Before British colonisation in 1788, every part of Australia was populated by different Indigenous groups, each with their own territory, language, laws and customs. It is estimated that in the late 18th century there were about 350 languages spoken on mainland Australia.

The Dreaming is an English term describing the complex religious philosophy governing Aboriginal life. Ancestral beings travelled across a flat and lifeless landscape, creating all living things and the geographical features that we see today. By retelling and painting stories of spirit ancestors’ journeys, senior men and women pass on the law and knowledge of country to younger people. Designs on rock, bark, canvas and the body depict the many guises of spirit ancestors in both human and animal form.

The arid lands of the Spinifex people are dotted with clay pans and salt lakes. The traditional owners of this country see it as a sacred geography rich in meaning and crossed by Dreamings, or songlines, of creation ancestors.

‘When I finish, my paintings will keep going. They will keep telling all the people, my family, and whitefellas the story of Kamanti where I was born.’

Lennard Walker, Spinifex people, 2012

This painting is called Pukara. It is a men’s Tjukurpa (Dreaming) in Spinifex country in the Great Victoria Desert. The painting depicts the story of Wati Kutjura (Two Men) – father and son in the form of water serpents. They are travelling on the son’s journey of initiation. The son, going a little mad, decides to take off for a place called Mulaya to start a fight. His father chases after him. Their actions and encounters along the way create the geographic features and meanings of the land. One of the artists, Roy Underwood, describes this as ‘a big story’, meaning that it holds high ritual significance. Only senior men with detailed ceremonial knowledge understand the full meaning of the story. The artists, all senior men, collaborate here to paint storylines that cross a large area of country for which they hold shared authority.

Kungkaragkalpa is a major Dreaming story that crosses a vast area of Australia. Painted by senior women from Spinifex country in the Great Victoria Desert, much of the story is about sacred women’s business. The women wish that the details remain private. The painting depicts holes made by women digging for an edible carpet python. The python is in fact Wati Nyirru, a lustful old man chasing the sisters. The Australian authorities removed Spinifex people from their land in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as the British and Australian governments needed large empty spaces to test atomic weapons. Between 1998 and 2000, both men and women painted major canvases to demonstrate their knowledge of traditional law and land in their bid to have their native title recognised. They are now able to live on their land again and continue to paint and pass on their important stories of country.

You can see these significant paintings in the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation (23 April – 2 August 2015).

Find out more in the book accompanying the exhibition written by Gaye Sculthorpe and Lissant Bolton, British Museum, John Carty, Howard Morphy and Maria Nugent, Australian National University, Ian Coates, National Museum of Australia, and Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones.

Spinifex salt pans. North-west Tjuntjuntjara, Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia. Photograph: Louise Allerton.

Roy Underwood, Lennard Walker, Simon Hogan and Ian Rictor, Pukara (detail). Acrylic on canvas, 2013. © the artists, courtesy Spinifex Arts Project.

Kunmanara Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods, Yarangka Thomas, Estelle Hogan, Ngalpingka Simms and Myrtle Pennington, Kungkarangkalpa (detail). Acrylic on canvas, 2013. © the artists, courtesy Spinifex Arts Project. Acquired by the British Museum with the support of BP.

Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) in production. Photograph: Amanda Dent.

So Your Fic is Required Reading: Hahahanope

So, I got to the bottom of why I was getting such weird comments on a relatively obscure fic of mine—it’s required reading in a class being taught, and one of the assignments is to leave a comment on the required reading which is more critical than constructive so that the professors know students are “engaging” with the texts in a way that isn’t just “YAY I LIKED IT." 

But waldorph, how do you know? Well, one of the teachers of said class commented on my fic, Delilah, which was this week’s required reading, and I was able to track down the syllabus and uncover the assignment which was prompting the flood in my inbox. The comments I received were bizarrely tone-deaf, condescending, rude, and more than that, completely out of step and touch with all fannish norms, and actually prompted me to write a post about concrit and feedback earlier this week.  As soon as she explained that it was a class, and that these were fannish-outsiders, it made sense, as opposed to me assuming someone had recc’d it and I was getting way more backlash than usual on a pretty obscure fic. Unfortunately, I dealt with this all week before one of the teachers stepped in, and that was only when I started receiving flaming trolls.

For this reason, I’ve alerted all of the authors listed on the syllabus that they’re about to experience this because, frankly, I would have appreciated a heads up. I’ve also listed them all below, including the weeks that their works will be reviewed. I think that it might be nice if people could spread this around and leave some positive vibes on these works in particular—some of them are pretty well known and some of them aren’t but I think they all equally deserve support from within the community. Additionally, if you know these authors and can contact them directly, please point them in my direction or in the direction of this post and I can provide them with a little more information. I reached out to everyone, but obviously contact information can be out of date. 

Ultimately, there’s nothing we can do about people examining works that we never meant to be examined in this way. I think we all have to accept that the way fandom gets interacted with is changing, not just the way that we interact with the rest of the world. I do think that as a community we can and should support each other.

Please signal boost this post so that we can get these authors some good vibes. Obviously we’re into the semester already, so I’ve also included works that have already been through this, please be sure to give them love as well. Links under the cut.

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The theme of November’s installation of my new “Top Ten” series is soul mates (in the magical realism sense). As always, this Top Ten Series is inspired by werewolfwagon, one of my favorite Sterek sources.

Note: Because this is my top ten soulmate fics, this list is based off of personal preference, not the fandom’s collective preference.

1. examine every inch (whimsicalimages | 3,364 | PG)

John Watson can see a red string around every person’s fingers that leads him/her to the person they’re destined for.

2. Deoxygenated Series (Ibmisscharlie | 4,295 | PG)

“If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know?” 
Everyone has a clock, either installed by futuristic machines or they’re born with one.

The numbers can’t guarantee happiness, reciprocity, or even fidelity. They’re just a fact of life. In a world where everyone hides their numbers, John Watson meets a man with bare wrists.

3. Celestial Bodies Series (songlin | 18,907 | NC-17)

They watch the omegas in their class miss a week at a time for their heats, or turn up pregnant, or drop out entirely, and see even the nicest, brightest boys and girls get rude and dumb and aggressive after presenting as alphas. Privately, they wonder what the rush is about.

John and Sherlock are eighteen years old and still haven’t presented as alpha or omega, though they’re both sure they know how their cards have been dealt. That is their first mistake.

4. The Ties That Bleed (luchia13 | 11,733 | R)

John Watson has been bonded by blood to Sherlock Holmes. Until the day Sherlock dies, they will be tied together. Until the day Sherlock dies, John can’t.

5. With Eyes Wide Open (cleflink | 8,048 | R)

Thirty two hours after they met, John Watson shot a man to save Sherlock Holmes’ life.

Three hours after that, John Watson let Sherlock Holmes see his soul.

6. The Waiting is the Worst Part (loyalnerdwp | 4,065 | PG)

“If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know?”

7. Fate, At Your Fingertips (radialarch | 7,604 | PG)

Even “soulmate” is just a word.

8. Time Enough (airynothing | 1,135 | PG)

John refused to believe that Sherlock, of all people, could have simply missed his soulmate.

9. Simple Gifts (agameofscones | 1,834 | PG)

Every person is born with one innate talent. They are also born with one soulmate, and the full potential of their talent is not realized until they’ve found that person.

“So why does it matter to find your person if you’re okay without them?”

“Because”—Mummy sighs, and perhaps sounds the littlest bit sad—“you are perfectly okay without them, but that doesn’t change that you’ll always be better with them.”

10. Inscriptions Series (orphan_account | 36,909 | PG)

Everyone is born with the name of their Soul Mate on their finger. This is called their SBI, or Soul Bond Inscription, and from the time a person turns sixteen, they are locked in a Search for the person with the corresponding SBI; the person with their name on their finger, in the same color as their own SBI. They do not know when, and they do not know where. All they know is that at the end of their Search is the person they are meant to spend the rest of their life with.

I should probably also mention Walking Together, Colors, Millennia, and Cycles.

And of course, here’s my soulmates tag if you’re looking for more.

P.S. I’m so excited about my 3k celebration! It’s currently in the works.

anonymous asked:

Just wondering if you've read any other Omegaverse fics that you would recommend? Yours is wonderful, but it's leaving me hungry for more ;)

Fresne’s Gordian

“On any given day, Sherlock might come out of the bathroom smelling like an Alpha on the hunt (Alpha #8) or an Omega in heat (Omega #9), a Beta brooding (Beta #3), or like no gender at all. The last one was his actual scent, which wasn’t so much scentless as confusing. At least in an adult.

If Sherlock and John were the sort of people to read Mills and Boon novels, they could have said that what occurred was because destiny intervened and set two destined lovers in their one true pairings’ path.

It was the lasagna.”

(There’s a whole series of these, exploring different characters and gender possibilities, but this one really stuck with me and caught my eye (and got me thinking.)

Songlin's Celestial Bodies Series

“They watch the omegas in their class miss a week at a time for their heats, or turn up pregnant, or drop out entirely, and see even the nicest, brightest boys and girls get rude and dumb and aggressive after presenting as alphas. Privately, they wonder what the rush is about.

John and Sherlock are eighteen years old and still haven’t presented as alpha or omega, though they’re both sure they know how their cards have been dealt. That is their first mistake.”

Just gorgeous writing, and I love it to bits!

These were the two I read in Omegaverse that made me consider it for myself, and then since I was writing Gilded Cage, I didn’t read too many others - I didn’t want to hijack ‘verse details, or writing styles =D

That’s right. All those “big changes” I was talking about? They weren’t just lies so I could stop filling requests, I swear. I’m super excited to present a new series for this blog: Top Ten Fics. This is an idea I got from the absolutely wonderful werewolfwagon (an excellent Sterek fic source). I’m not sure what the time frame on these will be, but hopefully I’ll be able to do one every month or so. 

This month’s theme is fluff.

It was a serious struggle to narrow this down to ten, and then order them. Undoubtedly I’ve forgotten some, but hopefully I’ve got the main ones on here. Note: Because this is my top ten fluff fics, this list is based off of personal preference, not the fandom’s collective preference.

1. and stand there at the edge of my affection (coloredink | 2,683 | PG)

“You’ve written love letters,” Sherlock asserted.

2. Two Coffees One Black One With Sugar Please Series (Linpatootie | 25,419 | G to NC-17)

A somewhat pointless experiment on Sherlock’s behalf leads to John having to re-evaluate pretty much his entire life.

3. The Important Bit (solshine | 9,984 | PG)

Just where exactly is the line between “to love” and “to be in love”? What difference is required between “flatmate” and “husband”? (Besides the rings, obviously.) No, the important bit is that they have each other.

4. Duvet (Green) (Mazarin221b | 2,021 | PG)

Sherlock recalibrates and restructures his mind palace so it looks like 221b. What he chooses to put in John’s room is a bit of a surprise, and a revelation.

5. Random Numbers (songlin | 1,672 | PG)

Just because they’re not having sex doesn’t mean they aren’t intimate.

6. No Mushrooms Please Series (Ibmisscharlie | 5,456 | PG)

The two working in tandem, silently anticipating each other’s needs, is not unfamiliar to Greg, as they have become something of a smoothly oiled machine at crime scenes, but their easy comfort in such a domestic setting still surprises him.

7. A Quiet Murmuration (cathedral_carver | 4,684 | PG)

Just pay me back with one thousand kisses.

8. A Silver Sixpence (_doodle | 16,399 | NC-17)

John, we need to get married. 

9. Let You Kiss Me (So Sweet and So Soft) (out_there | 8,666 | PG)

The first time Sherlock kisses him, John keeps his eyes open, and so does Sherlock, and mostly, he wonders what Sherlock could possibly be up to. There’ll be some logic to this. Some ridiculous experiment about body warmth or respiratory rates or testing a new way of picking pockets. Sherlock does the unimaginable for bizarre reasons, but behind it, there’s always logic and curiosity. Sometimes, it just takes him a while to explain it to John.

10. Seventeen Letters (out_there | 2,357 | PG)

“I love Sherlock,” John says out loud, testing how the words feel in his mouth. It doesn’t change anything. Sherlock’s still the pillock who fiddled with his computer password.

Also, I just have to do a quick shout out to Dates of Vast Importance, The Real Meaning of Idioms, The Internet is Not Just For Porn, The Velveteen Doctor, Corpus Hominis, A New Kind of Communication, As I Love You, A Bit Backwards, and The Battle of Bakerloo

And, of course, here’s my fluff tag if you’re craving more.

Fic recs I collected last night, from about 3 hours. I’m excluding the ones I remember already reading:

Fics I’ve found myself reccing several times:

Part 2

Sherlock Seattle Pre-Reading!

…some of my favorites anyway, so mostly johnlock, (limited to 3 max per writer)…

abundantlyqueer [ AO3 | tumblr ]

(Series; 13,771 words) John/Sherlock/John’s gun.
Two Two One Bravo Baker
(114,574 words) Military AU.

bendingsignpost [ AO3 | tumblr ]

34 Minutes
(4,698 words) An experiment in eye contact.
Bel Canto
(127,481 words) Historical AU. Phantom of the Opera fusion.
Watches ‘Verse
(Series; 66,905 words) Meta AU. Every time John falls asleep he wakes up in a one of four lives he is living simultaneously..

berlynn_wohl [ AO3 | tumblr ]

Irgendwann fallt jede Mauer
(1,718 words) Historical AU. John and Sherlock are separated by the Berlin Wall.
(6,264 words) First time Johnlock with memory altering drugs, just in case…

LyraNgalia [ AO3 | tumblr ]

Power Play
(3,344 words) Moriarty and Irene first meeting. Incredible scene.
Murder on the Hogwarts Express
(Series; 5,108 words) Games of influence and misbehavior between Jim, Irene, and Sherlock.
Minutes to Apocalypse
(562 words) Missing scene from Scandal; John leaves, Sherlock thinks, and Irene rearranges things!

Mad_Lori [ AO3 | tumblr ]

Performance in a Leading Role
(156,714 words) Hollywood AU.
Alone On the Water
(7,725 words) Deathfic.

makokitten [ AO3 | tumblr ]

Locum Work
(414 words) Wholock, adorable Wholock.
The Three Hat Problem
(1,096 words) Bunny!lock.
The Dead Husbands Club
(875 words) John and Mary deal with dead husbands, or in John’s case, “husband.”

professorfangirl (lizeckhart) [ AO3 | tumblr ]

In the Deep
(3,288 words) Visually stunning. Sicfic.
The Mind-Body Problem
(1,579 words) Thinky porn.

Gone from the Gentle Battleground
(6,572 words) Intense post-Reichenbach reunion fic.

songlin [ AO3 | tumblr ]

Celestial Bodies
(Series; 18,987 words) Teenagers to adult omegaverse; 100% consensual and MPREG-free.

Powerful, Beautiful and Without Regret
(Series; 46,578 words) Vampire!Sherlock, Wereworlf!John. Modern AU.
(3,049 words) PWP with glorious banter.

‘Sleeping together’ is both the most and least accurate term for what they do.

It is most accurate in that they share a bed and they sleep, often in physical contact with each other. It is least accurate in that the connotations of the phrase “sleeping together” tend towards the sexual, which is entirely not the point.


from Random Numbers by songlin [ AO3 | tumblr ] (1,671 words)

Episodic relationship study with non-sexual johnlock fluff! [Previously rec’d here but I’m rereading some stuff from Sherlock Seattle panelists, in prep for the con!].

Guest writer Songlin

I’m not sure now which of Songlin’s stories I read first. This is unsurprising, considering that she has 47 written in the Sherlock fandom only. But it was her series, Powerful, Beautiful and Without Regret that grabbed me by its teeth (literally - it’s an AU where Sherlock is a vampire and John is a recently turned werewolf) by the scruff of the neck, shook me out, and won me over.

This might not seem so extraordinary as I’m partial to AUs, but I’m also terribly picky and demanding. Her depiction of these character and her ability to overlay them with these new characteristics and place them in a world that knows what they are and treats their ‘disease’ with a varying level of acceptance and distrust, is utterly captivating. I was devoured whole and consumed the story in a single sitting. We are so pleased that she can join us at Sherlock Seattle!

Songlin has been writing fanfiction on and off since she was about twelve. She is pleased to announce that the quality thereof has substantially improved. After a lifetime of mild enthusiasm towards the Sherlock canon, she fell headfirst into the fandom just before the airing of series 2 of BBC Sherlock and took up fanfiction again with a vengeance. Her likes include fancy tea and unresolved romantic tension. One day she plans to teach children and raise a generation of justice-minded nerds.

Thanks to everyone who came up to say hi and get Night Vale ribbons from me. I’m sorry I couldn’t stop to chat more but I’m glad people got a kick out of them! I’d love to chat about Sherlock or Night Vale (or both! Both is good.) if you find me on tumblr so I can find you!

Thanks to pursuitofnerdiness for her awesome tweeting and general awesomeness (so glad to meet you)! For those of you who didn’t know, mine were the fingers behind the Sherlock Seattle twitter account all weekend. her_nerdiness’ involvement meant more (and far superior) coverage! (And apparently, there will also be coverage of the Sherlock NYCC & Night Vale Tea Party, for any who. like me, might be wallowing in jealously and in need of someone to live vicariously through.)

Thanks to Songlin and the rest of my writing workshop. This was my favorite part of the con! I learned as much from discussion of everyone else’s fics as I did on discussion of mine. I highly recommend the workshops to anyone!

Thanks to Blue Crow, Lyrangalia, and Makokitten for teaching me that there is so much more to cosplay than the visual representation of a character you love and for broadening my understanding of the fandom in general. This was the most unexpected part of the con for me.

Thanks to baskinglizard for adopting me and making sure I didn’t retreat to corners all the time, as is my habit. And also for the blood.

Thanks to the-mamishka for putting up with my endless questions and for seamlessly bringing together an awesome group of guests, writers, artists, and Sherlockians!

Hope to see some of you at 221b Con!

Johnlock Rec Part 2

-Breathe You In by LapisLazuli

A Sentinel AU, as well as Omegaverse. John is openly an Omega and secretly a Guide. He meets Sherlock Holmes, indifferent Alpha and remarkable Sentinel. They get a flatshare. More stuff happens after that. This story involves bonding and has explicit sexual content, but there is no dub con and no mpreg.

[ 6/6, Sentinel AU, Omegaverse. ]

***-Bloody But Unbowed by BeautifulFiction

“Ever since I returned to London, you have made it plain that my behaviour is intolerable. Clearly, you no longer find me praise-worthy in any capacity, so why are you still here?”

When a familiar argument threatens to destroy the last remnants of John and Sherlock’s failing friendship, both men are left questioning their worth to one another. Before either of them has the chance to make amends, circumstance intervenes. John is left at the mercy of his abductors, and this time, he’s not sure Sherlock will bother coming to his rescue.

[ 8/8 ]

-What Comes Undone by songlin

Sherlock Holmes was not the kind of woman a man brought home to meet the family. She wasn’t even the kind of woman most men brought home, full stop. But that never seemed to stop John.

[ 7 part series. Always a girl Sherlock. Eventual Parentlock. ]

-The Unexpected Key by Desiderii

Miss Sherlock Holmes objects most strenuously to the very idea of finding a husband. Instead of accepting that she must, she sets out to ensure she will never have to.

John Watson, invalided home and recovering from a nasty bout of enteric fever, never thought to find anyone interested in him ever again, let alone someone like Sherlock.

Victorian Era with a rule 63 Sherlock Holmes.

[18/18, Always a girl Sherlock, Victorian Era AU. ]

-Cinnamon by lbmisscharlie

When Sherlock invites John to live with him, he fails to mention that he’s a single father to a four-year-old girl.

[ 5 part series. Parentlock. ]

-Held in Trust by PlainJane

John believed he would never have an alpha. Sherlock knew he could never keep an omega. Seventeen years is a long time to wait to learn just how wrong you can be.

[ 14/14, Omegaverse, background Mystrade. ]

As I am so very clearly not going to get anything done today, let me instead provide a smut!fic rec.

To Show You a Night by songlin

Pairing: Johnlock

Rating: Explicit


Sherlock’s never had an orgasm before. John crafts a solution.

“I forgot how badly I wanted to fuck your mind.”

holy fuck this fic okay just

this fic

The tags on this are "sensory deprivation, blindfolds, bondage, dirty talk, forced orgasm”. Note - completely consensual. 

It presses two huge buttons magnificently well - the complexity of Sherlock’s overactive mind, and overstimulation. I have this awful weakness for overstimulation.

The characterization is really well done, at least in my opinion [we all have different interpretations] and it’s just asldfkjaewkrs keysmash everywhere.

They are both smiling now. Nearly a minute passes, during which neither of them say anything at all, lost in the smiling.

‘We’re not having sex,’ Sherlock says.

John snorts. ‘Shouldn’t think so. Don’t take that the wrong way or anything, you’re just…er, not my type.’

The corners of Sherlock’s eyes crinkle. ‘The sentiment is mutual. But…this.’ His eyes flick down to their hands and back up. ‘This is…acceptable.’


from Random Numbers by songlin [ AO3 | tumblr ] (1,671 words)

Episodic relationship study with non-sexual johnlock fluff! [Previously rec’d here but I’m rereading some stuff from Sherlock Seattle panelists, in prep for the con!].

Ethereal Dances

The skull was a gift from Mike Stamford. “He was a soldier. An army doctor.”

I’m going to begin by saying that this was written by songlin, who is one of my favorite Johnlock authors. As usual, she does not disappoint with this lesser known but absolutely stellar magical realism fic. Basically, the idea is that John is a ghost (tied to the skull we see in 221B). Not only is the concept original, it’s also extremely well executed. Lovely writing and characterization were present as usual, however, what really stood out, was how well this idea actually tied into the plot lines of Sherlock and the show itself. Clever, cute, and just a little creepy, Songlin stays very true to Sherlock but adds a unique twist. It’s well worth reading this short fic.

Word Count: 2,292

Rating: A/A+

Ethereal Dances by songlin