on a quest for a jewel

Chanter's adventures in QSLing, updated as necessary

This is going in here on the highly unlikely chance that anyone's interested in which stations I've successfully QSL'd so far.

For general information's sake: Chanter is a shortwave listener (SWLer). She's also a DXer (seeker of distant, rare, or otherwise hard to catch stations - DX is the radiotelegraph abbreviation for distance). QSL's are cards/letters/sometimes other swag received from stations around the world in response to valid reception reports a person sends in (QSL is the radiotelegraph code for understand, or I understand). I can't see the cards I get, but since when has that stopped me?

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Wisconsin winter: buried in snay

these quotes are entirely apt

"The light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere. ... We will not see him again as we have seen him for these many years. We will not run to him for advice and seek solace from him, and that is a terrible blow, not only to me, but to millions and millions in this country."--Jawaharlal Nehru, on the death of Gandhi

that fits President Mandela as well as it fit Gandhi. Oh no, sir. I can't believe it yet. Rest in peace as well as power, Baba Mandela. You will never be forgotten.

That man was an abdal, or the closest this universe has to them, in the Young Wizards sense of the word. He was a direct channel of bright power into the universe if there ever was one. He was genuine. Everything he did was genuine. He wasn't a person who sought to change people's minds for his own gain; making people think like him was an achievement, and an impressive one for sure, but he didn't change minds just to change them. His conscience showed. Everywhere.

I know now that it's a western myth that Mandela was a singular miracle-worker. Just the same, even among a generation of pillars, he was... He was an abdal. He was singular. He was radiant, and I don't mean that in a silly romanticized way. You could literally feel the bright presence he had just radiating from him. It came through speakers. I know that one from personal experience. Even when you were surprised or embarrassed or amused or unsettled by something he said or did, he still... just *shone* with something that balanced it all out again.

the light has gone out of the world.

I will never forget, Baba Mandela. I will never forget you, and I know that simply remembering is not enough. The torch has been passed, sir, and may we do it some small measure of justice.

"The light has gone out, I said and yet I was wrong, for the light that shone in this country was no ordinary light. the light that has illumined this country for so many years will illumine this country for many more years, and a thousand years later that light will still be seen. The world will see it, and it will give solace to innumerable hearts."--Jawaharlal Nehru, after Gandhi's funeral

For country, substitute world. You have it.

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fics in progress

Just so people don't think I've entirely dropped off the grid. These are being worked on as the muse(s) will allow. They *will* be finished.

The orange!verse's Canada, with an eye to a certain group of Resistance folks, for [personal profile] siliconshaman

voter suppression and its consequences in the orange!verse, for [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith

Sariel, Gene, Will and Doc in a world unrelated to any of their own, fighting the good fight, for [personal profile] ceitfianna

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BoB - Carentan: Tab and Smithy ack!

fiction fishing again

I know this is a) unexpected and b) quite informal, and I'm admittedly still working on a couple of fics from the last one, but...

anybody care to prompt me with fiction ideas again? Results will be sponsorable, and prompters will get a copy of whatever gets written from their idea, for their own enjoyment. Whichever world, or lack thereof, welcome, including the orange!verse.

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SC: Goddard - do the best they can

Fic: Miller's Speculation

This fic came from [personal profile] thnidu's impromptu world creation prompt. It's been sponsored by a very old friend of mine. You know who you are, and no, I haven't forgotten how we broke the ice. Excelsior was a big bucket of bolts in one estimation, wasn't she? XD

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*This entire ficlet plays off a quip by one of my forensics advisors in college. I don't have the exact quote (I can't find it, and I know it exists, because we kept a quotes archive!) but the general idea was that hell for white supremacy advocates should have a 500-pound black lesbian as god. [personal profile] thnidu's prompt struck the match, so to speak. As for the title? That particular professor's name was Virgil Miller. 'Nuff said. Hopefully this isn't too much of a quirky morality tale, but here it is. rather fitting it's going up today, given the rubbish I've been wrangling with here *coughs* WBCQ *coughs*.

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BoB - Carentan: dang mosquitos!

sponsorable fic list

I actually have one of these, now! I'm amazed I got this far. Fics available for funding by donation are listed below. I'm borrowing from the ever-marvelous [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith here by listing the name of the person who prompted the story. I've also learned about rate calculations by following her examples and links.

Just for my own sake, if a person donates for one of these fics, could they please send a private message or drop a comment or... something of that sort? I've never done this from the writerly side before, and I have no idea if PayPal will send a message of its own when a donation comes in. Edited to add: It does send a message! I still have no objections to people dropping a line, though. I don't often equate usernames with real names, especially if I don't know you RL.

Miller's Speculation
prompted by [personal profile] thnidu, with a hat tip to Professor Virgil Miller, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Sponsored by R. A. Olivero, a very old friend.
Original ficlet. The quirkiest cautionary tale/moment of ironic justice you ever did see.

"Meteor Scatter"
prompted by < [personal profile] perfectworry
Quinn has nothing at all against other people's stars.
Orange!verse, $12

Autumn On The Oak Savannah
prompted and sponsored by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Original ficlet. The scent of newly-harvested fields in the fall... and quite a bit more besides.

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Wisconsin autumn: smells like fall

Fic: Autumn On The Oak Savannah

This ficlet was both prompted and sponsored by the lovely [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith. Her prompt 'the gold dust scent of newly-harvested fields in the fall' inspired a piece that became nothing short of a love note to southeastern Wisconsin. Here 'tis.

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I have my first sponsored fic. Eeeeeee eeeee! Bedanct, Ysabet.

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SC: Goddard - do the best they can

the most impromptu fiction fishbowl ever

Okay. I'm not nearly so organized about this as [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith or any of the other fishbowl hosts I've seen, but I need to get something out there for starters. donation button to be added once I figure out just how to do that. I know I had the details once, but I need to find them again.

Fiction fishbowl time. :)

Give me a prompt - a character, a setting, a theme, a specific phrase to play with, a concept - and I'll do my best to write fic from it. I'll privately send the results to the person who gave the prompt, just for their own reading pleasure, but the fics themselves will be up for sponsorship. There'll be a list, possibly added to this post, possibly in another one, with a donation button attached. That'll be updated as quickly and frequently as it can be, to minimize the possibility of
double donating. Fair warning, I'm away from social media during weekdays North American central time due to work.

Please, fire at will. I'm not doing this for the money, although earning something for my work is a nice prospect. I said this to my father earlier today, and I meant it. At the end of the day, I'm a writer. At the end of the day I tell stories. Losing that part of me is like losing a left hand.

I'd like it back.

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BoB: my fandom needs some scissors!

attempting to professionally jumpstart the muse

If I put up a donation button of some sort, say, offering to write ficlets according to donators' prompts for a certain price, or possibly going the route of a fiction fishbowl with sponsorable pieces, would there be interest?

I'm not looking for flattery here. I'm genuinely curious. Dammit, I need to get writing again, and I may as well go all the way with it. I need to go all the way with it.

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