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05 January 2020 @ 10:49 am


Prison Break Fanfiction
I write primarily non-shipper general fiction, and some Lincoln/Michael slash pieces as well. Yes, I know they’re brothers… and no, I normally wouldn’t be writing brothercest. That said, if it’s not your thing then please stick to the General Fiction section.

                  Prison Break Gen Fiction                      Prison Break Slash Fiction

Supernatural Fanfiction
Supernatural also deals with two brothers, who in this case are bound together in the pursuit of demons and vengeance. An excellent overview of this show and its characters can be found here.
                  Supernatural Gen Fiction                      Supernatural Slash Fiction

Other Fanfiction: Iron Man, Die Hard 4, Chuck, White Collar, Burn Notice, Reaper, and more

Original Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories: Miscellaneous Original Fiction // Real LJ Idol Season 8 // LJ Idol Exhibit A // LJ Idol Exhibit B // LJ Idol Season 9 // LJ Idol Friends And Rivals // LJ Idol Season 10

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
20 July 2018 @ 12:40 am
Our daughter has been here this week, and the time goes by all too quickly! It's hard not to want to cling to her with both hands, and oh—it's over much too soon. This was a visit of about 4 1/2 days, and she's driving back early tomorrow. *sigh*

Not much else has been happening here except work-work-work, and heat-heat-heat. Tomorrow may be below 100o, for the first time in more than a week. We've had a long stretch of hot days, and how I hate summers in Sacramento!

At home, we're having a problem with rodents between the first and second floor of the house again—and I've seen them making their way up a tree onto the roof. I need to get out there and check again for access points they might have chewed on that first-story roof, but I'll have to wait until the temperature drops a little. I googled around last night on the subject, and it seems more likely that we have roof rats rather than mice. Ugh, ugh, ugh! Gah, why must our current cat be so useless! The Whale used to take care of this for us, but since we lost him about 4 1/2 years ago, our yard has been invaded by squirrels and now, their more disgusting cousins. Yuck. :(

I'm finally getting around to watching S4 of Z Nation. I wasn't expecting the story to pick up again some 2 years after last season's finale. The beginning, with life in Zona, was pretty cracktastic. And wow, Warren really kavoomed over that gap. I'm not digging 10K's beard—it's not flattering, and it makes him look like Pete Townsend. Plus, I'm still not sure how the return of Red (late S3) wasn't a hallucination. \o?

I hope to update again soon, at least sooner than last time. Really, I was going to post on the 4th, and then the 5th, and then the weekend, and suddenly work was eating my life again...

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
10 July 2018 @ 01:52 pm
I know we've all had them... Those dreams where you get stuck on, "Hey, I need to go to the bathroom. Huh. Still feels like I need to go to the bathroom. And again. Really? And again."

As soon as you wake up enough, you discover that of course you DO need to go to the bathroom, which is why you kept being pestered in the dream.

Also fairly typical: "Geez, my back is killing me. I'll take some Advil. Huh. Stretching? Not helping. Gah, why don't I have better painkillers? I'll sleep it off... What, still? Why won't it go away, it's been daaaaays?"

And of course, "Ow, my neck! Crap, what's going on? It's stuck. STILL stuck. Like, forever!"

Thanks to the junk in the air lately, the last couple of weeks have also featured a less common variant:

"Ack. Oh by god... I cad breathe! By doze is todally codgested! Nothing helps! I'b suffocading!"

Why can't these all be flying dreams instead?

ETA: here's a fun Chuck Wendig twitter thread on dreams...

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
30 June 2018 @ 01:27 pm
Forgot to mention the other awful part about getting up early to bicycle: having to force some food down before I'm ready to eat. Yesterday's half an apple went down easier than today's half banana, but still. Ick. I usually like to be awake several hours before attempting breakfast.

I tried something new today, rolling up some ice cubes in a paper towel and stuffing them down my sports bra so they would melt and keep that middle area cooler. Clearly, fabric would be better than paper. :O

Hey, you already knew I was weird...

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
29 June 2018 @ 11:49 pm
I'll be getting up "early" tomorrow (around 8:30) to get sun-blocked and go biking before the heat becomes horrific. 104-106o tomorrow! Also last weekend. And the one before that. Gah, why do I live here?

Last Sunday, I came across bunches of people on recumbent bikes (actually, trikes). Those seem to be popular with overweight cyclists, which is understandable. Regular bicycles put most of your weight on the seat, where your sitz bones can really start to hurt (moreso for women, though not all women). The heavier you are, the more potential pain (I speak from experience), and your body isn't really designed for that type of contact. But recumbent bikes have a more "chair-like" seat, which distributes the pressure across your butt and back. Plus, biking is good exercise and (barring some structural problem) fairly kind to the knees.

The 15-20 people in Sunday's group were all on low-rider recumbent trikes (recumbent bikes are less common around here).
+ Great for people with balance problems who still want to bike.
- Visibility issues in traffic. Many people have flags, but the chest is the part of the cyclist most motorists see, and
being under 3-feet-high is riskier.**
? Possibly shifts pain from the sitz bones to your middle back? Recumbents help ease back pain for some riders, but they're torture devices for me.

I haven't seen any of those metal/fiberglass bike pods in a while (not sure what they're called, and a lot of them seem to be homemade). Not surprising, I guess. They cut the windchill in the winter \o/ but in the summer, you want that breeze. Otherwise, it's kind of like biking in a solar oven...

Quail sightings:
Two weeks ago, I saw a group of quail chicks with camouflage fuzz and bodies (torsos) about the size of kumquats. Still bigger than the ones from years ago that looked like fuzzy bugs.
Last weekend, a cluster of baby quail with new feathers, and bodies sized between kumquats and chicken eggs.

Not sure what tomorrow will bring, other than inevitable regrets about the utterly miserable heat. It's that cabin fever time of year! \o?

** There are taller recumbents, but most of those are bikes, which... personally, if I started to tip on one of those, I'm not sure I could get my feet down in time to keep from falling over like something in a cartoon. :O

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
24 June 2018 @ 11:15 pm
Hey, for those of you who didn't take my phobia poll, check it out! I know there are more things I forgot, so tell me what they are. (*kicks self for forgetting needles and fire*)

Here's some cuteness for you, behind a cut in case reptiles were one of your personal phobias:

[Spoiler (click to open)]

Doesn't that little guy look happy? I wish I felt like he looks, but it's late on Sunday night and tomorrow is a work day. AGAIN. :O

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
21 June 2018 @ 03:27 pm
Every now and then I think about phobias, and how OTHER people's phobias sometimes seem weird while your own, of course, are perfectly reasonable.

So, why not a poll? This is for actual phobias, not general fears or even severe dislikes. *drumrolllll*

What are your phobias?

Small or closed spaces
Wait, how are bugs and spiders honestly different when you're talking about phobias?
Moths/butterflies, because these are basically bugs (have you seen their legs?)
Snakes, but not other reptiles
Snakes are cool, but lizards and stuff are gross
ALL reptiles. Why are you even trying to separate them?
Hey, what about amphibians? I mean, technically not reptiles, but ewwwww.
Birds of prey and scavenger birds
Most birds are creepy, especially the big ones
Rodents, except for the cute ones
WTF? All rodents are disgusting!
Slugs and/or snails
Are you kidding me? Snails? What, you can't run away?

OMG, I can't believe you left out:

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
20 June 2018 @ 06:08 pm
I drove down to LA last Thursday to help move our son out of his dorm. I thought we'd be doing that Friday morning, but I got to LA too early to check into my hotel and I figured if I tried... I might not make it over to campus to meet our daughter for dinner. I mean, 3pm is when the evening Rush Hour Hell starts up. Really, it's most of the day. I do not know how people live there!

It's good that we had extra time, because it took at least an hour to clean up stuff left behind by one of his roommates. Gah. Fortunately, where both storage boxes/luggage and cars are concerned, I am the Tetris Queen! If only either of my kids had inherited that trait...

Our daughter drove up from San Diego to meet us for dinner, which was great. Between her finals and The Boy's move-out deadline, there was no way to actually drive down to visit her. Seems like such a waste when I'd already driven most of the way, but oh well. She looked wonderful, as always.

Then The Boy and I drove back up to Sacramento on Friday, talking and listening to music. Many thanks to those of you who recc'd podcasts to me awhile back! I listened to By The Book and Dear Hank And John on the way down, interspersed with music, and that made the trip SO much better. Especially since the GPS sent me over to I-5, where I suddenly recalled all the reasons I hate driving I-5 to LA. There are lots of little hills, and the semis try to pass each other on every frickin' one of them. Also, it's actually uglier than 99. Hey, at least 99 is mostly flat and has several areas that widen to 3 lanes. Just as long as you don't drive down across the valley-town rush hours, it's faster— or at least less aggravating (as HalfshellHusband and I learned this winter).

Friday night was unpacking, and then the weekend was a vague blotto space of bicycling and recovering from the drive. \o?

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
05 June 2018 @ 11:00 am
Yes, we saw Deadpool 2 last weekend. We never saw Deadpool 1, but that's okay. Much like never having seen Thor—we still enjoyed the heck out of Thor: Ragnarok and all its hilariousness. Neither of us is a fan of the superhero genre, so it's more about the exceptions. Batman—the first two Tim Burtons and the Christopher Nolan set. Iron Man. The Winter Soldier. Wonder Woman. Luke Cage. (ETA: stuff with Wolverine...)

The snark, dark humor, and meta are off the charts in Deadpool 2, which is my kind of movie. More violent and juvenile in parts than I'd like, but it's about par for the genre.

We're creeping through the season finales of many TV shows:
  • The Blacklist- Yowza, and thank you for not making me hurt you on behalf of Aram. I'm still mad about the subplot a few seasons ago that implied Aram wasn't worthy of a 'hot girlfriend.' Please. He's smart, nice-looking, and sweet to the core.
  • Blindspot - I did not see THAT coming. Several of the "thats." Still mourning the loss of woobie-Roman, but that ship has sailed. Also, I loved the Patterson-centric oddly-repeating day this season, so thanks for that.
  • Ozark - Holy f**kballs, that Marty Byrde is an unlucky man. Also, Ruth is a master class in the distinction between book-smart and street-smart. She is damnably clever.
  • Bosch, S4 - That was great, and I still love the opening credits and the theme song. Now... how long until Season 5? Huh? Huh?

  • Pending: iZombie, Mr. Robot, Altered Carbon, Designated Survivor, and eventually, Elementary (still running).

    And in reading news, I've been on a Harry Bosch re-read kick. Recently finished Concrete Blonde, The Last Coyote, and I'm about 2/3rds of the way through Trunk Music again. This brings up my main Kindle peeve all over again: e-books should be cheaper than their softcover and hardback versions. It's ridiculous that something that can be endlessly re-propagated without material cost (once the formatting is set) should cost the same as a physical book-on-paper with printing and shipping costs! I still have a Kindle gift-card from our son that has never been spent, because of the ridiculous price of e-books. I keep looking for sales on, say, Harry Bosch books, because I know I'll re-read them. But they're still $9.99 per book. Give me a break. This is why I do all my Kindling with free books and library loans. :(

    /rant. Back to work.

    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
    01 June 2018 @ 02:52 pm
    I watched God's Own Country on Netflix last weekend. The explicit M/M sex wasn't a problem (it never is!), but I would definitely have welcomed a warning for "graphic animal husbandry." Holy moly! The movie was set in rural Yorkshire during calving and lambing season, and there was more realism than I ever want or need. :O

    Apart from some of the terminology (like owt, nowt, and anyroad), you probably wouldn't think this was Yorkshire, because none of the actors actually sound as if they're from there. I say this having recently been immersed in Happy Valley and having also looked up Tan from the Queer Eye reboot to see if was from Scotland (because the Yorkshire dialect sounds about 80-90% of the way to being Scottish, to me).

    Still, I enjoyed the movie, once I stopped hating the main character, and I'm halfway to being in love with the Romanian character. But NOT with the ins and outs (literally) of assisting farm animals in giving birth. /o\