(Much Belated) August Kitty Pics Post

Sep. 16th, 2017 01:45 pm
naye: two cats looking happy (our kitties)
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Just going to leave this here. Lots of cats! Doing cat stuff! ♥


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Reading Wednesday

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:38 pm
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Oh no it's been so long and I've done so much sitting around in airports that my reading list has grown quite a bit since last post. Will try to keep it short, but this is the current list of What I've been reading:

The Harbors of the Sun (The Books of the Raksura, #5) by Martha Wells
Princess Jellyfish 1, 2 & 3 by Akiko Higashimura
Tremontaine Seasons 1&2 by Ellen Kushner et al
Sasharia En Garde by Sherwood Smith
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by NK Jemisin
Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
In Other Lands by Sarah Reese Brennan
Stranger Stranger & Hostage (The Change #1 & #2) by Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith

And to my great pleasure, I've absolutely loved most of these, and enjoyed all of them. So much imagination and adventure, and so many wonderful and queer characters I feel like this month's reading has been an embarrassment of riches. Really, it feels unfair to compare them against each other, or somehow rate them (even though I do on Goodreads because it took me forever to figure out that I could mark books read without filling in any stars and now I feel like a. I don't want to take away anyone's stars and b. I don't want to NOT give my recent reads stars when all the older ones have them...).

So - today's format will be me talking about the things I loved about all of these books. There might be more critique and stuff in my Goodreads reviews (linked through above) but I'm all out of analytical mind now and just here for the squee. ♥

(ETA: all links should go to the proper books now.)

Yeah, this will probably be long no matter how hard I try, so have a cut )

Trick or Treat Letter

Sep. 12th, 2017 01:42 am
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Dear Author: thank you for writing for me! I can't wait to see whether I'll be getting a trick or a treat, and in what fandom. I'm pretty easy to please as far as stories go. I like everything from slice-of-life to epic fics, so if you'd like to go over the word limit, feel free! I'll be happy to get any fics featuring my requested characters, but if you do feel like doing something shippy, I've listed my favorite pairings for each fandom. I dig fluff and happy friendship/romantic fics, and Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I'd love to get something spooky too.

Here is a list of my general kinks: angst, banter, bickering-as-flirting, bonding, camaraderie, competence porn, established relationships (platonic or sexual), humor, hurt/comfort, loyalty in the face of personality friction, misunderstanding and reconciliation, pining, social mores and their subversion

Smut kinks include: blowjobs, confined spaces, consummation after ages of pining, cunnilingus, enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-lovers, forced intimacy, loyalty kink, m/m first time, sex pollen, snuggling, tentacles, trust kink, unintentional voyeurism, whipping, voyeurism

(I haven't listed DNWs as it kind of felt unsporting to include them when I requested both tricks and treats for my fandoms, but you can find them in other challenge sign-up letters if you do want to look.)

Anyway, here are some trick and treat prompts for each of my requested fandoms. That said, I love getting surprises, so if you have additional ideas, please do run with them!

Blake & Avery Series – M.J. Carter
Jeremiah Blake, William Avery, Matty Horner
Ships: Jeremiah Blake/William Avery
Tricks: Something is stalking London's dockworkers. Rumors are it's a Hindoo demon. Or Springheel Jack. Or something even darker. Our heroes reunite to investigate.
Matty is having visions. Blake and Avery are called upon to uncover what is causing them, and what they mean.
The fair is in town. It brings back dark memories for Blake. What are they, and what do our heroes do about it?
Treats:
Blake has ties to London's German expat community (because: Blake). He and Avery have an Oktoberfest beer (or two, or...).
It's All Hallows' Eve. What do our heroes think about its traditions and how (do?) they celebrate them?
The fair is in town. What happens when our heroes go?


Onmyoji
Abe no Seimei, Minamoto no Hiromasa, Mitsumushi
Ships: Abe no Seimei/Minamoto no Hiromasa
Tricks:
Hiromasa is haunted by the most horrific demon to ever terrorize the Heian court. What does everyone do about it?
A sutra reading goes dreadfully wrong. What happens when our heroes are brought in to help?
Treats:
Hiromasa is haunted by the cutest demon to ever appear in the Heian court. What does Abe think about this state of affairs, and what does he do next?
Our heroes celebrate Obon.

Blake & Avery Series – M.J. Carter
Thor, Loki, Yondu Udonta, Drax the Destroyer, Kraglin Obfonteri, Mantis, Peter Quill, Odin, James “Bucky” Barnes, Steve Rogers
Ships: Thor/Loki, Yondu Udonta/Kraglin Obfonteri, Drax the Destroyer/Mantis, James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers
*For convenience, I broke these prompts out by character sets from the respective movies, but I am more than open to stories that mix and match them!
Tricks:
For the Asgard crew – Loki decides that since Thor loves humans so much, he'll introduce Thor to some Midgardian culture: Halloween tricks. What happens next?
For the Guardians crew – All the members of this gang have lost someone, been lost, or both. What does a haunting look like in outer space?
For the Avengers crew - Nightmares are nothing new to Steve or Bucky. But dreaming the other man's nightmares is. Why is this happening? What (if anything) can they do to solve it?
Treats:
For the Asgard crew - Loki decides that since Thor loves humans so much, he'll introduce Thor to some Midgardian culture: Halloween tricks and treats. What happens next?
For the Guardians crew – The gang goes trick or treating, on Earth or anywhere in the galaxy.
For the Avengers crew – One or both of our heroes crashes a Halloween party in their battle gear. How do the other guests react?

32 hours in Lisbon

Sep. 11th, 2017 09:49 am
naye: blue sea, fluffy summer clouds, a figure leaping into the water (jump in!)
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Work has sent me to Lisbon, on my first and last business trip for my current job.

I'm basically there as a backup - I brought a (heavy old) laptop "just in case" and a USB stick and three PowerPoint presentations and made sure they were uploaded at the venue yesterday, with most of the speakers arriving today. And as much as I dislike traveling with Ryanair (yes, the flight down here was delayed - the boards were flashing LAST CALL and the check-in line hadn't even moved because "the plane is still in the hangar" uhhh yeah maybe someone should have taken the plane out of the hangar...? but there you go), it's been a pretty low-pressure trip so far. (The delegation should be boarding their flight in the UK now, but if they're delayed more than two hours that's when we'll panic.)

Anyway! That's just background to explain why I found myself in the Lisbon Oceanarium for a couple of hours last night, taking ALL THE PICTURES of the cool stuff they had there.

Despite the low-pressure assignment, I was kind of wound up from having to get up early and spend hours in an airport and working with people I'd never met and worrying about stupid stuff and then I ended up in front of the vast sea tank and it was dark and cool and so relaxing. It was amazing. Here are some pics:


Hyperlapse - five minutes compressed to five seconds (apologies for the YouTube format; Flickr is being uncooperative or I'd have it looking better despite the vertical orientation).

And the fish were only the beginning... More animals from four oceans under the cut )

Also, here's a separate exhibition of the amazing info signs they had with the MOST UNIMPRESSED SEA CREATURES:

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What other unimpressed sea creatures lurk behind the cut? )

So yeah if you're ever in Lisbon check out the Oceanarium! They also do a lot of preservation work, so it's money well spent. ♥

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