with either low or no bids, and it all goes to a very good cause.

I have both a fic writing offering (2k minimum) here, and a vid making offering (1-1/2 minute minimum) here.

There have also been some new offerings like art from Puerto Rican artists, and merch from NYCC with some newly lowered prices. With over 350 creators, there's a lot to choose from! You can also, if you don't have much in the way of money, get together with other fans and bid on creators as a bidding cabal--people do that all the time in the Vividcon auction.
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Inktober - Day 21 (Furious) [Oct. 22nd, 2017|01:48 pm]

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Yes! Managed to finish my 4th piece for this week. \o/

Title: Furious(a)
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairings: Imperator Furiosa
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 21, word prompt: Furious. Furiosa. Of course. I had to! *g* This was done in three layers: first a pencil sketch with a bit of shading, then a wash of acrylic paint, then India ink over all of that.

I wasn't really sure how this would turn out, so I stopped and took pics at every stage, just in case I ruined it in the next step. :b So I've included a couple of the WiP photos under the cut tag as well. :)

Preview:


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Pre cleaning person cleaning [Oct. 22nd, 2017|11:59 am]

celli
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I folded and spindled my budget to add a cleaning person for three hours once a month for various physical and mental reasons. Of course, there's some decluttering etc that needs to get done before she gets here in two hours:

* load dishwasher
* declutter kitchen counter
* toss nonfunctional cat feeder
* garbage/recycling off windowsill
* empty cat food cans in recycling

* declutter misc surfaces
* hang up hoodies
* get dressed


Optional:
* clothes on bed to be done while she's here
* wipe down sink (it's a little embarrassing)
* garbage & recycling out
* hit a nearby ATM for tip and laundry money

Totes doable, right?
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Slowly, slowly. [Oct. 22nd, 2017|04:40 pm]

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OUAT [Oct. 22nd, 2017|12:24 am]

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 Ugh, it is just so? bad????

I gave it two episodes, but I can't take this reboot. I might check in what the ep summaries say later on. (Like I do with the Flash, and realize that I cannot handle their craziness.)

Not only does no one have any emotions or relationships that we care about, but the characters that we DO care about have lost their memories (AGAIN) or maybe they're themselves from another dimension or... something...? It makes my brain hurt. And making the Cinderella maid character hispanic was... not a great look.

Henry's actor is definitely better than the teen version, but still not strong enough to carry a show. It was such a relief when Emma was onscreen for a few minutes. I don't really like Emma, but she can carry a show. Also, Henry needs to stop with the writing and the stories. The way he changes other people's lives is creepy. 
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The Good Place S02E05-06 ("Existential Crisis," "The Trolley Problem") [Oct. 21st, 2017|09:48 pm]

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Spoilers through the most recent episode ('The Trolley Problem') )
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Celluloid Hero chapter update [Oct. 21st, 2017|05:07 pm]

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Celluloid Hero (43914 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 9/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Golden Age Hollywood Actors
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bette Davis, John Garfield, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Original Characters, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, William Powell, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Jack Warner, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, Hedy Lamarr
Additional Tags: Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood Canteen, World War II, The Star-Making Machinery, Propaganda, someone's going to get his V-card punched, and by someone I mean Steve, Letters, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, First Motion Picture Unit, Pining Steve, Period Typical Everything


In which Steve has to cope with the terror of his first screen kiss, gets assigned to make sex hygiene films, and finds out his idols have feet of clay.
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Miman Toshi SP [Oct. 21st, 2017|06:23 pm]

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I just cannot get over how good this special was. Miman Toshi is one of my favorite dramas, and I never expected a sequel, much less 20 years later! And with the original cast and production team! What a dream come true. The director apparently directed many Kinki dramas, so that's why he was so good with them.

I would say more but then I would never stop squeeing about every single scene. You have to watch it immediately. It's subbed over here.

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[Catch-up] Inktober - Day 20 (Deep) [Oct. 21st, 2017|01:27 pm]

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Forever chasing these prompts... :b

Title: Deep
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: DCU, Aquaman
Characters/Pairings: Aquaman (Arthur Curry)
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 20, word prompt: Deep. I am SO EXCITED about Jason Momoa as the new Aquaman. Painted with Indian Ink. In addition to the ink drop, I tried a couple other techniques - scraping the paper afterwards to reveal small patches of white, and using salt crystals to create a rough texture.

Since it's an underwater scene, I've included a second version with a blue digital tint. I *love* the effect - that wash of colour really makes it come alive! :)

Preview:


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[Daily happiness] [Oct. 21st, 2017|12:20 am]

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1. Was in Berkeley for a conference, and it was nice to be around campus again!

2. Had braised meat rice for lunch, then got pastries from the Chinese bakery and pearl milk tea, yum. And the lunch place was playing Cpop and made me slightly homesick for Taiwan.

3. Watched The Snake Prince, a Shaw Brothers movie, with CB and [personal profile] jhameia and it is... quite a thing. Let's just say there was much more disco music and dancing than I had expected.
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[Oct. 20th, 2017|09:29 pm]

echan
I've been working on physical, non-digital, art. Paper, canvas board, acrylic medium. Cut up comic book panels into mashed together scenes. It is an exercise in humility and frustration. I'm fairly good at the planning parts, but my technique for the assembly sucks. It is easier to accept the limits of physical tools than digital ones, and not assign everything to personal faults. But I still often question if I'm using the right tools, if the paint knives would be more useful if I wasn't using them wrong, if there's something different I should be doing with the acrylic to keep it from drying quickly in the worst ways.

I set myself up for stumbling, even failure, in so many ways. I read tutorials grudgingly at best and resent the way they all skip over so many details about why and what else, the explanations are too narrow to trust. I do try different techniques, but rarely on scrap or waste material. The idea of proper scrap/trash is a concept uncomfortably close to luxury -- to have so much of something that you can waste some deliberately. Winging it is perfect for making something that works, but also guarantees rough edges and parts that make you cringe.

I should get the completed pieces scanned, for documentation, but I haven't managed to find a good way to do that yet. Selling prints is not an impossible plan, but feels even more out of reach than any other part of this -- who would want a mediocre print of a questionable scan of a piece of crappy art?

I make things that disappoint me and are mostly useless, but I do it anyway. I wonder if this qualifies as mindfulness, or some kind of monk-like devotional practice, or just pointless stoicism.
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New vid: Titanium (Wonder Woman) [Oct. 20th, 2017|05:44 pm]

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[Current Music |"Titanium" by David Guetta ft. Sia]
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Title: Titanium
Music: "Titanium" by David Guetta ft. Sia
Fandom: Wonder Woman (2017)
Focus: Wonder Woman
Summary: You shoot me down, but I won't fall.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Notes: Thank you to [personal profile] chaila for looking over the vid for me!

Download Link: Titanium (89mb)
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Password: wonderwoman


So when I first watched the new Wonder Woman movie, I knew that someone had to make a vid to this song as Titanium and Wonder Woman go together forever for me thanks to [personal profile] giandujakiss's amazing vid to the TV show here. When the movie finally was available to vid, I tried to think of what I wanted to vid it to and decided to vid it to this song since this song and the movie meant a lot to me while I was going through hard times in June and I wanted to make a vid to the movie that would represent all the things I loved about the movie. This was one of the BEST experiences I've ever had as I had so much fun lovingly getting to clip every frame of Diana and then getting to vid her being awesome and only vidding the parts of the movie I loved was paradise for me. I originally was going to make the vid shorter but then I kept having to include more scenes and I was happy I added a section for young Diana. For the most part, the vid came together easily and I was happy that the vid came out the way I saw it in my head. Plus I got to premiere the vid at my birthday party with myself dressed up as Wonder Woman with my friends and it was an amazing experience :D
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This is so not okay. [Oct. 20th, 2017|11:48 pm]

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[Catch-up] Inktober - Day 19 (Cloud) [Oct. 20th, 2017|10:49 am]

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I always seem to be a day or two behind on these... :b

Title: Cloud
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Firefly
Characters/Pairings: Serenity
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 19, word prompt: Cloud. Serenity soaring above the clouds. ^___^ Painted with Indian Ink, using a combination of regular brush work for the clouds and the Ink Drop technique for all the rest. I've included a second version with slight digital tint.

I came across another really cool tutorial type vid: PAINTING MOONS with Indian Ink, and it inspired me to try my hand at this piece.

Preview:


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Biking [Oct. 20th, 2017|10:11 am]

seekingferret
The 25 mile ride I did in Helsinki at Worldcon left me wanting to do more longer rides on my bike. I somehow rode ~25 miles in Helsinki in spite of the fact that I don't think I've ever ridden more than 10 miles in a trip here in the US- in retrospect the bravado of saying "Sure, I can do this, let me sign up" amazes me. Helsinki is flatter than Highland Park, though, especially along the coastline, and the bike I rented there had road tires that I think probably also helped reduce rolling resistance compared to the more treaded tires on the crummy mountain bike I've been riding since I was a teenager. 25 miles still feels out of reach at home, but I want to work toward it not feeling so crazy, since I know that in some parallel European universe it's possible.

About a month ago, I set off on a 14 mile ride. They converted an old industrial railroad track into a biking path in Metuchen. It's about 4 miles to the trail, the trail is 3 miles long, and so all told the round trip is 14 miles. I rode 3.5 miles and then wiped out catastrophically on a curb cut, damaging my bike and bruising my arm pretty badly. There's this tricky part of the trip out where there's no choice but to ride alongside Rt. 27 and there's no sidewalk, and I was overly anxious having cleared that passage to get back on the sidewalk as soon as it was there, and there was also a puddle to avoid, and the result was I hit the curb slightly wrong and went flying. So that was a bust.

But I got right back on the horse. Er, bicycle. As soon as my bike was fixed up, I went out on the same route. We had beautiful weather and I made it through the tricky part without trouble (beyond a racing heartbeat) and the actual bike trail was lovely, with an overgrown tree canopy isolating it from the rest of town. I had to cut the ride short because I was going to dinner in my sister's Sukkah that night, so I only did 10 miles total. But I easily could have done the 14, I had it in me. I'm waiting for the next free Sunday to do the whole trip.

I've also been pushing the limits on my shorter after-work rides, lately, though it's getting dark earlier and earlier, making it harder for me to get in those rides before the point in the sunset where I'm too nervous of getting hit by a car to ride.

My next goal is to do a ride on the D&R Canal trail... I've done, a few times, the ride to the entrance to the trail- it's roundtrip 8 miles from home. And then the actual trail segment is 29 miles, so I can sort of pace myself and work my way up to the whole trail. Of course, now it's late October, I'm going to be running out of good weather weekends soon. I keep saying I'm going to get a gym membership to try to do indoor stationary biking in the winter, but then I remember that I find stationary biking stultifying. So we'll see.
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Gratitudes [Oct. 20th, 2017|09:58 am]

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1. Beautiful sunny morning. Beautiful hills. Beautiful skies.

2. A latte. Because latte.

3. Goofy kid-and-kitten shenanigans this morning before school.

4. Shabbat is coming and I get to have Shabbat dinner with some people I love!

5. The Good Place is on On Demand, so last night I watched the two-part S2 premiere and it made me happy.

How are y'all?
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So far I've managed one whole day without crying. [Oct. 20th, 2017|07:06 am]

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New vid: Be Mean (Pam/Tara) [Oct. 19th, 2017|06:16 pm]

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Title: Be Mean
Music: "Be Mean" by DNCE
Fandom: True Blood S5-602
Focus: Pam/Tara
Summary: Love how you keep me hurting.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), blood
Notes: Made for [personal profile] lilly_the_kid for the Equinox Exchange (Fall 2017).
Download Link: Down The Rabbit Hole (82mb)
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So I had heard about Pam/Tara becoming a thing on True Blood but I had stopped watching in s4 and never went back to finish the show so I never saw their storyline. But in my rewatch, I was mesmerized by the Pam/Tara storyline and how much chemistry they had together and I couldn't get enough of their scenes. I decided I had to make a treat for them and went looking for a song and after being frustrated for awhile, I finally found this one which captured some of the dom/sub aspects of their relationship which I enjoy so much. It was fun to vid as I love all their scenes and I only wish the show had done more storylines with them. I was glad to finally get a chance to vid Pam and if you're curious, you only need to watch S5 (Pam&Tara scenes) to enjoy the vid!
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New vid: Down The Rabbit Hole (True Blood) [Oct. 19th, 2017|05:16 pm]

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Title: Down The Rabbit Hole
Music: "Down The Rabbit Hole" by Adam Lambert
Fandom: True Blood S1-4
Focus: Lafayette/Jesus
Summary: Going down the rabbit hole
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), blood
Notes: Made for [personal profile] lilly_the_kid for the Equinox Exchange (Fall 2017).
Download Link: Down The Rabbit Hole (75mb)
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So one of the main reasons I offered True Blood was because I was really sad to hear that the actor who played Lafayette, Nelsan Ellis had died as Lafayette was my favorite character and the main reason I watched True Blood (also Pam). I had always wanted to make a vid for him but never got around to it and so I thought this exchange was the perfect time to do so. I wanted to make a Lafayette character study vid but I really struggled with finding a song that encapsulated all of his character so I kept looking as I rewatched the show but only watched the scenes with Lafayette, Pam or something gay in it (inc Godric/Eric) which were really the best part of the show. I fell in love with Lafayette/Jesus all over again so when I couldn't find a song, I remembered I used to want to vid Adam Lambert's Down The Rabbit Hole to the show and realized the s4 magic/medium plot would work perfectly for it. Once I decided on the song, I struggled a little with making the vid until I realized I just needed to cut the song down and then I could just use all the pretty parts of the plot and it made vidding it a lot more fun and matched my recipient's request even more. In the end, I was happy to have made it but I still hope someday somebody will make an epic Lafayette vid because he deserves it.
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My experiences of a (totally fine, not cancer) breast lump [Oct. 19th, 2017|09:44 pm]

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So, I have a (totally fine, not at all at all cancer-y) lump in my breast, and I’m going to talk about it here because:

1) Personalisation is a really important public health tool — it’s a good idea for those of us with breasts to check them regularly for lumps, and my talking about finding a lump will make many of you, the people who care about and relate to me, more likely to do so.

2) I think there’s a lot that’s scary and unknown about finding a lump, and I’d like to do a tiny bit to reduce that — I can’t make it not scary and not unknown, but I can tell you about my non-scary experience, and give you (especially those of you in the UK health system) an idea about what to expect from the process.

3) When I was thinking about writing something about this, I realised that when I speak/write publicly about my own health, it’s often (always?) with the aim of tackling stigma. So for me, it’s an interesting exercise to write about something that isn’t at all stigmatised, and I’m interested to see what I learn through doing so.

I also want to emphasise that not only is everything totally fine, not at all cancer-y, but also I’m fine. This can be a very difficult experience for people who have the exact same outcome as me, but for me, not so much.

All of which leads us to:

Cut for not-cancer )
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Much nonfiction [Oct. 19th, 2017|04:22 pm]

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Jennifer Wright, Get Well Soon: History’s Worst PlaguesRead more... )
Arkady Ostrovsky, The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev to Putin: How things went wrong in Russia, with the failure of democratic reformers to put in a structure that could survive the transfer of power. Very few heroes here.

Hillary Clinton, What HappenedCue gross sobbing )
Neil Strauss, Emergency: This Book Will Save Your LifeRead more... )

Richard V. Reeves, Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What To Do About ItIt me )

Brooke Erin Duffy, (Not) Getting Paid To Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Workfans who want to be pros )

Jesse Eisinger, The Chickenshit ClubRead more... )

Brittney Cooper, Eloquent RageEmbracing rage )
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[Catch-up] Inktober - Day 17 (Graceful) [Oct. 19th, 2017|03:36 pm]

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Title: Graceful
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Avatar: Legend of Korra
Characters/Pairings: Korra
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 17, word prompt: Graceful. This is my very first attempt at using India Ink with a paintbrush. I found the following video on YouTube to be particularly helpful: How to Draw and Paint Animals with Water: Ink Drip Technique.

The ink drip technique is SO COOL! I only have black ink right now, but would love to get my hands on other colours. So in addition to the original piece, I've also included a digital blue-tinted version below, which I rather like. :)

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )
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Vid: The Outsiders (The Expanse) [Oct. 19th, 2017|08:23 pm]

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Title: The Outsiders
Fandom: The Expanse
Music: The Outsiders by Needtobreathe
Length: 04:09
Summary: On the outside, we've found a home. | For the ragtag group of crew mates aboard the Rocinante, and the outsiders they fight for.

an [community profile] equinox_exchange treat for [personal profile] colls

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This vid would've needed more time to simmer and a couple good rounds of betaing to give it the depth I really wanted it to have, but I started too late and had about 2 days to finish it, so it's mostly just my raw, unfiltered, un-beta'd Roci team feels. Which, now that a few more days have passed, I am actually okay with! I'm glad that people got some joy out of it :)




Lyrics )
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I provide straight lines for the Internet [Oct. 19th, 2017|07:41 am]

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Last night, I bolted out of a dead sleep at a little after 11 because the landline was ringing. I run downstairs, but let it go to the answering machine, which is basically a reflex at this point. No message.

I then look at my phone, because grabbing that when I wake up in the middle of the night is absolutely a reflex (though the Pip sleeps much, much better these days!) . . . and it was me. The cell had someone dialed the landline. [*]

I post this story elsewhere, and literally seconds later, I get the punchline )

[*] On reflection, it wasn't that late, so I think I fell asleep with the phone still on in my hand and touched it enough to keep the screen awake, until eventually I randomly dialed home. I checked, I hadn't made any other outgoing calls, at least.
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signal boost: Fandom Loves Puerto Rico Charity Auction [Oct. 19th, 2017|12:01 am]

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Check out all the fen offering their fannish talents to raise money for Puerto Rico after the destruction done by Hurricane Maria: Fandom Loves Puerto Rico Charity Auction on Dreamwidth. The auction is now open and will close on October 23rd.
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FANDOM LOVES PUERTO RICO IS LIVE!!! [Oct. 18th, 2017|08:17 pm]

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Current poll leader: What I have been up to [Oct. 18th, 2017|08:20 pm]

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Hi, friends. Thanks for voting in the poll! Indecisiveness combined with a general suspicion that everything I say and write these days is stupid banal can lead to extra-long periods of not posting.

I have been all right. Going to the gym 4+ days a week is not my natural inclination, and I still hurt in many places, but it is clear the activity is keeping my mood afloat, helping me sleep better and, yes, building strength and stamina. I took tonight off to browse the local library book sale -- $2 for Neil Clarke's Best Science Fiction of the Year vol. 1 and Whale Rider on DVD, yay -- and write a post.

My sister came to visit over Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day weekend. (Wow, it looks even worse to put those side by side than to use one alone. Wish we could just say Indigenous Peoples Day now, but it hasn't permeated the culture yet.) We went to a book event featuring chef Jacques Pépin, daughter Claudine and granddaughter Shorey. Having grown up watching Pépin, Julia Child and the Frugal Gourmet on PBS, it was a real treat -- especially since he came out twenty minutes early, plastic cup of wine in hand, to do photo ops with anyone who wanted.

The discussion itself was quite funny. Claudine, the moderator, got teased by her dad, but she dished it right back. "Never work with family," she quipped at one point. They told stories about things like how PBS timed its filmings so if Claudine wasn't a fast enough learner at rolling out dough or whatever, Jacques would elbow her out of the way and do it himself. Whereas when he partnered with Julia Child, she just told the film crew, "We're going to make this dish and we'll tell you when we're done," meaning some poor editor had to trim 110 minutes down to 20-something. Nor did they work from recipes, so airings were delayed because the producers had to reverse engineer them.

We also went to the county fair in the rain, figuring the crowds would thin out. Incorrect! Nonetheless, we enjoyed many animals, vegetables and minerals crafts. A pair of goats tried to eat our plastic ponchos, and once again the rabbit and cavy tent drove me to look into how feasible it would be to get a couple of guinea pigs to cuddle at home. (Space, climate control and frequency of cage cleaning & feeding are the main concerns, i.e. I could not be away for more than about a day without arranging for care. And I don't know if I trust my ability to maintain the energy levels to do what's needed. This was easier growing up when we had four family members to share tasks.) LOOK AT ITS LITTLE TRIBBLE TUFTS.

Work has been work-y. We were urged to apply for some awards in our field, which took up most of the last three days. I've won a few in this job, so I'm a bit hopeful. Otherwise just trying to keep my head down and enjoy the aspects of this career that I enjoy while our office's overall stress rises and morale dips. Pretty sure [coworker] is about to quit.

Good news is we still get financial support for professional development. Next week I'm flying to San Francisco for a conference. If any of you have food recommendations in the Union Square/SoMa area, especially for breakfast and lunch, share away. I'm already set on returning to a couple of takeout places in Chinatown for tasty tasty dim sum. Still dreaming of the shrimp and leek dumplings from my first visit there a year and a half ago.
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This is turning into a life update disguised as a media update [Oct. 19th, 2017|09:52 am]

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Reading
I finished Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch. It was good, but I'm not sure these books are quite my genre -- I want less focus on complicated cases and just a touch more on interpersonal relationships and the process of learning magic. Maybe I should just read the fanfic? Anyway, my TV died over the weekend, so now the boy and I are spending our evenings listening to the audiobook of Midnight Riot, the first Rivers of London book, which is wryly and excellently performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who does all the accents and makes me wish they'd stripped out the unnecessary speech tags.

Currently... I still have Cary Elwes waiting for me, but first I'm catching up on fanfic (primarily Les Mis E/R, and Star Wars Finn/Poe) and various internet posts that've been accumulating on my Kindle.

Kdramas
I've watched four episodes of Chicago Typewriter, and I'm soooo confuuuuused. Is it past-lives or time travel? Or a mix of both? Is Yoo a manifestation of the spirit of the typewriter (in which case, am I shipping Han Se Joo/the typewriter o.O)? And did they only name Yoo that so they could use that Platters song "Only You (and You Alone)" in the soundtrack -- hilariously, I might add? What is going onnnn? (Please don't tell me!)

Also, it's a little painful watching him struggle with writer's block, when I too am in a slump. I keep shouting advice at him that I am not taking myself. ;-P

I also watched the 2-episode time-travel/undercover-as-a-eunuch drama, Splash Splash Love, about a high school student who runs away from her SAT exams and jumps through a puddle into drought-stricken Jeoseon, where her identity is immediately mistaken because apparently "high school senior" is a homophone for "eunuch" in Korean. It was cute but felt like a school play compared to Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, by which I mean they didn't manage to sell me on the world-building, and the relationships felt very rushed. And the age difference between the pairing bothered me. And (on an extremely shallow note) the actors weren't as pretty.

J and I have given up on My Girl (I'll finish it on my own) and switched to Master's Sun instead, which is a re-watch for me. Ghosts! Humour! Complicated backstories! Oh, my!

Mystery Queen and Chief Kim are both on hold this week.

Other TV
My TV turned into a radio over the weekend, so our Parks & Recreation re-watch has stalled (though we did watch the Halloween episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine last night on my teeny laptop). Since I failed to buy a replacement over the weekend, I decided to explore the possibility of having my TV repaired after all and yesterday drove half an hour up the motorway and into Lower Hutt to the repair place.

I realise that to many of you, half an hour's drive sounds like nothing, but Wellington is very compact, and when I gave the repair guy my address, he said, "You're a long way from home." Heh.

Anyway, we have the rest of Parks and The Expanse s2 on DVD waiting for us, and Pru comes over to watch dramas with me once a week, so I'm going to have to resolve the issue somehow. I'd rather not watch stuff on my desktop, because it would involve reconfiguring my living room.

Writing
Ha ha ha ha ha. *sigh*

Korean study
I had my first language exchange over the weekend. We talked for over two hours, in a mix of Korean and English, and we're meeting again tomorrow. I'm a little concerned that we want different things, but I guess we'll see how we go.

I've also downloaded Duolingo, now they offer Korean, and I'm working my way through that. It's fun and addictive (game-ification!), but I'm not sure I'm learning a great deal. I need to knuckle down and actually memorise some vocab.

And my classes start up again this evening.

Computer
The guy who used to fix my computer finally emailed me back (\o/) and said he's super busy atm, so I'm hanging in here, waiting until his time frees up enough that he can look at it. Which is 100% better than not having a plan.

Today...
...is sunny and warming up. I have some errands to run, and I think I'm going to bike out and have lunch with the boy. And then, of course, Kclass.
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Fiction [Oct. 18th, 2017|04:45 pm]

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Patrick Ness )Max Gladstone )

Leigh Bardugo )

Andy Weir )
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A post about posting [Oct. 18th, 2017|01:23 pm]

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As anticipated, gym requirements, travel and guest hosting have eaten into the (already diminished) time and energies that would normally go into writing more DW/LJ posts. But I've got some long plane trips coming up and am optimistic about contributing more.

Would you like to help me prioritize topics?

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Recent read: All Systems Red - Martha Wells
16 (36.4%)

Recent read: Provenance - Ann Leckie
18 (40.9%)

Recent read: Stories of Your Life - Ted Chiang
15 (34.1%)

Recent read: Mash Up - ed. Gardner Dozois
4 (9.1%)

Recent read: From a Certain POV (Star Wars stories)
12 (27.3%)

TV: The Good Place
20 (45.5%)

TV: Star Trek: Discovery
18 (40.9%)

Vid notes for "When I Go"
13 (29.5%)

What I've been up to
27 (61.4%)

Thoughts on personal training and touch
20 (45.5%)

Thoughts on body image
21 (47.7%)



Or something else that you are welcome to suggest in comments. :)

ETA: Whoops, forgot "Movies: Blade Runner 2049." ETA 2: and Festivids. Note to self.
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Yuletide and bears [Oct. 18th, 2017|08:05 am]

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SteelyKid made teddy-bear-pipe-cleaner swaps [*] for her Girl Scouts bridging ceremony last night, which she was justly proud of because she'd figured out a better way to make them that didn't involve cutting up the pipe cleaners, and she distributed them by running up to people, sticking out her full hands, and saying, "Bears!"

Which made me laugh every time, thinking of friends writing Yuletide.

Anyway, her swaps were a big hit, and if you need a Yuletide beta and you think I might know your fandom, hit me up even if it's not on the spreadsheet. Comments are screened.

[*] Any kind of little craft on a safety pin that you can trade.
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NCIS: New Orleans 4x04 [Oct. 17th, 2017|11:14 pm]

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I continue to be delighted by references to the existence of the apartment (I don't think I'll ever be over that)!

For some reason I really liked the fact the Gregorio is superstitious (I also was thrilled about the bits of background info we got on her). I also liked Percy was fussing over Gregorio after the near miss with the archives!

I'm glad Percy and LaSalle made up (and I liked the mice bit), but I hope it doesn't mean Percy and Gregorio will get less screentime together.

On a semi-related note, my NCIS: New Orleans nomination was approved for Festivids, yay!
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