War Is Kind by Stephen Crane

25 January 2015 16:06
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War Is Kind
Stephen Crane

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind,
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die.
The unexplained glory flies above them.
Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom--
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your father tumbles in the yellow trenches,
Raged at his breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Swift blazing flag of the regiment,
Eagle with crest of red and gold,
These men were born to drill and die.
Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
Make plain to them the excellence of killing
And a field where a thousand corpses lie.

Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind!
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Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Seventh Doctor
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pen?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] dan-sch

Why this piece is awesome: I love this portrait of the Seventh Doctor. There is something very reassuring in the way he seems to walk his on road, unperturbed by any monster trying to hinder him. His calmly smiling face and the carefree swing of his scarf and umbrella further add to the sense of confidence and cheerfulness he seems to exude.

I'm also full of admiration for the skillful way the artist balances light and shadow and the way the picture goes from empty whiteness at the top to stark blackness at the bottom.

Link: Spaceman for all seasons
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Fandom: Sailor Moon
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Ami
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Digital art
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] cobyfrog

Why this piece is awesome: The artist wanted to draw Ami in some nice casual wear, to make up for all the terrible outfits she ends up in during the '90s anime. And succeeds! The outfit looks so cozy (and she looks so cute in it). I want one.

Link: Sailor Moon: Academia
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Fandom: Hellsing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Integra, Alucard
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Traditional art (watercolor?)
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] Unita-N

Why this piece is awesome: The style and the textured brown paper really suit the image of a medieval (?) AU. Plus, Alucard makes a great demonic vampire unicorn.

Link: Hellsing: Lady and Unicorn
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Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium:  Traditional art - pencil/graphite drawing, I think.
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Shire-Rock on DA
Why this piece is awesome: A small detour sideways into Sherlock for the current open prompt, "fashion". Couldn't resist these guys, looking very cool stepping out together in their sharp suits.
Link: Walk Walk Fashion Baby
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The Puritan's Ballad
Elinor Morton Wylie

My love came up from Barnegat,
The sea was in his eyes;
He trod as softly as a cat
And told me terrible lies.

His hair was yellow as new-cut pine
In shavings curled and feathered;
I thought how silver it would shine
By cruel winters weathered.

But he was in his twentieth year,
Ths time I'm speaking of;
We were head over heels in love with fear
And half a-feared of love.

My hair was piled in a copper crown --
A devilish living thing --
And the tortise-shell pins fell down, fell down,
When that snake uncoiled to spring. Read more... )

Tatar Songs by Anonymous

23 January 2015 13:19
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I'm honestly not certain if this is all one poem or not. I copied it as I found it in the book East Window, which is a collection of East Asian poetry translated by W. S. Merwin. Merwin didn't speak any Asian languages himself, though, so he worked with someone else on the translations; unfortunately, I failed to copy down the other person's name so I don't know who else to credit for this translation.

Tatar Songs
Anonymous

I
The sun rises going the rounds
as though it were tied to the apple tree.
One day if we live we will be back
making the rounds like the sun.

II
Little finger painted with henna, little copper fingernail, dice of gold,
is it possible to leave a lover in this world?

Because of the orchard the sun does not pass my window.
As for me I have turned yellow, shriveled by love.

Do not whiten the rooftree of the low house.
I am alone, I am unhappy, do not be cruel to me.

Why do you look out the door all the time?
I would give my life for the darkness of your eyes.

The child of the bai drinks water from a golden cup.
Under the moon a cloud, the moon’s child.
And I, I have turned yellow, withered by love.

III
My beloved, the face is covered with blood.
The falcon’s face, covered with blood.
The wind blew, a curl of hair came loose.
A wick took it, and the face covered with blood.

I built a house and it was a mirage.
But it was a shelter for my whole life.
the point of my stick was not solid
and our night had its danger.

I am dying because I always watched the road.
I looked to right and to left.
Neither you nor I will ever be done
watching the road, watching the road.

The seas turn into horses
and cupbearers.
I drank to quiet my sorrow
but it grew wilder all the time.
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Fandom: Sailor Moon
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Ami, Makoto, Usagi, Rei, Minako
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Digital art
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] ratgirlstudios

Why this piece is awesome: Beautiful steampunk uniform designs with a wealth of perfect little touches. Mercury with her multi-lens eyepiece, Venus with her steel chain, Jupiter with her jewel-toned bustier...the individual personalities all shine through.

Link: Steampunk Sailor Senshi
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Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Idris, River, Eleven, Amy, Rory
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Digital art
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] vivalalixi

Why this piece is awesome: High fashion with Team TARDIS. Striking style, and wow are these dresses works of art. River's is probably the most wearable; Idris's and Amy's are just fun to look at.

Link: i'm the king of OK
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not an elegy for Mike Brown
Danez Smith

I am sick of writing this poem
but bring the boy. his new name
his same old body. ordinary, black
dead thing. bring him & we will mourn
until we forget what we are mourning
& isn’t that what being black is about?
not the joy of it, but the feeling
you get when you are looking
at your child, turn your head,
then, poof, no more child.
that feeling. that’s black.
\
think: once, a white girl
was kidnapped & that’s the Trojan war.
later, up the block, Troy got shot
& that was Tuesday. are we not worthy
of a city of ash? of 1000 ships
launched because we are missed?
always, something deserves to be burned.
it’s never the right thing now a days.
I demand a war to bring the dead boy back
no matter what his name is this time.
I at least demand a song. a song will do just fine.
\
look at what the lord has made.
above Missouri, sweet smoke.”

Edited for video )
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Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Kirk & McCoy
Content Notes/Warnings: teensy tiny bits of blood and violence
Medium: digital art
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] loobeeinthesky

Why this piece is awesome: Reboot Mirror-verse! Both Kirk and McCoy are so sexy - Kirk's bare arms and McCoy's shirt riding up to show skin - guh! The expressions on their faces make the scene look more playful than violent, and I can totally buy that dynamic between them.

Link: Mirrormirror by loobeeinthesky
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Fandom: Fake News
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Stephen (or "Stephen") Colbert
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Digital art
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] aeka-snape

Why this piece is awesome: Clean vector lines -- so it's more abstract than you'd expect from the title, but the cheesecakey outfit design is still a delight. You know he'd love it.

Link: American Pinup Stephen Colbert
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Fandom: Disney Princesses
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Mulan, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Elsa, Esmerelda, Merida, Snow White
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Digital art
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] hannah-alexander

Why this piece is awesome: The art nouveau style is perfect; the amount of detail and thought put into the dresses is breathtaking. You could get lost staring at just one of the patterns. The artist's description even talks about the materials and the type of sewing involved, in case anyone ever wants to cosplay them -- I can't imagine how much work it would take to make one of these outfits, but the result would be stunning.

Link: Art Nouveau Costume Designs I, Art Nouveau Costume Designs II, Art Nouveau Costume Designs III

Time To Smoke by Timedancer (SFW)

21 January 2015 18:35
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Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The First Doctor
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: acrylic on paper
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] timedancer

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a lovely portrait of the First Doctor. His at once haughty and contemplative expression is so fitting for the character. And I love the way the light sculpts his face and how it highlights the lazy swirl of smoke from his pipe.

Link: Time To Smoke

Love Song by Rainer Maria Rilke

21 January 2015 11:21
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Love Song
Rainer Maria Rilke

How shall I hold on to my soul, so that
it does not touch yours? How shall I lift
it gently up over you on to other things?
I would so very much like to tuck it away
among long lost objects in the dark
in some quiet unknown place, somewhere
which remains motionless when your depths resound.
And yet everything which touches us, you and me,
takes us together like a single bow,
drawing out from two strings but one voice.
On which instrument are we strung?
And which violinist holds us in the hand?
O sweet song.
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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 only ONE volunteer reccer who signed up for February with this fandom:

* Wonderwoman ([personal profile] mific)

So while we won't be entirely rec-less in February, 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 March, 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 February, March 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 January. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Fashion", 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: The Sandman
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Dream of the Endless
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: blue ballpoint (bic) drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: 7774rk on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Amazingly detailed ballpoint work (this artist's preferred medium). It's grotesque (not as surreal as most of their other work, though) and very striking, and I like the wonkily-sized corvidae flapping around the Sandman. Spooky and definitely worth clicking through to enlarge for the details. Plus - yay! - there's a WIP post with a slideshow showing the work developing. Don't click the big arrow up top (an ad) but R-click on the pic then hit "play", if it doesn't start by itself.
Link: Sandman...Nevermore

Fog-Horn by W. S. Merwin

20 January 2015 14:50
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Fog-Horn
W. S. Merwin

Surely that moan is not the thing
That men thought they were making, when they
Put it there, for their own necessities.
That throat does not call to anything human
But to something men had forgotten,
That stirs under fog. Who wounded that beast
Incurably, or from whose pasture
Was it lost, full grown, and time closed round it
With no way back? Who tethered its tongue
So that its voice could never come
To speak out in the light of clear day,
But only when the shifting blindness
Descends and is acknowledged among us,
As though from under a floor it is heard,
Or as though from behind a wall, always
Nearer than we had remembered? If it
Was we that gave tongue to this cry
What does it bespeak in us, repeating
And repeating, insisting on something
That we never meant? We only put it there
To give warning of something we dare not
Ignore, lest we should come upon it
Too suddenly, recognize it too late,
As our cries were swallowed up and all hands lost.

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20 January 2015 03:24
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[livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 is now closed. Thanks so much for everyone's contributions, this has been a wonderful selection of the very best of 2014.

[livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5 will reopen on October 29th for its Classic Recs session, where anything missed in the 2014 session, as well as all other time periods, will be eligible for posting.
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After the Drowning
Lucille Clifton

After the drowning
the calming waters come
closing a whole that never
opened
Why not take the Champagne flute
dip it in the salty cold
water
and drink a toast
to all
that never was
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Five banners that are works of art in their own right (by other talented fan artists) in no particular order. The banners shown here are ones I admired and have influenced me as an artist whether or not I participated in the individual challenges. Check out the banners AND the winning icons that adorn them at the links below:

By [livejournal.com profile] comlodge:

Challenge 22 "A Room Full of Empty" (April)

Challenge 26 "The Same...but Different" (July)

Challenge 36 "Ye Olde Vampyre Gang" (December)

Janice's banners are very specific to the individual challenge themes and have a particular theatrical quality to them, a mise en scene suggestive of stage sets. Challenge 22 is moody and atmospheric; 26 and 36's banners are lush, densely layered, evocative of Victorian drawing rooms and vintage photographs gently fading in an attic trunk. I love her fearless use of textures to "degrade" the images in beautiful ways.

By [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper:

Challenge 32 "It Takes Two to Tango" (October)

Challenge 35 "Least Favorite Eps" (November)

Challenge 32's banners are typical of what I think of when I think of Temper's "style" (also typified by her own first place winning icon): warm, soft and inviting glow, muted color palatte. #35's are entirely different; each banner is carefully and precisely coordinanted to the individual icons in terms of colors, and textures so that they seem to be organic extensions of the icons themselves. Manage to be both eye-popping and understated at the same time. The banner for [livejournal.com profile] rua1412's first place winner is particularly stunning.

Bonus by [livejournal.com profile] starry_night

Challenge 23 "Simplicity, It Works for Me" (May)

I am color-matching's bitch. No apologies. Deal with it, kids. The background starry chose resembles a watercolor painting in the rain, soaking the paper. "Pastels" are difficult to pull off without being too-sweet but these hit the spot, matched to their respective icons; while a subtle mix of fonts keeps things interesting without pulling focus..
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This round of Buffyverse Top 5 just wouldn't be complete without:




Conclusive Etymology of a Summers by [livejournal.com profile] clockwork_hart1 (Lucy). I love this story so much it inspired my very first fanfiction poster for another author. One of my favorite Buffy character studies, delicately etched and sympathetically observed. When it comes to Buffy Summers and the Summers sisters, Lucy owns my soul: She loved to watch her sister write. As Dawn scribbled and scrawled her soul down into books, she knew that the monks had given her a gift.

Civilian by [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip (WIllow, Riley, mentions of Willow/Tara, Willow/Kennedy, Buffy/Riley and Riley/Sam, canon-compliant post-series)  A story aching with regret in every word as a chance encounter brings the terrible weight of memory crashing down about WIllow's ears. One of the best, most devastating endings of any fic I've read this year; packs an incredible wallop. If it doesn't hit you in the gut, we may need to check you for a pulse. There’s a story there and a painful one, but she’s not one to go poking at wounds to watch them bleed, so she puts a solicitous hand on his arm.

Three Coins in a Fountain by [livejournal.com profile] rahirah (POM-verse; Buffy/Spike, the Immortal; POM/Barbsverse). She stood, five foot two of righteous Slayer fury, and the Immortal actually took a step backwards. Told you she was out of your league, mate. This one is so much fun -  60-something Buffy  and Spike Summers-Pratt are given an assignment by the Immortal to fetch some rare coins. There are...complications. This was one of the fics that made it safe for me to be a Spuffy shipper again this year. I love that our heros are older, a little plumper, comfortable in their fuller bodies, still fully sensual and sexual beings; still as snarky, sarcastic and witty as ever. And chapter 1 inspired a very meta conversation between Barb and [livejournal.com profile] quinara re: Buffy and Spike's late seasons body issues and representation; how cool is that? Chapter 2; Chapter 3 and Chapter 4.

PIece of Cake by [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_luvr; (Buffy/Spike, Buffy/Angel, Drusilla, Willow, Faith; mentions of Spike/Drusilla, and Angel/Dru). Lorelei's return to writing btvs fanfiction was one of the happiest events of the year, IMO.  If you haven't checked out her fag_ends ficlets, let [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight's rec list get you started. Piece of Cake was the winner of Best NC-17 at the last Round of Sunnydale Memorial fanfiction awards, deservedly so.  I don't read porn. I don't read NC-17. I sure as heck don't read all-human AU fics except...if anyone can get me to read one, it's [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_luvr. Superb characterization, sex that is genuinely sexy but she pulls no punches on issues of non-consent. My favorite chapters are actually the two featuring Willow, who is beautifully drawn here in a supporting role; she's becoming a Willow-writer to watch.

And finally one more from [livejournal.com profile] kwritten: taxes? - also complete here on AO3 (Buffy/Tara, Anya, Olivia, Dawn, AU S6) The remaining piece of the Finding a Balance B/T 'verse (more, please?) written for [livejournal.com profile] kikimay's prompt: taxes, Buffy S6 AU. Because I'm curious to see what you would do if you were Marti Noxon. This is the fic that opened up the Buffy/Tara, Dawn 'verse to the other ladies and introduced Olivia to it, which makes even richer. Anya gets to be the true hero, working on Buffy's taxes post-resurrection as she should have in the series, and negotiating with the WC on Buffy's behalf. A gem.

WIPs that I enjoyed

19 January 2015 20:47
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Some last year's WIPs that I enjoyed (and hope to enjoy more).

In a Corner of My Soul by [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix (Ensemble, Giles-centric, PG-13). Giles as the Big Bad of Season 1. Perfectly believable "what if", beautifully intertwining with canon events.

Read more... )

5 More Favorite Tara-centric Recs

19 January 2015 15:25
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I've already focused on some of [livejournal.com profile] kwritten's Buffy/Tara fics in my last rec post; here's more by various authors focusing on Tara herself rather than as half of a ship:


The Real You by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni (Tara, Dawn, mentions of Buffy and ensemble, S5-S6?); for [livejournal.com profile] eilowyn: Tara spends some time, that summer, trying to work out when Dawn became. Too few fics explore Tara's relationship with Dawn but also Tara's skill as a witch in her own right. This fills a need; satisfying and poignant.

Filling Holes by [livejournal.com profile] foxstarreh (Tara, implied W/T, canon-compliant S6, post-Once More With Feeling) There's this hole in her head.

Her Own also by [livejournal.com profile] foxstarreh (Tara, implied W/T, canon-compliant S6, between Tabula Rasa and Smashed.) Tara moves out of Revello and back to campus. Some of Tara's things are Willow's and she leaves those behind. Both of Fox's drabbles are incredibly haunting.

The Things You Find in Vending Machines by the ininimitable [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip (Tara, Buffy, canon-compliant S4, post-New Moon Rising). This was written as a gift to me in return for the banner I'd made for her amazing fic "Soft and Pink and Very Sad"  ; a deleted scene that reminds me how hungry I am for more Buffy and Tara friendship scenes. Oh great. Not only is Buffy officially a dork, but Tara looks like a deer caught in the headlights, so now Buffy feels guilty… and still wigged out.

Eagles on the Wind by [livejournal.com profile] kerkevik_2014 (Tara/ Faith, post-series) Another gift for me; sly, sensual, confident Tara taking the lead with a Slayer whose cocky attitude doesn't mask her nerves or her fear of intimacy? YES, PLEASE.
"Aren't we gonna screw?"   /
Tara tutted at Faith; slowly undoing the buttons on her new wife's dress.
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This could and should be a list of ten or fifteen of [livejournal.com profile] kwritten (Kelsey)'s fics, but alas, choices must be made.


oh you're here, too? (Buffy, Anya, Willow, Dawn/Faith) Already on the shortlist of my favorite post-Chosen fics, and unique in Anya's key role as the women of the 'verse "redefine 'adulthood' and all that implies".

slipping right down (Buffy/Tara, Dawn/Allison Argent) The second part of Kelsey's blurring the lines series inspired by my Buffy/Tara fic rec post from one year ago; Kelsey's summary Buffy's memories continue to blur between realities and Tara searches for a cure doesn't come close to capturing the raw power of this story. Bonus: Dawn is the protagonist of  part 3, faces in the mirror.

finding a balance (Buffy/Tara, AU season 4; also on AO3); a retelling of "Hush".  Kelsey created a second Buffy/Tara series that seems at first to intersect with Blurring the Lines but is in fact a separate 'verse and the polar opposite of BtL - warm, domestic, nurturing "fix it fics" of the very highest order in which the women of the 'verse struggle to support one another and more often than not, get it right.

The other parts of the finding a balance verse are not easy to find but they're worth seeking out because each story in the series gets better and better:

part 2: her bark is worse than her bite (Buffy/Tara, Dawn, AU S6/7) written for my
prompt: thunder/courage; tara being as flawed and human, not a golden goddess of perfect wisdom and forgiveness; keyverse okay.

part 3: what you want and what you get (Oliva, Buffy/Tara, Dawn, Anya, Sam, Sunggyu*, Giles; AU S6) Another gift for me from my prompt Buffy, Olivia, a decent meal; I told Kelsey this year that I had envisioned a scene of Olivia comforting Buffy in a kitchen sometime vaguely S6 or post series, making sure Buffy ate a meal and ending up consoling a still grieving Slayer; but I had no idea how to write it and asked her if she would tackle it instead. The result is a thousand times better than anything I could have hoped to come up with: Olivia Williams never wanted children. She definitely didn’t want a whole household of traumatized teenagers incapable of even asking for help because they no longer knew how.

Bonus: aftershock (Joyce, Buffy, Faith, Dawn, mention of Giles; AU-Helpless, Keyverse compliant) another fill of one of my October meme prompts, for Joyce, Buffy, Dawn, post-Helpless or Gingerbread. The women of the 'verse come together to aid Buffy and rescue Joyce from Kralik. Joyce does a little rescuing of her own; Giles proves himself to be quite useless. More lovely domesticitity as only Kelsey knows how to write it.


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Some of my fave Spike, Willow and Spillow art work from this year.

Some nudity but nothing shocking. Enjoy!

In no particular order

1. Spillow by [livejournal.com profile] blondebitz

2. Willow by [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer

3. Spike by [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons

4. And two Spike's by [livejournal.com profile] comlodge

Spike

Spike
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In a mad rush to offer one more list before time runs out, I am offering up five stories which have nothing in common except for the fact that I really like them. Hope that's good enough.


Gabrielle


1) These Five Words I Swear to You (Spike/Joyce) by [livejournal.com profile] angelskuuipo: Okay, I have to admit that I'm a big Joyce fan and I love seeing stories where she gets to take center stage. This? This is a crackerjack tale of Joyce being the center of Spike's attention at the best possible time. If you're looking for something that will bring happy tears to your eyes, this is your story. It's fabulous!

The rest of the stories )
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Some favorite vampire stories from the past year, arranged from longest to shortest.

The Perfect Present by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight (Spike/Drusilla, Angelus/Darla, PG-13). Murders and presents: a perfect Christmas celebration, Fanged Four-style.

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My final post from the [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends Edgar Allen Poe Halloween Challenge. Sorry if all my posts to the comm this year have been a bit same-y, but my fandom time in 2014 was very limited. Also, it would be wrong not to rec some of the other contributors to the challenge, all of whom were absolutely brilliant.

Enjoy. Then go and seek out their other ficlets and read those too.

"..." by [livejournal.com profile] thisficklemob. PG. A silence demon targets the Scoobies in season 7. 349 words. For the prompt: Silence.

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Dreamwidth News: 18 January 2015

18 January 2015 22:00
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_news
Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere


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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We've finished pushing the new code and will be working on fixing immediately obvious bugs now!

We're looking into problems with the new Create/Edit entries page not working properly on Chrome.

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18 January 2015 20:21
[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are (inevitably) running a little bit late -- the code push will begin in about half an hour or so. We'll update this entry when we're beginning.

This code push contains some rewrites/conversions of various pages on the site, so things will look a little different than what you're used to. The most obvious change will probably be to the Create Entry page -- it's not a redesign, and things will continue to behave the exact same way they have been, they'll just look a little bit different. Do not adjust the horizontal, do not adjust the vertical.

EDIT: Sorry, [staff profile] mark got started before I could update! We are in the middle of pushing now.

Downtime & Server Upgrade Updates

17 January 2015 21:44
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore
You may have noticed some brief downtime this week, when AO3 needed to do some emergency database maintenance. Luckily, Systems was able to finish up database work on Thursday without any additional downtime \o/.

This was not related to our server upgrade earlier this month, which was successful and gave us plenty of new disk space. We are still working on transferring over our spambot-prevention tools, so if you've noticed a minor uptick in spam on the wiki not to worry, things will be back to normal shortly.

We should be downtime-free for the foreseeable future, but, as always, contact the Wiki committee if you experience any problems with the site.

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