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Title: Departure
Author: tehexile
Fandom: Ys Origin
Pairing/Characters: Feena & Reah
Rating/Category: G/Gen
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Sort of? It's not well hidden stuff though.
other tags: drabble, sisters, evacuation, disasters, pre-canon

I'll miss our home... )

Return Ticket

19 Oct 2017 03:24 am
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Turn_of_the_Sonic_Screw/pseuds/Turn_of_the_Sonic_Screw">Turn_of_the_Sonic_Screw</a>


Ian and Barbara, trapped in Gatwick Airport in July 1966: not like there would be anyone else there they might recognize.

Pairing: Ian Chesterton/Barbara Wright. Prompt: stuck in an airport.

Words: 265, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 34 of October Ficlet Challenge

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There are now less than four days to the deadline, on the 22nd of October at 11:55pm UTC. (Countdown | What time is that for me?)

We have two pinch hits, one new! These are now due on the 28th of October at 11:55pm UTC. If you can take either of these, please comment on this post with your AO3 name and the pinch hit you wish to claim.

Pinch Hit #15 - Hidden Legacy Series - Ilona Andrews, Innkeeper Chronicles - Ilona Andrews, The Penumbra Podcast )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #17 - American Gods (TV), アオイシロ | Aoi Shiro (Visual Novel), Dangan Ronpa - All Media Types, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movies), Final Fantasy XII, Hustle Cat, Legally Blonde (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Persona 3 )

Well good lord....

19 Oct 2017 07:11 pm
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Apparently we have a Labour/NZ First coalition. Colour me surprised, although certainly not unhappy. I'd have thought that Winston's Blue Rinse support would have had him going with the Nats, although policy-wise Labour is a better fit. Now to see if Jacinda Ardern can wrangle him any better than his past coalition partners.

Interesting times, indeed, although thankfully on a smaller scale than some.
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Check out all the fen offering their fannish talents to raise money for Puerto Rico after the destruction done by Hurricane Maria: Fandom Loves Puerto Rico Charity Auction on Dreamwidth. The auction is now open and will close on October 23rd.

two posts!

18 Oct 2017 11:15 pm
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dc comics [60] ➝ wednesday spoilers: batman 33 (bruce, selina, alfred, dick, jason, damian, duke)

here at [community profile] probono

dc comics [55] ➝ rebirth green lanterns (hal jordan)

here at [community profile] probono
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45. Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows -- so I've been vaguely aware of this book and sort of avoiding it, until [personal profile] isis/[livejournal.com profile] isiscolo started reading them, and I found myself intrigued by the description of a layering of backstories and caper plot, gritty and complex characters, and a writing style with a lot of tagless dialogue, sparse on adverbs and adjectives but still strong on flavor. All of this sounded fairly Vlad Taltos-y to me, so waiting for Vallista to drop seemed like the perfect time to try it. Ultimately, it ended up reminding me more of a different book (more on which below), but I ended up enjoying it anyway -- and it was gripping enough in the reading that I missed my return commute stop once, and nearly missed it a few more times, and then lay in bed until I finished the book, which doesn't happen to me very often. (Damn cliffhangerish ending, though!)

I've been aware of Bardugo's Grisha trilogy books for a while, and assiduously avoiding them since I checked out some very basic Goodreads reviews and discovered the fake-Russian was going to be AWFUL for me (pro tip: If you're going to play with Russian last names, the -ov ending is masculine, and the -ova ending is feminine. "Alina Starkov" and especially "Aleksander Morozova" (or "Ilya Morozova") is INCREDIBLY grating, and also REALLY EASY to avoid with a quick beta check. I mean, seriously, Russian speakers are not extinct and do use the internet -- imagine! And don't pick names randomly off the census lists, maybe? At least not in gendered languages. Like, maybe there's even an in-universe reason for this? but I'm never going to read it, because you've lost me at the blurb.) BUT ANYWAY, once I was reassured that Six of Crows (which is a kickass title btw) was set not in !Russia but in !Amsterdam, I felt much more confident giving it a shot. There is a major !Russian character in this book, and some more minor ones, but fortunately she had a decently plausible name, and was also a pretty great character, although not noticeably Russian in any ways that were discernible to me (the way, say, Varvara Sidorovna in RoL is). There is still some fake-Russian mumbo-jumbo built into the fabric of the worldbuilding, but I could mostly ignore that. More, with spoilers )

44. Steven Brust, Tiassa (reread) -- part of my semi-accidental reread to lead up to the Vallista release. I ended up liking the first part (early Vlad), which was my favorite the first time around, less, and the ambigious-POV part 2 more, and still rather ground to a halt on the Paarfi section. I keep forgetting how little I actually enjoy reading Paarfi-prose, because I do enjoy a lot of the things that happen in the Paarfi books, but, gah, it was such a relief to go back to Vlad narration in the epilogue. Also, when I first heard about it, I didn't subscribe to the theory that spoilers )

46. Steven Brust, Vallista -- par for the course, I finished it in less than 24 hours (and what am I going to do now, until Taslmoth comes out?) Once I learned that Vallista was going to be a gothic, that both felt very fitting (duh, of course the Vallista book would have a building-as-character at its center!) and also made me apprehensive, because I just don't care for gothics as such. I needn't have worried, because it's Vlad, and it was both very gothicy and not overwrought in the way that turns me off actual gothics. I liked it! And it's a really clever book, thematically, and there are probably also construction bits I'll notice on rereads. It didn't leave me wanting to know what happens next (because what happens next is Hawk), and it didn't leave me wanting more of the same, which also happens a lot with Vlad books for me. It just felt... complete, which also seems fitting for the Vallista book. But I keep thinking about it and coming to new realizations as I do, which is really neat. I want to write my initial impressions down before I go looking to see what mailing list or chat people are saying (assuming anyone is saying anything anywhere :P), but I'm sure bits of this one will be dropping into place for me for a long time. SPOILERS from here! )

And a Vlad link: SKZB on Vlad reading order. The interesting thing to me is the idea that, once complete, reading in Cycle order will be another possibility. Presumably starting with Dragon (after Taltos) rather than Phoenix, but it would go Dragon, [Lyorn], Tiassa, Hawk, Dzur, Issola, [Tsalmoth], Vallista, Jhereg, Iorich, [Chreotha], Yendi, Orca, Teckla, Jhegaala, Athyra, Phoenix. This is an interesting idea. I can see how some successions would work -- Tiassa-Hawk is publication order, Hawk-Dzur could be fun, Vallista-Jhereg is a bit backwards but both have the reincarnation thing, Jhereg-Iorich is a very nice order, Yendi-Orca I can see, and Teckla-Jhegaala-Athyra makes for a super-depressing triad but actually make a fair bit of sense. The only thing I can't really wrap my brain around is reading Dzur and THEN Issola.


And two fic recs from Crossovering:

- Winterfell Tales (Vorkosigan Saga/Game of Thrones crossover, 2.6k, T), Miles and Ekaterin find themselves in Westeros and meet Sansa and Tyrion. This is a crossover I've wanted to see for ages, and it was a lovely take on it.

- The Start of a Long Summer (AtLA/Narnia, 1.7k, gen), a young Azula steps through the wardrobe. And this is a crossover I had no idea I wanted to see, but marvelously done!

Wednesday Media Thingie

18 Oct 2017 08:53 pm
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I'm actually reading a book this week! Unfortunately, it's for Yuletide so I can't talk about it. It's also a reread, but I'm definitely picking up nuances I didn't notice before.

In other media, I casually began to watch two shows, both streaming on Crunchyroll. My Hero Academia is ostensibly about superheroes, but it reminds me more of a sports anime (or a kung-fu movie) than anything else. I'm halfway through the first season, and I like it so far. All Might is an #inspiration and Midoriya is a fluffy-haired darling. Bakugo is an ass. Iida is hilarious. What is the school thinking, giving their students these costumes.

The other show is Poco Udon World, which is a cute but slight anime about 30 year protag who goes back to his hometown after the death of his father, and meets & then adopts a magical little boy. It's heartwarming, and also a blatant ad for Kagawa, Japan. Which I don't mind! It looks amazing. All that udon.

I was really hungry for a nice slice of life anime that didn't heavily feature high schoolers, and this delivered. A lot of reviews seemed to complain about the relative lack of udon in the show, but I like it. It's very soothing and cute.

Anyway, I'm off! I'm on a 1-day streak of getting 8 hours of sleep and I can't break it!!

Wednesday Reading Meme

18 Oct 2017 06:30 pm
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What I've Just Finished Reading

My Kindle has for some reason stopped reading books from Netgalley - it freezes up and refuses to work when I try to open them; I'm not sure if I should contact Kindle support or Netgalley about this - so I've finally gotten around to a couple of ancient books that I downloaded from Amazon ages ago, both of which I found because Annie Fellows Johnston (author of the Little Colonel books) thoughtfully listed members of her writers group in her autobiography. I looked them up on Amazon and snagged a passel of free books and have at last been gorging myself.

The title of Alice Hegan Rice's Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage led me to suspect something of the nursery rhyme or the fairy tale variety, although in fact it's about a family living in urban poverty and coping with it through a sort of proto-Pollyannaism: always look on the bright side of things! I found it a bit treacly, even by the standards of early twentieth century novels, which do tend to be tooth-rottingly sweet.

Sweet also is Evaleen Stein's Gabriel and the Hour Book, which is about a boy in medieval France who becomes the color-grinder for a monk who is illuminating a beautiful hour book for the soon-to-be queen of France. I quite enjoyed this one, though: I loved the details about how all the different colors were made, and the descriptions of the beautiful designs in the Hour Book, and all the beautiful parts about the flowers and the countryside.

Also, at the beginning the monk is chained to his desk for disciplinary purposes. Naturally I found that quite appealing.

What I'm Reading Now

Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, which I have been meaning to read for OVER A DECADE, ever since I went on a college visit and we stayed at an inn that had its own in-house library (clearly an amenity more hotels should offer!) which had a copy, and I foolishly failed to stay up the whole night reading and got some sleep instead.

WELL. The day before yesterday I found a copy in a Little Free Library (there is nothing more glorious than finding a book you have long yearned to read in a Little Free Library) and I have been making up for lost time. It is EXQUISITELY GOTHIC, it is honestly amazing what a sense of suspense du Maurier has built up around what amounts to a few slips of papers - letters, admittedly, which suggest that all is not well... and prey on the hero's mind, even as he falls in thrall to his beautiful, charming cousin Rachel.

It occurs to me (for fellow Rebecca fans) that there is something of Rebecca in Rachel - if we had ever met Rebecca in the book, rather than hearing about her at secondhand: the beautiful dark-haired woman who charms everyone she meets, so that only those closest to her may become aware of her destructive force. If indeed destructive force she has, and her first husband's accusations against her were not merely the paranoid ramblings of a man tormented by a brain tumor.

It's the uncertainty - the delirious uncertainty that makes it all so deliciously gothic. And, of course, the marvelous house, not quite as broodingly insistent as Manderley, but real and present in the narrative all the same. God, I love books about houses.

What I Plan to Read Next

The Three Musketeers 2017 shall shortly commence! [personal profile] evelyn_b, when would you like to start?

Lifetimes chasing you

18 Oct 2017 06:15 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Paillette/pseuds/Charlie%20B%20Duval">Charlie B Duval (Paillette)</a>


The Master never really wanted to rule over anything other than the Doctor's hearts.

Words: 1119, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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180+ (ongoing) THE GIFTED HERE.

also features elektra & colleen

The Faculty // The photo trip

18 Oct 2017 11:15 pm
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Title: The photo trip
Round #64 = Quote VI = For a while" is a phrase whose length can't be measured. At least by the person who's waiting. -- Haruki Murakami.
Fandom: The Faculty // Casey Connor, Zeke Tyler
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Faculty, nor the characters

Read more... )

Assignments are out!

18 Oct 2017 10:49 pm
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Matching went well, and assignments have been sent out - check your email inboxes or your AO3 accounts, everyone!

Stories are due by November 26th, 8pm GMT. (When is that for me?)

If something went wrong and you did not offer any of the requests in your assignment, please contact the mods. You are only guaranteed to match on one relationship. You only have to write one story, but if you want to write more that's entirely up to you. Please make sure not to include the dislikes your recipient specified in the details.

Good luck, everyone! Have fun!
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It's still the 18th here... I wrote a quick birthday fic for the one and only [personal profile] owlboy, and figured I ought to share it.

Character/pairing: Missy/Giles
Fandoms: Doctor Who/Buffy
Length: Just over 200 words
Rating: Um, Teen? (just to be on the safe side)
Also on AO3

Missy/Giles - what more could you need to know? )

Sign-ups are closed

18 Oct 2017 10:04 pm
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Sign-ups are closed now.

Assignments will go out once matching is finished. Keep an eye on your email!


18 Oct 2017 03:17 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/TheLadyRo/pseuds/TheLadyRo">TheLadyRo</a>


Каждый раз, когда они встречаются, происходит одно и то же

Words: 2165, Chapters: 1/1, Language: Русский

Challenge #208: Elysium

18 Oct 2017 02:15 pm
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The Platitude challenge is now closed.

Our next challenge is: Elysium


1. any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise.
2. Also called Elysian Fields. Classical Mythology. the abode of the blessed after death.
3. any similarly conceived abode or state of the dead.

Syn: afterworld, nirvana, paradise, utopia

Go ahead and twist the challenge however you want, it’s up to you. *g*

You have two weeks to write your fic and post or link to it here. I will post a new challenge on Wednesday, November 1st.

This week’s challenge doesn’t inspire you? Check out our previous challenges numerically or alphabetically.

If at any time you need to refresh your memory about subject lines, headers, or anything else, check out the rules on the profile page.

Have fun!

(Please feel free to suggest future challenges in the comments to this post.)
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Posted by Chris Paton

MyHeritage's Aaron Godfrey was on the UK programme Good Morning Britain promoting the company's DNA testing service. The following is the clip...

(Also available at https://youtu.be/qvNSazbIZGk)

From a family history research point of view, Aaron shows that the company's DNA testing kit is useful for establishing cousin connections, highlighting matches in Susanna Reid's DNA profile with cousins in Scotland and Denmark. There is also some seriously cringeworthy discussion on ethnicity, not least with tabloid presenter Piers Morgan's conclusions on his findings - if you can skip through his bits, you'll probably enjoy it more!

For more on DNA testing through MyHeritage, visit https://www.myheritage.com/dna.

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)


My next 5 week long Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences Nov 6th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.


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