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So, general things first. For Yuletide I like a low angst level on the part of the main characters  (OC case victims are another story). I like happy endings, even if that just means the case is solved. I'm very broad in my likes as far as tone and trope. Gen and up to M are all equally fine, but as my RL id is somewhat attached to my fannish ID, full on explicit porn I'd have to have unlinked from my AO3 account. I would rather not even approaching porn fic for Midsomer or Marple, as much as I love Tom and Jane, sex is not something I want to think about either if them having.  Het, slash, femslash ships are fine.
Feel free to add in any other characters, there are no canon characters in any of these I dislike.
So, I love detectives, as you can tell by the first few fandoms. I love a good case of any type, so straight up casefic would be perfectly lovely. I'd rather things not get so graphic it hits horror film levels of gore--network tv levels are fine.
Hard DNW: Adultery or partner betrayal on the part of a canon main character, as this is a trigger point on which I will stop reading. I don't like AUs which alter things completely--especially if the detectives stop being detectives. I like them because they are detectives. Same with Kaito and his magic. Please no death of canon characters. Casefic can kill as many OC victims as you please, of course.

If it so happens you've seen more than one of the detective shows, I do love crossovers, especially for mystery shows. Detectives meeting each other and teaming up for a case is fun. New detectives chasing Kaito would be fun. I would recognize quite a lot of detectives in addition to the ones I'm requesting. In the spirit of Yuletide though, please stick to Yuletide eligible ones--Miss Fisher, , Poirot, Forever Knight, Forever, Closer, Murder in the First, Murdoch, Sally Lockhart, Copper, Bletchley Circle, and Cold Case are ones I spotted in the tag set that are ones I'm fond of.

Midsomer Murders:
Tom is such a wonderfully unflappable old fellow. I love the way the plots in this show are always so convoluted and everyone is so bad at murder they have to drop three or four bodies extra to try and cover up the first. I'd love something happening that would draw him out of retirement, perhaps to John or Jones--Tom to the rescue. Or just an exploration of how he's dealing with being retired. Tom and Joyce have a lovely marriage I would not want to see anything bad happen to, but I have no ship preferences beyond that.

Magic Kaito
Kaito is such a fun character. He's so off the wall. I love the contrast between him and Hakuba. I like Hakuba's obsession with Kaito that almost edges toward friendship. He wants so badly to understand *why*. I'd love him figuring out the why and facing the choice of helping Kaito or turning him in. I do ship these two. I also ship Kaito with Aoko, and Hakuba with Akako. Really my ship feelings are not strong. One thing I do not want for Yuletide is Kaito/Shinichi. That's pretty easily found, and Shinichi tends to take over fics he's in. I love him, but he's not up for Yuletide (DC isn't eligible), so I'd rather he stay away. 

Miss Marple
Crafty old ladies. Knitting circle of gossip and murder solving. Marple is too much fun. She's sharp notices everything. I'd love case fic, especially crossover, but also we don't get a lot in the books about Marple herself often, about her own past and life before settling down in St. Mary Mead. Perhaps a tale of her and her sister, mother of Raymond West?

Lost Prince
Rat/Marco otp forever. I'd love post book, with Rat adjusting to palace life. Or how a romance blossoms between these two. Or Marco finding his way as a prince. I've loved this book for a long time, and there is very little fic, so anything really.
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Being laid up from gallbladder removal sucks, but at least now I have time to watch Magic Kaito finally.
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So, general things first. For Yuletide I like a low angst level on the part of the main characters  (OC case victims are another story). I like happy endings, even if that just means the case is solved. I'm very broad in my likes as far as tone and trope. Gen and up to M are all equally fine, but as my RL id is somewhat attached to my fannish ID, full on explicit porn I'd have to have unlinked from my AO3 account. I would rather not even approaching porn fic for Midsomer or L&O:UK, as much as I love Tom and Ronnie I don't find either one sexy.  Het, slash, femslash ships are fine.
Feel free to add in any other characters from the show, the detectives are my favorites but there are no canon characters in any of these shows I dislike.
So, I love detectives, as you can tell by the fandoms. I love a good case of any type, so straight up casefic would be perfectly lovely for any of these fandoms. I'd rather things not get so graphic it hits horror film levels of gore--network tv levels are fine.
Hard DNW: Adultery or partner betrayal on the part of a canon main character, as this is a trigger point on which I will stop reading. I don't like AUs which alter things completely--especially if the detectives stop being detectives. I like them because they are detectives. Please no death of canon characters. Casefic can kill as many OC victims as you please, of course.

If it so happens you've seen more than one of these shows, I do love crossovers, especially for mystery shows. Detectives meeting each other and teaming up for a case is fun, and any of this bunch meeting each other would be awesome. Ronnie and Tom are a lot alike anyway. I would recognize quite a lot of detectives in addition to the ones I'm requesting. In the spirit of Yuletide though, please stick to Yuletide eligible ones--Miss Fisher, Marple, Poirot, Forever Knight, Major Crimes, Copper, Bletchley Circle, and Cold Case are ones I spotted in the tag set that are ones I'm fond of.

Fandoms:
Midsomer Murders:
   Tom is such a wonderfully unflappable old fellow. I love the way the plots in this show are always so convoluted and everyone is so bad at murder they have to drop three or four bodies extra to try and cover up the first. I'd love something happening that would draw him out of retirement, perhaps to John or Jones--Tom to the rescue. Or just an exploration of how he's dealing with being retired. Tom and Joyce have a lovely marriage I would not want to see anything bad happen to, but I have no ship preferences beyond that. If you are up for a crossover, Tom and Ronnie could spend 1K+ words one upping each other on weirdest case stories and I'd be delighted.

Law & Order UK
    I feel about Ronnie much the way I do about Tom Barnaby, he's such an old 'seen it all before' sort of detective. Other than casefic, I'd love to see Ronnie deal with being the old guy. He's very very good at looking after the younger detectives, but I get the feeling he's a bit lonely sometimes and being a a detective is his whole life. I rather not see Ronnie shipped with anyone, but would love a backstory fic or personal life exploration, as the show doesn't give much. As above, I feel like Ronnie and Tom could so trade stories if you are willing and able to go the crossover route.

Murdoch Mysteries
   Oh Will. He's so earnest and literal and proper. I love the weird made up science on this show--it's like one step away from being steampunk. I'd love some weird science in case fic. My absolute favorite part of the show though is the constant surprise historical figures he runs into. You've already had episodes with Doyle, Houdini, the Prince of Wales, Edison, Ford and Tesla to name a few, and a reappearance of any of them in a case would be great. There are also so many others he could have to deal with. Jules Verne? Shackelton? Nellie Bly? I don't have any specific preference here, so use any historical figures you're fond off. I like William and Julia as a ship, but I'm perfectly open to other ships for them.

Forever
   Henry is just the sort of detective I like, so I've quickly fallen in love with this show. I know canon is quickly changing on a show this new, so don't worry about it. I like the relationship between Henry and Abe a lot. I'd love an adventure from Henry's past though--he's got more than 200 years of backstory yet to be filled in, so there's a lot of room to play in. This show seems a perfect set up for crossovers or including historical characters, if those appeal to you, and I'd love to see Henry meeting other detectives, real or fictional. I haven't developed any shippy feelings about anyone here yet.
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We put Jasper to sleep this morning. He was 15 years old, and had stopped eating.
I miss him
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Dear Yuletide writer,

I like happy endings, especially for Yuletide. I like fluff, h/c, a little angst, comedy, mysteries, slash, some het and gen. Ratings don't matter to me, anything from G to porn is ok.  Though I have once again asked for fandoms I don't tend to go looking for porn in (well, Were the World maybe). For Yuletide, vanilla is best if you are going that route.
I have a massive trigger for infidelity. Open relationship/poly are fine, it's the partner betrayal I can't handle--if it's a character I'm supposed to like. I will not read good characters cheating. Cheaters getting murdered in murder mysteries though, go right ahead.
I dislike setting AUs--like high school AU or coffee shop AU. I don't mind timeline AUs, like characters not dying who did and such.
I love crime and mystery shows, in addition to the two I requested, Midsomer and Law & Order UK, ones set in modern times I have seen: Sherlock, Luther, Hetty, Marple, all the L&Os, all the CSIs, Criminal Minds, Prime Suspect, Waking the Dead.
Didn't care for Lynley or Morse, haven't had a chance to catch Whitechapel or Broadchurch yet.
I list because I love crime show crossovers, so if you are doing either Midsomer or L&O UK, cross away if you like to write crossovers. I would especially love a Midsomer/L&O UK cross (Midsomer is on netflix instant!).
Otherwise, for those two I like case fic, as what I enjoy most about Tom and Ronnie is the gruff blase they treat the weirdness they run into with.
I would not want either Tom or Ronnie in explicit fic. I love them both but don't want to think about either one naked.

For XKCD Time, go wild. There's so much about the world we got a glimpse of to explore, both before and after the comic.

Were the World Mine: pretty much all the fic focuses on Timothy and Jonathan's new love, which is awesome, but I really liked Frankie. She puts up with a lot during that movie, but stays Timothy's friend despite his foolishness. So really anything focused on her--perhaps how she and Max reconnected after Max comes down off the flower high.
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Watching the hobbit behind the scenes stuff makes me really want to go to New Zealand. I really enjoyed the movie.

It is high costume season! Two events down, just the big 40 cast musical to go. Designing crane and dragonfly costumes at the moment, making the rest. 60 costume total I've got for this one, which explains where all my free time has gone....
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Lost Prince, Provost Dogs, Misdomer Murders, Law and Order UK.
Some general notes first. I like happy endings. Angst is ok, but not unrelenting darkness. I don't have a lot of triggers, other than a massive one for adultery--I do not want to see loving marriages from in canon damaged. I'm ok if it's the motive for murder and thus happening to OCs, but Tom Barnaby cheating on or leaving Joyce, for instance, would be an unhappy fic for me. I like anything from gen to smut, though none of the fandoms I asked for this year are ones I go looking for porn in. As you can tell by 3 of the 4 fandoms, I really, really like detective stories and mysteries. I watch a lot of crime dramas (the CSIs, L&Os, Criminal Minds, Person of Interest, Closer), but am especially fond of the British ones (Sherlock, Luther, Prime suspect, Hetty, Marple, Cadfael, Poirot, and of course Midsomer and L&O:UK). I watch for the mysteries and people being clever, not so much for relationships--I don't have ships outside the canon ones in most of them. I only have strong ship feelings about Sherlock (Johnlock).
I do not like significant AUs. I especially do not like setting changes where everyone has lost their back story completely and has a different job/career/life (ie high school au or coffee shop au etc). Canon divergence is fine, I adore crossovers provided they avoid the AU back story thing. 

I don't really have much else to say about Lost Prince. Fic for this book does not seem to exist. If you are a fan, can we be friends? I haven't met many others who have even read it. I'd love something post book, but really OMG FIC FOR THIS BOOK.

Provost Dogs goes with my detective love, which is why I like Clara so much. She's a good investigator. I'd be happy with straight case fic, or tales from her early career, before or after she met Tunstall. Or how they first paired up, or some of what she did to get the 'bad dog' reputation she first had. I would not want her shipped with anyone but her husband unless it was before she'd married.

Ronnie Brooks and Tom Barnaby are long lost brothers. They are so alike! While the crossover would make me squee, don't feel pressured if you haven't seen both. A fic about either one of these clever old detectives would be wonderful. Feel free to make A Certain Death in L&O Not Happen, though I'd also be ok with Ronnie continuing to deal with it. Casefic, crossover, or just slice of life for either of these guys.
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 So far we have seen:
Lots of squirrels (red, black, and gray)
A white tail deer
Beavers
Rabbits
Ravens, crows, hawks
A bald eagle
Two raccoons who were trying to get in the skylight of our bed and breakfast (up close therefore)
And four wolves.

The wolves of course are the coolest.

Jasper

Jul. 29th, 2012 10:46 am
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 Jasper is really pretty, all tall mountains and forest. We have several hikes planned out, including a night hike tonight to see stars. The train was fun. The berth don't really have privacy, just curtains, but it was ok. Food is good, and there was a lot of tea and coffee (see previous comment about coffee in Canada).
Our room in Jasper is more like a small apartment, with a small kitchen and a living room separate from the bedroom. We found the grocery store so we don't have to eat breakfast out. Hotel also has a laundry, so yay. 
We got told when we checked in for the train in Vancouver that our second leg of the trip, from Jasper to Toronto, got upgraded to a cabin. That is really exciting as the cabins are really nice. 
The liquor store had ice cider. Be jealous my cider drinking friends, none of it is coming home!
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 So, things I have learned about canada: they love coffee in BC. 
No really, they love coffee. There is coffee every block. There are corners with 3 cafes. You can run across 10 Tim Hortons in 20 minutes walking. There is coffee everywhere. 

Oh Canada!

Jul. 3rd, 2012 09:03 pm
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A---- and I are going to Canada! We arrive in Vancouver on the 25th, then head for Jasper by train, then to Toronto by train. Anyone have recommendations on things to see? A---, do you want to see Niagra falls? I've been, but it was nice.

Chore Wars

Apr. 8th, 2012 10:21 pm
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I have been enjoying updating my Chore Wars character. There is something satisfying about getting XP for the chores.
My Chore Wars character
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I like fluff. I'm not fond of angst.
I have a massive squick for partner betrayal and adultery.
Specific fandoms:
Lost Prince. Oh, how I adore this book, especially Rat. I would love to see him dealing with the very changed circumstances he'll end up in after the end of the book. I love his loyalty and devotion to Marco. I'd prefer this one stay pairing free unless you are aging them up.

Kamen Rider W
I adore Shoutaro sooo much. He's so adorkable. There isn't a character in this show I don't like, actually. I ship Shoutaro/Philip and am not picky about other ships.

Gunnerkrigg Court
Reynardine is such an interesting character. I love Coyote too, and anything more about the woods, which we see less, would be grand. Not really into pairings in this fandom, other than canon ones, though I don't mind them. The world is what really interests me.
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I've been watching this all month. I'm now on ep 30. I heart Ryu most of all I think, though Philip is awesome. and a researcher. But Ryu wears leather pants! And angsts.
This show is awesome. I've also be watching Kamen Rider OOOs, which is awesome in different ways.(and a certain someone needs to get online sometime soon so I flail at someone who has seen these things)
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These are such tiny fandoms I love you already for being *in* them. Thank you for writing for me.
I like fluff, and sweet stories. I like gen, and light romance. I especially like seeing character thoughts and reactions to things.
Please no heavy angst. I have enough angst in my life I really like fic to be angst free. I also have a huge adultery/partner betrayal trigger that would prevent me from even finishing a fic which triggered it.
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So I've been actively trying to lose weight the past few months. It's going OK for the most part. I've been exercising a lot and using Alli. This has been a weird place mentally for me, as my reasons aren't entirely for myself, but in the end I think I'll be healthier.
I hit 214 today, a number I haven't seen since grad school.
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facebook is a tentacle monster, complete with hentai noncon implications.
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Is the most awesome girl genius theme. Heee.
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The flight:
I sleep poorly on planes, but at least I paid for the upgrade so I got some sleep. Watched movies I'd already seen and listened to music mostly.
London, Sunday:
Jet lag. sleeeeeppppp. Alda arrived late, I got dinner at the hotel and tea and a pint at the bar later.

London, Monday:
We set off early for the Victoria and Albert Museum. Saw lots of cool stuff, and ate lunch (I had pie). We then walked for a bit until coming to Harrods, which is kinda like New York Macy's. We had tea--real proper tea with scones and sandwitches and cake. We then did a whirlwind tour of landmarks, seeing Westminster Abbey, parliment, Big Ben, the river, some parks, Trafalger Square, and finally ending at the Sherlock Holmes Pub for dinner. I had roast beef and port. It was really good port.

Transit and Cardiff, Tuesday:
We took the train to Cardiff and checked into the Ty Rosa B&B, which is a cute little row house B&B run by a gay couple. It's very nice, in a quiet neigborhood. We then walked to Cardiff Bay, where I took a pic in Roald Dahl Plass and went to the Dr. Who experience. We wandered a bit more before getting Fish & Chips takeaway.

Cardiff, Wednesday:
Had a traditional Welsh breakfast of laverbread, cockles, bacon, and eggs. We then set out for Cardiff Castle, which was wonderful but lots of stairs. We had tea and I had a sandwitch (good lord the variety of sandwitches....). We went shopping a lot of places, most notably I got bras from Bravissimo, and some presents for people.
We had tandoori takeout for dinner.

And now we are having cider and chocolate.
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I think our schedule for the UK is about set:

Sunday the 1st: Arrive. dine in London. collapse from jet lag. staying at Jury's Inn
Monday: bum about London, likely the Victoria and Albert Museum. Possibly have dinner at the Sherlock Holmes Pub
Tuesday: Go to Cardiff. Check into very gay B&B. Be Dr. Who fangirl
Wednesday: shopping and touristing in Cardiff.
Thursday: make our way to Aber, with perhaps a lunch stop in Shrewsbury. Meet up with Ash. Staying at a little self catering cottage.
Friday: enjoy the welsh countryside, and library of cool old things.
Saturday: leave Aber (lazily) and head to Buxton. Arrive in time for the 3pm Pirates of Penzance at the Gilbert and Sullivan festival, also go see Mikado that night and hang out at the G&S cabaret. Sleep at little B&B
Sunday: make our way back to London (lazily). catch the Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness.
Monday: arrive in Inverness that morning. bum about until we can catch the bus to Ullapool and the ferry to the isle of Lewis. Sleep at a little B&B in Stornoway.
Tuesday: visit the standing stones and the textile mill in Harris. I might go fishing. Stay in Lewis.
Wednesday: travel back to Edinburgh. Get drunk at the whiskey tour and experience.
Thursday: Edinburgh
Friday: more Edinburgh (or more likely Thomas the Rhymer), leave that night by sleeper train back to London
Saturday: fly back to the land of the burning sun. (myself, Sempai is staying a while longer)

Weather

Jul. 15th, 2010 08:48 am
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Got heat exhaustion yesterday. Fun times. Pro tip: do not go on field trips in 115 degree heat.

Went to look at the weather in places I'll be in two weeks. The temp in Scotland in F isn't that far off the temp here in C. Oi.
So much for thinking I'd need shorts for the UK trip. Pants, pants it is. (nobody make a humidity comment. I don't care how humid it is at 59 degrees F. That's *cold*.
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In that month I have:
Gone into work twice
Gone to Washington DC to attend ALA (which took up 6 days)
built a scratching post for miles
chipped off the old mortar from the fireplace stone that fell out
repaired the fireplace with new mortar
helped install a room air conditioner
sprayed death on the yard and weeds
took care of a very sick husband for a week
fixed issue with guest room toilet

as well as cook and clean and do lots of dishes (today I swept and mopped and would have done more but I have a horrible cold)
and I have gotten halfway through sorting out the craft room
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