st_aurafina: Shaw in Relevance, with golden lights (POI: Shaw fancy)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 52k
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch/John Reese, Harold Finch/Grace Hendricks, John Reese/Mark Snow, Michael Cole, Robert Hersh, Joss Carter, Kara Stanton, The Machine, Bear
Warnings/Content: Sentinel/Guide AU, mind-bonding, show level violence, show level torture, emotional hurt/comfort, canon character death (Michael Cole). Some Mark/John dubcon in chapters 4 and 5. Follows some events from Ep 1.10 Number Crunch, Ep 1.23 Firewall and 2.16 Relevance.
Notes: Written for [community profile] wipbigbang 2017.

Thank you to my amazing betas: [personal profile] lilacsigil and [personal profile] musyc. You guys were awesome and got me from "I want to write POI Sentinel/Guide fic with soft face touching" to actually getting it posted.

Title is from the Elton John song. ("Subway's no way for a good man to go down.")

Summary: In 2001, Harold advised on a project called Cascade, not knowing he was a Guide himself. Years later, he and John, a Sentinel on the run from Cascade, must help Shaw, who has just lost her own Guide when the Project turned on her. Complicating matters is Root, searching for Harold's Machine and interfering with their rescue of Shaw.

Also at the Archive

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Epilogue
beatrice_otter: Vader and Leia (Vader and Leia)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
I bought a vid at the Vividcon Auction, from the lovely and talented [personal profile] grammarwoman! My music tastes are eclectic and nonstandard (basically, everything BUT modern popular pop/rock and modern country--it's not that I don't like them, it's that it all tends to blend together and sound the same), and I don't vid, which means there are a lot of songs that I think would make AWESOME fanvids that I know nobody will ever make, sigh.  (Okay, some of them might get made.  I'm actually surprised that nobody's done a Spock vid to The Logical Song by Supertramp, or a Goa'uld vid to Jeepers Creepers by Louis Armstrong.  Others ... I might think a werewolf vid to the old Big Band classic "Moonlight Becomes You So" would be hilarious, but I doubt anybody else would think it was funny enough to spend the time and effort to make, particularly given that it's a slow song and most vids are done to upbeat/fast songs.)

Anyway, I have a number vid ideas that will never get made if I don't pay someone else to do it, and so I'm always on the lookout for vid auctions featuring vidders offering those sources that I think would do a creditable job with the idea.  Which is how I bidded on (and ended up winning) [personal profile] grammarwoman's services to make a Star Wars fanvid to that old American Civil War hit, "That's What's the Matter."  And she did a really great job, and the vid is SO FUNNY.  You have to go see.

Title: That's What's the Matter
Source: Star Wars movies (Rogue One, Episodes IV-VII)
Music: "That's What's the Matter", Stephen Foster
Vid Download Link: 183 MB m4v file at Sendspace (If you'd like it in a different format, let me know.)

AO3 link.
DW link.

Summary: The Empire would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling Rebels and incompetent Imperial officers.
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
Every year, Uncanny Magazine does a special "Destroy Science Fiction!" issue. (Women Destroy Science Fiction! Queers Destroy Science Fiction! People of Color Destroy Science Fiction!") This year, it's "Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction!"

The issue itself isn't out yet, but many of the personal essays about disability and science fiction are available for free on the Kickstarter page. They're all good, and you should totally check them out.  Here are some of my faves:

K.C. Alexander, We Are Not Your Backstories:
Science fiction shapes generations—how we think, the way we act. It influences the careers we choose and our thirst for knowledge. It cautions against the worst of our impulses, and quietly teaches us empathy. Without knowing it, we are slowly acclimated to people and beliefs that live outside our rigid monocultures.
A.T. Greenblatt, The Stories We Find Ourselves In:
So, I'll let you in on a secret, the thing I've learned about having a life-long disability, the thing that lots of stories never quite grasp: The real trick, the true solution to a disability, is to find a balance between your abilities and your goals.
Michael Merriam, We Are Not Daredevil. Except When We Are Daredevil:
I live in this world. I can't toss my white cane aside when I need to spring into action: the cane goes with me everywhere. I travel around my city on public transportation. My other senses are not supernaturally sharper because I am blind. I simply pay better attention to those other senses. It's a learned skill. I live within my blindness every day, and I want to read about fictional characters who also live with and within their blindness.

 

Marissa Lingen, Malfunctioning Space Stations:
I have a major balance disorder. When I am awake and able to use all my senses, I can reason out the vertical. If you make me close my eyes, I can still get it to within about five degrees of the correct answer if I'm sitting still on a firm surface. If I’ve got a squishy surface, motion, or other things confusing my senses, doubtful. Asleep? All bets are off. I literally do not know which way is up.

Since I have read and written science fiction for decades, what my sleeping brain knows to do with this much disorientation is to process it into a malfunctioning space station. And so I dream. Occasionally my dreams veer into carnival rides, roller coasters, giant swooping swings. But that is someone else's genre. This is mine.

H. Ace Ratcliff, Nihil de Nobis, Sine Nobis:
I narrowly avoided the temptation to throw my Kindle and watch the book shatter into a million plastic pieces. If it had been a printed paperback, I’m positive I would be able to show you the dent in the wall. “For the record,” I tweeted out to the hashtags The Expanse was using, “you can be a fucking Valkyrie in a goddamn wheelchair.” I can assure you that any human with the wherewithal, sheer willpower, and pain tolerance to put her skeleton back into place on an hourly basis absolutely deserves a place in any mythological pantheon.
Day Al-Mohamed, The Stories We Tell and the Amazon Experiment:
As an example, I once asked a room full of authors what their response would be if I asked them to make the protagonist in their current Work-in-Progress a woman – most nodded, yesses were heard around the room. Then I asked if they could make their character a person of color – again, nods around the room. Then I asked if they would make the character disabled – silence. The discomfort was palpable. In theory diversity and disability was great to include in fiction but when it came to implementation, they couldn’t easily connect disability with their protagonist. They had trouble adjusting to the practical reality of disability existing outside of the boxes they knew. This is why 134 stories on Amazon could be broken down into five story categories.
Ada Hoffman, Everything Is True: A Non-Neurotypical Experience with Fiction:
When I read #ownvoices autistic characters, I often think the authors have had that same feeling. Many of these characters have devoted family, friends, romantic partners, even when the world at large is awful to them. Most of them first have to overcome a broken relationship with themselves. To learn to believe that they're worthy as they are.

With autistic characters written by NT authors, it often feels like everyone is tired of their shit from the start.

You don't have to be tough. People sometimes say things like, "If you can be discouraged from writing, you should be," and use that as a way to justify being unkind to people who are tender. I don't think it's meant as a cudgel against disabled people specifically, but it can function as one. If you doubt your abilities, if you are sometimes crushed, if you feel like an impostor—that's fine. It's normal. If only tough people wrote stories, then we'd only have their perspectives, and we would lose all the things other people—you—have to offer.
Haddayr Copley-Woods, Move Like You're From Thra, My People:
I was glad I didn’t have this unfortunate internalized disableism stilling my movements, but I didn’t know why I’d found it so easy to make the switch until I sat down with my little boys to watch The Dark Crystal, which I hadn’t watched in decades.

I didn’t know. It took my breath away. The reason why I am fine with moving like this, the reason I am fine with people staring and why I love myself this way, is because of The Dark Crystal.

 

The issue is more than fully funded, right now they're adding content left and right as more people pledge, and if they get to $45k (they're at $39,425 with 9 days left to go) they'll do a hardcopy of it for supporters pledging $50 or more.

Crisis Core - thoughts etc

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:53 pm
batman: Cloud Strife and Zack Fair from Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (living legacy)
[personal profile] batman
I literally just finished Crisis Core! It's been sitting in my backlog since about 2009, so you know, eight years after I bought it isn't too bad, right?

What with the LOVELESS quotes and the misuse of the word honour, it's little wonder Sephiroth decided to hang with his alien mother and destroy humanity. )

In terms of backlog statistics:
  • 103 games in my backlog
  • 15 games left before I hit 50% backlog
  • It will apparently take me 175 days and 13 hours to complete my backlog according to How Long to Beat.
I haven't worked out what's next, so if anyone wants to choose my next games for me, let me know!

Persona 3 - thoughts etc

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:06 am
batman: Female MC from Persona 3 (burned my bread)
[personal profile] batman
Yesterday I finished Persona 3: Portable! I played as the female MC because a) I felt like it; b) I played as the male MC when the game came out; and c) I wanted to see if I can bang all the dudes. Turns out, everyone is Minako's bro except for the robot and the ladykiller exchange student. Fitting, really!

Making friends so that you can make even more powerful fragments of your subconscious! )

Next up: the post about Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star, finishing off Crisis Core, and then deciding what to play next. I'm so close to getting under 100 games in my backlog!

Sticker sheets of kisses to press

Aug. 12th, 2017 04:35 pm
st_aurafina: Shaw in Relevance, with golden lights (POI: Shaw fancy)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
I got my 50K fic off to my second beta/ameripicker. I feel weird. I, uh, finished something. It's due to be posted on the 15th. What even?

Interesting things I didn't realise until I had to edit 50K of my own writing )

I have actually written a lot of things this year!

Tinee Linkspam:
- via [personal profile] musesfool, OPI summer challenge
Leave prompts! (Please leave some more POI prompts!)
- From Facebook, Clydesdale foal leaves the stable for the first time - tinee leggy baby, big world, what do? How do you even horse?
- Also from Facebook, this terrible curse upon some burglars. CW: creepy doll faces
- From my local paper, big news in this part of the world: Giant puzzle solved. (The puzzle is literally a puzzle.)
- From McSweeney's via [personal profile] kalloway, I’m a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech. (Rolling my eyes right out of my head at that google dude.)
- From My Modern Met, What Happens When a Bird’s Wings Sync Up Perfectly with a Camera’s Frame Rate. (I have dreams where stuff like this happens, like where the laws of physics are apparently broken)
- Free crochet pattern: Stingray purse or pal (I'm not sure why not both? I could be pals with a purse.)

Root/Shaw things from my endless tumblr wanderings while I was writing 50k of fic:
- Silver Lining - a Root/Shaw doujinshi. Pls pls [personal profile] lilacsigil, read this to me?
- POI OST You Are Being Watched - this is brilliant. Gifs from the final scene over the score for the theme.
- Winter Soldier!Shaw is kinda… Swol - I am all over this idea as an AU.

Lake Betty

Aug. 10th, 2017 12:55 pm
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[personal profile] rathany
I am going to be posting my trip stuff waaaay out of order. These are some pics from the tag end of my Crater Lake trip. I am glad I went when I did! Crater Lake is under a level 1 evacuation order due to wildfire smoke. You can still be there during a Level 1, but you need to be constantly prepped to bug out. Also, the views are smoky right now, and not in a cool way. They may need to do some big fire breaks to try to contain the fire. They can't use water from most sources to douse fires in the area. I may have seen the fire being lit by the lighting strikes while I was there.

Anyway, this post isn't about that big lake, it's about a small one I found delaying my return to the city.

I was a good chunk of the way back towards I-5 when I decided that I really had no reason to get home while it was still light out. The next day I would have a fuzzy to worry about, but not that day!

I turned off on a side road that said it was to Lake Waldo. Lake Waldo turned out to be really, really far down the road. So, I pulled over to have some food and figure out what to do next.

The wide shoulder I pulled off had this sign:




I am not usually one for going on random trails alone, but at this point I have to do some solo exploring or I will never get out and do any. I walked for a bit and decided I'd gone far enough down a trail I knew nothing about. I rested on a log and was sure I heard water. So, I went just a bit further and saw this:



It's a really easy hike down to a nicely isolate lake. There was a path around it, but I will do that another day.

I just hung out there for a bit. I tried to do the whole 'picture with my feet in it' thing but my legs are short:



I always try for those shots, but they rarely work for me.

That trail was pretty much the ideal little adventure.

I'd love to get back out there, maybe some day trips, but cat, wildfires and the coming tourists hoards make it a bad plan. Oh yeah and I should move to the new place at a point. (still no date on possession.)
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[personal profile] chicago_ruth
I've gotten derailed from being productive by video games.

If you're at all interested in JRPGs and own a PS4 or a gaming computer, I do recommend Tales of Berseria (with a few caveats).
Tales of Berseria )

After I beat Berseria, I got nostalgic and decided to replay Tales of the Abyss.

Tales of the Abyss spoilers )

Does anybody else like the Tales games? I'd love to chat about them. :)

I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU GOTHAM

Nov. 6th, 2016 11:37 pm
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[personal profile] ragless
Nope that's it
that's the entry
As much as I'm still terribly fucked up over the death of one Mr. Snart, and how having him be in your episode by recording new flashbacks appeases me in NO WAY WHAT SOEVER (now I'm just more mad)
I am still so gleefully proud of Gotham waving it's pride flag high.

Wow

......

who knows how long this has been in my drafts? most certainly more than 6 months... let's backdate this lady!
st_aurafina: Shaw's face, the lower half. Text = indigo five alpha (POI: Indigo five alpha)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: What'd You Expect Fairies to Do?
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 249
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Wingfic, Fairies (but not tooth fairies)
Notes: For [community profile] 15kisses, prompt = Wings. Originally posted at FFA.

Summary: Root knew it would be amazing when she and Shaw finally got together, but this exceeded even her expectations.

Also at the Archive

They finally had a chance to tear off each other's clothes )