jain: MCU Sharon Carter. Text: "13" (avengers sharon carter)
( Nov. 25th, 2016 11:22 pm)
This week I have...
--called my congressman and asked him to cosponsor the Presidential Accountability Act.
--called one of my senators and asked him to vote against Jeff Sessions's appointment to the position of Attorney General, on the grounds that Sessions can't be trusted to protect people's civil and political rights. (I tried to call my other senator, but he's not taking calls this week. So disappointed that we didn't manage to vote him out this year.)
--called the Department of Justice and asked them to investigate the human rights abuses by the Morton County Sheriff's Department against the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.
--subscribed to Mother Jones and The Guardian.
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[personal profile] skygiants suggested that people do a variation on Reading Wednesdays that tracks our political actions for the week, both to inspire and inform each other and to keep ourselves accountable. Since I'm very much in favor of both of those goals, here's my list.

This week (and a half) I have...
-- donated to the National Resources Defense Council. (Their website has a new tagline: "Help us gear up to defend our environment and climate from the Trump presidency.")
-- donated to Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for Louisiana senator. Louisiana's runoff election will be held this December 10th.
-- called my congressman and one of my senators twice and my congressman-elect once to demand that they condemn Trump's selection of white nationalist Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist.
-- called my other senator once to thank him for his public condemnation of Steve Bannon and to ask him to do all he can to block Bannon's appointment.
-- called the House Oversight Committee to support an investigation into Trump's financial arrangements and conflicts of interest.
-- taken Paul Ryan's phone survey to register my approval of Obamacare. (Heads up that the silence you get when connecting to Ryan's system is super weird and disconcerting. The phone didn't ring even once; I just dialed and got instant silence, which I had to wait out for over a minute before the recorded message started playing.)
-- signed the whitehouse.gov petition requesting that Obama commute Chelsea Manning's sentence to time served.
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Well, that was unspeakably devastating. Thank you to everyone who's posted their reactions and helpful links and general expressions of support in the aftermath of the election; I'm one of the many who really needed to see those. I've also seen an outpouring of donations from my DW/LJ friends to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and various local charities, which has been heartening. (I've donated to the National Resources Defense Council myself, because climate change was terrifying even before Trump was elected.)

In addition to those very worthy organizations, though, if you can spare the cash--and if you're a U.S. citizen or green card holder--please consider donating to Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for Louisiana senator who'll be advancing to that state's runoff election on December 10th.

The Republicans will maintain their Senate majority regardless of whether Campbell wins or loses; the only question is whether that majority will be 52-48 or 51-49. The latter is preferable to the former, even in the short term. But to truly understand the significance of this race, look at the map of Senate seats up for election in 2018. That's 33 contested Senate seats, only eight of them currently held by Republicans, and most of those Republican seats are in deep red states.

The chances of Democrats winning back the Senate during the midterm elections are painfully low. But conversely, the importance of preventing Republicans from becoming a supermajority in the Senate two years from now is very high. A Campbell victory would be step one towards preventing that outcome.

So donate to Campbell if you can, VOTE in the runoff election if you're a Louisianan, and just keep being the awesome people you are in general.
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jain: gladiators kissing (gladiators)
( Oct. 7th, 2016 08:16 pm)
Thanks very much for participating in this exchange and writing for me! Optional details are of course optional, but here are some of my general preferences and a variety of prompts for my requested fandoms, in case you wanted some extra direction. Some of my fandoms this year have lengthier prompts than others, but rest assured that I'll be equally thrilled with fic for any of them. Have fun, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you end up creating!

For your reference: I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Jain on AO3 and [pinboard.in profile] jain on my (rather out-of-date) pinboard account.

General likes and dislikes )

The Brothers Sinister, A Charm of Magpies, Frontier Wolf, Iskryne, The Lie Tree, Lynes and Mathey )
Thanks so much for writing for me! This is my first time participating in Trick or Treat, and I'm really looking forward to it. I hope you have a lot of fun, too!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a bonus gift.

With one exception, I have a strong preference for Tricks that either 1) use supernatural horror tropes in a non-horrific fashion, e.g. werewolves who retain their humanity while shifted, or 2) involve scary supernatural threats that are soundly defeated by the protagonists for a happy ending. The one exception is Dark Matter, where I'd prefer canon-level horror.

Particularly relevant to this exchange: I love werewolves, like ghosts, am generally disinterested in vampires but can be persuaded if the fic is awesome, and do not want zombies. Regarding Treats, I like anything from G-rated fluff to hardcore porn, but don't care for PWPs; I like some sort of character and/or relationship development along with my smut. If you want further details on my fic preferences, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post or browse my fic exchanges tag.

A Charm of Magpies, Dark Matter, The Eagle, Frontier Wolf, Lynes and Mathey, The Sleeper and the Spindle, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )
Thanks so much for writing for me! My prompts tend towards the short and sweet, in keeping with the nature of this exchange, but you can browse my fic exchanges tag if you want more details. I hope you have lots of fun, and I look forward to seeing what you create!

The Eagle, Iskryne, Lynes and Mathey, MCU, The Queen's Thief, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )
jain: A woman in a kimono holds a pubescent boy. Image from a Japanese woodblock print. (lying in your arms)
( Dec. 31st, 2015 01:25 pm)
The Eagle: Sunset (Marcus/Esca); 1905 words
The Eagle: Walls (Marcus/Esca); 1557 words
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: The Watchmaker's Apprentice (Keita/Thaniel); 3007 words
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Thanks very much for participating in this exchange and writing for me! Optional details are of course optional, but here are some of my general preferences and thoughts about my requested fandoms, in case you wanted some extra direction. Have fun, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you end up creating!

For your reference: I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Jain on AO3 and [pinboard.in profile] jain on pinboard, though I haven't saved any bookmarks there in...wow, three years.

General likes and dislikes )

The Goblin Emperor, Havemercy series, Imperial Radch series, Iskryne series, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )


Thanks again, and happy writing!
Thanks for offering to write in one or more of my requested fandoms! If you want a better idea of what I like, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post. Particular to Purim Gifts, I've listed my favorite pairings in the fandom details below, but all five of these fandoms are ones in which I'm very happy to receive gen fic about any of my favorite characters. And do have fun with whatever you decide to write; I'm sure I'll love it!

Big Hero 6
I adore GoGo Tomago! I'm pretty OTP-ish in this fandom: GoGo/Wasabi is my only real ship. But I'm also very happy to read gen about GoGo and/or Honey Lemon and/or Aunt Cass, especially fic that delves into their unique interests. The absolute best thing about this movie for me is how it validates intellectual passion. And I also love fic about characters cooking and/or eating, so Aunt Cass is totally covered, too.

Captain America (Movies)
My favorite eligible characters are Natasha and Peggy, though Maria Hill is also amazing and I liked what little we saw of Sharon Carter. Preferred ships include Natasha/Sam, Sharon/Natasha, Bucky/Steve/Natasha, Bucky/Steve/Natasha/Sam, and Bucky/Peggy/Steve. Oh, and Bucky & Peggy friendship fic would be great, too; I don't understand why there's so little of that out there.

Loki: Agent of Asgard
I assume anyone offering this fandom for Purim Gifts is cool with the idea of writing Verity Willis, so I'll just say: yes, Verity fic for me, please! I don't ship Loki/Verity, but their friendship is awesome and I'd love to see more of it. Background Loki/Sigurd is cool but extremely optional; I really do want the focus to be on Verity (& Loki).

Nobuta wo Produce
Mariko's my absolute favorite, though I also love Nobuta a lot, and I'm charmed by the unlikely understanding Bando shares with Nobuta. Preferred ships are Nobuta/Mariko, Akira/Mariko, and Shuuji/Nobuta/Akira.

Pacific Rim
I love both Mako Mori and Sasha Kaidanovsky; highly competent, professional women ftw! I haven't read the comic, so please don't rely heavily on characters, plot points, etc. from it. Preferred ships are Sasha/Mako and Raleigh/Herc/Mako.
Your main fandom of the year?
MCU

Your favorite film watched this year?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Your favorite book read this year?
Too many great books to choose from! I'm not going to even bother trying to narrow this one down. My seven favorites were The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold, Loki: Agent of Asgard vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Farthing by Jo Walton, and The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
"Try" by P!nk

Your favorite TV show of the year?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Your favorite journaling community of the year?
[community profile] ravencycle_kink. It's only a month old and there haven't been many fills yet, but it exists! And that's awesome.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
This doesn't really count as a "moment," but I'm gonna say CA:TWS--the entire movie was so good and so exactly what I wanted it to be. Also, the announcement of a (Carol Danvers!) Captain Marvel movie for 2018.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Still no Black Widow movie. :-( And I'd gone into Guardians of the Galaxy with very high hopes, and then it turned out to be just okay, imo.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Deret Beshelar, Adam Parrish

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Natasha Romanov, Amy Santiago, Rosa Diaz, Phryne Fisher, Dot Williams

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Orphan Black

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Agent Carter, Loki: Agent of Asgard vol. 2: I Cannot Tell a Lie, the untitled conclusion to the Raven Cycle
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Thank you so much for participating in this exchange and for offering one or more of my requested fandoms! A couple of important things I wanted to tell you:

* Optional details are optional. I've tried to offer at least one possible hook for a story in each of my requests because that's how I like to write for exchanges, but if your creativity is sparked in other ways, or if you just don't like any of my suggestions, then feel free to ignore them and write a different story for those characters.

* I'm chattier about some of my requests than others this year. Please don't think that this indicates a preference on my part for one fandom over another. I promise, I'd be equally thrilled to receive a story in any of these fandoms.

If you want a better idea of the type of stories I like, you can read my general fic kinks and squicks post and/or check out the fandom details below:

Death by Silver, The Goblin Emperor, Imperial Radch series, Iskryne series, Nobuta wo Produce, Nova )
jain: Bamboo and yellow flowers against a red background. (bamboo)
( Oct. 16th, 2014 12:41 pm)
My father passed away last night. It wasn't at all unexpected: he'd been suffering from dementia for a long time and had declined very badly in the past year or so, and we placed him on hospice this August.

I don't know if his death still hasn't sunk in for me yet, or if it's that his illness was so long and protracted that I've already gotten a lot of my grieving over with, but I'm feeling mostly okay right now. As far as I can tell, the rest of the family is about the same--even my mother, who was very devoted to him and whose reaction we'd all been worrying about. I think it really helps that my brother, his gf, and my baby niece moved home recently; the baby has been a welcome distraction for all of us.

And because we knew this was coming, my three siblings who live far away were able to come see Dad before he died (two of them could take over a month off of work and are still here now, while my youngest sister had to go back for school but will return for the memorial). That's helped a bit, too, knowing that everyone had the chance to say goodbye to him.
Thanks so much for writing for me! Sorry it took me a few extra days to complete this post. I promise that's not a reflection of my enthusiasm; this is one of my favorite exchanges, and I'm very much looking forward to every part of it. I hope you have a lot of fun with your story, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you come up with!

General likes: I like happy (or at least hopeful) endings, family (including chosen family), friendship, loyalty, determination, cooking and/or eating, people being smart, people being competent, platonic bedsharing, non-platonic bedsharing, pining, unrequited love that turns out to be requited, hurt/comfort, kissing, masturbation, mutual masturbation, frottage, intercrural sex, oral sex, talking during sex (not dirty talk, just ordinary conversation), first-time fic, established relationship fic in which there's some sort of shift in the dynamics of the relationship, character- and relationship-driven gen, mild angst with an eventual happy ending, BDSM, watersports, worldbuilding, cultural differences, historical details, werewolves, backstory, missing scenes, future fic, third person POV, and past tense.

The things I don't like include breathplay/asphyxiation, vore/cannibalism, scat, emetophilia/vomit, heavy angst, parent-child incest, dialogue-only fic, no dialogue, epithets (e.g. the blond, the taller man, the younger man), the phrases "to his [or her] credit," "had the grace to," and "took him[self] in hand," PWPs, and second person POV.

Frontier Wolf, The Truce of the Games )
My expectations going into this movie for the first time were high, to say the least. (Seriously, my brother and I went to a matinee showing, and I woke up several times the night before because I was too excited to sleep. I was like a little kid on Christmas Eve; it was ridiculous.) And then The Winter Soldier surpassed pretty much all of my expectations.

Very spoilery spoilers beneath the cut )
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jain: Natasha Romanov closeup. (avengers natasha)
( Dec. 31st, 2013 11:59 pm)
The Avengers: Coffee; 704 words
The Avengers: Five People Natasha Romanov Has Danced With; 1089 words
The Avengers: Heroes' Journey (Steve/Bucky); 5593 words
The Avengers: Reversal (Clint/Loki/Natasha); 1878 words
The Avengers: Working Relationship; 941 words
Neverwhere: One Night in Bangkok (Hunter/appropriately grateful girl); 1466 words
Pacific Rim: A Little Sweeter (Sasha/Mako); 2174 words
Pacific Rim: Connection; 943 words
The Silver Branch: (Ir)resistable (Flavius/Justin); 1212 words
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Thank you so much for participating in this exchange and for offering one or more of my requested fandoms! A couple of important things I wanted to tell you:

* Optional details are optional. I've offered some possible hooks for a story in each of my requests because that's how I like to write for exchanges, but if your creativity is sparked in other ways, or if you just don't like any of my suggestions, then feel free to ignore them and write a different story for those characters.

* I'm chattier about some of my requests than others this year. Please don't think that this indicates a preference on my part for one fandom over another. I promise, I'd be equally thrilled to receive a story in any of these fandoms.

General likes and dislikes )

Archer's Goon, Elementary, Frontier Wolf, Iskryne series, The Left Hand of Darkness, Nova )
I recently read an Entertainment Weekly article on Why 'Pacific Rim' is a good movie for geek girls (contains major spoilers for the film). The article's conclusion is that Pacific Rim is mostly a terrible movie for women, except for the fact that it contains a bunch of hot guys. I...disagree. Hence this post on "Ten Reasons Why Pacific Rim Is a Great Movie for Geek Girls."

Disclaimer: In the following list, I make a lot of gendered generalizations. Obviously, there are exceptions to every generalization; there are men whose favorite thing is Jane Austen adaptations and women whose favorite thing is action movies that are 95% mindless violence and 5% toilet humor.

There's also room for a ton of overlap in people's tastes. Maybe you love emotional complexity as well as kickass fight scenes, or strong interrelationships as well as stunning special effects. Nevertheless, I think that all of the following items highlight elements of Pacific Rim that make it particularly appealing to female viewers (even if many of the elements might improve the viewing experiences of male viewers, as well).

Additional disclaimer: While this list was initially conceived of as a response to the above-linked EW article, I've read 50+ reviews of Pacific Rim at this point--both professional and fannish--and the list draws upon and responds to common themes in many of these reviews.

Additional additional disclaimer: I've avoided major spoilers in this post, but minor spoilers abound. Caveat lector.

Ten Reasons Why Pacific Rim Is a Great Movie for Geek Girls )
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I saw Pacific Rim today: excellent film, will see in the theaters again.

If you don't like mecha and/or alien dinosaurs, you probably won't love this movie. It's a lot (a lot) more homage than it is subversion. It's skillfully done homage, though, that draws not only on the obvious anime, Godzilla, Power Rangers, etc. antecedents but on Independence Day and H. P. Lovecraft and Hokusai. At the same time, it's not derivative (though the Independence Day parallels in particular are strong enough that I wouldn't recommend watching the two films back-to-back). This isn't a Godzilla/Power Rangers mash-up; it's a film that both is a love song to these genres and that also has its own story to tell.

And though I don't think you can love this movie without appreciating one or both of the aforementioned tropes, I think you could still enjoy it a lot if you love any of the following: 1) action movies with heart, 2) stories about families, both born and chosen, 3) stories about damaged people learning how to heal, 4) visually beautiful films, 5) Idris Elba.

P.S. Needs more fic!
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Thanks so much for writing for me! This is my first time participating in Sutcliff Swap, and I'm very excited. I hope you have a lot of fun with your story; I'm sure I'll love whatever you come up with.

I was a bit pressed for time when filling out my sign-up, which is why I put nothing down for my optional details, but basically: I like happy (or at least hopeful) endings, friendship, loyalty, determination, cooking and/or eating, people being smart, people being competent, platonic bedsharing, non-platonic bedsharing, pining, unrequited love that turns out to be requited, hurt/comfort, kissing, masturbation, mutual masturbation, frottage, intercrural sex, intergluteal sex, oral sex, talking during sex (not dirty talk, just ordinary conversation), first-time fic, established relationship fic in which there's some sort of shift in the dynamics of the relationship, mild angst with an eventual happy ending, BDSM, watersports, worldbuilding, cultural differences, historical details, werewolves, backstory, missing scenes, future fic, third person POV, and past tense.

The things I don't like are breathplay/asphyxiation, vore/cannibalism, scat, emetophilia/vomit, heavy angst, parent-child incest, dialogue-only fic, no dialogue, epithets (e.g. the blond, the taller man, the younger man), the phrases "to his [or her] credit," "had the grace to," and "took him[self] in hand," PWPs, second person POV, and AUs. Supernatural elements are absolutely fine, as long as they don't contradict canon. I'd prefer if you could avoid non-canonical character deaths; I feel that Sutcliff's put my heart through the wringer quite enough, and I don't need to compound that feeling. :-) Also, please no Eagle of the Ninth references. (I imprinted pretty hard on the film, and I'd rather not be tossed out of the fic by details from book-only canon.)

Frontier Wolf, Sword at Sunset, The Truce of the Games )
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