Days of our Sims

Mar. 30th, 2015 11:54 am
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My Sims (FreePlay) have taken a turn for the ~*Magical*~ and I am going back old school with Harry Potter and Merlin(BBC). ^___^

With the latest quests completed, Ron Weasley can now practice Quidditch!



Meanwhile, Merlin is currently standing outside Camelot, asking Tinkerbell for help with breaking into the castle.



Can't wait to get Morgana her own pet baby Aithusa dragon once I build up enough points. These magic-themed updates are cool. ♥

“What Remains” soundtrack

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:35 am
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This is a totally self-indulgent post, especially given the limited audience for any Dublin Murder Squad story, but just in case there’s someone who actually does care about soundtracky stuff for “What Remains” (back in the Turningverse days there were plenty of soundtrack-loving folks, so you never know!), here goes:

This soundtrack started—as everything concerning this story—unintentionally. After a linkspam a little while ago where I linked to a piece about openly gay pop musicians, I started randomly going through my small collection of queer music from the 90s, which reminded me of the existence of the Tom McCormack[*] album “Missing.” At the time, of course, my head was all up in “What Remains,” so I naturally jumped immediately to: waaaaaait a minute, isn’t there a song on there that starts “this is my house, this is my home”? (There was!) And isn’t there a song on there that’s about a bunch of young friends living in a house together and sometimes having sex? (There was! And neither of those two songs was the most fitting one, as it turns out!) So I started with the appropriate songs from that album and then rounded it out with some other stuff, including the two classical piano pieces that actually occur in the story itself. And voilà, I had a soundtrack.

The only one that works on a line-by-line basis is “Don’t Tell” (just imagine some of those lines in Daniel’s mouth, it’s eerie), and some work better for mood than for anything, but I’ve still tried to put them “in order of appearance” for the story. That quite frankly makes for a lot of bizarre transitions, so please do feel free to only download the ones you want, rearrange things, delete the ones you don’t like, whatever. Oh, and I apologise to non-German speakers about the last one, but if you do understand it, you will get why that song just had to be on this soundtrack (it’s a wonderful song even if you don’t understand it, though!).

1. “Home,” Tom McCormack

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This is my heart / This is my home )

2. “Disappear,” Crooked Fingers

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I'm gonna disappear / and take this sorrow far away / so you can live your life )

3. “The Time of Our Times,” Tom McCormack

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We came from different worlds to make our own / Somewhat afraid but not scared enough to go running home )

4. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major K.279, Movement I (Allegro), W.A. Mozart (performed by Andras Schiff)

mp3

5. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B♭ major, Op. 83 (Allegro Inquieto), Sergei Prokofiev

mp3

6. “Laying Down to Perish,” Alan Doyle

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I’m laying down to perish / and God knows where I’ll go )

7. “Don’t Tell,” Tom McCormack

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Sometimes saying too much / means things you love may get broken )

8. “In Secret,” Tom McCormack

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Why be afraid to love you as if it's a crime / I want to get carried away in the light of day / if it takes a lifetime )

9. “Carrion Doves,” Crooked Fingers

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You're guilty now / but in your heart / there soon could be a change )

10. “Still,” Jupiter Jones

mp3

So laut und so verloren war es hier / als Stille bei uns wohnte anstatt dir )

[*] Tom McCormack especially is guy-with-a-piano singer-songwriter stuff, so if that is not your thing, you will want to steer clear ([personal profile] zombieallomorph, that means you!).
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...here's a bit of cute for your Monday morning. Clouded leopard kitten!

What Remains

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:31 am
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"What Remains" by Jae Gecko

Source text/fandom: Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series (specifically The Likeness)
Rating: Mature.
Genres: Slash (Justin/OMC, Justin/Rafe). Gen. Het. In that order.
Summary: What’s left ten years on from when Lexie died, with flashbacks.
Size: 40449 words
Acknowledgements: To [livejournal.com profile] tangleofthorns, [personal profile] soupytwist, and [personal profile] tehomet for various combinations of beta and “picking,” and to the first of those two and [personal profile] tellitslant for batting things around with me in the planning stages.

I wrote this story as a Yuletide New Year’s Resolution gift for [livejournal.com profile] ninety6tears. Back when people first started posting their 2014 yuletide letters last fall, I read hers and became convinced that the Yuletide Gods would assign me to write for her--and though it didn’t happen that way, bits of it kept bouncing around in my head anyway. So while it is entirely possible that this story might have ended up being written even without the influence of her unfilled Dublin Murder Squad prompt, it definitely would have been a different story in several respects without it.

When I posted my 2014 yuletide story "Mother, I Climbed," I explained that there were two rather separate mysteries in The Likeness (who the victim was, and who killed her), and I also mentioned that that story spoiled one of those mysteries but left the other alone. Well, this story spoils the one the other story didn’t while leaving the first one alone (I am apparently an equal-opportunity spoiler-er). So please keep that in mind if you decide to read it without knowing the novel.

how it came about (spoilery for both the novel and the story) )

And last but not least, there’s kind of a ridiculous amount of stuff that I came up with about these characters’ lives that didn’t end up making it into this story in the end, so if you find yourself curious about anything I left dangling after you finish reading it, I do always love being asked those kinds of questions!

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Mar. 30th, 2015 04:18 pm
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Died on this day in 2002 aged 101 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (my toy,wikipedia). The mother of our current Queen. In "intersects with my life" I was dragged to London to attend the lying in state; which was a lot of queuing for little gain (can you tell I'm not a Monarchist?). Unusually for wives of Princes Elizabeth was not a foreign princess but the daughter of an English peer (not uniquely though).

Born on this day in 1963 to John Darlrymple and Davina Bowes-Lyon, David Darlrymple (my toy,wikipedia) . The Queen Mother's brother's grandson.

i adulted ALL THE THINGS

Mar. 30th, 2015 12:30 pm
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Monday: General Fiction

Mar. 30th, 2015 02:42 pm
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Posted by thalialunacy

Because We're All Dead In Here
vail_kagami | PG-13 | Vague spoilers for 10x01
After her death, Sarah Blake finds herself drifting. She's not alone in that.
Reccer's notes: A hauntingly sad and beautifully written look at what might have been.

Frater Lupinus
[AO3 account] cleflink | Teen and Up | No Archive Warnings Apply.
Sam's older brother is, and always has been, a wolf. It doesn't make much sense to Sam, but it's still an undeniable fact of life. Or, at least it is until Dean gets caught in the wrong spell and Sam ends up with a human-shaped brother who's surprisingly unhappy with the situation.
Sam's always known that Dean would take a secret to the grave if he thought it was in Sam's best interests. He wasn't expecting a secret like this.
Reccer's notes: Great brother-focused story, with classic Winchester family dynamics and an ending that is satisfying but also leaves you wanting more.

"Not I," said the Cat
[AO3 account] bellatemple | G | No Warnings
It blew in on a cool breeze and a flutter of dead leaves. They never stood a chance.
Reccer's notes: Dean finds a kitten. Of course, he is allergic. A sweet, lovely, funny slice of Winchester life.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 10:53 am
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I took a bath yesterday evening. Getting into the tub was relatively easy. I didn't manage it entirely without putting weight on my right foot, but I came as close as I could. Getting out again was much more difficult. I couldn't do it on my own. After the water had drained, Scott had to get into the tub with me and lift while I used my good foot and both arms to push up. I think this means that washing my hair again will have to wait until next weekend. I'll do a washcloth bath Wednesday or Thursday just so that I can stand myself. My hair was awfully tangled when I got up this morning-- It took me three times as long as normal to brush out the knots, and I'm not sure I got all of them. I think it's largely due to washing it in a bath as opposed to in a shower.

Scott and Cordelia went to the library around 2:00. Scott has put the barcodes from our library cards on his cell phone, so he didn't even have to carry my card or Cordelia's card. I had a few CDs waiting and two books, one an interlibrary loan book. I was afraid Scott would forget the interlibrary loan book because it requires going up to the front desk to get it, but he remembered.

I'm having a hard time leaving the chores to Scott. The dishwasher has been full of clean dishes for three days now, and the sink is piled high with dirty dishes. Scott only brought half of the clean laundry upstairs. That's enough for me to find clothes for today, but it bothers me. Also, I want very badly to put away my laundry, but I can't. I'm not sure I can ask Scott to do that because I'm very particular about how my stuff should be. I also want very much to change the sheets on our bed, but the clean sheets are in the basement, and I couldn't do it anyway. I hesitate to ask it of Scott (he doesn't care if the sheets get changed) as it's usually a two person job.

I was better about staying off my bad foot over the weekend because there was pretty much always someone around to fetch me water or food or my meds. All that I had to do was go back and forth to the bathroom. I'm thinking seriously about getting up with Cordelia so that she can make me coffee and carry my breakfast banana into the living room for me. I don't much want to, and I know she'd be annoyed by it, but it might be the best course of action.

I am a little concerned that I'm putting weight on my bad foot while I'm just sitting around. I'm not sure how to avoid doing that, however. The weight of my leg just naturally rests on my foot.

I did a good bit of writing yesterday, maybe as much as three pages. I've added a complication that I'm not sure I'll keep. It may be one thing too many, and I'm not completely sure the characters would go there. It's potentially interesting, but... I'm not sure.

Scott finished writing up a general overview (without mechanics) of magic for the FATE game. I haven't read it yet, I must confess. I really should since my character uses magic. I also need to spend some time figuring out my character's skills. Everybody else had that done more than two weeks ago, and the group will meet again this Wednesday. I'm just not very motivated to do book work. Plus, all the stuff I need is in a part of the dining room that I can't access while using the walker.

Cordelia's teacher just got back to me-- It's okay for her to attend the Expo on her own if Scott's not ready when it starts. They are willing to let me use the elevator, but Cordelia thinks me going would be a bad idea since it will be nothing but walking around, looking at things. I'm just glad she doesn't mind. I'm not sure exactly how they'll be able to display the projects on tables. If I'm recalling correctly, Cordelia told me the project was to make PSAs about earthquake safety.

life n stuff

Mar. 30th, 2015 07:52 am
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1. I bought some tea leaves from Adagio the other week, so for the last week or so I've been drinking their Irish Breakfast in the morning rather than my Twinings tea bags. The Irish Breakfast is yummy and delicious and not bitter at all, even if I steep it a little too long. I have a sample of another tea, and I have a bag of Earl Grey I keep meaning to make one of these mornings, but so far I've been so pleased with the Irish Breakfast that I haven't wanted to try anything else. Highly recommended if you like full-flavored black teas. I opted for it over the English Breakfast because there were a few reviews on the EB saying it had a strong honey flavor and I only like honey in my tea when I'm sick. I might get a sample of the EB at some point, though.

1b. I am, however, enough of a tea addict that I ran to the store at 5:30am today to get more milk because we were out and neither Morgan nor I stopped to get some on the way home last night.

2. Speaking of, I was awake at 5:30am because I had a somewhat restless night, and a bunch of weird/bad dreams, and in the last of the dreams I was kicking someone to get them off me...so I woke up when my toe connected with the daybed frame (I crashed in my office for various reasons). I didn't kick it hard enough to damage anything but it was enough that I gave up on sleep.

3. Still sort of getting used to my new hair. When I woke up yesterday it was sticking up all over the place and was pretty hilarious looking. I "did" it after I showered, a process that involved all of two minutes with the blow-dryer and then two minutes of working product into my hair followed by a quick comb, and it looked great again. Short hair takes a bit more daily upkeep than longer hair, but less time overall. I don't normally blow-dry my hair, for the record, but the pomade/hair paste I have for it works better in dry hair. So I dried it most of the way and then used the paste. However, lesson learned: do not put lotion on hands before using hair paste.

I do think this new cut means I'll have to wash my hair more frequently, but that's okay. With it being as short as it is, I don't think I'm likely to damage it with more frequent washing, and it's not like I have any curl left to worry about.

4. Today is Do All the Laundry day. When L was here on Thursday I asked her to help with the laundry, which she's been offering to help with for months now. She did a bunch of it, and moved alllll the laundry down into the laundry room. Today I hope to sort everything that isn't washed and get on washing it. In the meantime, I no longer have a giant barrier of clothes on my side of the bedroom half blocking the closet. On the downside, I have no idea where any of my clothes are, especially my bras. Prioritizing the bras today if I can find them all.

5. momstuff )

6. In cheerier news, Morgan had a most excellent ECCC this year and got some really cool sketches and a lot of other stuff. He had an unqualified good time, which makes me happy, and he's already looking forward to next year when the con will apparently be four days instead of three. And later in the year, or something. It'll be a bit weird because I'm hoping to go to Norwescon next year, and that's always the weekend after ECCC, but we'll sort that out. I'm glad I didn't go to ECCC this year, though; for one, my ankle would not have stood for it and for another it's just too crowded and too many people for me. Norwescon is a big con, but due to its location and such it's less packed in than ECCC, it's more spread out, so it's easier for me to handle.

We were talking about cons at work yesterday and a couple people were discussing PAX, which I've never had an interest in. That's also insanely big and crowded and kind of not what it used to be. Also after some of the Penny Arcade stuff that's happened in the last few years I have zero interest. (I think that was it?)

7. In good writing news, I am ahead of the game for GYWO, which makes me happy. Word total from January through end of March is 85,575 so I'm about ten thousand ahead of where I need to be to be on track. Go me. Chap 52 of WC is almost done, and I'm slowly moving into end game phase. Or at least I'm moving into the build up to the end game, now that I've revealed what it will be.

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