arduinna: Logo for the Archive of Our Own (AO3)
I'm still reveling in my sudden ability to be fannish again, and poking at all the things. There are a bunch of new(-to-me) tools out there for spiffying up the AO3 experience on desktop browsers, so I figured I'd share what I've found, plus a couple of old favorites I last mentioned in 2013.

These are a combination of bookmarklets and userscripts. The bookmarklets just need to be dragged to your bookmarks bar. The userscripts require the Tampermonkey extension to be added to whatever browser(s) you use. Once you've added the extension, going to a userscript's page will show you an Install button; click that to install the script in Tampermonkey. The script will run automatically on any page it applies to.

All of these tools are browser-specific. If you use more than one browser, you'll need to install everything you want on all of them, and customize them if needed.

Finding fanworks

The AO3's built-in search and filters have gotten even better (yaaaaay excludes!), but that's no reason not to customize things even more. With the add-ons I'm using, going to a fandom's works page (or any search-results page) gives me a list of results where:
  • Find favorite things

  • Skip over unwanted things

  • Streamline search

  • Recs (sort of)
    • This is on individual work pages, not searches/listings.
    • At the bottom of every fanwork page, I have a "You might also like this" button. (GetRec'd, links to Chrome and Firefox extensions)
      • If there's enough data for a match, it pops up a list of works that might appeal, each with a plus sign next to it. I can click straight onto a link to dive right in, or click the plus sign, which adds the work to a reading list stored on the browser's extensions bar.

    • If you go looking for userscripts, you may find the userscript version of GetRec'd. Don't use it; the creator has deprecated it and is focusing on the two browser extensions instead. The userscript version won't work.

That's before I even touch the filters - literally just on loading a page. Once the page is up, I can fine-tune the search/filters to a pretty amazing degree.

  • Add more filters
    • I can filter on additional fields beyond the one AO3 defaults to: creator, hits, kudos, comments, and bookmarks. (Flamebyrd's "AO3 Additional Filters" userscript)
      • These are also all possible to do on AO3's more complete Works Search page, but having them available in the filters makes things a little faster. I'm not likely to go all the way to the Works search to add "only works with more than 1000 kudos", but with the filter box there I can just add >1000 to the kudos filter and boom.

  • Save filter terms
    • I can set up persistent include or exclude tags, globally or by fandom, so I don't have to keep checking the same box in the filter list every time. (tuff''s "ao3 saved filters" userscript)
      • Need kittens in everything you read? Add 'kittens' to the global box, and you'll get kittens every time you use the filters anywhere.
      • Hate kittens? Add -kittens to the global box, and poof, never any kittens ever again (unless someone didn't tag their kittens, always a risk).
      • Love vampire AUs everywhere except one particular fandom? Go to that fandom's works page and add (-"Alternate Universe - Vampires") to the fandom box, and it'll be filtered out any time you're looking for things in that fandom.
      • Want all the angst, all the time, in your main fandom, but not necessarily anywhere else? Go to that fandom's works page and add angst to the fandom box.

  • Save entire searches
    • When I have a search set up that I like, I can click a "Track This" button on the works page, and it will be saved to a "Tracked" box. (Min's "AO3 Tracking" userscript)
      • I can click on that box anytime, from anywhere on the archive, and see a list of the tracked searches (up to 25) that I've saved. I can either click on the name to go to the latest search results, or click "Check for new" to see if anything's been posted since the last time I checked.
      • You can track any works page/listing, whether you've run a search or not.
        • Right now I'm testing this on a collection someone out there is keeping of their favorite fics for [trope], as a way of finding some specific recs for that trope. This button has many possibilities, is what I'm saying.

Organizing/storing/saving fanworks

From the search results/works page:
  • Every listed work on a search/filter page has a button on it for downloading directly, without clicking in to the work. (tuff's "ao3 download buttons" userscript)
    • This basically clones the archive's own download button, so it brings up all the usual format choices.

  • Every listed work on a search page has a button on it for a fast, customized bookmark on Pinboard, without having to go into the work (Flamebyrd's "AO3 → Pinboard Bookmarklet Generator" - the page includes an option for the button, if you want to install the userscript version)
  • Every listed work on a search page has a button on it for fast "mark for later", without having to go into the work (Flamebyrd's "Read Later Buttons" userscript)

From the page for any given work:

Reading/commenting on/kudosing fanworks

There are tons of ways to customize your reading experience. I wanted a few specific things: page-margin control, font control, a way to mark where I stopped reading if I need to come back to something, ability to see at the end of a fanwork if I'd already kudosed it, and an easy way to quote things in a comment without losing my place. I use three userscripts for all of that:
  • Schegge's "AO3: Fic's Style, Blacklist, Bookmarks" userscript
    • Fic's Style: Every fanwork has a small menu button at the bottom right of the screen.
      • Clicking that gives me options to
        • change fonts
        • change font size
        • change margin width
        • change the background color of the fanwork (not the entire browser page)
        • or reset back to defaults

      • Whatever you set will be remembered the next time you go into a fanwork, but with the controls right there on the page it's easy to adjust on the fly.
      • The userscript includes a handful of default fonts and colors for switching through; if you're comfortable in code, you should be able to change these or add more. But the basic set provides a good array. This script is NOT designed to be tweaked by casual users.

    • Mark your place: I also get a button at the top of the page that says "Full screen".
      • Clicking that pulls up a semi-full-screen page (the browser controls are still there, but things like the header tags are gone), with an Exit button at the top and two small controls added at the bottom left: a caret (^) and a plus (+) sign.
        • The caret is a "go to top" link; the plus sign adds a 'bookmark' for whatever spot you're at when you click it.
        • You can only have one bookmark per fanwork, which also means you can mark your place as you go if you're worried about crashes or interruptions. The bookmark will update itself to the new position every time you click the plus sign.
        • Once you have a bookmark or two, you can click on the Bookmarks link in the nav menu across the top (next to Fandoms | Browse | Search | About), and it will show you a list of the works you've created bookmarks for.
          • Click on one, and it will open the work in the full-screen view;
          • Click on the "Go to Bookmark" button and it will take you right back to where you were

  • Meludame's "AO3 Kudos tools" userscript, which I thought was lost forever, and which I'm so happy to have found a copy of.
    • This script needs to be edited a bit, but is pretty straightforward. You add your own username where it tells you to, and if you've kudosed a work, it turns the Kudos button green and adds a green background to your name in the kudos list.
    • You can also edit it to highlight other people's names in the kudos list, if there are people whose tastes you trust and you want a quick glance in advance to see if they liked a thing.

  • rav's "AO3 Review + Last Chapter Shortcut + Kudos-sortable Bookmarks" userscript.
    • AKA "the floaty review box" userscript. You may have seen this one mentioned around recently, which is how I found it.
    • With this installed, any time you open a fanwork you'll get an addition to the row of buttons across the top, saying "Floaty Review Box".
      • Click the button and a semi-transparent box appears, floating at the top-right of the page.
        • This is movable! I tend to slide it further to the right (under/behind the right border of the browser) so only a bit of it is showing, so it doesn't overlap with the text on the page at all.

      • It stays put while you scroll through the story, so you can easily add commentary as you go.
        • It even has an Insert box: select the text you want to quote and click the Insert box, and it pastes in surrounded by italics markers. You can then hit return a couple of times to add your reaction. You can do this as many times as you want.

      • Everything you add to the floaty review box is instantly mirrored in the comment box at the end of the fanwork, so when you're done you can either tweak it or post it.
        • One caveat: If you start typing in the regular comment box, and then switch to the floaty review box, your review-box text will not be mirrored in the comment field. You'll have to copy-paste at the end.

I was going to put instructions for customizing the things that could be customized in the post, but it got seriously unwieldy, so instead I'm going to put the instructions in comments, and then fix the links in the post.

Where to find these things and more:

[personal profile] flamebyrd's AO3 Bookmarklets and Scripts page, with many useful things, including things I didn't mention above.

Greasy Fork's AO3 user scripts, lots more than I mentioned here, including ao3-savior, a more fine-grained blacklist (and whitelist) userscript than the Blacklist I mentioned above.

[ profile] get-recd's Get Rec'd tumblr, with updates and info.

Meludame's "AO3 Kudos tools" userscript, saved on the static mirror of the late, lamented

Spiffy html cut-tags courtesy [personal profile] aka_vamp, who posted how to do it a few weeks back. Blockquotes not included. :)

arduinna: Cartoon Walter and William Bell from Fringe, with the thought bubble "how wonderful!" (wonderful)
I've been on vacation this week, and had intended to spend it playing around in layouts and webpages over on Hubzilla and basically trying to catch up over there. Instead I've been poking at AO3 customizations, and dusting off my old pinboard, and have spent most of the last two days sorting pinboard tags into bundles. This is ridiculous, and yet has made me so happy. \o/ I do not currently have so much as a single unbundled tag!

Which will change as soon as I finish sorting out the AO3 stuff (in this case in particular, a bookmarklet to post to pinboard directly from AO3), because the eventual plan is to have redundant copies of fanworks bookmarks & recs, which means there's an unholy amount of copying back and forth in my future. But they will be all tidy and organized, yessss.
arduinna: Bruce Lewis and Walt Bannerman from Dead Zone standing close together (DZ Bruce and Walt)
I lucked out and got two stories, which was unexpected and entirely lovely. ♥♥♥

Angles and Curves (536 words) by [ profile] SLWalker
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: due South
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio
Characters: Benton Fraser, Ray Vecchio
Additional Tags: Slice of Life, idyll, Yearning, Gen or Pre-Slash

On a cold Chicago day, Fraser reflects on both of the worlds he knows.

Lower Your Voice (678 words) by [ profile] dragons_and_angels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: MASH (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: "Trapper" John McIntyre/Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Characters: "Trapper" John McIntyre, Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Additional Tags: Voice Kink, Episode Tag, Germ Warfare, Treat Fic, Chocolate Box Exchange, Infidelity Mention

Hawkeye persuades Frank to drink the beer in 'Germ Warfare' but across the tent, Trapper is getting other ideas.

And I wrote one:

Peace even in the storm (2000 words) by Arduinna
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Dead Zone (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Bruce Lewis/Walt Bannerman
Characters: Bruce Lewis, Walt Bannerman
Additional Tags: Snowed In, Huddling For Warmth, First Kiss, First Time

"Strip," Walt said, turning back to the wood and sorting out a few pieces that he hoped would catch quickly.

"'Scuse me?"

"I said strip." Walt looked at him again. "Look, there's no way this wood gets this cabin warm enough to dry out you and your clothes at the same time. The only way you're getting warm again is without wet clothes on. So strip."

This is a rarepair that had never even occurred to me, which usually means there's no way I'll sign up to write a thing, but I had a little headtilt moment when I saw it in the tagset and thought I'd risk it. I had a lot of fun revisiting canon, and turns out these two are a lot of fun to write together. <3

In summary: Chocolate Box was a lot of fun! Glad I played, will play again.
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
Oooh, the signal-boost thing works for AO3 collections, too. I edited this a bit to get rid of the "profile" and "join" links that got included because I also wanted the collection icon, but other than that, totally straightforward.

Wayback Exchange 2019 | Archive of Our Own

Wayback Exchange 2019

The Wayback Exchange is a fanfiction exchange for all those old canons you loved back in the day. Nostalgia's trendy now! Get with it!

This gift exchange is focused only on canons that are more than 10 years old. That means that for the 2019 round, the only canons eligible will be ones with no new material published or released after December 31, 2009.

(Closed, Moderated, Unrevealed, Anonymous, Gift Exchange Challenge)

arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
[personal profile] lj_writes posted: Signal Boost bookmarklet with user name tags for more sites

This is an update to the update to [personal profile] astolat's bookmarklet for signal-boosting posts. It always allowed you to signal-boost from any page anywhere, not just DW, but [personal profile] lj_writes has added user name tags for almost every site DW has tags for - so AO3, pinboard, LJ, JF, IJ, DJ, DeviantArt, Etsy, Blogger, Ravelry, Wordpress, and a few more.
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
I have no idea if I can pull this off, but we shall see! Signups close today, so if you want a card, now is the time. :) [community profile] fluffbingo
Hm, cut-tagging this because the preview is showing tons of white space )
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)

[community profile] fluffbingo posted: Friendly Reminder

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for Fluff Bingo. I will be closing the sign up post by 9 p.m. EST.

If you know anyone who would like to sign up, there is still time!

[community profile] fluffbingo [community profile] fluffbingo [community profile] fluffbingo
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
I've never actually done an icon meme, I don't think. So what the heck! [personal profile] torch picked these three for me to talk about:

Keywords: Snooch in the groove
Description: Snooch (of Eben and Snooch fame) rocking out on a couch in a fab hat

I didn't realize I hadn't included the name of the webcomic in the description, whoops. It's from Two Lumps: The Adventures of Ebenezer and Snooch. I used to follow it compulsively, although I drifted away a few years ago. I made the icon because I just love the feel of it; Snooch is not the brightest of cats, but he's earnest and good-hearted and he's having such a good time in his awesome hat there. So basically, a mood icon, I guess?

Keywords: beanies
Comment: made by cynicatlantis!
Description: beanie versions of John and Rodney from SGA

This icon makes me so happy. ♥ It's art that [profile] cynicatlantis made for an SGA story I wrote, Candygram. Art for a story I wrote!! It's been almost 13 years, and it still makes me beam. It was a wonderful little round-robin of inspiration; [profile] mmmchelle wrote a story about beanie Atlantis (Inanimate), which cynicatlantis drew art for, which inspired me to write Candygram, which inspired even more beanie art, of which this icon is one piece. It's my John/Rodney and also general SGA icon, and I love that it's such a perfect symbol of the energy and glee of SGA fandom in the mid-00s.

Keywords: crusoe
Comment: icon by fraught
Description: Friday and Crusoe, head to head

This is just beautiful - warm and glowing and intimate, and a perfect capture of their relationship. I'm immensely sappy about this show and this pairing, and this icon makes me all *happy sigh* all over the place. They love each other SO MUCH. I use this one for talking about Crusoe (or used to, anyway), and for general aw-they-love-each-other things that I don't have more specific icons for.

And one bonus icon, that [personal profile] torch knows all about because she made it for me:

Keywords: hermit
Comment: torch made this!
Description: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit

This has been my default icon since the day torch made it, which was a really long time ago. It's perfect for me. ♥

Ask in the comments, and I'll pick three of yours.
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
I'd seen a few posts about this whole federated fandom idea and thought it sounded interesting, if weird, and I was looking forward to seeing what shook out when other folks got further along and things were ready for using.

I actually told people, straight up, that I wasn't going to do any poking at it; this is too techy for me, I need a finished product, wtf is an instance, anyway.

Then I signed up for Mastodon (a twitter-like microblogging system), which I'd at least heard of, but the default interface was terrible for me and drove me right off. So then I clicked a link in [personal profile] cesperanza's comments and signed up for what seems to be the current fannish-testing-ground on Hubzilla,

... Seriously, I had NO INTENTION. But here I've been for the last few days, and I gotta say, I'm pulling for Hubzilla to be the next big thing. I'll leave the technical stuff to other people, and just tell you why I'm liking the system as a user.

  • Customize your view
    • You can set your stream to sort in three different ways:
      • by "Commented date", which bundles posts and comments together and pops any post that's been interacted with to the top of your stream;
      • by "Posted date", which bundles posts and comments together and leaves things in chronological order by post (newest at top), regardless of if someone adds a comment;
      • or by "Date Unthreaded", which gives you a chronological order of everything without bundling comments to their posts. In this view, everything has a "view in context" link on it so you can click through to see what it's connected to if it looks interesting.

    • You can also set your homepage and stream posts to show with comments expanded in place (this is the default), or toggle the "blog style" layout where comments are hidden and you have to click through to see them.
      • Sorting by "Date unthreaded" ignores "blog style" layout and just gives you a raw stream of everything individually as it gets posted.

  • Write any length post you want
    • At least, so far I haven't seen any indication that there's a character limit on posts, or on comments for that matter.

  • Privacy settings
    • You pick the type of blog you want, and the system applies automatic privacy settings for that level of blog
      • You can choose "Social - Federated" to have your posts show up on other services (if fandom's going federated, this is probably the one you want)
      • You can choose "Social - Mostly Public" which is roughly the equivalent of a public blog on LJ/DW/Tumblr, where anyone can go see it
      • Or you can choose to lock it down further, to access-list-only but people can see that you exist in the directory ("Social - Restricted"), or to access-list only and not visible in the directory ("Social - Private").

    • You can install an "Affinity Tool" that gives you a slider that you can apply to each of your connections, giving them a general closeness level to you. When you post something, you pick the general affinity level that it should go out to.
    • You can install a "Privacy Groups" app that lets you create specific groups of people, like DW's access & subscription filters. This gives you total control over who's seeing your posts, and whose posts you see, much more precisely than the Affinity slider.
    • When making a post, you can also set an on-the-fly custom privacy setting, where you pick right then who can see a particular post, without having to create a new Privacy Group. You can choose as many people as you want here.
      • This also lets you you pick people to exclude from seeing your post on an on-the-fly basis, so if you're doing something like planning a birthday surprise for one person in your Friends group, you'd go to the custom setting, pick "Show Friends", and also pick "Don't Show [birthday person]". Again, you can pick as many people as you want to either Show or Don't Show.

    • Lots of other stuff: you have individual control over all kinds of things for each of your connections, including whether people can administer your channel, upload or edit files/photos to your channel, post on your channel (like posting on someone's wall on Facebook), etc. The system sets defaults based on the kind of channel you create (which honestly will be just fine for most people most of the time!), but within that there's a lot of granularity if you want it.

  • Image galleries
    • There are galleries for images! You can upload photos and arrange them however you want!
      • The amount of storage available will probably vary depending on what server you're on, but the capability is there.

  • Reblogging/sharing
    • You can reblog/share almost anything, including individual comments to any post. !! It doesn't seem to be possible to reblog the commentary someone else has added to a post, but I might just be missing something so far. If you hit Share on a shared post, it shares the original post. There's a clear description of who wrote the original and a link to view the original, so it's easy to see the conversation.
      • On the one hand, you lose the fun of reblogs that go off in their own direction with great commentary. On the other hand, you can leave actual comments, so the converstaion can happen in one place, without people only being able to see one small thread of it.

  • Cut tags/read more tags
    • You can do a single level of cut tag - I haven't found a way to nest them, or to have more than one on a post yet. But it's really easy to do the one level. You put the informational text you want people to see above the cut between [summary] and [/summary] tags, and that text will show up as regular text with a link below to "View article".
      • So I would write the above like this: [summary]You put the informational text you want people to see above the cut between (summary) and (/summary) tags, and that text will show up as regular text with a link below to "View article" [/summary]

  • Calendar
    • It comes with a calendar - actually, two calendars. I'm poking at this with a few other people, and it has some huge possibilities. Like, say, a fest forum that puts its dates up in its events calendar for its members to see and copy to their own calendars if they want more direct reminders.

And so forth. It's a sort of composite of LJ/DW, Facebook, and Tumblr, with solid default settings and hugely customizable individual settings if you like to be that granular. If you like journal-based fandom, it's going to be a pretty painless shift.

Which is not to say it's ready for fandom to shift over whole-hog; it still needs some hammering out, and fandom is going to want a lot more themes, and variations within the themes themselves, and how-tos on how to do everything.

But it has a lot of promise, and you really can talk effortlessly with people on some other systems (like Mastodon). You really can just pick up stakes and move to a different Hubzilla server ("instance") without losing your contacts. You can't track a tag per se like on tumblr, but you can search for something and see posts that mention it, whether in the body or the tags.

I'm really, really liking this, is what I'm saying. :)

You can find me on Hubzilla at :)

Also on Mastodon at, although I'm not using that one at the moment.
arduinna: Calvin and Hobbes, gleefully sledding in black and white (sledding whee)

[personal profile] morgandawn posted: Media Cannibals Vids On AO3*

It was forty-four years ago today
Vidders taught themselves to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you .....
The act you've known for all these years?
Media Cannibals Lonely Hearts Club Band

*Some of these vids have appeared online before as downloads. This is not the entire collection of fanvids but it does include some from the VCR-era of vidding.


Click through to [personal profile] morgandawn's post for the link!
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
(It isn't bunnies.)

I've been reading some of the posts about money and fandom that are making the rounds, and in the comments to [personal profile] fairestcat's post, people touch on the source of much of the weirdness in fandom re fanworks and money: old-school SFF fandom.

It's always been bizarre to me that fanartists could make money off their fanart, when fanfic writers were expected not to. (I should add here: I love the fannish gift economy, and thought it should encompass all fanworks, not just fic.) I spent a lot of time thinking about this, and eventually came up with what I think might be the answer. Or an answer, anyway.

So here's what I think happened: back in the day (mid-20th century), if you were an SFF fan going to conventions, there were three "paths" to participating. (Someone's going to come and argue that. I'm generalizing wildly here for simplicity. I know there were many ways to participate.) If you wrote fiction, you could submit it to magazines or book publishers, and go pro, and create content for people to talk about. If you drew art, you could submit it to magazines or book publishers, and also sell it directly to buyers at art shows at conventions, which were basically fandom's galleries.

If you didn't want to be a "pro" creating more content, but wanted to talk about fandom in general or the content that already existed, you contributed ("tribbed") to zines (APAzines, letterzines). Tribbers got copies, and other people could buy copies (of the letterzines) for the price of copying and mailing, basically. (Again, generalizing wildly, just to provide a sense of a common approach. Don't @ me *g*.)

Star Trek fandom branched off from SF fandom, and took a lot of SF fandom's terminology and culture with it, including zines. They were created along the old familiar lines: people who wanted to tribbed to zines, and got "paid" with a copy of the zine, and people who hadn't tribbed could buy it for cost and shipping. But in ST fandom and its descendants, zines were as likely to be full of fanfic and fan poetry as meta or analysis.

Artists could get their work out by tribbing to zines, or making zine covers, but art reproduction was harder than mimeographing or photocopying text, so artists also tended to show their work at conventions, which also got set up along the old familiar lines: an art show that allowed for sale or auction of the art.

And then that got embedded in the culture. Fanfic was part of the conversation, like meta, and you didn't pay for it beyond the cost of physically receiving a copy. Fanart that was in zines was also part of the conversation, and ditto.

Fanfic writers who wanted to be paid filed off the serial numbers and went pro if they could, just like in SF fandom. Fan artists didn't have as clear a path to a pro life, but could sell their art at cons. Even as fandom moved online, it was hard to show art, so art stayed outside the general conversation.

These days, art is a huge part of the conversation, and for the most part is free the way fanfic and meta are; you can browse around DA or tumblr (or you could, anyway, sigh) and see all sorts of visual takes on things. But because it was outside the conversation for so long, and treated as a sort of pro content, it's still much more acceptable in fannish culture to take art commissions, or sell art.

It's a bizarre difference in approach when you only see the existing conversation among all the creative forms of output. But I really think it goes back to those early days of creating something slightly different out of SF fandom's culture, and the translation just not being perfect.
arduinna: Darien Fawkes of Invisible Man with both fists up over his head in a victory shout (Darien-victory)
(If you want to link to this page while keeping the cut tags intact, use this:

A while back (in, uh... 2006), I got the urge to compile a master list of fannish things related to Invisible Man as a sort of snapshot of where the fandom stood at that moment. Or at least, where the bits of it that I could see stood. I never intended to keep it up-to-date or ever do an overhaul on it, mostly because holy crap it was a lot of work, and the fandom was already fading.

But [personal profile] trascendenza is hosting a watchathon starting in February, and suddenly I was digging it out. Because who knows! Maybe people will want to go looking for things, and not know where to find them!

So I overhauled it after all. I did not go looking for new things to add; this is still largely a snapshot of 2006. But I took out any individual links to fic or vids that can now be found on AO3 or; deleted author sites where all of the author's fic could be found on AO3 or; updated dead links to Wayback where I could; and deleted a couple of sections that don't seem especially relevant anymore (mailing lists that are now dead or full of spam; defunct tag searches - if anyone needs pointers on how to search pinboard for I-Man stuff, just ask).

If a link had vanished and I couldn't find it on an archive or on Wayback, I left it in, but struck through, to keep a record of what used to exist.

On to the I-Man stuff! )

Okay, wow, it's been a long time since I had the urge to dive into a fannish project like this, and just spend hours poking at something. Yay, I-Man!
arduinna: a stuffed shark on a pillow, looking very fierce indeed (beanieshark)
It is a cold snowy sleety horrible weekend, and we thought, what a great weekend to watch some movies on Netflix!

This seemed reasonable enough; the last time we thought that, we wound up watching Bird Box, which was really good. (In fact, [personal profile] therienne and I started watching that, and 20 minutes in decided we were probably somehow cheating on [personal profile] mollyamory, who is the actual horror fan in the house. So we called her down and started over.)

So, we were poking at Netflix late Saturday afternoon, and Netflix said, "hey, you liked Bird Box! You should totes watch "How It Ends". It stars Forrest Whitaker!"

Cool, said we - Forrest Whitaker is always worth it!

Yeah, no. Oh my fucking god, this movie is not worth it. What the hell even was that. I think they were trying to be atmospheric and mysterious and instead all they did was not tell a story of any sort. We never find out what happened, or how widespread it actually was. The ending was not an ending; the movie just kinda stopped. Are they safe? Are they dead? WHO KNOWS. WHO CARES.

I keep trying to write up summaries to explain, and it's just endless words that do nothing. Just. Don't bother watching this movie. Ugh.

We were so disgusted that we had to watch another disaster movie just to remind ourselves that there are movies with actual plot out there. Which worked out well for me, because we settled on Dante's Peak, which I'd never seen, and which was a lot of fun. And which had an ending! That made sense! \o/

In short, don't trust Netflix's algorithms, man. They lie.

(Seriously. "2012" was a better disaster movie than "How It Ends". And 2012 sucked.)
arduinna: Nathan hugging the stuffing out of Duke, from Haven (Haven hug)

Day 3: In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

This is hard - so many choices!

But I'm going to go with a pivotal moment in Haven: the first ep in season four. It tears down alllll the walls between Nathan and Duke, and it makes me incredibly happy.

I actually have a post mostly written up from, uh, 2013 that I never got around to wrapping up or posting (it was meant to be a post-YT reveals post, and I just never went back to it in January), so am just going to plunk that in here to 'splain. There are going to be spoilers for most of the show here: caveat lector.

Begin old post:
Things about Duke and Nathan I sorted out in my head (read: turned into headcanon) while rewatching (most of) Haven:

Duke is a romantic pragmatist. He likes being in love, he doesn't seem to really stop being in love (he never trusted Evi again after whatever happened between them, but I never got the feeling he'd stopped loving her, at least a bit). But the heart of him is about pragmatism and practicality, and using the tools at hand even when those tools are people (within some limits -- I suspect Evi's limits on that were different than his, and hence the breakup). Within those limits, he just doesn't take things personally, and he doesn't understand why other people do -- especially Nathan.

Nathan is a romantic idealist. He likes being in love, also doesn't really seem to stop being in love (he was still very fond of his HS gf, etc.). He's not a pragmatist at heart; he will use people if he has to but he doesn't like it, and he's bad at it (like, say, Jordan -- Duke could have charmed his way out of that reveal, because he would have played it lighter and looser out of sheer pragmatism, but Nathan doesn't know how to do that, and wound up hurting her badly as a result).

But they're both romantics; they both genuinely believe in relationships, genuinely value relationships - genuinely value each other. So they get pulled together along the planes where they align, and then something happens -- usually Duke doing something that to him is utterly normal, that reads to Nathan as something a user would do, something you just don't bring into a relationship you value. So Nathan shoves Duke away, in a move that seems utterly random to Duke, because why would anyone get that mad over [thing]? [Thing] is just... [thing]! It's no big deal!

But it's a huge deal to Nathan, who feels like all his trust has been thrown back in his face, because how could someone do [thing]?

And then they have a period where both of them feel like the other one has randomly and for no reason blown up their friendship, and they can't trust each other. And with every cycle of that, the barriers between them get a little bit stronger, because they're both Charlie Brown, trusting Lucy not to pull the football away, and crashing down harder every time she does.

And here's the other sticky part of all that, amplifying it: Duke's pragmatic approach to affection and relationships is almost identical to Garland Wournos's. So Nathan is super-primed to feel like the people he loves and wants to trust most just can't be trusted to put him first, ever. While meanwhile they're just baffled, because of course they put him first! It's just this other thing that has to get done right now, so what's the big deal?

(The day I figured out that Garland and Duke approached Nathan almost identically, I think I actually squeaked.)

So, anyway, back to Duke and Nathan and their push-pull relationship. We know that Duke came back specifically because of the Troubles; he already knew they were back when he arrived in Haven, because that was his only reason for coming back. Nathan didn't know yet. Duke and Nathan run into each other, Duke makes friendly overtures and invites Nathan to go fishing, Nathan says sure, okay, thinking they're reviving their friendship. Nathan then discovers that Duke asked him because he wants Nathan to flash his badge at the Coast Guard; Nathan is furious, they "beat on each other for an hour", Nathan's Trouble manifests during the fight (implication is that it's the fight that triggers it), Duke "doesn't even care".

All of that is Nathan's version of the story. But here's the thing: Nathan also says, at a different point, that he's never heard of a Trouble manifesting because of physical stress. It's always emotional stress, something huge.

Which means that Duke's "betrayal" is what actually triggers Nathan. Duke's friendship means that much to him.

I think from Duke's eyes, that whole thing looked a little different. I think to him, he had to go back to Haven, he ran into an old friend and invited him out fishing, with the added bonus that this friend could even wave off any curious Coast Guard cutters if need be, making for a nice relaxed day for both of them (because why wouldn't Nathan want to do him an easy favor like that? It's not like he was asking Nathan to help him smuggle something specific - just smoothing the way in case anything happened, like flashing a badge at a traffic cop and promising to make sure Duke drove more slowly). Then that old friend loses his temper for no reason, and they get into this ridiculous fistfight and now Duke's angry too, because wtf, this was supposed to be a nice day! Then Nathan's Trouble gets triggered, and Duke, who knows full well the Troubles are back, doesn't really blink; he knows all kinds of Troubles are being triggered, and he's extremely familiar with Nathan's. Also dammit now Nathan *can't feel Duke's punches*, and how is that fair?

Then Nathan stomps off and stays angry at Duke for two years, while Duke decides screw it, he didn't need Nathan as a friend anyway, so there. He doesn't even like cops.

Then Audrey shows up and smacks their heads together a few times, and starts letting them past that point. They start relating to each other on a more grown-up level; they find out things about each other that they don't turn around and use against each other; they start trusting again. Slowly, carefully, and with some backsliding, because their pattern is so well-established now -- but they're breaking it every chance they can.

Except third season, which is the point at which Audrey's been in town a few months and has started to trust Duke as much as she trusts Nathan -- and Nathan is still hugely aware that Duke betrayed him so severely that Nathan's Trouble manifested, so he warns Audrey, explicitly telling her that as best he can, and she... pays no attention, and keeps right on trusting Duke. Nathan's falling more in love with Audrey every day, and sees her setting herself up for a betrayal of some sort, and he's just so angry at both of them -- that Duke is probably setting her up, that she won't trust that he knows what he's talking about (he's known Duke for 30 years; she's known Duke for what, 4 months? 5 months?).

Nathan spends most of third season braced for Duke's next big betrayal -- and Duke doesn't betray him, or Audrey. (Which is because his pragmatism is aligned with their goals, pretty much, but also because he really is more willing to just help now, and Nathan has had to learn something about pragmatism since he became Chief [not to mention how his handling of Jordan was basically him trying to channel both Garland and Duke through himself, with wretched results, but he can't really throw stones about using people now].)
End old post!

So, yeah - there's just so much history between these two, going back forever. There's the first three seasons of the show, which took 3 years in real time but only about six months in show-universe time (so everything that happens in the first three seasons is still pretty fresh and raw all the way through).

And then at the end of s3, Duke and Audrey vanish into the Barn. *poof*

So s4 starts up, and we find out it's months later. Duke is thrown out of the barn in another state, thinking it's only been a few hours. Things Happen and he makes his way back to Haven, looking for Nathan; the Teague brothers tell him where to look, but warn him that Nathan has changed.

Duke goes off and finds Nathan in the midst of a group of burly men, scruffy and bruised and careless, taking money off these guys by betting them he can take whatever punch they throw at him. The woman Duke has been traveling with is all, "... that's your friend?" Duke sort of winces and says, "We're... complicated." Then he borrows a $20 and walks up behind Nathan, who's taking a break to have a swig of beer.

And I interrupt myself to say - I love that borrowed $20. They are complicated, and Duke is a pragmatist, and he's totally prepared to buy a few minutes from Nathan if he has to. <3

Anyway, so Duke says something, and Nathan recognizes his voice, and his eyes go so, so hopeful. He spin around and grabs Duke by the arms, lighting up all over his face, and then pulls Duke into the fiercest, happiest bearhug ever, tightening his arms even more when Duke hugs him back, and making little noises of pure joy.

Here's where I steal from another post I actually did make that same year:
This season has been a Duke/Nathan slasher's dream, from the moment Nathan turned around to see Duke and reacted with completely nonverbal sounds and one of the best hugs I've ever seen anywhere. ... I may have watched it a few times since then.

That hug makes sense from Nathan's POV, where he's spent six months thinking Duke was dead and it was his fault, but for Duke, it's been a few hours, maybe a day tops, since he's seen Nathan, at which point they were at their normal levels of semi-grudging trust and working together. But he sees Nathan's face light up at the sight of him, and that triggers an identical reaction in him; he lights up right back, and he may not quite be trying to crawl into Nathan the way Nathan's trying to crawl into him, but he doesn't let go, even though Nathan smells bad.

And they never go back from that point. They've had other moments of relative peace and harmony in the past, but they're just moments, and then the protective walls go back up. This time, it's like they both decided oh well, the cards are all on the table now -- they really do mean that much to each other, and they both know it. So they just move forward from there.

I'm tempted to go all gushy and say all they ever needed was one moment like that, of pure trust and love, but I don't actually think that's true. I think they needed the last few years of history to make that moment possible in canon.

And then we get things like Duke backing Nathan's play in a heartbeat, even though he first doesn't believe him, and then thinks Nathan's out of his mind and tries to keep convincing him it's a bad idea. But even then, publicly he's still backing him, even if it means coming up with yet another lunatic plan later, to the point that other people tell him outright they know he's just doing or saying whatever to protect Nathan, which. ♥

We get Nathan trying to stop Duke from risking death to save Nathan, with the weird angry living blood trouble thing; and Duke whapping his arm away and then absorbing all the weird angry blood anyway, because he knows what that blood wants to do to Nathan, and at least he has a shot of surviving it.

We get that fantastic moment on the hill, with all the Guard around wanting to kill Nathan, and Duke absorbing some Troubled blood and yelling "Run!" and Nathan just BOLTING, without a blink, totally trusting Duke to have his back and to know what he's doing.

We get Duke just assuming the role of Nathan's de facto partner in the first part of the season (and again later, when Audrey's out of commission), with both of them accepting it as perfectly normal (and again, not just them, but everyone else; the vibe between them is so relaxed and simpatico at this point it's amazing). He even makes sure that Nathan's coffee can't accidentally scald him before he hands it over.

We get that moment when Duke actually tells Nathan he's good at his job -- not mockingly, not even teasingly, just a straight-up "the thing you're good at is solving cases and finding people" -- and even though the way he does it sounds like it could be a setup, Nathan doesn't think he's being set up, he trusts that this is a genuine conversation. We get Duke and Nathan having a nose-to-nose, heart to heart convo about how Nathan wants Duke to protect "Lexie" when he's gone, while earnestly telling Duke that he *will* stop the Troubles, and Duke quietly and sincerely saying "I know you will". Oh my heart, the trust, the belief.

And later, when Duke has killed Wade and is grieving and angry and freaked out and lashes out at Nathan and Audrey, Nathan doesn't go defensive or angry; he acknowledges that Duke's saying some true things, and then when he realizes that Duke's Trouble is gone and figures out that Duke must have killed Wade, he just sort of absorbs it; he doesn't go all cop on Duke, he's just there for him. (... which, okay, is sort of being a terrible cop, but in Troubled Haven terms, makes me kinda melt.)

We get Duke, who for seasons now has been saying he doesn't want to help people, eyerolling at the sky and plaintively wanting to know why everyone always thinks he wants to help, telling Jennifer that when he was a kid, he's the one who carried Nathan to the hospital when he broke his arm -- and even more tellingly, that's how he differentiates himself from Wade, who freaked out and didn't help at all. That childhood moment was defining for Duke.

And most of that is just the first few eps of the season, as they turned themselves into this tight little unit of two, even with the other people swirling around them, even as they made room for Jennifer and "Lexie", even as Duke's brother showed up trying to reconnect, even as Dwight tried to reintegrate Nathan into Haven PD.

I have been eating this season up with a spoon, man.

So, yeah. Haven S4E1, where Duke and Nathan drop their prickly facades and embrace the relationship that'd been lurking under the surface the whole time. Making me an incredibly happy fan in the process, heh.

(... so much for combining days to catch up. I think I'll be doing this thing till February at this rate!)
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Let's see if this year I can actually manage to post something for this. :)

I'm way behind, so I'm combining a few days as I go.

Day 1
Talk about your Happy Place - the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane.

For literal places that make me happy or calm me, water would have to come first. Any body of water, but especially the ocean. I love looking at water, and being near water, and being on water, and being in water. I've lived my whole life less than 25 miles from the ocean (barring a stint in college when I was 80 miles away), and just knowing that it's right there and I could go look at it anytime is completely grounding to me.

Day 2
Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.

Have some Yuletide!

Better cheated to the end by [ profile] Damkianna
Fandom: The Sting (1973)
Relationship: Henry Gondorff/Johnny Hooker
Characters: Henry Gondorff, Johnny Hooker
Additional Tags: Trust Issues, Light Angst, Rescue, Mild Hurt/Comfort, Post-Canon, Yuletide Treat
He probably should have known right then, the moment he saw them. Down the street some distance, crowding around the mouth of a narrow little alley. The way they were standing said trouble, sure enough: looming, tense shoulders and jutted-out chins, brief sharp movements of their hands and arms.

He should have known trouble meant Johnny.

But he didn't think of it, didn't realize. He saw there was somebody cornered, getting shoved around a little—and it wasn't till one of them finally threw a punch, knocked that somebody's hat off and gave Henry a nice clear view of a flash of wheat-gold hair, that Henry felt his breath hitch and fumbled his way into motion.

My rec: Wow, this just feels so real and so right. ♥ The language and voices are bang on; I completely buy Henry's POV here. It's a thing of beauty.

Battle Lines by [ profile] petrichoral
Fandom: Gilgamesh
Fandom: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Relationship: Enkidu/Gilgamesh (Mesopotamian Mythology)
Characters: Gilgamesh (Mesopotamian Mythology), Enkidu (Mesopotamian Mythology)
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Alternate Universe - Space

Gilgamesh, legendary space general and ruler of Uruk Prime, has an unexpected encounter with a pirate.

My rec: This is amazing. It is The Epic of Gilgamesh in space, which is not a thing I ever knew I wanted or needed until I read this. Or, as I said in my comment: "Oh my god, this is amazing and perfect. Wow. Oof. I didn't think the raw physicality and power of the original could be translated to a space AU, but wow was I wrong. *flail*" 'Cause yeah. That.

The Christmas Present (5090 words) by [ profile] SunlitStone
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Temeraire - Naomi Novik
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Iskierka & Temeraire, John Granby & Iskierka, William Laurence & Temeraire, Temeraire & Tenzing Tharkay
Characters: Temeraire (Temeraire), William Laurence, John Granby, Tenzing Tharkay, Iskierka (Temeraire)
Additional Tags: copious application of dragon logic
"A present," Temeraire repeated. "The white stag. our appreciation of him as our host."

"That seems very foolish."

Temeraire sniffed. "I would not want people to think my host did not have enough things, or sufficiently fine ones."

"Oh, very well," grumbled Iskierka, sounding disgruntled in her turn. "I suppose you are right. I will have to join you."

"No you will not!"

"I will; you are right; there is nothing else for it."

Or: Temeraire and Iskierka discover (something adjacent to) the true meaning of Christmas.

My rec: A slightly lighter note than the last two! This is charming, and "copious application of dragon logic" says it all, really. Written in wonderful Temeraire POV, and a delight.
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Thank you so much! The thought of a story or art in any of these fandoms is already making me happy.

I love all of these fandoms unreservedly, so if you have a yen to explore the universe, or bring in additional characters I didn't list, it's all good.

If you want more information about my requests, read on - but please don't worry if your ideas go in a different direction. As long as it's for one of these fandoms and relationships, I'll be happy. \o/

my fanwork tastes )

Why I love these fandoms

(Alphabetical, not ranked by preference! I love them all. :)

Burn Notice )

due South )


Person of Interest )

I adore all these fandoms, and will be happy with absolutely anything you do, as long as you enjoy doing it.

And thank you, again!!
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The downside to group living is cats who are endlessly sorting out territory. Had to go upstairs with a broom at 1:30 am to flush Dari out from under a bed where he was growling nonstop at Xander. Got him out, chivvied him to my room with food, went to brush my teeth in the dark. Saw him go past the bathroom then come back, so I checked for white paws and picked him up, brought him back to my room, showed him the food. He seemed very confused.

... wrong white-pawed cat. Brought Xander back to his mom. Fingers crossed that the cat I saw go under my bed was Dari, and we can all have some peace...


Dec. 24th, 2018 02:51 am
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We went to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Saturday, and wow, what a fun movie. Go see it if you get the chance, you won't regret it.

The plan was, go to the 4:10pm show then out to dinner afterward. I was still full from weekend breakfast (bacon and crepes this time, nom) so didn't want any snacks during the movie. Then at the last minute, as [personal profile] therienne was buttering her popcorn, I thought, what the hell, get a small thing of (unbuttered, I don't like movie theater butter) popcorn, and got in line. By the time I got to the front of the line, something had happened in my brain and I ordered the biggest popcorn they had, then brought it back to my seat and ate the entire thing during the movie. ... wtf. I wasn't even hungry!

Oh well; at least it lasted longer than the previews, so it felt like actual movie popcorn. The previews themselves were a weird mix -- like, either animation or Christianity. The animation made sense, given that Spidey was animated and all, but the God movies were entirely unexpected. Just weird.

Sunday was catching up on a few things around the house, and shopping for stuff to get ready for Christmas. The roommies both have Monday off, hmf - I do not. OTOH I work from home, so. Can't really complain. *g* Still need to wrap things, and make a pie, and do some cleaning, but it should all be doable. We're hoping for a fairly mellow get-together with a few family members, all of whom are fairly mellow people (and some of whom are fantastic cooks, yay). This will be the first Christmas in years that I've actually been around blood family, though; I'm not quite sure what to do with a day that I can't just dive into Yuletide any time I feel like it. Weirdness!

And now I should really be in bed, but I've eaten too much christmas candy and am wired. whoops.
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I've been writing (and rewriting) up a post about this for a solid week and more now, trying to get it Just Right. Perfection, man, the enemy of the good. So screw it, I'm just gonna wing this right in the posting interface in one shot.

[personal profile] kass asked what it was like living with friends, and [personal profile] shoshanna asked me to talk about the move where I started living with friends.

We start with today's first example: I was vaguely awake and poking at things on my phone in bed this morning (...ish) when [personal profile] therienne showed up in my doorway and said "Get up, or I'm feeding your bacon to the cats!" So I got up and got dressed and went downstairs to where she and [personal profile] mollyamory were sprawled in front of the tv with plates of bacon, shirred eggs, and toast, with a plate of the same waiting on the coffee table for me.

I loved living by myself for 30 years, but it must be said, the fairly regular appearance of bacon and eggs on the weekend for me to eat just because [personal profile] therienne believes in weekend breakfast is a pretty damn good tradeoff.

(I fed bacon to the cats as I was eating. I'm not a monster.)

And honestly, that's mostly what it's like. Yesterday we had friends over for a potluck/hangout kind of a day, which we started doing well before the move; the difference for me is that I don't have to drive over to it, or drive home after. Today was that lovely breakfast, then hanging out in my office doing my own thing while [personal profile] mollyamory gamed in the living room and [personal profile] therienne ran errands. Supper was a joint effort at tacos, eaten on the couch in front of a couple of episodes of this year's Great American Baking Show Holiday Whatever. Then there was the nightly cleaning-up bustle where between us we get things generally tidy for tomorrow before bed. After that [personal profile] mollyamory and [personal profile] therienne head upstairs to wind down so they can get to sleep at a reasonable hour, and I head off to my office to putter around for a while later, since I'm on a later schedule than they are.

I'm making the biggest adjustment on this end of things with never being able to leave and go home to my own place, but they already did the seriously hard work a decade ago when they moved in together and sorted out how to be roommates. I had that whole decade of having their house as my second home, getting used to the rhythms of things. We've been on vacations together, been on roadtrips together, roomed at cons together; we've sat in hospital ERs and waiting rooms for each other; we're used to each other's ways.

It's a little weird not being 100% responsible for everything - meals, cleaning, trash, you name it - but it's also nice not to have to be 100% responsible for EVERYTHING. And it's really nice living with other people who were socialized as female growing up; none of us actually ever wants to clean the bathroom or scrub stains off of things or empty the trash, but we all know those things need to be done regardless so we do them as we see them. We never run out of milk or toilet paper, even though there isn't a single one of us in charge of those things. We check in with each other before any of us goes to a store in case someone needs something, even though we're each responsible for our own groceries. We each provide dinner at least one night a week, more if we're in the mood, so no one has to do all their own cooking.

It's good!

As for how we got here:

I had pretty specific requirements for moving in with them; mostly, I needed space. I had a 4.5-room apartment to myself for 25 years. I didn't want such close quarters that I couldn't get some space and alone time if I needed it. We'd been sort of idly thinking about it for years -- the big retirement commune we'd get one day, where I'd have a wing or an outbuilding to myself but still be close enough not to have to drive over for bacon or tv. (While you're thinking idly, you may as well think BIG.) I'd been amused by the idea originally, then had come around over the years to thinking it would probably happen someday on a smaller scale as we all got older - it makes sense to combine households to save on expenses and make chores and such easier. But it was all way out there in the distance someday, because they were perfectly happy in their little house and I was perfectly happy in my little apartment and we lived less than 2 miles away from each other anyway.

Then this past February, [personal profile] therienne decided it was time to move to a bigger place, for Reasons. I was ready to help them look, when somehow the planning turned to "big enough for us and Arduinna". ... Okay? Sure? I didn't actually think we'd find someplace that big within budget, but agreed in general to the idea, figuring if it didn't work out I still have a very comfortable apartment I was happy in.

Three weeks later we'd found two places: the first was charming but needed some reno work to get it to tick all our boxes, and the second ticked all our boxes but had no charm. Being practical women, we decided to go for the practical house that met our needs. ... For a couple of hours, until actually thinking about living there cause [personal profile] therienne to break and admit she wanted the charming house, which [personal profile] mollyamory and I were both totally on board with, with bells on, because seriously SO CHARMING. The timing on everything worked out pretty much perfectly, and by June it was ours.

It's not perfect, but it's pretty amazing, with enough space for all of us to have our own areas as well as shared space that's really comfortable to hang out in. The previous owners were meticulous about upkeep and improvements, so we have some things we would never in a million years have done ourselves but that are awesome, like the complete de-leading they had done when their grandkids were born a few years ago.

The reno work we need done involves some plumbing, which I'm braced for being a nightmare. Parts of this house go back almost 240 years, and the basement was dug out sometime after the main house was built. It's tiny and cramped and doesn't extend under the entire house, so running pipes is, uh. Yeah, it will be fun.

It's going to be weird in a good way for me this winter. At my old place, I only had street parking, and winters were grim. I tried to leave my house as little as possible, and when I did leave, I did my damnedest to have someone come get me, because I hated losing my parking spot. Like, hated. Got insanely anxious about. Ugh. (The endless snowy winter of 2015 consisted of my car not budging from its spot for three months - even though I paid to have it dug out after every storm just in case - while [personal profile] therienne and [personal profile] mollyamory came to get me every Saturday afternoon and bring me shopping, then back to their place long enough to do a couple loads of laundry, then home again as the snow started back up for the next round.)

Now, though, there is a driveway. With space. Enough so we don't even need to shuffle cars around for someone to get out. We can just... go. My god, the luxury of not having to worry about being ticketed because I forgot to move my car. <3 On the downside, now I have to worry about people being able to get out to work in the morning, which I just... don't do in bad weather. But again, being practical women, we looked at the driveway and what winters around here are turning into, and bought the biggest snow-blower we could, so hopefully it won't be too awful.

Anyway! Living here is just nice; it's a good house with good friends and it feels right. Which I admit is a bit of a relief; I thought it would work out this way or I wouldn't have done it, but it would have really sucked if this had sucked. *g*
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Seems like a good time to jump back in to posting! I'm happy to do December meme stuff if anyone has any questions/ideas/prompts. (no promises at all on fic, as my fic-writing muscles appear to have atrophied, but who knows)

It's been a heck of a year (or so) - family deaths, moving for the first time in 25 years, moving in with people for the first time in 30+ years, living with a dog for the first time ever, losing that dog a few months later to a degenerative disease :(, watching five cats try to sort out their suddenly merged territory... Interesting times, man.

I've been floating around without a real fandom for years, which continues to feel odd. I'm watching plenty, just not settling all the way in to anything, and not quite wanting to sink into old fandoms either.

The last time I posted was about Leverage; I kept going with that rewatch and it made me really happy. If you're thinking about revisiting it, I highly recommend it!

Stuff I'm currently watching: The Good Place, Killjoys (although I'm behind on the latest season), The Expanse (show only, haven't read the books yet), Great British Bake Off, Grey's Anatomy (through part of s12, working my way forward to live. I blame [personal profile] mollyamory entirely for this one), MCU, Grace & Frankie, and a bunch of other stuff I'm forgetting. Finally saw Venom this past weekend!

Anyway, hi, am alive!
arduinna: a stack of books, with the top one opened (book stack)
I'm winnowing out a bunch of stuff, including books - which I've already repeatedly winnowed, to the point that I now have hundreds instead of thousands*, and it seems to get easier with every pass; I'm better and better at deciding how much I really love something vs. how much I just like having it on a shelf. ... To a point. Apparently that point is my now-smaller reference section, which was originally (years ago) the easiest thing to weed out. There are books on those shelves that I completely forgot I owned, whose research is sometimes decades out of date, and that I've never read beyond flipping through them in the store and then later in my office deciding whether to keep them. But they look so INTERESTING, argh. But I'm moving soon, and are they interesting enough to pack and lug, with the whole internet at my fingertips?

Answer: That decision is too hard to make so instead I will post to DW about having to make it. *headdesk*

* I should note, all this winnowing started after e-books started being a real thing. So lovely and non-dusty and portable! So the hardcopy books that are left are supposed to just be the "I can't bear to not have a physical copy on hand". Supposed to be.
arduinna: Hardison from Leverage in goggles, gloves, and a tank top, working his magic (Hardison hacking history)
I keep thinking of random little things I should post to DW as I'm watching or reading something, and then it seems too tiny a thing after so long quiet, and then I don't, and then it's worse, so here, have a random reaction to a rewatch of the first few episodes of Leverage last night:

Eliot and Hardison have just taken on a small gang in a little tunnel.

Hardison, bouncing and excited: "Did you see me??"

Eliot: "He was injured."

Hardison: "Hey, somebody's gotta fight the injured. I've found my niche!"

♥ ♥ ♥
arduinna: Santa-hatted Momo (from Avatar the Last Airbender), saying "mo mo mo" (Yuletide)
(Wow, assignments came out fast - apologies for not having this up in advance!)

Thank you so much! The thought of a story in any of these fandoms is already making me happy.

I love all of these fandoms unreservedly, so if you have a yen to explore the universe, or bring in additional characters I didn't list, it's all good.

If you want more information about my requests, read on - but please don't worry if your ideas go in a different direction. Optional details are optional! I would much rather read the story you wanted to write than the story you felt you were obligated to write because of something I said. As long as it's for one of these fandoms, and uses the characters, you totally win at Yuletide. \o/

my fic tastes )

Why I love these fandoms

(Alphabetical, not ranked by preference! I love them all. :)

Boston Legal )

Peacemakers )

The Slipper and the Rose )

Tango & Cash )

Valdemar Series - Mercedes Lackey )

I adore all these fandoms, and will be happy with absolutely anything you write, as long as you enjoy writing it.

And thank you, again!!
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
I somehow missed that this was happening a few months back, so maybe other people did, too.

My Kindle for PC updated itself silently to version 1.19, which is compatible with Amazon's latest formatting. This is great for being able to use the new formatting! This is not so great if you use Calibre to manage your library. Calibre can't read or even recognize the new format, so can't import your books.

If you use Calibre, the easiest thing to do is to uninstall Kindle 1.19 and reinstall the older version, 1.17, and make sure that the "automatically update" box is unchecked.

The Mobileread forum has a thread on how to do this, including direct links to safe downloads of v 1.17 on Amazon. It also has instructions for other methods, if you don't want to downgrade your Kindle for PC/Mac.
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
I got a new external drive and did a full backup, OS and all, of my laptop, so now if it dies it should be fairly painless to just swap in a new SSD and copy the info over. Yay! It hasn't done that weird shutting-down thing since, so maybe that was just a desperate cry for a backup. Computers are weird.

Alas, the next day I was woken up by a cop ringing my bell to tell me a neighbor had called them to report a hit-and-run. With my parked car as the hit-ee. Dammit. It was a hard hit, crunching up the entire back end. The initial estimate (on damage visible from the exterior) came in at ~$8,800 (omg) and the claims rep told me that if the supplemental estimate (after the body shop opened it up and looked for hidden damage) came in too much higher, they might have to total the car. /o\ But it's been a week, and I haven't heard that they're totalling it, so I am cautiously hopeful that they can fix it and get my wonderful little car back to me. It's only two years old, and I love it to bits, so I wasn't thrilled at the thought of having to buy something else. (OTOH, the fact that it's only two years old is pretty much the only reason that $8,800 wasn't enough to total it right out of the gate...)

Whichever neighbor it was did get the plate number of the guy that hit me, so the cops have something to investigate, but my insurance co doesn't seem to be following up on requesting the police report to get it. Which I would like them to do, as I would like my deductible to be waived, and also I would like someone to reimburse me for the rental car I've risked renting for the duration, since I'm not getting my car back for another few weeks regardless. So I think this week I'll be taking myself off to my police dept to get the plate number from them, so I can tell my claims rep directly and have her run it for me to see if the other person has insurance. (Which is likely - we're a mandatory-insurance state, thankfully.)

I'm not actually using the rental much, which seems silly, but just knowing it's there and I can get to a grocery store is a big help.

Meanwhile, today is a quiet day, wherein I am actually managing to get a little cleaning done around the house. Go me!
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