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Feb. 8th, 2016 11:30 pm
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- Made headway on the last bit of the chapter! Feeling great about it; it's coming together, and my thoughts are clearer about how it works.

- I ran into a former student today, and she actually wished me a happy new year--good for you, Ada, one ang pao for you! And walked until we hit the rec center.

Then in the Step Express class, I met another former student, who recognized me. The class she took with me was like, in 2013, and it was Theda's class, so it took me a while to remember, but as soon as she said her first name, her surname clicked for me, and she was really surprised I remembered.

- Step was good; I always forget how hard it is on the feet, even with this particular instructor.

- I'd eaten half my homemade calzone, and went back to my office to work some more and eat the rest of the calzone. It was a good idea. I think the cheese sauce isn't the greatest for my stomach, though. I rather wish I bought cereal for breakfast now.
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Books: 20
Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzi
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
Mr. Kiss and Tell, Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
Mislaid, Nell Zink
The First Bad Man, Miranda July
Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh
Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
Indexing: Reflections, Seanan McGuire
At All Costs, David Weber
How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Kitty Steals the Show, Carrie Vaughn
T is for Trespass, Sue Grafton
The Awakened Kingdom, NK Jemisin
Ban en Banlieue, Bhanu Kapil
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Alexandra Kleeman
What is the What, Dave Eggers
The Story of My Teeth, Valeria Luiselli

Comics: 2
Princess Leia #4, 5

Crafts Made:
Copper hoop earrings & pendant (20160114)
Felted wool mittens (20160121 + 27)
Copper ring (20160126)

Define American Film Festival (20160121-23)

Lectures and Readings: 2
Alisha Gordon, "The Fierce Urgency of Now" (20160121)
Reshma Saujani, "Women Who Don't Wait in Line" (20160128)

Movies: 5
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (DVD)
Jurassic World (DVD)
A Better Life (film festival)
Don't Tell Anyone (film festival)
The Muslims Are Coming! (film festival)

New Restaurants:
The Mission Inn, Riverside, CA (20160102)

TV Episodes: 77
The 100 3.01 - 3.03
Black-ish 2.09 - 2.13
Blind Spot 1.09, 1.10
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 3.11 - 3.14
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1.09, 1.10
DC's Legends of Tomorrow 1.01, 1.02
Elementary 4.08 - 4.11
The Flash 2.10, 2.11
The Good Wife 7.11, 7.12
Grandfathered 1.05 - 1.13
iZombie 2.10, 2.11
Jane the Virgin 2.10, 2.11
The Legend of Korra 4.11 - 4.13
Limitless 1.01 - 1.13
Marvel's Agent Carter 2.01 - 2.04
New Girl 5.01
The Originals 3.10
Orphan Black 3.01
Reign 3.06 - 3.10
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Sleepy Hollow 3.07 - 3.09
Supergirl 1.09 - 1.12
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 1.03
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 11.06
umadoshi: (Leverage OT3 01 (teaotter))
[personal profile] umadoshi
As I was reading a comment on my last post, my eyes fell on the post content, specifically the list of tech names. And it only just occurred to me that it's now possible, since I've named my laptop after Alec Hardison (the hacker on Leverage), that someone might assume my ereader is named after Eliot Spencer (the hitter on Leverage), and that I misspelled his name. *facepalm*

So for the record (technically for newer folks in these parts, but I promise I don't assume people memorize the minutiae of my tech names), Elliot-the-ereader is named after Elliot Schafer from Sarah Rees Brennan's The Turn of the Story.

Relatedly (and either Ginny or I tweeted about this at the time, but I don't think I mentioned it here), not long ago at Casual Job we were checking the spelling of someone's last name, which was "Elliott", which made me say there are too many possible spellings of the name. Ginny, appropriately fierce in her love of Elliot Schafer, countered that there's only ONE CORRECT SPELLING...except that she also dearly adores Eliot Spencer. AWKWARD. She deigned to make an exception when I pointed this out.

And then, as closely to in unison as we can figure, we had the exact same thought (and Ginny was mock-grumpy that I managed to say it first): "It's a very distinctive spelling."

[If you don't know Leverage, a) You're missing out, and b) see also this gifset.]

ETA: I misremembered Ginny's reasoning for her staunch opinion on the spelling! I stand corrected.

Yep, that's a blizzard out there

Feb. 8th, 2016 04:43 pm
umadoshi: (ice on branch (shadow_images))
[personal profile] umadoshi
In a stunning, if probably not literally unprecedented, display of common sense, [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's workplace shut down at noon because of the weather forecast. And sure enough, by the time he would've been getting home ordinarily, the blizzard was well underway. *peers out window* If it dumps as much snow as predicted, he'll likely be home tomorrow too.

As usual, I hope this doesn't translate into a power failure, but if it does, at least I'm a bit ahead of the game with my freelance work right now, so it won't stress me out too horribly on that front as long as we're not without power for days. I have Becks, Elliot, and Hardison (tablet, ereader, and laptop) all charged up, and if the power goes, Teabot means we have plenty of hot water and I can immediately make a few cups of tea in travel mugs for later.

Making sure Hardison's Dropbox files were up to date meant I finally sat down for a little bit and started configuring him. Gah. I hate configuring new installs, especially when it comes to Firefox/Iceweasel, but there's always something I forget, somewhere. And my software has always changed something annoying. The current weirdness is that BOTH LibreOffice and Word (which is Word 2000, running in WINE), when I open a new blank document, are displaying the blank page on only the lefthand side of the screen, as if I've got it set to display two pages at once or zoomed out to 50% or something. But as far as I can tell, neither of those things is true. O_o Further poking around will be required.

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Feb. 8th, 2016 09:02 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

I had no new entries for RFM this week, or at least none came up, so I'm reposting the standing entry. If you DID send me a blurb for this week's RFM, please let me know, because either this computer doesn't want me to have them or there's something wrong with the google form.

Ways to Give:

You all know about [livejournal.com profile] editrx, whose fundraiser I've been promoting for a few months; on top of her struggles to keep her indy bookstore afloat, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate (who is fortunately in jail). She's had to rekey her locks at home and at the bookstore, and she's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn't have a new fundraising site yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her, as will income from the Starcat Books online etailer. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.) She could really use the help these next few weeks.

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 or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. 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.
umadoshi: (kittens - on windowsill)
[personal profile] umadoshi
It was a good day. I took it off in terms of freelance work, and didn't do any reading to speak of (and have yet to see if I'll get any writing done after this), but I felt fairly productive in terms of getting stuff done around the house. That was followed by supper with Ginny and Kas, and then Leverage night at Chez [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear. ^_^

After supper, Kas took some photos of my haircut. (I haven't seen them yet.)

Less good things: we have a blizzard warning for tomorrow night and Tuesday, and tonight my throat started prickling warningly. Maybe tea will magically fend off the possibly-impending cold (which I'd really started thinking I'd managed to avoid, since the others all came down with it about a week ago. ;_; Stupid incubation periods!).

[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose made an excellent point this weekend when I mentioned my ongoing conflicted feelings about what to do next time we're looking for a cat or two. (Not that I expect this to be relevant for years!) Getting Siberians made perfect sense when we did it, but now his allergies are basically nonexistent because the desensitization shots work so well for him, so the thought of getting purebreds again instead of shelter cats makes me feel weird. But Siberians are such amazing cats...! (And I can't deny that it's also occurred to me that [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's allergies being so under control also technically means that, for the first time, it'd also be possible to get a different type of purebred cat, and part of me has always wanted an Abyssinian.)

What [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose pointed out is that we're very well acquainted with the difficulty of visiting a city where one knows many people and having it be tricky to visit some homes, or to find crash space with friends even when many friends would be very glad to have you stay, when one has severe allergies and so many people have cats. His allergies are under control/gone now, but it's not like we don't have friends who're still plenty allergic--not many who aren't able to visit homes with cats for an evening, but who would be hesitant or unable to stay in one when visiting from out of town. And it's important to us that our home is open to friends and loved ones, which very much includes those who've moved away and only come home for visits...and most, although not all, of our local friends have cats. Would [dreamwidth.org profile] bosonator be able to stay with us if we had non-hypoallergenic cats, for example? Maybe not. So that's a serious consideration.

(For the record, people with allergies do tend to react a bit to Claudia and Jinksy, because it's not like anyone tends to be around them long enough for their systems to fully adjust; it took [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose a few weeks, IIRC. But those reactions tend to be much milder than they would be to normal cats.)
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So I had a very, very bad day on Tuesday, and a day off on Wednesday in which I watched three Carrie films in a row to recover from Tuesday.

And then I dashed off a draft of a five-minute vid in three days, which I have now made as presentable as I feel I'm able.

Stretched On Your Grave from Gwen Frankenstein on Vimeo.

Title: Stretched On Your Grave
Music: I Am Stretched On Your Grave (Apple-Bright Mix), Sinéad O'Connor
Sources: Carrie (1976, 2002, 2013), Carrie 2: The Rage
Summary: Sue, are you sure you aren't still trying to save a girl who died 20 years ago?
Warnings: Death, blood, suicide, bullying. Surprisingly little menstrual horror or abusive parents given the source material.
umadoshi: (Deadline - Rise Up While You Can)
[personal profile] umadoshi
What did you recently finish reading?

Today I finally finished the Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep anthology. (Goodreads helpfully tells me I started reading it on May 28. o_o) I found it was a mixed bag--not surprising in an anthology with such a variety of writers--but I don't think that's why it took so long. Happily, I loved Seanan's "Each to Each", which I'd been really looking forward to, and many of the other stories were great.

I also read two novels, both of them quickly enough that I haven't had a real chance to see if the "read a new-to-me novel and reread Deadline simultaneously" theory will pan out.

The first was Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows, which quite a lot of people I know loved, and a couple of them assured me I could read it without having finished the original Grisha trilogy (of which I read the first book a while back; I now own the whole thing digitally, and do still mean to read it, but it keeps not bumping up on my priority list). Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. ^_^

Abstractly fannish note: as is probably obvious, I don't have many OTPs, but I also don't have that many ships in general. Especially with novels, I often greatly enjoy the relationships on the page, but they don't tend to take up residence in my head in any significant way. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the fact that I knew going in that many people come out of Six of Crows with a very intense ship...which I, uh, am not sure I've identified. O_O Not due to lack of possibilities! It's just I see more than one contender there.

The other novel I read was Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky, and since for once I actually wrote something about it on Goodreads, I'm just going to c&p that here. (Relevant note: I gave it a four-star rating.) "Possibly more like a 3.5 star rating for me personally, because IMO there's a type/degree of detachment from the emotions that nearly always keeps me from falling in love with a story. But that's not a failing in the book; what's it's doing may not be something that hooks my heart, but that doesn't mean it's not doing its thing really well. It's clever and engaging, and it has some kickass turns of phrase."

What are you currently reading?

Today I finally started my Deadline reread. I'm only five chapters in so far, and already I can feel it flowing by much more quickly than my Feed reread did, in a way that I think confirms that the Feed reread took a while because I'd read it much more recently and have read it more times. Deadline (and presumably Blackout) is in much broader strokes in my head--I could lay out its plot thoroughly, and go into a lot of detail about parts I've reread for canon review, but it's not the same.

Non-spoilery things I can say about Deadline: it is so different from Feed, which I can't imagine is a surprise to anyone who's read Feed on its own; the groundwork and circumstances have changed completely. All plot stuff aside, Deadline is as much an "us against the world" book as Feed, but the "us" has opened up significantly, and it has a much stronger found-family element running through it. It's the middle book of a trilogy, so it does a fair bit of setting up Blackout, as middle books tend to, but it also has a lot of things going on, some of which break my heart. (The other books each have a couple of distinct moments that I wait for people to get to, moments when everything changes, but Deadline beats them both in quantity, IMO.)

And also, because I love the entire main cast so much, in some ways Feed makes me a little twitchy because I adore the main characters there too (obviously), but there are so many who're just mentioned in passing, whose roles we know as they're carried out, but they're not physically present until Deadline--which is entirely fair! Georgia and Shaun run an internet news site, and it's just getting off the ground in Feed, and they're on the move a lot while most of their staff are scattered all over the place. So yeah: that's fair and reasonable and all, but getting to Deadline and suddenly having proper access to Becks and Maggie and Alaric and Dave, and more time with Mahir, is wonderful.

[ETA: Spoilers for Feed and Deadline in comments on Dreamwidth!]

What do you think you'll read next?

Novel-wise? Not sure. Depends on how the "juggling two novels" thing goes, and if I read Blackout right after Deadline or not. (I probably will.)

But I have vol. 4 of Ms. Marvel out of the library, so that'll get read soon. ^_^

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Feb. 6th, 2016 12:06 pm
copperbadge: (chicago City Boy)
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I don't think I mentioned this, between the madness of travel yesterday and the madness of using this tiny broken computer that can barely load websites, but I heard back from the job I was interviewing for in Austin. They decided to offer it to someone else, which is always a bit of an ego blow, but on the other hand by the time I was done with the second interview I knew I didn't want it -- and I didn't want to have to decide between Austin and Chicago.

So I'm actually really happy they didn't offer it to me, and I think my folks are happy too. They'd like to have me in Austin, but Mum says if I'm coming home to help them in their old age I should wait another five to ten years, so I think she gets it.

In other news, I wanted to get my host something special for the party she's throwing, and she expressed an interest in Baiju, which is a kind of Asian liquor made from grains -- in much the same way that Terry Pratchett's "scrapple" drink was made from apples.

So I went to Chicago's Chinatown, to a liquor store where I was told I could reliably acquire it, but of course a lot of the signage and labels are in Chinese. So I approached the cashier, who was this older Chinese dude who clearly either owns the store or runs it, and I said, "I'm looking for some Baiju. It's a gift for lunar new year."

His face LIT UP for some reason and he got super excited, and he said, "Oh, you don't want normal baiju. For toasting! You want violent baiju!"

And what else can you say when someone suggests violent liquor to you? YOU SAY YES. So I said "Yes, show me the violent baiju!"

So I bought some Red Star Guo Tou Jiu, which is fifty six percent alcohol by volume. For reference, most vodka is 40%.

I cannot wait to TASTE THE VIOLENCE.

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Feb. 6th, 2016 09:45 am
copperbadge: (sam explains comics)
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Last night, my host sat down with a pile of books in her hands and said “By the way, I do a little origami” and busted out like, A BUNCH OF GREAT ORIGAMI and some awesome books, and proceeded to show me the highlights so I could choose from among them.

I happen to have two decks of Captain America cards, and I had brought one with me because it’s always nice to have a deck of playing cards when you travel, and when I saw the “Playing Card Box” I knew…I had to make A CAPTAIN AMERICA CARD BOX.

I’m super duper pleased with how it came out. I’m going to make at least one more out of the deck I have with me. I have a collection of playing cards at home that I never quite know what to do with, so I might break into those as well when I get back.
umadoshi: (kittens - Jinksy - looking up)
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1) I'd forgotten what spectacular bedhead I have in the mornings when my hair is really short. ^^ It's pretty epic.

2) Have I mentioned that I bought Hamilton? I picked up the CDs a couple of weeks ago. Still haven't listened to it, but hey, I'm a step closer...

3) Do all of the other Seanan McGuire fans know that Unicorn Empire is selling a limited run of "Last Dance" (Sparrow Hill Road) t-shirts and tank tops, which can be ordered until February 9?

4) Ever since the cats were small, I've been amused by how blasé they are about the vacuum cleaner. As kittens they were unnerved enough to follow it around warily; now they generally sleep through a room being vacuumed around them, or sometimes supervise.

Today that went to a whole new level, because [personal profile] scruloose has acquired a quadcopter/remote control drone (yes, we are very different sorts of geeks *g*), and tonight he tried it out in the living room (which is much too small for it, but he was just getting an initial feel for the controls). I'd say this thing is about the size of one of the cats, and it's loud, and it was flying around the room and bumbling into things.

Claudia and Jinksy both woke up, blinked, relocated to spots where they could see better (Claud atop a bookcase, Jinksy at the end of the couch nearer to the open part of the room), and watched intently for the duration. Neither of them made a sound. Neither showed any fear or real wariness; [personal profile] scruloose said he'd call them nonplussed, but that's about it.

(Side note: if you live with two long-haired cats and weren't entirely sure that you really should have vacuumed yesterday? Flying a drone around the house will tell you that yes, you really should have. So that's on the to-do list for tomorrow. O_o The copter lifted the cats' crinkle bag a good foot off the floor, so you can imagine what it did to tumbleweeds of fur that had gotten under furniture.)
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Fandom/Geeky Things

At Panels, [twitter.com profile] incitata posted "Licensing Limbo: The Fear of Every Manga Fan".

Also at Panels, "Faith Is Breaking the Rules for Fat Girls". "When I turned a page to find Faith on the couch, in shorts, eating, I was blown away. This was a picture of me. A real fat girl living a real, normal life. But “Good” fat women don’t wear shorts where people can see them, and they are very careful about what they eat in front of others. The rules make these activities a secret. Clothing made for fat women (all of it, until relatively recently) is big, loose, billowy – curtains meant to help everyone forget there is a body underneath. Reminding people about fat bodies is against the rules."

"Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston 50th anniversary storyboards appear". [Den of Geek]

"Meet Chloe Bruce, Daisy Ridley’s Totally Rad Stunt Double for The Force Awakens". [The Mary Sue]


Ko-Fi is "A 'Buy Me a Coffee' Button for Your Site, Blog or Profile". A couple of people I know on Twitter just started using this, and it seems like a neat idea.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alexseanchai, "a helpful pain scale for people who have difficulty with doing body inventory or quantifying pain".

"Ask Polly: Why Did My Dream Man Dump Me?" I saw this going around Twitter with "This is the kindest, most compassionate response to chill girl bullshit that I have ever seen."

"Meet the death doulas: the women who stay by your side to the end".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sovay, "Drowned world: welcome to Europe’s first undersea sculpture museum".

"Airplane Food In Economy Vs. First Class On 20 Airlines". [Buzzfeed]

"The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies: The horror-movie trope owes its heritage to Haitian slaves, who imagined being imprisoned in their bodies forever.". [The Atlantic] [October 2015]

"Unicorn Bedroom Slippers That Light Up When You Walk".

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Feb. 5th, 2016 09:54 am
copperbadge: (chicago City Boy)
[personal profile] copperbadge
So I am traveling this week, but I brought my origami paper with me! (I brought the quirky origami paper that folds weird 'cause it's paper-backed foil.) Today I made a golden Penguin And Child.

I do love the way the foil looks in the final figure, even if the corners are a bit sloppy. THE GOLDEN PENGUIN -- it sounds like a spy novel.

Otherwise today I have mostly hung out with people and played Avengers Academy on my phone. Although I did also eat fried cheese curds. Fried cheese curds sit at the parallel apexes of "food that is bad for you" and "the best thing I've ever put in my mouth".

I wake up most morning at 4 to go running, and this morning I woke up at 4 per usual, not because my alarm went off but because a cat was standing on me. And for a split second I thought, oh, the cat wants to go running with me this morning! He's waiting for me to put on my running shoes!

But then I realized that was nonsense, and I went back to sleep. NO RUNNING TODAY, CAT.

Weekend cleaning/cheerleading

Feb. 5th, 2016 01:37 pm
lizcommotion: Patrick Stewart in Star Trek attire with the caption "Engage" (Patrick Stewart)
[personal profile] lizcommotion posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning

It is the weekend times. If you are doing any kind of cleaning or erranding or adulting and would like cheerleading or encouragement or a place to shout TA-DA from the virtual rooftops, here is a spot to do so.

I am having some people over tomorrow and doing some pre-visitor tidying. Also dishes for the cats, because they go through a ridiculous number of dishes per day.

I kept trying to figure out why I was not getting as many things "done" as I felt like I should, and in addition to traditional body/brain issues I think it is partly because there is a very interesting cat power renegotiation going on at the moment and I keep stopping to watch. Also they are renegotiating who gets my lap when and I don't want to upset the balance of power. *cough*

...okay look they're adorable it's hard okay...

so anyway, I'm off to put away some dishes and then go stare at my cats for 15 minutes or so.
umadoshi: (The 100 - Clarke & Bellamy hug (peaked))
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1) Even though I've been watching Elementary significantly longer than The 100, I'm now so much more aware of Thursday being The 100 night (thanks to Twitter) that I keep being vaguely startled to see that oh, yes, there's something else I'll want to catch up on too.

2) I got my hair cut yesterday! Basically I went to my stylist and said, "You know I'm not going to style my hair in the slightest or come back in a timely manner, so I would like a forgiving wash-and-wear pixie cut, with or without bangs, as you please." The other time I had a pixie cut, in 2012 (IIRC), it had bangs, but the bangs I have now are much longer and more sideswept. I think they look neat, but I'm already clipping them (although justifying that a bit in the name of helping my hair get used to the notion of parting on the side, not the middle), so next time I'll ask her to cut them a lot shorter. While I was there we chatted about all kinds of things, and I told her I'm leaning strongly towards growing my (now-badly-faded, of course) red dye out so I can get her to put oil slick colors in. ^_^ She seemed very pleased. (She's so great.)

3) Tonight's plan for going to the ramen place from Sunday night again, this time with [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear and Pumpkin, was set aside for plan B (order Chinese at their place), because poor [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear is still feeling pretty lousy. ;_; Whatever cold strain is going around is a nasty one. Kas had it, Ginny's still getting over it, and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose is still sick too (he managed to go to work in the afternoons yesterday and today, and is hoping tomorrow will be a full day).

So far I'm still healthy. *fingers crossed* And hopefully sometime soon we can get back to the ramen place and I can have oyakodon (and Pumpkin can have gyoza, now that I've vouched for their tastiness).

4) We have a rainfall warning for tomorrow. Happy February? But I'll take it over last winter's ridiculous amounts of snow.

5) I have a [dreamwidth.org profile] trope_bingo card (drawn from the main list, the kink list, and the AU list). We'll see how this one goes. (I didn't write a single fill for the last one. >.>) A notion I've been rolling around in my head for a while could be fun for "metafiction"...if it applies. I'll have to give that some thought.

card under the cut )
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