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My mom is visiting for a week down here in sunny la-la-land, and so far we've managed to totally goof around without real plans - though we did go see Spy on Saturday and gave my landlady's front yard a facelift Sunday (it needed it). I'm trying to make it so we're more lazy than not just so when she goes back home she feels rested. Like tonight we're going to a comedy show, but since the meditation center we wanted to go to is closed on Monday, we're hanging out at home.

My landlady is finally showing her house to renters (anyone want a 2 br 1&1/2 ba in Los Feliz?), hence us helping clean up the front yard. (I live in the guest house in the back and while it looks like a converted garage it's really a two-bedroom open plan apartment that they laid foundation for and everything.) However, the people who have renovated the house have pretty much done so at the expense of the front yard, and the flower bed running around the perimeter was filled with old pots and slightly used supplies (grout bags anyone?) and some of the grass had been painted when the painter set up to repaint the house. All in all it looked pretty terrible. We moved border stones and for about $50 bought some pansies and a couple of bags of bark, rearranged the half-dead (but still alive) potted plants that were already there and made it so things have a shape and it feels like someone likes living there. It was really cool. I love gardening with my mom, and it was great to do it in my neighborhood too.

And in fannish things it was my day at Summer of Giles and I committed fic, which is really fucking weird, because I haven't in years. At least I did the art to go with it, so there's are there and stuff, and that feels normal.

Think it's gonna rain? (Giles/Faith, PG for language) Instead of using the device on Buffy when she wakes up, what if the Mayor intended Faith to use it on Giles?

Pari Passau (with Equal Step) (Giles/Buffy, PG) Before the Cruciamentum there was the bond between Watcher and Slayer.
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It's my last year as moderator, it's the 10th year it's been going, it's time again for Summer Of Giles! Yes, you read that right, it's summer again (or becoming summer in this hemisphere) and it's time to dust your favorite stories of Giles off, your favorite media of Giles out, your favorite music of Giles playing, and pick a day (or two).

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if you haven't signed up, days are still available! check it out at [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles!
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Well, i didn't actually mean for it to go this long in between postings, but I suppose all that prepping for the end of the year just got the hell away from me. Things, in bullet(ish) form:

- we finished with our end of the year presentations today! mine was yesterday, and it went fine (not perfect, but when is anything ever perfect? and i was one of the few people who got two questions with her presentation, so that's good). today the other half of the school went. and now all we have to do is show up on friday to get our final evaluations and then have the school party. getting tipsy with our Senseis. hee.

- i have done a lot of shopping and not so much with the packing. i will be doing a final round of going out and getting stuff tomorrow, and pack over the weekend, because i get on an airplane on MONDAY OH MY GOD. yeah that's just never not going to be crazy.

- we got taken out to dinner last night by one of the guys who is a member of the agency that funded our tuition and it was like a seven course meal. pretty awesome. i can't describe any of it. no, wait, ok, one course was an entire grilled fish. the fins were salted and crunchy, and the asparagus and pickled shoot (sorry, it was some veggie, but i have no idea what) that came with it was ridiculously tasty. fine japanese dining - they bring you little courses spread over two hours. first was pickled veggies, then sashimi, then a rice/mushroom thing, then grilled steak, then the fish, then watermelon (and i think i'm forgetting something). MMMM.

- now i'm making myself hungry.

- my computer is on the fritz (which is ok since it's made it all the way here). i can still use it, but anything that is 'black' on the screen has little red lines running through it. either the screen itself is going out or the connection to the screen is going out. i hope to get it fixed in the states. did NOT want to have to try to get it repaired here!

- i looked great in my suit for the presentations. (sorry, forgot to mention that part!)

- i found back issues of the SF magazine that I'm doing research on for 500 yen a piece (roughly $5) and bought like 20. now i have to find a way to mail them home. but i'm going back to the same place that i bought them tomorrow to see if i can get the ones i'm missing first. tomorrow is going to be errands day.

- japan is (once again) awesome: when you cancel your electricity/water/gas they send a guy out to turn it off ... and you can actually just pay your final bill to that guy! no mailing a bill to another country, no muss, no fuss.

- my [community profile] summer_of_giles ([livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles) day was today! I just posted! Movie posters! they're Giles + a bunch of characters doing his debonair thing in a Film Noir kind of way. Directly inspired by film noir movie posters (and for at least one, using it as the base for a manip). Check 'em out?

teasers:
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wow, so I forgot to post my [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles artwork in my own journal (cuz I am clueless). SO, here, without adieu... Giles! Lots of Giles!

I have below a bunch of images with some of the awesome lines Giles said (ok, one that was said about him, but I couldn't resist)

this way to the sexy fuddy duddy )

I pulled a couple of words that seemed to me to be sort of descriptions of Giles, and you get graphics!

charming, stylish, sorrow, scoobie, watcher )

teasers:
Alt AttheSameTim3e

liked any of the images from before? cool! here are icons made from those! )


Oh Giles, he is a man of many words, but few absolute definitions )
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stolen from [livejournal.com profile] chosenfire28 (even though she was doing it for an awesome challenge....

TOP 10 FANTASY CHARACTERS

in all their glory )

ETA: Totally screwed up the meme as it was fantasy and I read fictional. *i am such a dork*
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OTW logo: red circle with an arrow. Text reads: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive October 9-16, 2011


I know this is REALLY late, but you know, OTW is a good cause and life has been hectic for me. That being said, better late than not at all.

That being said, I have a special offer for anyone who is willing to make a last minute donation to OTW's October fund drive. GRAPHICS! I am willing to make you a graphic of your choice (fannishly related - movie posters, icon sets, wallpapers, banners, lj layouts) as a gift for your donation to OTW.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH OTW - it's just me offering what I can to encourage you! So, for the first 10 people who are willing to make a donation to OTW (in any amount) that comment here? You will get a thank you graphic of your choosing.

Make sense? Mostly? Some? Questions? Comments? Desires? Let me know!

4 of 10 slots remaining!

(oh, also, i'll keep this open until 10 people have taken me up on my offer even if it goes beyond tonight - it's not like OTW is going to stop needing donations when the fund drive closes)
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for the first part I went classic - classic Giles.  I have a couple of reworked images and some icons of what I consider my favorite Giles-y pics. 

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cuz no matter if it's black, white, or color, he looks good )

Then I started on the pairings.  These are designed as movie posters / book covers and are kind of character studies of Giles through the early seasons (1-4)!

oh giles, you are awesome, every season )

Finally, I'm doing this series of moments when I felt like Giles had great chemistry with another character.  One of my favorite comes from Bad Girls, when Wesley first arrives, and Buffy and Giles are in perfect accord.  Just thinking about that scene makes me smile.

so i give you 'please' )

The second actually comes from a moment that makes me tear up just a little - it's from the musical, when Tara and Giles are both acknowledging that they can't continue their relationships with two other people in the same form - because that's destructive for them both.  The staging of this scene is so beautiful it breaks my heart.  I always wondered what might happen if they were able to comfort each other, even just as friends.

And so I give you... 'stay' )

For Giles & Wes though, it's not so much one single moment, but instead a series of them standing just too close to each other, looking so cute in their suits and cleaning their glasses together.  The way Wes is so absolutely silly and Giles is so sardonic just makes me grin. 

So i give you 'The Two Watchers' )

[personal profile] polly1esther 's hilarious vid The Odd Couple totally reminded me that for a brief moment (well, sorta half a season) Giles & Spike lived together as uneasy roommates.  There was teasing, and blood drinking, and some astonishment at the guitar playing.  

So I give you my version of the odd couple )

And finally... there are very few times when Giles and Oz directly interact (though I can think of some fairly fraught ones pertaining to Oz getting to his cage on time in highschool). But there's this one moment in Season 4 in Harsh Light of Day where Oz says what he says in the poster below, and Giles almost stops what he's doing to listen to an album, when they're in perfect accord. And I LOVED that moment.

So I give you 'Music Men' )

Hope you like!

and again, you are welcome to use these images in any capacity you like (even to make new artworks of them!). All I ask is that you a) credit, and b) let me know what you do so I can see what you made :D
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The really nice people who bid on me probably didn't think they'd have to wait until June to get what they bid on, but at least I did them eventually!  And yes, there are still a couple outstanding but I'm done with the bulk of them and wanted to post about it!

Thus, I give you my [livejournal.com profile] help_japan graphics (hell, i'm gonna do a teaser since I'm so pleased to have done these!)
teaser:


let me know what you think - i was feeling a little psychedelic these last couple of days )
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I keep forgetting to post these to my own journal.  I am lame.  Spring with Xan happened.  I posted.  So maybe I'm not totally lame - especially since I am posting them now!

I use graphics this size for fic & music covers in itunes, but they also work as banners and other stuff :D Hope you like!

teasers
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just a couple of banners )

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some pairing headers and another xander-only graphic this way! )
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A weekend late, but still, happening! Please pimp to all your friends if you are so inclined!!


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* toes the sand in front of her * ok, so I used to do graphics right? you remember that right? I remember that! These are from a variety of requests that I received last year ... movie posters for kradam/AI verse, and some other bannery-type-things.

look, pretty things, that aren't photographs )
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Trajectories by [livejournal.com profile] bookshop
Harry Potter | Harry/Draco | PG | 35,000 words
Rembrandt's phrase in describing his painting: "Die meeste ende di naetureelste beweechgelickheijt", can be translated as greatest, most natural movement (emotion or motive).
Really lovely H/D about dealing with the aftermath of defeating Voldemort, but EWE - 8th year fic where they all return to school, and not only has there been rebuilding, but painting. It may have also almost made me cry, in the nicest of ways.

And I'll Tell You No Lies by [livejournal.com profile] annafugazzi
Harry Potter | Harry/Draco | R | 23,600 words
It all started with a stupid interrogation. Or: Don't ask a question if you're not prepared to hear the answer.
Ah, Auror Training! I like. Lots.

The World Thy Gaol by [livejournal.com profile] novembersnow
Harry Potter | Harry/Draco | R | 18,300 words
In the post-war world, nothing seemed to fit quite right.
Malfoy, potions, unexpected blackmail.

Draco Malfoy, It's Your Lucky Day by [livejournal.com profile] faithwood
Harry Potter | Harry/Draco | NC17 | 37,000 words
Even though he's unarmed, injured, lost in the Forbidden Forest, and facing a possible murder charge, Draco Malfoy gets lucky.
Romance novel plot, sort of, and out of character 'sweet' Draco, and still it made me want to cuddle.

A Confusion of Will and Desire by [livejournal.com profile] gatewaygirl
Harry Potter | Harry/Draco | NC17 | ~50,000 words
When Harry starts to have erotic dreams about his godfather, he questions his sexual preference. The real issue turns out to be even more complicated and disruptive. Then there's Draco.
Warnings: Possibly inadvertent drug rape (in the past). Rape fantasy. Dealing with trauma. Infidelity. Sex with a prostitute. Angst. Sex in semi-public places. Sex toys and charms.

I don't tend to read chan, and this isn't it precisely, but it did totally draw me in.  A little dark and a little messed up, but there's something that works with messed up here.

The Finder Series by [livejournal.com profile] gatewaygirl
Harry Potter | Harry/Snape | NC17, D/S, teacher/student | ~70,000 words
In his seventh-year class, Severus mentions how rare basilisk scales are. When Harry leads him down to the Chamber of Secrets, Severus ensures that he's satisfied.
The first is PWP, but then it went and got plotty, and I couldn't resist.

The Potter-Malfoy Problem by [livejournal.com profile] who_la_hoop
Harry Potter | Harry/Draco | NC17 | 29,000 words
The room of requirement's gone mad — at least, that's what Harry thinks. There's no way that Draco Malfoy 'requires' him, of all people, but why does it keep dragging Harry there like he's some kind of furniture, every time Malfoy enters it? Throw in Pansy the pervert and a clipboard-wielding Hermione, and things can only go from bad to worse. And that's not even mentioning the pirates . . .
I'm pretty sure this is one variation on a similar theme, and I know I've read this before, but so?  there is pleasure in the repetition.

Chasing Time by [livejournal.com profile] taradiane
Harry Potter | Harry/Draco | PG13 | 30,700 words
"Happiness is temporary, but joy is not. After everything that your father took from him, we owe it to him to try and give some of it back. The debts that we owe the Potter boy cannot be numbered, and what we took from him cannot be measured, but you will find a way, and maybe then, you can find a little joy of your own."

#LOVESTORY by [personal profile] sam_storyteller
Torchwood/Iron Man Crossover | surprise pairing | PG | 3,300 words
"I await your variable input." "You say the nicest things."
Computer love in the digital age? OMG so cute. So cute.

The Best by [livejournal.com profile] mango_fic
AI8 | Kris/Adam | R | 22,300 words
Tale as old as time. Adam's beautiful, fierce, and a total asshole until a stranger changes everything. AU.

Love Story by [livejournal.com profile] waldorph
ST:Reboot | Kirk/Spock | R | 8,500 words
Summary: We were both young, when I first saw you
A sweet HS AU set in the ST verse, but with Spock as the dashing vulcan prince. Sort of. Really cute.
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Reparations by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl
HarryPotter | Harry/Draco | NC17 | ~100,600 words
Harry is about to discover that the steepest learning curve comes after Healer training, and that second chances can be found in unexpected places.
This, and it's sequel Foundations, were some of the most satisfying reads I have had in an age and a day and forever.  It took me two days to read, I was totally and utterly enchanted by the characterizations as well as the world thought up for this, and I just could not help myself and returned again and again and again.

The Job by [livejournal.com profile] whichclothes
Btvs | Spike/Riley | PG | ~4,000 words
From [livejournal.com profile] maleslashminis Spike round, set sometime during AtS Season 5, Spike & Riley set out to do a job.

"22" by [livejournal.com profile] polly1ester
Btvs | Buffy/Giles | G | VID
My first Vid rec! But I discovered this gem by Polly1ester's and couldn't resist - it's a fantastic use of light flashes, a lovely Lily Allen song, and she's trying to redeem Buffy/Giles in Season 6 (and anyone who tries to redeem season 6 is a hero in my opinion)

Hot Like Wasabi by [livejournal.com profile] abusing_sarcasm
AI8 | Kris/Adam | NC17 | ~11,000 words
From [livejournal.com profile] aianonlovefest prompt - Kris masturbating to one of Adam's ~naughtier photoshoots, nervous and totally not able to help himself. He comes all over the magazine, and Adam later finds it. And is totally turned on by the idea, so he keeps ~pushing it with his photoshoots until Kris just jumps him.

#5 by [livejournal.com profile] ruby_fruit
AI8 | Adam/Brad/Kris | NC17 | ~2,000 words
for the [livejournal.com profile] ontd_ai porn prompt challenge. #5 Adam/Kris/Brad, anything. Adam isn't completely shallow.
dirty dirty dirty porn, just so you know.

It Is, It Is A Glorious Thing by [livejournal.com profile] astolat
AI8 | Kris/Adam | Adult | ~6,400 words
Adam/Kris, adult, explicit, pirates ravishing missionaries and anachronisms galore!
OH MY GOD of course we needed the Adam!pirate fic, like yesterday. Hopefully this will spawn hundreds of other Adam!pirate fics (although, of course, it's good enough it doesn't need more companions, but seriously - adam! pirate!)

The Difference Engine by [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge
SGA | McKay/Sheppard | R | 4,900 words
Sheppard remembered dying in Afghanistan, but since he was still walking around he didn't pay that memory too much mind. 
There are very, very, very few people who could start out writing a creepy Shepard is a robot story and end up making it so sweet that I was happy I read it.

(and for those who might not believe it - this is the skim off the top of two weeks of reading, and I really am studying in between, promise, really)
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Reparations by [profile] saras_girl
HarryPotter | Harry/Draco | NC17 | ~100,600 words
Harry is about to discover that the steepest learning curve comes after Healer training, and that second chances can be found in unexpected places.
This, and it's sequel Foundations, were some of the most satisfying reads I have had in an age and a day and forever.  It took me two days to read, I was totally and utterly enchanted by the characterizations as well as the world thought up for this, and I just could not help myself and returned again and again and again.

The Job by [personal profile] whichclothes
Btvs | Spike/Riley | PG | ~4,000 words
From [profile] maleslashminis Spike round, set sometime during AtS Season 5, Spike & Riley set out to do a job.

"22" by [profile] polly1ester
Btvs | Buffy/Giles | G | VID
My first Vid rec! But I discovered this gem by Polly1ester's and couldn't resist - it's a fantastic use of light flashes, a lovely Lily Allen song, and she's trying to redeem Buffy/Giles in Season 6 (and anyone who tries to redeem season 6 is a hero in my opinion)

Hot Like Wasabi by [personal profile] abusing_sarcasm
AI8 | Kris/Adam | NC17 | ~11,000 words
From [profile] aianonlovefest prompt - Kris masturbating to one of Adam's ~naughtier photoshoots, nervous and totally not able to help himself. He comes all over the magazine, and Adam later finds it. And is totally turned on by the idea, so he keeps ~pushing it with his photoshoots until Kris just jumps him.

#5 by [personal profile] ruby_fruit
AI8 | Adam/Brad/Kris | NC17 | ~2,000 words
for the [community profile] ontd_ai porn prompt challenge. #5 Adam/Kris/Brad, anything. Adam isn't completely shallow.
dirty dirty dirty porn, just so you know.

It Is, It Is A Glorious Thing by [personal profile] astolat
AI8 | Kris/Adam | Adult | ~6,400 words
Adam/Kris, adult, explicit, pirates ravishing missionaries and anachronisms galore!
OH MY GOD of course we needed the Adam!pirate fic, like yesterday. Hopefully this will spawn hundreds of other Adam!pirate fics (although, of course, it's good enough it doesn't need more companions, but seriously - adam! pirate!)

The Difference Engine by [personal profile] copperbadge
SGA | McKay/Sheppard | R | 4,900 words
Sheppard remembered dying in Afghanistan, but since he was still walking around he didn't pay that memory too much mind. 
There are very, very, very few people who could start out writing a creepy Shepard is a robot story and end up making it so sweet that I was happy I read it.

(and for those who might not believe it - this is the skim off the top of two weeks of reading, and I really am studying in between, promise, really)
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