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tarotgal
Date: 2018-06-08 08:02
Subject: The Caps Win the Cup!
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The Washington Capitals are the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions!


Took the franchise 44 years, but we finally won the hardest, most wonderful trophy in all of professional sports. After 14 years, Ovechkin finally accomplished his ultimate goal, but it took the whole team to get there. We've been playing like winners for years, and deserved to win the cup so many times. But for one reason or another, there was always disappointment... until last night!

I'm so, so, sooooooooo proud and happy for my boys. They broke so many of our records and worked so hard. I'm THRILLED that we finally proved ourselves.

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-06-01 23:33
Subject: FIC: Making Sense of Symbols (Stargate SG-1)
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Title: Making Sense of Symbols
Author: tarotgal
Rating: G
Summary: Daniel's home sick with a cold when he's needed back on based to save Jack's life.
Notes: Written for Lady Korana as a belated birthday present in 2018

Making Sense of Symbols )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-31 00:12
Subject: Let's Go Caps!
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The Washington Capitals just won their first EVER game in the Stanley Cup finals. Like, EVER. In all of history, we've never won a single game at this level until tonight!

I am SO proud of my boys. And worried about Kuzy who got hit tonight and pulled from the game (and there wasn't even a penalty called, even though the guy's skates came off the ice; GRRRRRR!). Hotby played AMAZINGLY (Olie Kolzig tweeted that it was the greatest save he'd ever seen! I love Olie). And Orpik scored his first goal since 2006.

So proud of them.

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-24 00:04
Subject: Lately
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Just spent two long, exhausting days at a conference for work. Some of the sessions weren't so great. Got some good ideas, though, so it was all right. And on my way out, I ran into our former Membership Director (he left the org in 2011). So it was nice talking with him. Can't believe his daughter is 7! Feels like we just held the baby shower.

Last week was the Gaithersburg Book Festival. I brought 775 books and came home with NONE books! (Okay, that's not entirely true. I bought a few books at the library used book sale there, and melydia gave me 2 books--one by David Levithan and another about Alexander Hamilton). The weather was miserable and rainy for half the day. I treated myself to a Chai which ended up not agreeing with me. That's what I get for treating myself. It was otherwise a lovely day with friends and books. I also ran into one of my coworkers and his family there.

The next day, I went to a library used book sale and bought $15 worth of books (probably about 150 books) to make a good head start on books for the April book festival. The weather was hot and icky. I came home and had to eat two sugar free popsicles to cool down.

Then I went to my local comic book shop for a fun event. We had our monthly book club--talking about Thanos Rising this time, a Thanos origin story. I read it the morning I saw Infinity War. The discussion was short but good.

After that, we were walked through character creation for D&D and then played a short one-shot campaign. I had been working on my character mentally all day, and barely got a chance to do anything with it because ELEVEN people ended up showing up for that part of it! That's a huge party! heehee We ended up *gasp* splitting the party to make it a little more managable for our DM. I got to play a Rogue Gnome--super sneaky and quick. In my mind she (Misti) has a badger as a pet and is only about 45 years old, so pretty young for a gnome (just out of school and off on her own in the world for a little while). She's super talkative and loves gems, having grown up in the mines. She had a badger as a birth pet, and prefers them as companions now. But I didn't get to go into any of that (I even had a cloak and stuffed badger I brought with me that I decided would be too geeky to pull out as no one else had props). So I hope I get a chance to play her again some time in the future--or maybe write some fic with her. Anyway, I used dice I got for my birthday, and on my very first roll (which was for initiative for the whole campaign) I rolled a Natural 20! Whoohoo!!!! That meant I got to go first, which I was kind of nervous about doing, but it went all right. We had a wizard in our party who managed to put 5 of our 6 threats to sleep. So when it was my turn, I grabbed my short bow and took the 6th guy out in a second. Yeah. I'm that good. When my turn came around again, and while my companions were busy looting the sleeping bodies, I made my way to the edge of a cliff in the underground cavern we were in, took aim with my short bow, and took out one of the other party's enemies in another second. I killed more of the bandits than anyone else, I think! I'm super proud of Misti. I'm not really a fighter, but my character was. And I feel proud that I did her justice. She is small (only 2 feet tall) but she is mighty!

I'm rereading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell right now in preparation for a book discussion I'll be leading next month. I'll have to reread Carry On before then as well. Oh, how terrible ;-)

I don't know if I mentioned A Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue here yet, but it is literally my favorite book in the world right now. It's like the giant hurt/comfort slash fic I wish I'd written.

Speaking of slash and h/c, BOTH panels I proposed for CON.TXT were voted in! Whoohoo! One's on hurt/comfort and the other is about one-shot fics. I'm super excited about both of them, though I wasn't expecting both to make it through.

My workouts haven't been going so well, but I'm still eating low carb, low sugar, super healthy. I officially hit 30 pounds lost this week! Also, my blood pressure reading on Friday was normal for the first time all year! So I'm really proud of my body for starting to cooperate. My stomach's still a pain (literally) but that's something I'm used to.

SO EXCITED about my boys making it to the Stanley Cup finals! WHOOHOO! They worked so hard. I'm so proud of them.

Am binging Smallville right now (one of my 101 Things in 1001 Days). I'm halfway through season 2... of 10. I've got a LONG way to go yet.

Cleaning my house this month isn't going well. I've done a lot, but it hardly feels like anything. That makes me a little sad. But all I can do is keep at it.

I have a BUSY June! I'm possibly going to my first Cuddle Party. Sense 8 finale hits June 8. On June 9, I'll either go to the Pride Parade in DC or a Harry Potter meetup. On June 16, I might go to a proper Celtic Festival for the first time in a decade. And my 101 Things in 1001 Days list #4 will be ending. I'm still hoping to break 90 completed items, but it's going to be a lot of work between now and June 28th!

In July, I get to see Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban with a live orchestra and the next day I'll be seeing Hamilton at the Kennedy Center! Also in July I'll be leading another discussion for my HP group, going to our annual Harry Potter birthday party, and attending CON.TXT, a wonderful slash con. I got a hotel room this time, so that should be a nice mini vacation (and the hotel room has a kitchen in it, so I'll be able to eat well the whole time without worrying; there's also free breakfast... I'm a sucker for free breakfast).

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-23 23:14
Subject: My Boys!
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"I can't explain my emotions. I'm just happy for my boys."
~Alexander Ovechkin when asked what it feels like to win the east and be heading to the Stanley Cup Finals

I'm so proud of my Caps tonight!

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-17 20:44
Subject: FIC: On a Scale of One to Ten (Supernatural)
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Title: On a Scale of One to Ten

Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural (spoilers through season 7)
Pairing: None
Rating: NC-17 for canon-typical violence and pain
Prompt: There's always a new ten (prompt by Anonymous)
Notes: Written for the 2018 OhSam Birthday meme on the side of hurt. A lot of hurt. So much hurt.



On a Scale of One to Ten )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-06 09:46
Subject: FIC: Reversal (Supernatural)
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Title: Reversal
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: None
Rating: G
Notes: Written for a 2012 meme prompt from Sinnerforhire: Dean is physically and mentally de-aged to ~5-6 years old and comes down with a bad case of the flu. At first Dean is hesitant to accept comfort from Sam, but after Sam does all the things Dean always did for him when he was sick as a kid, Dean turns into a regular little snuggle bunny.


Reversal )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-05 21:42
Subject: FIC: 0111001101100101 01100101 (Star Wars)
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Title: 01110011 01100101 01100101
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Star Wars, sequel trilogy
Pairing: Finn/Poe
Rating: G
Notes: Written for May the 5th, 2018 (Revenge of the Fifth) Sequel to yesterday's fic, 0111001101101001 01100111

01110011 01100101 01100101 )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-04 23:18
Subject: FIC: 01110011 01101001 01100111 (Star Wars)
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Tags:sw

Title: 01110011 01101001 01100111
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Star Wars, sequel trilogy
Pairing: Finn/Poe
Rating: G
Notes: Written for May the 4th, 2018

01110011 01101001 01100111 )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-02 01:00
Subject: FIC: Find a Place to Make Your Stand (Supernatural)
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Tags:spn

Happy birthday, Sam Winchester! I decided to combine prompts from two different memes here with this fill.

Title: Find a Place to Make Your Stand
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural (set during Season 13; no significant spoilers)
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Sam/Dean (briefly; blink and you might miss it)
Prompts:
Comfort fill for [community profile] ohsam 2018 Birthday Meme Prompt: Sam has a very bad very sneezy cold and dean mother hens him and Sam secretly loves it
Fill for my own 2018 Meme Prompt: Can I please have good patient Sam? He’s not super sick or out of it or anything, but for whatever reason he’s happy to let Dean take care of him. As chick flick-y as you like.
Notes: Title is from the Eagles song "Take it Easy" (seemed appropriate)

Find a Place and Take Your Stand )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-05-01 22:59
Subject: FIC: What Oin Does Best (Middle Earth)
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Title: What Oin Does Best
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Middle Earth; polyamorous dwarves ‘verse
Rating: PG
Pairing: Oin/Toron
Notes: Written in honor of the launch of the Alphabet Soup discord group!

What Oin Does Best )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-04-30 22:36
Subject: FIC: A Place to Start (Marvel MCU)
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Tags:marvel

Title: A Place to Start
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Marvel MCU
Rating: PG
Pairing: Steve/Tony
Warnings: Brief mention of abuse/trauma
Notes: Written in honor of the launch of the Alphabet Soup discord group!
Written as a follow-up to “The Histories of Alphabet Soup” based on cowboyguy’s comment.

A Place to Start )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-04-30 20:15
Subject: FIC: Less than Three Minutes (BBC Sherlock)
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Tags:sherlock

Title: Less than Three Minutes
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: John/Sherlock/Greg
Tags: John with a sneezing fetish, asexual Sherlock
Notes: Written in honor of the launch of the Alphabet Soup discord group!

Less than Three Minutes )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-04-29 19:52
Subject: FIC: The Histories of Alphabet Soup (Marvel MCU)
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Tags:marvel

Title: The Histories of Alphabet Soup
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Marvel MCU
Rating: PG
Pairing: Steve/Tony
Notes: Written in honor of the launch of the Alphabet Soup discord group!

The Histories of Alphabet Soup )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-04-29 19:49
Subject: FIC: The Letter I is Lucky (Supernatural)
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Title: The Letter I is Lucky
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: G (weechesters)
Notes: Written in honor of the launch of the Alphabet Soup discord group!

The Letter I is Lucky )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-04-11 12:18
Subject: tg's annual sneezefic meme (2018)
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Tags:comment meme

It's April, which means it's once again time for my annual commentfic meme!

meme


Directions:

1. Post prompts. Any fandom (original fic allowed as well) and any pairing, as long as there is potential sneezing involved character. There is no limit to how many prompts you can post.
2. Please warn for anything current that might be potentially spoilery!
3. Prompt posting will be open while there's interest, most likely until this time next year
4. Reply to any prompts you like with art/drabbles/ficlets/fics in parts/links to fics in your blog. The entry must not be friends-locked.
5. Please warn for anything that might be a trigger including something an emetophobe like me might have a problem with.
6. Prompts can have as many fills as people feel like writing. Just because one person has filled a prompt doesn't mean you can't write for that prompt as well. Different spins on the same thing are absolutely welcome!
7. There will be no deadline for fic responses. If you see a prompt you like and want to write it, go ahead!
8. There's no limit to how many you can write either. WRITE THEM ALL!
9. Please feel free to pimp this on any communities and forums you think would be interested in this.
10. You are allowed to repost prompts from previous or other memes. If the prompt belongs to someone else, just give them credit. You're also more than welcome to reprompt your own!
11. My birthday is April 19. I'm just saying...

All right, let the prompting and filling begin! Have fun, everybody!


FILLS )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-04-11 09:34
Subject: Those Things Left Unsaid (Star Wars)
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Title: Those Things Left Unsaid
Fandom: Star Wars
Pairing: Finn/Poe
Summary: Sure, Finn doesn't like to talk about his time as a Stormtrooper. But there's a whole lot Poe won't talk about as well.
Notes: Happy birthday, [personal profile] cowboyguy!

Those Things Left Unsaid )

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-03-28 21:54
Subject: Recap time!
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Lately...

1. Conference went... okay. It was the conference where a hundred little things went wrong rather than one big thing. Many of the things would have frustrated me, once upon a time, but I'm learning not to take other people's incompetance as a personal failing of mine. I did my job to the best of my ability and put in 10-14 hours of work a day. I stayed in my very first hotel suite all by myself--two separate balconies with the river right beneath.

2. My boss was dismissed from the organization the day after the conference after working there for 30 years. We're all still in shock and currently rudderless. We hear that we're getting an interim executive director in about a week as the search for a new ED will take 6-8 months or more.

3. Apart from having to spend the first 2 hours of my vacation locking my former boss out of his email account and our computer systems and being on two conference calls in the middle of Disney parks, my vacation was excellent. 1 and a half days in the Wizarding World(s) of Harry Potter were definitely a high point; I literally cried as I walked out of the park again this time. I wish I could live there. I had such a magical time; even got to sit on Sirius Black's motorbike! I had 2 and a half days at Disney and managed to pack in Epcott twice, Hollywood Studios (did ALL the Star Wars there was to do!), Disney Springs, Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom. Lots of wonderful moments packing as much as I could into the short time I was there. After more than 18 years, I finally got to see the giant LEGO sculptures. After more than 23 years, I finally got the Mickey Mouse sweatshirt I've wanted. I also got some really fun photos of Morgan bear.

4. Trying to get books registered for the April book festival.

5. Trying to get fics written for people!

6. Failing at #4 and #5 and, instead, watching (listening to) a lot of Saving Throw RPG campaigns. The Star Wars prequel mashup with Harry Potter was SUCH a hoot! And Back to Alderaan was amazing--just when I thought Star Wars couldn't get better, we have Star Wars WITH TIME TRAVEL. Seriously awesome.

7. AwesomeCon is this weekend. I hadn't been planning to go, but John Boyega's going to be there. Really excited about the Star Wars props and things that will be on display in the backlot, also. If it's even half as neat as the Marvel Museum in last year's backlot, I'll be in heaven. Not as many slash or LGBTQ panels this time around, though. I'm a little disappointed about that. But I'm sure I'll have a good time. Yesterday I found some meatless jerky. No idea how it tastes, but I'm going to give it a try. Still have to figure out my schedule.

8. I haven't been working out as much as I should be, but I'm sticking to my new diet. I've lost a little more than 20 pounds since January 15. I've got another 23 pounds before I hit my goal (and technically 5 to 10 more pounds after that before I'm supposed to be the right weight for my height). But my pants are falling off me even with the belt and my ankles look like they're supposed to look again. I feel a lot healthier as well. So I'm very, very proud of myself. I did allow myself a frozen Butterbeer when I was in the Wizarding World and allowed myself vegetable sushi one night during the conference. But otherwise, I've been very good about what I've been eating.

9. I'm still planning on running an April meme. Not sure when it'll start, but probably sometime during the first week of April, after I get some current fics finished, as those are highest priority.

10. I love my cats. They're both such characters. But they're doing well on the new food. And Charlie's been okay since putting her on the new medicine. She had a congestion episode earlier today, but it passed. She's been super snuggly lately, especially at night. She always wants to be under the covers with me. And Ozma will sometimes burst into purring if I just look at her, as she's excited about the petting I could potentially be giving her. They're cuties. I'm catsitting for [personal profile] melydia for two days right now, which means I get to pet five different cats each day. heehee What more could I want?

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-03-28 18:35
Subject: Sneezing & RPGs
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So... I've been binging a lot at Saving Throw on YouTube. There were some lovely sneezes from the actors in episodes 3 & 4 of Never Tell Me the Odds: Back to Alderaan, the Star Wars mini series RPG.

But today I was watching episode 1 of Mysterium on Saving Throw, a short ongoing series that's based on a board game I own and love. And a little less than an hour in, Jordan stars getting really sniffly. He sneezes 6 or 7 times over the next hour and a half of the game, including blowing his nose a couple times. The third sneeze (I think? I kind of lost track) comes with a desperate and not quite successful grab for a tissue. And his pre-sneeze face is just to die for. I also love his little comments as he thanks people for blessing him or nods at them when they bless him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLuoTaJDwzs

ANYWAY, this all takes place while his character is exploring his old, musty, dusty mansion. And he's got a dog or three in tow. He's a proper English gentleman with a top hat and mustache and now I really, really, really want fanfic about his character sneezing. I mean, after watching him sniffle for almost two hours straight, a sneezefic is the next logical step, right?

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tarotgal
Date: 2018-03-21 15:06
Subject: SNOW DRABBLE: Snow Day
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Tags:snow drabble, sw

Title: Snow Day
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Star Wars
Pairing: Finn/Poe
Rating: R?
Summary: Finn and Poe enjoy a snow day.
Notes: I finally had a snow day this season! Written on March 21, 2018.

Snow Day )

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