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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-23 12:41 am

Story: "Little and Broken, but Still Good" Part 23

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," and "kintsukuroi."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-22 11:09 pm

Poem: "Collateral Damages"

This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. This also fills the "red" square in the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. This poem belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, an immediate sequel to "Buttoned Up."

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-22 09:14 pm

Character Agency

Here's a wonderful article that explains character agency.  A majority of stories that suck have a problem with absent agency; the characters get railroaded.  This is not fun.

I on the other hand like characters who can get into trouble on their own, and audiences who can suggest exciting trouble into which characters can get.  Nothing is more entertaining than having someone say, "Hey, there's a six-foot-wide mud puddle over there," and the main character goes, "Nah, I'd rather burn down the barn instead."  Or whatever.
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ignipes ([personal profile] ignipes) wrote2014-07-22 07:14 pm

books, but old ones

Meme snagged from [personal profile] musesfool: List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the "right" or "great" works, just the ones that have touched you.

I am sneakily limiting this to refer only to books I read as a child and teen, because I like being nostalgic about the memorable books of my childhood. It makes me happy.

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope - Still my favorite YA fantasy. Still the only villainous faeries in YA fantasy I like. No other villainous faeries compare. Also: Kate is my hero.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - There are a lot of things about this book that have stuck with me, but the most serious is a visceral fear of giant evil disembodied telepathic brains. I like to think that has served me well in life.

I Want To Go Home! by Gordon Korman - It doesn't matter that this book has a target audience of ten-year-old Canadian boys. It is the funniest book I have ever read.

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder - I blame this book for the fact that I think it's totally okay to write about gruesome murders in books for children.

Scavenger Hunt by Christopher Pike - Because it's about homicidal telepathic incestuous space dinosaurs. Sometimes people ask me what kind of books I read as a teenager. This is my answer.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - This is the book that made me want to be a writer. There's a lot about Bradbury that I didn't really appreciate until I was older, but the emotional impact of what I read as a teenager has never faded.

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson - Twenty-five years later and my breath still catches when I think about parts of this book. Even more so today than when I first read it, because I get it now, everything it was saying about family and growing up and choosing your own path in life.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - I know, I know, but seriously, it's the very first thing I remember my father reading to me that wasn't The Big Honey Hunt (which I still know by heart, btw), and I spent a great deal of my childhood running around the yard, waving a broken broomstick handle like a sword and pretending to be Eowyn.

A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt - I read this book about a hundred times in my tween years because I discovered it at exactly the right age to begin understanding that parents can be terrible in many different ways.

The entire The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper, but especially The Grey King. (Bran is my favorite. I will fight you for him.) I still haven't forgiven her for the end of Silver on the Tree. I never will. They'll probably have to inscribe that on my tombstone: Dearly Beloved. Rest In Peace. Still Hasn't Forgiven Susan Cooper.

Now it's your turn. Any of you. All of you. Tell me about the books you read as a child that you still remember and love today.
lady_curmudgeon ([personal profile] lady_curmudgeon) wrote2014-07-22 06:53 pm
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State of the Ra: getting worse...getting better...how about both at once?

Ra went for post VCA internal medicine follow up this morning with Dr. Lehal at Brookville primarily for a blood draw to check his blood chemistry to check his kidneys and liver and CBC to check his anemia...

From my Facebook post on the matter:

Ra's blood work has come back from earlier today. His liver enzyme ALT has gone down from 1390 down to 950, so going in a good direction. His potassium is normal at 4.4. His creatinine is okay at 2.4. The rest? Not so good. Bilrubin (another liver value) went up from .4 to .5 which is high normal. His BUN (kidney value) went up from 35 to 56, which Is Bad. The most concerning is his anemia is worsening--was at 31% red cell count last week, now at 17%. That's a serious drop and an indication that something is seriously wrong. Dr. Lehal suspects it's in the GI tract (ulcers), or in the bone marrow (related to the Chlorambucil). It could also be related to the worsening state of his kidneys, too, though, so... Sigh.

While the blood's still at the lab, Dr. Lehal is going to have them run a more concrete test for what type of anemia Ra has--there are two types to be concerned with, and Dr. L spoke of them so fast I couldn't keep up notes wise, but whichever type it's determined to be determines what sort of treatment Ra will get for it. Dr. Lehal is generally of the opinion Ra needs a blood transfusion for the quickest rectification of the anemia, but is waiting for more counsel from Dr. Medinger from VCA Aurora. We're both really scared for our boy--severe anemia and worsening kidney disease is what took our Diva kitty from us last summer, so...yeah...Shit. Shit. Shit! This so totally sucks. Will know more tomorrow after Dr. Lehal talks to Dr. Medinger...

If you're of the praying sort, please include our Ra into your rituals. He's gonna need all the help he can get, methinks...
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-22 04:22 pm

Story: "Marketing Concerns in Mad Science"

This story came out of a discussion between me and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, with contributions from both of us; it's so short, I don't want to muck around trying to divide a price. It also fills "The Classics Freestyle" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This story contains some rude language, weapons of mass destruction, references to crazy supervillains, and super-gizmologists with a shortage of common sense. Consider your tastes before you click through.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-22 02:12 am

Poem: "Friendship Is Important"

This poem is kind of an elegy, thus posted free. It fills the "coma" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-21 11:58 pm

Poem: "A Voice from Beyond"

This poem is, in essence, an elegy inspired by an article, "The Story of One Whale Who Tried to Bridge the Linguistic Divide Between Animals and Humans," and therefore posted for free. It also fills the "Stockholm syndrome" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the Aquariana thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

The name "Noc" is pronounced "NOH-see."

WARNING: This poem features many intense topics, some of which actually happened in our world. The warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. These include human/cetacean challenges, past enslavement of a sapient cetacean from childhood to death, Stockholm syndrome, survivor guilt, rough telepathic contact, grudging response to apology, and other issues. Viewer discretion is strongly advised. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether to dive in.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-21 10:50 pm

Update from Kajones_writing

July has no theme.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 113th continuation) has Quiar and Peric talking about the nature of souls.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 114th continuation) shows Lucille and Bertram discussing the fae.

The World Walkers: Athare: Riordan: Making Worlds? (part 3) is about Emrys and Riordan talking about the fate of the worlds.
The World Walkers: Athare: Electra: Meeting a Rabbit (part 6) has Electra helping the life clay creatures.
The World Walkers: Athare: Lucille: Becoming a World Walker (part 2) is about Lucille getting her last tattoo.

The Donor House: Melody: Becoming a Vampire (part 3) shows Rex and Melody talking about the Donor House.
The Donor House: Ethan: One Careful Owner (part 2) features Ethan talking with other captive donors.
The Donor House: Katie: The Offer of a Vampire Loan Shark (part 2) is about trying to find a way out of a desperate situation.
The Donor House: Linnea: Living with a Vampire? (part 3) has Linnea and Gage discussing whether they can live together.
The Donor House: Taryn: Rescued? (part 3) shows Silver and Taryn trying to form a plan to stay safe.


Other Fiction: The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Joel: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Matt: Arriving (part 6)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Luna: The Book Portal (part 5)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Siobhan: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Mab: Mab’s Story (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Bronwen: Plans
The World Walkers: Athare: Bryn: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Oscar: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Ianto: Talking to Mab (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Piaras: Talking with Mairin (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Sibeal: Looking Back
The World Walkers: Athare: Lorelei: Travelling Through Time (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Frane: An Uncomfortable Landing (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Glyn: A Door to an Unexpected Place (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Jetta: Saved by Cough Medicine (part 3)
The World Walkers: Kankirin: Elodie: Recording Souls (part 2)

The Fae World: Eorith: Luke: The First Arrival (part 2)
The Fae World: Eorith: Kristen: Waking Up (part 6)


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maevele ([personal profile] maevele) wrote2014-07-21 06:48 pm

on the Wiscon issue

I have many thoughts, but few of them are clear and easy to articulate. The ones I can state include:

I believe it should have been a permanent ban, but I do not know what went on in discussions that caused people not to do that.

I believe if they were going to do this four year provisional thing, it should have been made more clear whether he can come back earlier if he proves he has reformed, and what level of proof of reformation would be required both before and after the four year period.

I truly believe that everyone involved was doing the best that they could in a fucked up situation with the information available, but there should have been more continuous communication between different years of con management, and a more deliberate effort to get more information.

More personally, I only interacted directly with frenkel twice. the first time he was rude to one of my children, and dismissed my speaking up for my kid rudely, and the second time he sat down to talk to me based on something he had overheard in a conversation, and made me subtly uncomfortable just by acting overly familiar and staring at my tits. Both of these incidents would have been in 09,(I think, maybe later, but while I was still married) and were enough that I avoided him ever since and was not surprised when more serious allegations surfaced. It seems likely to me that a lot of people encountered this sort of borderline harassment from him without ever feeling like it was something that could be reported because it was just subtle enough that you can't point at it.


also, this is making me reconsider my decision not to join the concomm a couple of years back,because y'all need angry people like me
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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2014-07-21 08:07 pm
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done my Hugo & Campbell reading

And done my posting about it, too, more to the point. Come talk about them! (Now with miserably embarrassing brain glitch fixed!)
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-21 03:36 pm

Read "Community Events Calendar" by Dialecticdreamer

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a charming bit of demifiction, "O'Fallon Journal: Community Events Calendar."  It describes a safety demonstration hosted by the Activity Scouts (formerly known as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) to teach people what to do if they spot a supervillain.  Given the politics in Terramagne, large-scale official responses tend to be unfeasible and so the slack has been taken up by smaller, nongovernment organizations.  Why this one?  They're scouts:  they always go first to find the way for everyone else.

Also brilliant and worthy of note: people can request a sticker for those who prefer to avoid audience interaction.  Ever go to an event and sit in the back where you couldn't see, so you wouldn't get picked on?  This neatly avoids that problem, and is a cheap easy solution that any event organizer anywhere could implement.  Don't want to play for whatever reason, get a sticker, and you could safely sit anywhere.  I've spent years blocking for my friends who didn't want to be approached, and this is so much better.
lady_curmudgeon ([personal profile] lady_curmudgeon) wrote2014-07-21 10:15 am
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State of the Ra: yep, still syringe feeding...

...and none of us, particularly J (who does the actual syringe feeding) and Ra, are enjoying it. Ra simply will NOT eat much kibble on his own, as much and as often as I try. I don't think it's because he doesn't like it, but because it must set heavily in his tummy or something. I just don't know what to do. He seems to want to eat Lars' and Dorene's kibbles, but since their food isn't hypoallergenic...yeah...Even then, he loses interest in it fairly quickly after starting to eat it.

Ra's random feverishness seems to be getting under control--when I pick him up for his meds/feedings, his bare belly still feels a bit warmer than normal, but not nearly as hot as it was last week. I did buy an 8-second timed thermometer especially for kitty use so that we could monitor Ra's temperature, but since neither of us know exactly how to take a cat's temp rectally properly without perforating anything, we've not yet tried taking his temp here at home. I think when we're at the vet tomorrow I'll have Dr. Lehal show me how to do it.

Over the course of last week, Ra went from loose stools to straining to go and not actually achieving download; constipated once again, so putting him back on lactulose was in order. Dr. Lehal told me to start small--only 1cc--and that was plenty enough. Sent Ra right back into loose stool land. :( We simply must figure out a good way to regulate that particular bodily function. Poor fella. :( He seems a bit embarrassed when he inevitably ends up with poo on his feet after a particularly bad one while he's trying to bury his business. Either J or I end up chasing after him to clean him up if we notice him post-download, something Ra REALLY doesn't like. Hey, gotta keep the house from getting all gunked up with cat shit, ya know?

So it goes. We've got a pretty solid routine as far as giving the myriad of meds and timing of the two syringe feedings in between all of that. It's a still a lot of stress and work, but Ra is seeming to be doing ever so slightly better, so we keep going. I even caught him hanging out on the cat fort in the den on Saturday! Took him some effort to get up onto the shelf he was hanging out on, so that's a good sign that he's getting a bit stronger and feeling a bit better.
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Mely ([personal profile] coffeeandink) wrote2014-07-21 07:35 am

Wiscon decision on the Jim Frenkel harassment case



This is the email I sent to the Member Advocate in response to the decision:

I'm writing to object to the decision made in the Jim Frenkel harassment case. It is unsatisfactory both as a resolution to this case and as an indication of how Wiscon will handle harassment cases in the future. It is especially disappointing coming from a feminist organization. I've seen Wiscon go through turmoil and divisive arguments over the past ten years (the POC Safe Space, Moonfail), but I've also seen Wiscon demonstrate a commitment to doing better by reversing those previous mistakes and poor decisions. That is what I expected to happen with the two mishandled harassment cases (Jim Frenkel and F. J. Bergmann) that have been under scrutiny.

The Wiscon Subcommittee on the harassment case stated that "WisCon will (provisionally) not allow Jim Frenkel to return for a period of four years (until after WisCon 42 in 2018)." This is a very obscure way of saying that he is only definitely banned for Wiscon 39 in 2015 and may return by 2016.

I am not in favor of zero-tolerance policies, primarily because they discourage people from reporting. However, Jim Frenkel's actions more than suffice for a permanent ban. The suggestion that he might be permitted to represent the con in an official capacity as a program participant or volunteering in another capacity just adds insult to injury.

To review Frenkel's actions:

1) He harassed Lauren Jankowski and Elise Matthesen on separate occasions in front of multiple witnesses at Wiscon 37.

2) Multiple women have come forward to attest that he has a long-term pattern of harassment of a period of years.

3) When his presence was challenged by Liz Henry at the con, he said that he had deliberately chosen to attend Wiscon 38 because of the public outcry after Wiscon 37, rather than showing any contrition or understanding of the impact of his actions.

I would be in favor of a permanent ban even if he had shown some sign of learning better, but the third point makes it especially outrageous that you are taking so many pains to give him opportunities to "reform".

This prioritizes the harasser over his targets, and is only compounded by the Committee's statement that

Any consideration of allowing him to return will be publicized in WisCon publications and social media at least three months before a final decision is made.


This requires the targets of his harassment to argue that their safety supersedes a harasser's well-being. How is this even an argument rather than an assumption at "the world's leading feminist convention"? This doesn't offer the targets the opportunity to speak for themselves; it just exposes them to public and protracted discussion of their harassment. I, personally, still do not ever want to see or hear the names of people who harassed me much longer ago than four years. Or one year.

I am not sure what can be done to amend the damage this decision has caused, but the following would be a start:

(1) The institution of permanent ban against Jim Frenkel.

(2) Yet another apology to Elise Matthesen and Lauren Jankowski for mishandling this case.

(3) Publishing the guidelines developed by this committee to handle harassment cases for review by the Wiscon membership. What to do after that would depend on whether the problem here lay in the process or the people. I regret to say this because I like and respect several individuals on the current Committee, but if it's necessary to rewrite the new guidelines, this should be done by people other than the panel for the Jim Frenkel case. This should not be allowed to delay the progress of Bergmann case, which has already gone on too long.
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Humph ([personal profile] spiralsheep) wrote in [community profile] flaneurs2014-07-21 12:11 pm

June 2014 challenge roundup

This is the roundup for this year's June challenge. Below is the list of who did what during June — please let me know of any errors or omissions.


This means that [personal profile] spiralsheep did five themes in six walks, [personal profile] squirmelia did five themes, [personal profile] bob did three themes, [personal profile] secretlondon did two themes, [personal profile] nou did one theme. Congratulations to all participants!

[community profile] flaneurs swag is available to everyone who did at least one theme of the challenge. We have button badges, postcards, and stickers. If you did one theme, you get one thing, if you did two themes, you get two things, and if you did all three themes, you get all three things. Please message or email kake@earth.li with a postal address and your choice(s) of prizes and she’ll post them out as soon as her other commitments allow.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-21 02:03 am

Poem: "The Walking Trees"

This poem is spillover from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rosieknight. It also fills the "Mobile / Carnivorous Plants" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored via the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-21 01:55 am

Poem: "Islands and Bridges"

This poem came out of the June 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "exhaustion" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored from the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-21 12:24 am

Story: "Little and Broken, but Still Good" Part 22

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," and "kintsukuroi."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21.

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-07-20 09:44 pm

Poem: "Heroic Physics 101"

This poem came out of the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from an anonymous Dreamwidth user. It also fills the "Places of Work" square in my 12-8-13 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics setting.

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