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I mean nobody!

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Hello is anyone even here anymore?


Anyway, Tumblr is going to shit. A few months ago I got in at Pillowfort and I've been trying to do a little more LiveJournal-style personal blogging there. If you want, you can find me there where I am myrandomfandoms.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Dear Yuletide Writer

Thanks in advance for writing for one of my weird little fandoms :) I'm very easy to please, fic-wise, so I'm sure I'll be very happy with whatever you produce. If you need some help along the way, here it is:

Baby Sitters Club:This is the one fandom where I will read and enjoy just about anything that isn't on my squicks list (see below). My favorite characters are the Pike family (particularly the triplets) and Janine Kishi and Dawn and Mary Anne's parents (Sharon and Richard). I do ship Byron/Jeff and Kristy/Cary, but I don't need a story with a pairing at all. Honestly, just take your pick of the whole wide BSC universe. Also, I'm a big fan of the California Diaries spinoff series, so if you've read it, I'd adore Cal Diaries fic, particularly anything related to Ducky.

Boy Meets World: I don't really want anything related to Girl Meets World. Please keep it contained to the old-school characters. I ship Cory and Shawn, but I don't like Topanga being ignored either. I'm totally down with a Cory/Shawn/Topanga OT3. Though I love Shawn/Cory as a ship, Eric is my favorite character, especially when people think he's being obtuse, but he's actually being wise. I also really love the Matthews parents. I really like the stories involving them being young adults just arriving in New York.

Carry On:100% Simon/Baz. I prefer a story post-Watford. It can include any other character in the universe, but I really only read Simon/Baz focused fic.

Things I like in fic:Like I said, I'm super easy to please :)  I love friendship fic, slash, gen, het. Funny things. Ratings can be anywhere from the fluffiest G to the smuttiest M. I have no problem with foul language (I've been known to use it freely), and I have no problems with smut - even most kinks are fine by me. I have a soft spot for sibling bonding stories as well as first kiss/first time stories. And my #1 favorite trope is alcohol leading to lowered inhibitions. Also, I love any fandom crossover with the Harry Potter universe. (Is that allowed in Yuletide? HP sure isn't a small fandom.)

Squicks/No-no's:Mpreg, rape, incest. No huge age differences in pairings. Poor grammar

I think that's about it!
Thanks again!!

Wing and a Tail (fanfic)
Spoiler warning for the end of Carry On. I can't help it. I love this book. I had a shit case of insomnia earlier this week and wrote this while I was trying to fall asleep. All errors can be blamed on exhaustion.

Title: Wings and a Tail
Fandom: Carry On (Rainbow Rowell); fictional Simon Snow series
Pairing: Simon/Baz
Rating: T
Summary: After he loses his magic, Simon is stuck with those ridiculous wings and tail. He goes to the States to get them surgically removed.
Word Count: approx 2100

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2014 book meme

Best Book of 2014
I read quite a few good ones. I think the best was More Than This by Patrick Ness. I sort of thought I was so over dystopias, but I read this and it was fucking amazing.

Worst Book of 2014
Darkfever by Karen MArie Moning. It's not like I expected great literature, but I was told it was similar to the Sookie Stackhouse books. But it lacked all of their charm and silliness.

Most Disappointing Book of 2014
Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Really her only book I haven't liked.  

Most Surprising (in a good way) Book of 2014
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. I had little to no espectations for this book and was surprised to find I loved it even more than the original Sisterhood books.

Book You Recommended to People Most in 2014
The Magicians Land by Lev Grossman. But only because I'm always after people to read the Magicians Triology. The third one was the best BY FAR in the series.

Best Series You Discovered in 2014
Scott Pilgrim. I've had the whole series sitting on my shelf for a while. WHY did it take me so long to pick them up? I read all six in a few days time. In fact, the last four were all read in a day with my sick and vomiting three-year old sitting on my lap.

Favourite New Authors You Discovered in 2014
Bryan Lee O'Malley. Not only read Scott Pilgrim, but I also read Seconds.

Most Hilarious Read of 2014
Hyperbole and a Half by Aliie Brosh. My dog is dangerously close to SImple Dog.

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2014
AGain, I've got to go with More Than This.

Book You Most Anticipated in 2014
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. I still haven't read it - I only just got it as a Christmas gift.

Favourite Cover of a Book You Read in 2014
Last Call in the City of Bridges by Salvatore Pane. People think I'm crazy, but I love the Pittsburgh skyline.

Most Memorable Character in 2014
I read a large Deadpool collection. Who can ever forget Deadpool?

Beautifully Written Book in 2014
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. His writing is so reminiscent of John Irving.

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2014
Honestly, probably the Lumberjanes comic series. It's hard to find comics that feature girls and are FUN. But my husband and my eight year old son read them and we all loved them. It wa the first time all three of us read something and could talk about it.

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2014 to Finally Read
Scott Pilgrim.

Summer Mini Challenge
So I'm going to try this summer mini-challenge by luxken27. I'm in the middle of writing some original fic, but I'm a little blocked and sometimes short fanficlets are all I need to clear my mind. It's only five prompts, so hopefully I can manage it.

I'm choosing Table 5.

                                                                                            Table 5

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Progress: 0/5

I will probably also post to Ao3.

2013 Book Meme

Stolen from aigooism

See my full list at my blog here.

Best Book of 2013

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time.

Worst Book of 2013
I have a tendency to not finish books that I don't like. So I'll go with The Secrets of Droon, which was a book I read aloud to my seven year old. It wanted very badly to be like Magic Tree House, but failed miserably.

Most Disappointing Book of 2013
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall. It got great reviews, but I really struggled to get through it.

Most Surprising (in a good way) Book of 2013
I have three of these. Everyday is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette. I had no idea the sometimes annoying Jillette was so smart and could make me cry so much! The other is Jedi Academy by Jeff Brown. My seven year old and I read it together, and I was SHOCKED at how funny it was. And finally Everyday by David Levithan. I've read many of his books and always WANTED to like him more than I actually did. This book was finally what I've been looking for from him.

Book You Recommended to People Most in 2013
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Go forth and read it if you haven't!

Best Series You Discovered in 2013
I guess the Superman Earth One series. I love me some angsty Clark Kent :)

Favourite New Authors You Discovered in 2013
Rainbow Rowell and Raina Telgemeier

Most Hilarious Read of 2013
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny "The Bloggess" Lawson. I love her and I love her blog.

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2013
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I was late in discovering it.

Book You Most Anticipated in 2013
Even though I don't love them, I always highly anticipate the Buffy Season Nine graphic novels.

Favourite Cover of a Book You Read in 2013
Eh, I guess the Harry Potter series. Mary Grandpre is an amazing illustrator.

Most Memorable Character in 2013
Sherlock Holmes. I finally read two of the Holmes books!

Most Beautifully Written Book in 2013
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. I liked the book well enough, but I don't think I would have liked it so much if the prose wasn't so lovely.

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2013
Oddly enough - Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. Sometimes I feel guilty about raising kids in a small apartment in a high-rise building when everyone I know has their kids in a house in the 'burbs. But he normalized it for me, and made me feel good about the less-than-nice ways I think about my kids sometimes.

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2013 to Finally Read
Raina Telgemeier's Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. So cute!

I'm an atheist. So when my mom died last December, I didn't have a bible to turn to. I don't believe in heaven, so I couldn't be comforted by the thought of mom sitting on a fluffy cloud watching over me (conversely, I also don't have to worry about her burning in the pits of hell. So.)

But I needed comfort, so I turned to my Harry Potter books (and fandom.) In Prisoner of Azkaban, after Harry tells Dumbledore that he thought it was his dad saving him with the stag patronus, Dumbledore says to Harry "You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us?" I can't even begin to tell you how much I was comforted by that thought. I wrote it down on a piece of paper and carried it in my pocket every day. When I needed to, I'd bring it out and read the quote a million times and think about how, as long as I have my memory, my mom will never leave me. Sometimes I'd lose the paper, or I'd accidentally wash it in my pocket, but I'd always write it out again.

Yesterday, I got this tattoo.
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The four-leaf clover is not a HP symbol. It's sort of the unofficial symbol my siblings and I have adopted for our mom. She was insanely good at finding four-leaf clovers anywhere. 

Adam, Byron and Jordan personified
I was watching the US Olympic Gymnastics Trials the other day. American gymnast Jake Dalton made me do a double-take. Why? Because he is exactly what I always pictured the Pike triplets to grow up looking like. I mean exactly. He's like a doppelganger of three fictional characters whose looks existed solely in my mind.

Except for Jake Dalton is way more muscular (obviously. I mean, he is a gymnast.) I always pictured Adam and Jordan as kind of scrawny throughout their lives. Byron is a little pudgier, because he's a stress eater.

Not that I've spent any time thinking about this or anything. 

For your pleasure, some pictures of Jake Dalton. (And it's not just him. The entire US men's team is sooo not-ugly.)

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Way way TMI

I have a milk blister, also called a bleb, on my nipple. I was starting the slow process of weaning Gus off the boob, and I got this horribly painful bump on my nipple. So I decided to hasten the weaning process. Because nursing hurt so bad with this blister it made me cry.


Then I went on the internet and learned that nursing less is the exact opposite of what to do - the blister won't get better if milk isn't getting expressed.


I just.....I can't begin to describe how painful my nipple is when he's nursing. It really sucks. Tomorrow, I'm going to call La Leche for help. Ouch ouch ouch.


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The Burgh
We went to Pittsburgh the weekend before last. It was our first time there since my husband's grandma passed away, so we didn't have any family obligations this time.  The only obligation we did have?

My husband ran the Pittsburgh Marathon.

Seriously. I can't even get over how fucking proud I am of him.  Last July, he was at his heaviest weight ever (237 - and he's only 5'7") and he was feeling awful. So he went on a juice fast, started running, and within a couple months he'd shed over twenty pounds. And he fell in love with running all over again - not having done much of it since graduating high school, where he ran cross-country. So he signed up for the Pittsburgh Marathon.

It was a pain, him training for it. Running when I needed help with the kids, and me constantly having to think about what he should and should not be eating while making dinners. But it was all worth it in the end. It took him five and a half hours, but he finished every last step of the 26.2 miles. And he finished it 54 pounds lighter than he had been ten months ago. 

I hate to run, but I love my husband.