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([personal profile] musesfool Jul. 29th, 2014 10:07 pm)
recs update!

[personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for July 2014 with 40 recs in 5 fandoms:

* 33 Avengers
* 3 DCU (2 Arrow, 1 TDKR)
* 1 Rivers of London, 1 Young Avengers
* 1 Middleman, and 1 Middleman/Captain America crossover


Ugh, I finally decided on a title for this story but now I can't figure out how to get from the pining to the kissing. Everything I write is terrible and has to be deleted! Why did I choose this stupid hobby, anyway? Maybe I'll just go to bed.

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([personal profile] naraht Jul. 29th, 2014 09:40 pm)
Pick a character I’ve written and I will explain the top ~three to five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

With caveats:
• "Accurately" is relative to my own writing goals and not a requirement for everyone in the world to write the character the same way I do!
• I'm off on holiday in c. 24 hours so there may be a cut-off with delayed responses after that.

My fics can be found here.
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([personal profile] astridv Jul. 29th, 2014 08:21 pm)
My city yesterday... (so grateful our place stayed dry, *knock on wood*)
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([personal profile] astridv Jul. 29th, 2014 04:24 pm)
My internet is back! Internet, I missed you so!
Last night we got the rain of the century. Another weather record broken, sigh. I'm immensely grateful we're living on the outskirts of town on what passes for a hill in Westphalia... half the city was underwater last night.
Hope all my fellow Northern German flisters are okay, with hopefully dry basements.
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([personal profile] midnightsjane Jul. 28th, 2014 10:07 pm)
I am at a loss for words, subject wise. Can't come up with anything smart and to the point to lead into my post, so I'll just say hello, everyone. How are you? Keeping busy? Enjoying the summer? I know I am. Even though I'm a little more busy than I would like, I'm doing fine. Can't believe we're halfway through summer already. Wow.

I kind of did myself a disservice this week by booking more shifts than I really want to: 4 dayshifts in a row, ugh. Sometimes when I'm prebooking shifts for a month away I don't realize how much I'm going to end up working; the trouble with being a casual is that you have to take the work when it's there, and realize that some months shifts are going to be a little thin on the ground. Oh well, I'll just think of the money.

Today was the day we do all the stalls because it's our employee's day off. We really motored and got all the work done by 10:30! It really helped that Jack was there to push all the wheelbarrows to the manure pile and empty them for us, so Sue and I could just clean. We wanted to get it done before Jack went to work (he's working the afternoon shift),and before it got too hot.

It was stinking hot this afternoon. I was working in my garden and it felt like I was in a sauna, the sweat was just dripping off me. Picked some peas and some greens for dinner, did a little weeding. I have to plant more salad stuff and some spinach for a fall harvest. My little garden is doing quite well, considering how late a start it got.

There are 4 of the biggest squash plants you've ever seen growing on the manure pile; some of the seeds from my kitchen scraps germinated, and presto! giant squash plants. I checked today, and I think I have butternut and acorn squashes. Lots of little squashes on the plants. They certainly like the manure pile!

We had someone come and mow the field on Saturday. Midnight and Rochelle are really having a great time out there. Rochelle was super pissed that she had to come in for a few hours while the mower was going; I think she's getting a bit spoiled with all that space and grass. It's good for her, she's looking great, getting lots of muscle. I have to start thinking about what I'm going to do about getting her under saddle in September. The hardest thing about having young horses is getting them started; finding someone who can do that isn't easy, as we've learned with the others. I have some options, I'm just trying to do the best thing. I love that little horse; she's such a sweet tempered girl, and very smart. I think we'll have a fun fall and winter working together.

oops. Almost burned the rhubarb. I'm making stewed rhubarb with the rhubarb from the garden. I love stewed rhubarb. So tart and sweet, delicious with yogurt. mmm.

I've finished my Dresden Files reread. It's really interesting when you read a series from start to finish (or to the end of the current chapter), knowing how it all ends, and seeing little foreshadowings, and wondering if the author had it all mapped out, or if he took an off the cuff remark and later on used it to swing the story line in a direction totally unexpected. Now I'm anxious for the next book!

I am slowly getting to the season end of "The 100". I think I have 3 more episodes to go, but I just haven't had time to watch. I really think it's a show with lots going for it, and I've been quite impressed by the acting and the plot. Good show. And I just realized that I still haven't watched the season finale of "Orphan Black". Must do that ASAP.

Quite excited to see that Doctor Who is starting next month. It's been a long time since the Christmas special. I think Peter Capaldi is going to make a very intriguing Doctor. Going to have a great suit, too.

Okay, time to shut it down for the night. My eyes are starting to close as I type, so I will take the hint.
Fifty Shades Freed--Chapter One (Part I)

In which the entire post is a flashback (and sometimes a flashback within a flashback) to the wedding, reception and wedding night, Kate Kavanagh covertly threatens Christian Grey, an American considers "pleased to meet you" gushing enthusiasm, a third Avenger sneaks into Shadesverse, Ana admits that Grey is an alien from another universe, and the chapter ends on a note of implicit violence and fear.
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([personal profile] onyxlynx Jul. 28th, 2014 09:46 pm)
 From my Network page:  Transactional analysis.
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([personal profile] kindkit Jul. 28th, 2014 09:06 pm)
The last episode. My episode summary is in the post; my own reactions will be in the comments on LJ. Anyone's welcome to join in. I'm avoiding any S4 spoilers that may be floating around online, so please don't mention any.

Summary )
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([personal profile] musesfool Jul. 28th, 2014 09:48 pm)
Yesterday, I got the monthly "heads up your period's due in five days" email. Today, I got my period. THERE WERE NOT FIVE DAYS BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TODAY. I MUST PROTEST.


[ profile] chicklet_girl is visiting our fair city, so we met up for dinner tonight. It was a lot of fun. And now I think I'm ready for bed.

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([personal profile] settiai Jul. 28th, 2014 08:48 pm)
Happy birthday, [ profile] hamsterwoman, [personal profile] kate_aldasse, [ profile] raindroproses, and [personal profile] thedivinegoat!
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([personal profile] muccamukk Jul. 28th, 2014 04:10 pm)
Library book list of direness:

*Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Centuries of Bondage by Marcel Trudel
*Scotland: From Prehistory to the Present by Fiona J. Watson
*Seven for A Secret by Lyndsay Faye
*A Shadow on the Household: One Enslaved Family's Incredible Struggle for Freedom by Bryan Prince
*Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl by Harriet A. Jacobs
Castles of Scotland: A Voyage Through the Centuries by C. J. Tabraham
Scotland: The Autobiography : 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw It Happen edited by Rosemary Goring
The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
Cult, A Love Story: Ten Years Inside A Canadian Cult and the Subsequent Long Road to Recovery by Alexandra Amor
A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir by Kate Bornstein
Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood

*cannot be renewed.

Two book reviews:

Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World by Kathleen Jamie
Absolutely gorgeous writing and insights. I can't think of much to say about this beyond expressing how much I appreciated the author's connection with both the natural world and our relationship with it. So many nature books get really floaty and on about the perfection of the natural world, and her descriptions of a pod of killer whales, or an ice burg are nothing short of astonishing, but the book is always about how humans and the land and the animals interact and connect, what place we have with each other. Sometimes brutal, sometimes stunning, always interesting.

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton
Pretty solid account of Tubman's life, though as facts were somewhat thin on the ground, the author leaned hard on context. I feel as though Clinton could have used more examples of people in similar circumstances, and engaged in less speculation. Overall, I leaned a lot, but I had to wade though a fair bit of sentences that went like, "Harriet must have felt xyz..." which, no, you don't know that.
This summer is frankly astonishing. It's been hotter for longer than I think I ever remember - it's been about six weeks since I last wore my jacket, and I'm thoroughly tired of being outrageously sweaty! Weeks and weeks of it. Still, today was cooler (after a week where the office temperature was consistently over the 27C the thermometer on the wall can measure...) and it's supposed to cool down further - "only" 21C! It comes to something when the average monthly high is a refreshing change to coolness.

One thing I had noticed, though, is that I have achieved a highly effective deodorant / antiperspirant regime - I drip with sweat all the time, but I have entirely defeated the underarm patches! Of course, when I went to the supermarket to stock up on toiletries, it turned out that they've stopped manufacturing all of the products I use. Sometimes it feels like the marketers are doing it deliberately - I know [personal profile] oursin suffers from this as well, so at least it's not just me. Back to buying one of everything on the shelf it is...

On a more cheerful note, making up for the upsetting situations I keep finding myself in at work lately (I'm not even doing anything actually wrong, for once!), my management put me in for a one-off bonus payment, to reflect the amount of work I've been doing on the new system we're getting at work, so Wednesday's payslip will have an extra £500 in it. Which is both a) very nice and b) reassuring, after the bollocking I got for "practically snoring all the way through" a training session I was not only awake for but paid attention to the whole of. Only somehow I apparently convinced somewhere between two people and "everyone there" that I was asleep, which - I don't even know how to deal with that, frankly, because I was awake with my eyes open the entire time, and I don't know what more I could reasonably have done. Getting into trouble for losing my temper is upsetting, but least I understand why and some of the things I need to do about it! Oh well. Not everyone is mad at me. All I can do is keep plugging on and trying hard until it blows over.
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([personal profile] astridv Jul. 28th, 2014 04:47 pm)
Maybe you will, maybe you won't (one day maybe you might) by [ profile] SmilinStar
Simmons/Ward UST; future fic/mission fic/undercover; teen; 4453 words
Summary: She can feel his heart thumping away under her fingertips, remarkably steady, unaffected as she whispers, “I don't trust you.” “I know.”

And here's a particularly cool thing I've found on YouTube: Parkour meets cosplay!
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([personal profile] lilly_the_kid posting in [community profile] vidding Jul. 28th, 2014 04:44 pm)
Title: Oh No
Source: Iron Man 1, 2, 3 + Avengers
Music: Oh No by Marina and the Diamonds
Character/Genre: Tony Stark character study
Summary: I know exactly what I want and who I want to be
Content Notes: violence as it is depicted in the movies
Vidder Notes: I love this song and so many of the lyrics fit Tony soooo perfectly. ( I mean, "Maybe it is all a test, cause I feel like I'm the worst, so I always act like I'm the best"!)   I just had to do this. And it was a lot of fun!

streaming+ download here on lj and here on dw
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([personal profile] kaffyr Jul. 28th, 2014 08:39 am)
For Your Monday Morning Listening Pleasure

For various skewed powers of pleasure, I suppose, but I found it an excellent way to start the week.

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([personal profile] lilacsigil Jul. 28th, 2014 08:42 pm)
I'm cleaning out a lot of comics while we move house and I would rather pass them along to fellow fans if anyone wants them. Happy to send them anywhere for free. Feel free to let other fans know about this if you think they'd like anything.

Today's offerings:

X-Men: Emperor Vulcan, five issue miniseries, complete. Great for fans of Rachel Grey, the Shi'Ar, or wacky X-Men space adventures. Also good for fans of Vulcan but I don't know if there are any.

Vertigo: Shadows Fall, six issue miniseries, complete. Very early 90s Vertigo style urban horror, nice art.
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([personal profile] vilakins Jul. 28th, 2014 09:44 pm)
It's Jasmin's 6th birthday today; it really doesn't seem that long since we got her. It was also Ashley's 6th in May but I never got round to posting, so here are photos of them both, taken over the last few months.

There was tuna for all three. :-)

Photos )
Title: A Bird of Paradise 21/31
Author: Versaphile
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana
Rating: NC-17
Length: 148k / est 200k
Genre: Adventure, Angst, Romance, Magic Revealed
Summary: Merlin is Arthur's lover, his manservant, his knight, the grain of sand that will make Camelot into a shining pearl. But the one thing he cannot be is a sorcerer. After Merlin confesses, Arthur is determined to find a way to remove Merlin's magic, to remove the corruption without killing him, and before it can destroy his soul. But magic can only be fought with magic. Without Merlin's powers, Camelot will be defenseless against the next magical attack. And that's not all Arthur has to worry about, because there are visitors to the court, alliances and enemies, and a princess he may have no choice but to marry.

Gwen has listened in silence for years as Morgana's muttered nightmares have proved true again and again, and her latest are terrifying visions of people with glowing red eyes and the destruction of Camelot itself. When Camelot loses its only protection against the devastation that is to come, Gwen must find a way to rescue Merlin from Arthur before it's too late.

( Morgana turned back to Gaius. "If my mother had magic, why on earth would my father have taken Uther's side? Why would he teach me that magic was something to be afraid of? He had to know that I would inherit."

"Some lines remain strong, or strengthen through the generations. But in others, the magic dies out. Most children do not manifest their magic until they come of age, and the earliest is puberty. Your father could not have been certain about your powers until that time."

But Morgana was not assuaged. "He asked Uther to take me in as his ward in the event of his death. He had to know that could mean sending me to mine."
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([personal profile] versaphile Jul. 27th, 2014 11:57 pm)
Wow, it's been a long time since I wrote a complete chapter in a weekend. Ch 24 rounded out at 18pp / 7.2k. Which means I can move this to the final document, and post chapter 21, which has been waiting patiently in the queue.

Whee! Next up: chapter 25 outline.
Title: and the song remains the same
Fandom: X-men movieverse
Rating: Teen
Pairing: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Summary: Sometimes love just isn't enough.
Disclaimer They belong to Marvel and Fox, not me!
Other Notes Written for [ profile] crescent_gaia for Notprimetime, betaed by [personal profile] aphrodite_mine.

Aka what if Erik had grown up with Charles instead of Mystique? )

Also at A03.


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