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I get to work on Sor Juana this week yay! I saw her name in the files list, but was sure the assignment would have already gone out to someone. God she's the best. So excite.

Can any of y'all recommend resources for a Japanese ESL student dealing with college-level intro to composition coursework? My daddy goes soaring with a Japanese girl who's doing the aviation program at the local community college, and I guess she broke down on him last Sunday out at the airfield, overstressed and undersupported, so we're trying to help her out. I had her bring her materials to a meeting yesterday and sat with her for a bit; it looks to me like the main problem she's having is that she's having to deal so slowly and carefully with the language-comprehension stuff that she's not able to keep her thoughts clear, or cut through bullshit. There's also an awful lot of bullshit - I took the course she's in, long time passing, and it's comp-through-analysis-of-American-stereotypes, pretty much, and she neither knows nor really needs to know those stereotypes - but she does have to get through this class and the one after it in the comp sequence. I suggested audiobooks when possible, told her to stop writing in GoogleDocs and get herself a darn word processor with a spellchecker, but I was wondering if those of you who are trained for ESL education, or who have specific experiences with a Japanese/American situation, would know of anything more directly relevant to her needs.

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Oct. 28th, 2014 07:31 am
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So, I'm getting ready to have surgery next week, and as a result they are running all the blood tests on me, to make sure I don't have aliens living in my abdominal cavity or anything.

The University of Chicago Medical Center, where most of my treatment is done, has a new system called MyChart which allows you to email doctors who will never email you back and also to receive the results of any test they run on you -- all tests are filed in a special section you can browse if you ever want to know what your selenium level is, for example (172).

I just found out today, while I was looking at the results from the surgical tests, that the full report on my Mystery Lymphoma from back in February was filed on MyChart. It's amusing reading the progression -- you can watch my doctor getting increasingly annoyed as they test me for every single STD known to man and then, when I come back negative, progress to the really esoteric stuff, like Sweet's Syndrome, before landing on atypical mycosis fungoides lymphoma. ("The good lymphoma.")

I think my favourite part, however, is her initial speculative diagnosis, which reads HSV Zoster vs Arthropod Assault. Arthropod Assault is just doctor speak for bug bite, but it sounds like a bangin' name for a teen garage band.

oops I accidentally shipped

Oct. 28th, 2014 07:55 am
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I started lackadaisically watching this season of Agents of SHIELD and then 2x05 spoilers in case you're not caught up ) ... I'm going to keep watching for them and it's going to end in tears RIIIIIIIGHT?

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Oct. 27th, 2014 08:25 am
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Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] remindmeofthe, who has been out of work for a while, and is struggling to find a job and make ends meet. She has a donation button up at her tumblr; you can find the button and a post about her situation here, and read more details at her Dreamwidth here.

Sanura, who is probably best known to the Cafe as the voice behind Meg Boudoun's "Star Spangled Man" cover, is raising funds to attend a singing course in the UK. She has opened an Etsy shop and a Zibbet shop with gorgeous jewelery and adornments and some cool chainmail.

Jennifer linked to Recycled Reptiles in Ontario, a reptile rescue and education service which has run into some financial difficulties. They're rehoming many of the animals right now but hope to reopen in the future with help from donations. You can read more at their website here and find donation information at their facebook here.

Help for Free:

[livejournal.com profile] sibylle is a researcher in literary studies and will be spending eight months at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC next year. She's coming from Germany and is looking for people who would be willing to share local knowledge, offer advice on housing, or hang out with "a SciFi/Fantasy geek girl" in 2015. Her LJ is friends-only but she's happy to make contact with folks, and you can read more about her at her website here.

News to Know:

[livejournal.com profile] athena_crikey let me know about fanfic-journal.com, which is copying fanfics from LJ en masse and reposting them without notifying or crediting authors. If you find your fic there you can request your fics not be imported on the "complain here" page, and supposedly that will get your fics that are there taken down, though apparently nobody knows if it works. You can find more information here as well.

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!).

Jeanne Gomoll leaves the concom

Oct. 26th, 2014 08:18 pm
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Jeanne Gomoll has announced her resignation from the WisCon concom:
I resigned from the WisCon planning committee and from the SF3 Board on October 5, 2014. To put it mildly, this has been a momentous decision for me.
You can read the full text on Facebook. If you're on Facebook and would like to leave a note for Jeanne, you can navigate from that link to the version of the announcement she posted on her personal page.

Jeanne has done an absolutely tremendous amount of work on WisCon over the years. It's hard to imagine we would have reached 38 WisCons without her. We are deeply grateful for her continued support.
My resignation from the concom does not affect my support of WisCon. I will be forever proud of my work on WisCon and for the space it offers the feminist science fiction community and its allies. I count myself lucky to have worked on WisCon for as long as I have, and hope that it continues for many more years. I plan to attend WisCon 39 in 2015 and many future WisCons.

Yuletide letter at last!

Oct. 25th, 2014 05:32 pm
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I'm pretty sure I've finalized my signup. My letter is here.

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Oct. 25th, 2014 07:29 am
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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.


In the meantime, have some threesome fic! No couches are involved, just a large bed.

Title: Devils and Heathens
Rating: R
Summary: Peggy Carter didn't go looking for trouble, or Bucky Barnes, or a threesome. Sometimes these things just find you.

Here on Dreamwidth | Here on AO3

Blog Hop

Oct. 24th, 2014 09:38 pm
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[personal profile] aldersprig tagged me in a blog hop! A long time ago! Now I am answering the questions.

What am I working on?

A lot of things! Today I started writing my fic for [community profile] 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.

Who’s next?

I will tag [personal profile] 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.

Dear Yuletide Writer 2014

Oct. 23rd, 2014 07:26 pm
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Dear Yuletide writer,

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 [archiveofourown.org profile] Clare-Dragonfly.
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From the SF3 board (WisCon's parent organization):
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: sf3@wiscon.info
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We are many, many months out from WisCon and from when we start the active push for panel suggestions. So it seemed like a good time for the first of what will be monthly panel brainstorming posts.

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 :)

and who did you say is calling?

Oct. 20th, 2014 09:31 pm
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[personal profile] lotesse
Dearest darlingest yuleingest goat (my dear santa),

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 )

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Oct. 20th, 2014 05:51 am
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[personal profile] copperbadge
Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

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.

[personal profile] 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.

[livejournal.com profile] 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.

[personal profile] 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.

[tumblr.com profile] 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:

[tumblr.com profile] 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.

[livejournal.com profile] 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!).

Dear Yuletide writer

Oct. 19th, 2014 03:53 pm
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[personal profile] likeadeuce
Dear Yuletide Writer --

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.

Fandom specifics:

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.


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Oct. 19th, 2014 08:37 am
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Happy Sunday morning, everyone!

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.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

watching you burn, oh

Oct. 18th, 2014 07:11 pm
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[personal profile] lotesse
via [personal profile] thady, this fantastic essay on early Britney Spears: “So if 'manufactured' is unfair, what is the right metaphor for Britney’s relationship to the pop machine? Scanning the pop culture of the late 90s gives us a better possibility: mecha, the Japanese anime genre where beautiful, tragic youth fuse themselves to sublime, state of the art machines. Britney is not the machine’s puppet; she’s its pilot.”


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