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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. I'm always up for being added without an intro if you're shy. I usually add back, and I usually give access, though I have no expectation that you will do the same. I love that about Dreamwidth.

Things to know about me: I'm queer, I'm fat and body-positive, I'm Australian, I'm left-leaning in a big way. I was born in 1971 so I'm basically old as balls. I'm cis-female, white, the daughter of an Italian immigrant.

Fannishly, I'm multifannish, I multiship. I love gen, slash, femslash and het. You can track my preferences through my Dear Author tag, here.

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 was the co-mod of [livejournal.com profile] comicstore_news, which is mirrored at [syndicated profile] comicstore_news_feed and [tumblr.com profile] comicstorenews. But we retired it, since newsletters aren't a good fit with the AO3/Tumblr style of fandom of late.


Comment policy (via [personal profile] spiralsheep):
Basically, any type of comment, or none, is welcome here. )
If you need to know anything else then I recommend asking. This post is a good place to ask!
st_aurafina: A ceramic head marked with phrenology detail  (Brain: Phrenology)
There's lots of things about being ASD that taking medication squashed down - I forgot just how freaked out by textural things I get. I forgot how much my teeth buzz when I'm overstimulated. I forgot how tired I get rerouting my brain to do things like letting go of the little stuff, or not doggedly telling people that they're wrong when it doesn't matter. (I'm kind of surprised at how much the SSRI or SNRI held back, actually? The emotional flattening that I hated also came with a good dose of detachment, and I think I miss that part.)

On the other hand, I'm sleeping better, or I think I am. Executive function is a teeny bit better, too. And I think I'm no more anxious than I was when medicated, it's just a different flavour of anxiety. I think I'm doing okay at recognising it and stepping outside of it when it happens? It's easy when it's something batshit, like 'I'm anxious about the sensation of feathers in my mouth', and it's easy when I can pin the feeling to a time, like sunset or just before bed when everything goes a bit weird. When it's not easy, I feel like I'm reaching for my coping pants more readily in an anxious situation. A little. Maybe.

Then again, when I look at the number of times I've typed "I think I'm..." I remember that everything I say is coming from inside the house, so to speak, and I could be completely wrong.

Weird dreams though. Very neurochemical, very sensory and categorical. Lots of sorting dreams, lots of following long and complicated instructions.

Local
- Brolga family
Not my photo but I have driven past this paddock and seen the brolgas. It was early morning so they were still roosting when I saw them, and it looked like a paddock full of folded umbrellas standing upright, so weird and beautiful. I've never seen the chicks before (probably because they are so smol.)

Exchanges and prompt fests
- [community profile] multifandomdrabble sign-ups are open! This is a fun exchange, for fics of 100/200/300 words exactly. Sign up here: Multifdandom Drabble 2019

- I'm not signing up for [community profile] hurtcomfortex, but the freeform tags are a freaking delight: Hurt Comfort Exchange Tagset 2019.

I put them into a bingo card generator, so I can spin out cards if anyone is interested. (Nnnngh, the tags are so good! I wish I was confident enough to sign up, but hopefully I can write some treats.)

Sample card under here )

- from FFA, a prompt fic generator for meme's 100 words threads: 100 Words Prompts. (Sometimes NSFW, so watch out.)
The 100 words writing prompts on meme have kickstarted a lot of fics for me - the generator should be fun.

- [community profile] historium is having a prompt challenge: Historium Commentfest 2019, for historical fandoms, historical AUs, historical RPF.

- Out of the Auditory, a fest for podficcing works that don't fit into the "standard" fiction format: Out of the Auditory


Other Fandom Cleverness
- via [community profile] the_folly, Rivers of London Draft Pre-Series Timeline 3

- via [community profile] beautifulmechanical (which is a music comm that I highly recommend!), a 90's music challenge in honour of Captain Marvel, with a links round-up for discussion of the Captain Marvel soundtrack: 90's Challenge
(I continue to be a bit freaked out that the 90's are a source of musical nostalgia now. I am old, so old.)

- I don't know if I'd do this, but it's interesting: How to Track AO3 Fanfiction Statistics Using Google Analytics
(I don't know where I found this link, sorry if it was someone on my flist...)

- via friendsfriends, [community profile] theumbrellaacademy, for fans of the Netflix series. (I want to like this show! I *should* like this show! But it hasn't clicked for me yet.)

- Costuming becomes a tricky thing when you're shooting the same few days over and over: Russian Doll Costume Designer Jenn Rogien Explains the Show's Fashion Easter Eggs

- via [syndicated profile] lewis_and_quark_feed and of interest to me mostly because of Person of Interest and AIs: Better Language Models and Their Implications
Discussing the ethics of programs that generate large amounts of text, for example in the creation of fake news.

- I think I found this via a discussion on Discord? I haven't played around with Calibre in this way yet, but it looks interesting: On setting up Calibre for fanfic

Craft and Creativity
- via [personal profile] umadoshi, and balm for all the times that I've been told I should be selling/monetising my hobbies: The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles

- I love it when fandom gets crafty, and I love this excellent Twin Peaks scarf: I made a Twin Peaks Red Room scarf!

Tea Pedantry
- Food Explainer: Why Does Microwaving Water Result in Such Lousy Tea?
People always have opinions on tea. Controversial hot leaf juice!
st_aurafina: Harold Finch in hat and glasses (POI: Harold in hat)
Title: Whither Shall I Wander
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 2688
Characters/Pairings: Harold/John
Warnings/Content: Established relationship, On the run, Geese are assholes
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta

Summary: Running from Samaritan, Harold and John must hide out on a farm.

Also at the Archive

John pulled up to the roadblock )
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
I'm off my meds. I am a free-range brain. It is strange and a little unsettling, like the floorboards of my mind are creaking underfoot but holding steady for the moment.

Cutting for talk of roadkill type car accident with animal harm.
We're okay but the marsupial ain't )

Brief Media Review:

Eps 1-3 of ST Discovery S2
spoilers are mysterious red lights )

Tidelands S1
Which, if this didn't make it to shores outside Australia, is kind of a paranormal mystery story? IDK. This is the imdb summary:
After an ex-con returns to her fishing village, a dead body leads her to uncover the secrets of the town and its half-siren, half-human residents.

Spoilers are too glamorous to get sand in their crack )

Sirens S1 Episodes 1-4
Spoilers are drinking a herring smoothie )

So many mermaids this summer. It's great.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
So, I'm reading Post-Captain, the second Aubrey-Maturin book, and things are a bit surreal. The start is all Pride and Prejudice who will marry who stuff. That part was fun but I missed the loving descriptions of futtock shrouds and so on. And then Jack was stony broke, and then Jack was in France, and then it got really weird.

Me at breakfast this morning: So then it got really weird.
Lilacsigil, raising spoon to mouth, not really listening: Uh huh
Me: Suddenly Stephen was leading Jack around on a leash
Lilacsigil, pausing with spoon in mid air: Wait, what?
Me: And Jack was dressed in a bear skin. He was a bear called Flora and he danced to Stephen's pipe.
Lilacsigil: *puts her spoon down very carefully, her eyes wide*

They've just made it to Spain. I'm not sure if it's the medication taper or the late hour that I was reading but the whole thing has a strange dreamlike feel. Like, this morning, I wasn't sure if I'd read it or dreamed it.



Today is the twentieth anniversary of moving to the country and opening the doors to the business under my family's name. ([personal profile] lilacsigil came and went for a little while but settled here soon after. A year after?) It's strange to look back. It seems to have gone very fast? And this is a good place to live, I couldn't imagine living in the city again.
st_aurafina: A ceramic head marked with phrenology detail  (Brain: Phrenology)
I am weaning off escitalopram because I can't handle the flattening thing anymore. It's mashed my ability to initiate actions. For example, at the moment I'm getting up at 6:30am so I can make it to work by 9am. (I live less than five minutes drive from work.) I'm arriving at work without having done all the anxiety self-care things I need to do like meditate and go for a little walk in the garden. All I can get done is the basics: wash, put on clothes, take meds, eat breakfast. And even then, I'm arriving while I'm still chewing the last of my cereal. It's a mess.

I haven't written in a month. All I do is play Subnautica and crochet and hug kitties. That's not such a bad existence, but still. At least it's not too hot this week.

Also, [personal profile] lilacsigil saw a white-bellied sea eagle today (I was looking the wrong way, damn it!) which kind of gives me hope, in this environmentapalooza. (They're a recovering species. Something is going right. One thing, anyway.)

Fandom Things
- via [personal profile] sharpest_asp, Multifandom Friendship meme.
Go make friends! I mean, if you want. No pressure.

- there's also a friending meme at [community profile] halfamoon, here. Go meet other fans of female characters.
(Ack, that means [community profile] halfamoon is nearly over and I didn't write anything. Ugh, brain.)

- [community profile] justcreate - A place for crafters, artists, coders, and creators of any variety to share their projects.

- via [personal profile] timetobegin (who btw runs some excellent icon communities): How to Screencap: A Screencap Guide
(Turns out I have a program that can do this?? I did not even know...)

Feelgood things:
- via [personal profile] princessofgeeks, at Captain Awkward's Patreon: Some Social Media & Media Engagement Hygiene And Self-Care Lessons I've Learned From Spending Several Years On This Hellmouth

- PhD 2048
I'm sorry, person who linked this, I didn't note down your name in my haste to play this iteration of the game. I do not have a PhD and only spent a year in academia but I still find this process hilarious: coffee -> panini -> idea -> code -> etc. Sometimes you get garbage! Sometimes there's a random relationship with a ticking clock. (2048 is a particularly good zone-out game for me.)

- This internet rabbit hole I fell down, starting with an ASL version of Ariana Grande's Seven Rings by an EXTREMELY attractive man in a mesh shirt. I'm cutting this because it got a bit scatty )

Podcasts I'm enjoying:
- Ologies with Alie Ward, which is a podcast about sciences.
I'd recommend Egyptology with Kara Cooney, and Testudinology with Amanda Hipps.

- David Tennant Does a Podcast, which is basically what it says on the bottle. I listened to the first one with Olivia Colman and it was delightful. (He calls her 'Collie' and she calls him 'DT'.) The next one is Whoopi Goldberg.

- Monster S2: The Zodiac Killer - the first season, when they covered the Atlanta Monster was really intense and confronting, and I bailed on it. Zodiac has a little distance, maybe because of the hype? A lot of the story is the hype itself, and that is really interesting to me, as well as this peek into the way police departments had to learn on the fly how to deal with this kind of killer.

- Shelf Life, from the Newberry Library in Chicago. I listened to 'Mourning Glory' about the Victorian culture of death and mourning.

- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward from BBC Four. It's a dramatisation of the HP Lovecraft novel, as if it were being investigated by podcast journalists. Modernised, therefore less rabidly racist than Lovecraft usually is. Good and spoopy!


I understand it's a snowpocalypse for the northern hemisphere people. Please stay safe and warm. (Anyone want a scarf? I've made a bunch of scarves...)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
I posted these to the archive as I went, but I want to keep posting to Dreamwidth as well (back-ups are cool, okay?). Rather than spam my flist, I've posted them mostly invisible, and done a round-up post. This is everything from Yuletide back till the middle of November.

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Yuletide 2019
Title: Every Chambered Cell
Fandom: Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
Rating: Teen
Words: 6334
Characters/Pairings: Seivarden, Breq, Gem of Sphene, Tisarwat, Ekalu
Warnings/Content: Addiction, Angst, Architecture
Notes: Title from "The Chambered Nautilus" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta. Set after Ancillary Mercy.
Summary: Breq and Seivarden are asked to meet with Fleet Captain Uemi's daughter regarding a personal matter.

Archive // Dreamwidth

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Person of Interest Advent
Astray
Rated Teen
Harold/John, devils and angels AU, D/s overtones
Summary: Summary: Harold has managed to collar an angel, but who is leading who astray?
Archive // Dreamwidth

Mellow
Rated Teen
Harold/John, accidental drug use, recreational drug use, coming down
Summary: While John is tweaking, he's no use to Harold at all.
Archive // Dreamwidth

A Little Bird Told Me
Rated General
Harold, John, Fusco
Summary: John had always assumed from the pseudonyms that Harold was fond of birds, but apparently there was more to it.
Archive // Dreamwidth

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Spicy Advent 2018
Hardware
Person of Interest
Root/Shaw, orgasm delay/denial, power tools, vibrators, handcuffs, light bondage
Summary: Shaw thinks Date Night is stupid but Root is going to change her mind.
Archive // Dreamwidth

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Person of Interest Big Bang
Light Becomes What it Touches
Harold/John, Root/Shaw, Harold/John/Grace
22,785 words
Road trip AU
Summary: When Grace's number comes up, Harold asks John to take her out of the city and keep her safe. On the road trip upstate, John and Grace must work around the secrets between them to stay alive.
Archive // Dreamwidth

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Three Sentence Ficathon 2018
(These are so short that I'm not going to post them to the archive, but I want to keep track of them.)

Prompt: Any fandom, any character, was espionage supposed to be fun?
Root is hanging upside down from a pylon

Prompt: Narnia/MCU; Rilian/Bucky Barnes-Winter Solider; what dreams may come
The chair is cold on his back when they fasten him down
st_aurafina: Grace Hendricks from POI (POI: Grace)
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Title: Light Becomes What it Touches
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen (except for Chapter Three, which is NSFW/Explicit)
Words: 22,785
Characters/Pairings: Harold/John, Root/Shaw, Harold/John/Grace

Summary:
When Grace's number comes up, Harold asks John to take her out of the city and keep her safe. On the road trip upstate, John and Grace must work around the secrets between them to stay alive.

Notes:
This was written for the Person of Interest Big Bang 2018.

It's a road-trip AU set during S3 Ep21 Beta (the one where Samaritan comes after Grace) and ending with Harold/John/Grace.

Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the betaing, [personal profile] talkingtothesky for cheerleading, and [personal profile] mulasawala for her art.

Title is from the poem "Monet Refuses the Operation" by Lisel Mueller:
The world
is flux, and light becomes what it touches,
becomes water, lilies on water,
above and below water,
becomes lilac and mauve and yellow
and white and cerulean lamps,
small fists passing sunlight
so quickly to one another
that it would take long, streaming hair
inside my brush to catch it.

(Monet Refuses the Operation)

Embedded art is by MulaSaWala, you can see her art post here: Light Becomes What it Touches Fanart

Chapter One (Rated Teen)
Chapter Two (Rated Teen)
Chapter Three (Rated Explicit)

Or read at the Archive: Light Becomes What it Touches
st_aurafina: Grace Hendricks from POI (POI: Grace)
Title: Light Becomes What it Touches, Chapter Three
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating for this Chapter: Explicit (with NSFW art)
Words: 5,959

Embedded (NSFW for this chapter!!) art is by MulaSaWala, you can see her art post here: Light Becomes What it Touches Fanart

Also at the Archive

They spend a few days upstate )
st_aurafina: Grace Hendricks from POI (POI: Grace)
Title: Light Becomes What it Touches, Chapter Two
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating for this Chapter: Teen
Words: 9,336

Embedded art is by MulaSaWala, you can see her art post here: Light Becomes What it Touches Fanart

Also at the Archive

That evening, Harold directs them to the safehouse )
st_aurafina: Grace Hendricks from POI (POI: Grace)
Title: Light Becomes What it Touches
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating for this Chapter: Teen
Words: 7,605

Embedded art is by MulaSaWala, you can see her art post here: Light Becomes What it Touches Fanart

Summary: When Grace's number comes up, Harold asks John to take her out of the city and keep her safe. On the road trip upstate, John and Grace must work around the secrets between them to stay alive.

Also at the Archive

It has been more than a week but John cannot move on from that cold moment back in New York )
st_aurafina: John Reese, looking down, covered in fairy lights (POI: John lights)
Title: A Little Bird Told Me
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: General
Words: 1237
Characters/Pairings: Harold & John, Lionel
Warnings/Content: Demolitions,
Notes: Written for the POI Advent 2018

Summary: John had always assumed from the pseudonyms that Harold was fond of birds, but apparently there was more to it

Also at the Archive

John had always assumed from the pseudonyms that Harold was fond of birds )
st_aurafina: Sameen Shaw walking in a desert with a hat on (POI: Shaw hat)
Title: Hardware
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Explicit
Words: 1303
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Orgasm delay/denial, DIY, power tools, vibrators, handcuffs, light bondage
Notes: for the 2018 Spicy Advent.

Summary: Shaw thinks Date Night is stupid but Root is going to change her mind.

Also at the Archive

Shaw is enjoying a rare night off )
st_aurafina: Harold Finch's face (POI: Harold)
Title: Mellow
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 1985
Characters/Pairings: Harold/John, Carter
Warnings/Content: Accidental drug use, Recreational drug use, Coming down
Notes: For the POI Advent 2018

Summary: While John is tweaking, he's no use to Harold at all.

Also at the Archive

John emerged from the collapsing warehouse covered in white powder )
st_aurafina: John Reese, looking down, covered in fairy lights (POI: John lights)
Title: Astray
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 1031
Characters/Pairings: Harold/John
Warnings/Content: AU: Angels and Demons, D/s overtones
Notes: Written for POI Advent Calendar 2018. Art by [archiveofourown.org profile] mulasawala.

Summary: Harold has managed to collar an angel, but who is leading who astray?

Also at the Archive

John tugs at the collar around his neck )
st_aurafina: (Yuletide: Spirit)
Title: Every Chambered Cell
Fandom: Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
Rating: Teen
Words: 6334
Characters/Pairings: Seivarden, Breq, Gem of Sphene, Tisarwat, Ekalu
Warnings/Content: Addiction, Angst, Architecture
Notes: Title from "The Chambered Nautilus" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta. Set after Ancillary Mercy.
Summary: Breq and Seivarden are asked to meet with Fleet Captain Uemi's daughter regarding a personal matter.

Also at the Archive

The message came for Breq directly )
st_aurafina: (Yuletide: Spirit)
Ack, things are so busy at the moment - I'm one pharmacist down at work (and it's my dad, which brings a whole other lot of issues), and it's summer-holiday frantic in the shop, so there's not a lot of space between sleep-dispense-eat-sleep. I am surviving, but my brain is a little odd.

Dad needs a double knee replacement, which he is determined to have done simultaneously. I am hoping his surgeon won't let this happen, but Dad is persuasive and has enough medical knowledge to sound like he might know what he's talking about even if he actually does not. I'm worried about him, and I'm worried about my own knees which are, of course, more painful when I worry about them. I know it's not possible but I swear I can feel them crumbling away second by second. In any case, my family reacts to stress and uncertain futures by screaming and panicking, so I'm fending that off, dealing with my own knee-anxiety, and running a business on three wheels. It's a lot.

At least the cats are happy and healthy and not bitten by snakes. I must remember there is a long way down to the lowest bar. (The mowing man mowed the block next door to us, and my neighbour across the road had two tiger snakes in his garden. So. That's going to be an ongoing thing, and I'm planning to use my fire-evacuation phone list to let my neighbours know when the block is getting mowed, so they can be alert.)

Yuletide has been spectacularly fun this year! I feel like the drama was less? I certainly enjoyed the reading and the atmosphere. I got five lovely gifts:

Good Luck Roomba Witch
A five-minute fandom based on this gorgeous print.

After the Ball (2729 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Good Luck Roomba Witch
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Roomba Witch, Shop-vac witch, Hoover witch, Fox Familiar - Character
Summary:

In which Cisco attempts to fly a roomba.


This is hilarious teen peer-group pressure at its best. It's full of pranks and adorable roomba anthropomorpism, fox-familiars, and clever little household magics. And a training montage! (Sings "You need a montaaaage!")

Reports of Witches Falling (2455 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: good luck roomba witch - ofsparrows (Artwork)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Roomba Witch, Shopvac Witch
Summary:

The Roomba is great. You can just switch it on and leave it. It gets in all the corners. The attending physician says Anurag is lucky he didn't die.


Ugh, omg, the world-building in this. The glorious bi-cultural witch culture developed - I want to read a whole series set in this world. I want to see the big-screen visuals of this fic. It's beautiful. Read this if you like families being kind but still families, if you like questions of identity, if you like romance that bursts into being with the matter of a few words, if you like clever quippiness that hides underlying sensitivity. Just read it.

The Haunting of Hill House
A Drawer Full of Gloves (1117 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Haunting of Hill House (TV 2018)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Theodora "Theo" Crain/Trish Park
Characters: Theodora "Theo" Crain, Trish Park, Shirley Crain
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

The gloves are left on the side of the trashcan and Theo learns it’s okay to feel.


I loved Theo in the series, and this fic gives me Theo branching out in the world past the events of the finale. I loved how careful but brave Theo is, and I love the developing relationship she has with Trish. It made me so happy to read about them being fiercely in love and finding their way towards stability.

The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Spare Change
This is a short story (which I highly recommend for the feel-good cosiness of it), that you can find here: The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Spare Change.

Apartment Dragons (1147 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Small Change - Virginia M. Mohlere
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Caro/Aly
Characters: Caro, Aly, Nana - Character, The Dragon (The Thing In the Walls Wants Your Small Change)
Additional Tags: Fluff, Post-Canon, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

Caro’s Nana comes for a visit.


I knew from the story that Caro's nana was a little bit magical herself, and this story of her visiting Caro and getting to know the little creature that lives inside the walls is a delight. Nobody can withstand Nana's love! The fic also has more of the Caro and Aly romance which is just delightful.

Gold Standard (The Thing in the Tunnels Wants Rather More) (1062 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Thing In the Walls Wants Your Small Change - Virginia M Mohlere
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Caro, Aly, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Dragons, Chicago (City), Snow
Summary:

Caro's first winter in Chicago


This was a Madness treat, and it really was a treat! Caro goes exploring through wintery Chicago (one of the things that I asked for was Louisiana-born Caro making the adjustment to what I presume is a vastly different kind of winter and this fic answers that in spades) and finds more of Chicago's little magics.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/New Year/that week of weirdness. Welcome to 2019!
st_aurafina: Sameen Shaw walking in a desert with a hat on (POI: Shaw hat)
State of the land:
This week had the first hot days. Ugh. IT'S TOO HOT OMG. Take your filthy summer back, you Northern Hemispherites. Give me back my pleasant cold rain.

And I have a cold. It's wrong to have snot and coughing and fever when the road is melting. Bleh. This webcomic is representative and also weirdly aspirational in a gross way:
Feeling sick and snotty? Here are some helpful tips from the animal world, by Bird and Moon. (Talks about snotty animals.)

Ugh, I think I have a fever. RHINOVIRUS I HATE YOU.

State of the Brain:
Still up and down? It remains an ongoing improvement project.

State of the Writing:
I scraped through with a win for NaNo, despite a weird month of interferences and family emergencies. I didn't get above the line on the graph until the very last day - I was always catching up. Still, it's done, and I have stuff to edit. Maybe even post one of these days.

Yuletide is a whole other thing though. I am still in canon review, and at the stage where there are so many ideas I'm kinda stuck.

I've been running the Person of Interest Advent Calendar and it's been really interesting. Occasionally hair-pullingly frustrating, as I negotiate tumblr and running an AO3 collection and keeping everything on track. The best part has been photoshopping ugly Christmas sweaters onto all the characters. (No, the real best part has been the general enthusiasm, but you know. Ugly sweaters are so fascinating.)
They work best on Shaw because she has resting grumpy face )

State of the kitty:
Baggins turned thirteen, and is a shy teenager! For his birthday, we treated him exactly the same as usual, so he had chicken for dinner (it is the best food) and endless cuddles. He has a pretty great life on the whole.
Kitten to full grown cat in only 13 years!! All it takes is Chikn! )

State of the latest fandom exodus, or, WTF Tumblr???
Hello to my brave POI discord friends who are giving Dreamwidth a go. (Or in some cases, returning to an lj-style platform.)

I am sad for the distress this is causing people for whom tumblr has been a refuge and a home. It's scary - don't let anyone tell you it isn't (and don't let anyone tell you online community isn't real community.) I don't want to say it will all be okay. I hope it is. I remember when it happened to me - strikethrough and the birth of AO3 and Dreamwidth - it felt like the end of the world. It wasn't, in that case, and Dreamwidth has been a wonderful place for me. Hang onto hope, try to roll with the changes. I hope you get a soft landing somewhere you'll love. Or at least can learn to love.

Good and Informative
- [personal profile] rydra_wong has More Useful Links
- This week in Fandom Vol 99
- Maciej might be onboard (I remember that first collaborative document when fandom moved to Pinboard, so I left this one open for a bit, just for the good feels. Fandom comes together so strongly when we need to.)
- from FFA, a thread on exporting your tumblr
- [personal profile] snickfic's round-up of links so, about Tumblr

Small Kitty Joys:
- I've had this gif open for a while now: as softly as a kitten touching a cherry.
- via [tumblr.com profile] bow-weaver, Meet Nurse Raisin

Some DW recs for people to follow. Early Follow Friday, I guess:
[personal profile] umadoshi is queen of the linkspam. She is an awesome curator and is great with warnings. And she has adorable cats.
- [community profile] iconthat is a weekly icontest, which I want to go in again when I have time. (If I have time!!)
- [community profile] 100words puts up weekly prompts for 100 word fics. This week's prompt is 'Gaudy'. (100 words exactly! It's an art!)
- [community profile] fffriday is a reccing comm for f/f works. (Fanfic, profic, other things)
- [personal profile] musyc is posting lots of really simple (and hence overlooked) Dreamwidth tips.
- [community profile] fandom_on_dw and [site community profile] dw_community_promo are both full of new comms popping up every day, so are worth a follow.

Friending:
- [personal profile] snickfic's ongoing Return of the No-Frills Multifandom Friending Meme.
- [community profile] addme_fandom, for finding new fandom friends

Events:
- Magical Realism Fest! (It's a comment fest, where you leave prompt, and you write for prompts. These are usually low-key and fun)
- Three Sentence Ficathon - leave a prompt! Squash all your ideas into 3 sentences!
- [community profile] middleagedships has a middleaged ship comment ficathon
[personal profile] navaan is running Spicy Advent, a multi-fandom porn Advent Calendar.
- Me! Me! I'm running The POI Advent Calendar, please head over and enjoy the Person of Interest goodies!


(Oh, and this is an invite to the Person of Interest discord server I'm on: The Subway. It's a good bunch of people.)


And finally, in other news, geese are fuckers: Badly Behaved Geese Go Viral.
st_aurafina: Grace Hendricks from POI (POI: Grace)


I am running an advent calendar for Person of Interest. It involves an AO3 collection, so that was a heck of learning curve...

Please go over and leave a prompt at the collection, or even sign up for a day?

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING OMG.
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Brain report:
It goes up tiddly up up, it goes down tiddly down down. But it goes up? I guess that's good. I'm back to two sessions a week with my trainer and I think it's giving me a mood boost, but with every mood boost comes a kind of mood flop. I wake up, I feel good and optimistic for a few hours, then it feels like the ground has dropped out from under me and I wonder what the point is to existence.

It's one year since 60% of Australia voted to let me get married. I am surprised at how bitter I am about the whole fucking thing. Every time I see my straight friends on facebook congratulating themselves on being so openminded, I want to cry. I mean, in that twelve months I didn't get married. I weaned myself off the extra antidepressant I had to start taking so I wouldn't have panic attacks in public during the debate. Fuck off, fuck off, fuck off. (And down tiddly down down...)

Okay. Up. Go up, brain. There are lots of good things in my life. I have a big bang to post at the end of the month! I'm 22K into this year's NaNo! I have lots of lovely wool to work with! It's okay. I can manage this.


Garden report:
Tomatoes went in the beds on Cup Day (the first Tuesday in November) as is traditionally recommended by old gardners who know things. We've got three from Bunnings (big box hardware): Grosse Lise, mini Roma truss and Nonna's Favourite. And from seed I've got Green Zebra and Red Pear in the beds. In the greenhouse there's Orange Sunrise Bumblebee (this is too many adjectives for a tomato, IJS), valentines, and Wapsipinicon Peach which is apparently a fuzzy tomato. (Not sure if want? But could not resist trying to grow it.)

Cucumbers: Lebanese and Crystal Apple. Zucchini: Blackjack and Costata Romanesco. Climbing beans: Purple King, European and Northern. Peas: purple and yakimono giant. (The giant peas really are huge. Fingertip to wrist in length.) I've optimistically started eggplants - Long Purples, which I call Lebanese - and put lots of dynamic lifter on this time but they've been stalled at the two-leaf stage and I think I really can't grow eggplant which is one of life's cruel ironies.

Is that everything? Lime and Genovese basil... Some other rando tomato leftovers from years past that I can't remember. Oh, purple spring onions, but they're still at the skinny chive-looking stage. Celery is finishing up. Broccoletti is getting lots of brockles. Spinach has been slumbering all through winter, sadly, but is now starting to get leafy.


Linkspam:
History
- I think this comes via [personal profile] jenett? Folklorist shares the untold story of Australian fortune teller, Mary Barrell
I find this fascinating because of my long-languishing YA Melbourne based Victorian-era paranormal novel. I love all these gradually disappearing stories of Australia's occult history.

Politics and Reproductive Health
Via [personal profile] goodbyebird, The California Sunday Magazine: A secret network of women is working outside the law and the medical establishment to provide safe, cheap home abortions.
Interesting but very explicit - it talks medication, equipment, training for providing grass roots abortion.


Recs
Fic rec of great love from the Person of Interest Big Bang:
Just One Stray Match (41961 words) by loveandthetruth, livenudebigfoot
Chapters: 14/14
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lionel Fusco/John Reese
Characters: Lionel Fusco, John Reese, Harold Finch, Sameen Shaw, Root | Samantha Groves
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Firewatch Fusion, Cabin Fic, Wilderness, Hiking Porn
Summary:

1989. Lionel Fusco doesn't belong in the woods in general or the Shoshone National Forest in particular. But he doesn't need to be a good fire lookout. He just needs a place to hide.

Unfortunately for him, he's been found.



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It's an AU set well before the series, and it's a fusion with Firewatch, a mystery video game where you play someone living in one of those firewatch cabins in the forest looking out for brushfires. It's so good. It's loyalty kink and examining who you really are when you're outside your comfort zone. It's an ode to Fusco and his utter goodness (which as a dirty cop can be problematic.) It's a love song to National Parks and hiking and living wild in isolated places.

If you're not familiar with the fandoms, I'd still rec it, since it takes place long before we get to know the characters from the show, and you don't need much canon info. Think of it as a story about a disheartened dirty cop who takes a summer job he's completely unsuited for, and falls for a mysterious and traumatised stranger living wild in the forest.

(Bearing in mind the week that California has had, if you're unhappy reading about fire or fire damage, this one probably isn't for you.)

tl;dr, it's the kind of fic that makes you pick up a fandom - I've got the Firewatch game in my wishlist on Steam for the next time it goes on special.
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More recs:
- Fanart - No I in Team - by [personal profile] goss. Beautiful, beautiful Daredevil and Ironman art for [community profile] marvel_bang. Just - when can I see this on a comicbook cover pls? Pls.

- XVII by phoxinus. Tarot fanart for Watership Down in the style of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. It's beautiful and full of symbolism and very apt. Of course Hyzenthlay is the Star. Of course. I second everyone saying they'd love a deck in this theme.

- Singing Again at Seven Bells by selden, from the Original Works Exchange. I'd say "Lady pirate mermaid femslash" and that would ordinarily be enough for me, but there's so much more going on in this fic. There's boarding school backstory and there's historical pirate world building and there's... so much. It's so good. Nhhgggnh.


Other Fandom Joy
-This Metafilter post: Please rec me your fabulous fanfiction
Take a trip down memory lane or find some new faves

- Femslash Kink 18! The Annual Femslash Kink Meme 2018 is Coming!
Prompting opens soon.

- at [personal profile] navaan, Spicy Advent, a porn advent calendar.
All the slots are filled (snerk) but the collection is open for submission (snerk snerk) and as Advent progresses, [personal profile] navaan will post the links. (I think? I think this is how it works. It sounds like fun.)

Non-Fandom Joy
- At Mashable: If you want to explore the Australian bush as a sleepy wombat, 'Paperbark' is the game is for you.
I cannot wait for this game, it looks so pretty!!

- From the ABC, A sleeping quokka in the Rottnest Island settlement.
Everything quokkas do is adorable.

- Monterey Bay Aquarium Builds Life-Sized Blue Whale Art Installation Made from Discarded Single-Use Plastic to Raise Awareness About Ocean Pollution.
It's a very pretty whale, too.

- Also from the ABC, Warrnambool's popular wombat mural a happy accident.
This is such a country town thing - artist goes to his local bridge to do a trial of chalks on concrete thinking it will just wash away in the next rains. Council worker sees wonderful mural and realises that it's just in chalk, so quickly seals it in place. Presto! Permanent mural!!

- From Eyewatch Warrnambool's facebook, Why did the duck cross the road?
Obligatory 'police stop the traffic for ducklings' video. Interestingly, this is just near the old McDonalds that got turned into a funeral parlour. (Must make for some interesting ghosts, I think.)

- via [personal profile] spindle_ella, the first episode of Wellington Paranormal: Wellington Paranormal S01E01 - Demon Girl.
This show is amazing. Just. Yeah. Amazing.

In conclusion, my NaNo progres:

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