tielan: (AVG - maria)
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 05:02 pm
I am in that mental state of the hamster wheel; lots of things going around and around, but nothing actually happening. (Or that's what it feels like.)

I have been doing some sewing, and some cooking, and some reading, and some writing. I have definitely been gardening, although the steady rain has kind of wrecked a lot of my plants' opportunities to pollinate, since the production of fruit requires a) wind, b) the pollen not to get washed away.

My [community profile] worldbuildingex is feeling rather bigger than my boots can take it. There's a load of epic in there, and I'm desperately hoping I can do it justice.

And then there's [community profile] smutswap.

I'm planning to do Camp Nano this year, but for original fiction. I'm going to try Carlos and the Shadowkids again. One of the issues with Carlos and his friends is that there are just too many iterations of them running around my head. I've had them in my brain for too long, and they've morphed from children's books to YA to urban fantasy romance to a TV script... Trying to pin them down is tricky - they're a tricksy quintet.

I would like to get through the next two sections of downright complicated or "the sedoretu fic" before I do Camp Nano, though. Maria's been stalling a lot, which is unlike her. She was really uncomfortable with the revelations that I needed in place, so after about six months of malingering, during which everyone's forgotten who she is, I've split the intel difference between her and Natasha, with Maria's part focusing on the situation and her own state of mind, and Natasha doing the interpreting of what's going on around them.

[community profile] wipbigbang has just come back up - due date is June... I have a number of unfinished works and I could reasonably hope to get downright complicated done by then... The alternative is the sequel to a practical acquaintance with bees the first part of which topped 50K. I have notes for the 2nd half, but...yeah. (I've done 50K in 3 months before, it's just...IDEK. It scares me.)

I wrote about 5K of the fake married fic, and then got stuck, so that's a possibility.

There's the 3rd part of Mako Mori And The Eleventy Billion Bridezillas which is the actual wedding shenanigans.

...I don't know. I'm struggling a little right now.
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 09:03 pm
Hetswap fic for [archiveofourown.org profile] Karmageddon
TITLE: KNight Templar
SUMMARY: Five times Natasha Romanoff protected James Barnes; and the time he didn't need it.
TAGS: James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes & Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanoff, T'Challa (cameo), Steve Rogers (cameo), Maria Hill (cameo), relationship, Spies & Secret Agents, Undercover Missions

Three [community profile] pbam Prompt Stack fics:
TITLE: Reeling Between Earth And Sky
SUMMARY: It's a reminder, not a restraint.
TAGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Light Bondage, Sex

FANDOM: Rogue One
TITLE: or what's a heaven for?
SUMMARY: Jyn has learned not to reach for anything, because it won’t be there for long.
TAGS: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso

TITLE: Ultimate Luxury
SUMMARY: The bath steaming behind Steve wasn’t just a ‘welcome home, relax a little before dinner’ – it was among the most excessive of gifts he could give her.
TAGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Smut, Bath Sex, Established Relationship

And, off the cuff, a continuation of the Neighbours AU, where Maria and Steve are neighbours and start a relationship
TITLE: Encounters And Encores
SUMMARY: Steve planned to skim her mouth, teasing her with promises of more. Instead, Maria drops them straight into the zone, adrenaline and heat striking a lightning connection between his brain and his balls, no seduction required. As opening salvos go, Steve thinks, a little blurrily, it’s a good one.
TAGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Sex, Oral Sex, Couch Sex, negotiating sex, Did I mention the sex?, Alternate Universe - Neighbors, Alternate Universe, Smut, Fluff and Smut

So, yeah, that's quite a lot of Captain Hill smut for an increasingly shrinking audience...
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Friday, March 17th, 2017 08:40 pm
The Guardian: How Privatisation Is Failing Our Communities

The problem is capitalism, in which the making of money is prioritised over the needs of people. Value to society is not just in whether people can be productive; value to society is in personhood, above and beyond function.


The Guardian: Mem Fox, Australian author (and national treasure) is held by US Immigration for allegedly having the wrong visa.

SPOILER: she had the right visa. US Immigration claimed she had the wrong one...up until they didn't.


Newstatesman: The Handmaid's Tale Has Already Come True - Just Not For White Western Women

Basically about the baby industry: women from other countries to bear children for wealthy westerners looking to have children.


Medium: Despair Is Not A Strategy; 15 Principles Of Hope

And also: How to keep the fires burning without burning out

(Always a good reminder.)


Desiring God: The Anguish Of Boredom or how we no longer know how to be still and listen to eternity set in our hearts.


Sojo: American Christianity Has Failed

If Christians refuse to help and actually use their political advocacy and opinions to further hurt refugees, immigrants, women, foreigners, minorities, the poor, the oppressed, the persecuted, the sick, the LGBTQ community — and aren’t abiding by the golden rule of loving their neighbors as themselves, then who exactly are Christians supposedly loving?


Oh, and the best putdown you'll ever see:

ABC: State Premier Shirtfronts Federal Minister At Press Conference

The article is pretty much explanatory - read it before watching the video at the top. For an American comparison, it's basically the equivalent of a state governor letting loose on one of 45's cabinet in front of the media. It is, in a word, magical.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, March 10th, 2017 06:07 pm
Did you know Hillary Clinton was the one who came up with the phrase "Women's Rights Are Human Rights" back in 1995? I didn't!

Why You Should Read Romance: because the romance genre and all it's sub-genres generally prioritises not only female desire, but also female goals.

Junkee: Sydney Boys' High School prefects use their privilege to echo women's voices on Why Feminism Is Important To Them.

Might have been more effective if the boys spoke about why feminism was important to them, personally, but amplifying women's voices is a start.

Also worth noting: Sydney Boys' High is a selective school - entrance exams, high intelligence/intellectuality. As such, it has a large non-white population, who would also experience racial discrimination and prejudice as part and parcel of their presence in Australia, whether born in Australia or born overseas. Consequently, these boys have more ability to perceive injustice than, say, The Kings School - a non-selective, private (tens of thousands of dollars in fees per year) school where there are more white males with money and privilege and ignorance.

ABC: Is The Church Culture Of Shame Promoting Abortion? Considers more to the situation than just "life good, killing babies bad", and contemplates changing the culture around motherhood rather than criminalising abortion.

Sarah Bessey: A Christian and a Feminist and not quite fitting either

TOR: Nevertheless, She Persisted - an anthology of works about women aiming for things beyond their reach.
tielan: (don't mess with)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 08:53 am
It's been a week of doing more off-line than online.

Hockey's started up, social things are getting back into the swing, and there's all manner of things to get involved in.

There's the NoMuslimBan march tomorrow in Martin Place for I need to make a pussy-hat, or else a pussy-hat flag. I'm not sure I have the energy to make either right now...

There's the End 12 movement, which is pushing for the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW (it's already been decriminalised in Victoria and SA).

And there's a project from Milkwood.net, an Australian permaculture/homesteading site, about making a Feral Fruit Map of my locality. I've noticed more than one lilly pilly hedge within a few streets of mine, although I'm not sure how the neighbours at #1 would like people collecting the passionfruit off the vine on the fence between their property and the park at the end of the street...

Oh, and quilting. The race is on to get two quilts sufficiently completed to the point where I can submit photos of the tops and say "this is what I've got planned, and this is what I've done so far".

Duct Tape Galaxy Quilt: a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together... )
tielan: (grr)
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 10:15 am
I'm enjoying the time off; time to quilt, to write, to plant my garden. However, my sister is getting tense about not having any income (hers, in particular, but mine also).

I have gotten a lot of quilting done! Including making a pussy hat block:

Pussy hat block

It's only 5.5" unfinished - 5" square finished - but is going to be in the corners of the Sydney Mod SQuaD (Sewists, Quilters, and Dressmakers) Group quilt for the year, photos of which I will have up later. It was a round robin, and I did the centre medallion, and half of the outermost border.


Jaw is not getting better. It's not getting worse, so far as I can tell, but it's not getting better. I haven't spoken to the oral surgeon just yet; we're going with some osteopath work first. *shrugs*


On Friday, I'm doing nails for a dozen women from a far north set of islands who have come down to Sydney for the Mardi Gras. Apparently they're trans, and a friend asked me if I was interested/willing to help with giving them manicures. Sure thing!

I should really do my own nails before then; they've been natural for a few days after repeated manicures and polishes, just giving them a bit of time to recover (but not too much, otherwise they split).


Writing; very little inspiration to write. Will have to get back into the 20 minutes every hour writing that produced some of my longer works.


I have not been posting about politics; things are getting bad here, too. I really have to broach the matter of getting a group together to the friend I'm sitting and sewing with this morning. Even some protest will let our (conservative) member know that we don't like what his party is doing.
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Friday, February 24th, 2017 11:16 pm
Turns out I don't have as much time for HetSwap as I thought I did. And, of course, the epic bunny just bit.
tielan: (SGA - JT4)
Friday, February 24th, 2017 12:14 pm
The thing that always kind of amazes me with the idea of "going to other planets" is that, no matter how wide and spacious and amazing and possibility-filled these planets are, the nature of humanity is such that:

a) there will be a queue of people to go,
b) that queue of people will be Very Carefully Selected,

And I'm not just talking about "capable of surviving in space" which is a whole new ballgame of prepared (see: astronaut training).

selecting the human race suitable for going off-world; it will mostly be white )

Which then brings me to point c) about Humanity In Space:

c) no amount of careful pre-Selection will stop the Worst Of Humanity from making it off planet alongside the Best Of Humanity, because all of us have both the Worst and Best of Humanity in us already and wherever we go, there we are!

Today's ramble is prompted by the news that NASA has found a star with 7 Earth-like planets. Which has, of course, occasioned excitement.

Now, can you imagine not only racism and nationalism as social issues to deal with, but Planetism, too? Seriously. No Good Can Come From This.
tielan: (Default)
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 07:13 pm
So, as it turned out, I wrote six stories in Chocolate Box - one assignment, one pinch hit, and four treats.

My Assignment was for [archiveofourown.org profile] chokolattejedi and was Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern - or, more correctly, the Harper Hall of Pern, centering on Menolly.
FANDOM: Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
TITLE: Rhythms Of Living
SUMMARY: Learning and growing in the Harper Hall.
TAGS: Menolly (Dragonriders of Pern), Robinton (Dragonriders of Pern), Sebell (Dragonriders of Pern), Silvina (Dragonriders of Pern), Lessa (Dragonriders of Pern), The Harper Hall, Journeyman Menolly, Dealing With Prejudice, Women of Pern
It's kind of funny; Menolly and the Harper Hall aren't my favourite parts of Pern to read - I'm fond of them, sure, but I always wanted more about Lessa/F'lar and Brekke/F'nor myself. Still, it was good to go back through Menolly's books, and even read All The Weyrs again.

I haven't read any of Todd McCaffrey's books; I think I pretty much gave up at the Dolphins of Pern, or maybe one book later? The Masterharper of Pern? IDEK. It might just be that I'd grown up and moved on, or that I wanted more complicated characterisation, or more female protags... I don't remember why anymore. I just haven't looked at a Pern book in a while.


My pinch hit was a Rogue One Jyn/Cassian request for [archiveofourown.org profile] opticalprism who prompted "5 ways they drive each other up the wall (and they wouldn't have it any other way)" which, of course, occasioned not only All The Little Things That Irk Them, but also Word Play Opportunity. I love it when a good plan comes together!
FANDOM: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
TITLE: Drive Me Crazy
SUMMARY: Chirrut’s mouth quirks. “Grow used to it from one you love. Trust me. Easier all around.”
RATING: Mature
TAGS: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso, Chirrut Îmwe/Baze Malbus (background), Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook, Baze Malbus, Chirrut Îmwe, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Five Times, 5+1 Things, relationship, Humour, Cameos from everyone, Fluff
I'm extremely pleased with how this turned out, and really pleased with the response to it, which has been quite enthusiastic. I don't usually get a lot of comments on my fics. I'm not sure why. Am I intimidating?


After my required stories, it was a question of going back through and looking for prompts I liked and could fill. Unfortunately nobody else asked for Maria/Steve, so I went hunting for other seeds out of which I could grow trees.

I did a quick search for anyone requesting Luna Lovegood in HP (my OTP for Harry is actually Harry/Luna) and found [archiveofourown.org profile] lirin was asking for Luna and Neville during their 7th Year at Hogwarts. To quote Chekov: "I CAN DO ZAT!" (*sob*)
FANDOM: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
TITLE: Evenly Distributed
SUMMARY: They can do this. They can survive. They will.
TAGS: Neville Longbottom & Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Dumbledore's Army, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Freeform, Missing Scene, Carrows Reign at Hogwarts

Next up, [archiveofourown.org profile] Gelsey was asking for Stargate SG1, Sam Carter and Jack O'Neill. I haven't written these two crazy kids in years...
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
TITLE: Quite Proper
SUMMARY: It is totally and completely appropriate for a general to look out for his people.
TAGS: Sam Carter & Jack O'Neill, Jack O'Neill, Sam Carter, Friendship, All The Things They Don't Say, Late Night Conversations, Snacks & Snack Food
This was written at fairly high speed - no time for a significant story, just write an interlude!


Generally speaking, my friends don't tend to ask for things I really enjoy writing. I still keep an eye out for their requests. And when [archiveofourown.org profile] theladyscribe asked for Queen/Spy original fiction, my brain produced a bunny...
FANDOM: Original Work
TITLE: Emperah and Spy
SUMMARY: "A consort is for bringing up sons," said her mother, the Emperah that was. "The concubini are for pleasure and release and a little fun. But lovers... A lover is a threat to you and to the empire."
TAGS: Queen, Spy
In spite of it's limited appeal, I'm quite pleased with it. I've had several Imperial courts in my head for a while, and the idea of a beneficial Imperium vs. a corrupt and venal Republic is a concept that I think would be worth exploring in our current times. It all comes down to working out the plot, the structure, and the twist (if there is one).

And after I wrote Emperah and Spy, I figured I was done.


Because while perusing letters, I discovered [archiveofourown.org profile] bittersnake had asked for a Rogue One, Cassian/Jyn Black Jewels fusion...




TITLE: Oaths Broken And Remade
SUMMARY: It’s one thing to know that obedience isn’t the first law and quite another to look at nearly twenty males who are about to break faith with the Queens whose honor they once swore to uphold.
TAGS: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Jyn Erso, Alternate Universe - Black Jewels Fusion
The idea of honour, and of Blood male responsibilities is a theme that comes up again and again in the Black Jewels series. It's usually explored with regards to a Queen, which is understandable because that's how the society works. But I thought it would be interesting to explore further the concept of males serving an idea or ideal, mingled in with the refrain that's passed through the books, from Saetan to Lucivar to Daemon, and from Lucivar to Jared Blaed: The First Law isn't obedience. I was going to add in Everything has a price, but figured that would only muddy the waters.

Incidentally? Twenty-four men focused around a single female works as the First and Second Circles of a Queen's court. It's the little things...


All in all, I'm pretty happy with them all - not just the responses to them, but with them as stories.
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Sunday, February 19th, 2017 10:50 am
Hey there, thanks for writing for me!

fandoms, pairings, tropes )

In the end, write to the characters and the tropes in a way that you find hot, and it will come through in the story!
tielan: (PacRim - Mako2)
Friday, February 17th, 2017 05:59 pm
Porn Battle Amnesty is hosting another Prompt Stack - all the smutty prompts you can give them, and then a week of writing!

Pairings I will attempt to write if someone else submits them:
MCU: Maria/Steve, Maria/Bucky, Bucky/Maria/Steve, Maria/T'Challa, Jane/Thor, Clint/Natasha, Sam/Bucky
PacRim: Mako/Raleigh, Kaori/Duc
SGA: John/Teyla
SG1: Sam/Jack
Merlin: Gwen/Arthur, maaaaaybe Merlin/Morgana
NCIS: Tony/Ziva
Firefly: Mal/Inara, Wash/Zoe
Rogue One: Jyn/Cassian,
The Force Awakens: Finn/Rey

...and probably others that I haven't listed.

I know I don't have many het readers or writers looking at this, but those of you who do, please consider submitting prompts? I always run through the same ones, and finding people who think differently to me is always a bonus.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Friday, February 17th, 2017 05:13 pm
"It’s not about adding diversity for the sake of diversity, it’s about subtracting homogeneity for the sake of realism."
― Mary Robinette Kowal


Yonic: resembling of vulva/labia/vagina

Yonic, from from sanskrit word Yoni


In answer to a guy sarcastically saying 'So I can never talk to a woman again?' when someone reprimands them for sexist thinking: "If you automatically think that you are more qualified to speak about a topic than a woman, then yeah, you should probably keep your trap shut when women start speaking."
tielan: (24 - Renee2)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 10:33 am
[community profile] fic_promptly is always taking prompts and I think there's a daily/weekly component?

For people who try to keep their writing up, this might be a comm to check out?

And there's a friendship fest going on - list groups of characters to have fic written about their friendship!

[Multifandom friendship fest]
tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 10:19 am
Just one gift for me, as usual. In the last couple of years, I've come to accept that treats are things that happen to other people.

My gift is Rogue One with Chirrut/Baze:
title: Shell Game
summary: Desperate times prompt desperate actions.
characters: Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus
rating: G
warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
tags: Established Relationship, Rebellion
Since the author hasn't included a lot of detail, I would add that the story is a neat little mystery/heist interlude, set just before the movie, and that I really enjoyed the 'role reversal' with Chirrut being the one to 'rescue' Baze rather than the other way around as happens in the movie. Plus, they're cute.


I wrote five fics for Chocolate Box, treats, assignments, pinch-hits. If you can work out which ones, you get a ficlet of your choice.

First one to work out which fics are mine gets a ficlet written for any character/pairing. (You only need to guess one, but then that one is off the table.)

Hint: none of the fics I wrote are anything you wouldn't expect from me, including pairings, characters, and tropes.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 09:17 pm
This is probably a good time to stop combing through the prompts for Chocolate Box, right?

I mean, I wrote one assignment, one PH, and treat, and I have five possible prompts that I think I can fill in ~500 words...

Whether I can fill them before the challenge ends? Another matter entirely.

And I was going to write something for the [community profile] halfamoon challenge which I just realised I am severely behind in posting the DW/LJ prompts... :/
tielan: (Default)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 02:05 pm
I am wondering if, when the oral surgeon sewed me up, he inadvertently pulled a piece of flesh in to connect with another piece of flesh that doesn't usually connect to.

That would explain the headaches (muscle tension in the jaw), the feeling of constant tightness like there's swelling there, and the way that my upper right mouth now feels...

Certainly my mouth in that area has less space than it used to. Which midday of the medical professionals tell me is usual and bound to happen, but...

I may have to speak with the oral surgeon again, see if he can do anything to detach the side of my cheek from the gum a little...
tielan: (love)
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 08:27 am
When we were in Year 6, my school did a musical - Noah and his fabulous floating ark, obviously about the Biblical flood.

I can still sing the songs. (I have a pretty good memory for songs.)
Forty days at sea! How the timbers shudder!
God has promised me He will be our rudder -
But I hope he won't hear when I wish that I were dead!
With the rain steady drumming on the roof above my head...
The raindrops drumming overhead!


So, after a couple of ridiculously hot days (40C) we're back in rainy summer territory where the temp doesn't drop below 22C and it's grey and nearly constantly rainy. Of course, we're headed for another scorcher on the weekend.

(Honestly, there is definitely something going on with the climate - and yes, this is anecdata, but all the scientific data is backing us up on this; our temperatures are getting more extreme, and the icy parts of the planet are getting smaller. Is it fixable at this point? Sadly, the truth is probably not. Too much money, too much greed, too much "God has made us to trample this world beneath our feet" and not enough "God made us to be caretakers of the world which He owns, and that means not burning the damn thing to the ground!" But I digress.)

A friend has a racing carnival going on, inland, NSW plains, and the temperature is due to hit 44C. It's a baked land, and it's definitely going to be baking. (If they have solar panels and solar batteries out there, they're going to be set for, oh, at least through to midwinter. And, frankly, if they don't have solar panels and solar batteries out there...I got nothing. Seriously.)

My garden, however, seems to be doing quite well:

garden photos )