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Had a very lovely day yesterday - we went down to Cambridge to see Miss M, so after a lovely breakfast & opening cards/presents we were out of the door a little after 9am.
After having a wander around the town (and buying a couple of things) we went and had a picnic lunch which Darcy had prepared earlier. (As it was a cold and windy day, we had the picnic in Miss M's room.)
We then went to the Botanical Gardens, where it was Apple Day (the_royal_anna will know which this was a particular draw), but it was interesting (and very pretty) apart from that.
Had a nice 'tea' from Dominos and then set off back home. But twas a lovely day, with all my girls. ♥
And then this afternoon one of my oldest childhood friends came to visit with husband and children. The children are 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 and adorable, so it was a very nice afternoon. :)
( It seems I love books )
NEW DOCTOR WHO COMPANIONS!!
On the BBC's website
On the Doctor Who website
Delightful Spike/Angel vid by double_duchess that I happened to come across:
I Hate You
Am also watching Victoria, but way behind (tend to watch episodes a day or two before the disappear off ITVPlayer). However it keeps being as wonderful as before, and honestly I could watch them forever. (Just watched the one where they go to France, so no spoilers beyond that please.)
Also watching The Good Place and have started on iZombie on Netflix (Dr Ravi is my new favourite everything). Not that they aren't all brilliant, and it does so many things I appreciate. <3
And that's all for now, should probably go interact with the world, even if most of my friends live in my computer. Thank you all for just being you. ♥
Cover Artist: annapods
Pairing: Arthur Pendragon/Merlin
Tags: Modern AU - Non magical, Boss/Employee Relationship, Mistaken Identity, "Enemies to Lovers" (in a very loose sense)
Warnings: Ableist language
Summary: Arthur is Merlin's tech support at work.
Link: AO3 [MP3, M4A, M4B, streaming]
2) This story about a new type of theater experience struck me because it's all about trying to figure out what makes a fandom tick.
3) Netflix may start getting into merchandise licensing. I was interested by this chart of top licensing companies. Most are toy, movies or sports, PVH seems to be apparel branding, and Meredith seems to hold a variety of properties. But one can see why Disney started snapping up properties like The Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel not just for their creative licenses but for the more immediate revenue stream of stuff. Also, speaking of streaming services, Verizon isn't giving up on its Go90 project: "Web-based TV is becoming “a crowded field,” but it’s “absolutely critical” for Verizon to introduce its own platform, in part as an advertising vehicle for its AOL and Yahoo units""
4) This article (headlined Even smart people are shockingly bad at analyzing sources online) points out why fact checkers are so much better at it than even academics.
5) Nabbed from Petzi last week – states and countries I've visited. I hope to finish up the first map and add more places to the second in the next decade. ( Read more... )
Jensen is mugged and Jared finds him in an ally or something on Christmas Eve. He has a dislocated shoulder, Jared takes him to the hospital and stays with him even though he's a complete stranger and Jensen is sure he has better things to do etc.
That's pretty much it really. Thanks in advance :)
Originally I was going to start with, "So I went to the doctor to have my heart checked ..." Which would have been foolish, because people actually care about my health. The dog cares. My wife cares. The fire department would have to set up a funeral detail if I kicked the fire bucket, so they care. My insurance company? They totally care.
In fact, lots of people care more than I do. They would have dragged me to the doctor right away if they'd known that a while back, I started getting this fluttering feeling in my chest. It was as if my heart was trying to do a Mexican Hat Dance around my major aortas. It would come around long enough for me to get concerned, then go away, at which point I did what most men do: Ignored it.
See, this is why I never bought into this whole gender equality thing: Women are clearly superior to men. They have a problem, they go to the doctor. Men have a problem, they watch football.
Anyway, I got some testing, the electrodes were cold, ripped my hair out, yadayada, my heart is fine. The problem is stress. Those of you who follow my blog may have figured that out already--it's been a rough year. My stress levels are high. Also my pain levels are high, due to chronic back pain acting up a lot more than usual, which causes stress. The other day I missed a fire call because I was on the chiropractor's table. Welcome to my fifties.
There were several related health things that could, experts say, help reduce my stress:
Lose weight. (Which would also help the back pain.) Yeah, going into winter and the holidays ... even thinking about it increased my blood pressure ten points.
Exercise. This is an awesome idea at all times. Especially when my wife's seasonal job is shutting down for the winter, leaving me without the long hikes I was taking four or five days a week. Sheesh.
Cut down caffeine. No problem, I'll just quit my third shift job, and leave behind the stresses of paying for heat, electricity, food, housing ...
Looking back on that list, I realize I've got it pretty good. Lots of people in the world have no access to Mountain Dew. Can you imagine?
But at the moment it's all about getting stress out of my life, and I take 911 calls for a living, so it's not going to happen that way. So I've cut my Mountain Dew consumption down to exactly one can a day, about a 75% decrease; I've started using honey instead of sugar as a sweetener; and we're making some wintertime exercise plans. Small steps. Also, I'm skipping all holiday treats this year.
Kidding! Let's not get crazy. But okay, cutting down.
We live in stressful times, and there's only so much we can do. I suppose I should start some new-age type stuff--breath in the lotus position or something--because, apparently, the stress is going to kill me. But since I'm not a new-age type person, I've decided to spend as much time as possible this winter doing the one thing that relieves my stress the most.
No, not that. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Writing. Not selling, promoting, or submitting, all of which increase my stress levels. (Although I do have three completed but unpublished manuscripts, so those other things have to happen, too.) Writing and reading are two things that always make me feel better. In November, especially, I hope to do a lot of writing, which will reduce stress and give me something to show for it. And take my mind off the treats.
Or my head will explode, which is very stressful.
"Belly rubs reduce stress. So get over here!"
Parker : [Laughs] oh, yeah. The word is stamina. I mean, definitely a bunny in the sack, but later on, well. You know the difference between a freshman girl and a toilet seat? A toilet seat doesn't follow you around after you use it.
Riely decks Parker who hits the floor.
Riley : (Walking between Forrest and Graham.) I can't believe that I did that.
Forrest : What the hell for?
Riley : He--he was just being so crude.
Forrest : Please. You've heard me say much grosser things than that.
Riley : I just didn't like hearing him (he pauses thoughtfully) talk about buffy that way. I think I... Well, I guess I like her.
I have said before that I think Riley Finn was a metaphor for male privilege (straight, white male privilege specifically) and this is the perfect example.
Riley is a nice guy. Decent. Works hard. Goes to church. Serves his country. And it's possible we're meant to cheer him on for decking Parker. But. The line that stands out is Forrest's:
You've heard me say much grosser things than that.
The only thing different is that Riley happens to like Buffy. The whole of the cold open is a lengthy frat-boy-ish objectification of women. And Riley never speaks up.
I wish they'd done more with him. I can't even tell if the metaphor was deliberate, or if they just took the most basic template possible to create him, and the metaphor was built in.
However, it's useful. (Also see Xander of course.) Because in creating him, they essentially made Buffy date the Patriarchy. And the Patriarchy couldn't hack it and ran away.
But... they never really made the Patriarchy face its issues. Maybe they couldn't. Maybe that would have been a step too far for Joss... (*SO* not surprised at his ex-wife's allegations.)
And so it goes. From the Weinsteins and the Trumps at the top, through the Whedons and the Gibsons right down to the guy on the bus who puts his hand on your knee.
Because all the Riley Finns in the world just laugh when their friends are crude.
Not because she's your sister, your mother, your daughter, your girlfriend. Because he is your brother, your father, your son, your friend.
(ETA: Much like white people need to tackle racism, and straight/cis people need to tackle LGBT+ bigotry.)
While defending President Donald Trump's "brave" condolence call to a Gold Star family, Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly attacked Rep. Frederica Wilson, calling her an "empty barrel." Lawrence O'Donnell explains why Kelly was noble and cruel all at once.
This is 19 minutes long, but it's worth it. And it's what we need more of - straight white guys calling out their own.
Looking for a wincest fic I read about a year ago. Sam was a senior(?) in hs, Dean in his early 20s, and John is dead. There was a vague flashback of John being killed by a monster in a bathroom while Dean was there, and I think Dean was found bleeding in the bathroom - Dean's got a permanently(?) messed up leg from it and some ptsd. However!!! what I remember most was Sam has feelings for Dean, doesn't wanna tell him, Dean is a chaperone on Sam's field trip to the zoo, Dean works at an auto shop and is having sex with his boss?
Anyone?? Y'all would have my undying love if any of you know what fic I'm talking about. Thank you!!!
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But seriously, this is a call for all of you who've read our books to please, please, give us a review. Amazon, Goodreads, wherever--authors these days live and die by reviews, and hey--I don't want to die. Not without a review.
(I've heard Amazon is zapping reviews that aren't "verified"--in other words, from Amazon buyers. I guess that makes Goodreads a place to go for getting them counted.)
There are several websites I've checked out, with the idea of posting ads for our books on them; especially Radio Red, the newest, which has been getting little traction even though my publisher has it up on the Simon & Schuster website. (If you're not aware, they're a very big publishing house, which is distributing all my romantic comedies via e-books.)
The problem is, websites devoted to helping writers with publicity are being overwhelmed with requests right now. As a result, many of them won't take on your book unless it has a certain amount of--yep--reviews. In other areas *coughAmazoncough*, word is some websites use algorithms that keep your book from getting noticed until, well, it's noticed, and reviewed. Catch-22? Yep. I wonder how Catch-22 would have done in modern times?
I guess I could have just shortened this to: Please, send in some reviews of whichever of our books you've read, and make sure they're honest ones, no pulling punches. I have zero dollars in my bribery budget, so we might as well have the truth. If we get, say, ten new reviews overall, good or bad, I'll ... I'll ... hm ....
Oh, I know! I'll record a video of me reciting one of my own poems, and post it for all to see. Yep.
Guess I'd better go write a poem now, just in case.
I'm currently searching for two fics that I read forever ago and am kicking myself for not bookmarking them.... They're both AUs, are Dean and Castiel pairing, and I THINK I read them on AO3.
1. It's almost a Western!AU and Dean is an Omega and is relegated to the more "feminine" tasks from back then, and it definitely bugged him. I remember that he was really close with Mary and that Sam was an alpha who was courting Jessica. He didn't want any of the alphas from town and decided to find an alpha from a Singles Ad in a magazine. Obviously, it's Cas and he's looking for an omega who can help raise his kids because his wife died. They exchange letters and even scent tokens. I know there was mpreg between a side pairing, and at one point three people break into their cabin/home.
2. I can't remember why but Sam and Dean weren't hunting together and weren't in contact. I think Sam ran into Dean in a supermarket and it shocked Dean so much he ran home and freaked out in front of Cas. He wanted to leave because Cas is a creature; I can't remember what but I remember he had wings, so maybe a dragon.... Jess and Sam go over for dinner and Sam and Dean end up arguing because Dean didn't want to tell Sam what was wrong (that John used to ab use him). At one point Sam calls John and he wants to kill Cas. I'm trying super hard to remember and I'm hoping I'm not mixing two stories up.
If anyone could help me with either of these that would be amazing! Thank you so much :)
By aletheo and really loved it. Are there any more scifi fics that have them this powerful soldiers?? And I would love some fics with psychic schools (no superhero schools) or academy. Gen or wincest good too. Please no destiel. And I've read veterans of psychic war. Its a good fic and close to what I've asked about.