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Story Title: Led About On A (Not So) Merry Chase
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Link(s): AO3
Summary: John enlists Molly’s help to cheer Sherlock up when Sherlock is down in the dumps about getting bad marks before the end of term, which means going home and facing his parents. Molly has the idea of a scavenger hunt to put Sherlock’s big, beautiful brain to use, but nothing goes right when what is supposed to be a private thing amongst a few friends becomes a campus-wide event. Will it all end happily ever after or will everything be worse off than they were before
Warnings: Mild language
Characters: Molly Hooper, John Watson, Mary Morstan, Sherlock Holmes, Greg Lestrade, James Moriarty & Sally Donovan
Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/Molly Hooper & John Watson/Mary Morstan
When I Started: July 13th, 2016
How I Lost My Shit: For some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to write this particular college AU and ended up writing a bunch of other ones instead.
How I Finished My Shit: After falling asleep for almost an entire 48 hours because of chronic illness, I woke up the evening of the day before my first finished fic in this new batch went up and was all “What else can I finish to post on the 21st?” Five chapters and six hours later, I was done with this story. It’s shorter than I had planned, but I rather like it anyway.
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[personal profile] penaltywaltz posting in [community profile] wipbigbang
Story Title: No More Regrets
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Link(s): AO3
Summary: Molly Hooper prefers a life limited to her teaching at King's College, the occasional consult for Scotland Yard and evenings with her cat and a good book, but her best mates think she should expand her horizons. On one of their regular "Let's get Molly a social life" nights, Molly meets a man who saves her from a sticky situation, but before she can get to know this Sherlock fellow any better she has to leave the pub. She thinks it's a fleeting "what might have been" moment, but Sherlock has other ideas about that.
Warnings: Mild non-graphic violence
Characters: Molly Hooper, Sherlock Holmes, Mary Morstan, Sally Donovan, John Watson, Greg Lestrade, Irene Adler, James Moriarty, Stella Hopkins & OMCs
Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/Molly Hooper, John Watson/Mary Morstan, Greg Lestrade/Sally Donovan
When I Started: May 19th, 2015
How I Lost My Shit: I actually had this plotted out once I hit chapter 19, and it seemed as though no matter what I did I couldn’t bring myself to write chapter 22. So that began the long hiatus for this fic.
How I Finished My Shit: Panic & pride. I have had the hell of a last few months (seriously, I think I’m cursed) and the closer the deadline got for the five days I had claimed where I had no new fics to show for it, I decided screw everything else, I was going to write and try and finish as many as I could. This was the first one I was able to finish, and it got a pretty good reception, so I was glad it ended up making people happy.
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"I'm bone-tired. I rest up all day if I plan to work outside, and yesterday I rested and then spent two hours trimming down all the forsythia bushes on the right side of our driveway (side of garage) so that the vine on our tower shows and the bushes look neat. I also worked on the weeds next to the front door. Today I rested all day, but I was a bit more tense, because I don't think they'll get our new stove to us by tomorrow as they promised on Monday, and I told them it's a matter of an emergency. Our oven now just can't even be opened without everything falling apart! Anyway, I went out and trimmed the forsythia by the driveway entrance, moved the sprinkler all around the front lawn from 5 on every hour, vacuumed all of our sections of the basement, made very simple meals (we had breakfast morning and night!!), and cut dead branches and pulled easy weeds from between some of the bushes next to the back-side lawn near the highway. Doug mowed the last of the lawn, and tomorrow Keith S-- is going to rake the lawn. I'm trying to rest all the time, for I'm only going to dust and polish and maybe wash the fronts of the cabinets and the front of the refrig. before my mother and Lucille come on Sunday at 1:11."

--A post-surgery letter from my mother on a Thursday night in 1967.


This year for my birthday, at my request, my father and stepmother took Joe and me to visit an 18th-to-20th-century milltown, Jerusalem Mill. As my father and I were tramping back to the town's icehouse - which I was eager to see, having read about icehouses in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy - my father casually mentioned that he'd lived near a working icehouse when he was growing up.

My father grew up in the 1940s and 1950s, which gives a sense of how far back mid-twentieth-century rural American technology lagged from other parts of the country. (I just ran across an ad from World War Two which claimed that only one-third of American homes had bathtubs by that point.) My cultural memory doesn't go back that far. But I've seen iceboxes in the antique stores in this town, and a few years ago, I researched how iceboxes worked, in order to write a scene in which an 1890s character repaired one. I was left with a healthy respect for turn-of-the-century technology.


1900 icebox

A 1900 diagram of icebox plumbing (source). Iceboxes were more complicated than you would think.


My own cultural memory - where keeping food cold is concerned - begins with the early twentieth century, because when I lived in England in 1977, the house we stayed in had a refrigerator like the ones that appeared in early-twentieth-century American homes. The fridge was so small that it was tucked under the kitchen counter, and its freezer - just a little shelf hanging down over the next-highest shelf - was barely bigger than an ice cube tray.


1944 fridge

From a 1944 ad (source), which is trumpeting the fact that the freezer is now bigger than an ice cube tray. Note that the freezer is still a shelf at the top of the refrigerator.


I haven't yet run across any photos of the early fridges that our family owned - though, since our 1960 house in Greenbelt had color-coordinated pastel bathrooms, I'd love to think that we had one of those nifty pastel fridges of the time.

After I finished college in 1987 - and my parents were no longer paying my tuition every year - my mother splurged on a set of new kitchen appliances, including a Sears Kenmore refrigerator. When that fridge finally reached the end of its long life in 2011, I replaced it (after a considerable amount of research, because we had only a tiny 1960 kitchen space for it) with a fridge that had the freezer to the left side.

This turned out to be gloriously helpful, because, with the freezer to one side, there was no moisture in the fridge. No moisture meant that we didn't have to place our farmers market veggies in the produce shelf; we could place them in pots of water in the fridge that kept the veggies nice and crisp.


Old fridge

Our wonderful fridge in Greenbelt.


Then we moved to this apartment, and we're now stuck with a lousy landlord-chosen fridge. Oh, well.

At any rate, we can't blame our fridge for the latest mishap, which was a fridge door left open.


Empty fridge

Our not-so-wonderful current fridge, post-mishap, looking lonely for groceries.


After gnashing our teeth, we set about with the usual after-food-spoilage activities:

* Throw out any food that's dead.

* Throw out any food that's not dead but is expired.

* Realize that the bottles should be recycled. Fish out of the trash half the food we've already thrown out.

* Empty and wash the bottles.

* Realize that, even with the bottles removed from the trash, the trash bag is so heavy that it's likely to tear, so bring out the heavy-duty trash bags.

* Realize we only have three heavy-duty trash bags left.

* Somehow manage to distribute the heavy food between the three heavy-duty trash bags. Tote the bags downstairs to the dumpster.

* Somewhat woozy by this point, spontaneously decide to sort and wipe down the food cupboards . . . but that's another story.

* Realize that, with nearly all the food gone, it's the perfect time to clean the fridge.

All this took two days to accomplish, and after that, I had to go to the supermarket and replace food I'd just bought. But hey, I managed to get two housework items off my list: clean the fridge and sort the food cupboards.


Peaches

Before I got to the grocery store, the farmers market food saved the day.



Last fortnight's shopping list )
The rest of last fortnight's homemaking )
This week's meals )

2 outstanding pinch hits

Aug. 20th, 2017 01:26 pm
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Please claim via pm or email to fic.corner@gmail.com and include the ph number, recipient's AO3 user name and your AO3 user name. Please do not claim in the comments to preserve anonymity.

These pinch hits will now be due on 23 August at 11pm EDT. What time is that for me?

ETA: Pinch hit 4 has been claimed, Pinch hit 5 is still available

Pinch Hit #4: Claimed )

Pinch Hit #5: Captain Underpants Series - Dav Pilkey, Wayside School - Louis Sachar, The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster )
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[personal profile] pendrecarc posting in [community profile] hamiathesgiftexchange
And we're past the deadline! Thank you so much to everyone for all the art and stories.

We have several post-deadline pinch hits. These are due at 10 PM, EDT, on Thursday, August 24th.

To claim these pinch hits, please comment with the number you're taking, your AO3 name, and an email address where I can reach you. All comments to this post are screened to preserve anonymity. If you don't have an AO3 name but can fulfill this request, just let me know--we can work that out!

Pinch Hit #2 CLAIMED

Pinch Hit #3: CLAIMED

Pinch Hit #6: CLAIMED

2 hour warning!

Aug. 19th, 2017 06:55 pm
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[personal profile] pendrecarc posting in [community profile] hamiathesgiftexchange
The deadline is in two hours! Here's a countdown.

If, by the deadline, you have not either defaulted or completed your assignment, you'll need to complete a make-up assignment in order to participate next year.

Keep an eye out for pinch hits--I expect to see some after the deadline!
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[personal profile] evil_plotbunny posting in [community profile] fic_corner
Have you written? Are you writing? You've got about 2.5 days to go till deadline. If you don't think you'll make it, I'd appreciate it if you defaulted soon so that I can find someone else to write for your recipient.

I've got more pinch hits to post to the mailing list after I've had breakfast. You can sign up for the pinch hit email list here. Due to the rapidly approaching deadline, if these haven't been claimed by lunchtime (assume approximately a 3 hour window), I'll be posting them here and probably on the yuletide comm. Deadline for these pinch hits will be the same as for assignments. Any pinch hits that come up later in the weekend may have a later due date.

One other bit of housekeeping...since the exchange is so small this year, I'm not going to bother opening a separate collection for treats. Please post any treats in the main collection.
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[personal profile] foxinthestars posting in [community profile] wipbigbang
Story Title: The Longest Night (I promise ~ I can't promise)
Fandom: Akatsuki no Yona | Yona of the Dawn
Link(s): at Ao3 (recommended); at FF.net
Summary: When Yona and her friends need shelter for the winter, Kija insists on bringing them to White Dragon Village for a traditional solstice festival honoring his ancestors. The ritual brings messages from the world of the dead, including a visit from the most honored white dragon ancestor of all — but what begins as a joyous meeting threatens to become a tragedy.
Warnings: Heavy Angst, Possible Character Death, Canonical Character Death, brief but intense violence
Characters: Kija, Ensemble, special appearance by Guen
When I Started: Not so long ago, only the beginning of this year. This grew out from my 2016 Yuletide story.
How I Lost My Shit: I don't remember if I did before signing up for the bang, although I did write a few other stories so it must have been back-burnered. Mostly, though, there were things I found challenging about this story so that I just knew I'd have trouble finishing it without some formal commitment. Embarassingly, I actually did lose my shit after posting had started; I went out of town for a weeklong family visit and really slacked off after I got back.
How I Finished My Shit: Sheer determination, but tempered with nonperfectionism. My completely-truthful mantra for this story was "I want to do this one no matter how messy it turns out. Also setting a bunch of personal deadlines way in advance of the actual deadline was helpful --- of course I ended up blowing through all of those, but each one pushed me to get a bit more done. ^_^;

And now it's finished! My beautiful rambly angsty hurty baby! I'm so proud!

Many thanks to my artist, too!

omfg.

Aug. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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[personal profile] alexseanchai posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning
Today is Sat Aug 19.

That means I have seven days to pack and clean, three days to move, and half a day to clean before I have to hand back the keys to this here apartment. (Double-counting the day on which we get the keys to our new apartment. And WHY did I not ask for Mon 28 off too? My sorry ass is going to be cleaning that day from eight to three-thirty and working for that paycheck from four to midnight!)

This apartment does not look moving-ready. This apartment looks like the aftermath of Hurricane Alex—send in the Red Cross!

My todo list has seven sections. Each section has from four to fifteen bullet points. While most are once they're done they're done, some of them will need done more than once this week. (Six of the day's bullets are four instances of "eat" and two of "feed cat", and "rest 10min for every 20min working" will appear as often as it damn well needs to, but that's totally beside the point.)

My anxiety level is already RED ALERT. My spoon level has spent a lot of time recently at DANGER DANGER, and isn't terribly far above that now. (I got my psych doc to prescribe lorazepam for as-needed over the next couple weeks, in order to calm my shit because 100% focus on calming centering breaths means nothing else gets done and less than 100% focus on etc was for days meaning being on the verge of an anxiety attack, but. And no, having other warm bodies to help—except on Sat 26, which is furniture hauling day—is not apparently an option; I keep asking.)

I need all the cheerleading I can get!
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[personal profile] conuly posting in [community profile] metaquotes
It should be pretentious and snobbish to say: “Sure I eat hot dogs, I have homemade mustard and homemade lingonberry ketchup on it”. Then to take the DIY philosophy serious you have to make the hot dog yourself.

Context sounds delicious!

In the Cold Dark Night (MCU)

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:02 pm
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[personal profile] ereshai posting in [community profile] wipbigbang

Story Title: In the Cold Dark Night
Fandom: MCU
Link: on AO3 (and check out the art by [livejournal.com profile] sandy79)
Summary: Phil's whole life changed the night he was attacked by a vampire and became a creature of the night. It's about to change again.
Warnings: Mild violence
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, with appearances by Nick Fury, Melinda May, John Garrett, Natasha Romanov, Antoine Triplett, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes
Pairings: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson (pre-slash)
When I Started**: I wrote the first chapter for the Clint/Coulson 2015 Holiday Exchange.
How I Lost My Shit**: I always intended to continue the story, but other projects were higher on my list. No deadline equals no writing being done by me.
How I Finished My Shit**: I almost didn't. Severe self-doubt and another fandom love really hampered my writing. Having a deadline and just finally powering through helped me to finish. At least I didn’t have technological troubles like I did the last two years.


2 links 17 August 2017

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:15 pm
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[personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom
Eric Deggans on NPR (All Things Considered):

Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/11/542668400/netflix-abc-portrayals-of-autism-still-fall-short-critics-say

You can read or listen to this piece, which is about "The Good Doctor" and "Atypical".

2 days left!

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:09 pm
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[personal profile] pendrecarc posting in [community profile] hamiathesgiftexchange
Assignments are due in two days, at 10 PM EDT on Saturday, August 19th! What time is that for me?


How do I post my assignment?

Read more... )

Can I keep editing my story or artwork after I post it?

Read more... )

How long do I have to post treats?

Read more... )

What happens on August 19th?

Read more... )



If you have questions or concerns, you can email my gmail at hamiathesmod or (if it's a general process question, not specific to your assignment) reply to these posts.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you're concerned about the deadline. If you need to default, you can do this on the My Assignments page on AO3, or you can email me.

Mid-week Anti-procrastination Post

Aug. 17th, 2017 06:58 pm
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Well, it's a little belated but we've not got to the weekend here yet, so I figure we're still good to call it a midweek anti procrastination post.

So what have you been tackling? How's that motivation going? What's your priority absolutely must not be procrastinated task?

If you're in need of a challenge or a little encouragement.... Hmmm, now let me think... How about 10 minutes (or whatever time suits) to tackle something clothing related - suggestions include : sorting washing into loads that can be done together, actually tackling a load of laundry, handwashing some items, folding some dry clothes, ironing, re-organising a drawer, shelf or wardrobe space to make it more user friendly. I'm sure there are other related tasks. Ooh, I've thought of another - repairing an item e.g. sewing a button on.

Set the timer for the amount of time you think you can spare or manage energy wise and go for it. Surprise yourself with just how awesome you are! And share with us.

Good luck, team! You're awesome!

Writers: August 2017

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:58 am
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[personal profile] ariestess posting in [community profile] thedailywriter
Congratulations to [personal profile] ariestess & [livejournal.com profile] mayachain for completing their goal in July!

Writer Pledge Progress
[personal profile] ariestess 1250 words/day --/38750 words
[livejournal.com profile] chamilet 100 words/day --/3100 words
[personal profile] chochiyo_sama 1500 words/day --/46500 words
[livejournal.com profile] mayachain 400 words/day --/12400 words
[personal profile] shadowcat 2000 words/month --/2000 words

~ Just a quick reminder to post here at the end of each week (or at the end of the month) with your word count :)
~ Also, you are signing up for 31 days' worth of writing, so if you happen to start in the middle of the month, please adjust your goals accordingly:)

smalldeer has questions about apples

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:00 pm
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[personal profile] lilysea posting in [community profile] metaquotes
oh and a warm apple. like, a really warm apple. warmer than my teeth when i bit into it. no offense but. why. did they microwave this apple? did they store it in a dragon's mouth before allowing me to purchase it? did this apple recently return from a trip to the surface of the sun?

Context is the slings and arrows of working in the food service industry.

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Artist: [personal profile] selenic76
For: RoryChaze / [community profile] wipbigbang
Title: SLiCE (for the main banners)
Fandom: Haikyuu!! (anime)
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: Don't own or profit from them
Inspired by: SLiCE by RoryChaze
Bragging Rights: I can't believe I got so many pieces done, yay me! \o/ :D

Sample:


Artist's notes: I wasn't supposed to sign up for anything for a while, but when I saw there's a Haikyuu!! story without art over here, I couldn't resist the temptation :) I had so much fun working with these images, I hope you enjoy them too ^_^

A huge thank you to RoryChaze for the inspiration, and for sharing my love of the series ^_^ And thank you to the people running the WIPBigBang, I'm really happy I got this chance to participate with my art!

The rest of the art can be found on AO3 | on DW | on LJ


(Mods: there wasn't any fandom tag for Haikyuu!!, can you add one, please? Thank you!)

[personal profile] penta posting in [community profile] factfinding
So, I have another character being drawn up (by another player) for the same game for which I posted highly detailed questions about Israel (admittedly probably too detailed) - only he's playing Russia, and he's trying to draw up a character who served in the Soviet Army as an officer semi-realistically. (It's *after* the character's military career that everything goes interesting.)

I want to write him a summary of the Soviet Army officer's career path, what service branches are available, etc., but nothing I can find tells me the basic stuff. It's all focused on generals and stuff. (Looked on Wiki, looked on Google, neither helped. I found a monograph on dtic.mil that was from 1975 and provided *some* detail, but expected me the reader to know more than I do to make sense of stuff.)

To quote his draft summary: "(1) Early life.  Born in 1959, he follows a similar course to Putin (joining the military instead, but attached as an "adviser" to one of the Soviet Bloc countries after a tour in Afghanistan which gave him a scar on his upper right arm from a Taliban attack).  He resigned with a TBD officer's rank in the middle of the 1991 coup attempt (a la Putin; he's simply younger) rather than join in the attempt (which he percieved as doomed)."

He's trying to figure it out in more detail than that, but the problem is that he (the player) and I (the GM, one of two, responsible for helping him draw up his character - he does the important work of figuring out policies and stuff, the meat of gameplay, himself) can't find anything much about anything re the company-grade and field-grade officers of the Soviet Army and how they were trained, or how their careers progressed, or anything.

In specific:

1. As the character was born in 1959, presume he enters officer training from civilian life sometime around 1977. How long is his officer training, and how is it decided whether he goes, say, infantry or airborne troops?

2. What's the career path like from initial officer training (including "what rank does he enter service at?" - the materials I can find state "Lieutenant", but the Soviet Army has 3 Lieutenant ranks!) to, say, battalion command?

3. What additional school-type training would he undergo during that career path, and at what times during his career? (I can help the player figure out good tour-of-duty mixes once I have that information.)

4. What service arms existed in the Soviet Army? I often hear of officers referred to as a "Colonel of Infantry", "Colonel of Air Defense", "Colonel of Strategic Rocket Forces" - but what are the possible options for the "of x" formula?

5. Were ordinary officers even assigned as "advisors" to Warsaw Pact forces, or only Political Officers?

I know these are really detailed questions in some regard. I'm trying to keep them general, but even the general stuff is hard to figure out. My objectives for this are:

A. Figure out what rank, highest, would have been plausible for what I'm currently thinking is a fairly obscure-ish Russian serving as a Soviet Army Officer from 1977-1991 - if the player wants lower, cool, but I as GM need to have a clue what's "too high".

B. Figure out what his career would have looked like - where would he have served, at what levels, doing what? (Especially key to figure out when he would have served in Afghanistan.)

C. Figure out if the early life posited is *plausible*.

I thus don't need to know deep details (at least not until a player requests a detailed bio of their Russian adversary from their intel people, at which point I may be back...), but only be able to work out a summary. I can do the hard part of the work myself and with the player, but I need help figuring out the foundational stuff before I begin that.

(Edited to add: Link to something Google *did* dredge up for me, and my note that what I was sent was a draft summary of the character, not a full bio. We'll be working on the full bio once we have the summary agreed to.)

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