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breakfast nachos: only with chopped up hashbrown patties instead of corn chips (I didn't have any tater-tots)

so it's my birthday this weekend and my father has decided to be a diva about things.

Case 1:

Mother (to me): What do you want to do to celebrate?
Me: How about we all go out for a nice dinner?
Father: I don't want to.
Me: But--
Father: we're not going out and that's it.

Case 2: (which I just heard about this morning)

Mother: I wonder what kind of cake I should make for the birthday meal.
Father: I won't want to have a cake.
Mother: It's not... your birthday.....
Father: Don't make a cake.

I give up.
mhalachai: (SGA John Happyhour (_wwsd_))

[originally posted on tumblr]

So, anyway looking back:

Pros to the year:

I did a lot of work on letting shit go, and trying to live the understanding that other people are living their lives and doing their best and that’s not a reflection (negative or positive) on me. Basically all those life lessons in Hands of Clay that the dads are taking time to impart on the kids, that’s my personal philosophy this year.

Did a lot of writing this year, but not as much as previous years - I figure that it was all quality writing so it’s still a win.  An overview of the last three years (numbers from AO3 + my crappy math)

  • 2013: 204,942
  • 2014: 267,071
  • 2015: 198,484 (plus hundreds of crappy tumblr posts)

Things that were crap in 2015 for me personally:

  • a ‘mid’-life crisis and the ever-present crippling fear of death
  • My PMDD kicked my ass over the first part of the year.
  • While work is good, there are Circumstances Outside My Control coming down in 2016 that I’ve been worrying about quite a lot.
  • I spend too much goddamned money.

Resolutions for 2016:

  • Write more consistently
  • Get more sleep.
  • Drink less caffeine and alcohol (we say that every year don’t we)
  • Do at least 5 ‘races’ this year (10K walks, probably, or maybe a 5K shamble run)
  • Make it through.

what about you? what are you hoping for in 2016?


Nov. 22nd, 2015 05:39 pm
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today's been a bit of a surreal day. I had something come into my inbox on tumblr that's been needling me all day (i'm thinking of turning off anon, because honestly if you want to take issue with something I've said please at least do me the courtesy of saying it to my face) and I've been working on processing it. My parents called me last night at about 8pm saying 'hey do you want to go walk around Stanley Park tomorrow morning?' and I said no because a) didn't wanna and b) I had plans to write, and so I spent the whole day feeling guilty about that. And my writing today was crap so that makes me feel even worse. Why is describing human interaction so hard?

Tomorrow is back to work and I have a feeling that this week is going to be verging on a disaster, but I'll do what I can. I'm lucky in that I have a great boss and a good bunch of people and it makes it a bit easier when I know that everyone is working as hard as I am (something I haven't had in previous jobs so I'm doubly conscious of that).

So anyway. Here's to another week.
mhalachai: (Profiler Panther)
A summary of my last week:
  • The bathroom fan in my apartment stopped working
  • The handle/latch on one of the living room windows fell off
  • Flat tire (see below)
  • My credit card was compromised 
On the up side, I did my 10K walk yesterday with my mother and we shaved 10 minutes off our time from last time!

All in all, ugh.

the tire thing

Backstory - last Thursday we had a cold snap and my truck's tire pressure warning light came on so I took her to the gas station - the tires were at around 5psi too low so I filled them up and off I went. Fast forward to today, when the warning light came on again just as I was getting to work. Back right tire was down again which through copious amounts of googling suggested was a slow leak. Now my truck is at Canadian Tire waiting for someone do do something about that. Luckily, I'm working from home tomorrow so I'm not on a time crunch and can go in to pick it up whenever they're done.

But still.

mhalachai: (Profiler Panther)
I'll be turning 30-something in January, and I'm at that point where every additional year feels like one year closer to oblivion etc. So I've been thinking about doing something to celebrate/memorialize the occasion and it came to me -  a tattoo.

Now all I need to figure it out a) where and b) what.

i had the idea that maybe i could start with a hydrogen atom model (below, minus all the words and shading), an idea because hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, we're all made up from hydrogen and other various star stuff, and we're all entirely, imperfectly, unique. 

or, you know, something else.

mhalachai: (SGA John Happyhour (_wwsd_))
 Because I need something to blog about and a clickbait-y headline never hurt. These are not kitchen essentials per-say, but the things I would pack to take with me if I was moving to the woods and never coming back. 

1. A good cast iron frying pan.  I stole mine from my mother when I moved out ngl and it's just great.

2. Granulated garlic, salt and pepper. Like, I have a cupboard full of spices and herbs and stuff, but in a pinch I could make do with those three.

3. A good knife that can hold an edge. I have a chef's knife i won in a raffle and a paring knife that cost me two bucks from Ikea. And that means I need...

4. A functional knife sharpener. The only gimmicky thing I have in my kitchen is the Sypderco Triangle Sharpening Kit and it's brilliant. 

5. Fresh limes. I mean, besides warding off scurvy, lime juice makes everything better. 

What are your five kitchen essentials?


Nov. 4th, 2015 09:25 am
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I keep meaning to come back to this place to post, but you know how it goes. I was poking around my old entries and I think it's interesting how I'm less likely to talk about myself online these days. Part of it is the 'do I really want this on tumblr" but also I'm apathetic :P

So I'm going to try to make at least one post a week on DW/LJ and we'll see how things go.

Also, if anyone has any questions or comments, drop them into comments :D
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originally posted on Tumblr

It was a good morning for a race - it stopped raining as I was driving down, then picked up again on kilometre 9 along with the wind, but we did it! Those poor folks running the full marathon though. Anyway, me and my mum did the 10km in just over 2 hours. Not bad for someone who’s slacked off on her training.

For those not familiar with BC, here’s Boundary Bay.

We started on the left hand side of the map, east side of Tsawwassen ((/təˈwɑːsən/; from North Straits Salish: [səˈwɑːsən] or [tsəˈwɑːsən], meaning "facing the ocean")), where that little dip in the shoreline is, then curved north and east around the bay. For the Americans in the audience, Point Roberts is an American exclave like Alaska and a few points in Minnesota.

Some picture from the 10K shamble race:


Birds flying in formation overhead. Also, at the 5km turn around, I heard someone firing a shotgun at the passing birds. In a Canadian provincial park. Like, what the hell is that even.

The start of the race and the top of my head - the dude on the bike was medical, I think.

here is the sun shining through a gap in the clouds over the bay


Some dude running the half-marathon passes the 1km-to-go mark with us


Post-race bacon-blue-cheese-mushroom burger at the Roadhouse.
mhalachai: (Hiding Girl (maesstria))
Kollega over on AO3 has translated my Bones/Torchwood crossover, Old Bones, into Russian: Старые кости. So neat!

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it’s my solution to the Gormogon case, focusing on Angela Montenegro and Jack Harkness. It’s one of those stories I look at, seven years later (O_O) and wonder why I can’t write like that anymore. (I know, the answer is that I’ve grown as a writer and am now writing in different ways about different things, and that’s okay too)

Old Bones
A Bones/Torchwood crossover
Summary: After the dust settled, Angela put Zack away in a drawer
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Hands of Clay - Chapter 21: Footprints

James Barnes leads a busy life as a single working father in New York. But when his childhood best friend Steve Rogers falls back into his life, James will have to re-learn what love, friendship and and family are really all about.

Read Chapter Twenty-One: Footprints on AO3

This is a Bucky/Steve no-powers!AU/kidfic. Story inspired by this fanart.

In this chapter: After the stunning revelations in the last chapter, real life reasserts itself in unfortunate ways.

Note: This is a bit of a slower chapter, with a focus on the children. I edited this while on a great deal of nyquil so if anything looks weird let me know.

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via Don't ban laptops in university classrooms | Toronto Star:

Good article and make sure to watch the video at the top - it adds another voice about deconstructing the hierarchy of ‘formal’ teaching at the university level.
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the new tumblr update is making me persnickety I feel like I want to play the headcanon game when it comes to Hands of Clay. Either send me your Hands of Clay headcanons (comment or asks), or ask me about my headcanons/story bible/behind the scenes stuff - I’ll answer anything I can that isn’t spoilery. 
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In today’s vehicular adventures, we had a bad storm over the weekend and when I drove to work this morning, a suspicious splish-splosh sounded from the driver’s side door. I of course was not thrilled by the prospect of a trip to the mechanic, so after some scattered internet research, I learned that vehicle doors should have a drainage hole in the bottom of them to (wait for it) allow for proper drainage, and that sometimes the hole can get plugged with stuff. So I get home, sloshing the whole way, and still wearing my work clothes set about trying to find this blasted thing in between having to close the door for the passing traffic (I park on a narrow lane).

So I find the drainage hole. Which was plugged with a little plastic doohicky (probably from the factory days).

And I pulled the plug out.

After watching gallons of water pour out of my truck door, I picked up my purse, closed the door, and came upstairs to wash ick off my hands.
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Thanks to the power of technology, there is finally a way to cross post from Tumblr to Livejournal and/or Dreamwidth.


Get yourself a free account at IFTT (if this, then that)

Then go to this recipe: and activate it. You’ll need to connect your Tumblr account to IFTTT, as well as your email - I’m using Gmail so I connected my relevant email account.

Then, and this is how I do it, I set up my Dreamwidth account for the postings, because  I have DW crosspost all entries to LJ automatically.

In DW: Go to your account settings at, then select Mobile:

In the box, enter whatever email address you connected in IFTTT. For your pin, go crazy but note that DW doesn’t save capital letters in the pin.

Then string together your account name with your pint in the following form:

Now head back to your IFTTT recipe box:

And enter in that into your address bar.


A word of caution: This recipe will crosspost EVERYTHING on Tumblr, both your new content and  all your reblogs. You can turn off the automatic push in the recipe’s top right-hand corner:

And then turn it on just before you make a super-important post. Like this one.
mhalachai: (Bucky)
So I've been posting Hands of Clay chapters for the past several months without putting up the notifications here - I've drifted away from this place so much. Anyway. Consider this a mega-update:

Chapter 16 went up yesterday. If you want to start at the beginning, here's chapter 1.

Hands of Clay
A Captain America AU story by [personal profile] mhalachai / [ profile] mhalachaiswords

Summary: James Barnes leads a busy life as a single working father in New York. But when his childhood best friend Steve Rogers falls back into his life, James will have to re-learn what love, friendship and and family are really all about.

Rating: Teen for slightly mature themes, swearing
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, kid!Natasha, kid!Clint

Story inspired by this fanart by tumblrer bannannibal.
mhalachai: (SG1 Vala Leather (illusionsplay))
Hey everyone. So I reblogged some fanvids on my tumblr yesterday and wanted to share them with you here because they are wonderful.

MCU: Hawkeye (Fan-Made Trailer) by TatyanaOracle

Hannibal: You Belong With Me by Chick Grayson

Leverage: Parachute - Alec/Eliot/Parker

And one out of the archives, because I'm catching up on Night Vale podcasts:

Welcome to Night Vale: Goodnight, Night Vale by lawnchair-crisis

mhalachai: (Bucky)
If you're a MCU fan and Steve + Bucky are your jam, you have to read the Reciprocity series by osprey_archer. It's a stunning look at how Steve and Bucky might work together re recovery, and just this Bucky. Anyway, it's kinda Stucky but not really and it's just great, Bucky isn't okay and Steve really isn't okay and just how they revolve around each other is marvelous and, at time (many, many times) gut-wrenching.

Reciprocity by osprey_archer
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So in light of the Criminal Minds spin-off news, I have a great idea for a low-budget CM spin-off. We can call it Criminal Minds: Quantico, and it will take place entirely in the FBI's Quantico facilities:

  • 37% Penelope Garcia at her computer while the BAU team jets around the country (CM cast can guest star weekly on her computer screen)

  • 12% clerks of the week standing around the water cooler talking office developments and politics

  • 24% character building scenes in the Quantico cafeteria (there has to be one right?) complete with jokes over the food

  • 3% X-Files gags whenever anyone has to go down to the filing room in the basement

  • 7% characters discussing cases outside while the cadets run around the campus on training jogs

  • 4% background discussions of the socio-political situation both in the US and internationally

  • 11% use of Spencer Reid dropping in on other departments during his lunch break and actually being seen as a valuable asset by 99% of FBI agents (instead of the boring trope of mocking the slightly eccentric genius and disregarding their insight i hate that trope)

  • 2% dinosaurs

Who's with me?
mhalachai: (John Five OClock)
K so I'm having to move stuff around in the master post - I'll get to my submitted Qs after this weekend 

Favourite hobbies?
Primarily writing fiction (as evidenced by this blog) and I'm huge fan of cooking I like to experiment with recipes, but not so good at baking (no patience). I'm pants at the visual arts (like drawing or crafting seriously I suck).

Any fictional genres you don't like? 
I never have been able to get into zombies. There's something about the lack of any chance of a positive ending for the world... I just can't get into it. Also, and this ties into the next one, zombie stuff is usually such gore porn. I can't stand things that are (needlessly) graphically violent. That's probably why I have never been able to get into Game of Thrones. 
One thing you wish you could have:
A cat.  I'm very allergic to cats (they totally aggravate my asthma and if I'm not on allergy meds I can get into trouble) which sucks because I love cats and want four. I have to stick with looking at kitties on the internet. 
Hey look i even have three tags on tumblr about cats
man i need to tidy that up
What are your current TV shows?
I'm currently watching Forever and NCIS New Orleans both of which I don't know why but hey. The thing about Forever is I keep loling at the dad from Numbers playing Reed Richard's son, it's lovely. And it's not a bad show, just derivative. Good acting on the mediocre scripts.
NCIS New Orleans - at least they stopped forcing Scott Bakula to talk with that ridiculous accent. And I'll watch CCH Pounder in anything. 
Am still watching Once Upon A Time although again don't know why - that horrible ending to the Snow Queen arc last week just made me rage at my tv. You can't have all these good actors in an ensemble like this and throw such shoddy plots and downright bad writing at them. Seriously I will write your show for free just stop it.
And when I get super angry at TV i go back to Netflix. 
What TV shows are you guys watching this year?
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