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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-29 00:52
Subject: I don't follow football
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Tags:media sneeze

But I love that "Tom Brady Has a Cold" is an actual huge headline right now. "Here he is wiping his nose!" LOL I love these reporters.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tom-brady-sick-205130833.html

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-23 19:06
Subject: Don't forget!
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Don't forget about Dean's Birthday Mini-Meme!

There's already been three fills (not all of them from me!). I'm looking forward to seeing a few more (and writing more). Not sure you can get one done by Dean's birthday? That's okay! Make his birthday last longer and post next week.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-22 20:13
Subject: Guhhhhhhh Moment
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Tags:media sneeze

I'm marathoning All Creatures Great and Small before it goes off Netflix Streaming after 1/31. I'm only nearly through season 3 (of 7) and I won't be able to watch much this weekend. So there's no hope in finishing. But I'm really enjoying watching it. I loved the show as a kid; it made me want to be a vet, for some reason. Now that I watch it, it makes me NEVER want to be a vet! LOL

Anyway, there's a lovely sneeze because of a small cloud of powder from the James Herriot character in season/series 1, episode 5. I might have watched it, like, a dozen times. (It's around timestamp 32:00)

I'm in the middle of season/series 3, episode 13 right now. And James has a cold. And he sneezes over and over and over and over and sniffles and sneezes some more. It's heavenly.There are some older men who are sick as well, and there's a good bit of talking about getting sick as well in the first third of the episode.

If you have Netflix streaming, I highly recommend giving the episode a watch before it goes away in a week. OMG James with a cold is so delightful. I might just have to buy the DVD set sometime.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-15 23:30
Subject: SUPERNATURAL FIC: Smile
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Tags:spn

No sneezing, but a bit of h/c, so I thought I'd still post it here. Just something quick I thought up yesterday when I was at the store. Had to get it out of my head, even though I'm in the middle of writing two SPN giftfics for y'all :-)

Title: Smile
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not my boys! No money made! Just for fun (and for a love of hurt boys)
Summary: Sam’s smiles don’t come easily.

Smile )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-14 21:51
Subject: Bad Birthday Baking: a mini-meme for Dean's birthday!
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Tags:meme



Prompt: It's Dean's birthday. One year, while living in the bunker, Dean is off in the garage working on the Impala because he wants to relax. But then he notices that he hasn't seen Sam all morning, and Sam usually comes in at least once just to hang out. So he goes in search of his brother and eventually finds Sam in the kitchen, where Sam is trying, but completely failing, to make a birthday cake. Because we all know Dean is the real chef in the family.

Your task is to create a fill for this one prompt. [info]cowboyguy sent it my way and, instantly, I was pulled in 4 different directions for how this could go. I'd love to see what other people do with it as well! Create art or write a short comment fic based on this prompt. Post your creation as a reply to this post on January 24. Be sure to comment and enjoy the other fills as well!

Will a demon interrupt the festivities? Is Sam's mind on something other than the recipe? Will they just jump in the Impala and go out for pie instead? Let's see how many different, failed birthday cake attempts we can get for Dean. Bonus points for hurt/comfort and super bonus points for sneezing (though neither is required). Will there be angst? Fluff? Pr0n? You decide!

Note: Before the 24th, all comments to this post will be screened so that no fics/art accidentally slip through before Dean's birthday. I will unscreen and reply to whatever comments/questions get posted.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-13 21:30
Subject: Fanfic Year in Review 2014
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Tags:fanfic year in review

Sorry it took SO LONG to post this. Seems I'm starting off the year behind... which seems somewhat fitting.

Past years: Year 2008, Year 2009, Year 2010, Year 2011, Year 2012, Year 2013

There's a key in the expredsheet link below saying where each fic was posted, if there's a fic there you want to read and haven't yet.

Fanfic Year in Review: 2014

Total pieces I wrote this year: 84 (more than last year... decent)
Expredsheet list of all: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/yearinreview/FinishedFics14.htm

Fandoms:
33- Harry Potter
24- Supernatural
12- Marvel (Avengers)
5- BBC Sherlock
3- Lord of the Rings
1- Buffyverse
1- Cormoran Strike Series
1- Horatio Hornblower
1- NCIS
1- Ringer
1- Star Trek Reboot
1- Torchwood

Ratings:
16- G
16- NC-17
19- PG
17- PG-13
16- R

Challenges, fests, etc. I participated in:
January- 12 Ficlets in 12 Days, Avengerskink Meme
February- Porn Drabble, Rain of Gold Comment Meme (my own comment meme)
March- Sherlock BBC Prompting Meme
April- ALLTHEFANDOMS! ALLTHESNEEZES! (my own comment meme)
May- May Madness Ficathon
September- Starting Over Comment Meme
November- NaNoWriMo
December- 12 Ficlets in 12 Days

Reasons for pieces:
68 - Written for fests, challenges, prompts, etc.
10 - Written for someone else (request or gift)
6 - Written for self, just because


Ratings:
A wide range of ratings, though almost all slash or gen

Monthly Breakdown
9- January
8- February
3- March
7- April
34- May
6- June
10- July
0- August
3- September
0- October
0- November
4- December

I'm not going to do the write-up like usual this year, because I don't have the time or energy to go through and reread everything in order to choose my best, favorite, worst, least appreciated, etc. But I am going to write a short summary. It was a good year of fic-writing. I'm happy to see such an even distribution of ratings; this was the first year I kept track of that and the sexual content within my fics. Obviously, May was again my heaviest month for fics, because of the Harry Potter fest I write a story a day for. Without the snow drabbles, I only managed to write ONE fic just for me. Which kind of sucks. But I did fill one or two of my own prompts, so I guess that sort of counts as well. I'm happy with a lot of the fics I wrote and for hosting two comment fic memes this year as well as participating in others. I'm super proud of November; though I didn't get any fics posted that month, I did a great deal of writing.

In 2015, my writing goals are:

  • I want to finish my 12 Fics in 12 Days project, which I'm sorry is taking so long.

  • I want to have at least one thing to workshop every month at Writers' Roundtable, even if it's something old just to have something to share

  • I want to edit and post my NaNo fic.

  • I want to edit and write a lot more Strokes stories. I've been thinking about those boys a lot lately and I wish I had more time to write them... so I want to make time for them and self publish a small volume of stories of theirs for my own sake.

  • I definitely want to do another comment fic meme in April! I hope everyone will join me in it!

  • I want to keep track in a spreadsheet of all the fanfics I read this year.

  • Speaking of reading fanfic, I want to be MUCH better about leaving feedback after reading, even if it has to be super quick.

  • I want to get into some new fandoms and write for them.

  • And... this is the big one... I want to pick up at least five unfinished fics, finish, and post them. I have hundreds of fics just sitting about, needing attention. I'd love to share them, but I have to finish them in order for that to happen. For this, finishing chapters of chapterfics counts as well ("Too Many Cooks", I'm looking at you).

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-06 11:49
Subject: Apparently...
Security: Public

I woke up at 7:30 this morning (having gone to bed around 2) to find it was SNOWING! I checked the website and we weren't opening until 10. YES! More sleep! I slept until 9 then woke up and started to get dressed. Then I checked the website again and we weren't opening until noon. YES! More sleep! I slept until 10:30 and then got up. Still opening at noon. I got dressed. Still opening at noon. I had breakfast. Still opening at noon. I went out and cleaned off my car, got my lunch ready, and packed dry shoes and socks to change into at work. And I checked the website one last time. CLOSED! So now I'm all ready to go out and it's a SNOW DAY! SQUEE!

Which means a quick snow drabble of some sort and then lots of cleaning and writing!

Apparently cleaning off the car is what did it. I should have gotten up and cleaned off the car first so I didn't have to go through all that waiting. LOL Oh well. I think I still have library volunteering tonight, so my car is cleaned off and ready for that. And I'm dressed. Which is also good :-)

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-05 23:12
Subject: Not quite done yet...
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I'm several pages into the next fic, but I am thinking that I will not have it finished tomorrow. After the stupid health issue, I really got little done yesterday and today, I'm afraid. Just a heads-up that the fic is in progress and will be up as soon as I can post it! Sorry for the delay!

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-05 12:09
Subject: Wine?
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Does anyone drink wine? I bought something at an adult site and got this stupid voucher for $100 off of $160 of wine for nakedwines.com and thought I'd ask in case someone wants it before I trashed it. I don't drink alcohol, so it's kind of useless in my hands. If you're interested, drop me a message or comment with your email and I'll give you the info. First come, first served.


PS- Just got back from the dentist. They fixed me up. I was not looking forward to going back to work, but this was a worse way to spend a Monday morning. But I'm okay now... though as the numbness wears off, the pain is on its way. Ow.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-04 15:56
Subject: Crappy start to my last day of holidays
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So I had big plans for today... getting a lot done on my last day of the holidays. I'm behind in cleaning, behind in writing, and my daddy made me a pie I was looking forward to having a piece of today.

I was eating lunch and suddenly one of my teeth just fell out. I kind of freaked. I haven't eaten anything since, and I need to call my dentist first thing in the morning. But, yeah. WTF? My printer ran out of ink last night and I thought I had a backup... but I don't. I discovered my rug is big enough for my couch but not my coffee table. I'm still behind on cleaning and writing and, have I mentioned, my TOOTH JUST CAME OUT WHILE I WAS EATING?!! ARG!

So it's been a crappy day so far. I'm thinking of taking a shower and maybe going to get printer ink. I didn't want to leave my house today, but I'm freaking out and I think I need to keep busy.

Seriously. This sucks.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-04 11:18
Subject: Day 6 Fic for symphonyflute
Security: Public
Tags:gg, giftfic, holiday gift



Title: Day 6
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Rating: PG
Pairing: Rory/Jess (past Rory/Dean)
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: There's more than one reason Jess doesn't want to go to the Winter Carnival.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for symphonyflute

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day6.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

So, this is my first GG fic. The show is so dialogue-heavy that this fic sort of ran away from me in that regard. It jumps around between Jess and Rory and takes place during the 'That'll Do, Pig' episode that I've now watched 4 times over the past two days. LOL It's sort of an alternate version of that episode, though I'm now convinced that Jess does sound a little stuffy when he says some of his lines. heehee I hope you like it! Let me know if something's terrible so that I can avoid that mistake in any future GG fics I may write. I hope you have a fantastic 2015 and that this fic is just the start of it :-)

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-01-02 15:00
Subject: Day 5 Fic for Anonymous
Security: Public
Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, tw



Title: Day 5
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: PG
Pairing: Ianto/Jack
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: At Torchwood, Ianto simply can't take a sick day.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for Anonymous

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day5.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

With apologies to Lady K's usericon, here's a Torchwood fic. I ended up watching half the series 1 episodes and a few series 2 episodes while writing this, because I needed to remember their voices. I feel pretty rusty writing this, so I hope it's not too terrible. And I hope you enjoy it!! :-)

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-31 16:42
Subject: Day 4 Fic for smokeycat_430
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, marvel



Title: Day 4
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Marvel
Rating: PG
Pairing: Clint/Coulson eventually
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Clint longs to see his handler out of control. He gets his wish when Agents Barton and Coulson land in trouble.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for smokeycat_430

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day4.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

I hope this fits the prompt well enough and that you like it! It was SO much fun to explore the two of them during the beginning of their relationship as agents. Enjoy & have a wonderful new year!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-29 13:27
Subject: Day 3 Fic for wig_powder
Security: Public
Tags:giftfic, hh, holiday gift



Title: Day 3
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Horatio Hornblower
Rating: G
Pairing: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Horatio attempts to write a letter. Seems easy enough, but it doesn't go well for him.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for wig_powder

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day3.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

This maybe didn't turn out as funny as you might have expected, but I still hope you like it! *huge hugs* I hope you have a great new year full of fandom excitement and lots of fun writing!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-27 21:30
Subject: Finally saw the Hobbit (and me ranting about non-movie things)
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I cried my way through the final Hobbit movie today. I knew Billy's song was going to get me, and it totally did, despite having listened to it so many times. It's so sad to say a final farewell to PJ's Middle Earth. Despite all the tears and so much fighting, I really liked the movie. There were a lot of great moments. And I came away with a new Gimli/Legolas plot bunny, so that's never a bad thing.

I really liked it. A lot. I just cried a whole lot as well.


The part I didn't like was that I took my family to see it. I took them to the first two Hobbit movies, so it seemed fitting to take them to this one as well, especially as I couldn't make the date when all my friends went to see it together. I get to movie theaters SUPER EARLY. Like, this movie started at 3:45, so I got there at 2:30 (er, not counting sitting in the car for 10 minutes). I saved seats using my scarf and jacket, finished my reread of A Separate Peace, and then went and stood out in the lobby waiting for my family. Mom & Dad didn't show up until 3:20-something because they got lost along the way. I showed them to the seats then went back out to wait for Sister and her fiance, neither of whom called or texted me. But Sister texted my mother to say they were there waiting. Which, yeah, is strange because I'd been there since 2:30 and hadn't seen then. Finally, at 3:35, I spotted Sister's Fiance and he said he'd lost my sister. She'd texted saying she was at the cafe, but she wasn't. Finally we found her heading out of a bathroom. So we got in just before the trailers started. Which is fine. But the second the movie was over, the two of them jumped up and raced out of the theater, where my sister paced back and forth outside while the rest of us watched the credits (and I sobbed... and then I did a facepalm when my mother said "WETA? Like our PBS Station?" UGH. No.) Anyway, yeah, it's weird. This is just coming off of Christmas dinner where we were all eating and watching a movie together and she jumped up and started cleaning LOUDLY in the kitchen while the rest of us ate. Then my dad and her fiance went into the kitchen and they were all talking loudly and running water and, I think, having a band practice using the pots and pans as drums, while my mother and I sat there eating. Do people just not care about being polite any more? Don't normal families have rules like not leaving the table until being excused? Does that just go out the window when you're an adult? I don't care about the movie, I just find it incredibly rude to bolt from the table while other people are eating and make so much noise in the next room. I got so pissed off but, being the type of person I am, internalized the whole thing. I almost headed home I was so angry, but then a kitty came and jumped on my lap and started purring and so at least one person in the house wanted me there, even if that person was a cat. LOL My Christmas morning was fine... except that I didn't get a chance to talk to my dad about being Ace. I went over super early--an hour earlier than I needed to be there--knowing it would just be the two of us alone and I could talk to him then, but he spent the whole time out with the dog or on the laptop, barely paying attention when I tried to tell him things, so it didn't feel right. I could have said "Hey, can I talk to you a second?" and I almost did, like, eleventy billion times. But I didn't. I chickened out. And I was going to tell my sister as well, but she and her finance headed home to nap immediately after opening presents and I stayed and helped Mom prepare dinner. Even though I was running on no sleep and so very exhausted and had to go cat sit later. I came back after cat sitting to find they'd all watched Divergent without me. Which stung a little. Thanks for the invite, guys. Ugh. So, yeah, my Christmas morning was great. Afternoon okay. Evening sucked.

I've kind of been in a lazy, depressed funk lately, which is another reason I'm so behind on giftfics (sorry!). Was hoping spending time with people I love would help... and apparently it only made things worse. LOL I don't take my family to see the movie just so they can see the movie, I take them so we can share something together. And we didn't have much togetherness.

But, screw that. I did love the movie. Despite the tears. Makes me happy to be home, wearing new slippers, curled in in fluffy warm plaid blanket. It's not as comfy as Bag End, I'm sure, but I'm grateful to have that.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-27 20:49
Subject: Day 2 Fic for cowboyguy
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, supernatural



Title: Day 2
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Sam and Dean have settled down and shopped for curtains. Now they're trying to celebrate their first Christmas and going all-out.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for cowboyguy

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day2.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

Poor Sammy's got bad luck, but at least he's got a Dean to look after him :-) This was so much fun to write! I hope you like it! (Warning: this story contains no adorable turtles)

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-26 13:29
Subject: Giftfic Updates...
Security: Public

I've finished 4 of the fics. I'm partially done with three more. To buy myself a little time, because I am EXHAUSTED and need some time for home projects, I am planning on posting fics every other day instead of every day. Sorry to make y'all wait a little longer.

By the way, I'd really like for each fic to go to a different person, so there's one spot left.
http://tarotgal.livejournal.com/947355.html

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-25 16:09
Subject: Day 1 Fic for tinadp
Security: Public
Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, sherlock



Title: Day 1
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Sherlock has a cold while on a trip away from London to consult on a case.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for tinadp

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day1.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

It went a little longer than I'd planned, so I hope it accomplishes what I meant it to. I never turn down an opportunity to write sneezing!Sherlock fic, but I hope to have the Musketeers watched soon :-) I hope you like this! Happy holidays to you and your family!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-10 08:02
Subject: Gift Fic Update
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At the time of this posting, there are two spots left for requesting a fic: http://tarotgal.livejournal.com/947355.html

I've managed to complete two stories so far, and I've started a third. So I'm definitely on track. Some are going to be harder than others, I suspect, but I'm still plowing through at a good enough pace. And, hopefully, once my winter break starts, I'll have a little more time to devote to them.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-09 22:01
Subject: Stupid DVR
Security: Public

ARRRRG! I am a giant squid of anger! Once again, my DVR FAILED to record Supernatural. ARG! *flails limbs about wildly*

It's totally my fault. The DVR was full. And I'm so pissed at myself for letting it happen. AGAIN.

ARRRGGGGGGG!

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