naye: yunlan drawing his hand away from shen wei (guardian - almost touching)
[personal profile] naye
So there's this ficlet (fic?) I've been battling with this week. It's not the Guardian Exchange fic, which means that I can share a bit. It's been lovely to see words happen, cheered on by [personal profile] xparrot, even as I've had absolutely no idea where any of it was going.

And I still don't know where we'll end up. These two I swear...

But Shen Wei had rolled his sleeves up and unfastened the first three buttons of his dress shirt, and after days of seeing nothing but his professor’s suits and Envoy robes, that was taking Zhao Yunlan’s mind other places than talking. He found his gaze lingering at the hollow of Shen Wei’s throat, and had to remind himself sternly that he had more important things to do than getting his tongue on that skin.

And Shen Wei had already noticed, of course. Zhao Yunlan looked up to catch him ducking his head over the tomato and eggdrop soup—but not without flicking his gaze over Zhao Yunlan’s lips first. Well. That might be just the opening Zhao Yunlan had been waiting for.

Guardian Artist Rec Post #2

Apr. 20th, 2019 08:19 pm
naye: a handshake: shen wei & zhao yunlan (hands)
[personal profile] naye
Artists recced: @__shdmf0x0, 不正, 肉爷, @zzz_zZ__, @scotty709, 千年空城👻, @_myong_nom, Lovelyplant, @guguguguguge, 花哩个花

Collected rec posts: #1, #2

Another batch of 10 amazing Guardian fanartists from Twitter, Tumblr, Pixiv and Lofter

Art & links behind the cut )
naye: nami hanging laundry, looking content (nami - ii tenki)
[personal profile] naye
It's been a while since I expressed my deep and sincere gratitude (and surprise!) that I once again have the pleasure of experiencing a fandom where Dreamwidth is a main node. Having comms and journals for discussion is infinitely better than trying to do the same through Tumblr's reblog-to-answer system.

I was just reminded of this when I saw a person whose (innocuous) post I and others had reblogged with random comments go don't have this discussion on my blog!, which. I feel you, person! But that's not how Tumblr works! Once you post something it is gone. People can respond to it and interact with it in ways you may find doesn't match your original intent because Tumblr is a platform where you pass things around.

And because I have a Dreamwidth I can share this and people can read it and then if anyone wants to have a discussion about Tumblr there are comments! That I can moderate, even! I won't have the frustration of it wandering off to some far corner and turn into a discussion on... IDK, "We should all move back to LiveJournal" or something else that would annoy me to be looped in on through notifications.

So grateful to Dreamwidth for still being here, and for everyone who's stuck with it and come back and just taken it up for making this my internet home. ♥

Following Asp, as i normally do

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:43 pm
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naye: gintoki from gintama raising his hand to say hey (gintoki)
[personal profile] naye
Waking up in Kyoto with [personal profile] doctorskuld at my side and [personal profile] xparrot and [personal profile] gnine right there is an amazing thing, and I feel I need to do it more often.

I wouldn't have believed it possible, but the day actually just got better from there, with a visit to Katsura Villa, a return to Mibudera, surprise!storytime, chicken nanban, shopping streets and a night at Nijo Castle.

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All of that behind the cut for length )

Blog Post: Here, kitty, kitty

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:48 pm
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[personal profile] aldersprig
I asked on Discord what I should blog about this week, and the suggestion that came back way my cats.

Okay, I can talk about them pretty much endlessly!

... crap, what do I say?


If you’ve missed it, T. and I have three cats.

The slightly-older two are white-and-grey fluffbucket N

read on…

Bordered table?

Apr. 18th, 2019 07:09 am
naye: mihashi from oofuri with a confused look (?)
[personal profile] naye
ETA: With amazing speed and helpfulness, [personal profile] qikiqtarjuaq  posted posted a fix in the comments that works for me! Thank you so much!

I've been tearing my hair out trying to get a bordered table. I can change the HTML all I want - I see it in the Rich Text editor, and then it disappears in my posts only to show up again in my comment notification emails.

I'm pretty sure it's due to Dreamwidth's CSS overriding the HTML, especially as the border attribute is something that's supposed to be in the CSS. The suggestion in the linked FAQ is to include CSS in your post (which I didn't know you could do!), but even copy-pasting from W3 Schools doesn't solve it for me.

I was wondering 1) if anyone has actually managed to make their table borders visible and 2) if my table borders are visible for anyone who uses a different default skin? I use the standard "Tropospherical Red".

Here's a tiny bordered table for you:

Drama namePremier DateNote
Detective LApril 18th!!!!!!!!

Poll #21832 Borders or no borders?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 25

Do you see borders?

View Answers

23 (95.8%)

1 (4.2%)

If yes, what style/skin are you using?


View Answers

7 (28.0%)

7 (28.0%)

10 (40.0%)

14 (56.0%)

18 (72.0%)

aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (Default)
[personal profile] aldersprig
Okay, this is entirely because DaHob sent me the link to Talk Nerdy to Me. 

When Nat first saw the ads shouting  “win a trip to Middle Earth,” she assumed it was just another studio amusement park, like “spend a weekend in the Wizarding World” or “Cruise on the Black Pearl.”

It wasn’t unt

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Guardian fic: Obsolescence

Apr. 15th, 2019 09:26 pm
naye: guardian tv: shen wei has his hand on zhao yunlan's arm (guardian - i have to go)
[personal profile] naye
Today might be a good day for some lighthearted fluff? Which is exactly what I've been writing - I already teased it in yesterday's Sunday Six, and now it's done!

Obsolescence (2435 words) by naye
Chapters: 1/1
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Shěn Wēi/Zhào Yúnlán
Characters: Shěn Wēi, Zhào Yúnlán, The SID Team
Additional Tags: Fluff, Paperwork, Established Relationship, Post-Canon, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies


Zhao Yunlan vs. Filing and Shen Wei vs. Technology.

Thanks to [personal profile] tanndell for the prompt, [personal profile] xparrot for the beta, [personal profile] doctorskuld for complicating Lin Jing's life, and [personal profile] galaxysoup for the summary! ♥

Sunday Six: Guardian ficlet snippet

Apr. 14th, 2019 10:55 pm
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[personal profile] naye
I wrote an actual ficlet over the weekend! It's been ages since I did proper writing - the trip really did a number on my word brain, as did jetlag, and I was getting worried about it. But [personal profile] tanndell came to the rescue with some prompts, and words finally happened! ♥

Since this is getting posted soon, and my next WIP will probably be the Guardian Reverse Exchange assignment (EEEEE!!!) which is secret... Taking the chance to actually post one of these. I love seeing what everyone's working on - well. I'll see what everyone's working on tomorrow, as it's past bedtime now. (This is what happens when [personal profile] skuldchan is away. How am I so bad at timekeeping when I'm on my own??)

"It was before Wang Zheng!" Yunlan says. "I filed the old SID stuff with the older SID stuff and--how is that not a good system?"

Shen Wei gives Yunlan a disappointed look, but all he says is, "Lin Jing, can we now app your scan to the fax?"

Lin Jing keeps a very straight face as he says, "Mm-hmm. Yes."
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (Default)
[personal profile] aldersprig
For my birthday weekend, I challenge(d) people to leave me prompts that would be fun for me to write and also that the prompted would enjoy reading enough to give me fun feedback on. 

Tall order, right? :-)


"Shit, Dorian."  Gianne eyed the bank of the overflowing river and then stumble-skipped down it, holding on to every branch and rock study enough to be a handhold; Dorian, an oversized golden retriever, stood at the top of the bank and barked helpfully.  "Shhh."

The river was flowing fat and high, clearly over its normal banks, full of detritus, but none of that was what had caught her attention. The black hair with the single streak of white and the ashen face under it, barely held out of the water by the fork of a branch; it could be a corpse.  She was hoping it was still alive enough to save.

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Guardian Artist Recs #1

Apr. 14th, 2019 11:49 am
naye: shen wei & <hao yunlan from guardian kind of embracing (guardian)
[personal profile] naye
Artists recced:  @jeong__ch, Even, PD6, 桜本 光, 暗炼蓝, 鹤二, LJ, @WR190330, fur, @190331_

Inspired by [personal profile] heipaoshi and [personal profile] asya_ana keeping organised spreadsheets with Guardian resources I've been going through my magpie's news of bookmarks, follows, and collected images and attempted to collate them all into a single resource.

I'm far from done yet, but as nobody wants a hundred artists flung at them all at once I figured I could start sharing them in batches of ten? That way people might have a chance to explore artist portfolios, and follow/like/reblog the art wherever possible. ♥

Quick reminder here: please don't repost the work of these fanartists without permission. Reblogging and retweeting is great and appreciated! Reposting is when, instead of boosting the artist's post, someone downloads the art and then uploads it to their own public social media (with or without credit). Read more on reposting and how it hurts artists here.

On Twitter, please be aware that a lot of artists find quote retweets to be almost as bad as reposting. Also, some things to keep in mind when interacting with non-English fanartists here.

Collected Rec Posts: #1, #2

10 artists to discover under the cut )
naye: a huge sky over a distant town and mountains (kyoto in the distance)
[personal profile] naye
Leaving Shirahama on a train a little after 8 am it was so cold I couldn't believe I'd gone swimming the previous evening. And yet, even shivering on a train platform is pretty awesome when you're surrounded by some of your favorite people in the world, and you're in Japan.

We'd specifically picked a direct train all the way up to Kyoto, and passed all those hills with mandarin orange orchards and wind turbines before we were back in familiar territory. Familiar and strange...

When the train crossed the Katsura river - an unmistakable landmark, and western border to my Kyoto - it was like passing through a soap bubble. Crossing an invisible barrier - feeling a shiver of something.

A shiver of the past, of the bubble that was my exchange year in 2005-6, and of the years after I returned, where Kyoto always felt more like home than anywhere else I lived.

But I hadn't been back since 2011. On our 2014 honeymoon we only went to Tokyo, so Kyoto had been... far away for a very long time. (Kyoto is the city in my icon.) And then it wasn't, all of a sudden! All of those memories, of the experiences that changed my life in such profound ways - I was in the same place where all that happened, with some of the same people, only. Now.


Strange and wonderful.


Kyoto, with pictures )

This week's theme song.

Apr. 11th, 2019 07:22 am
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[personal profile] sara

Some things you do for money, and some you do for love, love, love.

Camp NaNoWriMo – Autumn Lightning

Apr. 11th, 2019 01:53 pm
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[personal profile] aldersprig
As I described last week, my Camp Nano project is a continuation/hopeful finishing of the Autumn Lightning project, a story about (three-people-in-one-body) following Leo around, sometimes accidentally, throughout the years after the apocalypse.

While one of the appeals of this story was being

read on…


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