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ello there, lovelies.
I would very much like to send out some cards this December, so if anyone would like one please let me know your address below (comments are screened.)
I pulled my first cracker of the season last night, and here is the joke:
Q: What disease do you get from eating too much Christmas pudding?
ETA: If you have given me your address in a previous year, please assume that I am a hapless fool, no longer have it, and need it again!
Noooo, there's no Sleepy Hollow this week! In fact, there is so little that I want to watch on TV that I'm currently watching a documentary about Southwark cathedral.( Work stuffCollapse )
What are you currently reading?Shadows in Bronze
, the Roman murder mystery that I mentioned in my last book post. I still think Lindsey Davis is too fond of exclamation marks, but this one hangs together better than the first one in the series and seems less like a Roman pastiche of noir detective tropes, and more like a story in itself.What did you recently finish reading?The Penelopiad
by Margaret Atwood, which I really loved. It's essentially the Odyssey told from Penelope's POV, and is a lot more humorous than I expected it to be.What do you think you’ll read next?
I have an Amanda Quick Victorian romance/caper type affair sitting on my book shelf waiting to be read.
Dear Santa, o Santa, o giver of gifts:
Well, I've been pretty good this year, as usual! Okay, maybe I skipped studying to play videogames (but I did have the kindness to make a separate tumblr for my videogame stuff
not to spam my friends. GOOD DEED GOOD DEED) a few times, and maybe I've spent money I shouldn't have on books, but overall I've been good! I've even made it through another year of only yelling at the stupid stuff on the radio in the peace of my own home and not, say, via phoning them.
I also re-united with old friends this year, as well as (with an old friend) began writing a series of stories about Puss in Boots, called Two-Booted Tales
, which, frankly, counts as a good deed of not letting ideas go rotten in my brain.
I think I'm owed at least something nice for almost dying in Minneapolis from food poisoning when I went there in July with my friend Ann. Just a little thing. Maybe a medal. 'You survived TGIFriday's despite its best attempt.'
Did I mention I ALSO read a hundred books over the summer, and now I'm doing it over the winter too? Maybe Santa wants to give me a gift card to a bookstore or an itunes card to buy ebooks! I mean, I know Apple is on your naughty list but it'd be a good cause to me
Last year I requested small wooden or stone animals and you did not deliver
, Santa. You did, however, give me a one pound Reese's cup that brought me closer to death than I had ever been. Thank you, Santa.
You will see that I have found my pink Princess stocking and I hope you fill it up with goodies and remember to bring something for my mom as well, as she has been your loyal assistant all these years.
Don't give anything to my sister. She knows what she did.
Jean age 28
New Crossover: Actions We Might Play
Actions We Might PlayFandoms: Hamlet
crossed with a chronological spread of some other major fandoms in my backlog (The Great Gatsby
], The Shawshank Redemption
], Toy Soldiers
], Hot Fuzz
], and Good Omens
Hamlet/Horatio (the roles
, as a thematic through-line); Nick/Jay; Andy/Red; Billy/Joey; Nicholas/Danny; John/Sherlock; Abed/Troy; Aziraphale/CrowleyRating:
Scenes range from PG-13 to lower-end Explicit (R/NC-17)Word Count:
Thanks to a Tumblr anon's ask
, this sprawling thing now exists.Summary:
One scene, seven interpretations, and a lot of self-discovery.(Read it @ AO3)( Actions We Might PlayCollapse )
What are you currently reading?
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre. It's a fun sci-fi novel about a traumatised grimspace (think warp speed in Star Trek) navigator who is busted out of prison after a terrible accident and goes on the run with a bunch of space outlaws. It features soul-bonding, the accidental adoption of an alien baby, the beasties from Pitch Black, and a lesbian mechanic who is also some kind of deposed princess. So, not exactly original, but massively entertaining!
What did you recently finish reading?
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers. This one is a very satisfying mystery set among the bell ringers of a tiny East Anglian village. No Harriet Vane, but good all the same.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Either Shadows in Bronze, which is the second in Lindsey Davis' Roman detective series, or Ragnarok by A. S. Byatt, which is an intriguing-looking retelling of Norse myths.
I suppose I could take the coward's route and blame this purchase on lack of sleep and low blood sugar, but the truth is far simpler, if potentially more embarrassing--like many of us who came of age in the 90s, I love aliens. After all, they are basically just space faeries. I think alien is a particularly appropriate theme for Lalaloopsy, as I've always found these dolls and their dead button eyes profoundly creepy, and I believe I read somewhere that button-eyes, like owls, are a reoccurring motif in the abduction lore of 'screened memories'. Then again, I may be confusing that with Coraline...
This girl and her little familiar will be released from their containment pod after I've had my morning nap, as I've fallen asleep multiple times while typing this post.
ello friends. Sorry for the lack of posts, work has been the usual pre-Thanksgiving nightmare. I'm feeling pretty run down, but in the midst of all the chaos I still made time last night for this lady. Is it sad that I think I would find the Asylum preferable to my current situation...?
- I saw Mojo in London, and saw really rather a lot of Merlin's balls from our row F centre stall seats. Also Merlin, Q, Mr Bates from Downton Abbey, Ron Weasley and some other guy were all shouting at each other! It was pretty great. Basically, if I did a lot of drugs then this is exactly the sort of thing I imagine I would hallucinate.
I was worried that my partners in travel-crime would not be nerd enough to pony up for expensive seats, so I was trying to be tactful about it, but they were like, "Screw that, we came too far to go cheap and accidentally get stuck behind a post" so we went nuts and got the best we could get. We really had poll position on Merlin's balls. Nearby, Ben Whishaw cavorted shirtless. Here is a wide shot some unmannerly person took another night. I was trying to pay attention to the play and not be a complete creep, I promise.
Um, it was also a really good play. I mean, I don't care about rock 'n' roll era gangsters very much, but the cast really sold it. Ben Whishaw is just electric - amazing presence.
Also, Colin Morgan so skinnnnnnnnnnnny you need to eat some soup (his balls seem fine, though).
There is a reason I anonym.to'ed the links in this section.
- Also saw some Merlin locations around the UK, including Caerphilly and Raglan Castle (Puzzlewood was closed. ENGLAND, HOW CAN YOU CLOSE A FOREST). Often they set-dress the locations so heavily you would barely recognise them, but we were definitely in the rooms where Merlin met the Fisher King and Morgana's bracelet leached all of Arthur's heterosexuality away.
- Also, tumblr peeps already know and are sighing tolerantly about this, but I suddenly have the hots for Hiddles. BAD. I can't even tell why. I seem to have got on the train much later than other people. Whyyyyyy. Oh Hiddles Oh.
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was asking about gingerbread recipes, so herewith the only recipe I've ever needed. My favourite sweet biscuits (in the Australian sense).From my grandmother's copy of Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia, NMAA Cooks: Recipes for Busy Mothers, 1975:
Gingerbread men (or gingernuts)
Recipe as written:
- 125g / 4 oz butter or margarine
- 2 TB golden syrup
- 185g / 6 oz sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 315g / 10 oz self raising flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground ginger
Grease oven tray. Melt butter and golden syrup in a saucepan, then add the sugar and the egg. Lastly, add the sifted flour, salt and ginger. Mix well. For gingernuts, drop in teaspoonfuls on to tray. For gingerbread men, mould into shape or use cutter, and make faces with currants and peel. Bake at 325 F / 160 C until a delicate golden brown, approx 10-12 mins.
- I understand dark corn syrup is a substitute for golden syrup although NB these notes: http://www.foodsubs.com/Syrups.html
- NB Australian TB = 4 tsp. Plus also I tend to be really aggressive with the golden syrup – using massively heaped tablespoons.
- I have always used salted butter in this, even though the recipe includes salt, and have enjoyed the results. Recipe probably intends it to be unsalted. Consult your own taste.
- It’s also delicious to add extra spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice etc.
- Method: I follow the method up till the egg, then I put the flour etc in a mixing bowl instead and pour the contents of the saucepan over it.
- To make individual gingernuts, I prefer to roll them into little golf or ping-pong balls with wet hands, then squash them on the tray with a fork. I have also rolled them out and cut out animal cookies from the dough before.
- For me, 12 mins (in my rented flat’s fairly crap oven) leaves the individual gingernuts barely coloured and soft/chewy in the middle. If you like a fairly crisp gingernut, keep baking longer until you see some browning. This advice may be wrong if you have a decent oven or you have rolled them out thinly.
[ETA for minor clarification]
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few days after I brought Raven Queen home I still hadn't decided what to do with her, but in the end it turned out I had very little say in the matter! After a careful vetting process, including full examination of her magical skills by Witchy Ellowyne, it was determined that Raven qualified to join the Amethyst family. She seems to be settling in quite nicely.
In addition to examining her spell-casting abilities, Witchy Ellowyne seems to be evaluating how well-suited Raven would be for the role of tiny sidekick...
And now that that bit of silliness is out of the way, I must sleep! Have to be at work again in ten hours...
Reader, I'm a dumbass. I forgot that my history class today was an optional exam for people who want a chance to bump up their grades, and since my grade is not-bump-upable, I didn't have to go. Normally this is not a big thing, but it means that I could have stayed home this morning and hung out with our delightful surprise guest bayleaf
and eaten chocolate chip cookies and ranted about Person of Interest. Instead I am sitting in the commuter lounge, drinking water and frowning at the internet.
FROWN FROWN FROWN.( cut for a short rant with spoilers for an episode I haven't even WATCHED yet.Collapse )
I made bayleaf
promise me that we could watch some Due South when I get home. I've decided I'm only in Due South and Big Eden fandoms now. Who's with me? ...crickets? Just crickets? All right, I can work with that.
The Drowsing Dame
(6406 words) by dreamiflame
Fandom: Le Maître Chat ou Le Chat Botté | Master Cat; or Puss in Boots - Charles Perrault
, Sleeping Beauty (Fairy Tale)
, Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: le Chat botté | Puss in Boots, Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Sleeping Beauty (Fairy Tales)
Additional Tags: Fairy Tale Retellings, Alternate Universe - Noir, Cats, Detective Noir, Alternate Universe - Detectives, Retelling
Series: Part 2 of Two-Booted Tales
Puss takes on his newest case: Waking up the drowsing dame found in the tower of a castle now owned by the nouveau riche.
Watched the first Thor movie last night. It was...not terrible? But certainly flawed. I'm unsure if that comes down to the direction or the script, but I suspect it was probably a combination of both. I love Kenneth Branagh in all his egocentric glory, but I don't believe I will ever understand why he was put in charge of this film. On the other hand, the writing, especial the Earth dialog, was just NOT GOOD. I felt embarrassed for Natalie Portman over some of the lines she had to say. Oh, and a wormhole that manifests as a tornado and leaves a crop circle? I'm going to be laughing my ass off at that for weeks...
Despite all of those criticisms, on the whole I think I did enjoy it. Trying to give emotional depth to a character who is notorious for being arrogant, superficial, and extraordinarily entitled (well, he is a god, after all), is a challenge, and I was pleased to see they made an effort, however poorly it was executed. Perhaps that's an unfair way of expressing what I'm trying to say....I guess to me it felt like they were trying to make two separate films, and where they joined together it was an imperfect fit. For me this boils down to the lack of chemistry between Thor and Pretty Scientist Lady. No convincing romantic tension there whatsoever. But then again, hey, the Asgard parts were cool, if a tad more Art Deco than I would have expected :p Seemed like they were trying to go for the art direction equivalent of a mash-up between Metropolis and a Maxfield Parrish painting.
I don't know. In the end this movie left me with a strong feeling of ambivalence. I am curious to see what they do with Thor in The Avengers
and the sequel, but I couldn't care less whether he manages gets back together with his human girlfriend or not. I have a feeling I'm going to have to find out anyway...
..except that I've been almost too busy to write (between the day job, organizing an online holiday writing exchange, zine editing, and having spent a couple months on a freelance editing job that's just wrapping up). My apartment has rugs now, though, courtesy of the freelance editing proceeds, and that is a good thing.
What's new in your world? I feel like I've been off-world.
had to go to Target yesterday to buy cat food, and somehow I ended up in the doll aisle. Next thing you know...
Debating whether to let her out of the box, or return her on my next trip. Apologies for the crappy phone photo. I couldn't be bothered to excavate my good camera from my luggage. If she does stay I'll take proper ones later.
I've been catching up on recent episodes of the NPR radio show/podcast Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
this morning. This episode
from the end of October features a fantastic interview with Elizabeth Gilbert
about her new novel The Signature of All Things
. The book tells the story of a spinsterly 18th century lady botanist who goes adventuring and finds romance--which of course falls only *marginally* within my field of interest :p The interview addresses not only the details of the book, but how Gilbert's experiences as a woman and journalist travelling the world solo impact her writing, which I also appreciate.
Incidentally, I've been holding off on purchasing TSOAT
despite my eagerness to read it, because I wanted to save up for the hardcover. However, since Amazon is currently offering the Kindle edition for under $7, I decided to go ahead and buy it now. I can always get a physical copy later, when my finances are in better shape ;)
I squealed like the art-crazy fangirl that I am when I spotted the cover of the latest issue of Vogue
on the racks at work a few nights ago. The editorial (art directed by Grace Coddington, of course) that accompanies the cover features gorgeous photos of exquisite actress Jessica Chastain in portraits paying homage to Klimt, van Gogh, Pre-Rahaelite photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, and several other late 19th century artists of note. If I can't track them down on the interwebs I suppose I'll have to break out the scanner so I can post more side-by-sides, as these are all STUNNING. Meanwhile! Please enjoy the cover, and it's inspiration.
Jessica Chastain, Vogue December 2013, photographed by Annie Leibovitz
Flaming June ~ Lord Frederick Leighton
Nearly at the end of my first half-week back at work. Feeling less ill, which I suppose is an improvement, though my job is as terrible as always (it would take far more than me being away for a week to fix that!).
But to look on the bright side--my current employment may be depressing and full of mind-numbingly dull people, but the knowledge that there are magical things like this in the world keep me from writing humanity off as a complete loss. Also, foxes!