Friday, June 23rd, 2017 08:08 am

Posted by Katie Berry

The only reason I grow cucumbers is to make garlic dill pickles. Oh, sure, we eat cucumbers in tossed salads, and I make a German-style cucumber salad that my husband adored. But as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing like a good garlic dill pickle. Pickles Have Health Benefits Pickles are naturally low in calories, […]

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:54 pm
Technically this book is the end of the Lois Lane trilogy, but I hope so hard that there are more, because Lois is amazing and Gwenda is amazing and...I am getting ahead of myself.

Okay, so the really important thing about this book is that LOIS AND "SmallvilleGuy" FINALLY MEET AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. They are so dorky and cute, and I love them. We also get to meet Martha and Jonathan, and basically there is REALLY GOOD FAMILY in this book, which I love.

There is also REALLY GOOD FRIEND in this book, with Lois relying on her Scoop team. And another inclusion/reveal that's so cool I don't want to scuttle it for you, but is, uh, definitely something a new series of books could cover, that's for sure.

ANYWAY, this book also has a perfect ending. JUST. PERFECT. My heart.

Highly, highly recommended.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 09:52 pm
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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 05:19 pm
This is Katie's third book, and every time I read her work I'm reminded how much I love her. She just has such an easy cadence to follow, and her complicated characters are messy and real and compelling, and I love them.

Anyway, FIREWORKS is about a girl who is "the best friend", only she gets thrust into the spotlight...literally. It's 1997 and for every boy band there must be a girl group, and our MC auditions accidentally and gets in, and everything goes off the rails. It's poverty and worrying about the future and friends who don't quite get it and friends who do...and a cute guy, because, you know, we're not made of stone.

I really enjoyed reading it. Katie has another book out this fall (TOP TEN), and I'm super glad because ALL OF KATIE'S WORDS IN MY BRAIN, YES.

or something.
Monday, June 19th, 2017 07:11 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

Knowing how to clean trash cans properly, and doing it as part of your cleaning routine, will go a long way toward eliminating household odors and fruit flies. How To Clean Trash Cans Few things are nastier than walking into a home that reeks of garbage unless it’s having to swat away flies that hatched […]

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Sunday, June 18th, 2017 10:55 pm
Authors for [archiveofourown.org profile] SSR_Confidential_2017 have been revealed! I wrote A Purpose-Driven Life for [personal profile] sapphire2309. And, uh, in a STUNNING lack of connecting-the-dots, I didn't check before asking the only other person volunteering as a beta to beta for me. And did not notice that I HAD GOTTEN MY RECIPIENT TO BETA FOR ME until I was uploading my fic.

::facepalm::

Also, I am hovering really close to burnout, and so I don't think I should do any more ficathons for a while, much as I love them.  The last two, I wasn't able to actually get myself to write until the deadline was bearing down on me, and then I was in pure panic-mode and not really able to make good writing and editing decisions.  (Thank you to those who have held my hands through this.)  I don't need the extra stress.

Anyway! I like this fic, here it is.


Title: A Purpose-Driven Life
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Agent Carter
Rating: PG
Characters: Dottie Underwood, Agnes Cully | Whitney Frost
Word Count: 6,194
Betaed by: [personal profile] sapphire2309 
Written for: [personal profile] sapphire2309 
Summary: Dottie escapes the Red Room as a child. Everything goes differently from there.

AN: ::hangs head in shame:: Why yes, yes I DID accidentally ask my recipient to beta for me without even realizing it until I went to post. I AM SO SORRY, SAPPHIRE2309! I swear I will never ask for a beta without double-checking who the recipient is!

AN2: Yes, I know, I have fiddled with the timeline. According to the show, Dottie Underwood was a pre-teen in 1937, while Whitney Frost was already an adult living in California and starting to work as a model/actress by 1934. I have made Dottie older and Whitney younger, to match.

AN3: I was not able to figure out the cost of a mob hit in the 1930s. However, I was able to find the cost of hiring a hitman in 2013 (https://priceonomics.com/how-much-does-a-hitman-cost/), and use a historical inflation calculator to figure out what that would have been in 1935 money.

AN4: in your letter, you said you love stone-cold-terrifying villain!Whitney, but you also ask for what would have happened if she'd gotten what she wanted (science) in the first place. And I think in that case, she wouldn't have needed to become stone-cold-terrifying villain.

At AO3 FF.net tumblr


Vsevolod's hands scrabbled for purchase on the side of the building, and, desperate, he hissed at her to help. )
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 10:13 pm
From [personal profile] rydra_wong:

Brexit negotions start tomorrow even though we don't actually have a government, and those theoretically in charge are still pushing for leaving the customs union, ending freedom of movement, etc..

The Guardian: Big business leaders press Theresa May to rethink hard Brexit

David Davis, the Brexit secretary, says on Sunday that he would head into Monday’s Brexit talks aiming to “secure a deal that works for all parts of the United Kingdom”, but signalled that the plan was still to leave the customs union and reduce immigration.

So, still "contact your MP" time.

Grenfell:

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/grenfell is still doubling all donations until match funds run out (and have also started releasing funds in emergency cash via the groups that have established themselves on the frontline, i.e. not via RBKC who are apparently continuing to fail to provide co-ordination, organization, or much of anything)

The Home Office are helping Mohammad Alhajali's family get to the UK, so no more need to sign that petition.

https://grenfellsupport.wordpress.com looks very useful.

North Kensington Law Centre are providing legal education and support to residents affected by the fire: their donations page -- this would be a good thing to donate to as there may be issues with the general funds being used for legal support.

RBKC have £270 million in reserves. As far as I can see, that means they could afford to buy nice property in North Kensington at market prices to rehouse the survivors.

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Sunday, June 18th, 2017 10:47 pm
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Saturday, June 17th, 2017 06:19 am
Title: Comb the Wind

Author: svana_vrika

Characters: Jack O’Neill, Daniel Jackson, Sam Carter, Teal’c, General George Hammond, Bra’tac

Pairings: Jack O’Neill, Daniel Jackson

Rating: NC-17

Genre: slash

Warnings: Very minor spoiler alerts for previous episodes

Word Count: 11,650

Artist: salad_scream

Beta Jennie_B

Summary: A member of SG-1 is stolen away during a routine mission, only to be found several days later in a rather unusual, and unexpected, circumstance.

Notes:

-This story is an original work of fan-fiction. Stargate-SG1 and its characters, props and settings are the intellectual property of MGM. I just borrowed the lot for a few thousand words of entertainment. No copyright infringements intended, and I will make no profit from their use.

-Title borrowed from the translation of Fable of Polyphemus and Galatea by Luis de Gongora, stanza one: (http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/poesia/polifemo/polife1.htm)

-Written for the Written for the [community profile] stargate_summer 2017 Reverse Big Bang Challenge

-Many thanks to salad_scream for her lovely, and inspirational, work of art, and to my beta, Jennie_B for tackling this. I touched it last. All mistakes are my own.

Comb the Wind
Friday, June 16th, 2017 11:25 am
I re-read all of Ruby McNally's books, her Lights and Sirens trilogy (Crash, Singe, and Bang), and her standalone (Turning Tides) at The Woods last week. I have basically zero knowledge of modern romance novels, but OMG, I love these one's. Ruby has one of the most engaging cadences I've ever read, and the people in her books are so delightfully real.

Her publisher went under and I don't think she has a new deal yet, but I will be ON IT when she does.
Thursday, June 15th, 2017 09:53 pm
Just found a flyer stuck to my front door, advertising a real estate agent who lives an hour away and specializes in rural areas and small towns like ours, and knows how important it is to know and socialize with the community blah blah blah.

A few things:
  1. There is a typo in the second line.
  2. If this agent gave more than lip service to how important the local touch is, they would not be trying to steal business away from our local agent, who actually DOES live here, and learned at the knee of the guy who started the agency and who ALSO lived here.  Like, if you care that your agent knows the town and community, why would you choose the agent from fifty miles away instead of the one who is very successful and right here in town?
  3. If the agent sending out the flyers actually knew the town, they would know that this is a parsonage, and as such EXCEPTIONALLY unlikely to be sold.
Thursday, June 15th, 2017 08:02 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

A homemade fruit and vegetable wash costs just pennies to make. It’s also an important step in food safety! Washing fruits and vegetables isn’t just about removing visible dirt. Produce often harbors bacteria, bugs and their eggs, and other substances not readily visible to the naked eye. (Hey, did you see that lady squeezing the […]

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 08:58 pm

Posted by Katie Berry

You’ve got to try this boozy fresh cherry lemonade recipe! Oh my goodness, it’s been hot. One day, it was lovely and cool with the blue summer sky stretching wide the way it only does in Kansas. The next? Just stepping outdoors for a few minutes leaves my clothes sticking to my skin and both […]

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 12:15 pm
Title: Hello, Picadilly, Hello, Leicester Square
Fandom: Wonder Woman 2017
Characters: Diana Prince, Etta Candy,
Author: beatrice_otter
Rating: kid
Length:
Summary: Diana can't go back to Themiscyra. She can only go forward into a new world and a new life.

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Etta knew before they made it back, that Steve was dead. )