bunchofgrapes: (Paul G - teh hawtness)
Not sure what has gotten into me but I've now finished two fics over the last six months. First there was She Sells Sanctuary in the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea fandom and just last week I posted to final chapter to a Brass/CSI fic called Shelter from the Storm. This one is a sequel to Forgiveness and features the return of Annie Kramer. I haven't finished two fics this close together since 2007. As painful as it was, changing jobs really was a good thing.

In other news first it was the right elbow, now it's the left. I have a surgery date of April 8th. I guess my left elbow was jealous and wanted a matching scar. I'm just a tad paranoid of getting another frozen shoulder so I'm glad I'm not waiting too terribly long but the freaking elbow hurts so much that I may take a kitchen knife and cut it off between now and April.

And lastly, my kitty-boy, Harry, the oldest of the trio, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in early January. He's on prednisone now and that's helping him eat. My goal is to get him to his 12th birthday on April 28th. He's lost some weight but other than that and the spit ups he does if he eats to fast, he's doing okay at the moment. I was pretty gutted when I found out and I'll be gutted when I lose him - he's been such an awesome cat - but at least I can enjoy the time he has left. And if he's still around after my surgery, I'll have four weeks to spend at home with him.
bunchofgrapes: (Brass/Catherine - searching)
Wow, I haven't done an LJ update since May 23rd? Say what?! This is definitely going to be a lot of catching up. It's funny because the other day I was thinking how many on my f'list seem to have disappeared (they aren't really gone; they just don't post any more) and here I'm guilty of the same thing. That made me wonder what changed? Were we all a lot less busy in previous years? Did we have more to say? Has the popularity of blogging declined? Has Twitter changed the way we communicate? No one has to tell me that priorities change but I do miss the days when LJ was popular and posting was prolific.

Since I haven't done an update in a while, this is going to be long but I'm going to do some fic pimping above the cut so even people who don't read behind the cut will see it. There aren't a lot of Brass fics out there and some of them quite frankly are dreadful. There are a couple though that I have to put in a good word for because they are excellent:

By Design by Sorsha711. I've pimped this one before and I'm at it again. It's an all hands on board casefile (serial killer) that is incredibly detailed and it's Brass and a very well-written OFC who stays nicely in the background and lets Jim be the heroic man. If you're looking for something to read over what's left of the long, hot summer, give it a shot. And if you're so inclined, leave her a review. It's pretty sad when fics not written nearly as well garner a lot more reviews. Oh, and while this hasn't been updated in a couple of months, I do know that she has every intention of updating. She had a little computer set back but once that's resolved, she'll be back at it.

Next up for fic rec's is an awesome Brass ficlet by [livejournal.com profile] scullyseviltwin. A while back she was looking for prompts, I tossed out Brass and hockey and she came up with this gem The Blue Line. It's short but packed full of amazing Brass goodness. Check it out.

Now on to all the other stuff.

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bunchofgrapes: (Paul G - teh hawtness)
This is me rambling about a variety of things plus, there's a Tucker update.

I sort of miss the daily blogging. Okay, not really. )
bunchofgrapes: (Alex O - Caps)
The Caps were trailing the Pens 3-1 at the end of the 2nd period and came back to win 4-3.

The Red Sox were down 7-0 at the bottom of the 7th and came back to win 8-7. It ain't over til it's over. Yeah, I know a Yankee said it but still...

Tonight's CSI )

[livejournal.com profile] vr_trakowski wrote an amazing little Brass fic. Go! Read! A House by the Water
bunchofgrapes: (Paul G - glasses)
"It's a Pterodactyl Out of a Gay Jurassic Park." Oh, Tim Gunn, how you make me laugh.

This is going to be one of those majorly long catch-up posts about all kinds of random stuff. Seriously. I have a list.

First of all, I know I've missed birthdays and I think I've missed some going back a couple of months. Let's see, I know there was [livejournal.com profile] crusherbevdr back on 1 July and [livejournal.com profile] lasairfhiona on 3 July and [livejournal.com profile] wiccagirl24 on 4 August. So happy belated birthday to you and anyone else I may have missed.

I also missed some hugs for [livejournal.com profile] vr_trakowski, [livejournal.com profile] snowydragon1776, and [livejournal.com profile] lasairfhiona. **BIG HUGS to you all!**

It finally rained here. The temps have been fairly cool this month but as usual, we haven't gotten any rain--until Thursday and Friday. You know how some people get depressed by rain? Well, I get depressed when it doesn't rain. That's why I hate August so much. Everything turns brown and crunches and dies and it makes me depressed. We didn't get a lot of rain but it was enough to give my grass a green tint. There's a chance TS Hanna will give us more rain by next weekend. That would make me ecstatic.

Last weekend recap )

Is that Manny Ramirez? )

What would a recap be without a word about work crap? )

So I often hear people say that there aren't enough good Brass fics out there but when a couple show up, no one reviews. So, I'm here pimp a couple of good Brass fics. Both pair Brass with an OFC but both are well-written and no hints of flaming Mary Sue tendencies. They also have casefiles but the first fic, By Design, seems to be moving a little faster. It also has a great Brass/Sofia friendship and excellent dialog. The fics aren't perfect--there are some typos here and there, but nothing that detracts from the story. Check them out and if you like them, please let the writer know. **I forgot to add that both these fics are GSR friendly.**

By Design
Improvisation

Oh, and can I just say that even if I weren't already on the Obama bandwagon, I would be just because McCain's ads annoy me to no end. I won't even comment on his VP selection of Sarah Palin.

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