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([personal profile] destina Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:16 pm)
I know some people don't get why tumblr is awesome, but I think it's awesome because on San Diego Comic-Con weekend, it's really an all-fandom all-points-bulletin for tons and tons of fannish news. So far this weekend I have reblogged full con panel videos from The Walking Dead, Shadowhunters, and Legion. I've posted interviews and Q&As with The Defenders and J2 +Misha Collins. I've reblogged photos from Justice League, Blade Runner 2049, and Ready Player One, and shots of the cast from Arrow, Supergirl, Justice League, Kingsman, etc. I've reblogged pics of covetable merch, new posters, excellent cosplayers, and oh right, then there are the trailers.







I love fandom so much sometimes. :)
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([personal profile] theemdash Jul. 20th, 2017 10:19 pm)
I'm not sure that I really have the words for this.

There's going to be more Stargate. A 10-episode digital series. That's exciting news enough, but...

It's going to be about Catherine Langford's early years.

It's going to be FEMALE-LEAD STARGATE.

Look at that beautiful thumbnail of A WOMAN in front of the Stargate:


FEMALE-LEAD. STARGATE. CATHERINE. LANGFORD.

AND THAT MEANS IT WILL ALSO BE A PERIOD PIECE.

I AM LIVING!!!

ETA: Continuing to add icing to this delicious cake: the director is a woman.
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([personal profile] taselby Jul. 20th, 2017 02:23 pm)
This is a refreshing, nutritious, non-alcoholic drink that's a favorite of my daughter and me. I have a pitcher in my refrigerator right now!

Barley Twilsley

2 1/4 -2 1/2 quarts water (you want 2 quarts left after cooking)
1 cup pearl barley
3 lemons
1/3 cup honey

Put the water and barley in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 min.

While the barley is cooking, peel the lemons, being careful not to cut into the white part (the pith). You just want the yellow outer part. Juice the peeled lemons. Put the peels, juice, and honey into a 2 quart pitcher.

When the barley is done cooking, carefully pour the water through a sieve or strainer into the pitcher. Save the barley for other uses! Stir, and chill overnight. Lemony, lightly sweet, and entirely delicious!

Other uses for the barley: use in yogurt in place of granola, make barley and mushrooms (I cut that one down a bit, use 1 onion, 8oz mushrooms, and 2 cups cooked barley), or beef-with-barley soup. It's a great, nutty substitute for rice.

Makes about 2 quarts

1/2 kids approve!

taselby: (Food: apple)
([personal profile] taselby Jul. 18th, 2017 10:01 am)
If Snow White's stepmother had offered me this, I'd be a goner. This makes a lovely, sweet-tart, rose colored martini. A personal favorite.

[hopefully a pic will go here]

Cranapple Martini

Makes two, because sharing is caring!

2oz vodka (I use Costco Kirkland brand American vodka)
2oz apple vodka (I use Skyy Honeycrisp Apple)
2oz Sour Apple Pucker
2oz cranberry juice cocktail

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and serve.
Can also be served on the rocks, but why?

I really need martini glasses, if only for the pics. :)
link to original recipe at Food52

This is a blatant tweak of a recipe at Food52 -- see link. So, I wandered into this blind. I've only had Ethiopian cuisine once, and had thought the spiciness was a quirk of the restaurant rather than something endemic to the dishes themselves. I had no idea what berbere spice was, and had to order it online (Amazon has a jar for about US$3). But the recipe looked simple enough, and even if I didn't like it, it wasn't a huge investment.

Warning: this is hella fucking spicy, like weaponized spice. BUT! It makes the house smell amazing. It's also super delicious and satisfying, and the heat calms down somewhat the next day (the flavors develop more, too! Yum!), but right out of the pan it was right up to the edge of what I could handle. Please note that I live in a highly Latinx area, and routinely eat spicy traditional Mexican dishes and salsas.

Next time I'll probably toss in some carrots and potato chunks.

USE AN OVENPROOF PAN WITH A LID!

Zighini Beef Stew - this is a one-pan dish, but it will take some time: ~2 to 2.5 hours depending on how fast you are at prep

1 lb beef stew meat in 1" cubes (recipe calls for boneless short ribs, but they're expensive, and the regular stew meat was fine)
salt & pepper
olive oil or other neutral cooking oil
1 onion, about the size of a baseball, chopped
3 Tbsp berbere spice (half this if you don't like the super-spicy)
16oz canned tomato sauce

Preheat your oven to 350*. Coat the bottom of a heavy pot with oil and heat over med-high heat on the stovetop.

Season the beef with a little salt and pepper, and brown the beef in small batches in the oil. The browning gives a nice flavor to the stew. Move the browned beef to a bowl, but do not clean out the pan. Reduce the heat to medium.

Add a little more oil if you need to, and put the onion in the pan, scraping up all the tasty stuck bits in the bottom. Saute the onion until it's translucent, about 10 min. Take your time with this, really.

Add the berbere spice and stir. Cook about 1 min. Stir in the beef and it's juices, the tomato sauce, another pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, cover, and place the covered pot in the oven to keep cooking. Cook until the meat is tender and the stew is thick, about 1.5 hours.

NOTE: I needed to cook mine for closer to 2 hours, and it still wasn't what I'd call "thick." This is where personal taste comes in. Check it often, and listen to your gut.

Serves: recipe claims 4, but probably closer to 2 or 3
Sides: I served it with rice. (Bread, mild veggies, plain yogurt, cucumber -- these would also be good)
Drinks: Something cold and fruity! Peach tea or raspberry lemonade

1/1 kid approved, but begged for milk! (1 kid was out of town)

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([personal profile] destina Jul. 15th, 2017 04:32 pm)
Disney is its own fandom, and OMG there are AMAZING things happening. As I said on tumblr, Disney is about to back trucks up to the parks and shower money on them, because some of our wildest dreams are happening. Including the one I predicted long ago. *g*

cutting to spare those who don't care, but a list of the confirmed changes is behind this cut )

WELL. This is a great day to be a Disney Parks fan. Meanwhile, I have reblogged lots of Infinity War and Star Wars stuff on tumblr, too, as have 1 million others. If you like that stuff but you aren't hanging out there today, you might be missing out just a little. (Unless you're not into squee, capslock and keysmashing; then you're good.)
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([personal profile] theemdash Jul. 15th, 2017 12:37 pm)
I am finally up to Season 10 in my rewatch and I have two things to say:

1. Did I possibly never watch my Season 10 DVDs? Because this menu doesn't look familiar. Season 10 is the only one that I have digitally so I have watched it A TON but that also means it's possible I never watched the DVDs. HUH.

2. Am I the only one who's bothered that Teal'c notices there's no birds in "Morpheus" and Sam asks him to confirm when the conversation was the other way around in "The First Commandment"?

"The First Commandment"
TEAL'C: Is there a problem, Doctor Carter?
CARTER: No birds.*

"Morpheus"
DANIEL: What is it?
TEAL'C: Birds.
CARTER: What birds?
TEAL'C: My point exactly. I first noticed in the village and now here in the forest as well—an unusual stillness. There are no birds, or any other animal life for that matter.*

While I can come up with some in-world explanations for this, I'm bothered that Amanda Tapping's reaction in "Morpheus" seems to indicate that she hadn't noticed the lack of birds. I feel like even with the added responsibility of being co-command of SG-1 she still would have noticed the birds. (And yes, I realize this is a potential continuity error 9 years apart.)

*Transcripts snagged from SG-1 Solutions

3. Actually, I have a third thing to say: It still surprises me every time Daniel is arguing in favor of putting Vala on SG-1 that he likens her situation to Teal'c and not himself. Yes, Teal'c and Vala have things in common being aliens and potentially having conflicts of loyalty, but Daniel had to argue for his place on SG-1, too. Moreover he was arguing to look for his wife, and Vala is—kind of, if not explicitly—searching for her husband and child. You'd think Daniel would see that connection. (Of course he could be willfully trying to not identify with her.)

Anyway, I still love SG-1. From the start to the finish.
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([personal profile] slippery_fish Jul. 15th, 2017 05:39 pm)
Hello dear author,

thanks for writing for me. Somebody who likes the stuff I do! <3 <3 <3

I put a lot information into this letter but if I missed something, you can always contact me through the mods.

In general, I like it when both Stockholm & Lima syndromes are happening. Fucked up relationships fraught with tension, violence and differing goals. Obsession keeping them together, some moments of warmth and light that give hope and that are fake and real at the same time.

Here is a general list of things I like and don't like and specific prompts. The prompts are of course optional, don't feel bad if they don't work for you!

Do Not Want ) fandom specific )
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([personal profile] slippery_fish Jul. 15th, 2017 04:25 pm)
Hello dear author,

Thank you for writing for me. I'm always happy when someone is interested in the same stuff I am... :)

I put a lot information into this letter but if I missed something, you can always contact me through the mods.

Here is a general list of things I like and don't like and specific prompts. The prompts are of course optional, don't feel bad if they don't work for you!

general DNWs & stuff I like ) fandom specific )
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([personal profile] destina Jul. 13th, 2017 06:24 pm)
I anonymized it for your truth-telling convenience. I'm just curious, really; these are things I've been wondering about, so why not ask?


Poll #18575 AO3 norms, part 1
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 82

I've heard that a 'good rate of return' is considered to be one comment per 100 hits. Your thoughts on this number?

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Accurate
12 (16.7%)

Arbitrary
60 (83.3%)

Which is the most valuable fannish currency for your story in order to attract readers?

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Kudos
40 (56.3%)

Comments
11 (15.5%)

Hits
4 (5.6%)

Bookmarks
10 (14.1%)

Tumblr reblogs
6 (8.5%)

Do you ever read bookmarks to see the comments people put there even though they haven't commented on your story itself?

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Yes
49 (67.1%)

No
7 (9.6%)

People do that??
17 (23.3%)

Tell the truth: which method do you personally use when you want to read fic in a new fandom?

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Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by kudos
43 (53.8%)

Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by comments
9 (11.2%)

Sort by pairing or character, then by bookmarks
7 (8.8%)

Sort by pairing or character, then by hit count
7 (8.8%)

I use other tags to sort and I will explain in comments
14 (17.5%)

I have the hit counts turned off on my stories.

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Yes
6 (8.5%)

No
65 (91.5%)

I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the kudos button.

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Yes
7 (9.3%)

No
68 (90.7%)

I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the comments on a story, not just moderate them.

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Yes
15 (20.5%)

No
58 (79.5%)

Freeform tumblr-style tags suck and should not be allowed.

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Yes
36 (46.8%)

No
41 (53.2%)

How do you use tags the most?

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To find things I want to read
47 (57.3%)

To avoid things I don't want to read
15 (18.3%)

To sort or filter things
9 (11.0%)

As red flags to warn me off immature writers
10 (12.2%)

As green lights to find things that are funny or delightful
1 (1.2%)

Which of the following is the most irritating to you as a reader?

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Failing to warn properly
3 (3.7%)

Putting the wrong indicator on a story (gen when it's m/m)
9 (11.0%)

Super-long summaries which explain the story for you
3 (3.7%)

Super-long notes or footnotes
2 (2.4%)

Fics without proper spacing or paragraph breaks
30 (36.6%)

Fics without proper dialog punctuation
9 (11.0%)

Self-deprecating author's notes
8 (9.8%)

'Comment and I might write more haha'
18 (22.0%)

Last question: what do you discern from the order of pairings listed on the story?

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I assume all the pairings listed will be in the story, period
42 (51.2%)

I assume the most important/primary pairing is listed first in order
54 (65.9%)

I don't assume; I check notes to see if there's guidance about it
9 (11.0%)

I assume there could be a mix of past and present pairings for any given listed pairings
27 (32.9%)

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([personal profile] taselby Jul. 13th, 2017 12:03 pm)
Please insert your Dragon Age reference here.

I may have an excess of fondness for a certain ex-Templar in Dragon Age: Inquisition (Bioware knows I have a type). So I was mucking about with drinks and came up with this:

It looks not unlike this (this is not mine, but it looks the same, glassware notwithstanding):

blue martini

Raw Lyrium

2 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
1 oz blue curacao
splash of sweetened lime juice

Can be served on the rocks or shaken and served as a martini.
Does not confer templar abilities. Users may experience a temporary mana surge. Use with care.
Warning: unless you are a mage, excess consumption can be addictive and impair your memory. *g*
I wanted to read this story, but it didn't exist, so I wrote 8,600 words of it. And then I rewrote it so it was Homecoming-compliant. And now here we are, in the handbasket.

100-Point Restoration (8691 words) by Destina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Captain America (Movies), Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Parker/Tony Stark
Characters: Peter Parker, Tony Stark, James Rhodes, Ned Leeds, May Parker (Spider-Man), Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Karen (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Future Fic, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

Tony needs a happiness upgrade; Peter wants Tony. These goals might be compatible. (This story is set roughly five years post-Homecoming.)




What are the odds that I'd write two MCU stories and they'd both be (different) rare pairs?? Or that the unfinished third one will be, too?
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