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Outside Interference
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 20 of 20
word count (story only): 1185

:: This story takes place the same day as “Insurance Salesmen,” picking up as Edwina arrives at work. Wrapping up the loose ends now includes several hooks for later stories, but the focus is on warmth and comfort. ::

:: Pay Special Attention: Warnings will be listed by chapter, with the proper spoiler-cover on the index page and listing all necessary warnings. In this chapter, plans are upended, but this is meant to be the 'abnormal routine' of the household. Any remaining plot hooks should be small curiosities, rather than gaping plot holes. ::

back to part nineteen
to the Voices of the Engines index
:: Thank you for reading! ::

It was the heady, smoky aroma of Leland's coffee that pulled Edwina out of sleep, out of bed, and into the spare set of clothes she had agreed to leave in the dresser of the room she had been given when she had first been hired. She dressed quickly, but had to leave her long braid swinging loose while she hunted through the bed clothes for the hair pins and single hair comb she had been too tired to remove the night before. She finger-combed her braid loose, then used the hair comb to smooth the few tangles out of her hair. Automatically, her hands worked the loose strands into another plait. She pinned it in place atop her head, smoothed a hand over the bun one last time before turning to leave the tidy attic bedroom.

By the time she stood at the top of the stairs down to the second story, she could smell honey and oats, bacon and oranges. Edwina's mouth watered as her feet whispered over the fine carpet runner.
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First Fireflies

May. 27th, 2017 10:13 pm
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My partner Doug went outside and spotted the first fireflies of the season!  As it is well after dark, only a few are left flying high overhead.  Tomorrow we will have to look for them at dusk.  The weather is warm and damp, and we have copious grass, so there should be some.  :D
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Title: Good Catch
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Finch/Reese
Warnings/Content: Fluff, domesticity, hazardous bathroom floors
Notes: For [community profile] 100_words, Challenge #43: Touch.

Summary: Sometimes for Harold, beauty outweighs common sense.

Also at the Archive

Harold is admiring John's back )

Aw man :(

May. 27th, 2017 09:58 pm
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I am sunburned. ;3; The work party thing ended up being not so bad, mainly because not a lot of people showed up, haha. But the dogs were cute and the people were nice and that's all that really matters I guess. When we got home, I passed out on the couch for a couple of hours because it had been so hot all day and I was exhausted. And some point during the nap, Penelope slept on my neck/chest, which is always wonderful. :\ And then I woke up and mowed the rest of the backyard because grass waits for no man and honestly, it really needed to get done.

Now I'm even more tired because our backyard is all hill and all we have is a push mower, but my weekend starts now. I have coffee and my paints (heeeey, I finally cleaned up my studio!) and I'm going to see if I can finish this little painting before I go to bed. :)

Saturday Yardening

May. 27th, 2017 06:24 pm
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Today we went to Champaign for shopping.  The weather was mostly cool and pleasant.  Now it is warm, damp, and full of bugs.  >_<

Round 1, I planted two wave petunias, one in a pot and one in the barrel garden; plus a packet of chive seeds in the septic garden. 

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 2, my partner Doug raked grass and I helped haul it away.

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 3, I trimmed grass around about half of the wildflower garden.

Everyone else is doing it-- links

May. 27th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Stashing the open tabs I still have open, days later, on my Nook, while I'm waiting for the new laptop hard drive to show up.

The Real Reasons For Marvel Comic's Woes | The Atlantic

Yup, this is every reason why I haven't brought a book from either of the Big Two in years. They haven't learned a damn thing since the nineties, and they love to blame their customers for their deficiencies. It's a shame, because this is such an amazing medium.

My Family's Slave | The Atlantic

The Phillipino-American writer's experiences being raised by their family house slave, Lola.

When Your Child Is A Psychopath | The Atlantic

There's a lot here about the work done by the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center.

Scary Realities - Working With Actual Psychopaths | Cracked

Story about a neuroscientist who discovers he is a psychopath.

(..I don't remember why I followed this thread, to be honest. I have a lot of characters with atypical brain wirings, and a horrifically broken cluster-B-fuck deity, but nothing that fits the parameters of fullblown psychopathy in humans.)

I Don't Think The Words In Thessalonians 3:10 Mean What You Think They Mean

Twice, at Easter dinner, I heard the words "not my money" from the mouths of so-called Christians. I was already furious when Dad compounded the issue by stating "If you don't work, you don't eat." He couldn't show me the verse when I challenged him, so I looked it up myself. If they'd actually bothered to read the whole verse, it's pretty obvious that it's being misapplied. ANYWAY, I had to walk away before I ate their faces and ruined Easter, oh noes, leaving my husband the atheist to painstakingly remind my parents what Jesus requires of them. I doubt it did much good, but I appreciate him very much.

Anyway, linked, because I was amused by seeing another atheist running into and poking at this usage (and 2 more thoughts--1. Nice to have confirmation my parents didn't come up with it themselves, and 2. I'm thinking y'know the thing I like about w is he doesn't come at anyone with the presumption that he's somehow better/more evolved 'cause he didn't have the luxury of believing in something he saw no evidence of in his horrible crapsack life.). And also linked because there actually is some civil discussion and experience swapping in the comments and how often does that happen?

Swapping The Moon

Concept, process, and finished work. A ton of preperation went into this work, and it's flawless. Beautiful piece.

Haikus for a Rainy Day

May. 27th, 2017 11:47 am
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Raindrops fall lazily
Painting in hazy watercolors
Memory of life

City lights become then
In the veil of falling rain
A thousand fireflies

Mystery of old
The myths we told our children
Seem real enough now


May. 27th, 2017 08:03 am
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content note: generally low-pain person complaining about pain, please skip if you like; bad brain; fatigue; anxiety; medical stuff

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Photos of the Morning

May. 27th, 2017 10:23 am
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I didn't get up until about 7:30 this morning, which is about 3 hours later than I had been. Not sure why this early bird schedule instead of my usual night owl default. Maybe it's spring. Things are coming alive in the backyard again, and I've really been enjoying it. The nice thing about the early mornings is that no one else is awake.

This is especially nice when you can see about 8 other multi-family homes from your own tiny yard (that is shared with three other families).

This morning the sun is out and while it is still rather cool out, it's quiet nice. Especially since it isn't raining (for the first time in several days).

a view of the morning sky
The morning sky

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I'm going to try and taking pictures regularly again.

Tuskless Elephants

May. 27th, 2017 02:10 am
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This made me laugh, because people are surprised  by it.  Guys, this is nothing more than natural selection of a typically varied population.  It's what always happens when predators whack the individuals with a certain trait -- it drops out.  Like the silent crickets of Kauai.

Custom Keyboards

May. 27th, 2017 02:07 am
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What you get when geeks are really into the typing experience.

LOL yes, Dvorak would bang these boys like a screen door in a hurricane.
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Outside Interference
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 19 of 20
word count (story only): 1306

:: This story takes place the same day as “Insurance Salesmen,” picking up as Edwina arrives at work. This story will begin to make obvious and plot-critical connections between the earlier stories. I may need one more chapter for the denouement, and an extra bit of family-centered fluff. ::

:: Pay Special Attention: Warnings will be listed by chapter, with the proper spoiler-cover on the index page and listing all necessary warnings. In this chapter, it's time for explanations and overtures. Also, this is a promise from the author of a happy ending, because the plot is not about a missing shoe. ::

Professor Michaels nodded, sharply. He turned, offering a softer nod to Edwina, and strode toward the front door. When footsteps approached the parlor, they brought with them the soft rumbling tones of a worried baritone voice and the professor's higher tenor.

“Hmm.” The newcomer wore shaggy, collar-length brown hair not quite well enough to conceal the cauliflower ears of a boxer, and the prominent bump of a twice-broken nose threw a florid streak across his work-tanned skin. “I think we can carry him to the carriage if we need to, Professor.”

“I don't need to be carried!” Mister Williams tried to lever himself to his feet. Edwina tightened her mouth, refusing to grin, but she also held her breath until the urge to chuckle passed.
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Garden Photos

May. 27th, 2017 12:06 am
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I posted some Friday photos of my gardens
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I have a problem, okay? [community profile] fffc is hosting their June special Mini Summer Bingo and I just had to sign up. XD

Table! )

I really like how ALL OF THESE could fit for FFXV. :\a But I'm going to try and do a nice fandom spread instead, haha.

EDIT: Hiding the table behind a cut because it has spacing issues and the html is a little overly complicated and I'm not messing with it today. :\ But anyways, sleeping under the stars and karaoke bar definitely need to be FFXV, while idk about everything else. No clue. XD

Tomorrow my work is celebrating its 2 year anniversary with a dumb party with games and contests and stuff and people are bringing their dogs and bluh. I love dogs, in particular my dogs, but I'm so over being constantly surrounded by dogs. And tbh I don't really care for the people who are planning on showing up either. :\ Also, boss's super homophobic asshole boyfriend is going to be there grilling hotdogs, so just. Freaking end me and also keep me in your thoughts. ;;;;
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Anybody know of a good resource for worldbuilding questions that is aimed more at science fiction/modern setting worlds rather than fantasy/historical settings?

ETA: Specifically superheroic/comic book-style universe building would be most excellently appropriate.
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Title: Playin' With My Pain
Fandom: Code Red original fiction
Pairing: Ali Matson/Paulo Castelli
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,561
Summary: Even though seeing him goes against everything she believes, Ali can’t resist the pull of her old friend and sometimes lover. Maybe it’s the danger or maybe it’s something else.
Author’s Note: Written for the Say What prompt at 1_million_words for Friday, May 26, 2017. The prompt was: "To truly laugh, you must take your pain and play with it." – Charlie Chaplin.
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What'd I miss?

May. 26th, 2017 11:09 pm
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Eurovision thoughts: MOLDOVA WAS FUCKING ROBBED.

An incomplete list of stuff I did while away from the internet: art (pencils, oil paint, watercolours), minimal writing (did you know it's hard to write without a computer), swimming (3K IN 1H42!!! record à battre), read a lot (mostly in French --  also I have thoughts), was told that I wasn't an asshole, had my teeth hurt like bloody hell (it's nothing to worry about), saw friends, went on dates, learned some poems and probably spent longer going "OMG I HAVE MUSCLES NOW :D" than I should have, but you know what? I HAVE MUSCLES NOW!  Hell, yesterday I even managed 100 push-ups (in 10 sets of 10, not in one go). I am severely regretting this choice today, but I did.

Between voluntary break, Eurovision and broken computer, I've been away for pretty much a month. WHAT'D I MISS? It can be big stuff, small stuff, I'm sure I've missed a lot.


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