It was not one of the bunnies; it was the fox who lives on the golf course across the street. He was just chilling out about three feet away from me, on the edge of the driveway just by the back lawn.
Looking at him was apparently enough to spook him, because he trotted down the driveway, head held high, then waited for the oncoming car to pass before darting out and walking along the side of the road for a few feet before dashing into our bushes by the sidewalk and loping off across our neighbor's front yard. I told him I hoped he had a good night and took my roses inside. :)
(It's kind of awesome living on the edges of the city but with such a great expanse of space across the street from us: the country club's been there forever so we know they're not going to sell to a developer and have McMansions turn up across the street in a year or two, and all that green space attracts all kinds of wildlife.)
mischief5: Who needs slash goggles?
esteefee: Okay, I’m going to give you this one. Why in God’s name did they cut to Rodney for his reaction? Why does he look so devastated to hear about John’s feelings for Teyla?? afdfslskd;laksdflksfj!!!
Rodney is thinking: why doesn't Thalen spill John's secret feelings about meeeeeee????
In other news, mcparrot has written the most AWESOME piece inspired by the Declassification series, specifically the Aviation Week cover: A Ride in Sheppard's Puddle Jumper. MUST READ. Hilarious and clever and thrilling.
Holidays Are Hell ($1.99 Kindle)
Fingersmith ($2.99 Kindle), an LGBT Historical Thriller by Sarah Waters [Riverhead / Penguin]
Breaking Point: Shadow Warriors #5 ($0.99 Kindle), by Lindsay McKenna [Harlequin HQN]
Joe Hill’s The Cape ($0.99 Kindle), a graphic novel by Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel [IDW Publishing]; be sure to use WiFi to download this one – Amazon shows the file size at over 70 MB.
Scent of Roses ($1.99 Kindle), by Kat Martin [Harlequin MIRA]
How We Lived Then: A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War ($1.99 Kindle), by Norman Longmate [Vintage Digital]; the paperback edition (Random House UK) is $22.85!
A Stainless Steel Trio ($7.59 Kindle), an omnibus of novels in the Stainless Steel Rat series by Harry Harrison [Tor Books / Macmillan]
The Ten Commandments: A DCI Webb Mystery ($0.99 Kindle), by Anthea Fraser [Endeavour Press ]
All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.
BPAL Tags: Biblical - Antichrist, Carnation, Haughty, Lavender, Leather, Musk - White, Nobility, Sage, Vanilla, Wood - Cedar
In the vial: Cedar, something faintly sweet, something that's probably leather.
Wet: Cedar, carnations, and yep that's leather. At nose-to-skin distance there's also a little pencil shavings.
30 minutes: Cedar sweetened by carnations and vanilla, and then the leather pops and makes it more complex. Not getting any lavender at all.
Five Hours: Mellow blended cedar/sweet/leather.
Love this and want it. It was a frimp Synecdochic sent me and it was on my wish list because of a comment on a review. I dislike lavender, and generally like leather but had no idea what it would be like in a scent. Never would have wish-listed it without that comment.
The comment described it as Ronan Dex walking in the woods with a few crushed flowers underfoot. That was … a really vivid scent image.
My characters were:
1. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Avengers)
2. Allison Hendrix (Orphan Black)
3. Felix Dawkins (Orphan Black)
4. Sameen Shaw (Person of Interest)
5. Carol Danvers/Miss Marvel (Marvel Comics)
6. Sam Wilson/Falcon (Avengers)
7. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Avengers)
8. Miss Marple (Agatha Christie novels)
9. Joan Watson (Elementary)
10. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Avengers)
11. Toph Bei Fong (Avatar: the Last Airbender)
12. Nikita Mears (Nikita)
13. Alexandra Udinoff (Nikita)
14. Abbie Mills (Sleepy Hollow)
15. Thomas Nightingale (Rivers of London)
For lilacsigil: ( Allison Hendrix, Sameen Shaw, Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers go on a roadtrip (or space or fantasy equivalent if you prefer). Who drives, who navigates, who is in charge of snacks and who has to stop every two parsecs to pee? )
For amorettea: ( Sameen Shaw and Toph Bei Fong are picking out window coverings. Drapes, shades, blinds, bed sheets? )
( Sam Wilson and Joan Watson are arguing over the wine list. Who wins and what do they order? )
( Huge nasty slimy thing comes out of spaceship. How do Natasha Romanoff and Thomas Nightingale handle this? Sam Wilson stops by to give suggestions. What are they? )
For spatz: ( Sameen Shaw, Alexandra Undinoff, and Joan Watson are on a team together. What kind of team (Do they fight crime? Tackle difficult accounts? Play soccer?) and what happens when they encounter their bitter rival Allison Hendrix? )
( Tony Stark loses his voice. Can Nikita Mears manage to understand his anyway when they are, idk, locked in a room together? How annoyed is Tony? )
( Under what circumstances do Natasha Romanoff and Thomas Nightingale make out in a bathroom? )
Today’s Featured New Release is The Scorched Earth ($7.99 Kindle; $3.99 companion audiobook), the second novel in The Chaos Born series by Drew Karpyshyn [Random House]; I expect the audiobook price to go up in a day or two, as it is likely an intro price.
All prices current at the time the post is written. Most books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.
Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service Members and Families, by Jean Chatzky, is free to pre-order in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble, courtesy of publisher NBC Publishing.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle and Otto Penzler (Introduction), is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble, Google, iTunes and Kobo, courtesy of publisher MysteriousPress.com [Open Road].
We apologize mightily for the delay and will be taking steps to ensure that such a situation does not ever happen again.
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This vid is a crossover between Fringe and TSCC with Olivia/Sarah, a quiet vid about love, loss, and connection. I love the parallels drawn between these two women, and I would watch this show in a heartbeat.
Hands Away by chaila and beccatoria
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I have actually used "marzipan" as a skin tone. Also cream, peach, toast, porcelain, bisque, alabaster, grub (as in insect, not food), and uncooked bread dough. (Some of the descriptions were from a less-than-positive perspective.) Also in the white-people range are the pinkish-fair tones that are not copper, so things like ruddy, flushed, coral, and rosy apply.
Kay in Schrodinger's Heroes is Hispanic, but has fair skin, which I have described as vanilla latte: a dark cream or the palest possible brown.
Then there was the time I spent over an hour hunting around for synonyms and metaphors of "brown" that were based on things NOT associated with the slave trade, preferably things relating to African culture. Kola nut was a favorite. Ebony, which is dark brown to black, is a sacred wood in Africa and thus legit.
My desertfolk often have two or three colortones combined: rose-gold, rose-mocha, toasted-peaches-and-cream. It's very rare to see truly pale skin or very dark skin in the Whispering Sands, but they cover an enormous range in between with subtle and complex variations of ruddy, shadowy, and tawny hues. Very beautiful. Oh, and to them "melon" is specifically the color of ladyparts and they make jokes about it.
A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].
( Love Struc(ture) )
( Timing Is Everything )
( Nice Use of Clips! )
( It Cuts Both Ways )
( Still Preoccupied with 1985 )
( Vid Purpose )
( Out of Context Theatre )
( Gathering Source )
( Lyrical Interpretation )