The week in writing 5/28

May. 28th, 2017 11:55 pm
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WIPs currently active: 6

Words written this week: 4,187

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 1,106, and I finished! a chapter! for the first time in three months!! And ahahahha I ruined everything oh god I didn’t know I could make them this sad this far into the story.

Born in the Blood: 720, and… things… are… happening? Probably?

Slavefic #5 (THE DRAMATIC REUNION): 1,659, SO MUCH DRAMA. 

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward”: 214

Dragon!Bucky/Tribute!Steve Cap Reverse Big Bang Story: 175

Little Bitty #2 (Jemmie): 313

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Scallions, sourdough bread, garlic cheese curds, unsalted butter, tilapia and black bean empanadas, jar of local honey, 5 pints of strawberries, and three chile pepper plants -- fish, buena malata, and escamillo.

Currently I'm making Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Jam, and will probably make Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup tomorrow. It's just a process of cooking it down, since it is only suppose to fill 2 half-pint jars, and it starts with a dry quart of strawberries.

I did look at the value tomatoes, but they were all slicers, not pasters, and thus not a good buy, so I won't be making ketchup just yet. On the upside, I talked with the guy who makes vinegar from scratch -- fruits and vegetables to wine and then to vinegar, and I think using his Spicebush Vinegar for half the vinegar in the my tomato ketchup recipe might give a really good base -- really savory and flavorful.
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Went to see Synetic Theater's Hunchback of Notre Dame tonight with [personal profile] greenygal as her treat.

This one was a wordless production, but fairly true to the book, including the 'everyone's dead' end.

The use of masks in the production was fantastic, especially with Frollo. There are several scenes where he seems to be fighting his mask -- his real feelings against what he should present to the world -- and in the finale it is Quasimodo against Frollo's mask, to the point where Frollo was killed when Quasimodo broke his mask into two.

Actually, some of the best sequences were of Frollo against himself, generally protrayed by Frollo, a dance troupe of six gargoyles mimicing his every move, and his fevered image of Esmerelda, portrayed in a change of dress and a concealing full-face mask to show this was Frollo's image of her, and not actually her, as Esmerelda wore lighter colors and was one of the few actors not wearing a mask as at all, though she did have make-up making a partial mask across her forehead, as did many of the 'beggar' characters. Phoebus and the guard were portrayed in shiny, military-style gasmasks, which emphasized their authority and also allowed several members of the ensemble to play soldiers (gasmask), gargoyle (plague-doctor mask), or beggar (domino make-up) as the scene required.

The next and final production of the season is going to be Mark of Cain, an original (instead of adapted) peice. I'm not sure if I'll go see it, but generally Synetic doesn't disappoint me.

Next season is already available for subscription, being: The Adventures of Peter Pan, The Trial (Kafka), Titus Andronicus, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is a bit of an odd mix, in my opinion. Of course, it all depends on my employment status when next season rolls around.
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So there’s a new Twin Peaks… thing…? out? I guess? And I have never seen Twin Peaks (but am fairly well spoiled for whodunnit and so on) and have pretty firmly decided that, NOPE, NOT FOR ME, TOO CREEPY AND AWFUL.

…So tonight I was like “hey, I want to watch some TV and obviously Twin Peaks is not even in the running, but what should I watch? Leverage? Sense8?”

And then Netflix recommended me The Keepers. About the unsolved murder of a nun, and how her murder connected to the horrific sexual abuse of teen girls in the school where she taught because THAT IS MUCH LESS CREEPY AND AWFUL AND HORRIFYING THAN TWIN PEAKS? OR. THE OPPOSITE OF THAT. SO OBVIOUSLY I WATCHED THAT.

(I mean, the series seems amazingly well done and I’m sure I’m going to watch the rest of it, just, you know, this is EXACTLY LIKE that time I decided not to read the second and third books of the Hunger Games trilogy because they were too grim and depressing and instead I went and read a book about the Donner party. GUESS WHAT, GRIM AND DEPRESSING AND THE ADDED HORROR OF ACTUALLY BEING TRUE.)

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May. 22nd, 2017 08:01 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

[profile] florentinequill linked to The PRIDE Study, the first large-scale, long-term health study of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or another sexual or gender minority. You can read more and sign up to participate here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] darlingarmadillo's third roommate is moving out and she's seeking a new roommate for a three-bedroom condo, bedroom unfurnished, two cats, in-unit laundry, workout room, near the Howard stop in Chicago; $750/mo. You can read more and get in touch at her craigslist posting here.

News To Know:

[tumblr.com profile] zorilleerrant linked to the upcoming Static Shock Appreciation Week, to celebrate the television show Static Shock and the comics and other media the character appeared in. Appreciation week starts on May 29th, and you can share fanart, fanfic, meta, and other commentary on the character, including themed daily posts. You can read more and spread the word here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

This week in writing, 5/21

May. 22nd, 2017 01:21 am
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[personal profile] dira
WIPs currently active: 6

Words written this week: 4,360

WIPs that got no words this week: 3 - broken dick epic, Born in the Blood, sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward”

WIPs that did get words this week:

Slavefic #5 (THE DRAMATIC REUNION): 1,824

Dragon!Bucky/Tribute!Steve Cap Reverse Big Bang Story: 1,736, oh god I have so much more to write I’m so glad I have a late posting date. /o\

Little Bitty #2 (Jemmie): 800

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Yesterday I went to [personal profile] greenygal's for a jisgsaw puzzle party -- 5 people, doing a 1000-piece Star Wars Posters puzzle and a 1000-piece Wonder Woman puzzle, while eating snacks and pizza.

It was a lot of fun, and I hope to host a jigsaw party of my own in June. I only have one 850-piece puzzle (and several small Bafflers), so I might have to get a second puzzle if I do that. Possible a Ravensburger antique map puzzle...
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Title: Cordon Sanitaire - Vegas
Artist: danceswithgary
Author: pickingupellen
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Characters/Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating/Category: Gen
Warnings None
Summary: Artwork for SGA Reverse Bang

Link to art master post: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10603392
Link to fic master post: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10907361
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Cheese curds, eggs, spanakopita, tiropita, melitzanosalata, strawberries, pink lady apples, tomatillo and chile pepper plants -- jimmy nardello, fish, buena malata, and king of the north.

I'm hoping the buena malata is productive so that I can make salsa morada this year.

I'm also thinking about making strawberry preserves of some sort, now that strawberry season is fully upon us. I have recipes for strawberry syrup, strawberry vanilla jam, honey sweetened strawberry jam (would a light or dark honey be best?), strawberry meyer lemon marmalade, quick pickled strawberries, and whole strawberries in vanilla syrup.

And lastly, I was at the library yesterday and looked through a cookbook titled Vintage Cakes -- it has a recipe for Watergate Cake with Impeachment Frosting, so I at least know what to serve if the time comes...
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Some saturdays, you’re just destined to cook. I got up to make breakfast and found myself, twenty minutes later, making patties from last night’s leftover risotto while the turkey meatballs cooked in the pressure cooker.

I don’t normally buy boxed mixes for rice or beans and now I remember why – at work this week someone left out a couple of boxes of risotto with a “free to good home” sign, so I took a box of chive and butter. It’s not bad, exactly, it’s just that the box mixes tend to have way too much seasoning in them, and I always forget not to stir in the whole packet. It’s not bad eating exactly, it’s just that the seasoning kind of overwhelms. But the box said you could take leftover risotto, form it into patties, eggwash and breadcrumb it, and pan-fry it, and the pan was still hot from making a few turkey burgers with the leftover meatball mix that didn’t fit in the pressure cooker, so I figured might as well. Having run out of beef, the rest of National Hamburger Month will involve risotto burgers and turkey burgers. 

Anyway, the macaroni’s cooking in the sauce I just cooked the meatballs in, so mac and meatballs are also on the menu, and later today I’ll make some hardboiled eggs. 

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A DIY hair color question

May. 20th, 2017 09:42 am
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Hey all! I'm dying my hair green tonight or tomorrow. The only green at Ulta was Splat Deep Emerald, which is a bluer green than I wanted, so I also picked up the yellowest blonde in the store, which was L'Oreal Superior Preference 8G. This is considered one of their non-bleaching colors but still contains some hydrogen peroxide.

I've never used a dye that contained bleach before. The Splat comes with a separate bleach product for stripping the hair, but it's meant to be applied and rinsed out before the dye goes on.

I have bronze-ish light brown hair--golder than mouse, but about the same saturation and lightness. If I want to use the L'Oreal blonde to change the hue of the Splat green, should I still do the separate bleaching stage, and then apply both colors after? Apply the blonde dye first and the green over that? Or mix them and apply them together with no pre-bleaching? I don't want to overbleach my hair, but I'm worried that the bleach in the L'Oreal on its own won't strip my hair enough for the green to take.
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Shopping Day, Part II
Universe: What Remains
Authors: [personal profile] jennandanica and [personal profile] alley_oops
Characters/Pairings: Alexander Skarsgard/Luke Evans, Ryan Kwanten/Sam Worthington, Antony Starr, Keira Knightley, Jessica Chastain, Clive Standen
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Walking Dead AU. After the zombie apocalypse, survivors roam the UK, trying to find their families, other survivors they can trust and somewhere safe where they can actually allow hope for a future to flourish. In this chapter, while the two groups are holed up in a small town waiting for Alex's leg to heal, Sam and Antony go on a supply run.
Disclaimer: This is fiction. Totally make-believe. Fantasy. A figment of our overactive imaginations.
Notes: For anyone familiar with the RPG Citadel, this is NOT backstory for any of our pups in the game. Also, we apologize in advance for any discrepancies regarding weapons and UK geography and slang/terminology. We did our best but I'm sure we've mucked up something.
Feedback: Absolutely welcomed and adored.

Jess steps back from the third-floor window, making sure her movements can't be seen from the street. "They're coming this way." As if the plague of dead weren't bad enough, now she has to deal with these two random assholes? At least she knows what to expect from the walkers, every time.
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Shopping Day
Universe: What Remains
Authors: [personal profile] jennandanica and [personal profile] alley_oops
Characters/Pairings: Alexander Skarsgard/Luke Evans, Ryan Kwanten/Sam Worthington, Antony Starr, Keira Knightley
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Walking Dead AU. After the zombie apocalypse, survivors roam the UK, trying to find their families, other survivors they can trust and somewhere safe where they can actually allow hope for a future to flourish. In this chapter, the two groups hole up in a small town waiting for Alex's leg to heal.
Disclaimer: This is fiction. Totally make-believe. Fantasy. A figment of our overactive imaginations.
Notes: For anyone familiar with the RPG Citadel, this is NOT backstory for any of our pups in the game. Also, we apologize in advance for any discrepancies regarding weapons and UK geography and slang/terminology. We did our best but I'm sure we've mucked up something.
Feedback: Absolutely welcomed and adored.

Ryan snags some heavy china mugs from one of the overhead cabinets and lies them up next to the coffee press. "How safe do you think it is here?" he asks Antony, figuring he's likely to give him a no-bullshit assessment.
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... I'm all for them getting useful feedback, but eShakti only asked about 2 skirts and 10 dresses this time. Not one thing that I would actually buy in the bunch, especially not the trapeze silhouette dress...

I actually included in the feedback "I have bought one dress and one skirt from you -- EVERYTHING else I've bought has been a top or pants. Ask me about your shirts, jackets, and pants!"

I want to tell them about what I want in shirts, jackets, and pants! I know it's not a major part of their brand, but it's what I actually buy from them!

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