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the honey cake is slightly overbaked. >.< i think i'm going to cut off the ends and sides and (if i can) the top, so at least it doesn't have the tough bits still on when i slice it for company. the recipe says you can bake it in a loaf pan but i'm not sure. at least i know for next time not to bake it so long. but! it doesn't taste like coffee. :D

now i have meringues in the oven, and can i just say, egg whites+sugar+vanilla tastes a lot like marshmallow fluff. i put tiny chocolate chips in the batter and am now wondering if i should have used peppermint extract instead of vanilla. minty!

at work i'm learning how to organize the weekly "how many hours do you have scheduled for clients" emails, which entails figuring out who exactly gets the aforementioned emails and then, you know, sending them out. the application we use to track which team is working on which client (and which returns have gone out/been extended and which haven't) is not totally forthcoming with the names i need. it's a tch frustrating. just a tch. on the other hand, i'm learning how to do something new and i've gotten a new responsibility, and i'm certainly not going to complain about that. i'm not 100% sure what i'm doing, tho.

i'm watching lawless (the perks of suddenly getting a bunch of starz channels plus the sundance channel) and i can't get over tom hardy's nose. it's a nice nose.

the business of fandom - an interesting article about how teenage girls' fannish pursuits can be predictors of the next big thing, and how girls use fandom as a way to socialize with other girls. (that second part is not going to be a surprise to anyone who's spent any time in a fandom. i mean, of course girls use fandom to socialize with people. "i love this thing! who else loves it?" that seems pretty obvious.)

(posted this to lj last night and totally forgot to copy it over. >.< )

lunes OR The State of Me, Post-Harvey

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:48 am
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Otherwise known as, Journaling For Therapy in 5 E-Z Steps. Really long. Scroll past if your own family drama is enough for you. )

THERAPY THROUGH BRITISH POLICE PROCEDURALS

Since The Email, I have been self-therapying with British police procedurals which, to be fair, I love anyhow. I've just been binging them and D has been watching with me. I have rated them in order of how much I want to visit the country they are set in which happens to be in keeping with how much I love them. I'm not including Broadchurch since my deep love for it goes without saying:

1. Shetland- I love this SO MUCH. The countryside looks so lush and green and I love Jimmy Perez and Tosh the best. I continue to be highly amused at his Spanish surname and how totally plausible it is because Spaniards are often blond and fair. I am a season behind because the new one isn't on Netflix until it is complete but I can't wait!

2. Wallander- HOW did I not know Fetus!Tom Hiddleston was on this?? HOW?? You are all FIRED! Also, I know this is based on the Swedish mystery series, ok? Kenneth Branagh is a Brit, as are all the cast. Everything is superb on this: acting, cinematography, writing. Branagh is so BROKEN in this, like, all the time, and all you want to do is give him soup and tell him to sleep.

3. Hinterland- Of all of them this is absolutely the darkest, both literally and symbolically. It pushes the gore factor considerably in crime scenes and gunshot scenes compared to the others. Very noir, but really well done, too. Another broken DCI with secrets and baggage skillfully performed by Richard Harrington, who played Captain Blamey on Poldark, where he looked 65 years old in his wig and uniform. Fantastic cast, all of them.

4. Midsomer Murders- This is the oldest series and it is A DELIGHT. We are only on the second season and enjoying it utterly. Much lighter fare and a breath of fresh air every time. It's also such fun to play spot-the actor. We've already seen a young Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Spriggs of Sense and Sensibility and Harry Potter fame.

MISC.

* D has been pre-diagnosed with gastroparesis, which basically means her stomach does not work right. We are seeing other specialists because her dr thinks there might be another condition also at play and wants to at least rule it out. It is such a relief to find a medical professional that listens and believes you, I can't tell you. Dr. Behazin in Houston and her staff are the BEST.

* I plan to visit my folks early next month because it has been way too long. My mom is not doing well being my dad's caretaker since she is not, and has never been, the best nurturing sort. Not being mean; she'd say the same. However, she is also 77 herself, so I know her health is not the best, either.

* I have not read anything in so long it is sad.

* Except for kid's graphic novels for my committee. My faves so far are

- Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
- Princess Princess Ever After by Katie 'Neill
- Fish Girl by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli
- Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton
- Real Frends by Shannon Hale

Okay, gente. I'ma go be productive.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Thanks for letting me use this as a space to process. It really does help. :-)
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I'd already part-edited Wild Raspberries so it didn't take too long to get it ready to post. The sequel Wintergreen will take a week or so to get ready.

When runaway Daniel Seaton inadvertently trespasses on Tyler Edward's land, Tyler nearly shoots him on sight.

Tyler's got a lot of years under his belt, and his past doesn't let him accept strangers easily. Dan's situation is dire enough that Tyler takes him home, at least for a little while, and that turns out to be a good decision when Tyler's injured and needs Dan's help.

Tyler's learning to trust, and Dan's settling in to a new life, but things aren't always what they seem. Between interfering friends, injuries, and their attraction to each other, Tyler and Dan have plenty of to deal with even before Tyler's previous career returns to haunt them. Can they overcome what lies in the past to have a future with each other?



Wild Raspberries at AO3

she ran six miles in the snow

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:52 am
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my sister and i saw wind river last night and while i can't say i really enjoyed it (it's a harsh, sad movie), i thought it was well-done and well-acted and i'm glad i saw it. because it starts with jeremy renner's character finding a dead native american girl in the snow, it made me think of the beginning of louise erdrich's love medicine - "the snow fell deeper that easter than it had in forty years, but june walked over it like water and came home". totally different circumstances, but the end result is the same. it's a good movie and apparently based on true events, which is one of the things that makes it so sad.

today i helped [livejournal.com profile] tamalinn and [livejournal.com profile] lbmango put together tamalinn's new bed. we celebrated our successful furniture-building by going out for nachos and beer. (they had beer, i had a ginger ale.) and tonight i baked a honey cake - technically two, because i made it in a loaf pan and there's more batter than there is pan - it's my grandma's honey cake and because it calls for a cup of coffee, and i don't have a coffeemaker because i don't drink it, i went across the street to the dunkin' donuts for a black coffee. of course that made my kitchen smell overwhelmingly of strong black caffeine.... and then the honey cake smelled kind of coffee-y while it was baking. it's not pretty but i don't think it's overbaked and mostly i hope it tastes like honey cake and not, you know, coffee. (my sister is having people over for dinner after rosh hashanah, which is thursday. one of her friends has celiac's so i'm also going to make meringue cookies because we need a non-gluten option.) if it comes out ok i'll share the recipe.

last friday, a week ago, i went to a combination housewarming (for tamalinn who'd just moved in upstairs)/housecooling (for lbmango who was about to move out downstairs) - it was a house homeostasis party - and saturday i spent walking the freedom trail because that's how one of the girls in my writing group wanted to spend her birthday. i had a parfait for lunch and it was delicious. last sunday i went to a greek festival put on by a local church and stuffed my face with pastitsio and baklava and, uh, rice pudding. fun was had! it was a very social weekend, so the fact that i didn't have anything to do or anywhere to be (besides the movie and i guess tamalinn's house) this weekend was really nice.

in totally other news, the preacher season finale made me go "THEY CAN'T DO THAT" and "THAT'S NOT FAIR". i hate cliffhangers. cm ended on a cliffhanger too, but it always does.

Free Book!

Sep. 16th, 2017 09:47 pm
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I got my Torquere books back and after reworking one to sell decided that I'd edit them to bring them in line with my current style (way less... and --) and offer them free as a thank you to all the kind readers out there.

The first of them, Drawing Closer, is also my first novel, published back in 2006. It's at AO3 and it's mild BDSM.

Charles is a professor, an expatriate Brit, and a man with a past. He's put that aside, living the peaceful life he thinks he needs. He figures he's happy.

Until he meets Gray Collins, that is. Persistent, stubborn, and hot, Gray turns Charles's world upside down and brings him a future he never expected, with links to a past he's tried to forget.


Drawing Closer

starts with space!

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:32 am
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first fall busy season successfully survived. my brain is tired. i made some overtime, tho. :D i feel like it's been a week, but mostly it's been a week of staying late at work. wednesday was the worst, and today was a lot of "hurry up, wait", and "WHY ISN'T THIS WORKING" and we had pizza for lunch.

also today the cassini spacecraft came to the end of its cruise around saturn, after almost twenty years of exploration and data collection and some fabulous photos. yesterday was the anniversary of giovanni cassini's death, and today the spacecraft named after him took a swan dive into saturn. (it did that so as not to potentially crash into one of saturn's moons and potentially contaminate it when it could potentially support life.) its mission was only supposed to be four years but it was so tough and the science it discovered was so fantastic that it stayed out for almost twenty years.

have some vintage style nasa posters in honor of voyager. speaking of spacecraft.

in other science news, the natural history museum and the science museum in london had a super cute fight on twitter and it was fabulous. who would win in a staff battle? anyone reading twitter. :D

i know this is old news, but my parents survived hurricane irma (they spent the night with friends who had hurricane shutters on their house) and so did the house and apparently the whole subdivision. the power came back on after about a day. jacksonville however is probably still half underwater and the keys were mostly destroyed. hemingway's house and the descendants of his polydactyl cats on key west are all fine, tho.

the bahamas, not so much.

there's a nun with a chainsaw down in miami cutting down fallen branches and generally being helpful and kind of badass. roosters were evacuated from key west wrapped in paper like rooster burritos so they wouldn't attack each other. roosterritos?

a southwest flight saved a bunch of shelter dogs and cats after hurricane harvey. i wonder if anyone did that after irma. because you know a lot of pets were separated from their people, and animal shelters in evacuation zones would have to be evacuated too.

so many free stock photos.

did anyone else read strangers in paradise? there's going to be a movie and i'm not sure how i feel about it. on the one hand, i really loved sip. and one of the leads is queer, and one of the objects of her affection is a (totally adorable) japanese american guy. on the other, the story turned into a convoluted mess. and i don't remember it being a "comedy of errors" or about katchoo having to choose between david and francine as her two suitors as the article says. i'm curious about it, anyway.

Yuletide noms!

Sep. 14th, 2017 06:24 pm
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They close tomorrow so hurry and get your nominations in!

Mine are:

Witcher: Geralt, Emhyr, Ciri, Dandelion (duh)

Dragonriders of Pern: Menolly, Robinton (I totally want Menolly/Robinton NOT SORRY)

Dune (the book): Paul, Jessica, Stilgar, Feyd -- I don't know exactly what I want here, I think I want some outsider POV on Paul maybe?

My runners-up were:

Rome: Pullo, Vorenus, maybe Octavian -- man, I would love a story that undid what the show did to Octavian in S2 so much

Gladiator: Maximus, Commodus

Brimstone: Ezekiel, The Devil

Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon: Eric, Hank, Sheila, Venger

Battle of the Planets: Mark, Jason

and my perennial hope-springs-eternal Dracula: the Series: Lucard (hope doesn't really spring very far lol)

I am totally not mentioning these here in hopes that someone has a spare nom they wouldn't mind using on one of these. ;)

Fannishly in the wrong decade.

Sep. 11th, 2017 11:21 am
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Yadda yadda, it's the beginning of the school year, I'm still in Get Everything Organized mode (which included unpacking the TARDIS that is my office closet, and wow does it suddenly seem like I have read/written/done a lot of things when I spread it all out in piles across the floor), and my brain is still twitchy from having been full time parenting my beloved but highly interactive child for all of August. I am so far from settled into a normal rhythm that I can't even really make a normal post right now.

BUT. I've been watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in little bits since, oh, Friday, and I am feeling ALL of the Thewlis as Lupin feels and watched the scene in the Shrieking Shack like five times in a row because I'm obsessed with his performance (and Oldman's Sirius, too), and I feel like I've been fannishly zapped back about a decade to a time when my LJ friends list was buzzing about these very topics ONLY I AM THE ONLY ONE HERE. :D I wasn't even in HP fandom! But goodness, I really enjoyed revisiting those performances. I'll have to go back through my memories and see if I saved any of the great fic and meta from that time.

Fandom problems, jeez.

lunes OR We Made It Through The Rain

Sep. 7th, 2017 07:13 am
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Hello gente,

I am so, so sorry for the lack of updates! It has been a crazy couple of weeks here in H-town, let me tell you.

We were astoundingly fortunate during the hurricane flooding which decimated so much of our city. We kept power, stayed dry except for a small leak, water in our bathroom, which always gets water, and water under the laminate floorboards in our bedroom, which is probably going to be the most invasive fix. The rain water got up to a foot from our garage and it was dicey, let me tell you.

The more stressful thing was being told, AFTER we got through the rain, that our home might flood due to the release of water from the reservoir because they were overfilled. Waiting with packed bags for a sign of water on the street for four days was not fun. Again, just by chance, we avoided flooding. Many homes did not, homes that were not on flood plains and had never flooded before. It's a clusterfuck.

We are on the fourth day of water conservation because the sanitation plant servicing our area is under eight feet of water. So, minimal flushing, quick showers, no laundry, no dishwasher. And I want to slap people who are bitching who still have their dry, safe homes because they are lucky.

If you have your dry, safe home still, you are SO SO LUCKY.

The city got 52 inches of rain in a single storm, as much as we get in a year. 24.5 trillion gallons of water fell. 450,000 people have been affected. 35% of homes in the city are affected. 85% of those homes don't have flood insurance.

I am back at work where we are assessing collections of branches affected by the hurricane. So far the two we've seen have only lost carpet and the collection was surprisingly ok. We have not even been able to get into one that is still flooded and another that had three feet of water. No one holds out much hope for those books.

Our city is not going to be the same for a long, long time.

I keep trying to add photos but it's not as streamlined as LJ was, so I need to find a photohosting site that I can figure out how to work on here, and I can't with that right now.

Another storm is on it's way to Florida right now after laying waste to Barbudos in the Atlantic.

It's going to be one of those hurricane seasons.

booooks

Sep. 7th, 2017 01:02 am
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What I just finished reading:
the boys who challenged hitler, which was a very interesting story but written for a younger audience than me. i wanted it to go a little deeper - i mean, the boys of the title were teenagers when they were caught and thrown in jail, and then what was it like when they got out of jail and suddenly the danish resistance had woken up without them? - but, well, ya history. still fascinating as a story, tho.

What I am reading now:
the killing moon, finally. i just started it yesterday but so far so good. there's a glossary in back which is useful but distracting, because i keep stopping to look stuff up.

What I'm going to read next:
one of the girls in my writing group submitted a big chunk of story - she has three novels she wrote for nanowrimos that she wants us to critique - i'll have to interrupt the killing moon to read it, but after that i don't know.

i've been sporadically watching hurricane news - i have a friend from when i lived in nashville who now lives in the us virgin islands, and i went on facebook for like six seconds to see if she'd posted, and how was she doing. she was nervous and anxious, but as prepared as she could be. hopefully she's still ok. as an aside, checking her facebook page meant i caught the tiniest glimpses of other people i knew back then. a bunch of them are still in nashville - or they moved away but moved back - and at least two are still real-life local friends. (i mean as opposed to long-distance or facebook friends.) it's always a little weird to see the grown-up faces of people i was friends with when we were twelve.

occasionally you invent something for one purpose and then people put it to a different use. like, you invent a kind of battery-powered lift for the army, for rescue operations, and then you learn that utility companies are using them to attach power lines to towers.

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