Poem: "Faces in a Mosaic Mirror"

Apr. 21st, 2019 03:46 am
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This is the freebie for the April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "bully" square in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days fest.

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Not a productive day

Apr. 21st, 2019 01:43 am
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Need to do editing. Need a brain. Need to not get to bed past 6 in the morning.

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* I ran a FOURTH spellcheck.
--Ravenpenny, because I have been editing.

INwatch+Bookwatch )


Apr. 20th, 2019 10:41 pm
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Apparently I haven't posted any photos of the allotment since last August, whoops.

Four photographs. )

I'm really pleased with how it's coming along? This is the very first plot you see when you enter the site, which fact I am occasionally a little daunted by, but I am making progress and I sincerely hope sorting the raised beds out will facilitate a bunch more.

dear npt author

Apr. 20th, 2019 05:20 pm
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Hello, and thank you for writing me a story!

In general, I'm not picky. I don't think I've ever disliked a gift fic so chances are I'll love whatever you write. If none of my prompts work for you, feel free to ignore them entirely. Some of the best gifts I've ever gotten have been things I would've never thought to ask for.

General likes:
  • Deep friendships
  • Family relationships
  • Established relationships
  • Teamfic
  • Character growth
  • Physical affection
  • Hurt/comfort

I like slice of life and epic sagas equally. Missing scenes and episode tags are awesome. I like angst in my fluff and fluff in my angst, but I prefer happy or at least hopeful endings.

Porn is cool but absolutely not necessary, but I do have an aversion to hearing a lot about bodily fluids.

General dislikes:
  • Unrequited affection
  • Pining
  • UST
  • Infidelity
  • Crossovers
  • Violence beyond that typically seen in canon


Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Kevin Cozner/Ray Holt)

I caught up on this show recently and my big takeaway was... wow, I just ship Kevin/Ray so much??? What I really love is the quiet little moments and looks they have together in canon--like, as much as I'd like to see them kiss on-screen, the level of intimacy visible in those handshakes is just unreal. I would honestly love just some sweet little slice of life moments from their life together--maybe adopting Cheddar, or making up after one of their fights, or reuniting after Ray comes back from witness protection. In one episode, Holt tells Jake that Kevin's parents haven't spoken to them in years because they're giant homophobes. A few seasons later, they're visiting Kevin's parents for Thanksgiving. What brought about that reconciliation? Do they ever have a more celebratory wedding?

Power Rangers in Space (Andros/Ashley/Zhane, Andros & Karone)

Andros and Karone are still my two favorite story arcs from this fandom. I would love to see them clash a little bit, particularly over Andros's desire to protect Karone from everything now that he's found her, and then eventually come together again (maybe after Terra Venture?) Does Karone ever remember more of her past? Do they ever find out if their parents survived the war? I would also love to see them team up to fight together.

For Andros/Ashley/Zhane--I would love to see something set post-canon for them. Long-term I prefer them settling down KO-35 but there's plenty of adventures of them to be having on Earth too. With this fandom in particular I really go for "they lived happily ever after... until [threat] from the past reappears!" type of stories. What do their lives look like one/five/ten/twenty years after Countdown? Mostly I just want them to be together and happy.

The Umbrella Academy (Luther Hargreeves & Vanya Hargreevees)

Just a note here - I don't ship any of the siblings together, but given their upbringing I totally understand how some of them ended up with this dynamic. So you don't have to ignore anything that's there in canon, especially if you're writing something set in present-time canon, but I do ask that you don't go beyond that.

So, this family is fucked up. What I find fascinating about Luther and Vanya is how they parallel each other, particularly with their experiences of abuse and isolation (Luther's moon exile, Vanya during childhood, Luther being singled out for being the favorite son, Vanya for having no powers, etc.), and how as adults, their collective trauma brings about the apocalypse. I'd like to see them start to work through some of that and maybe make some kind of infinitesimal forward progress. I requested just Luther & Vanya but I like all of the siblings and feel free to include as many/as few of the others as you want.

ot: _Goblin Emperor_ on sale!

Apr. 20th, 2019 03:50 pm
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The acclaimed _Goblin Emperor_ is on sale for 1.99! The link below includes lots & lots of sites & formats.


This book is so good, I read it twice in the same year. Compelling world-building, & one of the kindest main characters ever. *insert incoherent, euphoric squee-ing here*

Well, that takes care of reading matter for my next flight.

*heads off to share the love*
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In the interest of Being Excellent and considerate of those who plan to watch this episode, all references to the content of this episode are stashed under the cut and will remain so hidden for at least a month. Someponies like to watch MLP:FIM in herds and it can be a while before they get all their ponies together. 8^) As spoilers are also likely to be in any comments: don't read if you haven't yet seen the episode unless you like being spoiled. When you're ready, drop in a comment and say what you thought of this episode!

After a month, I hope Episode Discuss posts will be so far off the top page that it'll probably take the tag to find them, so about a month after posting the cut will be removed. 8^) Sometimes I go back and drop in little extras into the posts, like comics and links to the music.

200th episode!

US broadcast starts at 11:30 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which should work out to 4:30 pm UTC, 8:30 am PST and maybe about 11:30 PM Down Under. At the moment there are about Three and a half hours left to go until the US broadcast. The party won't go on forever, but it doesn't need to end right now.

Written by Nicole Dubuc and Josh Haber, story (ideas?) by the VA's: Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong, and Cathy Weseluck.

For those of you following Twitter, you can follow writers Nick Confalone (Hearthbreakers), Mike and Will Fox (The Gift of the Maud Pie), Joanna and Kristine (Gauntlet of Fire), Dave Polsky (Rarity Takes Manehattan) and Jennifer Skelly (Buckball Season). Other twits in the early morning chorus may include the likes of Meghan McCarthy, Jayson Thiessen (Supervising Director of MLP:FIM), Andrea Libman , the voice of Dragon Lord Ember Ali Milner, Big Jim (storyboard work, voice of Troubleshoes and Director of MLP:FIM), Mike Vogel and Josh Haber. The hashtag to watch should be #MLPseason7.

Review for episode 200, Sparkle's Seven, below the cut. )

Catch the show and throw in your two bits in the comments! Copy/paste your reviews into the comments, spread the wealth!

Watch Sparkle's Seven: via OpenLoad, but it's slow to load and although I've barely seen more than a minute, already my browser has blocked 11 pop-ups and 8 ads. OK, after the slow start, OpenLoad played the entire thing without pause, but it did try to throw a total of twenty-seven (!!!) pop-up windows at me. Strike that, all those pop-ups are causing anti-virus alarms for some people. 8^/ But look! Here's the episode via Sendvid! And another Sendvid copy here. And at last, the episode via DailyMotion.

Download links for Sparkle's Seven: (I'll fill in the blanks as soon as I find them)
As seen on Discovery Family in 1080p: broadcast version.
In 1080p without logos: a href="">logoless.
In 1080p, without logos and colour corrected: a href="">colourful.
They're all mkv format files.

Read all the transcripts, including that of Sparkle's Seven over here on the MLP wiki of transcripts.

Clear, free, logoless screengrabs from the entire episode get uploaded to the episode wiki within days of the US broadcast on the MLP Wikia Gallery pages, here.

The links to official channels and purchasing DVD's and episodes are now in the community sticky.

Creative Jam

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:21 am
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The April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Identity Crisis."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.

What I Have Written

"Faces in a Mosaic Mirror" is the freebie.

From My Prompts

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Spoilers below the cut. My personal preference is to be spoiled for this sort of thing.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] fuzzyred, there are 11 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."   Kenzie tells Pretty Ears about the attack.

Poem: "The Blue Bird of Happiness"

Apr. 19th, 2019 06:00 pm
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This poem came out of the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "blue bird of happiness" square in my 11-5-19 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I have a laptop back!

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:49 pm
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To my disgust this hard drive came with Windows Vista installed, where the previous one had Windows 7; I'm getting an e-mailed receipt tomorrow and might grumble at them. In the meantime, this evening has mostly consisted of getting a usable Debian install set up (because for bonus points, I ended up overwriting my install media on Tuesday before the drive death because that was the convenient USB stick I had on me).

Doubtless I will complain endlessly about sharks, including sharks I'd previously solved but not bothered making a note of.

Other things this evening included: takeaway dinner from Roti King with A, in the vicinity of Granary Square, followed by ice cream, because the shop I got this laptop from in the first place was on Tottenham Court Road, so by the time we'd got there sitting by the canal eating dinner while the sun went down seemed like an excellent idea.

... but for right now probably I should just do some Duolingo quickly and then head to bed...

Did not do the early morning thing

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:06 pm
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When it's 4 in the morning... And the thing is at 8 in the morning (well, would have to get up by then)... No.

Must do more editing. Need to buy another book to squint at.

Need new glasses; should try the ones in the car?

Did you know that if you walk around enough, when you stop, things are no longer able to hold still? Like, I was looking at the front step and it was receding away from me except of course it wasn't, but I had to wait for it to stabilize in spacetime before I wanted to sit on it.

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GM (who cannot find a reference to a magic item): There is an orange furry creature who cast Remove Bookmark, and probably cast Devour Bookmark.
--the Twitch Livefeed of Hit & Abyss, Episode 7: Deadly Secrets (dunno if it'll make it into the recording).

INwatch+Bookwatch )
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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "giant anything" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Big One thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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"Getting paid for every jar"

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:26 pm
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Today I got blood drawn to verify my immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

If you're in or near an area with an active measles outbreak, or if you happen to be seeing your doctor for some other reason, I encourage you to get your immunity checked, especially if you're too young to have had measles and too old to have gotten a second dose of the vaccine when that recommendation was added in 1989. For all the talk of unvaccinated kids, it's non-immune adults who can do the most harm, because they're the most mobile. The guy who started the Michigan outbreak assumed he was immune, and thought he had bronchitis; then he infected 40 people. So please get checked out, and get your MMR if you need it, and do your part for herd immunity to counteract those who won't or can't.

My pediatrician was on the ball and I got an MMR in 1991. I'm almost certainly immune. But we live on the edge of one of the neighborhoods that's had reported cases*, and we frequently shop in that neighborhood, and Kit plays on the local playground with kids from that neighborhood... so we're all getting blood tests just in case.

* I've been thinking about how easy it is for this to turn into "I don't want my child to play with those dirty children from that segregated community" and the like. I have been reading some Orthodox Jewish news sites—all of which are pro-vax, bless them—and one published an op-ed that bluntly said, "Letting your kids get measles instead of getting them vaccinated plays right into 'dirty Jew' stereotypes and harms the whole community." So I am being conscious with my wording, and glad that that discussion is happening within Orthodox communities, and keeping my very non-Orthodox self the hell out of it.

Kit's pediatrician says the dose Kit got at 12 months will protect them until they turn four and get the second dose, and there's no need to give it early (which he does do for children traveling to epidemic areas). But he's keeping an eye out for reports of measles on our end of the neighborhood, and giving babies their first doses as early as it's safe to do.

I hate this. I hate every part of this. I hate how easily anti-vaxers prey on vulnerable people. I hate that this is still, still, based on fear of autism (and don't get me started on autism and Jewishness, because whoo boy there's a lot to talk about there). I just want everyone to be safe and healthy, especially the little babies who get no say in any of this.

Notre Dame Fire Update

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:23 am
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The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral was probably caused by an electrical short.  France has already announced a design contest for a new spire.

Got sleep. Why am I so tired??

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:41 am
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Plus I had to take ibuprofen for a headache which I think was mostly eyestrain. I need to get new glasses. Or see if the other glasses in the car help. Or get one of my eyes replaced with a Borg eyepiece. Bet that'd fix the issues...

Kid wants to get up to go to an 8:30 thing so I need to get to bed.

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GM: I had necrotic damage on the brain -- no, wait, that sounds bad.
--Hit & Abyss, Episode 7: Deadly Secrets.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Sidetracks - April 18, 2019

Apr. 18th, 2019 04:53 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 06:16 pm
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Source: https://portfolio.commishes.com/upload/show/1P4G/ by Sonek aka Riko-Teki.

No title, so I called it Cookies.


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