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Defending Their Own
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 5 of 6
word count (story only): 1230


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Mercedes subset, while taking the “Road Trip” in an entirely new direction. DO NOT FORGET to read part 4, posted on the DW date 25 July, and thank you for your patience! ::


Pay Special Attention: People who have been profiting from human trafficking have parts of their reality (and sometimes their bodies) folded into several sharp points which may not match any previously known 'safe' configuration. Some injuries this time, but nothing spoiler worthy, since I generally write happy endings. ::





Farther above them, a booming male voice, indistinct in words but perfectly, clearly furious in tone, made more noise than the approaching human traffickers.

“Mrehem,” Cash mumbled behind his hand, hoping that the timbre of his tenor was close enough to the teen's.

“Not again!” the woman groaned, stepping into view as she lifted her hands in a universal plea to some higher power.

Cash grabbed the wrist, twisting it behind her and shoving her against the wall hard enough to make the panel bow slightly before springing back. She, however, had nowhere to go. He planted his knee against the back of her thigh, offset enough that she could not easily kick him, and applied enough pressure to make her squeak in protest. Muscle memory had him reaching for the thick plastic cuffs he'd used as a military policeman, but the zip ties were deliberately put in the same place, and they would suffice for the half an hour it might take to search the ship. He zipped her wrists, leaving the plastic just barely flush against her skin, then applied a layer of duct tape over that.
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Defending Their Own
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 4 of 6
word count (story only): 1331


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Mercedes subset, while taking the “Road Trip” in an entirely new direction. ::


Pay Special Attention: People who have been profiting from human trafficking have parts of their reality (and sometimes their bodies) folded into several sharp points which may not match any previously known 'safe' configuration. ::





There was absolutely no change of elevation, and the motion of the ship in water was less noticeable than the hum of a very noisy air conditioning unit, mounted somewhere above them. Joshua caught himself, then immediately checked on the other three.

He made a shushing motion before speaking in a bare whisper. “Okay, Alpha, Gamma… hang behind me, even though Bravo isn't going to open the door until it's safe. That's basic procedure. If he could take me through with him, you'd be holding this room secure, then we'd hold that space while you caught up, rinse and repeat to clear an area.”

“Room,” Alpha hissed. “That's like calling a cardboard box a tent!”
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Firstly, it takes very little discussion of regulations for my eyes to glaze over. Secondly, and far less constructively, if someone proposes a system that relies on genres like science fiction and fantasy being distinct rather than overlapping sets, I will start thinking about the worthy works that live in the overlap.

Win10 Update

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:56 pm
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The download only *just now* finished! Win10 has restarted, and is installing the updates. I just hope I don't have to leave things running all night for *that*! 

Wind, Rain, Fire, Rabbits

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:35 pm
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We had another band of thunderstorms roll through today. It did not rain that much and did not reduce the temperatures a great deal, but it did apparently start a fire north of here.

Fire to the North )

As I started to compose this message, I thought I'd get an updated picture of the fire and got a small surprise when I went out onto the porch.

Hello, Bunny )

After all of the wildfires that we've had around here, it's almost hard to believe there was much more left the burn, but there's clearly a lot more dry brush out there, even with hailstorms and thundershowers flattening things.

Brainweasels

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:22 pm
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Acting like a stereotypical depressed person today. Still in my pajamas, spent way too much time on twitter, only eaten pizza and chocolate today. Strangely, none of that's helped!

But in the last hour or so I walked the dog, did the smallest bit of tidying, talked to Andrew about some of the stuff that's bugging me. So this evening has been slightly better than today.

(I also found that gmail is a dick: a scary e-mail I thought I sent a whole week ago (saying "I cannot continue volunteering with this thing any more because it's too stressful I need to concentrate on looking for paid work" (well, they're both true...)) didn't fucking send so I've sent it now but have to stress again for a while about every new e-mail I get. Because yay, anxiety making me avoid confrontation.)

Passing the hat

Jul. 26th, 2017 02:01 pm
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My vet has an interesting receptionist and so what I was told would be a sixty dollar trip for their shots is in fact a two hundred dollar trip. This is all part of the seemingly futile effort to find them new homes. If people could donate towards the trip, that would be great.
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How to Make a Clichéd High Fantasy Cover

I am reminded of the cover of a Joe Abercrombie novel where every time I took another look, I noticed yet another sword the character on the cover was carrying.

I Love Kluging!

Jul. 26th, 2017 12:05 pm
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I pride myself on being able to make repairs. Often very unconventional repairs. 
 
I was checking one of my Aladdin mantle lamps (strongly recommended, BTW) and noticed that the ring which holds the chimney in place wasn't staying attached to the base. Looking closer I noticed a partial split in that ring. 
 
I don't have replacement parts for that except to replace the entire burner assembly. I don't think anyone sells just that part; it's not supposed to come off. The split wasn't complete, so if I could get the ring to stay on the burner the chimney would lock in place normally. How to do that, though? I don't have any welding equipment, and soldiering wouldn't work because the parts get hot. 
 
Then I remembered something. I had some epoxy for high temperature repairs on cars, such as patching exhaust pipes. (I also had some high temperature vulcanizing stuff but decided on the epoxy as it had more body.)
 
The epoxy comes as a concentric roll, with epoxy and catalyst one inside the other. You cut off what you need and knead it together. It's pretty thick, but I mixed it good and rolled it as thin as I could. I then pressed this around the outside of the burner assembly. Then I pressed the loose ring on. This actually shaved off most of the epoxy, leaving just a thin layer between the burner and the ring. Which is exactly what I wanted. I made sure the ring was fully seated, rubbed the outside clean and now will wait a while before trying the chimney. I believe the epoxy/catalyst mix needs heat to fully activate, so I'll probably burn the lamp for a while. Or maybe not. It has enough tack to hold firm even uncured. 
 
There's lots of stuff at auto shops which can be used for non-auto repairs. I like aluminum and stainless steel repair tapes. I also like a fiberglass tape which is impregnated with heat-activated epoxy. This is normally for muffler repair, but if you have something hot which is leaking... These are also good places to find high-temp Loctite and generics. 

More about the World Cup final

Jul. 26th, 2017 01:05 pm
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[personal profile] miss_s_b shared this article yesterday and there's a lot in it I agree with.
So how come this win the game-changer, given this is actually the fourth time England have won the World Cup? I think for starters you have to look at the build-up towards the final. Sky Sports, in partnership with the ICC, provided full coverage of the tournament for the first time. By giving the games that platform it lent the series momentum and the opportunity for people to watch women’s sports who otherwise might not have. By promoting it in the same level as the men’s, it gave the impression that this is something sports fans should be watching.
This reminded me of one point in the afternoon where I heard Jennie's dad address whichever England batters were currently on the field with something like "come on, play as well as you did the last time I saw you two" and I asked him what he'd seen them in. "Oh, I don't remember, I've watched dozens of matches the past few weeks." Made me smile. This is what you want by the time you get to the World Cup final, some familiarity with the players and teams.

Of course it's a mixed blessing, with Andy also calling Sky" the greatest reducer of sporting audiences in the world." I was frustrated that as a TV-less, Sky-less person it wasn't easy to follow the games on the radio. One of my friends told me how Sri Lanka had done before we went to see them (the game where Athapaththu got 178 against Australia) but I would otherwise have to be a more internet/app-based follower of cricket to know these things, which I think is a shame. I wonder if we'll hear men's World Cup games that don't involve England on the radio in two years; I honestly don't know if this is something specific to the women's game or not. Still I'm glad the tournament got the attention it did, even if it had to be from Sky.
I heard one person exclaim “but the tickets were all bought by women”, as if that undermined the event?

In reality, 50% of ticket buyers were female. 50%. A gender diverse audience.
I first noticed this when I needed to pee. I don't think I'd ever had to wait in line at a cricket match before! Indeed one time, I think it was at Headingley but it might've been Old Trafford, when I asked a staff member where the loos were he could only direct me to the men's when the women's were off in another direction, indicating how rarely he was asked this question perhaps. This time, one woman sitting in our row came back late from the interval between innings, apologizing as she made us stand up, but defensively saying "Forty-five minute queue for the loos!" It wasn't that bad for me, but it was the first time I'd noticed how many women were really there.

I didn't hear any comments like "all the tickets were bought by women," thankfully but I do think this is interesting. There's that Geena Davis Institute statistic about a group of 17% women, men think is gender balanced and if it's 33% women, men think there are more women in the room than men.
with 31% of ticket buyers being under 16, and many more of the crowd full of children, it felt incredibly special to see girls and boys dressed in their team’s colours watching women ignite a packed-out stadium. For them, it will now be something they have grown up with, and will become normal to them, and that is something that excites them beyond belief. They will have female role models to look up to and inspire them. And how did they finish their day? Walking out with a bat and ball provided to them, ensuing that they have equipment to play with and as a souvenir to remember this day.
It was really great seeing how very many bats and balls I saw people carrying as we walked out and then waited at the tube station.

And I'm so glad they were given bats and balls, rather than anything else. When I was a kid I went to the Twins game where Kent Hrbek's number was retired, and all the kids were given replica jerseys. I adored him and I was so excited about this, but my mom put jersey away so it'd stay nice, never let me wear it and of course soon I'd have outgrown it anyway and the chance to really enjoy it was gone. It's probably still in a box at my parents' house somewhere, but I haven't seen it since the day I got it. Maybe some similarly well-meaning parents will squirrel away these too, but I'm really glad the kids have been given something so obviously useful and intended to be used. They have stuff they can actually play cricket with, and for people who love the game there's nothing better to guarantee a good future for it.

I am really envious of those kids, growing up thinking it's normal to watch women play cricket.
what also excited me was the members and groups of guys turning up to watch the cricket and enjoy the day, just like they would do any other game. There was no difference. No undermining the game, no undeserving criticism of the players, and it was beyond refreshing.
I noticed this too. I found myself bracing, early on, for some kind of sexism or misogyny in their comments, but I didn't hear a peep. I mean, I'm not saying they didn't happen anywhere in the ground, but I didn't expect any of us to be free of hearing them and I at least was.

The Blood is the Life for 26-07-2017

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:00 am
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Interruption

Jul. 25th, 2017 11:34 pm
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We interrupt our regularly scheduled fiction tonight because real life just threw yet another curve ball… at my head. I've been out of the house since seven a.m., and got in the door at 11:15 p.m. tonight. I need to finish proofing the part which would have posted today.

Today's post will go up with a date correction as the second post with this date stamp, so please be patient. I hope that events here will smooth out to something resembling normal by Monday.

The emphasis is on the word “hope,” as none of this is predictable or quantifiable. Sorry for the delay!

How I'll Be Spending My Worldcon

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:06 pm
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It does appear that as the deadline for submitting new business for this year's Worldcon (14 days before the first Business Meeting on August 10) nears, people are continuing to send in new proposals. By my count, there are currently 25 proposals in our hopper, and there are new ones that either just arrived today or are promised to arrive by Deadline day.

We have meetings scheduled thus:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 3 hours each
Sunday: 5 hours

Note further than those first three meetings really need to be adjourn 15 minutes before the scheduled slot end in order to clear the room for the following items.

Thus we have somewhere between 10 and 13 hours to cover all of this business. I am starting to think that we may not cover it all, even running for many hours on Sunday!

Personally, I'm thinking of submitting a proposal for next year's meeting (where I'm not presiding) to advance the deadline for submitting new business from 14 to 30 days prior to the first Business Meeting. If the workload continues to increase, and if, as seems likely, the members want to make the Secretary responsible for doing all of the logistics of printing and distributing the agendas for them, they need to give the Secretary more time do get it arranged. Furthermore, it's unreasonable to effectively insist that the Secretary sit at home at their computer until the day before the Worldcon in order to deal with this flood of business.

This year's Secretary has already started her European trip (and I see elsewhere that her travels have already gone awry). I know that she'll manage to get all of this late business sorted, but I was prepared to rule that anyone who didn't submit before she left for Europe would be required to abide by the default rule and make their own copies and deliver them personally to the meeting.

This is my quest~

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:02 pm
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I have gone to bed after 1 am consistently for the last few days, which does not bode well for when I will have to be awake and functioning before 10 AM next month. -_-; I'm still wondering how July is almost over and where the time has gone. Time has always been my enemy, but maybe we will be able to reconcile someday.

Last weekend, I house-sat for my aunt and uncle, which meant AC for a few days! *cheers* Naturally, it started to cool down outside just when I finally got access to the air conditioning. I'm home now, but I was able to enjoy it for a few days at least. It's so much easier to accomplish things when you're not hot and tired all the time.

So, after my previous post, I actually did go to the fair on Saturday and had a lovely time.Read more... )

I also signed up for the [community profile] hp_creatures fest, so hopefully I can get started on that. I will be in Oregon Thursday through Saturday for unpleasant personal reasons, but I'd like to get started before then. I have until October, but it is better that I use my time wisely, especially before school starts and consumes me. I need all the help that I can get when it comes to actually sitting down and writing anything that's over ~500 words. At least it's a pairing that I feel relatively comfortable with.

I'm supposed to go to a HP trivia night tonight at 7:30; my life is so interesting now. XD;

Weekly Otherkin Chat Starting Now!

Jul. 26th, 2017 12:00 am
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Reminder: Weekly #otherkin chat starting now, in irc://irc.mibbit.net/dreamhart! Webclient here: http://dreamhart.org/chat/
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We got Christmas plane tickets yesterday. Less than a grand, which is a lot less than we'd been fearing. But not much less than a grand, so still involves juggling money around and me being so stressed I not only make Andrew sort it out, I don't even want him to give me options or ask me questions unless it's absolutely necessary. It was a vague relief that it wasn't any more expensive than it needs to be.

I still haven't heard back one way or another about the job I interviewed for last Thursday. I told myself I'd email them today to ask but then didn't because just the thought of doing so made my also in prickly and my stomach clench. My anxiety is still on a hair trigger right now. They can tell me later why I didn't get the job, if they want, but I don't expect to get much useful feedback from these kinds of things so I won't mind if they don't.

Todsy I idly tweeted that I follow so many linguists that I'm starting to be jealous I'm not one. Andrew took this and ran with it, researching what kind of student loans/grants I could get and whether local universities have linguistics courses on clearing. He's even set me up a UCAS account, bless him. It's always bugged me that I never finished my degree, and that I was doing the wrong degree, and at the wrong time. But none of that has ever made me feel like I can do anything about it before, so I don't know what's feeling so different now. A little part of me is really loving the possibility, though.
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