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Kitchen Demolition Derby
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 1 (complete)
Word count: 1133

:: Set in the Berettafly Garden stories section of Polychrome Heroics. Anything I say to explain this part is spoiler for the next, so try to enjoy it as an atypical moment in the series, with promises of more to come, very soon! ::



Haruko carried the lidded container full of fruit salad under one arm, holding the door for George as she maneuvered the glass baking dish sideways through the first cycle of the air cleaning process used in Ashley's new living quarters. “Hey, Ashley,” the young man began, then froze. His last step bumped against George's back as the elderly woman shook her head, making the sapphire blue tips of the bone-white layered cut dance around her face.

“What happened?” George wondered aloud in her rusty voice, “And has anybody called SPOON yet?”

“Why would--?” Haruko began. Then, he caught a glimpse of Ashley's side of the Hab. Bits of popcorn decorated every horizontal surface. A cluster of pale white kernels nested on the brim of Ashley's top hat, even as she glared at the partially dismantled air-popping machine set on the counter which formed the lower half of the barricade between the sections.

“Wow,” he breathed, “and I thought my morning sucked!”

Ashley pointed at the kitchen appliance, torn between laughing and scowling at it. “This one's not my fault,” she insisted. “I'm not sure why the machine isn't working the way the instructions say it should, and it's only been out of the box about ten minutes!” She leaned her right shoulder against the window.

“Just push the mess out of the way,” George suggested. “Right now, there's fresh, hot food, nothing's on fire, and it certainly doesn't sound like you exploded the popcorn machine.”
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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] janetmiles, LJ user Paantha, and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "platonic" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest, the "injury" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir fest, and the "nonsexual intimacy" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem includes some intense topics.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  There are trust issues, emotional angst, physical abuse, other hints of past trauma, delicate interpersonal negotiations, messy medical details, ambivalent feelings about touch, and other challenges.  If these are sensitive matters for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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china_shop: A manip of Neal gazing adoringly at El and her smiling at him, from 2.10 (WC - Neal/Elizabeth heart)
878 words, Elizabeth/Neal(/Peter), G-rated. Written for round 2 of [livejournal.com profile] runthecon (one of those get-tagged-and-write-in-24-hours comms). Stands alone, but can also be read as a missing scene to The Love Nest.

Summary: El has misgivings.

This Complicated Modern Life (on AO3)

(I wrote a thing!)

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Feb. 9th, 2016 12:06 pm[personal profile] telophase
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Program books are here. Guess it's a con!

writing thoughts

Feb. 9th, 2016 08:44 am[personal profile] serpentine
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Thinking of posting some of my writing in public to at least give people a feeling for my writing.

I'll be continuing to work in the universe that the Starikov Chronicles takes place in, though the whole thing needs a new name because it's not just about the Starikov family anymore.

I also have some short story ideas, though at one of them is probably going to be kept back for submissions. And I'm working on an urban fantasy detective universe, though it's really only in the brainstorming period because I need to do some research into things. At least I'm choosing a city I have some familiarity with to place it in.
lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 37 (PGSM 37)Plot Recap: Mamoru has voluntarily let himself be kidnapped by Beryl. She’s murdered Nephrite and Princess Serenity took over Usagi’s senshi form.

Also, Venus/Minako is dying — maybe Venus is in control of Minako and she doesn’t realise it because it’s been so long/they were similar people already anyway — and Mars is potentially Done with this shit.

No Kamekichi has been sighted in the last either either.

Alsoalso! I use a lot of all-caps this time around. You have been warned.

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Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.

ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aldersprig and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "candlelight" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

Note: This poem consists entirely of hawt lesbian action. If that's not something you're into, you can skip it without missing any of the serial plot. They're married, everyone already knew they're having sex.

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Feb. 8th, 2016 06:45 pm[personal profile] telophase
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Why do I keep running into references to the Defenstration of Prague today? I just checked on Wikipedia, and it's not the anniversary of either of them...

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Paantha and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "trusting" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest, and the "vampires" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Warning: Although the tone of this poem is largely sweet, it is also quite intense and contains some things that not everyone enjoys. Highlight to see the details, some of which are spoilers. Two sections explore relations between Igor and Victor, then Csilla with Dénes and Dorottya. There are messy medical details, radical trust, deep intimacy, emotional surrender, some internal and interpersonal angst, demisexual challenges, vampire feeding, and other interesting stuff. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Magpie Monday

Feb. 8th, 2016 01:37 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today with a theme of "disaster or opportunity."  Drop by and leave her some prompts!  Donations are also encouraged, as she has some major ongoing medical expenses to cope with.

On the up side... Amsterdam!

Feb. 8th, 2016 06:38 pm[personal profile] naraht
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By way of consoling myself for the below, I've finally booked a long-intended long weekend in Amsterdam... less than two weeks away!

I'm a devotee of Seat 61 and had long been fascinated by its description of the overnight ferry journey from London to Amsterdam. You can leave London after work, pay £49 for the ferry plus £32 for an apparently lovely cushy cabin, be in Amsterdam the next morning, and then do the same in reverse on Sunday evening to be back for a Monday morning. And did I mention that the ticket includes the train from London to Harwich as well? Why do more people not do this, and rave about it?

I could possibly be as excited about the ferry as I am about the visit. But likely that will change once I get there.

Does anyone have some good tips for Amsterdam? I don't think I happen to know people in the area but if you do happen to be there, I'd love to meet up. If not, I promise to think of you fondly while at your favourite restaurant or sight...

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Feb. 8th, 2016 11:44 am[personal profile] telophase
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So. Big, floppy hats for hiding from the sun, which will shade my face and the back of my neck. Note that I live in a hot climate, will be vacationing in a hot climate in the near future, and sweat a lot in the sun, so hats that show sweat stains are out.

Possibles:

San Diego Hat Company hat: http://www.zappos.com/product/8690752/color/19

Vince Camuto hat: http://www.zappos.com/product/8657404/color/3

I like this Hat Attack hat, but do not like the $90 price: http://www.zappos.com/product/8687184/color/3876

Lane Bryant hat: http://www.lanebryant.com/plus-size-accessories/scarves-hats/floppy-sun-hat/15834c18625p230184/index.pro

This Coolibar hat claims it's packable, which is good: http://amzn.to/1W7jUEs

I like the idea of being able to tie a scarf around it, thought I'm not sure I like this hat: http://amzn.to/1olrFMk

But this one's kinda nice: http://amzn.to/1Qng99E

Any other suggestions?
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
Welcome to the February Magpie Monday! Today's theme is “Disaster, or opportunity?” No one's life goes perfectly all the time, but when things go wrong, that's when the storytelling starts.

Drop a note with at least one prompt, I'll write at least 500 words in reply, and send your prompt to you (for long ones, I'll ask for an email address instead of trying to divide a long item into several private messages). Boost the signal and I'll add another hundred words for each. If this is your first prompt, let me know, as your word count doubles.

I'll post a full story for the Magpie as well, so that everyone can enjoy participating.

For this month, I am also hoping for donors. Every penny of tips has gone for medical bills since April 2015, and this pattern will continue for 2016. As a stretch goal for this Magpie, if I reach $40 in donations, I'll post another story.

When I wind down the Magpie (very, very late tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday), I will post the closing announcement on the blog, then take a quick inventory of prompts, fills, and the items still waiting to be finished. I will send a quick note to each prompter to prevent future disaster (like losing a prompt!)

There are a large number of universes available for prompts, or, as always, you can ask for original material. If you're curious about the next steps in Polychrome, or wonder “What's next?” for any character, that's a great starting point.

Let's get this party started!

Magpie Monday is NOW OPEN!

EDITED: Now CLOSED to new prompts, I will be filling and sending prompts on Tuesday, along with posting a freebie for the Magpie.(LIKELY to be Aidan's story!) Thanks for your patience, I will resume as soon as brain functions return in the morning!














lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

Readalong Banner: Tale of Yin by Joyce Chng

This is just a short and quick reminder that if you want to join in with our readalong of Joyce Chng’s The Tale of Yin, the first discussion post will be going up next Monday on February the 15th. You can see the full schedule and more details here.

It’s a duology of two novellas and a set of short stories, so you can probably catch up pretty quickly if you decide to join a little later, but if you were planning to join in from the beginning and haven’t yet acquired your copy, now’s the chance to pick it up!

Happy reading, everyone! I hope to see you all next week for the start of the readalong! ^_^

Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.

lynnoconnacht: A brown-haired girl in a gingham dress looking at the viewer over her shoulder. (!Me blue default)

A blue gradient with a bubbly background and the text "Sea Foam and Silence"Sea Foam and Silence is a free verse webserial that updates in one-poem instalments. After several months of hiatus, February holds a little interlude to bridge the gap between part 1, serialised in 2015, and part 2, which will pick up in April 2016. The interlude updates every Monday until the end of February. You can read the synopsis and the linked Table of Contents for Sea Foam and Silence here.

Our mermaid settles into daily routines with her sisters, but she cannot quite shake her memories of the tall-crabs and when it comes time to hunt… Will our mermaid be able to catch a tall-crab?

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Some time ago, I quit playing certain online MMORPGs. Why? Some of the quest lines made me more than a little uneasy. Some crossed lines by making light of certain kinds of events. Some involved questionable actions the player's avatar must participate in, just to finish the quest.

Frankly, some of the actions made me feel slimy.

Worse, many of them constituted practical examples of war crimes.
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Justified season 5

Feb. 8th, 2016 06:10 pm[personal profile] china_shop
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We finished Justified season 5 last night, gulping down the last four episodes despite my need for an early night (which I managed anyway, somehow, for my own value of "early" \o/).

Plot thing about which I guessed wrong. )

Please, no spoilers for / hints about / reactions to season 6!
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "sharing a bed" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest, and the "talk with a friend" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Book_worm5. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I've been watching a lot of television, lately. It's embarrassing. I should be reading more books or doing more than cursorily scanning the front page of the newspaper. Instead, after work I flip on the set and vegetate for an hour. I hope this doesn't become a habit!

It's certainly not as if TV has gotten significantly better. Mr. Ed, My Sister Eileen, the umpteenth season of the Jack Benny Show, none of these are going to win any awards. On the other hand, The Twilight Zone has already won an award (an Emmy last year), and I'm hoping that my continued watching and review of that show excuses my overindulgence in the others.

(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)

AFKcon returns!

Feb. 7th, 2016 08:29 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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February 20-21, 2016

AFKCON is a small convention for friends (over 18) who love games, comics, movies, books, and more. Offering everything from panels to cosplay, we want to bring the experience of sharing what you love to life.

This year we'll be meeting in Guelph at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre!

We're pioneering a new convention style called a CrowdCon. If you’d like to run an event, demonstration, game, or panel, just log in and check the Events page to sign up today!


I will be participating!
James Nicoll is a book reviewer, blogger, game editor, cat-rescuer, and prior local hobby store owner.

He returns to AFKCON to have the following discussions:
- Tanith Lee and Why people should read her.
- So You're a Reviewer and You Went a Year WIthout Reviewing Women: How to React?
- Things you should never do at a Con or Party: Event Survival Skills 101
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] janetmiles, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "runaway pet" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest, and the "hurt/comfort" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "nonsexual touch" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Astin thread in An Army of One.

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A fairly busy week, but also full of frustration. Both because my bank's transfers to other banks appears to be broken, and because work seems to be two steps forward and one and a half steps back. Grumble.

I have, however, done a decent amount of cleanup in the garage -- mostly a matter of consolidating, but I've eliminated an entire row of boxes, and discarded quite a lot of junk. That must count for something.

You may note, however, that I'm not doing much else -- basically just working, reading, and sleeping. Not terribly exciting. Though I have shifted a lot of my time into the Rainbow Room with Colleen -- apart from the smaller screen it has no disadvantages except when she's watching a video I'm not interested in.

Notes and links, as usual: )

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Poetry Update

Feb. 7th, 2016 04:58 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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"What the Scissors Have Cut Asunder" has been sponsored and will be posted as soon as I have time.

"Massaging the Heart," "How People Always Get Close," "Touch and Come," "The Power of a Touch," and "Wonderful in Its Own Way" have been sent for consideration and are on hold.

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