morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
[personal profile] morbane
So, hi.

It's winter; the fire's on; the headphones I just accidentally gave a bath to are hung at a strategic distance from it, across the fire-screen, which is an irrelevant piece of furniture because the fire is gas. (It comes in handy when drying clothes, however.)

Offline, I've been settling into my new house. Our longtime friend AC moved in as a flatmate in February, and in April, another old friend, AR, moved back from Scotland and came to live with us for two months while looking for his own place.

The house has been good to us. There was one miserable and expensive week when we checked out some suddenly-blocked drains and the plumbers, while dealing with that (in a temporary fashion - the tree roots that caused the problem have yet to be worked around), alerted us to a gas leak caused by corroded pipes and then arranged for those pipes to be replaced. No hot water for five days while I was in bed with a cold and the tradesmen had to dig a trench through the reinforced concrete that forms the support for the house's front extension. In other house maintenance respects, I am yet to kick into high gear. We need a large pair of curtains downstairs to keep the heat from flowing out and away at the large French doors, and I have not enjoyed my dealings with the curtain consultants thus far. But I love having a spare room. I love being able to offer guests space with a real bed. I love having two ovens. I love the giant converted garage and the view over the valley to the western hills. I love having a bay tree and a lemon tree. I love having a house on street level. Before this, I moved out of my last street-level house in January 2006.

AC is a fantastic fit as a flatmate. She and I share the idea that although other kinds of social interaction are worthwhile, the most pleasant is to be in the same space as someone else, each with a computer, very occasionally remarking on interesting and amusing things that pass our screens. Also, she is a fandom writer and artist. Also, she and Joel have somewhat compatible tastes in games and TV. I have had really good luck in flatmates over my years in Wellington, but in my last major shared flat, my flatmates were the kind of people who are pure introverts when they get home. I respected that, but this is my ideal.

I'm already missing AR a little. Four people in the house was really nice too. AR flatted with me and Joel in 2007-2009, and then flatted with AC and two other friends in 2015, and then he went off to Scotland, and then ten months later he returned. It is a nice way to be tangled together. He's coming around for dinner and boardgames tomorrow night. I hope he brings Codenames. He introduced AC & me to the game last week and I really, really liked it: simple mechanics + word-association problem-solving & teamwork.

There are, of course, also politics going around me and other offline updates, but perhaps another time when I'm not trying to dust this journal off after months of silence. (Joel, btw, is currently in Las Vegas, in the 'holiday' part of a North American business trip.)

Online, I've been struggling to catch up after Yuletide. Here's what's caught my interest:

  • Night on Fic Mountain went live a few days ago, at a solstice. This is a fic and art fandom exchange for rare fandoms - basically, mini-Yuletide on the far side of the year. I used to co-mod it, but nowadays dhampyresa does all the work and only calls on me occasionally. *waves pompoms* I did write a pinch hit, and enjoyed several pieces of art and fiction. Have a look.

  • Alternate Universe Exchange is a new project from Rosencrantz, whom I also team up with when Once Upon Fic comes around (see below). This is a fandom exchange (fic-only) for alternate universe ideas - whether they're of the "but what if Bob didn't die" or the "everyone works in a coffee shop" variety. Tag approving is.... interesting. If you think you might want to nominate, get in quick.

  • Speaking of Once Upon a Fic, that went live in May, and I still have stories to comment on. This is a challenge for interpretations of fairy tales and similar canons, and I love it so much. I was really disappointed in myself that I did not complete a work this year, and I would like one day to make it up to my recipient. Meanwhile, however, the works that were created are brilliant. [ profile] bleodswean, I think you in particular would appreciate Children of wild, legends round our neck, must shatter, a 30,000-word celebration of the stories of Baba Yaga and Koschei and Vasilisa and Ivan(s).

  • The other exchange that I delight in the most is Jukebox, which went live earlier this month (again, I'm still browsing and commenting). I love seeing all the different directions in which people take song lyrics and music videos. Again, I recommend the works. They are fantastic. I am, of course, biased. Even so.

  • After Yuletide, I made two poor fandom decisions, the first of which was to sign up to Worldbuilding Ex despite already feeling burned out & having a tonne of Yuletide admin to catch up on. I can't entirely blame myself because this is a concept I get really excited about, and I had a blast discussing ideas with the mod, and there were amazing works and I got amazing gifts.... It's just that it was unwise for me at that time. I hope next year I manage to be in a better shape after Yuletide.

  • The second poor fandom decision was to take on a pinch hit for Fandom5k, a fic exchange for all fandoms and works of 5k+. I mean, I can sincerely say that it was a fun prompt and I felt I was on my recipient's wavelength, that it offered me the challenge of something I rarely do (write for a TV canon), and that it was satisfying to know I could confidently sketch out a plot that would be long and dense enough and then bring it to fruition. But it was also bad timing and I stressed myself out for a continuous month over the thing.

  • Now I look at my AO3 assignments page and there are NO OPEN ASSIGNMENTS and it is beautiful. Beautiful.

  • ... and while I will not finish a NYR before Crossovering starts, I can at least work on one, and so I will begin to feel on top of things. (Crossovering is awesome! Come play with me! Get your fandom crossovers here! Ahem.)

And in my silence, the song I keep coming back to is Crowded House's How Will You Go, because on their album Woodface, this track ends in over a minute of silence and then a sudden refrain... I'm still here, of course. Looking it up just now, I see it is labelled a bonus track, which makes sense yet never occurred to me before now. I just thought it was .... all the same track. With silence in the middle.

[personal profile] seekingferret, thanks again for the playlist - I really liked "Mah Yedidus" and I grinned to hear it, and the rest comes in shades of appreciative interest. More later.

I also have some gifts from all these exchanges I've taken part in lately. I shall post later about my recent gifts.

Rare Pairs 2017

22/6/17 01:35
dreamiflame: Jack/Will/Elizabeth (film|potc|art|OT3)
[personal profile] dreamiflame
Dear creator,

Welcome! I am very excited for whatever you write/art for me already!

I requested both fic and art, and I really would love either. I don't know how good my art prompts are, but I'm trying to learn to be better. If a fic prompt inspires you for art, go for it! I am so tickled to get art I will be thrilled no matter what.

I have lots of prompts and ideas for some things, and not so many for others, but I promise you, I will be very very happy to get any of my requests. All of the prompts are just ideas to help you get started, but if they don't work for you, that's fine. I am always happy to receive any of the things in my likes lists any time.

For art:

I love deep, rich colors, black and white, and mostly black and white with a splash of color. I love hand holding, action poses, kisses, quiet moments of people sitting together or talking, people playing with pets, elaborate beautiful clothing, and elegant, simple outfits. I am so, so easy to please with fanart, and am fine with any rating.

For fic:
I love, in no particular order or burning need to see them all included:

funny stories
happy endings (bittersweet being a-okay if that's what fits better)
cats (not necessarily in stories, but I do not object to random cameos of kitties or other canon pets)
knitting (again, not necessarily in fic, though I do love stories where random people turn out to be secret knitters and make things for their friends/made families)
five things fic
aus that are one change from canon
folktales/myths/legends/fairy tales in the tone of the world of the canon
non explicit sex
hugs! (I love hugs)
friendship and/or team fic
consensual sibling incest

I am fine with any rating on fic except where noted.

For smut ideas, my smutswap letter is here, and is a pretty good overview of the type of things I like.

excessive angst*
Mundane AUs

* I love pining, but I prefer it to be mutual pining. Post sex pollen angst is also good, as long as things end happily/hopefully.

Marvel Cinematic Universe
Stephen Strange/Cloak of Levitation (MCU)
Fanart, Fanfiction

I would love pretty much anything with The Cloak of Levitation and his(its) Dr Strange. Sexy, smutty, courting, crack, serious, adventuring, whatever, go wild.

Okay, so I LOVED Dr Strange, especially the parts with the Cloak. I laughed like a loon when they had the tug of war that made Strange look like a live action Looney Tune, and I also laughed really really hard when Strange was trying to be all Stoic Manly Tears and the Cloak started wiping his face and he was all "stoppit you are ruining my Stoic Manlies!" So I am all about fun, cracky things, like the Cloak bringing him coffee, or playing keep away with his coffee (or tea or takeout or whatever).

I am also interested in serious things. Strange wasn't the only one to get killed over and over and over again by Dormammu, but the Cloak didn't really seem to mind. The two of them having each others backs in a fight would be neat.

You can go full on relationship with Strange finally realizing the Cloak is hitting on him/flirting with him/wooing him, and how that shakes out (preferably happily). If you want to, I'd be eager to see your version of Cloak sex, however that works. I would rather the Cloak not be evil.

As I said, pretty much anything with them would make me very happy.

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Elmont/Isabelle/Jack (Jack the Giant Slayer)
Fanart, Fanfiction

I love these three and I want the three of them to keep having adventures, only with yay we lived kisses as well as hugs. Or show how Isabelle and Elmont teach Jack how to be a king, or how to dance, or get ready for a formal party, etc.

I love the way they work together to escape from and defeat the giants. Elmont is definitely trying to protect both Jack and Isabelle by the end of the movie, and I'd love to see more of that, perhaps with slightly less perilous adventures. Or with other perilous adventures: England is invaded by harpies! How does the trio defeat them? Someone brings home a plant from a far away land that doesn't grow beanstalks, just these very unusual flowers! There's a dragon in the caves of Albion, and some idiot just woke it up! Trio to the rescue! I would also be very happy with a fic that just explores the way their relationship works, including how they all manage to get together in bed, sex explicit or not as is easier for you.

Slayers (Anime & Manga)
Zelgadis Greywords/Lina Inverse
Fanart, Fanfiction

I have seen nothing past Try.

So I feel like Zelgadis and Lina have a really interesting relationship. He kind of kidnaps her to start, then he helps her escape and ends up arriving just when he's needed to save the day against his grandfather/whatever that relationship actually is. They're both young, and very magical, and I would love to see them bond more over that. They tease each other, and Lina seems to enjoy making Zel blush, and they have no particular problem holding hands to get into that one temple that time. I would pretty much love anything with them, be it adventures, sex, romance, geeking out in a magical library, stealing from a magical library, practicing sword fighting together, cooking, anything really.

Gourry Gabriev/Zelgadis Greywords/Lina Inverse
Fanart, Fanfiction

I haven't seen Revolution or Evolution-R, since by the time I realized they existed on Netflix it was time for Netflix to take them off. So please don't spoil me on those, thanks.

So, these three. The magic, and the saving the world amidst random quests and adventures, and Zelgadis's overwhelming need to make himself so much less hot- I mean, human again- driving a lot of that adventure- it just really makes me happy. I would love more wacky adventures, perhaps with sex and kissing, maybe with oops we just got married to get this artifact/book/amulet but sorry, Zel, it's still not really what you need, here, let's console you with kissing. I would love to see something domestic, like the three of them trying to fix a meal, or decorate a house, or shop without blowing up the entire market. I would like pretty much anything that gets them together for the first time, and how that first time plays out.

She-Ra: Princess Of Power
Fanart, Fanfiction

I have a thing for twins who meet as adults and don't know at first they're twins. I would love to see something set on Beast Island, where He-Man is chained to that table, or after He-Man sneaks into the Fright Zone and finds Adora in the castle.

I would be equally okay with things set post reveal, with mutual pining and guilt and some sort of catalyst that leads to confessions and kisses in whatever order. Adventures with romance is also very welcome.

Smut very welcome for this pairing, but not required.

Fanart, Fanfiction

I've been watching the series on Netflix, and it's just as delightful as I remembered.

During the two part Anchors Aloft, Sea-Hawk kept running off to make sure Adora was okay, forcing She-Ra to depower so he could find Adora. Both times he ended up kissing her once he discovered she was safe, and I just thought it was a very sweet relationship. So I'd love to see something more. Another mission for the Rebellion, Sea-Hawk sweeping her off for some R and R, trying to date while the Horde keeps crashing their night together, anything.

Night at the Museum (Movies)
Ahkmenrah/Larry Daley
Fanart, Fanfiction

I love the movies, and all the silly things that Larry finds himself doing because of these wacky friends of his. The last movie kind of breaks my heart at the end, with Ahkmenrah and his tablet coming back for a visit, and everyone inside dancing and hanging, and then Larry on the outside, just watching the lights but not going in. So! I would love something that fixed that, having Larry join the party and reunite with his pals and especially Ahkmenrah.

Maybe Ahkmenrah's father told him more things about the tablet, and there's a ritual that involves sex or kissing that can give him or the person of his choice extra life. How do they find time to themselves when Larry's so busy with everyone else in the museum, or is that part of why they drift apart? Where do they go from the final movie, and how to they end up happy and together? Anything with these two would make me very happy.

Thank you so much for whatever you end up making for me!

The C-Word

20/6/17 10:50
cyprinella: Greta looking at the camera with a very serious face (serious greta)
[personal profile] cyprinella

Greta close upHemangiosarcoma.



I keep repeating the word in my head. It’s especially bad when I walk Greta in the mornings. It’s kinda weird when it happens when I’m doing a power press in weights class. Luckily when my eyes water there it just looks like sweat.

It’s a particularly nasty canine cancer of the blood vessels that shows up in middle aged large breed dogs the most. Most people find out their dog has it because it’s popped like an aneurysm and their dog goes into shock or dies suddenly. I got “lucky” in that I found it while rubbing her belly and noticed the lump.

People who follow me on twitter were treated to a fine rant about how when I called up my vet to make an appointment to get it checked, I was subtly mocked for calling up to say I had found a mass in her abdomen. My husband (who ended up taking her to the first appointments because I had a major work project launching that week) said the vet was actually really impressed I had found it because most owners wouldn’t have.

I’m still debating if discovering it did her any damn good. There’s not really good treatment for this particular cancer. Most of the first page of google results are the 1-3 month survival period after discovery with organ involvement. Of course, most of these cases are from animals that had spleens involved and it’s discovered due to the extreme internal bleeding. We lucky in that there’s wasn’t any organ involvement initially and we caught it before severe bleeding happened. However, chances are very high it will recur in a very short time period. We could do chemo. We haven’t talked to the oncologists yet because we’re both kinda like, why? This isn’t a cancer where they fade away and in a lot of pain. It’s a lot like living with a known weak vein. It’s gonna kill her and soon but we don’t know when.

And of course the killer (ha) is that post surgery, she’s in great shape. We had a crap week where she was in recovery, a frustrating week where she felt a lot better but was still on restriction and then this week where she’s back to her old self. Is she putting weight on because the tumor was removed or because we’re spoiling her? No idea. Is acting slow because it’s hot and humid or is it because she’s got a slow bleed? No idea.

So we’re spoiling her rotten and she gets walks without Zille so she can sniff all the things to her heart’s content. And I keep living on knife’s edge wondering if this is going to be the day I come home and she’s gone or, worse, going poorly.

This fucking sucks.

(no subject)

20/6/17 05:32
benedict: (reading on a bench)
[personal profile] benedict
I had a lovely trip to Minneapolis to visit Ann Larimer who does not live in Minneapolis but we are the type of people the Mall of America was built for so there we went as if moths to a flame. We walked a lot, got sore feet, and ate gelato.

They got rid of the big bronze Spongebob statue! I guess you never can go home.

June's to-do list

13/6/17 23:19
benedict: (pugs not drugs)
[personal profile] benedict

  • Go to Minneapolis to see Ann SUCCESS

  • See Wonder Woman

  • See Lego Batman

  • Run [community profile] auexchange (with TDC and Morbane)

  • Write Poirot as a ghost detective fic

  • Plan for [community profile] press_start_comm (videogame exchange) and [community profile] fic_corner (kidlit exchange)

  • ...clean?


Other things I've done this month are small. Like this!

A 10th Kingdom drabble I did for my friend )