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Nov. 17th, 2014 10:21 am
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The lake-effect snow is here with a vengeance: near a foot on the ground already, seven more inches predicted today, snow predicted solid for the rest of the week. It's excellent. Mum says that everyone in town is out trying to buy snow tires this morning, having been taken rather by surprise. I am enjoying the benefits of living in a wee little village where you can walk to the grocery and the curry joint - though what I do seem to lack are boots at all. Dunno where mine went after the move.

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Nov. 17th, 2014 09:02 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] bicrim linked to a fundraiser for Rebecca, a paramedic living in the US who desperately wants to go home for Christmas, but can't afford the travel. You can read more about her situation and help her get home here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for The Garden Church, a community church in San Pedro, California, which in the last few months has done urban planning, park cleaning, and hosting for shared meals. You can read more and support the Garden Church here.

[tumblr.com profile] musical-emjay linked to a fundraiser for a sheltie puppy named Naruto, who has been diagnosed with a severe spinal cord injury and needs about $7K in surgery. The neurologist is optimistic about recovery, but the expense is a little prohibitive. You can read more about Naruto and help support the surgery here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[livejournal.com profile] mayfly_78 is having to move house unexpectedly, and is raising funds to do so through her storenvy shop. She has a sale on through December 1st; use the code XMAS14 to get discounts at her shop. You can visit her storenvy here (it's got great geeky stuff), and find a list of all the vendors participating in the sale (but not the fundraising) 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!).

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Nov. 16th, 2014 12:25 pm
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courtesy of a lovely nonnie at ffa: a whole comment full of links about how Malcolm Gladwell is a mendacious douchebag. I had to teach one of his books as part of an adult continuing ed program one time, and I have never felt so ashamed in all my life as I did presenting that tripe to a roomful of my elders as if it had value. I was on-script, so there wasn't much I could do, but it itched.

NaNo: this book is not 50k long

Nov. 14th, 2014 02:40 pm
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I'm at 30k words now, and I am swiftly approaching the end of my outline. The plot is almost wrapped up; I don't think I have more than 10k left to go. It actually doesn't bother me that my novel(la) is going to be 40k or less. The whole plot is in there, I'm happy with the pacing, and honestly, I really like shorter books!

But of course, this is NaNo, and I need a way to fill out my 50k. So I figured I'd ask you guys for advice.

plot and ideas below! )

Any thoughts? Feel free to cast your vote for one choice or the other, ask any questions you can think of, or suggest other options I haven't thought of!

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Nov. 12th, 2014 12:55 pm
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RECCS TIME!

I've been adding these up for a good long while, and I've finally had the time to go through and do the writeups. These are all Avengers fanfic except for one of the podfics, but the canon universes vary, as do the ratings. I hope you enjoy them!

A Little Bit Of You, A Little Piece Of Me by IamShadow21 -- Teen and Up, Gen. One of the "twelve tiny steves" trope stories, with a fun twist that the series focuses not just on Steve but also on Bucky and why they might have used his genetic material, too. Fun and touching, and getting more meaty with every addition.

Pygmalion's Folly also by IamShadow21: G, JARVIS/Tony. Playing with the "you hear your soulmate's voice in your head" trope, Shadow creates a world where only Tony has no soulmate -- until he creates JARVIS, and realizes the code was there all along.

Clint Is Bad At Meet-Cute by Scifigrl47: Teen and up, Clint/Coulson. Sci did a huge fundraiser to help out a friend, in which she offered to write to prompts. The entire series is linked from this chapter, but this particular chapter, with Clint and Coulson meeting while basically starting a bar fight, is one of my favorites.

Stand Back, I'm Going To Try Science by Good_News_Everyone: Teen and Up, Steve/Tony. This is set in the Armored Adventures canon universe, where Tony became Iron Man as a teen and Steve Rogers was discovered but remained frozen while SHIELD tried to revive him. It uses the soulmates trope, to excellent and enjoyable effect. Even if you're unfamiliar with Armored Adventures, it's a funny romp.

The "You, I Won't Judge" series by Sineala: Steve/Tony, ratings vary. Steve discovers Tony used to write teenaged self-insert fanfic about himself and Captain America. Tony keeps using the fanfic to try and drive Steve away after he decides their relationship can't possibly work. Sweet, funny, and with hilarious teenaged-Tony's fanfic inset. (He always gets the guns right!)

The "Not By The Playbook" series by Arsenicarcher: Explicit, Tony/Pepper/Maria Hill. Arsenic constructs a bondage-based relationship between Tony, Pepper, and Maria, and then explores the faultlines where their personal traumas make the relationship both perfect and perilous. Plus, lots of hot corset action!

The One Who Knows by Dira Sudis: Explicit, TJ Hammond/Steve Rogers. A "Political Animals" crossover where Steve and TJ used to be best friends, and now have the opportunity to be a lot more. I like how good Steve is for TJ -- I think a lot of the Political Animals fanfic I like is there to heal TJ, because he got a pretty raw deal.

Smell Like I Sound by Sineala: Explicit, Carol/Jess with background Steve/Tony. Set in the slightly less dark Marvel Adventures universe, this is about how Carol REALLY LIKES Jess...except when Jess is close by. It's all a happy ending, as long as they work around the whole pheromones thing...

The Do-Over Proposal by Nightwalker: Teen and up, Steve/Tony. Steve is being comforted by the Avengers over Tony utterly and completely rejecting his marriage proposal when Tony walks in and doesn't seem to care. Obviously, someone mixed something up. This is short and super-gratifying in that "Oh thank god it was just confusion" way.

And some ego stroking:

I Only Pretend To Know Everything podfic by Blackglass: Mature, Steve/Natasha.
Never Leave A Trace podfic by Rhea314: Explicit, Peter/Elizabeth/Neal.
These are two delightful podfics of my work, both by lovely and dedicated readers.

The Princess Of Space And Her Robot Sidekick by a_taller_tale: G, Gen. A super-fun piece of fanart to accompany my fic Dot To Dot, featuring Izzy Barton and DJ Stark in early-days cosplay. Because there is nothing funnier to me than DJ dressing up like a robot.

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Nov. 11th, 2014 10:47 am
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Mum has left the building! I am now alone for a day, but I have reinforcements arriving tomorrow to continue to ensure I do not accidentally die.

In the meantime, I'm trying to clear out old fic that needs archiving. HERE IS SOME.

Title: Selfie With Granddad: The Series
Rating: PG
Summary: After the invasion, Natasha’s granddad shows up.
Warnings: None.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

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Nov. 10th, 2014 12:02 pm
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current mood: Ben Fraser in the snowfield in "The Call of the Wild." It's been snowing all morning, the most wonderful thick clumpy heavy snow, and my face is ttly broken.

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Nov. 10th, 2014 07:20 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[livejournal.com profile] lavendarspark linked to a fundraiser for [livejournal.com profile] goddessdi, who was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and has been out of work since 2013, which means she and her wife are struggling financially. You can read more and help them out here.

[personal profile] twistedchick is asking for donations for her friend John, who is in hospice with brain cancer (the link was set up a week ago, before he was deemed too ill to go into experimental drug trials). Now that he is in hospice care, funds raised will go to help pay outstanding bills. You can read more and help out here.

[personal profile] not_so_fragile (an RP journal for someone with no personal journal) is raising money for treatment for cataract surgery on her right eye, for which she has no insurance. She needs to raise between three and four thousand dollars; you can read more and help her out here.

[livejournal.com profile] digitalwave is facing some medical bills which, despite their insurance, come to well over $3K. They're working on a payment plan but in the short term they still need help; you can read more and help them out here.

[livejournal.com profile] the_verb is raising money for her friend M, who is trying to divorce an emotionally abusive spouse while raising a child and keeping her small business afloat. People who wish to donate or offer help can contact [livejournal.com profile] the_verb at bbkahn at mail dot com.

[livejournal.com profile] catlinye_maker linked to a fundraiser for Kimberly, who is taking classes to get IT certification while unemployed, but is reaching the end of her resources. You can read more and help her stay on her feet here.

[livejournal.com profile] digitalwave has made an informative post about Wish List, a fandom tradition where people post "wishes" for the holiday season and also try to fulfill others' wishes -- including links to fans' etsy and other sales sites, charities, and fanfics. You can read more about how it happens here; I'd love to see this expand this year.

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!).
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Tattoo idea: "It's never too late while you're breathing." In either a cursive font or a book-type font. It's a quote from somewhere in the Vorkosigan series (I forget where, though it was quite likely Cordelia who said it to Miles), and it's been rather motivational for me the last few years.

I don't know where I'd put it, though. I still want to get a phoenix on my left forearm. I also want to get crossed German and Hertha flags on my right ankle. (There's a dragon on my left ankle.)

Thoughts? I need to sleep now. Getting up by 7:30 to finish packing, check out of the hotel and leave for an 11:10 train. More on World Fantasy later (on my Real Blog; I will link.)

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Nov. 9th, 2014 06:14 am
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I am home and safe and healing, though this was NOT as easy as I expected. Still, I think I'm in the process of turning a corner.

I was prepared for a pretty quick recovery, given how fast I bounced back from gallbladder surgery, but I was in the hospital for longer than expected, and I'm in more pain than I was last time. Also, this is probably more information than anyone wants, but I am desperate to poop. Anyone who's had abdominal surgery will probably understand.

The last few days are a little blurry, but I remember yearning for a shower, and wishing that instead of bringing a bunch of clothes I didn't wear, I'd brought a humidifier. For a brand new hospital, the UCMC's new wing is somewhat lacking in basic conveniences like moisture.

I did discover lip swabs, though -- small sponges on sticks you use to moisten your mouth when you can't yet have liquids. I bonded with my lip swab. We might be married.

Last night I was genuinely worried I'd need to go back to the hospital, but mum dosed me heavily with hydrocodone and put me to bed, where I had super tripped-out dreams about the end of the world, but this morning I'm in a lot less pain. Either that or the apocalypse put it all in perspective.

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