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Posted in full at: on October 15, 2017 at 11:05AM

The Infinity Gauntlet: Part 2 - The Infinity War

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Friday 5

Oct. 14th, 2017 09:32 pm
istia: john sheppard walking in flowery meadow (sga | john meadow)
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Yesterday's [community profile] thefridayfive questions

Sing sing )

Won't look down, won't open my eyes

Oct. 13th, 2017 04:11 pm
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Saw the surgeon yesterday, and she has approved me to lift things again, so Blues is now at my mercy whenever I want. Nonconsensual cuddling has already begun. I think he liked it the way it was because in order to cuddle him, I had to lure him onto the counter so he was at chest height; that meant he got a treat every time. He's the biggest treat whore in felinedom. (I should probably check out that Animal Planet show My Big Fat Pet Makeover…)

She thinks the incisions that refuse to heal will eventually get there. We talked a little about exactly what part of the colon she removed, and the future plans to monitor me. She said I'm basically the walking embodiment of why health care is so important, because the tumor was found on just a random, routine colonoscopy. The sad part is that next year I probably won't have anything at all.

I had one good piece of news in all the bills and statements that have begun arriving, which are terrifying (the hospital bill for the surgery and the room are well more than $100,000, I don't know what my co-insurance will be yet but it's not gonna be good). One of the first bills I received was from Myriad, the company that contracts to do the genetic testing in the gene program at my clinic. According to the insurance company statement, it was out of network and would cost at least $3,600, and I'd asked repeatedly, of both the Myriad and Dr. Smith's office people, whether insurance would pay for it because I wouldn't be able to. And they were vague and unhelpful and all insisted that if insurance wouldn't pay, they would call me and I would have the right to say no or yes. But no one called, and then Myriad sent a statement that the bill was for $8,000+ freaking dollars. I went into the hospital stressed and terrified about this. A few weeks ago they sent a letter to me, which I assumed was the bill, and I've been dreading having to call them and discuss all the obfuscation and misinformation and how I didn't think I could handle it.

But then I got this call, which I assumed was them nagging me to pay, except it was that the letter was actually them asking me permission to pursue this with insurance and signing to allow them that. So I called them back a couple times and finally connected with someone who told me that the insurance company had given them prior approval, which is why they were pursuing the claim. I told them I'd been really childish and avoiding opening the letter because I thought it was the bill, and that I'd signed it and sent it back the day before. Then he said, "Regardless of what happens, you won't have to pay for it." And it felt like a heraldic choir singing behind me and the sun shining through dark clouds. Because this is all scary enough without adding this test, which I never wanted to do anyway, into the mix solely because a bunch of people wouldn't tell the truth. (I keep hearing Will Smith going "Tell de truth! Tell de truth.")

I'm trying to get in the mental space for writing more on the next chapter of Celluloid Hero but it's still like pulling teeth. It's easier to work on the crummy book I'm reading and all the nonsense with that. But I did finally get to some of the backlog of writing related things, like answering an Ask over at my tumblr about how to write action scenes. I think it's funny that people tell me often how visceral and cinematic the action scenes in my fic are, because I find them excruciating to write (sex scenes, too, but someone once told me sex scenes are just action with genitalia, which is hilar). So I put my thinking cap on and tried to come up with a good answer for them; who knows if they'll find it helpful.

[personal profile] rachelmanija has info on a campaign to get the solo ability to declare war out of Assface Drumpf's tiny-fingered vulgarian hands over here, Pull the Football, Save the World.

Does anyone have experience using ko-fi? With all the financial terror that's coming up, I'm considering it, but since I'm not popular I can't imagine it having much use or impact…especially since we can't mention those things on our AO3 pages, which is where most people would access my stuff. If you've used it, do you think it's worthwhile for a person who doesn't have, like, a fan base? It seems most useful to visual artists, I guess...

Vidrec: The Outsiders: The Expanse

Oct. 14th, 2017 10:15 am
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OMG! There's The Expanse fanvids and good ones at that! SQUEEEEE! You all gotta watch The Outsiders by Violace.
linky over at A03

Seriously, if you aren't watching this awesome show yet, you'll get all the feels and be compelled to after watching this!!

Most people still don't get it

Oct. 13th, 2017 11:10 am
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I've been reading a lot about the Weinstein sexual harassment saga these days. And I've seen a lot of wrong opinions.

The first set is some version of, we need clearer boundaries between work and personal life. Or, men are spooked and therefore won't meet casually with women employees. This group continues to assume the Weinsteins of the world are a product of some kind of misunderstanding - men and women get their signals confused, and whoops, a woman feels harassed. That's incorrect. Men know exactly what they are doing; they claim it was a misunderstanding after the fact to absolve themselves. When other men buy into the myth - by refusing to, say, meet privately with women for fear of being falsely accused - they not only stall women's careers, but shore up the narrative that predators are simply men who are awkward at expressing benign sexual interest.

The second set of wrong opinions suggests that Weinstein was only able to get away with it because he's powerful. This column is an example; it suggests that Hollywood is too deferential to talent. I mean, maybe that's true to some degree, but you also have stories like these, where Blake Lively couldn't get anyone to take complaints about a makeup artist seriously. Powerful men might be able to harass more easily, but fundamentally, this is not about worship of power or talent; this is about men who feel entitled to women, backed by other men.

Help Whovians

Oct. 13th, 2017 10:08 am
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Mostly because I'm just curious but I haven't been keeping up with Doctor Who lore. IIRC, the Doctor is supposed to have thirteen lives, right? So this new one is the last one (until they find a way around it)? Wasn't there a thing about a missing regeneration somewhere, played by John Hurt? How does that factor in to the numerical limit on regenerations?

(no subject)

Oct. 13th, 2017 10:06 pm
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There is no "The Exorcist (TV)" community on LJ or DW. How is that possible? *sad face*
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Posted in full at: on October 10, 2017 at 09:18PM

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Tools For Faxing Your Congress Person

Oct. 10th, 2017 09:08 pm
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 If you work and cannot make personal calls during working hours  or are just phone shy, you can can send up to 5 free faxes to your Congress person using FaxZero. It is as easy as clicking on a link. 

Page here:

Media Monday

Oct. 9th, 2017 11:54 pm
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The tail end of a bright, sunny, warm Thanksgiving Day! I got sufficient sleep (for once) & have eaten too much, including some sugary stuff, which I haven't had for a couple of years. In all, a good day.

Has anyone seen the film 6 Days (2017)? It's about the hostage taking at the Iranian Embassy in London in the 1980s, during Thatcher's reign. I watched it because it stars Jamie Bell &, tra la!, MS! (MS's role is small, but it's always fun to see him & hear that voice.)

I really enjoyed it. Pacing is great & it's told from several povs: the negotiator's; the terrorist he communicates & forms a bond w/; a BBC reporter (female); & the SAS assault team, including Jamie Bell's character. I don't recall much about that incident, so no idea how accurate it is, but it really held my attention as an good actioner, including the SAS scenes hitting my competency kink over & over.

Quick, scrambled thoughts on a few shows I'm currently watching, or have sampled:

The Good Doctor: I'm enjoying this hospital drama about an autistic resident, Shaun Murphy. The acting is good all round & I'm enjoying getting to know all the characters. Even the less pleasant ones are becoming rounded, now into the 3rd episode. But the show's lynchpin is, of course, Shaun, & he's darned appealing.

The Brave: also enjoying this action show focusing on a team. Very team-y. Very nice secret ops team w/ Anne Heche playing their commander. :) I like every single person on the team, which is my idea of success.

SEAL Team: similar action show focusing on a team led by David Boreanz. Not nearly as much to my personal taste as The Brave. Too much focus on their family life, which bores me. When I watch an action show, a team show, I want the team.

The Inhumans: yet another superhumans show, but I tuned in just in case it appealed to me. Then I discovered it stars Ken Leung & Iwan Rheon & got all excited! I've liked Iwan Rheon since The Misfits; Simon was my favourite character. And while I've seen & enjoyed Ken Leung in various shows, various characters, he's always Miles in my head (in Lost).

Unfortunately... Read more... )

Outlander: for anyone, like me, watching only for gay Lord John Grey, episodes 303 & 304 are ace. Lots of interaction between him & Jamie, his crush. Unrequited, of course.

But 305 is a dead loss on the Jamie/John front, & since-- Spoiler )

What else have I tried of new shows? Oh, The Gifted, yet another show about select individuals w/ superpowers. Not that I'm against all such shows! I loved The Tomorrow People, for instance. But The Gifted focuses on self-centred people who only suddenly care about something when it directly affects them. Read more... )

Movie links

Oct. 9th, 2017 05:02 pm
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Of course, if I were a more functional person, I would have had these links up before Yuletide signups closed, so people could see The Adjustment Bureau and maybe add it to their requests or offers. As it is, I didn't get this done till too late, but I have two files on my Dropbox that I can share with anyone who might be interested in this movie, especially Anthony Mackie's charming performance as a sort-of angel who keeps tabs on Matt Damon and wears sweater vests and hats and trench coats.

I hope these work, because Dropbox is totally nonfunctional for me right now, probably because it's punishing me for having an old OS. I wish the file size of the movie was smaller, but I was running into serious quality issues the more I tried to compress, so it's kind of huge (1.63 gigs), but you can right click and DL it from my Dropbox at this link for the full Adjustment Bureau movie and if you'd like to see the deleted scenes, two of which feature Daniel Dae Kim in a role that was completely cut out and which I wish they'd kept in (it sure would have made the movie a little less white), you can grab that file here. (And please let me know if Dropbox doesn't work and I'll try to find a way to get the files up somewhere else.)

Even if it's too late for signups, who knows, maybe a pinch hit will come up, or there's always treats. :-D


Oct. 9th, 2017 06:18 am
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Posted in full at: on October 08, 2017 at 11:14PM

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Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 9th, 2017 12:25 am
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(Wow, assignments came out fast - apologies for not having this up in advance!)

Thank you so much! The thought of a story in any of these fandoms is already making me happy.

I love all of these fandoms unreservedly, so if you have a yen to explore the universe, or bring in additional characters I didn't list, it's all good.

If you want more information about my requests, read on - but please don't worry if your ideas go in a different direction. Optional details are optional! I would much rather read the story you wanted to write than the story you felt you were obligated to write because of something I said. As long as it's for one of these fandoms, and uses the characters, you totally win at Yuletide. \o/

my fic tastes )

Why I love these fandoms

(Alphabetical, not ranked by preference! I love them all. :)

Boston Legal )

Peacemakers )

The Slipper and the Rose )

Tango & Cash )

Valdemar Series - Mercedes Lackey )

I adore all these fandoms, and will be happy with absolutely anything you write, as long as you enjoy writing it.

And thank you, again!!

Dear Yuletide Author!

Oct. 8th, 2017 12:06 pm
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Dear Yuletide Author, thank you so much for writing for me! Mainly, write what comes to you, and I will be happy. Please no gore or horribly sad endings!

The Witcher, Geralt, Emhyr
Read more... )

Dracula: the Series, Alexander Lucard
Read more... )

Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon, Eric the Cavalier
Read more... )

Dragonriders of Pern, Menolly, Robinton
Read more... )

Dune, Paul Atreides, Feyd-Rautha, Stilgar
Read more... )

Rome, Octavian, Pullo, Vorenus
Read more... )

Dear Yuletide Author 2017

Oct. 8th, 2017 01:10 pm
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I'm super happy you are writing for me!

I'm open to angst, romance, humor, 'ships (slash or het), gen, character studies, long plotty stuff (I love plotty stuff), fluff, or drama. I love first times and falling in love, friendships, relationships between people who are equals. Friends to lovers might be my ultimate trope, and found families is right up there too.

What I don't like: BDSM/anything particularly kink-oriented, non-con in any way, emotional abuse, animal harm, ABO and that sort of thing. I've battled grief and depression for a while and dealt with cancer this year, so something that might make me more depressed or fic about illnesses or death would not be enjoyable, but if that's the direction your story goes, I'm also not the kind of person who'd freak out about it.

What I love about my fandoms is the canon universe they inhabit, but what-if AUs (canon-divergence) can be really cool--I love it when someone comes up with a story off of one tiny element being changed! Under my Yuletide tag here, you can find some of my past DYA letters if you'd like to know more.

Some of the tropes and approaches I enjoy (most of which I stole from Dorinda): right now, I really love hopeful endings, words that camouflage deeper/unspoken meanings, protectiveness, worry, extreme competence (with honest weakness), hurt/comfort, found or chosen families, partners against the world, nurturing via food/drink/warmth. Don't be afraid of the classics: Having to Share a Bed, Huddling for Warmth, Pretend Couple, situations where one suffers or sacrifices for the other, rescues, stranded somewhere (idyllic or non-), etc. And if you can write time travel of some sort, I'll probably fall in love with you.

Gifted )

The Adjustment Bureau )

Political Animals )

ETA: I removed The Good Place from my requests. It seems like it's the juggernaut fandom this year, so I imagine there will be lots of good fic, and since I royally forked up and didn't nominate Mindy St. Claire, I wouldn't have a guarantee of the character I most want to see. Who knows, maybe I'll write some Mindy fic of my own...
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Posted in full at: on October 07, 2017 at 07:13AM

The Infinity Gauntlet: Part 1 - Thanos and the Infinity Stones

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Vid: Oh Boy (2 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables (TV 1985) & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley
Characters: Gilbert Blythe
Additional Tags: Fanvids

She'll never slow down for you. Anne/Gilbert

Such nostalgia!
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Megan Kent, one of the organizers of the Escapade convention is looking for anyone who might be interested in helping her  with a fandom  research project.

"I have a vision of some kind of graph/diagram showing conventions over time, and which ones influenced others, etc"

Please contact her directly at 
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This will be, all else willing, my Dear Yuletide Author letter! If something happens and I don't get to it, consider yourself free to write anything except for the big DNWs!

Do Not Want: death, including mention of canonical deaths; non-consensual or abusive relationships of any kind (not just sexual); cruelty or violence to animals, yes, not even that terrible penguin Lauren Bacall.

ETA Sat Oct 14: actual letter!

John Finnemore's Double Acts

George Bunning, Søndergaard

Aaaaaaah! I've had so much pure, old-fashioned squee about this sketch ever since I heard the draft version in a grimy pub in Kilburn. The final, diamond-polish radio version seems like it doesn't need anything more, all loose ends tied up in a perfect Finnemorian bow, and yet - I believe in fanfiction. :D

My preference would be for subtext-made-text, but if you're in it for the friendship only, that is also lovely and heart-warming!

Loose ideas rattling around in the brain, use or ignore as you feel:

Whew, that was a narrow escape! One missed signal and Søndergaard wouldn't have got his island. While I don't like dwelling on any sad alternative endings, I think they've both earned that brandy and some poorly expressed emotional fallout.

Does Søndergaard learn some Morse code, eventually? (Perhaps Bunning's worry that he'll get into some trouble and not know how to radio for help pushes him to insist on some lessons, in his own peculiar British way of showing worry. Or perhaps Søndergaard does get into trouble, and sends a string of Morse Vs that only Bunning can decode.)

What does the "governor's mansion" look like, how do you hide it from view? :O (We hear a door, so it can't be an igloo...)

John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme

Snowman, Casterbridge; Scottish Bodyguard, Cheeky Bodyguard

Not all characters are required! You can choose between the B-team detectives[1] (Casterbridge & Snowman) or the brave Bodyguards.

[1] B is for Biscuit isle, of course.

I'd like some more wacky adventures from either of the two comedic duos.

Perhaps the PM - sorry, Pelican, does get attacked. With a pie, Bill Gates style. Who's the brave soul who jumps in front of the flying pastry? What are other codenames for famous and infamous public figures?

Do the store detectives run across a well organised team of pastry pilferers?

As I specified in the signup, you don't have to have all four characters. Far be it from me to stop you if you're feeling inspired to link them together in the same story! But it's not required or expected.


Liz, The Player, Einstein the Cat

Of all the figures in the game, it's Liz that I don't quite have a handle on. I know that's not saying much, given how few humans are present in the subnet. :D Still, I'd like to know more about her and about her own journey, research, and discovery into and of the subnet. The game placed her into a somewhat stereotypical female role - the Mother, the Healer - but she's also an individual, more than an archetype.

My favourite games in the series are The Lighthouse, The Temple, The Plan, and The Exit. I like the Basement and The Lab too, though. I guess it would be more true to say that I don't particularly like The Loop and The Edge, but don't let that stop you from including them if the story needs it. I also like the Subnet Extended Exploration non-game, and always wish it would sprout more rooms.

I'm good with fourth wall breaking, sentient cats, crossovers with other SF things. I guess the one thing I'm not comfortable with is having seen Mur and Liz's tombs - I prefer to think they're symbolic. I didn't include Mur in the character list - this doesn't mean I hate him, just that I didn't want the focus to be on him.

Oh, and I love cats. Please don't let anything bad happen to Einstein the Cat. :)

I prefer third person or first person narration, I find second person hard to get into.

The Player character is optional - if you do include them, since The Player is me, I'd prefer if they were female or not gendered.