This was so good! A great end to this trilogy.

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This book was really, really good. I’m giving it five hearts.


(This book counts towards the ‘One Word Title’ square on my 2019 Book Bingo Redux card.)
18 April 2019 @ 12:07 pm
So, I am still trying to come up with an appropriate symbol/plant etc. for Yunlan for my four seasons series. During my consideration I came up with this question: Are Chinese zodiacs ever mentioned in the series for any character? For Shen Wei we don't even have a birth date, plus he's alien anyway so it probably wouldn't apply. But Haixing people are modeled so closely on Earth people that it seems strange to me if no mention was made at all.

Can anyone remember if Chinese zodiacs are mentioned, or alluded to for any character?

If not, which Zodiac do you think could be/ would be appropriate for Yunlan? (we could just do the math and take 2018 as the air date, detract Yunlan's canon age and choose the zodiac which results...btw, how old is Yunlan? I checked the wiki on Hubzilla but while there is an excellent entry for Shen Wei already, Yunlan's only has a picture.)
18 April 2019 @ 02:50 am
I'm done with my revisions on the book I have out for approval, but I'll be checking it tomorrow before I send it in. Doing this, and doing my normal workload for the project I'm currently writing has been exhausting, but I'm done and checking it over won't take long, and my part of the Dragons book remains well on schedule, if not a bit ahead.

However, what I'm mostly thinking about is my cat Josie (pictured here). She's not the brightest creature - our kitchen (where all three cats get fed) has 2 doors. The other cats know that if they see one door closed to go to the other one. Josie just sits in front of the closed door - although perhaps this is due to her bossy personality rather than limited intelligence, since I then either pick her up and carry her (a process she enjoys) to the open door, or open the closed door.

However, one of her oddest behaviors is something I've never seen another cat do. When we feed them, they all typically run in, and both Flash and Button start eating. More than half the time, including tonight, Josie stops and stares at the eating cats, then she stares at her food, approaches it, again looks at the other cats eating, and then starts eating. Tonight, she was sleeping and came in late, and the other cats were done eating, and she still stared at the other food bowls and at where the other cats would be.

We regularly joke that Josie is either an alien who needs to be reminded how to pass as a cat, or that she is somehow baffled by the sight of food, despite her being the biggest eater (and largest cat) of our three. We also regularly narrate this process "What are they doing? What's that in the bowls? Are they eating? Oh, hey cat food."
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Gravity - Vienna Teng
18 April 2019 @ 11:07 am
I Ship My Adversary X Me chapters 14-16

So cute and fluffy and feelgood. I love it. :)

Minor spoilers behind the cut

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HIStory 3 Trapped episode 1

That was 26 minutes of excellent, tropey fun. Also cute, seriously, so cute.

Spoilers for episode 1 below

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The 1st episode with English subtitles is here on facebook

Master post with links is here on FlorBexter tumblr

Posted by Andrew Bleiman


After what felt like an eternity for the Denver Zoo, their long-awaited Linne’s Two-toed Sloth baby finally arrived on April 11.

The new baby, whose name and sex are yet to be determined, has been deemed “very healthy” by the Zoo’s veterinary team. The infant was born to 23-year-old mom, Charlotte Greenie, and her 28-year-old mate, Elliot. The little one is said to be bonding and resting with Charlotte in their Bird World habitat, while dad and older sister, Baby Ruth (who was born in January 2018), are temporarily off-exhibit to give mom and baby time and space to bond.



BabySloth4Photo Credits: Denver Zoo

When Denver Zoo announced Charlotte’s pregnancy in December, they estimated that the baby would be born as early as January. However, Sloth due dates are notoriously challenging to predict because they are primarily active at night and breeding is rarely observed. The Zoo’s animal care team closely monitored Charlotte for months to ensure that she and the baby were healthy and gaining the appropriate amount of weight. According to keepers, the baby clung to Charlotte immediately after birth and will remain attached to her almost exclusively for at least six months.

Linne’s Two-toed Sloths (Choloepus didactylus)---also known as the Linnaeus’s Two-toed Sloth or Southern Two-toed Sloth---are found in the rainforests of South America, primarily in Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. They are a nocturnal species that spend 15 to 20 hours per day sleeping, and become active about an hour after sunset until about two hours before sunrise. Linne’s are among two types of sloth: two-toed and three-toed—and six different species, including the Pygmy Three-toed, Maned, Pale-throated, Brown-throated, and Hoffman’s. Although the Linnaeus’s Two-toed is not currently considered threatened, two other species, the Pygmy Three-toed and Maned, are “critically endangered” and “vulnerable”, respectively.

Denver Zoo keepers say the best time to visit the new baby and mother is late in the afternoon when mom, Charlotte, is more likely to be moving around. Keepers ask that visitors keep their voices low while the baby adjusts to life in its new world.

Be sure to follow the Denver Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular baby sloth updates!

17 April 2019 @ 08:24 pm

WELP between this and the Endgame leak fandom social media will certainly not explode!

also, I really don't think anyone who has mental health issues and is having a bad time right now should watch this episode, or at least not without reading a summary

ETA Arjun Gupta is fucking amazing

and all of his replies in this thread What a love.
Current Mood: shocked
18 April 2019 @ 02:24 pm
[personal profile] melannen:
How many miles to AO3?
Threescore miles and ten.
Can you get there by ticky-box?
Yes, and back again.
If you tag your tags and you sort your docs,
You can get there by ticky-box.

Context "would DEFINITeLY travel by ticky-box if given the option."
18 April 2019 @ 11:24 am
The down side of a lot of American recipes is that they have 'shortcuts' that aren't available in other countries.

Graham cracker crumbs? Nope.

Sugar cookie mix? Nope.

Cherry pie filling? Nope.

And then once you add up all these NOPE items, the calculation begins: can you substitute with something else?

TBH Graham cracker crumbs is the easiest thing for me to substitute. The Arnott's NICE (pronounced like the Italian city) biscuits are our preferred cheesecake crumb crust. But Sugar cookie mix? Those may be available, but not easily and I wouldn't know where to start. Same with cherry pie filling - would blended, pitted cherries do? How liquid would it need to be?

Pumpkin pie filling? Don't make me laugh. You're not even talking about blended up pumpkin flesh, you're talking about pumpkin-flavoured custard which is an entirely different kettle of fish!

A stick of butter? Welp, that's unhelpful in other countries. As it turns out a 'stick of butter' is about 100g. Probably closer to 110g.

17 April 2019 @ 09:58 pm

[personal profile] veleda_k is wondering whether they might find it helpful to use a cane.

I know there are one or two (possibly more) cane-users on here. [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll, maybe?

Current Mood: hopeful
17 April 2019 @ 09:38 pm

Good Lord, it's been a while since I got around to this.

After I finished the Clocktaur War duology, I felt a need to read something I already knew, so I added Diana Wynne Jones' Magids books to my Kindle and steamed through them. I love them, even when they get info-dumpy. I don't think I'd ever realized how out-of-synch Nick and Roddy are with each other, emotionally, in The Merlin Conspiracy. In fact, SPOILER I don't believe she has any idea how much he's crushing on her, and that's probably just as well. More realistic that way, too.

Now I'm doing some re-reading for a writing exchange. Contrary to my usual practice, I actually have the story outlined: I outlined it on JoCo, during a writing-time meetup.

Then I should do some more Hugo reading. I don't like reading comics electronically (unless web comics), so I bought On a Sunbeam and Abbott, and I should re-read vol. 3 of Monstress which I zipped through much too fast when I got it for Hanukkah.

After that, I guess I'll start looking for Hugo nominee short stories online, but I don't want to mess with the YA nominees untll I learn whether there's going to be a Voter's Reading Packet this year. It's a really sweet deal when they have one, especially now that I've learned how to get the files onto my Kindle.

Current Mood: drained
Because today's meeting made it pretty clear that I might not have a job come fall. We need to convince them why not only Biology is worth saving but so is CHemistry because one can't survive without the other. And the data the board is making a decision on is faulty (two years they said we had NO graduates which isn't even true so where are they getting this I have no idea.

So cross your fingers they tell us one way or the other soon so I can decide if I'm buying tickets or not, because if it's not going to be a job then I have to save every damn dime. I hate this. The stress is killing us. As my writing friends have noticed, seeing how bad I've looked all month.

But if you want to help me out a little, I have a few ARCs for my next release, a SF novella that you can read more about here. If you'd like one I can make that happen with the caveat that you review it on Amazon for me. Thanks

And thanks for nothing The Magicians. It was a bad enough day without this finale. (granted with magic it can change next year but still)
Current Music: The Magicians
Current Mood: depressed
17 April 2019 @ 09:31 pm
Pointless fluff, for the prompt: dinner. One more prompt to go and I will have a line. :)

Title/Link: Fifty
Fandom: Quantum Leap
Prompt: Dinner
Characters: Donna Elesee, Al Calavicci, Katie Beckett, Sam Beckett, Beth Calavicci, Tom Beckett
Summary: Donna plans a surprise for Sam for his fiftieth birthday.
17 April 2019 @ 07:53 pm
In the wake of the Notre Dame burning, I've been seeing a lot of people saying things online that approximately boil down to: you shouldn't be sad about a historic building burning, instead you should be sad about this other specific issue which is obviously more important and isn't getting enough airtime.

And I have two different responses to this:

1. Shaming people for feeling sad about a recent tragedy is not an effective method for convincing them to listen to you about other things, no matter how important those other things are. Shame is not effective as a motivator to useful action - perhaps instead try building positively on the empathy that such people are demonstrating, to encourage them to think about other issues as well.

2. Excuse you, I already feel very sad about all those things too, feeling sad about one thing does not mean I have reached my Sadness Limit and need to stop, just today I cried while buying groceries because I passed a tiny protest for a local issue I care about, I promise you that I get overwhelmed by this world's many tragedies on a regular basis.
17 April 2019 @ 04:32 pm

This interview is fascinating to me because I know basically nothing about cinematography, except insofar as it’s related to photography. So I love it when somebody gets down into the nitty-gritty details about how decisions regarding lenses and focus contribute to inequality, e.g. the fact that women on average speak about 25% of the time in a film + cinematographic technique that puts only the speaker in a shot in focus = not only are the women on screen silent more often than not, but they’re probably blurry as well. Backlighting, specific camera angles — she compares it all to the practice of airbrushing magazine covers, only there isn’t the same degree of public awareness that this stuff is being used to erase women’s flaws and present a constantly-idealized image. Plus lots of interesting discussion on how the relationship between a director and a director of photography differs between movies and TV, male directors and the YA film genre, etc.

On the deep and poisonous stream of anti-Semitism that runs through far too much of white evangelical Christianity. Key quote:

And it doesn’t really matter which “theory” a conspiracist starts with — Moon-landing hoaxers, anti-vaxxers, flat-earthers, young-earthers, chemtrails, fluoridation, Planned Parenthood, Antichrist OWG, blue helmets, black helicopters, whatever — the belief that the Key to Everything is “the startling news that the media isn’t reporting!” always leads, ultimately, to anti-Semitism.

This got me reflecting on my own childhood. My elementary school had a large Jewish contingent; I’m not sure how many, but my mother estimates somewhere between a quarter and a third of my class. It got watered down as we fed into junior high and high school, joining other elementary school catchment areas, but overall, they were almost certainly the largest minority in my area. Large enough that Jewish kids didn’t stand out as unusual to me — at least, not until those two years where they were all going through their Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and I learned that being Jewish meant you got a special birthday party. (I probably went to more parties in junior high than any other period of my life.)

But at the same time, we were also in the neighborhood of this church. (In opening that page, I note that a section which used to detail a sexual abuse scandal within the church’s leadership has been removed. A scandal which, for all I know, could have involved kids in my class or my brother’s — the timing was right.) I don’t know how much of that anti-Semitic ideology is present there, or was thirty years ago. But it makes me wonder how much, despite the large presence and general acceptance of Jewish families in our neighborhood, there were still incidents that happened out of my sight or flew over my head. I know the guy I went to prom with gave me the first Left Behind novel to read; I didn’t get more than about ten pages into it because the writing was so execrable, but later I learned that boy howdy are those books anti-Semitic. And there were enough Baptist and evangelical Christians around that I have to imagine some of that was an issue in my community.

Short of randomly calling up my Jewish friends from sixth grade and asking them whether they got shit from our fellow students, I’ll never know. But it’s a sobering thing to consider.

17 April 2019 @ 07:15 pm

⌈ Secret Post #4485 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 15 secrets from Secret Submission Post #642.
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17 April 2019 @ 07:03 pm
Reviews of Episodes 26-30.

Please, no spoilers past episode 32 which is as far as I've watched. Thank you so much to everyone who responded to my questions about episode 32. We are watching episode 33 tonight, and if I still have questions, I will be back! <3

Posted by David Malki

I’ve enjoyed following historian Bob Nicholson on Twitter, @DigiVictorian.

He often posts examples of interesting things he finds in old newspapers, which as longtime readers know is also an interest of mine.

These two particular examples are even on similar themes to my own areas of fascination, that is, modernity and beards:

A full, bushy thread on beards begins here.

A bit ago, he went viral with his diatribe against inaccurate Victorian-era newspapers in film & television:

You can read the whole (constantly-being-added-to) thread beginning here.

He’s also working on a survey of Victorian jokes and humor in particular. In this article he describes the prevalence of Victorian puns and groaners:

It turns out the Victorians joked about much the same topics as we do: cutthroat lawyers, quack doctors, mothers-in-law, foreigners (particularly the French), celebrities, political news, romantic misadventures, family squabbles, fashion faux pas, cheeky children, and other amusing situations drawn from everyday life. For a historian like me, these gags offer valuable insights into the inner workings of Victorian society. Laughter, after all, is a powerful thing – as anybody who’s ever been the butt of a cruel joke can attest. […]

Entire books of puns were also published, including Puniana (1867) and More Puniana (1875), which contained hundreds of pages of exquisitely tortured wordplay. Consider this appropriately festive example:

If you were to kill a conversational goose, what vegetable would she allude to?
Ah-spare-a-goose! (asparagus)

Or this bizarre bit of wit:

When do we possess a vegetable time-piece?
When we get-a-potato-clock (get up at 8 o’clock).

Jokes and puns in particular he regulalry posts to the Twitter account @VictorianHumour.

And here are some other good threads to read!

It’s all good stuff, and he’s doing the Lord’s work out there.

23 April 2019 @ 04:28 pm

I wanted earlier to say that this cold is wiping me out, and I also wanted to say that it's kicking my butt, two phrases which are semantically similar. What came out is "This cold is wiping my butt", which isn't. ("This cold is kicking me out" would have been equally puzzling, but less funny.)


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17 April 2019 @ 05:06 pm
Title: Who we would be (you used to know)
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Characters: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan
Content Notes: Created for [community profile] drawesome Challenge #24: Poetry Illustration. This was directly inspired by [personal profile] china_shop's excellent Guardian fan-poetry things you used to know. This piece was painted with a combination of watercolours and acrylics.


(Click for entire image at my journal)
17 April 2019 @ 04:50 pm
Been working on this piece for almost a week now, and it's finally done! \o/

Title: Who we would be (you used to know)
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Guardian
Characters: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan
Content Notes: Created for [community profile] drawesome Challenge #24: Poetry Illustration. This was directly inspired by [personal profile] china_shop's excellent Guardian fan-poetry things you used to know. This piece was painted with a combination of watercolours and acrylics.

Sketching out these characters' facial feature right was a real challenge, especially the eyes and mouth, and then overlaying it with the watercolour after felt like walking a tightrope act. :b To get the galaxy effect, I found a whole bunch of useful tutorials on YouTube on how to go about painting one with watercolours. I tried my hand at it and am satisfied with the overall effect. :)


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17 April 2019 @ 07:00 pm
Title: Gallipoli
Author: Neyasochi
Canon: Overwatch
Pairing: Gabriel Reyes/Jack Morrison
Rating: Mature [R]
Word Count: 12,815
Summary: Reaper and Soldier: 76 share all the same old haunts. Crossing paths was an inevitability.

Recommendation: Oh man, these old soldiers bring all the feels and the angst, but the reunion is a sweet thing. All of this is so painful but so good, and dare I say a little hopeful at the end.

Recommendation #1,814
Current Mood: productive
Current Location: I'm killing it at work.
16 April 2019 @ 07:00 pm
Title: Adaptation
Author: CommonNonsense
Canon: Overwatch
Pairing: Jesse McCree/Hanzo Shimada
Rating: Mature [R]
Word Count: 13,315
Summary: McCree always did like a challenge, and Hanzo Shimada is a bundle of challenges wrapped up in a handsome package and tied with a gold ribbon.

Recommendation: Man, I just don't get tired of a slow building relationship between these two. It's a good thing that McCree is nowhere near as emotionally constipated as Hanzo.

Recommendation #1,813
 Please note that the stories in my Sweeney and Laura series are all intertwined, and thus designed to be read in order, although they can be read and enjoyed out of sequence. This one is set directly after my previous tale, "Interlude on a Country Road".
Title: "Dreaming of You" 
Author: earthspirits
Fandom: American Gods
Characters: Mad Sweeney, Laura McCabe Moon
Eras: 6th Century Ireland and 21st Century America
Word Count: (Complete) 1,766
Spoilers: Contains S2 spoilers.
Rating / Warnings: Mature - For 18+ only.  Sexual situations, strong language, references to past character deaths, violence, gore.
Please note that some of this may possibly be triggering.
Summary: Still reeling after their time in New Orleans, Laura Moon discovers that her relationship with Mad Sweeney is a hell of a lot more complicated than she thought. 

Posted at A03:

Current Music: Paddy Glackin & Mícheál Ó Domhnaill - "The Green Hills of Amerikay"
17 April 2019 @ 03:56 pm
A birthday )

A bun )

Pygmalion and Photograph 51 )

Physiotherapy )

Baseball )

Burlesque Dracula )

Upcoming tiny adventures: river clean-up and barbecue on the 27th, and Black Odyssey at Central Square Theater on the 28th—locals, let me know if you want to join either one.