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2017-07-26 12:24 pm
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contrary to my long-time default icon...

Not even fandom can hold back the sick feelings that real-world news has been bringing, much less get me through calling my m.f. red-state-senators as often as I can make myself, so my IG has ballooned with all manner of OTT cooking and baking accounts. Some of them only last a couple of days, so I'm always looking for more, which is how I stumbled over So Yummy, which I swear is what Darcy from in deep with you darling is doing while she's in hiding in Wakanda. I mean, there are a lot of crazy baking blogs/IGs out there, but none of them quite hit the level of Funfetti Fried Oreos or Red Velvet Oreo Lava Cakes. Clearly, she started off coming up with this stuff to keep herself from going crazy while she's there, but now she's in a groove and monetizing it (to an offshore account, of course) so when everything gets sorted out and life can get back to normal, she's got a little nest egg + a shiny new career path, yeah? (Clint has taken to adding another couple of miles to his daily run just to keep up with all the sugar and carbs she throws at him every day. He is totally okay with this.)

(I guess it really always does come back to fandom to keep me more-or-less sane. No surprise there.)

Okay, I swore (to myself, at least) that I'd keep up with the Wednesday book meme, so let's do that, too.

finished
Hunted, Megan Spooner -- YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where Beauty is a hunter and spends a fair amount of her time with the Beast working out how she's going to kill him. Beauty as an archer? I was all over it, and I feel like there are a fair number of ppl reading this who would also take to the concept. And I am happy to say it pretty much fulfilled its promise, so feel free to go for it.

now
The Darwath Trilogy, Barbara Hambly -- I always forget how much I like her writing until I stumble over another of her books and get sucked in to a world that's different from all the others.

The Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman -- what Pride and Prejudice and Zombies could have been if the author had actually liked the conventions of the Regency romance he was building on. And knew how to create a supernatural world that overlays the normal one.

Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch, narrated by Kobda Holdbrook-Smith -- I feel like I'd really like the book anyway, but the narration is ten shades of awesome.

When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon -- New Adult romance that I think I'm about ready to bail on. It's not them, it's me, etc, etc, etc… I think I'm officially Too Old For This.

next
I think that Currently Reading list is more than enough to deal with for now!
topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
2017-07-17 06:08 pm
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the weekend update & new fic

It was fairly busy, in a domestic sort of way:

  • Took BabyBoy to volunteer at the Shakespeare Tavern so he could see the professional cast who directed his youth players' group perform in Midsummer's Night Dream. Twice.

  • Got an actual haircut (as opposed to just hacking off the bangs/wisps around my face.) Did *not* do the color-the-gray thing... eh, I'm legit old enough to not care about the gray now I guess

  • Periscoped into Disney's D23 Parks & Resorts panel and started saving all my money for the previously-just-rumored-but-now-totally-official Star Wars hotel / LARP experience.

  • Had a very exciting Sunday morning of getting up early and going to Trader Joe's

  • Took BB up to Shared Worlds, said hi to various ppls, came back (it's a little bittersweet as it will be the last year I'll have kids there. I think at least one or another of the boys has been there all but one year of its existence.)

  • Finished the last Dresden audiobook. I'm a little lost, now--14 audiobooks is a lot of time with James Marsters in my earbuds. It's like my brain doesn't know what to do next.

  • Finished the fluffiest fic I have written in ages: just a perfect blendship, Wonder Woman, Etta & Diana, gen -- featuring several of my most favorite tropes: food & team-as-family


    Today I had an all-day orientation for the new job, wherein I discovered that wow, this is a huge company (which I kind of knew, but yow. Really big.) My brain is kind of mush at this point, so have a nice evening and I hope you enjoy the fic. (New fandoms are nerve-wracking.)
  • topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
    2017-07-08 05:36 pm
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    unfinished fic and other random chit-chat

    Thing the First: For whatever reason, my brain has been going off on all these PWP tangents, this time a random addition to the almost-canon Clint/Darcy (I was fine with it until the farm arrived and it was way too late to change.) This is really the set-up to the pr0n, but there's a little bit of (mostly tame) knifeplay, if that's a thing for you. More coming soon! (I hope.)

    ready for the start of something new, MCU, Clint/Darcy, Part 3 of the fall in with you series (though really, it's just pr0n, so you're not really missing anything if you skip the earlier parts)


    Thing the Second: It was Beach Week last week, and I posted the pretty pictures to IG, but I thought I'd share a couple of goofy ones here...

    it was the Year of the Pegicorn )


    and the unicorn floatie 'nursery' in the hot tub )

    With any luck, no one got photographic evidence of us trying to ride the silly thing in the waves. (Or video, omg.) There was frozen sangria & voodoo juice involved (you're shocked, I know.)

    Thing the Third: BabyBoy's Shakespeare thing was great, and he has gone and hung out with his group of fellow actors several times, so I think we can count it as a success. Even better, the extended family was confused enough by the actual verse that none of them realized the actor playing the boy/girl part was actually a guy (though shading to agender, still using he/him) and thus did not flip out at BB kissing him. (I didn't get to see the performance where all BB's HS drama friends came, but D said the kiss got a lot of hooting and hollering. No extended family there that night either.)
    topaz119: (life)
    2017-06-05 01:57 pm
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    [fic] spinning on that dizzy edge, 2/3, MCU, Clint/Darcy, Explicit

    So, I was supposed to be clearing out my closet this weekend (the shelf/hanging rod pulled out of the wall a few weeks ago, so I am taking the opportunity to Kondo it), but, yeah, I really wasn't in the mood. (Am I ever in the mood for cleaning tasks?)

    Instead: pr0n. ::curtsies::

    Part 2 of spinning on that dizzy edge, Clint/Darcy, MCU, Explicit, ~11,600 words (total), mostly just a PWP.

    (Also, argh, expired acct=wrong icon, sigh, happy monday, let me go find my fandom credit card...)
    topaz119: (MI4Will)
    2017-02-23 10:32 am
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    [fic] Shift Colors, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Brandt/Hunt, PG-13, 1/1

    Title: Shift Colors
    Fandom: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
    Rating: PG-13 (language only)
    Length: ~5000 words
    Pairing: William Brandt/Ethan Hunt
    Notes: There was a new movie and my brain decided to see if we could work that canon into Mission Anomalies (but then it took a long time, surprise.) Also, this turned into fluff when I was expecting not much but a PWP, \o?.

    Summary: Because nothing in their life ever plays out the simple or easy way, even after the team delivers Lane to the joint MI6-CIA task force, Will barely has time to check Ethan for obvious injuries before they’re each pulled in opposite directions.

    Link (AO3): Shift Colors
    topaz119: (Hawkeye)
    2017-01-30 02:11 pm
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    [fic] spinning on that dizzy edge, MCU, Clint/Darcy, Explicit, 1/2

    Title: spinning on that dizzy edge
    Fandom: Thor, Avengers, MCU
    Rating: Explicit
    Length: ~3900 words
    Pairing: Clint Barton/Darcy Lewis
    Notes: So, I was stuck in the house, and unable to pull myself away from the horror of my twitter feed over the weekend. The best I could do was to switch over the g-docs and write another few sentences of pr0n before I went back under with the next nightmare scenario. Sorry?

    Summary: It tends to get a little crazy between them when Clint’s been out with the Avengers before he comes to see her: he’s happy to be alive, he guesses; Darcy's wound up at being too far away to do anything but watch shit fall apart on the news; and they take it out on each other. Usually, they’re back to what passes for normal by the next day, but today, watching her writhe and whimper under his hands, Clint faces the fact that it doesn’t look like that crazy streak is quite done with them yet.

    Link (AO3): spinning on that dizzy edge
    topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
    2017-01-16 02:18 pm

    2016 fic writing summary

    Once again, I'm only now just getting to this, but at this point it's basically a tradition...

    Previous years: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

    this is what I wrote last year: )
    topaz119: (hawkeye&hawkeye)
    2016-12-21 03:08 pm
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    [fic] practically perfect, Hawkeye, Kate/Clint, Mature, 1/1

    Title: practically perfect
    Fandom: Hawkeye (Marvel 616)
    Rating: Mature
    Length: ~10,000 words
    Pairing: Clint Barton/Kate Bishop
    Notes: Written for the 2016 Hawkeye Squared Xmas Exchange.

    Summary: It’d started out to be just a normal day-after-assembly day, one of the ones where Kate had been too tired to make it to her place and they’d ended up crashed out on the couch with the TV flickering through the night, but now Clint’s staring at her like she just slapped him, which okay, maybe isn’t all that much of a stretch, and Kate’s hands are shaking hard enough that she has to put her coffee down before it sloshes over the side of the chipped mug and burns her.

    (It’s bad, Kate thinks. She's putting her coffee down, that's how bad it is.)

    Link (AO3): practically perfect
    topaz119: (my first fandom)
    2016-11-14 11:22 am
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    quotes, rl, fic

    I read this quote from Cory Booker somewhere in the gazillion blogs I follow: Never let your inability to do everything undermine your determination to do something.

    It is sticking with me, so I thought I'd share.

    (There's also this quote from Terry Pratchett: Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.

    That's sticking with me, too.)

    (Not a quote, but something I've been thinking: What would Princess Leia do? New ink isn't in the budget, but it's on my mind.)

    In random news, my mother-in-law handed me $50 (for my birthday) when they were up to see BabyBoy's play this weekend, and I am tempted to just drop it in an envelope and forward it directly to the ACLU. Somewhat relatedly, I have been sitting with the word ‘elitest' this past week, as it gets thrown (or mumbled) at me a lot during discussions of the type we're going to have to have going forward. On one level, I get it—not only do I have multiple university degrees, but they come from schools smack in the middle of that description. On another level, I most certainly did not come from that kind of a background and I worked my fucking ass off to get there and not wash out, which people who actually know me should also know. So I tend to react defensively to that word and I'm trying to work past that so I can talk to people more effectively. I'm not exactly sure how all that's going, but I guess we'll see how quickly I get a migraine at Thanksgiving and take it from there.

    On a happier note, BabyBoy's play was amazing. *He* was amazing. (Well, so was the whole cast, but omg, that was my baby up there on stage for almost the entire play.) I went on Wednesday to see their dress rehearsal and it actually managed to distract me from the horror show of real life. I am incredibly proud of him for getting up there and committing to it 100% and just being so good at it. We had guests all weekend, as people came and went to see the various performances, so that was also distracting in a real enough way and kept me running around enough that I slept almost as soon as I fell into bed. The tricky part is going to be keeping that going, because nothing is going to get done without good sleep.

    Also on the distraction level, I asked for prompts for my birthday, and I got the first one finished over the weekend. It took a little longer than usual, but it also went on a little longer than your usual comment fic, so I went ahead and posted it to AO3 last night:

    not entirely accurate, Leverage, gen-ish Parker/Hardison/Eliot, for [personal profile] schneefink's prompt: Leverage and spaceship(s) or aliens?
    topaz119: (Pike)
    2016-09-11 08:21 pm
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    [fic] Starlit Wave, Star Trek AOS, Pike/Kirk, Explicit, Complete

    Title: Starlit Wave
    Fandom: Star Trek Beyond / AOS
    Rating: Explicit
    Length: ~8400 words
    Pairing: Christopher Pike/Jim Kirk
    Notes: Since it was pretty obvious that Star Trek Beyond was pretending that Into Darkness didn't actually exist, I decided I could do the same, too. So, yeah, that stuff with Pike in the beginning of the second movie? Nope. Never happened.

    Summary: So far as Chris could tell, with the warp capabilities of this particular ship, it was going to take a week and a half to get out to Yorktown, and probably the better part of the remaining half-week to finalize the approach and docking.

    That gave him two weeks to figure out what the hell he was doing.

    Link (AO3): Starlit Wave
    topaz119: (Pike)
    2016-08-28 05:59 pm
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    catching up (and fic!)

    let's see...

    1. I'm on the Imzy train--no idea what I'm doing there yet, but I'm topaz119 there, too, and I have a zillion invites if anyone would like one.

    2. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time on the phone with Disney World tech support this past week -- as a software development professional, I am qualified to say that they got their Happy Path right (which is what 99.9% of you all will be doing should you ever decide to go & stay there for a while and it's really very nice) but more than half the time we do a trip, we are not on said path and it always takes a call (or 3) to sort things out. At this point, I am officially OVER the Food & Wine trip wrangling and will have Oldest use BabyBoy's Magic Band and FP+ schedule as it looks like BB will not be going and (of course) all of his stuff went through on the first try while Oldest somehow got dropped from the room reservation (which means I can't do his FP reservations for another month.)

    (Please don't take this as an indication of oh-this-is-too-hard, because, really, I'm trying to coordinate 16 people across 3 different Disney master accounts with a DVC reservation + a resort package w/the Dining Plan and a mad combination of 1-Day tix, APs & the package tix. Kudos to the people on the phone with me trying to sort it all out.)

    I can't wait to do this for NYE. /sarcasm

    3. DragonCon is less than a week away! Preliminary schedule planning is in progress and I am on a quest for the spare cell phone batteries. I know I have 4 or 5 of them but they are totally not where I think they should be.

    4. We have reached the conclusion that it is time to add a new furkid to our household and have been visiting with local rescue organizations and reviewing websites daily. BB wants a pug, my good-old-boy husband needs him something not-small and yappy, and I, of course, have fallen in love with a Shi-Tzu mix. Please stay tuned for further developments.

    5. I wrote something! (points to icon) Well, I'm almost always writing something, so I guess the proper verb is: I finished something! Except, not really? I got Part 1 of 2 done, but it's better than 400 words here and another 200 somewhere else, rinse, repeat with different files the next day.

    Anyway! When I went to see Star Trek Beyond, it was pretty clear (at least to me) that they'd mostly just ignored whatever the hell that mess was with Into Darkness, so my brain just skipped right over that one and started in on a sequel to my Kirk/Pike Trek Big Bang, Shining On The Quay, and it got longer and a little more involved than I expected, but there is definitely more to come.

    So, yeah, \o/:

    Starlit Wave, Kirk/Pike, ~3600 words (so far) of angsty schmoop, roughly summarized as Space!Husbands on R&R--sexy!times to follow.
    topaz119: (hanging on)
    2016-06-13 02:40 pm
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    and we're into another week, plus fic

    The first part of this is all really boring stuff, but it's stressing me out, almost to the point of my not being able to function, and certainly past the point where I can enjoy much of anything, so here's my checklist and where I stand on getting through it. Read more... )

    On the good side of things, I added another little bit to the Darcy/Sam fic I started last winter, loving you whether whether. This is looking like it's going to be a bunch of snapshot-type chapters, with no real giant plot arc, just Darcy and Sam finding their way together. I am pretty okay with this.
    topaz119: (Laura)
    2016-06-05 08:33 am
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    [fic] take the world together, MCU, Laura/Clint, 1/1 (small town girl #4)

    Title: take the world together
    Fandom: Avengers: Age of Ultron | MCU (pre-canon)
    Rating: Teen
    Length: ~4800 words
    Pairing: Laura/Clint
    Notes: Part 4 of small town girl -- this backstory for the farm continues to bubble along in the back of my brain and every so often I manage to tease out another little bit.

    Summary: "Surprise?" Laura offered.

    "You could say that," Natasha answered, cradling her coffee in both hands.


    Link (AO3): take the world together
    topaz119: (Darcy)
    2016-05-11 03:34 pm
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    (i really need to update my acct so i have all my icons)

    Ugh, I am in one of those funks, where everything is annoying me. I have to curtail my interpersonal interaction (on- and off-line) during times like this, or I just stress myself out and end up in an ugly spiral that totally kills my New Year's Resolution ("Be less of a bitch this year than last.") Or possibly ends up with me fired for calling people names, which is also problematic.

    So: good things…

  • I did go see Civil War on Saturday (with #2Son and D) and we all enjoyed it, even D, who is so not into the geek scene (of any flavor. He saves his energy for sports.) #2 and I had a blast. He loves Black Panther and was over the moon with his introduction. I think I've left maybe 2 comments about the movie overall, both flail-y squee, but not really spoilery, but… )

  • I spent most of Mother's Day writing Darcy's reaction to Civil War, which is always entertaining (and in this case, somewhat cathartic), plus: posting fic, \o/. This is Darcy from in deep with you darling, so she's been through all the ups and downs of the MCU -- Operation: Normal Life Is So F*cked.

  • My herb garden is going nuts this spring. I have more cilantro than I know what to do with, even with making batch after batch of a chimichurri-like sauce for steaks and chicken. The dill and basil and mint, I'm keeping up with, but the cilantro is trying to take over the world.

  • I finally have The Raven King in my hands and am blocking out time to read, \o/.
  • topaz119: (Darcy)
    2016-03-07 07:44 am

    [fic] in deep with you darling, MCU, Darcy/Clint, Mature, 5/5 (complete)

    Title: in deep with you darling
    Fandom: MCU (post-Thor, Avengers, CA:TWS, A:AoU, with a little AoS thrown in for fun)
    Rating: Mature
    Length: ~48,000 words
    Pairing: Darcy Lewis/Clint Barton
    Notes: I kept it as close to canon as I could but I had to go a little AU for Age of Ultron (sorry, but I was 30,000 words in before Laura was dropped on us and there really wasn't any other way I could finish but to pretend that part hadn't happened. I promise to make it up with more Clint/Laura in my small town girl series, ♥)

    Summary: Darcy could have, under normal circumstances, resisted the aesthetics (however awesome they are, and holy crap are they awesome), but there's an itch under her skin—apparently, nearly dying by giant, fire-breathing robots from space in the middle of Nowhere, New Mexico will start you questioning your life choices. Who knew?

    Link to AO3: in deep with you darling
    topaz119: (hawkeye&hawkeye)
    2016-02-20 01:07 pm
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    [fic] backwards forwards square and round (Hawkeye, comics)

    Title: backwards forwards square and round
    Fandom: Hawkeye (comics)
    Rating: Mature
    Pairing: Kate Bishop/Clint Barton
    Notes: Written for this year's [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 challenge. My picture is here, and no, I have no idea how I got from that to this, but that's my brain for you. Also, Kate is an adult in all time/reality dimensions here.

    Summary: "Only you, Barton," Natasha sighs.

    Link to AO3: backwards forwards square and round
    topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
    2016-01-25 11:05 am

    2015 fic round-up

    Once again, I'm not getting to this until almost February, but why break with tradition now?

    Previous years: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

    this is what I wrote last year: )
    topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
    2016-01-11 08:13 pm

    as seen on the flist/circle

    I've got a deployment call coming up, help keep me from falling asleep at my desk!

    Pick a question to ask me:
    1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing.
    2. Is there any specific ritual you go through while/before/after your writing?
    3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?
    4. Are there any other fic writers you admire? If so, who and why?
    5. How many words can you write if you sit down and concentrate intensely for an hour?
    6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)
    7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.
    8. Why do you choose to write?
    9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?
    10. What inspires you the most?
    11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?
    12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why?
    13. Favorite fic from another author?
    14. Your favorite side pairings to put in?
    15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
    16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or do you make it up as you write?
    17. Would you describe yourself as a fast writer?
    18. How old were you when you started writing?
    19. Why did you start writing?
    20. Four sentences from your work that you’re proud of.
    topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
    2015-12-14 01:50 pm

    Daily December #9 - fic and me

    So far behind on the daily posting, sorry! (So far behind on so many things, actually. ‘Tis the season, right?)

    [livejournal.com profile] wendy asked me about my fic, specifically, what was my favorite, which is not an easy question to answer (I can’t even pick a favorite movie, so it’s no surprise I can’t pick when the stakes are more personal.)

    I decided to talk about a few of my favoriteS (please do note the plural) and why they pop up in my brain as often as they do. These aren't the things I think are my "best" (whatever that means), just the ones that I think of with a little extra fondness. cutting because it got a little long )
    topaz119: (hawkeye&hawkeye)
    2015-12-01 08:46 am
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    good morning, happy tuesday

    So, these are always fun...

     photo 93d6de2a-3dc0-4f51-8fe2-117f98d4b96b.jpg


    And I've written a few: 

    Star Trek AOS, Jim Kirk/Chris Pike, touch-starved Jim

    Hawkeye (Fraction run), Kate Bishop/Clint Barton, So she said what's the problem baby



    Also, I am still open for questions/topics on the December Posting Meme, come give me something to talk about: DW or LJ.