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Title: Let's Kiss in Canada
Fandom: due South
Relationship: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Rating: General Audiences
Length: 37 words
Summary: Kowalski isn't the only one who is a poet on the inside -- Fraser has poetry hidden inside too.
Fic on AO3.

Title: Step One
Fandom: due South
Relationship: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Rating: Teen & Up
Length: 12 words
Summary: Fraser and Ray take the first step in consensual bondage.
Fic on AO3.

Title: Sea Change, See Change
Fandom: Wilby Wonderful
Relationship: Dan Jarvis/Duck McDonald
Rating: Teen & Up
Length: 85 words
Warning: Mention of past suicidal intentions may be triggery for some readers, but note that it is not graphically described and that it resolves with the protagonist choosing life and love.
Summary: Dan had been suicidal, but the self-destructive bent has been banished by acknowledging and accepting love.
Fic on AO3.

Equinox Spring 2017 reveals

Apr. 29th, 2017 08:19 pm
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
[personal profile] starlady
As you can now see from the Equinox collection on AO3, I made the Star Trek Beyond vid We Are Who We Are for [personal profile] shinyjenni.

My vidders, both for Deep Space Nine, were [personal profile] kuwdora, with Pundits and Poets, and [personal profile] such_heights, with I Lived. ♥

On a personal note, I am at 2/3 for guesses, and I feel vindicated.

lannamichaels: Astronaut Dale Gardner holds up For Sale sign after EVA. (Default)
[personal profile] lannamichaels

Title: Everybody Comes To Kowalski's. (On Archive Of Our Own)
Author: [personal profile] lannamichaels
Fandom: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) [Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling]
Pairing: Jacob Kowalski/Queenie Goldstein
Rating: G
A/N: Much thanks to everyone who nodded sympathetically whilst I ranted about the terribleness of the term 'no-maj' while watching the film.

Summary: Five people who walk into the bakery.

Why oh why couldn't the movie give me enough to tag this 'canonical jewish characters'??? )

STORY: "Svefnthorn" - Sinbad (TV)

Apr. 29th, 2017 06:50 pm
dorinda: Gunnar and Sinbad at the ship's rail, smiling. (sinbad-gunnar_smile)
[personal profile] dorinda
I meant to post this this morning, but then there were dishes to do, and then I worked on (well, brainstormed, anyway) my fledgling idea for Night on Fic Mountain, and then I went out for an Ingress walk in the gross swampy heat, and look it's almost 7pm. /o\

If you were around here on More Joy Day 2017, you'll probably have already seen this, but!:

Svefnthorn (1117 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sinbad (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gunnar/Sinbad (Sinbad)
Characters: Gunnar (Sinbad), Sinbad (Sinbad)
Additional Tags: Runes, Snakes, Escape, Sleep

"You are not going to try to feed yourself to the snake so I can get away," said Sinbad at once. "So stop it."

([personal profile] movies_michelle gave me Gunnar/Sinbad and the prompt "sleep", and then I dunno what happened, there was a giant magic snake and stuff. :D )

Two choice exchanges from work today.

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:53 pm
hannah: (Perry Cox - rullaroo)
[personal profile] hannah
1. Context: I'm in the break room, waiting for the electric kettle to boil, standing by the water cooler.

My co-worker enters the room for some water: "Hello, good morning, how are you."

Me: "Which one?"

2. Context: I have a question to ask that's not so urgent it can't wait a little while.

My co-worker, who'd be able to answer: "Do you need me?"

Me: "No, but I want you."

A moment later, both of us: "Ah-ha!"

FMK: The Snow Queen

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:28 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
So, it turns out The Snow Queen is not high fantasy and is a fairy tale AU. Oops.

About the only other things I knew going in was that I had really liked Vinge's Cat books (not actually books about cats, books about a dude named Cat, sorry), that she had at one point been married to Vernor Vinge, and that I was pretty sure that years ago I had heard a rumor that her husband was a total POS.

...turns out that I was unable to find anyone saying anything bad about Mr. Vinge, but her current husband is Mr. Banned-From-Wiscon himself, so apparently I have been thinking poorly of Mr. Vinge for years for no reason. Sorry, sir! See, this is why this stuff needs to be out in the open, not whispers.

Anyway, as for the book itself: it's well-written, I didn't hate any of the characters, the world-building and plot mostly hang together (at least until the very end, anyway), the concepts are interesting, there is no compelling reason I shouldn't have liked it, and yet I never quite managed to get into it. It isn't even that it's not my thing, because it *should* be my thing, and yet )

Anyway, short version: You could probably do a Snow Queen retelling that used the story in a way that worked for me (I should really get my hands on The Raven and the Reindeer) but this was not it; and I would totally read an entire novel about Ngenet and Jerusha (as long as Jerusha got to finally show a tiny bit of minimal competence which she never actually did in the book - a plot line about how she is unfairly treated as incompetent because she's a woman doesn't work if she never actually is competent); and I should have listened to my instincts and run when the summary on the back ended with "...the one man fated to love them both."

...interestingly I also read Makt Myrkranna today (having never read Dracula all the way through) which is also about a pretty, innocent young man who gets lured into the clutches of an ancient powerful beautiful cold devouring woman and her consort, and how his true love traveled across a continent to rescue him and save the world, but somehow I don't have any of the aforementioned complaints about it. A++ worldbuilding, dude does not let heterosexuality make his choices for him, lady makes reasonable choices based on the knowledge she has at the time and caring about him as a human being she is fond of who is in trouble.

I also read Pale Guardian, but I think that's actually the first Ashers book in which nobody ever has to rescue James, so it doesn't quite fit the set.

(eta: no, wait, Simon rescued him at least once in between Simon and Lydia repeatedly rescuing each other, nvm. On a motorbike.)

(I have been sick lying on the couch all day, which is why all the reading suddenly. Also I still have four more library books and two fmk waiting lalala.)

Music Appreciation

Apr. 27th, 2017 06:23 pm
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[personal profile] lannamichaels
I heard Uncle John's Band by the Grateful Dead on the radio today, so I feel this is a good time to inform the world that it was only a couple years ago that I realized the lyrics must be "Come hear Uncle John's Band". Before that moment, from the time I was a very wee!Lanna, I had assumed it was "Come here, Uncle John's Band". This is a rare case where I actually heard the word correctly, but got punctuation and, y'know, homophones wrong. :P

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5

oh oh what I want to know oh how does the song go

View Answers

Come hear Uncle John's Band
4 (80.0%)

Come here, Uncle John's Band
1 (20.0%)

so, are we never going to talk about "let's play this game called when you catch fire I wouldn't piss to put you out"
0 (0.0%)


Apr. 25th, 2017 09:19 pm
lannamichaels: Astronaut Dale Gardner holds up For Sale sign after EVA. (Default)
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Drabble: Death and Taxes. (100 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Admiral Naismith
Additional Tags: Drabble, Inspired By Tumblr, Mistaken Identity, Shenanigans, Based on a Tumblr Post, Taxes, The IRS Will Find You, Flash Fic

The one thing that Miles Naismith is not is his own grandfather. But on the other hand...

Tumblr post for posterity:
so does no one in the Vorkosigan saga ever type in ‘Miles Naismith’ into their google-equivalent and come up with a wikipedia-equivalent article about the Barrayaran Prime Minister with mention of his family?

because. like. when you’re the son of a major, galactically-renowned public figure, using your mother’s maiden name should not be the kind of secret identity you rely on! against ordinary people, let alone actual enemy intelligence agents!


Isn’t this concept basically what underlies the plot of Brothers in Arms, though?

I mean, Miles Naismith is, publicly, one of Miles Naismith Vorkosigan’s multiple badly-behaved clones.

okay but like

Miles was named for Cordelia’s father, right?

so googling “Miles Naismith” is gonna get you info on some Betan dude who randomly died in a random accient. And is totally the right age for ~secret Betan reverse aging process~ , plus plastic surgery, etc. It’s probably not the most well known thing what the milddle name is of Aral The Butcher Vorkosigan’s son is, and you might end up with family tree stuff showing Cordelia’s ancestry if you look for Naismith + Vorkosigan or Naismith + Barrayar.

That, plus the Security Through Audacity of who would think that a mercenary admiral is the same dude as a 20 year old kid who needed an Imperial Favor to get into the military and is clearly just still there for nepotism?

Concept: everyone thinks Miles Naismith is his grandfather. No, not that grandfather. THE OTHER ONE.

FMK #9: Second Books

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:07 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
Note to self, things your circle is v. interested in: Library classification. Canadian art.

So, back on the wagon with FMK! I posted about Growing Up Weightless yesterday and I am very nearly done with Snow Queen. After that Electric Forest should be quick and then I will be caught up! Except the six library books! But we aren't talking about those!

Fewer of you than I thought voted that you change your poll answers after reading the comments! I am apparently in the more easily swayed group. :P

This week's theme is I Read the First One And It Was Good But For Years I Could Never Find The Next One But Then I Did So Here It Is Yay

(In a it's the first one I couldn't find instead of the next one, but close enough.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

If you want to be extra-helpful, bear in mind that it may have been two decades since I read the first on, and note whether I need to re-read that one first.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll: Adams, Cherryh, Ellis, Gibson, Handeland, ab Hugh, Jones, Kotzwinkle, Lackey, Monette, Snyder, Watt-Evans, White  )

Brain, come back.

Apr. 25th, 2017 03:44 pm
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[personal profile] dorothy1901
I've been poking into Microsoft Certification, Microsoft Learning, and Microsoft Virtual Academy. Today I was watching a video on how to build a Hyper-V test lab on my home PC. I followed along as the two instructors (Not!Siskel and Not!Ebert) explained how to enable the Hyper-V client on a Windows 10 platform, when all of a sudden they stopped making sense.

Not!Ebert: "Once you have Hyper-V up and running, it's a question of attaching your evaluation software using a downloaded ISO disk image file as a virtual DVD drive on your virtual machine. And then you just install the software on the VMs as you would a hardware host. Anything I'm missing, Christopher?"

Me: Evaluation software? ISO disk image file? Virtual DVD drive?

Not!Siskel: "Nope, nothing, the short answer, no, seems pretty straightforward."


In other eye-rolling moments today, I followed a link to an article on the eleven nations of the United States. Here's part of the description of Deep South: The Deep South was established by English slave lords from Barbados and was styled as a West Indies-style slave society, Woodard notes. It has a very rigid social structure and fights against government regulation that threatens individual liberty. The article does not acknowledge the gargantuan disconnect between "individual liberty" and "slave society."

"Not dead yet"

Apr. 25th, 2017 03:21 pm
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[personal profile] vamysteryfan
Referencing the Monty Python skit. My face looks much better, but I'm still getting horrendous headaches. I need a haircut very badly but the scalp is still sensitive. An eagle chick hurt its leg in the nest and had to be rescued. It wasn't until I saw the man in the nest that I had some sense of scale how big they are. http://wtop.com/dc/2017/04/dc-eaglet-rescued-nest-returns-home/slide/1/ Niece 4.1.1 (she's 5) now wants to be an "Eagle Vet." She reenacts the rescue. Too freaking adorable. I'm spending a long weekend in Arizona visiting Sister 10 soon. I'm so looking forward to it! There will be photos!
starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
[personal profile] starlady
I'm inaugurating a new movie rating system: did these movies engross me enough to make me forget about Trump for the length of their run time? 

Both these films were a resounding yes.

Colossal, dir. Nacho Vigalondo

The director is an avowed hater of romcoms for the way they degrade women's agency and posit that if the man is just enough of a stalker, he'll wear the woman down into saying yes. I figured it was worth seeing for that alone, and I was right: although 30-something Gloria by no means has her life together, moving back home to her parents' empty vacation rental when her boyfriend Tim kicks her out of their unbelievably nice New York City apartment, that doesn't mean it's okay for her childhood friend Oscar, a certified Nice Guy™, to try to pressure her into dating. The movie knows this. It makes it clear by a device whereby when Gloria and Oscar walk through a certain park in their town, they turn into a giant monster and a giant robot that lay waste to Seoul. I had questions about this premise, but notably, the film in fact turns on the question of the innocent urbanites: Gloria actively cares about them and tries not to cause further damage once she realizes what's going on. Oscar, by contrast, is perfectly willing to hold those innocent lives over her head to get her to do what he wants. Notably, ex-boyfriend Tim is not a catch either; he's not a Nice Guy, but he's also perfectly willing to try to neg Gloria into living the life he thinks she should have. The ending was extremely satisfying on all counts.

The Fate of the Furio
us, dir. F. Gary Gray

I think on the infographic this one is more furious than fast, alas; my one friend actually peaced out at the 1/3 mark because there was too much Vin Diesel having feelings and not enough explosions. She missed Helen Mirren, and Jason Statham holding a baby while killing a bunch of guys, definitely my favorite sequence, with the soccer haka close behind. For those that like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like. I hope they go to space next. Relateldy, I approve of Charlize Theron's mid-career turn to action hero stardom and eagerly await Atomic Blonde.

April AO3 hits meme

Apr. 24th, 2017 07:13 pm
lannamichaels: Astronaut Dale Gardner holds up For Sale sign after EVA. (Default)
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Top 10 by hit count:
  1. The Pornography Is For Science. (Les Miserables) - 14,492

  2. You Get Me Closer To God. (Les Miserables) - 13,414

  3. Scenes From An Inconvenient Espionage Love Story. (Les Miserables/Bond) - 11,909

  4. Handjobs and Hand Grenades. (Les Miserables) - 12,490

  5. Polish Your Boots. (Les Miserables) - 11,972

  6. Make You Come Undone. (Les Miserables) - 11,590

  7. Let Them Eat Pancakes. (Les Miserables) - 10,341

  8. Dance Me Through The Panic. (Les Miserables) - 7,937

  9. I'm In The Details With The Devil. (Les Miserables) - 7,886

  10. You Put The Spike In My Heart. (Les Miserables) - 7,379

Omg so boring. Overall top 10 the same as last year, but there's some movement! Les Mis spy shenanigans moved up to 3. (This year was also the year where I read a fic by someone who had kudosed on the fic that was *blatantly* inspired by my fic, to the point where there were some dialoug in common, and I did say to myself, if they did the crayon thing, I was going to bring it up to the author, but they didn't do the crayon thing. But that fic was like 50K and my fic is teeny-tiny, so I figured it wasn't worth bringing up with the author, because it was clearly not intentional that they did that).

Also, in the "off the top 10" list, Barrayar Expects has dropped to 14. The unexpected 12th place is Earthlings Gonna Earth. OMG SOMETHING MORE "RECENT" BROKE THROUGH (fic is dated Aug 2015, so it's 1 year and 8 months old; everything else is over 3 years). I don't know if I'd've picked that one, of all the Martian fics, to be the highest, but I checked and it was the second one I posted, so maybe that has something to do with it? idek, the ways of hit count are mysterious to me.)

okay and to go with a list that is DIFFERENT from the last three years...

Top 5 by kudos:
  1. Scenes From An Inconvenient Espionage Love Story. (Les Mis/Bond) - 1423

  2. Earthlings Gonna Earth. (The Martian) - 1018

  3. Things To Do In New York City When You're No Longer Brainwashed. (Avengers) - 998

  4. We Walk The Plank With Our Eyes Wide Open. (Star Wars) - 728

  5. Interstitial. (The Martian) - 618

I'm not spreadsheething this one, but #1 is absolutely no surprise. It is a little surprising how the other ones work out. And zomg, something posted in 2016 made a list! o.O That is excellent. :D

FMK: Growing Up Weightless

Apr. 24th, 2017 06:30 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
I went to the March for Science yesterday! It didn't have as many people as the Women's March but then what would? It still took a solid two hours to get everyone funnelled down Constitution Avenue.

Also if you are ever at the Capitol end of Constitution with a few minutes to kill, go look at The Spirit of Haida Gwaii outside the Canadian Embassy; it's in a nice quiet corner and I found more to see in that one sculpture than in the entire National Gallery sculpture garden.

...also if you are ever on the Mall and need wifi, find an idling coach bus to loiter near.

I brought Growing Up Weightless by John M. Ford to read on the metro, and I don't have a huge amount to say because basically it was everything I wanted for a book about coming of age in the Moon colony )