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FANFIC MASTERLIST: These are listed in order of their post dates within each fandom. All fic has also been posted to AO3.

An asterisk (*) indicates that the fic has been remixed.

AVENGERS )

ATS )

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA )

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER AND ANGEL THE SERIES )

DIE HARD )

DR. HORRIBLE )

FARSCAPE )

FIREFLY )

HARRY POTTER )

STARGATE ATLANTIS )

SG1 )

STARGATE UNIVERSE )

SUPERNATURAL )

STAR TREK 2009 )

STAR TREK TOS )

STAR TREK VOYAGER )

STAR TREK DS9 )

RPF )

MISC )

REMIXES )

YULETIDE )
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[personal profile] executrix



You are unfailingly kind to us all--generous and supportive and encouraging.

I am thankful every day that I met you twelve years ago. You have enriched my life.

(Your present is on the way!)
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1. My parents weathered the storm okay; they'll be out of power at least through Monday (probably longer) but since surviving Katrina, they are mother-fucking prepared. Nobody I know died or was severely injured although some people in my parents' church had extensive property damage. /gratitude

2. Our roof is leaking. Naturally. Thank the baby Jesus in his golden diapers that we are renting and it is somebody else's problem.

3. I need to take a medication right as I start eating, and I keep forgetting to do so until after I've eaten. Help me figure out how to remember to do this. Josh has suggested setting alarms, but I don't eat lunch at the same time every day. It would work for dinner time because we always eat at roughly the same time. Suggestions?

4. I really want to explore the writing idea I had about interstitial cystitis. If I never write anything, it'll go nowhere. So I want to commit to writing daily. What is a good daily word count minimum to set? I want it to be substantial enough that I take it seriously but not so much that it's intimidating and I don't do it. Anyone who's ever had a daily writing goal wanna weigh in? What did you do? How did it work? Any other suggestions that you'd make for someone who's wanting to start a big project and needs to figure out how to generate consistent forward momentum?
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I turned on the TV to catch the tail end of the inaugural speech. He spoke for about thirty seconds, and then the TV cut off, never to revive.

Coincidence?

A metaphor for what's ahead?

You decide.

All I know is the grand I planned to put towards debt went toward a new TV. This administration is already costing me money. *shakes head*
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I went to see Passengers over the holidays and was really surprised when I got back to the internet that it was being panned for being skeevy.

I've got to admit: I disagree. I liked the movie (not in an "I think it should win an Oscar" kinda way or in an "I think it's the best movie ever" kinda way; more in an "I am not sorry I paid money to see this in the theater" and in an "I am entertained; yay!" kinda way).

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1. Is there anywhere besides UPenn that you regularly go (or would recommend) to find humanities CFPs?

2. I am thinking of writing a book about my experiences with Hashimoto's, celiac, and interstitial cystitis. Lots of people have written books about different programs or regimens they believe cures the disorders or alleviates symptoms. Also lots of diet books out there for each disorder. But not a lot of memoir type writing.

This is the first book idea I've had that seems #1 like I could actually write it and #2 like it would be fairly marketable. I've had pretty good success with personal essay, and I think I could make this work.

Does anybody have links to break downs of how the publishing process works or personal insights to offer? If I actually manage to write this, what do I do next? What steps Lorraine should take? LOL

Any comments on the subject matter welcome as well.
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For our anniversary in March, Josh and I are replacing all our towels. Our current towels are super ratty because they are a combination of the towels we went off to college with and the towels we got when we were married. Since we started college in the fall of '97 and got married in 2001, these towels are, ah, old. LOL

Does anybody have any brand or store recommendations for towels? Or if not specific brands, then what we should be looking for in a towel? IDK if towels have thread counts like sheets but anything along those lines.

I'm not too concerned about cost because this will be the first time we have bought towels, and if these last as long as the ones we're using now, we'll only have to buy towels one more time before we die. LOL

We considered white but ultimately rejected; Josh's mom pretty exclusively uses white towels and he thinks they end up looking really dingy no matter how hot the water and how much bleach you use when you launder. So we're going with beige/light brown. I figure that'll probably translate to any decor for when we finally move.

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1. Dealing with my interstitial cystitis is going okay. I did a very strict elimination diet in December that I hope to never have to do again. Between the celiac and the IC, the number of foods I was allowed to eat (that were appetizing) was vanishingly small. I think some measure of physical discomfort is worth not having to eat like that. But in the last couple weeks I have started to add foods back: onions, yogurt, apples, sour cream, chocolate. I keep adding something every few days. Yesterday I ate sour cream and chocolate (which I knew as I was doing it I should just have done one), and then I forgot to take the prelief until after I ate, so I don't know exactly what's up there. I'll probably have to take it easy for a couple days.

I have started taking aloe vera and marshmallow root, and Josh found me this stuff called Prelief that you take as you eat that neutralizes the acid in your food. I discovered that sex and the menstrual cycle can also trigger IC (which is so damn depressing), and I think I am just going to have to deal with a fairly constant low level of discomfort if I want to live any kind of a normal life. I've only been taking these things for a short time, though, so hopefully their effects will build over time.

I started taking one drug for IC and quit taking it because it made me too sleepy during the day. I declined to take the other drug they use for IC because they don't know how it works (WTF!) and it has terrible potential side effects.

2. I am continuing to lose weight. cut for talk of weight loss )

3. Meeting my reading goals! Already read 3 books this year.
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A Room of One's OwnA Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I'm teaching an excerpt from A Room of One's Own this semester and thought I should read the whole book. Now that I have, I do not like the way The Norton Anthology of Literature by woman excerpts this piece; it contains most of the third chapter but leaves a few pages from the end of the chapter out and then tacks on the last couple pages from the end of the book without any indication where the break happens. The whole book is so short, I don't understand why they don't include the whole of it (especially since so many of the other selections in the book like Rich's "When We Dead Awaken" deal specifically with parts of A Room of One's Own not included in the anthology).

I can see why this book became so important to feminist scholars and writers. It articulates clearly the obstacles that women who want to write have faced over the centuries and offers some solutions. However, I didn't expect Woolf's criticisms of Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot; I was really put off by her assertion that gender ought to be invisible in writing and that when Jane Eyre decries the lot of women or chafes at the role she's been given that Charlotte Bronte is committing some kind of hideous effrontery against writing for having her female character talk/think about issues that real women in the 19th century were dealing with. I'm glad that the women writers who followed her did not feel the same way (and did Woolf even follow this advice in her own writing? It's been almost twenty years since I read Mrs. Dalloway, but I remember it containing some ruminations on the role of women in the early twentieth century). Woolf also thinks that anger has no place in women's writing, a thought her literary descendants thankfully do not share.

Very interesting commentary on education for women and opportunity for women from the time of Shakespeare to the early twentieth century.

I'm teaching this in conjunction with Rich's "When We Dead Awaken" and Walker's "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens;" I would highly recommend reading these together. Rich and Walker acknowledge the debt women's writing owes to Woolf while also criticizing her argument (for example, the way in which A Room of One's Own is entirely bereft of a discussion of race).



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Also read this week: all five introductions to the different time periods represented in the two-volume Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, "When We Dead Awaken," and "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens."

Up next: some Bradstreet and Atwood poems and six academic articles (all of which must be read by end of business Monday); for pleasure, Wilkie Collins's Man and Wife.
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1. Something has got to be wrong with me because that Monster Trucks movie looks pretty cute to me.

2. I'm doing the reading challenge on Goodreads. Rec me a book to read this year.

3. So, I met both sections of the senior level class I'm teaching yesterday. Today, three people dropped the class. LOL I'm choosing to believe I was both too stunningly gorgeous and too intimidatingly erudite for the room.

4. Ask me a question; tell me a thing! Give me something to do for the next few hours, friends.
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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four MealsThe Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book. I was first introduced to Pollan's writing in The Botany of Desire, and I liked that book so well that I looked for other books he's written.

The Omnivore's Dilemma raises fascinating and often disturbing questions about how we grow our food, about the way agriculture as an industry is harming our planet, and about the potential ways we might go about solving these problems. As Pollan says over and over again in the book, learning about the way we raise and slaughter meat on a mass scale in the U.S. is guaranteed to ruin the appetite. And yet, Pollan asserts that some of the ways people have tried to circumvent this problem (going vegetarian, only eating organic food, buying meat that comes from animals that were treated well before slaughter) come with their own sets of problems (like the large carbon footprint incurred by shipping organic fruits and vegetables all over the country/world, for example).

This book was very informative, but my favorite parts were the moments of introspection. I particularly enjoyed the part where Pollan turns up his nose at what he sees as off-putting machismo in "hunter porn" and then has to admit to his chagrin later that he can kinda see where those writers are coming from when they write about how hunting engages them on a primal level even while acknowledging how profoundly uncomfortable that realization makes him.

As someone who never ate a tomato from the store until I was an adult and who mostly ate protein as a child that was fished or shot by my dad, I appreciate stories that are about people eliminating the middle man between them and the food they eat.

Very highly recommended.



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The Style Checklist: The Ultimate Wardrobe Essentials for YouThe Style Checklist: The Ultimate Wardrobe Essentials for You by Lloyd Boston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I think this is a very solid book centered on building a wardrobe. Although most of the clothing and accessories featured are what I would expect to see in this sort of book, Boston includes several wardrobe elements that wouldn't have occurred to me otherwise. The photography is beautifully done as well. I would have appreciated more concrete information on which brands to choose (the only brands Boston really mentions are Chanel and Tiffany which need no recommendation), what to look for in terms of fit for different body types, what to request in tailoring for garments based on body type, and how to care for and store the garments.



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This is one of the books [personal profile] executrix gave me for Christmas. She has single-handedly kept me reading for the last couple of years.
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SPOILERS )

This episode was awesome, but the next one is the crowning glory. I'll type up my chicken scratch on it later today.
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Emma has gone through her closet like we do each December and made a pile of stuff to giveaway.

Is anyone interested in puzzles? These are all puzzles with hundreds of pieces intended for grownups. A couple of them are unopened but most have been opened, and I don't think Goodwill would take the open ones.

I also have a couple of learn how to draw books that are aimed at kids but could be fun for anyone.

I also have some unopened Superman action figures.

Let me know if you're interested, and I'll mail them to you.
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2016 was not a good year for me, the worst in a very long time. I spent the first six months of it going through the five stages of grief re: celiac, lingering the longest in anger as is my tendency. I had a complicated surgical procedure to diagnose the celiac. My husband was denied tenure, and that situation still is not completely settled. My father hurt my feelings terribly this summer, and then he was diagnosed with treatable but uncurable cancer. The first round of treatment he tried categorically failed, and he came very close to dying (which my mother only just told me over the holidays). I was diagnosed with yet another autoimmune disorder, interstitial cystitis, bringing the tally up to three. This diagnosis is very recent, and so I have just entered the five stages of grief for it although I have naturally skipped directly to anger.

Dwelling on all the ways in which this year was terrible would be very easy for me, but to do so is to do myself a disservice because 2016 was in many ways one of the best years I've had in a long time. Because the celiac forced me to reevaluate all my eating habits, changing the way I eat became doable for me in a way that it's never been before. I can't eat out very often, so I'm not frequently consuming high calorie meals at restaurants like I was before. I've learned to eat when I'm hungry and just until I'm full; no seconds and thirds and enormous portions. I've learned to snack wisely and to truly enjoy my snacks instead of mindlessly stuffing my face while I'm watching TV or surfing the internet. I have managed to find a way to eat good food in a healthy manner without feeling deprived or hungry or obsessing over meals, something I never thought possible before now.

I had stopped exercising at the beginning of 2016. I've been a daily exerciser since my mid-twenties, but it had started to feel pointless to me, and I got so depressed over having celiac that I just quit. But in August, I was able to resume my habit of daily exercise, and I discovered running on the elliptical. I find it challenging and rewarding in a way that I haven't found exercise in about ten years. It doesn't feel like a pointless thing I'm doing to check off a list, some abstraction that might let me live a week longer when I'm 84 or whatever. It feels tangible and real and exciting as I see my stamina and distance and intensity increase.

As a result of changing the way I eat and exercise, I lost 41 lbs in 2016 and five inches each from my bust, waist and hip measurements. I started the year out wearing clothes that ranged from 18-1X depending on brand, and ended it in a 12.

I developed good sleeping habits in the last six months of 2016, going to bed at eleven or before (sometimes closer to ten) most nights. As a result, I am less tired in the morning and naturally wake up earlier. I no longer want to sleep all day long and have more energy.

I have also seen an abatement of some of the Hashimoto's symptoms. One of my doctors told me years ago when I first began my quest to figure out what was wrong with me that losing weight might help with the hot flashes and night sweats because fat stores estrogen. Turns out she was right; as I have lost weight, I have had fewer and fewer hot flashes and night sweats until I hardly have them at all. I also have had a sharp reduction in knee and hip pain since I've lost weight. My knees aren't hurting even when it's raining or bitterly cold now.

My father is responding very well to the second treatment his doctors tried, and the cancer is very close to remission right now. I am very grateful that he is doing so well.

For 2017, I want to build on these positives and continue to grow in positive directions.

1. I am really looking forward to building the wardrobe I want that is full of clothes that fit and flatter me and that I bought because I love them not because I had no choice. I will be expending a great deal of energy on that project this week, and then will probably go to buying one garment on my list per month until I've bought everything on my list. I'll be posting about this project throughout the year.

2. I am looking forward to upping my exercise game. I don't expect my cardio routine to change much. I'm enjoying running on the elliptical; it takes me about 46 minutes to reach 500 calories, and depending on how quickly I run, somewhere between 5-5.5 miles. What I want to do now is add in weight training. I've been saying I'm going to start lifting weights again for months and then not doing it, so now's the time. I also want to continue to occasionally run on the ground (maybe once a week). I'm not very good at it, and when I say running I mean the absolute slowest values of running possible LOL, but running on the ground works my muscles totally differently than running on the elliptical which is almost like riding a bike standing up.

3. I want to read more books. Over the last two or three years, reading has become a struggle for me which is something I never thought I'd say. One of the ways my depression and anxiety has manifested is to make me less interested in reading books and more interested in playing mindless games on the phone, for example. Every time I make myself pick up a book and start reading, I enjoy it and am glad I did, though. I got inspired by [personal profile] chelseagirl and [personal profile] umadoshi's links to their Goodreads roundups of everything they read this year and decided to start an account for myself. I set my goal for this year at 100, so we'll see what happens.

There are other things I want to do or change in my life, but in my experience, starting out small and succeeding is so much better than starting out too big and failing.

I sincerely hope that 2017 will be better for us all and that we can all accomplish the goals we set for ourselves.
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1. For Yuletide this year, I wrote how far away the stars seem (and how far is our first kiss), a Lucifer/Amenadiel fic in the Lucifer fandom. I originally intended it to fulfill my assignment and then realized halfway in that unasked for sibling incest in an exchange fest is not a cool move. LOL I disliked in the show the way that Lucifer reacted to the reveal that Amenadiel is losing his powers, specifically that his glorious wings are ruined. I wanted Lucifer to be more horrified, more sympathetic, and offer some comfort. So that's the story I wrote for Treat #1.

For my recipient, I wrote His Brother's Keeper, which is Lucifer and Amenadiel gen that looks at them in childhood and then again once Lucifer is on earth. In this story, I wanted to explore those sibling dynamics without sexytimes and also include Uriel.

Treat #2 is The Yellow Wallpaper (the spinning jennie remix). I had a really fun time with the prompt, which asked for a story in which the supernatural elements of the original are really happening instead of being merely psychological manifestations of the narrator's mental state. So I wrote a ghost story from Jennie's perspective.

2. Downton Abbey watch continues. spoilers )

3. Dirk Gently: spoilers )

4. NCIS and Bull: spoilers )
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1. Emma was sick for one night and felt tired and puny the next day, but then she was fine.

2. I was sick Christmas Day and the next but now am also fine.

3. Came home to more cards from [personal profile] lyr and [livejournal.com profile] kaleecat. Yay!

4. I ran on the ground, OMG! I didn't think I could do that, but I did! The first day I tried running, I alternated running and walking, but last night I ran continuously for two miles without stopping. Whooooo! I am super ready to get back into the gym and work out hard. I wasn't able to exercise the two days I was sick, and it was hard to fit in the time the other days because we were so busy.

5. Y'all, I am in a size 12. I cannot believe it. I had a gift card to Talbot's from my MIL and there's an outlet in Gulfport, so I got three pairs of beautiful pants for 19.99 each. I tried on the 14s first because that's what I'd been wearing at the beginning of December, and they were too big. I loved everything I received for Christmas, but that was really my favorite Christmas happy. :)

6. I got an awesome Yuletide gift: Retirement Might Be a Myth, and Bullet Holes Suck (According to John McClane). Loved revisiting my fandom days of yore with this McClane/Farrell fic. Check it out, everybody.

7. I wrote three fics this year for Yuletide: one treat and my main assignment are in the same fandom and another treat is in a book fandom and the only fic for that work. Correct guessers entitled to a drabble.

8. Dad is doing really well. This second kind of chemotherapy is kicking cancer's ass. I was so encouraged to see how good he's feeling.
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Guess who threw up all last night?

Emma.

If Josh and I get sick, I swear.....

At least mom went into full nurse mode and cleaned it all up. And Fi was so sweet. She and Emma were sleeping in the same room and she came running to get us.

Baby Jesus, beer us strength.
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1. We were supposed to go to my parents' today, but Fiona threw up all night long, poor baby. She was pretty much okay today, but Josh and I both were way too wiped for an 8 hour drive. So, tomorrow we leave!

2. I love technology. I love the internet. I am not a luddite. But you know that moment when you realize that you were born on the other side of the tech chasm, that you didn't grow up with google or smart phones or Siri? I had one of those this week when I was reading reviews of Rogue One in which the physical appearance of a character was pretty universally panned, and the whole time I was watching the movie, I was all Spoilers for the name of a character in the movie )

3. I took all of your excellent advice and spent most of this week reading Hobbit fanfic. However, I've run into a problem there. I am getting bored with the eleventy millionth retelling of the quest for Erebor. No matter the variations, I can read the same story only so many times before it starts to get boring. And there are surprisingly few fics that are set post movie that don't also go through 100,000 words of retelling the quest. I am also not very interested in modern AUs for this fandom. What do?

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