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A friend told me that things she talks about, but doesn't look up online, will show up on her ads.

This morning we were talking about a time I'd visited and an astrologer friend of hers had also visited. The ad at a top of an LJ page is offering a link to Amazon for The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need.

Siiiick!

Jan. 25th, 2017 02:43 pm
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (blackadder)
Apparently people coming here from all over last weekend brought in bugs we don't have defenses against. The doctor knew what my symptoms would be before I even told him. He said he's never seen a bug hit Northern VA so hard. On the plus side I should be feeling better by Friday. On the other hand, he suggested Mucinex and I bought the liquid/syrup rather than the pills. Bleah! That stuff tastes so nasty.
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Day 5: In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

Yes! One of my favorite challenges. I'm calling this collection the "we are all powerful women together" stories after kwritten's Aftershock, a retelling of Helpless with Dawn in the picture.

There's also Lotesse's Alive in Your Blood Now - I'm not sure how to describe it so I'll just give the author's summary: When the roll call comes to “Vorkosigan,” Helen Natalia smiles, throws back her head, and casts her vote.

And Ruuger's We Make Our Own Magic which is more about a woman being powerful on her own but it still amazing.

Tulipp's Bread. Oh yeah, heart-warming Willow/Tara fic.



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Day 04: Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them.

Done. I've been doing this as I go, picking three Snowflake Challenge posts and responding to them.
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So Thrawn has started posting on older stories I've recently stored on AO3. He commented on notes I'd posted for my Lily Out of Water series.

from his comment: 
I have my own reasons for my interest in this; but mostly it's due to the fact that, at the very core of my personality; my goals in terms of the preternatural are those simply put of genocide at this time, not those of any kind of co-existance, but that of eradication; think a human dalek and you're not that far off in motives and goals.
My motive here is to "review my motives", not to do anything else... and believe me, the only reliable sources in the real world for metaphysics would only motivate me *further* into this barbarity, which they *claim* to condemn; interestingly enough, and that's *NOT* due to an attitude of rebellion, but one of full endoursement thereof to their teachings!
This sure is one interesting premise, believe me!


I'm not even sure what he means, especially in that second paragraph. But he seems to think vampires and demons are real. Oh, and also, genocide as a goal. No, that's not at all creepy. Why do you ask? 
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Francine transcendant)
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Day 2: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life.

I never saw Buffy when it was first on tv but I did catch episodes - 2 per week of Buffy and 1 of Angel, all seasons non-related as far as I know - in repeats. But not for long. Just as I was getting into it, the station stopped showing Buffy reruns.

And then my mother died. My friend Susan lent me her DVDs a season at a time. Since I had two weeks between loans, I watched it all, episodes, commentary, anything that was on those DVDs. Then I found fanfic. Within 6 months of my mother's death, I was writing fanfic. Writing not only helped put a distance between me and my grief, but it allowed me to start playing with who I wanted to be. Between anemia, dysfunction at work, grief, and depression it was as if I'd fallen into a pit. Writing got me out of that pit.
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Day 2: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life.

I never saw Buffy when it was first on tv but I did catch episodes - 2 per week of Buffy and 1 of Angel, all seasons non-related as far as I know - in repeats. But not for long. Just as I was getting into it, the station stopped showing Buffy reruns.

And then my mother died. My friend Susan lent me her DVDs a season at a time. Since I had two weeks between loans, I watched it all, episodes, commentary, anything that was on those DVDs. Then I found fanfic. Within 6 months of my mother's death, I was writing fanfic. Writing not only helped put a distance between me and my grief, but it allowed me to start playing with who I wanted to be. Between anemia, dysfunction at work, grief, and depression it was as if I'd fallen into a pit. Writing got me out of that pit.

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Yes! The Fandom Snowflake Challenge is starting us off right, asking for us to list our three favorite fanworks, at least three, that we ourselves created.

  1. In a Corner of My Soul - BtVS: Giles as the Big Bad of Season 1, still being written (the rest of my recs are complete)

  2. The Letters (the 84, Charing Cross Road remix) - BtVS: Anya / Snape - a relationship in letters, e-mails, and wedding inviations

  3. Oh, but You're a Pretty Thing - BtVS: Angelus / Darla - he'd follow her anywhere

  4. On This Side of Goodbye - BtVS: Giles and Faith friendship - if you're reading the comics you know Giles was resurrected as a 12 year old. This is my take on that and what happened after

  5. Sailing Toward the Dawn - Babylon 5: During his hitchhiking days, Stephen realizes he isn't just running way. He's running to something, even if he doesn't know what it is yet.

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Yes, the Fandom Snowflake Challenge is starting us off right, asking for us to list our three favorite fanworks, at least three, that we ourselves created.
  1. In a Corner of My Soul - BtVS: Giles as the Big Bad of Season 1, still being written (the rest of my recs are complete) 
  2. The Letters (the 84, Charing Cross Road remix) - BtVS: Anya / Snape - a relationship in letters, e-mails, and wedding inviations
  3. Oh, but You're a Pretty Thing - BtVS: Angelus / Darla - he'd follow her anywhere
  4. On This Side of Goodbye - BtVS: Giles and Faith friendship - if you're reading the comics you know Giles was resurrected as a 12 year old. This is my take on that and what happened after
  5. Sailing Toward the Dawn - Babylon 5: During his hitchhiking days, Stephen realizes he isn't just running way. He's running to something, even if he doesn't know what it is yet.
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This morning I’ve been asking myself one question: what gives me hope for the future?

So far,
Jo Walton’s My Real Children - as the author has said, this novel looks at the difference one person can make in the world
The Parable of the Sower and all of Octavia Butler’s Earthseed novels - in a bleak and dystopian future, one woman’s vision changes the world
Marge Piercy’s Woman at the Edge of Time - one woman’s criminal act protects the future but at great personal cost. In all of these novels, a better future comes at a personal sacrifice.
Sherri Tepper’s Grass - a woman trying to good within the constraints of her society breaks free of that box, saves a world, and launches herself into an unknown adventure
And a song, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” - I’ve been told this song was written during the Cuban Missile Crisis and is actually about seeing hope in a newborn child

And now I’m asking you. What gives you hope? What can you look to for inspiration?

And it doesn’t have to be a novel or a movie or a song. It can be anything: your own child, the upcoming Women’s March on DC, a poem, your faith, nature. It can be anything you can think of but, please, think of it and, if you feel comfortable, share it.
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Francine transcendant)
This morning I’ve been asking myself one question: what gives me hope for the future?

So far,

  • Jo Walton’s My Real Children - as the author has said, this novel looks at the difference one person can make in the world

  • The Parable of the Sower and all of Octavia Butler’s Earthseed novels - in a bleak and dystopian future, one woman’s vision changes the world

  • Marge Piercy’s Woman at the Edge of Time - one woman’s criminal act protects the future but at great personal cost. In all of these novels, a better future comes at a personal sacrifice.

  • Sherri Tepper’s Grass - a woman trying to good within the constraints of her society breaks free of that box, saves a world, and launches herself into an unknown adventure

  • And a song, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” - I’ve been told this song was written during the Cuban Missile Crisis and is actually about seeing hope in a newborn child


And now I’m asking you. What gives you hope? What can you look to for inspiration?

And it doesn’t have to be a novel or a movie or a song. It can be anything: your own child, the upcoming Women’s March on DC, a poem, your faith, nature. It can be anything you can think of but, please, think of it and, if you feel comfortable, share it.

And while I'd love to see it in the comments, you don't have to share it just here. Shout it. Dance it. Paint it. Tell a friend. Share it.
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Francine transcendant)


Thanks [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy for introducing me to her music!
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Taming the Muse is giving us a week off before making changes to how prompts and awards will work. But I didn't want to miss a week so I picked an old prompt, abacus, and included it in a scene from my Giles as the Big Bad fic. I'm not sure if I'll be using this scene though. It really doens't do much more than say where in the episode plotline we are.

Scene from In a Corner of My Soul
Fandom: BtVS
Prompt: 38 - abacus
Rating: PG
Word Count: 692

When Buffy’d interviewed drummer guy from Brett’s band - and what kind of a name was Vampire Hillboys anyway? - the guy hadn’t stopped tapping out rhythms against his locker for even a second. It’d been bad enough then, like he didn’t even know he was doing it, so why was she thinking of it now? As she walked along the empty hallway the only sound came from her heels clicking against the floor, beating out their own rhythm. Oh. )
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Katchoo)
Gabrielle posted to let us know she's ... well I'd say alive but I'm not sure that's what she was thinking. She posted to say she's still depressed and won't be coming back yet but still does plan to come back once she's over this.

Her last therapist - she called him a "mental health" professional but I think I'd have put the quote around the word "professional" - told her she's a terrible person who makes everyone's life harder. What a dick. Honestly, I'd be complaining to the medical board and anyone else I could think of who might have the power to shut him down. What kind of an ass says that to anyone much less someone who's depressed?

So, Gabrielle, when you do get onine and read this, it's bull.

And I hope you get better help, someone who's, you know, competent.

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