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[personal profile] out_there
These days, to get me reading a series you have to sneak it in. It has to start with a good story that stands on its own, that makes me want to read more and that can be read in relatively small chunks. While this series is 200K, the longest story is the first at 38K and the rest are a very comfortable 5K - 20K per story. I enjoyed the Greg POV mostly used for this story, the insight into living around a job that comes with a security detail and secret overseas trips, and I always love stories where Lestrade plays a meaningful role in younger Sherlock getting clean and staying clean.

I've been reading this series for the last week, on and off, and really enjoyed it.

Puppet on a String (38518 words) by kazvl
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes/Gregory Lestrade, Mycroft/Greg
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Gregory Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes, OCs, Anthea
Additional Tags: references to drug abuse, case files
Series: Part 1 of Fire and Ice

"Afraid I'll embarrass you?" mocked Sherlock, looking up suddenly, his stare spearing Mycroft where he sat.

Sherlock was too thin, too dirty - it was always a bad sign when he neglected personal hygiene - and he looked as if he hadn't slept for a week.

"Oh, that ship sailed some years ago. You've been vocal enough about what you don't want. So tell me, brother dear, what is it you do want?"

"You to leave me the fuck alone," said Sherlock venomously.

Several heads turned. Mycroft ignored them. He took such incidents for granted when he was with Sherlock and had never cared what strangers thought - unless required to do so by his job.

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Oct. 16th, 2017 08:18 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Ashley linked to a fundraiser set up by a California credit union, Redwood Credit Union, to help communities impacted by the California wildfires. You can read more and give at their donation page.

[personal profile] kuwdora is a long-time fandom vidder who recently enrolled in a career coaching program with tv/film editor Zack Arnold, and she is now working to pay off the last installment of the program and transition from a vidding hobby to a professional editing career in Hollywood. You can read more here, give to her gofundme here, and buy art from her etsy here.

[tumblr.com profile] catlinyemaker linked to a fundraiser for [twitter.com profile] neolithicsheep, a disabled Navy vet and sustainable agriculture educator who is raising funds to get a border collie to help them with their Sovay sheep. You can read more about the fundraiser and retweet in a twitter thread here, and purchase various shirts and other branded goods at their Teespring here.

[personal profile] xturtle linked to their friend Marcia, who is raising funds to help cover vet bills for her sick bunny; she is running out of unemployment benefits and looking for work; in the meantime Caspian needs testing to determine what the lump in his stomach is and get his teeth fixed. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to a fundriaser for [tumblr.com profile] ohcrakerjacks, a victim of black toxic mold. She and her parents are raising funds to replace walls, insulation, flooring, and furniture. You can read more and check out commissions here and give to her ko-fi here, which will support supply purchases for the cross-stitch embroidery she sells.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] suriel's husband is about to have two surgeries, each costing several thousand dollars, and they are raising money to cover expenses. They have sales in all their online shops: Fandom buttons and more, caramels and toffees, and their band shop. You can read and reblog here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] vaspider, who is running a sale on their Etsy shop ($10% off $30 or more) to help with living expenses and home repairs after a job loss and other unexpected life events this year. You can check out the Etsy shop here; it includes a lot of nerdy/geeky Judaica as well as secular clothes, accessories, and cosplay.

News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to a writeup that [personal profile] kaberett posted about desensitizing themselves to board games; Board Game Desensitization Process is a template for people who may have a difficult relationship to card/board games but want to participate in the increasingly popular social events focused around them.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
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[personal profile] shirebound
This is the predicted weather today in the neighborhood I lived in before my move:

96°, 17% humidity

Yup, that's the searingly hot October I remember. Those poor firemen in California! They're such heroes.

I'll be running tons of errands today. It's always so satisfying to get them done. :)
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[personal profile] copperbadge
Because I am me, I systematized my home search as much as I could – I have a spreadsheet in google that has not just my list of Best, Acceptable, and Totally Unacceptable buildings in it but also my mortgage calculator from the bank and various other financial stuff. I also went into the top few real estate websites (primarily Zillow and Estately) and set several different searches to be sent to my non-fandom inbox, where they were then filtered into a Housing folder (different from my other Housing folder, which has all my documents/communications with my realtor). 

Now I’m looking at my Housing folder which constantly has new emails in it and wishing there was just an “I BOUGHT A HOME, YOUR SERVICES ARE NOW IN VAIN” button I could press to notify all of those sites that no, really, I seriously do not anymore need your Real Estate Tips And Tricks newsletter anymore. 

Fortunately changing my address everywhere won’t be the nightmare my mum always complains it is, because I also have a spreadsheet of every website I’ve ever built a login for, and I just go through the spreadsheet (also it’s an excellent opportunity to delete my account from sites I never use). 

I’ve rarely lived anywhere for more than five years, and my phone number was deeply unstable for a while for similar reasons, but it’s a small wonder our generation prefers email to most other forms of communication – after all, my gmail addresses have been stable now for more than ten years. 

I believe I have now been Copperbadge On Social Media for longer than I have ever lived in any single residence. 

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Saturday stuff

Oct. 14th, 2017 12:14 pm
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[personal profile] shirebound
The idea for chapter 5 finally came to me this morning. I'll be writing today, hooray!

Everything's going well here, and every day is very busy. I found a beautiful bright-red down parka at a second-hand shop, and my Sis-in-Law had one from her aunt that fits Shiremom nicely. I even have a snow shovel and rake now! I can't think of a single important thing we need except for some living room furniture. The house is so warm and cozy. We covered the beige carpeting with lots of random throw-rugs so Pip's little feet won't get the carpeting too dirty too soon. Every day we still do at least one large or small project. I still have one huge carton to unpack, but I hit the wall regarding unpacking and just can't deal with it yet. Nothing important in there, just miscellaneous odds 'n ends.

My brother and his wife will be traveling next week, so I get to feed nine ferals cats while they're gone. :)

I talked with my niece who lives in the Bay Area yesterday, and the fires are really awful up there. She said that ash is falling and the air is full of smoke. I remember the choking air quality during our bad fires in San Diego -- my eyes were irritated for weeks, and ash covered everything.

In puppy news, Pippin chased a mouse all over the yard this morning... and killed it! I was appalled, but she seemed quite satisfied and pleased. I know what she'll be dreaming about tonight. I had no idea she was such a carnivorous beastie. This move has been wonderful for her; she's getting more exercise, and smelling so many new and exciting things. Poor mousie. :(

LOTR Yule Fic Exchange

Oct. 13th, 2017 02:42 pm
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[personal profile] shirebound
The 2017 LOTR "Yule Fic Exchange" post is up! The deadline for requests is October 31. The post is here:

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[personal profile] digitalwave
Hi guys! Sorry it's been so long, I promise to tell you what's been going on as soon as I can. I'm here for another reason right now, though. Here we are, finally, at the start of another season. Number 13, can you believe it? Like I said before, I still can't believe we made it past five!

I just finished watching the first episode and really enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to the journey this year, in many ways, they're starting with a blank slate. Tell me what you think, the good and the bad. I can't wait to see what everyone has to say. :)

The files are almost finished uploading. Once they're done, just follow the links below and then click to download whichever format you'd like best.

Click me! )

If you have any problems with the file, or if you need to update your audio/video codecs to play the file, you can find them here:


Hope that everyone is doing okay. *hugs you hard*
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The owners of the condo I offered on have accepted my offer at $180K, with the only condition that they will do no repairs or remodels before I take possession. 

*head between knees*


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This looks like it's going to be fun

Oct. 12th, 2017 07:51 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
My new neighborhood seems to be exploding with Halloween spirit and decorations. I've been living in a gated apartment complex for so long, I nearly forgot what a rural, neighborhood Halloween looked like. I'd better pick up some bags of candy and be prepared! I put my camera right next to Pippin's leash this morning so I can take pictures on our 'walkies' (as soon as it stops raining); I did remember to snap this one yesterday:


I have tons of errands today, including a massive grocery run. I'm so relieved to finally know where all the shops are.

Speaking of Halloween, [personal profile] casey28 has posted 45 awesome Halloween icons:


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Oct. 11th, 2017 06:58 pm
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[personal profile] songspinner
Been a while, DW peeps! (sorry - tired and punchy)

Happy Coming Out Day to those participating, and love to those who either can't due to risk or okay with not doing it. If you are a newer follower of my blog, I guess this is me coming out. 🙄

I had the oddest experience today wearing my Bi-Pride button at work - my assistant principal knows I'm bi, and so do several of my colleagues that I trusted over the last several years enough to tell. But since I'm starting as the advisor of the middle school's QSA (aka the Equality Club) on Friday, I needed the kids who recognized the colors to see it and know I'm a safe person and I'm part of their community. I already know we have at least three trans kids on campus who've trusted teachers and our counselor, and a whole bunch of kids who are great allies and want to learn how to do more. No adults said anything about the button, but I did catch at least two people glance at it and then almost comically drop their eyes from it like they weren't sure they could say anything. So it was a very quiet coming out day for me; my kiddo was doing volunteer work with our local LGBTQ+ diversity center by manning a booth at the community college health fair and then running the front desk as an intern for the center for a bit in the afternoon.

Parents are up in my hometown in an area of northern CA that is between areas in danger, but there's a lot of smoke both there and around here right now. Some family evacuated, all are safe. One member of our extended family ended up with their house safe and now the water on their property is being used to fight the fire, and another's parents lost their home and had to be rescued when the route out was blocked by that fire. Really scary.

I am going to go have dinner now, and get my early Byzantine Roman garb out of the costume trunk (well, one of the trunks - and this is the costume my husband did most of the sewing on because he had better costuming teachers in college) and get it ready for the history lesson tomorrow.

Brains just wanna have fun

Oct. 11th, 2017 03:49 pm
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[personal profile] primsong
I keep trying to accomplish Serious Study things in the evenings and instead I end up reading Miraculous Ladybug fics. I guess I'm okay with exchanging self improvement for self entertainment. Besides, it's jolly fun for my inner child and that certainly cancels out any obligations as an adult, right?

Btw, if you like Miraculous read anything at all by quicksilversquared. She is brilliant.

Also I haz student

Oct. 11th, 2017 09:52 am
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[personal profile] primsong
I am leveling up, I think. I now have my very own private dance student who comes to my place once a week, and I just got an invite from a pro dancer to meet at her place a few times so she can help teach me choreography tips and how to better use the stage space.
0.0 She says she wants me to dance at their holiday show.

I am simultaneously pleased and terrified.
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[personal profile] primsong
Wow, where did September go? Why do I remain astonished at the rate life goes whipping by even though it's done so pretty much since I left grade school?

Been stuffing time into fixing the house trying to get as much done before the autumn October Rains arrived - this week was the start of the rainy season here, so I'm grateful I (barely) managed to finish sanding and staining the boards to fix my front deck before the temperature went down. They'll wait in the garage til I can get them put into place but at least they're done. Steps are fixed, back patio is fixed, yay!

Most of the month I was tweaking gutters, installing two rainbarrels, connecting them and getting an overflow system put into place via digging a drainage trench, lining it and filling it with pipe and rocks... lots of rocks... rocks...are...heavy... Then edging it all in cottage stone, filling in with soil and planting bulbs in there. End result looks great, wish I'd done this years ago. Hopefully this will help stave off a repeat of the water seepage we had last year.

Time to rip out tender potted plants and get the pots into the green house, put away hoses, etc. Booyah, here comes Autumn!


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