Fanfic meme, part 1

4 August 2015 23:52
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Because I'm bored (and because my internet connection is currently very unreliable), have a long-ass fanfic meme:

What fandom(s) do you read?

These days, I read mostly The Mentalist but also any other fandom that I know if the story sounds interesting, or if I have a sudden craving for that kind of fic.

(for example, if I watch a movie that I like, I usually check it out on AO3 afterwards)

If you could request more of a certain type of fic, which would it be?

Stories where Patrick Jane gets rescued from various dangers by the women on The Mentalist.

...What?

What is your favorite all-time fic?

It's been over ten years since I last read it, but the X-men fic Jus ad bellum by Seperis left a huge impression on me and made me realise that fanfic could be much better than official tie-in novels.

20+ more questions )

Drive-by photo post

4 August 2015 21:25
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Here I am on my first day back at work, yesterday. My hair is down! My tea is hot! I was using my geekiest mug (The Grand Challenge Equations one from the San Diego Supercomputer Center) and getting my instrument operations checks on. It was amazing.

+3 )
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Game of Thrones cast Max von Sydow as a raven

Fuck yeah.


Just imagine all the lines they could sneak in.

"Are you... death?"
"No, I'm a raven, dumbass."

"THE POWER OF THE SEVEN COMPELS YOU!"


"DIVE! DIVE!"
"...Shut up, Bran."


"Never say nevermore again!"
"...You're really pushing it now, raven."

...OK, maybe not. But at least throw a chess game in there, huh?
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Fandom: Orange is the New Black
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Piper and Alex
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: MoishPain on DA
Why this piece is awesome: So, I'm doing OITNB this month as I've been watching the show, so we're celebrating all the ladies. And, okay, this is completely ridiculous but it's kind of gorgeous as well, in an OTT romantic way. An AU version of Piper as kind of a pirate, and Alex...well, we'll have to take the artist's word she's a mermaid as we can't see her tail, but the lack of clothes and the starfish in her hair may be a clue. Nice riff on her role as temptress, anyway. Great likenesses and I love the delicacy of the background, which looks like an ancient Chinese scroll. Responds well to enlargement.
Link: The Pirate and Mermaid
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Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Dorian Pavus, Iron Bull
Content Notes/Warnings: moving gif
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: art tag on tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: I really enjoy the clean lineart on this piece. And Dorian's and Bull's expressions are hilarious!
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)

(Mods, could you tag this with fandom: dragon age and fandom: dragon age inquisition?)

Lagos Parish Church.

3 August 2015 16:20
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Instead of ruins, I today bring you the main church of Lagos:

Igreja Paroquial de Santa Maria de Lagos )
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To Death and Beyond & In the Valley & That Gypsy Girl , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] katleept.

Finding Spike , Buffy/Dawn/Xander by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

Torn , Willow/Jesse/Xander by [profile] xspike4evax.

Chapter One , Chapter Two , Chapter Three , Chapter Four and Chapter Five of "I Love You" Is a Thing You Say to People Who Are Dying , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] quinara.

Chapter Three of Pomegranates by [profile] kwritten.

Dawn icons by [profile] kwritten.

EW talks to SMG about her daughter being a future slayer.

Formal photo shoot in Turkey

2 August 2015 21:26
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The all-inclusive resort we stayed in during our week in Turkey in May offered a formal family photo shoot as part of the package - though of course print-outs/digital copies thereof cost extra. We decided to have a go at it. The end results were admittedly rather cheesy, especially compared to the glorious ones from [livejournal.com profile] melissa_maples (See them here: DW/LJ) but we went for a few anyway. It’s nice to have one framed family portrait in the house!


Bloke, me, Humuhumu and Keiki in a train on a sun lounger.

+3 )
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And this is the last one for today...

[start of fic and notes]

'I love you' is a thing you say to people who are dying

by Quinara


Season 7. Buffy/Spike. Some Watchers survived, because sometimes people do.

[free association IV]

free association V )

.

[PART TWO (breakfasts) - coming soon!]
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[start of fic and notes]

'I love you' is a thing you say to people who are dying

by Quinara


Season 7. Buffy/Spike. Some Watchers survived, because sometimes people do.

[free association III]

free association IV )

.

[free association V]
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[start of fic and notes]

'I love you' is a thing you say to people who are dying

by Quinara


Season 7. Buffy/Spike. Some Watchers survived, because sometimes people do.

[free association II]

free association III )

.

[free association IV]
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[start of fic and notes]

'I love you' is a thing you say to people who are dying

by Quinara


Season 7. Buffy/Spike. Some Watchers survived, because sometimes people do.

free association II )

.

[free association III]
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Hello everyone! I have the S7 fic I've been promising...!! Not all of it today, as it comes in at around 90k words, but the first five chapters. These all work together as Part One of the fic, so are more of a connected whole than a set of individual chapters. There are five parts to the fic in total (this is the longest), and in an early plan I didn't want to separate anything into chapters at all. Obviously, I then realised you can't get 30k words on a single journal entry even if I wanted to, but what I'm posting today should basically fit together. (She says, dearly hoping the last-minute edits will let it all go up today.)

I won't say much more, but this beginning is also a bit of a slow burn, which is why I worry you might find it very dull if you take each chapter as its own thing... But anyway, what's happening: the fic is an AU from The Killer in Me, but only a strong AU by the end of Get It Done. We chop around a bit as things get going, but if you're worried you don't know what's happening, assume it's been like the show until it seems like otherwise. I'm very grateful to [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch for reading it all over and for everyone's encouragement!!! I like the fic and I hope you do to... It's fairly angsty, but hopefully not too harrowing as a romance. There is plenty of sex and violence, but, as you might expect from me, it's mostly chatting! :P

The rest should be posted in the next couple of weeks.

'I love you' is a thing you say to people who are dying

by Quinara


Season 7. Buffy/Spike. Some Watchers survived, because sometimes people do.

PART ONE (free association) )

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[free association II]
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Hotel Golfinho.

2 August 2015 11:18
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Back when we first on holiday in Lagos in 2007 we stayed in a hotel just above Praia Dona Ana, the most famous of the picturesque rocky beaches of the town. A little further up the road there were building works - a large apartment building had just been finished and they were refurbishing the old hotel next to it. Or so it seemed - they were removing all the furniture and fittings which led to quite a bit of noise, but was fascinating to watch.

Change )
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Chapter Seven of What If I Loved You by [personal profile] slaymesoftly.

The Wicked Awards are now open.

Nominations now open at the Sunny D Awards .

Buffy and Tara poster and icons by [personal profile] red_satin_doll.

EW re-watches Forever.

AVClub's Alec McCown gives us some love for Seasons Four & Seven . "on nearly every list I’ve ever seen online, my two favorite seasons come in last place, time and again. I’m referring, of course, to season seven and season four. Buffy fans normally argue the series was running out of gas by the final season, a criticism I’ve never understood, as it contains some of the most epic and involving storylines of the whole show... Season four includes the best comedy the series ever did (“Something Blue” and “A New Man,” to name two of the greats), and the Initiative arc is woefully underrated".

Experiments in chicken soup

1 August 2015 21:03
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So, I don't post for months and now I get all chatty. :-p

We picked up a rotisserie chicken from Costco the other day, which meant we had the makings for several meals: drumsticks or drumsticks and thighs the first night along with Costco's quinoa salad, curried chicken salad the next night (sometimes I do a gorgonzola chicken salad instead) with leftovers for lunch the next day and possibly the day after and then I strip the carcass (saving any remaining meat for soup later) and toss it in the crockpot with onions, carrots, celery, garlic, peppercorns and a bay leaf... cover it with water and let it simmer all day (or all night, depending on when it gets started). Usually there's enough to make soup that night and have leftover stock to go in the freezer for later. Costco rotisserie chicken is the BEST.

Tonight's soup turned out so well, I decided I'd better write it down before I forgot what I'd put in it... because I definitely want to try that one again! Still not sure what to call it, but for now it shall be known as:

Spicy Chicken Corn Soup )

This particular combination came about because we had cobs of corn from our produce delivery that needed to be used... and, of course, I also needed to use up the garlic scapes, so they were added in place of garlic. It was VERY zesty and if I was making it to share with other people, I'd probably add less of the Southwest Seasoning next time. It might also have been good with a bit of cilantro at the end, but we didn't have any on hand.

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

Indoor Wasp

1 August 2015 16:10
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Every day for about the last week, this little wasp would start buzzing around behind my monitor. It would spend a bit of time near the window and then would gradually drift into the kitchen and I would invariably lose track of it. To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure if it was the same wasp... I sort of assumed it was, simply because of the size (it was quite tiny, to the point where I wondered if it might be one of those other insects that just look a bit like wasps) and the fact that it was almost regular as clockwork, showing up in the same spot every day. I rather suspect it came in through an open window or door at some point (I did check around to make sure we didn't have any coming in through the walls, since I've had that happen to friends in the past).

The first few days I tried to catch it... tossing a dish towel over it then going outside to shake it out, only to discover the wasp was nowhere in the towel and, of course, it would show up in the same spot behind my monitor the next day. Finally, I tried swatting it with a dishtowel and even managed to hit it once, but not badly enough to seriously injure it (I managed to catch a glimpse of it stumbling around on the floor, but by the time I got to where I could try to grab it, it had flown off again).

Then today, I spotted it again... on the Ikea Billy bookcase next to my computer, basically to the left and slightly behind my monitor (where it kept appearing every day). It was nosing into one of the unused pre-drilled holes in the side, then it turned around and backed into it, very obviously settling down for a long summer's nap. Yep. I'm pretty sure I really HAVE been seeing the same little wasp and that it was making itself a nice new home in the "cave" it found in the bookcase. [personal profile] rackham grabbed a piece of duct tape and covered over the hole (since we didn't have an easy way of getting the wasp out without one of us being in danger of getting stung) and we figure we'll give it a few days then hopefully clean out the remains of our dear, departed indoor wasp friend.

I do sort of wonder if we hadn't figured this out, would we have ended up with baby wasps popping out of the bookcase someday? And it had never occurred to me that a wasp might take up residence *inside* a house without ever having a way to get outside.

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Fandom: Narnia
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Wood Between the Worlds
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] electricalbee / Emily Blaske

Why this piece is awesome: I love the dreamy, mystical atmosphere of this work. It fits so well with how Lewis describes the place in the book. I also love the misty light and the way reflecting it makes the pools glow. It's one of the most evocative depictions I've seen of the Wood.

Link: Wood Between Worlds
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On AO3: Here!

Description: Cockpit Faceplant is a gift exchange for fanfic/fanart in mecha fandoms across all media. Visit the community for a FAQ, question post, etc.

Dates:

August 1-7: Advertising, questions, etc.
August 8-15: Nominations
August 16-17: Tag Cleanup
August 18-30: Signups
August 31: Housekeeping
September 1: Assignments Go Out
September 21: Default Cut-Off Date
October 15: Assignments Due
October 21: Reveals
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The Wiki Committee
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A poem on the beginning of spring by the Nijô Empress (KKS I.4)

    Spring has indeed come,
though snow is still around us.
    So will it be now
that the bush warbler's teardrops,
long frozen, finally melt?

yuki no uchi ni
haru wa kinikeri
uguisu no
kôreru namida
ima ya tokuramu



Fujiwara no Takaiko (842-910) was niece and adopted daughter of Fujiwara no Yoshifusa, the regent of Emperor Seiwa (ruled 858-876). She married Seiwa in 866, and their son succeeded him as Emperor Yôzei in 876. As an emperor’s mother, she was called the Nijô Empress from the palace where she resided, and was a power behind the throne until Yôzei was deposed in 884 for mental instability. She was stripped of the title Empress in 896 because of a scandalous affair. The uguisu or Japanese bush warbler (Cettia diphone) is one of the first songbirds of spring, often heard before other signs of thaw.

okay, my SPN peeps

31 July 2015 07:54
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Has there been any good fic for [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen that both a) features ladies and b) doesn't involve any canon after S8? Because if there are, I would like to read them.

Also, anybody have any SPNJ2BB recs? I haven't looked there at ALL yet. /o\

Is it too much to ask?

31 July 2015 09:00
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