good things of late

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:00 pm
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Stunning views of Mt. Hood on the drive home on a couple of clear days lately.

Autumn leaves!!! The red-violets, the scarlets, the golden yellows, the lemon-lime yellow-greens, the rich bronzes, the purples and olive-greens! The chiaroscuro of wind movement, the ombre effect of different amounts of light on different heights, the subtle changes day to day!

Talked to my sibling B last weekend. They are doing well, being absurdly domestic with their adorkable partner, and in touch with our parents.

Noticed feeling unusually upbeat in car on the way home, compared to usual after-work blahs.

Food:

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signal boost: anyone in California?

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:04 pm
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A friend of a friend is looking for an apartment to share and/or a place to crash while apartment-hunting.

If this is not you, but you think you might know someone who knows someone, please boost the signal! You might save someone's life.

https://balsamandash.dreamwidth.org/107706.html


I mentioned a friend looking for roommates in California earlier this month. She's still looking, and it's getting bad -- the end of this month means basically be homeless in LA or come back to Florida, and both of those are gonna be really hard on her mental health. So I'm putting out the word again and hoping some kind of miracle comes through.

If anybody is looking for a roommate in the downtown LA/Hollywood/Wilshire area -- or knows somebody looking for, or knows someone who might be looking for, or knows someone who might know someone, or any kind of lead at all -- please, please hit me up and I can get people in touch with her. Or honestly, at this point, if anyone knows somebody in other areas of California willing to house a couch surfer for a month to give her a little more time to look, I can send that to her and maybe she can work things out. She's not good with dogs or cats but other pets are not a problem, and ideally looking to pay around $600/month.
EDIT: After some discussion, if there's anyone in the area of San Diego -- or possibly anything else within about that far from LA (so 2-3 hours, so not all the way up the state but a much larger range than before) -- that might be able to put somebody up for a couple of weeks to a month, that would be really appreciated as well, as it would give her more time to try and look.

Help seriously, greatly appreciated. I'm really worried about how this is going to end up.


Ask [personal profile] balsamandash for more details.

worky

Oct. 17th, 2017 06:59 pm
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there has to be a finite number of kids at our school

but sometimes it seems like eleventy zillion
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 This looks like another "young outcast discovers his powers" book.  Wow, is it not.   Trust me. In the very first scene, Kellen needs to fight a magecaster's duel.  

There are three requirements to earning a mage's name among the JanTep.  The first is the strength to defend your family.  The second is the ability to wield the high magics that protect our people.  The third is simply to reach the age of sixteen.  I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn't be doing any of those things.

And we're off, into the duel.  Kellen's problem is that he doesn't have magic.   This is not a survivable problem.   But Kellep does have a very, very clever mind.  In a lesser book, Kellep would discover his magic and wipe the floor with his opponent, winning the acclaim of the crowd. 

This is not a lesser book.  Spellslinger is actually about a young outcast discovering and creating his own moral fiber.  Kellep's struggle, although he doesn't realize it early in the book, is to become a decent human being in an indecent society.  This is a far more interesting coming-of-age story than you usually get.   When the Mysterious Stranger shows up, she's not a kindly wizard mentor.  She's (possibly) not a wizard at all. She doesn't teach Kellep: she gives him opportunities to teach himself.  Kellep acquires some new resources, but they are challenges as much as gifts.

Oh, the Mysterious Stranger kicks ass.  I can't say more, because it would be a spoiler.  She is compelling and ambiguous and funny and tough.

The characters are engrossing.  The worldbuilding is unusual and clever. It's partly based around an original variant of a Tarot deck, but is in no way woo-woo; the cards do not predict your future, but (sometimes) illuminate your choices. The cards are playing cards, but are also a weapon.   The cards have nothing to do -- as far as we know -- with the magic of the JanTep.

The book itself is gorgeous, in a way that made me extremely nostalgic.  The red-and-black cover has two line drawings of the main characters, presented as a face card. (Don't look too closely at Kellep; it's a spoiler.)  Red is used as a spot color, very effectively.  There are interior illustrations of relevant Tarot cards at the beginning of each section.  And the page edges (forget the technical term) are red!  Taken as a whole, the book looks a bit like a deck of cards, which is, I'm sure intentional.

Here's the catch.  There (as of time of writing) no U.S. or Canadian distributor of Spellslinger or its sequel, Shadowblack.  If you're in North America and want to read them, you'll have to order from the, in my experience, reliable, fast, and cheap www.bookdepository.com or an equivalent.

Note: de Castell's Greatcoat books are also awesome.  If you like the Musketeers books, you should love them.  The nice thing is that they preserve the essential "three duelists against the world" spirit without either copying the plots or being pastiche-y.  The second nice thing is that the author is a stage fight choreographer and is able to communicate fights clearly to the non-fighter (me).
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I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!

Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?

I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.

This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.

The Kosher Salt Question

Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.
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Titre : Les souvenirs derrière le voile
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Read or Die OAV (ne tient pas vraiment compte de la série)
Couple : Yomiko/Nancy II, mention de Yomiko/Nancy I
Genre : Romance malsaine ?
Résumé : Le second clone a perdu ses souvenirs. Elle demande à Yomiko de lui parler de sa "soeur", et elle lui ressemble tellement... Yomiko savait qu'elle allait lui mentir. Ce sont les ordres du Bureau. Elle ne savait pas où cela la mènerait.
Rating : PG-13
Disclaimer : Tout appartient au Studio Deen et quelques autres
Nombre de mots : ~1100
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Abuse/Power Imbalance" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "Revelations and concealments" de ladiesbingo.

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Titre : Le soin de ses propriétés
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)
Couple : Dante/Roze
Genre : Dark, PWP peu explicite
Résumé : Dante s'occupe très bien de Rose. Elle sait que son corps lui appartiendra bientôt, après tout.
Rating : M
Disclaimer : Tout appartient à Hiromu Arakawa.
Nombre de mots : ~1100
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Power Imbalance" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "Furnishing the home" de ladiesbingo.

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Holly Poly 2017 Letter

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:25 pm
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DO NOT WANT:  Pregnancy, Death (unless stated), Sadfics (unless stated), super heavy kink (you know the kind).

DO WANT:  Anything else ranging from fluff to gen to intense to explicit (esp. when stated, but always up for all).

Foyle's War
Look, I'm a huge sucker for happy queer endings and we got none, so I'm super demanding happy fics here.  No big AUs for this fandom, please (obvs, canon-divergent is fine since ;___; ).

  • Christopher/Rex/Andrew:  Rex is a little too fond of the Foyles, and they're much too fond of him.  Give me happy times and double romance.  There was a fic that totally made me ship Christopher/Rex, but Andrew/Rex is my ultimate OTP, so the combo is perfect.

Grayson
  • Helena/Dick/Tiger:  Spy sandwich, aww yeah!  Give me happy spy times, a mission where they all work together, downtime in a safe house, anything.  Definitely good with sexytimes.

Hamlet
  • Hamlet/Laertes/Ophelia:  I was literally just thinking about a fic like this yesterday, with a Hamlet that goes for both brother and sister, so give me everything.  OK with incest/incest references.
  • Hamlet/Horatio/Ophelia:  Hamlet with his two best loves, the girl he'll marry and his best friend.  Give me something domestic, maybe how Hamlet sets up his house with the two of them, how they feel about him and each other.

DCU (comics)
These are gonna range from fun to dark so bear with me.

  • Apollo/Dick/Midnighter:  I'm so here for established couples adding a new partner to things, whether permanent or temporary.  Since they are Superman/Batman expys, maybe something about who they represent to Dick (awkward daddy kinks are my favorite kinks).
  • Tommy Elliot/Dick/Bruce:  Thomas looks identical to Bruce, but acts completely different.  I'm good with dark!fic here, the two of them fighting over Dick, Tommy being a right prick while Dick's trapped with him while Bruce watches.  Or for something darker, Bruce sharing his favorite toy with Tommy.
  • Original Titans pile:  Anything is good here.  Orgies with banter, just hanging out at the Titans Tower.  Either adults or late teens, all of them trying to figure out who they are and who they like, etc.
  • Thomas Wayne Jr./Dick/Bruce:  I'm so down for them fighting over Dick, what with Thomas saying he'd find Dick anywhere and whatnot.  Again, also good for Thomas fucking Dick while Bruce watches.
  • Slade/Dick/Bruce:  I've written this pair with the Slade bones Dick while Bruce watches, but it literally never gets old, so if that's what you want, then please go for it.  Also, remember when Dick went undercover as Renegade?  Oh yeah....  Battle for who can make Dick come first, dominance battle, Dick's highkey thing for brooding older men.

DCU
  • Clark/Lois/Bruce:  Established couple bringing in a third, either as Batman or with them all in their everyday personas.  Remember when Lois dressed up as Robin and Clark as Batman?  Yeeeeee.


Sherlock Holmes
  • Mycroft/Watson/Sherlock:  Competitive brothers competing over Watson is my jam and my jelly.
  • Sherlock/Mary/John:  Established couple (John/Mary) bringing in John's boyfriend.  Bonus for trans man Sherlock (I will love you 5ever).

Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Gozaburo/Seto/Mokuba:  Give me some dark shit.  What if Gozaburo hadn't thrown himself out a window?  Death-T with that looming shadow over Kaiba's head.  The Kaiba brothers learning how to manage their father.  Incest very OK here, because I'm looking for Dark!fic just this side of death.
  • Kaiba/Mokuba/Yugi:  When the Kaiba brothers want something, they get it.  Incest OK.
  • Jonouchi/Kaiba/Yugi:  Everybody's crushing on everyone else, so why not get busy?
  • Jonouchi/Kaiba/Yami:  The top duelists competing in more ways than one.
  • Kaiba/Yugi/Yami:  Kaiba's a sucker for two Yugis.

Galavant
  • Galavant/Isabella/Sidney:  More travel adventures, long nights sharing one room at an inn, maybe in their established happily ever after.  Bonus for breaking out into song.

Rest In Peace, Roy Dotrice

Oct. 16th, 2017 03:56 pm
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Roy Dotrice has passed away at the age of 94. May he rest in peace.

I wasn’t sure who he was at first, since I’m not interested in Game of Thrones. That is, I didn’t realize who he was until I checked IMDB and saw that he had played Roger Wyndam-Pryce in one episode (Lineage) of Angel. Now I remember him. Looking through the rest of his filmography, I have also seen him in Nightmare Classics: Carmilla (1989), Tales From The Crypt (1972), and two episodes of Faerie Tale Theatre. He was also Zeus in three episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

I might need to track down his episode of Tales From The Darkside, wherein he plays "Vampire Count Jeffrey Draco."

Fic - Recovery - 1/1

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:43 pm
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Title: Recovery
Author: Evandar
Fandom: The Hobbit
Rating: T
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Pairing: Thranduil/Legolas
Warnings: Parent/child incest
Disclaimer: I do not own The Hobbit and I am making no profit from this story.
Summary: The drawing of the Shadow from Dol Guldur has been as the drawing of a slow and deadly poison from a wound, and it has left him weakened – though with the faint promise of strength to be regained.
AN: This was written entirely for my own ridiculous self-interests.

My King demands the best of me... )

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Oct. 16th, 2017 10:07 am
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* Testing the crossposting feature.
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Titre : Pas de la bonne façon
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Souvenirs de Marnie
Couple : Anna/Marnie
Genre : Angst
Résumé : Marnie ne reviendra plus. Anna voudrait comprendre pourquoi elle était là en premier lieu. (Elle voudrait la revoir, aussi.)
Rating : PG-13
Disclaimer : Cette version des personnages vient du studio Ghibli
Nombre de mots : ~800
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Inceste" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "What do you mean, we're related?" de ladiesbingo

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ticky? ticky

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:09 pm
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This evening I hit almost everything on my work night self-care check list. Read more... )

+1 Goth level

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:10 am
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I'd been feeling like I wasn't goth enough for a while, but this feeling is gone since this morning.

I had a really weird dream last night in which I was, for some obscure reason, taking part in a baking show presided over/judged by the Raven Queen, the Goddess of Death in Critical Role (and DnD -- but this was definitely a Critical Role thing). Then I blew my fuse because we were supposed to cook with unsalted butter and WHAT KIND OF HERETIC etc. I'm pretty sure I was overdoing it to gum up the works for some reason? But in any case, shouting at the Raven Queen made me level up, so obviously I took that level in Goth, which she thought was hilarious, appropriate and well-deserved.

Clearly I am goth enough. The dream argument I had with a death goddess over baking ingredient says so.


Also, I finally wrote prompts for my yuletide letter. Sorry for the delay to anyone waiting on it.

I'll do the linking in appropriate places tomorrow.

spoony quote

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:39 am
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Quote:

You are the only person who can define which activities take a whole drawer-full of spoons, and which ones only take a spoonful of spoons (and are therefore possible). And you already know that these definitions are subject to change without notice. Just take it easy on yourself. (by acelightning)


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What I Watched Week #41

Oct. 15th, 2017 07:56 am
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New (to me) TV:

Gotham 1x22 - 2x03
Ghosted 1x02
The Orville 1x05
The Brave 1x03
The Mindy Project 6x05
Lucifer 3x02
The Mick 2x03
Fresh Off the Boat 4x02
Black-ish 4x02
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5x03
Lethal Weapon 2x03
This is Us 2x03
American Housewife 2x03
Speechless 2x03
Kevin (probably) Saves the World 1x02
Superstore 3x03
The Good Place 2x05
Arrow 6x01
Legends of Tomorrow 3x01
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 3x01
Once Upon a Time 7x02
Grey’s Anatomy 14x04
The Gifted 1x02

Re-Watched TV:

Leverage
Community

Movie (re-watched):

Beetlejuice (1988)

Notes:

I’m just not feeling Ghosted. I probably won’t be continuing with that.
I also think I’m done with The Orville, The Brave, The Mick, This is Us, American Housewife, Once Upon a Time and Grey’s Anatomy. Time will tell though. I often try and give up shows and just can’t.
But I’ve been watching way too much TV and I want to get back to reading more again and that means some of these shows have to go.

I was happy with the most recent episode of Once Upon a Time, but happy in a way that makes me feel relieved and able to let the show go. I’m good with how things ended in season 6 and it completes the story that I was most interested in, so I think I’m good now.

I’m loving Kevin (probably) Saves the World. It’s weird that I’m loving it. I wasn’t even planning to give it a chance, so not my kind of show at all, but I’m loving it, so I’ll keep watching. I’m trying to cut down to shows that I really love, that make me feel good, or at least don’t leave me feeling worse. I think This is Us is a great show, but I don’t want to watch it anymore. It stresses me out way too much and leaves me feeling crappy and drained and I feel that way enough without TV, so it’s going.

I loved the season opener for Legends of Tomorrow. Pure crack, totally batshit crazy and they’re embracing it. ♥

This week’s horror/halloween movie was Beetlejuice (borrowed from the library). Another movie I have seen but the daughter has not. She enjoyed it.

hi today I hung out with people

Oct. 14th, 2017 11:57 pm
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so that is a thing that I have did

and soon I will go sleep
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Titre : Une fleur pour un amour perdu
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : Namesake
Couple : Anlise/Renge
Genre : Angst, dark
Résumé : Anlise est prête à se dresser contre Renge parce qu'elle n'approuve pas ses choix - alors Renge va faire un mauvais choix de plus.
Rating : R
Disclaimer : Tout appartient à Megan Lavey-Heaton et Isabelle Mélançon
Nombre de mots : ~900
Avertissements : Contrôle mental, viol
Notes : Ecrit pour le jour "Non-con" de la dark femslash week, et aussi pour le thème "Terrible Choices" de ladiesbingo

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hi I made purple food

Oct. 14th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Purple pancakes! They are a thing that we made today!

ETA: Since people have asked after ingredients... Read more... )

ETAA: This is particularly important since S bought the ingredients and suggested it and it's the first time we've done Saturday Pancake Day since I went completely gluten free for health reasons last summer and it's historically been an important family bonding thing. So <3 <3 <3 thank you S and may the word of tasty pancakes made with loved ones reach everyone interested.

help meeeee

Oct. 14th, 2017 01:15 pm
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My brother's birthday is in three days. He is asking for audiobooks. I am going to venture the guess that podcasts would also be welcome (though I suspect podfic would not). He is offering zero guidance on which ones. I have no idea what books he already owns in any format, except that he owns a very great deal of Catholic nonfiction in hardcopy, and also some Tolkien. I asked him in September to name a few genres he wants to read in or subjects he wants to be educated on so I would have a place to start. (I know Catholic theology on the "I went to Sunday school with the parish until I got confirmed" level. He knows Catholic theology on the "I have a Master's in theology from Franciscan" level.) He has not responded.

What should I get him, or recommend to him? The less money I need to spend, the better. (Though I assume pointing him at Amazon Music's $0.00 dramatic reading of the KJV is cheating.)

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