Disney Parks news from D23

  • Jul. 15th, 2017 at 4:32 PM
destina: (mcu: captain america)
Disney is its own fandom, and OMG there are AMAZING things happening. As I said on tumblr, Disney is about to back trucks up to the parks and shower money on them, because some of our wildest dreams are happening. Including the one I predicted long ago. *g*

cutting to spare those who don't care, but a list of the confirmed changes is behind this cut )

WELL. This is a great day to be a Disney Parks fan. Meanwhile, I have reblogged lots of Infinity War and Star Wars stuff on tumblr, too, as have 1 million others. If you like that stuff but you aren't hanging out there today, you might be missing out just a little. (Unless you're not into squee, capslock and keysmashing; then you're good.)

A poll about AO3 norms

  • Jul. 13th, 2017 at 6:24 PM
destina: cherry blossoms (Default)
I anonymized it for your truth-telling convenience. I'm just curious, really; these are things I've been wondering about, so why not ask?

Poll #18575 AO3 norms, part 1
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 82

I've heard that a 'good rate of return' is considered to be one comment per 100 hits. Your thoughts on this number?

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12 (16.7%)

60 (83.3%)

Which is the most valuable fannish currency for your story in order to attract readers?

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40 (56.3%)

11 (15.5%)

4 (5.6%)

10 (14.1%)

Tumblr reblogs
6 (8.5%)

Do you ever read bookmarks to see the comments people put there even though they haven't commented on your story itself?

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49 (67.1%)

7 (9.6%)

People do that??
17 (23.3%)

Tell the truth: which method do you personally use when you want to read fic in a new fandom?

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Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by kudos
43 (53.8%)

Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by comments
9 (11.2%)

Sort by pairing or character, then by bookmarks
7 (8.8%)

Sort by pairing or character, then by hit count
7 (8.8%)

I use other tags to sort and I will explain in comments
14 (17.5%)

I have the hit counts turned off on my stories.

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6 (8.5%)

65 (91.5%)

I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the kudos button.

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7 (9.3%)

68 (90.7%)

I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the comments on a story, not just moderate them.

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15 (20.5%)

58 (79.5%)

Freeform tumblr-style tags suck and should not be allowed.

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36 (46.8%)

41 (53.2%)

How do you use tags the most?

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To find things I want to read
47 (57.3%)

To avoid things I don't want to read
15 (18.3%)

To sort or filter things
9 (11.0%)

As red flags to warn me off immature writers
10 (12.2%)

As green lights to find things that are funny or delightful
1 (1.2%)

Which of the following is the most irritating to you as a reader?

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Failing to warn properly
3 (3.7%)

Putting the wrong indicator on a story (gen when it's m/m)
9 (11.0%)

Super-long summaries which explain the story for you
3 (3.7%)

Super-long notes or footnotes
2 (2.4%)

Fics without proper spacing or paragraph breaks
30 (36.6%)

Fics without proper dialog punctuation
9 (11.0%)

Self-deprecating author's notes
8 (9.8%)

'Comment and I might write more haha'
18 (22.0%)

Last question: what do you discern from the order of pairings listed on the story?

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I assume all the pairings listed will be in the story, period
42 (51.2%)

I assume the most important/primary pairing is listed first in order
54 (65.9%)

I don't assume; I check notes to see if there's guidance about it
9 (11.0%)

I assume there could be a mix of past and present pairings for any given listed pairings
27 (32.9%)


Summer Lovin’, Had Me A Blast…

  • Jul. 11th, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Posted by Gala Darling

Summer in New York City is sublime. Tell me, what is better than walking around with your best friend, going out dancing until 4am, napping in the air conditioning, writing on the rooftop at The Wing, and laughing with and smooching your beloved? NOTHING, that’s what!

It has been an action-packed summer so far and we’re nowhere near done. Here are a few updates from my life…

Last week, Garnett and I watched What The Health (it’s on Netflix) and the day after, I went back to eating vegan! No meat, no cheese, no eggs, no animal products. The switch was really easy to make (though I admit, maybe it’s easier for because I’ve been vegan before and I live in NYC, land of opportunity).

Right now, I’m six days in and I’m feeling magnificent. I’m not congested when I wake up. I have way more energy, and in the mornings, I actually feel human as opposed to being a cranky, bleary-eyed mess. My moods feel more stable and even-keeled. And my body is already changing: I’m not bloated, my abs are popping, and I’m looking more muscular overall.

My only concern with eating this way is that it might be harder to maintain (and build) a bad booty, which I’ve been consistently working at for ages! However, I’ve been researching and it looks like tofu and chicken breast are very similar in terms of protein — you have to eat a little bit more tofu, but that’s not the end of the world. It is my MISSION to have a bad (vegan) ass! I will doooooo it!

I’ve never been evangelical about diet — mostly because it’s effing annoying — so don’t worry, I won’t be ranting at you anytime soon. And I can’t say that veganism is for everybody. But I do know my own body and what it responds best to! I can say that I’m feeling happier, more energetic, and more clear-minded than I have in a long time. If you’ve been thinking about cutting out animal products, try it for a week and see how you feel. You might be surprised.

Nubs and I at Cha Cha Matcha.

My wife*, Shauna (although I call her Nubs), came to town a couple of weeks ago and we had the time of our lives. She flew all the way from the West Coast for my workshop at The Wing (here’s a write-up from The Daily Beast). Now that’s ride or die. We spent the rest of our time walking until we got blisters, shopping up a storm, and reorganising my entire apartment. We finally put down one of my new rugs from Marrakech — it’s pink, of course — and then, well, we just had to redo everything!

Darling HQ looks so much better now, and is full of cacti and succulents. Hooray! The biggest task was probably cleaning out the armoire in my living room, which contained, among other things, my old Helio Ocean in a ziplock bag! That phone was everything to me. I got it when I first moved to America — I bought it at the Helio store on Broadway in Soho — and it was a game-changer! It had internet! I could walk the streets and check my blog comments at the same time! I know that doesn’t seem very exciting these days… But back then, oh my lord. It was amazing.

Anyway, it was so much fun to have her visit, see her asleep on my couch, and make her coffee every morning. It had been way too long since I’d seen her last! Thankfully, she’s coming back to town in August… And more cleaning is definitely on the agenda. #VirgoLife

* Yes, she really is my wife! We got married in Central Park in 2008… And we’re still going strong!

When you see a rainbow roller door…

On the work front, it’s been an interesting time. I’ve been writing about radical self love for a decade now (!!!), and while it’s still the cornerstone of everything I believe, it’s definitely time for me to explore new topics and subject areas. I’ve been working on my new book, which is all about love and relationships, and it’s such a fun topic for me to investigate. It’s nice to be back in that beginner’s mindset place — it’s challenging and invigorating all at the same time.

I’ve also been working on a mini-class to help you GET OVER YOUR EX for good! ‘Cause lord knows, it’s hard to be your raddest self when you’re still hung up on some bozo. It’s juicy and I’m really excited to release it, so stay tuned! I can’t wait to share it with you.

Late nights and neon lights at China Chalet.


Press-on nails by Tres She. No joke, these are my new favourite thing. They also don’t ruin your nails like gel does! I’m VERY into it. Some might say I’m AGGRESSIVELY into it!

These Steve Madden boots in black microsuede (as seen above in the rainbow roller door photo!). They’re comfortable and sleek and they were less than $100, so… Go get yourself some!

Public hotel which opened recently in NYC. It’s an Ian Schrager hotel — he did Edition in Miami [one of my all-time favourites] and was a co-founder of Studio 54 — and it’s gorgeous. The breakfast is delicious, the bar is beautiful, and the location is perfect. I want to rent a room and have a glorious staycation!

Michael Jackson’s shadiest moments. Ahahah. Oh my god. Yes. When you have a moment and you want to turn your brain off, this is a good way to do it.

Selling old clothes and accessories and making space, glorious space!

Adding more pink to the bottom of my hair. It feels nice to be a semi-My Little Pony again!

Writing my weekly Spirit Goddess column for Horoscope.com! I love getting a bit woo-woo for you over there.



Join me at The Wing for my Rooftop Ritual Series starting on August 21st! It’s a Leo New Moon and it’s also a solar eclipse so the power is gonna be POPPING, HONEY! Yes, we will truly be on a rooftop in the middle of New York City, surrounded by candles, making wishes and loving ourselves HARD! You can grab your ticket here and I recommend doing it today because the spots are very limited! We get started at 7pm and it’s going to be pure magic.

There are spaces left for the Radical Self Love Temple retreat in Tulum, Mexico! Come away with me and Veronica Varlow for 5 days of ritual, radical self love, dreamy portraits, and the adventure of a lifetime. Meow! We’d love to have you! And as always, hit me up if you have any questions.

Love ever,

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Layout: New York Evening [Fluid]

  • Jul. 10th, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Original layout using this Creative-Commons-licensed Manhattan panorama.

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destina: (mcu: spidey)
I wanted to read this story, but it didn't exist, so I wrote 8,600 words of it. And then I rewrote it so it was Homecoming-compliant. And now here we are, in the handbasket.

100-Point Restoration (8691 words) by Destina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Captain America (Movies), Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Parker/Tony Stark
Characters: Peter Parker, Tony Stark, James Rhodes, Ned Leeds, May Parker (Spider-Man), Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Karen (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Future Fic, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Hurt/Comfort

Tony needs a happiness upgrade; Peter wants Tony. These goals might be compatible. (This story is set roughly five years post-Homecoming.)

What are the odds that I'd write two MCU stories and they'd both be (different) rare pairs?? Or that the unfinished third one will be, too?


Earth: Final Conflict

  • Jul. 9th, 2017 at 6:08 PM
Come and join me at [community profile] earth_final_conflict

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This fandom is old and pretty much dead, but I still love the show and just started re-watching again.

Fics, recs, icons, general discussion, meta, news, questions, squee - any content related to the show is welcome here. You are welcome to re-post older entries (e.g. from other journaling sites) as well.