An avid reader, writer and sometimes musician who has somehow ended up using her master's degree in medieval history for fun. Currently enjoy anything Mass Effect and Dragon Age related, knitting and crochet and writing up whatever my head decides will make a story. Avatar is one incarnation of Bryallyn Shepard from my Mass Effect stories.. Other, separate Mass Effect and crafting blogs are linked below. Welcome to my world. :)

 

hunnybadgerv:

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You’ve done so much for me too. Pointed out and helped me streamline my late-night jumbles into something worth reading. You are awesome, and I appreciate all the patience and time you give. :D

Aww, shucks.

But it’s like Lady A said. Just giving a little of what you give to me and what others have passed on in the past. I thoroughly enjoy helping if and where I can.

I know you’ve helped me bat around ideas and helped me think about things differently than I might have! I can’t even begin to thank you for your input!

*sighs*

So I’ve been working on this one small aspect of my draygones for two days now.  It’s just a small thing, only appears like this for one small (but critical) moment in the story (probably not even until book 2 or 3) and FINALLY I think I’m winding down …

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Exordium Update

swaps55:

Chapter 46. Subductis (FF.Net) (Ao3)

Rating: M

Summary:

…there are empty spaces between the stars, a cold interstitum of utter dark, where blood runs black and monsters lurk. In the silence something broods, waits, watches. They are patient, constant, relentless. And they are far, far older than the infants now taking their first halting steps across the galactic sand.

 The story lies in the telling.

ME:1, on/off screen moments, multiple POVs

Excerpt:

A figure waiting for them on the docks cleared his throat. Liara looked up, frowning briefly before her eyes flew wide in recognition. Shepard strode to the darker skinned human, offering a greeting as they automatically fell into step beside each other. The human – a captain now – put a hand on Shepard’s shoulder in a gesture of familiarity as they spoke. Liara followed hesitantly, eyes darting quickly to Alenko. The lieutenant did not react, finding nothing striking about the reunion.

I know who that is, Liara thought uncomfortably, even though she had never met him. He looked older now, skin more weathered and face marred by the onset of age. A sharp reminder of how quickly humans raced through their short years.

He was a figure that lurked behind the closed doors of Shepard’s mind – she had not expected to see him here, in the flesh.

Shepard’s status as a Spectre allowed them to bypass the customs line in C-Sec. The human, Anderson, led them swiftly to the human embassy on the Presidium.

The entire way, she did not take her eyes off Shepard. Standing next to Anderson, everything about him changed. His shoulders rolled where they should have been straight. His eyes, always boring a hole in or through what lay ahead of him, flicked more often to his feet. The invisible corridor he carved for himself through a sea of people narrowed noticeably – Liara watched as he turned to the side to let someone pass in a stairwell. The Shepard she knew existed in his own magnetic field – people always bent to give him space whether they realized it or not.

But not when he stood next to Anderson.

Full story on FF.net and Ao3

teadrinkingdragon:

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Usually it’s a summer thing. You get a big glass jar and fill it up, then throw in a few tea bags and put on the lid. Then you stick it outside in the sun all day, and it brews that way (instead of heating up the water and whatnot). 

Then you bring it in, take out the bags, add sugar if you want, and stick it in the fridge. Basically it’s an easy way to make a big batch of iced tea. :)

In many ways, I find sun tea to be much more refreshing than just making iced tea with boiling water because it steeps at a slower rate with water that isn’t ‘cooking’ the tea. But that’s just me!

Indeed! When I start seriously plotting this I might come bug you to see if stuff sounds plausible.

You know where to find me!  I’d be happy to help!!!!  :)

I hear you, across the board. Fantasy or not it is nice to know things “work.” And I’m right there with you on the seeing and visualizing.

Well the visualizing thing is more important to me right now because this is my first real attempt at anything like Fantasy, so it’s sort of a secondary reinforcement of “yeah, I can do this,” if that makes any sense

The main idea for this story is pretty much “murder mystery with magic.” Don’t know if I can pull it off, but I am gonna try. :)

Even better!  (you know me and mysteries! :P)

it is hiding from you because it knows you need it. that’s the way those uppity office supplies are. I know. my posties do the same thing to me. The day I need the little ones I can only find the big ones, need a big one they have all run off

Oh man, yeah. I’ve had that happen A LOT!  Well, I finally have a ‘drawing’ (I use that term VERY loosely) that works for me and I’ve even managed to recreate most of the runes I made up last night for part of this, so …

teadrinkingdragon:

ladyamesindy:

teadrinkingdragon:

Bought a jar for sun tea the other day on an impulse (been meaning to get one and they had them out on display at the store). 

Did not think to buy actual teabags for sun tea though—and all of the good tea bags I have are decaf. But I do have some tea bags tucked away from a box set my stepmom sent for Christmas. Let’s see what happens if I mix two bags of orange spice with one bag of raspberry, shall we?

(And it did occur to me as I was typing this that I could probably easily use the tea bags I get from Adagio to make sun tea with my loose leaf—so I’ll have to play around with that a bit this summer.)

Oh, I LOVE Sun tea!!! I’ve tried a few of the lose leaf teas for it (using one of those larger tea balls). Green teas work exceptionally well. Black teas tend to come out too strong. Also, if you just want quick, easy sun tea, grab something like peach celestial seasonings - it makes a delightfully light and very nice sun tea!

Alas, I cannot stand peach tea. Usually I use Lady Grey. It makes a wonderful iced tea. I just need to remember to go get a box of regular, since all of mine is decaf. 

I WAS thinking I might try to find out what the Winnie tea turns out like though. :)

awww, darn. Hmm. I need to try Gillian’s tea as a sun tea this year. The one it’s sort of based off of made a very nice sun tea, so hopefully it will too! (it’s a green tea base) I know I have others at home I like to use, but I just can’t think of them off the top of my head. Remind me tonight or over the weekend and I’ll see if I can’t find some other suggestions if you want them. :)

Or finding out secrets and keeping them hidden. :)

Oh, definitely that, too!  ;)

Well, it was more of a change of setting/atmosphere idea than a change in story (though it would have ripples in the story I think, so that’s what I’m trying to figure out). I like the idea of the solitary house out in the middle of nowhere though…

ooooo, indeed!  lots of opportunity for mayhem and mischief!  ;)

teadrinkingdragon:

Bought a jar for sun tea the other day on an impulse (been meaning to get one and they had them out on display at the store). 

Did not think to buy actual teabags for sun tea though—and all of the good tea bags I have are decaf. But I do have some tea bags tucked away from a box set my stepmom sent for Christmas. Let’s see what happens if I mix two bags of orange spice with one bag of raspberry, shall we?

(And it did occur to me as I was typing this that I could probably easily use the tea bags I get from Adagio to make sun tea with my loose leaf—so I’ll have to play around with that a bit this summer.)

Oh, I LOVE Sun tea!!! I’ve tried a few of the lose leaf teas for it (using one of those larger tea balls). Green teas work exceptionally well. Black teas tend to come out too strong. Also, if you just want quick, easy sun tea, grab something like peach celestial seasonings - it makes a delightfully light and very nice sun tea!

Okay, drawing a simple stone circle with cairns in it (or the rough approximation of one for someone who can’t draw worth a darn) shouldn’t be this difficult … except for me.  *sighs*  Where did I put that eraser???