Call the Midwife 8.06

Monday, 18 February 2019 05:33 pm
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In which we had multiple subplots, and I am suddenly very worried for one of the midwives in particular.

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Not really AFK

Monday, 18 February 2019 07:16 am
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I'm heading up to another station until Friday, so will be less at K, I guess.

Had another whack at the More Joy Day prompts (hello a month late), and wrote: due South drabble: The Doughnaughts of Chicago

I'll try to get the rest done while I'm on the Island of Less Internet.

Randomly: I still need an icon that says "YES HOMO!" in big block text, and possibly one that says "QUEER" with rainbow sparkles.

Signal Boost: Day 17 - Crafts - Delenn sock doll

Monday, 18 February 2019 06:28 am
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[personal profile] nenya_kanadka posted: Day 17 - Crafts - Delenn sock doll
She is about 8" or 10" tall; her body is made from a white crew sock that I dyed with tea. Her hair is yarn and so is her crest--I actually had no idea how I was going to make the crest until Mucca suggested crocheting it. I think it worked fairly well.

She is VERY cuddly. :D

Click through for adorable sockdoll.

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Monday, 18 February 2019 08:58 am
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Protests planned against Trump's national emergency over the border wall

It's a bit miserable out there for a protest, but if I go early to the one at Union Square I can hit up the bookstore and also get some groceries. (Or is it more appropriate to do my shopping after?)

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Monday, 18 February 2019 07:45 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

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Music Monday

Monday, 18 February 2019 01:35 pm
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With a dose of nepotism. The cutie with the guitar is my youngest cousin.

Chocolate Box

Monday, 18 February 2019 01:32 pm
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I had two lovely fics for Chocolate Box.

Title: Chimera
Fandom: Timeless
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 346
Characters: Lucy Preston/Garcia Flynn
Warnings and tags: Daydreaming, Kisses, POV First Person, Mild Sexual Content
Summary: That night in Flynn's room.

Title: Unreliable
Fandom: Timeless
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1750
Characters: Lucy Preston/Garcia Flynn
Warnings and tags: RMS Titanic, That Kiss, original timeline, the journal, Fake Marriage, Emotional Hurt/Comfort
Summary: “This ship is going to sink!”
“I may not be a historian, but I'm pretty sure everyone knows what happened to the Titanic,” replied Flynn.
“We have four days. Four days left to live. How the hell can you be so calm?” Lucy looked ready to hyperventilate, and she wouldn't look at him.
This is how they spend those four days.

Song of the day: IZ*ONE, "Suki to Iwasetai"

Monday, 18 February 2019 03:27 am
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This is a really interesting song to me, not so much the song itself (which sounds kind of like something Erasure might have produced in the late 80s/early 90s[1]) but the choices surrounding it.  You see, IZ*ONE was one of the hot new groups that debuted last year.  Their debut song, "La Vie en Rose," was recently featured as SOTD here.  Given the success of "La Vie en Rose," I think it's an interesting and somewhat risky choice that their second single is a Japanese release, as are their third and fourth music videos (which weren't released as singles).  If it pays off, it will have been good for them to get into the Japanese market early in their career, but it has the potential to backfire.  Korean fans can be very sensitive about the international markets, and they're quick to turn on an artist that they perceive as devoting too much attention to international markets at the expense of the Korean market.  I hope that doesn't happen to IZ*ONE.  I think the best thing they can do to prevent it happening would be to have a Korean comeback soon, preferably with an original song, not a Korean version of "Suki to Iwasetai."  [2]

[1]  Which I mean as a compliment.
[2]  "Suki no Iwasetai" doesn't even necessarily have to have a Korean language release - Twice and Red Velvet have each released any number of Japanese songs that were never released in a Korean version, and it doesn't seem to have hurt they're career.  Korean fans understand the necessity of foreign markets, and they don't insist on having everything.  They just think they should have the most and the best things.  (I imagine Canadian fans feel much the same way about Canadian artists promoting in the US.)

Cat stuck in tree

Monday, 18 February 2019 02:11 am
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Firefighters called.

(See, now, that's the headline they should've gone with.)

I was born to bring trouble wherever I'm at

Monday, 18 February 2019 05:47 am
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I wish I could do Thirteen fic, I really really do. It's just I don't feel like I know what's going on in her head? In that she says things and it seems like she means exactly what she says and there's nothing hidden between the words, so I can't find anything to write about? I should try, if only so there's slightly more fic that isn't about her immortal love for Yaz. It'd probably be gen because I can't think of anyone to pair her with, of any gender. I mean apart from the TARDIS, obviously, that's pretty clearly still the show's OTP.

I feel like Missy would just stomp all over her, the same way I can't imagine Five/Romana working. I don't want to write her the way I want to write her because that feels too OOC, but the way she mostly is doesn't vastly inspire me. Maybe I should rewatch some of S11, looking for cracks in the facade. The facade that may well be the entire crackless building, sigh. I need angst! I need pain! I need suffering! Doctor/pain is the ship that never stops giving, dammit! Maybe s12 will have more of that sort of thing.

I do have a sort of idea about Ryan's angst about his dad and the Doctor having been a dad so they could Talk, but I honestly can't imagine her having a serious conversation with her companions and revealing anything about herself. It's a bind.

Ana's playing Breath of the Wild now...

Friday, 22 February 2019 06:11 pm
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And just told us that they "Aren't really into exploring".

I... I just don't even know.

Game minutiae cut for the bored )


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Denver Botanic Gardens Spring Burn

Sunday, 17 February 2019 08:57 pm
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2018 March 31

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 07:41 pm
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Scott wants me to watch The Dragon Prince, so we sat down and watched the first season together. I enjoyed it, but it really, really underlined that I need glasses that will accommodate five minutes of looking at the TV then two minutes of looking at my laptop with glances at the TV.

I can't always read captioning without my distance glasses. How much of a problem that is varies from show to show, but I also lose details of acting and sets and such without glasses. I don't like to watch streaming things on my laptop because doing that means I can't do the other things I would like to do with the laptop. Watching on my phone isn't ever going to work because the screen is too damned small (which is also why I don't read long things on my phone).

I tried today bra-free, and it was less uncomfortable than wearing a bra was yesterday or any time in the past week. I'm going to see if it's okay going forward. Mainly, I think that, if I do it, I'll need to do the lymphatic massage on the post-surgery breast several times a day. Wearing a bra decreases that need, and lying down in order to do it is a PITA, but I'd much rather do that than deal with the constant discomfort.

There's no school tomorrow, so Cordelia and I get another day to sleep in. I'm not sure how we'll adjust to consecutive school days being a thing that happens this week. At least, I assume it will happen.


Monday, 18 February 2019 12:47 am
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I just did some flist maintenance, and hopefully I haven't clicked any wrong tickyboxes, but just in case I've accidentally defriended you/taken away your access, let me know so I can fix it! It was definitely not deliberate.

[ SECRET POST #4427 ]

Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:36 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #4427 ⌋

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


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Secrets Left to Post: 03 pages, 51 secrets from Secret Submission Post #634.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
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Well, that puts a different face on things...

Sunday, 17 February 2019 11:15 am
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 New Orleans' Krewe of Zulu[1] has issued a statement declaring that their black makeup isn't blackface.

I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this.  On the one hand, I respect their right to try to reclaim symbols that have been used against them and to continue with Zulu's traditions.  On the other hand, intent doesn't trump effect[2], and would not be surprised to find clueless white people running around saying "the members of Zulu wear blackface, so why can't I?"[3][4].  On the other hand, the members of Zulu are (rightfully) proud of their traditions, and if their chairman of their board has gone on record as saying "That would somehow indicate that we were complicit of the disrespect of black people for 115 years. That's no way going to happen," I'm not going to be the one to tell them they can't wear their traditional makeup.

[1]  Technically the "Zulu Social Aid and Please Club," but I've never heard anyone outside the organization and a few journalists use the proper name.  It's certainly not in common use in New Orleans, where people refer to "Krewe of Zulu" or just "Zulu"
[2]  I think I first heard this from Kat Tanaka Okopnik, but I have no idea if it originated with her or not.
[3]  Just like we still haven't heard the last person saying "Black people use the N-word.  Why can't I?"
[4]  Also deliberately overlooking that the members of Zulu wear black makeup in a particular context, related to an event that happens one morning of the year.

Song of the day: Infinite, "Clock"

Sunday, 17 February 2019 10:49 am
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 Ceci n'est pas une vidéo de musique.

Well, OK, it is, but I couldn't resist a little bit of art history humor there.  I'm just amused (probably more than I should be) by a video for a song called "Clock" that contains no clocks but dozens of telephones.  At any rate, it's a good song, it's a good video; I hope you enjoy.

I don’t normally have a ton of trouble titling

Sunday, 17 February 2019 04:11 pm
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I don’t normally have a ton of trouble titling my work, but this church story is fucking me up. I’ve been just calling it “The Church” in my head, but that kind of gives the wrong impression (which I’m trying to definitively stay away from because the story could so easily be read as a parable about religion, even though it is not). And it needs a new name. 

I could call it something like “Samuel and the Church” (or whatever name I choose for the protagonist – Sam/Samuel was a placeholder). I could call it after the heading of the first chapter, “The Church That Was Always There” (which is kind of the point, in that it wasn’t) but that’s just the point of that chapter, not the point of the story. I may have to go into history and dig up some famous phrase or other from the dust bowl and play on that, because a vital part of the story is that the dust bowl JUST BARELY misses Lea.

Dust storms are a pivotal part of the story, in that they tend to happen at moments of emotional climax later in the book, so I could just call it “Dust”, but dust storms aren’t the point either, and really only three of them total happen in the book.  

One of the supporting characters in the story writes a book called Fearless Sun, and the town it happens in is called Lea, so I could legitimately call it Fearless Lea, but I’m not that dedicated to the joke.

Ah well. I’ve got to work on Don’t Read The Comments as well, but it feels good to have two mostly-completed novels in my files, which just need rewrites and typesetting. Now if only I can write the missing chapter of one and title the other…..

from Tumblr

Nubia! Abu Simbel! Egypt!

Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:43 am
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More pics than you can shake a stick at from Upper and Lower Egypt as far as Cairo, including temples from drownd Nubia:


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