MCU AU fest

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:46 pm
tielan: (AVG - maria)
[personal profile] tielan
A very small pool this year, but I still matched with at least one person who requested Maria & Pepper!

I admit, I would have liked to write a treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] CamrynBarnes as the only other person who asked for Maria/Steve, but simply didn't have the time. I did get a couple of hundred words into several different universes, the problem is reaching a satisfactory ending...

Anyway, my assignment for [archiveofourown.org profile] finnimbrand:

title: Travel By Bubble
pairings/characters: Maria Hill & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, JARVIS.
tags: Alternate Universe - Fairy Tale
notes: I had such trouble with this, because neither Maria nor Pepper manage to fill the 'heroine' roles in femme-focused fairytales in any way, shape, or form - they're not the wanderers or explorers so much as the guardians and maintainers, and so trying to write them in as the heroines involved a lot of backstory and worldbuilding. In the end, I kind of said, "Ah, to heck with it," and just wrote them as the fairy godmothers, because they fit there!
summary:
“Why pink, anyway?” She wondered idly as she combed her fingers through the still-damp strands. “If we can magic the bubble into any color, why pink?”

“We tried making the bubble with all the other colours,” Maria reminded her from where she sat at the portable desk. “Pink’s the most efficient.”


And a treat I wrote for [archiveofourown.org profile] Rivulet027 because I had time and the idea took hold of me:

title: Break My Bones But You Won't See Me Fall
pairing/characters: Bucky/Sam, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, original characters, (background Steve/Maria).
tags: First Meeting, Alternate Universe - Single Parents, Alternate Universe - Human
notes: So I like these two flirting. They seem the type, and they work for me. Plus, the idea of Sam as a single daddy is just too much cute, and I'm pretty sure that Bucky agrees. I kind of 'reused' the character of Pippa from 'And Baby Makes Eight', only Steve is her biodad as well as her father in this universe.
summary:
Sam doesn't hold hands on the first date. Luckily, they're about to have dinner together...

Brown Betty

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:14 pm
laridian: (Default)
[personal profile] laridian
Anyone have a good recipe for Brown Betty? Doesn't matter what kind of fruit.

Wednesday Book Meme

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:44 pm
wendelah1: Sally from Peanuts looking at a shelf of books (book geek)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Because of all of the kids' books and quickie romances I've been reading lately, I am nine books ahead on my Goodreads challenge. I'm going to have to up the ante by ten books, at least, to compensate.

What I've finished

All the President's Men (1974), Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. I began reading it because of (1.) this article in Newsweek: "The Eerie Similarities Between Alleged Trump Scandals and All The President's Men, and (2.) because we'd just watched the movie based on it. (Note that the Newsweek story was published back in March. Imagine if they'd written it this week.) The book is award-winning journalism but honestly, the movie makes for a better story. Go rent the movie. Download it. Whatever. (We checked it out of the library). You will not be sorry. The movie gets five stars. The book gets four stars. These reporters, their editors, and their publisher are all American heroes.

Beany and the Beckoning Road (1959), Lenore Mattingly Weber. Beany believes that she has lost boyfriend Norbett to another girl: Cynthia. She and Johnny plan to drive from Denver to California to return their nephew to his parents and advertise for passengers to share the travel expenses. What a surprise for Beany when she discovers that one of the passengers is Cynthia. What will happen to a mismatched set of passengers with very little money and a tomato plant in the back seat?

This was better than the previous book in the series. Beany flies off the handle one time too many for my taste but whatever. Three stars for retro-charm and that tomato plant. I haven't decided if I'm going to continue on with the Malone family, but this book was funny and engaging.

Girl in the Water (2016), Dana Marton. I took a chance and purchased (I know!) this book because of how much I liked Secret Soldier. The online reviews were enthusiastic, but I was not impressed. Marton tried to weave together three stories, and multiple points of view, and couldn't quite pull it off. spoilers ) I applaud her attempt to write something more ambitious than your run of the mill romance but this didn't work for me at all. I give it one star.

I returned Sugar and Other Stories (1987) by A.S. Byatt to the library after reading just one story. Actually, I didn't make it through the first story. I can't recall the title. It was about an unpleasant little girl, attending an atrocious boarding school, with nasty classmates and an appalling, sadistic headmistress, who I've decided in retrospect might be a stand-in for the writer. Byatt enjoys torturing her characters in much the same way that her headmistress character enjoyed torturing her students. Halfway through, I found I wasn't liking anything about this story. Enough was enough. I skimmed through the next two stories and they were more of the same. No, thank you.

What's next?

I borrowed another book in the time travel porn series from the LAPL. I think this one is called "The Slayer" but it has nothing to do with vampires.

I'm still rereading the series for my kidlit fic exchange, titles withheld.

I unearthed an old novel of Margaret Drabble's which I'd never read, The Peppered Moth.

I'm carrying around Mirror Dance from the Vorkosigan saga in my purse.

There's a stack of time travel novels from the library at my bedside.

Entering Space: Creating a Space-faring Civilization by Robert Zubrin is sitting around somewhere, too. I got it out of mothballs because there is a chapter on mining asteroids, which is relevant to my interests. Speaking of space-faring civilizations, season two of The Expanse arrived yesterday!

black kitty

Handmade postcard gift

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:38 pm
laridian: (crafts)
[personal profile] laridian
This is a handmade card I received through an exchange on Postcrossing. It's made differently from mine so I'm very interested in its construction! Also the colors are so neat. :)

The sender noted that normally she makes clothing and bags, but she's trying patchwork to use up scraps. Which makes me think, dang, I have that big bag of random scraps! I could make up sets like that!

Postcard )

Dear Genex Author

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:50 am
tielan: (cat02)
[personal profile] tielan
... I am so sorry that the link to my letter is broken. I forgot that I signed up, figured I missed the date, and deleted the link.

Thank you so much for writing for me. I hope that you don't stress about it, and enjoy both the process and the result.

MCU, DC Cinematic Universe, Harry Potter )

Please note, all these are suggestions - a jumping-off point. Don't feel you absolutely must come up with the scenarios I've depicted to please me; just write the fandom and the friendship that we've matched on the way you see it, and I will love reading the result!

a week of links

Jul. 19th, 2017 02:59 pm
tielan: (AVG - agents)
[personal profile] tielan
Australia
Tony Abbot Is Not Voldemort: or when dramatic licence overcomes accuracy.
There is no Voldemort in Australian politics. We are fortunate not to have an evil that absolute.

We Can Revive Our Story: Indigenous Australians rewriting their traditional food songs to incorporate western nutrition so their future generations can learn. An example of cultural adaptation?

Faith, Politics, and Culture
Despotism As A Function Of Absolute Capitalism: with money,
you will be "more free"?
In one respect, Buchanan was right: there is an inherent conflict between what he called “economic freedom” and political liberty. Complete freedom for billionaires means poverty, insecurity, pollution and collapsing public services for everyone else. Because we will not vote for this, it can be delivered only through deception and authoritarian control. The choice we face is between unfettered capitalism and democracy. You cannot have both.

Viome, Greece: Where Capitalism Failed: it's a little bit of an existence on the edge, but it's also a glimpse of what a society without capitalism might look like.

Again in Greece: Arabic Refugees Making The Better World In Defiance Of The Soulless West: Again, illegal, but a far better version of humanity than we frequently see in our 'civilised' societies.

"Women Should Not Teach Men" - 1 Timothy 2 In Context: A letter about a local situation is turned into a church wide blanket statement because of the pride of men. Exegesis goes back to the Koine Greek.

It's Not About Race: white people, culture, and being forced into a discussion that most of them don't even recognise is weighted.

Is Demography Destiny For Democrats? The Short Answer Is 'No'. Jason Kander, whom a political friend told me to keep an eye on, has a few interesting things to say about Demographics and the Democratic Party.

Evangelicals And 'The Left': Is There That Much Difference In Attitude?
Have you noticed how Fundamentalist preachers are always proclaiming that there’s some fuller experience of blessing available to their congregations, one they themselves have achieved but for which the listener has to keep striving (or giving)?

Well, according to Frances Lee, the Left does the same: “In trying to liberate readers from the legitimately oppressive structures, I worry that [certain] sites… are replacing them with equally restrictive orthodoxy on the other end of the political spectrum.”
An interesting perspective on 'purity culture' on the left-wing, where any failure to be absolutely progressive isn't just a place where someone has to learn, but a permanent and unchangeable moral failing that can only be responded to by outcasting.

general
Five Easy To Make Homemade Air-Conditioners... Must do this this summer!

the theory of shitty first drafts: your first draft is not the story, it's you telling yourself how the story could go. I need to finish a first draft.

Johnny Pandemic by Mintsteak

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:11 pm
laridian: (warning: science!)
[personal profile] laridian
I commissioned Mintsteak on DA for some art of my original character Johnny Pandemic. It's been a while.
Read more... )

You say tomato, I say tomahto

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:57 pm
laridian: (garden)
[personal profile] laridian
Some pix of the last of the garden and tomatoes.

Read more... )

"More free"?

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:14 am
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
[personal profile] tielan
What even is that?

Monday things

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:30 am
tielan: (BSG - KL home)
[personal profile] tielan
1. I think I'll wait and see who signs up for remix this year. My preferences are not fandom's preferences, so I tend to go in hopeful and come out disappointed.

2. I see the announcement about the new Doctor has brought out not only the Male Representation Protection Society, but the "protest anything that smacks of progressiveness" crowd.

3. I slept about 9 hours last night -went to bed around 9pm, was asleep by the time my 10pm “go to bed” alarm went off, got woken around 3am when the slow-cooker finished. Still woke kind of tired.

4. The guy I’m doing work for is not very good at Functional Specs. I keep having to go back for clarification.

5. Camp Nano for July is going...very badly. My editor brain keeps picking holes in the plot and the background details. And my plot brain keeps coming up with alternative stories to write.

6. Turns out Spotify AU's #ThrowbackThursday of Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands is pretty much up my adolescent alley... I forgot half these songs even existed!
laridian: (guybrush frazzled)
[personal profile] laridian
Hobby Lobby smuggled 5500+ ancient Mesopotamian artifacts into the US; often these looted items are sold to fund terrorist activities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/nyregion/hobby-lobby-artifacts-smuggle-iraq.html

Birth control? BAD! Stealing and lying about the stolen items? GOOD! - Hobby Lobby owners, apparently

hockey

Jul. 16th, 2017 07:26 pm
tielan: (AVG - maria)
[personal profile] tielan
Went to watch the Sydney Bears vs. Sydney Ice Dogs play at the local rink on Saturday night. It was a fun night, except for the part where two goals were scored and we couldn't see because a bunch of kids were standing in front of us.

Bears won, which were the team I decided to cheer for, so I'm pretty happy.

--

Still not scoring goals, although regularly assisting, and struggling with the Achilles, so not as fast or as flexible as I'd like.

But we're going well - top of the table, and fewest goals against us (our fullbacks/halfbacks/defense is good). We beat the former top of the table last week, they're good but we're better.

Anyway, we're only just at the top of the table, so we have to keep it up to stay there in the last five weeks of the competition. Five weeks!

Although then there'll be the finals series and everything, so at least another three weeks after that.

--

It's not even 8:30pm and my sister and I are so tired, we're putting the cats away and going to bed.

Simsecret memories

Jul. 15th, 2017 05:19 pm
laridian: (bad clown)
[personal profile] laridian
[community profile] simsecret is having its 10th anniversary and is therefore reposting "some of the best and some of the worst" secrets over the past 10 years.

I'm browsing through because I miss Sims 2, and in case I recognize any of them (a few).

...And then I found one I'd submitted! LOL XD I'd completely forgotten about that one, too.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
[personal profile] tielan
title: Four Vixens And A Bunny Cop
summary: It starts with vixens. Four of them dressed to the nines and at sixes and sevens with the club bouncer.
tags: Judy Hopps/Nick Wilde
notes: I had a bit of fun with this one, although it was kind of stressful getting it done and wondering if it was good enough. I didn't read any Zootopia fic in the lead-up - just watched the movie a couple of times through, read up on the TV Tropes, and looked up the Wiki for some detail - so it probably doesn't resemble the standard ouvre of fic in the Zootopia fandom.

Smugmug trial

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:04 pm
laridian: (incredible working)
[personal profile] laridian
14 day free trial with no credit card needed.

"If more than 14 days go by and you haven’t yet made up your mind, you can extend your trial for a short time. Simply log in after your and the option to "extend your trial" will appear where your trail countdown previously appeared. Click that link and enjoy your 14 extra days!" from http://help.smugmug.com/customer/portal/articles/93325?b_id=1644

After that you have to pony up, but tbh I've been paying anyway for PB and it's probably about the same. (I'd have to go look up last year's annual PB charge because I can't actually get in there right now! Haha PB you so silly!)

Costs:
https://www.smugmug.com/features
Available on all plans?
"Unlimited photo and video uploads" looks nice.
"Fully hosted, unlimited traffic".

The free trial is of the "full featured Business account", btw.

Not sure if this link will work for y'all:
https://secure.smugmug.com/subscribe/

So I took a screenshot. This is not the full page. If you want business type stuff you probably need to get to the full page. However this does give you an idea of pricing and etc.
A little big )

For me, I want the privacy controls, and it looks like every plan has those. I plan to use it as storage and 3rd party hosting, so I probably don't need the Business plan with a custom domain. I might do just fine on Basic, which would cost me about $50/year. A little more than PB, I think (I vaguely remember it being $40? could be wrong though) but still reasonable for what I need compared to PB's new extortion of $400/year.

I'll likely keep testing this over the next few days since I usually have pix to share.

Postcards

Jul. 14th, 2017 12:02 pm
laridian: (Default)
[personal profile] laridian
So someone on Postcrossing, moving overseas, offered to give me all her postcards because the cost of shipping stuff overseas is hella high (duh) and she wouldn't need Texas cards any more.

She has an excellent collection of not just Texas cards but all kinds of weird things, some of which I'll be hard pressed to part with! (Pix below)

All told there are
- 31 Texas cards
- 23 random other cards
- 04 magazine/comic book cover cards
=====
= 58 cards total. At $1 apiece (though often I find they're more like $1.25) this is a great deal and I'm quite grateful to her for passing them on!

I'm also testing SmugMug with these, so let me know of any issues with viewing. SM has a 14-day free trial (no credit card) so I'm testing it as a substitute/replacement for Photobucket. (Man, 2017 and both PB and LJ are crashing and burning...)
The pix )

more art nails

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:33 pm
tielan: (AVG - agents)
[personal profile] tielan
More Wonder Woman art nails:

Wonder Woman nails, Mark II! Plates and inspiration by #moyoulondon  #nails #nailstamping #nailart


And a Marvel set on the other hand:

And the other hand is Marvel! With thanks to @heheplate Superheroes 001, 005, & 012  #aiyoohehe #makeminemarvel #agentsofshield #nailstamping #nails #nailart

Science shirt

Jul. 13th, 2017 05:52 pm
laridian: (hipster union)
[personal profile] laridian
This isn't one of the UFO projects because Huxrin did all of it except the buttons and buttonholes, which I did. I picked out another science fabric and she made another shirt out of it.
Two pix )

That's a very purple rainbow

Jul. 13th, 2017 06:14 am
laridian: (meme lemmings)
[personal profile] laridian
Your rainbow is shaded indigo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a proud person. You appreciate cities, technology, and other great things people have created. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.




fic recs: Not Primetime

Jul. 13th, 2017 01:28 pm
tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
[personal profile] tielan
Ugh when you find spellos in the fics you wrote for an exchange!

I think all my recips have responded, and I have left kudos and comments on all my [community profile] not_primetime stories (they were all very enjoyable).

My gifts were:

title: make up your own stories
summary: Jyn Erso goes home
tags: Cassian Andor/Jyn Erso, Jyn Erso & Baze Malbus, Jyn Erso & K-2SO, Jyn Erso & Bodhi Rook, Jyn Erso & Chirrut Îmwe, Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Chirrut Îmwe, K-2SO (Star Wars), Baze Malbu,s Bodhi Rook, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Post-Canon, Team Feels, Friendship, Character Study
notes: This one got me good on a couple of levels - family, sisterhood, food-as-love, and K2SO who is both snarky and awkward.

title: hands clasped in undying loyalty
summary: Diana took a step forward before she clasped his hand in hers. It was not the smooth hand of a playboy billionaire. No, Bruce's rough hand spoke of untold strength and hardship. It was the type of hand that she was familiar with and she liked that Bruce was reminding her of home.
tags: Diana (Wonder Woman)/Bruce Wayne, Post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Sparring, Attraction, Kissing, Wonder Woman Compliant
notes: I think that Batman - the obsessively trained, wholly-human vigilante - would be an amazing match for Diana - both in fighting and in fucking. Given what we've learned of Diana in the Wonder Woman movie, I love the openness in her approach to Bruce, and I love reading stories where Bruce manages to find a balance between the man and the vigilante - Diana, I think, helps that.

title: The Message
summary: AU treatment of Rogue One, focused on Lyra Erso
tags: Jyn Erso & Lyra Erso, Galen Erso/Lyra Erso, implied Galen Erso/Orson Krennic, Lyra Erso, Saw Gerrera, Jyn Erso, Galen Erso, Bodhi Rook, Cassian Andor, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, lyra lives
notes: Lyra Lives! And is kind of scary - which is exactly what I asked for.

A I have a few recs besides:

not primetime 2017 recs )

Profile

ringsandcoffee: (Default)
ringsandcoffee

July 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 21st, 2017 04:33 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios