Dialectic Dreamer's Feathering the Nest prompt call

Today is [personal profile] dialecticdreamer’s monthly Feathering the Nest prompt call, where readers can suggest an idea for a lighthearted (gentle fiction, fluff, cozy family, et cetera) short story. People who prompt get a copy in their inbox to read for free, and then they or someone else can sponsor it as a post for public reading. I've prompted a couple times, and they're always well-done; in addition, Feathering stories are always cozy. If you're a new prompter, she'll add another hundred words as a welcome gift! For full details, check out [personal profile] dialecticdreamer’s post today, over here. Thanks for reading!
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Fun poetry sale

Hi folks! *blows dust off journal...again*

I have no idea if anyone is still looking at this, but if you are, you may be interested in the sale going on over at ysabetwordsmith's.  She writes serial poetry, basically stories with a poetic rhythm and line breaks, and this week she's having a half-price sale on her "Frankenstein's Family" universe.  The premise goes like this:  What if Igor decided to work for Doctor Frankenstein, not through force or fear, but because they were both looked at as outcasts in their first homes?  Because Victor, though a man, was born Victoria?  What if, instead of creating a "monster" they instead created a child, because neither man expected to have one the usual way?  Frankenstein's Family follows them, and village above which Victor's castle sits, as they try to learn new ways of being family, and bring science, medicine, and compassionate friendship to the villagers as needed.

I enjoy all the poems I've read in it so far, and I suspect many of you will too.  If you'd like to read the already-posted ones, you can find them at  Enjoy!

DH poster reworked

In response to some comments about the title format and tag line on the original post of the new DH teaser poster over at dhmoviepics, here are a few versions with the full title and some different tags. Other versions may be made on request, or some provided with strategic blanks so anyone else who'd like to can play.

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A Quiz

Hey there, people.  Just posting a quiz I came across today, actually through ohginnyfan sometime in October 2004, which entries I came to through a fic exchange she did with aggiebell90 around the same time.  Possibly this will kick off my week of constant posting which I've considered several times.  Knowing me, though, probably not. ;-)
Anyhow, on to the quiz:

Hogwarts Sorting Hat: Based on Myers-Briggs Personality Typing

Your Result

You are a RAVENCLAW!
As a Ravenclaw and as an NTP, you are intellectual, independent, and value excellence in yourself and in those around you. You have a strong sense of curiosity, and in general can see many aspects of a single issue or debate. You have a strong drive to acquire knowledge and set very high standards for yourself and those around you. You enjoy being challenged, and can accept constructive criticism without taking it personally. You are probably at least somewhat unconventional, and will not usually follow authority for its own sake; instead, you will consider the issue at hand and make a decision for yourself.

Quiz link  

Odd to get Ravenclaw these days, but it does fit fairly well.  I'm not sure which is best between this result and the one for NFP:

... you value imagination, ideas and intelligence. You are probably somewhat of an individualist and avoid conforming just for its own sake. You are insightful and perceptive, and since you are empathetic and value harmony, you usually try to avoid conflict. Of course, you may enjoy participating in heated debates, but only as long as they remain on an intellectual level and not a personal level. In general, you are open-minded and curious, and set high standards for yourself.

Some of the Hufflepuff ones have well-fitting parts as well, but I'm not sure if they're better as a whole.  I may have to retake it another day and see if anything different comes up.


An Update and some Recs

*watches you all fall over in shock*

Yes, I'm updating this journal.  Doesn't mean I'll be any more regular though. :-)  Actually, I've written and half-written a few ficlets since the last post, which i could probably bring over here.  I'll leave that for another time though, seeing as I'm supposedly hard at work on sections of PotterFicWeekly 100, AKA MasterFicTheatre - A Retrospective (AKA OTN - AS&F, though that probably makes less sense to you.  Bwaha).

Nevertheless, I figured this place could use dusting off a bit (as could my computer itself.  Why must electronic equipment attract dust so quickly?), and also, I have to bring this up: I'm a comic character now!  Of course, I'm the equivalent of an extra and will likely never be seen again, but it's still pretty cool.  The comic itself is quite interesting too; it's sort of an alternate history detective story, following the intrepid Inspector Tozo and certain other players around Nova Venizia.  We still don't know entirely what's going on, but there are certainly plots within plots.

While I'm on the subject, I believe I'll recommend another comic I came across just today, by the name of Cealdin; the first comic is here.  The king of Ryn has been assassinated, and now his eldest son has to assume the throne, while also dealing with the fact that the populace is muttering that he was behind it himself.  Unknown to him, one of his father's own Lords seems to have a hand in the rumours, and quite probably the death as well.  As of this writing we've never seen his face.  It's a fantasy setup, but based around early Norse and Celtic cultures rather than the somewhat more usual medieval, and the art is really quite good.

Well, there are more comics I could post about, seeing as I read far too many myself (I've also just discovered a few photocomics, which are quite neat if done well), but I think I've gone on long enough, considering this was meant to be brief and I already had to retype most of it.  Have a good day/week/etc everyone!

A quiz

Your result for The Harry Potter Spells Test...

Full Wizard

Fineto! You scored 100%!

Wow! Impressive. "We can expect great things from you." You must have read the books several times or are just really good at remembering which spell does what. (Or in a more disappointing case, you used your knowledge of Latin phrases to ace the quiz.) I myself didn't know all the spells until I started writing this test. Nevertheless, congratulations! You're in the upper-echelon of wizardry!

Take The Harry Potter Spells Test
at HelloQuizzy

Wasn't terribly difficult, that one.  Yay regardless. :-)

Ficlet: Finding Trouble

Hey, everyone. Something a bit different this time, my first complete Doctor Who story. Well, unless you count Seuss. This ficlet was written as a continuation of the last of these three drabbles byladychi. It takes place during the early events of Rose. I've included the last line of Chi's at the start (600 words exactly, otherwise. Hee.) so I think the ficlet will stand alone if you wish, but please do go read her work as well. Powerful stuff. In fact you may notice I started this in the comments at the time, but I thought about it again last night and the rest of the words finally came this morning.

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Plot-bunnies and a twist

I currently have a struggling, half-formed plot-bunny, courtesy of ladychi; the idea was to come on here and post that, but it hasn't quite worked itself out yet, and then the following occurred to me in rough form due to an interesting reinterpretation of the term 'Who-fic'. It amused me, so I figured, hey, why not:

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Hope you enjoyed!

Serious Issues and Breakfast Food

Breaking yet another journal silence here, and this one's a big one.  The idea was to write this post tomorrow, as I really shouldn't  be up, but it's three AM and this stuff has been rattling about in my brain for over an hour now, trying to get its points in order.  As I expect you all know, the United States finally (!) held its election today (yesterday?) and I clearly have too many American friends, because it's affected my daily life already. :-P

Various things came up while chatting in the aftermath, among them one of those sorts of lovely controversial topics that I'd really prefer to shy away from: abortion.  Now, if you're like me and would rather not get into it, or if you think yourself likely to turn redder than is healthy and/or otherwise snap, please feel free to skip over this post and go look at some of the neat pictures or amusing things from earlier in my journal.  If for some reason you feel an interest in what I have to say, and can confine yourself to one or two line comments or in some other fashion hang on to the modes of polite discourse and sweet reason, by all means read on. 

Warnings: I'll admit right now that I've done little to no research, and have no practical knowledge of the existing abortion laws in either Canada or the USA.  Everything in here is simply musing I've done and what I think about things.  I'll attempt not to generalise, but I very much suspect some will squeak through.

The first point I'd like to bring up that bugs me is how it manages to be such a controversial issue in the first place.  It always seems to come up around elections, and most of the rest of the time no one but extremists on either side or people actually dealing with it think about it at all.  Or it's possible that's just me.  At any rate, it isn't by any stretch a proper debate; both sides have positions and almost always seem to end up talking past each other to no effect.  Just look at the camp names: 'pro-choice' and 'pro-life'.  Now, nowhere in 'pro-choice' does it say anything about 'anti-life' or 'pro-death'.  'Pro-life' may perhaps be 'anti-choice' if you define that particular choice very specifically, but it's certainly not 'anti-will' or 'pro-mindless-sheepdom'.  They aren't arguing the same point.  It's like one person going "porridge and orange juice is a good breakfast" and a second guy coming up and saying "I disagree; strawberry jam is good on toast"--and then making a major political froufrah out of it.  They aren't exclusive; I could easily eat both porridge and strawberry toast in the same week, even the same meal.

In fact, that seems to be where I find myself in the whole debate, relatively pointless though I may think it is, and I sometimes wonder how many others might be the same.  I'm a pro-lifer sandwiched in a pro-choice worldview, or to put it another way, I'm pro-choice by principle, but I believe the right choice is not having an abortion.  I believe very strongly in free will; that we as a species were designed to make choices, make our own way, and in so doing make more of ourselves.  Sometimes that doesn't turn out so well.  I could certainly wish that no-one had ever heard of or invented abortion, but now that it's happened, and it is known, someone, somewhere is going to give it a shot, even if they have no idea what they're really doing.  One of the points I brought up earlier was to say that in my world abortion would only apply when it's certain the mother would die without it and unlikely the child would live.  Even there that has to be a family choice, as that mother may well choose to give her life in the hope of increasing her child's slim chance, but it is, regardless, their choice to make.  Thinking about it further tonight, the sort of situation I was envisioning was almost-full-term grave complications, which might well be a situation for C-section, not abortion.  Nevertheless, just because I can't think of a medical situation that fits those perameters doesn't mean such a thing wouldn't exist.  Life is a very precious thing.  No child's life should be worth less than it's mother's; yet neither should a mother's life be worth less than that of her child.  Every family is different, and so too are the situations with in them to be ataken into account.

I would much prefer there be no abortion.  But I also very much doubt, as I said, that knowing the possibility someone won't try it.  Granting that, I would much prefer it only be tried by licensed, well-trained doctors with a weath of information of the other options possible on hand, access to the adoption and foster-care systems for those who make that choice, and a mandate to discuss those options, help any process along, and provide safe, sterilised, adjudged medically necessary abortions as a last resort to those who choose them.

Does that make me pro-life, or pro-choice?  I really have no idea.  But there I am.