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1. Every day, there is sunshine. (Okay, 256 days out of 365, but still. Come at me, sis.)

2. When I open the front garden blinds, there's hummingbirds fluttering away. HUMMINGBIRDS! They're the fairies of the bird world, and I find them magical.

2. When I walk outside in my -- low-key wealthy -- neighborhood in what is esseeeeeentially pajamas, no one comments, or even spares me a second glance. This is brought to you by the girl who for the one short outside stint planned did not bother putting anything on beyond house-pants and a Nevertheless She Persisted shirt.

4. When I walk outside in the City on a workday, however, people throw me appreciative glances. European-style attire isn't common on the West Coast, and even if people wouldn't wear it they seem to agree it's interesting, or maybe eve daring ("How is she going to explain that to her startup CEO in his ratty, ironic Status Quo band t-shirt?")

5. People are nice. I do mean that in an occasional nice-guy kind of way, but for 99% of interactions that suits me perfectly well. Germans are forthright, and you will know where you stand with them. You just, in 88% of interactions, not LIKE where you stand with them.

My Supervisor

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:07 am
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"You look tired. You need a vacation."

I don't need a vacation, I need people to do the things they say they're going to do.

But I don't get that, so instead I'm going to buy a new car and go hiking up Saddleback Mountain.*

*Maybe once I get the Subaru, I'll request three weeks off and literally just hike up Saddleback Mountain every day. I bet I'd be in great shape by the end of that.**

**... I'm going to wait til I've paid off my student loans and credit cards, though. By my math (if I go back to eating sandwiches and other cheap foods the next few months), I should be able to pay off my US Airways card next month, the Discover card by October, and the Capital One card by February. That's assuming I don't get Starbucks management. If I get Starbucks management I'll be making $4,434/month after tax or so with both incomes combined. If that happens, they'll get paid off like. Two months from my raise, lol.

Today's The Day!

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:18 am
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Today is the big eclipse! For once, I get to see 'something cool' because it's going to be right over my house! I get to watch it in my yard, for free! No driving anywhere or anything! :D

Right now it's really quiet out, so I imagine most people are either at one of the museums or something; Hastings has an observatory too and that was sold out months ago.

So wherever you are, I hope you get a chance to see it, or at least part of it. If nothing else, you can always watch the NASA feed online. Enjoy!

Outlander Forum -- new community!

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:55 am
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Calling all fans of the Outlander books and/or TV series!

I don't have any clever graphics because I am not a clever-graphics person, but with the season 3 premiere fast approaching (September 10!), I invite all Outlander fans to join [community profile] outlander_forum, a discussion community for fans of the Starz TV adaptation and/or Diana Gabaldon's books. Please note that at this time, this is aiming to be purely a discussion forum, not a forum for fanworks (icons, fanfic, etc.) as there are other venues for that. This might change down the road, but for now, the focus will be on discussing the show, the books, and related issues.

All welcome!

RelationShipping Pinch Hit

Aug. 21st, 2017 10:24 am
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RelationShipping - an exchange for incest ships - is in need of a pinch-hitter!

The minimum for fic is 500 words; the minimum for art is a work at the 'nice sketch' stage. The deadline is Saturday 2 September at 23:59 UTC.

To claim, please comment to the dreamwidth post with your AO3 username. Comments are screened and you don't need a dreamwidth account.

( Pinch Hit #1: Bates Motel (2013), Bloodline (TV 2015), Better Call Saul (TV) )

RelationShipping Pinch Hit

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:20 am
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RelationShipping - an exchange for incest ships - is in need of a pinch-hitter!

The minimum for fic is 500 words; the minimum for art is a work at the 'nice sketch' stage. The deadline is Saturday 2 September at 23:59 UTC.

To claim, please comment to the dreamwidth post with your AO3 username. Comments are screened and you don't need a dreamwidth account.

( Pinch Hit #1: Bates Motel (2013), Bloodline (TV 2015), Better Call Saul (TV) )


Aug. 21st, 2017 02:35 am
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My credit score went down. I subscribed to an Identity Theft/Credit Score watch to look it up, and it shows all my accounts as current, so I'm not sure why. I actually thought it would go up - I paid off one credit card, and over half of another. I increased the payment amount on my student loans. That means my available credit has actually increased. All of my payments, to the best of my knowledge, are on auto-pay.

The only way it would make sense that it went down was if there was some bill that was delinquent and I didn't know it (e.g. Utility bills - I could see that happening because our complex keeps un-doing everyone's auto-pay.) But nothing like that shows in the report.

So I'll just keep an eye on it.

The World Of Dating

Aug. 20th, 2017 11:48 pm
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Read more... )

I suppose tomorrow I'm going to learn whether I'm becoming department manager. I'm anxious. It's like a win/win, I guess. If I become department manager, I get paid more and I get 48 hours a week. If I don't, I don't have to kill myself working in a high-stress department.

But if I'm made department manager, I really want to get the Subaru Outback 3.6l Touring. Dad won't support that, but I actually have good credit, so I would just do it without him. The cost monthly would be almost the same, or I'd just go for the Crosstrek. It makes me really confused that he's so oppositional to it, given the similar monthly costs.

Movie: Tales from Earthsea (2006)

Aug. 21st, 2017 01:36 pm
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Last night, A nominated me to choose a movie to watch, so I picked Gedo Senki | Tales from Earthsea, a DVD I bought about a decade ago and then never actually watched.

Thoughts below the cut, with spoilers. )

Hair update

Aug. 20th, 2017 11:32 pm
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Okay, since I was chatting with folks about it and we were working on house projects all day, I went ahead and washed my hair today! This is the first time in 6 weeks (ish). See this post for context.

I used about a quarter cup of baking soda mixed with a quarter cup of water for the cleaning of the hair. The baking soda, like on your stove, gets rid of grease, and after using it, did indeed leave my hair with that squeaky, lots of friction feeling that you get if you've ever used bar soap to wash your hair. The process itself I think I'll have to get used to. It doesn't foam or lather, and the mixture has low viscosity because of the water. I poured it over my head in bits, trying to mostly keep it on my scalp and get at the different parts. Then there was a bunch of baking soda not in solution that I just plopped on.

I think the water is mostly to be a conveyance rather than needing to dilute the baking soda at all. It's a buffer, so I'm not really worried about concentration, and you're in the shower so there's going to be more water everywhere. I think next time I might just have the powder with him and scoop it on mushy rather than with too much water. (I didn't actually go back and look up what I was supposed to do...)

After the baking soda was rinsed out I put on a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with a quarter cup of water. The reason for this I've read is that it neutralize the baking soda to keep you scalp in pH balance and also kills bacteria and stuff growing on your scalp, since it's an acid. Also it's supposed to be a natural natural something because it "removes build up and seals your hair cuticle." I'm not sure of the science, but it did work, making my hair feel smooth and clean again as if I'd used a conditioner. So all in all very good results. I used apple cider vinegar because I read somewhere that it's a little less acidic than white vinegar, and also because it doesn't smell as strong. I used what I had in my kitchen, so nothing special. It doesn't smell like vinegar to me at all, though my husband who can smell my head says it's faintly there. I certainly won't be knocking anyone over with it.

All in all, I'm pleased with the results. It's like I washed my hair or something. The real test will be how often I need it. The goal is less frequently than I had been needing to wash my hair with shampoo - ideally once a week or once every two weeks. That was the whole point of not washing my hair for six weeks, to make it so my scalp doesn't instantly produce grease as soon as it's cleaned. Keeping the pH balance to neutral with the base then acid rinse is supposed to help with that.

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One Fic Corner Pinch Hit

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Posted by hhertzof

Please claim via pm or email to and include the ph number, recipient's AO3 user name and your AO3 user name. Please do not claim in the comments to preserve anonymity.

This pinch hit is due on 23 August at 11pm EDT. What time is that for me?

Pinch Hit #5
Request 1 by primeideal
Captain Underpants Series - Dav Pilkey
Any Character

Anything for this fandom! Some 21st-century hijinx with Mr. Krupp trying to engage with social media or George and Harold self-publishing their latest epic? Fourth-wall subversion as Super Diaper Baby gets banned for being tasteless? What really happens to all those cannon-fodder gym teachers?

General dnws: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, sexual content for these fandoms. (Potty humor is absolutely welcome and to be expected!)

Request 2 by primeideal
Wayside School - Louis Sachar
Allison (Wayside School), Miss Zarves (Wayside School), Dana (Wayside School), Mark Miller (Wayside School), Benjamin Nushmutt

For Allison, Miss Zarves, Benjamin, and/or Mark, I'm thinking maybe some follow-up or canon divergence from "Wayside School is Falling Down." Does Allison ever understand what she was on the cusp of figuring out at the end? Does Mark ever escape the nineteenth story, or does he want to? What about the rest of Miss Zarves' class? How does Benjamin deal with being transferred away to his new school after the cowing, and does the administration there recognize his name any better? Anything playing off of this subplot would be great.

For Dana, we know based on "Falling Down" that she "hates stories" because of the way they make her feel sad, but Mrs. Jewls tells her that means she really loves them. I'd love to see her a few years down the line as a fanfiction writer, discovering fix-it fic and putting her own twist on classic downers. Feel free to go as meta as you want. If this prompt doesn't appeal to you, I'd be happy to see anything else related to Dana and John or the others on the 30th floor. General dnws: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, sexual content for these fandoms. (General weirdness is fine.)

Request 3 by primeideal
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
Any Character

Anything for this fandom! I'd prefer something set in the Tollbooth world, or some other equally-fantastic setting of your imagination, but really anything goes. Nerdy worldbuilding? Platonic solid poetry? Musical digressions (a la the movie-verse, if you're familiar with that?) Short Shrift's struggles to impose justice? Making the impossible look easy?

General dnws: ambiguous endings, issue-fic, sexual content for these fandoms.

Rare Pair Fest Pinch Hits

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:52 pm
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Posted by rarepair_mod

Hello, we're in need of pinch hitters for the following requests. If anyone can pick one up, please let us know. Thanks!

These are due on 8/25 at 7:59 pm EDT. (Countdown)

1 (Bloodborne (Video Game), Dark Souls III, Fullmetal Alchemist (Anime 2003), When Women Were Warriors)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/QwYMyHvOT9A

23 (バケモノの子 | Bakemono no Ko | The Boy and the Beast (2016), Fire Emblem: If | Fire Emblem: Fates, Kushiel's Legacy - Jacqueline Carey, Der Rosenkavalier | The Knight of the Rose - Strauss/von Hoffmannsthal/von Kessler)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/UmuxjDhJW1U

25 (DC's Legends of Tomorrow (TV), DCU (Comics), due South, Lupin III)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/ENbHfQt0QDg

26 (Pushing Daisies, Moana (2016), Beauty and the Beast (2017), R.O.D: Read or Die & Related Fandoms, Crossover Fandom)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/u0zBSfICvK8

27 (His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Saga (Comics))!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/-fPy6e0R_Gg

28 (Original Work, Shades of Magic - V. E. Schwab, Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/gttOpoD7WgE

29 (Екатерина | Catherine (TV 2014), Voyná i mir | War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy, Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat, Original Work, Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/CVMMQBj132k

30 (APB (TV 2016), Reba (TV), Lucifer (TV), Murdoch Mysteries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Facts of Life)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/GQtbpj8m7qw

35 (Football RPF, Sense8 (TV), xXx (Movies), World of Warcraft)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/4mdmhMlbH8w

37 (Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Shades of Magic - V. E. Schwab, Penny Dreadful (TV))!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/rQKu7Uemh1M

40 (Shades of Magic - V. E. Schwab, The Shadow Campaigns - Django Wexler, Wolf 359 (Radio), Murder Most Unladylike Series - Robin Stevens)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/ANZC17nXI_g

41 (Dragon Age - All Media Types, Star Wars Legends: Knights of the Old Republic, Mrs. Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman)!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/zkuzDVnsOm0

45 (Arrow (TV 2012), Dark Matter (TV), DC Animated Universe, DC's Legends of Tomorrow (TV), The Flash (TV 2014), Heroes (TV))!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/-5iMeQ3TB3w

Fandom Kitten

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:13 pm
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This morning, Kaylee discovered that Nenya's wastepaper bag is REALLY fun to play in.

Which means my cat is in the trash bin with the rest of us.

Flatmate hunting season!

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Right, its flatmate hunting season! *cue loony toons theme song* And I'm looking for a new flatmate!

Originally, it was going to be 2 flatmates, but found one today, just need a 2nd one now!

There's an ad up on for room no.1, which has been taken (pending paperwork and references). But Room no.2 is still available. Pardon the housemate's mess... but this is the 2nd room.

Its a normal sized double room (as opposed to the one in the ad that's a master room... and mine which is the original lounge converted to a room), going for £700/m + bills which averages about £110-£120/m including a cleaner every week. It has build in wardrobes, but you may have to buy over the bed & chest of drawers from current housemate. The TV isn't staying, but we have one in the living room. S currently just hooks it up to her laptop for streaming as there's no TV socket in the room. Not sure whether mirror is staying or going though...

Deposit is £1020 (1/3 share of 6 week's rent for the entire place), plus agency referencing + admin fees. I have no idea how much those are since they've recently changed their fee structures and I can't work out what they're now charging for changing names on a lease.

Available end of Oct/early Nov.

So! Get in touch via PM if anyone's interested or have questions! And I'm making this post public, so feel free to help spread the word!

Tony and drug addiction

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:19 pm
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Posted by chaed313

Hey, I'm looking for fics that have Tony relapsing into drug addiction (alcohol, cocaine, heroin, whatever) and hiding it from Pepper and/or team until he fucks up a mission / gets caught / similar. And all the drama following that, obviously.

Are there any stories of that kind out there?
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:: I understand other people have social Saturdays, bing-watch The Defenders*, or combine the two; go, y'all! Me, I write a brief article for work. When I say "brief" I mean it's supposed to be two pages. I didn't write it briefly -- more like five hours for the baseline -- nor is it brief at the moment (though there's always changing the font back to Times New Roman. Which is, let me put it like that, better than Courier New).

* I ask whether to watch The Defenders on Twitter; two threads (the more Yay) here and (the more Nay) here.

:: Well, at least I can claim I had a social Friday -- my naturalized friend in Cole Valley took me in after the Worst Day Ever, got us and his two other flatmates a close-to-perfect gluten-free dinner, and I found out first-hand that Archer really is only funny to some people. I didn't want to aggravate my friend, who is extremely loving to me, always (without, I stress, wanting to sleep with me -- he has a relatively quick succession of girlfriends at all times). But Men Behaving Badly is basically my bullet-proof squick.

Too bad that...well, let's not get into that here.

:: The good thing that I consumed lately was the latest installment of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series -- "Magic for Nothing". Finally, finally I really connected with a character of hers; Antimony Price is the first of the Price siblings I genuinely like. At first I was wondering whether the voice actress put me off (audiobook listener because of the lack of sit-down free time). But no; the same voice actress voices Magic For Nothing, and I wanted to hug Annie all the time. Or maybe shoulder-bump. She's not a physically affectionate character. Perhaps not incidentally, this was also the first book of the six where I spoilered )

:: What I have just started AND almost finished is one of those cheap offers on Audible**, namely a book called Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon. I enjoy it a lot -- much more than I expected. It's grouped as "cozy mystery", which I personally take to read, "Did you like Miss Marple and her village? Try this!" There is very little cozy about characters or plot, which is really for the better. As you know, I like dragons and spaceships and ladies who kick ass...not all at the same time, necessarily. But this book made me grin, a lot. For one, it's funny. Second, in the Atomic Blonde age, I cannot but picture Charlize Theron in the main role of a basically-benched CIA field agent ending up in a Louisiana bayou. It's an enormously Bechdel-passing book, and while I can already tell the solution to one of the B plots (and you will too), I haven't solved the A Plot yet; I think the straight-up murder has to be misdirection. Weakness: Where the fuck are all the Black people? This is LA; we're talking 33% of the population. I can see small towns self-selecting, especially Sinful, LA, but not to that degree.

** I do give too much money to Jeff Bezos.

lifely update

Aug. 20th, 2017 12:35 pm
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Right. So I've been having the same log in problems to DW that others seem to be experiencing. Firefox logins were not working, and I followed advice I saw on someone's DW about shutting down, restarting, and not using a bookmark to get to my page. The the log in worked. Safari was working but I use FB on Safari so I try not to cross the browser streams. I submitted a support ticket, and for anyone who didn't now you can do that without being logged in by email:

Hey there's an eclipse tomorrow!

I haven't heard anything about that at work or anything /sarcasm.

But I am excited for it, though I'm in the 80 percent zone, so not a total for me. For the 2024 eclipse, I'll make the effort to get somewhere to see totality.

Life experiments I am currently conducting:
1. Can I really go without washing my hair? I'm almost at the end of week 6, and it's been more of a trial than I was expecting. Backstory: I don't like showers. Don't ask. I don't know why. It's always been a thing. I tend to shower twice a week, often after exercising, and so my pattern for a long time has been to wash my hair twice a week. But then I got it in my head to try to transition away from shampoo, and the first step is to not wash your hair for 4-6 weeks to let your scalp's grease production stop being in overdrive. And I definitely turned a corner last weekend, when for the first time when I rinsed my hair it did not feel nearly as greasy as it had for the first five weeks. (To clarify: I still shower, I just am abstaining from hairwashing and only rinse with water.) It's still a little greasy but nowhere near where it was, and now that I've gotten this far I'm going to try the baking soda and vinegar this week to see how that goes.

I continue to read lots of Dragon Age fanfic. As you can probably tell by my lack of recs, none of the ones from the last two weeks or so have been good enough to rec. The one I finished yesterday which was an insane amount words, I should have stopped reading 100,000 words before the end. But I finished it. Because I just want to read DA fic and I'm in the dregs of my pairing so.. Yeah.

I'm really liking season 7 of Game of Thrones. I'm rewatching the first season since I have access to HBO for the moment, the good parts version, by which I mean Jon, Dany, Arya, Cersei, Jaime, Bran, and judicious skipping through Ned and Catlyn.

There are so many shows I want to catch up on... but not enough to stop reading DA fic.

Writing is still a chore and feels like I'm not getting anywhere.

I'm judiciously blocking out the real world news for certain blocks of time each day.


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Current WIPs

How to Train Your Norse Trickster God

Tasertricks. Darcy's Stockholm syndrome adventure.

Individual Chapter Notes


When the Dust Settles

Thor and Loki are both banished to Midgard.

Individual Chapter Notes

I've set myself a goal of 365,000 words for 2016, either fanfic or original fic. I'll update this as I think to.

84,698 / 365,000


I'm also aiming for a million words overall:

902,870 / 1,000,000

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