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Demon from Afar volume 4

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Title: Closer to Me
Fandom: Yami no Matsuei
Wordcount: 3,081
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Hisoka/Tsuzuki
Contains: Aftermath of rape. (At the level of canon.)
Notes: Written for [community profile] not_primetime 2016.
Summary: With time, Hisoka and Tsuzuki fall into each other. Title is from the Dar Williams song of the same name.

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Jul. 14th, 2016

I had this idea to write 500 words of fic a day. For most people that would be nothing, but for me it's a pretty significant output. I managed to hit my goal yesterday and the day before, and felt pretty good about the system. But today was such a mess that I didn't even bother to try. It's a sign of how tired I am that I only feel mildly guilty.

Meme from [personal profile] salinea on tumblr.

Give me one or more fandoms, and I'll give you:

Favourite Female:
Favourite Male:
3 Other Favourite Characters:
3 Favorite ships:
Funniest character:
Prettiest character:
Most Annoying Character:
Most badass character:
Character I’d like as my BFF:
Female Character I’d Marry:
Male Character I’d Marry:
Character I hate/dislike/least like:

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Last week, for no discernible reason, one of the hinges on my laptop broke, which ended up peeling the top cover away from the screen. I took it to Best Buy, and since it's still under manufacturer's warranty, they shipped it off to Lenovo to see if it can be fixed. I purchased a new computer, but if my old one comes back fixed, the very nice people at Best Buy will let me return the one I'm using now. (I don't know how I feel about that, since I like this one a lot better.)

Stressful, but so far, so good.

Work is... work. I haven't really posted how miserable my work situation is, but suffice to say it is miserable indeed. Tomorrow, VISTAS and former VISTAS will be presenting to a strategic planning committee our list of grievances and possible solutions. This will not really solve all my work problems, even if we get brilliant results (which we probably won't), but it's a start. But the presentation is a big worry, and I didn't get to make the changes that I wanted to make to our collective document today.

Why? Because I spent most of my day at the the emergency veterinarian's. I noticed this morning that my cat, Mazzie, had blood on her rectum. Naturally worried, once at work, I called three different vets, none of which could see me until next week, while also making it clear that I should be get this seen to urgently. One vet gave the number for an emergency clinic. I left work, and once home, began trying to figure out how I would get to the vet. I don't drive, so a cab would be necessary, but I worried that if I hailed one online, I'd get someone who didn't want to take an animal even in carrier, and I was worried about how much time standing outside trying to flag one down would take. I called two companies, one of which took 20 minutes to get back to me and told me they could get a driver to me in 45 minutes. No. I called another, and they said I'd get a text when my ride was booked. 15 minutes later, I was outside, looking for cabs. Luckily, I got one right away and the guy had no problem with Mazzie.

The thing you should know is that Mazzie HATES the carrier. HATES it. I wasn't entirely sure I'd be able to get her into it, and once in the cab, she cried, loudly, the entire ride. She's a stress drooler, so that was a mess, and then she got carsick and threw up. Luckily, none of it got on the seat.

I waited an hour for someone to see me, which for emergency services is not unreasonable. And the front desk people were really nice and gave me a blanket sprayed with pheromones to calm Mazzie down.

When the vet saw me, I discovered that Mazzie weighs 5.75 lbs. Considering that two years ago she weighed a little under 8, this was not good news.

Final verdict? Two unrelated issues. Impacted anal glands (as gross as it sounds), which was causing the bleeding, and hyperthyroidism, which is causing the weight loss. For the hyperthyroidism, anti-thyroid pills. For the impacted anal glands, antibiotics. Was I able to give either of these to her? No! I was not able to give her the pills or the liquid antibiotics. Once she refused to eat, and the other she drooled out. I'm going to need a lot more practice at this.

And then I threw a load of laundry in the wash, including the clothes she drooled on and the filthy blanket in her carrier. Taking the clothes out of the wash to put in the dryer, I discovered my flash drive at the bottom. The one that contains all my files from my old computer. If the computer isn't fixed, it will be the only source of those files. Luckily, it seems to work, shockingly. But I'm nervous.

And now Mazzie is drinking my rum. No, kitty. No.

I am le tired.

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Title: Silver Bells and Cockle Shells
Fandom: Count Cain/Godchild
Wordcount: 1044
Rating: PG
Characters: Cain, Riff, Merry
Pairing(s): Cain/Riff
Notes: Written for [personal profile] splinteredstar, who requested "Cain + Riff re: gardening."
Summary: Cain sets out to plant a garden, in his own particular kind of way. So does Merryweather.

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I miss the days when I used to write fanfic. I still do, technically, but my output is an embarrassment. Honestly, I only write for exchanges.

So, noticing that I am apparently a creatively bankrupt hollow shell with no ideas of my own, I'm taking prompts.

I'm not promising these will be written. Far from it. I give it a 75% chance that I don't actually manage to write any particular prompt. But I'm going to try, dammit. I'm going to try.

Multiple prompts are welcome. Increases the chances that at least one of them will be written.

Fandoms: White Collar, Yami no Matsuei, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Count Cain are the ones I feel semi-confident about. If there's something else you think I know, I'll see what I can do.

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Fic: Redacted (Agent Carter, Peggy/Dottie)

I never posted my [community profile] ssrconfidential fic here.

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Title: Redacted
Fandom: Agent Carter
Wordcount: 2599
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Peggy/Dottie
Notes: Written for [community profile] ssrconfidential. Thank you to [personal profile] splinteredstar for helping me brainstorm and for giving me a crash course in Cold War weirdness.
Summary: Four kisses that never made it into any mission report.

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Jun. 18th, 2016

Taken from [personal profile] salinea on tumblr.

Give me two characters with:

1. “vs.” for who I think would win a fight
2. “or” for who I like better
3. “+” for how I ship them (platonic, familial, romantic, not at all)

And I’ll give you my reasons for why!

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There's been a spring in my step these past couple days that can be directly attributed to Hilary Rodham Clinton winning the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. This is just so awesome! We are likely looking at the first woman president, right on the heels of the first Black president. (Of course, I think that the second woman president and second Black president will vital in their own way. Milestones are vital, but true change is has to reach long.)

And let's be clear, I'm not just excited to elect a woman as president, I'm excited to elect Hillary Clinton as president. I'm impressed by her platform, even acknowledging that campaign platforms are not crystal balls. I don't see how the Republicans will let her get away with half of this stuff, but that she intends to try means a lot. (Elections would be very depressing if Democrats only campaigned on what they thought they could get past Republicans.)

I'm not known for my optimism, but I do believe she's going to be our next president. Trump's a tire fire. Yes, he won the primary, but the general election is a totally different animal. Trump's not just a hate filled, ignorant, blowhard, he's running a completely incompetent campaign.

I don't want to be overconfident, and I realize no one ever went broke underestimated the intelligence of the American people, but she's so supremely competent and composed. I think she's going destroy him.

The only thing that depresses me about Hillary Clinton, is that people are so fucking stupid about her. I would ask why people are so stupid, but I know why. Reasons people are fucking stupid about Hillary Clinton:

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Apr. 30th, 2016

I'd love to start this with, "I thought I was done being bitter about White Collar fandom," but let's be real, I knew I was still bitter about White Collar fandom. I'll go to my sad, pathetic grave still bitter about White Collar fandom. Closer to the truth is that I was hoping to project an image of being done being bitter about White Collar fandom. But, come on, it's me. Being bitter is what I do, and you folks know it.

If you're in White Collar fandom, I know you've heard something like, "White Collar fandom is so woman friendly! Instead of bashing El, they OT3 her with Peter and Neal!"

Bull. Shit.

It's telling enough that Peter/Elizabeth/Neal is always the example given. No one ever says, "White Collar fandom loves women! Look at the way they treat Sara and Kate!" Any fandom that can be as toxicly misogynist as WC fandom is about Sara is not woman friendly.

But WC fandom is not even positive about Elizabeth, not really. Yes, she gets shipped with Peter and Neal. No, she's not made out to be a horrible harpy. (With exceptions. We'll get to that.) But her worth was reduced to her ability to facilitate the Neal/Peter relationship. In fic, she's the one who first figures out that Neal and Peter are attracted to each other. She's the one who encourages Peter to make a move. She's the one who plays translator to sooth conflicts. If she ever gets jealous or insecure, it's only in passing. She doesn't get turned into an evil harpy. Instead, she's flattened, turned into a smiling paper doll, with the inconvenient bits smoothed away.

If you doubt me (you really shouldn't, but whatever), if you doubt that all fandom considers worthwhile in Elizabeth is what she can do for Peter and Neal (but especially Neal), recall how completely they turned on her after "Brass Tacks." "They ruined El!" fandom cried. The words "character assassination" were used. But Elizabeth wasn't doing anything in "Brass Tacks that she hadn't done before. It's just that what she was doing in that episode couldn't be viewed as her supporting Neal's feelings or the Neal/Peter relationship.

The writing for Elizabeth in seasons four and five was on another level. She was given more freedom to express a wide range of emotions. She had her own angles and agendas. What Elizabeth wanted drove the narrative, never to an enormous degree, but much more so than before. And fandom declared her ruined. It was was that point we did get fic in which Elizabeth wickedly split up Peter and Neal. Sometimes she had to tearfully come to her senses, sometimes not. Again, this flew directly in the face of canon (Elizabeth was inviting Neal to dog sit two episodes after "Brass Tacks", for fuck's sake), but that was beside the point. Elizabeth prioritizing anything above Neal/Peter and Neal's feelings ruined her. And the only way that could ruin her was if fandom never cared about her in the first place.

So, can we please find a better metric for "woman positive" than, "woman gets to play angel in the house to two guys touching dicks"?

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Not Primetime letter

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you. You are wonderful just for signing up.

Everything here is just a suggestion. Take what you want, or nothing at all, and leave the rest.

What do I like? I like romance, action, angst in moderation, humor, and stuff that doesn't quite fit into any one category. I like platonic love and romantic love. I read gen, maleslash, femslash, and het with equal fervor. I love fluff, but I also love explorations of complicated relationships. I love stories with explicit sex, stories with no sex, and everything in between. I also love BDSM sex, but don't worry too much about that. I adore happy endings.

What don't I like? I'm not a big fan of character death and I'll admit to not liking tragic endings. However, I do understand that sometimes these things are called for, so don't feel limited.

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Orphan Black 4x02

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Orphan Black 4x01

My show is back! Okay, it's been back for two weeks. Whatever.

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Once Upon a Time 5x18

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Once Upon a Time 5x17

So... my brain went all awful, and I turned into a hermit. Poetry month is just not happening this year, and I feel more rotten about that than is really warranted. But I want to get back to posting. I feel like it should be episode reactions to Orphan Black, which a rich, nuanced show with an incredible amount of things to say. But somehow it's Once Upon a Time. No matter it's many flaws, I always have something to say about OUaT.

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I intend to have the 5x18 reaction up today too, but we'll see how that goes.

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National Poetry Month

Sorry I missed yesterday's poem. I always think I'll get through a year without missing a day. It has yet to happen.

The Lady of Shalott (1832)
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Natasha Romanoff/Maria Hill

by Pamela Milne

Protest too much,
says the queen of the lady
and they will suspect the opposite
of what you are saying.

So much the writing of a man
who thinks our No is a Yes
protestations are really agreement
complaints are but compliments

this poem is light and funny
I'm laughing so hard that
I can't stop.
Me don't ever think.

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National Poetry Month

by Shel Silverstein

She had blue skin.
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by —
And never knew.

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Once Upon a Time 5x16

I have this dream that I'll become some sort of halfway decent media blogger. Well, if the torrent of typos doesn't make that impossible (I spell check and proofread, but somehow the little buggers never stop coming), my inability to actually keep up would certainly do it.

I thought about reviewing this weeks Agents of SHIELD, but honestly it didn't keep my interest enough. I didn't dislike it, mind you, I just have nothing to say about it. But I found something to say about this week's OUaT.

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National Poetry Month

The Amazonian Gift
by Dorothea Dubois

Is Courage in a Woman's breast
Less pleasing than in Man?
And is a smiling Maid allowed
No weapon but a fan?

'Tis true, her Tongue, I've heard 'em say,
Is Woman's chief Defence;
And if you'll b'lieve me, gentle Youths,
I have no Aid from thence.

And some will say that sparkling Eyes
More dang'rous are than Swords;
But I ne'er point my Eyes to kill,
Nor put I trust in words.

Then, since the Arms that Women use,
Successles are in me,
I'll take the Pistol, Sword, or Gun,
And thus equipped, live free.

The pattern of the Spartan Dame
I'll copy as I can;
To Man, degen'rate Man, I'll give
That simple thing, a Fan.

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National Poetry Month

by Valerie Taylor

March 22
I light yahrzeit candles,
dust your photograph
that watches over my bed
and remember your touch.

You are an institution now,
a library,
a scholarship for women lawyers.

As long as I breath
you are a living woman
moving through my mind.


Tayor wrote this in honor of her long time partner, Pearl M. Hart. You can read about them both here.

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National Poetry Month

By Anna Akhmatova

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National Poetry Month

The  Dry Salvages
by TS Eliot

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National Poetry Month

Servant of the Soil
by Hafiz

Servant of the Soil

I am happy and in loudest voice I say:
I seek West Wind of truth from wine cup today.

While frowning hypocrite sits languishing there,
with open-faced dreg-drinkers I choose to stay.

If Elder doesn't open my tavern door,
where can I go, for whose counsel will I pray?

Do not reproach my rend's spirit in this world;
as I was molded, of that shape is my clay.

See not dervish prayer house nor tavern as path;
God walks as companion wherever I stray.

Dust of rendi is the elixir of joy;
I serve the soil of that ambergris-sweet way.

In the joy of seeing the primrose so high,
by river with cup I stand in tulip's sway.

My story is madness since beloved's curls
tossed me like a ball for her polo club's play.

Bring wine and to Hafez do pray: If heart
holds hypocrites' leftover crumbs, please sweep away.

--Translated by Haleh Pourafzal and Roger Montgomery

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