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IT'S HAPPENING

Oh man, definitely just booked my tickets for London. Arriving August 1st, leaving August 9th. UK (and Benedict Cumberbatch), here we come!

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May. 11th, 2015

I know I've been very much out of the loop, but it's only 2 more weeks and then my seniors are OUT OF HERE. I'm hoping to be much more present this summer. Prayers have been lifted! It's destined to be a busy summer, though: my parents are renewing their vows so we'll be spending a week in Charleston, S.C., in anticipation of that event; I owe my cousin and her fiancee a visit up to RI; I have some babysitting and housesitting lined up for extra cash, praise be; and then wildcard_47 and I are headed to London the last week in July where we'll hopefully *fingers crossed* rendezvous with aalia7 (squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee)! Much crafting and reading shall be thrown in that mix, and before I know it, I'll be back with the hellions for another school year.

Is "ask me anything" the trend on LJ these days? I've seen a few friends post about it, so since I've been so scarce lately: ASK ME ANYTHING!!!

Much angst! Such hurt/comfort!

Yep, I've finished a new fic! And of course it's full of angsty bits, because that's just how I roll. I've been wanting to write a "fix-it" to Sherlock's "The Empty Hearse" for a while, and now that I've done it, I think I can set aside my fan-girl tears for a bit.

Title: Marked
Rating: T (mention of graphic violence; language)
Tags: Angst, Hurt/comfort, Post-Reichenbach, "fix-it" fic
Length: 5,488 words (5 chapters - completed)
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Mrs. Hudson, Mycroft Holmes, Anthea
Summary: “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ― Kahlil Gibran
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3838456/chapters/8565364

Psssst!

I posted a bunch of costume photos of my completed Downton ensemble over at my costuming blog: http://muffincostumes.livejournal.com/4420.html

It's been so long!

I haven't posted in ages, and I feel like such a loser. But the school year is (finally) winding down, and I'm hoping that the summer will see me more active. There's been plenty going on, including some sewing! I'm working on an Edwardian dress to wear to the Biltmore Estate next weekend, and with just a few days to go, I think I may actually finish in time!



I spent almost the entirety of spring break working on it (almost 3 full days of cutting), and I'm still not sure it'll look decent on me, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

There's lots of crafting still to be done (I haven't forgotten your prizes, aalia7, I swear), but right now, I'm flailing around in an attempt to get the rest of the school year planned out. I really only have 5 weeks left with the kids when you take into account Senior Week and the days that will be set aside for exams, so it's definitely down to the wire now. I can't wait for summer! There will be at least two trips - one to Rhode Island (with a possible side trip to Boston, eh, alabastard), and another sojourn to London to see Baconburger Frenchfryface in "Hamlet" - as well as an engagement party for my cousin and her partner and a wedding vow renewal for my parents. So many things!!

I hope that all are well. I'm not keeping up with everyone's blogs as I ought, but I am thinking of you all!

Mar. 17th, 2015

Please send prayers and thoughts for one of my student's families. Her house was the target of gunfire last night, and her mother was hit in the leg. I'm beyond upset about it, not least because this is a good, faithful Muslim family and the news stations have yet to even refer to the possibility that it was a hate crime. I can't even.

Fan-fic Master Post

I just hit my 30th fic posted over on AO3, so it seemed fitting that I do a write-up over here of my fics for anyone who might be interested. Most of them are one-shots, but there are a few multi-chapter with only (I think) one in-progress. If you end up reading any, do let me know! I love feedback, and I hope you enjoy them :)

Sherlock Fic (10)Collapse )

Harry Potter Fic (13)Collapse )

Doctor Who Fics (9)Collapse )

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January-February 2015 Reading Check

I've been amiss in keeping up with my reading diary, but I have here a list of the books I've tackled so far this year. I'm always open for suggestions!

  • The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

  • Sabriel by Garth Nix

  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix

  • Lirael by Garth Nix

  • Clariel by Garth Nix

  • Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Fattah-Abdel

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton


So there's January through February gone! I'm currently reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and I'm about halfway through, so I'll be looking for something new and engaging very soon!

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Help me, oh creative ones!

My parents gave me a beautiful, leather-bound book for Christmas a few years ago, and I have only just figured out how I want to use it: a proper receptacle for my notes on rhabdomancy and all things relating to the art of water witching! Now, the question is, "What shall I name my little grimoire?" I'd like a name that reflects its purpose and also relates to me, but... what would suit? I would love any suggestions you might have!

grimoire

More adventures in teaching!

I left school early yesterday to drive a friend to urgent care. Consequently, I was unable to be with my Speech & Debate students, but my department head was gracious enough to take them into his room and let them work on their debates there.

This morning, I checked my work e-mail to find the following message from one of my S&D students:

ARE U OK IS THE PERSON OK WHATS GOING ON?!?! WE MISS U!! WERES ARE MAMA OPSSUM!! Hahaha any who WE MISS I COME BACK AND U HAVE ARE PAPERS FOR SOEECH AND DEVATE BECUSE U THOGHT ONE IF US WOULD BE GONE BUT WERE ALL HERE BRADON IS ON ARE SIDE THE CHARTER!! TELL THE PERSON I SAY GET BETTER AND HUGS! TAKE CARE MAMA OPSSUM SEE U LATER IN LIFE!

A few minutes later, she sent another message:

ACERY SAYS HE MISSES U AND HE IS CRYING I TOLD HIM EVERYTHING WILL BE OK BUT PLZ BE SAFE AND HAPPY THINK OF OPOSSUMS AT A MUSEUM BEING STUFFED!! ❤️. MAYBE THATS A LITTLE TOO DARK ANYWAY MR G’S DEAD BODY IN THE CEILING IS SHOWING AND SMELLING COME BACK MY TEACHER FRIEND AND ENEMY

All grammar snafus and morbid death jokes aside, aren't my babies (sometimes) the cutest?

tooprecious

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