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No one -- least of all yours truly -- would have expected me to write Elementary fic for Remix Redux 12: The Dirty Dozen. But the original story hit me like a freight train, and I simply had to play with that one.

Wrapped Up in You (The Bodyswap Remix) (4822 words) by monanotlisa
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson
Characters: Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Hudson (Elementary)

His response was a sniff, and could her face really look that haughty? “Oh, don’t be silly, Watson. I assure you I have worn much higher heels in much more arduous circumstances.”

Of course he had.

Given my recent restraints, I could only do a fraction of the things I wanted to do with Joan and Sherlock, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the positive response. Hat-tip to [personal profile] king_touchy again.

Tell Me Now

Jul. 5th, 2015 09:39 pm
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Congratulations to the United States Women's National Team! The USWNT have grown even more as a team, since 2011 and throughout the tournament, into worthy champions. Football musings )


Life at work has been...interesting. My work wife and I finally acquired a new boss and more; we then saw our colleague, who felt he could finally take his hat, bid us all adieu. You win some, you lose some? Not just a metaphor! The only constant thing is change, y'all.

Inspired by the recent spikes of interestingness, I decided to take my first day off in 6 months and do the long weekend so common in the USA: Together with d.irge* and her quasi-niece, we went for a 31-mile bicycle ride through Sonoma with wine-tasting and picnic thereafter -- just the three of us with our young grad-student tour guide riding our bikes from Downtown Healdsburg to the Sonoma Overlook. The next morning, I enjoyed a balloon ride over Napa Valley that I recommend to absolutely everybody. Finally I made my way down the Bay to spend the rest of this Fourth of July weekend with [personal profile] ascian, husband, and Li'l D, which included doing a Silicon Valley get-together to watch the football finale. <3 I think the only low point, literally, was Li'l D (featured prominently in my Instagram account) taking a tumble down the front door steps earlier today; thankfully he seemed still scraped up but in good spirits by nighttime.

* Whom I met in BtVS fandom but have known for long years now, and who has in fact met my parents and stayed at our house.


I don't want to talk about Greece. In fact I think I can't.


Jul. 5th, 2015 11:37 pm
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My bicycle is in the shop, owing to a minor accident—well, minor for me, less for the bike. It started when my foot slipped out of the pedal while drinking water, and things got kind of brakeless. I tried to stay on the bike path, but veered off the edge and crashed. Not terribly hard, NOT over the side of the hill, and not as fast as it could have been. No broken bones, just a stinging and bleeding arm and a scraped hip. The bike looked okay, and I thought it was good to ride, but I'd bent the chain ring on it. I'd have gone the whole rest of my planned distance otherwise, but instead rode carefully back home while managing the gears so the chain didn't slip off.

The cut on my arm was deeper than I thought, but... eh. Not worth waiting around at the E.R. for a couple of stitches, and it'll scar anyway. No, the really harsh part was taking the bike to the shop and discovering I need a whole new crank set that has to be special-ordered. Bikeless for a week. Ugh. There was also the usual harassment about, "You sure put a lot of miles on this thing. Boy, these gears are really worn" for about ten minutes before the guy (ALL the guys) admitted that they tend to do the same because they don't want to be without a bike for more than 2 days either. Ahem.

So. :(

In other news, since I haven't posted forever... we saw Mad Max: Fury Road on Father's Day (stylistic, ridiculous, adrenaline-charged and hugely entertaining), Chappie last weekend on DVD ("off" in a lot of ways, and depressing rather than fun), and I finished a couple of books. The Lost Boys Symphony, was really intriguing: schizophrenia, time-travel, and the bonds of friendship. I also read Never Go Back, a Jack Reacher novel I hadn't planned on starting just yet, but it came up as unrenewable book last week, so I dived into it. A good read, as always. Next up: The Ghost Shift (already vetted by my son!), and The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (ditto). I swear I will finish The Fifth Elephant soon, and stem the backlog of books in the "to read" pile. They're multiplying about twice as fast as I read them. :(

We've been watching more Breaking Bad, and are now in Season 2. Man, the writing on that show is good. I like the shading within the characters (Hank, for instance, so unexpected), and I kind of fell in love with Walter's son with his first line about the breakfast 'facon' tasting "like bandaids." I also started to really see the attraction of Walter/Jesse slash, even or especially the dirty-bad-wrong kind, and after spotting a couple of pictures like

this one,

it totally amplified. That pic is a manip, but I didn't realize it at first, and Zing! Damn, now I'm staying up until all hours and reading Breaking Bad RPF, and it has a solid hold on me. Walter and Jesse (and Bryan and Aaron) forever! Don't judge me. :O

ETA: Just found this Bryan & Aaron vid, which was adorable. *happy sigh*

The Fourth was great, although hot, and we spent it as we always do, visiting my brother's family for BBQ and a fireworks homeshow, and then driving the hour back home and coming up on Sacramento with fireworks going off in various spots all over the city. There's something elating about that—it really feels like a celebration.

So, I hope all of you 'Mericans had a great Fourth, and that nobody else is sweltering quite like we are. Though I hear the Pac NW is not doing much better. Gah. Too much summer.

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Title: Silver Linings
Fandom: Die Hard 4
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: John McClane, Matthew Farrell (Gen or pre-Slash)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: You can forget that not all surprises are bad.
Author's Notes: For the [community profile] writerverse prompt of "Response."


John McClane had a very simple plan for life: Don't fuck up, and keep moving forward. The reality was harder to pin down, maybe something closer to Fuck up less, and Just keep moving. That was hard enough. He'd been a cop with a troubled marriage who became an overnight hero, then a disciplinary problem, then a hero again, then an attitudinal headcase-turned-hero. Now he was still years away from retirement (assuming he didn't get killed first) and still doing grunt work like picking up some kid in Jersey on the say-so of someone too far above his pay grade to even bother telling him Why.

He'd nearly been blown up within minutes of knocking on the kid's door, which was some kind of personal record, and shot at for the better part of a day. The clincher was when he actually shot himself.

It'd be great to say that nothing like that had ever happened before, but it wouldn't be true. The kid was new—thank God for the kid—and so was taking down a helicopter with a car. But the rest was the kind of craziness that made John focus on mottoes and shit in the hope of keeping his life under some kind of control.

As far as he could tell, it had never worked.

Finally, at the end of one of the worst days of his life, he found himself inviting the kid to come stay with him while they both recovered from their injuries. Blame the painkillers, maybe, because while John would start a gunfight at the drop of a hat, he wasn't the type to extend himself long-term for much of anyone. Hey, that "charity" shit would kill you.

Still, he'd done it anyway, and the kid had actually said yes. It had been a long time since John had been so goddamn happy to hear a Yes.

The two of them living in his apartment for weeks or months might be awkward and inconvenient, and yet John was totally looking forward to it.

Planning, he had finally decided, was overrated.


Ladies of Sense8 by tsuyuus(SFW)

Jul. 6th, 2015 01:12 am
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Nomi, Sun, Kala, Riley
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: this is a gorgeous design with a mixed media feel to it and she perfectly captures the personalities with their expressions here.
Link: Ladies of Sense8
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[personal profile] halfshellvenus
Title: Charon, In Reverse
Fandom: Pushing Daisies
Author: HalfshellVenus
Character: The Coroner
Rating: PG
Summary: It had never been a dull job, and now it was weirder than ever.
Author's Notes: For the [community profile] writerverse "Character Spotlight" to focus on a secondary character.


There was a possibility that Crazy Mofo was not an actual profession, just as there was a possibility (slim) that college tuition for the coroner's granddaughter might cost less than the GNP of several sub-Saharan African nations. The coroner was a man of science, however, and he preferred facts and simpler interpretations of reality.

The reality was this: Detective Mofo and his cohorts were straight-up nuts, but they were good at solving crimes and they also knew the value of cold, hard, tax-free cash.

Read more... )

store credit for FAQs

Jul. 6th, 2015 06:51 am
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MY publisher is revamping its website, including the FAQs. Bribery and corruption is involved here - to quote the blog post:

Have a question for customer service, about our submissions, contracts, editing process, author development? I’ll answer and if I use it on the new 2015 FAQs, I’ll give you $2 in Idcents.

More info at the blog:

Welcome to Karzilla!

Jul. 6th, 2015 01:12 am
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Step one of our plan for making sure everything [personal profile] afuna was doing gets covered: we're going to be splitting up her role somewhat. Afuna was doing many things, but the two that were in frequent conflict, in terms of demands on her time, was the dichotomy between managing pull requests/reviewing code/encouraging new folks, and working on her own major projects. We'll be splitting those into two separate positions to hopefully minimize some of that tension!

I'm very pleased to announce that [personal profile] kareila has agreed to take on the first half of that set of duties: she will be our new volunteer developer coordinator. (Which totally needs a more pithy name.) For just about as long as DW has existed, Jen's been doing a ton of mentoring and encouraging. She's been a code committer in the past, and I know she's looking forward to getting back to that, but she's also been damn good at recognizing people who are doing great work. She's also great at lending a helping hand when someone needs one -- and more than that, at recognizing when the hand is necessary. Both [staff profile] mark and I are confident she'll be a fabulous fit in the role.

I know she has a ton of great ideas about how we can improve the contributing process for our volunteer devs, and I don't want to steal her thunder for when she gets up and running, but I was so excited that I wanted to share the good news with y'all as soon as we nailed down the details. Welcome to [staff profile] karzilla, newly be-hatted!
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Posted by Ask a Manager

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…

1. Employee’s husband emailed our boss to complain about his wife’s working conditions

This situation happened over a year ago, but I wonder what your take is on the situation.

Our corporate office manages several apartment complexes owned by The Boss in other cities, many in other states. One manager transferred from one complex to another when the manager position came open. Shortly thereafter, her husband emailed The Boss, complaining about how his wife is treated by the company. I found it odd that the husband complained and then also wrote that he had not told his wife about emailing The Boss. I believe The Boss emailed the husband back, although I have no clue what was written. Knowing The Boss, it was probably a defense or dismissal written in a tone of absolute authority without appeal. Nothing further was mentioned to me about it.

Should it (oddly) happen again, what would you do? What would you have done in the previous case?

Employers shouldn’t be discussing employment issues with employees’ spouses. So if the boss sent the husband a defense, that was inappropriate; he doesn’t owe the husband an explanation, defense, or dialogue, and it’s entirely possible that the wife wouldn’t appreciate her boss discussing her work matters with her husband, a non-employee.

If your boss told the husband in “a tone of absolute authority without appeal” that he doesn’t discuss employment issues with people’s spouses, that would be appropriate.

After doing that, then he should have shared the email with the wife — the actual employee — and asked whether there was anything they needed to discuss. It’s entirely possible that the employee doesn’t share her husband’s viewpoint, or that she does but has no interest in raising it at work, so the boss should give her the option of whether or not to discuss it.

2. Do I need to bring gifts for coworkers back from my vacation?

My first several jobs out of college were in a foreign country, where I developed my sense of workplace norms. (Things like, yes, you really do have to go if your boss “casually” mentions he’s going for after work karaoke and drinks.)

I’m back in my hometown in the U.S. now, and am taking my first real vacation at my new job. At any of my previous places, I’d be expected to bring back gifts: a relatively expensive bottle of sherry or other local specialty liquor for the boss, a scarf or something for the secretary, some kind of edible local specialty for the rest of the group. This isn’t done in the U.S., is it? I feel super weird about coming back from a two-week cruise empty handed, but would it be even weirder to show up to the next scrum meeting with a jar of Italian olives and a wedge of French cheese to share? I know I should have paid attention to what my colleagues did when they took their vacations, but I can’t even remember now.

It would be really nice to bring back food for people to share, but it’s definitely not expected. And bringing back individual gifts is not only not expected, but more likely to come across as a little weird in most offices, unless it’s something like a situation where your coworker obsessively collects mouse figurines and so you bring her a figurine of a mouse eating Camembert after your trip to France — in other words, unusual situations where you truly do look at an item and think “I can’t not get this for Lucinda.”

3. Staffing agency wants me to pay for my pre-employment testing

When I was looking for a job, I answered several job postings, which resulted in two employment agencies submitting my info for the same job. I had started and done all my pre-employment testing with one agency (a TB test, drug test, a skills comprehension test, and a fit test). Then I was told by the employer that since the other agency had entered my info first, I had to work under them. Now the agency that I did my testing with wants me to pay for it ($850). I never signed anything stating I would be financially responsible if I didn’t work with them. Am I responsible for these charges?

Hell no. If you didn’t sign anything, this is their own cost of doing business. Say this: “I’m sorry it didn’t work out, but we didn’t have an agreement about me covering these costs if I ended up not working through you, so I won’t be paying for them.”

4. Should I include a cover letter even when a job posting doesn’t ask for one?

When a job posting does not ask for a cover letter, should you include one anyway?

I just applied to a job that only asked for a resume and three writing samples. I did not include a cover letter, though since the application was by email I did include a couple lines of introduction. I was under the impression that the work would speak for itself and that the employer wasn’t interested in reading separate cover letter documents. But now I am worried. Was this some sort of “guess what we’re thinking” test?

No, and if it was, you don’t want to work there. It’s fine to simply follow instructions. People who care about cover letters will ask for one.

That said, including one anyway — if it’s a great letter — can still help you with many employers. And it’s a standard enough part of applying for a job that including it as an extra shouldn’t hurt you — it’s not like including long, unsolicited writing samples or other things that are likely to spark a “why on earth are you sending me this?” reaction on the employer side. And in some cases, a good letter will help even when it’s unsolicited.

5. I offered to sell one of my scheduled days to a coworker

A coworker of mine came up to me and asked if he could work one of my days. I said, “Okay, but it will cost you $__ for you to work it,” instead of just trading a day of work. Was it wrong of me to ask for money?

Ethically, I suppose there’s nothing wrong with it since your coworker is free to decline the trade, although it feels a little like … well, like something you’re not supposed to make money off of, like charging a coworker to talk to your boss ahead of you or to get a better seat at a meeting. Regardless, I have to think that your employer wouldn’t be pleased to find out that people are selling their days on the schedule to other coworkers.

fielding complaints from an employee’s husband, bringing gifts back from vacation for coworkers, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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What's Making Me Happy Today

Mark Reads starting Witches Abroad, one of my favourite Discworld books:

Camp NaNoWriMo Update, Day 5

Target Wordcount: 280

Actual Wordcount: 346

Total Progress: 2511 / 10,000

Excerpt )

Weekend wrapup

Jul. 5th, 2015 11:43 pm
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Friday, July 3: It would have been my parents' 68th wedding anniversary. Of course, my parents were married for 34 years and about 7 weeks before my Dad died. Consequently, in about 14 weeks I'll be able to say that the time that has elapsed since my father's death is equal to the length of their marriage.

Saturday, July 4: Pretty quiet day staying at home. The boy toy and I binge-watched the second half of the first season of Turn on Netflix. We had watched the first half of the first season and then never got around to seeing the rest. Of course, we haven't seen the second season yet, and it's no longer on FiOS-on-Demand, so we'll have to wait a bit longer. In the evening, I went to the next court over in my condo complex to watch the municipal fireworks, while the boy toy stayed indoors to reassure poor Julia.

Sunday, July 5: Boy toy and I stopped at the farmers' market, where we bought our first peaches of the season, and then we drove down to the southern end of Calvert County (southern Maryland). We had a nice meal of fish and chips and checked out the Calvert Marine Museum, which has a little bit of everything -- dinosaur bones and other fossils, aquariums containing live fish, many different boats, tons of artifacts from the oyster and crab industries, and a restored lighthouse, complete with attached outhouse. (Apparently the museum hosted an outdoor Barenaked Ladies concert on Friday night. Dang.) On the way back home, we cruised some of the Calvert County byways in a search for public beaches that might be worth visiting in the future.

Coming up this week: work on my next freelance magazine article and an attempt at water aerobics class.

Requiescat in Pace

Jul. 5th, 2015 08:33 pm
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 Val Doonican, singer.  I think his variety show was shown in the US for a year or so.  Plus he's mentioned in "The Intro and the Outro."  Can't beat that.


Jul. 5th, 2015 08:42 pm
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I have shingles as of thursday night. Only realized that's what it was on Friday evening. Got a house call doctor (this was amazing) and antivirals and prednisone.

Not sure about the prednisone but i'm taking it anyway. I read a lot of papers on saturday off medline. jury is out on prednisone. the acyclovir pills make me gag and retch (they are just too big and have ... edges. why!!!) Will see a doctor from my regular practice tomorrow and I think it will be best to switch antivirals to something smaller that doesn't make me barf and cry 5 times a day.

On vicodin. It is very painful. Vicodin is not always enough but I am going to try and keep it to that. alternating with tramadol.

It is around my waist in a stripe, on the left, i think t7-ish (lower ribs)

Update and pics

Jul. 5th, 2015 11:35 pm
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Brief update:

1. Friday: door, pool, and lack of sleep )

2. Fourth of July )

3. Today: usual stuff, visit to dog-sitters and more door finagling )

4. Baby bunny update ) Pics of baby bunny to follow.

5. Hijinks with dog beds. Pics to follow.

6. Decided to look into getting substituting credentials straightened out, since they changed the whole hiring system last year and then, this year, added emergency subs back in. Discovered that the deadline for applying is TOMORROW, and there's just no way I'll have all my ducks in a row in time. Sigh.

The promised pics )


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