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Today I learned ...

... that historically, for geographical reasons, Russian space capsules typically crashed down in the Siberian wilderness, instead of the ocean as is typical for US ones. The Siberian wilderness is full of BEARS. So not only do Russian cosmonauts carry guns into space, but until 2007 (or so) they carried this absolutely insane thing called the TP-82 Cosmonaut survival pistol.

It's a triple-barrelled monster with two shotgun barrels and one rifle barrel, with a machete in the handle.

It was added to cosmonaut survival gear due to lobbying efforts by Alexei Leonov, whose return after his famous spacewalk landed a couple hundred miles off course in the middle of bear-infested nowhere. At the time, cosmonauts were armed with a 9mm pistol, which is useless against bears. ("Leonov later commented on the possibility of the gun: "All that could be done with the help of "Makarova" [the Makarov pistol] - is to shoot himself.")

Hence the triple-barreled MACHETE SHOTGUN RIFLE, for all your Siberian wilderness survival needs.

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Iron Fist related

Hi, I had a terrible thought I felt compelled to share, which is this:

It's canonically plausible and even likely that video exists of Harold abusing Ward. We know Harold had cameras everywhere, and while I don't think there's a point in the show when camera views are actually shown of Harold's penthouse (other than the approach to it), as a Came-Back-Wrong paranoid control freak, it's not unreasonable that he would've wanted it as a security measure, as blackmail material against the Hand or just a backup recording of events in case things went sideways. Or, heck, Harold being Harold, recording it on purpose to maintain control of Ward isn't unreasonable either. (I mean, by his standards.)

Which means those recordings could easily exist, and therefore, there are two possibilities I can think of for what happened to them:

- Ward deleted them himself, which means he knows they exist and probably had to spot-check the contents, or:

- They still exist on some hidden backup server of Harold's somewhere, and could be stumbled onto at any time by anyone.

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Trick or Treat (and things I wrote for it)

Authors are revealed for Trick or Treat Exchange! I ended up writing the following:

Wolves of Ice (MCU, Thor & Loki gen, 2700 wds)
It walks the dark halls of the ship, they say. It is larger than a bilgesnipe, but it is not a bilgesnipe. It is cold as ice. Its claws clatter on the metal decking and leave frost in their wake. Its eyes glow in the dark.

Hey Pumpkin (Defenders, team gen, 1400 wds)
Halloween is not Jessica's favorite time of year, and it's especially not her favorite time of year when haunted fall festivals are involved.

Bright Side (Defenders, Jessica & Ward, 2300 wds)
Jessica gets a Halloween job. She may or may not regret this.

Night Wares (Luke Cage, Misty & Tilda, 700 wds)
Misty drops by Tilda's shop on Halloween.

Lost on the Night Shift (Defenders, Claire gen, 2600 wds)
Claire spends Halloween night playing hide and seek with a little runaway in the ER.

Blood in the Ambient (Punisher/Finisterre fusion, 11K wds)
There's a strange nighthorse on the mountainside, with an injured rider.

This was a fun batch of stories! I didn't end up writing anything that was really outside my usual wheelhouse except the Thor one, but I got to explore a bunch of characters in the Defenders universe that I don't write much. There were some delightful requests.

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Internet, go away. No wait, come back.

I have finally abandoned Freedom (my once-beloved internet-blocking app) for good. It's frustrating because I used to love it - it did what I wanted to do perfectly: blocked the internet for a set period of time with no unblocking option. It was small and streamlined and worked beautifully.

But then I got a new computer and their old Freedom app doesn't support the newer Mac OS. At this point they've gone to a subscription model, which meant I had no choice about downloading updates, and every change they made turned the app into something that was worse and worse for me. The worst thing was that one of their changes a year or two ago implemented a "greenscreen" feature. If you have tabs open, when you're running an active Freedom session and you go to Chrome, any tab that's at the top, or any that you bring to the top, will instantly vanish and be replaced by a bright green blank screen. You were writing a comment in that tab, or had a window open with information you'll need to refer to during your internet-blocker session? Hahaha, it's gone now, sucker. On top of that, when you start a session running, it does it automatically in the background to the topmost tabs, so there goes whatever you had there. It doesn't automatically come back when you end a session, so you have to back-arrow to get back to it.

I complained about this in support chat and never got anyone to even acknowledge that this was a problem, let alone that it required me to change my entire workflow to deal with this fucking thing. (When I was ready to work, I normally would load up research tabs, maps, inspiration images, etc, and then turn the internet off for hours. Now anything that's open in a tab vanishes as soon as you try to view it.) I requested the ability to turn it off through the feature-request option; no dice. I don't care if they let people have a feature like that, I just want to be able to turn the damn thing OFF!

But even that wasn't as much of a dealbreaker as its increasing flakiness. It started crashing a lot, and something in their last update broke it completely - it acts like it's running, but it's not actually blocking anything. I'm not even going to contact support this time. I just went looking for something new. I've downloaded two programs to try - Focus and SelfControl. SelfControl turns out to only block sites individually - you have to add them one at a time - but I think Focus might be my new blocking solution. It blocks the entire internet, you can set it to an unquittable mode (I mean, if I wanted to be able to just turn the internet back on at will, all I'd have to do is turn my wifi off) and it does NOT do that annoying making-your-tabs-vanish thing. The only thing I don't like about it is that there's a running countdown at the top of your screen that I haven't figured out how to turn off, but I'm already learning to tune it out, and my word processor (Bean) also has a fullscreen mode that should block me from being able to see it.

I'm liking Focus enough so far, just from my tests today, that I will probably pay for it when the free trial runs out. I now regret paying for the permanent/forever version of Freedom; sigh. Oh well, live and learn. Sometimes you leave a program, and sometimes it leaves you.

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Fandom stuff

I finally finished my Yuletide letter (canons eventually requested after a lot of dithering: Matthew Scudder mysteries, Iron Fist, Defenders, Wiseguy). I was amused to notice that a) they're all set largely in New York, and b) in every case, at least one of my requested characters is a Totally Done With Your Shit cynic who would absolutely hate dealing with magical bullshit. Therefore I would be delighted if anyone wants to inflict magical bullshit on them. I mean, obviously I am also fine with a perfectly normal, down-to-earth story. But consider though: Frank McPike having to deal with the fact that magic exists and Vinnie is in the middle of it.

Still about a day to sign up if you want to! JOIN US.

I am sad that the Defendersverse shows are so far down from last year's signups. I'm the only person requesting Iron Fist (so far), nobody's asked for Luke Cage at all, and there are only 3 people requesting Defenders when last year had over a dozen. I know people move on after a show ends, but did everyone have to move on so fast. ;___;

Anyway though, Trick or Treat Exchange opened on Halloween and is full of lovely things! I got two wonderful gifts:

The Haunting of the Rosebud Motel (Schitt's Creek, Stevie & David, 1300 wds)
Stevie and David perform an exorcism. And it goes about like you'd expect. HAHAHA. This is hilarious and adorable, and nailed canon perfectly.

and now the weather (Stranger Things, Steve/Nancy/Jonathan, 1300 wds)
Steve turned back into a person in the back seat of the Byers’ station wagon. Werewolf!Steve, with gentle h/c and lovely character dynamics. Really delightful.

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Whumptober 2019 Masterlist

31 days, 29 prompts written, 3 prompts with extra fills for a total of 32 fills and 35K of fic!

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Day 31: Embrace

[personal profile] iknowcommawrite requested this with Steve and Robin. And this brings us to the end! I'll put up a masterlist broken down by fandom later today.

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Robin didn't hug, had never hugged. Growing up with three brothers and a single dad, she'd grown up understanding that affection was expressed through manly punches on the shoulder.

So it surprised her as much as it did Steve when he walked, or limped rather, out of the hole in the wall of (what was left of) the high school gym, covered in blood and slime, and she threw her arms around him.

She let go 0.3 seconds later, and followed it up with a manly punch to the shoulder. "Ow," Steve said.

"What are you covered in?" She shook her hands. "What am I covered in?"

"Don't ask." He wobbled, and Robin caught hold of him, slime and all, and guided him to sit on a fallen piece of wall.

She didn't say I thought you were dead. She didn't even think it. But she sat beside him, and eventually he leaned against her and she leaned back and rested her head on his shoulder, until the emergency vehicles showed up.

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Unconventional Fanworks reveals

Author reveals are out on Unconventional Fanworks, so here's mine:

A Field Guide to Dragons of the Circumpolar Arctic (excerpts) (1811 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Dragons, Documentation, Fake Science
Summary: As compiled from the research of Janet Fletcher, PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska, later department head of the University of Alberta's Draconology Department, the first of its kind.</p>

With illustrations!

Okay, so I will 'fess up that I had actually added some extra offers in the hopes of being matched to this person because they had a neat request about mermaids (similar to this one: scientific papers, field guides, etc), but then I did get matched to them and I found the dragons more appealing than the mermaids. I had a ridiculous amount of fun coming up with different kinds of dragons and some appropriately field-guide-sounding written copy about them.

I forget if I linked to it here yet, but in this exchange, I was gifted a choose your own adventure game for Stranger Things which was incredible fun; I'm impressed and delighted with the amount of work they clearly put into it!

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Day 29: Numb

[personal profile] sovay claimed this one; it came out of a discussion on one of the earlier fics.

Future Imperfect (2563 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Fist (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ward Meachum, Danny Rand
Additional Tags: Post-Season/Series 01, Tattoos, Recovery, Character Study, Whumptober
Summary: Ward gets a tattoo, and works through a few things. Set mainly between seasons.</p>

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Dear Yuletide Creator

Thank you so much! I love every one of these canons, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you make for me. Also, prompts are guidelines only, so if you have a different idea, go for it. If you see an idea in one request that you want to write for another one, please do!

I've requested some of these before, so feel free to look through my exchange letters tag for additional inspiration.

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Day 28: Beaten

Nobody claimed this day, so I decided to use it for a missing scene from Iron Fist mid-season 2.

beaten but not broken (1540 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Fist (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ward Meachum & Colleen Wing, Danny Rand/Colleen Wing
Characters: Colleen Wing, Ward Meachum, Danny Rand
Additional Tags: Episode Related, Whumptober
Summary: Missing scene for 2x06, for the Whumptober "Beaten" prompt: what was taking place elsewhere in the dojo/apartment while Misty interrogated Joy and Walker.</p>

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Day 27: Ransom

Requested by [personal profile] st_aurafina with Frank & Leo (post-apocalyptic or regular universe). I went post-apocalyptic; this is in the same universe as Math and Poetry and Gunmanship. It's also long enough that it probably could go on AO3 but it doesn't feel quite complete enough for it. Takes place at some point after (but not all that far after) the end of the other fic, maybe a few weeks later.

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"Huh," the bandit leader murmured, climbing down off his bike. "Looks like he came."

Leo squinted against the dust and the glare of the setting sun. She didn't have a good view; she was gagged, hands tied, and the only thing keeping her from falling off the back of the bike they'd set her on was the fact that she was tied to it. She couldn't even wipe the dust out of her eyes; all she could do was blink, and by now it must look like she'd been crying.

She wasn't. She hadn't cried at all. Frank needed to know that.

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Iron Fist fic: Ghosts of You and Me

I actually finished my [personal profile] spook_me fic this year! And it's the longest thing I've written in the fandom to date.

Ghosts of Me and You (24507 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Fist (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harold Meachum & Ward Meachum, Ward Meachum & Danny Rand & Colleen Wing, Joy Meachum & Ward Meachum
Characters: Ward Meachum, Danny Rand, Colleen Wing, Harold Meachum, Joy Meachum, Katie (Iron Fist)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Ghosts, Haunting, Hurt/Comfort, Friendship, Exorcisms
Summary: Ward is being haunted by his dad. Or maybe he's hallucinating. It's sort of hard to tell.</p>

The general idea of Harold coming back as a ghost is I've been wanting to write ever since I watched the show for the first time last year. The broad strokes of the plot crystallized in my head when I got a "postage stamp" card from h/c bingo this spring that had "haunting", "bruises" ... and another prompt that really didn't fit, but that made the plot click into place: Ward starts turning up with mysterious bruises, burns, and other injuries. He thinks his dad's ghost is doing it, but even he's not entirely sure whether it's really happening or if it's something he's doing to himself -- and how can he get someone else to believe him when the idea is so impossible?

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Dear Festividder

For interested passersby, [community profile] festivids signups are open through Oct. 27! (This is a small-fandom vidding exchange. Tagset with fandoms to choose from is here.)


Thank you so much for making something for me! I am very easy to vid for! I love vids in general, I always have, and I like a lot of different kinds of things. If it's for one of my fandoms and you want to make it, I am sure I will love it. I would be equally happy to receive a vid for any of the fandoms below.

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Fandoms: Dark Matter, Iron Fist, Adventures in Babysitting, Schitt's Creek, Wiseguy, Beetlejuice, Simon & SimonCollapse )

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Day 24: Secret Injury (2)

The other request I got for this prompt was from Punknatch on Discord, who wanted Danny hiding an injury from the rest of the Defenders.

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Jessica was not going to be the one to ask Danny if he was okay. She was not going to be the -- she was not ...

Oh fine.

"Hey," she said, leaning forward and giving his arm a shove. "You spacing out on us, Fist Boy?"

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Day 24: Secret Injury (1)

An anon on Tumblr requested this one with Ward and Danny.

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Waking up feeling like shit wasn't exactly something Ward had any lack of experience with. In fact, the symptoms were all too familiar: pounding headache, queasy stomach, raging thirst.

Opening his eyes to find Danny glaring at him was new, however.

He closed his eyes. He could not deal with that while feeling like this.

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