Song Meme Day 14

  • Feb. 18th, 2019 at 1:03 PM
14: A song that was played at your wedding

Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean. This is a Welsh hymn that was sung at our wedding. Feel free to pass if this isn't your thing, but I could only think of one other song/hymn and that'll appear later in the meme. I'm sure we have something with all the songs somewhere, but who knows where!! And 20 years ago (nearly 21!) means I can't remember them all! But I know we didn't have romantic pop songs, not our style I'm afraid. Here are the words (please note our church doesn't sing the third verse, not sure why).

Feb. 18th, 2019

  • 10:10 AM
This is gonna be a quick fly by post really before I do a bit of uni stuff.

First, it’s the 18th now so happy birthday [personal profile] turps! Thank you for being such an awesome friend these past few months. I’m so glad to have you in my life because you are the best 🖤

I saw this on twitter yesterday and it just made me laugh. Piranha plants singing bohemian rhapsody is the best!

Someone did started an Umbrella Academy kink meme and it’s here: [personal profile] umbrellakink I hope it gains traction!

Last night ended up being pretty productive. I finished the birthday fic for turps, as well as wrote that ficlet I had in my head (I need to do more Umbrella Academy icons at some point, but there’s not many caps up yet to work from).

Also last night, the [community profile] no_tags fic went up so go give them a read.

I’m gonna do some uni reading now and then later... I dunno, probably game. I wanna finish the Ray fic at some point soon too,
Originally posted at [community profile] writing_religion almost ten years ago. (Link.) I keep going looking for it in my blog and realizing it's not here.

I've been annoyed at the lack of information about Paganism for people who aren't planning on joining a Pagan religion. Almost all of the Pagan information websites are aimed at either new members of Pagan religions (most commonly Wicca), or are apologetics trying to explain why Paganism isn't evil and shouldn’t be discriminated against. Neither of those approaches is much use for someone wanting to know about one or more types of Paganism. They're especially not useful for authors who may want to write good Pagan characters or situations, but haven't any idea where to start looking for accurate information. (This doesn't go into that, but it does try to indicate which topics would need what kind of research, depending on the writing goals.)

Disclaimer: I'm only one person, and this is only one list. (Set of lists. Whatever.) This is no doubt biased by my experiences and beliefs, and is necessarily incomplete, because "complete" involves a monograph on each term, plus probably a couple of videos and maybe a stack of original source texts. Please take this as a starting point for research, rather than a definitive source. I've deliberately been vague in spots to encourage that. I've also left out a number of terms that are mostly used by only one tradition/sect/type of Pagans, except for some Wiccan terms that are so commonly-used they needed a mention.

Every one of these terms has been the subject of debate and controversy; with a bit of time, I could probably scrounge up a link to an online screaming match about the exact meaning of every one of these terms. (So when I say a term is "controversial?" That means the average never-heard-it-before person could Google for those controversies. Nonpagans are not likely to be able to find the debates on the differences between a "stang" and a "staff.")

trying not to bird

  • Feb. 17th, 2019 at 6:40 PM
I drove up to Sebastopol today. There was a dance, but mostly I went to visit E, who's a month post hip surgery and doing about as well as can be expected. I picked up some burritos on the way so we could eat lunch and then, because he wanted to go see people during the second half of the dance, hung out til 3, at which point I drove him over to the Hall. Everyone was delighted to see him and I even got half a dance. Since it was still light, I was tempted to do a bit of birding afterward in the Laguna Wetlands next door to the Hall, but getting home before dark was more important. I should try to go early next time and see what's there. I try not to birdwatch at 65 mph but nevertheless I saw a very short list of largish birds: a pair mallards in one of the many seasonal ponds, a great egret, a couple of red-shouldered hawks, a couple of red-tails, an American kestrel, a white-tailed kite (far away but what else that shape and that white that would sit in the top of a bare tree?), and a small flock of western bluebirds over the parking lot. Traffic has been worse, let's just say, so a satisfactory afternoon.

Pride came early today!

  • Feb. 17th, 2019 at 9:36 PM
Filed under "things I never thought I'd be chanting at a protest": "READ TO YOUR KIDS!  READ TO YOUR KIDS!"

So my local library had an event today where drag queens came and read books to kids.

As I live in the Bible Belt, this was considered an absolute outrage by a lot of very anger-y religious bigots!  Think of the children!  We can't have men in dresses reading to them!  They might grow up thinking it's okay to be queer!  Sin!  Hellfire!  Repent!

I had known about the event and that there were expected to be protesters, but I am not at all plugged into the local queer community, largely because I would like to escape here again as soon as possible (and I was closeted growing up, so).  I went grocery shopping this afternoon, which takes me past the library, though, and!!!  There were so many Pride flags!!!

Turns out there was an organized counter-protest, meant to basically provide a tunnel of rainbows, glitter, and pleasant people so the kids coming to the event wouldn't have to pass through a gauntlet of people yelling about eternal damnation.  I found this out because I impulsively parked in the nearby shopping center and made my way over, wanting to at least say hi to My People.  One of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence gave me a clever sign to hold within like five minutes, and I also ran into an acquaintance from the Knitter's Guild.  I wound up staying for nearly two hours, basking in the cheerful, Pride-esque camaraderie, though it's a bit odd to use the word "basking" given that it was about forty degrees Fahrenheit and drizzling.  And I was not dressed for the rain, as I hadn't left the house expecting to do more than walk from my car into the grocery store and back.  

At one point a nice butch lady noticed me shivering (which I was trying very hard not to notice) and invited me to sit in her still-warm car for a bit, and she and her wife basically ended up adopting me for the next half-hour.  We chatted and it turns out her wife crochets, and they gave me a cute hat that they just had kicking around in the car, never worn.  

There was a guy who made the rounds passing out cookies twice.

There was a very vivacious woman with a lovely singing voice who led everyone in several rounds of "Jesus Loves Me," which I joined in happily despite very much not having been a Christian for over a decade.  

10/10, would impulsively join queer counter-protest in the rain in February again.  I love our community so much.

The Ghost Of You

  • Feb. 18th, 2019 at 1:42 AM
The Ghost Of You
Pairing: Ben Hargreeves/Klaus Hargreeves
Rating: R
Warnings: None really? It’s kinda angsty
Notes: Slight spoilers for The Umbrella Academy season 1 (it’s set at the opening of the series but features references to flashbacks). I got this in my head last night and it it wouldn’t go away.
Read more... )

Feb. 17th, 2019

  • 5:30 PM
thirsty in the desert with a bagful of gold (5317 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Marinette Dupain-Cheng & Tikki, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Plagg, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Chloé Bourgeois
Characters: Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir, Tikki (Miraculous Ladybug), Plagg (Miraculous Ladybug), Chloé Bourgeois
Additional Tags: Episode: s03 Climatika 2 | Stormy Weather 2, sitting these two clowns down to talk about their feelings, Discussion of Extinction
"Hey Hawkmoth, Take A Bath Before We're All Extinct (or, Stormy Weather Would Not Have Stopped)"
—μcat, Schrödinger’s Miraculous: physics in the City of Heroes (may work differently when observed)
It was Mme. Mendeleiev's fault, really. She liked bringing current events into her lesson plans, and μcat the superhero-science blogger had done a lot of research and a lot of math in the four days after the second go-round with Stormy Weather. Marinette, looking at all the equations and cited sources and clear, concise prose salted with wordplay, wondered if μcat had slept at all in those four days. If she focused on how long it must have taken them to read each article, run each set of numbers, write each paragraph, then she had no attention to spare for the words "extinction event", and needn't think about what it meant here and now. What it implied. What it must have taken to make it not.

(Adrien whisked Aurore out of the classroom the moment he saw the essay title. He then casually leaned on the door frame, blocking Chloé from following. Marinette should have thought of those herself.)

Marinette lasted two more days before she cracked.
After my post about tropes last week, I had a bit more to say about one particular trope, specifically in the context of Guardian, but I've been holding off because I'm trying not to type too much/save my typing capacity for ficcing. However. Apparently common sense is for other people?

Seriously, this could not be more spoilery!! Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers. )


Sustainability Sunday? Infrastructure

  • Feb. 17th, 2019 at 6:20 PM
I had been sort of planning to write about infrastructure today, in part because of this near-disaster in my neck of the woods last week and in part because infrastructure figures in my dissertation. But I'm having screen-induced headaches and overall feeling super blah (I wonder if I've been slowly catching a cold over the last few days?), so I'm just going to leave this here.

+ infrastructure facilitates the movement of people, goods, and ideas
+ infrastructure, if it's operating as intended, makes us overlook its existence
+ (that is: when you turn on a light switch, how much thought do you give to the miles of wire connecting you to the substation, the combustion chamber, the fossil fuel mine and processing, and the labor required at every stage in order to bring you light? probably not much)
+ which leads to us taking infrastructure for granted
+ which leads to prioritizing seemingly more "urgent" funding needs
+ which means that when infrastructure fails, it fails *catastrophically*
+ as a corollary: infrastructure makes it very, very easily to live unsustainably, by allowing us to overlook the environmental and social damage caused by the practices that infrastructure facilitates: electrical infrastructure promotes the use and overuse of fossil fuels, road infrastructure promotes the overuse of cars/petroleum and de-emphasizes mass transit options. OTOH, different kinds of infrastructure can be deployed to make much more sustainable practices become automatic and second nature. Feed the grid with solar. Instead of repairing the road, replace it with a light rail. Etc.

Also: I think kitty has found a couple of pro-kidney food flavors that she's willing to eat! *twirls*

Things Have Changed For Me

  • Feb. 18th, 2019 at 12:31 AM
Things Have Changed For Me
Pairing: Mikey Way/Ryan Ross, referenced Brendon Urie/Spencer Smith and Ryan Ross/Spencer Smith
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Hurt/comfort
Notes: For [personal profile] turps happy birthday! I hope you like this and have a awesome day
Read more... )

Writing Meme

  • Feb. 17th, 2019 at 2:24 PM
Ask me up to three questions.

1. What made you start writing fanfic
2. Which of your own fanfics have you reread the most?
3. Describe the differences between your first fanfic and your most recent fanfic.
4. Do you think your style has changed over time? How so?
5. You've posted a fic anonymously. How would someone be able to guess that you'd written it?
6. Name three stories you found easy to write.
7. Name three stories you found difficult to write.
8. What's your ratio of hits to kudos?
9. What do your fic bookmarks say about you?
10. What's a theme that keeps coming up in your writing?
11. What kind of relationships are you most interested in writing?
12. For E-rated fic, what are some things your characters keep doing?
13. Name three favorite characters to write.
14. You're applying for the fanfic writer of the year award. What five fanfics do you put in your portfolio?
15. Question of your choice!

Ganked from [personal profile] oldtoadwoman (who borrowed it from [personal profile] scribblemoose) via [personal profile] elrhiarhodan

Here is the code – just cut and paste the whole thing if you want to play, too:



  • Feb. 18th, 2019 at 12:47 AM
I just did some flist maintenance, and hopefully I haven't clicked any wrong tickyboxes, but just in case I've accidentally defriended you/taken away your access, let me know so I can fix it! It was definitely not deliberate.
Check out all the cool fics that folks wrote! This year's featured poet is Tishani Doshi, and my prompt is ridiculously perfect for me but my energy was not.

The lovely part of this challenge is that there's permanent amnesty, so I'll get my shit together and write some words eventually.

[community profile] poetry_fiction posted: 2019 Master List

[personal profile] shadowmaat's excellent post--

  • Feb. 17th, 2019 at 5:45 PM
--on racism in fandom, including my addition below it. This is Star Wars centric, but frankly, Best Fiend said things so well that it kind of cuts to the point.



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