Don't @ me

  • Aug. 21st, 2017 at 8:52 PM
There are two types of people in the world:

People who think Abbey Road is the best Beatles album, sorry Sergeant Pepper,
And people who are wrong.

(Sergeant Pepper is second. Obviously.)

Four Items Become A Compilation Post

  • Aug. 21st, 2017 at 1:56 PM
1, Brian Aldiss passed away in his sleep, after celebrating his 92nd birthday. May he rest in peace. He wrote “more than 80 books and was editor of 40 anthologies.”

Unfortunately, I have never read anything of his. I have always meant to read Frankenstein Unbound, since I enjoyed the 1990 adaptation. So I’ll have to try to do that sometime soon. He also wrote Dracula Unbound, which I was never certain about reading, having not heard the best reviews--but it’s on my list, too, now.

2. Today is Fanfic Writers’ Appreciation Day.

3. [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon is doing a tarot card reading, and the first card is free.

4. Whedonesque is shutting down after 15 years. I think I’ve followed that site via feed (first on LJ, and then here on Dreamwidth via [syndicated profile] whedonesque_feed; I’ll unsubscribe to it shortly) for at least a decade, if not longer.

Were it not for the Buffyverse, I never would have ventured into writing, in both fanfic and RPG's (I think Willow was the first character I wrote for in any RPG).
Law Links


"Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.




Men and Lads


"'You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'"

A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.




Checkmate


"It's all about torture. That's what I didn't understand for a long time. The High Seeker has been seeking out and punishing those of us who wish to show greater mercy to the prisoners than the Code allows. Those of us who question whether it's right to torture prisoners."

The Eternal Dungeon is no longer a prison. It's a battlefield.

Split apart from their closest loves and friends, a small group of prison-workers seek to abolish the use of torture against prisoners in the queendom's royal dungeon. Time is running out, for the deadly High Seeker has already flogged and executed prison-workers who oppose his policies.

Do the reformers have enough time and skill to bring about radical change in the dungeon? Will they be able to overcome their mistrust of one another?




To receive notices of my fiction by e-mail )
It's Retro Home. Here's the beginning of what I say on the new blog's profile page:

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This is a blog where I talk about my current daily life at home and in my hometown, comparing it to American daily homelife during my childhood and college years (1963-1987) and during earlier eras. I also post reviews of books (nonfiction and fiction) that show the history of American everyday life at home.

If you'd like to see more links and photos, visit Retro Home's Twitter account @retrohomelife.

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I'll continue to post at this blog, duskpeterson, about my daily life as a writer. But if you're interested in my daily life as a homemaker and mentor, my earlier years, or American daily homelives throughout history, I hope you'll also join me at Retro Home.

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"The problem is . . . how to remain whole in the midst of the distractions of life; how to remain balanced, no matter what centrifugal forces tend to pull one off center; how to remain strong, no matter what shocks come in at the periphery and tend to crack the hub of the wheel.

"What is the answer? There is no easy answer, no complete answer. I have only clues, shells from the sea. The bare beauty of the channelled whelk tells me that one answer, and perhaps a first step, is in simplification of life, in cutting out some of the distractions. But how? Total retirement is not possible. I cannot shed my responsibilities. I cannot permanently inhabit a desert island. I cannot be a nun in the midst of family life. I would not want to be. The solution for me, surely, is neither in total renunciation of the world, nor in total acceptance of it. I must find a balance somewhere, or an alternating of the pendulum between solitude and communion, between retreat and return. In my periods of retreat, perhaps I can learn something to carry back into my worldly life."

--Anne Morrow Lindbergh: "Gift from the Sea."


(I wrote this post last weekend but didn't post it then because of the tragedy in Charlottesville.)


What I've been up to )

Flatmate hunting season!

  • Aug. 20th, 2017 at 10:00 PM
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 spareroom.com 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!

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Just now I picked up for the border of the baby blanket and I can't tell if the pick up is terrible and I have to re-do it because it's all v. v. v. scrunched together because the cable on the circular needle is too short. This is after I connected in another cable before I started picking up because I knew the original cable wasn't long enough.

Okay, so easy solution, connect in a longer cable. But even though I would swear that *I do have longer cables*, I can't find them.

Okay, so slightly harder solution, just connect in the many, many shorter cables that I can find. Except that won't work, since I could only find one cable connector and it's the one I'm already using.

So now I have ordered both additional long cables and cable connectors. And then someday I will be able to see how the pick-up actually looks, which is, honestly, probably terrible; I was having a lot of issues picking up along the cast-on edge.

I barely knit these days. I don't deserve these kinds of problems. (I keep being like "okay, switch to crochet, it seems easier on the hands", and then not doing it.)

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Ma deuxième fic en anglais, qui a gagné près de 1500 mots entre le post sur tumblr et la version retravaillée postée sur AO3 ! :D

Et j'ai découvert le bouton "share" sur AO3 qui donne le code de repost tout beau tout facile ! <3


Will you join the Resistance? (Who will be strong and stand with me?) (2128 words) by Jainas-in-English
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Enjolras & Grantaire
Characters: Enjolras (Les Misérables), Grantaire (Les Misérables), Les Amis de l'ABC
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Rise of the First Order, First Meetings, Resistance
Series: Part 2 of Star Wars AUs
Summary:

The bar is crowded and loud, and Grantaire is nursing his third Cardassian Sunrise of the evening while watching Joly and Bossuet dance with Musichetta when the man comes in. Human, about their age, maybe a bit younger, curly blond hair colored blue by the pulsing light, beautiful… and there is something fleeting in his face, in his way of standing that makes Grantaire sit up and notice, watch him as he slows down -he was running- and looks around him with a tense expression, start to elbow his way across the dancefloor at a brisk pace, head low, straight toward the back of the room where are both the exit door and Grantaire’s table.

This is when the First Order troopers come in.

writing update

  • Aug. 20th, 2017 at 10:59 AM
Okay, so here's where I am, writing-wise. I'm on chapter 4 (of 7) adding the edits from the paper printout to Lost County, Book 1 of the original fantasy series. I'm planning on going on from that to edit #2 Carnshire's Most Haunted and #3 Chaos Theory and get working readable versions with stable continuity so that I can approach publishers with all 3 initially and say THIS IS A 6 BOOK SERIES. Because I'm not interested if I can't get them published as a block with the possibility of adding more in the future. I'd rather self publish and keep my own control over the work.

Meanwhile I'm also working on #4 which is the interlinked short stories, hoping to work on the opening story in the next few weeks, and I'm planning to work on one or two novellas from that for this year's NaNoWriMo (depending how long they turn out). I'm also still picking at #6 which was last year's NaNo, and will probably attempt to finish that one as well by the end of the year. That leaves me with #5 which has about 60k written but may not yet be halfway through, and hopefully that won't be too difficult to pull together with the rest already complete, but we'll see.

No idea what this means for the fanfiction, some of which I have completed or partial drafts of and may intermittently post or work on if the impulse takes me. Things have not really settled down yet, even though it's now been over a year. I'm kind of feeling it as this being the time to get the original stuff out there, else it might never happen. Book 1 especially has a technology-dependent plotline and actually the last decade has kind of aged into the premise of the story more with the advance of interconnected technology and WiFi, I think, rather than dated it since I first started writing. But I don't want to leave it too much longer and risk it looking out of date by the time it's published.

I'm really hoping I can finally be getting somewhere with this in the early half of next year. Fingers crossed.

Ficlet: Scramble

  • Aug. 19th, 2017 at 11:03 PM
Title: Scramble
Characters: Bobby/John, Ronnie Drake, glimpses of others
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~330
Summary: You don't recognize the number.
Notes: Prequel to An alternate universe in 19 scenes: Days of Futures Past edition.

Scramble


Title: You Make Me Look Legitimate. (On Archive Of Our Own)
Author: [personal profile] lannamichaels
Fandom: Check Please
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Rating: G
A/N: This is 100% [personal profile] dira's fault and I have the chat log to prove it. :P The title is from I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory by Kathleen Edwards, which is a wonderful country song about Canadian hockey.

Summary: Eric Bittle gets the call from the national team at 3AM.


2018 Olympics! )

My DWversary!

  • Aug. 16th, 2017 at 3:12 PM
This is my sixth DWversary! \Dreamwidth/

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