Any Updates?

Aug. 21st, 2014 11:05 pm
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It has now been three weeks since the concom came to and announced their final decision on the Frenkel case. Which was important and needed to be done quickly (much more quickly than it was, actually, but that is not germane here).

However, the greater questions of member safety, trust, transparency, and so on are still awaiting any sort of public action from the concom. Frenkel was eventually banned from Wiscon, yes. But it took over 14 months, several huge missteps from the concom, and an incredibly painful process for the victims.

I'm quite interested in seeing that never happen anymore, and would like to know what steps are currently being taken to ensure that the next time a bad actor acts badly at Wiscon it doesn't take over a year of suffering on the part of the reporter. Because that's a big drag, and a disincentive to reporting.
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But that's about what I have the brainspace for. Posting them, anyway, not always answering them. This is a fic-writing meme from tumblr. Give me a letter & I'll answer! (My fic archive is here or you can check my tags.

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].

The Words You Can't Spell

Aug. 21st, 2014 01:46 pm
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[personal profile] damselfish

Anybody have the words they can't spell?

Maybe you know how it's spelled, you just can't type it out.

I'm finally getting around to writing up a retelling of "Prince Lindworm" I mentioned back in December, where I wondered how you get two sons from eating a red rose that'll give you a son and a white rose that'll give you a daughter. Sure, I can see getting a monster out of the mix, but this magical math is not adding up for me.

Turns out, I cannot for the life of me type "shepherdess." It's always sehpherdness.

This is a problem in a story where I decided nobody should have a name and the main character is "the shepherdess."

Help a kitty

Aug. 21st, 2014 12:29 pm
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Please help fund surgery for a very sick kitty.

ETA: The surgery has been funded! Thanks to everyone who helped!

In happier news...

Aug. 21st, 2014 09:45 am
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I got email about a job interview yesterday from a place I sent an application in February and had pretty much given up on. It's part time (probably only 3 hours a week), but it's teaching German, which I need to gain EXP in, so whatever. Also that's about the right amount of time for me, with everything else I'm doing. So it won't, like, be a huge source of money at all, but it might keep us in beer.

The costumes for DragonCon continue apace. We will be spending much of the weekend attaching hardware and straps (I hope; I'd like to get the bulk of the build done this weekend so we aren't up really late finishing Monday & Tuesday.)

RIP Mylene

Aug. 21st, 2014 09:41 am
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[personal profile] feuervogel
We had to put Mylene to sleep on Tuesday. The vet wasn't sure what it actually was, but it wasn't lymphoma. The cytology had histiocytes in it, which made her think it was a histiocytic sarcoma, which isn't treatable at all in cats. There was nothing we could to to make her better, so we had to make her comfortable.

She'll always be my sweet little foxy-faced girl who made the most adorable sound when you touched her if she was asleep.

Some pictures and my favorite picture.

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Aug. 20th, 2014 11:30 am
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Today, for work, I researched a psychologist who once treated me.


Fortunately ethics and confidentiality prevent both of us from revealing what we know about the other, so technically I'm in some kind of endless informational standoff with a woman who doesn't know I know how much her home is worth.

My job is super-weird sometimes.

Signal boosting

Aug. 18th, 2014 10:39 pm
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[personal profile] d_generate_girl is looking for a place to live in New York. As she writes, I have known her since she was 13 and can attest that she is an awesome person and unlikely to do murders. So if you know of an apartment available in Manhattan or Queens, let her know.

[personal profile] aldersprig is doing a Giraffe Call on the theme of Animalia! She writes awesome fiction so you should prompt her and get an awesome story.

Fiction: Lettered

Aug. 18th, 2014 10:25 pm
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Title: Lettered
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 1,262
Rating: G
Prompt: Crowdfunding creative jam: "The community of scholars/physicians, while Morgan is in school."
Notes: This is a rather quiet little story. It surprised me; I thought there was going to be a lot more dialogue. But I guess monks don't talk much.

Morgan did not want to go away to school. He hated the idea of being away from his daughter for that long—bad enough he was going to be away from everything else he’d ever known. But his mother insisted he learn to read and write Latin, and his master insisted, and eventually even Lot insisted, and he gave in.

His mother insisted on bringing him to the monastery in her finest carriage. He would have preferred to go alone, or with a servant or two, on ordinary horses, but she would have none of it. So he wasn’t surprised when the other boys, those few who were also studying at the monastery, gave him nasty or appraising looks.Read more... )

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Aug. 18th, 2014 07:30 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

There has been a lot of talk about Ferguson, Missouri this week, and rightly so, and I wanted to take a moment to address it. It can be difficult to sort out what's true and what's not, especially with what appears to be biased media reporting and what is certainly manipulation of the media by police in Ferguson at the moment.

[ profile] shusu has a post up about the events in Ferguson here. I haven't fact-checked the post, but it is pro-protestor, which I believe with regards to Ferguson right now is the proper stance to have, and it contains information about news resources. I have also reblogged a post here containing links to news resources and ways you can help the people of Ferguson. You can also visit the Mike Brown Law petition here and add your support to the petition for a new federal law requiring all law enforcement officers to wear a camera while on duty. (When put into practice, initial studies suggest that body cameras on officers reduce incidents of police brutality, and also complaints regarding police brutality, by 50% or more.)

Ways To Give:

[ profile] mouseolaw linked to a fundraiser for the son of a friend, who has Type I Diabetes and is raising funds to get a diabetes alert dog. You can read more about the fundraiser here and support Adam's nearly-there gofund me here.

[ profile] etakyma and [ profile] rach366 both linked to a fundraiser to help get Bristol, a young girl with Rett Syndrome, from Nebraska to Boston for a clinical trial that could help in ameliorating her disease. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[ profile] primarybufferpanel is raising funds to get out of long-term unemployment and procure disability aid by selling hand-knitted items, hand-dyed superwash yarn, and other fiber products. You can support her through her Etsy store here.

[ profile] merboo linked to a fundraiser for a comic artist to receive his top surgery, which insurance won't cover. You can read more and give to the fund here and check out his webcomic and store here.

Erik linked to [ profile] harrimaniac27, who has been accepted to the paramedic program at University of New Mexico, but due to a financial aid mix-up he owes a little over a thousand dollars to UNM, which needs to be paid off by September. You can read more about his situation here, and give to his "paramedic fund" here.

[personal profile] samskeyti linked to a fundraiser to help save the Star Observer, an Australian not-for-profit GLBTI publication that has covered queer issues for the past 35 years. You can read more and support the Star Observer's fundraiser here.

[personal profile] akatonbo linked to a fundraiser for a cat owner who lost her job after extended illness, and needs help covering vet bills their cat, Mohawk. You can read more about their situation here and help with Mohawk's vet bills here.

Help For Free:

[ profile] grey_bard is looking for recommendations for general practitioners/family doctors/primary care doctors in NYC. You can send your recommendations to fitzrose at

NG linked to an online project to create a more representative version of the "Time 100" most influential people list. They have nominations open and are requesting a number of different demographic nominations based on world population statistics. I haven't examined the project in detail (I'm not sure where those stats are coming from) so I'm putting a little bit of a caveat on this one, but you can read more and participate here.

Anon let me know that the Smithsonian in DC is seeking volunteers to help with a massive project digitizing their archives. You can read more and find links to the volunteer signups here.

Just For Fun:

[ profile] jadesfire linked to an article about E Forbes Smiley III, a map thief who raided rare libraries from 2002-2005. There's a new book out about him, and you can get more info on his escapades and the book 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!).

some book-meme answers

Aug. 17th, 2014 11:21 pm
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Answers from this post. You still have a chance to give me a letter (or guess a song lyric in the other part of the post).

F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School (asked by [ profile] cmattg -- I'm much better at these for TV & movie characters -- like, I didn't do a lot of actual dating in high school (though weirdly enough I *did* actually have an experience in 10th grade where 2 boys who road my bus both wanted to be my boyfriend & I had to PICK, but then we didn't actually go out or anything because neither of us had cars, I don't think I've ever told that story before --) , but I can imagine myself dating the teenage version of basically any male Aaron Sorkin character? Which is why it might be good I didn't date? But if I have to fall back on 'Book characters I crushed on in high school: Mr. Darcy. Or Logan from the baby-sitters' club. Not that I was still reading BSC books in HS or that there was anything notable about Logan but just that he fit my vaguely nonthreatening idea of what kind of boy would go out with an awkward nerdy girl.

G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance, asked by [ profile] bessiemaemucho. Weirdly, Twilight, because it would have been easy to live in eternal contempt of it but it turned out that being able to talk about how weird it actually is (even weirder than you think) has been an enriching experience.

I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life: (also [ profile] bessiemaemucho) to finish The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by myself because my mom was reading too slow (I must have been an exasperating kid --); holing up in the room with my older brother to read out loud to him (books I remember doing this with were Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the novelization of The Wrath of Khan, the latter leading my grandmother to complain that we were weird kids b/c we liked to stay inside and read instead of playing out like healthy, normal kids & she didn't even know it was a Star Trek novel with cusses in it; falling in love with Pride & Prejudice over 8th grade spring break when my mom dragged me to some meeting & I had to wait in the other room and she handed me this OLD beaten up paperback to keep me from complaining and by the time the meeting was over I was hooked; dropping in to a comic book shop to get the issues of Whedon's Astonishing X-Men that hadn't been collected yet & figuring I'd probably never have reason to buy single issues of comics again....

M. Major Book Hangover Because Of (asked by [personal profile] cinco)
I remember spending a lot of time chewing over the ending of Dennis Lehane's "Mystic River," to the extent, even though I've reread it, I don't have straight what really happened versus what I worked out in my head SHOULD have happened. I'm not a book hangover person in general, though, I tend to move on pretty quickly to the next thing and it take a while to realize whether something is going to stick with me.

P. Preferred Place to Read (asked by [personal profile] yhlee)
Platonically, in bed, but if I try to do it during the day I fall asleep, and at night I stay up longer than I should. By default I do a lot sitting on my couch, but since I'm an audiobook person, "In the car" or "on a walk" also works.

Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels (asked by [personal profile] coyotegestalt
From Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold: "The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart." Which I take to mean that it's possible to compromise yourself so badly in order to reach a goal that you're no longer the person who set that goal in the first place. (And if you're lucky and have good role models, you'll be able to see that point of no return in time to avoid going there, the way Miles Vorkosigan does here.)

T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books (asked by [personal profile] kindkit)
A dangerous question if I think about it too long so I'll just go with Pride & Prejudice, King Lear, and Confederates in the Attic.

W. Worst Bookish Habit (asked by [personal profile] lunabee34). Well I've reconciled to buying more books than I'll ever read, and to getting distracted and not finishing ones I've started (though I've gotten much better about this since I started using goodreads) but it would be nice if I could stop putting physical books aside and forgetting what I did with them.

X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book (asked by [ profile] harmonyangel) Using the bookshelf I can see from where I'm lying now, that's A Firing Offense by George P. Pelecanos, which is sort of a gonzo crime novel about an appliance salesman who stumbles onto a crime and eventually more or less solves it but most of the book is just him and his buddies taking drugs and talking about music. The author has gone on to write lots of *socially important* fiction and I get a vibe from comment he's made that he's vaguely embarrassed this book exists but it's one of those I picked up at just the right time & I'm very fond of it, though it might be a not-great idea to try and re-read.

Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late) (asked by [personal profile] seta_suzume) I think the implication here is that this would be a GOOD book I couldn't bear to put down but I'm more likely to stay up with a book if I'm just ready to be DONE with it, so that was Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson which I really don't recommend on any level.

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Aug. 16th, 2014 09:53 am
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 FYI guys, for those who asked about it, you can see a terribly-lit but well-narrated shot of my terrace garden here

It mostly just looks like pots of dirt right now, but I promise almost all of them have sprouts. One of the Stevia cups failed to thrive, and I just added a second bowl of California poppies that have yet to sprout, but otherwise everything's at least coming up. The onions seem a little apathetic, I won't lie.

I might be a little obsessive about this garden. It's just nice to go in there once in a while and chill out. 

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Aug. 15th, 2014 08:58 am
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Normally I'd be way happier about this, but you guys, like half my poppies just keeled over and gave up the ghost between 5pm yesterday and now. I might have to buy a space heater. IN AUGUST.


It has been a very cold summer. I don't object. But it does worry me a little because while I could deal with a super-cold winter, what if we're using up all the cold right now.


Aug. 15th, 2014 10:57 am
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[personal profile] feuervogel
Monday Mylene was limping, and it wasn't better Tuesday morning, so I took her to the vet. They thought it was arthritis and tendinitis, gave us tramadol and Dasuquin. Tuesday evening we gave her a second dose of tramadol, and she responded poorly. Like, trip to the closest vet hospital poorly.

So we go to the vet hospital in Durham at 9 pm, get her on fluids and oxygen. They take some blood. Her hematocrit is 14%; she needs a transfusion. They keep her overnight, and the radiologist & oncologist will look at her in the morning.

This time it's definitely lymphoma. As opposed to March, when the vet school said it was IBS.

She's doing fairly well at the moment, though she doesn't want to eat much. I offer her food every couple hours, and sometimes she eats, sometimes she doesn't.

We need to decide whether to take the aggressive, most expensive 20-week treatment option that could give us another 6-9 months or the less aggressive, less expensive 15-week treatment option that would give us 4-6 months.

In the meantime, I'm considering making and selling to order laptop, tablet, e-reader, and phone sleeves to get some funding for it (so we don't have to keep digging into savings). I have a stash of Amy Butler fabrics (3x2+ yards) that are nifty (and I think out of print), which I could probably get a decent amount out of. Plus some remnants. Any of that has to wait until after Dragon Con, though. Too busy trying to finish my armor.
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Well, my car is packed, I'm ready to go. No major disasters of any kind, and I'll have many hands to help unpack me into my new digs tomorrow. Not looking forward to the long drive with animals, but so very much looking forward to the moment when I'mma get to dive in the lake and feel it on my face and smell it all around me. And, for once, it's not going to be a temporary reunion. Lived landlocked away from my big water these ten years, but no more. Gonna be able to swim out again.

Fiction: The New Queen

Aug. 14th, 2014 05:07 pm
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Title: The New Queen
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 245 (total: 2,935)
Rating: PG-13 for mentions of incest
Notes: I've named Gwanwyn's sisters Grainne (Gaheris) and Melva (Gareth); I decided to keep Agravain as male. (I considered naming them all the other Welsh names for the seasons, but those don't really sound like names as much as Gwanwyn does.) This story deviates slightly from [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's timeline.

Also, I have a visual! I searched "lady knight" on DeviantArt and came up with many excellent pieces, some of which I may be using as visuals for other Ursulan Cycle characters, but in particular this painting struck me as fitting exactly the image of Gwanwyn I had.

Gwanwyn sat down beside Morgan at the table and smacked him so hard on the shoulder that he moved forward in his seat two inches. “So, little brother! How would you like to come to the new queen’s court with us?”Read more... )

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Aug. 14th, 2014 08:18 am
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Oh god, you guys, how did I spend six months commuting from Wrigleyville to Hyde Park?

For those unfamiliar with Chicago, this is not a painfully long distance in general terms -- between 12 and 16 miles, depending on how you drive, or between 70 and 90 minutes each way on public transit depending on whether you make your train and how fast your bus driver is. But my commute is now 20 minutes max, I catch my bus in a PARK, and I can't believe the difference.

For one thing, I don't spend every morning angry that my company moved us to the south side and I now have a 90 minute commute. I mean, I'm still not happy about it and I'm still insulted by the way in which they chose to pitch it -- bribing us with bullshit (a Chipotle, seriously) while giving us no say in the matter. I would rather they have said "This is shitty, we get it, but it's best for the company, and we need you to grit your teeth and join in" than "But it'll be so much better!" when it visibly wasn't going to be better for most of us and we already had access to a Chipotle.

But I'm no longer angry for 90 minutes of every morning, I no longer have to get up at 4:30 to get to work, and I no longer arrive home feeling like I need to disinfect my entire body after riding the 15 bus every day. Also I'm in a nicer apartment with possibly a ghost but no mice or wasps, and I have a sun room with a garden in my apartment, which is doing wonders for my mental state. (The nice apartment in general, not the garden in specific, but the garden too. My peppers sprouted yesterday, I'm so excited about the idea of making my own paprika.)

Mind you, I know I've been absentee here, and a large chunk of that is that work is increasingly demanding while another large chunk, I won't lie, is Tumblr. But Tumblr, much like Twitter, is not necessarily good for dialogue or for in-depth discussion of anything, so I'm trying to get back here as much as I can. (I find that as I get older I sometimes don't want dialogue, because arguing with 3000 people is exhausting, but that's not usually super relevant.)

Anyway. HI. I'm doing better. Even if this morning I had to teach Office Grandpa how to send a meeting in Outlook and it took way longer than it should have.

lynch law

Aug. 14th, 2014 12:52 am
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[personal profile] lotesse
I am sick with horror at events in Ferguson, Missouri, because once again white pride has trumped the right of black children to exist. I am sick with terror at events in Ferguson, Missouri, because this is the creep of violent fascism in action, and we should fucking all be afraid.

And I feel sick with grief, too. That poor beautiful little boy.

Fiction: Recruitment Day

Aug. 13th, 2014 10:22 pm
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Title: Recruitment Day
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 577
Rating: PG
Prompt: 3WW: eradicate, mercenary, squeamish
Notes: I have now had my highest wordcount writing day that I've ever had outside of NaNo. It's probably in the top 10 ever. I swear, I was going to save this one for later... but no, it had to be written today...

“But you’re a woman,” the king said, staring at Electra in undisguised disbelief and contempt.

Electra didn’t let it bother her. She never had—and she’d had a lot of practice not letting it bother her. She straightened her shoulders (not that they needed straightening) and grinned at him. Confidence won a lot more battles than she’d expected when she was younger. “Yes, your highness, and I can wield a blade and ride a horse as well or better than any of these men, I’d wager.”

He was still skeptical. “A woman mercenary.”Read more... )

Fiction: Fatherhood

Aug. 13th, 2014 09:13 pm
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Title: Fatherhood
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 1,227 (total: 2,357)
Rating: PG
Notes: To [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's commission for more Ursulan stories. I love Morgan so much, I just keep writing about him. (Which is weird, because normally I prefer to write about female characters!)

Morgan wanted to carry the baby home in his own arms, but his mother insisted that the wet-nurse take her, even though she would be walking and they were riding and the road was all mud from storms. That should, perhaps, have been his first sign. But he was so focused on little Morwenna, her tiny pink toes, her silky dark hair, that he couldn’t think of anything else.

He rode beside her all the way home, making the wet-nurse walk by his stirrup. “Isn’t she sweet? Look at her, sleeping so peacefully. Is she the sweetest baby you’ve ever met, Eleanor?”

The wet-nurse shook her head, smiling. “I wouldn’t know, master. I’m my mother’s youngest and I never had a baby of my own. But she does seem awfully sweet. What does her name mean?”

Morgan frowned. “I’m not sure. But it’s lovely, isn’t it? Mother, what does Morwenna mean?”Read more... )


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