Title: Avalanche
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin/Tenzin; OCs
Rating: Teen

Summary: Lin put her whole life on hold to move to the Southern Water Tribe and help protect the Avatar. That was three years ago, and she's ready for a change.

Notes: Sometimes I get a terrible idea that just won't go away. In this case, it was, "AU where Lin goes into politics instead of policing". That, of course, led to, "Um, self, what? How?" This is a bit of worldbuilding for that AU.

Content warnings for Children and Self-Indulgence. Many thanks to AmiraElizabeth for her support, comments and sketches, and Branwyn for her ruthless beta reading.

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([personal profile] edenfalling Feb. 23rd, 2017 10:44 pm)
1. Cut my fingernails.

2. Asked rental office bosses about getting a week off in late June. They said that should be okay, so... I may actually get to Cass Lake this year!!! \o/

more items under the cut )

13. Got to work rewriting my Cotton Candy Bingo fic, as per my realization that the characters needed to be nicer in general. I have managed to salvage and reuse a bunch of existing dialogue, just tweaked a bit so everyone's friendly rather than annoyed, and I have also tweaked a bit of scene-setting so there is now an obvious physical way to conclude the fic when I get there, instead of having it vaguely peter off into awkward silence. :)
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([personal profile] aris_tgd Feb. 23rd, 2017 07:32 pm)
UGH, I feel as though I am coming down with the thing that is going around. I've been working on fighting it off but it was really rough today.

Being behind on grading and getting not enough sleep didn't help, I'm sure.

I finished Binti by Nnedi Okorafor and it was amazing. I didn't realize I was craving space opera that hard. I am looking forward to picking up the novel when I have a little free cash. I've started Grace of Kings by Ken Liu and am enjoying it a lot so far, but I'm not very far in.

Also, I got some kickstarter rewards. Yes, Roya is terrific. Smutty and sensitive and did I mention hot and terrific. I haven't read any of My Monster Boyfriend yet, and I also got my Sorcery 101 Omnibus Book 2 which is now on the shelf. Yay, comics!

Waah, sickness and school.

Some friends are having a housewarming party in Portland this weekend, and I really want to go but I don't know if I can--I just drove up last weekend, I'm up for a wedding in a couple weeks, and then I'm taking up another friend a week or so after that. I'm swamped! Maybe I'll just arrange to come by/stay over with those folks when I'm in the area dropping friend off at PDX.

This term. It has been so difficult. Almost over, which is terrifying. Aieee.
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([personal profile] kindkit Feb. 23rd, 2017 07:46 pm)
I've watched about half of the first episode of The Man in the High Castle. Have any of you seen the series? Is it worth continuing? So far the show hasn't managed to make me care about the US being ruled by fascists, much less about its deeply boring straight white protagonists. But that could just be a case of the first episode being made as insipid as possible in order, in the minds of showrunners, to appeal to a broad audience.

Flesh Wounds (5246 words) by Amatara
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dale Cooper & Albert Rosenfield
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Minor Injuries, Blood, Mental Health Issues, References to Suicide, Recovery, Panic Attacks, Friendship, Forehead Touching, Hurt Albert, Hopeful Ending, Post-Canon

Summary: When the soul is bruised, there’s no telling how the body will react to trauma. After a minor injury, Albert struggles to accept help from a still-recovering Cooper. Post-canon, set some time after Cooper is freed from BOB’s influence.

I tend not to follow trans-related news, arts, and media as much as might be expected – not out of any disaffection with the identities or ideas, but more as a sort of not very useful self-defense practice against a number of painful and complex emotions. Anyone talking about trans issues, even talking about them really well, hurts at least a little, for the earth is made of knives. Still, a different habit would serve me better.

The (re-)restriction of trans people in American public space is frightening, yet it's almost background noise to me because of everything else that's happening.

And also of course, as a passing transmasculine person, I am least affected by this violence. It's the trans, agender, and cisgender people who don't fit into expectations of gender presentation that are most at risk, and especially transfeminine people. So a powerful if unstable privilege and the frail membrane between Canadian and US politics create a little space of denial in which I lately crouch. It's easier to worry about other people's problems, and the scale is so much greater.

It is maybe not strange, in some larger analysis of the rise and fall of empires, that this institutional violence intensifies as there is a surge of great thinking and creativity in and around gender and sexual identities -- but it feels strange, like boarding a rollercoaster and then finding yourself thrown through empty air.1

Yet I'm inspirited the recent agender, ace, aro, and fluid writing I've encountered. While my default habit is to worry about the way categories put hard borders on the mutable forms of experience, I feel like a lot of air has been let into the rooms of sex and gender lately via these identifications and discussions, and I'm grateful for that. In particular, it's made me reflect on what my own terms of intimacy might actually be.

So I hope -- I even believe -- there is enough power in these movements, these people, these ideas, to keep it all going until -- I guess until the rollercoaster can be rebuilt -- but right now I am ill in body and in spirit.

Um, so, I don't know -- any good fic recs?


1. And look, in the final analysis, I refuse to believe in some absolute or causal connection between increase in personal freedom and incipient societal collapse. (I don't buy that goofy story about the granaries either.)
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([personal profile] kindkit Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:39 am)
I'm back! With real internet that doesn't rely on stupid unreliable hotspots. Or using my phone's data allowance.

*hugs all of you*

*hugs Netflix streaming as well*
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([personal profile] baranduin Feb. 23rd, 2017 10:29 am)
Snagged from julchen and addie, more getting to know you memeage :-)

1. Who are you named after?
My first name, Lora, is from a relative, a cousin somewhat removed. She and her husband (my brother's middle name is their last name) had a lot to do with my father's upbringing so I'm named after her. My middle name is Ann and that is for my paternal grandmother though she was mostly called Annie and I never have been though my Texas relatives almost always called me Lora Ann when I was a kid.

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Due to reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I've been asked to add 7 biweekly meetings to boss1's calendar through the end of the second quarter, and as you can imagine, this is making me tear my hair out, especially for the next two weeks, which are already overbooked. This lack of understanding of the basics of space-time - that you can't be in two places at once and you can't add extra time just to fit in more meetings (I mean, they are already meeting before 9 and after 5) - is baffling to me. And extremely frustrating because after I work the scheduling magic and manage to fit everybody in somehow, they invariably decide to change things and require more rescheduling. It's stupid and exhausting.

Speaking of exhausting, they confirmed that my dad has a staph infection, the how and why of which are unknown, but nobody's uttered the terrifying term MRSA so I don't think it's that, at least. He says he feels better and wants to go home, which I guess is something. Dom is supposed to buttonhole the doctor today to get more detailed information. And the social worker has already said that he'll be sent to a rehab facility upon discharge to get him walking again. Keep your fingers crossed!


Wednesday reading, on a Thursday:

What I've just finished
The Cafe La Femme books by Livia Day: A Trifle Dead, The Blackmail Blend, and Drowned Vanilla, all of which I enjoyed very much (Drowned Vanilla even has ice cream recipes I might have to try!), though I really hope the whole situation with Stewart gets resolved satisfactorily (by which I mean, in a poly relationship for Tabitha, rather than her choosing one or the other guy).

What I'm reading now
I just started The Bees by Laline Paull, and I mean literally just started so I have nothing to say about it yet.

What I'm reading next

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([personal profile] kerravonsen Feb. 23rd, 2017 05:33 pm)
Someone pointed out to me that "Handmade By KJA" sounds like a corporation, and suggested "Handmade By Kathryn" as an alternative. Unfortunately, that name is already taken. Indeed, many, many names (and variants thereof) are already taken for Etsy stores, because they never allow names to be reused, even if they are no longer active.

So, I've been checking possible names, and here are some which are available... for the moment. I've made a poll, to see what y'all think of them.

Poll #18030 Etsy Names
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6

Which name do you prefer for my Etsy Store?

View Answers

Handmade By KJA
3 (50.0%)

Artisan Of Awesome
3 (50.0%)

Gazillion Things
1 (16.7%)

Essence Of Eclectic
2 (33.3%)

Diverse Devisings
1 (16.7%)

Imaginary Cheese
1 (16.7%)

(those on LJ can answer in the comments)

  • Handmade By KJA

  • Artisan Of Awesome

  • Gazillion Things

  • Essence Of Eclectic

  • Diverse Devisings

  • Imaginary Cheese

Yes, the last one is silly. That's why it's there, because it's silly.
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([personal profile] rusty_halo Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:01 pm)
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([personal profile] likeadeuce Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:27 pm)
What are you currently reading?

Finishing up Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, written by an African-American criminal lawyer about his experiences advocating against the death penalty, as well as against harsh prison sentences for juveniles and the mentally disabled. For the most part, this is structured around the main narrative of a death penalty appeal where Stevenson was able to win the release of a man who was wrongfully accused, interspersed with chapters that give a broader overview of a particular issue in the criminal justice system. As you can imagine, this is a pretty rough read (because of the many injustices chronicled, as well as the truly horrific backgrounds that many of the criminal defendants discussed in the book have been through.) Stevenson's career and commitment are impressive as hell, and he tells these stories with an astounding degree of empathy. Not an easy read, but worth it for me right now.

Also continuing All the Birds in the Sky and Vinegar Girl, which are much more escapist.

What did you recently finish reading?

The New Jim Crow, which I've already mentioned. Probably just as well to read this and the Stevenson book together rather than spread them out.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have Underground Airlines by Ben Winters, and a few other novels out from the library, will see what I get to. Also sort of feeling the urge to start a (very slow? sporadic? maybe just the good parts?) reread of War and Peace after watching Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.
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([personal profile] monanotlisa Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:12 pm)
I've tagged this post; on Dreamwidth you can filter -- either for or against a tag.

1. I've looked around for a summary with facts and figures for the calculated plan to profit off deportations of immigrants, versus photo collages of unclear origin or unsourced information (note, I never doubted the truth of, say, US Uncut's claim; all I want is evidence). I know it's more of a tabloid, but I'm thankful to Salon for this piece. It provides a great pivot:

President Trump’s plan to round up the undocumented will be wonderful for private prisons

2. As I discussed yesterday with one of the people I met at a Silicon Valley - type gathering, US Republicans' inactivity now is easily explained. After all the Republicans have, for decades, tried to limit access to anyone not White and Wealthy -- access to education, access to the already-patchy welfare net, and of course access to voting:

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research. (WP)

3. Many people have weighed in on The Milo Issue (I refuse to learn how to even spell his last name). The folks reading this blog likely all agree on a few things: that it's sad it took claims of pedophilia to finally look harder at this real-life troll; that he exemplifies how in the eyes of conservatives women, trans people, and immigrants are not worth protecting; that Simon & Schuster dropping him now proves the matter was never about Free Speech after all, but *content* that conservatives found appealing...or not so. But I'll bring up an article that adds what I've privately thought: that his substantive comments in this instance were so personal as to not be particularly disturbing, except of course they were in these United States and their discourse:

What we'll tolerate, and what we won't. (currentaffairs.org)
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([personal profile] rachelmanija Feb. 22nd, 2017 12:26 pm)
For the Chocolate Box exchange, which focuses on romantic or friendship pairings, I wrote The Gift for [personal profile] aurilly's request for Emeth/Tirian from The Last Battle. If you don't remember him, Emeth was the honorable young Calormene officer, who made a disproportionate impression in a very brief appearance, at least on those of us who like noble warriors.
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([personal profile] ruuger Feb. 22nd, 2017 08:39 pm)
Item 1: Sorry I've been away again, but there are things going on in RL that I will probably one day write a proper post. But not today.

Item 2: The authors for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm have been revealed, so I can admit that I wrote That Which Is Dead, in which Spike and Buffy return to Sunnydale on the trail of a necromancer and hijinks ensue. It got more comments than I've gotten in ages in a ficathon, which I now find a bit odd because when I went to respond to the comments, I noticed that it was missing a whole paragraph of text from the end. I edited and rewrote the fic so many times that I must have made a mistake copy-pasting it the last time... I almost added the missing paragraph but then I thought that since people liked the fic as it was, would I only be making the fic worse? Argh.

Item 3: If you have a a Woldcon membership and some open slots in your Hugo noms (or just want recs for some SFF), here is a a list of Finnish works that are eligible.

Item 4: Since I'm already here, a meme:

What did you just finish reading?
Jeppis by Tommi Liimatainen, which was basically a plotless nostalgia trip for people like me who grew up in a small town in the 80's. I enjoyed it, but mainly just because of all the childhood memories it inspired.

What are you reading now?

Work and Love, a biography of Tove Jansson. I've liked it so far because it's more focused on her art than her private life, though the most interesting parts have been about how the two intersect - for example how her bisexuality and her experiences during the Winter War/Continuation War were reflected in the Moomin books.

What will you read next?

My local library got rid of reservation fees at the beginning of the year, so my next book will be whatever book from my to-read queue at the library turns up next:D


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