topaz119: (shamrock love)
Catching up with my media consumption over the last few months, cutting because it got loooong...

books )

tv )

movies )

Virtual cookies to anyone who made it through all that!
topaz119: (somanybooks)
The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley--it is, like all of her work, very, verrrrry detailed. It also turns out to be about D’s family (the Scottish clan from the 1700s, so nobody we know), which I didn’t realize when I snagged e/audiobook on whatever Deal of the Day I got it on. It was a little bit of a kick when the Countess of Erroll showed up as a character. (I seriously doubt D’s family is from that exact branch of the family, but they were/are that clan. It’s given me renewed interest in digging through genealogy records. After 4 or 5 generations, it’s just so many names on a screen to me, even with my own family.)

Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett & Dave Evans--the book form of their Stanford course on using design principles to figure out what you want to be when you grow up (even if you're already there, ie, old.) I mostly got this to see if it might help #2Son with his less-traditional life plan, but I'm enjoying it on my own, too. (I do enjoy a good self-help book and this one is low on the woo-woo scale, which is even more endearing to me.)

A Second Chance At Paris, Cole McCade--I've completely lost the battle to stop adding to my (already staggering) TBR pile, both virtual and not, and this is one of the romance kindle deals I've been unable to resist. But seriously, the heroine is an astrophysicist with a father suffering from Alzheimers--how could I pass that one up? So far, it's not bad. There is some serious lack of communication in the main couple's background, which usually sets my teeth on edge, but since this case involves high school miscommunication, I'm letting it slide for now.

Since the last time I checked in...

Turn Coat, Jim Butcher, audio by James Marsters -- #10 or 11 of the Dresden books; I can't remember the last time I've lasted this long in a series, but now I'm at the point where I'll be damned if I stop. (Also, good on Butcher for letting the Luccio situation play out the way he did. I'm also to the point where I think he actually planned it that way, too.)

When Gods Die and Why Mermaids Sing, C.S. Harris -- #2 & 3 of the Sebastian St. Cyr books (Regency-era badass ex-military viscount with an Irish actress mistress & a former street-rat of a tiger), both of which I very much enjoyed. There was one point where I was a little worried that the actress was ripe for fridging, but in the next chapter Harris set up her agency and involvement so that while I am not entirely sure she'd going to survive much longer, it probably will have more to do with her own (valid, understandable) choices. The setting is spot on, too -- no wonder my mom loved these books.

I have a couple of Beverly Jenkins' books on my bedside table so I think those are next up. Also, 2 more St. Cyr mysteries.

You all know I almost never watch anything as it's actually airing, but I'm making an effort for Poldark, if only because of my mom (again.) Even if I can't call and dish with her about this version and even knowing the general plot line (we watched the original series way back in the day), I can't let it air without watching. I have to say that I think this Elizabeth is much more sympathetically written, because I *never* saw her point back in the '70s (omg, Team Delmelza all the way) but now I am rooting for her to find some way to happiness (so long as she keeps her mitts off Ross.)

The boys have been shepherding me through Parks and Rec, which never appealed to me when it was on, but that was apparently because I watched in the first season. We skipped clean over S1 & S2 and I am having a *blast* with S3 onward. We're up to Leslie's campaign for city council and while it is striking a little too close to home these days, I still get all the warm fuzzies from it.

I'm tiptoeing through Daredevil and Jessica Jones, mostly because I fell hard for Mike Coulter in the first episode of JJ and really want to watch Luke Cage with the proper background, but I can only take about 1 episode a week because of the dark (themes, not settings.)

Other than that, all I watch is HGTV and the Food network. :D

For some reason, I have been in this total Bollywood mood. Maybe because Sonali Dev's writing reminded me how much I loved the drama and flair? (She has a new book out right now and I ended up re-reading her first two on various planes this summer.) Luckily, the library has an excellent collection of the genre, because it’s otherwise a pricey addiction. So, yes, lots of giant dance numbers, except my 2 favorites turned out to be straight drama, not musicals. (Dil Chahta Hai, which is a coming-of-age arc about 3 friends and their romantic entanglements; and Monsoon Wedding, which does have the obligatory wedding but where the wedding is the catalyst for the drama in that everyone comes together and Stuff Happens. I am not ashamed to admit I cried through parts of both.) I'm still on the waiting list for Dil Dhadhakne Do (which sounds like the same big family Drama, only with a 30th anniversary cruise) and Band Baaja Baharat (friends to lovers against a backdrop of wedding planners. Dear lord, the bulletproof tropes that one hits for me...)

Sidenote: Last weekend D wanders into the bedroom asking if I had RSVP'd for his friend N's wedding, which, uh, no? Your friend, your chore. I haven't even met the bride-to-be, though I do like the groom a lot. He's adorable. (He taught with D for years.) So, they're a modern couple and everything is set up online, which forces D to go through the (agonizing, seriously, no one ever had to do so much stuff to rsvp a wedding, yes, my eyes are rolling out of my head) process of downloading the app and finding the wedding and then he's all, 'a sanjeet?' (he's spelling it out for me), 'what is that and why do I have to rsvp for that, too?', so yay for cultural diversity in reading and watching and still being able to impress the husband even after 30 years?

I am the world's worst gamer--my hand-eye coordination can handle typing & that's about it, but I am managing to play Knight of the Old Republic with much support from the HoB. I'm so proud? Also, on my phone I have been playing Regency Love for a couple of months & might just find myself running off with a most unsuitable beau. Also on the phone, I have just started Fallen London, but I have no idea what I'm doing there, so I'm expecting to die a horrible death at any moment.


Nov. 12th, 2015 02:49 pm
topaz119: (bats!)
I mentioned this briefly in my last post, but in my eternal quest not to fall into my usual winter blues, I’m trying to immerse myself in seasonally appropriate things that make me happy. I sort of got the idea from a study I saw somewhere online about why/how there is less depression in Scandinavia than researchers expected, due in part, they theorize, by how the population frames the long winter months as a chance to burrow in and be cozy/enjoy winter activities, etc. We’ll see how well it works in the depths of February, (I do have that Russian/Polish background working, where their method of dealing with the winter has more to do with vodka than enjoying coziness) but I started the plan with autumn and Halloween.

I haven’t baked a pumpkin pie yet (saving that for Thanksgiving), but I did coordinate my viewing / listening with the season.

On the viewing side of things, I hauled out the old favorites of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and Rocky Horror, which were all very comforting in their familiarity. Plus, I stumbled across Only Lovers Left Alive, which fit the theme well enough, even if it’d also fit in with Valentine’s Day. I’m always fascinated by Tilda Swinton’s characters, but this one was surprisingly… sweet, for lack of a better word. And Hiddleston was sort of adorable for a depressed, lonely blood-drinker. So, that was fun.

I already had Dead Beat going as an audiobook, which is set at Halloween and features the King of the Wild Hunt and assorted zombies, which kept my workouts and commutes on theme for most of the month. And then, I found that I’d downloaded an audio version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow narrated by Tom Mison, which was rather perfect for messing around in the kitchen making vampire cupcakes.

So that, plus a big fire in the fireplace on Halloween night (viewable from the street through our leaded glass front doors) were my early autumn efforts toward making the most of the season.
topaz119: (velma is thinking)
cut for your scrolling ease

this week in fandom )

this week in writing )

this week in DragonCon )

this week in food )

Also, Trader Joe's cookie butter is EEEEEVIL.
topaz119: (somanybooks)
Still listening to Storm Front, the first Dresden book. Worked my way through the pre-Avengers comic tie in (Fury's Big Week) and the prelude to Thor: The Dark World for my [ profile] marvel_bang, though they *only* thing I'm using from that is this panel, because, mmmm, Hawkeye. Still haven't thrown in the towel on The Lost Sisterhood, but I haven't made much progress either. On the plus side, the hold list coughed up Rhys Bowen's next Lady Georgie mystery, Heirs and Graces, which almost always satisfies my itch for cozy mysteries, so that's ready to go. The hold list is also coming through with all three TPBs of Saga, so I can re-read 1 & go right into 2 & 3.

I finally finished off S2 of Once Upon a Time and gave in and sent some money to Hulu so I could watch S3 w/o having to jump through hoops (like I'm going to have to in order to finish off this season of Arrow--*why* CW doesn't make it available somehow w/o me having to buy the whole season on itunes is beyond me.) The interwoven stories still do it for me--the boys think I'm fairly funny when I cackle at who turns out to be what fairy tale character. (FWIW, I think my favorite encounter of the entire series is Neil telling Mulan about her movie.) Also, still watching Penny Dreadful, though I stalled out at 1.04 and haven't gotten back into it. Again with the loving all the interwoven stories and characters, but oy, I have to psych myself up for the blood and sex and horror.

FINALLY got to see X-Men: Days of Future Past and... well, let's say my inner 14 year old is still delighted to see her secret obsession playing out on the big screen. And, in a way, it's better that I didn't know this storyline as that obsessive teen, because there was my world, the X world, but someone was telling me a new story in it. Kinda like why I'm so into fic. I mean, I generally knew the storyline, but it wasn't the one that broke my heart in the 70s (hi, Dark Phoenix.) cutting for a spoiler from the end (not the post-credits scene) ) So that was good.

We also got Rush on DVD, which I was mostly watching for the clothes, while the rest of the testosterone-fueled house was in it for the Formula 1. I did get a kick out of telling them that the part that had Hollywood-liberties taken with it wasn't that Lauda was back in a race car after 6 weeks, but that Hunt & Lauda were actually friends & roommates as well as rivals, not just rivals who came to respect each other. I also had to explain the whole Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor thing, which none of the HoB had ever heard of. I think I'm taking that as a win, parenting-wise.

And also for the [ profile] marvel_bang, I re-watched Thor 1 & 2 & all the deleted scenes, which I know you know was such a hardship, :D.

ok, my house is a freaking disaster area and I am out of time to procrastinate about getting it shoveled out. Ciao, bellas!
topaz119: (#1OTP)
Late to the party, as usual, but here's the movie meme: 

1. Star Wars (no, I will not call it Episode IV: A New Hope, kthxbye) 
Sitting in a theater in summer 1977 and watching Han blast Vader out into deep space is literally the moment that Fannish!Me was born. 

2. The Godfather
Whenever someone wants to tell me how amazing Breaking Bad is/was, and how it's fascinating to watch a good man slide into evil, I tell them I already saw that story 40 years ago with Michael Corleone. I had to beg my parents to let me see it in the theaters, but it was worth all the effort.

3. The Sting
How can you not love Robert Redford grinning at Paul Newman? I guess you can, but getting a kick out of that certainly helps explain all slash fic happening around here.

4. The Wizard of Oz
It came on TV every year when I was a kid and it was the first 'real' book I ever read myself (I was 7.) It took me decades to reconcile my love of this movie with the heart-shattering disappointment I felt when it told me Oz wasn't real. Now I just pretend the very end of the movie doesn't exist. I think it was my earliest instance of the 'I reject your reality & substitute my own,' that has served me well on my fannish life.

5. Moonstruck
I don't even like Nic Cage's character, but he made Loretta so happy that it ultimately didn't matter. All rom-coms should be this good.

6. The Philadelphia Story
I have to excise that hideous line about how it's Tracy's fault her father is a cheating asshole, but otherwise, I adore that the definition of love is that your beloved thinks better of you than you do yourself. Also, I feel certain that Liz and Mike had a fabulous life together.

7. Apocalypse Now
I think this one explains my love of 'what if' (and thus my love of fan fic) because there are very few adaptations that move further than between British colonial Africa and the American Vietnam War experience. 

8. The Fellowship of the Ring
This one is on here because it let me introduce my kids to fandom and share it with them. (I mean, I love it, too, but formatively speaking, it gave me so much more on a personal relationship level than it did as a movie.)

9. Tootsie
Did I ever tell you how much love teenage!me had for soap operas? Let's just say it was A LOT, "".

10. Beauty and the Beast
My favorite Disney movie ever. I almost squealed with glee last month when the hostess led us into the ballroom/dining room at Be Our Guest restaurant in WDW. Luckily, D is used to my spontaneous geek-gasms and did not flinch (it helped that my geeky joy came with a steak for him.)
topaz119: (cartoon!me)
I used to have an intro post, but it is long lost to the un-tagged history and it was old, too, so here's a new shiny one for everyone I friended last month:

10 things you'll probably see here )

I also spend some time at [ profile] topaz119 & I love to interact wherever!
topaz119: (A-Babies!Nat)

So, I'm writing an Avengers/Agents of SHIELD/Hawkeye Clint/Coulson that I've wanted to write right from the start of AOS, and I'm posting it a chapter at a time, because that's the only way I can reliably finish anything these days... and that got long and boring )

...and that was probably 100x more than what you signed up for around here, but it feels like I just freed up my brain to keep going on the writing, so cut-text it is.

I feel vaguely guilty for doing anything but trying to write on this thing (I, er, underestimated how long it was going to take to claw out of the angsty hole I dug for everyone, so instead of a nice 15K fic, I'm about to crack 25K and still have a third of it to go, whoops), but I have managed to read a couple of books (I finally realized I could put my iPad in a ziploc bag and read in the bathtub, which makes life SO MUCH BETTER, duh.)

What I've Just Finished
So [personal profile] poisontaster not only sorted me out on where to start with Barbara Hambly, but also loaned me her pick, so Bride of the Rat God, it was. I enjoyed it immensely, especially the setting and atmosphere of 1920s Hollywood, which was vivid enough to be a character of its own. So, that was fun.

And then I resolved to actually *read* some of the sale-of-the-day e-books I compulsively buy, so I dove into the first of the Phryne Fisher mysteries, Cocaine Blues, and didn't come up until I'd gone through Flying Too High and Murder on the Ballarat Train (and #4 is on the way from the library.) I think it's safe to say I enjoyed the series--it's nice to read something outside the usual post-WWI setting of England/NYC (these are set in Australia) and Phryne is entertaining enough in her own way. Plus, dear lord, the *clothes*. I find myself googling her designers and imagining my grandmother (who was a knockout in her day) in various and assorted outfits. The mysteries are fine -- I never bother trying to work out who the villain is when I read these things, I just float along and (if all is working right) am entertained by the spectacle, which these are doing nicely.

What I'm Reading Now
Nothing, at the moment -- or, well, cookbooks as I sit around assorted therapist/orthodontist offices. Canal House Everday and Bouchon Bakery (which qualifies as strength training, too, as it is huuuge.)

What I'm Reading Next
Phryne Fisher #4--I can't remember the name, just that it's waiting at the library and tomorrow is conveniently enough a work-from-home day, so I can grab it on my errand run around the little town we live near.

Other random stuff
Spring break -- I am experimenting with a third-party broker for Disney Vacation Club properties and have a savanna-view studio reserved for approximately the price of a moderate-resort room. (This is mostly so that #2Son can hang out in the room and have something to see if the rest of vacationing gets to be too much for him.) I will report back on how it all turns out, but so far it's been pretty painless. I also started making dining reservations in November, as soon as D confirmed that the varsity team was playing in a WWoS tournament, so I'm holding Saturday evening fireworks-timing at the California Grill, a reasonable time for dinner at Le Cellier, and an actualfax dinner table at Be Our Guest. (My squee is only barely contained at this trifecta of Holy Grail restaurants.) The Flower & Garden Festival is doing food booths again this year, so that's cool; the new MK daytime parade starts in about a week (and has so many steampunky elements I might have to see it more than once); and the construction walls are down from around the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, with the possibility of it being in soft-opening by the time we get there. For this being my 4th trip in 9 months, I am ridiculously excited by all of this.

TV -- Behind on everything except for SPN but that's only because BabyBoy has caught the bug and watches it in the morning before school. I was very happy to see who I saw this week, even if I'm seriously ready to start smacking some sense into people named Winchester.

Movies -- We finally (!!!!) coordinated schedules and went to see The Hobbit last weekend, and all I can say is that I have given up trying to be rational about those movies. As soon as the score begins, I just fall into this place where I'm catching up with friends I haven't seen in decades and while I can objectively see where the first part was a little slow, I honestly didn't care. I think we're trying for the Lego movie this weekend; I have promised not to make loud comments about Manic Pixie Dreamgirls while there (note the 'loud' part, because that's as far as I was willing to go.)

Anyway. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I'm still here (and on tumblr and twitter and goodreads and pinterest -- come see me if you're hanging out there, too!)
topaz119: (path through the woods)

Things that have happened since last we chatted:
  • Drove 400 miles with BabyBoy for company. Browsed a book store. Ate wood-fired pizza.
  • Searched fruitlessly for a non-foofy angel to replace our beloved lady who lost her head last year due to an unfortunate ladder-climbing incident.
  • Baked 10 dozen Gingerbread Kisses for my mom's cookie exchange. (If I don't bake some, she won't go, and it's an easy trade-off for me to get her some socialization w/o my dad.)
  • Saw Thor 2 again, this time with my parents. (At some other time, I will go into the blissful irony of explaining comics book canon to the people who literally burned any copies of said comics if they found them in their house.)
  • Concocted a ham dinner with all the trimmings when we all decided we weren't in the mood to eat turkey multiple times during the week.
  • Ate wild mushroom ravioli and pan-seared grouper over grits and was harassed by my favorite waiter (he was upset that the Beach Week crew dared to come in on his off-day last summer, so I promised we'd check his schedule first next year.)
  • Did not check work email, not even once.
  • Drove 500 miles back home (detoured to pick up Oldest.) Met the new GF, looking and feeling my best after 6 hours in the car, but apparently did not scare her unduly.
  • Made an assortment of cream-soup-based casseroles for the in-laws Tgiving.
  • Spent Tgiving keeping my mouth shut and reading by the fire at said in-laws, surfacing only to show my father-in-law pictures of his niece on the red carpet at the Catching Fire premiere. Made a valiant attempt to explain the plot and her role in it, but crashed and burned.
  • Threw out the remains of the cream-soup-based casseroles.
  • Ran around and dug the house out from under all the crap so the wonderful lady who cleans for me could, y'know, find the house to clean.
  • While out stocking up on general food necessities, saw that they had fresh, free-range turkeys for under a dollar per pound and decided to make an actual Thanksgiving dinner, mostly because #2 had spent the week being overwhelmed and didn't get any feasting in.) I had cornbread dressing in the freezer, so I hit the (clean) house at about 4:30 and we were eating by 7:30. I have to link you to Smitten Kitchen's Green Bean Casserole because it is SO FREAKING GOOD. Holy moly, I was mostly just making it as general cooking therapy for me, but guh, it was amazing even though I made it with 1% milk instead of cream. (I'm not even apologizing to the tumblr/pinterest people who are seeing this again because it is just that good.)
  • Cleaned up the kitchen. Made brunch. Cleaned up the kitchen again.
  • Administered oxygen to the Auburn fans in the house after that finish.
  • Made dinner. Left the kitchen a wreck.
  • Read some stuff. Watched some other stuff. Caught up on AOS and Arrow. Didn't quite get there with SPN or Sleepy Hollow.
  • Did not shop. Am not 'mostly finished' with my holiday shopping. Do not care.

    My life. So exciting. ;-)
  • topaz119: (path through the woods)
    Hello, lovely peoples! I've been meaning to post for days and days now, but it has been A Week, and for no discernible reason other than there having been too many weeks like that in the recent past.

    Summing things up:

  • Thank you for all the birthday good wishes! In spite of the stupid week, I did get to have deconstructed gumbo and coconut cream pie at Watershed on Peachtree. Since I count the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot as a birthday trip, the rest of my gifts are (much) lower key--just things like new cooling racks (just in time for the holiday baking season) and a new pepper grinder. Still, lots of fun.

  • Also on the birthday topic, [ profile] rogoblue, thank you for the cheeses, they were/are very yummy! (I somehow lost your email address, which is why one should never clean out inboxes uncaffeinated.) Also, the, uh, odd gift that will probably arrive w/o a note is from me. (I could not figure out how to add a note to the order and then it processed before I could go back and change it. I got a shipment notice on it, though, so it did get sent. Someday, I will manage to do presents w/o all this attendant drama. I live in hope that it's before I go on Social Security.)

  • BabyBoy and I went to see Thor 2 and had an excellent, popcorn time, though I think my favorite part was the 5 minute Cap 2 trailer (yes, we did 3D--13 year old boys don't go for anything else.) I seriously cannot wait for that movie. Back in Thor-land, I have this Clint/Darcy that's been kicking around on my hard drive for the last 6 months that seems to have been kick-started by all the snarky Darcy in the movie, which is a pleasant surprise. Extra bonus points that what I already had didn't get jossed by the movie--maybe I'll even manage to find an end for it at some point?

  • I finished an actual, full-length novel last week--will wonders never cease? It was one of my Victorian-widow-turned-private-investigator mysteries, Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily series. It was fine, but suffers by comparison to Raybourn's Lady Julia/Brisbane series with which it shares a fair number of similarities. But sitll: a book! of fiction. Finished!

  • Still watching SHIELD (May continues to own me, but FitzSimmons are growing on me fast; also, so far not-jossed on the AOS/Avengers Clint/Coulson, writing as fast as my brain will process); Arrow (Oliver and a sense of humor--I so approve; still on the Olicity train); Sleepy Hollow (I'm not sure which is more fun: the IchAbbie or Orlando Jones live-tweeting the episode). Still lagging behind on SPN and OUAT, and Castle gets watched in bits and pieces in the mornings so I'm watching but I'm not entirely focused.
  • topaz119: (Default)

    What I Just Finished
    Thanks to a VP who is alll frothing at the mouth about efficiency, I haven't read much but things associated with Getting Things Done this week. Don't get me wrong--I find this system of managing tasks, projects and the inboxes of Doom to be my favorite and it has been for years, but I could have done without the "lunch and learn" discussion groups. (New VP. All energetic and stuff. Go team?)

    Anyway. The only non-work-related thing I read this week was a novella I found while cleaning up my kindle library (said cleaning being a part of the great We Will Become More Efficient mandate, and quite frankly, one of the better results. I mean, who really cares if I went through 11,000 emails in my inbox and assorted folders? Nice, but doesn't hold a candle to reading material I'd forgotten I had) -- one of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julias. The wedding one, to be exact. V. v. enjoyable, mostly because it had high crazy-family-to-Julia/Brisbane-fighting-about-how-involved-she-should-be ratios and those are always my favorites. Also, Aquinas was at Belmont Abbey to oversee the nuptials and I do love me some competent, organized butlering with a heavy side of sarcasm (cf. Jarvis.)

    What I'm Reading Now
    Amazon/Audible have a thing where you can get a narrated book for cheap if you have the kindle edition, and they do a free one every month. This month happened to be Little Women, the kindle edition of which is also free, so hey, Marmee and Jo and Laurie are currently living on my phone for freeeeeeee.

    I've got Mary Shelley (thanks, [ profile] ariadnes_string!) to fill in around where last week's free verse biography left me itching for more details.

    Hey, I actually have watched some! Cutting for spoilers...

    Arrow )

    Agents of SHIELD )

    Supernatural )

    I might keel over before we actually get to Cap 2 next spring. The boys are already preparing to point and mock when we hit Thor 2 this weekend and get the bonus Winter Soldier footage. And let's not even *talk* about Days of Future Past. The X-Men were my first comics love and I read them religiously in the 70s. I usually count Han Solo blasting Darth Vader away from Luke's X-Wing as my fannish triggering event, but Jean/Scott/Logan had me primed for that trigger.

    Has anyone seen a post-Avengers timeline? IM3 happened the Christmas after the Chitauri, but have we nailed down how Thor 2 and Cap 2 fit in? I have all these ideas that need to be slotted into a timeframe.

    If you got that far, please! have a virtual cookie! mwhah!
    topaz119: (Darcy)
    yay, new Thor trailer!

    squeeful babblings )

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled Wednesdays (where I will not be doing What I'm Reading Wednesday, because my entire week was spent trying to get into Murder As Fine Art only to concede and send it back to the library last night. Maybe there will be something to fit my mood on my Reserve shelf today?)
    topaz119: (needfulthings)
    random things:

  • Somehow (I suspect being packed into a tiny church with 200 other people for the funeral) I have a cold. It is, of course, the first day I can remember seeing blue skies in weeks and I am huddled under my quilt. bleh.

  • Oldest and I hung out and watched Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters a couple of days ago, which was kindof fun. A little too bloody for my taste, especially since I felt like it wasted more than one potentially interesting plot point in favor of yet another exploding head. spoilers ) The boots they were wearing were awesome, though. :D

  • My mother has been giving me these sad-puppy eyes about how I don't ever get to write anything fun (because I'm not writing novels for publication) for the last few years, so this spring, I figured out how to edit an ePub, fiddled with you need a rock not a rolling stone (where "fiddled with" == "rewrote all the sex scenes to be not explicit, because: my *mother*"), explained the basics of fan fic, and put the file on her iPad right before we finished up Beach Week. Nerve.Wracking.

  • We have a slightly intimidating (for me, at least) number of cosplays in the works for DragonCon and 6 weeks to finish them up.
    1. Oldest is doing Fraction/Aja's Hawkeye and Hawkeye with one of his friends. There is an outside chance that another one of his friends (who is Russian and a redhead) will do Natasha with them and a more likely chance that L's boys will be Tracksuit Mafia-types. Mostly, we just need to track down purple sneakers for this, as he is all over the ratty jeans/t-shirt combo in RL.
    2. BabyBoy, #2Son & I are conspiring to be the young Redmond, Blutarch and the Administrator from Team Fortress 2, if I can find a purple suit. Still need bowlers and ribbon to trim/make string ties for the boys.
    3. #2 (who is the Maker Boy around here) is experimenting with inflatable octopi to see if we can adapt an existing steampunk persona of mine for something out of Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod.
    4. Oldest has something else going on, too, but all I know is that he needs a black suit and red hair dye. Getting the hair dye out is going to kill him, though he doesn't quite believe that.

    ::eyes list, tries not to just quit now::

    ...and finally, back to clearing out/sharing bookmarks and favorites:

    Couldn't Get That Boy To Kill Me, by [ profile] redbrunja, Avengers | MCU, Clint Barton/Natasha Romanoff, ~3200 words, Explicit === I love the jagged edges in this and how they fit together.

    All You Have To Do Is Open Your Eyes, by [ profile] torakowalski, The Losers, Cougar/Jensen, ~5500 words, Explicit === Cougar doesn't talk, but Jensen understands perfectly.
  • topaz119: (AgtCoulson)
    So, at 9 o'clock last night, my neighbor texts me to say she's going to see "Much Ado" and do I want to go? Which I did, so there I was, going out at 9:30. In the *night*. Without kids.

    Very exciting.

    We both enjoyed the movie immensely, which is probably not a surprise for me, but my friend is a lit teacher and only a peripheral Whedon fan, so she had no idea who most of the actors were. it's Shakespeare--do I really need to cut for spoilers? )

    Non-spoilery to [ profile] rogoblue -- Reed was awesome, as were his suits. :D

    Oh, and I signed up for [community profile] polybigbang. I'm thinking about H5-0, Kono/Danny/Steve. (Or possibly Leverage and Parker/Hardison/Eliot. Or maybe more in the only Trek thing I've ever written, and adding Gaila to my Kirk/Pike. But probably Kono/Danny/Steve.) My Marvel Bang is at that point where I've stopped trying to write what I thought I was going to write and started writing what the story wants/needs to be, which is progress, at least. There's still a lot of pouting at the screen, though. And only about 4000 words. But progress.
    topaz119: (STFU)
    \o/ The AA who works with the group I find myself attached to these days did battle with the procurement system on my behalf and now I not only have an extra power supply/cord for my laptop (thus eliminating the near-daily crawl under my desk to plug/unplug as I haul my computer home) but also gifted me with a cordless headset for my phone, which means I don't have to hold the phone with my shoulder 4+ hours/day. Truly: \o/

    /o\ It rained so much last week that there were no fireworks involved in our Fourth. (Actually, I think I'm the only person who cared, but still -- no fireworks. sadface.)

    \o/ The minions singing I Swear, complete with iconic white suits made me laaaaaaaaugh.

    \o/ /o\ \o/ I have been paying attention to lifting weights/stretching/walking the crazy Dalmatian (hah, yes, it is post-Beach Week Detox Week(s)) and have managed to do something every day lately (\o/) but omg, just sitting around hurts (/o\). I am so not that person who says, "yeah, it hurts but I feel good, too." No endorphin rush here, sadly. Just something to check off the list (which, you know, is it's own little rush, but not what I think ppl mean.)

    Wednesday Reading

    ...brought to you this week by some weird confluence of the aether, whereby I got hit with multiple instances of 'what I read is fine, what *you* read perpetuates the patriarchy/denies women their existence'; or Hi, I Read Romance And Slash And Comics And These Are Some Of My Favorites

    What I Just Finished
    Legend In Green Velvet, Elizabeth Peters -- Still funny, even after 20 years.

    Bride of the MacHugh, Jan Cox Speas -- my paperback of this is literally falling apart but it still makes me very happy.

    Welcome to Temptation, Jennifer Crusie -- Porn and food and cons. And fun.

    I also sorted out my electronic comics (Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Rescue, Avengers Assemble, and I can't remember what else.) I'll leave the slash to a different post.

    What I'm Reading Now
    To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis -- Got put on hold due to the above confluence, which means I'll probably have to start over again, but these things happen sometimes.

    What I'm Reading Next
    Still have Blackout, also by Willis from the library so that's probably where I'll go next.
    topaz119: (needfulthings)
    good morning dw/lj! It's shaping up to be a hell of a week, what with JT and his suit at the Grammys, and then the Pope resigning/SPN getting renewed yesterday, Fat Tuesday today, Ash Wednesday segueing into with Valentine's Day, and a nice, close meteor fly-by this coming weekend. I think that's probably quite enough for one week.

    I spent the weekend decluttering the great room, which is where all the living takes place around here and is thus correspondingly piled with junk. I will only say that OMG, we have a LOT of books in this house. Also, many gazillion legos. While de-junking, I ended up re-watching the most recent BBC adaptation of Austen's Persuasion, the one with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones as Anne/Wentworth and amid the cutting and reworking that inevitably happens in an adaptation I found myself especially fond of I guess I should cut for spoilers? ) I really like this adaptation; Sally Hawkins plays Anne as sad but not a doormat, and Rupert Penry-Jones fits my mental image of a naval war hero splendidly.

    I also re-watched Bottle Shock (I'm reading lots of non-fiction about wine and decided to reward my due diligence with Chris Pine in tight-tight jeans, /shallow) and came away with my usual hankering for some Bo/Gustavo. Someday, I'll get tired of not finding any and just write it myself, but I have too ridiculously many stories started in g-docs now. I (probably) don't need another one, right? (yeah, don't answer that.)

    On the RL front, I would like to update the Things They Never Tell You About Parenthood with no one ever telling me that you can end up with ranking Shakespeare by a Swordfight Index (which means that Romeo & Juliet is right up there with Hamlet and Henry IV and Richard III as plays your 12-year-old wants to act in. Who knew?)
    topaz119: (it's a bookworm thing)
    hello, good morning afternoon, happy monday, etc, etc, etc

    So not in the mood for the reality of alarm clocks and calendar reminders. Let's talk about what I've been watching instead. Cutting for potential spoilers:

    SPN )

    Downton )

    Skyfall )

    Les Mis )

    Still trying to catch up on SPN and Once Upon a Time, and, no, I still haven't seen The Hobbit, fml.
    topaz119: (linus)
    Getting the flu on December 6 (and only now feeling like almost normal again) is not optimal. Just sayin'.

    I somehow managed to make it through picking up Oldest from his dorm, taking all three boys to the small museum with the amazing Egyptian collection on their free day; spent the next day in bed, calling in to assorted work-related meetings; spent the *next* day in Middle Earth (Fellowship started at 11:15 a.m. and we were walking out of the credits of RotK at 12:05, technically the following day); and then spent the rest of the week gradually working up to reality again.

    As of this morning, I had 2 (of the 20 needed) gifts purchased. aieee.

    I'd do the TV meme, except I can summarize it in 1 line: started watching Once Upon A Time. Didn't ditch anything old, though I'm behind on everything but Castle and Leverage (but only because BabyBoy watches them in the morning while he's waking up, so I see them as I'm running around doing my own morning routine), which means SPN and H50 are still taking up space on my DVR. Downton Abbey and the new Upstairs Downstairs also rotated through but I've watched all of them.

    Good things:

  • I finally finished the curtain-fic epilogue for the Clint/Coulson I wrote during the summer, which is also known as the part I really wanted to write but couldn't make sense of for the longest time. It is very nice to have that out of my head!

  • I really couldn't believe how quickly the time passed while watching all three LOTR movies. I don't even know how many times we've seen them, so I thought we'd probably get bored in the middle, but no, not at all. Watching them all together on the big screen was really amazing, even if it did wipe out the entire weekend (and make me vaguely nauseated at the smell of popcorn now.)

  • There was a groupon or something (living social? maybe?) to have a Christmas tree delivered to the house -- $70 for an 8 ft Fraser fir, including delivery and I decided that after last year's Home Depot travesty of a tree, this couldn't be any worse, so I went ahead and did it. Not only was it not worse, it is quite possibly the best looking tree we've had in years and the nice man brought it right to my front door. This is good, because I doubt we'd have a tree yet if it hadn't just shown up at the beginning of the month. But! it did, and we do, and other than a slight mishap that resulted in a decapitated angel tree-topper, we have achieved Tree. See? )
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