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June 20th, 2018

Wednesday

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I'm not sure I even have a damn thing to say. I couldn't manage to get words working today when I was trying to get handwritten stuff done. I barely even managed to get the handwritten stuff typed up.

I ended up having to stay late because Glynda and Richard checked in a STEP 2 -- one of those tests that's 9 hours long -- at 8:30. It was the longest test of the day, yet they checked in several 2 and 3 hour tests ahead of him. So Anastasia and I ended up being there until nearly 5:45. Which made it be nearly 7:00 getting home. But because I had to go by the grocery store, it ended up being 8:00.

At least tomorrow is my short day... because I have to work a half day on Saturday. It never ends.

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May Loot Crate review!

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So May was a crazy month, so much so I got a Harry Potter loot crate and had no opportunity to share it. But I have time now! ;)
This crate was pretty Slytherin heavy. YAY!


Click to see mah loot )

As always, count me a satisfied customer. These crates are super fun and I highly recommend them. :)

Drabble: A Successful Application

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Title: A Successful Application
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Neville Longbottom/Draco Malfoy.
Word Count: 100 x 9
Rating: NC-17
Challenge: Written for [info]neville100/[community profile] neville100's prompt# 384: Serendipity.
Warning(s)/Genre: None/Erotica.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

A Successful Application )

The Best Intent ~ Severus & Harry ~ PG-13

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Title: The Best Intent
Author: [info]lilyseyes
Pairing: Severus Snape & Harry Potter
Word Count: 100 x 5
Rating : PG-13
Challenge: [info]snarry100 633: Triumph
Warnings: * AU, Harry is seven, mentions of child abuse/neglect*
Summary: Severus meets a child in need – what does he do now?
Part of the Worthy Child Series
Disclaimer: JKR owns the Potterverse – I just play in it. No money is made from these amateur works.

The Best Intent )

June 19th, 2018

Ugh

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It's not even officially summer yet, and I feel like I'm already dying of the heat around here. I've even broken with pattern and cut on the air conditioning already this year. Now granted, I do believe [personal profile] katsuko and I might be having a wee disagreement about how cool is cool enough -- for me, it's got to be 75°F/23.9°C to breathe, much less sleep... but she prefers it up around 77°F/25°C. Honestly, I would love to push the temperature down to around 72°F/22.2 or so... and just have her put on a sweater or something, but there is one more small proviso that is keeping me from it.

Namely that's the fact that the power bill is already well overdue. I have to pay at least $50 on it on Friday to keep it from being disconnected, then there's still another $80-something due. Plus the $85 that needs to be paid to keep the internet running. But all of that is for another day. We'll deal with it when we can, after all.

And now, I'm going to try not to die of hot as I sleep. Good night, all.

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Drabble: Devoured by Desire

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Title: Devoured by Desire
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] draco100/[livejournal.com profile] draco100's prompt # 45: Desire.
Rating: R
Length: 100
Warnings: None.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Devoured by Desire )

FIC: Breaking Free, PG-13, Severus/Harry

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Title: Breaking Free
Pairing: Severus/Harry
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~300 words
Content: Internalized homophobia
Notes: Unbeta'd. Upon reflection, appropriate for Pride month.

Breaking Free )

June 18th, 2018

Back to work

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I ended up getting stuck in traffic today, bad enough that getting on the train would have made me late to work. So I wound up having to take Emma in all the way. Which was actually a good thing, because Anastasia needed a jump after work, since her car wouldn't start.

I've even managed some writing, which is more than I can say for the weekend. Not too much, some 2000 or so words. But still, it's some. It's a good thing.

And now, I think I'm going to go throw myself at my bed. Good night, all.

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Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 24, 2018

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Happy Monday, all!
I hope everyone's week is stellar. ♥

Ali's List of Fics: June 11 - June 17 )
And here's what I'm working on this week:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )

Translation, Whoo Hoo!

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Guess what!
[archiveofourown.org profile] nyavka has translated an old Snarry Games fic of mine, All For Wand And Wand For All, into Russian! *bounces*

You can read see it on AO3: Одна на всех, и все на одну or on Fanfics: Одна на всех, и все на одну.

So cool!

Fic: A Wild Ride

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Reveals are up so I can now post it here. It's been a while since I write Harry/Draco and I'm rather happy with how this came out.

Title: A Wild Ride
Author/Artist: [personal profile] titti
Prompt: # 20 by [personal profile] lemmon_pie. After the war, come the trials. Only when it's time for Draco's, something seems off. It is discovered during the proceedings that he's very much pregnant. Malfoy doesn't seem too happy about it, in fact he looks miserable. Harry needs (he NEEDS TO) figure everything out.
Word Count: 6125
Rating: PG
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Contains (Highlight to view): *Implied past non-con.*
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Epilogue compliant?: Not even a little bit
Who is pregnant?: Pretty obvious from the prompt but *Draco is pregnant *g*.*
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] harrydracompreg. Also there are some minor changes to the scene at Malfoy manor in Deathly Hallows
Summary: After finding out that Draco is pregnant, Harry simply can't let it go. He needs to help Draco any way he can and that involves finding out who the father is.

A Wild Ride )

June 17th, 2018

Podfic

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As much as I like posting regularly, I was thinking about waiting until I have all of Celestial Navigation (and the assorted Thank You fics) finished rather than chapter by chapter.

I’m also thinking that if I have something done sooner than usual about posting it and getting it out there. The worst thing about having scheduled days (AND I’M ONLY 3-4 weeks in???) is the finishing and waiting. lol

Anyhow, I still love it. Oh how I still love it. :D

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I give thanks to the waves upholding me

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[Subject line = quote from Peter Mayer's "Blue Boat Home"]

standing bow

Paddleboarding season is underway (as in, my summer pass at Percy Priest Lake). The gauge hit 96 F yesterday, and I spent most of yesterday's session in the water rather than on it, swimming and floating and enjoying both raindrops and a rainbow. Today's social included a poodle named August, pivot turns, and back flips (not by me, but fun to admire).

Since I won't be back on the water for another 4-6 days, I'd like for a soaker to soften the ground so I'm not fighting the Tennessee clay when I get around to planting the three rosebushes I brought home right before Memorial Day (instead of the straw bales I'd planned to pick up):

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This week's Americans of Conscience checklist includes phone scripts (for speaking to policy-makers against discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, among other issues, and a five-day Immigration Game Plan) and addresses for card-writers.

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Drabble: Probation

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Title: Probation
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Word count: 100 x 7
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/pairings: Pansy Parkinson/Hermione Granger.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] femslash100/[livejournal.com profile] femslash100's prompt 603: E-mail.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.

Probation )

HotM Podfic Project

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Hi hi!

Chapter 2 is up on AO3!

Showcased fanart is by Rumdiculous from Deviantart.







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Drabble: Draco's Choice

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Title: Draco's Choice
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[livejournal.com profile] dracoharry100's prompt 530: Care.
This is part 112 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Authors Notes: Draco declares himself the winner.

Draco's Choice )

Weekly Random Post of Random

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Cartoon of the week )

Have a fabulous Sunday, everyone, and try to remember, love trumps hate every time. ♥

Little Luxuries

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This is a list of things which are currently a bit of a luxury for me; things I'd like to be able to afford, but currently can't.

  • When I'm grocery shopping, and I have the choice between buying the store brand, or the named brand, I'd like to be able to buy the named brand.

  • I'd like to be able to buy pre-grated cheese without having to argue with my conscience about it.

  • I'd like to be able to go grocery shopping without needing to take a calculator along.

  • When the weather turns cold this winter (as it's already starting to do) I'd like to be able to turn on the heater the first time, rather than reaching for another jumper, jacket, scarf, gloves, blanket, thicker socks.

  • I'd like to be able to wear two layers rather than three.

  • I'd like to be able to afford clothes which weren't skimpy as all blazes (at present, my main shopping site is Best & Less, and while they're good for cheap clothes, their winter-weight stuff is only really winter-weight in Darwin)

  • I'd like to be able to afford shoes that didn't leak, and kept my feet warm.

  • I'd like to be able to afford to own/run a clothes dryer, rather than using a drying rack inside the house, and hoping I can dodge around it for long enough for things to dry out.

  • I'd like to be able to pay for some of the online news services I use.

  • I'd like to be able to take time off from the housework.

  • Attn: The minister for Social Security and the minister for Human Services: I'd like to be in a financial position where an extra $10 per fortnight wouldn't make a discernible difference to my state of mind and standard of living.


PS: This is more a meditation on the nature of luxury, and the ways it can be defined when money is tight. It isn't actually a request for help, although I would like to thank those people who did offer assistance of a financial kind. I am more grateful for it than I can say, even though I'm also not likely to take you up on it.

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June 16th, 2018

Emma

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It's finally done. New (to me) car has been achieved. Tentatively, at least, she's been named Emma. She's a 2013 Nissan Versa SL, and she rides like a dream. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase, and I'm happy with the rates I was able to get. I'm relatively happy with the dealership I ended up going with, given the fact I ended up having to be "the muscle": being forceful, popping the hood and trunk, checking levels, kicking the tires, etc.

So, yeah, Emma. And she came with two free oil changes that I argued us into, so... go me?

And now... sleep.

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Drabble: Fight Club

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Title: Fight Club
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt.
Word Count: 100 x 9
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] snape100/[info]snape100/[community profile] snape100's prompt # 747: Severus and Social Media: YouTube.
This is part Fifty-Eight of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Fight Club )

Fic: Playing Chess

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Title: Playing Chess
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Harry Potter/Severus Snape, Ron Weasley.
Word Count: 1460 (365 x 4)
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [community profile] hogwarts365/[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365's prompt # 247: “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” ― Euripides, The Bacchae, Working Hard, Blue.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Playing Chess )

Lucifer saved from cancellation hell by Netflix!

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/lucifer-has-been-saved-from-cancellation-hell-by-netfli-1826874235

That makes my second beloved-show-gone-too-soon brought back from the dead, the other being Brooklyn Nine-Nine, though if that had ended with Jake and Amy's wedding as it were, I'd have been okay with it. I'm not sure I'd have been more than just meh on Lucifer ending where it did.

I haven't been that enthused by a bunch of their original stuff, but if my subscription dollars help save a show this intriguing, I'm happy to keep sending them money. I guess it's like with all networks, hit or miss, and I do love all the Marvel stuff.

They just better follow up with more Rae-Rae now that they're renewed. I love her.

spoilers )

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June 15th, 2018

Shopping

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Tomorrow, Mum is coming up again. I should be in bed, instead of sitting up trying to get story stuff typed. I've got three days worth of handwritten stuff that needs to be typed, but a whole house full of unconscious girls ([personal profile] katsuko and Luci and probably Boo)... and I'm sitting here typing on Canon Era Femme Faraday... because holy shit, I love Jo Faraday.

I am trying to remain hopeful that I'll be able to come away with a car tomorrow. I'm none too certain on if it will happen, but I'm trying to be hopeful. And if not, at least I'll get some more visiting time in with Mum.

And now, sleep.

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The Friday Five 6/15/18

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This week it's all about Ali's (lack of) health.

Read more... )

First Draft Done!

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I've finished writing the next book in the SACRED GUARDIAN series!! I'm really happy with how it turned out, although it is most definitely a first draft. Time to dig in and do some serious editing....


Sacred Guardian website: http://jajaken.com/novels/sacredguardianseries.htm

June 14th, 2018

whoops

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Guess who accidentally fell asleep on the couch. Yeah, that would be me. Whoops. (Again.) This keeps happening. Also, dead set, honors' truth, I spent almost all day today thinking that it was Friday. Imagine my disappointment every time I remembered that, nope, today is Thursday. Soon, though. Soon it will be Friday... and then it will be the weekend.

I have no idea if Mum is coming this weekend or not. We had a car that we both really liked -- a 2016 Nissan Versa Note with less than 50,000 miles and fully loaded -- within our price race... and super cute. But apparently, someone else also found it incredibly cute... and it was sold today. I was gonna go do a test drive today, which was not going to be possible since I didn't have the Malibu to get to Union City to test drive the Note... and it got sold. So disappointed.

Anyway, it's late, I'm tired, and I'm ready to go back to bed. Maybe sleep will happen easily tonight. Here's hoping, right?

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Two Ingredient Bagels

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However, if you are like me you don't keep self-rising flour on hand, so it's really four ingredients. Also, I made disks rather than tori with them, to better fit a bison burger.

 

2 cups plain Greek yogurt

2 cups all-purpose flour (or use self rising and skip the baking powder and salt)

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

Additional flour for kneading / adjusting texture.

 

Optional: Egg-wash and topping sprinkles. I used a salad sprinkle similar to Johnny's Salad Elegance.

 

Preheat oven to 350°F (325°F if using a convection oven).

 

If you aren't using self-rising flour, mix the baking powder and salt into your all-purpose flour. 

Mix the yogurt into the flour. After a point it will not mix well, so turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until everything is well mixed; dust in additional flour if it gets too sticky.

Divide the dough into 6-8 pieces and shape as desired.

Place on non-stick baking sheet and brush with egg-wash and sprinkle with topping mix if you are using it.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Cool completely before cutting.

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doodle

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Fic: Romance at the Sorcerer's Brew

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Title: Romance at the Sorcerer's Brew
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Blaise Zabini.
Word Count: 1150
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [community profile] hp_coffeehouse/[livejournal.com profile] hp_coffeehouse's challenge # 15: You and Me cups with chocolate squares.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Romance at the Sorcerer's Brew )

June 13th, 2018

Another Day

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Well, I guess I've made it through another day. I didn't get nearly as much writing done today as I wanted to. In fact, I just did one page, front and back, of handwriting. Mostly, I guess I just couldn't concentrate.

I did manage to sneak a few minutes online to check auto insurance rates, trying to see if anything was going to be cheaper a month than Progressive. GEICO is... but by about 75¢. Not enough to really worry about dealing with.

[personal profile] katsuko got her hair cut off again to deal withe ongoing issues of teal streaks.

And we've had sweet kitties every minute we've been home today.

I think that's about all I've got. This week has been ridiculously long, and I'm ready for it to be over, so it's of course dragging. Maybe some sleep will help with that. Later, all.

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