I'm having thoughts about serial fic.

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:52 pm
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So, back in 2014, I posted about my experience with writing a 12-chapter serial fic, and concluded, basically, that it's not for me. I did it once, and I might try it again, I thought, purposefully – to use the lessons I learned the first time around.

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. )

But you know, I went back and read that post and the comments from the last time I talked about serials, and there was this in the comments from [personal profile] nagasvoice: What I'm wondering: If you give a warning note for it, would it be okay with the community to fix larger problems? Is anybody going to hate it if you edit earlier chapters when you've run into snags that need changing?


So much blather under here (including spoilers for the story, FYI)! )

And final thoughts about serials – which amounts to basically 'I have changed my mind, and only partially because SPN is a fandom of serials.' )

So what do y'all think? Still feel the same about serials? Have different thoughts? Don’t really care one way or another?

*chinhands* Come talk to me.
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anti-Trump ritual: personal mod

Feb. 24th, 2017 04:43 pm
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modified anti-Trump banishing ritual, to be done at midnight EST on the waning moon: Feb 24, March 26, April 24, May 23, ect.

-bowl of witch hazel and water
-bowl of blessed thistle and soil
-bowl with a feather and incense dust
-lit white candle
-candle dyed orange with cinnamon and turmeric, inscribed with his name
-Tower tarot card


earth, air, fire, water
And spirits of the ancestors

I call upon you
To bind
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm

To any human soul
Nor any tree
or Sea

Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies

bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity

(invert Tower tarot card beneath the orange candle)

in my name

In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Streams, deserts,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
And Liberty
And Love

And Equality
And Peace

Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness
Bind them in chains

So mote it be! So mote it be! So mote it be!
You're FIRED!

just so you know (LOL)

Feb. 24th, 2017 03:23 pm
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And then... there was no snow!

Mind you, they've had a foot or more down in Rochester and Owatonna.

I expected we'd get three to five inches, and since my car was in a very good parking spot I thought, ok, just leave it there and take the bus. But what the hell?, no snow at all? Why bother! No bus.

The things on my to do list? All done .. well, except for one 'email to a visitor.' He's a local, so the email is to encourage him to come to our prospective student event.

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Posted by Amanda

Devil in Spring
A | BN | K | iB
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Head to Avon Romance’s LisaLand to roll the dice and enter a part of Lisa Kleypas’s world! The roll of the dice will take you to one of four websites. The sites will have Kleypas “flip cards,” which hold the answers to a Kleypas quiz! The dice could also take you to one of two prize pages, where you can enter to win either a gift card or the entire Ravenel series! For more on Lisa’s latest novel, DEVIL IN SPRING, visit Avon Romance. To find out more about the amazing Lizzie Magie, check out her profile in The New York Times.

LisaLand game board


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Feb. 24th, 2017 10:20 am
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I Puritani by Bellini, staged by the Met

Look, we already know I don't give a shit about most 19th century opera, this is not news. The first act of I Puritani was a total snoozefest of moderately unlikeable characters, tepid plot twists, and attractive but not particularly character-driven bel canto vocal lines. And so I decided to skip out on the second and third acts, which according to the summary in the playbill were "Act II: Totally misogynistic mad scene" and "Act III: Surprise! Everything works out in the end".

Just to fill out the post, thoughts on the new season at the Met: I was terribly excited to learn that Luis Bunuel's puzzlingly surreal and emotionally complex film El Angel Exterminador had been adapted as an opera and would be staged by the Met... until I learned that Thomas Ades was the composer. [personal profile] freeradical42 and I skipped the second half of his Tempest because we were so annoyed by the way he'd simplified Shakespeare's characterizations, and I did make it through his Powder Her Face, but it was an endurance feat. Maybe the third time's the charm, but I'm not super thrilled about the prospect of seeing him ruin another favorite text.

I'm amused but unsurprised that the Met is already staging a new Tosca, and that their advertising is highlighting its similarities to the Zeffirelli Tosca. Never change, Met. Never change. I am a little... regretful... that I have not seen the current, much-maligned Tosca production and have now missed my shot, but on the other hand, me and Puccini never get along.

And I am very intrigued by the new production of Cosi fan tutte, set at Coney Island? That has the prospect of being a total blast to watch.

Friday Favs 2/24/17

Feb. 24th, 2017 02:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Some of my favorite new submissions this week:


I won't tell you how long I thought this was a sideways H:


I also won't tell you how long I stared at this one:

...before John finally pointed to the post-it.


However, I *will* tell you John spent the same amount of time thinking this was a perfectly nice cake, and wondering why Natasha sent it in:

So clearly we're still meant for each other.



Thanks to Katelyn W., Michelle D., & Natasha P. for seeing how many of us had our coffee this morning. Also, there's no WAY that's an H on #2. NO WAY.


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continuing the meme

Feb. 24th, 2017 08:31 am
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5 things I’m currently into

I can't particularly say I'm into anything particular these days. No fandoms, for instance. I'm memorizing poetry, but that's become a habit. Genealogy is a compulsion. Reviewing Italian has become kind of an unpleasant compulsion (subjunctives!). I suppose reading books mentioned on Tea or Books? might count, but that's just a variation on a life-long habit. The next grand sumo basho is coming up, that could count I suppose.

5 things on my to-do list (work)

hotel reservations (prospective students)
email two visitors
check, scan and upload DDF applications
send out progress report forms
respond to email about reinstatement after leave


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