The epic Turkey photo post.

26 May 2015 23:16
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The resort we stayed at in Turkey on our recent holiday was one of these all-inclusive five-star jobbies. The bloke and I are not normally “all-inclusive five-star” sort of people. We’re more “tent in a field” or “youth hostel” types. Since having tiny children, however, we’ve (with varying degrees of reluctance) discovered staying in hotels.

When the opportunity came up to have a beach holiday in a country where we could actually afford “all-inclusive five-star”, though, it seemed a good time to try it and see what the fuss was about.

We arrived late at night, because that’s how these things work with package deals and charter flights. Humuhumu dealt with it admirably well after having fallen happily asleep on the plane and subsequently being woken multiple times for the bus journey from the airport to the hotel and finally when her parents insisted on raiding the late-night buffet ten minutes before it shut because they hadn’t had any dinner. The buffet was pretty amazing, given that it was almost 1 AM. We were given wristbands that allowed us to wander freely around the hotel eating and drinking All The Things (and there was a hell of a lot on offer everywhere), and our room cards.

We slept until late morning. This was one unanticipated bonus of travelling two time zones ahead of British Summer Time: it meant Humuhumu was time-shifted two hours later than usual. We could, therefore, have leisurely evening meals, walks along the beach and drinks at the outside bar before we went to bed. Unlike the other parents of small children who were staying at the resort, we’d not had the foresight or ability to bring along siblings with no children of their own and/or grandparents. The time-shift allowed us to claw back some of the disadvantage of not having any babysitters. (The minimum age for babysitting services offered by the resort was four years old.)

Breakfast was our first opportunity to observe the other occupants of the resort. I’d say at least 75% were retired couples, which had the unfortunate effect of making me think constantly of Jeremy Paxman’s crack during the UK’s recent general election: “My generation has blown our inheritance on Mediterranean holidays and is refusing to die. If you want to be rid of us, pray for cold winters, or vote.” Judging from the languages on the signage and menus, most were either British, German or Russian. The remaining 25% were couples with very young children and their grandparents, or couples having a romantic getaway. And there were four very tanned, very tattooed, very fit young men from Essex who’d clearly made a terrible misjudgment of the tenor of the place. They were quite sweet and seemed to be making the best of it, which couldn’t have been that difficult when it’s 35 C and you can bounce between beautiful swimming pools and the crystal-clear Med and drink beer and eat ice cream all day. Still, we felt a little sad for them. But not for long as we were too busy enjoying all those things ourselves.

The food on offer was pretty spectacular, and you could eat surprisingly healthy and delicious meals without much effort.

You could also eat a lot of pastries afterward, which we did.

I revelled in having no cooking or washing up to do, although I don’t find those tasks as onerous as I did a few years ago.

Still, it’s not an indulgence I would want on a yearly basis, even if I could afford it, which I can’t. I feel faintly uncomfortable with a level of service that includes fresh towels every day (honestly, we’re not that filthy), although I’m fully on board with a minibar that gets restocked daily. It was also very loud with thumpy music every night and we had to keep the balcony door closed until 3 AM or so. Our resort had evening entertainment that only went on until midnight, but all the five-stars are on the same strip of beach in the town and cater for different clientele so the late-night partying can be heard by everyone. That wasn’t so bad on the first night, when it was only 28 C during the day, but it went up to 38 C by the end of the week and it got pretty stuffy even though the humidity stayed pretty low. I’m not fond of air conditioning, having grown up in the tropics where you’re constantly going from “dry frigid arctic” indoors to “wall of sweaty heat” outside in the summer, so not being able to have fresh cool air wafting into our room all night caused a little bit of resentment.

I might like to try it again when the children are older and we could take advantage of the child care on offer. Then we could use more of the resort’s facilities, like the spa and the restaurants, and perhaps go out into the town at night. But I wouldn’t be that fussed if we never went “all-inclusive five-star” again.

Photos: eating drinking napping sea pool )
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It's been a mixed week in terms of news - the good news being that Ireland voted for gay marriage in the referendum, the bad news being that Serbia's amazing body-positive song didn't win Eurovision!

Fear not, there's nothing on Eurovision in this week's round-up, but you can find an interesting piece on the referendum from New Statesman. If you'd like to comment on one of issues covered or share another article that we haven't included, feel free to get involved in the comments section below or on Facebook/Twitter.

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Bank of England wants an artist for £20 note (BBC News)

Is voting yes to same-sex marriage the first step towards a more progressive Ireland? (New Statesman)

Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" Video Is Not A Feminist Manifesto (The Concourse)

Cannes faces backlash after women reportedly barred from film screening for not wearing high heels (The Guardian)

Rape in Westeros: What "Game of Thrones" could learn from "Mad Max: Fury Road" (Salon)

Mic's Elizabeth Plank Takes Down Fox News' Absurd Anti-Feminist Talking Points (Media Matters)

The toy industry shuts out children with disabilities. We want to change that (The Guardian CiF)

Taylor Swift: 'Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born' (The Guardian)

In awe of Emma Sulkowicz, who carried her mattress during her Columbia graduation (Hello Giggles)

No, feminism is not about choice (The Conversation)

What happens to head girls? (The Observer)

The Imaginary Choice Feminist (Tits and Sass)

How This Woman Helps Hundreds of Pregnant Women in Ireland Access Safe, Legal Abortions (Cosmopolitan)

Putting Femojis On IPhones Is Like Putting Women On Money: MAJORLY Important (Bust)

How Facebook Exposes Domestic Violence Survivors (The Daily Beast)

The On-Screen Response and Reaction to Televised Rape and Sexual Assault Needs to Change (The Mary Sue)

Joumana Haddad Talks Erotica, Atheism, and Feminism in the Middle East (Bitch)

Broken Ends: When People Won't Take No For An Answer When It Comes To Touching Your Hair (Black Girl Dangerous)

Maggie Gyllenhaal: At 37 I was 'too old' for role opposite 55-year-old man (The Guardian)

The photograph is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Beverley Goodwin. It is a black and white image showing three houses set against a very grey looking sky. However, there is a rainbow above the houses, which is depicted in colour.

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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: HARRY POTTER
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Harry Potter/Severus Snape
Content Notes/Warnings: genderbending (both Harry and Severus)
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] ananovik

Why this piece is awesome: Even though Harry and Severus and genderbent, they both look like themselves. They also feel like themselves. I especially love their expression and how they turn to each other. There's a lot of tension.

Link: fem-Snarry(4)

Seven Year Itch

24 May 2015 11:16
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It's my fanniversary today!

Back in 2008, at the urging of [livejournal.com profile] herself_nyc — whose birthday it is! — I posted my first fic, Becoming Anne. This "urging" is no reflection on her estimation of my storytelling. (I'm pretty sure she thinks I'm too easy on Spike.) At that point, all she'd ever read from me were comments on her work. But she pointed me at LiveJournal and I'll be forever grateful.

What's going on in my corner of the fandom... )

New fic!

For [community profile] seasonal_spuffy I did a short update to my WIP, Fire in the Soul:

Title: Fire in the Soul (6a/9)
Author: Rebcake
Rating: PG13
Word count: 2075
Pairing: Spike/Buffy, with Dru and OCs.
A/N: Thanks for the quickie beta by MiAmor. NOT comics compliant.
Summary: A few years after Sunnydale’s spectacular demise, Buffy and her crew are getting on with their lives in San Francisco. A not entirely unwelcome blast from her past (Spike! It's Spike!) blows into town, but he’s brought more than the generally allowable amount of baggage with him.

6a — In which our heroes get closer to the source of the big, brewin' evil, if not each other.

To start at the beginning: Chapter 1 on LJ / Chapter 1 on DW / On AO3

How my writing is going… )

[Fic] Long, Like Memory

24 May 2015 17:16
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Cross-post from my archive.

Fandom/Arc: Daiya no Ace, Standalone
Characters/Pairings: Chris/Miyuki, Kuramochi Youichi, Miyuki Kazuya
Summary: Four moments when Miyuki actually thinks about his hair, often to keep from thinking about something else.
Meta: Drama with Angst and mild UST, I-3
Wordcount: 2057

His mother always combed his hair for school.

Long, Like Memory )
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have three volunteer reccers who signed up for June with these fandoms:

* Moomin ([personal profile] turlough)
* Outlander ([personal profile] mific)
* Stargate SG-1 ([personal profile] paian)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in June, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for July, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for June, July or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of May. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "History", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Fabulous Killjoys aka My Chemical Romance & Helena
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] miibt

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a fun and unexpected work. It's not the most skillful technically but the concept and the way it's visualised is so unexpected and interesting it more than makes up for any deficiencies. And I love Helena's completely perplexed expression.

Link: Killjoys are here
[personal profile] ironed_orchid posting in [community profile] poetry
At the earliest ending of winter,
In March, a scrawny cry from outside
Seemed like a sound in his mind.

He knew that he heard it,
A bird’s cry, at daylight or before,
In the early March wind.

The sun was rising at six,
No longer a battered panache above snow…
It would have been outside.

It was not from the vast ventriloquism
Of sleep’s faded papier-mache…
The sun was coming from the outside.

That scrawny cry – It was
A chorister whose c preceded the choir.
It was part of the colossal sun,

Surrounded by its choral rings,
Still far away. It was like
A new knowledge of reality.
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Haruno Sakura/Hyuuga Hinata
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: vashito's art tag on tumblr | [deviantart.com profile] vashperando
Why this piece is awesome: SakuHina workout buddies! What's not to love? :D The little sketches under the main picture are particularly adorable.
Link: on tumblr (some parts also posted to deviantart: here and here)
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EW re-watches Shadow .

DigitalSpy lists "7 Of Spike's Finest Moments in Buffy and Angel". "There's an impossible list to choose from – Spike arguably changed more dramatically than any other character in the Buffyverse, with the possible exception of Wesley, and the result is a goldmine of comedic and dramatic highlights" and Include Spike/Buffy in their "7 of TVs Most Toxic Romances". "Buffy/Spike began well, and ended well, thanks to season seven which righted many of six's wrongs by casting the pair as mostly non-romantic soulmates. But their actual sexual relationship is one huge poisonous mess".
[personal profile] ironed_orchid posting in [community profile] poetry
Only name the day, and we’ll fly away
In the face of old traditions,
To a sheltered spot, by the world forgot,
Where we’ll park our inhibitions.
Come and gaze in eyes where the lovelight lies
As it psychoanalyzes,
And when once you glean what your fantasies mean
Life will hold no more surprises.
When you’ve told your love what you’re thinking of
Things will be much more informal;
Through a sunlit land we’ll go hand-in-hand,
Drifting gently back to normal.

While the pale moon gleams, we will dream sweet dreams,
And I’ll win your admiration,
For it’s only fair to admit I’m there
With a mean interpretation.
In the sunrise glow we will whisper low
Of the scenes our dreams have painted,
And when you’re advised what they symbolized
We’ll begin to feel acquainted.
So we’ll gaily float in a slumber boat
Where subconscious waves dash wildly;
In the stars’ soft light, we will say good-night—
And “good-night!” will put it mildly.

Our desires shall be from repressions free—
As it’s only right to treat them.
To your ego’s whims I will sing sweet hymns,
And ad libido repeat them.
With your hand in mine, idly we’ll recline
Amid bowers of neuroses,
While the sun seeks rest in the great red west
We will sit and match psychoses.
So come dwell a while on that distant isle
In the brilliant tropic weather;
Where a Freud in need is a Freud indeed,
We’ll always be Jung together.
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patterns that i observe in my recent-ish creative output, not that there's been so very much of it:

two of the most successful stories I've ever written, until you cry: now you must try my greed and Loving in the war years, use the same two-part structure of surprising the characters initially with an id trope (prostitution, body transformation/size kink/semi-foeyay), having them freak out over it and pull apart to get shit figured out, and concluding with a confession-heavy reunion and tentative get-together sequence

I'm stalled at exactly the same point in my body of work around the Star Wars OT and the Chronicles of Prydain. I've previously completed shorter-but-still-elaborate fics (A bed of daysided gold, Airy cages quelled) that try to repair the cracks in the characters' relationships that I observe in the respective source texts; now I've got these two large WIPs that I've had going for literally years that try to work through those issues instead of undoing them. They're stories that I feel very serious about, enough that I've blocked myself in terms of actual execution

the two pieces I'm closest to finishing right now are both small three-part things teasing the nightmares out of their respective canons (Prydain and BSG 78); they are pretty but dark and bleak

i want to write all these tiny sentimental inconsequential feels-bits of stuff in the Vorkosiverse, and keep not letting myself; and i'm doing the same self-censorship with my work on Peter Pan, even though that's bigger, maybe even biggest

I notice i've been dropping caps in my orthography more often lately, and that i;m likely to do so in two noticeable contexts: when i'm making confessions, and when i'm using academese or moving around academic topics. in the first situation it's more like whispering, but in the second it's totally a typed-up version of vocal fry, deliberately feminized/infantilized refusal to use language without an edge of sarcasm. i seem to be experiencing teen rebellion a decade late via tumblr. i kind of love it?
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I'm late because I missed my bus but luckily I had the foresight to record the show and since there are so many bring songs this year I'll probably be able to catch up by skipping them.

(the reason why I didn't blog the second semi-final was because all the songs were boring)

I wonder if we'll have China participating in the 70th anniversary? That's be interesting.

Read more... )

*sigh* There's no better reminder of the fact that the main population of Tumblr is both very young and very ignorant than following the eurovision tags during the contest... And if I see one more person joke about how "in Eurpe we don't have wars, we have Eurovision", I'm going to scream.

In all, quite a disappointing show (except for the excitement of the vote counting). I was expecting more from the 60th anniversary - both Sweden and Denmark had much better shows than Austria. And unpopular opinion, but as much as I liked Conchita Wurst last year, I don't think she was a very good green room host. Hopefully Sweden will have a better show next year. WIth luck Petra Mede will host again.
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[personal profile] paian posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Stargate, and Another World/Old Earth/Far-Future Earth
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: Digital modeling, rendering, and overpainting
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: David Munoz Velazquez
Why this piece is awesome: This seems to me a somber scene, but it's full of light -- from the event horizon, from discs (little ancillary gates?) on the temple pillars, from the bright diffused sunlight coming from beyond the pyramids outside. The environment is an important element and occupies most of the visual real estate, but the power of the figures' silent procession is its equal, and the bright gate is an arresting focal point. I can almost feel the soft texture of the stone, and the Egyptianesque detailing is subtle and lovely.
Link: Stargate
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Chapter Seven of Edge of Sorrow, Heart of Truth by [profile] feliciacraft.

Chapter Four of Storm Warnings by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

[community profile] fantas_magoria re-watches "Killed By Death" .

[profile] sueworld2003 talks about dualbunny's great BtVS videos .

Buffyverse icons by [personal profile] red_satin_doll.

Refinery29 includes Willow and Kennedy in their "The Worst TV Couples Who Never Should Have Gotten Together". "This was one of the most shoehorned relationships on TV. Basically, Joss Whedon employed the Bury Your Gays trope, and then quickly tried to fill that space with something that didn't feel right. Everything happened less than a year after the love of Willow's life was shot in front of her and she turned evil, almost destroying the world".

ComicBookResources previews Angel & Faith, Issue No. Fifteen .
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[personal profile] ironed_orchid posting in [community profile] poetry
There’s a fight between the city and the jungle
and the jungle is winning
Footpaths straining with
massive Mesozoic tree roots swelling underneath.

There’s a fight between the city and the jungle
and the jungle is winning.
Parrots fly between skyscrapers
greed feathered wingtips reflected on every side.

There’s a fight between the city and the jungle
and the jungle is winning.
The waters of the harbour are rising and lapping
at well trimmed asphalt and shiny leather shoes.

There’s a fight between the city and the jungle
and the jungle is winning.
Fruit bats scream in the sunset streets
drown out the beats that spill from the bars.

There’s a fight between you and me
and you are winning.
I tried to pretend you weren’t coming
I tried to have you stopped.

Read more... )

A visit to Antalya

22 May 2015 21:00
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[personal profile] nanila
Disclaimer: I must emphasise that I didn’t take any of the photos in this post. They were all taken by [livejournal.com profile] melissa_maples, who kindly rescued us from our magical ability to get lost even when given very specific directions, and led us to cake and culture in Kaleici. Not only is she a great tour guide, she is also a fantastic photographer and regular blogger and is pretty much directly responsible for our location choice for this holiday. I’m over the moon that we have her photos to remember this trip into Antalya (we were staying at a resort in Kemer, about an hour away by bus) and that there are several lovely ones of all of us together.

First stop, Güneş
Once Melissa had found us, we determined that the first order of business should be cake. We stopped at Güneş to eat tiramisu. The Turkish formula for tiramisu seems to be as follows:
  1. Remove alcohol, substitute additional chocolate
  2. Make cream filling as light and fluffy as possible
  3. Serve pieces nearly as large as baby’s head
  4. Profit

I can confirm that we cleaned our plates.

+lots of words & photos )

Overlooking the old city
Tourist family shot overlooking Kaleiçi.

Everybody together
Everybody smiling in Kaleiçi, except for Keiki who was pretty adamant about looking the other way.

Having admired the bay from several angles, we decided to start the hour and a half journey back to Kemer. We’d had a grand time and we figured it was best not to push Humuhumu too hard. She conked out almost immediately, clinging to the bloke like a baby koala, so we’re pretty certain that was the right decision.

It was terrific to spend facetime with an LJ friend I’ve known online for over ten years, and to be treated to such a tour of their city. I’ll treasure the memory of this day out. I’m so grateful to have these pictures to remind me of everything we did (and ate, yay fooood). [livejournal.com profile] melissa_maples: <333333333!
[personal profile] ironed_orchid posting in [community profile] poetry
One. Turn on the halogen lamps. See:
The shed fills with light so golden
You could knit it into a story.
Happyeverafter fairytale where the prince
Always marries his prince at the end.

Two. In the light and the cold
Our lips breathe mist into the space
Between us. In the light and the cold
The sawdust from your saw
Tumbles in the air like etymology:
Dust mote means might. Dust might;
Each mote might hold a world inside it,
And mote means mot means word.
We are being told stories by the air.

Three. By halogen light with the dust
Rising around us
We’re making riot shields. Foam, plywood,
Cardboard, tape. You grip the drill
In a tired arm and I remember this morning
We hardly knew each other. You drink tea
Like it is coffee and coffee like you have never
Drunk anything before. You smoke
Like you have already given up. You get paint
On your glasses and swear and argue
About Foucault but I have met your father
And he loves you more than breath. The dust
Settles on the tight skin of your arm.

Four. The shields sit silent in the dark
Of the shed overnight with the rain
Hammering, hammering down.

Five. You bring rope. I bring paint.
The day is long and our bodies ache.
There is nothing glorious
About us at all, but by evening
The shields sit with books drawn on them.
They watch me from their drying corner.
The dust is everywhere, dancing in the air.
Tomorrow we go to battle
With our foam and card and love made words.
Tomorrow we kiss shoulder against
Shoulder and arm against shield
Like it is the sexiest damn thing
To ever happen to this tired world.
The prince will get his prince
And we will all win
And we will all be ink and flesh and
The day after tomorrow
The stories will start again.
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
<Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Kakuzu
Content Notes/Warnings: creepiness, body horror
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] WermoongRey
Why this piece is awesome: I love how creepy Kakuzu comes across in this picture, what with the emerging from darkness and the single red eye and the stitched-together mouth. It's an angle on Kakuzu that's rarely seen in fic and fanart, but one that I think really fits to the character.
Link: on deviantart
[personal profile] ironed_orchid posting in [community profile] poetry
It is like this.

There is a tree in me; slim as a wrist
it branches, and leaves obscure the bark.
It is dense and rich, a fine home
for robins, finches – colours dart
between my ribs, thread golds and scarlets
around my bones, spill in and out of flight
as I breathe.

I look at you, and it winters.

Bare-boughed, skeletal crookings claw
into my throat, clatter cold,
send frosted silver spindling ache
into the smell of smoke,
the taste of snow. A wind
stiff as your spine
whimpers the buds to tightness,
coaxes sleep without dreams
of other seasons.

And it is beautiful, understand,
it is so beautiful,
a sky empty as broken glass
a sun streaking ice-light in my skin –
it is beautiful as tears are beautiful
in stories: diamantine,
crystal
adamant
with liquid at its heart
and salt.

Sometimes the tree is a wound.
Sometimes it is an etching in my chest
a tidal river shaped in branches,
silted low, flooded high,
inviting in the sea –

sometimes, the tree speaks
without a mouth. Sometimes
it rustles twig-talk at your eyes,
reaching for a green, for a summer
that could have been.

Sometimes, the tree sings,
keens broken lines and lullabies,
murder-ballads, loneliness,
paper-bark and thorns.

It sings,

I will be a tree of salt for you –
of waves and wanting, washing clean –
and grow to the light of the moon you are,
wax and wane through briny roots
that leech the lymph from me.

I will be a tree of salt for you
because for all that I look back, and back,
I am never made a pillar,
and any step I take
will be away from you.

I will be a tree of salt for you,
and this ache I bear
will be the sky.


When the tree is quiet,
I sleep.
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Fabulous Killjoys aka My Chemical Romance
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] anchorrope

Why this piece is awesome: This is a fun and colourful depiction of the four Fabulous Killjoys in all their badass glory. I love the way their badges and colour schemes are used, adding colour and significance to what might have been a bland background.

Link: Make Some Noise
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Sugar on the Asphalt , BtVS/TVD crossover by [personal profile] clockwork_hart1.

Chapter Two of Swan Song by [personal profile] clockwork_hart1.

Thinky thoughts on Season Ten, Issue No. Fifteen by perpetual .

USAToday prints [profile] denny_dc's column about fan fiction. Includes Journeys by [profile] mary5958 and His Body a Boat by [personal profile] romanyg.

Going south.

20 May 2015 18:23
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As is tradition around this time of year, we went on the motorway and visited family in Hesse. Text and pictures )

This time there we didn't go for the sights and while I had wanted to take the kid to the very famous castle, we of course didn't. You don't mess with tradition.

Edited for spelling picnic the German way.

Keiki and the Med

20 May 2015 15:20
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Me, standing in the cool water of the Mediterranean Sea and lifting Keiki over my head.


Our feet in the sea.

In case you've been wondering about the week-long silence - and even if you haven't - we returned home from our beach holiday in Turkey this morning at 4 AM. I've had about four hours of sleep in the past 48, so am a bit *stare*y.

It was pretty great, though, and I have a gajillion photos to share, and I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone's entries. But first, SLEEP.
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Give money to Amnesty International's double-page ad in the Times defending the Human Rights act:

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/humanrightsact/

(Even if you can't donate, I recommending refreshing the page from time to time; it's comforting watching the total go up.

ETA: they're now into over-funding and hoping to get an ad in the Torygraph too.)

Also, you can sign https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-human-rights
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Wrath Over Reason , Giles by [profile] xspike4evax.

Chapter Twenty of Answering Prayers by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

[profile] kikimay has thinky thoughts on headcanons.

TinyFences podcast talks Angel .

Storywonk podcast talks Homecoming .

Hhwlod podcast talks Passion & Killed By Death.

Marenarasauce podcast talks Fool For Love & Darla .

AngelRewatch podcast talks Fredless.
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Fandom: Star Trek
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Spock, Uhura, Kirk or Spock/Uhura/Kirk(implied)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: she calls this piece space hipster gangsters which is totally a story I would read. I love the cocky poses, the lighting and the muted coloring.
Link: space hipster gangsters

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