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Come in, please, come in. I can’t entertain you shipboard as I once could, but there is tea and plenty of food, and I understand you’ve done well for yourself at the gambling tables. I suppose I can afford to lose a little now and then. My late first husband was a wealthy man and I magnified his wealth – well, you know how.

I think there should be discipline in everything, you know, even lawlessness. When I ruled the sea and the Red Flag Fleet, no one disobeyed me. Literally. Those who did were beheaded. But, on the other hand, I think my rule was mainly benificent. Did you know I forbade those under my command to steal from villagers who supplied us? That only made sense, of course. Death was also the sentence for any assault on a female captive. One makes these laws when one grows up as I did.

I also insisted that anything taken from town or ship was to be presented, registered, and given out amongst all – oh, the original taker got a percentage, and twenty percent is better than nothing, you know. That’s how you keep a sailor happy.

My dear second husband, he also issued some laws, I suppose, but they weren’t written down or very well enforced. What were they? Who knows. What does it matter? My laws were what mattered.

Eventually, of course, it became easier just to tax the local cities than to keep sacking them. Nicer for all concerned and not so much work for us. Bureaucracy will have its day, sooner or later, always.

That is how I came to be here, you know; several years ago, after I defeated their entire Navy, the government offered amnesty to pirates. Well they might; what other option did they have? But I was wealthy, so why should I continue to work when I was no longer a criminal? It was in 1810 that I left crime behind forever and opened this little gambling house. Here I am content, you know, and I think I will be until I die. Hopefully not for a long, long time!

Oh, I am called many things. I was born Shi Xianggu, and I am called Cheng I Sao, sometimes, but mostly I am known as Ching Shih – the Widow Ching, wife of two pirates, but a pirate empress myself.

(After all, it’s Talk Like A Pirate day, not Talk Like Every Pirate day. I chose Ching Shih.)

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Sep. 18th, 2017 07:45 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Before we start, a quick note because I've had a handful of issues with this lately -- if you want to bring a cause to my attention the best way to go about it is to fill out the Radio Free Monday form (also linked from the sidebar of my tumblr page). It's not just that I might not see a post tagged to me or that it saves me a ton of time, but also that it makes sure I get the information I need to describe the situation, link the appropriate pages, and name and gender people correctly.

The form doesn't ask many questions, doesn't pull any metadata (literally it doesn't even record the date you entered the information), and is as anonymous as you want it to be -- there are options for complete or partial anonymity for the person submitting the item.

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] prismatic-bell linked to a fundraiser for Congregation Beth Yeshurun and their attached day school, which were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, which hit two Jewish neighborhoods in Houston especially hard. The families are currently attending Temple Brith Israel, and the children from the day school have had to scatter among several schools temporarily. You can read more about the damage here, reblog here, give directly to the rebuilding fund, or purchase toys and learning materials or replacement books for the school directly through Amazon.

[tumblr.com profile] reesa-chan is preparing for surgery and gathering supplies to make recovery go as smoothly as possible, but they're coming up short on a few things and surgery is looming. They have a Amazon Wishlist available here and have their paypal giving page here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] poplitealqueen, who is trying to help her mother get some experimental medical treatment which might allow her mobility without the use of a wheelchair. You can read more and reblog here (including links at the top to Patreon and Ko-fi) or give directly to their Ko-Fi here.

[tumblr.com profile] quinfirefrorefiddle linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] niines9s, who is trying to escape an abusive home and needs funding for housing after graduation. They are offering commissions and also taking donations; you can read more, reblog, and find paypal information at their post.

Anon linked to news about a Christian group, Faithfully LGBT, who are fundraising to aid transgender people with gender-confirming surgeries as a way of atoning for religious discrimination against transgender people. You can read and reblog the story here or give directly to the Tithe Campaign here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

News To Know:

Anon linked to a post called Saving Your Grades From A Mental Health Crisis, which is about what to do if you're in college and dealing with mental illness.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

to do: for Melb

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:43 am
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- book the Dior exhibit for Monday or Wednesday, work out how to get there
- see if L wants to go see Much Ado at the Melbourne Popup Globe (otherwise just arrange to meet for munchies)
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My fic for Franzi and Gecko's fic exchange - a small friends-oriented exchange. You would not believe how many times I rewrote this assignment before I finally settled on this story. Apparently I have sedoretu on the brain...
The Road That Leads To Home (1595 words) by tielan
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Laura Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Laura Barton, Clint Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie), Sedoretu
Summary:
He surveys the land before them as the Wakandan plane hovers over the landscape, and Natasha tries to imagine it through his eyes.

“A farm?”

“A safehouse.” Somewhere to recover, with no lingering ghosts, with nothing to trigger his responses, even now the programming has been taken out.

The expression on his face is bleak. “And is it safe for them?”

Trick or Treat 2017

Sep. 17th, 2017 04:09 pm
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I've requested fanfic for all, but Tricks and Treats switch. My general likes and dislikes shift depending on the fandom. I might like fast-paced dialogue heavy fic in one (The West Wing) but abhor it in another (His Dark Materials). I make prompt-specific exceptions for non-con. Please keep that in mind for the below prompts:

Doctor Who: Donna, The Silence
ToT: Trick


Donna is a character I have a complicated history with. I loathed her when she aired, but still agreed that she got a terrible ending that erased her entire character arc. On reruns I've come around to her, probably because I know what's coming and that colors how I look at her season. Martha's still my favorite companion, but Donna's now a pretty close second. The Silence are my favorite villains (it was the angels before they were completely ruined) and the first episode with them was superb. Somehow Donna and the Silence have always gone together in my mind, and I'd love to see something explored with that ... something deep and dark and totally smutty. Donna takes on the Silence, but the Silence take Donna ---> literally no holds barred to this prompt. No DNW. Non-con, character death, blood and gore, it's all okay.

IF THAT IS NOT YOUR CUP OF TEA, DO NOT PANIC. Donna is lovely and the Silence are terrifying, so my likes below should help you out - I will love whatever you write!

Likes:
-shadows that go bump in the night
-literally taking place during Halloween
-fearless Donna
-brave Donna
-Donna doesn't need the Doctor
-characters in costume
-things in costumes (or not) that are definitely not human
-the Silence love stealing candy from children during Halloween
-the Silence are the monsters in the dark
-the Silence just need a night to relax
-the Silence play pranks on each other
-nobody coming to the rescue
-alternatively, the worst rescue ever


Good Omens - War, Pepper
ToT: Trick or Treat


Pepper and War are my two favorite non-main characters. I'd love to see them together, in some fashion, but if not the likes below should apply to both of them! I adore the Martin Jarvis audiobook and will probably read this with his voice in my head (if that helps with getting into the characters). For this, I really dislike common understanding amongst enemies (except A/C) or sympathy for the enemy, etc. And as that relates to Pepper and War, I don't want either of them taking pity on them who isn't already on their side. Pepper 'playing' War during a sex rp with a partner would be fun to see (Pepper into BDSM of all/any sorts would be great). War as a constant ravager, even when she's trying not to be, also good. War knowing exactly what she's doing and reveling in it, also good.

I love how the novel breaks the 4th wall, and would love it incorporated in some way.

General likes:
-post-canon
-unhappy endings
-revenge
-standalone scenes with no ties to larger plot
-stymied plots due to the actions of an unrelated character (butterfly affect)
-angels as ghosts, demons as ghosts, everyone's a ghost
-finding things in common with your enemy
-but they're still you're enemy
-and you're definitely still out to get them
-captured damsels who are not in distress and very crass about rescue attempts
-captured damsels who ARE in distress but think they have a way out of it (they don't)
-accidentally summoning of either Horsemen or the Spawn of Satan
-characters appearing in non-humanoid form
-sex scenes gone so very wrong
-any sex scene limited to handcuffs, blindfolds, whipped cream, and/or vibrators
-Breaking of the 4th wall

DNW:
-AU of any kind
-character death (War can have temporary character death) (unless they're all dead, then no death-like incapacitating actions)
-characters coming to some 'understand the enemy and have compassion' moments
-please no War and Pepper as a couple (though feel free to ship them with literally anyone else)
-underage (Pepper only)
-any kink other than outlined in the likes
-Crowley and Aziraphale (except in passing or to offer up some sidebar commentary/narration) (actually the two of them arguing about how a story happened would likely be hilarious and if you want to do it, go for it, but the point is I don't want them IN the story with Pepper and/or War)


Saga - Petrichor
Tot: Treat


I really would like to see Petrichor gets some lovin' (robot prince or otherwise). Poor girl deserves it. I would like the basic theme of canon kept in place (no AU plot deviations), but don't worry about fitting it into the canon timeline.

General Likes:
-Happy endings
-a story that doesn't take itself too seriously
-PWP
-characters in costume
-mistaken identities*
-Petrichor acting sweet around Hazel
-Petrichor snarking the hell off everyone but Hazel
-Petrichor grumbling about how much she hates something but she gives in and finds she actual is enjoying herself
-Anything set inside the treeship
-crazy plot with supernatural elements (maybe they pass by a planet and there are ghosts, or they land and things are covered in mist and basically the start of every horror movie ever)

DNW:
-Character death
-transphobic comments/characters
-*non-con (for the purposes of 'mistaken identities' you can assume that the sex is consensual across identities), blood-play, race play (as it would apply to the comic)

Finally, I read this serially, so feel free to incorporate anything character-wise we learn into this. Unless Petrichor dies and then just pretend that never ever happened and let me live my life in peaceful denial.

The Decoy Bride - any
ToT: Treat


I adore this movie. I'm not sure how I first found it to watch, but it's amazing and in my permanent Netflix queue. You could pick any of the characters and do anything with them (including ship them with anyone, even unhappily) and I would be happy. I would like it set on the island.

General likes for this:
-unreliable narrator (I feel this has to be a given)
-plot twists happening due to geography and/or weather
-ambiguous endings
-the haunted toilet really being haunted
-other things haunted that are not the toilet and manifest in unusual ways
-the characters falling befoul of some ancient law on the island
-said law having supernatural roots
-said supernatural roots then manifesting
-especially zombies
-a lack of supplies on the island making life difficult
-interrupted sex scenes (especially if supernatural elements cause it) (or if said sex act triggers the ancient law)

DNW:
-non-con
-major character death (temporary character death is okay)
-graphic depictions of violence (blood, gore, etc)

7pm and I'm about falling asleep...

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:04 pm
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Also, I have a headache, although that might be from consumption of too much alcohol.

We lost the grand final, but it took us half the game to find out feet and our opponents came out the gate swinging. (Plus, I'm not entirely sure they didn't stack their team with a couple of players from higher grades, but eh. What can you do? The organiser has known when the Grand final games were going to be played for at least a month now, but we only got the update for times on Wednesday.)

Friday night and Saturday were great - a weekend away with the women from church. I had some good conversations, including one with the speaker. (She's in a situation much like my mother's was thirty years ago, and I wanted to let her know that I appreciated her candour, but also to reassure her that her children are watching her, loving her, and appreciating her - that shit happens, but we grew up and deal with it (some better than others).

I got all my assignments in, now there's only [community profile] crossovering until [community profile] trickortreatex and [community profile] yuletide.
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Wow, you guys, the me of 2014 was such a good bro, he bought an extra three years of premium-level warranty coverage on his laptop.

I wasn’t even looking for whether I was still covered by warranty, I just assumed I wasn’t, but I went to Dell’s website to get the model number of my laptop so I could look up how to open it up properly and fix the terrible groaning noise my fan is making. And Dell was like hey, here’s your model number, also your warranty is good through June of 2018. 

I’m still gonna try to open it up and fix the fan myself, but if I can’t, I can send it in and get the fan fixed AND get a repair on the housing that’s starting to crack. 

Good job, 2014 Sam. You had no idea the crazy shit that was ahead of you but by god you knew you’d need three years of warranty. You and me, buddy, we’re fucking killing it in the adulting department lately. 

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Me: R’s in town this weekend so we may meet up.

Mum: Send me a picture of you and R when you’re hanging out!

Me: Not sure when it’ll be yet but I’ll do my best. It’s a little uncertain right now.

Mum: If it were certain, I’d be worried it wasn’t really R.

She knows us both so well. 

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yuletide noms

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:16 am
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Nominated:

nominated )

Missing:
missing )

Okay. I have to finish an exchange today, in between testing things that aren't working, fixing things that are broken, and making a list of what to pack for the weekend away... not that there has to be much - I'm only staying Saturday. And then I got to get out of here early...

Yuletide nominations and stuff

Sep. 14th, 2017 08:54 pm
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How can the Yuletide season be starting already? Usually I'm on top of these things but this year I was caught without even a potential nominations list.

So, in a fit of absence of mind, I have nominated:

Return to Night - Mary Renault
Hilary Mansell
Julian Fleming
Lisa Clare
Elaine Fleming

Figure Skating RPF
Evgeni Plushenko
Stéphane Lambiel
Johnny Weir
Evan Lysacek [not so attached to him, does anyone have someone they'd like me to nominate instead?]

Cycling Commentator RPF
David Millar
Ned Boulting
Carlton Kirby
Sean Kelly [ditto... does anyone want Gary Imlach or Matt Stephens or Brian Smith?]

I'll be in North Wales for work tomorrow (!) and staying into Saturday for a mini-break, so I thought it was best to get things tided away now, lest I forget.