So my sister (many of y'all know her as [ profile] dampersnspoons) has been crafting a skin care line made of purely organic materials and beta testing them on me and a few other folks. And they are AMAZING. She's finally opening her Etsy shop with a few of the items on her product line, with more coming.

Organic. Hand made. Smells FREAKING AMAZING (and not overly perfumey or flowery). And I have baby-soft skin, let me tell you. I love the serum most of all, and can't say enough good things about it. (Gorl, I put that bidness on my chest bidness to keep the ladies at attention, and seriously, this stuff is wonderful.)

Reasonably priced, comparable to Origins Plantscriptions (of which I was a 7 year devotee) without the high price. Holidays are coming up and these would make amazing stocking stuffers/gifts/bribes/IDK your life, you decide.

This post brought to you by the miracle of me having a 20 minute break while someone takes a nap. :)
Now, I consider myself a novice. (I say this because a friend's husband is a sommelier, and WOW do I love when they invite me to dinner!) I grew up hating wine (hey: Mormon), and until I had GOOD wine, I didn't understand.

And now I do. And I'll say this: while not having an education beyond trying and failing, trying and loving, making notes, etc., when I recommend wine, I've never heard back that someone didn't love it. Maybe they're not telling me I don't know. But I have a pretty decent palate, is what I'm getting at. (And honestly a big secret is to pay attention to WHERE THE WINE IS FROM. Regions tend to have similar tastes.)

Apparently I have an expensive palate, too. But now, my daily sip (I'm talking a glass, maybe two, please don't worry about me) is Ladera, Napa, 2009 CabSav. I can get it for about $28 a bottle in bulk, but their website has it for $40. Which means I'm filling up my wee wine cellar with bottles while I can. Easily one of the most sippable wines I've encountered. (Cheaper, and fine as well, is Markham Merlot - 2009 at around $16 bottle. Let it open up for a bit. Napa Cellars Cab was my previous "cheap" daily vino at $21 - not their merlot, though. Their merlot has a different mix, unlike Markham's merlot vs. Cab.)

I just don't care for most whites. They tend to taste weak or like dirty socks. I like to taste the grape. I don't want to taste the American oak it soaked in (which is why I avoid labels that point out the oak - that's the vanilla flavor on the back of your tongue at the finish - no me gusta) and have learned that many California wines add chunks of oaks to stainless steel barrels to get that flavor, because Americans like their wine sweet. NOPE. Gross. Not me. Me and an old Frenchman with broken blood vessels across his cheeks would get along fine, topping each other's glasses off and sharing hunks of bread while laughing about the absurdity of life.

I basically want to have several friends over to open about four or five bottles and talk shop and get drunk and then devolve into telling dirty jokes. SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT NIGHT TO ME. :D

(BTW, my sommelier-friend hooked me up with maybe my most favorite champagne ever: Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose. WOW, is that the most delicious champagne for under $200 - hey, it can get pricey - I've ever had. And it's romantic. Two families, rivals, daughter and son fell in love, made their own champagne and have been going strong for over 100 years. And it is exquisite. If you're in Texas and can access a Central Market, this normally $150 bottle is $90. If you have a special occasion, or have the coin, get it. Trust.)

YEP, I HAD HALF A BOTTLE TONIGHT OF MY LADERA LOVE. What of it? :) Now to dig up some cheese and veggies....
Doesn't it? Just me? Today is the kids' last day of school so today is the last day that I have a morning all to myself. Well, the kids are older and take care of themselves, so it's not a HUGE hardship aside from them needing me to drive them every where and keep the pantry stocked. (The sheer volume of food I go through in a week... This is why you should not mate with giants. Giant children have very long bodies that need filling.)

As always, life is ridiculously stressful, but there are bright spots. Yesterday, I was able to get a complete episode of "Mastering the Garden" into the can, as they say, and I'm filming another on Sunday. (Erm, I'm still writing that script, too, but hey, no pressure! I have to take film crews when available, especially since they're working for free. Well, for lunch.)

I would like to point out that I am wearing full makeup with my hair down, button down work shirt and jeans to film. In Texas. Outdoors. Where it's very hot. Fleurgh. I'm trying to maximize this opportunity so this is the last time you'll hear me complain. :) Next step is to film one more episode, then do webchats where I answer gardening questions. And where I can sit indoors.

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Hey, Klainers: did you guys not see that [ profile] flaming_muse posted a HUGE 27K NC-17 future fic about going on vacation? [And the magic of vacation sex?] Because she did. And you should go read it and give her love. Feed your authors!
I have in my possession a delightful square of honest to goodness shortcake and some nummy white tea, the sun is shining outside, there are birds flitting about, the cats are chittering at the window in their attempt to hypnotize the robins to come closer (so the cats can fling themselves pitifully at the glass), and all of this makes for a perfect day to write.

And I have zero motivation to do so. Zip. Zilch. None. What I want to do is curl up on a lounger outside and take a nap or read something. I also want to have the hot pool guy from that ad I mentioned yesterday show up and give me a massage. And then finish ripping out the front garden for me so I can redo it. HOW ABOUT IT, SCIENCE?

Random things:
* pedantic behavior continues to crack me up. I am proud of myself for not telling someone to screw off for their glasses adjusting, pointed cough of "Hem, hem, well, you see...." malarkey, because they are clearly the type who plop into chat rooms and comment sections to correct people. Wow, that's a sad pastime you got there, chicky-pie. I mean, hey, whatever floats your boat, but that is the least interesting conversation I can think of.
* wait, no, the LEAST interesting conversation is when someone tells you what they just said, then the response is what they thought you said, then says again what they meant to say and then it's a round robin of me wanting to stab my brains through my ear
* I finished posting my Teen Wolf body swap fic on the AO3, Trust Fall, and it's gotten more hits, kudos, or comments than anything I've written before, which is shocking, delightful, and strange. Because it's been very quiet, that story; people aren't linking to it or reccing it (I'm not whining, I'm just acknowledging that) and it's a stark reminder that the Teen Wolf fandom is MASSIVE and generous with unknown writers, as far as giving something a read is concerned. Which is nice.
* speaking of Teen Wolf fanfic, I would like to read stories where Stiles is kicked out of the pack (or made to feel like he doesn't belong/isn't wanted) and then has a happy ending. The best one (the most painful one) is called Sandpapered Corners and No Points by hayesgeneration. Oh, that one hurts in all the best ways.

So? Got any recs that fit that bill for me? (I like reading sad things when it's beautiful out, because I can let the ouch go better that way.)
Got my hairs all cut this weekend (ugh, I loathe getting my hair done. Actually, I LOVE getting my hair done, because getting your hair washed and played with is awesome. But stylists always want to cut too much off and I don't want short hair!) I had her check for grey hairs.

Still grey hair-less at 40. Nice.

Today I had a physical, including an EKG. (Fun!) My doctor asked me if I'd become a professional athlete, because my vitals, etc. made it look like I was. *fist pump* Thanks, P90X! :D

LET ME HAVE THIS, GUYS. Let me have this. After the year I've had, it's a wonder a) I have any hair left at all and b) that my blood pressure isn't through the roof or whatever happens to people's vitals in times of prolonged stress.

Also wonderful: a private message Matt Paxton sent me last night, one that made me tear up. I really love the folks at A&E, I have to say.
AW2: an aged Irish cheddar with caramelized onion paired with a glass of Roth Cab. (Is it bad that I had that for my dinner last night? APPARENTLY NOT *points to lab work* HA HA, BODY, WE HAVE FOOLED THEM ONCE AGAIN.)
AW3: The terrific Sterek AU series that Devildoll is writing on Tumblr with a nerdy younger Derek and older Librarian Stiles.

and I feel terrible for being so...willing to look at those two men that cosplay porn as Sterek - I FEEL SO BAD ABOUT MYSELF but I can't look away. D:
then you should watch St. Nick, a beautiful film I was fortunate enough to be in (briefly as the mother.) It's wonderful, beautiful, quiet, and is the first huge sign that the director, David Lowery, is about to be the Next Big Thing. (Sundance and the NYTimes agree with me here.)
Twenty-Three Firsts, the continuation of the Near Misses verse is complete and posted! I know that Near Misses was a hugely popular fic over the summer, and so many of you begged her to write more, and LOOK AT THAT! You wish has been granted. That link is today's final installment, but it starts here, if you for some reason missed it.

PG-13 - NC-17 (part 4 in particular) for those that need to know such things. [I have a massive first time kink, and not just for the bonings. (lol) First time meeting parents, etc.] <3
Glee last night made me incredibly happy. (Link goes to recap/discussion post.) This stupid story that I've been writing since the end of April (good god) actually has a moment in the beginning that happened on this episode. Prescient? LOL, no, there just was only one logical conclusion for a certain song to express a certain emotion. /zips lip to avoid spoilers.

Speaking of stories, did all of you Gleeks on my flist see that [ profile] flaming_muse is posting a continuation to Near Misses? Because it starts here, is 5 parts, and #2 went up today. She's worked her tail off on it, so be lovely and tell her you like it, if you did.

There is the annual Love Meme up and running, and you should put your name there AND SHARE THE LINK so I can secretly send you praise! (I have only ever participated in these - meaning, putting my name in, I LOVE to leave comments to people - one time and was incredibly embarrassed to do so, but you know what? Screw that. I could use nice things said to me this year. Just if you feel so inclined.) <3

NOTE TO PEOPLE REPLYING ON THOSE THREADS: be sure that you hit the REPLY link under the person's name and not the "leave a comment" link. Because then there's an anonymous comment to the main post that no one knows who it belongs to. I always get sad when I see orphan comments, knowing someone didn't get their message. :(

We get to have a nice, long visit with The Boy tomorrow, so we're driving down tonight in order to have the whole day with him, before having to drive back tomorrow night. I need to find a Sally Derg-sitter to let her go potty in the morning, make sure everyone's packed up, make a million phone calls (true story: I loathe the phone) and transfer the twenty Sterek stories I dl'd off the AO3 to my Kindle. And THANK YOU for your recs the other day! <3
Okay, I am about to start making a VERY long drive weekly to visit my son (5 hours each way) and want to load up my Kindle. And...I want Teen Wolf fics. YES. IT HAPPENED. I watched all of it on Netflix, found it to be a lot of fun, and love a few characters enough to want to read about them. So, um, am I the only person that ships Chris Argent/Derek Hale? I am, aren't I? Sigh. Also want: Sterek. Stiles/Lydia. Peter Hale and ANYONE GOOD LORD.

Only GREAT FICS, pls. Spot on characterization that is them. I don't care if it becomes an AU, but they have to still be themselves. I haaaaate fics that just make them look like the character but not ACT like the character. I know a bunch of you read it, so whatchu love?

Also: um... I totally ship the very made up, not real at all, but oh my god the puppy eyes and energy and pretty skin and jaw-lines of Dylan O'Brian and Chris Colfer. ...this doesn't exist, does it? I feel deep shame just asking for it, so you know. I VERY RARELY read RPS because it makes me feel icky. I don't mind other people digging on it, it's just not usually for me, not anymore. Except for now? I AM BROKEN, OKAY.

In the meantime, I'm dealing the the courts, hospitals, treatment centers, a MiL that has forgotten that I NEVER DO THANKSGIVING WITH HER and why is she asking if I want her to COOK FOR ME?! The answer is always NO., my parents wanting updates on our situation and having to constantly hang up to take other calls, and all of my own prep for our miini-Thanksgiving with my kids and sister/her husband. SO I'M KINDA TEARING MY HAIR OUT. But the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter? =/

Hey! I'm old, WHEE!!

I have some pretty amazing friends, I must say. My old boss from my improv comedy clubs day made a video of him lip-synching "Happy Birthday" to some crazy-ass song, I've had lovely messages sent, the ever delightful [ profile] flaming_muse wrote me a STORY and it is SO SO SWEET and I LOVE IT, and I will share it with you: Forever.

(And now I'm a sobbing mess because the door just rang and she sent me TULIPS because she remembered that they are my favorite, and HOW DID I EARN SUCH GREAT FRIENDS?) I love you guys. <3

And I am not going to lift one damn finger today to do anything! Well, I'll brush my hair and stuff, but no dishes or laundry or anything else. GO ME! I'm going to play Skyrim and eat fruit, no: cheese, and I'm going to drink some wine tonight and I made an apple pie for Emily's birthday yesterday, and I'm going to have some of that, too and I'm going to have it with ice cream. (make sure you say that all like Judge Smalls' grandson. And if you get that, then you are my special love for the day.)


I had plans to write up a navel-gazing post about what all I've accomplished in 40 years, but my air conditioning died and I've had workmen all morning long. FUN! (One of them is from Jordan and we talked about his beautiful children and coming from large families, and he was DELIGHTFUL. And then he showed me the estimate for replacing the system and he stopped being my friend. Lol.)

I still want to do that, because I've been down in the dumps for several days now, and it's good for me to remember that while I've had a tough row to hoe (despite how I present myself) there are a lot of great things that have happened over the (many many) years that I've kicked around on this pebble.

But for now: I GO EAT THAI NOODLES. Like a boss.
Olympics! TRACK AND FIELD OH MY GOD. I am Team Lolo and Team BladeRunner (Oscar Pistorius) all the way. (The 4x400 on Monday is going to be CRAZY AWESOME, do plan on watching that event, if nothing else.) I think about Lolo tripping right out of the box last Olympics and could weep all over for her again.

HDJM! Dr. Whovians have been enjoyed Janey's recaps with David Tennant's Doctor, so make sure you catch up! (She's moving next week, so there will be a hiatus to give her breathing room. Perfect time to go back and catch up on everything!)

Fic! [ profile] flaming_muse continues the perfectly paced slow burn with her story Near Misses, the 5th chapter going up today. Oh, is it worth the nail biting.

Me! The Mr. is taking me out tonight! Pathetically enough, this is the first time I've gone out to dinner since I was in NYC in April. It's a rock-n-roll lifestyle I lead, fo sho. We're going to Craft and I am DELIGHTED by my menu options.

Skyrim! I started up a new game (my husband accidentally deleted my profile on our PS3. GAH.) and for some reason, the game didn't save my character's name and NO NERDS HAVE FIGURED OUT HACKS FOR PS3. Which is redonk. This is the first time the nerdery has failed me. (I didn't realize until I was already at Level 3, and you know, I am just not going through the intro AGAIN.) So my girl is "Prisoner." =P She's still badass, even with a lame name, though. :)

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. :)
Because this isn't some slap-dash unf fest that drops off into WTF? land in the end, like almost everything I've tried reading lately has done. More times than not I've found myself going along with a fic, a fill on the kink meme and then drop my chin to my chest and say, "So close."

So that doesn't happen here. At all. Ever. This is so well thought out, so well executed, and - when it finally gets to this specific place in the story - so damn hot your retinas will burn. Singlehandedly the hottest, most intimate, most emotional and visceral love scene I've read in print or online. Period.

Okay, okay, enough of the slobbering, here's the first chapter to Near Misses, by [ profile] flaming_muse. College AU where Kurt and Blaine didn't meet on a staircase. This is what happens instead. Also? This is 176,000 words, so you get loads to chew on with each chapter, and it's in both of their POVs, changing with each new scene. I have been reading along as she's written this, and it has been my utmost pleasure to be granted that.

Her posting schedule is every other day. She is a thoughtful, intelligent writer, and it's funny, it's painful, it's edge-of-your seat and it's always ALWAYS Kurt and Blaine. Even in this AU.

And for the love of all that's good, LEAVE FEEDBACK. That's how you encourage writers you like to write you more. :)
So I've been helping out my friends with a local film festival all weekend, and had a great freaking time. It a) made me miss being a part of the film world and b) made me so freakin' glad I'm not a part of the film world. :D (People are weird around celebrities. Some celebrities are WEIRD. I heard some great stories from one actor in particular about several Big Hollywood Names that made me glad that I never moved to LA.) But talking with fun, interesting, intelligent people = YAY. (And I met someone from FREEDONIA. Any of y'all from the Arizona Strip/Southern Utah should know how freaking random that was. I guessed that's where he was from by his accent, which blew him away. Lol.)

THINGS TO READ! This dreamy fic about how the more things change, the more they don't. (They just get better.) Klaine, [ profile] flaming_muse there's nothing else you need, right? <3 You should leave her a comment so she doesn't feel like she lives in ether. :)

TRUE BLOOD. Holy Naccodoches, if you didn't remember how cracked out that show was, these past two episodes were your reminder. Mild Spoilers, mostly me laughing at stuff. )

Sam is back recapping the show, and here's ep. two. GO TALK WITH HER, SHE IS REALLY FUNNY.

The family and I went to see Men in Black III on Friday, and I have to say that I continue to enjoy that series. They're fun, don't take themselves too seriously, and Josh Brolin is out-freaking-standing as a young Tommy Lee Jones. It's redonk how perfect that casting choice was. Not to mention that it ends up being very touching (my son held my hand at the end, choked up - aww!) and I continue to love Will Smith. WHATEVER HE SEEMS LIKE A SERIOUSLY GOOD DUDE AND I LIKE HIM.

And lastly, in "WHAT? HUH? ...WHAT? NO, WHAT?!" news, it only took 14 years and 8 months, but I got my very first Child Support Check this weekend. $206 bucks, aww, that's cute. (He owes something like $13,000 +, but who's counting?) The very first payment I've ever gotten. Ahahaha. Way to really send a message to dead beat dads, Texas! (Note; we have the WORST record for getting child support payments to mothers here, because Rick Perry is a bag of dicks.)

I think I'll use that check to pay for Geek Squad to fix my kids' computers, because they're idiots and turned off their anti-virus software because "It kept popping up." OH MY GOD YOU DUMMIES. I mean, Mommy loves you!

OH RIGHT: CAKE. This is the one I made for the Mr.'s b-day, the one that caused me all sorts of grief. Not the cake itself, just my life thwarting the making of the cake. BUT YOU SHOULD MAKE IT. Under the cut, because it's detailed! Not a proper Black Forest Cake, but it is delicious, nonetheless. )
  • First, I've been on a roll, posting fic, and that feels pretty great after almost a solid month of a complete lack of words. (Fireman AU one-shots here and here.)
  • Second, #2 turned fifteen (new folks: I had her when I was six. Tragic, right? Babies shouldn't have babies.) and she's so freaking gorgeous and fun and I just really love my girl.
  • Third, Emily graduated from elementary school yesterday and my too-cool for everything tomboy kid burst into tears when one of her favorite teachers (from first grade, no less) burst into tears at the sight of her. It's been 8 years with three kids at that building, and while I'm SO DAMN GLAD to not get the automated phone calls daily listing - in perfect Kindergarten Teacher Voice - all of the uh-may-zing things that happened that day, it's been a really great school. I mean, the teachers cry over the students, come on. They're good people. Just...exuberant.
  • Fourth, this has been cracking me up all morning. PLEASE READ THE REVIEWS. Oh, sarcasm, how I love you when you are brilliantly executed. I think the dwarf + sex positions while driving is my favorite. (Also any review that cuts off without finishing. OMG, tears in my eyes from the lol'ing.)
  • I want to rec two fics, one long and one short, both worth your time. SHORT: Boys of Summer, PG by [ profile] flaming_muse Oh, this will make you feel warm and drowsy and smiley in the best of ways. Perfectly evocative of being young, in love, and having a moment of quiet bliss while being with the person you love on a beautiful day.
    LONG: A Parade of Paper Faces, NC-17, by a new to me author Tiriathurin (on dreamwidth) I saw this come through K_B, but was turned off initially by the Tumblr/media inserts. Wow, was that dumb of me. Gorgeous story, I had a lump in my throat for most of it, tears on my cheeks (and I'm far too sarcastic to cry often, so let that inform your decision) and it's so wonderfully paced and thought out and characterized. Every emotion is well earned, no short cuts are taken, and you should really leave her feedback after devouring all seven chapters (and epilogue!) Wonderful stuff.
  • Just a reminder that Sam (of Avengers, Capt. America, and Thor recapping fame) will be recapping True Blood on HDJM. So just get ready. Just...oh my god, I am so excited. She's so.damn.funny.

I get to repaint bedrooms this weekend and buy cat litter. Jealous? Thought so. *rocks out to Sheila E's Glamorous Life* and try to write some dirty smut of my own oh god it is so haaaaard for me. Heh. Hard. /13
Tonight is a big night for me work- (and enjoyment) -wise - two hours of Glee, and they look hilarious already. NO SPOILERS, OMG.

I did want to announce that the Bachelorette is back on HDJM, so your Tuesday mornings will be assured of a chuckle. How Mel can continue to love that show... Hahaha. Whatever, I don't judge. I loved Jersey Shore, I have no shame.

But I wanted to post here two fics that I really wish you'd read and leave comments (you'll want to, even if it's just "thank you" - trust.)

Prom Queen 2012 - what went through Kurt's mind when Figgins said there was another write in. by [ profile] flaming_muse
Hoppoplla (But You Are Standing) which is a love song to Glee, for the good things it did for the kids, the safe haven it provided. Lovely, and everything these two writers turn out are of an excellent quality that should be encouraged, imo.

Okay, deener and then the Glee-ings.
I am currently sporting a sunburn from working in the garden all day yesterday (my choice, promise) and am all standing with hands on hips beaming at how nice it's looking. So many primary colors are in bloom. :) I also harvested a 20 gallon bucket full of Bluebonnet seeds - that is a lot of seed, folks. But I've not had to buy bluebonnets in several years, so I am a-ok with the hard work.

Before I dash off to the eye doctor for new anteojos I wanted to link you up.

GAME OF THRONES recap! God, I love this show. And Jaime Lannister.
Supernatural recap!
Touch's recap! (And it was just renewed for S2!)

And a fic rec, and I've had the honest pleasure in watching this character study grow. It's beautiful, it's thoughtful, it's painful in places (as discovering who you really are often is) - Being Kurt Hummel by [ profile] flaming_muse. It's NC-17, but don't think that this is some porn romp. This is thoughtful consideration at how this particular young man realizes who he is as the world mistreats him (and as some people love him.) Please make a point to leave a comment - that's how writers know you came by.

Okay, off to get some cute glasses. <3
Dear People Driving To Work/Jail/Satan/Your Mother's:

I hope that when you saw me catch my heel on a crack in the pavement on my jog today, and how I masterfully turned that into me doing the Roger Rabbit, laughing, and then dusted my shoulders off and kept going, that you laughed.

Because god knows I'm still laughing at myself.
Signed, the idiot on the main thoroughfare.

P.S. You're welcome for not shooting finger guns at everyone in my need to tamp down my humiliation.

ION, Ringer had its finale earlier, and our lovely recapper Janey Ford has her take on it up at HDJM.

Lastly, there is a story I really wish you all would read. It's Glee, but don't let that deter you, the vast majority of my flist. It's about race, perception-passing, being bi-racial and does that mean you're enough of an ethnicity or not at all... And it's just beautiful. There are no slurs used, because the writer is clever enough to make you think without blindsiding you by using the actual ugly words, which I wish more people would be sensitive enough to do, as well.

BENEATH THE SURFACE is one of those stories that's just important and beautiful and thoughtful. Let her know how special this is, would you?

I need mass quantities of food in my face right this minute. TO THE TACO TRUCK!
First, Hey, Don't Judge Me is cooking today (with lots coming later today, too.)
Game of Thrones! Hope you like your incest. And baby killing.
Dexter! The rewatch continues with the beginning of Season 2, eps. 1 - 3.
Touch! The new Keifer show that is steadily picking up steam.
Later today: Mad Men! Bomb Girls! And THE RETURN OF THE BORGIAS (but debuting on HDJM!) Show my girls some love, if you would be so kind. They're working for praise, so how about you give them a raise? :)

FIC REC: one of those "Please drop what you are doing, read this, leave encouraging feedback, and marvel that this is in the world" kind of fics.

Sweet! A Love Story Told In Sugar by [ profile] ohquixotica (I believe there are two other authors contributing as well?

WHY: Did you love Pushing Daisies? Do you love surreal romance and beautiful words and maybe a little Like Water For Chocolate? Because this story is all of that and more. I very rarely get emotionally moved by a lot of fanfic. I'm a jerk, I suppose. I choked up, clutched my heart, squealed with happiness, and felt everything right along with the characters. So funny, so sweet, so achy in places I could barely catch my breath. Everything I love in a story and all I didn't know I needed. PLEASE. Track this one. It's a WiP.

And those in Glee fandom? THAT IS HOW YOU WRITE 3rd PERSON OMNISCIENT. Know your POVs, it seems to be a problem. Do I sound snippy? I'll tell you why. But before I cut, PLEASE PLEASE READ.TRACK, BOOKMARK SWEET. You'll thank me later, I guarantee.

In which I go all Santana-like on entitlement, manners, why people share fanfic in the first place, and mother frakkin' TONE. )

And here come the anonymous "Stoney's a bitch" comments, I'm sure. Sorry for having opinions in my own journal. *

*no, I'm not. And one last time: CATCHING TYPOS is one thing. Talking down to me is another. Guess which one I'm cool with? (And christ, the story is 148,000 words. There's bound to be an error. Find me a printed book without a single error, would you?)
First, links:

SouthLAnd was amazing last night. Ooooh, did some story arcs get a hell of an advance in this ep. Come talk to me about it!

The Bachelor's reunion show has a recap up, as well as the one for SMASH. (And there are some good discussions happening in The Walking Dead!) [ETA] And RINGER just went up! :)

Recs: (of the Klaine variety, obv.)

[ profile] flaming_muse wrote a fic (There But For The Grace Of...) regarding the attempted suicide of a side character on the last episode of Glee that approaches the topic from the POV of Burt. It's achingly beautiful, as her writing tends to be, but I think it's important to read, as well. It's good for teens to know just how much they mean to their parents, and it's important for parents to realize that our kids aren't living in the same world we did - how hard it is to let your child stand on their own two feet. Even if you don't follow the show, you might consider reading just for the reaffirmation that there is deep and abiding love in the world. <3

It's more about the people in your life that you love (and who love you) than it is about the attempted suicide, if that's an issue for you.

[ profile] robotsfighting is another under appreciated writer that has a wonderfully lyrical quality to her writing. "Since the Day We Found You" is Blaine realizing that the Hudmel House is his home. That they are his family. Beautiful and will make you want to curl up with someone you love.

Why she isn't showered with comments, I'll never understand. Support talented writers so they'll continue to write beautiful stories.

By [ profile] kivrinengle, set in Dalton, "Of Frenchmen and Fractals" where the love affair for Kurt is for learning. LOVED this.

And lastly, for your porning needs, [ profile] cimmerians wrote some RPS (so head's up) called Full Disclosure that made me fan myself. I do enjoy her fics, even if they make me feel bad for breaking my "No RPF" rule. ;)

(I know there are loads of stories out right now that everyone is slobbering over, but I just can't deal with weak writing. Even if the story is compelling. Stop head hopping! Read over what you've written and edit the damn misspells and repeated sentences! Know your characters!! Holy crap, is there some bad characterization out there.) There is one WiP that I'm eagerly following, but fear that the huge, yawning gaps between updates are going to sully the story, so I'll rec it once it's finished to help you not lose character/story arc. Another WiP on the GKM is compelling for the story, but I'm waiting for that to be finished and hopefully beta'd and reposted before reccing that one.

Now I go in search of tacos.
  • It is [ profile] dancetomato's birthday! Oh, DT, you are one of those people online that makes me happy knowing you're alive. Keep having birthdays, please. <3 <3

  • I want to reiterate the purpose of Hey, Don't Judge Me: fannish love. If you want to make fun of shows or bitch about how horrible something has become, that's what ONTD and TWoP are for, not Hey, Don't Judge Me. Creepy fannishness (as in, if one thing doesn't go how I like with X character, I am going to post 1000 words on why I hate the show and everything about it) isn't tolerated. Character bashing isn't tolerated (Well, Will Schuester being inappropriate is okay to talk about because come the hell on.) I recently had to tell someone in comments that if they felt a certain way - which they're entitled to feel, of course - then they should a) maybe stop watching the show (Southland) and b) stop commenting on my site.

    Bad PR? I don't care. I want there to be ONE PLACE ON THE INTERNET where people can be happy with shameless love for something. There's no judgement for whatever you love - it's in the title of the URL for crying out loud.

  • A girlfriend needs my help today, so I'm running out the door for a bit, then it's off to the school with The Mr. to put the smack down on the school for their handling of yesterday's situation. I said this earlier, but if you hear a sonic boom, that's what it is from. :)

  • I am working on not using two spaces after a period. It's not easy. [/learned on actual typewriters OMG]

  • [ profile] flaming_muse wrote a super sweet (and heart-achy) episode tag fic for The Spanish Teacher (Glee 3.12) and you should read it: Feelings. I haven't steered you wrong yet, have I? Exactly.

  • I pulled a muscle in my neck so badly that I can't turn my head. Muscle relaxers and hot tubbing are in my future. Mind, I'm not complaining about that.

FRIDAY ZOMG. Hoorays! (And THIS made me laugh - as I say there - until snot-streams waterfall'd off my face. SO NSFW. - the audio, not the image.)


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