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Feb. 27th, 2017 20:25
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and this dream won't remember me

Feb. 27th, 2017 15:18
musesfool: Steve Rogers & Natasha Romanoff looking badass (girlfriend is better)
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Things and also stuff, in brief:

1. wow, I'm so glad I didn't turn off the Oscars because what a wacky ending. I mostly only watch for the gowns and the gaffes, and the gowns were great (as were some of the tuxes - Riz Ahmed needs to call me) and I cried at Viola Davis's speech, so it was already better than most years, even though they kept shoving Mel Gibson's face in our faces (otoh, CEvans and Scarlett Johansson sitting behind Denzel! Were they there together? I still shamefully ship them), but then that ending! !!!

2. My father does not have endocarditis. Whew. I don't know if I even mentioned that was a possibility? But the doctors were concerned it was but then the test on Friday got mistakenly canceled so we had to wait until this morning to find out. Otoh, he does have deep vein thrombosis and a blood clot in his left leg, so there's still that. Plus the infection. At least that's responding to antibiotics? And he's on coumadin so. *hands*

3. Work remains ridiculously busy.

4. Music always has super strong associations for me, but it's kind of hilarious sometimes the way it takes me on a trip through my fandoms, since my commuting playlist is about 300 songs I mostly never get tired of, always on shuffle, so it will be like, "The Whole of the Moon" and I'll go, "Oh, Remus/Sirius" and then "American Slang" and I'll go, "Oh, Dean," and then "Sorrow," and I'll go "OH STEVE."

5. I never posted about this week's Star Wars Rebels but I thought it was a good, solid episode, even though I still roll my eyes at Ezra a lot.


Die Drei

Feb. 27th, 2017 19:24
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And there were three, at the Kottbusser Tor…

Die drei am Kottbusser Tor…

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Feb. 27th, 2017 08:31
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DS9 rewatch:


Hey, Jane Espenson wrote this episode.

Do they just not realize how much they kicked up the subtext between Bashir and O'Brien? Like, they thought it was safe because O'Brien was married? And I'm not sure I'm pleased with the implication that men just revert to children when their wives aren't around, spending all of their free time playing and living like slobs. Also, O'Brien is really kind of a dick to Keiko. Waaah, she comes back and he has to spend all of this time with his stupid FAMILY which is NO FUN. And then Keiko manipulates the two of them into spending time with each other, instead of them having an adult conversation.

I died at the scene where Quark tells Worf that Keiko is having another baby, and Worf says "Now?!?"

Sisko throws down with a Bajoran who also claims to be the Emissary, and they take it to the Prophets. The Prophets resolve everything of course, but I hope Sisko has some proof of what happened, because as far as anyone else can tell, two men went into the wormhole, and only one came out. Someone out there has a conspiracy theory about how Sisko just murdered the true Emissary.

"Rules of Engagement"

I am not sure how I feel about an episode where Worf is on trial, and the Klingon prosecutor's argument is that Klingons are naturally animalistic and can't be trusted to make rational decisions in battle. I mean, the whole thing is obviously a scam, so he's not really arguing in good faith, but it's still weird. The episode is kind of boring, but almost worth it for the excellent scene of Worf and Sisko at the end.

Highlights From Annie's Demo

Feb. 27th, 2017 11:17
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Posted by Muddy Colors

Aside from a few initial technical difficulties, last Saturday's demo went exceedingly well. In just 2 short hours, Annie Stegg Gerard did an amazing amount of work. She showed us her sketches, demonstrated how she seals and tones her underdrawing, and then nearly completed a full Brunaille underpainting.

The downloadable version should be available within the next 24 hours for those who subscribed to our $10 Patreon tier.

If you would like a copy as well, it's not too late. Just sign up before the month's end.

***Come March, new sign-ups will be receiving March's download, NOT this one... so don't delay!***

FMK #2: Assorted Unknowns A-B

Feb. 27th, 2017 12:05
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[personal profile] melannen
Yesterday I went to see Rogue One for the first time at the second-run theater. I also finished reading my book on potato gardening and installed some new old bookshelves, resulting in a dream where a squad of valiant but doomed potatoes were defending a bunker against Imperial war machines. Then there was a series of tsunamis due to Death Star strikes, I was okay because I had a life jacket on but so many books got damaged in the flooding that we had to close the library.

Anyway, I think Monday will be FMK day. So 12 books go back on the shelf, Mists of Avalon goes on the kill list, and I read The Sunbird. Mary Stewart made a valiant effort to overtake it toward the end, though. I almost never see people online talk about Mary Stewart but she must still have fans! I am also curious what y'all have against Prince Valiant; that was the only other one that came anywhere near K winning. Is there something I don't know? I remember it mostly as one of the serials in my grandfather's paper that was impossible to follow when you only visited once a month, but otherwise inoffensive and with nice art.

The Sunbird by Elizabeth Wein is only Arthurian by courtesy and not a fantasy novel at all, despite selling itself as an Arthurian fantasy novel. It's a historical novel set in the kingdom of Aksum (modern Ethiopia) during the Justinian plague in the 6th century. ) It is definitely going on the keep shelf and the 'find rest of series' list. Would recommend. Glad I grabbed out of the 'deep clearance' bin at Ollie's.

This week's FMK: SF books by authors I know nothing about and have no idea why I own them, letters A through B.

How FMK works: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decided. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

Long version. )

The poll! Aguirre, Anthony, Asher, Barnwell, Barth, Barton, Bass, Bishop, Boyce, Brush, Buckner )
juniperphoenix: Closeup of Connie's face while dancing (SU: Connie dancing)
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Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Steven Universe
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] dashawnmahone's art tag

Why this piece is awesome: Here's a portrait of Our Hero to finish off the month. This piece was posted during Season 1, when Steven's life was a good deal simpler than it's since become. There's a hint of idyllic childhood in the quiet seaside setting, the cheeseburger backpack, and how small Steven looks next to his ukulele — but at the same time, his pose and the windblown landscape create a sense of standing guard and gazing out toward the future.

Link: I believe in Steven

'Smooth' Visits

Feb. 27th, 2017 08:36
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Posted by James Gurney

Our son Frank is visiting, along with his dog Smooth, a husky mix.

Sofie and Princess, the Belgian draft horses, are keenly interested in this new creature. Smooth was nervous around them at first.

(Link to Facebook) When we get back home, he falls deeply asleep. I paint him in transparent watercolor, leaving the white areas and covering the surface with greys around the silhouette. 

I place those perspective strokes on the floor to help communicate the ground plane. The dark drybrush strokes on the fur come last. 

Black Sails 4.05

Feb. 27th, 2017 14:58
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[personal profile] selenak
Coughing through a cold, I watched the latest episode.

Read more... )

And now off again to drown myself in tea, I'm feeling miserable for entirely physical reasons. Boody cold.

+ / -

Feb. 27th, 2017 08:43
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[personal profile] kass
+ I had a lovely weekend and got to see a few friends, including [personal profile] samtheeagle on Saturday and [personal profile] sanj on Sunday

- I came home on Sunday to discover that there is no heat in my condo

+ [personal profile] sanj and I went out for Chinese food and there was heat there

+ and she was willing to come over and watch Top Chef afterwards, wrapped in blankets

- the night was, um, chilly (but survivable) - my house is currently 45 degrees Fahrenheit, which would be fine for the great outdoors but is kind of on the cold side for a dwelling

+ I do have hot water, so my shower this morning was sublime

- getting out of the shower was a sad thing indeed

+ someone will show up sometime today to fix the heat

+ and for now, I have hot coffee, and a wool sweater, and I am wearing my son's old Hello Kitty ski hat, which looks ridiculous I'm sure but is keeping my ears warm

The Road to Lucca

Feb. 27th, 2017 06:00
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Posted by Ejsing

-By Jesper Ejsing

1 year ago I was in Lucca for the Comics and games Con. By far the best comic convention I have attended. I got to meet Claire Wendling again, I painted next to Kim Jung Gi, ( a very stressful experience ) and I hung out with the fabulous Karl Kopinski for a whole week eating fine Italian cooking and met the absolutely fantastic crew that host and arrange the festival every year.

If you are living outside of Europe you should try to go to Lucca for the Convention, even if it is a bit expensive to travel...but wait! You could also just participate in the brand new Award called Overluk Award and win! and you will be invited to Lucca as a special guest. I know I will participate.
The judges are a cool bunch of people.

The deadline is March 31 - 2017

Now, back to the hotel minibar. I am traveling this week, getting ready for the Emerald City Comic Con and Schoolism Workshop, so forgive me for this very short update...

Marie Egner

Feb. 27th, 2017 03:14
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Posted by Charley Parker

Marie Egner, Austrian painter, still life, florals, landsapes
Marie Egner was an Austrian painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who focused largely on floral still life and landscapes that often incorporated floral subjects along with architectural elements and woodland scenes.

Egner was adept with both oil and watercolor, her approach in both mediums combining bold statements with passages of great delicacy.

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Joanne K. Rowling:
• Celebrate World Book Day in a Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts costume.
• The Soothplayers' 'Completely Improvised Harry Potter' is coming to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Director Chris Columbus awarded first Robin Williams Award for Excellence in Entertainment.
• Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) is busy promoting upcoming movie The Beauty and the Beast.
• Happy Birthday, James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley): Phelps Twins Double (Birthday) Trouble.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child News:
• Jack Thorne about his new musical Junkyard and the magic of theatre.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• New On-Set Look at costumes, Newt Scamander's mating dance & more. (behind-the-scenes video)
• New 5 minutes comprehensive on-set visual effects awards film reel.
• New Fantastic Beasts coin makes MACUSA legal tender (on the Cook Islands). And more Information on the MACUSA commemorative coin.
• SpeakBeasty Podcast: Episode 31: #GravesLives.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt #181 (due on or before March 4): three book titles.

[livejournal.com profile] dracotops_harry posted a Call for Beta Readers.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted the Prompt #180 Masterlist.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] carpemermaid recced one Ginny Weasley/Luna Lovegood fic (PG-13).
[livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss recced one Hermione Granger/Severus Snaoe fic (PG-13).
• @LaDonnaErrante recced a Ginny Weasley/Luna Lovegoodfic (PG-13) in The Rec Center #60.
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced Harry Potter/Percy Weasley/Oliver Wood art (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced Severus Snape & Minerva McGonagall art (Star Wars crossover, G).
[personal profile] toblass recced young Snape art (G).

[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Roxanne Weasley.

Schedule of Upcoming Events from February 26 to March 4 at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.
• The SS/HP Prophet from February 19 through 25.

[livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion posted If Milo Yiannopoulos was fictional, would you ship him.

General Fandom News:
• OTW Guest Post: Jackson Bird, the Director of Wizard-Muggle Relations for the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA).
• Dreamwidth Maintenance posted about a server leak and possible crossposting problems to LJ.

• Giveaway: Win a personalised copy of Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest's Harry Potter and the Art of Spying: Young Agent Edition. (ends March 10, world-wide)
• Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Still Available.

Community Spotlight:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_goldenageHome of the Salt and Pepper Fest
The Harry Potter Golden Age community celebrates Harry Potter characters over the age of 50. Any characters/pairings that satisfy the age requirement are permitted. Whether they appeared 50+ in canon or not, as long as they meet the age requirements in your fanworks, they are welcome in this community. Community activities include Batilda Bagshot's Bingo and the annual Salt and Pepper Fest. This year's fest starts on March 6th.

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

a single season record

Feb. 26th, 2017 19:17
musesfool: the middleman and wendy watson (let the loving come back to me)
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I am exhausted. Why is the weekend never enough to recover? I had trouble sleeping Friday night but eventually got in a good five hours 5 am and 10 am, and last night I slept from 1 am to 8 am, so that was good, but now I'm in both a food coma, because L and I went out for an excellent dinner of pulled pork and mac and cheese, with root beer floats for dessert (well, I had cream soda, but the idea is the same), and drained because I spent the bulk of the day visiting my dad in the hospital, which also required almost 4 hours of round trip travel time - though I learned the Q to the 1 cuts my time to Penn Station to 30 minutes door to door on a good day, which is useful to know.

Work is going to continue to be stupid busy until after our board meeting on 3/15, and I'm exhausted just thinking about it. I just want to get decent sleep for a week. Is that too much to ask?


Cap-IM Remix Reveals!

Feb. 26th, 2017 19:09
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Authors have been revealed for the Cap-IM remixes. I see that, as I suspected, [personal profile] navaan wrote me 20k of action-packed Noir amnesia identity porn (thanks, Navaan, it was amazing) -- but I didn't guess that kdm103020 wrote my fake dating remix. Anyway, they were both great.

I may now reveal my four stories! Here they are, in the order in which I wrote them! (I know I said the other day that I wrote three stories. That was technically true at the time. I did a very last-minute pinch hit literally three hours before deadline.)

The first thing I actually wrote was for Relay Remix, the telephone-style remix where participants successively remix each other's fic:

Same As It Ever Was (The Thought Bubbles Remix) (6316 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Ultimates, Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, James "Bucky" Barnes, Gail Richards, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Peter Parker
Additional Tags: Dreams, Multiverse, Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Angst, Repression, Happy Ending, Remix, Captain America/Iron Man Relay Remix 2017, Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Steve Rogers, leader of the Ultimates, has strange dreams. Dreams where he's a comic book artist. Dreams where it wasn't SHIELD who pulled him from the ice. Dreams where he's an Avenger, whatever that is. But they're definitely dreams, because in these dreams he has a whole lot of... feelings... for Tony Stark. And that can't possibly be real, right? Right.

More about this story... )

I didn't know what the rest of the chain looked like until reveals, obviously, but I am pretty happy that it turned out that most of us took the opportunity to keep the multiverse theme going, because, seriously, it went 1872, 1872/616, AA multiverse, Ults/616, AvAc/Ults/616, a giant sprawl including all the above universes and the MCU, and so on. I feel kind of sorry for springing Ults on everyone. But obviously not that sorry!

And then there was my actual main Remix assignment, where I remixed Neverever's MCU story Past Imperfect:

If You Want to Live (The Historical Present Remix) (9249 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Carol Danvers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Reed Richards, Stephen Strange
Additional Tags: Alternate Timelines, Time Travel, Rescue Missions, MIT Era, Star Trek References, Pining, Pre-Slash, Avengers Vol. 4 (2010), Remix, Community: cap_ironman, Captain America/Iron Man Fanfic Remix 2017
Summary: The Civil War is over. The SHRA is gone. Steve has been brought back to life. He's settling into his new duties as America's top cop. His longtime friendship with Carol Danvers -- Avenger, former director of SHIELD, and former leader of the pro-Registration forces -- is now a tenuous one. But something is very wrong in the world. This isn't how it was supposed to be. Someone is missing. Tony Stark was killed at the age of seventeen, and it's up to Steve to travel into the past to save a man he doesn't remember from a man he knows all too well: a mysterious assassin from another time and place, a man with a metal arm. And the truth is more complicated than anyone could ever have guessed.

And as for this one... )

And then I had two stories in Remix Madness!

The first is a remix of a_sparrows_fall's 616 Civil War AU You Started:

See You at the Bitter End (The Rest of the Rainbow Remix) (8422 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics), New Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, 5 Things, Infinity Gems, Civil War (Marvel), Civil War: The Confession (Marvel), Angst, Extremis, Bad Decisions, Accidental Death, Self-Sacrifice, Telepathy, Hopeful Ending, Remix, New Avengers Vol. 1 (2004), Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Pick a Gem, any Gem. And try to stop a war.

Mind the warnings and tags with this one.

Further details... )

And then there's my filthy, filthy remix of Robin_tCJ's MCU story Mark XXX:

Prototyping (The Make the Sparks Ignite Remix) (1176 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Iron Man (Armor)/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Iron Man (Armor)
Additional Tags: Engineering, Established Relationship, Armor Kink, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Fantasizing, Remix, Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Tony is an excellent boyfriend and an excellent engineer, and so there's no way he's going to let his brand-new sex armor fuck Steve without him trying it out himself first.

A last-minute PWP in a universe I don't even write! )

This concludes my remixes.

linkspam on a sunny Sunday

Feb. 26th, 2017 15:35
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[personal profile] cofax7
I don't know about you all, but I have had the hardest time concentrating for the last few months. Funny, that. ;-)


In case you need some distraction, I cannot recommend strongly enough [profile] ursulav's Summer in Orcus, which is a simply lovely portal fantasy in which birds engage in Regency banter and you will never think well of "house-hunters" again. It's on the children/YA boundary, but with rich characterizations and sensible psychological underpinnings. Plus Vernon's brilliantly creative world-building. Run out and get it!


And now on to the linkspam:

Courtesy of Linda Holmes at PCCH: this essay on hiking the Appalachian Trail as a black woman. Just lovely. A thing I found myself repeatedly explaining to hikers who asked about my books and my experience wasn't that I feared them, but that there was no such thing as freedom from vulnerability for me anywhere in this land. That I might be tolerated in trail towns that didn't expect to see a black hiker, but I'd rarely if ever feel at ease.

I know Reddit can be a sty, but every once in a while you find something like this summary of all of the Trump-Russian issues.

Here’s a guide from Wired about US Customs and digital privacy. And another essay on the same issue.

Holy crap this is awesome.

I believe this is a church-related group working to protect immigrants.

You’ve probably already seen this link: Welcome to the America black people have always lived in.

This migrant workers’ rights group does good work.


This is some deep subtweeting: how to identify the Hunger Games districts by using federal government statistics.

Noted for later reading: an essay on the political philosophy of Winter Soldier.

This potato-leek soup looks really tasty.

Old-school X-Files folks may find this Tumblr entertaining. I have to admit that I mostly subscribed to it to see if I was ever going to get recced there (I was, eventually :D ), but it's also fun seeing both classics from old friends get name-checked, and work from relative newbies I'd never heard of. If I were much into fic these days, I'd be reading (and re-reading) a lot of this!


I've been doing a lot of baking recently. Two successes: a batch of Mexican-chocolate-and-cherry brownies, and a batch of ginger oatmeal cookies. One only moderate success: yet another attempt at macarons. These were both flat and undercooked, although they tasted fine. I'm now 0 for 4 at macarons: I may give them up and try my hand at choux pastry instead...

Happily, the rain appears to have stopped for a bit, so I may be able to get some more running in, which will be healthier than baking.

Sweet movie

Feb. 26th, 2017 15:02
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I never get sick, but I'm sick. I blame car shopping + exhaustion. I try to avoid shaking hands whenever possible, but test driving cars with a sick car salesman for an hour, you're kind of doomed. (We did, in fact, finally buy a car, though not from the sick guy. An electric one! I'm psyched that we finally have an electric car, and it was cute, and cheap.) Oh, and then yesterday, I went to the anti-bathroom-bill rally in Tacoma, which felt necessary but almost certainly did not help me fight off this cold. Anyways. I am sick, and there's no two ways about it, so I'm staying in bed today, drinking fluids, and watching movies on Netflix.

Which brings me to this cute one: Sing Street. Rather adorable, relatively pain-free, and with bonus Aiden Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy. If you like eighties music, best friends who write songs together, and brothers who love each other a whole lot, I highly recommend. (A note re: the trailer, pretty much all the bullying that happens in the movie appears in the trailer, so a) be warned, but only if you're extremely sensitive to it, and b) it's pretty mild.)

Testing my DW crosspost in five, four...
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Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Nomi, Aminita, Riley, Will, Capheus, Lito, Dani,Sun, Wolfgang,Kala,Rajan, Jonas and Whispers,
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: Based on Witches Going to Their Sabbath, the artist did a fantastic job of adapting the painting to fit the characters and the show. The details are a wonderful tribute to moments throughout the series.
Link: Sensates Going to Their Sabbath
beatrice_otter: This looks like a good day for World Domination (World Domination)
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Need a good bit of political news?  Democrats in Delaware stood firm and kept the state blue in a special election to fill a State Senate seat that could have given a majority to Republicans if things had gone the other way.  This doesn't have as big a national impact as a US Senate election does, but it still has some impact ... and it has a potentially HUGE impact on Delaware itself.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time or donated money to help it happen.  And THANK YOU ESPECIALLY to all those who took the time to go vote for a special election.

Let's do it again!

The next state-level special elections are in Connecticut (February 28), Pennsylvania (March 21), and Louisiana (March 25).  There are others further out than that.  (Including Georgia 6 on April 18, which is historically Republican but which Hillary almost won.)

On the national level, the next special elections to the US House of Representatives are California district 34 (April 4), Kansas 4 (April 11), Georgia 6 (April 18), South Carolina 5 (June 20), and Montana At-Large (TBD).

Please CHECK THE LIST of upcoming special elections at Ballotpedia (general US politics encyclopedia) and Flippable (Progressive website designed to target seats that can be flipped to Democrat) and mark your calendars if you have a special election coming up.  They traditionally have low turnout, so even a small bump to one side or the other can make a difference.  Also, even if the Democrats don't win a particular election, other state politicians will be watching.  If something unusual happens--a district that has been reliably red only staying red by a much smaller margin of error than is traditional--they'll take note of it.  It will show them that the people calling them and showing up at town hall meetings aren't an isolated, small group of crackpots, nor people who are going to get burned out and stop caring, but an actual shift in the politics of their district that they're going to have to take into account if they want to keep their seats.

3x The Good Fight Icons

Feb. 26th, 2017 10:34
monanotlisa: Lucca Quinn, centered, looking thoughtful (lucca - the good fight)
[personal profile] monanotlisa
I'll probably make more of Maia, too (I do like easily flustered but smart'n stubborn), but for now, 'tis Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and of course the latter's amazing Lucca Quinn on The Good Fight:


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Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hernando
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: Once again I'm picking a piece with a strong illustrative style. Particularly this reminds me of the cartoon El Tigre that my nephew and my mother both love. This is a great drawing of Hernando that perfectly captures his endless patient awesomeness.
Link: Hernando
turlough: detail from map of Middle Earth ((tolkien) the realm of gondor)
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Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: story line montage
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: gouache
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] greensap

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a great work. I love the bright colours and the way the different story elements flow into each other.

Link: The Great Adventure

This is my last Tolkien rec. Next month I'm going to rec something completely different :-)

A present

Feb. 26th, 2017 17:48
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This lovely box with chocolates arrived the other day….. thank you !

Dieses schöne Herz mit Schokolade kam vorgestern an…. vielen Dank !

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord


© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:50
denise: Image: Me, facing away from camera, on top of the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome (Default)
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LiveJournal has unblocked and whitelisted our webserver IP addresses, so importing, crossposting, and feed accounts should work properly again! Thanks for the quick fix, LJ.

This week in writing, 2/26

Feb. 26th, 2017 17:17
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] dira
Not my best week, but not bad!

WIPs currently active: 6,  no change from last week.

Words written this week: 6,448, down a bit from last week, due in part to a “nope everything I’m writing is terrible and I need to stop trying and go read @gyzym’s new Harry/Draco fic for the rest of the day” kind of day on Monday.

(I figured out what was going wrong with the writing and made it better starting on Tuesday, no worries.)

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 2,425, and Steve is being Aggressively Competent at things Bucky does not expect him to be Aggressively Competent at and it’s very confusing.

Born in the Blood: 1,502, so Chapter 12 might? actually? be done? we’ll see what the betas think. :D

Slavefic #5 (THE DRAMATIC REUNION): 769, moving right along toward exciting new varieties of terribleness!

Pillow Box #5: Comfort/Petting/Sleeping in the Pillow Box: 192

Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism: 1,481, and things are starting to get REALLY interesting. As opposed to, you know, the boring typical parts. :D

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward” (Which is Semi-Officially the Saddest Story in All of Not Without You): 79, look, it’s a start, okay?

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