Musings 5 – Inspiration

Feb. 16th, 2019 08:20
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Posted by Petar Meseldžija

The older I get, the more appreciative I become of the word INSPIRATION, or better said the phenomenon of inspiration. It is rapidly becoming one of the most meaningful aspects and essential concerns of my present life.
It is my hope that some of you, especially those who believe in the notion that the Spirit has the Body, and not the other way around – that is, the Body has the Spirit – might perhaps…
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Agent Carter Valentines and Chocolate Box both released this week and I lucked out. MY GIFTS ARE AMAZING.

If This Room Was Burning by [ profile] glorious_spoon (Agent Carter, 10K, Peggy/Jack/Daniel)
Peggy, Daniel, and Jack are retrieving canisters containing another one of Howard's stolen experiments when they get trapped in a cave in, and one of the canisters is breached. Problem is, Howard was a little less than forthcoming about what exactly was in them...

Sex pollen P/J/D get-together fic (minus any actual sex, it's more like h/c pollen) with hurt/comforty dubcon cuddling!! This COULD NOT POSSIBLY be more relevant to my interests.

true north by anonymous (Agent Carter, 10K, Peggy/Jack/Daniel)
Jack's a suspicious soul at heart. He doesn't trust anyone, least of all himself.

Yes, I got TWO long P/D/J get-together stories, and both of them are absolutely delightful: well written and plotty and wonderfully characterized and idtastic. This one is incredibly hurt/comforty with Jack being tortured literally and emotionally, and ALSO about as relevant to my interests as it is possible to get. ♥

Look After You by anonymous (Punisher, 3500 wds, Leo & Frank gen)
Leo knows only two people who got their wisdom teeth out before her, and Mom said no way did it hurt as much as everyone tells you it will, and Dad said no, it really didn’t, but, uh, he wasn’t chewing anything harder than mashed potatoes for almost three weeks afterward.

This is SO GOOD, perfectly bittersweet and richly characterized and full of subtle, well-chosen details. Leo's narrative voice is fantastic.

Post by anonymous (Banshee, 300 wds, Carrie Hopewell + ensemble)
She has no reason to think he’ll receive any mail she sends to the PO Box scrawled across the back of the otherwise-blank postcard from Truth or Consequences, NM. No reason to expect that, even if he is living in the desert and checking his mail, he has any interest in pictures from the Banshee Elementary Penny Carnival.

I GOT A BANSHEE FIC! This was so delightful and unexpected, and it's a glorious little gem of post-canon perfection, beautifully capturing the fabric of life in Banshee and Carrie's place in it.

I loved every single one of these. I just want to cuddle them and enjoy them. Everyone else should read them too. ♥_____♥

Friday gratitude

Feb. 15th, 2019 21:26
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1. Free Solo, which is an awesome documentary about someone who should know better, and the people around him, who are simultaneously supportive and terrified. And his girlfriend is ridiculously pretty. So good: I hope it wins the Oscar.

2. Season 2 of The Dragon Prince dropped last night, and I'm already 4 episodes in.

3. Co-workers sent me a Harry & David box of fruit and nuts this week, which was awesome.

4. I'm going to Ireland in June! Pray for good weather.

5. I have a pot of Mark Bittman's vegetable cassoulet on the stove.
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  • fanfic I read this week, even though I really like doing those posts, and [personal profile] novembermond is hosting fanfic friday to encourage people to do that and share it, because I looked back over my AO3 history for the week, and nope it's too embarrassing to share;

  • this other "study" that showed up on pinboard about how social media is bad for you, which I was thinking about doing a bonus science teardown of, except it's such bad science there isn't even anything to tear down, so I'm just going to link to Bad PR instead;

  • a post about putting favorite characters on "too cool for school/just wants to be a good boy" axes spun off from [personal profile] china_shop's very scientific guardian poll because my attempt at doing it spun off into thoughts on power/race/gender vs. tropes vs. sf settings that play with both, and why black panther is so great; and anyway that's too much work to write about;

  • the javascript trope sorter that going around vs. the same list on my trope sorter that I posted the day before it turned up

  • the fanfic I'm currently trying to finish which was supposed to be on the "write a quick ending and call it done" list, hahaha

  • hats, pictures of hats, why I own so many hats, and konmari, because I haven't gotten to the point in the reorganizing project where I am on to hats yet

  • next steps in nonfiction library reshelving project, begun two years ago

  • the martian, welcome to mars, [ profile] opportunitygrrl, and how humans are so human about people stranded on mars

  • why every attempt I make to use markdown to do easy lists in DW entries fails

  • work bullshit, because auugh

  • more thoughts about into the spiderverse inspired by listening to the spiderverse soundtrack on my commute inspired by work bullshit

  • weighted blankets vs. blankets that just happens to be weighty because I would have to have made my bed first

  • this unrelated playlist I'm suddenly working on\

  • further bookmarklet updates

  • the current state of the New Septic Tank saga

  • the half-finished december meme post I'm supposed to be posting next

  • probably I will add to this list as I remember more things

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Spoilers )

Festivid recs!

Feb. 15th, 2019 22:42
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Gosh, I love Festivids. I'm eternally sad that, because it happens in the winter, when my disability stuff is at its worst, I'll basically never be able to participate it in again, probably. My back just can't handle the amount of hours it takes to make a vid, in terms of sitting in front of a computer, in December-January.

Anyway, I still love all the vids a lot and watch most if not all of them every year. And here I come to you with recs!

1. It's nothing at all by condnsdmlk (Битва за Севастополь | Battle for Sevastopol (2015)).

We'll start with my hands down FAVORITE VID of this year that I've already watched a gazillion times and sent to all my Russian speaking friends. This vid is based on a movie about WWII that features, among other things, the story of one of the deadliest snipers of the war, Lyudmila Pavlichenko. I've avoided watching the movie since it came out for a variety of reasons, but this vid is EVERYTHING I WISHED THE MOVIE COULD BE (and may the movie actually is? idk) AND MORE.

It is basically a distillation of my entire playlist for getting inspiration for my original writing. It is the story I want about women and war, rendered so beautifully and with such emotion. Everything from the shots of Lyudmila in her civilian life, before the war, with her friends, wearing dresses and braids, to her on the frontlines, to soldiers dancing and goofing around because that's what you do with your friends in the trenches, to the lonely work of a sniper, to how hollow heroism is, how poisonous and destructive war is even to those it spares.

I will be watching this vid over and over forever, basically. It's stunning, it's brutal, it's joyous, it's devastating, it's everything.

more, more more! )

HBO War Week 2019

Feb. 15th, 2019 14:08
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Banner for HBO War Week 2019.

Link: [community profile] easycotroopers (AO3 collection)

Description: HBO War Week is an annual low-pressure prompt meme for Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and Generation Kill. Each day of one consecutive week is dedicated to a one-word prompt.

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Posting Dates: March 3 - 9

In space no one can see you tweet

Feb. 15th, 2019 09:22
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In case you wanted to cry a little more (happy tears) about Opportunity, check out the linked summary post in [profile] bad_astronomy.


I'm lobbing angry tweets at the Democratic Party on Twitter, which is clearly Very Helpful. Anyway, here we are (Twitter).


My gastrointestinal system has been super-happy these last few days! :P True, I have been eating roughage like a lady elephant, but hey, if that's what it takes...

gonna get stuck inside your head

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:12
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Patricia Lockwood captures the Internet experience in this essay, which reads like a work of speculative fiction. Now I want to check out her memoir.

I have a pernicious earworm: “Catchy Song” from the new Lego movie, which I haven’t even seen; I just heard my daughter play this song one time. The chorus goes, “This song’s gonna get stuck inside your, this song’s gonna get stuck inside your, this song’s gonna get stuck inside your heeeeeaaaaaaad.” Over and over and over.

It’s been a week for earworms. My daughter had a birthday party (ten kids!!!) at the roller rink, which played a weird mix of 70s and 80s hits, pop music from today, and novelty songs like the Hokey Pokey. I had Michael Jackson's “Thriller” in my head for a few days, which is not the worst earworm.

I came home from the rink really overstimulated and close to a meltdown, but I rolled up in a big soft comforter on the couch and cried a little, and that helped. Our son came with us to the party, but he was ready to leave halfway through. “The lights are getting to me,” he said. (So many blinky lights!) But he decided to stay and skate some more. When we got home he went to bed and rolled up in a blanket burrito too.

My husband tries to understand when I get overloaded, but he doesn’t really grasp it. I don’t think he’s ever experienced anything like it. I can usually verbalize it a little: “I can’t do ANYTHING right now; I can’t do ONE MORE THING right now.“ It’s not just that I sorta don’t feel like it. It’s not hyperbole. I feel like a mouse trapped in a tiny cage, back against a wall with a mob closing in, stuck in that feeling when you know you’re having a nightmare but you can’t wake up.

Sometimes I have to keep going anyway, and I can force myself to a certain point. But I start to dissociate, which is very unpleasant, and there's always a greater price to pay later in recovery time. So if I don’t absolutely have to, I’d rather not.

I’m so much better at taking care of myself now than when I was younger. It’s appalling how terrible I was at it in my college years. I never got enough sleep, I ate too little and when I did it was often food that hurt me, I drank too much liquor and not enough water, I went out to loud and smoky bars even though every molecule in my body wanted to be elsewhere, and I stayed intimate friends for years with people who were not kind to me.

I’m glad I eventually learned how to care for myself, but wow, it sure took longer than I wish it had. My son is much better at it already, so I hope he won’t go through anything like I did.

somehow we all fall down

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:10
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So today is Lupercalia, and I used to always post some Remus/Sirius to commemorate that, and I have been feeling nostalgic for them (honestly, I always feel nostalgic for them, in the bright heady days of the fandom before the Veil), and [ profile] angelgazing and I were talking - she asked me what one Sirius/Remus story she should rec on twitter and I was like, "Wait! I know this! That the Science of Cartography Is Limited by Rave." Which, it turns out, is on AO3 now, so you can read it yourself if you haven't already. I haven't read it in like ten years (I will be remedying that today *g*), but I'm sticking with that as my answer.

Anyway, I wrote a paragraph yesterday that is kind of blah so now I think I know what I want to write - just one scene from a larger AU idea I love but will never actually write. I just need to figure out how to do it. But it could happen later today! Who knows?? Watch this space!

In other news, the second season of The Dragon Prince comes out today on Netflix, so I'll probably be watching that this weekend, as well as various other Netflix shows I keep meaning to watch. There's just so much tv. But I did watch Brooklyn Nine Nine last night!

spoilers ahoy! )


Bouguereau Exhibition Opens Today

Feb. 15th, 2019 07:50
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Posted by James Gurney

A major exhibition of William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) opens today at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
"Bouguereau and America showcases more than forty masterful paintings by the French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905). The exhibition explores the artist’s remarkable popularity throughout America’s Gilded Age, from the late 1860s to the early 1900s. During this period, owning a painting by the artist was de rigueur for any American who wanted to be seen as a serious collector: the artist’s grand canvases brought a sense of classic sophistication to newly formed collections. Their chastely sensual maidens, Raphaelesque Madonnas, and impossibly pristine peasant children mirror the religious beliefs, sexual mores, social problems, and desires of that period. Moreover, the exhibition offers an opportunity to examine how society’s perspectives can shift over time."

Catalog: Bouguereau and America
192 pages, Yale University Press, 10 x 12 inches----

Exhibition: "Bouguereau and America" at Milwaukee Art Museum: February 15–May 12, 2019
The exhibit continues in Memphis (June 22—Sept. 22, 2019), and San Diego (November 9—March 15, 2020.

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Another Check Please! Kent/OMC story, this one from a long-term boyfriend's POV:

Bite My Tongue (2509 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kent "Parse" Parson/Original Male Character(s), Eric "Bitty" Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Characters: Kent "Parse" Parson, Original Male Character(s), Jack Zimmermann, Alicia Zimmermann, Bob Zimmermann
Additional Tags: Meeting the Parents, First Impressions, Introspection

It wasn't that Angelo disliked the Zimmermanns. He wanted to like them. Honestly. Kent really liked them.

But Angelo was never quite sure what to think of them.

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I have recently take the plunge into Patreon and Gumroad. I have only been up for a couple weeks, but I am excited about the prospect of running my own small community and store and with enough participation, the burden of patronage gets lightly distributed to many but the potential freedom to create grows significantly. I can already dedicate a few days a month towards making video tutorials and be funded for the time put…
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I got a Check Please! PWP about a Kent/OMC Grindr hook-up with a hopeful and sweet ending.

(As a side note, I had no idea you could do emojii titles on AO3.)

👀 (1032 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kent "Parse" Parson/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Kent "Parse" Parson, Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Hook-Up, Dirty Talk, Beginnings

k: hey hows it going?
T👀: hey man
T👀: not bad, u?
k: horny lol
k: u want head?
T👀: got any pics?


Feb. 15th, 2019 00:02
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Thank you for your patience; we have been wanting to share these wonderful gifts with you for so long, and now we finally can!

Please, go through the collection, comment on works, and share the joy of new things in your fandom! If there is an issue with a gift, please email us at

The archive will remain open for accepting further works as treats. We have made significant progress on the treatless spreadsheet and the more the merrier.

Otherwise, have fun! Creator reveals is at 6am on the 21st.


Feb. 14th, 2019 22:15
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Oh hey, it's Lupercalia already! I was going to post some never-to-be-finished psychic wolf fics for Lupercalia, wasn't I.

Here's ~1000 words of the beginning of a Hogan's Heroes wolfbrother fic the world *definitely* needed, from the February where I got really depressed and marathoned about half of Hogan's Heroes on youtube!

'This is a violation of the Geneva Convention!' Hogan insisted, emphasizing it with a fist to Klink's office desk. )

...and from there it was supposed to go into Hogan trying to run the usual caper plot via the secret tunnel while everything gets increasingly hazy and hormonal. I have no idea what the caper plot was supposed to *be*, though, or what (if any) pairings we were going to end up with. (I think I mostly wanted to figure out the worldbuilding for how they handled wolves in that setting, and I got that far!)

reading and things

Feb. 14th, 2019 21:55
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Thursday already and I'm not sure how the week has gone by so fast. I meant to post on Monday, and then again yesterday and well, I didn't. Work has been busy, the cat is trying to kick me off of my computer by sitting on my arm, and I made a kinda sad swiss roll tonight for dessert that's still tasty even though I probably should have put the mouse on the inside instead of the outside. But these are the choices we make.

On the reading front, I'm still enjoying Avatar fic, and the two series (unfinished, sadly) I read this week were when the world stops spinning by Nautica_Dawn, which is a lowkey Zuko/Katara plus Toph and Ty Lee survive Aang failing to defeat Ozai. It's rough on Aang's characterization but he's not a major part of most of the story til the end, and I really liked the rest of it, plus the sequel that deals with the fallout from when they actually win the war... more with a whimper than a bang.

The other one is The Worst Prisoner series by emletish which took a little to get into, but once I got used to the style of storytelling (the events of episodes are described but still there) it was a lot of fun. It's basically AU from the middle of season 1 where Zuko accidentally takes Sokka prisoner after the storm when he's fishing, and after that, Sokka and Aang accidentally kidnap Zuko in the Blue Spirit ep. In short, Zuko joins the Gaang much earlier and they have lots of bonding and shennanigans and everyone is wonderfully in character and wonderfully teenagers. I really liked it and thought book 2 is not done I'm eagerly awaiting updates.

Now that I'm two weeks out from reading Embers and the flush of being immersed in the story, the more I think about it, the less I like the second half of it. Especially having read these and the ones from last week for contrast in style and characterization, thought I still love what the author did with the bones of the plot, if that makes sense. Anyway.

Lastly, I read an actual book too! Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C Wrede. I think I last read it over ten years ago, but my niece recently finished them so I borrowed it from her, and it is still completely delightful and charming. Now I need to return it and borrow the next three. Though maybe not till the weekend.

I'm trying to take a little break from reading for a few days so I can get some writing done. For the couple days after my plot breakthrough on my original story last week I flailed around trying to figure out what to do next, and then yesterday settled down and started doing some of the snowflake method exercises to start fleshing out the plot. I've still got plenty of details to work out there, but I'm also at the point I think where I need to do detailed character creation so I know the people I'm going to have at the center of it! I've discovered as I do that just how much more worldbuilding falls out of filling out some random character sheets. Way more than I thought would, so I'm going to continue that for the moment for my four mains. I want to have solid characters at least when I start writing, which I hope to do in March.

I've also got a couple of Voltron fics I need to finish up, and maybe a Dragon Age one, as well as Star Wars edits. I plugged away at that last week. I'm not committing myself to a timeframe, since that doesn't seem to work for me for editing. Unlike the first draft I can't just say, "write now, fix later." I'm at the fix later part.

In other stuff, still watching Schitt's Creek and liking it. Still playing DAII again, though slowly. I picked up the Witcher 3 again also, though I'm not as sucked into that game at the moment. I think I've got too much other stuff going on to really immerse, and I handicapped myself by starting out on normal when I should have been playing story-mode from the beginning. Ah well. These are also the choices we make.


Feb. 14th, 2019 20:55
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1. Today at lunch I tried cooking up some collard greens with olive oil and preserved lemon and red pepper flakes and a splash of vinho verde, and they were awesome.

2. My kid made me a card containing two whole sheets of stickers. Puppies with hearts. Kittens with hearts. Hearts with hearts. ♥

3. I got to see [personal profile] lomedet today (on my computer) and do some learning, and that was super-lovely and good for me.

4. I'm getting into a rhythm now -- I set out the bread flour and the sugar and my bread bowl on Thursday night, and Friday morning after I feed cat and boy I start my challah dough -- and this makes me happy.

5. Laundry is spinning and I am in cozy PJs sipping rosé, huzzah.

How are y'all?
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International Fanworks Day

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Help needed.

Feb. 14th, 2019 23:07
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Hey, folks. I hate to break radio silence for this, but things have been... rough at the Casa de Te for a while, so here we are.

My lovely spouse Jack needs some dental work, and it's outside our budget. Jack's missing several teeth, and Medicaid will pay for a partial denture, but Jack has a condition that makes it impossible to fit dentures without them first having surgery.

You knew this was coming: Medicaid won't pay for the surgery that makes dentures workable for Jack.

That's where you come in. Jack found an amazing oral surgeon who will do the work for what they'd earn via insurance, so the price tag is $550.

If you have a few dollars to spare, we'd really appreciate your help. If your budget is as fixed as ours, a signal boost would help, too.


Help Jack chew!

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