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23rd-Jun-2017 08:13 pm - Fic Rec: Ad Infinitum by stormontheocean [Dragon Age]
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OMG Amazing! And not finished! I might die. But soooo amazing. Yes, it's Modern Girl in Thedas Mary-Sueish fic, but SOOOO AMAZZZING!

Ad Infinitum (189640 words) by Stormontheocean
Chapters: 68/?
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Female Lavellan/Solas, Cullen Rutherford/OC, Iron Bull/Dorian Pavus
Characters: Iron Bull, Solas, Varric Tethras, Dorian Pavus, Cassandra Pentaghast, Original Female Character(s), Female Lavellan, Cullen Rutherford
Additional Tags: Slow Burn, No really the slowest burn ever, and also Dragons, MGiT, Modern Girl in Thedas, Cullen can sometimes be a dick, But frustratingly not all the time, Ambiguous Bull, Realistic enough to talk about latrines

Summary:After a bus accident, Liz wakes up in Haven, stuck in the fictional world of Dragon Age. How does a modern girl get by when she can't speak the language, and her expansive knowledge of the Blight and Kirkwall, but limited knowledge of Inquisition would only make her look more suspicious? Fake being deaf and mute, and hope not to get caught before she can find proof of her origin. But the best laid plans never work out as expected... -Summary by the magnificent and amazing ElyssaCousland.

Why I love it: So I might have stayed up till 5 am on a work night to keep reading this. I have a soft spot for fish out of water stories, and this one is a Modern Girl in Thedas trope where Liz is not the Inquisitor but ends up joining the Inquisition because she doesn't know what to do. She does have prior knowledge of the first part of the game as a video game in her/our world, but since she never went past Haven, her knowledge is limited. And that's where this fic really takes off. It is not a game rehash. Instead we get Liz adapting to her new world, making friends, losing them, making new ones, working hard, and being sent to the Hinterlands for six months with the Chargers. Brilliant plot twists, excellent writing, and some really layered and well-developed characters from the OC herself, to the Chargers who get fleshed out, to the companions and advisors and even the Inquisitor who is a solid if background character. War and trauma happen and the fallout gets to play out. The functioning of the Inquisition itself is explored, and did I mention that the new plot thing that holds it all together is really fun and amazing? Because it is. This is definitely one to read. Even if it isn't finished yet.
22nd-Jun-2017 03:32 pm - Prompt Fill
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Title: Never Seen One That Big
Fandom: Leverage
Pairing(s): Aimee Martin/Eliot Spencer
Rating: General Audiences
Word Count: 146
Warnings: None
Summary: Give Me One Sentence, I'll Write You Five More: "I've never seen one that big."
A/N: For lynne-monstr
Ao3 Link

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22nd-Jun-2017 02:11 pm - bingo card meme
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Personal bingo meme that people are playing on Twitter and elsewhere!

You can google "bingo card generator" and fill one out with your interests. Then you can use a photo editor to check off interests that you have too.

My card is also at Flickr:
https://flic.kr/p/VL1xcd

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21st-Jun-2017 10:24 pm - Reading Meme
tassosss: (brain at work)
It's gonna be a two-post kind of night.

What I just finished reading: I finished Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and I have many thoughts, detailed under the cut. Spoilers natch.

spoilers for Station Eleven )

Fortunately there is fanfic that is infinitely more satisfying to read. Both of these are Dragon Age (because I, uh, tripped and fell and started a third playthrough of Inquisition).

By The Still Waters (83755 words) by emilyenrose
Chapters: 18/18
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age II
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Fenris/Male Hawke, Female Lavellan/Solas
Summary: Hawke was left in the Fade. Fenris goes looking for him. He doesn't go alone.

Why I loved it: Excellent Fenris, excellent Varric, excellent Merril, excellent Hawke -- all set in a post Inquisitions story which is incredibly well put together. Seriously good plot paired with so much Fenris-pining and emotions, and also Solas and Lavellan in there to mix things up. It was written pre-Trespasser, but I would say don't read unless you want Trespasser spoilers because she did a hell of a job predicting some of the plot twists.


The Soul has Bandaged moments (151124 words) by insideofadog
Chapters: 64/64
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age (Video Games)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Cullen Rutherford/Female Mage Trevelyan,
Summary: A big, sweeping tale of two mature people coming together and trying to make it work, despite their pasts. Told in the Inquisition's own words, through letters, personal journal entries, and reports. Humor, sex, friendship, and most of all, romance. My Inquisitor is a capable and slightly odd mage, who finds herself in a strange dance with a good man, who wants only to atone for his past and build a new life for himself. Can people whose lives were forever altered by the Circles truly find a future together?

Why I loved it: Okay, this was one I'd started and stopped a couple times in the past because it wasn't MY Inquisitor, but once I got past that, it was actually a really good fic. Nice and long, told in letters Cullen and Trevelyan exchange as well as journal entries from the two of them plus Cassandra and occasional others. Focus is on the romance, and the interstitial times, and there is a minimum of game rehash. I just really liked the slow portrayal of these two falling in love and struggling with relationship issues while balancing their duty.

21st-Jun-2017 10:17 pm - [Fic] That Mutual Dance of Mighty Heroism [Angel/Buffy 'verse]
tassosss: (sarah green)
A fic!

That Mutual Dance of Mighty Heroism (6624 words) by Tassos
Fandom: Angel: the Series
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Faith Lehane/The Groosalugg
Genre: Friends to Lovers
Notes: This fic was inspired by a post Hannah wrote about Faith and The Groosalugg becoming buddies, which I thought was a glorious idea, and then she asked me to write it when I offered fic for a fundraiser. I'm so happy she did.
Beta: Thanks to [personal profile] katewrites  and [personal profile] hannah  for beta reading.

Summary: In a slightly altered canon-world where Cordelia's visions do indeed pass to The Groosalugg, Groo finds himself in need of a warrior companion and he has been reliably informed that recently returned Faith would be most excellent.

Faith's not so sure this is going to work out. But he's pretty to look at.

She wasn't expecting feelings to happen.


21st-Jun-2017 06:37 pm - At least planes can take off here
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1) We had a strange weather burst two days ago. The forecast had said possibility of some evening showers but clearly no bad weather was expected because when we turned on the weather radio they were saying skies were clear. Read more... )

2) NPR's 1A had an interesting chat about diversity and Disney productions, as well as the influence of media on kids.

3) I rather liked this discussion about the gendered history of pockets, although I notice it didn't mention the more recent push to get men out of cargo shorts into something more streamlined. This seems to me to strike at the heart of the issue which is that pressure about appearance has always been heaviest on women and this usually results in extreme, and often dangerous, impracticality when it comes to clothes.

"An 1899 New York Times piece makes the somewhat tongue-in-cheek claim that civilization itself is founded on pockets. "As we become more civilized, we need more pockets," the piece says, "No pocketless people has ever been great since pockets were invented, and the female sex cannot rival us while it is pocketless.""

4) HT to Petzi for pointing to the Television Critic's Awards nominees. I think these are frequently a much better list of nominees than the Emmys. That said, I thought a few choices were pretty odd. Read more... )

5) I posted about blockchains a few days ago and saw this discussion about a new project employing them as a new journalism model.

21st-Jun-2017 12:36 am - My H/C Bingo Card
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My hc_bingo card )
20th-Jun-2017 09:05 pm - Fic: Aruba: Best. Vacation. Ever. 1/1 (Sara Lance/Leonard Snart, Amaya Jiwe/Mick Rory)
dragonydreams: (Legends of Tomorrow: Captain Canary)
Title: Aruba: Best. Vacation. Ever.
Fandom: DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Rating: Adult
Pairings/Characters: Sara Lance/Leonard Snart, Amaya Jiwe/Mick Rory
Summary: When Mick drags Leonard to Aruba for a well-earned vacation, he doesn't expect to enjoy it quite so much.
Timeline: AU
Word Count: 4,767
Disclaimer: I claim no ownership over these characters. I am merely borrowing them from Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television.
Betas: Thank you to [personal profile] angelskuuipo and [personal profile] shanachie_quill for looking this over for me.
Author's Note 1: Prompt from @laweizhu: Captain Canary: scuba instructor / vacation type deal?
Author's Note 2: Happy Birthday @newyorkcitydreaming!



Read at A03 or Tumblr.
20th-Jun-2017 07:10 pm - Fics from Soulexchange
shopfront: (HP - [Trio] we adventure together)
Looks like [community profile] soulexchange authors got revealed. I wrote:

Flying Free (1189 words) by shopfront
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Get Down (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling/Thor, background Mylene Cruz/Ezekiel "Zeke" Figuero
Additional Tags: Romantic Soulmates, Missing Scenes, Soul Bond
Summary: Like many teenagers, the Get Down Brothers are surprised to discover that having a soulmate isn't a recipe for instant romantic success. A soulbond needs to be acknowledged to fully form, and nurtured with passion and creativity.

Hair of the Bond (5327 words) by shopfront
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood
Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley
Additional Tags: Accidental Bonding, True Love's Kiss, Post Hogwarts, Soul Bond
Summary: Nobody except for Hermione is at all surprised to find out she's capable of performing a complicated soulbonding spell while blind drunk. Unfortunately, finding out who she did the spell with is going to prove a little more difficult.

I really enjoyed this one. It was interesting to do a trope specific exchange because everyone was digging deep on the creativity, and it was also fun to get 'these kinds of the trope' not just 'I like trope' prompts to play with. I am absolutely an exchange participant who thrives on more detail, and it's certainly kept the trope fresh for me.

I've also been really thrilled with the response to Hair of the Bond, and super enjoyed revisiting Harry Potter land after my big annual re-read. Kiinda tempted to keep writing in my super old fandom now, haha.
20th-Jun-2017 01:14 am - note to self
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When you keep seeing the "create factory recovery media" messages on your laptop, click okay at some point and create the freaking factory-reset backup.

This lesson brought to you courtesy of my small but intense panic when my laptop shut off and came up with a "boot drive not found" error, and then a "hard drive not installed" error when I found my way into the diagnostics. Gah.

Happily, it looks like it was just overheated/overhumid and a bit unhappy from some jostling, and it let me boot up a while later. At which point I sacrificed my good USB stick to the whole recovery-media thing pretty damn fast, lemme tell you, while crossing my fingers it wouldn't black-screen at me in the middle. (It did not! \o/) And then once that was safe I updated the backup software to the new version, and here I am.

... and yet, when the laptop popped up a chirpy "there's a new version installed, we need to update your backup media", I nearly hit "remind me later" because I was typing this post. *facepalm* *hits 'update now'*

And, uh, hi!
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