Moment of Silence: Mike Briggs

Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:53 pm
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[personal profile] callibr8 shared this news with me:

Mike Briggs (husband of author Patricia Briggs, best known for her urban fantasy series of 'Mercy Thompson' and 'Alpha and Omega' books) died suddenly, this morning. Patty's assistant Ann posted a message on Facebook: "It is with a very heavy heart that I write of the passing of one of the finest men I have ever known. Mike Briggs passed away very early this morning, very unexpectedly. We are all deeply in shock and grieving. Things on the webpage and Facebook will likely be a bit neglected while we sort things out and make all the necessary arrangements.   Mike was simply just an awesome and amazing man; we will miss him every day for the rest of our our lives.  The purple avenger will be doing his good works in heaven; I will strive to live up to the example and high standards that he set."
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My favorite vacation was probably the one I took with my family a few years ago, it was my first trip to Europe and it was amazing and fun. We went around Spain, Italy, and a bit of France.



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Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:36 pm
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"You don't have to be the best, or even good. You just have to be there and doing it."

A mantra against impostor syndrome.

Political linkspam (19 links)

Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:33 pm
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For the UK folks: "HOPE Not Hate: Join the resistance".


Taking Action/Self-Care 4 links )


Other Stuff 14 links )

ActionNetwork.org

Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:23 pm
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It's a free platform for organizing and collaboration tools. I just signed up myself so I can't say how well it works, but it could make it a lot easier for a new organization to have a virtual IT department.

snowflake challenge day 7

Jan. 23rd, 2017 05:46 pm
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Day 7: In your own space, create a fanwork.

Does my brain count as a space?

Joke. Last night I tabbed over to an SGA fic I've been working on, off and on, for about three years. It's a kink bingo fic, just to give you an idea of how long ago I started it. The good news is that the infodump that made me dump it in despair is actually fine. Not a thing wrong with it. The bad news is it's been so long that the science is no longer current and I had to rewrite it. Procrastination: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

It's almost done now? So I'll, uh, go ahead and finish it, and get it to a beta, and then post it, so be on the watch for that in, like, I dunno, Spring 2018? No. No. I hope not.

In the meantime, I'm also cleaning up and improving the little Pinto fic I wrote last May, and as soon as I'm done, I'll post it to the AO3 like a proper little story instead of some shameful Tumblr secret. I even made a cover for it!

So one of these will count, as soon as I finish them. Stay tuned.

{also posted to Tumblr}

Check-In – Day 23

Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:40 pm
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And the beat goes on. What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

And today's question: Do you ever have so many characters on your plate that you forget who is whom, sometimes?
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A Storm of Consequences
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 5 of ?
Word count: 1182


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, set in the Mercedes and Finn Family story arcs, this picks up probably fifteen or twenty minutes after Aida is teleported away.

This is being written as quickly as I can, and I am several parts ahead as I post part one, making it an exception to my usual rule of finishing a story entirely before I post. Thank you for your indulgence in this matter.::




“Excuse me, Jodi.” But, as Heron turned to follow the nurse, the noise of another teleporter made him turn back toward the compass rose in the corner of the room.

This teleporter sounded like gravel spilling inside a tin can as three people shimmered into existence. Two of the three looked miserably ill, while the towheaded teenager in a delivery uniform looked apologetic. “I warned you, I usually carry only cargo for a reason. I'm sorry. It'll pass.”
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There are two Patreon donor-tier rewards up on Patreon today!

For the Info tier, Character Bio! Find out about Nilien!

And for the sketch tier, a sketch by Cal! Nilien meets Ember. :-)
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Good news: I'm not being buffeted by 50 mph-plus winds as I land in New York LaGuardia Airport in a plane so tiny we had to rearrange seating to redistribute the weight!

Bad news: Wait, there is no bad news — I'm still in Ohio for an extra night with this kid!

Esther lying on the couch rubbing belly of basset hound Gus belly-up

Monday Update 1-23-17

Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:09 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Go See "Monster Trucks"
Coping with Traumatic News
Grab Him by the Midterm
Poem: "Between Carefree and Careless"
Poem: "Your Heart and Your Trust"
Poem: "The Day You Start to Move Forward"
Hard Things
Today's Discovery


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, January 24 with a theme of "nature." I'm aiming for short, stand-alone poems this time. Drop by tomorrow and give me ideas!

Nominations are still open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  Come nominate your crowdfunding favorites in these categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron

LiveJournal is malfunctioning again, so I'm posting this here in hopes that it will echo over there.  Due to the service disruption, I can't edit the open epics right now.  I'm frustrated because this should all have been done yesterday.  Sorry for the hassle.  I can't post open epics on Dreamwidth because the editing function is lousy.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina discover a new toy.  "The Sharpest Dose of Reality" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv.  Pain's Gray attempts to take care of Shiv and Shiv continues to freak out over the intimacy.  This has been fully funded, and will be posted whenever LJ lets me edit the post again.  "So Much Worse in Its Consequences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  It shows what happens to Cho-Cho Glow after Antimatter and Stalwart Stan dump him at the police station.  It has been fully funded by an audience poll, and the remainder will go to "A Hope and a Promise" by default.  This means there are slots open for new epic poetry, but please hold off on that until LiveJournal is working again. 


The weather is moderate and damp.  This week at the birdfeeder I have seen some sparrows and a few mourning doves. I also saw a male cardinal by my office window.


1/23/17 links roundup

Jan. 23rd, 2017 05:17 pm
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Women's March
* These women never met till today and practiced this song online. (Twitter). Incredible. (Additional info via the BBC)

Activism / Resources
* Celeste P is a quality Twitter follow re: practical ways of affecting Congress, including both elections and contacting your reps. She is also involved with Road to 2018 (org focused on preserving Dem Senate seats - Twitter here) and It's Time to Fight, which I've linked before, focused on calls to action.

Good news
* Supreme Court Rejects Texas Appeal on Voter ID Law (Daily Beast). REALLY GOOD NEWS.

* After ethics review, Senate postpones committee vote for Betsy DeVos (Washington Post)

* Ethics lawyers sue Trump over foreign payments (BBC)

* Congress Gutted Researchers' Ability to Study Gun Violence. Now They're Fighting Back. (Mother Jones)

* U.S. judge finds that Aetna misled the public about its reasons for quitting Obamacare (LA Times). Not sure if this news is good or bad, but it undermines a GOP talking point, so I guess we'll take it.

Bad news
* Republican Lawmakers in Five States Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest (The Intercept.) Note: the article is incorrect in that only the WA state house is majority Democrat, not the senate, so take other claims w/grain of salt as well.

* Donald Trump just named a net neutrality foe to head the FCC (Vox)

* White House press conference: Sean Spicer suggests Donald Trump will push through Dakota Access Pipeline (Independent)

* Trump names his Inauguration Day a ‘National Day of Patriotic Devotion’ (Washington Post)

* Trump floats rolling back food regulations (The Hill, Sep 2016).

* Trump’s Health Plan Would Convert Medicaid to Block Grants, Conway says (NYT)

Reading The Situation Incorrectly

Jan. 24th, 2017 01:00 am
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Posted by BD

Theme Park | NJ, USA

(I’m a supervisor at a well-known theme park. I am working the front gate where we open our gates 10 minutes earlier for anyone with a season pass. A guest walks up to me right when the day ticket line has let in their first guests).

Customer: “I don’t think it’s fair that those lines got in 10 minutes early just because I was in the line for regular tickets. I don’t have season passes but we all spent money to get in. You should’ve opened them all at the same time!”

Me: “Well, I’m sorry you feel that way but we do advertise the early entry time as one of the perks of buying a season pass, so it wouldn’t be fair to all the pass holders in those lines if we did that.”

Customer: “Then you should’ve told us that!”

Me: “Well, the way we differentiate the lines is by the signs for day tickets or for season passes.”

Customer: “The signs are useless! Who reads anymore!? I read while I’m driving and that’s it! I don’t need to be reading when I’m walking or any other time!”

Me: “I do apologize you feel that way but unfortunately that’s our method here, due to the large volume of people we can get.”

(Then they walked off… with kids in tow.)

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Further experiments in the kitchen

Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:06 pm
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I had a bunch of clementines that were past their prime -- skins too tight to peel and eat, but not yet going off. I knew I wasn't going to eat them. I hated the idea of throwing them away. So I did some googling.

I am making a batch of candied clementine slices now, and as soon as I buy some almond flour tomorrow I will aim to put said candied fruit slices on top of a clementine cake.

So yes, I'll be buying almond flour, which is an ingredient I did not previously have. Which means that this is not entirely successful as a money-saving venture. But if I manage to make something tasty out of fruit I would otherwise have pitched, I will be totally psyched about that.

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Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:33 pm
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23.1.17



9759 / 75000 words. 13% done!

It was totally more than that; I rewrote an entire scene and tweaked another one, but I was mostly replacing words rather than adding new ones, so it is HUGELY not worth my time and effort to figure out how many words I actually changed. It is worth my time and effort to know that there are 1668 words in the Scrivener draft and that doesn't include the epigraph, tags, other front matter, or the very drafty beginning of the fourth scene.

(wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. oh my god none of this is getting anything done for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm. but: wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. also these kids have the weirdest pillow talk, oh my god.)

January Talking Meme #5

Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:32 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool asked: What fandoms do you miss?

I miss great universes and fannish zeitgeist. The heydays of SGA and Due South were great for that. On a much smaller scale, so was Slings & Arrows. I also miss the earliest years of Smallville, because it taught me so much about how fandom works and what you could build with legacy characters and a little imagination. And I miss the DCU -- as it was 2003-2004 -- so very much. I LOVE those characters and I love the fic and art of that era of fandom. I can happily go back and reread my old DCU (and interestingly, S&A) fic with minimal cringing, while I have trouble with all my other fandoms.

And, meanwhile, right now Harry Potter fic is my go-to comfort reading, of all things. I love the 'verse and how interpretations of it have grown over time.

I wish I could read MCU/616 fic, but there's very little of it that speaks to me. Exceptions are mostly Natasha-centric, usually gen, and very plotty. Actually, I want all the Natasha action/adventure fic ever. That would rock.

Thirteen

Jan. 23rd, 2017 11:50 pm
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Posted by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Thirteen years ago, I sat down at an enormous computer in our dining room (we kept it there so we could supervise the kids internet access) with an HTML cheat sheet ( <oldschool>) and sat there for hours trying to figure out how to get a blog post up.  Ken had set the whole thing up as a gift, and I was determined to get the hang of it. It took hours. Hours and hours, and there wasn’t even a picture.

This afternoon, I sat down at a tiny laptop in an airport lounge to write to you for what is the 2337th time (that is the actual number) and it’s taking a long time, but mostly because this day always makes me feel sappy and sentimental and grateful and that’s so much to put into words.  A very great deal has changed over the last 13 years – through all of it, no matter how weird it’s gotten, you’ve been a constant. You know that we call you The Blog. I’ve written about that before – how we’ll say “oh, have you told The Blog” or “What did The Blog say?” or even “I can’t wait to tell The Blog about this.” You are a constant presence in our lives, a large and undefined mass that influences and encourages me and this family. When I started doing this, our children were young, young enough that I decided what their internet presence would be, what i would tell you about them, when I would tell it. I sat down at this computer often with a story or an idea in mind, something that had happened inside our family or our home, and I’d type the whole thing up, and then hover my finger over the “post” button as I re-read it, imagining myself as my child, years down the road, reading their follies laid out. Would they want it there? Would they want it shared with the world? I deleted whole entries some days. Ones that were finished with (incriminating) pictures and opinions and maternal grief or strife. Just typed them up, realized that the fight I had with my teenager – or whatever, that while we all fight with our teenagers and it’s normal and lonely and horrible, but didn’t need to be anywhere near the internet, no matter how ridiculous it had been and then posted something about socks instead.

Back then, I was the final arbiter of how much our family’s face was public, and I hope I got it right. I think I did, because there are still conversations about interacting with The Blog, and what we’ll share with The Blog and nobody’s ever demanded that I take down a post. (Not even when they were completely demented teenagers and demanded just about everything else.) Instead, you all remain welcome in our lives and in our family and one of the most lovely conversations I’ve ever had in my life was when Megan professed that she couldn’t wait for The Blog to find out that she was expecting and I was going to be a grandmother. Now that you’ve been around so long, we all think of The Blog.

All of that has been remarkable, and fantastic, and epic – the part of you that is always here, inside what Joe cheerfully refers to as “The Interknit”, but there is another side to The Blog that I don’t know you all realize. The Blog sometimes happens (as my young friend likes to say) IN REAL LIFE.  It happened this weekend, as I skiied down the bottom of a mountain in Alberta, and heard my name called from behind, and lo- a friendly knitter bore down on me. (Hi Kim!)  It happened last night at a concert in Calgary, when we walked up to someone who worked there, and she was all “Stephanie? Joe?” (Hi Jocelyn!) It has happened in airports, at baseball games, in restaurants, and while it’s occasionally surprising, it’s always amazing.

I hope that you all feel what I do when you come to this page. A sense of camaraderie, of belonging, a sense of community that is reassuring and normalizing, a place where the ethics and values that we hold dear – that making things is important, that creation is human, that love can be contained and transferred in handmade things, that knitting and creating and transforming are important parts of who we are… all those things are vital.  I feel them and I feel like you do and I feel less lonely because you are here. I feel better because you are also IN REAL LIFE, and I love it when the things we do and make ripples outside of our little Interknit.

This last weekend, knitting played a very visible role in the March for Women – and someone said to me that it was amazing to see how important knitters were in it. That the hats they knit were visible – obvious. There weren’t three of them, there were hundreds of thousands of hats and they were in every shot and no matter what your political stripe, I find it hard to believe that any knitter can look at those pictures, with all those hats (it was so many) and not feel a pang of knitterly pride.  It is our community – it is the thing that we all feel, writ large for the world to see. Someone told me that, and then she added “for once” like it was the first time that our community could make a change like that.

I didn’t say anything, because she was having an awesome moment, but I want you to know that I didn’t believe her for a moment that “for once” applied.  She must have not seen what you guys did for Knitters without Borders. She must have not been here to see how amazing that was. She must have not seen what you’ve done for the Bike Rally. Maybe she wasn’t here last year when so many of you donated $12 dollars for my 12th anniversary – a dollar for every year of The Blog.  (If you wanted to go for $13 this year, the link is here. It was loads of fun to watch PWA try to figure out the significance of $12 and I think that $13 is even weirder.) I know that the hat thing was big, and it was amazing, and I was impressed but I want you to know that I’ve known this about you for a long time. You’ve shown it to me so many times over the last 13 years.

You are amazing. You matter. You make a difference in my life, and in the world around you. You are an important person, and you are legion.

Thank you for every moment of the last 13 years. Thank you for the comments you leave, thank you for the mail you send me. Thank you for sending me tiny sock garland, or bitty hats knit for my Christmas tree. Thank you for calling out to me on the ski slopes, thank you for greeting me warmly in a city that’s not my own. Thank you for grieving with our family when things have been bad, and for celebrating with us when things are beautiful. Thanks for bringing me an apple or a beer when I’m on the road. Thank you for knowing who Tupper was. Thank you for wanting to show me who your Tupper was. Thanks for wondering if I’ll ever finish the gansey. Thanks for caring about my kids, for saying hi to them in person when you see them. It connects them with a bigger world that we all need reminding is there.

In short, thank you for everything, and I can’t wait for the next thirteen.

I love you Blog. Happy Blogiversary.

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