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 [ profile] ship_manifesto. A community for fannish manifestos, or why this thing you love is the most amazing thing ever. (I should write a thing for this. I don't know what I should write about, though?)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music Meme: A song that reminds you of summer )
st_aurafina: Harold Finch's face (POI: Harold)
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: 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: (DCU: Batman is creeped out)
1. Today started off with staggering, and I really wondered how I was going to get through work, but my pain levels went down and down as the day progressed. I don't know it if was the healing process, or if it was the little short bursts of walking that I do at work (desk to dispensary, dispensary to retail floor, retail floor to desk, rinse and repeat) or that my period finally started and all the inflammatory hormone stuff is easing back, but my knee has ended up okay. I know I'll be sore again tomorrow morning, but I have a bit more hope that I will heal, and I will get back to my former level of activity. (Every time I injure myself, I go through this mental process, but I think this time it's a bit less awful?)

2. I downloaded some episodes of Most Haunted to watch while I crochet - it's a British show like Ghost Hunters International, but I like this one better because they scream and run around more. It's like every stupid seance or haunted house dare you did as a teenager, only with night vision cameras. And their psychic tells a good story, and it's generally good spooky fun. I love it.

3. We watched the Hannibal finale last night. [personal profile] lilacsigil's face! Very DDDD: And now she wants to do a rewatch, so that's awesome. I saw so many things the second time around.

4. This video rolled around my tumblr dash: Radioactive - Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix, I think via [ profile] cleolinda? Anyway, beat-boxing cellist. Something awesome I never knew was missing in my life.

5. Speaking of which, A selection of incredible portraits from photographer Charles Fréger’s collection and book Wilder Mann, documenting the ancient pagan rites still being practiced throughout Europe today.

Reminds me of this urban legend (Does it count as an urban legend if there's photographic evidence? Really fucking scary photographic evidence): The Horned Man & The Luna Park Ghost Train Fire. (Trigger warning for IRL accidental death of a child on an amusement park ride.)

Erhmagerd, see you in my dreams.

I'm thinking of starting to use my tumblr again a bit - since instead of turning my screen to show things to [personal profile] lilacsigil, I could just reblog them so they show up on her dash, right? So if I pop up there, that's what's going on.
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)
I pulled a muscle in my groin doing sidekicks in the pool yesterday. Today I am walking like a penguin.

I've started using Spotify. Not sure how to make best use of it, though, especially finding friends. Should I let it have access to my Facebook? Do I want my family knowing what music I'm listening to? Do I want to know what music they're listening to? One of my brothers-in-law and the only one I know for sure uses Spotify, is a big Daft Punk fan, and I'm not, particularly, so I'm undecided on the matter.

Anyone here on Spotify? Can I, like, add you or whatever? If I can figure out how to do that. So far, I've just been throwing random artists I like at it and seeing what it spits out, which is working okay, but I'm sure I should be doing more or something.

Book signal boost:

Death By Silver by Amy Griswold and Melissa Scott, aka [ profile] amygriswold and [ profile] mescott.

This book is heaps, heaps, heaps of fun! Murder mystery set in Victorian-era London, with magic as an everyday kind of thing. Queer representation, public school beatings, and magic teapots. Harry Potter meets original flavour!Sherlock Holmes. Go buy it! This book needs a fandom of more than me. (There are ebooks coming soon, or so I believe.)

ETA: It's also available at Book Depository with free international shipping.

Recipes cannibalised from other recipes so I can cook it properly next time, part two:
Beef and Kidney Bean Stew

Despite the titillating mention of cannibalism, there are no actual kidneys in this recipe )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)

Compiled for Je vois ma vie en rose, by [personal profile] lilacsigil:

"Je vois la vie en rose" is a full-cast gender change. Canon male characters become female, and canon female characters become male or genderqueer. The only exceptions are real people and background military/government characters.

The CIA's Marcus MacTaggert attempts to recruit Doctor Charlotte Xavier and her sibling Raven to assist in the capture of suspected Communist Sabrina Shaw and her unusual associates. Thrilled at the thought finding of more mutants, Charlotte and Raven agree, but are soon put off by the CIA's misogynist attitude and decide to track down these other mutants by themselves. They do find more mutants, but not the ones they were expecting.

Charlotte starts to build a community of mutants but Raven finds that many of them can't even accept themselves, let alone someone who doesn't belong within familiar definitions of gender. Erika's determination to kill Shaw, Shaw's quest to recruit more mutants, and world-threatening political brinkmanship collide with deadly consequences: Charlotte, Raven and Erika must decide what kind of world it is that they want to create.

On Dreamwidth or on Livejournal.

Tracklist and zip under the cut )
st_aurafina: Emma Frost as played by January Jones, extreme close up (X-Men: First Class Emma)

Click image for zip

Sleeper Awake - a fanmix for lady spies, to accompany the story The Persistence of Memory, (PG, Emma Frost/Moira MacTaggert)

The beautiful art is by [ profile] artmetica. (Art post to follow!)

Track listing and individual download links )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (House: Chase animated)

Chase: "I'm Australian."
House: "You put the Queen on your money. You're British."
(Episode 1.08, Poison)

To accompany Rebuild the Bridges in Your Mind, a House MD/X-Men crossover written for au_bigbang.

Doctor Robert Chase's Queen on the Money Playlist (A collection of music for expats and medicos) )
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
Just sharing some music that I uploaded for a music comm for a female artist theme. I've uploaded these before, but it never hurts to share again.

Garbage tracks (because Shirley Manson is awesome)
The World is Not Enough
I Think I'm Paranoid
#1 Crush

Other random things, with an increasing Antipodean lean as the list goes on:

Don't Get Me Wrong - Lily Allen covering The Pretenders.

Glory Box//Portishead - probably everyone has this, but if you don't, you need it. Classic Bristol sound, gorgeous trip hop.

Release//george (Katie Noonan's voice is divine.)

What Else Is There/Röyksopp, with vocals by Karin Dreijer Andersson (This is awesome, one of my favourite songs to get me writing.)

Say It Again//Scribe - New Zealand hip-hop, featuring Tyra Hammond, about whom I know nothing other than she is Scribe's cousin and she's gorgeous with a great voice.

Ray of Light - Natasha Bedingfield covering Madonna.

Rattling Bones//Kasey Chambers - creepy alt-country
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
For [ profile] ion_bond and for anyone else who has an interest, here's some Faithless, Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead. Pretty much the sound track of the late nineties for me, from the day that [ profile] lilacsigil came back from her year in Japan with the first Portishead album. (This is why that slow unsteady trip-hop beat always makes me unspeakably happy.)

A little taste of the Bristol sound )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
For ion_bond and for anyone else who has an interest, here's some Faithless, Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead. Pretty much the sound track of the late nineties for me, from the day that lilacsigil came back from her year in Japan with the first Portishead album. (This is why that slow unsteady trip-hop beat always makes me unspeakably happy.)

A little taste of the Bristol sound )
st_aurafina: Platypus headshot (Platypus)
My town is beseiged by a flock of corellas, which are a kind of evil, feral parrot. Possibly undead, I don't know. They look undead.

This is a corella, for those of you lucky enough to live somewhere that corellas aren't:

The more I look at it, the more certain I am that it's some kind of zombie-bird.

One corella makes a noise that sounds like "KRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!". We have maybe two hundred circling the town at sunrise and sunset. The sunset serenade of KRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! x 200 isn't so bad. But KRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! x 200 just as the sun is peeping out is eating away at my sanity as surely as if the zombie birds were pecking at my actual brain. Every morning. Even on Sunday, because feral undead parrots respect no day of rest.

So, music memes, hey?

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List upload 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

So, [ profile] ion_bond gave me a letter. And I thought that letter was R, but now that I go to check the actual post, I see that it was N. You would think that one would check that before one did the actual uploading, but that would require that one was not such a ninny.


You're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan... )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Torchwood: Emo space whale)
Tomorrow is going to be the first of a series of horrible hot days, in which my only consolation is that I don't live in Melbourne where it's going to be even hotter. *sighs* Think of me, winter people, in your coats and hats and gloves. I will be thinking of you. Possibly thinking of licking your snow-covered bodies.

At least it will make the eggplants grow. And I have the all new, revamped pilot for Being Human to watch tomorrow night. And we're going to make spring rolls with bean shoots. There are good things about summer.

Today was Australia Day, also known as Invasion Day, also known as the day of Triple J's Hottest 100 on the radio. And this year, their webcast even worked! and the James Bond theme song made it into the countdown, which makes me feel less of a dorktastic lame-o for liking it.

Here are some fruits of my listening today:

I'll Never Love You More//Soko

("I will never love you more than the drummer of The Flaming Lips")

Guess Who Batman (Fuck You Very Much)//Lily Allen
(A deeply satisfying song, with many, many f-bombs.)

Jungle Drum//Emiliana Torrini
(I love her voice so much!)

Cry Me a River//Lisa Li-Lund
(I know, another Justin Timberlake cover. File under semi-ironic covers of mega-hits.)
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
[ profile] sg_fic just linked me to this: a spoilery casting rumour about X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I'm kind of excited about it, especially in the afterglow of seeing Iron Man. Right now I feel like practically anything could be executed competently and entertainingly in a Marvel movie.

[ profile] sionnain has declared that May is a month for music sharing, and I think that's a pretty good idea. I've got one to share:
Just a Song About Ping Pong//Operator, Please

It's good music for starting off the day. It's good for jumping up and down and shouting the lyrics. The lead singer, Amandah Wilkinson is really cute, and totally jail bait. (Actually, she's not jail bait anymore, but it feels wrong to lust after someone who won a Battle of the Bands in 2005.)

In other news, I had a customer whose first name was Regent. It's kind of a weird name. Why would you call your kid Regent? He's over eighty, but still, I can't figure out what would prompt someone to call their baby Regent. It trumps Riverboy, which was the most inexplicable name to date.

Also, I have 1300 words of an [ profile] lgbtfest fic. I think it's going to be okay.
*eyes [ profile] xmenfirstclass nervously*

ETA: Spoilers now in comments, if you're keeping yourself spoiler-free for the Wolverine movie.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Answers to yesterday's lyrics quiz. Thank you to everyone who played!

Behind the cut )

And in honour of our new Russian overlords:

21. There lived a certain man in Russia long ago, he was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow
Rasputin // Boney M

22. To Russia I flew but there and then, I suddenly knew you'd care again
From Russia With Love // Matt Monro - [ profile] lonelywalker

23. Oh I saw you by the wall, ten of your tin soldiers in a row
Nikita // Elton John

24. Mr. Krushchev says "We will bury you," I don't subscribe to this point of view
Russians // Sting, or if you prefer: the LJ version

25. Being with you has opened my eyes, could I ever believe such a perfect surprise?
All the Things She Said // tATu

NaNo Music!

Nov. 1st, 2007 02:14 pm
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (NaNo 2007)
We started writing this morning. [ profile] lilacsigil and I got up very early and banished our Internal Editors in a little ritual, and started writing before breakfast. I have words! I have a title! I have a file with my title and my words! It makes me very happy.

Should I make a filter for NaNo? Some people are, and some people aren't. I'm divided on the matter.

I'm at work now, and I can't write. [ profile] lilacsigil is researching Japanese underwear and maybe writing, I don't know.

NaNo Music! Music to keep the words flowing! )
Soundtracks: Dark and Scary )
Soundtracks: Light and Beautiful )
Female Vocalists )
Exotic locations )
Covers, because you can never have too many covers )
My bulletproof writing arsenal )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
The interest meme, from [ profile] handyhunter

This is a meme where you ask about people's Interests (from their el jay profile). Comment on this post, and I'll pick seven of yours, and you explain them on a post you make. Then you post this on your journal and it becomes a never ending spiral... and good fun.

Baby Cheeses, The Cat Empire, Cyclops Lives!, Iron Man, Scott/Emma, The Ultimates, Wombats )
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
I am having one of those vague days, where time passes and I don't even notice it. I am experiencing missing time, but not in the way that Agent Mulder would like. Mmm, Agent Mulder. *zones*

Anyway. Music. Whimsical female vocalists, singing dreamily. That stuff I like.

Gregory and the Hawk, Thea Gilmore covers, some trip-hop and other mysterious goodies )


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