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My House Fan Fiction Rec List, Part One: House/Wilson Recs

Introduction

Other Ship Recs

Gen Recs

Miscellaneous Recs


House/Wilson Recs

Total # of fics = 455

recs A-B )recs C-D )recs E-F )recs G-J )recs K-N )recs O-R )recs S )recs T )recs U-Z )
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My House Fan Fiction Rec List, Part Three: Gen Recs

Note that other sections of this list may also contain fics that could be considered "gen" (especially the House/Wilson section).

Introduction

House/Wilson Recs

Other Ship Recs

Miscellaneous Recs


Gen Recs

Total # Fics = 267


recs A-C )recs D-F )recs G-J )recs K-N )recs O-S )recs T-Z )

House Family Fics )

Wilson Family Fics )
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My House Fan Fiction Rec List, Part Four: Miscellaneous Recs and Links to Comms/Archives

Introduction

House/Wilson Recs

Other Ship Recs

Gen Recs


Miscellaneous Recs

Total # fics = 119


Patient of the Week and Other Minor Characters )

Crossovers )

Remixes )

House Poetry )

Fan Fiction Comms, Archives and Fic Rec Communities )
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As seen at a few places:

The Archive Of Our Own has been nominated for a 2019 Hugo Award for Best Related Work!

So, if we post fanfic there, we can claim we are contributors to a Hugo award-nominated site. Cool!

This is an amazing achievement for AO3 and OTW and I can't be happier for them. Well done! And thank you for all your hard work!
topaz_eyes: (Leonard Cohen song)
How can it be the end of month? Yikes! It's check in time with [community profile] getyourwordsout!

Yearly Pledge = 75,000 (6250 words/month, or 206 words/day)

Total # Words for March = 10111
Total # Words for Year So Far = 24152
The gritty details. )
Thinky thoughts. )
topaz_eyes: (she's got the meme)
As seen pretty much everywhere! I've been holding off doing this one, because tbh I've been trying to justify it beyond "it's a meme and Topaz/meme = OTP". But hey, it's under a cut.

Rules: Go to your AO3 works page, expand all the filters, and answer the following questions!

As of today, I have posted 177 fics.

To the questions! )
topaz_eyes: (Sam & Dean-everything)
As seen on Tumblr:

Supernatural to End After Season 15 on the CW

Season 15 of 5. Not a bad run. Not bad at all. Well done, J2M.
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The Mister told me about this yesterday, actually, then I saw the vid posted on my Tumblr dash today (thank you, Hannah!):



Yes, that is Hugh Dillon, whom some of you may recognize from Hard Core Logo, Durham County, Flashpoint, or X Company.

If you ever get a chance to see The Headstones live in concert, *go*. They are fantastic. I saw them in concert in November last year on their "Picture of Health" 25th anniversary tour, a few days after my birthday. (On my actual natal day, I saw The Glorious Sons. Yeah, that was a weekend.) After the opening band (The Matchstick Skeletons), Hugh Dillon came out, ordered everyone to stand up, and no one sat down the rest of the night.
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Concrit always welcomed!

Edit: Also at the AO3.

Unconventional Tactics (That Thing We Do)

by Topaz Eyes

Fandom: Strike Back
Pairing: Thomas “Mac” McAllister/Samuel Wyatt
Characters: Thomas “Mac” McAllister, Samuel Wyatt, Grace Novin
Rating: NC-17
Summary: They could only deal with so much sleep deprivation; their livers could only handle so much alcohol. They had to manage somehow.
Words: 3060
Warnings: References canon violence. Spoilers for all of s6 and s7e1.

Unconventional tactics. )
topaz_eyes: (tomatoes)
Via my network, I have found and joined this comm!

A wooden cutting board with a knife and some greens on it, text: New! Gluten-Free, a comm for sharing gluten-free recipes and resources.

[community profile] gluten_free is open for business! Come sign up and join the gluten-free cooking conversation!



Hopefully I will pick up some new GF recipes to try for the Miss.
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Saw this on the blue hellsite today: New 'Orphan Black' Series in Development at AMC (EXCLUSIVE)

It's not supposed to be a reboot or spin-off, but rather a completely new story set in the same world (quote from article). They're looking for a writer to spearhead it, which probably means the original creators won't be involved. The original production company, Temple Street, apparently is involved, if not commenting atm.

I don't know about this. I love Orphan Black to bits, just as it is, quirky and sharp and smart and hopeful. Tbh the last thing I want is to see this world lose the essential viewpoint that really defined the show. Television is very much a product of the country it's made in, and OB is Canadian to its core: the writers, producers, directors, actors, and setting. But it almost sounds like they want to take it bigger. And what kind of story are they looking at? Will the new show acknowledge and respect that the Canadian worldview of the OB world is fundamentally different from a US or British take? Hmmm.

(Huh, seems like I'm surprisingly protective of my Canadian shows.)
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1. The Handmaid's Tale season 3 is set to premiere on June 5th. There will be 13 episodes, which makes for a... different kind of summer show, I guess. Less mindless fluff, more grim dystopia.

2. The book sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments, is due to be released September 10, with a live theatrical event in London to mark the release. There's to be an interview with Atwood, and guests TBA.

3. I'm still waiting to hear when the last season of Elementary will start airing. At this rate, I'm betting on an autumn run.

4. In the meantime, I have been binging, of all things, the last two seasons of Strike Back. I say last 2 seasons because it rebooted with a new cast in 2017. Previously it aired from 2010 to 2015. The testosterone is admittedly strong with this one, with a yikes-worthy body count and some really cringe-y scenes last season that scream "male gaze". That gaze seems to have toned down this season. And that said, they seem to do a not-terrible job with their female characters, who are at least as complex as the men.

(My relationship with action shows is... complicated. The last one I watched with any regularity was Hawaii 5-0 until about 2014-ish. Prior to that was 24. My preference runs towards character-driven drama rather than plot-driven shows. For the most part, my judgement is reserved until I finish this season. Or until I start writing fic. Which, er, may be a possibility. Whoops.)
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Yes, it's the end of month, time to check in with [community profile] getyourwordsout!

Yearly Pledge = 75,000 (6250 words/month, or 206 words/day)

Total # Words for February = 6645
Total # Words for Year So Far = 14041
The gritty details. )
Thinky thoughts. )

TIL

Feb. 27th, 2019 07:30 pm
topaz_eyes: (chocolate cake)
Today I learned that if you melt chocolate chips and pour them onto vanilla ice cream, it's almost like eating a chocolate-dipped ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. Yum!
topaz_eyes: (brain storm)
Concrit is always appreciated!

Also at the AO3.

Cooking With Sherlock

By Topaz Eyes

Fandom: Elementary
Rating: PG
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson
Summary: “I hope you’re just demonstrating how to make a fruit salad.”
Words: 1568
Warnings: none
Notes: Many thank yous to Felis for valuable suggestions on an earlier draft! All mistakes are mine. The paper mentioned in the text is “Linking plasma formation in grapes to microwave resonances of aqueous dimers (2019),” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, accessed at https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/02/13/1818350116 .
Find out how to calculate the speed of light using Peeps at https://www.npr.org/2015/04/15/399751447/fun-with-physics-finding-the-speed-of-light-with-peeps


Do you remember the last time you did that? )
topaz_eyes: (chocolate cake)
When I was very young, I was always confused by the "edible oil product" statements on non-dairy whipped dessert toppings like Dream Whip or Cool Whip. I didn't know that different types of oil existed. To me, "oil" meant "motor oil," that black, thick stuff you'd see on vehicle engines, or on my dad's hands after a day spent working on our car. I didn't know that "edible oil" was related to the Crisco vegetable oil my mum used for cooking. I spent a long time wondering how they made that black, gooey, icky stuff safe to eat. Or how stores could sell dessert products made with that crap.

Of course, as I grew older, I disabused myself of that notion. I still don't like those dessert toppings though. To me they taste and feel heavy. Give me real whipped cream or NutriWhip any day.

Flash-forward to this morning in the shower, decades later. I recently received a very lovely comment on a fic, and I was musing how to answer it. Said fic features Christmas pudding, which, as many pudding connoisseurs know, is often drenched in flavourful alcohols like rum or brandy. My mum used to make a steamed carrot pudding with suet and figs and dates and raisins and maraschino cherries. Oh, it was delicious. She always enlisted my help to cut up the fruit, too. Though she never used alcohol in the pudding at all, not even in the sauce. (Our house was dry for Reasons.) She used non-alcoholic rum extract for sauce flavouring. That pudding was one of my favourite things about the holidays. Sadly, she doesn't make it now because only my mum, one of my in-laws, and I like it. Everyone else avoids it.

I always thought my mum's rum sauce was a soft sauce, because it was rather thin and runny, which soaked right into the pudding. When I was again very young, I always wished my mum would make hard sauce for the pudding instead. Because I thought that "hard" sauce was like a thick syrup that would harden on the surface of the pudding as it cooled, to make a crunchy caramel shell, kind of like the chocolate-dipped ice cream cones at Dairy Queen. That was the sauce I wanted for the pudding.

I never asked her to make hard sauce though, because tbh I had no idea how that would work. In hindsight, that was just as well. It took until this morning, in the shower, forty years later, for me to realize that "hard" sauce? Referred to its alcohol content.

Whoops. Well, at least I know now. Though I'm still shaking my head at myself, because I should have realized this over nine years ago when I was writing that fic.
topaz_eyes: (alarm clock)
Many, many kudos to [personal profile] felis for finding this first!

For those who've been missing Peter Capaldi from their screens... the song is "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi. (As it turns out, Lewis is Peter's second cousin once removed.) The video was made in partnership with the UK organ donation awareness charity Live Life Give Life.

topaz_eyes: (creamy cappucino)
Or so my Network tells me, anyway...

My favourite thing about eating a bowl of hot oatmeal for breakfast every day, besides the warm hug from the inside, is the spoonful *cough*or so*cough* of brown sugar I sprinkle on top. And my favourite favourite part of brown sugar, is that sometimes you find little (or not-so-little) crystalline lumps, or just lumps, of hard molasses which somehow escape the processing. Mmm, molasses-y goodness. An extra-tasty part of a hearty breakfast.

In sum: Topaz/brown sugar = OTP.

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