Harry Potter trends on AO3

Jun. 25th, 2017 06:05 pm
beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)
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I read Harry Potter fic, even though I'm pretty sure I've never managed to read any of the novels all the way through, or watch any of the movies start to finish.  Whatever, that's fandom.

Anyway, I periodically go through looking for new fic on AO3, and the best way (imo) to do this is to click on the Harry Potter works tag, sort by date, and then put "kudos>100" (or whatever other kudos threshhold you choose, today I picked 1000 because it's such a huge fandom) so you only get stuff a lot of people have liked.  (If you just go "sort by hits" or "sort by kudos" in a fandom as old as Harry Potter, you only get the oldy-goldies, which I've mostly read already or know I won't like.)

I also have AO3 Savior, a greasmonkey script added on to my browser that allows me to blacklist tags and such.  Items tagged with stuff I don't want to see show up in Works lists as blocked, with reason for blocking.

I went looking for Harry Potter fic today.  Apparently, a VERY high percentage of popular fic right now has either character bashing or Voldemort sexytimes.  Also!  I have "*/Tom Riddle" and "Tom Riddle/* both blacklisted (the asterisk tells it to block anything there, so I don't have to go through and list alllll the possible Tom Riddle pairings).  But apparently, if I want to block threesomes with Riddle, I have to ALSO blacklist "*/Tom Riddle/*"

Why do so many people want to write and read about Voldie sexytimes?!?  I do not get it!  I'm not judging, you do you, but gah.

(The bashing is, alas, a Harry Potter trend of longstanding.  Thank you to everyone who a) realizes that that is what you are doing and b) tags it properly.)

Fic: A Purpose-Driven Life

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:55 pm
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
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Authors for [archiveofourown.org profile] SSR_Confidential_2017 have been revealed! I wrote A Purpose-Driven Life for [personal profile] sapphire2309. And, uh, in a STUNNING lack of connecting-the-dots, I didn't check before asking the only other person volunteering as a beta to beta for me. And did not notice that I HAD GOTTEN MY RECIPIENT TO BETA FOR ME until I was uploading my fic.

::facepalm::

Also, I am hovering really close to burnout, and so I don't think I should do any more ficathons for a while, much as I love them.  The last two, I wasn't able to actually get myself to write until the deadline was bearing down on me, and then I was in pure panic-mode and not really able to make good writing and editing decisions.  (Thank you to those who have held my hands through this.)  I don't need the extra stress.

Anyway! I like this fic, here it is.


Title: A Purpose-Driven Life
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Agent Carter
Rating: PG
Characters: Dottie Underwood, Agnes Cully | Whitney Frost
Word Count: 6,194
Betaed by: [personal profile] sapphire2309 
Written for: [personal profile] sapphire2309 
Summary: Dottie escapes the Red Room as a child. Everything goes differently from there.

AN: ::hangs head in shame:: Why yes, yes I DID accidentally ask my recipient to beta for me without even realizing it until I went to post. I AM SO SORRY, SAPPHIRE2309! I swear I will never ask for a beta without double-checking who the recipient is!

AN2: Yes, I know, I have fiddled with the timeline. According to the show, Dottie Underwood was a pre-teen in 1937, while Whitney Frost was already an adult living in California and starting to work as a model/actress by 1934. I have made Dottie older and Whitney younger, to match.

AN3: I was not able to figure out the cost of a mob hit in the 1930s. However, I was able to find the cost of hiring a hitman in 2013 (https://priceonomics.com/how-much-does-a-hitman-cost/), and use a historical inflation calculator to figure out what that would have been in 1935 money.

AN4: in your letter, you said you love stone-cold-terrifying villain!Whitney, but you also ask for what would have happened if she'd gotten what she wanted (science) in the first place. And I think in that case, she wouldn't have needed to become stone-cold-terrifying villain.

At AO3 FF.net tumblr


Vsevolod's hands scrabbled for purchase on the side of the building, and, desperate, he hissed at her to help. )

UK Politics: Brexit and Grenfell

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:13 pm
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
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From [personal profile] rydra_wong:

Brexit negotions start tomorrow even though we don't actually have a government, and those theoretically in charge are still pushing for leaving the customs union, ending freedom of movement, etc..

The Guardian: Big business leaders press Theresa May to rethink hard Brexit

David Davis, the Brexit secretary, says on Sunday that he would head into Monday’s Brexit talks aiming to “secure a deal that works for all parts of the United Kingdom”, but signalled that the plan was still to leave the customs union and reduce immigration.

So, still "contact your MP" time.

Grenfell:

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/grenfell is still doubling all donations until match funds run out (and have also started releasing funds in emergency cash via the groups that have established themselves on the frontline, i.e. not via RBKC who are apparently continuing to fail to provide co-ordination, organization, or much of anything)

The Home Office are helping Mohammad Alhajali's family get to the UK, so no more need to sign that petition.

https://grenfellsupport.wordpress.com looks very useful.

North Kensington Law Centre are providing legal education and support to residents affected by the fire: their donations page -- this would be a good thing to donate to as there may be issues with the general funds being used for legal support.

RBKC have £270 million in reserves. As far as I can see, that means they could afford to buy nice property in North Kensington at market prices to rehouse the survivors.

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Jun. 15th, 2017 09:53 pm
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
[personal profile] beatrice_otter
Just found a flyer stuck to my front door, advertising a real estate agent who lives an hour away and specializes in rural areas and small towns like ours, and knows how important it is to know and socialize with the community blah blah blah.

A few things:
  1. There is a typo in the second line.
  2. If this agent gave more than lip service to how important the local touch is, they would not be trying to steal business away from our local agent, who actually DOES live here, and learned at the knee of the guy who started the agency and who ALSO lived here.  Like, if you care that your agent knows the town and community, why would you choose the agent from fifty miles away instead of the one who is very successful and right here in town?
  3. If the agent sending out the flyers actually knew the town, they would know that this is a parsonage, and as such EXCEPTIONALLY unlikely to be sold.
beatrice_otter: Wonder Woman--Black and White (Wonder Woman)
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Title: Hello, Picadilly, Hello, Leicester Square
Fandom: Wonder Woman 2017
Characters: Diana Prince, Etta Candy,
Author: beatrice_otter
Rating: kid
Length:
Summary: Diana can't go back to Themiscyra. She can only go forward into a new world and a new life.

At AO3 and Tumblr



Etta knew before they made it back, that Steve was dead. )

Wonder Woman Rocks!

Jun. 13th, 2017 08:14 pm
beatrice_otter: Wonder Woman--Black and White (Wonder Woman)
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It is an AWESOME movie.  Yes, there need to be more women of color.  Yes, the ending is ableist as shit.  But the rest of it is SO GREAT, HOLY COW YOU GUYS.

One thing that left me raising my eyebrows: spoiler] )

Keeping the Political Pressure On

Jun. 12th, 2017 08:55 pm
beatrice_otter: WWII soldier holding a mug with the caption "How about a nice cup of RESEARCH?" (Research)
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Remember back in January when Trump was inaugurated and the Republicans started to try to pass their vile agenda?  Remember how they got FLOODED with calls from their constituents saying FUCK NO?  Remember how they backed off from some stuff and looked really dumb?

What they were hoping was that this was not the new normal.  What they were hoping was that people would get tired, and give up, and if they just waited this out, people would let them do all the heinous stuff they wanted to do.

That's mostly happening.  Call volumes now are, apparently, back to pre-Trump levels.

This is bad news for progressives.  We need to keep the volume up.  Not up to insanely high first-outrage levels, no, but a sustainable REMEMBER WE HAVE OUR EYES ON YOU AND DON'T WANT YOUR SHIT level.  That we can maintain until we regain control.

How do we do that?  My friend, there is a website!  Actually, there are two!

If you can only make one phone call a week: bookmark TheSixtyFive.  It gives a "weekly call to action" where it lays out the most pressing issue of the week, gives you the name and phone number of your senators/reps, and a script to call them with.  (It does ask you to do some research to get the specific name of the person on their staff handling this issue, but honestly you can just leave a message.)

If you can make more than one phone call per week: bookmark 5Calls.  it gives a whole list of issues with bills in congress right now, a rundown of the issue, and the phone numbers of your senators/reps, and a script to call them with.

Both are simple and easy.  I use 5Calls, mostly because if I call every morning before work, I'll remember, whereas if I only try to call once a week and it's not part of my everyday routine I won't remember to do it ever.

If you have social anxiety or don't want to talk to a real live person for any reason, call at night and leave a message.  Or find the email addresses of your senators and representative (search on https://www.senate.gov/ and http://www.house.gov/), and email them instead.

The point is, contact them.  Let them know how you feel and what you want.  This is especially true if they are Republican, but even Democrats need to know we have their back and we are politically engaged.

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