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[sticky post] Fanfiction Masterlist. Aug. 18th, 2020 @ 01:54 pm
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Ebay's feedback filter is a little too sensitive. Oct. 22nd, 2015 @ 04:43 pm
Bought a pen on ebay last week. It was exactly as described and shipped quickly.

I wanted to say as much in my feedback:
Pen is as described and shipped quickly. Thank you!

But no. I was told my comment contained forbidden words and to edit it. What the hell is wrong with my feedback? I thought. Are exclamation points forbidden now?

After changing "pen" to "the item", I eventually figured out which filter I was tripping, but it was not obvious to me.. because, you know, I bought a pen and I was writing about a pen. There was a space there, you know, like I was talking about a pen. (I like feedback that mentions the type of item, because the item links eventually go dead, and it matters to me whether someone has built up 5K feedback selling items like the one I'm thinking of buying or not.)

Does anyone have a way to contact Yahoo? May. 6th, 2015 @ 11:46 am
Lo these many years ago, I had some egroups accounts, which transitioned to Yahoo groups accounts. I deleted them all a couple of years ago. A few months ago, I started getting weekly email notifications about files being uploaded to one of the groups (of which I was once a member). The group was pretty much defunct for years, probably still is, and whoever's posting files appears to be a porn spambot (joy).

I assumed I had just thought I'd deleted the account and tried to log in to do it. But, no, Yahoo agrees that I don't have an account. It doesn't recognize the email address under which I'm receiving these emails. When I try to go through their help menus to get someone to contact, I eventually end up forced to a screen where I'm supposed to log in, which I can't do, because my account doesn't exist.

Is someone aware of a way to contact Yahoo that doesn't require creating an account, or do I have to create an account in order to ask them for help because they somehow failed to completely delete an account, and then delete that one, too? Seems counterproductive.

Do not. Feed. The Troll. Apr. 17th, 2015 @ 03:02 pm
I continue to watch the drama around the Hugo awards. I have just one question: why are people behaving like they've never seen a troll before? Vox Day is following the troll playbook to the letter. Consistently. Online SF fandom is flailing as if they've never seen this sort of performance art before in their lives. WTF.

Stop feeding the troll.

The Hugo Awards. Apr. 10th, 2015 @ 05:52 pm
For those unaware, a couple of groups banded together successfully this year and voted a slate of nominees onto the Hugo ballot. This is upsetting to people for a couple of reasons, one of which is definitely the politics of the people who put the slate together, the other being that slate voting is unfair because it effectively shuts out other participants (who were not likewise voting a slate).
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And it's actually a Wednesday! Apr. 17th, 2013 @ 03:38 pm
Of course, I haven't done one of these since last month, so...

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Mar. 25th, 2013 @ 09:04 pm
Actually, I would guess that the problem in cases like this is not lawyers or our sue-happy American public; it's the health system. (This is not to say that the first two aren't problems, but...)

Let's say you do something really stupid and end up with third-degree burns (as in this article).

How much of it is your insurance going to cover? Depends, but you're probably looking at 50% with some sort of lifetime cap. Now, yes, your insurance is going to negotiate down the total so you'd be looking at less overall than you otherwise might. Still, health costs are responsible for the majority of bankruptcies. So, if you're facing a scenario where you have $20K+ in health care costs and no means to pay it, do you say, "OMG; I'm stupid and I guess I'll pay for the next X years, or declare bankruptcy and ruin my credit!" or do you say, "I can't possibly pay this; I'm going to sue and see if I can possibly get someone else to pay it. Worst case, I declare bankruptcy when I lose, which is what I was going to have to do anyway."

Obviously I could be wrong, but I would suspect that single-payer health care would probably help reduce these sorts of lawsuits.

Reading. Mar. 13th, 2013 @ 11:56 am
I'm going to try to make these semi-regular. And also come up with a theme for another semi-regular posting.

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The problem about not posting in a long time... Feb. 22nd, 2013 @ 03:28 pm
...is that then you feel that you need to have sufficiently important content to post again. And also explain the continued lack of posting, etc., etc.

Oh, well. General explanation: I have a toddler. I hope to have a clean and organized house again sometime in the next few years, and also to feel "whelmed" (instead of overwhelmed...)

I kind of enjoy people's "book Wednesday" posts. Obviously, it's not Wednesday, but:
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HP Fic: You Can Have My Everything (H/D) Mar. 8th, 2011 @ 08:37 pm
Note (to be deleted later): I'm trying to leave responses to people who commented on the story on DTH, but LJ doesn't seem to be stable. Half the time, I can't access the post at all. The other half, my attempts to post comments fail.

Title: You Can Have My Everything
Author: Avocado ( white_serpent)
Summary: Sometimes it takes a little pain to break through the apathy.
Content: Rough sex/BDSM, Angst (and lots of it), 1st person/present tense
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Draco/Harry (minor: Draco/Others implied, Dennis Creevey/Harry, Ron/Hermione)
Word Count: ~8000
Disclaimer: Characters and settings not mine; the story is.
Author's Notes: This was written for a very specific prompt for dracotops_harry's fest (#8 submitted by vaysh). I tried to write as close to the prompt as I could; it seemed like a challenge to write a character with serious emotional problems and still make him sympathetic. vaysh was kind enough to tell me shortly after I submitted it that I did hit what she was looking for. I was late with my submission due to health issues; I appreciate the mods' patience with that. Title is taken from Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." I know that's a cliché; just go with it.

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The Towers of Midnight. Dec. 7th, 2010 @ 09:04 pm
So, I was assuming Sanderson would come here this year, and I put off buying the book until he was going to show up. (You get better position for book signings if you buy the book from the bookstore the author visits). But apparently he visited back in October for his own novel, prior to this novel's release. Much delay, little purpose. I ordered a signed copy since my others are all signed.

It arrived last week, and I've finished reading it.

Anyway. This book.

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HP Fic Commentary: Take These Lies Nov. 8th, 2010 @ 04:31 pm
I decided I wanted to try writing Harry/Draco for a couple of reasons. Both, of course, relate to the "glorious epic"-- read "glorious epic" in a self-mocking way whenever I type it. First, I needed to get back into practice writing, as it's been a long time since I have. Second, I have a use for Draco, so I felt I needed to get a better handle on his character. (I had an idea for a Draco/Hermione fic as well, but it wasn't set close enough to Deathly Hallows to be of use to me.)

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Fanfic Commentary: The Milk of Paradise. Oct. 29th, 2010 @ 12:02 am
Each part of this series is written in a different style. The Milk of Paradise is an angsty, sentence-fragment story of doom. In some ways, it's a rewrite of my old Slayers story, Eyes Wide Open. They're not strictly the same, of course; the characters are different, making their interaction different. Eyes Wide Open is a play on the Eros and Psyche myth, and The Milk of Paradise, while similar, really is patterned after Coleridge's "Kubla Khan."

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Take These Lies: Index Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 06:01 pm
General information:
Title: Take These Lies
Author: Avocado
Pairing: Harry/Draco (implied or stated, but not explicit: Blaise/Pansy, Draco/Blaise/Pansy, Draco/Various, Ron/Hermione)
Length: ~34,000
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Characters and settings aren't mine, the story is.
Summary: Repeatedly rejected by the Auror training programme, Draco Malfoy attempts an unorthodox method of gaining admission.
Warnings: genderswap and dubious consent (Harry doesn't know it's Draco). Both were requested in scarlet_malfoy's prompt.
Notes: Written for hd_fan_fair (travel). Title is taken from George Michael's Freedom! '90. Thanks to cleodoxa for reading through this for flow, characterization, and Americanisms.

The story is broken in four parts purely for length, and I don't think the individual post breaks are particularly organic. This is one long story.

Post 1
Post 2
Post 3
Post 4

Take These Lies, Post 4/4 Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 05:42 pm
Post 3

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Take These Lies, post 3/4 Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 05:39 pm
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Take These Lies, post 2/4 Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 05:37 pm
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Take These Lies, post 1/4 Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 05:35 pm
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Take These Lies

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Fanfic Commentary: Nor All, That Glisters, Gold. Aug. 27th, 2010 @ 02:40 pm
If I'm going to write part 4 of the Snape/Black epic, I need to refamiliarize myself with parts 1-3. I've decided to go back to writing commentary on my old fanfiction. Technically, next up is Regrets (with or without a question mark on the end). That was the first sequel to Not Quite.... It's followed, however, by the original version of Nor All, That Glisters, Gold. (Which is, in turn, followed by Blood and Bile, the Slayers fic Eyes Tight Shut, and the original version of A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things.) Blood and Bile is complete; I didn't like it. Regrets was written in two different versions, neither of which I completed, and neither of which I liked.

Today, I'll talk about Nor All, That Glisters, Gold. Previously, I've done commentary, hmm, DVD-style, with the entire story copied and comments here and there about things. (I probably got the idea from Resonant's commentary on Transfigurations.) This worked out all right-- even for Slayers FORTH, which, while long, was episodic. However, these three stories are long, and I don't feel I've got that much to say about them.

So, I'm going to construct a summary of each fic, and comment on it. If there's a line I think is particularly good (or particularly bad), I'm likely to pull it in for comment.
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Some general information I realize I've never posted. Dec. 24th, 2009 @ 01:26 am
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