that's your job, lady!

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:07 pm
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So a smoke detector in our apartment building has been chirping since at least 4:18 Tuesday morning. Simone, my landlady, asked Jeep, who works as a contractor, to replace the batteries. Drunk, he drove out to buy batteries and then told us he'd replaced them. When I said I could still hear one chirping, he said he'd hunt it down.

Still chirping this morning. So I asked Simone to come over today and make sure it had been taken care of. I come home from work and it's still chirping. Now she wants me to hunt it down to show Jeep which one is chirping because contractor boy - who is unreliable when helping out in our apartment building - can't figure it out. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I ASKED HER TO COME OVER TODAY!!!

Grrrr

GOT MY TICKETS!!!!!!!!

Oct. 18th, 2017 10:10 am
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It is not until March BUT OMG SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! This venue is really nice and cozy and it should be a real treat to see Weird Al in this kind of setting. They gave me a presale code since I was a member of the online fan club (i.e. I get the newsletters) so I was able to log in today.

Tim was like "That's a Tuesday, it is a school night for Sylvia" and I was like "It is Weird Al and it is so worth it."
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This has not been a good month for my wallet and it is all my own fault.

I mean, I thought it was a good idea to take my Mom to Torrid to buy her something as a birthday gift and ended up buying myself $100 worth of stuff. Then we walked next door to the shoe store and I had mentioned I was looking for flats and we ended up browsing and it was BOGO %50 so then she picked out two pairs she wanted and I figured those would be a good birthday present too. And, of course, I found some shoes too (I cannot resist Beatle boots and they had boots that were Beatle-shaped). Plus I took her out to lunch.

THEN because I shopped at Torrid they gave me MORE coupons which were expiring this week so...yeah bought some MORE stuff there.

AND THEN Library Comic had a Kickstarter for an enamel pin set and at first I was like "eh okay" but then I saw they had a shirt that said "I'd Rather Be Weeding" and I am the WEEDING QUEEN at my library so I NEEDED THAT SHIRT! So I pledged the $30 for that.

Somehow I also stumbled upon a Last Unicorn Tarot Deck Kickstarter and I wasn't interested in the deck but when I looked at the rewards they had a set of enamel pins, which I have really started collecting because 1) I can wear them at work on my lanyard and 2) they don't take up as much collecting space as action figures or t-shirts. So, yeah, just pledged to that to get the 10 pin set because how could I just pick 3??

And now I'm sitting here with my fingers crossed that I can get a fan code for the Weird Al concert tickets that go on sale tomorrow, which I'm sure will not be inexpensive.

OH and for some reason, like, three games on my STEAM wishlist when on sale and I was craving something new to play so I bought them all - which was really just 4 games and they were all at least %50 off, so not as much damage as it could have been but...yeah

Retail therapy, I guess? Maybe this is how I prepare for fall. Squirrels store nuts, I stock up on video games and pin.

On the flip side, I have been cleaning downstairs and working on getting rid of some things and reorganizing my displays. Here are some pictures of how I amused myself the past few nights:



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 A What I Have Been Reading post. Huh, turns out I'm not reccing any WIPs this time.

Not In The Brochure[personal profile] beer_good_foamy . 600w, probably PG, complete.
Seconding Rebcake's rec of glorious Chosen crack. Rarely have I laughed so hard... at Spike's final words...? It's amazing.
 
Crazy Madcap Redemption[personal profile] hello_spikey . Spike/Drusilla, 16 chapters, complete. Probably R.
In which Drusilla gets the character arc she DESERVES! There's also a very nice Fred, who gets to live and have tea with Dru and chat about gender roles. I'm so glad [personal profile] restfield  recced this on tumblr.
 
Profit and Lace - ljs. Giles/Anya, 14,162w, T, complete.
I think [personal profile] rahirah  recced the series on tumblr. Anyway, delightful lovely s7 oneshot with Characterization and feelings but also lines like "He gleamed like money". :)


SPUFFY:

Something Gray - [personal profile] pfeifferpack . Spuffy, but mostly gen, 54,755w, PG, complete.
The conversations that Spike and the Scoobies should have had in season 4. Cathartic.
"Joyce smiled indulgently, “Yes, Spike, and we’ve discussed this sort of thing before. Your manliness and power are more than your ability to hunt and kill, you know that! You are more than some mindless eating machine. We’ve talked about lifestyle choices.”"
 
Headache - Sunalso. Spuffy, 592w, NC-17, complete. Period fic! \o/ It's season 2, but not squicky in the obvious (age) way.
 
The Edge - Sigyn. 41,319w, E with rape warnings, complete. Cameos of past Buffy and Spike ships. A beautiful, very close post-series Spuffy with cuddles and communication, which makes it possible for them to face and analyze some dark, twisted parts of themselves. They really dive into the discussion; there are almost constant, in-depth  and graphic references to rape, so, you know, your mileage may vary.
 
A Touch of Her Style - myrabeth. Spuffy with past Spike/Nikki, 49,339w, R, complete.
Great premise, great execution, squee, and the premise is this:
"Season 2, but with a different pre-series history. Robin Wood moves to Sunnydale to back up Buffy in her on-going battles with Drusilla. But when Buffy's romance with Angel takes a dark and dangerous turn, Robin determines his assistance won't be enough, and calls in some back up of his own: the old family friend who wears his mother's coat."

Music Monday

Oct. 16th, 2017 04:59 pm
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I haven’t inflicted my music taste on you for ages, so here are several Kurt Weill songs from the movie September Songs. It’s basically a bunch of artists performing song by Weill in the same location, interspersed with information about Weill, and some original recordings. Here are my favourites.













Fuck!

Oct. 16th, 2017 06:58 am
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Well at least my very worst fears did not become real. Don't get me wrong this is bad. Very bad. But only as bad as was to be expected. We will get a row of Nazis in the government now. And the conservatives will destroy our social security system.

Austria is a rich country, but not that rich.  This will hurt a lot of people who voted for them. All we can do is document and protest. They have no one to blame anymore and that will destroy them over the next years.

for sale by owner

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:30 pm
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Is anyone interested in Sims 2 + several expansions? They have been collecting dust in my closet for a few years now. It's PC/DVD. I make you SUCH a deal!

Doing a bit of Fall cleaning and finding things I haven't touched in ages and playing the "keep it/sell it/toss it" game.

This has also led to me being distracted by old toys and rearranging my collections a bit...expect pictures soon (if you follow me on Instagram, sorry for the spam! I was having too much fun!)

Also, I'm clearly not into body sprays as I have three bottles of the stuff, still mostly full, and I think they are ~5 years old?

Okay, after all that cleaning and organizing, I've earned some game time!

signal boost

Oct. 15th, 2017 05:46 pm
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Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) Passing those bills may literally save the world.

How to save the world:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.


There is more information in the original link by [personal profile] rachelmanija.

accidentaly watching horrort?

Oct. 14th, 2017 05:33 pm
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Mmm, I picked up a movie called Sunshine because some site rec'd it based on my interest in Defying Gravity. The three trailers were all horror movies the last - the only title I recall - being 28 days later. Huh. Do ya think I'm watching a horror flick? 

Gift-fic

Oct. 14th, 2017 03:39 pm
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Here's the fic I got for The Darkest Night. Very nicely creepy. Written by Tish, who, funnily enough, was the person I wrote for.

Title: A Few Seconds
Author: Tish
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: Teen
Genre: Gen
Word Count: 1326
Characters: The Master (Ainley), Nyssa of Traken
Warnings: Emotional Manipulation, Psychological Trauma, Sensory Deprivation
Summary: A few seconds mean an eternity of suffering for Nyssa.

Mrs. Meister

Oct. 13th, 2017 02:06 am
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The author’s for The Darkest Night has been revealed, and here is the fic I wrote.

Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: Teen
Genre: Horror
Word Count: 4225
Characters: The Master (Delgado), Liz Shaw
Warnings: Amnesia, Mind Games
Summary: She wakes up in pain, not knowing who she is. And the man who says he is her husband, only fills her with fear.
AN: Written for The Darkest Night-fic exchange 2017.

Read more... )

Still in a Trek frame of mind...

Oct. 12th, 2017 07:27 pm
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I saw this excellent article online comparing all The Star Trek title sequences including Star Trek Discovery and the excellent The Orville.

http://heavy.com/entertainment/2017/09/the-orville-vs-star-trek-compare-watch-opening-themes-intros-videos/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxZkc2gk5hw

I've included a separate link to the Discovery opening (which I've posted before I know) as the one embedded on this site is region locked and those in the UK can't play it.

Interesting to note that a few effects people/writers who worked on Next Gen also worked on the Orville, and imo It shows....

Star Trek Discovery....

Oct. 11th, 2017 07:45 pm
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Well the ST fandom seems to be spit into two angry little camps over this show at the moment, and as I'm finding it very difficult to communicate my thought properly about any damn thing I thought I'd be lazy and let this Youtube Video speak for me, because I agree with nearly all his points and think It's one of the more balanced takes on this series.

What I have been reading Wednesday

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:36 pm
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Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. I love Lovecraft’s mythology, but the racism and misogyny are hard to take.But then there are some brilliant authors who take the mythology and make it soar, like the Swedish author Anders Fager, who mixes it with Swedish mythology and a (mostly), contemporary setting. Lovecraft Countrytakes the racism, gives it a good shake, and gives it center stage. Oh, it’s full of Lovecraftian horror themes, as well as some borrowed elsewhere, but that’s not the truly frightening stuff. The really scary bits in this book is the daily life of the protagonist, a family of African Americans in USA in the 1950’s, not monsters from beyond. I liked this book a lot, after I got used to it’s format. Each chapter is a self-contained novella, each featuring a different main protagonist, from a set of characters who also play parts in the other novellas. And there is also a underlying narrative which reach it's conclusion in the last chapter, so it is a coherent novel as well. For example, the first story is about a young man, Atticus, who go looking for his father in a small and isolated town, in the company of his uncle, and friend Letitia. The next one features Letitia as she purchases a house which turns out to be haunted. The novellas are a bit uneven in quality, but overall I found the book very good, and it was a joy to read. It has a proper ending, but also an opening for a sequel, which I wouldn’t mind. Apparently it is going to become a TV series, which I think could work very well.

Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher. You may have noticed by now I like fairy tale retellings. This one if a version of The Beauty and the Beast which was always one of my favorites (long before the movie, which didn’t come until I was an adult). In this novel beauty is called Bryony, and it’s she who gets trapped by the Beast and not her father. I really enjoyed this re-telling. Both Bryony and the Beast have distinct personalities and also hobbies, which I loved! And the tale was changed enough to make the narrative fresh and interesting.

Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers. This is the first collection of Sayers short stories, and it’s pretty uneven. A couple of macabre ones, like the one about an artist who makes some very curious pieces of art, or the man who inherits his uncle’s stomach. A couple of more straightforward murder mysteries, a couple of plain mysteries, and the absurd finale; “The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba” where Lord Peter “dies” to go undercover for several years. My personal favourites are “"The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will" where Lord Peter and Lady Mary helps solving the clues to the whereabout of a testament by being frivolous, and "The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head" where we get to meet lord Saint-George for the first time.

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge. The previous books I’ve read by Hardinge has been pure fantasy, this one is set before and under the Civil War in England. Makepeace’s grow up with her unmarried mother, who refuses to speak of her father. Makepeace also see ghosts. When she, eventually, learns about her father, she realises this is something she has inherited from him and his family. It’s a bit hard to say more without spoiling the book, but it’s well worth reading! It has a similar plot point with some of Bujold’s work, so I successfully guessed the big secret pretty much at once, but I enjoyed my read nevertheless.

Yuletiding

Oct. 10th, 2017 05:24 pm
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Got properly flabbergasted for getting my Yuletide assignment so soon. I got a very good letter, but also a bit outside my comfort zone. But I have half an idea already, and hopefully I can make something good out of it. I’ve also noticed a letter with a request for a fandom I didn’t sign up to write, but got an idea for as soon as I saw it. So I think i can pretty safely say there will be at least one Treat. But I wonder when they will open up the Request summary at AO3. Some people only put there prompts on AO#, and some who do write letter doesn’t post about them in the letters post, so I always find the Request summary the best place to look Treat-ees. I also noticed that all my fandom request has got offers, which I didn’t expect- especially the pretty obscure offer of Elizabeth of the Garret Theatre. Weee!

And I’ve no less than two super nice comment on My Only Love, which completely made my day.

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Oct. 9th, 2017 09:21 pm
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