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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:54 pm
Technically this book is the end of the Lois Lane trilogy, but I hope so hard that there are more, because Lois is amazing and Gwenda is amazing and...I am getting ahead of myself.

Okay, so the really important thing about this book is that LOIS AND "SmallvilleGuy" FINALLY MEET AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. They are so dorky and cute, and I love them. We also get to meet Martha and Jonathan, and basically there is REALLY GOOD FAMILY in this book, which I love.

There is also REALLY GOOD FRIEND in this book, with Lois relying on her Scoop team. And another inclusion/reveal that's so cool I don't want to scuttle it for you, but is, uh, definitely something a new series of books could cover, that's for sure.

ANYWAY, this book also has a perfect ending. JUST. PERFECT. My heart.

Highly, highly recommended.
Friday, June 23rd, 2017 10:25 am
Nominations have begun! The main nominations guide is HERE and a longer FAQ is HERE.

We are already seeing nominations that do not follow guidelines. Please make sure you use the CHARACTER field for characters and relationships only, and use the RELATIONSHIPS field for AU tags only. Tags entered in the wrong field may not be approved.

Please especially check our GUIDELINES for related fandoms and franchises.

Thank you, and we'll get to approving shortly!
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 08:43 pm
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Today I

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wrote
1 (50.0%)

edited
0 (0.0%)

posted
0 (0.0%)

sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
0 (0.0%)

had a cheeky break
0 (0.0%)

dealt with life
1 (50.0%)



Discussion: resources. What are your favourite resources for writing? (this can be anything - software, assistive tech, recurring challenges and exchanges, comms etc) also if you think it would be useful to have, I can make a sticky with resources and try to keep it up to date especially the comms side of it.
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 12:57 pm
 

Dear Rare Pair Writer,

 

Links to my fandom pages:

 

Maeve of Winter on AO3

 

Maeve of Winter on Tumblr

 

Maeve of Winter on Dreamwidth

 

WhimsicalNixie on LiveJournal

 

Maeve of Winter on Fanfiction.net

 

 

Wishing you well! This my first time participating, and I'm very excited!

 

I should say right off the bat that my prompts are only here for guidance, not as anything you are obligated to right for me. If you have your own idea for the pairing that fits with my likes, it’s more than okay with me if you want to write that.

 

Also, feel free to mix and match my prompts with different pairings and fandoms. If it’s somewhere in my letter, it’s something I’m okay with receiving for any canon or character.


Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 08:42 am
NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Please go and nominate your fandoms, characters/relationships, and ideas for alternate universes!

The FAQ explains how to nominate and how you’ll use nominated tags in your sign-up. Check there first if you have a question, then please ask by email (AUex@fandom.exchange) or by comment if something’s not clear. Some nominations-specific tips:

You want to be as clear as possible what you mean with the AU - not just so the mods know what you mean, but so that someone coming along later is on the same page as you about what they’re requesting or offering.

Example:

A bit vague:
AU: Phoenix Doesn't Die (Marvel Comics)

Better:
AU: Jean Grey Is Not Killed By Xorn (Marvel Comics)

Why is this better? Clarity! There are multiple characters named Phoenix who have died multiple times. This way makes it clear which Phoenix you mean and what you want to change.

Your mods are fallible humans [or possibly a menagerie of small animals] who aren’t familiar with all canons. Please be around to answer questions if necessary, and please be willing to work with us to create tags that makes sense to most!

AND REMEMBER:


  • Fandom tags go in the “Fandom” field - see the FAQ for guidelines on the fandom tags for franchises

  • AU tags go in the “Relationship” field, always start with “AU:”, and include the fandom or an abbreviation at the end in brackets

  • Relationship tags, whether platonic or romantic, go in the “Character” field, always start with “Relationship:”, and include the fandom name or an abbreviation at the end in brackets

    • Romantic or sexual relationships are indicated by a slash, like Relationship: Benjamin Sisko/Kira Nerys (Star Trek Original Timeline)

    • Platonic relationships are indicated by a spaced ampersand, like Relationship: Harry & Luna & Neville (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)

  • Character tags go in the “Character” field, and may include the fandom name at the end in brackets if it’s a common name that could fit in several canons. [Matching is OR, so a character nominated by themselves may give rise to a work that is only about that character or has them as the only focus.]




Thank you.

EDIT: We will now be allowing you to request 20 AUs per fandom in the final sign up.
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:02 am
The Guardian: Millions of mysterious 'sea pickles' swamp US west coast

“One of the things we are figuring out is have these guys been off the coast and we haven’t seen them? Are they moving inshore for a different reason?” said Sorensen.

YES AND I THINK WE KNOW WHAT THAT IS. Let me know when they reach Washington.

They're known as the "unicorn of the sea", apparently, so should clearly be claimed as a symbolic animal by you (glowing) asexual people out there.

yes I know it's not the same kind of asexual okay

ETA: Wikipedia just provided me with this beautiful quote:

"I have just watched the moon set in all her glory, and looked at those lesser moons, the beautiful Pyrosoma, shining like white-hot cylinders in the water" (T.H. Huxley, 1849).
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:01 am
Possums and communism are basically my whole life.


Context is locked; QWP.
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 07:47 am
 
For all my life, ever since I was an orphan child living in abject poverty with my parents in a ten-bedroom house in Kenilworth, IL, it was my dream to manufacture bespoke pretentious assholes!

Unfortunately, after pouring three of my rich uncles' entire fortunes into it, I still found that there was no market for my quality assholes.

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:44 am
Usual sad note that not only have I never gotten a bingo on one of these, but I often don't manage even one fill--but I can't resist them. ^^; I keep hoping some inspiration will be jarred loose, and occasionally that even happens!

My [dreamwidth.org profile] hc_bingo card is under this cut )

At first glance I didn't see a whole lot of prompts there that work well with my usual-these-years fandom/ship, but on looking again, there are a few that I could theoretically do interesting things with, or that at least can be made to match WsIP that I expect to be on the shorter side if/when I can finish them. And my monofannishness aside, I do always hope that these challenges will twig something in my brain and let me write something new.

(Is this my first time getting an [dreamwidth.org profile] hc_bingo card that doesn't have one of the soulbond prompts? I haven't gone and checked to see if it's literally the first time, but the card generator has traditionally been very keen on giving me "unintended soulbond" and/or "unintended side effects of planned soulbond" [or whatever the exact phrasings are]. I always kinda meant to write the former for Warehouse 13; it could even happen someday. It's pretty perfect.)

And my [dreamwidth.org profile] seasonofkink card and Newsflesh-specific (inherently NSFW) notes are under THIS cut )
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 12:01 am
So much time on my hands that I almost forgot an entry!

I had a super chill evening. I submitted the wiki entry after talking over more stuff with a co-contributor, and having a related LARP geekout about my favourite underworld deity. I got to cheer-read other people's fic. Life is good!

Tomorrow is going to be kind of hectic at work, because there is a lot of stuff going on, but also kind of not, because almost none of it is actually 'stuff I need to do'.

And then knitting! But maybe dinner with a friend I haven't seen in ages first? We shall see :)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:51 am

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? Say it in verse.




Poems do not have to match the prompt exactly. Prompts are only meant to inspire and be a jumping off point for your own creativity.


Poems can be posted directly in the comments or as a link to your own journal.


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 11:11 pm
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Today I

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4 (57.1%)

edited
2 (28.6%)

posted
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sent to beta
0 (0.0%)

researched
0 (0.0%)

planned
0 (0.0%)

had a cheeky break
1 (14.3%)

dealt with life
1 (14.3%)



Discussion: titles. Do you find titles easy or difficult to come up with?
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 05:54 pm
1. My mirpesset. I love, love, love having this little balcony.

2. The wind chime hanging there.

3. The herb garden in a window box there.

4. The pretty string of solar-powered LED lights I just festooned there, to bring sparkle to the long evenings.

5. Sunshine, blue sky, sweet breeze, greenery all around.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 04:15 pm
I am starting class again tonight, yay! In an interesting turn of events, class will finish two days before my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, so that works out well. Apparently we're doing something Spanish with a circle skirt and character shoes and a fan, which is going to be very cool, but is an awful lot of crap to haul around....

We really need to find a home for big gorgeous smart hyper boy Kimchi. He was in a Mood last night, and was not about to let me pick him up off the top of the cat tree (usually he's quite easy to handle, but this time, teeth were threatened), so I had to resort to putting treats on the bench and ignoring him for a while. After about 10 minutes, he got bored with being stubborn and trying to annoy me, came over to eat the treats, and allowed himself to be carried back to his cage like a perfect little angel. The stinker. We had Caline the Crazy out, too, speaking of hyper cats who need homes... Oh, and my huge sweet buddy Chaz, who is perfect except for having FIV, and why has no one adopted him yet?!?

In the bunny business, we have six at the moment, who are all darlings except for Sawyer the Sex-Obsessed, with whom I cannot deal. (Who is nice and all, but has expanded my Bunny Weirdness Scale by an inordinate amount. It used to be like 1 to 10, but he's way out at about 35. Holly the Demon Bunny looks almost normal by comparison.) Really, I just want to find nice homes for Paul Bunyan and Timmy Bananas, who is going to go bananas if he has to listen to Sawyer frenetically humping his stuffed toy right overhead for much longer.

The Transformers 5 world premiere was in the Loop last night, which was weird. Something about having a giant banner of a giant robot hanging next to the Civic Opera House stone-engraved signage is just... wrong. But Haagen-Daaz was taking advantage of the foot traffic to give out free samples, so I had mint chocolate chip ice cream for dinner. Sometimes, I just fail really hard at adulting.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 08:18 pm
The Guardian: Grenfell Tower families to be rehoused in flats at luxury complex

This doesn't cover all the displaced families. And the flats are part of the "affordable" quota developers are frequently required to build along with the luxury flats, with the usual segregation (not being allowed access to the swimming pool etc. -- in quite a few instances, developers have created buildings where the people in the "affordable" flats have a separate entrance to the building ...), so it's a lot less "luxury" than the headline implies.

And they're being bought by the Corporation of London (as opposed to paid for out of RBKC's £274 million reserves?).

Still, it's a start.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:34 am
I started watching Wynonna Earp during breaks at work and I love it. I didn't realize the show was basically Jessica Jones in a supernatural Western with sister and I am on board. I'm telling myself to not watch episodes when I'm at home, only when I'm out and about on breaks so I have something to watch, but it's hard. I think I'm episode 4 now? Yay for downloading from Netflix.

Not Prime Time has two more pinch hits for claiming.

I think I'm finished with my Wonder Woman femslash fic. I'm setting it aside to see if that's where I want to end or if I want to keep going with another scene. Now I'm looking at treats to write for Not Prime Time because I should be able to have time.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:11 am
There are 2 pinch hits that need to be claimed. If you'd like to write for one of them, please comment below with which pinch hit you'd like and your AO3 name. Comments are screened. 24 hours later, a name will be chosen randomly for each pinch hit.

Pinch Hit #7 )

Pinch Hit #8 - Taken )

Useful Links
Not Prime Time 2017 (with schedule) | Prime Time Madness 2017
Frequently Asked Questions | AO3 exchange faq for participants | Pinch Hitting faq
2017 nomination tag set
Dear Prime Time Player on DW
2017 Requests available on AO3 | in a txt file
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:58 pm
--With less than a month until Hugo voting closes, it's well past time to admit that there's no way in hell I'm getting even most of the reading done. ;_; (We've moved past "unfeasible" into "the idea is so ludicrous that collapsing into faintly-hysterical laughter is the only real option if I think 'but maybe if I--'" No. It is not happening.)

--To further illustrate how my reading is (not) going lately, [twitter.com profile] seananmcguire's new novella came out a week ago and I haven't read it yet. ;_; I've at least been keeping up with some graphic novels from the library, but that's about it.

--The adorable annual we're planting that I couldn't remember for the life of me is Hawaii Blue ageratum, AKA "floss flower". *charmed* Look how cute it is!

--A happy twofold discovery: while rummaging for something else, I found a small stash of Toronto transit tokens that we'd clearly forgotten about, and I was briefly sad because I'd had the impression that the Presto system rollout in Toronto was far enough along that tokens might not be usable anymore. (Horrifying thought, since the Presto rollout sounds like a clusterfuck in all kinds of ways--which strikes me as extra embarrassing when, as far as I can tell, Presto works fairly well in Ottawa, and unless I'm wrong about that, clearly it can be fine.) But I checked the TTC site, and the header on the "fares and passes" section says "Last year’s tickets and tokens are still valid. Customers paying with tickets and tokens do not need to deposit ten cents." [Emphasis theirs.] So we'll see about using our stash up.

--Related: one of the infinite things I love about having Claudia and Jinksy is that it's much less heartbreaking to come home from Toronto now that we have sweet, soft kitties waiting for us, but the flip side is that I preemptively miss them. I'd cling to them, but they don't like that. ^^;

(That said, Jinksy's currently purring on my lap. *^^*)
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:27 pm
For any of you lovelies who might be going through some challenging, if not outright difficult, moments, keep going. :)

Because:



"But what if we prevail?"

- Davos I, A Dance With Dragons


For context, this was supposed to have been said by the 19-year-old Eddard "Ned" Stark as he smuggled himself back to the North to call his banners 15 years before the canon era.

Why was this boy doing this?

His younger sister disappeared with the crown prince so Ned's older brother, in a fit of ill-advised hot-headedness, rode to the capital and demanded for the crown prince to come out and die for apparently kidnapping a betrothed highborn lady. (The crown prince was already married to a Dornish princess who deserved better.) The ruling king was beyond loopy, so he jailed Ned's older brother, summoned Ned's father, and killed father and son without proper trial. Then the king commanded the deaths of Ned and his friend, Robert Baratheon. Who was betrothed to Ned's younger sister. Their foster father was like, "No way. After decades of madness, this is the LAST STRAW. WE REBEL THE F OUT OF THIS MOFO."

Ned finds himself losing 3 family members in one swoop, and takes his older brother's place not only as the next Lord of Winterfell but also as the husband to Catelyn Tully. Ned's banners called, the rebellion was now in full swing. It seemed almost impossible, but eventually they toppled the 300 year old Targaryen dynasty.

Let me now go back to revising for my exam on Friday. Summer classes are hell. Daunting, taxing. But what if we prevail. :)
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:28 pm
I had the billing this afternoon - I had to leave super early to get there on time because buses (and I also I wanted to get lunch first), and then my class was out an an awkward time - 3:30, and it is a 40 min-ish trip back to work... And then I leave at 4:50 anyway. So I just went downtown and ran a few errands, then went home and had a nap (or at least a lie down).

It was super nice all day, and pissed rain as I was starting to take the dogs out, of course. It didn't thunder, though, so they were okay with it.

I have a different training tomorrow, though it is basically in the same place, so I will probably just do the same thing.

I did some wrangling this evening,so that I wouldn't just get sucked into the hole that is tumblr, and then watched the last episode of American Gods and worked on some knitting. I still don't have the mental energy, or inspiration, for writing. It isn't that I don't have ideas, I just don't have any that are really grabbing me right now. Maybe it is bees? Probably at least some of it is bees.

Ahh well - the Raksura exchange reveals tomorrow and I am excited to read things! I'm a little disappointed that I didn't manage any treats, but I think I just need a break.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 05:59 pm
 Over the years, I've noticed that my garden has a range of different pollinators. Sure, the European honey bees do show up, but it's for the big events, like almond or lemon trees in blossom. Less glamorous pollinators, like native bumble bees and various flies do the everyday pollination of my squash, eggplant and plum trees. 

Here's a link to an article that describes the connection between the honey bee and modern agriculture, and points out that in a thriving diverse ecosystem (like our gardens) we still can rely on the more natural range of pollinators.

www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/06/13/532729268/why-honeybees-are-the-wrong-problem-to-solve
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 07:36 pm
Welcome to the Fourth Annual Crossovering exchange! Nominations begin on July 2.

We've implemented a few changes this year. You can read about those here or you can review the FAQ/rules. (Questions? Email us at crossoveringmods@gmail.com or comment here.)

2017 Schedule


Brainstorming: June 20 – July 1 (Go to the post.)
Nominations: July 2 – July 15
Signups: July 18 – July 27
Assignments sent: July 30
Assignments due: September 30
Final pinch hits due: October 6
Archive goes live: October 7
Authors revealed: October 14
Tags:
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 07:31 pm
Nominations will run from July 2 through July 15. As a reminder, here's how nominations work and how they affect signups:
  • You may nominate up to 8 fandoms. At least for this year, we do not plan to change this maximum, since we've dropped the 2+ nominations requirement.

  • If a fandom you nominated has been rejected, it's likely because that fandom was nominated with a slightly different title. (More likely to happen with newer fandoms without canonical tags on AO3.) If you feel a fandom has been rejected in error, please let us know.

  • Signups require a minimum of 3 requests with a maximum of 10. For each one, you must request at least 2 fandoms and up to 10.

  • Signups require a minimum of 3 offers with a maximum of 10. For each one, you must offer at least 2 fandoms and up to 10.
When nominations begin, we will post more detailed instructions about how to nominate on AO3. (You can also review the FAQ.)

To pass the time until nominations: brainstorming post! Previously, participants used brainstorming posts to plan their nominations around the 2+ nominations requirement. But as of this year, that requirement no longer applies.

So instead, you can use this post to discuss which fandoms you plan to nominate, to share your ideas for crossovers, or to get suggestions for crossovers from other participants. You can also promote fandoms here, if you'd like.