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Card! )

This has some of my favourite tropes! I'll probably do the second row from the top for bingo purposes, though I admit I always wanted to do a space AU for a fandom that was more fantasy than science fiction. Werewolves in space, no? Though I suspect Merlin in space would be more fun if you marry it with canon, but eh.
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I've seen it all over my friends- and reading-list, and it looked like fun? Plus, I can never resist rambling about books. ;)

I have to say, though, I'm a bit surprised at the books that are considered "classics" and at the absence of others (as well as the fact that I've read so many of them – yay for not playing well with other kids?). Surely it would have been possible to list Bradbury and Asimov not quite so often and add, say, Alan Dean Foster's Homanx Cycle? Surely that one's not considered Young Adult? What about Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover books? And I doubt that anyone thinks Jim Butcher's Codex Alera the more readable of his series.

Anyway. It's bold the ones you've read, italic the ones you intend to read, underline series/books you've read part of, and strike the ones you never intend to read.

100 books! )

Kiva

Aug. 2nd, 2011 09:05 pm
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I've talked about Kiva before, but I firmly believe that you can't talk about it enough.

In a nutshell, Kiva allows you to lend money to people all over the world who struggle to make a living. I've made nine loans so far, the majority of which have already been paid back in full while one's still running. I got to support a fish selling business in Cambodia, a food market in Uganda, a general store in Iraq, and a pharmacy in Ghana, among others. I won't lie to you: for me, Kiva is as much about the instant gratification of getting my money somewhere it'll actually do some good (something you rarely can be sure of with donations) as it is about the helping people. Helping people to help themselves, that is; it's still a loan, not a donation.

You can lend as little as $25 US, and right now, you don't even have to pay up. Simply click here for a $25 free trial loan, no strings attached. You get to give away money for free. If that's not reason enough to at least try this out, I don't know what might be. (They do say that supplies of free trials are limited, but seeing how Kiva has grown over the years, I really don't know where they draw the line.)

In the interest of full disclosure: if 20 of you make a loan by August 14th, they might give me a sweater for it, though I'm not sure that's valid outside of the US. Even if it is, I hope you believe me when I say that spreading the word isn't about a stupid sweater.

ETA: Apparently, all the free loans have been claimed already. I still say it's worth checking out the site if you have a little to spare, though.
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In bullet points:

- I now has a Canadian mistress (again, welcome to the harem, [personal profile] chkc, and if I could I'd have taken her home and made her cook for me every day. ♥

- [personal profile] berlinghoff79 keeps making up reasons for calling me mean only so she can kick/hit/otherwise violate me. I maintain that this is, in fact, her being mean. So there.

- Hamburg was great. It would have been even greater if it hadn't tried to drown us on the second day.

- [personal profile] chkc, this is an American: Mmmmmmm! ) You should try one, they're yummy!

- There won't be any Sherlock fic (or any fic at all, really) for a while, as I kind of fell hard and fast for Charles/Erik from X-Men: First Class even though I usually try to avoid anything with a colon in the title. Um. Your regular(ish) fan-service will be resumed later? Fic recs would be appreciated?

So.

Jul. 26th, 2011 06:45 pm
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We had Help Haiti, and Help New Zealand, and Help Japan, and Help Brazil, and Help Whatnot. Am I simply not seeing Help Somalia, or what?
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I missed you! Never leave me again! *clings*

I'm not going to do the skip=100000 thing, so if anything happened since Monday that you'd like to talk about, I'm here. Or, you know. If you just want to talk. ♥

ETA: Edward Hardwicke is dead. D:

ETA2: OMG internet fucking cooperate, will you?
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Anyone French-speaking available for a brief one-line translation check? I'm not sure I got my plural right.

Thanks!


Help was found, thank you!
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The weather's being spectacular this week (god, I forgot how utterly amazing spring smells!) so I went to the market this morning and walked around between the stalls for a bit. [livejournal.com profile] broet_chan gave me Gaiman's Neverwhere for Easter, which I took into the forest just outside my door to read surrounded by birdsong and sunshine. That was nice. :)

The downside of days like today is that I'm finally developing my parents' raging hayfever and the meds make me tired, so I slept a significant portion of the afternoon away. I still could go straight back to bed, but, market, so I have sesame bread and cheese and crunchy honey, all of which need to be munched on. Food, I loves it a little too much. <3

How was your day?
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Before the FedCon, that is.

So, I'll be there on Friday and Saturday. Anyone who might want to meet up is welcome to ping me. I'll be the one following Berlinghoff wherever she goes. If you want to exchange mobile numbers in advance, PM me.

Anyone who absolutely does not want to meet up is also welcome to ping me and exchange mobile numbers. I'll try to make sure I'm not where you are.
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This might just be the stupidest idea I've come across since the whole finish-someone-else's-WiP-without-asking-first comm.

(I'm aware that some people consider anything, once it's on the internet, the property of the whole world, and that fanfic authors in particular have no say in how, where and why their work can and cannot be distributed. In return, please be aware that I disagree with this notion.)
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I love how the current DDoS attack on LJ is making some people realise that, actually, LJ isn't all about fandom and hasn't been for quite some time. If this stops only a few of the "LJ isn't Facebook, and damn those ev0l Russians anyway!" comments on every news announcement, the downtimes do have an upside.

Fair warning to everyone who may have subscribed to me on the AO³, though: I'll still be transferring most of the content on LJ to the Archive as soon as I can, so expect spam e-mails. Or maybe you won't get notified if I back-date them? Whatever.

Everyone reading this (eventually) on LJ: are you on DW? If yes, and I haven't added you to my circle yet, will you tell me your name there so I can keep up with you when LJ is down? Or, if you aren't on DW but would like to mirror your content over there for times such as these, I have a handful of invite codes up for grabs. I'm not saying one service is better than the other (both have shiny things the other doesn't), but considering the apparent cause of the DDoS attack, one might reasonably assume that this won't be the last time LJ is down.
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Where are all the fic comms on DW? I always use Monday evenings for fic-reading (for I am uuuuuuseless for anything else on a Monday), and this is getting annoying. Help? Anyone?

In other news, I'll be at FedCon on Friday and Saturday, instead of just Saturday. Taking back everything I may have said about the organisers: I actually got the free tickets they promised me for my complaint last year. 45 Euros saved and another 45 just handed over - awesome.
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[community profile] sherlock_flashfic, for all your Sherlock Holmes 'verse (any 'verse)-related flashfic needs! ♥

There'll be a new challenge every two weeks, which will take on the form of case files (e.g. The Case of...The Missing Shoes, The Case of... The Broken Clock, The Case Of... The Insistent Aliens). What you make of that challenge is entirely up to you. If you want to write 800 words of fic where John loses his left shoe in the first paragraph and ends up being carried around by Sherlock, that's fine. If you want to write Carl Powers's Trainers: The Missing Years from the perspective of the remaining c. botulinum bacteria in the shoelaces, that's fine too.

To quote our founder [personal profile] cesperanza:

SHORT, IMPROMPTU, LUNCH-HOUR FIC is what we want! Flex those writing muscles! Take the pressure off! Write a little something - short is good, the pleasure is in the variety of response on a theme.

(If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, you can get one this week without needing an invitation here, get one at the community here, or post your stories as comment!fic. We'll be setting up a post for that with each challenge.)
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I want this. And this. And this. And this, this and this. This, a lot. Possibly this. And these. And these as well. Dammit.

And this one. It would look marvellous in my kitchen. Also omg this I want like burning, my preciousssssss.
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I wish the Sherlock fandom would stop worshipping AVEN as the final authority on asexuality. It's not. Not like that, at least. It's a wonderful resource, especially the forums where you can get an impression of just how many different kinds of asexuality there are, but while having terms to throw around like "nonlibidoist" and "homoromantic" and "grey-a" might make for easier conversations (provided the other person knows what the heck you're talking about), they don't make you an expert on asexuality. Asexuals aren't experts on asexuality - see also "many different kinds" thereof.

Take me: I like to look at pretty people who are dressed in thin garments that trace their bodies intimately; show me those same people naked, and I'm bored. I find guys hot. I find girls hot. I wouldn't want to actually do anything with them. I like to kiss. I like to cuddle. I like orgasms. I don't like porn. I don't like sex. I've had it with a variety of guys. Am I asexual? You'd find people on AVEN who say yes; you'd find people who say no. Who cares? I'm me. Most asexual people have probably never even heard of all the labels they can slap on themselves these days (black ring on the middle finger of the right hand? Bwuh?).

Thing is, whether you chalk it up to hormonal imbalances or think it an awesome new concept, asexuality exists. Asexual people are out there, probably more than you'd expect (don't think for a moment that none of us like to tell jokes that are dirty enough to make you blush). Asexuality is tentatively coming to be accepted as just another orientation that may or may not go different directions. Which leads us straight back to terms like "homoromantic" and "demisexual" and whatnot, and people doing their research on AVEN and maybe not quite getting it, and fannish tropes being celebrated that make me want to puke.

Seriously. If I have to read one more story where Sherlock is magically cured from his asexuality by the awesomeness that is John Watson, I'm going to throw something. Possibly up. It's like an "I've been gay all my life but now that the right woman has come along I can finally enjoy the marvel that is heterosexual sex" scenario. I'm sure people are out there who have had just that kind of experience, but on the whole I find the concept off-putting, demeaning and disrespectful. And I didn't even know we had an ugly flag to celebrate our Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

Gah.

Sep. 7th, 2010 07:10 pm
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So that thing where my internet keeps breaking off at random intervals - not fixed. I'm not aware of any obligations other than fic-writing and behind-the-scenes fandom stuff right now, but if I let you down in any way, it might be that I don't have any internet access.

Of course, it might also be that I plain forgot. Or that you're getting on my nerves and I'm not sure how to tell you. First one's more likely though.

Meh.

May. 27th, 2010 08:25 pm
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I can't believe how tired I am. My sleep cycle's all out of whack (oh, the joys of unemployment) and I have a hard time staying awake for any length of time. On Monday I got up at 5 a.m. and was so bored I took out my new (for me, at least) bike for a spin at half past seven. The streets were empty so at least I didn't make a fool of myself with my wobbling about, but it turns out you really don't forget how to ride a bicycle. I took the opportunity to explore a bit and ended up on the panorama trail (oh, the joys of living in a tourist-y region). Saw a fox, a deer and a squirrel and passed by the "road of the dead" (wtf, Oeventrop???) and lots of freshly cut-down trees that smelled of sap and resin. All in all a very nice morning, but I need a softer saddle. Ow!

Back to writing drabbles now.
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Which is John/Rodney, AU, PG-13 and can be found here.

Why, yes, I do remember my DW journal, why do you ask?
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