hey, look, a yuletide letter?

Monday, 23 October 2017 05:59 pm
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

I have had this letter at the top of my to-do list for weeks, but when I finally sat down to write it, I couldn't really think of any reason to do it. You have years and years of this tag and so many previous letters if you're the sort of person who wants to dig really deep, and if you're not, you can stop reading now and go back to just my sign-up.

I could go into great detail about where to find the fandoms I requested and so on, but let's be honest, that would be almost entirely for people who might want to write me treats, not for you.

(Although super-quick: all the links you need for Mr. Trash Wheel are in this entry downtag; Njal's Saga is a medieval Icelandic saga which you could probably get a doctorate in but didn't so all I can suggest is gutenberg or a good modern annotated edition of which there are several in many languages, or if you're really ambitious, you can listen to all 12 Njal's Saga episodes of the SagaThing podcast, which is what motivated me to request it. But also I think of stories as old as Njal's saga as living stories rather than a fixed canon so if you want to just find a good summary and work from that, that would be a-ok with me; Murderbot Diaries is so far just one novella, All Systems Red by Martha Wells that came out this year and is probably available at your local library; Girl With The Silver Eyes is a kids' novel from the '80s that is probably not still at your local library but is definitely on Amazon for cheap, at least in the US; and the Barbara Hambly are both many-volume historical mystery series that are still being published, although I would be ok with side-character fic based on characters that only appear in the first volume of either.)

I could also go into great detail about why I like these canons, but you don't actually need thousands of words of rambling about the fundamental essence of Baltimore and urban solarpunk; or about the parallel roles of Hannibal and Simon in re: the construction of Whiteness and classical monsters as racial metaphors; or the performance of gender and honor in medieval Scandinavia; or about the portrayal of neurodivergence mediated through otherness in SF/F stories; and anyway if I did all that it would be totally misleading because really my reaction to these stories is more GIANT GOOGLY EYES and CHEESE CSI and TALKING CATS and SANCTUARY MOON and I read all the Hambly in a month straight while ill last year so really mostly I just LOVE IT ALL on a very shallow and inarticulate level.

I could go into more about my DNWs but honestly my DNWs are usually more about the spirit of the story than the details so it would be just as likely to make you worry about things you don't need to worry about.

(but real quick: please no environmentalism doomy doom for Trash Wheel- post-apocalyptic would be fine but make it hopeful and optimistic no matter how unrealistic that seems sometimes these days; please no doomy doom for Njal either, like, we all know how it ends, it's in the damn title, but he lived to old age which is pretty much a happy ending given the odds for a saga hero and a lot of other stuff happened before that; for Murderbot I think I covered it pretty well in the letter; Silver Eyes and Hambly I'm pretty much good with whatever as long as it's in the spirit of canon more or less and you're careful with the more sensitive bits of the history in Hambly.)

I could give you more prompts but you read my sign-up; do you actually need more prompts? I mean, let me know, I have plenty, but I kind of suspect you are begging me for fewer prompts at this point.

(Crossovers always good, setting-swap AUs also good, the weirder the better, outsider POVs and background characters always good, worldbuilding and setting always good, basically anything in these canons is fine?)

Anyway here is a link to my previous post of my sign-up just for convenience, it is slightly cleaned up with a few more prompts at this point: Yuletide signup

Most importantly, have fun! I promise nothing you write can ruin yuletide for me.*

--Me

*That's not a dare. But you would have to try pretty hard to manage it. Truly.
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Icy_Wiener/pseuds/Icy_Wiener">Icy_Wiener</a>

by

События "Гражданской кампании".
Аккурат после короткого собрания у Лорда-Аудитора перед грядущим Собранием и голосованием, Айвен Форпатрил получает от Доно Форратьера приглашение. Уже готовый отклонить это неуместное предложение, он вдруг вспомнил одну короткую фразу: "Все, что случилось, – случилось только из-за тебя".

От автора:
Некоторые вольности в оформлении прямой речи и повествовании были предприняты в попытках скопировать характерный стиль. Отсюда и некоторая одержимость курсивом, заранее прошу прощения.
Альтернативное саммари:
Доно Форратьер одержим цветами, а Айвен Форпатрил ворует у Донны столовые приборы.

Words: 1277, Chapters: 1/1, Language: Русский

Firefly’s Glow is Moving to the AO3

Monday, 23 October 2017 11:31 am
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Hey Browncoats! Firefly’s Glow, a Firefly fanfiction archive, is being imported to #AO3. Learn more here: https://goo.gl/bNuv2d

[BBC Merlin] Screen control your mother(board)

Monday, 23 October 2017 04:46 pm
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Title: Screen control your mother(board)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] furloughday
Reader: [personal profile] momo 
Cover Artist: [personal profile] annapods 
Rating: General
Length: 01:17:18
Fandom: BBC Merlin
Pairing: Arthur Pendragon/Merlin
Tags: Modern AU - Non magical, Boss/Employee Relationship, Mistaken Identity, "Enemies to Lovers" (in a very loose sense)
Warnings: Ableist language

Summary: Arthur is Merlin's tech support at work.

Link: AO3 [MP3, M4A, M4B, streaming]

[BBC Merlin] Screen control your mother(board)

Monday, 23 October 2017 03:20 pm
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Fic: Screen control your mother(board) by [livejournal.com profile] furloughday
Reader: [personal profile] momo
Cover Artist: [personal profile] annapods
Beta Listener: [personal profile] misssnowfox
Fandom: BBC Merlin
Ship: Arthur Pendragon/Merlin
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Reader's Notes: I originally recorded this for last year's Big Bang but never finished editing it, so here we go :D

Summary: Arthur is Merlin's tech support at work.



MP3 [71 MB, 01:17:18]
Podbook [35 MB, 01:17:18]

Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth | LiveJournal
Art Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth | LiveJournal

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Monday, 23 October 2017 08:00 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Devyn was hit with a series of emergencies and medical bills in the last month, and is fundraising to help pay a large vet bill, her own MRI bill, and multiple urgent-care trips as well as a car repair. You can read more, see some cute kitty pictures, and support the YouCaring here.

[tumblr.com profile] silversouledcat is raising money to stay in college and still be able to feed herself; she depends on her status as a college student for her meds, and on her independence to keep her sanity and distance from her parents. You can read more, find her paypal email, and reblog her post here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] roguewrld linked to a Planned Parenthood fundraiser -- buy a nerdy Klingon shirt and support Planned Parenthood! I...don't actually know what the shirt says but I understand it's a form of play on MAGA. You can read more and buy a shirt here!

Help for Free:

Anon linked to a petition regarding fanfiction.net -- the Malaysian government has blocked FFN due to the "lewd and explicit nature of its erotic stories" and the petition is to unblock the site. If you guys aren't following this story, it's something everyone in fandom should be aware of; it looks to me like a test run before they go up against AO3 next. You can read and sign the petition here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Monday, 23 October 2017 11:23 am
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Please send thoughts and prayers that I actually survive this week X_X

On Thursday I'm supposed to submit my thesis. I... am having strong doubts that's going to happen. My back is back to being tender and less-than-fully-functional on a daily basis. I have a minor cold that's making me extra tired and sluggish and if I could just take it easy this week and rest I'm sure it would go away in a day or two? But since that's not an option I'm scared it's going to develop into full blown in-bed-for-days illness. (I was JUST sick! I can't handle that shit again right now!) Work has also been extra busy and stressful :/

To give you an idea how yesterday, the first day of the work week went for me: stayed at work late, came home exhausted and with back pain. Couldn't deal with hassle of cooking so roommate and I ordered in food (she also baked delicious cookies for my arrival, which was a plus). Came home, showered, changed into PJs, ate the food we ordered, watched the double episode of Outlander together in the living room, had some tea and cookies.

Me: what time it is?
Roommate: ten to 9.
Me: Sounds legit. I'm off to pass out.

laid down in my bed and didn't get up again until it was time to go to work. And today my back is still fucked up and my thesis hasn't budged and work is only getting busier. Ugh. I just want this goddamn thesis to be OVER ALREADY and it's like the last few days of getting it done are harder than the last five years put together.

[Silmarillion] Three times, the forge

Sunday, 22 October 2017 09:06 pm
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Title: Three times, the forge
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LiveOakWithMoss
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Pairing: Celebrimbor/Narvi
Rating: T
Summary: "Celebrimbor kisses Narvi. Narvi kisses Celebrimbor. Somehow, Celebrimbor is still perplexed."
Length: 8:35

Mediafire link | Tindeck link

Crossposted to AO3.
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This week in writing, 10/22

Sunday, 22 October 2017 11:10 pm
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[personal profile] dira
This week included my birthday (and I am still in mid-birthday-weekend-trip) so… less writing. (And I have concluded that I need to let Kinktober go because I’m just picking away for days and days at one day’s story, and missing working on other stuff, so I am pretty decidedly not in The Kinktober Spirit.)

WIPs currently active: 5, since as of this moment I’m not counting the Kinktober thing I was working on.

Words written this week: 1,725

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 142

Born in the Blood: 187, and then I got to a scene break and now I have to figure out the next scene. Oh dear. 

Slavefic #6: 176, although I may have to walk back some of it, because it’s possible I got carried away writing things in direct refutation of a frustrating comment on a previous story. Oops.

Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 194

Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 734

Kinktober Day 9 (Sam/Grant, abandoned for now): 292, and finally I have to admit that writing fanfic of an original thing I wrote is crossing some wire in my brain that is making it weirdly difficult to write a PWP?? idek.

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Avengers: Wiping off the Dust

Sunday, 22 October 2017 05:58 pm
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Fic: Wiping off the Dust by dentalfloss
Reader: tipsy-kitty
Cover Artist: dentalfloss
Fandom: MCU Avengers
Rating: T/PG-13
Warnings: implied child abuse
Reader's Notes: This was recorded for the very patient dentalfloss for an auction so long ago I don't remember the cause /o\ Thank you, dentalfloss!
Summary: Teenaged Clint, it turns out, is a little shit. Naturally this makes him Tony’s new favourite person.


MP3 [351MB, 06:22:36]
Podbook [176 MB, 06:22:36]
Podfic Post: AO3

Supernatural: In Arcadia Ego

Saturday, 21 October 2017 05:23 pm
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Fic: In Arcadia Ego by [livejournal.com profile] glasslogic
Reader: [livejournal.com profile] eosrose
Cover Artist: [livejournal.com profile] accrues
Fandom: Supernatural
Relationship: Dean Winchester/Sam Winchester
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Consent Issues, Unrelated Winchesters, Vampires
Summary: Sam is the only child of the great hunter John Winchester, but life under his father's thumb is miserable for him. When a scholarship gives him the chance to escape to college, he seizes the opportunity to leave the grim world of hunting behind for the promise of a normal life. But when the same unknown creature that killed his mother year’s earlier murders his fiancée, Sam, embittered and heartsick, returns to his father’s side. John seems strangely reluctant to have him there though, and soon Sam is hunting on his own. While stalking vampires in the central states, he is forced to strike a deal with one to save the lives of hostages. Now, torn between a hunting community that’s shut him out and a vampire that enjoys inflicting pain, his father missing, and innocent lives over his head, Sam finds that simple survival might be more than he can manage, and there are even darker things looming on the horizon…
Reader's Notes: Thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] accrues for the amazing cover art and all the encouragement! This podfic was a long time in the making and I'm so glad to finally be finished. For those of you familiar with the story, this is the first part of the In Arcadia Ego series, which was just recently updated with a new installment for the 2017 [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. I do hope to podfic more of this fabulous series.

Cover image for In Arcadia Ego

mp3 [216.4 MB, 04:01:01]
m4b [144.3 MB, 04:01:01]

Podfic Post: Archive of Our Own

[Leverage] like a map of a place you've never been

Saturday, 21 October 2017 06:16 pm
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Fic: like a map of a place you've never been by [archiveofourown.org profile] bydaybreak
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Readbyanalise010
Cover Artist: [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte
Beta Listener: [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor
Fandom: Leverage
Ship: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No warnings apply
Reader's Notes: Podfic Big Bang is the highlight of my summer. It inspires me to push my own boundaries and make the stories that I love, but convince myself I don't have time for. Second, I have to thank my AMAZING beta, [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor, and my cover artist, [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte. Finally, a big thank you to my podfic sister, [archiveofourown.org profile] itsadrizzit. Not only did she help me edit and loop the music, she also kept me going when I wanted to give up. Without these amazing people, this podfic would not exist. ♥

Summary: He knows it’d be so fucking easy, if he’d let himself. Because he’s easy for them, has been since that first job, since the day he hauled Hardison’s ass out of a building about to explode. It’d be so easy.

So he won’t.



MP3 [150 MB, 02:44:39]
Podbook [80 MB, 02:44:39]

Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth
Art Post: At infatuated_ink’s LiveJournal

Leverage, like a map of a place you've never been

Saturday, 21 October 2017 05:57 pm
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Fic: like a map of a place you've never been by [archiveofourown.org profile] bydaybreak
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Readbyanalise010
Cover Artist: [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte
Beta Listener: [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor
Fandom: Leverage
Ship: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No warnings apply
Reader's Notes: Podfic Big Bang is the highlight of my summer. It inspires me to push my own boundaries and make the stories that I love, but convince myself I don't have time for. Second, I have to thank my AMAZING beta, [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor, and my cover artist, [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte. Finally, a big thank you to my podfic sister, [archiveofourown.org profile] itsadrizzit. Not only did she help me edit and loop the music, she also kept me going when I wanted to give up. Without these amazing people, this podfic would not exist. ♥

Summary: He knows it’d be so fucking easy, if he’d let himself. Because he’s easy for them, has been since that first job, since the day he hauled Hardison’s ass out of a building about to explode. It’d be so easy.

So he won’t.



MP3 [150 MB, 02:44:39]
Podbook [80 MB, 02:44:39]

Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth
Art Post: At infatuated_ink’s LiveJournal

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Saturday, 21 October 2017 08:55 am
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[personal profile] skygiants
After reading Ann Leckie's new book Provenance I went on Twitter and asked what you call a screwball plot if it isn't necessarily a comedy.

Like, Provenance, while frequently funny, is not a non-serious book -- it concerns itself with classism, wildly unhealthy family relationships, interstellar warmongering, fetishization of cultural artifacts, and inhumane conditions of incarceration, not to mention murder -- but the structure of the plot is very classic screwball. Misunderstandings! Mistaken identities! Brilliant[ly ill-advised] schemes colliding with each other and blowing up in everybody's face! The faint air of Yakety Sax playing frequently in the background!

Honestly it feels a lot like Ann Leckie channeling Lois McMaster Bujold, with less intense character dynamics but also fewer moments of side-eye.

Our Heroine Ingray Aughskold is the foster daughter of an elected official who has been locked in competition with her foster-brother since they were both small for the eventual goal of inheriting their mother's position. Ingray comes from a public orphanage, while her asshole abrother is the son of a wealthy family, which gives him an edge that Ingray has never quite been able to best.

CUE: Brilliant[ly ill-advised] scheme! Ingray decides to attempt to break a fellow political foster-kid, Pahlad Budrakim, out of Compassionate Removal (i.e. terrible jail) in order to learn the location of the highly important cultural artifacts which Pahlad has hypothetically stolen.

Complication: Pahlad is possibly not Pahlad, and is certainly not inclined to be cooperative.
Complication 2: The space captain who Ingray hired to get them back home is wanted for theft by an alien ambassador, who Does Not Understand Humans, and whom everyone is panicked about offending due to some Very Important Alien Treaties.
Complication 3: Meanwhile, what Ingray's mother would actually like her to be doing with her time is shepherding around some other ambassadors, human ones from a different planet, who want to do politically-motivated excavations in a local nature preserve
Complication 4: Also, someone is about to get murdered!
Complication 5: And the cop in the case has a crush on Ingray!
Complication 6: And MANY OF THE HIGHLY IMPORTANT CULTURAL ARTIFACTS HAVE DISPUTED PROVENANCE AND IT'S VERY DISTRESSING (for everyone but me, because the minute I heard that title I was like 'this had better be about cultural heritage' and LO AND BEHOLD)

((...though I did want to see a little more documented archival paperwork and process surrounding the question of the authenticity of the artifacts, but I mean, ignore me, it's good, it's fine.))

My favorite character was definitely possibly-Pahlad, with their bitter cynicism and constant challenges to everyone else to do better; wanting More Pahlad all the time was probably my biggest complaint about the book.

My other favorite character was the almost entirely useless Radch ambassador, who just did not want to be there that day. Everything about the treatment of the Radch in this book delights me. "So weird to hear this totally clueless woman speaking with the accent we're used to hearing from villains on the TV!" You definitely don't need to have read the Imperial Radch books to enjoy Provenance, but I suspect it does probably make the few Radch cameos five times funnier.
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1) make the days REALLY REALLY BIG because of course I need to know the calendar day. But not month...

1a) remove the month from the day heading, because of course I don't need to know what month a day is in (it does this even on the "month changes during the week" weeks, going from 31 (for October) to 1 (for November), whyyyyy)

2) make the time of day REALLY REALLY SMALL because of course I don't need to know what times things are

3) decide to get REALLY REALLY CONFUSED about how to handle dual calendar systems, even though it had no issue with that before



note: the "all day events" section is tall and mostly empty in the Old Google Calendar one because further on in the week, I have a lot of stacked all day things; that's my RL calendar. The new version is the fandom calendar, which has much fewer things cluttering it up


Old google calendar:
google calendar old version


New google calendar:
google calendar new version

So, it used to be that we hadn’t upgraded to

Friday, 20 October 2017 01:38 pm
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So, it used to be that we hadn’t upgraded to Windows 10 because our IT department hadn’t cleared it as “secure” enough (it’s not that it wasn’t secure, it just hadn’t gone through the security affirmation process). Now apparently it is, since they upgraded me to 10. I’ve never really had 10; I decided not to upgrade my personal laptop, though for a while the laptop I used for travel had it. 

I know this is just me getting older, but I am weirdly suspicious not of Windows 10 as a system but of the Windows 10 aesthetic. Everything is too smooth and square. Things that should be rounded are pointy and things that should be pointy are rounded. Everything is well-animated and in soothing pastel greys. 

I come from an era where computers weren’t even MEANT to be soothing, where it was just accepted that they would challenge you visually as well as implicitly. And I’m not saying we should go back to a Windows 3.0 aesthetic or anything, I don’t want computers to be difficult, I’m just saying. It’s…

It’s quiet. Too quiet. 

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