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In case you missed it, I started playing Dragon Age 2, and to the surprise of absolutely no one I have a lot of feelings about f!Hawke and Isabela. And (also to the surprise of no one) the longer thing I’m writing is full of awful, so I wanted a counterpoint.

Early Act 2-ish, after they get together but before the stuff with Leandra. And if I could write sex there would be some but I can’t so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Isabela reluctantly has feelings )
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Asks about OCs, give me a name and a number and I'll tell you a thing.

1. What is their worst fear?
2. Does your OC have a temper?
3. Religious beliefs?
4. Height?
5. Weight?
6. What is something that they really regret?
7. Something they’re proud of?
8. What is something they really hate?
9. Now something they really love?
10. How does your OC react when they’re embarrassed?
11. Birthday!
12. Are they a morning person or a night owl?
13. Is there anything you would have changed about your OC?
14. If you could compare your OC to an animal what would that be?
15. Give me a description of their family
16. Are they good with technology?
17. Describe some of their hobbies!
18. Describe their sleeping habits
19. What are some of their strengths
20. What are some of their weaknesses
21. Do they have any mental disorders? (PTSD/Depression etc)
22. Do they have any physical impairments (Blind/Deaf/Loss of a limb)
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So I was doing my morning "poke around the internet while drinking tea and trying to make my brain start working" and came across [personal profile] staranise's posts about Gifted kids and had a thought or several.

this devolves into not-even-tangential, oops )
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The rest of the Victors have left, but Rokia's still in the Capitol. Selene decides they're going to be friends. Rokia could use a friend, but just try getting her to admit it.

Friends who do fun things and avoid feelings )

(immediately precedes Lyme bringing Rokia to Two)
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After the War, most of the Victors are ready and eager to get out of the Capitol.

Most of them.

Anybody wanna guess who isn't? )
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Surviving just by questioning (3207 words) by kawuli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Series - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Alcohol, Questionable Coping Mechanisms, references to forced prostitution
Series: Part 7 of Smiles and Promises

Because train crews are entirely predictable, Sara gets no end of teasing when Rokia’s Victory Tour starts.

And then the Tour gets to the Capitol, and for the next three days any time someone turns on the TV it’s gossip channels showing clips of parties, Rokia with a parade of Capitol celebrities, smiling and flirting, drinking and dancing like she’s having the time of her life.

It turns Sara’s stomach.

there are worse coping mechanisms than joining a revolution )
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And we've been burned by all our fears
Just from growin' up around here
Our father's factories marked our cards
While Eden burned against the stars

And Sally said, Sally said
"I can't take no more regret"
It cut us deep into our souls
Came and climbed into our bed
(Gaslight Anthem, Meet me by the river's edge)

This takes place about 10 years postwar, making Kadi 20, Alima 22, and Rokia 32. Kadi's studying at the Polytechnic school Beetee helped set up in District Two, and living with Rokia (and Sara when she's not on the trains).

I really have no excuse for this, or for the fact that it ended up being 24k words long. Brains, amirite?

Part 1: Can't take no more regret )
Part 2
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I officially fail at productivity today, so let's try this instead:

Pic a fic/series/thing and some numbers:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What's your favorite line of narration?
4: What's your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn't listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?
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Because it's March now ... did February feel interminable to anyone else? ... I'm updating my fic totals and yelling them into the void.

January writing:
General fanfiction: 7387
Rebellion fic: 11940 (this is not included in general fic because it is Important Fic)
Total: 19327

February writing:
General fanfiction: 20208
Rebellion fic: 2132 (oops)
Total: 22340

Good news: more words! Look at all those words. Bad news: only 10% or so of them were on the Rebellion fic. Hopeful news: I sorted out one of the things that was stalling me on that one. Less-hopeful news: omg I have so much work to do why do I have to do a real job and write a thesis.
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What it says on the tin. Hopefully this is interesting and not just annoying?

Things i wrote/etc:

I went to the Lesbians who Tech Summit in San Francisco. It was awesome. (LWT site) (my post about it)(I will probably write more about this but not today)

I rambled about agriculture, this time on how EU policies are bad for African farmers

Things I just reblogged but are great so I want to share/be able to find them again ever:

Funny Bucky roleplayish blog gives good advice for escaping hugs

Kelly Sue DeConnick's advice: "Be terrifying"
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1. In the third grade, math was all about timed multiplication tests. I kept failing – I couldn’t manage to memorize my multiplication tables, I had ways of getting to 7 x 8 = 56 but they took too long. I hated math, through third and fourth and fifth and most of sixth grade–and then we got to do some algebra, as a sort of sneak preview, and instead of memorizing “this is how you calculate the least common denominator” there were rules and logic and the fact that I still didn’t really have my multiplication tables memorized didn’t matter, because it wasn’t about that.

2. On the last day of seventh grade, our math teacher sent the boys out of the room, ostensibly to carry heavy boxes somewhere. “Hey!” we said, because we were strong too. But our teacher already knew that. He stood in the front of the room and said “A lot of girls stop liking math in high school. You’re going to hear that girls just aren’t good at math. You’re going to get told it’s not cool to like math. So right now I want to tell you: You’re all smart enough. You’re allowed to be good at math, you’re allowed to love it. All of you can be good at this.”

3. I went to Caltech. I hated programming, I was bad at it, the classes assumed you’d been coding for fun since you were twelve and I’d never done it before. I was never going to be able to write code, I decided. I just wasn’t good at it. And then, four years later, I started a Master’s degree in agronomy. I hate Excel. I need to find a better way to analyze data than the cookbook nonsense I was learning in class. I install R. I start using it, because the only way I’ve ever managed to learn anything is by diving in and trying not to drown. I start writing scripts. I’m not good at programming, I’m not an expert, but I can do it. It’s not magic.

4. I need python, for work–or maybe I don’t need it, maybe I could use R, but python is faster. I can learn this, and I do. I need new tools: I need remote sensing, I need SQL, I need open source when my licenses run out. I need new things, so I learn them. I poke my fingers into all kinds of different toy boxes. This is something I am good at: I’m allowed to say that. I’m allowed to be good at it. I’m allowed to love it.

I’m allowed for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that, way back in the beginning, Mr. Ropp took the time to say yes, you can do this.

(on Tumblr this was a response-reblog. The full thing is here, but I thought this bit might be interesting to some of my non-tumblr people)
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Your first sin was a lie you told yourself (14049 words) by kawuli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games Series - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: OFC/OFC
Characters: Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, District 6, Canon Compliant, Pre-Canon
Series: Part 4 of Smiles and Promises

Rokia's always been a fighter, and nobody knows that better than Sara does.

So sure: the odds are never going to be in District Six's favor, but when Rokia is reaped, Sara's got to believe she can come back.

But surviving the Games is just the beginning.

(Sara watches Rokia's Games)

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This is very silly but it amused me so perhaps it will amuse someone else

Victor-sibling bonding )
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Three of us stood up and asked questions at the end of our (R) representative’s event at the Chamber of Commerce today, since she’s not holding any town halls or actually-public events, and we wanted to tell her not to repeal the ACA without a suitable replacement. We got shut down pretty quick: “This is not the time or place, you’re being rude, this was for Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club only, we’re done here, bye.” And then she left.

But I talked to a TV reporter on camera and a newspaper reporter and another woman was also talking to people, and while I am not entirely sure what I said I think it was coherent? Hopefully?

And now I am out of peopleing and wording ability and will be hiding in my room for the weekend and watching Star Trek and pretending I live in a universe that makes more sense than this one.
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These are really fascinating! Anybody want to give me an excuse to ramble about the characters I write? ???

Very detailed questions and lots of them )
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Rokia is just fine on her own in the Capitol, okay?

(Lyme is not even a little bit convinced)

Aftermath )
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Because apparently one of my coping mechanisms is fictional dystopias, I made some Google Earth files from my absurdly detailed Panem map. In case anyone is as nerdy as I am, here they are (Google Drive links):

District borders
Main cities
Railroad lines
Extra D6 details
There are also extra details from District Nine but those are spoilers for the fic I'm writing so they'll have to wait.

It looks like you can preview these in-browser or you can download and then just double click to open these in Google Earth (which is a free download).


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