Drop everything you're doing and read this now. Especially if you're coming from SGA fandom -- God, I've missed the fish-out-of-water humor (and possibly the extraterrestrials too). Spot-on voices, and the plot is a wonder.

Carry Me 'Til You Marry Me (13412 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Melinda May/Bobbi Morse
Characters: Melinda May, Bobbi Morse, Jemma Simmons, Phil Coulson, Skye | Daisy Johnson, Lance Hunter, Leo Fitz, Antoine Triplett, Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie
Additional Tags: Aliens Made Them Do It, (get married), Fake Marriage
The alien queen stood, and the audience hushed. "We have been blessed by such a display," she said. "I do not think that our people have seen a pair of warriors so in tune with each other in a long time. How long have you two been married?"
Melinda blinked. Married?
"Oh, we're not --" Bobbi said, and then shut her mouth with a click of her jaw.
"Then you must allow me to marry you! A couple such as you should not be forced to wait one minute longer."

(The 'Bus is kidnapped by aliens, who politely offer to marry Bobbi and Melinda. Who are they to refuse such an offer?)

As I told the anonymous author I would happily marry m'self after receiving this gem, THIS IS THE FAKE-MARRIED-AMTDI-SLOW!BURN-SNARKY WARRIOR ROMANCE OF MY HEART!
Fifty Shades Freed--Chapter Eleven (Part I)

In which Christian Grey poses next to a piano, Ana is afraid of him but denies it, Ana’s internalized misogyny is on full display, Grey blames Ana for a bodyguard being in a risky profession, Ana firmly denies that Grey is capable of hurting her (despite Grey canonically having hurt her physically, emotionally and sexually on numerous occasions), Grey drops hints about his adoptive father having some blackmail-worthy secrets, Grey feeds a blindfolded Ana in a way that makes me gag, and Mervin and Ket lash out at the book, blow stuff up and cuddle.
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([personal profile] muccamukk Mar. 2nd, 2015 08:50 pm)
(I was waiting to post this with another rec, but nothing's been catching my eye lately)

Title: light and the world's turning
Author: [personal profile] staranise
Fandom: Jupiter Ascending
Characters: Jupiter Jones/Caine Wise
Words: 1,300
Rating: Mature (BDSM, some blood)
Summary: Prompt: Caine expected the sex and to do what he's told and to like it. He didn't expect to be taken care of and cuddled and thanked afterwards too.
Notes: There's been a fair bit of femdomme in this fandom which is a happy making thing for me, and I just love the addition of the sweet aftercare here and the slow coming down from sex. Great fic.
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([personal profile] settiai Mar. 2nd, 2015 09:30 pm)
*insert high-pitched noises and flailing here*

So, about that season finale...
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([personal profile] kaffyr Mar. 2nd, 2015 05:45 pm)

The editing and coding problems I had when I posted Despatches From the Rear last night, which more or less made it unpleasant reading on DW and incomplete reading over on LJ, have apparently been banished by dint of my taking a mental health break this afternoon and editing it yet again, this time removing all of the story below the first set of asterisks and putting them in again.

I did it on the Mac instead of the PC, but that probably has nothing to do with the situation.

I don't care. At least the story's readable now. Score one for the home team.
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([personal profile] kerrypolka Mar. 2nd, 2015 08:06 pm)
Hello! It's MARCH! Thanks very much for saying nice things on my last post, which was just a particularly bad week near the end of a particularly relentless few months – I especially felt better when I looked at my calendar and realised that I haven't had more than 36 hours in a row off shift (not even including commute time) since the first week of December, which is a fair reason to be feeling worn down! Especially because this was supposed to be a job with lots of downtime and time off, which was a big reason I took it, and I had been trying to do the same amount of stuff-outside-work and then going 'ugh why am I so tired?' Truly it is a mystery, self. Happily things are getting back to normal this month.

Here are some other things that have helped me feel better lately:

Moving around more: I am very against the social pressure to Exercise, which is always a bit vaguely 'cardio! sit-ups! machines! loud music! look at how happy this blonde lady is in her yoga pants and lipstick!' and when aimed at women usually has the subtext of Lose Weight, You Lazy Cow. But in my grumpiness I had taken this past 'yes, it is okay to not Do Exercise' and 'no, Exercise doesn't magically fix all health issues' to, like, 'moving around with the intention of feeling better is total bullshit and just conforming to the patriarchy!!'. And it turned out when I started simply trying to move around more as part of normal life – walking outside for an hour or so before night shifts, stretching and doing not-quite-push-ups against the couch arm for fifteen minutes while watching Agent Carter – I started sleeping much better, and feeling less vaguely irritable and zonked out. Way to go, moving around!

Eating better (for me): In further hold-the-front-page news, eating mostly food that tastes nice, includes a fair proportion of vegetables, and isn't too heavy makes me feel better than eating mostly oven chips and takeaways. I am very pro oven chips and takeaways when cooking isn't feasible for whatever reason (bad day, very tired, etc), but it got so that every night was feeling like that, and eating like that every day wasn't making me feel good.

A related problem is that I have several cookbooks that have great recipes but are more effort than I'm up for on weekdays, so I'd get home, look through them and go "ooh, that looks nice!", then read at the eighteen steps and go "ehhhhhhh" and order out. Recently I've looked for and bought recipe books based on whether I'll actually cook from them, and it's been really good – the food's been tasty and I haven't felt vaguely sad and disappointed in myself every night, which is always a good feeling to stop having! Here are the main books I've been using and really like, which have dishes that taste nice and take around 10-20 minutes to prep:

Every Grain of Rice: Chinese recipes, mostly Szechuan, by Fuchsia Dunlop. I like every recipe I've tried in this, but each one has seemed to require an ingredient I don't have on hand, which has been a bit annoying.

Easy Indian: Indian recipes, mostly Keralan, by Das Sreedharan. Sreedharan founded London's excellent Rasa chain, and I almost bought one of his other books that didn't have 'Easy' in the title, which I felt was ~beneath me~, but then I reminded myself I did want easy recipes, and this has been my favourite so far. It's exactly what I needed, really good recipes that are ready in 5-20 minutes and mostly involve just chopping things and making them hot.

Real Food: Vegetarian Recipes for Your Slo-Cooker: Not sure about the term 'slo-cooker', but this has been a good resource for soups/stews/misc gloopy food to take into work that I actually look forward to eating.

It's not dark at 3:30pm any more: hurrah spring

Getting blasted and going to see 50 Shades of Grey at the Peckhamplex: Okay, so this is not a film I would necessarily have set out to see, but Ewan has pledged to see and review every film written or directed by a woman with a mainstream release in 2015, and did not want to the guy buying a single ticket to a spanking sex film, so we went to the £5 with a friend and consumed just really absurd amounts of booze. It was a very silly film. I don't remember very much about it except that liked Dakota Johnson much, much more than I expected to, Callum Keith Rennie was in it for thirty seconds (HI RAY!!) and Jennifer Ehle had an amazing purple dress. I liked that most of the main relationship was Christian Grey of Grey Enterprises, 1 Grey Tower, going "DON'T YOU KNOW I'M BAD FOR YOU? I DON'T DO LOVE!!" while whatsherface went "…Okay?" Oh my god, though, so much booze. (I just brought a thermos full of rum and lime juice, A++ would smuggle into movie theatre again.)
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([personal profile] vesperregina posting in [community profile] vidding Mar. 2nd, 2015 11:41 am)
"My Body is a Cage," The Cutting Edge, Kate Moseley, character study.

"Take On Me," The Cutting Edge, Doug Dorsey/Kate Moseley, romance.

"I Could Be," Selfie, Eliza Dooley/Henry Higgs, romance and humor.

Links to embeds, downloads, and commentary in individual entries at my journal.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Linetti-Boyle Wedding
spoilers )

The Good Wife: Dark Money
toby ziegler would not approve of spoilers )

All in all, not a great return, but I'm still glad to have the show back after such a long hiatus.

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([personal profile] muccamukk Mar. 1st, 2015 09:00 pm)
In which there are a few surprises, several things are explained, several more things are not explained, and our show, alas, comes to an end.

Link to episode on youtube.

Feel free to link this to whoever you think might be interested. OpenID and anon comments are on for anyone who doesn't have a DW.

Comments are a spoiler zone for this episode, and, indeed, the whole series.

Welp, that's the show. I hope everyone had fun, and thank you for playing along.
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([personal profile] kaffyr Mar. 1st, 2015 09:25 pm)
Title: Despatches from the Rear
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Characters: Brian Williams, Gus Pond, Tabetha Pond, River Song
Rating: PG
Edited by: my beloved [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh, aka 
[personal profile] buckaroobob , with invaluable help from [personal profile] a_phoenixdragon 
Summary: Brian Williams didn't mind getting older. He did mind losing people he loved. A story of what might happen after.
Author's Note: I find myself returning again and again to the fallout from The Angels Take Manhattan - and, because I have never quite reconciled myself to that ending for The Family Pond, writing things that might or might not be fixits. While the timing in this story is such that it simply doesn't jibe with the events in Ports of Call, it posits much the same potential outcome. 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They belong solely to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I do, however love them all and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.


Brian got the first message )
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([personal profile] nenya_kanadka Mar. 1st, 2015 07:34 pm)
I swear, if I start dreaming about mermaid robots or something I won't be surprised. So many different kinds of SFF! Also, sequels.

Books reading:
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone*
Broken Homes (Rivers of London #4) by Ben Aaronovitch
The Outskirter's Secret (The Steerswoman #2) by Rosemary Kirstein

Books to read shortly:
The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord*, **
Synners by Pat Cadigan**
Half Life (Russell's Attic #2) by SL Huang
Trade Me by Courtney Milan***

Books pre-empted by library books:
Mars Rover Curiosity by Rob Manning (aaah really want to get back to my Christmas present book!)
AtLA comic "The Promise - Part Three"
The eternal list of Eighth Doctor Adventures (#33 of 73 now I believe)

*Library books
**Fuck You Winterfox Reading List
***not actually SFF or real-life space-travel!
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([personal profile] muccamukk Mar. 1st, 2015 07:37 pm)
I'm taking a break from my early NASA book because it's getting a bit much with the American jingoism. Still really interesting, but I think it'll be better if I listen to something else for a bit. In that light, I'm switching to Big Finish.

Doctor Who "Colditz" - So I wanted to listen to Dark Eyes 2, which meant I had to listen to UNIT: Dominion, which meant I had to listen to Klein's story up to that point, so here I am. I'd been more or less avoiding this episode because the further I stay away from Doctor Who combining with WWII, the better. However, this did have David Tennant as an amoral German officer, which was pretty amusing. Actually as Nazi stories go, and as Seven stories go, this turned out better than I expected. Both the British and the German characters got to have quite a bit of range and ambiguity, and the time travel plot was cleverly done. Plus Seven wasn't utterly horrible to anyone, at least not anyone who didn't receive fair warning and continue to walk into it. Ace got to play a chump and a victim far more than I would have liked, and apparently she's on some kind of depressing arc plot right now, which probably leads to the horror that is "Rapture" later in the run, plus way too many rape threats directed at her by the Tennant character. Anyway, good episode mostly, pity about Ace.

We caught up on Agent Carter, on which I don't have many opinions on save that I very much enjoyed the last three episodes, the whole back half of the series really. The pacing finally came together, and we had so many great character moments from everyone, even if the plot never was terribly coherent, and it continued to 100% fail at race (like seriously, this is 2015, that was OUTRAGEOUSLY terrible representation. My favourite description is "Whiter than Benedict Cumberbatch"). I very much hope that it gets renewed, however, so it may do better next season. And we can see more Peggy, because Peggy is the best.

Still behind on The Musketeers.

I tried to read the Julie Rose translation of Les Mis but even just skimming it I found it jarringly colloquial, as had been reported, and quickly gave up.

I did read When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid
So everything those rave reviews say about this book being "Brave" and "Unflinching" and whatnot is true. It's a brutal picture of teens (children, really) who have fallen through the cracks, and what they have to do to survive. I love these kids; they're smart, courageous, imaginative and determined to get the hell out. It falls short of the kind of hagiography you can get in these sorts of books, because the main character is such a glorious little snot, but you have to love him anyway, eh? The plot, writing, character voices, etc, were all very strong, and I can see why it's pulling awards.

That said, Spoilers, if you've managed to miss any of the chatter or publicity around this book )

Current library list:
Checked out:
The Treasure of the San José: Death at Sea in the War of the Spanish Succession by Carla Rahn Phillips
Inda by Sherwood Smith
Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Landmark Herodotus by Herodotus
Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood

The Color of Earth By Tong-hwa Kim (in transit)
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (in transit)
* Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (2 on 2 copies)
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay (17 on 4 copies)
The Back of the Turtle: A Novel by Thomas King (29 on 15 copies)
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (36 on 3 copies)

† Probably mostly going to skim
‡ Unable to renew.
* Still on order.
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([personal profile] kindkit Mar. 1st, 2015 08:53 pm)
My allergy problem segued into a sinus infection problem, leading to several unpleasant days on which my entire face hurt, but I'm better now and feeling mostly human again.

Today I was reminded that while the Granada Sherlock Holmes series was mostly excellent, towards the end it went off the rails. I checked out "The Eligible Bachelor" from the library. I'd never seen it before, and ye gods was it terrible. About a third of the storyline was based on two ACD stories, the rest was a lot of overheated Victorian melodrama, terrible special effects, and scenery-chewing. Even Jeremy Brett went a bit over the top; only Edward Hardwicke kept his dignity and grace as Watson, but unfortunately he wasn't in the story much.

In another instance of bad media choices, I also checked out The Explorers: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success from the library. I was in a hurry and didn't look closely at it; I just saw from the blurb that it was about the Burton and Speke expeditions to find the source of the Nile and thought it would be interesting. It turned out not to really even be about the expeditions, apart from a few scattered pages. Mostly it's about seven personality traits supposedly associated with explorers, and how they can help the reader succeed in their own life. So, scads of self-helpish generalities and dubious neuroscience. Also, it turns out the author is a frequent ghostwriter co-writer for right-wing television pundit Bill O'Reilly, whom he enthuses about in the author's notes.

I only skimmed but still managed to be irritated, especially by author Martin Dugard mentioning Richard Hillary as an example of the brave, persevering explorer type. Hillary, Dugard writes, was a pilot "shot down and killed during World War II." Now, this is technically true, but not the way it sounds. First Hillary was shot down and seriously burned. After surgeries, rehabilitation and a lot of badgering of doctors and commanding officers, he managed to get himself cleared for flight retraining even though his hands were stiff from scar tissue. During training he crashed his plane, killing himself and his radio operator. Hillary, when his story is told honestly and not fudged, doesn't strike me as an admirable example of ceaselessly striving for your dreams, but rather an example of the value of knowing when to quit.

I've made at least one not-mistaken media choice by starting to read Chaz Brenchley's Outremer series, which is set in a fantasy version of the crusader settlements in the middle east, aka Outremer. It's a bit grimdark, and given how important religion is supposed to be, the religious issues aren't clearly defined, but it's a good story so far and I like that there are queer characters who are central and have plots roles well beyond their queerness. I should note that the books aren't really standalones; they need to be read in order and so far they tend to end abruptly.

So how are you all? I miss you!
I think I talked a little about this before, but my church is trying out a new hospitality approach this year, wherein the congregation is split into four 'teams,' each of which runs greeting and ushering and coffee hour and sanctuary decorations and such-like for four or five weeks at a time on a rotating schedule. My team's slot is coming up again -- I believe we have the last two weeks of March and the first two of April -- and so we had a potluck dinner/planning session on Saturday evening.

Attendance was much sparser than at our introductory dinner session last year, but we made some plans and had some good conversation over good food, so I count it a success.

I successfully timed my pot roast to finish cooking at 4:30pm, after which I wrapped the tupperware container (plus ladle and serving dish) in several towels and headed off for church. While walking, I ran into Arthur, my team's leader (who has also been a co-teacher of mine in past years), at which point he offered a ride and I figured it would be silly to say no, especially when my only real reason was that I wanted to take a photograph of Cascadilla Creek from the Tioga St. bridge for my continuing documentary photo project. So I ended up arriving a bit early and doing a lot of the physical setup -- tables and chairs and dishes and silverware and such -- since it turned out that our intended room had already been set up for the Sunday noon pledge drive kickoff brunch. Whoops! I also did the majority of dish washing after the meal, because I genuinely like washing dishes.

I have now learned that when bringing food to potlucks (at least in Ithaca), my cheesy potatoes with stuff in dish goes over a lot better than pot roast. This is weird, since I make an awesome pot roast, but I guess a mostly vegetable-and-carbohydrate dish seems, I dunno, healthier/greener than an explicitly meat-based dish, even though I put an awful lot of onion and carrot into my pot roasts and the potato dish has a fair bit of cubed ham. Maybe it's the relative visibility of all ingredients in the potato dish, versus a dish where everything is smothered in opaque brown gravy?

Oh well, I came home with delicious leftovers so it's my gain and everyone else's loss. :-)

Anyway, I have signed up to do coffee hour cleanup on all of the Sundays in question. This will A) get me out of the house, B) make me feel productive and supportive and stuff, and C) save me from having to do heavy human-contact jobs like greeting. A win all around, I think.
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([personal profile] jae Mar. 1st, 2015 06:50 pm)
Fine fannish folks: if you were looking for a beta with a very specific sort of expertise to look over a story just for that one specific thing (a specific dialect, in this case), where might you go to ask?
Note: my job put a crimp in my ability to view stuff. MOST ANNOYING.

Read more... )

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([personal profile] musesfool Mar. 1st, 2015 07:30 pm)
It snowed again today, so good thing I had bacon! Snowstorms + bacon = best tradition I ever instituted. I made another pot of French onion soup yesterday, and it was just as good the second time around (I finished the last batch during the week). Also, I did not know onions had any nutritional value, but apparently they do, so go me for willingly eating a vegetable! (I still want to try one of the lemon carrot bisque recipes I found after eating it on the cruise - I never would have believed cooked carrots could taste so good, but I guess adding lemon and heavy cream helps a lot. *g*)

I also finished up Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round and Long Way Down, which I'd been watching on Netflix the last week or so. I enjoyed the scenery porn, and he's very charming, which allows the facepalmy bits to slide by a little easier.

Now I'm relaxing and catching up on some fic that was posted while I was away, and later there will be new B99 and TGW to assuage the Sunday night willies. I hope everyone else is having a nice Sunday too.



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