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It occurred to me how much it annoys me when other people don't have one of these, and hypocrisy is so unbecoming...

I'm in the process of migrating internal links to DW equivalents. Also, because of other life commitments, there are also a few other fics that are only posted and listed on my Ao3 profile. [Ao3 Link Here]

Last updated:  01 December 2012

Master Fic List and My Transformative Works Policy )
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I try to do my best by it, and think the world would be a better place if more people took it as their mantra.  Just a reminder:

"DON'T BE A DICK!"




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The Texas Freedom Network started back in the mid-1990s with two top issues: keeping Texas schools in line with Supreme Court rulings on school prayer, doing the same for Creationism Intelligent Design Emphasizing Alternative Theories to Evolution. Once they got involved in raising awareness of truly embarrassing textbooks mandated and approved by the Texas State Board of Education (TXSBOE) in biology, their expansion into the health "abstinence only" curriculum was pretty organic. And their efforts are not just for Texas students: because Texas is one of the largest states to have a state mandated list of approved texts (New York, while populous, lets school districts select their text books independently), about half the textbooks sold in this country are written to conform with Texas State Guidelines (the other half are written to conform with the California State Guidelines). I've been supporting them pretty much since I moved down here to study history. because historians have a strong interest in science (it's hard to talk about the Ice Age one period when your biology teacher tells you the world isn't old enough to have had an ice age the next one).

This year, however, it's texts for the History/Social Studies curriculum that are up for approval. TFN having been largely science-oriented before, realized that the social sciences were just as vulnerable as the hard ones. So they rounded up a group of volunteer professors, teachers, and doctoral candidates to independently review all 43 proposed texts, covering Texas, US, and World History, as well as US Civics. Some of those reviewers are friends of mine. "[TFN was] a little shocked at how detailed our submitted reviews were," one told me. He's going to have 120 seconds to explain to the Board why the text he reviewed is inaccurate, glaringly biased, and downright unprofessional in its presentation. If you've been following this through the abbreviated articles touching on the worst inaccuracies, my friend is the one who (though he didn't read the overall worst rated text) had the pleasure of reading about how all problems in the Middle East result from Jihad, and that sub-Saharan Africa is populated by "the Negro race."

Now, conserve your energy, because I have his first draft, no snark spared, and it got worse. And this is reason number one why Scientists should be equally appalled as historians about Chapter 13, the home of that delightful phrase. )

 

 

 


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This is one that I've encountered over and over again, very often with people who are my closest, dearest friends, and it's happening right now. Maybe this is slightly cruel, or hypocritical, but I'm sticking it out with him, so, he's got that.

There's a reason I own cats. My first I got when I was a grad student with odd hours and frequent travel. I lived in an apartment  (this same one, and technically, my cat has lived here longer than anyone else). Cats are relatively self sufficient, and when I too became "relatively" self-sufficient, I kept with cats, even though I grew up in a dog family and was offered a rehab dog: because I can't take care of a dog, especially not a working breed. 

There are days (less often) when I can't get out of bed, when the best I can do to make my mandatory once a day exit is to run to the mailbox and back.  I couldn't, and still really can't, accommodate a dog's needs. Sometimes I'm so anti-social and overloaded that I lock myself in a room where the cats can't get to me.  I make sure the litter is clean, the bowls are full, and when I'm unhappy, a purring cat does the soul plenty of good.

A border collie, staring at me because I woke up at 8am to take him out and then fell back asleep, it's 2:30 now and he needs to go out again,  he needs someone to play ball with, he needs to stretch out his legs and run, but it's August in Texas and the last place in the world I want to be is out in the open?  That rends the heart with guilt.

Or at least, it does mine. His owner is lying next to me, dead asleep.

Me and the dog spend a lot of time together. Too much time, really. I understand that yes, I'm the one who's unemployed, the my guy-thing-person is the one covering my bills, that he's young, and that he works a physically strenuous job with irregular hours. I know that when they moved in, I changed my mind about insisting that the dog needed to be given to someone and someplace where he can work and run the way he ought, because the dog may not know it, but he is a therapy dog. I love them both.

But every time the dog is clearly looking to go outside and the guy says, "I don't wanna, I'm too tired, can't you do it? etc."  I wanna shoot him. I saw this lots when I was younger, friends fresh out of college or high school who'd buy dogs, but they're still pretty much teenagers so they'll sleep well into the afternoon and I don't sleep well, so when I stayed over, inevitably I'd wake up with 30+ pounds of dog on top of me, crying to be let out. And I'd walk them, even though I can't really control a dog that large. Good, sweet dogs: pitbulls, rottweillers, labs, collies: big, sweet working dogs with lots of energy and an compulsion to please their owner.

Which is tough to do when the owner keeps covering their head with the comforter and saying "Not yet."  Makes the dog think he's doing something wrong. Right now the collie's in his kennel, staring at us, after spending close to a half hour alpha rolling for me, which is just wrong. But dammit, I'm not doing it this time. I can't cover for this: there are reasons I can't own a dog.

Right now, I really need to pee too. But I won't. Not until the dog gets taken out by the person who owns him.

Maybe it's cruel. But even if he doesn't know it, we're in this together.

And shit: his bowels just gave out before I did. Now I really want to hurt something.

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I'm sitting at my favorite musical perch of all time – a small, concrete abuttment at Stubb's in Austin, Texas, watching G-Love, Special Sauce, and the racial divide of the country play out in front of me. I should have known from my arrival: out of work and in search of free parking, a homeless man helped me parallel park a few blocks up. “Thank you,” I told him, shaking his hand through the passenger side window.

“Thank you for not spitting on me and calling me a nigger.”

I blinked. “Why the hell would I do that?”

“Plenty of folks take it upon themselves. Probably because I'm homeless.”

“Well, fuck that.” We live in an ATM world, so I handed him a twenty. “Thanks again, and please: go do something that makes you feel good,” I tell him, echoing the words of the friend who'd bought me the ticket to the G-Love show: please, go do something that you think is fun.

And yes, the G-Love show is definitely fun... )
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I may have mentioned in the comments to my last post that I live with Major Depressive Disorder (recurring), and that at times when the laughingstock that is the cultural treatment and understanding of depression, I can't help but take on the onus of education. It drives me nuts when people, especially people who've known me since before I received my diagnosis, need power point presentations to explain that no, the pills are not going away, then be told "well, it's that can't attitude that's a self-fulfilling prophecy."  And I'm going to cut for a trigger warning now because just reliving that conversation in my head is enough to make me... well, I'll explain.

Longwinded discussion about depression... )
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[personal profile] fish_echo  is, that's who. 

Back in Halloween she dressed up as Delirium-Who-Was-Once-Delight, in particular, the design from my icon. 

I just got a package from her.  It contained

One (1) card in an enveloped marked "To: [Morag] Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas (much belatedly) P.S. open presents before the card (card contains spoilers)" with many stars on

AND

One (1) boomerang from Australia (I'm hoping she wasn't intending this as a death threat ala Scandal in Belgravia, but then I remembered I can't even make a yo-yo work, there's no way I'll actually get a boomerang to come back

AND 

Twelve (12) crocheted and knitted fish of many varieties.

So, if I find a cheap old black leather jacket, here in meatspace, I can actually look like I do on the internets.

As I said, who is made of awesome-sauce?  fish_echo is, that's who.  Thank you, sweetie, I love the presents and you too.

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Title: Sad Sappy Suckers
Author: [personal profile] moragmacpherson
Betas: [personal profile] sistabro and [personal profile] callowyn
Fandoms: Inception-Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Series: Not Such as I Was
Pairings: Sam/Arthur, pre-slash
Timeline: Pre-canon, Stanford-era
Disclaimer: None of the canonical characters contained herein belong to me and this work is not intended for any profit or other commercial purposes. Title from the Modest Mouse album of the same name.
Contents include: Language, disturbing dream imagery
Summary: Everyone needs their secrets, Arthur knows that, but there’s something huge he’s missing here and without it, Sam’s a puzzle he can’t quite solve.



September 4, 2001


Arthur's sitting in a diner booth across from the Winchester kid (emphasis on 'kid'), who's sucking down a milkshake like he’s going for a prize, giving these tiny groans of pleasure every time he pauses for breath. )



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Title: Lost in Her Loving Embrace
Author: [personal profile] moragmacpherson
Betas: [personal profile] sistabro and [personal profile] callowyn
Fandoms: Inception-Supernatural
Rating: R
Series: Not Such as I Was
Pairings: Mal/Dom, Sam/Arthur, Arthur/Eames
Timeline: Set during the first half of season four in Supernatural, during an in-movie flashback for Inception.
Disclaimer: None of the canonical characters contained herein belong to me and this work is not intended for any profit or other commercial purposes.
Contents include: Insanity, suicidal ideation
Summary: There are many reasons why Mal must make Dom wake up with her.

November, 2008 )



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Okay, so these are a little random, so short captions while I remember it all, yeah? Bear in mind I slept through about five hours of the entire beta and wrote this up last night before going to sleep and forgetting why I'd taken each shot in the first place.

First screencap, just to prove that my health cap was, at one point, 666, possibly because dear Yoavina, my character, is in fact The Whore of Babylon. More signs to come.
I apologize for using the epithet but the stuff under the cut is straight from the Book of Revelation... )


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Title: Penrose Stairs
Authors: [personal profile] moragmacpherson  [personal profile] dragonspell.[personal profile] callowyn
Betas: [personal profile] callowyn, [personal profile] sistabro
Fandoms: Inception-Supernatural crossover fusion-AU; let's just call it Superception
Rating: NC-17
Final Word Count: 19,541
Pairings: Sam/Arthur, Eames/Arthur
Timeline: Set during "Mystery Spot" (3.11) for Supernatural, pre-movie for Inception.
Disclaimer: None of the characters contained herein belong to me and this work is not intended for any profit or other commercial purposes.
Series:
Not Such As I Was
Contents include: Language, graphic sexual situations,canonical character death, angst
Summary: The stairs make four 90-degree turns as they ascend or descend yet form a continuous loop, so that a person could climb them forever and never get any higher. This is clearly impossible in three dimensions.

Tuesday's Child is Full of Grace

Wednesday's Child if Full of Woe

Thursday's Child Has Far to Go




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Title: Penrose Stairs (3/3)
Authors: [personal profile] moragmacpherson  [personal profile] dragonspell.[personal profile] callowyn
Betas: [personal profile] callowyn, [personal profile] sistabro
Fandoms: Inception-Supernatural crossover fusion-AU; let's just call it Superception
Rating: NC-17
Final Word Count: 19,541
Pairings: Sam/Arthur, Eames/Arthur
Timeline: Set during "Mystery Spot" (3.11) for Supernatural, pre-movie for Inception.
Disclaimer: None of the characters contained herein belong to me and this work is not intended for any profit or other commercial purposes.
Series:
Not Such As I Was
Contents include: Language, graphic sexual situations,canonical character death, angst
Author's Notes: Included at the end.
Summary: The stairs make four 90-degree turns as they ascend or descend yet form a continuous loop, so that a person could climb them forever and never get any higher. This is clearly impossible in three dimensions.

Master Post

Tuesday's Child is Full of Grace

Wednesday's Child if Full of Woe

Thursday's child has far to go )


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Title: Kaddish
Author: [personal profile] moragmacpherson
Beta: [personal profile] callowyn
Fandom: Inception
Rating: R
Pairings: Eames/Arthur
Characters: Arthur, Mal, Philippa, Miles, Eames, Dom, OCs
Timeline: Pre-movie
Contents include: Canonical character death, religious imagery, language, graphic sexual situations
Author's note: Never mind that I made her beta it, this is kind of a graduation present for [personal profile] callowyn inspired by this conversation with my roommate (Further proof that just knowing Cally will enable you to inject angst into anything). Congratulations, hon: you made it out alive (which is more than I can say for many of your thesis characters).
Summary: Regardless of which calendar Arthur uses, Mal has been dead for thirty-four days now.

The sun has set and now it's Monday, the Twenty Fifth of Kislev, first night of Hanukkah in the year 5769. Winter twilight does not linger and it is Sunday, December Twenty First, the Solstice and the longest night in the Year of Their Lord, 2008. )




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"I...OK, not a crossover that would have occurred to me right off, but it works kind of scarily well." - Ao3 bookmark comment by MollyC

This sums up about half the comments this series has received, reminding me that not everyone has spent the last six months obsessing over Superception the way I have.  For me, this is a parallel head canon, so I'm always confused by people being surprised that it works. Of course it works! This is how it happened!

The thing of it is: I love this crossover and I will never be able to write all of the fic that I want in it.  Plus, I'm lazy and would like to read some without having to write it first. Hence this post: the merged timeline of my Superception 'verse, "Not Such As I Was".  If you're curious how to pull the two canons together, here are the basic mechanics and back story for how I chose to do it: a mix of canon, fanon, historical fiction, applied phlebotinum, miracles, and, of course, True Love(s).

I post it in the hopes it may inspire some people to cross these canons over in completely different ways.  It's also an open invitation for other people to join this sandbox; after the timeline, there are some general guidelines that I'm using while writing the series, further details on Project Lavoisier, quite a bit of miscellany and some story ideas that I don't know if I'll ever get around to incorporating.  But maybe one of you will.

Needless to say: here there be spoilers-- probably.  This is a living document: it's how I think the two canons interacted prior to June 2012 (with the help of my accomplices - Cally, Squid, Sis, DS, Mel, Lass and anyone else whose ear I've talked off: THANK YOU.).  Particular details about events may change in the process of fic writing, or if someone happens to come along with some much better idea about what happened.  Also, these are by no means the only places where the canons intersected: others almost certainly happened, it's just they haven't been noticed yet.  So if you notice 'em, feel free to tell us all about 'em.

-MM
______________
The Road So Far... )


 
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I was just procrastinating on tumblr.  I reblogged one of his posts and answered a question he posed within, because, well, A Game of You was on the shelf right next to me.

Then I got an e-mail from tumblrbot saying that Neil-Gaiman had asked me a question.

This was obviously from a universe with zeppelins in, except:



As calmly as possible, I tried to piece together a coherent reply.

Then I got to look at my dash again and find this:



And now I'm just sort of in a daze. 

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Title: Penrose Stairs (2/3)
Authors: [personal profile] moragmacpherson & [personal profile] dragonspell
Beta: [personal profile] callowyn
Fandoms: Inception-Supernatural crossover fusion-AU; lets just call it Superception
Rating: NC-17
Final Word Count: 19,541
Pairings: Sam/Arthur, Eames/Arthur
Timeline: Set during "Mystery Spot" (3.11) for Supernatural, pre-movie for Inception.
Disclaimer: None of the characters contained herein belong to me and this work is not intended for any profit or other commercial purposes.
Series:
Not Such As I Was
Contents include: Language, graphic sexual situations,canonical character death
Summary: The stairs make four 90-degree turns as they ascend or descend yet form a continuous loop, so that a person could climb them forever and never get any higher. This is clearly impossible in three dimensions.

Master Post

Tuesday's Child is Full of Grace

Wednesday's Child is Full of Woe )



 

 

moragmacpherson: (delirium)
Title: Penrose Stairs
Authors: [personal profile] moragmacpherson & [personal profile] dragonspell
Betas: [personal profile] callowyn and [personal profile] sistabro
Fandoms: Inception-Supernatural crossover fusion-AU; let's just call it Superception
Rating: NC-17
Final Word Count: 19,541
Pairings: Sam/Arthur, Eames/Arthur
Timeline: Set during "Mystery Spot" (3.11) for Supernatural, pre-movie for Inception.
Disclaimer: None of the characters contained herein belong to me and this work is not intended for any profit or other commercial purposes.
Series:
Not Such As I Was
Contents include: Language, graphic sexual situations,canonical character death
Summary: The stairs make four 90-degree turns as they ascend or descend yet form a continuous loop, so that a person could climb them forever and never get any higher. This is clearly impossible in three dimensions.

Master Post

Tuesday's Child is Full of Grace )

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Psych #1: Why is the first word you always use to describe yourself "short"?
Me: Because it's the obvious one. "Look for the short chick." People pick me out of a crowd every time.
Psych #1: You seem to focus on being small, it comes up almost randomly in conversation. Why is that?
Me: Because it's not something I ever have a chance to forget about.
Psych #1: Why? Do other people always bring it up? Because you seem to be the one always bringing it up in our conversations.
Me: No, it's because... well, being as short as I am is really tedious.
Psych #1: I don't understand. How is being short tedious?
Me: Like when I cook, if I need something in the pantry, I have to climb up a stool to grab it. God help me if I forget to grab everything I need in one trip, otherwise it's back up the stool. And standing in grocery aisles, waiting for someone, anyone to show up to grab something for me. People are always nice about it, but I'm still the one always stuck there waiting for them.
Psych #1: Huh. I never thought of it like that.

Hi. I'm Morag! There's a number of new people about (I'll get to that in a minute), and it's been awhile since I posted anything that wasn't, well, porn (there's an explanation!), so an intro/update post isn't uncalled for. I've been doing a lot of tumblr-ing too, which has added think-y things, as well as thesis-ing, so more thinking. But yeah, first thing to know about me: I'm 4'9", short enough for it to be annoying, not quite so short that people ask if it's a symptom. Also probably a good giveaway up there: the necessity of numbering my psychiatrists and psychologists.

Knitting, porn, philosophy, fic, and more disturbing insights... )

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