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April 24th, 2017 01:22 pm - Monday Update 4-24-17
These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Discord and Accessibility
Homeless and Homefree Characters
Poem: "A Realm of One's Being"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "You Who Have Fed the Hungry"
Poem: "Her Wilderness Like Eden"
Poem: "Define Your Own Reality"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "What You're Living For"
Friday Yardening
Today's Adventures
Thursday Yardening
Hard Things
Wednesday Yardening

The bonus fishbowl went modestly well, and I have posted a few poems from that.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Saraphina makes a new friend.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra talk about whether to set aside dangerous things for a while.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet turns himself in to Valor's Widow.

Weather has been variable.  Today is warm and sunny.  The birdfeeders have attracted doves, grackles, some sparrows, and two blue jays.  Currently blooming: forsythia, daffodils, tulips, blue grape hyacinths, violets, anemones, lilacs, dandelions, white spirea, honeysuckle, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias.  Onion chives and peonies have buds, and so does something in the white garden.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] busy


April 24th, 2017 02:21 pm - *blink* *blink*
I am in the phase of meds in which I have All The Energies -- and have been awake since about 6. In that time I have: paid bills; done a thorough review in Second Life of all the avatars who have been banned from the region where I am an admin, unbanned some who are no longer a threat or problem, and made a list of those banned by others about whom I have no details; prepared soup broth, made a large pot of barley with garlic, celery and carrots with it for breakfasts, and packaged into the freezer four boxes of leftover broth; planned out a letter that I am too lightheaded to write at the moment but will complete tomorrow when I'm not in such a hurryup mode; found the location of next weekend's Bead Bazaar so I can go; found out that Whole Foods opens at 7 am so I can get there very early on another early morning and not have to deal with a full parking lot (and get fresh sourdough bread.)

Also ate breakfast and lunch, went outside with Beautifulcat and adjusted the plastic covering the crack in the Folly so the current rain won't come in, coaxed her in, let her out again, coaxed her back in again.

And went through my usual five mailboxes of email. And posted twice to DW with links.

And it's only 2:25 pm.

I expect that when I am off these meds I'll probably sleep for most of a week.


April 24th, 2017 07:15 pm - Meme via everyone
Reblog if it’s okay for your followers to leave you an ask telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?



April 24th, 2017 02:13 pm - Hello, hello!
Name: Nan
Age: 31
Location: Southeastern USA

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: Hello, I am Nan! I'm a fandom oldbie (having been in fandom since I was 13), an artist (both traditional and digital), a fangirl (I'm a shipper, is what I'm saying here), a writer (both original and fan), and perpetually sleepy.

Top 5 fandoms: I'm a perpetual fandom butterfly and once I've been fannish about something, chances are I'll eventually go back to being fannish about it in the future. Right this moment, I'm particularly fannish about Final Fantasy (specifically XV although VIII and XII are also faves), BBC Sherlock, Yuri on Ice, the MCU, and Fire Emblem (currently playing Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Niles is 100% my husbando).

I mostly post about: Fandom stuff (what I'm working on, new comms and challenges here on DW, fic/art recs), art stuff (fan/original, traditional/digital), and Real Life annoyances. If I have a particularly nice day, I'll probably talk about that.

I rarely post about: I don't really post a lot about politics. I don't post a ton about social justice (I believe in it, of course, it's just not a focus on my journal).

My last three posts were about: Noctis/Prompto fanart, communities and art, and that AO3 meme that's been going around.

How often do you post?: Practically daily, lmao. I post a lot.

How about commenting?: I comment as much as I can! I think I do an okay job. Commenting, for me, is an important part of creating a community and that's basically what we're trying to do here on DW, right? :3

A gif to describe your day so far:

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April 24th, 2017 01:01 pm - Poll: General Fund Poll for April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
The general fund currently holds $12. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least midday Tuesday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. If not, I may keep it open a while longer.

There are three open epics. "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $152 to be complete. "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and needs $210.25 to be complete. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $322 to be complete.

Poll #18267 General Fund for April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2

Which of these should get the $12?

View Answers

A Hope and a Promise
1 (50.0%)

Essential for Human Survival
1 (50.0%)

The Inner Transition
0 (0.0%)

Current Mood:: [mood icon] busy


April 24th, 2017 01:58 pm - naming things
I should mention, just for grins and giggles, that we name our printers at work. Especially the large oversize machines. Those all have names. The tech who set them up for us and trained us on them applauded us for having one of the more unique set of names he'd ever seen a shop use (apparently simpsons characters are popular? or dilbert names?)

But no! We're geeks. So instead you get snippets of conversation like this:

Me: "Is the regular paper on Milano or Galactica?"
C: "Galactica! Milano has banner on it."

Boss: "If you want to print to Serenity you have to take the file over on a thumb drive."
Me: "But you can load the print onto Heart of Gold and send the cut template straight from Illustrator?"

Milano & Galactica - 60" roll fed Epson printers
Serenity - 60" eco-solvent Epson printer that can print opaque white and metallics
Heart of Gold - 60" oversize vinyl cutter

(Millennium Falcon was nixed for not rolling off the tongue easily. Enterprise was nixed on account of every damned version of it blowing up and we don't want to give the machines ideas.)

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April 24th, 2017 11:34 am - Fourleaf Milkweed (Asclepias quadrifolia)

Posted by George Wallace

Photographic Location: Standing Stone State Park in Middle Tennessee.

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

For more information about this plant, Click Here.

Photographic Location: Standing Stone State Park in Middle Tennessee.


April 24th, 2017 07:30 pm - M'Lady by AmandaTurnage (SFW)
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Colonel Une
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] amandaturnage / Amanda Turnage

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cool portrait of Colonel Une. And the caption is perfect for this side of her personality.

Link: M'Lady

Current Mood:: [mood icon] drained


April 24th, 2017 06:09 pm - Rocinante
I swore I didn't want to mod another community, but I couldn't hold out any longer. I needed a place to squee, so please come and join me!

[community profile] rocinante 
For all of your Expanse squee, whether it's about the books, the TV series,
the amazing Belter language, or about the actors themselves.


April 24th, 2017 01:04 pm - Fandom Monday
Or if you prefer



April 24th, 2017 01:04 pm - Fandom Monday
MUNCLE Original


April 24th, 2017 12:52 pm - are you sure it's still Monday?
Rescuing Lola, Simba and other zoo animals left in war zones and horrible conditions.

A video of the spring tide at Turnagain Arm, Alaska.

An oral history of some Southern hamburger styles.

Spend a dollar on drug treatment -- save more on crime reduction.

Bernie Sanders has made a big mistake. Here it is, and why it's a mistake: he underestimated the importance of complete health care access for women, including complete reproductive freedom.

Ghost in the Ghost -- an examination and review of 'Ghost in the Shell', including some thoughts on Scarlett Johannson and her role.

The Handmaid's Tale is a warning to conservative women -- the rest of us already know it's possible. And a NYTimes review of it.

An internet language built around love of dogs.

The real Charlotte Gray killed Nazis with her bare hands and had a 5 million franc bounty on her head -- and was sexy as hell along with it. Meet Nancy Wake.

There was one parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence -- at the National Archives. Now another has surfaced -- in England.

Wonkette: Tax-dodging Nazi sovereign citizen furries forced to cancel their Denver furry convention. Yes, really.


April 24th, 2017 12:17 pm - eShakti customer survey -- Nightingale Day, 5th of Flowering, Year 225
eShakti just sent me a survey, which I dutifully filled out in the hopes of getting better options.

However, in a list of13 garments to give feedback on, there were on 3 tops (2 of which were the exact same cowl top in different colors) and 1 pair of trousers -- everything else was dresses.

Considering out of everything I've bought from eShatki over several years, I've bought 1 dress, 1 skirt, and 2 trousers, with everything else being a top - mostly shirts with a smattering of jackets (and if you know me IRL, you know I love jackets).

You'd think they'd be asking me about their shirts and jackets, not dresses. I don't buy dresses.

Basically I suggested the following:

  • More princess seaming

  • Use darker skinned models for some of the items, especially with colors that would look good on them

  • Trousers must have pockets! No pockets, no sale!

  • Trousers should have a length option appropriate for people wearing flats.

  • More blazers

  • The boatneck is not a great neckline

  • Offer the square neckline option more often

  • Less waist seams on tops

  • Given actual fiber percentages for poly/cotton blends

  • How about you actually make a line of pantsuits?

That said, eShakti is still one of the few places doing mass customization of women's clothes at a price point many people can afford, and I've been quite happy with almost everything I've bought from them.


April 24th, 2017 12:13 pm - I broke up with Doctor Who in 2012
Yesterday I saw a happy gifset from an old season of New Who and had positive feelings. That's the first time I've been able to do that in YEARS.

I am not exaggerating when I say that for two years after I broke up with Doctor Who, I couldn't think about the show without crying. I eventually got over that (...mostly) and entered a stage of aggressive apathy that lasted for several more years. I guess I might be finally moving on from that into whatever might be the next stage in my... grieving process, or whatever this is.

I don't really talk much about my breakup with Doctor Who because it feels embarrassing. Spending two years crying at every mention of a tv show does not feel very mature or reasonable. Even now if I think about Doctor Who in certain ways I get teary-eyed; writing this post got me a bit misty around the edges.

And I don't even really understand why this breakup hurt me so deeply. I mean, I felt that the show had betrayed my trust in it, yes, but I've been let down by narratives before and since, and never had a reaction anywhere even close to this.

I dunno. I guess Doctor Who has always had a special place in my heart. I still miss it, or at least miss what I loved about it when I still loved it.

That gifset I saw yesterday, the one that made me smile to see, was nothing but Nine and Rose grinning infectiously at each other. Characters who loved each other and the whole weird brilliant universe was what I loved best about that show, and the expressions on their faces just captured that feeling of joy.

I don't think I'm yet at a place of being able to rewatch any of the episodes I used to love, without breaking down in tears. But for the first time I feel like maybe someday in the future I might.


April 24th, 2017 11:55 am
I’ve posted my Small Fandom Bang fic. It’s part of the House of Sulfur and Mercury arc, a divergence in which Luke comes back for Merlin himself and Merlin does his best to manipulate Luke.

Nothing False and Possible.

I’ve also posted an if-I-get-hit-by-a-bus draft of my Fandom5K story. Well, I suppose it’s more of an if-life-overwhelms-me-this-week draft because that’s actually what I expect to happen. I’m not entirely happy with the ending, and I want to find someone to look over it for SPaG and for consistency in things like capitalization and the names people use for each other, but I don’t think there’s anything truly horrible that way in there (it’s explicit darkfic, so there are plenty of intentionally horrible things in there). I’ve already had to go in and edit three times after I posted because I forgot to write a summary, to delete some notes, and to set the rating.

Maybe I ought not post when I’m low on sleep?

I’m low on sleep because I kept coughing last night. It was that sort of tickling dry cough that doesn’t do anything except make my throat feel less irritated for a second or three. I only slept at all because I discovered that, if I breathed through a bit of the sheet, I didn’t feel the urge to cough. I suspect dryness in the air as the problem because this didn’t feel like illness or allergies. I spent a lot of the night dreaming but still awake enough to be focused on the necessity of holding the sheet in just the right place even when I rolled over. I was convinced, at one point, that the cough was a curse (of the magical type) that had something to do with me not being vegan.

I’ve paid the deposit for choir camp for Cordelia. I still haven’t gotten an answer to my inquiry about accessibility and all of that, but it’s been a week, and I don’t think I’m ever going to get an answer. I really wish they gave a phone number at the school to call with questions like this. I’ve now emailed the camp directly as the pictures on their website are not encouraging and as they make absolutely no mention of accessibility/accommodation except to mention how to get wheelchair seating for the school affiliated concert hall.

I’d think that Interlochen’s camp buildings would be covered by the ADA’s accessibility requirements. The school might get out of it by saying that this is a completely voluntary thing (in spite of saying that all students are expected to attend), but I don’t know that the camp could.

Of course, Scott thinks Cordelia’s going to refuse the surgery this year at all, that she’ll only consider it when she dislocates her knee again. I think she might go for it, especially if her aunt tells her it’s a good idea. She’s said several times that, much as surgery scares her, she really, really doesn’t want to go through a dislocation again.

Scott tried some pork on Saturday. He was okay with the small amount he had for breakfast, no ill effects, but he had a larger serving in the evening and had some intestinal issues the next day. He’s inclined to put that down to the pork, but there’s a chance that he and I both had an intestinal bug of some sort (I put my Saturday issues in that direction down entirely to anxiety, but who knows?). He’s going to be very unhappy when I point out to him that the turkey bratwurst he bought Saturday have pork casings. Of course, I can’t eat them, either, and I don’t think Cordelia is likely to eat more than one or maybe two. Cooking and then freezing seems indicated.

I’m still kind of desperately hoping for good news from the hysterosonogram on Friday so that I can cancel the gynecology appointment on Wednesday morning. Not getting anything before then doesn’t necessarily mean bad news, but going into the appointment with no idea makes it vastly more stressful. I can’t think of anyone who might be available for hand holding purposes on Wednesday, either. Scott and his sister will both be working, and [personal profile] evalerie has a critical all day appointment for her youngest. Scott's parents won't be back in Michigan until next week, and it will be longer than that before my parents get to Michigan.

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April 24th, 2017 04:17 pm - Let's go steal a kingdom
Ugh, communication tasks day is the worst. I need assistance because phone but the people that usually help are not available. So then I just spin my wheels all day nearly but not quite getting anything done.

Today's dream was way better though. Me, Phil Coulson, and Leonard Snart. Who seem like they'd never get along but really Coulson would be perfectly pleasant while using him shamelessly, and Snart would wait for the double cross Coulson knows to expect, and it'd end up kind of like paying him to help but messier.

But. Dream. In a magic using fantasy world, where Snart was still a thief, but Coulson was some kind of cleric of Justice.

Read more... )

So I woke up feeling smugly badass, I can tell you, stealing a kingdom, putting my guy on the throne to protect the baby heir, and in so doing starting the dismantling of monarchy as a corrupt system.


And then back in real life I'm stuck on the day's tasks because if I pick up the phone I'll just stutter and fail at making sense in English.

So, you know, the dream was a teensy bit better.


April 24th, 2017 10:23 am - Meme
Have a meme, taken from [personal profile] moetushie, and edited just a tad:

Repost if it’s okay for your followers/circle to leave you a comment telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink or trope they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?



April 24th, 2017 10:26 am
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April 24th, 2017 08:40 am - Monday morning (you don't look so fine)
Yes, I just earwormed myself with an old classic. =P

At work, carpooled with the boss in my car, and expect to be here until super late due to the SUPER IMPORTANT event starting tomorrow that we need to do all the print and install for. Or rather, the rest of the department does - my job is to stay on top of all the OTHER day to day jobs while everyone else is scrambling around appeasing this one event. Which mostly means I'm up to my eyeballs in badges, banners, placards, books, stickers, and all the other every day sort of junk. Oh, and our printer is still busted with a junked up transfer so it lays down pigment very spotty. So I'm waiting for the tech to get here and fix it. =P

Mostly a lazy weekend (yay!) in which we got all the plants into pots (yay!) and now have multiple pots of tiny seedling cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, green onions, basil, oregano, cilantro, and dill out on the deck. And it's raining, so hey, welcome to real life little plants, here's more water then you really need! =P

Also played WoW. Finished all the zones except Suramar, already have the rep grind done, we're so close to flying I can taste it... and now we need to run dungeons. ALL THE DUNGEONS. Though, really, we're pretty much mythic geared... tempted to see what would happen if we tried to 2-man on normal. >_> Boss has offered to join and rolled a healer because he likes playing support, but he's only level 100 and is splitting his time with Destiny (where he's trying to tick off his achievement list before Destiny 2 rolls out, because apparently Bungee is awesome and will send you commemorative t-shirts. =P) So for right now we're either 2-manning stuff, or wait until the weekend and hope we can grab my dragon's side of the family for a few dungeon runs on west coast time.

(Seriously, it's, like, ALL THE DUNGEONS. Arcway, Neltharion's lair, Emerald Nightmare, Maw of Souls, Eye of Azshara, Halls of Valor, maybe Court of Stars too... I had to write a list. =P All for quests. UGH. SMH for the "force everyone to run dungeons" mechanic, though at least they've made it so that my PvE playing ass can be reasonably geared for mythic dungeons purely with quest drop and bought gear.)

grownup adulting stuff )

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April 24th, 2017 09:37 am - RPG Citadel

Genre: Celebrity BDSM RPS
Name: Citadel
Contact: the mods - [personal profile] jennandanica, [personal profile] fiercy and [personal profile] alley_oops
Main Comm: Citadel
Minimum Age Requirement: 18+
Deadline: None

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