At freaking last!

Mar. 28th, 2017 11:36 am
istia: wavy canadian flag (x | cdn flag)
[personal profile] istia
When I got my 1st car when I was 16, I stuck a marijuana flag in prominent view on the glove compartment door. (Every time I drove my mum somewhere--she didn't drive--she'd roll her eyes at it, then pointedly ignore it. Heh.) It was about 5" x 3", impossible to miss, & looked exactly like this:

Now finally marijuana is going to be legalized across the country by 1 July 2018 (Canada Day celebrations are going to be pungent next year!). I'm amused at how a major tussling point in vying for voter support between the NDP & the Liberals (our left & centre parties) is who will finally legalize it. But Trudeau's come through on his campaign promise, so \o/

Related, sort of, anecdote )

♠ ♠ ♠

Speaking of Canajun, I'm adoring the new serialisation of Anne. So far, 2 (of 8) episodes in, it's surpassed, for me, Megan Follows in the 1985 adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. 15-year-old Amybeth McNulty is picture-perfect Anne in all her red-haired, freckled, temperous, fanciful, locquacious glory! Geraldine James is a wonderful Marilla & ♥ R. H. Thomson ♥ is Matthew! Mrs Lynde is brilliant, & even Diana, who can appear vapid, has sparks of personality & dynamism. We haven't met Gilbert yet, but I'm expecting good things.

Details )

runpunkrun: dana scully reading jose chung's From Outer Space, text: read (reading)
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Powers, Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?, created and produced by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, color art by Pat Garrahy: I must have enjoyed this a lot more the first time I read it because I gave it four stars on Goodreads. I probably liked its noir superhero vibe and also the width of Christian's shoulders. This time around it took me so long to read—literally months—that I'd forget what was happening. Basically there are people with superpowers, doing their superpowered thing—good and bad—and there's a special unit of the police tasked with investigating crimes that involve powered people. That's where Christian and Deena come in. They're detectives in this unit. Even though Deena dresses like she works in a Claire's.

This was published in 2000, and the art is heavily influenced by the 90s, right down to the fonts; it can't help that, but the boobs are out of control, Deena's waist is so tiny she could wear a watch on it, and there are so many text bubbles they crowd out the art. Also how hard is it to use an m-dash? An n-dash isn't cutting it. That's what we like to call a hyphen, and it creates different expectations than a dash. The layout's also confusing, at times going across both pages without any indication you should read sideways instead of down; that tripped me up several times.

The art, despite everything about Deena from the chin down (her choker, her sometimes pointy sometimes spherical boobs, her crop tops), is interesting in its use of shadow and color, with the tone changing to reflect the mood of the story. I don't really want to go back to the early 2000s, but I do want to know more about this world, and I have a bunch of these I bought back then, so I'll read them. It's just exhausting to continually not be the audience for the media you consume. However, Christian's shoulders remain appealing.
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
[personal profile] coprime
Canon: The Goblin Emperor
Pairing: Csevet Aisava/Maia Drazhar
Canon Level: Friends, Emperor/Subordinate

Csevet and Maia make for such a sweet couple, for all that them being together would be fraught with secrecy due to their positions. Csevet is clearly devoted to Maia, and Maia cares deeply for Csevet. It's not hard to imagine that such warm feelings might develop into romantic love, especially given how much time they spend with each other and how closely they work together.

Suggested reading:
To Whom It May Concern by [ profile] Lebateleur
Blow the Candle Out by [ profile] Zdenka
Clockwork and Stars by [ profile] shadow_lover

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Mar. 28th, 2017 08:30 am
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UHS offered me two options: 2:15 which conflicts with Cordelia’s 2:30 PT appointment and 4:00 which is just barely possible if Scott actually gets off work on time. PT ends at 3:30, and it’s a ten to fifteen minute drive to UHS from the PT place at that time of day. I texted Scott, and he said he’s pretty sure he can get out of work on time. I worry because that hasn’t always been a reliable thing, but he’s more assertive about necessity for such things when it’s for me or Cordelia, so I’m giving it about a 90% chance. It’s about twenty miles for him to get back from work, so 3:30 is a likely arrival time if he leaves at 3:00.

Okay, I’m going to drink a lot of water and then lie down and listen to audiobooks for a while.

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Mar. 28th, 2017 07:56 am
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The timing on this back thing is really pretty terrible. I’ve found three things that help at all: lying flat on my back, alcohol, and a heating pad applied to exactly the right place. All three of those remedies are very temporary, and all have drawbacks. The heating pad is unpleasant given my general state of being overheated (I’ve been applying cold packs to other parts of my body, and I’ve got the ceiling fan going). Alcohol also makes me feel overheated, like the temperature in here has gone up at least fifteen degrees. Lying flat means about all I can do is listen to audiobooks. I’ve got a lot of those on my laptop, but I want to do other things.

I suspect that sitting in the living room might be better for me than sitting or reclining in bed, but of all things, the access to electrical outlets is the deciding factor. I can only plug in the heating pad out there if I unplug something else, and the powerstrip is on the floor, so swapping plugs is agony even when I’m feeling my current best.

In a little bit, I’ll call UHS to see if they can get me in today. I need approximately an hour to get there by cab (most of that is wiggle room for the cab to arrive. The actual drive is under ten minutes), and I need to be home by 2:00, so timing is difficult. I kind of suspect that there won’t be much that anyone can do, medication wise, but there might be some stretches or something else PT-ish.

I’ve put myself on hiatus in Habitica until my back is better. I just can’t manage everything right now. I thought about simply deactivating the dailies that are currently physically impossible, but that would remove a lot of them.

Feedly updated again last night and still doesn’t work. I’m more than a little ticked about that given that I’ll be out of the house some today. Reading those blog posts fills some time.

I wrote about 2600 words last night, and about a third of that was my thing with a deadline. I still don’t have the character voice the way I want it, but whatever. Get the words down then edit and edit and edit.
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[personal profile] fairestcat
Now with bonus Marna:

black and white cat stretched out on the lap of a woman with blue hair
fairestcat: two silhouettes sitting against a wall, they are spider-man and spider-woman (Spider-people)
[personal profile] fairestcat
It's almost Wednesday and I'm two weeks behind on my comics posting. So, lets try to catch up a bit with my comics from two weeks ago.

Behind the cut: Sex Criminals #17, Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5, The Mighty Thor #17, U.S. Avengers #4, Star-Lord #4, Spider-Man #14, Ms. Marvel #16, Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat #16 and Bombshells Vol. 3: Uprising

Highlights of the week were definitely Sex Criminals and Ms. Marvel.

So many comics )

tonight in writing

Mar. 27th, 2017 08:29 pm
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
[personal profile] zulu
That moment when you have to find a synonym for the colour ivory because the world doesn't have elephants.

Grr. Argh.

Mar. 27th, 2017 07:04 pm
settiai: (Tegan -- isiscaughey)
[personal profile] settiai
Well, I'm at home right now. My car, however, is still at work. It's been one of those days. :-/

For something like four years now, my car does this odd thing where from time to time it just... won't start properly. The radio turns on. The AC turns on. The light turns on. But the engine itself doesn't actually turn on. If I leave it alone for 5-10 minutes, it will usually start working on its own, but once in a blue moon it takes an hour or two of ignoring it before the problem resolves itself.

Today was apparently one of those rare times where it takes forever to start working again. At least, that's what I'm hoping. If it's still not working tomorrow, then the panic will start gaining a foothold.

When it pulls a stunt like this, jump starting the car doesn't actually fix the problem because it's not actually the battery that's the issue. Since my only other option was hanging around the parking lot for an hour or two and hoping it eventually started (which I didn't particularly want to do), one of my coworkers gave me a ride home. It's usually not an issue to leave a car in the parking lot overnight (not unless it's there for several nights in a row, at least), so she's going to pick me up in the morning and give me a ride back tomorrow in the hope that it will be working again by then.

My fingers are very much crossed that it's the same issue as always and the car starts normally tomorrow. It's been ages since it didn't turn on properly after 5-10 minutes, though, so I can't help but be a bit worried. If it doesn't work tomorrow, well, then I can start panicking about trying to raise money for even more car bills.

Happy Monday?
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
[personal profile] lost_spook
Ganked from just about everywhere, although I always find it hard to imagine anyone wanting to have me waffle on even more about my fic, but maybe actually you are burning to ask me one of these questions and now you can, hurrah.

Here is my fic at AO3 (plus on Teaspoon, if you prefer) and Runaway Tales masterlist here. (I write too much, I know, but it's still never enough.)

Choose a fic and 1 (or more) question(s) from the list below:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?

(It should be said straight up that I do not have any opinions about what music you should listen to while reading my fic. I'm just ridiculously grateful that you are reading it. Srsly, meme, why would you? *sighs* One or two are definitely bizarre tumblr-fandom questions, it has to be said.)
turlough: Gerard & Mikey Way, July 2014 ((mcr) ways)
[personal profile] turlough
When Gerard came out of sleep, Mikey was already awake. He was standing next to the nav console, extending and flexing his arm, and when Gerard focused on it, he could see more of the arm was different now, its motion less smooth, less even. "The change progressed," he said.

"It is progressing," Mikey answered.

Mikey had rebuilt Gerard before, when Gerard broke down, and Gerard had done the same for Mikey, but he didn't know what to do now.

"Should I test the extent of it?"

"Okay," Mikey said.

So Gerard slid out his scanner and ran it along Mikey's arm, up to the curve of his neck and down along the back of his shoulderblade. He recorded the temperature and density and all the other data he could register, and then used them to plot the location where the metal and oil and plastoderm gave way to the unfamiliar.

- [ profile] frausorge's through broad streets and narrow
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
[personal profile] coprime
Canon: Dresden Files
Pairing: Harry Dresden/Johnny Marcone
Canon Level: Antagonists

I got into this pairing because I read a fic (don't remember which one), and when Gentleman Johnny Marcone walked onto the page, I went, "Well, hello kink I didn't know I had." There is something incredibly delicious in a man who is in complete control of himself and his surroundings and what might make him lose that control, whether it be anger or worry or lust. Marcone brings intensity to every scene he's in, and Harry is uniquely positioned to shake up Marcone's vaunted discipline. Harry is opinionated and stubborn and always gets involved if he wasn't already involved to begin with, and there's just no way for Marcone to completely control or predict Harry.

Suggested reading:
Enemy Mine by [ profile] Rassaku
other things the road to hell is paved with by [ profile] LuciaZephyr
The Affairs of Wizards by [ profile] Gehayi (archive-locked)
A Kiss from a Handsome... Mafia Boss by [ profile] Jade_Dragoness
isis: (quill)
[personal profile] isis
I wrote something! Actually this is the first thing I have written in a year that wasn't written for a fic exchange, if you count polishing and posting a longfic that I had mostly written the previous year as "writing". And it's in a fandom I don't think any of you are in, but I'm going to link it here anyway:

The Mark of the Year (3801 words) by Isis
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon/Astrid (The Witcher)
Characters: Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, Astrid (The Witcher)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Witcher!Ciri, References to game events, Sauna
Summary: One year after burying Skjall and facing the Wild Hunt, Ciri returns to Lofoten.

This story came about entirely because there is a scene in the game involving Ciri going to a sauna. (In this game, the player usually controls Geralt, the titular Witcher, but there are quests in which the player character is Ciri, Geralt's sort-of-adopted-daughter who he spends the first part of the game searching for.) Astrid, whose brother has a crush on Ciri, asks Ciri if she likes him; one possible player response is, "To be honest, I prefer women." But if you choose this response (and I did!) nothing racy happens, alas, which is sort of surprising because Geralt has several romantic scenes (or at least the possibility of them). SO I HAD TO WRITE SOMETHING.

(Not that this fic makes sense without knowing the game, or that I expect anyone on my flist to read it, just that I wanted to tell the story of why I wrote it!)

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