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I post vampire porn and random squawks here. You may also be subjected to local news, provided it's absurd, and pictures of my children during their formative years. Politics will be mentioned at times, and it goes without saying those posts will also be absurd.

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New fic - BtVS/DW crossover - "Dawn of the Doctor"

I have fic. I can't quite believe it. I've mostly been working on original fictions, but recently [personal profile] revdorothyl asked me why some of my Doctor Who stories weren't on Twisting the Hellmouth. (Answer: laziness) When I went looking for the html files, I found this and realized it needed only minimal work to be ready for publication.

Title: Dawn of the Doctor
Author: Miss Murchison
Word count: About 2400
Pairing: None, completely gen fic and probably rated G. Weird, huh?
Thanks: to [personal profile] keswindhover [personal profile] revdorothyl and for beta

Summary: This is a sequel to my previous BtVS/Doctor Who crossovers:
Who's the Doctor? with the tenth You-Know-Who,
Where's the Doctor? which in the BtVS world is second, but involves the fourth Doctor, and
Buffy the Dalek Slayer, in which the seventh Doctor and Ace appear.

This story falls in between "Who's the Doctor?" and "Where's the Doctor?" in the BtVS timeline, but involves a meeting between the ninth Doctor and…well, you've read the title, right?

Just after the end of the Time War… )

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How do you have a "missed connection" at home?

I haven't been single in decades, so someone needs to explain this to me. Specifically, the top Indiana result. I understand how you can see someone in a store, on a train or at the gym and miss your chance to hook up. Hawaii wins for having many of those fleeting encounters that leave the romantic or just plain horny wanting more on the beach.

But how do you have a missed connection at home? I'm imagining lots of Indianans scoping out their brothers and sisters-in-law over Thanksgiving but never quite doing the deed because that annoying sibling kept walking by. Or maybe they regret not propositioning the plumber?

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Gay people are too responsible to be allowed to marry

That's the stand of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the legal brief they provided to the Supreme Court.

Marriage should be limited to unions of a man and a woman because they alone can "produce unplanned and unintended offspring," opponents of gay marriage have told the Supreme Court...

Conservative attorneys did not argue that gays or lesbians engaged in "immoral" behavior or lifestyles. Instead they emphasized what they called the "very real threat" to society posed by opposite-sex couples when they are not bound by the strictures of marriage.

So opposite-sex couples are such a danger to society they need to be bribed or coerced into marriage, whereas same-sex couples don't? This is the most bizarre twist on the "But think of the children!" theme yet. (As opposed to the "Biological families are the only real families!" argument, which is merely disgusting.)

I get that they're looking at this from the point of view of public policy and encouraging the kind of behavior that benefits society. But setting aside that they're ignoring all the benefits of marriage that don't have anything to do with raising children, I'm having a hard time understanding why a same-sex couple who adopts one of those unplanned kids isn't entitled to the same rights as the feckless opposite-sex couple who made the baby in the first place.

If they mean that unplanned children need more of society's protection, shouldn't they be arguing that only people who forget a trip to the drugstore be allowed to marry? Or mandating shotgun weddings?

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So I wrote a book

This is my first post in ages, although I've been reading and commenting a bit. I was also gifted with a Kindle a while back and found myself reading actual books rather than fanfic, leaving me less to chatter about in my journal. I discovered some M/M romance authors whose work I really enjoyed, and, as is my habit, I started writing in the genre I was reading. The result pulled itself together into a book, and one day I emailed it off to a publisher. I expected it to come back with some comments about why it wasn't acceptable, and then I'd either rework it or move on to the next thing.

They published it.

The Boys and the Bees is available on Amazon or direct from the publisher, in paperback and ebook formats. It's a simple story (the reviews at Goodreads agree about that) about two guys from Iowa who meet by chance years after they were in high school together.

I'm still a bit in shock over the whole thing, to tell you the truth.

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Old guy explains cheap contraception to us stupid womenfolk

I suppose if you're holding an aspirin tablet between your knees you can't get your legs wide enough apart for intercourse, but somehow I don't think that's what he meant. Maybe he doesn't understand how this whole sex thing works?

But he's assured us contraception isn't really important, so it doesn't matter anyway. We shouldn't worry our heads about little things like controlling our own bodies and lives.

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Prop 8 is unconstitutional

Good news

It's seemed clear it was unconstitutional, with even conservative Constitutional scholars arguing against it, but now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has spoken.

Cue "activist judges" rhetoric in 5, 4, 3...

I love this wording:

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort."

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Komen Foundation retreats

SGK changes its stance on supporting Planned Parenthood.

They succeeded only in increasing awareness. Now many people will examine them more critically before donating. More importantly, Planned Parenthood's work in providing general healthcare and cancer screening has been well publicized.

ETA: SGK is now going to feel the rage of the religious right because they've back-pedaled. Somewhat incoherent anger being expressed here.

the thing is, when you come against spirits like Judas & Jezebel, you have to be willing to die. most of these corporations aren't willing to do that...

Um, what?

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Pro-life: this word does not mean what you think it means

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has decided that its principles force it to deny cancer screenings to poor women. Of course, their CEO makes over $450,000 a year, so maybe they don't realize how vital Planned Parenthood service are to women who not only can't afford basic healthcare, but live in areas where there may be no other option available.

I already make a monthly donations to Planned Parenthood, and I've just increased the amount.

Current Mood: pissed off
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Okay, ALL our headlines aren't boring

Armed Robber Escapes with Sex Doll

I love the way that headline makes it sound like the doll was his partner..., um, I mean moll. I have this image of the doll driving the getaway car.

I also enjoy the subtext of surprise that those things are so expensive.

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Things are back to normal in Iowa

You know the politicians have fled when this qualifies as a headline.

I ponder the significance of specifying that it was an Iowan who was accused of an attack with a toy monkey. Does this mean we are back to observing only our own (even if they come from a faraway place like Des Moines)? Or is it shock that an Iowan would do such a thing, implying that all those strange people running around the state because of the caucuses have lowered our moral standards?

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Santorum is Number 2

I was a bit disappointed Santorum didn't actually win, until I realized the subject line is now a viable headline in family papers.

Also, Attack Newt!

Okay, as a way to run a government, this is shameful. As theater, it's more fun than a really good production of Noises Off.

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Caucus post

Well, our caucus was boring. There were more people than I expected, and I wound up working to sign people in and register a handful of new voters. I have been drafted to attend the county convention, but may pass that job off to an alternate. Obama called in live, but I was busy sorting the sign in forms and just listened from outside the door with half an ear.

Mostly M:TNG-2 and I were disappointed no OWS people showed up.

Then I got home to find out that Santorum is in the lead on the Republican side. I can't stop laughing.

I still find it hard to believe he'll win Iowa, but I've been looking at the maps, and many of the uncounted votes are in rural counties, which are going for Santorum. He's getting more competition from Bachmann and Perry in those areas, so if he loses them it won't be because Romney beat him.

Romney is getting the urban counties, except for the university towns, which are going for Ron Paul. Gingrich has gotten two counties so far, which isn't great considering there are 99 counties in Iowa.

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Earlier in the cycle, I'd chat with someone who wanted to know if I preferred Santorum (ick) or argue with a caller who refused to tell me who commissioned their blatantly biased push poll. It gets old fast, and I don't pick up the phone much right before a caucus unless the caller ID tells me it's someone I know. But the robocalls go to the answering machine. I just listened to a swill-load of smarm from Gingrich, who invited me to call him.

Usually I roll my eyes, but this one made me laugh. 1-855-ASK-NEWT sounds too much like a pet store hot line, or maybe a pitch from an insurance company whose mascot is going eyeball to eyeball with the gekko.

Just four more days, and they'll all go away.

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A video to hate

Rick Perry must have spent a fortune to get this ad on the air in Iowa, because I can't flip a channel without seeing it. It's well on its way to becoming the most disliked video on YouTube, and I encourage you to listen for as long as you can and record your own reaction there.

Right now, all anyone is hearing about Iowa is how well hateful, right-wing politics is playing here. That's because only the Republican nomination is up for grabs. The nature of the caucus system means that only people willing to drag themselves out in freezing weather and spend a few hours in an elementary school gym arguing and shuffling around participate. Which means that the system is skewed to the more extreme end of the Republican base, the kind of people who still haven't figured out that gay marriage is no threat even though it's been legal here for years and the only documented effect is a slight bump to the economy because of the people coming in from out-of-state to get married.

The kids in this video are more representative of the Iowans I meet every day:

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What on earth happened to November?

Okay, If I think about it, I do know what happened. In bullet form, like the tech writer I used to be

  • Went to New Orleans at the very end of October and met with M-TNG-1, who is working in Louisiana
  • Visited Marie Leveau's tomb and some spooky graveyards on Halloween day
  • Sat in a nice restaurant on Bourbon street that night, watching Halloween in NOLA pass us by (yes, I know most of that was still October, but by bedtime it was November)
  • Stayed for a week at a turn-of-the-last-century hotel, sightseeing
  • Petted a baby alligator in a swamp
  • Discovered work had gotten even more backed up than usual, leading to more overtime than usual
  • Got surprising call from contractor saying he could probably get my new kitchen cabinets installed by Thanksgiving if I could empty every blessed thing out of the room right away
  • Spent 5 nervous days with no kitchen sink, wondering if he really could
  • Had all my helpers at work pulled for another project (hardly a novel occurrence)
  • Almost fainted with shock when new cabinets and counter tops were installed just before Thanksgiving
  • Managed to get the kitchen into a useable condition
  • Spent a wonderful long weekend with Jwaneeta, M:TNG-2, and two of TNG-2's college friends
  • Worked yet more overtime and somehow managed to make project goals by the end of the month
And now I've dumped all Mr. M's clothes on our bed because the shelves in his closet decided to fall apart. I'm putting in new organizers, which will be very nice when they're done, but right now I'm very tired and we will be sleeping in one of the kid's rooms tonight.

ETA: I know I should post pictures of at least some of this, or it didn't happen, but all my pictures are on my cell, which I have forgotten to recharge.

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Are they really this clueless?

I just received an email from a Christian organization with the statement below. I find it hard to believe such an uptight group would make this pun intentionally, but almost as hard to believe that they could miss it.

'A coalition of military chaplain endorsers is concerned about a radical homosexual organization's imminent attack against traditional marriage, but a Christian political activist believes "gay" activists are beginning to realize that most Americans will not support "full-blown homosexual marriage."'

All that is setting aside the inaccuracy of the statement, since polls are showing that at least a plurality does approve equal marriage.

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Amish Mullet Goons Forcibly Cut Neighbors' Hair!

Talk about stories you could not possibly make up.

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As usual when I want to check LJ, it's down or something

Hopefully, this will post to LJ eventually. Thanks to everyone who offered birthday wishes. I had a good day, although I worked because I'm saving vacation days for the end of the month, when Mr. M and I are going to Louisiana for a week. We'll be visiting M:TNG-1 and Halloween in New Orleans should be pretty interesting.

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Operation Smile

Such a very well-named organization.

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This is a yarn shop near me. I don't know whether to thank them or curse them for feeding my interest in knitting. They are amazingly nice, and I would never have figured out how to graft the toes of a sock if one of the salespeople hadn't shown me very patiently after I happened to mention I was having trouble. There are always people sitting around knitting and chatting. And there's usually some incredibly complex and lovely project lying casually on a table, giving me an inferiority complex. It's all very cozy and inevitably makes me wonder what I'm doing in a place like that.

They sell online, if you're interested in expensive but gorgeous material.

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