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So, my family is all pretty sure (like 99% sure) that my aunt has been depressed for a couple of decades (there’s probably an unhealthy dose of anxiety in the mix, too).  She does not believe that, however.  I’ve suggested talking to her doctor about it, and she says that she’s fat and lazy and useless and no therapist can help with that, and doesn’t listen when I say yeah, but the therapist might be able to help you realize you aren’t lazy and useless, and feel better about the fact that you’re fat.

She has health problems that are very real, but at the very least the depression is making them more difficult to deal with.  (Being so mentally fried she can’t cook and goes out to eat instead does not help with the diabetes, for example.)  She was depressed but fairly stable for a long time, but Grandma was her main emotional and physical support through that time--they lived on the same piece of property, and Grandma would cook for the both of them and do yardwork and such while Aunt was at work, which allowed her to save up her spoons.  But Grandma died a year ago, and I’m not sure if Aunt’s getting worse or if it’s just that she’s overwhelmed by trying to do EVERYTHING.  I live half a continent away and I do what I can when I’m home, and talk to her regularly on the phone when I’m not.  My parents live in the next town over and visit at least once a week, doing odd jobs and whatnot to help her, but it’s not sustainable for them or her.

Anybody got any brilliant (or, even just vaguely competent, that would work too) ideas for what to say and do to help her at least ask her doctor about it and get an evaluation?  I’ve talked to her a couple of times over the years about it, and she’s never listened, but then again, she’s never been this bad before.  I sent her the pics about “what depression actually feels like” vs. “what people think depression feels like.”  I want her to be happy and to realize that most of the things she thinks are character flaws are symptoms of her illness.

beatrice_otter: Jack O'Neill in an alien prison--one of those days. (One of Those Days)
A Square Peg in a Round Hole, or Junior Year of High School, Revised, A Clones Tale (42497 words) by MarbleGlove
Fandom: Highlander: The Series, Stargate SG-1
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Methos, Clone Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c, General Hammond, Jack O'Neill
Additional Tags: post Fragile Balance, Crossover
Series: Part 1 of A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Methos was just spending a year as a high school teacher; Jake O'Neil was just trying to be someone other than Jack O'Neill; neither are simple individuals.

Fandom, you have fallen down on the job!  This is one of the most awesome crossovers I've ever read, why has it not been recced everywhere so that I can see it?  The story is good, it's well-written, but the incredibly awesome thing is the worldbuilding.  This story has some of the most awesome meta I've ever seen about religion, its place in the SG universe, and what it means to be Immortal in the Highlander sense.  All told within a wonderfully engaging story.  It sent me to my flappy happy place so many times.  Go read it!
beatrice_otter: A sword in front of a dome (Harrington sword and dome)
The Wired writeup of the Hugo Awards, given out last night.  (The official listing of who won.)

A good writeup.  I think things went as well as they possibly could have, under the circumstances.  (I’m a little disappointed that “The Day the World Turned Upside Down got best Novelette; it was terrible.  It was the only non-Puppy nominee in that category, but I ranked it below No Award because I couldn’t be bothered to finish it.)

The Alfies were an awesome idea, I’m so glad for GRRM.

Fair Play

Aug. 19th, 2015 10:35 am
beatrice_otter: SG-1 in the Gateroom (SG-1)
Fair Play (2987 words) by Penknife
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Vala Mal Doran & Teal'c
Characters: Vala Mal Doran, Teal'c, Daniel Jackson, Sam Carter, Cameron Mitchell
Additional Tags: Character Study, Friendship, Remix

Five times Vala and Teal'c didn't play by the rules.

beatrice_otter: Jack O'Neill in an alien prison--one of those days. (One of Those Days)
The Footprints I Left Behind (6454 words) by normativejean
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cassandra Fraiser, Jennifer Hailey
Additional Tags: Female Friendship, Adventure

Cassie doesn’t say, my first day on earth I almost blew up the planet, because that is not exactly conducive to building trust. Instead, she says, “The first day of med school, they give us dead bodies to cut open. We’re both still breathing, so I’m counting today as a win.”

beatrice_otter: Cameron Mitchell, bored with a stack of files (Schoolwork)

Yesterday, I added like 10k words to the Criminal Minds/Stargate fic I’ve had as a WIP for the last few years.

…9k or those words weren’t actually new, they were from a scene that didn’t work as-written because I was missing several crucial scenes that formed a plot hole.  So I had to take out most of what I had and do something different with the setup plot, and after a couple years of writing a few hundred words a month on it, finally got to a place where I realized I could just c&p most of the stuff that had to get taken out, it works again now!  Different context and setting, but it works!

beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)

Bujold Ficathon 2015 | Archive of Our Own is open for business!  There are already a lot of great prompts.  No pressure, no deadlines.  You can prompt without claiming and claim without prompting.
beatrice_otter: Delenn--Grey Council (Delenn--Grey Council)
Title: Finding the Words (the stranger in a strange land remix)
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Babylon 5
Character: Catherine Sakai
Rating: G
Word Count: 4201
Remix of: Where the Stars are Strange by [ profile] nenya_kadenka for [community profile] femmeremix 
Betaed by: [personal profile] shippen_stand 
Summary: To fight with the Minbari, you have to speak their language.

At AO3, linked on tumblr

The first thing a Ranger must learn--a Human ranger, that is--is Minbari. )
beatrice_otter: Delenn--Grey Council (Delenn--Grey Council)
Hey, guys, if you haven't checked out the FemmeRemix fics, you should--lots of good female-centered fic in many different fandoms.

I wrote Finding the Words (the stranger in a strange land remix), 4,000 words of Babylon 5 fic about Catherine Sakai that remixed [ profile] nenya_kanadka's fic Where the Stars are Strange, and received The Numbers Game by [ profile] ariestess, remix of my own Four Times Laura Roslin Regretted Banning Abortion (and one time she didn't).

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
I'll build a house inside of you (19199 words) by magdaliny
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Natasha Romanov, Kate Bishop/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Kate Bishop, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Kid Fic, Growing Up, standard Winter Soldier trauma umbrella, violence committed by children upon children (mostly offscreen), Epilepsy, Amnesia, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Red Room, Fluff

Natalia is stacking blocks very carefully when the adults come into the room. None of them look at her, because they're all looking at her father. He's wearing combat gear, and the hair on the left side of his head is slicked back with blood. He smells like smoke and something unnameable, sweet and dark and a little sickly in her nose.

Father is saying, “Don't be ridiculous. The only thing children are good at is disobeying.”

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
Hard to Say (17259 words) by betty days
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Laura Barton, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Fluff, POV Second Person, Aphasia, Humor, Hand Jobs, Clint Barton's Farm, A lot of kissing, like a lot of kissing

“What worked for me was a nice, solid punch in the face. I’m not sure that’ll do much for you, though. Looks like you’ve been through enough already,” Hawkeye said.


The Winter Soldier is overdue for a reboot. His friends disagree.

What I really like about this one is that it's more about the Winter Soldier's agency and less about people doing things for his own good than a lot of Bucky recovery fics I've seen.
beatrice_otter: Sinclair--Not to Yield (Not to yield)
I need a beta for a 4k Babylon 5 fic!  Quickly!
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
Lydia, still (2719 words) by tree
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lydia Bennet, Data (Star Trek), Jean-Luc Picard
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Epistolary, Holodecks/Holosuites, I Don't Even Know

Rocks fall. Everyone dies.

Except Lydia.

Interesting crossover, I really liked it.
beatrice_otter: Cameron is a Terminator--made for me, not shareable (Cameron Terminator)
Human Touch (3544 words) by ancarett
Fandom: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sarah Connor, James Ellison, Cameron Phillips, Matt Murch, Savannah Weaver
Additional Tags: Post-Season/Series 02

Sarah struggles with her responsibilities after John jumps to the future, leaving a broken Cameron behind.

I miss this show so much.
beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
Kal'i'farr heh T'naehm (11199 words) by sixbeforelunch
Fandom: Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Original Vulcan Character(s)
Additional Tags: Vulcan, Vulcan Culture, Alien Culture, Pon Farr, Marriage, The Dominion War - Freeform, world building, action takes place over a single day, tight focus, tight 3rd person POV, Ordinary People, Little Brothers, Big Sisters, architecture nerds, linguistics nerds, Sherlock Holmes fans, Clans, alien ceremonies, Arranged Marriage, Alien Food, Food, Cooking, Telepathy, Mental bonds, Telepathic Bonds, Parents and Children, Communication, no canon characters

A meditation on marriage and war, from a Vulcan perspective, on the eve of the Dominion War.

Lovely fic! I am fascinated by this picture of Vulcan culture, OCs Veral and T'Lin are interesting, and I really hope [personal profile] sixbeforelunch  has a sequel planned because I would love to read more of their adventures!
beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
So, I have a question about Vulcan biology.

I have long been puzzled by the inherent illogic of a heat that can kill you.  Heats are supposed to grow the species, not reduce it.

But the thing is, terrestrial animals that have a heat, usually it's one heat cycle per year or so.  Because that gives you time for the babies to be born and grow a little bit before winter sets in and obviously you don't want to be pregnant during winter scarcity, and then by the time a year has gone by the babies are old enough/mature enough that they don't need Mama and another heat cycle begins in the spring.

Vulcan heats are seven years apart.

My first thought, as I began contemplating this, was ... how long are Vulcan pregnancies?!?  Because Vulcan children seem to grow at about the same rate as Human children (7 year old Spock in the animated series episode Yesteryear looked and acted about like one would expect a 7 year old to, and there was never any hint that he was developmentally advanced or delayed for a Vulcan), and so if you think time between heats=pregnancy+time for baby to no longer be an infant, well, you start to wonder if Vulcan pregnancies are like three years long or something.

But then I realized that I was overlooking part of the nature of a terrestrial heat cycle.  Part of it is also to time things such that no one is pregnant during winter, the time when resources are scarcest.

Which leads me to wonder: does the planet have a year that is seven Earth-years long?  It seems like that would be pretty far from Vulcan's sun--Mars has a year that's two of our years long, Jupiter's years are 12 years long, would a planet even be habitable in that range?  (And if this is the case, does that mean that all Vulcans go into Pon Farr at about the same time every seven years?  Eeep!  Talk about a disruption to the society!  Of course, if this is the case, how do they keep it secret?  Just kick every non-Vulcan offplanet for six months every seven years?)

Is there some other reason for a seven year cycle that I'm not thinking about?

But this brings me back to the first question, that’s bugged me for years. And perhaps provides an answer. If resources are (or were, when the species was evolving) so scarce that they can only afford to have a kid once every seven years, maybe it is designed to clear out deadwood. Maybe part of the reason for such a deadly heat is to reduce competition for resources which the species can’t afford to waste on non-reproducing members.

I wish fic spent less time on teh sex and more time on the biological, social, and cultural aspects of it.
beatrice_otter: Sam and Teal'c (Sam and Teal'c)
Five AUs in Which Teal'c Was Raised on Earth (2510 words) by Paian
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Teal'c
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Character Study, What-If, Character of Color, 5 Things, Community: sg1_five_things, 1000-3000 words

Really fascinating AU ideas that I would love to see fleshed out.

beatrice_otter: Jack O'Neill in an alien prison--one of those days. (One of Those Days)
Safe as Houses (12596 words) by Paian
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack O'Neill/Sara O'Neill
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Sara O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c, Sam Carter, Nyan (SG-1), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Backstory, Drama, Episode Related, Marriage, Romance, Season/Series 03, Team, 10000-30000 words, Episode: s03e19 New Ground, Episode: s01e07 Cold Lazarus, Episode Tag, Established Relationship, Het, career choices, Secret Relationship, Secrets, Grief, Loss, Reconciliation, How it should have happened

Truth has consequences.

This is a really lovely AU, and I enjoyed it.  It's complete as it is, but I would love to see a sequel or prequel.  Sara is such an interesting person in this, and I'd love to see more of her, and Paian writes her and Jack very well.
beatrice_otter: Giles would like to test that theory. (Test That Theory)
I don’t want to sound like I was surprised, but yeah, I was surprised. Because just before, they were talking about adding planets, right? Me and Eris and possibly Ceres, and it looked like that proposal was getting good play. So it looked good, and Charon and I thought it’d be okay to take a break and get a little alone time. So there we are relaxing and then suddenly my agent Danny’s on the phone, telling me about the demotion. And I say to him, I thought you had this taken care of. That’s what you told me. And he said, well, they took another vote. And then he started trying to spin the demotion like it was a positive. Look at Phil Collins, he said. He was an ex-member of Genesis but then he had this huge solo career. And I said, first, Phil Collins sucks, and second, I’m not exactly the lead singer of the solar system, am I? This isn’t the Phil Collins scenario, it’s the Pete Best scenario. I’m the Pete Best of the goddamn solar system. So I fired Danny. Now I’m with CAA.
Pluto Tells All

By Pluto, ex-planet, 4,500,000,000 years old

As told to John Scalzi


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