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Day 1 of potty training was a mixed success. My main goal was to avoid the 8 hour hold that made me put Monkey back into diapers last time. I'd like to just let her wear diapers until she wanted to stop, but we can't start preschool until she's out of them, and the best daycare I can find still has TV on for about 3 hours a day,and feeds the kids junk.

We achieved pooping in the potty (something that has not been the issue), and peeing in the yard without a major freak out and stopping mod pee. That's after several times of starting to pee and stopping, and sitting dry in the potty at least 20 times today. I have 3 more days to get her peeing on the toilet volitionally before she's back in daycare.
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Thank god for dry heat. It's 100 degrees today, but it just feels like the mid 80s does everywhere else I've lived. I'm outside with Monkey splashing in the kiddie pool after dinner.
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Yesterday we purchased drawers to organize our tools and construction supplies (the danger of buying a house that needs work means an ever growing set of tools), and Mr. Paean and I spent the day organizing them, freeing up the built in shelves in the dining room. Today I worked on a project for Mr. Paean's home office, moved a shelf into the storage room, and put all the displaced board games on the dining room shelves. I'm feeling quite successful, even if we only managed to cross about 4 things off our 3 page list of immediate household projects that we want to get done this month. Also, our kind neighbor helped us put up Christmas lights!

This week work will be all consuming again, so getting a bit more done on the home felt good. Many weekends it feels like just getting the kitchen clean and running some laundry is a lofty goal with Monkey wanting to eat and play and snuggle with me. Instead, she "helped" with her screwdriver and banging on things skills.
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One of the very, very best Snape Draco 7th year fics I've every read. It has (and imperfectly addresses) the expected power imbalance. Fantastic writing. Great development of the Slytherin 7th years as minor characters. This kind of thing is why I probably will never leave HP fandom.

http://hds-beltane.dreamwidth.org/144247.html

Movie Rec

Apr. 8th, 2015 01:18 pm
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I just watched Pride and cannot recommend it highly enough. Despite being very well fixed in the 1980s, it feels very relevant.

It captures the burgeoning gay pride movement, along with the entrenched horribleness of homophobia. It also showcases the end of a strong labor movement, something that is just no longer represented in modern culture. Despite showing HIV/AIDS, individual and institutional intolerance, police brutality, and Margaret Thatcher, the message is uplifting. The ensemble cast is fabulous. I am a perpetual multitasker when watching movies, and I was riveting in my seat the whole time. I laughed, cried, and cheered. It's available on Netflix DVD, and well worth your time.
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I just finished reading this, and I have so many feels. H/C at its finest. TW for the real fucked up nature of prostitution when no other option seems possible.

Sell Your Body to the Night (121553 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 15/15
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Stiles Stilinski/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, Laura Hale
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe - Prostitution, Sexual Assault, Car Sex, Barebacking, Comeplay, Fisting, Watersports, Scent Marking, Secrets
Summary:

"No," he repeated impatiently. "I'm not a cop. I'm someone who wants to exchange my money for your sexual services. I was told you were in that line of work."

"I, uh, yeah, sorry," Stiles said. He glanced around again and then up--the full moon was almost directly overhead. Just one of those nights, maybe. "Yeah, I am. I do that."

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Sometimes when I have time, I search AO3 for new to me writers. It's mostly a bust. Good writers usually get picked up on and there are recommendations all over, but a few slip under my radar, and finding them is such a treasure.

If you are in the mood for a novel, and not scared by AU, this is an amazing work by a writer who I suspect will be turning pro soon. Stiles centric, incredibly interesting OCs, and set in the world of horseracing.

We Poured Mud Through Their Veins (158034 words) by ThisDominionIsMine
Chapters: 33/33
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Vernon Boyd/Erica Reyes, Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Allison Argent/Isaac Lahey/Scott McCall, Isaac Lahey/Lydia Martin (past), Isaac Lahey/Scott McCall, Allison Argent/Isaac Lahey, Allison Argent/Scott McCall
Characters: Stiles Stilinski, Scott McCall, Melissa McCall, Sheriff Stilinski, Derek Hale, Laura Hale, Mama Stilinski, Victoria Argent, Chris Argent, Gerard Argent, Vernon Boyd, Erica Reyes, Isaac Lahey, Alan Deaton, Allison Argent, Lydia Martin
Additional Tags: sassiness, Fluff, Canonical Character Death, Alternate Universe - Human, Alternate Universe - Horseracing, lots of horses, horses as legitimate characters, Angst, Hale fire feels, Slow Build, Polyamory, Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Baggage, Bromance, Drug Use, Original Character(s), Horse Racing, Psychological Trauma, Resolved Sexual Tension, Caretaking, Workplace Relationship, animal injury, Animal Death, Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Past Abuse
Series: Part 1 of Mud 'verse
Summary:

Stiles is five-going-on-six years old when his mother buys a pony. He's twenty-two when he takes a job offer as a groom in a racing barn (because anything is better than driving forklifts in a warehouse) and full-on faceplants into a world that he's spent his entire life sneaking glorified glimpses of. It's not clean, and it isn't pretty by any stretch of imagination, but somewhere in there he gets a vague notion of what it is that make this the sport of kings.



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Another amazing novel, with magical Stiles, and a much more realistic look at how trauma in the show might mess someone up. Also has pretty awesome OCs. Warning for unsympathetic Allison. Canon divergent after 3A. There is a short story that starts the series, followed by this:

These Accidents of Faith and Nature (214399 words) by TheHatterTheory
Chapters: 17/17
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, stiles stilinski/emotional trauma, derek hale/manpain
Characters: Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, Scott McCall, Lydia Martin, Sheriff Stilinski, Alan Deaton, Original Characters
Additional Tags: medication abuse, mentions of self harm (not described), Angst, black hole inducing wangst, Slow Build, growing up can suck, Post-Season 3A, mention of minor relationships, Loss of Virginity, sterek, Emissary!Stiles, beta!derek, Galdr, Original Character(s), Nightmares, Underage Drinking, Guns, body dump, Body Modification, Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Manipulation, Emotional Baggage, Confrontation, Stilinski Family Feels, Sexist Language, mama stilinski references, Magical Artifacts, emissary structure and politics, Pack Politics, Pack Dynamics, Slow Burn, Ritual Cutting, Blood Magic, Magical Stiles Stilinski, everyone is held accountable (eventually), no one gets out unscathed, jossed by 3B, Norwegian Mythology & Folklore
Series: Part 2 of Hagalaz
Summary:

Sometimes you have to tear everything down before you can start building something worthwhile. OR;
Stiles keeps showing up. Derek keeps letting him in.(And sometimes refuses to let him leave.)

Push Pins

Jul. 29th, 2014 03:35 pm
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I am about to order push pins for my office space (dull beige and brown cubical walls). Looking on Amazon, I see the same color assortment options as when I was a kid, plus random decorative ones. That got me thinking, are there any fannish push pins I could buy instead? Work-safe of course.
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I adore podfic. And even more than listening to podfic, I love listening to a story that I haven't already read. This especially holds true for longer stories, as they turn my commute into my favorite part of the day.

If a story is in a series, is it okay to ask someone who read the first story if they are planning on making a production of the second? I feel like a total lurker here, since I don't podfic. It seems terribly forward to ask, as if I am expecting someone will take their time and energy to create something, just because I want it. But I don't want the disappointment of reading the story myself and then a month later seeing it posted as a podfic. When that happens, I often still listen to and enjoy the podfic, but the magic of experiencing a story for the first time is lost.

I am specifically thinking about The Lure of the Moon by miss_aphelion. Rhea did an amazing rendition of Pull of the Tide by Miss Aphelion, and listening to the story unfold in her voice was truly magical.
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Birth of a Dancing Star by [personal profile] asecretchord is a novel length 8th year epic. [personal profile] asecretchord is a delightful writer with in depth characters and great plot development. She's impressed me enough in the past that I started reading, despite knowing mpreg (not really my thing) was integral to the story line.

There's something to be said for a story that is so well written, it engages even a reader who does not normally look for the elements it contains. This is that story. I spent most of Friday and Saturday night immersed, and highly recommend checking it out.
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Three amazing stories that blew me away. Derek/Stiles (with totally canon bottom!Derek which I didn't even really realize was a thing), then 2 Peter/Stiles mildly dubcon character exploration masterpieces. Go, read.

Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us (12627 words) by queerly_it_is
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Underage
Relationships: allusions to Scott/Isaac, Past Scott McCall/Allison Argent, Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Vernon Boyd/Erica Reyes
Characters: Derek Hale, Stiles Stilinski, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, Isaac Lahey, Scott McCall
Summary:

Derek doesn’t get why he likes it so much.


It’s just not -- he hadn’t expected to need this. Not from Stiles. Not from anyone, ever. He doesn’t do this.


Except he does, now. Because it’s for Stiles, and Derek -- fuck, he likes it too.



you know what this road is paved with (902 words) by darthjamtart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Peter Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Peter Hale, Stiles Stilinski
Summary:

Peter's grip is bruise-tight around Stiles' wrist, reeling him in when he tries to jerk away.

[alternate scene from the season 1 finale]



set all your regrets on fire (15942 words) by darthjamtart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Underage
Relationships: Peter Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Stiles Stilinski, Peter Hale, Derek Hale, Chris Argent, Lydia Martin, Scott McCall, Vernon Boyd, Erica Reyes, Jackson Whittemore, Sheriff Stilinski
Summary:

I’m going to die, Stiles thinks, remembering the last time he saw Peter Hale standing over the trunk of a car. I’m going to die, and no one will make my father eat his vegetables, and he’ll die of a heart attack before they even find my body.

Peter kidnaps Stiles. Meanwhile, a series of gruesome murders has the Argents and Derek’s pack working together.

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Your result for The Remarkably Thorough Harry Potter Character Test...

Molly Weasley

NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!”






You are Molly Weasley, mother of seven children and wife of Arthur Weasley. As the caretaker of so many children, Molly is headstrong, defensive, and caring. She is fiercely loyal to her family and friends, always attending to others’ needs before her own. She can get a little hotheaded at times, especially when somebody breaks her rules. Otherwise, she is practically a saint. You are similar to Molly in the sense that both of you are devoted to your loved ones more than anything else. It is likely that you have your own set of morals and that you have a very clear definition of what is right and what is wrong. People who do not share your views will often get the cold shoulder, but you try your best not to judge too much. As long as you are treated with respect, you welcome new friends into your life with open arms. The one thing that breaks you is stress; it can sometimes turn you into a completely different person. You always realize your mistakes, though, and apologize for any rudeness displayed. No one would ever call you thoughtless or discourteous, and they'd be wrong if they did! On top of being kind-hearted, you are extremely protective, often sticking up for your loved ones more than they even want you to. They may never tell you how much they value you, but you should know that your friendship is truly irreplaceable.



In short, you are more:



Cautious than impulsive


Mature than immature


Modest than arrogant


Normal than weird


Extroverted than introverted




Your polar opposite is Mundungus Fletcher.

Take The Remarkably Thorough Harry Potter Character Test at HelloQuizzy

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Ever think that a brilliant mind makes someone a BAMF? Like, there's nothing you can do to get over on that person, because they can think you in circles? I love Lydia as genius. And I have a soft spot for Lydia/Stiles, especially when it doesn't preclude the idea of Stiles also liking cock. The writing here is really, really good.

An Algorithm for Mistakes (26861 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lydia Martin/Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Lydia Martin/Jackson Whittemore
Characters: Lydia Martin, Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, Jackson Whittemore, Allison Argent, Scott McCall, Vernon Boyd, Erica Reyes, Isaac Lahey
Summary:

Lydia has a plan: attend college, study the biological makeup of werewolves, win prizes, and wear amazing shoes. She does not expect to make friends with Stiles. Or flirt with Stiles. Or accidentally start a pack war with Stiles. Whatever. The point is, Lydia has a plan.

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A really amazing character study on Isaac, and the companion piece with Isaac/Stiles and *so excited* Danny/Isaac/Stiles. The writing is concise with great rhythm, and rings with in-the-moment-ness.

Seven years and a new skin (4390 words) by faviconcrown_of_weeds
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Isaac Lahey, Stiles Stilinski, Scott McCall
Summary:

It's not that Isaac heals, because he doesn't.



Off The Record (11671 words) by faviconcrown_of_weeds
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Isaac Lahey/Stiles Stilinski, Isaac Lahey/Stiles Silinski/Danny Mahealani
Characters: Isaac Lahey, Stiles Stilinski, Danny Mahealani
Summary:


OR: we are never ever shutting up like EVER


There really can't be any room for scared in this equation.

 

(Isaac/Stiles companion to Seven years and a new skin)

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Unhook the Stars is one of the best Harry Draco stories I've read, immediately feeling like an instant classic.

Draco's character is true to the brat evolved into a haunted young man, grown and matured without losing any of the core personality from canon. Harry is Harry - hungry for friendship, sweet, impulsive, and determined to get what he wants. The focus is refreshingly not on them getting together, but on what happens after that. We don't get a happily ever after, instead there's a fascinating story about wrestling with one's demons, and how love complicates rather than simplifies life, but ultimately makes it better.

The sex is mind blowingly hot. There's a nod to SSC at the beginning, when Draco asks Harry to name a safeword and limits, and Harry (completely in character) declines. It's rare to see a story with this much kinky sex also address the emotional needs of the characters, without either using sex as the solution or as completely separate to the plot. The author integrates sex as intense part of Harry and Draco's communication, while acknowledging the inadequacy of sex to communicate everything. Although BDSM is woven throughout the story, the master-slave trope is completely avoided. Draco tops Harry, but doesn't own him. Instead the two men forge their own path, complete with in-laws, kids, friends, and the public eye.

I stayed up hours past my bedtime reading last night, and really don't have the words to explain why this is such an amazing story. But it has re-ignited my love for this pairing, and I expect there will be more erudite reviews posted soon.
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I stayed up all night Tuesday reading (Sacred) In The Ordinary by [personal profile] idyll. It's one of the best Teen Wolf fics I've read, with great characterizations, plot, and dialog. The story tunnels its way into your chest with slow burn and all the feelings, but I can't count the number of times I laughed out loud with delight at a turn of phrase or a perfect Stilesism. The only thing better than a great story is a podfic of a great story. The next day [personal profile] knight_tracer posted it as a podfic. Yes, if I had any idea, I might have waited (and slept instead of being a zombie on Wednesday.) Instead I get to experience the story twice.

If you haven't listened to [personal profile] knight_tracer before, you are doing yourself a disservice. She has great rhythm when she reads, and the stories unfold seamlessly. Her reading lends depth to the characters, and she clearly gets the idea that a reading is an interpretation, without going overboard.

I've just started listening to (Sacred) In The Ordinary. It is an wonderful as I could have hoped for.
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I'm all bunkered down for the storm, and just waiting for the internet to really go out. In the meantime, have some longish stories to keep you occupied.

Harry Potter, Teen Wolf, Merlin and Sherlock BBC recs below. )
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Derek/Stiles. Knotting, voyeurism, dirty talk. PWP in the best possible way. Untitled and anonymous. I may have read this over and over again.

http://teenwolfkink.livejournal.com/3353.html?thread=2226969#t2226969
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1001cranes just posted the final chapter of multiplied by seven. IDEK you guys, it's fucked up in so many different ways, and I was absolutely enamored. The writing is rich, and takes you right into the headspace of the characters. Sheriff is his usual good father self, written as a real character and not just a 2-dimensional background figure. Stiles and Derek are completely in character - minus the werewolf bit ... wait, come back! You still need to consider reading this even if it doesn't contain wolves.

Instead of the werewolf power imbalance, 1001cranes goes to the bone chillingly realistic chan power imbalance. Stiles is a realistically immature 13 when the storyline starts, and Derek is 16 year old juvenile delinquent. They still manage to fall in love of sorts, although it's deliberately ambiguous if Stiles really has any clue about anything other than his out of control sex hormones when he and Derek start out together. Derek is compelling, fucked up enough to be sympathetic, and predatory enough to be every parent's nightmare.

Despite - or perhaps more honestly because of this - the story sizzles. Sex, angst, love, and family all come together to make you want the story to keep going, while the angel on your shoulder is whispering that you will go to hell for liking it so much.

Read the first one first, it deserves it's own recommendation, and makes the second one that much more rich.

hear his alibis (6628 words) by favicon1001cranes
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Derek Hale, Stiles Stilinski, Sheriff Stilinski
Series: Part 1 of By and By
Summary:

creepy never looked so cute - or, how Sheriff Stiles accidentally adopted a juvenile offender. (another) pyromaniac au.



multiplied by seven (26340 words) by favicon1001cranes
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Derek Hale, Stiles Stilinski, Sheriff Stilinski
Series: Part 2 of By and By
Summary:

Derek isn't exactly like other people. Stiles doesn't say that because he's in love with him, or whatever. He's not like Scott, who thinks Allison hung the freaking moon, or was the first girl to ever let a guy under her bra. Derek isn't like other people. Sometimes he's not exactly sane.

psychopaths in love - the story from Derek & Stiles's side.
companion fic to 'hear his alibis'

Rec

Sep. 26th, 2012 07:14 am
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Deslea's latest Tonks/Lucius Narcissa/Lucius story is a masterpiece. Told from Narcissa's POV, we see the horrors and aftermath of Voldemort's war, and the human impact it leaves. Narcissa is complex and utterly sympathetic, shown as a product of her upbringing but also as an intelligent and fiercely determined woman facing unbeatable odds.

I grieved with Narcissa as I read this. The language is rich and carries the reader into her reality. The warnings refer to happenings in the previous piece in the series, and should not scare you off. Rape as a weapon of war is not sexualized, and handled well. Ultimately this is a character study, with the kind of world building we could only wish was included in the source canon material.

Of Vials Blue and Shades of Grey (13278 words) by favicondeslea
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy/Nymphadora Tonks, Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Draco Malfoy/Astoria Greengrass
Characters: Narcissa Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy, Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Astoria Greengrass, Abraxas Malfoy
Summary:

Narcissa knows there is another woman - but when she learns who and why, she must make hard choices to bring them all through a hell of someone else's making. A journey of silent dignity and selflessness. Narcissa's perspective on The Blue Vial. (You can read this on its own, but if you're going to read both, it's better to read Blue Vial first).

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