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([personal profile] coprime Jan. 17th, 2017 10:44 pm)
Canon: Sleeping Beauty
Pairing: Aurora/Phillip
Canon Level: In Love

I have loved everything about Disney's Sleeping Beauty ever since I first saw it, and that is a long time given it was one of the first movies I ever saw. And part of loving everything is loving Aurora and Phillip. They're two young people who fall in love despite the fact that they shouldn't. Aurora's gracefulness and Phillip's bravery have kept my interest over the test of time.

Suggested reading:
This is Not a Waltz by [ profile] OzQueen
Playful by [ profile] afterandalasia
Adjustments by [ profile] DesertVixen
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([personal profile] calystarose Jan. 17th, 2017 04:10 pm)
Back in '15 during NaNoWriMo. All the things I wrote were interconnected, basically bits of the same story. But in nice small 100+ word chunks so that I didn't fail horribly. And I didn't fail!

I recently refound the file and re-read it and I quite like it! Some parts are heavy-handed with my...agenda. :D And there are a few technical issues (her light lit the room). But by and large, I really like it!

I'm just not sure what to do with it.

Part of me wants to post it, but it's not like it's complete as it is. Though you can get a sense of the story. And I'm not sure if posting it would suck out all the wind from that writing sail, making me unable to finish it or even add more.


Still, it was nice to read it again and enjoy it.
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([personal profile] filkerdave Jan. 17th, 2017 04:39 pm)

The short version: I had a great time at my first Arisia.

The longer version will have to wait until after I talk about GAFilk!
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([personal profile] gwen Jan. 17th, 2017 02:24 pm)
I have heartburn and my guts are trying to climb out my belly button. This is not fun. I haven't gotten food sick in at least a month. So this is making me super unhappy. I have no idea what it could be It. Cross contamination or something I ate. Maybe the off brand mio? I did take two sudafed like a dumbass. (sudafed really doesn't look like a real word.)

It is so cloudy here. For days now. It's not helping the depression.  Nether is the snow. I need to get back to working out so when the snow goes I can get back on my bike.

Does anyone else like true crime? It's always been something I found interesting for a while now. But it's so hard to find a book/podcast/reddit that doesn't sensationalize the story. Murder isn't fun. I'm really enjoying Court Junkie, In the Dark, Casefile (The newer ones. He's just a hobbiest so his first stuff was a little over the top) and Criminal.
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([personal profile] calliopes_pen Jan. 17th, 2017 12:20 pm)
Taken from several people:

Which fictional setting would you put me in, and what sort of role would I play there?
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([personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach Jan. 17th, 2017 11:18 am)
Click here )
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([personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach Jan. 17th, 2017 11:14 am)
I know your lj has been purged, but I hope you see this anyway...

Click here )
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([personal profile] dglenn Jan. 17th, 2017 05:24 am)

"[...] I think all the heretics I have known have been virtuous men. They have the virtue of fortitude or they would not venture to own their heresy; and they cannot afford to be deficient in any of the other virtues, as that would give advantage to their many enemies; and they have not like orthodox sinners, such a number of friends to excuse or justify them. Do not, however mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that has brought upon him the character of heretic." -- Benjamin Franklin (b. 1706-01-17[*], d. 1790-04-17), letter to Benjamin Voughan[**], 1788-10-24

[*] Recorded as 6 January 1705 in the Julian calendar, which England and her colonies used at that time; retconned to the equivalent Gregorian date, 17 January 1706, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752. See a calendar for September 1752 for the changeover (on a Unix/Linux computer, type "cal 9 1752"). Note that different countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in different years.

[**] The Presidentship he mentions having served in at the start of the letter refers to the President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, the office Franklin held from 1785 to 1788. After 1790 that office was done away with and Pennsylvania started having a Governor instead.

[When I went looking for a Franklin quotation to use today, I found there are a metric %$^#ton of misattributed, faked, and even anachonistic quotes incorrectly bearing his name. That happens with most of the Founding Fathers, as well as Mark Twain, and Abraham Lincoln (who famously said, "The problem with Internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" -- or so Google tells me) ... but I think Franklin's large actual output of aphorisms and epigrams makes his an especially tempting name to attach to any unsourced, obscure, or just-made-up proverb that sounds kind of like his style.]

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([personal profile] tablesaw Jan. 16th, 2017 09:55 pm)
On Thursday, I came home from work and suddenly felt exhausted. I collapsed into bed feeling nauseous, and later in the evening, I was threw up. My wife's had a crud for a while, and I was worried I caught whatever she had; but I bounced back quickly over the next two days, so I think it must have been more of a food-poisoning thing.

I woke up on Friday in time to watch the Hunt Kickoff for a Dungeons and Dragons theme, Monsters et Manus. I kept expecting to fall asleep again, but the puzzles were fantastic and kept me going all day. I was still kinda weak, but staying in bed solving puzzles on a laptop was just my speed.

This year, there were a more than the usual number of puzzles where I came in after other folks had done most of the work and spotted the answer phrase. I did it for our first meta, The Despondent Dynast, and then our second meta, The Fighter. I also did it, amazingly, for our last meta, The Broken Bridge. After explaining my reasoning on why we should try this guess while we still had clues going, I wrote:
Tablesaw-XPS (Sat 23:12:55): Not the strongest, but I wanted to throw it out.
Tablesaw-XPS (Sat 23:13:02): It's not the weakest either.
Tablesaw-XPS (Sat 23:13:22): Anyway, I have to get pizza and didn't want it bugging me.
Tablesaw-XPS (Sat 23:13:27): TABLESAW OUT!
After getting pizza and returning to chat, the team was on its way to the final interaction and runaround.

Puzzles where the opposite happened included Boston Burgers (where I got tripped up on the extraction), and Changing Rooms (an excellent cryptic-clue based puzzle that I just started falling asleep during). I'm most proud of my gruntwork for Tricky Wicket, which turned out to be one of the most difficult puzzles in the Hunt. I spotted the gimmick and did a lot of work getting all the data collected, but was very grateful when I called in some teammates and one of them spotted the important messages I had missed. (She also was able to use the a key technique correctly when I was flailing).

The Hunt was really incredible, all around. Recommended puzzles are:
On one hand, good things keep happening. A friend offered something uncommonly generous today, if I can make my way to London on a given date, and I've been invited to be on the campaign staff for a local campaign.

So much in my life is going well, and sometimes I'm amazed that anything could emerge from the pile of ashes that was my life a few years ago.

And then I step back. Friday I started crying when I remembered the song "This Land is Your Land"; I didn't even have to listen, I just remembered that it existed. I listen to an episode of "Zombies, Run" and wonder how much prep I need to be doing to meet the physical and food/med demands of a post-apocalyptic land. I weigh any planned purchase/travel against the question, will I need this $100 to buy a loaf of bread in a few months?

It's no wonder my neck hurts all the time.

(I feel like the above was a complete post. I don't like that it doesn't end on a optimistic note. But maybe not everything needs to be reframed.)
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([personal profile] umadoshi Jan. 16th, 2017 09:59 pm)
Cuddles for Comfort 2017 banner

[ profile] james just put together the Cuddles for Comfort 2017 collection on AO3, and notes:
The collection is open to fiction, art, vids, podfic, any type of fan creation that features cuddling.

All fandoms!

All relationships and ratings. Gen, slash, het; lovers, friends, siblings, sworn enemies, sentient battle tanks, all welcome!

The fest is from now until Feb 14, though the collection won't really close so folks can post after.

Yesterday [ profile] scruloose and I bought this coffee table...sight unseen, because there wasn't a floor model out. (We have a few days after its delivery to return it, no questions asked, if we change our minds once it arrives.) We looked at some others, but veneer tops are very common, and while our cats are never deliberately destructive, they're cats and have claws, and I suspect a veneer would start having visible scratches within a day. This one has a slate top.

And today I ordered an Alphasmart Neo2 (used, as they were discontinued in 2013 or so). I've heard about them on and off for years and always kinda wanted one. On Facebook, a friend mentioned having just gotten one and already loving it, so I finally went ahead, since the secondhand price on Amazon was pretty reasonable.

Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that a few days ago I caved and bought a supporting Worldcon 2017 membership so I can nominate and vote in the Hugos. I'm not gonna pretend that the main incentive wasn't this note in [ profile] seanan_mcguire's eligibility post:
The 2017 Hugo Awards will have a special category for Best Series, and because of the release of Feedback and RISE during the 2016 calendar year, Newsflesh is eligible.
Yes, hello, I am all over this.
Sleep With Both Eyes Open (2035 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: POV First Person, POV Female Character, Canon Disabled Character, Adopted Sibling Incest, Coping Mechanisms, some spoilers (see notes)

As either a concession to my scruples or a sign of how eager he was to get the hell out into the open air with someone other than a security detail, Shaun put on an almost-reasonable amount of protective gear without my having to say a word. I did the only appropriate thing in response: while he fidgeted, I went back to my computer, pulled up our shared calendar, and entered "PIGS FLEW" on the current date.

He opened his mouth to protest, and I shook my head. "Not a word, or tomorrow morning I have a new blog post about my dashing Irwin brother finally learning some common sense in his old age," I said, which earned me a glower that suggested Shaun couldn't decide whether "common sense" or "old age" was more offensive.

In which Georgia and Shaun take a fleeting break from the horrific workload and stress about two-thirds into Feed.

Additional notes:
--Written for [ profile] cantarina for [ profile] fandom_stocking.
--Title from Dessa's "Warsaw".
--Beta work by [personal profile] wildpear.
--Set roughly between chapters 22-23 of Feed. Includes mid-book spoilers.

You can also read the fic under the cut )
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([personal profile] topaz119 Jan. 16th, 2017 02:18 pm)
Once again, I'm only now just getting to this, but at this point it's basically a tradition...

Previous years: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

this is what I wrote last year: )
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([personal profile] cesy Jan. 16th, 2017 08:09 pm)
I have recently started wearing perfume occasionally, for the first time in years. I very rarely buy perfume, because it is always not quite right, and I don't like paying that much money for something that's wrong as well as being an unnecessary luxury. But actually, I have a few perfumes at home, from presents and things, and it makes much more sense to use them than leave them around until they evaporate. And it turns out that wearing nice scents does make me happier, even if they don't match the perfect scent I can never find.

Maybe I should look into BPAL or some other non-mainstream perfume again.
This is basically a new story? Kind of? Or at least, I'm not sure if anybody but [ profile] halotolerant ever saw it--I wrote it as a flashfic challenge when tagged by [ profile] halotolerant on tumblr, but never posted it here. It's super short, a little over 200 words, but I did want to put it onto AO3 to keep all my stuff in one place. And I thought it might be amusing. :D (The condoms in the surveillance kit are canonical fact. Oh, Rejseholdet. ♥ )

Toolkit (215 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rejseholdet | Unit One
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Allan Fischer/Thomas La Cour
Characters: Allan Fischer, Thomas La Cour
Additional Tags: Condoms, Surveillance, Flash Fic, Realization

There are some condoms in the surveillance kit, useful as protective covers for hidden microphones and stuff. know...just useful.