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Feb. 26th, 2015

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Fic: "the way the light reflects" (hockey rpf)

The Ekblad/Malkin thing is a series. Mind the tags at the story.

the way the light reflects


Bad brain night so leaving it at that for now; maybe more tomorrow. xo.

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Feb. 25th, 2015

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notes

Notes from Shameless 3.1 for future use(?)
spoilersCollapse )

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longreads roundup

Why Are Women Leaving The Tech Industry in Droves? I bet you can guess the answer!

What Kind of Man Joins the Men's Rights Movement? Fascinating and disturbing.

The Beautiful Game Igor Larianov writes about hockey, the late Soviet style vs. the modern American style, and what they mean.

Young, Attractive, and Totally Not Into Having Sex Mainstream press discovers asexuality; blames it on Tumblr.

Caffeine Can Really Mess With Your Head Ha ha cry.

Queens of the West On rodeo queens.

On Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe and race.

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Feb. 24th, 2015

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Fic: "spin for you" (bandom)

no_tags is over and authors have been revealed!

I wrote spin for you, Pete & Mikey friendship for the prompt "codewords."

xoxo them.

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Feb. 23rd, 2015

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thoughts on shameless (us) as of end of s2

Not in any particular order.

spoilers and trigger warnings for... everythingCollapse )

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Feb. 21st, 2015

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Fic: "i say it to the paint" (hockey rpf)

This is an AU where the losing team ~gifts a rookie to the winning captain (or alternate). It is kinky porn.

Geno Malkin/Aaron Ekblad

i say it to the point

(probably part 1 of a series)

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Feb. 18th, 2015

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quick update

1. Newjob is going well, because we haven't done anything yet. They do a two-day orientation; Monday the office heat was out so they sent us home, and Tuesday we had a snow day, so the orientation was shifted to today and tomorrow, and then Friday is the yearly all-hands meeting, so no actual work then, either. First week: a total write-off. \o? But everyone is really nice and I think once I DO start the job, it will be okay.

2. no_tags posts tomorrow! Posting is on AO3 this year. I will probably open the collection for revealed-but-anon posting tonight before I go to bed; watch [community profile] no_tags for the link.

3. I also signed up for rarelywritten, as last night's dear author letter indicated. So that will be fun.

4. So many feels about the Waybros. So many. (And perma-worried about Mikey, of course.)

5. Watching Shameless (US) and still have Penny Dreadful on deck. Showtime shows r me.

6. Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers. Google that. Yes.

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Feb. 17th, 2015

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rarelywritten dear author letter

Dear author-

I covered the details of my requests in my sign-up, so reposting them here exactly as written there:

Valdemar novels; Kethry, Tarma, Kerowyn:
I will honestly take anything about any of these three. A Tarma and Kethry adventure from their wandering days, a school-set story, a training-Kero story, or a Kero solo in her merc days story would all be great. I'm a little iffy on Valdemar-era Kero, but if that's what moves you, go for it! These three mean a lot to me and I would love any story about them.

Black Swan; Lily, Nina:
I would love Lily/Nina femslash or gen. Doesn't have to be friendship if you go gen; something set in or reflecting the more complicated parts of the movie would also be great. Future happiness/fluff is also A+!

Brooklyn Nine Nine; Rosa, Amy:
Friendship or femslash is fine. These two can go in any direction, from casefile to kinky PWP, and I would enjoy anywhere along the spectrum.


As you can tell from my requests, I'm a pretty easygoing recipient. I don't have any major squicks or Will Not Reads that are relevant to this challenge. I read everything from gen to hardcore kinky porn. I love road trip stories, banter, hurt/comfort, character-centered vignettes, pop-culture references, and soulbonds.

Thank you for your time and consideration. ♥

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Feb. 15th, 2015

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Fic: "Primae Noctis" (Jupiter Ascending)

This is now the third time I've seen a movie with Mila Kunis and promptly written fic about her character. Interesting little trendlet.

Jupiter/Caine, with knotting, because the movie pretty much lampshaded that.

Primae Noctis

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Feb. 9th, 2015

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tv has come back to me

Or at least, I want it to, though I may be too lazy to actually get it done.

I've been following Brooklyn Nine Nine.
I want to see this season of Elementary, to the point that I will probably buy the Amazon streaming season pass.
I have Penny Dreadful waiting for me on DVD.
I have Shameless s1 waiting for me on DVD.
I want to get an Amazon streaming season pass for The Flash and catch up on that.
At some point want to track down and watch the Netflix Marco Polo series.


First time in YEARS I've wanted to watch serialized television.

Funny how it comes and goes in waves, always forever.



ps I should be writing, don't look at me.

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Feb. 5th, 2015

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misc

1. I keep having these moments of optimism about the future, and feeling happy and excited about things. I don't really know what to do with it. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, brain, this can still turn out to be a total disaster, again. (I think I want to take a ballet class? Where did this come from? But I think I want to.) (This might just be because the sun is coming back? omg sunlight)

2. The dentist said today that my mouth is "fully restored." Just need to get fitted for a night guard. I'm going to wait until new job/new insurance is up and running for that. But then ENDLESS DENTAL EXPENSES MIGHT BE OVER???? Yay.

3. I'm reading Sarah Waters' The Paying Guests; only 45 pages in, but so far it's not hitting the things I usually don't like about her books, so fingers crossed.

4. I took a sick day yesterday and ended up doing a little bit of cleaning and a lot of watching a YouTube compilation of just the Ian/Mickey storyline from Shameless (US). I've seen a lot of gifsets and was vaguely planning to marathon the show this spring, but [personal profile] marina linked to the compilation the other day. That was certainly relevant to my interests. In direct contradiction to Marina's goals, though, it has made me want to watch the whole show even more, because of the little glimpses of other storylines. SO. Guess I'm going to do that. (Ian/Mickey, though. Idiot babies in love.)

5. I've been reading things about the behind-the-scenes tension on the 50 Shades of Grey movie. (Good example here: 50 Shades of [sigh]) One thing that stands out is Jamie Dornan's intense no-homo and fairly anti-kink statements. Which is obviously not great at all, and I'm not touching his homophobia at all. But some of the quotes from both him and Dakota Johnson about the kink aspects specifically make me think the filming was not done in, well, a SSC wayCollapse )

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Feb. 3rd, 2015

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booklog

Good Kings Bad Kings, Susan Nussbaum
This book won awards for Socially Conscious Fiction, and it reads like Socially Conscious Fiction. It's good but there's a certain level of penicillin about it. Also it's about disabled children being abused in institutional care.


Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher
This is an epistolary quick, forgettable read about a cantankerous English professor at a small university raging against the modern university system.


How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky, Lydia Netzer
About a man and woman whose mothers plotted since before their birth to raise them to be soulmates. An interesting idealistic take on Toledo, Ohio, where it's an astronomy and astrology mecca. The magical realism is lovely but the whole concoction falls apart in the last third.

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Feb. 2nd, 2015

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cool announcement

I sold a story to the Accessing the Future anthology! You may have seen the Kickstarter going around; it's for future-set sci-fi with a focus on disability and access. My story looks at the tensions between visibility and privacy.

More information to come etc etc.


I probably should set up a pro Twitter and/or a Tumblr or Wordpress, I guess? Something. Stick that at the back of my mind for a while.

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Feb. 1st, 2015

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so many things

1. I got the job. o_______o Turning in my two week's notice at Generic Think Tank tomorrow; we'll see how that goes, if they kick me out on my ass or torture me for two weeks or some combination of both.

2. Signed up for [community profile] bandombigbang. \o?

3. [community profile] no_tags will be happening again; just need to figure out the schedule around points 1 and 2.

4. My immune system collapsed into wet tissue paper as soon as I got the offer from the new place, idk, I'm sick and useless. Fair warning that this week is going to be hard and I understand if you need to unfollow me on various platforms. :\

5. I need to write a thing for femslash February. Probably Brooklyn 99.

6. Hopefully a cool announcement soon.

7. I bought s1 of Penny Dreadful at Target yesterday on a whim. So probably some thoughts on that soon, too.

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Jan. 29th, 2015

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just quick

Checking interest in a no_tags round for this year.

I finally typed up the fic bits I had handwritten; now I have to, er, write the rest of the story. crap.

I'm having a hard time staying awake so I guess that's all for tonight. xo

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Jan. 28th, 2015

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booklog

Florence Gordon, Brian Morton
I enjoyed this; it's a novel about a difficult, cranky old woman, a feminist writer attempting her memoirs. It also follows her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, who are less interesting but the writing carries it.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
Australian novel about WWII POWs building the railroad across then-Siam, and also their lives before and after. Beautifully written, very sad, falls apart in the final 50 pages. Contains TONS of horror in the form of, well, POW camps; vivid descriptions of starving people being forced to do heavy physical labor and being punished.

Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, Eduardo Galeano
This is a reread; collection of short vignette-style stories tracing human history. Beautifully written, painful to read, worth it (to me).

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Jan. 27th, 2015

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five things

1. I am so bad at reading people sometimes. So very bad.

2. Dog continues her odd stepwise decline, with problems cropping up on the regular but none of them singularly serious enough to be critical, and she's still happy/eating/playing with her toys, so quality of life isn't an issue yet. The framework I've put together to deal with this for myself is that caring for her and making difficult decisions to the end, dealing with her suffering and my sadness, is atonement for a great failure in my life where I failed to live up to my responsibilities in caring for an animal. (A concrete, actual time, to clarify; this isn't like, "In a past life I must have done something bad." I know what the bad thing is, and I deserve punishment for it.) It's not a comforting framework, but it's a framework that makes enough sense that I can cope with it.

3. I really love the new FOB album. It's basically my one happy place right now. It's a little difficult, because in my particular circle, the response to the album has been very tepid; a number of people have opted to not pick this one up at all, and those who have are pretty neutral on it. Which is fine! Nobody is at all obligated to like the thing I like! It's just hard to remember that you need to keep quiet about that thing that's making you happy, because putting it forward is pressing it on people who either are avoiding it for their own reasons or just don't care.

4. Need to recommit to: being less negative/whiny; writing daily; exercising and getting back into running training. No idea how I'll make time for the last one with Carden's needs, but I'll have to sort it out.

5. February is always the month of the Big Sadness (lots of family tragedy tied to that month, plus it's dark and gloomy and the weather is uniformly shit). So I probably will need to pull back a bit to keep my first recommitment in part 4.


Also need to shake up my library hold list a little; currently I'm on a book about POW slave labor in WWII and next up is one about abuse of disabled children in institutional care. Need to throw some lighter stuff in there for February.

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Jan. 26th, 2015

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it's okay

I keep trying to talk about my feelings but I don't actually want to, because when you talk about your feelings people argue with you, or correct you, or demand that you explain or justify said feelings, and I don't want to do any of that.

Actually thinking about it I'm not sure what reaction I DO want, though; it's not like I want people to stare blankly at me, or give bullshit affirmations. I guess I just want whoever I talk to go to "You are absolutely right, about everything, totally, good job."

Which is unlikely.

What a productive and self-actualizing post this has been.



(comments off because ah-ah-ahhh, this is talking about my feelings, and I swear to god if anyone argues with me/corrects me/asks for an explanation or justification, I will lose my shit.]

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Jan. 24th, 2015

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quick takes

1. So there's this measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in California. You know who goes to Disney a lot and is just incompetent enough to get measles? Mikey, we hardly knew ye.

2. Watched the NHL All-Stars draft with people last night and decided I'm into this guy. Pretty.

3. We also discussed how apparently in NHL RPF there's a lot of magical realism where the magic experts everyone goes to are the goalies (because goalies are weird as hell) or the Russians (because they are mysterious or something). Obviously those are both incorrect and the wizards in the NHL are either the one Slovenian in the NHL or the one Latvian. Come on now.

4. There was a cute interview... somewhere, I can't find it again, but it was with the kid on the cover of AB/AP and he talked about how he had never listened to FOB and only vaguely heard of them but then Pete was at the album photoshoot and so focused on details and enthusiastic about everything that the kid decided he was into it. Very cute.

5. For a couple of years I asked for Belgariad fic at Yuletide with the prompt "Polgara, queen of Angarak," but it never got picked up. Now I'm writing it myself? I have a bunch drafted in a notebook but haven't typed it up yet. So that's a thing.

I have a ton of fic and original and craft projects I should be working on instead of eating Cheez-its and listening to "Favorite Record" on repeat, but whatever, so it goes.

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Jan. 21st, 2015

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stops and pete

Yesterday a friend e-mailed me asking what would actually be helpful when I'm Tweeting about being either anxious or depressed. What's useful and what isn't?

It was really sweet of her to ask, and I sent her back some thoughts and decided I should make a post about it in case anybody else wanted to know.

But on a scale broader than one-on-one, I find that I can't, because I know that the people doing/saying the unhelpful things are coming from a kind place, they're trying to help, and it's rude to tell them they're wrong.

Then I came across this Lifehacker post: How to stop being a petulant whiner. While I think that heading is a little harsh, there are good points on the list in it.

So I'm going to try that for a while, not whining on Twitter when I'm upset. We'll see how it goes.


In fannish content, this article is a summary of Pete's Howard Stern interview where he apparently talked about bipolar, Bronx, his divorce, and his dick piercing. It's not 100% unproblematic (Pete never is) but there's some good stuff in there.

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