Yuletide Letter 2017

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Hi, Yuletide writer! Thank you so much in advance for writing for me, I deeply look forward to whatever you have in store. ♥ I've been around the Yuletide block several times and you can find my previous letters here if you're interested. I'm pretty easy, and my preferences haven't changed that much.

My AO3 name is [archiveofourown.org profile] prodigy. You can find me on Tumblr at [tumblr.com profile] ourlightsinvain or consult my good friend [personal profile] relia/[tumblr.com profile] lifecrystals if you're interested in scoping out my tastes.

I like: all ratings; happy and unhappy endings; romance; explicit sex and porn in non-PWP stories; gothic, horror-, and suspense-themed stories; canon-typical casefic and self-contained plots; linear and nonlinear storytelling; humor, including in dark and dramatic situations; canon-divergent AUs; pre-canon and backstory fic; interactive fiction; uneven and fraught power dynamics; worldbuilding.

I don't like: PWP; fluff or domesticity fic; setting-based AUs (college, historical, etc.); crossovers and fusions.

I'm opting into Crueltide and IF, which will both be links when they're up!

Fate/Zero )

Lackadaisy )

Alien: Covenant )
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I've been doing less book bingeing and more reading of fic over the last month, which is probably, ultimately a happy balance for me.

Liberty and Other Stories (Prosperity, #2-4, 6) - Alexis Hall - ★ ★ ★ ★

A diverse series of stories expanding on the Prosperity universe, both before and after the events of Prosperity. read more )

The New Born Year - Kris Ripper ★ ★

I love this series, and I really liked getting to know Ally better, but I found this a difficult and unpleasant read. read more )

Full of Briars (October Daye, #9.3) - Seanan McGuire ★ ★ ★

I'm several books behind in this series, and figured this was a good way to dip back in. Because Quentin. Who is awesome. read more )

Gun To My Head - Dira Lewis ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reread. First read April 5, 2017. Second read April 6, 2017. Third read now, by which you might infer that I really fucking love this book. read more )

The Mystic Marriage (Alpennia, #2) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★

I continue to adore this series. This second installment continues to follow Barbara and Margerit's lives, while expanding the focus to two characters who played a supporting role in the first book. read more )

The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien, #1) - Martha Wells ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reread. I think I first read this sometime in 2010.

This is a secondary-world fantasy set in the approximate equivalent of 17th Century France only with both sorcery and Fae creatures.read more )

Point of Dreams (Astreiant, #2) - Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett ★ ★ ★ ★

In some ways the murders are the least interesting part of this book. They matter, and they drive the plot, but it's the thematic stuff going on around and in cause of the murders that I found most interesting.

This is a book about relationships, and the ways they are seen and controlled by society and societal pressures. read more )

Seven Summer Nights - Harper Fox ★ ★ ★ ★

This was not the book I expected it to be, but I quite enjoyed the book it turned out to be.

This is, as the cover copy stated, a just-post-WWII historical romance between an archaeologist and a vicar, both of whom came back from the war changed. It's about two men trying to fit back into roles and ways of life they no longer fit. read more )

Bound to Be a Groom (Regency Reimagined, #1) - Megan Mulry

DNF.

It's queer, kinky, poly, historical erotica. I'm pretty much THE target audience for this book. And I gave up at 13% read. read more )

Death by Silver (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey, #1) - Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold ★ ★ ★ ★

This was a rougher read than I expected from the ad copy. Good, but at times decidedly difficult.

This is a queer, steampunk murder mystery, but that's not really what it's about.

What it actually is is a book about institutionally-sanctioned bullying and abuse and the different ways in which adult survivors of childhood trauma cope with their past. read more )

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Sep. 24th, 2017 09:09 pm
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I slept badly again last night. It was really hard to relax and fall asleep. If I lie on either side, my left elbow hurts enough to wake me. If I lie on my back, the strap for my c-PAP headgear slides upward until the nose piece is no longer actually over my nose which also wakes me. I got up when Scott went to bed, even though I was tired enough to need more sleep, because Cordelia was already up.

Things with Scott's work schedule are a bit up in the air. They source their raw materials in Texas and so have a supply bottleneck even though they're facing both their busiest time of year due to special orders for cider season and an unusually high demand for the things they make all year. This worries me that they'll only give Scott one day to transition back to day shift by making him work next Saturday night into Sunday morning and then expecting him to start back on first shift at 6:15 Monday morning. It all depends on whether or not the supplies come in and how much of a backlog of orders they have then.

We ended up going to Dairy Queen last night because Cordelia said she really wanted a hot fudge sundae. Seeing what she ended up with, I'd never have called it a 'hot fudge' sundae because the topping was very, very runny. She commented, after eating it, that she really should have thought about the fact that she's not currently all that into chocolate. Her other idea had been an expedition to Novi to the Cheesecake Factory there, but it was 8:00 by the time we were ready to go anywhere at all. Dairy Queen was cheaper and closer.

I'm still working on characters for my game at UCon. I'll be running it from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and I worry a little that a home rules game won't draw players in that time slot (I was worried about that in any time slot, quite frankly), but I suppose that people who like my games will still see that the game exists. I'm willing to run with just two people. Scott will be running something during that game slot, so I can't ask him to make up numbers.

I have notes, some sketchy and some not so much so, and names for seven characters. It's my intention to write them so that they can be played male, female, or anything else as the player prefers. I did that for my Amber game last UCon, and one of the players decided their character used they/them pronouns. I don't intend to make sex/gender integral to the plot in any way unless the player characters chase after it.

Looking at the online UCon game book section for RPGs is kind of fascinating. There's no character limit for the online listings, and some people post a wall of text while other people say little more there than what will fit in the printed version. It would be interesting to see which of these attract more players or if they simply attract different players. I haven't seen much yet that makes me want to play anything, but many games are better than their blurbs.

I'll be running Sentinels of the Multiverse on Friday morning, so all my GMing will be done by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sentinels is much less work in the preparation stage. Mainly, I need to pick a villain and a setting and test the combination so that I know what bits of each are likely to kill the superheroes. I may, based on that, offer a limited selection of heroes rather than letting anyone choose any hero at all, but I also may not because that's more work. It's just that there are some heroes who can't function at all against certain villains.
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(Ik heb geen/zo min mogelijk spoilers in mijn recensie geschreven)

Titel: Gone - Verlaten (op Librarything, op Hebban.nl, op Goodreads)
Oorspronkelijke titel: Gone - The Exile
Auteur: Michael Grant
Vertaler: Maria Postema
Taal: Nederlands, oorspronkelijk Engels
Serie: Gone #1, in totaal 6 delen (al komt in oktober het eerste deel van de vervolgserie uit, dus dat zou dan eigenlijk deel 7 zijn).
Soort uitgave: paperback
Aantal pagina's: 495
Uitgever: Van Holkema & Warendorf
Jaar van publicatie: origineel Engels 2008, origineel Nederlands 2012, mijn editie 2016 (vijfde druk)
ISBN-nummer: 9789000313655
Trefwoorden: science fiction, instortende beschaving, wereld zonder volwassenen, vreemde krachten
Waarom ging ik het lezen: "Gone" is een serie waar ik al een hele tijd nieuwsgierig naar was, ook omdat Michael Grant samen met zijn vrouw Katherine Applegate de "Animorphs"-serie heeft geschreven, wat één van mijn favoriete series is. Ik kwam dit boek tegen in een minibieb, dus toen moest ik het natuurlijk wel meenemen en lezen!
Aanrader: Ja, maar hou er wel rekening mee dat het deel 1 van een serie is.

Korte samenvatting:
Van het ene op het andere moment is iedereen ouder dan 15 jaar verdwenen. Er zijn alleen nog kinderen over in het stadje en er is geen contact meer met de buitenwereld - er is een soort muur verschenen die het hele gebied omringd. Sam, die zelf ook bijna 15 wordt, probeert samen met zijn vrienden uit te zoeken wat er aan de hand is, terwijl iedereen probeert zo goed mogelijk te overleven in deze nieuwe wereld.

Achterkanttekst:
Tijdens een doodgewone schooldag ziet de veertienjarige Sam tot zijn verbijstering zijn leraar pal voor zijn ogen verdwijnen. Zomaar ineens... weg! Algauw blijkt dat iedereen die ouder is dan vijftien jaar op hetzelfde moment is verdwenen. Bovendien is er een ondoordringbare barrière rond de stad opgetrokken, waardoor er geen contact meer mogelijk is met de buitenwereld. Er breekt een enorme chaos uit.
Net buiten de stad neemt Caine de leiding over het internaat en daarna ook over het stadje. Eerst weet hij enige orde te scheppen, maar gaandeweg voert hij met een aantal volgelingen een waar schrikbewind.
Hoewel Sam helemaal geen leidende rol wil, besluit hij tenslotte toch dat hij de kwaadaardige Caine moet tegenhouden. Maar intussen komt de dag dat hij zelf vijftien jaar zal worden steeds dichterbij...

Over de achterkanttekst:
Er ligt meer binnen de barrière dan alleen het stadje, ook het internaat en een stuk van een natuurpark en de zee met wat kleine eilandjes.

Eerste pagina van hoofdstuk 1: 299 uur, 54 minuten:
Het ene moment stond de leraar nog over de Burgeroorlog te praten. En het volgende moment was hij weg.
Leraar aanwezig.
Leraar weg.
Geen 'poef'. Geen lichtflits. Geen knal.
Sam Temple zat tijdens het derde uur geschiedenis naar het bord te staren, maar in gedachten was hij heel ergens anders. In gedachten was hij op het strand, samen met Quinn. Op het strand met hun surfplanken, waar ze zich schreeuwend schrap zetten voor die eerste duik in het koude water van de Grote Oceaan.
Heel even dacht hij dat hij het zich verbeeld had dat de leraar verdween. Heel even dacht hij dat hij aan het dagdromen was.
Sam draaide zich opzij naar Maria Terrafino, die links van hem zat. 'Dat zag jij toch ook, hè?'
Maria staarde strak naar de plek waar de leraar had gestaan.
'Eh... waar is meneer Trentlake?' Dat was Quinn Gaither, Sams beste, misschien wel enige, vriend. Quinn zat recht achter Sam. Ze hadden allebei het liefst een tafel bij het raam, want soms kon je, als je precies de juiste hoek te pakken had, net een pieplein streepje water zien glinsteren tussen de schoolgebouwen en de huizen verderop.
'Hij is vast even weggegaan,' zei Maria, maar het klonk alsof ze het zelf niet geloofde.

Over de eerste pagina:
Hoofdstuk 1 begint precies op het kritieke moment: dat de verdwijningen plaatsvinden.

Recensie:
Verhaal:
Wat er gebeurt is onwaarschijnlijk: iedereen boven de 15 jaar, en vervolgens zodra iemand 15 jaar wordt, verdwijnt. Ook is er een vreemde, ondoordringbare muur rondom het gebied verschenen en lijken een aantal kinderen speciale krachten te ontwikkelen, zoals vuur schieten uit hun handen, of dingen laten vliegen. Het is echter realistischer dan de superhelden van Marvel: hier zijn het kinderen die zelf hun krachten ontdekken en er is geen "school" waar ze heen kunnen om er mee om te leren gaan.
Bij iedereen komt ook vrij vlot naar voren of ze hun krachten voor het "goede" of "kwade" willen gebruiken, maar gelukkig is niet iedereen persé goed of slecht. Dat maakt alle personages interessant, niet alleen Sam. Eigenlijk heeft bijna elk personage wel een belangrijke rol, al is niet ieders rol even groot. De veranderingen in de wereld hebben wel verschillende invloeden op de kinderen: sommigen proberen hun best te doen alles zoveel mogelijk te houden zoals het was toen de volwassenen er nog waren, maar weer anderen houden zich niet meer in nu er geen volwassenen zijn om ze te corrigeren en beginnen andere kinderen te terroriseren. De tijdslijn van dit boek beslaat maar iets minder dan twee weken (300 uur), dus dit verhaal laat wel zien hoe snel een "beschaving" kan instorten (al blijven de elektriciteit en het water hier wel werken, binnen een week is de wereld al niet meer de wereld die ze kenden) en tot wat voor soort wrede dingen mensen in staat kunnen zijn, ook kinderen.

Het tempo ligt hoog en je wil als lezer continue weten hoe het verhaal verdergaat. Sam en zijn vrienden zijn namelijk ook voortdurend op zoek naar antwoorden op vragen waar de lezer ook het antwoord op wil hebben.

Het verhaal is gepubliceerd in 2008 en er zitten dan ook een aantal referenties in naar dingen die op dat moment populair waren, zoals Pokémon en Harry Potter. Nu kent iedereen deze series nog, maar over een tiental jaren zal het boek juist door deze referenties wat gedateerd lijken, terwijl je het verhaal zonder deze referenties best in een wat ruimere tijdsperiode zou kunnen plaatsen.

Het is helaas ook geen boek dat echt op zichzelf staat. Je krijgt wel een soort antwoord op de belangrijkste vragen en het verhaal in dit boek wordt redelijk afgerond, maar om de hele situatie te doorgronden, moet je eigenlijk wel de rest van de serie lezen.

Schrijfstijl:
De schrijfstijl is een prettige afwisseling tussen dialogen en beschrijvingen.

Spelfouten/Typefouten:
Bladzijde 49:
De gave die hij al eens gebruikt had en waarmee hij toen bijna iemand had vermoord De gave die hij net weer had gebruikt, waarmee hij de persoon die hij had willen redden eigenhandig had gedood.
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De gave die hij al eens gebruikt had en waarmee hij toen bijna iemand had vermoord. De gave die hij net weer had gebruikt, waarmee hij de persoon die hij had willen redden eigenhandig had gedood.

Afbeeldingen:
Voorin het boek staan twee kaarten: van het stadje zelf en van de gehele omgeving waarbinnen het verhaal zich afspeelt. In het verhaal zelf is van alles echter zo duidelijk beschreven waar het ligt, dat kaarten niet persé nodig zijn. Het is wel een leuke toevoeging.

Conclusie:
De wereld is heel interessant opgezet en er worden een aantal mysteries opgelost, maar het is duidelijk een eerste deel: niet alle vragen worden beantwoord.

Herleesbaarheid:
Ik ga dit boek niet nog een keer lezen, maar ben nu zeker wel nieuwsgierig naar de andere boeken in deze serie.

Links:
- Deze recensie op Goodreads.
- Deze recensie op Hebban.nl.

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:48 pm
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Scott didn't get to bed until 11 this morning and so didn't get up until sometime around 7 this evening. I feel like I've been cat waxing all day, but I reminded myself that I don't have any absolute commitments for projects until UCon in November. I want to write some stories for [community profile] weissvsaiyuki which is having a fanworks battle in October, but if I don't, I won't be defaulting on someone.

Of course, today's cat waxing was scrolling through the Gdoc of prompts for the Trick or Treat exchange, saving off anything that I thought might be fun to write, and then reorganizing my old archives of saved prompts in hopes of being able to find things more easily. I don't know that I ever actually will write any of those, but it's hard to say. I also need to figure out a better way of organizing prompts within fandoms.

The Gdoc for Trick or Treat stripped out the links to letters, and only a few of the requests had had the links added back (I think each person has to ask for it to be done themselves and to provide the url), so there were a lot of things that, based on fandom and characters, might have been things I could write but that weren't enough to give me a different starting place than I'd have just writing something for myself.

I suppose that I should be glad of that as a way of limiting how many prompts I saved off. The full Gdoc was somewhere between 700 and 800 pages. My Gdoc of saved Trick or Treat prompts was only 31 pages. Well, 24 pages once I changed the line spacing, but the line spacing copied over from the original.

I slept middling badly last night. I didn't take anything to help me sleep, so I didn't sleep as soundly and kept half waking from the pain my elbow or unhappiness with my dreams (it's very frustrating to have a dream where I know I'm in a story and know how it will all come out and keep having my efforts to change things simply not work at all).
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Sep. 23rd, 2017 04:45 pm
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Belated happy birthday, [personal profile] nanila!

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:28 pm
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I'm exhausted which may explain why I've been sitting staring at the latest XKCD in disbelief and delight for a good ten minutes.

[personal profile] battlehamster has gone to a Larp this weekend, leaving Kheldar in charge of the house. It's probably good timing because I had to work late today and I'll have to go back into work on Sunday. As long as the building security guys remember to call me that is. If they don't then I'll have go in at Far Too Early O'Clock on Monday instead. There's some power work being done on the building so everything had to be switched off and unplugged before I left the office this evening - coffee machines, classroom kit, the entire server rack, eeeeverything.

I'm going to spend the rest of the weekend fretting until they call me and tell that the sparkies have finished and I can go and power everything back up again. We have a course starting on Monday that can't run without internet access so I'm really hoping that all the ISP and Corp team kit boots back up okay. On the plus side most of what's in the rack is less than a year old so shouldn't have died from shock just because it's been shut down.

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:45 am
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[personal profile] analise010 is doing a one-card draw to raise money to test as an actuary.

yuletidings of affection and joy

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:51 pm
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Dear Christmas Bale,

This is AR, aka Who Shot AR (akerwis) on the AO3.

IDK about you, but man, Yuletide sneaked up on me this year. But I'm excited to be here, and I'm excited for both of us to have a great season! I've provided deets below for you, both on my general interests and my fandom-specific ones, but I want you to know that the number-one thing I want most is for you to have a fun time writing a story. This letter exists as some quietly excited ideas for you, but your own excitement and creativity are what make Yuletide wonderful, and I trust you to use this nonsense here as much or as little as you'd like. Please follow your heart where it takes you.

So, the general stuff:

Yes, please: All tenses and POVs, afterlife stories, arguments and apologies, bittersweet stories, character deaths, children, clothing descriptions, complicated relationships, confessions of love, diary fiction, domesticity, epistolary fiction, fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, family stories, femslash, flowers, fluff, food descriptions, friendship, gen, ghosts, grief, hand-holding, happily ever afters, haunted houses, het, holiday stories, Hollywood amnesia, hopeful endings, huddling for warmth, magic in the real world, mentorship, one-sided crushes, parenthood, pastiche, period settings, poetry, popular music, pregnancy, realistic fiction, recovery from failure, religious themes, sad but appropriate to the rest of the story endings, sensory details, snowstorms, sweet stories, this Venn diagram, traditions, tragedies, unusual formats, wingfic, zithers. :)

No, thank you: Alien abductions or grey alien types, asexual headcanon, autism headcanon, cats suffering even mild inconvenience (I can handle all other animals being in danger / dying / getting dinner two minutes late, but I'm really sensitive about cats), issue fic, poly shipping, religious bashing, storylines ripped from current US political headlines, trans headcanon, unrelenting cynicism

Here are my old letters, if those might help you. Please forgive any copy-pasting I've done from year to year--I'm afraid I get lazy at times!

-Yuletide 2016
-Yuletide 2015
-Yuletide 2014
-Yuletide 2013
-Yuletide 2012
-Yuletide 2011
-Yuletide 2010
-Yuletide 2009

And this is my general Yuletide tag, which might be of interest to you but might also just be kind of nonsense-y.

Nota bene: While there might be some variance in the length of my tl;dr under each request, please be assured that I want all these requests with equal fervor. Some of my requests are less wide-open than others, or involve significantly less canon, so they take fewer words to explain. ♥ If, in any of these situations, you feel like I haven't given you enough to work with, please reach out to me so I can type some more excited nonsense to you!



the ramsay scallop; elenor of ramsay, thomas of thornham )

doctrine of labyrinths; methony feucoronne )

kavclay: rosa saks, thomas kavalier )

uncanny x-force: evan sabahnur, fantomex )

all new x-men: evan sabahnur )

That's everything I've got for this year. I hope this was a manageable read for you, and again, please don't stress the details. I have faith that you'll come up with something marvelous. Please feel free to reach out through the mods if you have any questions for me--or, if you need an answer on the double, please feel free to comment anon here on my letter. I'm not bothered either way.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity, and I hope the end of your year is a pleasant one. You have all my best wishes as we jump into this fest together.

Yours,
Who Shot AR (akerwis)

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Sep. 21st, 2017 08:37 am
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We only ended up with one guest last night. Cordelia stayed in her room, and Scott, [livejournal.com profile] cherydactyl, and I watched Wonder Woman which they'd both seen but I hadn't. I enjoyed it overall, but I failed to connect with it emotionally. This is a common problem for me with action focused movies, especially superhero movies. I get distracted and just don't see what other people see.

Scott is showering right now. When he's done and dressed, we'll head for Cordelia's school to meet with a counselor. Hopefully, that will go well and not take too long. I just hope they've fixed the elevator. I don't want to climb to the fourth floor.

I slept badly last night because of anxiety. I was sufficiently wound up that the amount of Halcion that would normally let me fall asleep and stay asleep simply didn't. I didn't feel even vaguely sleepy. It was that I wasn't tired as much as it was that I had enough in the way of adrenaline and such going on to be quite awake. I'm not sure that Ativan would have done better for me, but maybe it would have.

Cordelia's dental appointment went okay. The dentist left us sitting for longish stretches off and on because they'd fit us in when they were already full up. She did an x-ray and didn't see hidden decay. She said that Cordelia's wisdom teeth aren't pushing on anything or positioned in a way that she'd expect to cause pain. The joint of the jaw seems to be fine. So we don't know the underlying cause of the problem. She suggested a cheap night time mouth guard in order to see if a guard would help at all (and in order to avoid paying $500 for something that, at her age, might not fit next year).

From the dentist, we went and got bubble tea for me and Cordelia. They've changed their menu display and options, so I had to spend a little while figuring out if they still had what I wanted.

After that, we went to Target and got Wonder Woman and the mouth guard. We stopped at Plum Market to pick up dinner at their buffet (you pay by weight). I gambled on a couple of things that looked (and were) tasty but that I probably shouldn't have touched because of spice levels.

My Captive Audience recipient has gotten back to me. I was right in suspecting that things had gotten lost.

the real ghostbusters*

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:36 pm
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doing another re-watch of the classic cartoon. we tried to do one before by renting the disks, but i think netflix dropped then or didn't have all of them, so now we're doing in on netflix streaming. some thoughts;

the animation on some episodes is messed up due to the fact that they sent stuff to japan.

j. michael straczynski wrote a lot of episodes. including what many consider the worst/weirdest episode about a man that lives near a chicken restaurant, is driven mad by the smell & then summons a demon to rid the world of chickens.
my brother said the imdb.com trivia said the producers were concerned with his mental health after reading the script. but like my brother said: "who's crazier, the guy who wrote it? or the people who approved it?"

david gerrold (writer of the star trek: tos episode the trouble with tribbles) wrote an episode. interestingly enough the one he wrote deals with the trouble a creature that multiplies can cause.

there was no pilot, not really. the "pilot" was animated music video of the characters, more or less how they ended up looking on the show, set to the ghostbusters theme song. the full lenght too, not the shorter one used for the opening of the animated series.


* i feel this should be the subtitle of the 1984 movie. that thing that come out last year should not share the same name, IMHO. instead of a re-boot they should of did a continuation. one of the women wins a mega-jackpot lottery, buys a ghostbusters franchise, maybe in los angeles, & they go from there. the guys could of done cameos as their character, except for harold ramis (r.i.p) & then gone on that way

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:01 pm
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books T. Kingfisher )

yarning

Mom's cat LOVED her kickbunny! I have about a million pics to sort and then find a few to edit into the pattern post, and then the kickbunny pattern will go live. *pleased*

dirt plants log )

There is other stuff, but it will wait.
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nothing gold can stay (2628 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yuri Plisetsky & Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky & Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya/Yakov Feltsman
Characters: Yuri Plisetsky, Victor Nikiforov, Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya
Additional Tags: Rivals, Post-Canon, Growing Up, Coming of Age, growth spurt, Injury, 2018 Winter Olympics, Aging
Summary: Yuri Plisetsky will never step out of Victor's shadow. Not if Victor has anything to do with it.

Or, the epic Nikiforov/Plisetsky rivalry in the run-up to the 2018 Games.



Here it is, the long one. The first chapter of the long one, at least.

A friend tells me that 'rage-filled teenage boy athlete' is not my usual aesthetic – probably an understatement! But it's a refreshing change in writing terms, and it's good to stretch yourself... right?

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Sep. 19th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Cordelia's having some pain at the hinge of her jaw, so Scott and I will be taking her to the dentist tomorrow afternoon. She also says her teeth are cold sensitive. I suspect that she's clenching and/or grinding at night since that's generally what gives me that sort of trouble.

I like Scott being awake and energetic in the evenings, so that's a positive for working third shift. The negative is that I have to be super quiet all day so as not to risk waking him. I'm even hesitating to make tea because of the noise of the whistle.

My left elbow is hurting a lot. Even when I'm not using the arm or hand, it sometimes hurts enough to make me mutter. The doctor recommended cold packs, but those hurt worse while I'm applying them and don't make things better after, so I'm wondering if I should try heat. That will be a bit harder because Scott moved my rice pack, and I'll have to find it. The elbow is bad enough to wake me if I move wrong, but I discovered this morning that, if I lie on my right side with a pillow between my arm and my body, the damned thing doesn't hurt. It's not ideal because I'm still feeling too warm most of the time and because the rest of my body doesn't like staying in that position, but it's better than nothing.

I have pulled out my sling. It can be useful in reminding me not to try to pick things up with that hand, but it also seems to make things worse in the long term. There's something about the angle and about how close in to my body the sling is that just doesn't work right. Possibly, I need a sling that holds the arm about three inches out from my torso.

I think that I have a solution to the problem of my c-PAP headgear sliding off-- I loosened the straps just a tiny bit, and now the dratted thing stays in place better. It's counterintuitive, but I've had it that way for two or three nights now, and it is better.

Sleep is still not great. Halcion has an effect, but it's not what my doctor said it would do. The stuff is supposed to be very short acting and hit me like a ton of bricks. It doesn't make me more immediately sleepy, but I am tending to stay asleep longer before I wake up to pee. The downside of that is that I'm getting up for that too close to when I have to get up for the day to be able to sleep again. When that's ten minutes, it's not such a big deal. When it's more than an hour... That's enough to matter.

Early Morning Surprise

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:33 pm
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The changing light patterns outside are waking me up before my alarm goes off at the moment. Which isn't great for my sleep patterns. It's totally brilliant if you're Kheldar though because he usually manages to sneak into the bedroom when I get up and go to the bathroom.

Today it was not so great for Kheldar. I woke up about 45 minutes early and he got to hop into the space between me and the edge of the bed and have a good wash and go to sleep and then... then my alarm went off.

I got out of bed, trying not to tip him off the duvet on the way, and turned the alarm off. Meanwhile Kheldar's Loud Noise Threat Assessment System attempted to wake the rest of the cat up. What mostly happened was a thud as he hit the floor and then nothing. I looked down. Kheldar's head tipped up so that his eyes could look at me. His eyes were open but I don't think he was really seeing anything. He'd frozen in place with one hind leg off the floor and one front leg off the floor because loud noise had now stopped and his body didn't know what it was supposed to be doing any more and most of him was still asleep anyway.

So I picked him up and put him back on the duvet and he kind of fell over sideways into a cat cushion and went straight back to sleep. He'd clearly had a busy night and I thought at least one of us should get the opportunity of some more sleep.

He's still mildly disgruntled about the whole business this evening.

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Fic announcement

Sep. 18th, 2017 03:26 pm
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I still haven't gotten any feedback from my recipient for Captive Audience, no indication at all that they even saw the story. Even if they somehow didn't get a gift notice because of the whole revealed on posting and then hidden again thing, there were only 21 stories in the archive, so it wouldn't have been hard to find.

Possibly one of the guest kudos was theirs or maybe they left one under a different account. I'm pretty certain that the account I wrote for was a sock, so both of those are actually reasonably possible. I'd rather think that than that I accidentally hit all of their DNWs (no letter or details in the request).

The story really needed to be about twice as long as it ended up being, but August had bumps that ate all of my writing time, and part of me thinks that I really should have managed the character development/change I wanted in the 10823 words I wrote.

Title: For These Cramped Fragments
Fandom: Original fic
Rating: E
Pairing: Female Admiral/Captured Enemy Prince
Tags Rape/Non-Con, Science Fiction, Captivity, Politics, Stockholm Syndrome, War

Blurb: The very orderliness of the Scarlet’s surrender had been her first clue that her captain might not be as dead as his second claimed.

His father would have expected him to die rather than risk capture. Perhaps the new king had changed the standing orders since the old man's death. Perhaps not.

Apparently Captain Prince Vikenti wanted to live.

Notes: The Captive Audience exchange was for stories involving either Stockholm or Lima syndrome that showed the changing feelings of the captor and/or captive. There's more world building and character stuff than there is explicit sex, but the sex is in there, too.

Fic at AO3.
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