st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
2015-05-30 12:49 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Sticky post

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.

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st_aurafina: Shaw in Relevance, with golden lights (POI: Shaw fancy)
2017-08-16 11:52 am

Fic: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (POI, Root/Shaw, Harold/John, Teen)

Title: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 52k
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch/John Reese, Harold Finch/Grace Hendricks, John Reese/Mark Snow, Michael Cole, Robert Hersh, Joss Carter, Kara Stanton, The Machine, Bear
Warnings/Content: Sentinel/Guide AU, mind-bonding, show level violence, show level torture, emotional hurt/comfort, canon character death (Michael Cole). Some Mark/John dubcon in chapters 4 and 5. Follows some events from Ep 1.10 Number Crunch, Ep 1.23 Firewall and 2.16 Relevance.
Notes: Written for [community profile] wipbigbang 2017.

Thank you to my amazing betas: [personal profile] lilacsigil and [personal profile] musyc. You guys were awesome and got me from "I want to write POI Sentinel/Guide fic with soft face touching" to actually getting it posted.

Title is from the Elton John song. ("Subway's no way for a good man to go down.")

Summary: In 2001, Harold advised on a project called Cascade, not knowing he was a Guide himself. Years later, he and John, a Sentinel on the run from Cascade, must help Shaw, who has just lost her own Guide when the Project turned on her. Complicating matters is Root, searching for Harold's Machine and interfering with their rescue of Shaw.

Also at the Archive

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Epilogue
st_aurafina: Sameen Shaw walking in a desert with a hat on (POI: Shaw hat)
2017-08-16 11:26 am

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Chapter Eight

Title: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Chapter Eight
Rating Teen
Notes: CW: In this chapter there's a fire - John suffers a minor burn, a teenager and a dog are briefly in peril, but are rescued.

John could do worse than working a number at a country club )
st_aurafina: Shaw's face, the lower half. Text = indigo five alpha (POI: Indigo five alpha)
2017-08-16 10:51 am

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Chapter Five

Title: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Chapter Five
Rating Teen
Notes: Show level violence in this chapter: John and Kara torture a man, John kills him rather than letting Kara torture him to death.

John and Kara moved through the shadows of the world like two wolves with ears pricked and tongues lolling )
st_aurafina: Shaw in Relevance, with golden lights (POI: Shaw fancy)
2017-08-12 04:35 pm

Sticker sheets of kisses to press

I got my 50K fic off to my second beta/ameripicker. I feel weird. I, uh, finished something. It's due to be posted on the 15th. What even?

Interesting things I didn't realise until I had to edit 50K of my own writing )

I have actually written a lot of things this year!

Tinee Linkspam:
- via [personal profile] musesfool, OPI summer challenge
Leave prompts! (Please leave some more POI prompts!)
- From Facebook, Clydesdale foal leaves the stable for the first time - tinee leggy baby, big world, what do? How do you even horse?
- Also from Facebook, this terrible curse upon some burglars. CW: creepy doll faces
- From my local paper, big news in this part of the world: Giant puzzle solved. (The puzzle is literally a puzzle.)
- From McSweeney's via [personal profile] kalloway, I’m a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech. (Rolling my eyes right out of my head at that google dude.)
- From My Modern Met, What Happens When a Bird’s Wings Sync Up Perfectly with a Camera’s Frame Rate. (I have dreams where stuff like this happens, like where the laws of physics are apparently broken)
- Free crochet pattern: Stingray purse or pal (I'm not sure why not both? I could be pals with a purse.)

Root/Shaw things from my endless tumblr wanderings while I was writing 50k of fic:
- Silver Lining - a Root/Shaw doujinshi. Pls pls [personal profile] lilacsigil, read this to me?
- POI OST You Are Being Watched - this is brilliant. Gifs from the final scene over the score for the theme.
- Winter Soldier!Shaw is kinda… Swol - I am all over this idea as an AU.
st_aurafina: Shaw's face, the lower half. Text = indigo five alpha (POI: Indigo five alpha)
2017-08-06 11:28 am

Fic: What'd You Expect Fairies to Do? (POI, Root/Shaw, Teen)

Title: What'd You Expect Fairies to Do?
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 249
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Wingfic, Fairies (but not tooth fairies)
Notes: For [community profile] 15kisses, prompt = Wings. Originally posted at FFA.

Summary: Root knew it would be amazing when she and Shaw finally got together, but this exceeded even her expectations.

Also at the Archive

They finally had a chance to tear off each other's clothes )
st_aurafina: Sameen Shaw walking in a desert with a hat on (POI: Shaw hat)
2017-07-29 02:00 pm

GIP: I love Shaw and her hat

Thursday's headlines about Trump and the military made for a fairly hellish day in the old brain weasel cage. I want to say that I love and support all my beautiful trans and genderqueer friends. You are valued and your friendship is treasured, and I am glad that you're here. I am proud to know you. <3

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[community profile] multifandomdrabble was so much fun! I posted my fics yesterday but I wanted to also link my gifts. I got lovely stuff!

Royal Circuit (100 words) by Trismegistus
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captive Prince - C. S. Pacat
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Damen/Laurent (Captive Prince)
Characters: Damen (Captive Prince), Laurent (Captive Prince)
Additional Tags: Teasing, Established Relationship, Fluff
Summary:

Laurent is a handful.



dog days (100 words) by sapphire2309
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sameen Shaw, Bear (Person of Interest)
Summary:

The heat gets to Bear.



A New Hobby (100 words) by Isis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord John Series - Diana Gabaldon
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lord John Grey, Stephan von Namtzen
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Stealth Crossover, Drabble
Summary:

Lord John Grey visits Waldesruh again, and learns about Stephan von Namtzen's latest obsession.



Never alone (100 words) by Kayim
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Warehouse 13
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Claudia Donovan/The Warehouse
Additional Tags: Drabble
Summary:

Claudia can feel the Warehouse wherever she is.



That was a seriously fun exchange - low-key, easy to fill, easy to treat, easy to read. Would definitely drabble again.

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Thanks to [community profile] nanodownunder and Camp NaNo, I've got a first draft of my [community profile] wipbigbang. It came in at 48K (of POI Sentinel/Guide AU) Now I need to squish out the word bloat, edit it, and, um, find an Ameripicker. (Any volunteers? It's Root/Shaw, Harold/John, and my basic plan was this: "There are sentinels and guides. They touch each other on the face gently. A lot.")

I've been writing and writing and writing, and I'm 3K away from my 25K Camp NaNo total, but I'm floundering because I finished my main project, and my back-up project. I guess I should write some more [community profile] 15kisses fics.

Also, I am trying to do nominations for [community profile] femslashex. Nom nom nom!!

Writing! It's haaaaard but somehow words keep coming out of my fingertips like silly string.

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Linkspam!

- from [personal profile] rahirah, Photobucket alternatives.
(Omg, my profile is a mess. I need to fix it. Not that I've been using photobucket of late, but I don't change my profile much. FFS, photobucket, did you learn nothing from the delicious debacle?)

- From Mental Floss, 15 Things You Might Not Know About Nighthawks.
(The painting, not the bird. This was interesting to me, but there's weird capitalisation of headers in this article. I can't stop looking at it now that I've noticed it.)

- Migaloo the white whale is back on the east coast of Australia. He has a twitter! [twitter.com profile] migaloo1. I'm always glad when he shows up, because it means he's evaded whaling ships again.

- From My Modern Met, Woman Turns Prosthetic Leg Into Chalkboard to Creatively Caption Her Travel Photos. (Somewhat in the same vein from The Betoota Advocate: Local Girl Refers To European Countries As Though They Are Actual People On Instagram.)

Speaking of mocking insta-culture, I was struck by the algorithm, and now my insta is No. Fun. At. All. I know why they did it, and if I were a business using Insta to promote myself, the algorithm would be great. I could overloook the ads, but the lack of chronological feed is killing it for me. I like the posts of people I know, because I want to say "Hey, I like this!" but then that prioritises their posts over the stuff I just ogle for teh pretteh. And it's kinda creepy the way the thing is measuring the time I spend looking at stuff. Though I did find this article interesting, about the formation of insta-pods to game the algorithm:
Instagram influencers use comment collusion to game the algorithm.

- Five ways with pesto
(For all you people overwhelmed with basil. Or beetroot. The beetroot one is so pretty!!)

- International Drone Photography contest.
(There's not much info about the individual photos, unfortunately. There's an image in here that looks like animal harm - men with spears surrounding a fleecy thing - but I did a bit of research and it's from this festival in Spain: La Vijanera. It's a guy dressed up as a monstrous bear aka the embodiment of evil.)

- World realises Americans don’t use egg cups, loses its collective mind
GUYS GUYS IS THIS TRUE? But how do you egg??? HOW DO YOU EGG AND SOLDIERS???
ETA: I did not realise how much of a thing this was! This is an egg cup:
egg cup
You cut your toast into strips - the strips are the toasty soldiers, and you dunk them in the soft-boiled egg. You use a teaspoon or a coffee spoon to eat the rest of the egg when the yolk is all nommed. Optional extra, possibly from my Nonna: push your spoon through the bottom of the empty shell so that witches don't steal it and use it for a boat.

- A Wrinkle in Time first look: Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and more
(Late to the party on this, but wow, this looks gorgeous.)

Come Along On A Virtual Tour Of This French Butter Factory
(Please enjoy this vaguely erotic video about making butter. How tenderly they caress the butter! How they run their fingers through it!)

- Flower crown free crochet pattern
(I will never be bored of flower crowns.)

- Name of Groans: The Search for the Most Truly Awful Restaurant Name in America
(Baguetteaboudit!)

- Mind MGMT, Flutter Adaptations in the Works at UCP as Dark Horse Re-Ups Pact
(Upcoming adaptations at UCP - I'm most interested in this: Podcasts 'Tanis' and 'The Bright Sessions' are also being developed for the small screen under the renewed deal.)

- From The Toast: Movie Yelling With Nicole and Mallory: The Hunt for Red October
(This capslocky review gave me all the feels. They appreciated all the right things about this movie, like Beverly Crusher and "Perhaps I will need two wives" and "One ping only, Vassily!")

Also, I have now completed my pharmacogenetics training. Cheek swabs for everyone!!
st_aurafina: Audrey ftom Twin Peaks listening at a wall (Twin Peaks: Audrey listening)
2017-07-27 03:02 pm

Multifandom Drabble Exchange: DCU and other odds and ends.

Title: Grandmothers For Peace
Fandom: Wonder Woman
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Diana & Etta
Warnings/Content: Future fic, protests
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: 1958, The Atomic Research Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston

Also at the Archive

Grandmothers For Peace )

Title: Wuthering Heights
Fandom: Riverdale
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Cheryl Blossom/Jughead Jones, Cheryl Blossom/Veronica Lodge, Jason Blossom
Warnings/Content: Canonically dead character
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Cheryl wished people would be more accepting of her brother.

Also at the Archive

Wuthering Heights )

Title: Under the Sycamore Tree
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Dale Cooper/Audrey Horne
Warnings/Content: Post-S2, The Black Lodge
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: After the explosion, Audrey finds herself in an unfamiliar place.

Also at the Archive

Under the Sycamore Tree )

Title: For Services Rendered
Fandom: The Retired Angel of Death
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Brittany
Warnings/Content: Post-canon, future fic, alien world, seafood
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017. The Retired Angel of Death is a sci-fi short story by Jamie Lackey, about a retired assassin who takes up food blogging and travel. You can read it here: The Retired Angel of Death.

Summary: Brittany has no problems eating meat.

Also at the Archive

For Services Rendered )
st_aurafina: Sameen Shaw walking in a desert with a hat on (POI: Shaw hat)
2017-07-27 12:01 pm

Multifandom Drabble Exchange: POI edition

Title: Subtraction
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Joss Carter/Zoe Morgan/Sameen Shaw
Warnings/Content: Canon character death, mourning, threesome
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Vengeance might feel good but it doesn't make things right.

Also at the Archive

Subtraction )

Title: Recovery
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Sickfic, Root lives, post-series
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Shaw says she has no bedside manner, even though she hasn't left Root's side since the shooting.

Also at the Archive

Recovery )

Title: Favours
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: John Reese/Kara Stanton
Warnings/Content: Pre-series, canon-level violence,
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Kara loves to show John just how much she cares.

Also at the Archive

Favours )
st_aurafina: Natasha Romanova, looking down, against a rainbow background (Marvel: Natasha)
2017-07-27 10:19 am

Multifandom Drabble Exchange: Marvel edition

Title: Aftershock
Fandom: Agents of SHIELD
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Leo Fitz/Framework!Grant
Warnings/Content: Angst, drinking, forgiveness
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Fitz can't leave Grant standing on the doorstep in the rain. (Set post S4 finale, but before that future scene in the diner.)


Also at the Archive

Aftershock )

Title: Date Night
Fandom: Captain America
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Warnings/Content: Flirting, Sam showing off, Steve's notebook of modern facts
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Sam knows he's being ogled.

Also at the Archive

Date Night )

Title: Air Show
Fandom: MCU
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky/Sam/Natasha
Warnings/Content:
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: After they've found Bucky, they need some time to hide out and recover. (Set after Winter Soldier, on the road trip that should have been.)

Also at the Archive

Air Show )
st_aurafina: (Middleman: MM!)
2017-07-07 05:28 pm

BRB, changing my name to BelladonnaLeek

My little sister gives me life - she asked me about the acceptance ring, which is put out by AirBnB in support of marriage equality in Australia. I said I thought it was a good idea (apart from AirBnB being a super sketchy company) but that the debate was starting to hurt me when it used to energise me.

Me: Honestly, I've kind of given up hope on it going through.
Her: Don't worry. I'll buy one and carry your hope for you.
Her: I'll buy a few and wear them on my fingers and toes
Her: And nipples.

I'm taking her up on it, though. The debate is ugly and unnecessary and so fucking stressful at this point that I just don't read about it anymore. But she will carry my hope. On her nipples. Lovely girl. Best sister.


The temperature got into the negatives last night. (Negative 2C is 24 F, for you Fahrenheit types.) That doesn't happen! Also, the oak tree finally dropped all its leaves, like, FOOMP! It always goes last, and I always wonder if it's actually going to happen, because I don't get deciduous trees. It's so weird to have bare, wintry looking branches in the middle of all this green.

We're in that bit of winter where it's too cold to sow anything or start seeds, and nothing that technically can grow through cold weather is actually growing very much. My baby lettuces are chugging along in the greenhouse but at a rate of millimetres/week which makes salads a long-distant prospect. I miss summer salads! I miss 'throw a whole cucumber on that' salads. I still eat winter cucumbers, but they're nothing like summer.

Not that I miss the heat. Not one bit. Neither do the cats. They are so very loving right now. It's definitely our strong family bond and nothing to do with draining our body heat.


Tiny linkspam:
- [community profile] multifandomdrabble is open for writing treats: Request summary. It's for 100 word ficlets - yay for the proper use of the term 'drabble'! (I will fight you over this, btw), and they're due on Tuesday.
ETA: I should have mentioned that treats go in the treats collection, not the main collection. So, here: Multifandomdrabble treats 2017

- [community profile] equinox_exchange is open for nominations until the 8th: Fall Equinox 2017 begins July 2nd!

I messaged the person responsible for the floral dinosaurs made by the neural network to ask if they were okay with their designs being used for tattoos and got the okay. So, that's the first step, omg. I really, really want a dinosaur tattoo designed by a neural network. I didn't know until now. Now I have to decide if I want floral dinosaur, a sailing ship one, or one of the Escher-esque ones made of stairs. Chris, the person who runs (cares for?) the neural network offered to try some other designs - I wonder what would work? I wonder if using text would work? (This was the link in question from my last post: A Neural Network Turned A Book Of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art There's fruit, flowers, ships and staircases)

- Free crochet pattern: Ragdoll Fox crochet pattern.
I shouldn't like foxes - they're an introduced species and they're eating all the bilbies, but this is pretty darn cute.

- more neural network fun: Harry Potter and the Neural Network fan fiction. Neural network learns about ships! Neural network learns ALL ABOUT CAPSLOCK HARRY! Neural network generates strangely plausible user names, like desire_at_the_malfoy or siriusly_harry. BelladonnaLeek! I think this is my favourite neural network thing yet. It invented the word 'hugulate' and now I want to hugulate the world.

- 'Parks And Rec' Star Natalie Morales Comes Out As Queer. My Little Pony, Dubby! (I'm sad it doesn't say "Middleman Star Natalie Morales" but then, why would it?)

- Things I Found Out: What A Swell Party This Isn’t. Thanks Pia Zadora. (I literally just figured out that Pickfair is a smooshname like Bennifer or Brangelina. Only from the olden days.)

Now I have to go home from this very weird day at work and write drabbles.
st_aurafina: Root's face, words "Inside that storm behind your eyes" (POI: Root Storm)
2017-06-30 03:06 pm

Fic: Surprise Attack (POI, Root/Shaw, Teen)

Title: Surprise Attack
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 305
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Tickling, throat kissing, fluff
Notes: for [community profile] 15kisses, prompt: Squeal.

Summary: This morning, Shaw is ready to wrestle.

Also at the Archive

Root likes to play delicate )