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1. Life
Fucking hell, August is over! One of the busiest months for me this year so far. All with going to festivals; having social stuff; searching, finding and worrying for a new room; moving and clearing a whole flat with all the hangups; helping to organise a four-day team meeting for 100 people; working in another city; driving across the country for job interviews; fighting with my dad about money; having drunk emotional and nervous breakdowns & not to forget worrying about masters thesis which should have been due last week.

Now most of the stuff is resolved and I am in my room in the new flat, which can't compare to the old and perfect one as I become more and more high maintenance.

Instead of working on ~all the important stuff I am working through all what happened in fandom and fics and am trying to get a hold on old & new TV shows (September, my dear, you'll give me back a weekly routine by providing a watching schedule).

2. Recs
Here are some fics for which I avoided cleaning moving boxes:

carry it in my heart by [ profile] robin_pulaski - an epic Social Network fic which got recced to me and gave me all I need from TSN: a social awkward building-up of a relationship, two people in love and a happy ending.

Trouble with Dreams by [ profile] sparkledark - do I really need to rec it? It has my heart

School of Life by [ profile] trafficsong - as it often goes, when do one decide to click on a fic? Most often these days I'll definitely open a new tab when I've read something by the author before or when there's an interesting title or summary (why do people decide to post a fic to comms without a summary??).
In this case both didn't apply and especially the title and summary would normally be a scroll-by for me. Somehow the author's name ringed something and the layout is nice to read in.
As it seems there's no happy ending; but who needs that? People are asking for a sequel or another part, but for me this one has a new, different approach. Not all the narrative threads have to be resolved. I like the fragmental design.

And I blame [ profile] delires for hooking me onto South Park fic. The first epic one I read was by [ profile] formerdinosaur's The Scenic Route (aka [ profile] snooter) for which I have so many feelings, but one major point of critique is that it goes on and on. Great for the enthusiastic and addicted reader (aka me) but in my opinion it's not always in favour for the fic itself.

Just a quick comment...

Date: 7 September 2011 00:53 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Recs, thank you! ♥

Date: 9 September 2011 02:53 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much for mentioning the [ profile] sparkledark fic. do I really need to rec it? Yes! I can't cope with the kinkmeme so I'm entirely dependent on the goodness of reccers. I started it and now have to wait til RL calms down to finish it, but academic AUs are some of my favorites.

Oh, that wicked [ profile] delires...such a temptress. I am absolutely on a-no-new-fandoms-allowed diet, but I trust her judgment and am sadly certain that I'm going to find myself squeeing over South Park sometime in the near future.

Hope your new flat starts to feel like home soon! :)

Date: 9 September 2011 10:09 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!

If you'd like it better - [ profile] sparkledark posted the whole thing in her journal (
And parts of the attraction for me is definitly the academic setting AND that it reminds me in it's atmosphere of Wonder Boys (

I think in the future I'll post some more recs of the k_m, as a lot of fic is underappreciated there (out of the reasons you mentioned, I suppose).

Date: 9 September 2011 13:28 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know there are others like me who find the kinkmeme irritating and/or confusing. There was a Marcus/Esca fic I wanted to read and the author kept posting the next chapter as a reply to the previous chapter, instead of as a reply to the original prompt. This went on for enough chapters that, because of threading and the indent with each reply, it became about two words wide. I just couldn't stand it. (Luckily, she announced in her journal that she's cleaning it up and posting as a whole fic, so I'll just wait for that). I keep thinking that there must be a trick for dealing with the threading issue, but I've poured over LJ Help and can't find anything. :(

(It was [ profile] demon_rum's Passion and Profession, by the way, the 19th c. crossover with Jane Eyre (or rather, the movie in which Jamie Bell plays St John).

Date: 9 September 2011 13:46 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I haven't read THAT one yet, but it's already saved

Personally I prefer the threaded way as it's far easier to bookmark, especially when there are more fills for one prompt. In addition I don't like how the mods of the eagle k_m post to their fill list as you don't see the original prompt anymore.
As for the problem with the width (I had it as well before I figured out the easy solution), you just need to click on the direct link of the part. Or is the issue somewhere else? Or you could read in flat view? (never tried that for myself)


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