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Metamorphosis (954 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Return to Night - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hilary Mansell/Julian Fleming
Characters: Hilary Mansell, Julian Fleming
Additional Tags: Gender or Sex Swap, Magical Realism

I could apply for surgical posts in all the London hospitals, she thought. I wouldn't even have to change my name.

(Written for the Trope Bingo amnesty.)

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Aug. 23rd, 2014 01:59 pm
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Period started last night. Predictably, I have roughly the energy of a wet rag.

I literally didn't make it all the way to the kitchen when I got up, and ended up having food brought to me where I was on the floor. Finishing a single small slice of cake was effortful enough I was literally shivering cold in Israeli August, and fell asleep for an hour under two blankets. Woke up, felt surprisingly fine... barely made it to the kitchen, ended up on the floor again, just trying to get something to drink.

My period ffs. The pills had better work.

Friday, Friday, finally.

Aug. 23rd, 2014 02:37 am
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I've been reading X-Men comics, trying to catch up to Rachel and Miles' podcast--and if you aren't listening to Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, you really ought to be. I'm still several episodes behind, but at least now I've hit the leadup to the Dark Phoenix saga. I'm so excited!

Finished Full Fathom Five today and I LOVED it. Though I'm a little weirded out at how theistic the books are turning out to be. I know it's a fantasy universe and plays by different rules, but as an atheist it's a little weird for the moral to be "Also killing all the gods was a mistake" every time. Not bad, just odd.

Though if you like books where the main character is a trans woman and this comes up a couple times in relation to her backstory but not at all negatively in her relationships with other characters and she spends the book being awesome and well-rounded and figuring out all the things and having as much relationship drama as everyone else and totally alive and well at the end? This book has some things you are looking for. Obviously I'm not trans so I can't say how well Kai's experience will resonate with trans women, but I thought she was pretty cool.

Making grudging progress on the fic. *shakes fist at fic*

Tomorrow: errands. I need to buy a book on the Chemistry GRE. This is giving me more anxiety than it probably ought to. Or maybe not. It's been a while since I've actually taken an exam. And I'm not really sure what the next step after "take the GRE" is going to be. I mean, take the general exam, I guess (that's computer-based and less time-sensitive), but... ugh. I want to go to grad school, but the big thing that's staring me in the face right now is letters of rec. I've been out of school a long time, so there aren't that many people who can write me recommendations. And I really feel like I burned up my last year in a haze of stress, so I don't want to go to my thesis adviser, which is kind of a bad place to be in, mentally. Maybe I should just ask her. What's the worst that can happen, she tells me she can't recommend me? Since that's the assumption I'm starting from, I guess that can't make it worse.

I guess I could also enroll locally in a chemistry course and get that professor to write me a rec letter--I can get at least part of my tuition refunded through work. But that means taking a class at the same time I'm working full time, and possibly mucking with my schedule to do it. AUGH. *hands* This is why I don't post about these things, they just make me run in circles and scream.

Oh well. It is the weekend, there is a cool thing I'm going to tomorrow, and hopefully I will spend at least part of the time getting some writing done.

Perfecting Productivity

Aug. 23rd, 2014 05:07 am
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A certain vice president of StrexCorp has had it up to here with the particular remarks about her that a certain radio host keeps saying and takes it into her own hands to teach him just how much she disapproves of them.

Words: 3321, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Daily Happiness

Aug. 23rd, 2014 01:53 am
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1. I got two more hours of overtime today, making it a total of nine hours for the week, so my next paycheck is going to be really nice!

2. Speaking of which, today was payday, so I finally found out how much my raise was!

3. Tonight Irene went to the transgender support group she's been going to every week in Hollywood but was feeling sick on the way home and didn't think she'd be able to walk the mile from the bus, so I was able to rent a zipcar and go pick her up at the bus stop. I'm really glad they have some cars closer to us now, because that really wouldn't be an option if the closest cars were still up in Westwood.

4. I'm so worn out after this week. Today especially was a real scramble to try and finish up everything before tomorrow's grand re-opening (I still think it was a bad idea to have the grand re-opening this weekend; they should have done next weekend to allow for a week of finishing touches and less rushing). I was shooed off home after working ten hours today because they really don't want hourly workers working much overtime, but who knows how long all the exempt guys were there finishing up. (Probably a long time.) But at least today was the worst of it and tomorrow can just go back to the usual hecticness. Also tomorrow I'm closing, so I don't have to be in to work until almost 1pm.

892-1: Feedback, Notes and Comments

Aug. 23rd, 2014 08:00 am
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Criticise. “It might be worth mentioning,” emailed Michael Bawtree, following my comment last week, “that because the verb criticise is no longer used in a neutral sense, the verb critique has taken its place. As a verb and a noun, critique refers to a neutral judgement of something. Why the French form has kept this objectivity is an interesting question.” Peter King made the same point and added, “The noun critic seems to swing both ways, as it were. The expression ‘it has its critics’ suggests only disapproval but it is still possible to say ‘the critics loved it’ without apparent contradiction.”

Animadvert. Patrick Martin sprang to the defence of this word, which I discussed last week: “I must protest. It must be tough on a word to be called obsolete in its primary meaning by the writers of dictionaries. I have used it for years to mean ‘refer to’, maybe in a mock-pompous way. I never even knew that it had a derogatory meaning.”

Rogetisms. Of this word in the last issue, Malcolm Ross-Macdonald mused, “Combining Rogetisms with homophones could produce an almost uncrackable code, as in ‘Cos brisket rump velocipede castoff’. By the time the spooks had parsed the first word as ‘lettuce’ the proposed meeting behind the bicycle shed would surely have come and gone.”

Twigging it. I used the verb twig in last week’s issue, which provoked this reply from Ben Wise: “I have no idea what this means, although you used it in passing, with no indication it might be as research-worthy as everything else in today’s collection of mystery words. Twig is also used in the BBC article you linked under uptalk. I suspect it’s a Britishism which hasn’t yet made the hazardous journey across the pond. Please clarify for us benighted New Worlders in your next post. Thanks.”

My pleasure. It is a British colloquial term, meaning to understand or comprehend something. It dates from the eighteenth century, meaning to watch or inspect and then to discern or recognise. Near the end of the century the noun came to mean style or fashion, from which came in twig, in fine twig and in prime twig, all meaning stylish or admirable and all long since defunct, though the root verb has survived. The Oxford English Dictionary says of this sense of twig, “Origin unascertained”; Jonathon Green tentatively suggests an origin in dialect twick, to jerk.

892-2: Raparee

Aug. 23rd, 2014 08:00 am
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This might look like one of the many words ending in -ee for a person affected in some manner by the action of the associated verb, such as employee, inductee, internee, interviewee, or licensee. But the ending is accidental, as in dungaree, squeegee and jamboree.

A raparee was once an Irish foot soldier, armed with a weapon that in Irish was called a rápaire. This is a cousin of English rapier, though not the same sort of weapon, the Irish one being a short pike. The Irishmen so armed were an irregular soldiery who fought on the Catholic Jacobite side during the war that William III waged in Ireland in 1689-91. During and after the war, many took up thieving and banditry, which is why their name is thought also to contain another Irish word, rapaire or ropaire, a violent person, irregular soldier or robber.

Raparees became a menace and in 1695 the government passed An Act for the Better Suppressing Tories, Robbers, and Rapparees. Tory, the nickname of members of the Conservative Party in the UK, is from Irish toraidhe, a highwayman or outlaw, and initially referred to Irish peasants dispossessed by English settlers and living as robbers. It was taken up as a term of political abuse in the 1680s for those who opposed excluding the Catholic James from succeeding to the English crown.

Raparee is now solely of historical interest, but this modern example demonstrates that its relevance soon spread far beyond Ireland:

We were building a schooner from the wreckage when a horde of ill-favoured raparees attacked us — Dyaks and Malays led by a nasty confident quean, a bloody-minded covetous froward strumpet.
[The Nutmeg of Consolation, by Patrick O’Brian, 1991. A quean was an impudent or badly behaved woman, from Old English cwene, a woman, hence also queen. A froward person was one difficult to deal with.]

The idiom not giving a rap, meaning not caring, is said to be connected. In the eighteenth century, Ireland was short of coinage and counterfeit equivalents of coins of small value such as the halfpenny or farthing were widely used instead. These came to be known as raps, in part from Irish rap for a bit or piece but also as a link to raparee. The idiom is recorded from later in the century.

892-3: Wordface

Aug. 23rd, 2014 08:00 am
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Vacation blues. A cry of linguistic distress arrived from David Rosen: “The Boston Globe of Saturday 16 August carries a picture of a golfer in the buff and describes taking a naked vacation as nakationing. I suppose, like staycation for those who do not travel for vacations, it is a variation on vacation. What's next? Will the equine set take neighcations? Those who like the sea take baycations, and will fresh water enthusiasts take lakeations? Will those who do not have vacations as a work benefit envy those who have paycations? The possibilities are limitless.”

By the way. A Sic! item last week mentioned Rhosllanerchrugog, a place name that will look strange to anybody not acquainted with Wales and the Welsh language (roughly translated, it means “the moor of the heathery glade”). Stephen Phillips pointed out that it’s of linguistic interest, being an enclave of Welsh speakers in an English-speaking part of Wales, near Wrexham, noted for its unique Welsh words. He quoted Wikipedia: “The main example is a word that has become synonymous with the village: nene, meaning ‘that’. It is pronounced as ‘nair-nair’, and is sometimes used in association with another unique word, ‘ene’ (air-nair), meaning ‘there’. An example is the question ‘Be ’di nene ene?” — ‘What's that there?’.”

Neologism. Reader Norma Bates pointed out the recent growth in use of a verb that’s not yet in any dictionary, the ugly amnetize (from amnesty). It’s not new — I’ve found an example from 2006 — but it’s currently being used in right-wing US political debate specifically to refer to regularising the status of illegal immigrants. It seems to be associated in particular with Fox News.

Elsewhere. An interesting extract from Steven Pinker’s forthcoming book, The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, appeared in the Guardian last Saturday. He argues that many supposed rules of grammar can often safely be ignored, including when to use that and which, dangling modifiers, split infinitives, very unique and who versus whom. I hope to be able to say more about the book next month. He doesn’t mention hopefully, which is discussed in an article in Slate to illustrate the value of the Hyper Usage Guide of English, a collection of 123 usage problems from 75 usage guides being created as part of the Bridging the Unbridgeable Project at the Leiden Centre for Linguistics. The British slang lexicographer Jonathon Green tells me that he has put together some timelines of slang terms based on his 2010 dictionary of slang. One details terms for being drunk, a second terms for having sex.

892-4: Footloose and fancy free

Aug. 23rd, 2014 08:00 am
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[Q] From Pieter Bosman: We have a virtual Babel of official languages in South Africa, eleven of them, with English the de facto language of communication. I am often asked to explain the meaning and origin of seemingly obvious expressions and find myself stumped, as I tend to be satisfied with knowing the meaning without thinking of their etymology. Thus it was recently with footloose and fancy free. Searching the internet provided some answers, but they seem too glib to be true. [A] That’s certainly true. I’ve found one story which claims that it’s from the foremost member of a prison chain gang in the American south, who had one ankle left free so he could move more easily and lead the others. Another has it that the expression derives from one-time Thames river barges, which didn’t have a boom to which the lower edge of the mainsail could be lashed, which therefore hung free and was said to be loose-footed. We may safely disregard both of these.

The idiom means that a person is without responsibilities of any kind and can go wherever he wants. Its first part, footloose, also has this meaning. It’s American, dating from the 1840s:

The Senate declared this connection unlawful, and immediately divorced this great financier from the revenue bill, sent the bill back to the House without its defilement, leaving the great financier again foot loose in the world.
[Indianapolis Journal (Indiana), 16 Jan. 1843.]

It didn’t become common in Britain until the 1940s, earlier appearances being in despatches from the US, for example in reports of presidential speeches or as here:

You see, I was defending one of the worst horsethieves in Western Texas this afternoon, and I cleared him. He is foot-loose now, and I’m afraid he will come around to-night and steal my horses. Nobody’s horses will be safe until that double dyed scoundrel is out of town.
[Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, 19 Jun. 1886. In a column headed American Cuttings.]

Fancy-free is natively British and means to be unconstrained by amorous entanglements, having no sweetheart to tie one down. Shakespeare is the first recorded user, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream of about 1600. Fancy originally had the meaning of a fantasy, a ghost or a hallucination. It came to mean a whim or caprice and briefly an inclination towards love. This second sense was no longer current when Tennyson wrote, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love”, but fancy-free kept the association.

The evidence suggests that the two words were put together about 1880 in the US to make a neatly balanced alliterative phrase. This is the first I’ve been able to find:

All of which, fellow citizens, means that the people are footloose and fancy free.
[Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, Iowa), 19 Oct. 1882.]

The combined expression footloose and fancy-free isn’t recorded in the UK until the 1950s, presumably a wartime import by US armed forces. The first appearance in the Times is in 1954 and refers to a revue with that title. It only becomes common in the 1960s.

892-5: Sic!

Aug. 23rd, 2014 08:00 am
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• Tom Barrett supplied an extract from an Associated Press item dated 15 August in the Province, Vancouver: “Private and foreign groups have for years been trying to retrieve the historic treasure. Believed to be buried deep beneath heavy silt, they have been deterred in part by murky waters and strong currents.”

• The trailer for this week’s Open Country programme on the BBC’s iPlayer site begins, “Revered by fly fishermen, Helen Mark visits the famous chalk streams of Hampshire and Wiltshire.” David Sutton found it and wrote, “I am sure many of us would like to join these discerning anglers in their proper appreciation of Ms Mark.”

• Megan Zurawicz tells us that on 15 August the website of WTHR, a TV station in Indianapolis, reported that “Speedway police are looking for a man wanted in a theft of a local restaurant earlier this week.” But how did he carry it away?

• The magazine of the Inland Waterways Association’s South West region is appropriately entitled Sou’Wester. John Gray read this in its August issue: “Back in 1969 Ian built his first boat in the form of a flat bottomed punt with a roof powered by a 4 horsepower outboard motor.”

• Niall McLaren came across this Australian report in the Daily Mail of 15 August: “Officers have appealed for a helping hand in order to catch a bearded bandit responsible for a string of burglaries in Victoria. The man has had a few close shaves at various factories south-east of Melbourne.”

Alone Together

Aug. 23rd, 2014 04:31 am
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Posted by BBCotaku


Cecil has been sent away from Night Vale after his mother's arrest and the loss his voice. Taken in by a kind foster mother named Josie, Cecil try's to balance a long distant relationship with his science loving boyfriend and school life.

And then there's Earl.

Inspired by LittleMissLiesmith's alternate ending to Miss Missing You

Words: 1295, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Series: Part 3 of Miss Missing You

Aaaand my second Parallels offering!

Aug. 23rd, 2014 12:25 am
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This was supposed to be uploaded before the reveal as a treat but I didn't get it done until just now.

cut for pic )

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Aug. 23rd, 2014 12:44 am
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I was outside a few hours ago, clipping some of the roses that we've been growing to bring inside and put in a vase, when I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head, expecting it was one of our bunnies (we have four or five who visit us regularly and help mow the lawn for us, although they're also why we've had to invest in chicken wire for the vegetable garden and the first-year roses).

It was not one of the bunnies; it was the fox who lives on the golf course across the street. He was just chilling out about three feet away from me, on the edge of the driveway just by the back lawn.

Looking at him was apparently enough to spook him, because he trotted down the driveway, head held high, then waited for the oncoming car to pass before darting out and walking along the side of the road for a few feet before dashing into our bushes by the sidewalk and loping off across our neighbor's front yard. I told him I hoped he had a good night and took my roses inside. :)

(It's kind of awesome living on the edges of the city but with such a great expanse of space across the street from us: the country club's been there forever so we know they're not going to sell to a developer and have McMansions turn up across the street in a year or two, and all that green space attracts all kinds of wildlife.)

SGA: Picspam + rec

Aug. 22nd, 2014 09:30 pm
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Kill him.
If you kill me, your killing him.
He cares for you more than you know.

[ profile] mischief5: Who needs slash goggles?

[personal profile] esteefee: Okay, I’m going to give you this one. Why in God’s name did they cut to Rodney for his reaction? Why does he look so devastated to hear about John’s feelings for Teyla?? afdfslskd;laksdflksfj!!!

Rodney is thinking: why doesn't Thalen spill John's secret feelings about meeeeeee????

In other news, [ profile] mcparrot has written the most AWESOME piece inspired by the Declassification series, specifically the Aviation Week cover: A Ride in Sheppard's Puddle Jumper. MUST READ. Hilarious and clever and thrilling.

Meme! And stuff!

Aug. 22nd, 2014 08:48 pm
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Writing Meme! )

Today was a day at work that involved weirdness and an itchy bra and mostly eating chocolate chip cookies and doritos. Tonight has involved pizza and gelato. Obviously today is all about the healthiest of foods.

Tonight I *have* to type up what I have written of, and hopefully finish, my BBB. Oh god. Tomorrow is the garage sale, and I've promised the kids that I'll buy them breakfast before we leave, so I have to get up even earlier to do that. Sunday is charts and then fetching the kids from my mom's and then Monday is COBRA STARSHIP MUSIC. Okay. Fic now while I wait for the blue in my hair to set. What?


Aug. 22nd, 2014 08:24 pm
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I think I can manage to answer a few meme questions.

Give me a letter & I'll answer!

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What's the best writing advice you've ever come across?
N. What's the worst writing advice you've ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description).


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