st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Look at me, surviving Easter Thursday retail with only minimal crankiness and snark! *snarls at tourists*

Me Things
Breaking up (with prednisolone) is hard to do )

Livejournal Things
[staff profile] denise said, in a [site community profile] dw_maintenance post, here: "Seriously, though, we're thrilled to have all y'all who are moving in this week, whether as a "I'm just gonna use my DW account to back up the contents of my LJ account in the event of future disaster" all the way along the spectrum to to I AM THELMA AND LOUISE'ING MY LIVEJOURNAL STRAIGHT OFF THE CLIFF, SEE YOU ON DW ONCE THE DEBRIS CLEARS."

I like that there's a spectrum for this. I can see myself sliding closer to the Thelma/Louise end, but I'm not there yet.

Speaking of which, the origin of the name Dreamwidth.

- Via [personal profile] sandrine, Tutorial: Using Flexible Squares at Dreamwidth (Smooth Sailing, Mixit, Nebula) (How to carry your LJ layout across to Dreamwidth, basically.)

- Via [personal profile] forests_of_fire, how to convert your open ID comments to your DW ID (at facebook, but links to Dreamwidth support.)

- via everywhere, but it's an excellent link by [personal profile] promethia_tenk, How to Move to Dreamwidth and Like It
(very sensible step-wise method of easing yourself into DW from LJ. Takeaway message: don't go cold turkey!!)

- by [personal profile] blackmare, How to Get Images into your DW Posts
Dreamwidth has image hosting, I didn't realise! I'm going to try it out. RIGHT NOW!
She took a photo of a ridiculously photogenic cat - you won't believe what happened next! )

- from [personal profile] rahirah, A work-around for spoiler cuts on Dreamwidth

- from [personal profile] bisharp, a Dreamwidth Starter Kit (A list of tutorials to help with all kinds of DW stuff.)

- from [personal profile] rosefox at [community profile] 2017revival, Helpful tips for voyagers from LJ-land

- from lots of people, but I saw it first at [personal profile] jo, Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk Of Spying (a brief rundown of what this all means, at Gizmodo)

A Palate Cleanser of Fun Links
- via [personal profile] anandrine, Sherlock Holmes Is Now A Housewife In Latest Korean Export, Mystery Queen
(It sounds awesome!)

- via [personal profile] spikedluv, Riverdale First Look: Molly Ringwald Debuts as Archie's Mom Mary
For all your eighties flashback feels. (How great is the casting of this weird show? With the parents, it's like, a mega former teen show super-crossover, and I unexpectedly love it to bits.)

- via my facebook addiction to Dance Academy links, The Cast Of "Dance Academy" Then Vs Now
(Because I'm never going to stop talking about Dance Academy. Also, I can't believe it's been seven years between the end of the series and the movie. HOW?)

- I think I found a tiny Yuletide fandom for 2017, Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide.
(I don't know where I saw this, but it was definitely on my flist, so thank you, person!)

- the best live action Beauty and the Beast
Let me give you a hint - it's from the eighties.
I'm into this image hosting thing now )

OMG GUYS IT'S TIME TO GO HOME! WINE, I AM COMING!!! /waves viking hat

One more photo of Baggins, because he is a hero cat who survived a snake bite.
Doctors hate him! You won't believe why! )
st_aurafina: Rainy day, person with a rainbow umbrella in the distance  (Rainbow umbrella)
I'm not doing very well. The prednisolone did not go down quietly, I had rebound inflammation and I've been back on pred once already for a massive skin flare up (let me tell you about the 1 in 10,000 chance of getting photosensitivity while taking frusemide.) The cellulitis came back and I had another round of antibiotics (let me tell you about the rare side-effect where you can taste clindamycin IN YOUR SALIVA.) I've had lots of meds changes. I feel wrung out and tired all the freaking time. I am pretty down about this. I want to feel well, and not like my skin is crawling off my body. It's busy at work, too, and that is more exhausting than it ought to be.

I've signed up for [community profile] wipbigbang and Camp NaNo, so hopefully I can get some fic posted. I wasn't game to sign up for an actual exchange, so I sadly had to miss out on [community profile] ssrconfidential. I'm starting to be more chatty on Dreamwidth, which is nice, and I did manage to do a big push on answering AO3 comments, which feels like an achievement. My only other achievement was to crochet a sock monkey hat with a big red pompom. I'm quite pleased with it, even if my sister says the button eyes are demonic. That's part of the charm, I think.

Button eyes will eat your soul, my sister says )


I've been hoarding linkspam, too, which I shall try to group in themes:

The Expanse
- From Indiewire, The Expanse: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)
About casting a S2 character, who is apparently female, Polynesian and tall/muscular. This is what made me want to start watching The Expanse, and I'm so glad I did. (I've just finished S1, so no spoilers, please. Apart from what's in this article, I guess.)

Podcasts (mostly The Strange Case of Starship Iris)
- From buzzfeed, 27 Podcasts You Should Listen To In 2017
Which reminds me, I've been listening to The Strange Case of Starship Iris and it's really lots of fun. The first episode drags a bit, but once there's more than a cast of two (from episode two), the dialogue bounces along, and the world building opens up. The story is building f/f UST between Violet and Arkady, it has a trans character and a gender fluid character, and I really like the crew of the Rumor. Would recommend.

You can listen here: The Strange Case of Starship Iris

For non-listeners, there's a transcript of Episode One, which isn't the best episode but it sets up the dynamic between the two characters well:
The Strange Case of the Starship Iris, Episode One: Violet Liu, written by Jessica Best

There's an official tumblr, where (I presume) the author discusses world building, nuances of the alien language, and other cool stuff: [tumblr.com profile] iriscasefiles


Iron Fist
- via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k, who also has an excellent post about Iron Fist, Here's The Important Stuff That Happens In Iron Fist So You Don't Have To Watch It
There were so many weird things about Iron Fist, (apart from the obvious weird thing of why they cast Finn Jones as Danny.)

brief spoilers )


Dance-themed links
- From Pointe Magazine, #TBT: Watch Baryshnikov Do 11 Pirouettes in White Nights
Because Mikhail Baryshnikov is so pretty.

And through that video, I found a slo-mo analysis of the move, which was really interesting. It's mind blowing to count those turns in slow motion.
embedded under the cut )

Speaking of ballet, the Dance Academy movie comes out next week!
Trailer under the cut! )

More Dance Academy links:
- I wish I’d grown up with ‘Dance Academy’, ABC’s beloved teen drama

- The career of Joanna Werner, and how Dance Academy remains en pointe


Other random links
- From HuffPo, Dolphins Might Be Chewing On Blowfish To Get High
Dolphins are bastards and kind of sketch.

- From Buzzfeed, 23 Accidental Google Image Searches That’ll Make You Pee A Little
Very silly. Somehow very satisfying.

- via Nalini Singh's facebook, The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake
The word moist has ceased to have any meaning that is not disgusting, but I do like a mug cake.

- via the medical tag on Ravelry, Dressed for Success
Crocheted stethoscope sweater. CN: anthropomophising of a stethoscope. Also not addressed is how this could contribute to spreading infection? IDK. The idea is cute though.

- via [personal profile] dine, Artist Paints Realistically Detailed Animals on Smooth Stones
So beautiful!

- From The Age, Police hunt for unicorn after attempted servo smash and grab
CN: armed robbery, only extra.

12 Yarn Ball Types and How to Knit with Them
Hankenstein. Heh.


I still need to post fic here that I've had up at AO3. And get planning on what I'm going to write for Camp NaNo which inexplicably starts tomorrow omg. Tomorrow is April Fools, too. *reminds self to watch out* I always fall for stupid shit, me.
st_aurafina: lady, with butterflies for hair (butterfly hair)
Yay, [community profile] fandom_stocking got another extension. I am glad, even if it's a bother for the organisers, because I can stuff a few more stockings. *wipes brow*

There's a volunteer post, if you have the time and energy to help out with stocking stuffing: Volunteer post.


State of me:
Cutting for medical details that are mostly not interesting to anyone except me. Some talk of injections. Sweet taste. Some monsterism. )

Fic Round-Up
I wrote and posted 18 fics last year, wow.

For last year's [community profile] fandom_stocking:
Eat Your Vegetables (Harry Potter, Remus/Sirius, 900 words, G)
Sorry, I Don't Pray That Way (Constantine/Angel, John Constantine/Lorne, 1000 words, PG)
Brown Paper Packages (MCU, Clint/Laura/Natasha, 500 words, G)
Gimme That Can't Sleep Love (MCU, Steve/Bucky/Sam, 800 words, Teen)
Pack Up Your Troubles (Agent Carter, Howard Stark and Peggy Carter, 800 words, G)
All Is Full of Love (Stigmata, Andrew Kiernan/Frankie Paige, 1200 words, G)

For [community profile] halfamoon
You're the Heat that I Know (POI, Root/Shaw, 1800 words, Mature)

For [community profile] ssrconfidential
Not Your Fairy-Tale Princess (Agent Carter, Peggy/Dottie, 3000 words, Teen)

For 100words over on Imzy:
Sleepless (POI, Root/Shaw, 100 words, G)

For [community profile] fandomgiftbox
Battlelines (Captive Prince, Auguste and Damen, 800 words, Teen)
Housewarming (Dance Academy, Tara and Abigail, 1200 words, G)

For the multifandom drabblefest over on Imzy:
Five Captive Prince drabbles (500 words, mixed ratings)

For [community profile] femslashex (reminder to self - you haven't posted this in your journal)
Coming Up on your Radar (Agents of SHIELD/MCU, Melinda May/Natasha Romanov, 5K, Teen)

For [community profile] yuletide (another one you need to post to your journal, woman)
A Child's Path to Clarity (The Black Tapes, Alex and Richard, 5K, Teen)

A wip I finally got posted:
Children's Moon (Harry Potter/Doctor Who, Sirius Black/Jack Harkness, 16K words, Teen)

And for no reason other than I wanted to write them:
Someone to Watch Over Me (The Black Tapes, Alex and Richard, 1400 words, G)
Over-Indulgence (Captive Prince, Auguste and Laurent, 500 words, G)
No Fear of Falling: Lights Will Guide You Home
(Supergirl/Agents of SHIELD, Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, 2000 words, Teen)


The Questions
I cut out the questions that don't work for me )

Whew. That was intense.

VOLTSWAN

Dec. 24th, 2016 04:27 pm
st_aurafina: Platypus headshot (Platypus)
On the drive to one of the bigger rural centres we can shop at, there's a wetland where black swans nest. The last couple of times we've been past there's been this massive, and I mean, MASSIVE swan standing on a nest. Like, amazingly huge, you can see it from much further back than you'd expect. Swans' nests are reedy piles of grass floating in the water, so it looks like the swan is standing on a pedestal, like a mighty statue to honor the swan gods.

Anyway, the other day, we drove past and instead of one giant swan, there were five swans on the nest, standing in this weird pentagonal arrangement facing each other. Theory: giant swan? Five swans put together into one mighty swan. Possibly for great justice, but I don't know enough about Voltron to justify this part of my theory.

State of me
I had to slow my prednisolone wean - the shakiness and early morning mania and other weirdness was getting too much, so I slowed to 5mg per week, per what the doctors said if I was feeling the 10mg weekly drop too much. I'm not sure if I'm starting to get the moon face or if it's just that I had my hair all cropped off and I have a round face anyway. But wow, I'm bruising up a treat. Also wow, it's nice to have knees. I haven't taken any NSAIDs in December at all. I put them back in the cupboard.

I got my Yuletide fic to the place where I want it, which is a big relief. I didn't get time to write any treats, for which I feel bad, but it has been the worst of Novembers and Decembers. I'm planning to dive into [community profile] fandom_stocking as soon as I'm through the retail Christmas panic times. Which aren't too bad today - I'm actually writing this at work. (ETA: Finishing at home, though! It got busier.)

State of the cat
He's doing great! His CK levels are still high, so we're doing sub-q fluids twice a day until next Wednesday, and he's getting to a stage of wellness where he's pretty much done with our stupid medical stuff and puts up a decent fight. We are up to this, though! And he forgives very fast. Hopefully the blood test on Wednesday will show a reduction in CK which means the snake venom is no longer breaking down muscle tissue and then we can get onto finding out what his renal situation is, and if there was damage. Hopefully not. He's lost so much weight, poor darling, both from not eating and from the muscle waste, but he's working hard on rectifying it. He is a cat who lunches! He demands it! And his fur is growing back in all the places where he got clipped to have cannulae, so he's got all these cute fuzzy patches on him. I took a video of him walking meditatively in his wheel to show the vets, because they've only seen him sick and miserable and immobile. I wish I could figure out how to post the video here! But image hosting is so complicated now. I miss photobucket. Here's a photo, anyway:

Here is his slightly haggard self, getting some fresh air )

Tineee linkspam
A thing I think is pretty awesome and also gorgeous:
World’s first Maori emoji app launches with unique Polynesian expressions

From [personal profile] umadoshi, something I found useful for myself, and for helping [personal profile] lilacsigil when I'm having a meltdown:
When Your Partner Has Anxiety: A Meltdown Guide

From the Guardian, not that I agree with all/most of their choices, but I'm always cruising for something new to listen to, and you might be too:
The 50 best podcasts of 2016

A thing I learned recently and I feel I should share:
Why do wombats do cube-shaped poo?


Oh, oh, house of [personal profile] sharpest_asp, [personal profile] ilyena_sylph and [personal profile] killing_rose!! I got your AMAZING card - thank you so much for the well wishes, and for the big smile it gave both of us.

Squids!

Dec. 8th, 2016 03:56 pm
st_aurafina: Harold Finch's face (POI: Harold)
Insta Rec
I wrote a Supergirl fic of necessary hugs: Lights Will Guide You Home (Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, General) and guess what, [personal profile] monanotlisa wrote a beautiful and adorable coda for it: Hide Away in Daylight (Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, General) Everything is squishy hugs and nothing hurts.


The State of Me
Oh, man, I don't know if it's the prednisolone taper, but I'm so woozy and full of fogs. It might be that my GI tract got so inflamed that I couldn't absord oral meds, so now I'm basically re-establishing my Pristiq and other meds all at once? I'm foggy and I have a concentration window of about two minutes, and my balance is kind of fucked. Not very me at all. To be fair, my suffering is not great. But I feel like a balloon animal. Maybe a dachshund. Maybe a giraffe?

Oh, but [personal profile] lilacsigil has just come back from the street to tell me that the cafe that makes the great salt and pepper squid has it on their specials board today, so I am getting squiddy with my lunch. I have such fish cravings since I've been sick. Fish and nuts. All the oils. Get in my body, oils. And squids.


NaNo Round-up
I'm picking through the scattered debris of my NaNo adventure to see what actually happened in that weird month.

- Finished the POI Five Things fic, though one of the parts is decidedly odd with only some good bits. The good bits might sprout something better, though, so I shall see. Total word count: 31,767.
- Finished the POI Sentinel/Guide fic, though I think it needs some fleshing out in parts. I quite like this one, actually? It's iddy as all get out and has lots of hugging and touching and bonding. I think, once I've got my Yuletide sorted, I'll work on this one. Total word count: 16,229
- Wrote one chapter of the Bucky fic. It was a weird but necessary chapter. 7266 words, taking that fic to a total of 62,044, holy shit.
- The Supergirl fic of necessary hugs, which I've already posted. (2032 words)
- The POI fixit fic is where it got weird and throw-words-at-the-wall-ish. I'm a little scared to look. I had a fever. 13,828 words, some of which may not be consecutive or legible.
- Last minute desperation words, Harold Finch competence porn. 2602 words. I want to finish this, because it's fun, and because I like exploring Harold's hidden skillsets.


Activist Links
From [personal profile] china_shop:
Here’s What I’m Telling My Brown Son About Trump’s America
A sad but also hopeful essay, and this got me:
But listen, love, because I need to remind you of something and I need you to remember it extra well over the next four years: This is our street. It is our street. So when you feel that rumbling pushing up through your palms, I want you to press them flat against it, and do not be afraid to hear everything.

From [community profile] thisfinecrew:
Boycott These Companies: boycotting companies that support Trump

From [personal profile] newredshoes:
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment


Self-care and soothing
- This twitter thread about a comicbook store helper and a tiny new Supergirl baby gay made me cry with happiness and wish there'd been this kind of visibility for me in the eighties. It's so important. (Please don't kill Maggie, please don't kill Alex, please.)

- From Buzzfeed, Ocean's Eight is looking like the best movie thing that's ever happened omg: Based On Set Photos It Looks Like “Ocean’s Eight” Will Be The Greatest Movie In The History Of Movies

- Journaling Practice - Peony and Parakeet is a art-journalling blog I'm fond of, and she posted about being an introvert and an artist, which is something that I clicked with. Her blog is a good, thoughtful, mindful kind of place for art stuff.

- From [personal profile] umadoshi, (Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!
This is a weird and amazing list of things. And oh, wow that Camelot procedural series. It will surely be terrible and I will watch the crap out of it.

- Chocolate Box is running again this year! Schedule at [community profile] chocolateboxcomm.

- [community profile] fandom_stocking too, has sign-ups going: Sign-up Post


Squid ETA: It was delicious but a Pharmacy Board inspector showed up, which seems like an odd coincidence. Will investigate further tomorrow.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
I something something made it to 50K in NaNo. I don't know why I didn't quit, and I don't know what I actually wrote, and what are words anyway? In the last desperate hours, I wrote some fic about Harold Finch feeding a kitten with an eyedropper.

I finished some stuff. I wrote some crack. I need to get onto Yuletide now.

state of the meatsack: )

omg I just found a post I wrote in the first week:
talk of pee, weight-loss, generally a bit deluded )
Wow, I am so much less off my face now. I was really sick. :O


Activist Links
- Rec: [personal profile] rydra_wong is doing stellar work collecting and compiling links.

- And as always, [community profile] thisfinecrew is a great resource.

- How to call your reps when you have social anxiety
(This one has done the rounds everywhere, but I liked how clear and simple the plan was.)

- Revenge
(I really liked this poem, especially:
And of course it’s not fair but rest assured,
anxious America, you brought your fists to a glitter fight.
)


Links to Distract
- The Cast of Criminal Minds Like You've Never Seen Before
I WOULD FREAKING WATCH THE SHIT OUT THIS SHOW, with all the ladies running heists and shacking up together and why can't this be on tv why.

- Captive Prince opening titles
Oldie but a goodie, and the casting makes me laugh. Also, really skillful, you know? It pleases me.

- FringeMusic107 is a youtube channel that makes mixes of TV themes, and I found them to be really good writing/studying music, especially the Person of Interest themes. I played Harold's Theme a lot through NaNo.


Anyway. I am not dead. The world goes on. We are a great team. I love youse guys. <3
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
I'm alive, but complicated, with medical stuff snowballing. I had a systemic allergic reaction to an antibiotic and now I look like the photo they put in warning messages about measles vaccines.

I'm coming through the worst of it, and hopefully today is my last day of IV hydrocortisone, but I am dopey as hell and not really aware of much. And itchy. Itch has to be one of the lesser circles of hell, IJS.

Still trying to keep commenting. Thank you for all your well wishes on my last post. Hope you Thanksgiving havers had a nice one.

*heart heart heart*
st_aurafina: (NaNo: Sleep)
So, anyway, I got sick. Something bit me, I don't know what, but I woke up with a leg the colour and shape of a hotdog and a fever that made me get lost in my own bedroom. I mean, it obviously wasn't deadly. But it sure was germy because I'm infected.

I hate being so sick that all you can do is sit and cry in bewilderment. I am really bad at being that sick.

Then there was interesting investigations with the doctor, and pen marks all over the biggest and reddest part of my leg, and I'm on antibiotics, but wow, I feel terrible. I can feel every lymph node in my body right now, istg. And yet, I'm still at work because people in my trade are notoriously lousy at taking days off. (It's hard to justify the cost, plus my locum has her childcare all sorted out, and I mean, it's not like I'm stuck in bed or anything. Ugh, self-care, why is it so hard?)

ETA: since I left this post hanging, my leg blew up even more, and I've been in hospital on IV antibiotics. They're not admitting me, yet, but it's possible if I don't show a vast improvement. At the moment, they've sent me home to stay 'in bed with toilet privileges'. Some hours later, I am disappoint that (a) I am not instantly better and (b) staying in bed when you have to is a whole other extremely tedious thing.

At least I am very lucky to have [personal profile] lilacsigil to brain some sense into me and to bring me meds and coffee and a muffin and to remind me that it's okay not to be at work.

Activist Links:

New comms:
- [community profile] thisfinecrew - a place to gather links to resources and step-by-step actions to take to be more involved in various efforts in the wake of Donald Trump's election to the Presidency.
(Is helpful at breaking tasks down into little steps, and has links to things like phone scripts.)

- [community profile] spoonlessactivists - for anyone who wants to do something about this world we're in, something to make it a better, more humane place - but is short on resources.


Cheering links:
Oldie but a goodie:
- Shelter dogs feel lonely and abandoned, so children practice reading books to them - an old link, but one that I find continually revivifying.

News about Phryne Fisher:
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Movie, Prequel TV Show Details
- ABC's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries set to become an action movie trilogy

Sea life, squee life:
EVNautilus - this youtube channel is soothing and delightful, for me, anyway. It's a bunch of science nerds of various flavours watching the feeds from the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as it explores the ocean floor off Vancouver Island's west coast. The scientists geek out in delightful ways over cute octopi and pooping sea pigs and this one time a sperm whale came to check out the submersible. I find it very cheering. Nautilus Live is the home for the project if you want to read more about it.
Some of my favourite videos:
Rare Sperm Whale Encounter (They're so excited!)
Shy Octopus Hides Inside Its Own Tentacles


Ugh, I have to go back to the hospital at 8:30 tonight to get more ABs, and again tomorrow and it's very tedious. And I thought I'd get so much NaNo done, but strangely enough, when you're sick and uncomfortable, your concentration is not great, and I am probably never going to catch my word debt from being sick all week and. I mean. Honestly, I'm really bad at this shit. My leg seems to be less swollen, though? Still really red, but instead of a red shiny hotdog, it's more like an old shrivelled wrinkly hotdog.

Son of ETA: I forgot that I caught a Diglett at the hospital!! Diglett is so ridiculously cheering.
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[A hospital bed with a Diglett spawned at the end. The Diglett is CP 183]

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