st_aurafina: (Birthday)
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:
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It was nice. And less stressful than many other birthdays I have shared.

Hey, people, friending meme here:
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)
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

- Classic Doctor Who
- Leverage
- Sanctuary
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
- 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: (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: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Just wanted to put that out there, for my US friends. I feel for you, I'm along on this ride with you, even if I'm not in your country. I will do what I can to support you and I will keep posting here so this community stays strong, so you have a place to retreat to, to spread information through, and to feel as safe as you can.

I can't get to a march, but I've got my pussyhat made and ready to wear: Pussyhat Project.

Okay, it looks a bit lavender, but it's pale pink on the top, I swear )

For More Joy Day, I have linkspam:

- [community profile] 100words - a drabble com, yay!
100 Words @ DW

- Giving a friend's etsy a boost: [ profile] gilascave
James, aka zortified or gilafied, is a long-time fan who, in addition to writing fanfic, makes things with fabric! Tote bags, quilts, and more. The shop is Gilascave on Etsy, , and right now there is a 10% off coupon available through the end of January!

- Fandom Snowflake Challenge – Day 12
Day Twelve at [community profile] snowflake_challenge was to nominate fannish communities:
In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I wasn't doing the challenge this year, but I thought I'd link to Day Twelve for others who weren't following it or who are new to Dreamwidth, because there are a lot of good comms linked there.

- [DW, LJ, Patreon] Welcome Back to Social Journaling
Another link about adjusting to Dreamwidth when you're more used to using apps like Facebook and so on, via [personal profile] umadoshi. I want you to feel at home here, all you new peeps! I like my flist being full and long.

- via [personal profile] misbegotten, ‘Constantine’ Returning as Animated CW Seed Series With Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is going to voice John Constantine in an animated series, omg yay!

- Cuddles for Comfort 2017 banner
A cuddle fic meme! Cuddle for Comfort!!

- from [personal profile] nenya_kanadka: 13 LGBTQ Comics to Look Forward to in 2017. America Chavez!!

- from [personal profile] spikedluv via [community profile] snowflake_challenge: Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 11
A bunch of Captive Prince vids. I DID NOT REALISE THIS WAS A THING. I DID NOT. OMG. (Also vids for The Raven Boys, which I haven't read, but how much do I love that fandom just goes and makes vids for things with no visual canon? THIS MUCH.)

- Rogue swan’s reign of terror leaves lake’s model boaters in a fowl mood.
This motherfucking swan is smashing up motherfucking boats. I think we found Voltswan's nemesis! (Voltswan is the name we have given to a local GI-FUCKING-NORMOUS swan that may also be made up of five swans.)

- Early breaking meme for 2017: I LIK THE BREAD, from Health Inspectors of Reddit, what's the worst violation you've ever seen?:
My stepdad used to be a baker in an authentic recreation of an 18th century New French fortress. Because they sell bread to the public, the health inspector came by, and she was ripping into my stepdad for violations like the stonework walls, the doorless entranceways, or the lack of a mosquito zapper. He pointed out that they were following the highest standards except for things that would destroy the authenticity of this 18th-century bakery. The health inspector relented and agreed to give him a pass after verifying the food storage area was secure. They went to the shed, which was a doorless building attached to the bakery. As the health inspector went in, there happened to be an escaped cow licking all of the loaves. My stepdad could only say, "Honestly, this never happens." They passed the health inspection.

tl;dr: Health inspector witnesses escaped farm animal licking all the bread in a bakery, passes health inspection anyway

Which spawned this genius from Sam Garland:

my name is Cow,
and wen its nite,
or wen the moon
is shiyning brite,
and all the men
haf gon to bed -
i stay up late.

i lik the bred.

fail_fandom had a good summary yesterday, including a spin-off into Imperial Radch fandom, and some excellently phrased wank.

My favourite, via Ann Leckie:

my name is catte
and i hav found
that wen the moon
is big n round
the humans sleep
all nite in bed
and do not kis me
on my hed
so i can plot
my onle wish
to sumhow, sumday
eat the fish
st_aurafina: lady, with butterflies for hair (butterfly hair)
Yay, [community profile] fandom_stocking got another extension. I am glad, even if it's a bother for the organisers, because I can stuff a few more stockings. *wipes brow*

There's a volunteer post, if you have the time and energy to help out with stocking stuffing: Volunteer post.

State of me:
Cutting for medical details that are mostly not interesting to anyone except me. Some talk of injections. Sweet taste. Some monsterism. )

Fic Round-Up
I wrote and posted 18 fics last year, wow.

For last year's [community profile] fandom_stocking:
Eat Your Vegetables (Harry Potter, Remus/Sirius, 900 words, G)
Sorry, I Don't Pray That Way (Constantine/Angel, John Constantine/Lorne, 1000 words, PG)
Brown Paper Packages (MCU, Clint/Laura/Natasha, 500 words, G)
Gimme That Can't Sleep Love (MCU, Steve/Bucky/Sam, 800 words, Teen)
Pack Up Your Troubles (Agent Carter, Howard Stark and Peggy Carter, 800 words, G)
All Is Full of Love (Stigmata, Andrew Kiernan/Frankie Paige, 1200 words, G)

For [community profile] halfamoon
You're the Heat that I Know (POI, Root/Shaw, 1800 words, Mature)

For [community profile] ssrconfidential
Not Your Fairy-Tale Princess (Agent Carter, Peggy/Dottie, 3000 words, Teen)

For 100words over on Imzy:
Sleepless (POI, Root/Shaw, 100 words, G)

For [community profile] fandomgiftbox
Battlelines (Captive Prince, Auguste and Damen, 800 words, Teen)
Housewarming (Dance Academy, Tara and Abigail, 1200 words, G)

For the multifandom drabblefest over on Imzy:
Five Captive Prince drabbles (500 words, mixed ratings)

For [community profile] femslashex (reminder to self - you haven't posted this in your journal)
Coming Up on your Radar (Agents of SHIELD/MCU, Melinda May/Natasha Romanov, 5K, Teen)

For [community profile] yuletide (another one you need to post to your journal, woman)
A Child's Path to Clarity (The Black Tapes, Alex and Richard, 5K, Teen)

A wip I finally got posted:
Children's Moon (Harry Potter/Doctor Who, Sirius Black/Jack Harkness, 16K words, Teen)

And for no reason other than I wanted to write them:
Someone to Watch Over Me (The Black Tapes, Alex and Richard, 1400 words, G)
Over-Indulgence (Captive Prince, Auguste and Laurent, 500 words, G)
No Fear of Falling: Lights Will Guide You Home
(Supergirl/Agents of SHIELD, Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, 2000 words, Teen)

The Questions
I cut out the questions that don't work for me )

Whew. That was intense.
st_aurafina: Platypus headshot (Platypus)
State of the notes left on my bench at work
No spiders were harmed in the making of this lj-cut )

State of the Dwircle
Hello people from the friending meme! Hello people not from the friending meme! HELLO EVERYONE.

I have an intro post about me and where I live: right here.

I realised my sticky post doesn't have a lot of personal information, so I updated it with this:
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.

So. That was a thing I needed to do, and now it's done.

ETA: I meant to also say that though I pretty much give access to everyone, it's done with no expectation of reciprocity.

State of the garden
Lots of spinach, which is great, because I crave that mineral. I think it's low-key bolting? But I keep chopping bits off and eating it voraciously, so it's working out. Some of the pea vines died, but we're still getting plenty of snow peas. [personal profile] lilacsigil cut the coriander back murderously hard, but it's springing back fast.

Tomatoes are running so, so late; we've only just got flowers in the last week. The button squash are titchy but flowering, and we've got baby zucchini that's looking promising. It was a really cool run up through November, and things are sloooow. But I fed everything again yesterday, and we've got hot days coming so I'm hopeful. The basil is doing great! And we put in a tarragon plant, because there was a space on the fenceline and tarragon will be handy. None of the capsicum seedlings made it, so that's a thing we can put where the celery was. And soon we'll have a space when the beets are finished, because I don't think we'll replant them - I did it originally for the greens, so we'd have a pick-and-eat green between autumn's bok choy and summer's lettuce, but they got tough fast. Though, apparently you can steam/saute the leaves? That would possibly be nice and tasty, but now I have spinach and spinach is the superior green for me. (I've had so many weird cravings since I was sick in November - spinach and salmon and squid, oh my. Alliterative cravings, that's me.)

I wish we were warm enough for a curry tree. No, actually, I will forgo curry leaves for cooler weather.

State of Writing
- [community profile] fandom_stocking got extended, yay! I think the Christmas weekend really messed up people's schedules because I wasn't the only gobsmacked by the date creeping up on me. We've got till the eleventh, now, apparently. This is good, because I am disorganised but I want to stuff stockings.

Next up for me is going to be editing and posting some of the NaNo fics I wrote. (And wtf-ing at them, too, because I was writing with a fever and I know it's going to be weird in there.)

State of the Big Scary World
For the new people, since the US election, I try to pass on various activism links, even though I'm not from the US because I feel like that's a positive thing I can do. A lot of them come from [community profile] thisfinecrew, which is an excellent resource, if you haven't heard of it.

- From [community profile] thisfinecrew: Action and community Challenge: Call your reps about the ACA, which is encouraging and has a step by step action plan. I can't call, but I can appreciate an excellent action plan and share it around.
- from [personal profile] snickfic who said "Re:act is a weekly email newsletter full of info and suggestions for actions to take in response:" re:act.

State of yarning
While I have prednisolone-brain, I'm crocheting and crocheting and crocheting. It's very soothing. I have gathered up a collection of cozy murder TV on Netflix, and I put on a show and I crochet into the night.

My cozy murder schedule:
Shetland (aka Scottish murder) (Actually, this is my favourite of the cozy murder TV lineup and I've started being sparing with it because there's not much of it. Yet.)
Hinterland (aka Welsh murder)
Granchester (aka English country garden murder)
The Tunnel (aka on the dotted line French/English murder) (Clémence Poésy is in it playing a delightfully prickly, possibly non-neurotypical French detective and I love her.)

I've tried and not clicked with:
River (aka I see dead people murder, nothing wrong with that, but it didn't work for me)
Wallander (aka you're too smart to be this stupid about your diabetes murder)
Marcella (aka can we stop mental illness as a plot device ffs murder)
Paranoia (aka I wish I would watch a female detective in her late thirties do her job and not be all about her biological clock murder) (I'm particularly mad about this one because Indira Varma, omg, she's so beautiful, I want to watch her solve crimes.)

I do most of my yarn networking on FB (and ravelry: [ profile] dansnark), and the current fad is these hats with a hole at the top for your hair - messy bun hats or pony tail hats. Hat aren't my usual thing to make - I make blankets and stuff for peoples' babies - but I tried one, and they're a really fun, short project. So I've made a bunch in the last week. It's hilarious to me because (a) it's summer here, and (b) I have close cropped hair anyway so they're useless to me. I'm showing them to people here, though, and they seem to think they're a good idea. Maybe I'll set a trend? Anyway, here are some good patterns that worked for me:

- Mango Tree Crafts messy bun hat - top down, worked around an hair-elastic. It's a yarn-eater, but it works up fast.
- Simplicity Bun Hat - top down. It doesn't work around a hair elastic, but you could easily do that - I think they work better with that stretch, honestly. The ribbing on the brim looks really good, especially if you're working in one colour.
- Bonfire Babe messy bun hat - this one works from the brim up, and either my foundation HDC is too wonky or they work very loose, because it came out huuuuuuge. So I frogged it, but I'm going to try it again with a smaller hook because it's super pretty.

And I think that's about it for me. *waves hello again to all the new folks*
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)

New year, new President (in the US), new server sites for Livejournal. The future is little bit scary right now, and scary is better faced with friends. Meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and expand your reading circle.

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st_aurafina: Platypus headshot (Platypus)
No Frills Multi-Fandom Friending Meme, thanks to [personal profile] snickfic.

Hello to the new people! I have a sticky post with all the basics and an 'All About Where I Live' post

Hey, Aussie fats - does anyone want to try We Love Colors tights? I bought a pair in fuck-off neon yellow, and fuck-off stop-sign red, and the colours are amazing, but they don't bloody fit me around the thighs. They're fantastic around the calves, and they fit me around the waist, but they don't go comfortably over my thighs. Frustrating! They're so nice and colour-dense, and vivid and so exactly what people tell fat women they shouldn't wear, so I'm really sad. They're size EE. Free to a good home inside Australia - I'll cover the postage.

[ profile] marvel_bang goes along and along. I really wanted to have old!Peggy take a part in my mystery, and I'm writing her now, but gosh, I worry I'm not going to do okay by her. I know the things I don't want in old!Peggy fic: a cure, Peggy suddenly doing things she's really not physically or mentally capable of, sweet old lady things (because she's never been sweet and I doubt she found it in old age.) It's a matter of working out what I want her to do, what she's plausibly able to do, how she can be awesome, without her sections becoming deus ex machina or overly sickly. It's a very interesting line and I'm glad I have [personal profile] lilacsigil to bounce my draft off as I write it. And I really need to get going on the art, for both of us.

In the garden, there's finally been a bit of spare time to plant the seeds, so yesterday we put tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber (all heirloom mixes, so who knows what we'll get? So exciting!), mesclun mix, rocket, and basil. They're all in the hothouse which is nice and humid at the moment. Tomatoes need to be ready to go into the beds by Cup Day (which is the first Tuesday in November.) There's tons of bok choy in the beds right now, so I'm making ramen tomorrow to use it up. (There's stock cooking up now while I'm typing this. And I can totally soft-boil eggs now, it's brilliant.)

I finally got 8tracks to work on my laptop and now I can listen to fanmixes again. (I miss megaupload!) I really liked this mix of French rap and pop:
Player embedded behind here because the art was cute too )
Being able to interact with 8tracks makes me want to re-upload all my old fanmixes that I lost when megaupload went down.

A recipe: Lemon buttermilk donuts. (CN: some diet/'clean eating' talk in the link.) Recipe has quantities in grams as well as cups (important for me, because Australian cups are bigger) and it makes a nice small batch. I had a donut pan that I'd never used but really wanted to, enough that I held onto through the giant kitchen purge before we moved to the new house. I'm glad I tried it because it cooked these little sweeties really perfectly. Definitely going to mess around with that recipe some more in the future.

This is how ours came out )

I found something to nominate as a microfandom for this year's Yuletide: Find the girls on the negatives. I love the photos - so beautiful, so mysterious - and I think there's lots of potential there for fic. Like, femslash (since it seems possible that each woman photographed the other, right?) Or mermaid femslash - they're going home together at last! Or, really, anything.

Other random things:

- 51 facts you probably didn't know about the Great British Bake-Off. The audition process sounds intense.

- Via [personal profile] conuly, The Disastrous Australian Emu War. I should add that emus don't tweet, they make a thumping drum noise. BOOM BOOM BOOM.
st_aurafina: Comic of Scully, saying "I detest dancing" (X-Files: Scully detests dancing)
Things happening right now:

- X-Files friending meme
(Hi to the new peeps!)

- [community profile] femslashex is open for sign-ups!

That what have you been up to meme:

So what have you been up to?
Um, work, random medical stuff that seems to take an age but never really gets done. I still have a cold. This is the cold that never ends, it goes on and on and on, my friends. It's not even that bad, it's just that every time I think I've kicked it, something stressful happens and it stops in the doorway, turns around, and gets comfy again.

Major life changes? Same old same old?
My grandfather passed away last week. It was sort of expected - he was 94, he had dementia and was quite frail - but it was also kind of a shock. I am weirdly sad, though I wouldn't say we were close, and I'd definitely say we had some conflicts. I don't know, mortality and all that, I guess, and I was sad for my dad who has cared for him. And nobody wants to see their tiny Nonna crying broken heartedly at the door of the hearse. (But she told me she was glad that Dad got him a really fancy coffin with brass bits and so on. I'm glad that made her happy.)

It was deeply weird to be around family members from whom I am estranged. Need to unpack that later with the therapist. But I got to meet my little sister's boyfriend, which was nice. He's from a very conservative background which has been a source of conflict between them - I think we were the first gay people he's ever met - but I think it was really gutsy of him to go to the funeral, and if he's willing to do that to support Nat, then I'm giving him some Brownie points.

What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?
- MCU fandom, still working on the Captain America fic. Currently embedded with Howard in WWII.

- Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter, smashing out my [ profile] marvel_bang. I thought I'd missed the deadline but because I'm doing my own art, I get more time, which is supposed to be for actually doing the art, but I'm still finishing the writing, oops. Currently hanging with Peggy Carter in 1946.

- GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF omg, but mostly on Tumblr. I love Bake-Off time, yay!

- Sense8 - I've finished, and I really want to write some fic. But I have to Mavel Bang first. And omg, NaNo is looming.

Where do you hang out online?
[personal profile] st_aurafina
[ profile] st_aurafina
[ profile] st_aurafina
[ profile] st_aurafina.
Oh, and [ profile] dansnark, if you want to see a million pins of art journals and crochet scarfs.

What are you reading?
I am having such a crappy time reading right now. My concentration has been busted for months. I read fic, and I'm having iddish fun reading through [ profile] ckingsbridge's novels. She's got the kink and the cuddling, it's all beautiful.

What are you watching?
Hannibal, for the last time. My non-spoilery finale reaction: Omg, Hannibal, you're the worst. No, Hannibal, stop! Stop! What am I watching? Is this fic? THIS IS FIC, ISN'T IT? THIS ONLY HAPPENS IN FIC!!

This show is awesome and almost everything I wanted Firefly to be. Four episodes in, still think it needs moar actual queer. But otherwise so far, I love it. Love Dutch, love her team, love the brotherly relationship, love the zingy UST, love the world building. Love the ship.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Because we've got access to it via Stan, and the ridiculous luxury of being able to dial up any episode any time is heady. I'm mostly cherry-picking favourite episodes. We just watched Time's Arrow, and I love Guinan.

What are you making?
I'm still crocheting the epic blanket, but I keep taking detours to make other small projects. I'm working up an infinity scarf for me. FOR ME. (I mostly give everything I make away.)

What are you squeeing about today?
Hannibal, but it's a slightly nervous, somewhat confused squee. That scene from the credits, wtf, we will be debating that for years.

If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...
I don't rope people into things! But there's a lot of new stuff out there. Hey, is anyone watching X Company? It has some damn pretty people, but I don't normally do real life war fandoms. (Only, you know, Winter Soldier, and that one amazing episode of Sanctuary.) Is it really sad? Or just regular sad?

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!
Come and tell me about anything! I'm nearly all caught up on TV now, I'm going to need more stuff.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
[personal profile] jadelennox is hosting a friending meme, here. I've added a bunch of people - hello! I have a sticky post with most of my details, and this post specifically about where I live.

I'm almost caught up with Person of Interest - I think we have five episodes left? It has been an intense run. Spoilers for the first half of S4 )

Blurg, I have a cold, and I feel like I have a hairball at the back of my throat. I am displeased. I have been consuming copious amounts of tea with lemon. I bought lemons specifically, which makes me wonder how the lemon tree we planted at the old house is going. (We moved last September, for the new people.) It should be getting fruit, and so should the lime tree - ah, well.

[personal profile] lilacsigil planted another tree here at the new house but it will be a few years before we get anything. We've got bok-choy and baby broccoli in the garden beds right now and I've got rocket and spinach seeds coming in the mail, because our mini-greenhouse is all up and ready for baby plants. This is great, because the greens at the greengrocer are dire at the moment. It's going to be a race between seedlings and scurvy at this rate. (Not really, not with all the lemons I just consumed.)

Photos of the not-so-new garden beds )

Since I'm posting photos, this was my day today: rain and cows. So much rain. So many cows.

The oncoming storm... )

I signed up for [ profile] marvel_bang, even though I should be working on my Winter Soldier NaNo project so I can post it some time before the next movie comes out. It's already been horribly jossed by Agents of SHIELD's second season. (I'm tentatively looking for someone I can ask America questions, if there's anyone out there who'd be willing. Like, can you catch a bus from DC to New York if you're pretty sure that people are going to be monitoring airports and train stations? That sort of thing.)

Otherwise, we are both well, apart from sore throats and woolly heads. Hello again to the new people - I'm very glad to be getting to know you.
st_aurafina: The Winter Soldier wearing a mask and showing his metal arm (Marvel: Winter Soldier)
Today was the first real scorcher of summer: 41 degrees C and an extreme fire risk. There was a nasty, scary fire in the north of the state, and a closer but smaller and better controlled one at Framlingham, but they're both coming under control as the evening rolls in. Our visitors went home yesterday, which was a wise choice. I wouldn't want to be on the roads today through the Otways, with the fire risk this high.

I don't really know how the new house behaves in the heat, but so far, with the shades down and the lights off, it seems to be holding at a nice temperature. The ceiling fans really help, too.

Fic for 2014:

I didn't write as much as I wanted to, but I did post two big bangs, both of which I'm really proud of.

64K words, but only 8 fics )


I've got 50K of Winter Soldier fic just waiting to be jossed by Agent Carter in a week or so. *le sigh* It's worth it for more Peggy canon.

OMG, I just found a file in my WIP folder, entitled "Warehouse 13 a/b/o plan". Um.

I honestly cannot remember this chat happening so I'm really glad I c&p'd it into a doc: )

This closet is full of awesome crap!! This was for... something Warehousey:

snippet: Five Times the Warehouse Called on the Sanctuary )

There's 3K of this, with pirates. Later, Helena murders someone with a vole.

TV and Movies:

Winter Soldier! Oh, man, I mean, I'd read the comics, and I liked the story, but the movie punched me in the feels big time.

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Surprisingly did not get fannish about this. I mean, I liked it. I loved it. But I did not write for it.

Person of Interest: We have inhaled two seasons, and are launching into the third. Love it! It took me a while to get into, and I still find Mr Reese deeply odd. I haven't investigated the fic department of this fandom, but do people write him as, like, the embodiment of the Machine? I find him easier to deal with if I can tell myself that somehow Finch built a walking, talking, empathy-impaired android. (Now I'm ear-wormed with a creepy Cliff Richard song.) Although we've just had the episode where Root identifies the Machine as female. But anyway, I strongly suspect I'm going to be all about Shaw/Root. Also I love Carter. Also I know what happens.

- Battlestar Galactica: I mainlined this while we were moving. I had to do it alone, because it's hellishly handheld and vertigo inducing, plus [personal profile] lilacsigil doesn't do apocalyptic fandoms. (Although I'll argue it becomes less apocalyptic in later seasons, though not less handheld.) One of the benefits of watching a show long after it has finished is being able to google for the really bad episodes and skip over them.

Oh, my love for the ladies of this show. Oh, my incredible crush on Katee Sackhoff's shoulders.

- Longmire: I'm midway through season 2. I started this for Katee Sackhoff (omg, she needs to be in it more, what a waste!) but I'm staying for Lou Diamond Philips. I did not honestly expect to enjoy it as much as I am. But it needs more ladies, lots more ladies. I can ship Walt/Henry with no difficulty, but I really need some lady ships.

- Sleepy Hollow. I would not have picked you as my DNF show this year. Seriously, what a freaking disaster you turned into. I am so sad for your clever, media-savvy actors who know the ship is going down.

- Doctor Who, you lost me when Twelve told Clara she was fat. What the actual fuck was that. Not that I won't keep coming back - I am always going to come back, it's a lifelong thing.

Ugh, that finished up depressing. I will cheer myself up by looking to the future. I am looking forward to Agent Carter. So very much. Please don't suck, please don't be gross and weird. I have The Librarians ready to watch as soon as my schedule settles down a little. Person of Interest Season Three is fun so far. *hugs self gently* It's okay, bb.


I was so glad to come back to comics this year! Not that I think the stupidity and grossness of the industry has lessened, but my volcanic rage at the stupidity and grossness has simmered down enough that I can now enjoy the good things.

Ms Marvel! So adorable, and so full of ridiculousness and glorious heroism.

Hawkeye. So unexpectedly droll, so unexpectedly leading me into using a smush name for a ship. America wasn't even in it, and yet I am team Amerikate.

Young Avengers. For the Amerikate!!

Loki: Agent of Asgard. I'm only six issues in, but it's awesome. (I am apparently supposed to read Journey into Mystery, but I remember when [personal profile] lilacsigil read the last issue and something SO AWFUL happened that she walked around the house randomly bursting into tears. So I'm never going to read that, because I don't do sad endings.)

Thor! I'm only two issues in, but I love lady!Thor! Also Malekith is walking around with dude!Thor's arm wrapped around his neck like a stole, and it's hilarious and camp. I feel like he'd be great on Project Runway.

I also did a re-read of the Winter Soldier arc in Captain America, because of my many feels about the movie.

Fic Read

I read and recced a lot this year, for me. *proud* Two standouts:

This, You Protect (64326 words) by owlet
Chapters: 33/33
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark, Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Pepper Potts, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Humor, I hope humor anyway, cursing, Protection, Strong feelings about coffee, slightly off-canon, Steve is sassy, sam is sassy, Bucky is sassy, Everyone has their sassy pants on, just accept that grilled cheese is the perfect food, old people are Team Bucky

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

Ugh, it's over. *gross crying* Where am I going to get my pick-me-up now? A new chapter seemed to come just when I was feeling miserable or cranky. And now it's over. Which is great. But sad.

Life of Crime (35399 words) by neveralarch
Chapters: 8/8
Fandom: Marvel 616, Hawkeye (Comics)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes/Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes/Clint Barton, Clint Barton/Carol Danvers, Clint Barton & Kate Bishop, Kate Bishop/America Chavez, Barney Barton & Clint Barton
Characters: Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Carol Danvers, Kate Bishop, Barney Barton, Maya Lopez, Steve Rogers, Tracksuit Mafia, Lester | Bullseye
Additional Tags: Deaf Clint Barton, Edgeplay, Consensual Kink, Polyamory, Supervillain AU, also lots of other characters and implied pairings but these tags were starting to get out of hand

As a supervillain supercriminal contract worker with a morality deficit, Clint Barton leads a glamorous life. You know, stolen cars, dangerous women, a really confusing relationship with a meddling do-gooder, the works. It's pretty awesome. Except for, uh, medical bills, the mob, and being on the run all the time. That part isn't all that awesome.

(A supervillain AU where Clint shoots arrows at people and gets beat up a lot. So, not really that much of an AU.)

This is the one that brought me back to comics, so I really have to nominate it as the best fic I read this year. It's why I had to read Young Avengers and Hawkeye. I think I'm going to go re-read it now.

Yay, it's cooler here now, finally! And I have coffee jelly and vanilla ice-cream. And tomorrow is going to be slightly less scorching than predicted! 2015, you're not so bad, so far.
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There's this thing: [ profile] literarystarbucks. It's a thing:
Daphne du Maurier goes up to the counter and orders Earl Grey tea. She takes a few sips, growing noticeably nervous. She leaves the Starbucks as it erupts in flames. Later, some say that they saw the shadowy figure of a barista lurking inside the burning shop.

Is Wolverine Still Dead? - putting this here because I want to put my theory down in words - when they bring him back, he'll be a teen. Because then they can recast him in the movies. Wolver-teen - you heard it here first.

Stockings are going up at [community profile] fandom_stocking! I love [community profile] fandom_stocking. The last half of the year for me goes NaNo - Yuletide - Fandom Stocking. Planning and writing for those pretty much stitches me up from October to January.

Effortless segue:
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I won NaNo, yay! I wrote 50K of Winter Soldier gen, with Natasha, Steve and Sam going looking for Bucky in a stinky van, interspersed with flashbacks to WWII, the sixties, and the eighties. It's not finished, and I'm yearning for it terribly - it's so hard to let go! - but I have to get cracking on Yuletide now.

[personal profile] lilacsigil's parents are coming to visit this weekend. Things I have cooked this week: iced lemon and poppyseed biscuits, white chocolate and macadamia biscuits, pumpkin soup, and granola. Things I still have to cook: the pavlova, the lemon cake, pita bread dough, some salads idk. And you know, clean the house. *quietly freaking out here*

Still catching up on 2013 December topics. [personal profile] kindkit's request: I'd love it if you'd rec 10 (or whatever) awesome Australian books/movies/TV shows.

So, what I did was make a bunch of lists. I always get a bit edgy with recs, because, I don't know. What if I say it's good and you think it's terrible? How awkward. Lists. Noncommittal lists. Much neater.

Five canons about war, five problematic childhood classics and five that will make you trip balls. Also pictures. )
st_aurafina: (Leverage: Alec)
Talk to us about how amazing it would be if Alec Hardison was stuck in Sleepy Hollow where he would join forces with Abbie as they had to save the world together (Requested by [ profile] lyssie.)

It would be so amazing.

It would be so not amazing. Because even though there's Abbie (hot! smart! tough! It's like the universe knows Hardison has a type!) and a walking time capsule with this weird, honest humanity that makes you feel like your twenty-first century life is basically built of cynicism and synthetic food, there's also a dead guy living in the sewers who really wants to help but he's tied into this literal contract with the devil, and oh, yeah HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE. Hardison is guiltily relieved that the Horseman has a weird boner for Ichabod, because he knows that if the axemen cometh for Hardison, Hardison's gonna trip over his feet and wind up getting a little more off the top than he asked for. Ichabod seems to roll natural twenties every time he has to face the Horseman down, and Hardison doesn't know why, but he's not going to argue.

On the other hand, Hardison can see a place for him in this team. Jenny (is this the most awesome spook squad family ever, or what?) has got the historical stuff down - she's been all over the world tracking down myths and artifacts. Ichabod was there, way back when, so he's got first hand knowledge you can't find in library archives, even if some of the things he says about Jefferson and Paul Revere blow Hardison's mind. You get used to that, though. And then there's Abbie, with beautiful, clean, legal access to so many things, better than Hardison can fake. But Hardison? He's the one who can pull it all together - chemistry and history and logic and heart. It was all about pattern recognition. Honestly, he's kind of relieved that even in the realm of the supernatural, (The realm of the supernatural? Does he have the coolest job or what?) there are predictable models of behaviour. Demons want stuff, the way greedy humans want stuff. Just, bigger. And with more brimstone. (Speaking of which, how weird is it that sulfur looks like blood when it melts? Freakish.)

So, on the whole, fighting the undead is pretty damn awesome, when you have a team like this. Hardison could do worse than Sleepy Hollow, and maybe he'll be the difference between peace on Earth or a big sucky apocalypse.
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I am loving the December talking-about-things meme! My flist is full of chatty posts, and it's a great diversion from yuletide my legitimate employment.

Is there anything you'd like me to talk about?

Pick a date (or not?) and give me a topic. It can be anything from fandom-related to IRL to pizza preferences to whatever you want.

Could be brief or lengthy, depending on the topic and my state of mind. Standard right of veto on topics I don't feel comfortable about. Maybe I could take photos of things?

Topics: Life, fandom, work, cats, Australia, gardening, fic, music, cooking, crochet, or scan my tags/fic/tumblr.

ETA: Starting a list!
Read more... )
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I keep trying to make an intro post, and real life keeps intervening. Like, tonight, for example, I accidentally murdered the microwave. (Maybe I can plead manslaughter on that?)

But tonight I soldier on!

Hi! Hi friending meme people! Hi, my dear old friends also! This is a belated introduction post. (Here's a similar post from 2009, which is still correct.)

I'm Danielle! I'm 41 and I live in the country. KOALA COUNTRY. My partner is [personal profile] lilacsigil, we've been together for fifteen years. She seduced me with X-Men comics, and it was all comfortably downhill from there. Cis-female, white, bisexual, GAD-sufferer, on the spectrum. Taurus.

I'm a pharmacist, I am the co-owner of a pharmacy in a small country town in a primarily dairy farming region. I've lived here for twelve years, and I love it, despite the occasional gossipy flare-up. We're the only out queer couple here. We're the only out geeky couple here. It's a little bit isolating sometimes.

We have three cats: Aeon (our aging lady), and brothers Baggins and Chewbacca. They are all lovely!

I lead an HAES oriented life. I have recently discovered a love of swimming and a surprising lack of fear in the changing rooms, which means a lot to me. (This time last year, I was trying to pluck up the courage to actually get in the pool. Now I have a season membership, yay!)

What's big in my life right now? We had our back yard landscaped this year, you can see the progression here. We've gone from growing tomatoes in tubs to having a full-on vegetable garden this year, and it's going well.

Baby vegetables under this cut )

Fannishly, I've been a Who fangirl since before I can remember. I love X-Men and X-Files and Twin Peaks and Harry Potter and Sanctuary and Warehouse 13 and Once Upon a Time, and, and, and. I'm very multifannish. Where we live, we get no television reception at all, so I have to download everything.

I co-mod [ profile] comicstore_news with [personal profile] lilacsigil. I've won NaNo the last six years. I write fic and make icons and sometimes fanmixes.

I'm [ profile] st_aurafina and [ profile] st_aurafina. I am not so active at [ profile] st-aurafina and not active at all at [ profile] st_aurafina. My chat IDs are in my Dreamwidth profile, and I'm happy to chat.

Now, because I killed a major electrical appliance the week before Christmas, I really want to do that Yuletide meme. Also, It's like the last possible straw of procrastination I can think of, before I have to finish the final edits on my story.

Ghosts of Yuletide past )

That was a fun retrospective, and completely took away the sting of burning out the microwave. COMPLETELY. *convinces self*
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."
(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: (Baggins was hatched!)
I am editing all the fic. Editing sucks, because deep down I have this terrible fear I am actually making the fic worse. I don't want to break my fic!

And because I'm editing Sanctuary fic, I have awesome wiki tabs open: Komodo dragon, predictive analytics, Luna moth, St John's Wood, goat-antelope. (Goat-antelope! It's like something from AtLA. Platypus-bear!)

Today was a pretty sucky day at work - the whooping cough epidemic is swelling, and I am glumly watching the clarithromycin supplies dwindle. I had to sign millions of pages of legal documents (because someone in government decided that it would be great to let pharmacists function as Justices of the Peace. If I'm going to be a Justice of the Peace, I want a big sword or a funky curly wig.) Then every doctor wanted every patient's dosette pack changed, and I didn't get to have lunch until three. But then, just as I was about to give up and lie on the floor in despair, there was a box of puppies! Like, a box of puppies! I can't explain the delight of a box of puppies coming to visit. They are Jack Russell puppies, a month old, and have those tiny puppy heads and little round noses and tiny milk teeth, and a little one called Daisy fell asleep in my hands.

Puppies! Better than caffeine! Better than chocolate! Possibly better than cocaine, but I have no evidence to compare.

I love working in the country. Once I asked a customer wearing a baby sling if they needed help, and a little joey poked his head out of the sling.

Meme? From lots of people:
1. Pick a pairing or a character
2. Ask me my particular head!canon regarding something about them
3. Post to your journal to share your own head!canon!
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
My personal trainer noticed I walk on the sides of my feet, so she spoke to my physio, and my physio looked at my ankles and sent me to a podiatrist, and the podiatrist said "!"

I am so pronated, man. In bare feet, my ankle bones nearly touch the ground when I walk. I have been fitted for orthotics - fun with water activated chemical socks! - which will hopefully roll my feet back and give me some arch support. And from there, hopefully, there will be less hip and back pain when I walk, I will be more comfortable walking, and my knees will be a little bit healthier. Every little bit counts.

[redacted: big whiny paragraph on how this should have been detected when I was a tiny kid who walked like a duck]

Finished the Hunger Games trilogy! It was so good! And yeah, I see how the third book was problematic, but maybe some of that was offset by inhaling all three books in a week, because I am so in love with this world. This was some good world building, and some seriously smart plotting. I'm not going to be able to see the movie while it's in cinemas - I've heard it's very hand-held, and that's no good for [personal profile] lilacsigil, even if I could convince her to go to see something dystopian. But I really want to see it! I heard that Cinna is awesome - he was pretty damn awesome in the books.

And I've jumped from there to the Montmaray books. You know that feeling when you click with the voice of a book within a few pages? I have totally got that going on now. Sophie is lovely so far.

Hey, I might do a meme. What meme should I do? The mini fanmix one where you give me a character and I give you some songs? The timestamp one where you pick one of my fics and give me a time and I tell you what happened after or before or whatever? Another one I can't think of right now?

I can't believe my family had a discussion over the dinner table about the pronunciation of 'meme' on Easter Sunday. I very much felt as though the streams were crossing. I blame Facebook. (My little sister says "meh-meh"!)
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[personal profile] lilacsigil's Schedule: (so I have it written down somewhere)

Wednesday 14th of March: Blood test in Warrnambool or Colac to get the right pathology group.

Monday 21st March: Geelong, to administer the low-dose radiation for the scan.

Wednesday 23rd March: Geelong, for the scan, and to find out if we're going ahead with radioactive ablation (AKA the lead room.)

Friday 25th March: Admitted to hospital for lead room time. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday.)

Monday 28th March: Re-scan, check all thyroid tissue is destroyed. Hopefully it is. Go home.

Tuesday 29th March: Normality resumes. I can't even imagine.

Bakepocalypse: (I think it's slowing down!)

Soft Pretzels and Soft Pretzel Bites: Pretzels are fun to make, and the dough is really nice to work. The boiling part was much easier and more fun than I expected. I made them once with a soda bath, and once just using boiling water. I think I like the baking soda better - they're kind of chewier, maybe? and the process is nice and involved. As an anxiety buffer, it works really well for me. I really, really like working with yeast doughs.

Mini Mint Cookies:
Supposedly like a Mint Thin Girl Scout cookie type deal? Anyway, I mixed up some mint fondant, and put a little blob of that on before I dipped them in chocolate. They were awesome - just like a mini Mint Slice biscuit. Will definitely make again. (Also, the fondant was NOM NOM delicious, and I could have eaten it with a spoon. Delicious snowy white minty stuff.)

I have to announce the passing of Dean, our sour dough culture. I haven't been using him for bread lately, and I've been enjoying the fun of using instant yeast so much, I decided I'd tip him into the compost. RIP, Dean. You were fun at first, but then you were just too much bother.

Census Meme (I'm sticking with the US cycle. It's shorter and more dramatic.)

1971: I'm about to be born. I'm the first child of two quite young parents. Once I'm born, I'll be living in a cream-coloured bassinet in a flat in Ashburton with one cat.

1981: I'm nearly ten. I'm fat and awkward and desperately unhappy. I am in Grade Five. I live with my parents and two siblings in Mentone. Our house overlooks Port Philip Bay. I'll be here for another five years.

1991: I'm turning twenty. I'm in third year of my Bachelor of Science at Monash University. Things are awesome! I love science, and research. Freed of the school system, I'm doing really well academically for the first time in my life. I'm going to do an honours year next year. I have a boyfriend. I live in a house in Malvern, it's great to be independent. My mum had a baby last year! I am one of four.

2001: I'm nearly thirty?! Wow, that was a rollicking ride. I have another degree, this time in Pharmacy. I co-own a business in a tiny rural town. I have a mortgage and a business loan and I pay salaries and taxes and deal with the NHS. I live in a tiny house on a hill with my girlfriend and some cats. Life is surprising. I read a lot of fanfic. I make a lot of cards.

2011: Soon to be forty. Home is the tiny house on a hill, and I still live there with my girlfriend and cats. I write fanfiction and original fiction, I bake and I craft. Life is good, business is thriving. There are tomatoes on the vine and we will eat them soon.


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