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I hope this is just my depression talking, but to tell you the truth, right now, I don’t really believe that we will win. I’m protesting so that, when we lose, history will remember that we didn’t go down without a fight.

Remember us. We were afraid, we were confused, we were imperfect, but we knew what was coming and we tried to stop it.

Next time—and there is always a next time—may you learn from our mistakes.
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For those who are into this sort of thing, 2 more White Collar fanfics posted to A03, in the same series as the first one, with several more in process to follow.

An Engraved Invitation

Pillage and Plunder

I'm also thinking I should do something charitable for prisoners in light of my joining this fandom -- giving to prison libraries, maybe, or Just Detention Intl.
stakebait: (Ever_Upward)
If there's anyone still reading here who likes fanfic, I just posted my first story in pushing a decade over at A03. It's White Collar, Peter/Neal.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/8812156
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Going back to the original, long-dormant purpose of this journal:

Does anyone want to beta a fanfic when I'm done with it?

It's been a long time, but apparently Netflix and my post-election need for escapism have belatedly sucked me into White Collar fandom. Peter/Neal, of course.
stakebait: (ATSfinaleStCrispin)
I cannnot go back to sleep. I am filled with the kind of useless need to Do Something that makes mourning people clean closets.

We need a short game and a long game.

The long game is about fighting the things that made Trump a viable choice for this many people. Fight racism and sexism, work on building back not just a paper recovery but real economic opportunity and security for the working class and lower middle class, including the unions that helped make that happen the first time, rebuild the old rural progressive movement and strengthen its ties to the Democratic party, focus on civics education so that the system is seen more as a route to getting things done and less as a corrupt and useless obstacle.

The short game.... I dunno. What can we do to mitigate the damage of the next four years, besides give money to the ACLU and anyone else who defends Muslims, Mexican Americans, and black people in court?

There must be something.
stakebait: (Ever_Upward)
[livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner wrote on Facebook: "Don't slow things down with explanations now."
-- line from a sonnet? or just good advice as I draft the opening chapters of my new novel proposal? #amwriting #amsharing #process

I didn’t write a sonnet but I did write a poem.

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stakebait: (Ever_Upward)
Can anyone recommend a good real estate lawyer in NYC?
stakebait: (makeownfun)
Kindle Worlds finally added a fandom that people I know actually write or read in. What do you think, Veronica Mars fen, if any are still around this corner of LJ these days?
stakebait: (Wes)
 I've got to re-calibrate to the basic goodness of Call the Midwife. I think I've been watching too much SVU or something.

Cut for spoilers of series 2, episode 1 )
stakebait: (Regency black and white)

Been home sick for the last few days (nothing serious) and mainlining British mysteries on Netflix. Have decided that, far more than the sky-high number of murders they encounter, what punctures my suspension of disbelief about Rosemary and Thyme is the way that everywhere they go, whether inn or school or private home, someone just happens to have a guest room with two twin beds!

Having hunted these for vacations with Mom of Mer, I can tell you they're thin on the ground these days. Or is it more common in England? If so, I know where we're going on our next vacation!

stakebait: (Isnt_this_fun)
The Naming of Elephants is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;

I am really enjoying the naming of this sock elephant. Y'all should come play.

http://truepenny.livejournal.com/865880.html#comments

Oh, and you could win a book  by an author I think writes spiffy things, too. 
stakebait: (Ever_Upward)
Hi Guys, this is my first holiday season as a boss and I am trying to figure out how to handle it, hoping a quick poll might help. For the gift choices, assume they're all worth about the same amount (and none of them huge).

Thanks!

[Poll #1945021]
stakebait: (Ever_Upward)

Binge watching my way through Dollhouse, really missing having a synchronous community of fen to talk it over with, even though I totally did this to myself.

Disjointed observations follow, on the off chance that anyone still cares: (spoilers through season 2, middle of episode 6)

Edited to add: spoilers for the reason of season 2 in the comments.


Not having all the feminist feels that I dimly remember thinking/hearing I would when it was airing.


OTOH, surprised that more (like, anything) is not made of them "killing" the imprinted personality every time Topher does a wipe. Everyone's concerned about the originals (and rightly so) but they're the ones who consented. The imprinted personalities consented to nothing... that I know of, unclear where they get these templates. Especially after the Whiskey/Dr. Saunders "I don't want to die" scene made it very explicit that imprints who know they can be wiped don't wanna.

The emotional prostitution side of this is creepy as fuck but makes perfect sense, people who want someone to really feel it, not just act. But for the purely skills-based assignments, It stretches belief that people would prefer to hire actives for all these things rather than hire regular experts. Once in a while, sure, there'll be someone who can't GET an expert but when you can, which is most of the time, the ability to have them forget is surely balanced by the risk of having the Dollhouse know.


Speaking of which, how much DOES the dollhouse know about each assignment, and how much granular control Topher has over the build, seem to vary with the speed of the plot.

Paul Ballard is the worst FBI agent in the world. Ruin my suspension of disbelief bad. I don't necessarily expect, or even want, CSI/NCIS levels of super high tech hat-rabbiting, but I can't believe the FBI in the real world could employ people who can't cope with anticipating the possibility of bugs, not getting followed home by suspects, or buying a decent lock. I feel surprisingly sympathetic with the guy-who-played-Crowley-on-Firefly agent's lack of patience with Ballard. I kinda want to slap him upside the head myself. His only real skill is making the puppydog face at the woman who is actually competent. At least the NSA guy knows what he's doing, though it's unclear if his hate on for Echo was NSA or Dollhouse related.


Speaking of Firefly, the two white people fighting in an Asian restaurant that is inexplicably empty of actual Asian people scene was weirdly deja vu. :)

OTOH  I am liking their portrayal of BDSM, and there's even a surprisingly large number of larger women (at least by American TV standards) who are not being played for laughs or pathos.

What is the point of the Attic? If Actives become unusable, why not just give them back themselves and let them go, instead of paying to keep them in storage for the rest of the five years? Or if you really have no intention of letting them go, why go on and on about how what you're doing is not so bad because they're volunteers and you're giving them back? The ethics, too -- how unscrupulous either this particular Dollhouse or Rossem in general is, and what various people believe about it, also seems to move at the speed of the plot from episode to episode.

As done the resting intellect of the actives (Echo excepted) and how much they understand, though in a narrower range. They all talk way too much in front of the actives -- they don't get their resting state memories wiped regularly that I can tell.

How come it is okay for Victor and Sierra to be all snuggly now when before it was a terrible thing?

Doesn't Dr. Saunders have a GPS strip, since she's an active? Or did she take it out? Shouldn't they at least discuss tracking her?

Everybody talking about how amoral Topher is reminds me of everybody talking about how dark and selfish Mal was. In neither case are they actually showing it. We actually see a LOT of Topher having ethics and morals and not wanting to be seen as a bad person, trying to help people and not to hurt them. Most of the him being uncaring stuff is told, not shown.

Which contributes to him being more adorable than he really should be. Him squeeing over Bennett with clone-him is super adorable. Though I think it;s weird that clone him doesn't mind knowing he's going to be wiped soon. Him being all needy and clingy in the dystopian future was also adorable. Also him playing laser tag with Sierra. Though I was relieved to see, in the scene with Whiskey, that he does have sexual feelings. He's so twee they almost play him pre-pubescent sometimes.


I enjoyed the dystopian future episode in and of itself but I find it disquieting how they just dropped it into continuity and then pick back up at an interim point and never explain it. Or what Alpha did to Echo and how it changed her. I get that it's probably going to be a big reveal, but IMO it's going on too long and detaching me from the Echo storyline. I find myself mostly in it for the Dr. Saunders character nowadays, which is funny when you think about how much I disliked Fred on Angel. I guess it really is the character and not the actor.

stakebait: (Ever_Upward)

A fanficlet based on Pamela Dean's Tam Lin, inspired by this quote from [livejournal.com profile] suricattus: The thing about Tam Lin that always fascinated me was the “stand-fast” aspect. And I wanted to explore that outside the relatively narrow grounds of True Love—what does it mean to stand fast for someone you might not always love, who might not be your True Love, or your Love at all?

Read more... )

stakebait: (underarock)
Can anyone recommend a good tile and/or generic handyperson in NYC? The jobs are too small for a proper contractor, but I have a lot of little things that need fixed in my apartment before it's ready to put on the market, and the ones that seem to me largest are tile related.
stakebait: (Ever_Upward)
I am having a Week and need distraction, so here we go again. For those who weren't around last round (it's been a while), it is just like Iron Author, except I reserve the right to flake.

Give me three words and an optional non-sadistic form and I will write you a poem or song lyrics.

Give me a setting, main character, or single line of dialogue and I will write you a snippet of original fiction.

Give me a character or a pairing and a situation and I will write you fanfic for BTVS/ATS, Firefly, first 2 seasons of Torchwood, The Vorkosiganverse, Good Omens. (Other fandoms by negotiation but keep in mind i basically haven't watched TV in years.)

Got a prompt that doesn't fit the above? Throw it at the wall and see if it sticks.
stakebait: (Ever_Upward)
Anybody want to beta read a short original SF story?

It's one of those fiction-masquerading-as-nonfiction ones, so ideally I need at least one reader who knows little to nothing about a) librarianship in the US or b) academia ditto. You're allowed to have gone to college and have a library card, I just need somebody who tell me if it the basic premise still comes through to someone who doesn't get the in-jokes.
stakebait: (Essay)
Arisia has inspired my dormant inner filker. Here's one about Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker. Mild, cryptic spoilers.
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I asked this question on Lunacon's official Facebook already, but I figured I have a high quality hive mind here and might as well take advantage of it. :)

We're gearing up for this year's Lunacon. Last year I added a couple of hundred new names to the invite database, but there's still more work to do. So if there's an author, editor, agent, artist, scientist, crafter, costumer, fan, LARPer, dancer, or other geek of coolness that you haven't seen at Lunacon and would like to, please scoot a nomination my way, here or at programming (at) lunacon (dot) org. 
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