yuletidings of affection and joy

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:51 pm
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Dear Christmas Bale,

This is AR, aka Who Shot AR (akerwis) on the AO3.

IDK about you, but man, Yuletide sneaked up on me this year. But I'm excited to be here, and I'm excited for both of us to have a great season! I've provided deets below for you, both on my general interests and my fandom-specific ones, but I want you to know that the number-one thing I want most is for you to have a fun time writing a story. This letter exists as some quietly excited ideas for you, but your own excitement and creativity are what make Yuletide wonderful, and I trust you to use this nonsense here as much or as little as you'd like. Please follow your heart where it takes you.

So, the general stuff:

Yes, please: All tenses and POVs, afterlife stories, arguments and apologies, bittersweet stories, character deaths, children, clothing descriptions, complicated relationships, confessions of love, diary fiction, domesticity, epistolary fiction, fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, family stories, femslash, flowers, fluff, food descriptions, friendship, gen, ghosts, grief, hand-holding, happily ever afters, haunted houses, het, holiday stories, Hollywood amnesia, hopeful endings, huddling for warmth, magic in the real world, mentorship, one-sided crushes, parenthood, pastiche, period settings, poetry, popular music, pregnancy, realistic fiction, recovery from failure, religious themes, sad but appropriate to the rest of the story endings, sensory details, snowstorms, sweet stories, this Venn diagram, traditions, tragedies, unusual formats, wingfic, zithers. :)

No, thank you: Alien abductions or grey alien types, asexual headcanon, autism headcanon, cats suffering even mild inconvenience (I can handle all other animals being in danger / dying / getting dinner two minutes late, but I'm really sensitive about cats), issue fic, poly shipping, religious bashing, storylines ripped from current US political headlines, trans headcanon, unrelenting cynicism

Here are my old letters, if those might help you. Please forgive any copy-pasting I've done from year to year--I'm afraid I get lazy at times!

-Yuletide 2016
-Yuletide 2015
-Yuletide 2014
-Yuletide 2013
-Yuletide 2012
-Yuletide 2011
-Yuletide 2010
-Yuletide 2009

And this is my general Yuletide tag, which might be of interest to you but might also just be kind of nonsense-y.

Nota bene: While there might be some variance in the length of my tl;dr under each request, please be assured that I want all these requests with equal fervor. Some of my requests are less wide-open than others, or involve significantly less canon, so they take fewer words to explain. ♥ If, in any of these situations, you feel like I haven't given you enough to work with, please reach out to me so I can type some more excited nonsense to you!



the ramsay scallop; elenor of ramsay, thomas of thornham )

doctrine of labyrinths; methony feucoronne )

kavclay: rosa saks, thomas kavalier )

uncanny x-force: evan sabahnur, fantomex )

all new x-men: evan sabahnur )

That's everything I've got for this year. I hope this was a manageable read for you, and again, please don't stress the details. I have faith that you'll come up with something marvelous. Please feel free to reach out through the mods if you have any questions for me--or, if you need an answer on the double, please feel free to comment anon here on my letter. I'm not bothered either way.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity, and I hope the end of your year is a pleasant one. You have all my best wishes as we jump into this fest together.

Yours,
Who Shot AR (akerwis)

Dear Trick or Treat Artist/Writer

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:30 am
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If you check out my last Trick or Treat (or even Yuletide) letter, you'll probably notice that I've copied a lot over, including some of the structure.

General stuff first!

I love all of the fandoms and characters I'm requesting, so if one section seems longer or shorter than another, it's due to how much I had to say, not how much I love the request. (And also maybe an indicator of where I was when I started running out of energy and ideas and what has gotten at least partial copy-paste treatment. Sorry, RimWorld.) They are all fandoms of my heart, and I'm excited at the possibility of receiving any of them.

Also, this letter is super long, so again, please don't feel obligated to read it all (or at all!). If you already have an idea of what you want to do from just the AO3 requests, go for it! This is all to (I hope) make it easier on you, and I am a big believer in optional details being optional. There being fic or art for my fandoms will make me happy. Everything else is icing on delicious, delicious cake.

This year I'm requesting art or fic in seven fandoms: Dragon Age (Varric), Dwarf Fortress (Cat, Dwarf, Forgotten Beast, Kobold, Necromancer, Overseer), Fallout 4 (Deacon), Naruto (Guy/Gai, Kakashi), RimWorld, The Scumthorpe Files (any), and Rubyquest (Red, Ruby). Each fandom section will include subsections as follows: short summary/promotion and links (for smaller fandoms), general fandom talk, characters-specific prompts (where applicable), trick prompts, treat prompts, art prompts. Feel free to skip straight to what you feel is most relevant. :D

Fair warning: this letter will contain spoilers, so if you have it on your "to watch/to read/to play" list and want to go into it with fresh eyes, you'll want to skip that section.

A note: I've received fic and art in the past for several of my requested fandoms, which I loved! I just want more. If you matched me on one of those, I am sure I will love whatever you make me, whether it's along the lines of the gifts I've already gotten or something entirely new.

For ease of stalking: tuesday on AO3, everysecondtuesday on tumblr

General Likes )
Triggers and General DNWs )



Dragon Age )
Dwarf Fortress (Cat, Dwarf, Forgotten Beast, Kobold, Necromancer, Overseer) )
Fallout 4 (Deacon) )
Naruto (Guy/Gai, Kakashi) )
Rimworld )
The Scumthorpe Files (any) )
Rubyquest (Red, Ruby) )




If you've made it this far, I'd like to thank you for participating in Trick or Treat. This is a delightful exchange, and I am excited for and about it.

My number one hope for my gift fic or art is that you have a good time with it, so let me emphasize again that I'm just happy that there will be another fanwork for one of these fandoms. This monster of a letter was mostly an excuse to enthuse about these fandoms, and I truly hope it doesn't put you off or make you worry about whether you can make any of the prompts work. Whatever you end up writing or drawing, I'm hoping it's something you enjoy about the fandom and have fun creating.

Have a happy Trick or Treat!

Trick Or Treat Exchange 2017

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:01 pm
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Hi, Ghostwriter or Ghostartist!

Thank you for writing for me, and I hope it's fun for you. I'm heavily cribbing this letter from last year's (which was heavily cribbed from the year before that) because writing Dear Writer letters breaks my brain. /o\

more )

Some Lesser-Known Fairytales

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:54 pm
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I was researching Grimms' Fairy Tales for a certain upcoming Halloween party, hoping inspiration for a costume would strike (no luck yet), and was reminded of some of my favourite bizarre tales, so I am retelling them in short form below. (Links go to Wikipedia.)

The Wonderful Musician (Aarne-Thompson type 151, "music lessons for wild animals")

A fiddler wanders through the woods, looking for someone who will appreciate his music. He attracts the attentions of a wolf, fox and a hare, but is not interested in a harem of adorable animal friends and tricks them into trapping themselves.

Eventually he finds an appreciative woodcutter, the kind of company he was seeking (if you know what I mean), who helpfully protects the fiddler from the escaped and vengeful animals.

The fiddler plays the woodcutter one more song to thank him and wanders on (like a cad).


The Water Nixie (Aarne-Thompson type 313A, "the girl helps the hero flee and revolves about a transformation chase")

A brother and sister fall into a well, where they are captured by a nixie who puts them to work. Fortunately, they're able to escape on Sunday while the nixie is at church.

The nixie.

At church.

She chases them, but luckily they are able to use a collection of ordinary household items which transform into nigh-impassable mountains to escape.


The Devil and his Grandmother (Aarne-Thompson type 812, "the devil's riddle")

Three soldier deserters make a deal with the Devil (who is masquerading as a dragon, because that's cool) to escape execution, who gives them a magic whip and a promise that in 7 years, he would take them to hell unless they could solve his riddle.

Fortunately one of them is able to find the Devil's grandmother, who gives him the solution to the riddle. So they get to keep the whip and escape.

--

In all seriousness, go to Wikipedia and check out the source links for these, because all of the stories have some neat imagery that's worth reading. (And I assume that's the real point of them. They just sound cool.)

so, bras

Sep. 14th, 2017 02:44 pm
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In recent months I have gone from being able to wear underwire bras for a few hours to rarely being able to wear underwire bras at all. I have many lovely colorful underwire bras that have not seen much wear, and I am hoping some of you might be interested in buying some of them, as I am broke and still looking for a job.

Sized 42G/44F, exciting teals and magentas and also some standard beiges and blacks, all with underwire of course, some padded, some unlined/mesh.

I am requesting $17 for one bra, $12 each for any subsequent bras, no shipping charge in the US lower 48 (I can look into shipping costs elsewhere if desired). These were all around $50 when brand new, so this is a steal!

Images below the cut. Bras! Bras! Bras! )

Overheard at work

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:04 pm
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Hi, Heidi here!

(Try saying it out loud)

note to self on the subject of baking

Sep. 11th, 2017 09:53 pm
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I very rarely if ever have the patience to make my own pie crusts, but I also usually dislike storebought ones (pilsbury, usually is what i can find) to the extent of why did I even bother to give this thing a crust?

but I have discovered that I actually like trader joe's house brand pre-made frozen pie crusts. The main flavor difference is that down in the bottom of of the ingredients, just before salt, is sugar. strangely, I suppose, I think a sweet pie should have an at least moderately sweet crust? texturally and/or digestively, when reading ingredients to figure out what the difference, it turns out pilsbury uses xanthan gum. so much for them.
kaberett: a patch of sunlight on the carpet, shaped like a slightly wonky heart (light hearted)
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you might also like Heartstopper, an LGBT comic about a British grammar school, which I have just inhaled this evening after one of you all reblogged it on the tumbls xx

(comment I left on the Patreon: 3-2 came across my dash earlier this evening, I have just read EVERYTHING (with laughing-out-loud and misting-up and making-my-partner-read-bits), thank you *so much* for this. -- I am 27, I was in Year 9 when Section 28 was repealed, I was the only out queer in my secondary school of 1000+ students, and I recognise these crushes SO HARD. Thank you so, so much for making this be a thing in the world, and I am really looking forward to reading more. <3)

Culture Consumed Sunday

Sep. 10th, 2017 11:01 pm
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(one month after last such post edition)

Books

Read Sacha Lamb's 'Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live', which is a very sweet YA boy-meets-boy short story about transness, Judaism, single parents, same sex parents, found family, suicidality, witches, and demons. My reaction amounts to: yes, good, more like this please.

Read that interview by Paul Chance with Ivar Lovaas. You know the one. (If you don't: tw for ableism and graphic descriptions of child abuse from the self-congratulatory perspective of the perpetrator.) All I'd read of it before was that one paragraph that always gets quoted. It is not any better in context. I didn't expect it to be. I don't know what I was expecting to get out of reading this, only that I had to know. In summary: Dead Dove, Do Not Eat.

Finished Max Gladstone's Four Roads Cross, which took me an unreasonably long time considering how good it was. I love Tara so much. The big battle was amazing, and I don't even usually care much about big battles, but this one pulled together so many narrative threads and had so many twists and emotional resolutions and it was just really satisfying. Also, I liked the cameo by Ashleigh Wakefield from Choice of the Deathless. (Ashleigh is male or female in that game depending on your character's orientation. In Four Roads Cross Ashleigh fights all the way through a major supernatural court case without being hit by a single third person pronoun. Role model.)

An actual sentence from this novel: "Umar's face looked like saws fucking." Context is that there were serrated patches of light shining on him, but who needs context?

Fandom

I missed the deadline for [community profile] trickortreatex, but there are plenty of fandoms there that I like enough to request or offer, so that's good. Yuletide nominations are open now, and I'm determined not to miss that.

Read [personal profile] st_aurafina's long-awaited Sentinel AU Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Person of Interest, Finch/Reese, Root/Shaw). Worth the wait. I really liked the worldbuilding, always one of my favourite parts of fusion fic -- figuring out how Canon A works in Canon B's setting is so much fun.

Goat fandom: [tumblr.com profile] pipistrellus (who has awesome goats) opened my eyes to how sometimes livestock classifieds are hilarimazing rather than just depressing or enraging. From an ad on Gumtree: "free goat, male, Railton, Tasmania. can be tethered, very friendly. He ate all the blackberries and now I don't have any use for him." It's poetry. Goat poetry. Goatry.

Theatre

Decided I want to do Fringe this year. Went to the website and opened a tab for every event that looked interesting. From there I longlisted 39 events. From there I medium-listed 25 events. Reminded myself firmly that Fringe is 21 days, therefore the maximum practical for a person who can do one big outing per day is 21, and I am not such a person, not to mention budgetary considerations, NOT TO MENTION that I have volunteer commitments and housekeeping and cats and friends and am currently not even managing to get through one book a week, and that doesn't require going anywhere at a given time and then staying there the full time.

TV and Movies

Finished watching the BBC Watergate documentary, which took forever because my TV stamina lately has mostly been limited to very small bites. It was so good, and a great relief from present day politics.

Watched the second episode of Black Sails, then gave up on the grounds that the DVD set was seriously overdue and I don't want to think about what my library fines are going to be like. I have heard such good things about the relationships in the second and later seasons, but right now I have lots of other things to watch/listen to/read and am putting this aside.

Music

I made my first ever mash-up.

Listening-wise, re-listened to some albums I already owned and hadn't played in a while. The Opera Australia highlights CD of Julio Cesare with Yvonne Kenny as Cleopatra, the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, and the soundtrack of Keating! the musical. I now have 'The Arse End of the Earth' lodged very hard in my head. (There's only 50 seconds of it on YouTube, and it doesn't really get the flavour of Gareth Evans' verses, although at least it includes the ABC bit. (The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, our equivalent of the BBC, used to have this little three note motif, do'-fa-sol, at the end of its ident (here's an example from the early 90s) and if you watched public broadcasting here in the 90s then just hearing it probably made you draw the ABC logo in the air with your finger. It was iconic. The guitarist quotes it after Gareth mentions them.) (I cannot emphasise enough how odd and wonderful this musical is. It's a musical. About Australian politics in the 90s. How.)

Games

Mini Metro was at half price on Steam, so I yoinked that. It's hard but very soothing (minimalist visual design, and the sound is limited to quiet sound effects, no sountrack.) The object of the game is to design an efficient public transport system. There are eighteen different maps, each of real places (just the basic geographic features, not the town etc. Pretty much just rivers and lakes.) The stations randomly appear. They come in different types, representing different passenger needs (e.g. some passengers arrive at a square station and want to go to any circle station, some passengers start at a circle station and want to go to any triangle station. Some stations are stars or rhombuses and there's only one of them, so if your line doesn't connect to it, the passengers can't get there.) You get a limited number of tunnels/bridges, lines, locomotives and carriages, with a new carriage or locomotive every week (different places have different resources, like Osaka has the Shinkasen as well as regular trains, and places with lots of water have more tunnels.)

For some reason Melbourne's map is the tramways, not the trains. irl Melbourne's train map is reasonably logical, but its trams... well, they look like someone was playing Mini Metro and wasn't very good at it and also had a huge Eastern suburbs bias and hate poor people.

Beat the second-last boss in Super Star Path. Getting this far took eight hours of gameplay, and there are only six levels, and they're not long. Suffice it to say I'm not great at shooters.

Podcasts

Listened to episode 1 of Dylan Marron's Conversations With People Who Hate Me. Dylan Marron is a social justice podcaster (and a gay white cis man), and this is a project where he interviews people who've sent him hate mail and tries to have serious, productive, good-faith conversations about their differing opinions.

...Yeah, I'm not going to listen to another episode. Not soon, anyway. It's a very brave thing he's doing, and I agree with it in principle, and I think that the people he's interviewing are most likely to change their minds incrementally, one careful, kind, gentle conversation like that at a time, but if I listen to said conversations I'm gonna burn out even faster.

Perfume

The BPAL imps I bought from [personal profile] kaberett arrived. I'm spacing them out, but have smelled two so far. cut for length )

Crafts

Got around to putting my yarn in ziplock bags within the knitting bag, so they don't all tangle together. This has the advantage that everything isn't a tangled mess in there, but the disadvantage of sorting through a maze of plastic bags all alike in order to find the one specific ball I want. I am a slow knitter, and it takes me an hour or more to knit one 15x15st mitred square. My mitred square blanket is now an 8x8 block of these squares (it's been I can't remember how many years, but looking through this tag, it was 6x6 around this time in 2014. So, it... nearly doubled in size in 3 years?)

Food

Baked brownies (the Alton Brown cocoa brownies recipe.) Made a large quantity of red lentil dhal (winged it, but bothered to dry-fry the spices instead of just dumping them in with the oil and onions, or worse, in with the water, like I have in the past. It made a huge difference. Am doing it this way from now on.) Baked bread. This recipe, which I've tried before with success. This time I tried a variation, swapping wholemeal flour for one of the cups of plain flour, and honey for the sugar. It was too dry after I added the water (not all of the flour would mix in) so I added half a cup more water, and that must have been too much, because it was gummy. Alas.

Other

I've been having fun with tech.

So. I'd been thinking about wanting to watch DVDs in bed (as opposed to ripping DVDs and putting the file on my phone/tablet, the problem with which is that it adds another step every time I borrow a DVD from the library, not to mention all the DVDs I own and am not using because I haven't bothered to do that yet.) I thought about various solutions to this (small TV screen and DVD player, cheap secondhand portable DVD player, cheap-ish secondhand laptop, somehow figure out how to get my phone or tablet to connect to my external optical drive), and then realised... I have a RasPi. I could connect that to the external optical drive, and make it my media centre. The only component I don't already have is a spare monitor. And guess what? My local Linux-based computer recycling organisation sells those at a price I can afford.

As a proof of concept, I downloaded OSMC, flashed it to an SD card, and tried booting the RasPi up on my actual TV (which I have not used in literally years and should probably donate or sell.) I managed to remember: a) how to power on the RasPi, b) where to plug in the TV so it can connect to an external antenna. I did not manage to get the TV to display the RasPi, and remain unsure whether the RasPi is booting at all or not. I know I got it working back when I got it, but I can't remember if that was with the TV or if I have an HDMI to DVI converter somewhere and can't remember where (my computer monitor doesn't have HDMI, and the RasPi doesn't have DVI.)

But while I was hunting for RasPi components, I found where I'd put my old EeePC. The one I got in 2009. The keyboard doesn't work, but that's what USB keyboards are for. Long story short, I installed Crunchbang++ on it, and now it's usable again (except for the keyboard.) It plays DVDs. And now I have something I can take to NaNoWriMo write-ins this November.

Cats

Dorian's been making fetch happen again. He's discovered that I will throw the toy for him to retrieve many more times if he jumps up onto my knee with it in his mouth and then drops it in my hand, rather than drop it on the floor near me and wait expectantly. This is fun for both him and me, but does have the slight downside that he then launches himself off my knee after the toy as though rocket-propelled. And, not in fact being rocket-propelled, uses his claws and my leg for the traction needed to achieve lift-off. The scratches are quite impressive. I am sufficiently insensitive to that kind of pain, and sufficiently lazy, that I'd still rather he did it that way than wait for me to bend down and pick up the toy every time.

Beatrice has been grumpier than usual, and instigated enough cat fights with Dorian that I took her for a vet checkup. The verdict was that she seems fine but if problems persist bring her back for bloodwork.

Dorian's been digging... okay, that needs a little unpacking. As mentioned before, Dorian enjoys the water feature in the smallest room in my apartment. Keeping the lid down whenever I am not using said water feature myself seems to have put a stop to this where closing the door did not (he learned to jump up and turn the handle) but he still tries to get in there whenever possible. And I have a little pot of cacti on the windowsill in there, that being the one room I thought the cats would not get into. So yeah, yesterday I walked in there and found Dorian standing on the cistern with his front paws up on the windowsill, investigating the cacti.