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TWO MORE DAYS TO THE WEEKEND and it feels like an eternity. We're also about to get a bout of really weird weather; does anyone else get ??? pressure headaches/sinus WTF when cold fronts move in very quickly?
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see title.

good GOD i've been busy.

hello friends!
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Not having the greatest of days; this made worse by the fact that it isn't anything in my own life, but rather bad luck and a bad year (or set of years) of someone else in my life. Can't really talk to IRL folk about it so. Hi flist. What are your bad day coping mechanisms?
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Hope you all had a good 2019. Let's meme! Give me a topic to talk about and I'll talk about in in my year-in-review post - anything! Fandom, non-fandom, HIT ME. And in turn, point me at a post of yours I can interact with or a small drabble I can write you and I'll try to pay it back!

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I... am broken, because I plugged myself in and didn't come out for these. Never code on holiday, people. Never.

There's the traditional Yuletide-app style Chocolate Box 2019 app, which gives you the tagset and all prompts; updated every 15 minutes as long as my computer is turned on.

There's also the new, experimental, Elasticsearch powered Chocolate Box Thing Searcher, which lets you do full text search of either fandom name/relationship OR (!!!) the whole text of people's prompts. Never fail to find your spanking-loving fellow participants again.

I have no energy to even think of my own signup, so falling over now.


Dec. 31st, 2018 10:24 pm
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2019 is almost here. Good god. Where has time gone? I feel both old and young at the same time; I suppose that isn't bad. More concrete thoughts and journalling tomorrow, but for now I'm glad that I'm (still) here and that you all are, too. Happy new year, all.
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The White Lady (The Witcher)
Hilarious noir AU with Roach as the POV character. Amazing voice! Also, NOIR ROACH.

Don't you know you're life itself? (The History Boys)
Such a good slice-of-life of the boys grown up; great voices all around.

Small Favours (The Mummy)
JONATHAN. I cackled all the way through.

Achilles' Hell (John Wick, rated E)
Hot, hot loyalty porn with bonus age-gap and ASSASSIN LOGIC.

Exceeding Set Tolerances (The Culture)
I could read more than just 1.8K of sentient warship, but if 1.8K is all I'm going to get, I'm going to read the hell out of it.

On the Ice (The Left Hand Of Darkness)
Perfect scenes from Genly and Estraven's time on the ice, with some great humanity to the character voices.

The Harvest of Orhoch (The Left Hand Of Darkness)
Mythology and history from Gethen, in such keeping with the book.

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* Hello to any new folk! There've been a scant few additions to my circle, I think: drop by and say hi, one way or another!

* Back to work, alas, alas. Then again: all my boss and I did in the absolutely empty office was talk rubbish about hockey and do nothing, so that wasn't too bad. I feel utterly braindead from going in, though.

* Yuletide recs will have to wait until tomorrow or the weekend, methinks; I am a bit dead, though I've put some effort into exploring the wilds of the collection and commenting where I can. I wonder if I've hit any fics from y'all on the flist! Have I? I doubt it – I sense that, down a certain space opera and judging from the rouge appearance of people's names in kudos lists, that we don't quite share read/write fandoms as much these last few years.

* I am hastily, drunkenly nominating for Chocolate Box, but I am the world's worst exchange participant outside of Yuletide. Sorry, mods...

* Stealing another low-key you-do-me-and-I'll-do-you meme from [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. What is your favourite food?
2. What is your favourite food preparation method?
3. What is your favourite cuisine or style of cooking?
4. Do you have any dietary restrictions and if so what are they?
5. If you could introduce the whole world to one ingredient to improve their culinary experience, what would that be and why?
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This year, the YULEGOATS GAVE ME RELIGIOUS THINGS and I love them. Two things in the main collection with a Madness treat yet to come, but here we go! My main assignment:

The Final Lullaby of Sofia Mendes (3384 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
Rating: Mature
Characters: Emilio Sandoz, Sofia Mendes

Emilio learned past tense from songs of regret, future tense from songs of longing, and present tense from songs of love.
Sofia learned the command form from lullabies.

I can't quite gush any more than I did in the comments, but if you've read The Sparrow, you probably know how hard it is to write for this canon. Well, my author hit it right out of the park. Major spoilers, but if you've read JESUITS IN SPACE, please do check this one out!

And then my treat:

You Need A Big God. (1402 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Om (Small Gods), Brutha (Small Gods)

Om and Brutha, afterwards.

Small Gods! SMALL GODS! And Brutha being essentially perfectly himself. :D GO READ IT NOW.

I'm a little braindead from staying up too late last night, so recs will wait till tomorrow methinks. I've written 6 (!) this year, most of which will probably be IMMINENTLY OBVIOUS to anyone who knows me...


Dec. 23rd, 2018 05:56 pm
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I am done with Yuletide writing, if not with Yuletide editing. Tried my best - missed some things I wanted to do for people, but 6 fics = not too bad.

Trying to take a nap, but instead stealing this from [community profile] thefridayfive: open to flist! Ask me and I'll ask you the same thing in return. Feel free to twist these into fandom specific questions :D

1. Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas – which one do you use?
2. Do you own an ugly Christmas sweater?
3. Do you celebrate the Winter Solstice?
4. Now that you are ‘in the know,’ what would you leave out for St. Nick on the 24th?
5. Tired of the snow and icky weather yet? For those fortunate folks in the other hemisphere, are you tired of the humidity and hot weather?

Open game: any other questions about the end of the year/holiday rituals/&c.
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Yuletide: Four Yuletide stories down, hopefully one more by the end of today, and then editing like the dogs of war are at my heels until the deadline. I'm leaving the rest of the time up to Christmas entirely unplanned; better to write only if something hits me, I think. I keep looking at some of The Culture prompts, but for all that the letters are very good, no one story is quite leaping out at me just yet.

Work: has been hellish, even though I realise it doesn't have to be. It's still 9-5, but I'm the sort of person who can't look at a thing done badly and not want to fix it. I've definitely been more stressed over the firefighting rescue job we're doing on this other team's project than I need to be, and all told it's making me just want to go a completely different direction. I don't love coding, and sometimes the job feels like golden handcuffs. Don't know what I would do, though! I just know that, this taken in consideration with everything else in my life, it's time for a midlife U-turn fairly soon. Harder when I don't really have a target destination in mind, but...

Random meme: Why not, right? I'll do you if you do me, &c.

1. What made you start writing fanfic?
2. Which of your own fanfics have you reread the most?
3. Describe the differences between your first fanfic and your most recent fanfic. Do you think your style has changed over time? How so? Answer
4. You’ve posted a fic anonymously. How would someone be able to guess that you’d written it?
5. Name three stories you found easy to write.
6. Name three stories you found difficult to write. Answer
7. What’s your ratio of hits to kudos?
8. What do your fic bookmarks say about you?
9. What’s a theme that keeps coming up in your writing? Answer
10. What kind of relationships are you most interested in writing?
11. For E-rated fic, what are some things your characters keep doing?
12. Name three favorite characters to write.
13. You’re applying for the fanfic writer of the year award. What five fanfics do you put in your portfolio?
14. Question of your choice!
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Last day of vacation D: Kitty is at vet for possibel UTI D: D: Second yuletide fic still stuck in the pipes D: D: D: But all in all I feel like I'm having a great day! :D :D :D :D
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Send help, yuletide is happening. Assignment #2 is staring back at me with big, blank, idea-less eyes.
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Work is so busy! But productive, which is good. Been poking and maintaining the Yuletide app, but at least it's dragging me back into fandom! How is everyone? <3
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Dear Yuletide author,

Thank you for writing for me! I hope you have a fun Yuletide - if you have an idea that you want to write, the details in my letters are always optional: I'm an omnivorous reader who doesn't really have squicks, and I'd love to read anything you come up with!

The Culture, The Sparrow, Small Gods, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, The Bedlam Stacks )


Oct. 7th, 2018 11:09 pm
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i have accomplished coding success for the weekend, time to fall over omg
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my yuletide letter is becoming ridiculous, not the least because my Culture prompt has grown into a fic that would be legal by yuletide standards thanks to years of waiting and waiting...
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promotion at work stop. Very busy stop. Brain breaking stop. Yuletide coming stop.

Anyone have single book or movie Yuletide canon recs?
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yuletide season is here! [community profile] yuletide_admin has the details, and nominations are open.

i've been pretty swamped at work but am helping the modding team out, so /waves at flist


A universe of unmapped grief and love
And new master light is beyond
The pleiades and plow and southern stars.

O soaring
Icarus of outworld, burn bright
The traceries of known skymarks,
Slide the highway planets behind
Your clear waxed wings.

Go conquer the everywhere left
Beyond your sad confinement
In a predicted bonehouse,
Witch thrown riddle of flesh
And water.

O soar until nothing
remains but great glittering holes
In the black godspun shirt over your head.

- John Fairfax