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Friday, August 25th, 2017 10:41 am
This week has revolved around my rarepairing entry, and next week will revolve around genex. Why did I pick up a pinch-hit? Why?

I feel like I've been having some kind of palpitations lately; I feel my heart a lot more, like it's working harder. This is of concern because I have crazy high cholesterol and I'm not on medication. However, the docs have held off putting me on medication because I have what they consider a low-risk lifestyle. I'm starting to wonder, though, if that's enough. So I'm going to deliberately embark on a low-cholesterol diet. I need to eat more fresh fruits and vegies anyway.

I've avoided posting about the same-sex marriage survey here in Australia as much as possible, particularly on FB. However, if I vote, it will be yes because of the legalities of partnership and the need for relationships of all stripes and types to be legally recognised, acknowledged, and given due rights in situations where the definition of 'next of kin' matters.

I think I need to improve my garden spacing. It's not very good right now, and I think my gardening is suffering as a result. But the weather is warming and it's time to plant! I think that will be something for the weekend...

I've applied for a job in Canberra where there are projects going that might pay me 30-40% more than I'm currently being paid, and which will be running for a couple of years. The downside is that if I get the job, my life in Sydney will go largely bye-bye for that length of time, because it will involve either living in Canberra or regularly commuting back on weekends...

Did you see the thing about the woman tried to scam to the NYT Bestseller list? It's an epic story. Oh, and if you want to read her really bad prose without buying a copy, Sarah M Carter has gotten hold of the book and is posting excerpts... As someone else noted: this is WILD.
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Monday, August 21st, 2017 11:21 am
DCEU exchange was in and complete on time. I got an extension, I would have liked to write more. I might still add another chapter.

Rarepairings is written and posted, but is being re-drafted due to my not liking the way the current ending plays out.

Genex assignments have a couple of notes, but no actual words.

Just put my name down for Remix Madness. Unlikely as always, but we'll see. May or may not get involved.

Sedoretu Promptfest has a few couplets, but nothing concrete: this will probably fail, but I'd kind of like to try it all the same.

Haven't even looked at AU Exchange or Crossovering, and have given Franzi and Gecko's Friends Exchange a quick lookover but nothing more.

I haven't responded for marvel Bang: no time, no inspiration, no brain.

Otherwise I think it's quiet until Yuletide/Santa set of exchanges, which will pop up just as I've completed these...

Contemplating joining [community profile] wip_amnesty but not sure it's worth it. I mean, yes, the satisfaction of posting stories (and I have many many WIP), but I guess I can do that on AO3 and a few people will take a chance on reading it anyway...
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Thursday, August 17th, 2017 08:28 am
The world is a trash fire right now. And even if you stay out of the flames, the smoke is still pretty deadly.

Stay safe and don't forget to self-care.

(This may include limiting news intake and taking meds. By all means decide on what news intake you can handle, but from someone who lives with a med-taker, seriously, TAKE YOUR MEDS.)
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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 12:54 pm
...I really want to write a Bruce/Diana/Lois/Clark sedoretu, dammit...

Or I want someone to write it for me. But I am not the kind of person that people write things for, so I end up writing it myself.
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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 08:52 am
Apparently I am more Australian than our Deputy Prime Minister, who has automatic NZ citizenship thanks to his parentage and some very flexible NZ citizenship laws.

In breathtaking irony, he's the kind of person who thinks people like me are "the problem with racism in Australia".

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

A clip by SBS Viceland played on this so hard, it was wonderful: A Message From Australians Who Look A Bit Foreign.
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Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 08:36 am
I ended up staying home today as well. Sat in the sun. Snoozed for a couple of hours in the middle of the day. Surfed the internet in the afternoon. Finished an assignment.

Read up quite a lot about Charlottesville and the responses from Christian leaders who haven't sold their soul to nationalism over evangelism:

Two from the Auburn Seminary:
Will Christian America Pick Up Its Cross?
Every word of every book in the scripture was written by a person who was colonized or under threat of colonization by empire. The good news of The Bible must be considered good news to the colonized!

What I Saw In Charlottesville
The courage of the clergy present inspired me. In public gatherings and in private conversations before Saturday, participating clergy were warned that there was a high possibility of suffering bodily harm. A group of clergy (pictured below) walked arm-in-arm into the very center of the storm, so to speak, delaying entry to the park as they stood, sang, and kneeled. (Lisa Sharon Harper shares her reflections here.) This symbolic act took a great deal of courage, and many who did so were spat on, subjected to slurs and insults, and exposed to tear gas. I hold them in the highest regard.


Even Tim Keller has something to say:
Race, The Gospel, and the Moment
First, Christians should look at the energized and emboldened white nationalism movement, and at its fascist slogans, and condemn it—full stop. No, “But on the other hand.”


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In Australia, the government has decided to waste $122million (estimated) on a survey of whether same-sex marriage should be legal. It's a survey because it's non-binding and non-mandatory vote. (A 'plebiscite' is a non-binding, mandatory vote on a constitutional matter, and a 'referendum' is a binding, mandatory vote on a constitutional matter. Aren't you glad I told you?)

*facepalm*

The most godly Christian response to the whole situation that I have yet seen has been given by someone who wasn't even on my radar in Australian Christianity. But it encapsulates everything that I wanted to say about what's going on and how Christians are reacting/behaving.

Hey Christians, Watch Out For That Plebiscite

As per usual, it is advisable not to read the comments.

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In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored... by Harry Leslie Smith, survivor and soldier of WWII.

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I know most of you are here for the fic and the giggles, and I imagine that you're a little pissed off that I'm putting up links about politics and faith. Fair enough.

Truthfully, I'm just having a perfect storm of real-world issues relevant to my interests as a Christian, as an Australian-born Australian of Chinese descent, as the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants and refugees, and as a woman.
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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 01:48 pm
observations from a tipless restaurant (part 1)
A certain small number of very vocal men (and it was always men who were vocal about it) resented that we were not letting them try to exercise additional control over our team members. This was true even though compelling research has shown that servers do not adjust quality of service as a result of tips; instead the idea that the restaurant was not offering our servers up as objects of control, was heresy. For these people, the primary service they wanted from the restaurant was the opportunity to pay for favors from the server — much like the patron at a strip club pays the club for the opportunity to dangle bills in front a dancer for individual attention. The idea that a restaurant could legitimately want to be in a different business than a strip club, was not an idea these guests could countenance.
You should read through all the parts and the postscript, because it's really an insight into the American psyche as well as an exploration of the illogicity of tipping.

Now I want a study about tipping in Australia vs. tipping in America, what it means and how it operates in comparison to the things that he looked at in his article...
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Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 10:24 am
I spent all of yesterday trying to debug a program that wasn't working the way it should - wasn't even getting me to the preliminary stage, after which i could do some code adjustments.

This morning, I realised that, because of the way the system is set up, the customer's buyer details may be different to the shipping destination details may be different from the billing department details, and the program that I've been trying to get working is trying to send an email to the billing department of a company which doesn't have an email address for that billing department, although the company itself has a contact email address...

Sometimes the job is sisyphean; sometimes it's just torturous. Either way, today is going to be long and unpleasant.
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Monday, August 7th, 2017 10:23 am
Ugh. Too many things to write, not even half enough time to do them...
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Friday, August 4th, 2017 10:10 pm
So, I've never read the book and I've never seen the movie.

A RL friend recently mentioned that she had just read the book prepatory to rewatching the 2002 movie. I mentioned that I'd never watched it. She proposed we get together for a movie night.

She came. We saw. We laughed our asses off.

It was hilarious.

I'm so glad I waited fifteen years to watch this because it would never have been as funny without fifteen years of fanfic, life, the universe, and tropes under my belt.

The overacting is superb, the story a perfect "Scriptwriting 101: the basics", and the complete dwama of it all made for a really good night of entertainment ever with a friend who'd read the book, knows the tropes, and is perfectly okay with me commenting on stuff as it happens, from guessing all the tropes, all the 'twists', commenting on the sheer ridiculousness of some of those choices. (That entrance via hot air balloon - complete with cloak swish - and then "Greetings"? The velvet robes in a sweathouse? The final fight scene in the wheatfield?)

It probably helped that my friend hadn't seen it in about fifteen years herself, and her adolescent self thought it was wonderful (probably like my adolescent self thought Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves was a great movie), while her adult self didn't really remember what had happened. But we had lots of fun watching and guessing and laughing, because half the time I couldn't remember the names and just ended up calling them "Revenge Jesus" and "Guy Pearce".

Anyway, that was a nice way to spend a Friday night...
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Friday, August 4th, 2017 03:58 pm
The leaked transcript of the conversation between Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull (Australia's Prime Minister) a mere week after Trump was sworn in as President.

The Guardian Australia: What Australian media is taking from this (with respect to our country's alleged 'refugee crisis'.

The Atlantic: How foreign leaders manipulate Trump (with respect to international statescraft)

Bonus article from The Atlantic: Even Trump Is Surprised By Australia's Cynical Refugee Policy. (Donny boy, it's been horrific for four years and we're just scratching the surface.)
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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 01:05 pm
In the face of HBO and their totally fucked up idea that just buys into white supremacy:

Black America: An Amazon Alt-History drama that's been greenlighted since February.
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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 11:40 am
I don’t write about my health much anymore – the occasional muscular strain – such as the issues I’ve been having with my achilles, which have generally settled down (except during games) – but otherwise...

teeth and toes )
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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 08:56 am
that's a mouthful and a half! also: letter is WIP )

Ultimately, all these are suggestions, prompts for you to use if you can envision them. If you can’t, then just write the fandom and the character/pairing we matched upon and it’ll be fine.

Thanks so much for writing for me!
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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 08:50 am
I'm going through the fic positivity thread, starting with people who haven't got any replies to their comment and seeing if there's anything I can add (if there's anything in their repertoire that I'll read).

In the meantime, I've discovered I'm actually pretty bad at telling people what they're good at in writing as a whole. I can focus in on specific stories, specific characters, specific concepts, but if you ask me for the big picture...? Nope. Can't do it.

It's a bit like my view on bands - I may like most music by a band, but I'm not about to commit to all of their music. There are bands and singers who have a better chance of getting my attention and keeping it and being put on my playlists, but that's still not a guarantee.

Ah well, I'll keep working my way through the list...
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Monday, July 31st, 2017 08:33 am
So I got on Twitter on Friday just as it was announced that the GOP didn't have the votes, and was so relieved for the sake of friends in the US. It was a good point in the midst of a toxic week.

Women Killing It (where 'It' is the Repeal attempts by the GOP)

Here's the thing; the system may be broken, it may not be perfect, it may not work 100% of the time. But it works for some people; covers the gaps that they can't fill themselves, and the alternatives amount to "just let the sick and poor suffer and die" when the rubber hits the road, which may be okay for some folks, but is not my avenue at all.

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Sometimes I feel like I'm one of the very few people who ask the question: "But what if tomorrow, next month, next year, next decade, next century isn't like today?"

And most people shrug and don't think about it.

perhaps the last seventy years will be forgotten )

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I donated to the #Ham4All "Immigrants Get The Job Done" Prizeo and sang one of my favourite songs from Hamilton: "I Know Him". Weirdly, my favourite songs are the King George ones, The Room Where It Happens, Burn, It's Quiet Uptown, and The Election of 1800. I think it's to do with the style. While I appreciate and am in awe of the complexity and cleverness of the rap songs that Miranda has written, I gravitate towards the songs that I can actually sing and are less likely to trip me up.

Anyway, here's me singing "I Know Him", which I call "the 2016 Election remix":



I probably should have linked back to Prizeo.

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I have a thread in the [personal profile] ficpositivity feedback meme.

COME PLAY @ THE [ FIC POSITIVITY FEEDBACK MEME ]
my thread here


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I'm working on another quilt - a commission for a friend's daughter.

needs moar rainbows )

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Crossovering is matching!

*crosses fingers*

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Warmongers for Christianity... )
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Friday, July 28th, 2017 08:37 am
Putin and his American Instrument: Putin and his Trumpet.

Silencing The Hillary Clinton Supporter: we've heard everything about the Trump supporters - to the point where mainstream media has been trying to 'humanise' right wing white supremacists, but nothing about the people who mostly supported Hillary - their hopes, their dreams, and what they lost when Trump was elected.

Brandon Hatmaker on Colin Kaepernick: Brandon Hatmaker is the husband (presumably) of Jen Hatmaker, an American Christian who spoke out in favour of LGBT in the church and had her books dropped from sale by one of the biggest Evangelical publishers in the US (and probably the world).

That Which Google Has Named Evil...: By co-opting a word with moral meaning to describe the functional impediment of technology without any specific morality attached, Google has effectively reframed the context of 'good' and 'evil' so that Google is God - the arbiter of what is right and wrong.

A Woman, Explaining Things: Yeah, you've probably seen this, but it's still good.

First They Came For...: New York Times, which means you might not be able to read it. (I saved it in Instapaper, which takes the page data and strips it down to the text and key images.)
This has come as a great shock and demoralizer to many Americans, not necessarily because they didn’t think Trump was capable of such depravity, but because they simply were unprepared for the daily reality of living a nightmare.

There is an enduring expectation, particularly among American liberals, that progress in this society should move inexorably toward more openness, honesty and equality. But even the historical record doesn’t support that expectation.
Some things get better, many things get worse.

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Australia has had an interesting week of governmental resignations (which everyone else would have missed while That Orange Guy was tweeting away).

Two Greens Senators and a Liberal (conservative party) Senator have had to resign because it turns out they have dual citizenship, which isn't allowed for serving members of Parliament. Another Liberal Senator no longer has a dual citizenship, but was only notified that he'd been de-citizened from the other country five months after the election that raised him to his position.

And, of course, he was one of the loudest voices criticising the Greens senators for getting it wrong.
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Friday, July 28th, 2017 07:53 am
I have decided no more Ms. Nice Lady. I am an Australian born Australian, and if someone wants to know “where did you really come from?” I am going to ask them if they’re prepared to unload their history as an Australian-born child of immigrants, or else tell me about their Indigenous Australian ancestry.

I am done with microaggressions, even the unintentional ones.

No, you don’t get to ask me what’s my background and then say that yours is “Australian”. Mine is Australian. My mother is an Australian immigrant. My father is an Australian born. I am an Australian born.

I am an Australian-born Australian.

I am no more an immigrant than any white person in this damn country and I am going to FIGHT this definition all the way, calling people racist outright if necessary.
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Thursday, July 27th, 2017 11:15 pm
I just want a few hours in which to let my brain percolate these ideas, when I don't have to be sleeping or at work. Is that too much to ask?

(Apparently yes, yes it is...)

I am thinking about singing "I Know Him" for the #Ham4All challenge, with a small twist. I'm just not sure that I can carry it off!