topaz119: (somanybooks)
I was tagged by [ profile] vaguepositivity for a book meme, which I'm crossposting here, too.

Rules: In a text post, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard - they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so I’ll see your list.

1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum – The first book I remember reading by myself (I was 6/7) and THEN, I found out there were MORE. I ended up getting an Inter-library Loan from the main Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh before I turned 8. My mom had to sign for it and my grandmother paid the fee, but I got my hands on Ozma of Oz.

2. The Secret of the Old Clock, Carolyn Keene – Nancy Drew #1. I read my way through these for a solid year or two. I had the yellow hardback versions, but my grandmother still had my mom's original series, so I read all those, too. I know they're formulaic and trite, but 40 years ago, there really weren't many books with a competent female protagonist, let alone one who saved the day. See also: Trixie Belden.

3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain – I read it too young, but it's a rollicking good adventure, and then I read it as an adult and really understood what he was writing about and it works on both levels.

4. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – I read, I write, I am Jo. (And I'm in the minority of being okay with the Professor v. Laurie.)

5. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, Dee Brown – I was way too young for this, but it was on my parents' bookshelves and I had free reign. I still can't watch a Hollywood Western.

6. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte – My love of gothic romances, let me show you it.

7. Bride of the MacHugh, Jan Cox Speas – I was into Highland clans and politics and romance waaaaaaay before Outlander.

8. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston – This is not the first book you think of for a suburban, Southern county library book club, but bless the director, she not only got this on the list, but also booked a discussion leader who didn't at all back down from the genteel, polite, racist reactions to the book.

9. The Mists of Avalon -- Professional fan fic ftw.

10. Beloved, Toni Morrison – I was in such a book hangover from this that I could barely function for a week, and nobody I knew had read it. Oh, for the agonies that the internet actually solved.

I'm supposed to tag people but I have no idea if you've already done this or not, so if you haven't feel free to play along!
topaz119: (teatime)
[ profile] wendy asked me how I take my coffee, and the short answer is: tea. :D.

I really don’t drink coffee at all—I occasionally go for a good coffee-flavored ice cream to counter-balance some serious chocolate (and I have a recipe for a Baked Alaska using coffee ice cream for which I’m trying to find a suitable occasion) but I usually don't even like mocha candy.

Tea, on the other hand, is a big thing around my house. I have one of those over-the-door shoe organizers (with the clear plastic pockets, right?) on my pantry door and that’s where all my little boxes of tea live in the kitchen. I usually do Earl Grey in the morning (no milk, just a bit of lemon, which is all kinds of wrong, I know, but I like what I like) and I’ll end the day with something herbal (and decaf!), usually a Lemon/Red Zinger or a Peppermint (chamomile makes me feel like I’m drinking the proverbial ‘hot leaf juice’ and let’s just not talk about green tea at all.) If I’m feeling bored (or if the boys have used up the last of my EG), I have some jasmine tea to mix things up a bit. I used to do the fancy blends from Teavana, etc, but in one of our ever-present reorganizations at the office, I ended up on the same team as two fabulous Indian women who have shared with me with their own custom chai blends (I think their mothers make them up in bulk) and so I will do at least one chai latte every afternoon. My go-to Starbucks order is an iced passion tea if the weather is hot, or I’ll do the seasonal syrup in a hot chai (er, not the peppermint stuff—that goes in hot chocolate, but the gingerbread syrup is pretty tasty in their chai.)

So, yeah, tl;dr: How I take my coffee is TEA. ♥
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: (books!)
Crazy weekend--D's uncle, a retired professor of Old Testament theology, who can best be described as Faulknerian, passed away, so we spent multiple days dealing with that.

Also, I am about to kick off a doc sprint with a team located primarily in India, so we're looking at meetings all week at 10 pm my time. Good thoughts appreciated!

I saw this float by & thought it looked like fun--because books are always fun, right?

1. Favourite childhood book?
The Wizard of Oz -- I can still remember the morning when I realized I'd read hundreds of pages (I think I was in 2nd grade) and then being overjoyed that there were more books about Oz. (L. Frank Baum wrote 14 books and a wonderful, wonderful children's librarian got me almost all of them that year. Last year, someone put them all together in one omnibus Kindle edition with TOC that goes across them all--I almost sprained my wrist getting it, I was moving so fast.)

The books that I have hunted down for my kids (and re-read along with them) include The Twenty-One Balloons (William Pene duBois) and The Mad Scientists Club (Brinley/Greer). (They sort of explain the engineering and steampunk, don't they?) Looking back now, Gone-Away Lake and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler were both giant influences. And I can't not mention Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, because a geek's got to have her intrepid girl-detective role models, right?

more, more, more under the cut )
topaz119: (cartoon!me)

It's been a couple of weeks but then last night I fell into a Felicity/Oliver-shaped hole and came to share with y'all and, lo! There were comments! and it was fun!

So. Posting would be good. And hey, I have SO.MANY. things bookmarked to share. Clearly, trying to do them all in one big swoop (or even monthly) isn't happening so my brain finally woke up and ingested enough Diet Coke to produce the thought that I should just throw a couple of them out each day. (You probably don't want to know how much Diet Coke that took, but those who have shared a hotel room with me over the years can attest to my ability to down oceans of the stuff and let's just say it has been a long, long month of paper-cut type aggravations.)

Thus: Happy-making Thing(s) of the Day (mostly fic, natch, but there are Lots Of Things starred and tagged and bookmarked across my internet-ready devices.)

Also, starting off today with the A-Z meme behind the cut )

Daily Happy-Maker
One from the oldest part of my list & one from the most recent:

The Adventure of the Tattoed Fighter by [ profile] ariadnes_string, Sherlock Holmes / Hawaii Five-0, Holmes/Watson, ~10,800 words, PG-13 === Super-fun fusion where Holmes and Watson come to the aid of a mysterious stranger and end up with his loud, fast-talking partner, too. Danny Williams translates to Victorian London much more smoothly than you'd expect. :D

Con Limon Y Sal by [ profile] Lacinia, Avengers, Bruce Banner/Natasha Romanoff, ~12,000, Mature === Really excellent Bruce and Natasha (and Clint) in the year after the movie, doing what it takes to keep going and finding unexpected relationships along the way. Tiny bit AU for the movie at the beginning, but nothing major.
topaz119: (RavenclawInigo)
Hi everybody new! ::waves::

quick background things, aka: context!yay! )

I cross-post pretty faithfully between DW & LJ, and like my little cross-post link on LJ says, comments are groovy wherever you'd like to make them. Fic is going to [ profile] topaz these days, but I usually get everything to [ profile] t_fic at some point. I'm also [ profile] topaz119 on tumblr and I'm on goodreads and pinterest as well. Feel free to ping me if you'd like to link up there, too.

...and I'm off to dig out the house so the lady who cleans for me can actually find something to clean other than holiday detritus, ciao!

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