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lilacsigil: Jean Grey, Marvel Comics, "On Fire" (phoenix fire)
Monday, July 28th, 2014 08:42 pm
I'm cleaning out a lot of comics while we move house and I would rather pass them along to fellow fans if anyone wants them. Happy to send them anywhere for free. Feel free to let other fans know about this if you think they'd like anything.

Today's offerings:

X-Men: Emperor Vulcan, five issue miniseries, complete. Great for fans of Rachel Grey, the Shi'Ar, or wacky X-Men space adventures. Also good for fans of Vulcan but I don't know if there are any.

Vertigo: Shadows Fall, six issue miniseries, complete. Very early 90s Vertigo style urban horror, nice art.
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lilacsigil: Child Mystique, close up on face (Mystique baby)
Sunday, June 15th, 2014 01:00 pm
Title: The Getting of Magic
Fandom: X-Men First Class/Harry Potter
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang
Characters: Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Raven Darkholme, Moira MacTaggert, Albus Dumbledore, First Class ensemble, plus various X-Men comics and Harry Potter characters.
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 65,000
Content warnings: mentions of the Holocaust, Nazis, physical and emotional child abuse and period-appropriate language.
Author's Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] st_aurafina for an epic beta and to [livejournal.com profile] afrocurl for running the Big Bang comm and getting me to finish this fic!

With art by [livejournal.com profile] sunryder at AO3 or at tumblr.

Summary: It's September 1947 and Hogwarts is finally getting back to normal after the disruptions of the war against Grindelwald and the Muggle World War. Transfiguration teacher Albus Dumbledore has been searching for students who have missed out on starting at Hogwarts, such as Charles Xavier and his sister Raven who have been hiding in the US, and refugee Erik Lehnsherr. Grindelwald's supporters are still strong, though, and it's going to be a turbulent first year for Charles, Raven, Erik and their friends.

The Getting of Magic on AO3

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Epilogue
lilacsigil: Child Mystique, close up on face (Mystique baby)
Sunday, June 15th, 2014 12:11 pm
Title: The Getting of Magic
Fandom: X-Men First Class/Harry Potter
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang
Characters: Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Raven Darkholme, Moira MacTaggert, Albus Dumbledore, First Class ensemble, plus various X-Men comics and Harry Potter characters.
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 65,000
Content warnings: mentions of the Holocaust, Nazis, physical and emotional child abuse and period-appropriate language.
Author's Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] st_aurafina for an epic beta and to [livejournal.com profile] afrocurl for running the Big Bang comm and getting me to finish this fic!

With art by [livejournal.com profile] sunryder at AO3 or at tumblr.

Summary: It's September 1947 and Hogwarts is finally getting back to normal after the disruptions of the war against Grindelwald and the Muggle World War. Transfiguration teacher Albus Dumbledore has been searching for students who have missed out on starting at Hogwarts, such as Charles Xavier and his sister Raven who have been hiding in the US, and refugee Erik Lehnsherr. Grindelwald's supporters are still strong, though, and it's going to be a turbulent first year for Charles, Raven, Erik and their friends.

Chapter 1 )
lilacsigil: Child Mystique, close up on face (Mystique baby)
Monday, May 26th, 2014 06:05 pm
I am so looking forward to ALL THE FIC! It's one of those terrific fannish movies that keeps its main story together while leaving lots of delicious gaps for ficcers to develop.

All the things I was worrried about were in fact awesome, the time-travel was great and Mystique is my hero.

That said, does it count for the Bechdel Test if a female shapeshifter is impersonating a male character and speaks to a female character about something other than a man?

Spoilers )
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lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 09:30 pm
The first of our Green Zebra tomatoes is ready! They're usually later than the rest of the tomatoes, but they're tangy and delicious. We ate it in a cucumber and tomato salad.

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[image description: a striped green tomato on a blue plastic cutting board]
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lilacsigil: Korra ready to fight by crossedwires (Korra)
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 10:07 pm
Title: Lives and Loves of the Giant Badger-Moles
Fandom: Avatar: the Last Airbender
Written for: femslashex 2013
Recipient's name: [personal profile] pleonasm
Rating: Teen
Pairing/Characters: Toph Bei Fong/Suki, background Suki/Sokka
Word Count: 2000

Many thanks to [personal profile] lea_hazel for beta-reading and to [personal profile] muccamukk for running the exchange.


Lives and Loves of the Giant Badger-Moles )
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
Monday, November 11th, 2013 07:30 pm
Best wishes to Filipino flisters and I hope your friends and families are all safe and well.

UNICEF and the Red Cross are two of the organisations already in place providing shelter, clean water and medical care (links go to Australian sites) if you have anything to spare.

There's a buy-it-now fundraiser starting on [livejournal.com profile] fandomaid - several people have already offered fic and crafts there.

Stay safe, everyone.
lilacsigil: Japanese girl writing (Write)
Monday, October 14th, 2013 09:23 pm
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for writing a story for me! I've tried to put various ideas in this letter, but if you'd rather go off on a different tangent, please feel free.

Things I enjoy: stories about female characters, plot, character interaction, gen fic or any of femslash/het/slash, exploring a canon world. I also like OCs as a way to expand the canon universe, so if that's a direction you want to go, that would be great too.

Things I don't enjoy: non-con or rape, non-canon character deaths (canon deaths are totally fine), adult/teen or adult/child sexual interaction, zombies, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fics.

Adaptation - Malinda Lo, Baker Street (Comic), Captain Britain and MI:13, Kuragehime|Princess Jellyfish, Orphan Black, Problems - Salmonella Dub (music video) )

Thank you again, and I hope you have a great Yuletide.
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lilacsigil: John Byrne art of Destiny and Mystique, caption "Destined" (destiny mystique)
Monday, September 16th, 2013 06:02 pm
Hi [community profile] femslashex writer!

Thank you so much for writing about these characters! I love all the women I've requested and would be thrilled with a story about any of them. There's a bit more detail about Orphan Black, but only because I've asked for such varied pairings, not because I'd prefer that fandom!

Things I love to see in fic are adults making their own choices; women intensely focused on each other as friends, enemies or lovers; plot and/or character-based stories; porn related to the rest of the story.

Things I don't like: any kind of non-con or torture; character-bashing; humiliation or embarrassment; fires.

Elementary, Jem and the Holograms, Orphan Black )
lilacsigil: Japanese girl with cat (Teasing Kitty)
Monday, September 2nd, 2013 06:31 pm
(minor self-inflicted animal harm, happy ending involving ice cream)

Chewie is a brave and adventurous little cat, and today we heard him running around the house yelling (not unusual) then he raced into the living room and started making vomiting noises (very unusual). He threw up yellow bile and some bits of what looked like black plastic, and I comforted him over a non-staining easy-to-clean surface while [personal profile] st_aurafina cleaned up the vomit. Chewie was inconsolable, though, and kept running around yowling and sticking his tongue out.

Then we worked out the problem: we had had goat's cheese for lunch, and we had taken out the peppercorns. Now one peppercorn was missing. The internet told us that pepper is poisonous to cats, so off to the vet with Chewie, yowling all the way! Fortunately, we live in a town with huge numbers of vets (because of the huge number of cows) so it's always easy to find one, and they love treating animals other than cows for a bit of variety. Peppercorns, it turns out, are technically poisonous to cats, but since the cat always vomits them up, that's not the problem. The problem is the burns to gums, tongue and oesophagus - the vet could see where he had bitten the peppercorn, because he had a red burn around his tooth and down that side of his tongue.

He rinsed Chewie's mouth out with water (Chewie was surprised but co-operative), then put Vegemite on his paws so that he would lick it a lot and thus keep his mouth and oesophagus irrigated with soothing saliva. Apparently the salt and stickiness means that cats don't like the texture of Vegemite on their fur but do like to eat it, so this was a great success. The best bit was that when we got home, we had to give him ice cream: it's cold and soothing, plus the milk stops the pepper burning. He carefully licked vanilla ice cream from my finger, then ate some from a bowl, and after that he was much better. The other cats wouldn't let him back in the cat basket for several hours though, probably because he smelled like Vet. Now they're all snuggling together again, and all is well in cat land.
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lilacsigil: Knives and Tamara looking surprised, text: OMG (Knives omg!)
Sunday, August 4th, 2013 05:56 pm
The Federal election has been called and thankfully it's soon: September 7th. Then maybe whichever asshole wins can take a little break from explaining exactly how we have to brutalise refugees this week (but only the ones that come on boats! The motion of the ocean turns them into evil sea monsters and they'll use us all for toothpicks! If they come by plane that's just fine.)
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lilacsigil: Japanese girl writing (Write)
Thursday, June 27th, 2013 03:38 pm
I've signed up for my first fic bingo card! It's at [community profile] ladiesbingo and I'm really excited about it. There's a huge variety of prompts, and you can opt out of up to three, which worked perfectly for me. So if you want some prompts to start writing (or focus character ideas), cards are being sent out right now.

Bingo Card )
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
Monday, June 10th, 2013 10:22 pm
This is the first quilt I've made, so while it's a bit wonky, I'm very proud of it.

Good things about making a quilt:

- I could cuddle it while I worked on it
- it uses up vast amounts of fabric scraps that were too pretty to throw away
- now I have an actual quilt on my bed
- it was a really good pick-up-put-down project that I could do in lots of easy stages
- it's completely fascinating to stare at

Bad things about making a quilt:

- once it's assembled, it was huge and heavy and difficult to push through the sewing machine
- pieces of the same fabric call to each other and despite my best efforts I have found at least five places with adjacent matching squares
- now I'm all bereft! Though I did make a soft toy platypus today and now it is watching me beadily
- it's completely fascinating to stare at so my time going to bed or getting up has been greatly extended

Photos! )

I definitely want to make another one some time, so if there's any experienced quilters on my flist, please give me hints!
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