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Sunday, 21 April 2019 11:28 pm
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Today turned out to be mostly sleep
but I did read some fic off a rec.
I think it was labelled fantasy AU but that mostly meant they were climbing mountains and dodging arrows so it was sparse on worldbuilding.
It also was short enough it probably mostly relied on resonance with canon, because without having seen Teen Wolf it was just, like, two guys huddle for warmth then kiss then shag then magic married. Fair enough.

But I went looking for something longer with more to get my teeth into

and I think I either need a guide or to learn the magic words for filtering things out
because after applying all my usual Do Not Wants so only no archive warnings apply, and then choosing long finished english fics, all the top ones were like human au? so i filtered those out, and then they're college au? so I filtered those out, and now it's always a girl variations on top of the list. so I filtered those out and... these aren't tagged au but do not greatly resemble what I have read about the show... or they are tagged but how do you get rid of a/b/o fics when the fandom canonically has Alphas?
So now I have not chosen a thing to read.

and without watching the show in the first place it seems like aus shouldn't be a problem, but if the au is college, coffee, everyone is human, or some kind of arranged marriage thing with abo mpreg, I feel like I could read that in fandoms where I have a mental image to go with the names.

Also, I do not want to read about teens, dear self, why are you even?
Because I do want to read about found family pack.

... I also wouldn't mind reading found family superheroes but I feel like lately there's actually been more straight up divorce fic or stories about how one of them is abusive.
and I don't want to tell anyone what to write but it seems to me people looking in the tag for / are not looking for fics where they abuse or divorce each other.
too many statements of problem, ongoing lack of finding fixes for problems.

so reading was frustrating today
and whatever it is I'm looking for from fic I am looking for in whole new fandoms, which is kind of a bad sign, when I have so many pages of marked for later that ought to be a happy place already.


A day of tourism

Sunday, 21 April 2019 03:17 pm
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Yesterday was gloriously sunny and I had nothing much to do, so after a morning spent doing laundry I headed over to the Ballard Locks. These locks link Lake Union, Lake Washington, and the associated ship canal, to Puget Sound. As I got off my bus and walked toward the water, the whole place smelt of the sea... and that made me really happy. I've missed that smell, and so far in my time in Seattle I haven't had much contact with salt water.

I wandered around the locks for a while, watching fishing and leisure craft locking in and out, and the lifting railway bridge do its thing. There's a salmon ladder around the locks which has a viewing room with glass panels to see the fish... but it was closed. I lay on the grass for a while, enjoying the outside. Then I walked up a hill, over the railway and along the fringe of Discovery Park, and caught a bus downtown.

I went to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park. The actual art on display didn't do much for me, but the setting was just about perfect for my particular combination of scenery-lover and transport geek. On one side of me, a freight railway with gigantic 3-loco trains rumbling by. On the other side, Puget Sound with its container ships. Beyond that, islands and mountains.

I got sunburnt. In April.

So far I've really been enjoying how walkable and busable this city is. It's definitely unusual to not have a car, but while staying in the central areas I really haven't missed having one. I did give in and get a Lyft account, but the only times I've had to use it have been when I've been in a hurry or had a lot of luggage - the buses really are quite good. I haven't yet tried much rush-hour travel; that will come when I start my new job tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Dear Prime Time Player Letter

Sunday, 21 April 2019 11:25 pm
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Dear Prime Time Player,

Thank you so much for writing for me! I'm really excited to unwrap my gift and I know what you come up will make me very happy. I've included some broad likes/DNWs in my letter below, and some prompts that I hope will be helpful. ODAO however, so if none of them strike your fancy, please do write that works for you, and I am sure to love it.

1. Gen, slash, het, whatever. I'm fascinated by conflict and I tend to focus on the relationship that has the most conflict, the most uneven power dynamics, or the most changes in the dynamic. If you want to stick to canon and focus on gen drama, that will make me just as happy as full-on shippiness. And yes - for all the characters/relationships I've requested, I would be thrilled with shippiness, if you feel inspired.
2. Plot! I do love me some plot. Failing that, angst! Banter! Snark! Characters being their usual selves makes me happy.
3. First-times in shippy fic. I tend to be less interested in a couple after they have been happily settled or wrapped up in each other, and a lot more interested in how couples get together. If it's an established relationship, I like the conflict in the relationship - maybe something unresolved between the couple, or some bone of contention that could drive them apart.
4. Conflict. I like change in fic - change in relationships, change in preconceptions, change in situation, good old-fashion action-adventure - and having characters disagree or take opposing sides.
5. Protectiveness / family / team / squad feelings. People having each others' backs.
6. The 'enemy mine' trope - enemies forced to work together, enemies being attracted despite their history, one character forced to look after someone they hate, everything along those lines.

Do Not Wants:
1. Chan, shota, underage, however you term it.
2. Non-con, rape. If you want to go down the dub-con route (sex pollen, intoxication, uneven power dynamics) that's perfectly fine and welcomed, but please no straight-up rape scenes or characters brutalising each other.
3. Character-bashing. If I've nominated a fandom I tend to love all the characters.
4. Character death. Canon death is fine, but please do feel free to hand-wave them back to life if you prefer.
5. The common sex-based squicks - chan as mentioned, also scat, watersports, snuff, brutality, etc. I'm also not a fan of alpha/beta/omega fic, knotting, mpreg, heavy BDSM, etc. If you are going down the shippy, smutty route, you can refer to my more detailed smutswap letter for more smutty DNWs and likes.
6. Universe-altering AUs, e.g. everyone is a merman, rule 63, BDSM universe, no powers, history has been changed significantly, mundane AUs, high school settings etc etc. This is primarily because the conflict between the nominated characters is so situation and history-specific, that moving them to another setting would mean it's difficult for me to engage with them as the same characters with the same messy history. I'm perfectly OK with canon divergence AUs though (e.g. what if character X makes choice Y instead of choice Z), the closer they are to when the fic takes place, the better. “Everyone lives” AUs are totally ok and welcomed though!

Babylon 5 )
Veronica Mars )
Star Trek: Voyager )
The Breakfast Club )
Formula 1 RPF )

Find Me Everywhere

Sunday, 21 April 2019 06:25 pm
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It's been awhile since I made one of these posts, so I thought it might be a good idea to post links to the various places you can find me nowadays.

[twitter.com profile] settiai: Twitter is the place where I'm most likely to be found. I have the app on my phone, so - unless work is ridiculous - I'm usually online throughout the day. My account's public, so anyone can read my tweets, but I do try to limit the number of people that I follow to keep my timeline from becoming too overwhelming.

[archiveofourown.org profile] settiai: All of my fanfiction and vids can be found on the AO3, and they're all tagged accordingly if you want to search for anything specific.

Patreon: All of my original fiction is posted to Patreon for supporters before I post it publicly the following month.

[instagram.com profile] settiai: Random pics. Mostly of cats. And dice. Oh, and sometimes food.

[pinboard.in profile] settiai: All of my fic bookmarks are posted here, tagged with fandoms, ratings, characters, and relationships.

If you have Discord, my username is Settiai#5661. Feel free to add me!

There are a few other sites where I technically have accounts (Tumblr), but I'm not using them at the moment so there's not really any point in following me there. I'll post again in the future if that changes.

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 06:14 pm
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1. Goblin Emperor and A Natural History of Dragons are on sale for $1.99 at Amazon.

Why should I be the only one who needs a chaperon while buying books?

2. Television

In the Dark -- is interesting. It's the new CW series by Ben Stiller about a 20 something, snarky blind gal, who is investigating the death and disappearance of her best friend, Tyson. A 17 year old drug dealer. Sort of femme noire with a twist.

Very dark and snarky.

I like the main character quite a bit, which surprised me.

Fosse/Verdon -- this focuses more on the relationship, specifically the spousal relationship between Fosse/Verdon than their corroboration. But it does still focus heavily enough on the later to make the series highly entertaining and insightful. Also it's rather innovative in how they are telling the story -- which is in a series of out of sequence flash-backs. We see them now, then flashback to the event that led them here, and finally to how they met. The now in this instance -- is their breakup during Cabaret. (Suffice to say, Bob Fosse was his own worst enemy, most of us are.)

The musical numbers and banter between the two corrobators, along with the performances -- Rockwell and Williams have never been better and are sort of doing an interesting tango throughout. The series emphasizes what it is to be a dancer, a professional dancer, and the pain involved -- and how hard it is to perform in an industry that is constantly evaluating you.

A Discovery of Witches -- somewhat hokey in places (but that's in keeping with the genre, unfortunately) -- yet it is saved by the understated performances.
Not to mention understated production. I rather like the casting, and the story is different than most of these things -- in that it's not clear who the bad guys are, if any. Also there's a clear metaphor about how if we aren't careful we can destroy our own magical way of life.

Christ is risen!

Sunday, 21 April 2019 05:20 pm
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Let no one grieve over sins; for forgiveness has dawned from the tomb. Let no one fear death; for the Death of our Saviour has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. He despoiled Hades, when He descended thereto. He embittered it, having tasted of His flesh. Isaiah foretold this when he cried out: “You, O Hades, have been embittered by encountering him below.” It was embittered, / – for it was abolished. It was embittered, / – for it was mocked. It was embittered, / – for it was slain. It was embittered, / – for it was annihilated. It was embittered, / – for it is now made captive. It took a body, and, lo, it discovered God. It took earth and, behold! It encountered Heaven. It took what is saw, and was overcome by what it could not see. O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ Is Risen, / and You are annihilated. Christ Is Risen, / and the demons have fallen. Christ Is Risen, / and the Angels rejoice. Christ Is Risen, / and life is liberated. Christ Is Risen, / and the tomb is emptied of dead; for Christ, having risen from the dead, has become the first fruits of those who fall asleep. To Him be the glory and the dominion to the Ages of Ages. Amen.

— the Paschal Catechetical Homily of St. John Chrystostom

Drabbles written just for you

Sunday, 21 April 2019 05:15 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/deansiris/pseuds/deansiris">deansiris</a>


A Collection of where you send requests and I write them! I'll be frequently updating the tags as I couldn't think of all the fandoms I write for at once. Read the first chapter to see how you can request!

Words: 934, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Matching finished

Monday, 22 April 2019 12:15 am
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Watch "Close Quarters"

Sunday, 21 April 2019 06:15 pm
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Thanks to those who stopped by to watch Pros last month at Cyanne's Rabb.it room, and the next Rabb.it watch of Professionals is on TUESDAY, April 23,10PM EST (or EDT, if you're remembering that we have been on daylight savings for a while). Note, that's EVENING for east coasters. We'll be watching "CLOSE QUARTERS." You'll need to find my "room" in Rabb.it to watch with the group: https://www.rabb.it/FJBryan Stop by and join us! See Cowley ask Doyle how long he been teamed with Bodie--watch Bodie defend a house with insufficient ammunition against terrorists--see a rubber boat fall off a car roof!

Ficlet: Entwining (R-rated)

Monday, 22 April 2019 10:02 am
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So, uh, I've committed tentacle porn. (Except it's only R-rated, so really just schmoopy tentacle smut?) ~850 words, established relationship, no warnings apply.


Round 94, Hour 47

Sunday, 21 April 2019 04:03 pm
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The finish line is in sight! I'm finally done with grading, perhaps I can get some writing done? We have a whole TWO HOURS! How will you use it?

Sign-ups are closed

Monday, 22 April 2019 12:00 am
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Sign-ups are now closed and matching is running.

Sunday 21st april

Sunday, 21 April 2019 09:10 pm
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Ficlet: Entwining (R-rated)

Monday, 22 April 2019 09:50 am
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So, [personal profile] demitas left a comment on my Once Upon a Time in Dixing fic, quoting this line: "Shen Wei has acquired several relevant powers since last they were together, and going by long-past experience, Zhao Yunlan would definitely encourage him to experiment with them." and saying:

Enquiring minds want to know, lol.

So, yesterday I wrote some tentacle porn. Because apparently this is my life now. :-D

~850 words, R-rated, established relationship. Endless thanks to [personal profile] trobadora for beta.

For [personal profile] demitas.

Entwining )

Les Liens du Lundi

Monday, 22 April 2019 06:55 am
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Short pieces, current affairs, hot takes:
  • Jason Burke and Amantha Perera (Guardian), Sri Lanka death toll expected to rise: leaders condemn killings. I was initially impressed with the government line, which was to officially Not Speculate on the motives of the bombers or comment on their religious alliegance, but it looks like that has started to fracture overnight (with the police circulating information they hadn't previously shared). And given the Sri Lankan govt's track record, I'm... not convinced the social media blackout and enforced curfew will be a net good.

Longer pieces - essay, memoir, natural history, other

Comments policy: Everything I said in the caveats to this post applies. I teach critical thinking for a living, but I'm not *your* teacher, and this blog is not a classroom. That means I don't have to abide by the fallacy of 'there's no such thing as a bad contribution to discussion'.

Check-In – Day 21

Sunday, 21 April 2019 05:40 pm
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How did I – ? What happened to – ? *headscratch* April disappeared. Must have gone into the Bermuda Triangle. What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question: All right, what is your game plan for this week?


Sunday, 21 April 2019 05:33 pm
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44 icons from episodes 2x09-2x14.


The rest are here.

Round 94, Hour 46

Sunday, 21 April 2019 03:17 pm
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How wonderful, we've gotten so many things done! What about this hour, what fun things are you doing/have done/will have done/will have had to have done?

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 05:06 pm
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William and Thomas's mother is still studying for her board exams (which will be in two weeks' time) so their father brought the boys over this morning about 10 am. William ate his usual three egg breakfast after they arrived, accompanied by milk and sultanas, then after Thomas had had a bottle we took both boys out for a very long walk. Much of it wasn't walking, it was finding sticks and throwing them off the bridge and watching them float away ("Pooh sticks"), but we did cover four or five km (more than two miles) altogether. William sprained his ankle a day or two ago so he wasn't walking, he was riding in a stroller, but he is very competent at getting himself around either by shuffling on his knees or crawling, and he was able to navigate the play equipment at a small playground on our route with only a bit of help from the adults and he moves around the house and on or off furniture just fine. Thomas is becoming more mobile. He can't crawl yet but he is happy to lie on his stomach and reach for toys, and he swivels around a lot and tries to drag himself towards things he wants so he is already semi-mobile.

A little while ago S and I hid some small easter eggs in our spare room for William to find. At first he didn't understand what we were talking about when we told him he should hunt for the treats, but after he'd found a couple of the eggs he entered fully into the spirit of the hunt.

Unfortunately while we were out I missed a Skype call from my daughter in the UK. By the time we got back is was well after 2 pm here and therefore well after 7 pm there, and as Violet and Eden had had an exciting day they had gone to sleep by about 7, so I missed talking to them.

vital functions

Sunday, 21 April 2019 10:03 pm
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Reading. V excited that I can read physical books at the moment without my hands yelling at me (hurrah for ring splints). Head On (John Scalzi) and record of a spaceborn few (Becky Chambers) in hard copy; I'm now making substantial progress through The Collapsing Empire (also John Scalzi) in ebook, because I got to the top of the library queue. (For reference, also on hold: Feel Free, being collected essays by Zadie Smith; Daring Greatly, Brené Brown, having failed to get together the brain to read it when I got it out the library in hard copy a while back; The Consuming Fire, John Scalzi, sequel to TCE; Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney. There's a fair chance that I'll suspend the holds on both the Smith and the Brown just because they are likely to be fairly heavy going and, as discussed in therapy a few weeks back, it is actually okay for me to read for fun at the moment.)

Details, including spoilers. )

Film/TV. Leverage. It is Leverage. I am still kind of fascinated by it but, like, I cannot quite deal with Eliot, last episode, having... decided that Parker was incompetent? For reasons of plot convenience? Obviously she wasn't, but. Oh children.

Growth. AHAHAHA SO MUCH. Headlines:
  • I've repotted the lemon!
  • I've provided some timelapse photography of the plot!
  • I've borrowed a cordless drill and made significant progress with building my raised bed edging! (This also counts as a Skill Acquisition, especially as I was doing so without more competent supervision.)
  • I've fixed the broken autovent on the roof of the greenhouse! (Ish. It's possible I need to get a new wax cylinder; it's not opening as much as I really feel it ought.)
  • ............ I found the carpet.
  • It is, you see, The Rule that every allotment plot is absolutely chock-full of fundamentally made-of-plastic carpet.
  • I thought I'd got away with it.
  • I tried to dig a hole to put the legs of the raised bed into.
  • ... I hit carpet.
  • I have found at least two layers.
  • I... I think they extend underneath all the raised beds.
  • The raised beds in which I am growing spinach, and fennel, and allium various.
  • The raised beds I weeded thoroughly last year and then manured and then left to get themselves set up with decent soil structure and generally getting going with a no-dig philosophy.
  • That I'm now going to have to dig up.
  • To get out the carpet.

Notable Pokémon. Another (!) shiny Eevee. Hatched a Really Rather Good Beldum. No event-specific shinies yet, of course, but there we go.


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