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Apr. 12th, 2017

gen Cassie by Em

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After much consideration, this is what I've decided concerning the new TOS:

1. I will no longer be posting to this livejournal in any capacity, either fannishly or personally. Any further peronal posts will be made to dreamwidth, most fannish posts will be made to tumblr. I can be found daily hanging out on twitter.

2. I will not be deleting this account. It will still be used to occasionally read and comment on other's personal journals or community journals, but only for that purpose.

I'm gonna miss you, LJ. You were my online home for fifteen years. But it's time to move on.

Mar. 8th, 2017

Chuck Feelings by PresidentTrix

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Title: Turning up the Heat
Words: 1850
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Bucky/Natasha
Other Tags: Minor Clint Barton, Smut, Kitchen Sex, Mild Kink, Mention of M/M, Mention of M/M/F, Sex with Other People

“Now there’s a sight you rarely see,” Bucky teased. Of all the things Natasha was good at, cooking was not one of them. He snagged a carrot from her pile. “Been watching the Food Network again?”

She barely spared him a glance before taking another whack with the knife. “Fuck off.”

Jan. 17th, 2017

gen Cassie by Em

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Would anyone be interested in betaing a aging, retired Clint fic? With guest appearances by Natasha and Kate?

Dec. 11th, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

Cookies always make it feel like Christmas

Unlike my mother, who still tries desperately to "do it all" at Christmastime, I don't. I am not afraid to go lower key. But I still like Christmas cookies. I still make them. I just don't make 8 or more batches. I make four religiously and anything else? Eh. In January or during break if I feel like it. Of the four I make, this is the easiest, the please-iest, and a the prettiest. Need a cookie recipe in a pinch? Here ya go! Feel free to share and pass around to whomever you like! *g*

Chocolate-covered Sugar Cookies
(adapted from a recipe in the Pillsbury Baking Book)

¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup softened butter or shortening
1/3 cup of oil
1 T of milk
1 to 2 tsps of flavoring
1 egg
1 ½ cups of flour
1 ½ tsps baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ to 1 cup chocolate chips
Topping

Beat sugar and butter together until creamy. Add oil, milk, flavoring and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in dry ingredients and blend well. Spread evenly in a jelly roll pan. Bake at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes until light golden brown.

Immediately after removing from oven, sprinkle liberally with chocolate chips. Let the chips melt for a minute or two and then spread evenly over the entire cookie with a spatula. Sprinkle the still-warm chocolate with the appropriate topping. Let cool and cut into bars.

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Flavor combos –
1. vanilla flavoring with crushed butter brickle topping
2. vanilla flavoring with sprinkles/jimmies/crystal sugar
3. almond flavoring with crushed nut topping
4. peppermint flavoring with crushed candycane topping (this is my family's favorite)

PS: Wanna make it even EASIER? Use the premade rolls of sugar cookie dough that are available in the dairy aisle. Unroll, press into jellyroll pan, follow the rest for baking, chocolate, topping. *g*

Nov. 24th, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

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Happy Thursday to all my non-US friends and Happy Turkey Day to the rest of you. I am thankful for each and every one. <3

(I am celebrating at SiL's, watching Cars, drinking wine, avoiding the cat, and writing the most non-sexiest Six Sexy Words ever.)

Nov. 12th, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

happy books, because if escapism is what you need, why not?

Plopping all the happy books here since I am too lazy to properly put them on Good Reads and the to read pile is already HUGE there. A dozen here seems more manageable. I think perhaps I need to make Night Circus a priority, since so many friends have recced this and I have yet to get to it. (Also, didn't copy over ones I've already read.)


Howl's Moving Castle, Chrestomanci series, basically all the books by Diana Wynne Jones

Nimona by Noel Stevenson: "for all the monster girls". Amusing, fun, smart graphic novel about a shapeshifting young woman
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy: family, big sister will do anything to save her brother, witches, empowerment, New Zealand
Alif the Unseen by G W Wilson: non-Western fantasy, religion and technology and magic, kickass girl in hijab

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Cuckoo in the Nest by Michelle Magorian: family, theatre, WW2 recovery, puns, never fails to make me smile

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge: colourful fantasy, creative, playful language, fun, and some revolution
a long way to a small angry planet & a closed and common orbit by Becky Chambers. Hugs in book form.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke: wonder and glory and magic and joy.
smutty het romances, I recommend Anne Calhoun's Alpha SEAL series.
hockey romance series: Portland Storm by Catherine Gayle.
Jo Graham and Melissa Scott's Order Of The Air series, which is about a found family of pilots set in the period between WWI and WWII.

Sep. 1st, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

august fic round-up

Nomenclature
Fandom/Pair: West Wing, Josh/Donna
RatingWarning: PG, none - its a whole lotta post-series fluff
Summary: A series of phone calls between Josh and Donna during President Bartlet's library opening.

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I've also written several ficlets for the 2016 be_compromised promptathon. No particular links, but go check out all the awesome entries so far.

Aug. 21st, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

(no subject)

andibeth82 is an amazing class act. The End.

Aug. 10th, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

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Good god, there is something to be said for being such a little fannish fish. The one I'm finding most relevant right now is that I don't get bad feedback on my fic. Not because all (or even most!) of my fic is good, but because if someone stumbles upon it and doesn't like it, they just delete it or move on. I'm not worth even putting a bad review out there for.

Anyhoo... there's a ton of remix and exchange fic out there lately and I am absolutely AMAZED at some reactions. Recipients who don't even acknowledge that something was written for them, recipients that bitch that what was written wasn't what they wanted. OH. MY. GOD.

I can totally see being disappointed; it happens. But good gravy, be a damned human being! Say a simple thank you. (Yes, LIE. It's called a white lie. People generally use those to maintain good manners. It's like telling your friend whose new haircut you hate that it looks nice, just because SHE'S thrilled with it.) Then move on! There's absolutely no reason to go on about how they didn't fulfil your every wish.

I mean, seriously, that's like telling Aunt Betty you loathe the sweater she made you for Christmas! You don't HAVE to like it. But you DO have say thank you, and you (should) acknowledge that she took the time and effort to make it JUST FOR YOU.

And on top of that, do you even understand how remixs and exchanges work? There's no guarantee that you get what you want. If you're very lucky, you do. If you don't... see above.

(And it's not like these authors need me to defend them, but damn, my knee jerk reaction was to want to stab the people who left bad reviews and shoot back a snarky comment.)
((Which, incidentally, I refrained from doing. Because I am polite like that.))
(((Also? I've been absolutley THRILLED with all past and present exchange fics I've ever gotten. I am, apparently, a very lucky girl.)))

Aug. 7th, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

(no subject)

I am a very lucky woman to not only have made such fabulous fandom friends 16 years ago, but to also have made more recent ones. Thank you all for the birthday wishes.

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