VMHQ’s Holiday Fic Grab Bag - PROMPT LIST!!

Ho, Ho, Ho! Our list of Holiday Fic Prompts was delivered by reindeer mail this morning, and we’re ready to share them with all the Veronica Mars fanfic writers, GIFmakers, artists, and… well, anyone who wants to create something for them. 

Remember, post all of your offerings to the A03 collection by December 23rd. The collection will open for your reading and enjoyment (anonymously) on the morning of December 24th and then authors/creators will be revealed on January 1st!

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, THE LIST:

  1. Logan and Veronica and a secret santa!
  2. Logan and Veronica snowbound strangers who have to keep each other warm. Bonus points if they don’t like each other much at first and then find out how they are so much more than first impressions (and then hook up).
  3. During An Echolls Family Christmas - Logan and Veronica and accidental kissing.
  4. College AU. Logan and Veronica - Logan meets Keith for the first time during the holidays. There’s nervousness, making out, and Keith trying to accept his little girl isn’t so little anymore.
  5. During S2, Logan is feeling down after watching the tapes of Lilly, and Veronica is feeling down with Wallace gone and everything sucking. They somehow meet and spend the Holidays together and things get better.
  6. Logan and Veronica fall in love during a (crazy) Holiday party. This one can be AU.
  7. Mac is tired of her family asking about her love life so she brings Dick to Christmas dinner as her pretend boyfriend.
  8. LoVe and Holiday horror (As in Krampus and other Holiday horror movies, but no killer snowmen because come on). Just want to see if anyone can come up with something for this one.
  9. Logan and Veronica meet at a Christmas party and hook up for the first time.
  10. LoVe as an established couple (can include other pairings) and they spend the holidays with the parents. Can be AU if they are meeting the parents for the first time. Comedy if possible (as plenty of Holiday movies do - Ex. Meet the parents).
  11. LoVe’s first Christmas together (after reuniting in the film), including the run up to the actual day.
  12. Weevil is desperate to find a sold out doll for his daughter –the only item on Valentina’s Christmas list– and he enlists Logan’s help to track down this important present. 
  13. Lilly gives Logan to Veronica as a Christmas present.
  14. LoVe during S3 - they don’t break up so they spend their first Holidays together!
  15. Veronica is a waitress in a New York diner, trying to pay her way through law school. She has to work Christmas Eve - it’s just her and the cook and no customers until Logan walks in to spend a lonely, glum holiday. 
  16. LoVe find themselves stranded in the airport and can’t make it to their holiday celebrations. They find each other instead. Romance ensues :)
  17. In An Echolls Family Christmas, Weevil calls Veronica when the money first goes missing, and she shows up to find all the boys in their underwear. “When did Logan get so ripped?”
  18. It’s the season of countless movies about saving Xmas! So what if the Vmars characters have to do the same? Can you combine the noir of Neptune with the silly Xmas shenanigans that are required to save the holiday? Maybe it can be a fantasy story (does SC needs help?) or based in reality (or ambiguous fantasy if you like). As many characters as can be involved from canon. And preferably with LoVe either as friends, or enemies to friends, or even as a couple.
  19. AU or alternate ending of an Echoll’s Family Christmas. Logan/Veronica
  20. Veronica, Mac and Meg baking cookies for Christmas
  21. Veronica and Logan’s first kiss happens under the mistletoe. Someone else (Duncan, Lilly, or another person) tried to put it up to catch either Logan or Veronica, but it backfires when it gets Logan and Veronica together instead.
  22. Snowbound Fab Four, pre-series, LoVe the Fab Four but maybe before everyone pairs off(?) can be happy and fluffy or with a dose of pining/angsty
  23. Set during S2 “One Angry Veronica” - Logan feeling down about everything, stealing the sex tapes, etc. does something sweet and possibly(?) anonymous for Weevil’s Grandma (since he currently owns their house at that point). Maybe a little bit of BrOTP w/Logan & Weevil?
  24. S2 Christmas Break - Veronica goes to Logan for comfort after discovering the truth about Meg’s pregnancy
  25. S4 Imagined AU - Veronica never went to Stanford, but she did come back from the FBI internship with a new commitment to normalcy.  She’s still dating Piz, but the semester is nearing an end and she knows it’s not what she wants. It’s Christmas, and at Christmas you tell the truth. Eventually LoVe (maybe a little Love Actually inspired w/out the creepiness). Maybe Logan has someone else in his life at this point too(?)
  26. Those 9 years, two Neptune survivors bump into each other unexpectedly at an airport in Aspen when their flights are delayed. Who are they? What happens? What do they talk about? (Not a LoVe pairing)
  27. Ghost of Christmas’ past. You pick the ghost and who they visit. Also, the living don’t have to know they’re being watched, or you can have interactions between the living and the ghost.
  28. Madison’s perspective of how the events unfolded in Aspen (can be her POV) would love a somewhat sympathetic/compassionate approach to a character that never received much dimension from the writers.
  29. Logan and Veronica’s kid “Home Alone” during Christmas.
  30. S3 AU, Logan, Veronica, Keith, and whoever else the writer wants (the whole gang or no one else) meet in Aspen. Can LoVe reconnect during the holidays? Or will things remain the same?
  31. LoVe trying to find the perfect gift for each other in a mall or some big store because they forgot (don’t know why, maybe they just got recently back together, perhaps this is a S3 AU :O) days (hours?) before Xmas. There’s waaaay too many people, madness and fighting ensues :).
  32. Logan and Veronica attend an office holiday party. Dialogue: “I told you we shouldn’t have brought the fruit cake.”
  33. Logan, Veronica, Wallace, Mac, and Dick go tobogganing. Dialogue: “That is a really bad idea.”
  34. Meg and baby Lilly both lived and they celebrate the baby’s first Christmas with Duncan. Veronica and Logan are involved in some capacity.
  35. Work holiday party hookup, Logan/anyone.
  36. Sophomore year of college. Logan moved out of the Neptune Grand into a new home and while unpacking he finds a Christmas present he got for Veronica, but they had broken up before he gave it to her. He finds her (either at Keith’s or he goes to Stanford) to give her the present now.
  37. Logan and Veronica sing Christmas carols… in front of an audience… for a case.
  38. AU Veronica investigates the case of Santa Claus and Logan tags along.
  39. Either Logan or Veronica try to make some big Christmas dinner and absolutely everything goes wrong. They end up eating pizza/KFC/or something like that on a very messy kitchen floor and making out. The writer can decide if guests arrive and find them like that.
  40. Logan and Veronica. It’s New Year’s Eve and person A got dumped. Person B tries to cheer up person A, and they end up kissing as the countdown reaches 0.
  41. Logan and Veronica just broke up. Dick throws a big Christmas party. Wallace and Mac convince Veronica to go. Logan and Veronica meet there and reconcile.
  42. Logan and Veronica are neighbors and they get into a fierce Christmas decorating contest –way over the top. Veronica eventually learns that Logan wasn’t interested in the competition, he just likes firing her up.
  43. Pre-series New Year’s Eve celebration with the fabulous four at the Kane House where they are having a party as well. Celeste makes Duncan and Lilly come inside, but doesn’t allow Logan and Veronica who end up kissing each other at midnight.
  44. Veronica and Logan discover how much Pony loves the Christmas tree, especially knocking off ornaments and knocking the whole thing over.
  45. Angsty with a hopeful or happy ending. Veronica comes back from Stanford for Christmas after not seeing Logan for more than a year and goes to see him at the Neptune Grand. Dick’s dialogue “He’s in his room, but you’re not going to like what you find." 
  46. Logan and Veronica meet after high school away from Neptune. One or the other needs a pretend date to take home for the holidays either because of lies they told their family, or to compete with an ex’s new relationship.
  47. Logan and Veronica are dorm/class acquaintances at Stanford, who end up getting stuck in a snow storm while carpooling to a mutual friends holiday party in Tahoe.
  48. Logan and Veronica are best friends that end up next to each other for the New Years kiss at midnight.
  49. Veronica brings a special Christmas present to Logan at the office.
  50. Logan and Veronica are work frenemies that get picked to be each other’s secret Santa.
  51. Remake of movie Love Actually - use all VM characters. Special request: Logan as the Prime Minister and V as his assistant.
  52. Matching Reindeer Boxers – how did Duncan and Logan end up with them? What made each of them decide to wear them that night? What did they think about one another when they realized they’d both selected the same pair (esp. if the author decides Veronica gifted them and it reveals that they’re both being nostalgic and missing her this time of year)
  53. Sibling closeness over the holidays - adult Veronica and Logan planning for or celebrating a holiday with Hunter. Or really anything where Hunter is included in family togetherness. 
  54. "Let’s import a Christmas tree from Canada.”  
  55. Logan and Veronica are hosting thanksgiving dinner. They have a LOT to be thankful for (a little surprise for their family and friends - they are expecting).
  56. Accidentally matching holiday underwear! 
  57. WeeVer! Set in college, at a point where her Dad doesn’t completely dislike Eli and she’s finally fed up with Logan and/or she loves Eli regardless of all the outside influences.
  58. VMars and Logie Bear accidentally double-booked a train sleeper compartment on the day before Christmas Eve. Five minutes after meeting, they already piss each other off. But with a train this packed and no other way to get to their destination in time…what are they to do? (I have no clue; snark and shenanigans, I assume.)
  59. A Christmas body swap!
  60. Remake the movie Serendipity with Logan and Veronica. It may not be a movie about Christmas but it takes place around Christmas time.
  61. New Year’s Eve is always a disappointment. Keith knows this. Everybody knows this. So why not use the day to start working on his resolution for a healthy year? To make a long story short, Keith conscripts some victims to help him replace his pointless crop of lawn grass with kale. Some find it amusing, fewer find it hot, and others are just done.
  62. “I got you for secret santa and I got you this really expensive but sentimental gift that you’ve always wanted, hoping you’ll never find out it’s from me and I’ve been in love with you since forever”
  63. “You got me an amazing present and I didn’t get you anything because I didn’t know we were doing presents because you are just a close friend (and oh, this is supposed to be a declaration of love, well in that case, come to the bed, I’ve got great last minute gift idea)”
  64. Veronica finds her old water bed in the attic while looking for Christmas decorations.
  65. Van Clemmons has always kept himself out of the trenches in his little kingdom of learning and hormones…until he finds a camera in his stapler and Vincent Van Lowe in the waiting room, carrying a tray of Christmas cookies.  
  66. A Christmas Carol (the Scrooge one,  not the singing kind (though that could be another prompt,  where a bunch of carollers show up at LoVe’s door)
  67. Logan and Veronica AU - “We went through a really bad break up a month ago, but I already bought you a Christmas gift. it’s too late to return it now and I know you’d really like it so I show up to your house on Christmas Eve and give you the present I bought for you and I swear I see tears in your eyes”
  68. Logan and Veronica drew each other’s name out of the Santa Hat for secret Santa (with mutual friends or at work) and “I really had no clue what to get you, we don’t know each other too well so…” 
  69. Logan and Veronica, “let’s dress up our dog as a reindeer” AU
  70. Veronica and Logan both volunteer at the holiday charity and somehow they’ve managed to turn donations for the less fortunate into a competition to see who could get the most donations. AU 
  71. Logan and Veronica, sworn enemies, are chosen to prepare the company Christmas Party.
  72. LoVe family buying or decorating the Christmas tree or baking holiday treats or making snowmen.
  73. Logan and Veronica - they broke up, but now they meet at a Christmas party.
  74. Logan and Veronica meet in the E/R on Christmas Eve.
  75. LoVe are co-workers, but they barely know each other. They both have to work through the holidays.
  76. Veronica can’t travel to see her family on Christmas, so she invites Logan, her grumpy loner neighbor.
  77. Veronica or Logan’s ex will be at the Christmas Party. They pose as each other’s fiance or significant other.
  78. “You’ve had too much eggnog and rum and now you’re drunk and doing a strip tease for everyone at this Christmas party; it isn’t sexy in the slightest because you’re giggling and your sweater is caught over your head but I’m still falling in love with you” -Logan & Veronica AU
  79. “I get caught with one of my friends under the mistletoe and you literally sprint from across the room to shove them out of the way and take their spot” AU Veronica and Logan
  80. Logan and Veronica: “It’s hella snowing outside and the power went out in our apartment building. You come up to my door, asking for blankets because you’re freezing but I just pull you inside and oh wait when did we start cuddling?”
  81. Logan & Veronica: “We’re co-workers who hate each other but you had too much to drink at the staff Christmas party and admitted your love for me - I don’t know how to act around you now”
  82. “I was having a snowball fight outside and you were casually walking by and oh my god I’m so sorry I accidentally nailed you in the face” Veronica & Logan AU.  
  83. On Christmas Eve, Logan and Veronica are stuck together because of blizzard, they have to share a bed.
  84. LoVe- since the first time they met, every Christmas Eve, one letter appears on their skin, it’s the name of their soulmate (can complicate with two names written on their body, their nemesis and their soulmate)
  85. At Christmas Eve, the heater broke and I’m freezing get over here" 
  86. Right before Christmas break, Logan & Veronica: ‘We’re stuck in a log cabin overnight during a snowstorm because of some stupid school team building exercise and it’s freezing and I can’t sleep and you can hear me shivering in the next bed so you pick me up and dump in your bed and good grief you are hot in every sense of the word’
  87. Logan and Veronica - ‘It’s Christmas, I’m visiting my family, you’re pretending to be my significant other so my mum gets off my case only she’s assuming we’re going to be sleeping in the same bed together’
  88. Can be set during S3 or around the movie - Keith and Logan interact while Veronica watches (holiday of your choosing). Inspiration these B&W photos taken by Chris Lowell: 

Happy creating, and happy holidays! 

Let’s talk about this lady. Stardrive is a pretty unique Cybertronian given that she was raised by the Solstar order. It was said that the Shining Armor story happens 175-180 years ago, which makes her pretty young to Cybertronian standards.

The problem is that her youth is fairly unique as well. While we don’t know how old the MTOs are, the lifespan of Cybertronians span in the millions. And the hot spots on Cybertron began to cool and fade before the war even started.

And we know from the writer, John Barber, that she comes from Caminus. But we still have a problem. The fact that it wasn’t entirely her that comes from Caminus, but rather just her spark.

Caminus has resource problems. As in they don’t have any. It is very unlikely that this is a problem that came about sometimes in the near-200 year span that separates Stardrive’s “birth” from today. Caminus’ culture is centered around the resource problem they have, with bladed weapons used instead of ranged weapons for instance, and Energon treatment to make it last as long as possible.

Which also involves just not expanding or exploring.

Except -

Why were they flying less than 200 years ago?

It’s no secret, they were carrying still-forming Camiens on their ship. But then we come down to the original problem. If Caminus has the sparks, but not the resources to make the body, where does it come from?

And why were the Autobots and the Decepticons making pre-fab bodies instead of using whatever source the Caminens use that result in forming protoforms?

To know why, we need to see what Caminus has that the Autobots and the Decepticons don’t.

The Cityspeakers are part of Camien culture. There is no other known Cityspeaker outside of them, those that can communicate with the Cybertronian Titans.

So, what does that have to do with it?

Titans can incubate sparks, making them form into protoforms. Camiens, cityspeakers, could possibly know about this particular physiology of the Titans.

And we know that there was a good number of them going around, not all of them creating colonies.


On this day in music history: November 5, 1966 - “Last Train To Clarksville” by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written and produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, is the first number one single for “The Pre-Fab Four”. Working as staff writers for music supervisor Don Kirshner’s publishing company, Boyce and Hart use The Beatles then recent hit “Paperback Writer” as the initial inspiration for “Clarksville”. Bobby Hart mistakenly believes that The Beatles were singing about a “last train”. When he realizes that isn’t correct, he still likes the imagery enough to begin writing a song around it. The track is recorded at RCA Victor Studio B in Hollywood, CA on July 25, 1966. With The Monkees themselves spending as much as twelve hours a day filming the series, the music tracks are cut with studio musicians (though band members Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork are both accomplished musicians) in order to make the recordings as quickly as possible. The group would then be brought into the studio to record their vocals. The single is released on August 16, 1966, one month before their top rated TV series debuts on NBC on September 12, 1966. Entering the Hot 100 at #67 on September 10, 1966, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. “Clarksville” is the first of three chart topping singles, and six top ten singles for The Monkees. “Last Train To Clarksville” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Ever see a geodesic dome home? You know, those sphere-like homes made from a rather complex network of triangles? You’ve got R. Buckminster Fuller, or “Bucky,” to thank for that. Born July 12, 1895, Fuller was an early green architect whose primary passion was humanitarianism. He felt the main two problems in the world were homelessness and hunger, and worked his entire life to find simple, economical solutions to them. One example of this is his Dymaxion House, a pre-fab, round structure supported by poles. The home was heated and cooled by natural means, and its shape minimized heat loss and required fewer materials to construct than a typical home, making it environmentally friendly and affordable. Fuller worked on this project after World War II, when there was a housing shortage in the U.S. Unfortunately, although thousands of Americans eagerly placed orders, funding problems caused Fuller to cancel the project. It was after the Dymaxion House fiasco that he developed the geodesic dome, which quickly caught the attention of the American government because it was lightweight yet strong, and could be quickly assembled — perfect housing for soldiers stationed overseas. He made thousands for the U.S. Army, and many others became homes, which were extremely energy-efficient thanks to the design; a dome’s spherical structure allows air and energy to freely circulate, which means heating and cooling occurs naturally. Fuller lived in one himself in Carbondale, Illinois, where he taught in the Design Department at Southern Illinois University.

anonymous asked:

I agree with the critical post you reblogged but i dont get what you mean by their pasts are being obliterated? The virignal coding of emma?

This took a while, but I really wanted to think about it, and it’s still messy and vague, so be ye warned. To be honest, this reply got backspaced a load of different times because you got me really considering the depths of why I feel this way.

My immediate answer was that what I see (in this whole 6B arc especially) is Killian Jones, previously defined by his previous role of command, the things he holds sentimental and dear, his visual cues, and his familial ties having all that tucked away or dismissed in favour of neutralising his threatening (in many ways) past and defining his happy ending as becoming Emma 2.0: Storybrooke deputy.

With Emma, it’s less striking, because it’s Killian that’s assimilating to her world, but it’s there, too, but more subtly? Emma whose points of pride are her ability to find people and to read people having those things neutralised to allow for plot to move forward in a suitably dramatic fashion (see: not reading Killian at all and not looking for him when he was missing)?

That rankles me, but that’s not really an answer, I don’t think. Why does that rankle me? Why do I feel so bone-deep that these things that I see being swallowed by the narration are something that the characters hold as dear as I do? Maybe they’re OK letting these things go as they evolve into their new lives happily ever after?

But that’s the thing. That’s the reason why. I just posted this bit earlier because it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks: the reason why the “happy ending” we’re getting for these characters feels strange and ill-fitting to me, is because I’m trying to define their happy endings by what I’ve actually seen them happy about on the show, not just what makes them not sad/stressed/angry, and I’m not seeing those very, very, few things reflected at all in what we’re getting.

I think one of the problem this show has, is that it doesn’t really do a great job of establishing sources of joy for its main characters. Supporting characters are often given a passion that exists as the key to solving a dilemma: Merida has her archery, Ariel has her collections, and even though she’s more than a bit role, Belle has her books. Hell, Henry has his music, movies and writing, and Regina has her horses. We’ve seen these characters light up like Christmas trees when talking about these things. I can picture Ariel as a museum curator in a heartbeat because I know that tending a collection is something that makes her little merheart sing (free AU prompt! Omg come on that would be adorable!)

So what is it for Emma and Killian? When do we see them excited and happy about things? When do they describe their pleasure?

Not fucking much, tbh.

(haha my long winded ass continues below the cut!)

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Some thoughts re: Forged vs Cold Construction.

Recall that Forged Transformers had spark and body formed naturally; the sentio metalico responded to whatever signal the spark and Vector Sigma transmitted, conforming to some design that, presumably, would harmonize or something with the spark.

Cold Construction, on the other hand, was purely at the whim of whomever used the harvested sparks.

Let’s assume, for the sake of simplicity, that a spark pulled from the Matrix was similar enough to one generated from a hot spot to be indistinguishable (barring the spark code and things like POP status). These sparks were then either placed into pre-fab bodies or stored for later. We’ve seen various examples of these: rows of Seeker body-types, Megatron before getting his POP spark, and Autobot soldiers for bolstering the war effort. 

In these cases, the priority seems to be quantity and utility more than anything. We need fliers to help expand the Cybertronian empire, so make a bunch of guys that look like Starscream. We need to mine Energon, so make sturdy tanks and driller to get at the valuable ore. We need to beat the Decepticons, so stick these sparks into bodies, feed them data and get them out within three solar cycles. No respect for the individual that was created; they’re tools, nothing more, and the more we make the better.

So maybe THAT’S the offense that Windblade saw. Primus wanted his children to have purpose and individuality, not JUST utility. Cold Construction could have been great, it could have allowed for an expansion of Primus’ vision, but instead it was used as a tool for those in power to get what they wanted. In that regard, “Cold Construction” isn’t inferior, but corrupted, and being aghast at what amounted to replacing autonomy with utility makes sense.
Eclipse Phase, Second Edition
The Roleplaying Game of Transhuman Survival: a streamlined Second Edition!

About this project

What is Eclipse Phase?

Eclipse Phase is the game of transhuman survival.  Technology puts the tools to defeat death, emancipate from need, and reshape bodies and minds in the hands of everyone, but it also provides the means for oppression and mass destruction.  After losing Earth in a war with AIs, transhumanity disperses throughout the solar system and beyond, struggling to survive.  In a typical Eclipse Phase game, characters belong to Firewall, a secret, cross-faction organization that protects transhumanity from extinction threats.  Alternate campaigns involve traversing the mysterious Pandora gates to explore extrasolar worlds or navigating the treacherous terrain of high-tech criminal cartels.

The first edition of Eclipse Phase won numerous awards (2010 Origins Award for Best RPG, 2010 ENnie Gold for Best Writing, and 2010 ENnie Silvers for Best Cover Art and Product of the Year) and was critically acclaimed for the innovation and depth of its setting.  The Eclipse Phase line is recognized for its creativity, world-building, amazing artwork, and high production standards.

About Eclipse Phase, Second Edition

Eclipse Phase, Second Edition (EP2), is a full-color, hardcover tabletop RPG book. It contains the full rules for making and playing Eclipse Phase characters, four sample teams of four characters each, and detailed setting information — a complete roleplaying game in one book!

The goal of this campaign is to cover some of the costs of producing and printing EP2.

What’s New in EP2?

We’re focusing on improving and simplifying the existing Eclipse Phase system, not re-inventing the wheel.  Changes include:

  • Faster Character Creation — A package-buy character creation system lets people build characters quickly without missing essentials.
  • Streamlined Resleeving — An aptitude-linked pool system means that skills don’t need to be recalculated when a character resleeves (switches bodies).
  • Updated Gameplay — We’ve reduced the number of skills and made them easier to acquire.  Gear costs are replaced with a system that works the same whether you are buying gear, acquiring it with rep favors, or nano-fabbing. Combat, hacking, and other systems are also updated.
  • Four Sample Teams — Pre-fabbed teams can be dropped right into a game and serve as examples of balanced parties.
  • Redesigned Book — A spread-based organization keeps material close-at-hand with less page-flipping.

Most first-edition source material is compatible with EP2.

Cold Ones and Kisses

Here is another Kissing Day prompt from the amazingly wonderful @lechatrouge673. If you haven’t read her fics - head her way and do the damn thing!! I hope you enjoy this.

Prompt: The way you said “I love you” #5 Over a cold beer

Pairing: Camille Ryder x Liam Kosta

Liam​ ​hadn’t​ ​been​ ​so​ ​angry​ ​in​ ​a​ ​long​ ​time.​ ​Sure​ ​he​ ​got​ ​fired​ ​up​ ​about​ ​things,​ ​but​ ​only​ ​because​ ​he cared.​ ​Really,​ ​he​ ​could​ ​put​ ​up​ ​with​ ​a​ ​lot,​ ​and​ ​thought​ ​he​ ​did​ ​well​ ​being​ ​laid​ ​back.​ ​What​ ​cheesed him​ ​off​ ​was​ ​daft​ ​fools​ ​yanking​ ​the​ ​Pathfinder​ ​around.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​looking​ ​run​ ​down​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​please everyone.​ ​She​ ​never​ ​said​ ​no​ ​to​ ​a​ ​problem,​ ​usually​ ​he​ ​was​ ​all​ ​for​ ​helping​ ​out,​ ​but​ ​things​ ​had gotten​ ​out​ ​of​ ​hand.​ ​Yes,​ ​they​ ​had​ ​taken​ ​out​ ​the​ ​bad​ ​guy,​ ​but​ ​that​ ​didn’t​ ​mean​ ​work​ ​was​ ​done. The​ ​hard​ ​work​ ​started​ ​during​ ​colonization​ ​of​ ​Port​ ​Meridian.​ ​Director​ ​Tann​ ​made​ ​her​ ​the​ ​go​ ​to​ ​for recon​ ​of​ ​the​ ​area,​ ​made​ ​sense,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​her​ ​specialty.​ ​She​ ​had​ ​done​ ​a​ ​bang​ ​up​ ​job​ ​on​ ​every​ ​other planet​ ​they​ ​found.   

Requests​ ​had​ ​started​ ​small​ ​and​ ​innocent,​ ​then​ ​grew.​ ​They​ ​were​ ​clearing​ ​space​ ​and​ ​putting​ ​up pre-fabs,​ ​and​ ​Camille​ ​lead​ ​everything.​ ​Liam​ ​wasn’t​ ​even​ ​sure​ ​if​ ​she​ ​had​ ​slept.​ ​The​ ​icing​ ​on​ ​the cake​ ​had​ ​been​ ​when​ ​she​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​skip​ ​the​ ​Kissing​ ​Day​ ​party​ ​she​ ​worked​ ​so​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​plan.​ ​Last year’s​ ​party​ ​was​ ​cracking.​ ​It​ ​wasn’t​ ​often​ ​he​ ​got​ ​to​ ​see​ ​her​ ​fancy,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​would​ ​be​ ​lying​ ​if​ ​he said​ ​he​ ​wasn’t​ ​thinking​ ​about​ ​a​ ​repeat​ ​of​ ​that​ ​evening.​ ​He​ ​had​ ​to​ ​do​ ​something. 

“Hey​ ​SAM,​ ​where​ ​can​ ​I​ ​find​ ​Cora?”   

“Cora​ ​is​ ​checking​ ​inventory​ ​with​ ​Vetra​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hangar​ ​bay.”   

“Perfect,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Pathfinder?”   

“She​ ​is​ ​in​ ​her​ ​quarters​ ​working​ ​on​ ​reports.”​ ​SAM​ ​replied.  

Liam​ ​was​ ​sure​ ​he​ ​detected​ ​a​ ​hint​ ​of​ ​disapproval​ ​in​ ​the​ ​AI’s​ ​voice.​ ​“Thanks,​ ​don’t​ ​worry​ ​buddy.​ ​I’ll take​ ​care​ ​of​ ​our​ ​girl.”  

“Thank​ ​you,​ ​Liam.​ ​Attempt​ ​to​ ​get​ ​her​ ​to​ ​rest,​ ​she​ ​is​ ​stubborn​ ​and​ ​will​ ​not​ ​heed​ ​my​ ​advice.”  Liam​ ​shook​ ​his​ ​head.​ ​Sometimes​ ​his​ ​conversations​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​Pathfinder​ ​with​ ​SAM​ ​felt​ ​too much​ ​like​ ​speaking​ ​to​ ​a​ ​well​ ​meaning​ ​family​ ​member.​ ​Maybe​ ​an​ ​overprotective​ ​uncle?​ ​He​ ​made his​ ​way​ ​to​ ​Ryder’s​ ​second​ ​in​ ​command.​ ​She​ ​would​ ​help​ ​him​ ​fix​ ​this​ ​mess,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​would​ ​need​ ​to cash​ ​in​ ​one​ ​of​ ​his​ ​favors​ ​with​ ​Vetra.​ ​He​ ​was​ ​pretty​ ​sure​ ​he​ ​still​ ​had​ ​one​ ​to​ ​use.​ ​If​ ​not,​ ​he prepared​ ​to​ ​use​ ​all​ ​of​ ​his​ ​charm​ ​to​ ​convince​ ​them​ ​to​ ​run​ ​interference​ ​with​ ​Tann​ ​so​ ​he​ ​could​ ​give Camille​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​load​ ​off. 


Well,​ ​that​ ​went​ ​better​ ​than​ ​expected.​ ​Liam​ ​really​ ​shouldn’t​ ​be​ ​surprised,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​clear​ ​everyone was​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​Pathfinder.​ ​Tucking​ ​supplies​ ​into​ ​the​ ​Nomad,​ ​Liam​ ​hoped​ ​Camille​ ​would​ ​go​ ​with him​ ​willingly.​ ​He​ ​wasn’t​ ​much​ ​up​ ​to​ ​forcing​ ​her​ ​out.​ ​She​ ​could​ ​get​ ​moody​ ​when​ ​she​ ​didn’t​ ​get her​ ​way,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​certainly​ ​didn’t​ ​want​ ​her​ ​feeling​ ​more​ ​out​ ​of​ ​sorts.​ ​The​ ​door​ ​to​ ​her​ ​quarters swung​ ​open,​ ​and​ ​Liam​ ​took​ ​in​ ​the​ ​scene​ ​before​ ​him.​ ​Her​ ​armor​ ​littered​ ​the​ ​floor,​ ​clothes​ ​both clean​ ​and​ ​dirty​ ​lay​ ​haphazardly​ ​in​ ​piles,​ ​and​ ​dishes​ ​covered​ ​all​ ​available​ ​surfaces.​ ​The​ ​only space​ ​untouched​ ​was​ ​her​ ​bed.​ ​The​ ​Pathfinder​ ​sat​ ​on​ ​the​ ​sofa,​ ​data​ ​pads​ ​surrounding​ ​her, messy​ ​ponytail,​ ​and​ ​dark​ ​circles​ ​under​ ​her​ ​eyes.  

He​ ​quietly​ ​perched​ ​near​ ​her​ ​on​ ​the​ ​arm​ ​of​ ​the​ ​chair,​ ​softly​ ​smoothing​ ​hair​ ​from​ ​her​ ​forehead. “Cami,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​hoping​ ​you​ ​would​ ​take​ ​a​ ​break,​ ​got​ ​food,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​can​ ​get​ ​some​ ​air?”  

Ryder,​ ​not​ ​answering​ ​immediately,​ ​paused​ ​her​ ​work​ ​and​ ​sighed.​ ​“I​ ​wish​ ​I​ ​could,​ ​Liam,​ ​but​ ​Kesh needs​ ​this​ ​report​ ​by​ ​tomorrow.”  

“Hang​ ​Kesh.​ ​You’ve​ ​done​ ​more​ ​than​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​a​ ​bit.”​ ​He​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​kneel​ ​in​ ​front​ ​of​ ​her,​ ​and tilted​ ​her​ ​face​ ​up​ ​by​ ​the​ ​chin.​ ​Dark​ ​eyes​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​emotion​ ​he​ ​pressed​ ​a​ ​kiss​ ​to​ ​her​ ​cheek,​ ​“I’m worried​ ​about​ ​you.​ ​It’s​ ​been​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​week​ ​and​ ​I’ve​ ​barely​ ​seen​ ​you.”   

“I​ ​know,”​ ​she​ ​rubbed​ ​her​ ​eyes,​ ​“but​ ​we​ ​are​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​make​ ​this​ ​planet​ ​a​ ​home​ ​for​ ​so​ ​many.​ ​It seems​ ​so​ ​selfish​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​so​ ​much​ ​unfinished.”  

“There​ ​isn’t​ ​a​ ​person​ ​out​ ​there​ ​working​ ​harder​ ​than​ ​you.​ ​Please,​ ​give​ ​me​ ​a​ ​few​ ​hours,​ ​it​ ​is Kissing​ ​Day​ ​after​ ​all.​ ​Then​ ​you​ ​can​ ​come​ ​back​ ​and​ ​slave​ ​away.​ ​I’ll​ ​even​ ​help.​ ​I’ll​ ​be​ ​the​ ​best assistant​ ​ever.”​ ​He​ ​coaxed​ ​with​ ​smirk.  

“All​ ​right,”​ ​Ryder​ ​agreed​ ​with​ ​a​ ​giggle,​ ​“how​ ​do​ ​you​ ​manage​ ​to​ ​convince​ ​me​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​slacker​ ​and be​ ​so​ ​charming​ ​doing​ ​it?”  

“What​ ​can​ ​I​ ​say,​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​gift.”​ ​With​ ​more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​hint​ ​of​ ​smugness,​ ​he​ ​grabbed​ ​Camille’s​ ​hand,​ ​and pulled​ ​her​ ​to​ ​the​ ​waiting​ ​Nomad.  


Music​ ​played​ ​softly,​ ​Liam​ ​had​ ​placed​ ​their​ ​picnic​ ​on​ ​a​ ​hill.​ ​The​ ​landscape​ ​provided​ ​an​ ​amazing view,​ ​but​ ​he​ ​was​ ​only​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​Ryder​ ​looking​ ​relaxed.​ ​He​ ​had​ ​hoped​ ​that​ ​he​ ​could​ ​get​ ​her out​ ​for​ ​an​ ​hour​ ​at​ ​least,​ ​and​ ​was​ ​silently​ ​pleased​ ​with​ ​himself​ ​when​ ​she​ ​had​ ​lingered.​ ​Getting her​ ​fill​ ​of​ ​the​ ​meal,​ ​and​ ​drinking​ ​a​ ​few​ ​cold​ ​ones.​ ​Maybe​ ​she​ ​had​ ​one​ ​too​ ​many.​ ​Her​ ​eyes​ ​were bright,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​pink​ ​flush​ ​stained​ ​her​ ​cheeks.​ ​She​ ​swayed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​music,​ ​singing​ ​along​ ​quietly​ ​to select​ ​verses,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​couldn’t​ ​help​ ​but​ ​marvel​ ​that​ ​she​ ​was​ ​his.   

After​ ​a​ ​long​ ​comfortable​ ​silence,​ ​she​ ​quietly​ ​spoke,​ ​“Thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​this,​ ​Liam.​ ​I​ ​really​ ​needed​ ​it.”  

“Camille,​ ​I’m​ ​here​ ​for​ ​you,”​ ​he​ ​raised​ ​his​ ​bottle​ ​in​ ​salute.  

She​ ​lifted​ ​hers,​ ​took​ ​a​ ​swig,​ ​and​ ​set​ ​her​ ​beer​ ​down.​ ​Crawling​ ​over​ ​towards​ ​him,​ ​she​ ​kissed​ ​him deeply.​ ​The​ ​taste​ ​of​ ​hops​ ​and​ ​mint​ ​mixing​ ​together.​ ​Teeth​ ​lightly​ ​grazing​ ​across​ ​lips​ ​as​ ​the passion​ ​built​ ​between​ ​them.​ ​She​ ​broke​ ​the​ ​kiss​ ​and​ ​pressed​ ​her​ ​forehead​ ​against​ ​his.​ ​“I​ ​love you,​ ​Liam​ ​Kosta.​ ​You​ ​are​ ​the​ ​best​ ​boyfriend​ ​in​ ​two​ ​galaxies.​ ​Trust​ ​me​ ​I​ ​would​ ​know.” 

He​ ​laughed,​ ​warm​ ​and​ ​rich,​ ​and​ ​replied,​ ​“I​ ​know​ ​it.​ ​Now​ ​rest​ ​for​ ​a​ ​bit,​ ​then​ ​we​ ​will​ ​get​ ​back​ ​to solving​ ​everyone’s​ ​problems.​ ​She​ ​lay​ ​with​ ​her​ ​head​ ​in​ ​his​ ​lap,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​rubbed​ ​lazy​ ​circles​ ​into her​ ​scalp.​ ​She​ ​hummed​ ​with​ ​pleasure,​ ​eyes​ ​closed.​ ​He​ ​knew​ ​he​ ​would​ ​do​ ​anything​ ​for​ ​Camille, and​ ​hoped​ ​that​ ​he​ ​could​ ​convince​ ​her​ ​to​ ​let​ ​him​ ​for​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​their​ ​lives. 

Shusaku Endo was a Japanese Catholic who experienced both religious discrimination in Japan and racism in Europe and whose work largely reflects his own experiences of tension relating to his intersectional identity, and Silence is considered his magnum opus and was hugely successful in Japan.  

Maybe give the film adaptation like two seconds of actual consideration before applying the standard pre-fab tumblr opinions.


Jean Prouve, Prototype of the Demountable Barrack Units for the Engineering Corps of the 5th Army. (1939)

 For this project, Prouve made use of a production principle that he had previously employed for the barracks of a young peoples vacation resort in Onville: The barracks’ load bearing structure was a perimeter frame, lined with wooden panels. At the test run for assembling the units, conducted in Berkenwald in Alsace before the general staff, the time needed to build each structure amounted to no more than three hours. The French army ordered 275 of these barracks, but production had to be stopped due to the German invasion.


The Rutles, “Get Up and Go,” 1969 or 1978

On March 22, 1978, NBC aired a mockumentary entitled “All You Need Is Cash.” It was a brilliant parody/satire of the Beatles, with the combined forces of Monty Python and Saturday Night Live cast members. All four living Fabs approved, hugely, to the extent that George Harrison made a cameo appearance as a TV news reporter. My friends and I loved it - but it was apparently way, way over the rest of America’s heads; it was the lowest-rated TV show that week.

All the song parodies are still extremely funny, 37 years gone. “Get Up and Go” is my favorite. It’s very close to “Get Back,” probably too close - no less an authority than John Lennon warned them to be careful of lawsuits.

All hail the Pre-Fab Four!