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effex: Smooches (Smooches)
I was talking at [personal profile] nepenthe about a fic idea I'm poking at - where two guys who're into dudes but haven't actually been in a relationship with one take a (awkward) stab at dating - and realized I was having trouble coming up with precedent. There's plenty of fake dating fic and accidentally/don't know they're dating fic, but not much 'these people are into each other/have been set up by friends/or okcupid and want to see where it goes' fic. Maybe it lacks intensity?

Anyway, I can think of a couple Night Vale fics, and the first couple parts of At Least There's the Football. There are some others, I think in Avengers fandom? where they manage one date before falling into bed/feeeeelings, but that's all I've got.

Am I missing any? Does anyone have dating fic recs (specifically m/m or f/f or threesomes I guess)? Does anyone else suddenly/desperately want these, or am I the only one?
effex: Third most awesome (Third most awesome)
Firstly - Hi! Hello! I'm really excited about Yuletide and finally getting to write this letter, thank you so much for participating! And for writing me a story!

Secondly - Feel free to ignore the following. I'll be happiest with a story you were happy to write, please go wherever inspiration takes you.

That said, here are some things I like: adventure, happy endings, explosions, romance, crossovers, mad science, banter, friendships, mountains, oceans, queer gen, well characterized characters (heh), animals, shenanigans, magic, families, libraries, food, swearing, first times, sex that *don't* involve penetration, laughing during sex, superpowers, spaceships, explorations of sexuality and gender and race and culture and politics and privilege, plots that make me think, or cry, or laugh, or (best of all) all three.

I prefer stories that don't have: sad/dark/angsty/unresolved endings, mpreg, soul-bonds/destined lovers, character bashing, consent issues, slavery, sex without preparation/protection, 'perfect' sex, or kinks involving excretion.

I'm very much a slash fan but I've chosen fandoms where gen would also make me happy so, please, have at. I'm comfortable with any level of sexual explicitness and most kinks.

Hayate x Blade )

The Yogscast )

Blue Beetle )

Runaways )

And that's it! Thank you again - I hope your Yuletide is absolutely fantastic :D :D :D
effex: Down in flames (Down in flames)
Wait, no one nominated Attack the Block for Yuletide? How did that happen? Why the hell did I use up a nom on Copper when I could have nommed AtB?
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Lunches this week are... well, they're not a dismal failure, but I certainly made several miscalculations. I wanted to keep it simple, so I planned:

* Chicken, tomato, and cheddar sandwiches
* Baby carrots
* Pasta with a little olive oil and italian seasoning
* Rice crispy treats

Only the bread got soggy super quick and there isn't enough chicken, I never actually made the pasta (been subbing with Kashi's wonderful hummus chips, but those just ran out) and I. ate most of the rice crispy treats. There's only one square left.

I can save it, I think, with more chips, some cookies or something, and pretzel rolls, but the original plan is shot :( you win some, you lose some.

On the upside, tonight's 'what have I got in the pantry' dinner turned out super well - pasta, peas, ranch beans (with a little added brown sugar), and meatballs piled together in a bowl is much better than I was expecting.
effex: Lazy daze (Lazy daze)
This week's lunches are going to be:

* Mac and cheese (Annie's aged cheddar, with peas in)
* Baked chicken strips
* Roasted broccoli
* A rice crispy treat

I don't have to do much other than stick the chicken and broccoli in the oven, mix the mac and cheese in the pot, and put together the rice crispies (which I finally have marshmallows for), which is good, because I spent most of the weekend feeling like shit.

Also working my way through Orange is the New Black, which is not shit. And finding things like this on tumblr, which is Bad Ass.

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Tried going to work yesterday and today, got sent home both time because sick. Go home, Effex. Nobody likes a martyr, Effex. You're contaminating the merchandise, Effex.

Bah. Guess I'm spending my weekend being just sick enough to be cranky and uncomfortable. I'll make a trip to the store tomorrow, then it's juice and snacks and tv and bed for me. Which... sounds pretty good, actually. Aside from the ick.
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Chicago just had a huge ass thunder storm roll through, which did fun things like flood intersections and fuck with the power on the El lines. I live roughly 3 miles from work and my trip home involved a bus ride (stalled due to flooding), a brisk walk in the dark, and a train ride (stalled due to I don't even know, something about the switches needing to be manually changed?). It took more than an hour longer than it usually does.

Listening to other people in my car (Pink Line, woo), I was lucky to get on the train at all - something had fucked with the outbound tracks and they'd been stuck circling the loop for half an hour. I caught the first one to make it out.

Fortunately it was mostly done raining by time I got off work. Being soaking wet would have crossed the line from frustrating adventure to FUCK NO WHY.
effex: Gratuitous Traci 13 icon (Gratuitous Traci 13 icon)
Just submitted my Yuletide noms, all of which I'm pretty sure meet the qualifications. They are:

* Hayate x Blade (of course)
* Blue Beetle (of course)
* The Yogscast (...the heart wants what it wants, okay)
* Motorcity (..................yeah)

I always have the lingering feeling that my nominations/requests aren't really obscure enough but fuck it, Hayate x Blade only has 5 Ao3 fics (and Blue Beetle only has 51, what). I'm good.
effex: A-OK (A-OK)
Aw yeah, it's Monday again! And Fall! I fucking love Fall, you guys, I am so ready for this.

I'm doing the same breakfast as last week, minus the apricots and plus a banana.

For lunches:

* Cashew ginger carrot soup (Pacific Food's soup + bisque, 'cause the box of soup alone wasn't enough for five servings).
* Roasted potatoes, carrots, kielbasa, and spinach again
* Roasted asparagus
* Two chocolate covered caramels

I'm doing a test run of the roasted stuff for dinner, plus a can of hard cider. NOM NOM NOM NOM.

effex: Gratuitous Cougar icon (Gratuitous Cougar icon)
There's one more Losers fic in my writing file, but it's a couple pages long and possibly salvageable, so I'm gonna give that a shot.

Cougar held his pocket knife steady as he roughed out a man’s face on a small wooden disk, trying to ignore the crinkling noise behind him. He managed not to look up at the window, their small hotel room reflected back in increasing detail as dusk fell, but couldn’t help tracking the sounds. A soft rustle as something landed in the trashcan, followed by a faint ‘mmm’ and the clicking of a keyboard.

It was Jensen’s fourth sucker in an hour and Cougar wanted to...well.

The working title is 'Suckers and Saints', which is possibly too cool for the short pwp this is supposed to be.


Sep. 15th, 2013 08:03 pm
effex: Working now (Working now)
I was digging though my Yuletide tag and came across these Inception drabbles (from 2011), which I do not remember writing and never archived anywhere useful. And then [personal profile] brownbetty posted about ferel WIPs and I thought, well. I don't have anything else to post tonight, let's go digging in the writing folder.

Sad, abandoned snippits under the cut. )

I also have pages and pages of notes on a Hikaru no Go/Inception crossover, with comments by a mysterious second party. [personal profile] bookshop? [personal profile] zanzando?

effex: Five is Right Out (Five is Right Out)
I don't have a lot of time to play video games these days, but apparently I have time to watch other people playing video games (I can watch them on the bus!). My favorite group of people to watch is the Yogscast and, god. 8 months ago (holy shit, it's been 8 months) all I knew about the Yogscast was some of my favorite webcomics artists liked to draw them. And now I've watched... a lot. A lot of hours.

If you like Minecraft (modded Minecraft in this case), or banter, or hilarity, or listening to grown men giggling constantly, or have 35 minutes to kill, you should check this out. It's a good episode. Please note! Some people (ie my dad) have a hard time watching these - headaches, nausea, etc. If you've got trouble with rapid movements and jittery cameras, you might want to skip this.

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Next time I'm going to double the amount of kielbasa/potatoes/carrots/spinach I make, so it stretches the week better (I can always freeze the leftovers). I'm also going to roast the kielbasa, potatoes, and carrots together and sauté the spinach separately so it doesn't wilt as much.

On the whole, though, I'm happy with it - it heats up fine in the microwave and tastes good, which is all you can really ask.

The pumpkin spice cake turned out amazing, although it's more of a bread than a cake. A moist, dense, spicy bread-cake. I think one of the Allrecipe commenters said it improves after resting overnight, which is 100% true. NOM.
effex: TV has the fun (TV has the fun)
Fuck, what was I going to post for today? Uh, I had therapy today, that went pretty well. Chicago is finally cooling the fuck off, GIVE ME ALL THE AUTUMN. I.... Oh!

The thing about iPads and MacBook Airs are that they are light and very convenient for watching Hulu/Netflix in bed. Too convenient. I've been watching old episodes of The Voice, because the singing is pretty and the braining requirement is 0, and 'one more episode/I'll just finish this battle' turns into 11pm, 12am, 1am.

So I'm instituting a 'No TV On The Bed On A Work Night' rule. It may need to expand to 'No TV On The Bed At All' or 'No Interneting On The Bed On A Work Night', because my self control is shot after 10pm.
effex: Music again (Music again)
I said I got to spin vintage film scores in my last post but, technically, Songza spun them for me.

I don't listen to the radio-radio, so other than at work (which specializes in a few specific genres), music discovery is rough for me. I tried Pandora, Last FM, whatever the others are, and they felt more like an echo chamber - nothing new, just more of what I plugged in.

Songza's different - the playlists are put together by people, not computer generated, and they have everything. Want to listen to vintage film scores? Tropicalia? Dubstep? Motown? 80s Punk Rock? Alt Country? K-pop? Want something to fit your mood (angsty, sexy, meditative, happy, bored) or activity (being creative, cleaning, going out, staying in, backyard campfire)?

I've loved everything I've heard so far, there's always something new to listen to, and if you're looking for great internet radio you can't do better.
effex: Lightbulb! (Lightbulb!)
I just finished planning my menu for the week!

For breakfasts:

* A hardboiled egg
* A banana nut bread bar*
* Fruit, whatever looks good (maybe apricots again?)

For lunches:

* Garlic roasted potatoes and carrots
* Skillet cooked kielbasa and spinach (like this, minus the potato. I want to do them separately)
* Apple slices
* Pumpkin spice cake (this one, with canned pumpkin instead of apple)

Dinner's a fend for myself type deal. Usually cereal or pasta.

Now I just gotta get to the store, make everything, and bag it up.

* Normally I make bran muffins, but I don't want to bake more than one thing tonight.
effex: Gratuitous Janelle Monae icon (Gratuitous Janelle Monae icon)
Speaking of music, did you know you Janelle Monáe's new album is advance-streaming here? It is! The album itself drops on Tuesday, I'm still trying to decide if I want to preorder and get the limited edition 7 inch or if I just want to wait for the full album on vinyl. In addition to the CD. This is my life now.
effex: TV has the fun (TV has the fun)
In which I watch 15 seconds of a shitty Pacific Rim cam, on repeat, in slow-mo, for fandom science.

Newt and Hermann are first up, Raleigh and Mako should follow later this week.

...Or I'm dead. In which case, ha, I also win. Sort of. )

We do this... together. I'll go with you. )

Side notes x2: every time I watch this (which has been a lot) I can't help thinking god, I hope they went straight to medical after the movie ended. They're both had seizures (multiple for Newt), plus their blood pressure's elevated so high they've ruptured shit in their eyes and noses. That is bad.

Side note x3: Shitty cam is really shitty, guys. If you want to see the movie (and have access to it in theaters), go see it in theaters. I promise it's worth it.

effex: The path that rocks (The path that rocks)
I have seen Pacific Rim, which has all the giant robot vs giant monster action you could possibly want. Plus Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Mana Ashida (who plays a young Mako Mori and is absolutely amazing), and Burn Gorman (I regret his casting in a movie already too full of white dudes, but I did love him. ... I was going to add 'viva la Torchwood!', but the irony burned too much.)

Also saw White House Down (I was in the movie theater for a while) which was wonderful action schlock and Despicable Me 2, which, well. Had some entertaining bits, but mostly I resented the overwhelming, unnecessary heteronormativity, ugh. And! Spoiler! ) At least some of the minions got to be vaguely queer.

I've also, like most of Tumblr, been sucked into Welcome to Night Vale. I'm all caught up except for today's episode ("First Date", ahhhhhh, I am excited) and thoroughly enjoying its adorable, terrifying weirdness.

Fic recs under the cut! )


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