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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 09:21 am
Gosh it's been awhile.


I had 2 remix assignments and got both in on time, woot. Gosh, WHO WRITES 10,000 WORD REMIXES? ME OF COURSE. I'm an idiot. But you knew that. I'd love to get a madness in, I have an idea, but it may not happen -- we're off to Nova Scotia soon. cannot WAIT. I was so sad when the deadline closed because it once again appeared that the person assigned to me had defaulted -- omg I've got rthstewart, run like the wind.
But, a couple days later, a story did pop up so I'm VERY happy that someone did not run like the wind.

Work has been slow and boring and so taking forever to do and in my distraction, I managed to scrape up my car on a parking pylon garage pillar that leaped out at me. Grrr. Also, we may have to replace the car altogether so I got distracted looking at new cars and then got pissed off at car salesman. What about "only contact me by email" was unclear? Also, my spawn ran off to wilderness camp for a week without water bottles and I've been fretting about it.

I've seen Mad Max twice, LOVED IT. OMG GO SEE IT. I did not see Jurassic World though, of course, I love dinosaurs, because ehh. And I need to see the new Pixar movie, though I'm sure I'll cry through the whole thing. I saw the Rebels premiere and did enjoy it. I've not watched Orphan Black yet. I'm just tired of grimdark -- the world is such an awful horrible place from where I sit I look for true escapism from my Twitter feed and daily news. Why yes, hello depression, I've not missed you AT ALL. There was a fun article about the awesomeness of crows in WaPo here.

rthstewart: MacPhryne (Miss Fisher)
Sunday, April 26th, 2015 08:06 pm
The post just went up announcing Remix 12: The Dirty Dozen. it's a great, great exchange and you can read about it here. I'm so glad it's happening again! With Remix, you get assigned a person and you get to redo in some fashion one of their stories.  Drabbles and 3SFs are a terrific base for remixing/expanding someone else's vision.  I've loved the stories I've received in the past. 

Also, the Exchange at Fic Corner [community profile] fic_corner will be going live too. The Exchange at Fic Corner is a gift exchange for fic based on children's and YA books and short stories from picture books to edgy teen novels

behind the cut for some handwringing angst )
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Sunday, April 26th, 2015 03:12 pm
After receiving two really sweet comments, one for AW and one for Rat and Sword, I decided to thank the readers with an AW blurb that I posted in comments on AO3. I'd wanted to get a new chapter up this month but that's not going to happen, I think, given how busy work and other things are keeping me. But I did start writing, and I'm counting that as a win, even though this is far in advance and won't actually appear for awhile.  It also shows a big point/reveal that's been part of the story for a really long time. By the time I get there, this will undoubtedly change, but the afternmath of John Pevensie accompanying Edmund and Peter for a round of drinks at a pub after Peter's made a tough, rotten decision, has been part of the story from the very beginning.

approx 2000 words
from Apostolic Way to come (which will probably be under another name)
It's 1948, give or take


If you aren't interested in a vision of the future, move along, nothing to see here )
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Saturday, April 18th, 2015 05:00 pm
I interrupt this Star Wars squee to enthusiastically plug a follow on to Harold and Morgan written by the lovely, talented and amazing [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake   It's here, The Last Test and Proof and deals with a disaster of epic proportions befalling Cair Paravel after the departure of the Four.  Go!  It's lovely.  And I'm so honored that Syrena decided to tell the story and borrow some of the characters from H&M and elsewhere.

And Oh My Gosh, I forgot to include a picture of Cook that Syrena did!

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 08:06 pm
I'm thrilled with the new trailer.  I am sick with envy that I am not at Celebration with Club Jade but I've done some fun Star Wars things like watch the new Force Awakens trailer 6 times and didn't have pay for a movie ticket!  I'm THRILLED that the Spawn and I shall be able to take the nieces and nephews to see the movie at Christmas and we CANNOT WAIT.  Also, there's a Force Awakens exhibit at Celebration that was described on io9 that included pictures and commentary on concept art for a character that is either a huge misdirection or a big, giant spoiler.

Behold the glory of the trailer....

I LOVE the opening shot.  And I love this

And this,

Also, anyone notice Luke's peculiar grammar -- "my father has it...."  Present tense?

And of course, Chewie, we're home.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2015 09:26 am
For Adaese, who asked here for a story about Cook. More to come!! (Aidan and Lucy, I think?  Polly and the Whipsnade zoo)  Thanks so much to everyone who has been so nice!

Culinary Diplomacy (2045 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Peter Pevensie
Additional Tags: Humor, Cooking, authorial projection

How not to murder your dinner guests


This obviously bears upon the recent difficulty I had in preparing a St Patrick's Day party.
rthstewart: 3SF Words (3 sentence ficathon)
Monday, March 30th, 2015 09:37 pm
So I finally got around to posting some of my 3SF Fills.
Narnians Reassembling (685 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter, Miriam Fry, Angie Martinelli, Jane Foster (Marvel)
Additional Tags: 3 Sentence Fiction, 3 Sentence Ficathon, Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Series: Part 3 of The Narnians Assemble AU
Summary: Three sentence ficathon fills with Narnia and MCU. Susan at the Griffith, Peter and the Howlers, Lucy and Thor

More Chips Off The Stone Gryphon (1202 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Pevensie, Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie, Digory Kirke, Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, Puddleglum
Additional Tags: 3 Sentence Fiction, 3 Sentence Ficathon
Series: Part 6 of The Stone Gryphon
Summary:Fills from the 3 sentence ficathon; includes some fills that are canon compliant and others that are AU, Everybody Lives, Nobody Dies

Mary Anning Russell Pevensie Goes To Jurassic Park (and the Cretaceous Period) (828 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Pevensie, Eustace Scrubb
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Jurassic Park - Freeform, Dinosaurs, Raptor Red - Freeform, 3 Sentence Fiction, 3 Sentence Ficathon
Series: Part 6 of Everybody Lives Nobody Dies Narnia AU
Summary: For [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake  who wanted Mary Anning Russell and dinosaurs

I had a problem with posting yesterday.  They are all up now, in their entirety.

Thanks so much for the nice words.  First up, Susan had a conversation with Cook about a difficult dinner party with many, many things on the Cannot Eat List.
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Saturday, March 28th, 2015 12:29 am
It's been a difficult week and a little distraction might be nice.  If you are so inclined, please share a prompt, or something happy, or something that I've done that helped.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 08:23 pm
The concluding chapter to Dressing Down or Alpaca Bag is up! You can find it here and here

Thanks so much if you R&R'd. I really appreciate it. Something that Ruanchunxian01 and Clio noted in the story was how different each Monarch's relationship is with his or her Guard. Jalur manages Edmund, Dalia and Fooh after become Peter's emotional booster and sounding board. Lucy and Briony are friends and operate as a team, with a lot of good cop/bad cop and Briony very much enables Lucy's actions and acts as Lucy's advocate. Lambert is very much Susan's partner, trusted advisor, and friend. It's a very intimate relationship -- all of them are, but as Hoberry observes in a Christmas story I wrote a long time ago, that Lambert's service predates the Guard's oath to the monarch, and his service became the model for what the guard came to be. I fiddled with those parts quite a bit to try to convey that.

Yes, Guard Llamas are for real and I personally think they are terrifying,

rthstewart: MacPhryne (Miss Fisher)
Sunday, March 15th, 2015 09:11 pm
So, with lots of planning and second guessing and spending WAY too much money and time, nevertheless, the dinner party was a success.  Not enough roasted vegetables, too much rice, chicken and white bean dip, ovens acting up, and the chocolate fondue, garbanzo bean cookie brownie, and avocado/yogurt sauce all were very popular.  Not gluten for the evening, no eggs, no nuts, and optional cheese and chicken.  Everyone drank wine instead of all the beer and so I was very glad that they brought wine as hostess gifts.  Also, 2 extra people so we kinda ran out of seating.  Woops. 

Done.  I am done in.  Also, next time, I'll skip Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Mom's Organic and go straight to Shopper Food Warehouse.  Our local SFW has an enormous ethnic foods department, huge selection of Kosher, Indian, Latin, and Asian product, the largest selection of Goya I've ever seen, and their prices are half of the other places.  Lots of vegetarian options, lots of gluten free options, and so much cheaper, and calmer than these lunatic high end places.  I don't even have to go into a parking garage and negotiate around giant SUVs with rhino guards.

Thanks to everyone for the excellent suggestions.   
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Saturday, March 14th, 2015 04:14 pm
I posted the first chapter of two of a thing very much inspired by the 3 sentence ficathon, with prompts and inspiration from Adaese, ruanchunxian0, [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake .  It's a short (no, really it is short) spin on the llamas on the lam, the stolen dress and the other dress.  With added Crows.

Dressing Down or Alpaca Bag can be found on AO3 and FF.net.  I'll post chapter 2 next week.  Thanks and I hope you enjoy it.  It's got a lot in common with By Royal Decree.  So strange to coming back to that story after so long.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 09:10 am
So my SO, dear, darling long suffering person, LST, has FOR YEARS, wanted to invite his co-workers over for St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo, or something.  Always.  I sort of nod, and say, OK, fine, whatever, sure.

So, it's finally happening, on Sunday, and he got really short with me when he asked about food ideas and I responded that there really weren't any typically Irish foods we could serve for a crowd unless we looked at a pork or lamb dish, or salmon, and/or potatoes.  And this is more a 4-7 PM buffet kind of grazing thing, not a sit down meal.  He said he didn't think lamb (I agree), he likes salmon but not for a party food for 20, and there are Indian and Jewish guests coming, so pork is out. 

Fine.  Party poultry it is, with a vegetarian option.  I said I'd make turkey chili and vegetable chili -- not Irish but good, easy and he likes it and I'll do something with potatoes -- I'm thinking hash brown cups.
I made a bunch of batches of cookie dough, froze them and can bake cookies, crackers and cheese, get a fruit and veggie tray, make some mac and cheese for the kids (yes, we have kids too) and we're done, right? 

I send him out to get decorations and he buys Irish beer, so he's happy, and when he asked about things for the kids, I said, well, we can have them decorate cookies or cupcakes with green sprinkles and frosting. 


Now, I do have a very high food awareness, allergens, sensitivities and such.  I can accommodate just about anything. My BIL is allergic to melon and fish.  My SIL is allergic to shellfish.  I've entertained lots of people with nut, shellfish, gluten allergies, and lactose sensitivities.   I don't have them but gosh I know lots of people who do and it's bad form to injure your guests.  I know how to cook in a clean, segregated kitchen.  I'm glad to do it.  So I always ask, any allergies?  Anything out? 

I should have known from his workplace.
Not only no pork but
1 Vegan
1 gluten-free
2 no nuts, eggs (including any cooked eggs, like in baked goods)

Wuhhh.  THAT becomes a very small set of foods that can be eaten by everyone.  Beans, vegetables, fruit, preferably raw.   Because seriously if you eliminate all animal products (fine, that's doable), you typically start substituting nut butters, flours, and milk substitutes.  But, nuts are out.  Gluten free is no problem (OK, no pasta or bread, but this is what those rice crackers are for) but a lot of gluten free flours specifically state for baking, don't substitute the eggs.  Macaroons are good alternative but those have nuts and egg whites.  Also, not putting the corn I already bought in the vegetarian chili and the vegetable and chicken stock I bought say they are gluten free -- but I may have to make my own stock between now and Sunday to be sure. 

I've not told my husband that the gluten-free person won't be drinking any of the beer he bought. 

WHOLE FOODS HERE I COME.    And chocolate dipped fruit except I don't have that fondue sterno thing.  Also, I found this, speaking of beans, deep dish cookie.

Gah.  I knew this would happen. 

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Monday, March 9th, 2015 09:07 am

The 2015 Three Sentence Ficathon is now CLOSED, with over 4,100 prompts, fills, and comments.  It's been a great exchange and thank you so much for the whacky crackfic, the moving short fic, and the amazing cross-overs.  You all are great.  I won't freeze this -- go ahead and continue to fill any prompts that interest you and comment on fills made.  I just ask that there not be any more NEW prompts. 

We'll be back next year.  Check out the friending meme and friend away and if you post your works on AO3, be sure to use the 3 sentence ficathon tags.

Thank you again, so much!

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Saturday, March 7th, 2015 05:40 pm
It's been awesome, you all are awesome but the 3SF will close tomorrow, March 8, at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time.  (and we lose an  hour tomorrow!). 

edit:  I will leave the thread open, so that people can continue to fill prompts and comment upon existing fills.  Ideally, there won't be any new prompts.  (Until next year!!)
rthstewart: 3SF Words (3sf)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 06:02 pm
First, back when I concluded H&M, I had intended to post 2 epilogues. I decided against it because I was satisfied with Acceptance of the Terms. But I did have several thousand words of the AU version of it, Rejection of the Terms, Everybody Lives, Nobody Leaves. I was really worried that it was nothing but a vanity project and spewing things you've already read. Some of it you've seen before because I pulled from this draft to write Lost in Translation. Lots of it is new. [personal profile] heliopausa , ruanchuxian0 and [personal profile] syrena_of_the_lake all read it and thought it was OK and not too repetitive, so I polished it up and posted 11,800 words of it. So, I hope you enjoy it. It's on AO3 and FF.net

Second, [personal profile] autumnia pointed me in the direction of this amazing article about a girl who started leaving food for crows and now they bring her gifts.

Third, in addition to the roving llamas here and here (last one set to Born To Run) (and yes, I'm working on a fic about them -- watch this space), and the mysterious colored dress, there was this picture that went viral today of a weasel leaping on to the back of a green woodpecker.

Source and article here.

All of these, btw, have launched fic on the 3 sentence ficathon.  It's winding up this week on Sunday but there's plenty of time to play!!

Last, this all comes to you despite zomg so sick.  I had an emergency root canal on Friday followed by the worst respiratory crud thing I've had in years.  I've missed the last two days of work and we're getting more snow so who knows when I'll make it back in.  Anyway, that is all.  Thank you so much.  If you like the story, I hope you'll let me know.

Also, wasn't Star Wars Rebels FUN?  And Agent Carter?  And isn't Elementary good this season.  And gosh, I bought the hype and went back for the last episode of Sleepy Hollow, and was SO GLAD I DID.  Yes, anything?

rthstewart: 3SF Words (3sf)
Saturday, February 21st, 2015 09:31 pm
Wow, so we're well over 3000 comments and fills and every time I think it's getting quiet, 10 more notifications show up.  I'm skimming a lot of it, and have noticed a few bumps that seemed resolved before I could do anything.  You all are awesome.  I've seen lots of posting on AO3 too.  I'm closing the 3 SF in 2 weeks, on March 8, and then we'll do it again next year!

So, here's the opportunity to get to know one another, if you like.  Share who you are, where you hang out, and what your interests are.  I'll start in comments. 
rthstewart: 2015 3SF (3SF_2015)
Sunday, February 8th, 2015 03:49 pm
Well, 3SF went live 4 days ago and we're already nearly to 1000 prompts, fills, and comments. YOWZA. Welcome to everyone that is new and welcome back if you were here before!  Thank you for spreading the word!  Thanks so much to all of you for playing along. 

I know that it's intimidating to come into 3SF late, especially when it explodes so suddenly. You can't keep up (I know I can't and I'm getting copied on every single comment!) Don't worry about it. Skim if you want or just start anew.    Don't worry if there have already been a zillion prompts in your favorite fandom; come to think of it, I've not seen any Susan/Maglor yet.  [personal profile] vialethe ?  [personal profile] snacky ?

I use the word "host" deliberately - given the speed and volume, I can't mod this.  If there's anything you see that is very concerning, drop me a line or send me a PM or email.  I'm easy to find.  Best way to keep me from having to do or say anything is to carry on as fabulously as you already have.

Last time, we did a friending meme and I'll put one up in a couple of days so we can all get to know one another. 

Also, if your fill is fem-oriented, please consider posting it over in the Half-a-Moon community going on right now. You an also post on AO3 under the 3SF tag. (There are probably a couple of them, but here's one, three sentence ficathon

That is all and thanks again!

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 11:09 am
The 2015 Three Sentence Ficathon is now CLOSED, with over 4,100 prompts, fills, and comments.  It's been a great exchange and thank you so much for the whacky crackfic, the moving short fic, and the amazing cross-overs.  You all are great.  I won't freeze this -- go ahead and continue to fill any prompts that interest you and comment on fills made.  I just ask that there not be any more NEW prompts. 

We'll be back next year.  Check out the friending meme and friend away and if you post your works on AO3, be sure to use the 3 sentence ficathon tags.

Thank you again, so much!

It's been 2 years, so why not?!!


Caramelsilver ran one in December on Live Journal but I was too busy to play.  There are lots of outstanding prompts over there, so do go and check it out!!  Here's the link!  I did one in early spring 2 years ago here on Dreamwidth, and with Yuletide, Fandomstocking, and Festivids over, I thought I'd run a new one!!  Thanks so much  to [personal profile] snacky and Saoirse7 for the nudge and to [personal profile] st_aurafina for making the swell banner and icon!

What is the 3 Sentence Ficathon?
This is a challenge where you answer a prompt with a fic consisting of only three sentences. It's open to all fandoms and you can post and answer as many prompts as you like, as many times as you want.

What do I do first?
You post prompts!  When posting a prompt please format it this way:

fandom, character(s), prompt word/sentence.

Only one prompt per comment please.

What else?
You answer other posters' prompts in three sentences (or more if you can't stop yourself) and fill as many prompts as you want, as many times as you wish.  If you see that a prompt you loved has already been filled, go ahead and fill it again!  Multiple fills of the same prompt allowed and even encouraged!

But I'm not a member of Dreamwidth
No problem.  You can comment anonymously or through open ID

Can anyone play?
Yes!  Please signal boost this to your flist, followers, and any other places you frequent.  Come one, come all! 
I'm cross-posting to LJ but we will keep all prompts and fills here, so they are in one awesome place (and with less spam).  Please, post this anywhere and everywhere.  The more people who come and play, the better!

[And I'll try to put an embed code in so you can spread the word.  I've tried multiple times and failed so far
[personal profile] snacky  !


How long will it go? 
I'm closing it on Sunday, March 8, 2015.   (Last time, we reached 5,000 comments and I had to start a new one before the ficathon concluded.  If that happens, I'll start a new post).

Are there any rules about cross-posting?
Nope, you can post wherever you want, whenever you want.  A lot of folks collected their responses together and posted them on AO3 under the 3 sentence fiction tag.  3SFs are a terrific prompt for remixes.

Gosh, there are some cool people over here.  How do I introduce myself?
Through the friending meme right here.

And here, have some icons!


Edited, updated 4 Feb 2015 11 PM ET
Edited, updated 21 Feb 2015 10:30 ET to add link to friending meme
Edited, updated 9 March 2015 9:06 EDT to close the 3SF for 2015