Daily Happiness

Jun. 27th, 2017 12:54 am
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1. I had a nice, relaxing birthday. I really didn't want to go anywhere or do anything, so I didn't!

2. It was pretty hot and muggy today, but if the forecast is to be believed (and I would like to believe it), today was the worst and it should be getting cooler for the next ten days or so. (It's definitely cooled off a lot tonight.)

3. We ordered Indian food for dinner and it was super tasty. The place we got from was new to us, but I will definitely be ordering from them again in the future. Among other things, we got mango chicken masala, which was amazing. Also cheese naan.

4. I happened to see a really cute Darth Maul Funko Pop the other day and ordered it from Amazon as a birthday present for myself and it actually came right on my birthday. :D

5. Chloe is such a pretty kitty!

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Jun. 26th, 2017 10:38 pm
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* "Kushner hires prominent lawyer with extensive scandal experience:"

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* "Supreme Court keeps block on key parts of Trump Muslim ban:"

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* "Sen. Brown: Senate health care bill "morally reprehensible":"

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* Susan Collins has joined Dean Heller on the no side. If these are your Congress Critters, DO call and thank them for their pledge and urge them to stand firm against pressure from Republican colleagues. It really does help them retain spine in the face of what they are likely dealing with behind close doors.

If you have any Republican senators, please, please call them between now and the vote. We need to flip one more minimum, though more would make it much safer as betting on spine from politicians of any stripe is a recipe for disaster.

That goes 100x more if you have Capito, Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Cruz, or Paul for a senator. Please, please, please put the pressure on this week. Some of these folks are more likely to tip for right wing reasons than progressive ones, but they are on the short list for getting to the third no.

This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

"So, what can people do?*:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/161640495373/so-what-can-people-do

* "How America Used Highways To Destroy Black Neighborhoods:" https://thinkprogress.org/top-infrastructure-official-explains-how-america-used-highways-to-destroy-black-neighborhoods-96c1460d1962

* "Stunning 700-year-old giant cave used by Knights Templar found behind a rabbit hole in the British countryside:" http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gallery/stunning-700-year-old-giant-9981913#ICID=sharebar_facebook

* I’ve been trying to get pictures of Tavy sniffing carnations since they started blooming. I have failed miserably. These are terrible, but it’s the best I could do.: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162299497797/ive-been-trying-to-get-pictures-of-tavy-sniffing

* "Fear The Walking Dead, Season Three, Episode Four: 100:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/fear-walking-dead-season-three-episode_26.html

* I'm a hundred down on bills, plus we haven't money for electricity and Internet as we had to pay for car repairs (four hundred), so clearly it's ebay time.: http://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Details cut for your pleasure: )

* TOS Rewatch, Season 2:

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* TNG Rewatch, Season 6:

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* July 4 2017, 1pm
June 27 2017, 4AM
June 30 2017, 3am
June 29 2017, 4:30 pm

+news +log @recycle Enter Seal Lord Sail water l/out


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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* "So, what can people do?*:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/161640495373/so-what-can-people-do

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

Exchange at Fic Corner

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:32 pm
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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.  They are holding sign-ups for this exchange right now, due to end on Wednesday.  Would really love to see wider participation on this one!  Assignments are due August 21.
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New DW Communities

[dreamwidth.org profile] drawesome is "a friendly community of fan-artists who enjoy drawing. We hope to inspire and motivate each other to practice and hone our drawing skills in a stress-free, supportive environment."

[dreamwidth.org profile] comicsroundtable is "a fannish community for comics discussion, reviews, and general chat."


Fannish/Geeky Things

Neat Twitter thread on Wonder Woman costuming, written by a costume designer.

"Wonder Woman Actor Says Chief Is Actually a Demi-God". [io9]

"Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women".

"More Murderbot Adventures from Martha Wells". [Tor.com]


Miscellaneous

"Disney Princesses Reimagined Years Later As Queens By Daughters And Mothers". "The main idea was to portray the relationship between a true mother and daughter as the same princesses a generation apart to show the similarities, the features that are alike." (Related ~10-minute YouTube video, which I haven't watched.)

"Report Finds Diverse Movies Outperform White Ones At Every Level".

"Declawing: A new study shows we can’t look the other way".

"Host a Silent Reading Party in 7 Easy Steps". [Book Riot]

"Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve".

"Invention Saves Wildlife From Drowning in Swimming Pools".

"Sitka artist designs slinky dress from 20,000 salmon bones".

"How I use comic books as a learning tool in my social studies classroom". [March 2016]



On Atlas Obscura:

--"Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company".

--"Jupiter Is Even Weirder Than We Thought".

--"Laurel Dinosaur Park: This dig site outside D.C. is known for its exceptionally high density of baby dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs".

--"The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool".

Check-In – Day 26

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:45 pm
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*coughs*

Let us pretend that I did not miss a day. What have you been doing today?

— 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.

And the question for today: What one thing will get you to drop your writing instantly, whether you wish to or not? (In my case, it's a new Fire Emblem game, but that's me.)

three happy things

Jun. 26th, 2017 03:00 pm
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I love clogs. I'm still mourning the red, t-strap clogs that became at last unrepairable four years ago and more. A few months ago I found a pair of brown plain Danskos at Goodwill that I snatched up despite the fact that I do NOT wear brown, ever ever. I wore them, pretending not to notice that they 'went with' nothing, thought about getting them dyed (but didn't want to spend the money), thought about the shoes I dyed black years ago and how they looked fine (although I never wore them), and finally thought fuck it and pulled out the dye. Many, many coats later (for a while I put on another coat each day), I have wonderful black clogs. So happy.

Years ago I stopped buying on Amazon because of their shitty treatment of writers, smut writers in particular as I recall, but eventually, gradually got sucked back in. The convenience is addictive, but now I've stopped again and it is, of course, a challenge to find the stuff I would have purchased there for a tolerable price elsewhere. One of my two pair of flannel king pillowcases is extremely old and thin but suitable replacements have not been easy to find. Happily I caught Overstock.com on a good day and now have lovely, new, thick, dark blue flannel pillowcases. Mmmm.

My printer has been jamming for some time, refusing to run a printed page all the way out and free, but I use it so seldom that I hadn't gotten any further than asking my computer guy where I might take it and whether I should even bother. Recently I noticed that it hung up on one side rather than simply stopping, which put me in mind to remove and replace the cartridge. I'm trying to acknowledge today's win rather than months of failing to think of trying the obvious, so I will only say that after doing so I printed my EBMUD trail permit without a hitch.

It's a start!

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Jun. 26th, 2017 06:21 pm
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Today is our 24th anniversary. Scott took the day off so we could hang out together. We went into Ypsilanti to do some Ingress and got lunch at a diner called The Bomber.

Cordelia spent most of the afternoon with one of her friends downtown. She kept calling us and asking us to suggest things to do. I couldn't come up with anything she liked. They'd already gotten ice cream and didn't want any other type of food. They didn't want to window shop. They didn't want to actually shop. They didn't want to visit any museums. Pokemon Go and Ingress are too out of style to even be considered even if they had either on their phones.

Yesterday, Scott got the lawn mowed and cleaned out one of the two Time Capsule drives. The big problem we've got is that his hard drive is over a terabyte of family photos and videos. We may need to dedicate one of the drives to his machine and use the other for me and Cordelia, but that will require that Scott actually pay attention to what the program is doing and be willing to address the matter rapidly if one drive or the other stops working.

We watched two library DVDs last night and then returned them today (long, long waitlists). Both were amusing in different ways, and we even got Cordelia to join us in watching one of them.

Scott bewilders me by watching TV episodes on his laptop while he's also watching his brother playing games with active voices (and explosions). I think he flips back and forth in terms of the visuals. When I'm in the same room with him, I keep trying to follow what's going on just by listening, and... Yeah. Not working.

I used the c-PAP for a chunk of last night and didn't have any sneezing or runny nose today. Hopefully, that's done. I'm not sure how much the Ativan is actually helping and how much is just that I've got more time for sleeping to make up for the poor quality. I'm having trouble, when on my side, with getting adequate head support without dislodging the nasal pillows. I very much doubt that a different mask would help given that it seems to be the shape of my face changing depending on which bit the pillow is pressing against.

And now we're trying to come up with dinner ideas...

It's just a mountain, I can move it

Jun. 26th, 2017 06:12 pm
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I was completely useless last night after several hours of day drinking. it was a lot of fun, but oy the headache that hit around 7 pm! Even though we definitely hydrated.

Now I have version 3 of some sort of bug bite balm cooling on the counter - it uses coconut oil, which I don't really like the smell of, so hopefully the tea tree oil, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils will cover that up. Though I would bear the smell if it meant the itching stopped.

I know I said I was done with trying to make anti-itch cream - hot water, ice, and rubbing alcohol in conjunction with benadryl and zyrtec seem to work best, tbh - but I figured third time's the charm? And I had all the ingredients so...I guess we'll see. Or maybe I am just super itchy, since i am super allergic to bites and swell up and get all welty.

I guess that's all the exciting news from here.

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The project I'm supposed to be working on is being frustrating, so here is another tiny installment in Edmund and Ginny Go to Harfang. :)

Written 6/26/17, in response to the [community profile] genprompt_bingo square northern / southern lights. (300 words exactly)

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A Good Idea at the Time
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They clambered over the volcano's lip as the rubies' virtue faded and the heat and fumes of molten rock punched Edmund like a sword pommel in his gut, but he spared no thought to the narrowness of their escape. The ebbing wash of sunset on the western horizon revealed a new woe: to the north, a range of mountains greater than he had ever seen rose knife-sharp and impassible, flanks glittering with ice, while on all other sides their own, lesser peak fell rapidly into a frozen, windswept plain where no single sign of life broke the pristine fields of snow.

"Well, this is a pickle," Ginny said, dropping her end of their enchanted skiff onto the bare and smoking stone. "I could enchant the boat to levitate, but I can't make that permanent, or cast a propulsion charm at the same time, so we'd still be stuck without a way to catch the wind; I don't suppose you have any suggestions for fixing that?"

As Edmund looked around their barren and precarious perch, a curtain of violet, green, and gold shimmered across the darkening sky, like a banner curving in winds too high and rare for mortal lungs to breathe, and a streak of brilliant white shot through the heavens' heart like an arrow: southward and downward, aimed at Narnia like a sign.

"The world goes strange at the edges, where the Deep Magic yields to the Deeper Magic that surrounds and upholds all the worlds that ever were or will be," he said slowly. "Even in Narnia, at the Deep Magic's source, we know that stars are not lifeless fires, but people, who sometimes step outside their dance to touch the earth they traverse every night. What if one might carry us?"

"You're mad," Ginny said. "Let's try!"

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End of Ficlet

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Bets on whether this works out they way they intend? *innocent smile*

Also, I have now officially completed a bingo line for [community profile] genprompt_bingo! I should probably go make up a post for the community sometime this afternoon or evening.
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55 Icons: 46 Disney Animated Films + 9 Phineas and Ferb

Teasers:

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[personal profile] edenfalling
Since Vicky got into writing M/M ebook romances, she's occasionally prodded at me to maybe file off the serial numbers from some of my fics or write something new specifically for profit. And mostly I make vaguely noncommittal noises because I am bad at schedules and also romance, but. I think about it now and then, you know?

So last night I was making a list of things that might be workable as novellas or short-ish novels, and it occurred to me that over the years there has been a slow but distinct change in the types of relationships I'm most interested in writing.

cut for length, etc. )

Anyway, I should get back to working on actual fiction.

One week left

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:26 am
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There's just one week left until your fics are due into the Not Prime Time 2017 collection. This means your fic is fully uploaded and not a draft. I haven't clicked on anyone's currently uploaded fic and I won't be doing so until after the deadline.

If you're going to default, please do so now instead of later to give pinch hitters more time. However, if you do finish your fic, please feel free to upload it to the collection.

Useful Links
Not Prime Time 2017 (with schedule) | Prime Time Madness 2017
Frequently Asked Questions | AO3 exchange faq for participants | Pinch Hitting faq
2017 nomination tag set
Dear Prime Time Player on DW
2017 Requests available on AO3 | in a txt file

Two Concerts

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:48 am
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[personal profile] oracne
I attended concerts on Saturday night and Sunday night.

Saturday was Night Music, playing the following on period instruments with a pick-up choir for the last two pieces:
Mozart: Divertimento, K. 138
Mozart: Oboe Quartet, K. 370
Joseph Haydn: Trio, Hob XI:80
Michael Haydn, Divertimento for oboe, viola, and violone, MH 179
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618
Mozart: Te Deum, K. 141

I've memorized "Ave Verum Corpus," but never sung K. 141, so I really enjoyed hearing that. My favorite was K. 370, terrifyingly virtuosic for the oboe, full of moments of WTF amazement.

Sunday was Arcana New Music Ensemble, performing:
Oliver Messiaen: Le traquet stapazin (no. 4 of Catalogue d'oiseaux)
Franco Donatoni: Fili
John Cage: Two
John Cage: Aria
Kenneth Amis: Interludes I-IV
Stefan Wolpe: Quartet for Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion and Piano

My favorite was the Donatoni, requiring incredible virtuosity on the flute; my least favorite was Cage's "Two," which mostly made me aware of how people can't sit still and listen to silence. The vocal soloist for Cage's "Aria" was terrific, and I'd never heard that piece live before. I also loved the Amis Interludes, short sets of repetitive phrases from the four voices, overlapping and echoing, exactly the sort of thing I love to listen to deeply. Alas, I was tired by the end and the Wolpe mostly blew right through me, so I'm not sure if I would have liked it or not.

Next up, I need to think about tickets for next year's season for the various local groups.

Good job, you guys! \o/

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:44 am
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A very big THANK YOU to everyone who helped signal boost the [community profile] drawesome community over the weekend! We gained more than 30 new members yesterday, so well done everybody! *high-five*

So far, even though we seem to have a lot of new community members, only a handful of people have ventured into the Introduce Yourself page to break the ice. I understand how it can be a bit intimidating, to put yourself out there in a public comm.

So if any of you guys want to add a contribution to the post (whether comment or sketch) to get the interaction going, that would be awesome! Drawesome, even! LOL.

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Jun. 26th, 2017 04:07 am
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* "Time to revitalize the anti-war movement:" http://www.cupw.ca/en/campaign/resources/time-revitalize-anti-war-movement#.WURGMTttz1w.facebook

* "Trump’s major foreign policy challenges heat up:"

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* "Media clamp down at White House press briefings:"

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* "Why are Democrats attacking Nancy Pelosi?:"

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* "Sen. Sherrod Brown decries GOP healthcare bill:"

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* Dean Heller appears to have flipped. (It is never good to bet on spine in these cases, but it is progress). If you have Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Collins, or Paul for a senator, please, please, please put the pressure on this week.

* "The Senate GOP just released a draft of their Obamacare repeal bill:" https://mic.com/articles/180599/health-care-bill-senate-gop-unveils-long-awaited-ahca-draft#.Kwq8SglrX

* "Watch Elizabeth Warren school lawmakers on what Planned Parenthood actually does:" https://mic.com/articles/180626/watch-elizabeth-warren-nail-exactly-what-planned-parenthood-does-and-why-we-need-it#.hp5mWvarz

* "Domestic Violence Offenders Abusers Frequently Get to Keep Their Guns. Here Are the Big Reasons Why.:" https://www.thetrace.org/2015/10/domestic-abuse-guns-boyfriend-loophole/

* "The Pentagon Admits It Used Race-Based Chemical Weapons Testing on Humans in WWII:" https://mic.com/articles/121207/the-pentagon-admits-it-used-race-based-chemical-weapons-testing-on-humans-in-wwii?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.0baQvCzAb

* "We Need to Talk About Racism in the LGBTQ Community:" http://www.teenvogue.com/story/philadelphia-pride-flag-opposition-racism-lgbtq-community?mbid=social_facebook

* "A buried box of photos reveals a Jewish photographer's chronicle of life in the Lodz Ghetto:" http://mashable.com/2017/04/02/inside-the-lodz-ghetto/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link#vdQ4oYIdoZqc

* "This artist put Donald Trump quotes on sexist 1950s ads to send a sharp message:" https://mic.com/articles/170666/this-syrian-artist-took-misogynistic-1950s-ads-and-added-sexist-quotes-from-donald-trump?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.FxhgdobpZ

* More Carnations from my garden: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162265216402/more-carnations-from-my-garden

* "Sunday Sweets: Wedding Wonders:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/6/25/sunday-sweets-wedding-wonders.html

* "American Gods, Season 1, Episode 8: Come to Jesus:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/american-gods-season-1-episode-8-come.html

* I do so enjoy watching Lauren Bacall not having any patience with Dick Cavett's nonsense.

* The Lena Horne Cavett interviews are fascinating and important. She saw so much and experienced so much and was so outspoken about the racist crap she had to deal with and the particular pressures she was under in her career.

* I'm a hundred down on bills, plus we haven't money for electricity and Internet as we had to pay for car repairs (four hundred), so clearly it's ebay time.: http://www.ebay.com/sch/lethran/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Details cut for your pleasure: )

*****
* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* "So, what can people do?*:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/161640495373/so-what-can-people-do

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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The New York Times published Amanda Hess’s 'When Fan Fiction and Reality Collide,' about “FANtasies,” a new anthology web series where fan fiction about internet stars is “brought to life.” As someone who writes YouTuber rpf/rps, I am… really uneasy about this.

For Comicsverse, Colleen Etman compiled A History of Slashfiction.

From Ed Mazza in Huffington Post: Creationist Fan Fiction Features Noah Fighting Giants And Dinosaurs.

Supernatural, One Direction, lots of Harry Potter, Phil Collins, JRRT )

For USA Today, Christian Schneider wrote It's not as if gerrymandering is a new practice; according to some accounts, it predated even the American Revolution. Partisan apportionment was known to the nation's founding fathers — it is rumored that Patrick Henry actually attempted, unsuccessfully, to gerrymander James Madison out of the First Congress. (Which, in my fan fiction describing the event, ended with an old-style caning to settle the dispute.)

Los Angeles Times’s Yvonne Villarreal wrote In our own [This Is Us] fan fiction, we imagine [Ron] Howard enlisting Kevin as a last-minute addition to the Han Solo production. Hartley, though, is just crossing his fingers that more Howard cameos are in his future.

From Nuria Perea on BuzzFeed News: How Indie Movies And Fanfic Helped Me Learn How To Be A Lesbian.

Finally, in a review of an art exhibition, The Boston Globe’s Cate McQuaid wrote Yuan Runhe’s wily painted fan, “A Surface of Obtained Flaws,” depicts an envelope and a thank-you note, which says that, in gratitude, the writer is sending a painting of a fan. Is it the object itself? Perhaps, but Yuan also paints a piece of a painting of a fan. Call it fan fiction.

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