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Ben and Rose have just gotten married when they receive a letter from Hannibal saying that he's being held prisoner in a Gothic mansion in Mexico where he's forced to play the violin for the delusional owner of the mansion who has regular hallucinatory conversations with Aztec Gods; he can't flee because, among other obstacles, the police want to hang him as the believe he poisoned the owner's son. Ben and Rose to the rescue!

This had a lot of very thought-provoking and sensitive stuff on the historical treatment of mental illness, legal slavery vs slavery in all but name, religion, and Ben's dilemma of never having a place where he can both feel at home and not have to deal with racism. This was all neatly married to a solid murder mystery, a family drama, and tons of adventure and bonding. Hambly is really good at writing established couples who are still madly in love, and I really enjoyed all the Ben/Rose moments as well as the Ben/Rose & Hannibal. The supporting characters were vivid and interesting, as was the new setting.

The climax didn't rise to quite the batshit heights of the last one, but not for want of trying.

Read more... )

Grimness quotient: Low, all things considered. There's a visit to an asylum which is awful and tragic, but the man running it is compassionate; it's mostly about how people just had no idea what to do about mental illness then. Some people stuck in miserable nunneries. Poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, but also lots of people just living their lives and managing to make pretty good ones despite it all.

Days of the Dead (Benjamin January, Book 7)

2019 Schedule

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:50 am
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The preference seems to be for early summer! Thanks to everyone who replied. Below is a schedule I've drawn up for 2019. 

All deadlines are at 10PM MST. 

Nominations: June 1 - June 10
Sign Ups:
June 12 - June 20
Assignments out by:
June 24
Assignments due:
August 10
Collection revealed: August 17
Creators revealed: August 24

Feedback is welcome!

Hayters Gonna Hayte (Time-Flight)

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:43 pm
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Finished Time-Flight!

Spoilers are Forever )

1.5/5, boring but not the worst story ever. Kind of racist also, otherwise it'd probably be a 2/5.
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Ok, I'm running on about 2 watts of brain power, so forgive me - I'm going to do a quick life update and then run away.

- My husband twisted his knee back on Feb 13th, and lo and behold, we found out on April 5th that actually, it wasn't just a bruise to the meniscus, it was an ACL tear and tears to both the lateral and medial meniscuses.  So, surgery was an absolute necessity.

- Surgery happened Monday of this week and went well! He's recovering nicely and on crutches and in a full leg brace and cannot put any weight on it at all for this week and probably next. Can he do stairs? - Technically! Where do we live? The third floor! So he's in the apartment for at least five days solid. 

- People have been very kind and been very helpful - my dad came to stay with us overnight, friends have stopped by with food or to just hang out. We're not truly isolated.

-Nevertheless, I'm the one making up a lot of the work that he can't do that he normally would, and some new stuff of just taking care of him. He made a big pot of carnitas before the surgery (which is just, such a fucking nice thing to do???) - I am re-heating it and managing groceries and taking care of all the dishes and house pick up and cleaning and fetching things and getting the door when people come by. He also needs some personal help - keeping the icing machine stocked with ice and changing it out and helping him with socks and changing clothes and grabbing things that he can't carry and bringing stuff he forgot so he doesn't have to get up. It's none of it a huge amount? But it's been sort of a lot that just keeps coming up, so it's hard to just get a solid twenty minutes at home where I don't have to get up and tend to something.

-My anxiety is up. [Pirate Voice: AHOY, HERE THERE BE WHINING! WHINGE, HO!]  Partially it's just lack of solitary time - he's in the house all day and there's only one room other than the bedroom, so that's a lot of togetherness. But also I'm anxious that he'll get hurt or that he won't do his PT and the injury will be worse. He's in pain every day and that fucking grinds on him and on me and I feel like a shit for going back to work instead of working from home but I also like my job? I'm worried that we both need to lose weight to help our joint issues, but it's a fucking hard thing to do and I haaate everything about weight loss """culture""" and the shitty way it makes me feel. I'm worried about the house being a mess and it being my fault so I'm clearing all the surfaces and then being tired and my foot hurts and that starts the cycle of being scared about *my* health. 

-And my bike got a flat tire on the way to work today. So, I had to bail and carry my work laptop and all my gear back to the nearest train station and leave my bike there, alone and unloved, until I can get it this evening and figure out fixing the flat tire. And all the stuff was heavy so it was a rough thing to carry it all and I am fatigued. (Or, as the Franch would have it, fatty gay.)

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February Baby Antique Pairing Face Team Work
Animated Dark Smile Seeing Red Artist's Choice

alts below the cut )


Apr. 17th, 2019 10:55 pm
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The tag set is almost done. I just have a few more nominations that require some clarification/verification:

Was Dinah Lance in Batgirl (Comics)?

Were Liam Riley or Lucy Becker in Highlander: The Series or just the spinoff Highlander: The Raven?

Is Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke a standalone novel or part of a series that includes The Ladies of Grace Adieu?

Was Kon-El | Conner Kent in Red Robin (Comics)?

Who was Roman Era Male Beverley Brook for Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch?

Was Ratchet in Transformers: Shattered Glass?

Emotional Intimacy Question:

Apr. 18th, 2019 12:13 am
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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

28. Let’s alternate sharing three positive characteristics of each other.

This one is awkward to do online, so I'll just list three positive characteristics of my audience.

* You're smart.  You know all these incredibly cool things and you love geeking out about them together.

* You're diverse.  You take my writing in directions I'd never find without you, and give me details that make it solid, even when the "official" sources suck.

* You're generous.  Your donations keep our household budget going.

I squish you all so much.  :D
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Sunday of our trip was just as delicious as Friday and Saturday.

So delicious! )

Kit was asleep when we got in, and X was glad to see us but also wiped out from a tiring weekend of solo parenting. We scavenged food and went off to our separate rooms, deeply contented from an excellent vacation.

Coda 1: I did indeed try using the shoe boxes for a bit of shelf organization. I think I prefer cloth drawers, though. Marie Kondo can get her kicks from efficiently using whatever she has handy. I get mine from everything having a unified look.

Coda 2: On Monday, I picked Kit up from school (they were SO HAPPY to see me). When we got home, they didn't want to go inside, so we hung out on our front patio for a bit. While watching them run around, I stuck my hand in my coat pocket and found the half-empty pack of almonds. Kit demanded a tithe, so I gave them a few and ate the rest. I loved having that little vestige of vacation still with me as the daily routine resumed.

Come and gone.

Apr. 17th, 2019 11:27 pm
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Standing around in Central Park, waiting for the shuttle to take us from the Boathouse to Fifth Avenue, we chatted about how we were doing at such a late, tired hour. I said I was going to crash when I got back to my apartment - "Don't say crash," someone else told me. I laughed, and said I was okay. I explained, I'd had a couple of drinks and then some coffee, some water too, and I was at a good balance of everything to keep coasting for a while. At least until I got back to my apartment, after which, I said, I won't say anything more.

I got driven out of the park, and I got driven into the park. My brother had the time and willingness to drive me and the Gala's baked goods to the Boathouse, and took deep pleasure in doing so - as he said, it might be the one day in his life he drives in Central Park. It was a good day for it, too: that brief time when both flowers and leaves are new and everything is fresh.

I got there early, almost too early, two and a half hours to spare. I walked around the park some, enjoying the people and sunshine. I set up everything, and watched it go into the kitchens for safekeeping until it was time for the after-dinner coffee. I hung out with a couple raptor people from New Jersey, and met a Barred Owl named Mitzi and a Red-Tailed Hawk named Ruby. Both of them got a lot of attention from the birds nearby, with the jays and blackbirds - of course it was the corvids - being the first to start shouting about them, with the sparrows and cardinals joining in. So I joked they should do bird walks with raptors as bait. Bring out the other birds and let people listen.

Things were being set up and arranged up until the last moment before the doors opened for the guests. As it's been said, the show doesn't go on because it's ready, the show goes on because it's showtime. And what a show it was! There was a cheese table, a specific table for cheese, with seven different kinds and someone who'd cut small slices off the logs and wheels when someone wanted a piece. I've been to weddings that aren't as fancy as that.

This is the Flocktail's first year in this space. Far more expensive than other years - the previous locations were all provided for free - and also far nicer. Not just for the catering. It was an airy, open room, with a tall ceiling and windows all around, plus a view out to the Central Park boating pond. When someone got up onto the small stage, everyone could hear them, and when someone got onto the floor to perform, everyone could see them. It wasn't huge, just a couple hundred people. Enough you couldn't meet everybody, and enough you could feel comfortable with just about anyone.

Sometimes the party picked up, sometimes it slowed down. A lot of it was standing or sitting around, eating fancy food and talking to people. It was an open bar, but I've learned since college, and just had two drinks, counting the prosecco they were handing out on trays at the door.

The moments of picking up were numerous, though. There were three dance numbers. There was a short performance by Nellie McKay. The live auction had a professional auctioneer, the kind that talked at fifteen miles a minute and whipped the audience into clapping every time the bid hit another hundred dollars, do I hear sixteen hundred, sixteen, seventeen hundred, eighteen hundred, he's bidding the boat, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one!

It ended up being over twenty-one hundred dollars. I think it went for thirty-one hundred, outbidding the two all-access passes to the Tribeca film festival and the tickets to Hamilton. That one was for a walk in Central Park with the director of the Wild Bird Fund. And Bill Irwin.

It takes a particular audience to get whipped up about Bill Irwin - who would, in fact, be sailing a little boat he'd brought with him out on the Reflecting Pool during the walk. And I was so, so happy to be in that audience.

I approached him near the end of the night, told him I loved how he moved on stage and shook his hand. I did the same for Nellie McKay. But I didn't give her my card. I gave Bill Irwin my card.

As part of the preparations for this, in addition to baking so many cupcakes several people took about a dozen each home with them, I got business cards. So yes. I have cards. Do you want my card? I have a card, drop me a line. I can send you something, here's my card. You need my name, it's on my card.

Though I have to say, much as I loved casually offering out my card, much as I adored exchanging meaningful words with Bill Irwin, glad as I was to attend this sort of thing where the full cost of ingredients was much less than a ticket, what I liked most was being there at the start and the end. Seeing what goes into making it possible, getting it set up and taken down. The stillness before and after all the dancing, when it's open and ready for the night, and when it's just a few people left out in the night, ready to be home.

Wednesday Yardening

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:27 pm
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Today was sunny, mild, and blustery.  We bought more birdseed, three bags of topsoil to fill the hollow beyond the patio, and a couple bags of flowers and herbs.

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Apr. 17th, 2019 10:46 pm
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I didn't do much yesterday except dishes and getting the trash out. The second chore, I only half finished because there was a car parked where the second bin needed to go. Scott ended up taking that one out to the curb later.

I've got five audiobooks out via Overdrive. They all have long waitlists, so I won't get another chance at them for months. I'm trying to prioritize them. I have one library DVD that can't be renewed, but I'm at least 80% sure, without having played any of it, that it's terrible (Kim Possible live action). It might make decent background noise for writing, though.

All three of us are having seasonal allergy issues. We're in that bit of spring when it's too warm for the heat but not yet hot enough for the AC. My current plan is to turn on the furnace fan and see if running the air through that filters anything out. Those filters are a big reason we actually use the AC.

At this point, I'm thinking that daily propranolol is over-all helpful. I just can't figure out a way around the problem of sudden spikes of crushing depression and/or panic whenever life throws something unexpected at me. The 'unexpected' part means no warning, and it's a thing that could happen any time. I could forget my glasses at a restaurant. Cordelia could dislocate her knee again. Scott could get six calls from third shift while we're trying to sleep.

It's a hard call because the difference in pain levels isn't vast. It's not a suddenly all better. It's-- at most-- maybe a point on the pain scale, and it doesn't help with the functional pain issues with my hands and neck. Is the difference between a 7 and a 6.5 or a 6.5 and a 6 worth an occasional few hours of mental non-functioning?

I do know that I'll need to not take it Sunday this week because of Easter related family gathering stress. Curling up in a corner and crying during dinner at my SIL's would be awkward. Why is embodiment so difficult?

[ SECRET POST #4485 ]

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:15 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #4485 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 15 secrets from Secret Submission Post #642.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

SO, here I am

Apr. 17th, 2019 11:56 pm
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I made a redbubble shop.

This is my first adventure in selling my photography or my art. I have spent so many years practicing and trying things, taking courses and trying to understand colour, composition, what works and what doesn’t, looking at art in galleries and online and trying to develop an eye.

And now at last I think I am making things that I like enough that I might buy them, so I am wondering if anyone else would like to. And there’s only one way to find out…

Not really expecting anyone here to buy anything, but you could go through the link and click the ‘like’ button  on something if you wanted to be nice - and offer any constructive advice you may have.

I'm planning to try to sell some of my original art on my own victoriaclare.com website too, if for no other reason than the house is getting kind of full of art, but I'm not quite there with that yet.  I'll do a Facebook when I am.

Ana, delightful child, gave me a cold

Apr. 23rd, 2019 04:28 pm
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I wanted earlier to say that this cold is wiping me out, and I also wanted to say that it's kicking my butt, two phrases which are semantically similar. What came out is "This cold is wiping my butt", which isn't. ("This cold is kicking me out" would have been equally puzzling, but less funny.)


Read more... )
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The stories in my Sweeney and Laura series are all connected and designed to be read in order, although they can be read and enjoyed out of sequence. This one is set directly after my previous tale, "Interlude on a Country Road".
Title: "Dreaming of You" 
Author: earthspirits
Fandoms: American Gods
Characters: Mad Sweeney, Laura McCabe Moon
Eras: 6th Century Ireland and 21st Century America
Word Count: (Complete) 1,732
Spoilers: Contains S2 spoilers.
Rating / Warnings: Mature - For 18+ only.  Sexual situations, strong language, references to past character deaths, violence, gore. 
Please note that some of this may possibly be triggering.
Summary: Laura Moon discovers that her relationship with Mad Sweeney is more complicated than she'd thought. 

Posted at A03: archiveofourown.org/works/18456743
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The stories in my Sweeney and Laura series are all connected and designed to be read in order, although they can be read and enjoyed out of sequence. This one is set directly after my previous tale, "Interlude on a Country Road".
Title: "Dreaming of You" 
Author: earthspirits
Fandoms: American Gods
Characters: Mad Sweeney, Laura McCabe Moon
Eras: 6th Century Ireland and 21st Century America
Word Count: (Complete) 1,732
Spoilers: Contains S2 spoilers.
Rating / Warnings: Mature - For 18+ only.  Sexual situations, strong language, references to past character deaths, violence, gore. 
Please note that some of this may possibly be triggering.
Summary: Laura Moon discovers that her relationship with Mad Sweeney is more complicated than she'd thought. 

Posted at A03: archiveofourown.org/works/18456743

Rec: Gallipoli by Neyasochi

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:00 pm
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Title: Gallipoli
Author: Neyasochi
Canon: Overwatch
Pairing: Gabriel Reyes/Jack Morrison
Rating: Mature [R]
Word Count: 12,815
Summary: Reaper and Soldier: 76 share all the same old haunts. Crossing paths was an inevitability.

Recommendation: Oh man, these old soldiers bring all the feels and the angst, but the reunion is a sweet thing. All of this is so painful but so good, and dare I say a little hopeful at the end.

Recommendation #1,814

Rec: Adaptation by CommonNonsense

Apr. 16th, 2019 07:00 pm
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Title: Adaptation
Author: CommonNonsense
Canon: Overwatch
Pairing: Jesse McCree/Hanzo Shimada
Rating: Mature [R]
Word Count: 13,315
Summary: McCree always did like a challenge, and Hanzo Shimada is a bundle of challenges wrapped up in a handsome package and tied with a gold ribbon.

Recommendation: Man, I just don't get tired of a slow building relationship between these two. It's a good thing that McCree is nowhere near as emotionally constipated as Hanzo.

Recommendation #1,813

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