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Oct. 28th, 2012 @ 02:39 pm If you're on the East Coast or otherwise in Sandy's path
I realize I rarely post here any longer, but I do try to keep up with folks, so to those of you prepping for the storm, PLEASE be safe! I hope everyone has ample supplies for yourselves and your pets, escape routes, Plan Bs, and places to head to if needed. I'm hoping everyone will be okay and that power outages will be short-lived. Also, please check in and let your online friends know how you're doing when you can.
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May. 8th, 2010 @ 06:54 pm Thank you and Fic Rec
Big THANK YOUS to my f-list for all the comments and good wishes on my graduation announcement. As always, my f-list rocks! Aaaaaand, in honor of the fact that I no longer have homework and finals and writing assignments and portfolios and crap hanging over my head, I actually read some fic!

There are always some fantastic pieces in [info]hp_beholder and this year looks to be no exception. Even in a fest that specializes in rare pairings, though, you're going to find some pairings that really never occurred to you before. For me, that would be Snape/Flitwick. They're just two characters I never saw being together, but after reading "A Small Touch of Luck", I am now a believer. The writer takes the tidbits of Flitwick's character that canon gives us and fleshes them out to create a lively, quick-witted, and charming Filius who knows -- as perhaps only the Ravenclaw Head of House could figure out -- just what an ailing, post-DH Severus Snape needs, and how best to reel him in.

The build up of the relationship is slow and believable, and the sex is amazingly hot. Another plus is the delight of watching all the Hogwarts professors troop by Severus' infirmary bed to apologize for doubting him. XDDD Anyone who feels like Snape got a raw deal in DH -- and let's face it, which of his fans doesn't? -- will enjoy this story for great details like that as well as the pairing.

You can read "A Small Touch of Luck" here: http://asylums.insanejournal.com/hp_beholder/43467.html?view=1210571#t1210571 and if you enjoy it, remember to leave some nice words for the writer.
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Mar. 24th, 2010 @ 12:45 am HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WESTERNREDCEDAR!!!
Thank heavens for the time difference! I think it's still your birthday where you are, and I hope you're having a helluva good one! BIG BIRTHDAY HUGS AND SMOOCHES TO YOU!!!! **MMMMWAHH!**


(I'd have posted earlier, but I was stuck in an elevator for almost two hours this evening. NO JOKE!)
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Mar. 1st, 2010 @ 11:41 pm Poetry Meme
Ganked from [info]r_grayjoy and many others. I doubt many people have ever seen this poem, but it's an enduring favorite of mine. It's from the anthology "Graining the Mare: The Poetry of Ranch Women", ed. Teresa Jordan.

Spooking the Horses
by Jo-Ann Mapson

It wasn't enough to scale the grapestake -- we dared
crossing the orchard where any moment the farmer
might spot us. His one-eyed spaniel , tied to a stake,
lost his mind when we teased him.

All this for a sour apple eaten on a dead run
that might net us a backside of birdshot.
For quick escape, we cut
through the pasture. Smelling the apples
in our hands, the horses came investigating.

Sun polished their muscles. Sour, foreign,
sweetly compelling, their scent riddled us
into naming the pungency. Seaweed? Last Christmas's
mulling spices, furry mold? Uncle Louie's girl:
Grandma called her Floozie.

We lured them close
enough to sneak a pat of steamy skin.
Just when the lead mare
trusted us, we whooped and waved our arms high --
of course, they ran -- but came back so often
I'd swear shame fueled the trot.
Swan necks bent low,
grudging through desire. We don't need
those kinds of apples, oh, but we want them.


In bed that night, my cousin drowsily traced
profiles on my back, summoning shivers
beneath the sunburn. Guess which horse,
she whispered, guess. "Hush!" Grandma sang
up to the attic, "the both of you. Now!"
We'd giggle, mimic her fraying voice
in the summer dark lit by a moon yellow as cheddar,
two skinny girls whispering: Bay mare! Dapple-gray!
The magical ring of Palomino. Our horses
leapt from wall shadows
until their hooves were dreambourne,
that moment of suspension when they belonged
not to air, nor to earth, but to us.

By August our shadows were stretching,
bagging at the knees, cut tight
across the chest. It hurt,
that awkward stepping into adolescent skin,
no longer satisfied with stealing
someone else's fruit, tortured into our own.
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Jan. 5th, 2010 @ 01:32 pm Recs from Kinky Kristmas!
I was lucky enough to have fics written for both my prompts at [info]daily_deviant's Kinky Kristmas, and I wanted to rec both fics before reveals come up.


Catch Me If You Can, Sirius/Severus, NC-17, http://asylums.insanejournal.com/daily_deviant/259777.html is a deliciously hot Marauder's Era fic. There hasn't been enough Snack around lately, but Kinky Kristmas came through with several, and this is a great one to start with if you decide to sample them. The set up is that Sirius got stuck in detention on a Hogsmeade weekend -- and the reason is delightfully funny, btw -- and his friends leave him a little consolation prize: Severus Snape tied to his bed in the dorms. While this isn't a romantic fic, neither is it hate-sex. There are dub-con elements, so mind the warnings, but there's no brutality and both boys end up having a high old time and seeing a different side of each other. If you love Snack or just like a bit of extremely hot boy-smexing, check this one out.

Christmas For Sale, Percy/Severus, NC-17, here http://asylums.insanejournal.com/daily_deviant/261328.html is a wonderful story with great characterizations. At first glance, it seems like your usual 'Prostitution/Auctioning off One's Virginity' fic, and while that would have been perfectly fine, this one has a twist to it that will have you alternately laughing, shaking your head, and licking your lips in expectation. Fabulous cameos by Lucius and Pansy and a delightful ending that manages to be both sweet and in-character.

If you've got a bit of reading time since the fests have stopped posting, do give these a try, and if you like them, leave some kind words for the authors. They totally deserve it for crafting these marvelous tales.
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Dec. 28th, 2009 @ 02:15 am HP FIC REC: "A Place Between Sleep and Waking" Snarry, NC17
I don't rec a lot of Snarry fics, mostly because I read very few of them these days. I'm very glad I read this one, though, and if you like the pairing even a bit, I urge you to go check it out. It showed up at [Bad username: snapely_holidays] and you can find it here: http://asylums.insanejournal.com/snapelyholidays/26009.html?view=422041#t422041

This is a well realized, beautifully written story with slow, believable development. What drew me to this one especially is that, amazingly enough, it's not cross-gen. How's that possible with Snarry, you ask? Time travel and de-aging are the usual answers, but this story does something different. Harry's characterization is excellent. This is post-Voldemort so he's definitely wiser and less reactionary but still oh so recognizable as our hero whose spur-of-the-moment choices so often come back to bite him on the butt. ;) It's the Snape characterization that really captivates me, though. He is very much the wary and damaged teenager we see in the Pensieve memories, but he is not yet embittered or unsalvageable. Harry's fascination with this Snape and the care he takes in observing him, approaching him, and eventually winning him over sets up what I think of as a very 'old school' Snarry dynamic. Oh, and just in case you're thinking that a great story and wonderful characterizations are the best reasons to read this story, let me add that there are some very hot sex scenes here (including a luscious masturbation/voyeurism scene with a fantastic ending. *fans self*)

Whether you love Snarry or you just love a well-written and beautifully developed story with some hot sex scenes, definitely go check this out. Don't forget that comments are love. ;)
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Dec. 5th, 2009 @ 05:16 pm HP/Snupin Santa Rec: "Terrific Two's Summer of Mystery"
Why oh why, my friends, has no one rec'd this yet? This was the first Snupin Santa offering and it's bloody brilliant! I love a fic that can blend humor and hot boy-sex and this delivers beautifully. Honestly, just thinking about the fic brings a grin to my face. The prompt was for an Enid Blyton type story -- if you're from the US, think Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew --but with pron. It's an utterly delightful AU romp with cameos by several other HP characters, such as Remus' eccentric Uncle Albus (who apparently leaves 'dubious literature' lying about to give young Remus naughty ideas), a "rusted death-trap – affectionately known as 'Minnie', the housekeeper Mrs. Sprout, and others. If the idea of fresh-faced wholesome boys in shorts, long socks and sandals biking around Cornwall, having advetures by day and becoming 'very special chums' by night all while usig phrases like 'corking', 'cracking good time' and "I'm going to, you know… fellatio>..." doesn't appeal, well, then I can't help you. If it does, though, then crack open a bottle of ginger beer, go here http://snupinsanta.annex-files.com/viewstory.php?sid=379&chapter=1 and have yourself a jolly good read.
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Aug. 22nd, 2009 @ 12:19 am Trouble
Did you know that baby skunks are really cute?

I do. Because there are two of them on my back porch right now.

And they show no desire to leave.

This is not good.
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Aug. 7th, 2009 @ 09:57 pm Do you think Hollywod has finally gotten a clue about slash?
Because I finally saw the latest HP movie (about which I will say nothing, because it's all been said already) and caught the trailer for the new Sherlock Holmes flick. The one where Holmes is played by Robert Downey, Jr. and knows how to use nunchuks (I know, I know....) and Watson is Jude Law and OMFG just from the TRAILERS I'm going "Good God, are they actually playing them gay? Because that is SURE as hell what it looks like to me!" Okay, maybe they're supposed to be Heterosexual Life Partners or something, but golly, even with my brain set at level 10 slashiness, I've never seen a movie trailer that so audaciously begged the audience to SLASH THESE GUYS!

Really, I'm wondering if it's some sort of marketing ploy. Like there was some Hollywood movie dude who went "Look, if we make the pairing opportunities *really obvious* then there will be fanfic and fanart all over the place, and hey guys, that's like FREE MARKETING for our movie!"

If so, I'm not sure whether I'm disturbed that they're using us, or glad they've figured out we're worth pandering to. If it's the latter, it's certainly working. Because, believe you me, there is NO other way you could have convinced me to see a movie where SHERLOCK HOLMES uses nunchuks. And I'm definitely planning to see this one.

ETA: Here's a link to the trailer in case you haven't seen it. It gets slasherific around :53.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4K3aM5H5KM#watch-main-area
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Jul. 25th, 2009 @ 03:09 am "Let The Right One In"
I just watched this movie with friends and am totally in love with it. As in, I think I'm going to have to buy it when it comes out. (And the number of movie DVDs I own can fit on half a shelf.

If anyone else has seen it and wants to discuss, here's your chance because I love it on so many levels.

Spoilerz -- Don't Click if you haven't seen the Movie Yet )

Right now, I'm vacillating on whether I even want to see the US remake when it comes out, but I probably will, just so I can see what horrors they've wrought upon it. I think that will be after it comes out on DVD tho, because I could see myself getting tossed out of the theater for screaming incoherently.

So, anyone else who saw it: what did y'all think?
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Jun. 10th, 2009 @ 08:06 pm One nice thing about summer in the South
It may be hot as hell, and we may be heading into triple digit temps this weekend, but I'm sitting here eating a salad of home-grown, sun-warmed red, yellow and orange tomatoes drizzled with really good balsamic vinegar.

Summer has its moments. ;)
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May. 30th, 2009 @ 01:43 am Happy Birthday Slashpine!
Eeep! I'm late! But I hope you've had a wonderful birthday!
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Apr. 23rd, 2009 @ 08:21 am I don't want to jinx this, but....
we seem to be having.... *looks right and left*.... Spring. :)

If you don't live in South-Central Texas, that might sound odd. But see, we don't always get spring. I mean, sometimes winter just stops and it goes smack into summer. Or we might get 2 weeks of coolish, moist weather -- not wet enough for rain, mind you; just humid enough to give all the roses powdery mildew -- and then, wham, the heat is on.

What we're having right now is kind of unusual. Warm days -- it got to 94 yesterday, but it's been staying pretty much in the 80s -- followed by cool nights. Like, in the 50s! O_O Yeah, that's unusual here. Plus, everything is blooming really late! Like 2 weeks to a whole month late. Usually by this time, my sweet peas are bloomed out and done for the year, but this time, they're not even blooming yet! But they're about to!

Which is what I was really writing about anyway, because OMG I have nasturtiums!!! (We almost never get nasturtiums to work because it goes from being too cold for them to too hot for them.) And a big patch of larkspur! (Not unusual, but I still love them.) And I have POPPIES!!!!!!! Back in Jan/Feb I found a pill bottle full of tiny seeds and tossed them out, and now I have frilly white poppies coming up, and pink/white ones, and rose-red ones with purple marks inside them and OMG I've never had poppies before and I LOVE them! Eeeee! (I know, I'm an idiot, but I can't help myself.)

Now, I just need the sweet peas to start blooming. C'mon, sweet peas!

Also, I actually got some tomatoes put in -- planted them straight into compost, then mulched the hell out of them -- and *for once* they actually look nice! *looks around for bad faeries* Fat, green and happy! Leaves going everywhere! Baby tomatos already even! Ssshhhhh!

So yeah, I'm a total gardening and flower dork. Keep fingers crossed please, as I would really like to have a year where I get some tomatoes and peaches.

In other news (since I like haven't posted in ages....) uhm.... oh yeah, school! Lessee.... Well, I won the undergrad creative writing scholarship for the 2nd year in a row. I entered fiction this time, and poetry last time, so that's kind of cool. Also, I got offered the creative writing internship for next year, which I'm really jazzed about because I adore all the instructors in the Creative Writing Dept AND I'll get to help my fiction prof with the national journal she and her hubby edit. I am SO looking forward to that, because I'll get a chance to see all the stories and poetry that comes in and find out what people are writing. So yeah, I'm happy about that. (It's not a paid position, of course, but I do get 3 hours of credit.) Oh, and I also got picked to present one research paper and one CW story at the school's Liberal Arts conference. I took 2nd place for the undergrad CW and 4th for the research and I won actual MONEY! (The story I entered was the same one I put in for the scholarship, so boy is THAT one paying off!) XDDDD

Sigh. Now I just have to finish 2 portfolios and 1 paper, study for a math final, find a job for summer and find out why I haven't heard about my financial aid stuff yet and go bother some more student lending institutions so I can finish my last year of college and try to keep the house from falling down around my ears and stuff, but who cares? I'm almost done with this semester and I have a yard full of flowers, which makes me stupidly happy.

And how is everyone else doing?
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Mar. 23rd, 2009 @ 06:03 pm Birthday! (Yikes! Almost forgot!)
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Hope it's a good one, darling!
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Feb. 26th, 2009 @ 04:06 am Jesus tastes like pita bread
Despite the fact that I am firmly on the side of the heathens, I accompanied my mother to Ash Wednesday service today. Worthless Brother has been causing her worlds of emotional, psychological and financial pain, so I didn't feel like I could refuse her when she asked. My mom only recently started attending church again -- we were a fairly secular family through a good part of my formative years -- and her previous experience was with the CoC, which is probably the most boring church in existence. (If there was anything entertaining about church at all, believe me, the CoC found a way to suck the joy right out of it.) Now, however, she's going to a United Methodist church and all the "high church" bells and whistles just fascinate her. (It's quite amusing, actually. She called me up one night all breathless with excitement because they had a church mixer where WINE was served. "These people actually drink!" were her words.)

Anyway, this was her first Ash Wednesday service at the new church, and since I actually have more experience with "high church" stuff than she does -- I went to an Episcopalean school -- she wanted moral support and, like I said, who was I to refuse?

Except, this meant she expected me to take communion with her. The problem with that is, I've never taken communion before. Because I'm not baptised. CoC is one of the "dunking" churches, and frankly, even if I had ever felt the 'call to serve Jesus', there was no way I was letting Brother Osborn hold me under water. Nothing doing. (Also, I figured that if Dante's Inferno really does exist, maybe I could still squeeze into Limbo with the Virtuous Pagans.)

So, my plan was to just sit in the pew and wait for my mom to do the Communion -- Pray -- Ashes thing, but... that's not what happened. An usher came to conduct our row out and up, and between him and my mother's pleading glance, I rolled my eyes and resigned myself to my fate; which I rather hoped wouldn't entail me vanishing in a gout of celestial fire when I touched the chalice, you know? So we make our way up to the priests/ministers/whatever-the-Methodists-call-them, and one of them is standing there with a big, spongey round of flat bread. It's the kind that makes really good gyros when it's grilled with olive oil, but rather lacks something when it's plain. So this old guy rips me off a sizable chunk of This-Is-My-Body, hands it to me, I go to the next guy, dunk it in the wine and put it in my mouth. Where it SITS because, well, it's large. And kind of gummy. And suddenly I'm seized with a certain quandary that I'm sure every Catholic or High-Church Protestant soul has experienced at least once in their church-going lives:

Does one chew Jesus?

My natural inclination was probably not so there was an uncomfortable minute or so where the Communion Host just sort of wallowed in my mouth, swelling and getting gummier by the second. My options were dwindling to Chew or Spit Out, and I was simply not willing to offer that sort of insult. It was beginning to look like a stand-off, but when we went to the kneeling bench before getting our noggins smeared, I managed to sort of tongue-mash the Host into a swallowable consistency and coax it down my throat. I'm not sure either of us was exactly happy about it, but while pretending to pray for forgiveness, I had the "Look, this is for my mom, okay? I'm following that whole 'Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother' thing, so give me a break, please?" chat, and that seemed to do the trick. Down it went, and the rest of the service passed without incident, fortunately.

Which meant I could come home and study for my math test. Which I'm still avoiding doing lo these many hours later. Which is why I'm posting this. Just so you know.

Obviously I didn't give up procrastination for Lent.
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Feb. 17th, 2009 @ 05:02 pm Snack Rec! Hate!Sex even!
Hey folks, if you've been missing Snape/Black, and especially if you've been missing "OMG I HATE YOU!" sex, go check out the great ficlet [info]torino10154 wrote me here: http://torino10154.insanejournal.com/154020.html

It's short but definitely NOT sweet. It's also hot! Check it out!
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Feb. 14th, 2009 @ 11:55 am In Honor of the Martyrdom of St. Valentine
I didn't get any further than this one. It's so ME that it just stopped me dead.



hp_hardcore presents Hardcore Valentines! Click here to get your own!


Disclaimer: I have never engaged in erotic pony play. Pretending to be a horse on innumerable childhood playgrounds with my other horse-crazy friends is, however, a different matter entirely. It's probably a good thing I'm not into pony play because I would be a very exacting mistress. "That was the most pitiful attempt at a whicker I have ever heard. Try it again, or I use the curb bit."
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Jan. 30th, 2009 @ 05:28 pm Zombies Reported in Austin
I have sort of a love-hate relationship with my home state.

Today, I just gotta love it.

Road Signs Warn of Zombies

I especially like how the news reporter actually has an escape plan to share.

Hmm.  Bush is back in Dallas now, and zombies are roaming I-35.  I wonder if they're heading north?

No, wait.  That's right.  They eat brains....

Piffle.
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Jan. 30th, 2009 @ 03:26 pm Good Things

So, after the Post of Pain, how about some good stuff that's going on?

Food )

Weather )

Gardening )

Birds! )

So see, even when wrestling with brain chemical imbalances, there are still bright spots.  Summer will be here all too soon, frying gardens to a crisp and sending everyone indoors into air-conditioned aestivation, so I try to savor days like these as much as possible.  I hope you're all able to enjoy whatever season you're having wherever you are, if only in some small way.

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Jan. 28th, 2009 @ 10:49 am Birthday Girls!!!!
Sorry for my failure at cool graphics, but I wanted to send big Happy Birthday HUGS and best wishes to two amazingly talented people whom I really adore:

[info]fanlay (whose b-day was yesterday)

and

[info]r_grayjoy!


Hope you had, are having, and continue to have wonderful birthdays!
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