The Goblin Emperor e-book deal

Apr. 20th, 2019 10:09 am
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[personal profile] truepenny
Tor is running a promotion where The Goblin Emperor e-book is $1.99. Obviously this is a golden opportunity. :)


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[personal profile] juniperberry
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Plotbunny for Free to Good Home

Apr. 20th, 2019 03:47 pm
extrapenguin: A man raising a glass protector off from above a magic device. (guardian)
[personal profile] extrapenguin
There is a theory that our universe is only a simulation. There's some probability stuff (one universe with sentients can technically create an infinite amount of computer simulation universes) and some other stuff (the fact that the outcomes of some quantum mechanics things depend on whether the thing is observed) that gets trotted out as evidence pro, but as the truth of this hypothesis doesn't affect my life in the slightest, I don't really give a fuck.

Except, of course, in the realm of plotbunnies.

Zhao Yunlan at one point outright asks Shen Wei whether they're just characters in a book; why not have the Guardian-verse be a computer simulation of planetary ecological development under various conditions, where they got funding by making "reality TV" out of these simulated worlds' events? Then the creations would rage against the capricious gods and want compensation for their part in the circus performance of the bread and circuses. Epistemology, breaking the fourth wall, and thoughts on the rights of non-flesh-and-blood sentients! What's not to like? Please take this plotbunny off my hands so I can with clear conscience concentrate on my 520 assignment and Ye Zun plotbunnies.

Lake Lewisia #374

Apr. 20th, 2019 05:42 am
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[personal profile] freshbakedlady
It was for the best that the neighborhood get-together had been advertised only with fliers and word of mouth, rather than anything like formal invitations. It meant that no one had to apologize for overlooking any of the unexpected attendees who wandered in just as the potluck tables were being arranged: wispy swamp gas creatures from up on the river, the dark shapes that inhabited the gaps under front porches, and a colony of Poetic Toads living at the end of the street. No one questioned them–all neighbors belonged there, after all–and they pulled up chairs and improvised drinking vessels for the lot of them.


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[personal profile] fengirl88 posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Unequal Exchange
Fandom: The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen)
Length: 100
Content notes: choose not to warn
Rating: G
Author note: also a fill for the Scales square on my bingo card
Summary: In the cave of the sea witch you sign away your voice in pursuit of a vision.

Unequal Exchange )
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[personal profile] m_findlow posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Stalled negotiations
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters: Jack, Ianto
Author: m_findlow
Rating: PG
Length: 3,894 words
Content notes: none
Author notes: Written for Challenge 260 - Cave and Challenges 188 - Rush and 199 - Best (Bingo squares)
Summary: Jack and Ianto are facing their toughest assignment yet, and the best solution is a huge gamble.
china_shop: Three-quarter profile of Shen Wei being unimpressed (Guardian - Shen Wei srsly?)
[personal profile] china_shop posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Once Upon a Time in Dixing
Fandom: Guardian
Rating: G
Length: ~5,900 words
Notes: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan. Dixing is basically just one big cave, right? Caper fic, identity porn, handwaving Dixing’s corrosive effects, canon divergence AU set during ep 6, spoilers to ep 40. Also for the FFW Bingo prompt Wire and [personal profile] solo's prompt of Shen Wei, "There's an app for that." Much much thanks to [personal profile] mergatrude for hand-holding and [personal profile] trobadora for beta. <3 <3 <3 No warnings apply.
Summary: “Chief Zhao.” Shen Wei turns to the man who was and will one day be again his indomitable brother in arms, his lover and his friend. “I need you to stage a jailbreak.”

Once Upon a Time in Dixing )
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[personal profile] sovay
And tonight after all the guests from the seder had gone home we vacuumed the eleventh plague off the walls and ceilings of three different rooms, for it came in the form of tiny, tiny midges slipping through the window screens and homing straight for the lights and it was not as gross as the first plague or as fatal as the last, but it was impressively obnoxious. It was a good seder all the same. Every year is different and what matters is that you open the door to the stranger: let all who are thirsty have to drink, let all who are hungry be fed, let all who are enslaved be free. Next year in Jerusalem, next year in freedom as my mother says. Chag sameach, all.

Star Wars: Fanfic: Peace and Truth

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:54 pm
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[personal profile] drabblewriter posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Peace and Truth
Fandom: Star Wars (set post-Sequel Trilogy)
Rating: G
Word Count: 399
Characters/Ships: Rey
Summary: After everything, Rey returns to Ahch-To.
Note: Also for birthday bingo prompt "mirror."

Peace and Truth )
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[personal profile] highlander_ii posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: spelunking opportunities
Fandom: no fandom
Rating: G
Content notes: None apply
Summary: icons of random caves - images found via google image search

spelunking opportunities )

Famine or feast

Apr. 19th, 2019 02:50 pm
breathedout: Reading in the bath (reading)
[personal profile] breathedout
Kind of forgot that in my initial spate of MeetUp joinerism I actually signed up for two queer book groups, not just one. The second, devoted specifically to queer theory, only meets quarterly, whereas the first, more generalist group meets every month. But now the two of them are meeting within three days of each other in May, so... happy birthday to me???

Upcoming selection is Mari Ruti's The Ethics of Opting Out: Queer Theory's Defiant Subjects, which for some bizarre reason (read: it must sometimes be assigned as a textbook, since we as a society seem to want to bilk university students for all they're worth) costs $78 in hardback form and isn't available on Libby. $16 Kindle edition it is.

(no subject)

Apr. 19th, 2019 04:00 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
still rsi left wrist

plassyuing flight rising bc i can do that w right mouse hand

also sryth

& weirdly, ipad & pencil 2 drawing on procreate. last night: sketches of pike & enperoro georgiou

ara ius playing the game arsenal an fps w evil chickens. i thought of you, [personal profile] rachelmanija

oik, typing 2 hard. see y'all l8r

due South/C6D Big Bang chat reminder

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:46 pm
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[personal profile] feroxargentea posting in [community profile] ds_c6d_bigbang
The first chat for the 2019 due South/Canadian Six Degrees Big Bang is tomorrow, Saturday 20th April, at 2pm Chicago time. Hope to see you there! (What time is that where I am?

All the live chats this year are over on our discord server. Everyone is welcome, whether you're a participant, beta, cheerleader or just want to talk about due South and other C6D fandoms. The server's open for chatting at any time, not just for the live chats.

Edited to add: a couple of quick tutorials here and here, for those new to discord.

Signups for the Big Bang remain open until the August deadline.

Signup PostRules | FAQ

LJ and DW tech problems

Apr. 19th, 2019 03:10 pm
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
Ok, something weird is going on both at DW and LJ.

1) I am logged in at DW. I am looking at my feed and earlier today I answered some comments. I try to do the same a few hours later, haven't logged out, and in two different places DW is refusing to send the replies through because it says I have the wrong password for my account. What?

EDITED TO ADD: Well the problem seems to be resolved, at least for now. Apparently the site was simply no longer accepting my password. I don't know why. When I tried logging out and back in again, it would not accept my password. I finally had to reset it to log back in, and once I did the various pages where I tried to comment accepted the new password and let the comments through. Why this happened only on other account pages and not on my own makes no sense to me (not to mention why it simply stopped accepting the password in the first place).

2) I am seeing the LJ 18+ image in all sorts of places, apparently from accounts hotlinking from the LJ gallery but also accounts I'm seeing on LJ itself. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening?

A new development

Apr. 19th, 2019 02:22 pm
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[personal profile] clevermanka
Welp! This morning I spent a couple hours in conference with KU's HR rep because my position has been eliminated (yay state budget cuts!). So now I'm home on administrative leave to supposedly start work updating my resume but instead I just got  fucked up and had my partner drive me to the grocery store.

I'm fine, seriously, I'm fine. It might be the shock talking, but right now I'm just like:

I put out a letter to the graduate student listserv and word must be traveling fast because you should see some of the texts I'm getting from grad students (I didn't realize quite how many of them had my cell phone number, not that I'm complaining, it's just funny) and they are not best pleased. When I started getting texts from alumns I knew shit was flying fast. I'm so charmed and pleased, honestly. My little lambs! I'm worried for them.

But anyway, yeah, as of May 25th I won't be working IN MY FABULOUS OFFICE ANYMORE.
extrapenguin: Wei Wuxian (from Modao Zushi) playing the flute in front of a red Sun. (mdzs)
[personal profile] extrapenguin

I have finished my MDZS WIP (on my phone, so no wordcount updates; it must be over 40k though) and can now do other things with my life for a bit!!! I'm not letting myself touch it for edits until next weekend. It needs editing, and lots of it, but: complete first draft!

Happy full moon, everyone.
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[personal profile] jordannamorgan posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Light at the End of the Tunnel
Fandom: None.
Rating: G.
Summary: Desktop wallpaper, 1366x768 resolution.
Content Notes: A sunset view from a coastal cave.

Light at the End of the Tunnel  )

Urban Stories

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:23 am
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) I returned from a weekend trip to Chicago to visit a friend who has been having a difficult year. (Her father died in August, her husband 3 weeks ago). To some degree I think the weather matched the vagaries of our time together. Read more... )

2) I hadn't exactly forgotten that I'd recorded a few brief podfics years ago, but I had forgotten to add them to my AO3 account. So I corrected that this week. I had intended for it to be an ongoing thing but my free time changed a lot around the end of that year. The year before I had been job hunting and so assumed my schedule was very up in the air. A year later I realized I'd better start finding something to do because apparently the job search was not going to end as I expected. Enter the podfics and volunteering and then that new microphone got packed away just a few months later.

So I told [personal profile] shadowscast, (who has been writing again!), that I was going to try and get that rolling this year. And now I'm saying it here so that I actually do some more recordings, although after all this time I've forgotten what little I'd learned. So it may not be soon.

3) I finally saw Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse and boy was that good! I can't recall anyone who didn't say the same these past months. I do really regret that when I had the chance to see it with friends that we ended up at The Favourite instead. Not that it wasn't a good movie also, but very different, and I think we would all have had more to talk about regarding Spiderverse instead (especially since one of the group was an animator). Read more... )

4) I was thinking about how there are so many only kids of deceased parents in superhero stories. Why is this? Does it simply make it an easier story to tell because the hero has few obligations and ordinary ties? When one thinks of it, it's a very unusual story, especially in earlier decades and centuries where being an only child was a fairly unusual circumstance.

5) I just posted my 222nd rec at AO3, and it's for a fic that is as flawless as they come.

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