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Oct. 30th, 2014 07:21 pm
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Updated my YT placeholder with actual content. Oh hell, I wish i could write more prompts for The Bletchley Circle, especially, but I don't have the time to rewatch for quotes/details. (It's Shonda Thursday.)

The Shadow is the one fandom I really felt I had to nominate and request for Yuletide because eeeeee, The Shadow! Alec Baldwin when he was hotter (and before I'd heard of his making unfortunate remarks)! John Lone in gorgeous frocks (...and regrettable fake facial hair)!

If I'm not matched on it, or if the writer's not into slash, at least I'll have put something about it out there to make people think of it.


From what I was watching while I typed the above:

"It's a bit like being President. You're always the Doctor." David Tennant to David Letterman, who clearly knows nothing about the show. "I'm 10, but my father-in-law was number 5, so when we're out together that does confuse people."

And talking about having to perform for candy when trick-or-treating in Scotland.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes.

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:13 am
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 to [personal profile] boxofdelights !  Have a purely marvelous day!
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I get to work on Sor Juana this week yay! I saw her name in the files list, but was sure the assignment would have already gone out to someone. God she's the best. So excite.

Can any of y'all recommend resources for a Japanese ESL student dealing with college-level intro to composition coursework? My daddy goes soaring with a Japanese girl who's doing the aviation program at the local community college, and I guess she broke down on him last Sunday out at the airfield, overstressed and undersupported, so we're trying to help her out. I had her bring her materials to a meeting yesterday and sat with her for a bit; it looks to me like the main problem she's having is that she's having to deal so slowly and carefully with the language-comprehension stuff that she's not able to keep her thoughts clear, or cut through bullshit. There's also an awful lot of bullshit - I took the course she's in, long time passing, and it's comp-through-analysis-of-American-stereotypes, pretty much, and she neither knows nor really needs to know those stereotypes - but she does have to get through this class and the one after it in the comp sequence. I suggested audiobooks when possible, told her to stop writing in GoogleDocs and get herself a darn word processor with a spellchecker, but I was wondering if those of you who are trained for ESL education, or who have specific experiences with a Japanese/American situation, would know of anything more directly relevant to her needs.

Dear Festividder

Oct. 28th, 2014 07:52 pm
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Dear Lovely Person Who Volunteered to Make a Vid:

Physical triggers: I can get video-induced migraines, which appears to be set off by a certain kind of stuttering or shaky-cam. It's rare for that to come up in vids, but this is an example of a vid I can't watch, and I likewise have trouble with most Hunger Games vids. Quick cuts seem to be no problem whatsoever. I'm okay with occasional flashes, but fading to black on every cut pushes my physical limits, so I'd rather you didn't do that, please.

Music: Vids are the primary place that I'm introduced to new-to-me music and artists, and that is one of the things I love about the genre. However, if you want a run-down on the kinds of things I best-like and worst-like, there's this. Just please don't feel you need to limit yourself to something I discussed there: I really do enjoy getting introduced to someone else's musical passions via a vid.

On to the optional details...! (Blockquotes are what I already said in the on-site sign-up.)

Borgen )

Read more... )


New Russian Holmes )

Noah's Arc )

Saving Face )

In short, thank you so much for volunteering to make a vid for one of these fandoms! I think the really important thing here is to make a vid that makes you happy: please don't contort yourself to make a vid that you think I'll like, if it's at the cost of making a vid that you like. Because life is too short for that, and in any case, part of the joy of an exchange is seeing what excites you about these fandoms.

Have a lovely Festivid season, and I'm looking forward to meeting you in January!
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the beautiful sex flush on her chest last night.

The Good Wife really gets female desire. I mean, I don't feel any attraction to any of the men on that show, but I believe that the women do.

Birthday greetings and felicitations!

Oct. 27th, 2014 07:25 am
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 to [personal profile] daily_faith  (in whose honor two interesting meditations on religion popped up yesterday, which I may revisit for your enjoyment/revulsion later)!

Happy day (if you're still around)!

In Memoriam

Oct. 25th, 2014 08:38 pm
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[personal profile] onyxlynx
 Jack Bruce, bassist, Cream et al.

Sending up a Flare

Oct. 25th, 2014 10:25 pm
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I'm going to catch up with everything outside of work the last couple of months in this entry. I'll save work stuff for another entry. So, outside of work, besides adjusting to the new work schedule, with my new normal of body maintenance tasks, the last 2 months have brought more challenges, which is why I've been so scarce here. I've really missed sharing stuff with ya'll, but I'm working hard on trying to get enough sleep to keep me healthy and I just keep running out of time each evening.


Tuxie was losing weight this summer and he needed to, but it was faster than his diet could probably account for, and I was worried about him. He was diagnosed with diabetes the end of August, so along with Saki's usual maintenance runs, I've been at the vets more weekends than not the last 2 months. He is doing well now on the insulin and diabetes diet food. It was very hard in the beginning because I was terrified of sticking him with the needle, and our practice session at the vets was rough on him, but it's easy on both of us now. He is doing really well, has gained back some weight, and looks filled out again. In fact, he seems to enjoy the whole needle ritual--he's just that kind of boy. I give him a sprig of catnip with it, so that helps. He is mostly liking the special diet food, and with any luck we might get him into remission in the coming months.

More whinging and stuff yonder . . . )

Yuletide letter in progress!

Oct. 30th, 2014 06:49 pm
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Dear Yuletide Writer!

Thank you for writing for me! I hope you'll have fun writing.

I'm very busy with school so I'm sorry, I'm a little brain-fried and this is a bit of a bare-bones letter so you're not stuck with just a placeholder.

My three requested fandoms are:

The Shadow (1994)
Characters: Shiwan Khan and Lamont Cranston (aka The Shadow, aka Ying Ko)

Because I could not believe there was no slash between them that I could find. Just take this dialogue from their first meeting:

"Oh, Ying Ko. Grown men still shiver at your name. You are, I confess, my idol."
(skipping a few lines)
"You are a barbarian."
"Thank you! We both are. I know that inside of you beats a heart of darkness. You dip into it every time you put on that hat and cloak. Join me! You are Ying Ko, the Butcher of Lhasa! You... and only you... deserve to be by my side. Together, we'll pit armies against one another like a chess game. We'll collect our due of pain and we'll wash our hands in blood. Your mouth still waters at real power. I am offering you a chance to take it back. Be my partner, Ying Ko."
"That's not my name anymore."

I mean, come on! Shiwan Khan does a full-on "rule the world with me" appeal. And grabs Lamont Cranston to pull him closer mid-way through and gets into his personal space. And later on, Lamont dreams about Shiwan Khan literally being underneath his skin. Someone needs to slash them.

If it's not your thing, though, please don't worry. You can write gen, write about them separately (Shiwan Khan shopping at Brooks Brothers?), that's okay. I'll still be very happy there'll be new fic about the movie!

I just thought I'd take the opportunity of Yuletide to put a broadcast out there in case somebody wants to write it.

The Bletchley Circle
Characters: any

I loved this TV show! I'd be happy with anything about these women's lives and adventures in puzzle and/or crime-solving. I hope I can give you some more details or prompts by this week-end.

Endgame (TV)
Character: Arkady Balagan

(Copying from my optional details)
It's been too long since I've seen the show for me to give a detailed request, but I like all of the characters and I'm open to any fic that doesn't involve too much manpain over the Rosemary-fridging. (Though, no love-magically-cures-agoraphobia either, please.) I loved Shawn Doyle as Arkady, and I love mystery stories. You could do a bittersweet slice of life at the hotel, with Arkaday either in a supporting (occasionally pain-in-the-ass but overall a decent, amiable client) or central (this is his home) role, if mystery plots aren't your thing. I'm very open to slash, but I also ship Arkady and Alcina a little bit, though I'm not overly fond of the male-genius-needs-female-caretaker trope; it's the mutual respect and more equal levels of maturity between them that I like. But basically, if there's an Endgame story you've been looking for a reason to write, just go ahead, run with it.

Okay, that's a start... I swear I'll try to say more by Sunday evening. Thank you again!

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:44 pm
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A little more than two days left for Yuletide sign-up and I haven't picked my fandom offers or requests. So busy.

If I offer easy-to-review fandoms I can manage the challenge...

Picking requests might be tougher.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes.

Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:22 am
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 Belatedly, to [personal profile] galacticjourney ; punctually to [personal profile] karnythia , and splendidly splendid days to you both!

celtic cross

Oct. 21st, 2014 04:13 am
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The card not shown but at the center of the cross, represents the atmosphere surrounding the central issue. Judgement: A swift and conclusive decision. The resolution of a matter long unanswered. A change in point of view, most frequently towards greater enlightenment. Final balancing of karma.

The card visible at the center of the cross represents the obstacle that stands in your way - it may even be something that sounds good but is not actually to your benefit. Four of Swords (Truce), when reversed: Restlessness and mental disharmony. Deserting a struggle in progress. A temporary retreat from stress that turns into a permanent rout. A lack of vigilance that could lead to disaster.

The card at the top of the cross represents your goal, or the best you can achieve without a dramatic change of priorities. Two of Swords (Peace), when reversed: Indecision due to contradictory characteristics brought together. Tension in the aftermath of a quarrel that has been resolved. Scheming, abuse of trust, and agreements made in bad faith. Allowing the mind to block off the emotions. Self deception as a means of justifying cruel acts.

The card at the bottom of the cross represents the foundation on which the situation is based. Death, when reversed: Stagnation or petrifaction. The refusal to let go of the past. Resistance to change because of fear.

The card at the left of the cross represents a passing influence or something to be released. The High Priestess: A pure, exalted and gracious influence. Education, knowledge, wisdom, and esoteric teachings. The forces of nature. Intuition, foresight, and spiritual revelation of the most mysterious and arcane sort.

The card at the right of the cross represents an approaching influence or something to be embraced. Two of Wands (Dominion): Established power and influence over others. Setting goals and a vision for the future. Coming to grips with the impact of past decisions, considering the current state of affairs, and developing a plan of action. Responsible leadership.

The card at the base of the staff represents your role or attitude. The Fool, when reversed: Apathy, negligence, and dangerous carelessness. Unquenchable wanderlust. Obsession with someone or something. Losing all sense of proportion. Foolhardy adventuring and lack of interest in critical matters. Immature or unrealistic ideals. Strange impulses and desires coming from unexpected sources. Vanity, delirium, folly, and oblivion.

The card second from the bottom of the staff represents your environment and the people you are interacting with. Nine of Swords (Cruelty), when reversed: Mental anguish or ill health endured and overcome. Refusal to be dragged down by the dishonor of others. Attempting to avert a shameful or regrettable act. Faithfulness, patience and unselfishness. May indicate the narrow avoidance of a death or other catastrophic loss.

The card second from the top of the staff represents your hopes, fears, or an unexpected element that will come into play. Four of Cups (Luxury): Being surrounded by love and devotion but taking it for granted. Ignoring the real and longing for the indefinable. Apathy and disengagement from the world. Dissatisfaction with the condition and direction of affairs, but the inability to accept new opportunities.

The card at the top of the staff represents the ultimate outcome should you continue on this course. Three of Swords (Sorrow), when reversed: Unsettling news that helps you to distance yourself from a destructive relationship. Painfully honest communication that needs to take place. Not letting yourself be dragged by your emotions into a negative situation. A trust or confidence betrayed in an attempt to help someone in need. The revelation of a painful truth.

and who did you say is calling?

Oct. 20th, 2014 09:31 pm
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Dearest darlingest yuleingest goat (my dear santa),

thank you for writing a story for me! I have no doubts whatsoever that I will love the pants off of whatever you write :)

I'mma talk about canons first and then get to general reading preferences.

Frankenstein )

The Fall )

Vorkosigan Saga )

Smoke Signals )

general info about what I like to read )

sleep schedule

Oct. 20th, 2014 02:36 am
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Sleep schedule keeps drifting further out of alignment with the people I live among. I need to do a morning treatment to finish my traineeship at the raptor center, but they start at 7:30 and I can't. I pry myself out of bed, nauseated, at 9, and sit up drinking tea, hoping that not having had enough sleep will make it easier to go to bed the next night.

Having a lot of bad dreams. Like, I'm living with wolves instead of dogs, and my baby has disappeared. He isn't a baby-baby, more like two or three, and there isn't any blood or screaming, but he's gone, and I'm searching, yelling, "Simon! Where are you? Make some noise!" and wondering why I thought it was okay to let these wolves live in my house.

(My baby has in fact gone, but in a good way. And he skyped me for help with physics just before the wolf dream, so I have recent reassurance that he is safe.)

My local art cinema has posted:
The Lyric is very excited to announce that in November we will be hosting our very first Story Swap event. Story Swap is a time to gather together and share life experiences with each other. Each event (which we hope to hold every-other month) we will choose a theme for you to come prepared for. If you bring a story and submit your name to share, you just might be one of the names called! Story sharers will receive a special prize for being open and willing to share.

Our first theme is simple: Good Times, Bad Times. Maybe you have a story of complete joy and hilarity, or maybe your story is about the most difficult period of your life. As long as it is centered on the theme, we want you to bring it! Please make sure your story is under 10 minutes.
I think I should do this.

henna day post

Oct. 19th, 2014 02:04 pm
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It is Henna Day, on a pleasant (but not autumnal enough for my liking) Sunday afternoon in LA. We had another heat wave, followed by a dip into autumnal-for-LA temperatures, and now we're somewhere in between, but at least the nights are cooler. Meanwhile I keep eating pumpkin products from Trader Joe's. My favorite new pumpkin item: their mini pumpkin-and-ginger ice cream sandwiches.

I'm working on my book of poems based on horror movies etc. and trying to figure out how to revise my novel Out of Uniform. Last night I watched Fright Night (1985) (after [personal profile] sovay posted about it). What an eighties fest that film is! I watched it mostly because Roddy McDowall's in it, and he's marvelous--but I hadn't made the connection that Chris Sarandon, who plays the vampire, is the guy who played Leon Shermer in Dog Day Afternoon (one of my favorite movies) ten years earlier. So that was an extra treat.

In Memoriam

Oct. 18th, 2014 07:08 pm
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 [personal profile] roadnotes .

Got the news on my way to church (I was reading).  

She was gracefulness itself, and music, and laughter.

My condolences, in particular to [personal profile] redbird  and [personal profile] scraps .

(I met her in New York in the late '70s or early '80s, it seems.  We kept running into each other and having conversations and stuff and it turned out she performed in productions of Gilbert & Sullivan.  She turned up in A Women's APA eventually and we got to know each other better--she had one of the better mordant senses of humor.  I used to visit, when I visited, once I'd moved out of town.  I never did get to catch her singing at piano bars.)
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