Halloween #23: The Mothman

Oct. 23rd, 2017 03:41 pm
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Today’s oddity is the Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. There is no shortage of Mothman info so I am going to pick and choose through it to give you an idea of the Mothman legend. ‘

Here is the story from Unexplained America
The weird events connected to the Mothman began on November 12, 1966 near Clendenin, West Virginia. Five men were in the local cemetery that day, preparing a grave for a burial, when something that looked like a “brown human being” lifted off from some nearby trees and flew over their heads. The men were baffled. It did not appear to be a bird, but more like a man with wings. A few days later, more sightings would take place, electrifying the entire region.

”The )

But that is just the story.
There is a book written by believer John Keel The Mothman Prophecies and a movie The Mothman Prophecies starring Richard Gere.

There is a Mothman Festival the third weekend in September every year that attracts fans from all over and covers all sort of supernatural phenomenon.

And of course, The Mothman Museumis in Point Pleasant, WV.

Here is the 20 foot tall Mothman statue!

In 2016, after many years unseen, someone snapped this photo of what they believe to be the Mothman flying again.


Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:16 am
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A 221B drabble per day (whether it’s a Sherlockian fandom or not), drawn from the kinktober kink list!

Masterlist under the cut after today's drabble!

Day 11: 11. Sadism/Masochism | Orgasm Denial | Gags (another ALL THREE!)

By Proxy (Sherlock, Mycroft Holmes/Jim Moriarty) (after the last two were Eurus and Sherlock, how could I not let Jim collect the whole set?)

He liked the gags. He liked the way his captors went through several of them trying to get the right fit. He liked the big rubber ball gag best. It didn’t muffle his screams much, were he inclined to scream, which he pretty much only did for effect.

He liked the gags because it let him know they were afraid to let him speak unbidden.

He liked the gags because it made the pretense that they were torturing him for information look completely hollow, even if Big Brother didn’t surely know how much wasted effort it could be to try to break an extreme masochist. Of course, Big Brother was never one for legwork, but that didn’t mean Jim couldn’t almost hear him breathing hard behind those ubiquitous cameras. All the machinery of the state - their trained thuggery, their needles, their delicious, shivery electrostim - oh, The Woman would be green with envy, and this kind of quality agony wasn’t for sale at any price.

He spoke in scratches on the glass of his cell and rapid morse code blinks of his eyes through blood and tears. I can feel how hard you are when you watch, Mycroft. Barely keep your hands out of the bespoke, yeah? You must have balls bluer than your blood if you can’t come until I break.

Masterlist 1-10 )


Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:13 pm
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at [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico

Here is my auction link.

I'm offering two fics, 5k to 10k. Both have one bid each; they're up to $50. Do I hear $60? $75?
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OMG you guys, I went to a meeting of my university's Harry Potter society, and it was so much fun.

I wasn't planning to go; I definitely didn't expect to enjoy it that much. I'd seen that a Harry Potter society existed, when I went to the start-of-the-year fair where all the sports and activities show their stuff to new students. And I had a moment of awww, of deep gladness that such a thing as a Harry Potter society exists.

these university societies are mostly populated by students – you know, proper students, undergrads. Whereas I am a postgrad student and nearly twice their age. I would feel like the weird adult crashing the kids' party!

But my flatmate was going, so I said I would go with her. Just once to check it out.

OMG. They had us do a Sorting quiz with questions from the official Pottermore Sorting (though, I mean...why did they even ask? I already know I'm a Ravenclaw. I have always been a Ravenclaw...) and they had an actual Sorting Hat, and they made each person put it on and then they shouted out that person's house (based on their quiz result). They divided us up at tables by our respective Houses, which were decked out in the relevant House colors. They gave us food, a veritable Hogwarts feast. And we sat and talked to our hearts' content about our favorite characters, about what Sorting even means, about the Houses, about obscure points in canon... My Harry Potter geekdom usually all happens online, so it was quite novel to be in a physical context where it was not just okay but even expected that I could talk about Harry Potter absolutely without end. :-)

The pub where the group meets reserves tables for them, since it's quite a large gathering (about 40 people??) – and look who the "this table is reserved" cards are made out to:

standard "reserved for" card set out on a pub table, but this one is filled out as "reserved for Dumbledore's Army"

Aw!! Isn't that delightful? 

They're having a "Deathday Party" for Halloween (à la Nearly Headless Nick in book 2) and I think I'm gonna go to it. :-)

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The story of the Lost colony was one of the first things I remember learning about in school. There is always interest in this unsolved historical mystery and recently, there has been even more interest. I ran across this article from Robeson County that claims that Virginia Dare is buried there.

The story )

Sherlock Recs for October 2017

Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:19 pm
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My favorite Sherlock Holmes fanworks for the month of October 2017. All recs are Sherlock/John and set in the Sherlock (BBC) verse unless otherwise noted. The links go to the recs, not the fanworks, although the recs in turn have links to the fanworks.


Recs for the week ending 1 October 2017: Sherlock and John on the cover of Time Magazine
Recs for the week ending 8 October 2017: 1 mafia AU oneshot, 1 London Pride AU, 1 series 4 cosplay fanvid
Recs for the week ending 22 October 2017: 1 1970's surfer AU, 1 Sherlock!whump, 1 series 4 AU parentlock

Rec Lists

Outsider POV

P.S. You can find my past Sherlock recs here. Content mirrored on swissmissficrecs.tumblr.com.
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Woohoo! [community profile] femslashex reveals have happened. And I wrote Missy! Of course I did. (I'm really having a lot of fun with Missy at the moment, even if most of it is still in WIP form.) Anyway, here's the story I wrote:

Title: Finding Forward
Pairing: Thirteenth Doctor/Missy
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "Forging blindly ahead is a well-honed strategy of mine," the Doctor admitted wryly. "I can do that any day. Now, forward? That's proven a bit more difficult, you see."
A/N: Many thanks to [personal profile] fluffyllama for being there for me at the last moment. ♥

Originally posted here at AO3.

Finding Forward )


Oct. 21st, 2017 06:43 pm
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A 221B drabble per day (whether it’s a Sherlockian fandom or not), drawn from the kinktober kink list!
This masterlist is getting long - after today, it'll be under a cut.

Day 1: 1. Spanking | Sleepy Sex | Aphrodisiacs

A Boon to Diplomacy (The Hobbit, Bilbo/Thorin/Thranduil/Bard)

Day 2: 2. Dirty talk | Watersports | Forniphilia (Human Furniture)

A Firm Footing (Sherlock, Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes)

Day 3: 3. Public | Biting | Sthenolagnia (Strength/Muscles)

Chelicerae (The Silmarillion, Thuringwethil/Ungoliant)

Day 4: 4. Bukakke | Knife Play | Begging

Entitlement (Sherlock, Sherlock/John)

Day 5: Day 5: 5. Humiliation | Cuckolding | Body Swap

Double Dare (Sherlock, Sherlock/Mary/John)

Day 6: 6. Size Difference | Bondage | Bonds (Telepathic or Empathic)

Knotty Wood (Lord of the Rings, Merry/Pippin/Treebeard)

Day 7: 7. Creampie | Worship (Body, etc) | Cross-dressing

The Gentleman Thief (Sherlock, Irene/Mary)

8. Latex | Roleplay | Deep-Throating/Face-Sitting (I USED ALL THREE!)

Forensic Protocol (Sherlock, Sherlock/John)

9. Day 9: 9. Asphyxiation | Lingerie | Frottage (I USED ALL THREE AGAIN!)

Five Minutes in Purgatory (Sherlock, Eurus Holmes/Jim Moriarty)

10. 10. Edgeplay | Gun Play | Fucking Machine

Money Shot (Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes/Jim Moriarty, in Sherlock’s Mind Bordello)

“It’s only really edgeplay if it’s loaded.”

“It is,” Sherlock said. He knew this not because of the revolver’s weight or how it was handled - but because of who handled it. Who was kneeling, licking the barrel and drawing it in and out of his mouth, obscenely.

Moriarty - Jim - seemed reluctant to let it go. “You know there’s only one in the chamber, too. It’s already crossed my mind - (for when he bent low Sherlock could see the back of his head blown out). Perhaps it will cross yours too.”

“Russian Roulette,” Sherlock snapped, pulse pounding.

“You’re as good at the obvious as your…biographer. Pity your illustrator isn’t here to draw you taking this gun out of my mouth and putting your cock in there instead. Only thing you’ve got to lose is something you don’t value much anyway. Either way. I like this gun. It’s tasty. And you like to suck, too.”

Sherlock’s eyes narrowed, calculating. “The cabbie. The pills. That was a message. Two rounds. Click click.”

“Or click-bang,” Jim said, languidly. “Or click-bang-suck-OH. I know what your semen smells like. It’s all over your bed. You’ve been thinking of me, you naughty boy.”

“We both get orgasms, lucky one gets a dead enemy?”

“Bring that cock here and try it. You’re gonna love having your mind blown.”
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One more post to bring things up to date: what I wrote for this year's Crossovering was sleuthing nostalgia squared -- Jessica Fletcher looking into the arrest of one Carson Drew for a murder he insists he didn't commit.

The Carson Drew Murder Case
Fandom: Murder She Wrote, Nancy Drew - Carolyn Keene
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Words: ~7000
Relationships: Nancy Drew & Carson Drew
Characters: Jessica Fletcher, Carson Drew, Nancy Drew, Original Female Character, "Janet Drake", "Lucy Drake", Carolyn Keene
Additional Tags: Mystery

When Carson Drew is arrested for murder, his sister Eloise knows exactly who to call.

This turned out to be a trickier assignment than I had expected; I actually finished and posted what I thought was the final text, then reread the assignment, reread the manuscript, and realized that I'd committed a serious case of cliché/stereotyping.  So I did a complete second pass through the manuscript at pretty much the last possible moment, expanding it to about twice its previous length in the process, and came out the other end with what I think is a much better and more nuanced resolution.  (Fortunately, the recipient and other readers seem to agree.)


Now it's on to Holmestice, and Yuletide, and so forth and so on....

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:46 pm
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Another trip up to Stratford-upon-Avon, to see Christopher Marlowe's play.  Once again we went to the Unwrapped session.  This time it was much more interesting - the assistant director was more engaged with the audience, and the two actors (understudies for Dido and Aeneas) were encouraged to relate to us as well.  Apart from some general background, they acted out one scene three times, each time with a different emphasis and were happy sharing the rehearsal process.

After which SM and I went to the RSC Rooftop Restaurant for lunch.  For my birthday last year the son had given me vouchers for the restaurant, and it seemed like a great opportunity to use them, especially as we go on holiday tomorrow (as an aside - if I don't reply promptly for the next week it's 'cos I ain't here!).  The food was excellent - I had baked goat's cheese, lamb, and autumn fruit compote (and I could taste the calvados in the custard).

The play itself felt rather one-paced, although that may well be the way it was written.  Also, although I'd not seen the play before, I had a good idea of what the outcome would be.  There didn't seem to be much tension.  I'm also not keen on Sandy Grierson, who played Aeneas, which didn't help.  But there were some excellent effects, which enhanced rather than detracted from the production, and it all flowed very well - it just wasn't 'edge of your seat' stuff.

Halloween # 21: Theodosia Burr

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:40 am
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I remember reading My Theodosia by Anya Seton when I was in high school and it fascinated me. Another true mystery story...


The Dramatic Life and Mysterious Death of Theodosia Burr
From Atlas Obscura
The fate of Aaron Burr’s daughter remains a topic of contention.
by Hadley Meares
October 07, 2016

The Nag's Head Portrait )

Today the legend of Theodosia lives on. The Nags Head Portrait now hangs in the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale. Her ghost is said to haunt her plantation The Oaks, the Outer Banks, Richmond Hill and Bald Head Island, where it is said her spirit is chased by three headless pirates. In the late 19th and early 20th century the mystery was spun into several novels and countless magazine articles. Many little girls were named after her—including Theodosia Burr Goodman, who would become famous as the silent screen vamp Theda Bara. Her story was a favorite of poets, including Robert Frost, whose poem Kitty Hawk includes the line:
Did I recollect how the wreckers wrecked Theodosia Burr off this very shore? T’was to punish her, but her father more.

But perhaps the impact of the mystery of Theodosia is best summed up by her friend Margaret Blennerhasset in her poem On A Friend Who Was Supposed To Have Suffered A Shipwreck:
And now I wander all alone, Nor heed the balmy breeze, but list the ring dove’s tender moan, and think upon the seas.
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Moving forward to Crossovering, here's the story written for me -- a thoughtful and thought-provoking window into early-stage Stargate SG-1 by way of almost-current Doctor Who. As I told its author, this is a piece that I didn't see coming at all, and yet it embodies much of what I dearly love about the whole Crossovering exchange concept.

The Grasp of Mortality by failsafe
Fandom: Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Words: ~6600
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Daniel Jackson/Sha're
Characters: Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill, Clara Oswin Oswald, Ashildr | Lady Me, SG-1 Team, Various Stargate SG-1 Characters, Sha're | Amaunet
Additional Tags: Ambiguous Relationships, Multiple Relationships, Crossover

Alive forever. Dead indefinitely. Or somewhere in-between.

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Catching up on recent projects: here's what I wrote for Fic Corner this year.  Much rereading of canon involved, luckily easily obtainable via ebook.

Three Inventions Danny Dunn Doesn't Talk About
Fandom: Danny Dunn Series - Jay Williams & Raymond Abrashkin
Rating: General Audiences
Words:  ~1500
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Danny Dunn, Joe Pearson, Irene Miller (Danny Dunn), Professor Bullfinch, Dr. Grimes (Danny Dunn)
Additional Tags: For Science!, Peanut Butter, Cats, Superheroes, Poetry

There was never any doubt that Joe would end up writing books about the adventures he, Danny, and Irene shared while growing up in Midston. But there were still certain stories that the Midston trio chose not to share with Jay Williams, concerning various inventions that had been less than successful….

Halloween #20: Edgar Allan Poe

Oct. 20th, 2017 07:07 am
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His death was mysterious and fitting with his work. Here is an article from the Smithsonian. We saw the museum last year in Richmond. It's in a very old house tucked in the city.

The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe )

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-mysterious-death-edgar-allan-poe-180952936/#i0OPxH3VT2OfoVaw.99

Learning about Brownies

Oct. 20th, 2017 11:18 am
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Normally I do a Brownie post fortnightly, but somehow I've miscalculated, and, as it's the end of the half term, you're getting another post this week!

With only two leaders present (Sparkly Owl had gone to a wedding reception) we decided we'd go for something easy, and continue with learning about Brownies, how the organisation came about, and some of our traditions.

We began by reading the Brownie Story - in which two children visit a wise old owl and learn how they could be helpful brownies.  I adopted the same method as last time, split the girls into twos and allocated each couple a character; when their character does something in the story the girls act it out.  Some of the Brownies remembered doing this from last time, about a year ago, but they all joined in with enthusiasm.  The only slight disappointment was two of our new girls were away, for whatever reason, and missed out.

After which we moved into the large hall for a running quiz.  We were surprised at how little the older Brownies could remember about some of the guiding basics - like when Thinking Day is.  We do try to tell them about such things, because it gives them an idea of how big an organisation they belong to, and that there are Guides and Brownies all over the world.  On the plus side, it's inspired us to celebrate Thinking Day next year - because it falls on a Brownie evening - and we'll then have a go at the World Guiding badge.

Finally we began to talk about the Brownie promise.  We thought this might be quite difficult to discuss 'be true to myself and develop my beliefs', but it led to a really good talk about dealing with bullies, and having faith in yourself.  Even some of the quieter girls joined in, and they all had really sensible things to say - impressive for 7 to 9 year olds.

And now, a question for my flist, because you were all very helpful when I was preparing for the World Traveller badge:
Does anyone (anywhere) have a friend or relative who runs a Brownie/Girl Scout/Guide unit for the 7 to 10 age group, who would be interested in swapping postcards with us.  Obviously everything would be sent to the Leader(s) rather than directly to the girls.

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