RL Update

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:38 pm
settiai: (Aragorn -- wizards_pupil)
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Okay, I've at least found a stopgap measure that will help with those vet bills that I mentioned in my last post. My apartment complex just announced that they're now offering the ability to split rent into two payments, one at the beginning of the month and one in the middle of the month, which will at least help a little.

It's not quite robbing Peter to pay Paul, so that's something at least. Almost all of my bills are due at the very beginning of each month, so by only having to pay half my rent at that same time, I'll have a bit more in my checking account for emergencies. Plus I'll have more time to try and work on commissions/sell things/etc. if unexpected situations come up. There is an additional fee that I'll have to pay, but it's worth it to know that I won't have to worry about my checking account becoming overdrawn.

The joy of living paycheck to paycheck: you have to pay extra fees, spending even more money, to stay afloat. Still, I'll definitely take it over having a panic attack because I can't think of how to pay bills.

I have found a rabies clinic where I can get the cats' shots without having to pay for a full exam like their regular vet insists on doing, but it's going to involve a decent-length trip via Lyft so it's still going to be more expensive than I'd planned. Not nearly as bad as it could have been, though, so I'll take it. Although getting up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning isn't going to be all that fun.

Star Trek: Discovery S2

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:43 am
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I managed to avoid being spoiled for the ending, which I'm glad about. 

The future is not yet written )

. . .

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:35 pm
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Well, fuck. Both Garrus and Percy are due to have their licenses renewed, which means I have to get their rabies shots updated. As in, it's required by law, so it has to happen. Which isn't cheap but isn't... too expensive either.

Except the vet refuses to give them the rabies shots without giving them a full check-up first, due to them both having health issues. Which is significantly more expensive than I was planning for, budget-wise.

If, uh, anyone wants to pass along the link to my GoFundMe, I would greatly appreciate it?
amedia: (Old Married Couple)
[personal profile] amedia
Story title: Love & Crabbiness
Author: Amedia
Rating: PG
Characters: Arthur Dietrich, Ron Harris, Carl Levitt, Stan Wojciehowicz
Ship: Harris/Dietrich (established relationship)
Summary: Dietrich is crabby. Harris has had enough.
Word Count: 385
Author's note: Inspired by a ficlet request from [community profile] chorale: "Could you write a Dietrich/Harris ficlet with the theme "love conquers all (especially crabby moods)?"

Love & Crabbiness )

A Very Important Poll

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:48 pm
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A question that came up as a result of both my going through my local history books and an argument Mom and I had on our mini-road-trip out to South Jersey:

Poll #21872 Important Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 90

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the Chesapeake Bay
20 (25.0%)

We drove to Chesapeake Bay
60 (75.0%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the San Francisco Bay
26 (31.3%)

We drove to San Francisco Bay
57 (68.7%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the Hudson Bay
16 (19.8%)

We drove to Hudson Bay
65 (80.2%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the Delaware Bay
25 (32.9%)

We drove to Delaware Bay
51 (67.1%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the Monterey Bay
7 (8.4%)

We drove to Monterey Bay
76 (91.6%)

Which is more correct:

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We drove to the bay
59 (68.6%)

We drove to the Bay
27 (31.4%)

Which is more correct

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We drove down to the bay
63 (90.0%)

We drove up to the bay
7 (10.0%)

Which is more correct

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We drove toward the bay on the 80
32 (39.5%)

We drove toward the bay on 80
49 (60.5%)

You are from:

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the Bay Area or nearby
17 (19.3%)

the Tidewater or nearby
7 (8.0%)

7 (8.0%)

Somewhere else on the West Coast
15 (17.0%)

Somewhere else on the East Coast
21 (23.9%)

Somewhere else in North America
26 (29.5%)

Somewhere primarily English-speaking other than North America
13 (14.8%)

I don't speak English as my primary language and y'all need to sort your stuff out
5 (5.7%)

5 (5.7%)

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Part 4 of series by [personal profile] desireearmfeldt and [personal profile] ride_4ever now posted.

Title of Part 4: Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Benton Fraser & Frannie Vecchio; Benton Fraser & Ray Kowalski; possibly Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Characters: Benton Fraser
Summary: An RCMP document; a telegram from Fraser to Frannie.
Part 4 on AO3.

Entire series so far on AO3.

Pounding in the breeze.

Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:42 pm
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[personal profile] hannah
This was a day without whack. Not in a good way. I woke up past nine, and couldn't do much of anything. I'm in a position where being out of whack like that - can't get to the gym, can't be productive, can feed and clothe myself and that's about it - isn't so debilitating. It's mostly frustrating and disappointing.

It's not without any signs or portents. There was the Gala last Wednesday, and the Seders were Friday and Saturday nights - plus adding having to stay up late finishing laundry on Sunday, it all makes sense. Not that staying up late right now is of much help in the grand scheme of things. But I want to say that I did PT, and I've got herbal tea, and I'm feeling closer to having my feet underneath me for the first time in a few days. So I'll do what I can to keep this feeling going.
amedia: (Meet the Spartans)
[personal profile] amedia
Story title: Live and Let March
Author: Amedia
Rating: G
Characters: Barney Miller, Stan Wojciehowicz, Marty Morrison, Daryl Driscoll
Ship: Marty/Mr. Driscoll (background, canon)
Summary: Wojo works crowd control.
Word Count: 389
Author's note: Inspired by a ficlet request from [personal profile] noxelementalist: "Fandom: Barney Miller. Character: Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz (can be gen involving him or pairing of your choice). Plot element: It's Pride parade time, and as a fine and upstanding member of Greenwich Village own 12th Precinct, guess who's doing security?" This was a thought-provoking prompt and I hope I did it justice! I went with gen.

Live and Let March )

Unnamed Nonprofit

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:24 pm
settiai: (Original Cindy -- warrior_soldier)
[personal profile] settiai
Save me from coworkers. Please?

JF is still complaining about every little thing, and it's only picked up now that things have slowed down. And now one of my other coworkers has started hanging up on customers when he... doesn't feel like talking to them? Or something? I'm very confused about his reasoning, but - needless to say - several of the higher ups really aren't in a good mood right now.

Utterly shameless ficlet

Apr. 22nd, 2019 08:26 pm
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Why, yes, I am that annoying person who makes yesterday was 0 and yesterday was 49 jokes every single year. It's a very important minhag.

I have also apparently gone this long and never posted a Good Omens fic???? I guess it was eaten by a cat...

Yesterday Was Zero. (271 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Pesach, Crack, Ficlet, Chad Gadya

So, there was this goat.

Reptile tongue.

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:42 pm
hannah: (Laundry jam - fooish_icons)
[personal profile] hannah
It's the end of an era: I need a new laundry hamper. The one I've had since grad school ripped its last handle's stitches. What I'm left with is a wobbling tube without any genuine means to move it around. I could keep it for another couple of months before the last of its seams go, but that wouldn't do me much good. So, instead, a declaration I'll get a new one before my laundry is nothing but mismatched piles around the floor.

It's also the start of spring: my window's open with the screens put in. The window isn't shut tight with a towel as a DIY insulator anymore because it's more pleasant to have the airflow now. Soon it won't be. But for now, it is.

Drabble offer/prompt requests

Apr. 21st, 2019 06:54 pm
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[personal profile] amedia
I had so much fun doing the seven-minute ficlet at REVELCon that I'd really like to do a few more! So I'm asking for prompts!

You can request:
a pairing and three words/phrases that have to be included
a gen story and three words/phrases that have to be included
a pairing or a gen story and a theme or plot element that you'd like it to feature.

Rat Patrol, Barney Miller, and Tin Man are still my top fandoms, but if there's something else you'd like--try me! ST:TOS and MFU are always possibilities. dS, maybe?

Find Me Everywhere

Apr. 21st, 2019 06:25 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
It's been awhile since I made one of these posts, so I thought it might be a good idea to post links to the various places you can find me nowadays.

[twitter.com profile] settiai: Twitter is the place where I'm most likely to be found. I have the app on my phone, so - unless work is ridiculous - I'm usually online throughout the day. My account's public, so anyone can read my tweets, but I do try to limit the number of people that I follow to keep my timeline from becoming too overwhelming.

[archiveofourown.org profile] settiai: All of my fanfiction and vids can be found on the AO3, and they're all tagged accordingly if you want to search for anything specific.

Patreon: All of my original fiction is posted to Patreon for supporters before I post it publicly the following month.

[instagram.com profile] settiai: Random pics. Mostly of cats. And dice. Oh, and sometimes food.

[pinboard.in profile] settiai: All of my fic bookmarks are posted here, tagged with fandoms, ratings, characters, and relationships.

If you have Discord, my username is Settiai#5661. Feel free to add me!

There are a few other sites where I technically have accounts (Tumblr), but I'm not using them at the moment so there's not really any point in following me there. I'll post again in the future if that changes.

Family Drama

Apr. 20th, 2019 06:10 pm
settiai: (Storm -- losttheskyagain)
[personal profile] settiai
I've been ranting about it on Twitter (and in some private Discord chats), but I'm beyond frustrated with my family again. Specifically my parents this time. Ranting and mild panicking under the cut. )

It's just been a really long couple of weeks.

Mueller Report, Vol II

Apr. 20th, 2019 03:52 pm
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I want to read Volume II of the Mueller Report, not Volume I. I can't find any link to Volume II.

The pdf is a mess to get through on a small screen and does not contain Vol II and yet I'm seeing a lot of reporting referring to it. Vol II has all the obstruction narratives.

Anyone have a direct link to Volume II? Thank you.
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Battle 5/11 (The Three Lands: Breached Boundaries #4) [Patreon fiction]

The best way to hide may be in plain sight. Or perhaps not.

In order to reach refuge in the north, Serva must travel through a land controlled by the Prince of Daxis, who has already risked war in order to capture her. Outside Daxis, Serva may be able to claim the title of daughter of the King of Daxis, but here in Daxis she is merely an escaped slave, in danger from her cousin the heir.

Her escort is untested, while her own knowledge of Daxion geography is slight. Matters worsen when the Prince extends his reach to catch them on the very border of their crossing. . . .

"It would be best to learn the lay of the enemy."

Rated T. Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

All chapters in this novel. The first chapter is free. By donating as little as one dollar a month, you can receive a weekly serialization of my fiction, as well as all my new e-books.


GIP - Pyle's aliens muse about a cat

Apr. 18th, 2019 12:31 pm
amedia: (Pyle - aliens muse about cat)
[personal profile] amedia
I have been enjoying Nathan W. Pyle's comic series on Facebook of funny little aliens adapting to life on earth. I especially love it when they interact with cats! This one tickled my funnybone so much that I had to make myself an icon.

Come and gone.

Apr. 17th, 2019 11:27 pm
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[personal profile] hannah
Standing around in Central Park, waiting for the shuttle to take us from the Boathouse to Fifth Avenue, we chatted about how we were doing at such a late, tired hour. I said I was going to crash when I got back to my apartment - "Don't say crash," someone else told me. I laughed, and said I was okay. I explained, I'd had a couple of drinks and then some coffee, some water too, and I was at a good balance of everything to keep coasting for a while. At least until I got back to my apartment, after which, I said, I won't say anything more.

I got driven out of the park, and I got driven into the park. My brother had the time and willingness to drive me and the Gala's baked goods to the Boathouse, and took deep pleasure in doing so - as he said, it might be the one day in his life he drives in Central Park. It was a good day for it, too: that brief time when both flowers and leaves are new and everything is fresh.

I got there early, almost too early, two and a half hours to spare. I walked around the park some, enjoying the people and sunshine. I set up everything, and watched it go into the kitchens for safekeeping until it was time for the after-dinner coffee. I hung out with a couple raptor people from New Jersey, and met a Barred Owl named Mitzi and a Red-Tailed Hawk named Ruby. Both of them got a lot of attention from the birds nearby, with the jays and blackbirds - of course it was the corvids - being the first to start shouting about them, with the sparrows and cardinals joining in. So I joked they should do bird walks with raptors as bait. Bring out the other birds and let people listen.

Things were being set up and arranged up until the last moment before the doors opened for the guests. As it's been said, the show doesn't go on because it's ready, the show goes on because it's showtime. And what a show it was! There was a cheese table, a specific table for cheese, with seven different kinds and someone who'd cut small slices off the logs and wheels when someone wanted a piece. I've been to weddings that aren't as fancy as that.

This is the Flocktail's first year in this space. Far more expensive than other years - the previous locations were all provided for free - and also far nicer. Not just for the catering. It was an airy, open room, with a tall ceiling and windows all around, plus a view out to the Central Park boating pond. When someone got up onto the small stage, everyone could hear them, and when someone got onto the floor to perform, everyone could see them. It wasn't huge, just a couple hundred people. Enough you couldn't meet everybody, and enough you could feel comfortable with just about anyone.

Sometimes the party picked up, sometimes it slowed down. A lot of it was standing or sitting around, eating fancy food and talking to people. It was an open bar, but I've learned since college, and just had two drinks, counting the prosecco they were handing out on trays at the door.

The moments of picking up were numerous, though. There were three dance numbers. There was a short performance by Nellie McKay. The live auction had a professional auctioneer, the kind that talked at fifteen miles a minute and whipped the audience into clapping every time the bid hit another hundred dollars, do I hear sixteen hundred, sixteen, seventeen hundred, eighteen hundred, he's bidding the boat, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one!

It ended up being over twenty-one hundred dollars. I think it went for thirty-one hundred, outbidding the two all-access passes to the Tribeca film festival and the tickets to Hamilton. That one was for a walk in Central Park with the director of the Wild Bird Fund. And Bill Irwin.

It takes a particular audience to get whipped up about Bill Irwin - who would, in fact, be sailing a little boat he'd brought with him out on the Reflecting Pool during the walk. And I was so, so happy to be in that audience.

I approached him near the end of the night, told him I loved how he moved on stage and shook his hand. I did the same for Nellie McKay. But I didn't give her my card. I gave Bill Irwin my card.

As part of the preparations for this, in addition to baking so many cupcakes several people took about a dozen each home with them, I got business cards. So yes. I have cards. Do you want my card? I have a card, drop me a line. I can send you something, here's my card. You need my name, it's on my card.

Though I have to say, much as I loved casually offering out my card, much as I adored exchanging meaningful words with Bill Irwin, glad as I was to attend this sort of thing where the full cost of ingredients was much less than a ticket, what I liked most was being there at the start and the end. Seeing what goes into making it possible, getting it set up and taken down. The stillness before and after all the dancing, when it's open and ready for the night, and when it's just a few people left out in the night, ready to be home.

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Apr. 17th, 2019 09:43 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
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I just wrote what was supposed to be a couple of paragraphs of reaction to [personal profile] siderea's post about Marie Kondo and books, which turned into multiple pages of feelsdump about tidying and really the only parts that need to see the light of day are

Derry Girls is fine, I guess, but if you've watched one of the Sister Michael compilation vids you're probably good stopping there
(A story about a large donations-sorting center that has some kind of magical heatsink/storage battery for all the bad vibes from the spirits of trashed once-beloved objects is something I would like to read, please. Anyone who thinks Westerners don’t understand animism of made objects has never helped sort junk donations on a large scale and seen what people couldn’t bear to throw away. We’re just deeply uncomfortable with it because most of us don’t have a good framework to understand it in. Can we call the story "The Joy Equations"? Can we power an FTL drive with the accumulated spiritual sadness of the debris of the Age of Excess?)
Anyway, what it was meant to be an intro to: I have finally finished all of the small tasks I could pretend were "preparation" and have to face the next piece of my ongoing tidying project: fit ~400 unshelved nonfiction books onto ~6 available feet of linear shelf space.

Okay yes that seems comically impossible on the face of it, but I think I can squeeze a fair amount of more space by accepting that all the rest of the nonfiction will just have to be shelve for maximum space use instead of attractiveness of shelves, and also weed about 10%-15% of the collection as I go.

It's the weeding that's going to be hard. Most of these books have already survived multiple weeds, and I don't buy any new ones unless:

  1. they make me happy.
  2. I could not easily get another copy if I needed one on short notice* (i.e., they aren't the sort of thing that's on every library shelf and in every used bookstore in fifteen copies, they aren't constantly in print, and if they're public domain they either don't have a digital copy available free yet or there's a reason I want a physical copy instead.)
  3. they fit into a certain short list of topics of special interest that I am likely to find useful at some point.

*being able to get them on Amazon doesn't count because Amazon is evil and also I don't let myself bookshop on Amazon because I have enough of a problem already. Being able to get them in non-free-to-share ebook doesn't count because just because they're accessible in ebook now doesn't mean they will be later, and just because I have them saved as files now doesn't mean I'll be able to access the files later: learned that one hard and early.

This list is fairly static over time and fairly well refined at this point, and most of the books I buy these days fit into more than one category on it (at 3+ it's pretty much a lock to buy.) But I realized it also only existed in my head and it might be a useful exercise to write it out.

Um, look. When I said it was a *short* list, I honestly thought that was true? )

...at least I have a nice starter list of tags to use in the catalog as I re-shelve?

Choice of Games

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:25 pm
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So... something I've fallen in love with the last few years is Choice of Games. They have a variety of text-based games (think Choose Your Own Adventure but on a computer/phone/tablet) that cover all sorts of genres. If you've never tried any of their games before, I highly recommend going to their website and taking a look at the options. There are all sorts of stories available.

That said, here are a few that I've enjoyed so far:

Choice of Alexandria. The year is 245 BCE; you’re a heroic polymath librarian, invited to Alexandria to tutor prince Ptolemy IV. The real Ptolemy IV fell under the sway of his evil advisor Sosibius, and brought the empire to ruin--but perhaps under your tutelage, things will turn out differently. Or disregard your responsibilities to focus on inventions instead! With the help of Archimedes and Euclid, you can discover the steam engine, the germ theory of disease, or even robotic automata, thousands of years ahead of schedule.

Choice of Broadsides. It’s 1813, and you’re a key sailor in the naval war between Columbia and Albion, where aggression is rewarded and cowardice can get you killed. If you seize enough treasure, you could be set for life – but hesitate against the enemy and you could end up facing the firing squad. Board enemy ships and force them to surrender, or use your connections to stay out of the fray. Will you steer your crew to glory, or go down in infamous defeat? What mercy will you show your prisoners? Can you control your composure while fighting a war? Revenge yourself on old rivals and reward your allies for their devotion. And whatever you do [...] don’t give up the ship!

Choice of Robots. Play out thirty years of your life as a brilliant robot maker, from graduate school near the present day to a future in which your robots have changed everything. Depending on your choices, your robots may be independent or obedient, clumsy or graceful, empathic or cold…and you yourself may live to an old age happily married or alone with only robots to comfort you.

The Eagle's Heir. This is essentially a steampunk AU of the Napoleonic Age incarnations from the Numinous World series (ie, that series I ramble about sometimes that features various characters reincarnated into different lives throughout history). Since Napoleon won the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, seventeen years ago, Europe has enjoyed an uneasy peace. While the great empires of Austria, Russia and England have tried to stem the tide of revolution, France has mastered steam power to conquer the air and sea. Now, Napoleon’s health is failing, and France is torn between his legitimate heir, Franz, and his illegitimate son Alexandre. Luckily, Alexandre has you, his loyal bodyguard and childhood companion, skilled in the arts of the duel and the ballroom, and ready for anything from diplomacy to airship combat!

The Road to Canterbury. London, 1375. The Black Prince of England is dying, and peace with France hangs in the balance. You are a young pauper on a secret mission. Join a pilgrimage to Canterbury with the powerful noblewoman Philippa de Roet, co-sister-in-law to the Black Prince, and Philippa's husband, Geoffrey Chaucer himself, the customs agent, spy, and occasional poet. Your mission is to persuade Philippa to change the course of history.

Stronghold: A Hero's Fate. Monsters have plagued your valley for as long as you can remember. But if anyone can destroy them, it’s you: you’ve already killed a powerful undead lich, and your sovereign was so impressed that he gave you a town in return. As the ruler of this new settlement, you’ll fend off invading goblin armies, flesh-eating bats, and feuding warriors in your quest to build a thriving community. Now that you have your own stronghold, will you raise an army to repel the monsters once and for all? Or will you hold power for a lifetime without ever attacking another soul? Harness your strength, cunning, and even magic to defend your citadel and help your people prosper.

Some games are better than others when it comes to representation, but all of them gives you options when it comes to gender and sexuality. The Eagle's Heir and Stronghold are probably the best on that front, though. They have options for you to play as female (cisgender or transgender), male (cisgender or transgender), genderfluid, or nonbinary, and when it comes to sexuality you can be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual/pansexual (depending on your definition of the terms), or asexual. And both of them also have options for polyamorous relationships as well.