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Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:20 pm
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All regular assignments are due at 23:59 Zulu military time on October 24.


At that time I will default all uncompleted main assignments.  If you feel like you will need an extension then email me before the due time at halloweenmod@gmail.com.  Extensions come with the penalty of having to complete one additional extra gift that meets the minimum requirements of an assignment for a participant other than yourself, before next year's sign-ups end.

If you have a pinch hit I will not default you but will instead send a check in email to see how you are doing.  If you need extra time it will be granted at no penalty regardless of how early it was claimed.

Football RPF: loose ends

Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:19 pm
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Fic: loose ends by kaixo
Reader: ItsADrizzit
Cover Artist: annapods
Fandom: Football RPF
Ship: Dele/Eric Dier
Rating: M
Reader's Notes: Thanks to kaixo for writing a fic that I never wanted to stop reading so I could turn it into a podfic I never want to stop listening to.

This fic, by the nature of the characters and the settings, gave me a lot of space to play around with sound effects and music, which I did quite extensively. All the music in the backgrounds was informed by kaixo and then mixed together (from parts of various songs) from what they sent me and from my own music library. This podfic was a truly collaborative effort in that way and my favourite part of it is that just as a podfic is a blending of the author's words and my voice/performance, the music is a blending of our own musical tastes as well.

I hope you all enjoy it should you choose to listen to the version with sound effects. For those who prefer a version without music, I've also included that for you.

Summary: Eric Dier, an aristocrat flirting with disaster, has found himself suspended from his family's firm due to his inability to control his drinking. Dele Alli is back in London, in between music gigs and battling with family affairs that he'd rather avoid, thank you very much. Both of them meet in a bar in London on a Tuesday, and the story starts from there.

Cover art by: annapods

Music Version:
MP3 [149 MB, 02:43:12]
Podbook [109 MB, 02:43:37]

Non-Music Version:
MP3 [88.2 MB, 02:40:20]
Podbook [114 MB, 02:40:22]

Podfic Post: AO3
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Morgan Parker's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé is amazing and I can't stop thinking about it. I am looking forward to reading her previous book. I also enjoyed this interview with her in the Paris Review.

Hottentot Venus

I wish my pussy could live
in a different shape and get
some goddamn respect.
Should I thank you?
Business is booming
and I am not loved
the way I want to be.
I am an elastic
winter: sympathy
and shock, addictive
decoration. In the sunlight
my captors
drink African
hibiscus. They tell me
I look regal bearing fruit.
I am technically nothing
I will never be
a woman.
Somewhere in my
memory, I was held
by a man who said
I deserved it.
Now I understand.
No one worries about me
because I am getting paid.
I am here to show you
who you are, to cradle
your large skulls
and remind you
you are perfect. Mother America,
unleash your sons.
Everything beautiful, you own.

– Morgan Parker
from There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
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It's been a long day (good! But long!) and I am pretty tired, but I wanted to knock off this post about Joseph Had a Little Overcoat before going to bed. The book (which won the 2000 Caldecott award) is based on a Yiddish folk song, about a man who had an overcoat which wore out... so he cut it down into a jacket... and then a vest... and then a scarf... and so on till it was just a button, and then he lost it, and that was the end of the overcoat, until he made this song about, so I guess that means the overcoat lives on forever in a way.

I feel like I've heard a retelling of this song in the context of American pioneers, except it wasn't presented as a retelling at all, but as a fact of life about living in a world of homespun: cloth is expensive so you use it till you've twisted every last dreg of life out of it. Maybe it's not a retelling really, but a convergence? People all around the world cut down their old clothes to get more use out of the good bits, and told stories about it...

In any case. This is a particularly Jewish telling of that tale, and quite charming. (My favorite little detail: the discarded newspaper with the headline "Fiddler on Roof Falls Off Roof.") The illustrations are sort of collage-y, with die-cut bits so that, say, you turn the page and the holes will frame just the parts of the coat necessary to make the jacket - which I think would charm me more if I hadn't spent time working in book repair: now I just look at them and quietly have vapors about how easily damaged these die-cuts are. You are giving children a book that is pre-holed, just imagine what damage they will in all innocence do when they stick their clumsy little fingers through.

FMK white hetero historical dramas

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:26 pm
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I was thinking about an FMK (to make it less violent, but keep the acronym, you can think of it as fuck / marry / kick-out-that-door): the Megan Follows / Jonathan Crombie Anne of Green Gables, the BBC Pride and Prejudice, and ... oh I need something to fill out the pattern, so let's say Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

(For me it's probably K: Pride and Prejudice, F: Miss Fisher's, M: Anne.)

October Podcast rec

Oct. 23rd, 2017 07:08 pm
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Astonishing Legends. They cover everything from personal ghost stories (like The Cackowski Intruder, in which Craig Cackowski and his sister Liz both experienced the same nightmare every night during their teenaged years, eight years apart) to conspiracy theories (the Polybius Ultra game) to well-known unsolved mysteries (Oak Island, Amelia Earheart, the Somerton Man.) For this October, they just did a two-parter on the Bell Witch of Tennessee; the latest episode is on the Black-Eyed Kids.


You get two intelligent, articulate hosts; occasional interviews with experts; The Astonishing Research Corps, or fans of the podcast who know stuff and know how to research more stuff; and spooky stories from all through history and around the world.

[#046] Priorities (Doctor Strange)

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:00 pm
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Theme Prompt: 046: Fool's Gold
Title: Priorities
Fandom: MCU (Doctor Strange)
Rating/Warnings: None
Bonus: Yes
Word Count: 662
Summary: The shifting of Stephen’s priorities was not an easy process.

Priorities )

Check-In – Day 23

Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:50 pm
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And the party continues. What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question: What meme (of your choice) best describes where you are on your current project?
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I have turned in
the keys
that were for
my old place

and which
you were probably
I would leave

Kiss my ass
neighbor at 18
so loud
and so pissed

[ SECRET POST #3946 ]

Oct. 23rd, 2017 07:42 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3946 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 38 secrets from Secret Submission Post #565.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

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Oct. 23rd, 2017 07:41 pm
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I amused myself greatly during my flights yesterday afternoon by imagining the AU in which the Avengers are professionals in an orchestra.

I was listening to the main title sequence to Thor: The Dark World, see, and it struck me how much fun Thor would have hammering away at the kettle drums on that particular piece of music.

From there it wasn't much of a leap to realize . . .

That Pepper's the conductor. The orchestra tried four other conductors before her, and none of them could handle the job. Pepper smiles a lot and rules with an iron fist. Not even Tony tries to cross her. (Well. Not after he tried the first time, at least.)

Tony owns the orchestra, and the concert hall, and most of the property in the arts district. His dad was a weapons dealer, but Tony inherited the whole thing when he was 21, sold the company, and threw himself into the music he'd always loved. He's first violin. (Of course he is.) A diva to the core, known for tantrums and waltzing into rehearsal still mostly drunk. But he's a technical genius - his fingering is precise and the music he plays beautiful. (He doesn't love playing the title music for Zeus II - prefers the difficulty of the titles for Major USA: In From the Cold War. Now that's a violin part.)

Steve plays the French Horn, and although people (Sam) like to tease him about it, there's something about the soaring arc of the melody he carries that makes people think of words like noble, and virtue. (Steve has almost no virtue left, says Sam. He personally removed it. Repeatedly. In their marital bed.)

Sam plays the trumpet - likes its sass. Trumpet players are, by reputation, cocky, but Sam says it's not cockiness when you really are damn good at what you play. Confidence, he says. It's all about confidence. Everyone in the wind section wants to be a trumpet player.

Rhodey disagrees. He plays the piccolo, and is the damn finest piccolo player you've ever seen. There are rules to playing the piccolo - piccolo takes discipline. Trumpet players don't have discipline.

Bucky plays the cymbals. Crankily.

Clint plays bass, and is as content to bow as to pluck the strings. He likes to try and catch Natasha's eye when they're playing, mess up her bow work, but she's wise to him.

Natasha is first cello. She tells people nothing about herself, so there are at least seventy-four stories circulating about where she learned to play. The best anyone's been able to get out of her is "Budapest."

Maria, Peggy, and Bruce are in the choir. Maria's a soprano, gets solos all the time, could be a star but prefers to be part of an ensemble. Peggy's a second alto, a damn fine one, and she's often asked to sing tenor when the men rather muck it up. Bruce looks like he should be a tenor but he's all bass - the power of his voice takes everyone by surprise on the regular, and he spends a lot of time looking vaguely uncomfortable about how vocally strong he is.

Nick Fury handles the finances - has an iron-clad agreement with Tony that Tony will not ask him questions, ever. Tony complies. It's some kind of miracle-working magic on Nick's part. Or perhaps he knows something about Tony that Tony doesn't want everyone else to know.

And then there's Thor, who is so happy to be on percussion, banging on drums, that he just grins beatifically through every rehearsal and every performance.

(Peter Parker's still in music school, but he's been asked to play iron bar whenever the orchestra records the theme to Metal Guy III.)

Sir Francis Harlequin

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:36 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please put your paws in the air to welcome our Star Kit, Sir Francis Harlequin. He is 3 weeks old from Ohio.

Sir Francis Harlequin

We found Sir Francis Harlequin aka Harley in our neighbor’s garage. We waited a few hours to see if the mom cat would come back. She never returned. We grabbed Harley and his sister and took them inside. They were freezing. Unfortunately, his sister died the first night, but little Harley is still going and getting stronger.

Sir Francis Harlequin

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Oct. 23rd, 2017 03:38 pm
[personal profile] msdkblack posting in [community profile] findthatbook
Looking for a chapter book from the 80's for 3rd-4th graders about a little Mexican girl who went to live at a hotel or on a ranch and her mom was the maid it had something to do with las palmas or the desert?

hey, look, a yuletide letter?

Oct. 23rd, 2017 05:59 pm
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

I have had this letter at the top of my to-do list for weeks, but when I finally sat down to write it, I couldn't really think of any reason to do it. You have years and years of this tag and so many previous letters if you're the sort of person who wants to dig really deep, and if you're not, you can stop reading now and go back to just my sign-up.

I could go into great detail about where to find the fandoms I requested and so on, but let's be honest, that would be almost entirely for people who might want to write me treats, not for you.

(Although super-quick: all the links you need for Mr. Trash Wheel are in this entry downtag; Njal's Saga is a medieval Icelandic saga which you could probably get a doctorate in but didn't so all I can suggest is gutenberg or a good modern annotated edition of which there are several in many languages, or if you're really ambitious, you can listen to all 12 Njal's Saga episodes of the SagaThing podcast, which is what motivated me to request it. But also I think of stories as old as Njal's saga as living stories rather than a fixed canon so if you want to just find a good summary and work from that, that would be a-ok with me; Murderbot Diaries is so far just one novella, All Systems Red by Martha Wells that came out this year and is probably available at your local library; Girl With The Silver Eyes is a kids' novel from the '80s that is probably not still at your local library but is definitely on Amazon for cheap, at least in the US; and the Barbara Hambly are both many-volume historical mystery series that are still being published, although I would be ok with side-character fic based on characters that only appear in the first volume of either.)

I could also go into great detail about why I like these canons, but you don't actually need thousands of words of rambling about the fundamental essence of Baltimore and urban solarpunk; or about the parallel roles of Hannibal and Simon in re: the construction of Whiteness and classical monsters as racial metaphors; or the performance of gender and honor in medieval Scandinavia; or about the portrayal of neurodivergence mediated through otherness in SF/F stories; and anyway if I did all that it would be totally misleading because really my reaction to these stories is more GIANT GOOGLY EYES and CHEESE CSI and TALKING CATS and SANCTUARY MOON and I read all the Hambly in a month straight while ill last year so really mostly I just LOVE IT ALL on a very shallow and inarticulate level.

I could go into more about my DNWs but honestly my DNWs are usually more about the spirit of the story than the details so it would be just as likely to make you worry about things you don't need to worry about.

(but real quick: please no environmentalism doomy doom for Trash Wheel- post-apocalyptic would be fine but make it hopeful and optimistic no matter how unrealistic that seems sometimes these days; please no doomy doom for Njal either, like, we all know how it ends, it's in the damn title, but he lived to old age which is pretty much a happy ending given the odds for a saga hero and a lot of other stuff happened before that; for Murderbot I think I covered it pretty well in the letter; Silver Eyes and Hambly I'm pretty much good with whatever as long as it's in the spirit of canon more or less and you're careful with the more sensitive bits of the history in Hambly.)

I could give you more prompts but you read my sign-up; do you actually need more prompts? I mean, let me know, I have plenty, but I kind of suspect you are begging me for fewer prompts at this point.

(Crossovers always good, setting-swap AUs also good, the weirder the better, outsider POVs and background characters always good, worldbuilding and setting always good, basically anything in these canons is fine?)

Anyway here is a link to my previous post of my sign-up just for convenience, it is slightly cleaned up with a few more prompts at this point: Yuletide signup

Most importantly, have fun! I promise nothing you write can ruin yuletide for me.*


*That's not a dare. But you would have to try pretty hard to manage it. Truly.

today hasn't been terrible #ptsd

Oct. 23rd, 2017 05:03 pm
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[personal profile] celli
I had a highly distracting morning and some friends made sure I wasn't stuck in my head all afternoon. I've also been doing that "1 like = 1 thing I love" meme, which is very positive. :) Except like 37 people have liked it. AHHH. I should have listed my entire family individually or something!

Going home in a few minutes and I have one call planned and a couple more I can make if I need to. I'm also going to try and write my indulgence fic for Yuletide and watch my Coursera class videos so I can continue to get these assignments done - NaNo is coming, I need these out of the way.

Note to self: a) don't spend too much time on Twitter except in your mentions, you don't have the emotional strength for the world on fire right now. b) don't call your dad, he means well but has no idea how to help. c) NO RACHEL. sorry, boo.

meet the chooks

Oct. 24th, 2017 07:55 am
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We finally got backyard chickens! (Aussie vernacular: "chooks", singular "chook")

They arrived on Thursday (six weeks after I ordered them) and are slowly being introduced to the garden. They won't be fully free-ranging, because I have garden plants that I'd like to keep, and the backyard (only the backyard for the moment; although we'll eventually maybe get to the frontyard...

my sister named them )

Anyway, two new additions to the household!


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