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Title: The Walls We See Around Ourselves
Fandom/Pairing/Rating:
Captain America, Bucky/Sam/Steve, rated G
Beta: BridgetMcKennitt
Word Count: 883 words

Summary:
 Bucky and Sam gang up on Steve to find out why he still doesn't know how to dance.
Author's Note: A chocolatebox treat for Yeomanrand

The Walls We See Around Ourselves

Rainy Days

Feb. 20th, 2017 11:25 am
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It's currently 57 degrees (13.8 celcius) outside and utterly pouring- sheets of rain coming down. There is so many things wrong with that, it's not even funny. I live in Minnesota, it's supposed to be 27/28 maybe with tons of snow. We've only shoveled three or four times all winter, and other than in shady patches and where there were huge piles, the snow is completely gone. But climate change isn't a thing. *sigh* I've been able to open the windows some so the cats are happy though, so, bright side?

Frustratingly, I haven't enjoyed the last two Lethal Weapon episodes. Two weeks ago the subplot was with the Murtaugh's teen daughtersubplot ranting ) And, meanwhile the main plot involved the shrink, Cahill, having a stalker (which wasn't a great plot to start with but then ends with Riggs saving her life and main plot ranting )

This week's was slightly better and saw the return of Hilarie Burton's DEA agent character which led to Murtaugh and Avery basically trying to shove her and Riggs together. The man is still grieving his wife, he's started baby steps to getting past the worst of it (vague attempts at sobriety) but he has a ways to go before attempting any kind of relationship... I just wish the show let him grieve and cut it with the romantic crap. Not everyone needs to be in a relationship/flirting/whatever to be happy.

Ugh ugh ugh. I was SO into this show and now.... *sighs some more*

The list of shows I've tried/given up on keeps growing (and groaning, I guess, which is what I mistakenly typed first). Powerless, This is Us, Blindspot, Blacklist, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Magicians, and others? I know I'm forgetting a ton. There's also People of Earth which I watched some of and liked it well enough, but keep forgetting it exists.

I'm liking Sleepy Hollow's new season, which is a nice surprise. Every fandom space I've found *hates* it though, mostly as blowback for Abbie's fate as opposed to anything actually airing from what I can tell. Grimm's last season is... bad. There's no other word for it. But, like I have with other shows, the end is so close I'm sticking it out. Lucifer's most recent twist was.. well, not what I hoped for, but it's currently on break so we'll see where it goes with it when it returns. DC's Legends of Tomorrow is floundering, the camp can no longer cover for the plotting and acting issues. John Barrowman is *awful* in DCTV. Sorry, John, I loved your Jack Harkness, but everything since then has been a huge disappointment and borderline terrible.

Timeless has only one more episode this season with no renewal word, here's hoping it has an acceptableish 'ending' that'll work as series or season finale.

Oh! There's been an update to that adorable story about the Muslim and Jewish families who were photographed protesting next to one another at O'Hare airport (my previous post about it). The families did get together for that dinner and apparently had a lovely time. *sniffles happily*
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Overall I try to stay away from political rants or flailing in my DW and LJ (because there would be SO much flailing), but I saw this picture of a Muslim girl and Jewish boy protesting next to one another and shared it with [personal profile] ride_4ever who tracked down some updated information about it and it's just so perfect I had to share it with everybody else:



Nine-year-old Adin sits on his father Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell's shoulders smiling at Meryem, 7, who sits on her father Fatih Yildirim's shoulders while the dads carry signs saying “empathy" and “we’ve seen this before, never again.”

The two families were at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport Monday night protesting President Donald Trump’s travel ban and got to talking and they're going to meet next Friday for Shabbat dinner. (article one, article two)

There's a lot of awful stuff out there right now, but some good stuff too. Try to remember that.
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I just discovered a cable channel is showing "Hogan's Heroes" repeats every night. In every episode the good guys win, the Nazis are inept and Sgt Shultz 'knows nothing, nothing!' It's quite the balm for what's happening in the real world, politically speaking.

Otherwise, tv-wise, The Librarians just ended. The show's cute enough, and I was happy to find out it got renewed, but I really can't say I'm remotely fannish. Honestly, though, other than Lethal Weapon (which is SO GOOD), I can't say I'm fannish about any show I'm currently watching (mostly Lucifer, Timeless, Grimm and Sleepy Hollow) or somewhat following (This is Us, Legends of Tomorrow). And I've totally given up on Flash, Arrow, Blacklist, SPN, Teem Wolf, NCIS:LA (RIP Miguel Ferrer, you were a good egg) and... probably others?

In attempts to eat healthier I've stopped getting the delicious, but probably totally unhealthy muffins they sell in the supermarket and tried to start making them more often. I came across this easy mug muffin recipe which makes just one large muffin with very little clean up needed:

- ¼ cup of ground flax seed meal
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of oil (I just eyeball it)
- 1 egg
- pinch or two sugar
- raisins or other dried fruit

Mix together in a mug or smallish microwaveable container with a fork, microwave 45-60 seconds.

When I'm more ambitious I make these http://gyzym.tumblr.com/post/35309900247/the-best-motherfucking-muffins-you-will-ever-make (but with tweaks, using a 15oz can pumpkin and replacing half the oil with unsweetened applesauce and then baking 24 as muffins and one smallish loaf all at the same time) and then freeze a bunch for later (unless the kids are home because wow they can eat a lot).

It's been in the 30s here. In January. When typically it's in the negative teens or twenties. We've even had RAIN. But climate change isn't a thing, not at all. *sighs* Molly's happy about the lack of negative temps, and the cats are liking all the squirrel activity, so it's not all bad I guess.
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So Sherlock was a thing that happened.

S4 was both worse and better than I'd hoped, especially since I'd thought The Abominable Bride was a hideous mess. They tried some effects they really, really didn't have the budget for and were laughably, extremely bad as a result. Some of the powerful acting moments were actually powerful. Some of the writing/action was godawful and unbelievable (John's reaction to *spoiler* at the end of episode 1 was to basically do nothing medically speaking? Sorry, for an army doctor that was OOC to me) some was amazing. The zillion of ACD nods were cute/fun, if sprinkled a tad too overzealously. The ending worked just fine as a ending for the show in general if they chose not to make more episodes. It didn't really spark a new fannish interest in the show for me, but at least (unlike CA:CW) it didn't sour anything for me either so that's something at least.

Timeless and Lucifer return tonight. *crosses fingers they'll be decent*

Grimm has been pretty much a huge mess, but I am enjoying Sleepy Hollow's direction.

I did catch up with Legends of Tomorrow but I'll probably be giving the rest of the season a pass. I loathe both Damien Darkh and Malcolm Merlyn, I really wish DCTV would just remove them from the canvas. *sigh*

Dusty has taken to worming under blankets on the couch before falling asleep, causing minor heart attacks when suddenly the pile of blankets next to you sneeze or start to purr or snore. Cats. What can you do.

Molly!

Jan. 7th, 2017 05:02 pm
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So, due to the extreme cold we decided to get Molly a coat. (Not the best picture, sorry, she refused to pose.)




She, unfortunately in a way, really loves said coat and as a result she wanted to go on a REALLY LONG WALK today, despite it being around -7F. Yay and ugh?
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I've just finished backing up my LJ to dreamwidth, not really due to any fears of where LJ's now based but rather because I'd been meaning to do it for a while. Overall, my friendslist/reading page are fairly sparsely populated of late, a lot of folks seem to have moved on and out of fannish circles, but I figure be the change you want to see and all so here I am, posting.

Post-Yuletide means a massive drop in fannish activity for me. I thought about signing up for http://chocolateboxcomm.dreamwidth.org/ but despite the tiny commitment (300 word fic) but, as a mostly gen writer I'm finding the whole "'Character A/Character B' is shipfic while 'Character A & Character B' is genfic" thing a bit offputting and hard for me. What counts as / vs &? Is implied pairing good enough? Fade to black? etc. Looking at the letters posted I'm also finding I don't know very many fandoms and almost no prompts I could treat, let alone risk being assigned. *sigh*

I've dropped more shows out of a lack of caring/inertia. Wednesdays were problematic since Blindspot, Arrow and Lethal Weapon were all on at the same time. With cable and onDemand, it was easy to watch the two I missed the next day but I realized I'd no real desire to catch up on the Arrow or Blindspot episodes I'd missed. I skimmed the episode summaries and... yeah. Little to no interest. I might pick Arrow back up again eventually, we'll see. I also randomly missed the last Legends of Tomorrow episode and haven't bothered to catch up either. If I drop that show too it'll mean I've dropped all of CW's DC shows. I really want to like those shows, but there's just so much about them that just makes it difficult. *sigh*

I am still loving Lethal Weapon though. (Found family + broken character? Yes, please!) Lucifer introduced an clever twist before breaking in December so it'll be interesting to see where that goes and Timeless is... still Timeless? (Overall mostly enjoyable, but with plot problems if you stop to think about it). Sleepy Hollow and Grimm return on Friday. I'm watching Grimm mostly because it was announced it was the final season so I decided to stick it out (not the best reasoning, I know) and I'm curious where Sleepy Hollow goes with the changes they introduced at the end of S3 so I'm provisionally looking forward to that.

MN is in a cold snap again, with highs in the negatives (Fahrenheit). Most of the time I like it here, but right now, not so much. Molly (the dog) does not approve of it either. I also pulled something shoveling a few weeks ago and it's still kind of achy. Getting older sucks. Do not recommend. (Well, it's better than the alternative, I suppose, but I want my holospray and magic-light-beamy-fix-you-up technology already.)

Considering all the doom and gloom political news that have been dominating the airwaves of late, I can say I'm proud of my state for having elected the first female Muslim and Somali-American legislator in the US, Ilhan Omar, who was sworn into the MN state senate on Tuesday. She's both a refugee and immigrant and the second person ever to be sworn in holding the Quran (the first being MN's Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim U.S. congressman). (picture of the swearing in and a picture of the HUGE Quran she used) Yay Minnesota!
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I'm going to try to do more than just a list this year, we'll see how it works.

Yuletide blatherings, writing processes and thinky thoughts.... )

Overall, I'm really happy with how Yuletide turned out this year. I got an awesome fic (Longstreet/Nero Wolfe crossover!!! Woot!) and wrote just over 26k worth of stories and most of the recips commented and seemed to really like their fics so success all around!! :)

Yuletide Ficlist (all 17 of them!) )
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Happy holidays/Winter/Whatever to one and all! I hope you're having a great whatever you're celebrating.

It's raining here (wtf, MN, it was -28F last weekend, possibly even colder after windchill, and now it's 38F and raining?). And I am working my way through the Yuletide collection.

I got an AMAZING FIC. It's a crossover between Nero Wolfe and Longstreet!! (How awesome and surprising is that?) called French Fish and a Nice Dish and is utterly wonderful and everyone should read it and heap praise upon it.

I wrote a bunch (12 fics in the main collection and 5 in madness). As always, I feel they show terribly obvious signs that they are mine, but oh well, what can you do? I'll make a post linking to them post reveals. There's a ton of great fic there, so if you have some time GO READ.

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2016
http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletidemadness2016
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So a few weeks ago son and I discovered a rather, shall we say, questionable item at the grocery store



We had a good laugh over the sheer wtfery of it.

Then I made the mistake of sending him to pick up a few things on his own. The following is now being made in my kitchen....



(He's taking them to a friend's house where a group of them are going to consume and mock them.)

(The gummy bears' colors keep getting brighter, I am teetering between scared and disturbed.)
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In news of the awesome in nature, faikit on AO3 has translated my MCU fic "Old Dog, New Bun" into Russian!

Oddly enough, my one semester of Russian twenty-mumble years ago isn't enough for me to be able to read it, but it looks awesome and I'm super thrilled they liked my story enough to do a translation of it. If you know any Russian please go take a look at "Старый хот-дог, новая обертка" and drop them a comment or kudos!

Yuletide

Sep. 2nd, 2016 08:57 pm
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I wrote this up for the pimping post, but I figure I'll put it here too.

This year I'll be nominating Longstreet, a tv show from the early 70s starring James Franciscus as insurance investigator Mike Longstreet who was blinded in the explosion that killed his wife. Despite the qualms of his friend and boss, Duke Paige, Mike insists on continuing his work with the aide of his guide dog, Pax and assistant Nikki Bell.

The show is somewhat famous due to Bruce Lee's guest starring role as Li Tsung who, after saving Mike from a beating in the first episode, teaches Mike how to defend himself using Jeet Kune Do (in fact, this is the title of the first episode, "The Way of the Intercepting Fist").

Why you might like it: Do you like stories of people succeeding despite adversity? What about characters who learn to rely on others? Adorable guide dogs? 70's clothing and a lot of jazz? Then this show is for you!

Where you can find it: Unfortunately the series isn't available on DVD in most places but, for the moment anyway, it is available on youtube here.
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So I decided to make sure to grab the donutsweeper name there and created a comm to do so and wound up with a ton more invites so if anyone out there is still interested in checking out the site just head on over to https://www.imzy.com/donutsweeper/request-invite and you can get one and see for yourself what the site is like.

My overall impression, honestly, is it's still VERY in beta and a bit clunky. The staff is incredibly open to questions and concerns though, and there is a lot of back and forth as to what's working and what needs improvement. Overall it's still kind of quiet, but that might just be on the comms I follow, some have thousands and thousands of members so I assume there's more going on in them. I've high hopes for a few comms, there's FANDOM_DEALER which is hoping to become the new place for fandom recs ala [livejournal.com profile] crack_van and a ton of writing/prompt ones as well as the drabble challenge one I mentioned in the last post. So who knows, maybe it'll become the new platform everyone will use.

Only time will tell.

I am curious what other people who've checked it out think though!

Imzy

Aug. 15th, 2016 09:14 am
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There's a new platform that's sort of a tumblr/LJ combo social platform kind of thing called imzy that opened for beta a bit back. It's a little quiet (similar to early dreamwidth days) but there's a significant number of fannish communities already set up as well as general lifestyle, political, random interest ones. I've been rather under the weather so really haven't checked it out terribly much but I did join and have 5 invites if anyone is interested in taking a gander at it just leave a comment with your email or PM me and I'll send you one.

eta- for those interested there's a multifandom drabble exchange being run there (via AO3) which could be of interest for some folks on my flist. https://www.imzy.com/multifandomdrabble Yay drabbles!

Eta the second- that's my 5 invites sent, I'm not sure if they give you more or not, we'll just have to wait and see.
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Title: Play My Worries Away
Fandom/Warning/Rating:
Sherlock (BBC), rated G
Word Count: 800 words

Summary:
 Most people ignored Monty. Sherlock Holmes was not most people.
Author's Note: Written for all eight of [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes's August amnesty prompts, including a stealth crossover of Daleks, UNIT, the Seventh Doctor and (implied) Ace. Title from "Take On Me" by a-ha.

Read more... )
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Title: It Got Right to My Head
Fandom/Rating:
Sherlock (BBC), rated G
Word Count: 200 words

Summary:
 Greg had to agree, the tune had been aptly chosen.
Author's Note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes JWP#31. Title from "Show Me the Way to Go Home."

Read more... )
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Title: Little Bit of Something, God It's Better Than Nothing
Fandom/Rating:
Sherlock Holmes (ACD canon), rated G
Word Count: 221 words

Summary:
 Watson had been hoping to collect his bag without Holmes noticing.
Author's Note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes JWP#30. Title from Matchbox 20's "3 AM".

Read more... )
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Title: House Rent Blues
Fandom/Rating:
Sherlock (BBC), rated G
Word Count: 100 words

Summary:
 There were things one tried to remember, but this was definitely one to try to forget.
Author's Note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes JWP#29. Title from ""One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by George Thorogood & The Destroyers.

Read more... )
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Look, another post!

(And another attempt to avoid thinking about today's [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes's prompt)

Molly's still in her cone because one of her incisions isn't healing properly. The vet for now is taking the wait and see approach so I guess we're waiting and seeing. :(

I had to get new glasses and have been having a lot of trouble adjusting because not only is my eyesight bad enough to be nearly legally blind without them but my close vision is going enough I need correction there as well. Instead of just bifocals though they recommended a blended lens which is more like an hourglass with the correction to see far at the top and near at the bottom and plain glass on the sides. It's *weird* and kind of nauseating. It reminds me of trying to read off a paper that's curved (like if you were holding something laminated from the bottom and the edges of the paper curve away from you). Bah. So headache inducing.

In sad news Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi on B5) died. FAR too many B5 actors have passed on already. As J. Michael Straczynski wrote, come on universe, stop it.

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