Elise is one of the most massively talented artists I know; she makes jewelry, although with her talents and her aesthetic, really it should be called "wearable sculpture". She's amazing, and I've been fantastically lucky enough to get a few jewelry-making lessons from her. (Honestly, the lessons were incredibly valuable, but really, the experience of sitting her down in front of our supply bins, handing her things, and saying "here, I want to see what you make out of this one!" was way more awesome.)
She obviously feels it necessary to skip attending and selling at Wiscon for at least a year (and really, who can blame her). Wiscon historically is responsible for about a third of Elise's annual income, through her jewelry sales; up until now it's been her major annual in-person sales event, and although she's investigating other cons to sell at, those cons won't be the ones where she's built up a huge network of friends and fans.
If you'd like to support a fierce, courageous person who is being shat upon by people who should've had her back (why no I don't have strong opinions about this why do you ask), take a few minutes and look over Elise's for-sale list and the (not-yet-included-in-the-master-list) New Shinies (which, omg, SO GORGEOUS), and see if something speaks to you. (She does warn that she will be on a retreat throughout August, so she will not be shipping between July 29 and the beginning of September.)
And if your disposable income has mostly been disposed, I'm positive she would adore it if you look at her ArtLog of Things [She] Has Made, find something that speaks to you, and make some kind of art (fiction, poetry, drawing, painting, etc) that's inspired by it, then show it to her. I know the experience of art in conversation with other art is something she holds dear, and she's sometimes more proud of the fact she can inspire other artists than she is of the things she has made herself.
Title: Mother of All Hangovers
Fandom: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Size: 40.2 MB
Music: Kishuhen Ecstacy by Idoling!!!
On the night of their graduation, the 104th recruits have a wild celebration and get drunk. Really drunk. None more drunk than Those Three. (And they are crazy drunks.)
The last anyone sees of them, they are in full 3DMG and hurtling themselves off Wall Rose, screaming something about seeing the ocean.
The next morning, the hangover is impressive, three graduates are missing, and a path of destruction leads away from Wall Rose.
As for Armin, Eren and Mikasa, they wake up at the ocean. They're not sure how they got there, but getting back is one hell of an adventure. There may have been some cults founded. Armin might be an evil mastermind. And, hey, Eren can turn into a Titan. That might just be the least weird part.
Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!
cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3
My hand promptly swelled up to twice its size (I look like I have mittens on), which is expected, and I have to wear a compression sleeve for the next two weeks to keep it from swelling too badly and help keep it bent for better healing, but I can type two handed again (albeit slowly, for limited periods, and with my left hand's fingers not quite obeying me), and between being able to scratch the bits of my arm that have been itching for the past week and being able to wash my hands and apply lotion to the itchy bits, things are much improved.
Fandom, Pairing: Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles
Summary: "Stiles can't take the pain away, but the skin-to-skin contact helps. It calms Derek, stops him from using all his energy in the instinctive fight or flight response that his injury causes. "It's working, just—" He takes Stiles' arm by the wrist, pulls it over his chest, then tips Stiles' head onto his shoulder so he can feel Stiles' breath on his skin. "Yeah. That's good."
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Fandom, Pairing: Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles
Summary: "This is a casual, adult relationship based on sex, and it is awesome." In which Stiles and Derek have a great time buddyfucking until a burrito ruins it all.
MP3 (Click for streaming link; Right-click and Save-As to download) || 37.2 MB
Fandom, Pairing: Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles/Allison
Summary: Allison is the first person he sees when he gets back.
Reader's Note: Thanks to Febricant for blanket permission
MP3 (Click for streaming link; Right-click and Save-As to download) || 21.4 MB
Fandom, Pairing: Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles, Stiles/Rafael McCall
Summary: An alternate (but compliant) canon wherein Rafael McCall and Stiles hook up pre-werewolf shenanigans. When McCall comes back to Beacon Hills, it quickly spirals out of Stiles' control. Derek becomes his sole confidant, his anchor, and maybe something more.
Warnings: Numerous, including "underage" and "dubious consent." See story post for complete list.
Cover by laisserais:
.rar of MP3s by chapter (Right-click and Save-As to download) || 704 MB
Audiobook by cybel
Mirrored from Twisting Vines.
Hurrah, another story out.
(Only just realised this, despite having looked before, due to their website being a bit counter-intuitive.)
In other news, I have begun revising the novel I’m working on at the moment. It is a bit like trying to put together a really big jigsaw puzzle in several dimensions, when you keep discovering that some of the pieces are missing, and other pieces that aren’t missing are actually from another puzzle altogether.
(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
I realized that I've had more distinct jobs (even full-time jobs) than romantic relationships, and that this differentiates me from folks who have had more relationship experiences than jobs.
Intense friend-feeling is weird! I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I feel embarrassment when I tell a friend how intensely I care about them, and it's doubly embarrassing in public. The other day, on the Hacker School chat network, Julia Evans thanked me for sharing a useful resource on a topic she had been thinking about, and I burst out, "I could live my whole life just trying to create and curate and give you the resources that you are about to need, like rolling a carpet out in front of you, and that would be a worthwhile life." And then felt really vulnerable. What if people think I am in love with her? I'm not! What if she thinks I feel too strongly and am creepy? (She reacted happily so I do not think she thinks this.) I bet non-English languages are better at this, or maybe English registers or dialects or discourses that I'm not used to.
A friend asked me what is most meaningful to me in art, what it is in art that affects me. I slightly got at this when I wrote about what I like and do not like in fiction, but I also ended up saying: seeing some bit of the human experience, described or shown, that I deeply recognize and/or that I've never seen put that way before. And then, what changes me? Travel and music and sex and meditation, which get past my word-shields, I think.
I feel as though I am the most sentimental person I know, aside from my mother.
A few of us were talking about Seth Schoen, and about open source culture. He was my first open sourcey friend and the guy who got me into All Of This. He is my origin story. And he is a gentle hippie who loves to teach and who exuded calm and kindness whenever I asked a question. So I suppose I thought he was what FLOSSy types are like. And then some of my friends came in a different way, and imprinted on shouty people and rose in hierachies where articulating your anger scored you points, gave you cred, got other people to pay attention to you.
A friend has just made me oatmeal. Post.
On Saturday most of the LUV committee took the journey down to the La Trobe Valley to host a Linux miniconference in Morwell, held at St. Mary's Anglican Church (thanks to the Rector, Archdeacon Heather Marten, for her support and assistance). My presentation was on Why Linux is the Future of Computing, looking at some of the major trends in software and hardware development, and expressing concerns of non-technical roadblocks. Many of the attendees were from the local U3A which has a Linux group, and they have formed the core of a new chapter for Linux Users of Victoria. Afterwards we had dinner at the local RSL which certainly provided good and plenty food, although I do find such places are little overwhelming culturally. Utterly exhausted in slept in until after midday the following day.
RPG Review Issue 22-23 is running a little late; last article coming in as interview with Tadashi Ehara, editor of the highly inspirational Different Worlds magazine. Looking for release early next week. In other gaming updates, on Thursday night the continuing Masks of Nyarlathotep game saw two investigators put out of action, one kidnapped by cultists to live out a life of servitude, and one driven indefinitely insane by being possessed by Nyarlathotep and deciding it would be far easier to obsessively care for homeless kittens in the back streets of Cairo. Finally, today played some GURPS Middle Earth which involved organising some negotiations between goblins and talking salmon whose conflict was affecting a local water supply (think The Hobbit or even Father Giles of Ham rather than Lord of the Rings).
Unless you hate it and don't want to play anymore, but whatever.
Posted on AO3: sunrise over nyali
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Title: The Doctor's Prescription (Or: Five Times Sherlock Didn't Say Anything And One Time He Did)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Genre/Tags: Glasses, First Time, 5+1 Format
Summary: It’s not that he didn’t notice John’s aesthetic qualities before the glasses – it’s simply that the sudden, unexpected addition of them has called attention, no – forced attention, commanded it, really – and Sherlock finds himself caught on the hook of John’s gaze again and again and again.
In the mornings over newspapers, in the afternoons over medical journals, in the evening over corpses…
this cat's problem solving skills occasionally scare me :)
Title: This Time, Baby
Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon
Summary: Arthur and Merlin break up, and Merlin's life kind of skids to a halt.
Length: 35:36 (33.3 MB mp3, 16.5 MB m4b)
Download: MP3 in My Box or M4B in My Box
Notes: *Crawls out from under rock* So you know, just casually posting the first podfic I've made for FIVE YEARS. Thanks to Trojie for giving me permission to perform this awesome story!!! <3