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June 26th, 2017 04:31 am - There Was

Posted by <a href="/users/lonely_lovebird/pseuds/lavendersblues" rel="author">lavendersblues (lonely_lovebird)</a>


There was always going to be a day that Phil Coulson's second life could no longer remain secret from the Avengers. Tony is just surprised by what he gets to see.

Words: 1208, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English


June 26th, 2017 11:34 am - Joss Whedon will not be at Comic-Con this year according to a report.

He's reported to have said "I won't be there. Only the second time in twenty years I won't make it."


June 26th, 2017 11:25 am - Marti Noxon isn't afraid of the 'Ugly Stuff'.

It's a very good interview.


June 26th, 2017 10:00 am - Write Every Day - Day #25
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June 26th, 2017 12:15 am - People Don’t Care if Their Fish Is Sustainable

Posted by Eileen Guo

Taste, price, and texture matter most to consumers when it comes to buying fish.

by Eileen Guo | 600 words


June 26th, 2017 12:00 am - Unshelved on Monday, June 26, 2017

Posted by Bill Barnes

Liven up your next conference, staff day, or event with Unshelved!

Unshelved comic strip for 6/26/2017

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on March 7, 2006.


June 26th, 2017 03:24 am - Ridiculous comment of the day
In response to this article:

White people are the only reason schools ever desegregated in the first place, so making broad generalizations here doesn't work.


That's some impressive ignorance there. I just... I don't even... wow. Thurgood Marshall must be absolutely spinning in his grave.


June 26th, 2017 07:00 am - Wonder Woman, Series That Didn’t Happen

Posted by Mike Glyer

By Carl Slaughter: (1) Herstory. Comic Books vs the World offers a Wonder Woman screen history. (2) Fan produced trailer of the 2011 Wonder Woman pilot. This 2011 Wonder Woman pilot stars Adrianne Palicki of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV … Continue reading


June 26th, 2017 12:00 am - Two Lumps - Jun 26, 2017
Two Lumps comic for Monday, June 26, 2017


June 26th, 2017 12:10 am - You know, for a not-very-wealthy neighborhood
we certainly have a lot of classic cars. Not just old cars, but old in very good condition and the sort that even people with no real knowledge of cars (hi!) can say "Wow, that's a nice looking car!" over.

Yesterday when I walked the dogs with Eva, we passed one such car with a front bench seat.

Me: That's a nice car!
Eva: It's weird, it doesn't even have two seats in the front.
Eva: Wait, it has three seats. COOL! So you can have six people in the car! Why don't they do that now?

I didn't know the answer, but here it is. They were an option for much longer than I thought! I'd assumed they were regulated away, but apparently not. Whodathunk? (Random tangent - I wonder which is more common in English, "whodathunk" or "whodathunkit"? Google ngram viewer is completely unhelpful here.)

Anyway, today I saw three nice Cadillacs from the 50s or 60s... though given that they were all together, there was probably a thing they were going to. And last week I ran across an Oldsmobile that I'm pretty sure is from the 40s.

So as you can see, we do have a lot of classic cars in this neighborhood that you might randomly run across.


Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats

The day after Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right, 1967 (LOL!)

'50s Ladies in Kodachromes: Looking Back to Women Fashion Over 60 Years Ago

Chickens may illuminate how humans developed sharp daylight vision

The story behind the dark Times Square subway poem (Yo, that's a really long tunnel, btw.)

Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years (I didn't know henna was an Iraqi thing, but judging from those pictures I guess so...?)

Eid al-Fitr: What you need to know (Starting this year, NYC schools take off for Eid, but they're doing it tomorrow. And then I think school ends Wednesday. This is typical of the NYC school system. It'd make just as much sense to not take those two random days off in June and then end the year last Friday, but noooooooo. Don't know why I'm complaining, I don't have to deal with that nonsense, anyway.)

Muslims in Asia pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends (There is a girl in one of those pictures wearing a red hijab with white polka dots and Minnie Mouse ears. It is so adorable, it must be seen to be believed.)

A Middle Eastern Spin On A Classic Latino Dessert: Rose Cardamom Tres Leches (Tres Leches is apparently quite popular in Turkey nowadays anyway.)

This Common Butterfly Has an Extraordinary Sex Life (Extraordinary and a little stomach-churning.)

Famous Women Have Been Defying Gender Norms and Rocking Menswear for Years

Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance - and face some

Stories About Disability Don’t Have to Be Sad

Planes aren’t the only things with wings buzzing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The base was the first military installation to earn the “Bee City USA” designation: The number of pollinator honey bees swarming around hives has flourished five fold in two years as the bees indulge in abundant food, water and nesting sites, officials say.

Philippine, Vietnam navies play sports on South China Sea island

The decline of electric guitar

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?

Joe Arpaio on trial over immigration actions echoing Trump's

A Battle Over Prayer in Schools Tests Canada’s Multiculturalism

A risky fix to repair a city's gutted streetlight grid

The TSA is going to look through your books but promises not to notice what you're reading (When we talk about things that we should never have accepted as normal, the TSA and their shenanigans is top of the list.)

Journalists Condemn Trump Press Restrictions, But Don’t Expect Them To Boycott Briefings

Two factories Donald Trump bragged about saving are now laying off workers

Canadian leaders have given up on Trump—so now they're going around him

Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill (No shit.)

Pro-Trump group's health care offensive warns GOP senators to get in line

The Danger of Yemen's Secret Prisons (Content note: like all descriptions of torture, this is nauseating)


June 26th, 2017 03:04 am - More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages
Court , OC by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

Chapter Two of Sign of the Times by [personal profile] the_huffster.

[personal profile] shapinglight reviews Season Eleven, Issue No. Eight .


June 25th, 2017 11:32 pm - Fiction: When It Rains... (part 1 of 1, complete)
When It Rains…
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1398

::This takes place several hours after “Butterfly Effect,” and is therefore part of the Mercedes group of stories set in the Polychrome Heroics universe. No spoilers, but for those who figure out what's going on, DON'T tell Joshua, please! (Laugh.) ::

When the van pulled into a parking space in a narrow rest stop dominated by a long, low building lit with wall-mounted solar lights, Cash whispered a request to Officer Tull as he set the emergency brake.

Kais still slept stretched on the sofa, under a sky blue fuzzy blanket with satin edging. In the back of the van, G slept with his bare feet jammed out at an angle, but every other inch of him covered by the puffy comforter and crisply striped sheet. Not even the boy's floppy blond hair was visible.

Joshua managed to retrieve the walker without waking his son, and had it unfolded by the time the lift touched pavement. He grinned at Cash as the younger man eased out of the cab. “You know, it's kind of weird to be the old guy who's still awake on this road trip,” he admitted.
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June 25th, 2017 11:06 pm - New Timeless Community: [community profile] timeless_lifeboat
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June 26th, 2017 08:01 am - Monday 26/06/2017
1) Clean fresh bedlinen

2) Comforting hugs from boyfriend

3) Nothing planned this evening. Lazy evening, leftovers for dinner, I don't even have to go grocery shopping. And early night in. 


June 26th, 2017 07:58 am - Orphan Black 5.03
And my show love is back! Woo hoo! That was a fantastic episode.

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Current Location:: Munich
Current Mood:: [mood icon] contemplative


June 26th, 2017 12:52 am - Stockholm Calling

Posted by <a href="/users/ami_ven/pseuds/ami_ven" rel="author">ami_ven</a>


Rodney gets a very important phone call.

Words: 350, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English


June 25th, 2017 10:30 pm - Sinfest for June 26, 2017: Dragon Versus Samtron 16

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June 26th, 2017 04:48 am - The Waters and Wild of Winter Street: Jessi Cole Jackson on Inspirations & Influences

Posted by Ana

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall.

Tomorrow, we publish the second story in our new season of short stories – Gods and Monsters. The Waters and Wild of Winter Street by Jessi Cole Jackson whose inspirations and influences the author is here today to talk about.

Jessi Cole Jackson

The Waters and Wild of Winter Street is a story about family, sisterhood and the bonds that bring people together.


The Waters and Wild of Winter Street began with a dream and a pregnancy–neither of which were my own.

Five years ago our best friends were pregnant with their first child and my husband had a dream. In his dream, they’d had their child and we’d adopted our first placement through fostercare, and we’d all gotten together for a weekend away. Only once the babies were together did he realize that something was a bit off. Even though they should have been the same age, our new baby was larger, and stronger, and much, much meaner than our friends’ darling.

Apparently, we’d adopted an uruk-hai baby.

In the real world, he woke up laughing. After scolding me for the one millionth time for not having actually read Lord of the Rings1, he explained. Uruk-hai were bad guys, bred for war, and they had something to do which orcs, which were made by twisting elves? I guess? (Take away my nerd card, I still haven’t read the blasted books.)

But I caught one thing in his lengthy explanation: elves.

As a fan of Holly Black, W.B. Yeats “The Stolen Child,” Charles Vess’s artwork, and the complex morality of fae in general, I loved the idea of adopting a child that was more than what they seemed. I wrote down the idea to come back to another day.

Enter, a writing contest on Codex Writer’s Forum 2. I signed up immediately, not because I ever win any of their writing contest or the bragging rights attached to the win, but because as someone who spends most of her time on novels, it’s always nice to have an excuse to step away and write something short. Also, I like a little competition. Who doesn’t like to lose to brilliance?2

In this particular contest, fellow writer Gary Henderson sent me a story seed: “A new god has arisen. What does this god control, and why are so many people eagerly joining the ranks of its followers?” Which reminded me a bit of the uruk-hai baby dream that’d been sitting in my idea folder for two years.

I wondered: who is this baby? Is she a god, like in the seed? Or perhaps, a monster? Something in between, like the fae? Or maybe she’s just a particularly prickly kind of human? And what would it be like to raise that child? What would it be like to be her sister?

I mulled and drafted and experimented and rewrote. I’d recently read Nalo Hopkinson’s brilliant YA novel, The Chaos, and was particularly drawn to the idea of transformation, so I played with that. I also played with using a new (to me) omniscient point-of-view. I wanted to try humor, so I attempted that as well. It was a mess, but I kept moving forward. I revised and revised and revised. Eventually, I found the bones of the story.

There was only one part that has never changed. The heart of the story came with the very first premise, the initial dream:

“We didn’t sign up for parenthood so we could be loved,” Geoffrey says near the end of the story, “we signed up because we had love to give.”

At its core, The Waters and Wild of Winter Street is a story about choosing and building and growing a family. It’s a love story, of sorts. And I hope you like it.

Jessi Cole Jackson lives in the prettiest part of New Jersey (but she’s not from there). By day she builds costumes for a Tony Award-winning theatre, by night she works toward an MFA in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. Somewhere in between, she writes. Her previous work can be found in Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Cast of Wonders, among others. You can read more about her sometimes exciting (but mostly just normal) life at

How to Get the Story

The Waters and Wild of Winter Street will be published officially on June 27, 2017. You can purchase the DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI) that contains the story as well as an essay from the author available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites and directly from us.

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  1. To be fair, I deserved this scolding. There might have been a bargain made where I would read LotR if he read Harry Potter. One of us upheld their side of the deal. But the other tried! Three times! Bombadil, man, Bombadil.
  2. Seriously, Codexians are FIERCE. They’ve won Hugos and Nebulas and all sorts of crazy awards. And some of them have just started writing and publishing, but write like they were born with quill in hand. If I’m gonna lose, I might as well do it big

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June 26th, 2017 01:03 am - Winter's Kiss

Posted by <a href="/users/veryAverage/pseuds/veryAverage" rel="author">veryAverage</a>


Peter and Bucky goof around in the snow

Words: 848, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English


June 26th, 2017 12:58 am - Broken Crown

Posted by <a href="/users/TenSpencerRiedPlease/pseuds/TenSpencerRiedPlease" rel="author">TenSpencerRiedPlease</a>


Tony has lived a charmed life, sure, and sure that was kind of built on murder given the whole weapons production thing but someone was going to make weapons even if it wasn’t him. He didn’t spend too much time thinking about it until he was looking down the barrel of one of his own guns wondering if this was how everyone else who’s been killed by his weapons felt.

Words: 3525, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English


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