FAKE Fic: In The Pink

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:42 pm
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Title: In The Pink
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, OC, mentions Ryo and Bikky.
Rating: PG
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Overtired from overtime, Dee only wants to get to bed, but his day isn’t over yet. He still has to prepare for tomorrow…
Word Count: 1880
Written For: Challenge 53: Pink at beattheblackdog.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.




In The Pink... )

Fic: Of Satin And Lace

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:28 pm
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Title: Of Satin And Lace
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto, mentions Alice, Lucia, Lisa, Steven, Mickey, and Tosh.
Rating: G
Spoilers: CoE for characters only.
Summary: Jack finds forgotten memories packed away as he and Ianto move into their new home.
Word Count: 1081
Written For: Challenge 30 – Delicate at beattheblackdog.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.




Of Satin And Lace... )
[personal profile] ariane
Crazy world has finally arrived to my home town, Turku: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/18/europe/finland-stabbing/index.html

The situation is still ongoing.

So far no info yet about who the attackers are - home grown lunatics, or foreign fanatics. News say 7-8 people were stabbed, and at least one died.

It happened on Kauppatori and Puutori. I'm very familiar with both, the local busses' main stops are on the Kauppatori and that's where I most often get on the bus or off. Practically every time I go to town, I go through Kauppatori so it feels like my place. I just walked through it today, only about 4 hours before the knifemen attacked people there! I live about 20 minutes from there!
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[personal profile] umadoshi
There are only four days left in Sparkler Magazine's Year 5 Kickstarter, and at this point they're still only about halfway to the goal. Please do check it out if you haven't, if the thought of a wide variety of female gaze-centered comics and prose appeals to you. There's a ton of info on the Kickstarter page, including a link to a starter bundle you can download for free.


Fannish/Geeky Things

"Michael Sheen, David Tennant to Star in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ at Amazon". Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, people, FFS. >.<

"Dream Daddy, a Queer Dating Sim, Might Be the Gaming Miracle of the Year". (I haven't played the game; please don't comment with spoilers.)

"Suits season 7 finale will be a backdoor pilot for Gina Torres spin-off".

"N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ Book To Be Developed As TV Series At TNT".


Social Justice

Great Twitter thread by [twitter.com profile] SmartAssJen, beginning with "To my 'good' white folks scared to speak out about race: no, you won't be 'perfect', you will stumble, but silence is complicity. Speak up."

"Fat-Positive Activists Explain What It's Really Like to Be Fat: Here's how you can be an ally".

"The Recent History of Fat Stigma".

At The Establishment:

--"How To Stop, Drop, And Roll In Mental Crisis".

--"Young Adult Fiction Writers Are (Finally) Ready To Talk About Sex". [January 2016]

--"Your Global Mansplaining Dictionary In 34 Languages".

--"What Happens When Your Biggest Fear Is Something Inevitable?" [Sarah Kurchak] "Sarah, I know your parents are wonderful people, but maybe you can help me understand this,” my therapist asked during a session that happened at some point after the death of my grandmother and the loss of my childhood home but before the death of my dog and the notification that my building’s owners have applied for a demolition permit. “Why did they feel the need to explain the impermanence of the universe to you at such a young age?”"


Miscellaneous

"As a female sex worker, I'd like to propose my own Google-style gender equality manifesto".

"IKEA Releases Instructions How To Make ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cape After Costumer Reveals Actors Wore IKEA Rugs".

"This Brazilian Tattoo Artist Is Horrible At Drawing, But People Still Pay Her To Get Inked".

"Philly company digitizes 25,000 old records and they're free to download".

"Being the Crazy Friend, 101". [Mishell Baker] ["Content warning: blunt descriptions of negative emotions and disturbed thoughts."]

"Story Time: 10 Times Our Favorite Authors Told the Best Stories on Twitter". [Book Riot] (Includes both Seanan McGuire's story about the guy with the lizard in his leg and Ryan North's live tweets when he got stuck in a hole, as is only right and proper.)

"Monkeys, Mermaids and the Evil Eye. Medieval Stone Sculpture at Kilkea Castle and Graveyard". [Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Forget Tough Passwords: New Guidelines Make It Simple". [NPR] And via [dreamwidth.org profile] hannah, xkcd's take.
[personal profile] sarasa_cat
[Originally posted on tumblr over here]

Okay. NOW I am ready to have that low-effort characterization discussion.

If anyone (plural!) is interested, just leave a reply and let me know if you have some time soon or not for a couple of weeks.

.

As a bunch of you know, I have a very large FFVII WIP that includes a sizable character arc for Vincent (told in 1st person POV). The WIP also includes other character/plot arcs.

There are a bunch of things itching my brain regarding how I want to handle and interpret certain aspects of Vincent’s canonical presentation, specifically:

Read more... )
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Demands and Decisions
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 3 of 6
word count (story only): 1293


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and the Road Trip arc, this is where Joshua's brain finally goes 'tilt,' but while there is tension, several good things develop as a result. ::


:: This story is sponsored by Callibr8, and she knows why! ::




Joshua browsed through two more listings before he stopped, raising a hand to block the image of a long, oversize ranch house silhouette with a retaining wall wrapping around the partially-visible lower level. The walls were bright orange, nearly the color of safety vests, and the window sashes were painted a deep rust color. Other details, including the brick work, were an overwhelming shade of persimmon. “Holy crap, you paid money for the Pumpkin House? I mean, I might pay two or three bottle caps for it, but not cash!” Joshua paused. “Is it even finished inside?”

“Fully. It's also disgustingly taupe, beige and eggshell, throughout,” M. A. laughed. “I didn't even pay five cents on the dollar compared to its value, though, so I can afford to spend the money painting and re-carpeting. That was going to be a training project for, well, it doesn't really make a difference… If you want it now, before I've changed anything, I'll sell it to you for exactly what I paid.”
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Fidele Chapter 25

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:06 pm
misslucyjane: Dominic Monaghan writing (i write therefore i am)
[personal profile] misslucyjane
Fidele (113534 words) by misslucyjane
Chapters: 25/?
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Male Character/Original Male Character
Additional Tags: Romance Novel, Paranormal, PTSD, Hauntings, Kid Fic, Drug Use
Summary:

A house full of ghosts is no place to fall in love.

Malcolm Carmichael has been coping with his post-war trauma by taking lovers, teaching art to schoolboys, and trying to ignore the ghosts he sees everywhere. At the death of his mother, he realizes he wants more than just to coast on by, and leaves the exclusive school in search of something more.

Caleb Thibodeaux was so traumatized by the death of his parents in a fire that he hasn't spoken a word since. His uncle Noel hires Malcolm to be his tutor, and Malcolm discovers that Caleb is not the only Thibodeaux son with secrets. The plantation house Fidele is beautiful but haunted, and Noel is much the same.

Soon Malcolm is absorbed in protecting Caleb and Noel from threats both living and dead, and in uncovering the story of Fidele.



Read at AO3, or at JennaLynnBrown.com

Poem - Amber’s Depths

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:39 pm
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[personal profile] kokopelle
“Amber’s Depths” is about about voluntarily not embracing the future. The present and near future is the breadth of experience. Beyond that, who knows?


Amber’s Depths

Beyond the bottom of the sky
where horizon meets the land
there I seek my future place
where I’ll stand by vision’s light
though the shadow may intrude
deepest hues in sable’s grasp
hiding what could be there
beyond my sight in mountain’s roots.

Imagination does not reveal
what may come in due time
when the dreams of the beyond
are dispersed by sorrow’s blight
fantasy may be my end
when reality is dismissed
thoughts stop before they start
illusion borne by raven’s wings.

Invention waits in the tools
hinting at their readiness
there left fallow by my hands
dust assumed on mantle’s breadth
treasure stacks upon self
taunting those who cannot reach
when the will is left to wane
wishes sunk in amber’s depths.

© 2017. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20170817.
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Claiming is OPEN at HP Next Gen Fest!

Aug. 17th, 2017 01:46 pm
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[personal profile] gracerene
Lovely flisters! Did you that claiming is open over at [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest? I love this fest SO MUCH as there were a ton of fabulous prompts this year with oodles of variety. Slash, femslash, het, gen, threesomes+, cross-gen...We've got it all! If you're a fan of the Harry Potter Next Gen characters, you should definitely check out the prompts and see if anything appeals!


come join [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest!

Art by [community profile] thiliart, Banner by [personal profile] capitu


CLAIMING POST
[personal profile] owlmoose
Between North Korea and Charlottesville and everything else happening, it's hard not to feel like everything is burning down. But until the world actually ends, it's better to proceed as if it will keep on turning, so have some linkspam.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 01:56 pm
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[personal profile] i_amthecosmos
Yesterday my next-door neighbor stopped me before I drove off to tell me that she'd been robbed. She's had this big yellow moving truck in her backyard for ages. Yesterday, someone waited for her to leave the house and then they towed it. So that's not a spur of the moment crime, they had to drag it out of there.

Not only that, but she told me the truck was full of about $5000 worth of craft supplies. (I've been in her house, they're hoarders.) So she lost a truck that in theory could've provided income for her children (she and her husband are older and disabled), plus a lot of general stuff.

And now I'm worried about people staking out my house.
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FAKE Fic: Being Somebody Else

Aug. 17th, 2017 06:55 pm
badly_knitted: (Dee & Ryo black & white)
[personal profile] badly_knitted
 




Title: Being Somebody Else
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo, OCs
Rating: PG
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Undercover assignments are part of being a cop, but sometimes being somebody else for a while isn’t so bad.
Word Count: 852
Written For: My own prompt ‘FAKE, Dee/Ryo, Undercover as a cab driver,’ at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.




Being Somebody Else... )

Fic: All Aglow

Aug. 17th, 2017 06:40 pm
badly_knitted: (Tired Ianto)
[personal profile] badly_knitted
 




Title: All Aglow
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Jack, Owen, Tosh, Gwen.
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Nada
Summary: After a rather unpleasant encounter with a hostile alien, Ianto finds himself afflicted by a strange condition.
Word Count: 2994
Written For: Amnesty 7 using Challenge 51: Glow at beattheblackdog.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.




All Aglow... )
[personal profile] umadoshi
(I tried to make this post more cohesive than it is. I really did! Pretend it worked?)

At last, I know what a childhood of X-Men reading prepared me for: coping with the severe cognitive dissonance when different components of/perspectives on a fictional world are staggeringly different from each other in tone.

Except that, where X-Men (and similar) comics have passed through countless creative teams over several decades (and are a big enough thing to have all kinds of quirky sideline projects), in this case, said staggeringly-different aspects are written by the same person.

I'm now mostly caught up on K.B. Spangler's work in the A Girl and Her Fed (AGAHF) universe, which consists of the ongoing A Girl and Her Fed webcomic and five novels (so far), one of which is Not Like The Others. Oh, and the first of a planned series of novellas cheerfully (and accurately) codenamed "Joshsmut".

I came at this world...out of order, I guess, in that I started with the novels. I'd heard of the AGAHF comic and had been meaning to read it, but I do better with novels...and I didn't really realize how intertwined the projects are. Here's an io9 review of Digital Divide, the first Rachel Peng novel. (Four of the five novels currently available focus on Rachel.)

(Note: I'd heard of A Girl and Her Fed off and on for at least a few years, and had it on my to-read list before I mentally connected it to the Rachel books, but I never really looked into what it is...even though I always tripped, and still trip, over the title because I always parse it wrong. My instinct is still to read the "fed" as a conjugation of "feed", not as "federal agent", which makes no sense at all. How am I STILL DOING THAT?)

So Rachel was my gateway. Rachel as we meet her is a smart, driven, ex-military federal employee who's working as the liaison between the D.C. police force and her own federal agency, OACET, which is made up entirely of a large group of cyborgs. More specifically, a large group of cyborgs created in a catastrophically flawed project that took some of the best and brightest young civil servants from across the federal government, put chips in their heads, and left them collectively traumatized and disturbingly overpowered.

Emphasis on the "collectively". The (functionally nonexistent) "So You're A Cyborg" manual didn't have a chapter for "Welcome to Your New Hivemind! (Please stop screaming! Everyone can hear you!)"

Rachel's books start several years after all that, and several months after she's joined the above-mentioned police force, for the express purpose of helping to ease the public into the idea that Cyborgs Are People Too!, and super-useful to boot! And guys, I love Rachel dearly, so she was a great gateway for me. I kept going with her books until I discovered that the sole (so far) Hope Blackwell novel is set before Rachel's fourth book, so I opted to both read that book and finally backtrack to read AGAHF...

And it turns out that my X-Men experience is only barely up to this whole experience. cut for length; there's about as much text under here as there is above )

Two things of note:

1) Spangler is in the process of redrawing the first chunk of AGAHF. I don't know when she started doing that, or how quickly it's progressing, but the result is that the first 90-100 strips or so have been redrawn (each one linking to its original version) and have had some dialogue tightened and some plot holes smoothed out, but then you run out of redrawn art and get dropped into the original art style for a while, and it's...well, it's pretty jarring. (Here is the current/redrawn first comic; here is the original version. So you see.)

2) I'm not great at picking up things that call for content notes/warnings, unless they're pretty obvious. But one thing that bothered me, and recurred often enough that I feel like I ought to mention it, is the frequent use of "psychopath" (plus some instances of "sociopath") as a descriptor. briefly expanding on that; not very spoilery )
[personal profile] fadedwings
I took this video today, the video part isn't really important, it's the sound that's the reason I made this.

In the video there's basically just a view of the yard. If you squint you can probably see one of the squirrels on the white fence post, on the right. There is at least one other squirrel making noise here, but not seen.

I enhanced the sound, because it was a little soft straight from my ipod touch, so it may be a little loud, not sure. It's hard for me to judge sound volume because I'm hard of hearing.

So this is the sound of multiple squirrels "yelling" They are so loud and it's a weird screeching sound that is so weird if you're not used to it. Actually I still find it weird, and I've heard it a lot, several times today even.

The reason for their alarm this morning was a lurking cat (not seen in the video).

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