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09 February 2013 @ 04:44 pm
I already made this announcement at DW, but in case you missed it, I am accepting icon requests for Galentine's Day. So if you'd like some icons, head over there and leave me some screencaps.
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27 February 2012 @ 11:10 am
Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at National Protest Against the War on Women
Horrified at the latest encroachments on the rights and freedom of women in the US?

Do charts like this freak you the fuck out? (Source)

Are you pissed off that your access to birth control is under attack? Or that some politicians are trying to enforce vaginal ultrasounds before abortions? Or that Santorum thinks your sex and body are his business? Starting to feel like we've taken a huge step backward in terms of women's advancement?


I know some people (understandably) don't have a Facebook, and this thing doesn't appear to have an off-FB site, but please take a look-see at THIS.

The deets:

On Saturday, April 28th, there will be a National Protest Against the War on Women.

This protest will be at every state capitol, plus D.C.

This organizing page has the links to each states' page (on the right sidebar, click "see more", and scroll down).

EDIT: They now have an off-FB page. We Are Woman March on Washington compiles all the Facebook groups, events, and pages.

I'm not the organizer of any of these events. I'm just another pissed off woman who's planning to attend.

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12 February 2012 @ 01:18 pm
More Feedback Week, Feb 11-19, Leave a Comment

If you'd like to leave me feedback, you can find my fic on LJ or AO3.
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16 November 2011 @ 07:44 pm
Today, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system.
This bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same. [Learn more here.]

Do you support this bill?

First, let me say that this question is absurdly biased.

Second, yes, I support the bill, and not just because I'm being paid to. :) I generally don't like to take my work home with me, but the scare tactics on the website linked in the question are ridiculous and someone needs to balance things out.

That's not what the bill does, AT ALL. That website is a complete load of bullshit designed to scare people who have no idea what the legislation actually says. Before you post something, take a look at the other side.

The bill focuses specifically on foreign websites that are dedicated to infringing activities (that is a direct quote from the bill). Sites that have some copyrighted material, but have other uses besides providing illegal access to copyrighted material, would NOT be affected AT ALL.

Tumblr and Facebook are NOT in ANY danger of being shut down. In fact, since they are dot-coms, they're not even affected by this law. If they were infringing sites, they could ALREADY be shut down by ICE. They haven't been, because they are not dedicated to infringing activity.

Furthermore, this is NOT simply a push from the entertainment companies. The bill actually encompasses a TON of hard-goods industries that experience counterfeiting, including auto parts, military equipment, pharmaceuticals, smoke detectors, clothing, and more. It's a health and safety issue - sure, no one's going to die if you steal Dexter, but people can and have died from getting pharmaceuticals online that were laced with cement or lead or other nasty stuff. Imagine if a soldier or police officer is shot in the line of duty - not realizing that their bulletproof vest is fake? Or if you don't realize your smoke alarm is counterfeit, and you're counting on it to wake you up if your house catches on fire in the middle of the night?

The ability to misuse the law is also widely exaggerated. There are strict due process requirements, and the burden of proof to get a court order is extremely high. It's not going to be used to shut down websites willy-nilly. It can't be.

Actually, it doesn't "shut down" websites at all. It simply cuts off access for American consumers. If you're outside the U.S. or are technologically savvy enough to figure out how to get around it, the websites are all still there. The bill is an effort to get American payment processors and ad networks to stop doing business with these websites, so that it will no longer be profitable for them to pirate content.

I would also point out that regular, middle-class working people (including the ones I represent) rely on residuals from downstream markets (DVDs, Netflix, iTunes, etc.). It's not just celebrities and big production companies making money here. Piracy actually hurts independent artists and filmmakers more than the big studios, because they rely ENTIRELY on downstream revenues, since they don't get the big blockbuster release in theaters. It makes it that much harder for them to recoup their investment, and if they can't make money, they won't make movies.

I've said before, and I'll say it again - I'm not going to lecture anyone about how downloading stuff illegally is wrong. For one thing, I'd be a hypocrite, because I'm not totally innocent on that front, either. But that's a moral decision that has nothing to do with the bill. People are gonna do what they want - which is why the bill focuses on choking off the revenue streams rather than suing college kids like the old days. But this kind of misinformation is pretty irresponsible, and if this is the kind of thing LJ is going to allow to be spread around without checking the facts (or at the very least, presenting the other side of the issue), then I'm glad I'm not giving them my money anymore.
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01 November 2011 @ 02:14 pm
WOW, it's been a while since I posted here. But in the interest of keeping ficcy things all in one place, I'm posting my pretty award banner from No Rest for the Wicked (wicked_awards) for my Cordy/Doyle ficlet, Denial. Ain't it purty?

Thank you to whoever nominated me, as well as the awards mods for running the show. (Is this a voting one or a judging one? I don't even know! Thanks to you, too, whoever picked me!) And since the fic was nominated from AO3, this is as good a time as any to note that (almost) all my fic is now archived at Archive of Our Own. I'm kind of thinking that if I ever write more fic, that'll be my primary home, but I don't have any plans at the moment.

Also, since I have recently become an icon maker ~extraordinare (lol), and people are actually USING them (yay!) I figured I should post a PSA for anyone who comes to my LJ looking for them. They're not here! They're at my DW journal, [personal profile] next_to_normal. Go forth and enjoy the little squares of pretty!
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20 February 2011 @ 12:07 pm
*dusts off unused journal*

Figured I'd put this one over here, since that's where all my fic is. Snagged from pretty much everyone:

Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. Upon request, I will post a random line or two from any of these you choose. Assuming that the file adds up to a full line, that is.

* Bad Moon Rising
* Buffy Angel post-NFA
* Buffy
* Dawn
* Double Buffy
* Honesty
* IM new fic
* Little Children
* Never Too Late - there are actually FIVE different versions of this one, all saved in separate files, lol. I don't recall at the moment what the differences are.
* Not As It Should Be
* Pieces - FOUR versions of this one. IDEK.
* Possession
* Saving Angel's Soul
* Solving Problems
* Tell Her This notes - this is the stuff I ended up cutting out, but saved in case it was useful for something else.
* The First
* The New Slayer
* The Wank
* Tomorrow
* Vibrator
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20 November 2010 @ 11:18 am
Hey, long time no see (over here, anyway. The party is happening at Dreamwidth).

Since I intend to keep my DW journal relatively fanfic-free - particularly now that I have RL friends reading it - I decided to put up my recent award banner over here:

I also saw this meme (snagged from beer_good_foamy) and it looked like fun. Probably hardly anyone remembers my fic anymore, but I've always enjoyed talking about myself, lol, so I just couldn't resist:

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if I have that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to do working.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! (Or use this to ask your flist to ask you questions).

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? Why did you decide to do this? And so on.

Fic master list here.

(And speaking of fic, haha, yeah, I never actually got around to revising When in Rome or my alt season six. I still kind of cringe thinking about leaving them as is, but writing fic - and Buffy fic in particular - has been so far from my mind lately that it seems rather unfathomable to actually go back to it. Oh well.)
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01 October 2010 @ 02:34 pm
Boy, am I ever glad I don't have a Whedonesque account, because I'm pretty sure I'd get banned today. :) Instead, I will be channeling my rage into another really disappointing pile of crap. Read on for the review!

Fair warning - this entire book should come with a massive trigger warning stamped on the cover, which means the review is also potentially triggering.

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19 September 2010 @ 10:09 pm
Hi, folks. If you missed my last post, and have been wondering where I've been, two weeks ago I moved permanently and full-time to Dreamwidth. You can find me here from now on.

I am stopping by for a couple reasons. First, as promised, I've been plugging along with my fic revisions project, and I've put up a new version of Evil Me. It's two chapters shorter, and I'm slightly tickled that it's now exactly 10,000 words. No particular reason for that - I just noticed I was at 9,999 and it was too good to pass up. :) I'm rather happy with this revision - aside from cutting out nearly a thousand words (much of which was unnecessary rehashing of what we already know), I added in a few little details that I think improve the logic a bit, which is always a good thing.

Next up is When in Rome, which seems incredibly daunting, because I want to throw out essentially the last two chapters (which is, um, half the fic), but I don't have anything to replace them with, which means actually writing a story. Not sure how I feel about that.

My second reason for posting is because my paid account will be expiring in two days. (Sorry for those of you who read this already at DW, it's gonna be mostly a repeat.) Unless I do something stupid like try to edit it, my layout should remain as is, so you shouldn't actually see much change if you're coming back to read old posts on my LJ.

The one thing I wanted to mention, and kindly ask your help with, is pictures. I have been lazy over the years and had been uploading a lot of my pics to ScrapBook instead of taking the extra step and putting them on Photobucket, which means that they'll all be deleted when the account expires. I spent one whole evening uploading everything to Photobucket and replacing the links. (Unfortunately, I forgot to change the "link to" link, so while the pictures should still appear where they're supposed to, you won't be able to click to view them at Photobucket, lol. Oh, well, y'all will just have to live with that.) I think I got everything, but if you're ever browsing my LJ for whatever reason and you see a missing graphic, please let me know and I'll fix the link!

I hope everyone is doing well. I am still sort of following my flist, since I still like knowing what's going on with all of you, but I have definitely scaled back my LJ time. If you've realized you miss me, you can follow the instructions here to add me as an RSS feed, and my posts will show up in your flist.
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05 September 2010 @ 08:05 pm
Only a few days after my three-year anniversary with LJ, I'm leaving. As of today, I am officially retiring this journal, creating a brand new DW journal under the name next_to_normal, and moving fully and permanently to Dreamwidth.

This is not just because of the LJ/Facebook/Twitter nonsense. If it were simply a matter of LJ being stupid (and when isn't LJ being stupid?), I'd be happy continuing with my dual presence as eowyn_315 at both places, and following the winds of fandom, wherever they might blow. As it turns out, the most recent LJ feature freak-out has turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because it reminded me why I had always been hesitant to make the move to DW in the first place: fandom.

And now that's why I'm leaving. There is no joy left in fandom for me, and I don't want to be this angry and miserable all the time. It's not good for my mental health. I'm not going to deny that the comics were a part of that decision, but this is something that has been building for quite a while, and is coming from my issues with multiple facets of fandom, not least of which is my anxiety at not writing fic anymore, frustration at my loss of interest in the series, and melancholy from feeling like I'm no longer a valuable part of fandom. Issue #36 was merely the last straw.

I still like all of you as individuals, and I don't expect to disappear. I might even still talk about Buffy (the TV show - I don't want anything else to do with the comics, ever), but I don't want it to be a larger proportion of my life than, say, Lost. I just need a good bit more distance from fandom, and I'm hoping DW can provide a better balance.

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02 September 2010 @ 03:03 pm
Ha, okay, FINALLY getting around to writing up reviews of the shows I saw last weekend. Classes just started up again and my parents are going to be around for Labor Day weekend, so I don't know when the other two will happen, but they're definitely coming.

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01 September 2010 @ 12:01 pm
DO NOT WANT anything from my LJ being posted on Facebook or Twitter. If I did, I'd have a Facebook and/or Twitter account and do it my own goddamned self. Actually, I am copying ladyofthelog's post verbatim because she's snarky:

If I find that someone has been crossposting comments they made to my entries to Facebook or Twitter, I will defriend with extreme prejudice.

If you said something that is so witty you have to share it with the world, that is why God/ess gave us Copy and Paste.
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31 August 2010 @ 10:17 pm
Music meme, snagged from alwaysjbj:

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, iPod, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down no matter how silly it sounds.

I dunno, this seems a little bit pointless, but I was thinking about doing another iPod Roulette post anyway, so I suppose we might as well include random questions.

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31 August 2010 @ 11:47 am
I actually finished this book a while ago, but I was holding off on writing about it because I planned to do a multi-book review post, which ended up getting way too long, so I broke it up anyway. Oops.

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30 August 2010 @ 08:46 pm
Snagged from penny_lane_42:

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Current Music: "Devil's Dance Floor," Flogging Molly
30 August 2010 @ 01:19 pm
Back from my weekend in New York. Because I was away, I finally broke my posting streak, after 112 days of posting. I did take my laptop with me, but was having too much fun that I couldn't be bothered to update LJ. Ah, well. Guess I can start counting up to another hundred from today. I also missed a milestone this weekend - Saturday, August 28th was my three-year anniversary with LJ.

Lots of talking about my trip under the cut!

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26 August 2010 @ 06:52 pm
I'm up to episode 2.18 now. I'll be in New York this weekend, so no time to watch TV, which means the rest of this season will have to wait until next week. :( But here's some thoughts to ponder until then.

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25 August 2010 @ 03:49 pm
penny_lane_42 made a post which prompted a discussion about Spuffy (shocker, I know!) and, less obviously, a comparison to Cordy/Angel. I started to comment, but it turned into a book, so here it is in a new post. I've actually talked about Cordy/Angel before, and while I think I like them more as a romantic pairing than I did then, my feelings about the execution fail in their relationship arc remain the same.

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24 August 2010 @ 01:41 pm
I've been focusing most of my brain power on Lost lately (the jury is still out on whether this is a good or bad thing, lol), but I figured I should put together some sort of a reaction post for Six Feet Under as well. I finished season 2 over the weekend, and I kind of remembered why I didn't get through this season the first time. I mean, I still think it's a great show, but it is definitely not up to season 1's standard.

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23 August 2010 @ 07:35 pm
And here we go again! Since I spent most of the weekend doing nothing but be sick and watch TV (with occasional time-outs to let my cat spew medicine at me), I've made quite a bit of progress on Lost. I also finished season 2 of Six Feet Under, so maybe I should collect some thoughts on that? We'll see.

Anyway, discussion up to episode 10 under the cut. Again, it's pretty long. YOU GUYS I AM GETTING VERBOSE. THIS DOES NOT BODE WELL.

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