nao can be awake tiems!!!

silly: bunneh pwnd
One of my cats decided the best way to wake me up from a nap today was to leap down upon me from her perch atop the open bedroom door.

The weight of what felt like a chunk of the ceiling crashing down on my stomach, in combination with the blood-curdling shriek that was already coming from my mouth when I reached consciousness, definitely gave me an extra special spike of adrenaline start to the rest of my day.

The mister was napping too (we've both gotten colds and are trying to shake them).  At the hubub, he sort of came to halfway alertness, agreed with my pronouncement that our cat can be a dick sometimes, and FELL BACK ASLEEP for another half hour.

I mean.  That is a skill
st tos: space husbands hands
Title: Stubborn Heart
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: Star Trek (AOS)
Pairing: Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov (background James T. Kirk/Spock)
Warnings: None
Chapter One Word Count: ~4,200
Author's Notes: When I first dove into Star Trek fandom last spring, I never expected I would write Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov, much less feature the pairing in a 50K marriage-of-convenience royalty AU. But man, this idea took hold and would not leave me alone! I so appreciate everyone who encouraged me along the way, including new friends in the Star Trek fandom who cheered me on and friends from other fandoms who urged me to keep going. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for her beta reading. I've already completed this story; it just needs minor edits for posting. My plan right now is to share a chapter a week. I really hope you will enjoy this fic, because I've had a wonderful time writing it. I'd absolutely love to hear your thoughts on any aspect of the story.

Summary:  Leonard McCoy never figured himself for anyone's Prince Charming. But when a planetary crisis and a bid for precious resources puts Pavel Chekov and the crew of the Enterprise in a tricky position, Leonard finds himself engaged to the not-quite-twenty-year-old newly-dubbed monarch of Regalis Prime. Now if only he can navigate ridiculously elaborate wedding planning and try not to offend oversensitive sycophantic aliens, all without letting his fiance know he's falling for him, maybe the situation won't turn out to be a complete disaster.

Read Chapter One below, or over at AO3.

FIC: Stubborn Heart (Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov, PG-13, 1/12)Collapse )

on the thanksgiving menu. probably.

txtls: cooking icon

Okay, so I keep taking away and adding dishes, but here are three four definitely-on-the-table items:


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Are any of you trying out fun new recipes this year?  Bringing out the old standards that everyone always applauds?  Going to someone else's place and sitting back all suave and cool while other people bring you dishes like you're a fancy prince or princess of some kind? Having the most awesome snack-filled marathon instead of the traditional meal?  Whatchoo eating next Thursday if you celebrate or kind of observe the USA version of Thanksgiving, is what I want to know?  :D

Oct. 9th, 2014

zoolander: mogatu crazy pills
Sorry I haven't posted in forever.  Life has been crazy.  I have been crazy.  I went to the doctor because I started to get hives and he said, "Maybe you've been under a little stress lately?"  Ahahahahahaha!  HA!  Ahem.  So after I could breathe again after choking on ugly laughter, he said, "Maybe try not to be so stressed?"  I'll get right on that, chief!

Anyway, I send you all ♥ and xoxoxoxoxoxo and I'll try to catch up with everything on LJ soon.  For some reason tumblr seems easier to keep up with; probably because it doesn't have nearly the level of engagement as LJ (which is obviously not a great thing, but certainly does make it easier to dip in and out of in times of high stress).

As my tiny contribution of seasonal content, I'll say that I've been singing, "This is Halloween!" ever since the ritual watching of The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 1st.  Only now I sing it "This is Penny-ween!" for our Penny cat, who goes all wide-eyed, tail-chase-y, pounce-on-her-bumblebee-toy now whenever she's serenaded with it.

*leaves warm apple cider and halloween cupcakes*

sometimes man

txtls: drinkses
I just want to have you all over for a slumber party where we have lots of cocktails and eat brownies with caramel and sea salt and watch "Once More with Feeling"; IS THAT SO WRONG?

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yes! we have no banan -- er, lemons

buffyverse: cordy icon
I can't even explain what huge good news this is locally, but I'm so relieved to hear this deal has been sealed.

A happy ending for Market Basket employees, customers

It's absolutely wild to see an employee-led grassroots movement for a company that isn't unionized end up successfully achieving their goals of switching back to the CEO they want at the helm.

Not to say there aren't issues and problems with the situation. I would love to see the Market Basket employees form a union.  It's great that the people working there are thrilled to have back the CEO they want, and in terms of management-worker relations, Arthur T. does indeed seem to deserve his well-loved status.  But it's a reminder of how easily companies can shift management and ownership and how, without unions, workers are not protected and are in no way ensured that the generous treatment they might find under one group of leaders will continue if power changes hands.  And it's wise to remember, no matter how pleased workers and customers might be right now with the return to Arthur T. as CEO, that this crisis was essentially created by a fight between two billionaires hashing out family grievances.

Even given those issues, I'm still seriously thrilled to be returning to shopping at Market Basket.  It's my main supermarket -- they have some of the best produce in the area, a great range of items in just about every ethnic cuisine out there, and low prices.  Plus they really are community supermarkets, where you run into people you know, chat with other customers over the cheeses or have a passing discussions about which brands are better when you're deciding between items.  I know that other grocery stores nearby will actually be relieved; they had to absorb all the customers boycotting Market Basket, and let me tell you, that was a large number of people.  Far from just reveling in the additional revenue, they were absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people at their stores (cashiers often told us how exhausted they were and how shocked by the crowds) and unable to keep commonly used items in stock (I posted several weeks ago lamenting there were no lemons to be had in the area, and seriously, there were NO LEMONS; the strike radiated outward and definitely impacted these other stores).

So basically, though concerns remain, this is definitely good news.  I'm sure shelves in produce/dairy/anything perishable are still currently empty, what with the effective cutting off of distribution during the strike, but what the hell, it can be stocking up on canned goods time!  I'm psyched to get my damn Market Basket back!

summer visit

txtls: bench icon
My BFF NYC was here!  But now she is gone, and I has a sad.

Because she was having problems getting a dogsitter, she brought along my goddog, and we got to see how our two kitties reacted to a doggy.

Short answer: they were not impressed.  Long answer,doggy detailsCollapse )

Besides watching furry shenanigans, we took a bunch of long walks and a fun hike; headed to some funky towns for daytripping, shopping, and noshing; watched way too much louis ck and not nearly enough Star Trek (she liked The Trouble With Tribbles just fine, but did not elect to watch another episode, so I feel like I have failed in my fandom conversion, woe!); and just generally talked so much and so late about so many things that I'm losing my voice a teensy bit.  Anyway, it was just so lovely to see my friend, and I was happy to get to snug with the goddog and give him bully sticks and ice cube treats, so all in all I'm declaring it a highly successful visit despite the lack of obvious kitty-doggy detente.

Also, we ate such delicious things -- I made a scrumptious artichoke tapenade served with wheat peasant bread crostini, an eggplant and zucchini parmesan, salted caramel brownies, amazing french toast, cherry yogurt parfaits, and I would have made a BILLION other things for her, but the mister insisted that there is only so much food one should make and eat for a 3-day visit (I don't know what he's smoking, but okay).

(You know, I don't think I ever reported on all the adventures I had with Miss C when she and my sister visited, but maybe that'll turn up in another post.  Also I should report on the best latte in the world that I drank recently.  That's an entry unto itself for realsies.)

Now today I am moping at having hours and hours of driving between us again, so I think I will try to immerse myself in going outside and writing and coffee drinking and pretending that the end of summer isn't at hand.  What do you all have planned today?

what's up this saturday night

st tos: kirk how it's done

I've been doing visitor prep stuff all day, cleaning and laundry, and was despairing of getting any writing done.  Then I saw one of those "stop what you're doing and write now!" posts and scribbled out 671 words of a scene in my Chekov/McCoy ST fic I've been avoiding so.  *\o/*

I'm making sangria to chill in anticipation of my sister arriving tomorrow afternoon (Miss C will get limeade with soda water and a splash of raspberry syrup so she won't feel left out of the fun beverage-ness).  After dosing the fruity Italian wine with the traditional brandy/sliced & squeezed oranges and limes and a teensy bit of sugar, I decided to toss in a bunch of dark cherries that I pitted and halved as well.  Oh my glob, it smells amazing.

I spent part of last night looking up all the references to apocalypse scattered in episodes of Adventure Time and made myself all mope-y.

Then this afternoon totally succumbed to napping and had a dream I committed the perfect crime (murrrrrderrrrr, for those of you curious).  One of the points on my master plan to cover my trail was to donate a bunch of money to a local Girl Scout troop.  Now I feel like I should donate to a local troop for real in penance for my sleep-murrrrrderous thoughts.

I don't know where the hell I was when I heard this song, but "Sweet Talkin' Guy" has been whirling around my head almost nonstop the last day.

What's going on with you all this weekend?

summer stuff

txtls: girl jump yay green!
I have so, so many mosquito bites.  *cries*

It's partly because we have a fun outdoor dining set this year, and so we're spending more time outside and inviting friends over for drinks.  But I have a suspicion that mosquitoes like me Most of All between me and the mister and of all our guests.  I'm trying various bug repellants, both the serious business DEET ones and the forest fairy natural ingredient combos.  I still get tons of bites no matter what, but maybe I'm getting fewer than I would if I were repellent-less?

Some good stuff amid all the itchiness, though -- my sister and Miss C will soon descend for their summer visit!  While Miss C said she wanted to stay two weeks (d'awww!) they're staying with us five days/four nights, because our current place is small-ish.  I realized last summer after a few sets of visitors that even if I completely adore our guests, I want to shout, "Get out, get out, GET OUT!" a la Dawn Summers after about four nights.  So we'll pack in the fun stuff with a shorter visit and then see our way to regaining space and sanity even if things get a little close-quarters-y.

The hard thing in anticipation of this particular visit?  Okay, so Miss C is eight going on nine (though not till February).  But like, WHAT DO EIGHT YEAR OLDS LIKE?  It was so, so easy when all I had to buy her was a few Barbie outfits, a new set of fancy-schmancy-markers, some funky clothes that she would happily wear, Star Wars or Harry Potter doodads, and various little tchotchkes like barrettes and candy necklaces and little plastic monsters with big eyeses.  Now it's like she has her own taste that changes frequently (omg how dare she?) so clothes are not always easy, and I think she's less and less into Barbies to the degree where I don't want to load her up with too many frou frou tiny outfits and eensy accessories, and somehow her obsession with 1Direction has waned enough that I can't count on the crap from Claire's or Hot Topics doing it for her.  So far I've gotten her a few glowstick-type bits of plastic jewelry to wear and share with her pals, a kit to make friendship bracelets, and rainbow sidewalk chalk, because chalk is still cool when you're eight, right, as long as it's the funky rainbow kind?  *hands*  I'll probably take her to pick out the outfit of her choice at some point but I wouldn't mind having something else on hand for her.  Any ideas are totally welcome!

Okay, off to travel the land in search of lemons, cilantro, and scallions!  It really is a quest; workers at one of our local supermarket chains are semi-striking, absolutely understandably so, and so every other supermarket has been pretty much swept clean of all their stock.

Hope you're all doing well this fine Tuesday!  Come by later for lemon bars, some Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale, and an array of bug sprays of your choosing!

me and my magic box

silly: s'mores
I just spent fifteen minutes trying to figure out why my mousepad/cursor seemed to be totally frozen.

I won't lie -- there's nothing that can send me toward a potentially serious tizzy faster than a wifi breakdown that keeps me from online everything or a computer glitch that blocks me from getting to a story I'm writing.  And this, looking at the cursor not moving, seeing the little pointer frozen, was making me want to beat a fist down on the mousepad to force it to work.

Obviously this is not reasonable behavior; I get this!  I was explaining this and complaining to the mister about my dumb HULK SMASH! reaction to computer issues.  And he said, "Well, I don't blame you!  It's like everything that you care about is inside that magic box!"

Ahahahahaha, HE GETS ME, RIGHT???

ETA: As I was writing this, the rain came back (we've had off/on storming all day) pouring SO HARD outside, like sheeeeets of rain just flooom flooom flooom! falling to the ground!  I just now said to the mister, "This is amazing!"  And he said enthusiastically, "I know! I'm watching it on television!"  And lolol, HE WAS -- it was the weather map movement on one of our local channels.  My god, that is when you know you are getting older, right?  When you are excited to watch the weather LIVE ON TELEVISION! 

cats and calls and writing stuff

spongebob: gary blinking
It's a good thing neither of my current kitties is as smart as our previous kitty, Frankie.  Penny has been trying to sneak in to gnaw at the straw to my iced latte for a few minutes now, but I've been able to stave her off.  Frankie would already have yanked out that straw and run away with it, chirruping, "Brrrmew! Brrrrmew!  Brrrmew!" to declare his victory.  Then I would have found the straw six months later when it rolled out from underneath the refrigerator.

I just got back from trying to see my mum in the hospital (don't worry; it's nothing urgent, and she'll be back to her residence soon), but I never made it there because there was some kind of crazy tie-up on the highway.  It took me ten minutes to get up the entrance ramp, and then twenty minutes to get to the next exit (less than half a mile away).  At that point I got off the highway and turned around, because, you know, traffic jams are good excuses to put off anything you didn't really want to do in the first place.  Anyway, I got home and left a message with the nurse for my mum explaining the road situation.  "So that person coming in for the job interview wasn't lying!" the nurse exclaimed.  "The highway really is backed up!"  Now instead of feeling badly I didn't make it to the visit, I feel all accomplished -- I totally saved some person's not-lying ass today, and maybe helped them land a job!  *pats self on back*

So I'm supposed to be finishing this Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov compelled marriage, royalty-sort-of-AU, kinda canon-typical mission fic by the end of this week, according to the very stern talking-to I gave to myself.  I'm so close -- so close!  But I have spent today figuring out character entrances and exits (like, you know, that canon character I mention in chapter 7-ish should probably make an appearance in the prior 49 pages, etc.) and researching ST:TOS minerals for Very Important Reasons.  Honestly, though, this is going to be done soon, if only because I signed up for some Big Bang with an approaching deadline and I have no idea which of my too-many ideas to pick for that story and yeah.  *cringes*

What are we thinking for dinner?  I'm thinking baked lemon cod and roasted asparagus and a big ol' salad, if anyone wants to come over and bring dessert.  I like caramel chocolate-pretzel ice cream, if you needed ideas.

Jul. 9th, 2014

txtls: cooking icon
I have a little challenge to myself whenever I take stock of my cookbook bookcase and realize I've bought a bunch of cookbooks over the last six months or so that I haven't explored/used enough: make at least one recipe from each one I have neglected in the next month, or cookbook buying goes on hiatus.   And how sad would it be if that happened?

The Smitten Kitchen cookbook made it to the list because though I can testify that I love those gee dee lemon bars (and nope, they're not the same ones on the blog) I hadn't tried any of the savory dishes until tonight.

Zucchini Ribbons with Almond Pesto, y'all.  Seriously.  *faints dead away*

So, toasted almonds, parmesan, a little garlic, lemon juice, crushed red pepper, olive oil, and raw ribbons of zucchini made using your joe basic peeler.  Simple, right?  I do not think I can communicate how freaking amazing the results were.  The Mister, who likes zucchini anyway, kept exclaiming things like, "This is a keeper!" and "Can we make this the next time we have friends over?" like he wanted to show off its awesomeness.  Like, I had to cram the remainder into a container and shove it into the refrigerator so I wouldn't finish off the whole thing when I was putting the leftovers away, that's how good this dish was.  It's basically a raw food dish (though I did toast the almonds as recommended you wouldn't have to), and it could absolutely stand for a "pasta" type dish for someone who is gluten free but can tolerate/likes tree nuts.

Has anyone else been making savory dishes from that cookbook that they've really enjoyed/would recommend I give a try?  So not from her blog this time -- yes, I use the blog too, but I actually would really love to encourage people to buy this cookbook or come tell me all the dishes they love so far from it. 

holiday stuff

txtls: patriotic twirl girl
Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating it!

Happy Friday to everyone who isn't!

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insanejournal *hates* me

silly: fairy beauty omg
My InsaneJournal account has been suspended, dun dun dunnnnnnn!

I'm a bit annoyed because with the suspension I've lost all the comments on fics I have posted over there.  It's a shame particularly concerning my Daily Deviant fics, which cumulatively got lots of nice feedback at that community.  I don't necessarily revisit comments on stories I've posted often, but it's nice to know I can, and now for a whole slew of HP fics that got more traffic there at the time than LJ, I can't.  And I'm slightly aggravated because they never warned or notified me.  Plus I bought a stupid Permanent Account there back in the day when we were all looking frantically for other journal spots besides LJ.  You would think paying them cash money, even if it was a while ago, would merit some kind of email saying what was up before they slammed me.

A small part of me is doing a fingertip-touch to my lips while I make a mischevious face, because obviously I did something very excitingly naughty to be suspended.  I mean, I actually don't think I did, because I can't see any way I violated their TOS, and I doubt they're just randomly going after fanfic journals when those seem to be most of their bread and butter still.  But as long as I'm suspended, I might as well look coy and flash "Wouldn't you like to know?" expressions around just because.

I've definitely already opened a ticket there to find out, you know, what the hell; haven't heard anything back after four days.  It's tempting me to leave an additional comment to the ticket with a "*tap tap tap* Is this thing still on?" because I kind of assume that site has slowed even more considerably these days than it already had in the recent past.  I mean, if LJ is quiet, IJ must be a veritable windblow-prairie tumbleweed land, except probably all the tumbleweeds have likely rolled off elsewhere as well.  I hope to get the account back because of those DD entries and comments, but yeah.  We'll see!
silly: erudite shark
Where have you come from, sudden and intense urge to meet William Shatner in person?

*investigates Shatner's con appearances*

the wide reach of bay and the long sky line

txtls: sandcastles
I have lots to do today, but I'm still sort of half blissed-out from a weekend on Cape Cod and not really able to pay attention to Life Stuff.

We had so many delicious meals, a bunch of long walks, drives around to see gorgeous coast and fun spots in various towns, and visits to favorite shops (let us not speak of the many things I came out of my favorite kitchen shop clutching in my hot little hands).  It was the absolute perfect time to be there -- warm enough, not too hot, some chilly time to curl up with, plenty of sunny moments to luxuriate in, all the flowering trees popping with blooms, the weekend before the season so still very manageable and quiet crowd-wise.

Plus while the mister napped during the final afternoon, I grabbed a few hours on my own ostensibly to write.  But instead I spent it happily bundled up on the porch just watching the bay, and I don't regret it one bit.  We had an absolutely wonderful time, and good gravy, it was so very much needed.  What a boon to get out of town and spend all that lovely time with the mister and my own thoughts.

I hope you all had lovely weekends!

the fuck is this?

zoolander: mogatu crazy pills
Because my sluggish reaction to this situation is pretty much like Gandalf's here -- I have this weird not-cold that's leaving me really exhausted and a littledizzy and a teensy bit feverish and a lot annoyed.

I think possibly it's a sinus thing without much sinus pressure?  Or an ear infection thing without ear hurty-ness?  Or a flu-ish type situation?  Since it came close upon the heels of the mister getting a terrible cold (which he's still trying to shake; he's gradually getting better), I figure it's more or less the same bug/thing just manifesting in this horribly annoying way.

I mean, it's not like I want a stuffed up nose or other frustrating indications of having a cold, but it's highly irritating to just feel sick and weary but not have a clear thing to do about it besides just rest.  Nothing tastes good, my throat hurts most of the time, I have a lame cough that's not doing anything, and yeah, tired.

I'm all antsy and aggravated.  I mean, if that wasn't abundantly clear.

*goes to collapse in a grumbly heap*

I hope the rest of you are doing okay!

on my mind at the moment

txtls: swimming icon
One of the bonuses of going to see an awesome Synchronized Swimming performance was that one group of girls did a routine to Radioactive.

That song has been infusing my ear-worm-y impulses for what feels like ages, mostly because it's the freaking catchiest pop song in the world.  Yes, yes, I know it's all apocalyptical-y, but something that sticks in your head that much?  Pop song.  Anyway, for a while now I have been stomping around doing huge swooping motions around the kitchen while I'm cooking singing, "I'm waking up, I feel it in my BONES,"  while the Mister leans in to the room to sing, "Enough to make my system blow!", etc., etc.

So it was great fun to spot the song on the program and then see these young women sculling around and splashing to the whole "WELCOME TO THE NEW AGE!" stuff (plus I bet they were so psyched when their coach let them pick the music, right?).  And it makes me happy in a nose-thumb-y way to the lead singer, who I've heard talk about the song several times emphasizing its "masculinity" -- because moments of forceful epiphany are only ever for MEN, right?  So I would kind of love to send him a clip of these awesome swimmers with their Knoxed hair and glittery make-up and pointed toes and precise little hand flicks nailing this fantastic routine to that damn song.

also, what should I have for lunch?

silly: kitty nomnomnomnom
Just getting back in the groove writing-wise and feeling a little LJ disconnected. So here are some of my disconnected fannish and other thoughts!


  • Star Trek, you guys, oh my god, Star Trek. *____*

  • You'd think that after reading a zillion Kirk/Spock fics and actually saying that chestnut of a fangirl mantra in all sincerity to the mister (you know, the whole "Everything is Kirk/Spock, and nothing hurts," insert your fannish obsession where appropriate, and I seriously meant it so hard when I said it), I would be writing that pairing for my next fic, but. Instead it's Compelled Marriage / Royalty AU (kinda) Chekov/McCoy that slammed into my brain and wouldn't let go. I DON'T KNOW EITHER! But I'm writing the humorous/angsty stag party right now.

  • Brussels Sprouts continue to rule my snacking world. I am having a harder time finding them locally; the other day I swooped in to grab the last two packages from under the nose of a shopper who was dithering around the cruciferous vegetable area. THAT IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU DITHER: NO BRUSSELS SPROUTS! >:D

  • I need lipstick. I need someone to tell me what lipstick looks good on me. I need you to come shopping with me for lipstick. Text me and tell me when you're free, because oh my god, I NEED LIPSTICK.

  • My friend gave me a little collection of glosses for my birthday that looked so purty in the box. With the exception of one, they all look horrible on me. D:

  • I got my eyebrows did yesterday, kind of a last minute thing where I called for an appointment and ended up running to make the next slot they had open, and ended up discovering the lovely woman I go to has been dealing with very similar personal issues this last year. Our fifteen-minute appointment turned into a forty-minute mutual comfort and assurance fest, and I felt kind of wrung out after. But my eyebrows look fabulous.

  • I'm going to see a Synchronized Swimming show this weekend. BOOYAH!

  • I need to make brunch plans with various friends because (a) I have told them I wanted them over for brunch and so need to make good on that and (b) I have so many new brunch type recipes I want to try out on people.  Like, you could make Crème Brûlée Baked French toast just for yourself and your partner, but it is probably not the wisest idea kicking around out there.  Imagine the rest of the weekend you would spend languishing in a carb coma.  Which...does not sound like the most awful thing ever, actually.

  • Also, I got the Smitten Kitchen cookbook yesterday in the mail, and I will be making those whole-lemon lemon bars, like, ASAP.  Anyone else also get their hot little hands on that book?  And have you made anything especially scrumptious from it, because if so, tell me riiiiiight now!


What's new with you, buttercups?  <3
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship, Canon Typical Violence**
Chapter Word Count: 2,937 words.
Total Word Count: 30,671 words.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. Now that the fic is complete, I would love to hear what you think of the story as a whole. Read this chapter below or at AO3. Or, start at the beginning at AO3 / find all parts at LJ at my journal.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 9/9) - **complete**Collapse )
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship, Canon Typical Violence**
Chapter Word Count: 5,681 words.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. Next (and final!) update is on Thursday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 8/9)Collapse )
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: ~3,900 words.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. Next update is on Monday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 7/9)Collapse )



I completely forgot to update here and tumblr when I posted this latest chapter at AO3 on Thursday; apologies for anyone looking for updates here!

<3

EntreNous cherry blossoms
Thank you so much to those who sent me Happy Birthday emails and LJ messages and the like yesterday! It's always wonderful to get good wishes from lovely fandom friends on that day; it lets me celebrate how enriched my life has been by all of you and fannish experiences along with the usual birthday brouhaha. :D ♥

As the mister had a work commitment last night and was very busy yesterday during the day, we'll be extending the celebrations through the weekend with official birthday cake eating to come later (thank goodness, because that eating stuff has to get spread out somehow). He did get me an amazing bouquet of flowers as a pre-celebration gift, so I have gorgeous roses and lilies and tulips and these pretty little pink flowers whose name I cannot for the life of me remember.

Shockingly, I did not have pie for my birthday! :o But I did get to go out for a lovely lunch with a wonderful friend yesterday and ate a most excellent brown sugar salted caramel cupcake (zohmahgawd delicious). It was on the small size, like regular cupcake portion tin rather than the ginormous monster ones you usually get. On the one hand, a perfect single serving! On the other hand, it disappeared quickly. D:

Now I'm going to return to drinking my french-press worth of coffee and getting to read a friend's soon to be published novel, and think about when Mexican-ish food dining and margarita-consuming will happen. Not bad for a Friday!
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 3,936 words.
Author's Notes: Here's a longer chapter with some big developments. I'd love to hear what you think if you're reading along! Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I plan to update next on Thursday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 6/9)Collapse )
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 2,867 words.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. Next update should happen on Monday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 5/9)Collapse )

how-do!

silly: it&#39;s cake!
I am back from California! :D

Of course I realize it may not look like I was gone, because I updated a fic in progress while I was away. But I was, for honest and for true!

We spend a week visiting with the mister's family, who, like us, are A+ at hanging out. let's have another latte -- vacation blatherCollapse )

We've actually been back for a few days, but since we took a red eye on the return and didn't sleep a wink (how have I lost the ability to sleep on planes? I used to be able to when I was young and not-so-carefree!), we've been zombies for a while. Now that I'm walking without a lurch in my step, I'm catching up on LJ and tumblr and making delicious lentil soups.

Though it's always nice to return home, it's a little hard to come back to winter weather *cries*. The transition is not entirely awful mainly because I'm planning possible fun stuff for my birthday next week, which all seems to center around eating. I KNOW, YOU'RE SHOCKED!

On the list right now: eating a bagel (which I haven't done in a long long time because bagels are awful for me carb-y crack but SO FANTASTIC, AM I RIGHT?) visiting my favorite ice cream place, which will end its winter hiatus to have limited opening hours starting the weekend after my birthday because apparently I'm their favorite; getting cheesy cheesy cheesy Mexican-ish food with chips and salsa and guacamole and SO MANY GINGER-PEACH MARGARITAS, making myself a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream I have been planning for, well, months, because I'm nutso. I may have to spread all of it out over the course of a week (like that's a bad thing).

How are you all? :*
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 3,064 words.
Author's Notes: Written for this kink meme prompt. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I've returned from vacation, so the next update should be on Thursday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 4/9)Collapse )
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 2,805 words.
Author's Notes: Written for this kink meme prompt. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I plan to update this fic twice weekly. The next update should be Monday, though as I'll be returning from a trip, it may take another day. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 3/9)Collapse )
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 2,640 words.
Author's Notes: Written for this kink meme prompt. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I plan to update this fic twice weekly. I should update with the third part on Thursday, though as I'm traveling, please be patient if it takes another day. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 2/9)Collapse )
sherlock: john smile looks down
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Word Count: 3,047 words.
Author's Notes: Written for this kink meme prompt. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I plan to update this fic twice weekly. Right now I'm hoping to post early next week, though as I'll be traveling, please be patient with me if it takes a little longer. Read below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 1/9)Collapse )
hp: draco malfoy
Title: Mouthy
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Charlie Weasley/Draco Malfoy
Rating: Explicit / NC-17
Summary: Charlie takes pride in being a good listener, in and out of the bedroom.
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters belong to J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **none**
Word Count: ~2,000 words
Author's Notes: Has it seriously been YEARS since I wrote Charlie/Draco? That can't be right. This was written for secretsolitaire and her prompt from a while ago, "laughing in bed." PWP-ish, plus a smattering of relationship issues. I wrote this yesterday more or less in one fell swoop as a palate cleanser after finally sending my Sherlock fic off to beta. It's seriously nice to write something quickly for a change, after working on a longer fic for aaaaages. And hey, this fits a Round Three Trope Bingo prompt of mine (cut because it's a tiny bit spoilery): **poor communication skills**. Unbeta'ed. Now also at AO3.


FIC: Mouthy (Charlie/Draco, Explicit / NC-17)Collapse )
buffyverse: cordy icon
Helloooooo! First, a round of random observations:

**It's fricking freezing here, Mister Bigglesworth.

**Is it too late to answer some of those Q&A thingies from back in December/January? Because I have answers! And there were some really good questions people kindly gave me. But I am late late late on that, as I am on many things, hmm.

**On the home front, my cats were on hyper alert mouse hunting this morning (or else have been confused by our whistling heating vents). Right now they're passed out in sunshine patches, brave warriors that they are!

**I made roasted asparagus last night that was so good I think my eyes rolled into the back of my head. Today there may be Buttermilk Biscuits. And Buttermilk Piiiieeeeee. You may have already guessed I have buttermilk I need to use up.



Now, here's something I wasn't sure I would get to say anytime soon: I'm nearly 100% finished with a long-ish story, a Jim Moriarty/John Watson AU fic and will potentially start posting it sometime next week, beta-type feedback and final fussy edits allowing. *\o/*

Really, I'm stupidly pleased to be so close to the end of this thing, even though it's not that long (~30K). I've certainly written far longer in the past! But writing it off and on this past year (midsummer to now), and writing in general from a year ago October, has been freaking tough. I don't know if the fic would have been a bear at some other time, but I kind of doubt it; recent personal healthy/family issues really made moving forward on anything onerous for a time, though I had a productive spate of other fic writing/posting in the summer/early fall.

Because it's a rare-pair in Sherlock fandom, I'm not really looking for a huge response; I'm more hoping for a few interested people to tune in and let me know if they enjoy it. Because I'm actually really pleased with it, package of emotional manipulation and two converging increasingly urgent plots and age-difference angst that it is! ♥

So, you know, I am going to make champagne cocktails when I finally have the entire fic available, because some celebration seems in order. And possibly serve up ridiculous canapes. And a big honking chocolate sheet cake with peanut-butter frosting (what, there can't be cake or something?).

I hope there's some task or project that was handily kicked in the ass by you all lately, so you can join me in some damn overdue celebrating.

my kindle is kaput! D:

silly: s&#39;mores
After giving me faded screen saver images lately (Emily Dickinson looks so odd and ghosty, and Erasmus is just a wash of drained pixels), and needing to be rebooted more and more often, I think my Kindle is officially dead in the water. DDDDDD:

This is one of those things where, you know, it'll be super easy and probably better to obtain a new/upgraded Kindle. They're cheaper now with more features than when I first got one. But I have a weird attachment to keeping this one. I have one of the, I don't know, 3rd gen Kindles? The black ones with the keyboards, which I'm pretty sure they don't make anymore. And while I won't miss the functionality of that (I rarely use the Kindle to take notes, though I did more at the outset), I'll miss the familiarity of it.

Plus this is the Kindle I've taken to bed for the past four years, and read so much hot fanfic on (and sure, good novels, but the fanfic!)! I'm really attached! Gah, it's all about the familiarity for me. Gadgets are weird, yo.

Part of me thinks I should go with a Kindle Fire or another kind of tablet for reading plus other stuff, but honestly, I'll probably only use it for reading (I'm kind of against online browsing/media watching in bed, though I know I'm part of a shrinking minority on this one).

So I guess I'll get the Paperwhite or, I don't know. Should I rethink this and consider the Kindle Fire? What tablets for reading are you all happy with right now?

Miss C report!

txtls: girl jump yay green!
I'm back from visiting Miss C and my sister! Well, technically I came back Wednesday, but oh my lord, after the not terribly exciting drama of delayed/canceled/rescheduled flights because of successive snowstorms (I think I was supposed to leave originally Friday morning and return Monday morning, but the actual arrival and departure times were Sunday night and Wednesday afternoon after many many bumps in the road), I'm still a teensy bit dazed and tired.

Miss C was in fine fettle. various Miss C interests, including her love for snuggling, drama, One Direction, eye-rolling, Frozen, and being the bestest niece everCollapse )

I hope you all had lovely weekends/weeks! I'll try to catch up on everyone's LJ entries soonish. <3

more random stuff

silly: erudite shark
Weather willing, I'll be off to spend the weekend with Miss C on Friday, in celebration of her approaching birthday. She'll be eight. EIGHT!

I am loving the Johnny Weir + Tara Lipinsky Olympic figure skating team commentary so much that I'm pretty sure I've created a permanent bruise on the Mister's shoulder from punching him in glee as we watch. I am really very nearly sure that Tara borrowed Johnny's blazer and necklace and SILKEN ROSE HAIR DECORATION last night.

Since the weather is going to be crap(pier) tomorrow (and here's hoping again it won't impact Friday's ridiculously early flight -- like, RIDICULOUSLY early, I do not know what I was smoking when I thought it would be fine for me to have to leave the house round about 4am to catch it), I've got to get all the errands I had thought to spread over two days done today. It won't be that bad, but right now I feel like pouting and swooning on my fainting couch about it.

Since I'll be traveling at ass-o'clock on Friday, the Mister and I will postpone Valentine's celebrations. Right now I'm thinking cheese fondue when we get around to a special dinner together. And chocolate fondue. And. FONDUE. It is the food of lovers! Unless of course they are lactose intolerant. /Batmanuel

Also, for everyone who hates Valentine's Day, I feel like we should turn it into National Cupcake Day. Except that probably already exists, right? So it'll be INTERNATIONAL Cupcake Day. Or Interstellar. I bet those Vulcans make some boring cupcakes.

Speaking of Vulcans (come on, that was an excellent segue) I have been mainlining Star Trek fics. It's mostly reboot stuff, because that's what's on the AO3 for the most part, but as I read I'm totally picturing TOS cast in my head. Like, Zachary Quinto is fine, but Leonard Nimoy! *fans self on fainting couch* Also, because while I know everyone loves them some Karl Urban, DeForest Kelly is dreamier, so there.

You know what else is fun? Pon Farr fics! I've been sweeping around the house singing, "Pon Farr! That crazy Pon Farr!" to the tune of Nick Winters/Bill Murray's "Star Wars". Please let that Pon Farr staaayyyy!

*hands out cupcakes left and right*

ETA (which I initially typed out as EAT, so you see where my mind is this morning): Turns out for some reason I had comments disabled. That is soup to nutso. *hands round more cupcakes in recompense*

Sleepy Hollow recaps at HDJM!

sleepy hollow: ichabod &amp; abbie
Still recovering from the two-part season finale of Sleepy Hollow? I know I am! *reels*

Come talk to me about it over at HDJM, where I've recapped/reviewed both 1.12 - The Indispensable Man and 1.13 - Bad Blood for your reading and flailing delectation.

THIS SHOW, OH MY GOD; OH MY GOD, THIS SHOW!!!!

Just turning off comments here in hopes you'll come talk to me at HDJM, as that is where all my SH feels live, and there we can drink hot chocolate and hug puppies and work out way through all of this *gestures frantically*. ♥

countdown to National Pie Day!

txtls: pie icon
I have random little things to chatter about and Q&A topics to answer, but tonight I just have a very important reminder for all of you.

Thursday, January 23rd? Is NATIONAL PIE DAY.

I sometimes just post on that day, blithely forgetting that people might like a heads-up so they can be reminded in advance and plot to observe the wonder of pie on that day along with me. So if you would like to celebrate National Pie Day (as designated by the American Pie Council, naturally; for some reason they're partnering with a movie promotion this year, which is just...weird that Hollywood knows about the APC, for real) by making and/or consuming pie(s), consider this is your tip off to plan!

I am going to make a savory pie for dinner and a sweet pie for dessert, because I'm crazy like that. I'll report back here on what I made (and of course consumed because you know me). Right now I'm thinking Spanakopita (which my spellcheck wants to correct as "Spanking" and why not?) in the pie rather than triangle-pastry version, and perhaps Buttermilk Pie which I only discovered recently and is ridiculously delicious and stupidly easy to make. But that could change! That is the magic of pie day! So many pies to dream about and possibly serve!

Incidentally, should anyone want a pointer to a certain type of pie recipe, or want to share your favorite, you know I want to help out or hear about it.

BECAUSE PIE!

trope bingo, take three

txtls: cuppa tea, txtls: coffee icon
Here we go, bingo-ing of tropes! Just to recap the past dip into the waters of this challenge: First round of Trope Bingo, I wrote a fic counting as amnesty. Second round, totally didn't write anything, but the mods are graciously letting people take part in Three anyway (I think this is the last round you can do that, though).

Anyway, THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM! And I really need some organizing structure to my writing at present, so I'm seizing on this for now. Below is my assigned card, and then I've got all sorts of musings on which tropes I might tackle, with some thoughts on the tropes themselves, and a few mentions of ideas that might work for different tropes. Sherlock-y, Harry Potter-ish, and BtVS/AtS-esque mentions abound.

Trope Bingo Card -- Round ThreeCollapse )

Okay, so starting in out-of-order on the first across-line with just the main prompt tugging at me: thoughts on tropes and fic ideas and mentions of my various kinks, literal and literaryCollapse )

I have a Q&A entry that I was going to try to dovetail into this one, because it's about favorite tropes, but wow, this entry as long enough. I'll tackle that topic with something that doesn't pop up in the car/list above another time, mainly because it's time to make oatmeal pancakes!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these tropes, or just noting combos that you think would make a good bingo. Suggestions of pairings/fandoms/further ideas welcome, though I can't promise I will use them.
EntreNous winter bird, holiday: EN winter bird
Today I feel like making the sort of scones that are an affront to proper scones everywhere. You know, with oatmeal added to the flour, a bunch of nuts involved, and a crazy maple extract glaze on top. THEY ARE GOING TO BE DELICIOUS.

Sometimes the notes an author puts in their chapter summaries make me unsubscribe from a WiP midway through even if I think I really want to read the completed story, particularly when they're of the "I can't look at this anymore, it's 2am so tell me all the typos lol" variety. Yes, I am a horrible person with a shriveled heart (and insert a [sic] for that comma splice in my paraphrase -- seriously, shriveled heart).

We've gotten my mum a new phone. Not a smartphone, but for the first time we've gotten unlimited texting in her plan. It was mainly so my sister can text her photos of Miss C and I can send her pics of the cats sprawling about, but she has actually figured out how to send texts herself. This is impressive particularly given her rheumatoid arthritis and hand tremors and OH MY GOD, now I'm going to hear from her twenty-five times a day, aren't I? As opposed to seven or eight horribly rambling and lengthy phone messages, though, it might be a good trade?

I have to go to the dentist today. *cries forever* Does that call for a (multiple) scone(s) upon return or what?

ETA: I almost forgot to mention that due to Mr. Nous's older sibling friendly-slash-coercive sharing impulses, I'm now mainlining Parks and Recreation. I would ask what took me so long, because it's utterly fantastic, but this is just the way I love to watch sitcoms: several seasons in, tons of eps available, one after the other like the best sort of bon-bons. I had earlier tried when s1 was airing, but it was too Office-like for my tastes; rather than try to backtrack we restarted at s2, and it's terrific. I am, however, starting to have dreams about the characters, so I should probably rein it in a little. OR NOT.

q & a: vacations / travel!

txtls: i keep my library inside my head
brunettepet asked, "What is the best vacation you've ever had?" I'm going to focus that a little more from vacationing generally (which totally includes having an awesome time at home, wherever that is, for me) and focus in on traveling vacations to pick the best trip I've taken.

Even with specifying, that's a really hard one! I could choose the traveling I did in Asia (six amazing/delicious/overwhelming weeks covering places in Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Japan (Tokyo), an incredibly eye-opening trip in multiple ways). Or I could pick the first trip I took with Mr. Nous, which included meeting his family, attending two weddings (one in the San Juan Islands that was very West Coast-y and hippie-glamorous, the other my sister's in Pittsburgh, which as you might guess was very emotionally charged and lovely), and affirming through lots of traveling together that we were a damn good match. Sidenote: I'm of the belief that traveling together with someone is a fantastic -- and sometimes difficult, depending on the pairing -- way to realize whether it's a relationship with staying power.

But for now I'll say the best vacation, though it was technically a working vacation, was the period I spent in England as part of a research trip during the time I immersed in my dissertation.

O, to be in England...Collapse )

Thanks for giving me a chance to write about that lovely time, brunettepet! I'm seriously behind on these ask me questions and I'll answer things, but I'm determined to answer them all anyway. If it turns out you'd like to ask me a question, what the hey, I'll still take them here until I hit thirty questions to answer over time (sort of in the spirit of answering every day for a month, except spread out like a delicious hazelnut chocolate concoction of delicious wordiness on your metaphorical morning toast of winter curiosity).

ETA: Hope everyone who is impacted by the record low temps is able to keep warm and safe today! ♥

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