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I am behind on posting about politics, NecronomiCon, and movies, I am exhausted and I have to catch a bus for a doctor's appointment right now, but Brandeis University has had to close its campus because of bomb threats and I am not happy. That is my non-sectarian, quota-busting, Jewish-sponsored alma mater, with a school calendar that shifts each year to the Jewish holidays and Hebrew on its university seal. In this political climate, I have a hard time thinking it's a coincidental crank call. Please explain to me again why it won't work if I inscribe אמת on the forehead of the nine-foot bronze statue of Justice Louis D. Brandeis and ask it to lay down some old-school crusading social justice on this country.

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23 Aug 2017 11:20 am
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Would anybody reading this be willing to nominate Takin' Over the Asylum for this year's Yuletide? (Nominations open on Sept 8th - see schedule here) I wheedled [personal profile] elf into doing it last year, but it didn't get any takers, and it's not on her list of fandoms she's considering for this year (I don't really blame her).

Tropes meme

23 Aug 2017 07:17 pm
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[personal profile] john_amend_all
Memed from [personal profile] romanajo123:
Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing/moresome and I’ll tell you something about the story I’d write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write). List below the cut )
elisi: (Stepping Sideways)
[personal profile] elisi
Summary: How do you save people that don't want to be saved?

For notes etc, please see The Prologue, or just follow the tags.

Note: Gallifreyan will be indicated by the use of « and » any other language uses "". It seemed the simplest solution.

(Again, lots of thanks to luckweaver)


A Long Way from Sherwood: Chapter 7 )
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[personal profile] calise posting in [community profile] smallfandom_nb
Title: Bound
Fandom: Breaking Bad
Rating: E
Characters & Pairings: Jesse/Walt
Length: 510 words
Summary: "Ask me, Jesse," Walt says, as Jesse writhes beneath his touch.
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I'm just borrowing them.
A/N: Written for the prompt "Say my name"

Read on AO3

Reading, Listening, Watching

23 Aug 2017 06:22 pm
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[personal profile] purplecat
Reading: I finally finished Crime and Punishement which was interesting but very monologuey. I've moved on to Unshapely Things by Marc del Franco, which seems quite good but I have a feeling I've exhausted my patience for wizards in garrets brooding about their tragic pasts.

Listening: I just listened to the first of the David Tennant and Catherine Tate Big Finish audios which I enjoyed more than I expected to - although they paired Donna up with another London temp and I actually, on audio, found them quite hard to tell apart.

Watching: A mixture of Wallander, Killjoys, Yuri on Ice and classic Doctor Who. We're doing quite well for choice of viewing options at the moment.
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[personal profile] liadtbunny
Title: A Wealth of Currants (1741 words) AO3
Author: Liadt
Fandom: Doctor Who, Matthew Shardlake Series – C.J. Sansom.
Rating: General audiences.
Categories: Gen.
Warnings: Cake.
Characters: Matthew Shardlake, Guy Malton, Tenth Doctor.
Additional tags: Cake!fic, crack crossover.
Summary: Matthew and Guy are in a sticky situation, but Ten appreciates a change.
Notes: For the genprompt bingo prompt: artisan/craftsmen.
I will try for Teaspoon but I'm not sure about the sentences or Ten - it's been a while...
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[personal profile] badly_knitted posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks

Title: Verification
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: JJ, Ted, Janet, Chief Smith, Ryo, Drake, Dee.
Rating: PG
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: It’s all over the news; a cop has fallen to his death while chasing a suspect. The news reports are inconclusive; it could be Ryo or Drake, and JJ is desperate to find out for sure.
Word Count: 2145
Content Notes: None necessary.
Written For: Challenge 201: Amnesty, using Challenge # 43: Not What It Looks Like.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Verification... )

Sign-Ups – Eight-Hour Warning

23 Aug 2017 10:05 am
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As promised, this is your last reminder: Sign-ups will be ending today, in about eight hours, at 6 PM EDT (10 PM GMT). This is your last chance to sign up for this challenge, but there is still just a little time left for you to join in the femslash. For details, please refer to the original sign-up post. Leave no femslash behind!
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Pearlislove/pseuds/Pearlislove">Pearlislove</a>


"Change, my dear, and not a moment too soon!"

One of The Doctor's former regenerations helps her come to terms with the changes that the latest regeneration brought along.

Words: 498, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Wednesday Reading Meme

23 Aug 2017 09:39 am
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What I’ve Just Finished Reading

The long voyage, with its comparative peace, was behind them: ahead was only war, and all that it might mean to the boys. The whole world suddenly centred round the boys. London was nothing; England, nothing, except for what it stood for; the heart of Empire. And the Empire had called the boys.

A quote from Mary Grant Bruce’s From Billabong to London. I don’t even believe in the Empire and this gave me goosebumps; I can only imagine the effect it must have had on readers in 1914 for whom the Empire seemed a great and glorious thing.

I also finished The Chestry Oak, which really was not that harrowing after all. Of course it’s not a walk in the park either - it is set during World War II - but Seredy skips over most of the really harrowing bits. In fact I was disappointed, which is really quite unfair of me given that I put off reading the book on account of the harrowing possibilities - but it does seem a bit like cheating to simply skip from Michael’s birth family to his adoptive family and leave out his year as a displaced child almost entirely.

And also The Motor Girls On Crystal Bay. The most exciting thing about the book was finding a long-forgotten piece of graph paper - left there no doubt by one of my ancestors - containing a string of nonsense words. What do they mean?

What I’m Reading Now

I’ve started Edna Ferber’s Great Son, which is going on tiresomely about spinsters - which is especially irritating as Ferber was a spinster herself. For goodness sake, Ferber, show some solidarity.

The book starts just before the beginning of World War II (and was written in 1945), and has already set up a quartet of Japanese characters (the family servants and their two children, who are studying at the University of Washington) and a German Jewish refugee girl who I’m pretty sure the son of the house has just fallen for - so I’m curious to see how that develops. Total trainwreck or actually pretty good? We’ll see!

What I Plan to Read Next

Two books arrived from [personal profile] evelyn_b! Ngaio Marsh’s Final Curtain and Death in a White Tie. My next day off will be dedicated to at least one of these beauties.

Doctor Who rewatch thoughts

23 Aug 2017 03:48 pm
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[personal profile] ruuger posting in [community profile] doctorwho
In case anyone where is interested, here are some random thoughts and observations from the Doctor Who rewatch I've been doing this summer:

Series 1
Series 2 & 3

(for the record, these are the thoughts of someone who for 10 years was a casual viewer who watched the show despite the Doctor and then suddenly a few months ago became a "proper" fan who watched the show *because* of the Doctor)

Tropes meme

23 Aug 2017 08:48 am
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[personal profile] romanajo123
Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing/moresome and I’ll tell you something about the story I’d write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write).
Read more... )
huddling for warmth
pretending to be married
secretly a virgin / asexual
forced to share a bed
truth or dare
historical AU (specify an era or make me pick one)
apocalypse fic
High School / College AU

Wednesday! A Reading Meme

23 Aug 2017 07:15 am
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[personal profile] evelyn_b
What I’ve Finished Reading

Tenth of December, a short story collection by George Saunders. Comedies of redemption, mostly, told in a style that’s meant to riff on middle-American business jargon and horror-muffling cliché. This style can get a little repetitive if you make the mistake that I did and read the entire collection in one sitting.

Unfortunately, or however you want to take it, noticing that Saunders' style can get a little repetitive is no armor against 1) laughing like a drunk hyena, or 2) sobbing helplessly into my shirt.

They are stories about hapless losers who manage to do the right thing at enormous personal cost, and sometimes also about hapless losers who are too afraid of losing what little they still have to do the right thing by some other hapless loser. It might be good or it might just be telling me what I want to hear. I’m in no position to judge. George Saunders really seems to like people, for all we can't get it together, and I don't quite trust how much I like George Saunders. I worry that I'm just allowing my sentimentality and shallowness to be expertly pandered to. If I were a little smarter and a little less self-absorbed, I keep thinking, I would have no patience for this wide-eyed we're-all-in-this-together business. But I'm not. I like us, too, for all the good it does anyone.

(I ought to have quoted a passage or something, but I made the wrong choices and now I'm running late for work, so maybe later).

What I’m Reading Now

Freedom Riders begins with an account of the first interstate bus desegregation test ride and prototype for the 1961 actions, CORE’s “Journey of Reconciliation” in 1947, which I will admit right now I didn’t know existed until I bought a giant book about a different bus desegregation test ride.

So far we’ve met a few of the leading CORE activists, including the headstrong and likable Bayard Rustin, who was expelled from Wilberforce College in the 1930s for homosexuality and pacifism, and will later travel to Montgomery during the bus boycott to hector Martin Luther King into giving up his gun.

Plus: Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym. Even though this was shelved in the “mystery” section of the bookstore, I think this is going to be a very mild academic satire with no murders in it, in which the only mystery is the human heart and possibly also “what’s the deal with anthropologists?” The latter is still up in the air. Most of the characters are anthropologists in a college program, but even though they do a lot of talking about anthropology, it never gets beyond the general. I think they’re only anthropologists for the “who observes the observers” factor. As readers we’re supposed to enjoy the realization that we are the superior-feeling outsiders to these superior-feeling outsiders.

But the satire is so mild that none of this really gets off the ground, and it settles into a cozy vagueness in which we all have tea in the library and a barely-there love triangle disappoints all of its participants in slow motion. I’ve also realized that I tend to automatically sort any description of a college into the “satire” box of my brain, so it’s just possible that this very gentle and semi-specific satire is not intended as one at all.

What I Plan to Read Next

Room at the Top, finally! And then maybe some more Henry Williamsons, or something else from 99 Novels. I’ve done hardly any this year; too focused on trying to clear my bookshelves.

Talking Meme #8

23 Aug 2017 12:40 pm
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For the Talking Meme, from [ profile] persiflage_1: Since you write a lot of Silver/Liz Shaw fic, which other Doctor Who character would you put into an adventure with them?

I'm not entirely sure I have written a lot of Silver/Liz fic, but to my great joy and pleasure I have somehow caused a lot of Silver/Liz fic to be written, which is the best outcome, really.

(Well, actually, I probably have written a lot of Silver/Liz ficlets - 1 make it 4 out of 11, with 4 authors making up the total - but I would like to point out that most of mine were prompted by Pers, so I'm not sure which of us is mostly to blame for that.* ;-p OTOH, I think all of the others were written for me, so...)

Anyway, Liz/Silver was an accidental pairing that came up in a meme where you sorted your icons and paired them off, with fairly entertaining and improbable results, and then next thing you knew [personal profile] john_amend_all had written a ficlet, and then so had I... and then people were giving me Silver/Liz in [community profile] fandom_stocking and the ship is a thing. \o/

I'm unsure how to answer this question, because this is me. I would put any DW character I felt capable of writing in a fic with Silver and Liz, so narrowing it down is hard!

Three or the Brig would be natural, given Liz's era and both would probably have a lot less patience for Silver than Liz does (in the fic; she is scientifically interested in him, he is a curious part of the universe that naturally she would like to explore), so that would be fun. (I feel Three, finding an Element, would be rather like a human discovering an unexpected rat or something. It'd be at least five episodes later before he could admit that one was okay and actually kind of interesting, he'd have to be locked up in a cell with Jo before he admitted that he found them unnerving, because different Time thingies.) The Brig could end up in a very bemused OT3 situation that he would never ever mention again. It did not happen. Liz humours him kindly. She has some sympathy for being bemused by Elements.

But then there is the whole wide universe of Doctor Who! I wouldn't put Adric in it (it would not be the sort of place Adric would be of any use, unless Silver and Liz needed some mathematical calculations doing, I suppose), and Dodo wouldn't be my first choice, and I can't claim to have watched The Dalek Masterplan enough to write much Katarina or Sara Kingdom, but otherwise the Whoniverse is pretty wide open.

Who do people think would be an interesting/good/hilarious addition to a Liz/Silver (or Liz & Silver fic)?

* Well, all right, me, probably. But Pers is definitely to blame for plenty of other things! ;-p (In the good way.)
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Someone recommended The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton on tumblr, and the summary intrigued me so much I added it to my list. And while it was something of what I'd hoped for, I was left dissatisfied.

Summary on the back: Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava, in all other ways a normal girl, is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava's quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

My thoughts: This was a very strange and frustrating book. On one level, it was near perfection: breathtaking gorgeous prose, striking imagery, whimsical, extremely unique and vivid characters - even the most minor ones gave of a Dickens vibe and were memorable - an entirely likeable protagonist, and a completely original plot. The villain was very unique and believable, and the different ways the people viewed Ava - from evil to good - was very interesting. I adored Ava, and several of the surrounding characters, and the entire concept of a child born with wings was completely delightful, from the matter of a fact way her birth was presented, to the nearly logical science behind it all. I loved the historical feel of the setting, and all the small and touching details of Ava's world.

But beneath all the good, there was several things that troubled and unnerved me: the sometimes shocking moments of violence and grotesque scenes - from animal harm to rape to a graphically gruesome attack, and unexpectedly grim themes, particularly concerning death, loss, and religious fanaticism. In many ways the story felt like a fable, or lovely fairytale, lulling me into a sense of ease before rattling me with twists of horror out of nowhere, before dropping the entire plot in a final, strange twist. It might be that I didn't quite understand the author's message and whether it was supposed to be depressing or optimistic - is it that the world will destroy everything pure and good or is it a message of hope, and triumphing over the worst tragedies? - but in either case the two emotions the book stirred never came together, leaving the entire plot with a patchwork, unsettling tone. Even the wistful, often beautiful writing was undermined by the unevenly interwoven darkness.

Overall, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender was a disappointment, leaving me in awe of the excellent parts and disturbed by the bad.

120 / 115: Believe ("Fire")

23 Aug 2017 01:28 am
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[personal profile] digthewriter posting in [community profile] femslashficlets
Title: Fire
Author: [personal profile] digthewriter
Pairing: Ginny/Astoria | Harry Potter Fandom
Rating: PG
Word Count: 300
Notes: Divorced!Draco/Astoria. Background!Harry/Draco. Totally unbetaed. Written for [ profile] rarepair_shorts WISHLIST EVENT. And #115 - believe: for [community profile] femslashficlets, very loosely used.
Summary: Astoria reluctantly agrees to go on a coffee date with Ginny Weasley and reflects on her past life.

Fire )


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