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([personal profile] phidari Apr. 29th, 2017 11:10 pm)
I'm using [personal profile] solarbird's alpha-test CSS to see how it works, and let me tell you, it works like a dream on mobile. Comment threads are actually navigable! It's amazing.

The color scheme is based on [personal profile] terra's Dreamwidth Muted Stylish script, because I just don't really like Neutral Good's colors. So now my journal basically looks a lot like the Dreamwidth sitescheme, only in softer purple. (This is the color scheme I'm used to seeing on sitescheme pages, because I'm finicky.)

(I also modified a little of the CSS:
  • I added some vertical spacing between entries;
  • Since I added a background color to entry titles, I had to change the entry-title margin so the date and time wouldn't overlap the title;
  • I added grey backgrounds to comment headers to make them look more like the sitescheme (though it's impossible to make them identical because this layout has the userpic as part of the comment content instead of the header -- why?)
  • Some fussing with margins;
  • I ditched the borders between entry title and entry and between entry and metadata. They just don't fit the color scheme.)
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([personal profile] beatrice_otter Apr. 29th, 2017 10:53 pm)
Tonight, I ate dinner in the only restaurant in town, which is also one of the two bars in town.  On one of the televisions a hockey game was playing.

Now, what I know about all sports except baseball mostly amounts to "cheer when everyone else does."  Since the nearest ice rink to where I grew up was an hour and a half away, and it rarely got below freezing so no ponds to skate on, until Hockey RPF started becoming one of the big fandoms I knew even less about hockey than about any other major sport.

But tonight, I looked up at the screen, recognized the teams (Penguins vs. Caps), saw Geno go into the penalty box (I think?  It might have been just back to the bench?), and thought, "Wonder how Sid feels?"
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([personal profile] bridgetmkennitt Apr. 29th, 2017 08:57 pm)
Dear Prime Time Player,

Thank you in advance for writing in one of my fandoms. You are a superstar. My AO3 name is BridgetMcKennitt.

I like femslash, slash, het, threesomes/moresomes as you can tell from my various requested relationships. I like reading explicit as much as I do non-explicit. Don't feel you need to write a certain way because you don't. I've listed many different, varied options for each fandom below, and I would be thrilled with whatever road you decide to take.

I do have some likes and dislikes when it comes to fics. I don't expect you to use everything in my kinks/likes section, and I wouldn't want you to as a lot of it doesn't work together and/or doesn't work for a particular fandom, so don't worry about that. Just please don't write my dislikes and I'll be a happy camper.

Likes: Character driven plot, worldbuilding both big and small, alpha/beta/omega, smut/PWP, threesomes, bondings (forced or otherwise), obsession, tension, misunderstandings, subtle flirting, fluff, dub-con, non-con handholding (or whatever non-con non-sexual situation), kidfic, mpreg/fpreg (or preg in general, I don't have a particular person designated as the pregnant one), established relationships, foodporn or other non-sexual things described in loving detail.

I'd like happy endings for any fic you write.

Dislikes: Crossovers, OOC, first or second POV, character death, crack, bashing, not!fics, unhappy endings.

Fandoms: Agents of SHIELD (TV), Ao no Exorcist | Blue Exorcist, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Chronicles of Riddick Series, Daiya no A | Ace of Diamond, Hikaru no Go
Read more... )
This concert was a complete surprise, announced while I was already in London for the month. Shoreditch was the neighborhood next to mine, so even though it cut into the weekend that we ended up traveling to York, I went to this concert, one of a handful Lea has had thus far to promote her new album, Places.

The line to get inside extended around the corner of a large city block, and there was some palpable excitement.

I had a balcony seat, and a decent view. The music being played overhead prior to Lea was all Bon Iver [I think]. I lost my shit a little bit when I recognized The Wolves, which is a song that's on my [Glee] fic playlist, although I had previously only been familiar with the Ellie Goulding cover and didn't even know it was a Bon Iver song, lol. BUT. SO MANY FIC FEELINGS UGGGHHHH.

When the lights dimmed imperceptibly, everyone screamed. We cheered and clapped for a long time, and eventually Lea kept trying to talk but couldn't because the clapping persisted. She was clearly overcome, thanked everyone sincerely for having come. Someone in the front yelled, "You deserve this!"

The band joining Lea on stage included a drummer, a cellist, a pianist, and some string instrument(s) I couldn't see, probably including a violin. This led to some different intros and interpretations, just because some of the orchestral/electronic effects couldn't be recreated on a live tour. For example, I remember really liking the percussive intro to Cannonball, the first song.

"Love Is Alive" was the first song to give me goosebumps. Like, her voice is just phenomenal, but there was a point of realizing, I AM IN THE SAME ROOM AS LEA. SHIT.
Her story introducing how she got this song [from a writer] was pretty hilarious, but I think completely loses its effect if not told verbally.

I eyerolled when she said she wished Darren [Criss] was there just before beginning Battlefield - he sang the duet with her on the album. Everyone else cheered, though, so I struggled to keep my reaction non-verbal so as not to ruin the moment for the people sitting to either side of me LOL.

Often on the slower songs, Lea would give a manual cue to the pianist/orchestra members to speed things up, making a "go" motion circling her index finger, which cheered me because slow songs tend to bore me live too, :D

When introducing "Sentimental Memories," she said something like, "One of the great things about being a singer is that you get to express these feelings...AND TALK SHIT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO FUCKED YOU OVER." lmao.

"Heavy Love" gave me some 'these strange steps' feelings, mostly due to the Dear lover / put another pill upon my tongue lyric.

Full setlist )

A tweet from Lea's twitter feed, showing her on the stage.

Since the concert, the whole Places album has been released. I'd like to listen to it more, and spend time comparing it to Louder, but I feel like her voice sounds healthier here, like you can tell she's had a lot of rest. I think her voice is still damaged from Glee, but it makes me happy how nice it sounded.
I want to punch the reporter who asked her whether "Hey You" was about Cory. The direct references in the lyrics make it completely obvious that IT IS, why ask her?

"Anything's Possible" gives me a lot of fic feelings. I'm adding it to my fic-writing inspiration playlist.
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([personal profile] dorinda Apr. 29th, 2017 06:50 pm)
I meant to post this this morning, but then there were dishes to do, and then I worked on (well, brainstormed, anyway) my fledgling idea for Night on Fic Mountain, and then I went out for an Ingress walk in the gross swampy heat, and look it's almost 7pm. /o\

If you were around here on More Joy Day 2017, you'll probably have already seen this, but!:

Svefnthorn (1117 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sinbad (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gunnar/Sinbad (Sinbad)
Characters: Gunnar (Sinbad), Sinbad (Sinbad)
Additional Tags: Runes, Snakes, Escape, Sleep

"You are not going to try to feed yourself to the snake so I can get away," said Sinbad at once. "So stop it."

([personal profile] movies_michelle gave me Gunnar/Sinbad and the prompt "sleep", and then I dunno what happened, there was a giant magic snake and stuff. :D )
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([personal profile] yhlee Apr. 29th, 2017 05:39 pm)
Chocolate Ammo

(I wonder if Jedao would eat chocolate ammo?!)

The satisfied customer endorsement really worries me:
The chocolate is surprisingly delicious and I now use the tin to store my real ammo. Great idea!--Damien Drake, Washington, USA

That either sounds like a trip to the ER or a firearms safety accident waiting to happen...O.o
I saw this on Tumblr and thought I'd answer it here. Snag it if you want to play along.

One song: Save It for Later by The English Beat

Two movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier & The Losers

Three series: Killjoys, Homicide Hunter, & Lewis

Four people: Chris Evans, Colin Morgan, Dylan O'Brien, & Lt. Joe Kenda

Five foods: Beef teriyaki, pizza, Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream, Cadbury's caramel eggs, & sesame bagels
i want to dip my toes into the water but i don't even know where to start.
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([personal profile] bridgetmkennitt Apr. 29th, 2017 09:54 am)
I signed up for Not Prime Time. \o/ I'm requesting Ao no Exorcist, Hikaru no Go, Daiya no A, Batman vs Superman, The Chronicles of Riddick series, and Agents of SHIELD. I'm still writing up my letter and optional details. Alas, so far no one has offered for my three anime/manga fandoms.

2 more days until sign ups close on the 30th!

[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is starting up again, so I'm tagging this post with the 'three weeks for dreamwidth' tag.

I have some fics to write, so here's hoping I don't get distracted. (Spoiler alert: I probably will XD )
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([personal profile] sporky_rat Apr. 29th, 2017 11:08 am)

I fell back into the Fallout 4 brain sink for a bit while I was trying to get my body and brain in a place where they'd work together again. But I think this upcoming week will be better.

I got a lot of the Gulf Wars submissions scanned and in a letter for Moonestone, so that should help. Note: I really like Colm. I hate his handwriting. I can't read it. I am both sad and relieved that this was probably his last Gulf Wars. And I feel a little bad about being relieved, but he is not moving with the new rules and it is getting very frustrating to be given this paperwork that someone has pinned hopes on and it not be usable. (Gleann Abhann does not have fillable pdf forms for our submissions. I really desperately wish we did. I've put out a couple of feelers to see who did other kingdom's.)

We are going to go help Jenna scrub her pool today. I hope the sun comes out at some point otherwise it's going to be really cold scrubbing. I don't even own a swimming suit. I'm going to be borrowing a pair of Brent's trunks.

Tomorrow is vacuum day. I adore my vacuum. It's hard, though, to vacuum, empty it, and move stuff to vacuum all by myself. I don't usually have to move stuff if I keep up with the vacuuming, but I haven't been keeping up. As such, tomorrow is a two-person job.

I got all the scrolls framed that weren't an odd size (really, Axemoor, why with the 11x15 scrolls?) and they're hanging in the hallway. I eventually want to do something a little more sturdy than the Dollar Tree $1 frames, but that's going to be a piece by piece sort of thing. I need to find our other framed ones - our AoA's, Brent's Arrow and Bolt, and my Onyx Chalice. For a while there, the only scroll in the hallway was my Diamond Chalice (oh my gosh that scroll! It's so beautiful. How does Jam do it? How can he still see?!) and it was framed for me as it had also been an A&S entry by Jam. I want him and Conall and [personal profile] zarhooie to meet up one day.

I sewed a tunic for Jenna! We had Baronial Wars where Gellis and Gida stepped down and Jenna and Nico came! Brent cut the tunic out and I sewed it. Turns out that if I don't try and sew the underarm gussets in with the machine, I can sew a tunic together in about an hour. And then I can spend thirty minutes sewing the underarm gussets in by hand. Hot diggity. This is going to make life a lot easier for me and for Brent. I think he's gotten kinda tired of having to sew all of my tunics for me.

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([personal profile] the_rck Apr. 29th, 2017 12:33 pm)
I think the additional memory is helping my laptop run better. Messages is still broken in that it can't deal with AIM, but everything else has been much more stable and much less prone to short freezes. I've had three sites that usually give Firefox fits open in tabs for two or three days now without getting script errors. I've got ten programs running, including iTunes which usually makes all sorts of trouble.

I more or less fell over from exhaustion yesterday. I'm not looking forward to the next couple of weeks which promise to be almost as hard as the last two weeks. I made next week harder by scheduling with Medequip for Friday morning to get the c-PAP fitted/set up. I didn't have any other appointment that day, and I really, really need to do this.

My primary goal for today is to nap. I'd like to finish making up a character for Scott's Firefly game and also sign up for Not Prime Time. I think the latter won't take too long because I can mostly just copy and paste. I'm just putting it off in case someone signs up with something I know I can write but hadn't intended to offer. I'm unlikely to edit my offers after I sign up, just because that would be extra effort.

I have figured out what I need to add to my Fandom5K story to tie it up nicely (it's fine as is. This would just make it better). My hope is that this will only add one to three thousand words. Longer would be fine as long as the words come quickly. I just don't want to spend more than a day writing the scene.

The FFnet troll has sent two more messages, this time trying to tell me that my plot has holes in it. The name on the comments is different but still a guest, but the (lack of) punctuation and capitalization is the same as is the general vocabulary. My suspicion is that they're trying different attacks, trying to see if they can come up with one that will make me respond.

Scott thinks I should pat the troll on the head and tell them that the name change is really cute in the same way that a toddler hiding behind a three inch sapling and expecting not to be seen is. I fail to see why I should take that much trouble over it.

I'm kind of curious at this point as to how many other angles of attack they'll come up with. I almost need a bingo card. Wonder if I can get a blackout?

Doctor Who annuals, necessarily constrained to telling very short stories aimed primarily at 10 year olds often written by people who have never seen the show, have a tendency towards the bland and a bit rubbish, occasionally enlivened with stuff that is a bit bonkers. The annuals in the late 1970s went for the bonkers end of the spectrum with enthusiasm which these days makes them far more interesting than many of the others. As a child I recall just being very bemused by both the story-telling and the artwork which seemed to bear relatively little relation to the show I loved.

I recall the above panel clearly. The Doctor has helped a group of apparently very nice men escape from a planet on which they were trapped, only for it to be revealed that once outside the special atmosphere of the planet they revert to psychotic monsters. This panel reveals them in their monstrous state (their psychosis is never actually shown to us, were are simply told they are also psychotic). The Doctor tricks them back down onto the planet by pretending to be stranded and, despite being (allegedly) psychotically evil, they return because of the debt they owe him. They are not happy to find themselves trapped once more and the Doctor (in a detail I missed as a child) weeps as he abandons them.

It's a difficult story. Even as a child I was concerned that the Doctor accepted so easily that these creatures must be evil and I do wonder if its trying to say something about assumptions that to be ugly is the same as to be evil (a message Doctor Who occasionally strays into, much as it also has stories that assert the opposite). Given the Doctor's tears at the end I wonder if the artist also had doubts about the message the story seemed to be conveying.

All that said, it has the merit of not being remotely bland.
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([personal profile] finch Apr. 29th, 2017 08:51 am)
Just recently I saw my first carnival of the season.

As I see Wodanaz in both the Hunt and the Carnival, the first carnival of the year is a moment like the first farmer’s market, where I am seeing a power shift from their winter self to their summer self and I stop to acknowledge the passage of time.

This is, of course, entirely UPG, but the role of carnivals in pop culture is liminal and dangerous, a place where the bad are punished and strange blessings and curses both might come up, so it seems reasonable to me that archetypal Carnival might feed on the same energies as the Hunt. And of course, I first met Wodanaz wearing the face of Mr Dark.

I know other pagans who mark their seasons with nature-based observations, noting when plants first sprout or ripen, but I suspect I’m just not sufficiently earth-attuned for that. I’ve been trying to pay more attention to the signs of the seasons, what the plants are doing and so on, and I can certainly note and appreciate it. It just doesn’t resonate for me the way spotting the lights of a ferris wheel on the side of the freeway does.

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([personal profile] sasha_feather Apr. 29th, 2017 01:50 am)
I tried a couple of shows out and rejected them:

Hap and Leonard (on Netflix)
I wanted to like this because the guy who plays Omar on the Wire (Michael K. Williams) plays a gay Vietnam vet. But after a couple of episodes, I didn't like any of the characters. Williams' character, Leonard, was OK, but everyone else was mean and horrible.

Limitless (on Netflix)

A movie spin-off. Brian thinks of himself as a loser and a disappointment to his dad, even though his dad is supportive. He takes a drug called NZT, which temporarily turns him into a super-genious. I enjoyed the pilot because he used his genious for a bunch of things, like diagnosing his father's illness, solving a murder, playing music really well in a park, and talking to people about their problems (social intelligence!). But in the 2nd episode, it's clear that this is just another procedural about a white guy who is a rule-breaking genious for the FBI. He gets away with his rule-breaking because he produces results (and also b/c privilege). The science in the 2nd episode was also pretty bad: an engineered flu strain that was supposedly used for assasinations. Riiiiight. I stopped watching.

I settled on an addictive, violent, perhaps overly dramatic, gripping show on Hulu: BLACK SAILS. This has lots of queerness and is very pretty.
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([personal profile] phidari Apr. 29th, 2017 01:51 am)
I should be asleep but this just occurred to me. In Wizard we had Mayu, who became Kamen Rider Mage in a big moment that was supposed to be pivotal to her arc. Then there were two other Mages in-series plus a fuckton of NPCs as Mage in the summer movie. And Mayu didn't even get her costume color to herself like the two male Mages did! She was completely overshadowed.

Now, Ex-Aid has Nico as a Ride Player, a generic player of Kamen Rider Chronicle. They all look the same, pretty bland. Except Nico became a Ride Player after they were introduced as a concept, basically the reverse of Mayu's situation, and she's even customized her costume (the only Ride Player to do so). Ex-Aid isn't revolutionary in the female character department at all, but as someone who was annoyed by how the narrative treated Mayu, I really like this detail.
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([personal profile] aximili Apr. 28th, 2017 10:59 pm)
My dad has reached crisis point about Naomi.

I feel for him, and he's absolutely right. And I keep trying to emphasize that. But I have a very hard time not also empathizing with Naomi and noting that for her, what she did was probably all she could do.

He was committed to her. Her world burned down. Her dad died. She had to get a hysterectomy. After that, she just couldn't get back to him.

And he's not in a place to hear that, because of all the time and money invested in tha relationship. And she treated him cruelly. But I don't think she did it out of evil or malice. She just couldn't be where she was. She had to get away. Unfortunately, he was part of 'before' which made him part of what she had to get away from.

And it sucks. And it hurts and it's shitty. And he's right, it's not fair. His feelings are all valid.

I wish I could make him feel better. But I think in a way I'm less naive than him. I see how I'm affected by life circumstances, or Amanda, or anyone else, and I mean, I think we all associate people and relationships to some extent with the quality of life we have, and if that quality degenerates enough, it isn't held as precious anymore.

Him talking about the amount of money he spent on that relationship really sucks though. I think this type of thing lets him get bitter about people more than what I do, though. I can get bitter, sure, but I tend to be a generous donor when I have spare money, even with strangers. I don't get all wrapped up in anger and resentment about money, because I refuse to let money be a sign of emotional investment in a person or a trust as to their permanence. It's never occurred to me to be mad or resentful about spending money on Jessica or Jordan or Amanda. (I did get that way about my book never being returned - future reference point is to give, not lend, books.)

TL;DR: It sucks Naomi needed to go, but she did. It sucks that everything went to shit in November, December, and January and this basically washed away new relationships I had been trying to grow.

TL;DR: Shit happens.

My Full-Time Job told me I didn't need to come in tonight because my co-worker requested that weekend off, so I'd just be by myself. (I'm okay with this.) So I ended up going to a dance studio. I almost went out in casual clothes, but then I decided to wear one of my dresses. Glad I did. I would have felt very out of place.
Bright As You Can (6626 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Ultimates, Marvel Noir
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers (Ultimates), Tony Stark (Ultimates), Tony Stark (Marvel Noir)
Additional Tags: Multiverse, Established Relationship, Friends With Benefits, Threesome - M/M/M, Self-cest, Double Penetration, Spitroasting, Community: cap_ironman, Cap-Ironman Bingo
Summary: When Steve shows up at Tony's penthouse for one of their usual no-strings-attached dalliances, he's sure as hell not expecting to find a second Tony waiting for him. And they're both interested in keeping him company.

It took me two hours to title this. I'm going to sleep now. Have some smut. This is for Cap-IM Bingo; the square is "kink: double penetration."
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([personal profile] coprime Apr. 29th, 2017 12:43 am)
So...I'm getting married on Sunday. :D And then going on my honeymoon immediately after. :D I am super excited, but it also means that I'll be offline for the next week and unable to post every day-ish. So what I've done is post a bunch of future-dated entries, which I'll unlock after posting this. They'll be visible on my journal page but not on reading lists (due to said future-dating), hence this announcement to let people know they're there.

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