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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 can legally marry as of 2016! Huzzah! Now we need to, idk, organise it.) 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: Rainbow DNA (Default)
[community profile] multifandomdrabble was fun, as always, and I was very lucky with gifts:

- Try A Hand Too by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lady_Katana4544 (Person of Interest, John/Harold, the worst fake couple scenario imaginable. So cute and fun!)

- Jam Today by [archiveofourown.org profile] Meatball42 (Person of Interest, John/Grace/Harold, lovely domestic fic, with John taking care of Harold and Grace both.)

- Pancakes by [archiveofourown.org profile] syrupwit (The Punisher, Karen/Frank, lovely quiet middle of the night scene.)

(Also, I haven't talked much about The Punisher, but I've watched all of S1 and a couple of S2 so far, and ugh SO GOOD.)

- let me google that for you by [archiveofourown.org profile] Hyacinthus (The Exorcist, Verity and and a stealth connection made with Kat Rance. So very Verity!)

And I wrote three:

- Homecoming (The Exorcist, Marcus Keane/Peter Osborne)

- Helpmeet (Hannibal, Chiyoh/Bedelia Du Maurier)

- New Pathways (Star Trek: Discovery, Hugh Culber/Paul Stamets)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Title: Homecoming
Fandom: The Exorcist
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Marcus Keane/Peter Osborne
Warnings/Content: Domesticity, early mornings
Notes: Written for [archiveofourown.org profile] hyacinthus

Summary: This is something Marcus has never known.

Also at the Archive

It's a month of mornings before Marcus realises )

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Title: Helpmeet
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: Teen
Words: 100 words
Characters/Pairings: Chiyoh/Bedelia Du Maurier
Warnings/Content: D/s, Breathplay
Notes: Written for [archiveofourown.org profile] humanveil

Summary: Chiyoh is the perfect PA.

Also at the Archive

On the book tour, Chiyoh is the perfect PA )

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Title: New Pathways
Fandom: Star Trek: Discovery
Rating: Teen
Words: 300
Characters/Pairings: Hugh Culber/Paul Stamets
Warnings/Content: Fix-It of Sorts, Healing, First Dates, Triple Drabble
Notes: Written for [archiveofourown.org profile] sys

Summary: Paul is hurting and Hugh knows he should feel something.

Also at the Archive

Everything Hugh says hurts Paul )
st_aurafina: Grace Hendricks from POI (POI: Grace)
Dear Mutual Friend,

Yay for sharing this fandom, and for keeping the POI flame lit! I'm glad that you've signed up for this exchange, and I hope you have fun creating.

General Likes and Dislikes under here )


Things I love in POI fic (mostly cribbed from last year):
- happy endings. I'm mentioning it in specific, because the end of S5 gutted me.
- touch-starved John. John needs hugs and hand stroking and face touching, though he doesn't realise it.
- Harold's aliases, stories where Harold goes undercover in the mundane world. Harold the excellent concierge! Harold the drycleaner!
- everyone lives! As I said, S5 was a rough ride for my poor heart.
- Divergent AUs. For want of a nail AUs. Paths taken or not taken, coincidences turning stories around, different approaches to the way characters meet, that sort of thing. What if Nathan survived the bomb, what if John and Kara decided not to kill each other, what if Cole survived that shooting and they both worked for Finch? That type of scenario is eternally catnip for me.
- Root/Shaw sexy fighting/fighty sexing forever and ever kthanxbai
- All the recurrent characters. Character cameos, numbers coming back into play for various reasons.
- Pertinent flashbacks informing current storylines.
- Harold making tentative emotional connection with the Machine after all this time
- Fusco and his journey towards being a shining paladin of justice. All the Fusco hero stories!!
- Supernatural stories or stories with mythological characters. Maybe Shaw is a basilisk! Finch is a sphinx! Fusco talks to dead people! Root is a pixie! (John is always some kind of lycanthrope, pretty sure.)

Things I don't love in POI fic so much:
- Root and John's canon death. I have a pretty specific squick for grief and bereavement, especially loss of a partner. Please let everyone live in the end.
- I'm not the biggest fan of unresolved angst, so the bleak situation in S5 was kind of a downer for me. I need light at the end of the tunnel.
- Mundane AUs. For example, if your heart yearns to write a coffee shop AU, please have the Machine developing the perfect brew out the back, and Samaritan as an evil Starbucks AI.

Specific requests under here )

Miscellanea:

For some pairings I've been specific about the kind of kink I like, but that doesn't mean you have to write kink. Similarly, I've requested pairings in some places, but I'm very flexible on what constitutes a pairing. If you're happier writing any of those requests on a friendship level, that suits me fine. I love the characters and reading about them interacting with each other, and the degree of intimacy is not the most important part for me. Tl;dr, write gen if you prefer, I can promise I'll love it.

I've written more about some prompts than others, but this is no indication of preference. I would be happy with fic for any of these prompts.

If anything here is causing confusion or you have questions about my likes and dislikes, I'm happy for you to contact the mods, or drop my partner, [personal profile] lilacsigil, a message. She'll help you out and tell me nothing of it.

Thank you for making a new POI fanwork! I hope you have a great exchange.
st_aurafina: Root's face smiling (POI: Root smile)
The Person of Interest exchange is open for sign-ups! It was a really fun exchange last year, I heartily recommend it:
Exchange of Interest 2019

(A lot of the people signed up are also on the POI discord: The Subway.)


- Speaking of Discord, Marvel Multi-ship Discord Servers

- via [personal profile] runpunkrun, a new comm, [community profile] gluten_free

- via [personal profile] marthawells, Announcing the Title of Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries Novel

- I'm between games right now, and starting to play around with Stardew Valley. This is a good intro: Stardew Valley!

- via [personal profile] fred_mouse, (and because I keep thinking this will be useful to me but somehow not trying yet), How I use Habitica

- Two links on alt-text: via [personal profile] runpunkrun, Alt-text tips you probably don't know. And via [personal profile] goss, Why an HTML image alt text doesn't show on hover.


Lastly, fic rec: An excellent and well-written Root/Shaw fic that has just finished up, where Root is a cross-roads demon. It has loyalty kink in spades, it's clever and plays with mythology really well, and it has a very satisfying and oddly happy ending considering the set-up.

It's all fire and brimstone, baby (21730 words) by canadianwheatpirates
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: Person of Interest (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Root/Sameen Shaw
Characters: Root, Sameen Shaw, John Reese, Harold Finch, Michael Cole, Joss Carter
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Crossroads Demon, demon!Root, canon divergent - Decima never happens, unsafe depictions of blood magic, ritual self-harm, Canon-Typical Violence, offscreen canon-typical torture, shoot week 2017, Nobody Actually Dies, it just has a super deathy vibe there for a while, Blood Bond
Summary:

“Some saw the sudden illness and death as some form of possession – the devil inside Samantha finally overpowering her and her whole family – and a small party laid her to rest at the crossroads outside of town with a stake through her heart. Many believe that she still resides at that crossroads as a demon who waits for the bold or the desperate to call upon her.”

Shaw summons a crossroads demon. It goes as well as you would expect.

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!

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