I've spent a fair bit of time lately wondering: is life ever going to settle down so I can just do a job I don't hate, and pet my cat, and see my friends, and write? Or should I just accept that it is always going to be a roller coaster, and try to do everything I can right now?
(Of course my approach now is a combination of "both" and "give up and lie on the floor")
I HAVE been a little more proactive about answering emails, though.
Um, what else is my life right now...
Emily has learned to snuggle? It's part of a deliberate behavioural program to make her a happier cat. In the two months I've had her I've worked in a lot of ways to achieve this (furniture, playtime, how I pet her, when I feed her...) and she is different. She greets guests in the middle of the floor instead of hiding under furniture; she doesn't dart out and attack feet anymore; she bites to communicate displeasure a lot less, and uses movement and expression instead; her play aggression is a lot less aggro; and now, she snuggles.
There's still a long way to go--to get her to play independently more, to feel secure enough to stay where she is instead of following her chosen human everywhere, to not need to hypervigiliantly monitor territory--but we get to there by going through here.
I literally just went from aw to wtf.
NO BUT THIS IS WHY I LOVE LAIKA THO,
there was this big uproar over a character from paranormal being gay, so what do they do? next movie, they make a commercial that THROWS THE GAY IN YOUR FACE. They’re literally not being subtle at all about their queer representation and I fucking love them for it
Throw the gay in your face is perhaps the best thing I’ve heard all week.
Title: They Grew Up Young
Fandom: Gotham (TV)
Length: around 5,000 words
Characters: Bruce Wayne and Gordon, a little Alfred, Cat on the periphery
Warnings/additional tags: this is gen, but there are sexual overtones that involve an underaged person. There is nothing explicit, and I assume you could read it and not see any of that, but I put it there purposely, so there you go.
Summary: Snapshots of Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne as they get older. Bruce fucks up a lot and Gordon wonders what the hell to do about it.
Link: They Grew Up Young
When Jo Grant met Twelve, aka, Katy Manning and Peter Capaldi are adorable and I love them. Also someone should create an icon from this picture.
Tinker Tailor Super-Soldier Spy (13726 words) by littlerhymes
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Nick Fury/Alexander Pierce
Characters: Nick Fury, Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter, Alexander Pierce, James "Bucky" Barnes, Jim Morita
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alternate Origin Story, Cold War, Spies & Secret Agents, Action/Adventure
Steve survives World War II. In 1972, he and Director Carter team up with a young Nick Fury to investigate a mission gone wrong.
Described by the author as writing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the scriptwriters of which sasid they were going for a 1970s thriller type of story, as an actual 1970s thriller. Therefore, Steve Rogers never ended up frozen. What I love about this retelling/AU, not confined to, but mainly: 1) It's Nick Fury centric (Nick Fury doesn't get enough love in this fandom), 2.) Director Peggy Carter in her 50s is awesome, 2.) While the backstory is that she and Steve split up some time as a couple some time after the war because she didn't want to be Mrs. Captain America and he wasn't comfortable with her Director-of-SHIELD ambiguity, they're still firm friends, which isn't just claimed but shown, and best of all, the split didn't happen just so the story can get Steve together with Bucky (who spends it, as he does the movie, in the not-conductive-to-romance brainwashed Winter Soldier state).
2. A few weeks ago Irene dropped her ipad and the screen cracked. She took it in to a local repair place and they fixed it for $140, which is way cheaper than the $250 Apple charges for a replacement. But a few days after getting the ipad back, the actual LCD screen cracked, not through anything she did, just normal pressure. We have no idea if the repair guy damaged the screen while replacing the glass or what, but of course when we tried to take it back there, they said it wasn't their fault. But tonight we took it down to Apple and they replaced it free of cost!
3. I posted the final chapter of A Child's Child! While this isn't the longest manga I've ever translated, it's the longest thing I've completed all by myself, and it's also one of the first manga I started scanlating (as opposed to just doing translations for other people), so it's a pretty big thing for me! Not sure if I'm going to take on another project just yet or just try to get more done on the other stuff I have going on...
Title: A Child's Child
Original Title: コドモのコドモ (Kodomo no Kodomo)
Author: Sasou Akira
Publisher: Action Comics
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations
Scanlation Status: Complete
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: In a small town in Tokyo, the PTA argues about teaching sex ed in elementary school, but what nobody knows is that eleven-year-old Haruna is already pregnant. When she decides not to tell any adults, it's up to her classmates to help her through this ordeal. (Note: This is not loli. Sex happens off-screen and the artwork is not fan-servicey.)
Chapter Summary: A reunion...
Chapter 29: An Adult's Child
And a complete volume download for those who want it:
I hadn’t noticed, writing my car seat review (most of which I drafted about a month ago), that as of just a few days ago, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have signed off on the 2013 updates to the Australian Safety Standards allowing ISOFIX (with top tether) baby car seats to be sold and used in Australia. Car Advice has an article about it. Maxi-Cosi has seats for sale already. Britax (the Safe-n-Sound company) will apparently follow this month.
The new standards should also allow more extended rear-facing, which is good news for children’s safety in cars. That said, I am not sure if we personally will get A an extended rear-facing or ISOFIX seat for practical reasons: we car-share, and I don’t know the ISOFIX status of all the models of car we drive, and then of course there’s also the seat depth issue: if they have a longer seat depth (the two Maxi-Cosi seats so far are both 57cm), A is safer at the expense of me getting airbag injuries (and/or losing steering wheel play because my knees are touching it). Tricky!
But average sized people and/or people who own their own cars may be interested to hear that you can now get one brand of ISOFIX seat in Australia with more to come!
Crowley tries to write fanfiction and then it devolves into a hilarious round robin.
The opening is gold, and so is the entire back half. There's a slow bit right after the beginning, but believe me, it is totally worth hanging in. The character voices are spot on, and omg, I am still crying thinking of some of the lines. I just typed half the fic into a chat window with my wife. So much awesome, my face hurts from the smiling.
Secret Window (5326 words) by DrunkenColaBottle
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Castiel/Dean Winchester, Castiel/Sam Winchester
Characters: Crowley, Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Charlie Bradbury, Castiel
Additional Tags: Crack, Crowley tries to write fanfiction, this is basically just stupid, No Plot, Chatting & Messaging
Summary: Crowley tries to write a fanfiction, but gets interrupted and has his story hi-jacked by a bunch of idiots.
So last night cops arrested 7 protesters, then turned to the rest of the protesters and told them “we’ll release them without bond if you leave (stop protesting)”
They literally turned their own dubiously legal arrests into a hostage situation. They took hostages. Ferguson PD is a terrorist organization and they aren’t even trying to hide that fact any more.
Look at this
Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives
Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14.
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