The "I don't own a couch" issue became more of an issue and less of a running joke in the past few weeks, as we drew closer to my surgery date in November, since Mum will be here and while I have an air mattress for her to sleep on (seriously, it's the best air mattress ever), I don't have many places for either of us to sit during the day.
The Fauxfa, made of a futon nailed to a wall and a bedroll on top of it, wasn't going to cut it.
So mum went and tested out sofas at Ikea, and when it was a toss up between a cheap one I liked and an expensive one she liked, she said she'd make up the difference.
COUCH COMING TODAAAAAY.
In the meantime, have some threesome fic! No couches are involved, just a large bed.
Title: Devils and Heathens
Summary: Peggy Carter didn't go looking for trouble, or Bucky Barnes, or a threesome. Sometimes these things just find you.
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What am I working on?
A lot of things! Today I started writing my fic for intoabar, which is a fanfic fest in which you pick a character from one fandom and several other fandoms to choose from, and they pick a character from one of the other fandoms for you to write a crossover with. It's supposedly random, but this is my third time participating and the third time I've ended up with a Warehouse 13/NCIS crossover. Okay, yes, I picked Claudia this time in the hopes that it would happen again, but what are the chances?!
I'm also planning--mostly planned, I think--my novel for NaNoWriMo, which is a YA dystopia. There are psychic powers and evil oppressive governments. And there might be lesbian love. I haven't decided yet. (I probably won't until book 3, since this is planned as a trilogy.)
And, of course, I'm still regularly updating my fantasy online serial novel, Chatoyant College, which is about students at a college that teaches magic. Some of their fellow students, teachers, and nearby, menacing antagonists include faeries, mermaids, and werewolves.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Heck if I know. I just write what I like and want to see.
Why do I write what I do?
Uh, see above?
Though I have to admit I have no idea why I seem to write quite so many queer ladies. I mean, I love queer ladies, but I love straight ladies, too.
How does my writing process work?
Hmm. I guess I usually get an idea based on something random, and I might write it down right away, or I might let it percolate. Letting things percolate in my brain seems to be pretty important for me. For example, in the YA dystopia I'm working on, I wrote a lot of notes in the last few months, and when I went back to look at them I realized that I had completely failed to write down the part about the psychic powers. I'm pretty sure it was there all along; I know it's important. But I guess it had to percolate in order to be fleshed out properly.
I get a lot of ideas from dreams. The YA dystopia is one of them. I am trying to remember not to be so glued to the details from my dreams.
Actually, the YA dystopia came half out of a dream, half out of some principle I teased out of reading a few other YA books. I think. Or maybe it was one of the ones where I read a book and thought "it would be interesting if this trope went the other way" or "wow, it annoys me that it turned out that way, I would do this differently." (The latter is part of the idea for the A Star to Guide Her trilogy, but I won't tell you in what way because it's a spoiler.)
After that part, my process seems to change from story to story, but I do like to outline.
I will tag lynnoconnacht, with the caveat that she doesn't have to do it if it feels like an obligation, but only if it feels like fun.
First of all you're awesome! Seriously, thank you so much for offering one of my fandoms. I am so excited to see what you will write for me.
Secondly, don't feel constrained by anything I've written below; optional details are optional. I've picked these fandoms because I would be thrilled to see anything written in them. You can even go ahead and ignore my selected characters if you want. It'll be awesome either way.
So first, ( some general preferences )
And now, ( my specific requests: Penny Dreadful, Alphas, The Lynburn Legacy )
And by the way, if you've come from elsewhere and are wondering where to treat me (which would naturally be wonderful!), my AO3 name is Clare-Dragonfly.
In response to member concerns, Piglet Evans has stated that she will not volunteer for Safety positions at WisCon in the future, and will recuse herself from handling reports of harassment or related matters in any other ConCom position. We further guarantee that she will be held to this. We thank Piglet for her cooperation, and for her years of service in many capacities.Comments can be sent to SF3's Corresponding Secretary: email@example.com
This is a space where anyone can ask for help in crafting the title, description, and other details of a panel they want to submit. Let us know what you need, such as: making a kernel of an idea into a full-fleshed panel, help crafting an effective description, coming up with a punchy title, or finding fellow panelists so you can submit a pre-populated idea.
Anyone may take part. If you're good at descriptions, join in! If you're good with conceptualizing, join in!
It will make discussions easier if you put one panel idea per comment (make as many as you want) and then folks can reply below each in the thread.
There will be a new brainstorming panel each month until panel submissions close. Spread the word :)
thank you for writing a story for me! I have no doubts whatsoever that I will love the pants off of whatever you write :)
I'mma talk about canons first and then get to general reading preferences.
( Frankenstein )
( The Fall )
( Vorkosigan Saga )
( Smoke Signals )
( general info about what I like to read )
Ways To Give:
Anon linked to a fundraiser for Jennifer and her family, who are facing homelessness after their house was foreclosed on. They're raising $7K to find a new home and get moved in; you can read more and help them get shelter here.
secondsilk linked to Jez Pez, who is raising money for two transgender refugees in Victoria, Australia, with basic living expenses. You can read more about their plight and help them with basic necessities here.
rurounihime linked to a fundraiser for Tashina and her family, who are living out of their car after several financial misfortunes; they're at the point where they're considering putting their kids into the foster system just to get a roof over their heads. You can read more and help them get housing and help for their kids here.
brainwane linked to Strange Horizons, an online nonprofit magazine which publishes speculative fiction by diverse authors and on diverse themes. Because they are no-ad, they're funded by donations, and they're in their yearly funding drive, trying to raise between $13.5K and $15K. You can read more about the magazine and support their work here.
levynite's city, Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, has been badly affected by Typhoon Vong Fong, and the local SPCA has been flooded out. The animals have been rescued, but they need funds to shelter the animals and to rebuild. Their facebook page has donation details, but the money transfers always incur an extra fee, so Levy is doing an informal collection; if you're interested in donating, contact levynite at gmail.com and Levy will send you a paypal request (Paypal got...complicated).
Help For Free:
donotlookatthedogpark is asking for askbox distractions this winter, as they work on their sobriety and deal with the depression winter's dark and cold can often bring on. You can read more and find a link to their askbox here.
frenchroast has entered their cat Sherlock in the Publix Paws Photo contest that I mentioned last week, with the winner receiving free groceries from the store. Frenchroast is donating a portion of the prize, if they win, to a local rescue organization; you can vote for Sherlock here.
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 or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. 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!).
Thanks so much for signing up & offering one or more of my requested fandoms. I love Yuletide and I'll be thrilled with whatever you come up with. I know Yuletide can be stressful but don't feel any extra stress on my account. There's no real theme in my requests this year, so I'll just throw out some general ideas.
My requests are a mix of shippy and gen, and I tend not to draw clear lines between those categories. As far as I'm concerned, a gen character study can include exploration of a character's sexuality, while a fic that centers around a pairing doesn't have to focus on sex or relationship issues. I like friendships, multi-shipping, banter, scenes involving the characters that I've requested having a *significant moment* with other characters, whatever that consists of; negotiations of consent; characters who can talk their way into anything, characters who never know what to say or always say the wrong thing, characters who keep secrets and other characters who try to figure them out, characters who give away secrets by accident, characters who aren't as good at keeping secrets as they think they are; soldiers, spies, imposters; scenes of characters getting dressed or undressed, symbolically significant articles of clothing, symbolically significant changes of name, unexpected gestures of friendship or acceptance. I like stories where something happens -- whether it's an involved plot, or two characters falling in love, or a moment of insight -- any of those can be equally interesting to me.
( Notorious, The Magicians, Portlandia, The Craft Sequence, Terminator movies, The Fosters )
I hope this is helpful! Please take any of the above as suggestions, and always feel free to follow your muse and write the story that feels right to you. I promise to love it.
I am slightly hung over, banged up around the edges from a spill I took coming home, and POSTIN' FANFIC.
Title: The Son Of Man
Rating: PG (language, violence)
Summary: JARVIS did not want to be a real boy. He was quite happy being a building.
Notes: Beta thanks to Hailtherandom and Knottahooker on tumblr!
Warnings: This story contains extensive discussion-of/scenes-regarding body dysmorphia which may be triggering for some individuals.
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R: I'm going to a wedding next week.
Sam: Oh yeah? Where is it?
R: It's out in the woods.
Sam: The woods? That narrows it down.
R: You know, the woods!
Sam: Oh sure, the woods, you take The Road to get to The Woods.
R: It's way past West City. You know where Beaten Path is?
Sam: Don't you dare --
R: IT'S JUST OFF BEATEN PATH.
The good news is, we've had close to two dozen new people volunteer to join the concom, and they're rapidly filling the vacuum. Wiscon is changing into a more intersectional national/international con that is a lot more community-oriented. And hopefully, safer for everyone.
But there's a lot of institutional knowledge that's at risk for being lost, and several wheels that are going to need re-inventing. And all this during the summer and fall months when the concom is usually on "hiatus". We've still got a long way to go before we can have a Wiscon 39.
EDIT: It's come to my attention that the phrase "aftermath of the Frenkel decision" is being perceived as "people left the concom as a direct result of the permanent ban." Which isn't what happened: The vast majority of people left as a result of the arduous process of rewriting our harassment policy when we discovered it was severely flawed. This process took an extraordinary level of effort on the part of many members of the concom, well in excess of the normal amount of work involved in simply putting on the convention, and several people left as a result of the months-long discussions that happened well in advance of the ban.
I can't state for certain that nobody left as a direct result of the original decision for a conditional ban being overturned in favor of a permanent ban. But most of the people who resigned did so well in advance of the vote, or in the months afterwards. The most common reasons cited were that people found the months of heated and sometimes emotional arguments draining, and they badly needed a break. The people who left the concom included people who originally tried to defend Jim Frenkel and people who argued for the perma-ban.
1. how does swearing someone work in terms of the armsmans' score/Vorloupulous' law? When Miles swears Arde and Baz in - when Mark swears Elena - do those count as additions to the number of Vorkosigan Armsmen? Because neither boy acts as though a slot needs to be open before a swearing can happen, on penalty of high treason. Is there a textual explanation, or is it a crack in the narrative?
2. Why, when Bujold so obviously understands why aspects of Miles' courtship of Ekaterin are really borderline in terms of acceptable behavior, does she choose to have the story go down that way? There are all of these words about how Ekaterin needs some time, some confidence, some space - Bujold clearly does get it, at some level. Does she just not care? Why was it necessary for her to write the story about Miles pushing Ekaterin's consent and disrespecting her boundaries and still getting her to marry him in the end?
It would have been really cool if it had gone the other way, actually been a healthy and functional romance all the time, instead of just some of the time.
Continuing The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. This has definitely grown on me as I've gotten used to the voice. It's definitely got a frontier-picaresque feel to it, but with the inevitability of knowing how John Brown's story is eventually going to end up. I'm not quite sure what the book accomplishes by having a boy-dressed-as-a-girl as narrator, instead of an actual girl (??? and I use that terminology because Onion seems to constantly conceive himself as a 'he' so there's not really any gender identity play going on here except 'potentially comical situations' I guess, and if you're likely to be annoyed by 'boy pretending to be a girl as inherently comedic' then maybe skip this book; for me it hasn't crossed into 'transphobic,' it just seems to be viewed by the narrative more of a wacky/absurd detail than as an exploration of gender identity. I'd be interested in different interpretations if anybody's read it).
Started Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley, another of the Flavia de Luce books. This series got pretty same-y fast, but it's been a fun/predictable comfort read for the most part.
• What did you recently finish reading?
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley. With this book, I understand both the enthusiasm (Hurley is really good at promoting her work online, and is a well-regarded blogger about feminism & social issues in genre fiction) and the backlash (none of the former changes the fact that this is pretty much grimdark fantasy that weights heavily toward world-building rather than relatable characters, and throws A LOT of world-building at the reader and expects the reader to keep up.) I can understand people bouncing off this book strongly -- especially if they don't like grimdark or prefer strong entry-point characters to go with their worldbuilding. For me, the balance worked well; I personally got into the viewpoint characters, even the loathsome ones, though I was most engaged on more of an intellectual level, with how Hurley addresses a lot of the representation issues and other world-building issues in epic fantasy, particularly in the utter rejection of any kind of gender essentialism. This was a good book for me to read at this point in my relationship with the fantasy genre, anyway; it definitely won't be for everybody. That said, I did dock a star on my goodreads reviews because the climaxes didn't feel nearly climax-y enough for me. This is a pretty standard trilogy problem (I assume this is going to be a trilogy? not actually sure if the series has a set length but this is clearly a BOOK ONE) but it didn't seem to end on quite the right beats. I'm definitely interested in reading more, though, and seeing what subsequent books have in store.
I also read volumes 3 & 4 of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (the first Miles Morales series) and sigh, that was depressingly early for an interesting standalone series to get pulled into a dumb event where DC gets blown up and Captain America is president. Volume 4 sort of got back on track, and I think there's only one more before a reboot (which has already happened because comics publishing schedules are nonsense if you try to read in trade. Miles is still great, I hope they figure out what to do with him to keep him around.
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I've got Megan Abbott's The Fever looking at me, also a bunch of comics and Elizabeth Bear's Steles of the Sky, the last book in HER epic fantasy trilogy, which I bought in hardback and (reading the Hurley book reminded me) I never got to. Or maybe I'll reread the first Magicians book. Or finish Hild
Consider Phlebas and Player of Games are a couple of the books recommended to get into Iain M. Banks’s Culture books, and what luck, they’re the only ones my library has!
I read a comment saying that Consider Phlebas is hard to get into until the very end when you see all the threads start coming together, but I was having a rollicking good time, happy to go wherever the story was taking me. Until about 100 pages out and started worrying if the questions I wanted answered, would get answered.
30 pages from the end I realized, nope. I was not going to get that story. I was not going to find out the whys and wherefores I was really itching to unravel.
I know, don’t critique the story you wish you’d read, and the story told definitely told me enough to get Banks’s point across. The problem is: the story told was FUCKING SOUL-DESTROYING.
Now, I had soup. I had a lot of soup in my freezer, because surgery is coming up next month, but none of it was hot and sour soup, and none of it came with pork wontons.
SO. I took a risk and ordered from a new place, as I pretty much have to do at this point because my delivery radius changed completely when I moved. And I don't think this new place is necessarily objectively terrible. But after 90 minutes and no soup, for which, I should point out, I wasn't even hungry at that point, I called them.
"Our delivery driver never showed up," they told me. "But we have a replacement, he'll be here soon."
And since I'd ordered fairly early I figured, okay, another hour at most.
Another hour passed, and I called again, and endless hold awaited me. And now it was getting on towards bedtime, but I still wasn't hungry, so I just wanted them NOT to show up at 11pm with my soup.
But I couldn't really do anything about them, since every time I called I just got a recorded hold message, so when I finally got hungry I made myself some soup from the freezer. And promptly dropped it all over the kitchen.
Okay, universe, I get it, you don't want me to eat dinner.
Anyway, I went to bed, figuring if they did show up at 11pm with soup I'd just fucking deal with it somehow, but they never showed up.
Unfortunately, neither did a refund for the food I ordered.
So today I'm calling for a refund! Because god knows, I love calling people.
No soup for me. :(
Today another SSL vulnerability was announced. This one is named POODLE and is, while serious, much less serious than the Heartbleed event from some months ago.
Unfortunately, the only real way to fix the problem is to disable something called "SSLv3" entirely. Basically, this means that we instruct our servers that they are no longer allowed to speak version 3 of the SSL protocol (you can think of it as a language -- we ban this language from our servers). It turns out this is generally OK since most browsers don't actually speak using SSLv3 these days -- you actually use what's called TLS, which is a more modern, better way of protecting the stuff you send across the Internet.
The SSLv3 protocol is actually around 15 years old at this point, and TLS has been out so long that nearly every browser out there supports it. However, shutting off SSLv3 does mean that very old browsers -- IE6, for one -- can no longer talk to Dreamwidth using encryption. In this case, since the encryption wouldn't actually mean anything, we think it's better to not even pretend that it works.
I will be making this change sometime in the next hour or three. This really should impact almost none of you, but there might be one or two and, in that case, I'm sorry. We think it's better to do this so you know you're not actually secure than to let Dreamwidth pretend to be secure.
Edit: This has been deployed. SSLv3 is disabled on Dreamwidth.
Comments and questions welcome, as always!