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your silence will not protect you

I recently started dividing my time between my company's two different offices, and at the Wednesday office, there is a "free stuff" table in the lunch room. Last week one of the campaigners had dropped off a lot of buttons he'd collected over the years, most featuring chickens and bloody meat. But one of these buttons, the button I took with me, contained the following: Your silence will not protect you. -- Audre Lorde

This is an unusual post for me to make on my LJ. I like to keep things light and breezy. Or talk about food. But today, I would like to talk about Things. When I was younger (and by that, I mean the college years), I could get quite fired up about Things. Even before that, really -- I was the geek in the Hillary Rodham Clinton buttons during my middle school's mock election, after all. Over time, though, it seems I've grown quieter and quieter. I've stopped articulating when things disturb me. I've stopped thinking I could really have an impact.

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FIC: A Mighty Dark Night (Masterpost)

Title: A Mighty Dark Night
Author: blue_fjords
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Dean/Castiel
Word length: ~74,000
Warnings: violence, language and sex
Summary: Detective Dean Winchester meets Homeland Security Agent Castiel James over a corpse.

I started to write this during the winter break for Season Five. It's been awhile! The original idea for it came to me on the metro (as most of my ideas do) and it grew in the telling, as canon added more and more fodder. Though this is very much an AU. The title, and all the chapter headings, are taken from "Raise the Dead" by Emmylou Harris.

Many thanks to my many betas and alpha readers. They were legion: thaddeusfavour, paragraphs, cassiopeia7, stageira, qthelights and kel_reiley. Every time I thought no way could I finish, I got another reader! Thanks to kel for the finishing touches, and paragraphs, amand_r, cruentum and misswinterhill for putting up with me moaning about this fic for over a year and a half! Consider this my entry into Mander's Big Ass Big Bang.

And now, also available on Ao3 here! Thanks, c!! AND available as a PDF here, thanks to wolfrider89. Woo hoo! Thank you! AND, you guys, kel_reiley made me a playlist, icons, and a kickass banner!!!! I have been listening to this playlist nonstop! I LURVE IT!!!!!! So check it out here! And the banner beneath the cut. :)

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FIC: A Mighty Dark Night - Chapter I

Title: A Mighty Dark Night -- Chapter I
Author: blue_fjords
Rating: R
Pairing: Dean/Castiel
Word length: ~74,000
Warnings: violence, language and sex
Summary: Detective Dean Winchester meets Homeland Security Agent Castiel James over a corpse.
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FIC: The carriage held but just Ourselves (Masterpost)

Title: The Carriage held but just Ourselves (COMPLETE)
Author: blue_fjords
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Gwen, Jack, Ianto, Tosh, Owen, Rhys, Andy, Suzie, Kathy Swanson, Gerald Carter, Yvonne Hartman, Rupesh Patanjali, Max, Alex
Word length: ~22,000
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Warnings: Please highlight for warnings, as they give away plot points, but could be triggery for people. Nothing is in this story that you didn't see onscreen in season one TW. References made to child abuse and suicide.
Summary: Crime novel AU w/ alternating POVs from Gwen and Jack.

A/N: Yeah. Been awhile. Or a while. A long time. Thanks to amand_r for beta-ing the last three chapters, and paragraphs for encouraging me to finish. Would not have been written w/out you ladies, and I really wanted to finish it, so thanks. Title from Emily Dickinson.

More A/N: I started this in September of 2009. So I started writing it two years ago. Lesson I learned: I should not write WIPs. At any rate, it is now complete and I actually like it, which is good b/c I doubt I'll ever write TW again. It was grand!

Part One * Part Two * Part Three * Part Four * Part Five * Part Six * Part Seven * Part Eight * Part Nine * Part Ten
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FIC: The carriage held but just Ourselves (Pt. 10/10)

Title: The Carriage held but just Ourselves (Pt. 10/10)
Author: blue_fjords
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Suzie
Word length: 720
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Warnings: Please highlight for warnings, as they give away plot points, but could be triggery for people. Nothing is in this story that you didn't see onscreen in season one TW. References made to child abuse and suicide.
Summary: Crime novel AU w/ alternating POVs from Gwen and Jack. Except for this bit. This is the epilogue, and it's Suzie.

A/N: Yeah. Been awhile. Or a while. A long time. Thanks to amand_r for beta-ing these last three chapters, and paragraphs for encouraging me to finish. Would not have been written w/out you ladies, and I really wanted to finish it, so thanks. Title from Emily Dickinson.

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FIC: The carriage held but just Ourselves (Pt. 9/10)

Title: The Carriage held but just Ourselves (Pt. 9/10)
Author: blue_fjords
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Gwen, Andy, Tosh, Jack, Ianto, Owen, Suzie, Rhys, Gerald Carter, Rupesh
Word length: 3,000
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Warnings: Please highlight for warnings, as they give away plot points, but could be triggery for people. Nothing is in this story that you didn't see onscreen in season one TW. References made to child abuse and suicide.
Summary: Crime novel AU w/ alternating POVs from Gwen and Jack.

A/N: Yeah. Been awhile. Or a while. A long time. Thanks to amand_r for beta-ing these last three chapters, and paragraphs for encouraging me to finish. Would not have been written w/out you ladies, and I really wanted to finish it, so thanks. Title from Emily Dickinson.

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Zeh March 1st Post. Also, actual question about cupcakes.

It's March 1st! Which means lots of things: it's Tuesday, it's a new month, it's the start of march_for_words, and it's Jensen's birthday! Hot diggity. I shall celebrate by eating a cupcake and going to work. Excitement knows no bounds.

Speaking of cupcakes, I would love to solicit your opinion in a poll or three. So amand_r, who is an awesome baker, is doing this thing where she offers her cookies for sale every Sunday, a dozen cookies in a package. Her cookies are totally yummy. She bakes them, then sends them to first come, first served requesters. Would there be any interest if I did that w/ my vegan cupcakes? I am going to do a trial run to see if it is feasible for A) freshness and B) costliness, as cupcakes can be heavy (therefore expensive to mail) and also no one wants smooshed cupcakes.

Poll #1711738 Cupcake Questions

Would you be interested in ordering vegan cupcakes?

I have been waiting my entire life for someone to ask this! Hell yeah!
4(18.2%)
Sure, those sound yummy!
3(13.6%)
Maybe.
5(22.7%)
To be perfectly honest, not at all.
2(9.1%)
Happy Birthday, Jensen!
8(36.4%)


Poll #1711739 Cupcake Questions

What flavor(s) would you be interested in?

Pumpkin chocolate chip, as they have no frosting and would survive best.
3(9.7%)
Red velvet, b/c I am in love w/ them.
9(29.0%)
Beer cupcakes. Beer!
3(9.7%)
Nothing beats plain chocolate.
6(19.4%)
Chocolate mint, bb!
4(12.9%)
Something w/out chocolate, sheesh!
0(0.0%)
The Jensen Cupcake -- pure scrumptiousness.
6(19.4%)


Poll #1711740 Cupcake Questions

Let's say you want cupcakes. What's a reasonable price?

$12, not a penny more.
1(4.2%)
Add $5 to the cost of shipping.
3(12.5%)
$20 flatrate.
0(0.0%)
One meeeellion dollars!
5(20.8%)
I didn't actually say I wanted them.
1(4.2%)
$2 per cupcake, 6 cupcake minimum order.
6(25.0%)
Is Jensen delivering the cupcakes?
8(33.3%)


Trial run this weekend, and if the cupcakes survive and y'all express interest, we'll see what happens next.

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I have a dinosaur, and his name is Bronchitis.

Peeps, I'm still sick! I was a little better, and then I was sick again. I even went to a doctor, as spurred on by amand_r. This means I am very sick as I tend to avoid doctors like the plague. (Plus, I do shit when amand_r tells me to.) Now I have lots of meds. And a new inhaler! (Am asthmatic.) So that's coolio. Only thing is, I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WRITE OR BETA SINCE I GOT SICK. I just can't concentrate, yo. And I really want to do both those things, so it's rather pissing me off. I have managed to write down some ideas for my "Torchwood Female Characters Are Awesome Ficathon" thingy and look over a short piece for misswinterhill. That's it! In a week! WOE!!!!!!

But speaking of which, go check out Four Times Ianto Noticed Something, and One Time He Didn't, which was written as part of retconbookwrite for today's Birthday Girl, topgeargirl2! Happy, happy birthday, TGG2!

Also today, SPN comes back!!! This is of interest to me. :D Though I won't get my Misha fix for another two weeks. ARGH!!!! I need my manpain of epic proportions alleviated w/ a large helping of angel. Still, I have missed my boys. Am excited to see what happens this season!

So, um, that's it! One Piper pic, then a nap:

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PICs: Photography Meme (& I took off that Facebook thingy)

I have some pics to share! If you want to request pics, you still can, in this post or the last one. What? I got a new camera and I loff it! I'm starting this off w/ a Funny Work Story, w/ Pictorial Evidence.

Okay, so I am the tech guru in my office (as I am a Luddite, basically, this is a scary prospect). At any rate, I've told them all, several times a month, for several years, how to call two different people and loop them into a three-person conference call. This is how you do it: you call one person, you hit the flash button, you call the other person, you hit the flash button. That's it. Nothing else required. I have sent them this in email form, more than once. I have even printed out the directions and everyone has them posted up in their cubby/office. THEY STILL CAN'T GET IT! Now, I have oodles of respect for higher education, advanced degrees, lotsa learning. I work w/ two lawyers and two others that have Masters degrees. Three of them are completely bilingual, and one is quadlingual. These are not stupid people. But they can't make a fucking phone call. They also cannot transfer a phone call. Guess what button you press to transfer a call? Yeah. Transfer. Anyhow, yesterday my coworker is on the phone and she needs to call two people. She calls the first one and then yells to me, "What do I do now?! Help!" I say, "Look at your sheet. You hit flash." A moment passes. "It didn't work!" "Did you hit flash?" "Yes! I'm going to try again." Another moment passes. "It didn't work!! Come fix it." "Well, maybe your number is wrong. You hit the flash button, I don't know what to tell you." A moment. "Wait. The flash button says flash? It's not a star?" "If I had wanted you to hit the star, I would have told you to hit the fucking star." The phone, w/ numbers post-it-ed and painted out:



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Three TW Comment FICs

From the "request stuff MEME" thingy of last week, here are the first half of things requested. The ones for alba17, choccy_grl and nanfreak should be following this week! Each of these are small enough to fit in a comment box (485 - 690 words) and I would rate them all as PG. Titles are taken from song titles by Jars of Clay, everyone on the planet, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Okay, neifile7 requested Gwen/Tosh, and I wrote a little interlude set between series one and two.

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golden_d requested Gwen, Ianto, rugby, falafel. She got crack instead.

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And amand_r requested Ianto kid!fic. She got my first ever attempt at second-person.

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