tielan: (mr president)
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 02:53 pm
For [livejournal.com profile] crazy4orcas, who's been having a rough time with her physical health in the last week, and asked for a Clint/Natasha ficlet.

Hope it cheers you up a little, hon!

From my 'Queen For Marvel Territory' Black Jewels fusion series.

Title: A Beautiful Death (906 words) by tielan
Summary: Death sits across the campfire from Clint Barton; the question is whether he can forbear from teasing her.
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Black Jewels Fusion, Fireside conversations
Notes: I've had it in mind to write 'extra scenes' from the Black Jewels/MCU fusion I did years ago, and there are notes and everything, but this is the only one I've so far been motivated enough to finish.
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 11:17 am

So, [personal profile] kore has just mentioned a dearth of Maria/Steve jacket fics - which is absolutely true.

I count 11 according to the AO3 Steve/Maria tag, with an added search for 'jacket'.

I particularly recommend:

Bullet With Butterfly Wings by [archiveofourown.org profile] shorti

And I Wonder What's Mine by [archiveofourown.org profile] geckoholic

Lend Me Your Coat by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philyra

Speaking personally, I think I've referenced the jacket in various fics, but not written specifically about it.
tielan: (mr president)
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 09:45 am
For [personal profile] retsuko who asked for one of my current crafting projects for More Joy Day.

The Meadow Quilt was designed by fabric designer Lizzy House back in 2012-ish. It's only taught in classes. You can't buy the pattern or get the tutorial, although if you have a logical mind, you can probably work out how to do it reasonably easily. But who wants to do that?

Summer Meadow 2016 )

Anyway, that's the quilt I'm working on right now - hopefully to be finished by the end of the month!
tielan: (mr president)
Friday, January 20th, 2017 11:12 pm
An explanation of 'More Joy Day' by the person who came up with the idea as regards to fandom.

Do you need a pick-me-up today? Can I help with a fic or a rec? A donation to a person or a preferred charity?

All comments are screened, so you can be private about your feelings.
tielan: (mr president)
Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:55 am
My mother reads my FB updates and then sends me text messages about them. Oh, mum, that's not how it works...


[personal profile] beatrice_otter on the myth of the middle class.


Rec: Did I rec this art? Last year in the [community profile] snowflake_challenge, I mentioned I wanted an Art Nouveau graphic of Maria Hill, wielding a weapon, and [archiveofourown.org profile] Dylan_m provided one for me!


It is BEAUTIFUL and you can see it (and kudos it) here at AO3: Rebirth.


two links:

White Fragility: why it's so hard to talk to white people about racism

Stuff White People Do: Refuse To Shut Up And Listen When Black People Speak


Ooh! Just found an unidentified link in my 'links list': turns out it's a "host or attend a dinner for new Australians in your area" project.

The Welcome Dinner

I've signed up for my area. Not sure if or when something will come up, but I'm pretty good at outreach.


Anyone got questions for my March Meme? I have a couple so far...
tielan: (mr president)
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 10:56 pm
Australian site: Do I Need Private Health Insurance? (CHOICE)

The interesting thing is in the results where it details how the public system works vs. the private system, as well as links to 'saving on private health insurance'.

CHOICE is an organisation set up in the late 1950s by the Australian Consumer Association, an independant, not-for-profit, non-partisan group that was dedicated to assisting Australians make the best choice, not just the one with the flashiest advertising. They get their support through customer subscription, and we've always found their picks to be reliable and practical.


Philosophical thought for the day:
A mango tree is not defined so because it produces mangoes;
it produces mangoes because it is a mango tree.
tielan: (Default)
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 09:30 pm
Title: oh, there’s a show alright, but it may not be the one you want
Summary: “So, after months of trying to keep you lot quiet and under the radar, you’ve managed to completely blow your cover, start a manhunt, and declare yourselves gay for each other in just over fifty hours.”
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Sam Wilson, Maria Hill/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill
Additional Tags: Captain America 4: Road Trip, Fluff, Vegas marriage, For Great Hilarity, Maria Hill isn't paid enough for this shit, Sam And Bucky Make Mischief, Unresolved Sexual Tension, Resolved Sexual Tension, Past Abuse, Angst, Trauma, Psychological Trauma, Happy Ending, Someone Bring The Vacuum Cleaner Because This Fic Ending Is FLUFFY
notes: The story that got written because the response was rather more enthusiastic than I was expecting...
tielan: (24 - Renee2)
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 08:51 pm
Every year for the last dozen or so, the [community profile] halfamoon challenge has run from the 1st-14th February, encouraging people to focus on fictional female characters that they love.

There's everything from daily prompts to a friending meme to opportunities to meta...whatever you wish. Themes are offered but don't need to be rigidly adhered to - pretty much we encourage you in anything positive you wish to do or promote regarding any fictional female character, or just female characters generally.

There's a corresponding comm on LJ [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, and you can post to either or both.

I'll be assisting in running it with [personal profile] tamsin - does anyone have ideas, or a willingness to help?
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 08:35 pm
I figured early January was too busy with the [community profile] snowflake_challenge, and I'm hoping early February is going to be full of [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, so maybe do this in March?

pick a date, ask a question )

Previous talkmemes are 2014, and 2016.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 03:31 pm
So my fandom stocking has all the cookie recipes!

Heaven only knows when I'm going to be able make these. I'm trying to lose 5kg (10lbs) in the next year...

Maybe if I make one batch for every quilting event I attend and only have two each time? That could work...


I've been trying to write. It's really really difficult right now since we're in the middle of a heatwave, and I think my brain has shut down. Sleeping last night was awful.

Two hours later and it's cooled down, and all I want to do at this point is quilt!



Also, Monday afternoon (after the gym) was not terrible. Yesterday was bad - going down steps hurt. Today? Today has been absolute and utter hell. I need to remember to have a epsom salts bath for an hour or two before going to bed. At least I'll sleep better tonight - the temp has come down from an insane 41C in the middle of the day, to a comfortable 24C, the windows are open and we are ventilating something fierce!


I'll be doing an introductory post shortly, for the new people.
tielan: (quilting)
Monday, January 16th, 2017 03:15 pm
My Marvel diorama, a.k.a. "A Version of Civil War That Addresses The Question 'Does Great Power Really Come With Great Responsibility Or Just A Moral Free Pass?'"

happens to involve Maria and Pepper )

Anyway, I set all this up because I went to look at the review of the Maria Hill doll and found no comments and the guy said "Maria won't be the centre of anyone's Avengers toy display" and I said, "Hold my drink".


Let's say there's a disease making the rounds. You can get a vaccination for it, but there are side effects - dizziness, nausea, exhaustion for a while before it kicks in and you're generally okay after, sometimes there's mild scarring at the injection site.

The disease is...well, it's been known to be deadly, or very close. At the least, it's debilitating, the symptoms last for years, and it's contagious.

Let's assume that the vaccine is free: would you take it and risk the side effects?


Clearing out the quilting room has resulted in the discovery of a great many things that I'd kind of forgotten I even had...

I think I might need to have a goal of at least 1 quilt top a month, and at least 6 finished quilts by the end of the year - not counting my show quilts (at least 2).

And no more fabric purchases...


Dammit. I may have to go to the big hardware store AGAIN after going every day for the last four. But I fear I really do need the watering system in before tomorrow's heatwave. My back garden is not doing so well (and neither is the front one, but at least there's a watering system in).


Went to the gym for the first time in a year. I'm going to try to get back to going regularly this month, before I cancel the membership when I'm made redundant... I just realised it's been about 5 years since I regularly went to the gym (as in religiously, week in, week out) and all that time I've been paying a chunk of money for a gym membership.

I'd like to boost my muscle, make my metabolism work better, and redevelop my fitness. I may have to accept that I will never be as fit as I was at 24, or even at 34, but I can damn well not be down for the count at 44...
tielan: (race)
Monday, January 16th, 2017 09:24 am
I found it reassuring that the preacher at my Sunday service made a joke about "what superpower would you have?" and lists "flying, shooting webs from your wrists, Cold War Russia, telepathy*", then went on in the sermon to list Brexit, Trump's election, and ISIS as symptoms of a sinful and close-minded world driven by fear.

This is what I mean when I say that Australian Evangelicals are not quite like the American ones. We certainly have the American-like ones though (they're usually heavily involved in politics and political parties; that's how you tell).

[*] In a room full of 35-60s, that still took us a moment to get - Cold War Russia as a superpower; he thought it would be more successful at the 7pm service, which is full of young people. Yeah, no, I don't think so...
tielan: (Default)
Sunday, January 15th, 2017 10:52 pm
After spending the day assembling and sorting and rearranging a few things in the workroom, I am mostly happy with the setup as it stands.

However, in the last hour, it's started to smell like I've spilled BPAL in here.

It's one of the good ones - vanilla and amber with a hint of...possibly pear? So it's a lovely scent in the air, but I can't find the spill itself, and that stuff is expensive!
tielan: (Default)
Sunday, January 15th, 2017 09:00 am
Things I want to start learning:

- mechanical stuff: how to fix a car (more than just changing oil), gears, how to make things work

- woodworking: drill bits and saw bits, and putting things together, fixing things

- electrical work: basic stuff, how to fix things like non-electronic motors

I'm trying to find a community college, but most of their classes are 'lifestyle' and the career stuff appears to be more vocation based than practical based.

There's a woodworking shed right down the road, though, and they're open on Tuesdays and Fridays, so I might mosey on down there this week.
tielan: (SG1 - team)
Friday, January 13th, 2017 11:32 pm
Day 13 - In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

It's October 2001. I've just spent 3 months bingewatching Stargate SG1 on VCR. (Yes, videotapes!) I've run out of episodes to watch - the video store only has up to just before the end of Season 3 - and I'm desperate for more about the adventures of Sam, Jack, Teal'c, and Daniel. (And Hammond. Of Texas.)

change of direction )
tielan: (Default)
Friday, January 13th, 2017 08:57 am
So my father has never been good with money. I like to say I get my profligacy, my hope of 'a good deal' and my willingness to bet on schemes from him.

However, while he was in Sydney for 10 days, he borrowed my car for transport and returned it with the dent beaten out of the hood (encounter with a frangipani tree; don't ask), and the inside cleaned to a tee.

Me, being me, didn't even notice until I was picking up some dirty water barrels (and discovered, to my dismay, that only two of them would fit in my car) and shoving them in my car with reckless disregard for the cleanliness of the upholstery.

I'm still salty that he wasn't any good at supporting us - either emotionally or financially - through our adolescence - but it's kind of nice to have a clean car...


I got up this morning, planning to do some planting. I started setting up seedling punnets, set out the corn for planting out in the garden, was all ready to plant the last of the tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, capsicums, pumpkins and so forth that have been sitting around in seed packs for forever...

And then, while dragging something out of storage, I smashed a spotlight that had been sitting around after I decided not to have it installed for the garden outdoors. Cue sweeping up the mess...and since the porch area was a mess, I rearranged and swept the porch a little while at it.

I think this is the cleanest I've seen it for...I don't know how long! Since we moved in? Quite possibly.

Then while cleaning, I pulled out the BBQ grill that I picked up free a couple of years back and started scraping the gunk of that. And once I started, I had to complete it, didn't I?

Anyway, it needs a few new parts; I need to get a connector for the gas bottle (and check that there's gas in it) and test whether the burners are going to shatter/explode when I light them up. (They're enamel/cast iron, and they've charred and flaked something awful. If I decide to keep the BBQ, then I will probably go for stainless steel, but it's a lot more expensive. We don't even do BBQs all that often...)

So. Neat!


I'm supposed to be taking B1 to the doc to get her stitches out, but she hasn't gotten up yet. And she has a dental appt in the city for a checkup at 11:30, which means she has to be on a 10:30 train from the station. That's one hour...

eta: turns out her appointment was 9:40pm and she missed it.


It's heading for 40C today...
tielan: (Elementary - Holmes&Watson)
Thursday, January 12th, 2017 12:13 am
(Yes, I did Day 11 before I did Day 10. This is a longish one.)

[community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 10: In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs.

troperrific )

I could probably go on: soul-mates (inverted or subverted), negotiation, kickass chicks... So many tropes that I enjoy reading and writing!
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 11:03 pm
Day 11: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

making friends in fandom through pairings )
tielan: (don't mess with)
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 11:28 am
If you're crossposting tumblr to DW (or LJ) I'm going to be unsubscribing from your DW. I'm on this platform for discussions, fic, and interactions, not for weird formatting due to transposition from a largely visual social media to a largely textual one.

I will follow people on tumblr, though, so if you let me know your tumblr, I'll watch that instead.

Note: I reblog stuff, not just like it. ('Liking' always seems kind of pissweak to me; as in "I like this post, but I don't like it enough to back it up with my name, or I lack the ovaries to state it out loud.") If I think something is good, I reblog it and tag it so I can (hopefully) find it again.

My tumblr is [tumblr.com profile] tielan, btw.
tielan: (SGA - Teyla 2)
Monday, January 9th, 2017 04:56 pm
Day 8: In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is a difficult one to answer. I don't know. Everything?

I like my writing - even my mediocre fics are pretty good (once I've gotten a bit of distance from them).

I like the way I see the world - a blend of conflicting ideas: that Christianity is best when it's not the official religion, that women and what they do are worthy of being celebrated even when men and other women don't see that or can't celebrate that, that a good society both gives the individual the ability to achieve and excel and be marked out for it, but also requires community and social capital to keep everything running smoothly.

I like myself.

It's not the done thing to like yourself. We're supposed to pick at our faults, expose our weaknesses, be self-deprecating.

The truth is...most of the time, I think I'm pretty hot stuff. Okay, maybe not hot stuff but I'm someone that people like being around. I'm someone that people like talking to. That people like listening to. I hope I'm a good listener (truthfully, that's probably something I'm bad at - I struggle to remember distinct things about people, particularly on social media when I haven't met them or interacted much with them).

I like myself. And I like that I like myself. It's a good position from which to start: the assumption that you are the good stuff and that people want to know you and will be enriched by knowing you.

Does it need to be leavened with humility? Well, yes. Yes, it does. :)

And yes, a lot of this is because I've had good fortune to be among people who gave value to others - as the challenge post for Day 8 says, "children have such great self-confidence, because they have people in their lives that tell them that they are great, that they have value." And I have had people in my life tell me that I am great, and that I have value - from the God who became incarnate in Jesus Christ, to the parents who - while being entirely human and flawed themselves - have never let me doubt that I am loved, to friends who want to spend time with me, to a cat who is sitting on my mousepad looking adoringly up at me right as I type this.

The truth is that I have been taught that I have value and I have never unlearned it; God willing, I never will.

You have worth, too; you are valuable.