yahtzee: made by storm_tossed (NOLA Cabildo)
Happy New Year to all! A couple quick fic things:

1) On New Year's Eve, I finished posting "Made To Be Broken," an XMFC Charles'Erik story set in the modern day, no powers. The summary:

Charles makes a New Year's Resolution:

“No more straight men,” Charles repeated as he began scrolling through the apartment directory for Emma’s name. “No more futility. No more pointless hoping and heartbreak. In 2013, I never want to hear the words ‘exception,’ ‘experimenting’ or ‘phase.’ If, God forbid, I hear ‘bicurious’ even once, I may take a hostage.”

Then he goes into the party, and Erik is there.


2) Yuletide reveals mean that I can now say I wrote my first (but undoubtedly not last) "Elementary" fic, "Solve For X," (canon-compliant, Holmes/Watson UST, but not relationship-defining UST, if that makes sense.)

Their relationship as it stands has one mathematical certainty: It will end in twenty-five days.

At that time, her sojourn as his sober companion will end. Either Watson will pass out of his life forever, or Holmes will have to devise another option.


3) I can also now properly thank one of the authors of my TWO Yuletide presents, both of which were fics inspired by the Dessa song "Alibi." The radiant Ziho wrote me "Don't Need To Know," which almost seems to have pre-existed the song -- the narrative setup is just that perfect. A mysterious, still-anonymous soul wrote me "i give you fair warning", which uses "Alibi" to springboard into the life of a wife who examines her loyalties anew. Even if you are not a Dessa fan (though you SHOULD BE, because her solo work and her stuff with Doomtree is beyond awesome), and even if you do not know "Alibi" (though it is the song in this world that most needs a multifandom vid), these stories will make complete sense; really, they stand alone as original fiction. Highly, highly recommended.

4) Figured I might as well do that Fic Year In Review thing again:

fic I wrote )

Hope everyone has a wonderful 2013.

the meme

Jan. 12th, 2012 08:09 am
yahtzee: (not sure about romance)
Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.


"Not long afterward, Betty was walking in a park in Boston near Symphony Hall and the headquarters of Christian Science, when she received what she would later describe as her first visitation from the master El Morya."

... cryptic.

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Awoke to startling clarity only four hours after I went to bed. :( This is the second time this has happened in about a week. I have long had sleep problems, and I tend to think of the insomnia being at stage one (not too bad, can deal), stage two (where I mostly live, hello Tylenol PM) and stage three (where I do not sleep despite sedative levels that would fell an elephant.) Stage three appears to have returned for a while.
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 )

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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 )

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Yuletide recs coming up soon!
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!

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