Dear Author: Holly Poly

Oct. 20th, 2017 07:53 am
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Dear author,

Welcome to my Dear Author letter for [community profile] holly_poly, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).

WORK IN PROGRESS

holly_poly: still working things out )

Marvel Is Marvel exchange

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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The idea here is to organize a gift exchange designed for Marvel and its many branched runs, authors, related and unrelated fandoms. The idea is to include the X-Men side and the Avengers side and every other side that non-Marvel fans don't realize is Marvel. The idea is to include any timeline you want, any world you want, any character you want, so long as it's Marvel.

NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

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  • Nominations: Sunday, September 24 - Saturday, October 14
  • Sign Ups: Tuesday, October 17 - Sunday, October 29
  • Assignments Out: Monday, November 6
  • Works Due: Saturday, December 9
  • Works Revealed: Sunday, December 17
  • Authors Revealed: Sunday, December 24

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Oct. 18th, 2017 03:08 pm
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Curious question: do they teach 'show don't tell' anymore?

I seem to be reading a disproportionate number of stories lately where I've been told everything that's going on, using a character's headspace and thoughts, rather than being shown it in a character's interaction with other people and the universe around her. And it kind of makes me want to rewrite the story to be better...

--

I have eaten an awful lot in the last week, thanks to Sydney's Night Noodle Markets, which is full of amazing Asian-esque food.

Granted, I went with a couple of friends on Monday, and am going again with a couple more friends on Thursday, and I went and bought some last night (taking it home in a takeaway container)

a list of foods )

I went for a walk, but the wind proved problematic for my skirts, so I ended up taking the elevator to the floor six below the one I work on (also owned by the client) and walking up. It was a good walk; I must do that more often...for the seven days that I have left working here.

Dear Author: Marvel Is Marvel

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:46 am
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Dear author,

I'm presently trying to decide whether not being able to pick the same fandom multiple times with different groups of characters is a dealbreaker.

Welcome to my Dear Author letter for [community profile] marvelismarvel, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).

Do Not Wants:
  • non-con, dubcon
  • fridged women
  • in sex: wet, messy, dirty, bodily fluids, guro
  • pairings I haven’t asked for (even in the background)
  • men dominating the narrative
  • unhappy/depressing endings


Likes:
  • female-driven narratives
  • non stereotypically-feminine female characters
  • action, dialogue, conversation, crisis/conflict, resolution
  • show, don’t tell
  • friendships/romances that are respectful of difference


letter in progress )

All these ideas are, ultimately, optional. If they speak to you, then well and good. If they don’t speak to you, then go with the fandom, character, and relationships that we matched on, and it’ll be fine!

Thanks.
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Direct Benefit

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:12 am
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Now, I don't know how the people reading this feel about direct cash transfers to those in need, but in the wake of Harvey, Give Directly will be running a small operation in Texas.

Blog Post at Give Directly

I realise that we're more comfortable generally with donating to relief organisations, but, frankly, sometimes it's more direct to hand over the money and let people work out what their priorities are instead of making them jump to the requirements of relief organisations.

(For those of you who object to religious charity - a.k.a. giving that asks for someone to fit religious requirements or to listen to a talk in exchange for food; direct giving also bypasses such hoops.

For those of you who object to 'enabling the poor to by beer and prostitutes', this post is not for you, carry on.)

Is it still a handout? Yes. But it's one that's intended to give people the chance to work out what they need, rather than presuming comfortable, middle-upper class know what they and their families need, or elongating the chain of 'is this something that we think they really need?' Does it rely on good supply chains that then provide the things which people need? Yes. But America has those supply chains and enough people to make it reasonably worthwhile to maintain them.

Could be interesting. Also in the execution of it, how many non-white families get the direct cash transfer as compared to white ones.

Well, that's a bummer,,,

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:22 am
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Client I'm working at had a bad financial year - no rain out in the fields, budgets slashed. Come November, there won't be space in the budget at this client for me. Several people are being put on part time, but they're employees of the contracting company so they get priority.

the good, the bad, and the ugly )

In other news, my chooks (Aussie slang for "chickens" for all you sad cases living beyond our borders) are arriving in the next week! (After hearing nothing from the company for far, far too long.) Hopefully just in time to keep the fruit flies down...

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Oct. 15th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Last day of holidays (vacation). I feel like I've either done nothing or packed a lot into the last week. Sometimes I feel like I've done both nothing at all and packed a lot into the last week.

Crossovering is live, my stories are in there, neither are particularly good, nor particularly popular.

For the rest of the year, the exchange plan is:
Trick or Treat
Marvel Is Marvel
Holly Poly
Yuletide

If someone else runs a Captain Hill exchange, I'll participate, but I doubt it. Pacific Rim might get a resurgence, but either way I don't plan to join in. Other than that, I still have sedoretu to finish, as well as all the others.

I can probably get three Trope Bingo entries done in the next two weeks before the end of October. Probably. But it's gonna be a bit difficult to hold off posting stuff until the 12 Days of Ficmas...

BPAL scents: a few reviews

Oct. 12th, 2017 08:46 am
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The Sun's Treasure: incenses, myrrhs, ambers to start with - it's pretty good in the wet phase, although it's fading fast. Developed into a lovely warm ambery-musk scent, but not very strong. Barely a residual scent 2 hours later.

The Carousel: too thin, turns out kind of herbal and sickly green on my skin. Also fading fast. Barely there in twenty minutes, residual in 2 hours. - SWAP

Nasty Woman: black fig and patchouli, filthy bourbon vanilla, honeyed amber oud, and loukhoum.
Immediately amber, then swiftly a strong tobacco scent. That might be the patchouli? Doesn't last very long, residual scent in 2 hours.

Bast: A desert wind alight with myrrh and golden amber, cardamom and honey, bourbon vanilla and cacao.
Amber and myrrh to start with, the honey hits strong on this one, even in drydown. However it's gone in a couple of hours, only residual scent.

vacation

Oct. 8th, 2017 12:16 pm
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A week on vacation means a great deal happening but not very much posting.

I ate my way through Melbourne (omg delicious), saw Much Ado in the popup Globe Theater (amazeballs), and came down to stay with friends for the last four days, culminating in a bonfire last night with sausages, marshmallows, toast, and FIIIIIIRRREEE (loads of fun for my pyro self), and this morning watching the Bathurst 1000 and getting the details explained to me (kind of interesting, but not likely to become a habit). Tomorrow, I fly back to Sydney in the evening, and thence have the rest of the week off.

I posted two exchange fics (collections are still hidden), added a chapter to the sedoretu fic, and posted two Maria & Pepper AUs.

chapter: end of the line
title: downright complicated
summary: When a sedoretu consists of Captain America, the former Deputy Director of SHIELD, the Black Widow, and the Winter Soldier, things are bound to get downright complicated...
rating: PG-13
notes: So this is kind of the nadir of the story - the point where everything is dark and it doesn't look good. There's a lot of unfucking to go on from this point, but they'll get there. It's kind of a relief; I've been writing this for a year and have had this in my head for longer, so I'm glad to have gotten this far - at least now it's just gently disentangling the characters and their expectations from each other...with a few hitches along the way.

title: A Tale Of Two Sisters
summary: Pepper doesn’t want adventure or a reward or heroism. She just wants to survive and live the best life she can.
rating: PG-13
notes: Originally developed and written for the [tumblr.com profile] mcuaufest, but it had an epic feel to it, and I wasn't comfortable gifting it. There might be more - Pepper and Maria might head out on a quest to end the Stark Curse, but for the moment, I think this is as much as I'm going to manage.

title: Hold Tight
summary: Pepper reaches out to grab Maria as they reach the gurney. Now that she’s had time to calm down, to focus on something other than herself, she can feel the other woman’s emotional fragility beneath the professional shell. She wishes there was something she could do, but words desert her and this moment with all the other personnel around them isn’t private.
rating: PG-13
notes: The next story in the MCU Jaeger AU: Fire And Ice series - Maria and Pepper comforting each other in different ways, under different circumstances. It's not really a happy ending, but it's a necessary step to where we're going.

I've been doing a bit of writing; not as much as I hoped, because things have been pretty busy even out here staying with my friend. And tomorrow, I head home and have some nice quiet days.

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