ziparumpazoo: (Literature)
Been picking at other PB prompts and almost forgot I'd been messing with this one...

First Press (896 words) by ziparumpazoo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex
Characters: Dorian, John Kennex
Additional Tags: handjobs, First Times, porn!fail, pornbattle
Summary: Dorian has a problem. John has instructions.

*non-photographic fannish content! *gasp!* IKR?
ziparumpazoo: (Literature)
I have written words! Apparently the secret is to pick the tiniest, quietest fandom? Linking here for completeness:

A Fire Infolding (1294 words)
Fandom: Walt Longmire Mysteries - Craig Johnson, Longmire (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Walt Longmire/Victoria "Vic" Moretti
Characters: Walt Longmire, Victoria "Vic" Moretti
Additional Tags: book canon, first person POV, Missing Scene
Summary: He found himself glad she hadn't wanted to be alone either.

Following up on the tiniest fandoms theme, a few PB prompts. Not sure if they'll pique anybody's interest, but I wouldn't even mind fills that qualified under the 'gen' or 'porn!fail' tags either, should anybody be looking for inspiration.
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Yeah, so no questionnaire this year - the list is far too short. Fringe gave me an ending that felt complete, and while I enjoyed The Americans, I felt in no way fannish about it. The rest of the year was spent reading books and trawling the old archives of closed-canon fandoms. RL didn't leave much in the tank this year, and the brain, she needed a rest.

So, without further ado, 2013's Fic Review - A Collection of Snippets, smut, and obscurity...

Worship - Fringe (R/Explicit), Peter's never considered himself a religious man. (Olivia/Peter)
Living Like There's Nothing Left to Lose - Fringe (Mature), Post episode 5.08, Olivia and Peter take a moment to breathe
All In - BSG (PG), Kara says, "Marry me, Lee" and the crowd around the table goes quiet. A rescued snippet that lost its ending somewhere...
Two Years Later (and Olivia's back in Mid-World) - Fringe (G), Timestamp prompt fill.
Down Passages We Did Not Take - Longmire (novel canon), Post A Serpent's Tooth, Walt's always been an expert when it comes to shouldering the blame.
ziparumpazoo: (DockPhto)

Technically, not the best photo of the evening - the lights, they danced ).

However, I like the composition here, especially how the neighbor's furnace exhaust demonstrates how frickin cold and windy it was. (-28C/-18F, -42C with the windchill). At those temps, my camera battery lasted just over half an hour.

Dear Santa, I could really really really use a new parka this year.
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I've been playing around a bit with Lightroom - it's about as complicated a piece of software as I can handle for post-processing without getting frustrated and finding something better to do. The other night gave me some really good material to work with:
low light, long exposures, and empty spaces... )

In other news... two things actually -
1. iOS7 seems to have killed wifi on my iPhone 4s. Which would be more annoying than anything if it weren't for the fact that some process or another is still running in the background that I can't kill and is draining my battery at an alarming rate. I've even gone so far as reset it to factory image, but no luck. We'll see what the Apple store people have to say about it today, even though it's off warranty. I feel naked without it at the moment.

2. Google's Photo is using Picasa as their in-browser photo editing tool now. This is probably old news, but new to me. I use the app and like it a lot for it's simplicity and control, as well as it not depending on a bunch of pre-set filters heavy on the retro look. (you can use those too, but they're not your only option)

*Eta: it's not iOS7 to blame, but one of the four hundred or so times I've dropped my phone that broke the antenna. Crud. Need Velcro fingers or something...
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Two words that I can never, ever remember when I'm looking at the objects in question. We had a tamarack tree in our back yard for years and no matter how many times I'd see it, I'd go blank if I tried to use it in a sentence. I'd call it 'the bird tree' for the sparrows that liked to ride it in the wind.
The strange case of the hole in Walter Bishop's memory, or why he never called her Astrid )
Interestingly enough, when I see a bottle of turmeric in somebody else's kitchen, I never forget what it's called. Brains are strange that way, eh?
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Went to go stargazing and this happened:


Six more of varying degrees of interesting )

Related, I got two separate requests for pre-orders on the yearly calendar I put together this past weekend. In years past I've just been uploading the photos to Walmart, filling out the template, and then having them printed at the closest store to whomever was picking up the order. Price/convenience/quality, it was the easiest, however now that I'm printing more than a handful, it makes sense to use it to partially finance my hobby. Just trying to figure out how to do it without a) a huge investment on my part, and b) not losing the trust of the people interested in the first place.
ziparumpazoo: (Angry Birds)
Excerpt from a recent email I sent regarding the bird situation in my yard:

Here the drama is unfolding this afternoon between a sparrow who wants the birdhouse on the play structures (and I can never figure out why such twitchy things like birds feel safe nesting where kids are climbing and yelling six inches from their eggs, but whatever), and the European Starlings that have already claimed the birdhouse and judging from how the noise has escalated from them this week, have eggs in waiting. The starlings sound like half-chewed squeaky dog toys. The robins, who are competing with the starlings over who has dominance over the choice branches in the willow, are upset with the killdeer next door, who are extra shrieky because the bunny has a nest of babies under the deck where the good rocks are and keeps chasing them off. And then in the midst of all this, there's some threesome flirtation going on between the little yellow finches, the female having forgiven the male last year from falling off the branch when he was courting her, or else she's found a new, less clumsy guy who can hold on to a branch in a strong wind, and last year's suitor is chasing them around the yard in a fit of either jealousy or woe.

I'm sure if I watched long enough, I'll see some interconnecting theme tying all these individual species' stories together like a Guillermo Arriaga movie.

The cast:
starling ...The Starling
killdeer ...Lady Killdeer
rabbit ...Bunny
goldfinch ...Jilted Finch
IMG_4318 ...Robin
ziparumpazoo: Yoda with a headache. (Jedi Mind Cramp)
- Apparently I'm incapable of staying awake through the entirety of the first Iron Man movie. That's four attempts and four failures now. Always at the same spot. Subliminal messages, perhaps? Hypnosis?

- I'm four months behind on reading my National Geographic subscription and I feel kind of guilty about that because it was a gift. And it's not that I don't find the articles interesting; it's just that the theme of every single piece since the most recent editor took over seems to be how humans are destroying the planet. Even in a recent story about rare and dying languages, they managed to slip a line or two in about it. Now, I'm not oblivious to the impact humans have on our planet and how that shapes our cultures, far from it - one of my personal photography projects is documenting the wild spaces around where I live before they are swallowed up by development. But generally your NatGeo target audience is already well-aware of the fact and don't need the point driven home story after story. I just don't look forward to feeding my guilt complex every month by mail anymore.

- Checked out Defiance finally because I saw it had Rockne S. O'Bannon's name attached to it. Early show analysis? Needs more Muppets. That is all.

- I would be finished the sweater I've been working on all winter if I only had one arm. Didn't I just do this part? How do you keep interested in long projects when you're thisclose to the end?
ziparumpazoo: (SmoothAstrid)
Jasika Nicole on Scandal tonight. Loving Huck's storyline this season.

Catch it if you can.
ziparumpazoo: (Literature)
Memorable, no? Presenting, The 21 First Lines meme:

My 21 favorite: )

I always struggle with the first line - not only does it need to set the hook for the reader, but it also sets the tone for me for all the rest that come after it. Sometimes I have to stop myself from spewing the entire story out into that one first sentence. If I were writing anything right now (which I'm not because of reasons that are trivial), it would be fun to have a ficathon where your prompt was your first line.
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Took this photo this morning:
(April 5th/2013)

One year and two days later, and at the exact same spot I took this photo... )
Something seems wrong here, no?
ION, because all the people listing it in their "what I'm watching on TV posts" lately, I caught up with The Americans, and while I don't quite feel fannish about it (it's one of those shows where I get the feeling that I'm watching a different show than everyone else even though it's the same time slot and channel - different experiences and upbringing = different set of viewing glasses), I do find it very intriguing and actually one of the few shows that manages to keep my undivided attention for the full hour as it subtly contrasts things like cold-war era American vs Russian upbringings and culture and women's roles and expectations in that era. I might have more to say on it some other time, but for now, it's hitting a lot of my character-focused storytelling buttons. Also, I can't help wondering where the heck they found so many early-80s cars in such mint condition...

Also tried Lost Girl, but it didn't stick. Sad for me. I never can get hooked on shows that are drive by supernatural/mythology/fantasy-type plotlines. I missed out on the whole Buffy experience too. Just not my wiring.
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Happy first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere...
Monday's storm brought three-foot drifts across my driveway. Last year at this time we were wearing shorts.

The ISS passed over my house this morning. I waved, but I don't think they saw me among the snowdrifts.
TV I am watching right now: )
Also, I heard rumor that Fringe's Jasika Nicole will have a guest spot this season. \o/

Books I have recently read: Longmire )
So, in summary, I'm looking forward to June and the next novel's release. Also, looking forward to A&E airing season two of the series sometime over the summer.
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From the front, they're these little espresso-cup sized birds with the red head tuft and the pretty song are cute, but from the back they might belong to the vampire family instead:

spring is soooooo far off still... )
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Sooooo..... a long while back I was taking timestamp prompts and [personal profile] rainer76 asked for "Two years later, Olivia's back in Mid-World"

I haven't forgotten this one; quite the opposite. I just couldn't get a handle on what I wanted to do with it for a long time. There is apparently more to this story than the 100 words called for in the meme, but in the spirit of filling the final request, here's a snippet for the larger work:
Two years later... )

ziparumpazoo: (Literature)
Found in a document with some cryptic alphanumeric file name:

All In (BSG, Kara/Lee season 1-ish?) )

I'm sure there must have been more to it, but damned if I can remember. *frowns*
ziparumpazoo: (Literature)
Recent fic:

Worship (866 words) by ziparumpazoo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fringe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Bishop/Olivia Dunham
Characters: Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop
Additional Tags: Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Porn Battle, Blue Verse, Mornings
Summary: Peter's never considered himself a religious man.


Living like there's nothing left to lose (2114 words) by ziparumpazoo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fringe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Bishop/Olivia Dunham
Characters: Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, post 5.08, Comfort Sex, Reunions
Summary: hold on and take a breath, I'll be here every step
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We are under a winter storm warning.

pleased with my cheap knock-off Cokin graduated NDR filter )

Also, not sure if I've linked this before, but I did pick up a very cheap circular polarizing filter to stack with my more expensive once to make a variable ND filter. Works as advertised, and an easy way to determine if you'd actually get use of a neutral density filter without shelling out a lot of money.
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Title: Frameshift
Category/Rating: Fringe/Firestarter, PG
Summary: Fringe Division picks up a new case. Parallels abound. (post-season 4)
Disclaimer: I have taken liberties. Many of them.
A/N: For [personal profile] rainer76, who asked for the Bishop boys interacting, and then offered me free reign. Sadly, the reigns were a little too free. Hope you like it anyhow.
Thanks to [personal profile] kerithwyn for the beta. All remaining mistakes belong to me.

The white-on-black halo of unmarred drywall is roughly person-shaped and the only part of the room that hasn't been licked by fire. )