beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)
Here's an action alert from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services:

the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is planning renewed deportation efforts targeting children and families who fled to the U.S. from Central America seeking protection. As with the enforcement actions that occurred just after Christmas 2015, the Administration again claims it will target for deportation only children and families with no legal claim to stay in the United States. Many of these mothers and children are refugees, but the process is unfairly tilted against them.

More information and what you can do to help )
beatrice_otter: Babylon 5--Vir waving (Vir's wave)
Due to my prosopagnosia, I often have trouble telling similar-looking people apart, especially on TV.*  There is currently a discover commercial with two blonde women, one a credit card user and one the Real!Live!Discover person she talks to when she calls the number.

Are these women supposed to be twins?  Because they look exactly alike to me, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything more than that they're similar looking.

*This is the other reason I prefer shows with diverse casts--it means I can tell the characters apart!  Like, if it's a bunch of Hollywood-cute white guys?  Yeah, they all look the same, and my only hope is that they have different enough voices that I can tell who's who.  I mean, primarily, I prefer diverse casts because representation is IMPORTANT.  But for purely selfish reasons, it's a lot easier for me to enjoy something when I don't have to struggle to identify who's who.  (I think this may be part of the reason why I imprinted on Star Trek so hard as a kid--racially diverse main cast, PLUS aliens, PLUS everyone is color-coded!)

beatrice_otter: Jedi fighting against a blue background (blue Jedi)
So, the first episode with Mortis and the Father, Son, and Daughter who personify the Force, and Anakin who is supposed to stay and take the Father's place and keep the Force in balance.  Two questions I have that I think would result in really interesting fics, which I would like to read if anything like them exists:

1) What would have happened if Anakin had chosen to do what the Father asked, and stay?  What would have happened to Anakin, how would he have changed as he worked to keep the Daughter and Son in balance?  And what would have happened to the rest of the Galaxy?  If Mortis is the Force, how would changes there have affected things?  How would it have affected the course of the war, and the Jedi Order, and the Sith?  (Would Padme, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka have been allowed to visit?)

2) What would have happened if Anakin hadn't died on the Death Star, and went to Mortis instead of to the Rebellion with Luke?  (For example, if he knew he was dying and bacta couldn't save him and maybe the Force, strengthened and personified at Mortis, could?)  How would that have affected things, both with Anakin and the Force, the Jedi, the New Republic, and the rise of the First Order and the Resistance?  Especially if Luke and Leia somehow became the new Son and Daughter.

I hope these fics already exist, because I would LOVE to read a long, plotty exploration of this idea.  But I'm already working on a Star Wars WIP, so.

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Maria Hill Fic Fest!

 

There needs to be more fic about the woman who single-handedly
rescued Captain America, the Black Widow, and the Falcon from death at the hands of
HYDRA with nothing more than her brains, a stun-wand, a laser-cutter,
and balls of titanium, so come play in the May 2016 Maria Hill Fic Fest!
On LJ here
and DW here

If you don't know how a comment fic fest works, it's pretty simple:
Instructions
1. Leave a comment containing a prompt, scenario, or quotation to inspire someone else. If you want to leave characters or pairings in addition to Maria, then add them in!

eg.
Maria & T'Challa, understanding and responsibility
Maria, gen, We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are. (Tobias Wolff)
Maria/Steve, sex in uniform up against a wall where there's the fear of discovery

2. Pick a prompt. Write a drabble (100 words exactly), ficlet, fic, novella, or GRAND EPIC TALE about Maria from that prompt.

3. Post it/link it to the comment-fest, putting the title/character/pairing/rating in the subject line.

eg.
MCU: "Killing In The Name Of" by Tielan - Maria & Natasha, R (violence)
Ultimates: "If It Wasn't For Those Damned Kids" by SelDear - Maria, G
Comics: "UnPleasant Hill" - Maria/Steve by SueLinley, PG-13

4. Do it all over again!

beatrice_otter: Jedi fighting against a blue background (blue Jedi)
I can find lists of all the named clone troopers in the Clone Wars.  What I haven't found, so far, is a list in order of either appearance or when they died, (or preferably both!) in the internal chronological order of the show (not the aired order, which is really screwed up).

Anyone know where I can find such a thing?

beatrice_otter: Jedi fighting against a blue background (blue Jedi)
Fundamental Force Carriers (87796 words) by tanarill
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Padmé Amidala/Anakin Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker & Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker & Yoda
Characters: Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Son (Clone Wars), The Father (Clone Wars), Yoda, Mace Windu, Sheev Palpatine | Darth Sidious, Padmé Amidala, CT-7567 | Rex, CT-5597 | Jesse, CT-6116 | Kix, Aang (Star Wars), OMC, OFC, Jocasta Nu, Quinlan Vos, Asajj Ventress, Pong Krell, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Plo Koon, R2-D2, Dooku | Darth Tyranus, Grievous | Qymaen jai Sheelal, CC-2224 | Cody, Saesee Tiin - Character, Oppo Rancisis, Adi Gallia, Even Piell, Han Solo, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, Shaak Ti
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Alternate Universe - Time Travel, Fix-It, Time Travel Fix-It, Lightsabers, Meditation, Feels, Training, Jedi Training, Lightsaber Battles, The Force, The Dark Side of the Force, BAMF!Anakin, Clones, News Media, Mental Health Issues, Therapy, Mathematics, Quantum Mechanics

Summary: The Sith Lord Darth Vader lived his life. He probably didn't live it well, but he lived it as well as he knew how. At the end there, he'd even managed to woman up and kill Sidious. But he was dying, and at peace with the past.  The past wasn't at peace with him.


This is quite possibly the best Star Wars time-travel fixit AU I've ever read.  It's got a very interesting spin on the trope, and it's compellingly written.

beatrice_otter: Finn holding a blue lightsaber (Finn)
Supernova Tonight (9628 words) by halotolerant
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn
Characters: Poe Dameron, Finn (Star Wars), Leia Organa, Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, First Time, First Kiss, Getting to Know Each Other, Sharing a Room, Relationship Negotiation, Additional Warnings In Author's Note, References to non-specific past abuse in the context of being a stormtrooper
Summary: There’s probably a lot that Finn needs, now he’s conscious again, and probably half of it Poe is never going to be able to figure out, but at least he can tell him the stories.

Finn Icons

May. 7th, 2016 11:31 am
beatrice_otter: Finn holding a blue lightsaber (Finn)
When I posted my latest fic, I went looking for Finn icons, and a cursory search found me some but not ones that really grabbed me. (What can I say, I'm picky about icons.) Specifically, I wanted a really awesome Finn-with-lightsaber icon. So I made some. Standard 100x100 size for DW/LJ, but I've seen several icon posts on tumblr that have 150x150, so I made them both sizes in case anyone wants them.  Feel free to use, just credit/comment/reblog/etc.




beatrice_otter: Finn holding a blue lightsaber (Finn)
Title: Past Lives
Fandom: Star Wars: Sequel Trilogy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Characters: Finn, Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker
Rating: PG
Chapters: 1/?

At AO3

Finn scrambled to his feet. )

Chapter 2

AN: One of my first fics was a WIP, and after it was done I vowed NEVER AGAIN. Well. Um. ::waves bashfully:: Hi! Here we are! I'll try to update this regularly, but I have only the vaguest idea where it's going--I'd love some brainstorming help. Mostly, I'm sitting here chortling over a couple of places where Finn probably knows just enough to REALLY confuse things. And I don't know how it will end. Will Finn get home to find it unchanged? Will Finn not get home and live out his life in the Clone Wars era? Will his information be enough to change things? (Will Rey and possibly Poe follow him back through time?) Will something ELSE happen? I DON'T KNOW, please send me your opinions. Don't promise to take any, but who knows? Also, canon help would be REALLY appreciated. I have read Clone Wars fic, but only ever SEEN one episode of it.
beatrice_otter: What are we Protesting against? (Protest)
You've probably already read it, but [archiveofourown.org profile] franzeska has some EXCELLENT meta on AO3 about fandom, racism, sexism, shipping, slash/gen/het, fandom history, hypocrisy, and counterproductive activism.  It's long but OH SO GOOD.  With a lot of really important points that get completely missed in most discussions of these issues.  I have a few quibbles and one major problem with the piece, but overall I agree with most of it.

Your Vagina is a Bigot; My Vagina is a Saint

beatrice_otter: Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package.  How efficient of you! (Arrogance and Stupidity)
Some of you may recall that last year, a group of bigoted douchebags whining that they weren't winning enough awards (and that OBVIOUSLY it must be due to a conspiracy of SJWs, it couldn't possibly be a reflection on the quality of their work) set out to game the Hugo Awards (the biggest SF/F awards in the world).  And, due to producing a nominations slate and getting a whole bunch of gamergaters to nominate (since anybody can do that by purchasing a $40 membership to WorldCon, the World Science Fiction Convention) they managed to get a whole lot of works nominated that otherwise would not have been on the ballot.  The vast majority of which would not have been on the ballot because, quite frankly, they were not good enough.  And, in response, when it came down to the final voting, there were a whole bunch of people who voted "No Award" rather than vote for a Puppy Slate nomination, and so no Puppy nomination got an award.

This year, they're at it again, and significant numbers of works are on the ballot that wouldn't be there without their slate.  (File 770 has a list comparing nominees vs. the Sad and Rabid slates.)  It will probably be the last time they can do this; rules on how the Hugos work require two years of approval at the annual meeting, and (if proposals made last year are ratified this year) the rules for nominating will be changed such that block-voting by slate isn't possible anymore.  There are also differences between this year's Puppy Slates and last year's; this year, they put already-popular-would-have-been-nominated-no-matter-what works on their slate with the rest of the dreck, and then refused to remove them when authors asked not to be affiliated with the Puppies.  My guess is, they either want to try to steal credit for how popular Neil Gaiman, Lois McMaster Bujold, and others are, or they are hoping that Hugo voters are too stupid to tell the difference between actual Puppy Slate works and things that would have been on the ballot anyway without their help, and so people will No Award Gaiman, Bujold, et al, and the Puppies (while still not achieving anything positive) would at least be preventing other people from winning.

Abigail Nussbaum has some good thoughts on the subject.
So does Alyssa Wong.

beatrice_otter: Jedi fighting against a blue background (blue Jedi)
Title: Ghost Stories
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Star Wars: Original Trilogy
Characters: Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Anakin Skywalker
Summary: After Endor, Luke gets something he's always wanted

On AO3

The thing about Force-ghosts—or whatever the proper term was, neither Obi-Wan nor Yoda ever said—was that they didn't feel like living beings. )
beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)
You all know the horrors of the Flint water crisis. There's a bi-partisan Senate bill to enable federal funding to help fix the crisis, so Americans might want to contact your congresscritters to tell them to vote for it.

Read more... )

beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
Another congressional action alert for US peeps!

Guys, if you watch John Oliver you know just how screwed Puerto Rico is right now.


Short version: huge numbers of bizarre loopholes in US laws (since PR is a territory and not a state) let the PR government play fast and loose with finances and make some decisions with shitty long-term consequences that are now coming home to roost, with catastrophic consequences for PR, leaving them in HUGE debt.  Basic services like hospitals and schools are being closed left and right.  They need the ability to restructure their debt and get some breathing room for a long-term solution, and need Congressional approval to do it.

Guess what!  YOU TOO can call your congressional representative and urge them to let PR restructure itself!  Jubilee USA has a handy dandy little form that a) gives you your representatives phone number and b) gives you a script to read.

As always, directly calling or emailing your representative has a LOT more impact than signing a petition online.  Using the above form, it is SOOPER EASY.

beatrice_otter: Vader and Leia (Vader and Leia)
War and politics (20878 words) by Deputychairman
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn
Characters: Leia Organa, Rey, Luke Skywalker, Hux (Star Wars), Phasma (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Poe is very brave and would do anything for Leia, here comes the General, Poe Dameron hurts so pretty, Implied/Referenced Torture, Finn has a plan, Rey and Luke have the Force, Leia has everything else, General Hux is not a good person, Poe is a battlefield flirt, First Time
Summary: Poe turns big dark eyes on him and Finn feels something ache in his chest. “Tell me, Finn, how is that gonna look, buddy? You save my life, we take you in and then we throw you back when it suits us? I wouldn’t fight for a Resistance like that and neither would you.”

He wants to say, yes I would, but with Poe looking up at him the words die on his lips.


Reccing this because I love how in-character Leia and Luke both are.
beatrice_otter: All true wealth is biological (Wealth)
Title: The Princess in the Tower
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Vorkosigan series
Characters: Yuri Vorbarra's Sister, Xav Vorbarra, Ezar Vorbarra, Piotr Vorkosigan
Written for: ExtraPenguin's prompt in the 2013 Bujold Ficathon.
Summary: Princess Nadezhda's civil war

On AO3

Nadya stared out the window, embroidery forgotten in her lap. )
beatrice_otter: Han and Leia--Kiss (Han and Leia)
The Slow Progression of Wanting (7658 words) by celeste9
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
Characters: Finn (Star Wars), Rey (Star Wars), Poe Dameron, Jessika Pava, BB-8, Temmin "Snap" Wexley
Additional Tags: Asexuality, Threesome - F/M/M, First Kiss, Romance, Asexual Character, Asexual Relationship, Cuddling & Snuggling, Fluff and Angst, Mutual Pining
Summary:

Everyone in the Resistance seems to assume that Finn wants either Rey or Poe, with the only question being which one. Though Finn slowly comes to realize that he does want them, he doesn't want them in the way that people seem to think he should. He thinks there must be something wrong with him. (asexual!Finn)

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