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May. 1st, 2015 11:46 pm
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Why does the AO3 have such unfortunate timing when it comes to membership drives / calls for donations? It's not that I'm unwilling to support the AO3 financially in principle - quite the contrary; I find it a worthwhile and important project. I have supported the AO3 by donations in the past, and would theoretically be willing to donate again.

BUT.

When the AO3 chooses NOW to proclaim it's trying for 100,000 USD in donations?

During a major and ongoing humanitarian crisis, I find asking for donations for a fan initiative to be horrendously bad timing, to say the least. And I vaguely remember that the last major AO3 call for donations had similarly horrible timing...?
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The Blackhawks play their first second-round game against the Minnesota Wild tonight, and our bakeoff player of the day is center Brad Richards.



Brad hails from the tiny fishing community Murray Harbour on Prince Edward Island, which appears to be known for both fish and potatoes. I made fishcakes first because they combine both of those ingredients, but I didn’t like them much. So instead, I went with:

Prince Edward Island Potato Chocolate Cake



Good luck, Blackhawks!

Check out the Apple Maple Strudel with rum soaked raisins hildesstuff baked for Captain Jonny Toews for the game on April 23rd.

And for the game on April 25th, zao-gao baked delicious Apple Dumplings for manchild Brandon Saad!
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Some pairings have potential names that are just so good.

Consider:
- Loki/Tony = Loony (what could be more fitting?)
- Brienne/Jaime = BJ (well duh)
- Kaner/Tazer = Kata (from a tantric discipline, of course)

Can you think of any others?
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My baking contribution for today's game against the Predators!

Today's player is D-man Kyle Cumiskey.

Kyle Cumiskey

Kyle is from Abbotsford in British Columbia, so I baked a glazed lemon loaf (because the ragingly popular British Columbian Nanaimo bars aren't actually baked).



Lemon cake for the win! :-)
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Would anyone be interested in Playoff Baking for the Blackhawks - that is, baking something for every game they play? I can't bake for every game, so it'd be great to take turns with other crazy baking fans. ;-)

The rules - as set down by [personal profile] fleurrochard and [personal profile] pennyplainknits - are that for each game the Blackhawks play, one player is randomly drawn, and something from their country/region is baked.

[personal profile] fleurrochard and [personal profile] pennyplainknits came up with the idea and are doing the Playoff Bake for the Penguins, and the idea really appeals to me.

(I need a hockey icon.)
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I'm so unenthusiastic about Game of Thrones. I haven't watched the season opener yet, and I'm not really motivated to. None of the characters really interest me right now.

Lots of squee-harshing character-disliking grumping under the cut, including spoilers up to the finale of S4, but not the new S5 ep )

Still... even so, don't spoil me, please.
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If you have fics posted on AO3 or Wattpad, they may have been stolen. A company called ebooks-tree.com is pulling fics from both sites and posting them on their own site. This is completely illegal.

I just found three of my stories on there.

Search for your author name to check if they have anything of yours. If they do, you have the right to make them take your stories down.

Ebooks-tree appears to have bots pulling fics from AO3 so they can post them for download as ebooks.There seems to be no method to which fics they pull; among the stories they stole from me are one of my most popular and one of my most obscure works, and they are in both very popular (X-Men, Supernatural) and almost entirely obscure (Utena) fandoms.

The AO3 has advice on how to get your work removed here. (I don't have the means to provide an e-signature, so I ignored that bit.)

Read their DCMA policy for extra rage: they try intimidation tactics (you probably have no right to complain even if you think you do, and we will sue you!!) and attempt to set the bar for a copyright infringement complaint so high that nobody will do it at all.

I'm going to submit a complaint to the company who hosts the Ebooks-Tree site now...
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Where on earth are all the Keen/Keen fanfic epics I need to read right now?

My god, this relationship has been designed *just for me*. It is so fucked up. Tom's entire life is so fucked up. There are so many identity and trust issues. And they want each other so badly even so. I love it.

The rest of the show is kinda boring, and Reddington annoys me. Also, I really really REALLY need that tattoo on Tom's neck to go away. I mean, IMMEDIATELY.
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Before the next ep of Grimm airs, let me just say some things.

spoilers under the cut )

Please don't spoil me for future eps, including today's! I don't watch sneak peeks and interviews.
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So basically, the only reason I'm still watching Blacklist is the blind hope that Tom will return soon, and he and Elizabeth can resume their fucked-up love affair. All that other stuff that keeps happening is starting to annoy me for taking up so much time. Come on, people. Where's Tom??

I am so predictable. ;-)
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Massive spoilers for the season finale of How to Get Away With Murder.  )

Has anyone but me been watching this? You should check it out, if you haven't already! This is a brilliant show. I loved the characterizations shift throughout the seasons, the utterly believable way the ducklings fell further and further into the dark spiral that started with the initial crime, all certainties, morals and inhibitions peeling away one by one. And I loved seeing how this revealed more of the essential people beneath all the trappings of upbringing and society.

It suceeded better with some characters than others, of course. It surprised me that next to Connor, my favorites ended up being Michaela and (of all people) Asher, as well as Bonnie.

I really hope this great show gets renewed! Any news on that yet?
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Apparently, Fox is bringing back The X-Files, and have Duchovny and Anderson locked down - as well as Chris Carter.

So do they plan to pick up where they left off at the end of the trainwreck, or simply retcon that BS out of existence and start an entirely new trainwreck?

In short:

Amazon

Dec. 28th, 2014 02:55 pm
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My books are now available on Amazon! :-)

To be exact, they've been available since just before Christmas, but I was too exhausted to post about it, and then went away for the holiday.

I suspect I should be cool and professional about this, but I am just ridiculously excited. (I already got a five-star review for Love for the Cold-Blooded! Wheee!)

Ahem. ;-)

My next move will be to make the books available on Smashwords and B&N, and to put out paperback versions of Love for the Cold-Blooded and Learning How to Lose, in Six Easy Steps.

Also, if you were wondering (worrying?), no, I don't actually intend to cross-post everything on my author website and this journal. *g* So if you want to know all the details - say, about book promotions, and what gave me the idea to write about part-time evil minions accidentally dating socially awkward superheroes, and all that kind of thing - come find me over there, or on Facebook.

Titles!

Dec. 17th, 2014 03:20 pm
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So, I have the covers for "Learning How to Lose" - and a color dilemma! Please give me your cover opinions, Obi-Wan Friendslist...

I can't make polls on DW, but I have one here on LJ, and would be grateful for your opinion! Or just leave a comment, that works too. :-)

Cover images behind the cut! )

Big News!

Dec. 4th, 2014 11:32 pm
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Later this month, I'm going to self-publish three m/m novels under the pen name Alex Gabriel. Two of the novels may look familiar to you, though they've been thoroughly overhauled; they're "Learning How to Lose" and "First Contact". One is brand spanking new, and is called "Love for the Cold-Blooded, or: The Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero".

I am ridiculously excited, and somewhat terrified.

My website's here, if you're interested. I'm planning to post there about topics loosely related to writing and reading. If that sounds like it might be your thing, please swing by! I'd love to see you there. (Also, if you do drop by, please tell me what you think. I'd very much appreciate a heads-up on anything you feel could be improved. This includes the book blurbs.*)

I'm also on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr as Alex Gabriel; the links are all on the website. I haven't really had time to do much of anything there, though, including find anyone. Not to mention that I'm still learning the ropes when it comes to the care and feeding of Facebook... but if you're hanging out thereabouts too, I'd love to meet up. :-)


* Full disclosure: Blurbs are the invention of the devil. Or perhaps a demon who didn't so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards.
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Slash fans, what is your preferred term for that part of the anatomy frequently featured in m/m sex scenes that is not the throbbing jade tower of desire?

- opening
- ass
- anus
- crinkled pink pucker of earthy delight
- ...?

Personally, I tend to feel that anus is too medical, ass only fits very specific character voices and contexts, and anything longer than one word is overthinking it. But that's just me! What about you?

Tell me! Inquiring minds, and all that. ;-)
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Want some lovely fannish gifts? Want to make other fans happy? Check out this small pan-fannish gift exchange! Since it's specifically about small gifts, it doesn't require much time or effort, but it's a lot of fun.


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Lately I've been feeling like a pack of wild wolves are chasing me through the woods. Perhaps I should not sign up for Yuletide and add another wolf to the pack.

But... who would request the Dubious Dentists? Or rather the ZAP Dental Ads, as they are now more formally known...

Scandal S1

Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:57 am
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Started watching Scandal (which [personal profile] giandujakiss has mentioned favorably so often that I had to check it out *g*) and like it quite a bit. I do have some issues with S1 that I am going to mention, however, because it will make me feel better, and also because maybe someone will want to talk with me about them. :-)

Spoilers for all of S1 under the cut! )

Anyone else watching this? What do you guys think?

(I'm presently starting in on S2, so please don't spoil me!)
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So, I bought a set of socks with the days of the week written on them... and not only am I not wearing them on the correct days, but I am actually mixing up the days in the pairs. On any given Thursday, my left foot could be lingering on in Tuesday while my right foot has skipped ahead to Saturday.

I am such a rebel, you guys.

In other news, RL has been insane and filled with horrible administrative tasks. Possibly this is the cause of my crazed glee at time travel through days of the week socks.

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