Turkeys!

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:54 pm
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I subscribed to AcornTV a couple of months ago, which is a streaming service like Netflix that carries mainly British drama and mystery shows, with a handful of other content. It's been worth it, there's a lot for great stuff on there, and I've been enjoying wading through it.

They recently added an Italian show called Il Paradiso delle Signore, which is based on the Emile Zola novel, Au Bonheur Des Femmes. Both titles loosely translate as The Ladies Paradise, and follow the plot of a department store for women. The Italian version updates it to the 1950s. It's fabulous! The costumes, the acting, the story, everything is really great. The only problem is the subtitles. I am incredibly disappointed by the subtitles. I don't speak Italian, so it's not that I disagree with how they're translated. I'm talking about clumsy, awkward sentences and phrasing, inconsistent translation, and at times hilarious mistranslations, like someone referring to their daughter as their sister, and someone becoming a Doctor Conti for one episode only, when he is Mister Conti in the rest of the episodes. To be fair, he is addressed as Dottore, and I've looked it up and am a bit confused, but it seems like any person who had a degree in the old Italian university system could call themselves doctor, and it might just be another version of Mister? But decide, translators, and stick to it.

My favourite mistake by far is in the second episode (which is way worse than the others I've seen so far), when, for some reason, a character's name, Galli, is translated consistently as Turkeys throughout the episodes. And because he is often addressed in a 'oh, there you are' fashion, it results in a character repeatedly exclaiming 'Turkeys!' for no apparent reason.

What makes this even funnier is, having looked it up, it appears that Galli isn't even the word for turkey, it's the word for hens.

Anyway, mistakes aside, the plot is easily understandable and I've never been confused as to what's happening, but do wish they'd taken the time to translate properly. It's such a good show.
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We're in the process of doing a big clean up of the house, especially the basement, which has turned into a bit of a hoarding zone due to all of us being varying degrees of ill at varying points over the last few years and unable to do much more than the bare minimum of keeping the house clean.

My dad brought up a box of stuff yesterday for Mom and I to go through, and inside was some stuff we got when my Nana moved into the nursing home. Including a book in which she'd carefully handwritten all her favourite song lyrics.

For about a second, I thought that was weird, until I remembered that there was no internet to just look up the lyrics to that song if you forgot them. Also, her family was extremely musical, including a brother who played piano by ear, so sheet music wasn't necessary if you could hum the tune.

Here are a couple of pages:

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The book was started in 1948, when she was fifteen, and continues until just after my mom was born. Then, at the back, there were three articles that sounded like they were either written for the newspaper or in responses to articles in the newspaper. We have no idea if she ever sent them or what they are exactly, but they are very well-written. A side of her we did not know.

Anyway, last night, Mom and I went through Apple Music and got as many of the songs we could find, totalling a count of 97 altogether, with about five that are lost to history. I put them on a playlist and we're going to listen to them all. Turns out Nana was a huge Nat King Cole fan. We'd also like to see if we can find a way to get the playlist to her, but she's not very tech savvy, and making a mix tape is much harder than it used to be.
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Long time no post. It's been sort of A Series of Unfortunate Events around here for the past little while, thankfully most of which have resolved favourably, or are on their way to being good. I'm not good for much these days, but Mom and I have been making some dietary changes, trying to swap out ingredients for healthier versions and eat a bit less, in aid of both our health woes. It's been really yummy! Dad had been doing most of the cooking for dinner and continually making meals that didn't appeal to Mom, who has very low iron still from the blood loss during her surgery last year. So we decided she and I would make dinner, and if Dad wanted, he could share, or he could make his own dinner, and the meals we've had have been really delicious.

Anyway, in my search for good recipes, I stumbled on pumpkin chili. About four years ago, I started reacting to nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant) and had to cut them out from my diet. It wasn't that big a deal once I got the hang of swapping things, but things like spaghetti with tomato sauce and pizza with tomato sauce and chili was something I really missed. I decided to give the pumpkin chili a try and it was amazing! Not quite like real tomatoes, but a similar flavour, and very satisfying. After fiddling around, I was able to make spaghetti and pizza sauce from it, too, both of which were also excellent. I thought I'd post my method here, for those who also have allergies, or are avoiding nightshades due to arthritis or dietary concerns, or just wanted to try it. It still tastes of pumpkin, so if you don't like pumpkin, this won't make it taste any less pumpkiny. Just more tomato-y.

Tomatoish Sauce Base
1 15 oz/398ml can of pumpkin puree (or pumpkin/squash mix)
1 cup of broth of your choice
Seasoning of your choice (I use garlic powder, black pepper, and salt)
1 tbs white vinegar (optional, but gives it a more 'tomato-y' tang)

Combine all ingredients together, seasoning to your liking. Pumpkin is bland, so prepare to season a lot.

To make chili: throw the base into a slow cooker with some beans, ground meat of your choice (brown it first!), and whatever else you want. Cook on low for eight hours or high for four. I'm no good at serving sizes, but I got three large bowls of chili from it, so it will serve at least three if not more.

To make spaghetti sauce: add a little bit of sugar or sweetener to the base (I put in two tsps), and whatever else you'd like. We use ground beef, mushrooms, and onions, browned together. Add that to the base, and warm over low in a sauce pot until heated to your liking. I got two servings of sauce out of it. We take spaghetti seriously here, you might get more if you don't like as much sauce.

To make pizza sauce: add a little bit of sugar or sweetener. Stick on a pizza crust, add toppings, and follow crust directions to bake. I halved the recipe and got one pizza out of it, so the full recipe should be enough for two pizzas.
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It's Mum's birthday, almost, and we're celebrating tonight, and that means it's time for Rhubarb Coffee Cake, which is a standard Bard Family Birthday recipe. Since we've had a rash of losing recipes of late (where are you, pumpkin muffins?) I'm posting this here both to share and as a back-up if we lose the card.

"Rhubarb Coffee Cake" (from, my mum thinks, the local newspaper)
Things you will need:
1/2 C sugar
1 egg
1/2 C butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda IN
1 C milk
2 C rhubarb, cut in pieces
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC.

Cream together first four ingredients.
Add flour, mix.
Put baking soda into milk and let dissolve, then add milk to batter. Mix.
Fold in rhubarb.
Spread batter in 8x8 pan or other appropriate receptacle.
Mix brown/coconut sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the top.
Bake for 40-45 mins, or until the cake is cooked through and the top is bubbly.


NOTES: We substitute Splenda for the white sugar and coconut sugar for brown sugar, which works fine, but may affect baking times, so monitor your creations. You will need something that caramelises for the topping, whatever you may substitute. Frozen rhubarb works great if you don't have fresh. Let it semi-thaw before tossing it in, and the extra liquid while it's baking adds moisture.

We usually have it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, but it's also really nice cold for breakfast. It's not a very sweet recipe; the rhubarb gives it a nice tang.

Jiggety Jig

Jul. 8th, 2017 11:55 am
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Back home from cottaging now! We had a super week. Ascii is getting old and I think she was a little confused while we were there, but the three walks a day and the screened in porch helped ease things for her. She came home and went to bed. :-D

I intended to do some writing while I was there, but I mostly just rested and recovered, which is fine, because that's what I was there to do. I had to come in to town one day for a doctor's appointment (they were squeezing me in, so it felt rude to say 'hey we're away, can we do this another time'). It was a specialist, and he's given me a new treatment plan which hopefully will help with my recent health issues. Basically, my menstrual cycles have gone completely out of whack and I've been pretty sick with it, but this should help me get back on track again. PCOS for the suck.

Anyway, it was great to get away and also nice to be back again. Hope everyone had a nice week and the Yanks had a good Independence Day!
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We've safely arrived at the cottage, and there is excellent Wi-Fi, which we've been told is unlimited, so we can stream and everything, which is nice. It's pouring rain just at the moment, sort of a Canada Day tradition. I remember every year when I was little, we'd settle in for the big concert on Parliament Hill at night and every year it would start, then get get rained out, until they moved it to midday instead. We didn't attend any celebrations, so it doesn't matter much, and the weather up to now has been middling to fair, and travel days are wasted ones anyway, so it's not a big deal.

The new cottage is amazing, even better than the old one. The only downside is lack of dishwasher, which is countered by the inclusion of a bathtub, so swings and roundabouts, really. And as a super bonus, I don't have to sleep on the couch, which I did at the old cottage after the year it tried to kill me. I have a bedroom and a bed!

Anyway, all is well, and we're settled in nicely and should have a good week.
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Tomorrow is Canada's 150th Birthday! Yay Canada! I'm going to be heading up to the cottage tomorrow, so I'm posting tonight in case I don't get a chance tomorrow morning. I'll be gone until the following Saturday. It's a new cottage this year since our old one decided not to allow dogs anymore and we couldn't leave poor Ascii girl at home. She's eleven years old and never been boarded, and it's not the time to start that.

So, the new cottage looks very pleasant, and it has Wi-Fi, but it's hard to know how good it will be, therefore I may be radio silent until I come back.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a happy and safe Canada Day and July 4th and week ahead, and I'll see you soon!
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Mom and I watch When Calls the Heart on CBC, which is a super cheesy, but cute show (hot frontier mounties!) that we enjoy because this trend toward gritty/violent/dark television really isn't our jam. Despite it being a joint American/Canadian production, they've shown, I think five seasons in the States, but only two here. Season 3 started here last night.

Except, oh, by the way, there was a two-hour special that aired at Christmas of 2015 in the States and CBC either couldn't it show here or decided not to, for some reason. So that cliffhanger at the end of Season 2? Resolved in the special. New backstory for existing characters? Brought in during the special. New characters extremely relevant to the current season? Brought in during the special. This was covered in a brief 'previously on' at the start of the episode where Mom and I looked at each other and went 'I don't remember that'.

At first, we thought maybe we'd missed an episode, but I looked on the CBC website and they have everything up to stream, but nothing we hadn't seen. So I checked Wiki and discovered there'd been a special. Then I looked on Netflix, because it's up there, but they didn't have it either. Nor does iTunes. We managed to hunt down a very detailed recap from a fansite to fill in our missing knowledge and there were clips available elsewhere, so we got through well enough, but geez, CBC.

It's possible they aired it as a special at some point and we missed it, but the fact that the three legal resources I looked at didn't have it suggests that they didn't.

Of course, in the grand scheme of the world, this isn't important, but it is annoying, especially for a girl who just wants happy television as she recovers from six months of feeling like total crap and a previous year of feeling like semi-crap.

Thankfully MST3K on Netflix has been proving to be extremely enjoyable for a frazzled brain. :-D
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I wasn't able to see the new 'Beauty and the Beast' film in theatres, so I'm waiting for it to come to PPV, but I've listened to the soundtrack a little and the new song the Beast sings is absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. And today I randomly stumbled on the French translation and it's honestly one of the most beautiful translations I've heard of any song ever:



Lyrics + Translation )
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I just finished the first season of Supergirl on Netflix yesterday, only to find that they don't have season two up yet. I'm aware it's a corny, iffy show, but I just am in the frame of mind for lighthearted, corny shows at the moment. So, I thought I'd Google to see when Netflix might be getting season two.

Well, it turns out that season two aired on The CW in America, rather than CBS, which is what season one aired on. Which explains why when I went to Global, which showed season one here in Canada, they sent me to Showcase, whom, I assumed picked it up after CBS/Global dropped it? I don't know. Anyway, they have the last three episodes of the season to stream, which doesn't help me. And apparently CW has a deal with Netflix to get their shows up eight days after airing, but in Canada, the other DC CW shows (Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, etc) are on CraveTV, a different streaming app to which I am not subscribed because they don't have enough content I want to watch to make it worth my while and also I can't get it on my TV without a third party device that would cost me about $200, and, since Mom and I watch a lot of stuff together and you can't sync an iPad to another automatically, it's hard to find a way for us both to watch something if we can't get it up on the TV. But a quick browse suggests that they don't have Supergirl on there either, anyway.

So the question remains, will Canadian Netflix get season two? And when? Murdoch Mysteries switched channels halfway through its run and the first several seasons have disappeared from existence because no one seems to have the rights to them anymore, is this going to be another sort of limbo thing?

I can't find out about Supergirl because when I Google, all the results tell me it's up on the American Netflix. And I can't get American Netflix because licensing is stupid.

This could, of course, probably be solved in a dodgy manner, but I do my best to get content as legally as possible. I suppose there's always iTunes.
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I'm doing another run on my family tree and spent yesterday trying to track down the husband of one of my dad's great-aunt's. My dad's side of the family is really hard to track because A) he knows nothing about family history, B) we have no one to ask on that side that might know, and C) they all had, like, five names and all of them chose to go by a random one that wasn't their first and D) no one before about 1930 knows when they were fucking born and decided it arbitrarily on each official document. Luckily, at least one branch lived in Quebec, where the records are awesome, provided you got married in the church and were baptized.

Anyway, all we knew about Great-Aunt's husband was his last name, via knowing one of their sons. So, I'm searching through all the censuses, trying to find where Gwen is living with him, variations on her name, etc., and getting nowhere. Out of curiosity, I switch to searching by the husband. As in, literally, all I have to search by is "Last Name, married This Last Name at some point". No birthdate, marriage date, location of birth, profession, nothing.

Their marriage record came up as the first listing.

So, Ancestry decided that Her Last Name married to His Last Name didn't match, but His Last Name Married to Her Last Name did. Now knowing his first name, I have discovered: the names of the other two sons, his parents' names, where he was born, what he did for a living, when he died, and found a random picture of my great-aunt posing with her future sister-in-law.

Mom and I watch Finding Your Roots on PBS, and she always complains about how the host goes on about what he did to finding the information, in what she feels to be an obnoxious fashion, but let me tell you, with how much work it sometimes is, I would be going 'guess what I freakin' did to find this!', too.

History!

May. 27th, 2017 01:11 pm
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It's Canada's 150's birthday this year and CBC has been airing a series called "The Story of Us" on Sunday nights, which recounts the history of Canada from when the first settlers arrived up until modern times, taking interesting stories from various eras of history. Obviously, there's a lot left out, but it includes an incredible amount of stuff I had no idea about. It's done through reenacting scenes narrated over by various Canadian celebs, professors, writers, soldiers, and other people of note. Including a very silver-haired Paul Gross, who has aged very well.

I doubt it's available outside of Canada, but the on the off-chance you can watch it or live in Canada haven't seen it, the website is here. It finished a couple of weeks ago but Mum and I just finished last night due to practically all the television we watch in a week airing on Sunday night at the same time. We have DVR full of stuff to catch up on.

Some stuff I learned that I didn't know:
-- on at least three occasions, Canadians have won important battles by pretending there were more soldiers there than there were. These incidents are unrelated and spread out over hundreds of years; it's like it's just built into our DNA to go 'well, there's only three of us, but if we run around and make a lot of noise, we might be able to make them think there's more of us and they might surrender and we won't have to fight them'. And it worked on all three occasions. Including Vimy Ridge in WWI, where one soldier captured 96 Germans in a bunker by calling up to his few men above as though there were a platoon of them and ferrying them out in small, manageable groups once they'd been disarmed, so the few above weren't overwhelmed.
-- the most decorated sniper of WWI from Canada was a First Nations man named, Francis Pegahmagabow who was a total badass.
-- There was a black woman in 1940's Nova Scotia named Viola Desmond, who went to the cinema in different town and didn't know it was segregated there. She intended to buy a main floor ticket, but was given a mezzanine ticket since that was where you had to sit if you were black. She didn't know she had been given the different ticket and went to sit on the main floor, only to be euphemistically told she had the wrong ticket and to go upstairs, so she went back to correct the 'mistake' and exchange her ticket, only to be told she couldn't. She decided to sit on the main floor anyway and was arrested, put in jail overnight and charged a $26 fine for 'tax evasion' because the main floor ticket cost one cent more than the mezzanine ticket and she hadn't bought a main floor ticket. That's almost a $370 fine in today's money. Despite her challenging it, it was thrown out on a technically of the claim being filed after the 10 days time limit. She was officially pardoned in 2010, and is going to be the first Canadian woman to appear on a bank note in 2018.

Anyway, if you can find a way to watch the series, I highly recommend it. It's really fascinating and well done.

All the way through it I kept going "I bet my vampire lived through that".
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A few months ago my mom was browsing a magazine at the physiotherapist when she found a recipe for really easy scones. My family has to deal with both my parents being diabetic and me having all the sensitivities ever (soy! tomatoes! potatoes! food colouring!), so we do a lot of baking and creative substitutions and I always get excited to have something new to eat that's easy to do, since my menu is so limited. We gave these a whirl and they're so, so good. Really light and fluffy, a little like a sweet soda bread with a less coarse crumb. The remind me of the baking powder biscuits you get at American KFCs. Or used to, I haven't eaten American KFC in about twenty years.

I'm not sure the original creator of the recipe, but it looks like a variation of a cream scone. It's very yummy.

Easy Scone Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whipping cream

Directions

Mix your dry ingredients together. Add whipping cream. Mix with fork until combined. Throw out on floured surface and roll dough out to 3/4" thickness. Cut with cutter of your choice. Bake at 400ºF/200C for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown. Enjoy!

Variations
We usually do a double batch, since one dose makes enough for, say, having with stew, but we like to have extras for snack or breakfast. We've used table cream which has less fat and is cheaper without any noticeable difference in the taste or texture. Our family never puts salt in when we're baking, or only a few shakes, so you can leave that out if you want. I've also used half and half all-purpose and whole wheat flour in a pinch and it was still very yummy. The original recipe states you can toss dried fruit, cheese, chocolate chips, etc. in there to spice things up, but they are quite good on their own with just butter and/or jam. The other thing you can do if you don't have time to roll and cut is toss the dough in an 8x8 pan and cook for about 25-30 minutes to make a cake. The dough does rise a lot, so make sure your pan has room for growth.
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We have a robin who makes her nest over our backyard porchlight every year. She's done the same this year, and she's been there for several weeks now, yelling at us each time we open the door to let Ascii in or out. It's funny, because you'll be somewhere in the house and hear the backdoor open followed by someone saying 'sorry Mrs Robin!'. The little robins have hatched now and Mrs Robin must have decided we're okay, because she's been feeding them right while we sit on the porch and watch. It's so cool to watch! I have a few pictures, but I can't get too close, so they aren't the best.

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The first one is her feeding the birds, the second is her sitting on the roof with a worm in her mouth, and the third is the nest with a little bird peeking out. There are four in there. When she comes to feed them, they all raise themselves up and tweedle at her and she drops the food in one of their mouths, then waits a second and one of them will stick it's butt in the air and poop and she takes it and flies over to the fence and drops it on the ground to keep the nest tidy. It's really interesting to watch.

In other news, I've been feeling pretty crap lately, healthwise, and when that happens, I like to learn new things to distract myself, so I've been learning how to colour in lineart. I still can't draw to save my life, but I do quite like colouring. Here's my first attempt, done with Photoshop Elements and my tablet:

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The lineart is by Hashm0sa here, and featured in a gallery on DA with free lineart to colour in. It's not perfect (my colouring) and I'm still working on how light works, but I'm happy with my progress. The sketch reminded me of Phryne Fisher of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries's fame (Mum and I have been watching it on Netflix), so I coloured her to look like that.

In a very 1920's fashion, Mum has ordered me to 'convalesce' from my health woes for the past two years, which have been varied and yucky. And it's very hard to just sort of look after yourself and sleep if you're tired and go and sit on the porch and read your book and pretend like you're on holiday when there's stuff that you could be doing that would be helpful to other people, but you can't really do because you're so rundown. But I'm working on it. By watching robins and colouring in pictures.
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When I was about fourteen or so, The Scarlet Pimpernel was totes my favourite musical. It has a long and storied history of being a show that opened, ran for quite awhile to not good reviews, closed, entirely revamped and rewrote itself, opened again to mildly better reviews, moved to a smaller theatre, continued to run with mild changes, then went on a tour with more mild changes to continually mediocre reviews. Which I never understood, because the music is fabulous and the story is great and it’s very funny and awesome. But, whatever.

I recently stumbled on a video of the German production on youtube, and since I am currently trying to learn German, I gave it a peak for interest sake and then sat there and watched all of the first act, even though I didn’t understand much of what was being said or sung, only vaguely following because I knew the English version so well. But it is highly awesome, still, even under those circumstances. Oh, and, from what I can tell, they’ve rewritten it again.

Anyway, when I was starting to learn French, I used to translate songs into English, so I thought I might give it a go with my pathetic Duolingo German. And because the German version of Chauvelin is such a badass, I’m going to do one of his songs.


Here’s Chris Murray as Chauvelin:



And here’s my attempt at a translation below the cut, with generous help from Google. Corrections are welcome!

lyrics+translation )
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Title: The Importance of Names
Characters: Finn, Rey, Poe, daemons
Pairing: none
Rating: PG
Warnings/Triggers: hints of war and death
Spoilers: Most of The Force Awakens
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters, I just like to take them out to play.
Word Count: 1,325
Summary: Neither FN-2187 or his daemon have had a name before. But then everything changed.
Author's notes: Just a quick story that popped into my brain awhile ago. Daemon fic.

For reference: Dell (a canaan dog), Liddy (a common swift, and Iskati (a kangaroo rat)

It wasn't until Jakku that everything changed. )
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Title: Good Old Boys
Characters: Mathurin LeBlanc, Moïse Charvet
Rating: PG
Warnings: swearing, brief references to war
Word Count: 4, 274
Summary: Mat stops in to visit a very old friend during a medical conference in Montreal.
Disclaimer: Work is all from my own imagination. Any resemblance to other characters or situations is coincidental.
Notes: Original work, set in the Modern Day Vampire universe. I’ll get a tag or something soon for these, if I keep writing them. And I might, because it’s about what my brain can handle at the moment. If you’ve read “The Best Parts of Existing”, you should be able to follow this one.

I’ve used the conceit that Mat and Mo are speaking French and Mat is kindly relaying the conversation in English, aside from a few words for colour or which are hard to translate. The French words should hopefully be understood from context.

Joual is a dialect of French characteristic of Montreal. You can learn more here, if you’d like.

If I wasn’t so fond of Mo, I’d be very grumpy by now. )
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Title: Cut off at the Knees
Characters: Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin, Saul Panzer, Fritz Brenner, Orrie Cather, Fred Durkin, Inspector Kramer
Pairings: none, passing reference to Archie/Lily Rowan
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: assault and injuries inccured
Word count: 4,105
Summary: Archie takes a beating, requiring Wolfe to adapt to temporary life without his legs.
Author's notes: This was inspired by a prompt [personal profile] donutsweeper had in her Yuletide letter, which I saw and have pondered on and off since then until I decided to write it. My Nero Wolfe is a bit rusty, so I hope everyone sounds like themselves. I've especially never tried to write from Wolfe's point of view before. My thesaurus got a good work out. :-D

”Today )
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I haven't done one of these in a very long time, due to the Great Flash Drive Crash of '15 taking all my furniture and textures with it and also having to learn how to use the programme again on a Mac. Which is honestly the same as using it on a PC, except for that fact that, while Macs are very easy to use and much more stable than my laptop was, I find it very difficult to locate things on it or find where I've saved things. Basically the folders of my Mac are a mystery to me.

Anyway, I did manage to work out how to build again, so I gave Mat a flat. When I write places I like to be able to picture them in my mind and I find decorating a living space for a character tells me a lot about them, like their tastes, styles, and colour schemes.

I had a bit of trouble rendering, but hopefully the photos are good enough quality to see what's going on.

House Tour )
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Title: The Vampire Outreach Service
Characters: Mathurin LeBlanc, Margot Belleview, Ru Fenmore, Austin Leroy, Louis the Chow Chow
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Word Count: 8,333
Summary: The Sterling branch of the Vampire Outreach Service attempts to spread good mental health and friendship to a skittish new member, with a little help from a fluffy lion dog and a friendly ASL interpreter.
Disclaimer: Work is all from my own imagination. Any resemblance to other characters or situations is coincidental.
Notes: Original work, a follow-up to The Best Parts of Existing". I wanted to play around with my characters some more, and work on world-building and creating a cast of OCs, and all that jazz. As a result, this is sort of a simple story, lengthy due to having to explain more than I would if it were an established verse people were familiar with already. I think my basic MO in all the things I write is, instead of Ordinary People Having Extraordinary Adventures, I write Extraordinary People having Ordinary Adventures. I'm still working out all my Rules for this universe, but I'm having fun with it.

Sterling, Ontario does not exist (though Stirling, Ontario does). I created it based on what I needed for the setting, but I imagine it being up in the Sudbury area of the province, but a little closer to the Québec border.

Also, my mom was very concerned about Mat's fictional dog's welfare, so, for the record, when Mat works nights, his tenants come to make sure Louis has everything he needs before bed. The fictional dog is fine, Mom!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the first story and showed interest in it. It made me very chuffed.

Having contacts is good for one’s mental health. )

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