The Resilience of Hope: Chapter 20
Death brings a moment of revelation that redefines more than a friendship. Certain bonds are not meant to be broken. Sometimes hope conquers all. And what Jim and Spock can accomplish together will change more than one universe.
WIP; Star Trek Reboot AU; slash; five-year mission; Nexus AU
Chapter 20: Without Distance Closeness Cannot Cure
Jim seems to have a special affinity for compromised warp cores. Spock suffers for it. ♦ Space pirates and emo Vulcan space gypsies. And space cats. What’s not to love about that? ♦ Jim is hurt. Spock hurts, too. ♦ “Physical therapy”, the Jim Kirk edition. ♦ Doctor McCoy does not approve.
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• at FFNet: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9643607/1/Th
• at AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/947695
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Special Author’s Note: Announcing “Hope for Tomorrow” by Aranel Took, a tie-in for “The Resilience of Hope”
This is a really, really special, never-done-before project, and I’m incredibly happy and excited about it all: There is now a tie-in for this story!
“Hope for Tomorrow” is a unique and original companion story for “The Resilience of Hope”. Written from the perspective of Lieutenant Elena Amell, “Hope for Tomorrow” relates the events from the crash of the Vengeance on San Francisco to the launch of the five-year mission. There’s adventure and romance, lots of interesting stuff that ties in directly with “Resilience of Hope”, cameos of recurring characters, and much more!
If you have the time, please take a look at the tie-in, and leave some kudos & comments love: “Hope for Tomorrow” by Aranel Took at “An Archive of Our Own”!
Again, several items collided in my caffeinated brain to bring me here to blog. Chief among them was the news story posted on Facebook about Microsoft abandoning its bell curve ranking of employees, a business procedure Gates has assserted would be well applied to education. In the old MS system, emplyees were ranked and rewarded and/or reprimanded or punished. Why not do the same with teachers via merit pay and VAM, wondered Gates. And so it came to pass despite a mountain of research that demonstrates it is not effective either in business or education. As someone whose pay raises are determined by such a system, I can easily point out the problems. We have to complete "portfolios" of sorts each year when there is money for merit increases (which is what pay raises are called at the university level). Last year, my merit was not even equal to what I make doing a day long workshop for educators. I havee no illusion that this year will be significantly different. Yet I do produce what is expected: publications, presentations, community engagement, committee work, and more. Does my merit indicate the time and effort? Not at all. Why do I do it? Because it is part of my job. I teach, I publish, I serve. It is no different from when I was working with middle school kids. I did my job. So why put me in competition with my colleagues? Why set department against department? How does this make for collegiality? How does this benefit students?
The bottom line is that merit does not work, especially in education. And yet, Bill Gates, that expert in education, spoke the words and it was done. Forget the research. Forget the fact that his own company has abandoned the practice he helped put into place in the schools. Maybe it is time to turn to some real experts, folks who have the classroom expertise, teachers who love what they do. I would love to see an Education Nation comprised of folks from the classrooms (and parents and students). Just once I wouuld love to see MSNBC (hmm, what does the MS stand for?) consult with folks with experience instead of turning to Michelle Rhee or Arne Duncan. And I would dearly love for a reporter to ask these new reformers for their credentials INSIDE of a classroom. I would love to see them point to all the "miracles" that have turned out to be a case of the Emperor's New Clothes. Maybe this will make it onto my Christmas wish list.
But for now, I will return to the balcony and gaze out at the ocean and drink another cup of coffee. Time to regain perspective on what is really important today.
- Current Location:Newport
- Current Mood:shifting
People, you won’t believe this. These deer got stuck on a Minnesota lake. Watch the hoomins rescue ‘em with this keen hovercraft.
Spotted on ViralViral Videos.
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Oh Deer!, ResQte
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired and ready for some things to smile about.
- Amateur Photographer Shoots Largest Ever True Color Photo of the Night Sky. Composed of 37,000 photographs, this is “a 360-panoramic view of the sky taken by trekking 60,000 miles across the western United States and South Africa…”
- High-resolution, zoomable and navigable version is here.
- Best #BisexualFacts. Apparently Bisexual Facts was a thing on Twitter, and resulted in a number of humorous “facts” … which have now been turned into lovely images, suitable for framing or giggling over.
- Best #BisexualFacts, Part 2.
- Australian pigeons team up to use a public water fountain. Because Australia! (Link from Laura Anne Gilman)
- Also in Australia, scientists basically brought a heart back to life without a body. I don’t know whether Australia is the most awesome place in the world, or the most terrifying. (And yes, I know the correct answer is probably “both.”)
- Image gallery from the Hubble telescope. Wow…
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
[If this is what we have to do in order to stay off Santa's "Naughty List," well, I guess we'll do it.]
Gatsby & Scout, from the Gatsby Adventures Tumblr.
Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Christmas, Corgis, puppeh
Today's request, from philippos42: "Two things that are better than sex (as a subject for art)"
OH BOY. The hard part here is going to be winnowing it down.
Well, not really, I'm just gonna grab the first two off the top of my head.
1) Relationships. Any relationships. Romantic, familial, adversarial, friendly, soulmate, acquaintence, fannish, WHATEVER, I genuinely believe that every single piece of art on the face of the planet is about a relationship in some way. Every story is about a relationship. Every piece of art is a narrative. Ergo...
And really, relationships are the key to an interesting story. I don't know about you guys, but I read a story for the interactions between the characters involved. The better their relationships are portrayed, the more interested I am.
2) Horses. Dude, I'm a horsegirl. Horses are gorgeous, and smart, and funny, and adorable, and dumb as bricks, and evil, and ugly, and basically I love horses and if you dislike horses you are wrong and we can't be friends.
I am kidding about that last bit.
This entry is crossposted at http://bookblather.dreamwidth.org/22833
So book two of the goddesses series is done! Well, the first draft is. I'm putting aside for a few and then will go back and polish it up before sending off to Liz, my publisher.
2. Also been reading through Cybils nominated YA Nonfiction books. Thought I'd share:
One thing that amazed me was how Jane Eyre, had critics when it first was published. Some thought it wasn't appropriate for young ladies to read at that time. Pg. 116 of THE BRONTE SISTERS THE BRIEF LIVES OF CHARLOTTE, EMILY, AND ANNE by Catherine Reef ...Jane Eyre was "an anti-Christian composition" So Jane Eyre was becoming a dangerous book, one that decent mothers forbade their daughters to read.
Fascinating read into the lives of the Bronte sisters who all died too young but left us amazing classic tales.
3. One book that deals with the holocaust:
I loved this retelling of a young boy who survived the Holocaust by being one of those on Schindler's list. Fascinating and horrific at times, I couldn't put this book down.
4. One that shows how DNA solves mysteries:
Fascinating insight into how modern day science helps solve history's mysteries. Included are was King Tut murdered? Did Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russian survive? How did Napoleon die?
Love how modern science is used to explain some of these mysteries in an easy to follow format.
Also fun fact: My younger sis is a genealogist and she used DNA samples from our mother to verify that we in fact have mestizo heritage along with Jewish.
5. Totally loved this twist on the dreaded essay:
I homeschool my seventh grader son and this is a fun twist on the whole boring essay thing. Seriously, when son was in 3rd and even 4th grade he loved writing stories then our ES clamped down on the 'required' formal essay writing and he HATED to write. This book is fun and I wished kids could be more creative when it came to writing the dreaded formal essay!
**And I had to have a YA novel to read! Finally got around to reading this:
I met Shannon during ALA12. It was the ending of a really long day and I was waiting around to go to a YA author signing. She was in front of me in line. I of course introduced self and she signed some of her bookmarkers for me(which I still have!)
This YA is about a teen who survived a storm and is haunted by the girl he saw, who is a sprite. So far really good!
Finally hoping to see this:
- Current Mood: busy
( list contains a few spoilers if you have only seen the TV seriesCollapse )
Those of you who have read the books, if you think I've overlooked somebody, please comment.