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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-28 11:53 pm

BINGO: column

I have made bingo down the O column of the Birthday Bingo Fest public card
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-28 09:02 pm
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Aspecting Characters Exercise

I've talked occasionally about "aspecting" characters. It's a way of taking a core idea and altering it in meaningful ways. You can start with a character and shift aspects of their personality stronger or weaker within the same canon. You can move the character into a different world and imagine how that would change them. You can take an archetypal trope you enjoy and imagine how it would manifest in different settings.

So here is a fun exercise for a group of creative folks. You can do this with artists or writers.

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sasha_feather ([personal profile] sasha_feather) wrote in [community profile] access_fandom2014-08-28 04:39 pm
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World Con report

DavidG at FlatOut: WorldCon on Wheels

A long report about attending WorldCon from someone who rented a wheelchair.
lady_curmudgeon ([personal profile] lady_curmudgeon) wrote2014-08-28 04:23 pm

State of the Ra: infection?

Monday afternoon Ra vomited his morning feed, and then subsequently vomited spit and bile about four more times Monday night. When I gave him his AM pills in the sunbeam by the sliding glass door in the den, I noticed the insides of Ra's ears were slightly yellow; jaundice was verified by J a bit later. He was really lethargic starting Monday night into Tuesday morning, too. That, along with his vomiting his AM pills soonafter prompted a 0900 vet visit.

He lost some weight (down to 7.9 lbs from 8.4 lbs a couple of weeks ago) and expressed himself with discomfort when his belly was palpated. Blood was drawn for blood chemistry and a CBC. Told to re-start the Metoclopramide for the nausea 3x daily and to stop Lactulose and Ursodiol for three days til his tummy settled again. He got shots of Metoclopramide and Cerenia and we were on our way.

Get home and not long after he has nasty diarrhea. Sigh. That was likely partially due to the stress of the day and maybe because of the Metoclopramide, which increases gut motility along with controlling nausea/vomiting. That and he's eating slightly watered down wet food with no solid kibble, so...yeah...

Blood work came back today. His liver values have actually improved slightly and his kidney values remain the same, as did Red Blood Cells. The problem, it seems is his White Blood Cell count, which is quite high--it was at 9.5 on 7 August but as of yesterday was up to 25!! OUCH!! That's Not Good, and it indicates there's infection activity in Ra's body somewhere, probably his tummy based on palpation reaction. So now he's back on Clavamox (antibiotic) for 14 days and back on Metronidazole, which I understand will help boost his WBC. He's back on that for 14 days as well. Also, because he was dehydrated from the vomiting, we're to give him 100cc of sub-qs (vs. 50cc) to help get him rehydrated for awhile. I need to ask how long he'll be at that level--don't want to give him more fluids than he really needs because he's got that heart murmur to worry about.

Sigh. While we're both ever so glad that Ra's liver is a bit better and his kidneys remain stable, we're bummed that he's on yet more medication! He's already on so many meds!! :( But we do what we must to get/keep him well.

Went to pick up the Clavamox and more A/D cans and wanted to speak to Dr. L about a couple of questions I had, but he was working alone and with another client, so I was encouraged to call between 1800 and 1900 when he'll be less busy. Have a question about the Atopica (the bottle's almost empty and I'm curious to know how long a bottle of it is supposed to last as I don't want it to run out during the holiday weekend and also how long to keep Ra on the 100ccs of sub-qs.

Vet's always closed on Sundays and is also closed for Labor Day, so we're hoping to limp him through the long weekend without incident. Wish us luck?
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wrdnrd ([personal profile] wrdnrd) wrote2014-08-28 10:57 am

What does feminist/social justice conrunning look like?

I come from a family that's always volunteered -- in the church we attended, in civic groups, in both Scouting (U.S.) organizations. In the past decade in particular, i've been intensely involved with half-a-dozen volunteer organizations -- of various size, of various formality (some nonprofit, some just loose groups), and of various ideologies from inherently capitalist to overtly feminist. I spent two-and-a-half years as a manager in charge of a small staff at an arts org. I recently bowed out (largely because of the time commitment) of a group that was working to build a new 501(c)3 nonprofit from the ground up.

So i've spent a lot of time actively volunteering and thinking about volunteering. I've especially thought about how organizing volunteers is fucking difficult -- certainly when trying to organize along explicitly ideological lines. I've been part of a situation where several families, comprising generations of dedicated volunteers, were not-so-gently pushed out of an organization because a new leader came in and triggered an ideological shift and a minor revolution happened. I know how ugly and bitter things can get.

What i am here today to ask you -- as an organizer, as a fan of SF conventions -- is: What does feminist conrunning look like??

For however you define feminism and/or social justice. For however you wish to define conrunning -- whether running an actual convention, or organizing a group for some other purpose.

How does a group balance existing according to its own principles while at the same time still getting stuff done? How does it deal with straying from those principles -- whether as an org, or on the individual level? How does it deal with toxic volunteers, especially when they're an otherwise effective worker? Conversely, how does it deal with ineffective volunteers who are otherwise individuals deeply committed to the principles?

Where are the tipping points? Put up with X amount of bullshit in order to get stuff done? Or kick out problematic people and risk not having enough staffpower to get that stuff done?

And, most importantly, how can we actually make it work?? What are the secrets to recruiting and retaining good volunteers? To creating a healthy organizational working environment? To getting stuff done while still upholding our own principles?

Can it be done?
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-28 03:26 am
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lady_curmudgeon ([personal profile] lady_curmudgeon) wrote2014-08-27 09:36 pm

First week of bowling!! :)

...and I did...okay, I guess. Blew the first game for sure, the second game was meh, but the last game was pretty kick-ass and over my last-year's average.

Here's the breakdown...

109
128
151
series 388
weekly avg 129
Last year's carried over avg 143
carried over handicap 60

So, all and all, not a terrible start, but not a great one, either. I'll take it. ;)
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ignipes ([personal profile] ignipes) wrote2014-08-27 08:18 pm

pages and pages

What I just finished reading:

I've been too busy to read much lately, which is no fun at all, but I did finish The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum. Fantasy with an interesting cast of characters and a magic system that I like for being familiar enough that it doesn't require a lot of explanation, but unique enough that it can do some cool things. The setting is really vivid too. I want to read the rest of the trilogy at some point. Out of order, obviously, since I started with book #2, but it doesn't seem to matter. It's satisfying as a standalone story.

What I'm reading right now:

Just started Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey. When you barely have time to read, that's the perfect time to pick up a 600-page doorstop space opera.

What I'm going to read next:

I also have Bird Box by Josh Malerman out from the library, but I'm not in the mood for creepy mindfuck horror tonight, so spaceships it is.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-27 04:52 am
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Character Generators

This post has a couple of character generators, fursona and monster versions, which give you a few interesting phrases to work with.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-27 12:07 am

Story: "Up the Water Spout" Part 1

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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kshandra ([personal profile] kshandra) wrote2014-08-26 10:00 pm
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-26 10:10 pm

Read "Buttons, Beads, and Books" by Dialecticdreamer

 [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.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-26 02:39 pm

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 2

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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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2014-08-26 02:35 pm

Fever Season, by Barbara Hambly

Benjamin January is working at a hospital during a yellow fever epidemic. (Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitos, and due to being endemic in Africa, many people from Africa have some level of immunity. The characters in the book are aware of the latter fact but not the former, and have no useful treatment even if they did know the cause.) Meanwhile, both free people of color and slaves are mysteriously vanishing. In more cheerful news— well, cheerful for a while— Ben meets Rose, a free woman of color running a school for girls. Rose is a great character, and their slow burn romance is lovely.

That being said, the book as a whole was awesomely depressing. Not only was it set in a yellow fever epidemic, not only did it contain a brief but absolutely horrifying torture sequence, but both the epidemic and the horrifying torture were actual historic events, ie, they really happened to real people. Also, dead children. Truly grimdark, though not gratuitously given that it’s real history. Not even Ben and Rose’s charming courtship and politicly crude policeman Abishag Shaw’s delightful way with words ("But I do think I should point out to you that even if Miss Chouteau gets cleared of Borgialatin the soup herself, it ain't gonna win her freedom,") can lift the general gloom.

I have been told that this and Sold Down the River are the darkest books in the whole series. However, I already started Graveyard Dust, and it looks like Hambly is careful to get new readers up to speed on events, so Fever Season is probably skippable if you like the characters but want to miss the awesome depressingness.

Fever Season

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ignipes ([personal profile] ignipes) wrote2014-08-26 08:05 am

even my tags are from 2006

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.
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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2014-08-26 09:32 am

Trip pics

I'm on vacation in Asheville, North Carolina. I have photos of sights in the town, pretty dresses, etc and more sights plus my new hair cut.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-26 04:10 am

Icon Day

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.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-25 08:55 pm

Poem: "Je Ne Regrette Rien"

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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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2014-08-25 08:07 pm
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Skillet Dish Algorithm

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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