whynot: SPN: all hail (due north)
Title: Without a Map
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] jaimeykay & [livejournal.com profile] twoskeletons
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] august_monsoon
Genre: gen with D/C overtones, drama, action/adventure
Pairings/Characters: Dean, Castiel
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~35,400
Warnings: language, violence
Notes: Smaller versions of the art pieces are embedded in the LJ posts. Clicking on them will take you to the full-sized originals.
Summary: Set after 5x03 and before 5x04. Dean knows a thing or two about absent fathers, but he didn’t expect Castiel to ask him if he wanted to come along on the search for God. He also didn’t expect to say yes. Cue the two of them going around the world, from mountain peaks to bustling cities to subterranean caverns. They talk with prophets, angels, and deities, but they are running out of leads and running out of time. As the dead ends and red herrings pile up, so do their frustrations, testing their faith in each other and themselves.



PROLOGUE | ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR
ART MASTERPOST | AO3 (no pictures) | ODDS ‘N ENDS


Acknowledgments: We would like to thank: [livejournal.com profile] august_monsoon, who went above and beyond the call of duty with her art pieces; [livejournal.com profile] switchbladesis for her incisive beta; our location consultants - [livejournal.com profile] zempasuchil (Teotihuacán), [livejournal.com profile] anneretic & roadhouses (Manila), and [livejournal.com profile] dayadhvam_triad (Hong Kong); [livejournal.com profile] kalliel for helping with the Russian translations; and our friends for humoring our stress and weird questions. This fic and our general well-being would be much poorer without you. <3
whynot: SPN: all hail (sand dunes and salty air)
This is pretty cool: "WorldView is a series of monthly interviews with the world's foremost leaders, where you ask the questions. This month we are interviewing President of the Philippines His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III. You can submit, and vote on, questions that will be asked the President of the Philippines when WorldView interviews him on November 4, 2011. This will be the first WorldView interview with an Asian leader." Two more days to submit questions! Someone badger him about the RH bill, my god.

Unrelatedly, a few months ago, my parents and I went to Jogja to pay respects to various ancestors, and then we stopped at Borobudur because it was on the way, why not. My parents refused to climb up to the top anymore, so it was up to me to take all the pictures. )
whynot: Merlin: parc asterix don't know what hit it (AAAAAHHH)
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. Stop. Everything.

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[livejournal.com profile] worldwide_spn
A fanworks challenge inspired by [livejournal.com profile] 50states_spn - but focusing on culture, traditions and myths from the rest of the world instead.
This is for non-American SPN fans to introduce the countries they come from - or simply for everyone to introduce a country they love.


AJDLAJFKLJDFKLSJFLDJ!!!!! EVERYTHING I LOVE AND CHERISH. IT'S LIKE THEY TOOK MY M.O. AND MADE A FEST OUT OF IT, hahahaha. Like, I have multiple fics already written that would be eligible for this challenge, if they weren't already posted. I told myself I would take a break from writing challenges after DCBB, but how can I when the internet keeps doing COOL AS FUCK SHIT LIKE THIS?? GEEZ, INTERNET. LEAVE ME ALONE.

OMG. What should I write?! Do I write about them hunting wakwak? lol, what if it's just food porn where I write about them eating my favorite foods? What if Dean gets brainfreeze from halo-halo? THE WAKWAK THOUGH, IT'S CREEPY AS SHIT. "If the sound of the wakwak is loud, it means it is far from you. Otherwise, it is near and worse yet, it is about to attack." I mean, FUCK. Also, what if polyglot!Bobby also speaks Bahasa Indonesia and Sundanese? What if Rufus is like, "Hey, Bobby, don't you guys have like an angel friend that flies you places? Can he zap us to Sumedang? Agus called in his favor." Or maybe instead of Bobby and Rufus, it's Ellen and Jo?! And Cas and Ellen have bemused friction while Jo rolls her eyes.

Balthazar hedonism world tour 2010.

ANGELS AND DEMONS SKIRMISHING ALL OVER THE GLOBE. What if Cas and Meg have met before, fighting over that seal in West Papua? HEY, REMEMBER JESSE? Little demon god child growing up and remaking the world wherever he goes. What if he becomes a surf rat in Bali? What if Anna hid on various islands in Visayas in S4? WHAT IF CLAIRE IS LOOKING FOR HER FATHER and she's smoking a cigarette looking out over Manila bay, exhausted but not deterred, and still as angry? What if during the post-5x16 bender, Cas drank ALL THE EMPARADOR?

LOL U GUISE WHAT IF THERE ARE SWAMP MONSTERS IN THE PASIG RIVER? Those beds of vegetation that just float down it, WHAT IF THEY COME TO LIIIIIIFE?

WHAT IF ON DEATH'S DAY OFF HE GOES TO ENCHANTED KINGDOM

WHAT IF SAM TRIES TO FIT IN A TRICYCLE FJKLSJFLKJFLJF omg

ok i'll stop

SERIOUSLY THOUGH
whynot: Where's Waldo: je suis perdu (que hora son mi corazón)
[personal profile] yvi is hosting a discussion for the creation of a non-English language fest. I'm not quite on board with a couple of their points or the way some points are articulated, but I love the basic idea of flexing our non-English-speaking muscles.

Ever since I moved back to the Philippines, I've been pondering the monolingual bias more. I've talked about it on my LJ before, so bear with me if I'm being repetitive. In Manila, people switch back and forth between Tagalog and English pretty much all the time (and then there is Taglish!), so if I were to write a story in English that was set here, how would I deal with the multilingual aspect? Not everyone in Manila is equally fluent in both languages, but it's still not just a matter of slipping into one language for a while; it's both the languages all the time. Someone on my flist was talking about a book -- the title escapes me, forgive me -- where the whole story is in English, but one language uses regular quotes, the other language uses italics, etc. in order to show the way the different languages interact in the protagonist's story. This strategy has the right idea. The thing about compressing everything down to one language, no matter what language it is, is that it stunts the nuances of codeswitching and social cues.

For example, let's approach it from the opposite side: I tried writing SPN fic in Indonesian one time. Not Indochesters -- just canon Winchesters and Jimmy!Castiel, except it was in Indonesian. A thing that stuck out to me was that whenever Dean cursed, I felt an impulse to switch to Sundanese (a language in West Java). My family slips into Sundanese from Indonesian when they're excited or surprised, so it's become a language I associate with high emotion and intimacy. There are systemic reasons for this association. Indonesian is the language of commerce/government/media in the country, and this keeps regional languages like Sundanese to the informal spheres, such as between family and friends, or traditional spheres, often shorthand for 'folk'.

In the USA, this kind of multilingualism seems to be associated almost exclusively with immigrant/multicultural families. In Indonesia, people who also speak Sundanese, Javanese, Balinese, Batak, etc. are not immigrants but have been there for like forever. However, their language has been minoritized and deemed informal anyway. When I write in Indonesian about American Dean cursing, can I switch to Sundanese for these couple of sentences? The sociolinguistic foundations between Indonesia and the USA aren't the same, and the implications of being multilingual are different.

As far as writing in one language about characters who don't always do goes, my favorite solution thus far is alt-text. The first fic I've seen that does this is Promise of the पुरवाई by [personal profile] dhobikikutti, which is about racebent Mary Poppins. She uses alt-text for transliteration in the fic, but I used it for straight-up English translations in my Indonesian!Novaks fic. It makes translations available for those who only do English, but also keeps the nuances for those who also understand Indonesian. This is one more argument for e-publishing also, I think. Modifying alt-text in e-pub technology to help popularize multilingual writing, y/n?
whynot: Where's Waldo: je suis perdu (que hora son mi corazón)
I'm reading a book called Garis Batas by Agustinus Wibowo, an Indonesian writer and backpacker, and it's making me realize how much I associate the Indonesian language with a certain attitude - one that tends to be socially and religiously conservative, and whose conceptions of Indonesian identity are frustratingly simplistic. It's a limited and unfair judgment on my part. I just never knew to what extent this bias was ingrained in me until I read Wibowo's book and felt my heart fill to the brink at how much this guy's feelings are my feelings, and how he seems to have the same priorities and cynicisms I do when it comes to matters of cultural identity, colonial legacy, and immigration bureaucracy.

Theoretically, I know that any attitude can be expressed through any language, but I grew up in this dichotomy where I use Indonesian to express certain things and English to express other things. A large part of it is where and with whom I used these languages. Indonesian was the language of family, and English was the language of friends, academia, and free expression. (Habit trumps logic, and that is a reason though not an excuse.) I'm more comfortable in English, and I use it in more contexts. This is an imbalance I'm trying to remedy. You can't really help what you internalize, sure, but you can be aware of it and maybe try to do something about it if that is your wont. In this case, I'm trying to read more Indonesian books.

The thing is this. When I read Benedict Anderson's sociological writings about the Philippines and Indonesia, for example, I felt I was brought closer to the subject because it was expressed in a language I'm comfortable with. With Garis Batas, it's the opposite. I feel like I'm being brought closer to the language because I relate to the sentiments that it's expressing. Okay, this is a simplified contrast. My point is that language doesn't exist in a vacuum. You know how people say that if you want to suppress a culture, you cut out their tongues? It's kind of like that. You use other people's bridges to get to the other side, or to the same side, even. It's a very alienating thing, but it is an alienation that people can get used to. A marginalized complacency. It's like when people ask me questions about the difference between People X and Indonesians/Filipinos with the assumption that the ability to otherize people and the ability to feel marginalized are mutually exclusive things. They are not.

Garis Batas means 'borderline', and the book is about Wibowo's travels through the Central Asia, relating anecdotes and analysis about the Soviet legacy and how well (or not) the -stan countries have held up under the weight of Russian influence and international pressure. It's fascinating stuff, and exactly the kind of reading I loved getting in college because I superimposed a lot of my identity angst onto my chosen discipline. HUMAN MIGRATION FLOWS, HOW DOES IT WORK? It's a subject close to my heart, and to read about it in Indonesian is like a rediscovery of the subject and the language all over again. I don't always agree with Wibowo's observations, but I relate to his wanderlust, his curiosity about the historical foundations of national essentialism, and his romantic cynicism, and that has done more to repair this artificial divide between my 'Indonesian side' and my 'American side' than anything. It's about finding a foothold, you know? It's about realizing you're not alone, especially in a land where you shouldn't be alone, or so people think because of your name and your looks and the stamp in your passport.

Okay, I realize that Indonesian literature isn't there just to make make me feel ~included. It's not all about me, and I don't speak for all Javanese Indonesians or Indonesian expats or whatever. I grew up receiving a strict definition of what it means to be Indonesian, and I'm trying to deconstruct that. There is a soul-deep difference between saying "I am Indonesian AND" and "I am Indonesian BUT", the latter of which I've been saying my whole life, dividing me. There is a time and a place for compartmentalization, sure, but I think I'd like a less of it in this area.
whynot: SPN: all hail (Default)
I've been spending the past week traipsing all around west Java and rural Yogyakarta on family business, so I have been having Indochester thoughts, WHICH I WILL NOW SHARE WITH YOU.

MAJULAH, ANAK-ANAKKU YANG TERSASAR. )

And I have also been having thoughts of Castiel's S5 God search. This one's not Indochesters, just the white American kind. ...THOUGH COME TO THINK OF IT, CAS TAKING DIMAS TO INDONESIA IS MORE FEELINGSPLOSION THAN CAS TAKING DEAN TO INDONESIA OMG. WHERE TO EVEN BEGIN WITH THAT? That's probably a whole other post. Yes. YES. OMG.

CASTIEL (AND SOMETIMES DEAN) TRAIPSES ALL OVER JAVA. )

I just realized that my Jimmy/Amelia fic counts for the 'using chopsticks' square of my [community profile] mundane_bingo table. Is that still even going on? I have ceased planning to get any kind of bingo, and am now just using this as a prompt table basically, if I ever use it at all. Which I almost never. Also relatedly and belatedly, my croatverse Claire/Cas can also count for my [livejournal.com profile] spnsupporting Claire square, but I think I have missed the boat to post it to that comm. Maybe I should just scrap these tables.

I close with Texts From Last Night à la The Borgias.
whynot: SPN: all hail (another country)
This is a Novakfest fic, starring Teuku Ryan as Jimi Nasrudin. In fact, here is a a short clip of Jimi wishing us all a happy Eid.

My thanks to the garrison - [livejournal.com profile] callowyniel, [livejournal.com profile] clwright2stiel, [livejournal.com profile] dayadhvam_triadiel, [livejournal.com profile] switchbladesistiel, and [livejournal.com profile] viridian_magpiel - for their betasmiting action. Thanks especially to Switch and DT for teaching me to make hover-translations! Now we don't have to open the Indonesian-English glossary in another window - just put your mouse over the Indonesian text ET VOILA - English appears!

My thanks also to the Novakfest mods for their awesomeness and patience and for putting this party together. My apologies to Kahlil Gibran for cribbing that one line from "On Love" from The Prophet.


Istighfar
Supernatural. Jimmy, Castiel, Amelia, Claire. Rated G. No spoilers
Warnings: None. References 'Mystery Spot' and 'Jus in Bello'.
Written for [livejournal.com profile] extatiana from her prompt, "They're the model of a modern religious family: Muslim? Jew? Mormon? Church of God with Signs and Wonders? Quiverfull? Switch it up, retell Castiel's making a trainwreck of their lives." Jimi Nasrudin and his family are Muslim Indonesian immigrants in Pontiac, Illinois. ~2000 words

He is trying to break the habit of seeing miracles everywhere. )

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whynot: SPN: all hail (golgotha)
This is a Novakfest fic, starring Teuku Ryan as Jimi Nasrudin. In fact, here is a a short clip of Jimi wishing us all a happy Eid.

My thanks to the garrison - [livejournal.com profile] callowyniel, [livejournal.com profile] clwright2stiel, [livejournal.com profile] dayadhvam_triadiel, [livejournal.com profile] switchbladesistiel, and [livejournal.com profile] viridian_magpiel - for their betasmiting action. Thanks especially to Switch and DT for teaching me to make hover-translations! Now we don't have to open the Indonesian-English glossary in another window - just put your mouse over the Indonesian text ET VOILA - English appears!

My thanks also to the Novakfest mods for their awesomeness and patience and for putting this party together. My apologies to Kahlil Gibran for cribbing that one line from "On Love" from The Prophet.


Istighfar
Supernatural. Jimmy, Castiel, Amelia, Claire. Rated G. No spoilers
Warnings: None. References 'Mystery Spot' and 'Jus in Bello'.
Written for [livejournal.com profile] extatiana from her prompt, "They're the model of a modern religious family: Muslim? Jew? Mormon? Church of God with Signs and Wonders? Quiverfull? Switch it up, retell Castiel's making a trainwreck of their lives." Jimi Nasrudin and his family are Muslim Indonesian immigrants in Pontiac, Illinois. ~2000 words

He is trying to break the habit of seeing miracles everywhere. )
whynot: SPN: all hail (Default)
You've probably heard about this already. But. I guess you can stand to hear about it again.

HEY. HEY SOUTHEAST ASIA. CAN YOU LIKE. CALM YOUR SHIT DOWN. RING OF FIRE, CAN YOU TAKE A CHILL PILL, THAT'D BE GREAT. JFC.

1) VOLCANO, specifically Java's Mt. Merapi has claimed at least 33 lives, 17 injured, but WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
2) EARTHQUAKE roundabouts the Mentawai Islands, which caused a
2A) TSUNAMI. At least 311 people dead, 400 still missing. 20 villages leveled and approx 20,000 people displaced, because nature loves to kick Sumatra in the teeth.

This all happened in under 24 hours. I BELIEVE THE CORRECT PHRASE IS "WHAT THE EVERLOVING FUCK." I called my parents asking if our peeps in Yogyakarta (by Merapi) are okay - they're okay! - so yaaay. Also I guess Jakarta flooded the other day? As did West Papua. EVERY TIME I TURN AROUND, INDONESIA, YOU ALWAYS BE BLOWIN UP IN MY FACE.

PHILIPPINES, YOU ARE NOT OFF THE HOOK EITHER. I SEE YOU WITH YOUR SUPERTYPHOON OF 110 MPH WINDS. There were much fewer casualties with the supertyphoon because for the most part, people were on top of their shit with the warning systems, early detection, and evacuations. Food security's gonna go down the shitter a bit because the northern Philippines is the country's rice basket (the stairway to heaven in Banaue, natch), and that's the general area where Juan/Megi stormed through. The Merapi evacuations, eh, could've been better.

BUT LOOK AT YOUR LIFE, INDONESIA'S TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM! LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES!:
Indonesia's [tsunami early warning system], completed in 2008 with German aid, has since fallen into such disrepair that it effectively stopped working about a month ago, according to the head of the Meteorology and Geophysic Agency.

The system, which uses buoys to electronically detect sudden changes in water level, worked when it was completed, but by 2009 routine tests of it were showing problems, said the agency chief, who uses the single name Fauzi. By last month, he said, the entire system was broken because of inexperienced operators.

"We do not have the expertise to monitor the buoys to function as intended," he said.

As a result, he said, not a single siren sounded after Monday's quake. [source]
SO THAT HAPPENED. OR DIDN'T.

Surfaid International will take your donations to tsunami relief in Australian dollars. You can also call 1-800-257-957.

Do you guys know of other ways to help out? Other sites to donate to? Surfaid International is the only website I've found that has a specific focus on the Indonesian double whammy. Other websites just have like general donations to the organization. Like, there are some of those here, I guess...

ETA: [personal profile] mercredigirl posts links to some relief efforts we can donate to.

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whynot: SPN: surprise!Indonesia (all in the family)
You've probably heard about this already. But. I guess you can stand to hear about it again.

HEY. HEY SOUTHEAST ASIA. CAN YOU LIKE. CALM YOUR SHIT DOWN. RING OF FIRE, CAN YOU TAKE A CHILL PILL, THAT'D BE GREAT. JFC.

1) VOLCANO, specifically Java's Mt. Merapi has claimed at least 33 lives, 17 injured, but WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
2) EARTHQUAKE roundabouts the Mentawai Islands, which caused a
2A) TSUNAMI. At least 311 people dead, 400 still missing. 20 villages leveled and approx 20,000 people displaced, because nature loves to kick Sumatra in the teeth.

This all happened in under 24 hours. I BELIEVE THE CORRECT PHRASE IS "WHAT THE EVERLOVING FUCK." I called my parents asking if our peeps in Yogyakarta (by Merapi) are okay - they're okay! - so yaaay. Also I guess Jakarta flooded the other day? As did West Papua. EVERY TIME I TURN AROUND, INDONESIA, YOU ALWAYS BE BLOWIN UP IN MY FACE.

PHILIPPINES, YOU ARE NOT OFF THE HOOK EITHER. I SEE YOU WITH YOUR SUPERTYPHOON OF 110 MPH WINDS. There were much fewer casualties with the supertyphoon because for the most part, people were on top of their shit with the warning systems, early detection, and evacuations. Food security's gonna go down the shitter a bit because the northern Philippines is the country's rice basket (the stairway to heaven in Banaue, natch), and that's the general area where Juan/Megi stormed through. The Merapi evacuations, eh, could've been better.

BUT LOOK AT YOUR LIFE, INDONESIA'S TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM! LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES!:
Indonesia's [tsunami early warning system], completed in 2008 with German aid, has since fallen into such disrepair that it effectively stopped working about a month ago, according to the head of the Meteorology and Geophysic Agency.

The system, which uses buoys to electronically detect sudden changes in water level, worked when it was completed, but by 2009 routine tests of it were showing problems, said the agency chief, who uses the single name Fauzi. By last month, he said, the entire system was broken because of inexperienced operators.

"We do not have the expertise to monitor the buoys to function as intended," he said.

As a result, he said, not a single siren sounded after Monday's quake. [source]
SO THAT HAPPENED. OR DIDN'T.

Surfaid International will take your donations to tsunami relief in Australian dollars. You can also call 1-800-257-957.

Do you guys know of other ways to help out? Other sites to donate to? Surfaid International is the only website I've found that has a specific focus on the Indonesian double whammy. Other websites just have like general donations to the organization. Like, there are some of those here, I guess...

ETA: [personal profile] mercredigirl posts links to some relief efforts we can donate to.
whynot: SPN: all hail (Default)
1) Do you guys have that picture of Dean that's taken from the side and it looks like he's clasping his hands above his head in prayer or something, and his arms are big and sexy all over the place? You know what I'm talking about. Or do you know what episode that's from?

2) Important question: WHAT THE HELL WAS CAS DOING ALL HIATUS? Post your speculation here:

THE BETWEEN SEASON CASPARTY


3) [livejournal.com profile] santapocalypse: A STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE SECRET SANTA. I always feel like I'm doing Stongepocalypse fandom wrong, the same way I'm doing Sassy wrong, because everyone seems to be like, "Ey, it's all for the crack! Bring on the lulz." But I would love to see srs bsns Sam/Cas and Jacob/Joseph erudite darkfic, and Jacob/Jimmy twincestuous angstfests.

4) SPN 4x17verse commentfic meme

5) Vampire Diaries 2x02, 2x03 )
Hawaii 5-0 1x02 )

6) This is an interesting slide show about the Bajau, who are sea nomads in Southeast Asian waters. The lifestyle's dying out, though; there are only a handful of Bajau now who have spent most of their lives out on boats. Check out the picture of the boy who is playing with HIS PET SHARK, OMFG. I am also very *_____* at this: "Traditional Bajau cosmology – a combination of animism and Islam – reveals a complex relationship with the ocean, which for them is a multifarious and living entity. There are spirits in currents and tides, in coral reefs and mangroves. Such reverence and knowledge could be used to conserve rather than destroy."

I am, however, rather :-/ at the article byline: "Now these marine nomads risk destroying the reefs that sustain them." Most of the damage done to coral reefs in Southeast Asia is inflicted by commercial fishers and illegal trawlers. Communities that directly rely on the the sea to survive, like the Bajau, too often get scapegoated for it. This isn't to say that subsistence fishers never resort to destructive fishing practices (dynamite, cyanide, etc.). Quite often these days they do, out of desperation and perceived necessity, because the Coral Triangle's fish yield ain't what it used to be. I'm just saying that to finger one culture for ecosystem destruction without also accounting for the economic and political systems to which it is subject seems pretty sloppy and insensitive.

[originally posted at http://whynot.dreamwidth.org/35862.html | comment count unavailable comments]
whynot: SPN: all hail (you and your silly kuhniggets)
1) Do you guys have that picture of Dean that's taken from the side and it looks like he's clasping his hands above his head in prayer or something, and his arms are big and sexy all over the place? You know what I'm talking about. Or do you know what episode that's from?

2) Important question: WHAT THE HELL WAS CAS DOING ALL HIATUS? Post your speculation here:

THE BETWEEN SEASON CASPARTY


3) [livejournal.com profile] santapocalypse: A STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE SECRET SANTA. I always feel like I'm doing Stongepocalypse fandom wrong, the same way I'm doing Sassy wrong, because everyone seems to be like, "Ey, it's all for the crack! Bring on the lulz." But I would love to see srs bsns Sam/Cas and Jacob/Joseph erudite darkfic, and Jacob/Jimmy twincestuous angstfests.

4) SPN 4x17verse commentfic meme

5) Vampire Diaries 2x02, 2x03 )
Hawaii 5-0 1x02 )

6) This is an interesting slide show about the Bajau, who are sea nomads in Southeast Asian waters. The lifestyle's dying out, though; there are only a handful of Bajau now who have spent most of their lives out on boats. Check out the picture of the boy who is playing with HIS PET SHARK, OMFG. I am also very *_____* at this: "Traditional Bajau cosmology – a combination of animism and Islam – reveals a complex relationship with the ocean, which for them is a multifarious and living entity. There are spirits in currents and tides, in coral reefs and mangroves. Such reverence and knowledge could be used to conserve rather than destroy."

I am, however, rather :-/ at the article byline: "Now these marine nomads risk destroying the reefs that sustain them." Most of the damage done to coral reefs in Southeast Asia is inflicted by commercial fishers and illegal trawlers. Communities that directly rely on the the sea to survive, like the Bajau, too often get scapegoated for it. This isn't to say that subsistence fishers never resort to destructive fishing practices (dynamite, cyanide, etc.). Quite often these days they do, out of desperation and perceived necessity, because the Coral Triangle's fish yield ain't what it used to be. I'm just saying that to finger one culture for ecosystem destruction without also accounting for the economic and political systems to which it is subject seems pretty sloppy and insensitive.
whynot: SPN: all hail (Default)
1. Two days ago was Indonesia's 65th birthday, and you'd think it would be the perfect time to write more Indochesters, but the world instead decided that it was the perfect time for me to lose my housing HAHAHAHAHAHhdkjslf. I'm bunking with a friend for the time being, and I might be able to get my housing back, but just in case I can't... who in New York City needs a roommate ASAP? :D? :D??

2. [community profile] eid_ka_chand/[livejournal.com profile] eid_fic is having its 2010 Eid Al-Fitr Challenge! I signed up last year wanting to write something about the Carpet and Abu from Aladdin, and then never wrote anything, ALAS. Maybe this year I'll actually write something about Muslim Indonesian Novaks? If, you know. If being homeless doesn't get in the way.

3. SPEAKINNA INDONESIA: Fantasy Fiesta 2010 omggg INDONESIAN-LANGUAGE FANTASY WRITING COMPETITION ♥______♥. Growing the movement at hoooome! If only my Indonesian weren't as in shambles as my housing situation!

4. [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan recover from the floods of a few days ago. 20 million people have been displaced, 6 million of whom have yet to receive aid. Bidding begins on August 23. I am offering to make a mix. I reeeaally want some SPN vidders to sign up.

5. I have 8 Dreamwidth codes, so if you want one, comment with your email. First come first serve, I don't care who you are.

6. AND THERE IS STILL CASFEST TO SORT OUT LOLOLOL D:

7. Also I lost my cellphone.

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whynot: etc: excuses, excuses (express yourself)
1. Two days ago was Indonesia's 65th birthday, and you'd think it would be the perfect time to write more Indochesters, but the world instead decided that it was the perfect time for me to lose my housing HAHAHAHAHAHhdkjslf. I'm bunking with a friend for the time being, and I might be able to get my housing back, but just in case I can't... who in New York City needs a roommate ASAP? :D? :D??

2. [community profile] eid_ka_chand/[livejournal.com profile] eid_fic is having its 2010 Eid Al-Fitr Challenge! I signed up last year wanting to write something about the Carpet and Abu from Aladdin, and then never wrote anything, ALAS. Maybe this year I'll actually write something about Muslim Indonesian Novaks? If, you know. If being homeless doesn't get in the way.

3. SPEAKINNA INDONESIA: Fantasy Fiesta 2010 omggg INDONESIAN-LANGUAGE FANTASY WRITING COMPETITION ♥______♥. Growing the movement at hoooome! If only my Indonesian weren't as in shambles as my housing situation!

4. [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan recover from the floods of a few days ago. 20 million people have been displaced, 6 million of whom have yet to receive aid. Bidding begins on August 23. I am offering to make a mix. I reeeaally want some SPN vidders to sign up.

5. I have 8 Dreamwidth codes, so if you want one, comment with your email. First come first serve, I don't care who you are.

6. AND THERE IS STILL CASFEST TO SORT OUT LOLOLOL D:

7. Also I lost my cellphone.
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I signed up for Racebending Revenge at [community profile] dark_agenda because do you know how long I've been threatening to write Indonesian!Winchesters? Since March, apparently. And then I missed the July 2 posting deadline because I was off celebrating someone else's independence day. LOL. Better late than never! ALSO, the icon for my Dreamwidth post is pretty much the appropriatest in many ways. Someone randomly made a map of Indonesia the background for a Winchesters icon, and hey! Now it's time for Indochesters.

I have grand plans to write more in this 'verse, but here are two ficlets for now. 'Verse summary: They follow the trail of the thing that killed their mother from West Java, Indonesia to the USA. This is Satrio. This is Dimas. Handy-dandy Indonesian/Sundanese translations are here.

North for the Winter
Pre-series. One of the few times their father took them north in the wintertime. "Do we even have a word for snow?" 590 words.

Jejak Kaki
Early S1. Brothers on the road, rediscovering. The title means 'footprints'. "It's not that Satrio has anything against his mothertongue, but Dimas speaks it like he's making a point." Also 590 words.

And now for some cultural identity soapboxing! tl;dr re: multilingualism and the monolingual bias )

I've also been wanting to write Indonesian!Pevensies since a year ago. That's still on the to-do list, as is Muslim Indonesian Jimmy Novak. I also just signed up for [community profile] mundane_bingo and [livejournal.com profile] spnsupporting because I am a crazy person. I've yet to get my bingo card, but my spnsupporting characters are pretty predictable.

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