Apr. 8th, 2009 10:25 pm
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It's been a very difficult week at work, so not much to say/think about tonight. I've started blocking out my fics for the Support Stacie auction, have my OT3 fic fixing in the works... and some beta work that's partially done.

I probably will take a breath and do some catchup blogging on Friday afternoon during my 1/2 day off (hooray!)

So until then, Ye Olde Dragons for clicking:
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Passover blessings, for those who celebrate. :)
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Want to see a smaller version of grassroots fundraising at its best? Come on over to the fanfic auction. More than double the authors of the December round, and almost 3 times the offered auctions, all for the great cause of helping a fan just like ourselves.

It runs through Monday - and you might just find a new favorite writer or discover that an old favorite is still around!

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Unanimous decision to uphold the ruling that the state ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

And better yet, the ruling is written brilliantly, negating the argument that is a religious (only) intitution:

"Civil marriage in Iowa is the only gateway to an extensive legal structure that protects a married couple's relationship and family in and outside the state," Hanson ruled in Des Moines. "Iowa reserves an unparalleled array of rights, obligations and benefits to married couples and their families, privileging married couples as a financial and legal unit and stigmatizing same-sex couples."

Complete ruling is here:

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Needed to write about this. Posted this on the regular blog. Link's below.

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Dragons that need clicks. :) (I guess the Dragon Cave is somewhat back up... I dunno)

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what I've been up to recently... )
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The official plug... :)

I will be writing again for the Support Stacie Auction, being held April 3-6, 2009. (link above). I've pledged for one 5,000 word fic (bids will start at $10) in one of the three fandoms: Doctor Who, Torchwood, or X-Files. Prompts, rating, pairings, etc. are up to the winning bidder's choice. The only restrictions I've asked for are no requests for babyfic, wedding fic, or songfic, and if asking for a Doctor Who fic, please limit scope to sometime in the New Series, as my Classic Who isn't yet up to snuff for writing.


AND... ;)

my special offer for the auction is that if bids go above $100 for my fic, anyone bidding $100 or over will also get a fic of at least 1,000 words according to their requests as well, to be finished after the winning bidder's fic. (And knowing me... any of that fic is going to go at least 3,000 words, honestly).

So bid! Not just on me, though - bid on everyone! :)


Mar. 17th, 2009 09:51 am
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I'm really not sure how, between the time I posted last night and this morning when I got to work that my "Time Lord Tricks" icon (about sexuality and seduction) had changed to something about Texas and the death penalty. That was NOT my doing. While I may have smirked a bit at the message on it, it's not something I'd ever be attaching to my journal, especially in an icon... and especially attached to a fanfic I was promoting.

Needless to say... I'm a bit horrified at the moment.

So if it offended anyone, please accept my apologies. I didn't put it there. Honest to God, I didn't. But it showed up on my journal, so I feel it necessary to apologize regardless of how it got there. As soon as I found it there this morning, I deleted that icon entry entirely from my userpics list. I'm bummed that my time lord tricks icon is gone - but better that than what I saw on my journal this morning. ;P The odd thing is that my credit for the REAL icon that was in that slot was removed, too - so I'm completely befuddled as to what happened.

Passwords to my journal are now changed, all that jazz, just in case. *shudder*


I'm both relieved and happy to hear the fic is being well-received so far. I'm honestly surprised at the number of "is there more?" questions. I hadn't planned on it, to be honest. But [livejournal.com profile] wiggiemomsi, who bought the fic in question, also suggested a return to that universe. So I suppose that yes, there will be. As of yet, I don't know what form it's going to take, however.

We'll get there. In the meantime, after some thought on the train this morning, I've signed up for the next installment of Support Stacie. The next auction is April 3-6th. Yay!

ETA: Which reminds me. I don't have enough Nine icons. *sigh* Suggestions?
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Title: Illusion of Control
Author: Measi
Gift for: [livejournal.com profile] wiggiemomsi, for the December 2008 Support Stacie Auction.
Paring: Nine/Rose
Rating: Adult, for sexual situations
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] aibhinn and [livejournal.com profile] talonscar, thank you both!
Author’s Notes: A huge thank you to Wiggiemomsi, both for her generous auction pledge, and for her patience as real life kept preventing me from getting this done. I hope it’s worth the wait.
Summary: The Doctor finds his control breaking, in more ways than one.

Read more... )

Archiving at: The Zero Room and Teaspoon
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One of my friends is forced to work from home this month due to a back injury & required physical training appointments... and so he's looking to offload his T pass for March 2009.

It's Zone 8, which means it's good for EVERYWHERE in the system - all trains, all busses, all harbor boats, all commuter rail lines. Retail price is $250. Best offer will get it.

If you are looking for one, please give me a heads up and I'll get you in contact with him.


Feb. 20th, 2009 02:13 pm
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As far as real life goes - not much to report. I'm doing a lot of writing and personal editing. I'm playing a lot of WoW. I'm working myself to exhaustion most days. I'm not sleeping well.

Same old, same old.

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On [livejournal.com profile] wow_ladies, I'm seeing quite a few players who are building alt guilds for lower-key playing or crafting guilds via their alt players. I'm finding myself really juggling a lot of stuff to develop my LW trade as well, so I'm planning to start an alt guild for goofiness/crafting/boredom.

And of course, a guild needs a name. So if you like it, ticky please! (the final ticky is just for those with an urge to click ticky... I won't be using that name *grin*) Other suggestions, throw in comments. :)

[Poll #1346469]

ETA: If you play on the U.S. servers and don't mind making an alt, I'll be creating this tonight - logging on around 8 p.m. Eastern, and staying on the toon until I get the guild signatures done. Just send me a whisper if you're able to help me get it up and running. You don't have to stay, of course. (although if you want an alt to goof around with, feel free!)

Server: US-Eonar
Faction: Horde
Contact: Quela
Location: Org near the bank
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It's been a busy couple weeks - and I'm exhausted and just trying to catch up on things I need to do now, mostly to keep myself sane. I'm looking forward to having a long weekend for Presidents Day. :)

Erich and Matt are off at a Star Wars d20 game today. Now that we're down to only one road-legal car for the household, it means that since they're up in Quincy, I'm homebound. A bit annoying, but I'm making the most of it I suppose. Played a bit of WoW, did some beta work, did some writing, got very yummy chicken wings, and now will be off to do some more writing before taking a late evening nap.

At 2 a.m., my guild will be doing a raid of Stormwind and Ironforge in WoW to finish off the "For the Horde!" achievement (hopefully) and get our war bear mounts. Because our server has a nasty 5 alliance to 1 horde ratio, the only time Horde has a remote chance of completing such quests are butt-ass late at night or butt-ass early in the morning.

So for tonight, I'll be pretending I'm still in college. :)

The long winter's starting to wear on me this year. I don't generally think I have a weather-affected mood disorder, but I'm definitely crankier this year. Tired of being paranoid about falling as I walk to work (I've wiped out twice this winter so far), tired of feeling the cold (it seems to be happening more as I get older), tired of the dry skin and cracked lips and cold sores that go with this time of year.

I'm ready for spring. Or at least to have the snow melt for a little while. I haven't seen bare ground in over a month now. :P The snow we have now fell on New Years Eve.

On the family health front...

Erich's dad is doing much better. Seems to be getting back to normal, and his diabetes is back under control. I think Erich's starting to breathe again.

Let's see... what else lately? Read Pillars of the Earth over the last couple weeks. Surprisingly good book. It moved right along, which was impressive with its bulk. I think now that I've seen a couple of Real Life Cathedrals (TM) I can appreciate the storyline a bit more. Or at least grasp onto it better.

Journey's End is on BBC-A in about a half hour. Debating whether I'll watch it or not. Aside from fic, I've been enjoying being out of fandom the last few weeks.

That's about me, other than a new style egg. :)

- Mel.

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Just curious about this. I think it's because I've been working with clinical trial data today, and I'm noticing how different my handwriting is from my coworkers.

So - when you write:

[Poll #1331635]

I always cross my 7's and z's - which supposedly is unusual in North America. I figure it's because I picked it up from overseas penpals as a kid (liking how their handwriting looked, etc.)... or maybe I just was misscored on too many algebra problems due to bad handwriting.



Jan. 8th, 2009 12:33 pm
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Beh... keep losing track of these. *sigh*

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(per a request for good chili recipes by [livejournal.com profile] bafleyanne)

I've been making a variation of this recipe since my early teens. The Italian sausage and ginger are the most recent additions, and both my husband and I agree that it's greatly improved the flavor. This definitely is a recipe that you can play with.

This serves about 6-8 people, and like most good chili recipes, tastes even better 2nd day. It can freeze for up to a month, and I've substituted turkey and buffalo for the ground beef - both come out excellent.

2 lbs ground beef
1 lb ground hot Italian sausage (w/o casing)
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons chili powder
2 bell peppers, seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
2 15oz cans kidney beans (or preferred type)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons whole cumin
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
salt to taste
additional chili powder to taste
1 dash Indian chili powder (Optional)
grated cheddar cheese (Optional)

Brown beef with onions, chili powder, and minced garlic until no pink remains in the meat and the onions are clear. Drain if desired/needed, and add to chili pot. Brown sausage and add to pot. Then add in all other ingredients to pot and stir thoroughly. Do a quick taste test for spice and flavors - add more chili powder, salt, ginger, etc. as desired. (we add the Indian chili powder here). Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to simmer and cook for 60-90 minutes (or until people are too impatient), stirring well every 15 minutes.

Serve in bowls with grated cheese for garnish.
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I've decided to make a friends cut today.

Bottom line is this - I enjoy talking with other people, including those who do disagree with me, provided that we can exchange thoughts in a respectful manner. However, I also consider my journal a sanctuary for my own thoughts, and wish to be able to express them comfortably. When I feel uncomfortable, I need to solve that issue.

A lot of this discomfort comes from Doctor Who fandom. I should not need to justify that I am enjoying a tv show, nor that I am excited by the changes that are upcoming in the show, while also being sad that another era is ending. I do not feel that I should have to choose between the two. Enjoying the Doctor/Rose ship is not something that should prohibit me from also enjoying Moffat's work. Frankly, it doesn't. I really don't care to defend Moffat's decisions or his work, particularly to people who hate him so much that such discussions are pointless.

There are things on LJ that I just don't want to read about. Particularly with another year before Who is back full time, and especially once the series starts up again. And likewise, I don't think those who so strongly disagree with me should have to read my thoughts that they disagree with so strongly.

We've gone in different directions, and that's okay. You have every right to post what you want, how you want. But I need to disconnect because of it.

I wish those I've had to defriend best wishes for the future, and I'm sorry for my shortcomings that I'm simply too uncomfortable with what you're posting, and too uncomfortable knowing that someone who disagrees with me so strongly has access to all of my thoughts.


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