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Since site signatures and profiles offer limited space for links and summaries, I thought I'd create a list at the top of the LJ that I can update when fics are posted.

I'm a complete review junkie, so most of these stories have been posted in more than one place, and indeed some of them appear in many different archives -- a list of which stories appear in which archives is given at the foot of the page. All of them however are posted to my fic journal.

They tend to be gen with or without a secondary shippy plot, although about a quarter are basically shipfic. Quite a number are challenge stories of one kind or another, although in many cases those are ones that I had in mind anyway and just adapted slightly for the challenge. :) The most common rating is PG-13, although there are a few that are R/NC-17.

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... look, when we said we wanted you to elect Trump so Brexit!UK would no longer be thought of as the stupidest, most xenophobic nation around, it was a joke.

There are various scenarios around in which Trump being full of shit means it's not as bad as it could be, but they involve him not actually doing anything of importance -- either because he treats the job as a gigantic ego-wank and lets his subordinates do all the actual governing, or because he does something which gives the Republican party the excuse to apply a swift impeachment backstab and install Pence (although it would have to be something spectacularly bad for them to brave the wroth of their base and do that).

And of course even in those best case scenarios, the Republicans still have a triple lock giving them a free hand to do what they want as far as policy goes. I assume it's going to be goodbye Obamacare, hello all sorts of ghastly ideas. Sucks to be American either way, but as for the rest of the world's point of view -- you voted for that, you deal with it, just don't start a fucking nuclear war.

Of course, it offers a yoooge boost to right-wing triumphalism world wide, so the next round of elections in Europe are going to be fun too (if you enjoy seeing just how fucked up things can get). The quote that struck me was from Marine Le Pen’s "most senior strategist, Florian Philippot", who tweeted: "Their world is collapsing. Ours is being built." He might as well have added "Tomorrow belongs to us!", just to get the full vibe.

It's easy to draw comparisons with the 1930s. The problem with that is that it feels like an overreaction, and probably -- hopefully -- is, but presumably in the 1930s it was an overreaction too right up to the point at which it wasn't, and it's hard to tell the difference without the benefit of hindsight. However, if you're looking for analogies ... well, after Brexit, I tried to think of some other case in which a nation had deliberately chosen long-term self-harm for really dumb reasons, but the best I could think of was the cattle-killing movement in the 1850s Cape. As for this ... well, how about the same part of the world a century later, the 1948 South African general election which has a number of wince-inducing parallels? That one worked out well, didn't it?

The older I get, the more I feel like "people are shits" acts as a necessary and sufficient explanation for many things.

My sympathies for my flisters in the US, most of whom I assume had sense enough to vote Clinton.
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Is anyone planning to attend "Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016" in London this August? I haven't been to the earlier ones, but this time the venue is within a few minutes walk of my flat, so I feel I should probably make an effort if others are. :)
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As always, late off the mark, but hey ... if you'd like a card from me, please comment here with your address etc. In the way of these things it may end up being a "holidays" card depending on the post, but that probably isn't a surprise. :)

Comments screened, but feel free to PM instead if you prefer.

Inkitt?

Sep. 28th, 2015 06:14 pm
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I just received a spammish email via FF.net pointing me to a German fanfic site (in English) called Inkitt, and inviting me to submit a fic (NTLJ as it happens) to some sort of contest they're running:

http://www.inkitt.com/

Anyone know anything about them? Is this legit or are we looking at the latest Fandom Kerfuffle? The site looks like it might be run on a commercial or at least semi-commercial basis, and I get suspicious about what agenda there might be with this sort of thing!

(Also -- blimey, it's been a long time since I posted anything here.)
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These notes have been sitting on my hard drive for ages, but this recent post on Reddit from someone who inspected the original manuscript of A Dance with Dragons, and which seemed to support one of my pet theories (or at any rate nix a popular alternative), reminded me of it. So here are some comments about various mysterious identities and so on in the series -- I dare say most or all have been brought up elsewhere before now, but I only occasionally go looking for ASOIAF meta. Spoilers abound, comments invited!

Coldhands, a couple of dwarfs, dragonsteel, Aegon etc )
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At the moment, there's some sort of new construction taking place on Victoria Street opposite the tube exit from Victoria Station, which is hidden behind a sort of hoarding arrangement. As you get to the top of the stairs and come out onto ground level, you are confronted with a giant arty piece of a brooding feline, thus:



OK, the text isn't there, but it seemed appropriate. :)
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It's that time of year to start thinking about seasonal cards again (well, actually it was that time of year a few weeks ago, but hey). So if you'd like to get a card from me, you know the drill -- post the name and address you'd like on the card/envelope, and any Christmas/holiday theme preferences below. As always, comments are screened, and no need to reciprocate.

(Given my, er, legendary efficiency and the vagaries of December overseas post, it's sadly possible it might not arrive until the New Year, of course, in which case my apologies.)
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Other than the assorted HP/LotR/whatever tie-ins, that is. Anyway, I think these new Finnish stamps (scroll down to the foot of the page) might be popular with slash fans:

http://www.posti.fi/english/current/2014/20140413_stamps.html

I mention this as a public service. :)
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In case you haven't seen this, there's a new chapter up:

http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/

POV is "Mercy". No spoilers from me, except the very minor one that GRRM seems to be enjoying himself by getting in a riff on Richard III. :)
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I never seem to have got the hang of this "organisation" thing, and therefore didn't manage to make a cards post this year. :( So may I simply wish you all a Happy Christmas (or Happy Holidays if you prefer) and all the very best for the New Year.
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... for coming up with a 50th anniversary episode that worked, one that managed to do homage to the history of Doctor Who without becoming bogged down in it, one that resolved old plotlines and then headed off in a new direction, one that managed to both work within the parameters set by the show's previous canon and also reconstruct them to produce something unexpected but fitting.

In short, thank you for producing a beautifully fannish piece of work.
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Belatedly, a quick comment on David Cameron's reply to a question asked him in Kazakhstan that he would want to be Harry Potter. In your dreams, Dave. It was widely reported that he then said people in Britain would cast him as Voldemort. Powerful evil wizard? In your dreams, Dave.

What he actually said, apparently, was ""I suspect people in Britain might want to paint me in a different role but I'll let them do that". Well, since you suggest it ... how would Dodgy Dave and his chum Georgie fit into the HP world?

Well, we have a career politician who seemed affable enough when not faced with any serious problems, but turns nasty when criticised, and has shown an unprincipled tendency to operate solely on the basis of what he thinks will keep him in the top job. He has a sidekick who seems to take a smirking relish in devising spiteful ways to kick those who are already down, especially when they're not his own "sort" -- a group who consider themselves a natural elite.

Yes, I think we're looking at Fudge and Umbridge here, aren't we?
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This has been bugging me and I clearly haven't been Googling the right things to find the answer: in last night's Doctor Who, one of the kids says to Clara "When someone offers to make you Queen of the Universe, you say yes!" I'm pretty sure that's a reference to a line in something else I've heard or seen fairly recently, but I can't remember what, dammit. Can anyone help me out here?

Fic post

Apr. 8th, 2013 11:00 pm
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Updates to [livejournal.com profile] snorkfics -- the McG-Percy-Beedle-goblins fic The Sacrifice of Right, and this one from [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp's "one prompt, many writers" challenge:

Title: Automatic Reactions
Rating: PG-13
Length: 500 words

Summary: "To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves."― Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding and Yerma

The idea was that everyone participating wrote a ficlet to that same prompt, with a contest afterwards to guess who wrote what. Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] writcraft who made the only correct guess on this one, even though I tried to adopt a different style. :)
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The evil that women do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with Thatcher.

Since I'm a mean person, I wonder how many extra hits this is getting?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-BZIWSI5UQ
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I thought you might like to see a couple of short extracts from the latest fic I'm working on. Since I do seem to write a lot of stuff that's basically Harry Potter genfic, this time I've gone for source material that's quite definitely NC-17 -- namely the E.L.James bonkbuster Fifty Shades of Grey.

The fic itself is basically a good old fashioned High School AU (with Twists which will become apparent as the story unfolds ...) -- this extract is based on the scene in the original where Ana finds herself in Christian Grey's arms for the first time, after he rescues her from nearly being run over:

Extract from new fic (suggestions for a good title welcome) )
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Written for [livejournal.com profile] hp_holidaygen (will appear on [livejournal.com profile] snorkfics in due course):

Title: The Sacrifice of Right
Rating: PG-13
Length: 14,500
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Percy Weasley, Kingsley Shacklebolt, assorted supporting cast of portraits, goblins etc

Summary: When Minerva McGonagall discovers a cryptic note among Dumbledore's old papers, she finds herself investigating a mystery involving goblins, ancient runes, and Beedle the Bard, with the invaluable assistance of Percy Weasley.

Notes: Makes use of bits of secondary canon from Pottermore, but no prior knowledge of them is required to understand the story. For the avoidance of confusion: a 'CV' (curriculum vitae) in British usage is the same as a 'resumé' in US usage -- a list of accomplishments submitted in support of a job application.

Link: here
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Unicorn lair 'discovered' in North Korea
In what appears to be a genuine world exclusive, the inimitable Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has now broken the incredible news that archaeologists in Pyongyang have discovered a unicorn's lair.

Or rather, the report says that they have "recently reconfirmed" the lair of one of the unicorns ridden by the ancient Korean King Tongmyong, founder of a kingdom which ruled parts of China and the Korean peninsula from the the 3rd century BC to 7th century AD.

The KCNA goes on to state that the location happens to be 200 metres from a temple in the North Korean capital, adding: "A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair."
The KCNA also go on to state that "the discovery ... proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea as well as Koguryo Kingdom," which is handy. I think we can all agree that this is an awesome and completely credible story. After all, if you can't trust the official news agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to report things accurately, who can you trust, eh?
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Pacific's Sandy Island found not to exist

"Geologists from the University of Sydney have discovered that a 26km-wide land mass called Sandy Island that can be seen on charts and maps – including Google Maps - does not in fact exist. An island was thought to exist between Australia and the French territory of New Caledonia, but there is no satellite image of it. Geologist Sabin Zahirovic says it is possible that human error during the process of digitising maps created Sandy Island."

ETA: Hm, from a bit of curious Googling it seems like relatively old news then? Still a good story ...
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