Monday, October 16th, 2017 02:20 pm
I am feeling whooped but triumphant. Last week was five playdates in six days, including two (!) sleepovers (including a school day), and I survived.

I also cleaned like a mad over the weekend - reclaimed the junktable and all the windowsills, cleaned out some drawers of things, did laundry, tamed Guppy's room, and cleaned my entire closet (including replacing a lightbulb).

I went to the gym this morning and wrote 1100 words (a bit over 25k on the whole project now!). I have two half scenes to write, and a little bit of cleanup.

I'm still behind on #inktober, with 11 done. Some of them are pretty simple, but #10 is a doozy (complicated 9x12 piece with lots of teeny detail), and finished just in time for a deadline for an anthology that I also have a story coming out in.


#5. Original available. (Half-priced for Patreon patrons!)

Sketch Fest is Friday! Bring prompts and help me catch up on #inktober!

In weather news, we've been a weird extended pause. We got snow last week. And the week before. And each time, it got rained away the same day. Fermata is a musical term for an extended last note or pause at the end of a phrase, and that's what this feels like... the conductor is just still standing there letting fall fade out for just a few weeks more and everything is waiting. Saturday was surreal and foggy. Today, it's colder, and it's just now started snowing very lightly.

Tonight, bellydancing. Even though my abs are sore from P/T this morning.
Monday, October 16th, 2017 08:17 pm
I want to participate in the smallfandombigbang challenge, but the support comm is on LJ.

I deleted my LJ of many years very deliberately this spring, over the Russian censorship issue.

I'm told I can use OpenID to join the comm over there.

Except when I look at the DW FAQ on OpenID, I see info on using OpenID on DW. When I look at the LJ FAQ, it tells me I can use OpenID over there and then requests a URL.

I cannot figure out how to create an OpenID account from DW to use on an LJ comm.

What am I missing?
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 12:20 pm

Posted by Idiot/Savant

Under Franco's dictatorship, Spain had political prisoners. And now, under the Francoist People's party, it has them again, with two Catalans jailed for sedition for organising peaceful protests for independence:
The leaders of two of the main pro-independence civil society organizations have been sent to prison without bail on sedition charges. A Spanish judge decided to imprison Jordi Sànchez, president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, president of Òmnium Cultural, for their role in the October 1 referendum. Both of them will already sleep in jail tonight. The same judge also decided to release without passport the chief of the Catalan police, Josep-Lluís Trapero, accused of not having done enough to stop voters from participating in the independence referendum.

The initial investigation against Trapero, Sánchez and Cuixart focused on demonstrations on September 20 and 21, when fourteen high-ranking officials of the Catalan government were arrested and people protested massively, and peacefully, in the streets. But the case was extended to also include events during the October 1 referendum and the alleged “flagrant inaction” of Catalonia’s police corps, the Mossos d’Esquadra, to stop the vote.

Sánchez and Cuixart lead two of the biggest pro-independence organizations in Catalonia, responsible for organizing the massive pro-Yes demonstrations of the last few years. The prosecutor argues that they mobilized people on referendum day, asking citizens to protest in front of polling stations, thus impeding police officers from closing them down.


They could be facing between 4 and 15 years in jail for peacefully advocating for their political views. In a supposed "democracy". But then, democracies don't blockade polling places and beat people for voting either. If this is the sort of state Spain is, then Catalans are entirely sensible to want to leave it.
Monday, October 16th, 2017 07:10 pm
[ Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V

Borrowing over a fandom meme from [personal profile] musesfool (who in turn is borrowing it over from [personal profile] misbegotten). 50 questions, because it seems a sensible thing to start in the middle of the night when I need something to place in the giant silence headed precisely nowhere, but did, at the very least, decide not to be a migraine.

Fandom Questions 50, Part I

Ship Questions for your Current Fandom

11. Who is your current OTP?
Given we left off last time, in my current fandoms being Yuri!!! On Ice, my current OTP obsession is Yuri Katsuki/Victor Nikiforov.

12. Who is your current OT3?
I...don't really have one in this canon? I often do at times, and I've read a handful of Chris/Victor/Yuri pieces and even Victor/Yuri/Yurio pieces in the long slog through tons of fic being written in A03 for this fandom in the spring/summer, but none of the OT3's are my hardcore loves.

Wait. I lied. The whatever it is/isn't that's going on with Emil & The Crispino's. I don't really ship incest much (>_> Yeah, I know. I have that one Skywalker fic, I know, and I've totally written meta on Simon-River, and read Flowers in the Attic as a kid). But. Emil and the Crispino's for serious. Emil, who flirts with both twins and tries to get both their attention, and who spends time checking them both out.

I'm here for whatever is happening with those three.

13. Any NoTPs?
None? I don't really have any glaring red alert problems with ships in this fandom.

14. Go on, who are your BroTPs?
The main trio, I suppose goes here? Yuri, Victor, and Yurio as the trio the art depicts as happening, even if the canon hasn't made happen in the slightest yet. I'm really living for the day we'll finally have canon on how that happens and why and where.

I want to see more of Yurio in the land that the last episode/two shows us, addressing that not just Victor, but Yurio, too has gotten his L-words of "love" and "life" from Yuri, as well. That he both carried it and shows it in different ways than anything we've seen with Victor. I want to see what happens to the Victor & Yurio dynamic, too, especially as the art paints these three always together, and yet interviews are still saying that Victor is still only truly his happier relaxed self about only Yuri, himself.

Everything about Yuri & Phichit's cutest best friends thing ever, where Phichit attached himself to Yuri's life forever and didn't let go, and Yuri totally came to appreciate it and Phichit and never wants that to end, no matter where in the world they are. Also, Victor & Chris' best-flirty-competitors-frenemies thing. I'm around for more in that book, too.

15. Is there an obscure ship which you love?
Early on Yakov/Lilia, and everything with a side of Minako/Lilia.

16. Are there any popular ships in your fandom which you dislike?
No?

17. Who was your first OTP and are they still your favourite?
Victor & Yuri, and yes, a million times over. My pocketbook is still feeling the constant burn, as is my inability to wait for tags, or for new merchandise/art, or for each of the new events I stalk across the universe, tracking down every crumb said everywhere about them by the creators.

18. What ship have you written the most about?
Given I'm playing Yuri over there, I'd have to say that answer is obvious.

19. Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
I'm not really all that invested in almost any other ship but the main one in this canon. I like skimming them in reading, and a lot of them come up. I have a passing fancy now and then with Sara/Mila. But really I'm not massively all over the other ships that are sailing in the YOI waters.

20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
Isabella/JJ. I don't have any true love for JJ as a character by himself, but I adore Bella's absolutely, unwavering dedication to the boy she loves and her entire scene standing up, crying, and still shouting his name, even in his defeat, has me almost teary eyed every time. I'm here for more Isabella Bela in the future, too.
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 06:37 pm
She's been trying to get in the front door. Today she tried to slip in the back - at least until she was repelled by Callie!

Jenn referred to her being "home" the other day, meaning being on our porch.

We've got to get her moved, and fast. If we keep talking like that, she'll be our cat.

Now, last week she disappeared when it was time to grab her to go to the van. Next week, won't let her do that.

Also, Bookriot has a $500 sweepstakes to spend at whatever bookstore you like.

***************


How a Single Mom Created a Plastic Food-Storage Empire

'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy'

The Tomato Pill Craze

American cricket gets ready for take-off

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination

How Amish produce gets to Whole Foods—without the internet, tractors, or phones

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

The Surprising Problem With Star Trek’s Most Celebrated Episode (And really, why not take that character back to the future or something?)

Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic

An Anarchist Is Teaching Patients to Make Their Own Medications (Sounds risky, especially if combined with self-diagnosis.)

Diwali Fireworks Are Limited In India Over Toxic Smog Concerns

Rohingya refugee influx inspires Bangladeshi aid - and worry

2-year-old denied kidney transplant from 100% match dad because of probation violation (UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE.)

How can US rapist win joint custody of minor victim's child?

Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group hate group on religious freedom memo

Before You Hit 'Submit,' This Company Has Already Logged Your Personal Data

Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

Are Millennials Moving Right on Guns?
Monday, October 16th, 2017 11:00 pm

Posted by mugumogu

 


バターなつ男:「吾輩はバターなつ男。由緒あるバターナッツ一族の末裔である。昨年は姉のバターなつ子が大変世話になった。」
Butternut Squash Ⅱ:[I am Butternut Squash Ⅱ.  I am very gentle man. I’m descendant of well-honored Butternut Squash clan. My older sister was taken care of very much last year.]


バターなつ男:「記念に撮るがよい。」
Butternut Squash Ⅱ:[Let’s take a commemorative photo.]


バターなつ男:「姉にも言ったが、君たちももう少しスリムになってはどうだね?」
Butternut Squash Ⅱ:[By the way, you should become a little slimmer. I made this story my older sister.]


まる:「耳齧ってもいい?」
バターなつ男:「ダメである。」
Maru:[Can I bite your ear?]
Butternut Squash Ⅱ:[Noooo!]

 

 

Monday, October 16th, 2017 07:30 pm
Proof that the spirit has not died: Chapter 5 (31942 words) by kawuli
Chapters: 5/?
Fandom: Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Series - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, District 9 (Hunger Games), District 6, Normal people make the rebellion happen, Minor Character Death, Canon-Typical Violence
Series: Part 3 of These are truly the last days: Panem's rebellion from below
Summary:

"If the step were not being taken, if the stumbling-forward ache were not alive, the bombs would not fall, the throats would not be cut. For every bomb is proof that the spirit has not died."
--The Grapes of Wrath

The die is cast, the spark set, the flame growing. Zea finds herself swept up in a world she never dreamed of; Sara has been dreaming of setting this fire for years. What can a few people do against the Capitol? Much more than they ever expected.


--

The first half of this is called "Sara's terrible plan" in my Scrivener file. So, y'know, Alister is enjoying himself




Chapter 5: All twisted metal stretching upwards )
Monday, October 16th, 2017 06:26 pm
I feel a lot lately like a huge puzzle that is rambling around, shaken and tossed and dropped, still within the confines of it's unopened box. All the sides rubbing against each other, but none of them in true connection in that darkness. None of them seeing the bigger picture, even seeing the colors on their opposite sides in that less than a square foot of darkness.

My work goes well. Actually, that is an understatement. After three years in Special Ed, and two and half months spent having panic attacks that I would never be able to handle this new job, I am doing stupendous for a first year alone. The lion share of my kids adore me, my down to earth nature, the music I play daily. They come for tutoring, and they come for recommendations to every which college and future placement.

My failure rate for my first six weeks was under 9%, which was not matched by anyone in either of my Junior or Senior AP teams, or my friend down in Pre-Ap I for English. I haven't gotten angry at them yet, but I am firm about my rules and about the things I will and I won't accept.

It's everything else that seems to be tossed up a lot. I'm too busy in the afternoons with extracurricular's: Leader Academy, Book/Comic Book Club, and Anime Club. I'm on the committee boards for Nerdvana Con, the SLO Pilot for Junior AP, and The Principal's Advisory (though at least Nerdvana Con's weekly planning meetings will end soon, as Nerdvana Con is in two weeks, thank you every deification everywhere).

My laundry hasn't really been finished in three weeks, even though I did 2/3rds of it the last time I started. Yuri on Ice is the one thing that really glues anything together in my evenings and mornings, which is too much to ask of one small show. The SciFi Meetup is generally, mostly, taking care of itself, while Geek Girl Brunch never does such a thing and goes up and down like a ship in the waves.

My DM is pregnant and DND sessions have been canceled for a good while. My health. . . probably deserves its own post, as it's another shaken around box without many air holes in it for the scrabbling that goes on inside of it anytime I have to think about it.

I miss my spiritual groups with a longing, an emptiness, and a nostalgia all swirled together that defies terms to name it. There are bridges I cannot and would not uncross, for things that were not good being done to others, and yet these spaces and places remain empty and I long.

I'm rambling without a course. My tiller is missing a bit lately.
Monday, October 16th, 2017 11:54 pm

"Very successful Artisan/Collectables MARKET on Saturday" says the Rochester City Centre Forum (apparently a joint effort of the council and the High Street traders) on their FB page.


To which I replied: "Very successful, except for those of us who are wheelchair users and find ourselves barred from the footpaths. What you can't see in that top picture is that it is the exit from the disabled car park and the pavement is blocked in both directions, as is the kerb-cut directly in front of that stall - to use the kerb cut safely a wheelchair user needs to start/finish at least as far back as the orange box visible in the picture. In fact it was significantly worse than that when I was in Rochester about 4PM on Saturday as the stall had boxes down the side that meant there wasn't even space to squeeze a narrow wheelchair like mine between the lamppost and stall, taking the unsafe approach down the side of the kerb-cut. For anyone in a wider chair or a powerchair, forget it. Remember, the space in front of the stalls is going to be occupied by customers, so there is even less space available. I ended up having to hop off the kerb, which nearly threw me out of my chair and didn't even try to use the entrance on my return, despite that being my normal route back to the car.

The steep camber of Rochester High Street makes it difficult to wheelie from road to pavement without risking tipping - I can't do it at all if I have the anti-tip protection deployed on my chair - and many people have chairs, powerchairs or scooters which are completely incapable of kerb-climbing. The reality of the choice of stalls which block the full width of the pavement is that they completely block wheelchair users from accessing the shops between them, or even safely exiting the disabled car park.

Rochester High Street is an obstacle course to wheelchair users at the best of times due to paving, camber, and cobbles, but these stalls leave it completely inaccessible. I raised the issue with the Council after their previous appearance, and was assured my concerns, particularly with respect to the kerb cut would be passed on, but this time things were even worse. To use the space in front of the disabled car park, blocking wheelchair users from exiting, really shows a careless contempt for the needs and rights of disabled people."

I had a reply within about an hour from the chair of the Forum. He did promise to do something about the kerb-cuts, but did not impress by first launching into a rant about cyclists on the pedestrianised High Street (why yes, I did know it's pedestrianised on Saturday, that's beside the point, the road doesn't help if I can't get from road to footpath) and then protesting "It's only 12 times a year," and "it's for the community". Do I not count as a member of the community?

Grrrrrrr!!!!

ETA: there's now a nebulous "this problem will be addressed", so I asked them to make sure they got a wheelchair user's input as to whether it did fix the problem or not.
Monday, October 16th, 2017 07:05 pm
Title: Ready
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 320
Rating: G

Read more... )
Monday, October 16th, 2017 05:48 pm
A 221B drabble per day (whether it’s a Sherlockian fandom or not), drawn from the kinktober kink list!

Day 1: 1. Spanking | Sleepy Sex | Aphrodisiacs

A Boon to Diplomacy (The Hobbit, Bilbo/Thorin/Thranduil/Bard)

Day 2: 2. Dirty talk | Watersports | Forniphilia (Human Furniture)

A Firm Footing (Sherlock, Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes)

Day 3: 3. Public | Biting | Sthenolagnia (Strength/Muscles)

Chelicerae (The Silmarillion, Thuringwethil/Ungoliant)

Day 4: 4. Bukakke | Knife Play | Begging

Entitlement (Sherlock, Sherlock/John)

Day 5: Day 5: 5. Humiliation | Cuckolding | Body Swap

Double Dare (Sherlock, Sherlock/Mary/John)

Day 6: 6. Size Difference | Bondage | Bonds (Telepathic or Empathic)

Knotty Wood (Lord of the Rings, Merry/Pippin/Treebeard)

Day 7: 7. Creampie | Worship (Body, etc) | Cross-dressing

The Gentleman Thief (Sherlock, Irene/Mary)

The armed security guard stood at alert rest, hands crossed behind in a strict military manner. No one at the museum wanted to take risks on a recurrence of the AGRA incident, not with the crown jewels of Narrativistan on loan for a limited engagement.

A lean dapper gentleman strode down the hall to the vault with the aura of one who belonged there. The guard alone knew that he didn’t - and looked askance at another guard who wasn’t quite right. It wouldn’t matter. The cameras would be off when they needed to be.

And such was Irene’s daring that she wriggled half out of her Westwood wool and showed sage-green skin-caressing silk, her male-manicured hands slithering into Mary’s uniform trousers right there in the vault. Mary thought she’d be the one who couldn’t keep her hands off Irene - smart tailoring of that suit seeming to change her whole body shape and give her natural air of dominance a masculine flavour. But it was Irene who seemed impatient. “The jewels are safe, pet,” she purred. “In the safest place. Well, safe from anyone but you.”

The cocky effect was dazzling as Irene pushed Mary against the steel wall and opened her shirt and waistcoat, pressing her breasts against Mary’s cheap uniform. “Suits suit you,” Mary murmured.

“Suits you to look butch.”
Monday, October 16th, 2017 06:35 pm
Fandom: Bandom (My Chemical Romance)

Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero

Content Notes/Warnings: N/A

Medium: Black and red ink

Artist on DW/LJ: N/A

Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] alexzajfert

Why this piece is awesome: for one thing, it follows the red and black aesthetic of the art I recced previously. What really caught my eye about it, though, was that, for a simple portrait of a relaxed-looking Frank, there are certain touchtones. Among those, his penchant for wearing hats and 8948416854 layers of clothing. I also dig the geometric touches that enhance, rather than distract, from the overall piece.

Link: Untitled Frank Iero
Monday, October 16th, 2017 02:38 pm

This note was just posted on Roosevelt bar/coffee shop Café Racer's Facebook page:

It is with great sadness that I have to say this...

Café Racer is closing.

The last night will be this Wednesday.

Lord knows the café has had it's ups and downs but it has been 14 years of art and music and community. No one can take that away from us.

But I just can no longer support it. It is still for sale, and I've had some offers, who wanted to carry on what the café is, but for one reason or another, they have falling through. Contact me if you are interested because the last thing I want is for the café to go away.

I'm sorry. This is the last thing that I wanted to happen.

Love,

Kurt

Presumably the "Kurt" in question is Racer owner Kurt Geissel. Geissel announced his intentions to sell Racer back in the spring of this year.

Café Racer has long been a home base for Seattle's cartooning community, perhaps most notably as the home for the Dune Night comics/zine-drawing jam session. It has also been home to readings, writing workshops, and countless folks working on their novels. The city is losing a literary hub this Wednesday.

Monday, October 16th, 2017 02:00 pm
collages of cats and flowers

Since 2008, Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn has been making surprising cat collages, drawing inspiration from his overflowing collection of houseplant guides and books about cats. Focusing his collages on flowers one week and succulents the next, over the past decade he has hand-crafted several hundred pieces, now collected in his debut book, Cats & Plants. Here are some we liked.  



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