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Whoops, remix has been revealed!

Title: A Little Gossip Goes a Long Way (the Only Good Things Remix)
Fandom/Rating:
Captain America, rated G
Beta: mlraven
Word Count: 1255 words
Summary: Everyone in the building had noticed that Steve Rogers seemed happier ever since his new roommate moved in. A lot happier, actually.
Author's Note: Written for Jain for Remix Revival 2017

A Little Gossip Goes a Long Way (the Only Good Things Remix)

My Inspector Lewis story, Lessons and Limitations, was remixed by elrhiarhodan into "Truth and Clarity (The Deep Dark Ocean Remix)"and it's really quite good. If you're familiar with Morse or Lewis you really should check it out.
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Dark Matter, which I had just started watching, was not renewed for a fourth season but Killjoys got a fourth and fifth (and final) season which does make me happy. There's so much world building in Killjoys, especially things that you didn't even notice until later on when other stuff is explained which always impresses me. It also features canon f/f, m/m, many POCs and had a large storyline which featured disabled actors playing disabled characters which is the kind of all encompassing diversity I definitely think is a trend that needs to be seen more often in mainstream media.

Unfortunately Stitchers, which I posted about several times, was cancelled as well, and on a rather big cliffhanger. *sigh*

The Midnight Texas finale will air this Monday. It's been a decent enough watch, but I'm not sure I'll care if there's a second season or not. (It's also possible it won't make sense for their to be another season, it kind of looks like it might be more of a 'television event' kind of thing rather than seasonal tv show.)

Yuletide is ramping up (nominations close soonish). I made my noms and am crossing my fingers one thing I nommed gets in (it's weird and rare and whether or not it's considered a fandom could be up for debate). One of the best things about yuletide is seeing the tagset and reading letters and discovering all sorts of new or forgotten fandoms. I doubt I'll be able to match the output I made last year, but I'm hoping to at least write my average of 10 fics or so. *crosses fingers*

Music!

Aug. 12th, 2017 12:35 pm
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I wanted to share this with you all- thousands of old 78s are being digitized and uploaded to archive.org and now available for listening completely free and legally- collection here, article with info about the project here. Eventually 400k songs will be available.

TV-wise, I'm not thrilled with the direction Wynonna Earp took last night, but not surprised by it either. Loved Killjoys though, especially for the flashback and also D'Av's character development. Stitchers is still decent enough a watch, totally as expected for a Freeform (former ABC Family) show. Midnight, Texas has been keeping my interest as well- probably due to it being adapted from books there's quite a bit of world building that's been being revealed in dribs and drabs but I've liked what it's shown so far.

My remix has been fighting me. I will prevail though. I will.
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After dithering about it for weeks I actually did sign up for http://remixrevival.dreamwidth.org/. In all likelihood I won't get assigned someone who only writes pwps or complete AUs, right?

This past Monday I watched Midnight, Texas, a tv show with a supernatural bend that's apparently based on some books. Not entire sure they have figured out their worldbuilding, but it's about a guy who talks to ghosts who meets various other supernatural-inclined types in a small town where bad stuff seems to be looming on the horizon. I'm interested enough to tune in tonight, at least.

It is on at the same time as Preacher, so I'm using it as an excuse to drop that. I like a lot of aspects of the show and Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga are ridiculously gorgeous and great actors, but the gratuitous amounts of death and destruction that follows the main trio was really wearing on me.

Killjoys added canon f/f to go with its m/m this week, kudos to them for that. I'm not overly thrilled with how complex their season is looking to be, but I did expect it as its fairly typical come S3 to start really layering in details and plot points like this.

I think I'm going to stop watching The Night Shift. I am willing to put up with a lot for Eoin Macken and Brendan Fehr (and guy who plays Brendan Fehr's husband who is also D'avin on Killjoys who I can't remember the name of) but wow, the plots and execution of said plots are bad. Really bad. And trite and telegraphed. It would have fit in perfectly with ER and that spate of hospital/doctor shows, but not really anymore. It is about vets/currently serving soldiers and apparently has gotten a lot of input and hired actual vets etc so kudos to it, but.... *sigh*

I'm not listening to as many podcasts now that daughter is home and walking the dog, but I do recommend 'Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air', like 'The Nightly Show' (which I dearly miss) it does have a political bend, but only slight and each episode he interviews someone and they range from Neil deGrasse Tyson to Norman Lear as well as political people (Sen. Franken for example) and a woman who is a famous Baseball reporter and even when I don't know much about the person or subject (like the baseball ep) it's still very interesting.

I also really like "Pessimists Archive Podcast' which has the theme of 'how X new fangled thing is going to ruin society as we know it!' but from a historical perspective so X is the umbrella or recorded music or the car or the walkman. I find it really well researched and really interesting. (A continual theme it brings up, that I also see today, is that it tends to be those who are most benefited by the status quo who are against the new thing aka those written by baby boomers 'Gen X(or Y)/Millennials are ruining {fill in the blank}' article that seem to be published on a nearly monthly basis.)
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Title: Choices Made With Ease
Fandom/Warning/Rating:
Sherlock Holmes (ACD), ambiguous ending, rated G
Word Count: 293 words
Summary: Saving Holmes was what was important. The consequences of that success meant little to Watson.
Author's Note: Written for the [community profile] watsons_woes "Healer's Choice: One person Watson chose not to save" prompt.

Choices Made With Ease
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Wynonna Earp has been renewed! Awesome news all around, apparently SYFY/Space isn't scared off by a female led shows with canon f/f. Kind of surprising that it's only halfway through S2 and they're already announcing S3, but I guess it's due to SDCC hype.

Killjoys has been pretty good this season, the most recent ep gave us a taste of Pree's warlord days and introduced us to both his current (Gared) and his ex (and Pree and Lachlan's 'goodbye' makeout scene was ridiculously hot. I hope we see him again soon) I need to hunt down everything Thom Allison has ever done, I love his Pree and he's wonderfully kind of twitter.

I fell away from Doctor Who a while back, but the new news re: Thirteen's casting is awesome. I just may have to try to start watching again.

I haven't managed much for this year's Watsons-Woes, a combo of uninterest in Sherlock (the past several additions to canon haven't really been my thing), general bad brain and the fact I set myself the goal of writing something I'd be willing to put on AO3 as opposed to just throw on my LJ/DW. Oh well, maybe the last few prompts will spark something.

I'm debating signing up for the newest remix challenge, http://remixrevival.dreamwidth.org/, which, unlike previous ones, does not allow for turning gen relationships in the original fic into a pairing (all have the rule that if the fic has a A/B relationship you can't change it and remix it to be B/C but the last time I did one it didn't consider that altering A&B to A/B was changing the relationship so that was allowed). I worry a little that I'd get assigned someone who writes only, I don't know, A/B/O HS AUs or something and be stuck trying to figure out a way to write a remix out of something that is not remotely my cup of tea. Signups don't end until 7/30 though, so there's still time to decide.

I'm been doing a lot of genealogy of late. Something I love, but am often hampered by the lack of online resources, location (if only I were still in NY!), money (I can only justify paying for subscriptions to so many sites/ordering so many certificates) and a language barrier. There aren't that many German, Polish or Russian documents available for my tree for me to flail and fail at, but there's quite a lot of church books in Swedish and French (Quebecois technically) that I've been trying to muddle my way through for my husband's. Trying to get through 200 or 300+ year old bad handwriting (sometimes also scanned poorly) in a language I do not know can make for an interesting time. (On that note, if anyone is willing to look at one particular 1819 Quebec marriage record for me, I'd be ridiculously grateful.) By the by, I've also helped create trees for friends, if you're interested in trying to delve into your family's history or expanding on what you know I'd be happy to help. (I have the world ancestry.com subscription and know of a bunch of other sites, some of which are free, so while my expertise is US- particularly NY/NJ/MN, Pale of Jewish Settlement, Canada, and Sweden, I can probably help for just about anywhere.)

Daughter finally arrived home from studying abroad across the pond a few weeks ago. She had a blast and traveled at every opportunity so went all over the UK, Ireland, France, Milan, Italy, Romania, Germany, Latvia, Spain and probably a few places I am forgetting. However it did lead to the great texts like "I'm okay! Was at Notre Dame when everything went down but they herded to a bookstore and locked us in! How awesome is that?" (about the stabbing spree at Notre Dame. She was in Manchester and London the days of the terror events in those places too. Possibly another as well? I can't remember.) She also made it to Oxford and met up with [personal profile] jadesfire there so that was kind of cool. Molly the dog is thrilled to have her girl home, and as a bonus I don't have to walk her in super hot summer humidity anymore now since that's daughter's job when she's here. :)
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Title: Transmogrifying
Fandom/Rating:
Sherlock (BBC), rated G
Word Count: 455 words (this chapter, entire work 1077
Summary: Final adventures of John, Sherlock, and a transmogrification device. Or, the time John and Sherlock are accidentally turned into cats, the time Sherlock turns John, and then himself, into cats as an experiment, and the time Sherlock couldn't leave well enough alone.
Author's Note: All three chapters written for different [community profile] watsons_woes challenges. Chapter one originally posted 21 Jul 2012 (for the prompt "Look directly to your right. The first object you see is your prompt, to use as you see fit.") which happened to be two sleeping cats, chapter two was originally posted 1 Jul 2013 (for the picture prompt of two cats under an umbrella) and chapter three was written for the 10 Jul 2017 prompt "Close your eyes. Turn to your left and open them. Now incorporate the third item you looked at into today's work." which happened to be one the same cats from the first prompt so.....

Story begins in chapter one, Transmogrified, (or just link to the new addition, Transmogrifying)
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Title: Hope Forever Past
Fandom/Warning/Rating:
Sherlock Holmes (ACD), BLEAK AND DEPRESSING FIC WARNING, rated G
Word Count: 517 words
Summary: It was far too late by the time he was discovered, but his fate and final note finally see the light of day.
Author's Note: Written for [community profile] watsons_woes JWP#5. The title is from Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Time Long Past." Other notes about the fic available at the story on AO3.

Hope Forever Past
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Title: Gravitating Responsibilities
Fandom/Rating:
Sherlock (tv), rated PG (for language)
Word Count: 829 words
Summary: There are certain lines even a criminal will not cross, especially a halfway intelligent criminal. Carl can't believe when he comes face to face with that line a second time.
Author's Note: Written for [community profile] watsons_woes JWP#1. As it was a redo of the very first prompt from the very first JWP in 2011 I decided to write a sequel of sorts to the story I wrote for that prompt, On Genius and Stupidity, although you do not need to read that story to understand this one.

Gravitating Responsibilities
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I was looking at the list of shows that had been renewed over at [community profile] tv_talk and found it interesting to see a)how many shows there are that I had watched at one point but stopped, b)how many shows there are that I have never, ever heard of despite some been on for numerous seasons, and c)how many times I thought holy crap how is that show still on the air?

I started trying to figure out how many renewed shows I knew/enjoyed/hated/gave up on and decided to come up with a list. (note- it appears to count shows that will be airing a new season this summer as having been renewed since that season is still yet to air although there are some returning shows not on the list so...)

Having watched at least an episode or so and given up/never got into: ABC- Designated Survivor, Once Upon a Time, CBS- MacGyver, FOX- New Girl, NBC- L&O:SVU

Having watched regularly for a bit before sanity prevailed (kidding): ABC - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. AMC- Humans, CBS- The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Elementary (although if this were streaming legally somewhere I'd probably try to catch up), Hawaii 5-0 (I am boggling that it was renewed for an 8th season), NCIS (14th season!! this show WILL NEVER DIE), NCIS:LA, CW- Arrow, Flash, iZombie, Supergirl, Supernatural, Whose Line is it Anyway, FOX- Gotham, Lucifer, the Simpsons, X-Files, HISTORY- Vikings, MTV- Teen Wolf, NCB- Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Shades of Blue, This is Us, NETFLIX- Daredevil, Longmire, SYFY- the Magicians, USA- Mr Robot, Suits. (Shows I know are returning that are not on the list but I watched some of before quitting are Preacher, Cleverman and Shadowhunters)

What I still plan on watching (to one extent or another) come time for new episodes to air: Legends of Tomorrow, Lethal Weapon, Stitchers, Timeless, Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, People of Earth (if I can get caught up?) and The Librarians. (Also The Night Shift, if I remember, which isn't on the renewed or cancelled list) To be fair, I'm still vaguely interested in most of CW's shows in a 'I hope the characters have happily ever afters but watching their adventures just got too painful to do every week' kind of way but it would take a lot for me to go back to watching regularly.

Things I'm boggling at:
there's apparently 2 different "The Bachelor" shows that have aired for 26 season between them
AT&T has a network? And makes it's own TV content?
there is a show called 'Superior Donuts' that that aired a whole season that I've never heard of
South Park was renewed for three seasons- 21st, 22nd, and 23rd! WHY?
The Simpsons is still on the air and renewed for 2 more seasons?
35 seasons of Survivor. THIRTY-FIVE
L&O:SVU is still on the air and will have a 19th season. I wonder if they want it to beat out the mothership's amazing 20yr run
Wow, Netflix has a lot of shows (many of which I've never heard of, despite having Netflix. At least Amazon's original shows I could claim I didn't know of because I don't have Prime)
I never even heard of the channel TRUTV, let alone knew it aired original TV
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Erik Kripke has tweeted that now the show has been picked up for a 10 episode season that will air sometime in 2018 (possibly over the summer, possibly as a midseason replacement starting in Jan-Feb). Some articles are attributing the network's turn around due to fan outrage and the social media storm that arose post cancellation announcement, so yay fans!!

Also, I just have to share this quote tptb gave when asked about 'how gay' S2 of Wynonna Earp will be: "Think like a dolphin at Studio 54. Glitter bomb. Liza Minnelli is there. They lock eyes across a crowded dance floor and Donna Summer is playing. Clay Aiken is there even though it’s the 70s. Mike Pence is like ‘I don’t know about this.’ I’d say capital G Gay.”

I wonder if that means they will be doing more than just the canon f/f then?
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Thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone! Yesterday went pretty nice and the weather was actually gorgeous so I could take Molly for a long walk which was nice and then we capped the day off getting pizza so I didn't have to do anything for dinner :)

Timeless

May. 11th, 2017 08:12 am
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I think at least someone else on my flist watches this....

Timeless has been cancelled. *sighs* This was one of those shows that I always had that "but" whenever I thought about it. I really liked it! But... there were numerous aspects to it that infuriated and frustrated me. I think it was unfortunate that there were so many time travel shows that wound up coming out at the same time (this fall's Frequency as well as midseason replacement shows Making History and Time After Time have all been cancelled as well) and it's a hard line to straddle - the how do you go to the past with/without affecting the present - which is what Timeless struggled with.

Timeless did a lot of things right. It often dealt with the fact one member of the team was black and another a woman and how society and people in the different times they went to would react to that. It gave nice nods to people in history who had been 'forgotten' or overlooked due to race (Katherine Johnson at NASA, U.S. Marshals Bass Reeves whom the Lone Ranger might be based off of, etc) and also PTSD and the fact that sometimes bad things have to happen if better ones are to occur later. That said, the fact it established in the pilot that their actions could create ripples in time and change the present but then never faced any real changes other than a new Bond movie after that despite making some rather major changes to the past was really annoying. *sighs again*

Here's hoping the actors and all involved move on to bigger and better things.
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Sleepy Hollow has been cancelled :( I know a lot of people ragequit post S3 ending, and many thought it never lived up to S1's promises but I liked S4 and thought there was a lot of potential for future storylines. (And, well, Tom Mison in period garb on my screen on a regular basis? Yes, please.) *sigh*

Emerald City (which I posted about a bit back) was also cancelled, but I can't say I'm surprised about that. I think it probably would have worked better if they sold it as a 'television event' as opposed to as S1 of a tv show and with only a little tweaking it would have worked really well as that and left the door open for further 'events'/seasons if those were to happen. Oh well.

I'm not watching anything that's currently airing and it's a really weird feeling. I decided not to pick up Supernatural and Blacklist again when their seasons began this fall. I gave up on iZombie, Flash, Blindspot, the Magicians and Arrow at various points into their current season (although I will watch the Arrow finale due to a returning guest star) and I just couldn't be bothered to watch Lucifer when it returned last week (I may still catch up, I dunno). It's frustrating. I want to have shows. But...

This summer Stitchers, Killjoys and Wynonna Earp will be returning so that's something at least.

I need to get off my butt and quit looking at all the NPT prompts and thinking "ooh, shiny" and actually open up a word doc and start writing one. (The prompts are all here for those who might be interested)
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Title: The Road Ahead Beckoning Darkness
Fandom/Rating:
The Losers, rated PG-13
Beta: [personal profile] ride_4ever
Word Count: 6814 words
Summary: The combination of a Were, a witch and a warlock sounded like the beginning of a joke, not the solution to helping Jensen, especially when there was a blood demon thrown in for good measure.
Author's Note: Written for the [community profile] ante_up_losers exchange for mnemmy. This is a complete AU, with no real canon knowledge needed to understand the story and the AO3 footnote goes into a little background on the world and word choice usages and whatnot.

The Road Ahead Beckoning Darkness

Bunnies!!

May. 4th, 2017 11:34 am
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It's incredibly early to have little ones this big, but the first baby bunnies have been spotted out and about! Revel in the cuteness!

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When I first came out to MN for college I didn't listen to the radio a lot, but when I did it was the "oldies" station, Kool 108, which mostly played stuff from the '50s and '60s. Everly Brothers, Herman's Hermits, Richie Valens, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding etc. Fast forward a decade or so later and I'm always in the car driving my kids places and occasionally turn to Kool 108 and there's some of the same stuff but also slightly newer things too, focusing mostly on songs from the '60s and '70s from groups like the Rolling Stones and Elton John and the Grateful Dead but including a handful from the bands I used to hear more often on the station.

I turned it on today and hear them playing Prince and Toto and Men at Work and Men Without Hats.

These are apparently considered oldies and classics now?

"Africa" and "Safety Dance" and "Purple Rain" are all good songs. But.....
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We eat a lot of bread-type foods in this house and while stuff from the bakery is awesome, it is also expensive and needs to have been bought and planned for ahead of time so isn't always feasible. When I have time I'll make rolls and bread but that can be either labor intensive or requires time I do not have (or both, like challah) so I tend to wind up whipping up my standard "Mystery Biscuit" recipe I found in an old church cookbook at a garage sale ages ago.

Mystery Biscuits
2C flour (all purpose or half AP/half whole wheat, I've never tried all whole wheat)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
(shredded sharp cheddar or other flavorful cheese) - optional
(dash seasoning - Old Bay/paprika/pepper/whatever) - optional
1 C milk (or water+dry milk)
1/4 C Mayo

Mix it all together (dumping the mayo into the measuring cup with the liquid and whisking a bit with a fork before adding to the dry makes it easier). Drop large spoonfuls onto greased or lined cookie sheet. Bake 375° 18 min. (The temp and time can be adjusted to fit an entree that's baking, anywhere from 350-450 should work fine).

Less than 30 minutes from the 'crap I forgot a starchy side dish' to tasty goodness. And unlike most biscuits there's no cutting in butter or rolling so easy on the wrists and quicker to do.

Today I had a little more time so I tried a whole wheat stir-and-pour bread recipe I'd bookmarked ages ago and was quite happy with the result. With rising and cooking it took longer, but hands-on time was a lot less- five minutes total. (5 minutes to stir together, 30 to rise, 45 to bake, 5-10 to cool and then slice= 90 minutes or so from start to finish)

Whole Wheat Stir-and-Pour Bread
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp active-rise yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
dry milk (I didn't measure- 2-4 Tbsp maybe?)
1 egg
2 cups warm water (120°ish)

Stir everything together. Cover bowl with a towel and let rise 30 min. Preheat oven 350°. Dump into well greased/buttered 9" loaf pan. Bake 45ish min. Turn out. Let cool a little and slice.

Texture-wise, it's a little denser than bread usually is, probably due to the gluten not being developed via kneading but it was still quite tasty. I'll definitely be making it again.
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After seeing a gifset on that whumpers tumblr I wound up bingewatching all of "Stitchers" (2 seasons of 10 eps each, a 3rd will air this summer). Which is one of those 'small group from secret government agency solve crimes' shows but the characters are engaging and they hit the right level of case-of-the-week vs overall season story arc that works for me. Also, it's from the Freeform (formally ABCFamily) channel so mostly if there's violence or sex it's alluded to instead of shown and that makes a nice change since it requires writers to come up with dialog and things like that instead of just going for the shocks and tits and ass. It's also got some familiar faces - the people who played Allison on Eureka and Claudia on Warehouse 13 oh, and Oded Fehr- who is now a lovely silver fox- guest stars. :D (The premise of the show, btw, is sciencey people figure out how to put main character into memories of dead person. Ridiculous sounding, but they sell it well.)

iZombie just came back. While I like the show, it's always straddled the line for embarrassment squick (as Liv takes on personality traits of the victims) for me and appears to be doubling that with Major also slotting into that role this season. *Sigh* Also, the premise of the show is getting strained as they add in more arcing SL ideas and whatnot and move away from the case-of-the-week format as a result I'm not sure if I'll continue to watch it as a result. *Double sigh*

The prompts for Night on Fic Mountain (small fandom exchange similar to Yuletide) are available and I was so excited to see a prompt for tiny-fandom-of-my-heart but then realized it's basically the same as a yuletide prompt for that fandom and the requester obviously interprets the fandom radically different than I. *sighs* Maybe there'll be a Not Prime Time req that catches my eye that I can treat.

Due to the craziness here and other factors I'm not hosting a seder this year and flaky sister didn't step up so I won't even be attending one this year, which feels oddly strange. Also, due to health issues, I'm not entirely sure how carefully I'll be keeping Passover this year or for how long. :(

I found the best thing out via tumblr the other day. Apparently pygmy marmosets like toothbrush massages. You're welcome.

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