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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blown Away
 

Yesterday we had a walk-in greenhouse. It consisted of a metal frame covered in a heavy duty plastic shell, which zipped closed. It was tall enough for me to stand inside. It was a bugger to put up as the plastic was a pretty tight fit.

Today we have a frame. The plastic is gone. It isn't ripped or torn & lying in the garden. Or in next door's garden. Or down the road. No bits of plastic lying around. It's gone. Vanished. Disappeared without a trace.

The gale-force winds we had last night have taken it.

How the hell they managed to do so without any damage to the frame is a mystery. How it managed to vanish without a trace is also a mystery. If you hear any rumours of a UFO being seen in England it'll be our greenhouse, flying along like a Zeppelin!!

....................

E, mate, blimey - don't start apologising because I check a few sites! I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it. I'd check them anyway, looking for new stuff to read. OK - I probably wouldn't check all these fandoms, I'd probably limit my searches to my favourite fandoms, but I'd still poke about looking for things, just in case I found a new fandom to like.

Ze

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sorry Ze...
 

I might as well apologize now as Ze will find numerous updates for y'all tomorrow night. I on the other hand only check our usual sites and have once again only found a couple for you to read. So enjoy those and get ready for the loads Ze will send at you Tuesday and Wednesday.

Until than have a splendid evening.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Busy
 

Kind of a busy weekend for us. Saturday we ran a few errands and drove little e to a birthday party/sleepover. The kids both had homework that filled a lot of their time.

Cal and I made a trip to the comic store today. E spent the afternoon visiting with old high school friends. And little e has been working on schoolwork since she got home from her sleepover.

Tonight Cal will continue with homework. He has a science project that's due on Tuesday so I've made sure he didn't wait until the last minute to complete it. That was always my fatal weakness when it came to projects for school and he has a tendency to do the same.

Monday evening he should be able to finish it up and get to bed on time.

Tamara

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fire Good
 

Not very cold and the rain has stopped, but that fire still feels good. I may have to turn on the heat soon. But holding off until mid to late October is great.

Enjoy those updates and have a splendid Sunday.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Rain
 

Our Friday has been graced with lovely rain. Not a steady downpour but our usual drizzle. I even got to walk in it for a bit with a student. If our rain continues, tonight's sleep should be peaceful.

I'll let you get to reading.

Tamara

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dinner
 

My favorite meal is by far breakfast, which means tonight's dinner (breakfast for dinner) is a favorite meal as well.

Here is hoping your day, week has been going well. Good News for some of us tomorrow is TGIF.

Enjoy those updates.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Language Choice
 

One of the things I forgot to mention last week, when I was chatting about searching on AO3 tags... there are a lot of fics that I don't report on because they are not written in English. Obviously, if you're reading our updates, you can read English. But if your first language is a language other than English, or you are fluent in a language other than English, you might like to check out AO3's other languages.

Go here and click on the drop-down for language choice, (there's even one - just one - story in Irish Gaelic), then scroll to the bottom of the page & click search. Bingo. There's your list. (Note - it brings up all stories in that language - not just femslash - you'll have to narrow your search for that.)

See you next week. Goodnight and may your God/s go with you

Ze


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Yukky Weather
 

Glad I weather proofed Snow's home. The weather these past two days has been dreadful. Talk about a torrential downpour!! Monday was appalling.

Ze

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall is finally here!
 

Still no fire but today E got us ready for one. Wood has been brought in and the area in front of the fireplace is cleared out and waiting for heat.

Unless our weather takes a turn for the frigid we probably won't be starting a fire this week. Temps in the 60s and rain aren't cold enough for the mighty power of our fireplace insert. Soon though...I can feel it in my bones.

Tomorrow Ze will have a ton for you I'm sure. Enjoy the updates!

Tamara

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Another Stellar Day
 

We had a clear weekend during the daylight hours and it was pleasant all around. My beautiful rain will make a full appearance this week, which could make work interesting and the driving commute hellish. Other than that just another week to go by.

Enjoy those updates.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Counting the days....
 

Fall has finally arrived. Yesterday the morning was warm and foggy. When I left school at lunch time the temperature had dropped and there was a definite bite to the air.

Today we had more of the same along with a little rain. It's not quite cold enough for a fire but I know we're close. Yay!

Tamara

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Tired
 

This week has been long, but they all seem that way now at work. Kinda sucks. Wish weekends were longer. Sadly they are not so I am off to start enjoying what I can.

Happy Weekend to all.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Almost Friday
 

Tomorrow is a no kids work day for me. I plan on attending a seminar in the morning, meeting with a few co-workers at some point and getting all of my required online training out of the way. I'm looking forward to not being on my feet quite as much as I have been these past couple of weeks.

Tamara

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Searching for Fic
 

The routine of checking for updates goes something like this...

First - check all the official "sites we check". Next run through a few dozen sites/livejournal comms I have bookmarked - most of which haven't updated in a while - some for 5 or 6 years. Live Journal was once a bustling, thriving site, packed with fanfic communities. Then they "improved it". Nearly always a bad idea to fix something which isn't broken. They tried to turn it into facebook/twitter/blogger/hotmail. And consequently drove people away. That wasn't what LJ was for.

When I've done that I get myself another mug of coffee - you can't face AO3 without caffeine.

The good thing about AO3 (which puts it streets ahead of nightmare sites like FF.Net) is its tagging and search features. I search on tags. The first one I search for is "female relationships". It's safe to only check that tag once a week - the most there will be is 6 pages or so. (20 titles per page). Most won't be relevant because they'll be friendships, mother/daughter, siblings, etc. But there will be a few that are f/f. Most of those will be duplicated in my other searches but there's always one or two which aren't.

The next search tag is "femslash". Once again a weekly search is enough. Strangely it's not a popular tag. There will be maybe 4 pages. (20 titles per page).

The next search is using the tag "F/F". You absolutely can not leave that for a week. (I found that out the first time I started searching on that and swore never again!!) If you do leave it for that long there will be 60 or 70 pages to check. I check daily (8 to 10 pages) and keep a running thread on a doc.

You can't simply report every item listed though. Some people tag for f/f even when it's het or m/m. Some people tag for f/f if there's a very minor pairing in an otherwise het story. Sometimes the summary helps. If not, it helps to a) know the fandom, b) know the characters/pairings, or c) read the first bits of the story. I read a lot - and I mean a LOT of first chapters. Even in fandoms I hate or with pairings I dislike. Though I have to confess I've found some fairly good stories that way.

I've also back-buttoned very swiftly out of some truly dire ones. I don't report on those.

I don't report on genderswap either. To me those don't seem like proper femslash. Nor do I report on RPF - real person fiction. Although that can be flexible. If the person is living, or was living until recently then no. But historical fiction will have real people in it. If it's long enough ago that there's nobody alive to question the depiction then I don't mind. The Assassin's Creed story tonight for example. Both of the female pirates in that were real people.

I also don't report on incest, graphic rape, or child abuse.

Nor on loli, futanari, vore, tentacle hentai. There's plenty of that around for you to search for if you're so inclined. (If you have no idea what those are and you are of a sensitive, sheltered, or innocent nature - do yourself a favour and don't google them.

I don't report on underage (below adult but not young enough to be loli) because it can be illegal to even read things like that in some countries. Though there are blurred lines in my choices depending on fandom/country etc. and varying ages-of-consent. It's why I don't tend to list high school AUs - most are set in the USA and if I understand the US system correctly that makes the characters younger than 18 - the most common age-of-consent in the US. Not that I understand the attraction in high school AUs anyway - but they seem pretty popular.

I can be illogical in my selections. I'll report on things I don't like but which are good stories. I'll report on fandoms I hate - even if I have to read the story to check it's ok to use. But if the summary contains more than three grammar or spelling errors in three sentences it doesn't stand a chance. *g*. And if the summary isn't a summary but simply the writer being rude or obnoxious... not even going to bother to see if the story's worth the effort.

Well. That's me for this week. Goodnight and may your God/s go with you/

Ze

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What the heck have you stumbled upon? Well, it's simple really...Uber Etc. is a place to find links to alt f/f fan fiction on the web. We're nutty enough to attempt to cover many different genres including original works.

What else will you find here? News and opinion from the two grunts who run the place. We'll try and get writers to chat for us every so often. If you've got something you'd like to promote or get off your chest and it relates to f/f fiction, drop us a line. We're always open to rambles.

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