Best News In A Month of Sundays

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:31 pm[personal profile] sulien
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
 I just got a phone call from the lady who is in charge of cats at the shelter and Haldir and Púca are being adopted together by a couple.  The couple have been looking for a Maine Coon to adopt and had been in communication with the shelter about Púc and Hal and came in to meet them today, they played with them for a while and fell in love with them, just like I did.  That is the best news I've had in years!!!  The weight of worry about them finding a good home has been lifted and I feel like I can breathe again.  I hope my kitties and their new parents have very long and happy lives together.


Edited to add Note to Self: Oh, woman up and get over it already, they're not dead and they found a home together with great humans who will love them!  And they did so within a month, only having to spend a very few nights in the shelter itself instead of a house with humans!     
There, that tells me.  I truly am grateful for my fur babies' sake.
aralias: (eight's shoes fit perfectly)
Congratulations everyone who took part by writing stories, making banners, or laughing at silly summaries.

Here are the things that were written in 2017:

Aug 18th:
Unconventional Countess by [personal profile] meridian_rose (Black Sails: Max/John Silver, Billy Bones, other characters appear)

Aug 19th:
Fugitive Pilot by [personal profile] merryghoul (Doctor Who: Heather ("The Pilot")/Bill Potts, River Song)

Aug 20th:
The Scheme You Propose by [personal profile] mara (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Kujo Kiriya/Hojou Emu)

Aug 22nd:
The Bad Bridesmaid
by [personal profile] out_there (Sherlock: Mycroft/Lestrade)

Aug 26th:
A Vague of Zombies by [personal profile] liadtbunny (Adam Adamant Lives!: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones)

Aug 27th:
Clint Barton's Wedding Rules by [personal profile] out_there (MCU: Clint/Coulson)

Aug 31st:
Matters of Seduction by [personal profile] spikesgirl58 (Man from Uncle: Napoleon/Illya)

Sept 2nd:
The Hunter's Moon Hustle by [personal profile] pameluke (Shadowhunters: Alec/Magnus)

Sept 4th:
Finding Blake by [personal profile] vilakins (Blake's 7: Roj Blake/Jenna Stannis

Sept 6th:
Night of the Undead Science Project by [personal profile] paranoidangel (Blake's 7: Tarrant/Dayna)

Right Dress, Wrong Girl by [personal profile] desertvixen (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys: Nancy/Frank)

Sept 8th:
Discipline of the Blue Book by [personal profile] still_lycoris (X-Men: Apocalypse: Charles/Hank)

Sept 11th:
Indecent Suggestion by [personal profile] aralias (Blake's 7: Blake/Avon)

The Monocled Rake by [personal profile] arnie1967 (You Rang, M'Lord?: Teddy/Rose)

Sept 12th:
Home to Family by [personal profile] luvbarryfefe (Days of Our Lives: Max/Chelsea)

Sept 17th:
The Oldest Living Bachelor in Oakdale by [personal profile] misslucyjane (MCU: Steve/Bucky)

Page Six Stunner by [personal profile] sidhe_faerie (Arrow: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn)

#@$%^! Weather Radio!!!

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:18 pm[personal profile] sulien
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
The bad part about living on the coast: having to constantly hit mute on the freaking weather radio because of all of the damned small craft advisories when the weather turns nasty.  I have the stupid thing for tsunami warnings, but I'm getting tempted to unplug it and take out the batteries just because we've had 17 small craft advisories today.  >_<
misslucyjane: (side by side (steve & bucky))
The Oldest Living Bachelor in Oakdale (3130 words) by misslucyjane
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Sharon Carter (Marvel), Georges Batroc
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - No Powers, Work In Progress, Alternate Universe - Romance Novel, Grief/Mourning, Second Chances
Summary:

Sweet, shy Steve Rogers had had it! He now held the dubious title of oldest unmarried man in Oakdale — and a virgin, to boot. It was high time he shed his scholarly shell and unleashed the temptor within. Problem was, he didn't know the first thing about men, let alone seducing one….


Heartbreaker Bucky Barnes had been away for twelve years, and boy, had things changed! The innocent boy who once had tutored him in math now was a man in need of his help… to snare a man! He'd always admired Steve, but his stunning transformation was too much for any man to resist — even a sworn bachelor like him...


Adapted from The Oldest Virgin In Oakdale by Wendy Warren

sidhe_faerie: (Default)
Title: Page Six Stunner
Author: sidhe_faerie
Fandom: Arrow
Pairing/Characters: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn
Rating: M
Length: +5k
Summary: (Based on Society Page Seduction – Maureen Child)
Billionaire Oliver Queen’s bride to be left him standing at the altar and IT girl Felicity Smoak was dumbfounded when she was asked to fill in. Be Oliver’s bride. For a year. What better way to escape her situation than by marrying a gorgeous, powerful stranger?
Notes: Written for Unconventional Courtship 2017 Special thanks to aralias for allowing me to participate another year. This isn’t completely finished but I wanted to make sure I posted on my day.
Link: Read the First Chapter on AO3
aralias: (kirk likes to swing)
hey everyone! today is the last official day for posting [community profile] unconventionalcourtship fics! don't panic if you won't make the deadline - fics can still be added to the AO3 collection at any time, and you can even post them to the community.

i'll make the master list over the week and post here, including everyone who has posted.
luvbarryfefe: (Default)
Title: Home to Family
Author: luvbarryfefe (captainamergirl)
Fandom: Days of Our Lives
Pairing/Characters: Max Brady/Chelsea Brady (Benson)
Rating: Teen+
Length: 4404 (so far)
Summary: Family means everything…

To Chelsea Benson, the warm, close-knit Brady family is everything a family should be. Everything her own family wasn't.

But the Bradys are facing difficult times, and when Dr. Max Brady comes home for Christmas, Chelsea hardly recognizes the troubled man who'd been her best friend since he'd defended her in the sixth grade. Suddenly Chelsea feels like an outsider….

Then Max uncovers a secret about her that his father has kept for decades. Once again, he's there to help her deal with the truth. Only, this time they're becoming more than best friends. And the rest of the Bradys are looking forward to making her an official member of the family.

Notes: I didn't finish this story yet, but hopefully (crossing fingers) that will happen soon! As of now though, there are just 2 chapters up. Anyway, thank you so much to the admin of this group for creating this challenge. I am having a total blast with it.

Link: HERE
aralias: (blake and avon)
Indecent Suggestion (16339 words) by aralias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kerr Avon/Roj Blake
Characters: Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Ensemble
Additional Tags: Community: unconventionalcourtship, Hypnotism, Episode: s02e10 Voice from the Past
Summary:

There has been a mistake! When Roj Blake and Kerr Avon go to a hypnotherapist, they expect to be deprogrammed, removing the residual influence of Glynd’s ‘course interceptor’. Clearly the treatment hasn't worked, because Blake is still acting strangely. Oh, and now they're having sex. Lots and lots of sex. And it's definitely changing things between them.

Lovers come and go, but what about the needs of the revolution? Is Blake ready to sacrifice his goals for the sake of a little--okay, a lot--of seductive satisfaction? And yet, how can he possibly resist such an indecently sensual suggestion?

arnie1967: (BookQuill)
Title: The Monocled Rake
Author: Arnie (Dimity Blue)
Fandom: You Rang, M'Lord?
Pairing/Characters: Teddy Meldrum/Rose
Rating: Gen
Length: 4,462 words

Summary:
Secrets

A spy for his brother's Union Jack Rubber Company, the Honourable Teddy Meldrum must foster his notoriety as a rake as a front for his secret activity.

Passion

Rose, newly appointed maid to Madge Cartwright, knows only the Honourable Teddy's rakeish reputation. She’s unprepared for his surprise proposal of marriage – and the way her body responds to him!

Espionage!

Burning rubber turns to disaster for Teddy and Rose, and rumours and whisperings rear their ugly heads. Who is the shadow following Rose's every move? Just what is this monocled man hiding?


Notes: Blurb adapted from Anne O'Brien's The Enigmatic Rake.

Link: On AO3.
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
Just ate dinner and figured I'd share what I had, since it turned out pretty damn tasty if I say so myself.  This is a sort-of-recipe, since I seldom, if ever, measure anything unless I'm baking.

 

Preheat oven to 500F (260C).  Set aside several thick cut pork chops or boneless country style ribs (enough to cover the bottom of the pan, leaving about 1/3 to 1/2 inch between each piece) and allow them to approach room temperature for an hour or so.  

Dump into a bowl: smoked Spanish sweet paprika, smoked Spanish hot paprika, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, white onion powder (lots of all of the previous), allspice (a pretty good amount), cayenne pepper and/or red pepper flakes, ground cumin, fresh ground black peppercorns and some hickory smoke powder (a little of that last goes a long way).  Proportions are in order, more of the earlier ones, a bit less of the later ones, what I dumped into the bowl wound up being fairly close to 1/3 of a cup.  

Line a baking pan with a large sheet of aluminum foil and put the pork in the pan, leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch space between pieces.  Sprinkle with salt, then liberally sprinkle to coat with spice mix, then sprinkle a bit of evaporated cane juice (or raw sugar, but evaporated cane juice is better because the granules are finer).  Flip pork chops and repeat.  Make sure both sides are well coated with the mixture and the smidge of sugar, don't worry about the spices & sugar that are in the pan instead of on the pork chops, they help make the sauce.  

Carefully pour water (add a tipple of rum to the water, if you've got it) into the pan to come about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the pork chops, being careful not to rinse any of the spice mix off the pork (make sure to put the water in last).  Place in preheated 500F (260C) oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR.  Reduce oven temp to 375F (190C, give or take) and continue baking for 40 to 60 minutes more, depending on the thickness of the pork, then test doneness.  

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.  The initial high temp in the oven will brown the meat and caramelize the sugar while the water keeps the meat from drying out while cooking.  The spices, water and meat juices turn into their own sauce, just remove the pork chops and scrape everything into a lidded container to store the leftovers.  Serve drizzled with the pan sauce, some chopped fresh cilantro and a sprinkle of lime juice over brown Basmati rice with whatever veggies you like.


Trust me, you want to use a sheet of aluminum foil to line the pan, because you'll never get the pan clean if you don't, even if you oil it.  

For spices, check out
 www.thespicehouse.com, just watch the total in the cart, it adds up fast!  And don't worry about getting the glass jars, their little zip topped plastic bags they package the spices in keep them as well or better than jars.

Edited to add in the chipotle chili powder.  Like I said, I tend to grab related spices and spices that go well together and start concocting.

still_lycoris: (Charles thinking)
Title: Discipline of the Blue Book
Author: [personal profile] still_lycoris
Fandom: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Pairing/Characters: Hank McCoy/Charles Xavier
Rating: PG-13
Length: 7962
Summary: Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy are in a committed relationship — even if the sex is a little predictable. But while on vacation at a secluded cabin they discover the Blue Book, an erotic tome filled with vintage photos of men disciplining their submissive. Both Charles and Hank are turned on by the sensual images of domination—leading to experiments of their own that reveal all their secret, wicked desires....

Or Charles and Hank go on holiday together, trying to recover after the events of Apocalypse. The road to recovery isn't quite what either of them expected it to be ...
Notes: Angst, Holidays, Light Bondage, Sexual Roleplay, Blindfolds, Dubious Consent Fantasy, Scene Gone Wrong, Hurt/Comfort
Link: Here

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