This was not on my fic WIP list, but it kind of just happened. You know. Like these things do. After this it's back to regularly-scheduled programming, I swear.

The Right Thing (1987 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Anniversary, Hydra Steve Rogers, Not A Fix-It, Civil War (Marvel), Secret Empire (Marvel), Avengers Vol. 7 (2016)
Summary: Today is a very important anniversary for Steve and Tony, and the fact that Tony's currently comatose isn't going to stop Steve from celebrating it.

You know how sometimes you get to thinking about how people used to call Tony a scumbag fascist dictator because of Civil War? You know how then you start thinking about what would happen if Actual Scumbag Fascist Dictator Steve Rogers, the leader of Hydra, showed up at Tony's bedside to tell him how much of an inspiration Tony has been to him? Wouldn't that be great? Hey, where are you going? Come back!
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([personal profile] melannen Jun. 20th, 2017 11:03 pm)
Last week's F winner was Journey to the Center of the Earth! K was Malevil, which means another giant tome I no longer have to shelve, yay.

I am still behind on reviewing stuff because I had Six Wakes and All Systems Red and A Close and Common Orbit all in at the library, plus All The Sedoretu, and sometimes you just have to priortize?

But in honor of the Tiptree anthology I picked up for the sedoretu story in it (and Pride), this week's theme is LGBT& content! (Most of these are Tiptree or Gaylactic Spectrum finalists, in fact.)
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.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll! Bear, Chabon, Doran, Gerrold, Lackey, Monette, Orlando & Rebelka, Scott, St. Clair )
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([personal profile] melannen Jun. 20th, 2017 07:02 pm)
So instead of an FMK review this week you get more talking about sedoretu (not the moiety post yet, that's coming. Probably.)

The opinions on the poll about bookmarking were interestingly split - pretty consistently 2-1 in favor of bookmarking, but the anti-bookmarking people seem to feel more strongly about it. I guess the only solution is for more people to start adding stuff to that collection so mine don't stand out as much!

I also finally read Another Story, or, a Fisherman of the Inland Sea, which is the first and longest of Le Guin's O stories. Or possibly I had already read it and then blocked it out. I am... not sure how I feel about it? It is definitely the most SF-based of them, with quantum physics and interplanetary travel and so on (and probably the most useful for people who want to think about sedoretu in the context of a much larger and more cosmopolitan society than we see in either "Mountain Ways" or "Unchosen Love".)

blehhhhh )

Anyway, I still really really like the worldbuilding!

I have managed to narrow it down to ten prompts in the Sedoretu fest that I probably *could* write. (As opposed to the ones I most want to see written, which includes many that I am definitely not the person to write.) They all have pros and cons, which I shall now ramble about here:

Discworld, HP, Sagas, O, LM, Nimona, SW:TFA, Barrayar )

...this is weirdly stressful compared to a prompt meme community where I can just blather on in comments without committing to anything until somebody else either writes the thing or I know exactly what I am doing
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([personal profile] rachelmanija Jun. 19th, 2017 01:57 pm)
Please feel free to comment! I have not read anything by any of these writers but Johnson.

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The Sword of Winter, by Marta Randall. In the cold and dangerous land of Cherek, emerging from an era of magic and confronted by technological advancements, Lord Gambin of Jentesi lies dying and chaos reigns.

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Fling
19 (54.3%)

Marry
6 (17.1%)

Kill
10 (28.6%)

A Rumor of Gems, by Ellen Steiber. Enter the port city of Arcato: an old and magical town set somewhere in our modern world, a town where gemstones have begun to mysteriously appear . . . gemstones whose mystical powers aren't mere myth or legend but frighteningly real, casting their spells for good and ill.

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Fling
15 (41.7%)

Marry
7 (19.4%)

Kill
14 (38.9%)

Travel Light, by Naomi Mitchison. The story of Halla, a girl born to a king but cast out onto the hills to die. She lives among bears; she lives among dragons. But the time of dragons is passing, and Odin All-Father offers Halla a choice: Will she stay dragonish and hoard wealth and possessions, or will she travel light?

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Fling
20 (39.2%)

Marry
24 (47.1%)

Kill
7 (13.7%)

Nemesis, by Louise Cooper. Princess Anghara had no place in the Forbidden Tower, and no business tampering with its secrets. But she did, and now the seven demons are loose and her world is cursed, prey to the wrath of the Earth Goddess.

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Fling
15 (38.5%)

Marry
6 (15.4%)

Kill
18 (46.2%)

Racing the Dark, by Alaya Dawn Johnson. Lana, a teenaged girl on a nameless backwater island, finds an ominous blood-red jewel that marks her as someone with power, setting in motion events that drive her away from her family and into an apprenticeship with a mysterious one-armed witch.

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Fling
34 (75.6%)

Marry
10 (22.2%)

Kill
1 (2.2%)

My Soul to Keep, by Tananarive Due. When Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man: brilliant, attentive, ever youthful. Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach. Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost. Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami.

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Fling
23 (54.8%)

Marry
9 (21.4%)

Kill
10 (23.8%)

I’m afraid I did not like this at all. In fact, it was the first FMK book that I didn’t finish—I ditched it at about the halfway mark. And it’s a very short book, too: 133 pages.

Gabriel is a mason’s apprentice in medieval England. The mason is cruel, so when a troupe of traveling Mystery players comes to town, Gabriel is delighted to briefly escape his wretched life by watching the play. Then, when the mason sadistically tries to chop off his giant mop of beautiful blonde curls that Gabriel’s lost mother told him to never cut, Gabriel flees and is taken in by the players, who whisk him away and cast him as an angel.

Gabriel assumes the man playing God is wonderful and the man playing Lucifer is terrible. But no! Garvey, who plays God, uses Gabriel to create fake, exploitative “healing” miracles which he convinces Gabriel are real. Lucie (Lucifer) is unhappy about this, but that only makes Gabriel think he must be bad.

I have no idea how old Gabriel was supposed to be. At the beginning I assumed he was around twelve, but later I decided he must be closer to ten because he was so stupid and naïve. Then he got even stupider and I wondered if he could possibly be seven or eight, or if that was way too young to be an apprentice mason. Not that young children are stupid, but the less you know about the world, the more likely you are to take everything at 100% face value, as Gabriel does.

In a totally unsurprising turn of events, Gabriel is eventually shocked to learn that people are different from the roles they play. This is exactly as anvillicious as it sounds. And while I often love books in which the reader knows more than the characters, I like it when the reason is that the characters are not privy to information or context that the reader knows, not because the characters are too stupid to pick up on incredibly obvious stuff. I don’t mean to call characters with cognitive disabilities stupid, as “intellectually disabled character fails to understand what’s going on” is a well-populated subgenre. (Which I also dislike.) I’m referring to non-disabled characters who are oblivious because they just are.

It's not that I think a child has to be stupid to be tricked by adults. Even a very bright child (or adult) could be fooled into thinking they're a miracle-worker by a clever con man. It's that the way it's written, from Gabriel's POV, makes him seem like a total idiot.

However, that’s not why I gave up on the book. The reason was the incredibly unpleasant emotional atmosphere: Gabriel smugly stupid, Garvey and the mason smugly awful, Lucie and his daughter sadly suffering (with a side of smugness, because they know the real deal.) I disliked the lot of them and did not want to be around any of them. Which is too bad, because I liked the backdrop of medieval Mystery players a lot.

The prose was good, but not good enough to make me keep reading. However, it won the Whitbread award, so my opinion may be very much in the minority.

A Little Lower Than the Angels
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([personal profile] sineala Jun. 19th, 2017 03:44 am)
Going through [personal profile] gwyn's beta comments on my Cap RBB, I have found the best typo that I have ever personally committed:

He upholstered his gun.

I'm almost tempted to keep it.
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([personal profile] beatrice_otter Jun. 18th, 2017 10:55 pm)
Authors for [archiveofourown.org profile] SSR_Confidential_2017 have been revealed! I wrote A Purpose-Driven Life for [personal profile] sapphire2309. And, uh, in a STUNNING lack of connecting-the-dots, I didn't check before asking the only other person volunteering as a beta to beta for me. And did not notice that I HAD GOTTEN MY RECIPIENT TO BETA FOR ME until I was uploading my fic.

::facepalm::

Also, I am hovering really close to burnout, and so I don't think I should do any more ficathons for a while, much as I love them.  The last two, I wasn't able to actually get myself to write until the deadline was bearing down on me, and then I was in pure panic-mode and not really able to make good writing and editing decisions.  (Thank you to those who have held my hands through this.)  I don't need the extra stress.

Anyway! I like this fic, here it is.


Title: A Purpose-Driven Life
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Agent Carter
Rating: PG
Characters: Dottie Underwood, Agnes Cully | Whitney Frost
Word Count: 6,194
Betaed by: [personal profile] sapphire2309 
Written for: [personal profile] sapphire2309 
Summary: Dottie escapes the Red Room as a child. Everything goes differently from there.

AN: ::hangs head in shame:: Why yes, yes I DID accidentally ask my recipient to beta for me without even realizing it until I went to post. I AM SO SORRY, SAPPHIRE2309! I swear I will never ask for a beta without double-checking who the recipient is!

AN2: Yes, I know, I have fiddled with the timeline. According to the show, Dottie Underwood was a pre-teen in 1937, while Whitney Frost was already an adult living in California and starting to work as a model/actress by 1934. I have made Dottie older and Whitney younger, to match.

AN3: I was not able to figure out the cost of a mob hit in the 1930s. However, I was able to find the cost of hiring a hitman in 2013 (https://priceonomics.com/how-much-does-a-hitman-cost/), and use a historical inflation calculator to figure out what that would have been in 1935 money.

AN4: in your letter, you said you love stone-cold-terrifying villain!Whitney, but you also ask for what would have happened if she'd gotten what she wanted (science) in the first place. And I think in that case, she wouldn't have needed to become stone-cold-terrifying villain.

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Vsevolod's hands scrabbled for purchase on the side of the building, and, desperate, he hissed at her to help. )
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([personal profile] beatrice_otter Jun. 18th, 2017 10:13 pm)
From [personal profile] rydra_wong:

Brexit negotions start tomorrow even though we don't actually have a government, and those theoretically in charge are still pushing for leaving the customs union, ending freedom of movement, etc..

The Guardian: Big business leaders press Theresa May to rethink hard Brexit

David Davis, the Brexit secretary, says on Sunday that he would head into Monday’s Brexit talks aiming to “secure a deal that works for all parts of the United Kingdom”, but signalled that the plan was still to leave the customs union and reduce immigration.

So, still "contact your MP" time.

Grenfell:

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/grenfell is still doubling all donations until match funds run out (and have also started releasing funds in emergency cash via the groups that have established themselves on the frontline, i.e. not via RBKC who are apparently continuing to fail to provide co-ordination, organization, or much of anything)

The Home Office are helping Mohammad Alhajali's family get to the UK, so no more need to sign that petition.

https://grenfellsupport.wordpress.com looks very useful.

North Kensington Law Centre are providing legal education and support to residents affected by the fire: their donations page -- this would be a good thing to donate to as there may be issues with the general funds being used for legal support.

RBKC have £270 million in reserves. As far as I can see, that means they could afford to buy nice property in North Kensington at market prices to rehouse the survivors.

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([personal profile] cofax7 Jun. 18th, 2017 05:40 pm)
Courtesy of MetaFilter: some brilliant G&S political filk.

I really enjoyed this set of post-series Harry Potter snippets.

Gotta love Rebecca Solnit.

This site has a great detailed overview of the Trump-Russia scandal.

Oh, this is hella cute.

This story about refugees in Dallas gave me some hope.

This story took some of that hope away. :-(

This article discusses how the federal flood insurance program cannot withstand global sea level rise.

This Outside Magazine article about pre-existing conditions has politics showing up in usual circumstances.

Sophie Gilbert on toxic masculinity, in The Atlantic.

The more studies I read, the more I learn that no single food or diet affects everyone the same way. It's fascinating.

Holy crap this is fantastic. In 2013, Ward and a colleague bought an old lobster boat and anchored it in the path of a 40,000-ton coal freighter at Brayton Point in Massachusetts. The state brought charges, and on the day of the trial-with climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and activist Bill McKibben standing ready to testify-Bristol County district attorney Sam Sutter stunned the court by dropping the charges and announcing that the protesters were right. Standing in front of the courthouse, waving an essay by McKibben, DA Sutter called climate change one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced and declared that the political leadership was failing the people. He then joined Ward in a climate march in New York, in Central Park. From this article about the folks who closed the valves on the DAPL.

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In other news, I reached the end of Marie Brennan's Lady Trent novels this week. In the Sanctuary of Wings was very enjoyable, and my only complaint is that the series is over. :-(

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In other news, it's the hottest day of the year, but I had a head of home-grown garlic from my brother's MIL, so I had to use it to make roasted garlic bread. Roasted garlic bread )
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([personal profile] sineala Jun. 18th, 2017 08:59 pm)
So the Cap-IM RBB is finally done posting, and I wanted to highlight a couple of the stories I really enjoyed. Because now I have read and commented on ALL OF THEM. (I still need to finish the Holiday Exchange fics, alas. Yes, I know it's June.) The RBB masterlist is here, and I know if you're in the fandom you likely will be reading a lot of them anyway but I wanted to pick out some I really liked that I think those of you who are only more casual readers of Steve/Tony will be able to appreciate as well, since I know not all of you are in this fandom. (So this is not me meaning to slight anyone by leaving you off! I loved all your fic and art! I hope I have told you so!)


  • [personal profile] magicasen's To Liars and Saving the World (Ults, 45,720 words). I betaed this so I am obviously TOTALLY UNBIASED, but it is awesome and my new favorite story of hers. It's long enough, with enough backstory given, that I think you can enjoy it without knowing Ultimates canon. And the reason you want to read this is that it is a fake marriage/marriage of convenience story. Yessss. (I mean, she does a great job with a very specific plot that is a clever mix of Ults and 616, which you will also love if you know 616... but you don't need to know that to enjoy the fake marriage goodness.)

  • [archiveofourown.org profile] citsiurtlanu's Let Us Not Forget This (Noir, 36,039 words). A lot of Noir stories are World War II adventure stories, in the tradition of Noir canon, and this is one of them... but it is also an AU. An AU inspired by a particular source that I really cannot reveal because that would be a spoiler. But it is amazing. Once you read this, you will need to read it again immediately.

  • [personal profile] muccamukk's Captain Rogers and the Iron Man of La Rochelle (616 AU, 15,614 words). A delightful historical AU that is 50% The Scarlet Pimpernel, 50% The Three Musketeers, and 100% riveting naval adventure. Yes, I know that's 200%. This is definitely 200% worth of story. There is piracy and secret identities! What more could you possibly ask for from a historical AU?

  • [personal profile] marinarusalka's That Bonnie Road (ambiguous canon, 13,761 words). Gen, urban fantasy AU where Earth has been running out of magic. You'll never guess who Tony the technomancer meets when a gate to Faerie opens. The worldbuilding here is lovely.

  • [archiveofourown.org profile] a_sparrows_fall's Every Little Thing He Does Is (Rhodes Industries/Harry Potter, 40,735 words). This was the story I started making this post to rec. You don't need to know the original Marvel canon; it literally only exists in one panel (Rhodey runs the company, Tony is one of his employees). It apparently uses Fantastic Beasts canon but I've never seen Fantastic Beasts and I did okay. This is a Harry Potter fusion where Steve, still a man out of time, is an Auror attempting to adjust to the modern world and pretending, for job-related purposes, to be a Muggle -- which is where he meets and falls in love with Tony. He has to then try to figure out how to date Tony without giving anything away. And, of course, Tony's got some secrets. Probably not exactly the secrets you think they are. They weren't the ones I thought he had, anyway. Come for the amazing worldbuilding and the meet-cute, stay for the wizards complaining about how unicorn frappuccinos aren't even made with real unicorn.


There. Go! Read!
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([personal profile] mara Jun. 18th, 2017 03:57 pm)
The Unconventional Courtship fic challenge is about a million times more fun than it should be ;) If you've never tried it, I would urge you to sign up now for a posting date in late August/September.

It's a panfandom challenge, because you're not assigned a recipient, so you don't have to worry about pleasing a specific recipient and you can pick absolutely whatever fandom you happen to be obsessed with at the moment and you can change your mind about what fandom you choose at any point :)

The gimmick is that you scroll through romance novel teasers from Harlequin or Mills & Boone until you find one that tickles your fancy. Then you replace the characters with the characters of your choice and write a story (probably AU but it doesn't have to be!) around that summary. You can, of course, change the genders of the characters if you feel like writing non-het fic.

I will repeat: This is SO MUCH FUN.

Last year I wrote Most Shy and Ladylike, an Ultraman Mebius AU, and in 2014 I wrote The Black Sheep's Inheritance, a Power Rangers Jungle Fury AU.

You can take the prompt seriously or you can be ridiculous (or you can be me and do both at the same time). You'll be surprised how easy it is to find a prompt that works for your fave ship. In fact, in my experience, the problem is choosing just one. I have an entire Word doc of prompts and pairing ideas.

Here are a few prompts that I love for various pairings (and if any of them work for you, please feel free to use them, because no two Unconventional Courtship fics is going to be the same):

Lying in Bed -Jo Leigh

To find a blackmailer, FBI agent Ryan Vail is going undercover as part of a “couple” at an intimacy retreat. But when Ryan meets his “wife” he knows he's in big trouble - this investigation looks set to be one irresistible temptation!

Emergency: Wife Lost and Found - Carol Marinelli

Marriage reunited – in A&E!

Every emergency doctor dreaded recognising someone in Casualty – even cool-headed consultant James Morrell. But he was doubly shocked when the unconscious patient he was asked to treat was instantly familiar. It was his ex-wife!

Dr Lorna McClelland hated being ill, hated being stuck in a hospital bed, but above all she hated having to rely on James. Then, as she recovered, all the wonderful things about their marriage came flooding back…

The Virgin's Proposal - Shirley Jump

HOW COULD HE TURN DOWN A BANANA IN DISTRESS?

Successful rebel Matt Webster came to make peace with his past and his family. But he'd never thought that to appear "respectable," he'd become the pretend fiancé of a banana-wearing storeowner! Yet how could he refuse spunky Katie Dole, the woman under the costume, when she kissed him so sweetly— and so thoroughly—in the spaghetti aisle of the supermarket?
Her blue-green gaze implored him to play the role of lover to show up her ex-fiancé. But remembering the kisses they shared were supposed to be pretend became more difficult, when all Matt wanted to do was to make love to the appealing Katie! Was the virgin's proposal turning into something…real?
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([personal profile] starlady Jun. 17th, 2017 07:27 pm)
source: Yuri!!! on Ice
audio: CHVRCHES, "Clearest Blue"
length: 3:54
stream: on Vimeo
download: 229MB on Dropbox
summary: "While you were being heterosexual, I studied the blades on ice." -- @viktorbottom

Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2017.

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Password: katsudon

Vidding TV shows is so much work. I was cutting this one until about two hours before the deadline, exacerbated by the fact that the Blu-Ray of the last volume came out literally the day before the deadline. I initially used a low quality rip of the creditless ending and was resigned to a different version online than on the con DVD, but then due to some serendipitous technical difficulties, resolved at length by the very patient and excellent con staff, I actually was able to get a file with a high quality rip of the ending into the con--of course it came out less than 24 hours after said deadline. (If I ever get access to Blu-Ray rips, I may remaster it, just because they changed so much for the disc releases.)

As for the vid itself…I had this song in mind since about January. Yuuri and Victor love each other a lot, okay, and they meet each other in the middle, eventually, every time.

Lyrics
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([personal profile] sineala Jun. 17th, 2017 04:10 pm)
Now that I have one RBB posted and one drafted, I can start making inroads into this pile of RBBs I haven't been reading because I've been frantically writing. I am looking forward to this! (And then I can start writing again!)

My copy of the Not Without You Steve/Bucky zine got here the other day. "But, Sine, you don't even ship Steve/Bucky!" you say. This is... sort of true. I mean, I don't write it and I don't imagine that I ever will, but I will read basically anything if it's good without necessarily needing to ship it, and I like a lot of the authors in it (okay, okay, I really wanted to read Dira's story, which is the saddest deaging story in the world), and also I really, really just like zines. I was not expecting, however, that it would be a giant hardcover monstrosity. It is literally the size of a textbook. A textbook of Stucky. I can only imagine that people who actually ship Stucky are over the moon about it, because this is pretty cool.

(I don't understand why we don't have a Steve/Tony print zine. At all. I feel like over the years someone should have made at least one. I mean, there's the anniversary zine project, which I am writing for, and which sounds great and which I am really excited about, but that's digital only. I just really like zines and I think there should be some.)

Also, I now own a Captain Marvel sleep mask, which I can recommend as it is very nice and soft. It is replacing my previous sleep mask, which was both too small and too tight; it is really not fun to wake up in sudden terror because OMG something is crushing your eyes. But this entirely eliminates this problem and also has a Kree star on it, which makes it better.
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([personal profile] wendelah1 Jun. 17th, 2017 12:31 pm)
We've hit the intersection of social justice, healthcare, politics, and reproductive rights: the moral imperative to stop the Senate from passing the travesty known as Trumpcare.

The Indivisible Guide has your back: It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan. The Senate is trying to do what the House of Representatives did in May: jam through its TrumpCare bill in secrecy, without public hearings, without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, and without knowing its full impact on American families. That’s why the time to put on the pressure is now. We’ve put together new resources and an action plan to help.

This kind of activism takes time and commitment but not much physical stamina: it's perfect for those of us who can no longer march in the streets.

There are more links under the cut, loosely organized by category for your clicking convenience: politics, healthcare, reproductive rights, and the ever popular, "miscellaneous."

Politics )

Healthcare )

Reproductive Rights )

Miscellaneous )

I updated [community profile] xfilesficrecs: Fic Recs: 2x05 Duane Barry.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.
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That should just be my subject line for all my Greek posts from here on out.

Today in Attic Greek hell: the middle voice.

Just in case not everyone wants to hear about Greek )

"Middle" no longer looks like a real word.
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([personal profile] melannen Jun. 16th, 2017 02:12 pm)
You can still add prompts to the Sedoretu fic fest! Well, I can't, because I might have hit the prompting limit already, but you can!

If you're new here and have never heard of Sedoretu, it's a concept from stories by Ursula le Guin set on the planet O. Marriages there are four people: two men and two women; with four sexual relationships: two m/f, one m/m, and one f/f; and two non-sexual ships, the other m/f pairs. (There is more to it than that in canon, but that's what makes it really fun to play with as a fandom poly AU concept.)

There are currently 132 prompts in 75 fandoms for the fest, plus several for "any fandom"/"original work", so there is probably at least something you know, and if not you should add it. (Or 137 fandoms if you count all of the Old Norse sagas as their own fandoms, and can I say that I feel like the fact that Old Norse Sagas are the now third most popular fandom in the fest is a dagger aimed directly at me? It's not my fault that Njal's Saga is basically set on O already! I was only trying to taunt the mod a little bit!)

(In other news, we watched the documentary Hvellir last night, about people trying to stop dams on the Laxá,and it is very good, and quotes Njal's Saga, and also only in Iceland would a bunch of protesters trying to destroy a dam just go grab the dynamite that the dam developers had left in small unattended caches all over the protesters' land. And not consider this a particularly noteworthy part of the story.)

So I keep wanting to kudos prompts and accidentally almost claiming them, argh, I wish there was a way to feedback prompts without having to go on and write the darn things. :/ Unfortunately, writing any of the many ones I really want to read would require a ton of canon review that I don't want to commit to. (Although, tbf, anything other than "one of my recent fmk reads" would require a ton of canon review at this point...) Let's face it I will probably just end up writing for Gisli's Saga since at least it's relatively short (and also basically set on O already, fair.)

(I feel like there is probably a reason Le Guin decided to set her stories about four-person marriages and complicated kin relationships among sheep farmers and fishermen in decentralized farmsteads on marginal land.)

(although I want to make the post about the real life basis of moiety a separate post.)

So instead of reviewing canon I have just been reading all the sedoretu stories in fandoms I am at least somewhat interested in. And I have been rec-bookmarking a lot of them to the sedoretu collection linked to the fest. But I am running up against the fact that some of them... are not the quality that I would normally put my rec-heart on, even by my relatively lax standards. So here is a poll for the room: if somebody is going through and bookmarking all of the stories on ::theme:: to a collection,

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Is it better (by whatever definition of 'better') to:

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Bookmark the less-good ones to the collection but as Not A Rec
18 (66.7%)

Don't bookmark them at all
9 (33.3%)

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([personal profile] beatrice_otter Jun. 15th, 2017 09:53 pm)
Just found a flyer stuck to my front door, advertising a real estate agent who lives an hour away and specializes in rural areas and small towns like ours, and knows how important it is to know and socialize with the community blah blah blah.

A few things:
  1. There is a typo in the second line.
  2. If this agent gave more than lip service to how important the local touch is, they would not be trying to steal business away from our local agent, who actually DOES live here, and learned at the knee of the guy who started the agency and who ALSO lived here.  Like, if you care that your agent knows the town and community, why would you choose the agent from fifty miles away instead of the one who is very successful and right here in town?
  3. If the agent sending out the flyers actually knew the town, they would know that this is a parsonage, and as such EXCEPTIONALLY unlikely to be sold.
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([personal profile] wendelah1 Jun. 15th, 2017 07:01 am)
My apologies for spamming your reading list if you have already seen this. Weeks ago, I told [personal profile] jebbypal that I would make a promo banner and, um, promote [community profile] timeless_lifeboat. I tried, I did, but I have no skills. Luckily, I found [community profile] inconformista. Now I have a promo banner, plus six new icons for Timeless. Please snag it and spam your readers, too.



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A new Timeless community at Dreamwidth





I am actually feeling fannish about Timeless, in that giddy, why isn't everyone feeling this way about my show kind of way. I can't stop thinking about the series. I'm actually reading fic. I'M SUBSCRIBED TO TWO WIPS at AO3. It's hasn't been that long but I'd almost forgotten what it's like, to be this in love with a show. It's kind of wonderful, isn't it?

In other fannish news, The Expanse, season one, disc three, is "in transit," meaning someone in the LAPL system has finally gotten off their ass and sent my request. I've been number one in the queue for weeks. They're all checked out now but when I put it on hold, there were copies on the shelf. I called twice to complain and talked to one of the librarians in person, too. They all claimed that they had no idea what was going on, let alone why I kept getting bypassed. Maybe the last in-person visit actually worked.

There isn't much fic and what there is, isn't exactly my kind of thing. I wasn't going to do it until the TV series ended (spoiler! hatred) but I've decided to go ahead and read Leviathan Wakes, the first book in the Expanse series. My husband has read book one. He thought that since the show runners weren't following the book that closely, spoilers wouldn't much matter. He also thinks the TV series is much better written.
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([personal profile] sineala Jun. 14th, 2017 09:40 pm)
What I Just Finished Reading

Mur Lafferty, Six Wakes: A SF/F locked-room murder mystery where a group of clones on a spaceship awake to find that their previous clones have all been murdered and they have to figure out which of them did it. The premise was interesting, and I liked the worldbuilding, but the actual writing didn't grab me; the characters just felt flat and boring. Oh well. (Also, someone should tell the author that cerebral palsy is not genetic.)

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Black Panther and the Crew #3, Captain America Sam Wilson #23, Defenders #1, Ms. Marvel #19, Secret Empire #4, Secret Empire United #1, Secret Warriors #3, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #21, Uncanny Avengers #24, X-Men Blue #5 )

What I'm Reading Next

Dunno. Hopefully something, as I should be done with the Cap RBB draft really soon.
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