More Cornish walkies!

Apr. 26th, 2017 02:13 pm
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Yet more ferns unfurling:



There's more! )
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Title: Defence, Pretence, Offence - Chapter 45/70 - Show the Truth
Author: Beren (aka Tasha)
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
Warnings: This story is canon compliant until the end of Order of the Phoenix and then goes AU. None of the HBP or Deathly Hallows plot will be used, or the Horcruxes for that matter since this story was planned before we knew the details about those things, and hence has it's own fanon. This includes birthdays and other information that have since been revealed on Pottermore and in further productions.
Summary: The threat of open war in on the horizon. The Order and the Ministry are of one accord and both know that where Harry Potter is, Voldemort will eventually be. Preparations are being made and this time the side of the light will not be caught unawares.
Summer classes, sabotage, revelations about Draco's father, teaching and the final showdown with Voldemort all await Harry and Draco in this exciting sequel to Gold Tinted Spectacles (LJ | AO3 | Wattpad).
Author's Notes: This is the second story in the Hecatemae universe. It starts up just after the end of the first instalment and I advice reading that one first so you understand the premise. Thanks go to my sister Sophie for the beta reading.
It has taken me 12 years to finally get around to finishing this, I very much hope everyone enjoys it.
Links to CH45: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
Link to other parts: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
New chapters will be posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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Title: Defence, Pretence, Offence - Chapter 45/70 - Show the Truth
Author: Beren (aka Tasha)
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
Warnings: This story is canon compliant until the end of Order of the Phoenix and then goes AU. None of the HBP or Deathly Hallows plot will be used, or the Horcruxes for that matter since this story was planned before we knew the details about those things, and hence has it's own fanon. This includes birthdays and other information that have since been revealed on Pottermore and in further productions.
Summary: The threat of open war in on the horizon. The Order and the Ministry are of one accord and both know that where Harry Potter is, Voldemort will eventually be. Preparations are being made and this time the side of the light will not be caught unawares.
Summer classes, sabotage, revelations about Draco's father, teaching and the final showdown with Voldemort all await Harry and Draco in this exciting sequel to Gold Tinted Spectacles (LJ | AO3 | Wattpad).
Author's Notes: This is the second story in the Hecatemae universe. It starts up just after the end of the first instalment and I advice reading that one first so you understand the premise. Thanks go to my sister Sophie for the beta reading.
It has taken me 12 years to finally get around to finishing this, I very much hope everyone enjoys it.
Link to other parts: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
New chapters will be posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Chapter 45 - Showing the Truth )

057. meme time

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:46 am
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I wrote 1300+ words for my essay yesterday, so I'm hoping that I can finish it today!

And now, a meme.

Comment with one of my fandoms and I'll tell you:

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed
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What I read

Down the JA Jance Ali Reynolds rabbit hole: Fatal Error (2011), Left for Dead (2012), Deadly Stakes (2013). I did start the novella A Last Goodbye, but am now holding off until I get to the right place in series internal chronology.

Alexis Hall, How to Bang a Billionaire (2017). This is a book that one would think had a lot of my NQOSD things all over it - at first glance it was the m/m version of 50 Shades, but I looked at the preview just to see, and okay, it still has a lot of things that are not my usual things, like it is All About The Relationship, at least so far there are no other stakes in place (but there is a sequel forthcoming), and the billionaire thing means a lot of plain practical difficulties do not operate. The title is a bit misleading, on account of the billionaire character is what in a woman would be considered pretty much stone butch - does but will not be touched or done to - it's more 'banged by the billionaire'. The narrator is a somewhat hapless and gauche, though at least not completely naive, gay guy just on the cusp of graduating from Oxford. The billionaire is pretty much on the Violet Winspear romantic hero template:

I get my heroes so that they're lean and hard muscled and mocking and sardonic and tough and tigerish and single, of course. Oh and they've got to be rich and then I make it that they're only cynical and smooth on the surface. But underneath they're well, you know, sort of lost and lonely. In need of love but, when roused, capable of breathtaking passion and potency. Most of my heroes, well all of them really, are like that. They frighten but fascinate.
But, dr rdrz, I could hardly put it down.

On the go

The end is almost in view with the Inchbald biography!

I am on the edge of my seat in re The Course of Honour

Up next

Well, the thing for review I intend to read on the train.

And new Sara Paretsky VI Warshawski!!!

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Apr. 26th, 2017 09:12 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] ookpik!
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Temporary Neighbors
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 2, complete
word count (story only): 1021


:: This story takes place the same evening as “Opportunities Lost and Found.” ::



The atmosphere in the chocolate house fell somewhere between the reserved, earnest quiet of a reading room and the testing, inquiring chatter between college students after a particularly stirring lecture. The main room was perhaps the same area as the whole ground floor of the rooming house next door, but the open space dotted with white-painted support pillars was crowded with round tables covered with calico print tablecloths in an assortment of colors and fan-backed Windsor chairs stained nearly black. Sunset colored the windows, but could not overcome the bright gaslight inside.

Leland raised a hand to wave at the young blond man who normally cleared tables and washed dishes for the House owner, frowning as he spotted two men in suits emerging from the archway that led to the cellar stairs. The kitchen and larder were downstairs, and Mary did not allow anyone, even delivery boys, into her domain in order to help secure the secrecy of her recipes.
Read more... )

Boost: Poetry Fishbowl

Apr. 26th, 2017 01:31 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith  will be holding a Poetry Fishbowl on May 2. Read about it here.

Some topics for prompts )

HOGWARTS HOUSES

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:55 am
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GO SORT YOURSELF!

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I went down a bit of a rabbit hole yesterday when I dug into -- don't laugh -- my archive of grad school poetry. Well, okay, laugh. I was so chipper and naive and the poems are so earnest and trying so hard. They're better than my junior high poetry but only in certain light. Some of them are actually good. Or they would be if they had been able to live and breathe within a matrix of expectations on equal footing with the literary canon.

My whole Twitter epiphany was graciously collected by Charles A. Tan (no relation) on Storify:



The gist of the thread is this: my grad school poetry professor couldn't see that there was a contradiction for those of us who weren't white, straight males when told that we had to write "universal" themes in our poems that could be understood implicitly without having to be "explained". In his view, if someone couldn't understand your implicit message it was because it was a bad poem, and if you had to make it too explicit that was also a bad poem. By extension the messages that could be received most implicitly were "literary" ones. In other words, if it was about a white man's alienation after an act of war (for example), the reader should "get" that even if war was never mentioned explicitly in the poem. The problem is that if the implicit message is something that is "universal" within a marginalized community--for example, internalized homophobia--those who have never experienced it won't "get" it. And rather than admit that there are things outside their experience, the literary establishment instead brands those topics as marginal, and only lauds their appearance when they make themselves accessible to the literary mainstream.

Short version: "literary" is a worldview that centers academia, particularly white male upper middle class academia. At the time I just didn't have the perspective to see that. "Literary" equals "laudable" in MFA programs. It's a self-reinforcing system.

I quit writing poetry because for me to perform the same artistry would require my poems to exist in a context where the implicit things that didn't have to be "explained" were things like internalized homophobia, questioning cultural identity, and code switching. And that context didn't seem to exist. My poems were "meaningless" to the literary establishment, and I had plenty of things to write instead, in other contexts. (Come to think of it, founding the English language's only erotic science fiction publishing house in 1992 was me creating my own context for my fiction.)

This introspection was all brought on by the fact that Sheela Lambert of the Bi Writers Association -- the editor of Best Bisexual Short Stories (Circlet, Amazon) and the driving force behind the Bi Book Awards -- is editing a book of "bisexual poetry." (Call for submissions here.) I'm bisexual and I figured I would look and see if there was anything obviously "bisexual" about my poetry from back in the days when I wrote poetry. If. Ha. "If."

In fact, lo, I went back and saw that a ton of my angsty metaphor-laden poems from the early 1990s are now, in retrospect, quite obviously about internalized homophobia and/or about being caught between communities, even if not a single person in my poetry workshops (including me, sometimes) could articulate that. But I wonder if these poems will read "properly" if they were to be published in a book with a bisexual or queer context? I guess I will submit them and see.

Best laid plans of mice

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:34 pm
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Plan: get up early, take youngest to school, come home and tidy/clean until noon, eat lunch, answer either the 10 point (hopefully trivial bullshitting) question or the 5 point (tedious, possibly more bullshit, because seriously, how is that question supposed to cover 2 pages with that amount of info, and who writes a two page recommendation when a one page recommendation will do, because that will probably get read), deal with the ceiling repair person, take kid to dance, find time to prepare dinner, have a Wednesday evening.

Reality:
Getting up early was fine, but stomach was cranky, so no breakfast. Substitute Berocca for the planned coffee. Drive up freeway, get such a good run that it almost couldn't be better on completely empty roads, so youngest is at school ridiculously early. They hope that the library will be open. Will need to make contingency plan for the next time this happens, as it will, because equally plausible is barely scraping in on time. Drive home down freeway, start to feel a bit blah.

Home! Start tidying. Blah turns into so dizzy I can't work out what I'm supposed to be doing. Also, running hot and cold. Try napping - spend about 45 minutes in bed, may have been asleep for some of them. Sit up and read trash on the internet. Take temp (perfectly fine, 36.2°C). Not running a fever, probably just overdoing it colly-wobbles. Drink more Berocca. Play stupid games on ipad until start to feel a little better. Sit up, continue to play silly games. Urgh. Really need to do something. Involved eldest in clean up of kitchen island. Win! There is nothing but fruit on it. Find mouse proof box, move an assortment of (unmunched) packets off the table into it. Fall over for a bit. Go back, determined to get things clean. Look in pantry, realise exactly *how much* evidence-of-mouse is in there. Derail. Clean second top shelf, put most everything back (no evidence-of-mouse on top shelf, including no bite marks in the cereal boxes. Hopefully leave them alone). Clean (and scrub. and gumption) middle shelf, put most everything back. Kitchen counter starting to look like disaster zone again. Sigh. Push on, do fourth shelf. Manage to get half everything back, because some things are in plastic, and the more mouse proofing we do, the more desperate the mouse will be, and some of the plastic stuff already has teeth marks from an earlier invasion. Run out of oomph, eat lunch, type this up.
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It's a New Moon this evening, so I'm opening my garden for a card draw. As always, I hope to send some good energy out into the world, to spark some hope and creativity. You can ask about real life or a creative project, or even a game. I can draw a card for you to meditate on, to represent the Guide you need right now, or to get you unstuck. I can draw a card for a character or can draw a card or cards for you to use as writing or art prompts--starting something new is a traditional use of New Moon energy. But ask what you will, because now is always transforming into a new moment.

I hope you will stop by my garden. It's warm this evening, the grass is green, the roses are mostly starting to bud, and the dandelions and weeds are growing. There's a few tulips and daffodils--they're thinner than I would wish, since the squirrels think they're food when we first plant them, but spring blooms are always welcome. You and I can share hot chocolate or tea and chat, and you can get a reading if you would like one.

New friends and old are welcome.

For free one card readings, you can pick from the Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle, the Daughters of the Moon Tarot (one of the round decks), or the Shapeshifter Tarot. You can ask a question, ask for a Guide or for inspiration, or you can just ask for a card. I don't need to know what your question is, but you are welcome to share it with me if you like.

The first card is free (though tips are always appreciated). Tips also let you ask me to use any of my other decks, including but not limited to my combined Susan Seddon Boulet Animal Spirits and Goddesses cards. Tipping ca also be used to request a private reading, or to draw a clarifying card. If you want a longer reading, send a direct message so we can agree on the type of reading and rate.

Please consider dropping something in the guitar case below. Readings take time and energy, and even though the Milwaukee winter, like everything else, has been affected by global warming, winter heat is pricey and old houses always need repair somewhere or other.

Signal boosts are very much appreciated, and also earn you the right to ask for a clarifying card.

I understand all too well that when people don't have cash or spoons that is generally when they most need inspiration! Don't be afraid to ask for a card if you can't tip.

If you tip, it's helpful to me for you to mention it here so I can connect your paypal information with your request. Tips should be at least $1 (Paypal charges fees). If that doesn't work for you, drop me a message and we'll work something out.

I've written before about why I do readings and some of the decks I use here, feel free to hop over and check me out. I'll wait.

I will reply to all requests. In the highly unlikely event that the number of requests nears my limits, I'll close this card draw by adding a clear note at the top of the post rather than risk leaving anyone without a response. However, I intend to stay open at least through Thursday morning, and longer for paid readings. The weekend will be busy, so if you get your request in after noon on Thursday, I may not draw your card until Sunday night. If that's all right with you, it's all right with me!

Thank you, and Blessed Be!

As always, these readings are for entertainment and inspiration only. See my "Dandelyon's Readings" page if you have questions.

Two thoughts on iZombie and Supergirl

Apr. 25th, 2017 10:25 pm
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1. "What's your Kryptonite?" Does everybody know about this little weakness? I mean, I can see the overt baddies knowing, but how widespread is this information? Isn't that the sort of thing you want to keep hush-hush?

2. The look on everybody's face when they found out the deceased was a huge gossip was hilarious. Read more... )

*whispers* I wrote a thing

Apr. 25th, 2017 10:22 pm
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 on Tumblr. Here it is.

It's about my favorite academic paper ever, which sounds silly but seriously. Ostensibly it's about the concept of "social reciprocity" in autism research, a perfectly respectable academic topic, but mostly it's about how painful it is to be labeled a "problem kid" and blamed for things that aren't your fault. You can read it for free on the author's website, there's a link to it if you click through.

Fiction: A Race

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:10 pm
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Title: A Race
World: other (apocalyptic)
Word count: 800
Rating: G
Prompt: [community profile] origfic_bingo, swimming; [community profile] tic_tac_woe, megatsunami/tidal wave
Notes: So I guess I like apocalypses.

Alisa dived.

For the split second above the water, she could hear her little brothers cheering from their raft, but as soon as she hit the surface, all sounds faded away. The boys were still young enough to think it was all a game; Alisa was desperately envious of them, and fiercely determined to keep them that innocent for as long as possible.Read more... )

Relevant medical advice

Apr. 25th, 2017 05:05 pm
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Addendum to my nose report! If you remember the cartoon Home Movies, you may recall that some of the characters in its cast had a band. And that one of their songs was rather pertinent to my medical experiences this week. I give you:

Also, if you’re a fan of Heather Dale (and if you’re not, I recommend it, as her voice is amazing and I love her fondness for Arthurian mythos but also her song about Sedna), she has a song that’s medically pertinent this week as well:

Sadly, the Internet has failed me in providing a proper gif of Angel from the episode “Smile Time”, when he gets turned into a Muppet version of himself and demonstrates that his nose comes off.

I have also likewise been unable to find a gif of Rimmer from the “Parallel Universe” episode of Red Dwarf, where he’s telling Lister about his date with Lorraine. “Of course, she had an artificial nose. Tastefully done! Quality metal. No rivets.” ;D

(Both of these are of course referenced in Dara’s song “Sad Muppet”! Which I would point you at except Dara doesn’t have a public recording of “Sad Muppet” available yet. But with the chorus SAD MUPPET HAS NO NOSE, it’s arguably the theme song of this week too.)

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

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