yahtzee: (couple of all time)
My genius flist seems likely to know:

Let us say it's Regency-period England. We have one lord, still alive and holding the title, but for some years now in a state of illness/partial dementia that renders him effectively unable to make his own decisions. Who is most likely to have authority over the estate (and the marriages of his children) -- the son and heir to the title, who is of age but barely; the wife; or an executor, solicitor or person of similar position? In this situation there is no other close male relative of age and similar status/landholding.


Have been weirdly under the weather for days. Today nausea was added to the mix. Ughhhhh. But I keep on keeping on.


Before I gave my mother a dog for Christmas, I sat down and seriously questioned whether she was mature enough to handle the responsibility. This was not an idle inquiry.

Today Mom called and said she just seems to be doing it all wrong, and she's tired of worrying about it, and so we have to find another home for the puppy and that's all there is to it. She has had the dog for three weeks and has not yet even had it spayed (before which any assessment of personality is only a guess). When I asked her if she had looked into obedience training or read any of the books on puppy raising I bought her, she acted annoyed.

Much is explained, people.
yahtzee: made by avictoriangirl (Erik and Charles)
5 characters or couples you wish could have gotten a happy/happier ending.

1) Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, most X-Men canons -- given the fluidity of comic book canon/alternate timelines/etc., it seems just possible those crazy kids might work it out eventually, at least in some dimension or another, but by then they will have done their time tearing each other apart while simultaneously yearning to be on the same page. Also the same bed.

2) Jack Bristow and Irina Derevko, "Alias" -- who make Charles and Erik's story look SUPER HAPPY by comparison. So much angst, so much hotness, so many contract negotiations with Lena Olin getting in the way. Still the alpha couple for my personal bulletproof kink, "Hot Angry Old People."

3) Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" -- You know, I never even saw the last movie. But so far as I can tell, they get married after 15 years of the most anemic courtship ever? And are destined maybe to get divorced? Beverly, I like you and all, but I would've jumped Jean-Luc Picard no later than "The Big Goodbye." Canon has yet to provide one compelling reason for all the damn delaying, and I'd believe their romance had a better shot if Beverly hadn't been so inexplicably reluctant for so long. Maybe this is a case where I'm wishing for a happier ending, or rather a happier beginning.

4) Jadzia Dax and Worf, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" -- Now, this is more like it. Jadzia started flirting with Worf about 90 seconds after she laid eyes on him, and unlike virtually any other Trek couple, they pretty much just went for it. Seriously refreshing. And then Terry Farrell didn't re-up her contract, and -- alas. (For the record, I was fine with Ezri Dax not taking up with Worf in her turn -- they had zero chemistry -- but the same could be said of Ezri and Julian, which was just ... you know, it made oatmeal look enthralling.)

5) Josephine March and Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence, "Little Women" -- you know, in the 1995 film version, I can just buy Jo/Bhaer. Gabriel Byrne turns Bhaer from an almost farcical father figure into a guy worth the wanting; his advice feels more judicious and heartfelt, less censorious. But Laurie/Amy? COME ON FOR SERIOUS. One of the most painful parts of this is that Jo's initial refusal only makes sense if you read it as her rejecting marriage itself, and the limitations on her freedom she might realistically have dreaded in that era, despite Laurie's optimistic promises that they could choose how they wanted to live. But when she marries Bhaer instead, she accepts lectures and corrections ... instead of the guy who wanted her to travel and write and take just as big a bite of life as she'd ever dreamed. As I think of it I am making grumpy face.


For such as may be interested, I have written a story for "Tangled" -- "A Princess And A Guy Like Me." As the title indicates, I may have imprinted strongly on princess/ruffian relationships circa 1977.

Also, here lies the latest XMFC story: "In Shadow and Silence."
yahtzee: made by storm_tossed (NOLA Cabildo)
This year for my assignment I wrote "Look and Listen," a "Rear Window" story that asks how those events looked for Miss Lonelyhearts and the Songwriter. It was a fandom I'd never have thought to offer if I hadn't seen it in the requests, but just the idea delighted me. What better movie to reverse perspective on, right? Anyway, I had a blast with it, AND also learned what I think is the ultimate Christmas trivia of all time regarding "Rear Window" -- the Songwriter? The guy up there struggling to write a tune while murder and mayhem is going on around him? Is the guy who wrote, recorded and sang (all voices!) on ... wait for it ... "The Chipmunk Song." "Christmas, Christmas, time is here, time for toys and time for cheer -- " Yes! That's him! What a resume, right? The movie wouldn't be the same if THAT were the song he was composing all the while.

Also as a treat I wrote "Pugs With Michael Fassbender, or, the Importance of Perspective," for "Michael Fassbender With Pugs," obviously. I have little to say about Michael Fassbender or Tumblr, but quite a lot to say about pugs. But since I ended up stepping on the assigned Yulegoat's toes, I wish I'd just waited on this one -- but at least there is more pugfic.

Ended up not going out last night -- I just felt completely thrashed. I'm slightly sniffly and under the weather, but I think yesterday that combined with cramps and being generally run-down anyway to just fell me. So I spent NYE sneezing on the couch and watching "Hellboy." Hardly one for the record books, but OTOH, I'd forgotten just how much I enjoyed "Hellboy."
yahtzee: (pug party animal)
First, the fic meme:

the year in fic )

Otherwise this year: I went to Spain. I went to Colombia. I bought a house. I moved cross-country. I got mugged. I spent some time in NYC. I finished one book and, while not quite finishing another, expect to get gone by Jan. 3 or so. I bought my mother a chihuahua. Big drama! Next year will hold its own adventures, but I suppose I am hoping for something a bit quieter. At least after I get back from three weeks in Australia.

Now, the joy of Yuletide! My fabulous Yulegoat wrote a "Revenge" story, "The Stony Path," which asks us just how Amanda/Emily began down the road of becoming STONE COLD BADASS, provides some cool fannish answers and quotes the great masters of the art of vengeance, such as Machiavelli and the Corleones. Some others I've read and enjoyed: the recs )


Festivities beckon tonight, though I'm actually not feeling terrific -- not sick, just really tired. But it's a low key party, they claimed, so we shall see what we shall see. Should get some work done first. Happy New Year to all!
yahtzee: (Ugly Betty)
da meme )


Yuletide recs coming up soon!
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
Final guest tally: about 28 (not clear on the details after bloody marys)
Food disaster: the Oreo bark
Food triumph: the crab dip, of all things
Food tally: too much (I got the rough number of people right, but dramatically overestimated how much they would eat)
Worst idea: making it pajama friendly, which really only made the four people in pajamas feel weird
Best idea: Christmas charades, which can be incredibly evil (YOU act out "wassailing.")
Likelihood of doing this next year: 90%


Now I need to clean my whole house.
yahtzee: (writing love scenes)
Because it's going to be a while yet before I can fall asleep --

In this meme, you're supposed to put the first lines of your most recent 10 or 25 or something fics.

I'm going with the most recent 20, chronological order, obviously not including anonymous gift exchange fics not yet revealed.

the first lines )

Tried two experiments in baking today. The Oreo bark ... is not. Two ingredients! Broken up Oreos and white chocolate chips! Melt the white chocolate around the Oreos, then chill it, and victory is yours! EXCEPT. The white chocolate would not melt. I followed the bag instructions. They remained inviolate. I tried again. And again. Essentially, about a third of them got HOT LIKE THE SURFACE OF THE SUN while the rest (despite stirring, yes!) simply would not budge. They were like, "After the end of eternity, we shall stand as we are now." They were strong-willed, these chips. Finally, after about 45 minutes of this, the Oreos began to burn. Defeat.

Thus it was with no small amount of trepidation that I undertook the chocolate cupcakes, but they turned out jim-dandy. I'll do the peppermint icing tomorrow, but that looks simple enough, SHE SAID. Now that vegans are coming, I have added vegan tortilla chips and salsa to the mix, and my friend Steph is bringing some more along for them as well. Tomorrow a.m., I get up and make the cookies -- lots and lots of cookies -- amid icing-making, which means the most complicated thing I'll have to do, food wise, in the afternoon is assemble the hot crab dip. But there's plenty of cooking to do. Thank God the invite specified that pajamas are acceptable attire; I don't think I'll have the chance to throw on anything else!
yahtzee: (Irina -- vast and shattered)
5 characters that don't (or wouldn't if it existed in their universe) celebrate Christmas.

1) Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr. First of all, he's Jewish. Second of all, my personal take on the guy is that religious faith of any sort is in his rear-view window any time after his parents' death. I personally read him as having decided to identify as a mutant, first and foremost, and all other cultural/social considerations are very distant by comparison. While I don't think he'd be openly hostile towards Christmas celebrations by those around him, I don't think he'd have much use for them either.

2) Spock. Atheist from another planet. Survey says "No." That said, a pure gift exchange, however illogical, might be borne or even participated in, but only if he felt he had little choice in the matter, and it would be more like a sociology study for him than an actual celebration.

3) Irina Derevko. Also likely to be an atheist; if she has a God, his name is probably Milo Rambaldi. Growing up in the Soviet Union, she might well not have any specific holiday traditions. No doubt she did all the Christmas stuff while pretending to be Laura, but I'm guessing those memories would make it likely that she never celebrated on her own again.

4) Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne. Christmas is for the weak, bitches. Since her father died, she hasn't wrapped one present or sung one carol. Hasn't hung an ornament on the tree. This year she will be giving Victoria the gift of boiling hot vengeance.

5) Emperor Palpatine. Did his Imperial guards not do their dangedest to prevent Chewbacca from getting back to Kashyyk in time for Life Day? He spits on Life Day. The only Christmas figure he felt any personal sympathy with would be Cold Miser. Brrrrrr.


In other news, Fringe Fest story is out to beta for tomorrow's last-minute posting. I went to an awesome Christmas party tonight, and my face actually hurts from smiling. The guest list for the party is climbing, but another friend who is co-hosting is stepping in with appetizers of her own. Only six episodes to go in the 1992 animated X-Men series on Netflix, so I has a sad; it's honestly my favorite X-canon.
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
No more Jetsons references, I promise.

So, I am trying to get the swing of Dreamwidth now. Happily, I staked out my username a long time ago; however, I have literally never originated a post here. If I have figured the aforementioned "crazy thing" out, this should post not only at DW but also at LJ (which I intend to keep active for at least the next 11 months, i.e., the amount of time still remaining on my paid account.) Did that happen?


Also! I have added only a scant few folks to my DW reading list. I know there are more of you I should be following (and this may be importing -- the flood is taking a long time, of course.) If we talk regularly and you are on DW, I would love if if you would let me know/invite me/etc.

ETA: OK, the link to "comment on Dreamwidth" didn't appear on LJ. What do I do in settings to fix that?


In other news, I am having a Christmas Eve party. The original idea was that it would be about six of us, and we would have no ambitions higher than, say, playing Clue while drunk. I still have high hopes for Clue in a state of inebriation ... but the confirmed guest list is now at 19 people, and there could easily be as many more over again. This means I am SCRAMBLING for appetizers.

(Note to self: I do not yet have a "First World Problems" tag. Remedy this?)

So far on the menu:

chocolate-peppermint cupcakes*
hot crab dip** with crackers
sliced ham**
white chocolate and cranberry cookies
Oreo bark
strawberries with cream cheese***, sour cream and brown sugar as dips
roasted spiced nuts
chocolate candies in little bowls
Bloody Marys
some alcoholic punch my friend Steve is making, contents TBA
soda for the kids

Does this sound like a good mix to you guys? Is there anything else you'd particularly recommend?

And remind me to tell you guys about chihuahua delivery!

* The recipe I have is actually for a cake. I know that usually cake recipes will work for cupcakes, but those of you who bake more often -- are there any pitfalls to look out for there?

** I remain a vegetarian for the most part, but I will occasionally cook seafood for guests because, weirdly, not everyone gets psyched about lentil soup. The ham was a Christmas gift from my father, who can't seem to remember the vegetarian thing.

*** No, I still don't like cheese, but others do, and I have a feeling they will polish this off fast enough.
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
On the eleventh day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] marinarusalka:

Deep Space Nine, Garak and Bashir discuss gift-giving )

The writers' strike continues. Talks have broken down yet again. We, the obsessive viewers, are in the lurch. What can we do?

Well, if there's one thing I know fans can do, it's generate metric cyber-tons of e-mail in very short amounts of time. Last night I found a site that helps you e-mail the producers of your favorite shows, advocating on the writers' behalf. There's a sample e-mail, but you're able to edit it. Still, it hits the key talking points. Many shows are represented, so go send a few notes on behalf of your favorite writers, okay? And pass the link around!

The Anonymous Love Meme filled up before I pimped my own thread, much less got to reply to the good souls who had already said kind things. So I have to thank you anonymous ones here. {{{{{brackets hug}}}}}

Now, yet another fun meme, from the delightful [livejournal.com profile] muzivitch:

1. List up to 20 some of the characters that you like to write or would like to write.

2. Ask your friends to comment to this post with questions directed to the listed characters.

3. Reply to your friends' questions in character inside your own "head canon."

(For all the below, you are welcome to specify that character's mindset in one of my stories; otherwise I'll answer for the show.)

1) Arvin Sloane
2) Nathan Petrelli
3) Betty Suarez
4) Nadia Santos
5) Tripp Darling
6) Mick St. John
7) Qui-Gon Jin
8) Hermione Granger
9) Nymphadora Tonks
10) Jack Shephard

I just got in the ARCs of Evernight. Oooooooh, it's a book.
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
On the tenth day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] 2cbetter: Doctor Who, Ten and Rose, decorating the TARDIS for Christmas )

DSM fic rec: All weekend, I hankered for a "Dirty Sexy Money" fic that would both allow me the deeply guilty pleasure of Nick/Karen while making it clear just how problematic that would be. Lo, this morning my wishes were granted! "Livin' in the Future" by [livejournal.com profile] _hazlenutcoffee is sexy, subtle and very satisfying. DSM fans, check it out.

Finally, the Ask Me Questions meme, last seen in the journal of the delightful [livejournal.com profile] marinarusalka:

Comment here and ask me ANYTHING about any fandom I'm involved in/have been involved in. Controversial or innocent, silly or serious, ask and you'll get my honest opinion on the subject [to the best of my knowledge/ability].

Light on the Whedonverse, okay, guys? And, as some others have disclaimed, I won't answer questions about individual fans. Other than that, hit me!
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
On the ninth day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa:

Ugly Betty, Alexis, 'Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening' )

Now, from the globetrotting [livejournal.com profile] marinarusalka, a very fun meme:

1. Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
2. Click random article again; that is your album name.
3. Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

My band: Golden Triangle
My album: Lester Allen (This is the name of the actor who played Pa Kettle in the old movies, which I actually enjoyed greatly as a kid. So this pleases me.)
My songs:

The Acorn Gathering
Tom Robbins
Latady Island
Moneyglass (how weird is that, [livejournal.com profile] rheanna27?)
Big Idea
Elwell Ferry
Yavapai-Apache Nation
Unified Intelligence Agency
Sea Turtle Association of Japan
Urban Sax
Menemerus (this is an order of jumping spiders. Eeek!)
Johnson City
Orbital Plane

From this I surmise that I am probably a folk band with significant jazz influences. Very earnest, lack of hair product, small venues.

Help me, my DSM people: The moment in this SPOILERY photo was edited from the aired episode, right? I mean, I think I would remember this. Maybe not. It was definitely a Freddy episode, as the other pictures reveal. You know you've been bitten hard when it's December and you're already slavering after the deleted scenes on the DVD.

ETA: SOMEBODY BUILT A WORKING X-WING FIGHTER. (For relative values of "working.") They are the ultimate geeks of all time. I welcome my new overlords.
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
On the eighth day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] raptor47:

Alias, Jack/Irina, pre-series )

Yesterday, I had it in the back of my mind not to forget to look for glasses frames. Then I saw the visionary [livejournal.com profile] jonquil's post about her new frames, so I followed the link. Remember, I said to myself, we are NOT getting the damned pale plastic frames this time. You hate those. Something more modern, okay? And I browsed for, seriously, about FIVE MINUTES before it hit me:

I do not wear glasses anymore.

I had LASIK in 1999.

The reason I thought I needed to go shopping for new frames was because I dreamed that I needed to go shopping for new frames, and in the dream I was wearing those terrible glasses I had in -- wait for it -- 1988.

If I'm going to have incredibly vivid dreams that make me forget really obvious facts about my life, couldn't I dream that I had a passionate affair with Adrian Pasdar or something? In my defense, it was pretty early in the day, and the caffeine had not yet had a chance to work its magic.

Finished a DSM fic yesterday -- will both polish the DW fic and work on a freelance assignment today. First must forage for food at local store. Fresh Direct, why did you abandon me? Why?
yahtzee: (writing love scenes)
On the seventh day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] honeybones:

Moonlight, Josef-centric )

Just so that people know when their drabbles will be coming up, I thought I'd post the sked: isn't it annoying when people spell it sked? )

Last night's "Ugly Betty" -- slightly spoilery thoughts )

I am in a weird state of mind again today. I cannot even blame PMS. Just feeling like my gears are a bit stripped this week, I guess.
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
On the sixth day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] sanj:

Doctor Who, Ten and Martha in 1969 )

So, last night's "Dirty Sexy Money" again filled me with glee. spoilery thoughts, speculation and a poll )

OK, my new apartment is almost completely quiet, but the upstairs neighbors do shout a bit. (And, at least once, had a very volatile argument in the stairwell, but that appears to be a one-time occurrence at this point.) Most of the time, I can't hear them, but when they're in the kitchen, the sound pipes through the vent clear as day. It seems like there ought to be some way of masking that sound without closing off the vent. Any ideas, all-knowing flist?
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
On the fifth day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] maudlina:

Heroes/Alias crossover, concerning Adam Monroe and Mr. Sark )

The insightful [livejournal.com profile] 12_12_12 has posted a Heroes Volume 3 wishlist so completely in agreement with my own desires that I have no need to write up one of my own. But I will add a few more thoughts -- look out for the spoilers, they're coming to get you, woooooo )

Operation Finish the Apartment by Jan. 1 hit a pothole earlier this week, an operation-ender if ever there was one. The single biggest project in all of this was the purchase of a new love seat, the first big piece of furniture I've ever purchased for myself. (Everything else in my apartment has essentially been assembled through years of careful scavenging, plus some inheritance antiques.) So, despite the wallet crunch, I was pretty excited to buy this love seat. I remain excited, although I want to know how it can take ten weeks to put on upholstery. Seriously? What, is this thing being hand-stitched by magical elves somewhere? I mean, I'm sure this is a pretty standard delay, but I had no idea, and I really don't know how it can take that long.

I am CHAMPING AT THE BIT for tonight's Dirty Sexy Money. ETA: Fellow DSM fans might want to check out this interview with Donald Sutherland and Jill Clayburgh. Some interesting insights into Leticia lie within.
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
On the fourth day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] prettyparadox:

Lost drabble, Jack/Juliet, mild S3 spoilage )

Now, as for last night's "Heroes" -- Episode Thoughts, With Spoilers )

Slept terribly last night. Ugh.
yahtzee: (Nadia -- between birthmark and stain)
On the third day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] quiet_rebel: Alias, Vaughn/Nadia, Ireniconiverse, set post-story )

If you have not read "Irenicon," and for some unfathomable reason feel that reading a 90K-word, thoroughly canon-wrecked story to gain background for a drabble is just the kind of wackypants thing you'd like to do, the link is here.

I finished the Whofic last night. A short story, I thought; it's 10K. Must. Learn. Brevity. Well, I'll give it some brushing and polishing and, hopefully, cutting over the next several days.

Quiet day at work, and I had a pleasant, relaxing weekend, but today I feel really wrecked and vulnerable. I find myself wishing I could take comfort in comfort food, but I cannot eat comfort food right now, at least not while remaining comfortable. It is a classic conundrum.

For amusement, by the hilarious [livejournal.com profile] quasilie: LOLSpies.
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
On the second day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] svmadelyn: Star Trek, Picard Meets Seven of Nine )

Part of Operation Finish the Apartment by Jan. 1 involves framing a poster that's been sitting around unframed for eons now. It's a standard size, so I figure a ready-made frame will do fine. However, the place where I used to buy ready-made frames in Manhattan has inconsiderately gone out of business. Any New Yorkers have a suggestion for me? A place on the West Side near the 1 or A would be ideal, but all hints are very welcome.

It has snowed. Just a wee bit, but enough to make me feel very snug and cozy as I watch it from my window. Today is about cuddling on the chair and writing. Purr.
yahtzee: (pug on the beach)
On the first day of Christmas, I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] anenko: Moonlight, Mick, pre-vampire )

Now, because I was tagged for it by the nefarious [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred: Six Random Things About Me )

Operation Finish the Apartment By Jan. 1 is well underway. I took a trip to the Container Store last night, enabling tomorrow's scheduled closet reorganization. I will also be courageously figuring out the workings of a power drill so that I can wall-mount the coat hooks. I got a storage ottoman, too. Basically, I want EVERYTHING done, as in totally done, by Jan. 1, so that I will have the maximum amount of time in this apartment as a home, rather than a work in progress. It's already pretty close, but I will be happiest knowing all is taken care of.

ETA: Great monkeypants. Anyone out there gutsy enough to try this with their dishwasher?


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