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May. 30th, 2015 12:49 pm
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
I need a sticky post!

I'm Danielle, and I'm partners with [personal profile] lilacsigil. We've been together since 1997, and we're hoping to get legally married one of these decades. We live together in rural Australia with two cats and a veggie garden.

This is a good place to say hi, if you're the introducing kind, but you absolutely don't have to. Just seems handy to have a place for it.

About me and where I live.

My fic: [archiveofourown.org profile] st_aurafina

Other places I can be found:
[livejournal.com profile] st_aurafina
[tumblr.com profile] st-aurafina
[pinterest.com profile] dansnark
I'm st_aurafina every November at Nanowrimo.

I'm co-mod of [livejournal.com profile] comicstore_news, which is mirrored at [syndicated profile] comicstore_news_feed and [tumblr.com profile] comicstorenews.
st_aurafina: monarch butterfly wings (Butterfly wings)
State of the Writing:
I posted a bunch of fics, but have a few more that only need a little bit of work. (Sanctuary wing-fic, this one X-Men/Sanctuary fic I've had hanging around, that Warehouse 13 fic that I thought was finished but actually had [put kiss here] in the body of the text, ffs.)

I'm going to try for a finish-a-thon this Nano. I just totted up my works in progress:
- Post-Winter-Soldier Save Bucky fic now jossed by, I think, four MCU movies, 55K
- Person of Interest 5 Things, with 3/5 of the things done, 15K
- Person of Interest post S5 fixit, 36K
- Person of Interest Sentinel/Guide fic I should never have started but it's so addictive, 5K
- Dracula 2013 Lucy/Mina/Grayson fic 6K
- Original fic, Boarding House of Together They Solve Crime, 50K

That's 167K of unfinished business, holy shit. That's not right. Something has to change here. I think I'm staging an intervention on myself.

Yuletide assignments were super early this year, huh? Mine is great - I'm excited about getting started on that, plus the letter reads like I wrote it. We're obviously very in sync, my recipient and I. For myself, I got my letter in right on the buzzer - Dear Author.

And I have a pinch hit for [community profile] femslashex that I absolutely need to get cracking on. Now.

State of the Garden:
- celery going strong
- snow peas starting to take off
- weird crinkly spinach in that stage where the more you pick, the more grows
- broccolini is down to one plant, but it still has... brockles?
- bok choy gone (it was a really good winter crop though.)
- seeds for button squash, butternut pumpkin, green zebra tomato, apple cucumber and leek are tiny but strong
- 2 zucchini seedlings are in and planning their strategic advance on the house
- coriander is going
- we put in some beetroot seedlings, mostly because apparently the greens are nice in salad? IDK.

State of the Me:
- I hurt my shoulder and the physiotherapist uttered the dread incantation 'rotator cuff'. It's not too bad, just inflamed, definitely not torn, but I'm being extra careful. I feel like I'm in a bad Victorian novel, always checking that my shoulder blades are down and back.
- The plebiscite on same sex marriage went down in flames, thank goodness, but that and world events in general have left me feeling fairly hopeless about the future. I'm still trying to get over the discovery that I live in a world where #nottheonion is a thing we need when reading news.
- I'm feeling generally flat and uncommunicative but I am trying to push out of it. I have NaNo write-ins I want to attend in Geelong. I've scoped out the locale, it looks nice and fairly accessible. I'm still nervous about it. Socialising is nervewracking, even when I want to do it.
- Pokemon Go is giving me life. Even though fewer people are playing, it takes the edge of my anxiety when I go to a new place, because I can scope out the poke-landscape.

State of the Cats:
Spring is here and we opened a window )
st_aurafina: (Yuletide: panic!)
Yuletide! It seems like Yuletide comes around faster each year, which I don't mind at all because I FREAKING LOVE this exchange. This is my eleventh, and I've had a great time every year.

So, first up and foremost: I love Yuletide. I will love what you write. I've loved every Yuletide fic I've received. Please don't stress out! Please have fun writing.

Secondly, I write long letters with lots of suggestions, but they really are just suggestions. If you're one of those writers that does not enjoy being fenced in, then fly free, you beautiful wild thing. And if we don't gel on character choice, ODAO is a-okay with me. I like all the characters in these fandoms, I love all these fandoms for the stories and the worldbuilding. If you have to, ODAO like it's a rodeo.

Things that generally tickle my fancy:

People! Gen, slash, femslash, het. Friendship fic, relationship fic, frenemies, enemies, sexy enemies. People putting their differences aside to work with each other. Backstory, AUs (though not so much the mundane kind), crossovers (see [archiveofourown.org profile] st_aurafina for fandoms), teamwork.

Plot! Big sweeping plot, small canon-compliant plot, things for the characters to do while they're snarking at each other, things going on around them while they're getting it on. I like stuff to happen.

Competence! I have a huge competence kink. I love seeing people being really, really good at stuff. I love lateral thinkers and characters who follow their instincts and people putting their skills to use in unexpected ways.

Ladies! BAMF female characters who don't have to bring other female characters down to be BAMFs. Mothers and sisters and girlfriends and girlfriends and wives. Women with agency. Women treated with respect.

Representation! People of colour. People outside the gender binary. Queer identities and culture. Non-nuclear families, found families, poly families, family that is family because you get to define it.

Things that I don't like as much (but can handle if the story takes you there):
Sad endings, character death, angst, embarrassment.

Things I'd rather you didn't write:
Cross-gen relationships, incest, teacher/student, employee/employer, non-con.

Requests: The Black Tapes, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Inhuman Condition, Confident - Demi Lovato (Music Video), Wynonna Earp, Stranger Things )


I do not have a preferred fandom. I haven't put them up in any order except how they came to me tonight as I write my letter. I might have written more about one than another, but that doesn't mean I'm fixated on that fandoms over others. I love them all, and I would be equally delighted with fic for any of them.

If we've matched on a large canon, and it's not going to work for you, I've got a few small or easily accessed canons here:

- Inhuman Condition is a short webseries about a psychologist who treats patients with paranormal characteristics. The main character is Michelle, who is played by Torri Higginson from SGA.
- Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian movie set in the Victorian era, about the disappearance of three schoolgirls. It's spooky and atmospheric. It's also as old as me, which means you'll probably find it in a bargain bin. (I guess that means I belong in a bargain bin, too. Oh, dear.)
- Confident by Demi Lovato is a music video. It also stars Michelle Rodriguez, there's a lot of fighting, and women having each other's back. It's great. With explosions.
- The Black Tapes is a podcast about a journalist following the career of a paranormal investigator and known sceptic. It's just finished its second season.

For stalking purposes, I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] st_aurafina and [tumblr.com profile] st-aurafina. All my previous Dear Author letters are here: Dear Author. If you have any questions, you're welcome to message my partner, [personal profile] lilacsigil. If you're writing Hanging Rock, and need an Australian beta, she'll do that. I totally volunteer her for it. (No, seriously, she will do that.)

Thank you so much! I hope you have a great Yuletide.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Title: Housewarming
Fandom: Dance Academy
Rating: G
Words: 1300
Characters/Pairings: Abigail Armstrong & Tara Webster
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Set post-series. For [community profile] fandomgiftbox 2016.

Summary: Abigail is new to domestic living

Also at the Archive

It all started when Abigail set the oven on fire. )
st_aurafina: The words 'Captive Prince' with a heraldic lion (Captive Prince)
Title: Battlelines
Fandom: Captive Prince
Rating: PG
Words: 680
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Set at the Battle of Marlas. Written for [community profile] fandomgiftbox 2016.

Summary: On the battlefield, Damen meets Veretian royalty for the first time.

Also at the Archive

Auguste came to the fight with the same expression as Damen. )
st_aurafina: (DW: Ten)
Title: Children's Moon
Fandom: Harry Potter/Doctor Who
Rating: Teen
Words: 16.5K
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Sirius Black, Jack Harkness
Warnings/Content: Contains discussion of child abuse (of a teenage character in this fic, nothing specific is described), violence by animal attack on the same level as Doctor Who or Harry Potter.
Notes: This is a sequel to You Can Never Go Home Again, where Sirius meets up with the Tenth Doctor after he falls through the Veil.

Summary: A wild beast stalks a farming community, the Doctor and Sirius run into some familiar faces, and the Doctor experiments with Transfiguration.

Also at the Archive

Chapter One )
st_aurafina: The words 'Captive Prince' with a heraldic lion (Captive Prince)
Title: Five Drabbles
Fandom: Captive Prince
Rating: Teen
Words: 5 x 100
Characters/Pairings: Damen/Laurent, Laurent & Auguste
Warnings/Content: There's prequel fic, fluff, future fic. And ponies, in one of them.
Notes: Written for The Multifandom Drabble Exchange on Imzy

Summary: Five 100 word Captive Prince ficlets

Also at the Archive

Five Captive Prince Drabbles  )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Title: Overindulgence
Fandom: Captive Prince
Rating: Teen
Words: 500
Characters/Pairings: Auguste, Laurent
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Set before the books, when Laurent is eleven.

Summary: Auguste thinks Laurent has the making of a diplomat.

Also at the Archive

Auguste squinted his eyes against the rising sun and began his assault on the palace. )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
So there I was, dripping wet, fresh out of the shower, wearing nothing but a pair of earbuds plugged into an audiobook while I was getting dressed when I see...cutting for dramatic effect and also spiders )

Meanwhile, in Imzy-land, I have learned that Imzy will only let you network with 14 other communities, which seems counter-intuitive for a networking platform, but okay. I have started a fandom_calendar comm, which people are starting tentatively to use. Which is good.

So far, I'm finding it an odd mix of neat and clunky. I like the way it handles anon posting. I hate the way you have to click through to get to the links that people are posting, and the way comment notifications don't have the content of the comment in the email. Comment threading is wacky as hell, and comment order seems unpredictable once there's three or four commenters on a post (is it by popularity? Omg, so weird.) But the development team are pretty active, and things change day to day. Today they added a personal blog function.

I've still got invites, if anyone wants to try it out. (I need a email for that, or you can go to the link for my personal blog and request one there.)

This is me: st_aurafina
This is fandom_calendar: fandom_calendar
This is a multifandom drabble exchange that sign-ups close for soon: multifandomdrabble

OMG GBBO!! (spoilers for ep 1 of 2016 Great British Bake-off. This turned into a live blog. I say omg a lot alot.) )

I love you, Bake Off. See you next week.
st_aurafina: Root's face, lyrics: It's that storm behind your eyes (POI: Root storm)
Title: Sleepless
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Written for Challenge #3 at 100words on Imzy

Summary: Samaritan took so much, but this small thing hurts Root most.

Also at the Archive

Root wakes to the sound of the refrigerator opening )
st_aurafina: monarch butterfly wings (Butterfly wings)
1. I switched on cross-posting to Tumblr. I hope it works! (Totally inspired by [personal profile] muccamukk who is getting [community profile] femslashex organised for this year.) I already have cross-posting set up for [livejournal.com profile] comicstore_news but I want to be more integrated here.

2. [community profile] femslashex, a femslash exchange that is lots of fun! The new schedule is up, and nominations will open soon.

3. I did Camp NaNo. I wrote 30K of Person of Interest fixit fic. Now I must finish it. I'm starting to think I'm a serial non-finisher of long fics. (Would anyone be interested in Ameripicking?)

4. Imzy is a thing suddenly, and might be the next thing fandom moves to after Tumblr. It seems to have comments that thread, and a generally more friendly atmosphere, though there is some question about whether they'll allow NC-17 art works. (The answer from the creators right now seems to be yes for fanworks, no for pr0n, which might not make for the best fandom environment? But they're talking about it, at least.) My personal comm is here - that's what people seem to be doing, since you can't follow individual profiles just yet.

Some others I've followed:
pokemongo (still very quiet)
misbehaving_muses (This is a place to vent, complain, or brainstorm when your muses refuse to cooperate.)
personofinterest (But I don't know if it's a fannish comm or what.)

And a few I found that other people might be interested in:
tragic_magic_ninjas - Naruto comm

Porn/erotic art policy + feature requests on Imzy - this is more discussion from the creators about the subject, as well as news about features to come.

I have a bunch of invites, if anyone wants. Leave a comment, or PM if you don't want your email visible in a comment. (ETA: I'm out of invites now, but [personal profile] lilacsigil has a heap, so your invite might come from her.)

5. Discharging some linkspam

Meet Fu Yuanhui, The Most Lovable Athlete At The Rio Olympics (Omg, she is adorable and adorkable. There are gifs there.)

Why tourists are flocking to this Australian hotel room Spoilers: because it was in Free! Eternal Summer. I love how accurately the room and the hotel were drawn, though. That's gorgeous and I can understand why fans would want to stay there.

[tumblr.com profile] fuckyeahtarotdecks, because if, like me, you have banned yourself from buying more decks that will just sit on the shelf, you can at least look at some pretty art.

[etsy.com profile] ChrysalisStudios has beautiful jewellery made from actual insects (collected from butterfly sanctuaries. (I really like this: Lime green butterfly wing pendant)

[etsy.com profile] tcustom makes anatomical lockets, which are sort of gruesome and sort of cool. I like the layers on this one: Burgess shale fossil necklace
st_aurafina: Agent Carter holding a walkie talkie (Agent Carter: Peggy walkie talkie)
Title: Not Your Fairytale Princess
Fandom: Agent Carter
Rating: PG
Words: 3380
Characters/Pairings: Peggy Carter/Dottie Underwood
Warnings/Content: Show-style violence, guns
Notes: Written for [personal profile] mithborien for the 2016 [community profile] ssrconfidential

Summary: "Forgive me for doing my job," Peggy said. "I'm not exactly ready to play therapist to world-weary spies, not yet."

Also at the Archive

Peggy swung her oar so hard that when it connected with the thug's head, it splintered into a dozen pieces. )


Jun. 16th, 2016 09:47 am
st_aurafina: Rainy day, person with a rainbow umbrella in the distance  (Rainbow umbrella)
*clings to flist* I should be out on Facebook doing the thing (you know the thing? When you're the only gay person they know and therefore must provide context and explanation and, for some reason, reassurance to people who will never have to feel fear about this stuff?)

But really I want to huddle in the safe place with the other queer people and just, IDK, eat cookies and croon or something. Except that for some people, their safe place just got shot to hell.

And I know I'm going to get up in the morning, open the newspaper, read more articles debating whether queer people deserve basic human rights and safety (Should we be allowed to marry? Should we feel safe in schools? I wonder who I'd be if I'd been safe at school.)

Here are some links I found to be helpful:
What Melissa Scott said resonates with me a lot: here.

A good round up of facts, with no photos of the shooter: Information about this horrific shooting

From SBS: Here's what Australians can do to help victims of the Orlando massacre

*hugs my people*
st_aurafina: Agent Carter holding a walkie talkie (Agent Carter: Peggy walkie talkie)
[community profile] ssrconfidential is up, so if you want to read lots and lots of Agent Carter fic, hie you to the archive. The collection is here.

BUT, first go and read my gift, because it is adorable and ferocious and starts with a tiny Peggy Carter running away to join the circus. Ack, so beautiful, and so sad at the end:
Four Times Peggy Tried to Run Away (and the one time it finally worked), (G, Michael Carter & Peggy Carter)

Some other recs from randomly browsing the collection:
Beautiful Ana-centric story, from her rescue, to post-injury recovery. And Zsa-Zsa Gabor!:
All of Me, (Teen, Ana Jarvis/Edwin Jarvis)

Daniel Sousa and Jack Thompson negotiating a relationship, with period-specific awkwardness. I loved the contrast between private!Jack and public!Jack, and how baffled poor Daniel is.
Sweater Weather (Teen, Daniel Sousa/Jack Thompson)

Beautiful art for Peggy and Jason:
Not The Last Dance This Time (Teen, Peggy Carter/Jason Wilkes)

Other rando linkspams:
From Ravelry: Ammonite crochet pattern: Built up on the Fibonacci sequence, this is so beautiful! If I knew Tunisian crochet, I would so be making one of these.

From Buzzfeed: Canadians taste fairy bread for the first time; have a lot of feelings - Fairy bread is an Aussie thing: bread and butter with sprinkles. This video is tragic and triumphant at the same time, as the Canadians struggle to understand the phenomenon, and then see the true beauty of the thing.

From Etsy: Tiger shark tooth cufflinks. I just feel that this is a thing that John Reese would wear. Okay, maybe not, but he totally should wear them, then use them to cut through ropes and escape to rescue everyone from the dark dystopia that S5 has become. /bad fic ideas I have in the middle of the night.

#starringjohncho Starring John Cho. Some freaking genius shops John Cho into movie posters to counter the argument that people can't imagine an Asian-American lead actor. (Not going to lie - I would go and see all of these.)

From [personal profile] umadoshi: Depression-Busting Exercise Tips For People Too Depressed To Exercise - the thing I liked about this article was the concept of listening to your own instincts, not measuring your abilities against other people's. Took me a long time to get to that point in my own head.

Rando cool tumblr: Bowie and Nudibranchs. "It works to such an uncanny degree it’s hard not to imagine that a young Bowie received an illustrated book of nudibranchia at a young age, and spent the rest of his career mining the pages for new looks."

Balm for that post that continually circulates on facebook about how things were so much better before iPhones: We Weren’t That Resilient.

ASL: Amber Galloway Gallego signs Hilltop Hoods - ASL translator interprets Aussie hip-hop classic 'The Nosebleed Section'.

Peak country headline has been reached: Earless nanny goat births triplets after bee attack (CW: animal harm of the accidental kind, involving bees. Goat survives, goes on to epic birth story.)

Asshole birds: Do birds of prey spread bushfires? (Answer: only in Australia. Because Straya.)

Spider-Man - threat or menace? JK Simmons is mind-blowingly ripped. J Jonah is ready for action, apparently.

This messed up experiment: Shocking video of Electric eel. Because the thing to do is to make a fake alligator head, line it with LEDs and poke an electric eel. For science.
st_aurafina: Root's face, lyrics: It's that storm behind your eyes (POI: Root storm)
I want to talk about Person of Interest, but I think [personal profile] netgirl_y2k covered it really well: here. (Spoilers for 5.10)

No, actually I do have more to say. Spoilers for 5.10 and 5.11 )

To that end, I've signed up for [livejournal.com profile] heroinebigbang, which has another round starting now.

ETA: While I type this, I am listening to [personal profile] lilacsigil school our software company on not having a no-gender option in our dispensing software. ("No, it's Federal law. You have to have it.") She is the awesome.
st_aurafina: Shaw's face, caption: you beat the devil's tattoo (POI: Shaw devil's tattoo)
I'm torn on this whole new canon thing for Person of Interest, because on the one hand, we're getting massive plot advancement, but on the other, I really want them to go back to mid-S3, with Finch in the library, Reese and Shaw working numbers, and Root dancing around all of them in her chaotic way. I don't think we're going to get that, and I don't think it would be narratively satisfying if we did, but that part of the show is such a happy place for me. *clings*

5.01: BSOD )

5.02: SNAFU )

5.03: Truth Be Told )

5.04: 6,741 )

5.05 Shotseeker )

Totally random Person of Interest fic recs:

Does It Lessen Your Affection? by JinkyO (Root/Shaw/the Machine, explicit)
Root with the Machine in her ear, weirdly hot voyeuristic sexy tiems.

Code Indigo by pendrecarc
Gen AU where Finch teams up with Shaw first up, instead of Reese. (It's an older fic, so she's Samantha Shaw, before we knew Sam = Sameen.)

a creature more of night than day by the_ragnarok (Explicit, Harold/John)
AU where Finch is a vampire. I KNOW OKAY, but he wrote a clause in the TOS of his software that grants him entry to houses, which is adorable and so in character. And I appreciate that attention to detail. ([personal profile] lilacsigil, yes, this is the one where he turns into tiny owls.)

Phoenix and the sequel, Halcyon by hedda62 (Explicit, Grace/Harold/John)
Harold has a really stupid idea, which I totally love, because he is so the kind of person to set his two most beloved people up with each other in the event that he's killed or whatever. I really love how Grace is written in this - strong and doing fine without Harold because she's able to look after herself, but so amazingly pissed off when she finds out what's been going on. And so kind to John.

but i'm not the girl you once put your faith in (just someone who looks like me) by violentdaylight (Explicit, Iris/John)
There's not a lot of Iris fic (and I'm always braced for the inevitable hate that a female character gets when she's perceived as the wedge that comes between a juggernaut m/m pairing) but this is Iris POV and it's awesome. (It's tagged as dubcon and d/s elements but that's very, very subtle. If you're not looking for it, or if you don't usually read kink fic, I think it's not going to bother you.)

So, apparently we get three episodes next week? I don't know how to deal. My body is nowhere near ready.


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