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I am a juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation's 2015 Working Class/Impoverished Writers Grant. Press release to come but here's a relevant site.
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>> Epigraph to Graham Greene's novel Our Man in Havana (1958). The protagonist -- an English widower living in pre-Castro Cuba -- is a vacuum-cleaning salesman named Wormwold, as unattractive a name as Greene could manage. In order to satisfy the demands of intelligence officers in a gray faceless London building, Wormwold dupes them by creating "purely notional spies" and killing them off, "like a bad novelist preparing an effect." (Alec Guiness plays him in the movie.) The book is in a comic tenor but is less a spoof than a forcible statement of the extent to which military intelligence work and espionage fiction resemble one another. -- DL


The Left Turn at Albuquerque Caper

Nov. 23rd, 2014 09:58 pm
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Title: The Left Turn at Albuquerque Caper
Author: Gray Cardinal
Prompt: Captain Victoria Gates (Castle) goes into a bar and meets....Zack (from Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego)
Fandoms: Castle, Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego
Word count: ~2200
Rating/Contents: Rated G; no warnings apply.  AU for Castle as of Season 7.

Two weeks had passed since Richard Castle’s dramatic wedding-day disappearance, and Captain Victoria Gates – in unofficial but carefully arranged rotation with Esposito and Lanie Parish – had taken to “dropping into” the Old Haunt at regular intervals, to make certain Kate Beckett wasn’t sliding entirely off the rails into depression or worse.

And then a pink vortex dropped a demin-jacketed teenager into the bar....



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Nov. 24th, 2014 12:10 am
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We are done here! There are still some posts left in the moderation queue, so if you've posted, don't panic! You should see yourself shortly.

Thanks for a great round, guys! You all did a great job. We'll have a masterlist for you in a few days, so you can see all the great things that were made!

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Nov. 24th, 2014 12:00 am
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Your sudden death grace period starts now! You have TEN MINUTES to get in your post or let us know you're dropping out. Go go GO!

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Nov. 24th, 2014 04:07 am
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Posted by Dave Bonta

Within all the morning, and at noon with my wife, by appointment to dinner at the Dolphin, where Sir W. Batten, and his lady and daughter Matt, and Captain Cocke and his lady, a German lady, but a very great beauty, and we dined together, at the spending of some wagers won and lost between him and I; and there we had the best musique and very good songs, and were very merry and danced, but I was most of all taken with Madam Cocke and her little boy, which in mirth his father had given to me. But after all our mirth comes a reckoning of 4l., besides 40s. to the musicians, which did trouble us, but it must be paid, and so I took leave and left them there about eight at night. And on foot went to the Temple, and then took my cozen Turner’s man Roger, and went by his advice to Serjeant Fountaine and told him our case, who gives me good comfort in it, and I gave him 30s. fee. So home again and to bed. This day a good pretty maid was sent my wife by Mary Bowyer, whom my wife has hired.

Within the dolphin,
a great lost music
given to the night.
And the fountain—
so pretty a red.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Friday 22 November 1661.

5 things about today #55

Nov. 24th, 2014 04:56 pm
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Belated because I was up really late and also just low energy today.

* Slept in, but not too much. Awful night's sleep though so it was necessary - hate warm nights.

* Tidied the house and made hummus for my open house.

* Socialised all afternoon with lovely people, it was so wonderful to spend time with people in a low key setting.

* Also really lovely in particular to have people over in my house - it's the first time since moving in I've had a gathering of friends and it was just really nice.

* Played Cards Against Humanity and Liar Dice, stayed up too late and drank too much but it was awesome.

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Nov. 24th, 2014 05:58 am
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Title: The Good, The Bad, And The Equine
Author: DesertScribe
Prompt: Brisco County, Jr. goes into a bar and meets... Charlie Prince (3:10 to Yuma)!
Fandoms: 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
Word count: ~2000
Rating/Contents: Teen/PG-13
Warnings: Gun Violence

Stop me if you've heard this one before. In 1884, an outlaw, a law student, and a horse walk into a saloon in the Dakota Territory....
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Title: Reassurances
Author: [personal profile] fluffybun
Prompt: Athena Cykes goes into a bar and meets... Chiyo Sakura (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun)!
Fandoms: Ace Attorney, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Word count: 1838
Rating/Contents: G (for all ages), no warnings needed
Link: At AO3
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[A smidgen of info for new folks: my husband ([personal profile] scruloose) and I have two Siberian kittens--which is to say, hypoallergenic kittens--who're coming up on a year and a half old. Claudia is our brown tabby girl and Jinksy is our black-with-chocolate-highlights boy, and after having had them for over a year, we're still both completely besotted.

This icon shows them in the bag they acquired ages ago when [personal profile] seolh used it to carry some things she brought us from Japan. They love that bag with all their hearts and all their claws. It's the one we use to weigh them.]

These days, Claudia and Jinksy's toys disappear completely off the face of the earth much less frequently than they once did. Possible reasons include:

a) The kittens have gotten better at retrieving the toys from wherever they've all wound up.

b) The pocket dimension is too full of toys to hold more.

c) The kittens themselves are now too big to get at the disappearance point easily or at all.

d) MORTAL MINDS NEED NEVER KNOW.

We're 99% sure there's a sizable cache of small toys someplace in the house, but we've long since (mostly) run out of ideas as to where. I think the only concrete theory that's been tossed around and not yet explored is [personal profile] seolh's suggestion that the kittens might be losing them behind the tall bookcases in the living room, which would be a huge pain to move and look behind. That said, they'd have to drop the toys from above, I think, and I feel like toys began vanishing before they were big enough to be up there much (and they only carry the crinklepuffs in their mouths, usually). Mystery!

Tonight I was saying to [personal profile] scruloose and Kas that the kittens don't look all that big anymore. They're not small, but until they were a year or so old they were distinctly on the large side for kittens. Now that they're about a year and a half old and haven't been growing much for months*, they register as perfectly normal-sized cats (although they're still clearly kittens in a lot of ways).

The cats I had growing up were all in the medium-large range, I think--IIRC, of the two I really remember, Jenny was about 15 lbs, and while Macavity was usually on the skinny side (no idea what his actual weight was), his frame was medium or higher. So my mental benchmarks aren't really configured for cats who stay on the small side into adulthood, and thus Claud and Jinksy!bear seem quite normal to me.

*It's been several weeks since we weighed them, I think, but Jinksy's probably around 11 lbs and Claudia's probably a bit under 10.5 lbs?

Nano

Nov. 24th, 2014 12:56 pm
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6052 / 7500 words. 81% done!
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KGB Monday Night Poetry is pleased to present... Timothy Liu + Justin Marks Monday, November 24th, 2014 Hosted by John Deming and Matthew Yeager Series founded in 1997 by Star Black and David Lehman Doors open at 7:00 pm Reading starts at 7:30pm Admission is FREE www.KgbBar.com 85 East 4th Street * New York, NY Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California, to parents from the Chinese mainland. He studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Houston, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 
He is the author of Polytheogamy (Saturnalia, 2009); Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (Talisman House, 2009); For Dust Thou Art (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005); Of Thee I Sing (University of Georgia Press, 2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Hard Evidence (Talisman House, 2001); Say Goodnight (Copper Canyon Press, 1998); Burnt Offerings (Copper Canyon Press, 1995); and Vox Angelica (Alice James Books, 1992), which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. 
 His newest volume, Don't Go Back to Sleep will be released in Oct. 2014 from Saturnalia. 
Liu’s honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry in 2002, and the Open Book Beyond Margins Award. He also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry, (Talisman House, 2000). 
He has served as a core faculty member at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars, and is currently an associate professor at William Paterson University. He lives in Manhattan. Justin Marks's second book of poems, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, is forthcoming from Barrelhouse Books in 2014. His first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009), and his latest chapbooks are We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, forthcoming) and Best Practices (Greying Ghost, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Matter Barrelhouse, Leveler and Interrupture. He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their 4 year-old twin son and daughter. Upcoming, Fall 2014 Dec 1 Patricia Spears Jones + Shanna Compton Dec 8 Mark Doty + Vijay Seshadri + Season Finale Party!


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Nov. 23rd, 2014 11:09 pm
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I finally signed up for HabitRPG, because getting my shit organized and moved upstairs and everything put in its place is taking way, way longer than it should, and Unfuck Your Habitat turned out to be driven by shame-based motivation to a degree that wasn't useful. But this seems like it might work a little better; we'll see.

In the meantime, anyone not working a 9-5 would be SUPER welcome this week if they wanted come hang out at my place for a few hours-- just having another human around is, I find, really surprisingly useful as a way to get me to get things done. You don't have to help with the shit-organizing or anything, it is literally just that I am total balls at self-motivating and get more done in the presence of others.

will talk for food :-)

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:28 pm
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Just FYI, I still have several open slots for the December Talking Meme. If there's anything you want to ask me, or get me to blather about, this is your chance!

pearlcatchers and a fae!

Nov. 24th, 2014 11:19 am
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So here I have a buncha pearlcatchers to sell - all of them have Iri/Shim (or Seraph)/Underbelly.

And one little Fae who is free.

Draggies here! )
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Title: Good Intentions
Author: [personal profile] rebecca_selene
Prompt: Hermione Granger goes into a bar and meets... Ma-Ma (Dredd)!
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Dredd (2014)
Word Count: 898
Rating/Contents: PG-13, some language, references to previous violence
Disclaimer: All recognizable characters and situations o not belong to me.
Notes: based on movie and prologue comic canon; takes place just after the events of the comic

Good Intentions

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