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Prompted by discussion with [personal profile] el_staplador, I finally decided to post this ficlet.

Now I can say that I've referenced St. John Chrysostom in the notes of a fanfic. Life goals you didn't know you had.

crowned in glory (700 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Wedding Planning, Cultural Differences, Russian Orthodoxy
Summary: Victor and Yuuri are planning a wedding. In fact, to accomodate all their cultural traditions, they're planning three. For the Russian one, Victor is thinking a cathedral and golden crowns. Never mind that he's not religious.

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Feb. 27th, 2017 08:25 pm
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InsaneJournal has had a hardware failure that means their service is temporarily offline. To avoid sending traffic to them while they're down, we've temporarily disabled them as a crossposting and importing source. We'll re-enable them when they're back up.

Good luck to [ profile] squeaky with the recovery!

fiber monday

Feb. 26th, 2017 09:04 pm
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* Status: two-thirds a legwarmer for Reason exists. I'd left Cajsa cardigan at the row wherein pocket-openings ought to be; now it has two little bags. Pockets are bags in German, Taschen, and the latter term seems more suitable for a double-walled insertion, since it's not a patch.

* Project I want most to work on this week: Berenice before Reason becomes too tall for the amount of repurposed yarn I have. I've found its project bag and exhumed all manner of other intended projects. Though I knit mostly for diversion and stress relief, I should finish things, not start ever more....

* I've taken my mother to a handsewing workshop to make bojagi, specifically yemulbo, a small sashed wrapper. (If you've heard of furoshiki, the concept is similar in its flexibility. As ever, they are not the same.) On one hand, her fine vision has eroded and she couldn't quite see what she was doing, with glasses---bad me. (She's biding time against cataract surgery.) OTOH, for someone who'd never attended to bojagi while they were everywhere plentifully during her childhood, she did well: she was the only person to finish the pieced side of the two-sided wrapper, it looks tolerably neat, and she didn't stab herself with the needle. This is the difference between knowing what you're doing (her) and being able to fake it (me). I've cut and stitched two-thirds of the pieced side, less than the other participants except for the eleven-year-old, but then, I am quite cheerfully not a sewist.

Why bojagi? It was there, and my mother's machine-quilting has left an avalanche of high-quality cotton remnants and scraps in its wake. I (and perhaps Reason) may as well learn to do something with them, eh? Prior posts: one, two.

Yuri!!! on Ice: hood & glove

Feb. 26th, 2017 10:07 pm
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[personal profile] hananobira posting in [community profile] amplificathon

"I don't mess with the fae," Otabek says.

"I'm not asking you to mess with them," JJ flat-out lies.

A fantasy AU.


Notes and acknowledgements:
Thanks to Fahye for blanket permission and hawberries for permission to use their gorgeous art in the cover!

Gratitude as always to Paraka and Jinjurly for hosting.


Original Fic:
Author: Fahye
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice
Pairings: Otabek Altin/Yuri Plisetsky, Victor Nikiforov/Katsuki Yuuri
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Length: 01:21:00

Paraka: MP3 (111 MB) or M4B (75 MB)
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Cap-IM Remix Reveals!

Feb. 26th, 2017 07:09 pm
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[personal profile] sineala
Authors have been revealed for the Cap-IM remixes. I see that, as I suspected, [personal profile] navaan wrote me 20k of action-packed Noir amnesia identity porn (thanks, Navaan, it was amazing) -- but I didn't guess that kdm103020 wrote my fake dating remix. Anyway, they were both great.

I may now reveal my four stories! Here they are, in the order in which I wrote them! (I know I said the other day that I wrote three stories. That was technically true at the time. I did a very last-minute pinch hit literally three hours before deadline.)

The first thing I actually wrote was for Relay Remix, the telephone-style remix where participants successively remix each other's fic:

Same As It Ever Was (The Thought Bubbles Remix) (6316 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Ultimates, Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, James "Bucky" Barnes, Gail Richards, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Peter Parker
Additional Tags: Dreams, Multiverse, Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Angst, Repression, Happy Ending, Remix, Captain America/Iron Man Relay Remix 2017, Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Steve Rogers, leader of the Ultimates, has strange dreams. Dreams where he's a comic book artist. Dreams where it wasn't SHIELD who pulled him from the ice. Dreams where he's an Avenger, whatever that is. But they're definitely dreams, because in these dreams he has a whole lot of... feelings... for Tony Stark. And that can't possibly be real, right? Right.

More about this story... )

I didn't know what the rest of the chain looked like until reveals, obviously, but I am pretty happy that it turned out that most of us took the opportunity to keep the multiverse theme going, because, seriously, it went 1872, 1872/616, AA multiverse, Ults/616, AvAc/Ults/616, a giant sprawl including all the above universes and the MCU, and so on. I feel kind of sorry for springing Ults on everyone. But obviously not that sorry!

And then there was my actual main Remix assignment, where I remixed Neverever's MCU story Past Imperfect:

If You Want to Live (The Historical Present Remix) (9249 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Carol Danvers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Reed Richards, Stephen Strange
Additional Tags: Alternate Timelines, Time Travel, Rescue Missions, MIT Era, Star Trek References, Pining, Pre-Slash, Avengers Vol. 4 (2010), Remix, Community: cap_ironman, Captain America/Iron Man Fanfic Remix 2017
Summary: The Civil War is over. The SHRA is gone. Steve has been brought back to life. He's settling into his new duties as America's top cop. His longtime friendship with Carol Danvers -- Avenger, former director of SHIELD, and former leader of the pro-Registration forces -- is now a tenuous one. But something is very wrong in the world. This isn't how it was supposed to be. Someone is missing. Tony Stark was killed at the age of seventeen, and it's up to Steve to travel into the past to save a man he doesn't remember from a man he knows all too well: a mysterious assassin from another time and place, a man with a metal arm. And the truth is more complicated than anyone could ever have guessed.

And as for this one... )

And then I had two stories in Remix Madness!

The first is a remix of a_sparrows_fall's 616 Civil War AU You Started:

See You at the Bitter End (The Rest of the Rainbow Remix) (8422 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics), New Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, 5 Things, Infinity Gems, Civil War (Marvel), Civil War: The Confession (Marvel), Angst, Extremis, Bad Decisions, Accidental Death, Self-Sacrifice, Telepathy, Hopeful Ending, Remix, New Avengers Vol. 1 (2004), Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Pick a Gem, any Gem. And try to stop a war.

Mind the warnings and tags with this one.

Further details... )

And then there's my filthy, filthy remix of Robin_tCJ's MCU story Mark XXX:

Prototyping (The Make the Sparks Ignite Remix) (1176 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Iron Man (Armor)/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Iron Man (Armor)
Additional Tags: Engineering, Established Relationship, Armor Kink, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Fantasizing, Remix, Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Tony is an excellent boyfriend and an excellent engineer, and so there's no way he's going to let his brand-new sex armor fuck Steve without him trying it out himself first.

A last-minute PWP in a universe I don't even write! )

This concludes my remixes.

#52essays17 No. 5

Feb. 26th, 2017 05:06 pm
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[personal profile] newredshoes
It will surprise no one, honestly, to look back on my many years of celebrity boyfriends and realize I have actually been trying to date the same specific imaginary person this whole time. To all my future husbands:
I love his nose, I love his beautiful hands and wrists, I love his hair and I love how inescapably Jewish he is, no matter what his character’s backstory is. He’s my current iPhone background. He was made in a bottle for me.
Whooooooo could I mean? Is it all of them? Read on. I've spent my whole afternoon working on this, rather than other, more pressing things, and my laptop got very agitated to have so many tabs open. /o\ but also ♥.

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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:50 pm
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LiveJournal has unblocked and whitelisted our webserver IP addresses, so importing, crossposting, and feed accounts should work properly again! Thanks for the quick fix, LJ.


Feb. 26th, 2017 09:37 am
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[personal profile] mayhap
Spring training games, are, of course, completely meaningless scrimmages with no bearing on anything, except when my team wins one, in which case they are clear portents of a successful season.

Two quick things

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:42 pm
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We've had people ask us about the Cloudflare leak reported a few days ago. We are Cloudflare customers, and it is possible that login cookies or passwords may have been exposed as part of the incident. We believe the risk to you is relatively low -- it was a small percentage of Cloudflare's requests that were involved over a relatively short period of time, and we haven't found any evidence that anything from us was among them. This is not an absolute guarantee that none of your accounts were affected, but we don't think the likelihood is very high.

Because we believe the risk to be low, we aren't automatically expiring everyone's session cookies and requiring you to log back in and change your password -- whenever we do that, it does lock some people who they can't remember their passwords and no longer have access to their confirmed email addresses out of their accounts, and we believe that will affect more people in this case.

Still, it's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly, and now would be a good time to do it, especially if you want peace of mind. We have a FAQ on how to change your password. If your browser logs you in automatically and you don't remember your password, you can reset it. If you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to your most recent confirmed email address, you can have the password reset email sent to any email address you've confirmed on your account by entering both your username and your old email address at the Lost Info page.

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LiveJournal imports/crossposts/feeds

LiveJournal has temporarily blocked about 2/3rds of our webservers from contacting their site, presumably because they feel that we're requesting data from them too often. This affects the ability to import your journal, the ability to crosspost entries from your Dreamwidth account to your LiveJournal account, and whether syndicated feeds of accounts on LiveJournal will update on Dreamwidth. Those features will fail when they're unable to contact LJ because of the block.

It isn't every one of our webservers, so things will work intermittently -- if you crosspost two entries one right after the other, one might succeed while the other fails. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to resolve this other than contacting them and asking them to unblock us (which I'll be doing right after I hit 'post' on this entry).

EDIT 2249 EST 25 Feb: We appear to be down to zero unblocked webservers, so imports, crossposts, and feeds will all fail until LJ unblocks us.

EDIT 26 Feb noon EST: LJ unblocked and whitelisted us this morning, so all is working again!
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[personal profile] astolat

Never Did Run Smooth (12727 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game), The Witcher 3
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Geralt of Rivia/Emhyr var Emreis
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Emhyr var Emreis, Jaskier | Dandelion, Sigismund Dijkstra, Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon
Additional Tags: Forced Marriage, Ritual Sex, Consent Issues, Frogs, magical curses, Public Sex
Series: Part 5 of Witcher works

“Uh,” Geralt said, staring down at the glass case.

“Ribbit,” said the frog.

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[personal profile] legionseagle
Some years ago, in the midst of what was then called "the warnings wank" or "another round of the warnings debate" [personal profile] melannen stated "I warn for 'Old People Sex' when one of the parties is over 55 or so."

I was not at the time 55 though I was within spitting difference of that age. Nevertheless, I felt ferociously angry on seeing that statement. "Trigger Warnings" surely are things that one puts on content because the mere thought of what is warned for is supposed to provoke PTSD. That's what warnings are for, is it not?


I am still having sex.

Which leaves me in something of a dilemma. I am told, according to the best social justice theory going, that this makes me -- dread word -- "problematic".

Which is where we come on to the life and death of Helen Bailey.

Whom no-one came to help, because she was over 50 and therefore her sex life must be considered "problematic". The fact she was in the hands of a psychopath by then was exactly what she deserved for wanting to have a sex life after 50 in the first place. At least, when it comes to the opinions of people who assume over-55 sex needs a trigger warning.

The sheer waves of suicidal ideation which rise up ever time I think about "Frankly, I warn for 'Old People Sex' if the parties are over 55 or so" are so hard to combat, one might really welcome a serial killer, know what I mean? Bit of attention, at least.

Of course, wanting attention is terribly problematic. And requires a trigger wanrning.

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Feb. 25th, 2017 02:30 pm
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[personal profile] lotesse
I don't how how much of this is about being re-het-partnered, how much of it is about cumulative frustration with living around my parents' vague "leftist" anti-feminism for the last few years, and how much of it is the continued fucking wound of how the country was too goddamn sexist to elect the most capable fucking leader we've ever had a chance at, pretty much -- but my feminism's got kind of a hysterical edge to it these days, I gotta tell you. Truth coming out of her well to shame mankind - style. This bubbling well of explosive anger and alienation, like it hasn't been since I was a teenager. I've been the suzy sunshine voice in my friend group in re: the chance of the Trump admin being taken down without the world ending, but I think the unvoiced pain of her non-election -- not just the fear for the world, but the bludgeoning feeling of watching an exceptionally qualified woman be ground beneath the wheel of public sexism before your eyes -- is starting to be a problem for me. But I don't know what to do with it -- the allies I have available to me are not necessarily sympathetic to that particular trauma, and, pragmatically, it feels necessary to swallow my feminist rage and work with my daddy in resistance against Trump. It's not that I'm unwilling to do what's required of me -- it's just that I notice it's warping something in me, a little bit, pulling askew
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[personal profile] opalsong posting in [community profile] amplificathon

Title: The Line in the Sand
Author: KouriArashi
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Allison/Scott, Derek/Stiles, Erica/Stiles, Danny/Ethan
Rating: Teen
Length (total): 6:57:49
Music: Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) by My Chemical Romance
Cover: Opalsong (heavily influenced by Kylie L's gorgeous covers for this series)
Summary: When a friend shows up on Stiles' doorstep asking for help, Stiles knows he can't refuse. What he doesn't know is that he's walking into a trap designed just for him.

Podbooks Link:
Podbook [6:57:49; 197.9MB]

Chapter Links [length; size]:
Chapter 1 [29:02; 40.1MB]
Chapter 2 [30:39; 23.8MB]
Chapter 3 [38:02; 29.4MB]
Chapter 4 [31:23; 24.0MB]
Chapter 5 [49:07; 67.7MB]
Chapter 6 [41:12; 32.1MB]
Chapter 7 [37:00; 28.4MB]
Chapter 8 [29:00; 22.6MB]
Chapter 9 [26:09; 36.1MB]
Chapter 10 [32:42; 45.1MB]
Chapter 11 [29:36; 23.4MB]
Chapter 12 [25:15; 19.8MB]
Chapter 13 [18:42; 14.2MB]

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3

ARCHIVISTS: Please do not archive this work.

Plan for the day: plan for the week.

Feb. 25th, 2017 08:38 am
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[personal profile] newredshoes
I woke up early enough today to watch the sun burning off some thick fog right now. It is a lovely, lovely feeling to wake up early and super rested and just lie in bed, feeling happy! This week has been busy but really quite good. [ profile] oliviacirce is coming to hang out at my apartment for the first time in the nearly two and a half (!!) years I've lived here. I have a new fern (I really like ferns) and can repot my poor spider plant that's gotten way too big for its pot as soon as I'm sure I have enough new soil. I've had two 10K-plus walking days in a row. I had an amazing massage from a former construction worker who's not only great at massage but has that dry, nerdy geek humor (we got along at once!). I kind of accidentally bought some real expensive shoes that I'm wildly going back and forth on. (I worry that my general "bombshell" curviness, calves included, is at odds with how delicate they make my feet look. But like!! They're Fryes, and I could probably wear them forever! And I'm sure they look great from outside my own head, you know?) I finished transcribing an interview that had been kind of torturing me since before Christmas. I'm feeling optimistic about so many things! Antidepressants work, friends! Three cheers for mood stabilizers!

One thing I wanted to put to you all: Anyone here have thoughts on IUDs? The nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood recommended I think about getting one in a few months. Yea? Nay? I feel like I've heard several of you rave happily about them. I'm mostly looking in the context of mood swings, to be honest, since my worst moments tend to happen in the week before my period hits.

Some links:
  • My links! Things I’m Verbing: Rebel librarians, CEO presidents and lost boys who need to wander back, as always, includes things that will make you smile as well as shake your head.
  • Broadly, Vice's women's site, wins for headline of the week: "Study: Straight Women Are Having Fewer Orgasms Because of Their Useless Partners." Speak that truth!
  • You know how aggressively bored I am by dudeslash, but this writeup of Jewish gangsters and Meyer Lansky in particular suddenly has me wanting epic stories of gangsters in love: So a Nazi Walks Into an Iron Bar.
  • some things

    Feb. 24th, 2017 09:18 pm
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    [personal profile] thistleingrey
    I tried taking a day off work. I did. Then I worked two extra hours the night before and 2.5 hours the morning of my day off, whereupon my boss told me to take the rest of the day without spending vacation hours formally. And then I checked Slack for direct messages most of the rest of the day while doing other things, to answer questions.

    Reason got her special outing---each year for the past four, we go to a nearby botanical garden during her week off and walk until she's tired---but her lingering cough and the cold air made her cranky, and she barely ate lunch because the place where we went last year now puts oregano into everything. (We're mildly to moderately intolerant of oregano. I ate but needed a nap afterwards. Two questions on Slack awoke me from the nap.)

    The extra time coincided with a major office deadline, which had slid. Done done done done done. Happy Friday, everyone?

    Actually, I find it peculiar (because it's unfamiliar) that a long deadline around here means more than six weeks. To me, long has come to mean nine or ten months. :P

    More remixes!

    Feb. 24th, 2017 08:21 pm
    sineala: (Avengers: Not tonight)
    [personal profile] sineala
    Someone remixed me in Cap-IM Remix Madness! It is a remix of Plus One, the fake-dating fic I wrote for [personal profile] magicasen:

    An Incredibly Platonic Evening (Plus One Remix) (3776 words) by Anonymous
    Chapters: 1/1
    Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics), The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, The Avengers - Ambiguous Fandom
    Rating: General Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
    Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
    Additional Tags: Fluff, Pining, Dancing, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Mutual Pining, Oblivious Tony Stark, Remix
    Summary: After years of pining for Steve, Tony invites him to a charity gala strictly as friends. It’s not date. Sure, he might want something more, but it’s totally manageable so long as Steve stays in the dark. Right?

    The original story was Steve POV; this is Tony POV, and it's very very sweet. I recommend it highly!

    Reveals are in a couple days. I have one story in regular Remix, one story in Relay Remix, and one story in Madness. Try to find me!
    [personal profile] kitsuneheart posting in [community profile] amplificathon
     Kind of piggy-backing on Paraka, here, but this has been a subject on my mind, recently.

    I'm just going to start by saying this: Back up your shit. Back it up. Do it, NOW. Do it to the cloud, and then buy an external drive and back up to that, as well. Store the external drive somewhere outside your house (a friend's house, your car, whatever). Heck, if your personal file collection is small enough, you can probably keep it all on a keychain flash drive. If you're a packrat, like me, your hard drive will still be no bigger than a book. Go do it. Now.

    There's plenty of free options for smaller file collections. I personally recommend Google Drive (15GB) or DropBox (2GB, but there's guides online on how to get more space, so it's pretty easy to get over 10GB without paying), because they do the backups automatically. This is the BARE MINIMUM you should be doing, people. Never freak out because your computer died in the middle of writing or drawing or recording. Fix it or replace it, and download your cloud backup. If you've got a lot of stuff, then go find a service which will let you store more.

    Two years ago, I bit the bullet and bought a DropBox Pro account. I am so glad I did, because, a few months later, my laptop crashed. Rather than freaking out and trying to recover old files, I just got my new laptop, installed DropBox, and let it download my backups. Within two days, I was back to normal. All my music, photos, my writing, my podfic. Safe. If I'd already had that external hard drive backup I recommend, I'd have been fixed up even faster. There are lots of services you can consider, but if you can find yourself with the cash to spare, investing in an automatic cloud backup service like DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. is a great investment for any creator.

    I don't fully understand what happened with Jinjurly's site, but it  looks like there were not enough backups. One got corrupted in the website transfer, and another...I dunno. We were told back in July that the main backup was in hand and the archive would be back to normal over the weekend, but that never happened. Did Jinjurly lie about that backup's existence? Was it also bad? Did it get lost? Did she (and I am being serious here) die on us? I've been keeping a backup of all the current Jinjurly files on my laptop and that external drive, just in case this were all to happen again, but, at this point...I don't think that another corrupt file system is what's going to kill the archive.

    There's been no communication with archive higher-ups since July. And, when I said I was being serious about Jinjurly maybe passing, I was being 100% serious. For all intents and purposes, she's...gone. No longer with us. I hope that she's just moved on in her interests, is too busy with life, but we just don't know.

    The domain expires in September. If nothing has changed by mid-August, I'll bring this up with other main archive people (Paraka most definitely) on how to proceed. I think someone in the podfic community needs to buy it up, but what to do with it, how to proceed...I dunno. A redirect? A clone of the original site? A whole new home for podficcers? I just don't know. And I'm not even sure if it's necessary, anymore.

    A few weeks ago, I decided to finally check the podfic tag on AO3, and I found that only 1/3rd, possibly less, of podfics are being posted here to Amplificathon. It's not a hub, anymore. Oh, I'm looking forward to the annual Amplificathon challenge posts, but Dreamwidth? Jinjurly? They're not the place to go, anymore. You can get some exposure, sure, but that's about it.

    At the same time, don't put all your faith in the AO3. I love it dearly. I support it extensively. I'm one of those people with two coffee cups and other goodies, and my husband's employer matches what I contribute (lol, Google helps host your fanfic). The OTW is the beneficiary on my Amazon Smile setup. I know not everyone can give to the OTW as freely, but I DO encourage all of you that use Amazon to set up that Smile account to help the OTW, and to also install whatever extension for your browser that automatically redirects you to when you're shopping (SmileAlways for Chrome, Smile Redirect for Firefox). It costs you nothing, and if enough people do it, it will really help the OTW out.

    But I do not think the Archive of Our Own will last forever. I live walking distance to the Yahoo campus, and in the time I've been here, it's gone from packed parking lots to a skeleton crew, with even grimmer news circling around the investors. Websites, even for-profit sites, It happens all the time.

    So, when I love a fanfic, I go back to the top of the page and download it as an epub. I keep it, just like I've always kept all the podfic I listen to. A significant number of files recovered to the archive in Paraka's efforts are from my own computer, used as a last resort after original links failed and readers either didn't respond or said they hadn't kept their old work. I keep these things because I know, someday, they will be gone, and I will want them. To listen to or read again, or to give to a friend who will love them as much as I did.

    I adore Paraka so much for what she has done in hosting podfics. She has accomplished far, FAR more than I did on the archive recovery, and she's still trying. But, if you are a creator or a lover of a work, keep your own backups. Don't upload to Paraka and then delete from your own computer. Keep your creations close. Hope that you never had to use those backups again, but be prepared to, if the time comes.

    Go back up your stuff. Back up the stuff you love. You'll thank me, someday.

    anti-Trump ritual: personal mod

    Feb. 24th, 2017 04:43 pm
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    [personal profile] lotesse
    modified anti-Trump banishing ritual, to be done at midnight EST on the waning moon: Feb 24, March 26, April 24, May 23, ect.

    -bowl of witch hazel and water
    -bowl of blessed thistle and soil
    -bowl with a feather and incense dust
    -lit white candle
    -candle dyed orange with cinnamon and turmeric, inscribed with his name
    -Tower tarot card


    earth, air, fire, water
    And spirits of the ancestors

    I call upon you
    To bind
    Donald J. Trump
    So that his malignant works may fail utterly
    That he may do no harm

    To any human soul
    Nor any tree
    or Sea

    Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
    Usurp our liberty
    Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
    And bind, too,
    All those who enable his wickedness
    And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies

    bind all of them
    As with chains of iron
    Bind their malicious tongues
    Strike down their towers of vanity

    (invert Tower tarot card beneath the orange candle)

    in my name

    In the name of all who walk
    Crawl, swim, or fly
    Of all the trees, the forests,
    Streams, deserts,
    Rivers and seas
    In the name of Justice
    And Liberty
    And Love

    And Equality
    And Peace

    Bind their tongues
    Bind their works
    Bind their wickedness
    Bind them in chains

    So mote it be! So mote it be! So mote it be!
    You're FIRED!

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