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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have ONE volunteer reccer who signed up for December with this fandom:

* Bandom ([personal profile] turlough)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in December, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccer has volunteered for January, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for December, January or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of November. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Celebration", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)

Desert Bride by Leyna (SFW)

Nov. 25th, 2015 10:31 pm
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Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: [personal profile] leyna  
Artist Website/Gallery: Leyna on DA  SGA art on AO3
Why this piece is awesome: Leyna's SGA art is well known and I had to include a piece here. Also, who can resist Sheppard in harem pants? Not me. I love the rich colour, and the details - like the lamps, the embroidery, and the desert at night with camels against the moon. John's looking flummoxed by the mess he's in, and Rodney just looks pissed. Also for some reason, I like Rodney in a scarf. 
Link: Desert Bride

Update from OTW Board Members-Elect

Nov. 24th, 2015 11:04 pm
otw_staff: Janita, OTW Communications Co-Chair (Janita OTW Communications Co-Chair)
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Banner by Diane with the outlines of a man and woman speaking with word bubbles, one of which has the OTW logo and the other which says 'OTW Announcement'

AO3 (and other projects) will keep running as usual. Learn more in this update from the OTW Board members-elect: http://bit.ly/1T2to24

Take a Break

Nov. 24th, 2015 09:28 pm
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[personal profile] owlmoose
I decided to take tomorrow off from both my jobs, so Thanksgiving vacation begins now. Baking tomorrow, dinner with family on Thursday, craft fair on Saturday, and second Thanksgiving with friends on Sunday. I should be buckling down to work on my Dragon Age Reverse Big Bang story (I'm close on wordcount but the story has quite a bit to go yet), but I'm having a hard time with motivation tonight. Probably I should post this and close the window and get working. Probably...

Clarke and Lexa by arniearns16 [SFW]

Nov. 24th, 2015 10:28 pm
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Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Clarke/Lexa
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] arniearns16
Why this piece is awesome: I love the color in this piece. It's set in blue which gives the whole thing a very soft, night feel that gives Clarke and Lexa sharing a moment a very intimate feel.

Link: Clarke and Lexa

So, I've been quiet

Nov. 25th, 2015 01:05 pm
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Cut for talk of weight/exercise/eating... )

And because I've been eating better and all, this morning I made cherry jam. Probably going to attempt apricot and white peach in the next couple of weeks, because they're cheap presents and people seem to like getting it. Don't know if the cherry plums will be ripe in time, but if they are, then we'll make that too.


Bought a few things lately. Got five autism books from Better World. (Waiting on one, still, but four arrived okay.) Three personal accounts by nonspeaking autists (Peyton Goddard, Elizabeth Bonker and Tito Mukhopadhyay), one by a speaking autist whose mother's parental account I already own (Blaze Ginsberg) and the one I'm waiting on is a parental account that's meant to be good. (Following Ezra by Thomas Fields-Meyer). Also waiting on a couple of tv series (Lewis, White Collar, Agent Carter), the Funko Pop Agent Carter, and, when it's released, Ant-Man. We bought the photo book for Agent Carter season one because Amazon made it super cheap. It's not the sort of thing we'd usually buy, but I'm glad we did because it's beautifully put together.

That sounds like such a lot of stuff, but that's from the last few months, and pretty much everything was way below retail price except Agent Carter Season One. I paid about five bucks each for the autism books, and I discovered one of them was author signed. Bonus!


I have finally finished knitting the last of the last figure ever for the nativity set I've been making Brother2's family for the last five years. On the one hand, FINALLY, on the other, I have no idea what to make them next year.


Finally watched through White Collar to the end, and I was satisfied with it. I'm kind of sad we didn't get a full length season six, but compressing the major story arc into six episodes with no distractions worked. It felt tight and it told the story the creators obviously wanted to tell. Naturally, I would have preferred more, but at least they fought and won the right to tell that story, rather than having the series end abruptly with the cliffhanger of season five.

Also watched through Poirot and Marple again, and am getting close to the end of Granada Sherlock Holmes. Am feeling desperately left out because everyone else is diving into Jessica Jones and have no way of getting it besides waiting, waiting, waiting for the torrents to finish. Also waiting on Lewis season nine and a Tommy and Tuppence series done earlier in the year. Don't even mention things like Agents of SHIELD, Elementary, Castle, etc to me. We haven't seen anything of the new stuff.


Books I have read recently:
* The last of the Phryne Fisher books I hadn't read. Now am up to date on the series.
* Two marvellous books on Bletchley - The Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop and The Debs of Bletchley Park by Michael Smith. Highly recommend both, as the focus is different - Girls is more about personal accounts, Debs is more of a general history, so they compliment each other really well.
* The Man Who Couldn't Stop by David Adam. Excellent book about OCD. Pretty much confirmed for me what I already thought - that the OCD dx the psychologist tacked on with my (correct) autism dx is bullshit. I have anxiety which can seem to produce obsessive compulsive behaviour, but the headspace/thoughts common to people with OCD are completely not my experience.
* A Double Shot of Happiness by Judy Sharp. Decent enough parental account of an autistic artist.
* Melting Stones & Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce. Read these in published order, and I shouldn't have - chronologically, Battle comes first and Stones second.
* Dirty Magic by Carol Hughes. This felt like it could have been better. I think the writer was aiming to be Garth Nix, and falling far short. It needed a story editor to truncate the dull bits and tease out the important stuff that was just skipped over completely in favour of ending the story.
* i am intelligent by Peyton Goddard and Dianne Goddard. This was really interesting in that the broader story was structured like a parental account but it was peppered with Peyton's own words and observations and experiences. So you had the mother's quest to cure her daughter and integrate her into the community counterpointed with what it was actually like for Peyton. This is a great alternative to the typical structure of relegating the autist's account to an essay or Q&A at the back of the book, as in News From the Border or Reasonable People.

Reading Now:
* Agent Carter Season One Declassified
* I Am in Here by Elizabeth M. Bonker and Virginia G. Breen
* Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray


I've been cataloguing my books again. Added a whole bunch yesterday, no idea how many, but I'll probably do some more tomorrow. The goal is to have everything recorded, so that I can search my collection at a glance. BookDB2 is basic but detailed enough to be satisfying and useful.


Garden is doing well. Kale is great, if somewhat latticey because of getting eaten by bugs. Most of the strawberries have survived and one even seems to be thinking about fruiting. Kohl rabi is getting tall, as are the potatoes and tomatoes. Radishes were a bust, they just made lots of leaves and flowers but there doesn't seem to be any root bulb development. Broad beans are taking over the world. Only one plant each of the snow peas and sugar snap peas sprouted, and they're fighting for a bit of space from the broad beans. All my roses are out now, and they're lovely, as is the honeysuckle. Sage and rosemary going great guns, with beautiful new growth. My scented geraniums which I thought were dead have made a comeback. The rose one sprouted up in August, and the peppermint which I though completely dead and gone as of about April (!!!) suddenly popped up a whole bunch of tiny new leaves a week ago. My lawn is mowed, thanks to the guy who delivers my firewood in the winter, but my disaster of a hedge still needs hacking back to upright. He was meant to come and do that last week, but he hasn't, so I may have to embark on it myself. Not looking forward to that. /o\


Oh, I almost forgot! We did marvel bang again this year, and we ended up with TWO stories. One was the actual fic that we submitted and the other was a fic I'd been writing since January that I finished up just in case I didn't get the main fic done in time. If you like Peggy, Bucky and Steve, if you like canon-close AUs, if you like sequel fix-its of semi-obscure comics mini-runs, then you might like one or both of these fics! If nothing else, go check out Emma's art.

we'll just pick a star and aim for it
The door isn't closed forever, the president had told him. The past will always exist. But Steve himself is a liability. He knows too much about the future, and even if he could stop Bucky from jumping on that plane, he could change the world irrevocably.
Rather than looking back, Steve needs to look forward. He's trying, he really is.
Fortunately, some of his new comrades have a plan to travel through time, cheat death, and neatly avoid breaking reality. It's what comes next that has no plan, and no instructions.
(Or, my Captain America: Man Out Of Time sequel/fix-it fic.)

(so, come on) Put On Your War Paint
All her life she has wanted to run and run and run, but only now does she have the body to do it.
(Or, my Peggy gets the Serum and bangs Steve like a barn door in a hurricane fic.)

OTW Fannews: Improve Your Life

Nov. 24th, 2015 10:33 am
otw_staff: Kiri, OTW Communications Co-Chair (Kiri OTW Communications Co-Chair)
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banner by SoyAlex of a bicycle with the OTW logo as the wheels

Want to stay healthy, do hands-on learning, or have the greatest day of your life? Fandom can get you there!
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[personal profile] tklivory ask me to compare and contrast the Maker (Dragon Age) and Yevon (Final Fantasy X), which is a fantastic question. Two god-figures, two religions, two metaphors, two cultures. More different than alike, but with a similar founding principle: protecting the planet and the people while attempting to harness and control its world's greatest power. How do these two gods manifest, and how do their similarities and differences shape their respective worlds?

Very long, lots of spoilers, including for DA: Trespasser. )


Nov. 22nd, 2015 11:55 pm
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So I'm offline for an afternoon, and all hell breaks loose. Wow.

The short version is that the entire OTW Board of Directors resigned today, effective mid-December. The long version is very long, covering years of cronyism and unprofessional behavior by the Board, and I am neither qualified nor able to tell the whole thing. If anyone has a link to a good summary, feel free to share? Anyway, the precipitating event was the decision by the Board of Directors to appoint an outgoing Board member to a different empty seat, even though she came in last in the most recent election. Note that the foregoing is an official communication from the OTW Elections Committee, so how the Board thought they were going to get away with such a blatant abuse of power is beyond me. The tone of their letter strikes me as a classic fandom flounce rather than a serious attempt to make restitution for a mistake, but even if they resigned for the wrong reasons, it's what had to happen, and I'm glad they went quickly.

The last time I wrote about the OTW, back in November 2010, I expressed hope that the very public discussions of the organization's problems would lead to good internal conversations and real change. I think it's pretty safe to say that it didn't happen then. So the golden opportunity is NOW. Both the incoming board and the OTW as a whole need to take a long, hard look at their processes, their communications, and their culture. It's long past time that this organization stop thinking of themselves as a fandom project and start running like a professional non-profit organization. The OTW is not just a place to post fic -- they do important work in academia and defending the legal rights of fans to create and post fanwork. We need them, and I hope they survive. But if that's going to happen, serious changes need to happen. Installing a new board is, I believe, an important and necessary step, but it's not the end of the process. It's the beginning.

code push done!

Nov. 22nd, 2015 07:32 pm
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We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 21:45: All done!
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Banner by Diane of a 3 line checkbox with the choices 'OTW', 'Elections News' and a checkmark next to 'Make your voice heard'

OTW's Board of Directors appoints last-place candidate to empty seat: http://bit.ly/1PUpsRD

Board of Directors Update

Nov. 22nd, 2015 04:56 pm
otw_staff: Janita, OTW Communications Co-Chair (Janita OTW Communications Co-Chair)
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Banner by Diane with the outlines of a man and woman speaking with word bubbles, one of which has the OTW logo and the other which says 'OTW Announcement'

OTW Board of Directors resign: http://bit.ly/1MLC3SX

So. That just happened.

Nov. 23rd, 2015 10:40 am
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Important announcement from the OTW Board of Directors


The OTW Board of Directors voted at its regularly scheduled meeting on 22 November to appoint Andrea Horbinski to serve the remainder of the term vacated in 2014 by Anna Genoese, ending 31 December 2016. Filling board vacancies by appointment is a normal part of board work provided for in Article V §4 of the OTW Bylaws, and the Board has done so at multiple points in the past.

After discussion with the rest of the Board, Andrea Horbinski has decided to decline the appointment to the OTW Board for 2016. She has tendered her resignation from the Board effective 15 December 2015. Soledad Griffin, Jessica Steiner, Eylul Dogruel, Cat Meier, and M.J. MacRae are also resigning from the Board effective on that date. Those who currently serve as members of OTW committees will remain with the organization in their staff roles but not their Board roles.

The 2015 Board wishes the 2016 Board and the volunteers, staff, and membership of the OTW all the best for the organization’s continued success.

For those who want to know how I feel about this, see below cut.
Read more... )

Code push!

Nov. 22nd, 2015 01:03 pm
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We are planning to do a code push in about six hours, around 5pm Pacific time.

Most of the changes with this push are cleanup and small backend fixes, but we also have a new journal style called "Pattern" with 24 themes for you to choose from, and most excitingly, QuickReply has now been enabled for journal, day, and network views.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

OTW Fannews: For Reals

Nov. 22nd, 2015 01:33 pm
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Image reading OTW Fannews For Reals

Fandom canons are the touchstones of our cultures, and various institutions are on board with their -- and fans' -- importance. http://bit.ly/1OagYpF
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Something was poking me when I sat down.

It was a sharpie.

Where did it come from? I genuinely do not know why I would want to have a sharpie in my pocket today.

More disturbingly, I vaguely recall picking it up and thinking "no reason to carry this around!"

A bunch of Luke icons.

Nov. 22nd, 2015 01:16 pm
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42 Luke fon Fabre icons (long hair, every possible skit combination)



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