Cross-post from my archive.
Fandom/Arc: Nirvana in Fire, In Every Time and Season
Characters/Pairings: Jingrui/Yujin, Lin Shu | Mei Changsu, Meng Zhi, Xiao Jingrui, Yan Yujin
Summary: Jingrui is finding himself drawn back toward a military position, after fighting at the northern border, and Yujin follows along, as he always has, despite his own reservations. Along the way, the two of them get into trouble, politics, and eventually a deeper understanding.
Meta: Drama with Politics and Romance, and also a Sprinkle of Porn, I-4
( Candles Lit at the Doors )
Very few of Yujin's reservations had ever held up in face of Jingrui's smile. Not when they were little and stealing sweets off Aunt Jing's table (with her amused connivance, Yujin had realized years later); not when they were a little older and Jingrui had dragged Yujin everywhere after their glamorous, if also sometimes alarming, older cousins; not when they'd come of age and Jingrui hauled Yujin out onto the roads to wander the country with that very same smile. He could barely imagine leaving Jingrui's side, at this point. So there was really nothing else to do but elbow him back until they managed to shove each other into the shallows, laughing.
I am so happy with my job. Don't get me wrong--I don't love it each and every day that I go to work, but overall, I'm very satisfied with what I do, with my co-workers, with my manager, and with the organization itself. I would tolerate the (night) shift better if I wasn't so exhausted afterwards and if I actually knew how to organize my life so that I could do other life things efficiently on my days off. It's just that so many things drop off when I'm working two- or three-nights in a row-- the apartment becomes a disaster area, I only eat garbage or take-out food--that sort of thing. I do know that my life would be better if I set up a meal plan or a chore schedule of some sort for me and the hubby to refer to; but you know what, that's work and I'm still summoning up the motivation somewhere in my system to actually put that into practice.
I don't know how this started, but I have been obsessed with skincare and have been purchasing various Korean beauty products left and right. Not to brag, but my face feels (and hopefully looks!) better than it has since I went through puberty. I passed by a Nature Republic store on my way home from Manhattan Chinatown earlier, and couldn't not buy the Banilla Co. cleanser and a gel moisturizer by Innisfree. I don't know--I'm not getting any younger and I was getting tired of my skin still breaking out in weird spots during the month (mostly due to period hormones) and/or looking so oily in some parts and so dry in others. I've been trying my own variation of the 10-step cleansing routine...let's be real, nobody's got time to do all that twice a day, everyday...so my version is more like the 4- or 5-step routine. I do have to admit though, the double-cleanse + toner + serum has changed my life. Essentially, I just think of my skincare routine as a daily self care ritual. Before I leave the house, I do it, and then same as soon as I step back in... and I feel so much better about myself and the world afterwards.
Con was fun this year, and Washington DC is a vast improvement over Baltimore, especially with regards to the size of the convention center and availability of good/interesting restaurants within walking distance of the con. First time going exclusively with the husband since 2007; we didn't fight this time around, and going to all of the fan panels has finally motivated me to get off my butt and submit one of my own for next year, maybe not for Otakon but for another East Coast anime con earlier in the year.
- One more week of Game of Thrones; this week's episode was BS, let's all be honest.
- Binging and finishing up season 5 of Elementary; it's the season where Nelsan Ellis (may he rest in peace) played a gangster that Joan was trying to reform. I prefer s5 over s4, especially since it's here where Sherlock truly considers Watson a necessary partner and the reason why he doesn't go back to the dark side, because he's afraid he'll lose her if he does that.
- omg The Defenders is so uninteresting. I keep thinking that my affection for Daredevil will keep me engaged in the storyline, but nope nope, it's not happening.
- Voltron s3, on the other hand-- SQUEE Lotor-oujisama. And my hats off to the team who called au!Shiro = Sven. It's these tiny details that keep me coming back for more.
WIPs currently active: 5, because I bumped All Eternals Deck #2 off the list until I figure out what happens after the beginning.
Words written this week: 4,041
WIPs that got no words this week: 0
WIPs that did get words this week:
Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 883, and I started writing Chapter 47 and then abruptly discovered where the floating point on the outline labeled [particular sex act redacted]? should go in the story, so. Whee!
Born in the Blood: 276, chugging along toward [more sex acts redacted]!!
Slavefic #6: 104. Okay, that looks bad? I’m at the point where I outlined things for this part of the series literally almost two years ago and now have to figure out how to hook them up with the stories that I’ve actually written, so there’s a bit of frantically-jury-rigging-a-round-CO2-
Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 661
Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 2,117
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I've decided what I'm going to do is just try to help people in whatever way I can, which always feels like a good course of action to me.
So, I have this Russian friend on twitter. She's fannish, her name is Sasha, her twitter account is locked. We met in Black Sails fandom earlier this year. She's very delightful and funny and lives in St. Petersburg.
This year she'd really like to get married. She and her girlfriend have been together for about 5 years. Needless to say, a marriage is not possible in Russia (or Ukraine, where her girlfriend is from). So, they've thought up a plan to travel to Denmark to get married later this year, and they've been raising money mostly through their Russian fandom friends, to make the trip possible. Russian fandom doesn't really do paypal (other money transfer methods are easier), so when I asked how I could help they basically opened an account with PP just for me.
There's no public post about this fundraiser, no kickstarter page. I honestly don't even want to link their account names on twitter to this public post, although I of course asked them what details I could share before writing about this on DW.
Anyway, if you're looking for the usual safeguards to make sure this isn't a scam - they're not really available in this case. I can only tell you that I know this person and trust them and I've helped their marriage fund and have no regrets.
So, if you'd like to throw some money their way, or signal boost this to your friends, their paypal address is: blindpilot at yandex dot ru
(Also, Sasha has pointed out that if you'd like more details about what the money is for, you're welcome to email her at that address.)
Books finished: I just finished rereading Persuasion and IT CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST OF THE TWO JANE AUSTEN NOVELS I HAVE EVER ACTUALLY READ.
To the surprise of no one, I did in fact mentally work out the AU where Bitty is Anne, and then staranise lured me into joining her contemplation of the AU where JACK is Anne and in conclusion I am definitely not writing any Persuasion AUs ever.
...Because I am totally onto "what if Jack hadn't gotten an NCAA waiver to play at Samwell after playing in the QMJHL" AUs now.
Ahem. Where was I. READING THINGS, RIGHT.
Fic: Still 15 WIPs bookmarked! maculategiraffe's Fallout 4 series updated today and IT IS GREAT AND MIGHT EAT YOUR LIFE!! I've managed to get my Marked for Later list on AO3 down to... 99! Although my "To reread" bookmark tag is up to 39.
(A sampling of stuff I’ve bookmarked recently--you can see all my bookmarks at http://archiveofourown.org/users/
the black lake by alcibiades (Bucky/Steve, T, 9k) Ohhh boy I hadn't had my heart shredded by a recovering!Bucky story in a while, so this was. OH BUCKY HONEY. PLEASE KEEP GETTING BETTER.
In So Many Words by alocalband (Nursey/Dex, M, 17k) In which Nurse writes stories that... all... seem... to be... the same... story. And they're all about him and Dex even when they're NOT ABOUT HIM AND DEX. <3
Short Circuit by Chiyume (Bucky/Steve, E, 20k) Bucky's arm gets damaged and starts giving him an... unusual... variety of sensory feedback every time it's touched. Which would be a lot easier for him to explain to Steve if he and Steve weren't both firmly convinced that the other isn't interested in him like that. (I would love about a million more stories about Bucky's arm getting cross-wired like this, but this one was definitely A GREAT START. :D)
You Make Me Look Legitimate. by Lanna Michaels (Bitty/Jack, G, 3k) LANNA WROTE FIC FOR MEEEEE ABOUT BITTY GOING TO THE 2018 OLYMPICS AND IT IS ADORABLE AND GREAT!!! <3 <3 <3
Probably it will rain all day, but at least I can say I tried.
So instead of books, since I will be doing a lot of driving in the middle of nowhere, my question this week is: What songs are on your eclipse playlist? "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "The Sun Is A Miasma of Incandescent Plasma", obviously. But what else?
I have been working on the book collection, though! I went through and re-did my to-read lists, of which there are three: one on the library website, which has 300 books on it, of books the library has; the Goodreads one, which includes only books my library doesn't have and has about 250; and ~2500 owned-but-unread, so that's totally doable at my current rate as long as I never add any more to any of the three lists.
(Anybody want to be goodreads friends, by the way? if we aren't already, drop me a line. my gr is connected to my rl so I don't link it here but I will def. add people.)
Me and Mom also cleaned out the cookbooks over the weekend, which was fun! We both agreed on keeping the ones that had some kind of sentimental value to the family, of course. ( food, cooking, and diet as expressed in a collection of second-half-of-twentieth-century cookbooks. )
We got rid of about fifty cookery books. There's only about 200 left. That't TOTALLY reasonable for a family of two that cooks an actual meal at most twice a week, and usually from recipes we know by heart, right?
( the last few days )
WIPs currently active: 6, because, oops, I started writing kidfic in a new fandom, WHO COULD HAVE FORESEEN.
Words written this week: 7,066
WIPs that got no words this week: 0
WIPs that did get words this week:
Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 307, and I think I… finished… a chapter??
First line: Steve caught up with him for the last time at the Grand Canyon.
Because it is 2014 forever over here.
Born in the Blood: 115, and… possibly I also finished a chapter here, too? A short “holy shit guys it’s been three months but I swear it’s not abandoned here please have what I had outlined as the first half of this chapter” kinda chapter, but still! Updating soon, hopefully!
First line (which you may already know since it’s already posted but what the heck): With every lead on Bucky running dry before he could even chase it, one of the biggest effects the day of the helicarrier battle actually had on Steve, four months later, was the fact that Natasha had leaked SHIELD’s entire email directory and now the whole world knew his email address.
All Eternals Deck #2: 595. You know that feeling when you try and try to start a fic and you finally figure out the beginning and you’re like WOOOOO HERE WE GO and then you get to the end of the beginning and you’re like… what is this entirely featureless vista before me…?
Haha, me either.
First line: Bruce always knew, unavoidably, when he was waking up after being the Other Guy.
Slavefic #6: 474.
First line: When Steve had been lying still and quiet for a little while, he found his ears attuned to Bucky’s breathing.
…Yeah we’re picking up about five minutes after the end of “The Sacrifice Play.”
Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 2,424
First line: When it finally clicked, it felt like landing a jump combination after he’d fallen on it the first hundred times.
Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 3,151, probably would have been more if I hadn’t spent the first 24 hours after I decided to start writing it obsessively searching for the right title to put on the empty word document.
First line: On the third day of Bitty’s summer visit, Jack had to go to the rink.
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The film I am most reminded of is Grave of the Fireflies, though Dunkirk is about soldiers (mainly), not civilians; takes place over a day or so rather than months; and is not animated. It is, however, a story about the horrors of war with virtually no reference to the politics of war. The enemy is nothing but an implacable force raining down fiery hell. The whole story is from one side's perspective, but that's okay because that perspective is not used to project anything onto the other side; it's really just all about surviving hell and making us ponder why we put ourselves and fellow people into situations like this.