Monday, October 23rd, 2017 12:13 pm
Deep thanks to [personal profile] shoshanna for sending this to me -- holy wow, it is gorgeous.

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The Name in the Mouth (20796 words) by Rave
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Jewish Bucky Barnes, War, Bucky Barnes in Bucharest, Non-Linear Narrative, Golems, Epistolary, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
Summary:

He was determining his own protocols. It was an ongoing process, and kind of a mess.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 08:28 am
It's a good thing I had scheduled activities, this weekend, or I could easily have hermited under a blanket the whole time.

Friday night was dinner with friends and a concert; I didn't gym, but did walk home, a little over a mile.

Saturday, I did two loads of laundry and then met up with Ms. 9; among other things, we walked to the ice rink for the public skate, and got milkshakes, because the nearby gelato place closed! Shocker! Then I met up with a friend for an evening concert. We had gelato at the place in my neighborhood afterwards while we discussed the concert. You know it's art if it makes you think about it afterwards.

The concert was a World War One-themed program, which transitioned between movements from a period (English) requiem, popular songs done as solos or chorally, and poetry. Being a WWI geek, I was familiar with all the material except the requiem. I discovered I didn't like the poetry aspect, because the narrators were often speaking over either the percussionist or singing, and I apparently can't track that sort of thing, despite being very familiar with the poems. The mixture of mediums throughout left me a little unsettled, unable to concentrate on the music as much as I would have liked. I think I would have preferred hearing the requiem all in one go, instead of having the movements spread throughout the program; though I can see why did it, as the program was broken into three thematic sections. So, it was art, and I got to chat briefly with my friend in the choir afterwards.

Sunday, I woke up normally, but then went back to bed for another three hours. I went to afternoon brunch with a friend, bought peanut butter, then went home, put away some but not all of the laundry, and spent the rest of the evening reading in bed.
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 08:02 pm
Wow. This weekend has been an absolute roller coaster when it comes to D&D. Rambling under the cut. )
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 07:34 pm
So... as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I accidentally adopted a new cat last weekend. Oops?

Long story short: one of my coworkers has a teenage son who's in college. Said son adopted a cat back in the spring, decided over summer vacation that she was too much work, and left her with his parents when he went back to school. His mom is severely allergic to cats. They tried keeping her for a few weeks, but my coworker's wife ended up in the emergency room unable to breathe because of it, so the cat ended up with me somewhat unexpectedly.

(I'd volunteered to take her, on the condition that WWIII didn't break out in my apartment when I tried introducing a third cat to the mix, but it was something that was tentative and wasn't planned for at least several more weeks. Then I got a phone call last Saturday night asking if my coworker could come by the next morning.)

Anyway...

Everyone, meet Keyleth (also known as Kiki.)











Garrus and Percy have been fine with her from the beginning. They've definitely been more curious than anything else. She, on the other hand, has been a little more wary. At this point, she's just starting to get used to being in a new environment with two much-larger-than-her cats around. (Kiki's approximately two years old, but she's tiny. Even smaller than Tali was, which is saying something.)

So far, so good. I left them alone without shutting anyone up in the bedroom for the first time earlier today, while I played D&D over at the game store near my place, and the apartment was still standing when I got home. Kiki's still somewhat wary of Garrus and Percy, but the worst she's done is hiss and go pout under the bed for a little while before coming back out. And neither of them seems to be taking offense to it, so they're just leaving her be for a bit when she gets to that point.
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 11:10 pm
This week included my birthday (and I am still in mid-birthday-weekend-trip) so… less writing. (And I have concluded that I need to let Kinktober go because I’m just picking away for days and days at one day’s story, and missing working on other stuff, so I am pretty decidedly not in The Kinktober Spirit.)

WIPs currently active: 5, since as of this moment I’m not counting the Kinktober thing I was working on.

Words written this week: 1,725

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 142

Born in the Blood: 187, and then I got to a scene break and now I have to figure out the next scene. Oh dear. 

Slavefic #6: 176, although I may have to walk back some of it, because it’s possible I got carried away writing things in direct refutation of a frustrating comment on a previous story. Oops.

Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 194

Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 734

Kinktober Day 9 (Sam/Grant, abandoned for now): 292, and finally I have to admit that writing fanfic of an original thing I wrote is crossing some wire in my brain that is making it weirdly difficult to write a PWP?? idek.

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Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 05:42 pm
My mood has taken a tumble recently and with it all my motivation which is proving challenging both at work and at home. At work in a way it's not so bad because there aren't enough hours to do everything anyway so I don't need self-motivation (though it's entirely possible that's what has killed my mood and ability to do anything because at times it does all feel a bit pointless- running just to stay still!)

I've hardly seen anyone recently outside things I have to do and I spent my day off last week doing literally nothing- well reading which I guess counts as something but not really.

Bah. I know I just need to get a grip but it's not always quite that straightforwards is it?

I did manage to switch from my summer to winter clothes today which was nice because I remembered all the pretty things I have to wear in the winter. Oh and I also *consumed the relevant media* for my [community profile] yuletide prompt which is going to be a challenge (and may need a very specific sort of beta) but I have some ideas already which is better than last year!

And if I get through this next week then I have a weekend in Chichester with 2 of my favourite people and 3 plays so that has to be good ♥

And right now I'm listening to my Cleo Laine Shakespeare & All That Jazz album and I do love it very very much now finally own it.

What are you all looking forwards to this week? Big or small!
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 01:32 pm
a while ago i wrote some very quick thoughts about every episode of star trek TNG. this is that... but with dS. interestingly, despite star trek being the classic, and being super awesome (obviously), due south is more consistent. there haven't really been any episodes that out right suck. at all. most episodes rock.

so why isn't this show a super classic that we are currently talking about rebooting? it's got everything! heroism, friendship, moral dilemmas, mounties, magical realism - EVERYTHING.

series 1 - in which our hero arrives in the windy city )
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Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 08:37 am
Thinking of dear Mewsie today, one year on. I miss your presence, my friend.
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 12:43 pm
having one of the low writing moments of the year. currently trying to put together some words for the new edition of 'the way forward', but even as i'm writing stuff like 'this is so exciting - it's not too late for me to part of a literal apa that comes through the literal post', i'm also thinking - it is too late but because of me, rather than because of the zine. if this was a year ago, or two years ago, i'd be writing you LOADS of stuff about what roj blake thinks about his life, etc. what i have written about instead is fandom, but it's been hard going.

writing this post because i thought there should be some posts on my livejournal. maybe i will write some more thoughts about due south, but in a separate post. we're about mid series 2. it's still good, though paul haggis has stopped writing. a thing that i did not expect at all has happened - but there's less fall out than i would have expected from this show as well.

about a month ago we went to the RSC costume jumble sale in stratford upon avon. if you like the thrill of the chase, shakespeare, and accumulating useless tat, and you get the opportunity to go, you should DEFINITELY go. it was very exciting. three massive rooms of period and modern costumes, all incredibly cheap. we bought three bin bags of stuff (i love accumulating useless tat) and had to lug it around stratford for the rest of the day until the cloak room for the midday matinee blessedly opened. our swag included a doublet, several pairs of shoes (period, and modern), a dress worn by guenievere in a production of the morte d'arthur (although alas, only an under dress - but i was like: i love arthur! i must have), a silk tudor-style dress, some silly hats, and some jumpers. i started to write about this right now, because i am currently wearing one of the jumpers while i sit here, still in my pyjamas, typing this post to you from sunday morning. it's this one from arden of faversham. very sexy, obviously. cleaning lady chic. it's quite nice though.

i only know where it's from, btw, as all the costumes have tags inside them, which is another nice feature. i haven't seen this play.

i've been playing lots of board games, obviously. in the maths trade we received: kingdom builder, brass, lords of xidit, and mottanai. unfortunately brass and xidit need LOTS of people, so not only have i not played them, i dont think we're likely to play them soon.

also - if you are interested in spending money to acquire semi-useful tat (by which i mean board games) you might like to take a look at the near and far: amber mines kickstarter - which closes on the 4th november. i LOVE 'near and far' (my favourite game of the moment) AND 'above and below' and quickly pledged to get all the extras, which includes new stories and cool stuff for both games. tonnes of stretch goals have been unlocked already, including co-op mode, which we've been sent as a print and play to play now! you can also buy the original game through the kickstarter, but then you'd have to WAIT.

anyway - i recommend it.
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 07:23 pm
In anticipation for Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express coming out in a month, I watched the 1974 adaptation for the first time and read the book.

I am now a bit too prepared, because HOW CAN I WAIT A WHOLE MONTH.



The second trailer worries me a little, but I think it's still possible to roll with it.
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 08:55 am
One of the things that I loved most about Russia was being able to pass any random church – usually a beautiful Baroque church – and know that it was an Orthodox church. And the fact that there was usually a service going on, which meant that I could go in, light a few candles and stand for a few minutes to enjoy the architecture and the singing before going on with my sightseeing. (There's no expectation that you'll arrive on time, or indeed stay till the end, as long as you know the points of the service during which you're not meant to leave.)

Back in Oxford, I'm really missing it. I would go to church much more if it could be this simple - if I could just pop in between the farmer's market and the cafe as part of my weekend routine. In the week and a half I was in Russia, I went to more church services than I've been to in years. (Not to mention wore a headscarf more than I ever have... it was a good chance to use all the scarves I have lying around.)

Really I shouldn't complain. I know there are places, like in the American South, where you have to drive for hours to get to an Orthodox church. I grew up in a town with one, and I've just discovered that we have four here in Oxford, not two as I'd originally thought.

• the Greek Orthodox/Russian Orthodox one, the oldest Orthodox church in Oxford and the home of Kallistos Ware, which is unfortunately a long walk from my house
• the other Russian Orthodox church (Patriarchate of Moscow), which is also a bit of a hike
• a Romanian Orthodox church
• an Indian Orthodox church (Malenkara Orthodox Syrian)

Whether or not I manage to get off my couch within the next half an hour to go to church this morning, I must definitely plan to visit the latter two sometime - particularly the last, as I've never been to an Oriental Orthodox church before. We shall see...

ETA: I ended up going to the other Russian church, which I hadn't visited before in its new home, and turns out to be only 20 minutes walk. Not too bad.
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 08:38 am
Fannish people with money, [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico currently has a lot of bargains and very few bidders.
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Saturday, October 21st, 2017 09:33 pm
This Is My Son, In Whom I Am Well Pleased

Do take a look. He's a handsome one, he is. )

My son turned 33 on Friday. I told him I loved him, and I told him not to get crucified, because that's the kind of disrespectful lapsed Christian-type joke that he appreciates (and hence the title.) We both snickered. We're both probably going to hell. 

He is wonderful. He is talented, creative, gentle, empathetic, kind, handsome. He sings, he writes radio plays. He writes songs for pantos. He is hard working, loving, and fannish. Oh, so very fannish. 

(And yes, he's enraged and frustrated me over the years. What child hasn't done that to his or her mother?)

He is, quite simply, Andy. I love him, and I am so very lucky he is my son. 
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 09:07 pm
To Owls

You, 
[personal profile] owlboy , are amazing. You are a polymath, a wild person, a writer, an artist, and someone who would be mad, bad, and dangerous to know, if you weren't not bad, and a delight to know. I'm glad I met you here on the Intarwebz, and here's to a very, very good year for you. And I hope your birthday was fantastic.  
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 10:01 pm
I meant to put together a big rec list of things I read during Femslashex, but I didn't? Not yet, because my Yuletide fic is taking forever to research, and I forgot reveals were today until the writer of one of my fics left a comment just now? Oh well.

Here are my gifts:

say the words that hold your heart (2379 words) by Lizzen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Game of Thrones (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Yara Greyjoy/Ellaria Sand
Characters: Yara Greyjoy, Ellaria Sand, Jon Snow | Aegon Targaryen
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Changing POV, Smut
Summary: An intimacy shared between two survivors within the opening volley of peacetime

Love Stronger Than Bloodlust (2153 words) by talkingtothesky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Female Character, Vampire/Human - Relationship
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Fluff, Modern Era, University, Vampires
Summary: Eve goes to a Halloween party which ends badly for her. Luckily, her girlfriend isn't fazed when she returns home undead.

And here are my fics. My main fic was for [archiveofourown.org profile] weakinteraction:

The Paternoster Gang Investigates: The Affair of the Eyes of Hades (4882 words) by merryghoul
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jenny Flint/Madame Vastra
Characters: Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra (Doctor Who), Strax (Doctor Who), Sam Swift, Ashildr | Lady Me
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Implied Sexual Content, Victorian, POV First Person, Diary/Journal
Summary: From the journal of Jenny Flint, 1895. In which an old foe of Madame Vastra's reappears to attempt to steal a valuable gem. Or is the gem really a gem?

I picked up a pinch hit for [archiveofourown.org profile] triplesalto:

Anything for a Friend (3384 words) by merryghoul
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Missy/River Song
Characters: Missy (Doctor Who), River Song
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Post-Episode: s10e12 The Doctor Falls, Fix-It of Sorts, Psychopaths In Love, Marriage Proposal, Secret Marriage, Character Death Fix
Summary: Two psychopaths fell in love and got married. One of them saved the other's life. But they wouldn't say it's love--well, at least Missy wouldn't, anyway.

Um, rec list later next week, because I should at least crosspost my Doctor Who fics to the non-moderated fic comms.
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 08:05 pm
Late In The Day Birthday Wishes

I am so very lucky to know all of you out there in journal land, and two of the people I am particularly happy to have met celebrated birthdays today. What with cat purgatory, that almost slipped by me. 

[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon  is an adventurer in life, taking on journeys, challenges, setbacks and battles that many people would find impossible to undertake or survive. She is also one of those remarkable humans who can find beauty and good in the tiny corners where many of us would forget to look for them. She is creative, funny, a lover of knowledge, a woman who fights for the people she loves, and somehow finds time to create; she has never let her muse too far out of her sight, even if there are times she thinks the creature has escaped. I am so lucky to have met her in RL, and can report that she is one of the sweetest people I've ever met. And she talks more than I do - which is so cool! My dear, I hope your loved ones showed you how much they love you, and gave you a very good birthday. And may the coming year be better than you could dream of!

[personal profile] editrx  is another adventurer who has dealt with challenge, setback, and the fuckwittery of the world with more bravery and determination than I could ever imagine. In the midst of all that, she's generous with her time. She's funny, fannish, extremely good at what she does, and if I were the kind of fairy godmother I wish I could be, I would wave a wand and make sure that this happy birthday wish was accompanied by more than friendship and respect. May the coming year be thrice as good as you want it to be!

But wait, there's more!

The remarkable 
[personal profile] elisi , who celebrates on Oct. 22, is someone for whom I have so much respect that it's impossible to truly describe it. She writes fiction and non-fiction, meta and life observations, while raising a family of remarkable young women, and staying in touch with the world with intelligence and grace. Thank you for being you, and thank you for broadening my world in so very many ways, all through your love of a madman with a box, one that's bigger on the inside. If I am ever on your side of the Atlantic, it would be my honor to take you out for a drink of whatever might be your pleasure. Until then? Continue being awesome, and have a fantastic birthday. 


Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 02:26 am
Woohoo! [community profile] femslashex reveals have happened. And I wrote Missy! Of course I did. (I'm really having a lot of fun with Missy at the moment, even if most of it is still in WIP form.) Anyway, here's the story I wrote:

Title: Finding Forward
Pairing: Thirteenth Doctor/Missy
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "Forging blindly ahead is a well-honed strategy of mine," the Doctor admitted wryly. "I can do that any day. Now, forward? That's proven a bit more difficult, you see."
A/N: Many thanks to [personal profile] fluffyllama for being there for me at the last moment. ♥

Originally posted here at AO3.

Finding Forward )
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 09:05 pm
Russian history is not my best subject. I know about the revolution and a little about the events that followed but virtually nothing after 1945. So the historical inaccuracies in this won't bother me.


Continued on my blog
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