New dS fic

May. 27th, 2017 02:27 am
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TITLE: As It Has For So Many Years
AUTHOR: [personal profile] ride_4ever
FANDOM: due South
PAIRING: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski, Ray Vecchio/Ray Kowalski
GENRE: M/M
RATING: Teen & Up
WORD COUNT: 297
SUMMARY: Fraser experiences something. There's a Ray or two involved. Diefenbaker inquires about it.


Fic at AO3.

Near-weekend update

May. 25th, 2017 07:12 pm
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Skating: I kinda did a flying sit spin today! Okay, there wasn't any much sit, but there was some spin and even a couple inches of fly. I landed on one foot and kept spinning. I'll take it.

I also eliminated the entrance to my nascent back scratch spin entirely and actually got a revolution or two in the right place on the blade, with my weight over my right side. BF has done away with the inside three turn everyone uses to start a back spin and is having me enter it from...the closest I can describe it is kind of a mutated Ina Bauer. Just keep curling around on the right foot, dragging the left foot, and the circle gets smaller and smaller until it turns into a spin. In theory. It works better than the three turn entrance, anyway.

Getting my weight over to the right may have helped a little bit with the loop jump, although I'm still too scared to really pick my left foot up and cross it in front while I jump because you cannot save yourself in that position if something goes wrong. I like having an exit strategy. Except my exit strategy leads to me always landing it on two feet, which is not really the goal. Ugh.

Arthritis: On Monday night, ever so briefly, I thought the Enbrel might be working, because usually I'm 100 mg of tramadol in by 6 PM and I actually managed to make it all the way to bed without needing any (I had taken some that morning). Alas, it was short-lived and Tuesday was kind of hellish. But it was close enough to when I take my shot (Sunday afternoons) that I'm somewhat hopeful it's related to the medication, and as it continues to build up in my system I might experience longer and longer periods of not hurting.

I finally made an orthopedics appointment for the hip bursitis(?) that's been going on for at least six weeks now. It's been low-level annoying for long enough that I want professional help, even if the professional can't do much. Although apparently they can just remove the inflamed bursa in an outpatient procedure if steroid shots and physical therapy fail, so there's that.

Apartment: I now have 15 plants in various containers, not counting some hibernating bulbs, mostly in front of my huge western exposure living room window. I may need an intervention. But they love that window so. My purple waffle started as basically half the size of my hand, and within six weeks was bigger than my head. It's still growing. And it bloomed! So did two succulents. Adorable pink flowers. And my not-an-aloe-but-looks-like one made a baby once I repotted it. And I added a table to my screened-in porch, which has been very nice since the weather warmed up.

wednesday, you know the drill

May. 24th, 2017 05:11 pm
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What I've recently finished reading: David Blaize, by E.F. Benson, which I learned about via ffa and snagged from Gutenberg (it was first published in 1916). This is an odd little novel by modern standards, a schoolboy Bildungsroman in which the adventures of the title character are mostly internal and emotional. There's really no overarching plot or structure, it's just the growing pains of the title character. (Growing pains plus way too much cricket for any non-Commonwealth reader to understand.) But these growing pains are genuinely affecting, sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes skirting the edges of a dimly-sensed abyss.

And that abyss, of course, would be homoeroticism. ) I found the book surprisingly readable and enjoyable, though I admit I skimmed the cricket scenes; so alas I will never be quite sure what, exactly, made David a bowler of the googliest type.

I also officially abandoned Deathless by Catherynne Valente, because I do not have time nor patience to wade through the hip-deep prose.

What I'm reading now: Still listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast "Destroyer of Worlds" (about 85% done) and enjoying it, for values of 'enjoying' relating to listening to just how close we came to global thermonuclear war in the fifties and sixties.

I'm also about halfway through Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep which was a free e-book from one of Tor's monthly promotions. The beginning was irritating, but I'm enjoying it now, mostly because it's one of the few SF books I've read where the aliens are really alien.

What I'm reading next: Still waiting for one of my library reserves to come through. In audio, I have In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It by Nita Belles from the Sync promotion, and you can download it for free through today only.

In other news I have just returned (well, Monday night) from a mini-vacation in the Paso Robles area of California, where we stayed with a friend - actually one of B's business partners - and drank way too much wine. And ate way too much food. It was really good! But not sustainable.

I am also about 2000 words into my Night on Fic Mountain assignment, which may be twice the minimum but is still only prologue to the actual story I want to tell, oog.

Speaking of fic, [archiveofourown.org profile] Hagar has podficced my Yuletide story The Greatest City in the World! (This is the story I wrote for The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.) I have downloaded it already, and I guess that's what I'll listen to even before the next book!

miscellanea (brain-dump)

May. 23rd, 2017 03:52 pm
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하나. I can't remember who recced Helenish's Die Hard fic, Pre-Existing Condition, but kudos for the rec. It was delicious!

둘. Over the weekend I signed up to asianfanfics.com so I could crosspost my three or four Kdrama fics, but I'm too self-conscious to actually do it, and I don't properly understand their tagging system (that new-fangled x thing instead of slashes?), and I feel like it's full of strangers (which is true of AO3 too, of course, but I'm used to that), and what am I even dooooooooing?

New platforms are hard.

셋. Current Kdramas: Goblin (cont.); Witch's Romance (rewatch); Dal Ja's Spring; and for my solo watch, a confusing mix of The K2, My Girl, and Imaginary Cat, all of which I've started, none of which I've got more than an ep and a half into, all of which I intend to watch more of. I'm usually a "one show at a time until I'm done" solo-watcher, so this is kind of throwing me.

넷. Plus I'm trying to catch up with [personal profile] wc_rewatch, having missed a few episodes. (I'm definitely skipping 3.05, but on the fence about whether to give 3.06 and 3.07 another go now that my attitude to Sara has changed. Given I've already recapped the entirety of season 3 in elaborate detail, 3.08 was more fun to revisit than I expected (CLINTON!), but 3.03 was still blah. I much prefer a Neal who at least has an inkling that he can't have the things he repeatedly says he wants unless he rehabilitates himself and STOPS BETRAYING HIS FRIENDS. :-P)

다섯. I'm still using Windows 7 (adapted to look as much like Windows Classic as possible), and in the wake of the recent ransomware and hacking events, the general tone of the internet is "If you're using Win7, how are you still alive?" Since my kneejerk reaction to the free Win10 upgrade last year was a strong Do Not Want, I'm now considering switching to Ubuntu instead.

(Why is it that learning a whole new thing is less irritating than adapting to a new version of an old, very well-known thing? Actually, I know the answer to that: it's the problem of changing ingrained procedural memories.)

Anyway. I'm making a list of Things I Do On My Computer, but if anyone has any Ubuntu advice or suggestions, please please please. Particular areas of uncertainty: a simple alternative to iTunes that lets me load stuff onto iPods; vidding software recs (something similar to Sony Vegas would be fantastic; hey, if it handles new file formats, I might even get back into vidding)...

...and, yeah, here's why I'm hesitating: because I just looked up FileZilla for Linux and it said, Built for Debian 8.0 (Jessie). It is highly recommended to use the package management system of your distribution or to manually compile FileZilla if you are running a different flavour of Linux. Oh god, I have no idea...

Okay, wikipedia says Ubuntu is Debian-based. *breathes again* But still. Is there an Ubuntu-for-Dummies Dreamwidth comm anywhere?

여섯. I'm going ahead with the [community profile] nanodownunder comm, even if it's just a handful of us. Daily check-ins for June. Locked posts, no frills, very little modding (unless someone else wants to take on the social side of modding duties). Pretty much modelled on [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, which sadly doesn't seem to be running mid-year this year. Who's in? All welcome. Join the comm -- and feel free to spread the word.

We'll kick off 1 June, NZ time. :-)

Low-bandwidth reading page

May. 21st, 2017 09:59 am
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I read from this link

http://www.dreamwidth.org/mobile/read

Which has no graphics at all, and when you click through you're automatically in style=light

(And if a post doesn't have a title, then this displays the initial words of the body.)

WisCon Contact Post

May. 20th, 2017 01:40 pm
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Hello there! Anything you write in a reply to this magic post will only be visible to you and me.

I'll be panelling 9:45 to 11:30 on Saturday, otherwise my schedule is open.

Let's make a plan!

If you want to contact me during the con, you can also direct-message me on Twitter [twitter.com profile] jesse_the_k

I look quite a lot like my icon, but tragically no Bella at the hotel.

See you there!

Pinch hits

May. 20th, 2017 09:13 am
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There are 2 pinch hits that need to be claimed. If you'd like to write for one of them, please comment below with which pinch hit you'd like and your AO3 name. Comments are screened. 24 hours later, a name will be chosen randomly for each pinch hit.

Pinch Hit #1 - Taken )

Pinch Hit #2 - Taken )

Useful Links
Not Prime Time 2017 (with schedule) | Prime Time Madness 2017
Frequently Asked Questions | AO3 exchange faq for participants | Pinch Hitting faq
2017 nomination tag set
Dear Prime Time Player on DW
2017 Requests available on AO3 | in a txt file

wednesday reads 'n things

May. 17th, 2017 04:27 pm
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What I've recently finished reading:

Text: Course of Honour by [archiveofourown.org profile] Avoliot is now complete on AO3, so I gleefully read the final three chapters. For those of you who were putting off reading it as a WIP, I repeat my rec from a few weeks ago - original m/m space princes arranged marriage novel, with delightfully twisty-turny action/adventure/political shenanigans plot.

I have also been reading the stories in the Fandom 5K collection, though I didn't participate in the exchange. (I did beta-read one of the Fantastic Beasts fics.) I might possibly make a recs post, though so far everything I've read in fandoms I know has been lovely.

Audio: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, a YA audiobook which I downloaded from the Sync summer promotion. The book tells the story of "the Johnson incident" - a fire burns down a residential school, after mysterious disappearances and deaths - as presented through an olio of "found" materials: transcribed video recordings, diary entries, email messages, post-it notes, police interview records, and so on. As audiobook, this is cleverly done with two readers, a man who gives the framing information and the male voices in the taped interviews, and a woman who does the diary entries, the female voices in taped interviews, and the transcriptions of the video clips. There are a few sound effects, and spooky incidental background music plays occasionally, creating something more akin to a radioplay than the usual run of audiobook, without it being a complete full-cast production. It's very well done, and it enhances the story.

More about this book, cut for length, no spoilers, warning for characters with psychological issues )

What I'm reading now:

Text: I have not yet officially abandoned Deathless, but I am on hiatus from it. Instead, I've started David Blaize by E. F. Benson, which is a classic English schoolboy novel available on Gutenberg.org. So far (three chapters in) it's quite entertaining, though I am prepared to be confused by the cricket. Also still reading Fandom 5K stories.

Audio: I'm not listening to an actual book right now, but to the most recent podcast from Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, The Destroyer of Worlds, which is about the early days of the post-nuclear era. While I usually skip over Carlin's modern-era podcasts, this one so far (I'm about 1:45 in, out of just short of 6 hours) is really fascinating. He is focusing on the unprecedented power that the US president acquired (beginning with Truman, but continuing to this day) of being able to destroy cities in an afternoon - and the necessity to act swiftly if necessary against the possibility of nuclear bombs from an aggressor.

What I'm reading next:

The current offerings from Sync don't interest me, but beginning tomorrow the (audio)book In Our Backyard: human trafficking in America and what we can do to stop it by Nita Belles will be available (here) and I plan to grab it for when I'm done with the Hardcore History podcast.

I also have holds at the library on both the new Fitz and Fool book, and the new Queen's Thief book, so we shall see which comes in first!

What I'm currently watching:

We finally started watching the second season of The Man in the High Castle, which was released in December. I hadn't been paying attention to previews or information about it, but SURPRISE CKR! (Actually, I saw his name in the opening credits, so that was the surprise - by the time he actually appeared I was expecting him.)

Actually Luzula Did It

May. 17th, 2017 10:26 am
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If you're any kind of dog person, check out [personal profile] luzula's fabulous photos of a recent dog sled adventure:

http://luzula.dreamwidth.org/261243.html
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I started learning flying spins today. Flying camel is premature, because I haven't yet figured out back spins (you can only fly into a back camel), but flying sit might be accomplishable by me sometime in the next decade. You wind up like usual for a sit spin, jump straight into the air, and then land on that foot and start spinning.

...Yeah, put that way it sounds pretty impossible to me too, but BF did it today and even I got to the "jumping straight into the air" part, so it seems it can be done.

I also learned yet another entrance into a back scratch spin. I think we may be into the teens by now. We'll see if it works. We're teaming it with a couple of exercises to get my weight over my right side, because it just doesn't want to be over there.

Either the Humira was actually doing something that Enbrel isn't, or I'm having the world's longest, lowest-key flare. Bleh. Tired. Bed now.

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