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Aug. 17th, 2017 07:23 pm
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The news is apocalyptically awful, of course. But I'm a Southerner, and I never expected that I would live to see those statues come down. It was something I didn't even dare to hope for.

I don't want to lose sight of how amazing that is.

Headway by Seefin [M]

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:07 am
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Title: Headway
Pairing/Character Focus: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Seefin
What makes this a gem: This fic is... something. It's from Ron's point of view and how he sees Harry and Draco's developing relationship. I don't know how else to describe it other than having a quiet sadness - it's not angst completely, but Ron, Hermione and Harry hd a more than friends relationship, and it has now... ended for lack of a better term, and it's Ron describing having to let Harry go is heart-wrenching in it's own way. This fic does have its funny moments, and the way the author writes all of their interactions make them see natural and organic - they could be your friends which you see down the pub every other week. I love this fic, and I would love for you to read this and also love this fic!

Schadenfreude on weck

NSFW Aug. 17th, 2017 05:19 pm
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ot: Ursula Vernon in Iceland

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:31 am
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Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:

https://storify.com/RebelsHeart/ursula-vernon-and-friends-vs-iceland

There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.
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Fandom: Georgette Heyer (Friday's Child)
Title: Fated, or, Two Weddings and a House Warming
Pairing/Character Focus: Anthony "Sherry" Sheringham/Hero Wantage, Gil Ringwood/Ferdy Fakenham
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Temaris
What makes this a gem: If you read Friday's Child and thought, wow, it's so progressive of Heyer to have these two layabout aristocratic boyfriends who are friends with our dumb as rocks heterosexual protagonists but I wish we got more scenes of them just hanging around the house being boyfriends, this is the fic for you! It's absolutely spot-on in tone and gives a lovely glimpse into the lives of Ferdy and Gil when they're not with Hero and Sherry. Plus, the sweetest HEA for our two deserving swains!

What I'm reading Wednesday, 8/16/17

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:38 pm
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Books: Currently in the middle of Abroad by Liz Jacobs, Who Is One Of Us, and about to start reading... one of the two books I still have checked out from the library about the Chicago River and what its deal is.

Books finished: I just finished rereading Persuasion and IT CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST OF THE TWO JANE AUSTEN NOVELS I HAVE EVER ACTUALLY READ.

To the surprise of no one, I did in fact mentally work out the AU where Bitty is Anne, and then [personal profile] staranise lured me into joining her contemplation of the AU where JACK is Anne and in conclusion I am definitely not writing any Persuasion AUs ever.

...Because I am totally onto "what if Jack hadn't gotten an NCAA waiver to play at Samwell after playing in the QMJHL" AUs now.

Ahem. Where was I. READING THINGS, RIGHT.

Fic: Still 15 WIPs bookmarked! [archiveofourown.org profile] maculategiraffe's Fallout 4 series updated today and IT IS GREAT AND MIGHT EAT YOUR LIFE!! I've managed to get my Marked for Later list on AO3 down to... 99! Although my "To reread" bookmark tag is up to 39.

Fic finished:

(A sampling of stuff I’ve bookmarked recently--you can see all my bookmarks at http://archiveofourown.org/users/dsudis/bookmarks)

the black lake by alcibiades (Bucky/Steve, T, 9k) Ohhh boy I hadn't had my heart shredded by a recovering!Bucky story in a while, so this was. OH BUCKY HONEY. PLEASE KEEP GETTING BETTER.

In So Many Words by alocalband (Nursey/Dex, M, 17k) In which Nurse writes stories that... all... seem... to be... the same... story. And they're all about him and Dex even when they're NOT ABOUT HIM AND DEX. <3

Short Circuit by Chiyume (Bucky/Steve, E, 20k) Bucky's arm gets damaged and starts giving him an... unusual... variety of sensory feedback every time it's touched. Which would be a lot easier for him to explain to Steve if he and Steve weren't both firmly convinced that the other isn't interested in him like that. (I would love about a million more stories about Bucky's arm getting cross-wired like this, but this one was definitely A GREAT START. :D)

You Make Me Look Legitimate. by Lanna Michaels (Bitty/Jack, G, 3k) LANNA WROTE FIC FOR MEEEEE ABOUT BITTY GOING TO THE 2018 OLYMPICS AND IT IS ADORABLE AND GREAT!!! <3 <3 <3

Marvel/DC ship

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:35 pm
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So I had this weird, random dream the other night. A college AU, featuring Deadpool and...Harley Quinn.

Deadpool and Harley Quinn, you guys! ♥

The more I think about it, the more I feel like they would be PERFECT together. Screw Joker, man. Deadpool's brand of insanity is a way better (healthier?) fit for Harley.

And now I want, like, all the shippy fic and fanart. I wonder what their portmanteau would be? Dead...ley? Hee.

But seriously, can we make this a thing? For real? I NEED IT TO HAPPEN.

Make That Change

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:45 pm
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In these dark times, what can we do that will have the most positive impact?

Someone on my flist posted about feeling like they're not doing enough. But they were speaking with family and friends and trying to understand their views.

I actually think this is the MOST IMPORTANT THING that we can do.

It's sometimes the hardest thing to do, but I strongly believe it's the one thing that will have the most impact in the long run.

I have found that being courageous and speaking up when you are around relatives and loved ones who make racist, sexist, fear-driven comments - creating a dialogue about the issue, reasoning with them, challenging them, correcting inaccurate beliefs, etc. - that's the key.

Do not sit silently by and let their way of thinking go unchecked.

Sure, it's the easier thing to excuse it, or to not want to make a scene at a family gathering. It's safer and more comfortable to reblog your opinions in a virtual environment of strangers, but it will never make as much impact as confronting your own near and dear ones, and trying to effect change from the home, you know?

I now call out my father's sexist thinking, my mother's racial prejudices, my friends' sometimes off-colour, gossipy comments. If you don't do it, who will? You will be amazed how your intolerance of this sort of thing can make them think twice about what comes out of their mouths. Maybe even question their own bigotry and open their eyes to another way of thinking.

Cold turkey on the uppers

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my better self by spookyfoot [g]

Aug. 15th, 2017 12:53 pm
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Fandom: Yuri!!! On Ice
Title: my better self
Pairing/Character Focus: Yuuri Katsuki-centric
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] spookyfoot
What makes this a gem: It's so rare to find genfic in this fandom, and this fic stands out to me as a personal favourite. It focuses on Yuuri's relationship with three women in his life: Minako, Mari, and Mila, in three chronological and intertwined vignettes, an artful example of a short story. The writing is really wonderful and subtly different in each vignette, bringing out different aspects of the three relationships. And it's an excellent character study of Yuuri too. His growth and all the facets of his personality take centre stage, but we're never made to feel like the women are just tools for his character development, as is sadly the case in a lot of (fannish or otherwise) media. Here, everyone is given their own rich lives, and more minor characters come to the fore. In every possible way, I think this fic is just fantastic.
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  1. Through Time and Space

    I just saw my mom off at the airport. Right now she's on her way to London - 11 hour flight. But she's so happy and excited to visit her brother. She loves travelling abroad, and she also loves all that girly stuff (that I'm not too into). I indulged in her trying on every single item from her closet, and spent time helping her choose and put together outfits for her trip. I could see the years dropping from her face as she started packing her suitcase, getting her hair done, nails etc. It feels so good to see her looking ten years younger and youthfully enthusiastic, throwing off the ever-present stress of daily living. Makes it worth every penny. <3

  2. Fanart Rec

    For my Captain America/Wonder Woman fanart rec at [community profile] fanart_recs, I ended up going with the Captain America and Wonder Woman against nazi army by [deviantart.com profile] hamletroman out of all the choices. Thought it was wonderfully (and sadly) apt, especially with the goings on of this week.

  3. Drawing: Quantity vs. Quality

    Weekly Challenges at [community profile] drawesome are coming along nicely. I'm trying to develop a routine of taking an hour or so for drawing over the weekend, the same way I might use an hour for relaxing watching tv. The trick though is to exercise my creativity, but not stress too much over the results. Not as easy as it sounds. Being a perfectionist, I'm having to undo YEARS of firm believe in outputting something at 100% effort or not at all. I've come to realise though, that with art, quantity might actually be the key to eventual quality. And sometimes that quality isn't even the point of art. :b

    Case in point, for last week's challenge, I did a simple torso study (Teen Wolf, Derek Hale, G) and enjoyed it immensely, even while knowing there were a lot of things I would go over and correct or change given the chance. But it was incredibly satisfying, just spending time messing around with charcoal, which I haven't done in ages, and actually getting something out on paper.

    Looking back at 2016, I *CANNOT* fathom how I went almost a whole entire year without producing any fanart/art. I remember at the time it seemed like such an insurmountable task to get going. I have no idea why I was waiting for some sort of perfect moment or for Inspiration To Strike. Setting goals and "homework" is in no way romantic, but surprisingly it's been working wonders for my artistic creativity. :)

    This week's challenge is a Word Prompt: HEAT. I'm thinking fire, flames, anger, passion maybe? We'll see how that one goes...

Hold the Phone by NurseDarry [M]

Aug. 14th, 2017 11:23 am
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this is a late entry, sorry!

Fandom: Harry Potter
Title: Hold the Phone
Pairing/Character Focus: Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] nursedarry
What makes this a gem: So much about this fic is clever and hilarious; I think it's a testament to the reader that we ("Muggles") know how phones work, and seeing Albus and Scorpius communicate to each other on such a non-magical device that we're so familiar with makes this hijinks-worthy. Not to mention all the bleeding UST that comes with each of their messages! It's also one of the rare AS/S fics that doesn't address Draco and Harry's previous rival/nemesis relationship in school, and just lets their sons - these boys, be boys.

"Earthsiege" by Rain Fletcher, PG

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:31 am
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Fandom: Power Rangers (MMPR to Zeo, 1993-96)
Title: Earthsiege by Rain Fletcher (alternative link to fic, without illustrations)
Pairing/Character Focus: Billy Cranston (called "Mitchell" in that story; the canon last name was unknown at the time of writing)/Katherine Hillard (background Kimberly Hart/Tommy Oliver, others)
Author: Rain Fletcher (also on LJ as [profile] rainfletcher, but the account has been inactive since 2014)
What makes this a gem: "Earthsiege", written in 1998 or thereabouts, is widely considered one of THE classic stories in the fandom, created in the wake of general outrage when Billy got kicked off of the Ranger team with the introduction of the Zeo crystals and relegated to a supporting role -- quite literally. It's a great character study, dealing mainly with his frustration of not being able to fight the good fight anymore.

It's also a crossover with Voltron, more specifically the 3rd series, LionForce.

King Mondo's Machine Empire has joined forces with Voltron's archenemy, the witch Haggar, and is attacking Earth more ferociously than ever -- and it's bad news for the Rangers. With one Ranger as well as Zordon and Alpha temporarily out of commission, it is up to Billy to run things from the Command Center. Then a gigantic blue fighting machine crashes near their base -- one of Voltron's Lions. Billy manages to repair the Blue Lion and with her help goes off-planet to retrieve the rest of Voltron's parts.

With the Zeo team on the brink of physical and mental collapse, he decides to call back all the former Rangers -- Jason, Trini, Zack and Aisha -- to take over Earth's defenses until the threat is finally eliminated.

There are lots of space battles in this fic; all the lovely character developments are nicely offset with how a group of teenagers steps up to the plate and literally saves the planet, albeit with help from alien mecha. It's rather obvious in this fic that both "Voltron" and "Power Rangers" were created as entertaining vehicles to sell interconnective toys, but it's also the connective factor which makes this crossover work. There's some humor, some romance (Billy and Kat, the beginning of which is told in the prequel, "Snowbound" (same link as above on the Wayback Machine, and just click the "Home" button at the second and scroll down to the author's name) as well as a rather realistic depiction of how a protracted fight against alien forces might actually go down.

Every character gets their moment to shine, but for once it's not the obvious heros who stand in the spotlight. If you like Power Rangers for the fights and action coupled with character focus and good writing, "Earthsiege" is the fic for you -- and I think it's easy to see why it's become a classic. It's also a nice touch that the author has made the effort to include pictures from both shows (not at Paladar's, 2nd link); you may have to refresh the page at the Wayback Machine if you get broken links at first). :-)

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Aug. 14th, 2017 08:12 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Mike "Mictlan" Marquez, one of the MCs in the rap co-op Doomtree (featured several times on Welcome to Night Vale's weather reports). He was recently diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes and like many artists is uninsured; he's expecting significant expenses for treatment he's already had (an ER visit and Diabetic Ketoacidosis) as well as ongoing treatment. You can read more and support his medical fundraiser here.

[profile] demond119 is raising funds with husband Jeremy to help with after-care costs of his heart transplant; he's currently on the waiting list at the Mayo Clinic, and once he has the transplant, he will need an extended stay at a transplant house (Gift of Life) for several months. You can read more and reblog here and support the fundraiser here.

[profile] emeraldonyxdragon is raising funds to support herself while studying in London this fall. She was accepted to a graduate program there but her savings have gone to help her parents with debts; in joining the program she would also be able to escape an abusive household. To help raise awareness, she is holding a contest -- reblogs and likes on her fundraising post could win you a fanfic of your choice. You can support the fundraiser directly here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

Activism

We're all aware of what happened in Charlottesville this weekend; there are some concrete ways to take action here and orgs to support here and just in case you need a little encouragement here is Asiatic Clam Man to remind you that you can do it.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. You can read more and purchase them here.

News To Know:

Leverage Big/Mini Bang signups are open! I ran RFM items letting people know about the Bang for a few weeks, and now you can register to participate. You can read more and sign up here (sign up links are at the bottom of the post -- at least on my screen they don't actually look like links but they are, I promise!)

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

over and over again by boo98 [m]

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:39 pm
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Fandom: Seventeen
Title: over and over again
Pairing/Character Focus: Kwon Soonyoung | Hoshi/Lee Seokmin | DK
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] butter
What makes this a gem: This is a great slow burn that manages to keep tension through the whole fic and takes an interesting twist on a soulmate au. I'm a sucker for childhood friends, and this fic manages to chart a whole lot of time in their relationship (11 years!!) without feeling like it's dragging on unnecessarily.

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