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([personal profile] thewickedlady May. 23rd, 2017 10:48 pm)
Hey dudes.

As you know, I am moving to Canada and going to back to school. It's terrifying and exciting! I've managed to put together myself between savings and loans all the money for tuition and support money that Canada asks you to keep aside to take care of yourself during your studies.

However, with the political climate, and the threatened changes to NAFTA, it has become extremely difficult and expensive to move across the border.

I feel strange asking this, but if anyone would like to help with a fundraiser to help off set the costs of my move, you can do so here.

Many of you have already been kind enough to give, and I have been so grateful.

Please, do not feel obligated in any way. I know times are tough for people. Trust me, I know.

People have asked if they can share. I feel a little strange about it, as well as guilty, but if you would like to, you are welcome to do so.

Thank you for taking the time to read. I love you all, very much. Please enjoy this link to the kitten live stream.
What with it being (#)Mermay, I keep thinking "maybe I'll post a standalone chunk of my mermaid (currently-)fic under lock" and then feeling anxious about it. These days I'm so tangled up about writing and the lack thereof that I'm not even sure where, exactly, the anxiety is rooted. Maybe in the fact that it'd mean actually opening a writing file for the first time (;_;) in a few months?

Or maybe I feel uneasy because the story is in such a weird place: it's an AU WIP that's so AU that I've basically decided that I'm going to take the serial numbers off and let it breathe as its own thing...except that'll mean rewriting absolutely everything I've already gotten down. So "sharing a chunk" would mean "sharing words that I already expect will never see the light of day even as part of a complete draft". (But I love those words.) (But it's a weird thing to post.) (But I've already shared swaths of it with [ profile] ushobwri on workshop days, if not for quite a while, so what's the big deal, self?)

Community promotions! [ profile] china_shop just created [ profile] nanodownunder, which will run in June and offer daily check-in posts. I've signed up in another attempt at getting an external kick in the pants; I haven't made it anywhere near as far as trying to figure out what I might attempt to work on.

Anyway, [ profile] china_shop is lovely, and it sounds fun. Do come join!

Also, prompt claims are now open at [ profile] smallfandomfest! (Complete spreadsheet of prompts here.) The prompt list accrues new prompts with each round, rather than discarding the list of unfilled prompts and starting over, which means it's fairly long. ^_^ And there's a new Newsflesh prompt. Made by someone I don't know. (My fandom is small enough that wholly unfamiliar names literally always startle me for a second.)

And it's a smutty prompt for my ship, so clearly I should try to write something for it, because a) how often does that happen? and b) it's a prompt that meshes perfectly with my headcanon.

Tomorrow we're signing some Very Grown Up (and uninteresting, alas) money-related paperwork, which always feels intimidating. One nice thing is that our lawyer friend (formerly of Casual Job, who passed the bar just last year) is doing the necessary lawyerly things; if we must spend money on getting paperwork extensively handled, I'm glad (some of) it's going to a friend.

I'm waiting on such dull things, guys. For one, an email notifying me that my ancient email account that I never use but don't want to let go of has been renewed for another year (it's with the local freenet, and they require you to say "please renew my account for another year" annually, which is kind of annoying, and I did it a bit late. And I really wish the damn "okay, that's done!" reply would turn up so I can forget about it for another year.

For another, when I was out erranding with my mom last Thursday, we stopped by a library branch I don't usually go to, and since she was going in and I otherwise didn't need to, she dropped a book of mine that was due that day into the returns bin. Great! Except my online account still thinks it's checked out (and thus overdue). I've been logging in once or twice a day to see if it's been checked in, and tonight (after business hours) I finally tweeted to the library system's account to ask "um, when should I start worrying?"

These are small, boring things, and since I'm not wired to put stuff like that out of my mind, I can't stop thinking about them. >.< I've hit the point of actively resenting the amount of mental real estate they're taking up between them.
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([personal profile] kalloway May. 23rd, 2017 10:08 pm)
[personal profile] facetiousfutz got [personal profile] taichara and I talking about old fanfic...

Kalloway Ashton: Also, I realize the FFVII remake is going to bring in new, young fans. It will not do to have WiPs older than they are. I definitely need to get some stuff finished.

Oi. Though I actually think most of the truly lingering stuff is more Kingdom Hearts than Final Fantasy, aside from the FFVII/FFVIII Vincent/Squall xover that mostly just needs me to sit down and wrangle the plot.
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([personal profile] umadoshi May. 23rd, 2017 11:05 pm)
"How Pink Heels Became Harper Watters' Signature". [Dance Magazine] "When Houston Ballet demi-soloist Harper Watters first posted a short video of himself in bubblegum pink heels, he went to sleep with 4,000 Instagram followers. He awoke to more than double that, and 500-plus comments. Now at nearly 65,000 followers, Watters knows he (and his partner in crime, fellow Houston Ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski) struck a fun chord with a new audience."

"Drag Queen Story Hour Puts the Rainbow in Reading".

Via [ profile] deifire, "George A. Romero Is Planning a NASCAR Zombie Movie".

"If You're Under 16, You Won't Believe What The Internet Used To Be Like". [Buzzfeed, in case the title didn't give it away]

"'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen".

"Nevertheless, He Persisted: Tales of Masculine Perseverance". [McSweeney's]

"13 Real AF Situations Every Anxious Person Has Experienced". [Buzzfeed]

"The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack".

"Exclusive: Could the legend come true? Tower of London raven allowed to fly free".

"On the radar: receipts". [OxfordWords Blog] "How and when did ‘receipts’ come to mean ‘proof’?"

"Surreal Pencil Drawings Look Like How Repressing Your Emotions Feels". (Really neat; also frequently disturbing.)

"Exploring Yugoslavia’s Mysterious Abandoned Brutalist Monuments: Serbian photographer Jovana Mladenovic photographs forgotten post-World War II sculptures".

"Dear Media: Please Stop Simply Saying the Rape Charges Against Julian Assange Were “Dropped”". [The Mary Sue]

"Why you should never ever feed bread to a duck".

"Coming Up Aces: What does asexual mean?" [Queership]

At Baking Bites: "A Visit to The Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles".

"Presenting…The Freelance Writer’s Rebuttal Guide!" [Matt Wallace]

"A Brief History of 'Squee': The word has its fans". [Merriam-Webster]

"The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages: Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it's a return to how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years".
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([personal profile] newredshoes May. 23rd, 2017 10:04 pm)
The most recent episode of American Gods, 1.04 - reactions )

I really, really liked that. I really did!

Another thing I liked: a meme from [personal profile] musesfool: Share the final line of five of your fics — your favorites, or the most recent ones. I'll go with most recent, but two come from drabble collections, so I just sort of scrolled until I found one I liked from those:
I’ll say it again until she hears me, until her breath catches, like the click of a dashboard dial. (Beekeeping for City Girls Without Roofs, Neko Case, "Prison Girls")

When Peggy felt herself open up simply for the joy of it, for her own sake, without flinching, her own excitement at the thought of a long life was a sudden downpour that she passed through and shivered in, after. (Drabble, Peggy, for the first time, after the war, MCU)

BE GENTLE WITH ME, Sebastian's hindbrain screams. (Meeting Redford, Part II, MCU RPF)

The passerby shook her head. Beneath the skin of her cheek, something shimmered, something gray and sick. The old witch drew in a breath, but it probably wasn’t anything. Nothing like that should ever happen here. (Wind Gets In (The Red Blood to the Bruise Remix), Little Red Riding Hood)

"You feel things so deeply, and it makes you good, not weak." She kissed his temple once, in the dark. "Someone's got to tell you that." (Why Talk About Love, MCU, Peggy/Bucky)
Note to self: Do not get so predictably focused on breath, even if you're not releasing one you didn't know you were holding.

Today got to quite a late start, but I got myself to a coffee shop I actually like and can work in and I put together a resume I'm pleased with, and if I can get my cover letter together tomorrow (and hear back from folks I list as references), I will be in very good shape.
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([personal profile] scarfman May. 23rd, 2017 08:37 pm)
that feeling when you’ve only watched netflix series that are from marvel and then you sit down to gilmore girls and first thing you hear is the netflix dun-dun and now you’re primed to watch lorelei and rory as they beat down the gangsters and pushers of stars hollow and as they discover emily was the first gilmore girl forty years ago in the days of the battles against gasoline siphoning and as all three of them track down richard’s killers in the town’s seediest franchise coffee shops and gazebos
meme: If you were to remix one of my stories, 1.) what would it be and 2.) what would you do. TELL ME.

I haven’t gotten my panel assignments yet for Convergence, but I can spy on which panels I’m going to be on and I’m stoked! This year it looks like I’m participating in Celebrating The Coen Brothers, Queering The Epic, the Friday-night Slash Panel, PTSD Representation In Geeky Media, and Androids, AI, and Gender Theory.

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([personal profile] oursin May. 23rd, 2017 06:30 pm)

But after a reasonably uneventful transatlantic journey, and O'Hare being no more irksome than before, and indeed, the passport kiosks do speed things up though there is still queuing once you've done so -

It's really, really annoying to find that the wifi in the hotel is on the fritz (actually, there was also something Not Right with Heathrow Terminal 3 wifi this morning, but at least I still had mobile data activated on my phone without the prospect of ruinous charges) which is apparently a wider system problem.

I am therefore posting from the one terminal in the lobby that is a) connected to the internet and b) actually works - I had to remove myself temporarily when a young person wanted to 'very quickly' print something out, which turned out not to be quick at all, tell me again about the digital native generation.

Yes, in the general scheme of things, a minor inconvenience. But after a day of taxis and airports and planes, annoying.

But, anyway, here I am.

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([personal profile] kalloway May. 23rd, 2017 07:07 pm)
I just realized my phone has three different volume settings - for the ringtone, for notifications, and for alarms. I apparently somehow cycled through all of them, set them all wrong, and that's why no matter what I do, I get woken up by phone calls when I thought I had the volume down and never hear the text messages I'm waiting for even though I thought I had the volume up.

It's a handy feature, I suppose. I wish I'd known about it before this evening.

Since I'm half-packed and we're leaving in less than 24 hours it's probably time to announce that I am coming to WisCon. (Now watch me wake up tomorrow with Lorayne's cold or something.)

I'm not signed up for any panels, I'm not volunteering this year. I'm not 100 percent sure that this isn't going to end in disaster again. Depending on how I react to the various allergens in Madison I may be very low-energy, I may be sneezy and stuffed-up, I may be spending a lot of time asleep, I may be slow and forgetful due to being low oxygen, I may recuse myself rapidly from controversy or trouble if I don't see an immediate way to be useful.

I may have to leave panels abruptly due to coughing fits. We may be leaving abruptly to get me back to Canada for treatment. (My out-of-province insurance isn't going to cover me for another serious asthma event in the same damn' city as the last one. That's kind of the definition of 'pre-existing'). We have a plan for this. It's as solid as we can make it.

Or we may have trouble at the border and not get there at all.

Or it all may be just fine. I really don't know. There's no way to tell.

But I'm on a new med (Singulair), and taking ALL the other ones, religiously, and so far my lungs seem to be willing to stay fairly functional. I'm bringing my bike. I'm hoping to stay an extra week and see friends. I'm cautiously optomistic.

A small request: if you see me, and we're friends, and you possibly can, grab me for coffee or food or a quick chat? This is almost certainly my last WisCon for some time, and if I do have a dangerous reaction, it's my last WisCon, period.

I know that I've lost touch with a lot of you due to missing the con and generally being offline and preoccupied trying to get my health under control. I'm sorry about it, and I'd really like to connect this weekend if we can, because you all are one of the communities of my heart, and to be honest I'm coming much more for y'all than for the "official" con.

If you or someone near you is wearing scent, I may have to back away rapidly. I'm sorry.

I'm not really accustomed to being a fragile little flower, you know? I'm still working out how to handle it.

Also, if there's a volunteer task I can do, something you need help with, that you can grab me for on the spot, please do. It's hard to contribute meaningfully when you can't make any promises, and I'll appreciate any chances to do so.
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([personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets May. 23rd, 2017 06:38 pm)

⌈ Secret Post #3793 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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([personal profile] morganmuffle May. 23rd, 2017 10:55 pm)
Strange sad day and ending with a healthy dose of fear :-/

I've always been fairly determined not to let things like terror levels stop me (outside of common sense and actual advice) but I have to admit I'm quite unnerved that Mum is off to the Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow. But she is and of course with the terror level raised in a way she's probably more safe because everyone's on alert. But still.

Watching the reaction from Manchester has been heartening though ♥

(but if it were possible without messing with the freedom of the press I would ban all contact between journalists and the victims' families for at least 48 hours after a tragedy... preferably longer or with some kind of "wait till they call you" clause. Grieving mothers and fathers and friends should not be all over the news and neither should people who are so scared you can see them physically shaking. We know they're sad and upset but intruding like that is quite literally harming people)

And that has been my rant for today. I've been getting quite upset about it.

This afternoon I gave the Rainbows beach balls and hula hoops and we basically messed around in the sun. I wondered if any of them would talk about it (it's happened before) and wanted to leave unstructured time just in case but actually they play piggy in the middle and taught each other to hula and were almost entirely adorable. I mean not entirely, if they had been I'd have been worried :-P

Well this was a bit of a brain dump. Sorry about that.

My happy thought at the moment has been this adorable family with their premature quadruplets. Three out of the four are home now and have just had their first baths and their parents & big sister are clearly super stars.
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([personal profile] writerlibrarian May. 23rd, 2017 05:56 pm)
Yesterday Victoria Day get together went great. We had a good lunch, had fun with technology. Laughed and learned a few things.

Despite the rain we did grill hamburgers.

Today was sunny, in the lower temps for this time of the year. My back is doing good. My appointment at the chiropractor helped with things we don't have the time to work on because I'm usually in a not so good shape.

PK Subban and the Nashville's Predators won and are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Go Preds. Bye bye Ducks. The Ducks had two, ... two of their players thrown out of the game for game misconduct. I am happy they are not going to the Finals.

On the Eastern Conference front... we might know who tonight Sens or Pens. Both are hurting bad but... Pens have a general aka Sidney Crosby Hockey robot, that breathes, lives, sleeps and dreams hockey and Stanley Cup. So... I would not count the Pens out.

I'm xstitching. Working on the castle part of the Dragon attacking Castle piece.


An example of Crosby living, breathing hockey



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