How Are You? (in Haiku)

May. 4th, 2016 07:29 am
jjhunter: a person who waves their hand over a castle tower changes size depending on your perspective (perspective matters)
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

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Signal-boosting much appreciated!
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[tumblr.com profile] rollinginbooks said: susan pevensie, sleepwalking/sleeptalking, at home in a thunderstorm.

Note: Um, so. This fill A) has approximately nothing to do with the prompt (though Susan does technically sleeptalk, and is at home during a thunderstorm), B) isn't especially fluffy, and C) accidentally turned into a fic that I kind of implicitly promised [personal profile] rthstewart that I'd write several years ago as a companion to my remix of her lovely ficlet. Also it's a BtVS crossover and a TLB fixit. But you know, I wasn't getting anywhere at all with my more straightforward approaches, so I went with the one that was actually willing to be wrangled into writable form. *hands* Brains, man. Brains are downright weird. (1,450 words)

But Every Hour Is Saved from That Eternal Silence )

Do not go looking for Alice in BtVS or AtS canon, either television or comics. She's an OC invented specifically for this fic.

this, that, and the other thing

May. 2nd, 2016 10:38 pm
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over water (Default)
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Stuff I've done over the past few days:

1. Submitted my unemployment claim. In a week or two, I should know whether or not it was accepted.

2. Packed about 2/3 of what I need to take when I catch a bus to NJ on Wednesday morning. I am going down mostly to pick up Dottie for a stint of dogsitting, but also to watch Richard Strauss's Elektra on one of those Met in HD movie nights with my parents and some of their church friends, because why not.

3. Bought a ticket for the aforementioned bus trip.

4. Cooked a batch of veggie sidedish before the pepper and squash rotted in my fridge. \o/

5. Deep-cleaned three of the burners on my stove because I went into the kitchen to do something completely unrelated, casually squished a couple ants, and then kind of... kept going... after I wiped the squished ants off the stove. *headdesk*

6. Wrote two Cotton Candy Bingo fills. (Thanks for the prompts!)

7. Fought extensively with my next Cotton Candy Bingo fill, which took a wild left turn into AU crossover territory and I have no idea how I'm going to shoehorn part of the prompt scenario back into it. *double headdesk*

8. Deposited Upstairs Neighbors E and T's last check for the sublet of my driveway, which they don't need anymore since they finally sold their old pickup truck. This is both sad (loss of income) and convenient, since I am just about to acquire a minivan for two and a half weeks.

9. Said goodbye to Diagonal Neighbor P, who moved out yesterday. I will miss her adorable puppy. :(

10. Signed up to facilitate my church's high school youth group again next year, since I've had a lot of fun with that this year and I think some continuity will be useful as the kids try to get organized enough (and solvent enough) to eventually host a con.

11. Stuck a suction cup and hook on one of my kitchen windows so I can finally hang up the weird stained-glass thing Susan paid for me to make at the glass studio where she worked a few years back.

12. Tried out a recipe for soupless ramen with egg, which came out fairly well. :)

...

I am only intermittently and idiosyncratically productive, but I do get more done than my depression would like me to think. *wry*

pepper update, Monday 5/2/16

May. 2nd, 2016 12:30 pm
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over water (Default)
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Pepper update!

fourteen pepper sprouts, 18 April 2016
my peppers on Monday, 18 April 2016


fourteen pepper sprouts, 25 April 2016
my peppers on Monday, 25 April 2016


thirteen pepper sprouts, 2 May 2016
my peppers on Monday, 2 May 2016


Last week I removed the dead/unsprouted peat pucks from the tray. Between last Monday and this Monday, I had a scare with the three sprouts in the upper left corner -- they got horribly dehydrated and wilted to the brink of death. I was able to successfully (...so far) revive two of them, but the third (which had previously had trouble shedding its seed coat, and had consequently not been growing terribly fast/well) only made a partial recovery for a day or two, after which it shriveled for good. :( I have since removed its puck as well.

I like these peat pucks for rapid sprouting, but it is really hard to judge appropriate water levels in 'soil' whose consistency and color don't match anything I'm used to.

Ah well, perhaps it's just as well to weed out the weak before I start subjecting them to open windows and fans and such, to say nothing of repotting them and moving them to the wild environs of my back porch. And the survivors so far are doing quite nicely! They're growing their first proper leaf pairs and everything! I am so, so proud of them. :)

[[original Tumblr post, for when the embedded links inevitably break]]
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*waves madly*

Hi, people. Apologies for the long-ass wait and...this is not the last chapter.
*flails*

I'm just so irritated with myself and how fucking *slowly* i'm writing, anymore, that i was like 'screw it, this is a good place to break'. So I did. So here you go.

As always, thank you, DH - you are the ultimate beta. :)

Also at AO3


you are the one I am lit for )


Thanks for all your patience, my lovely, lovely readers.
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[personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake said: I'd like to claim the Names/Naming spot on your bingo card for a Narnia ficlet (Magician's Nephew): when Helen was just a girl, it had been so easy to dream up endless names for some future child; now, she had no idea where to start with a veritable zoo of creatures all awaiting names of their own.

Note: So this got rather more philosophical than I'd planned. What can I say: these are the hazards of attempting to write canon-compliant Narnia fanfic while simultaneously expressing ethical and theological disagreement with C. S. Lewis. In other words, I brought it upon myself. *wry* (1,075 words)

[ETA: The AO3 crosspost is up!]

Have Dominion )

Hmm. Not a part of canon I'd ever written before! Now I just need to take a stab at something in the era between VDT and TLB, for the sake of completeness...

writing woes, part eleventy billion

Apr. 30th, 2016 11:35 pm
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*starts writing cute and fluffy ficlet about Queen Helen naming Beasts in the early days of Narnia*

*ficlet turns into polite argument about free will and authority as Helen attempts to get out of this responsibility without making Aslan seem like a dick for arbitrarily changing Strawberry's name to Fledge*

...

Why does this always happen to me???

ten good things

May. 1st, 2016 12:13 am
kaberett: Clyde the tortoise from Elementary, crawling across a map, with a red tape cross on his back. (elementary-emergency-clyde)
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1. Rose lemonade. Read more... )

2. Pad thai. Read more... )

3. Orphan Black. It turns out that I am still very emotionally invested, okay: I have to keep pausing it to squeak. (I also paused it to stare, narrow-eyed, at the perplexing geology, and then to, um, take a screenshot. to keep staring at. later.)

4. Cyanocitta stelleri (Steller's Jay), and #dreamwidth, who identified the source of this image in particular for me. Excellent blue; ridiculous crest.

5. Aphelocoma californica (Western Scrub Jay). Also an excellent blue.

6. This hedgehog, which tumblr thought it was important for me to see.

7. A Brief History Of Tax Evasion In Britain (Or: Panama Is For Posers, Now Brick Up Your Windows).

8. Check, Please! fandom is giving me lots of people-adoring-each-other to roll around in, and is also giving me lots of really thorough and thoughtful incredibly iddy fic ([personal profile] staranise wrote a really detailed soulmates AU that I just want to smoosh my face on, okay?).

9. An amble round the charity shops in the sunshine this afternoon yielded a film and a gift, in addition to, you know, the part where I got sunshine.

10. I am having a possibly ridiculous number of Feelings about continuity-of-community and shit about this thing in passing, and I... really need to be asleep so I'm not even slightly going to go into the details in any depth now, but I've been having A Rough Week Or So on several related topics so this was A Good, alright.

ALRIGHT. Sleep. xx
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[tumblr.com profile] longroadstonowhere said: prompt: jane and dirk, the little things, one of them helps the other recover from a bad mood? (sorry, less good at the scenario part of things)

Note: Oh look, it's more Alpha Timeline Fluff! And this one is genuinely and incontrovertibly fluffy! (...Pay no attention to Dirk's champion lying-by-implication near the end.) [~1000 words]

[ETA: The slightly revised final version is now up on AO3!]

A Problem That You'll Understand )

Wow, it's been a while since I wrote a pesterlog! I think the character voices are slightly off, but eh. I'll do another editing pass before I stick this up on AO3.
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... I've announced the next contributor weekend, which is running on the 14th and 15th of May!

If you have requests for specific flavours of cake, now is a good time to make them :-)

Haikai Fest: "Full Rotation"

Apr. 30th, 2016 11:25 am
jjhunter: Serene person of color with shaved head against abstract background half blue half brown (scientific sage)
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Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? Think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a following stanza to build on that seed. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
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what lasts, that we build?
stones over our bones like stakes?
relations? stories?
edenfalling: colored line-art drawing of a three-scoop ice cream sundae (ice cream sundae)
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Okay so.

I am stuck like a stuck thing on "Guardian" ch. 17 scene 3 (not because I don't know what comes next; I just... can't make the words happen). I can't manage to focus on "The Courting Dance" instead (because guilt? tone mismatch? who even knows; brains are weird), and when I try to avoid the issue and write something completely unrelated, I just kind of blank out, like those two fics are gnawing away all the processing power that would normally go to the part of my brain that comes up with new ideas and/or picks an old idea and says 'your time in the sun has come, small plotbunny!'

I think you see where I am going with this, yes? Yes. It is once again mini-ficlet prompt meme time, because when I can't jumpstart my own creativity, I beg other people to do it for me. (Because it works. Why? Who knows. See above in re: brains being weird.)

The caveat this time is that I want to write fluff!

Here is a link to my open Cotton Candy Bingo card, which still has sixteen unfilled squares. For those who prefer lists to graphics, the open prompts are: picnic, soft, sleepwalking/sleeptalking, tradition, the little things, names/naming, WILD CARD, eyes, favorite, adventure/quest, color, open, cute, cuddle, free, sunrise/sunset.

Leave a comment with one to four characters, a prompt word from the list, and a scenario, and I will write you a ficlet of at least 500 words. Scenarios must be fluffy!

(...Look, I know my definition of fluff can get pretty idiosyncratic. But work with me here, okay? If the characters end the ficlet on a happy note, we're good.)

Anyway, if you have ever wanted a sequel to one of my oneshots, or another installment in any of my series/AUs, this is your chance to make me write it for you. :)

[Obligatory small print: Crossover prompts are fine! I reserve the right to reject fandoms I am not familiar with and produce ambiguous gen when attempting to write shipfic. Also, if someone else has previously claimed your requested prompt word, I will tell you so and offer you a chance to make a new prompt.]

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Fill List:

1 ) A Problem That You'll Understand - 1,025 words, jane and dirk, the little things, one of them helps the other recover from a bad mood?, written 4/30/16 for [tumblr.com profile] longroadstonowhere. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

2 ) Have Dominion - 1,075 words, I'd like to claim Names/Naming for a Narnia ficlet (Magician's Nephew): when Helen was just a girl, it had been so easy to dream up endless names for some future child; now, she had no idea where to start with a veritable zoo of creatures all awaiting names of their own, written 5/1/16 for [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake. [Tumblr crosspost; AO3 version]

3 ) But Every Hour Is Saved from That Eternal Silence - 1,450 words, susan pevensie, sleepwalking/sleeptalking, at home in a thunderstorm, written 5/3/16 for [tumblr.com profile] rollinginbooks. [Tumblr crosspost]

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