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: (NaNo: Sleep)
So, anyway, I got sick. Something bit me, I don't know what, but I woke up with a leg the colour and shape of a hotdog and a fever that made me get lost in my own bedroom. I mean, it obviously wasn't deadly. But it sure was germy because I'm infected.

I hate being so sick that all you can do is sit and cry in bewilderment. I am really bad at being that sick.

Then there was interesting investigations with the doctor, and pen marks all over the biggest and reddest part of my leg, and I'm on antibiotics, but wow, I feel terrible. I can feel every lymph node in my body right now, istg. And yet, I'm still at work because people in my trade are notoriously lousy at taking days off. (It's hard to justify the cost, plus my locum has her childcare all sorted out, and I mean, it's not like I'm stuck in bed or anything. Ugh, self-care, why is it so hard?)

ETA: since I left this post hanging, my leg blew up even more, and I've been in hospital on IV antibiotics. They're not admitting me, yet, but it's possible if I don't show a vast improvement. At the moment, they've sent me home to stay 'in bed with toilet privileges'. Some hours later, I am disappoint that (a) I am not instantly better and (b) staying in bed when you have to is a whole other extremely tedious thing.

At least I am very lucky to have [personal profile] lilacsigil to brain some sense into me and to bring me meds and coffee and a muffin and to remind me that it's okay not to be at work.

Activist Links:

New comms:
- [community profile] thisfinecrew - a place to gather links to resources and step-by-step actions to take to be more involved in various efforts in the wake of Donald Trump's election to the Presidency.
(Is helpful at breaking tasks down into little steps, and has links to things like phone scripts.)

- [community profile] spoonlessactivists - for anyone who wants to do something about this world we're in, something to make it a better, more humane place - but is short on resources.

Cheering links:
Oldie but a goodie:
- Shelter dogs feel lonely and abandoned, so children practice reading books to them - an old link, but one that I find continually revivifying.

News about Phryne Fisher:
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Movie, Prequel TV Show Details
- ABC's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries set to become an action movie trilogy

Sea life, squee life:
EVNautilus - this youtube channel is soothing and delightful, for me, anyway. It's a bunch of science nerds of various flavours watching the feeds from the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as it explores the ocean floor off Vancouver Island's west coast. The scientists geek out in delightful ways over cute octopi and pooping sea pigs and this one time a sperm whale came to check out the submersible. I find it very cheering. Nautilus Live is the home for the project if you want to read more about it.
Some of my favourite videos:
Rare Sperm Whale Encounter (They're so excited!)
Shy Octopus Hides Inside Its Own Tentacles

Ugh, I have to go back to the hospital at 8:30 tonight to get more ABs, and again tomorrow and it's very tedious. And I thought I'd get so much NaNo done, but strangely enough, when you're sick and uncomfortable, your concentration is not great, and I am probably never going to catch my word debt from being sick all week and. I mean. Honestly, I'm really bad at this shit. My leg seems to be less swollen, though? Still really red, but instead of a red shiny hotdog, it's more like an old shrivelled wrinkly hotdog.

Son of ETA: I forgot that I caught a Diglett at the hospital!! Diglett is so ridiculously cheering.
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[A hospital bed with a Diglett spawned at the end. The Diglett is CP 183]
st_aurafina: Cartoon kitty. caption: "fret" (Frets)
Warning for animal in peril but no actual animal harm )





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

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

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

I got yer linkspams. And yer picspams.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*rushes off to label things for the Lions because the Lions are coming*
st_aurafina: A black woman in a sheriff's uniform, she looks surprised and amazed (Sleepy Hollow: Abbie)
1. The talk to the diabetes support group went well. It wasn't the diabetes group, in the end, it was the chronic diseases group, but "We're not called that anymore because it's too negative." Nobody knew what the group is called now, though. Still. It went well, I think? The messages boiled down to "Fish oil is a blood thinner. Those sections on A Current Affair and Today Tonight are actually paid advertisements. Get a Webster Pack; they're full of jelly beans." People seemed happy.

I pushed myself through an educational unit on managing diabetes (since I assumed I was talking to the diabetes group), which involved bracing myself for all kinds of fat-hate, body-shaming, doctor-monster bullshit. But it wasn't too bad, on the whole. The most pervasive thought I came away with was that maybe we should eat more oily fish in this household. Any favourite recipes people would care to share?

This is mine, for tuna patties, which we made yesterday for lunches this week. I've never written this recipe down before - we usually just throw whatever into the mix with the potatoes. But I'm trying to keep a record of things that we make, so that when we come back to them, I can remember what to do.

They're kind of a scratch meal, but nice. )

Give me tuna recipes! We need the oils of the fish.

2. Missy, our elderly cat, started looking poorly on Saturday: fussing with her mouth, off her food and all her fur standing up. [personal profile] lilacsigil took her to the vet yesterday, and she has gingivitis again, with some nasty ulcers at the front of her mouth. (Gingivitis is a complication of her kidney disease.) She's had a shot of antibiotics and a steroid to help with the inflammation, and overnight she's doing a lot better. She lost 200g (relevant when you're a tiny kitty), and the vet suggested that she might have started losing weight last week before she started showing symptoms, so we're going to weigh her weekly. It might give us a chance to get her to the vet earlier, before she loses condition. It's nice to see her perkier and enjoying her dinner so fast though. And now that I think about it, to have only lost 200g at the end of winter is actually a pretty good outcome. We can plump her up again through this summer.

3. Operation Walk the Cat proceeds apace.

Open the door, get on the floor /embarrassing eighties reference )

He really enjoys the walks, but rather than burning off energy, he has the idea at the moment that we'll let him outside at any moment. He gets really excited whenever [personal profile] lilacsigil goes near the place where his harness is kept. I'm hoping he settles down. I don't think I can handle him strutting around the house bellowing at full volume. For hours.

4. The Great British Bake-Off! Buns! Cut for spoilers? Sandwich or toast? )

5. Sleepy Hollow was awesome! This show isn't perfect, but at the same time, it just gallops on and on without looking back, and I have a certain amount of respect for that kind of story telling.

This entry is all spoiler cuts. Oh, and some icons. )


- [ profile] antarcticsue posted a troll under a bridge at McMurdo Station

- [community profile] imadeathing has another round of posting for fannish handcrafts. Go and see the fantastic things!

- Sleepy Hollow screencaps for 1.02

- the official Phryne Fisher pinterest board Costumes, locations, props and accessories, behind the scenes photos.

That is all! Have to get up at sparrow's fart tomorrow for the personal trainer. Time for zzzs.
st_aurafina: Headshot of Lisa Cuddy, chin resting on her hand.  (House: Cuddy)
1. I have to give a presentation to the diabetes support group tomorrow, which I'm a bit bleh about. But it will be fine: I know everyone there, and all they'll want to do is ask me about their medication and tell me gossip. [personal profile] lilacsigil made me a sample Webster Pack (like a dosette, but made up in the pharmacy), and it's filled with jelly beans. The patient's name is Melly Jelly. I think she's in a permanent state of hypoglycaemia.

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

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

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

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

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

- I had to order brown snake antivenom for the hospital. (No big emergency - theirs had just gone out of date.)
- The wildlife rescue lady who takes our out of date baby formula is taking care of a barn owl. Some fishermen pulled him in with their net. He's going to be fine.
- There's a new program where your prescriptions repeats have a QR code printed on them. If we subscribe to it, you can scan your script with your phone, and it sends the details of your prescription to the pharmacy. We get the medication ready, and do all the paperwork when you show up with your script. I kind of want to do it? But it's pricey, and I'm not sure whether people out here will use it. Sometimes, distance and rural setting means that people take up technology really, really fast, but sometimes it means that they just don't bother with it at all. I'm going to wait a bit, I think.
st_aurafina: (Yuletide: Super Secret)
Work is supposed to have slowed down by now! Who are these people and what are they doing in my town? *wears curmudgeon hat*

I haven't recovered from working the huge, huge holiday rush yet. (So tired. So, so, so tired. Will I ever not be tired? Feels doubtful right now.) Yuletide reveals are up, though, and I wanted to post the one I wrote, and the two I betaed. (Especially the two I betaed because they are awesome!)

Me first:
Staying Afloat in the Tunnel of Love (2842 words) by st_aurafina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson
Characters: Jack Robinson, Phryne Fisher, Hugh Collins

Trapped in an amusement park ride, Phryne and Jack are after the same thing. Unfortunately, so is every criminal in Melbourne.

It was lots of fun to write, especially since I had a lot of research already done on the development of Luna Park and had resources to find out what rides were there in the late twenties. (The Giggle Palace!)


By [personal profile] resolute:

In Kind (3459 words) by resolute
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: War for the Oaks - Emma Bull
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Major Character Death
Characters: Phouka (War for the Oaks), Original Female Character, Original Male Character

Jazz Age prequel for War for the Oaks. Ruby Kind comes to Saint Paul looking to get away from life in Hibbing. She finds the Wabasha Street Speakeasy, Miss Winter, and Mr. Pook.

Dear Daisy Ninja Girl,

I dithered mightily about giving you this present. I dithered. But you said you appreciated that quality of Ms. Bull's works, in that they soar while they cut you. So. It's winter in Minnesota as I write this. It's beautiful. It also kills people.

(Heart-felt thanks to St. Aurafina, Lilacsigil, and Likeadeuce for assistance, hand-holding, and beta-reading.)

Such a perfect prequel to War for the Oaks! This is so visually vivid - I have a clear idea of what Ruby looks like, the caves, everyone in their fancy clothes. This is one of those fics you want to print out and tuck in the cover of the original book, it relates so well and connects so tightly to the original canon.


And from [personal profile] lilacsigil:
To End All Wars (4890 words) by lilacsigil
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Warehouse 13
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Irene Frederic/Helena "H.G." Wells
Characters: Irene Frederic, Helena "H. G." Wells, William Wolcott

Paris, 1920. H.G. Wells is unexpectedly awoken to assist in a Warehouse emergency: new Caretaker Irene Frederic is missing.

Okay, I admit I've got a pretty heavy bias, but I don't care: I LOVE THIS FIC. At our house, it went like this:

Lilacsigil: I hope you don't mind - I want to watch that Warehouse 12 episode.
Me: Like that's a big burden. Let's watch it every day!

*time passes*

Lilacsigil: I think, in my fic, I want to wake HG up before her time.

Lilacsigil: *watching enticing videos of the Charleston and the tango*
Me: Watcha doing?
Lilacsigil: Trying to figure out what kind of dance HG could do in a nightclub in the twenties so she can dance-interrogate Irene

Lilacsigil: I think they're going to kiss

So, anyway. Read this fic, it is brilliant and there is kissing.
st_aurafina: woman in a tweedy jacket (Miss Fisher: Mac)
Brain is still holding steady, despite the rigours of Mother's Day and my birthday coming right after it. (Happy birthday to the three other fangirls I know born on the fourteenth: [personal profile] eumelia, [personal profile] lurkingcat and [ profile] lost_spook.)

My plans for today were to get up at a reasonable hour (done!), cook beef stroganoff (in the oven, but I'm worried it's too salty, so I put a couple of potatoes in to soak it up while it's slow cooking), and clean the microwave (yet to be achieved has been done in the interim, yay!)

I thought I had bookmarked some lists of the best SGA episodes for newbs but I can't find them. Anyone know of any? I want to push through and try to keep watching while I'm feeling enthusiastic (and a lot of my regular shows have stopped or are about to stop.) I know that it's one of those shows where fandom enthusiasm possibly outweighs actual canon, but I'm used to that kind of thing. (Sixth Doctor fan, me.)

And I made some Mac icons, because looking at Mac's face is a fun thing to do while you're waiting for stroganoff to cook. (From Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and totally snagable)
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Feb. 29th, 2012 11:00 pm
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
We watched Cocaine Blues, the pilot episode for the Phryne Fisher murder mysteries. It was heaps fun! SO. MANY. WOMEN. So infinitely femslashable. Hot lady doctor in trousers! Surprise Miranda Otto! Miriam Margolyes! (Not in trousers, but still amazing!) And was that Rippon Lea that I saw? There's, like, two posh houses we see on Melbourne TV, one is Rippon Lea, and one is Werribee Mansion. Which is a shame, because there's lots of really pretty houses out there - Como House is gorgeous - but maybe it's easier to use those two? Anyway, it's going to be so much fun spotting Melbourne settings.

It's also super pretty.

Quick picspam of Phryne Fisher and friends )

If you're interested in watching a clever period murder mystery with lots and lots of ladies, pm me or [personal profile] lilacsigil, we can hook you up with a source. Here's the ABC's official site: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

Speaking of female private eyes, it's all over the interwebs Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson in the US version of BBC's Sherlock. I think it could be good or bad depending on the writing, but it's the writing I have no particular hopes for. One good thing about all the debate is that I am thinking a lot about how wonderful it would have been if they'd cast Lucy Liu as Holmes. THAT WOULD BE INCREDIBLE. I WOULD WATCH THAT FOREVER AND EVER AMEN.

Um. [personal profile] lilacsigil has a scan next week. Nothing is wrong, it's routine follow up to 2011's medical adventures but we're super stressed about it, in that flash-back panicky way. Just wanted to say that it's happening, and we're okay.


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