topaz119: (it was a dark and stormy night)
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)
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...)

::waves::

Apr. 17th, 2017 01:26 pm
topaz119: (milky way)
Good morning, happy Monday, long time, no chat—work got ridiculous here, to the point where I was replying to emails while I was at Disney World by saying that I would be happy to help with their suddenly-on-fire project, but that a) at Disney World; and b) *already* working with somebody else's suddenly-on-fire project and had another one in the queue. Between what I worked at Disney and what I worked over this last weekend, I practically have another forty hours on the books.

At least I get paid on contract hours these days, because I would have flipped out if I'd been on salary.

My brain is kind of mush, though, enough that I lost all momentum on my reading this year. I have a half-dozen books started, but they're all (even the fluffy romances) making my brain hurt to read them. Fortunately, I saw a comment on one of my gazillion bookish blogs to the audiobook version of As You Wish, Cary Elwes' memoir of making The Princess Bride, which I read a few years ago and adored. I'm happy to say the audio version is almost as nice, and includes about half of the people quoted in the book to narrate their parts. It's very soothing during our especially horrible traffic these days. (Did I talk about the interstate that collapsed a few weeks ago? Yeah, that's not far from the house/the high school, and while I don't work in-town these days, the only way for the quarter of a million cars that use that route to get into the city now is to use the interstate I *do* take to the office around to I75. Traffic is entirely f*cked until they rebuild the burnt out part, sigh.)

Oh! I forgot to mention that #2Son got picked to do the wand ceremony at Ollivander's in Diagon Alley when we were there over spring break. It was pretty excellent! Not only is the 'wand picking the wizard' scene very well-staged (and the guys playing Mr. Ollivander are totally into it), but #2 went along with being the center of attention really well. Given his sometimes-overwhelming anxiety, this is not always the case, and while he said later that he could have done without the 'audience participation', at the time, he was super laidback and even cracked a few jokes when the first few wands didn't work out so well. I, of course, bought the wand that 'picked' him—I had already been contemplating getting one of the interactive wands, and it seemed like the thing to do when the wand is picked for you. So, now we have a scary-looking wand that Mr. Ollivander assures us is good for prophecying and scrying. I really didn't get to spend enough time in Diagon Alley, though the weather was overcast and drizzly, which added enormously to the atmosphere. I also didn't get to do dinner at Toothsome's Chocolate Emporium, the steampunk restaurant at Citywalk, so I foresee more time spent at Universal in my future.

I should probably also mention that I skimmed through my lj friendslist, back to before the new TOS announcement, and added as many people who made mention of having a DW as I could find, but I probably missed leaving a comment saying as much on a fair number of journals, so, um, if you're one of those people, hi? I also actually looked at my Manage Circle page on DW and tried to clean that up a bit, because it appears that I missed ppl subscribing here, oops? Sorry, again. I'm probably going to shift base here at some point, but did I mention the craziness at work? Plus, it's tax season so that's taking up stupid amounts of time, too. Sorting out online presence is on my list, though, so at some point I will address it.

I will leave you with a fun fic rec to distract your brain from the general blah-ness of another Monday in 45's administration:
The Principle of Terrestrial Mediocrity, by [archiveofourown.org profile] AlphaFlyer, Ant Man | MCU, gen, ~5000 words===Luis likes his job at Stark Tower and would like to tell you about a special Friday night. :D
topaz119: (Hawkeye)
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: (HeartsFromTheBeach)
I'm almost embarrassed to post some of these, they're so old, but good fic never expires, yeah?

17 recs--gen, het, slash, MCU, Inception, Bond, SPN, TFA )

...and the rest of the stuff I've loved over the years is on [pinboard.in profile] topaz119
topaz119: (Laura)
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)
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)
    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: (library)
    my backlog is ridiculous, so please bear with me as I try to catch up. These are the oldest on my list, but possibly you might find a few you haven't already seen?

    10 links, het, gen, slash, MCU, Pacific Rim )
    topaz119: (Laura)
    Checking in to say hellooooo and wish the USians a belated Happy Turkey Day. I have yet to actually do the traditional feast as plans changed and I ended up at my mom’s house with Oldest and BabyBoy, while D and #2Son were at home/running down to see D’s father again. Since my mom doesn’t/can’t eat (and her mom’s stuffing recipe is one of the few things she actually misses eating and that would be hard for her to see/smell and not have) and Oldest doesn’t like anything of a standard T-giving dinner, I opted for a spaghetti feast, with homemade meatballs and garlic bread. Fun, and well-received, but not at all traditional. We’re going back home later today, though, and I’m planning on the whole involved deal later this weekend. Of course, every time I say that, people rush to tell me that I don’t have to go to all that trouble and I’m seriously starting to develop a few cracks in my Pleasant Fuck-Off ReplyTM. Normally I’m better at doing the semi-polite bitchslap to shut down people’s super-wrong assumptions about my life (because, let’s be real, you all know I’m looking forward to pulling together the whole feast, especially in my own kitchen, where all the knives are sharp and the herbs and spices are fresh, and I only know you from the internet--you'd think people who see me on a daily basis might have figured that out, too) but there are too many competing issues going on here (#2’s anxiety disorder, Mom’s health, my father-in-law’s health) and being polite to idiots is pretty far down on the list of things to spend my energy on.

    Anyway.

    In more fun news, I managed to finish up another part of the Barton farm backstory I seem to be writing:

    your hand in mine, we walk the miles, Laura/Clint (obvs), with guest starring roles by Cooper Barton and Nick Fury.

    So, yeah, that’s a nice thing to have checked off the WiP list (I’m not done here--my brain has at least 3 more ideas percolating, including the origin story of Black Widow’s arrow necklace--but any little step forward is good by me.) Also, I went out and hunted down an icon for Laura since this seems to be something I'll be revisiting and I hate being unprepared for posting purposes. :D

    Are we doing the December talking meme again this year? That was fun last year even if I had to bail two-thirds of the way through and finish up in January. Should I put up a list of dates? You know I like to hold forth and share my opinions about Things…

    rl

    Oct. 13th, 2015 12:20 pm
    topaz119: (path through the woods)
    My mom was discharged from the hospital last week, so I went to her house to hang out for a while. I don't know that she's better, precisely, but she's very happy to be home, and goodness knows we all trust her visiting nurse more than just about anyone to take care of her complicated medical needs. My brother is still staying with her, and I overlapped with his wife being there, too, so that was good to see her. Mom is so worn down that she's falling asleep in between sentences, so we had a very low-key weekend, mostly going through 70 year old pictures. When she napped, did electronic housekeeping (updating her phone and tablet, getting the chromecast rebooted, showing my brother how to stream Netflix on it, etc) In the middle of that process, we (he and I) ended up watching Chef, which ended with him (he worked his way through grad school as a line cook/sous chef) getting all inspired in the kitchen. I made soup, he made flan and a Spanish tortilla and I don't even know what else, but it was very companionable.

    And then I went by the barbecue place with the amazing spareribs (different than the barbecue place with the amazing pulled pork because I am married to a bbq snob) and loaded up, and googlemaps managed to find me a way back across the washed-out/flooded roads and I got home in time to feed the HoB ribs of the gods for dinner.

    I am still doing fairly well with bringing my lunch—today is some of the soup I made for my brother (chicken with wild rice) and ham / cheddar / whole grain mustard on a pretzel roll. I'm experimenting with assorted noodles, too, to see if I can do some kind of makeshift ramen w/o the chemicals and sad little bits of dehydrated veggies that make up standard US versions. If I work it out, I'll let you know.

    Also, it is really really bad (in a good way) to have a Starbucks in the lobby (aka, wow, the Toasted Graham Syrup is v. v. tasty.)

    Alsoalso, if you want to prompt me with a pairing, I'm still happy to do more of the autumn ship meme.
    topaz119: (Darcy)
    It was my turn for a Muggle weekend, as the highlights of the last few days include such exciting entries as getting the oil changed in the car, letting the professionals get it clean, getting my hair cut, 11 loads of laundry (!!), and multiple trips to grocery stores, Costco, and the famers market. I meant to do some serious baking, as we are out of the good stuff for snacks and lunches, but my body decided it had had enough of the crazy schedule of the last month and surrendered to a drippy little cold, so I shoved all the butter and chocolate into the fridge and took myself off for extended showers and naps.

    All very exciting.

    It wasn't completely mundane stuff, though, as I managed to finally finish off the next part of the Clint/Darcy fic, the part I've been working on since last November. It almost had a birthday, and I was beginning to think I wasn't ever going to finish it, but once I stopped trying to write what I thought I was going to write and started paying attention to what I should have been writing, I got them to the point they needed to be at, and got it posted.

    in deep with you darling (part 3 is the latest update)

    also, ugh, I let comments to that languish for a shamefully long time, really very embarrassing on my part, so I made myself sit down and answer them (all of them, I hope), which was has been a very satisfying line to draw through my to-do list. (Am I the only person who uses a strikethrough font for their online to-do list? I mean, evernote holds all my lists and notes and whatnot, and I actually have a note for completed tasks, where I move things that are done, but first I have to change the font to strikethrough, for maximum aesthetics, I guess. And then I take the strikethrough off when I move the line item to the Done note. I don't ask my brain for explanations these days; I'm happy enough that it's still functioning.)

    We move offices at the end of the week, which means I have to be packed up by Friday, which means I will be packing during all my conference calls. Thank goodness for wireless headsets.
    topaz119: (Darcy)
    Title: sneakin' up on your blind side
    Fandom: MCU
    Pairing: Darcy Lewis/Clint Barton
    Rating: NC-17/Explicit
    Length: ~ 4000 words
    Notes/Warnings: One part RL being a total bitch in many different aspects (money, family, home, work) + one part you need a rock not a rolling stone passing a (frankly unbelievable) milestone in hits == my brain deciding fluffy smut was the answer.

    Summary: “Home?” Clint asks, and Darcy means to just agree, but when she opens her mouth, all that comes out is a wordless, embarrassing noise (ok, whimper) at the thought of their little converted basement apartment on Capitol Hill. She knows it’s not anything all that great, and that they could have been living the good life in Georgetown in a Stark-funded condo, but it’s the first place she’s ever had as an actual adult-type person, one who is a productive member of society, and it’s home.

    Link: AO3
    topaz119: (viridian skies)
    Title: Viridian Skies
    Fandom: The Avengers/MCU AU
    Pairing: Clint/Natasha
    Rating: NC-17/Explicit
    Length: ~ 13,200 words
    Notes/Warnings: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] be_compromised AU Exchange, for [livejournal.com profile] sugar_fey's prompt of steampunk.

    Summary: In a world of airships and automatons, Natasha has accepted a mission for them that Clint is not at all sure about.

    Link: AO3
    topaz119: (ready to write)
    As tagged by [livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer, 7 lines from the 7th page of a WiP...

    I have 2 that have reached the 7 page mark (not saying how many others that haven't gotten that far, but it, uh, is a number considerably larger than 2).

    #1 - The slooooooowly creeping along (as in I'm-happy-to-hit-100-words-a-day) post CA: TWS chapter of in deep with you darling, Clint/Darcy:

    “I--oh, holy shit, I appreciate the concern but seriously, I would feel an astronomical amount better if you’d look at the road rather than me.” Darcy resists the urge to cover her eyes--she’s not that much of a wuss, she tells herself sternly--and gropes around for the water. She doesn’t think she’s all that thirsty, at least not until the first swallow and she realizes how much dust and smoke and sand she’s been breathing.

    “Easy,” Clint says, but he’s watching the road, so Darcy doesn’t fuss. “I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t throw up in my truck, because it’s looking like I’m gonna be living out of it for the foreseeable future.”




    #2 - The wow-this-is-taking-over-my-brain Laura/Clint sequel to one of these crazy old nights, ie, the one where I'm pretty sure they get married:

    “No, really,” Clint answered. “I’m good hanging here--my unit’ll probably disown me, but I’m not really feeling the cards tonight. We can just… I don’t know, see what else is around.”

    “Sure,” Laura said. He let her take his arm again, and encouraged by the contact, she felt like she could add a little bit of a joke. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a country girl. We make our own fun.”

    Clint smiled at that, a real one that reached his eyes, no matter that it started off small. “Yeah, carnie, here, remember? Got paid for making my own fun.” They stepped out of the heavy glass doors and relative quiet of the conservatory and the hum and all the commotion and energy of the hotel washed over them. “Well, for certain definitions of paid. And fun.”


    For the number of times I've seen this on my circle/flist, I'm assuming everyone has already been tagged, but if not, feel free to share and blame it on me!
    topaz119: (Darcy)
    Oh, yay, comment fic memes --

    [personal profile] such_heights has the MCU Kissing Fest, 2015 version and [livejournal.com profile] be_compromised is running with FamilyFest.

    And for some reason, my brain jumped into action, so I have a fill for the kissing:

    Darcy/Clint, milkshakes

    Have fun!
    topaz119: (happy endings)
    I... have lost count of how many bookmarks I have in my Things That Made Me Happy tag, but here's the oldest page on the tag. On the plus side, I actually made it up to the post-Winter Soldier reading binge, so hey, I'm only about 10 months behind at this point (which is to say that, as usual, you've probably seen the bulk of these, but there might be a few you missed, or a few you might enjoy re-reading.) I add my standard disclaimers that I very much hope I managed to comment or--at the very least--leave kudos (while logged in) on all of these, but in the (very) likely case that I missed one or two: Thank you! I loved your story!

    All previous bookmarks are on [pinboard.in profile] topaz119, where they are tagged and sortable (closing in on 900!)

    24 recs -- slash, het, gen | MCU + 1 SPN & 1 Sleepy Hollow )
    topaz119: (ready to write)
    Yeah, yeah, it's almost February, I know, I know, but seriously, I only just got my Christmas tree down. And last week was #2Son's end of semester, so that vortex sucked enough of my brain power and mental stability that reading/watching new things were totally not happening, so the Wednesday book meme is a copy/paste of last week.

    Plus, I've done this since 2004; I'm not letting being late stop me from starting my 2nd decade of round-ups.

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

    So, hey, this is what I wrote last year: )

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