This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry


November 17th, 2017

BloMo17: @ 11:59 pm

[info]lore:
Current Location: neverwhere
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: Project Runway Finale
Tags:


So, the minute I brag about being in the posting habit, I had to run over to Chicago to get today's post in.

Most of today was pretty snoozy. Everyone was trying to get last-minute things done, including me. But after work, dinner with my sister! I introduced her to Koren BBQ. I think she liked it, but would probably not choose it on her own.

For me, though, it's the perfect kind of meal. There's fire, prepped bits of meat and lots of tiny bowls full of different foods. It's an eternal grazer's heaven! (of course, if it's nothing like a real Korean BBQ meal, please do enlighten me; I love learning about the proper meals of other cultures)

We did some catching up and decided on what to do for Thanksgiving - dinner out, boo-ya! We made the reservation at the table.

She was properly impressed that we'd already picked up the Trader Joe's Thanksgiving-in-one thing, otherwise known as Turkey Day Wellington. I didn't know people were buzzing about it. I thought it looked like a quick and easy heat-up for two, which we need more and more these days as we have so much going on. Right now, though, it's in the freezer.

She bragged on her new puppy and hit us with some heavy thoughts that I'm sure we'll discuss more on Thanksgiving. Because it's just the 3 of us, the day can seem long. I hope we'll be able to catch a movie after dinner, but the theaters seem to go back and forth on whether they're open on Thanksgiving Day. Christmas Day, every year; Thanksgiving, it's like the theater chains get together to decide our fate based on how badly the family needs to shut up and sit in the dark awhile. I'll never, ever forgive them for trapping me with my father on one of his last years. Painful, excruciating day.

I also know we won't be going to Walmart for some shopping distraction. We already boycott Walmart, but I can't believe they're doubling-down on the "open on Thanksgiving" in the face of the "Let Thanksgiving be a whole day off for families to be together" movement. Walmart is the Trump of department stores - you ask for something, it does the opposite. I can actually think of a lot of reasons why Walmart is the Trump of department stores, but the people who don't get that already wouldn't listen to an explanation anyway.

This is the holiday cards post with an explanation of why this is the year I will get through the whole list. You can find a screened replies post on the same date at IJ and even LJ. I will be at carding for a while, but I will finish this year!

love, lore
 

BloMo17: @ 11:59 pm

[info]lore:
Current Location: neverwhere
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: Project Runway Finale
Tags:


So, the minute I brag about being in the posting habit, I had to run over to Chicago to get today's post in.

Most of today was pretty snoozy. Everyone was trying to get last-minute things done, including me. But after work, dinner with my sister! I introduced her to Koren BBQ. I think she liked it, but would probably not choose it on her own.

For me, though, it's the perfect kind of meal. There's fire, prepped bits of meat and lots of tiny bowls full of different foods. It's an eternal grazer's heaven! (of course, if it's nothing like a real Korean BBQ meal, please do enlighten me; I love learning about the proper meals of other cultures)

We did some catching up and decided on what to do for Thanksgiving - dinner out, boo-ya! We made the reservation at the table.

She was properly impressed that we'd already picked up the Trader Joe's Thanksgiving-in-one thing, otherwise known as Turkey Day Wellington. I didn't know people were buzzing about it. I thought it looked like a quick and easy heat-up for two, which we need more and more these days as we have so much going on. Right now, though, it's in the freezer.

She bragged on her new puppy and hit us with some heavy thoughts that I'm sure we'll discuss more on Thanksgiving. Because it's just the 3 of us, the day can seem long. I hope we'll be able to catch a movie after dinner, but the theaters seem to go back and forth on whether they're open on Thanksgiving Day. Christmas Day, every year; Thanksgiving, it's like the theater chains get together to decide our fate based on how badly the family needs to shut up and sit in the dark awhile. I'll never, ever forgiven them for trapping me with my father one of his last years. Painful, excruciating day.

I also know we won't be going to Walmart for some shopping distraction. We already boycott Walmart, but I can't believe they're doubling-down on the "open on Thanksgiving" in the face of the "Let Thanksgiving be a whole day off for families to be together" movement. Walmart is the Trump of department stores - you ask for something, it does the opposite. I can actually think of a lot of reasons why Walmart is the Trump of department stores, but the people who don't get that already wouldn't listen to an explanation anyway.

This is the holiday cards post with an explanation of why this is the year I will get through the whole list. You can find a screened replies post on the same date at IJ and even LJ. I will be at carding for a while, but I will finish this year!

love, lore
 

Fic: Finding Utopia @ 01:50 pm

[info]alisanne:
Current Mood: working

Title: Finding Utopia
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Ginny Weasley/Luna Lovegood
Summary: People often know things before they see it.
Word Count: 365
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365/[community profile] hogwarts365's prompt # 218: “In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange.” ― Jim Davis, In Dog Years I'd be Dead: Garfield at 25, Utopia. And I seem to be on a femmeslash kick. :)
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Finding Utopia )
 

OMG Pup Please! Fest announced @ 12:59 pm

[info]bethbethbeth:

You guys!

Do you like doggos? (possibly ceremonial puck dropping doggos)?

Do you like @ngoziu's comic "Check, Please!" (http://omgcheckplease.tumblr.com/ Note: this is a quick read...and fun!)

A completely no-pressure Art & Fic fest has been announced:

"OMG Pup Please!" - https://omgpupplease.tumblr.com/post/167590888083/omg-pup-please

(Seriously, this is a great web comic with great characters and you can catch up from the start in, like...an hour)

main cast of Check Please comic

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The Meeting @ 09:19 am

[info]alisanne, posting in [info]snape_potter:
Current Mood: working

Title: The Meeting
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Percy Weasley.
Word Count: 100 x 7
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snarry100's prompt# 602: Play.
Summary: Percy tips his hand.
Part Thirty-Seven of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read The Meeting on LJ/IJ/DW.
 

November 16th, 2017

BloMo16: Not the intended topic, but ok.... @ 10:48 pm

[info]lore:
Current Location: neverwhere
Current Mood: uncomfortable
Current Music: Love Hurts
Tags:


A friend and I discussed some of the ongoing sexual harassment news in chat tonight. I won't share my thoughts here because there's really no winning arguments to be made. People who try to defend the accused look almost as bad as the accused. People who have conspiracy theories about some of these accusations look like crackpots AND deniers (and that would be me, I have some serious conspiracy theory thoughts, but I've been a person disbelieved for telling my story, and it doesn't feel good, so I'll keep my theories to chat).

Although I will say this - just trying to talk about all this makes a person feel bad, I think, because of all the pitfalls that come with talking about it. But we need to keep talking about it because we can't go back. We've gone back on so many things since the orange snow-cone took over, we can't start this now and then put it back in the closet.

Have any of you had a conversation about the current sexual harrassment accusations and been totally comfortable in what you had to say? If so, please, repeat it here! You are all smart, wise people and I would learn at your feet.

love, lore
 

Challenge #603 @ 01:58 pm

[info]alisanne, posting in [info]snarry100:
Current Mood: working

Happy Snarry Thursday!

Our new prompt this week is:

Challenge 603: Real
Have fun and happy drabbling! ;)

And remember, we encourage cross-posting across all our journals, DW, IJ, and LJ, so feel free to post your responses to any or all of them.
 

The Meeting @ 09:42 am

[info]alisanne, posting in [info]snarry100:
Current Mood: working

Title: The Meeting
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Percy Weasley.
Word Count: 100 x 7
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snarry100's prompt# 602: Play.
Summary: Percy tips his hand.
Part Thirty-Seven of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read The Meeting on LJ/IJ/DW.
 

Drabble: The Meeting @ 09:23 am

[info]alisanne:
Current Mood: working

Title: The Meeting
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Percy Weasley.
Word Count: 100 x 7
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[info]snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 602: Play.
Summary: Percy tips his hand.
Part Thirty-Seven of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

The Meeting )
 

November 15th, 2017

BloMo15: The halfway point...holiday cards...No, really, play along this year.... @ 11:58 pm

[info]lore:
Current Location: neverwhere
Current Mood: optimistic
Current Music: Samantha Bee - and now you know why I want to write 100 holiday cards - Brain needs love!
Tags:


It's mid-month and it only took about 9 days to get into the mode where I come home and "write a blog post" is at the top of my list of things to do for the evening. Huzzah!

This is the yearly "holiday cards" post. Now, I know I don't always come through with cards. Some years, I make it to the end of the list and other years, I don't even send to family.

This year, however, I am determined and motivated to get to the end of my card list because we plan on living in the new house by the end of the year. And, although we're going to retain ownership of our old place for a few more years - we're foolishly going to try our hand at renting it out - I'm going to put Change of Address announcements in the holiday cards. So, they all need to go out to everyone.

That said, if you've given me your address in the last 5 - 10 years, you're on my holiday card list. If you've moved, omg, please update your address, especially if you don't live in the continental United States, because your stamp is more expensive. I love sending cards overseas, but I love it a bit less when they come back (which, thankfully, rarely happens).

Comments on this post, wherever you see it, are screened. I'll make sure your comment remains screened if I have to reply to you. Also, my email address is well known to my older friends, but if you don't have that, you can use the journal message system or just leave a comment asking for my personal email and I'll pass it to you to use. Basically, I'm not hard to get a hold of in a way that makes you comfortable. We can figure it out.

As always, if you're not sure if I have your address or changed it with me, go ahead and leave it again. It's not a problem. I just wish I knew how organized people keep their contact lists these days. It's embarrassing, but right now, you're all in a Word label file. I know, it's like I'm a grandma without the cute kids to dote on and have fetch my glasses. Feel free to tell me how you organize your contact/address lists!

I welcome new replies, and very much hope to hear from old friends. I think I will link to this post from LJ. I know I shouldn't be giving our Russian Overlords more content, but if they can figure out how to make money off my holiday card post, more power to them.

Finally, you don't have to send me a card just because you ask for one from me. First, because I'm totally not reliable but second, because this is my pleasure or I wouldn't do it. ♥

love, lore
 

In Defence of Potions @ 10:55 pm

[info]alisanne, posting in [info]snape_potter:
Current Mood: tired

Title: In Defence of Potions
Author: [info]alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Minerva McGonagall, Hermione Granger.
Challenge: Written for [info]harry100's prompt 324: Potions.
Rating: PG
Length: 100 x 9
Warnings: None.
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read In Defence of Potions on LJ/IJ/DW.
 

Drabble: In Defence of Potions @ 01:03 pm

[info]alisanne:
Current Mood: working

Title: In Defence of Potions
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Minerva McGonagall, Hermione Granger.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] harry100/[info]harry100/[livejournal.com profile] harry100's prompt 324: Potions.
Rating: PG
Length: 100 x 9
Warnings: None.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

In Defence of Potions )
 

November 14th, 2017

BloMo14: I did not stop laughing for two hours.... @ 11:53 pm

[info]lore:
Current Location: neverwhere
Current Mood: enthralled
Current Music: The Flash
Tags:


This is why I am not writing a longer post tonight:

Reason 1
Alton Brown Live

Reason 2
Alton Brown Food God
Actually, he'd be first runner up if the actual Food God could not fulfill his duties, but that's all I'll give away.

Reason 3
Alton Makes His Own Popcorn
So Triggered for Popcorn after this!

If you get the chance to see this show, go. GO. If you think it's going to be one long Good Eats episode, you're very wrong. I was surprised how accessible it all was. Just Go.

love, lore
 

Drabble: Old News @ 03:02 pm

[info]alisanne:
Current Mood: working

Title: Old News
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): James Sirius Potter/Teddy Lupin.
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen100/[info]hp_nextgen100/[community profile] hp_nextgen100's prompt # 130: Something New.
Rating: PG
Length: 100 x 4
Warnings: Mild angst.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Old News )
 

November 13th, 2017

BloMo13: These are a couple of my favourite things...in pictures.... @ 11:58 pm

[info]lore:
Current Location: neverwhere
Current Mood: picturey
Current Music: The Voice - did you hear "I am changing"? OMG
Tags:



This could seriously end my relationship, were it ever come to pass.

Lady Bug Luck by Jena DellaGrottaglia

LBL by Jenna - This is one of my favourite artists. I think I talk about her here every couple of years. Her latest work features my favourite critter, too!

I bought her 2018 calendar directly from her, and she sent many lovely extras. If you'd like some new and different art to stare at for 2018, contact Jenna here. You're in for a treat if you do!

I've really struggled with posting pictures this year, which is why they are linked and in the post. If you see the pictures in the post, not through the link, please let me know?

love, lore
 

Pouring water on the embers - a Wrap-up @ 09:42 pm

[info]hphalloween_mod, posting in [info]hp_halloween:


A little late, but let's properly close the books on HP_Halloween 2017!

Housekeeping:
--->If you haven't left a comment on your gift, please do. When you write for a specific person, knowing the person at least saw your work is important.

--->Tags have been updated on all three communities, so please send your friends to one of the communities to look around. If you feel your drabble doesn't have the correct tags on it, let us know in reply to this post. [info]shadowycat and [info]starduchess worked hard on tagging everything, so everyone should be able to find what they want easily.

--->Writers, to see all your comments, be sure to check DW, IJ and LJ's HP_Halloween. Also, remember that you can click the "track this" button at the start of each post (it looks like a thumbtack) if you would like to receive the comments on your drabbles in your inbox.

--->If you haven't already done so, remember that you can re-post your drabble anywhere you like now.

--->Managing all of you fell primarily to [info]starduchess and [info]shadowycat, so be sure to give them lots of wrap-up love. While [info]lore gives them constant thanks and praise during the run-up to Halloween, hearing how you felt about the exchange in reply here would be wonderful for them to read. This fest absolutely would not continue without them.

--->We had a total of 44 participants this year, down from 62 last year. Oops! Be sure to recruit some new participants in the off-season, ok?

--->The good news is that there's no Walk of Shame this year! We had to do some late-game substituting, but the reason was for very happy and legit reasons, and we were given enough notice to juggle everyone with style. ^_^

--->Flexibility, you had it, whether you agreed to write for a new person at the last-minute, signed up to write absolutely anything, or reacted to our pleas for earlier submissions, etc. This fest doesn't work without your flexibility, and we're deeply grateful to you all for it.

Shadowycat and Starduchess gave a joint 2017 wrap comment: Another successful fest! We had some really terrific drabbles this year. Many thanks to everyone who participated and special thanks to our co-mods! You all make it so much fun year after year! Hopefully everyone had a really spooktacular time. We couldn't do it without you! See you next year! :D

This exchange doesn't work without all of you, writers and readers willing to stretch yourselves for a little autumnal fun. We're always so grateful for the enthusiastic response that you greet us with each year. We hope to return for more Phantasmic HP fun in 2018!

love, lore, Starduchess and Shadowycat
 

Fic: Feud @ 05:01 pm

[info]alisanne:
Current Mood: working

Title: Feud
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
I am of legal drinking age in my region: Hahahah! Yes.
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom: Snaoe/Lupin, Sirius Black
Challenge: I hink I got them all. Sirius Black (the birthday boy), Bonfire Night, Full Moon, The Astronomy Tower, ”It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."
Summary: Oh fuck, I hate these things. Um…Sirius realizes he/s wrong? Or something? WHo knows?
Rating/Warnings: PG
Word count: 686
Author's Notes (if any): I don/t really have any, honestly. I was drining, this is what happened.
Sober note: Witten for the Bonfire Night Edition of [community profile] firewhiskeyfic 2017. And since I've gotten into the habit of posting these as is and not correcting them, beware! The only thing I did was code my name. This is how the fic was originally submitted in all its drunken glory. ;)

Feud )
 

FirewhiskeyFic Strikes Again! @ 04:49 pm

[info]alisanne:
Current Mood: working

So in case you missed it, there was another ~episode of [community profile] firewhiskeyfic a couple weekends ago in which I participated.
Here's the proof. *g*
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If you want to laugh, you can read my drunken masterpiece, Feud there, although I'll be reposting it in a minute. And look! I actually spelled the title correctly this time.
It's a Snupin fic with a side of giboted Sirius (heh, don't ask, just read it to see what that means).

Also, I won an award!

Best Use of Prompt is a fun one. Although one of these days I may get the one to which I most aspire, "Most Incoherent". ;)

Thanks to all who participated and to the awesome mods! It was tremendous fun, as always. <3
 

Drabble: Divining Secrets @ 10:03 am

[info]alisanne:
Current Mood: working

Title: Divining Secrets
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Characters: Severus Snape, Remus Lupin
Rating: PG (language)
Disclaimer: Nothing you recognize belongs to me.
Warnings: Language.
Summary: What if Severus is prepared when he first encounters the wolf?
Notes: Written for the 2017 [community profile] hp_halloween fest as a gift for [personal profile] magnetic_pole <3 AU. Not Snupin, but it could be if you squint, let's call it pre-slash. ;)
Thanks, as always, to [personal profile] sevfan and emynn for beta reading.

Divining Secrets  )
 

Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 45, 2017 @ 09:30 am

[info]alisanne:
Current Mood: working

Welcome to a new week, everyone. Here's hoping it's a good one. <3

Ali's List of Fics: November 6 - November 12 )
Here's what I'm working on:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )
Also, this is the perfect word for my Sunday mood...
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This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry