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Nov. 25th, 2014 12:06 pm
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this is the downside of northern Michigan weather: late last night, when it had been raining all day and the snow was fully melted off, I looked at the registered Ferguson protest rallies downstate and thought, yes I too will go, I'm more together than I was last month, I can pull that. buuuut then it snowed half a foot overnight, and it's still coming down this morning. and it gets dark early here, which - snow accumulation on unfrozen ground, on the highway, in the dark, for 2-3 hrs, all by myself and keyed up as fuck.

so there's that borked. note to self: access to organized political events might be one good reason to move to Detroit next year, instead of heading further into the woods. posting this to acknowledge to myself that no, I will not be haring off to Grand Rapids later tonight, so I may as well try to relax into an analysis groove instead.

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Nov. 24th, 2014 11:02 pm
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the MSNBC stream of Ferguson, MO tonight is really fucking intense; they run a split screen of the president's address and the reaction happening on the ground, young people acting out hurt and betrayal, police lines and vehicles and weapons, and then tear gas all over the place, and over it all the president's voice almost sometimes daring to approach the truth before haring off again on respectability politics tangents. Some of the juxtapositions might have been fucking engineered for maximum irony.

1. we're living in a fucking dystopia, 2. I am so done, so infinitely done, with the democrat establishment. so done.

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Nov. 24th, 2014 09:18 pm
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bob mccullough is a lying sack of shit. his words are acts of civil violence.

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Nov. 24th, 2014 08:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[livejournal.com profile] joiedumonde is doing geneaology and other freelance work to earn cash during a stretch of unemployment. She's offering geneaology aid and advice, from building a family tree to finding historical background on immigrant ancestors, for fair cost; you can read more about her work and how to get in touch with her here.

[livejournal.com profile] nancylebov linked to the facebook page for Candy Madigan, whose husband John was mentioned a few weeks ago in a fundraiser for his hospice care (which is still going on). Those who would like updates on his condition can read more here.

Starlady linked to two science fundraisers: one for research into climate change in the Falkland islands, a penguin habitat and biodiversity hot spot, and one to help fund the distribution of blight-resistant American Chestnut trees to their native habitat to replace the four billion wiped out in a blight during the 20th century.

Wincon is a "by fans, for fans" multi-fandom con focused on providing safe fannish space for women, people of color, queer people, and other under-represented fans in popular media. They're entering their tenth year and due to demand are growing from 100 attendees to 250-300 this year. To ensure the success of this year's con and the sustainability of the larger attendance cap, they're running an indiegogo campaign with con registration, art commissions, fan crafts, and more as perks. You can read more and support the con here, check out website here, or have a look at their tumblr here.

Help For Free:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] chroniclebooks, who have a holiday pledge going to donate a book to a child for every reblog of this tumblr post. You can also participate on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter; more information about how is at their website and links page here.

Just For Fun:

[tumblr.com profile] theactualcluegirl is a member of the band Murder Ballads, who just put out a great album of folk and filk called Pretty in Scarlet. You can have a listen at their bandcamp website. I'm particularly fond of "The Ballad Of Captain America's Disapproving Face".

While doing research for a fanfic this week I stumbled on the FoodChallenges website, which is a geographic list of all the strange and excessive "food challenges" that local restaurants offer. Find out where you can challenge yourself to eat a two pound hot dog or split an eight pound pizza with a friend. Discover fame and glory through gluttony, or just read in horrified fascination about the Ten Pound Meatball Sandwich Challenge.

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. 22nd, 2014 02:13 pm
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SUCH FANFIC. VERY ARCHIVE.

I have a crapton of fanfic newly archived this week -- much of it has been posted before to tumblr, but for non tumblrites it will all be new stuff!

Title: The Comic Book Guy
Rating: PG
Summary: Steve Rogers and James Barnes meet for the first time in a Hydra factory during the war.
 

Title: Bottle Opener
Rating: G
Summary: Clint is rebranding.
Warnings: None.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Title: Helping Friends Move
Rating: PG
Summary: Bruce may not have been entirely up front about his motives in asking for Clint's help moving into Stark Tower.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

Title: The Weather Balloon
Rating: PG
Summary: Cecil is nowhere to be found, and the mayor is insisting the mysterious debris is definitely NOT a weather balloon.

Here at Dreamwidth | Here at AO3

I have also updated my "hydrocodone midnight theatre" fics, where I take prompts while whacked on post-surgery painkillers. You can find the entire Hydrocodone Midnight Theatre series on AO3, or go here for the latest stories posted to Dreamwidth (except the Izzy stories, those went in the Izzy Shorts post), but you can also find them individually as follows:

Title: Hair Apparent
Rating: PG (Gen)
Summary: You'd think Hydra would know more about hot oil.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Thems
Rating: PG (Steve/Tony)
Summary: Steve discovers a secret simulation on the game server.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Big Sister
Rating: G
Summary: Izzy came home early from summer camp and found a girl in DJ's workshop. That escalated quickly.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Wrecking The Lab
Rating: R
Summary: Tony Stark and Betty Ross have been friends since they were nine, and friends with benefits since they were fifteen...

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Yankee Buck
Rating: R
Summary: Bucky is overpaid, oversexed, and over here -- but the barman doesn't seem to mind.

Link: Here at AO3

Title: Poor Little Rich Hero Girl
Rating: PG
Summary: Quinn Quire is kidnapped by Wasp and Hawkeye. Sort of.

Link: Here at AO3

 

Title: Someday My Prince Will Open A Transdimensional Portal
Rating: PG
Summary: T. Stark Lokason, gentleman adventurer, meets Isobel Barton, who sees right through him (and likes it).

Link: Here at AO3

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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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