WIP Big Bang stuff

Jun. 29th, 2016 06:20 pm
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I feel awkward writing this, but.

The 2016 [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang has reached the 'claim your posting date' phase, and I still do not have an artist.

This is not a deal-breaker -- I am finishing The Courting Dance mostly just to get it off my back already (well, okay, and because I want to give Aravis and Cor a happy ending) -- but it's a little bit... I dunno, kind of a mix of disheartening and annoying? Something like that, anyway.

The artist claim post is still up if anyone wants to draw me a picture. (There are two other unclaimed stories left as well -- one Once Upon a Time fic, and one Sherlock/St. Trinian's crossover. Take a look at them as well.)

ON THE UPSIDE

Jun. 29th, 2016 01:39 pm
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I have just received an appointment letter for the thoracic medicine clinic! Lung stuff investigation now scheduled for the end of July.

demanding scans and tests and NOT CONTRIBUTING and

[Meme] AO3 Fic Filters

Jun. 28th, 2016 07:33 pm
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I was tagged by [tumblr.com profile] klaineharmony:

Go to your works page, expand all the filters, and answer the following questions!

I currently have 445 works on AO3. This tally is therefore missing some stuff I haven't yet crossposted (most notably all my Angel Sanctuary fic) and some things (mostly fragments) that will never exist away from my journal. Additionally, AO3 does not scrape one's entire catalogue once it gets past a certain size -- the sidebar is built from only the first X number of pages (ten? twenty? I don't know the details) -- so these meme results are not completely accurate (most easily demonstrable when it comes to the number of fics in certain categories). That said...

What are your first and second most common work ratings? Any surprises?

General Audiences (335)
Teen And Up Audiences (83)

This does not surprise me. I don't write a lot of porn, and I don't see much point in the Teen And Up rating -- probably because I don't see much point in fic ratings in general. Relatively specific content notes are useful, but ratings are as far from specific as you can get. Seriously, what does an estimated 'appropriate audience' even MEAN? And how do you know whether any given reader will agree with your decision?

I'm also reluctant to issue judgments on who should be reading what content at what age, since I am quite sure that various things I read as a child -- and by 'child' I mean 8-12 years old -- would make moral guardians scream in horror, yet I sailed through unharmed. So I default toward 'whatever, just read it' and only occasionally slap a 'hey, this might be a little heavier' note onto something when my understanding of the public consensus on various issues suggests people might get ticked off at seeing them in the 'General Audiences' category.

(I am even less likely to use 'Mature' or 'Explicit,' because see above in re: not writing much porn. I do occasionally go with 'Not Rated' because there are a few things where I'm genuinely unsure what the public consensus rating would be and figure it's better to let individual readers decide for themselves.)

cut for length )

Tag 5 people!

I am terrible at tagging. Play if you want to!
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  1. Oral-B Pro-Expert Clean Mint toothpaste. Blue, sparkly, and cinnamon-flavoured. I don't understand why it's called Clean Mint. It contains, as best I can tell, no mint, apart from a slight cold sensation. The flavour compound is cinnamal. It is blue and sparkly and cinnamon.
  2. UltraDEX mouthwash (previously RetarDEX). Optional mint-flavoured sachet. Absent the optional mint-flavoured sachet, it tastes slightly of chlorine.


(I am Not A Fan of mint-flavoured things if they are anything other than field/garden mint, in which case I love them; peppermint and spearmint are Not My Friends because, approximately, they taste too loud, and given that I am utterly unwilling to floss because hands and only reliably brush my teeth twice a day if I'm living with someone who will coax me on the topic at bedtime because executive dysfunction and also hands, my dentist is much happier when I am using mouthwash. I am aware that other people feel similarly about mint, and a partially overlapping set of people are in a similar position with respect to this specific healthwork. Here are the things I use, people, and may they bring you if not actual joy then at least diminished resentfulness.)

wherein Liz defeats her bookcase

Jun. 27th, 2016 06:09 pm
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tall white bookcase with a small collection of junk on its one remaining shelf



When I moved into my current apartment, I inherited a few pieces of furniture from the previous tenants: a low metal table on the back porch, an octagonal dinner table in the kitchen, and a giant white bookcase in the living room.

I have wanted to get rid of the bookcase for a couple years now. You will notice that it is taller than my doorways, and the only reason it doesn't completely overpower the room is that my ceilings are like twelve feet high. I did a lot of book-pruning last year, and last week I finally got around to moving my comics and manga into my computer room and then moving all my nonfiction from the white bookcase into the two smaller ones near the living room windows which I had thereby emptied.

Now I just need to figure out what to do about my small collection of family photographs and a handful of knick-knacks, and I will be able to get rid of the bookcase! Mwahahahaha!!!

(In this case, that means I need to contact the people running my church's recycling sale and ask them to send somebody with a pickup truck, because there is no way to fit that into my parents' minivan when they visit next week to drop off their own batch of recycling sale donations.)

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pepper update, Monday 6/27/16

Jun. 27th, 2016 03:58 pm
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twelve pepper seedlings in terracotta pots and plastic windowboxes
twelve peppers, Monday, 27 June 2016


pepper seedling in terracotta pot
the smallest pepper (you can do it! I believe in you!)


slightly larger pepper seedling in terracotta pot
the second smallest pepper


two pepper seedlings, one in terracotta and one in a plastic pot
the two that narrowly escaped death-by-squirrel, now doing fine


a pepper leaf with a funny splotch
funny patch on a leaf that worries me slightly


I watered them yesterday, and then of course today it FINALLY rained. (This has been such a weirdly dry June, I swear.) So here they are, still shiny and damp.

As you can see, the peppers in the two farthest right terracotta pots are not growing nearly as much as the other ten. I think this may be because the further right (aka north) you go on my porch, the more sun exposure you get (because you are farther from the evil mulberry tree), and the pots may retain a bit more heat than the plastic windowboxes. Possibly the soil mix in the windowboxes also causes a difference. (I used most MiracleGro in the pots, whereas the windowboxes are a mix of MiracleGro and Black Gold brands, because Black Gold was cheaper when I bought supplemental bags.)

The previously mauled-by-squirrels seedlings are doing fine now, which is also good news. :)

I am slightly worried by the leaf spot you can see in the final picture -- that's from the second leftmost terracotta pot. I have had issues with leaf-wilt in previous years, mostly during the first couple weeks after I moved my plants outdoors. I will be keeping an close eye on the situation.

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[personal profile] marmota_b said: Can I claim "adventure/quest" and ask for more of Susan and Lucy's Interesting Times? Please? 'Susan only went to fetch a few jars of jam. Meanwhile, the daring Captain Lucy, aged nine, accompanied by her loyal crew of Otter pups, set sail to the Port of Pantry.' (2,550 words)

Note: The problem with this story is that in my head, Susan and Lucy's 'interesting times' are BIG adventure-type things -- shipwrecks! kidnapping by magical birds! surprising a group of invading soldiers! etc. -- not two people (and a group of young Otters) crashing into each other in the kitchen. So I tried to work up some big thing that the pantry chaos could lead into, and that kept turning into an irretrievable mood clash that made me flinch away from the story every time I went to add another hundred words.

(I do still intend to write the big thing I came up with, but without the comedy and incidental Otters. Also it will be about half story and half academic textbook, because reasons, and involve all four Pevensies instead of only Susan and Lucy.)

Anyway, the upshot is that I ditched the long 'interesting times' story as unworkable and instead wrote a small fic about a minor domestic accident and slightly differing interpretations of how to be a responsible queen. Which is probably what you wanted all along and I'm the one who tripped over myself and made a lot of unnecessary bother for three weeks. *wry*

Continuity notes: The weather problems Susan mentions are detailed in Dedication. Mrs. Grubbins is the castle healer who previously appeared in Liminality.

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

Responsibility )

This concludes the latest iteration of my mini-ficlet prompt meme, with a third bingo. :) (I still have six Cotton Candy Bingo squares to fill, so I may run this again, but not for a while. I have other things to work on first.)
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This is where light gets in
small acts of kindness
baffling fear

- 'Where Light Gets In'

My mother used to work in sales. "And I was very good at it," she always adds, staring me down as if she might transmit some of those magic sales skills directly eye-to-eye. From her sales training, there are apparently three things I must communicate for a successful conversation:
  • Why should the other person listen to you? aka What do you have for them?
  • What do you want them to do?
  • Why now?
"No, no, you're talking too much," she tells me when I try. "Ask one thing. Stop. If they say no, then ask option two. Keep it short. They should talk more than you. Think about what they want - where's your overlap?" etc.

As Antanas Mockus puts it, "The idea of modern democracy is inseparable from the possibility that different reasons may back up the same rules." My mother's sales pitch trick has an unspoken first step: don't start with your values. You don't need them to share your exact values to get their support for a common goal. Start with a goal, work together to make it a common goal, and let that be grounds for shared respect and maybe grounds for talking about values.

I think of values as prime examples of Atul Gawande's slow ideas. Read more... )
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Aha! I have resolved my Hilarion-Lamion-Ion confusion!

Near the end of KoA, in the scene where Attolis ruins his bedroom after receiving news about Nahuseresh, he explicitly orders Cleon and Ion to come help him change while the other attendants clean up the mess. Both Lamion and Hilarion participate in the conversation after the king leaves, which means Ion must be a separate person rather than a nickname for either of them.

(That remains, of course, an incredibly trivial issue, but I like to have things clear. Next I want to see if I can turn the described geography of our three focus countries into any kind of coherent map...)

As I said in the other place...

Jun. 24th, 2016 11:52 am
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... the time from waking up to the first hate speech directed at me by a Leave voter was three hours.

She was an NHS employee providing me with necessary medical care.

She told me that Leave was a good result for the NHS -- because it can't cope with all the people who don't work, don't contribute, demand scans and MRIs, expect free prescriptions, even expect free paracetamol rather than buying it themselves.

She was cutting a dressing off my hand.

She asked me what I thought.

I thought: every single one of those things you listed describes me. I thought: I have just been told by a medical professional that I don't deserve care. I thought: there is no way I'm telling you you just described me. I thought: I'm terrified.

I'm white. I'm third generation. English isn't my first language but people can't tell unless I tell them and I certainly *sound* posh. I don't look Jewish until you put me in a room with the rest of that side of my family. I can, if necessary, leave the house without a wheelchair.

I pass. This is what I got while passing. I am terrified for the people who can't.
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The context is, naturally, Brexit; and equally naturally, that Leave supporters started telling each other that they should take pens along to polling stations, cast their votes in ink, and then leave the pen behind To Be Helpful. In case, I suppose, of some spectre of people rubbing out their marks and replacing them with something else. (For those of you unfamiliar with how the UK does this, you cast votes using a terribly quaint system of applying pencil to paper and sticking it in a box.)

Reproducing here for posterity and (well, there's a chance) interest. (Original.)

Read more... )

Yes, I typed the majority of that out one-handed on the auxiliary internet device's touchscreen, because typing still hurts. It is important and I had a feelings.

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