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Oct. 12th, 2012 09:40 am Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated....

Lots of big stuff has happened in real-lifey land in the past few months.... long story short, new state, new town, new job, new boy. And as new job is back in academia, and for some reason in my brain academia and fic go together, here I am back again....

Haven't written anything in ages. Hoping to knock the rust off and bang something out in the next few days, assuming I make some progress on my seminar presentation first. (First. Yes. Must NOT ignore seminar data and do fun writing instead. Because that would be wrong.)

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Mar. 10th, 2012 05:08 pm Dissonance

Title: Dissonance
Prompt: Grilling the suspect, from last month at sb_fag_ends
Setting: Immediately post-series
Words: 800ish
Note: So I’ve been busy with real-lifeyness and haven’t written anything in ages… this was hanging around for editing, and I thought I’d throw it out there. This is the next part in the series that started with A Blonde, A Brunette, and a Redhead , and culminated most recently with The Crow and the Butterfly. This series will be continued here while I chase a couple of ideas that have been rolling around in the neglected corners of my brain for prompt tag !

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Mar. 2nd, 2012 07:14 pm

Just a public service announcement...

We're getting an inch of snow an hour. That means turn on your lights and wipers, drive slow and easy, and be patient with your fellow motorists.

I know it's been a mild winter, folks, but we're northerners and we know how to do this.

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Feb. 26th, 2012 09:07 am

Bahahahaha! Wireless network is officially back in action! Now all that's left to do is pick out Lappy 2.0 (read: make up my damn mind) and cough up for it. The least fun part of this whole operation, but hey, shiny new toy!!

In other news, I have the best techs in history, who helped me manage a horse emergency last night while wearing a dress. Also the best new boy, who waited for 2 hours at a sushi bar for me to get back from said emergency. I love you all!

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Feb. 19th, 2012 07:33 pm

First, Compy 386 (ye olde desketoppe) went 'splodey. Have been functioning by mobile phone for what feels like WEEKS. Then Lappy 1.0 (poor, ancient, decrepit notebook with no battery) had a tiff with the Internet at Large and won't talk to it. Then Dr Who Should Stick to Dring and Step Away From Technology (that's me, loves) has the bright idea to take apart the network so carefully set up by Technologically-Inclined Ex Boyfriend and set it up in another room. End result: no one is talking to anyone. Netflix is pouting, and once again forgiving lil mobile phone is taking up the slack. Headdesk. Headdesk. Headdesk. *Imitates Caprica* Robots! Fix my interwebs!... um, Robots?.... Here, Robots.... Technologically-Inclined Ex Boyfriend? We can still be friends, right? *sniffle*

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Feb. 16th, 2012 08:28 pm

Pull-ups: 75
Push-ups: 125 (done on knees, I'm not a masochist)
Sit-ups: 150 (now have blister on bum, maybe AM masochist)
Squats: 200
Total time: 32:06 including waiting for pull-up bar in between sets.
Pride: immeasurable.
Day-long tension headache: history.
This calls for a glass of wine and Downton Abbey!

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Feb. 8th, 2012 10:41 am

Question of the day:

How does Spike get his eyeliner on straight? I am jealous. I can't get mine on straight using a mirror, and I'm a girl, which should confer some kind of increased natural talent. I dunno.

I know the real answer is that someone does it for the actor, but go with me here... it's baffling.

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Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:27 pm

It's been a slow...month... at work of late, so I've been reading a lot of old fic in between appointments to try to preserve my sanity. This isn't directed at anyone; it's just been bothering me lately. And I see examples of it outside fandom in popular media too. This is just sort of a rambling rant, and poorly organized, but I needed to get it out there.

Arousal and consent are not the same thing.

In the vampire world, we get quite a bit of Buffy/other female character saying no, but smelling aroused, therefore the vampire knows it's ok to push forward. Sometimes in general media it's dilated pupils, or parted lips, or wet panties. But physiologic arousal tends to get used interchangeably with desire for a sexual act to occur, with this partner, at this time.

Do people play games with their partners? Do women sometimes feign reluctance to further a game of seduction? Of course we do. Do people have completely consensual sex that involves agressive behavior by one partner toward the other? Absolutely. But it's important to remember agency and the role of the mind in all this. Consent is a decision that the action your partner is taking is permissible.

Not sexy, not arousing, not desirable-- permissible.

It is absolutely possible to be very, very turned on by someone doing something, to have all the normal physiologic responses, and yet not want to have sex with that person. And that is still non-con, no matter how wet the panties are.

My personal opinion is that it is ok to explore the ideas of dubious con and non-con in fiction, but they need to be treated with respect and delicacy, and their after-effects should not be ignored. After all, it's not a long leap from Spike's dialogue during the bathroom scene in Seeing Red, which we all agree is an attempted rape, to "She realized she wanted it after we got going, but I knew all along it was what she wanted, even when she wasn't saying yes."

It's about agency, and choice, and the ability of a woman to make choices about her own body that aren't dictated by men's interpretations of her physiology. While the fic community is predominately female, adult, and about exploring our own interpretations of prescribed characters, I think we need to consider the effect this sort of storytelling has on young men and women when it is shown on tv without appropriate attention to all the emotions and effects surrounding it. The issue of consent needs to be openly addressed.

There. Rant finished.

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Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:55 am

If the groundhog says 6 more weeks of winter, but winter never really came this year, how do we interpret our data in light of the circumstances? :)

Current Location: Chicago
Current Mood: confusedconfused

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Jan. 26th, 2012 10:20 pm

I really think vet schools should tell their students what kind of hours they can expect as practitioners. Just as a courtesy, ya know.

For example, today:
-Work 10 hour day. Be scheduled into oblivion all morning, have to work through lunch, then sit on your butt most of the afternoon because nobody wanted THOSE appointments.
-Leave pretty close to on time. Get home, walk your own dog, very quickly post the little Spuffy piece you wrote on your mobile phone in between appointments on lj (ok, that's probably just me).
-Yay! Fitness Bootcamp! Do many many drills followed by 35 horrible star jumps. Lose all feeling in your legs.
-Go home. Put leftovers in microwave to reheat. Pick up fork.
-Pager goes off. "'My horse has been colicking allll day!" Spill leftovers all over self as you try to eat them while driving to the farm where the person who couldn't call you while you were doing nothing this afternoon waits.
-It's bad. Really bad. Bad enough that treating the horse is an athletic endeavor (after star jumps, no less. Eat that, MMA guys who show me up at bootcamp!) But they want to give the poor beast the chance to suffer all night. So you do your best and dope it all to hell with pain meds.
-Consider ice cream on the way home even though it's 10 pm and 19 degrees out. It's been that kind of day.
-Skip the ice cream because you're covered in blood and look like an axe murderer. Besides, brewski sounds better.
-Open brewski. Pager. Come kill it now, it's not doing any better. Incidentally, plastic wrap and a rubber band make a fine short-term beer freshness keeper.
Please, God, I just want a shower and my travel coffee mug to grow 3 sizes before I have to do it all over again tomorrow.

Current Mood: cynicalcynical

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