st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Footy season started, which means I get to sip my coffee and relax a bit at work. I don't like football much, but I'm grateful for slightly slower Saturdays. And coffee. Always grateful for coffee.

ETA: Apparently not football yet? IDK where are the people?

I have been in a bit of a slump, brain-wise, but I'm coming up out of it now. (I'm starting to see a pattern via my tumblr queue - I drop posting down to three per day because it's just too hard to keep that queue topped up, then slowly it fills up again as I have more concentration and energy. When I've got 100 posts in the queue, I up the rate to ten per day. It's an odd but definite pattern.)



Today is officially one year since we put the sticker on the sign for the new house. We've been in for six months. It's a lovely house for summer, as it turns out, and catches cross breezes beautifully. The veggie garden went in late, but we've had oodles of zucchini, peas and basil. Only one tomato, unfortunately. It was delicious but tiny.

Cooking has mostly revolved around zucchini, and the question of how we can get more zucchini into each meal. (Chopped and sauteed with garlic goes well into a toasted cheese sandwich, for example.) The Courgette tag at BBC Good Food has been a wealth of fun. Courgette and Orange cake was the recipe I made the most often, I think, though I make it with an orange glaze because [personal profile] lilacsigil doesn't like cream cheese icing.



Fannishly, I consumed much:

Agent Carter was beautiful and amazing and perfect for me, if not perfect overall. I hope, hope we get a second season. I hope I get a chance to contribute to viewing statistics in some way soon. (I furiously liked things on Facebook, for the little good that does.) I want to write fic. Dottie and Peggy and Angie fic. Le sigh. So many women. Plz come back, writing mojo.

Person of Interest S3 was this amazing blur of femslashy moments, and finally clicking with Reese, and loving all the dystopian AI storylines, and adoring Root in god-mode. And sad about Read more... ). I'd love recs for fic that's non-spoilery past the S3 finale, if anyone has any.

I am inspired by many gifs on tumblr to give The 100 a try again. Much femslash, actual queer content, wow.

But I've given Gotham the flick - it got too nasty. And spoilers )

The Great British Sewing Bee - I'm almost finished. Just the final to go. It was a great season!

The Comic Relief Bake-Off - there was this one amazing episode, with Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Lulu, and Dame Edna Everage. It was like the best episode of AbFab EVER. It was amazing. I love Comic Relief Bake-Off anyway, but this was unusually epic and amazing.

Broadchurch - I have no idea what made me suddenly watch this show - I'm not really fond of that particular style British grim crime drama. I think the small-town angle caught me. And Olivia Colman is ace balls. I'm in the middle of Season 2 right now (so much shirtless James D'Arcy, wow.) spoilers ).



So, anyway. This is me. I am here! And feeling better. And hopefully back to fic soon. I have a build-up of fic feelings.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
I don't even. It's a Baden-Powell nightmare situation:

Brownie uniform, circa 1977 )

Anyone want Star Trek Barbie and Ken? I feel like they will go to a better home if I ask here, rather than donating them. Aussies, I'll cover postage. Overseas, it would probably be about $20 postage to anywhere but the US, and $30 to the US because things cost more to send there. Barbie and Ken are claimed!

Star Trek Barbie and Ken )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
WE HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS

I wish I had the guts to admit this before we [personal profile] lilacsigil packed SIXTY BOXES of them.



IN CONCLUSION MOVING SUCKS BIG TIME AND I THINK WE SHOULD ABANDON ALL MATERIAL POSSESSIONS AND LIVE IN STERILE PODS.
st_aurafina: Cartoon kitty. caption: "fret" (Frets)
Warning for animal in peril but no actual animal harm )



Anyway...


MOVING DAY IS SET

I REPEAT, MOVING DAY IS SET


HOLY SHIT OMG WTF THERE'S SO MUCH STUFF WE ONLY HAVE A WEEK THE TENANT MOVES IN AS WE'RE MOVING OUT SO THERE'S NOWHERE TO RUN AWAY TO I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN HANDLE THIS

The cleaners have to come back and clean more - there was just that much dust. But the walls and shelves and windows are good, and I think we can start bringing stuff over from the pantry, the kitchen cupboards, omg help.

There's so much stuff to take to the op shop. There's stuff to take to the tip. There's stuff we're leaving for the Lions. (The Lions Club run a trash and treasure stall in late OCtober.)



Oh, but look at the treasure I found while packing: Dinkum flavour, maaaaaate )


I got yer linkspams. And yer picspams.

- [tumblr.com profile] reign-soundtrack collates all the amazing folk-pop from season one. I am still enjoying this ridiculous show that has no fucks to give for actual historic events. And Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary, is really great. (And an Aussie! Go Aussie!)


- Speaking of Australia (casting spoilers for Arrow) Cut for fair dinkum Australian language )



- Tiny caravan you can pull with a bicycle - it's a tiny dwelling made from two water tanks. (Tiny dwellings are my fantasy right now. Moving will do that for you.)


- 23 Plus-sized bloggers to follow on instagram. I don't do instagram, nor do I particularly do fashion, but these women are amaze and gorgeous.


- How To Cook Quinoa Perfectly Every Time On The Stove Or In A Rice Cooker With Photos. I have a rice cooker. I have a packet of quinoa somewhere in the pantry which I'm sure to come across in the next couple of days as I clean out EVERYTHING.


- Something to covet: Eco-friendly rainbow sea glass jewellery. Pretty glass pebbles inna tube! Definitely something that I'd hang around my neck. (My sister said they look like jelly beans, which is not exactly dissuasive.)


- Recycled jeans journal. This is something I could actually make. I think I'd like to give it a go. WHEN WE HAVE MOVED. AND UNPACKED ALL THE CRAFT ROOM.


- The back of the Sleepy Hollow DVD describes Abbie as 'feisty'. This offends me; it's so infantilising, and it's not true at all. Abbie is measured and deliberate and not feisty. (Who the fuck is feisty, really? Apart from ponies.)

Here, have a picture of Amandla Stenburg. She's in a band. It's adorable.Now I feel bad for saying she is adorable, because isn't that infantilising, too? )


- This just came up on the Miss Fisher facebook page! Ugh photobucket won't let me resize this and I can't be arsed resizing it myself so just glory in the enormous beauty that is Phryne )


- Lastly, one birthday: Happy birthday to [personal profile] kaffyr, my favourite revolutionary journalist. I hope you have the loveliest of days.


*rushes off to label things for the Lions because the Lions are coming*
st_aurafina: (Hellblazer)
I have survived dental things, and eaten sausage rolls as a reward. I feel pretty good about that. Cut for dental things - nothing too gruesome )


The renovations drag on. Oh, but look! We had shelves built for the library: Shelves and shelves and shelves! )

So, Outlander the series - yes/no? Is it good? I was never into the books, but I was hugely into the Lord John Grey books, so I kept picking up Outlander and putting it down again. I'm pretty sure that John isn't going to be in this, but the gifs look pretty on Tumblr. I feel like the Outlander books (like Game of Thrones) is a source that a TV treatment will work really well for. (In the sense that to me, they needed a big edit.) Also, somewhat cruelly, I am hoping that there will be a great wash of fanfic, just because of the way that Diana Gabaldon shot her mouth off about it. And because it was fanfic that brought me to her books. (If anyone is interested, it was this POTC crossover by [livejournal.com profile] penknife: Trade - NC-17, Captain Jack/Lord John Grey.)


I watched the leaked pilot of Constantine, and I've got mixed feelings on that. Mixed feelings and some paranoia - Wow, I've got a lot of cuts in this post. )

I think I'm done with cuts for now.
st_aurafina: Captain America, looking somber, holding his shield (Marvel: Captain America)
Feeling okay the past couple of days. Sick, like, with a virus, but basically mentally on the level. It's a very nice feeling.

Yesterday we bought tiles and shower cubicles. Bathroom readiness approaches.



I'm doing Reading Wednesday this week, only with fanfic. These are mostly from recs off my flist, so thank you to all the people who posted them.

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This is delicious fun - lots of feels, lots of comics canon, lots of little Indiana Jones moments:

X Marks the Spot (20195 words) by thehoyden
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), Indiana Jones Series
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, Hank McCoy, Sebastian Shaw
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Hurt/Comfort, Sharing a Bed, the Tesseract really gets around
Summary:

The year is 1962, and Charles Xavier is a professor of archaeology who knows how his students feel, whether he wants to or not. He spends his spare time researching a mythical artifact, but he knows better than anyone that X never, ever marks the spot.



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I only watched a couple of episodes of Almost Human - I bailed early because the show was stepping weirdly around issues of consent and personhood in a way that squicked me. I don't know if the show ever managed to deal with those issues, but this fic did in a satisfying way. A satisfying plot, and lots of world-building.

One of the Crazy Ones (105467 words) by starandrea
Chapters: 20/20
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex
Characters: John Kennex, Dorian (Almost Human), Valerie Stahl, Sandra Maldonado, Richard Paul, Rudy Lom, Maria Pelham, Marty Pelham Jr.
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Night shift - Freeform, Interdepartmental cooperation, Snark as a primary method of communication, Multiple DRNs, Robot Rights, Living Together, Departmental intrigue, First Kiss, First Time
Summary:

A kidnapping case turns personal when someone takes exception to the LAPD's involvement. Or maybe it's John and Dorian they don't like. John doesn't care what their problem is, he just wishes they'd stop trying to kill him--until he doesn't, because having an active threat against his life makes Dorian his 24/7 bodyguard.



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This is a WIP but I've enjoyed it enough to hit 'subscribe' so I'm happy to share it here, too. Bucky is so broken, and so addicted to caffeine. Funny and heartbreaking.

This, You Protect (10122 words) by owlet
Chapters: 7/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Humor, I hope humor anyway, cursing, Protection, Strong feelings about coffee, slightly off-canon
Summary:

The mission resets abruptly, from objective: kill to objective: protect



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Adorable origin story for Bucky and Steve - vivid historical setting, and a creepy eugenics background. I loved the microcosm of Bucky's neighbourhood. And Steve is so very Steve!

The Dud (7539 words) by nimmieamee
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Illness, Newsies - Freeform, disregards the tie-in comics, Pre-Serum Steve Rogers
Summary:

When he was eight or nine, Bucky Barnes was the secret sworn enemy of the dud newsie.



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Another WIP - I found this one when I was deeply in need of h/c snuggling-type fic, and this fic has buckets of it. And lots of action, and Darcy being her usual competent non-super-powered self.

That Which You Seek (45801 words) by Wynn
Chapters: 8/9
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Captain America (Movies), Thor (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Darcy Lewis
Characters: Darcy Lewis, James "Bucky" Barnes, Jane Foster (Marvel), Thor (Marvel), Tony Stark, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: friendship fic, Bucky doesn't know how to pancake, Darcy doesn't know how to throw a punch, In a way they help each other, some snark, Some adult language, Winter Soldier level of violence, Intense Fighting, references to blood, Some angst and feels, Set post-Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Summary:

The man in the booth before Darcy stares down at his pancakes with suspicion.

A few days after Bucky discovers his true identity, Darcy encounters him in a diner 50 miles outside of D.C. having apparently transformed from a handsome long-dead war hero into a creepy, scruffy, pancake-hating serial killer. So of course she tries to help him.



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Mindscape fic! Always something I love. And a lovely Scott/Emma dynamic, too.


Visiting Rights (1657 words) by GrayJay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men - All Media Types, X-Men (Comicverse)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Emma Frost/Scott Summers, Jean Grey/Scott Summers
Characters: Scott Summers, Emma Frost, Jean Grey, Charles Xavier, Phoenix Force, Mister Sinister, Nathaniel Essex, Nathan Summers, Alex Summers
Additional Tags: mindfuckery, Professor Xavier is a jerk, telepaths, relationships, Extended Metaphors
Summary:

Scott's mind is a Winchester House of false doors and dead ends, deadfalls and secret passages built on and over and through each other.



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Team fic, with lots of raw edges and awkwardness. And plot and shooting people. And competence. All good things.

your homecoming will be my homecoming (18972 words) by lupinely
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Additional Warnings In Author's Note, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Summary:

This is what Bucky thinks he remembers. Writing a letter to Steve in the trenches, muddy footprints, impressions of army boots on the ground. So cold his fingers ache. He’s writing the letter but it doesn’t make sense. He’s writing the letter but he wants to go home. It’ll make sense then, he thinks—it’ll make sense when they both come home.

[Steve/Bucky, post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier]

st_aurafina: (Birthday)
Sneaking in a happy birthday to the three other fangirls who share my birthday: [personal profile] eumelia, [personal profile] lost_spook, and [personal profile] lurkingcat. And to [personal profile] muccamukk, who pipped us all at the post by a day. Mine was yesterday, because of datelines, but it's still the 14th on the other side of the world.

I had a good day, considering that birthday season is a little like duck season in my family. But I baked a plaited fruit bread and a blueberry muffin slice, had an awesome freaking work out with my personal trainer (I mean, one of those ones where she says "And it's time to stretch!" and you don't want to stop because everything feels so good.) [personal profile] lilacsigil bought an electric blanket for my old bones, and I got to snuggle with Baggins who felt so safe he could tuck his nose under his paw. It was adorable.

Hobbit cat is cosy )

We still haven't moved - there's tradies going everywhere, and right now the driveway is being concreted (because the gravel was deep and horrible to walk in.) We had the pleasure of talking to a guy who makes bookshelves, and after much arm waving and showing of pictures on the internet, he is going to build us a bookshelf that has steps on the side so the cats can get to the top and run around. I am not ashamed to be that cat lady.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Sadly it's not that good. Kind of soapy and purple.

From Monster of the Week (this week's episode is Tunguska, the font from which so many Mulder/Skinner/Krycek fics spring forth): The Russians chasing Mulder and Krycek with horsewhips may seem over the top, but literally the same thing just happened to Pussy Riot.



Just finished reading:

The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris.

A re-read in celebration of Hannibal S2 starting tomorrow. I haven't read this for years and years! I noticed two things - firstly that I'm much more au fait with American places and culture than I was in... *calculates* 1989? 1990? And secondly, that I now know the term Mary Sue and can apply it to bookverse!Hannibal and his maroon eyes and his extra special, more special than special polydactyly.

Also this:

“He gutted Will with a linoleum knife when Will caught up with him. It's a wonder Will didn't die. Remember the Red Dragon? Lecter turned Francis Dolarhyde onto Will and his family. Will's face looks like damn Picasso drew him, thanks to Lecter."

SOMEBODY HELP WILL GRAHAM.

Soon it will be time to close my tumblr tab and huddle and wait for the new episode to air! So excited!



Currently reading:

Still reading India Black and the Widow of Windsor. Still liking the shenanigans at Balmoral.

Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott. Liking it a lot! So far, there is space travel via harmonics using what I presume are giant space travel organs (since the pilot had to pull out the stops!) and a poly marriage of convenience. Which are awesome things.


Planning to read:

I might re-read Red Dragon, since Silence of the Lambs was so much fun. In as far as that kind of story is fun.


I am having all sorts of anxiety about the new house, which is disappointing, because there's not a lot to be anxious about at this stage - we're financially okay, we're under no pressure to move quickly, and the house came through the inspection really well. (The builder, or Builder-Inspector, said that he'd be happy living there, which I take as a ringing endorsement.) I think it's stress about new things, maybe? Or that there are complex social cues when you buy a house in a small town - I know the family we're buying from very well, they know us, and though the agent has been scrupulously confidential about everything, I can see the rumour starting to spread through town. Not that it even matters who knows these things. Just that I don't know how to read the cues and what to do about them.

And then there's Dad, who had a really good go at taking down my self-confidence when I called for advice on finance. He doesn't know we've actually bought the house. I'm not telling him until I give him a change of address card.

I refuse to doubt myself. We have done an awesome job and found the right house at a price that suits us. And man, are we going to have to get rid of some junk before we move. Fifteen years in one small house equals lots of clutter.
st_aurafina: Headshot of Lisa Cuddy, chin resting on her hand.  (House: Cuddy)
1. I have to give a presentation to the diabetes support group tomorrow, which I'm a bit bleh about. But it will be fine: I know everyone there, and all they'll want to do is ask me about their medication and tell me gossip. [personal profile] lilacsigil made me a sample Webster Pack (like a dosette, but made up in the pharmacy), and it's filled with jelly beans. The patient's name is Melly Jelly. I think she's in a permanent state of hypoglycaemia.


2. Korra! I think the thing I love most about Korra is filling-in of the story that connects to AtLA. And also, hearing Lisa Edelstein voicing Kya is giving me House nostalgia. I miss Cuddy.


3. I've been using this app for anxiety management for a month or so. (The post says that it's an Android app, but there's an iOS version now.) It's actually quite good, mostly because it's easy to use. I don't know how useful it is to graph the level of anxiety I'm feeling, but I like all the relaxation exercises. (Except for the one where you explode your anxieties. It's REALLY loud.) I've tried lots of other mood-tracking apps or apps for regulating breathing in a panic attack but this one seems to have everything all in one and it's easy to get to.


4. This eposode of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is the one they shot close to my parents' house! It was very weird to see things that look sort of familiar and sort of photoshopped. And next week is Luna Park, yay! Creepiest amusement park on the planet. I am loving the way the Jack/Phryne relationship is going. And I didn't mind Jack and Hugh in their natty bathing suits this week, either.


5. I made Peanut sesame noodles with sriracha for lunch today, and it was really good. It's the second time I've tried the recipe, and this time I halved the amount of sauce which was a perfect amount for two people. Also, I added some lime, because it's lime season and I have a lot of limes from Mr Lime. And I have lemons coming this week from Mrs Lemon. I need to use these things up!

Things that are exciting in rural healthcare this week (apart from an excess of citrus fruits):

- I had to order brown snake antivenom for the hospital. (No big emergency - theirs had just gone out of date.)
- The wildlife rescue lady who takes our out of date baby formula is taking care of a barn owl. Some fishermen pulled him in with their net. He's going to be fine.
- There's a new program where your prescriptions repeats have a QR code printed on them. If we subscribe to it, you can scan your script with your phone, and it sends the details of your prescription to the pharmacy. We get the medication ready, and do all the paperwork when you show up with your script. I kind of want to do it? But it's pricey, and I'm not sure whether people out here will use it. Sometimes, distance and rural setting means that people take up technology really, really fast, but sometimes it means that they just don't bother with it at all. I'm going to wait a bit, I think.
st_aurafina: HG gripping Myka's wrist from the episode 'Reset' (Warehouse 13: HG and Myka in Reset)
I have my copy of A Dance With Dragons, so yay! I have been jealous, seeing posts go past and not being able to read them. But fuck, it's heavy. Harry Potter neck for me.

This tumblr post talks about domestic violence and the House S7 finale, and explains really clearly why I feel so uncomfortable with Cuddy's storylines over the past few seasons. (Love the character, hate the writing...) That chart, breaking down the aspects of abuse, and how many of them have happened on screen. *shudders* There's watching a show go down in flames, which I have done for X-Files and thought I was doing for Criminal Minds (but they keep stringing me along with the casting game.) Then there's watching a show tear its characters to pieces, and I can't do that. Couldn't do it for Dollhouse, can't do it for House.

More cheerfully, Warehouse 13 started! This ridiculous, adorable show I love...  )
st_aurafina: Doctor Chase in close up, looking serious  (House: Chase thinking)
Title: Rebuild the Bridges in Your Mind
Fandom: House MD/X-Men Movieverse (with comicsverse cameos)
Rating: PG
Warnings: Medical drama levels of violence and injury
Word Count: 25,561
Disclaimer: Not written for profit!

Notes:
Set towards the end of Season Six for House, and after X3 in X-Men movieverse. Some reference to the Wolverine movie. Mostly gen, with background reference to Chase/Cameron and Chase/Jason Stryker. (See Author's notes for more details and expansive thank yous to my many betas)

Summary: Chase was a student at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Time and personal differences mean that he's estranged from his former friends, the X-Men. Now he moonlights as a doctor for vigilantes and mutants at a clinic in NYC, but he's juggling so many secrets that his past is sure to catch up with him soon

Alternate Sites:
On the Archive

As a downloadable file: pdf // epub // doc

Art post by [personal profile] chosenfire28 here.



Pretty, pretty full sized art behind the cut )

Rebuild the Bridges in Your Mind )


Author's Notes )
st_aurafina: Doctor Chase in close up, looking serious  (House: Chase thinking)
See my lol-drama Chase icon? I'm having lol-drama, of a sort. My posting day for au_bigbang ddderis June 3rd, and the beta-reader who usually helps Ameri-pick when I write American fandoms has had to drop out.

Would anyone be willing or able to do a quick read-through of my big bang and help with my Australian/American disconnect? It's a House/X-Men crossover, it's Chase-centric gen with some slashy Chase/Jason Stryker overtones. It's 25K. You'd be the third of three beta-readers, so hopefully it's in pretty good shape with regard to grammar and plot.

I'm pretty much ready to bribe, at this point. With Tim-Tams.

Please?
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (House: Chase animated)
I finished a first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang. It's a very dicey first draft. BUT IT HAS AN ENDING OMG!

Things I had to look up for this: the cost of a pizza in the US, a place in Canada that could possibly be Alkali Lake, how much is in a fifth of liquor, a place in Princeton that would be cool to explode (I'm totally on some CIA watchlist now, lucky I'm a hermit and I never go on planes), William Stryker's actual rank in X2, how to drive from Princeton to NYC. (And what a turnpike actually is. We don't have those. Well, we don't call them that.)

Ugh. I'm so tired now. I'm going to bed. *falls over*
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Twilight: Carlisle)
Title: Contemporaries
Fandom: Twilight, Dracula, Doctor Who (Three, Master), House MD, X-Files, Star Trek: TOS
Words: 2200
Rating: G
Summary: Five extraordinary doctors Carlisle has known.
Notes: Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil for beta-reading.

There had been a disturbing note of sensationalism hanging about Van Helsing's lecture tour. )
st_aurafina: (House: Cameron)
Title: The Tooth in the Fairy
Author: [livejournal.com profile] st_aurafina
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] rolleson, for [livejournal.com profile] femslash08
Fandom: Bones/House MD
Pairing: Temperance Brennan/Allison Cameron
Rating: PG
Word count: 3,200
Summary: The Department of Diagnostic Medicine have an interesting problem, but Allison Cameron knows an expert in the field.
Notes: Spoilers for the House Season Four finale and Bones Season Three finale. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lilacsisgil and [livejournal.com profile] wizefics for beta-reading.

The Tooth in the Fairy )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
I have a weird feeling of coming back to earth - the last two weeks have been a bit insane. Today at work is the first time for a while that I've felt like I can catch my breath and do some normal stuff, like reading fic and catching up with people.

Our cat with renal failure had a relapse - every time we took her to the vet we thought it would be the last time. But she's on a second medication, and her blood urea and nitrates are back to where they were before: not normal, but manageable, and it looks like she's stable again, for a while. She was really unhappy and clingy, she lost weight she couldn't afford to lose because her gums were so swollen she couldn't eat her kidney-safe kibble but we couldn't give her tinned food, because of her BUN levels, and it was all just bloody scary and distressing for everyone. But she's okay now, and she's stable, and we'll have her happy and healthy for a bit longer.

I'm not used to having cats grow old and sick. We lived on a busy road as a kid; our cats would just go out and not come back. (This makes no sense, looking back. Why didn't we keep our cats inside? Stupid parents.)

On a more cheerful note, in that time I also managed to defeat my writers block (thank you, thank you, thank you, wonderful people who helped with this!), and go to an art retreat, and spent a couple of days in Melbourne, and though I'm tired, I feel like stuff got done.

Other things:
[livejournal.com profile] trollprincess is loving on awesome female characters here. Drop by, sing the praises of Donna Noble, Dana Scully, Emma Frost and every other woman character you've ever loved.

Spoilers for FreakAngels )

Spoilers for the SPN finale )

Spoilers for Bones )

Spoilers for the House finale )
st_aurafina: (DW: Ten)
Title: Bolt From the Blue
Fandom: Doctor Who/House MD
Rating: G
Characters: House, Cameron, Chase, Foreman
Warnings: Spoilers for S3 of both House MD and Doctor Who
Author's notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] dw_cross for the prompt "Ten, House, unexpected." Set just before the end of S3 for House, and just after for Doctor Who. Thanks heaps to [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil and [livejournal.com profile] marag for your help!

Bolt From the Blue )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (House)
[livejournal.com profile] ion_bond, this was really fun to write, and they wouldn't shut up, so it went to 200 words.

Title: Three-Legged Men
Words: 200
Prompt: Doctor James Wilson and Foggy Nelson
Fandom: House MD and Daredevil
Notes: [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil helped me get this right, and also suggested the title. She's so much ruder than me.

Three-Legged Men )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Beast)
Title: Of Capes and Cod
Rating: G is for gen.
Chracters: House, and his team, Dr Henry McCoy, and some Marvel comicsverse cameos.
Disclaimer: Not my characters. Please don't sue.
Notes: This is set immediately pre-X3, at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, where an unusual patient has been admitted. There are mild spoilers here for the X2 and X3 movies. I haven't set this at any particular time in the House chronology, so there's no spoilers there.
Words: 4,915
Thanks: To [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil for endless beta reading and reassurance, and to [livejournal.com profile] ion_bond for much assistance with Americanisms. Please attribute any errors to me. I've only seen the start of Season Two of House, so please be mindful of spoilers in comments.

Of Capes and Cod )

House MD

Mar. 17th, 2006 11:34 am
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (spine)
I've inhaled the first season. It's unlike me to watch more than one episode of anything at once. I love it, I need more. I'm exhibiting House-seeking behaviour.

I have to admit that a large part of my love is wish fulfillment. I'm not a doctor, but in the pharmacy I do have to deal with my fair share of snot and stupid questions, so each time House dishes it to a stupid clinic patient, it's very satisfying, in that shocking, I would-never-do that (but I would totally love to) way.

The medicine is interesting, and it's fun to shout out stuff like "Do an INR!" as the case develops. It can get a bit "disease of the week", but I don't see a way of avoiding that in a medical drama, and it's never really bothered me in any case. I like the disease of the week. After an episode, [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil and I go to Polite Dissent to read reviews and medical analysis of the episodes.

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