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Warning: Contains Discussion of Lady Bits

Here's a public service announcement:

The worst thing you can possibly say to someone who is trying to have a baby is the apparently common catch phrase: "You just need to stop trying." Or, my personal favorite: "The minute you stop trying, it will happen."

I don't think you people understand. Telling someone to stop trying is like telling someone not to think of an elephant. Once it's there, it's there. You can't just magically stop thinking about it.
There is not a single moment of any day we are not trying. The minute I went off birth control, we were trying. Every time we have sex, we're trying. Every day I take my temperature to find out if I'm finally ovulating, we're trying. Every morning when I pee on a stick to tell me if my body is ready, we're trying. Every time he declines a drink or a smoke, we're trying. Every time I go to the bathroom, dreading that today is the day gravity pulls my insides out through my lady parts and I start bleeding, we're trying.
And that little smear of blood that ruins my underwear and inconveniences me for a week is just about the worst emotional pain you can possibly imagine.
I am sick to DEATH of hearing "everything happens for a reason" and "it's in God's hands." I am not a religious person. Telling me it's in god's hands is like telling me there is zero chance of this ever happening. "God will bless you with a child when He is ready" is like a slap in the face. I know you all mean well and that's fine, but please stop bringing religion into something that is strictly biology.
I just don't understand why it is so fucking hard. People do this all the time. Every single day, people are discovering unwanted pregnancies and deciding whether or not they want to keep them. All my life, I've been taught that birth control and contraceptives are the strict rule when it comes to sex. We are told as grade schoolers going through our first sex-ed class that if you so much as look at a boy without a condom on, you get pregnant. Not that I want to get into it with the safe-sex activists out there, and I realize it has zero influence on STD awareness, but that is apparently total and complete bullshit.
Do you know how many factors have to be dead on in order to even get pregnant in the first place? There are so many things that could go wrong, it's almost laughable. First, you're not supposed to have too much sex, lest your body grow a natural defense mechanism against his sperm. Did you know that? Probably not. I sure didn't. Evidently the best way to ensure pregnancy is to have unprotected sex with multiple partners, because their sperm is then forced to "fight" for the right to fertilize your egg and your body is more receptive to said sperm because it doesn't have the chance to grow an immunity to any single person's ejaculate. Yeah. Bullshit, right? In a society where monogamy is the "normal" thing to do, you'd think our bodies would have grown accustomed to dealing with that little fact, no? That's why you see all those people on terrible crap television with ten children from eight different fathers who have no business having even one kid, much less a veritable fleet. It's ridiculous.
So once you've found your chosen partner, and resigned yourself to the fact that sex is now a planned and regulated Thing, you then have to figure out when your body is ovulating, which results in hundreds of dollars spent on tests to tell you when is the proper time to get down and dirty. Let me tell you something: the minute you decide to start trying for a kid, all dignity flies spectacularly out the window. You try peeing on a stick every morning and tell me you're not mostly peeing on your hand, the toilet seat, the floor and everything else. Then, once your body decides it's time, you have to have sex as much as humanly possible, regardless of whether or not you're in the mood.
And then, if all the stars align properly and you do in fact manage to get one of his sperm to fertilize your egg, then you have to hope and wait that the damn thing sticks to the inside of your uterus. There's a chance we keep getting lucky with fertilized eggs, but they're simply not sticking to the walls of my insides, in which case they just flush out with the rest of your guts at the end of every month (or so. Don't even get me started on that).
So. Say you magically manage to actually get all your timing right and the thing actually clings to your insides. Congratulations. Now you just have to keep it in there for the first trimester. Did you know that one in four pregnancies end in a miscarriage in the first three months? One in four. It's amazing how common such a thing actually is.
So don't tell me to stop thinking about it. Don't tell me that the minute we stop trying, it'll happen.
In fact, don't say anything at all.
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Jesus Christ

25,700 words and I still have two more scenes to flesh out.

WHAT IS MY LIFE.

EDIT: OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, I THINK IT'S DONE.
Done, read through and sent to beta! Capped off at just over 29K. I mean, Jesus.
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Welp.

Just tipped that 20K mark.



(damn you, holmestice and your infuriatingly brilliant prompts!)

My anonymous recipient has no idea what he/she got themselves into...
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SUCH A FANTASTIC WEEKEND!!

Oh em gee, you guys! I actually made it to C2E2 this year (Chicago ComiCon) and had so much fun!! I totally  met Cara McGee and we chatted twice, which was amazing. I tried really hard not to come off as a total creepy stalker, and Hunter says I did just fine, but still. I was totally fangirling over a 22 year old kid from Atlanta, you guys. I'm a creeper :D I bought some art from her and she signed it for me! We had a nice little chat about tea and fandom and the infamous Sherlocked Con that they still haven't announced dates for. It was magical, you guys. MAGICAL.

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We also got to meet Hodor!! Hunter was freaking out about that one. Hodor is his favorite GoT character, so that was exciting. Dude's super cool too, which was totally amazing. We happened to catch him right after he had an interview, so there was no line, and we got to chat with him for 15 minutes or so completely uninterrupted, which is pretty much unheard of.

I got a bunch of pictures with the TARDIS and a couple with a dalek, which was awesome! I ran into AE for a while, which was also really cool. My legs and feet hurt from walking around McCormack Place in chucks all day long, but it was totally worth it. I am SO happy! That, and we now have a signed print of Will Graham on our kitchen wall, which is beyond ridiculous and I love it :D

ALSO! I got my assignment for the holmestice summer fic exchange this afternoon, and I could not be happier, man! Seriously, it's like this prompt was made for me. I am over the moon! It's going to be looooooong, I can tell you that, and full of angst and smut. Basically, 100% me in every way :D SO EXCITED.

Game of Thrones soon! And I really hope Hodor is on tonight! What an awesome weekend!!
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Recipe: Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies


  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 tbl loose earl grey tea leaves

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar (or 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup powdered sugar)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

In a food processor, pulse together flour, tea and salt until the tea is fully incorporated. Add in sugar, vanilla and butter. Pulse together just until a dough forms. Place the dough on a sheet of wax paper (can use cling wrap if necessary, but I find it sticks too much) and roll into a log roughly 2 1/2" thick. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375*F.
With a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/3" thick slices. Lay out slices on a silpat-lined baking sheet (cookies will spread a little, but not a whole lot). Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges turn just brown. Let sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container. Makes 24 cookies.

Enjoy!
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awkward.

That moment when that little fic you were writing for a friend somehow turned into 11,000 words and still isn't done.

And all of it is straight up porn.


(Seriously all of it. I'll get to the plot later. Absurd.)
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Aaaand here we go again...

I need a beta!

Angsty angst with a LOT of explicit content; written post-HLV with a lot of crazy anger involved. I've got a half scene left to write, and then I want it up as fast as possible-- I've seriously been hemming and hawing over this one for two bloody months. My usual beta is busy at the moment, and I don't want to ask my other norm because I know she's not a fan of too much smut (and I totally respect that). It's just under 22K right now, but once said half scene is done, it will probably tip that scale.

I know it's a long shot, but is anyone interested? I'd rather not post un-beta-ed, especially not something of this length that's taken me twice as long as it should have to write. Obviously I'm a little on the fence about a lot of it, so any help would be appreciated.

Thanks guys!
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And now for something completely different...

Recipe time! Ginger Cookies

3/4 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses (or sorghum if you prefer)
2 cup all purpose flour
3+ tbl ground ginger (to taste)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup candied ginger, chopped (if you have it--they're also delicious without)

1/3 cup white sugar for decoration

Method:
~Preheat oven to 350* F
~Cream together butter and white sugar until smooth
~Beat in egg and molasses
~Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly stir dry ingredients into molasses mixture. (If you have it, add in candied ginger bits)
~Roll dough into 1" balls and roll in white sugar
~Place dough onto a greased baking sheet at least 1" apart.
~Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the middles puff up, but the edges begin to brown.
~Remove from oven and let the cookies "settle" for a minute or two before moving to a cooling rack
~Store in an air-tight container. Makes approx 40-45 cookies, depending on size.


I make these for Christmas, but I really had a craving for them today. They are ridiculously good, and if stored properly will stay soft for up to two weeks (if they last that long!). Wonderful with a cup of your favorite tea :D
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Post-Series Three Thoughts.

Something's been bothering me for a while now...

[Spoiler (click to open)]I've read all the the theories and commentary, I've trolled Tumblr and LJ, I've been through discussion boards and interviews, and everyone seems pretty irked about a lot of things. They're all talking about Mary, the baby, Moriarty, the broromance, but nobody seems to be paying attention to a huge GLARING issue here:

Sherlock Holmes is a murderer.

A bona fide, legitimate, actual convicted murderer with a criminal record now.
He can no longer work for Scotland Yard. He can no longer hang around with the MET. He probably isn't allowed at Bart's (at least not welcome at any rate). What's he going to do now? Take private cases? Will the public trust him after he's been witnessed literally shooting a man's brains out? What's the media fall out for that kind of thing? Will he be reduced to working for MI5 from now on? Imagine the boredom. Will he be sent back into exile once the Moriarty issue is cleared up?

Why is nobody talking about this??
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A writing meme

Which probably one person-- maybe two-- will actually respond to :D

Taken from thesmallhobbit, who continues to be amazing long after our chance meeting for Holmestice in June.


Put a number in the comments and I’ll answer accordingly.

The mission for those of us who answer the questions, should we accept it, is to stay positive about our writing and ourselves, but to also be fair about our shortcomings.

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favourite tense
3. Favourite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)

PLEASE consider posting the meme on your own LJ even if you don't want to ask me a question.

(To be absolutely fair, I am well aware of my shortcomings as a writer, and have a tendency to be my own worst critic, as is evidently normal. That being said, I sometimes go back and read something I've written and am utterly astonished that it came out of my little brain.
Now back to my current post-series three story that won't quit...)
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