Ana
21 October 2017 @ 08:42 pm
It's been awhile since I've done a fic-y kind of meme - and since [community profile] monthlysupergo is hosting a neighborhood party, I figure I should set up my door for fic-or-treaters!

Please note: I'm unlikely to get around to answering my door until the 30th/31st. I am incredibly busy this month, but I'm really looking forward to this as a low-stress countdown to [community profile] trickortreatex reveals, so please feel free to knock!




Ana's Door
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Goodies:
If you leave me prompts in fandoms I'm familiar with, you are 100% going to get bite-sized ficbits. (I'm aiming for 500 words or less, but who knows. You may inspire my next longfic.) If you prefer to just knock on the door and take your chances, you're more likely to receive gorgeous pictures of autumn-y stuff, or possibly some spooky theme music.

Guidelines:
When knocking on the door, please leave a fandom, a ship, a character, or some other sort of prompt! (Lyrics or poetry are always fun to respond to.) I'm cool with multiple requests from the same person. (But just as an fyi, I'll probably try to treat everyone at my door before I double-back and hand out seconds.) Alternatively, just drop a cheery "Fic-or-Treat" and get whatever else I've got lurking in the candy bowl.

Fandoms:
I've been hanging out mostly in the Prequels/Clone Wars era of Star Wars, but any of my old fandoms are welcome. (A brief and hilariously non-comprehensive list: Anita Blake, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cardcaptor Sakura, the Covenant, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Harry Potter, Harvest Moon, Hocus Pocus, Inuyasha, Juvenile Orion, Katekyou Hitman Reborn, Kingdom Hearts, Labyrinth, Leverage, Long Live the Queen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rune Factory, Supernatural, Yuu Yuu Hakusho) If you know I'm familiar with a different fandom, go ahead and ask for it.


the porchlight is ON
Obviously, anyone from [community profile] monthlysupergo is welcome to drop by. So are all the people on my rlist. As a matter of fact, my light is on for anyone to drop by! Anon passers-by are totally welcome, too; it's not like you need a door of your own to knock on mine. (But if you would like to link me back to yours, feel free.)
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Morgan Briarwood
21 October 2017 @ 09:05 pm
Russian history is not my best subject. I know about the revolution and a little about the events that followed but virtually nothing after 1945. So the historical inaccuracies in this won't bother me.


Continued on my blog
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Morgan Briarwood
21 October 2017 @ 08:16 pm
According to my favourite reviewer, Mark Kermode, Geostorm "takes stupid to a whole new level. You can feel any sense of intelligence you have sort of seeping out of your ears as your eyes roll backwards and you think...this whole thing is one gargantuan joke."

Oh, boy, I can't wait!


Continued on my blog
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dreamlittleyo
21 October 2017 @ 10:08 am
Hey all, just a reminder post: only a couple more days for bidding!

The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico auction ends on 10/23!


HERE is my thread/offering.

And here are some other awesome things you might want to bid on. (Plus plenty of others if you check the list of folks offering, of course. Scope it out, y'all.)
 
 
digitalwave
20 October 2017 @ 01:21 am
Hi guys! Just finished watching this week's episode. Once again, I really enjoyed it. I like Jack, I think Jensen and Jared are both acting their hearts out, as always. I like the story that they're telling so far. Tell me what you think, the good and the bad. I can't wait to see what everyone has to say. :)

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PS
If you have any problems with the file, or if you need to update your audio/video codecs to play the file, you can find them here:

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Hope that everyone is doing okay. *hugs you hard*
 
 
dreamlittleyo
18 October 2017 @ 07:24 pm
At Least I Have a Friend with Me by [personal profile] dreamlittleyo
Pairing/Rating: Hamilton/Washington, Teen+
Wordcount: 7,200 Words
Summary: Alexander shouldn't need reinforcements to attend his former fiancé's wedding, but he can't bear the thought of showing up without a date. Asking Washington to be his fake boyfriend is either a terrible idea, or the best he's ever had.

(For the utterly delightful [personal profile] critrawkets/cjackgifs)

Read the fic on AO3...

Or read below the cut... )

 
 
 
Ana
18 October 2017 @ 01:25 pm

Have a Happy Halloween!
I'm Not Too Old for Free Candy by nemimakeit

       
Say 'boo' and scary on - comment for a red candy!

For a bonus treat, tell me what your favorite spooky movie is. Do you have a movie that you watch every year in preparation for Halloween? (I'll start: It is not Halloween without managing to watch Hocus Pocus! The movie is ridiculous and I love it so much. I generally manage a rewatch of The Covenant during October too; the plot is a little thin but the eyecandy is delicious.)

If we haven't traded sigs yet, please, let's do! I have far too many sitting around and I'd love to collect yours.



red candy x0   orange candy x0   yellow candy x0   green candy x0   blue candy x0   purple candy x0   brown candy x0   gray candy x0



given: 0
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name*, name*, name*, name*, name*, name*
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dreamlittleyo
31 December 2037 @ 05:57 pm
The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico auction is live!


HERE is my thread/offering.

You'll find more details on the listing itself, but the short version is this. I'll write the winning bidder a fic in any of the following fandoms: Hamilton Broadway, Merlin BBC, Star Trek AOS, Star Trek TOS, Supernatural (pre-season 5), Thor Movie!verse, Tron Movies, X-Men (First Class 'verse). Any pairing, any genre (though some stipulations apply and are spelled out in the thread).

Guys, if you're sad I haven't written in some of these fandoms in ages, now's your chance to drag me happily back!

I love writing for a cause. I will pour my heart and soul into this fic. And if my offering doesn't sing to you, please consider signal boosting the auction or scrolling through the other incredible things on offer. Let's help put some good into the world.

 
 
 
klutzygirl
17 October 2017 @ 09:26 am
Hi to my author! I'm excited for this exchange and below are my lists of prompts. If you can't find inspiration from any, you don't have to follow them.

Prompts this way )
 
 
digitalwave
17 October 2017 @ 06:23 am
Guys, I need to ask a huge favor, if you can't, it's completely fine and I understand. I hate to even ask.

We got another huge bill from Norton's Hospital about two weeks ago for one of Lee's last two infusions for his low iron levels. I was able to work with Norton's and got part of it put one our payment plan and paid off the rest. It was hard but I made it work.

Then we got another $450 bill for the second infusion therapy from the hospital on Friday. It didn't come until after they'd closed at 4pm. I wasn't able to call them about it until Monday, yesterday. I'd hoped to add it to our payment plan, too.

They told me if they added it, because our total is over $5000, that it'd make our monthly payments almost double what they are now. There's no way that we can afford that so I had to go ahead and pay the newest bill. That ate up pretty much everything we had to live on until the end of the month when Lee's paid again.

What makes it bad, and awful timing, is that Lee's leaving for Bloomington Wednesday morning for his three day conference trip for Statewide, he won't be home until Friday. He'll have some meals provided while he's there but not all, especially his dinners.

I'm going to take stuff to Half Price books and Clothes Mentor to sell today, plus I've got a bunch of stuff posted tonight to eBay, it's why I'm still up instead of sleeping like I should be. I just don't know if what I can make will be fast enough, or pay enough, for what we need.

If they do sell, though, it'll be a huge help. What I was hoping is that you'd help me spread the word about my having stuff up for sale. If you wouldn't mind doing it, here's the link:

http://stores.ebay.com/Barbaras-Essentials

If you see anything you'd like, but don't like using eBay, just let me know, we can figure out what postage will be then add it on. I can do checks but would prefer PayPal if possible. My PayPal addy is bstaton@iglou.com. If you don't have a PayPal account I can just invoice you for whatever you want to buy and then you can use either your debit or credit card to pay for it. I've done that for a couple of people and it works great.

I'm going to go try and grab a little sleep, I promise I'll check in later. Thanks, guys, as always, for listening! :)

*hugs*
 
 
dreamlittleyo
Drop the Niceties by [personal profile] dreamlittleyo
Pairing/Rating: Hamilton/Washington, Explicit
Wordcount: 9,700 Words
Summary: In which winter is harrowing, Hamilton is terrible at minding his own health, and doctor's orders land him in Washington's bed.

Read the fic on AO3...

Or read below the cut... )

 
 
 
Ana
Title: Lingering Fears
Rating: G
Wordcount: 100
Characters: Leon
Archive: Kingdom Hearts 100
Prompt: #38 - Sacrifice at [community profile] kh_100


Leon moves with a grace that belies his exhaustion. His blade slices though the fleshy nothingness of the small Shadows with ease; they bleed nothing but dark ink, and even that disperses long before it touches the ground.

The remaining Shadows scatter and reappear further away, but they aren't his biggest concern. The seething horde of Heartless that crests over the ridge is.

A voice not his own ripples through his thoughts: Who will you sacrifice this time?

Myself, he answers faintly, before shaking away any lingering seeds of doubt.

Leon grits his teeth, adjusts his grip, and charges forward to meet his fate.
 
 
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halfshellvenus
14 October 2017 @ 12:29 pm
I have finally found the perfect casting for the part of Jack Reacher (yes, that's totally a thing at our house), and I can't believe it took me this long:

John Cena

It isn't a part that requires stellar acting skills, so the casting is more about the right physical type and age (Adam Baldwin was a great candidate for older Jack Reacher, but not the young-to-middle years anymore). The absolute requirement is that he not be a prissy, midgetory, sportscar-driving wannabe. I.e., *koff*... the current casting.

I see that recasting Jack Reacher is also a thing over at IMDB.com, so we're not alone. :O

And my newest nominee for the "What the hell was that?" Sports Hall of Fame comes from last night's Cal Football game against Washington State: Buzzuh? Damn, why is there no slo-mo replay of that sucker?

 
 
 
digitalwave
13 October 2017 @ 12:40 am
Hi guys! Sorry it's been so long, I promise to tell you what's been going on as soon as I can. I'm here for another reason right now, though. Here we are, finally, at the start of another season. Number 13, can you believe it? Like I said before, I still can't believe we made it past five!

I just finished watching the first episode and really enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to the journey this year, in many ways, they're starting with a blank slate. Tell me what you think, the good and the bad. I can't wait to see what everyone has to say. :)

The files are almost finished uploading. Once they're done, just follow the links below and then click to download whichever format you'd like best.

Click me! )

PS
If you have any problems with the file, or if you need to update your audio/video codecs to play the file, you can find them here:

http://download.cnet.com/Media-Player-Codec-Pack/3000-13632_4-10749065.html

Hope that everyone is doing okay. *hugs you hard*
 
 
halfshellvenus
12 October 2017 @ 01:06 pm
So, while the rest of life seems like a rotating chore chart, there have at least been some entertainment breaks along the way. Here goes:

We finished watching Shetland, which was over all too soon. The story arc grew hard for the character we think of as "comic-relief Tosh", and I kept half expecting Jimmy and Duncan to get together, thanks to Duncan's flirty chemistry with Jimmy (and just about everyone, really). A fourth season has finished filming, which we hope will come to Netflix soon.

Shetland looks as if it was filmed during the summer, in the sunniest and most beautiful part of the year, like a tourist pitch for Scotland. The Welsh series, Hinterland, is just the opposite. It aims for more of a noire effect, set in and around the Cambrian Mountains (which are bleak and sparsely populated) and looking like the tail end of winter—dead grass, glowering skies, and breath-fog temperatures. Wales is a beautiful country, so it's clear that unwelcoming atmosphere is deliberate. Season 3 just went up on Netflix, and we snapped it up. More seasons would be nice, but I don't know if they're planned. The storyline tied up well in S3, so that could be it. :O

The dearth has caused us to sample The Break (I don't much like the main character there) and Death In Paradise (silly fun). We had previously watched Dr. Foster (and wound up hating almost every character in it) and Paranoid (much better). But a Luther re-watch tempts me, just for better quality.

I rat-holed down some Barns Courtney music last week, because I like Fire. The bluesy sound of his music is great, but the choruses often go farther into "pop" than I can generally tolerate. I stumbled across Glitter and Gold, which I did like, and then a video collaboration for it that really grabbed me. It seemed an odd music choice for Marvel, but then I realized it was a fan video, not a Marvel production. Vidders may scoff, but the presentation of the Marvel universe tied in really well with the music, and the video made striking use of all parts of the music (always a huge plus in my book!) So often, 'signature' music themes or moments are ignored in video (and dance choreography), and that drives me nuts. Here, they were used and even highlighted—and tightly so. In a word, from my naive perspective: \o/

Have I mentioned my worthless MP3 player? I bought it last Xmas, after my iPod Nano went from "I will never download new playlists for you again" (which is iTunes' fault) to "What is this on/off button of which you speak? I will not play music at your command! Now go away while I drain your battery..."

The new MP3 player looks pretty, and has lots of memory... but almost no functionality and no firmware updates! \o? So, it's useless for playing music. I've never tried to let it just play its contents in order (alphabetical playlists— kill me now), but on "random" it skips to exactly the same songs every time, in sequence. Plus, once you've paused it or it's gone into sleep mode... when it wakes up, it goes back to the beginning of your playlist and does the whole thing over again. Identically. It's maddening.

I gave up on music, and I'm using it for podcasts instead. So, at our daughter's urging, I started Serial. Wow, I am hooked. I'm in the last episode of Season 1, and desperate to find out what the "truth" is, assuming they find it. I have Within The Wires waiting, and more of The Orbiting Human Circus Of The Air. And of course, Nightvale. So, while I'm not singing during my commute to/from work now, at least I'm entertained. Really, the final straw toward podcasts—apart from the M3 player—was that our local alternative radio station is veering toward pop/rap/reggae, all of which I hate, and another has gone to an "80's as oldies" format (*cries*). I can't change any presets on the car stereo to other stations unless we buy a new dashboard display unit for the Prius, so it's CDs or an auxiliary unit for now. I need to find a different MP3 Player for music. My birthday's coming up, so if I can find a gift for HalfshellHusband to buy me, he'll be pleased.

Will I get Halloween decorations up this year? The thought of NOT doing it is sad, but there are so many endless chores at home on weekends, and I'm there so little on weekdays. *sigh* I need elves. And by that, I mean elves other than HSH sneaking around and doing stuff he shouldn't, while I'm still in bed. :O

 
 
dreamlittleyo
You've Got a Hunger by [personal profile] dreamlittleyo
Pairing/Rating: Hamilton/Washington, Explicit
Warnings: Consent Issues, Rough Sex, Pain Kink, Rape Fantasy/Roleplay
Wordcount: 3,400 Words
Summary: The morning after. In which Hamilton enjoys the agonies his general has inflicted, and Washington fucks his boy again.

Read the fic on AO3...
(Complete series on AO3...)

Or read below the cut... )

 
 
 
halfshellvenus
10 October 2017 @ 12:03 am
Boo!  
Still here, just trying to keep my head above water at work and at home. Halfshellhusband is still restricted to minimal movement while his leg heals. It IS looking better, but the muscles are also trying to pull the bone fragments out of alignment, so it's a race to see whether the break binds together before the slippage requires surgery. Still hoping no surgery. This has been hard enough without resetting the healing clock back to zero! OTOH, no idea what this means for arthritis going forward...

We have a house cleaner lined up, but apart from a quick-clean of the high-priority areas last Thursday, she can't come for a month. Which may mean that it will still mostly be me, and we might just be paying her for a single deep-clean visit. :( Outside, I'm missing my helpers. This is the "weed and clean up dead things" season, and is starting to overlap with leaf season. I thought I was going to apply Round-up on Saturday, but I had to clear leaves and large weeds away first, to see what I was doing. Lost my daylight, and Sunday was a windstorm, so apart from hand-weeding and cleanup, no progress there. The property is about 1/3 of an acre, and over-landscaped. Places where we had to remove trees still look like crap, as the azaleas continue to die without shade. This has been going on for about 8 years now, and we haven't found any good replacement plants that are more sun-tolerant. The leftover buried tree-limbs that couldn't be dug out have now become extremely wet and pulpy (so, gross but also fascinating). They've also attracted that thick, leathery fungus that binds around plants' roots and kills them (two of the dead azaleas had that).

Several weeks ago, I noticed what seemed to be a group of red and yellow toadstools. When I went to investigate, I found an enormous single fungus that looked like a no-cheese pre-baked pizza, complete with 'crust'. Maybe a Reishi mushroom (shiny, tomato-paste-colored middle, blobby shape)? Huge and hideous either way, and larger (in 2D) than a football. :O

Work is slightly less busy, and I wish I could take vacation time, but I'm being told I need to get my performance up. Like that pressure helps anything... Once I joined the new project, it has all been so much work to learn new (and poorly-documented things), and such a battle against distraction. I found myself Googling adult ADD last week, as my mother has that and it would explain some of my difficulties. We talked on the phone last week, and she specifically mentioned things like noises and motion being incredibly distracting. I always thought those were a problem for me because I'm "over-wired." Everything is generally too loud, too bright, too smelly, too strong-tasting, too painful, etc. She mentioned the noise issues in particular being an ADHD thing for her, and I hadn't realized random noise was also a problem for her.

Our work environment is thwart-tastic, and about to get worse, but the main thing is that while it's a struggle for everyone, it seems to be a bigger struggle for me, and that needs to change. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution for this. Which just brings more pressure. I'm at the point where I could potentially retire (healthcare benefits would be the big issue), but I'd rather work part-time instead. I can't do that at a new job, so I'm kind of stuck where I am, hoping I can do "more things faster." *sigh* I used to love this job and this company, for so many years...

All of which means that right now, I need to get to bed and start it all over again tomorrow. So, the entertainment blather will have to wait for another post! But at least I signed up for Yuletide...

 
 
ancientsavvy
09 October 2017 @ 07:39 pm
MTAC - NCIS Fan Fiction Archive is moving to Archive of our Own (AO3.org)!!

I am very excited about this, it was fun to run the archives for the past decade and more but life has become too hectic and hackers too prevalent for me to continue. I'm happy that all the wonderful fic is going to have a new stable home with active maintenance. :-)

More details on what this means can be found here: http://www.transformativeworks.org/mtac-is-moving-to-the-ao3/
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