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"Coda" is a beautiful short film about a lost soul and Death. 

The story, of course, is familiar to me.  People die and think they're not done yet so they wander off and/or drag their feet, then somebody has to trundle along behind to find them.

So I noticed a lot of other lovely little details.  The crowd scenes have women and people of color.  Yay!  The delicate use of light and shadow.  Outlines of leaves.  The exquisite control of Death's cloak.  <3
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 You can now buy a molecule quilt of your very own.  And gosh, part of the background development is Mathematica, a program my mother helped create!  These are ridiculously bargain prices for a quilt, too, and the standard size will fit a queen or king bed.  If you are into technomagic, note that molecules DO things, so these quilts make a terrific base for charm magic.
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This article explores what happens when two emotions mix.  A key benefit of the movie Inside Out is that it encourage people to think and talk about feelings!  So. Much. Win.
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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

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So nobody in power wants to admit that burning black churches counts as a hate crime.   Or terrorism.  Hey, let's get some black folks to comment on how they feel about assaults on black churches.  Now there's a clue.
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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1.

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 This comic is right up there with "Adventures ... nasty, uncomfortable things.  Make you late for dinner!"
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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. #coulsonlives

I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, a series landing page, and anarchive of images. The perk story "Brotherlove, Brotherlust" Part 3 is still open for participation.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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For a while now I've had a character sheet for the supervillain Pain's Gray, aka Gray Agamau. His power is Pain Ray, and I've got plans for him crossing paths with extant characters including Shiv and Keane. During the Creative Jam, I used prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie to write a batch of poems detailing his backstory. Parts of that journey are pretty dark and intense. But this is heavy-duty hurt/comfort, so Gray's friends are always there to scrape him off the ground afterward.

Another factor has to do with pain and power exchange. Gray is kinky. So are several other members of his gang, in various ways. The storyline shows how Gray starts picking up the skills that will, a few years down the line, make him an amazing top. One of the folks who has gotten to see the backchannel copies suggested that I highlight this stuff as a more positive representation of kink than the stalkery mess that is 50 Shades of Gray. (No, the names aren't related. My character's first name is Gray, and his cape name is a riff on the paint color Payne's grey.) Here's what I've written so far ...

Note: These poems range from dark and heavy to fluff with chocolate frosting. Some are sexy/kinky, some nonsexual kink and sensation, some about other things altogether. Below the cut are spoilers and excerpts.

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Akin to mudras, this hand exercise offers a discreet way to balance troubled feelings.  If you're freaking out and don't know what to do, try holding each finger one at a time with your opposite hand.  It's good for settling, even if you don't believe in the energy effect, because it gives you something very simple to focus on.

New Verses

Jun. 27th, 2015 02:25 am
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lone_cat, there are new verses ...

"Never Laid Open" has four new verses.  Shiv discovers further consequences of his behavior.  

"The Injury That Provokes It" has one new verse.  Andy attempts his paltry coping skills to deal with being injured.

Bear in mind that with three open epics, now is not a good time to launch new ones, until one or more of these gets finished.
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So this is what the President did at the funeral.

In a rare moment, I actually feel represented.  Man knows his roots.  And when a hate crime leads to moments like this, you know that the forces of hate are, in fact, losing.  That's why a bunch of folks are smiling at a funeral.
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Enjoy some dolls with disabilities.  My favorites include the birthmark girl and the ASL Deaf girl.  :D  Dolls are available in a wide range of features including not just the disabilities but also skin tone, hair color/style, etc.
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This poem came out of the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] aldersprig. It also fills the "beauty" square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem is posted in trade for the awesome Megalodon cartoon by [personal profile] redsixwing. It belongs to the series A Conflagration of Dragons.

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I am pleased to announce that America now recognizes marriage equality from sea to shining sea! 

What this means to me, aside from celebrating for friends, is that I no longer have to tell some couples "The state will recognize other people's marriage but not yours" if we're discussing handfasting/wedding officiation.  

*throws rainbow ribbons*  *throws birdseed*
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Apparently the misogynist fucks at Hasbro decided to genderswap all the dinosaurs from Jurassic World

Maybe we should swap them back.  You know, paint a tiny cloaca on each figure to emphasize their true sex as advertised in the movie.  Or put little pink bikini tops on them.  Bows on their heads.  Indomitus Rex clearly needs her own pair of ass-kicking, fuck-me-red high heels.

I can only conclude they're afraid of female anything  with that much teeth.
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Meanwhile in Terramagne, downstream of those idiots trying to gengineer better exotic pets ... this shit happens.  Yes, super animals are rare. But when you have have hundreds of crocodiles and millions of bats, and somebody spills zetetic mystery goo in the water, that is a lot of dice to roll.
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Five things.

#1 and #2 work on basically everyone regardless of relationship dynamics. #3 works on any sweetheart whose love language is words.  #4 works on any sweetheart whose love language is gifts.  #5 works on most lovers in general. 
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Here's a wonderful comic about emotions and how they are restricted by gender. Obviously, this is stupid and destructive.

Just to answer the challenge, I have written ...

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