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Fixing Things Friday [Nov. 25th, 2016|11:22 pm]
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This week I have...
--called my congressman and asked him to cosponsor the Presidential Accountability Act.
--called one of my senators and asked him to vote against Jeff Sessions's appointment to the position of Attorney General, on the grounds that Sessions can't be trusted to protect people's civil and political rights. (I tried to call my other senator, but he's not taking calls this week. So disappointed that we didn't manage to vote him out this year.)
--called the Department of Justice and asked them to investigate the human rights abuses by the Morton County Sheriff's Department against the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.
--subscribed to Mother Jones and The Guardian.

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Fixing Things Friday (or whatever we end up calling it) [Nov. 18th, 2016|07:19 pm]
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[personal profile] skygiants suggested that people do a variation on Reading Wednesdays that tracks our political actions for the week, both to inspire and inform each other and to keep ourselves accountable. Since I'm very much in favor of both of those goals, here's my list.

This week (and a half) I have...
-- donated to the National Resources Defense Council. (Their website has a new tagline: "Help us gear up to defend our environment and climate from the Trump presidency.")
-- donated to Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for Louisiana senator. Louisiana's runoff election will be held this December 10th.
-- called my congressman and one of my senators twice and my congressman-elect once to demand that they condemn Trump's selection of white nationalist Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist.
-- called my other senator once to thank him for his public condemnation of Steve Bannon and to ask him to do all he can to block Bannon's appointment.
-- called the House Oversight Committee to support an investigation into Trump's financial arrangements and conflicts of interest.
-- taken Paul Ryan's phone survey to register my approval of Obamacare. (Heads up that the silence you get when connecting to Ryan's system is super weird and disconcerting. The phone didn't ring even once; I just dialed and got instant silence, which I had to wait out for over a minute before the recorded message started playing.)
-- signed the whitehouse.gov petition requesting that Obama commute Chelsea Manning's sentence to time served.

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The election and the U.S. Senate [Nov. 12th, 2016|07:56 pm]
Well, that was unspeakably devastating. Thank you to everyone who's posted their reactions and helpful links and general expressions of support in the aftermath of the election; I'm one of the many who really needed to see those. I've also seen an outpouring of donations from my DW/LJ friends to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and various local charities, which has been heartening. (I've donated to the National Resources Defense Council myself, because climate change was terrifying even before Trump was elected.)

In addition to those very worthy organizations, though, if you can spare the cash--and if you're a U.S. citizen or green card holder--please consider donating to Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for Louisiana senator who'll be advancing to that state's runoff election on December 10th.

The Republicans will maintain their Senate majority regardless of whether Campbell wins or loses; the only question is whether that majority will be 52-48 or 51-49. The latter is preferable to the former, even in the short term. But to truly understand the significance of this race, look at the map of Senate seats up for election in 2018. That's 33 contested Senate seats, only eight of them currently held by Republicans, and most of those Republican seats are in deep red states.

The chances of Democrats winning back the Senate during the midterm elections are painfully low. But conversely, the importance of preventing Republicans from becoming a supermajority in the Senate two years from now is very high. A Campbell victory would be step one towards preventing that outcome.

So donate to Campbell if you can, VOTE in the runoff election if you're a Louisianan, and just keep being the awesome people you are in general.

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Family, loss [Oct. 16th, 2014|12:41 pm]
My father passed away last night. It wasn't at all unexpected: he'd been suffering from dementia for a long time and had declined very badly in the past year or so, and we placed him on hospice this August.

I don't know if his death still hasn't sunk in for me yet, or if it's that his illness was so long and protracted that I've already gotten a lot of my grieving over with, but I'm feeling mostly okay right now. As far as I can tell, the rest of the family is about the same--even my mother, who was very devoted to him and whose reaction we'd all been worrying about. I think it really helps that my brother, his gf, and my baby niece moved home recently; the baby has been a welcome distraction for all of us.

And because we knew this was coming, my three siblings who live far away were able to come see Dad before he died (two of them could take over a month off of work and are still here now, while my youngest sister had to go back for school but will return for the memorial). That's helped a bit, too, knowing that everyone had the chance to say goodbye to him.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Apr. 6th, 2014|07:02 pm]
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My expectations going into this movie for the first time were high, to say the least. (Seriously, my brother and I went to a matinee showing, and I woke up several times the night before because I was too excited to sleep. I was like a little kid on Christmas Eve; it was ridiculous.) And then The Winter Soldier surpassed pretty much all of my expectations.

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2013 stories [Dec. 31st, 2013|11:59 pm]
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The Avengers: Coffee; 704 words
The Avengers: Five People Natasha Romanov Has Danced With; 1089 words
The Avengers: Heroes' Journey (Steve/Bucky); 5593 words
The Avengers: Reversal (Clint/Loki/Natasha); 1878 words
The Avengers: Working Relationship; 941 words
Neverwhere: One Night in Bangkok (Hunter/appropriately grateful girl); 1466 words
Pacific Rim: A Little Sweeter (Sasha/Mako); 2174 words
Pacific Rim: Connection; 943 words
The Silver Branch: (Ir)resistable (Flavius/Justin); 1212 words

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Dear Yuletide Author: [Oct. 13th, 2013|11:44 pm]
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Thank you so much for participating in this exchange and for offering one or more of my requested fandoms! A couple of important things I wanted to tell you:

* Optional details are optional. I've offered some possible hooks for a story in each of my requests because that's how I like to write for exchanges, but if your creativity is sparked in other ways, or if you just don't like any of my suggestions, then feel free to ignore them and write a different story for those characters.

* I'm chattier about some of my requests than others this year. Please don't think that this indicates a preference on my part for one fandom over another. I promise, I'd be equally thrilled to receive a story in any of these fandoms.

General likes and dislikesCollapse )

Archer"s Goon, Elementary, Frontier Wolf, Iskryne series, The Left Hand of Darkness, NovaCollapse )

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Ten Reasons Why Pacific Rim Is a Great Movie for Geek Girls [Jul. 18th, 2013|04:17 pm]
I recently read an Entertainment Weekly article on Why 'Pacific Rim' is a good movie for geek girls (contains major spoilers for the film). The article's conclusion is that Pacific Rim is mostly a terrible movie for women, except for the fact that it contains a bunch of hot guys. I...disagree. Hence this post on "Ten Reasons Why Pacific Rim Is a Great Movie for Geek Girls."

Disclaimer: In the following list, I make a lot of gendered generalizations. Obviously, there are exceptions to every generalization; there are men whose favorite thing is Jane Austen adaptations and women whose favorite thing is action movies that are 95% mindless violence and 5% toilet humor.

There's also room for a ton of overlap in people's tastes. Maybe you love emotional complexity as well as kickass fight scenes, or strong interrelationships as well as stunning special effects. Nevertheless, I think that all of the following items highlight elements of Pacific Rim that make it particularly appealing to female viewers (even if many of the elements might improve the viewing experiences of male viewers, as well).

Additional disclaimer: While this list was initially conceived of as a response to the above-linked EW article, I've read 50+ reviews of Pacific Rim at this point--both professional and fannish--and the list draws upon and responds to common themes in many of these reviews.

Additional additional disclaimer: I've avoided major spoilers in this post, but minor spoilers abound. Caveat lector.

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Pacific Rim (non-specific spoilers only) [Jul. 13th, 2013|11:03 pm]
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I saw Pacific Rim today: excellent film, will see in the theaters again.

If you don't like mecha and/or alien dinosaurs, you probably won't love this movie. It's a lot (a lot) more homage than it is subversion. It's skillfully done homage, though, that draws not only on the obvious anime, Godzilla, Power Rangers, etc. antecedents but on Independence Day and H. P. Lovecraft and Hokusai. At the same time, it's not derivative (though the Independence Day parallels in particular are strong enough that I wouldn't recommend watching the two films back-to-back). This isn't a Godzilla/Power Rangers mash-up; it's a film that both is a love song to these genres and that also has its own story to tell.

And though I don't think you can love this movie without appreciating one or both of the aforementioned tropes, I think you could still enjoy it a lot if you love any of the following: 1) action movies with heart, 2) stories about families, both born and chosen, 3) stories about damaged people learning how to heal, 4) visually beautiful films, 5) Idris Elba.

P.S. Needs more fic!

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2012 stories [Dec. 31st, 2012|11:15 am]
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The Avengers, Bangarang, The Eagle, Inception, Numb3rs, Sherlock, The Social Network, Suits, Teen WolfCollapse )

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Dear Yuletide writer [Oct. 29th, 2012|01:00 am]
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Thank you so much for participating in this exchange and for offering one or more of my requested fandoms! A few important things I wanted to tell you:

* Optional details are optional. I've offered some possible hooks for a story in each of my requests because that's how I like to write for exchanges, but if your creativity is sparked in other ways, or if you just don't like any of my suggestions, then feel free to ignore them and write a different story for those characters.

* Yuletide tends to be a high-pressure exchange for a lot of people, and while I'm not trying to invalidate your feelings if you're one of them, I do want to encourage you to not worry too much. Three of my fandoms are tiny even by Yuletide standards, and the fourth fandom has a heavy preponderance of self-insert fic. (Not that there's anything wrong with that! It's just not what I'm looking for in fanfic.) So there's very little you could write that I wouldn't be delighted by, just for the fact of its existence.

* I'm chattier about some of my requests than others this year. Please don't think that this indicates a preference on my part for one fandom over another. I promise, I'd be equally thrilled to receive a story in any of these fandoms.

As I said, I tend to prefer more info rather than less when writing for exchanges. If you feel the same, then please check out my general fic kinks and squicks post and/or continue reading:

Holes, Iskryne series, Le Corsaire, Smooth CriminalCollapse )

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Happy Pi Day! [Mar. 14th, 2012|11:35 pm]
A photo of my family's celebration appears behind the cut.

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Seriously, I think Pi Day may be my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving involves too much family-induced stress; I don't like parties or drinking late at night, so I tend not to enjoy New Year's; and I'm neither patriotic nor religious, which cuts most of the remaining holidays out of the running. But pie is delicious and math is both useful and interesting, so Pi Day is a holiday that I can really get behind.

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Numb3rs: "Show and Tell" [Mar. 10th, 2012|11:04 pm]
This is not the story that I'm supposed to be posting next. (That fic is still in progress; it started going in a PWP + feelings direction, and I'm working out whether I should just let the story do what it wants or force a semblance of a plot onto it.) But when I opened this Numb3rs fic recently, I discovered that it was this close to being done; all it needed was a bit of editing and a title. So I edited and titled, and here it is.

Title: Show and Tell
Author: Jain
Characters: Don Eppes, Charlie Eppes, Alan Eppes
Rating: PG
Word count: 1200
Summary: It can be difficult having Charlie as a little brother.
Warning: Includes a teenager using the word "retarded" as an insult.
Permanent link: "Show and Tell" on AO3

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Ted Chiang [Feb. 25th, 2012|10:03 pm]
In 2003, Ted Chiang turned down a Hugo nomination for his short story "Liking What You See: A Documentary," on the grounds that he'd been rushed in writing the story and he felt it didn't deserve the recognition. I've been working my way through Chiang's (small, though awesome) body of work, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear of that decision because spoilers for Liking What You SeeCollapse )

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Lifestyle change [Feb. 18th, 2012|07:18 pm]
Until recently, my desk/computer chair was a rocking recliner, which 1) took up a lot of space in my somewhat cramped room and 2) made it far too easy for me to settle in and not move for hours on end. Not healthy at all. So I moved the recliner downstairs and bought this semi-recumbent stationary bike. It arrived yesterday and my brother put it together for me, and it's lovely: sleek and comfortable and very, very quiet. I rode it for 40 minutes yesterday while reading some fanfiction and for 50 minutes this morning while watching The Mentalist, with the eventual goal of riding it every time I'm at the computer and not typing or actively using the mouse.

For periods of active computer use, I've revived the desk chair I used in college: a kneeling chair that's comfortable enough for extended sitting but not so cozy that I never want to leave it. It's only been a week since I switched desk chairs, but so far I've been really pleased with how much more I've been moving around. (And with how much more water I've been drinking! It's a lot easier to stay hydrated when I'm not curled into a recliner with a comforter over me and completely disinclined to go to the kitchen for a glass of water.) The dog is less happy about all this, since he can no longer sit on my lap while I'm at the computer; he's taken to coming into my room and lying on the floor with his head on his paws, looking mournful. Though at least the bike is quiet enough that it doesn't scare him, so really he should be grateful. :-)

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2011 Fannish Retrospective (only a month or so late) [Feb. 11th, 2012|08:16 pm]
Your main fandom of the year?
Just like 2010, I've spent the past year flitting about like a fannish butterfly on speed. Major fandoms have included: Sherlock, The Social Network, Dresden Files, Inception, X-Men: First Class, and Suits.

Your favorite film watched this year?
The Princess and the Frog

Your favorite book read this year?
The Dispossessed

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
2Cellos

Your favorite TV show of the year?
Suits

Your favorite journaling community of the year?
[community profile] kink_finders

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Pretty much every moment of screentime Gina Torres has in Suits.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
99% of explicit Arthur/Eames fic has Arthur bottoming. Please note that I don't begrudge people any of those thousands of stories--and in fact I've read many of them with great pleasure--but I do wish that there could be, in addition, a few hundred stories in which Arthur tops the hell out of Eames, rather than the twenty-five or so that I've managed to find.

Your TV boyfriend of the year?
No one, really. Though if this question were expanded to include movies, then it would be Arthur. (Inception was released in 2010, but I didn't see it until 2011.)

Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Jessica Pearson, Donna

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I'm disinclined to try a new fandom at the moment. I have too many ideas percolating for Inception and XMFC and Social Network and Suits fic, and I don't want to move on until I've gotten some of them down.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
I am really looking forward to Remix Redux, even more than I usually do. Tenth year celebration!

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Dear Purim Gifts writer: [Feb. 4th, 2012|08:42 pm]
Thanks for offering to write in one or more of my requested fandoms! If you want a better idea of what I like, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post. Particular to Purim Gifts, I've listed my favorite pairings in the fandom details below, but all three of these fandoms are ones in which I'm very happy to receive gen fic about any of my favorite characters. And do have fun with whatever you decide to write; I'm sure I'll love it!

Inception RPF
So, when I say I want Inception RPF, what I really mean is I want Joseph Gordon-Levitt fic. I do prefer his being written as gay (Tom Hardy/JGL is particularly nice), but you should also feel free to write gen in which his sexuality isn't mentioned if that's your preference. And if you offered this fandom in the hopes of writing one of the Inception actresses, then Ellen Page gen or femslash is a more than acceptable alternative.

Suits
I love Jessica and Donna best, though Rachel and Scotty are also awesome, and I wouldn't say no to a story or two about the mysterious Vanessa. My favorite pairings, etc., are Jessica/Mike, Jessica/Mike/Harvey, Donna/Rachel, Jessica/Donna/Harvey, and Jessica/Donna. Just, please, no Trevor, Jenny, or Louis, and no Mike/Harvey (except as part of a Jessica/Mike/Harvey threesome, if you're going that route).

X-Men: First Class
My favorite eligible characters are Erik, Angel, and Moira. If you're interested in writing shipfic, I'd love any of: Erik/Charles/Angel, Erik/Moira, Angel/Raven, Alex/Darwin/Angel. This fandom is one where I really don't mind if you break my heart--angst; heavy depictions of racism, homophobia, sexism, and/or anti-Semitism; and ambiguous or downright unhappy endings are all fine by me. Which isn't to say that you have to write angsty or serious fic; happy or romantic fluff is equally welcome! Just, the option is there if you want it.

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Rare Women exchange [Jan. 28th, 2012|01:00 pm]
Sign-ups are open for the Rare Women Fic Exchange (rarewomen), a challenge for underrepresented female characters; here's the list of nominated fandoms and characters from which participants can choose. See also the rules and timeline if you're interested in the exchange. Sign-ups close on February 8th.

I'm still internally debating which large fandom I want to request--The Social Network? X-Men: First Class? Hikaru no Go?--but I'm excited about signing up as soon as I've gotten that worked out. (My small fandoms I'm already set on: Suits and Nobuta wo Produce.)

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WIP poll [Jan. 15th, 2012|08:42 pm]
I was doing a bit of AO3 housecleaning, addressing gift fic to people who hadn't had AO3 accounts when I'd originally posted the stories, and I became curious as to the ratio of gift fic to non-gift fic that I've written. The results were fairly dramatic: 102 : 66. (I counted fic written for remix exchanges as gift fic and didn't count fic written for kink meme prompts.) This means that 65% of my fic was written for other people! Of course, when one considers how prone to procrastination I am, the reasons for this become abundantly clear; I pretty much require a sense of social obligation to force me to get shit done.

If I were a better person, I'd consider this a sign that I ought to work to become more self-motivated. As it is, however, I'll instead rely upon you to give me a much needed nudge. I have a baker's dozen WIPs, any of which I ought to be able to finish within a week or two if I really buckled down, and all of which I've been dragging my feet on finishing (some of them for years). Help me decide what to write?



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The Social Network: "Five Times Mark Shared a Bed in College" [Jan. 13th, 2012|10:51 am]
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Title: Five Times Mark Shared a Bed in College
Author: Jain
Pairing: Mark/Erica, Mark/Chris, Mark/Eduardo
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 3226
Author's notes: Written for [personal profile] flyingthesky for [community profile] 3_ships.
Permanent link: "Five Times Mark Shared a Bed in College" on AO3

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