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[personal profile] sjnt
I just figured it out.

Road trips.

Gen, friendshippy, relationshippy. It doesn't matter. I think everything I've written, am in the process of writing, am *thinking* about writing, involves a road trip of some kind. My definition of road trip is relatively broad, and includes time travel, dimension hopping, dreaming about other places...The point is to purposefully get the hell out of Dodge.

I'm going to compile and post a road trip rec. post. Not until March, though. This month is all about frequent, insubstantial posting.

Random Doctor Who Picture

16 February 2019 12:56 pm
purplecat: The Eighth Doctor (Who:Eight)
[personal profile] purplecat

Book Cover for the Infinity Doctors by Lance Parkin.  A White background with the Doctor's Ring showing a swirling galaxy in the large blue stone
The difficulty with this book is where to shelve it since it is clearly intended to be an AU in which the Doctor never left Gallifrey though. Until about halfway through the book, I was kidding myself that I could pretend it was set after he had returned to Gallifrey at some point in the future but no. Anyway, since the Eight Doctor adventures occur in canon in publication order I eventually opted to shelve it among them in publication order.


21 February 2019 04:30 am
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[personal profile] conuly
I was cleaning my glasses and I guess I put too much pressure on the hinge because they just... broke. In a not really reparable way. Happily, I still have my old pair (same prescription) as a backup, but unhappily the reason I had the new pair was that the old pair was pretty scratched up, so I still need to replace them. Ugh.

(Also, reading along what everybody stocks in their pantries. Haven't forgotten to reply!)


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ST: Discovery 2.05

16 February 2019 11:46 am
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I’m frightfully busy these weeks and could watch this episode only ten minutes or so at a time because of this, not due to its content. Not the ideal way to enjoy a Star Trek ep!

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Friendship commentfest

16 February 2019 10:19 am
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[personal profile] ruuger is running a Friendship commentfest!

[Multifandom friendship fest]
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[personal profile] conuly
Gosh, I sure hope nobody has done anything particularly newsworthy! Particularly not something that is going to make me see red!

Boy, bialys sure are delicious, especially when I can eat them secure in the knowledge that absolutely nobody in power is overstepping their authority for silly reasons.

Lemme just take a quick glance....

Niche: Snowtouched Chapter 11

15 February 2019 11:48 pm
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Snowtouched Chapter 11: Scent of Danger
Niche (Video Game)
Rating: teen and up, no archive warnings apply/VAYOR.

Summary: For generations, a tribe of nichelings have lived on a gentle, pleasant island, with no reason to ever look elsewhere. But when Kois, the child of wanderers from an older, fragmented tribe, finds a strange white cub, she recognises the omen in front of her. It is time to leave and seek out a new life in the snow.

Together with Laana, a seer who reads the future in shells and tides, she leads a small expedition in search of the frozen mountains the tribe know of only in stories. But many dangers lie between them and their new home, and they must stay together and work as a family to survive.

Inspired partially by Seri the Pixel Biologist's playthroughs of Niche, however no knowledge of this series is required.


The day wore on. Under the dense canopy, there were no shadows to track time by their length and position, and Kois and Laana could do no more than catch glimpses of the sun overhead and make guesses. Kois walked on, more in the river than out of it by now in an attempt to get out of the humid air that weighed upon her like heavy stones tied to her body. Sometimes she would stop and splash water over her head, and one time she could stand it no more and rolled over in the river, emerging with her coat as dripping and plastered to her body as it had been when she’d hauled herself out of the sea. But each time, the relief was short lived. The air was too damp, and the water had nowhere to go.

Laana took the heat a little better, but she too kept stopping to drink and splash water over her body, all for scant comfort. By their best guesses, it was past noon when she stopped and said “Kois, your gems.”

Read on AO3

Notes: Still sem-hiatusing, but wanted to get this one out because Snowtouched is not going anywhere.

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15 February 2019 11:16 pm
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
[personal profile] beccaelizabeth
I have been reading a soulmate au of Pride and Prejudice, which I did not expect to have taken up quite so much of my attention, but it is very long and thus far very good, and is making me want to read the original, which is for me a rare impulse. No elves or starships or dragons.

The soulmate marks idea seems simples but does complicate things in many interesting ways, and this fic runs through many options with it.

will rec if it continues good, but there might be a novel length of it left...

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15 February 2019 11:05 am
goodbyebird: Parks and Recreation: Leslie's adorable nicknames for Ann. (P&R she definitely loves Ann)
[personal profile] goodbyebird

[personal profile] ladytharen is hosting an online Galentine's Day get together on her journal Saturday, planning to open the post at noon PST/3pm PST.
Typical activities include movie watching, random chatter, fic prompting, vid sharing, attempts at nail polish, twenty questions, etc but join in whichever ones you like. It's a free for all, like any sleepover!

Sadly I'll only be able to hang around for an hour/hour and a half. Stupid need for sleep, bah. But yes, fannish fun times? Chatter, squee, round robins, etc etc.

I hope some of you will be able to jump in for a bit <3

Caught up on Discovery S2

15 February 2019 09:38 am
nostalgia: ben sisko watching baseball (ds9  - baseball)
[personal profile] nostalgia
I like it more than S1 so far, spoiler-cut )

Chocolate Box is Live

15 February 2019 09:27 am
thisbluespirit: (s&s)
[personal profile] thisbluespirit
... and guess who has a marvellous gift and two treats? I feel bad all over again that I only managed my assignment and not even a tiny treat for anyone else, but that is life, I suppose.

ANYWAY, more importantly, my gift is an amazing thing in which someone wrote me pitch perfect Sid & Charles from Dick Francis's Sid Halley series only it is ALSO a crossover, being a very excellent Sapphire & Steel assignment with Sapphire and Silver and Steel. Chocolate Box only has a 300 word minimum and somehow I got 6000+ words of an impossible and great crossover casefic. I am overcome. Anyway, if you also like one or both of the fandoms, I recommend it. (If you don't know S&S, it is just Dick Francis + Weirdness; if you don't know Sid Halley, it's a typically strange assignment via outsider POV.)

Stalk On (6074 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sid Halley - Dick Francis, FRANCIS Dick - Works, Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sid Halley & Charles Roland | Charles Rowland, Sapphire/Silver/Steel (S&S), Sapphire & Silver & Steel (S&S)
Characters: Sid Halley, Charles Roland | Charles Rowland (Dick Francis), Sapphire (S&S), Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S)
Additional Tags: Crossover, Case Fic, Timeline Shenanigans, The Royal Navy

Far up in the stretches of night; night splits and the dawn breaks loose;
I, through the terrible novelty of light, stalk on, stalk on;
Those great sea-horses bare their teeth and laugh at the dawn.

W.B. Yeats, High Talk

Sid spends another pleasant evening at Aynsford.

I am a very lucky so-and-so, for I also received two smaller but also very lovely Sapphire & Steel treats, one playing with the strangeness of elements, the other a brief but eerie/melancholy little assignment:

Like little maps to the stars (786 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sapphire (S&S), Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S)
Additional Tags: Elemental Magic, Elemental Weirdness, Time Loop, Illusions, Post-Canon, Fix-It of Sorts, Chocolate Box Treat
Summary: They will start again, they will start over. They always do. They will become that small, bright light, and they will find their way again. Out here, they will become the world. They will be everything, the three of them. Somehow, they will be.

After assignment 6, three Elements find themselves again. And again. And perhaps, again.

Figments and Fragments (1224 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sapphire (S&S), Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S)
Additional Tags: Forests, Hidden Things
Summary: Someone and something's in the forest that shouldn't be there. The Elements investigate.

(And I'm sorry, I went a bit AWOL again the last day or so. I am just trying to get various other things done in between the usual bouts of tiredness, and so this may just happen a lot for a while, but one of the things is some wrangling stuff that actually will be done with soon, as well as the family history. And I just can't always do those things and keep up, unfortunately.)

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14 February 2019 10:24 pm
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[personal profile] shadowkat
1. Hee.

ME: Looks like the Amazon deal is off.
Co-worker: No, the Governor wants it, it will happen.
Me: Not if the company pulls out.
Co-worker: They won't just a bargaining tactic.

And he was so smug about it.

Cubical Mate: Amazon pulled out!
Me: Send me the link! So I can to tell GT...who smugly told me it will go through.
(sends me the link)
Me to Co-worker aka GT: Turns out I was right!
GT: We shall see.

Mother: Looks like Amazon pulled out.
Me: GT doesn't believe it.
Mother: No, they definitely have. They got surprised by the negative response from the community and don't want that. So decided to just build their presence in NYC through other avenues, while putting their headquarters only in Virgina and Nashville without hunting a replacement for NYC.

Very happy about this. Having high tech jobs coming to Long Island City, Queens is not a good thing. That's about 25,000 more commuters coming into a very crowded city that already has 85,000 people commuting into it daily, with over 12 Million residents. And we do not have the infrastructure to support it. Also it would push for less affordable housing, jack up rents, jack up the cost of living (which just no) and not provide jobs for the people already there. Hence the reason that people were actively protesting the idea.

Take that Mr. Mayor and Mr. Governor -- it was, by the way, the only thing they've both agreed on.

Amazon was smart -- since I'm a huge user of Amazon and I was considering discontinuing if they moved here.

2. Blackface and comedy..

Has anyone seen Hannah Gadsby's Nanette ? Go see it if you can. It sort of addresses why this type of comedy is harmful to our societal soul.

Then when you've finished? Watch S1 and S2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel who looks at it from another perspective and addresses the historical complexity of the painful nature of comedy.
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3. Saw the doctor today. Read more... )

Dept. of Boy Do We Know How to Have Fun

14 February 2019 07:55 pm
kaffyr: Kitty from "Kiki's Delivery Service" (kiki cat)
[personal profile] kaffyr
What We Did on Valentine's Day

1. Took an extremely constipated ginger cat to the vet. 
2. Cleaned the carpet, bed, blankets, etc. to the best of our ability thereafter (because constipation in cats comes with liquid matter that squirts out around the blockage as kitty attempts to expel it and yes that is indeed TMI, but hey, you've read this far and we're past it.)
3. Did three smallish but smelly loads of laundry as part of the cleanup. 
4. Cleaned another section of rug that I discovered our other cat had, sometime in the past two weeks, used at least once, as a secondary litter box. Two applications of baking soda and vacuuming have made it better. Unfortunately, the location included some extremely important audio/visual wiring. I'm amazed none of it went out. The wiring has been very carefully wiped down with Lysol. Fortunately, the area hasn't been used as a loo recently, so I assume it got used prior to our installation of the new litter-loo. Go, us.
5. Ruminated unhappily on our vet's comment that changing dry food to wet probably wouldn't help minimize constipation and its concomitant problems, because cats who eat wet food drink less, which defeats the purpose of switching the food types. Sigh. 
6. Fought headaches all day. 
Made our bed up with fresh linens
8. Had some whisky
9. Loved the fact that BB and I got through this and were able to make jokes occasionally. Go, team kaffyrbb!

International Fanworks Day

14 February 2019 04:49 pm
yourlibrarian: Wes is ready to party (BUF-WesleyParty-amethyst_gems)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) Anyone else taking part in events? I'm not a fic writer, but I've been doing drabbles for the IFD challenges the past few years. Here's my latest.

I've also pulled together some recs for Feedback Fest.

2) Although I commented on the recent political blackface scandals on the spur of the moment in my last post (thanks to hearing yet another discussion just that morning), as it happens that issue becomes rather relevant in terms of the Monty Python rewatch Mike and I have been doing. Read more... )

3) Having already discussed elsewhere how I didn't feel the trope rankings tool worked well for me, it did make me think about what tropes I really do like, as well as the desire for novelty. Read more... )

4) This article about the long term effect of travel sharing services had some interesting speculation. "Rather than buying or signing leases for a specific residence or office, people will one day have membership options with companies that guarantee space in any of their facilities worldwide – timeshares for the twenty-first century. Co-living will expand beyond the new-agey environments of California’s East Bay and Silicon Valley, offering the opportunity for residents to create their own multi-generational, ever-changing families."

5) For those of you following the developments with the Mars rover Opportunity, did you know that there is a "Space Vehicles" fandom tag on AO3? There is!

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We currently have a great deal of B's father's possessions (consisting mostly of photos and equipment for performing eye tests) on the kitchen table. Amongst it was the below. Jonathan Sellers was B's great great grandfather. He started out as a "Bobbin and Shuttle Maker" but by the time of his death was being described as a "Timber Merchant".

A leather pouch with a broken clasp with the words `Jonathan Sellers' Mariners Lodge 249 stamped on it and a symbol I assume to be masonic
More pictures under the Cut )

Did a shop

14 February 2019 08:18 pm
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
[personal profile] beccaelizabeth
Did not do a dancing because just not feeling well, probably have a cold, quite annoying.
Tried Morrisons first but they didn't have any Ribena left at all.
Went with driver and got shopping at Sainsburys and went home.

But there was a nice cardigan at Sainsburys, and also the salad and apple things I like, so that's working nicely.

Now I have nearly a week to be better again before Outside is scheduled again.


14 February 2019 08:54 pm
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[personal profile] beer_good_foamy
Remember that XKCD strip years ago about the death of the Mars rover Spirit?

Well, NASA just pulled the plug on its fellow robot Opportunity, 15 years into a mission that was planned to last 90 days. Its last message (translated into Human) was "My battery is low and it’s getting dark."

Take it away, Randall Munroe:


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