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90% public, 10% friends only


I'm polyfanamourous: An incredibly long list of my fandoms is here ; particular favourites include The Borgias, The Orville, Good Omens, Legends of Tomorrow, Da Vinci's Demons, Firefly, Legend of the Seeker, Revenge, V (2009), early Black Sails, MacGyver & Magnum PI reboots.

All of my fanworks and most of my entries, including some original fic pieces are public. F-locked are more personal posts, and occasional discussions on things such as sexuality, as well as some original fic pieces - I have a rarely used original fic filter here.
My interests include reading, television and film, media representation, fanfiction and fandom, mythology and folklore, historical fantasy, eclectic paganism, wine, walking, pets, digital photography, and I dabble in baking, cross-stitch and knitting. I'm asexual and childfree and blog about those subjects.
If you're an exclusionist (inc ace/bi phobic or a TERF) or are an anti/fandom policer (inc hating slash or het or hating fanfic in general) or are a health Puritan then we are not going to get along.

Currently: Adding, if we seem compatible.
~Original Fic masterpost ~ Disclaimer and Transformative Works Statement ~ Concrit welcome Statement ~ Photobucket/Graphics Info post

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Personal Blog

Total posts: 4
Fic/Poetry posts: 1; Meta posts: 1 Imbolc article
GYWO total – month (year): 4363 (7570)

Imbolc 2020
Happy Valentine's Day
Writing Wednesday round up
February BAG post

Professional Blogs

3 sentence fic: Milo wordpress ; fic blog ; Tumblr ; twitter;pinterest;facebook

3 sentence fic: Everyday Magic wordpress ; fic blog ; tumblr;twitter;pinterest;facebook

3 sentence fic: Monsters wordpress ; fic blog ; tumblr;twitter;pinterest;facebook

3 sentence fic: Mr Wrong and Maybe Mr Right wordpress ; fic blog ; tumblr;twitter;pinterest;facebook

*my professional social media links – please follow/like*
My website has a WiP page plus individual pages for the projects and characters.
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First of all: Potatoes!

I planted them in an old hessian shopping bag last year. There didn't seem to be many flowers on the impressive stalks and when I pulled the stalks at the end of the season I found only the tiniest pea sized potatoes. But then last Friday I found what I thought was a stone on the path - it was a potato spilled from the bag which had split open! I dug all through the bag and found the pictured beauties. We had them roasted with Sunday lunch and and chipped and fried as home made chips on Tuesday. Lovely!

I'll be away next week. I hope to come back inspired. Need to schedule as many of the writing blogs as I can for Wednesday. I'm reusing an old poem for the 4th. This month I wrote 3 sentence fics; "Monsters" was my favourite.
Being kind to myself has been a battle of "Look I wrote a fic for the writing blog and kept on top of my work stuff" versus "so what that's nothing, ugh" versus me doubling on "I did the important things and I'm proud of myself." I never realised tackling negative self-talk was so difficult, though so very worthwhile. It hasn't necessarily helped me feel the most productive but at least I'm not feeling miserable.
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3 sentence fics again this month!


He prowled silently across the room to where she slept, his black coat rendering him almost invisible in the darkened room.

He paused a moment, assessing his target, before he leapt onto her.

“Milo,” she murmured as he pressed into the crook of her legs, happily tucked himself up behind her knees, and began to purr.

Everyday Magic

Throw a coin into a well, blow out a birthday candle, pick up a pin. Small acts of superstition? Yes, but also they are small acts of magic that brighten an otherwise mundane world.


"I only kill monsters," the Hunter says, refusing the handful of pennies the young girl in the faded dress is clutching.

Her eyes fill with tears and she persists that surely the reason he's come to her village is to help her, reiterates that Mother's new man is a monster, that he's hurting Mother, that her eye is blackened and there are bruises on her neck like he was trying to choke her soul from her.

"I only kill monsters," the Hunter repeats with a sigh as he walks away, but this much is true: neither he nor Mother's new man were ever seen in the village again.

Mr Wrong and Maybe Mr Right

When Mike yelled at her, "Stop hugging that damn cat, it'll never love you like I do!" while she held Cinnamon close and kissed his nose, his purrs reverberating against her chest, he sealed his fate.

Anyone that jealous of her affection, anyone that hateful towards Cinnamon, wasn't someone she could trust or love, definitely a Mr Wrong.

When Ben first came to her house and greeted Cinnamon with a smile, and Cinnamon pawed at him, wanting to be picked up, she smiled as Ben scooped up the cat and cooed at him; this one might be Mr Right.
meridian_rose: Lucrezia (Grainger) s1 Borgias facing/holding hands with Cesare (Arnaud) in his red cardinal robes (hugs)

Happy Valentine's day, or if you pefer friendship day, anti-valentine's day, galentine's day and Happy Friday!
Just because I'm taking a breather here it doesn't mean I'm not still thinking of you all :)

Imbolc 2020

Feb. 1st, 2020 09:45 am
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Happy Imbolc to all celebrating. To everyone, I wish you happiness!
In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the time of Lammas/Lughnasadh, which is the first of the harvest holidays.

Imbolc, also known/celebrated as Imbolg, Oimelc, Candlemas, (St) Brigid's Day, Groundhog Day, and the Festival of Nut, takes place around the 1st/2nd of February and is a festival marking a cross-quarter day in the wheel of the year, the halfway point of the spring equinox, heralding the first signs of spring.
This is a festival particularly associated with Brighid (Brigit, Bride, or Brigid), goddess of healing, smith craft, and poetry. She shares many aspects, some going so far as to say she was Christianised as St Brigid of Kildare.

You can read more about Imbolc at my previous Imbolc posts
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The entries on my Dreamwidth writing blog are in the links below as 'fic blog'.

Fic Snippet: Companionship (WiP:WRE)
wordpress ; fic blog ; tumblr;twitter;pinterest;facebook

Fic: Resolution (original short story)
wordpress ; fic blog ; tumblr;twitter;pinterest;facebook

Haiku: Hint of Spring
wordpress ; fic blog ; tumblr;twitter;pinterest;facebook

Haiku: Lucky Rat

wordpress ; fic blog ; tumblr;twitter;pinterest;facebook
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I'm not really back yet, though I'm feeling better and working on editing my Small Fandom Big Bang. I'm looking at my inbox which has 50 items and feeling too overwhelmed to deal with that yet however.

I do want to share this though, something non-fiction related which I dashed off and posted to Tumblr.

Silencing Women

I watched Murdoch Mysteries s13e01 Troublemakers and the Georgian set Canadian crime drama in this episode was looking at female suffrage, i.e. allowing women to vote.
There was opposition from men. There was opposition from women, one in particular, a society lady who told titular Detective Murdoch that his wife, a respected doctor, was in the wrong for being a suffragette and wanting the vote, that she and those speaking in favour were "leading women astray."

She claimed that "It denigrates women. We are the moral centre of society; we should not be sullying ourselves with politics."

What struck me was how this statement has and continues to be applied to women on any number of issues. That women are easily 'denigrated' if they don't 'behave properly'.

Change sullying ourselves with politics for "business matters" "higher education" "the military" "the law" "the medical profession" "writing" - women have had to fight for acceptance to every profession there is.

Change sullying with politics for "reading novels"; from When Novels Were Bad For You an op-talk article from the nytimes:

“In Madame Bovary, I think Flaubert is channeling a century of worries about young women as particularly susceptible to the fantasies they find in novels and the seductions of reading,” Margaret Cohen, a professor of French language, literature and civilization, told Op-Talk.
From the late 18th century through the middle of the 19th, she added, women “were considered to be in danger of not being able to differentiate between fiction and life.”

Change politics for "writing", for "writing fanfiction" for "being in fandom", for "shipping x" (and even if you're not a shipper you probably can think of at least one ship that's caused outrage and harassment).

This latest toxic phase of fandom, the anti-shippers who bully and harass and dogpile shippers - often sending rape/death threats and/or suicide baiting - is not truly about the ship in question. This latest round of fandom policing is not about making society better but keeping the status quo, of trying to 'protect' women from being lead astray. It claims women can't tell fiction from reality and that if they read a story about an abusive relationship they will idealise it and seek out a similar relationship, too muddle-headed to realise they are being abused.
Trying to control what people ship and accusing them of crimes (e.g. calling someone a pedophile if they enjoy a ship between the 'wrong' adult characters who have any sort of age gap) is not really about protecting women. Bullying and false accusations cause harm.

It is about sexism, and sexism that comes, as that episode noted, as much from other women as it does from men. They want to keep women from "sullying" themselves, "denigrating" themselves, no matter how much the women they're trying "protect" would rather have agency and make their own choices and take responsibility for their own actions.

When someone says they're trying to "protect women from thinking abuse is bad" by harassing shippers, they are echoing the same ideas as those who would deny women the right to work, to vote, to have control over their own bodies, or to otherwise be full participants in society.
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Which of you lovely followers enjoys Father Brown? I know there's one, maybe two of you!
I hope those of you who do watch are do have been enjoying the new series/season! I'm trying to space out the episodes a bit to savour them so I've only seen 3 so far.

I haven't been doing the Snowflake Challenge for a few days. Work was bit more overwhelming than usual last week, I had no and intermittent internet access for a couple of days, and I've also been a bit down. It's a number of things but I've been here before and I'm holding onto that; it will pass as it has before, I'm already feeling better today than yesterday and more than over the weekend. I was hoping to do more for the challenge but there's no time limit and I can do the challenges later and leave comments at any time and catch up with my f-list/circle soon.
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This round of [community profile] trope_bingo is another amnesty round meaning you can make your own cards from the provided prompts, or reuse any of your old cards. The round also runs until June to include the usual amnesty period. As well as the usual bingo patterns you can submit "loose fills" i.e. fills that don't make a bingo.
The lower fills requirement is also still in effect, so 100 rather than 500 word minimum for fanfic with similar lower minimums for other types of fill.
You can read more and sign up at this post

My card
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Challenge #4

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I have been waiting for this question :)
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Challenge #3

Pimp Your Favorite Communities, Fests or Challenges! Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Is it cheating to say I did this last year for snowflake and these are still some of my faves?

With the addition of DW landcomm [community profile] lands_of_magic, writing comm. [community profile] ushobwri (must be a member to see posts), and from last year [community profile] sunshine_challenge a mid-year sister comm to snowflake challenge. eta: tellshannon's entry reminded me of [community profile] 100fandoms; I've only done about ten so far but it's a fun challenge. I've still got a handful of LJ's 100tales to do and so, one year later, I still haven't begun the DW [community profile] 100prompts!
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Longing For the Silverflintdaily DOW prompt: friendship beer wheelbarrow. Silver is surprised how his desires have changed.

Silver gazed at the waves, sea breeze stirring his curls. He'd reinvented himself many times over but only now, when he'd felt a sense of belonging, purpose and friendship as the Walrus's cook, did he find himself confused -surprised- about who he was, what he desired.

He'd long dreamed of beer by the barrel, endless feasts, gold by the wheelbarrow; simple dreams of abundance. But now he longed for more.
He wanted Flint. He wanted love.

Flint approached, clapped him on the shoulder. "Come on," he said and Silver followed, hopeful, sure he'd seen his longing reflected on Flint's face.

AO3 ; Tumblr

Anniversary For the Silverflintdaily DOW prompt: measure, dwindle, flirt. Silver and Flint after one year together. Modern AU.

"Why do you look so pensive?"

Silver shrugged, sipped his wine. Flint, standing behind him, wrapped one arm around Silver's waist, kissed one cheek.

"I don't think I've ever had an anniversary," Silver said. "I flirt, I date, I watch affection dwindle, I leave when things get bad or boring, or before they go that way. A whole year together... a measure of commitment I wasn't sure I was capable of."

"Well you are," Flint said. "Don't let past fears haunt you. I'm not going anywhere. And I hope neither are you."

Silver smiled and shifted position to kiss Flint.

AO3 ; tumblr

LJ 2019

Jan. 4th, 2020 02:02 pm
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You can get card with your statistics here!

From Livejournal. It would be nice to get something similar from DW in the future :)
I don't know if comments refers to those I made or those I received. I turned off comments to LJ on my crossposts late last year so any new comments would be from communities I'm active in/replies to my comments in the latter case.
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I received two lovely Men in Black: International fics:

Thursday Night Supper Club (1874 words) by intrikate88
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Men in Black (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Agent H | Henry (Men in Black), Agent M | Molly Wright
Summary: Being an ocean away isn't much of a barrier. Even MIB agents with no life and no chill need to have dinner sometimes.

Sushi for One (1947 words) by misura
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Men in Black (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Agent H | Henry/Agent M | Molly Wright
Additional Tags: Mild Hurt/Comfort, dude in distress, Dubcon Touching by Aliens Who May or May Not Be Aware Their Behavior Is Inappropriate
Summary: H beamed at her. "You were worried! That's so cute! Oh, and FYI, I wasn't 'poisoned'. I suffered a severe allergic reaction, that's all. No biggie. Happens all the time."
M closed her eyes. The worst of it was, she believed him. In H's world, getting poisoned or, excuse her, 'having a severe allergic reaction' probably just counted as a slightly bad day. Occupational hazard.

I wrote my main assignment, a Revenge fic, and a Borgias treat fic.

A Fine Fauxmance (8619 words) by meridianrose
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Revenge (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nolan Ross/Emily Thorne
Characters: Nolan Ross, Emily Thorne
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Light Angst, Happy Ending, Daniel is not nice here, Daniel and Jack appear briefly in the fic, Canon Bisexual Character, Hair Brushing

Summary: Nolan needs to win over a prospective businessman with conservative values. Emily wants to make an uninterested Daniel jealous. A fake engagement would seem to be the answer to both their problems. Except that Nolan finds it increasingly difficult to separate the pretence from the reality he wants.

An Insincere Confession (582 words) by meridianrose
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Borgias (Showtime TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cesare Borgia/Lucrezia Borgia
Characters: Cesare Borgia, Lucrezia Borgia
Additional Tags: Sibling Incest, Catholic Imagery, Improper Use of Catholic Rituals, Oral Sex

Summary: "Bless me father," she repeats. "For I have sinned." Confession belongs in the confessional box. This is something else entirely.
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Challenge #2

In your own space, talk about your fannish history. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I think I touched on this a bit during the sunshine challenge fannish identity post. I've been involved in fandom for a long time. I wrote fanfic longhand before I knew it was a Thing. I had paper zines (Quantum Leap, Babylon 5 my main ones) and then mailing lists/Yahoo Groups (Brimstone, maybe Buffy, I had non-fannish groups too), and then came along, and LJ, to be joined by AO3 and DW.

My first fic posted to AO3 is Much Saves the Day, Robin Hood BBC, 21 December 2006, (back dated work that's also my first LJ fic entry).
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#fandomdoinggood #bensolodeservedbetter #bensolodeservesbetter #aitaf #adamdriver

note: $51,230 raised of $32,000 target at time of posting.

I couldn't donate much but I did donate (since I refused to see TROS after the spoilers I already had a bit of cash put aside for the movie that went here instead) Fandom can do good things.
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You can read about the challenge at the introduction post

Challenge #1

In your own space, introduce yourself! Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Hi all! I updated my sticky post post a bit late last year to reflect some of my newer fandoms and because someone pointed out to me that the date on it was early 2020, which had seemed a long way off when I first wrote it! I may edit it a bit more now I've been writing this post and thinking further about introductions.

I've got a long list of fandoms.
I also made a list of movies I watched in 2019
And a TV and book list

I post original work to my writer blogs on Wednesdays and those posts get copied here, sometimes as a round-up later in the week or as a monthly post/links to the original social media posts. My writer website with WiP outlines and links is here.

I'm doing Get Your Words Out again this year, 150k is once again my goal. I was behind a bit last year but not by as much as the previous year.

I learnt and developed how I write a bit more during 2019 but maybe that's something for a later challenge or a longer post :)

On my blog you'll find mostly fanfic, original fic and poetry, ramblings about media and fandom, and occasional meta, and some real life posts including my monthly BAG post (where I've Been, at At, am Going) with some occasional photos, plus posts for the Wheel of the Year. Sometimes I'll write about myself and social issues often through a fandom lens; asexuality, being childfree, etc.
I do a round-up post at the end of the month with links to all my posts for the month here and at the writer blogs, and an update on my GYWO total.

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