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I got home from Nashville about midday on Saturday, ended up getting a call from a woman I know through church about a locally owned bakery/deli that was looking for help, spoke with the owner and put in an application that afternoon, got a call back earlier today, and I start at 9am tomorrow! :D

I've spent the last couple days catching up on sleep from my trip to Nashville--LOVED it, especially when we stumbled into the east side, found a great little pub that gave us tips on where to go, and got to take a tour of a local artisan chocolateer place that said they'd sell me cocoa beans and cocoa butter at cost if I ever decide to try making my own chocolate so that I wouldn't have to spend the money to buy in bulk--and falling in love with the show Teen Wolf, but regular LJing, including answering all those comments I'm backlogged on and Daily Drabbles, will resume tomorrow afternoon after I get home from my first day of training at MY NEW JOB!

I'M SO EXCITED!!! :D
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So, as a couple of you already know, tomorrow I get to perform in the US premiere of one of Tarik O'Regan's choral works, which is made doubly awesome by the fact that O'Regan flew in to work with us and is going to be here for the concert. This is a really big deal, y'all. This guy is like a rising rock star in the choral world right now.

Also, he's totally my future husband. Or, well, he will be just as soon as he clues into that fact. Several of us had dinner with him on Friday night and I got to sit right across from him. He's charming, sweet, surprisingly down to earth for a composer, and absolutely hilarious. The parts of me that weren't already head over heels for him because of his music instantly fell. I was literally chinhanding at him in rehearsal today. I would be embarrassed if I had any shame left. As it is, I'm considering downing some alcohol at the reception we're having after the concert and asking him if he'd like to help me test my hypothesis that I don't have a gag reflex.

I wonder how badly my director would kill me if I did...

ANYWAY, this is all to say that I've been bogged down as hell the last couple of days with rehearsals and pining, and it's not going to get any better until probably Monday. I could probably respond to comments, but I'd kind of rather sleep. I still love you all so very much! But don't expect to hear from me at all again until Sunday night or Monday. :D
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1. I want to make chocolate bacon truffles and/or bacon chocolate chip cookies.

2. Watched Green Lantern and Water for Elephants last night. Ryan Reynalds is lucky he's so pretty, because the only redeeming thing about that movie was his abs. Water for Elephants, otoh, was kind of AMAZING, even though I spent more time than I should have waiting for Robert Pattinson to start sparkling or brooding. He really is a rather talented actor when he's not cast in crap.

3. Clueless is on! Strike a pose and be fabulous, ladies!

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I feel like I've been neglecting you guys, so I come bearing things to hopefully put smiles on your faces. First, there are a couple tiny fics I wrote on twitter last night, one Supernatual and one Inception.

Magic Fingers, Dean/Cas, Supernatural )

The Cupcake Wars AU, Arthur/Eames, Inception )

I was kind of drunk last night, okay guys? Does that not do it for you? How about some pics? Here's a lovely one of THardy.


Every time I look at this pic, all I can think is 'cock goes where?' in THardy's voice.

Is that still not enough? Really? Okay, if you're going to twist my arm.

In conclusion, you guys are Beaches and I love you all! :D
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I feel like I've been neglecting you guys, so I come bearing things to hopefully put smiles on your faces. First, there are a couple tiny fics I wrote on twitter last night, one Supernatual and one Inception.

Magic Fingers, Dean/Cas, Supernatural )

The Cupcake Wars AU, Arthur/Eames, Inception )

I was kind of drunk last night, okay guys? Does that not do it for you? How about some pics? Here's a lovely one of THardy.


Every time I look at this pic, all I can think is 'cock goes where?' in THardy's voice.

Is that still not enough? Really? Okay, if you're going to twist my arm.

In conclusion, you guys are Beaches and I love you all! :D
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Can we all just take a moment out of our busy schedules to appreciate the fact that this man somehow exists?




Spamming this post with pics and gifs of Tom Hardy--or any melt worthy guy, really--is more than okay. I needs me some pretty while I try to work through the backlog of comments I've let pile up.

 
GUH.

Seriously, how is he even REAL?
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Can we all just take a moment out of our busy schedules to appreciate the fact that this man somehow exists?




Spamming this post with pics and gifs of Tom Hardy--or any melt worthy guy, really--is more than okay. I needs me some pretty while I try to work through the backlog of comments I've let pile up.

 
GUH.

Seriously, how is he even REAL?
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Since I'm officially down 30lbs since February and because it's freaking summer in Alabama, I decided to get a haircut to celebrate/not get sunstroke. Also, this is probably the closest I've been to my natural hair color in about four years. Oooooh yeeeeah.

Isn't it cute and kicky? I have no idea what it's going to look like once I've showered and my borderline incompetent hands have had a go at styling it, but for now it's all sorts of awesome. :D

More pics under the cut. )
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Since I'm officially down 30lbs since February and because it's freaking summer in Alabama, I decided to get a haircut to celebrate/not get sunstroke. Also, this is probably the closest I've been to my natural hair color in about four years. Oooooh yeeeeah.

Isn't it cute and kicky? I have no idea what it's going to look like once I've showered and my borderline incompetent hands have had a go at styling it, but for now it's all sorts of awesome. :D

More pics under the cut. )
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So, I don't know who did it since neither of my usual suspects-[livejournal.com profile] topetine and [livejournal.com profile] luredin-submitted nominations, but somebody nominated Serious and Inconsequential as Best Oneshot for this year's [livejournal.com profile] cmfanficawards. I've never had my writing nominated for anything before and I'm about ten different kinds of tickled and flattered right now, so a huge thank you to whoever did this! :D

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So, I don't know who did it since neither of my usual suspects-[livejournal.com profile] topetine and [livejournal.com profile] luredin-submitted nominations, but somebody nominated Serious and Inconsequential as Best Oneshot for this year's [livejournal.com profile] cmfanficawards. I've never had my writing nominated for anything before and I'm about ten different kinds of tickled and flattered right now, so a huge thank you to whoever did this! :D

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That's right! I have awesome readers! How awesome? So awesome that because of a joking comment I made, one of them made me this!


So many thanks to the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] 1986s! I can't stress enough how much I love this picture. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to making cooing noises and petting my computer screen. ^.^
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That's right! I have awesome readers! How awesome? So awesome that because of a joking comment I made, one of them made me this!


So many thanks to the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] 1986s! I can't stress enough how much I love this picture. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to making cooing noises and petting my computer screen. ^.^
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I've had people ask me why I write. My knee jerk reaction is to just say 'it's complicated'. I wrote some when I was younger, but not much. I had a few short stories and some fanfics that I never finished. There are probably about six or seven starts to books on my hard drive. Writing is one of those things that I've almost always had people tell me I was good at. It wasn't something I was passionate about, but it was something that I could do, so I did it.

Then, as some of you guys know, I got to a really Bad Place a few years back. I won't go into the details because most of it is beyond personal, but believe me when I say that it was bad. A lot of things in my life changed during that time, and one is that I stopped writing. I even stopped reading, which is a huge deal since I've been a voracious reader ever since I read Pickle Things-the best children's book about anthropomorphic pickles there is-when I was tiny. To make a long story short, I ended up changing schools and moving back in with my parents. Things looked like they were starting to get better, but I knew they really weren't. I was still unmotivated and depressed, only now I was unmotivated and depressed while being treated like a child and with hardly any friends around. I wasn't the same person I used to be, and the worst part was that I had no idea how to get back to being her.

My saving grace came toward the end of February this year when I started reading fanfiction again. It started with South Park, which I'll probably never be able to fully explain since I've always been a casual watcher at best. Nevertheless, I read one story, then another and another and another. Some of it was good. Most of it was crap. I read it anyway and then sat down and wrote my first fanfic in years. It was just a oneshot and it focused on a character who only showed up for a few minutes in the movie and an unnamed original character. The target audience for it was almost nonexistent and I got next to no feedback for it, but it didn't matter. I was hooked. I wrote another short for South Park, but quickly realized it wasn't a fandom I was really comfortable writing in. However, I'd just finished marathoning Psych and decided to try my hand with that. Pay dirt. I loved these characters. I wanted to crawl inside their heads and dig around and put everything I'd found down on paper. I saw a 100 themes challenge and, on a whim, decided to give it a try. I currently have 46 of the 100 themes done. About 40 of those were written during the span of one month.

Since then, I don't write just because I'm halfway decent at it and it's something to do. I write because I need to. It's therapy without the bills. I can't even describe how writing makes me feel. It just makes everything a little lighter, a little easier. I can write the most tragically angsty scene and walk away with a huge smile on my face because another bit of the stress that's been dragging me down is just magically gone. Yes, I get obsessive. Yes, I have new stresses because of deadlines and insecurities, but these stresses I can handle. The other day when I was working on a term paper, I commented to a couple of my friends that I needed to stop and take a break to write a drabble, because it felt like my brain was trying to claw its way out of my skull. I wasn't exaggerating. I was nervous and jittery and about to rip my hair out and cry at that point, but writing that drabble was like taking a deep breath of fresh air, and I was able to get back to work and finish the paper after I did it.

At a rough estimate, I've written about 190 stories and 140,000 words since the end of February/beginning of March. They aren't all good. Some of them are 100 word drabbles. Some of them are multiple chapters. A few are unfinished. A few could probably do with a rewrite. And I'm thankful to each and every one of them, because over the course of writing them, I've started to claw my way out of the dark hole I was in. I'll never get back to who I used to be, but that's okay. The person I'm learning to be is a little stronger, a little smarter, and a little tougher than that girl was.
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I've had people ask me why I write. My knee jerk reaction is to just say 'it's complicated'. I wrote some when I was younger, but not much. I had a few short stories and some fanfics that I never finished. There are probably about six or seven starts to books on my hard drive. Writing is one of those things that I've almost always had people tell me I was good at. It wasn't something I was passionate about, but it was something that I could do, so I did it.

Then, as some of you guys know, I got to a really Bad Place a few years back. I won't go into the details because most of it is beyond personal, but believe me when I say that it was bad. A lot of things in my life changed during that time, and one is that I stopped writing. I even stopped reading, which is a huge deal since I've been a voracious reader ever since I read Pickle Things-the best children's book about anthropomorphic pickles there is-when I was tiny. To make a long story short, I ended up changing schools and moving back in with my parents. Things looked like they were starting to get better, but I knew they really weren't. I was still unmotivated and depressed, only now I was unmotivated and depressed while being treated like a child and with hardly any friends around. I wasn't the same person I used to be, and the worst part was that I had no idea how to get back to being her.

My saving grace came toward the end of February this year when I started reading fanfiction again. It started with South Park, which I'll probably never be able to fully explain since I've always been a casual watcher at best. Nevertheless, I read one story, then another and another and another. Some of it was good. Most of it was crap. I read it anyway and then sat down and wrote my first fanfic in years. It was just a oneshot and it focused on a character who only showed up for a few minutes in the movie and an unnamed original character. The target audience for it was almost nonexistent and I got next to no feedback for it, but it didn't matter. I was hooked. I wrote another short for South Park, but quickly realized it wasn't a fandom I was really comfortable writing in. However, I'd just finished marathoning Psych and decided to try my hand with that. Pay dirt. I loved these characters. I wanted to crawl inside their heads and dig around and put everything I'd found down on paper. I saw a 100 themes challenge and, on a whim, decided to give it a try. I currently have 46 of the 100 themes done. About 40 of those were written during the span of one month.

Since then, I don't write just because I'm halfway decent at it and it's something to do. I write because I need to. It's therapy without the bills. I can't even describe how writing makes me feel. It just makes everything a little lighter, a little easier. I can write the most tragically angsty scene and walk away with a huge smile on my face because another bit of the stress that's been dragging me down is just magically gone. Yes, I get obsessive. Yes, I have new stresses because of deadlines and insecurities, but these stresses I can handle. The other day when I was working on a term paper, I commented to a couple of my friends that I needed to stop and take a break to write a drabble, because it felt like my brain was trying to claw its way out of my skull. I wasn't exaggerating. I was nervous and jittery and about to rip my hair out and cry at that point, but writing that drabble was like taking a deep breath of fresh air, and I was able to get back to work and finish the paper after I did it.

At a rough estimate, I've written about 190 stories and 140,000 words since the end of February/beginning of March. They aren't all good. Some of them are 100 word drabbles. Some of them are multiple chapters. A few are unfinished. A few could probably do with a rewrite. And I'm thankful to each and every one of them, because over the course of writing them, I've started to claw my way out of the dark hole I was in. I'll never get back to who I used to be, but that's okay. The person I'm learning to be is a little stronger, a little smarter, and a little tougher than that girl was.
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[info]evraealtana wrote a fic for me. It is truly the finest caliber of literature. Once you have read it, all other stories will be like dirt beneath your feet. Do you smell that? That is the smell of sheer brilliance. Read this fic. You know you want to.

Everything that is good in the world is behind this link.
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[info]evraealtana wrote a fic for me. It is truly the finest caliber of literature. Once you have read it, all other stories will be like dirt beneath your feet. Do you smell that? That is the smell of sheer brilliance. Read this fic. You know you want to.

Everything that is good in the world is behind this link.
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[livejournal.com profile] topetine made me a new icon.  Not only that, but she's offered to make individual Team Ethan/Team Derek icons with their pictures on them. Next time you wonder why I love her and not you, remember this and you'll have your answer. ^.^

Speaking of The Way You Lie, part three is officially up. Just in case you missed it. Took forever, but it's over a thousand words longer than either of the other parts, so maybe that'll help make up for it a little. Maybe? A teeny, tiny bit? Come on, guys, don't be that way. You know you want to read it and tell me how amazing I am.

I feel like I'm walking a very thin line with Ethan. I want him to be someone who's very loyal and protective of the select few he decides are worth it, but at the same time I want to avoid turning him into the cliched 'badass with a heart of gold'. Because 95% of the time, he is an ass who doesn't really give a shit about the people around him and will actually go out of his way to annoy/hurt them if they do something that pisses him off. On the one hand, I love writing him because he had so little screen time and I can basically write him any way I want and be right. On the other hand, he had so little screen time that I can basically write him any way I want and be right, so he's very nearly an original character, which is dangerous/scary territory in fanfiction.

In other news, it's FALL! Which means the season of eating has officially started. Hurray! I love food. I love food more than is healthy, which is why my hips are wide and my stomach is squishy. In light of the cooling weather, I decided to share a few of my favorite recipes-some old, some new-which make for perfect comfort food. These are pretty much the recipes as I have them written down-with the exception of the coconut soup, which I'll explain when I get there-but it's worth noting that I tend to use recipes more as a guide than anything else. I like to fiddle with them as I go, so the recipes below aren't exactly the same as what I'd do in my own kitchen.

Pumpkin Bread )

Apple Bread )

Coconut and Tofu Thai Soup )

Coffee Brownies )

I think that's it for today! Now off to practice for my conducting midterm. Hurray for classes I'm required to take even though I hope to never conduct a day of my professional life!
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[livejournal.com profile] topetine made me a new icon.  Not only that, but she's offered to make individual Team Ethan/Team Derek icons with their pictures on them. Next time you wonder why I love her and not you, remember this and you'll have your answer. ^.^

Speaking of The Way You Lie, part three is officially up. Just in case you missed it. Took forever, but it's over a thousand words longer than either of the other parts, so maybe that'll help make up for it a little. Maybe? A teeny, tiny bit? Come on, guys, don't be that way. You know you want to read it and tell me how amazing I am.

I feel like I'm walking a very thin line with Ethan. I want him to be someone who's very loyal and protective of the select few he decides are worth it, but at the same time I want to avoid turning him into the cliched 'badass with a heart of gold'. Because 95% of the time, he is an ass who doesn't really give a shit about the people around him and will actually go out of his way to annoy/hurt them if they do something that pisses him off. On the one hand, I love writing him because he had so little screen time and I can basically write him any way I want and be right. On the other hand, he had so little screen time that I can basically write him any way I want and be right, so he's very nearly an original character, which is dangerous/scary territory in fanfiction.

In other news, it's FALL! Which means the season of eating has officially started. Hurray! I love food. I love food more than is healthy, which is why my hips are wide and my stomach is squishy. In light of the cooling weather, I decided to share a few of my favorite recipes-some old, some new-which make for perfect comfort food. These are pretty much the recipes as I have them written down-with the exception of the coconut soup, which I'll explain when I get there-but it's worth noting that I tend to use recipes more as a guide than anything else. I like to fiddle with them as I go, so the recipes below aren't exactly the same as what I'd do in my own kitchen.

Pumpkin Bread )

Apple Bread )

Coconut and Tofu Thai Soup )

Coffee Brownies )

I think that's it for today! Now off to practice for my conducting midterm. Hurray for classes I'm required to take even though I hope to never conduct a day of my professional life!
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I've always considered myself more of a baker than a cooker, but late last fall I stumbled across a recipe for a stuffed pumpkin that caught my interest. Unfortunately, I didn't find it until a couple of weeks after pretty much every pumpkin had disappeared from the stores. (If you remember, there was a pumpkin shortage last year.) Still, I knew I wanted to try doing a stuffed pumpkin, so a year later here I am. Let me tell you, it is delicious. I lost the original recipe ages ago, so I ended up giving a different recipe a quick once over so I'd know about how much rice to make and how long to cook it and then just improved on the rest. A lot of the recipes I saw called for some kind of breading, but I'm back to cutting all gluten out of my diet because I think it's part of the reason I've been having such severe memory problems lately, so I kept my pumpkin completely gluten free.
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