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04 June 2013 @ 02:37 pm
Title: Aunt Moira Has an Idea
Author: [personal profile] storyfan
Fandom: Donald Strachey Mysteries (Richard Stevenson)
Pairing/Characters: Donald/Timmy
Rating/Category: PG, M/M
Prompt: A letter from Aunt Moira
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Richard Stevenson
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] nyteflyer for the beta, as always. All errors are mine. Story written for [community profile] smallfandomfest.

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23 April 2013 @ 05:48 am
Title: Threads
Fandom: Donald Strachey Mysteries, bookverse
Rating and word count: PG-13, but just barely, about 1,200
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Richard Stevenson.
Notes: To get myself back in practice I'm once again writing a few random-word fics. This time, the Oxford American Dictionary (wish I could afford the giant OED) gave me "needlecraft." Thank you, as always, to nyteflyer for the beta.

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21 April 2013 @ 10:34 am
We're trying out Verizon's little Jetpack hotspot, just to see if, at $50 per month, it's a better deal that the astronomical sum I pay each month to WildBlue for my satellite connection.

Here's the deal: With WildBlue, we are limited to 17,000 MBs of download for every rolling 30-day period. If, at any time during that rolling 30 days, we go over that limit we are put on dial-up speed until we get back to 70 percent of our allotted usage. We also are monitored on upload, but we're always at about 18 percent for that so no worries there.

With Verizon, we get 5GB which I'm assuming includes download and upload. I'll have to check on that, but since we don't upload much I don't see that as a problem. Our usage is monitored over a straight 30-day period.

So, what's the better deal? When I use a calculator, I'm getting about 16GB for the 17,000 MB which really is a better deal even though it's so expensive — almost $90 per month? Or, am I calculating incorrectly?

Although we'd like to be able to stream movies and watch endless Youtube videos we've never been able to do that so it's not like we'd be missing anything. We just want to be able to do online classes, look at our favorite websites, upload pics now and then, IM, all that sort of thing. In two days we've used about 142 MB, and that's just me trying things out. The kids haven't really been home these past two days, so I don't know what our regular usage would be.

This thing will activate my Verizon account tomorrow, but I still have about 12 days before I have to decide whether I'm keeping everything — if I do nothing I'm locked into a 2-year agreement. The guys at Best Buy couldn't believe we'd been "subsisting," as they put it, on 17,000 MBs. They both said the 5GB is a much better deal at almost half the cost. Also, with a 4G connection, this thing is much, much faster. We like that of course, but that has to be balanced against cost.

I've read some reviews from people who said these hotspot gadgets devour data, but who knows? Maybe these folks tried to stream a ton of movies or something. It's hard to tell from angry reviews. Professional reviews are a lot kinder, but then again, I have no idea if the reviewers are paid for their glowing remarks.

I'm not versed in this stuff. I'm just looking for something that's less expensive than what I have. Frankly, I wouldn't have been checking at all had my WildBlue modem hadn't gone out.

Any advice? What do you think?

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18 March 2013 @ 07:46 am
Just watched Stonewall Uprising, an excellent PBS documentary now available on Netflix disc. It could be available to stream, but I don't know about that.

I knew Stonewall was the major flashpoint for the gay rights movement, but I had no idea that it lasted for several nights and that crowds grew on subsequent nights. I was amazed at the way such disparate groups were able to band together afterward, using the event to facilitate real change. Interviews by those who were there, including one police officer, are informative, insightful and at several points made me want to cry.

While there are very few images available of the actual events, PBS has used historical footage and recreations to excellent effect. Also included are those terrible '60s police-warning videos as well as an old CBS news report on homosexuality in general. There is also footage of the first gay pride parade that will leave you smiling.

I realize I'm preaching to the choir here, but I think this is essential viewing for everyone. Even if you've been an activist for years, either as a gay person or a straight ally, there is something to learn, something you can use to push the movement even further forward.

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19 January 2013 @ 07:37 am
1. Big snowy owl:

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Here's the website with instructions: http://www.purlbee.com/big-snowy-owl/

My daughter was looking over my shoulder while I was perusing this wonderful site and begged me to make this owl as a doorstop. I certainly wish I could make it with the beautiful recommended yarns, but the project would be unaffordable. I do have some decent yarns in my stash, though, and I'll make it out of that.

2. A Valentine scarf made with this cable:

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I have some pink yarn on hand that would work perfectly, but instead of making a long scarf, I'll make a short one that just crosses at the throat. I have a large pink button that would work nicely, and adding a buttonhole wouldn't take much time at all.

Update: Sadly, this cool cable didn't show up well in the yarn I chose. I might try it again with different yarn, but in the meantime I'm on the lookout for a heart pattern. I might have to use something that requires two colors.

3. I've decided to make a lavender blanket for my bed. Again, I wish I could make it out of a beautiful wool, but that would cost me a small fortune. A couple of companies make decent acrylic and sell it in very large skeins, so I settled for that. Aside from time, the project will cost about 10 bucks since I got the yarn on sale. I was going to use a cable pattern that I found online (the project was done in a gorgeous red), but there's something not quite right about the pattern. I didn't find that out until I was about 7 rows into it, so I had to rip it all out. I'll use this pattern instead:

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4. This is the hat I'm making in blue and brown for a wee special guy:

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(photo credit: Brandy Fortune)

The instructions: http://petitepurls.com/basics/b_earflap.html

Simon Pegg has been tweeting about all the snow that's falling on England. For a bit I thought he was exaggerating, but then I looked into it a little further. Wow! England has already had far more snow than we've had this season, and this is supposed to be a cold, snowy state. Stay warm, my English friends!

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02 January 2013 @ 05:56 am
Title: Psmith Has The Cure
Fandom: Mike & Psmith
Characters: Just like it says on the tin: Mike and Psmith!
Rating and word count: G, about 2,900
Summary: Mike's famous temper rises to the fore as he thumbs his nose at his cricket team. For good measure, he tells Psmith there's nothing he can do about it. But then again, this is Psmith we're talking about.
A/N: Thanks so much to hazeltea for taking a monocle to the story. Written for smallfandomfest.

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23 December 2012 @ 05:13 pm
Some people say cats don't do anything on purpose. All I can say is that I'm glad my new "American Vampires" comic book was in a protective plastic sleeve.

The comic book in question was resting atop a TV tray positioned a foot away from the couch. In order to ralph on the comic book, the suspect either had to either climb onto the tray itself or rest its back feet on the arm of the couch and its front feet on the tray.

Vampires are not for everyone, I get that, but this this expression of distaste goes too far.

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07 December 2012 @ 01:15 pm
Here's a comment I saw on Rachel Maddow's blog:

The State of Washington made both gay marriage and pot smoking legal as of 12:01 a.m. December 6th, 2012.

It's the fulfillment of the Biblical prophesy: Leviticus 20:13. "If a man lies with a man as he would with a woman, they should both be stoned."

Here's the link, and it includes a marvelous picture of a lovely couple.

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30 November 2012 @ 04:32 pm
Title: Safe Harbor
Artist: storyfan
Fandom: Donald Strachey Mysteries (movies)
Pairing/Characters: Donald Strachey/Timothy Callahan
Rating/Category: G
Prompt: Safe Harbor
Notes: My imagined book cover was made with a watercolor wash on canvas paper. I used a movie screencap, and the print is a handwriting Mac font. Created for smallfandomfest.

Click on the thumbnail for a better look:

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24 November 2012 @ 02:08 pm

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17 November 2012 @ 09:18 pm
wes ramsey, Wes Ramsey poses on the beach.

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14 November 2012 @ 04:52 pm
13 November 2012 @ 10:14 pm
It took me a while, but I'm finally diving into the Charlie Parker detective series by John Connolly. He's on the library shelf right below Michael Connelly, who hasn't yet seen fit to write me another Mickey Haller story.

I've read three Charlie Parkers so far. They're inventive, scary, fill with psycho killers and have an engaging leading man.

The trouble is, I'm far more interested in his dangerous sidekicks, Angel and Louis. They're a semi-retired burglar and hit man, respectively. They've been a couple for a long time, it seems, and two men were never more different. Trouble is, I don't know how they got together or what keeps them together. They're both smart and have a dry sense of humor and are prone to bastardizing any number of ancient philosophies, but that's about all I know.

Charlie's a good character, too, and I'm liking him more as the books progress, but I sometimes find myself hurrying through his parts to get to the bits about Angel and Louis. Then I have to go back and re-read the parts I rushed. Inefficient, that.

The books are based in Maine, for the most part, and I'm waiting for Charlie to run into one of Stephen King's crazies.

The good thing about getting into a series late is that I have nine more books to read to catch up. That should keep me busy for a couple of weeks.

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10 November 2012 @ 03:25 pm
Crocheting and I do not get along very well, thus I was determined to defeat Crochet.

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I'm reasonably pleased with the result of my first crochet project. I'm still having a hard time counting stitches, and this yarn had so many slubs in it and was so tightly plied that it was hard to control (don't you love my excuses?), but the mistakes are well-hidden and it's still wearable. By me. My kids won't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

The yarn is bright, but an earthy sort of bright, if that makes any sense. If nothing else, I'll stand out in a crowd.

Here's another view that shows my desolate rural area:

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25 October 2012 @ 10:57 pm
To my writerCollapse )

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