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23 May 2016 @ 05:47 pm

What Color Best Describes Your Inner Personality?

  1. You got: Purple

    You are a highly spiritual and introspective person, never shying away from any opportunity for personal growth and reflection. Your idealism does not hold you back from reality, but rather shapes the way you approach and solve problems. You are a calming force.

09 May 2016 @ 11:31 pm
and I'm voting for these guys!

08 May 2016 @ 12:11 am
Author: Avery11
Genre: Slash, in a very gentle way.

Last night, I had a sudden and irresistible urge to write a story for Mothers' Day, as a way of saying thank you to all the great Moms out there in our community and beyond. Hopefully the resulting story makes sense --as I said, this was very spontaneously done. Happy Mothers' Day, ladies!

A Walk In the Park

Best roses in Manhattan,” Napoleon declared as he and Illya exited Floral Designs by Olivier on Central Park West. Each man carried an elegant bouquet of flowers, wrapped in pink cellophane and tied with a silk ribbon. “Olivier always carries the best.”

They are certainly the most expensive,” Illya replied, gazing mournfully at his empty wallet. “Ah well, nothing is too good for Aunt Amy, I suppose.”

That's the spirit. I'll make a capitalist out of you yet.”

Read on: Link takes you to AO3:

04 May 2016 @ 12:17 pm
I hope it's a magical one!

02 May 2016 @ 06:42 pm
Congratulations to Leicester City!
English Premier League Champions!

30 April 2016 @ 10:36 am

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

18 April 2016 @ 01:18 am

Author: Avery11
Genre: Gen

A Valentine Story for SSClassof56
Prompt: Pride and Prejudice

A little birdie told me that your Valentine story got lost in the mail, so here's a new one for you, with my very best wishes.

Courtship Dance

The limousine sped silently through the Malibu Hills, whizzing past curious passers-by taking their evening stroll, or walking their dogs along the cliffside in the fading light. The Pacific Ocean shimmered in the gathering darkness.

Slumped in the backseat, Illya adjusted his jewel-encrusted coronet for the umpteenth time. “I look ridiculous in this thing,” he grumbled yet again.

"'Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,'” Napoleon replied drily. He slipped a fresh clip of ammo into his Walther.

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17 March 2016 @ 11:34 am
Author: Avery11
Genre: Gen

(This is Part 1 of a three-part series. It may be awhile before I have the time to write Parts 2 and 3, so please be patient. They will get written, I promise.)

Farewell Tour

Part I

Illya stared down at the document before him. A single sheet of paper, three short sentences. A bold line at the bottom, awaiting his signature. His vision blurred; he blinked to clear it.

Second thoughts?” Olivia Dancer's warm brown eyes studied him from across the table. “If you need more time, sir –?”

So like her mother. “No.” He signed the document with a flourish, and spun the completed paperwork around the conference table, officially closing a chapter in his life. He sat back, feeling an impossible weight lift off his shoulders.

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10 March 2016 @ 11:13 am
Wishing you the happiest of birthdays,
and a nice plot bunny or two, just for fun!

05 March 2016 @ 10:18 am
You Are an Artist

You are a creator of sorts, but you are also a reframer and remixer. You see art everywhere.
You are a great appreciator of traditional beauty, but you also appreciate art that's a bit more obscure.

You love things that are different, even if they are an acquired taste. You don't think of art as purely hedonic.
You like to see the world from a new perspective, and art gives you that - even if that perspective is your own.

Music--definitely! Writing--you bet! But ART?????? Ummm, have they ever seen me draw?????? Art is not my strong suit, although I do love looking at the wonderful work of others. I'll call this one a miss.
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Here's a hilarious Producers spoof of the current election year, courtesy Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick It was first shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Link takes you to youTube, where a short comercial precedes the performance:

24 January 2016 @ 09:04 pm
written for DtC 2015. With all the craziness of moving, I forgot to post this Christmas story on my LJ page.

Midnight Clear

The sky was clear over Jerusalem, and the desert night had turned cold. From their vantage point on a hill overlooking the city, Napoleon and Illya drew their jackets about them, and settled in for what promised to be a very long stakeout. It was Christmas Eve, and they were far from home.

Not exactly the way I wanted to spend the holidays,” Napoleon sighed. He raised his binoculars and scanned the cobbled streets of the Old City for signs of trouble.

Illya sat beside him, peeling an orange. He bit into the sweet fruit with relish. “Alas, with THRUSH on the move in the region, I fear you must do without your usual overdose of Christmas cheer.”

Read on: Link takes you to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5420585

23 January 2016 @ 10:30 am
Having recently migrated north from the sunny shores of Hilton Head, we are entranced by the beauty of the recent snowstorm. Here are a few pics from our condo:

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21 January 2016 @ 04:17 pm
We're settled into our new North Carolina condo at last, the mountain of boxes a distant memory. Mercifully, the simultaneous closings of our old house in Hilton Head and the condo in Asheville went off without a hitch, so all our worries were for naught. Snow is in the forecast for this weekend, but we've bought some kick-ass snow boots, and plan to be toasty warm, dozing with our Kai-kitty by the fire. Thanks for all your good wishes, dear friends. Here are a few pics from our new home base:

12 January 2016 @ 08:29 pm
The movers are coming in the morning, to load our stuff for the move from our Hilton Head Island home to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. I expect to be offline for about a week--it will take at least that long to locate my computer among all the boxes! Send good thoughts for a smooth transition to our new adventure.

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31 December 2015 @ 08:48 pm

27 December 2015 @ 06:44 pm

What’s Your Patronus?

  1. You got: A Cat

    You’re a brilliant person with a sarcastic flare and you enjoy a quiet life. You believe in equality and discourage special treatment, which makes you morally good and trustworthy. Your Patronus takes the form of a cat, the same as Minerva McGonagall. Now please continue to annoy the hell out of Umbridge; it’s such an enjoyable experience.

13 December 2015 @ 06:34 pm

You Are From the Moon

You can vibe with the steady rhythms of the Moon.
You're in touch with your emotions and intuition.
You possess a great, unmatched imagination - and an infinite memory.
Ultra-sensitive, you feel at home anywhere (or with anyone).
A total healer, you light the way in the dark for many.

14 November 2015 @ 06:23 am
31 October 2015 @ 09:13 pm
Written for Scrapbook Halloween Challenge 2015
Gen, but may be read either way.

Pub Crawl

The rain came down in buckets, in torrents, propelled nearly sideways by a savage wind that shook the trees lining the Boston Post Road, and rattled the ancient windowpanes of The Lamb and Scythe Tavern.

Napoleon and Illya tumbled through the door, blue with cold and drenched to the bone. As they stood there shivering, the wind seized the heavy oak portal from Illya's hand, slapping it open against the shingles and nearly tearing it off its hinges. Resigned to his fate, he stepped back out into the storm and wrestled it shut again.

The tavern was dark and silent, the tables empty. The only sign of life was the middle-aged bartender reading a newspaper behind the counter, and the fire popping and crackling in the ash-scarred hearth.

Sit anywhere,” the bartender said, stating the obvious.

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19 August 2015 @ 06:12 am
So, I had my second experience with benign positional vertigo last night. Woke up with the room spinning faster than the ceiling fan. Thank heavens I knew what it was from the first time (about 5 years ago). This time it's only when I turn on my right side, and I feel better when I sit up. Last time was both sides and the room went wonky no matter what position I was in. (See, I'm looking on the bright side which, apparently, is my left at the moment.) I immediately started the exercises to shift that little floating crystal in my ear back into the correct canal. Hopefully the situation will self correct quickly, as I do not do well with nausea. Or not sleeping. Rambling now. Sleep deprivation will do that. Peppermint tea helps the nausea, thankfully. Send good thought, please, cousins.
12 August 2015 @ 08:45 am
Ooh, I love being mysterious!

You Are a Purple Smoothie

You are a very deep and even mysterious person. You have so much going on that people can't really figure you out.
You live a very full life, but it's still an orderly one. You pull off a very delicate balancing act with grace.

You are zanier than you seem, and it's because you dabble in a little of everything. You are someone different to everyone.
You are big on nuance, and you don't get caught up in labels. You would always rather dissect than debate.