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stultiloquentia | who you callin' cactus?
I was in the middle of telling Lis I needed Bitty to mentor a trans frog when the tadpole comics came out. When Lis said, "Trans Whiskey?" I said, "Whiskey is shaped like a Dorito; how has he been on T for less than a year?" but we decided this was insufficient reason to stop me. We'll just lampshade it instead, right? Dorito was his nickname when he played with the Pacific Steelers in the Junior Women's Hockey League. Yeah, yeah, just call him Captain Canada. At 5'10", he was tall. Commentators used to call him a "gritty power forward."

Those were the days.

|| I am not caught up on CP, but oh my god, this. Oh my god. My heart. This is now forever true in my heart, my GUY.
fandom:checkplease  author:stultiloquentia  type:gen  type:genderidentity  type:transcharacter  type:takeanideaandrun  type:personalcanon  length:notspecified 
april 2016 by blottingtheink
The Wildly Reinterpreted Chapter 700 Naruto Fic (CHAPTER 1 - Bolt)
He knelt on the linoleum floor of his not-quite-prison and realized he not only needed to have a baby, he kind of wanted one. He wanted to have something, what, innocent? He wanted something to protect and fight for, something to lead the future with. And not just that. He wanted that…parent thing. The thing where you look at a baby and think, holy shit, I made that. He wanted the tiny fragile baby that grows into an inconsolable shrieking nightmare that grows into a loud demanding beast of curiosity and then a laughing ball of energy that would make gross faces at Sasuke and say, ugh, Dad.

|| Someone rewrites Naruto to make the ending make more sense, and explains where all those babies came from, when clearly those particular people were not making babies together.

At least, not in the traditional way. In which Sasuke is a nerd, and an asshole, and an asexual who wants babies, so he makes up a new jutsu for it. Comes with both plot and really wonderful dealing with their combined traumas without sinking under the weight of it. WIP. (God, the author must have an actual name that is not the tumblr name. What is it. /o\)

Some tense shifts in the earlier chapters (very odd, the writing is otherwise really strong) but it works itself out, thankfully.
fandom:naruto  author:babymakingnojutsu  pairing:naruto/sasuke  type:future  type:alternateuniverse  type:kidfic  type:ewe  type:a+forsexuality  type:acecharacter  type:characterization  type:plotty  type:takeanideaandrun  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:worldbuilding  type:longandsatisfying  type:workinprogress  length:notspecified 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
and if you're homesick, give me your hand and i'll hold it - chanyeolanda
Everyone wants to fall in love with their best friend (or: some boarding school bonds run deeper than others)

|| Some terms here I didn't follow (and their walls are made of sheets? ??? ?????), but everyone is fun and there are hijinks. Longish.
fandom:kpop  fandom:got7  author;chanyeolanda  pairing:jackson/jr  type:alternateuniverse  type:highschoolau  type:boardingschool  type:friendship  type:everyoneelseknows  type:ust  type:justforfun  type:hijinks  type:sillysillyboys  length:notspecified 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
eyes big moonstruck, lu han + xiumin, r, drabble-y... | puppycat
He gets used to it.

Lu Han, Minseok discovers, craves touch the same way that Baekhyun craves attention, or Joonmyun craves acceptance, or Chanyeol craves praise.

|| Sad, and a bit sharp, and honestly, Lu Han's disregard of Minseok's boundaries makes me uncomfortable, but it's a fic as much about sensation as it is about anything, so characterization isn't quite-exactly the point.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  author:curledupkitten  pairing:luhan/xiumin  type:canonexpansion  type:bugscrawlingalloverme  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:sensory  type:short  length:notspecified 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
paperclipbitch: i don't wanna be your superman | Young Avengers | Kate Bishop/America Chavez
[canon-divergent AU] “I can’t believe you came to ComicCon dressed as yourself,” Billy is saying for about the thirtieth time.

|| I hardly know America Chavez, but I want so much more of this. Also, I am absolutely going with the option the author gives that America just hasn't gone public with her powers yet, I want the sequel where she does and shows up and Kate's jaw drops, and she's like, This one just won't stop pulling one over on me, and it's perfect.
fandom:marvel  fandom:youngavengers  author:paperclipbitch  pairing:america/kate  type:alternateuniverse  type:closetocanonau  type:banter  type:justforfun  length:notspecified 
july 2015 by blottingtheink
Little Talks
neo play fighting over something trivial + leo gives in all the time.

|| Cute five things from the point of view of the members, sort of. Very very sweet.
fandom:kpop  fandom:vixx  author:bijyu  pairing:n/leo  type:canonexpansion  type:fivethings  type:outsidepov  type:birdsongsweet  type:criminallyadorable  length:notspecified 
march 2015 by blottingtheink
take the unknown road now.
It doesn’t take Taekwoon long to fall in love, but a lot of time has to pass before he can stop being a coward about it.

|| A little tell-y, but some really lovely moments. (Confession: I was kind of rooting for N to end up with someone else, even though it's really clearly a N/Leo story. But I think that's the part of me that wants N's slightly-hurting until it's happy happy ending, and I want Leo to be the best-worst bff in it ever.) Author does a kind of heart-breaking job working in canon.
fandom:kpop  fandom:vixx  author:bijyu  pairing:n/leo  type:canonexpansion  type:ouchmyheart  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:workingitout  length:notspecified 
march 2015 by blottingtheink
renquise
I had a sudden fit of writing this morning, and I ended up with 1.5k or so of the AU where Ken is Ravi’s guardian angel??

|| Yo, this is cute and fluffy as buttons.
fandom:vixx  fandom:kpop  author:renquise  pairing:ken/ravi  type:alternateuniverse  type:criminallyadorable  type:justforfun  type:makesmesmile  type:vignettes  length:notspecified 
march 2015 by blottingtheink
feiling: mini-dump
Hakyeon cracks open an eye to peek for the reason why. Byungjun’s got his fist in the air, ready to strike, but there’s someone behind him with their hand around his wrist, squeezing threateningly as if it intending to break it.

“Bell’s about to ring,” Taekwoon says, nonchalant and not a hair out of place. “You’re going to be late.”

|| Saving for the second ficlet, quoted above. Not a lot to it, but I enjoy the ending, and N's smug knowing-ness in the face of Leo's shyness.
fandom:vixx  fandom:kpop  author:feiling  pairing:n/leo  type:short  type:alternateuniverse  type:highschoolau  type:vignettes  type:preslash  length:notspecified 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
The Sundry Times, Jewish Bucky pls
Bucky thinks he’s got a lot to atone for. Fortunately, there’s a holy day for that.

|| Oh. A tiny little thing, but a good one.
fandom:avengers  fandom:captainamerica  author:copperbadge  type:gen  type:posttext  type:a+forreligion  type:takeanideaandrun  type:friendship  type:surviving  type:short  length:notspecified 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
thenewlondoner: valentine's day is for losers
hs!AU This is a joke, but Jihoon isn't laughing.

|| Kind of melodramatic, but also kind of appealing? I read it a while ago, so all I really remember was a sense of really liking Taeil in this.
fandom:kpop  fandom:blockb  author:thenewlondoner  pairing:p.o./taeil  type:highschoolau  type:sillysillyboys  type:miscommunication  type:confessionscene  type:  type:awkwardteens  length:notspecified 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
Dareka o Motome Na - Hand Over Fist - Chanyeol/Kris/Kyungsoo - NC-17
Kyungsoo frowns.  “And…yes.  I see.  I’ve read your palm, and it says it belongs on my butt.” He finishes dryly.

|| Is this an excuse for dirty Kris/Kyungsoo/Chanyeol? It might be.

I also recommend the others in this series, although this one is probably my favorite. You can find them in the author's masterlist on this lj.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:zombiecheese  pairing:kris/chanyeol  pairing:kris/d.o/chanyeol  type:threesome  type:smmmmmmmut  type:pwp  type:hottt  type:dp  length:notspecified 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
foudroyantfear: [exo] i'm a real big fan of yours
Now they’re here, Zitao’s twenty, pristine copies of XOXO having gotten them in, and he’s going to meet Sehun and will not flail at the sight of him. (AU in which EXO-K is fanboy!Zitao's favorite idol group, Sehun's his favorite member, and Zitao, regrettably, brings Lu Han along to a fansigning.)

|| This is so, so, so, so cute, and I want the follow-up immediately.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:fanxings  pairing:tao/sehun  type:alternateuniverse  type:meetcute  type:criminallyadorable  type:sillysillyboys  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
nacseo | [FIC]: interlude.
Kyungsoo comes into the bathroom while Jongin is showering and takes a seat on the counter.

|| Everyone keeps mentioning Mama-Kyungsoo, and I have yet to see it in canon, but I will just wait patiently, I suppose. Regardless, this was lovely: Kai is supportive, and loving, and totally unaware of how bad he's got it. I am of course into this.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:nacseo  pairing:d.o./kai  type:friendship  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:obliviousness  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
loveismix: DAY 1: this town ain't big enough!
Lu Han's a thief and Sehun gets kidnapped a lot. (half D.E.B.S, half X-Men AU)

|| Cute. I liked Sehun in this, more than anything, the little glimpses we see of him figuring himself out, and the implications re: training those with superpowers. Lots of XMEN-vibe in that. Lu Han's a bit of a manic pixie, but it's cute. Liked it more than I expected to.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:colorfunk  pairing:sehun/luhan  type:alternateuniverse  type:superpowers  type:hijinks  type:jobfic  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
pinkbit: sign here, initial here!
it's more like a contract -- that's all it's supposed to be and all it's allowed to be.

|| HP AU, set in England. Mostly saving this because I decently like the Kyungsoo.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:astrou  pairing:kyungsoo/joonmyun  type:hpau  type:wokeupmarried  type:workingitout  type:friendship  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
pinkbit: seoul seeking
chanyeol tries to find himself in the bits and pieces of seoul's community.

A/N: humans of new york//humans of seoul au (both of which you should check out!) that features the exo members! mainly chanyeol-centric with hints of other pairings.

|| I liked this way more than I expected to! The side-effect of making all the people Chanyeol photographs his band is that--because of the distance--it's even clearer than normal that there aren't any women, and that's disorienting and distracting. But I genuinely liked this a lot; it's kind of saccharine, but like a pancake breakfast.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:astrou  pairing:chanyeol/baekhyun  type:alternateuniverse  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:ust  type:gen  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
wakinghyde: Fanfic: Implication
Leo sees it happen only a few feet before him and freezes for a moment when his shy euphoria is broken down and his heart leaps a little too high because this wasn’t supposed to happen.

|| Sometimes a little choppy with early-writer forced mysteriousness, but I really like this Leo, and his mix of focus, resolve, and absolute uninterest in the unimportant. Don't think VIXX is treated this poorly, but I like the Leo in this enough to keep it.
fandom:kpop  fandom:vixx  author:walkinghyde  pairing:n/leo  type:gen  type:friendship  type:characterization  type:surviving  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
sherbet oppa, i’m sad so i’m thinking about neo first date ...
high school au and they’ve been bffs for forever so one day when taekwoon says “hey um let’s do something tomorrow” hakyeon doesn’t think anything of it even if taekwoon’s taking more pauses between his words than usual

|| Lapslock, but, *high pitched noises* cuuuuute--
fandom:vixx  fandom:kpop  author:goseum-dochi  pairing:n/leo  type:alternateuniverse  type:highschoolau  type:firsttime  type:birdsongsweet  type:criminallyadorable  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
downroad: seventeen
You're not confused. You're paid to confuse people. There's a difference.

|| /o\ Oh no Amber. (I think the other band members are in SHINee? Maybe? Key is a name I know.)
fandom:kpop  fandom:f(x)  author:downroad  type:gen  type:genderidentity  type:ouchmyheart  type:beingateenishard  length:notspecified 
october 2014 by blottingtheink
whetstone: BANG*S
Seunghyun likes action figures and pop art and Jiyong. But mostly Jiyong. 

|| OH MY GOD IT'S THE RARE FLUFF FIC, CAUGHT IN THE WILD
fandom:kpop  fandom:bigbang  author:whetstone  pairing:gdragon/top  type:fluff  type:criminallyadorable  type:short  length:notspecified 
october 2014 by blottingtheink
cranperryjuice: Car-Crash Hearts (G-Dragon/TOP)
ae Wook's shoulders rise and fall in a sigh Seung Hyun can't hear over the blood pounding in his ears. "Close enough. Watch your left arm." He checks his watch, then turns to the others - he's been working on correcting Seung Hyun long enough that they gave up a few minutes ago and flopped down in a corner with bottles of water. "Let's call it a day. Ji Yong, can you help him catch up?"

|| G-Dragon has to give TOP dance lessons in the early days and well. It's hard to be in each other's pockets. It's so sad that as far as I can tell, this counts as a happy ending. Fuck this fandom, for serious.
fandom:bigbang  fandom:kpop  author:cranperryjuice  pairing:gdragon/top  type:earlydays  type:sillysillyboys  type:broken  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:ouchmyheart  length:notspecified 
october 2014 by blottingtheink
gdgdbaby: [oneshot] baby, i'm not a monster
TOP's a werewolf.

|| I DON'T KNOW EITHER. AT LEAST IT DOESN'T MAKE ME WANT TO RIP MY HEART OUT. Warning for... uh, sudden breathplay. idek.
fandom:bigbang  fandom:kpop  author:gdgdbaby  pairing:gd/top  type:crackiscrazysauce  type:supernatural  type:cute  warning:breathplay  length:notspecified 
october 2014 by blottingtheink
The Sundry Times, Hell Yeah
When Tony Stark met Sam Wilson for the first time, he offered his hand, shook firmly, and said, “So that was you.”

"On the carriers? Yeah man, kind of hard to miss," Sam replied.

"Not what I meant," Tony said, beaming wide and pleased.

|| Yes, I will take more Sam-centric gen-fic, thank you please. One more version of how Sam joins the Avengers. Super cute. I clapped my face.
fandom:avengers  fandom:captainamerica  character:sam.wilson  author:copperbadge  type:gen  type:posttext  type:teamfic  type:short  type:makesmesmile  type:becausecharacterlove  length:notspecified 
august 2014 by blottingtheink
Okay so everybody has realized Steven Rogers has a type - a life lived in nerd
agine Bucky looking from Sam to Tony, staring at their height, their snarky attitude, their intelligence and loyalty, and also their ALMOST IDENTICAL FACIAL HAIR, and then turning to look at Steve.

His eyebrows climb slowly up.

Steve turns red from his forehead to where his throat disappears into the collar of his shirt and he buries his face in his arms on the table.

"I’m not growing one of those," Bucky says mildly.

Steve makes a deeply humiliated sound in his throat and refuses to move for fifteen minutes.

|| The tags on this are just as good. Extremely short, but delightful.
fandom:captainamerica  author:lazulisong  pairing:steve/bucky  pairing:sam/steve  pairing:tony/steve  pairing:steve/peggy  type:gen  type:hilarifying  type:justforfun  type:makesmesmile  type:posttext  type:short  length:notspecified  via:theautomaticlady 
may 2014 by blottingtheink
accidentally a ficlet - ceeturnalia
Steve accidentally starts Henderson County’s first and only LGBT youth support group (and it was Steve, it was all Steve).

|| Adorable.
fandom:captainamerica  fandom:avengers  author:ceeturnalia  pairing:steve/bucky  type:posttext  type:surviving  type:fixit  type:domestic  type:criminallyadorable  length:notspecified 
april 2014 by blottingtheink
Because apparently you are writing ficlets. How about one where Natasha and Bucky sneak into Steve's room and completely redecorate it while he's asleep as a birthday surprise. - i feel better
"Please, you’re not that sneaky,” said Steve. Natasha and Bucky both froze in mid-step.

"Oh, man, that was a super dumb thing to say," said Sam. "I’m not gonna stand anywhere near you for a couple of days because shit is gonna rain down upon you.”

|| Super cute. Shit like this makes me want Bucky in the team already SO BAD.
fandom:captainamerica  author:ifeelbetter  type:gen  type:future  type:criminallyadorable  type:hijinks  length:notspecified 
april 2014 by blottingtheink
idyll - Leverage/Avengers Crossover snippet
"Goddamn it, Hardison," Eliot hisses when the robots descend from the sky.

"How is this my fault?" Hardison yells back. His voice is about ten octaves higher and he’s got a boatload of panic coming through.

|| Cuuuuute. Background OT3, but mostly just an excuse to see how Eliot and Captain America would function if put in the same place with the same objective. I'm about it.
fandom:avengers  fandom:leverage  author:idyll  pairing:eliot/parker/hardison  type:gen  type:crossover  type:hijinks  type:vignettes  length:notspecified 
january 2014 by blottingtheink
Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future — Medium
With antibiotics losing usefulness so quickly — and thus not making back the estimated $1 billion per drug it costs to create them — the pharmaceutical industry lost enthusiasm for making more. In 2004, there were only five new antibiotics in development, compared to more than 500 chronic-disease drugs for which resistance is not an issue — and which, unlike antibiotics, are taken for years, not days. Since then, resistant bugs have grown more numerous and by sharing DNA with each other, have become even tougher to treat with the few drugs that remain. In 2009, and again this year, researchers in Europe and the United States sounded the alarm over an ominous form of resistance known as CRE, for which only one antibiotic still works.

Health authorities have struggled to convince the public that this is a crisis. In September, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a blunt warning: “If we’re not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era. For some patients and some microbes, we are already there.” The chief medical officer of the United Kingdom, Dame Sally Davies — who calls antibiotic resistance as serious a threat as terrorism — recently published a book in which she imagines what might come next. She sketches a world where infection is so dangerous that anyone with even minor symptoms would be locked in confinement until they recover or die. It is a dark vision, meant to disturb. But it may actually underplay what the loss of antibiotics would mean.

|| Oh my god this is terrifying.
fandom:not!  author:medium  type:article  type:science  type:environment  type:important  length:notspecified  via:Carnadosa 
november 2013 by blottingtheink
Sticky Fingers - smoochfestmod - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
8th year is going just fine until Malfoy starts practising his sticking charms.

|| Oh my god this IS ADORABLE. Excellent, evocative art, sweet as fuck storytelling, and forced proximity without it being dub or non-conny. But seriously the art is so good.
fandom:harrypotter  author:dustmouth  pairing:harry/draco  type:comic  type:awesome  type:softly  type:eigthyear  type:art  type:sillysillyboys  type:birdsongsweet  length:notspecified 
november 2013 by blottingtheink
I HAVE MET GEORGE ZIMMERMAN
One time on the New Jersey Turnpike, as I was driving back to college, a state trooper and his partner stopped me for speeding. After I gave the verbal warning and got the okay, I reached into my glove compartment.

“Rolling papers?” he asked.

“What?”

“Are those rolling papers?” There were about five super-flat packets of Stride gum in the back of my glove compartment.

I pulled them out and put them in the trooper’s hand, which he inspected with his partner as if the two of them had never seen a pack of gum before, and I was let off with a warning and sent on my way.

And as I drove away, I took those packets of gum and threw them in my book bag. How stupid, I immediately thought, for keeping them in there. I should have known they looked like rolling papers.

It wasn’t until I got back to my dorm room that I was amazed that in that encounter, I somehow felt guilty, like I had done something wrong for having gum in my car.
fandom:not!  author:case.gaines  type:essay  type:racism  length:notspecified 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
A Letter to My Nephew | The Progressive
Now, my dear namesake, these innocent and well meaning people, your countrymen, have caused you to be born under conditions not far removed from those described for us by Charles Dickens in the London of more than a hundred years ago. I hear the chorus of the innocents screaming, "No, this is not true. How bitter you are," but I am writing this letter to you to try to tell you something about how to handle them, for most of them do not yet really know that you exist.

|| James Baldwin's letter to his nephew, 1962.
fandom:not!  author:james.baldwin  author:the.progressive  type:essay  type:racism  resourcetype:culturalstudies  length:notspecified 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child – The New Inquiry
Like the nice guy from your grad-school program who tries to cover up his hurt feelings by concocting a general theory that explains why he never got a text after his one-night stand, the book portrays the Young-Girl as vain, frivolous, and acquisitive. She serves the traditional female role of reproducing the population and social order, but here, the social order is corrupt. Therefore, Tiqqun suggests, their intervention requires an ironic performance of misogyny. The question remains: Why is misogyny their only option? And why are so many ­thoughtful people ready to accept that a layer of irony suffices to turns hateful language into the basis of a sound critique?

We believe that Tiqqun has mistaken its object.

|| An EXCELLENT essay, and one that rang true--not only for ManChildren in others, but for the ManChild in myself, who shies away from conviction like it's leprous. Really, really interested in the ending.
fandom:not!  author:thenewinquiry  author:moira.weigel  author:mal.ahern  type:article  type:essay  type:feminism  type:interesting  type:insightful  type:endingiswhoa  type:longandsatisfying  resourcetype:culturalstudies  resourcetype:genderandsexuality  length:notspecified 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Rage - The Rumpus.net
My father had been an amateur boxer, a college lineman, and though the boy’s father isn’t a particularly small man, he has to crane his neck up to look in my father’s eyes and explain that your girl got, well, she got a little rough out there, that he’d have to take his boy to the Patient Care to get his nose fixed, and I’m sure we can work something out regarding the bill for that. The boy stands with his head tilted back, hands cupped over his nose. Anyone who can take a punch knows that you have to lean forward with a broken nose. Otherwise, you gag on blood. You taste it for days.

“No,” my father says. “And you tell your boy that if he so much as looks at her again, I’ll finish what she started.”

|| Oh my god. Memoir/essay.
fandom:not!  author:therumpust  author:laura.bogart  type:essay  type:memoir  type:hybrid  type:mediumlength  length:notspecified 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
Parerga Atakta, a tsubasa chronicle fanfic | FanFiction
'I found a story about us,' Fye said. He pushed the book against Kurogane's chest, leant close. 'Listen. Listen. And striving still the Twiceborn stood against the poison-bearing beast and struck out its eyes, and from its talons snatched his sword-brother, who lay swooning upon the grass. Thereupon the Twiceborn gave unto him the philtre he had bought from the queen with his own heart's blood, and the Dark Warrior awoke and clasped him in his arms and cried passionately –'

'The hell,' Kurogane said, choking. 'Give me that.'

|| Oh, this is LOVELY--Kurogane and Fai are spot-on, the one, gruff and as bendable as anything for Fai, the other, light-hearted and haunted. Some moments of over-writing, but slides right into CLAMP's whole thing about tragedy and hope and love and the unspoken, and, above all, duality and chances. Really great.
fandom:tsubasa  author:ninmub  pairing:kurogane/fai  type:posttext  type:family  type:ouchmyheart  type:birdsongsweet  type:characterization  type:short  type:dayinthelife  length:notspecified 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
so I couldn't fall asleep last night, and I started thinking
about a reverse little mermaid, in which the prince’s sister has always dreamed of life under the sea, and then they are in a shipwreck, and as she hangs onto a piece of driftwood, she sees her brother rescued from drowning by a mermaid. Everybody thinks she’s mad, later, after she’s been rescued. But her brother did turn up alive and unharmed on the beach, and she knows what she saw: a girl, beautiful as the dawn, with a fish’s tail, keeping her brother safe above the waves. She grows sick with longing.

So the princess goes to visit the witch who lives in the woods, and she tells her that she can give her a mermaid’s tail and a mermaid’s breath—but she will always be human in her heart and in her soul, unless she can convince one of the merfolk to fall in love with her. For humans live short lives, and their immortal souls vanish to distant realms after death, while the merfolk live for hundreds of years, and when they die they remain in the sea that is their home.

|| Mostly dialogue-free tumblr-fic (the main character has no voice, though, so), but it is an EXCELLENT retelling, all ladies and learning and non-traditional desires, and I'm super into it.
fandom:fairytale  fandom:disney  author:wildehack  type:gen  type:fairytale  type:darkly  type:just_yes  type:bamf  type:takeanideaandrun  type:short  length:notspecified 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
The Science of Loneliness: How Isolation Can Kill You | New Republic
/o\ More than the title; super interesting and also gut-twisting description of loneliness and its studies. Warning for some studies that include descriptions of emotional harm inflicted on animals (monkeys).
fandom:not!  fandom:science  author:thenewrepublic  type:article  type:ouchmyheart  resourcetype:culturalstudies  resourcetype:reference  resourcetype:poetry  length:notspecified  length:long 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
Despite enormous progress in recent decades, women still have to deal with biases against them in the sciences. Here are six female researchers who did groundbreaking work—and whose names are likely unfamiliar for one reason: because they are women.
*Jocelyn Bell Burnell: discovered pulsars in 1967 (Nobel prize awarded to her supervisor)
*Esther Lederberg: lay the groundwork for future discoveries on genetic inheritance in bacteria, gene regulation, and genetic recombination. (Nobel prize awarded to her husband)
*Chien-Shiung Wu: overturned a law of physics and participated in the development of the atom bomb. (Nobel prize awarded to two male colleagues)
*Lise Meitner: work in nuclear physics led to the discovery of nuclear fission (Nobel prize awarded to a male colleague)
*Rosalind Franklin: used x-rays to take a picture of DNA that would change biology...one of the most well-known—and shameful—instances of a researcher being robbed of credit.
*Nettie Stevens: performed studies crucial in determining that an organism's sex was dictated by its chromosomes... fell victim to a phenomenon known as the Matilda Effect—the repression or denial of the contributions of female researchers to science.

|| This makes me sick to my stomach.
fandom:not!  fandom:science  author:national.geographic  type:feminism  type:article  type:historical  length:notspecified  via:jenna_marianne 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
seanan_mcguire: Sexism, the current SFWA kerfuffle, and "lady authors."
From the 1947 Dorothy L. Sayers essay “The Human-Not-Quite-Human”:
Probably no man has ever troubled to imagine how strange his life would appear to himself if it were unrelentingly assessed in terms of his maleness; if everything he wore, said, or did had to be justified by reference to female approval; if he were compelled to regard himself, day in day out, not as a member of society, but merely (salva reverentia) as a virile member of society. If the centre of his dress-consciousness were his cod-piece, his education directed to making him a spirited lover and meek paterfamilias; his interests held to be natural only in so far as they were sexual.
fandom:not!  author:dorothy.sayers  type:feminism  type:essay  type:awesome  type:short  length:notspecified 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
eijentu | Looking Out From Underneath
‘I made these,’ he says, gesturing to the one still on the counter, and some dim part of Kurogane’s brain suggests it’d probably fit Fai, ‘according to measurements I was given a long time ago. You see, there was something I wanted, something impossible,’ and here a faint smile plays at the man’s mouth, ‘but there was only one person who could help grant my wish.’ He trails off for a moment, lost, perhaps, in his memory of that time, but then he stirs, meets Kurogane’s eye once more. ‘That person told me that in return for her help, I had to make these rings, just like this, and keep them here until the right people came to claim them.’

Kurogane’s first thought is fucking meddlesome witch.

|| Kurogane and Fai get married. Soft, sweet, very good. Refrain a little over-used, but that's being picky.
fandom:tsubasa  author:eijentu  pairing:kurogane/fai  type:posttext  type:future  type:letsgetmarried  type:softly  type:characterization  type:domestic  length:notspecified 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
Self-Made Man #22: Second Person - The Rumpus.net
Today I stuck myself with a needle. I’m jangly with testosterone. Later I’ll go swim it off. I’ll make my body straight as the line on the floor of the pool. In the locker room, men will wander bare-assed past me, unselfconscious and beautiful, all of them. I will wait until they aren’t looking to pull off my shorts, or will change behind the curtained shower stall, even though I’m beautiful, too.

|| Excellent piece on dreams and self and gender and writing.
fandom:not!  author:the.rumpus  author:thomas.page.mcbee  type:just_yes  type:a+forgenderidentity  type:stylisticappreciation  type:meta  length:notspecified 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
new burbage
The one where Geno is a lady ballerina and that makes as little sense as anything, but IT IS SO CUTE, and I'm terribly into it. Soft-edged, and sweet, set during Sid's concussion.

Currenly in progress, 15 parts, tumblr hosted. (Still worth it.)
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:arabesque05  pairing:sidney/geno  type:alternateuniverse  type:alwaysagirl  type:birdsongsweet  type:characterization  type:midtext  type:slowburn  type:friendship  type:makesmesmile  length:notspecified 
march 2013 by blottingtheink
Spineless
I haven't read this? True story I couldn't even remember who Silver Pair was when I started--lolololol. Anyway. Gosh, I forgot what dicks they all are.

Silver Pair backstory, and me doing a bit of backsliding. What. Sports.
fandom:tenipuri  author:aki  pairing:silverpair  type:backstory  type:preslash  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:ouchmyheart  length:notspecified 
march 2013 by blottingtheink
you shoot the clown I play the elevator music • some kanaya and dave for sunsmasher, who guessed...
yo notorious k.a.n. its that time of the week

im so psyched for clownhunt oclock you dont even know

all ready to get my angela lansbury on

you at my side like

shit whats a crime solving sidekick

lassie

did lassie solve crimes

dog crimes probably but they still count

wishbone as his dog m all pulling the dog strings from dog mi6

I Dont Know What Youre Talking About But Whatever It Is It Should Probably Be The Other Way Around

|| SCREEEEEEEEEEECH. Flawless Kanaya and Dave voices, being, as the author calls them "comfortable in-laws," with some wonderful digs at all kinds of alien puberty.
fandom:homestuck  author:vintar  character:davestrider  character:kanayamaryam  type:friendship  type:short  type:pesterlogs  type:asteroidbound  type:hilarifying  type:voice  type:characterization  type:personalcanon  length:notspecified 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
The Hobbit Kink Meme - Prompt Post 3 (PROMPT FREEZE)
"I'll let that go for now, princeling," he says menacingly. Thorin's arms shake a little as he hefts himself up and grasps his sword. "I won't be so gentle next time. Now, I suggest we calm down and discuss this reasonably."

The smoke has cleared around them, and Thorin watches the dragon as he catches his breath.

"By all means," he finally says, a grin curling his lips, "let us discuss how we can best remove your fat behind from our front door."

|| Lolololol.
fandom:lotr  author:anon  type:gen  type:alternateuniverse  type:pre-text  type:hilarifying  type:takeanideaandrun  type:voice  type:characterization  length:notspecified 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
The significance of plot without conflict - still eating oranges
The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.
fandom:not!  author:stilleatingoranges  type:writing  type:article  type:essay  resourcetype:teaching  length:notspecified 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Red Velvet - Anonymous - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
The Scourge Sisters have been domesticated as much as they'll ever be.

|| CRIES ABOUT THE SCOURGE SISTERS CRIES ABOUT THEM FOREVER

But this is DECADENT, somehow--the backgrounds and details, and the early morning light, and Dave being such an asshole over the radio--god. It makes me yearn, yearn, yearn, for the story that got them here, how they met up, post-Sburb, how they fell into this push-pull-shove, but. Failing that, this hits all my domestic-scourge in all the right ways. (I.... think I recognize this artist. I'm pretty sure.)
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  challenge:ladystuck2012  pairing:terezi/vriska  type:domestic  type:comic  type:postsburb  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:becausecharacterlove  length:notspecified 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Normative Sexism: Geek Edition « shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows
Having realised that the depiction of women in games, comics, collectibles and anime is meant as part of a tailor-made fantasy, many straight male geeks, somewhat unsurprisingly, have become aware of something else: that as said fantasy has been explicitly created for and subsequently targeted, marketed and sold to them, there must be someone out there whose goal is to exploit – and subsequently profit from – their sexual desires. Rather than undertake an intellectual exploration of the relationship between sex, gender and advertising in a capitalist system, however, a disappointing number of these geeks make a different and altogether more prejudicial leap: that the presence of women in an otherwise male-dominated environment can be directly correlated with the efforts of corporations to take their money. Their willingness to pay for the product in this equation, whether pre-existing or not, is immaterial: women, and particularly sexy women, have become a red-flag event. Any attempt to insert women into a setting previously devoid of them must therefore come under immediate suspicion. Women are a cash-gathering exercise, the go-to weapon in some cynical marketeer’s arsenal to help Company A more readily collect the hard-earned monies of geeks everywhere; booth babes being a case in point.

|| Oh my god--that seems SO RIGHT. Great analysis.
fandom:not!  author:fozmeadows  type:feminism  type:article  type:interesting  resourcetype:culturalstudies  length:notspecified 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
What Happens Next: A Gallimaufry | PSA: Your Default Narrative Settings Are Not Apolitical
I’m sick to death of historical accuracy being trotted out as the excuse du jour whenever someone freaks out about the inclusion of a particular type of character in SFF,...

Almost uniformly, in fact, it seems as though such complaints of racial and sexual inaccuracy have nothing whatsoever to do with history and everything to do with a foggy, bastardised and ultimately inaccurate species of faux-knowledge gleaned primarily – if not exclusively – from homogeneous SFF, RPG settings, TV shows and Hollywood.
fandom:not!  type:meta  author:fozmeadows  type:article  type:feminism  type:political  type:anti-racism  type:a+forsexuality  length:notspecified  resourcetype:culturalstudies  via:esther_a 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Why I Never Play Hard To Get ‹ Feminspire
As politicians and pundits bicker about what makes rape “legitimate” and feminists worldwide don short skirts for SlutWalks, a stronger current is pulling us all back towards violence and violation. You can call it “patriarchy” or “misogyny.” I call it the entire Saved By the Bell Series, beloved romcoms like How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and The Notebook (sorry, Feminist Ryan Gosling) and the plot of Pride and Prejudice: popular culture is woven together with stories of women who said No when they meant Yes, or in some cases, eventually meant Yes, after a little creative coaxing.

|| This.
fandom:not!  type:article  type:feminism  length:notspecified 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
White Lines on a Green Field by Catherynne M. Valente — Subterranean Press
Let me tell you about the year Coyote took the Devils to the State Championship.

Coyote walked tall down the halls of West Centerville High and where he walked lunch money, copies of last semester’s math tests, and unlit joints blossomed in his footsteps. When he ran laps out on the field our lockers would fill up with Snickers bars, condoms, and ecstasy tabs in all the colors of Skittles. He was our QB, and he looked like an invitation to the greatest rave of all time. I mean, yeah, he had black hair and copper skin and muscles like a commercial for the life you’re never going to have. But it was the way he looked at you, with those dark eyes that knew the answer to every question a teacher could ask, but he wouldn’t give them the satisfaction, you know? Didn’t matter anyway. Coyote never did his homework, but boyfriend rocked a 4.2 all the same.

|| Oh, okay, yes.
fandom:not!  author:cat.valente  type:originalfiction  type:mythology  type:highschoolau  type:contemporaryau  type:voice  type:interesting  length:notspecified 
november 2012 by blottingtheink
Fiction: The Perseverance of Angela’s Past Life | Zen Cho
The problem was that Angela’s best friend was dating a dragon. Initially Angela hadn’t noticed any side-effects. Just the usual sort of thing. Outrage that her best friend was no longer as available as she used to be, that Angela was no longer the first person she called when she wanted to watch a musical or go to the park.

But these were ordinary incidents of the readjustment of a best friendship. Angela had got over it in time.

She was having difficulty getting over being split into two people, though.

|| Lies down about how great this is.
fandom:not!  author:zen.cho  type:originalfiction  type:femmeslash  type:growingup  type:alternateuniverse  type:magicau  type:becausecharacterlove  type:awesome  length:notspecified 
november 2012 by blottingtheink
Strange Horizons Fiction: Librarians in the Branch Library of Babel, by Shaenon K. Garrity
The Branch Library is infinite. All Libraries of Babel are infinite. The Branch Libraries are just smaller.

Which is larger: all possible numbers, or all possible even numbers? Logically, they're the same size. A fraction of an infinite set is still infinite, isn't it? By the same logic, it's possible for an infinite library in which every other book is, say, Stephen King's Cujo to still contain all possible books, same as the main library. It's just that you stand a 50% chance of getting Cujo.

I'm only using Cujo as an example. As you know, we did not work at an infinite library where every other book is Stephen King's Cujo. That library is in El Paso.

I know it's confusing. We used to have a laminated sign behind the front desk explaining the Library system, with all the math, but a few years ago someone stole it and by then we'd lost the laminating machine.

|| A Branch Library, with a statistically-larger-than-normal infinite variety of Moby-Dicks. Sooooo, right up my alley.
fandom:not!  author:shaenon.k.garrity  type:originalfiction  type:meta  type:quest  type:fairytale  type:myheart  type:voice  length:notspecified 
november 2012 by blottingtheink
BBC News - Viewpoint: Why are couples so mean to single people?
In the course of my life, I have loved and lost and sometimes won, and always strangers have been kind. But I have, it appears, been set on a life of single blessedness.

And I haven't minded. Or rather, I realise, I haven't minded enough. But now I kind of do. Take dinner parties. There comes a moment, and that question: "Why don't you have a partner?"

|| GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. "How's your love life?" "It's not." "....But what are you looking for?" "...I'm not."

I do wonder if he's talking about asexuality, at all, or aromanticism, but I'm not sure. I don't think that's quite it. But it might be related?
fandom:not!  type:article  resourcetype:culturalstudies  type:a+forsexuality  length:notspecified 
november 2012 by blottingtheink
Land of memes and trolls: The epic and ridiculous self-aware world of 'Homestuck' | The Verge
A boy stands in his room. Today is his birthday, and as fate would have it, also the day he embarks on a grand adventure. But before we can get started, please input his name in the provided text box.

This scenario could be the beginning of any number of games. Minus the insert-name-here text box, it could be the beginning of any number of stories. In this case, it's the beginning of Homestuck, the most recent and currently ongoing webcomic collected in MS Paint Adventures.

Still collecting these. :D
fandom:homestuck  author:theverge  type:article  type:primer  length:notspecified 
october 2012 by blottingtheink
Homestuck is the First Great Work of Internet Fiction | Tor.com
It is about…adventure and role playing games? Well, sure, that sort of underlies the foundational logic and language of the series. It is just as much a soap opera about kissing aliens, though. Maybe I should assert that Homestuck is a post-modern masterpiece about breaking the fourth wall and making the most of both author insertion and audience participation? I guess I could sum it up as a comic involving video game and internet culture that spawns more memes, which it then perpetuates in a cycle of self-reference between fandom and the author? Maybe I should discuss the quadrants of troll romance and how they relate to the bildungsroman?

I. Fucking. Love. This. Comic.
fandom:homestuck  author:tor.blog  type:article  type:meta  type:makesmesmile  type:primer  length:notspecified 
october 2012 by blottingtheink
'Scott Pilgrim' Guy Interviews 'Homestuck' Guy: Bryan Lee O'Malley On Andrew Hussie - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews
Homestuck is about four 13-year-old internet friends trying to play a computer game that will either save or destroy the world. It is sprawling and complex, dumb and hilarious, and full of the most fiendishly intricate references to the basest turds of pop culture. It's about the internet -- cliques and fandoms, the good stuff and the icky stuff. In Hussie's own words, Homestuck is "made of pure internet".

Oh, and it has easily a million daily readers, raised nearly $2 million on Kickstarter, and is actually really good. I have some experience with weirdly popular youth-oriented videogame-referencing epics (i.e. I created the Scott Pilgrim series), so after plowing through Homestuck (twice!) I set out to ask Andrew Hussie some of the burning questions on my mind.

|| STARRY EYED.
fandom:homestuck  author:comicsalliance  type:article  type:interview  type:chinhands  type:makesmesmile  length:notspecified 
october 2012 by blottingtheink
NHL: Time to ponder the complete stupidity of the lockout - ESPN Dallas
The National Hockey League and its players had a golden opportunity to cement their place as the cool kids on the sporting block, to prove that the game was indeed separate and unique, that the game was worthy of such sentiment.

They were a long way down that track when presented with this opportunity.

An award-winning HBO reality series, the Winter Classic, Stanley Cups in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles. Stars galore. Record revenues.

And then, even better, a chance this summer to prove that hockey was indeed unique by actually getting their act together on the labor front.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

|| I AM SO MOTHERFUCKING CRY

THIS

ALL THIS
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:espn  type:article  type:feeeeeeeelings  length:notspecified 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
The House That Hova Built - The New York Times
But asking why rappers always talk about their stuff is like asking why Milton is forever listing the attributes of heavenly armies. Because boasting is a formal condition of the epic form. And those taught that they deserve nothing rightly enjoy it when they succeed in terms the culture understands.

|| UNHGH. Zadie KILLS IT. I especially admire the way she analyzes lyrics and culture--and herself, obliquely--and then just, lets the facts (in so much as any curation of an event can be just 'the facts') of the interview lie, bare-faced and opened. "He likes to order for people. Apparently I look like the fish-sandwich type." (Damn. Look at that missing comma. So, so, so collected.)
fandom:not!  fandom:hiphop  author:zadiesmith  type:article  type:interview  resourcetype:culturalstudies  length:notspecified 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
'Cause I'd Miss You, Babe
John<3Rose collab entry for HSO'12; post-game, the kids all get tumblrs. John and Rose are dating, and ridiculously sweet... And then they fuck up with each other. Takes a bit to take off, but the fucking-up is believable, totally in-character, and sometimes hilarious. Ngl, though, my favorite moments might be Karkat's cameos.
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:john/rose  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:characterization  type:criminallyadorable  type:abouttheexecution  type:pesterlogs  type:postsburb  type:internet  length:notspecified 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
STFU Moffat • How Moffat Ruined Doctor Who For My Little Sister
So there you have it. Not only did an eleven year old point out some of the obvious flaws in the writing and the plot, but she sees the sexism in Amy’s character, in River Song’s character, in how they have been portrayed, and it has destroyed her favourite television show for her.

All of this would be forgivable if Moffat was willing to listen to people’s concerns and criticisms about his writing, but he blatantly dismisses all opinions but his own.

I was going to give this a witty, sarcastic, snarky title, but honestly, I am just too sad. And I think that says it all, doesn’t it? Moffat has ruined Doctor Who for my little sister. Moffat ruined Doctor Who for a young, enthusiastic fan who doesn’t ‘over-think’ or ‘over-analyse’ or ‘get easily offended’, and indeed, can’t even properly express what upsets her so much about how the female characters are being treated.

Moffat isn’t interested in writing stories that inspire eleven year old girls.

Moffat isn’t interested in writing this show for anyone but himself.

And it shows.

|| A brilliant, well-written personal essay about why STFU Moffat, basically.
fandom:doctorwho  author:holycheeseandcrackers  type:meta  type:feminism  type:article  type:mediastudies  resourcetype:culturalstudies  length:notspecified 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
hs_olympics: BONUS ROUND 1
Okay, look, so maybe you kind of suck at the bubbles. But you can't be good at absolutely everything, okay???????? Gotta leave some specialties left over for the plebes, or they'll get whiny. You're doing them a favour, not being good at this thing. Taking one for the team.

For the team. Ha. Ain't that a laugh riot. Hasn't been a "team" since before any of you died in the first place, sure as hell isn't one now. Technically, since you are now a legal adult according to Alternian law, you have the government-sanctioned right to eat them all if they displease you.

|| Vriska Serket, in all her transparent, terrible, over-confident and insecure glory, and the way Mindfang--and Aranea--well. Well.

The Aranea in this is glorious as well, blithe as fuck and, secretly, swaggeringly sure of herself; Mindfang and not, terrible and not, kind, and not. And kind.

As c'est_what mentions, this is not any kind of subtle, but I forgive it: what Serket ever has been any kind of subtle?
fandom:homestuck  author:myerfly  pairing:vriska/aranea  type:commentfic  type:ouchmyheart  type:characterization  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:grief  type:dreambubbles  type:endingiswhoa  length:notspecified 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
Timestamp Meme: "i will by the flowershop and you will never be lonely," four days later
You find him in the nutrition block, up to his brown arms in dirty dishes. He startles, when he notices you hanging around like a sorry lump in the doorway, and then he smiles. It’s a cracked thing, mechanical and halting. A flash of flat teeth. He’s got his own damage to be dealing with, and it catches at you. You don’t know if you should let him alone. You don’t know if—

“Dave and Jade literally do not know how to wash dishes,” he says, gesturing with a sponge. “And I think Rose is just a slob.”

|| Not as good as the original, obviously, but, OH, it is good to see these two again. John is tactless, and manipulative, and kind, and well-meaning, and Karkat is desparing, and needy, and angry, and they are so in love. And gonna work it out. They'll probably fight. But they're gonna work it out.
fandom:homestuck  author:roachpatrol  pairing:john/karkat(moirail)  type:sequel  type:ouchmyheart  type:characterization  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:likeglass  type:workingitout  length:notspecified 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_collabs1 | Fic/Art: The Shadiest of Bars (Alpha!Dave<3Alpha!Rose)
Opening weekend of SBaHJ: Behidn the Scenes. Ten minutes into the first screening the Internet was already decoding it, as piranhas decode a capybara. An hour after the credits reached the key grip there came the first flash mob. Twenty-nine teenage girls had all linked hands on a subway platform and begun murmuring the opening lines one after another, a beat delayed, as though singing in a round. They had kept it up nearly four minutes. Someone had sent him a badly oscillating clip: red sweatshirts in the dimness, a felt-tip maze drawn on a plump arm, the blue sudden brightening of a screen through a pocket. The overlaid harmony in their recitation, unintelligible, implacable, a conduit carrying the world’s long current of voices of girls who warn rightly, and aren’t believed. At the margins he had seen passers-by shut up and stop. A chill had passed over his own shoulders, as they all drew out the last note. Attagirls.

|| Oh. Oh, oh, oh. Really picks up steam in the second section, where the politics mirroring life nearly took me apart (quoted above), and then just--the ending is phenomenal. All much, much sadder and more beautiful than I can really imagine the Homestuck world ever being--but how sad. How stunningly, gut-clenchingly wrought.
fandom:homestuck  author:lionpyh  author:cloudymew  author:madseason  pairing:alpha!derse  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:illustrated  type:beautiful  type:softly  type:justthisedgeofpainful  type:characterization  type:insightful  type:endingiswhoa  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
S. Thompson. Motif-index of folk-literature
Revised and enlarged. edition. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1955-1958.

Literally just a list, but a lot of sources. Even just the lists, though. Nnnf, motifs.
fandom:not!  fandom:mythology  author:iupress  type:mythology  resourcetype:BAMF'nlist!!!  resourcetype:culturalstudies  resourcetype:poetry  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
He, Once a She, Offers Own View On Science Spat - WSJ.com
Ben Barres had just finished giving a seminar at the prestigious Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research 10 years ago, describing to scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and other top institutions his discoveries about nerve cells called glia. As the applause died down, a friend later told him, one scientist turned to another and remarked what a great seminar it had been, adding, "Ben Barres's work is much better than his sister's."


There was only one problem. Prof. Barres, then as now a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, doesn't have a sister in science. The Barbara Barres the man remembered was Ben.

Suuuuuper binary, and problematic language used "he, once a she," but interesting--in that "yeah, we know," sort of way.
fandom:not!  fandom:science  author:wsj  type:feminism  type:genderidentity  type:interesting  type:article  type:short  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Journey to the Land Where Formal Etiquette is Useless (Alpha OT4, by DoctorV, dogtier, ferrrox, lantadyme, nextian, PlayerProphet & pumpkinbortuqal)
(Choose-your-own-adventure illustrated fic.) Jake Harley, intrepid young trans-continental adventurer, falls down a rabbit hole and finds himself in a strange land. With so many people collaborating, the quality in this is variable, but there's enough that's really cool for me to rec it. Three branches are Wonderland, one (my favourite) is Hunting of the Snark. Most endings come back to Sburb in some way, but the 'verse isn't inwardly coherent and consistent between the branches.

(Summary by cestwhat, because again, she's spot-on, and apparently I haven't already saved this.)
fandom:homestuck  author:doctorv  author:dogtier  author:ferrox  author:lantadyme  author:nextian  author:PlayerProphet  author:pumpkinbortuqal  pairing:alphaOT4  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:illustrated  type:chooseyourownadventure  type:alternateuniverse  type:abouttheexecution  type:interesting  type:takeanideaandrun  type:sburbfucksyouup  type:happilyeverafter  type:posttext  type:future  length:notspecified  via:cestwhat 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
davesquared | CRANK THAT BONER TIME
WE WILL SOLIDIFY YOUR TIMELINE

aw fuck thanks guys
means a lot

ALL THE TIMELINES

wait what

WE WILL SOLIDIFY ALL THE TIMELINES

|| Ahahahaa, actually really delightful? Actually really delightful. A Choose Your Own Adventure type illustrated fic, mostly dialogue, dealing with Daves from a series of different timelines, whose timelines are being "solidified" due to one Dave's deal with the horrorterrors. All of them are just as ridiculous as alpha!Dave, so that's a treat.
fandom:homestuck  author:skippy  author:alma  author:cake  author:amy  pairing:dave/dave  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:illustrated  type:chooseyourownadventure  type:characterization  type:voice  type:takeanideaandrun  type:awesome  type:justforfun  type:hilarifying  type:makesmesmile  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_collabs1 | Illustrated Fic: In All Interest of Fairness (Team Nepeta<3Terezi)
“Terezi...” he says, and he looks down at her shoes. She dreads this, wants to both cover her ears and shake it out of him. Wants to go home and fall asleep on her couch, and wants to go back and tear through the bloody scene for answers. Karkat’s face goes all pained, and then wipes away to a forced blankness that she knows is a lie. He looks up and, “Terezi, it’s Nepeta.”

She will remember this very second for its scent. Thick humidity before a storm, bright flashes of mixed berry from the useless ambulance, and Karkat, all coffee and grey and hard candy red.

|| Oh. A wonderful, wonderful detective/reporter AU, with a great Terezi voice and fantastic background characters, especially Sollux and Kanaya.
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:nepeta/terezi  challenge:hso2012  pairing:sollux/terezi(moirail)  type:alternateuniverse  type:nosburb  type:ouchmyheart  type:plotty  type:closetocanonau  type:characterization  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_collabs2 | FIC/ART: PERPETUUM MOBILE (DAVE<3ROSE<3TEREZI)
His eulogy is Roxy, now trembling quietly, like she's had a part of herself severed and there's not even anything left to shoot to avenge her loss.

He should be sadder. Him and Rose should be over there getting snot and tears all over their jammies. But those four are better at this, and Rose has had to channel the Furthest Ring and be their Seer of Light, holding every piece of their plan in her head at once. If he feels like a truck has run him over and backed up over the remains for funsies, she must feel worse. He's better used here, being a rock for her to lean on.

|| How the final battle might go. Over, and over, and over again. Exquisite characterization and totally believable of Sburb. One of the best pieces I've read for HSO2012.
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:dave/rose/terezi  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:illustrated  type:future  type:abouttheexecution  type:characterization  type:ouchmyheart  type:surviving  type:somethingperfect  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Fuck Yeah, Adventure (Bro/Grandpa flash walkaround, by Anonymous)
A Homestuck-style walkaround game in which Bro completes errands on Derse and Prospit, talks to Dersites and Prospitians about their assassination attempts, their secret anarchist yearnings and their love lives, hangs out with MsPaint, and prepares an epic ironic/sincere/ironic puppet show for the gravebait love of his life. Plus card games and dream sequences. This is Bro Strider humour all the way through, so you have to be in that mood, but it's funny and random and fully playable and just really well done.

|| Description by cestwhat; I could not have put it better.
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:bro/grandpa  challenge:hso2012  type:flash  type:playablegame  type:hilarifying  type:justforfun  type:silliness  type:voice  type:characterization  type:abouttheexecution  length:notspecified  via:cestwhat 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_collabs1 | [Art/Comic]: Spacewatching (Terezi<3Vriska)
Space babies in space. That's all there really is to say on the matter!

A gorgeous, GORGEOUS, gorgeous comic, and very, very cute. (Humanstuck, which...okay, lol, FINE.)
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:terezi/vriska  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:comic  type:beautiful  type:criminallyadorable  type:alternateuniverse  type:humanstuck  type:friendship  type:gen  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents — Registan.net
Imagine this: The three men sit in court, awaiting their verdict. The youngest, a experienced dissident described by the media as a “sultry sex symbol” with “Angelina Jolie lips”, glances at his colleague, an activist praised by the Associated Press for his “pre-Raphaelite looks”.  Between them sits a third man, whose lack of glamour has led the New Republic to label him “the brain” and deem his hair a “poof of dirty blonde frizz”. The dissidents – or “boys” as they are called in headlines around the world – have been the subject of numerous fashion and style profiles ever since they first spoke out against the Russian government. “He’s a flash of moving color,” the New York Times writes approvingly about their protests, “never an individual boy.”
fandom:not!  author:sarahkendzior  type:feminism  type:currentevents  type:important  type:interesting  type:article  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
nice seeing you jade - dashery - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
DAVESPRITE: good one by the way
DAVESPRITE: no dave i dont want to leave you here im scared oh nooo
DAVESPRITE: got my goat like a fuckin swiss alp shepherd goat assassin

|| BAHHHHHHHH. Talk to me more about Davesprite, fandom. IDK what happened, but I love him. In the wake of "Cascade," jossed by A6I1, but lovely, lovely, lovely.
fandom:homestuck  author:dashery  pairing:davesprite/jade  type:ouchmyheart  type:comic  type:gen  type:justthisedgeofpainful  type:just_yes  type:grief  type:friendship  type:criminallyadorable  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_collabs1 | FIC/MUSIC/ART: The Fault in Our Stars (DAVE<3JADE)
They keep getting it wrong, but each time they start anew--because there's no universe, no matter how far off base, where they do not meet.

|| Oh wow. The quality in this collab is really high, and the tracks used are really great, especially the instrumental and the rap. I love the concept, and the places the team took it. Overall, really fun. (Skipped a couple because of tropey-ness, but really--a lot of excellence.)
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:dave/jade  challenge:hso2012  type:alternateuniverse  type:illustrated  type:accompanied  type:characterization  type:voice  type:takeanideaandrun  type:abouttheexecution  type:longandsatisfying  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
hs_olympics: BONUS ROUND 4
"You're not doing this," she hisses. "You are not admiring the buttockses of the senior Lalonde-Strider duo. Not here, not now."

|| ASS ASS ASS ASS :D
fandom:homestuck  author:megaparsecs  pairing:derseOT4  challenge:hso2012  type:silliness  type:justforfun  type:crackiscrazysauce  type:hilarifying  type:commentfic  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Homestuck H/C and sickfic on demand, market price.: this part wasn't in the books: kanaya and karkat
The fourth night you go without feeding Karkat finds you in one of the deep labs and demands to be told what the fuck you think you’re doing.

|| OH. If I claim that I still don't ship this, will it be true?
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:karkat/kanaya(moirail)  type:hurt/comfort  type:moirallegiance  type:ouchmyheart  type:beautiful  type:birdsongsweet  type:short  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Brian Phillips on the USWNT and the gold-medal game - Grantland
Am I getting the point across here? If you like your sports wild, a little rude, and punctuated by massive heart attacks, the USWNT is as pure a drug as you are likely to find on this earth.

SOCCERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
fandom:not!  fandom:SPORTS  type:article  type:soccer  type:uswnt  type:becausecharacterlove  type:makesmesmile  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
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