Cuddle Party

Feb. 20th, 2019 12:16 am
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Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes. Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime. So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace. Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a
cuddle room that comes with fort cushions, fort frames, sheets for draping, and a weighted blanket. A nest full of colorful egg pillows sits in one corner. There is a basket of grooming brushes, hairbrushes, and styling combs. A bin holds textured pillows. There is a big basket of craft supplies along with art markers, coloring pages, and blank paper. The kitchen has a popcorn machine. Labels are available to mark dietary needs, recipe ingredients, and level of spiciness. Here is the bathroom, open to everyone. There is a lawn tent and an outdoor hot tub. Bathers should post a sign for nude or clothed activity. Come snuggle up!

Thank you!

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:54 pm
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Huge, huge thank you to everyone who commented on my previous post. I'm still incredibly hyped and can't believe I got so lucky. I'm going to be at this brand new hospital from the very beginning. omg.

Greedy financial stuff )

So I'll be guaranteed off Wednesdays and Sundays and go back and forth each week having Friday or Saturday off (and Saturdays are only half days anyway).

We bought our scrubs on Sunday (once we get our names embroidered, I will show you guys!). I did the direct deposit and tax related stuff tonight.

jdsaklfdjsfkahfdsfjdhasfdsafsa I'm so excited. Gosh. The hype is real.
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but in this case it's pretty much unavoidable due to the subject matter, so I'll just tell you: the book is called Confessions of a Teenage Leper. Eva brought it home from the library, and I read it as I cooked dinner.

It may be the case that most or all people with Hansen's Disease hate the term "leper" and prefer not to be called that. I'm more than happy to oblige! And while the protagonist can get away with it due to also having the disease, the readers of this book need to be told the preferred usage.

But that doesn't make me thrilled to suddenly see a paean to Person First Language in the middle of this book, one which was then reiterated in the afterword. Instead of "put the person first!" nonsense I would have told our main character, when she complained that it doesn't matter which word you use, that the terms "leper" and, to a lesser extent, "leprosy" have been tied down with so much stigma and figurative baggage that it's basically impossible to use them in a literal, non-pejorative sense and that, also, whether she understood it or not it wasn't a very good idea to go around saying rude and offensive things when you know other people can't stand it.


Feb. 19th, 2019 08:57 pm
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I am looking for an H/D beta who isn't bothered by smut. Fic is currently approx 23,000 words. Not for a fest, so not working to a deadline.

I'm seeking someone with experience, please. I'm pretty good with the basics already, the spelling, etc. So I'm hoping more for the "this is thin, explain more why he feels that way," and "you used this word twice in one sentence," and "this sentence is a little awkward," types of constructive criticism.

Thanks in advance!

Hank Green & Holly Bourne

Feb. 19th, 2019 11:22 pm
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Last night I went to see Holly Bourne (British YA author -- her themes seem to be feminism and mental health, and the new one involves the internet) interview Hank Green (Vlogbrother, CrashCourse and Vidcon creator) about An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Which is a very good book.

book and interview stuff )

2019 Week 7 Summary

Feb. 19th, 2019 05:43 pm
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I wrote all of 791 words this week.

And only that much for because I had to revamp a section of Winter's Tale. I can't even seem to edit in advance, either, I'm just dragging my ass and editing each chapter on the day it's supposed to be published.

Maybe the upcoming week will be better.

To make my end goal for the month my adjusted daily word goal is: 1,995

State of the Pool

Feb. 19th, 2019 03:20 pm
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So far the pool by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth has enough to cover the following poems:

Iron Horses:
"As Glorious Reminders"
" Whatever You Do to the Animals"
"Reaching Out to Rescue One Another"

"Cut With Our Own Dust"
"How We Correct Them"
"The Courage To Admit Them"

[personal profile] ng_moonmoth adds:
Right now, we're $40 short of being able to sponsor two more poems, "That Ability to Comfort" and "What Seems Like Surrender".  "The Reality of Cruelty" is the stretch goal if more comes in.
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[personal profile] redrikki posting in [community profile] halfamoon
Title: Comic Book Life
Author: [ profile] redrikki 
Fandom: Black Lightning (TV)
Pairing: Anissa Pierce/Grace Choi
Rating: PG
Length: 640
Summary: Comic book Thunder's boyfriend knew what his woman did, so why couldn't Anissa tell her girlfriend?

Half a Moon: Susan Ivanova

Feb. 19th, 2019 11:40 am
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I really wanted to get a Susan Ivanova fic into this challenge, newly-written. But time got away from me and I'm not ready to write it yet. If I self-rec something for next year with Susan in'll know I finally got it done, long after the end of Half A Moon. I really want to get it right.

In any case, though, here's a little self-rec of a fusion-type crossover that I wrote for a prompt some time ago. I really wanted to make sure I at least posted something for Susan this year.

Title: Something to Remember
Fandom: Babylon 5/Star Wars Original Trilogy (Fusion)
Rating/Pairing: Gen, G
Characters: Susan Ivanova, Han Solo
Summary: Susan and Han have been traveling together, but now it's time for both to move on to their next adventure.
Length: Comment Fic, short
Notes: POV Susan. Susan and Han traveling together was the prompt--from fic_promptly, I believe.
Something to Remember
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with her buddy-ship and her buddy-crewmate, and on the way they meet a wide variety of aliens who have a wide variety of sex/genders and related pronouns. I'm not entirely sure if the author is more socially conscious or more enamored of showing off that she's thought about the fact that aliens might have 17 sexes and 8 legs each, but after the third or fourth encounter with a non-human I'm starting to wonder if either the author or the protagonist has ever considered that, actually, gender/sex is rather a bizarrely arbitrary way to divvy up pronouns in the first place*. If you want to really show that you laugh at convention, the naive request of "Tell me your sex/gender so I can use the right pronoun" should be met with "What a strange question! I'm male, but why does that matter for pronouns? Does everybody on your planet have the same color eyes?"

* Assuming, of course, that you even feel a need beyond animate/inanimate - or even feel that distinction of that is necessary! Lots of real earth cultures that definitely have gender roles don't show that in their pronouns.

Ever the Romantic

Feb. 19th, 2019 03:33 pm
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[personal profile] smallhobbit posting in [community profile] snarry100
Title: Ever the Romantic
Author: [personal profile] smallhobbit 
Pairing: Harry/Severus
Rating: G
Summary: Harry is prepared for a romantic evening


Harry looked with satisfaction )


#217: sing me a song

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:14 am
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What song lyric resonates with you the most? Why do you respond so strongly to it?

Feel free to answer in the comments or paste the code below into your own journal to answer the question.

The Importance of Choice

Feb. 19th, 2019 03:04 am
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Free choice instills a love of reading and learning.  Force instills hatred.  I agree with the author that it would be difficult to come up with a more effective way to make people loathe and avoid books.

I love reading.  I will read the back of cereal boxes.  But I hated reading in school because it was far below my level and almost all of it was very badly written.  Now imagine that for all the kids who didn't go into school knowing that reading was awesome; they would conclude that it's always  torture.  Quite sensibly they cease doing it as soon as the force stops.  That's the problem with force; you have to keep it up or people immediately bolt.  And you can only force people to read while they're imprisoned in schools against their will.

I also designed and graded coursework for adult prison classes, where almost nobody can read.  The skill caps out around fourth grade level.  And yet I got a bunch of those guys absolutely hooked on reading -- by assigning them things by Langston Hughes and Lorna Dee Cervantes.  Up until then, most of them had no idea  that people like them could write things, or that anyone wrote about things they actually cared about.  At least one or two per class would just catch fire with it.  The others at least did the homework and learned something and had a not-terrible time exploring new things.

If you want people to learn stuff and enjoy reading, the only thing you have to do -- and the only thing that works -- is feed their interests.  Give them books about characters who are like them, and ones who are different.  Books about where they came from and where they ended up.  If they love cars, give them car books.  If they love flowers, give them field guides.  There are books on everything under the sun and everything beyond it too.  Books with pictures, with text, with pop-ups, with textures, with Braille.  Something for everyone.

Don't waste it.

Gains 341

Feb. 18th, 2019 08:25 pm
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Title: Gains 341
Author: [personal profile] enchanted_jae
Team: Aurors
Character(s): Harry, Draco
Rating: PG
Warning(s): None
Word count: 100
Written for: [community profile] dracoharry100 Prompt No. 561- build
Disclaimer: Characters are the property of JK Rowling, et al. This drabble was written for fun, not for profit.
Summary: Harry fires the first volley.

Gains 341 )


Feb. 18th, 2019 09:04 pm
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[personal profile] digthewriter posting in [community profile] neville100
Title: Sharing
Author/Artist: [personal profile] digthewriter
Character(s): Neville, Draco, Harry
Rating: PG-13
Challenge(s): "Glory" for [ profile] neville100, and "Trembling" for [ profile] mixandmatch100
Word count: 100x3
Author's notes: Unbetaed. Part 33 of Wanting Harry series.

DW | LJ | IJ

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Feb. 18th, 2019 05:10 pm
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The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now open.  Donors, start your engines!  :D 
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How awesome is Captain Janeway back-sassing her older self in the series finale? Answer: very.

Destiel Fic Recs

Feb. 18th, 2019 01:15 pm
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In the Notes section of each entry I have different tags, so if you are looking for something specific (like "bottom!dean" for example) just ctrl+f and enter your tag and it should highlight the relevant entries!

♥ = favorite

updated February 18, 2019

Castiel/Dean Winchester )

Monday Update 2-18-19

Feb. 18th, 2019 02:10 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Refugees Then and Now
Poem: "Experience Stinks"
Community Building Tip: Community Garden
Moment of Silence: Miguel Civil and "The Scribe of the Evening"
Heating Patches for Clothes
Declining Life Expectancy
Emotional Intimacy Question: Thanks
Why Challenger Failed
Hard Things

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend.

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week.

Voting is still open for the 2019 Rose & Bay Awards. Please vote for your favorites. Review the nomination posts for more information about the nominees if you need it.

Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art!
Fiction: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction!
Poetry: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry!
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics!
Other Project: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects!
Patron: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons!

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are four open epics.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 25 new verses. Pain's Gray has another talk with Clement about the importance of not mistreating Keane.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies." An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.

"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.

Weather here has been mild. We got a little snow, but most of it has melted off quickly. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a Bewick's wren, and a squirrel.
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Thank you for your gratifying reactions to the Count's name, y'all. ^_^ Preliminary signs suggest that I'll probably always include "the" when using the name; during that first trial run, I was cheerfully saying things like "Good job, the Count!" *g*

I wonder what the odds are that we can find little fang stickers for him. (I suppose they'd probably be fairly simple to make.)

I used to bake a fair bit--not a vast amount, but I used to make my own muffins for breakfast and make other things pretty routinely. It sort of fell gradually by the wayside, and because anxiety messes me up at least a little about rather a lot of things, somewhere along the line I vaguely concluded that I'd stopped because I was anxious about it. (And it doesn't help that it wasn't really a process I actively enjoyed--I liked the satisfaction of having done it, as well as having the results.)

Last weekend, when I was in a household-puttering mood and [personal profile] scruloose was mostly focused on dealing with toilet installation, I tackled a corner of the pantry...which translated into throwing out or composting basically everything baking-related, because most of it was long past its expiration date, not having been touched in forever. >.< And that sucked.

But it also got me thinking about timelines, and I realized that there was a factor to my losing the baking habit that I hadn't really considered at all: somewhere in the vicinity of the same time, [personal profile] scruloose and I started spending a lot of time hanging out with Kas. Kas, who actively bakes to relax. Who was in the habit of just turning up for hangouts with a tin or two of tasty baked goods. (Who, once he had a permanent key to our place, would sometimes swing by even if [personal profile] scruloose and I were out someplace and leave baked goods on the counter.)

COULD THERE BE A CONNECTION??? Clearly it's a mystery for the ages.

(I shared this revelation with him the other night when he and Ginny were here for supper...when he had just unexpectedly brought me a lemon loaf. *g* [I had mentioned to Ginny at work that Kas' lemon loaf was probably my single-favorite thing that he makes, and I missed it a little; he's been more focused on other things for a couple of years. It was not meant as a hint! But she relayed it and boom, lemon loaf. {He also said he'd literally had lemons on the counter that he was planning to make use of anyway, so the timing was good. But still. He's one hell of a friend.}])

#216: neener neener neeeeeener

Feb. 18th, 2019 10:21 am
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What would you consider to be the biggest insult to yourself?

Feel free to answer in the comments or paste the code below into your own journal to answer the question.

(no subject)

Feb. 18th, 2019 08:58 am
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Protests planned against Trump's national emergency over the border wall

It's a bit miserable out there for a protest, but if I go early to the one at Union Square I can hit up the bookstore and also get some groceries. (Or is it more appropriate to do my shopping after?)


Feb. 18th, 2019 06:02 am
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 Dragon aurora.  Well, that's a bit alarming.  Beautiful, but alarming.  They don't usually show themselves so boldly and it is rarely a good thing when they do.  0_o

Aromantic Awareness Week

Feb. 18th, 2019 05:53 am
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... runs the week after Valentines Day.

Use this post to discuss the aromantic spectrum, share resources, recommend favorite stories or movies, etc.  You can talk about the aromantic spectrumsingle lifestylenonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat.  Here is a database of ace-aro characters in literature.

If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters

These series have aromantic characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta

These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Tripping into the Future
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This will be an anthology of aromantic characters focusing on platonic relationships.  SHUT UP AND TAKE MAH MONEY!  :D 

Cake Pictures

Feb. 18th, 2019 05:37 am
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 Llama cakes.

I just kind of want to send all of these to China.  Grass mud horse!


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