st_aurafina: Bare-breasted lady, painted with olive tones (Art: Olive lady)
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: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
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: (DW: Ten)
Title: Children's Moon
Fandom: Harry Potter/Doctor Who
Rating: Teen
Words: 16.5K
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Sirius Black, Jack Harkness
Warnings/Content: Contains discussion of child abuse (of a teenage character in this fic, nothing specific is described), violence by animal attack on the same level as Doctor Who or Harry Potter.
Notes: This is a sequel to You Can Never Go Home Again, where Sirius meets up with the Tenth Doctor after he falls through the Veil.

Summary: A wild beast stalks a farming community, the Doctor and Sirius run into some familiar faces, and the Doctor experiments with Transfiguration.

Also at the Archive

Chapter One )

Oof, done.

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:59 am
st_aurafina: (NaNo: Sleep)


Final breakdown:
W13 femslash for (belated) trope bingo: 5041 (finished)
Killjoys fic for for (belated) trope bingo: 1873 (not finished)
Sanctuary fic for (belated) trope bingo: 1237 (finished)
[Redacted fandom for Yuletide treat]: 7868 (finished)
Sequel to You Can Never Go Home Again (my Tenth Doctor & Sirius fic): 11182 (finished but damn, I want to write more.)
Person of Interest fic for no reason other than it pleases me: 14740 (and not finished, will never be finished, omg had to take a break from it)
Supergirl/Daisy femslash for [community profile] femslash_kink: 2301 (finished and awaiting editing, to post soon)
NBC's Dracula which seems to be feudal lord/handmaiden Lucy/Mina with some Grayson in there, maybe Lucy/Mina/Grayson IDK: 5981 (so unfinished)
Total: 50,367

And didn't break my duolingo streak: 108 days.

And will get to comments soon, so soon.

But first cake. And sleep.
st_aurafina: The Winter Soldier wearing a mask and showing his metal arm (Marvel: Winter Soldier)
Still haven't moved. Send help and reinforcements. The real estate agent has a tenant lined up for our old place; she keeps knocking on the door to ask when we'll be vacating so we can lease the house. IDEK. At least it won't be sitting empty. At least it's rentable without major renovations (and at least this tenant is willing to move in while the not so major renovations are done.)


I survived my major dental appointment by having a panic attack on the Sunday beforehand that was so intense and so horrifying that two hours of crown work was nothing to fear in comparison. The panic attack wasn't even to do with the the dental appointment - it was my mother's birthday on Sunday, and when I went to text her, I had to scroll and scroll to find our last communication, which was in January - hence panic attack and waves of self-loathing that far outweighed my fear of dentistry. I do not recommend this as a method of dealing with dental phobia. I feel like a piece of fruit leather at the bottom of a schoolbag. But the temporary crown is in and the next appointment is not so arduous. OR SO THEY TELL ME. /dire looks


Tinee media review:

- Doctor Who: tentatively enjoying it on the proviso that I read no negative reviews and allow myself to soak in a syrupy non-critical solution of self-care while watching it. A new Doctor is always a treat, in that assorted chocolates way. I don't really know what Twelve is like yet, but I'm pretty sure he's not a soft-centre. (OMG where is this analogy going? I release my grip on sanity! Let it go!)

- Reign: Watched the first two episodes and really, really enjoyed them. It's like, history on crack with fancy dresses and ooooh, boys, and lots of girls hugging.


Tinee linkspam:

- Seriously adorable crochet pattern: Crochet a baby Groot (warning for animated gif)

- Somewhat underbaked science that nonetheless rang true for me and my many hearing problems: Middle ear may hold answers for autism treatment (Warning for discussion of familial abuse)

- H/T to [personal profile] cofax7 for this one: The Most Amazing Lie in History (I feel like I want some kind of Peggy Carter encounter with this guy. Maybe Judy Dench's M can be in it, too. She must have been pretty deadly in WWII.

- Misty Copeland will be performing Swan Lake in Australia - this photo from her instagram is just beautiful. I love the strength and compassion on her face - I usually find Odette a bit mimsy, but this is amazing. (Eeeeeh, using facebook to embed from Instagram to my journal - this is a little too close to crossing the streams, if you ask me.)

Instagram clearly too evil - am hotlinking like a crime lord )

- I wish this scene had been in the Winter Soldier: This Is What Hawkeye Was Going To Do In Captain America: The Winter Soldier

- Speaking of Winter Soldier, [personal profile] famira has made a trillion textless icons from the movie: all under their Captain America tag. Go snaffle them up!


Since my last post, I've mostly been reading comics: re-reading Captain America's Winter Soldier arc, also Young Avengers (omg Miss America! Amerikate foreva!), Ms Marvel (omg the latest team-up killed me with the adorability).


Also made a bunch of icons suddenly and out of the blue: some Doctor Who, some Young Avengers which are, admittedly, 90% America Chavez )

And that's all there is. There isn't any more.
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)
Recipe Friday. I made it up.

Something I've cooked recently:
Ricotta pancakes with fig jam.

These were good! Not really a pancake person, but we had these for breakfast on Boxing Day. They were fluffy and thick and not too sweet. You really do need to have two pans going at once, though, for adequate pancake to person supply.We didn't have fig jam, so I used raspberry. (Fig jam! Always cracks me up. Fuck, I'm Good, Just Ask Me!)


Nigella's Sticky Gingerbread

This was the breakout recipe of Christmas 2013 for us. It's so good! So treacly and sticky and tasty and also huge. (You bake it in a roasting dish!) It seems to keep well, too. I'm definitely going to make this again, even if it's not Christmas.


Something I've got concrete plans to cook soon:
Chocolate Pound Cake

With no substitutions, not overbeating, using Australian sized measuring cups for an Australian recipe. Basic cake, you will be defeated. By me. Eating you.


Something I'm idly thinking of cooking in the future:
Orange and ginger glazed pot roast

It's going to be super hot for the next week, so I won't be wanting to put the oven on at all, but after that, I'd like to try this in my cast iron pot. I love pot roast, and it makes such nice leftovers for the rest of the week. And we have a jar of marmalade in the cupboard which needs to be used up. It's lemon, but [personal profile] lilacsigil's dad made it and it will probably be pretty good.



In the garden, we have our first zucchinis! It's very late, because it's been a really cold summer for us. The rest of Australia has been in a massive heat wave, apparently. We've had hot water bottles and long sleeves and gale warnings and mud. Caterpillars are sorted, thank goodness. Peas are advancing. Cucumbers are flowering. Pumpkins are growing like weeks. Tomatoes still green. Lettuce still weird and bitter but I kind of like it. We've got a few hot days up ahead, and I'm hoping it will resuscitate the basil.


[community profile] fandom_stocking is live! I didn't hang a stocking, but I wrote some fics:

The Long Game (777 words) by st_aurafina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Regulus Black/Severus Snape
Summary:

The night Regulus was named as a traitor, Severus wrote two lists.




Two-in-Hand (735 words) by st_aurafina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Abbie Mills, Ichabod Crane (TV)
Summary:

The crisis is over, and Ichabod is in the stables.




Flying Lessons (551 words) by st_aurafina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Twelfth Doctor/River Song
Characters: Clara Oswin Oswald, Twelfth Doctor, River Song
Summary:

The Doctor's regeneration brings chaos to the TARDIS, and Clara searches for help.




Naked in Barings (812 words) by st_aurafina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sanctuary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nigel Griffin/James Watson
Characters: Nigel Griffin, James Watson
Summary:

Nigel wakes up naked and chained to a bed in Watson's cellar. Things could be worse.




Thanks to [personal profile] medie for another great year. I love this fest!
st_aurafina: (Work)
1. Unexpectedly sunny weather, which was unexpectedly pleasant, especially because work wasn't too busy. At this time of year, Saturdays alternate between frantic and dead, depending on whether the football game is home or away. I did have to make an ointment, though. I hate compounding, and am delighted by the proliferation of compounding pharmacies so I don't have to, but this one was so basic I was too embarrassed to refer the patient on. But I got it all done, and with minimal suffering, despite the utter grossness of lanolin. Ugh, and it's so hard in winter. Like mashing cold butter, only so much stinkier.

2. I've ordered seeds so I can start this year's tomatoes. I got green zebras, because I was depressed about global warming, and then I thought "Well, if it's going to get warmer and warmer, I'll grow tomatoes that need warmer weather, damn it." Green zebras are tasty, if we can get them to ripen. And if I've now jinxed myself into a cold, wet summer? See what I did there? Ha!

The other variety I ordered was called "Camp Joy Cherry" which sounds absurdly rude for no actual reason. I get my seeds from Forget Me Not Heritage Seeds, and they've never let me down.

3. I haven't said much about the casting for the new Doctor, but I'm pretty happy with Peter Capaldi. Like most people, I'd love a woman, I'd love a POC, but I'm happy postponing that hope for a new showrunner. When I heard what Moffat said about the Queen, I thought he was calling for a succession, and entertained a vague daydream where he gets put in the Tower for treason.

4. I've made the bread for lunch tomorrow. That means I can sleep in a bit more, since I don't have to get up and get it going in time. This also means the loaves will have cooled properly before we slice into them, unlike when I grab them hot from the oven. I can never wait - I hack into them when they're far too hot, and they collapse. (It's Honey Sunflower bread again. It makes the nicest toast.

5. Cool things in fandom:

[livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love is running the X-Files Love Month: ...a month-long multimedia celebration of X-Files where each participant claims a date and then posts some new X-Files related fanworks (which can be fic, graphics, icons, vids, essays, a memoir of your days in the X-Files fandom, or pretty much anything as long as it's new and original) on that day. You can do as little or as much as you want - the day is yours!

Sign-ups are here, and there are still days free.

[personal profile] havocthecat has a great post on femslash: What do I want from femslash? I'm in it for the characterization.

[tumblr.com profile] thekimonogallery for beautiful vintage kimono, and other picspams of Japanese culture.
st_aurafina: (DW: Ace umbrella)
Title: In Transit
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: G
Words: 980
Characters/Pairings: Ace, Rose, Ninth Doctor, Seventh Doctor
Warnings/Content: Spoilers for Bad Wolf
Notes: For [community profile] fandom_stocking 2012

Summary: Ace is getting good at picking the ones that have travelled with the Doctor.

The Professor is still arguing with the Station Master up in the plastiglass bubble )
st_aurafina: Jo's face, looking thoughtful (DW: Jo Grant)
Title: Happy New Year
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: G
Words: 2000
Characters/Pairings: Jo Grant, Mickey Smith
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen 2012

Summary: The Doctor has promised Jo a millennial celebration somewhere. Or somewhen. The TARDIS has other ideas.


It was late afternoon and raining in the small park where the TARDIS materialised. )
st_aurafina: (DW: TARDIS home)
Title: Human Behaviour
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: PG
Words: 1700
Characters/Pairings: the TARDIS, Idris
Summary: The TARDIS learned a lot from her time in a human body; that doesn't mean she knows how to put a human together again.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen 2012.

A TARDIS should maintain herself in a state of temporal grace. )
st_aurafina: The Ninth Doctor  (DW: Nine)
Title: If It's Rocking, Don't Come A'Knocking
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: PG
Words: 450
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Jack/Rose & Donna
Warning: Spoilers for Season 4
Summary: Donna built a thingy, but what's going on in the TARDIS?
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking

Oy! Oy! Open up, Spaceman! I know you're in there! )
st_aurafina: Helen Magnus from Sanctuary, with a rifle (Sanctuary: Helen with a rifle)
I wrote five ficlets for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking! I wanted to write more, but then the gastro bug of doom struck. I think I'm better? But I thought I was better a few days ago, and it was more like the eye of the storm. /unpleasant metaphor.

Still, five ficlets, yay! Thank you [personal profile] medie for putting it all together for another year. I love taking part.

Of the five, four were Sanctuary. Two were crossovers. Four were femslash and one was gen. I was going to post them individually, but then I tried the 'share' function on the Archive, and woah. That is so much easier. I might post them to respective communities. Or I might have (yet) another nap on the sofa before I have plain steamed rice for dinner. The rice has peas! I'm living dangerously tonight.

Wheels Up! (274 words) by faviconst_aurafina
Fandom: Sanctuary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kate Freelander/Helen Magnus
Summary:

Kate knows how these trips go. She won't be caught unprepared.



Of All the Gin Joints (346 words) by faviconst_aurafina
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Beverly Crusher/River Song
Summary:

On the night before she gets married, Beverly Crusher meets a woman on a balcony.



Splash (357 words) by faviconst_aurafina
Fandom: Sanctuary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Helen Magnus/Sally
Characters: Helen Magnus, Sally
Summary:

Sally wasn't her real name.



Not the Girl You Think You Are (1436 words) by faviconst_aurafina
Fandom: Sanctuary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kate Freelander/Ashley Magnus
Characters: Kate Freelander, Ashley Magnus
Summary:

There's always a bounty for intel on the Sanctuary, and Kate's funds are getting low.



East Wind (950 words) by faviconst_aurafina
Fandom: Mary Poppins - P. L. Travers, Sanctuary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Helen Magnus, Gregory Magnus, Mary Poppins
Summary:

Miss Helen Magnus needs a nanny, and the wind is in the East.




Oh, and I have a rec:

Boss (1981 words) by faviconlilacsigil
Fandom: Good Wife (TV), Scott Pilgrim
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ramona Flowers/Roxy Richter, Ramona Flowers/Scott Pilgrim, Roxy Richter/Kalinda Sharma
Characters: Roxy Richter, Kalinda Sharma, Blake Calamar
Summary:

There's always a boss at the end of the level.



What is it about The Good Wife and Scott Pilgrim? It crosses over in absurd and lovely ways. [personal profile] lilacsigil wrote this, and ever since, when ever I see Kalinda on the screen, I notice her boots. This has mighty revenge, Mortal Kombat style. And awesome boots.
st_aurafina: (Birthday)
Title: Click to Look Inside (Five Amazon Deliveries)
Fandom: Scott Pilgrim, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, X-Files, Law and Order: SVU, Doctor Who
Rating: G
Characters: Ramona Flowers, Penelope Garcia, Kalinda Sharma, Dana Scully, Alex Cabot, River Song
Summary: Five addresses on Ramona's docket. A snippet in the life of a subspace-travelling delivery girl.
Notes: Happy birthday, [personal profile] lilacsigil! I wrote this while I had a fever! But you have a fever too! Obviously this will all make sense.

Warning: Some books pictured in this fic may not reflect actual published products )

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