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23 June 2015 @ 07:57 pm
I want to write about something fannish but between a coworker being a work-enthusiasm-sapping cow, gleeful joy for my Matildas (*dolphin noises*) and the imminent visit of a guest for three straight weekends, I am a bit wrung out.

So, how about that Orphan Black? No, really, how about it? There is so much to be thoughtful about particularly the complexities between Mrs S and her mother, which send an interrogatory light back along the story as we know it for Kira, Sarah, Felix and Mrs S.

I'm not sure how I feel about the iZombie season ender. But I am enjoying this funny, leisurely Liv/Ravi woke up married series .

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Vera
19 June 2015 @ 08:30 pm
So, it turns out that even though everything but one story I've written in the past six years has been f/f, m/f, m/m/f or gen with lady lead, I do not qualify for femmeremix2k15! They are all in different fandoms!

New goal: qualify for femmeremix2k16 omg.

But you could still sign up, my friends, they are open until Friday night US time.

FemmeRemix: A female-friendly remix challenge

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Vera
17 May 2015 @ 02:57 pm
What the hell is happening with TV? Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is not improved with Jack's ridiculous sudden 3rd season jealousy and Phryne's completely out of character tolerance of it. spoilersCollapse )

This is tiresome. It is trite. It is clichéd. It is disgusting.

I'm catching up on Once Upon A Time and though I'm full of trepidation, this season's delightful "big gay Moms" theme is still going strong in 4x20 where Regina proposes a road trip, "How about it, Swan, how about we make today the day we both beat Fate?"

What a payoff, SwanQueen fans. This is Vera-nip of the most delicious kind. Lana Parrilla is the best, just the best.

It's a bit odd, though, that OUAT writers have presented a masterclass in villain redemption in Regina while at the same time succumbing to Biggus Hammus when it comes to Gold, prioritising Robert Carlyle's splendid old lovie scenery inhaling capacity over story, character and sense.

Emma crossly talking 'evil shit you have done for which I have forgiven you' with Regina and Hook was pretty hilarious.

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Vera
13 May 2015 @ 11:30 pm
Agents of SHIELD S2 finale spoilersCollapse )

So, in summary, not my favourite end of season show. Thank goodness for Revenge's ridiculous, trite, by the numbers and yet still adorable finale with its perfect revenge twins moments, and those three magnificent women, Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navarro and Ivonne Coll bringing it in the Jane the Virgin season ender.

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Vera
19 April 2015 @ 06:47 pm
The world is very much better now there is Tatiana Maslany on a screen in front of me x 1000. Great start to the season, show. No spoilers, but I felt they covered all the current issues and stayed focused on what is important to me about the show (Tatiana Maslany). The Castor clones are very much soldiers, walking in lock step, so far. There's very little difference between them, not cosmetically or even how they move their bodies. But Maslany, the way she plays one clone trying to act like another is just splendid. I know it's just acting - that's their job, they're supposed to be able to do that. I get so annoyed when actors acting in accents not the one they usually us is treated as something amazeballs and award worthy (their job). But Tatiana Maslany is super, right? Extra super.

Mrs S' badassery always makes my heart go faster.

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Vera
16 April 2015 @ 11:21 pm
So, the state of Vera: living situation trepid but I've been thinking of changing it, additional bills but additional funds available, household equipment breakdowns (no positive balance for this one), I made a fuck up at work which has now been exacerbated by an additional fuck up by someone else which has made things shit for a colleague I like very much. Mind you, my fuck up would have been dealt with quietly by me had additional fuck up not blown it up. Urgh, fuck ups that amplify each other.

I've been organising my yarn projects and been cheered that I am tackling bigger projects than a few years ago. I'm finishing up two small blankies right now. One a baby blanket and the other a rug/wrap kind of thing, a simple garter/crochet pattern of my own devising for maximum winter snuggles.

In other news iZombie casting spoilersCollapse )

TV has also upped the ratio of Dichen Lachman to everyone else which is most happy making. I've enjoyed how her character has been revealed on Agents of SHIELD, bit by bit finding out how important she is. I was so disappointed the first time she appeared, thinking that was all we'd get. This most recent episode was most satisfying. More please. I'm being deliberately un-analytical, I want to imagine that nothing bad will come from this, at least for a while. The tie in with May/Cavalry seems a bit convenient but is narratively satisfying.

I wonder what Jiaying's self-healing does for her brain? Is that why she did not become like Cal during their long, fruitless search for Skye? Does self-healing keep your brain chemicals sorted?

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03 April 2015 @ 06:30 pm
Anyone watching Fortitude? Speculative spoilersCollapse ) I don't usually watch this kind of show. They're so dour and all the characters are hateful, there's often nothing to hook me in. But the landscape, I love the snow and ice. To look at not necessarily to experience.

But I guess I'm in it now. I need to know the answer to all the mysteries.

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29 March 2015 @ 08:21 pm
Put lemon myrtle salt and preserved lemon in my carrot soup today. What a leap in deliciousness and let me tell you, my carrot soup is plenty delicious already. This is carrot soup: one diced brown or white onion, two- three large carrots worth of diced carrot (good sweet carrot is important here), a couple of handfuls of small pasta (fusilli, shells, macaroni) or one handful of soup pasta (orzo, tiny baby stars) or a handful of rice, a tablespoon or more of butter (can replace with olive oil or sauté in stock if you are very thing about butter or oil), some chicken or vegetable stock - 2 - 3 cups, depends on whether you want more soup or more veggie pasta stew effect.

Sauté the onion and carrot in the butter slowly. Do not brown, soften. A pinch of salt now helps this process. The idea is to enhance the sweetness of the onion and carrot. When this is done, add the stock and bring to the boil. Add the pasta or the rice. Cook until the pasta or rice is done.

Anyway, this time I did less stock, added a bit of water and lemon myrtle salt. Then I served it with finely diced preserved lemon stirred through. So yummy.

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21 March 2015 @ 08:53 pm
From [personal profile] littlerhymes, an F

Something I hate: Fighting. Boxing, I mean. A brain-damaging, life-destroying 'sport'.

Something I love: Fennel. What a delicious, delicious vegetable. Here's a lovely simple recipe for fennel, orange and olive salad. The first time I had this salad was one of those "who knew? these flavours!! why has this been kept from me?!" moments. It is a most wonderful summer salad, crispy, fresh, sweet and salty, the fennel so subtle and yet entirely necessary to marry the strong, slick olive, the sweet, bright orange. (Threesomes: even in food.)

There is a lovely sounding recipe* in Elizabeth David's Summer Cooking called Bar a la Marseillaise. (Imagine I've remembered how to get the accent on the 'a'.) You bake a whole fish covered in olive oil, white wine, fennel, garlic, mushrooms, onions and potatoes. How good does that sound? I imagine you could make a splendid veggie potato dish just by leaving out the fish. If you are going with fish the original is a loup de mer, Elizabeth David recommends a bass if you aren't in France. Bass covers so many kinds of fish that it pretty much just means fish. I suppose we would say today 'a firm-fleshed white fish'.

Somewhere I've been: France, clearly on mind mind because see above, but I've only been to Paris and Versailles. Only! What a pretty, pretty city.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Florence, Firenze. It looks very pretty, too, and full of things I'd like such as coffee, limoncello, Italian food in general and opulent churches.

Someone I know: My F is a colleague, a quiet, funny, kind person I rely on a lot to get our work done.

A film I like: There are so many choices but, [personal profile] littlerhymes, I really had to go with Foxy Brown. I believe my love for stylish and turned up to 11 started young.

A book I like: Fire on the Snow, by Douglas Stewart, about the Scott South Pole expedition. I love this verse play. I first heard it on the radio, unprepared, unready for the Announcer's stark voice, his horror and reluctance, his rejection of the story he is required to tell as he spends three stanzas avoiding the word 'that tastes like snow', that makes 'live coals gasp for breath'. 'A free man should have his choice', he begs. How can I begin to tell you how this opening stuck me where I stood and stole away with my imagination? The memory, the juxtaposition of a warm evening at home, reading the paper, eating supper, and the stark, beautiful, deadly Antarctic has never left me. Stewart's imagery is fantastical and magical: 'Flesh that is snow; ice that was bone' and 'Like their own memorial marbles, like/Their own reflections trapped in a mirror.' It's possible this leapt to mind because I'm watching Fortitude.

*Well, everything in Elizabeth David books is lovely sounding and everything I've tried has been lovely tasting.

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