Gynophobe resigns

May. 29th, 2017 10:59 am
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Red Pill founder Robert Fisher will now withhold his essence from the legislature.

ConFabCon 2017.

May. 29th, 2017 09:52 am
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A friend of mine who'd never been to a slash or fandom con before made a very important observation after she watched the dance floor for a while: everyone was either dancing in sensible shoes or barefoot.

That, I think, is the ethos of fan cons.

The bus rides there and back were fine, and I remembered to get the name of that one taco truck at the gas station I swear I saw last time I took the bus to Pittsburgh. At the convention, there were a good balance of fandom-specific and fandom-general panels, and I don't think I've ever been to a vid show before where it just started. No trouble or A/V fiddling required. I never quite got the hang of how to play to the judges for "Cards Against Humanity" but maybe next time I'll have some idea, and I bought the absolutely most delightful necklace in the dealer's area. Which led into probably the most intense twenty minutes at the convention discussing the source show. Which was fun.

It was such a small con this year - first year, odd time of year, plenty of good reasons and a couple of excuses - that pretty much every panel could have been a round table around a small table. Maybe a long table for the bigger fandom panels, like the Buffy one, where we ended up moving from how we got into the show and preferred pairings into how fandom platforms change, how that leads to the loss of content and fanworks, and the necessity of central archives and open communication between fans. Even Star Wars, where we talked about merchandising and the shifting of approved canon versus official discontinuity, weren't that heavily attended. Simply because there weren't a lot of people.

That didn't mean it couldn't be intense. The round table for Stranger Things had a lot of laughter, a lot of heady discussion on long-form serialized media as a storytelling platform and how it can be most effectively harnessed, and much delight over nostalgia and future possibilities. Classic ships veered into displays of emotional intimacy, and frustrations over social expectations of prescribed heterosexuality and its seeming contradictions with genuine affection. There were a lot of good murmurs around the room in "Fandom as Genre" though it was a little hard to keep the focus, and I know I should have written stuff down before the disability in media panel to help keep activity levels up. But even so. It was all good time spent in the company of fans.

I got to see new faces on old friends, and hugged people I'd never before been able to. I didn't win at arm wrestling but I put up a fight, and I made a lot of people laugh. So all in all, a pretty fabulous time.

I'm an idiot

May. 29th, 2017 10:33 am
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Instead of just futilely bouncing ideas around in my head, I could just ask:

Does there exist a check list of tasks for establishing a small, one-day con?

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May. 29th, 2017 08:56 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] firesidoni linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] osunism, who has just lost one of their jobs and the car they need to get to the other job. They're also offering commissions as well as fundraising; you can read more and help them out here.

[tumblr.com profile] riverofwhispers is struggling to cover their bills after being laid off, and is raising funds to move to a new city where there's a better job market and a bigger community for them. You can read more and help them afford the move here.

[livejournal.com profile] digitalwave is raising funds to cover family medical bills, including some CT scans and an echocardiogram. You can read more about the situation here; they've listed items for sale on eBay, and are accepting paypal donations at bstaton@iglou.com.

[personal profile] sotto_voce's friend Heather is moving to Canada to get a degree and begin her new career in physical therapy. New US policy has made it very expensive to move, so they have a fundraiser here to help with moving costs.

[tumblr.com profile] capeandcowl linked to a fundraiser to found a scholarship for at-risk youth in honor of Tony Crisafi, a professor at UCF and Valencia, who recently passed away. You can read more about this extraordinary teacher and support the scholarship here.

[personal profile] localfreak linked to a fundraiser for the victims and families of victims of the bombing in Manchester; the Evening News has partnered with the Red Cross to raise two million pounds to support them. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] vanathema's friend Valen and his girlfriend need help covering this month's rent, due this coming week; Valen is recovering from surgery, and his paycheck may not arrive on time, plus his insurance is not covering essential medication, which is why they're short on cash. As far as I'm aware they don't have a post up, but their paypal address is heroknight@gmail.com.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

News To Know:

Carter linked to information about the upcoming Leverage Big (And Mini) Bang, which will be opening for signups in August. You can read more at their tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] leveragebigbang and they're trying to generate as much interest and awareness as possible!

[tumblr.com profile] iamshadow21 linked to a kickstarter for Short Order Crooks, "a comic about crime, cooking, and bad decisions" which I'm putting in News To Know mainly because while they look super cool and I think you guys would enjoy it, they've reached their fundraising goal, so the comic at least is funded. You can read more and buy in here!


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Title: The Thing Which I Greatly Feared Is Come Upon Me
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ancientreader  
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson (Past)
Length: 3760
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC 
Author's summary: Ella had been right about the trust issues, she had been right about the PTSD, and she had not exactly been wrong about the blog, either, had she, though John's efforts in that department hadn't worked as she might have hoped. John could write about Sherlock, he could write about their cases, he could respond lightly or sternly to comments; what the blog couldn't teach him to do was to look at a feeling and name it. 

Reccer's comments: Because I shared a post-S4 story through Sherlock's POV, I thought it would be a perfect balance to share this one through John's. While the last story focused primarily on the aftermath of The Final Problem, this time, it's John's beating of Sherlock in The Lying Detective. This story quietly and painfully gets at the heart of John Watson:
 

One day, John catches Sherlock’s expression as he, Sherlock, tucks Rosie into her yellow raincoat: it’s the careful concentrated look he might wear as he dropped reagent from a pipette, and the sight makes John laugh while, also, it squeezes his heart. Sherlock’s forty, and his unearthly beauty has worn away at the edges, but, as if in recompense, he seems at home in the world now, as John can never remember being.

For himself, he looks in the mirror and tries not to think the words “old” and “lost.”

It’s difficult to believe that Sherlock sees anything different, but Sherlock has always understood John otherwise than John understands himself. When they first met, at a time when John believed that there was only a dying ember inside him, Sherlock had breathed on the ember and brought him blazing into life. John makes a hash of their friendship, of marriage, he thinks he makes a hash of fatherhood as well, but Sherlock is steadfast. Over and over he has shown that he will stop at nothing to shield that flame. Therefore John goes on.

And: 
 

“Do you think we can take care of Rosie?” We. Hearing himself, John flinches.

“Yes,” Sherlock says, unhesitating.

They both fall quiet; John’s heart thuds. He has choices. He can remain as he has been, or he can step out of his self-protections as if to shed ill-fitting and uncomfortable garments. Perhaps he has had enough of protecting himself by
inflicting injury on others.

That last line! Sherlock has forgiven John; here we see John begin to forgive himself. His recurring nightmare of the beating is terrible and powerful and yet he continues to wake up, process, and move on. This is the reconciliation the show never truly gave us. I needed to see John come to terms with his violent nature and also with Sherlock's acceptance of it (Sherlock's acceptance of his own violence as well is an added bonus). This story does it all so thoughtfully and with grace.

Grrrr

May. 29th, 2017 09:47 pm
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Obviously, for this one, I have to choose a terrible, terrible song, and possibly the very worst cover of it, complete with people who can't (or won't) all sing but nevertheless attack the song with verve, tin whistle*, bell bottoms, union jack vests, and two slightly trout-slapped hosts.

11.A song that you never get tired of: The Goodies - Wild Thing



If, despite my introduction, you watched this for the very first innocent time, take a deep breath, have a cup of tea and be glad I didn't choose Funky Gibbon. After all, Graeme's arse is very shapely in his bell bottoms. Okay as a reward:



Those adorable babies. Greatest girl band of all time. And what is that at the end? Mime glass box? Floating air drums? Combination of both? Rock on.

This is a very long meme, people. I'm only a third of the way through and I keep changing my mind on my master list.

music meme topics )

*The only excuse for a tin whistle is marching to battle.

Sherlock Fic: Exes and Ohs

May. 29th, 2017 11:45 pm
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Exes and Ohs (10335 words) by out_there
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade
Characters: Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Additional Tags: Ex Sex
Summary:

Calling up an ex isn’t smart. Calling again... It’s exponential levels of stupid. But Greg does it and Mycroft answers, so the blame lies with both of them.



Notes: You know, I can't believe "ex sex" is actually a tag on AO3. I'm so amused I had to use it.

Thanks to [personal profile] celli for constant cheerleading, even when I only wrote a few paragraphs at a time. Thanks for [personal profile] misbegotten for betaing and laughing in the right places. Thanks to [personal profile] tehomet for Britpicking with such a detailed eye.

Raksura Patreon

May. 29th, 2017 08:03 am
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Since it's Memorial Day in the US (May 29, 2017) I'm leaving the Raksura Patreon story #36 visible to non-Patrons for the day. It's "Moon, Stone, and Ember, on the eve of a court visit."


https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567
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We are excited—and Cat is honored—to announce that The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There have won the 2017 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for Roman jeunesse étranger (Foreign Youth Novel)!

The Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards were established in France in 1973, alongside a national science fiction convention. The first awards were given in 1974, and the Grand Prix now has the distinguished honor of being the longest-running French prize at 43 years and counting.  It is also a juried award, with the jury often consisting of French speculative fiction authors and other professionals.

Cat won’t be able to attend the award ceremony at the Maison de l’Imaginaire during the Saint-Malo Étonnants Voyageurs since she was just in France for the Les Imaginales in Épinal. However, she sends her delight and thanks for this momentous occasion!

 

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

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Could I grab 10 minutes of your time to help with Western Shield Camera Watch Project?  It doesn't seem to have a lot of volunteers at the moment and is not moving that fast on this batch of photos. This batch of photos is about 26% done. 

You'll be looking at grey kangaroos, emus, echidna and other local and introduced wildlife in the Jarrah Forests of Western Australia.  Because we don't have the charismatic megafauna like some other projects there's less interest. I live within a day's driving distance of the area and I love to see the trees and the animals, and help with the science. 

Ficlet: Walking Work Of Code

May. 29th, 2017 12:43 pm
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The other week, [personal profile] romanajo123 left a comment on Aedos which plotbunnied me:

Walking Work Of Code (353 words) by JohnAmendAll
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot
Additional Tags: Ficlet
Summary: Zoë's determined to make the most of her holographic clothing.

this is canon

May. 29th, 2017 07:42 am
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Gaston fiddling with his knife while talking to lefou about how upset he is that belle turned him down ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


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