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Feb. 14th, 2017

Underneath Everything || G || McKay/Sheppard

Title: Underneath Everything
Author: goddess47
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: G
Genre: fluff
Word Count: 275
Prompt: mcsheplets #248 - Separate; also for romancingmcshep

Summary: "I kinda hate when you do that..."

Note: Silly AO3 won't let me post and I wanted to get this up for now...


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Feb. 11th, 2017

Back online!

So I'm (almost) back from our cruise... I'm currently in a hotel room not too far from LAX... unfortunately for my sister-in-law, it's evidently too far form anyplace interesting to visit... I know she was hoping to do some tourist thing... but I don't feel too bad, she could have done some research ahead of time and did not... so they're in the hot tub, I'm in the room... finally on a reliable internet connection!

Mexico wasn't exotic by any stretch of anyone's imagination... mostly tourist trap things... the tequila tasting tour we took was fun and it made me appreciate different flavors and that it's a more complex liquor than I had previously thought. But the "feel free to tip me, as well as everyone around me" step away from begging quickly became annoying.

I understand it, mind you. The trip this week wasn't largely different from the trip I took to Acapulco when I was in college... over 30 years ago, if anyone is keeping count! But the separation between 'everyday' folk and the rich is even larger now than it was then. There is a minimal middle class, and the dependence on tourist dollars is kinda scary. You don't have to go far to understand the desire to try to come someplace where there is a chance at earning a decent living. </rant>

And then, of course, I catch a cold on day 5, and am still suffering with that... which is why I'm in the room and not in the hot tub! (Darn!) I'm hoping for some decent sleep tonight so traveling tomorrow is better than it would have been today. It would not have been pretty, being on a plane from LA to Buffalo with this cold... tomorrow won't be perfect, but I'm hoping to be over the worst of it.

So tomorrow will be mostly offline, traveling, but will be checking in on Monday and catching up with my flist.

Missed you!

This entry was originally posted at http://goddess47.dreamwidth.org/52194.html. Comment here or there as you please.
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Feb. 2nd, 2017

Vacation! And going (mostly) offline

Not that I post a lot, but wanted to leave a note that I'm going on a vacation with the hubby, his sister and her hubby for the next 10 days... I'll have some internet access along the way, but there will be days of being offline...

So if I'm not posting at all or not even commenting, that's why!

I'm getting a withdrawal headache even thinking about it! ::grin::

We're going on a cruise to the "Mexican Riviera" -- from LA to various ports along the west coast of Mexico. Days at sea are actually my favorite... I'm away from home, on a boat and they have alcohol! What more could one ask for? Well, the even better part is that there will be serious writing time along the way. I have a bunch of stories due in late Feb and early March that I'm hoping to get some work on while I'm away.

There will be a trip report and some pics when I get back...

Don't have too much fun without me... although if you do have too much fun, package some of it up and save it for me!

::hugs to everyone::

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Jan. 24th, 2017

Potion Variations || Harry/Severus || NC-17

Title: Potion Variations
Author: [personal profile] goddess47
Pairing: Harry/Severus
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 5 x 100

Summary: "You should have mentioned you had submitted your paper to the Potions Journal," Severus said over afternoon tea.


Notes: For prompt 560: Conflict of Interest


Potion Variations [on AO3]

This entry was originally posted at http://goddess47.dreamwidth.org/51536.html. Comment here or there as you please.
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Jan. 13th, 2017

Fic: Starting Anew || HP || Harry/Severus

Title: Starting Anew
Author/Artist: [personal profile] goddess47
Pairing(s): Harry/Severus
Prompt: Twenty-year-old Harry wants to hide after his much publicized break-up with Ginny and shows up on Severus' doorstep on the eve of Yule.
Word Count/Art Medium: 1750
Rating: G
Contains (Highlight to view): *None*
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.

This was my contribution for 2016 [profile] mini_fest on LJ


Summary: Harry had no where else to go...


Starting Anew

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Jan. 2nd, 2017

Looking for suggestions from any Brits (or Britain-knowledgable) on my list

Part of my 'day job' is working in an IT department in a small US college outside of Buffalo, NY. So, east coast USA, as a point of reference.

One instructor requires students to video something and upload it to the internet so she can see it and grade the project. The instructor can barely spell 'computer' much less use one, but she's teaching an online class.

One of the students in the class has created a half hour video project that is on her phone that she needs to upload and submit. The student is in the military and currently stationed somewhere in England (I don't have an exact location).

The student doesn't know much more about technology than the instructor and cannot even get the video off her phone to download to a flash drive to simply mail the video that way. Claims the phone won't do this, and the cable she has won't work for that access.

I suggested she find a video camera where she re-record the video, download it from there and, again, mail it in. She claims no one has a video camera... she took the 'video camera' suggestion literally and I've now sent her back looking for someone with another phone. Sigh.

Additionally, I've now sent her to the base IT department... I'm out of ideas.

What I'm looking for is whether it's at all possible to 'rent' high speed internet access in England... might there be options to get access to higher speed internet options... public and home internet seems to be 'too slow' and won't upload the video to any video service. I'm into throwing money at it (it's not my money! ::grin:: ) to try to solve this problem.

I'm suspecting that you're going to tell me "in London, you can..." and I'll take that... in the end, this really isn't my problem, but if I don't have a reasonable option, it will be my department who gets some of the (undeserved) blame....

Sigh.

They will probably do a Skype session where the student plays the video for the instructor there... if the instructor is happy, I'm happy, but there has to be something I'm not thinking of...

Anything you can suggest will be appreciated! Thanks!

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Jan. 1st, 2017

2016 Fic List

In the end, 2016 was a decent year... I've done better, I've done worse...

I wrote 60,000 words in fic and another bunch of words in recs... I've done recs on Slashworld (not enough of those), and on [profile] stargateficrec...

I'm also a mod on [community profile] inkingitout and there's a bunch of words there when it's my turn to mod on a weekend...

And many thanks to the Squee folk, who have been the high point of my year for the last couple of years.

On to the fic... (there are a couple of fest fic that will go on to next year's list)

Harry Potter

Practical Astronomy -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/5829649
Cold to all that might have been --http://archiveofourown.org/works/5899870
Unencumbered -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6319036
Every Wish is Like a Prayer -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6706477
Valentine Comment Fic -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6709360/chapters/15343891
Red Faced -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6743386
Summer Days -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/5118068/chapters/15539593
Reading the Fine Print -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8228093
Water Music -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8288234
A Time for Desperate Measures -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8288345
Thinning of the Veil -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8561950

Teen Wolf

Frank's Backstory -- http://goddess47.livejournal.com/111232.html
Waiting -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8288056
Event Planning -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8288075
Life is What Happens -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8605903
Getting out the vote -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8605954
Scenes from a Thanksgiving Dinner -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8687440

SG-1

A is for AAR -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6137174
X is for X-Box -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6137226
O is for Olfactory -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6137251
G is for Grandpa Nick -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8672992
I is for Incendiary -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8686984
Y is for Young Samantha Carter -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8636755

Stargate Atlantis

An Unexpected Sentinel -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/5957020
The Photographer -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6708955
On Cloud Nine -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/6769459
Taking His Time -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8238253
A Military Mother -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8605837
Engaging in Polite Conversation -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8947750
Serving More than Food -- http://archiveofourown.org/works/8970442


Here's hoping for a good (and prolific) 2017!

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Dec. 30th, 2016

Sticking Around, but making back up plans...

Couple of folk on my flist have already posted notes about moving post only at Dreamwidth. This is due to the servers for LJ being now fully located in Russia.

If LJ disappears without notice, I'm still "goddess47" on both Dreamwidth and Insane Journal... so come and find me there, if you need.

And, if you have things on your LJ that you'd like to keep, there is an LJ archive program that seems to work fairly well.

LJArchive - downloadable here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/ljarchive/ -- is simple to install and run... there is a ljarchive comm where there are comments about problems with downloading comments, so I skipped that for the moment in favor of having at least my posts. It's an older program, but installed and ran on my Win 10 system with no problem. Not sure it runs on a Mac, you'll have to poke at it.

It only took minutes to download 500 some posts that started Christmas 2007 (!)... My LJ has fic I've written that I really don't have anywhere else...

The program will also archive communities -- have to try that next to see how it works.

What it doesn't do is copy things that I've posted elsewhere on other comms or where fest mods have posted for me... so there are a couple (okay, lots!) of things that I'm going to search for this weekend (since I have no New Year Eve plans).

But I'm sticking around -- there are things comms / people here that I don't have contact with anywhere else...
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Dec. 29th, 2016

Star Trak marathon!

Being the week between Christmas and New Year's, there's not a lot on the idiot box... at least not a lot I'm interested in.

Channel surfing found some original Star Trek on BBC America -- and classic stories, at least for tonight. "Space Seed" -- Ricardo Montalban as Kahn! "Amok Time" where we first learned about Pon Farr. And now "Mirror, Mirror" -- Spock with a goatee!

OTOH, I'm not going to stay up until 2 am for "I, Mudd" ::grin::

Such fun!
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Dec. 23rd, 2016

Serving More than Food || G || McKay/Sheppard

Title: Serving More than Food
Author: goddess47
Recipient: clotpolelis
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard, implied Jackson/O'Neill
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2150
Warnings: None
Summary: "It's Oatmeal-ish day," Nathalie admitted. "So... hot oatmeal or... oatmeal breakfast cookies."

Notes: I didn't fit in everything you asked for, but I got a bunch of your requests in this... hope you like it!

For 2016 sga_secretsanta

LINK TO STORY ON AO3
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Dec. 21st, 2016

Engaging in Polite Conversation || McKay/Sheppard

Title: Engaging in Polite Conversation
Author: goddess47
Recipient: islandofwords
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1450
Warnings: None
Summary: "What did you touch?"

Notes: Many thanks to the folk at Squee weekend who helped me come up with this! You asked for "Ancient Tech gone awry" and I had great fun writing this story. Hope you enjoy it!

For 2016 sga_secretsanta

LINK TO STORY ON AO3
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Dec. 17th, 2016

Signal Boost -- Vote for Sarah Madison!

If you don't know, sgamdison writes slash fic under the pen name Sarah Madison.

There's a reader poll for the best slash writer and she's at the "top 10" round.

She has no delusions of winning -- there are folk on the list who are better known and more prolific -- but it's our duty to go and vote so we can show her some love.

Go here: http://gaybook.reviews/2016/12/17/readers-top-10-authors-final-round/ -- you can vote daily, and you can choose the 'anonymous' option, so you don't even need to set up another account! (Yay for that!)

Go and vote!
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Nov. 28th, 2016

Alphabet Soup - SG-1 Gen Fic Day!

If you don't know, sg_fignewton runs an "Alphabet Soup" SG-1 Gen fic challenge on an irregular basis.

The list of contributions (so far) can be found here: http://sg-fignewton.livejournal.com/295209.html

I did three short entries for this time around...

G is for Grandpa Nick
Daniel got his love of languages from his Grandpa
Here: G is for Grandpa Nick

I is for Incendiary
Playing with fire can be dangerous.
Here: I is for Incendiary

Y is for Young Samantha Carter
Sam had shown her brilliance even as a child.
Here: Y is for Young Samantha Carter

Go and give some of the others some love!

Nov. 19th, 2016

McSheplet 241: Routine || A Military Mother || McKay/Sheppard

Title: A Military Mother
Author: goddess47
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: G (for this part)
Genre:
Word Count: 259
Prompt: #241 - Routine

Summary: Paying attention to those to whom one is indebted.


"Damn," John muttered.

"What?" Rodney asked, looking up from his computer.

"Pat Kutteles died," John said. "It came in on the routine new feed."

"Who?" Rodney frowned.

"Just... someone I kinda knew," John replied. "Well, not really knew. Knew of."

"That makes no sense. Even for you." Rodney put his computer on the bedside table and turned to look at John.

John reached out to lightly touch the picture of a woman he had never met on the screen.

"I never met her," John said. "But... she worked for years to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"Did she have a son in the service?" Rodney prompted as John went silent.

"Yeah... he was murdered by someone in his unit. For being suspected of being gay." John shook his head. "It was totally covered up, but... she never gave up."

"I know there were a lot of ugly things that went on during Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Rodney murmured.

"She fought for years to get that repealed," John said. "She only wanted justice for her son." John shook his head. "She never really did get it."

"How did you learn about her?" Rodney asked.

"Friend of a friend." John gave a shrug. "But... she was important." To people like me went unsaid.

Rodney moved closer, and put a warm hand on John's thigh.

"Then we should send our condolences to the family and, maybe, we could ask Teyla about a memorial tea ceremony," Rodney suggested.

"That's a good idea," John said. He leaned in for a soft kiss. "Thank you!"




A/N: I saw Patricia Kutteles' obituary in my local paper and wanted to share, in my own way!
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Nov. 9th, 2016

Learning to Breathe

I'm still stunned that this country really elected Donald Trump president.

My firm beliefs:

--this is the US version of Brexit and there will be a number of folk going "What?" in a relatively short period of time. It won't be everyone, but it will be significant enough to make the rest of us into a real majority.

--Trump will be, at best, a one term president. This is parallel to Jimmy Carter who came in to "make everything better" but didn't have the Washington savvy to get anything done. There are still three branches of government and the President is only one.


Let the idiots have their celebration... we're still here, working to keep everything together. They won't even notice us.


So. The goal is to: celebrate our successes where we can find them, no matter how small; keep an eye on each other; keep your head; and keep your head down.

We're here for each other...

::hugs::
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Nov. 1st, 2016

Happy (Belated) Halloween!

One of the fun fests is hp_halloween (on LJ and IJ)... it's exactly (!) 200 words of some flavor of Harry Potter folk, some gen, some slash, some femme slash and all generations of HP characters... there's something for everyone! It's a well run exchange and something I look forward to every year.

All sort of HP writers come out of the woodwork for this...

I wrote a fic for rivertempest called Thinning of the Veil which turned out more sad than spooky.

And I got a lovely story from cruisedirector called Festival Rites.

If you're in the mood for Halloween fic, go and check it out!
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Oct. 8th, 2016

Taking His Time, McKay/Sheppard, NC-17

Title: Taking His Time
Author: goddess47
Pairing: John/Rodney
Word Count: 580
Rating: Oh, so very NC-17
Challenge: For Blowtober and mcsheplets #238: Addiction
Warnings: It's porn, people...
Summary: John liked to take his time with Rodney
Disclaimer: Sigh. Not mine



Taking his time on AO3
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Oct. 6th, 2016

Reading the Fine Print, Harry/Severus (NC-17)

Title: Reading the Fine Print
Author: goddess47
Pairing: Severus Snape / Harry Potter
Word Count: 3 x 100
Rating: NC-17
Challenge: Snarry100 #545: The Fine Print
Warnings: smut (as if that's a problem!)
Summary:
Disclaimer: JKR owns these chracters. No money is made from this.



Reading the Fine Print (on AO3)
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Sep. 16th, 2016

Fest prompts?

I have the SGA Secret Santa request page as a tab in my browser right now... it's been there for a couple of days.

I'm going to participate but I'm staring at the sign-up form and, for the life of me, can't really come up with any decent prompts... I can do the generic "fluff, happy ending, pining" thing but I keep wanting to do something even a hair more interesting...

What sorts of things do you prompt others for, especially for a kinda generic fest like SGA Secret Santa? When it's a holiday fest -- like Halloween -- it's (maybe?) easier to come up with something holiday related.

What sorts of things do you put into the 'not want' category?

For most fests, unless it's a dark theme, I always ask for "no major character death" and sometimes "no partner betrayal" but past that, the good news is that I'm pretty open to lots of things... folk who dislike mpreg, for example, put that into the list, but I think mpreg is fun to play with... so it's interesting to find that fine line.

Well, if nothing else, go and sign up yourself! http://sga-secretsanta.livejournal.com/15468.html -- maybe we'll end up writing for each other!

This entry was originally posted at http://goddess47.dreamwidth.org/49711.html. Comment here or there as you please.

Sep. 14th, 2016

Worlds Colliding

I love it when real life and fandom collide!

Well, only for me, but my fandom friends will understand.

As a required compliance training thing at work, we were all required to complete a short, online training session on harassment and gender equity. There's a business reason for the emphasis on the gender equity part but -- for anyone that works for even a faintly large company -- it was a typical training exercise... several screens of definitions and about "playing well together" but this particular session had an emphasis on dealing with gender fluid folk. It finished with a short series of very simple "is this harassment?" questions to see if you had been paying any attention at all.

As I'm going through this exercise, I'm remembering a Teen Wolf story I had read that was about a 'wolf who was male when he was in human form, female as a wolf -- and he had a boyfriend. (FWIW, it was a very well done story, particularly sensitive in dealing with the young man who struggled with his female instincts near the full moon).

But there I am, working through this very bland exercise that took the time to define -- more than once -- what "gender fluid" meant, and wondering how corporate folk would deal with someone like my young werewolf friend.

Maybe corporate america needs to hire more folk in fandom... just a thought!



PS: The story is part 2 of "Little Wild Animal" series on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/series/309867

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Sep. 8th, 2016

Cats!

tiny_cat_12573_8950

Okay, I stole that...

But it's there as payment for this: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kritzer_01_15/ -- that will make more sense after you read it!

I had not seen that story before (it's short!)... it's too good not to share!

This entry was originally posted at http://goddess47.dreamwidth.org/49380.html. Comment here or there as you please.

Sep. 7th, 2016

I love staying up at night....

It's the dratted day job that I have to be awake for that's the problem... sigh... getting up in the morning after not enough sleep isn't fun!

So... toddling off to bed earlier than I'd kinda like but, honestly, I need the sleep!

::hugs::

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Sep. 6th, 2016

Football!

Through a series of minor... accidents? mishaps? poor planning? all of the above? I've become the local 'bookie' at work...

It's all at the friendly level... the football pool started years ago by a woman in another office who luckily moved it online before she retired. As she was looking around for someone to take it, one of my friends in another office took it on and I said I'd help her out. So my friend ran the pool and the secretary in the office handled the money.

Well, then my friend -- over-honest soul that she is -- was elected secretary (not treasurer, just secretary) of the local union and decided that she needed to step back from running the pool and would I take over... and the secretary in her office would continue to handle the money.

Well, in the middle of the season last year, the secretary went out on long term sick leave and rather than return, she decided to retire. Leaving me to run the entire thing.

Luckily, I have a minion in my office who has been helpful and has been good about helping to collect money and soliciting players.... I do love having minions!

Football starts Thursday... the good news is that the pool mostly runs itself and once we get started, I only need to dole out the money... we do try to keep it simple!

Life is always interesting!

This entry was originally posted at http://goddess47.dreamwidth.org/48721.html. Comment here or there as you please.

Sep. 5th, 2016

Fic I Need to Write...

While I keep a to-write list, I thought it might be useful to me to say out loud the fic I need write over the next bit... I didn't make the Sterek Big Bang cutoff and my HP Drizzle fic was really, really late... so there's enough to do in the Fall that I need to keep writing... some less reading will help that, I suspect! ;-)

Fests I've signed up for:

SGA - Conspiracy theory fest

HP Mini Fest

Secret Snarry Swap -- although it's not really a swap; you just pick from a prompt list and write a Snarry fic

SGA Reverse Bang -- good thing here is most of this will be into the new year

Yet to come:

HP Halloween - haven't seen this yet, but it will probably come up for air in late September -- and it's only 200 words

SGA Secret Santa -- not sure if it will run again but want to leave space for it... if anyone knows anything, that would be helpful

And there's always a multi-fandom Advent Fest (daily prompts) for December that I've done some of in the past...

Hmmm.... guess I have my work cut out for me...

This entry was originally posted at http://goddess47.dreamwidth.org/48529.html. Comment here or there as you please.

Sep. 4th, 2016

Pretty Feet!

Let's see if this works... I've finally given in that I should have more pics and while I know lots of theory, actually doing it is always the challenge.

And LJ was always picture friendlier than DW, so anything image-wise, I've generally done there. But since I'm trying to also cross-post, have to see what I can do!

Pretty feet!

This is the result of yesterday's free Saturday... I'm the once-a-year mani/pedi person, so yesterday was it. I got this lovely purple-ish color on the toes and did the sensible clear on my hands...

If I get anything but clear on my hands, I'm going to pick at it from the beginning and strip it off before I get to work on Tuesday because I never do it and I'm hyper-aware of it... ;-) The young lady who did my hands understood the "short and round" description (they frequently try to do things that I would never do and I'm cleaning it up the next day), so she cleared up my cuticles (I think that's TMI) and it's fun to have that for myself.

Off to a friend's house for a small picnic for the holiday weekend.

If you have any non-Atlantis Jack O'Neill fic you'd like me to rec on [profile] stargateficrec, feel free to leave me a note... I'm trolling AO3 for Jack O'Neill fic that might need some love, but I'll be glad to share any you think worthwhile!

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