Big Goddamn Heroes

Jul. 28th, 2017 01:38 am
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To the three Republican senators who voted against letting thousands of Americans die, thank you.

On behalf of all the marginalized people who are struggling to hold on right now, thank you so much.

I never got to directly benefit from "Obamacare," because since it was passed I've only lived in states that refused the Medicaid expansion. But it's sickening to see people who are able to live their lives and create art because of it, fret over the possibility of losing it. We've already lost some of our best.

I don't think that this fight is over. But I want to believe a decisive blow has been struck. And I want to believe we can learn the lessons we need to, without everything getting too much worse.

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Jul. 28th, 2017 01:55 am
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One of KM Weiland's pieces of advice in Outlining Your Novel (though this is actually in chapter "Before You Begin Your Outline") is:

"If you could have a professional reviewer read your idealized concept of your finished book and totally get it—completely understand everything you're trying to say with your characters, plot, dialogue, and themes—what would he write about your story?"

And then you, being specific, thorough, and extravagant, are that reviewer.

OKAY THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN wait how do I do that
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Defending Their Own
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 6 of 6
word count (story only): 1828

:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Mercedes subset, while taking the “Road Trip” in an entirely new direction. Comes in almost long enough to split into a seventh post, but I liked this better. ::

Pay Special Attention: People who have been profiting from human trafficking have parts of their reality (and sometimes their bodies) folded into several sharp points which may not match any previously known 'safe' configuration. Some injuries this time, but nothing spoiler worthy, since I generally write happy endings. Swearing, fatalities, severe injury, crisis-panic-paralysis for an instant (which can be very uncomfortable for viewers). ::

Amanda felt a sharp frission of panic as she glanced between Cash's fight, the sour-smelling baby clothes that might conceal another danger, and the stairwell leading up to an open, unknown space which might also have more people to deal with. Her hands shook as she set up the enzymatic cleaner, spilling the slightly tinted liquid over her hand and wrist as she tried to pour some over the entry wound.

Joshua only blinked at her, gritting his teeth, as she shifted him a little more, just enough to see the exit wound on his chest.

And the entry wound on the woman he'd been fighting.

The pool of blood beneath her was far more than Joshua's injury created, ratcheting up the panic in her head. “Gamma!” she barked. “Get something clean, put pressure on Delta's wound as soon as I can douse it with the undiluted stuff, just in case their blood mixed.”
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I have a computer that won't boot to anything but a black screen with a mouse cursor. I can boot from my recovery dvd, and I can boot in safe mode, and go into the bios menu, but I can't get into Windows and run any kind of a system recovery.

I suspect a corrupted driver somewhere along the way, but I have no idea how to fix it if I can't even get into Windows, not even safe mode.

My desktop is running Vista, because I haven't had any need to replace it. It's run perfectly fine for *mumble* years.

Am I screwed or is there anything I can do? Please help. I'd rather not just give up and buy a new computer right now.

In the Gilded Age

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:52 pm
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I spent the entire morning in the gilded age. I went to the Breakers first figuring it’s the best known and most likely to be crowded. I was right. Even at 930 it was pretty packed but it was amazing. I can see why Mark Twain coined the term gilded age. Today it’s been romantacized but he meant it as a scathing indictment of how wasteful these people were. He had a point especially when you consider the Vanderbilts spent less than six weeks a year here. I literally could spend six months here and still not see every embellishment. One room has walls gilted not with gold but with platnium.

From there I wen to Marble house. It’s on par with the Breakers and was owned by Alva Vanderbilt. I should read more on her. She was something (I knew that before I got here, it’s one of the reason I wanted to see this home), votes for women, divorcing and so much more. The last house was Chateau su Mer which was older than the rest and not as insanely embellished (not that it was plain either) It was in the English aesthetic style and had a live guide vs the self guided ipads all the others had. (after putting up with 15 people, half of whom were tweens who didn’t want to be there I preferred the latter).

After seeing the Black Pearl is renowned for its clam chowder, I went back and got that and a seafood crepe full of shrimp and scallops. Delightful. Less delightful, it was raining. So I decided to go to the beach anyhow. Hey it was easy to find on street parking. I walked around for an hour. This one had very few shells and one of the big clam shells I picked up still had a clam in it (sorry buddy). I put him back. The tide looked red because of all this seaweed floating in it. There was a small carousel there too.

I headed back to mansion row to go on the cliffwalk. I’m glad I did. I went via Salve Regina Uni which had a paved part of the walk. It was very nice. Also on their campus I found what I thought was little libraries but were rather shadow boxes made by students containing poetry (one was creepy) called poetry in the wild. I thought that was a nice idea.

Dinner was at the highly rated Brick Alley pub which was insanely crowded. I had a storm brewery amber ale (pretty good) and even more scallops, this time in wine butter and bread crumbs, delicious (but the butter made me sick) Took another try at the casino. I won a few small bonuses at the star gate machines again but then tried new machines and lost.

Time to pack and hope the storm doesn’t hit tomorrow like it might. The ghost hunt still has to wait until I have time.

purrli should be all of these things

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:34 pm
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1) new sky blue fitbit band
2) octopus wrist wrap
3) frittata with sweet potato in it

Today I learned

Jul. 27th, 2017 10:45 pm
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  what osteopathy is. (I captioned a commercial for a medical school that teaches it.) It sounds more basically plausible than I expected based on just having heard people make fun of it as pseudoscience, but I can also definitely see how its premise could be interpreted in a pseudoscience-y way. 
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But the updates are all done now so here I am.

The big news, such as it is, is that I made the appointment with the guy we want to fix the cottage. On August 14th, at around 4. So that's taken care of.

And the other big news is that I got Black Mold in the mail today, the next ben Aaronovitch graphic novel. I started reading it before I called Oldest Brother. So far, so good.

Aside from that, yesterday I went out for Carvel with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. No dinner afterwards though.

Today I made the appointment with the contractor, as I said. Talked to the FWiB both nights, and all is well. I texted to The Kid both days too, to let her know what was up.

The light in the turtle tank is out again. I swear those bulbs burn out faster than... I don't know what. Very annoying, and expensive.

Tomorrow I'm free and have therapy in the morning. I'll talk to her about my anxiety over the cottage.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. Friends.

4. Carvel.

5. Good books.

6. Made the appointment.

Writing against type

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:18 pm
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I'm writing a fic right now that's somewhat challenging in its characterization, and it got me thinking: how do you tackle characters dealing with emotions or reacting to situations they've never come close to encountering in canon? Or them consciously choosing to change who they are as a person?

For me, my fic is a Riverdale/Archie Comics fic for the FP Jones/Kevin Keller pairing called "Second Time Around." It has FP Jones, a rough and tough gang leader in canon, now trying to step up in his role as a newly single parent, as well as trying act more like a gentleman in order to convince Kevin Keller to stay with him. It can get difficult, because the situation in itself requires FP to change from how he is in canon into someone who's more gentle and caring, so it can very easily stretch the willing suspension of disbelief.

And now I'm curious! How do you, as a writer, believably keep a character as themselves while writing about them acting differently than how they are in canon, or willingly choosing to act unlike themselves?

Pod Save America

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:21 pm
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Three former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — started a media empire they named "Crooked Media," a hat-tip to Donald Trump. Their flagship podcast is Pod Save America, a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.

Hang out at [community profile] podsaveamerica to discuss this podcasts and others by Crooked Media - Pod Save the People, Pod Save the World, Lovett or Leave It, and With Friends Like These.

In this community, we'll have discussion posts about each podcast. Talk about the guests, the conversations, whatever grievances were aired during the ads (lol). We'll also have posts about targeted activism. For example, during Resistance Recesses, you can discuss in the comments if/what you did. (The podcasts themselves frequently suggest specific action items for listeners.)

Listen to all of the podcasts, or just 1 or 2. No pressure.

trans* equality and perfume converge

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:50 pm
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For those who are able and so inclined, the lovely folks at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab debuted two new scents yesterday, in response to the latest sludge bomb flung from the White House. Proceeds from both these scents benefit the National Center for Trans Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union. For the record, I've not been paid to signal boost this; I'm just a fan of both equality and lovely smells.

The first is here:
Irish Coffee Buttercream
and the second is here:
Spiced Rum Buttercream Coffee

I freely admit I've already put an order in for the second one.

Trans rights are human rights and, as I said on twitter last night, if I ever dispute that without about twelve helpings of snarky sarcasm in my voice (as in, I'm quoting someone else's rhetoric for the purposes of mocking them to oblivion), please lay me out. As in boom! to the moon, knock my sorry block off, because I'll deserve it. Not that I ever intend to deserve it. Not for that reason.
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Important PSA: The actress who played Kelsey will be at Rangerstop this year ♥

five(ish) good things

Jul. 27th, 2017 06:13 pm
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I recycled some papers I needed to get rid of.

I will see some people I like tonight... and... I saw two(ish) new friends yesterday.

I got new books yesterday.

The sun shining.



Jul. 27th, 2017 06:07 pm
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Re U.S. politics:

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