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July 22nd, 2017

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. :)

"Facing Fear"

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photos, weekly rec

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I'm still waiting for my photobucket links to break with a kind of fascination of watching a crash in slow mo. I pretty much only use photobucket for fanish stuff, and that sparingly since I don't do a lot of art, mostly banners and things these days. I haven't lost access to my account yet.

But really that had me browsing through pictures on my phone recently since that's my main camera for recording my life, and it's kind of hilariously made up of two things for the past few months: bread in various stages and animals that my cat has killed and brought to the door. Which is even more hilarious when you know that my 1st grade science project was titled "Animals that my cats catch." So yeah.

Anyway. I'm making regular loaf bread today from the Joy of Cooking, and tomorrow I'm going to do Casatiello, which is an enriched Italian bread that has chunks of cheese and salami in it. I haven't gone grocery shopping for the extra ingredients yet, which is why it's waiting till tomorrow.

Been working on my Teen Wolf fic this week. I'm kind of feeling like I want to clear off what's ongoing before starting something really new. I'm still messing with Dragon Age short fic, but I don't really have a direction for a lot of that, though I'm thinking I might once I get to some mysterious critical mass.

Still been reading a lot of Dragon Age fic. This week's rec is
Haven (256723 words) by SageFic
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cullen Rutherford/Female Mage Trevelyan
Summary: Kate Trevelyan, mage and earnest, genteel nerd, travels to the Conclave with Colleen Lavellen, an ex-Dalish-turned-librarian, and Robert Trevelyan, her charming smuggler cousin. But when the Divine's peace talks explode, Robert falls in with bad company, Coll finds herself chasing mercs, and Kate becomes...the Herald of Andraste? Sort of. Kate has absolutely NO idea what she’s doing, and her growing attraction to a certain former templar isn’t helping.

Why I love it: This covers just the time in Haven starting a little before the game with some really great character work throughout. Basically I love this story for the conversations you get between characters. It delves into the mage-templar conflict, and really sets up a nice discussion between mage!Trevelyan and Cullen about Kirkwall that is really well done and not seen very often. Early scenes include Divine Justinia, and there's a lot of good daily life included. It diverges enough from gameplay to keep it interesting. I'm not a huge fan of the Lavellen or male!Traveleyan characters that are included, or the epistolary chapters, but over all it's good.



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July 18th, 2017

writing: in brief

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So. I'm resurrecting that meme from a while back of all the in progress things you have going on. Because I feel like I've been writing stuff, but really I've been thinking about the stories and then adding a couple words here and there to a dozen stories at once.

Now for the fun twist - if you see something you want to read more of, tell me in comments and I'll work on more tonight and post it.

Short stuff in progress
The Dragon Age stuff

post-Awakenings, Cousland Warden: Alistair arrives with more recruits (Anders POV)
Origins, Ian Tabris: Camp with Sten and Alistair
Awakenings, Ian Tabris: Dear Zev
Inquisition, Danielle Trevelyan: Advisors Council (Cullen POV)
Inquisition, Danielle Trevelyan: Recruits (Cullen POV)
Inquisition, Danielle Trevelyan: In Sera's Wake
Inquisition, Danielle Trevelyan: Iron Bull and the Chargers
Inquisition, Danielle Trevelyan: Aftermath of the dreadnought run
Inquisition, Danielle Trevelyan: Exalted Plains with Bull and Dorian
Inquisition, Danielle Trevelyan: Ian and Zevran arrive
The Inquisition Job, Leverage crossover: Joining the Inquisition

Teen Wolf

Werewolf!Sheriff #5: Constructive Interference, or Derek gets a job

Merlin
dark!Merlin/Arthur non-con sequel to Look Into the Light

Long stuff in progress
Teen Wolf
Excerpt from the giant Derek builds a pack story that's currently stalled

The 100/Teen Wolf
Excerpt from the giant fusion crossover where the 100 kids crash into Laura Hale's territory

These are all the ones that feel active. I have a few half-formed ideas for Sense8 (Will and Wolfgang taking care of each other was the one that stuck in my head), and Black Sails (I want all the post-s4 John/Madi reconciliation fic but I don't want to write it), and Yuri on Ice domestic fluff (that other people have already written so), and some older long stories (Merlin) and short stories (Leverage) that have kind of been backburnered off my radar, but I'm willing to talk ideas too. Basically, I just want to talk story ideas even if they never come to anything, and I might just start talking of all the fic that never was or has yet to be anyway.



July 14th, 2017


Last weekend I made rich man's brioche and regular wheat/white sandwich bread. The brioche had to sit in the fridge and then I had to wait an extra day when I didn't have time to finish it Monday so I made the sandwich bread for the week too. Also, let's be real, I needed to make bread that didn't have 2 cups of butter in it. OMG so much butter! The dough for the brioche was really squishy because it was mostly butter. It came out pretty well. I lost a little air when I put the egg wash on a little late in the rising process. After a couple days, they really need jam to go with them, though since it's gotten a little dry.

I think I'm going to skip the next recipe in the book because it's an Italian version of brioche and move on to Challah.

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I've got to say that the AO3's History and Mark for Later functions have made cross-device browsing and remember what I've read so much easier. Two recs this week.

Inquisition, Indiana (109551 words) by Paperclippe
Chapters: 62/62
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Cullen Rutherford/Original Character(s)
Summary: "Eleanor was painting her house when the sky opened up." When a Breach opened on Eleanor's Indiana farm, everything changed. Now she must lead forces on her side of the Breach to help stop a threat no one suspected could ever occur on Earth. Are her mind - and her heart - strong enough?

Why I loved it: I was not expecting to love this. It's a reversal of the trope so the Inquisition ends up in our world on a farm in our Indiana where our Modern Girl lives. But it's well written with a nice plot and the OC is well done as Cullen and their romance. I think what I live about it is we get to see the characters we're familiar with - Dorian and Varric are also featured - adapting to our world instead of the other way around, which I found quite refreshing.


Scars and Love series (first story below, but I'm reccing all of them)
Scars and Healing (11950 words) by RedHawkeRevolver
Chapters: 6/6
Fandom: Dragon Age - All Media Types, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Inquisitor/Cullen Rutherford, Cullen Rutherford/Female Trevelyan
Series: Part 1 of Scars and Love
Summary: Cullen has many, and Evelyn loves them all even as she does her best to try and erase the ones he keeps hidden.

Why I loved it: This hits all my buttons. Nice, well written love story, smoking hot sex, and competent and fleshed out Inquisitor and Cullen.

Actually, I pretty much read everything DA that RedHawkeRevolver wrote and it's all good. The one below was another favorite of hers.

Used (29874 words) by RedHawkeRevolver
Chapters: 15/15
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Female Mage Inquisitor/Cullen Rutherford, Cullen Rutherford/Female Trevelyan,
Additional Tags: Angst, Self-Harm, Post-Trespasser, Evelyn's Unhappy Ending, Blood Magic, Depression, Cullen is saving Templars, But can he save her?, This is actually turning pretty fluffy, I REGRET NOTHING, babies ever after
Summary: Evelyn made sure everyone would have a happy ending, even if it was at the expense of her own.

Why I loved it: A post-Trespasser look at how the Inquisitor, depressed and in a really bad place gets out of it with Cullen's help. They never got together in the game-time period, so it's a getting together story too. It treats depression and addiction and disabilty as the life-changing events they can be, and is really about how to live and love yourself and each other and keep moving on. It's got a lot of warnings, but it doesn't dwell, and the self-harm is the one that's most graphic.

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Also, I'm going to be petty and anti-rec everything written by CES479 because despite the popularity of her stories they are everything that I hate about how some romance relationships are developed - two people at odds in a very destructive way that in the real world would end in divorce after 6 months. I've been thinking about this a lot recently because her Inquisitor strikes me as an actual Mary Sue, as in what people mean when they deride the Female OC - she's snarky, always right, etc, and while a lot of that won't bother me if it's well written and the character feels like a person, here what I see as appalling behavior doesn't get punished in the narrative. I think at it's heart what I hate about how she writes the romance is the disrespect between the OC Inquisitor and Cullen. The OC is treating him horribly, why would he like her - except he does and then I lose respect for Cullen, and nope out of the story.

Maybe it's because with my recent marriage, working together to plan the damn wedding, and reading and thinking a lot about how and why relationships work, but I can't stand when a relationship is supposed to be romantic because one person just can't help but love the other, even though the other is terrible. I think the author has some awareness of this, since she had a second story basically set after they broke up about them getting back together, which is how I started reading her stuff in the first place, but even that felt forced and like it was ignoring all the reasons they broke up in the first place.



July 11th, 2017

Oh my god. Apparently all I need is a little validation and you get this. You're welcome. There may be more. I'll probably never finish an epic length arc, but there might be some mini arcs.

The Inquisition Job 1/?
Leverage/Dragon Age Inquisition
based on this
by Tassos
Rating Teen
Characters: Parker, Hardison, Eliot
Words: 1636
currently only posted to DW

Hardison stared up at the sky that had two moons in it. He stared up at the two moons and figured he must have hit his head and was seeing double, but then no, why were they in different parts of the sky in different phases that didn't make sense, and oh, yeah, Two. Moons.

"Why are there two moons in the sky?" he asked the world in general, and Parker and Eliot in particular in a nice even tone of voice. He was cool. Totally cool. Except for the way his heart was hammering, his back was throbbing, and he could feel the panic coming on like an old friend who knows when to show up in a bad situation.

"I don't know. Why aren't we in an office building? Hardison, get off me," Eliot said from somewhere near Hardison's kidney. He rolled, Eliot shoved. They ended up more tangled up before they straightened out, and ow. The ground was fucking hard.

"Uh, guys?" Parker was already on her feet, crouched nearby. Except for the paleness of her face and the wisps of hair that weren't caught up under her black beanie she was a shadow in the night. A shadow with green overtones.

Hardison looked up to where she was pointing at the big swirly green clouds directly above them.

"I don't like the look of that," she said.

in which our OT3 fall through a hole in the sky )

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holy shit

Last night I was like, nah, you're seeing things, wishful thinking, etc, but after treatment #2? The cords really ARE shrinking, dramatically so.

"Stops progressing" would have been a good outcome. Actual reversal happens in a minority of cases, almost always in patients who treat it very early. I'm SO FUCKING GLAD I insisted on going as aggressive as possible. Even if I wind up with more chronic pain out of it, I'll keep use of my hands for a fuck of a lot longer, thank ANYTHING THAT WAS LISTENING

Transmogrifying

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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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First dose of radiation done, out of five (once per day this week). Aside from 20 minutes of "shitting cockgoblin fuckmuppet" pain levels just now, which did die down to just a slightly elevated from normal "ow ow ow ow ow", it was fairly uneventful! Holding the position required for the treatment is worse than the actual treatment, which is basically "the machine goes click whirr for 45 seconds".

So curious to see what happens in six weeks. The way this works, you see, is by activating all the dormant spots so the second round can nuke them in 12 weeks...