Treasured

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:14 pm
monanotlisa: Lucca Quinn, centered, looking thoughtful (lucca - the good fight)
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If you're so inclined, you can read my Dear Yuletide Author Letter now.

help meeeee

Oct. 14th, 2017 01:15 pm
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
[personal profile] alexseanchai
My brother's birthday is in three days. He is asking for audiobooks. I am going to venture the guess that podcasts would also be welcome (though I suspect podfic would not). He is offering zero guidance on which ones. I have no idea what books he already owns in any format, except that he owns a very great deal of Catholic nonfiction in hardcopy, and also some Tolkien. I asked him in September to name a few genres he wants to read in or subjects he wants to be educated on so I would have a place to start. (I know Catholic theology on the "I went to Sunday school with the parish until I got confirmed" level. He knows Catholic theology on the "I have a Master's in theology from Franciscan" level.) He has not responded.

What should I get him, or recommend to him? The less money I need to spend, the better. (Though I assume pointing him at Amazon Music's $0.00 dramatic reading of the KJV is cheating.)
monanotlisa: (richter abstract - duh)
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But since we do, I can't forget the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

[personal profile] rydra_wong has a recommendable entry with information on what the NYT calls a classic ''ethnic cleansing'' titled "Nie Wieder", which means "Never Again" in English and is one of the most famous anti-fascist, anti-war, anti-genocide German slogans; take your pick. Its origins are unclear; Willy Brandt, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974 is quoted most often; but then there's also Wilhelm Pieck, a German communist and the first -- also last -- President of the German Democratic Republic, aka East Germany.

If you want something that's not glossy photos of people suffering, here are, again courtesy of the NYT, satellite images of the burnt villages as well as their locations on a map of Rakhine state.
monanotlisa: Diana as Diana Prince in glasses and a hat, lifting the rim of the latter rakishly. HOT! (Default)
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As you know, Bob, my life is thus:

7am Get up, get ready
8 am Get going to work, starting on email and professional reading and such
9 am Kick off at work
2 pm Have the lunch you brought at your desk
8pm Go do a 1-hour swim at the pool, maybe have some protein shake
9pm Travel home slightly less stressed with wet hair
10pm Work for another 1-2 hours at home
11-12pm Go to bed, perchance to sleep, definitely to dream anxiety dreams if so

Lather, rinse, repeat.

However, today I attended an excellent seminar, which brought down the pace significantly. So let me post three things:

1. How have I never read this article? Thankfully my wife alerted me to its sublime perfection. THIS IS THE ARTICLE FOR THE SEASON. *mad cackling*

2. [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico is ON! You guys, if you go and offer anything I love, I will bid on it like it's going out of style (it probably is, this being me and my fandoms). Samples include fic for
- Killjoys (TV)
- The Good Fight (TV)
- The Imperial Radch Trilogy (Book)
- Wonder Woman (Film)
- Atomic Blonde (Film)
- Antimony Price of InCryptid fame (Book)
- Star Trek: Discovery (ahh, Michael Burnham ♥) (TV)
- Dark Matter if we're talking Portia Lin and gen or femslash (TV)
- Red Queen fanfic of Cameron Cole (I'll take Mare Barrow, too, but only w/out Maven) (Book)

3. A recipient of donations for the North Bay Fire that we have chosen is the SONOMA COUNTY RESILIENCE FUND: "to support the mid- to long-term needs of our community as we recover from the devastation from the fires currently raging through Sonoma County." It's run by a both local and entrenched community organization. (I've also put up my hand for volunteering my professional work; a mail went 'round today in the office. I'm singularly useless in practical advice like this, but supposedly we will get training beforehand.)

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Oct. 12th, 2017 01:10 pm
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
[personal profile] alexseanchai
Talk to me? Go on about anything that really interests you, or anything you think will interest me?

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Oct. 10th, 2017 11:38 am
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
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*does the happy Yuletide-assignments dance*

I smelled the smoke this morning

Oct. 9th, 2017 10:20 pm
monanotlisa: Arya Stark of Winterfell, looking on (arya - got)
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And since California has rarely met a natural disaster it didn't like (we have wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, mudslides, and flash floods), I immediately checked for the Berkeley Hills burning, for Oakland on fire (again). I found out that while there were small fires in the hills, they were under control; that most of the smoke we all smelled came "from Napa and Sonoma." So I tweeted to the locals around me, about the locality around me; I did not spend time thinking about wine country up north until I finished working just now.

I must have been thinking of the rolling hills and vineyards and underbrush. Which made me a little sad, the wine-drinker who loves driving through the endlessly picturesque landscape of Dry Creek Valley in particular. But I didn't think of the Napa and Sonoma towns. I should have. Ten people are dead, many are severely injured, and my dear Santa Rosa, home of Moonlight Brewing, is half in ashes.

Various local newspapers have articles; this SF Gate piece has both the story and pictures. Warning; it made me choke, and not with smoke.

Love to my friends in Marin. ♥

Dear Yuletide Author Letter

Oct. 8th, 2017 06:20 pm
monanotlisa: (alan/na - song of the lioness)
[personal profile] monanotlisa
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing me a story; they're my favorite thing in the whole wide universe. Well, they and wine. Possibly licorice...

But, back to the story! Of course, optional details are optional. Of course, I'm a little verbose. Feel free to take or leave the following notes )

Dear Yulewriter

Oct. 8th, 2017 07:46 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] dira
Placeholder!

ETA: Oh god assignments went out early! I am so sorry this is still a placeholder, I promise I will update it soon!! And in the meantime, optional details are optional so do not be afraid that whatever thoughts you are having are going to be the wrong thoughts, I am just so happy that you offered to write for one of my tiny favorite things! 

(Also I have added the Yuletide tag, so if you want to look back at my past years' Dear Author letters, uh, tbh this year's will not wind up being much different.)

This week in writing, 10/8

Oct. 8th, 2017 12:31 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] dira
 Ahhh, much better! Mostly thanks to Kinktober, but still, writing! progress!

WIPs currently active: 6

Words written this week: 6,051

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 112

Born in the Blood: 254

Slavefic #6: 405

Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 287

Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 23, shhh it’s more than zero

Kinktober Day 1: 672

Kinktober Day 2: 1,877

Kinktober Day 6: 1,017, and then it did not work out, so... I’ll come back around to that one sometime. Probably.

Kinktober Day 8: 1,404, annnnnnd counting. I should finish that, huh?

 
monanotlisa: Jyn in green. (jyn erso - rogue one)
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Hey [personal profile] thedeadparrot, I know you'd given up on this, but I couldn't possibly sign up for Yuletide without finishing a work owed to a friend.

Excuse its non-polished and definitely pretentious nature; I'm a little rusty. Getting back into the swing of things, I hope. Hope. Hah.

Junction. Jyn/Cassian. Post-movie. Canon-compliant. Teen. )

Also on the Archive, of course.