church sign

Nov. 30th, 2015 10:26 pm
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There's a weird fundamentalist church near here whose sign often manages to piss me off. Yesterday it said, "Life without God was never meant to be lived." I'm not curious enough to go inside the church to find out, but I am curious enough for an opinion poll:

Poll #17147 church sign
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0

"Life without God was never meant to be lived" means

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it's okay to let non-Christian refugees drown
0 (0.0%)

it's okay to shoot people near a Planned Parenthood center, even the police who are only there because you are shooting
0 (0.0%)

something else which I will explain in comments
0 (0.0%)

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hi i fell in love with Jessica 

Started with idea of drawing Jessica in this shirt but it kind of escalated to be a jessica portrait :’)

(no text version)

Welcome to Winterfaire 2015

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:10 pm
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The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire! Enjoy the seasonal offerings on Dreamwidth or on LiveJournal.

Read more... )
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Fifty Shades Freed--Epilogue (Part II)

In which we witness the not!vampire C-section, Christian decides that his fear and manpain are far more important than an adult woman making her own medical decisions, ELJ fails geography for the last time in this trilogy, and Ket, the comm and I finally have the opportunities to take our revenge.

Yuletides Past Meme (2007-2015)

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:24 pm
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2007 | The Sixth Heaven
Fandom: Beauty & The Beast (TV Show)
Word Count: 5,523

Oh, Lordy. Okay, this was the most AU I'd ever taken anything ever. I rewrote it as a budding teenage romance, against the parallel of Alighieri's Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradisio. The work is riddled with references and head-tips, while still being true as true can be to Catherine and Vincent, Dante and Beatrice, and the words themselves.

Extra Treat: Lulled and Warm
Another tiny Vincent piece I wrote while rewatching the whole series amid research.

2008 | The Smallest Spark of Hope
Fandom: Terminator
Word Count: 2,394

I don't remember what I got paired up with this person for, but like the year before it was not for I ended up writing. I actually did not expect this story to happen. I liked the movies, but wasn't in love and yet this exploded from me and the simple request for "Terminator Movie AU; Kyle Lives."

I had so much fun writing this one. Because I wanted to include how Kyle could have survived his last circumstances, without cutting the legs off all the growing Sarah does in the next six months, year, two years, when she travels the world and learns how to protect herself. In a way it's very Tale of Two Cities, because they don't meet until just at the end, with absolutely nothing settled and everything the way it should be.

2009 | odorous smoke and breathing flower
Fandom: Elfquest
Word Count: 3,772

The first year I wrote for a fandom I offered. She wanted a story about Dart, with mentions potentially of his love-mate Sushen, and I was enamored. I reread my oldest fandom for all the main hard books, pushing pieces around until I found something I dearly and desperately loved no matter what age.

The story of Dart and Geoki, who are supposed to make and break your heart. So I wrote about that story. And, yes, it still mentions love mates and endless quests, and fires and famine and family and home. About morals, right and wrong, and growing, how it is painful, haunted, and beautiful, hopeful. All at once.

2010 | To Learn The Games You Play
Fandom: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Word Count: 2,569

Another Terminator I did not plan for, nor get matched up on but was swept up in the prompt (that way I'd been swept up nthe series), because my recipient wanted The Story of Allison Young. Who is the skin copy of Cameron. And I was hooked.

I built my story around the single episode of scenes we see Allison and The Terminator/1st canonical Cameron-skin appearance. And then I filled it in with memories, and interlocking, overlapping piece of his her mind and history. Which turned out quite interesting.

2011 | Will forever be known as the year Amanda tried to sign up for Yuletide, the day after it closed

2012 | No First, or Last, Prayer
Fandom: The Sundering by Jaqueline Carey
Word Count: 1,153

This year I'm writing in potentially one of my most favorite fandoms/books series ever, that I never expected to be writing in. I did very little research because this series burned itself into my heart and soul during my first read, but the research I did, in fact, did change my story entirely.

From one full-born idea-piece to another full-born idea piece. I researched one night, and wrote in one night, three days apart, having to put it off for Christmas, and six hours of overtime, and a few other things. But it literally flew from my fingertips and I'm quite in love with it.

2013 | Conscience
Fandom: Revenge
Word Count: 1,945

I didn't entirely know how this piece would go or what I'd want to write, but I kept snagging on the fact Nolan had been in jail for a huge chunk of the break (without being visited by Amanda) and that the show never talked about it much. This exploded into delving into Nolan's head during that time. It's dedicated like a time period, and there are still quotes from it that ring in my head.

2014 | Start With the First Ten
Fandom: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Word Count: 3,836

This piece exploded into my head, massive, and entirely sure of what it wanted to be -- but without a stitch of planning attached to it. It just bounced at me like a child, who forgot they needed to tie their shoes or listen to gravity. I ended up plotting out this piece, exactly to the Ten Commandment around John Henry and based each piece on specific parts of his growth.

I'm supremely proud of this piece, too. I love how removed it was. I got chills from some of my own words, right as I was writing them, like they were coming into existence at me at the some time as I was reading them after my fingers typed them. I loved showing the interplay of all the characters around John Henry, from the largest to the smallest, displaying his intellect and even the way he perceived burgeoning awaress/the potential emotional component.
2015 | Unrevealed
Fandom: Unrevealed
Word Count: 1,533 (...and only at part 1 of 3 down)

This one definitely has a mood and a life of its own, and it's probably been the most fun fandom review and further cannon discovery that I've ever had in Yuletide thus far.

I finished watching Jessica Jones

Nov. 30th, 2015 09:22 pm
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I liked it overall.

Bring on the spoilers!


Nov. 30th, 2015 11:20 pm
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It may end a little…briskly, but I wrapped up my mystery plot with a final wordcount of 51,125, so I feel pretty accomplished on both accounts.
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Title: Princess in the Tower

Characters/Pairing: Jessica Jones/Lady Christina de Souza

Fandom/Universe: Doctor Who/Jessica Jones

Rating: Explicit

Word count: 2200

Warnings: None

Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] st_aurafina for the beta. Written for [ profile] femslash_today's Winter Porn Battle (so of course I wrote something set in hot weather).


Jessica Jones is accidentally summoned to Lady Christina de Souza's aid on an alien planet.

For the femslash_today Winter Porn Battle 2015, prompt "Crossover, Doctor Who/Jessica Jones, Jessica Jones/Lady Christina de Souza, break the rules"

Princess in the Tower )

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Fic rec-State of Flux

Dec. 1st, 2015 04:42 am
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Posted by lijahlover

Title:State of Flux
Author: Atiki
Pairing: Johnlock
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC,
Author's summary:John’s marriage is over and he is finally back home (i.e. at Baker Street, where he belongs).
Sherlock is awfully insecure and John is awfully hesitant, and they're both awkward idiots, of course, but they figure it out. Many First Times happen.

Reccer's comments:This is so romantic every word perfect. Everyone deserves to be loved like Sherlock loves John. This story is so beautiful and gives me all the feels. If any two are soulmates and fated to be together it is Sherlock and John.

Sherlock has some insecurity and John has steadfastness both very ic. You feel like they both have respect and care for each other. The buildup is slow and satisfying I love all the little detail she weaves into the story.

I will share just this paragraph with you......."Sometimes moments of recognition just happen when you least expect them. And right now, with John completely safe and at ease in his arms, Sherlock understands. He understands that he and John cannot be apart, and they never will be. He understands that one day, he will have a cottage in Sussex and bee hives and his curls will be greying, and he will need reading glasses, and he understands that when that happens, John will still be here."

Awwwwwwwww so sweet so do yourself a favor and read this gem or re read it. :)
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Mark Watney will need to buy a lot of people beers.

A collection of in-world oneshots cataloging the world's reactions. From the news to social media and from regular people to NASA rover techs.

The end of NaNo

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:30 pm
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Here it is, the end of NaNoWriMo, and I feel like I have nothing to really show for it. I mean, I've managed a fairly decent amount of words, but I didn't even come close to breaking 25k, much less 50k. That isn't to say that I haven't tried or that I'm giving up on this story already, but I definitely did not achieve (or surpass) my goals.

Well, Boo still loves me, if the massive purrs and snuzzles are anything to go by.
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I just need people to know that these are a thing that exist for purchase and now no one has any excuse not to draw your faves characters in these- regardless of whether they’re actually Jewish or whether you just headcanon them as such. This is the greatest thing.

Okay, sure, why not.

Nov. 30th, 2015 08:25 pm
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Anyone up for giving topics for the December posting meme? Comment with topics (and, optionally, a date - if you don't give me a date, I'll pick one for you) - you can do more than one per comment, if you'd like!

Some general ideas of things I like talking about: writing, entertainment stuff (music/concerts, movies, TV, video games, theater, comics, etc.), more generally fandomy stuff (particularly fanfic), drawing, kids, baseball (or other sports, but baseball's the one I know best and I'm casual at best there), places I've been, and so on.

Ways I've actively been spending my days lately: NaNo/writing, Duolingo/language learning, watching TV (Star Trek shows - I'm at the end of TNG/beginning of DS9 in a full series (re)watch, HGTV shows, the occasional pop into things like Gilmore Girls), spending time with Team Sister/Older Sister/BFF, listening to music (THE NEW ONE DIRECTION), and probably other things I'm forgetting. Twitter? Tumblr? Yeah. The occasional jaunt away from home, too.

Dates. )

Non-Christians need not apply

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:00 pm
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I've had "What ISIS Really Wants" (The Atlantic, Graeme Wood, March 2015) open as a longread in a tab for a while. It was highly recommended and I was interesting in reading his perspective. And it was an interesting read, until I hit a sentence so amazingly factually wrong it's called everything he has to say into question.
Centuries have passed since the wars of religion ceased in Europe, and since men stopped dying in large numbers because of arcane theological disputes. Hence, perhaps, the incredulity and denial with which Westerners have greeted news of the theology and practices of the Islamic State.

Dude. Dude. Sixty years ago, when your parents were possibly already born, six million Jews were killed in Western Europe. Graeme Wood was already in high school when the Bosnian War pitted Christian versus Muslim, and 20K-50K Muslim women were victims of genocidal rape.

Unless you are going to claim that "ethnic cleansing" or "ethnic conflict" can't be a religious war, in which case, given how whiteness and ethnicity are defined, "religious war" in Europe always needs to be between Christians (or internicine at the very least, but given Europe, this implies between Christians).

(One could argue that since the Nazis were only sort of Christian, WWII doesn't count. I'd argue that wanting to kill people of a specific religion is by definition a religious war, and besides, it's irrelevant, given that most of us should have pretty clear memories of the mass graves they found in Bosnia.)

Basically, at best he's being cavalier and poorly edited. At worst both he and his editor assume that Christians can only understand a group such as ISIS by thinking about Christians murdering each other, because Christians murdering Muslims or Pagan-Occultist-Christians murdering Jews is totally understandable. For what it's worth, I assume the problem is the former. But that also makes the article less believable as a whole.

Almost December 1st

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:21 pm
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I have a December topic meme up - I'd love some more topics!

Reading of my flist has been kind of sporadic as of late, so if anyone else has a December meme that I haven't asked anything for, just drop me a link!

Other stuff, pretty quickly: reached 50k words on NaNo, barely, but spread out over several projects. I have already begun making my writing plan for 2016 and hopefully I can be a little more productive next year.

I have the next three days off from work, so maybe I'll be around a bit more? Or maybe I'll just spend the time watching TV.
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As with the last couple of years, I'm not going to do the full-on December posting meme with assigned dates for topics and whatnot, because that'd be doomed to failure even if I weren't at Casual Job right now.

But if there's anything you'd like me to post about, toss out a topic and I'll see what I can do! (I...still have a couple from last year that I haven't written up yet, so timeliness is not guaranteed. And I reserve the right to say "nope, nothing's coming to mind", of course, but that's only happened a couple of times.)
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Posted by Ampersand


  1. My friend Jenn Moore has started a new blog, Broken but Beautiful. Please go check it out.
  2. Justice Antonin Scalia Can’t See The Difference Between LGBT Rights And Child Molester Rights. This is why I’m desparate for a Democrat to win the next Presidential election.
  3. The Complete History of Transgender Characters in American Comic Books | Autostraddle
  4. Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets – Vox
  5. The Confused Thinking Behind the Kimono Protests at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and, Seeing Beyond “Kimono Wednesdays”: On Asian American Protest. Two contrasting views on a recent “cultural appropriation” controversy. In this case, I’m on the side of the writer who calls the protests “confused thinking.”
  6. Report: Transgender Job Applicants In D.C. Face Staggering Discrimination Rates: DCist
  7. Study Finds People With a Disability Are More Likely to Face Employment Discrimination
  8. A survey measured 38 countries’ support for free speech. The US came out on top. – Vox The survey didn’t include any look at how people felt about copyrights interfering with free speech, however. Or employers interfering with free speech.
  9. Why I Provide Abortions – The New York Times
  10. I’m really enjoying Mapcrunch. Just hitting “go” again and again and teleporting to different spots on earth. (If you like a challenge, you can play the airport game, but “challenge” here is synonymous with “tedious.”)
  11. Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year – The Washington Post
  12. The 911 System Isn’t Ready for the iPhone Era – The New York Times
  13. How Fox News’ Climate Change Denial Finds Its Way Into Children’s Textbooks | Blog | Media Matters for America
  14. Why one political scientist thinks Donald Trump might actually win – Vox
  15. These stairs are so gorgeous, and the only way I’d ever go down them is backwards with my hands and feet, like going down a ladder. So steep! What was the designer thinking?
  16. Should Marvel’s Iron Fist Be Cast With An Asian American? Short answer: Yes. He makes a good argument, I think.
  17. How to Prosecute Abusive Prosecutors – The New York Times
  18. Laquan McDonald and The Corrupt System That Killed Him – The Atlantic
  19. Icelated — Sick Burn from the Official British Rebuttal to…
  20. The tardigrade genome has been sequenced, and it has the most foreign DNA of any animal – ScienceAlert Includes an incredibly cool animated GIF of a tardigrade swimming!
  21. ‘No more baby parts,’ suspect in attack at Colo. Planned Parenthood clinic told official – The Washington Post. So when you use fake footage to paint Planned Parenthood as monsters unfit to live, this is the unsurprising outcome.
  22. Ted Cruz Describes Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter As ‘Transgendered Leftist Activist’ | ThinkProgress Also unsurprisingly, Cruz is lying.
  23. The Perpetually Frustrating Conversation About Sex Differences | | Observer A Cathy Young article that – despite some pointless (and unsourced – which feminists are saying all men are brutes?) feminist bashing – I by and large agree with.
  24. Faith in Representation: Valiant Efforts A thoughtful comic strip, by Sarah Winifred Searle, about representation and a forthcoming fat superhero. (Thanks to Richard for the link.)
  25. Donors gave a super PAC $6 million. Candidates actually got about $140,000. – LA Times In a nutshell: A lot of people who thought they were donating to Ben Carson, were actually mainly putting money into the pockets of PACs and consultants and mailing-list gurus.
  26. 5 things the media does to manufacture outrage. — Medium Thanks to Harlequin for the link.
  27. Why Consensual Sex Can Still Be Bad — The Cut
  28. And a commentary on the reaction to the above article: Sex can be entirely legal and also really bad.
  29. Gamergate: The Greatest Trick The Devil Ever Pulled – The Establishment I’m linking this piece mainly because of the fascinating story of “Allison Prime.” I always find sock puppet narratives compelling.
  30. Well that neighbor feud took an amusing turn.


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The collected poems from my descent into madness year spent writing daily poems are now available from Lulu as the cheapest 330-page book they would let me make ($16.20). If that's too pricey, you can also get it from Lulu as a free download, or just click on the "a poem every day" tag to read them here. But if you did buy one, that'd be awesome.

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