August 27th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] oursin at 11:50am on 2014-08-27
Happy birthday,[personal profile] hazelk!
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posted by [personal profile] aris_tgd at 03:32am on 2014-08-27 under
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I've been reading an early C.J. Cherryh novel this week--honestly I don't even remember which one, it's an e-book--and it's interesting to see a lot of the themes she'd revisit later, only done badly.

No, that's slightly unfair. But I think it is fair to say that she revisits the themes later in much better written books. In this one, I just think that the main POV character is an idiot and kind of an asshole, mediated only by the bigger assholes surrounding him.

I just checked--it's Brothers of Earth. Kurt, you're an asshole.
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posted by [personal profile] vatine at 11:34am on 2014-08-27 under

Brief pause in the stream of Dresden Files re-reads. Now I am reading the first two (this and The Fractal Prince, as-yet unread) in Rajaniemi's Jean le Flambeur series).

Imagine, if you will, a highly technological future, where on one hand you have a bunch of uploaded people ceaselessly duplicating themselves in silico and running their minds on a compute substrate in orbit way outside the asteroid belt. And also a whole bunch of people running in what is considered the most privacy-aware human (well, technically post-human) society in the Solar System.

Welcome to a wonderful world of implications, mysteries, unintended and intended consequences and a fair chunk of crypto theory hidden in fiction.

It's a damned good read, but I am still noticing new things and I get more and more disturbed, every time I read it.Maybe you want to be disturbed too? It might be good for you...
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posted by [personal profile] vatine at 11:01am on 2014-08-27 under

All the things Dresden did through his life have finally caught up with him.

I won't say anything else.
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posted by [personal profile] vatine at 10:59am on 2014-08-27 under

Another book that starts with something deeply unexpected. Susan Rodriguez, Dresden's amore of years past, turns up. Then she goes all "our daughter is in peril" on him.

And then shit starts cascading, in a fecal avalanche of disgusting proportions. In a way that leaves Dresden very surprised towards the end.
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posted by [personal profile] vatine at 10:55am on 2014-08-27 under

Any day that starts with someone who's spent years following your every action, in the hopes of catching you doing something wrong, so he can separate your head from your body, using a sword that can cut through spells (as well as flesh) turning up at your door is not a good day. Especially if they're bloody, injured and claim to be on the lam from the White Council, on whose behalf he was watching you and hoping to kill you.

But, that's pretty much what happens to Dresden in the first chapter of Turn Coat and it doesn't slow down after that. Quite a few things that happen will have further reprecussions for young Dresden.
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posted by [personal profile] vatine at 10:52am on 2014-08-27 under
Re-read (and catch-up).

Dresden learns, again, that making deals with the Faerie frequently turns out not as you would suspect. Mab strong-arms him into protectingGentleman Johnny Marcone, Chicago ganster extraordinaire (you're definitely beyond ordinary if you're a signatory to the Unseelie Accords).

Even better, Summer is after his behind. This is, not entirely surprising, absolutely no fun at all. But, for some reason, Queen Titania is bearing a grudge, imagine that...
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 04:52am on 2014-08-27 under ,
This post has a couple of character generators, fursona and monster versions, which give you a few interesting phrases to work with.
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posted by [personal profile] vatine at 10:48am on 2014-08-27 under
Reread (and meme catch-up).

Harry is called to a suspected suicide. The victim turns out to have been mentally controlled and there's assorted traces leading him to believe there's been magical murder afoot.

Turns out this is not the first and there's a serial killer targetting people with minor talents.

A whole slew of characters from previous books make a re-appearance. Nothing is happy in Dresden's Chicago.
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I'm quickly discovering the pointlessness of reading boring books. It's one thing if I'm planning to engage with a bad book re: gender for, but not if I'm just reading for fun. I lost interest in Alison Morton's Inceptio a bit over halfway through (interesting premise -- a Roman nation surviving to the modern day led by women -- let down by flat writing, with barely any time spent talking about that nation and its gender politics because the main character is too interested in her boring by-the-numbers heterosexual romance), while I read the opening story of Peter F. Hamilton's Manhattan in Reverse (free at WFC 2013), went "Mehh" and decided I had many better books to read instead.

On to the better books!

Jonathan Strahan, ed. The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 8 (Solaris Books: 2014)

Like any Year's Best, this is a mixed bag. I particularly liked Yoon Ha Lee's "Effigy Nights", M. John Harrison's "Cave and Julia" (I hadn't read any M. John Harrison in a few years and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy the way he writes the subtly, devastatingly weird in the real world), Lavie Tidhar's "The Book Seller", Benjanun Sriduangkaew's "Fade to Gold" and Karin Tidbeck's "Sing". Others were enjoyable, if less memorable. Others were not. There's a definite presence of non-conservative stories here, a variety of voices, but not enough, and then the second-to-last story -- Ian McDonald's "The Queen of Night's Aria" -- is a retro-style adventure on Mars where women are retro-style sidelined, and it's so irredeemably backwards-looking that I don't see the point, what is this for? It speaks to a conservative thread that runs through this anthology alongside the forwards-looking thread. It's apt: the tension between conservative and forwards-looking in SFF was a significant feature of 2013 -- and 2014, too, and 2015, I don't doubt -- but I really just look forward to leaving this tension behind.

Zen Cho, Spirits Abroad (Fixi Novo: 2014)

I love Zen Cho's writing! It's funny, comforting and clever. Spirits Abroad collects some of Zen's short stories, which are often about families or friends -- not always living, not always human, not always on Earth -- but always important, if often difficult. The characters are so down-to-earth (that's... a bad pun for the earth spirit and Liyana, sigh), no matter who they are and whatever they're dealing with, whether an unexpected forum attendee or a difficult grandmother or moving to the Moon. I had a really great time reading Spirits Abroad and I hope other people will too! Zen has helpfully listed where you can buy the book. (I also like that the publisher's manifesto at the front of the book says "italics are a form of apology" re: italicising non-English words.)

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem, translated by Ken Liu (Tor: 2014)

I got an ARC. I'm glad: it's an interesting science fiction novel. It has several narrative threads. Young scientist Ye Wenjie falls afoul of political upheaval in the 1960s and is assigned to a mysterious base where she works for the following decades. In roughly the present day, scientist Wang Miao receives mysterious, scientifically impossible threats if he continues his nanomaterials research. In the game of Three Body, Wang observes -- and contributes to solving -- the problem of sustaining life on a strange planet with three suns and periods of atmospheric chaos and stability.

The game segments most interested me, as well as Ye Wenjie's career: she's a compelling character, even if I strongly dislike the conclusion that humans will never redeem themselves and require outside intervention. It shifts responsibility away from us. It denies the possibility of hard work and change. Ye's experiences are pretty awful, so her conclusion is not that surprising, and fortunately the book points out the biggest problem with the idea of benevolent intervention. Back to the game segments. They, like the rest of the book, involve a lot of science! It's no surprise that they involve the titular three-body problem, which is especially fun when there's a planet added to the system and life has to evolve on the planet. I liked this aspect the best. It's incredible to imagine life surviving in such harsh conditions -- the sort of what-if I want in science fiction about space. (De-hy-drate...) It's a bit sly in places (the in-game personae of at least two prominent Western scientists are played by Chinese gamers -- one of them Wang), and fun to follow to its conclusion(s), which helps to compensate for Wang's lack of personality.

The prose is nothing to remark on and while there are varied female characters, there are also unnecessary moments such as a young woman being described as "so soft that the bullet hardly slowed down as it passed through [her body]". Right then. It's very het and binary-gendered. Some of the footnotes explaining cultural references are cringingly obvious, but I'm sure this is an impossible balance to strike. Fortunately the unnecessary moments are only moments, not the tone of the book: it's scientific/hard science fiction that doesn't think science/the future is 100% white men! More than just that, it's fun science and I liked a lot of the story. I look forward to the second and third books in the trilogy.

Kaaron Warren, Walking the Tree (Angry Robot: 2010)

Free at WFC 2013. A secondary world fantasy novel I enjoyed sinking into: lots of worldbuilding (bones! ghosts! creepy tree!), a good story and a gender set-up that's not out of a privileged man's erroneous wet dream about the past.

Communities called Orders live around the Tree that takes up almost an entire island. Almost all children go on Schools: walking around the Tree, learning as they go, for the five years it takes for a full circumnavigation. Their teachers are young women, who each typically stay in one of the Orders along the way, ensuring genetic diversity. Men rarely move between Orders after school-age, instead enjoying power within their Orders, such as choosing the young women to be teachers. Women move between Orders as teachers, enjoying a privileged welcome into each Order and the freedom to choose where they stay (for the most part). Often, older women walk too. In all but the worst Order, women have access to contraception, their consent is respected and they are free to stay or move on as they choose.

This set-up does a decent job at disrupting the gendered assumptions of most secondary world fantasy, although it doesn't quite dismantle and rebuild. The (most) women = mothers thread was strong, although a mother can walk away around the Tree without her children. Men hold what I'd generally call 'political power'. There's an echo of our gender imbalances. The echo isn't strong enough to put me off. There are gay/lesbian characters (though the main character is relentlessly heterosexual), but I wish the book had reached the Order where many of the gay and lesbian people of the island live (or, say, normalised non-heterosexuality more so they don't have to go to that one Order). It's thoroughly binary-gendered. Walking the Tree isn't everything I'd like to see in secondary world fantasy, but it's a decent read and I'm glad I got it.
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"People make the case that Namor might be [first] because he was written slightly earlier, but in terms of actual Marvel comics, the very first character on the cover was the Human Torch, and I always thought he was treated with a little disrespect. I wanted to bring him back, treat him well and give him a personality, which I enjoy doing with the more obscure characters." -- James Robinson

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posted by [personal profile] rosefox at 03:58am on 2014-08-27 under , ,
Two big bugs managed to get in from the front garden today. I got one and Alex got the other. He may be a brat sometimes but it sure is useful having a trained killer in the house. I gave him a treat and then emailed the landlord about having an exterminator come poison the garden again.

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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 02:00am on 2014-08-27
I got a request to read something cheerful. What F&SF would people say passes the something cheerful test?
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No, I don’t mean suspension hooks, I mean delicious snippets from the book SLOW SATISFACTION! My latest BDSM romance, the final installment in the Struck by Lightning Trilogy, came out yesterday! Every week a group of romance writers all post a bunch of “book hooks” so check out links to all of them at the bottom of the post.

Spankings and bondage don’t make a person fall in love any more than candlelight and roses do.

    1. “Negotiation is fun. Contracts are dull.” (Said James while running a cane over Karina’s buttocks)
    2. “Spanking is only for those I love, not those I loathe.” -James
    3. “Spankings and bondage don’t make a person fall in love any more than candlelight and roses do.”
    4. “Any penalty he exacted if I failed would be as much fun as any reward for success. BDSM was win-win that way.”
    5. Karina: “So our safeword is ‘no?’” </ br>James: “It’s a perfectly good word, isn’t it?”
    6. “Oh fuck,” I said, and I meant it.

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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," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

This story returns to the main storyline of "Love Is for Children." The first few chapters show Black Widow considering and carrying out a mission, then after that it's pure ageplay. It fills a square in the Plot Challenges Bingo Card 7-4-14:
Situation: Crime pursued by vengeance
Setting: Red Light District
Complication: Everything Is Spiders

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.

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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 01:38am on 2014-08-27

It seems obvious that you wouldn't want a supernova exploding near Earth. Yet there is growing evidence that one did—actually, more than one. About 10 million years ago, a nearby cluster of supernovas went off like popcorn. We know because the explosions blew an enormous bubble in the interstellar medium, and we're inside it.
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posted by [personal profile] midnightsjane at 10:05pm on 2014-08-26 under
That would be the theme for this past weekend. Happily for my peace of mind I wasn't present for the following OMFG moments at the farm (I was at work), but Sue gave me the story, as follows:

OMFG moment #1: Friday morning she found that Kiss (the mare we got from our Vet to use as a surrogate) had kicked down one of the walls in her stall, for the third time. Kiss was okay, and luckily there wasn't a horse in the next stall. The wall got rebuilt by one of the construction crew.

OMFG moment #2: Saturday morning Sue came out to find that either Sera or Florrie had knocked down the wall between their stalls. One of them must have rolled and kicked the wall during the night. There were boards in the stall and poor Florrie was kind of stuck in a corner. One of her legs was a little puffy, but no serious damage was done, thank heavens. Jack rebuilt the wall.

OMGF moment(s) #3: Figuring that Kiss might like being in the field instead of her stall, they decided to bring Midnight in and put him in his paddock and put Kiss out in the field with Rochelle on Sunday. Sue, Jack and Nicole made the change and watched to make sure the horses were okay...except it all went wrong. Kiss took one look at Rochelle and kicked her hard, then took off down the field. Poor Rochelle went over to stand by herself out of Kiss's way, not making any trouble at all. Kiss deliberately went over to Rochelle and proceeded to kick the crap out of my poor girl. Midnight was going beserk in his paddock, crashed into the fence and broke it. Nicole was in tears, and Sue was trying to keep everyone calm. They managed to grab Midnight and get him inside to his stall, and then got Kiss out of the field, and poor Rochelle too. They all went into their stalls while Jack fixed the fence. It was a pretty traumatic hour or so, and pretty much put paid to any thought that Kiss would get along with my horses! She is on probation now. Stall to paddock, no field for her. We're seriously rethinking whether we want to use her as a surrogate; she's showing some characteristics we aren't thrilled with, and I think it's partly that she's not used to being in this kind of environment. She came out of field with other mares at our Vet's place, so perhaps she's better off there. She belongs to our Vet anyway, so we may be sending her back and having him look for another mare for us. We have lots of time until next spring until we have to get rolling with the breeding.

Sometimes you think you're doing a favour, and then it all goes to hell in a handbasket. Luckily all the horses are fine; Rochelle and Midnight are together again in the field, BFFs.

Then my own personal OMG moment: yesterday, after we'd done all the work I decided to walk around the field before I went home to see if I could find Midnight's halter, which he managed to get rid of at some point. I walked down to the bottom of our 5 acre field, along the fence between the field and the blueberry farm next door, by the little stand of trees and bushes. The fence there is a bit on the rickity side, on our list of things to fix. I walked along the path and found a whole section of the fence that was down, which left a perfect access to the berry fields. I could just imagine Midnight getting in there. I spent the next hour fixing the fence as best I could. It's not great, but safe enough until Jack can fix it on the weekend. Funny thing, we are so careful to double chain the field gate but the back entrance was left open! Yikes. Glad I decided to search for that halter. Didn't find it, BTW.

This kind of excitement we can do without, thanks very much. :)
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posted by [personal profile] elipie at 10:28pm on 2014-08-26
Hi vidders! I have a poll/discussion post set up here about a new vidding challenge I'm going to run called Take 2. The general idea is to remake an old vid of yours -- Maybe you look back on a vid that you KNOW would look better (or just different) if you made it today, or maybe you have always been bothered by the fact that the clip of House and Wilson riding off into the sunset aired two years AFTER you made the House/Wilson vid of your heart. Whatever reason you have for wanting to remake that vid, here is your excuse to finally do it! More information is available at the post. Please feel free to spread the word!

MTV News excerpts part of the new book "Showrunners" which includes in-depth interviews with Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D. Moore and others. The book is "an oral history, letting showrunners explain what they do in their own words." It's a companion to a documentary of the same name.

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posted by [personal profile] pegkerr at 12:00am on 2014-08-27 under , , ,
because it's late and I'm exhausted.

Rob is out of the hospital. He finally got out yesterday afternoon.

We learned on Monday that Delia is officially a college student again. Yay! We leave tomorrow night--Rob's brother Phil is coming from Eau Claire to pick us up with Delia's stuff, for complicated reasons, and then we move her into the dorm Thursday morning.

Today, Fiona, Delia and I had one last Afternoon Tea at Cafe Latte to celebrate. Sorry the selfie's blurred.

Triple selfie

Tea Spread

Fiona contemplates tea
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It was bloody hot, and I was exhausted by the time we got home, but it was still a wonderful time, as always.

Here are a couple of pics of the way we looked when we started the day. I had a new chemise by the time we got home, as my old one was about fifteen years old and the elastic was completely out of shape. In the selfie, you get an idea of Fiona's new haircut.

Peg and Fiona Ren Fest 2014

Fiona pirate Insouciant Ren Fest 2014
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What would it look like to fly past Triton, the largest moon of planet Neptune? What would it look like to fly past Triton, the largest moon of planet Neptune?

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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 08:27pm on 2014-08-26 under ,
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Suruga Kanbaru
Hanamonogatari, Episode 1

Anime alignment of the planets today... Crunchyroll finally posted the five episodes of Hanamonogatari (actually late last night, I think)... and my Blu-ray set of Kabukimonogatari showed up on my doorstep today. Double goodness!

My plan is to view all the Hanamonogatari episodes thoughout the week in time for my next weekly summary. I won’t comment on the episodes until then. However tonight I couldn’t resist watching the first episode, and I was very happy to see Kanbaru (Miyuki Sawashiro! YAY!) again. As expected, Shaft delivered a lot of smiles per minute.

Kabukimonogatari Blu-ray disc set
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Hi folks!

Back in 1988, DC Comics ran a crossover event titled "Millenium." The last remaining Guardian of the Universe and his Zamaron opposite number came to Earth to jumpstart the next step in human evolution through a group called "the Chosen." The Chosen, after some losses, became a group known as the New Guardians, who got their own comic book.

The New Guardians were a valiant attempt to increase diversity in DC's superhero population, including their first heavily implied to be gay superhero, Extrano. Unfortunately, the execution was heavy-handed. and Joe Staton's art was not at its best, so it's mostly remembered today for the gloriously over the top villain Snowflame in the second issue.

Today, we'll look at issue #4, eight pages of twenty-four.

Open Secrets )

In other news, my diploma from Rasmussen finally arrived.

Your thoughts and comments?
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Buttons, Beads, and Books" for Frankenstein's Family.  It fleshes out the character of Bogdana, the old woman who sells used clothes.  It's a quiet, bittersweet story.
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posted by [personal profile] dira at 09:26pm on 2014-08-26 under ,
So I decided I wanted to write fic about Bucky wearing panties. And then I realized that there had to be a reason he was wearing them and where did Bucky even ACQUIRE panties and...

So anyway, thirty thousand words later: Bucky in panties fic!

Many thanks to [ profile] rubynye for supporting this story all along and [ profile] feanorinleatherpants for not only cheering this story on but illustrating, and to [personal profile] giddygeek for beta!

There's My Territory (29587 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Lingerie, Cookies, Threesome - M/M/M, Internalized Kink Shaming, Disordered Eating

"That's the beauty of this stuff," the salesman said, tilting his head toward the display Bucky had been looking at. "Nobody knows what you're keeping under your clothes. That's between you and yourself."

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posted by [personal profile] yhlee at 09:14pm on 2014-08-26 under
Here goes again! I am trying to earn money for art software (PaintTool SAI, for the curious).

Ten slots for flash fiction at 200+ fiction (likely longer but no guarantee; on the other hand, you don't get charged for extra words!).

NOTE: This time around it is USD$6.49 per (because that leaves me $6.00 after Paypal takes its cut). Payment in advance, fic written to a one-to-two word prompt of your choosing, e.g. "dragons; milk" or "marmalade" or "feathers." I reserve the right to ask for an alternate prompt in case of Yoonfailure. Let me know if you want the story by a particular date so long as I have at least a week to write; otherwise, I will endeavor to have them done by the last day of September 2014. (Probably earlier.)

ETA: You'll want to send Paypal for "Goods and Services," so Paypal gets its cut; if you do "Family and Friends/Personal" or whatever it calls it, those forty-nine cents go to me. I owe at least one of you a refund, which I will do later in the day when I am actually awake.

Stories will be posted both to DW and the flashfic archive on my website for other people to enjoy. Original fiction only unless you want something based on one of my own works (so, for instance, the world of Iria from Winterstrike is fair game).

For sample fics, check here or the "stories" tag on DW. That should give you an idea of my strengths.

Payment to (Paypal). If you don't have Paypal, email me and we can work something out.

I don't allow anon commenting, so if you want a slot and don't have a DW account, you can contact me directly via email at

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4. [personal profile] lemon_badgeress: prompt: witches (alternate: dragons and marmalade) (paid)
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posted by [syndicated profile] savagelove_feed at 04:00am on 2014-08-27

Posted by Dan Savage

Working Out the Kinks by Dan Savage

My boyfriend of two years cannot climax or maintain an erection unless his testicles are handled, squeezed, pulled, or pressed on (preferably with my stockinged foot or knee). Needless to say, intercourse does not work very well, and our sexual repertoire is rather limited, which is frustrating for both of us. His doctor says his ED is not physiological. I've read your advice on "death grip" masturbation and suspect it's a variation of that. I would love to try to "rewire" him; we have started trying to conceive, so we need him to ejaculate successfully at least a few times per cycle (to increase our chances but also for sperm health). We are in our mid-30s, so I don't want to wait months for him to increase his sensitivity. What would you suggest?

Almost Resigned To A Turkey Baster

My first suggestion, ARTATB, is that you drop the stigmatizing and unhelpful talk about ED ("erectile dysfunction"). Your boyfriend's dick works—he can obtain and sustain an erection, he can blow loads—he just requires a very specific and inconvenient form of stimulus to obtain and sustain that erection.

My second suggestion is to accessorize. He needs to have his balls handled, squeezed, pulled, and pressed on? There are toys for that! At Mr. S Leather (, for instance, you'll find all sorts of metal and silicone ball stretchers; some of them lock, some are electrified, and some snap on with magnets. This is a little complicated to explain—it would be easier to show you, but I don't make house calls anymore—but try to picture this: You roll up one of your stockings, put his balls in the toe, bolt a ball stretcher around his now-stocking-wrapped sack, and then unroll the stocking. Then yank on one end of the stocking either with your toes (pulling his balls down) or with your hand after pulling the stocking up through his crack and over his shoulder (pulling his balls back and up). Voilà! Your boyfriend's balls are being handled, squeezed, and pulled on during PIV intercourse, you're doing the pulling, and your stockings are in play!

Work with his kink and there's no need to waste time retraining him—and, hey, who knows? A few dozen successful PIV/ball-stretcher sessions could help your boyfriend make the leap to plain ol' PIV. Quality metal ball stretchers aren't cheap; a good one will set you back $150. But they're a whole lot cheaper than fertility treatments and a fuck of a lot sexier than turkey basters.

My husband has seen a professional dominatrix for more than a decade. We've gotten to know her socially—she's a lovely person—but I feel she should stop charging my husband for sessions, as we are now friends. She is a "lifestyle dominant" and enjoys her job.

The Vanilla Wife

My lawyer is a "lifestyle arguer," he enjoys his job, and I see him socially—and I pay him for his services, TVW, because he is a professional. The same goes for your husband's dom.

I am a 31-year-old gay man in a new relationship. My boyfriend is amazing, and our sex life is hot. We're very open with each other, so he was comfortable telling me that he's into piss. I can tell the thought of me pissing in his mouth or vice versa is a major turn-on for him. I've never done anything like that before, so he said that it was not a requirement, just a bonus, and we moved on. Now I'm thinking about it a lot because seeing him satisfied is a major turn-on for me, and the thought of not giving him everything he wants bothers me. I've always considered myself GGG when it comes to sex, so I think I'm open to trying this. But rather than just doing it, I'd like to enjoy it. Do you have any suggestions for helping me sexualize it in my mind?

Piss Is Sorta Sexy

Nothing will sexualize piss for you quite as rapidly and effectively as seeing the effect it has on your boyfriend, PISS. Just do it, as they say, and even if piss play never becomes your thing—even if it doesn't become something you would ever pursue on your own—your boyfriend's enjoyment of it (his excitement, his gratitude) should provide you with all sorts of bank-shot thrills. (Please note: Don't do it first thing in the morning.)

And to kinky readers dating vanillas: Do you see what PISS's boyfriend did there? He disclosed his kink ("into piss"), downplayed it ("not a requirement"), and dropped it ("moved on"). Now PISS, having grown more attached to his boyfriend, is coming around all on his own. Disclose, downplay, and drop isn't a foolproof strategy—there's no guarantee that a partner will come around if you go the DDD route—but it's more likely to be successful than, say, the "present, pressure, and pout" strategy that too many kinksters employ.

I'm considering having a threesome with a couple, but the friend I routinely confide in about my sexual adventures has warned me against it. She had a threesome once, and it didn't go well—there were jealousy issues that resulted in some hurt feelings and heartbreak—and now I don't know if I should risk it. I'm a guy, and the couple in question is M/F.

This Hesitation Is Really Draining

Your friend is right: Threesomes don't always go well. So you should stick to twosomes, THIRD, which always go perfectly, present no potential jealousy issues, and never result in hurt feelings and heartbreak.

I'm a 53-year-old woman. From 1971 until my daddy died in 2001, he and I played cribbage nearly every week. It's a card game where the players score points off each other, and the points are recorded with a series of pegs that fit into tiny holes in a wooden "cribbage board." I now often play cribbage with my grandnephews. When you score points and mark them with the pegs, that process is called "pegging." Well, thanks to you and your ingenious readers, I can't use that term anymore without snickering like an 11-year-old. What term do you suggest I substitute for "pegging" the next time I play cribbage with someone?

Perplexed Expert Player

I'm a cribbage player, too, PEP, and while we refer to the thingies we move around our cribbage board as pegs, we don't call the process of moving them "pegging." Maybe that's a regional thing? But rest assured, words can have more than one meaning. Pegging can mean "a woman fucking a man in the ass with a strap-on dildo" and also mean "moving your pegs around a cribbage board," just as pussy can mean "domesticated cat" and "lady parts," or santorum can mean "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex" and... actually, I'm not aware of an alternate meaning for santorum. Maybe someone should come up with one? recommended

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August 26th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] thnidu at 09:53pm on 2014-08-26 under

this  is  just  a  doodle
Music:: The Filker Boy, Harold Feld, in head
Mood:: 'full' full
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posted by [personal profile] ilanarama at 06:33pm on 2014-08-26 under , , , , ,
I'm getting nervous about the Imogene Pass Run, which will be a week from Saturday. I have not managed to get either the mileage or the long runs that I did last time I ran it, two years ago, so I am probably not going to PR, or place in my (new) age group. Oh, well. My own fault. I think I can come in under 3:45, anyway, and maybe around 3:40, five minutes off my PR.

In fact, I haven't actually done any long runs since CIM. A couple of half marathons and a couple of 13+ runs have been the max, so on Sunday I decided I'd better run on some steep trails for at least 3 hours, which I figured would be about 14 miles. In fact those 14 miles ended up taking me 3:14, with a lot of walking involved, but I know I'll be walking a lot at Imogene, so that's okay. And I got some excellent views! )

Imogene will only be the beginning. I've got big plans for the fall - for some value of 'big', anyway. First up will be a 5K the following week, on September 13th. It's a benefit for the local Alzheimer's association, as one of the local runners (and a guy I know through both running and politics) has developed this disease, and his wife has organized this race. I've signed up both me and Britt. I'm hoping to do well in this race as I have been doing coached track workouts lately - more on this later, probably in another post. I doubt I can PR since my PR is a downhill race, but if I get a "loop course PR" I will be content.

The following week is the Animas Mug Run, a trail 10K-ish which I ran once, back in 2009. (I actually drank my tea out of the mug today.) I'd like to run it again, just because it's a cool race.

Then three weeks later - on October 11th and 12th - it's time for the Durango Double. For the past two years it's been a trail 25K/50K on Saturday, and road half/full marathon on Sunday, but this year there is a new race director, a new format of trail half Saturday and road half Sunday, and new (and I think better) courses. I did the trail 25K/road half combo two years ago, and enjoyed it a lot. Last year I volunteered, but this year I'll be running again.

The main reason I volunteered rather than ran last year was that The Other Half, the Moab half I run every October, was scheduled for the following Sunday, rather than two weeks later as it was in 2012, and that was my goal half (and I ran a PR, so, yay!) But this year, as last year, the races are a week apart - too close, I think, to be able to run a quality race at TOH... I'm thinking about a 50K instead. Um. I know this sounds crazy! But the Dead Horse 50K will also be in Moab, on Saturday October 19th, and as this is the opening weekend of hunting season here and Britt will be otherwise occupied, it's a good weekend for me to do a race. This is a new race, but the company that's organizing it is an established one, and they put on many ultras including the well-regarded Red Hot 55K which several of my friends have run. The course is near Dead Horse State Park on the Gemini Bridges mountain bike route and other nearby jeep roads, and the course profile looks relatively easy - for an ultra, anyway!

The thing is, it is probably easier to run an 'easy' ultra (that is, just complete the distance at a comfortable-ish pace) a week after the double than it is to race a half, and if I can't give a good effort at TOH I don't want to do it. And then I'd be out there for the weekend, anyway, and could cheer my friends on at TOH, and go out for dinner with them as usual, etc. Anyway, I haven't yet committed, but I'm strongly tempted.

I haven't even looked at November.... ;-)
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Hello Scans Daily! This is my first time actually posting any pages from anything, so with luck I won't screw up and need to do a lot of editing afterwards. I should also warn you that while there are no triggers in this story, I'm gonna recap the pages that I don't post pretty thoroughly, and YMMV on whether that's a good thing or not.

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posted by [personal profile] will_scarlett at 07:48pm on 2014-08-26 under
The harvest is good but it seems that every day, there's something more to bring in. Will hasn't spent much time inside except to sleep but then no one has. When he finds Milliways inside Locksley, he smiles, he's had time to take a swim and clean off and he's dressed simply in a linen shirt and brown breeches.

His hair's still wet as he goes to the bar to get a beer along with a fish and chips for dinner, its been too long since he's had it. Then he settles in a table, stretching his legs out to rest on a chair and watch Milliways go by.
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posted by [personal profile] dichroic at 04:39pm on 2014-08-26 under

I always know it’s going to be a good day at work when I get to wear something I’ve made for the first time. No matter what happens at work, I have proof of my competence, right there on my back – “Well, you may have worked at this company for twenty years and know everything about it, but I made some of my clothes!”

I feel particularly clever in this case, because I wanted this sweater to be slightly loose and long and now, after blocking, it is. (Before blocking it fit well but clung more closely.) This one is pretty perfect, though. The pattern is called Organic:

(I really need to set up a better way to take full-body selfies.)

I’ve had the opposite happen a few times, where something fit well and then sort of wilted and went limp. The best example is my Banff – it’s supposed to be oversized, but not quite that oversized:


Mirrored from Dichroic Reflections.

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Buttons, Beads and Books
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 1, COMPLETE
word count: 1201

:: This is fanfiction, set in [Unknown site tag]Ysabetwordsmith's Frankenstein's Family universe. No disrespect is intended.

:: Bogdana is the woman who sells used clothing, mentioned in passing in one of Ysabet's poems.

The nails in the crate groaned as the young man wedged the prybar in place, and it creaked ominously when he leaned down, forcing the lid upward.

Bogdana hid a sigh; from the amount of effort he seemed to be exerting, he would want a hefty tip for the "courtesy" he'd offered. The crate, stamped and burnished with numbers and a faint brand of a long, low brick building in a fancy, scrolled oval frame seemed like a strange, mystical treasure chest. The letter fisted in one, slightly trembling hand as she leaned on her cane, indicated something different.

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posted by [syndicated profile] tanehisicoates_feed at 10:18pm on 2014-08-26

Posted by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This September we're going to revive the old book group. But instead of looking at the Civil War and Reconstruction, we're going to look at mass incarceration. There's no better book to start with on that project than Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. Here is a rough schedule. We can discuss below whether this works for people. Our moderator, Kathleen will be leading the discussion.

Wednesday, September 17: 
Introduction and Chapter 1 (history of racialized social control in the United States)

Wednesday, September 24: 
Chapter 2 (structure of mass incarceration) and Chapter 3 (role of race in the U.S. criminal justice system)

Wednesday, October 1: 
Chapter 4 (what happens once people are released from prison) and Chapter 5 (parallels between mass incarceration and Jim Crow)

Wednesday, October 8: 
Chapter 6 (what acknowledging the presence of the New Jim Crow means for the future of civil rights advocacy)

It has been a while since this child sat at the piano here, but he settles in comfortably enough. Erik Satie's Gnossienne No.1 flows from his split-knuckled hands, and he closes his eyes, listening to the conversation that the piano holds. His technique is perfect, his pace slow, and his shoulders loose as he drifts, feeling the rain fall on his face--completely content.
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On Salon, Prachi Gupta shared From fan fiction to tattoo sleeves: The weirdest David Foster Wallace-inspired art.

For Huffington Post, Cate Matthews wrote about Why This Woman Would Rather Read Harry Potter Erotica Than Watch Porn (with video!).

The Rocky Mountain Collegian reporter Katie Schmidt wrote Whether this is an online urban legend or a piece of fan fiction, it is said the architect of Student Services went insane during construction and created a convoluted navigation in the building.

In a piece about Atlanta’s Labor Day Weekend Dragon Con, Rome News-Tribune’s Alan Riquelmy wrote Like Star Wars? This is the place for you. Prefer high fantasy? Not a problem. Interested in fan fiction involving Tyrion Lannister sharing a drink with Doctor Who? Check, check, check.

Sherlock, Supernatural, JK Rowling )

For D Magazine, Eric Celeste wrote The questions […] can be summarized thusly: Why would a reputable paper suggest that the institute’s members, who are essentially writing King James fan fiction, are in any way practicing science?

For The Bookseller, Sarah Shaffi wrote “Serious content restrictions” at Amazon’s fan fiction platform Kindle Worlds could be a reason why people are not creating as many works on the platform as elsewhere, a new study by Georgetown law professor Rebecca Tushnet said. Personally, I'm more interested in quality than quantity; and whether anyone's actually making a buck.

Telegraph’s Sameer Rahim wrote So far online self-publishing has been the preserve of fan fiction and erotica but it can’t be long before high-quality fiction starts to emerge. Right now there is a distressed writer sitting in front of her computer somewhere, worrying not about whether she’ll make enough money to give up the day job or how many copies she will sell, but obsessing over form and language, meaning and truth. {{Headdesk}}

Finally, for Japan Times, Ben Brady wrote Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, Comiket has grown significantly since its early days when a few hobbyist creators and collectors got together to swap hand drawn fan fiction. 550,000???
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posted by [personal profile] i_am_your_host at 05:34pm on 2014-08-26 under , ,
[ The Master of Ceremonies pays off his debt to a vampire...

...but it's just dinner and sex, yes? Simple? Straightforward? Uncomplicated?

Warnings: In the second link, there is vampirism, blood, blood drinking, nudity, sex, oral sex, a handjob, very rough sex, more blood due to what happens when you're a vampire and you have sex, and feelings that are not feelings what are you talking about those are not feelings ugh stfu. ]
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posted by [personal profile] yhlee at 04:31pm on 2014-08-26 under
Good: I felt recovered enough today from post-Gencon sick to write 500 words on FG (I am not sure that melding a quasi-Lovecraftian [1] mythos with a quasi-post-Korean War setting is precisely a good idea, but I will never know if I don't try).

Also good: I noodled a lot at Ratios.

Bad: I still need to do more basic worldbuilding before the end of the synopsis will fall into place. Ratios is interesting in that I have a basic concept of the beginning up to the midpoint. Then it falls to pieces because I haven't nailed down enough stuff to get a sense of the external conflict. (It's a space opera, so a certain amount of blowing things up will be required. I presume. Not like I'm an expert.) And the external conflict has to logistically line up with the other conflict and...aaaaagh.

(You can totally tell me I am stupid at this. Trust me, I am looking at my notes for today and I know I am stupid at this. It is very tempting to spill water on the lot, since I did not use water-resistant ink. I'm at the point where Rorschach blots would not only be more inspiring but make more sense.)

9FG was much easier on a macro scale because I knew the ending right from the beginning, and the conflict was baked into the protagonist/antagonist pair. The tactics of the middle were a complete pain in the ass and I ended up writing in too much only to have to simplify them on the grounds that most readers weren't going to be following the details, but at least I had a sense of the big picture.

Mainly, I hate worldbuilding, but not as much as I hate coming up with characters. It's also aggravating that at short story length the specifics I settle on for a given character don't matter as much in that I don't personally have to connect to or feel much for the character. They're just a puppet constructed to do the job. But at novel length, I can't sustain that. I have to have some connection to the protagonist or at least one of the major POVs or I completely lose interest. And I don't care how interesting that other person over there finds character concept X, it has to be a character concept X that interests me or I'm gone.

What's maddening is that I have a perfectly good metaphor for big space battles and a perfectly good narrative framework shtick [2] but I need people to make the space battles happen. :(

[2] I'm so good at literary terminology, I know.

I'm going to go do laundry because the usefulness of my brain for the rest of today is done. Maybe tomorrow some of this will look less hopeless.
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posted by [personal profile] the_rck at 05:32pm on 2014-08-26 under
I'm not ready for Cordelia to go back to school. It seems like no time at all has passed since the end of the last school year. Next Tuesday, we'll be back to getting up at seven (and counting ourselves lucky to get to sleep that late). I hope we can get the hang of the new school schedule-- Cordelia will need to be at school about forty-five minutes earlier than she needed to be last year. We have sufficient cushion built into our day to be able to manage it, but it will be tighter than we're accustomed to. Also, if there's cross country this year, we'll have to get up earlier than we're used to if Cordelia wants to participate. The earlier start time for school may mean that cross country won't happen-- Getting kids to school at seven is harder than getting them to school at seven forty-five.

I'll also have to get used to Cordelia coming home right as I finish my exercise programs. I'll have to get in the habit of unlocking the front door before I start in on Body Electric. Setting an alarm on my cell phone to remind me to do it won't make as much sense as it did in years past.

We don't know yet what Cordelia's schedule will be. Class assignments should be coming any day now, but it won't be as clear cut as we're used to. She will have both of the sixth grade teachers at different times during the day as one will teach language arts and social studies while the other teaches math and science. I have the impression that each teacher will have a room and that the kids will move back and forth between them. I just don't know on what schedule or how things like art and music and foreign languages fit in.

I think I'm worrying about all of this more than Cordelia is. I'm not sure she understands how different things will be. I suppose she might just be figuring that it will all work out somehow.

I should probably e-mail the new librarian again to figure out when I'm to volunteer in the library. I'm offering one morning a week, two or three hours, depending on what's needed. I don't want to do Tuesdays because of my commitment to [community profile] metanews, but pretty much any other day could work. Last year, it was Thursdays which worked pretty well by putting all of my socially stressful stuff on the same day so that I didn't have an anxiety spike twice in a week. The librarian said, when I e-mailed her before, that I could set my own schedule. Maybe I should offer Thursdays again.

We also need to find out how much lunches are going to cost this year. Middle school lunches normally cost more but offer more food and more variety of food. It's not clear that Cordelia's school will be offering the middle school students a middle school lunch, however. The school's not really equipped to feed different things to different groups of students, but middle school students realistically need more food than, say, kindergartners. Another parent I know has been trying to get this information from the school district, and he keeps getting passed from person to person because nobody knows the answer. I'm surprised nobody knows because the district has another K-8 school, so following the pattern set there ought to be a no-brainer.



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