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OMG Amazing! And not finished! I might die. But soooo amazing. Yes, it's Modern Girl in Thedas Mary-Sueish fic, but SOOOO AMAZZZING!

Ad Infinitum (189640 words) by Stormontheocean
Chapters: 68/?
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Female Lavellan/Solas, Cullen Rutherford/OC, Iron Bull/Dorian Pavus
Characters: Iron Bull, Solas, Varric Tethras, Dorian Pavus, Cassandra Pentaghast, Original Female Character(s), Female Lavellan, Cullen Rutherford
Additional Tags: Slow Burn, No really the slowest burn ever, and also Dragons, MGiT, Modern Girl in Thedas, Cullen can sometimes be a dick, But frustratingly not all the time, Ambiguous Bull, Realistic enough to talk about latrines

Summary:After a bus accident, Liz wakes up in Haven, stuck in the fictional world of Dragon Age. How does a modern girl get by when she can't speak the language, and her expansive knowledge of the Blight and Kirkwall, but limited knowledge of Inquisition would only make her look more suspicious? Fake being deaf and mute, and hope not to get caught before she can find proof of her origin. But the best laid plans never work out as expected... -Summary by the magnificent and amazing ElyssaCousland.

Why I love it: So I might have stayed up till 5 am on a work night to keep reading this. I have a soft spot for fish out of water stories, and this one is a Modern Girl in Thedas trope where Liz is not the Inquisitor but ends up joining the Inquisition because she doesn't know what to do. She does have prior knowledge of the first part of the game as a video game in her/our world, but since she never went past Haven, her knowledge is limited. And that's where this fic really takes off. It is not a game rehash. Instead we get Liz adapting to her new world, making friends, losing them, making new ones, working hard, and being sent to the Hinterlands for six months with the Chargers. Brilliant plot twists, excellent writing, and some really layered and well-developed characters from the OC herself, to the Chargers who get fleshed out, to the companions and advisors and even the Inquisitor who is a solid if background character. War and trauma happen and the fallout gets to play out. The functioning of the Inquisition itself is explored, and did I mention that the new plot thing that holds it all together is really fun and amazing? Because it is. This is definitely one to read. Even if it isn't finished yet.

Reading Meme

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:24 pm
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It's gonna be a two-post kind of night.

What I just finished reading: I finished Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and I have many thoughts, detailed under the cut. Spoilers natch.

spoilers for Station Eleven )

Fortunately there is fanfic that is infinitely more satisfying to read. Both of these are Dragon Age (because I, uh, tripped and fell and started a third playthrough of Inquisition).

By The Still Waters (83755 words) by emilyenrose
Chapters: 18/18
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age II
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Fenris/Male Hawke, Female Lavellan/Solas
Summary: Hawke was left in the Fade. Fenris goes looking for him. He doesn't go alone.

Why I loved it: Excellent Fenris, excellent Varric, excellent Merril, excellent Hawke -- all set in a post Inquisitions story which is incredibly well put together. Seriously good plot paired with so much Fenris-pining and emotions, and also Solas and Lavellan in there to mix things up. It was written pre-Trespasser, but I would say don't read unless you want Trespasser spoilers because she did a hell of a job predicting some of the plot twists.

The Soul has Bandaged moments (151124 words) by insideofadog
Chapters: 64/64
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age (Video Games)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Cullen Rutherford/Female Mage Trevelyan,
Summary: A big, sweeping tale of two mature people coming together and trying to make it work, despite their pasts. Told in the Inquisition's own words, through letters, personal journal entries, and reports. Humor, sex, friendship, and most of all, romance. My Inquisitor is a capable and slightly odd mage, who finds herself in a strange dance with a good man, who wants only to atone for his past and build a new life for himself. Can people whose lives were forever altered by the Circles truly find a future together?

Why I loved it: Okay, this was one I'd started and stopped a couple times in the past because it wasn't MY Inquisitor, but once I got past that, it was actually a really good fic. Nice and long, told in letters Cullen and Trevelyan exchange as well as journal entries from the two of them plus Cassandra and occasional others. Focus is on the romance, and the interstitial times, and there is a minimum of game rehash. I just really liked the slow portrayal of these two falling in love and struggling with relationship issues while balancing their duty.

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A fic!

That Mutual Dance of Mighty Heroism (6624 words) by Tassos
Fandom: Angel: the Series
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Faith Lehane/The Groosalugg
Genre: Friends to Lovers
Notes: This fic was inspired by a post Hannah wrote about Faith and The Groosalugg becoming buddies, which I thought was a glorious idea, and then she asked me to write it when I offered fic for a fundraiser. I'm so happy she did.
Beta: Thanks to [personal profile] katewrites  and [personal profile] hannah  for beta reading.

Summary: In a slightly altered canon-world where Cordelia's visions do indeed pass to The Groosalugg, Groo finds himself in need of a warrior companion and he has been reliably informed that recently returned Faith would be most excellent.

Faith's not so sure this is going to work out. But he's pretty to look at.

She wasn't expecting feelings to happen.

a timely bread update

Jun. 18th, 2017 12:20 pm
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This week's bread was Artos: Greek Celebration bread, traditionally made for Christmas or Easter. I made the Easter version, with a few alterations in the additions (I used regular instead of golden raisins), and no sesame seeds sprinkled on top because I couldn't get the new jar open (and neither could husband). It's an enriched dough, which means you add eggs and milk to it, and you do make a starter the day before for it too. It also has fruit in it: toasted almonds, raisins, and dried apricots. The dough also has nutmeg, all spice, and cloves, as well as almond extract and lemon zest (shaved peel) in it, so it's quite flavorful.

It was a new experience adding fruit, or anything chunky to the dough. You do it at the end of the kneading, and the almonds crunched under my hands and it felt like the raisins and apricots were always falling out. I'm not sure how well mixed they are, but I think it turned out pretty okay.

It was also my first time using a kitchen scale for the ingredients. The amount of flour the weight said was right was nearly a full half cup than the listed volume equivalent. I went with the weight, adding more flour during the kneading which probably worked out to about the same by volume to get the dough right. I couldn't use the scale for some of the smaller amounts because it isn't precise enough, but I figured the teaspoon was prbably pretty close and decided not to worry about it.

It was also my first time braiding a loaf which was pretty fun! I did use the scale to make sure the three pieces I divided into after rising were roughly equal, which was good because from cutting a circular dough ball into three, the one piece in the center was twice as much as one of the sides. I was a little worried about having to smish two pieces together, and it was a little hard to roll out evenly, but it didn't hurt the end result.

Greek Celebration bread pre-rise

Another first: a glaze! I'd never made one before. I've used an egg wash when helping my sister bake bread, but this was the first time I put a pot on the stove to boil water and sugar, and then added honey and lemon zest that was really lemon juice because I only had half a lemon and I'd already zested it for the dough.

Adding the glaze makes the bread all shiny and nice looking.

Greek celebration bread done and glazed

Then here's the interior with the raisins and apricots. It baked well all the way through. The top crust is sticky from the sugar and honey glaze and it's pretty good.

Greek celebration bread interior

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Wow - haven't posted these in a while. We are now up through Thanks for Sharing

Episode 46 - Suns and Lovers
A space storm forces the Moya crew into an emergency situation. The triangle between Chiana, Jothee and D'argo comes to an explosive conclusion in the second episode of Farscape season 3. Listen to episode 46 streaming on Simplecast

Episode 47 - Self-Inflicted Wounds: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda
After colliding with another ship, Moya gets stuck in a wormhole. The crew struggles from one emergency to another all with Zhaan's death looming for them. Kay and Taz discuss part one of Farscape's goodbye to one of its most beloved characters.
Listen to episode 47 streaming on Simplecast

Episode 48 - Self-Inflicted Wounds: Wait for the Wheel
In this hard episode, Kay and Taz say goodbye to one of Farscape's favorite characters. They talk about tv deaths and Stark's blatant lying.
Listen to episode 48 streaming on Simplecast

Episode 49 - Different Destinations
Farscape sends its crew back in time. Right on the heels of Zhaan's death, the crew is faced with grandfather paradoxes, hard choices and a constantly changing present. Kay and Taz discuss Farscape's version of kicking you when you're down. Listen to episode 49 streaming on Simplecast

Episode 50 -Eat Me
Farscape does horror. Kay and Taz discuss the episode "Eat Me" and how sturdy an episode it is given that neither host likes horror as a genre.Listen to episode 50 streaming on Simplecast

Episode 51 - Thanks for Sharing
As Crais and Talyn recover from a brutal attack, the crew searches for a substance that will help Talyn heal. Meanwhile, they get involved in local politics and the Johns have to play a twin game. Farscape just can't give John Crichton a good day.
Listen to episode 51 streaming on Simplecast

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So, there's a fair bit of background to explain first, so let's get that done.

...because not everyone cares about the details )

Anyway... that's all been on my mind.

I guess my question to you guys would be: If I did a weekly video and/or podcast - what would you want me to talk about? Or do you think that too many people these days think they're own voices are the best and I should just shut up and continue living my nice private life, to which very few people are invited?

Let me know your thoughts, please.

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