new raised bed

Apr. 28th, 2017 07:33 pm
[personal profile] boxofdelights
Here is the start of my gardening blog. Let me know if the thumbnail previews are fine, or if you would prefer all pictures behind a cut.

So this spring I put in a new raised bed, which Neal built for me out of 2x4s. It's in the front yard, which has more sun and less exposure to dogs, but the dog deficiency means the feral cats my next-door neighbor feeds think it belongs to them.

I didn't dig up the grass, just put down a thick layer of cardboard,

set the box on top,

soaked the cardboard, to provide all the elements necessary to decomposition,

and filled it with compost.

The white tubes are the bases of a hoop cover. I have some smaller-diameter flexible pipe, bent into half-circles, whose ends go into the white pipes. Then I can put a big piece of UV-resistant polyethelene over the top, and have a mini-greenhouse.

Next step is to mulch. Usually, when you are choosing a mulch, the first consideration is "What do I have lots of?" and then you evaluate how well those things work as mulch:
- Does it shade the soil to suppress germination of weed seeds?
- Does it keep the soil cooler?
- Does it let water get to the soil?
- Does it slow down evaporation?
- How fast does it break down, and what does it add to the soil?
- Will it stay where I put it?
And so on. But for me, the second consideration is, "Will this make my lovely loose soil more or less attractive to the feral cats as a litter box?" So the first mulch I use is a few layers of brown paper that came as packaging material.

Here it is in the rain:

Right now it is covered with snow, but I don't have a picture of that.

More about mulching and planting next time.

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Apr. 28th, 2017 09:23 pm
[personal profile] twistedchick
Note to self: eat more protein. It wards off the worst of the munchies -- and the drug drawdown has given me munchies that have no end. Eating protein cuts into that, and will keep me from gaining umpty pounds from eveything else.

(Yeah, my body has noticed that it's at 30 not 40 mg now, and it's saying, 'but ... but ... this isn't right, everything's not happy, go find something that's happymaking ...' And I did, =-- the music meme on Facebook.)

BTW, anyone who doesn't like people reminiscing about concerts and good times should get over themselves. Everyone has some good memory of something; we don't all share the same ones. These are ones that we do share. I refuse to be guilted by anyone for remembering good times even though Congressinoal Republicans and the president are being entitled asshats. What am I supposed to do, go down to the Capitol with a little 6" ruler and tell them all to measure, so they can figure out who's the big guy, and then get to work? Caputol Police would not be amused. Waste of time. I have alrady told my Senators and Congressman my views -- and they agree with me --so I have Done My Part for the Budget.

Tomorrow is the Bead Bazaar; I hope to go and find a few more small pretty handmade fun things I can hang off neck rings and make into what I think of as conversations between beads of different sources -- after having a lot of protein for breakfast and lunch, this time.

wedding clothes question

Apr. 29th, 2017 10:52 am
[personal profile] tielan
When my cousin T died, her widower asked her friends to come by and, if we weren't weirded out by it, to take any of her clothing that took our fancy before he sorted it out and gave it away to charity.

I wasn't weirded out - T was always beautifully put together, and for me wearing her clothing is a reminder of her style and her bright and bubbly personality - as well as her encouragement to me to push my limits in style. (I was pretty conservative in style until I hit about 30 and basically went IDGAF and wear more or less whatever I like.) So I took a couple of dresses that were not quite in my style, some jewellery, and a coat that was in a style that I particularly liked.

Today, T's widower is remarrying. A good woman, from what I can see, and trusting A's judgement of good character, and T was canvassing for a new wife for A as soon as she knew she was terminal. (I don't know if N was ever on T's radar, but they were friends at some point in the past.)

I guess what I'm wondering is whether it would be appropriate to wear "T's coat" to A and N's wedding today.

[personal profile] neotoma

Honey cupcakes, made using Killer Bee honey from the Bee Folks, for my book group on Sunday. We’re reading Tooth & Claw by Jo Walton.

Not bad considering I use a pastry bag once a year.

James S. A. Corey: Leviathan Wakes

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:52 pm
[personal profile] bibliogramma

Recently, I've been thinking I was probably the only person in sff fandom who hadn't read The Expanse novels by James S. A. Corey (the pen name of writing duo Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) - particularly following the success of the TV series based on them, which I have been watching and enjoying. But then the series showed up on the Hugo nominee list, and the second season of the series ended with some of my favourite characters in really hard-to-wait-for cliffhanger situations, so, I have two very good reasons to read the series.

The first novel in the series, Leviathan Wakes, is an interesting mix of classic space opera, hard-boiled detective noir, and political thriller. Given its beginnings as an MMORPG, it's not surprising that the worldbuilding is complex and detailed. The politics - from the unified Earth government to the rebellious Belter-based OPA - are well developed and realistic, and the places - Earth, a partly terraformed Mars, Lunar settlements, communities of anywhere from thousands to millions of inhabitants wormed into asteroids, and facilities on several of the outer planet moons - are fully realised, distinct entities, with their own characters, cultures, backgrounds and goals.

Navigating all of this is the hardest-luck group of misfit spacers I've seen in a long time. Before we're more than a few chapters in, James Holden, former XO of a belt-based ice-hauler and his faithful companions Naomi, Amos and Alex have had two ships blown to bits around them, inherited a state of the art battleship that's going to make them magnets for risky ventures, and stumbled into a mysterious secret that will tear apart the fragile balance of power of the entire solar system. Later on, they are joined - for a while - by Miller, a cynical cop on the way down obsessed with a missing woman named Julie Mao who just happens to be a key part of the mystery that's haunted - or cursed - Holden and his crew.

That mystery is an alien organic substance capable of manipulating biomass according to its internal programming - whatever that might have been. Seeded inside an icy rock two billion years ago by an unknown civilisation and sent to land on earth for reasons unknown, it ended up instead in orbit around Saturn when its vehicle was captured by gravity and became the satellite that humans would call Phoebe. It is eventually found and exploited by by Protogen Corporation - who named it the protomolecule - who hope to develop it into a salable weapon. Their 'research' ultimately leads to the deaths - or something perhaps worse - of millions of Belter 'test subjects' - among them, Julie Mao - in an attempt to understand and change the protomolecule's programming.

As Holden, his crew, and Miller follow the trail and learn more about the protomolecule and the actions of Protogen, the mission becomes not just keeping all-out war from erupting across the solar system, but protecting humanity from the the alien protomolecule and those who want to use it fir their own purposes.

The plot is tight and full of twists and excitement, the authors take care to seem scientifically plausible, and the action set-pieces are varied and imaginative. Where the book falls down is in characterisation and writing. There are some moments where the essence of the characters shines through, but it's infrequent and inconsistent. And the writing is for the most part pedestrian, at times even a touch clunky.

The story is so far more than enough to keep me reading, and wanting to know where it's all going, but the getting there sometimes feels a bit like slogging. I'm hoping that the later novels will be a bit improved in terms of technique, because I'm hooked on the plot.

[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: Ultramarine
Fandom: Westworld
Rating: G
Words: 417
Characters/Pairings: Dolores Abernathy/Teddy Flood
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Written for [community profile] fandom_stocking 2016.

Summary: "Oh, hush, now," says Dolores, running her hand down the mare's neck. "There ain't nothing can hurt you up here. Nothing but the sky above to watch over you."

Also at the Archive

The strap on Dolores' paint box breaks as they're riding over the ridge. )

Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon)

Apr. 29th, 2017 12:44 am
[personal profile] guppiecat

Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon)_2

Butterfly remembering all the legs it had as a caterpillar and wondering if they turned into wings or got stuck together to make the six longer legs it has now.

Originally posted at

stuff done: Tuesday-Friday

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:08 pm
[personal profile] edenfalling
1. Took kitchen compost to communal bin.

2. Called Susan and chatted for an hour and a half. It was good to catch up!

3. Started moving my vegetables outside in the afternoons, to get them used to direct sunlight (instead of sunlight filtered through my kitchen windows).

4. Planted new seeds in three of my squash containers, since only one of my transplants (Meeny) survived. I have put two seeds per container, and will thin as necessary in a few weeks.

more items under the cut )

16. Trimmed the back of the lilac bush, which has to be done every year to make room for my air conditioner. (It grows right up against my front room window, you see.) I will trim the rest of the bush in late May, after it has finished blooming -- it has only just started blooming now, and while the flowers aren't very abundant, they are making a much better showing than in various years past. I definitely think the plant does better when I prune it regularly.

17. Did a smidge of editing work on "Second Chances," which I hope to finish by Monday night. *crosses fingers*

now hold on there: 0.81alpha mobile

Apr. 28th, 2017 05:34 pm
[personal profile] solarbird
You Want Mobile Dreamwidth, Artie? You Got It (again):

Neutral Good CSS patchset 0.81alpha, 28 April 2017.

Choose style "Neutral Good" in the journal style selector. Copypasta all of this into the Custom CSS box. It's 726 lines and includes Navbar 2.0. Apply "your style" to everything you can.

Fixes: lots. Changed comment cascades to work on mobile without horizontal scrolling. YES I SAID WITHOUT HORIZONTAL SCROLLING. Also fixed a lot of RSS feed stomping on the read page, and some other things on the read page, all of which means I can go back a couple of thousand entries in my Reading list and have NO FUCKING HORIZONTAL SCROLLING.

This is still an alpha and without warranty and all that, please report bugs. Thanks.

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Apr. 28th, 2017 08:20 pm
[personal profile] choco_frosh
OK, indirectly pursuant to the last point of the previous post:

Roommate #1 wandered into the common area of the apartment this evening while I was having dinner, to tell roommate #2 (his SO, who was playing Skyrim) that Ja Rule has apparently (and perhaps inadvertently) swindled a whole bunch o' rich people out of a whole bunch of money.

Now what floored me was not that people threw down big chunks of cash on what was supposed to be luxury accommodation but in fact more closely resembled a refugee camp. No, what had me goggling was the sheer size of the amounts concerned. The figure roommate #1 quoted was $25 thousand, and in fact, we eventually realized that some of the tickets were a great deal more than that, but let's stick with 25k.

25k, although I didn't want to admit it in front of my roommates, is more than I currently make in a year.

And so we got to talking about all the things you could theoretically do with 25k, even assuming you want to spend a weekend filled with drugs and naked people, which I don't.* 25 thousand! I mean...with 25 thousand I could do pretty much ANYTHING I wanted,** not merely for a weekend, but for like six months. Heck, with 25 HUNDRED I could check into an AMC hut for like two weeks, WITH two weeks worth of good-quality alcohol,*** and go hiking every day and drink a bunch every night, or at least as much as wouldn't interfere with the hiking; which is my idea of a good time.****

I gibbered a lot.

But what brought my last post to mind:
"Yeah," said roommate #2, while trying not to get her character incinerated, "but if I got $25 thousand, I STILL wouldn't have paid off my college loans."

Holy shit. I... I mean, they have a presumably much more fulfilling job, and (I assume, at least) graphic designers make a good deal more than I currently do.

But apparently, they--and I guess a good deal of the rest of the population--have so much student debt that, even if I'd had to pay all my student loans MYSELF, I'd still be less in debt than they are.

* On reflection, I guess this isn't TECHNICALLY true, since I would love to spend a weekend with, like, ONE attractive person who was naked a bunch of the time, and some booze and probably also coffee or tea, which are technically drugs... but I want a relationship, rather than Girls Gone Wild, and let's skip the cocaine (and even the weed).
** OK, excluding anything involving buying real estate.
*** On reflection, I seem to recall that the AMC doesn't let you bring alcohol, but we're in fantasyland here anyway.
**** Yes, I did reflect - repeatedly - that my idea of a good time MIGHT be a little skewed from that of the rest of the population. To which I say: ok, that just means all y'all's notion of a good time is FUCKED UP.
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
  • It's like 11k words (now, but it's not finished),
  • it's Teal'c-and-Daniel focused stranded-fic,
  • it has two possible endings and I'm not sure which to go by,
  • the thematic/stylistic stuff I'm trying to put in to get it to match the tone of the artwork is NOT WORKING,
  • it's due on the 30th (though it won't be revealed until a week later so if I can bang out a finished draft, post it on the 30th, I should have time to actually whip it into shape by the time it's revealed.)


Childhood Survey Meme

Apr. 28th, 2017 04:49 pm
[personal profile] penlessej
I just got home from sea for the week (back out next week Mon-Fri). I've got Fleetwood Mac on the record deck and a cold beer in my hand, so I am happy. I will post more about my adventures at sea tomorrow, for today you get this meme courtesy of [personal profile] viciousteeth.

Childhood Survey

What was your favorite tv show or cartoon?
When I grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada we only had two television channels. One was CBC (the state funded public broadcaster) and the second was MCTV (a small local station for pretty much all of Northern Ontario, yes *that* kind of local). Coming home from school The Simpson's was on, so I grew up on Homer and Bart. When I was younger, I enjoyed Bill Nye the Science Guy and as I got older a cool show for teens on CBC was one of my favourites called Street Sense (it was all about living on your own, growing up, sex issues, etc.).

What was your favorite song?
Tubthumbing by Chumbawamba.

What was your favorite toy?
My favourite toy was not actually mine, it belonged to my brother. We had a toy Andy and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and while I was older I had a guilty pleasure of really enjoying those toys. I thought it was cool how the company made the toys and they were the same from the movie. As I got older I had model ships that I used to enjoy playing in the pool with (morbidly I used to sink the Titanic all of the time). 

What was your favorite game?
Monopoly and still very much is.

What was your biggest fear?
Vampires. I used to have terrible dreams of them where I would wake up very scared and sweaty. These stopped in my teens.

What was your favorite fantasy or daydream?
Becoming an astronaut.

What was your favorite food?

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut.

What was your favorite book?
10,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Charley and the Chocolate Factory.

What was your favorite movie?
Apollo 13 and Titanic (not for the love story, I was obsessed with the Titanic and loved the visual accuracy of the movie).

Who was your favorite author?
My first favourite author was Lemony Snicket, his books and use of the English language made my head spin in wonderful ways and it was the first time I was ever exposed to that sort of unleashed writing.

What smell instantly brings you back to your childhood?
The smell of the orange soap that my dad washed his hands with to clean the oil off when he came home. We use the same wash in the ship and instantly after someone uses it in the heads (washroom), I am brought back to home and him coming in the house and washing up before supper.

Who was your crush?
Her name was Jesse Overton. I also had a huge crush on my grade 6 health teacher.

What was your favorite subject in school?
English. I also really liked civics and history. This hasn't changed.

Who was your best friend?
Riley Brown, his parents were teachers at the school and he lived two blocks from it and we would go to his place for lunch. We were cool.

Who did you admire?
My garde 5 teacher Mr. Huchabies (we used to call him Mr. Hercules), I can still remember the day he taught about how the House of Commons work and how a bill becomes law. I trace all of my interest in history, civics and politics to this one day. I was fascinated by the idea of seats and a Speaker and the Queen. It was a pivotal moment in my life. He also used to give us sour blasters when we got answers right, which was awesome. But his breath was terrible (probably from eating too much candy now that I think about it).

What's the stupidest thing you can remember doing as a child?
My dad bought me a snow machine on my 12th birthday. That winter, my cousin and I were fooling around in a field with it and we set up a massive jump off of a hay bail. Thinking back now that was extremely dangerous and I could have really hurt myself (I remember flying off of the machine and landing hard on the ground, I could have broke my back or neck in the process).

What's the best summer break of your childhood?
My mother has kidney disease and was on a dialysis machine when I was a child (she has had a transplant now for over 14 years), so we never got to travel much as a family. Plus, we did not have a lot of money until my dad secured better employment while I was in my teens. One summer we went to Muskoka (just north of Toronto, Ontario) for a summer at a camp for people on dialysis. It was a cottage facility on the edge of a lake and it had a pool, games room with pool table, a shed full of canoes and kayaks. I had an amazing two weeks there that summer and met a girl too (we held hands in a boat one night and I was on cloud nine). I can almost remember every moment of that summer. I almost won a pool tournament that my dad put me in (I had never played before) and since then pool has become a bonding thing for me and my dad. Ironically, Meganne was one lake over (and knew of the place growing up) enjoying a similar summer at her family cottage.
[personal profile] miss_s_b
This is because channel 4 are running a "How Autistic Are You?" test which is so cack-handed it would be laughable... if we didn't know that so-called experts are going to base things to do to us on it (why yes, Prof Baron-Cohen, I am thinking of you).

So just what is wrong with this test?
  • Before you even get to the test proper, it has several cock-ups on the demographics page.
    1. Under "sex" the options are "male", "female", "transgender" or "prefer not to say". Sex and gender are not the same thing and "transgender" is not a category any trans person of any gender would tick for their "sex".

    2. Level of Education is (oddly) ungranular. I know lots of people who did part of a degree but dropped out. There's no option for them.

    3. Scotland and Wales are not regions, they are nations.

    4. One thing all autistic people I know have in common is that inaccuracy really, really bothers us. If your test contains enough inaccuracies before you even get to the test proper that it's going to put most autistics off even starting it, you've got a problem.

  • Once you get into the actual questions there are further problems. Some examples:
    1. I would be able to taste the difference between apparently identical pieces of candy. - in what way are they apparently identical? Do they look the same? Are they different but in the same packaging? I need more specificity before I can answer this.

    2. "I would be able to tell the weight difference between two different coin sizes on the palm of my hand, if my eyes were closed." - I'd be able to feel the difference in size because the diameter of the coins would be different if they are different sized. But they might weigh the same if they are made of different metals; the question makes no sense.

    3. Part 2 is all about how good you are at telling how other people are feeling - I'm usually hypersensitive to this because I have taught myself how to do it. Long hard study of psychology texts. Pictorial studies of body language and facial expression. The questionnaire doesn't even consider if this is natural or a learned skill, though. I actually struggled to get past q 16 "I can tune into how someone else feels rapidly and intuitively" - quickly yes. Intuitively? Not in the slightest. But you can't pick "strongly agree" AND "strongly disagree" for the same question.

    4. "When I learn about a new category I like to go into detail to understand the small differences between different members of that category." - category OF WHAT? Again, this makes no sense whatsoever. Some things I am interested in; other things I am completely uninterested in. I don't know which of those this "category" is until you tell me more details.

    5. I usually concentrate more on the whole picture, rather than the small details. this is such a false binary. BOTH BOTH BOTH. Cthulthu, autism test designers, embrace the power of AND. Again, I really struggled to get past this question, and only did it to see what horrors lay beyond.

  • Hoo boy. And then we get to the results page. So, I scored autistic female on sensory perception, and autistic male on organisation (because YAY LETS GENDER EVERYTHING AND OFC THERE ARE ONLY TWO GENDERS). But because I am very good at the social skills it asks for (because I taught myself to be, remember), even better than most neurotypical people, it tells me I am neurotypical. In fact, beyond neurotypical. The typical neurotypical people are waaaaay to the right of me on the little chart. This is despite there being a growing body of research that shows many autistic adults, especially women, are hyper-empathetic.
Honestly, all of this could have easily been solved by having some actually autistic people involved in the test design. We're really, really good at nitpicking. It's one of our defining features. But, OfC, lots of autism experts see us as a problem to be solved, a disease to be cured, not a people with feelings and rights.

I'm not a problem.
I don't want to be cured.
I like being me.

All I ask for is to be treated as if I have the same intrinsic worth as my neurotypical fellows.
Is that really so much to ask?
[personal profile] galacticjourney

by Gideon Marcus

I never thought the time would come that reading The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction would be the most dreaded portion of my duties...and yet, here we are. Two issues into new Editor Avram Davidson's tenure, it appears that the mag's transformation from a great bastion of literary (if slightly stuffy) scientifiction is nearly complete. The title of the digest might well be The Magazine of Droll Trifles (with wry parenthetical asides).

One or two of these in an issue, if well done, can be fine. But when 70% of the content is story after story with no science and, at best, stream-of-consciousness whimsy, it's a slog. And while one could argue that last issue's line-up comprised works picked by the prior editor, it's clear that this month's selections were mostly Davidson's.

Moreover, Robert Mills (the outgone "Kindly Editor") used to write excellent prefaces to his works, the only ones I would regularly read amongst all the digests. Davidson's are rambling and purple, though I do appreciate the biographical details on Burger and Aandahl this ish.

I dunno. Perhaps you'll consider my judgment premature and unfair. I certainly hope things get better...

(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)

Currently reading: 2017

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:44 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium

And the Clarke shortlist is announced on 3rd May. Excitement!
[syndicated profile] lawyersgunsmoneyblog_feed

Posted by Scott Lemieux

190120._UY500_SS500_Above: What America needs now is for fictional conspiracy theories about Democratic election rigging to get the widest possible audience

Apparently, Jeffrey Lord wasn’t available:

MSNBC is in talks with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about creating a show for him on weekend evenings, four well-placed sources at the network tell Daily Intelligencer. Initially MSNBC was keen on having Hewitt host a program on weekend mornings, but that idea is off the table because Hewitt wants to be on in the evening, according to two sources. At one point, network management also floated moving Joy-Ann Reid’s popular weekend program AM Joy to the afternoon to serve as a lead-in for Hewitt and help jumpstart his ratings, but that plan has seemingly been dropped.

I particularly like the detail that MSNBC executives thought that what Morning Joy’s audience was really looking for was to watch a fourth-rate hack conservative talk show host. (Not all heroes wear capes!)

Can you imagine conservative media sources reacting to an election loss by deciding they needed to hire some rotely partisan liberals? Me neither.


Nick Wood - Azanian Bridges

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:43 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Nick Wood - Azanian Bridges
(BSFA shortlist)

Tricia Sullivan - Occupy Me

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:42 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Tricia Sullivan - Occupy Me
(BSFA shortlist)

Nisi Shawl - Everfair

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:40 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Nisi Shawl - Everfair
(Nebula shortlist)

Content Warning for slavery and (off-screen) mutilation in the Belgian Congo.

Ada Palmer - Too Like the Lightning

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:39 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Ada Palmer - Too Like the Lightning
(Hugo shortlist)

Cixin Liu - Death’s End

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:37 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Cixin Liu - Death’s End
(Hugo shortlist)

Yoon Ha Lee - Ninefox Gambit

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:37 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Yoon Ha Lee - Ninefox Gambit
(Hugo shortlist, Nebula shortlist)

N K Jemisin - The Obelisk Gate

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:36 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
N K Jemisin - The Obelisk Gate
(Hugo shortlist, Nebula shortlist)

Dave Hutchinson - Europe in Winter

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:35 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Dave Hutchinson - Europe in Winter
(BSFA winner!)
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Becky Chambers - A Closed and Common Orbit
(Hugo shortlist, BSFA shortlist)

Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:31 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden
(BSFA shortlist)

Mishell Baker - Borderline

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:31 pm
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Mishell Baker - Borderline
(Nebula shortlist)
[personal profile] morgaina
Working primarily on pottery for the Moscow (Modern) Renaissance Fair. Especially I am working on hoping for no rain.

The PWA isn't associated with the Ren Fair at all, meaning they scheduled a gallery opening the same time. I will have to give the opening a miss, which makes me sad as they are always fun, even though it is mostly our own members who show up for them. The theme for the show is "A Stitch In Time", and I have (what I consider) a funny, non-functional, pottery entry. I will miss hearing my friend's comments on it. I was also going to have an appliqued bog coat and bag, but in spite of the huge amount of time I have spent on it, it is still far from being done.

I always enjoy the Fair, it's a good place to connect with people I haven't talked to for a long time. And is uplifting.

I am going on the Climate March tomorrow too, or at least starting out, I am a little gimpy and may not be able to travel far. But starting out, or ending up, is what counts.
[personal profile] ceb posting in [community profile] bookatorium
Charlie Jane Anders - All the Birds in the Sky
(Hugo shortlist, Nebula shortlist)


Apr. 28th, 2017 09:39 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please join me in welcoming our latest Star Kit, Daisy. She is 2 weeks old from Crowley, Louisiana.

I became a foster mommy to 4 baby kittens when someone had taken the mother. I could not just let them die because someone didn’t care that the mother had babies!!!

[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: on April 28, 2017 at 03:00PM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, instacart, disability, DWCrosspost

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

sorry no it's not going to be updated

Apr. 29th, 2017 07:55 am
[personal profile] tielan
I always feel a little bad when a note from tells me that someone has subscribed/followed one of my stories. Particularly the ones from old fandoms - Merlin, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG1, and so forth.

I'm glad that you liked the story enough to want to see more, but...yeah, nope. Sorry. You'll be waiting a LONG time for that...

Check-In -- Day 28

Apr. 28th, 2017 05:50 pm
[personal profile] samuraiter posting in [community profile] writethisfanfic
Friday? Friday. Got to power through it. What are you doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

No question today. Just hang on to your keyboard and make it through Friday!

Cold River by Gwen Benaway

Apr. 28th, 2017 03:37 pm
[personal profile] yuuago posting in [community profile] poetry
sing that cold water
I know so well,
be that dark current
I carry in my veins.

let it take me under
to the shallows in winter,
see the ice stretch above
an opaque and cracked sky.

listen for sturgeons
and feel the eels,
dream in hibernation
on the lakebed.

sing the winter water
I've been promised,
be that killing cold
I was born in.

wait for my mother,
count the dead here,
my gookum, my uncle,
everyone I knew.

forget the sun
I lied to,
give up the warmth
I wasted away,

sing that ice road,
pray for frostbite,
beg for winter's mercy,
be numbed by snow.

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 28

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:13 pm
[personal profile] trobadora
Ugh, after a change in meds my blood pressure is going crazy. And I'm still in that phase where you can't tell if it's just a period of adjustment or if it isn't working, so I'll have to wait a few more days. Not fun.

Today's writing:
  1. Decided on a title for a fic that is a sequel to a sequel of a fic I haven't written. (I was reading something else that gave me an idea which was just too good to pass up. I have to write these things down as they come, or I'll never remember!)

  2. Added some notes and dialogue to one of my many WIPs.

  3. Made an attempt at proper writing, since I wasn't quite as tired tonight. Couldn't really get into anything, but I reread some things, and I did add a sentence here and there.


Days 1 - 25 )

Day 26 (LJ | DW): [ profile] auroracloud, [ profile] doctor_jehane, [ profile] navaan, [personal profile] ofmonstrouswords, [ profile] sylvanwitch, [ profile] trobadora, [ profile] ysilme (7 out of 14)
Day 27 (LJ | DW): [ profile] auroracloud, [ profile] doctor_jehane, [personal profile] shopfront, [ profile] sylvanwitch, [ profile] trobadora, [ profile] ysilme (6 out of 15 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)
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Posted by Stubby the Rocket

Starry Night Calvin & Hobbes mashup Aja Trier

Artist Aja Trier‘s “van Gogh Never Saw” series of paintings came about because of an amusing misunderstanding: An education blog posted her painting of the Eiffel Tower inserted into Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting The Starry Night, incorrectly attributing it to the painter even though the Eiffel Tower was erected just a year before his death in 1890. Asking herself, “What else did van Gogh not see?”, Trier came up with these charming pop culture mashups, where everyone from Calvin and Hobbes to the TARDIS (and isn’t that a fitting touch, considering a certain Doctor Who episode) can enjoy this iconic nighttime scene.

Her take on the trippiest Mario world yet replaces the star swirls with blue shells:

Starry Night Mario Aja Trier

Art by Aja Trier

And then there’s this print, titled van Gogh Never Saw Gallifrey, and we’re not crying, you’re crying, shut up:

Starry Night TARDIS Doctor Who Aja Trier

Art by Aja Trier

Check out over a dozen mashups on Trier’s Instagram, or you can purchase prints in her Etsy shop.

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Art: His Dark Materials (weaselett)

Apr. 28th, 2017 07:25 pm
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Posted by weaselett

Title: Mild as a Rabbit, Wild as a Hare
Artist: Weaselett
Author: Harvey King
Fandom: His Dark Materials
Characters/Pairings: Iorek Byrinson, Lee Scoresby & Hester
Rating/Category: PG13 (For R/Slash Fic)
Warnings (ie, major character death, non-con/rape, extreme violence)
Summary: Graphics for Harvey King's 'Mild as a Rabbit, Wild as a Hare' – Covers and scene illustrations

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Fic: His Dark Materials (Harvey King)

Apr. 28th, 2017 07:16 pm
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Posted by harvey_k

Title: Mild as a Rabbit, Wild as a Hare
Author: harvey_k
Artist: weaselett
Fandom: His Dark Materials
Characters/Pairings: Iorek Byrinson/Lee Scoresby, mention of Lee Scoresby/OFC
Rating/Category: R/Slash
Genre: Romance
Word Count: 10,500
Warnings Interspecies relationship, mentions of past family violence, scenes of hunting and fishing
Summary: Lee Scoresby finds his share of marvels in the north, from the midnight sun and the polar dark to the very first sweetheart who's ever left him and Hester equally smitten.

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Posted by Sweepstakes

Down Among the Sticks and Bones Seanan McGuire

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Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

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