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I'm voting in this year's Hugo Awards (and going to Worldcon in Finland, WOOOOOO), and having just finished the last of the novel nominees, am logging my thoughts. All reviews are pasted from my Goodreads account, so if you follow me there, this post should look familiar.

the reviews )
Next up: can I finish the novellas, novelettes, and short stories before the July 15 deadline? Well, I'm going to try to read each one in a day (and the short stories in a single day), so maybe? We'll see, I guess.
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Back in April, I visited my family in DC, and I lucked out, foodwise: my hotel was just a few blocks from Momofuku's DC outpost. I had their chilled Szechuan noodles with pork, Thai basil, and cashews and vowed then and there I'd replicate the dish at home if I could.

Which I have, or near enough for my purposes.

Chilled Szechuan noodles with pork

recipe, after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW Twelve)
Title: The Children of the Moon Are Heavy as Stones
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/Miss Quill
Rating: Adult
Word count: 2,700
Spoilers: takes place during Quill's hibernation in Class S01E08, "The Lost"
Contains: brief references to tentacle!sex
Summary: "You're in hibernation," the Doctor said softly. "The one time a Quill's unconscious mind is apt to wander."

Author's Notes: Probably won't make much sense unless you've seen Class. Me, I'm just glad I finished another story this year.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction and [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at A Teaspoon And An Open Mind and Archive of Our Own

fic, after the cut )
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Storing this here for posterity:


A good meal, if I do say so myself.
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Title: The Scientific Method
Characters/Pairing(s): Liz Shaw, with brief Liz/Kate Stewart and reference to Liz/Brig; Miss Quill
Rating: Teen
Word count: 1,748
Spoilers: very minor spoilers for Class through "Nightvisiting"
Warnings: one cultural microaggression in part V's dialogue
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: Five moments in the life of Elizabeth Shaw.

Author's Notes: My entry in this year's [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50 53rd Anniversary Fanwork-a-Thon. Yes, I realize "reproduce" isn't an official part of the scientific method, but it's part of the scientific research process, so I went with it.

::xposted to [community profile] who_at_50, [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50, [community profile] dwfiction, and [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at A Teaspoon And An Open Mind and Archive of Our Own

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW Twelve)
Title: The Very Honoured Guests of the Grelvakian Scientific Society
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/Clara
Rating: Adult
Word count: 3,763
Spoilers: none
Warnings: none
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: "It was a tea shop," the Doctor said. "We were buying some of your local tea as a souvenir. And usually, when I buy the morning cuppa, I'm not expecting anyone to hand me a medical consent form for what I suspect is highly dubious experimentation."

Author's Notes: This is a shag-or-die–ish story, though technically, it doesn't include noncon or dubcon.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction and [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at A Teaspoon And An Open Mind and Archive of Our Own

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (MARTINI it's what's for dinner)
Let's not discuss how far over I am on today's calorie allotment, because the truly important thing is that a good third of them went to a martini, my favorite beer, and homemade coconut cream pie:

Coconut cream pie

Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans!
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
I'm on another episode of the Reality Bomb podcast, this time talking about how "The Dominators" isn't complete crap, or if it is complete crap, I at least found it enjoyable crap. Look, it's got incredible costumes like this, so obviously it is high-quality Classic Who:



Anyway, give it a listen, and be as grateful to the editors as I am that they saved me from sounding like I couldn't string two words together.
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
It's been bugging me for quite some time that I had 49 kinkmeme stories when clearly 50 was the correct number, but it's literally taken me years to find a prompt that grabbed me. (Not that there aren't still plenty of deserving prompts on [livejournal.com profile] sizeofthatthing; I just have to find the right prompt when I'm in the right mood, or nothing gets written.)

But at last, I found a prompt, and thus I bring you the final story in my kinkmeme collection. It's Eight/Romana II, written for a prompt requesting a creaky motel room bed. As always, there are lightly edited versions on Teaspoon and AO3, with a link to the original and a very brief author's note in my kinkmeme master lists on LJ and Dreamwidth.
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Really quick-like, because I have to leave to go teach in a minute: I'm a guest on the latest episode of the Reality Bomb podcast, participating in a panel discussion about the Moffat era. Many thanks to Graeme Burk for inviting me on the show, as well as dealing with what was apparently my iPhone's terrible mike quality (THANKS, APPLE).
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Normally, I'd post this on New Year's Eve, but I'll be out much of tomorrow at Star Wars (again) and a lovely dinner, so you get it tonight instead.

after the cut )
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Man, tracking what I read on Goodreads sure has made this post easier to compile. (In fact, if you follow me there, you've read all these reviews already.) I made a concerted effort this year to read more books by women and/or non-white folks, and I'm glad I did, because I got points of view and writing styles I might not otherwise encounter. I plan to continue this approach next year.

25 reviews, after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW River Song (FotD))
Title: Near Enough to a Lifetime
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/River Song
Rating: Adult
Word count: 2,270
Spoilers: through "The Husbands of River Song"; extremely minor reference to setting of "The Boundless Sea" audio
Warnings: none
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: The first few hours of night, and the last.
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] platypus for turning around her beta so quickly.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction, [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and [livejournal.com profile] spoiler_song, and archived at A Teaspoon And An Open Mind and Archive of Our Own

after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Title: Soft Jaws, Strong Bite
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/Romana II
Rating: All ages
Word count: 2,167
Spoilers: None
Warnings: none
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: A brief and heartwarming story about the Doctor, Romana, space pirates, and the universe's greatest children's show about prehistoric reptile cyborgs.
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50's 52nd Anniversary Fanwork-A-Thon. Story would have been mostly canon-compliant had "Heaven Sent" not aired yesterday. (Whoops.) Similarly, any resemblance to something the Doctor says near the end of the story to something he says in "Heaven Sent" really is coincidence, as I wrote my story well before "Heaven Sent" aired.

::xposted to [community profile] who_at_50, [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50, [community profile] dwfiction, and [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (MARTINI it's what's for dinner)
Tonight's menu, listed here for posterity:

  • Sikil pak (Mayan pumpkin seed dip)

  • Pickled carrots

  • Dry-brined turkey

  • Giblet gravy, because the asshole cats wouldn't eat the giblets I lovingly hand-cooked for them

  • WHAT KIND OF SELF-RESPECTING CAT TURNS DOWN FRESH LIVER AND HEART I ASK YOU

  • Chickpea cutlets with sriracha cashew cream

  • Garlic mashed potatoes with fried shallots

  • Roasted brussels sprouts

  • Cornbread dressing

  • Cranberry sauce

  • Brioche rolls

  • Gluten-free spinach and feta bread

  • Black-bottom pumpkin chiffon pie

  • Spiced pumpkin-seed brittle

  • Gluten-free pumpkin and chocolate whoopie pies

  • Lemongrass limeade, which mixed very nicely with the homemade gin



I am a little bit full right now.
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I would title this post "burying the lede," but honestly, there's no point in it; might as well just say it, which is that yesterday I submitted an original story to Uncanny Magazine for publication. Honestly, I don't expect them to buy it, because the odds are always against slushpile entries. But you never know -- it's spelled and punctuated correctly, which is probably better than some entries they get; it's a story that "make[s] you feel," which is the type of stuff they're after; and who knows, maybe now that they've hit their Kickstarter stretch goal of an extra story per issue, they'll be open to giving unpublished authors a shot. (I did mention my published nonfiction in my cover letter, but I have no published fiction, which is probably what they most care about.)

So anyway, that happened, and the final story prep and submission was utterly terrifying, but I did it. I should hear back in about a month, although they say authors should contact them if they haven't heard back in 45 days. And I suppose if it doesn't sell to Uncanny, I can always try another market.

Other things: I have a new lead at work that is basically already sold without my having to do a damned thing, as well as a possible small continuation of an existing project. I still need to send out marketing email Real Soon Now, but because last year was such a financial disaster, we are actually owed a huge refund on our taxes (GOD BLESS CPAs) that we will apply to next year's taxes, which makes it much easier to coast by over the next few months.

Also, we had an utterly lovely day today. some photos and video after the cut )

AO3 meme

Aug. 14th, 2015 11:51 am
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Why the hell not, I've got some time today, and this has started going around the flist:

I currently have 56 works archived at the AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 56 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
nonelvis: (DW Twelve)
Title: The Girl Who's Got Your Number
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/Clara Oswald, Twelfth Doctor/Missy, Twelfth Doctor/Clara/Missy
Rating: Adult
Word count: 10,867
Spoilers: through "Last Christmas"
Warnings: none
Contains: breathplay, glove kink, attempted murder
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: Who's pushing you too far now, Clara Oswald?
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Story contains some dialogue from "Listen" and "The Caretaker." Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] platypus for her help pinpointing some issues with the story. Any remaining ones are entirely my fault.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction and [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW River Song (FotD))
Title: Sex Storm
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/River Song
Rating: Adult
Word count: 3,400
Spoilers: none
Warnings: none
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: Somehow, it took the Doctor three weeks to deliver Clara's coffee. Well, he did say he got distracted ...
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: I blame RTD for the title. The terrible wordplay that follows, however, is all mine.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction, [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and [livejournal.com profile] spoiler_song, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

fic, after the cut )

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