st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
2015-05-30 12:49 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Sticky post

I need a sticky post!

I'm Danielle, and I'm partners with [personal profile] lilacsigil. We've been together since 1997, and we're hoping to get legally married one of these decades. We live together in rural Australia with two cats and a veggie garden.

This is a good place to say hi, if you're the introducing kind, but you absolutely don't have to. Just seems handy to have a place for it. I'm always up for being added without an intro if you're shy. I usually add back, and I usually give access, though I have no expectation that you will do the same. I love that about Dreamwidth.

Things to know about me: I'm queer, I'm fat and body-positive, I'm Australian, I'm left-leaning in a big way. I was born in 1971 so I'm basically old as balls. I'm cis-female, white, the daughter of an Italian immigrant.

Fannishly, I'm multifannish, I multiship. I love gen, slash, femslash and het. You can track my preferences through my Dear Author tag, here.

About me and where I live.

My fic: [archiveofourown.org profile] st_aurafina

Other places I can be found:
[livejournal.com profile] st_aurafina
[tumblr.com profile] st-aurafina
[pinterest.com profile] dansnark
I'm st_aurafina every November at Nanowrimo.


I'm co-mod of [livejournal.com profile] comicstore_news, which is mirrored at [syndicated profile] comicstore_news_feed and [tumblr.com profile] comicstorenews.
st_aurafina: Shaw's face, caption: you beat the devil's tattoo (POI: Shaw devil's tattoo)
2017-05-22 05:49 pm

Fic: Five Birds Harold Has Never Been, Part 1: Muscovy Duck (PoI/Elementary, Root/Shaw, PG)

Title: Five Birds Harold Has Never Been, Part 1: Muscovy Duck
Fandom: Person of Interest/Elementary
Rating: PG
Words: 6318
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch, John Reese, Bear, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Jaime Moriarty, Clyde
Warnings/Content: Show-level violence, crossover, Shaw/Watson flirting, Watson/Moriarty flirting
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Sherlock thinks there's something peculiar about their new neighbour, Mr Muscovy.

Also at the Archive

'There's something peculiar about our new neighbour,' said Sherlock )
st_aurafina: HG gripping Myka's wrist from the episode 'Reset' (Warehouse 13: HG and Myka in Reset)
2017-05-16 05:06 pm

Fic: Stop and Remember Me (PG, Helena/Myka)

Title:Stop and Remember Me
Fandom: Warehouse 13
Rating: PG
Words: 5538
Characters/Pairings: Helena 'HG' Wells/Myka Bering
Warnings/Content: Hand holding, amnesia, adventures with Artifacts
Notes: Title from Hazy Shade of Winter. Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil and [personal profile] clare_dragonfly for the beta.

Summary: Myka wished she could remember where she was. She wished she could remember why not remembering was a bad thing.

Also at the Archive

Myka couldn't recall how she got to this mall, or why she'd decided to go shopping.  )
st_aurafina: (Birthday)
2017-05-14 10:05 pm

I am one of three fangirls! It's like 3/8ths of a Sense8 cluster.

Happy birthday to [personal profile] lost_spook and [personal profile] lurkingcat, and a belated happy birthday to my nearly twin, [personal profile] muccamukk. And happy birthday to me. I had a quiet day: transplanted some lettuce seedlings into the greenhouse, did some crochet, watched the Eurovision final on delay via Youtube. I got an almond milk hot chocolate when we went out for our daily pokestop visit. I made myself a Black Tapes icon:
Image and video hosting by TinyPic

It was nice. And less stressful than many other birthdays I have shared.

Hey, people, friending meme here:
FRIENDS
Interested in icon-making friends? Join our friending meme!



I've sent my snippets away to [community profile] wipbigbang for the Person of Interest Sentinel/Guide fic. I wrote a summary and chose a title. I've got a W13 fic in second beta right now, so hopefully I can post that next week. I'm nearly caught up on getting my [community profile] fandom_stocking fics posted here. I got something in for [community profile] iconthat's current challenge. I'm doing stuff. It's a good feeling.

And I think I'm ready to close comments at my LJ.
st_aurafina: Harold Finch's face (POI: Harold)
2017-05-13 09:00 pm

Fic: Snow Day (Person of Interest, Harold/John, G)

Title: Snow Day
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: General
Words: 263
Characters/Pairings: Harold/John
Warnings/Content: Fluff. And kissing.
Notes: Written for [community profile] fandom_stocking 2017.

Summary: Harold forgets sometimes that the three of them make a unit.

Also at the Archive

Bear doesn't like wearing the booties, but there's salt out on the sidewalks. )
st_aurafina: HG gripping Myka's wrist from the episode 'Reset' (Warehouse 13: HG and Myka in Reset)
2017-05-12 04:43 pm

Help me root out my Australianisms? (Root, heh!)

Would there be anyone willing to do an Ameripick on 5K of Warehouse 13 fic? It's femslash, Helena/Myka, I'll probably rate it PG, but there's not much more than hand holding and kissing in it. (Also some slightly depressing thoughts about the Boer War, hence the PG.)


Remember [livejournal.com profile] 30_kisses? Now there's [community profile] 15kisses and its sister comm, [community profile] 15kinks. I took a kisses table for Root/Shaw. Eeee, maybe I can even get something written for it. *crosses fingers*
ETA: Also [community profile] 15woes for all your angsty fic needs, and [community profile] whole_new_world for AU claims. (Via [personal profile] chronikle)

Also [community profile] ssrconfidential (Agent Carter ficathon comm) is having a bit of a prompts fest: Plot bunny hutch (aka prompt sharing station!). Go, get your Peggy shoes on and kick some butt!

I am so sorry I didn't have a chance to post while the AHCA was being voted on - but I was collecting light and joyous linkspam to buoy my flist up - I'll post it now. Because we're all going to need buoying, pretty much until this time has passed.

The word buoy has ceased to have any meaning, also.

Begin Linkspam!
- Feel better about the nightmare world for 30 seconds with this tiny kid doing the haka. A most ferocious haka!

- Melissa McCarthy As Sean Spicer Performs "I Feel Pretty" In An SNL Teaser
The video won't play for me (in Australia) but the gifs are amazing. (Also, how omg pretty is Melissa McCarthy? She's gorgeous.)

- Kickstarter for a Frida Kahlo action figure

- My new favourite word cloud generator: Tagcrowd (Since Wordle has ceased to function and I am too scared to force Java to work so it does.) Just in case anyone else uses them for editing, like I do. (Helps me get rid of lazy words. Like/look/something/such/seem/almost. And so on.)

- Everyone and their dog has linked this, but please enjoy Tom Holland's lipsync battle. He kicks ass dressed as Rihanna and dancing his backside off. I feel quite different about Spider-Man now.
You can stand under his umbrella-ella-ella )

Whale, they’ve arrived. Whale watching season has arrived here. There are whales less than half an hour away from where I am right now - this delights me every year.

- Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie Join Elisabeth Moss for “Top of the Lake: China Girl”. Top of the Lake's first season was incredibly wracking. S2 is probably going to be the same, but I'm going to watch it, because Gwendoline Christie. She looks so incredibly bogan and adorable in her copper's uniform! And omg, Nicole Kidman's hair and her freckles! I am totally here for all the wrong reasons, I know. Just call me Miss-The-Point-Dan.
Trailer under the cut! )

- How to Read a Yarn Label. Things I ought to do before I start the project, but somehow never do.

- The Difference in Bernat Pop! Yarn Cakes, Caron Cakes, Mandala and Sweet Rolls. Yarn cakes are all the rage right now. I've only used the Premier Sweet Roll and honestly, the colour change is so abrupt that I might as well have just used regular yarn and had the colour changes where I wanted.

- Useless but adorable kitchen gadget, anyone? It makes radishes into 1-Up mushrooms )

- Free crochet pattern: Confetti Scarf. This is super cute, and I think I want to make one. I have some grey yarn and lots of coloured scraps. (I've been rolling my scraps into tiny balls and keeping them in a mason jar, it makes me feel very Insta.)

- Pink Moon Milk {a dreamy sleep tonic}. Because I'm a sucker for a hipster recipe with almond milk. Though I do not have any ashwagandha powder, and have no idea where I would find some. It just looks so pretty!

End linkspam!

I keep meaning to do a round-up of media consumed lately, but I keep getting involved in these linkspams. I do have thoughts that are not shallow and centred around craft and pink milk! Also, I need to do the music meme, but the next topic is "A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about." And presumably I have forgotten all the people I need to forget, because I can't think of anyone. Um.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
2017-05-05 04:56 pm

Fic: Sous Vide (PG, Hannibal/Will)

Title: Sous Vide
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG
Words: 610
Characters/Pairings: Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter
Warnings/Content: Set after series finale. Implied cannibalism.
Notes: Written for [community profile] fandom_stocking 2016.

Summary: Will's starting to like a lot of things he shouldn't.

Also at the Archive

For a while they skip from one sketchy motel to another. )
st_aurafina: Bare-breasted lady, painted with olive tones (Art: Olive lady)
2017-05-04 05:24 pm

My baby sister messaged me for May the Fourth - I have raised her well.

May the Fourth, guys. *sobs a little*

- Via [personal profile] spikedluv: Glitter for Carrie Day (I'm wearing a glittery pendant in the shape of a butterfly wing.)

I should be finishing up a fic for beta, but instead I'm procrastinating by clearing my inbox and answering comments. And also doing my job, to be fair. It's not the best environment for writing, a busy store.

New (or new to me) Comms
- [community profile] fanifesto - similar to [livejournal.com profile] ship_manifesto. A community for fannish manifestos, or why this thing you love is the most amazing thing ever. (I should write a thing for this. I don't know what I should write about, though?)

- [personal profile] memekink - a masterlist of kinkmemes on Dreamwidth! This is a damn good idea.

- [community profile] rocinante - for The Expanse fandom. They're currently doing a S1 rewatch, which is good timing for me and [personal profile] lilacsigil, because we're watching it right now

- [community profile] weekly_food_challenge - Every Wednesday a moderator will post an ingredient or a cuisine; over the following week members will cook something with that ingredient or in that cuisine and post pictures and recipes.
I keep trying to cook something in time for this, and failing. But this week is chickpeas, so maybe I can have a go at some FODMAP-friendly hummus.

[community profile] beautifulmechanical - This is a place to share the music that you love. Please do join the conversation and share any kind of music that you like.
Lots of eclectic stuff posted here.

- [community profile] yurionicefans - a community for all fans of Yuri!!! on Ice.
I'm not in this fandom, but I originally read it as Yuri O Nice Fans, and thought it was cute. Also it's a megafandom, so some of you are bound to be in it. You are nice fans, I am sure.

Craft Links:
- Random Stripe Generator
For knitters and crocheters who need to generate a random stripe pattern, because faking random with your own eye is really hard.

- Crochet Water Balloons
Reusable water balloons that don't leave rubber debris all over the lawn. Made with Bernat Blanket yarn, then soaked in water until they are squodgy. Apparently they don't hurt as much when they hit you, either.

- My Stash Explained (Art)
This is for knitters but I have some of these things: "Really nice yarns I'm afraid to use", "The stuff I bought before I knew what was good" and "I don't feel like winding these."

- Lake Town Socks
I really hope stirrup socks aren't the newest crochet fad.

Actually, I think the newest crochet fad is going to be rag doll style amigurumi, like this:
Rag Doll Unicorn.
All the legs are on the same side! It's kind of adorable. I've seen giraffes, zebras, donkeys and unicorns in the last week.

Random links for the joy of it
- Poll Says Best-Ever Trek Episode Is...
This is a lovely nostalgic trip. I was somewhat surprised at how many TNG episodes made it in here. I was not surprised that no Enterprise episodes made it on here, because there is so much (UNJUST) hate for Enterprise. I do not hate Enterprise.

- How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained
I found this really interesting, because American Italian names sound so odd to my ear - we've obviously all come from different parts of Italy, but it's cool to see how that ancestral difference has played out linguistically.

- 10 Podcasts You Need in Your Life After S-Town
I did not know Jermaine Clement had a podcast. (Note: I need to talk about Jermaine Clement and Legion. LEGION, omg.)

I have a complicated relationship with S-Town, after [personal profile] runpunkrun linked me to an article talking about S-Town and consent: S-Town is a stunning podcast. It probably shouldn't have been made.

- Via [personal profile] kass, Meta: Swift musings on the Moffat era.
This made a few things a bit clearer for me about Moffat, about whom I do not always feel happy. (But I am so enjoying this season! Three great episodes so far, and Bill Potts is a treasure.)

- Speaking of Bill, Doctor Who hid secret clues to the new series in plain sight
The mysteries of Bill's jacket!

- The X-Files is back again – sort of – as new spin-off reveals what happened BEFORE the revival series
AUDIO PLAYS OMG. I am so here for this. I have pre-ordered. I am ready to crochet and listen to Gillian Anderson in my ear. (I am considerably more excited about this than another season of TV, to be honest, though I'll watch that season and like it, damn it.)

- Cookie Butter Choco Cookie
Sesame Street (Japan) takes on PPAP. Because Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen will never die, it will just be memed and re-memed. Incidentally, I am so weirded out by Cookie speaking Japanese. I think it's a primal, child-brain reaction. I am less disturbed by Elmo doing it, because I am way too old for Elmo, but Cookie? So weird...

Music Meme: A song that reminds you of summer )
st_aurafina: Harold Finch's face (POI: Harold)
2017-04-29 12:49 pm

WWBCD (What would Bev Crusher do?)

Answer (according to [personal profile] lilacsigil): Forgive Wesley for starting another virulent plague, then get it on with a Scottish ghost.

I'm wearing my swingy teal coat today, so I'm stealth cosplaying Doctor Crusher. Bring me my hypospray, baby needs a dose of tricordrazine.

Speaking of which, that fandom meme:
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

Answers:
- Classic Doctor Who
- Leverage
- Sanctuary
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
- MCU
- Person of Interest
- X-Men
- Star Trek: TNG
- Imperial Radch (by [personal profile] lilacsigil because that's more her wheelhouse than mine.)
- Deep Space Nine
- Supergirl

Also, I must preserve the chatlog of the Person of Interest Crab AU. With images. Of crabs.

Yes, we can AU like champs. If only it was an Olympic sport )

So that happened, and now I will never forget Shaw the pistol shrimp.

Music meme:
2.A song you like with a number in the title
I really like 1,2,3,4 by Feist, but even more, I love this cover by Kiyomi Vella from The Voice Australia (S2). (Also, I am such a sucker for The Voice when the judges get really excited. Is it just me?)

1,2,3,4 by Kiyomi Vella )

Also, health FYI: flu vaccines are available in Australia (they were late coming and have been out of stock for a while.) If you're getting one this year, now is the time. If you have a chronic illness that puts you at higher risk of complications from influenza, like asthma, kidney disease, or if you're immunocompromised, you get it for free.

I had the quadrivalent and it gave me no trouble. ([personal profile] lilacsigil had it too, and her arm looked like it got punched by Shaw the pistol shrimp.)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
2017-04-29 10:50 am

Fic: Ultramarine (Westworld, Dolores/Teddy, G)

Title: Ultramarine
Fandom: Westworld
Rating: G
Words: 417
Characters/Pairings: Dolores Abernathy/Teddy Flood
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Written for [community profile] fandom_stocking 2016.

Summary: "Oh, hush, now," says Dolores, running her hand down the mare's neck. "There ain't nothing can hurt you up here. Nothing but the sky above to watch over you."

Also at the Archive

The strap on Dolores' paint box breaks as they're riding over the ridge. )
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
2017-04-26 05:27 pm

I'm meming! I'm meming!

I'm still trying to catch up on posting fic to my Dreamwidth. As I go, I'm trying to post to a comm or two as well, because that's where DW falls down a bit, I think - there aren't as many active comms as there were on LJ. Some really, really active ones! But not as many.

Speaking of which, is there a place I could post my Black Tapes genfic? A general fandom genfic comm? I couldn't find a specific Black Tapes comm, but in searching, I did find that there's an option for DW to add that topic to your interests. (Which is awesome.) And then through that, I found [community profile] addme_fandom, which is like [community profile] addme, but fannish.



Meme with me? (as seen everywhere, probably because it's a good meme!)
Ask me:
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed



Also, from [profile] yohijideranged, a music meme!

1. A song you like with a colour in the title.
I have three, because how do you choose these things?
Under this cut: Birdy, Lorde, David Bowie )

Youtube, why do you do that massive gap thing with your embeds? Why?

The rest of the topics )
st_aurafina: Woman in a red coat, text says 'stay with us' (Black Tapes: Alex)
2017-04-26 04:02 pm

Fic: A Child's Path to Clarity (The Black Tapes, gen)

Title: A Child's Path to Clarity
Fandom: The Black Tapes podcast
Rating: Teen
Words: 4672
Characters/Pairings: Richard Strand, Alex Reagan, Nic Silver
Warnings/Content: None
Notes: Written for Yuletide 2016. Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta

Summary: "Almost certainly," said Alex. "Is most definitely not certain."

Also at the Archive

The apocalypse didn't start right away. )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
2017-04-13 05:30 pm

Hippity Hoppity Smack in the Face!

Look at me, surviving Easter Thursday retail with only minimal crankiness and snark! *snarls at tourists*

Me Things
Breaking up (with prednisolone) is hard to do )

Livejournal Things
[staff profile] denise said, in a [site community profile] dw_maintenance post, here: "Seriously, though, we're thrilled to have all y'all who are moving in this week, whether as a "I'm just gonna use my DW account to back up the contents of my LJ account in the event of future disaster" all the way along the spectrum to to I AM THELMA AND LOUISE'ING MY LIVEJOURNAL STRAIGHT OFF THE CLIFF, SEE YOU ON DW ONCE THE DEBRIS CLEARS."

I like that there's a spectrum for this. I can see myself sliding closer to the Thelma/Louise end, but I'm not there yet.

Speaking of which, the origin of the name Dreamwidth.

- Via [personal profile] sandrine, Tutorial: Using Flexible Squares at Dreamwidth (Smooth Sailing, Mixit, Nebula) (How to carry your LJ layout across to Dreamwidth, basically.)

- Via [personal profile] forests_of_fire, how to convert your open ID comments to your DW ID (at facebook, but links to Dreamwidth support.)

- via everywhere, but it's an excellent link by [personal profile] promethia_tenk, How to Move to Dreamwidth and Like It
(very sensible step-wise method of easing yourself into DW from LJ. Takeaway message: don't go cold turkey!!)

- by [personal profile] blackmare, How to Get Images into your DW Posts
Dreamwidth has image hosting, I didn't realise! I'm going to try it out. RIGHT NOW!
She took a photo of a ridiculously photogenic cat - you won't believe what happened next! )

- from [personal profile] rahirah, A work-around for spoiler cuts on Dreamwidth

- from [personal profile] bisharp, a Dreamwidth Starter Kit (A list of tutorials to help with all kinds of DW stuff.)

- from [personal profile] rosefox at [community profile] 2017revival, Helpful tips for voyagers from LJ-land

- from lots of people, but I saw it first at [personal profile] jo, Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk Of Spying (a brief rundown of what this all means, at Gizmodo)

A Palate Cleanser of Fun Links
- via [personal profile] anandrine, Sherlock Holmes Is Now A Housewife In Latest Korean Export, Mystery Queen
(It sounds awesome!)

- via [personal profile] spikedluv, Riverdale First Look: Molly Ringwald Debuts as Archie's Mom Mary
For all your eighties flashback feels. (How great is the casting of this weird show? With the parents, it's like, a mega former teen show super-crossover, and I unexpectedly love it to bits.)

- via my facebook addiction to Dance Academy links, The Cast Of "Dance Academy" Then Vs Now
(Because I'm never going to stop talking about Dance Academy. Also, I can't believe it's been seven years between the end of the series and the movie. HOW?)

- I think I found a tiny Yuletide fandom for 2017, Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide.
(I don't know where I saw this, but it was definitely on my flist, so thank you, person!)

- the best live action Beauty and the Beast
Let me give you a hint - it's from the eighties.
I'm into this image hosting thing now )

OMG GUYS IT'S TIME TO GO HOME! WINE, I AM COMING!!! /waves viking hat

One more photo of Baggins, because he is a hero cat who survived a snake bite.
Doctors hate him! You won't believe why! )
st_aurafina: Natasha Romanova, looking down, against a rainbow background (Marvel: Natasha)
2017-04-10 02:21 pm

Fic: Coming Up on Your Radar (Teen, Agents of SHIELD/MCU, Melinda/Natasha)

Title: Coming Up on Your Radar
Fandom: Agents of SHIELD/MCU
Rating: Teen
Words: 5334
Characters/Pairings: Melinda May/Natasha Romanoff, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson
Warnings/Content: Some sex, some show-level violence, some blood.
Notes: Written in 2016 for [community profile] femslashex

Summary: May found it grossly offensive that the KGB would spend all that time training up an elite agent – an obviously talented agent – to throw her life away on a shitty Baintronics thumb drive.

Also at the Archive

May ran through the darkness, elbows tucked in and knees pumping despite the unsteady ground )
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)
2017-04-07 04:19 pm

Recipe Friday, on an actual Friday. FRI-YAY!

Something I cooked recently:
- Basil-Walnut Pesto
Because the basil needed a big trim. This is sitting in the fridge in a jar waiting for pasta tomorrow, yay. I am always looking for condiment recipes that I can tailor to my needs (which means making them without garlic or onion) and this worked really well with leek and spring onion tops. It's definitely worth toasting the walnuts. And you need a lot of salt. A lot more than you think. It smells amazing, though.

- Gnocchi, again, this time without egg and with a bit more understanding of the dough. [personal profile] lilacsigil rolled them on the butter pat so they had nice ridges for holding sauce. I actually think I like it better with the egg in it? It fluffed up better with the egg, I thought. But nonetheless it was delicious and plentiful, and there are two bags in the freezer for another time. I do like gnocchi day - the industry of it, standing in a production line making tiny bites of delicious. (This is the recipe I use, though I didn't put an egg in this time: How to Make the Perfect Gnocchi.)

- The Browniest Cookies
The first tray of these turned into completely flat cookie-pancakes. They were tasty, but very flat. So I mixed some rolled oats into the batter, and then they stayed round, though they weren't as moist and gooey as they should have been. I used milk chocolate, so maybe that's a contributing factor?

- Spanakopita Rolls
YUM. These were much less messy, made good use of the rectangle shape of the filo pastry, and were really substantial for a meat-free meal. I subbed leek for onion, and left out the garlic to keep it FODMAP friendly for me. Would make again! Would make and freeze.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
I love King Arthur recipes, because they have a button that converts US cups to grams. Very handy! (US cups are slightly smaller than Australian ones.) It was a lovely cake, very brownie-like in texture. Is it weird that I'm starting to prefer the taste of chocolate cake with zucchini in it? I don't think I've made a chocolate cake out of zucchini season, actually. I made this in a bundt tin, and it worked well to stop it getting soggy in the middle, considering how much shredded zucchini I sneaked into it.

- Meatballs with Tomato and Zucchini
Here is my brilliant discovery: rolled oats are awesome in meatballs. I put in breadcrumbs, and the mixture wasn't holding the shape I wanted, so, based on the success with the chocolate cookies, I threw in enough rolled oats to get the right consistency. (And subbed leek for onion, left out the garlic, put in bunches and bunches of parsley since it needed a trim.) They tasted great, in terms of flavour and texture. Next time, I think I would like to give the mixture a little time to let the oats swell up and bind. And up the seasoning, since oats soak up salt a lot. But these meatballs were tasty; we ate them on pasta with a veggie tomato sauce.

Wow, I've cooked a lot since the last Recipe Friday. Good. It's a sign I'm feeling better.


Something I have concrete plans to cook soon:
Easter is coming! I have plans for Easter! Roast lamb, because it's lamb season here, yay.

- Orange Rice Cake, which is the closest recipe I've found to my nonna's rice cake. (Without oranges, because she never made hers with orange.) [personal profile] lilacsigil wants me to make a half-sized cake, because the last one spoiled before we ate it all, and I know that makes sense, but I feel like Nonna wouldn't be pleased with that.

Courgette and cheddar soda bread
To use up the last mini-glut of zucchinis from the garden. I love soda bread recipes - they're really quick to make, and the zucchini should stop it going stale quite so quickly.


Something I'm idly planning to cook in the future:
Takeout-style Sesame Noodles with Cucumber
There's a wave of baby cucumbers about to become a glut of cucumbers, and I should be ready to make them into stuff. (Except pickles - I don't really like pickles?) Otherwise, it will be the usual 'make dinner and garnish it with a whole cucumber' situation all over again.

I guess that's why I bookmarked this six months ago when the northern hemisphere was in full cucumber production:
17 Recipes to Make When You're Simply Drowning in Cucumbers
That green gazpacho looks good.


Garden update

Oh, man, what a crappy season for tomatoes. Facebook kept bringing up memories from last year, of trays and trays of tomatoes going into the oven for roasting and freezing, while this year, the fruit was still green. We've had a few - more than a few - but not the overflowing numbers that mean eating them warm from the vine, giving them to your friends, and stowing away a freezer full for winter stews. At least it wasn't just us - everyone in the region had a bad crop this year.

Two zucchini plants were definitely adequate for two people plus a few for friends. It was nice not to have armfuls of marrow the size of babies, and we definitely had enough for regular meals plus some exciting 'how to cleverly use your zucchini' type recipes. I'd like to grow an heirloom type next year, though the Blackjack are really nice.

I wasn't sure if any of my cucumber plants grown from seed would even produce fruit, so I foolishly planted them all, and thus came the 12-cucumber days of late summer. I have exhausted many peoples' politeness in accepting cucumbery gifts. We grew two types from seed, Lebanese (smaller, wrinklier than English cucumbers) and crystal apple (pear shaped and milky white), and when they were not flourishing, we put in two Burpless seedlings from the garden shop. They all fruited, though very late: we didn't get any until March and then it was cucumbers all the way down. Still worth it, because fresh picked cucumber is a whole other thing compared to the kind you get at the grocery store. They're sweet and crisp and a bit peppery, they have texture and flavour and you can just eat them as it, like a giant green banana.

The same deal went with the button squash seedlings - but they didn't fruit as prolifically as the cucumbers, which is good, because there were six of them, and it could have been a zucchini-style apocalypse. They were lovely, though - for dinner, I'd chop them up very fine and stir them into the rice cooker to steam a little.

I've re-seeded the lettuce patch, as it's starting to thin out. There's still enough to supply two or three big salads per week at the moment, but every time I go out, the patch is a little smaller. We're onto our third punnet of snow peas for the year. The basil is bolting, as usual, but I keep lopping the flowers off. The leeks have been thinned (we ate the thinned ones, om nom baby leeks) and the spring onion patch has about a dozen going at the moment. [personal profile] lilacsigil made the amazing discovery that leek ends will regrow just like spring onion ends, so the leeks that we grew from seed are going back in the ground as we pick them, to rejuvenate. It's amazing.

What else? We tried a punnet of pak choi, and it immediately became slug city, so [personal profile] lilacsigil pulled them out. (It was seriously gross.) Research suggests that we need to remove the mulch layer (because the slugs hide out under it during the day) and use a barrier of diatomaceous earth. We couldn't get any DE, but [personal profile] lilacsigil found a special snail gel that delivers a mild electric shock. IDK, it sounds very Star Trek to me, but if it works, I will be very happy.

Look! Two entries in two days. I really think I'm feeling better.
st_aurafina: rainbow barcode with my DW number on it (Dreamwidth: Rainbow Barcode)
2017-04-06 09:27 pm

The LJ thing

I'm pretty sure I'm not going to delete my LJ. I don't know for sure. I'm still considering and waiting to see what happens. (For people who haven't heard, LJ now has a compulsory agreement statement, which requires users to comply with Russian law. It's deeply problematic, both politically and legally.)

Things I will immediately do:
- upgrade the rating on my LJ, because mentioning anything queer is considered unsuitable for viewing by children.
- do a friends cut, if I have you friended both here and on LJ, to reduce the amount of traffic on my LJ flist.
- re-import my LJ to my DW, so that I've backed up comments left over there.
- make an archive DW for [livejournal.com profile] comicstore_news, and my few fic journals.

Things I might do:
- shut down commenting at my LJ. (I don't want to - I have friends over there who don't use DW, and I like to hear from them.)
- stop cross-posting altogether. (I like having a back-up of my posts, even if I don't use LJ that often these days.)

I have relevant links, because of course I have links:
Facts and analysis
- The original user agreement, in Cyrillic

- From [personal profile] archangelbeth, And the translation of the New User Agreement for Livejournal.

- From [profile] medcat, Once again, a free public service announcement.
Some translation, some analysis, some extrapolation

- From [tumblr.com profile] suricattus, I believe I have found the giant “fuck you” clause.
so, what you’re agreeing to isn’t the translation given, but the original user document. Which is in Russian. And might be exactly the same context as the translation… and might not.

Um. Children, this is the point at which I say “get in the damn car and drive in the direction of Away Very Fast.”


- From [personal profile] mdlbear, PSA: LJBF: Goodbye's too good a word...
More analysis of salient points and plans of action.

- From [personal profile] telophase, Well, they finally did it
OK, so that's pretty much "We're not responsible for data breaches," but it also means that if someone hacks my LJ and posts anti-Russia stuff, they can hold me responsible.


Things you can do
- From [personal profile] rosefox: Even in the Future, Nothing Works
A way to post comments without agreeing to the TOS. You'll still need to click the agreement to do stuff like import or delete your LJ, but it's a way to get to the comment box at least.
ETA: Apparently today there was some kind of code tweak and this isn't working for everyone.

- [personal profile] james points out that if you disable javascript, you can delete your LJ without signing the agreement. (But don't forget to switch it back on again.)

- From [personal profile] rahirah, How to redirect comments on a crosspost.

- [community profile] 2017revival seems to be shaping into a landing platform for new arrivals from LJ. Lots of intro posts if you're looking for new friends.

- from [personal profile] nanila at [community profile] 2017revival, Want to find an old LJ friend? Linking DW and LJ identities

- [community profile] lj_refugees is also poised to receive new Dreamwidth arrivals.

- From me, a friending meme I held a little while ago which still ticks along slowly: Let's Stick Together: A Friending Meme for 2017
Most of you know about this, but just in case this drifts past someone's friendsfriends on LJ for someone who is looking for new DW friends.
---

On the whole, as always, I love the way community has rallied to provide information, analysis and support. I hope I don't have to delete. I respect people who have, and I empathise with people who have decided to stay. I just don't know what I want to do yet.

ETA 2: I should have read my flist before I posted, because I would have seen this excellent links post by [personal profile] umadoshi:
Mostly linkspam of the "what the fuck NOW, Livejournal???" variety.
Also, this, which pretty much sums up why this is stressful and depressing: But I'm angry, and I'm exhausted with being angry at LJ over and over again, angry in ways that hurt because of how formative the site was for me and how much I loved it once. Yeah, I know how melodramatic it is to say "that was my home, and I don't live there anymore, but it's been slowly and inexorably vandalized and trashed", but hey, that's how I feel.
st_aurafina: Rainy day, person with a rainbow umbrella in the distance  (Rainbow umbrella)
2017-03-31 04:57 pm

Sickity sick

I'm not doing very well. The prednisolone did not go down quietly, I had rebound inflammation and I've been back on pred once already for a massive skin flare up (let me tell you about the 1 in 10,000 chance of getting photosensitivity while taking frusemide.) The cellulitis came back and I had another round of antibiotics (let me tell you about the rare side-effect where you can taste clindamycin IN YOUR SALIVA.) I've had lots of meds changes. I feel wrung out and tired all the freaking time. I am pretty down about this. I want to feel well, and not like my skin is crawling off my body. It's busy at work, too, and that is more exhausting than it ought to be.

I've signed up for [community profile] wipbigbang and Camp NaNo, so hopefully I can get some fic posted. I wasn't game to sign up for an actual exchange, so I sadly had to miss out on [community profile] ssrconfidential. I'm starting to be more chatty on Dreamwidth, which is nice, and I did manage to do a big push on answering AO3 comments, which feels like an achievement. My only other achievement was to crochet a sock monkey hat with a big red pompom. I'm quite pleased with it, even if my sister says the button eyes are demonic. That's part of the charm, I think.

Button eyes will eat your soul, my sister says )


I've been hoarding linkspam, too, which I shall try to group in themes:

The Expanse
- From Indiewire, The Expanse: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)
About casting a S2 character, who is apparently female, Polynesian and tall/muscular. This is what made me want to start watching The Expanse, and I'm so glad I did. (I've just finished S1, so no spoilers, please. Apart from what's in this article, I guess.)

Podcasts (mostly The Strange Case of Starship Iris)
- From buzzfeed, 27 Podcasts You Should Listen To In 2017
Which reminds me, I've been listening to The Strange Case of Starship Iris and it's really lots of fun. The first episode drags a bit, but once there's more than a cast of two (from episode two), the dialogue bounces along, and the world building opens up. The story is building f/f UST between Violet and Arkady, it has a trans character and a gender fluid character, and I really like the crew of the Rumor. Would recommend.

You can listen here: The Strange Case of Starship Iris

For non-listeners, there's a transcript of Episode One, which isn't the best episode but it sets up the dynamic between the two characters well:
The Strange Case of the Starship Iris, Episode One: Violet Liu, written by Jessica Best

There's an official tumblr, where (I presume) the author discusses world building, nuances of the alien language, and other cool stuff: [tumblr.com profile] iriscasefiles


Iron Fist
- via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k, who also has an excellent post about Iron Fist, Here's The Important Stuff That Happens In Iron Fist So You Don't Have To Watch It
There were so many weird things about Iron Fist, (apart from the obvious weird thing of why they cast Finn Jones as Danny.)

brief spoilers )


Dance-themed links
- From Pointe Magazine, #TBT: Watch Baryshnikov Do 11 Pirouettes in White Nights
Because Mikhail Baryshnikov is so pretty.

And through that video, I found a slo-mo analysis of the move, which was really interesting. It's mind blowing to count those turns in slow motion.
embedded under the cut )

Speaking of ballet, the Dance Academy movie comes out next week!
Trailer under the cut! )

More Dance Academy links:
- I wish I’d grown up with ‘Dance Academy’, ABC’s beloved teen drama

- The career of Joanna Werner, and how Dance Academy remains en pointe


Other random links
- From HuffPo, Dolphins Might Be Chewing On Blowfish To Get High
Dolphins are bastards and kind of sketch.

- From Buzzfeed, 23 Accidental Google Image Searches That’ll Make You Pee A Little
Very silly. Somehow very satisfying.

- via Nalini Singh's facebook, The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake
The word moist has ceased to have any meaning that is not disgusting, but I do like a mug cake.

- via the medical tag on Ravelry, Dressed for Success
Crocheted stethoscope sweater. CN: anthropomophising of a stethoscope. Also not addressed is how this could contribute to spreading infection? IDK. The idea is cute though.

- via [personal profile] dine, Artist Paints Realistically Detailed Animals on Smooth Stones
So beautiful!

- From The Age, Police hunt for unicorn after attempted servo smash and grab
CN: armed robbery, only extra.

12 Yarn Ball Types and How to Knit with Them
Hankenstein. Heh.


I still need to post fic here that I've had up at AO3. And get planning on what I'm going to write for Camp NaNo which inexplicably starts tomorrow omg. Tomorrow is April Fools, too. *reminds self to watch out* I always fall for stupid shit, me.
st_aurafina: monarch butterfly wings (Butterfly wings)
2017-02-11 04:27 pm

Stuff what I watched

Ugh, New South Wales is catching on fire. Be safe, my NSWelshfriends.

We are not currently on fire. Fingers crossed that we remain so - the hot weather has abated, for Victoria, anyway.

Things I have watched, most of which are Netflix while I crocheted approximate 1,000 hats:

Legion 1.01
Well, that was certainly something. It was beautiful. It was weird. It flipped genres right at the end. I generally like mental landscapes and time jumps and playing around with perception, and I liked the way the show handled it, so I think I'd watch another episode at least. I hope that Aubrey Plaza continues to be in it (I just checked - she's down for at least four episodes.) I'd like to know more about all the characters we met at the end of the ep.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (almost all of it, I'm saving the finale for later):
This grew on me! I wasn't going to like it as much as I did - the pilot started with a lot of really violent stuff happening to women, especially a woman of colour - but then I fell pretty hard for Bart (the holistic assassin, she's played by Brad Dourif's daughter who is, I have learned, awesome), Farah (the bodyguard) and Amanda (Elijah Wood's character's sister), and by then, the weird twisty plot had me hooked as well. It's fun, and the soundtrack is super. And I hardcore ship Amanda/Farah. Amanda has such a crush on her!! Me too, actually!!

River
Not really spoilery, but long. Turns out I have ~thoughts. )

Ascension
This is spoilery )
st_aurafina: a tiny chameleon wrapped around a little finger (Dreamwidth: baby chameleon)
2017-02-05 10:39 pm

I'm too scared to google 'fistpunch evolution'

I seem to have dropped all podcasts except the backlog of Stuff You Missed in History Class, which is fine. But it has this ad in it for another podcast, about futuristic stuff, IDK, and in it, someone shouts out futuristic things I might be interested in, like 'fistpunch evolution'. I don't know what it is but it scares me.


[community profile] halfamoon has an Awesome Ladies Rec post: Go rec me some fics?


State of the me
boring stuff about my meds and my brain and my knees )

State of the Garden
One capsicum! It's yellow-green and I believe it needs to be yellow-yellow before we pick it, but it's there. The other capsicum, a dwarf variety, is remaining very dwarf-like. It's leafy and covered in flowers but so tiny. It's palm-sized. I'm not sure if that's how it's supposed to be or not.

I tied up the tomatoes again, and there's lots of fruit on everything except the Black Russian, which has flowers. But! There has been some kind of baby massacre - something has bitten into the tiny baby green Romas, and spat them out again on the mulch surface. So wasteful! Further investigation revealed some nibbling on the ends of the zucchinis, also. I suspect parrots, or maybe possums. [personal profile] lilacsigil enacted chemical warfare in the form of sriracha and dishsoap in a spray bottle.

I harvested the last of the beets this week. And spinach is over, waaaah. I miss you, spinach! I'm trying to track down seeds for warrigal greens, which are supposed to grow well at this time of year (spinach, for us, is a seed you plant in cooler weather) but no luck yet. I have some spinach seeds which I'll try, if I can't find something more seasonally appropriate.

Zucchinis are go! We've only got two plants this year, which are producing at exactly the pace we need for zucchini in our meals, with nothing left over for bread/muffins/other recipes I use in desperation. I'm a bit sad about that? But also, it's nice not to be picking armfuls and armfuls of giant marrows that are hollow in the middle and full of seeds.

The plants we grew from seed have finally taken off. Leeks are shooting up and starting to look like leeks, a bit. There's button squash starting to turn yellow, and I think the pumpkin has fruit too - either that, or we planted two varieties of button squash? Time will tell. Cucumbers are showing up - still in the tiny, cute-cumber stage, but they're there. And one capsicum that we grew from seed but stayed in the two leaf stage since December has suddenly started growing and growing, so who knows what will happen with that. I threw a seed packet of mixed salad down one end of a bed and it grew and now there's a lettuce patch, yay! I can go out in the morning, pick a bowlful of salad, and have it for lunch. It's very civilised.

A while ago, we planted the ends of our spring onions, and have been snipping them off when we need them. This is much, much better than buying them from the supermarket! If you have the means - a flower pot on a windowsill would do - I would suggest doing it. They grow really well and don't need much care. And it saves money. And they taste better.


Heads up that there's going to be a bit of spamming from me as I catch up fic I've posted everywhere but this journal. Stuff for [community profile] fandom_stocking, and [community profile] 100words and [community profile] yuletide. (And I'm catching up on AO3 comments, too.)
st_aurafina: flags waving and people raising arms in silhouette (Activism: Flags)
2017-02-04 01:07 pm

This post has 100% RDI of baby Fennec foxes

Things have gotten awful bleak in the last ten days. Argh. *eyes next four years warily and wearily* On the other hand, peoples' outrage is extremely heartening. Protests at the airports? You go, guys. Protests everywhere? You rocking awesome people. Keep getting up in their grills, they're obviously not able to ignore you.

I don't have a Recipe Friday post because I haven't cooked much that was new to me since the last one, but I do have linkspams:

Activism
- [community profile] thisfinecrew's weekly check-in from the 29th has reports from protests, as well as a long list of resources to donate to:
Weekly Check-In

- Pretty icon shinies for your activist posts:
[personal profile] goss posted activism icons (points to shiny new flag icon): Activism Icons
[community profile] oraclegreen has a whole gorgeous bunch of Icons for Unity, Hope, Love

- Unofficial, unaffiliated resistance Twitters for scientific organisations like @Stuff EPA Would Say, @AltNASA, @Angry National Park, (to oppose misinformation and the general sledging that science funding and education is likely to get in the next few years):
Twistance members

- It's been linked everywhere because it's a really good resouce, but just in case you missed it:
How to Stay Outraged Without Losing Your Mind
(I especially like how it emphasises that what Trumputin's administration does should not become normal, and that you should be engaging in self-care to not become inured to it.)

- via [personal profile] yuuago, Bandcamp is donating profits to the ACLU on Friday the 3rd, so it's a good time to go find some new music:
#NoBanNoWall: Over 200 Labels & Artists Join Us in Donating Friday’s Profits to the ACLU
(I would also take recs, if you've got them! I need new music.)


Palate cleansers
- To that end, check out these amazing ears:
Fennec Fox Baby Emerges at Taronga Zoo

- Whatever I am, it's the opposite of a super recogniser, but I found the test interesting:
This online test can tell if you're a 'super recogniser' of faces

- This could be awesome? Alan Cumming is so classy, in everything ever.
CBS Orders James Patterson Pilot Adaptation Starring Alan Cumming
The network has given a pilot order to Killer Instinct, starring The Good Wife alum and three-time Emmy nominee Alan Cumming. The plot centers on a retired CIA operative who’s left the agency for a quiet life as a writer and professor, but gets dragged back into service when the NYPD needs help catching a serial killer

- Because I'm sure you all want to know how to make churros in a mug:
Microwave Mug Meals Worldwide
(I find microwave mug meals conceptually fascinating, but I never seem to actually make them. So, take this link with a pinch of salt. Ha ha, pinch of salt. *sighs*)

- [community profile] halfamoon is on! It's a fourteen-day fest celebrating female characters, from February 1st-14th, and there's a bunch of stuff happening, including daily prompts, requests, and I think there's a friending meme planned for later, also.

- This is adorable! And actually looks pretty easy to make. I think I even have the colours for it in my stash right now.
Princess Leia Crochet Coffee Cosy

- Tentatively excited about this (though, as [personal profile] lilacsigil said, I wish they had cast a believably plus-sized Gert):
Marvel Runaways finds cast



For [community profile] onedeadplotbunny which has restarted for 2017, a list of my WIPs:
Cut because this is mostly for my own purposes )
st_aurafina: Shy guy from Mario, rendered in red wool (Crochet: shy guy)
2017-01-25 07:58 pm

Creative Tuesday? Making Things Tuesday? Crafty Tuesday?

Have we settled on a name for this? Also, I shamelessly rely on later timezones for these posts, don't I? It's still Tuesday somewhere in the world, I reason. (Actually, by now, it's probably not.)

I'm still furiously crocheting hats, for no reason that I can decipher. I've got quite a pile now that I'm going to donate to Lifeline, even though it's summer here. Winter will roll around and someone will want a woolly beanie, I'm sure. I think I need to invest in a hat form or something, because hats photograph very badly flat, and some of them could do with blocking, tbh, but there's no point in blocking them flat, I'd need to block them on a form. I just don't know if I want one of those polystyrene heads looking at me all the time. Those things are creepy af.

Anyway, these are (some of) the hats, the ones that are ready to to donate:
It's like that story of the monkey with all the hats )

I think I'm getting past hats now, though - I've got some kitchen cotton that I want to try making scrubbies with, if I can handle the texture. Cotton is sometimes okay for me and sometimes not. But I want something loofah-ish that I can rewash and so on, and I'm thinking I'll try cotton for that.

Also, the more yarn I use, the more yarn I can buy. I'm on a one-for-one deal here in the house - [personal profile] lilacsigil has declared my stash to be maximum size, so for one skein to enter, one skein must leave. It's like Thunderdome, only crueler.

ETA: Also I made this icon! GIP! Crochet GIP!