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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 12:07 am
This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

This story returns to the main storyline of "Love Is for Children." The first few chapters show Black Widow considering and carrying out a mission, then after that it's pure ageplay. It fills a square in the Plot Challenges Bingo Card 7-4-14:
Situation: Crime pursued by vengeance
Setting: Red Light District
Complication: Everything Is Spiders

I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, a series landing page, and anarchive of images. The perk story "Brotherlove, Brotherlust" Part 3 is still open for participation.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 10:00 pm
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 10:10 pm
 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Buttons, Beads, and Books" for Frankenstein's Family.  It fleshes out the character of Bogdana, the old woman who sells used clothes.  It's a quiet, bittersweet story.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 02:39 pm
This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "healing & growth." I'll be soliciting ideas for herbalists, healers, counselors, clients, teachers, students, farmers, fields, offices, helping people, actions leading to personal growth, stages of recovery, growth phases, hitting rock bottom, plot twists, safety equipment, self-help materials, herbs, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "The Face of a Hero" (Polychrome Heroics).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 08:05 am
Even though the show is terrible now and I can barely watch it anymore, sometimes I still get the urge to go looking for Criminal Minds gen casefic, which is always a lost cause, but I have to try.

And I always end up reminding myself that an oddly large portion of Criminal Minds gen casefics, of which there are very few in the first place, are Supernatural crossovers. I don't know why the only time anybody wants to write gen Criminal Minds casefic they have to do it with Winchesters and demons, but I don't really mind. It works for me.

Which is my way of admitting that last night I stayed up way, way too late reading Criminal Minds/Supernatural crossovers. It was 2006 all over again! I was so temporally confused! I don't know where I am anymore!

Those lengthy scenes of the BAU profiling the Winchesters without having all the relevant information never get old. Even though they are all basically the same, in every story. I still love 'em. DON'T JUDGE ME.

On that note, come ask me questions on the writing meme! DW/LJ.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 04:10 am
Djinni is doing an icon day.  Read the instructions and fill out the form to request a free icon.  If you tip, you can get one in full color, and there are other incentives too.
Monday, August 25th, 2014 08:55 pm
This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl and is the second freebie for Twitter user Harriet Clough as a new prompter. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fill the "je ne regrette rien" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014 08:07 pm
In addition to specific recipes, I like to make cooking algorithms. Looking at my recent Barley Chicken Skillet Dish, I was inspired to make tonight's Beef and Barley Skillet Dish. Then I figured that I might as well just write down the algorithm too, so you can see how the mix-and-match concept works.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014 07:21 pm
I made this for supper tonight, and it turned out very tasty.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014 05:28 pm
That writing meme that EVERYBODY AND THEIR SISTER is doing right now. Choose a number or three or however many you want and I will answer!

forty questions - updating with links as i answer )
Monday, August 25th, 2014 11:05 pm
I heard about this from [personal profile] littlebutfierce, and we tried to go see it together but failed, so today I took my rainy August Bank Holiday down at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which is pretty amazing. I saw only a few galleries, but it was really great throughout, and this special exhibition, on the objects and design of protest and activism, was one of the best I've seen. It goes from the suffragette movement to #occupygezi and beyond, though the meat of it is from the 1970s forward, and it is quite well done. Though it's honestly on the small side, it packs a real punch; I teared up at one point (the point where the organizers had displayed the quote from Mario Savio's machine speech), and left, as usual, feeling inspired, determined, and challenged. I also left with handouts on how to construct one's own book bloc shield and makeshift tear-gas mask, so don't let anyone tell you that museums don't teach you anything.

Seeing these objects in the museum setting was really interesting; I would never have thought to put them there, and as the organizers note, these objects challenge the museum paradigm itself, among many other things (my favorite item in the exhibition was probably the banner reading Capitalism IS Crisis, but it's so hard to choose). Kudos to the Victoria & Albert for having the chutzpah to put this on. Go see it if you can.

Monday, August 25th, 2014 12:30 pm
I kept hearing this song played with commercials and was finally able to tag it with Shazam on my phone at a grocery store. It's cute, and I'm posting it everywhere in hopes that J will see it somewhere in his travels online today. I love you, man, to the moon and back again! <3

Monday, August 25th, 2014 04:01 am
 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote the demifiction "Medicinal Uses for Extract of Digitalis" for Frankenstein's Family.  I was intrigued by this, as digitalis seems like a very plausible ingredient for mad science reanimation of dead body parts into a living creature.
Monday, August 25th, 2014 12:02 am
This story fills the "Episode Tags & Missing Scenes" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. It contains spoilers for Supernatural Season 7, Episode 1, "Meet the New Boss," and the later parts of Season 6.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014 10:10 pm

I am so busy that I don't have time to tell you how busy I am. Also operating under a fairly serious sleep deficiency. But, very quickly:

  • Tobias Buckell has a post about the panel he was on that I found uncomfortable, Imagining Fantasy Lands: The Status Quo Does Not Need Worldbuilding.
  • User error ate my notes from the post-colonialism panel, which is too bad because at this point all I remember is the boggling bit (Brenda Clough unironically recommended Kim—yes, the one by Kipling, that one), and not any of the actual useful recommendations. Anyone else there who wants to chime in?
  • My fanfic & queer desires panel was fine after all—I'd been concerned beforehand because the moderator, though clearly well-intentioned and conscientious, was also entirely unfamiliar with the topic. But he set out broad questions that were clearly implied by the panel description and then got out of the panelists' way, which worked for this topic though I still disagree with that general philosophy of moderator assigning. The only thing I want to really highlight from that was the concept of anti-fandom: the universe doesn't consist of just fans and non-fans of X, there can be anti-fans of X, who engage in all the acts of fannishness than fans do, except from a position of loathing X (see: Twilight). Which I find fascinating.
  • Uh. Hello, wall, I have just hit you. I want to say more about the con overall, but: it was good. Thanks, everyone, for putting it on.
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 08:01 pm
UNDER the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie:
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you 'grave for me:
Here he lies where he long'd to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 04:47 pm
After many delays and much swearing over internet outages, I finally have my report completely posted. You can find my account of AnimeIowa as the head and lone staffer of the Accessibility Department here: Part 1 and Part 2

Now, an importnat question: Would anyone be interested in regular reports/updates on the running of AI's accessibility department? I feel like it could be a useful resource to anyone attempting to start their own such departments, or who want to help others do so/generate interest in getting one started. I also think it might help me run the department better, if I need to keep outlining my actions, and especially if I can get feedback on them. Any thoughts?
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 02:20 pm
Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family. Three poems have been sponsored and linked. There are three poems left if you're still shopping: "Sânziene" ($38) "The Nature of His Game" ($23), and "Dance on the Table" ($61.50).