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Title: Narcissa Militant
Disclaimer: J. K. Rowling and associates own these characters. I am writing this story for fun and not profit.
Content Notes: AU, crack, minor character deaths, violence
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Harry/Draco, Lucius/Narcissa
Summary: AU. Narcissa is actually the source of the Malfoy family’s wealth—and not because she inherited the Black fortune, either. She’s an in-demand spy and assassin. But now she’s retired, and intent on using all her skills to make sure her baby boy gets what he wants. If that’s Harry Potter, then Harry Potter he shall have.
Author’s Notes: This is the first of seven chapters. It is not meant to be taken at all seriously.

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accidental pride project

Jun. 28th, 2017 08:10 pm
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Leela lurves fibery toys. her favorite is a wet felted wool number that we used to call "fuchsia infinity" but has been tugged and chewed and loved into "fuchsia snake". carrying a woolly toy on walks is the key to breaking her concentration when she is denied prey (goddammit outdoor cats) or play (that other dog is across a busy street). last year I made an attempt at knitting up interlocking rings that could be worn over my wrist. they were great except for the part where they were overstuffed and under felted so they came apart fast.*

anyhoo, I have a couple Noro rainbow rolls , which are them selling the precursor to yarn - it's drafted into a thin strip of roving, ready for twist to be added. (I thought it would be fun to finish it as a chain ply, but it's behind another project that's on the wheel.) many of their sample projects are felted, so I decided to let myself use my fancy/expensive materials to make a thing I might use every day.

process and before photos )
toy is super-light, springy, and so far strong enough for tug. Leela digs it.


*I made them from absolutely terrible yarn that was the result of a well-intentioned gift of fiber that was not really fit for spinning. or at least I never figured out how to make it work.

**not dog toys. we have a can of them for drying down-filled items in the dryer.
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This is interesting, because technically I have no songs "to drive to" because I don't drive. Haven't had a license in 30 years. I do, however, have a Road Trip playlist on Spotify, which I acquired for my trip to Escapade 2016 when a friend drove me. So I put together a list of several hours' worth of reasonably high-energy high-volume no-deep-thoughts songs. I'm not going to list them all, though.

Highway to Hell | Louie Louie | Blitzkrieg Bop | All Revved Up with No Place to Go | Down Under | Rebel Rebel | Trigger Happy | Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) | Footloose | Sister Christian

Wayne's World gave us the definitive driving song )

Meme list
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Title: Shelter From The Storm
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 197
Rating: G

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15 minute closing warning

Jun. 28th, 2017 10:25 pm
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Sign-ups will close at 10:45pm EDT. Once sign-ups are closed, I'll attempt matching. If all goes well, I'll send out assignments tonight. If I run into unmatchables, I'll deal with that in the morning.

Check-In – Day 28

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:45 pm
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Another day, and I am beginning to suspect that the hamster is on vacation. What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Meta question: Of the options above, which is your least favorite one to have to pick on any given day?

Pokémon: Venting, by DeLiz

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:06 am
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FANDOM: Pokémon (anime)
FIC LINK:
AUTHOR LINK:
[archiveofourown.org profile] DeLiz
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Pikachu, Meowth, Ash

FIC SUMMARY:
Meowth and Pikachu got locked in a cupboard. Pikachu is unimpressed by this, but he's currently unimpressed by a lot of things, so that's normal. Meowth, being the wonderful friendly nemesis he is, decides this is a fact worth exploring.

You know, just for kicks.

RECCER'S NOTES: After a few hiccups, my laptop decided to keep on living after all. Hurray! (This was the monthly reminder to BACK UP YOUR SHIT, kids, brought you by CloseShaveINC.) Let's see if I can't catch up.

A cat, a cupboard, a very angry electric mouse. Meowth works well as the narrator; while essentially a decent person, he's also enough of an arsehole to thoroughly enjoy Pikachu's frustration. (And Meowth's narration means we don't need to hear Pikachu's words, because that would be... weird.)
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Today was the big day: we signed the contract with an assisted living facility and got the keys to her room. We can start moving things in immediately, she takes up residence July 12, two weeks from today.

Update re beds: D has decided she wants her full bed in there, at least to start, so it looks like we're not getting a temporary or new bed at this time. Thanks everyone for your suggestions! They were very helpful! Also, she has a week to change her mind about this plan.

After the signing, which was a 2+ hour process, we went out for lunch, then adjourned to her place and measured furniture.

Due to dealing with her move, I'm going to be somewhat hosed over the next two weeks. (If you have a favorite moving company that does small moves on the North Shore, feel free to mention in the comments. I have two recs already, but I could stand to get quotes from one or two more. Also, I feel nervous about trying to book movers in 14 days or less, so want a pool of leads at hand.)

I was hoping to get at least one post out this month, but right now I'm so exhausted I can't see straight, and I have lots of patients tomorrow and part of Friday, which is the last day of the month. We'll see.

The good news is that in the middle of July, whatever my availability had been, it (knock on wood) should be substantially improved. Not only will we be getting D settled, I have a bunch of patients all going on protracted vacations, so my clinical caseload will be temporarily lightened.

Once D is moved, we'll need to start worrying about what to do with her house, but there's no urgency on that. I think that while there's some minimal stuff that we'll get out of the way, G and I are planning on taking a nice break from Dealing With Things And Evacuating Houses for a little while.

Of course, all that goes out the window if D's health takes a turn for the worse – or for that matter if any other emergencies emerge. But right now I'm hopeful that later this coming month I'll be able to be around more and be shoving more posts out the door. Here's hoping.

Fic corner is not closed yet

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:17 pm
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Figure you've got about an hour from the time stamp on this post.
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There are times when you have to take a plot bunny out behind the shed and quietly do away with it before it eats everything in sight. So when I was hit with an awful, soul-crushing fusion idea for Yuri!!! on Ice and Puella Magi Madoka Magica -- in which Yuri Plisetsky is essentially Akemi Homura, a once sweet and charming child turned bitter and cold-hearted by a thousand failed timeloops in which he's been unable to stop his friends from dying or turning into witches -- I had to bash out this ficlet and throttle the concept at the source.

(Tidied up from the original anon posting at F_FA. Title from the Madoka ending theme, Magia by Kalafina. Some text modified from Madoka EP 10. Warning for Madoka-canon-typical violent character death.)

You can go back in time, right, Yurio? )

I have no intention of writing more of this, because did I mention that it would be soul-crushing? *goes to toss it at AO3 and then lie down for a while*

Another Sweet Senior Story: Beau

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:11 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto



I've got one last Senior story to share today, and I think I've saved the best for last. To me, it illustrates the commitment and devotion our Humane Society has to every animal -- even these special, very hard to place cases. It took a long time to find a spot for this Senior but they did not give up on this cat.

Here goes:

Found hiding under a car at a local shopping center, Beau needed some help. A Good Samaritan scooped Beau up and brought him to the shelter. That was a good day for this older gentleman; he no longer had to be alone or scared.

Handsome Beau needed to shed a few pounds and has a slight incontinence problem – making placement a little more challenging for this aging fellow. But the Humane Society is committed to Making Happy Happen for all the healthy animals that come through their doors. In 2016 the shelter found homes for 3,972 cats and returned 179 cats to their owners.

Beau had always been a house cat, however, with his incontinence problem the shelter couldn’t find a home willing to take on that challenge. At 13 years of being inside becoming an outside cat was not a safe option for Beau.

After several weeks of trying to find a good fit, staff decided to think outside the box with regards to Beau, perhaps the right barn placement could work.

Beau couldn’t go to just any barn though; he needed lots of human contact, food provided for him (his hunting days are over) and barn doors that are closed at night. After establishing those parameters, a staff member knew just the place for Beau, her mom’s barn!

Because of his special circumstances, it took Beau 48 days to find his happy ending. At an average cost of $35 per day to care for healthy senior cats Beau’s care cost approximately $1,680. The Humane Society could not do this life-saving work without the generosity of this caring community.



I'm so grateful the HS was able to go that extra mile for this big love.  

Stories like this can happen because we help provide the resources -- that's why today's Senior Cat day is so important.

We met our awesome $5000 matching donation challenge that our dear Cynthia presented today, but that doesn't mean Senior Cat Day is over -- we're still collecting donations for the Seniors until 7:00 AM tomorrow.

To make a tax-deductible donation to help this special population of cats, please visit our fundraising page.

Thank you for listening, and thanks to everyone who's contributed to this awesome day.










Monday Photos

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Mostly around the yard...

tiny flowers...





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Gratitudes

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:12 pm
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1. Days when it is not yet dark out at 9pm. I mean, it's no longer daylight? But it's not completely dark.

2. Watching the sky change. My wee solar-powered lights against the backdrop of the changing evening sky.

3. Glass of rosé. I think this may be the Summer of Rosé for me.

4. Having an ARC of a book I am totally totally psyched to read. (Alas I am exhausted and am not going to stay up to read it tonight, but I have hopes of reading more of it tomorrow.)

5. I got my ticket to Vividcon! I'll be there Thurs-Mon this year, and I already can't wait.
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The movie is coming out soon so I decided to re-listen to the audiobook. I always laugh at the initial set up because of how ripped from the headlines it is.

Spoilers )

Fic Corner Scribbler Letter

Jun. 28th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Placeholder. Nothing to see here yet.

dvd commentary meme: Dilettante

Jun. 28th, 2017 07:01 pm
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This is the DVD commentary meme for Dilettante, my first YOI fic by a lot! I wrote it almost as soon as I had caught up with the show, in between the eighth and ninth episode. It had been a long, long time since I'd dared write something for an on-going series, and even longer for an anime, but, well, we all have to start somewhere.

The title I got because St. Vincent's "Dilettante" shuffled on when I was writing and it fit.


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Clearing Up Some Confusion

Jun. 28th, 2017 04:09 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Some questions have come up about our new fundraising platform. I thought I would address them in a blog post in hopes of making things a little less confusing for everyone.

The big one is the "Donate Now" button VS the "Join Laurie's Team" button. 

If you want to make a donation to our campaign to help the homeless cats and kittens, click on the "Donate Now" button and enter your information in the required fields. This is what 99.9% of you probably want to do.  



If you were interested in becoming a fundraiser and soliciting donations for TEAM IBKC,  click on the "Join Laurie's Team" button. Most of you probably don't want to do that, but if you did, we would, of course, welcome a helping hand. 



As I mentioned earlier today, you can now make an "anonymous" donation. To do that, click on the "Donate Now" button which will take you to this page:




See that little box by the arrow? Just click that then enter your information in all of the necessary fields.


After you make your donation you'll receive an automated thank you note from the shelter. With the old system, the fundraisers were able to customize our message to the donors, but with the new one, we're not.  So, this thank you message goes out to everyone who makes a donation to Dog-A-Thon, not just us kitty people, and the way the note is worded, it makes it sounds like our donations go to more than just the kitties. Please know that if you donated to the IBKC page it will absolutely go to the cats and kittens. And if you give on one of our days devoted to a program, like today, when we're raising money for the Senior Cats, it will be directed to that program. I talked with the shelter to see if there was a fix for this, and currently,  there isn't a way around it. I'm sorry.


I've heard from many of that you are disappointed that there's no field to leave a comment when making a donation. I'm sorry, the system just doesn't allow for that. I'm going to create a page where we can all leave comments and share why we gave and who we gave in honor of,  but I need a day or two to make that happen. As soon as this place exists I will let you know.  I miss that feature too -- I'm sorry it's not there.

SO, things function a little differently with the new system, but ultimately the end results are the same: lives are being saved and homeless cats and kittens are being helped thanks to you kind-hearted kitty-loving folks.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  And thank you for your generosity. You are amazing.

Now, how about some cute? Will that help?

I hope so!

xoxo Laurie


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The Exchange at Fic Corner is a gift exchange for fic based on children's and YA books and short stories from picture books to edgy teen novels. The FAQ can be found on Dreamwidth (and I think on LJ still).

June 18th - June 27th - Sign-Ups
June 28th - Assignments Sent Out
August 21st - Deadline for Stories
August 28th - Collection Goes Live

Tag Set (on AO3)

Sign Up Form (on AO3)

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I know this is a strange request, but it would make me very happy to find an answer.

Is there any simple way to find out, for a Cubs game that has already taken place, if the Cubs won or lost the game without also seeing/hearing the final score?

I tried Siri, but it was overly helpful, giving me more information than I wanted.

What I've been watching lately

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:13 pm
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A very mixed bag via Netflix streaming and DVD.

The bad:

The OA
Someone on LJ/DW recommended this, which is why I watched the first season via Netflix. Oh, this is bad. So bad. Bad in the same way that Lost was bad, in that it feels as if the scriptwriters are just making it up as they go. It starts with a woman in a nightgown standing on the edge of a bridge with a substantial drop. She jumps, and is apparently totally unharmed. There are a series of flashbacks, and the final episode gets to the point where she was abandoned -- and there's no indication of how she got from lonely road to well-traveled bridge without any interim. Maybe there's supposed to be more plot in-between, but that wasn't the feeling I got. It's supposed to be about near-death experiences, but it's all just made-up woo.

Inception
Okay, this isn't actually bad. It was a blockbuster, and hugely successful. But it wasn't my cup of tea. I kept watching it from a meta point of view: "here's a fight scene" and "oh, here's another fight scene, and next we'll have a chase scene" and "oh, cool special effect." And there was a whole lot of the Eight Deadly Words.

The good (mostly):

Anne with an "E"
Another series I watched on Netflix. I mostly enjoyed this, though I side-eye a bit at the way it's plotted to ramp up the angst levels. In this story (spoilers!) Anne is sent back to the orphanage for stealing Marilla's brooch, instead of being threatened with not being able to attend a church picnic. And the final couple of episodes deal with the prospect of financial ruin as the result of a ship sinking (without insurance) and some bad choices. And I'm pretty sure a lot of the idioms used were not extant in the period the series is set. But Anne is pitch-perfect, and Matthew is much less of a cipher than he was in the books, and I'm looking forward to the next season.

Grace and Frankie
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, and Martin Sheen. I don't usually watch shows for the actors, but in this case I'll make an exception. The initial premise is that there are two couples in their early 70s whose wives don't really get along. They have dinner together, and the men announce that they've been having an affair for 25 years, and are now divorcing the wives to marry each other. Much hilarity does not ensue. The two women end up living together, despite their exceedingly different everything, and manage to make a go of the (platonic) relationship. Very quirky, but doesn't trip my "sitcom, ick" button.

Also, a bunch of a nature documentaries narrated by David Attenborough. When I need soothing, there's nothing like bugs or polar bears or frogs.

Quest to the North

Jun. 28th, 2017 07:10 pm
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Quest to the North by Tom Rogneby

Book #2 of the Minivandians. A prequel, but spoilers ahead for Tales of the Minivandians.
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