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Nobody in the Remain campaign made nearly enough noise. Nobody told people how much we benefit by being in the EU, how much funding we get from it for farming, fishing, services for the disabled.

The Leave campaign were loud and looked like they were the people with the facts, and so the result turned out the way it did. Where the fuck WERE you, Labour Party? Where the fuck WERE you?

Everyone treats it like it's legally binding, which it isn't, and that shocks me the most. I am also baffled by the Brexit voters who are saying things like "I didn't think my vote would count", or "I didn't think it was going to matter all that much" - how did they think a referendum worked?

I'm a EU citizen living in the UK, I'm one of the people that the people who led this campaign want gone, so I feel sad, shocked, and unwelcome. I'm terribly afraid of the future, because even if I get UK citizenship, which I still intend to do because who knows what it'll be good for, everything will only get worse from now.

Who let Nigel Farage talk on telly? He's not even an official Leave campaigner, or an elected MP, he's just a twat with a tie.

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Rarepairfest 2016 letter

Dear fellow rarepair connoisseur,

Thank you so much for writing for me! As ever with exchanges, please take my suggestions as suggestions. If you have an idea for a story, by all means run with it (provided of course that it has none of my DNWs in it.

General Likes

- In-character voices and interactions. I like exploration of relationships pre-canon or post-canon. For all fandoms listed, I enjoy the canon settings, and I generally like stories that play it close to the canon or offer an alternative reading of canon events. However, if you want to put the characters in an alternate universe that you feel passionate about, go for it! I am very open to AUs. Whether it's coffeeshops, SFF, historical settings - I love them all.

- Subversion. Things like telling the same story from a different point of view or with a different emphasis. Or taking a metaphor literally.

- Dark fic. A few prompts are on the darker side, and I welcome those kinds of interpretations just as much as I welcome the happy, fluffy side of things. (Basically, I'm easily pleased.)

DNWs/Cautions:
I would strongly prefer to not read any sexual encounters that aren't consensual (with the one exception I've made for Romeo/Mercutio), any heavy kink, or anything too violent.

Character death is fine as long as it's warned for.

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Stage of Fools draft proposal

I've created draft rules and a schedule for a Shakespeare fic exchange:

Dreamwidth: Stage of Fools draft rules

LJ: Stage of Fools draft rules

If you're even vaguely thinking of participating I'd appreciate comments on anything I've suggested. I have taken part in lots of exchanges over the years but I've never modded one, and I want participants to have a nice experience so getting those basics right is important.

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an idea

I was complaining the other night on twitter that there is a dearth of decent non-Histories Shakespeare fic on AO3. In fact I've been moaning about this for about two years and this being Shakey 400 is the year I probably should do something about it.

So, a fic exchange for the comedies, tragedies and late romances.

1 - would people be interested?

2 - what would be good dates? The Histories ficathon usually runs end June through end August with a signup period throughout June, and so I'm thinking either signups in August, assignments sent out start September, due date mid November or signup through May, assignments end May, due date end July.

Crossposting to tumblr and twitter where I have slightly more Shakespeare folks following me, but any suggestions/comments welcome.

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Dear DJ letter 2016

Dear [community profile] jukebox_fest DJ, you have excellent taste in music and I already think you're awesome because you'll be writing something for me in this weird and wonderful exchange.

General likes/dislikes/things that are good to know

The songs I requested are mostly sung by men, but you have my express permission and encouragement for all songs to adjust the narrators' gender as you see fit.

Optional details are optional, which is to say: The list of things I enjoy and the prompts further down are mostly my thoughts about the questions that these songs prompt in myself/what I think they are about, and they might give you a starting point if you don't have one. If you get a different vibe from them, or you already have an idea for a fic based on one of these songs, then feel free to disregard the prompt, check the list of cautions and run with what you have.

If you want to cross over any of the worlds in the songs I've requested, please go ahead.

I enjoy:

- Fantasy! Urban, low or high, as long as there is some kind of magic involved, I'll read it. I enjoy all kinds of supernatural and mythological beasties/beings, from teens who have a touch of magic to full-on werewolves/fae/whathaveyou. Fantasy is a great way of taking the more cryptic song lyrics literally and making a story out of that.

- Strong friendships and familial relationships, and alternative interpretations of romantic tropes. In general, any relationship that isn't built on the monogamous romantic template - I hope the prompts will explain this further in terms of the actual songs' themes.

- Subversion. Things like telling the same story from a different point of view or with a different emphasis. Or, as explained above, taking a metaphor literally.

- Dark fic. A few prompts are on the darker side, and I welcome those kinds of interpretations just as much as I welcome the happy, fluffy side of things. (Basically, I'm easily pleased.)

Caution with:
I'm fortunate enough to not have triggers but I like advance warning, so as long as you put a trigger warning for things that need them, I'll probably be fine. However, I would strongly prefer to not read any sexual encounters that aren't consensual, any heavy kink, or anything too violent. Death is fine as long as it's warned for.


I hope this gives you an idea if the kinds of things I like to read. If you're looking for the song-specific prompts, read on!
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Twelve Days of Birthday Ficlets - Slings & Arrows

For [personal profile] desireearmfeldt, who prompted, "or die trying".

Somewhere Else (472 words) by Lexigent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Slings & Arrows
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Maria (Slings & Arrows), Ellen Fanshaw, Geoffrey Tennant
Summary:

A short post-canon fic of Maria, Geoffrey and Ellen on the road.



I have real trouble writing for this show because to me it's so complete that I find the canon difficult to mess with, but post- and pre-canon stuff works so here's something post-canon.

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Twelve Days of Birthday Ficlets - Da Vinci's Demons

Getting back on track with this today, c6d ficlets are next. Thank you, patient audience. This one's for [personal profile] meridian_rose, who prompted me "You're not alone". Not outright Leo/Riario, which somehow I can never quite get, rather another one of those where I talk around and imply things.

Mirrors & Crossroads (736 words) by Lexigent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Da Vinci's Demons
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leonardo da Vinci & Girolamo Riario
Characters: Leonardo da Vinci, Girolamo Riario
Additional Tags: Episode Tag, Episode Tag: s02e08 The Fall From Heaven
Summary:

For the prompt, "You're not alone".



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Twelve Days of Birthday Ficlets

Ficlet #2, for [personal profile] smallhobbit, who prompted me "Shakespeare, In foreign fields".

For Those Below (849 words) by Lexigent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Henry V - Shakespeare
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Henry V of England
Summary:

The last production I saw of this play, it really struck me how Henry goes from the "Upon the king" speech to the St. Crispin's Day speech, and I wondered what was going on in his mind in between those two scenes. Here's one possible explanation.



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