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([personal profile] ladyloveswolves7 Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:15 pm)
I am thoroughly happy with my life and right now I attribute my contentment to spending the last four months reading fan fiction in The Professionals fandom. I am so happy to have found my way back and to be rereading all these (expensive) zines for the third or fourth time. This time I am separating them into keepers and those I can ship off to someone to keep/sell/give away. Normally my journal entries are TL:DR fodder but these days I cannot spare the time or have much to say...just want to get back to the next story. I do a lot of searches for information, there are so many stories I wish were online, I get so pissed off at WIP that are unfinished. I really really thing that WIP should never be posted in zines. I just read through my five Scotch Doubles zines and they had four bloody stories that never were finished because the promised 6th zines never materialized or the writer's ran out of steam, or couldn't find another publisher. In Sprite of Himelf - Bodie as a sprite. No Such Thing As A Merman - Bodie as a merman. Days of Future Past by Ty a Chief-Pros crossover and the Scotch Doubles story that ended with a real cliff hanger (possible death). If you are going to do a WIP that spans five zines then you should make sure each is a stand alone so that if you don`t continue at least the reader has some closure. Four unfinished stories is too much. Rant over
I also have Lily Fulford`s The Professionals Story List - A Reference Guide that lists all the stories and where they can be found up to 1998, what a wonderful thing it is and I wish someone had continued her work. Palely Loitering made a great stab at filling in the blanks but her last post to her great work was in 2003 I think...I could add so much information as I go on reading, if she was still working on it.
It is 30C, the sun is shining, sailboats on the water look lovely and I did go out and eat on patio at PIE so now....back to my stories.
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([personal profile] ladyloveswolves7 Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:38 pm)
This time put in Live Journal password...this is the problem with having your computer save all your passwords...sometimes when they asked to be changed I cannot read my own handwriting with the new password in the notebook. try again for last time.
Confusing, put in Lady password this time instead of Live Journal password
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([personal profile] ladyloveswolves7 Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:32 pm)
Okay that password didn`t work so I am trying again.
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([personal profile] ladyloveswolves7 Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:20 pm)
Cross posting hasn`t been working so went to try and change password and now to see if this one works. Additional information, Brandon got new glasses but not boots. He has a cataract in right eye and it not happy with new bifocals...52 years old and first time getting glass and it is a heavy duty prescription...amazing he must have been driving blind for years. Air conditioner is on for only the fifth time this year....Ash is becoming really sensitive to the heat but at thirteen and a half you can expect changes. I am so far behind in all my journals...normally I can fill pages but there is no time and really nothing to say...I am not socializing really, no television shows, avoiding news like the plague...Trump makes me physically sick to my stomach and gives me anxiety attacks and world news is so awful that for my sanity and health I have to close it all off. My Live Journal account is so far out of date because every time I post here and hope the cross post happens and it doesn`t I am too lazy to go there and repeat myself. All these stories and most of the writers you cannot send feedback because none of their emails are functioning anymore. A lot of friends are switching over to gmail but I am still using my AOL. I wrote to Mary Van Deusen but I think my email addys for her were wrong and went to Barb Phillips of Recycled Media but the last time I used them and wrote to Barb they came back as if she had changed hers too.
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([personal profile] ladyloveswolves7 Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:15 pm)
I am thoroughly happy with my life and right now I attribute my contentment to spending the last four months reading fan fiction in The Professionals fandom. I am so happy to have found my way back and to be rereading all these (expensive) zines for the third or fourth time. This time I am separating them into keepers and those I can ship off to someone to keep/sell/give away. Normally my journal entries are TL:DR fodder but these days I cannot spare the time or have much to say...just want to get back to the next story. I do a lot of searches for information, there are so many stories I wish were online, I get so pissed off at WIP that are unfinished. I really really thing that WIP should never be posted in zines. I just read through my five Scotch Doubles zines and they had four bloody stories that never were finished because the promised 6th zines never materialized or the writer's ran out of steam, or couldn't find another publisher. In Sprite of Himelf - Bodie as a sprite. No Such Thing As A Merman - Bodie as a merman. Days of Future Past by Ty a Chief-Pros crossover and the Scotch Doubles story that ended with a real cliff hanger (possible death). If you are going to do a WIP that spans five zines then you should make sure each is a stand alone so that if you don`t continue at least the reader has some closure. Four unfinished stories is too much. Rant over
I also have Lily Fulford`s The Professionals Story List - A Reference Guide that lists all the stories and where they can be found up to 1998, what a wonderful thing it is and I wish someone had continued her work. Palely Loitering made a great stab at filling in the blanks but her last post to her great work was in 2003 I think...I could add so much information as I go on reading, if she was still working on it.
It is 30C, the sun is shining, sailboats on the water look lovely and I did go out and eat on patio at PIE so now....back to my stories.
6 - DARK PAGE


Loving a fictional character not only brings in the aforementioned trouble from the outside - it also tends to lead to turmoil on the inside.

The biggest issue for me is that I don't know what Jean-Luc would actually think of me if he was real. He's from an advanced future where Earth has gotten rid of its demons and is a founding and important member of the (usually peaceful) United Federation of Planets - a future where replicators take care of your every need and no one has to live in poverty, etc etc. This is all great, of course, but it also makes me wonder just why a man like Jean-Luc would bother with an anxious, emotionally unstable and fragile man like me from Earth's violent and dark past who has absolutely nothing to offer except his unconditional love.

More Here )
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([personal profile] azurelunatic Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:46 am)
Thursday was family games night, with pizza. [personal profile] sithjawa joined, as well as the partner's large array of siblings and their spouses/etc.

After games were done, my partner showed me Who Framed Roger Rabbit? out of the "You haven't seen that yet?" queue. And we watched more of The Orville, and I tested out my stand mixer by making some cookies.

Friday, in honor of the equinox, I baked a sweet cardamom loaf. Then we did a shopping run, and my partner made dinner.

These past two days have involved a lot of small gas-powered motors around. Partner has summoned a yard maintenance company to take care of some of the tree, bush, weed, and tenacious invasive morning glory things that the ex neglected in the interminable six months leading up to departure. It's been loud, but is so much better looking now. Though there are still some more things left for today, like the stack of lichen-covered branches in the driveway.
Never try to mean girl at a Slytherin.

I just need to find a good picture. Suggestions?

People keep making the mistake of thinking that just because I'm nice, I'm a pushover. Or gullible. Or both.

That is...beyond hilarious as a concept.

Fuck everyone today.

(Work issues, though I've run into the same idea outside of work, I suppose. I will elaborate when I'm not vaguebooking on a work computer on a work network.)
Not because I dislike the heat, because I unironically like 90+ degree hot, humid weather, but because it's given the ragweed fresh life. I'm sneezing non-stop.
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([personal profile] wendelah1 Sep. 21st, 2017 07:38 am)
Because the hits just keep coming. Give what you can, if you can.

Fundraiser by St. John's Rescue: St. John Victims of Hurricane Irma. This is an island-based charity and rescue group.

Harvey HELP is a fundraiser started by educators for their college students who've affected by Hurricane Harvey in order to provide grants to help keep them in school. It hasn't attracted much attention, sadly.

21 US Virgin Island's Relief Fund is the fundraiser organized by former San Antonio Spurs star, Tim Duncan.

Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief for the Caribbean:

Catholic Charities USA

Global Giving

Save the Children

UNICEF.

Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico was mentioned in an interview on MSNBC by a government official, name unremembered.

This made me remember that Habitat for Humanity helps low income people build houses all over the world, including the USA.

Habit for Humanity of Florida. This site has info for victims, too.

Houston Habitat for Humanity.

From Fortune.com, here is a long list of places to donate for Mexico.
Here’s How You Can Help Mexico Earthquake Victims. It includes the usual suspects as well as some local organizations.

And since I'm an Episcopalian and a "socialist," here is a link for Episcopal Relief and Development.
Linda Ronstadt - Silver Wings

I wonder how she's doing these days. I don't know that I'd want to live anymore, not being able to sing.

Sigh. This world is so sad. 






 
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([personal profile] wendelah1 Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:00 am)
I wish there was something positive to report. Instead, here's your daily reminder that millions of Americans are still at risk of losing their healthcare.

That's why we need to keep making those Calls to Kill Trumpcare.

The Guardian: Senate aims for healthcare vote next week as Obama condemns repeal effort

The Rachel Maddow blog: On health care, the GOP literally doesn’t know what it’s doing.

Tell me about it.

NYT: Republican Leaders Defy Bipartisan Opposition to Health Law Repeal.

Esquire: The Republicans Aren't Even Pretending This Is About Healthcare Anymore They're too tired to lie. But they're not too tired to vote for this piece of crap masquerading as actual legislation.

Brief healthcare rant )

Other links

The Conversation: Flood Insurance is Broken. Here are some ways to fix it.

NYT: Harvey and Irma Wiped Out Our Kitchens. Still, We Cook.

Lit Hub: Life On the Road and In a Walmart Parking Lot. Review of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder.

About the same author and book, in the NYT: On the Road With the Casualties of the Great Recession.

Why Are Americans Less Charitable Than They Used to Be? Researchers found that the losses of the Great Recession do not entirely explain why people aren’t giving very much money to charity. Maybe it's because they feel they have to donate to groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and NARAL, which are defending our democracy instead?

On a lighter note, from Lit Hub: 10 Famous Book Hoarders. My husband is a non-famous book hoarder. "No, Dad is an everything hoarder," our son pointed out. He has a point. Sigh.

BBC: The island people with a climate change escape plan. I'm glad to hear that someone has a plan.

That's Not My Age (a style blog for women over 50): Street Style Forever at London Fashion Week. Now I love seeing all the high falutin' old ladies in tennis shoes--it validates my own style-not-quite-choices but I'm having a harder time with the shirtdresses over blue jeans look. I'm trying to keep an open mind.
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([personal profile] lilly_the_kid Sep. 20th, 2017 05:28 pm)
I got Supernatural Season 12 and Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 in the mail yesterday, so naturally I'm in a good mood.

I've also starting watching Arrow and Gotham and like both a lot. I really like the visual style of Gotham, how it's timeless and yet has aspects of the 30s and 40s, the clothes and the big cars especially.

I also watched all of Bojack Horseman. I needed to get used to the style and universe first, but wow, I love it so much. It's really depressing, but funny and it has these "OMG, this is horrible and disturbing and it's breaking my heart." moments that really work. (Bojack's mom, OMG!!)


Have some vid recs: 

Hawaii Five-0
Touch Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] kasaneko ~ you wanna touch me now
Amazing!! Great editing and great concept. Steve and Danny are touching each other so so much, even if you don't count all the long and sensual hugs.

American Dad
I touch myself by [archiveofourown.org profile] Neon_Blues 
Stan/Roger vid. I love that this exists!!



5 - WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS



I've talked about a lot of hows, whens, wheres and whys, but now is the time to talk about the elephant in the room:

The "what?!" factor.

Being as open about my love for Jean-Luc as I am doesn't exactly bring in approval all the time (although I do feel the need to point out that a lot of people are very supportive) - many of those who encounter me probably wonder just how screwed up I must be to have fallen in love with a fictional character.

My first instinct is to react to this with anger, but then I remember that I have chosen to look at things from a different perspective these days: It's true that I'm a victim of severe (male) emotional abuse that went on every day for about 25 years of my life and that this still haunts me today in more ways than I care to count - but that is precisely why it's actually a miracle that I'm still capable of loving another person (real or not), much less a man.

Of course people who glance at my social media profiles think I'm "crazy", but since they don't know the backstory of it all, I can't really blame them.

More Over Here )
nothing gold can stay (2628 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yuri Plisetsky & Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky & Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya/Yakov Feltsman
Characters: Yuri Plisetsky, Victor Nikiforov, Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya
Additional Tags: Rivals, Post-Canon, Growing Up, Coming of Age, growth spurt, Injury, 2018 Winter Olympics, Aging
Summary: Yuri Plisetsky will never step out of Victor's shadow. Not if Victor has anything to do with it.

Or, the epic Nikiforov/Plisetsky rivalry in the run-up to the 2018 Games.



Here it is, the long one. The first chapter of the long one, at least.

A friend tells me that 'rage-filled teenage boy athlete' is not my usual aesthetic – probably an understatement! But it's a refreshing change in writing terms, and it's good to stretch yourself... right?
In case anyone doesn't already know:

[community profile] hlh_shortcuts.

(I mean, I didn't. There might be someone else who doesn't?)
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([personal profile] wendelah1 Sep. 20th, 2017 10:27 am)
There is so much going on in the news but we can't allow ourselves to forget that the Republican-controlled Senate is poised to take healthcare away from tens of millions of Americans.

Sign up, make calls, attend protests if you are able. Post the INDIVISIBLE website on Facebook. If you live in one of the key states, beg your friends and family to call up their Senators. Make a contribution to INDIVISIBLE or to the resistance group of your choice. DON'T GIVE UP.

Calls to Kill Trumpcare.

We can't let the Senate get away with this. Healthcare represents one sixth of the U.S. economy. If they do this terrible thing, it will only embolden them. They'll keep on doing it, crafting their incoherent, evil legislation in secret, with the end goal being to transfer more and more money into the hands of their donor class: the big multinational corporations--because thanks to our Supreme Court, corporations are people too--and the mega-wealthy one percenters. We must understand this: the Republicans in Congress won't stop until ordinary Americans are completely at the mercy of the ruling class.

We do not live in a democracy. I know, it's hard to accept. It goes against everything I was taught, everything I want to believe about my country. But the very fact that the Republicans in Congress are going ahead with their nefarious plans despite knowing full well that the overwhelming majority of Americans want the Affordable Care Act fixed, not repealed, confirms that. These senators want to serve their rich masters, not their constituents, and if we don't stop them somehow, they will.

And if wanting my fellow Americans to have decent healthcare makes me a socialist, Senator Lindsey Graham, well, fine then. I'M A SOCIALIST.

Please note that under Senator Graham's bill, his state will actually gain funding. Could this plan be more cynical, more devious, or more venal?

~/~/~

I know I'm sounding like a broken record (wow, there's a metaphor about to lose its relevance) but September is National Disaster Preparedness Month for a reason. I beg of you--if you don't have your supplies laid in and your plan in place, it is never too soon--or too late--to start working on it.

If it seems like I'm obsessed with disaster planning, well, you're right. I am. Maybe it's because unlike hurricanes, which give people time to panic, sit in lines at the gas station, and debate whether or not to evacuate, California's earthquakes give us no warning. Waiting for the storm of the century to hit makes people feel helpless because by the time they get home from work, the bottled water is gone from the grocery shelves, and so are the flashlights, and the kind of baby formula that doesn't need refrigeration.

Earthquakes. Just. Happen. We never know when or where the next one will hit. People who live in earthquake country should all be making preparations well in advance. If we don't, we're taking a huge risk. (And dammit I hate risk.) And we're due, FUCK IT, we're overdue for a bad one in California. Or two. Look at what just happened in Mexico: two catastrophic quakes in two weeks! Hundreds of dead, dozens of collapsed buildings, including two schools full of children, thousands upon thousands of homes lying in rubble.

The Mexico City quake struck on the 32th anniversary of the 1985 quake that destroyed the city, mere hours after their yearly commemorative earthquake drill. I have no words.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico just took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria.

~/~/~

It's overwhelming, I know it is. But we have to keep making those calls.
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([personal profile] wendelah1 Sep. 19th, 2017 07:54 am)
From USA TODAY: UNITED NATIONS – In a bracing speech to the United Nations, President Trump threatened Tuesday to "destroy" North Korea if it does not give up its nuclear weapons program.

Is he trying to start a war? For real?

A "bracing speech"? WTF, USA TODAY.

We cannot let ourselves get derailed by the shitstorm the Trump administration calls their foreign policy. We still have to make those phone calls to stop Trumpcare.
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([personal profile] wendelah1 Sep. 19th, 2017 07:42 am)
INDIVISIBLE just unveiled a new calling tool for folks in Blue States who want to help stop Trumpcare: Calls to Kill TrumpCare. We can't call our Senators--well, we can but mine are both Democrats and they are not the problem here. But we can make calls to our counterparts in key Red States and ask them to call their Senators.

How California — yes, California — could make a Trump reelection more difficult. YES!

Atlas Obscura: Found: 30 Lost English Words That May Deserve a Comeback.

Well, well, well. I think "betrump" deserves a comeback. Betrump: To deceive, cheat; to elude, slip from. Examples: I think our entire country is getting betrumped on a daily basis. Don't let yourselves get betrumped! Curses! Betrumped again! See what I mean? So useful. So accurate.

During Irma’s Power Outages, Some Houses Kept The Lights On With Solar And Batteries. Of course, if the roof has blown off or the living room has been flooded, having solar power doesn't mean all that much. Also, we're paying to help folks rebuild in the same flood zones over and over again. Maybe that needs to change?

USA TODAY: Dear Texas, how many times do we have to rebuild the same house? (You're next Florida). It's a reasonable question, imho.

Two years before NFIP was created, the 1966 Presidential Task Force on Federal Flood Control Policy warned that a badly run program 'could exacerbate the whole problem of flood losses. For the federal government to subsidize low premium disaster insurance ... would be to invite economic waste of great magnitude.' That sage advice was ignored.

The Atlantic: Has Climate Change Intensified 2017’s Western Wildfires? Long story, short: Yes. It has.

VOX: The brilliant, infuriating, boring, hypnotic Ken Burns documentary on The Vietnam War. The documentarian’s latest miniseries for PBS is a staggering achievement — and maybe his best work. I watched the first episode. It was good. I learned new things about Vietnam and its history. We keep making the same mistakes, over and over again. This has to stop.
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