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So, this journal isn't friends only, at least not quite. But anything remotely interesting personal is friends-locked, because I have students who are apparently not able to deal with the fact that I am a human being, so I need to be boring a role model by keeping my private life private. If you're interested in my life, friend me and I'll probably friend you back, unless you appear to be one of my students.

ETA: I no longer have students! I still have friends-locked entries, but not all that many. Feel free to friend, and I'll prolly friend you back even if I'm horrible about actually reading my flist consistently.

ETA 2: All (well, most) fannish content is f'locked for various reasons. But please do comment and I'll add you!

ETA 3: If you'd like to be on my various friends-filters, see this post and this post for details.

ETA 4: A cast of the characters you're likely to run into in the pages of this journal.
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tinypinkmouse made a podfic of the first fanfic I ever published, Once A King or Queen in Narnia. I hadn't read it in quite some time -- I still like it a lot. :) Have a listen: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3604989/chapters/7953765
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Fourteen months in the making...

Time Enough for Love (16411 words) by Zana
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Warehouse 13
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Myka Bering/Helena "H. G." Wells, Helena "H.G." Wells/Nate
Characters: Myka Bering, Pete Lattimer, Helena "H. G." Wells, Artie Nielsen, Claudia Donovan, Steve Jinks, Nate, Adelaide
Additional Tags: AU after Season 4, Claudia is the Warehouse Caretaker, Time Travel, Intertemporal Hijinx
Summary:

H.G. Wells’s time machine can’t change the past. But can it change the future?

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My kitty Jax died last night around three in the morning of what the internet tells me was probably an asthma attack.

He showed up in my life at a time when I really needed love, ready to give me love. He was sweet and affectionate through a number of moves, and no one could ask for a better cat.

I miss him.
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This is pissing me off more than it should...

Background: FUM has a policy not to hire queer people. At all. Ever. If they find out you are queer, they fire you.

So even if God were "calling me to deeper relationship and bolder service," they would ignore that.

Usually, I can ignore those parts of Quakerism that hate me. For some reason, today I can't.
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"That fic with the unionizing dwarves."

So dwarves are miners, right? And miners have to unionize...

Last year I planned to write a nonfiction book about the systematic gutting of employment law enforcement in the US. When I looked up months later, I realized I'd written a fantasy novel about labor rights instead. And gender, and politics, and even love.

Eighteen months of my life writing this, and I've loved it so much that I wish it wasn't over.

The Lay of Dwalin the Dwarf (4 works, 205982 words, Complete) by Glorfindel
Fandom: The Hobbit (2012), The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bofur/Dwalin, past Bofur/OMC
Characters: Dwalin, Bofur, Thorin Oakenshield, Balin, Original Characters, Dís, Bifur, Bombur, Nori, Dáin Ironfoot, Fíli, Kíli, Ori - Character, Óin, Dori, Glóin
Additional Tags: Genderswap, Trans Character, Slow Build, glacial build, Actually sometimes I'm not sure there's any build at all, Labor Organizing
Summary:

Bofur found out Dwalin’s secret quite by accident, the second (or was it the third?) time Dwalin saved his life.

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[personal profile] bee has been a fannish friend and beta ever since I came back to Tolkien fandom. He and his husband Jack are in a bad place, and need to move for safety and sanity. (Link goes to Jack's Tumblr post asking for help.) Update: post has been removed as their primary need, a place to stay, has been secured. Neither of them has steady work, and have very few resources to draw on.

Ways to help:

1) Their primary need is a safe, queer- and trans*-friendly place to live with their cat. They're currently in NYC but are not tied to that place. Update: they have found a place to move and now need help with logistics of how to get there.

2) Send money, for food and moving costs. Their Paypal is squishghost@gmail.com

3) They have an Etsy shop or can do custom work if you contact them at the email above.

4) They have a possibility of housing in Minnesota but no way to get there (and no driver's license). If you can drive part of that way, please let them know through Tumblr or email.
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that... I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear..."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I've been wanting to do a podcast of Quaker spiritual journeys for a while. I want to interview Friends who don't usually share such things -- the ones who don't write books, who aren't ministers, who don't spend their every day steeped in institutional Quakerism. (Why? Because I'm kind of sick of hearing those stories. I can't relate to them. I want stories from real people, not Quaker saints.)

And way seems to be opening. My Meeting here is behind the project (though I have to keep explaining what a podcast is to people over seventy), my boss is letting me work on it on FGC time and will give me webspace and has some decent equipment I can borrow. Also, when I said "I'm not going to do with FGC if I have to battle committees," my boss pretty much said that he didn't blame me and that I could still use the equipment if I didn't end up doing it in collaboration with FGC. This is all excellent!

I'm supposed to submit a brief proposal to the clerk of Nurturing Ministries (perhaps for once they'll live up to their name? it would be a first), and I find myself struggling with the title of the project. I want it to include the word Quaker, though that could be in "{Title}: a podcast of Quaker spiritual stories" instead of the name itself. Originally it was going to be TruthSpeak, but then Jon Watts launched QuakerSpeak and I really need to brand this as a different thing from QuakerSpeak (which is video, and short videos at that, and also aimed at newcomers more than at Quakers themselves). This is slightly complicated by the fact that at some point I will probably want to interview nonQuakers for this podcast to, but I'm starting with Quakers.

Here are some things I've come up with (and some I've crossed off my list) so far:

Read more... )


So... help? Please give me all and any words that come to mind!
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I wrote a story in one of my favorite fandoms, Hornblower. We matched on the books and then I remembered that canon review would entail rereading all thirteen -- which I'd like to do! But not during an already-stressful holiday season! My recipient requested the miniseries as well, so my thought process was, "Hmm, Bush's POV would be interesting, or hey, I really like Pellew, or -- ARCHIE. ARCHIE ARCHIE ARCHIE ARCHIE ARCHIE." Sadly, I had to go with "optional details are optional" since they asked for a happy ending and I have never been one of those people who can throw out canon and say "no way, this character totally survived." There is a Dead Kennedys joke in there somewhere but I just can't make it work.

Supporting Cast (3505 words) by Zana
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hornblower (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Horatio Hornblower/Archie Kennedy
Characters: Horatio Hornblower, Archie Kennedy, Clayton (Hornblower), Edward Pellew, Stiles (Hornblower), Edrington (Hornblower), William Bush, Buckland (Hornblower)
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2013
Summary:

All the world's a stage, and Archie Kennedy knows that he's destined to always be supporting cast in the dramatic rendering of Horatio Hornblower's life.



Many thanks to isiscolo for the stellar beta!
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Best girlfriend ever. :D

guitar painted with scenes from The Hobbit


guitar painted with scenes from The Hobbit closeup

This was my Christmas present from Chelsea. It even has my favorite dwarves! :)

YULETIDE!

Dec. 25th, 2013 07:43 am
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I have received a truly wonderful Yuletide fic, The Loyal Heart. I asked for The Black Arrow on a whim, having just finished it and feeling dissatisfied with Alicia Risingham's ending. I'm so glad I did! I am very impressed that the style is so true to Robert Louis Stevenson's voice; I'd never be able to pull that off. Yay Yuletide! This is a gem!
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Somehow I forgot to post this...

In Ered Luin (110221 words) by Glorfindel
Chapters: 21/21
Fandom: The Hobbit (2012), The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bofur/Dwalin, past Bofur/OMC
Characters: Dwalin, Bofur, Thorin Oakenshield, Balin, Original Characters, Dís, Bifur, Bombur, Nori, Dáin Ironfoot, Fíli, Kíli, Ori - Character, Óin, Dori, Glóin
Additional Tags: Genderswap, Trans Character, Slow Build, glacial build, Actually sometimes I'm not sure there's any build at all, Labor Organizing
Series: Part 2 of The Lay of Dwalin the Dwarf
Summary:

In Ered Luin, Bofur and Dwalin learn more about each other as events become more complicated. Politics, secrets, family, and old friends conspire to either bring them together or push them apart.



This is the unionizing dwarves fic that I've been working on all year. It won't make a great deal of sense if you haven't read Book I, but that's relatively short compared to this one.
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Always we hope
someone else has the answer.
some other place will be better,
some other time it will all turn out.
This is it.
no one else has the answer.
no other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.
At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.
There is no need
to run outside
for better seeing.
Nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being;
for the more you leave it, the less you learn.
Search your heart
and see
the way to do
is to be.
--Lao Tzu
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Lauren sings in my choir. She is good people; she does social justice-y stuff and was active with Occupy Philadelphia.

Lauren uses an electric wheelchair to live and work independently and deal with the pain of Arthrogryposis. Her old one recently died, and the new one costs $26,500. Her insurance will cover only $8000 of this. So she owes more than $18,000 for the new one, out of pocket.

Her IndieGoGo campaign is here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-wheels-for-lauren

Please, if you can afford to donate, donate whatever you can. There’s only fourteen days left to raise about $13,000. If you can’t donate, please signal-boost.

I can’t afford to donate, so here is what I’ll do: If you donate more than $50 to Lauren’s campaign, I will write you a fanfic with characters of your choice. I’ll do it Yuletide-style: 1000 words minimum, and I’ll try my best to write the storyline you request.

More details on Tumblr. Again, if you can’t donate, please reblog and signal-boost. Every little bit gets Lauren closer.
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Dearest Yulegoat,

Thank you thank you thank you for writing me a story! Optional-details-are-optional, so feel free to ignore anything below. I will love anything that involves my favorite characters, so no worries.

I love gen, het, slash; any rating. Deathfic is okay though not preferred, but non-con is not a story I want as a gift; mention of it is fine but nothing on-screen please. I dislike A/B/O in general. I prefer happy endings -- but you should write the story you want to write!

The Black Arrow - Robert Louis Stevenson )

The Well-Wishers - Edward Eager )

The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner )

Hustle )

Thank you in advance! I know I am going to love the story you write.
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I got TWO stories for Exchange at Fic Corner! \o/

The Stafford-Grant Adventure (6350 words) by RecessiveJean
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vesper Holly Adventures - Lloyd Alexander
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Vesper Holly, Brinton "Brinnie" Garrett, Mary Garrett
Additional Tags: Action/Adventure, Humor, Historical, 19th Century, Family
Summary:

Miss Vesper Holly is fond of chamber music and ambivalent about houseplants. She is also habitually punctual, so if she's ever running late you may be assured she has a reason.

Unfortunately, as reasons go, Vesper's usually tend toward the incendiary.



Midnight Meanderings (1068 words) by emily_grant
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Oz - L. Frank Baum
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Princess Ozma
Summary:

Sometimes Ozma misses being a boy and a nobody.



Both are excellent and I highly recommend them. I am a happy, happy fan today.
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Season of Writing Dangerously 2013 Winner

I... sort of won. This was my goal: I want to finish parts 2 and 3 of my Hobbit WIP. I estimate 20K words to go, but it might be as many as 40K.

I am still working on Book II. On the other hand, I've posted 44,203 words. So I claim this as a victory. ...About 40K words left to go, I think. My goal now is to get these damn dwarves together by the time the next movie comes out.
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Okay, so I should have known when I took the job (my fourth at a Quaker organization) that I would be having a lot of "oh ffs, really, Quakers?" moments. But I've had two in the past few hours, and I'm kind of ready to throw up my hands and say, "You'd think we were trying to die out."

Except then you look at the statistics and we've lost 20% of our North American population in the past ten years, and that hits a little too close to home.

I was talking to a Mormon the other day -- in Philadelphia, the Quaker Mecca of the US -- and he'd never heard of us.

Meanwhile a large chunk of the programming staff (you know, the ones who do the interesting stuff) have a policy to not tell Communications what they do. In case we decide to, you know, communicate it to anyone in the wider Quaker world who might want to take advantage of our programs.

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