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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

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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

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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

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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.

Jul. 25th, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

June & July fic updates

Because apparently I was full of something in July. And because the next two weeks are gonna be super busy at work, my chromebook is dying a slow death, and I won't remember to put them all here later if I don't do it now.

Fluid Dynamics
Fandom/Pairing: Marvel, Bobbi/Nat/Clint and Steve/Bucky
Rating/Warning: Teen and up, lots of innuendo but that's all
Summary: Now that Tony finally sees that something's going on with the three SHIELD agents, he can't unsee it, and it leads to some interesting revelations and discussions.

4th of July Ficlet
Fandom/Pairing: Marvel, Clint & Nat
Rating/Warning: General, light flirting
Summary: A little bit of silliness to wish a Happy (late) Canada Day to the Canadians, Happy Independence Day to the Americans, and simply a Happy July to everyone else.

a backless dress and some beat up sneaks
Fandom/Pairing: Marvel, Clint/Natasha
Rating/Warning: General, total fluff
Summary: A party, some dancing, some deadly assassins making the daring move to make their relationship public.

Bring me Pain, Give me Pleasure
Fandom/Pairing: Marvel, Clint/Bucky/Natasha
Rating/Warning: Explicit, Smut, minor blood play, rough sex, kinks
Summary: They're wild and beautiful and hers, she thinks possessively as she watches them.

Torn and Tattered
Fandom/Pairing: Marvel, Bucky/Sam
Rating/Warning: Explicit, Smut, Minor discussion of kinks
Summary: Sam is a beautifully built man and Bucky's long lusted after him with his long, lean limbs, easy grin, and biteable ass. He's hard to ignore.

Girls Night In
Fandom/Pairing: Marvel, Natasha Romanov & Melinda May & Bobbi Morse & Jemma Simmons
Rating/Warning: PG
Summary: In which Natasha's got a mysterious injury, Bobbi learns more about a past mission than she wanted to know, Jemma needs to get out of the lab more, and May just wishes they all knew more normal people.

5 Things Maria Wishes She Didn't Notice the Morning After
Fandom/Pairing: Marvel, Maria Hill & Tony Stark
Rating/Warning: Teen, lots of innuendo
Summary: Damn Stark and his thousand dollar whiskey which went down smoother than… well, anything she'd ever had before.

Jul. 7th, 2016

gen Cassie by Em

(no subject)

Title: a backless dress and some beat up sneaks
Fandom/Pairing: Avengers/MCU, Clint/Natasha
Warnings & Rating: None, it’s PG fluffiness

Notes: My child has spent days… weeks… what feels like months… singing Shut Up and Dance With Me. (But last night he was singing Taylor Swift. Go figure.) He’s earwormed me so badly that my brain short circuited and wrote this piece of total fluff.

A party, some dancing, and some deadly assassins making the daring move to make their relationship public.

Read it at Ao3

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