Saturday, October 21st, 2017 07:39 pm
Me: I got hungry and dug out Grandma's recipes. I had not previously noticed the one called "canned string bean and pig innards casserole. The instructions are "dump open a can of string beans and cut open a pig."

Sister: WTF, Grandma.

Me: If you keep reading, it's a decoy meant to distract from the fact that it's really the recipe for a secret pineapple pie. A pie so secret we've never heard of it until now.

Sister: Yes, the deepest level of secrecy.

Me: Also, the recipe for her Jell-O salad says you can use either the small or large can of pineapple but "if it's the larger can, you can go ahead and eat some first." And includes instructions for how to fix it when you fuck it up.

Sister: Oh, that's useful. It's like Grandma knew her audience was gonna need that.
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 09:49 pm
A Clingy Little Bat


I've been trying to think of the right way to word this and I'm still at a loss, so bear with me while I try to explain...

I'm just feeling a bit out of touch with my doll/figure collection. I don't know what it is, and it's something that's been bubbling up for a while now. I've tried the putting them away to bring them back out method and it just... doesn't really bring any sort of feel. It's unusual for me, I don't buy easily and to have this sort of complete disconnection from things feels ... well, strange.

(None of my bears are included in this. My bears are precious babies.)

It's just an odd thing I'm having lately and ... yeah. Just wanted to get that out there. I'll see what to do. Hopefully something will come to me.
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 07:46 pm
Things I go when I don't have anything better to do: take stats of my works hosted on the AO3.

The way I do it is list the Top 10 across hits, kudos, bookmarks and comment threads; score each work by how high it placed; then adjust the score to how many Top 10s each work got on.

My current Top 10, first to last, are:

1. The Woods. 2017, Shadowhunters, Alec/Magnus. Alec accepts Magnus’s first-stated price for defending Izzy. Consequences follow.
2. Take Seven. 2010, Criminal Minds, gen. Character-driven drabble-based short fiction, if such a thing exist. And yes, you will need that insulin.
3. Salt. 2012-2013, co-authored, NCIA LA + Power Rangers Ninja Storm, gen. Because getting a new agent is not annoying enough, she turns out to be a supernatural ninja.
4. A Goat for Azazel. 2012, co-authored, NCIS, gen. Goes AU after Aliyah. When Tony disappears two days before the Saleem op is a go, the team scrambles to find him - and to understand what an associate of La Grenouille and Israeli domestic intelligence have to do with it.
5. Friends Like These. 2012, co-authored, MCU + NCIS LA + Power Rangers (too many to count), gen w/background relationships. Why Jarvis is not allowed to make friends on the internet: In which the Power Rangers show up to help in the Battle of Manhattan.
6. The fate you carved on me. 2014, for exchange (pinch hit), Power Rangers Samurai + Ninja Storm, gen. "And I thought my team was bad. I thought Casey was bad. But then there is you guys. And, of course, you just had to be Samurai. You realize I am never going to hear the end of it.”
7. Five Times Alex Kissed Nikita. 2011, for exchange (pinch hit), Nikita (CW), Alex/Nikita. Five times Alex kissed Nikita (or tried to), pre-series.
8. The Sameen Shaw Handbook. 2014, co-authored, Person of Interest, meta. A collection of Sameen Shaw essays, inc.: exhaustive timeline; 101 intro to the US Marines, Intel and the world of Covert Ops; and an exploration of dissocial personality.
9. What Olivia Did and Didn't Do on Her Summer Vacation. 2014, for exchange (pinch hit), Leverage, gen. They're either the best or the worst babysitting service on the planet. So long as Olivia's in one piece and swearing she wasn't made to do anything illegal, Jim chooses to believe the former.
10. All the Time In the World. 2011, remix, Criminal Minds, gen. Emily is dead, but that doesn't mean she's gone.

Things I'm particularly happy about:

* Oh my god T7 is no longer the unquestioned leader! That series has been sitting top of my stats at a huge margin from everything else - that has only been growing - since it was published. It's not that I don't love it, it's not that I'm not proud of having written a fandom classic, but oh my god seriously.
* There is a non-crossover PR work on here! Look, excepting the latest movie, PR is a small fandom, okay? A small fandom that's hard-pressed to generate the sort of traffic that can give a fair fight to the mostly-larger other fandoms I create in.
* One of my meta works made the Top 10! And the Handbook is particularly awesome; it's really nice to see how popular it is.

Otherwise, I'm terribly amused that all the exchange pieces that made it to the Top 10 are from my pinch hits. It's very consistent, which is what makes it funny.
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Saturday, October 21st, 2017 10:17 am
I have a new show to watch! It isn't fandom material, but it's a show that's on for more than two months a year and honestly? I could use one of those.

The show is NBC's The Brave - or maybe I should say Keshet's and NBC's, because I could tell a familiar touch even before the Keshet logo showed up at the end credits. Keshet's an Israeli network, and they also do content development for foreign/international networks.

Typical to shows I like, the show deals with the world of inteligence and special operations. So far it's more procedural then serialized, which I'm totally on board with. "Procedural" is a misleading word, because whoever developed the missions actually did their homework, which shows in the tactical decisions made by the team in the field. (The ops-room parts are drawn in much more abstract shapes.) Three women out of eight chars, of whom one of them is the boss; four of the eight main chars are non-White as I count these things, which is great - I really can't with obnoxiously White shows anymore.

In terms of ethics, the protags are presented as The Heroes (the antagonists are that more than villains, though), and in at least one case where they could've shown the ugly of this world they opted for a fairytale ending instead (this would be the last ~10min of e03). It's a level of sugar-coating I can live with, particularly as it's more sugarcoating than any of my other shows have. (I mean, two of three made Holocaust comparisons that were actually deserved.)
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Friday, October 20th, 2017 04:51 pm
I cleaned up my circle a little bit. Mostly I just removed accounts that haven't been updated in three years or more but if you are still here and reading, or if I clicked the wrong thing and removed you in error, let me know and I'll fix it. ♥
Friday, October 20th, 2017 02:28 pm
Oh, wow, it's been a while since my last public post.

The main thing going on right now is that I'm making a cautious attempt at work. Very, very cautious, because after the last few years there's no knowing what I am or aren't capable of, and while the only way to know is to try, Significant Failure is not-an-option for safety reasons. So far it hasn't gone as badly as I was concerned about, and that's about the most positive thing I'm willing to commit to for now.

In fic-news, my fandom-beta for Shadowhunters had to bow out - I don't remember if I did or didn't post about it. But she had and that's a problem for me, because I pretty much need somone to talk to in order to write anything more complex than a short story, and the fandom being what it is I'm... Not Thrilled about having to potentially fish for a beta. At some point I'll have to, and that point is probably pretty close, given the sp&g beta nearly caught up with where the story's at now.

I seem to recall that one or two of the new people around here are into Shadowhunters, so if you think you can deal with a talkative author, that'd be super; if not, I'll... sit on it until I decide whether to properly advertise or abandon the fic. (Or - unlikely as it seems - I'll manage to work through whatever's not working on my own. Which would be awesome if it happened, but *shrug* usually I need a team.)
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 08:18 pm
"Are you having a stroke? Oh, this is your thing!"

I love Blink's reaction to John's power.
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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 11:31 pm
Evan: "You know, none of this makes any sense."
Alex: "Good. I'd hate for things to start making sense all of a sudden. It would ruin this new trend I've got going."
~Kristine Williams, Keeper
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 10:08 pm
minor gifted comments )

Side note, Dreamer explicitly refers to John as Thunderbird, even though his interaction with Blink is very Warpath-in-Days-of-Future-Past-like. (The great thing about the about the Proudstar brothers is that James' middle name is John, and he also went by Thunderbird for a short time after John died before taking the name Warpath. They have effectively the same powers. So basically, whatever.)

Also, this was a great episode. I love this show.
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Monday, October 16th, 2017 05:07 pm
 Anyone else going attempt NaNoWriMo this year?

For the first time in years, I am seriously planning on writing a story. I have no plot, but my main characters are loud and demanding. 
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 09:21 pm
Next year's con.txt theme is [Bob Ross and] The Joy of Fandom. How delightful! (Have some happy little trees! Because in art "there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.")

CON.TXT 2018: The Joy of Fandom

"Let’s face it, things in the real world are starting to look a bit dystopic out there, and we’ve begun to wonder if we’ve entered the darkest timeline. It’s a time when we all need Bob Ross to paint us some happy little trees, or some happy little clouds.

"When we REALLY need that fix-it story.

"The joy of fandom is our ability to remix, reshape, and rewrite our favorite media into something that pleases us. We change endings, we bring characters back to life, we reimagine Harry Potter as South Asian or Peggy Carter as Captain America, we put hobbits in coffee shops, boybanders in space, and Alexander Hamilton in a zombie apocalypse, we explore infinite timeline diversions, and most of all, we make our favorite characters get laid, fall in love, destroy their enemies, save the world, and buy some curtains. And always remember, there are no mistakes in Bob Ross paintings, just happy accidents.

"Fandom is not always perfect, and it’s not always the safe space we wish it were, but at least it’s not the real world. With that in mind, we invite you to come and take a break with us, hang out with other fans in person, and celebrate each other and the media we love!"

~con.txt
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 09:09 pm
Thanks, Alex Orlando! How to adjust your bike's shifter cables is a four-minute video that taught me how to fix a cable AND the rear and front derailleur! And I only broke one other thing in the process (okay, two, but that reflector was totally non-essential and came off during the test ride afterwards, so I don't think that counts) which I'm pretty sure means I came out ahead.

Maybe I should google "how to replace a back tire" and fix the other bike while I'm at it. (Except I feel like I might have already tried that and it was much more complicated than I expected. On the other hand, derailleurs! I can't even spell that and I fixed it!)
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Sunday, October 15th, 2017 11:32 am
Okay, they weren't lying about iOS 11. It really does make my iPad (and iPod, though the battery's declining fast) more useful: I can open on my tablet today every .htm file I was looking at on my laptop last night! What sorcery is this! I can read old fic that only exists on my backup drives from a remote device! This is a good day.

In related news, the original Keeper series was extensively different. So extensively that I think I'm just going to reread the entire old version as well (what a hardship!) because it wasn't crystals, it was the alien orb they were addicted to, and that was before the whole Maker adventure. Also it ends with Evan breaking Alex out of prison, which means none of the white planet happens, but I'm sure they figured out where the plague came from which in the new series is after all the keepers start being rounded up as enemies of state (it has to be before in the old series or we would have seen lots more of them being pirates).

Also, I'd completely forgotten about the random insect aliens only Alex can see ("by the way, who's Ed?") which means they're entirely absent from the new series. NOW I HAVE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS UNIVERSE TO READ. SWEET ♥

Thanks Kristine Williams! You are my hero!

PS, Pretty sure this explains why I remember them taking their shoes on and off so much. It only comes up a handful of times in the new series, but I really remember it being every single time they entered or left the room. I'll keep a count when I'm re-reading the old series. (I know at some point I wrote a journal entry that mentioned how much time they spent looking for their shoes. Or Alex did, anyway. Evan always knew where they were, because that's what he does.)
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 01:29 am
"I'm reading a story that's posted on my old account and it's not awful!"
"It's not."
"Well. I've written some things that are... well. And I'm pretty sure I spelled "definitely" wrong in all of them."
"I remember that."
"It's not even like I didn't use spellcheck. I just decided spellcheck was wrong."
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 12:54 am
Creature of Legend by [archiveofourown.org profile] palmtreelights, the Astronema and Ecliptor and Scrudley story I never knew I needed. Go read iiiiiit.
Friday, October 13th, 2017 09:43 pm
I forgot I was reading the Keeper series, so I just went back to it. I still have another hundred pages to go out of a couple thousand, and admittedly I don't remember the story... perfectly? but. I don't think this is how it happened the first five times I read it.

ETA: It definitely isn't! First off, I don't think the series ended the first time I read it; on further reflection I do vaguely remember checking the author's site for at least a year - possibly two - for updates before accepting that it might be permanently on hold.

...And lo! Now there is more! But there is also less, because I read the entire new Keeper series, and the continuing conversation about infallibility does not happen in it. Nor does whatever made me remember the spikes. (This is why journaling is important! You never know when someone will rewrite history! George Lucas.)

I think from when they escape the planet they crashed on to the end is new. And I think what used to happen after the crash is missing. (They absolutely explored that alien ship. And I remember everyone being fascinated by crystals, not silver.) Unfortunately, with the demise of geocities, the only way of knowing for sure is either time travel, or the possibility that I saved the entire-series-at-the-time and it still exists on an external drive backup somewhere.

That possibility is not zero.


ETAA: FOUND IT ♥♥♥
Friday, October 13th, 2017 07:36 am
Ack, I always forget how freaking fast Bats is!

So some basics: You probably noticed I prefer gen! That I really like sibling relationships (I'm an only child and am fascinated), and that I seriously love a wide variety of Power Rangers seasons (and the movie!)

Please keep the violence show level, and innuendo is not my favorite thing for this fandom.

If you can find a way to make any of my show prompts inter-season crossovers, go for it! I'll love it. (In all honestly, SPD is not my favorite, but everything else I at least connected with the characters enough to enjoy fic.)

So some specifics: I really wanted Tory & Cam friendship fic, but I didn't know what to prompt, so if you have a better idea go for it!

Same with the Ryan & Dana fic: I would love sibling bonding if you don't want to go the possibly angst or hurt/comfort route.

Hopefully, since Bats is very, very good at matching people (besides being fast) you're already bouncing with excitement about the assignment, but if not, I hope this helped!
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 11:32 pm
We saw a lot of "Hike Safe" posters last weekend, and mostly what I took away from them was, "Rescue yourself." (Apparently there's more to it than that, but that's the underlying theme.) With Vulcan's Fury coming up this weekend and us planning another hike before fall freezes us out,* it's a lesson I'm willing to take to heart.

"Don't assume you'll be rescued; know how to rescue yourself."

*Frost warning tonight. All house plants to the indoors: this is not a drill, little planties! (Even using a tray, I had to make four trips. I'd be more worried about the moving damage suffered by the massive ivy I brought in if it wasn't an almost-dead sprig of five leaves a few months ago.)
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 pm
So I was at the drugstore this morning getting some wart remover, and I foolishly turned down the toy aisle. Why did I not know there is a Magneto Dorbz?! It is now on my desk.
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Thursday, October 12th, 2017 07:55 am
Suicide help texting in the US: text "HOME" to 741741 and a volunteer will text with you until you feel safe to continue on your own.

The above link has more information about this free service, along with some simple steps, suggestions, and links/downloads to help you calm yourself - either while you wait, or in place of texting.

Sometimes just knowing someone will be there if you ask for help is enough to get you through a moment of crisis.
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