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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 17th, 2017 09:35 pm)
Randomly memed from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Blake's 7
3. Doctor Who
4. Dracula (1968)*
5. Sapphire & Steel

Cut for questions and answers )

* Yes, I did fail to read the instructions when I made the list. *handwaves*
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 17th, 2017 01:40 pm)
Title: Fatal Error
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 693
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: Letting the strangers go had clearly been a mistake…

For [personal profile] persiflage_1 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 12. Why didn't we detain them? - Twelve & Clara Oswald (DW)

Here @ AO3 | Also @ the Teaspoon
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([personal profile] nwhiker Oct. 16th, 2017 09:53 pm)
So, introductions are going... mixed. BamBam appears to be terrified of the two little kitten, and meows and hisses at them. They ignore him.


Twisp is a big kitten. He hoovers down food and is growing like a weed. He was very nice at the vet, and let them take blood without complaining. Well, much.

Auri is a teeny little thing. We have to hand feed her at times, because she is a slow, social eater. At the vet, she was fierce, and they had to burrito her in the backroom to get blood out of her.

And she... OMG. She runs up to BamBam. And stares him down. She's barely bigger than this Auri loaflet photo I took last week, and BamBam is a big cat. And he's walking away from this teeny time little ball of fluff. Who is just sitting there. Staring at him.

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([personal profile] nwhiker Oct. 15th, 2017 12:25 pm)
Today was (teeny tiny) Linnea's first regatta... when, skirmish, since it was just two teams. Rowing hasn't been going well for her... she tried it out this summer, and loved it, especially how quickly it got her stronger. Since she can't row with Perry's school team, we signed her up at the local rowing club. First few days went well... and then the deadline for pulling kids out for a full refund came... and all of a sudden, we found out we'd paid loads of money for our kid to row in-a-boat-on-the-water once a week, all her other workouts were land workouts. They can only have 45 girls in boats at a time, and while the additional 3 girls should be rotated in and out, Linnea was out, 3 days out of 4 (they're all on land once a week) over the past three weeks, leading to discouragement, lots of tears (at home), and misery. It was pretty clear to us that they wanted her to quit, and all she was getting from the coach was public shaming (*), which really, not ok.

However, she did make it into the girls who got boats today, not quite sure how. I expect, maybe, because she showed up on the two days this week when it was POURING. She was in the boat both those days, and so freaking THRILLED.

Friday she came out, and would have bounced out of the car and down the road without the seatbelt, she was so ecstatic, because she'd found out that she was racing today. We truly hadn't expected her to, and had been preparing her for the disappointment.

She was in their "D" boat, and yes, they came in dead last, but she was so happy to have gotten out and raced. It's a chilly and sunny fall day, and she had a fabulous time.

Us, well... Nobody paid attention to the time she needed to be there and we listened to her. Which is why we got there.... half hour early. And then there was an hour + delay because of the amount of fog on the lake.

It was good. I hope she continues to row, at least for a while. She truly loves it, and she's getting so much stronger.

And, as a shout out to my other two. Despite things taking A LOT longer than expected (they were supposed to be done by 10am, we didn't get Linnea until about 11:30), and it being chilly this morning, neither complained one bit.

(*) Singling out the girls who come in last on their warmup run, in a nasty way. It drives Linnea even more nuts because it's hard for her, she's much shorter than the next shortest girl, so already has to run faster, AND a few of the other slower girls have taken to waiting about 2/3 of the way into the run for Linnea and the other very slow girl to get back, and then run ahead to "beat" them.
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 15th, 2017 05:35 pm)
This has taken me so long to do, I feel almost embarrassed to post it, because unlike some of the more detailed ones I've done, this one was straight-forward, but it was lingering just because I couldn't work out who to cast as one character. (I'm still not sure who it was I must have had in mind, but I found a suitable stand-in. After, er, nearly all year...)

From the [community profile] isurrendered meme, [personal profile] john_amend_all gave me this prompt. If I had remembered that he threatened to do this several years ago, I would have tried to ward it off, but I didn't, so here we are:

One of those obscure centuries-old cults has a ritual: Once every hundred years, on the night of the winter solstice, the chosen one must stand at a particular place (where ley lines converge) and will become an inspired bard and prophet.

... Except that since the last ritual, an office block has been built on the site, and the mystic powers end up being bestowed on the coffee machine. Hilarity, as they say, ensues.

Which is coming to an LJ near you some time soon as:

Coffee and Curses )
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 13th, 2017 09:25 pm)
1. The world out there seems set to get worse and worse in every way at the moment. I feel bad that I have nothing to offer, but frivolous fannish things, but so it is.

2. I have my Yuletide assignment, but obv. can't talk about it. I have mixed feelings about whether I can do it proper justice, but it is a fandom I love and wanted to get, and hopefully I'll manage something decent in the end.

3. In the department of inevitable irony or something, the GRO have resumed their test pilot of offering PDFs for (some) historical certificates online for £6 instead of £9.20. I had been saving birthday money for this moment since May in case it ever came. Guess who finally gave up on that ever being a thing and spent the last of the money on Sunday? Yes, me. (The wretches! The rotters!) Anyway, for those also into UK family history, it's running for three months or so this time, so don't miss out.

4. I wrote a frivolous thing for no reason at all for the first time in forever. It was, of course, still stupidly obscure. Whoever it was - at least two people, I think, or maybe three - recommended me the Daisy Dalrymple books for light mystery reading, I blame you. All/both of you. Ficlet of pure froth: Foiled (G, 490 words, Alec/Daisy.)
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([personal profile] unearthlymarmot Oct. 13th, 2017 08:45 am)
I think the reason Black/White is my favorite generation -- beyond the fact that I really do thing they're good games, and also my favorite pokemon is Scraggy -- is that it was the first generation where I was keeping up with the online news and leaks from Japan.

We were all so hyped up with every piece of news! There's a lot good memories there, and with BW2 as well. I was SO excited when we found out Iris became champion.

Amusingly, I hated Oshawott and Scraggy when I first saw them. Now they're two of my absolute favorites.
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([personal profile] unearthlymarmot Oct. 12th, 2017 11:36 am)
I was eager to get to this era of Who, so I went ahead and skipped to Adric's first appearance in the Full Circle serial.

Adric is great so far! He clearly has moments of annoying other characters, but in some ways, he strikes me as a better and more cranky Wesley Crusher, in that he's youngish but talented, but the writers aren't testing your patience like they do with Wesley. I actually love Wesley Crusher, but there are points that I get annoyed with him, because the writers are telling you he's so special all the time without always backing it up ... (And, as a Native person, I hate that they brought in Native stuff just to bolster Wesley's status as a special white kid.)  But Adric in Full Circle is presented more matter-of-factly, I think. I like him! And I like that he cared about Romana's well-being.

A lot of people seem to dislike him though, so I imagine he gets worse than he is here in this first serial?

The plot was fairly enjoyable, although I hated that spiders had to be involved. I know the spiders here look pretty cheesy, but it was still enough to make my skin crawl! I. hate. spiders.

As always, I have a huge crush on any version of Romana. Lalla Ward is so beautiful!
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 12th, 2017 06:04 pm)
I've been trying to finish off a few [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales things, including another AU. This one was also written for [community profile] genprompt_bingo square "Happy Endings" and [community profile] hc_bingo square "grief" and is a modern coffee shop AU. I am so proud of myself, even if maybe the coffee shop is probably too incidental. But a while ago, [livejournal.com profile] oonaseckar said to me that it would probably be impossible to do a modern Edward/Julia AU and, of course, if someone says that it's impossible to write something, obviously I have to write it. (I wrote Six/Rose and Steed/Baldrick once for the same reason. Edward and Julia managing excuses to have a fake relationship and then be awkward about it in the 21st C was no problem at all.)

But I crossposted it to AO3, as I think it's a fun/sweet enough standalone piece; also it's for two other comms, and also because LJ's word limit forced me into posting it in two parts over at RaTs, which annoyed me, because clearly it isn't a work that's meant to be in two parts. I hoped I'd done enough amputation, but apparently not. (Dammit, LJ.)

Substitute (13480 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Julia Graves (OC), Edward Iveson (OC)
Additional Tags: Community: hc_bingo, Alternate Universe - Coffee Shops & Cafés, Romance, Grief/Mourning, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Brief mention of car accident, Community: runaway_tales, Fluff, Humor, Angst
Summary: Julia Graves has perfectly reasonable motives for fake-dating a customer – it’s all about interior decorating, honestly…
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([personal profile] unearthlymarmot Oct. 12th, 2017 07:15 am)
I've been having trouble working up the motivation to continue my classic Who watch through. It's not that the First Doctor stuff is bad, I just get excited to get to Romana and Nyssa and Tegan and Ace!! Maybe I should skip ahead and come back later? I'm sure there's a lot of great stuff with the earlier companions too, but it might be easier to get the motivation going if I watch what I'm most excited for first. That way I'm not constantly thinking about how long it'll take to get there, ha.

I've also been watching an anime called Saiunkoku Monogatari, which is really good! It's a historical fantasy type series with a great female main character who always dreamed of becoming a court official in order to serve the people. I wish it was more popular, but it's from 2006-ish, so the fandom is pretty dead. Once I finish maybe I'll take matters into my own hands and write Sho Yosei/Sa Enjun myself.
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([personal profile] nwhiker Oct. 9th, 2017 03:21 pm)
Yes, another boring menus post... but it really helps me, when I lack inspiration to check out my "menus" tag and see what dishes we might have liked that have fallen out of rotation etc.

So. I'm finally making the matar paneer I was supposed to make a few weeks back. It's fine, nothing was fresh for it, so it kept on getting pushed back in favour of a quick fast meal when time was tight.

Monday: matar paneer with naan

Tuesday: jerk chicken, roasted yam purée, sautéed spinach

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: taco salad

Friday: pork roast (*), rice, green beans

Saturday: baked potatoes, broccoli cheese, sautéed mushrooms

Sunday: polenta with spinach and a fried egg.

(*) Trader Joe's has a pre-brined pork roast that is supposed to be pretty good. I figured I'd try it!
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([personal profile] unearthlymarmot Oct. 9th, 2017 03:15 pm)
I've been holding off on physical transition partly because I'm just so deeply terrified of coming out to my dad, and also partly because we're supposed to be moving and it doesn't seen like a great time to start something.

But on the other hand, my dad can't even decide where he wants to live, so who knows if the move will even ever get around to happening. I'm also thinking I might just choose to stay here anyway.

There are probably always going to be reasons I can come up with not to do it, but the truth is that I'm miserable not having hormones. Not having top surgery. Not having the body I want. I can't just keep putting it off. I can't keep sulking about it. I need to do something!

So I went ahead an arranged for my doctor to give me a referral to a trans clinic. Hopefully things go okay from there.
Title: A Brief History of Time
Characters/Pairing(s): Bill Potts/Romana II
Rating: Adult
Word count: 3,050
Spoilers: none
Warnings: none
Beta: [personal profile] platypus
Summary: Visiting Romana at the bookshop became a habit. Or it began to look like it could take on the shape of a habit, because it was now three days in a row Bill had stopped by after work, and in the wee hours of the morning, she’d dreamt of the mossy scent of old paper, and of a twirl of blonde hair round her fingers.

Author's Notes: Because I wanted to write something nice for Bill, and there was no Bill/Romana II out there, and clearly someone had to fix that problem.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction and [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at A Teaspoon And An Open Mind and Archive of Our Own

fic, after the cut )
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 7th, 2017 02:07 pm)
[community profile] b7friday is opening up again! We have a new prompt and everything and I have made banners to promote it. If you want to use them to pimp it somewhere yourself, the code is in the text box:

I have also made a rebloggable tumblr post here.

(I stole these pics from the B7 Image Library, and basically every single B7 group shot on it seems to be everyone looking seriously unimpressed/bad-tempered, so I choose these where they also looked kind of vaguely interested as well as unimpressed. Ish. Oh, B7... <3)

(Sorry if you've seen this several times already - I'm nearly done!)
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 6th, 2017 09:37 am)
1. Yuletide sign-ups are still open for anyone thinking of taking part. (I believe they close on the 9th, but check the link.)

2. For those of you in the UK who don't mind a bit of old telly, I checked the Drama channel, and guess what their next run of ancient TV on Saturdays is? It's the BBC's 1976-77 historical (Edwardian) drama The Duchess of Duke Street! It has a very slow start (even for ancient telly), but Gemma Jones is so fabulous throughout, and I recommend it. The bit where Julian Fellowes turns up and swipes the plot for use in Downton is also entertaining, and S2 has bonus Lalla Ward. (And then write me Louisa/Mary, because I never could manage it, though I tried.)

(And when I say Saturday, I mean tomorrow.)

3. Fall Equinox went live the other day. Lots of lovely fanvids! (The theme this time was 'based on books.')
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 5th, 2017 05:29 pm)
Only one day late!

What I've Finished Reading
The Mauritius Command, and the series continues to be solidly excellent. Then, slightly to my own surprise, I managed to read The Goblin Emperor, which I enjoyed very much (I can see what people mean about it being a very reassuring read and why some other people also find that annoying, but it suited me just fine right now) but stupidly did so in only about three or four days and was sick for the following three days as a result, which does dampen enthusiasm somewhat. (I don't know why I did it; I think I get a bit panicky that my reading ability might vanish, leaving me stranded halfway through a book).

So, after that I didn't read properly for a week, and then read the v light Daisy Dalrymple mystery I got from the library, Damsel in Distress, by Carola Dunn.

What I'm Reading Now
I'm technically reading Desolation Island (the next in the Aubrey-Maturin series), but not really much at the moment, as I think I was reading too much of them and having less brain than I should have done.

I am also beginning to work my way through my random Seven Masterpieces of Gothic Horror, starting with the first, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. It's very random and its heroes are terribly saintly, but this makes me laugh, especially when some of the other characters would rather be hanging around with less saintly people, or somebody has a moment of sarcasm. (Matilda's maid Bianca would obviously prefer to be in a Shakespeare comedy, but Matilda won't oblige her with even normal curiosity, let alone shenanigans and scheming.) There is also a spooky giant helmet with plumes of doom, and it's only 100 pages long.

I also enjoyed the particularly OTT bit where a Helpful Friar who has turned up to reason with Villainous Manfred accidentally causes Manfred to order the execution of the suspiciously Noble Peasant Theodore and is midway through begging for Theodore's life when he pauses to realise (via a handy birth mark) that Theodore is in fact his long-lost son (and he was formerly the Count of Falconara, because obv. you can't actually have a Noble Peasant. How he carelessly lost his son and her mother, hopefully I will find out before it's done.)

I am (family history) note-taking from Boyd Hilton's A Mad, Bad and Dangerous People: England 1783-1846, but I don't know if it counts as reading, as it is one of the Oxford History of England so more political and so on, so I am doing a lot of skimming through it. (It's a large book. When I'm not using it, I am trying to flatten some paper with it. It's multi-purpose.)

What I'm Reading Next
I think the library has the next Daisy Dalrymple book, so I might get that next week, but otherwise I think it will be something else off my TBR pile. There are several possibilities! If I can be sensible this time, that is. And at some point, presumably the next 'Gothic Masterpiece,' The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve. (It's longer, though - all of 134 pages!)
It's been ages, yes, and am so sorry to come back only to have to let you all know that my bestest bud, my ride or die bitch, the biggest Bellatrix and Snape fan to come down the pike and wear the tee-shirt and wave the wand and write the fic to prove it - my beloved mother-in-law and fellow fan and strictest of betas, [profile] irenacandy has died.

We don't know any particulars yet, except that LAPD came to our abode with a card bearing a northern California sheriff's name and a case number on it and told us she'd been found dead. The circumstances being unusual we have to head north asap. Will update if/when I can. Please lift a glass of wine in her honour if you like, or read a good Bella fic.

Send love, if you would/could, as well to my wife [personal profile] chazpure. She's an orphan now and, as you can imagine, is quite bereft.

note: won't be able to respond to comments for some time, fyi
Just read a fascinating article from the NY Times that explores the opposite end of the food spectrum from an apple fresh off the tree or baby peas fresh off the vine: the foods that are best, or at least interestingly robust, with a bit (in some cases A LOT) of aging. There's even a Japanese mold that appears as a character in a mange series -- who knew???

...noorook, a mold that is known more widely in the West by its Japanese name, koji, as the base for a creamy porridge of fermented grains, stained pink by beets. (The mold appears as a character in the Japanese manga series “Moyasimon,” under its scientific name, Aspergillus oryzae.)...The century-old restaurant Otafuku, in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, specializes in a long-simmered stew called oden, with a base of dashi broth first made in 1945....the sell-by date on goods [is] “kind of a con game,” he said. “We need it because we can’t trust our nose — we’ve lost that language.”

Read the rest ==>


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