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Master Fic List

Doctor Who

Single Chapter Stories

Third Doctor

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Fourth Doctor
Cooking with Gallifreyans (LJ)

Ninth Doctor
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Tenth Doctor
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Eleventh Doctor
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Twelfth Doctor
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Thirteenth Doctor
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Sarah Jane Adventures
A Light in the Dark (LJ)
Carbon, Earth and Stardust (LJ)

Torchwood
Triptych (LJ)
Going Out With the Tide (LJ)

Multi-Chapter Stories
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region


Sapphire and Steel
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The Goblin Emperor
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Vorkosiverse
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Miscellaneous
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Meta
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Dept. of Organization

Multi- Chapter Stories

Most links to my multi-chapter stories will be to their Dreamwidth posts; links to stories prior to 2012 may go both to LJ and DW. Each multi-chapter Whoniverse story is also available at my Teaspoon and AO3 accounts.



Doctor Who
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region
Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth

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Dept. of Needlessly Wordy How-To's

How to Use Google Drive as a 3rd Party Image Hosting Platform

So back when the horrid surprise of Photobucket’s greedapalooza was still fresh, a lot of people were looking for third party hosting alternatives. Someone out there had a really helpful list of potentials, but for various reasons, none of them suited me. I wondered whether I could make use of Google Photos as a third party platform.

As it happened, I couldn’t. Google had very recently ended its image hosting capabilities — unfortunate timing, that — but I did some poking about and found that there’s a work-around that lets you still use Google Drive as a third party platform. At least one person (hi,
[personal profile] azriona !) was interested, so this is my attempt to tell people how to use this process.

I’m including a link to the YouTube video that taught me how to do this, which you might prefer to following my step-by-step. Here 'tis: https://youtu.be/zhwYRPImH9E.


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So you have your Google account and you’re ready to start.


  1. Choose an image to upload, possibly from your own newly-created “Fuck Photobucket” file on your hard drive. Upload it to Google Drive. If you’re using Chrome, you’ll do it thusly (and if you’re using Firefox, Safari, or whatever, it will probably be fairly similar.) Click on Google Drive. Once you’re in drive, click on New, which is near the top left. You should get a drop down menu that includes “File Upload.” Hit it, and pretty soon your picture will appear in your drive. I put all my uploaded pics in one Drive folder for ease of access, along with my Permalinks record, so everything’s in the same place.

  2. Now you want to adjust the picture’s “share” settings, so that it’s “Public on the Web.” How to do that? Your trusty right click button. Don’t open the picture; just right click on the thumbnail/description in the Drive list. When you do, you’ll see a bunch of options.

  3. Open the “Share” option. A window should open up. Pay attention only to “Advanced.” Click “Advanced.”

  4. You’ll get a different window. Look for “Who Has Access.” It will probably be set at “Private — Only You Can Access.” You’ll want to change that, so hit “Change.”

  5. You’ll get three options. The one you want is “On — Public on the Web.” Make sure that button is the one you hit, then hit “Save.”

  6. You’ll then have a “Link to Share.” Copy that sucker, and head on over to gdurl.com.

  7. The very first thing you’ll see once you go to that site is a spot that says “Paste a Public Google Drive URL etc.” Put your URL there, and hit “Create Permalink.” Go down a little farther on the page, and there, under “Standard URL” you will have your shiny new permalink. Copy that permalink, along with a description of what the pic/image is, to whatever document you’ll be using to keep the information.

  8. Voila! You now have the code you need to embed your photo wherever you want to embed it! (If we’re talking LJ or Dreamwidth, you’ll have be able to insert it via the "insert/edit image" or "insert photo" icons. I do it in the rich text format.)  And, because you’ve saved the permalink and a description in a file somewhere, you can use the same code again and again!

  9. EDIT as of 22 April, 2019: It appears as if gdurl.com no longer provides the http://gdurl.com/ section of the code when it creates your permalink. Don't despair. Take the admittedly confusing very short piece of code you get when you hit "create permalink" - it'll be something like RbKx - and simply put in the http://gdurl.com/ in front. I'm not sure why gdurl is only providing the latter half of the URL,, nor can I guess whether this change will disappear and things will go back to what they were, but this is how to deal with it


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So there you have my extremely wordy how-to. I hope it might be of help to someone.

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Dept. of Silliness

 Fear Me ...

... I have acquired
tabi socks. 

Also, environmentally responsible toilet paper, making me a guardian of Canada's boreal forest. 

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Dept. of Epiphanies

A Very Pleasant Realization

Last night, as I drifted off to sleep, Bob and I were talking, and I said that in the past few years, especially the last year, I would see the end of the weekend, and look at the coming week very differently than I do now. I looked at each coming day differently now, I said, not just the weekend. Before, I might think about what the next day would bring, but most times, I would think of the coming day as a formless time period that was almost always at least somewhat negative. The times I did think about specific things I had to do, it was even more negative. 

Now, I told Bob, when I thought about what I needed to do the next day, I was doing it with ... excitement at some times, happiness at some times, and always with a positive feeling underlying even the challenging days I looked at. 

I'm doing something I believe in. People believe in me (oh god). I'm being paid a decent wage. I'm helping people, or at least I'm trying to help them. 

It makes all the difference in the world. 
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Dept. of Luck

The Last Time This Happened, I Was In Janesville, Wisconsin

There are times when life seems dreary, hopeless, full of darkness and lacking necessary purses. 

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Dept. of Shared Joys

An Old-fashioned Delight

When BB and I are together, in the evening, or on weekends, one of the things I enjoy, and he says he enjoys, is reading news stories or other articles to him. I like keeping my speaking skills up, I like making stories interesting to a listener,. and it allows us to share news, opinion, or what-have-you pieces at the same time. We've been doing this for years, but I only recently thought of how old-fashioned it is. It's not watching images, it's not scrolling through Twitter or Facebook feeds and even when the stories are being read on a screen and not from a hard-copy newspaper or magazine, it's still very much like what families did decades and longer ago; sitting in the livingroom after dinner (or in the old days, after church on the weekends, I suppose.) It's wonderful communication and recreation at the same time. I like it. Do any of you do this sort of thing with loved ones or others?
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Dept. of Memes

First Line Meme Time

Taken from a few folks on my f'list. "List the first lines of your last 10 published stories. See if there are any patterns yourself, or have other people say what they notice.

I doubt I'll find much in the way of patterns. No, wait; I
do have a tendency to start with a direct quote. I want to go to other folks' posts to see if I can spot some. (Also, I used more lines for any story that had an opening or line fewer than 3 words.)

1) “I’d say ‘We meet again!’ but I’m not that cheesy. Or a villain. Villains say that sort of thing, I’m reliably informed.” But he smiled as he said it. ("Favor For A Friend" Doctor Who.)

2) “Miss Romanova?”
“Romanov,” Natasha corrected automatically. “I don’t use traditional Russian nomenclature. And it’s Ms, not Miss. But thank you for your attention to detail, Mr. Rawhide. What can I do for you?” ("So What. Big Deal." Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover with The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension.)

3) “Well, this is a proper mess, isn’t it?” The Doctor’s grin was just a tad wobbly. ("Cesium and Desist" Doctor Who)

4) They were there because Yaz asked to see the
Pillars of Creation. ("The Pillars of Creation" Doctor Who)

5) “There is no way — no way whatsoever — that I can pull you back out of there,” Rory said, raising his voice above the grinding of the thing’s fleshy gears. “I’m sorry, Doctor.” ("Floral Makeup and Other Follies" Doctor Who)

6) “Serenity.”
Csevet’s face, normally ivory, was white as paper. Maia put aside the report he had been reading, alarmed. “What is it?’ ("Ulishenathaän" The Goblin Emperor)

7) When the soldiers took him from the King’s tent, he still had on the paper crown. One of the soldiers eyed it, and Lambert thought he’d be cuffed. Instead, the man just sighed, and chivvied him further into the fire-lit darkness. ("A Falcon at Stoke Field" The Shadow of the Crown)

8) Tony Pond-Williams looked nothing at all like either of his parents, of course.  ("Moving Pictures" Doctor Who)

9) “I’m alright. You get some sleep.” ("Cycles" Doctor Who)

10) Jack loved Alonso, and he knew that Alonso loved him. The boy  — he had been a boy, when the Doctor first pushed him onto Jack, much to Jack’s somewhat annoyed gratitude — had grown into a fine man in the years they’d been together. ("The Future in Dreams" Doctor Who/Torchwood)




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Dept. of Birthdays

Birthdays at the Year's Halfway Point

It's June! It's the middle of June! Here in Chicago, warm weather can't gain any purchase (today is cloudy, windy, and hovering only in the low 50s Fahrenheit). To keep myself warm and to celebrate people I know and like, here are some birthdays and birthday wishes. I never seem to be on time, but the wishes are sincere. 

[personal profile] acciochocolate , she of costuming know-how, icon creation, and perfumery love, celebrated on June 8. She's thoughtful, fannish, a Whovian who shares my love of that Whoniverse, and I am glad I met her on these here intarwebz. Many delayed happy returns of the day!

[personal profile] earlgreytea68  also celebrated on June 8. She's an author of both original fiction and excellent fanfic; an attorney with insights into how law can intersect with music, with fandom, and more, a teacher, and an adventurer who has been unafraid to pull up stakes and travel to new surroundings. Happy birthday!

[personal profile] livii , who is no longer around these parts as far as I know, had a June 9 birthday. When I first fell into Who fandom, especially the fanfic part of it, she was someone whose work I aspired to emulate in quality, and whose comments and critiques I was glad to receive. She comes from My Home and Native Land, is a dedicated mother, a thoughtful progressive, and I hope someday to interact with her again.

[personal profile] time_converges  had a birthday on June 11. She, like too many people, isn't around much these days, but she is someone of whom I am fond; we share fannish affection for the Whoniverse (especially Donna Noble), for BSG, for fic writing and reading, and much more. Felicitations on your natal anniversary - I hope it was a good one!

And finally, today - this very day - 
[personal profile] eaweek  celebrated. Happy Birthday! She loves fandom, from the Whoniverse in general to specific things like costuming (which is very cool), she's a figure-skating aficionado, she is organized, doesn't suffer fools gladly, and in general is a wonderful person to know. Once again - Happy Birthday!!


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Dept. of Father's Day

The Father I Love

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Dept. of Still Existing

Working, Eating, Watching Anime, Sleeping ....

I've been adulting the fuck out of my life the last couple of weeks, being responsible, doing reports., talking to people to whom I'm introduced as "an expert on mobilizing" which has the expected result of triggering imposter syndrome like whoah. And I've learned that yes indeed, I will be expected to take on organizing efforts in Indiana, so there's that. 

It's making me tired, wired, and ... well ... I'm kind of liking it. 

The only problem is that I can't get enough energy up at the end of a day to post here, or to write any fiction. And there's part of me that's screaming to write some fic. Gah!

Still - I'm here, I'm determined not to disappear., and I hope I can share some of my adventures in the Union Adult Zone. Stay tuned. But don't hold your breath. That might be fatal. 
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Dept. of Memorial Day

Death and Honor

It's been raining most of the day here in Chicago, and it's affected my mood a bit. I wanted to acknowledge Memorial Day, to remind myself and others that it's more than the unofficial beginning of summer, or the launch of grilling season, but I found it hard to do. 

I have relatives, living and dead, who were in various branches of the Canadian military. None of them died while serving, so I don't have that experience from which to draw. And as I've gotten older, it has seemed to me a better thing to focus on Veterans' Day - Remembrance Day for me - on Nov. 11, because it focuses on all members of the military, especially the living ones.

It's those living soldiers, sailors, air force members,marines and coast guard members who should be respected, paid well, cared for properly at VA hospitals - and not sent out to die in, or be horribly, painfully injured in, or be traumatized because of, or hardened by killing others or doing worse things during, any of our needless, useless, bloody wars. (I don't know what wars are necessary these days, but I suspect that, with the exception of The Second World War, very few were, are, or will be.)

The dead I grieve for and, in many cases, honor. The living I fear for, and hope that they aren't added to the roster of the dead by next Memorial Day.

At dinner tonight, BB reminded me that Memorial Day has become for many people a day to remember all of their dead loved ones, a time when families go out to cemeteries to care for the graves of those loved ones, and to commune with them in some sense. I can definitely sign on to that, but I don't want to forget those who should have been so much more than cannon fodder.. 

To those among my f'list who have lost friends, family members and other loved ones because they served in the military, I offer my thoughts, and my respect for the danger and ultimate sacrifice their loved ones took on. 
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Dept, of Hello Again

As June Approaches

... I've been familiarizing myself with my new job, learning that there's another segment of the job I hadn't expected to take on, struggling to remain organized as I try to become a mobilizer, and in general adulting the fuck out of life. It's been a challenge, but one that seems, at least at this point, to agree with me.

I'm back on my back exercise kick. After my right hip and leg started giving me non-stop pain, I brought it up with my rheumatologist and she was blunt; exercise was really the only answer. And she's right, of course. I just hate exercise. Still, after only a couple of night's worth of minimal exercise, I'm not having nearly as much pain when I'm in bed, trying to sleep, and I'm pretty certain that it's not some sort of exercise placebo effect, so exercise I will, as long as my admittedly fragile self discipline holds out.

I've been thinking, off and on, about the end of Game of Thrones.


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Dept. of Rage

Of Course.

He pardoned Conrad Black.

Of course he did. Black wrote a deliberately fawning book about him. He and Black had business dealings in the past, which probably didn't hurt, but it was undoubtedly the book that did it. 

Black looted the Chicago Sun-Times and its associated properties while he owned them. That's the correct term for it. Looted.. Robbed. Eviscerated. Because of his thievery - which, by the way, he did all while publicly disdaining the journalists he was robbing, and the journalism he dishonored - the company fell into a bankruptcy.

That bankruptcy ended when a buyer forced Sun-Times employees to take a "temporary" 15 percent pay cut before his group would buy the company. 

We never recovered from that temporary pay cut. Neither did the Sun-Times or its associated properties. The Sun-Times eventually sold much of itself to the Tribune, after another rich man with no integrity bought the company and wrecked it further. 

Still, some of us took at least a little comfort in knowing that Black, against all expectations of wealth protecting him, went to prison. It wasn't for long, certainly not nearly as long as he deserved, but he was a convicted felon. 

Neil Steinberg, in his column, says he has nothing against Black. He also suggests that Black and the man who pardoned him are much the same.

I disagree with the latter assumption. I imagine that Black would disagree, polysyllabically. He knew how to flatter the subject of his book, but Black's self-aggrandizing snobbery is such that I suspect he thinks very little of him, considering him no more than a particularly notable member of the hoi polloi. 

This may be why I think Robert Feder's column says it better. 

As for me, I hold much against Black. It rises in my throat like bile, the rage I feel about him, the hatred I hold for him.

I know we are counseled against hate, that we are told it is corrosive to ourselves more than to those we hate. And I know that's true. 

But I hate this man. 
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Dept. of Birthdays

Happy, (Delayed) Happy, Joy (Really Delayed) Joy

I appear to have come down with a rich, bubbling cold - go, me - but that shouldn't stop me from delivering some much-delayed (as the headline says) birthday wishes. 

On May 3, 
[personal profile] sunnytyler001  had a birthday. I hope she sees this; I know she has had a pretty tough couple of years, and she deserves a much better year now. All the best wishes to you, and hopes for good days to come. 

On May 5, that erudite Liverpudlian 
[personal profile] jjpor  celebrated. He's a treasure for Who fandom, not only for his excellent fiction, but for his cheerful efforts on behalf of the fandom's online communities. I am so pleased that I've gotten to know him online. I hope your birthday was an excellent one, and that your year has continued in that fashion. 

Happy May 9 birthday to 
[personal profile] calapine , who likes Twelve, Eleven, Four and Romana II, Moffat and Missy, all of which I heartily endorse. Also, she likes Sapphire & Steel and Battlestar Galactica and many other things of which I approve. I hope the day in question was excellent for her. 

It's been some time since 
[personal profile] deathpixie  posted, but I hope her birthday, on May 9, was good. I don't know if she's still in My Home and Native Land, or if she's returned to her Antipodean home; wherever she is, I hope she is doing well. 

Two days ago, on May 14, the inestimable 
[personal profile] thisbluespirit  celebrated a birthday. I can't adequately say how much her humor, gentle and wry, has made me smile over the years, or how much her fiction, sophisticated and memorable, has enriched my reading life, although she has probably had the same effect on many other folks. (Oh, and hey - S&S!) May your summer be manageable, may your genealogical and historic. explorations be surprising and fun. and may you continue to brighten the electronic page for some time to come!

And this very day, 
[personal profile] akirlu  celebrated. She doesn't come around much, so I wished her a happy birthday on another platform, and I hope she had one. She is well worth knowing, and although it's been some time since we communicated, I appreciate her. 


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Dept. of Dreamwidth

Hello, Folks, Here Writes Fandom, Maybe. 

So the redoubtable 
[personal profile] minnehaha  posted an excellent social media manifesto that makes the argument that Dreamwidth is an excellent platform for fannish communication. Here it is

It starts with the assumption that the LJ/Dreamwidth format is perfect for long-form communication - something that was as much a building block of traditional SF fandom as in-jokes, nicknames, letters of comment in zines and horrendously long fan feuds nourished over months and years by some of those LOCs. 

It makes the reluctant declaration that LJ itself could now be considered problematic, then says that LJ's fannish community could successfully make the leap to Dreamwidth by making the conscious decision to do so, thus reclaiming itself from whatever LJ's current operators might do.

(It also notes that Facebook and Twitter don't meet fannish needs for numerous reasons. Although it doesn't mention Tumblr, much of what it says about FB and Twitter obtains to that platform as well.) 

People still love LJ; their memories of its rich existence, history and shared experiences strongly tie them to it. What I like about 
[personal profile] minnehaha 's manifesto is that it doesn't denigrate Live Journal. Instead, it acknowledges it, especially the concepts that fueled the best of it - once again, long-form communication being a major part of that.

In short, it's not "LJ is bad and Dreamwidth is better, so abandon the former for the latter." It's "Our community - our communities - can move here, can be reborn here, as a natural evolution of modern fandoms. We aren't abandoning anything; we're helping our communities and fandoms survive by finding them a new home."

I like that. I hope others like it too, at least enough to consider. Moving to a new house always means walking into empty rooms, and remembering the comfortable rooms one left behind. That's not unrelievedly pleasant. It's bittersweet at best.

But then you fill the new and empty rooms with all the memories of the old ones, and begin the joyous journey of finding new memories as well. 


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Dept. of Third Party Image Hosting Update

For Those Using the Google Drive/gdURL.com Image Hosting Process

I discovered yesterday that gdURL.com has slightly changed how it appears to operate. It confused the hell out of me when I tried to use it yesterday; it seemed to be providing me with gobbledygook partial code rather than the complete URL it previously would provide as a permalink to an image that I wanted to embed on Dreamwidth or elsewhere.

I did some futzing about today, and discovered that gdURL.com is still creating a usable link; it's simply not adding the http://gdURL.com/ section of the URL into the link, as it did before. Instead, you have to append that to the beginning of the newly-created URL yourself.

I don't know whether that's a temporary glitch or a permanent change, and there's apparently no way to ask that question of the gdURL.com creator. However, the process still works.

I've edited my "How To" sticky post to reflect the change, but in case you've been using my original instructions and weren't apt to be checking in on the original post, I'm alerting folks to it now. (Hey, 
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Dept. of Easter

A Thought From An Unbeliever

Easter Sunday is almost over here, and long past elsewhere, but since I've been fiddling around with this idea for a couple of days, I figured I could post it. 

I'm ambivalent, to say the very least about religions; somewhat less so about faith. However, I find at least one thing intriguing and almost positive about Christian Easter.

There are lots of examples of humans sacrificing to gods to say a) please don't kill me, b) please give me something, c) thank you for not killing me, d) thank you for giving me something. Easter is one of the few examples I know of during which a god supposedly sacrifices itself for humans. 

I'm sure folks could provide me with lots of other examples of that sort of thing. I'd be interested in hearing about them.

And to those among my friends who are believers, may Easter have been a day of joy for you. 
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Dept. of Saturday

Sunshine, Good Intentions, and Apples

One of my good intentions was to sit down and read the Mueller report. Yes, all 400-plus pages of it. Other folks have done so, and if I can read zoning reports, I can read this. 

Unfortunately, my back started acting up again (or my leg. Or both, consecutively and concurrently). so I spent much of the afternoon lying in bed with a heating pad. I also did some exercises that are supposed to help strength muscles around my sacroiliac joints, so I feel as if I've done the right things by my back. 

I did manage to make one of the larger amounts of applesauce that I've made in my life. It also has plums in it, since I needed to use some up before they went bad. It needed thickening after it was done, but I was able to thicken it up with Bird's Custard (WHAT??!?) and it wound up tasting very nice. Cinnamon., nutmeg, mace ... all the classic additions. 

Almost the best part of making the applesauce was getting to use the apple peeler-slicer-corer that BB and I picked up at a second hand store years ago. I'd never used it before, but the large amount of large apples I had to peel (these days I need to eschew fruit skins, much to my sorrow) convinced me to find the thing and use it. 

And it worked like a charm, a little - or a lot - to my surprise.

And tomorrow? In the morning, the Mueller report, at noon, an Easter brunch with my friends, and in the evening, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones. In which, I know, I just know, at least one of my favorite characters is going to bite it. Argh. 
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Dept. of Fandom Stocking

Well, This Was A Bit Embarrassing ....

When I was having fun with 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  this year (or actually, last year), I decided to give one person, who'd indicated an interest in historical recipes, some that were excerpted from two recipe books I happen to own. Because it was for Fandom Stocking, I decided - without looking at AO3's terms of service, more fool I - that I could put it on Archive of Our Own, because the effort was for a fannish event. 

The nice folks over at AO3 let me know today that it was a violation of their terms of service, and that I had a week to take it down. I'm embarrassed, because they're quite right (Section H clearly states that recipes are a no-no), and sad that I now have a formal warning on my AO3 account. Hopefully, that will eventually be taken out. 

So I've put the recipes here, and will let the person for who I posted them know that they can access them here or on LJ. And perhaps other folks can enjoy the recipes as well. And I've learned something out of the whole thing, so there's that.

Anyhow - enjoy!


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Dept. of Original Housing

Yes, LJ, There's Still Some Love in My Heart for You

My current online home is Dreamwidth, but I can't forget that this was where I discovered or enlarged on fannish loves, remembered that I could write fiction, and found a creative outlet. Oh, and discovered new friends, who are more precious to me than those other things. Thanks, LJ!


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Dept. of Answering Questions

A Fairy Tale

The last couple of days have been interesting in all the wrong ways; I'm navigating some politics having to do with the job offer, and I had my back go out on me Thursday morning in a spectacularly new fashion.

Today was spent at an urgent care center, where I was diagnosed with sacroiliac joint ... difficulties, yes, let's go with that - something, the doctor said, people with RA and autoimmune ailments like scleroderma are apt toward. I'm hobbling around with the help of Bob's old cane, and recovering from a really painful intramuscular injection of something massive and non-steroidal. I'm also on five days worth of oral steroids ... I should feel quite down and depressed. And I was earlier in the day, when I realized I couldn't clean house, or help Bob with his own fibro day. I also felt guilty, because he was waiting on me hand and foot. 

But you know, the sun's shining, the shot is helping; we've ordered Mexican in so neither of us have to cook, and I have been taken care of by the man I love most in the world. And that reminded me that one of 
[personal profile] lydy 's questions was about how I met Bob. So I decided to tell you one of the only fairy tales I've ever known to be real. 

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Dept. of Music

Overwhelmed By Music

I thought I'd answer 
[personal profile] lokifan 's question of me - three of my current favorite pieces of music., and three old favorites - so I started going through past and current faves on YouTube. I had a couple of songs immediately in mind, and I quickly found them. Then I started thinking about others ....

Going down that aural rabbit hole has been wonderful, but I'm overwhelmed with the number of songs and pieces of music that I love for one reason or another, from Tom Waits' "Martha," to Patricia Barber's "White World," to "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, to Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," and Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon," and Miles Davis's "So What," and The Temptations' "My Girl," to Ellington and Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," to Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dindi," and more.

(I am also particularly fond of classical music that's from the Baroque, or before that time; of instrumental music in a minor key; of guitar and harp music, but I don't know either those who create the music or those who play it, not the way many others I know can.)

The exploration of music also led me to think about what I like in music, which connects to 
[personal profile] lydy 's question about what kinds of music I like, and why - and of course, that meant that the more I thought about it, the more complicated my thoughts got, and the longer any potential answer would be. Because I'm congenitally unable to write short. 

So this is me, telling you that I'm thinking about music, and being very happy to - but being hard-pressed to write a cohesive or coherent post about it. Sigh.


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Dept. of Argh

Pearls of Wisdom

God, adulting is hard. You'd think that, at 63, I'd have gotten it figured out.

Ha.

*Goes back to watching YouTube coverage of newborn kittens and retrospectives of Seasons 1-7 of Game of Thrones.*

Then again,
I posted twice today. And got some questions answered about cremation pre-planning. And yes, that is rather grotesque, but necessary. And I'm going to watch some new anime. And I'm going to hug my Bob, because he is absolutely the best thing in my life, closely followed by my son, who I can't hug right now because Seattle.

Shut up,
[personal profile] kaffyr . Go watch anime.




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Dept. of Politics

Lori Lightfoot

According to the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, Lori Lightfoot has overwhelmingly won the election to become Mayor of Chicago. She is only the third African American to hold the position, the second woman, and the first openly gay candidate. She's also the most progressive candidate. 

It would have been a win-win situation as far as our household was concerned; Lightfoot's opponent was Toni Preckwinckle, a black woman who is the first woman president of the Cook County Board, as well as being the head of the Cook County Democratic Party. She had her own progressive history as a Chicago alderman, and although that cred had eroded over the years as she rose in the party heirarchy, it wasn't gone. 

But Lightfoot was our choice, and she has won.

She has inherited a city with huge financial problems, one with a horrendous history of systemic racism that is especially glaring in the way its police department operates (as far as this union maid is concerned, the Fraternal Order of Police is one of the few bad unions.) 

But she knows that. And I think she's willing to put in the work, and she's tough enough to take on some of the bad faith operators. 

Here's the editorial from the Sun-Times when that paper (my old, old paper, and the one I still feel more attuned to than my last employer) endorsed her. It's a beautiful piece of editorial writing, and it therefore puts the case beautifully for Lori Lightfoot. 

This is the first time, since Harold Washington's two mayoral wins back in the 1980s that I've felt this hopeful about my city. Come to think of it, it's one of the few times since November of 2016 that I've felt politically hopeful. (Winning back the House in D.C. this year was only half the battle, so my happiness was definitely measured.)
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