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May. 30th, 2015 12:49 pm
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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!
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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...)
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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.

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


Person of Interest Advent
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

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


Spicy Advent 2018
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

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


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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

- 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?

st_aurafina: Platypus headshot (Platypus)
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.

- 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.

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

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.

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.

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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My brain is still holding steady! I stopped a medication I was using off-label for undiagnosed ADD (because it's a technically a weight loss medication and doctors are a little too happy to prescribe me weight loss medication) and what do you know, I'm suddenly less rageful. And sleeping better. (It worked for a while on what I think is ADD but the benefit tapered off.) It's possible escitalopram and I can make friends after all. My pain levels have dropped too, but I'm not sure if that's the medication change or that I started taking a turmeric supplement. (Man, I am my own pharmacology project sometimes.)

And my personal trainer is back at work, yay, so regular workouts may now commence. (Ow, ow, ow.)

I made my Yuletide sign up in the nick of time. And wow, assignments came so early this year. I'm used to juggling NaNoWriMo and nominations at the same time, and now if I get my act together I could have my fic underway before NaNo starts. In three days, eep.

Something of a media report
The Good Place
Spoilers for 3.06 The Ballad of Donkey Doug. Wait, have we had six episodes already? That was so fast! )

The Haunting of Hill House
I liked this so much I ended up requesting it for Yuletide. It's more of an adaptation than people familiar with the book or movies were expecting, I think? But it was well thought out and it really worked for me. I don't want to be too spoilery, but if you like horror as metaphor for family dynamics, you'll probably like this. It's beautifully shot, the actors are great, and there's a canon lesbian character who makes it to the end of the show. (Which is technically a spoiler, I guess, but it's something that I would need to know if I were considering the show.) There's some animal harm in Ep two, ask me for details if that's a worry. And there's one episode that's shot in continuous slow turns which would be difficult for vertigo sufferers. (Sorry, [personal profile] lilacsigil.)

The next season, if there's a next season, will apparently feature a different family, which I find interesting and intriguing: ‘Hill House’ Creator Says The Crains Won’t Be Back If S2 Gets The Go Ahead

Doctor Who
AAAAAAAH OMG I LOVE HER. I don't have specifics, only that it's a relief to be excited for each episodes. I need the Doctor to be kind and compassionate, which was something I didn't feel I got from Twelve, much as I wanted to feel it. (I haven't seen this week's ep yet, please no spoilers!)

I don't think we've got a lot of her actual personality yet, but I'm happy to take the slow road towards developing that. Though spoilers for Rosa )

It's so good to be watching again. So good.

Secret City
It's a political thriller starring Anna Torv as a slightly disgraced Australian journalist. It's got so much going for it - it's clever, it's local, it takes a very pointy look at Australian politics. Alan Dale plays a Prime Minister with bluster and media savvy. Jacki Weaver is FUCKING TERRIFYING as the Attorney General. But. cut for spoilers and discussion of a trans character badly treated by the script )

I really wanted to rec this series! But I can't.

No, I decided I have more to say about this )

Glitch S1
Glitch, on the other hand, was heaps of fun, and honestly, for a show about people who come back from the dead and deal with the consequences, wasn't as dark as I expected. I avoided it because the premise seemed so grim, but eventually I fell for it and really enjoyed it.

Reasons to watch this show:
- set in a small Australian country town (Aussies of my era, think 'A Country Practice' but with people crawling out of the cemetery.) The setting, a fictional town called Yoorana, is socially very like where I live - the nearest big town to where they are is Shepparton.
- spooky paranormal stuff never fully explained but tantalisingly so.
- science conspiracies!!!!
- true consequences of coming back from the dead and dealing with that stuff.
- two canon queer main characters who are still alive at the end of S1.
- Luke Arnold (John Silver from Black Sails) joins the cast in S2 (of which I've watched half an episode)
- short season, just six episodes.
- Season 3 is filming now.

It was so much fun, and I wish I'd got my shit together fast enough to nominate it for Yuletide. Aussie shows!!!

Mystery Road
A crime procedural set in the outback - the series is a sequel to two movies about Detective Jay Swan, an indigenous investigator, played by Aaron Pederson. (I haven't seen the movies but I want to track them down.) This one is grim by necessity, dealing with relationships between indigenous communities and largely white law enforcement, but I enjoyed it with that caveat in mind. Judy Davis plays the local police sergeant - amazingly and I have a crush. Aaron Pederson plays Jay Swan as emotionally withdrawn and frustrated with his own imperfections. The supporting cast are all excellent. (If you're watching via the ABC iView app, there's a short listed call 'Blight' starring Tasia Zalar that's creepy and wonderful and dark.) And also, the soundtrack is awesome: some country gothic, some pop, all interesting.

The Living and the Dead
I picked it up because it looked spooky, and it was, and also a bit timey-wimey. It stars Colin Morgan from Merlin, and lots of people I recognise from various British shows, and it was a fun, creepy mystery.

Another spooky British miniseries, with missing children, cults summoning ~entities, and a cello. It was competent and fun, though not particularly memorable. I mention it because it would make good Halloween viewing. Matilda's best friend was an interesting character, a tortured composer trying to help his friend, played by a guy called Joel Fry who should definitely be in more stuff.

A weird mix of drama and doco - this switches back and forth from today to 2033 where a crew of astronauts are attempting to form a settlement on Mars. I loved this for the drama sections, which feature a pair of Korean twins, Hana and Joon Seung both played by Jihae. One twin is drawn to Mars and one stays home on Earth to handle the geopolitical logistics of keeping the new-found colony supplied and supported. It's so good. They're so good. I love them. The near-future tech and workarounds for forming a community on Mars is really interesting. There's some odd/klutzy handling of a mental illness storyline that results in some deaths inside the colony, so if that's a potential trigger, please ask me and I can elaborate.

Man, I watched so much TV crocheting all those baby hats. This isn't even half of it.
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Title: Second Time Around
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 333
Characters/Pairings: John/Harold, Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Part one set after ep 2.13 Dead Reckoning, part two set after 5.0
Notes: Written but not posted at ff_a for 100 words of Second Kisses

Summary: In this line of work, first kisses are inevitably desperate. Second kisses are a different matter.

Also at the Archive

Part One: Steady Hands (Harold/John)
The first was desperate )

Part Two: Flash Grenade (Root/Shaw)
The first was desperate )
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Title: Semper Clara
Fandom: The Exorcist
Rating: General
Words: 4364
Characters/Pairings: Verity, Tomas, Marcus, Rose
Warnings/Content: Set after the series finale
Notes: Written for [personal profile] evewithanapple for [community profile] fandomgiftbox.

Summary: Verity is learning to navigate a new world.

Also at the Archive

Things are different, living with Rose )


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