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Title: Going Back
Fandom: Jak and Daxter
Summary: Canon-compliant this time. Spoilers for the end of the second act of Jak II; immediately follows the first mission of the third act. Going back to the Fortress is not without its effects on Jak.
Notes: I've gone back and forth on what I think of this fic and whether to post it, and finally decided to go ahead with it. Yes, this is That Fic. This is also one of those fics where the resolution of a major issue was dictated by canon and not by What I Think Is Best For Stories. But I've decided I like it, you might like it, who knows what it might mean to someone, and anyway I haven't posted anything J&D in a while. Choose not to warn.
Disclaimers: I do not own Jak and Daxter. The following is a work of fiction.

I guess this counts as h/c? )
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(Consider reading Meditations on Moloch if you're going into this with the idea that the world is a nice place or that humanity is not in need of a savior. It's not actually religious writing, despite the name.)

Vaguely related to the linked post, God is the opposite of bad karma. )
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So someone reminded me of eat shit & die strip #233, which is an amazing comic.

Description for those who can't see it at the link: a bunch of colorful balloons soar over a verdant landscape. Their tethers are not attached to the ground, but goblins hold them to fly around and above their cliffside city. One goblin has a mohawk and is building a black somethingorother and scowling, and is ignoring another goblin, who says "I don't get you, man. You spend as much time as anyone building your stories. You put in all this effort and care. I mean, do you even know what we're supposed to be doing? Stories are supposed to lift people up! They're supposed to be bright and fun! These things that you make..." [we see scary-looking black and blue spider-balloons] "I'm just curious, do you have any idea what you're doing? Are you crazy?" Ignoring the questions, Mohawk Dude pulls a lever. The black story-balloon goes right over the cliff; the other goblin calls him crazy. We see the balloon descend to the dark mire around the base of the cliffs, where we see the outstretched hands of people drowning in muck. One grabs the chain of the black balloon and it lifts him up out of the muck.

It's a beautiful comic.

And it got me thinking about what I like to read (and write).

This post ends up talking about hurt/comfort, trauma in fiction, That Post and That Fic, though you don't need to know what I mean by That Post or That Fic to understand this post. )
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I was talking about the archaic language used in hymns and religious texts and rituals, and realized it might be interesting to translate some archaic English carols into more modern, more comprehensible English for the benefit of anyone who doesn't know what hark means or thinks a host of angels is an angel who welcomes visitors. Which is probably a lot of people. If this proves useful, feel free to pass it around. I'm not the writer of the original songs, or anything like that. You can find the real lyrics on the internet for all of these.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing )

Silent Night )

Angels We Have Heard On High )

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen )

We Three Kings )
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Full disclosure: I haven't read most of this series, so I probably don't know enough for my opinions to carry weight.

But from what I've read, in the Young Wizards series, if a wizard discovers a problem, fixing that problem is automatically the responsibility of the wizard who discovered it. I'm going to cover two things in this essay: why such a system would arise and be supported, and what's wrong with it.

Nothing is ever somebody else's problem. )

So what's wrong with it?

Maybe it works better in a magical universe where all problem-discovering people are protagonists. )
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Dear everyone,

Please don't get upset about other people's pain. It sounds like a lovely idea-- yay, empathy!-- but in practice, it leads to you getting desperate to fix everything and tricking people into agreeing to ill-considered treatment ideas.

Also, on that note, please consider never telling anyone to see a chiropractor for an actual injury (to something other than their back) if:
1. You know the chiropractor doesn't do anything but make people's spines curve more properly, and
2. The injury is somewhere that could be aggravated by, oh, say, dicking around with the injured person's spine, and
3. You were just hoping to trick them into allowing the chiropractor to fix unrelated problems.

Don't ever do that.

And on a less crabby note, everyone, don't go to a chiropractor and have them work on your back if your ribs are injured.

A chordate with some life advice
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The conclusion to my Frozen song translation meta series! Read the Frozen meta part 2 here. :D There will be spoilers. Obligatory disclaimer: I have varying degrees of understanding of the languages Frozen was translated into, and have relied to varying degrees on a combination of my own understanding, strangers' backtranslated subtitles on YouTube, and people I know and could convince to help. However: that didn't mean there was a native speaker of every language in Disney's regular translation lineup helping with the backtranslations, so something might've gone over my head somewhere. I can also confirm that there are conflicting sources for some of the lyrics and I couldn't always tell what the lyrics really were, but my major remaining area of confusion (a single line in Swedish) didn't figure into the meta at all.

Translating things perfectly into every language is impossible, but it can't be helped. Guess I'll just have to Let It Go. )

For The First Time In Forever, I’m adding to my Frozen translation meta series. )

Thank you for bearing with me through this long series and all of its terrible puns.
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So wrong I'm not going to link, but I am going to pick the unlinked-to article apart piece by inaccurate piece.

spoilers for the movie )
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ETA: I'm not saying that only veterans can have PTSD and I'm not trying to say that anyone isn't traumatized enough or anything like that.

Can we please stop having two different definitions of the term PTSD in common use?

The definitions in use seem to be:
1. A memory glitch in which a memory associated with fear and/or horror is not properly dealt with, causing it to come up vividly all the time, and sometimes this definition includes persistent dissociation.

2. A collection of loosely-related ways of thinking and acting that are adaptive in actively dangerous situations but maladaptive in some other situations, with none of the following strictly required but the more you're experiencing the more likely that someone will think you have PTSD: exaggerated startle response, general wariness taken to extremes, unwillingness to trust things that are mostly trustworthy, emotional numbing, nightmares, etc. Possibly having triggers will also contribute to people thinking you have PTSD.

This is really annoying because clarity, people! Clarity! )
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Someone finally complained about [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's use of the word handicapped, which got me thinking about something vaguely related: special needs. This is not a term I hear much if ever from disabled people into identity politics. This is not a term I hear much if ever from people who don't use it to mean "those poor, helpless charity objects" with the probable implication that ~special-needs people~ are there to teach us a lesson (where "us" is CNDs, since clearly PWDs are Not Us or something, fucking default in-group). "Special needs" has acquired implications of helplessness, and the implication that special needs children (adults just aren't cute enough, and/or disabled children disappear into a parallel universe on reaching adulthood) are put there for others to practice being good people by being nice to.

And that is precisely why I will use the phrase sometimes, under very specific circumstances. Those circumstances are:
-I'm speaking about children,
-I'm speaking about ableist abuse,
-I'm speaking about my own past self or people very much like the child I was,
-I'm speaking to someone I don't think is familiar with the disability rights movement.

And here's why I think this is a good idea. )
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I've had jarringly eloquent narrators before, but only in third person. And I figure, with third person, I'm only conveying the substance of the character's thoughts, not the exact form that the character would use to describe them in words. This allows me to write extremely inarticulate characters like Sloth Fratelli without the narrative being Hulkspeak, or extremely patchy and cryptic and generally inadequate.

But the problem I'm facing now... )
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Genprompt bingo round 4 (no, I never did finish round 1):

genprompt bingo card )

And the second round of [community profile] ladiesbingo:

ladiesbingo round 2 card )
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Title: Whose Love Follows Still
Series/Universe Title: the Jotunheim Roadtrip verse, or Roadtripverse for short
Summary: No one's seen Thor's mother Jord in years. Thor and Loki set off looking. Well, Thor is looking for her. What Loki is up to, only Loki knows.
Notes: See notes on first part. Also many thanks to [ profile] ljlee for making sure my plot was something other than "go somewhere, do something, rinse, repeat" (though this fic was called the Jotunheim Roadtrip for a very long time for a reason). Choose not to warn. This is a work of fiction.

WLFS part 2

The end: in which I turn out to be directly adapting a story from the myths after all )
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Title: Whose Love Follows Still
Series/Universe Title: the Jotunheim Roadtrip verse, or Roadtripverse for short
Summary: No one's seen Thor's mother Jord in years. Thor and Loki set off looking. Well, Thor is looking for her. What Loki is up to, only Loki knows.
Notes: See notes on first part. Also many thanks to [personal profile] ljlee for helping me sort out my plot. Choose not to warn. This is a work of fiction.

WLFS part one
WLFS part three

More cannibalism, more sappiness, more adventures, now with stories within stories! )
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There's no way my current audience could fairly compensate me for Whose Love Follows Still fast enough to make ransom-model funding fair to early sponsors. Asking for a smaller lump sum would be unfair to me. That left three options that work for this project: traditional publishing, traditionalesque self-pub ebook, and posting it for free-if-you-want-pay-if-you-like. For various reasons, I ruled out traditional publishing. The last two seemed like they might both be worth trying and I couldn't try both at once (at least, not unless I had two projects completed at the same time, which I didn't). So: Whose Love Follows Still is free-if-you-want-pay-if-you-like. I have several ideas for other stories in the Roadtripverse, but am totally willing to forget all about them and devote my energies to other projects unless and until I get fair compensation for WLFS.

So if you like worldbuilding, Norse myth, sappiness, mothers, secret plots, adventures and Loki, then consider reading it. :) Parts 2 and 3 will be up shortly, within the next couple of days. And if you want even more of all of those things, or if you want to find out more about JRverse!Jord's life, consider telling me just how much.

And if not, that's okay, too. I put it up as a freebie, willingly and knowingly.
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Title: Whose Love Follows Still
Series/Universe Title: the Jotunheim Roadtrip verse ;p

Summary: No one's seen Thor's mother Jord in years. Thor and Loki set off looking. Well, Thor is looking for her. What Loki is up to, only Loki knows.

Notes: This is the project I've been calling JR. Consider it a freebie; it'll be going up in installments (it doesn't properly have chapter breaks, but it's too long for a single post) regardless of whether I get paid anything for it, though you can pay me if you want and it will affect my choice of what to write in the future if you do. As usual, this is a work of fiction. I'm choosing not to warn fully; I will, however, mention that there is cannibalism.

A note about pronouns: I found standard English pronouns to be the most useful for reducing ambiguity and sounding natural, but it's generally accepted that which of those pronouns to use is determined by whether the person being referred to is a man or a woman (they don't work well for anyone who doesn't fit either category), and most (though probably not all) of you reading this define gender as a person's subjective experience of being male or female or whatever. Thor is the only character in this story who has such an experience. (Others base it on primary sexual characteristics; those change-- the characters are shapeshifters-- and the viewpoint characters don't always know, anyway.) I based pronoun use on the preponderance of observable secondary sexual characteristics (i.e., body shape, voice, fat distribution, facial hair or lack thereof, etc.). Some characters' pronouns change. This is a story about genderless shapeshifters, after all. English isn't set up to handle the situations depicted; I made a decision with pros and cons, and I'm willing to discuss the topic because it is fascinating, but please be aware that I have noticed that this isn't a perfect solution and I did think about other options.

WLFS part 2

here be Norse gods, parents of various sorts, possibly disturbing humor, sappiness, and teenage Thor who thinks he knows everything )
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I've been working on several projects of varying degrees of difficulty, doneness and length, and more than one draws on Norse myth. In some ways, this is similar to fanfic, but there's a lot more invention required in crafting the characters and world. What this means is that two universes both "based on Norse myth" can be radically different from each other, much more so than two writers' fanfics based on the same canon. So I've been wanting to say something about that, to keep the several universes straight.

Additionally, I've been thinking for a while that I ought to at least try to point out where I've gotten the ideas I use-- Prose Edda, Poetic Edda, my own invention, logic everyone else ignores, popular culture, LJ's suggestions-- because people might possibly find that useful with things like this.

So I've decided I might as well say something now instead of waiting till I have a confusing number of Norse verses going.

All the Norse verses, most of which you won't have seen yet. )
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Someone else always has it worse. But people shut up about things and suck it up and deal with things when they're consistently bad, but that doesn't mean that you need to not do anything about things being newly bad.

Frankly, this is one of the reasons some spoonies can be toxic to interact with. )


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