Free comic book collection

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:34 am
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Jasmine's closets are filled with the late MV's comic collection. She's been trying to find home for the 30 cartons of comics for the last decade. If anyone would like them, they are free for the picking up (in bulk, not piece meal. Sorry.).

If she cannot find a taker in the next week, they are going out to recycling.
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Fandom: Pokemon Gameverse (HGSS, Kanto focus, with frequent mention of other gens/regions)
Characters/Pairings: Green/Red. Supporting cast includes Professor Oak, Kris, Silver, Leaf, Daisy Oak, Red's Mom, Red's Pikachu, Green's Eevee, and a whole plethora of OCs. The fic takes place 13 years after the events of the games, so the characters are all a little older.
Rating & Warnings: The fic is rated T. Major themes are trauma recovery, difficult/fraught family situations, near death experiences, second chances, the ocean, and forgiveness. Overall, the fic is meant to be uplifting rather than dark.
Estimated Fic Length: 30-35k, probably? Four out of the five parts are written and it's 25k so far. I mostly need a beta for parts 3 (7k) and 4 (8k), and maybe part 5 when it's finished. Though if you wanted to look at the first two parts I wouldn't say no...
Notes: You can read the first chapter here if you'd like a preview. I'm looking for a beta with knowledge of the pokemon universe, who would be willing to give feedback on everything ranging from wordiness, word choice, spelling, and grammar to pacing, character voices, repetition, and anything else you'd like really. I adore constructive criticism, please critique me to within an inch of my life! But please don't be mean about it, that's all.

You can leave a comment here, or my e-mail is Thank you very much for considering!

Two Concerts

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:48 am
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I attended concerts on Saturday night and Sunday night.

Saturday was Night Music, playing the following on period instruments with a pick-up choir for the last two pieces:
Mozart: Divertimento, K. 138
Mozart: Oboe Quartet, K. 370
Joseph Haydn: Trio, Hob XI:80
Michael Haydn, Divertimento for oboe, viola, and violone, MH 179
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618
Mozart: Te Deum, K. 141

I've memorized "Ave Verum Corpus," but never sung K. 141, so I really enjoyed hearing that. My favorite was K. 370, terrifyingly virtuosic for the oboe, full of moments of WTF amazement.

Sunday was Arcana New Music Ensemble, performing:
Oliver Messiaen: Le traquet stapazin (no. 4 of Catalogue d'oiseaux)
Franco Donatoni: Fili
John Cage: Two
John Cage: Aria
Kenneth Amis: Interludes I-IV
Stefan Wolpe: Quartet for Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion and Piano

My favorite was the Donatoni, requiring incredible virtuosity on the flute; my least favorite was Cage's "Two," which mostly made me aware of how people can't sit still and listen to silence. The vocal soloist for Cage's "Aria" was terrific, and I'd never heard that piece live before. I also loved the Amis Interludes, short sets of repetitive phrases from the four voices, overlapping and echoing, exactly the sort of thing I love to listen to deeply. Alas, I was tired by the end and the Wolpe mostly blew right through me, so I'm not sure if I would have liked it or not.

Next up, I need to think about tickets for next year's season for the various local groups.

Monday Works Roundup, 6/26/17

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:44 pm
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Posted by Erin Ptah

But I’m A Cat Person
Be Indivisible, Caring, and Proud (art | Timothy, Emma, Sparrow, Bianca, Cohen, Bennett, Jany, Henriette | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Leif and Thorn sketchpile 2017 (sketches | ensemble | worksafe)
Bloodshot Iolite (comic | gem!Thorn, Delphinium, WiB | G)
Pantheon of the North (art | Drengr/Agæti, Veiðimaðr, Gørsimi, Dómari | worksafe)
Leif!!! on Ice (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Doctor Who/Muppets
Muppet Doctors – Twelve (art | Uncle Deadly as Capaldi | worksafe)
Muppet Masters – Delgado (art | Master!Marvin Suggs | worksafe)
Muppet Masters – Crispy (art | Master!Marjory | worksafe)

Rick and Morty
Needs Moar Mortys (sketch | Morty/Morty | worksafe)

Paint Clouds (multicolor textures for sale, worksafe)
Peaks Frame (art nouveau frame, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Last of the sketch revisions. Cover for a brand-new chapter.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Our heroes chat about their backgrounds while listening to karaoke, and Leif stresses over his song choice.

Filed under: But I'm A Cat Person, Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup Tagged: Doctor Who, graphics, Muppets, Rick and Morty, textures

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Jun. 26th, 2017 10:31 am
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I'm at work. Despite still wheezing. Despite being fucking exhausted. Despite taking melatonin at a reasonable hour last night I still slept like shit and woke up every, say, hour and a half? Somewhere between every hour and every other hour. I am very displeased and would like to exchange these few days of life for a better one goddammit. Preferably one that doesn't involve having to work with plague (there's literally no one else to cover the non-front-of-store operations if Aunt and I both call out and she's sick too so I guess two sick people make one healthy one?) and doesn't involve having plague while asthmatic.

Oh shit ahahahhah the author of the novella? All Systems Red, that Kate Elliott recced to me that turned out to be amazing in a couple of ways is on DW. *waves* Ulp.

I'm so grumpy about being at work. If I could just take the damn day I could sit at home, get novel prep/rewrites done for Starlight and Malachy, Turing Shrugged is pretty well done except for cover art and promo copy holy shit, and that leaves me with editing Long Road and Nerd Girls in the back half of the year assuming working on WL throughout. But no. I have to spend my precious wheezy spoons on day jobligations because no one else is either coming in or is healthy either. GRRRRR. I resent so many things right now. Especially US politics. Not that it has anything to do with my current situation but the health care bill worry is not helping. And oh look, SCOTUS is being awful.

I spent the last three days sick. I don't have anything to report other than that I'm optimistic and cheerful about writing and irritated to pissed off about everything else. Hmm, I do have short story prompts to do, though. Maybe I'll work on those today in between staggering around my desk.

29 years ago

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:14 pm
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Posted by Nicola Griffith

Kelley and Nicola, May 2017. Photo by Anita Corbin.

Exactly 29 years ago, on a hot summer day in East Lansing, on the first day of the Clarion Writers Workshop, I met Kelley. Read the whole story here. (And there are more pictures from our life together here.) It’s been an amazing 29  years, getting better all the time. We will be having a lovely day involving Champagne and other delights.

The picture above is by Anita Corbin, shot for Visible Girls: Revisited. And below is a happy, beery photo of us taken last week with our friend Dave who was in town on an all-too-rare visit.

We plan to have a fine time. I hope you do, too.

[hxx] [story] Hunting Trip

Jun. 26th, 2017 10:00 am
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For [personal profile] metaphormorphosis.
Prompt: hexarchate, "red pandas."

(NOTE: I promise this has a happy ending for the red panda.)

"Zoo?" High General Garit said. "Really, Jedao?"

Jedao, who was driving the car, glanced sideways to assess Garit's expression, even though the high general's tone of voice told him everything he needed to know. Garit had invited him along on this damned trip to a hunting preserve because Garit was desperate to bag a gray tiger, and alongside his record with firearms, Jedao had made the mistake of letting drop that he had grown up hunting. Jedao had tried to point out that going after pesky deer and jackalopes was not the same as gray tigers. Garit had merely clapped him on the back and told him not to be so modest. Modesty had nothing to do with it. On top of the stupid expense per round, the recoil on the ammo that Jedao was going to have to use was proportionate to something with its stopping power, and he wasn't looking forward to the ache in his shoulder.

"Just for an hour or two," Jedao said coaxingly. "My mom and my siblings wanted me to send home some vacation photos. And I promised my nieces that I would bring them back some souvenirs, and maybe the zoo's shop will have some mounted skeletons or the like."

"You spoil those kids rotten," Garit said with a snort.

"What are uncles for?" Jedao said. One of the great regrets of his life was that his job kept him away from his family for long periods of time. The girls grew so fast. "Besides, the folks down at the shop might have some tips for hunters."

Garit shook his head, amused. "You're transparent, but all right."

The zoo was not particularly busy. The two of them were off-duty, and the young woman who told them about the zoo regulations either didn't recognize them or didn't care, which Jedao found congenial. Jedao persuaded Garit to come into the zoo proper so Jedao could snap some photos.

Jedao fiddled with the manual exposure, trying to get the black panther to show up in its cave. The camera had been a gift from his brother, and was practically an antique. Jedao was not especially gifted at taking pictures that pleased his family ("These look like reconnaissance photos, who cares about all this kill zone stuff when you're snapping pics of an engagement party?" his sister had once complained) so he had resolved to do better.

"That's the oddest damned fox I've ever seen," Garit said, pointing.

Jedao gave up on the exposure and settled for a muddled silhouette in the shadows. "Beg pardon?" he asked.

They strolled closer to the enclosure Garit had indicated to have a look. A reddish, bushy-tailed creature was taking a nap in the branches of a tree. Bamboo shoots sprouted not far away. Some of them looked like they'd been gnawed on.

"That's not a fox," Jedao said, reading the enclosure's label. "Red panda. Apparently they eat bamboo. And sometimes birds and things."

"It's kind of cute," Garit said grudgingly. "Doesn't look like much of a challenge, though."

Jedao thought that coddled zoo creatures were generally unlikely to be much challenge, but he didn't say anything that would give Garit the idea of adding another kind of animal to his wishlist for this trip. "My nieces will like it," he said, and raised his camera.

"We should catch you one to take home to them," Garit said.

Jedao made a face. "Have you ever looked at the customs forms for importing wildlife? I'm pretty sure these critters don't exist on my homeworld."

"Well, I'll look into expediting it as a favor to you if you can help me with my tiger problem," Garit said.

"That's very kind of you," Jedao said, as diplomatically as he could, "but my nieces are notoriously good at killing goldfish. Let's just leave the red pandas alone and go hit up the shop so I can buy bat skeletons or fox-eared hats or something, and we can head to the hunting grounds."
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So, I was talking to [personal profile] rushthatspeaks the other day about how everything the Republicans are doing makes much more sense if you assume their fathers beat them as children.
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Three sentences about 2017-06-25

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:34 am
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Amy took the kids for some summer shopping in the morning, and I did some more finances, read Ms Marvel up through Volume 4, and got a short but nie nap too. We then headed over to Chaos's for gaming after lunch, where we hung out with special out of town guest stars Jillian and Noda, and various other local persons. I accomplished my object of playing a game with people other than the kids, who I love dealy, and enjoy playing games with, but with whom I play games with *all the time* already. :^) First was Ticket To Ride: Pennsylvania, which is available for the Android app, but which I'd avoided because of the complicated-sounding shared-of-stock thing. It turned out not to be all that complicated, and kind of fun, and it's always cool to try a new and interesting board. Amy and I were close in second and third, Noda won by 20 or 30 points, and Chaos and Jillian were far behind after they got cut off from completing a couple of long tickets. Second up was Outpost, with Chaos, Noda, and Jerome, the last of whom had never played before, but he picked it up quickly and did well. It got late enough that I had to split with the kids before we finished, but Amy took over my spot, and won a couple of turns later. I'd missed out on the Nodules, but picked up the Robots on the first turn with the ten-sider, so I didn't get people-hosed, and was able to crank up Titaniam production while keeping enough in reserve to pick up big things at crucial times (the first (and maybe only) Outpost, and the first (and maybe second also) of the 11-13 cards). We played with rerolling bounces rather than "tough luck", and it was ok -- we still got stuck at one point with 2 x Warehouse and 2 x Ecoplants on the board, which is part of why I ended up in Titanium, but it definitely changes the strategy somewhat to know that late in the game, when there's only big things left at all, that *one* of them is going to come up, and you're not going to spend a couple of turns waiting around for something to bid on. I think I like it overall. Anyway, I took the kids home, bedtimes were slow but we eventually got there, and I managed to get to sleep not-on-time-but-not-too-late myself.

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Jun. 26th, 2017 08:25 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for Kaye, who has been researching Rat Lungworm, a disease that almost killed her son Graham, who is now disabled and uses a service dog for everyday life. Kaye was a crucial part of the University of Hawai'i's RLWD research team and also the team trying to get legislative support and grant funding, but she's fighting medical debt for Graham's treatment and ongoing needs. You can read more and help out here.

[ profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and is now dealing with an eye infection they need to get treatment for before their roommate and her toddler come back from vacation, so they don't infect the baby. They're raising $50-$60 in the short term for medical treatment; they also have a long-term fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

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