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2017-Jun-07, Wednesday 12:27
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[personal profile] umadoshi is wondering: "why the difference [between DW and LJ comms' activity levels]?" and "what (if anything) can maybe be done to change that?"

So I have a challenge for you:

Choose three Dreamwidth communities you subscribe to that you want to see more active. Post to each of your chosen comms this week.

Repeat challenge as you feel necessary :)
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Okay, folks. As April first is Saturday, I hereby pledge not to post any pranks, jokes, false links, or screamers. Nothing originating on this blog will be a prank or deliberately incorrect. If I re-post or link to other people’s pranks, which I may, they will be clearly marked so you don't click on them and think they're real.

No direct links to howling horribleness, and no 'alternative facts', will ever purposefully appear on this blog. If one does, it's a hack or something changed, or I messed up; please let me know immediately so I can fix it.

Stay safe out there, my dears! We non-pranksters have got your back.

from [personal profile] havocthecat

2017-Jan-17, Tuesday 12:09
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Which fictional setting would you put me in, and what sort of role would I play there?


*looks at phone*

*looks at phone call section of todo list*


...the accumulated weight of "PHONE CALLS SCARY I DON'T WANT TO" is probably worse than making any of the actual phone calls and yet it is the reason I can't make any of the actual phone calls
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Various friends have done this and I liked the idea: what should be my new year resolutions? Feel free to suggest anything at all, serious or silly, and I'll pick some I like.

Ask me anything!

2016-Jul-29, Friday 17:17
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Hekatombaion 26

I am trying to work less hard, in order to save my hands. (Manager is okay with this, but I apologized anyway.) However, I can't seem to work less fast. Therefore! To distract me from work!

(Tablet typing is not a problem like keyboard typing is a problem, I think. Different hand motions.)

Ask me anything! I can't think offhand of any topics I'm placing off limits, but if you hit one I'll decline to answer in full or at all as appropriate.

Hit me! :)

from [personal profile] bethany_lauren

2016-Mar-16, Wednesday 11:24
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In comments, place a single word. It can be any part of the language (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc).

In return, I'll free write something based on that word. Might be fic, might be rambling.


2016-Feb-12, Friday 02:15
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1. There are people on my reading list that I don't know very well. Want to trade information? You can ask me anything you want, as long as I get to ask you a question in return.

2. Music time! Give me a prompt of any kind -- a word, a mood, a kind of music, a character/fandom, an original writing thing, whatever random thing pops into your head -- and I will give you a 3-song playlist.
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Day 01

In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I want to feel more of a connection with fandom. I haven't been feeling fannish for months and that's not good.

Day 2

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Hmmm. Specifically things we're afraid to ask for? There isn't much I'm afraid to ask for...

1) All the genderswap AUs. Not just Rule 63, where a canonically cis man-or-woman becomes a cis the-other-one. Genderswaps where canonically cis characters are trans of the same gender (so for instance cis woman to trans woman). Genderswaps where canonically cis characters are trans of the same assigned-at-birth gender (so for instance cis man to trans woman or genderqueer/nonbinary individual). Genderswaps where about half of the canonical characters are Rule 63'd (or otherwise transmogrified), not just one or two prominent characters. ALL THE GENDERSWAPS. (Except if you take a canonically trans character and make them cis, I will be most displeased.)

2) All the racebending AUs. Or rather, all the racebending AUs that take canonically white characters and make them people of color. Or otherwise take people of the locally dominant ethnicity and make them not—so making Bakura Ryou of Yu-Gi-Oh! a white Brit instead of Japanese would be legit. (Black Brit or Indian Brit would be more interesting, mind you.)

3) I don't think there's a term for this, but all the AUs where a canonically abled character is disabled. Somebody's got asthma. Somebody needs a wheelchair. Somebody's got epic anxiety. Yadda.

Day 03

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

King of Games' Solution (140 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mutou Yuugi & Yami Yuugi, Jounouchi Katsuya & Mutou Yuugi | Yugi Moto & Joey Wheeler
Characters: Yami Yuugi, Mutou Yuugi
Additional Tags: Poetry

He is a Puzzle.

mens sana in corpore sano (286 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Yami Yuugi
Additional Tags: Community: fic_promptly

Working out in inclement weather.

some things even Pharaoh may not do (781 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mazaki Anzu & Yami Yuugi, Mutou Yuugi & Yami Yuugi, Mazaki Anzu & Mutou Yuugi
Characters: Mazaki Anzu | Tea Gardner, Yami Yuugi, Mutou Yuugi
Additional Tags: Community: fic_promptly

"Just because you can set things on fire with your mind doesn't mean you should."

Artisanry (1010 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mutou Yuugi & Yami Yuugi
Characters: Mutou Yuugi, Yami Yuugi
Additional Tags: Female Yuugi, Female Yami Yuugi, Community: fan_flashworks
Series: Part 2 of Daughter of the Sun

Yuuki has a surprise for her other self.

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Pick a question to ask me:

1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing.
2. Is there any specific ritual you go through while/before/after your writing?
3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?
4. Are there any other fic writers you admire? If so, who and why?
5. How many words can you write if you sit down and concentrate intensely for an hour?
6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)
7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.
8. Why do you choose to write?
9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?
10. What inspires you the most?
11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?
12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why?
13. Favorite fic from another author?
14. Your favorite side pairings to put in?
15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or do you make it up as you write?
17. Would you describe yourself as a fast writer?
18. How old were you when you started writing?
19. Why did you start writing?
20. Four sentences from your work that you’re proud of.

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2016-Jan-09, Saturday 11:28
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From [personal profile] naraht (and I'm not tagging anyone either):

Rules: go to page 7 of your WIP, skip to the 7th line, share 7 sentences, and tag 7 more writers to continue the challenge.

But first I have to paginate the thing, because Scrivener doesn't so much do with pages...
Yuuki finally managed to move her head, only to see Jounouchi and Honda on the ground and Ushio walking away—but in her hand lay the last piece of the puzzle, and the puzzle itself was in her backpack, only a few tens of centimeters out of arm's reach.

She had to solve the puzzle. Only a few more centimeters. Her wish would come true when she solved the puzzle. Only a little farther—

The puzzle piece snicked into place.

A golden glow, and the world fell away.
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I have now seen a December Days get-your-topics-here post and I have the distressing feeling I'm two years behind on that shit. I am pretty sure I never did write the feminist economics post, certainly.

I am sure I have a tag for that but I am afraid to look.

So what I am going to do instead is, one of the columns in Alexeigynaix (which, for those of you outside my lock, is the digital magazine I'm starting, just me, mostly for the Arts Fellow distinction from my university, which takes 200 hours to attain, all hours on the same creative project that is then presented to a wider audience than the circle around the faculty mentor) will be Alex Pontificates On Reader-Submitted Topics. Hit me with topics and months in which to cover them! If I get more than twelve, that is not in any way a problem! I intend to publish each issue in the first week of the month.

Dec: Gender/sexuality terminology
Jan: Religion/Belief
Feb: Fun animes/series/books
Mar: Intersectional feminism
Apr: Writing: how, why, what
May: Gender identity
Jun: Formative book(s) you read growing up
Jul: Stories you would like to be told more often instead of [tropes]
Aug: Poetry: when to use formal structure, when to use freeform, when to blend, how to decide
Sep: Ritual
Oct: The Free Space on your Bingo Card
Nov: Feelings about cooking
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"She hurt me," Hanasaki pointed out. "She hurt you."

"That doesn't make it okay to hurt her back!"

Hanasaki shrugged, then winced. "That's what superheroes do," he said.


Had Luigsech emphasized 'man'? Ceallach thought she had. "Have they tried asking aid of someone who is not a man? A woman, or a fae?"

Luigsech stopped. Ceallach was two paces further when she realized and turned back: Luigsech's face showed astonishment. "People have tried summoning fae for aid, but they always say it's a mortal problem," Luigsech said. "No one's ever thought of asking a woman."

Ceallach raised her eyebrows, and Luigsech blushed. Luigsech had thought of it for certain.


"Don't you die on me again," James said quietly. "Don't you dare. If you die I will kill you myself."

Sirius laughed, a short barking laugh. "I don't plan to die anytime soon."

"Good," said James.

Via [personal profile] oursin

2015-Sep-17, Thursday 14:13
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Ask me for a list of five X. I will answer to the best of my ability, given the category.
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Throw me a concept/idea/title and and I will give you a brief summary of the story I would tell based around it.
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When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

Saturday morning at nine-forty-five found Tara sitting at a two-person table in Brewniverse, mug of ambition in one hand and cinnamon bun in the other.


Grandmother Mairwen told me the tale of Cadair Idris, the mountain called the Giant's Chair. To put it in a nutshell: aspiring poets climbed the mountain and spent a night under the stars. Some woke mad. Some woke poets. (Grandmother seemed to think there's a difference.) Some never woke at all.


Sistrums jangled, cymbals chimed, castanets clacked, dancers stamped. Meritamun, princess of Kemet, poured a measure of beer for the goddess Hathor and another for herself. Hathor must surely be drunk by now.
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If you could have me write a fic specifically for you, what would it be like? Fandom, characters/pairing, genre, plot elements, kinks (if applicable)... what's your ideal fic from me?

meme via [personal profile] naraht

2015-Feb-21, Saturday 12:35
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You know those articles on the toast, like how to tell if you’re in a Brontë novel, how to tell if you’re in a Hemingway novel, and so on? If you feel so inspired, drop me a comment along the lines of “how to tell if you’re in a fic by AlexSeanchai.”

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2015-Jan-24, Saturday 18:33
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When you see this, share lines from 3 random WIPs.

nb: not random! most recently worked-on that have not yet hit the internets where more than one or two people can see them.

1) "If I only had a damned hairpin," said Lupe, glaring at the digital combination lock on the bow-ward door.



I was a caterpillar
and now I am free.


I want to learn
what holds us back
and how to use
its weight against it
to defeat it
without violence.

You say
nothing holds us back
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Time to just sit and read. Time to just sit and crochet. Time to just sit and watch a movie or TV show.

I don't have a whole lot of time these days.

And what I do have, I seem to squander by spending hours refreshing all the things in hopes of new content, instead of doing things I need to do or enjoy doing and then going through any new DW/FB/etc content that appeared in the interim...
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In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.

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When you see this, make a post in your journal or in a community. It can be anything: a crosspost something you've posted on Tumblr, a few words about the last thing you read/watched, or just a "Hi, how is everyone?" Then go read your f-list and leave at least one comment.

So. (Since you may have noticed I post lots anyway.)

Hi. How is everyone?
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Orson Scott Card. Opinions on gay and trans people, and also genocide apologia.

Also [personal profile] silveradept's deconstructions of Anne McCaffrey's Pern books over thisaway is developing my hatred for Anne McCaffrey. This is a shame, because I used to adore Pern. The Suck Fairy paid several visits, apparently.
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My job. Hands down. I got it (casual/seasonal edition) because I was studying for my paralegal associate's at the local community college and my major advisor sent out an email to her students saying here's this job opening. And I sent in my resume and they liked me enough to hire me. I didn't know at the time that it was actually a temporary job, but by the time the person I was hired to take up the slack for came back, they liked me enough to keep me on, just in a different section. And then a merit position on night shift opened and they liked me well enough by then to hire me for that, et voila.

Be nice if HR would get on with promoting me, though, because three of the people who got the promotion training along with me got promoted months ago, and by all accounts I'm as good a worker as all three of them put together. And I'm afraid my paperwork's stuck on somebody's desk somewhere and that they're going to start me on the higher pay rate on the first pay period after the final signature of approval goes on the papers, which would mean HR's delay penalizes me unfairly. (I got my performance review yesterday and I am assured the promotion is in process. We just have no way of knowing where in the process it is, or how long it will take to get through.)
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I blabbered at length about various aspects of my identity a month ago. So what I'll say instead, to nutshell that, is that "who I am" is very much tied up in "what I [want to] do" and "what I believe". In that order of priority.
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Baby Jesus Birthday Cake. Also known as crumb cake, but neither my mom nor her mom ever made it for any occasion other than breakfast Christmas morning.

Here it is three days after Christmas and I haven't had any yet this year. That probably says a lot in itself.

(I should probably apologize for the many small posts in a row. So: Apologies for the many small posts in a row.)

(Also, [personal profile] balsamandash, I may not be getting to the "recommend books" December Days post this year at all. I haven't actually read a whole lot this year, and I get the impression that my Dreamwidth readers are mostly a crowd to whom Pratchett's Hogfather needs no recommendation.)
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This one really isn't all that interesting. I write plenty of stories in my head while I'm lying in bed trying to sleep, but any time I get the impulse to actually write them down, they're gone by the time I get to a keyboard.

I am planning to move all my crap, including the computer, from the basement to my bedroom. So it is possible that that will change and I'll actually be able to write my bedtime stories down. I'm not sure I'd bet on it, though.
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Gotta be the fundamentality of female characters to the narrative. Pepper, Betty (iirc—been a while since I saw Hulk), Peggy (though here is the point where I confess that I have not actually seen Captain America), Natasha. These movies aren't these women's stories—Marvel is not that progressive—but these women are crucial to the stories and (though three of those four do in fact double as love interests) not through being love interests.
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Voila. Video, NSFW language. Not sure if transcript available but if anyone needs one I'll be happy to provide it. Not now, though. I can't find a volume control on the video, and my computer volume is literally on 1 so any quieter on that control is Mute, and the video is loud enough that I'm afraid my mom might hear from upstairs.

(no, it is not a rickroll, I have better sense than that)
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LOVE. Usually. Depends on the quality of the sequel, really. But if I've fallen for the first book / movie / episode, I love being able to find more. I'm not sure I've even read a standalone novel in the past year.
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things I can do or qualities I express, but am surprised when other people compliment me on them

Cooking. I like it. I get really frustrated by it. Nothing ever turns out how I want it to, though some times I get closer than other times. Like, I mentioned the other day (possibly under lock for reasons—I forget) the failcookies?

Monster cookies are essentially butter, peanut butter, oats, sugar, chocolate chips, and M&Ms (there's actually like twelve ingredients, but none of them are flour) tossed in a bowl and mixed and then tossed on cookie sheets and baked. Note the oats. They must be rolled oats. Not steel-cut oats. The shape, size, and texture are entirely different and using steel-cut oats in monster cookies results in monster ice cream topping. I found this out after running out of the gluten-uncontaminated rolled oats and substituting gluten-uncontaminated steel-cut oats for the remainder of the oats in the recipe. I got maybe a dozen cookies and about four times that weight of cookie crumbs.

And yet, when we brought the cookie stuff to the party yesterday, I got a stack of compliments on the cookies. And I'm all like wtf why—these are failcookies!
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If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNoWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence from each of your current works in progress in your journal.

"What if I get it wrong?" Gillian asked, the smell of copper and grass and primroses all around her.

and a whole lot more )

(1) Rereading my Supernatural WIPs is making me want to rewatch the show. Argh.
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I gotta admit, I'm gonna lazyass this post: "Anaktoria" by Alex Conall.

(original poem as translated from Sappho's Greek by Anne Carson)
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I hesitate to say "if it isn't written down, it didn't/won't happen". Because a lot happens that is never recorded, both in the broad and the narrow sense (that is, the worldwide and the personal). Or the recording is lost or destroyed somehow (see also, the library of Alexandria and linkrot). But that's more or less one of the principles I operate on. If a thing I need to do is not written down somewhere that I can refer back to, it pretty much ain't gonna happen. (If it is written down, it still might not happen, or not in a timely fashion. But its odds of happening are greatly increased.)

I'm also really fond of the tada list. I believe I swiped this concept from [personal profile] kaberett. You know Susan's anti-monster poker in Hogfather, and possibly in other Discworld I have yet to read? The tada list is an excellent anti-brainweasel poker. It's particularly useful against the brainweasel whose lines go "you are a useless person, look how little you have done today".

In conclusion, [community profile] do_it. And Wunderlist.† And HabitRPG. And personal journals. And notepads in purse. And sticky notes...

† School list on Wunderlist: currently at 93 items. School doesn't even start again until Jan 5, but one of my courses is already open and has all the term's assignments ready to go. Yes, I spent part of Christmas exploring Canvas‡ and putting all the assignments into Wunderlist. Better than trying to family togetherness.

‡ CANVAS HAS DISPLAY NAMES. No more legalname bullshit from people who forgot that my name as visible on Blackboard isn't the name to address me by! I mean, I still have to tell them my legalname so the professor can grade my crap properly and so anyone who wants to email me (at my Oregon State email, of course) can, but the name they all see will be my name! I was almost in tears when I discovered this, y'all. Also, no more crappy Blackboard rich-text editor! Canvas still has an RTE, but it has an HTML editor too. I just have to remember to insert all the p tags, because it's not as user-friendly as Dreamwidth—two Enter key presses doesn't equal a paragraph break in the Canvas HTML editor.
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Well, it all depends on how you define "children's", really. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? Oh the Places You'll Go?

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.


And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


Yeah, let's go with the Seuss here. For given values of "favorite", anyway...
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There are several ways I could answer this question, but the two that came first to mind: "Arizona Rain" by 3 of Hearts and "There Is No Arizona" by Jamie O'Neal. Together in that order, they're...basically my relationship with my first ex in a nutshell.

More cheerfully, "Accidentally In Love" (I here link the Counting Crows version because the Dartmouth Decibelles' version isn't on Youtube) always makes me think of the lovely lady in Pittsburgh who introduced me to the song (Counting Crows version).
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Why do I write?

How can I not?

And, like, one of my (potential, because there are many and I'm debating) New Year's goals is to write every day. Because I'm bad at that. And I'm not real good at finishing things, or even getting seriously started on things once I've thought of them, as you will shortly see. But the ideas bounce around my head until I've set them on the screen. The only way to stop them is to write them down.

As for novels I'm writing—and I include novellas and planned-as-novel-length short story collections in this category—well, the list is lengthy. I'm just gonna copy straight from my post on [personal profile] alexconall and add commentary:

seriously lengthy )
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"All right," said Susan, "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need ... fantasies to make life bearable."

No. Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers?"

Yes. As practice. You have to start out learning to believe the little lies.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

Yes. Justice. Duty. Mercy. That sort of thing.

"They're not the same at all!"

Really? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder and sieve it through the finest sieve and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet you act, like there was some sort of rightness in the universe by which it may be judged:

"Yes. But people have got to believe that or what's the point?"

My point exactly.
nb: never actually read Hogfather. Or more than a few pages of any Pratchett besides Good Omens. Planning to change that, though; I've got a hold on a library copy of Hogfather. (Also thinking about reading Discworld for my tentatively planned fiction-book-a-week project in 2015. Forty books published per Wiki; that should last me most of the year.)
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a specific thing I would like to do with my degree when I finish school, or my current favorite thing about my classes

My plan with my WGSS degree has always been: write. Write better quality (that's what the writing minor is for), write better-informed about the various axes of oppression as intersectionally experienced, write better representation of underrepresented demographics. Write.

(I have so little time to write while in school and also working. It's frustrating and occasionally infuriating. I would have time winter break except winter break is when work stress amps up. I should leave for overtime about now, actually...)

My current favorite thing about my classes is honestly that term's over till January. While last term was in session it would have been the discussion boards in my Queer Studies class: so much exploration of assorted people's experiences!
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(I will come back to days three and four! Probably on Sunday, maybe Saturday evening. They require brain. Day five does not require brain, so I can do it now, when I am utterly without brain.)

You know boxed macaroni and cheese? Kraft is probably the most familiar name attached to those blue boxes, but I'm not talking about Kraft. I mean store-brand boxed mac & cheese.

Add some frozen peas to the boiling water about when the macaroni goes in. Spike the milk-and-melted-margarine with a few drops of Tabasco, then add a pinch of garlic powder upon adding the cheese powder. Alternately, leave off the Tabasco and garlic (and maybe also peas), and when plating the mac & cheese, add a squirt of ranch dressing and stir. TASTY noms.
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The Siblinghood of Justice and Mercy is meant as a social-justice-enacting nontheist alternative to movement atheism. Sunday Reflection 1, Sunday Reflection 2, and that's about where I lost interest. There isn't much else to say, honestly.

This seems like a good time to remind y'all that Atheism Plus has a $50 scholarship available to any intersectional feminist activist college student. I observe that there are at present zero applicants, and while the rules do say "please make an art addressing a social justice issue" and "please make an art saying why applicant should get scholarship" and this may be scaring off applicants, there is nothing in the rules to say applicant cannot write two haiku and call it a day.
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This eight-books-and-counting series by Seanan McGuire is like the fantasy series my feminist heart always dreamed about. It's urban-fantasy faerietale-noir. Toby Daye herself is a kickass snarky protagonist—she's a mortal-world private investigator, living half in Faerie because she is herself half fae; she's a knight of the Faerie duchy her loyalty belongs to, and (because she's a changeling, not a pureblood fae) she earned that title; she's a daughter estranged from her mother and a mother estranged from her daughter, and Amandine and Gillian fascinate me nearly as much as Toby herself does.

Tybalt, the local King of the Court of Cats, and later [spoiler redacted because not all of y'all have read that far and some of y'all might now want to]? Canonically bisexual. I forget in which book he mentioned marrying a mortal woman, but take that as proof of his attraction to women, and go read "Forbid the Sea" as proof of his attraction to men. Also, [spoiler] and Jazz are a canonically happy-queer-ladies couple. There is also an unhappy-queer-ladies couple, Li Qin and [spoiler], but the unhappy there is just the part we see—I presume that they and their kid were quite happy together before [spoiler] died.

Also, Jazz is from India. I'm not clear on Raj's ethnic origins but, between that name and his being canonically brown, I presume he is also Indian. Li Qin is Chinese. Dare and Manuel are Latina. McGuire put a lot more effort into faerie-race diversity than human-race diversity, but the world is only generally white, not wholly white.

(Transgender people don't seem to exist in this world. This is a disappointment, but hopefully McGuire means to fix that: there's a canonically transgender character in her Indexing series-to-be. McGuire is also aware of, and belatedly disappointed in, the general whiteness of the world she has created here, and I'm told she did better in InCryptid. I haven't read more than the first half of the first Incryptid book—I got distracted by something and haven't had a chance to go back.)

The plot of the series is Alex-catnip. You know how J K Rowling casually dropped Sirius Black's name into chapter one of book one, and Wormtail's missing toe into the chapter where Harry met Ron, and in book three Sirius is a hella major character and Wormtail's missing toe is crucial to the resolution of the book's plot? And also in book one the minor antagonist turns out to be someone we've been rooting for for a while, and in book three we spend the back half of the book cheering for someone we've been rooting against? McGuire does those. McGuire does those lots.

Basically y'all should totally go read all eight books and as many of the short stories (list linked above; list not updated to reflect the publication of a Tobyverse story in Shattered Shields) as you can get your hands on. And then write me Yuletide treats :D
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You know the drill: pick a date, pick a topic, and I shall endeavor to write on that topic on that date. Feel free to pick multiple topics-and-days!

If anyone else is doing this meme and isn't on [personal profile] kaberett's master list yet, please strongly consider putting your name on [personal profile] kaberett's master list.

Dec 1: October Daye ([personal profile] theladyscribe)
Dec 2: that nontheist religion I am halfassedly trying to found ([personal profile] redsixwing)
Dec 3: sequels and series: love or hate, and why? ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 4: why I write ([personal profile] kate)
Dec 5: something that's so bad it's good ([personal profile] alasse_irena)
Dec 6: poetry that inspired me to commit poems of my own ([profile] thebonesofferalletters)
Dec 7: novels I'm writing or thinking about writing and what I love about each project ([personal profile] dhampyresa)
Dec 8: things that make me giggle helplessly, or make me smile on a gloomy day ([personal profile] nenya_kanadka)
Dec 9: recommend books ([personal profile] balsamandash)
Dec 10: favorite aspect of the MCU that's not a character -- trope, setting, storytelling style, anything ([personal profile] newredshoes)
Dec 11: things I can do or qualities I express, but am surprised when other people compliment me on them ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 12: todo lists ([personal profile] melannen)
Dec 13: the things that are parts of my identity ([personal profile] silveradept)
Dec 14: writing I do when I can't sleep ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 15: a specific thing I would like to do with my degree when I finish school, or my current favorite thing about my classes ([personal profile] havocthecat)
Dec 16: a food which reminds me of the best parts of childhood ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 17: Do I notice characters or setting more when I start writing? (Is that the same as when I'm reading others' work?) ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 18: things I believe in ([personal profile] balsamandash)
Dec 19: the best thing(s) that have happened to me or come into my life because of school/college ([personal profile] nenya_kanadka)
Dec 20: things I thought would be excellent but weren't and things I wasn't expecting to love but did ([profile] thebonesofferalletters)
Dec 21: a song which makes me think of a particular person ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 22: favorite children's book ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 23: the tarot - favorite deck to use, a reading that stayed with me, what I believe about it, and so forth ([personal profile] wallwalker)
Dec 24: preferred tarot layout? does it depend on what I'm doing? ([personal profile] the_rck)
Dec 25: which tarot card I most identify with / use as significator, and is there a different card that especially relates to this particular time in my life ([personal profile] wisdomeagle)
Dec 26: what draws me to the tarot ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 27: things that make me happy ([personal profile] balsamandash)
Dec 28: that theme/narrative trope/structure I LOVE in fiction that there is not nearly enough of ([personal profile] everbright)
Dec 29: writers you utterly loathe and why ([personal profile] dialecticdreamer)
Dec 30: things ending, things beginning ([personal profile] silveradept)
Dec 31: New Year's Resolutions ([personal profile] rthstewart)

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2014-Nov-10, Monday 13:59
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
I see it is December Days sign-up time again. Since I was such massive fail last go-round, I am not doing the 'ask me for topics' thing this year.

I am however publicly committing to posting something every day of December. It is possible it will simply be "hi", but it will be a post. And hey, maybe I'll actually get through the rest of the list from last December...
eta: screw it. posting a sign-up list.

And remind me at the end of December that I want to New Year's Resolutions a daily poetry post in 2015.


2014-Aug-11, Monday 11:11
alexseanchai: Sailor Jupiter (Sailor Moon Crystal Sailor Jupiter)
Give me the first line of a fic I have not written yet and get a summary, snippet, soundtrack.


2014-Aug-05, Tuesday 10:52
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
One little compliment can make you feel amazing. So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal. And once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind you how great you are.

Comments are screened so only I will know if nobody feels like catering to my demands for coddling.
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Leave me a letter & I will hold forth...

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)
alexseanchai: Red berries, caption "Chimes at Midnight" (Toby Daye Chimes at Midnight berries)
How about another alphabet drabble challenge, then? Give me a fandom/character/pairing and a prompt for the letter of your choice and I'll write you a drabble! eg: L is for Love, Night Vale, Cecil/Carlos

Any fandom I've written before is fair game - you can look at pretty much the full list at [archiveofourown.org profile] EllieMurasaki (click on Expand Fandom List). If you want me to try something else, feel free to ask and I'll let you know whether I think I can manage it. I'm sure I have other things tucked away in here that haven't made it to AO3. Original stuff is also fair game.

G—Girlfriends, Legend of Korra, Korra/Asami
I—the Imp in Impala, Supernatural, Dean
P—Puns, Pacific Rim, Mako Mori
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod, phone, iTunes, media player, etc., and write down the first twenty songs. No skipping.

1) "Gunpowder & Lead", Miranda Lambert
2) "Firebird's Child", SJ Tucker
3) "Mr. James Dean", Hilary Duff
4) "When A Man Loves A Woman", Percy Sledge
5) "Raspberry Leaf and Lemon Balm Tea", Talis Kimberley
6) "Scarlet and Green", Talis Kimberley
7) "Crystal Ball", P!nk
8) "It's Oh So Quiet", Lucy Woodward (Ice Princess soundtrack)
9) "Take Advantage Of Me", Seanan McGuire
10) "All the Birds are Gone", Talis Kimberley
11) "witness", tryad
12) "House of the Rising Sun (acapella)", Echoes of Orpheus
13) "Breaking Down", Florence + the Machine
14) "Serpentina", Pandemonaeon
15) "The Great Velocipede Migration", SJ Tucker
16) "2G Bring It All Together", Living Language Spanish Essential (this not being a song, I'm adding a #21)
17) "Heartlines (Acoustic)", Florence + the Machine
18) "Voyeur", Hungry Lucy
19) "3F Grammar", Living Language Spoken World Irish (still not a song, adding a #22)
20) "Hale Interview - Quit Playing Games", KBVR Radio (this is actually a class assignment that I didn't take off the Kindle yet. adding a #23. can you tell I haven't figured out how to playlist on my Kindle Fire?)
21) "Supernatural", Sara Evans
22) "Sincerely, Jane", Janelle Monáe
23) "Tam Lin", Mediaeval Baebes
and a bonus because I'm not sure if I was supposed to start with the song already waiting:
24) "Your Move", Yu-Gi-Oh! Music to Duel By soundtrack

(no subject)

2014-May-12, Monday 21:59
alexseanchai: Window with text, "Toby Daye Investigations" (Toby Daye Investigations)
Comment here if you want to play, and I will give you three-six fictional characters or couples couples that I associate with you, and you make an entry in your journal talking about those couples and fanworks that you wish the universe would create for you.

[personal profile] somnolentblue gave me October Daye, Anna/Ruby from Supernatural, and Odette and Odile from Swan Lake.

I really want the universe to create me the fanwork where Toby figures out that there's a reason the hope chests do what they do, and a reason she and her mother can do (and Gillian presumably could have done) the exact same thing. I'm sure there are reasons. I even think I know what those reasons are. But I don't have time to write this fic myself. (If I ever do, it'll be part of Changeling's Choice.)

I also want the spinoff series featuring Anna and Ruby, resurrected, with some perspective on the whole Lucifer deal (I'm convinced Ruby had no idea Lucifer planned to destroy everything), and ready to kick some monster ass.

Re Odette and Odile: Basically Mercedes Lackey's The Black Swan, only with more Odette PoV (she is not a PoV character in the novel) and less no rape committed by a PoV character with whom we're supposed to sympathize (Siegfried).


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