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Activism/resources
* Swing Left - org focused on mobilizing people all over the country to help gain/retain swing districts. I really like the setup - it tells you your closest "swing district" (however they're defining it) and then asks you to sign up to be part of that particular team.

* This is what Pro Publica is now covering. Pro Publica is a proven non-profit investigative journalism org, and this is a great list of both their emphases going forward and the Twitters of the people covering those topics.

* okay, librarians. we need to talk about the fact that we can no longer advise patrons and students that websites w/ .gov are trustworthy (Twitter thread on info literacy)

* How the town of Whitefish defeated its neo-Nazi trolls — and became a national model of resistance (Yahoo). HIGHLY RECCED.


News / rumors
* Starting January 20, Donald Trump Can Send Unblockable Mass Text Messages to the Entire Nation (NY Mag)

* Trump just picked John Gore, lawyer who defended NC's anti-trans #HB2 in court, to run DOJ's Civil Rights Division (Twitter, source in replies)

* Mike Lee introduces bill to reassert Congress's authority over trade policy (Twitter). This is a Republican senator, mind you. Wouldn't it be interesting if a major outcome of all this were significant weakening of executive power as byproduct of Republican congress reigning in their own president?

* [Mattis's] first substantive sentence "together with the INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation." (Twitter - I'm following this guy now fyi, he's ex-state dept)

* Musicians Terrified Over Possible Obamacare Repeal (Rolling Stone)

* Today belongs to Trump, but Obama's vision will win in the end (Vox, by Matthew Yglesias)
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I've been feeling a little conflicted about spamming you all with this stuff. I post it partly because it's a way for me to keep this stuff organized and partly because I figure it might be of interest to someone? And also I just don't know where else I'd put it that it would reach a higher ratio of interested to non-interested people.

In any case, reminder that at the bottom of this post are instructions for how to filter out a specific user tag (for example "topic: politics") from your feed.

And finally, be aware that I'm not vouching for any of the stuff I link, often because I don't know enough yet to judge. I just link stuff that sounds interesting.

Analysis / resources / other
* Former state dept staff explains why Trump's slowness to appoint staff is a good thing (Twitter)

* Pod Save America interviews President Obama, which has got to set some kind of record for great podcast gets. The interview was great, too.

* 10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow

* "I'm Prejudiced," He Said. Then We Kept Talking. (NYT, a story about how people can change)

* And finally, because we need it, Pinky and the Brain read Donald Trump tweets (Twitter)

News / rumors
* North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who 'Accidentally' Hit And Kill Protesters (Huffington Post)

* Canadian campuses see an alarming rise in right-wing populism (CBC)

* Why Lower Courts Are Striking Down Shameless Voting Restrictions All of a Sudden (Slate, from last summer)

* Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs (Guardian)

* Republican Health-Care Debate: Guide for perplexed Americans (National Review - pretty damning picture of Trump-GOP dysfunction, especially considering the source)

* Arizona bill to ban 'social justice' courses dies quickly (AZ Capitol Times)

* Sources: Trump labor pick Andrew Puzder has voiced second thoughts about nomination (CNN)
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LOL, so I posted the Pens half of these recs TWO MONTHS AGO, which means I now have a bunch more recs bookmarked, both Pens and otherwise, but as they're not written up yet I will just post these old ones for now.

a smorgasbord of non-Pens fic, in no particular order )
snickfic: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (geno)
I posted fic! I have been wanting to write some more Sid/Geno for a while, and this was inspired by the prompts over at Pens Monthly.

Thaw (4240 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Snowed In, Relationship Negotiation, Established Relationship, Cooking
Summary:

The world was made of ice. Bare tree branches glistened with an inch of it; Sid’s sidewalk, when he ventured out, was a solid frozen sheet. Stalactites of ice hung from his gutters and thousands of tiny stalagmites poked up from his lawn between fallen tree limbs.

“Well, shit,” Sid said, and walked stiff-legged and careful back into the house.

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Activism and stuff
* "Your calls to senators are working. Know how I know? The Senate staffer on my train won't shut up about crazy calls from angry constituents."

* It's Time to Fight, another call-to-action website. That link takes you to their ACA page (full of info!)

* See how your house rep voted on H Res 48, the budget resolution today that was one step in repealing the ACA. (Click on the numbered link at the far left for the vote.)

* The Indivisible Guide now has a website with links for local action groups

* is there any hope? (fail_fandomanon).


News/Analysis
* Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments, Revisited (Washington Monthly)

* The 2018 midterms are nearly two years away. Start paying attention now. (Vox). Nice roundup of opportunity and looming issues with the 2018 midterms.

* Legislation in two states (IA, MO) seeks to end tenure at public colleges and universities (Inside Higher Ed)

* Total Abortion Ban Debuts in Congress (Rewire)

* Arizona lawmaker proposes new bill banning classes or events discussing social justice on college campuses (Shaun King, NY Daily News)k

* How Putin Played the Far Left (The Daily Beast)
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* The politics podcast Keepin' It 1600 has moved sites and names and is now Pod Save America, with, according to the article, more of an emphasis on activism and ways to respond, in addition to analysis. This podcast is hosted by a group of ex-Obama staffers and gets a lot of really interesting guests, and I listen to it even though I basically never bother with podcasts. And their first ep of the new podcast interviews the two women who founded the Million Women March, and they are awesome. Highly recommended.

* Speaking of podcasts, I haven't listened to The 451 yet, a podcast about activism, but I'm intrigued.

* If you need another organization sending action items to your inbox, flippable is a group concerned with state and local races, particularly state legislatures, since those will be the ones responsible for the redistricting in 2020.

* Opposition in the Age of Gish Gallops - Blog post on why author thinks being a Republican congressperson will suck under Trump, and why that's good news for us.
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* re:act is a weekly email newsletter full of info and suggestions for actions to take in response. Very informative, I rec it highly.

* What we learned from the GOP's ethics fiasco - Politico analysis with rays of hope re: possible sources of Republican ineffectiveness in Congress

* Twitter thread with Congressional staffer advice that it is worth calling reps outside your district when it comes to things like the ACA.

* A spreadsheet of Trump appointments and where congress members stand on them.

* The Ideological Reasons Why Democrats Have Neglected Local Politics - really interesting Atlantic article on Dem party development federally vs locally, why, and whether the emphasis is changing.

comics read

Jan. 3rd, 2017 01:18 pm
snickfic: [A+X] Fantomex shooting across the snow (Fantomex)
So I've started reading comics again after Marvel + logistics bogged me down last year. *shakes fist at Secret Wars*

I have a few ground rules for myself now: Trades only, because I hate single issues. I hate reading them, I hate owning them. And almost no Big 2, although I just got the first volume of the new Black Widow and have a couple others on my list for when they come out.

Harrow County )

Paper Girls )

Lady Killer )

Black Widow )

Monstress )

Guys, I just want to marvel: That is five titles, all of them starring women, two of them with female creators, and I wasn't even trying. The diversity of stories available to read in mainstream comics has exploded even in the three or so years since I started reading them. It's incredible.
snickfic: Dean handcuffed 5.04 (Dean 1)


[personal profile] st_aurafina is hosting a friending meme, if you would like a place to find new DW/other platform buddies. :)
snickfic: (Yuletide)
As of December 23, I was sure that I wasn't going to manage to submit anything to the collection this year, but then on Christmas Eve I saw a signup on the pinch hitter prompts post that somehow got the gears moving, and so I wrote some Steve/Nancy/Jonathan for Stranger Things, a ship I'd been wanting to write ever sine I first saw the show.

objects in the mirror - Stranger Things, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan, 2.5k
Jonathan has no fucking idea why Nancy and Steve gave him the Nikon. He doesn't know why they're so insistent on seeing the pictures he takes, either.

And then an hour before Madness opened I got an idea for a Saga drabble. So, at final count, I managed TWO fics in the YT collection! \o/

if you want to tell the news, you have to fucking live - Saga, Upsher/Doff, drabble
Love on the battlefield. (A meet-cute.)
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Thank you so much for making a gift for me! I can't wait to see what you create. I have asked for SO MANY SHIPS, so you have many to choose from. For each ship I've tried to give you an idea of both how I see them and some things I'd enjoy seeing in fic or art, but I didn't get into specific prompts for a lot of them (because there are A LOT), so feel free to grab stuff from the general likes for prompts.

General Likes/Dislikes )

Hockey RPF - fic )

MCU- fic, art )

Supernatural - fic )

Stranger Things – fic, art )

Harrow County – fic, art )

Decoys (2005) - fic )

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - fic )

Star Wars Original Trilogy - fic, fanart )

Frozen - fic, art )

Original Work – fic )
snickfic: (Yuletide)
I have something like 60 more fics still to go on my Kindle, but I don't expect I will get any further on them before reveals, so here are some more recs.

Morning Glories, Hail Caesar!, Sense8, Jeeves and Wooster, Shia LeBeouf, Queen's Thief )
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
I wasn't expecting to post anything this month, but then surprise! Fic happened after the Pens-Bruins game last night. And it has already been read by more than two people, which is about the audience I expected for a pairing this random.

How to Make Friends (1619 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tuukka Rask/Bryan Rust
Characters: Tuukka Rask, Bryan Rust
Additional Tags: Situational Dubcon, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anal Sex, Rivalry, Post-Game(s)
Summary:

“You’ve got a lot of nerve, asking for me,” Rask said.

Bryan tried to close the door with some swagger. What he had was not so much nerve as nerves. “Game winner gets to pick anyone, that’s the rule.”

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In no kind of order.

* Donald Trump is Gaslighting America - while the rest of the media wibbles, Teen Vogue is ON IT

* Trump, Mocking Claim That Russia Hacked Election, at Odds with G.O.P. - (NYT) Some Republican leaders are concerned about this Russia thing, which gives me some hope for humanity. Here's a statement from bipartisan Senate leadership on the issue.

* Related calls to action regarding election interference: calling your reps to request the review in time for electors to vote, a script for same.

* Doxxing May Become A Federal Crime - (Buzzfeed) Bill introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, same legislator who introduced the No Religious Registry Act.

* A Wisconsin court case may be the last best hope to fix gerrymandering by 2020 (Vox) - fascinating, possibly hopeful read

* A thread on the Moral Mondays activism in NC that eventually resulted in incumbent Republican governor being defeated in last election. (I really need to know more about this; I have a hold in on a library book about it.)

* Facebook added an option to report fake news
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Most of this is not activism-related; some of it is not even politics-related. But I'm reading a lot more widely than I used to, and I thought other folks might also be interested in some of my finds?

Election-related
* Graham preparing 'Dreamers' bill - bipartisan bill to protect DACA participants

* An unaired interview on Trump, authoritarianism and kleptocracy (Sarah Kendzior). I really liked this - more hopeful than the title sounds, to me.

* Nonprofit journalists are gearing up with a flood of donations (NYT)

* Fuck Everything and Blame Everyone (Deadspin?). This was a cathartic read.

Around the world
* How an Indian Innovator Reverse-Engineered the Making of Sanitary Pads (NYT Mag) - A guy figures out the cheapest possible way to make pads, reproduces the manufacturing equipment, and starts setting up little shops all over India run by local women. There are still good things happening in the world, you guys.

* The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare (NYT). AKA why you should throw out your non-stick pans, but also a decades-long story of criminally awful pollution and one guy who did something about it.

* Bloomberg's "Jealousy List", aka stuff so good they wish they'd published it. aka where I found a lot of these other links!
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* Keepin' It 1600 - podcast with four former Obama aids. I got hooked on this shortly before the election even though I basically never listen to podcasts.

* [tumblr.com profile] leupagus has started something called political homework that seems like a great way way to motivate oneself to learn the ropes of their local politics.

* 10 Questions for Fake News Detection, a handy chart from The News Literacy Project

* This morning I called my senator to thank her for her vocal opposition to several Trump cabinet picks. The staffer sounded very pleasantly surprised that I wasn't calling to complain. Which is to say, if your elected officials are doing something good, let them know! Positive reinforcement!

* Speaking of that, a call to support Kellogg pulling their ads from Breitbart would not go amiss.
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* Trump syllabus - extensive reading list for context on Trump-related issues (via [syndicated profile] stop_trump_feed)

* "It's unprecedented in our history": Trump's election inspired millions in nonprofit donations - sometimes just seeing numbers is really validating

* All Resistance is Local: A Plan of Progressive Action for the Trump Years - this has fascinating ideas that I would like to explore more. I wish there were a reading list attached.

* Finally, another rec for #ACALLADAY, which continues to be a fantastic mix of news, calls to action, and recommended reading.
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ACTIVISM
* Why You Should Join Your Local Democratic Party (written by moi)

* lifetime VPN subscriptions on sale at BoingBoing

* Guest Post: A post-election guide to changing hearts and minds - full of extremely practical advice

* What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny from a Holocaust scholar

READING
* [personal profile] rydra_wong is your source for politcal links roundups, mostly articles. Tons of stuff!

* Look Up, Please - this anecdote of facing up to racism and awfulness made me cry, for real

* Canadian journalists who covered Rob Ford offer tips on Trump - persuasive comparison, and a little bit of hope for beleaguered journalists

* Utah governor breaks Republican ranks, welcomes refugees, is deeply skeptical of religious registry (no surprise Mormons wouldn't be keen on that)

* House Democrats demand Chaffetz probe Trump’s finances (Oddly, Chaffetz seems much less interested in investigating Trump than he was Clinton)

* bless the AP style guide??

* Exhaustive Database of Voter Fraud Cases Turns Up Scant Evidence That It Happens - background
snickfic: Olli Maatta smiling (olli)
I've been hanging onto these so long and have so many that I'm splitting it up into two. Here are the Pen/Pen pairings, and I'll post the non-Pens pairings in a few days. And there IS an Olli fic in here this time! :D

Sid/Geno )

Other Pens Pairings )
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* FightTrump.co is a site that posts daily, weekly, and monthly calls to action. You can have them emailed to you, see them via Facebook, or follow the DW feed [syndicated profile] stop_trump_feed. So far they cover a wide range of things - today's is basically "Educate yourself on Trump's agenda by reading some of these linked articles," which is an A+ choice of your activism energy. It's not good to have zeal without knowledge, etc.

* Speaking of educating oneself, here is a massive NYT article on Trump's conflicts of interest.

* Call your legislators about the National Popular Vote Compact (also consider following Yglesias, he's a Vox writer and a good source of info and sense)
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Not so much activism today as just stuff I found interesting.

* THIS POEM. If you click on nothing else in this post, click on this.

* Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington state has introduced a bill that would ban registration based on religion - religions such, say, Islam. Consponsors include folks like Ellison and Wasserman Schultz. Something to mention to your congressperson('s staff) the next time you call them.

* Sen. Orrin Hatch, most senior Republican senator, is absolutely opposed to getting rid of the filibuster. So that seems good.

* Statistical look on which senators might cross the aisle and vote against their party fellows.
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* If you're having trouble getting through the House Oversight Committee on the phone, you can also fax them.

* Re: the ongoing discussion of Trump's conflicts of interest, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) has introduced legislation that would remove the current exemption of the president and VP from conflict of interest laws. Info at the link for how to support this legislation. (Yet another tip from [community profile] thisfinecrew, which has been FANTASTIC so far. Follow if you haven't yet and are at all interested in US political activism.)

* [tumblr.com profile] leupagus is a fandom person who is ON TOP OF IT in terms of ways we can engage with our elected officials. Their Twitter is also a quality follow.

* [tumblr.com profile] reckoningofjoy is a blog "intended as a record and remembrance of our progressive, civil- and human-rights victories, even in the course of the difficult and bleak times that the next few years are likely going to be for our country.

"Not because any of them will be enough, will mean we’re done, or that everything’s fine now. But because it’s going to be vital to remember, especially now, what we’re capable of, that good things still happen, and how they happen."
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A short one today.

* People are calling the Department of Justice to ask them to Audit the Vote. There's also a Change.org petition

* #ACallADay (keeps fascism away) is a great newsletter full of activism suggestions. I appreciate that it includes a lot of informational links about issues, in addition to the calls to action.
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* New activism comms [community profile] thisfinecrew and [community profile] spoonlessactivists.

* Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is asking for people's Obamacare stories. If you've got a positive one, now would be a great time to share. EDIT: Paul Ryan ALSO wants to hear if you support the ACA - give him a call.

* If you called the House Committee on Oversight and Reform about Trump's conflicts of interest, good work, you helped jam their phone lines (although the article seems to think the call was put out in response to Trump's meeting with Japanese leaders today, when that FB post is from Wednesday).

* I learned today that the Million Woman March the day after the inauguration will also have local protests in other states, if you can't get to DC that day (as I cannot). More info here.

* So DW DOES have the functionality to allow you to filter out specific tags by other users (for example, my "topic: politics" tag) if you have a paid account. It's just not easy to find. )
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I called my two senators and my house rep yesterday about Steve Bannon, and to my house rep's staffer I also mentioned the possible inquiry into Donald Trump's conflicts of interest, which I mentioned the other day. But! It turns out you can also call the House Oversight Committee on this same topic, full info here (or here, if that post should suddenly disappear). They are a) ACTIVELY TALLYING CALLS about this issue, and b) closed next week for the holidays and making a decision immediately following. So tomorrow is all the time we have. I got a "mailbox is full" message when I called after hours tonight, but I'm going to try again tomorrow.

(BTW, if you don't want to see my politics posts, LJ lets you filter out specific tags of someone you follow. I could have sworn DW had this functionality, too, but maybe that was my imagination?)
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"We're His Problem Now" Calling Sheet - easy reference for finding your elected Congresspeople, plus scripts for talking to them, plus a specific call to action each week. I'm going to use this a lot, I think.

Another google doc, still in progress, of general FAQs for ways to help out, ways to protect yourself, etc, as well as an international list of orgs fighting against fascism.

BTW, did you know you can get a free WaPo subscription if you have an email ending in .gov/.edu/.mil?
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Kind of a linkdump? I've been reading a ton on ffa, although sometimes I have to step away because the predictions are just too dire for me to handle. But I've also gotten a ton of great info from there, as well as from my flist.

Explainers for Breitbart, Bannon, and Milo

Top House Oversight Democrat asks for hearings on Trump’s conflicts of interest - maybe something to talk to your congressperson about?

A letter circulating in the House "requesting Trump rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon. So far at 120 co-signers." Something else to mention to your congressperson, maybe.

Speaking of, here is how to find your congressperson based on your zip, although I had to then google mine to get a phone number. And if you can call them on the phone, you should.

If you want to volunteer time/money, here is a site that helps you get started finding places, with a bunch of very satisfying swearing.

And if you need help getting/staying motivated, here is a message from President Obama to grassroots organizers and all of us.
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For Trick or Treat my recip gave me a bunch of great characters to work with and carte blanche in terms of femslash ships, and so I wrote this Dru/Faith fic that involves dreams and a corset and other old-fashioned underwear.

silk ribbons (986 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drusilla/Faith Lehane
Characters: Drusilla (BtVS), Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Dreams, Undressing, Seduction
Summary:

She pouts, lips pursed, and Faith doesn’t go in for weird chicks but she’d kiss those lips. She’d lean in right now if this freaking corset weren’t holding her so stiff.

snickfic: [X-Men] Psylocke (art Olivier Coipel) (Psylocke)
Have definitely fallen headfirst into comics again. This was not planned. I'm working through a bunch of trades currently. Black Magic is looking good, very female-centric urban fantasy cop book, but the first trade barely gets it started, so I need Rucka and Scott to bring it back from hiatus. Monstress (Liu/Takeda) is dense but worth it, once you get into it; I'm looking forward to the next trade. Harrow County (Bunn/Crook) is freaking gorgeous so far, this wonderful watercolor stuff and a spooky story of just the kind I like.

I'm not reading Marvel, because I'm just so irritated by the perpetual and disruptive crossover events, the endless reboots, and the constant juggling of creative teams. So it's all Image and other smaller publishers for me. It's too bad, because Marvel is putting out a ton of female-centric books these days but ugh. No. I might break my rule for Gamora, though, but in general it's all Image and Dark Horse and indies for me.

I keep having this problem, though, where I feel like I don't know how to be fannish about comics. Most comics have no fic fandom whatsoever, and in order to write I need both readers and, ideally, some predecessors whose fic I can read, so that's a no-go. Likewise, it's often hard to even find anyone to talk with about what I read. I have zero graphics skills, so that's not really an outlet (and that would really work better if I bought digital, which I don't).

It kind of feels like the way to be fannish about comics is to read more comics, but a) $$, b) I don't want to just be consuming media all the time. IDK. I don't know how to funnel my comics enthusiasm into something that feels creative or productive. It's a struggle. I've started dabbling in drawing again, so at least there's that? (NB: I am Not an Artist.)

I'm also having some angst, again, about how to buy comics. I don't have a tablet, so digital is a pain. Floppies just irritate me; I hate storing them and I dislike rereading them. I really just want trades, but they always say if you want to support your favorite series, you buy floppies. But I don't wanna. Also I just respond better to comics if I get a bunch of story at once, ie in a trade. So I think I've decided to just spread my comics $ out among more trades. That supports my beloved LCS, at least.

And if I DO start buying floppies of something, it's a rule that I have to buy a whole arc of five issues or whatever. I have the first three issues of so many books which I then finished in digital or failed to finish at all.
snickfic: Genevieve lying on the grass, text LOVE (Gen)
* I made a comics Tumblr. There's nothing really on it yet. But relatedly, I've started reading comics again, so maybe there will be new content soon.

* I looked through my fic spreadsheet and discovered approximately half the things I've written in the past three years have been for exchanges, and NO FREAKING WONDER I'm feeling a little burned out on exchanges. I keep saying I'm going to do them less, and I keep failing to do fewer of them. But maybe next year. I've turned in my last outstanding assignment (for Trick or Treat!), so that's something, and there's nothing else I'm going to be even tempted to sign up for for several months.

* Feeling more fic-fannish than sports-fannish with hockey right now. I think I'm still recovering from the playoffs. I'm with Sid - I didn't realize how hard it would be to win the Cup. /o\ But meanwhile there's so much fic I want to exist, so I'm working on that.

* I've started using the "Choose random icon" function here, because I have so many great icons I don't use anymore. So here, have some darling Genevieve.
snickfic: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (geno)
I didn't realize it'd been so long since I caught up with this! First, I don't remember if I've mentioned it here, but I've started a monthly Pens prompt comm that runs through Tumblr and AO3, called Pens Monthly (my skill at naming stuff, let me show you it). And I have accidentally written almost 12k for it just in the past two months, oops. But also yay?

First, mer!Geno/Flower where they commiserate on their respective non-productivity during the playoffs:
Buddy Breathing (4948 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Marc-Andre Fleury/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Merpeople, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, 2015-2016 NHL Season, Old Friends, Pittsburgh Penguins
Summary:

There was no point in telling Flower last night hadn’t been his fault. Zhenya knew what that conviction felt like, how hard it was to shake. Sid had coaxed Zhenya out of that mood once or twice, but earnestness came easy to Sid. Somehow he found the kinds of words that always eluded Zhenya.

Zhenya couldn’t be Sid. He knew better than to try. Abruptly he said, “You want to swim?”

(A mer!Geno fic)



And then Conor Sheary/Brian Dumoulin, aka the fic where I finally write the tiny!alpha/large!omega heat sex fic of my dreams, since I never managed to write that for Jared/Gen. Dubious bonus: I fell head over heels for Brian Dumoulin while writing this, and am devastated to find that there is almost no fic about him.
one giant eggplant emoji (6658 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Brian Dumoulin/Conor Sheary
Characters: Brian Dumoulin, Conor Sheary
Additional Tags: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Mating Cycles/In Heat, Vaginal Fisting, Knotting, Insecurity, Size Difference, Sappy, Pittsburgh Penguins
Summary:

He was so tall. Conor mostly forgot that, somehow. Dumo was the first of the Wilkes-Barre guys to make it to the show, but he was still one of them, an equal - until now, as Conor surveyed the terrain and felt pretty damned unequal.

Dumo met Conor’s eyes. His cheeks were apple-red. “Please?” Dumo said, as though even now Conor might leave him hanging.



Finally, the Beauty and the Beast horror fic I wrote for Darkest Night (no gore, just creepyness):
Oh, I Couldn't Put It Down (1387 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Belle (Disney), Beast (Disney)
Additional Tags: Horror, Transformation
Summary:

The library is Belle's favorite place in the entire world.

snickfic: Meg Cas kiss closeup (Meg Cas)
Usual disclaimer of everyone's different, what works for me may not work for you, etc, but these are all things that I have found to be true over and over and over in my personal writing life.

1. The thing you want to write most, write first. If you keep waiting for the "right time" to write it, you very easily might never write it at all. (This is a very pointed comment at myself, fyi.)

2. If you're not sure what happens next, try delegating decisions to someone else. Get someone you trust to read what you have so far, and then ask them what else the story needs to happen. (The ONLY reason my Sid/Phil story is finished is because I got a friend to do this for the last ~5k or so.)

3. If you're stuck on a project and nothing you write works, you probably made a mistake earlier in the story. Go back and figure out how you wrote yourself into this corner, and cut that part out.
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Posted ON Wednesday, will wonders never cease.

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. This was an ARC that someone thrust into my hands at a con last year, although it's now long since published. It's the story of how we find a giant robot hand buried in the earth, which leads to finding more giant robot parts, which leads to the question of what exactly humans dare do with a giant robot. This was low on science and speculation and high on... IDK, human interest? Which makes it sound like a Robert Charles Wilson novel, except it wasn't that good. It was told almost entirely as a series of interviews by a secretive, powerful gentleman with unclear official status, so that was fun, but by mid-book I was really hoping that we'd find out more about him and his ambiguous morality and status - he's such a central figure that I hoped the book would turn his sort-of neutrality on its head. In that, I was disappointed.

Reading
House of Leaves, by whatsisname. This book has crystallized for me for the first time that although I love weird creepy houses (in fact weird creepy architecture of all kinds), I just don't get them often because I'm completely disinterested in ghosts. Anyway, the textbook manuscript portion is fascinating and I already love it; the framing story with this idiot barhopper and his idiot bro friend is driving me crazy. (NO SPOILERS PLEASE.)

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Reread. Because it's that time of year.
snickfic: Gamora profile (mcu)
Written for [livejournal.com profile] avengersfest! Schmoopy team gen. :D

Good Eats (2647 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drax the Destroyer & Gamora & Groot & Peter Quill & Rocket Raccoon
Characters: Gamora (Marvel), Groot (Marvel), Drax the Destroyer, Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon
Additional Tags: Found Family, Food, Family Feels
Summary:

Everyone has a favorite food from when they were young. Gamora just doesn't remember hers.

snickfic: black and white image of Sidney Crosby, text "Crosby" (sid)
It's been a quiet summer, fic-wise, so this one's a little shorter than usual.

7 fics old and new for your perusal )
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
A reminder that the hockey RPF comm on Imzy is still going, although it's quieted down somewhat after the initial burst of enthusiasm. But there's still at least one post to the comm most days, ready for discussion, and I still have invites for thems that want 'em.

TRICK OR TREAT. [community profile] trickortreatex is pretty much my favorite exchange these days - I've done it all three years. You can request/offer both fic and art if you want, and the minimum for fic is only 300 words. SUPER LOW STRESS. I usually try to write a bunch of treats, too, because like, 300 words is nothing. I can do that, right? And the tag set seems particularly delicious this year. COME PLAY. Come ask for hockey so I can treat you.

books read

Sep. 8th, 2016 10:46 am
snickfic: girl reading on bench (mood reading)
The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge. A girl and her family go to live on a desolate island off of England, and the girl determines to salvage her father's unfairly tainted scientific reputation. This didn't hit my iddy spots quite as hard or delight me quite as much as Cuckoo Song, but it was still very good. I love how complicated Hardinge's relationships are and how no one is ever as good or as bad as they seem - which is very much one of the themes in this book.

The Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells. In a land of many and varied humanoid species, a winged loner stumbles across the first one of his kind that he's met since he was a child and gets embroiled in winged politics. Someone told me this author wrote fic before she went pro and I was like "YUP, MAKES SENSE," because she knows to punch the id buttons like a fic writer. But also politics! Fighting! Romance (that made me cry on an airplane)! This is the first of a series, and I look forward to reading more.

The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon. A story about several women a century apart and their experiences in a possibly-haunted old farmhouse in Vermont. I loved so much about this - the varied female cast, the setting, the careful peeling back of layers as we discover what happened. I wanted something spooky with a legit supernatural element, and this totally delivers.

HOWEVER. spoilers )

Dreamships, by Melissa Scott. 90s SF about AI and spaceships and stuff. I got recced this one for canon gay, but honestly I got 50 pages in and gave up because I found it such a slog. Too much tell instead of show in the narrative, and so much very dull worldbuilding exposition. It was like it was trying to be cyberpunk but didn't have the chops.
snickfic: by <user name=toreadabook site=livejournal.com> (mood horror)
(Yes, I know, this is ridiculously early. I'M EXCITED, OKAY. Done with tweaking as of 9/19.)

YAY, I’ve done this exchange for the last couple of years and am super excited to do it again. I hope you are also excited! I tried to include both fluffy/sexy prompts and horror prompts for each character/fandom I requested. However, they’re just ideas, so if you have something else you’d like to write or draw related to my requested characters, feel free! I've also included lists of stuff I like in general, to help inspire you.

I have fewer horror prompts than sexy/fluffy prompts, but that's just because I had a harder time thinking of prompts. Please be assured I would be delighted by horror fic or art! Below I’ve included some general types of horror I like, though, so maybe that will help inspire you.

general likes/dislikes )

Hockey RPF )

MCU )

Buffy the Vampire Slayer )

Supernatural )

Karen Memory )

Stranger Things (TV 2016) )

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