st_aurafina: Dale Cooper at the table with coffee and a donut (Twin Peaks: Dale with coffee)
1. SO MUCH RAIN. And so much wind. I've heard chainsaws all day, when the wind dropped low enough, which means a fair few trees must be down. But none of the giant eucalypts out past the back fence shifted, so we're all good. Those things are *massive*. Watching them bend and flex in the wind is awesome and a bit terrifying. If one came down, I don't think it would mash the house, but it would certainly fill up the backyard.


2. This fandom secret from a few days ago: Teen Worf. Most of the comments in the post, here, said they'd watch the heck out of a show about an angsty teenage Klingon living with Russian parents on Earth. I'm with them on that.


3. My sister, who is twenty years younger than me, borrowed my Twin Peaks DVDs, and has been hilariously amazed:

"I can't believe something so weird existed back in the eighties!"

"This log lady is lol!"

"Was that David Duchovny in drag?"

(And then she independently invented moussaka - "I want to make a vegetarian lasagne, but, like, with eggplant as the pasta layers." So proud of her cooking adventures.)


4. I don't actually pay football much attention - sorry to the one AFL fan I have on my flist - but I am eternally amused that there's a player called Steele Sidebottom.


5. I ran out of yarn for my afghan. I guess I fell for the fatal error of buying exactly the right amount of yarn. (But that was all they had, and according to the pattern, it should have been okay?) Anyway, this is apparently the world's rarest of yarns, because I can't find any, anywhere. But I'm going to add a strip of the colour I was going to use for the trim at each end, and that should round it out. Argh! Never again!


6. I still haven't caught up on Night Vale, but I found this: Night Vale Weather, a list of musicians who have contributed to the weather section, with links to their music.
st_aurafina: Dale Cooper at the table with coffee and a donut (Twin Peaks: Dale with coffee)
From [personal profile] sineala:

It's international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post.
"Conventional product: start with 2-4 mg every 4 hours, then adjust dose to give analgesia lasting 3-4 hours."
(HYDROMORPHONE FOR ALL, YAY!)
(Okay, it doesn't say that in the book, but it would be funny if it did.)
(No, it really wouldn't.)



Warehouse 13 is continuing to delight, and to be the low-stress highlight of my week. Everyone in character. Every plot thread followed up. Nobody has to be stupid for plot to proceed. It's all of my favourite things.

And this: slightly spoilery conversation from last night's episode )


Less cheerfully, we just cancelled our standing order of comics. That was a really hard email to send. I love our comicbook store, and the guys who run it are great. There's a whole redacted thing here about how I feel about the comics industry but I can't be arsed. I'm just sad, because I remember anticipating the arrival of a huge box of comics each month, ripping that sucker open, and having comics slither everywhere. I haven't felt that way for a long time.

I can remember when I realised that this day would come, though. It was when Marvel Divas was described as 'hot sudsy fun.' We stuck it out for a long time after that, but I think that's when I realised that the comics industry fundamentally did not want my money.



The [community profile] twinpeaks re-watch is on again. We're up to S1 episode 5 (The One-Armed Man). Warnings for gifs, spoilers and eldritch horror.



Coming up, in TV Shows I Can't Wait For, Idris Elba is headlining a Warren Ellis-penned series about (apparently) "the history and future of astronomy and mankind’s impulse for the stars." I don't actually care what it's about, although this sounds like it has significant crossover potential with Doctor Who, and I will do anything to get Idris Elba into the TARDIS. (He'd make a great Corsair, Y/Y?)



On the other hand, in Shows I Never Want to Watch Again, Supernatural has cast Amanda Tapping as a business-suit wearing bad-ass angel. Smooth move, show, but you won't suck me in. Tumblr will provide all the delicious eye-candy I require, and none of the gruesome sexed-up deathiness of your revolting show.


Palate cleanser: Mega-echidna.
st_aurafina: Albert Rosenfield from Twin Peaks, in his trenchcoat, looking awesome  (Twin Peaks: Albert)
Title: Moving Day
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Rating: Albert/Dale
Words: 300
Characters/Pairings:
Notes: Prequel to The Magician Longs to See

Summary: Albert and Dale are starting a new life; Albert hopes they are both strong enough.

Albert surprises himself by breezing through the details of his new employment with relative ease )
st_aurafina: Audrey ftom Twin Peaks listening at a wall (Twin Peaks: Audrey listening)
Title: Home
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Rating: PG
Words: 800
Characters/Pairings: Audrey Horne/OFC
Summary: Audrey isn't homesick, it's just that college is a long way from Twin Peaks.
Notes: Prequel fic to The Magician Longs to See

For Audrey, college is oddly easy. )
st_aurafina: Audrey ftom Twin Peaks listening at a wall (Twin Peaks: Audrey listening)
Title: Baby Shampoo
Fandom: Twin Peaks, The Inside
Rating: PG
Words: 800
Characters/Pairings: Rebecca Locke, Audrey Horne
Warnings:
Summary: Sometimes it's hard for Rebecca to ask for help.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking. This is a prequel to The Magician Longs to See, but can be read as a stand-alone.

Rebecca leaned an elbow on the plain wooden desk, and forced her eyes to focus on the list of codes they had to memorise )
st_aurafina: (Yuletide: Spirit)
I got four lovely presents! In order of how they fell out of my stocking:

The Doves And The Ravens (1742 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Total Eclipse of the Heart (music video)
Creepily, eerily dreamy post-apocalyptic interpretation of my precious eighties hair ballad. It's perfect.

Terror at Trinity Prep (3395 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Total Eclipse of the Heart (music video)
I don't know if anyone outside the Commonwealth ever got these weird gothic anthologies of horror stories, where the creepy schoolboys are conducting bizarre rituals in the gymnasium and nobody but the new teacher notices? This is kind of like that, and like a house-warming party at the same time. Again, perfect.

(This clip! I'm proud to have unleashed such creepy perfection on the world!)

Be My Homeward Dove (2115 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Five goodbyes in Twin Peaks which aren't really goodbyes at all. Because that's how Twin Peaks rolls. And there's Sarah Palmer (*loves*), Albert, Audrey, Harry, and Dale. Twin Peaks has been a big part of my fandom year for 2011, and this fic rounds it out beautifully.

And, like the satsuma at the bottom of the stocking, there was one tiny extra treat:
Habitual (100 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Warehouse 13
! It's the tiniest, most perfect vignette between Leena and Mrs Frederic, and it's just wonderful. It catches Leena's role at the Warehouse perfectly, and I love it.

Thank you so much, mystery authors! I have had a wonderful Yuletide. I hope you did, too.
st_aurafina: Albert Rosenfield from Twin Peaks, in his trenchcoat, looking awesome  (Twin Peaks: Albert)
Title: Say Goodbye (To the World You Thought You Lived In)
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Rating: R
Words: 10,600
Characters: Dale Cooper/Albert Rosenfield
Warnings: Discussion (though no specific detail) of the sexual assault of children
Summary: Set immediately after the Twin Peaks finale, ten years before the events in The Magician Longs To See
Notes: This is technically a prequel to my big bang, but best read after.

The first Albert hears of Dale's disappearance is a late afternoon call from the receptionist in the Sheriff's office. )
st_aurafina: Agent Dale Cooper and Agent Audrey Horne (Twin Peaks: Dale and Audrey)
Title: The Magician Longs to See
Author(s): [personal profile] st_aurafina
Artist(s): [livejournal.com profile] aphrodite_mine (fanmix) and [livejournal.com profile] satavaisa (art)
Fandom(s): X-Files, Twin Peaks
Type: Mostly gen, with a background slash pairing
Rating: PG
Word Count: 33K
Characters/Pairings: Dana Scully, Fox Mulder, Audrey Horne, Johnny Horne, Dale Cooper/Albert Rosenfield, Denise Bryson, Thomas "Hawk" Hill
Spoilers: This contains major spoilers for Twin Peaks.
Warnings: Warnings for mention of past sexual assault of children and adults, suicidal ideation, murder

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Summary:
It's ten years after the murders in Twin Peaks, and ten years since Special Agent Dale Cooper vanished from the Great Northern Hotel. Audrey Horne is an agent in the FBI, trying to understand the events of her past and investigate Cooper's disappearance, despite obstruction by the law enforcement of Twin Peaks. Meanwhile, Agents Scully and Mulder are dealing with a case that bears frightening similarities to the original murders in Twin Peaks.

Beautiful full-size art and fanmix under here )

Author’s Notes:
Special Agent Audrey Horne is entirely [livejournal.com profile] aphrodite_mine's idea. She wrote a ficlet – also a crossover, this time with The Inside – with Audrey and Rebecca Locke at Quantico, studying to be agents. You can read that here: Circumlocution. All credit, all kudos to [livejournal.com profile] aphrodite_mine for this brilliant idea that seized me and made me write this story.

Thank you to [personal profile] lilacsigil and [livejournal.com profile] heartequals, who were betas and cheerleaders and kept me writing when I would have given up long ago. You guys are so awesome, thank you.

ETA 6-7-12: This fic is a series now! You can find all the fics in order at the Archive:
The Magician Longs to See (series).

Otherwise, here's a breakdown:

Say Goodbye (To the World You Thought You Lived In)
Dale/Albert
10K words
Set immediately after the Twin Peaks finale episode. Spoilery for the mystery in The Magician Longs to See, so read it afterwards.
Dreamwidth // Livejournal // The Archive

Moving Day
Albert/Dale, set between "Say Goodbye (To the World You Thought You Lived In)" and "The Magician Longs to See"
300 words
Dreamwidth // Livejournal // The Archive

Home
Audrey/OFC, set between "Say Goodbye (to the World You Thought You Lived In)" and "Baby Shampoo"
800 words
Dreamwidth // Livejournal // The Archive

Baby Shampoo
Audrey Horne & Rebecca Locke
Twin Peaks/The Inside crossover
800 words
Set between "Home" and "The Magician Longs to See"
Dreamwidth // Livejournal // The Archive


The Magician Longs To See )
st_aurafina: Dale Cooper at the table with coffee and a donut (Twin Peaks: Dale with coffee)
FIREFOX 4 IS KIND OF CRAPPY, GUYS. It signs me out of everything randomly. I have to work too hard to get my add-ons to operate. In version 3, you'd right click and select the second option to open a tab without switching to that tab, but in 4, it's the first option. I'm used to right-clicking and opening a bunch of tabs then reading them, but now I keep flip-flopping from tab to tab. These sound like small things, but they add up over the day. I'm so bad at change.

I just had this conversation on IM, which basically sums up my day:
Me: (at work) *sneezes ten times*
[personal profile] lilacsigil: (at home on lunchbreak) Are you sneezing?
Me: *awed* How did you know that?
[personal profile] lilacsigil: Because your antihistamine is sitting on the bench in front of me. You forgot to take it this morning.
Me: Oh. Hang on, gotta sneeze.

It's pretty bad when you rock up late to work, and you're the one with the key to the door. And you live two minutes away in the car. And everyone around you knows this. I need to stop these midnight writing binges. I can't write until two and be at work at nine.

This may be why I have no concentration.

This photoshopped image should make me cranky for various reasons (Like, why can't we have a female Doctor? Why can't we have Doctor who isn't a white guy?) but instead I can't stop looking at it. It gives me a funny feeling in my tummy.

Hugh Laurie with a TARDIS. I am so cheap. )

Not long till Who Time! And Game of Thrones this weekend, right? *is excited*



Casestory big bang first draft is due in less than two weeks. I really want to get this done. I have 6.5K, and I'm maybe a third through the story. IDEK.

Things I have had to consider while writing:

spoilers for Twin Peaks. Seriously, if you ever intend watching the show, don't click here. )


*checks LJ cuts carefully*

If you haven't ever watched Twin Peaks, I'd recommend it. Or the first season, at least. The X-Files owes a lot of love to Twin Peaks.



Random: awesome animated fanart of Dana running, link brought to you by [personal profile] newredshoes.



Lastly, casestory big bang is looking for artists:




(sign-up post for artists)

I'm signal-boosting, because X-Files/Twin Peaks is a kind of obscure crossover, and I know I have fans of both friended, and maybe one of you might be interested? Maybe?

ETA: Ugh, cross-posting is doing the dance of fail.
st_aurafina: Audrey ftom Twin Peaks listening at a wall (Twin Peaks: Audrey listening)
I'm writing my casestory big bang, which is a Twin Peaks/X-Files crossover. It's going slowly - 200 words a night, most nights - but I'm actually really enjoying the process. Eating secret midnight cupcakes might have something to do with this.

I'm writing an adult Audrey Horne, who is now an agent. I think she'd have hair like this in my icon. Short and sleek. (And sexy.)

Tiny Linkspam

- [personal profile] trouble is collecting data on your favorite fictional doctors here. It's a great list, and I had a lot of fun reading through it. (And I just realised I forgot Martha Jones. *hurries off to amend list*)

- from [personal profile] thefourthvine, [personal profile] melannen is is auctioning her 1000 cranes, a ten year project, for [community profile] help_japan. I can't think of any cause better.

- [personal profile] beanpot has a love meme, the kind where you make a list of the things you love - people, things, fannish or otherwise. It's an oasis of happy. (Which means there's a lot of unhappy around right now.)

- [community profile] junetide (the exchange for original fic) has sign-ups open. Looking at some of the sample prompts that [personal profile] pippin threw together in comments, I really want to sign up for this. I think it will be an interesting challenge to world build, character build and answer a prompt in 1000 words.

Bakepocalypse

Salted butter chocolate chip cookies - this is a favourite recipe of mine. I think it was the first time that I got the hang of making cookies - refrigerating the dough, then cooking them till they're just set, this seems to make them more chewy than crispy. Toasting the nuts first. Oh, they're so good.

I managed to snap a photo this time: )

Black Bottom cupcakes - I did not love these. I'm not sure why, but the base cupcake was quite dry, and the cheesecake didn't sink into them like they should. They're tasty enough - hence my midnight snacking on them - but I think I'd like the cake layer to be a bit more dense. Gooier, maybe. (Anyone care to share a good cupcake recipe? Or tips? I don't have much luck with them. Maybe I over cook?)

Homemade Bounty bars - apologies for linking to a miserable inaccessible page. I can understand the reason for putting her recipe inside a watermarked jpg, but it doesn't make it any easier to read. I had to load the image in Photoshop to get it big enough to read. But it was the only Bounty recipe that didn't involve coconut cream or dairy cream, which would have required a trip to the supermarket. Credit where credit is due - they are very tasty. It's a good recipe and it's easy to make. I used unsweetened coconut, because that's what I had (I don't think I've ever seen sweetened shredded coconut on our supermarket shelves, actually) and because our Bounty bars are not actually that sweet. I rolled them into balls and dipped them in melted chocolate, and I could have eaten hundreds of them. It's a good thing the recipe only made twelve.

Easy caramel fudge - made to use up the rest of the condensed milk from the above recipe. I like this fudge better than the melt-and-set kind of fudge that I made earlier. The texture is less fleshy, and the caramelisation makes it really tasty. I didn't put nuts in this batch, but still tasty. Oh, and [personal profile] sharpest_asp? I cut it into half-inch squares. Very handy size!

Also more pretzels (definitely like the soda bath compared to plain boiling water) and more zucchini fritters. They are omg so tasty.

What's coming up in Bakepocalypse 2011?
Sesame candy - these look tasty, and I love Sesame Snaps. I'm a bit wary of the "pick up the hot candy and press it into the molds" thing, though. Maybe I'll forgo the funky shapes and the third degree burns.

Meyer lemon poundcake cupcakes - I am hoping that regular lemons are a good substitute for Meyer lemons. I have a new mini-loaf pan, I want to make mini poundcakes.

And more zucchini fritters, because my customer who is also a gardening guru keeps leaving large and hilarious vegetables on my desk. There is nothing funnier than a zucchini as big as a baby, I'm telling you.

Oh, and cookies that will look good when I use my cookie stamp on it. Cookie stamp! I want to stamp everything with my cookie stamp.

Last thing from the kitchen department - I also bought a cast iron frying pan, mostly because when [personal profile] lilacsigil gets back from hospital and can finally eat eggs again, I want to make a fritatta of the kind that you pop in the oven to set. I have to season the pan, apparently. Which I can do, fine. But the leaflet also said something that is disturbing to me: don't use detergent on your cast iron pan, as it will remove the patina.

I CAN'T NOT WASH MY PAN IN SOAP, GUYS.

I JUST CAN'T.

Maybe I should return it to the shop. I'll tell them I'm a cooking philistine, and I'm not up to the complexities of cooking in cast iron.

No soap. I just can't.

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