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Here's my letter! Kerbal Space Program, Uplift, and Original Works, fanfic for all, plus fanvid for KSP.

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I've rediscovered Delain and their new album, Moonbathers, is very pretty. A bit melancholy and slowish, but beautiful. I especially like "Suckerpunch". I've also grown to appreciate The Human Contradiction better – "Tell Me Mechanist", "Don't Let Go", etc.

It's a bit too bright outside for Rammstein's "Sonne", which is prime winter solstice music.

Last week, I was feeling very much under the weather, but then I Did Things With Visible Impact (and acquired a crush that might even be reciprocated) and I'm feeling much better. If all else fails, I just have to think about the vacuum chamber at work. It's amazing.

I've also discovered the Wikiquote page for Wolfgang Pauli, which has some A+ quotes:
This is to show the world that I can paint like Titian. [A big drawing of a rectangle] Only technical details are missing.
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Here is my letter. First, some general likes and DNWs, then for each fandom, the kinks requested and some prompts/starting points/favorite dynamics for each pairing. If I have top/bottom or dom/sub preferences – or other notes – they're there between the pairing name and prompts. Canon-specific notes are after the kinks and before the pairings. At the end, I've defined the kinks requested as I define them, with some notes on preferences.

Vorkosigan, TGE, KOTOR2, Uplift )
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The Friendship Day letters have been posted. (If you'd like your own, there's still time: I'll only close it on Saturday.) Because I am a poor student, they're second-class, so let's hope they make it over in time for Christmas.

I'm also testing the new Create Entries page now. It's nicely customizeable, except that it is New and Different and thus inspires ???? feels in me. So far, the only real problem is that I want the comment box and (optional) the stuffs sidebar to be the other way round.
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In Finland, we don't have Valentine's Day. Instead, on the 14th of February, we have ystävänpäivä, Friend's Day, where people give their friends chocolate and whatever. In honor of that, and since I didn't get to send too many cards or any tea around Christmas, here is a form for those who want a card from yours truly.

The link. Only I get to see the responses, and you can to the Initial Surname format if you don't want to give out your full name.

I'll do the first batch over the weekend, and then next weekend and the one after that. Hopefully, they'll get there before April.
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In my quest to document every piece of Trinary of the Uplift saga, I came across David Brin's website. I then began to read.

Previously, I thought Mr. Brin was but a typical dude SF author, with the occasional good idea and an undercurrent of sexism – albeit a cut above the rest in storytelling. (Startide Rising is one of my favorite books. The first few chapters of The Postman bored me to tears until I quit.)

Now, I discover that my estimation of Dr. Brin has gone up. (This is a rare occurrence.) He has some downright encouraging and heartening advice for beginning writers. His SF reads section contains recs for stuff that teaches science. I agree with his views, as expressed in his criticism of Star Wars, the writerly advice linked above, and elsewhere. His blog reveals a mind that has given thought to the current US political situation from a perspective slightly outside the fandom norm.

(And, indeed, it is nice to know that there are people who agree with me in that we must do what is the most efficient way to achieve our goals, not what makes us feel the best. In the long term, there is only realpolitik and idiocy.)

And finally, a quote from "Aficionado":
# If you're great at leaping -- bite the sun! #
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Goals: sleep, succeed.

I think that I'll be doing a round of actual card-sending 'round the 14th, in the interests of multiculturality. (In Finland, 14.2. is ystävänpäivä, "friend day", rather than the romantic Valentine's Day of US Export Culture.) I'll see if I can get some small ziploc/minigrip-type bags for potential tea-sending.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has denounced Trump's immigration idiocy as "contrary to Western values". Thank you, President Niinistö. The ruling coalition government has done no such thing. On the one hand, the ability to realpolitik is useful. On the other hand, the coalition includes the Xenophobia Party's leader as the Foreign Minister. So, well.

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The EU leaders are convening for a meeting on what to do. Let's hope that the result is a more unified, stronger Europe. Someone's gotta be a beacon of hope in the coming gloom. Also, this morning I browsed the newspapers at the University. Apparently Angela Merkel is one of the potential saviors of western democracy. Other candidates included one woman who worked for the EU in some sort of influential role, had a given name that began with a J or F and ended with e, a surname that was shorter than that, and was also in the news cycle due to something to do with Trump's order, but damn if I can find her or recall her name.
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Brain chemistry first: The past few ... months? I've been having trouble motivating myself to get out of bed and do things. I can kick myself and willpower it, but I would like for it to be easier. Also better in the long term to do the things and not just lie in bed and live in my head. I have no idea if this is a depression thing, an Asperger's thing, or a regular person thing. Advice appreciated.
(Note that this is an ExtraPenguin form of doing nothing/failing, which is: succeed in the most important things (academic stuff), having trouble getting some extra stuff done, and feeling wangsty. I want to feel more productive and less bzuh. No need to worry about me ending up beneath a bridge or whatever.)

Time: a thing I need more of. Sleep as well. Now, part of it is that the current period is the busiest this year, and I have a large assignment hanging over me, so some stress.

Also, gender continues to be confusing. On the one hand, a support group would be nice; on the other hand, I don't feel like gazing into my own navel and thinking about such things. On the gripping hand, it's not like I have time. Idk.

So. I'm alive. I'm busy. Hi.

And I've decided to do an art a day. Currently going through PileofSith's AU generator.
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Fanfiction for everything. Meta for some things. I'm not sure if some of my suggestions are in meta or in fic, and not sure if some are more No Characters or more Original Character(s), so if in doubt, go with the prompts. I hope I guessed right with my sign-up ticky-box-ticking. Here's my exchange letters tag.

If you have specialist knowledge of anything at all that could possibly be finagled into the narrative, please do, I'd love to read it.

I have first some general likes and DNWs, as well as notes on what I like to see in original characters. Then, for each fandom, the characters requested, a few suggestions on formats (conference notes, epic poetry, whatever), then more specific prompts by worldbuilding tag.

The Goblin Emperor, The Long Earth, Uplift, Vorkosigan, NASA Visions of the Future travel posters, Original Work )
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My letter is here. (I'm requesting fanfic for all.) First are likes and dislikes, then I've grouped my requests into fandoms. Each fandom has first a generic prompts/likes section, then pairing-specific prompts/likes. Assume that I'm up on currently-aired Rebels episodes. The sum total of my Star Wars canon consumption is the KOTOR games, Rebels, and Rogue One.
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It is apparently More Joy Day. Now, the 20th is almost over for me, so it'll be more More Joy Evening-Night-Morning, but hey, time zones were made to be thumbed at.

I'm game for ficlet and poem prompts; the sillier and crackier the better. There is wine in my system, and I am in a delightfully :DDDD phase of tiredness. I think I'll start by updating my sticky with more fandoms I'm aware of.
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Grabbed from [personal profile] karanguni.

Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• How likely I am to read it
• How likely I am to write it
• A few lines of theoretical fic
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Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The SlashNET IRC channel for people who liked or are interested in The Goblin Emperor and/or its fandom. Other topics are also discussed should people bring them up. It's a nice friend-set, albeit the Americans are in inconvenient time zones. It may be quiet occasionally, but the sun never sets on us.
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Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Okay so I don't really go for tropes or clichés or kinks or motifs or themes that much. Hum. Science fiction is a genre, "women lifting heavy objects" is not a trope, capes – well, uniform kink. Recently being indulged by Star Wars Rebels. (The protagonists cannot dress, but the Empire has some rather snappy uniforms, complete with what I firmly believe are mechanical pencil holsters. This is a devotion to both #aesthetic and practicality that I cannot help but admire.)

Other things I like, well, idk. I admire a good plot twist just as much as any other penguin. I like tropeyish space opera unless it thinks it's the most SRS BSNS canon ever, especially if it's got lots of women in it and/or the worldbuilding's doing something with itself, like being very OTT space opera like the Uplift series is in some ways.
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Today: teriyaki chicken, mushrooms, pineapple, and paprika. Trying to get some more veg into my diet, so I bought a bottle of teriyaki sauce, 700g of small-sliced chicken, 6 large mushrooms, a can of pineapple chunks, and a paprika.

Chicken: fry in a deep pan in copious teriyaki souce (I spilled in half the bottle oops) with a lid until done.

Mushrooms: remove stems and chop into 4 one way and 2 the other way, then fry in teriyaki sauce for some time, then dump onto the chicken in the other pan. I managed to magically guess the absolute correct time and got the most perfectest mushrooms ever. I think I fried on both sides so that it was all teriyaki-color and not white? idk.

Paprika: chop up only half of it because you are a disorganized mess (chunk size about the same as mushroom slice size), then toss in with a new batch of teriyaki sauce into the pan recently vacated by the mushrooms.

Pineapple: drain the chunks (mine were in juice, so I drained it into a glass) and then toss in with the paprika because you're hungry and just want for food to be ready dammit. Maybe add teriyaki sauce if there's a lack of it. Fry until they look like they might be coated and then some. Dump paprika and pineapple onto the chicken, too.

End result: chicken's decent, mushrooms are amazing, paprika and pineapple are a bit sweet – inbuilt dessert of sorts. I served mine over fullgrain rice noodles, which didn't really work – I think this'd need something more along the lines of glass noodles. I'll try leftovers on long-grain rice tomorrow.

Oh, and I think I generated 3 4 portions. (3 me-portions, that is. I eat like a horse. 4 other-people portions?)

EDIT: It's much better over rice!
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Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I do not collapse. I can indulge in self-pity and wallow in it, but at the end of the day, the only solution to whatever problem I have is to soldier on, put one foot in front of the other, and continue. I can do that. I can pick myself up and do whatever it is that must be done. At the end of the day, of all the coping methods for dealing with having to do a thing, the only one that actually works is "just fucking do it already".

I dance. I embody the music. I improvise. I act. (Communicating with people is nothing but an improv play. There are scripts one can start with, but eventually it all goes off the rails. Choose the most useful role available when you start.) I can perform. What is the point of stage fright – if onstage, I know what I'm supposed to do. Unlike the rest of the time. The dancing is but a very public meditation.

I create. Solutions to problems, connections between neurons, stories, art, connections. I desire to become. I am driven. I long, yearn, want. Long for the feeling of things finally locking into place, yearn for making order out of chaos, want nothing but to achieve. Leave others to their small lives – let my name be sung through the ages. Let my creations hallow my names, and be recalled for as long as civilization exists. Give me my immortality.

Perhaps I live only for the applause. What is fic-writing but a performance of a different kind, no? – Well, then so be it. Watch me reach for the stars from the sky, and even if you cannot bring yourself to clap: do not stop me.
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I spent the day traveling, which, ugh, but I did finally acquire the energy to do something Snowflakey:
fanmixes! )
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Day 06

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Well, how about starting with a retrospective from 6-ish months ago, a three-item wishlist. Uplift fic? I have a poem! Negri/Illyan loyalty training? Here's some! DW friends & acquaintances? I visited the friending meme!

So, something completely different. (Not that I'd mind a different take on any of the above!)

  1. Have [community profile] space_swap 2017 run as smoothly as possible, with a minimum of pinch hits. Have it grow big and strong with many amazing creations.

  2. My life mojo The opportunity to do a proper conlang in a fic Aral Vorkosigan/Simon Illyan porn. Barring a major miracle, I won't have the time to sign up for Smut Swap, but hey, if anyone wants to...

  3. Something long and plotty, casefic-esque, for Vorkosigan or Uplift or Revelation Space or any other fandom of mine where it'd fit.

...I see I'm in a January bleh again. And in a self-reflective mood, too.
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Day 5

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Instead of reccing three things, I'll rec three rec posts! How's that!

Yuletide 2016 recs, 14 recs
The Goblin Emperor recs, 3 recs, in honor of some new subscribers interested in TGE
Jukebox 2016 recs, 5+4 recs, song-based origfic

+ long(ish) Vorkosigan (plot)fics for the Bujold-minded.
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Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

Oh good time to read a few more pages of the friending meme!


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