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.

Fic: House-building

Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:16 pm
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Title: House-building
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters: Original Female Characters,
Author: beatrice_otter
Rating: kid
Summary: When choosing a spouse, there are many things to consider.

Sequel to: The Desert Between
Nyota's Choice

At AO3 and tumblr

Read more... )

Next Fic: Children of the Desert
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If I haven’t shared this before now, my bad -

Here.  Have some whack.
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The Best ATM Withdrawal Defense

I’m here for women with powerful dogs!
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Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:27 pm
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Killing time on a sunday afternoon.

I seem to have an aversion to the south. :-)

Create Your Own Visited States Map

I obviously need to visit more of Canada.

Create Your Own Visited Provinces and Territories Map

Tradiational Cotswold at its best.

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:52 pm
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This is Nonesuch Morris, whom I've only just come across. They're a mixed team from Bristol and do traditional Cotswold morris that is truly excellent.

Just look at the precision of the teamwork and the leaps and the crisp hanky work.

Poor hanky work can look terrible, which is why Border morris sides shy away from hanky dances, but when they're done to this standard, they can look fantastic.


I'm just about to email them and ask if they'd like to come to Wimborne Minster Folk Festival next year.  I'm dance director of the festival and I'd love it if they could come.

One of the reasons I'm posting so little here is that festival work is taking up a lot of my time at the moment.  The festival isn't until next June, but this is the time when lot of dance teams make their decisions about where they are performing next summer.  Thus, a heavy correspondence load.

Birthday swords

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:00 pm
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On my birthday, my family and I started playing around with my longswords.  I set my husband and daughter a challenge to see how many locks they could find using six swords.  In the process, they invented one new one and created an improved version of one that I've seen in a book.  Here's some of what we came up with. 

This is the Mohr lock - I learnt it from an American Rapper dancer

Black Joker lock (or you can call it a farm gate if you prefer.) This is a more rigid version of a known lock.

I found a good way of making it quickly, too.

Lindsey's lock. She found this one that I hadn't seen before.

Richard's Yacht lock.  This may actually be one that nobody else had before.

If you want to play yourselves, just cut out some strips of cardboard from a cereal packet or similar, and interweave them.

You'll probably manage to fins the six pointed start before long, but there are others, as well, that I've not shown here...

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:41 pm
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I slept really, really badly last night. We went to bed a little after 11, and at 3, I was still awake. I think I slept through Scott getting up to go to work. At least, I don't remember him going. During the not sleeping part of things, I was in that state where my body was almost relaxed and my mind was too unfocused for getting up to do something else (I couldn't have kept my eyes open), but I couldn't get either mind or body to let go and actually sleep. If sleeping were falling, this would be the equivalent of getting snagged on something three quarters of the way down. I couldn't go back up, and I couldn't make it to the bottom either. (I know-- The analogy's not great since falling is painful and undesirable and sleep is beneficial. Just go with me. I can't think of anything better.)

This getting stuck at the almost asleep stage is really pretty common for me. It's why I always boggle at the folks who say that, if I can't sleep, I should get up and do something else and go back to bed when I can sleep. I have no idea how getting up to do something else would be possible when the only part of my brain that's functioning is the tense, anxious bit that says that letting go is dangerous and/or wasteful.

I end up spinning a lot of stories when I'm in that state. I can't tell, though, if the stories prolong the difficulty or just fill the time. Or, maybe, even are a beneficial side effect since my plausibility editors tend to be offline just then which can lead to me having ideas that I actually can turn into stories later.

Scott and I mostly just relaxed at home last night. We took a walk out around 7 p.m. because someone from the other side in Ingress hit the science and nature center. I was confused by the rhythm of how the attacks went and by what was attacked when, but all was explained when we got there and found the place full of people. There was a Halloween event for families, and pretty much all of the timing weirdness makes sense if the other player had a kid or kids and was following them and only playing when they stopped for long enough to be safe.

Scott made level 10 as a result, so it was all good. He sent a thank you to the other player over the game comms which we hope was taken as sincerely as it was meant. He doesn't get much chance to play, especially this time of year, unless something happens at the science and nature center.

I need to go back through my journal and check against the other records I've been keeping, but last night gave me a strong indication that the breakthrough menstrual bleeding I've been having for months might actually correlate with when I take long walks. I think that will be a project for tomorrow while Cordelia's at school. I'll be seeing the gynecologist on the 9th, and I don't think I need to have that checking done any sooner than that.

Make not your thoughts prisons

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:42 pm
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My mood has taken a tumble recently and with it all my motivation which is proving challenging both at work and at home. At work in a way it's not so bad because there aren't enough hours to do everything anyway so I don't need self-motivation (though it's entirely possible that's what has killed my mood and ability to do anything because at times it does all feel a bit pointless- running just to stay still!)

I've hardly seen anyone recently outside things I have to do and I spent my day off last week doing literally nothing- well reading which I guess counts as something but not really.

Bah. I know I just need to get a grip but it's not always quite that straightforwards is it?

I did manage to switch from my summer to winter clothes today which was nice because I remembered all the pretty things I have to wear in the winter. Oh and I also *consumed the relevant media* for my [community profile] yuletide prompt which is going to be a challenge (and may need a very specific sort of beta) but I have some ideas already which is better than last year!

And if I get through this next week then I have a weekend in Chichester with 2 of my favourite people and 3 plays so that has to be good ♥

And right now I'm listening to my Cleo Laine Shakespeare & All That Jazz album and I do love it very very much now finally own it.

What are you all looking forwards to this week? Big or small!

I don't do RPF, but if I did...

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:04 am
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Andy Lincoln/Norman Reedus would be the 1st in line! The Walking Dead returns tonight for S8 & I watched the 800 Special: Behind the Dead, which is the cast & crew talking about the show. Includes clips from actors no longer on the show, which is nice! They all say they're a big family. They have a "death dinner" whenever a main character is killed off because they're going to miss the actor so much. Aww.

In the middle of which, we get another nod to the particularly epic friendship I posted a pic of previously.

Now 3some w/ added JDM! )

♥ ♥ ♥

FFA sometimes provides fun links to stuff I'd never see on my own. Today was a pointer to this twitter gem by Ben Daniels, who plays Marcus in The Exorcist: I can't for the life of me see why people ship these two. LOL! Great pics, Ben, thank you kindly!

Ben's Marcus, btw, is more-or-less canonically gay. He's a defrocked priest. Alfonso Herrera's Tomas is still a priest, but that doesn't really slow him down much. :) And, as Ben points out, it's virtually impossible not to ship these 2!

An assortment of TV

Oct. 21st, 2017 11:45 pm
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I quite enjoyed Rellik, though it seems it wasn't popular generally. The premise is that the series starts nearly at the end of things, and then keeps moving backwards in time (along with some slightly odd backwards-video effects). It's an interesting idea, particularly the way this means you see character development in reverse - people who initially seem quite sympathetic turn out to have previously been unpleasant, and so on. Unfortunately, they seemed to think it was OK to include a lot of cop shop cliches since they were doing something new with the narrative structure. But still, it worked for me.

In a different vein, Lucy Worsley's programme on choral evensong - a gentle look at the history of the early Reformation, and how Henry VII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I each made their mark on the music of the Chapel Royal and more widely across the country. I'd have liked longer segments of music (and less talking over them), but it was still an hour well spent.

Finally, there was Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me, where the naturalist tells us a bit about how he finds living with Asperger's. I don't want to generalise, but he's very good at explaining how he relates to the world, and how his autism affects that - both its highs and its lows. It's very personal, and you can see he's describing very intimate details about himself; I think to try and get the more neurotypical of us to try and see the world a little as he does. He then goes to the US to see how they try and treat people with autism there, and it's obviously very painful - both to hear people describing autism as a disease that should be eradicated, and to see the impact of dealing with autism on the people he meets and their families. Chris is clear that now he wouldn't want his autism cured, but that equally he might have made a different decision in the past, and that he's been lucky to be able to find a career that lets him play to his strengths.

Avatar: Legend of Korra, s2

Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:00 pm
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I binged season 2 as well! (Seasons 3 and 4 will probably be one-ep-an-evening rewards for actually doing something useful.)

The plot was more standard stereotypical good vs evil. I liked the worldbuilding of the whole Avatar's origins thing and also the spirit realm. The whole business acquisitions and Ferric (sp?) B-plot was annoying, but I recognize that it sort of had to be there. Mako's noir cop subplot was not enjoyable. Again, I did not like Bolin or his subplot, and I did not at all like the romance. Mako came across as a two-timing asshole, as love triangle centerpoints are wont to.

The theme of family was a better fit to the writers' strengths than love subplots. I liked Tenzin and Bumi and Kaya sort of ... connecting with each other (though wow was Aang a bad parent). Iroh makes an appearance! (In fact, both Irohs made appearances! I am pleased with both.) Not enough Lin Bei Fong bending displays of awesome competence.

spoilers )

Fic - Thy Eternal Summer - 1/1

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:18 pm
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Title: Thy Eternal Summer
Author: Evandar
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Rating: T
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Pairing: Maglor/Elrond
Warnings: AU - no kinslayings, age disparity
Disclaimer: I do not own The Hobbit and I am making no profit from this story.
Summary: When he is sent to support his brother in negotiating with King Thingol of Doriath, Makalaure sets eyes on Elrond Peredhel and is utterly lost.
AN: This was written for [personal profile] amyfortuna as a treat for [community profile] innumerable_stars 2017 as a thank you for running such a wonderful fest.

Some notes on the AU: this takes place in a world where the kinslayings never happened and Feanor rules over the city-states of the Noldor as their High King. Maglor is unmarried and did not leave a wife behind in Valinor.

I'm not a poet at heart, so all quotations herein come from the Sonnets of William Shakespeare.

Here on AO3.

The youthful face of Elrond Peredhel is fixed in his mind and no matter how hard he tries to think on other things, he finds himself unable to do it... )

Fic - The Road from the South -1/1

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:18 pm
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Title: The Road from the South
Author: Evandar
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings
Rating: G
Genre: Gen
Disclaimer: I do not own The Lord of the Rings and I am making no profit from this story.
Summary: Boromir hasn't truly rested since he left Gondor, and he knows that it should rightfully be Faramir on this quest, but that doesn't stop him from following the road north to Imladris.
AN: This was written for [personal profile] zdenka for [community profile] innumerable_stars 2017. Zdenka requested a first meeting between Elrond and Boromir, but the more I wrote, the more Faramir and Elros demanded to be involved too.

Here on AO3

Some sources, ones that Faramir had discarded with a look of contempt on his fair face, had claimed the city did not exist at all... )
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“The story of Cassandra, the woman who told the truth but was not believed, is not nearly as embedded in our culture as that of the Boy Who Cried Wolf—that is, the boy who was believed the first few times he told the same lie. Perhaps it should be.”
- In her cover essay on silencing women in the October 2014 issue of Harper’s, Rebecca Solnit once again proves that she is one of our era’s greatest essayist – further evidence here and here.  (via dostevsky)
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Innumerable Stars Recs

Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:30 pm
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So, reveals have just gone up at [community profile] innumerable_stars and I'm writing a rec list because there's just so much amazing fic and art that's been created. While I'm still working my way through the archive, here are my favourites so far.

First: a special mention has to go to my gift this year, which is Faithless Is He That Says Farewell When the Road Darkens by bunn

Summary: The War of Wrath lasted for forty-two years. It was neither a swift nor a certain victory. Here, in the middle of that great war, Celebrimbor, Elrond and Elros meet and work together. Elrond and Celebrimbor have complex feelings about the House of Fëanor. Elros, not so much.

Comments: Bunn managed to turn my request for cousinly family-feels into a sweeping epic set against the backdrop of the War of Wrath. Starring an Elros capable of commanding armies (and respect), an Elrond who is very much a descendant of Luthien, and a Celebrimbor who loves and wants to protect his cousins as much as he realises that he can't stop them from being involved. Maglor and Maedhros are sympathetic and complicated, and their oath is fully realised as a frightening and powerful thing. This fic is long, beautifully written, and so well researched - it even comes with a map! I'm in love.

Other recs:

Closure, grounding. by [personal profile] lynndyre

Summary: Maedhros is restored to his kin; Fingon helps restore him to himself.

Comments: Fabulous hurt/comfort artwork set after Maedhros' rescue. The detail of Maedhros' braids and clothing is wonderful, and their expressions evoke so much pain and sorrow. This piece has all the feels.

Crafting a Beginning by [personal profile] amyfortuna

Summary: When Maeglin and Aredhel wind up at Nargothrond instead of Gondolin, he meets his second cousin Finduilas and falls instantly in love.

Comments: Speaking of feels, this fic is just achingly sweet. It's a lovely piece that shows how a relationship might have developed between Maeglin and Finduilas and it's just. So. Cute. With a lovely, hopeful ending that leaves you wanting more.

The Deep Breath Before The Plunge by Grundy

Summary: On the eve of what will come to be called the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Maeglin meets his mother's kin.

Comments: The second Maeglin-fic I'm reccing - and another one that has the promise of a happier ending than canon. That said, it's still heartbreaking. Maeglin is so young here, and so traumatised, and his interactions with his extended family are just perfect - all fragile and hopeful and - Look, this fic made me like Curufin. It really made me like Curufin and that has never happened before. Ever.

Out of the Shadows of History by StarSpray

Summary: When Estel was nine years old, Erestor gave him a large box filled with wooden blocks of various shapes and sizes.

Comments: A lovely fic about the parental relationship between Elrond and Aragorn, based around the idea of rebuilding. It's such a hopeful fic and very bittersweet at the end, but I loved the detail of Aragorn picking up habits from his foster-father.

The Places You'll Go by Grundy

Summary: Celebrían has an idea, but she needs some help to make it a reality. Who else would she turn to but her cousin?

Comments: This is a gorgeous little fic starring an adventurous Celebrian torn between her Noldor and Sindar heritage, and her relationships with her cousins. Thranduil is in the background as one of her co-adventurers, and Celebrimbor stars as a helpful older relative willing to help her achieve her goals. Basically: supportive family feels that explores the relationships between the Noldor and Sindar in the Second Age, and which makes Celebrian a wannabe cartographer and an actual person in her pre-Elrond years.

in the bottle, sang the soul by erlkoenig

Summary: “What, ye never settled a debate with a proper test of strength?”
A casual discussion of Dwarven Craftmanship versus Noldor Smithing leads to a friendly wager between Azaghâl and Maedhros. Maglor participates in sibling antagonizing, Fingon prevents a brawl. Good times are had by all.

Comments: I'm always here for interactions between the Eldar and the Dwarves, especially explorations of friendship, and this is exactly that. First Age inter-species drinking contest with a Maedhros who is more than a little smitten with Fingon, and a Maglor who is very definitely a younger sibling.
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The story of the Lost colony was one of the first things I remember learning about in school. There is always interest in this unsolved historical mystery and recently, there has been even more interest. I ran across this article from Robeson County that claims that Virginia Dare is buried there.

The story )

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:37 am
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Thinking of dear Mewsie today, one year on. I miss your presence, my friend.

Misc. linkspam

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:21 pm
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"How to Help the Hurting". [Coffee Shop Rabbi]

"Leonard Cohen’s final book of poetry to be published October 2018".

"Let's Settle The Hand Sanitizer Vs. Hand Washing Debate, Once And For All". [Buzzfeed]

"No Hollywood Ending: How Do I Grieve When I am Estranged From My Family?"

"IKEA Just Launched A Pet Furniture Collection, And Animal Lovers Want It All".

"Exquisite Wooden Heels Hand-Carved with Ancient Vietnamese Pagoda Techniques".

"50+ Best Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Were Just Announced And The Winning Pic Is Making Everyone Angry And Sad".

"How I Came To Understand My Adult ADHD" has popped up in multiple places over the past couple of days, despite being from 2016.

Via [ profile] muccamukk, "Death of a Modern Wolf". "Once feared, vilified, and exterminated, the wolves of Vancouver Island face an entirely different threat: our fascination, our presence, and our selfies."

"The Case of the Small Shoes —a.k.a. Survival Bias: No, people were NOT 'just smaller then.'".

Via [ profile] havocthecat, "The Kosher Salt Question". "Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest."

Via [ profile] hunningham, "Pretending to be Batman helps kids stay on task".

"African Artist and Japanese Designer Create Stunning Kimonos By Mixing Cultures".

"The father of the American shopping mall hated what he created".

Definitely NSFW but an interesting read: "A decade of sex blogging" at Hey Epiphora.

"Rat Race". "Whether you see them or not, rats are usually around. They could be right under your feet, just above your head, or spelunking in the walls that separate the rooms in your home. The worst part is you would probably never know. Let’s look at what a day in the life of an average Halifax rat looks like.

Surprisingly, it’s not all that dissimilar to a day in the life of an average Haligonian human."

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