Read "Conserving the Habitats of Unusual Species"

Monday, July 28th, 2014 03:12 am
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a long, involved, utterly fascinating piece of demifiction for P.I.E.  "Conserving the Habitats of Unusual Species" starts with bigfoot and ends with werewolves.  Read Part 1 of 3; subsequent parts will post on following Sundays.  This is trade for "Favorite Flavors."
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," and "kintsukuroi."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24.

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Thinking About Easy City

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 11:23 pm
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 [personal profile] helgatwb is helping me figure out how Easy City developed from New Orleans, Slidell, and other cities hooking together into a metroplex ... when people in southern Louisiana don't actually get along all that well.  Read the first discussion post, and chime in if you know this area.

Coming Soon: Seedless Mangoes

Sunday, July 27th, 2014 03:56 pm
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An Indian university has bred seedless mangoes.  Science is SO AWESOME.

Story: "To Save Those in Peril Upon It"

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 11:52 pm
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This story was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer after discussions about our respective characters, the situation with superkids in Polychrome Heroics, and her interest in the U.S. Coast Guard. It also fills the "stranded / survival scenario" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest.

WARNING: This story contains some intense topics. The warnings include spoilers; highlight to read. There is minor character death, minor grue, a child in danger, refugee status, instinctive use of superpowers, and some other edgy stuff. However, there are people to help and it has a happy ending. Consider your tastes and headspace before clicking through.

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Recipe: "Crockpot Sloppy José Filling"

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 11:28 pm
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Today we went to the farmer's market and bought ingredients for two batches of freezer food. One is new, the other an old favorite. This afternoon I made Crockpot Sloppy José Filling. Tomorrow's project will be Venison Spaghetti Sauce.

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Read "Keeping Warm" by Dialecticdreamer

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 02:51 am
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All 7 parts of "Keeping Warm" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer  have now been posted.  If you've been following this story, or waiting for it to conclude so you could read it all at once, now's the time to finish it.  This is a wonderful look at how superpowers and gizmos work in everyday life, and the way folks in Terramagne are just a little more serious about taking care of each other.

Chinese Book Covers

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 12:10 am
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These Chinese book covers for The Lord of the Rings are some of the most breathtaking stylized art I have ever seen.  There is more on the artist's DeviantArt gallery.

Edally Academy: The Angry Aetherist Chapter Three

Friday, July 25th, 2014 09:10 pm
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Chapter Four

Discovering the Power Structure

“You might not see her at all.”

“Why not?” Kinyozhanya beat Tairiekie to the question. “Are the classes tiered right from the beginning?”

Tairiekie bit her tongue. Because that, of course, would mean they weren’t in the same classes. Who did miss top-of-her-class think she was?

“No, no, that would be silly.” At least Lielbyim agreed with Tairiekie on that. “Everyone here is the best of their town, the best of their school, the best of wherever they were. No, no, the first half of a year is what they call ‘general studies.’”
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I asked for something fun to write here; this is to the 4th prompt, from Lilfluff (Second generation Cali-Cats as kittens. Kittens at play, what could be cuter?)

"And this is where we... well, you can see for yourself, your Lordship." The slave acting as a guide gestured over the half door.

His Lordship frowned. He wasn't used to that sort of talk, especially not from a costumed moddie. "What sort of... oh." He didn't quite manage to hide his smile. "Ooh."

In the well-carpeted room, four - kittens? toddlers? - small moddie children tumbled, one of them, grey-striped ears and black-tipped ears, making little baby-growl noises. "They're...?"

"Second generation, your Lordship. The one with the Siamese markings is my get."

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Rion posted this piece on entitlement yesterday, which I found interesting: what do artists owe their fans?

And ri has moved the Inspiration posts to the blog, so they are more readily accessible: here's Wednesday's.
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Micah posts about leaving Smashwords here.

Although I have about 1/100th of the stuff on Smashwords that Micah did, I have to admit I've had similar feelings.

Kitty Escaped, Shortish version

Friday, July 25th, 2014 08:21 am
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So, earlier yesterday we had our twice-yearly birdy-stuck-in-the-chimney (it's a vestigial chimney that terminates in the laundry room, left over from when the house reasonably had two wood-burning stoves). T. got the bird out, but Merit caught it mid-air.

And then the boys surprised her, and she lost it, and eventually T. got the bird outside.

I have to think this was on her mind when she very uncharacteristically darted outside while Ri & I were getting ready for our walk.

The problem is, Merit's a skittish kitty, and once she darted... well, usually, I can get around her and spook her back /into/ the house.

Not this time. She ended up in the hedgerow, I lost sight of her...

T. spent hours out there, calling her, talking to her, but she was too far freaked. When he came in, after dark, Rion went out and did the same.

(I am very lucky I live with people who can sit calmly for periods of time. I... can't. <.<)

It was nearly 11 when Ri coaxed a none-the-worse-for-wear Merit back inside, and hugs were had all around.

But I shall be a bit more careful with the door for a while now.

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