Drabble: Being Direct

Aug. 20th, 2017 05:12 pm
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Title: Being Direct
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: R
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[livejournal.com profile] dracoharry100's prompt 493: Direct.
This is part 75 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] emynn.
Authors Notes: And the rewards keep coming.

Being Direct )

fandom meme

Aug. 20th, 2017 03:19 pm
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Answers to some of the fandom meme-

1. What was the first fandom you got involved in?
The first that I went to cons for was Star Trek The Next Generation. The first one that I got into online fandom wise, and posted fic for and so on, I'm fairly sure was Stargate SG1. I lurked in other fandoms, don't get me wrong, but that was the one that kicked it all off.

2. What is your latest fandom?
Oh man, the last thing I expected. During the summer, the Daily Fail had an article online, "The Flying Doctors : Where Are They Now" and I used to love that show, smiley-b and I watched it all the time, though she was the one who taped it and all that. Anyway, fast forward almost 30 years and I read this and I'm nostalgic and I'm doing an online summer course so I'm killing time so of course I go to see if any of it is up on YouTube and find the since deleted holy grail of all nine seasons. Plummeting headlong down the rabbit hole, I am reminded of my love for Doctor Tom Callaghan and am reminded of him and Chris and the friends/colleagues to lovers, the broken heart when he left, the UST when he came back and the joyous moment that when both came back for the reunion episode, they got back together. Off camera. Still bitter. But! One Million Words were then doing the July Pool Party, where you play in a fandom you've never participated in before. I therefore wrote the getting back together missing scene. And I've written a scandalous amount of stuff for them in the weeks since. And it's a dead fandom but it's closed canon so I'm calling it a win but it makes me happy so I don't care.

3. What is the best fandom you’ve ever been involved in?
SG1 will always have a special place in my heart but best ever is West Wing. The amount of fic that was around in that fandom, for canon pairs and rare pairs and gen stuff and everything was all amazing. So many talented authors, and it didn't matter what pairing you wrote for (I wrote for a lot of them) everyone was, to my recollection anyway, so friendly and supportive and made the experience amazing. I still miss those days.

Weekly Random Post of Random

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:04 am
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And here's my thought for the day )
Have a great week, everyone! Love trumps hate. <3
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Michael J. Yochim, Protecting Yellowstone: Details a series of conflicts about park management over the past few decades, including the reintroduction of wolves, the continued use of snowmobiles, gold mining, and allowing bison to roam beyond park boundaries. The bottom line is simple: politics always wins. But political coalitions can be built depending on the strength of the relevant science, as well as on the framing of issues as being about protecting nature, preserving access to the park, or promoting the economy of the surrounding areas.

Joan C. Williams, White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in AmericaRead more... )

Drabble: Severus' Auror

Aug. 19th, 2017 07:37 pm
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Title: Severus' Auror
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Black Malfoy, Peter Pettigrew, Voldemort.
Word Count: 100 x 9
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] snape100/[insanejournal.com profile] snape100/[community profile] snape100's prompt # 704: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Yorkshire Moors.
This is part Sixteen of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Severus' Auror )

omfg.

Aug. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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Today is Sat Aug 19.

That means I have seven days to pack and clean, three days to move, and half a day to clean before I have to hand back the keys to this here apartment. (Double-counting the day on which we get the keys to our new apartment. And WHY did I not ask for Mon 28 off too? My sorry ass is going to be cleaning that day from eight to three-thirty and working for that paycheck from four to midnight!)

This apartment does not look moving-ready. This apartment looks like the aftermath of Hurricane Alex—send in the Red Cross!

My todo list has seven sections. Each section has from four to fifteen bullet points. While most are once they're done they're done, some of them will need done more than once this week. (Six of the day's bullets are four instances of "eat" and two of "feed cat", and "rest 10min for every 20min working" will appear as often as it damn well needs to, but that's totally beside the point.)

My anxiety level is already RED ALERT. My spoon level has spent a lot of time recently at DANGER DANGER, and isn't terribly far above that now. (I got my psych doc to prescribe lorazepam for as-needed over the next couple weeks, in order to calm my shit because 100% focus on calming centering breaths means nothing else gets done and less than 100% focus on etc was for days meaning being on the verge of an anxiety attack, but. And no, having other warm bodies to help—except on Sat 26, which is furniture hauling day—is not apparently an option; I keep asking.)

I need all the cheerleading I can get!

Fic: Slytherin Subtlety

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:33 pm
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Title: Slytherin Subtlety
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Lucius Malfoy
Summary: Severus is getting less subtle with age.
Word Count: 365
Warnings: All dialogue.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365/[community profile] hogwarts365's prompt # 205: “A year ago... I would’ve never pictured my life the way it is now.”, Rental, Competition.
Beta(s): [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Slytherin Subtlety )
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Robert H. Lustig, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and BrainsRead more... )

Richard S. Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and VirginiaRead more... )

Meme...

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:22 pm
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Gakked from elrhiarhodan ... It looked interesting so let's give it a go!


Fandom Questions
1. What was the first fandom you got involved in?
2. What is your latest fandom?
3. What is the best fandom you’ve ever been involved in?
4. Do you regret getting involved in any fandoms?
5. Which fandoms have your written fanfiction for?
6. List your OTP from each fandom you’ve been involved in.
7. List your NoTPs from each fandom you’ve been in.
8. How did you get involved in your latest fandom?
9. What are the best things about your current fandom?
10. Is there a fandom you read fic from but don’t write in?

Ship Questions for your Current Fandom
11. Who is your current OTP?
12. Who is your current OT3?
13. Any NoTPs?
14. Go on, who are your BroTPs?
15. Is there an obscure ship which you love?
16. Are there any popular ships in your fandom which you dislike?
17. Who was your first OTP and are they still your favourite?
18. What ship have you written the most about?
19. Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
Author Questions
21. What was the first fanfic you ever wrote?
22. Is there anything you regret writing?
23. Name a fic you’ve written that you’re especially fond of & explain why you like it.
24. What fic do you desperately need to rewrite or edit?
25. What’s your most popular fanfic?
26. How do you come up with your fanfic titles?
27. What do you hate more: Coming up with titles or writing summaries?
28. If someone were to draw a piece of fanart for your story, which story would it be and what would the picture be of?
29. Do you have a beta reader? Why/Why not?
30. What inspires you to write?
31. What’s the nicest thing someone has ever said about your writing?
32. Do you listen to music when you write or does music inspire you? If so, which band or genre of music does it for you?
33. Do you write oneshots, multi-chapter fics or huuuuuge epics?
34. What’s the word count on your longest fic?
35. Do you write drabbles? If so, what do you normally write them about?
36. What’s your favorite genre to write?
37. First person or third person - what do you write in and why?
38. Do you use established canon characters or do you create OCs?
39. What is you greatest strength as a writer?
40. What do you struggle the most with in your writing?

Fanfiction Questions
41. List and link to 5 fanfics you are currently reading:
41. List and link to 5 fanfiction authors who are amazing:
42. Is there anyone in your fandom who really inspires you?
43. What ship do you feel needs more attention?
44. What is your all-time favorite fanfic?
45. If someone was to read one of your fanfics, which fic would you recommend to them and why?
46. Archive Of Our Own, Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Fanfiction.net or Tumblr - where do you prefer to post and why?
47. Do you leave reviews when you read fanfiction? Why/Why not?
48. Do you care if people comment/reblog your writing? Why/why not?
49. How did you get into reading and/or writing fanfiction?
50. Rant or Gush about one thing you love or hate in the world of fanfiction! Go!

Fic: Wine Lessons For Beginners

Aug. 18th, 2017 01:37 pm
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Title: Wine Lessons For Beginners
Author/Artist Name: [personal profile] alisanne, based on this fabulous Art by: [personal profile] digthewriter
Challenge: Written for the [community profile] slashorific fest: Prompt Number and/or Title - Photo prompt #2/The wine being poured.
Pairing: Harry Potter/DracoMalfoy
Rating: PG
Word Count: 800
Genre(s): Fluff and EWE
Warnings/Content: Fluff.
Summary: Potter stops by Draco's bar, and he's quite intrigued.
Notes: This was fun! Thanks so much to [personal profile] digthewriter for inviting me to play with her art. ♥ Thanks also to my beta readers, [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn for their assistance. *smooches*

Wine Lessons For Beginners )

Drabble: The Summons

Aug. 17th, 2017 05:07 pm
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Title: The Summons
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley/OFC.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[insanejournal.com profile] snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 589: Risk.
Summary: Life catches up.
Part Twenty-Three of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

The Summons )

Mid-week Anti-procrastination Post

Aug. 17th, 2017 06:58 pm
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Well, it's a little belated but we've not got to the weekend here yet, so I figure we're still good to call it a midweek anti procrastination post.

So what have you been tackling? How's that motivation going? What's your priority absolutely must not be procrastinated task?

If you're in need of a challenge or a little encouragement.... Hmmm, now let me think... How about 10 minutes (or whatever time suits) to tackle something clothing related - suggestions include : sorting washing into loads that can be done together, actually tackling a load of laundry, handwashing some items, folding some dry clothes, ironing, re-organising a drawer, shelf or wardrobe space to make it more user friendly. I'm sure there are other related tasks. Ooh, I've thought of another - repairing an item e.g. sewing a button on.

Set the timer for the amount of time you think you can spare or manage energy wise and go for it. Surprise yourself with just how awesome you are! And share with us.

Good luck, team! You're awesome!
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Either my internet access is really bad or something is wrong with DW; either way, apologies for the lack of cuts.

Ron Formisano, American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class: This cri de coeur about corruption has a lot of outrage, but it’s short on definitions and thus on solutions. At times, Formisano suggests that anyone with a state, local, or federal government job is part of the oligarchy, as well as doctors, people in positions of authority at nonprofits, think tanks, and businesses. There is a lot of corruption in the US; the chapter about the abuses in Kentucky, where poverty, pollution, child mortality, and other indicators of suffering are extremely high, should make anyone angry. I understand getting mad at nonprofit CEOs who are compensated like for-profit CEOs—but the problem is not the parity (I don’t like the argument that “you chose a helping profession, you should accept less pay because of how good it feels to do good”; not only is it a trope usually used to justify paying female-dominated professions less, it positions doing good as something you ought to have to pay for, when really you ought to have to pay for acting solely in your own self-interest) but the fact that anybody can get paid as much as for-profit CEOs do, with so little tax. It is appalling that CEOs of nonprofit hospitals are paid hundreds of millions while the hospitals garnish the wages of poor patients who can’t pay—but that is true of for-profit hospitals too.

Formisano also points out that our federal legislators get perks that let them live like millionaires even when (as is increasingly unlikely) they aren’t; during the 2013 government shutdown, Congresspeople stopped National Airport from closing because it served them and also deemed their own gyms and pools “essential” enough to stay open, though the workers there still didn’t make very much. These privileges, he suggests, corrupt even the people who moved up in class, so that a visionary leader at Brown University speaks eloquently about admitting more students from poor backgrounds but also doesn’t want to interfere with alumni preferences because she has a granddaughter. The elites funnel money to themselves and their families by self-dealing, whether in government (remember Kim Davis?), nonprofits, or business. Disgrace, if exposure occurs, is ameliorated by a soft landing—a pension, positions on other boards, and soft words from one’s co-elites. Even nonprofits are in on the game, and they increasingly replace grassroots activism with palatable-to-elites causes that are organized from the top.

Formisano quotes Robert Borosage’s criticism of liberal focus on “opportunity” instead of equity or punishment for elite cheaters as “passive voice populism,” to good effect. Defunding tax collection is just another mechanism of harm—creating more loopholes for cheaters, who are subsidized by ordinary wage workers whose taxes are collected automatically. Though it’s relatively easy to cherry-pick from history, this John Adams quote seemed apposite: “civil, military, political and hierarchical Despotism, have all grown out of the natural Aristocracy of ‘Virtue and Talents.’ We, to be sure, are far remote from this. Many hundred years must roll away before We shall be corrupted.”

James Q. Whitman, Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law: Repeatedly, Nazis looking for inspiration looked to the US system of racial discrimination, primarily in the treatment of immigration, the rights of those in non-state territories, and anti-miscegnation laws. Whitman emphasizes that the Nazis’ crimes were their own and that they also rejected liberal and democratic parts of American law. They also appealled to racist practices among other European colonial powers. Still, Whitman argues that, because the Nazis didn’t envision the Holocaust when they started out, they found compelling analogies in American discriminatory practices, even though these practices were often not aimed at Jews. As with everything about America, it was possible to be selective, and the Nazis had no problem claiming that New York City had “very little to do with ‘America’” because of all its race-mixing and Jews.

Hitler was able to see the US as a model of Nordic supremacy, and he wasn’t alone; a Nazi historian described the Founding, in what Whitman says was the received wistom of the time, as “a historic turning point in ‘the Aryan struggle for world domination.’” One detailed scholarly work, Race Law in the United States, had as heroes Jefferson and Lincoln—Jefferson because of his insistence that blacks and whites couldn’t live under the same government if both were free, and Lincoln because of his early calls for black resettlement outside the US. Similarly, “Nazi expansion eastward was accompanied by invocations of the American conquest of the West, with its accompanying wars on Native Americans…. Indeed as early as 1928 Hitler was speechifying admiringly about the way Americans had ‘gunned down the millions of Redskins to a few hundred thousand, and now keep the modest remnant under observation in a cage’ ….”

Jim Crow segregation, Whitman contends, wasn’t all that important to the Nazis, but citizenship and sex/reproduction were, and it was there that they took lessons from the US. In fact, “Nazis almost never mentioned the American treatment of blacks without also mentioning the American treatment of other groups, in particular Asians and Native Americans.” American immigration and naturalization law was, almost uniquely, racist and race-based, and Hitler praised it for being so in Mein Kampf. And there were various forms of de jure and de facto second-class citizenship for African-Americans, Filipinos, and Chinese, to which the Nazis could look as they created second-class citizenship for Jews—drawing on, for example, the distinction between “political rights” and “civil rights” that American whites offered to excuse segregation. Indeed, some Nazis considered openly race-based laws to be more honest about keeping “alien races” from getting the upper hand; they had no need for grandfather clauses, and they devised the Nuremberg Laws in part to “institute official state persecution in order to displace street-level lynchings,” which offended the facist need for state centralization.

The US was also unique in anti-miscegnation laws, with careful rules about blood quantum—in fact, there were no other models for such laws for the Nazis to consult. And it mattered, Whitman suggests, that America was seen as a dynamic country—confirmation for the Nazis that the future was going in their direction. Among other things, American creativity on the definition of race showed that one didn’t need a purely scientific or theoretical definition of race, despite the leanings of German law; one could proceed with a political, pragmatic definition in enforcing anti-miscegenation and other discriminatory laws. Indeed, that’s ultimately what the Germans did when they defined Jews as including people with one Jewish parent if and only if they practiced Judaism or married Jews (rejecting, along the way, the even more aggressive American one-drop rule). Whitman concludes that we have to acknowledge that the Nazis practiced a particular kind of Legal Realism, whereby the law was supposed to assist in the process of social transformation, throwing formalism aside and recognizing reality—and reality, in both countries, was racist. “[T]o have a common-law system like that of America is to have a system in which the traditions of the law do indeed have little power to ride herd on the demands of the politicians, and when the politics is bad, the law can be very bad indeed.” Whitman finds the most prominent modern manifestation of this in the US in its harsh criminal justice system.

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