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07 October 2007 @ 10:41 am
Nays and Yays  
The winners were announced for Round 3 of the Prison Break Fanfic Awards, and despite lots of wonderful nominations I actually didn't win any awards . *cries*

Congrats to those who did win-- several on my Friends List did very well, particularly gatheringlight and deadbeat_nymph. I'm also pleased-- for whatever reason-- at how many of the winning entries were originally written for one of the various rounds of the Prison Break Fic Exchange. That just reinforces the impression that sometimes writers outdo themselves writing for that challenge.

Yesterday feature three things due by 12 Noon, and I made the deadline on all three! Touch and go on the way, though.

The brownies for the school's Halloween Carnival bakesale were the simplest, though I was worried for awhile because I tragically overloaded the pan with batter. They ballooned up to cake height in the oven! Fortunately, they settled down in the cooling stage. It's the packaging them up to sell faster that takes the time.

The second was the weekly story for pbficsurvivor, where I didn't get the draft done until Midnight on Friday. It was a sleepy week during the late hours, and Friday itself turned into a disaster for several reasons. Plus, creativity does not always come on demand-- and sometimes I wish it would budge a little sooner. Fortunately, that one made the deadline.

And the last... *groan* I was ambivalent for awhile about whether to enter the cake decorating contest (don't laugh! It was all about time and inspiration and props). I finally decided I had a vision for it, and was going to do it, but the props were not all I would have liked! This was a "Halloween Fantasy" cake, and I wanted Peeps ghosts (Michael's and Jo-Anne Fabrics had them, but not Rite Aid or Walgreens), bone candy (no), Brach's mallow-creme shapes (Walgreen's #2), a little cauldron (Plastic Winchester Theatre has the one I used to own), and some figurines, namely a scarecrow and a witch. A black tree would have been nice too. *sigh* No to all of the figurines. I really didn't want to have to use my backup plan, which was making figures out of Pez dispensers, pipe cleaners, straws and fabric, but oh yes-- THAT was what I was driven to on Friday night. Thank god for glue guns!

There was a flail over the Runts I wanted-- mainly the red apple-shaped and green oval candies, for before and after apples from the cauldron. I had bought a box of Runts days ago, but they turned out to be (ack!) Tropical Runts with no green and the wrong red (mango-- bleh!). We went with my tiny, reserve package of Runts and some green Skittles, which were close enough.







Today, the kids are with an aunt and uncle (whoo! First time!), and we're going to look at sofas today. Urg. There's a lot of leather out there, which we will NOT be buying...


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Entendre? Make mine a double.: moms like the sausagedeirdre_c on October 7th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
CAKE!! \o/

Totally cute, honey! And you found the Peeps ghosts! YAY!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
I did! I don't know why I had to go to a crafts store for them-- last year, you could find them just anywhere. It was all part of the larger grief in creating the cake. I did get the candy cauldron at Michael's too, and the foam skeleton shapes, so that was serendipitous. But I was actually looking for figurines!
she said mysteriously: tearesounding_echo on October 7th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I am in love with the cake!

And don't feel bad about the pb awards--apparently only the same three people won in every category...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
apparently only the same three people won in every category...
That's part of what's depressing, and you see it reflected in the lack of comments these days on PB fics. The other authors know more than just three writers... but the fans, apparently, do not. If you're not writing Michael/Sara at least some of the time, you no longer exist. :(

The cake, however, was victory. Although more work than I wanted. My god, the challenge of making pants for that Pez scarecrow. Argh!
Skywalker-Winchester: Texas Boys Iconaddictanakin415 on October 7th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
OH that cake is adorable !!!!

gah I need to catch up on my Dean and Sam so I can enjoy the prison break fics !!

so far behind I am
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
:D I like the cake results, though there was a lot of wasted shopping for it! And my daughter was a little distressed about the ghost rising from the ground, since I cut off his bottom half. Actually, poking the toothpicks into their "feet" bothered her too, come to think of it. ;)

You're behind on everything! I posted epic Wincest, and really short porny Wincest a few weeks back. And for Prison Break, there's several short pieces and some longer, major crack for S3. Have you seen any of S3? It will make more sense then. :)
Skywalker-Winchesteranakin415 on October 8th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
I have been keeping up on season 3 bitting my nails as I go. I was soo pissed at lincoln last episode though but oh well

we will see what happens tonight
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
I was soo pissed at lincoln last episode though but oh well
Oh me too-- for this entire season so far. Hence, the CrackFic. You might find it cathartic, in addition to funny. ;)
aeroport_artaeroport_art on October 7th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Teehee the cakes!! So cute!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
The Peeps ghosts crack me up, because they're so cute and because their little arms are all raised up. More like "Heeeelp!" than "Woooooooooooooo." :)
(Anonymous) on October 8th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Ahahaha, that's what Supernatural needs! A hunt where the ghost's just this sad clumsy sap who's 10x more scared of the Winchesters than they are of it XD XD XD I can see it now! Hee hee hee.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
:D We've seen the ghost who didn't know she was a ghost, and I love that they included that.

So now, we need the "Aaaahhh! Not the rock salt! NOOOOOooooooo!" XD
Gretagretazreta on October 7th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Dude! I totally went and voted for you. You're my PB fic goddess. THE END.

And I like that cake too. My favourite part is the green apples turning red in the cauldron. I'm all about the awesome lil details.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Haha! You're so sweet. :) The main readers right now are Michael/Sara, and some Michael/Lincoln, and anything that is NOT that appears to mainly only be read if you're one of the well-known M/S writers. Heavens, my SPN drabbles get more comments now than most of my PB fics. So sad!

My favourite part is the green apples turning red in the cauldron. I'm all about the awesome lil details.
:D Me too! My husband kept asking if the green Runts were really necessary, and I said Yes. They're the entire "story" in the witch's part of the cake! However, the Skittles were close enough, and a nice toxic green to boot. ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 7th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
AW!!!!!!

Settees? i sympathize. I've just bought a new one. Large and regular settees for £300 ($600) and I LOVE it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Wow-- ours will be more expensive! More like $1600-$2000 for a single sofa!

Part of what I dislike is my aesthetics not matching the selections, and the materials/colors/freaky details. And price. And matching the paint/rugs. :0 It's a lot of work!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: *facepalm*astrothsknot on October 8th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
When A were a lass....
In a lot of ways I've got it easy, I knew I was painting the same colour again - magnolia - which is cheap. i'd have done it that colour again, even if it wasn't cheap, because it's restful and shows off my pictures. I painted a few myself and I'm proud of that because I'm not an artist and they turned out alright. Stewart did a great one earlier this year that I'm trying to find a frame for.

The suite i bought was on special...(£400 and didn't have the other settee thrown in) but I was wasn't spending more than about £350 anyway. My Mum's always had dear settees and they've always arrived damaged or didn't last more than a few a few years. We're lucky in this country that there's a lot of shops who sell goods that vary in price, but are still the same good quality. I don't think it's the same in the US. I've been told by American tourists and students over here that there's no equivalent there to http://primark.co.uk where you can pick up a good quality, fashionable suit for around £8 ($16), tank tops for a quid, that type of thing or an Argos, which is where I got my settees http://argos.co.uk

When I was a kid, my mum got all our stuff from catalogues, not shops. They were too dear and there was no credit other than from a catalogue. But it was decent stuff.



A cheap settee might bust as fast as a dear one, but it's easier to replace. especially if there's kids...


but yeah, you want to be happy with your rooms. What colours are you
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: When A were a lass....
Wow-- you have much more affordable stuff over there. Furniture in particular tends to be ridiculously expensive here, and I'm not sure why. It's always more if you want to change the fabric (which I invariably do, for color AND texture reasons).

We have a newly converted room that has bright-white beadboard on the bottom half and medium Monet-blue walls. The walls are gorgeous, but blues are hard to match because you have gray blue, green blue, blue-blue, and red-blue variances. The other room (which we are making more formal) has a dark-green marble fireplace (would work with blue or green), ivory wingback chairs with small detail in light rust and light blue, and presently a mauve and green carpet that we like. I'm betting that carpet is going to have to be replaced, because we can't work out the chairs/carpet conflict. A green sofa would match everything but the chairs. A blue sofa would match everything but the carpet. ;) Fortunately, the walls in that room are white-- always easy to work with.

I can already foresee that the living room sofa is going to be a camelback design, since that gets you clean but artistic lines, no skirt, and no excess poofiness. Isn't that limiting? :)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 8th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: When A were a lass....
Might I suggest not matching certain things, in that case, but contrasting them instead? Making a feature out the difference. My mother's had to do that on her stairs.

If there's rust colours in one thing and mauve in another, why not go with something in those? It will still tie in
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on October 8th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
Oh, those cakes are adorable! I love the witch!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Since my original plan didn't work out, I'm oddly grateful that Pez made such a good-looking witch head. THAT would have been hard to fake up, since it's so specific. Plus, she's green. \o/
Deadbeat Nymph: dean lip curldeadbeat_nymph on October 8th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Ah! More cakescapes! Yay! Man, I love the little fluffy Caspers, although they're more cute than scary. Of course, actually scary cake might not go over so well with the kids or with the stomach... I also love the witch's basket of apples; that detail just pleases me immensely.

And I love love love that the scarecrow is guarding a pumpkin patch, although it kind of makes me a tinge sad because for past several years one of my best friends and I took long, lazy drives through the countryside to get our pumpkins directly from patches. We'd push the wheelbarrow out through the mud and vines and seek out the pumpkins with the most character. We'd fill my trunk and backseat with as many as we could fit, and then go home and throw a jack o'lantern carving party. Is it dumb that that's some of the best fun I've ever had? Anyway, the sad comes from the fact that I won't get to do that this year. :(

Of course, now I want a cake with a scarecrow hovering over a little candy Dean bound to an apple tree... *blushes*

But yays for your cake. Now that you've hooked me, I'm going to be expecting a new cakescape for every holiday... Please tell me there will be a Thanksgiving one? With a horn o'plenty with tiny vegetables unfurling from it across the icing? Or with drunken jocks on a couch eating nachos and watching football? *looks hopeful*

I'm sorry about the awards. :( I voted for you a bunch of times, especially for BBL. But thank you for the congratulations. I must admit that I was surprised and delighted.

That just reinforces the impression that sometimes writers outdo themselves writing for that challenge.

I find the challenge of a prompt very inspiring, I must say. I never would have come up with the idea for Latvian Gambit otherwise.

I'm still not sure I understand how pbficsurvivor works... Do non-contestants get to vote?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
I also love the witch's basket of apples; that detail just pleases me immensely.
Me too-- that's the most "storylike" part of the cake!

I'm sorry you're missing out on jack-o-lantern carving this year. :( For years, until we had kids, I'd draw the faces on with Magic Markers. Not only is it faster, but I realized once I started the carving up again with the kids that I hate the gooshiness of cleaning the pumpkins. Hate it!

The cake was for a cake-decorating contest at the school's Halloween Carnival, and the real motivator is that the carnival is a fundraiser, and they'll auction off the cakes. Hope that one brought in decent money. :)

I voted for you a bunch of times, especially for BBL.
I think that although that story has the single largest response of any of my M/L stories, it's just too dark for a wide audience. As an incest-fic, it's kind of perfect because of the darkness. But most of the audience prefers the more romantic bent, I think.

But thank you for the congratulations. I must admit that I was surprised and delighted.
:D You don't write often, but when you do the results are quality! \o/

I'm still not sure I understand how pbficsurvivor works... Do non-contestants get to vote?
They did in the initial rounds, when we had anonymous teams pitted against each other. But now the other writers vote instead. :0
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sarahalfshellvenus on October 9th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I agree with sierra_foxx's assessment-- it seems that if you're not writing Michael/Sara at least a fair amount of the time, then from the broader fan perspective you no longer exist. Gads, that's sad.

but I'm ecstatic about the L/S one. After the prompts and the bitchslapping I got for it, I earned that fucking banner! *g*
It's all coming back now: Dear Puppet Vacant, write only what I want you to or else! *stab*

The prompts were cracktastic, and yet what you did with them was gold. Fabulous story as a result, truly. *cough*I'm one of the ones who nominated it.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 10th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Aren't they cute? I don't remember if the ghosts are always that cute, but their little raised arms just crack me up.

I don't really like the pumpkin candies myself. They taste kind of funny to me. Now, the Candy Corn is another thing entirely-- my god, I could just inhale those things. This year, there is Caramel Apple Candy Corn, which I may never be able to buy again because I think I ate the entire bag in a single night. *is mortified*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 10th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
The Valentine mallowcremes are cherry-flavored, at least the red ones are (which I definitely like). Yes-- the caramel apple candy corn is outrageously good. Artificial and outstanding, all at once!

she likes to take the candy cupid arrows and nibble them into looking like a penis.
:0 All these parents without boundaries! Although my father definitely has that TMI problem at times too. ;)

I see you've crossed over into my other fandom as well. \o/