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Suggestion: Follow ThisFineCrew for post-2016 strategies

[community profile] thisfinecrew  is a " community is intended to be a place to gather links to resources and step-by-step actions to take to be more involved in various efforts in the wake of Donald Trump's election to the Presidency. It's going to be relatively low-key, focused on simple things you can do and sharing information for larger things you can do to protect yourself and your fellow at-risk Americans."

For Instance, THIS POST on actions already unfolding in state government to protect, as well as deny, our rights.



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Correspondence, part 2 - for TJ

See part 1 here.

Correspondence, an epistolary flirtation, Part 2

Read more... )to be continued...

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Snowflake Challenge Day 7: Create a fan work


Day 7 Create a fanwork.

I'm taking this opportunity to post something that is long overdue, for a friend who deserves All Good Things. Several years ago I was given [personal profile] tjs_whatnot as a giftee( for Kinky Xmas, I think) and I never finished writing her gift. I had started it though, so for this Snowflake I decided it was time to finish it.

Title: Correspondance Part 1 Part 2
Gift tjs_whatnot

Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings:
Remus Lupin/Severus Snape

Rating: R

Warnings: denial, bad jokes, dirty cartoons, bad poetry, and more...

Word Count: @1,000

Summary/Description: an epistolary story

Author's Notes: In order to preserve the graphics and formatting, it's posted as multiple 8.5 x 11 images. Please let me know if have trouble viewing.

PART 1 of 4

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Correspondance


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Part Two

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Flakey Snowflake is still here! - repost


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I fixed some errors in the original post- which made it impossible to enjoy thes 3 great fics. 


Day 5 post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.


Oh, there are so many beautiful things!

My first LJ fandom was Harry Potter. I soon fell for Snape/Harry and was head over heels for that ship for quite a while. There are so many legendary ss/hp writers, it's hard to choose, but here's one I love:

Esse Quam Videri (to Be or to Seem) by [personal profile] torino10154
A non-magical AU with Severus and Harry in a small North Carolina town in the 1950's. Though this may sound improbable, it's a great story.

The Shape I Found You In / Lay Me Down by [personal profile] irisbleufic
  & [personal profile] moony 
Explicit; In which Sherlock invades Sweden, John watches too much questionable television, both of them finally Discuss Things, and absence makes the heart grow odder. Crime-solving tourism abounds. Probably in my top 5 for this fandom, it's got a good case, texted conversations, and romance.

The Sensation of Falling as You Just Hit Sleep by [Bad username: [personal profile] greywash]
Explicit; Sherlock/John and other pairings.
Written soon after TRF when we were all angst and craving the resolution (that never arrived, certainly not in S3!) this story was brilliant and satisfying and clever and rewarding.

Day 6 create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive.

  1. Any remixes or transformative works based on my work is always welcome.
  2. David Bowie icons most welcome!
  3. Recs for the best thing you've read in the last 6 mo. Any fandom - if you adore it there's probably a good reason.





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Snowflake Day 3: Set some goals, Day 4 Interact with Someone

Snowflake Day 3: Set some goals

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Goals! Good Idea.

FANDOM GOALS  I will be more active on DW this year. I drifted away then felt far, far away, not good! So, at least weekly visits, and more posting. 

I'm NOT going to sign up for PurimGifts (are you sure, Ven? It's tempting!) BUT I am going to finish the sequel I intended for last year's Molly+Sherringford story. 

Other Goals:

Draft Novel: I'm halfway through a rewrite This Island Home, begun during NaNo, and will be looking for beta readers in March. It's Cassandra Bartlett's "junior year abroad" and things don't go as planned. loosely autobiographical, set in Scotland. Includes a whiff of the paranormal.

ART PRODUCTS: I've launched my first printed product with my artwork, a Cat Calendar. It's selling well despite how late it is. I will be better prepped for NEXT YEAR.

DONT GIVE UP I worked hard last year on both my small business and my sucking depression. Both of them inched forward, well, more like 5 steps forward 2 steps back. So lots of movement. Whoever told me it would get easier....  well, yes, and no. 

HEALTH last year I was in water aerobics 3 days a week for the first half of the year. Second half I couldn't afford it. I am returning next week, and vow to keep it up. Lack of exercise in the past 2 years has aged me quite a bit. In addition, I will find an ortho MD who will take me on. It requires me to be stubborn and chase after people. the first one is easy, the 2nd not so much. But I will walk easily, and god willing pain free, the half mile to and from my waterfront park by years end. 


Snowflake Day 4: Interact with someone

I jumped on this Let's Stick Together Friending meme at [personal profile] st_aurafina 's journal, and lo! new friends, yay. I've added a handful of new people to my feed and had some nice back and forth. 

Hi new friends! **waves**

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Snowflake Day 2: Share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life

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Share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life

V for Vendetta brought me into online fandom. Before that, my fannish behavior was small to none. I'd attended a few Star Trek cons back in the day, but I wasn't really paying much attention to media, stories, movies, creators, actors or anything like that. 
I was interested in the movie since I loved the Matrix. That was such a revolutionary film about consciousness, I wondered what else these siblings would come up with. Oh, and also, a photo of the V mask in Rolling Stone article was haunting me. That FACE.

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Snowflake Challenge Day 1

I've been awol and feeling disconnected so duh, get back in the game, Ven!

Post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created.

#1. Well, this year a Sherlock Holmes ACD fic I wrote several years ago was discovered again, and i was pleased to see it get more views. I remember working out the timelines to make it possible for Oscar Wilde and Sherlock Holmes to meet at Oxford. Here it is:

Wilde Life, a gift for [Bad username: [personal profile] mundungus] in the Holmestice June 2012


When Oscar Wilde is imprisoned, Holmes begins to act strangely
3,500 words M/M, mature, ACD canon, Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde

#2. I did fan art in Harry Potter for some years - I tried many styles and techniques and learned a lot, but never developed a popular style or much of a following. Still, I have my faves. Here's one:

Title: Time to Become a Man
Artist: venturous
Pairing(s)/Characters: Regulus, Kreacher
Summary: RAB has made his choice, and given instructions to Kreacher. No turning back, now.
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Title: Illustration for  The Secret of Seeing Rightly by Quill Lumos
Pairing:
 Snape & Potter
Rating: from  PG to NC17
Media: watercolour
Summary: Recovering slowly from Nagini's bite, Snape has forced Harry into being his caretaker. This doesn't begin as a happy situation, but over time the two find peace

click for art )

location: home sweet home
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Mysterious Sherlock teaser



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John Oliver's response to the 2016 Election

Watch until the end - at least it's a brief feel-good moment.




PS: I'm a country girl, much prefer to live in the wilderness, but after the election map, and now the people in this video, I think I need to live in NYC. ;-(

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Demand Issues Talk, not Vicious Talk!!

My friend Terry has launched an urgent petition to demand that tonight's moderator, Chris Wallace, insist that the candidates stay on the issues and do not distract us with personal attacks, muck raking and accusations.

Implore Chris Wallace to demand - No vicious talk! Just issues talk!


Please support if you can!!

https://www.change.org/p/implore-chris-wallace-to-demand-no-vicious-talk-just-issues-talk

#DebateTheIssues

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Dear Yuletide Letter

Dear writer, I am so excited! Yuletide is such a magical time of year. I'm sending you visions of sugarplums or whatever holiday fantasy lights your Yule tree... knowing that I'm crafting a gift for Someone, and you are making one for me.

This is just a brief likes & dislikes for additional guidance, in no particular order. I've put some prompts in my signup, but know that wherever the Muse takes you is fine by me.

I really like:
Character development, altered states of consciousness, deep and mysterious connections between unlikely people, angst, hurt/comfort, slash, lingering on the early stages of attraction. hands, white shirts, long dark hair, undressing, darkness with a glimpse of light, bad weather, lost in the landscape, thrown together by fate, powerful attraction between those who shouldn't be a couple, angst, longing, strong women, pretty men, ugly men, big women, smart characters, dreams, age difference, cultural differences, hidden magic, possible telepathy or clairvoyance, UST, characters who think they're unlovable or unattractive as love objects, casefic, mystery, surprise, travel, moonlight, fog, dusk, nature elements, ancient history, rebellious science, things are not as they seem.

I don't like:
Fluffy het romance, MarySues, threesomes, jealousy, infidelity, brutality toward women, porn with no plot, extreme kink, non-sexual body fluids, too-perfect bodies, poor grammar, and HEA.



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Look what's BACK!!!

The Snape Showcase, a winter fest celebrating the Potions Master in all his life stages. I just mioght come out of the shadows to join in.



Snape Showcase
[info]snapecase: Celebrating Severus Snape throughout his ages!

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Drawings by JKR

I had never seen these before, and they are quite charming! 


A poignant moment:



A Surly Professor




Here's the article with more drawings....

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"Cocks not Glocks" UT students are at it again



University of Texas students are packing dildos donated by sex shops to protest the campus 'open carry' law allowing weapons. Sex toys are explicitly forbidden on campus.

“Every mass shooting they say, ‘Oh, if everyone has their own guns, someone will be able to stop it.’ But that just isn’t how it’s turned out. It’s devastating. I mean, after Sandy Hook there’s been no gun reform or anything and I don’t know what it’s going to take after that,” said Zenyth Gale, 22.

Read more:https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/25/cocks-not-glocks-texas-campus-carry-gun-law-protest




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I was expecting more from an artist...




Soraya Doolbaz: "My project is called Dicture Gallery and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Dick Pictures. But these aren’t just your regular dick pics. These are dick pics with a twist! It’s an artistic take on an otherwise alluring modern dating tactic."

'Alluring' ?  oh dear.

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Wordnik Word of the Day

Wordnik Word of the Day for July 05, 2016


fellmonger


Someone who sells or works with animal hides and skins.

Then finding him so good and kind, and anxious to improve the age, I told him almost everything; how much I paid the fellmonger, and all the things I had been to see; and how I longed to get away, before the corn was ripening; yet how (despite of these desires) I felt myself bound to walk up and down, being under a thing called 'recognisance.'
Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor

I once read the letter of a contemporary of HOBBES, where I found that this great philosopher, when a lad, used to ride on packs of skins to market, to sell them for his father, who was a fellmonger; and that in the market-place he thus early began to vent his private opinions, which long afterwards so fully appeared in his writings.
Literary Character of Men of Genius Drawn from Their Own Feelings and Confessions

So I set out and rode to Ware, this night, in the way having much discourse with a fellmonger, -- [A dealer in hides.] -- a Quaker, who told me what a wicked man he had been all his life-time till within this two years.
Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

The word 'fellmonger' is a compound of 'fell' (a hide or pelt) and 'monger' (a trader or dealer).

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I just watched Eye in the Sky (some spoilers)

I just watched Eye in the Sky with Helen Mirrin, Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman.


It's the first time I've seen Rickman in a film since his death.

mild spoilers )

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Potter Next Gen casting

Here's Harry, Albus Severus & Ginny, from the casting for HP & the Cursed Child. (Where's James & Lily?)



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What a song can do...

They're playing this wonderful triad of Cars songs: Bye Bye Love/Moving in Stereo/All Mixed Up, and I am breathing in the spring blossom air and having a powerful flashback...

It's 1981, and I am teaching in my first professional job, art teacher at a suburban Detroit high school. I'm so fresh out of school that my students flirt with me and leave joins in my desk drawer. (When I do my daily patrol duty and head out the back doors to break up the gangs of smokers, I wink at the pot smokers and tell them not to let me see it, and they seem to appreciate this.)

One kid had a big crush on me, and would do anything just to hang around my classroom. I liked him alot, and I was pretty sure he had a crummy home situation, so we spent time after school on a regular basis. I used to help him with his other homework. Then I'd drive him home.

I knew this job couldn't last; it was a temp post for a senior teacher who had fallen ill. They were hiring a permanent teacher and I'd applied, but didn't have a snowball's chance.

My young friend was filled with the angst and ennui of being 16. I remember listening to a lot of "what's the point of..." fill in the blank arguments from him, and feeling the dread of oncoming life as we approached his house on those spring evenings.

I was drawn to him, too. I remember savouring the lust and being just smart enough to sit on it.

So those three songs put me back in my beat up VW Rabbit, red and black interior, with the scent of spring, burnt oil and teen lust in the air.

Memory is awesome.

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Equinox, teetering on the Edge

We're shivering on the edge of spring here, damp chill just waiting for the sun to declare that leaves and blossoms can burst open.

I had a great frisky week, the first time in months I felt great, finally having shaken the bronchitus/asthma that was dragging me down for most of late winter. My water aerobics class has been a BLAST! this week we did kick-boxing and African dance. Damn, I can do many things if I'm in the water!

Fandom wise, working too much to follow anything much, although I am enjoying The Night Manager which is persuading me that there might be something to this Hiddleston thing people swoon about. Also, Hugh Laurie as a bad guy? WTF!  Also really enjoying (the pain of) Hannibal rewatches, tweeting with the Fannibals.

I'm poised to spring into action when the cherry blossoms pop, all the painting gear is in the van ready to go. You can keep an eye on them HERE with the Cherry Blossom Cam. Today, they have a faint reddish haze, but weather-appropriately are closed up tight.

Speaking of cool video cams, have you been watching the Eagles? The National Arboretum has a nesting pair of bald eagles that just hatched their second egg, and they have two high def cams on them, including infared at night, for 24 hour eagle voyeurism! Friday morning when I got to the pool, a crowd was gathered around the lobby telly - I asked with concern, "oh no, what's happened?"
"The eagle baby hatched!" was the joyous reply. So much better news that we often get. Yay, spring.

In other news, I'm coming down with something again. ARG! I crashed early Friday with a sore throat and have been guzzling vitamin C. Truth be told, I am stressing big time about getting in enough work. My best client and biggest bread and butter project ended in January and hustling to replace the income has been nerve wracking. I've found myself collecting change out of the dresser for gas, and getting coffee beans from friends, just to make the rent.

It makes me realize how fortunate I have been so much of my life, not having to worry about the basics. this week I visited the local food pantry and volunteered some PR work and brought home a bag of groceries. It was humbling, yes, but mostly heart-warming. I'm helping them promote their fundraising concert and other PR, and we'll see what else.

So, I'm putting out the call, if anyone need a new or refreshed website, take a look at my work HERE, including the newest ones for a Physical Therapist and a personal trainer. I'm pleased with how nice they look! I am a good trainer via Skype, so I can work with anyone online. My prices are ultra-reasonable and I will also barter in some cases. All inquiries and referrals are gratefully appreciated and responded to.



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