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World Ain't Ready (185796 words) by idiopathicsmile - Les Misérables - All Media Types - Enjolras/Grantaire, background Courfeyrac/Jean Prouvaire

Do you ever read a fic and it's just so right and true and real that it just burrows into your heart and makes a home there because it's everything you always wanted, but never knew you needed? Yeah, this fic is like that for me.

It's a fake-dating, high school AU and I'll be honest, neither of those are things are go-to fic tropes for me. And yet, I spent all day today, in between some really, spectacularly unpleasant stuff that I can't talk about, just soaking in this fic. Basking in it and everything it represents.

It's about queerness and community and finding trust, when trust seems impossible. And it's about being seventeen and queer in a conservative town, with fucked up brain-chemistry and crippling self-doubt and overwhelming expectations and basically, what it was like to be ME. This fic was like looking into a mirror.

Only this mirror-me got the things I desperately needed and I'm not sure could ever have had. Because I went to high school in the mid-90s and although a remarkable number of my high school friends have since come out, we never -- could never -- talk about it at the time. I didn't even have the language or self-awareness to talk about this shit. Not about being queer. Not about my fucked up brain chemistry. Not about the crippling fear that I was smart, but not smart enough. (If I could have talked about the second one, the third one might not have come back to bite me in the ass so much in university).

So, yeah, this fic is going to stick with me for a long fucking time, in the way that all the best fiction does. It's one of the most honest stories I've read in a long, long time.
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It really didn't warrant its own post, but post-swim I made some tiny blue corn masa griddle cakes (somewhere between tortillas and unfilled gorditas or tlacoyos) sprinkled sea salt across them; roasted fresh rockfish with ancho chili and lemon in the same pan; ground two carrots into a fresh salad...and gobbled it all up. I love twenty-minute meals.


So the Supergirl showrunners did remember this series is about Kara Danvers aka Kara Zor-El, her beliefs and values! Yay. Supergirl 2x18  )


Apr. 27th, 2017 04:39 pm
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I heard white-throated swifts over the Library early this morning! I wish I knew whether or not they still nest here, but it's always great to hear them.

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Apr. 27th, 2017 10:32 am
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Not Prime Time sign ups are open! Sign ups close April 30th and there is a great mix of platonic, singular gen, and romantic relationships from a wide variety of fandoms to choose from in the tag set.

There's some more posts in [community profile] gardening, one about heirloom gardening and keeping track of what/where you plant.

Agents of SHIELD: This show. THIS SHOW. This Framework arc. OMG. *flails* I both love it and wanting to shake my screen at what's going on.
Spoilers )

I have a few chapters from a bunch of manga I'm following to read. Also some more anime in my queue to begin watching. I'm hoping to finish this ficlet, if not today, then by the end of this week.

Speaking of which, next month is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. \o/


Apr. 27th, 2017 05:06 am
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[personal profile] synecdochic
We have found a possible home for Thea and, although it's not definite, it's pretty likely and it looks like it will work out WONDERFULLY for everyone involved. \o/

Science and History

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:26 pm
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[personal profile] monanotlisa
So last Saturday was a good one: We joined the San Francisco March for Science, only one of several Bay Area Marches for Science reported about in the San Jose Mercury News article linked here -- the paper's count seems off, though. Based on the aerial drone shots and mathematical calculations per the official Facebook page, it was closer to 50,000 in SF alone.

If you are interested in images rather than text, check out the three shots I posted on Instagram -- #1 (fannishly relevant to all fans of the true Captain America), #2 (that captures members of our Berkeley scientist group), and #3 (the most heartening one in many ways, also nerdy).

At night, then, we made it to HAMILTON: second time for me, thanks to an invitation from my wife's family to both the musical and the dinner before. My in-laws are the sweetest and most generous...as well as representative; most of the audience of this musical cast only with actors of color were wealthy White-looking people. (Sally has written a HAMILTON review, plus her tag has more entries.)
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U and I went out with DW and two others for a day at Black Diamond Mines that was surprising both in its sightings and its omissions. The canyon wren was singing more than on any previous trip, and U and other brave folk got to see it, nesting inside an old mine protected by an iron gate. I did not go; even with my stick my balance is not good enough for that side trail. When we got to the Chaparral Trail junction we discovered it was closed, or partially closed, or something else (the notice was unclear) and since I was not going down the steep sandstone I'd just come up except on my butt, we took the eastern loop back. I would have happily done the loop alone had the group preferred something else, but alone I would not have had the perseverance to experience the amazing "migrant/warbler tree" up on Ridge Trail. I mean, I had a six warbler day, and the three least common were in that tree: Townsend's, black-throated gray, and hermit warblers, the third being the most striking and least seen by me. Oak woodland without acorn woodpeckers is kind of weird: )

Omissions were phainopepla, black-headed grosbeak, and lazuli bunting, all of which we should have had, unlike Lawrence's goldfinch, which is so peripatetic one never knows.

Have a tree poppy: )

So "the warbler tree". It was a huge oak growing thirty or forty feet below the trail. There was a lot of warbler song coming from it, clearly several individuals of several species, but warbler songs can be very hard to identify, both for the subtlety of the difference species to species and for how infrequently most of us have the opportunity to hear warblers in migration sing. Despite DW's pishing nothing was popping into view. We were getting frustrated and were about to move on when U decided to walk down the slope so she could look up from inside the circumference of the tree's branches, and I determined that I could manage the slope and went along. So there we were, under this immense tree, looking for movement amongst the leaves and branches, and following that movement until the bird, black and white (black-throated gray warbler), or yellow and black (Townsend's or hermit warbler), or sometimes just gray-green if it was a vireo instead, happened to pause in a clear space where we could see it identifiably. Which one would do from time to time; I'd never before seen a hermit warbler so well.
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[personal profile] pauraque
All right, getting back into this!

[personal profile] ravenclawsquill asked question #3 about Nine Ways of Looking at a Book, a Minerva/Hermione fic from last year's Kinky Kristmas.

3: What's your favorite line of narration?

To hold hands with Minerva is perfect, like an illustration in an illuminated manuscript. They walk on, observed only by the round, yellow eye of an insomniac owl.

This whole scene is my favorite, and the first one I wrote (I rarely write in order). I'd already had the idea of doing a sort of tribute to Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird and I was looking at the first stanza, trying to write something that communicated the way I felt reading it. That gap where the reader's attention turns from human experience to the bird in its environment — that's where the poem lives. I tried to put that into these lines, and to me it seemed successful.

damn this week

Apr. 26th, 2017 05:59 am
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[personal profile] darthneko
Monday: go to work at 6am, leave at 9:30pm

Tuesday: go to work at 7am, leave at 11:30pm

Wednesday: go to work at 5am, leave...?

boss and I actually stayed at coworkers house nearby. i slept on the couch with their very adorable and fluffy and friendly cat. we were going to get hotel rooms on the company's dime, but literally all of the hotels nearby are booked solid, probably for the same event we're fucking doing all the signage for. and the event starts at 8am, and I'm still printing the programs which we only got approved at 9pm last night.

i have a headache of the type where there is a small intermittent ice pick being rammed up into one spot at the base of my neck, angled up into my head and bottoming out behind my right eye. it's not constant, it's not regular enough to be called throbbing, it just sort of spasms periodically (frequently) and makes me flinch. lacking drugs (including all my normal meds) I am heavily self medicating with fucktons of water and coffee.

and there's no break in sight, because as soon as this event launches and we can legitimately say we've done all we can for it, we have to hit the ground running to try to make some progress against the avalanche load of stuff that's backed up in the normal queue. we already reached the point yesterday of turning clients away because no, we can't promise a damned thing, not anything, not for the rest of the week, definitely not for same day fuck all anything.

thank god work only explodes like this once every handful of years. >_

I'm meming! I'm meming!

Apr. 26th, 2017 05:27 pm
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I'm still trying to catch up on posting fic to my Dreamwidth. As I go, I'm trying to post to a comm or two as well, because that's where DW falls down a bit, I think - there aren't as many active comms as there were on LJ. Some really, really active ones! But not as many.

Speaking of which, is there a place I could post my Black Tapes genfic? A general fandom genfic comm? I couldn't find a specific Black Tapes comm, but in searching, I did find that there's an option for DW to add that topic to your interests. (Which is awesome.) And then through that, I found [community profile] addme_fandom, which is like [community profile] addme, but fannish.

Meme with me? (as seen everywhere, probably because it's a good meme!)
Ask me:
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

Also, from [profile] yohijideranged, a music meme!

1. A song you like with a colour in the title.
I have three, because how do you choose these things?
Under this cut: Birdy, Lorde, David Bowie )

Youtube, why do you do that massive gap thing with your embeds? Why?

The rest of the topics )
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[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: A Child's Path to Clarity
Fandom: The Black Tapes podcast
Rating: Teen
Words: 4672
Characters/Pairings: Richard Strand, Alex Reagan, Nic Silver
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Written for Yuletide 2016. Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta

Summary: "Almost certainly," said Alex. "Is most definitely not certain."

Also at the Archive

The apocalypse didn't start right away. )

the absurd and the touching

Apr. 25th, 2017 03:13 pm
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[personal profile] mrkinch
I'd seen those lj birthday stats graphics posted around and today I got email about how to get mine, which is fucking hilarious since I left lj in 2007 when they mistreated a friend. Whatever, honestly. I guess I may as well delete the account. None of the links there work anymore anyway.

On an entirely different note, I received a letter from UC Davis Veterinary School's Companion Animal Fund that Morgoth's vet made an donation in his honor to said fund. While it cannot be anything but upsetting to spend a couple thousand dollars in the process of losing a big, furry, weirdo cat, I don't begrudge the vet or the clinic, so I find this donation, however small it may be, surprisingly touching.

Bought a Pack for Backpacking.

Apr. 25th, 2017 06:06 pm
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Oh good, I needed some new madness. Being fair to me, it was a chance to buy a nice $200 backpacking pack for $40. (It’s second-hand but all the wear I saw was cosmetic. It just needs a bath and a few minutes with some strong twine and a needle.)

I got the idea because REI has this program where for $250 they take you backpacking for a weekend, and I looked at that and thought, I’m a cheap asshole but I bet between what I’ve already got and a $250 budget, I can almost completely kit myself out for an entire month of weekends of camping if I so desired. 

$210 to go. Fortunately I have most of the activewear I need, and since I’m only looking at overnighting right now, I won’t need cooking supplies just yet. And my stepdad’s giving me his sleeping bag, so there’s a chunk I won’t have to spend. 

The tent will almost certainly be the only other significant expense, and I can wait a while on that – I have several recon trips planned to the campground before I’ll even be overnighting it. If I get that far this summer, my weekends are filling at an alarming rate. 

But I have my backpack! Now I get to fill it. 

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2phZodm

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Apr. 25th, 2017 10:55 am
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Not Prime Time sign ups are open! Sign ups close April 30th and there is a great mix of platonic, singular gen, and romantic relationships from a wide variety of fandoms to choose from in the tag set.

Thanks for Amazon purchase suggestions! I'm writing down a list of things I could potentially spend my gift cards on, trying to price things between the site and other grocery stores, so I can think more on them. I think my first purchase might be socks and my big item might be a chest freezer? Bonus with the chest freezer would be that someone else would bring the freezer up to my apartment on the second floor. Then I can fill said chest freezer with lots of pretty frozen things, like ice cream, pizza, veggies, and meats. :D

Womp, I still need to write something for unofficial Blind Go. It's probably going to be under 1k words and I have a seedling of an idea, so I'll try writing it today. But first, I have to do some manga research.

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Apr. 25th, 2017 09:37 am
darthneko: Meerkat Manor - Sophie was considering eating her sister's babies. Again. ([personal] awesome job)
[personal profile] darthneko
Yesterday: woke up at 5am. left house at 5:40am. arrived at work at 7am. left work at 9:30pm. arrived home at 10:30pm.

Today: woke up at 6am. left house at 7am, arrived at work at 9am (ugh, traffic). possibly will be staying as late today as yesterday, not sure yet.

=_____= it's tuesday and I'm already done. ugh. 14 hour days are not fun.

fly-by update

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:06 am
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[personal profile] pauraque
Sorry I've disappeared over the past week or so — a lot of non-fandom things were demanding my attention (the kid being home for spring break being one, though far from the only). I hope to catch up on reading here today!
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[personal profile] synecdochic
EDIT: We have found a Very Probable Home for Thea! Go internet.

(Click any photo for a larger version!)

Hello, internet! I'm Thea. Here I am in my favorite spot (somebody's lap):

Thea in my lap looking up at the camera sleepily

I'm a female dilute calico, and the vet and the vet dentist think I'm about five years old. I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, but it's cold and lonely out there and I like people too much, so now I need a forever home! I'm an absolute sweetheart who'll be in your lap or draped over your shoulder the minute I meet you, but there's one catch: I need to be an only cat.

Thea asleep up against my legs

More about me! And more pictures! )

Does it sound like you could be my human? If so, leave a comment with your email address, and the humans will get in touch with you. (Or, you can email [personal profile] synecdochic at synecdochic@dreamwidth.org.) Anonymous comments are allowed; you don't need a Dreamwidth account. I'm in Baltimore right now, and the humans would prefer somebody within a few hours' drive or somebody who's willing to come pick me up themselves, but if you're the absolute right person to take me in, they're willing to talk about flying me to you, especially if you can pay for some or all of the costs. (Having all my teeth pulled wasn't cheap!) [EDIT: The humans have a friend who might be able to put a flight on frequent flyer miles for me, so they're willing to escort me outside the immediate area for the right home!]

I'm looking forward to finding someone I can help with everything, drape on top of, and sleep on!

(Please share this with your friends! For the first round of looking we'd prefer not much further than friends-of-friends, because we'd like to know the people she's going to or know someone who knows them, but if the first efforts don't pan out, we'll try again with a wider reach. We also already know the rescue organization we'll turn to if we can't find her a home through word of mouth, so you don't need to research rescue options for us!)

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