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Mom and I watch When Calls the Heart on CBC, which is a super cheesy, but cute show (hot frontier mounties!) that we enjoy because this trend toward gritty/violent/dark television really isn't our jam. Despite it being a joint American/Canadian production, they've shown, I think five seasons in the States, but only two here. Season 3 started here last night.

Except, oh, by the way, there was a two-hour special that aired at Christmas of 2015 in the States and CBC either couldn't it show here or decided not to, for some reason. So that cliffhanger at the end of Season 2? Resolved in the special. New backstory for existing characters? Brought in during the special. New characters extremely relevant to the current season? Brought in during the special. This was covered in a brief 'previously on' at the start of the episode where Mom and I looked at each other and went 'I don't remember that'.

At first, we thought maybe we'd missed an episode, but I looked on the CBC website and they have everything up to stream, but nothing we hadn't seen. So I checked Wiki and discovered there'd been a special. Then I looked on Netflix, because it's up there, but they didn't have it either. Nor does iTunes. We managed to hunt down a very detailed recap from a fansite to fill in our missing knowledge and there were clips available elsewhere, so we got through well enough, but geez, CBC.

It's possible they aired it as a special at some point and we missed it, but the fact that the three legal resources I looked at didn't have it suggests that they didn't.

Of course, in the grand scheme of the world, this isn't important, but it is annoying, especially for a girl who just wants happy television as she recovers from six months of feeling like total crap and a previous year of feeling like semi-crap.

Thankfully MST3K on Netflix has been proving to be extremely enjoyable for a frazzled brain. :-D

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The Writer They Call Tay
06 June 2017 @ 06:29 pm
I wasn't able to see the new 'Beauty and the Beast' film in theatres, so I'm waiting for it to come to PPV, but I've listened to the soundtrack a little and the new song the Beast sings is absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. And today I randomly stumbled on the French translation and it's honestly one of the most beautiful translations I've heard of any song ever:



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The Writer They Call Tay
04 June 2017 @ 09:48 am
I just finished the first season of Supergirl on Netflix yesterday, only to find that they don't have season two up yet. I'm aware it's a corny, iffy show, but I just am in the frame of mind for lighthearted, corny shows at the moment. So, I thought I'd Google to see when Netflix might be getting season two.

Well, it turns out that season two aired on The CW in America, rather than CBS, which is what season one aired on. Which explains why when I went to Global, which showed season one here in Canada, they sent me to Showcase, whom, I assumed picked it up after CBS/Global dropped it? I don't know. Anyway, they have the last three episodes of the season to stream, which doesn't help me. And apparently CW has a deal with Netflix to get their shows up eight days after airing, but in Canada, the other DC CW shows (Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, etc) are on CraveTV, a different streaming app to which I am not subscribed because they don't have enough content I want to watch to make it worth my while and also I can't get it on my TV without a third party device that would cost me about $200, and, since Mom and I watch a lot of stuff together and you can't sync an iPad to another automatically, it's hard to find a way for us both to watch something if we can't get it up on the TV. But a quick browse suggests that they don't have Supergirl on there either, anyway.

So the question remains, will Canadian Netflix get season two? And when? Murdoch Mysteries switched channels halfway through its run and the first several seasons have disappeared from existence because no one seems to have the rights to them anymore, is this going to be another sort of limbo thing?

I can't find out about Supergirl because when I Google, all the results tell me it's up on the American Netflix. And I can't get American Netflix because licensing is stupid.

This could, of course, probably be solved in a dodgy manner, but I do my best to get content as legally as possible. I suppose there's always iTunes.

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The Writer They Call Tay
29 May 2017 @ 11:09 am
I'm doing another run on my family tree and spent yesterday trying to track down the husband of one of my dad's great-aunt's. My dad's side of the family is really hard to track because A) he knows nothing about family history, B) we have no one to ask on that side that might know, and C) they all had, like, five names and all of them chose to go by a random one that wasn't their first and D) no one before about 1930 knows when they were fucking born and decided it arbitrarily on each official document. Luckily, at least one branch lived in Quebec, where the records are awesome, provided you got married in the church and were baptized.

Anyway, all we knew about Great-Aunt's husband was his last name, via knowing one of their sons. So, I'm searching through all the censuses, trying to find where Gwen is living with him, variations on her name, etc., and getting nowhere. Out of curiosity, I switch to searching by the husband. As in, literally, all I have to search by is "Last Name, married This Last Name at some point". No birthdate, marriage date, location of birth, profession, nothing.

Their marriage record came up as the first listing.

So, Ancestry decided that Her Last Name married to His Last Name didn't match, but His Last Name Married to Her Last Name did. Now knowing his first name, I have discovered: the names of the other two sons, his parents' names, where he was born, what he did for a living, when he died, and found a random picture of my great-aunt posing with her future sister-in-law.

Mom and I watch Finding Your Roots on PBS, and she always complains about how the host goes on about what he did to finding the information, in what she feels to be an obnoxious fashion, but let me tell you, with how much work it sometimes is, I would be going 'guess what I freakin' did to find this!', too.

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The Writer They Call Tay
27 May 2017 @ 01:11 pm
It's Canada's 150's birthday this year and CBC has been airing a series called "The Story of Us" on Sunday nights, which recounts the history of Canada from when the first settlers arrived up until modern times, taking interesting stories from various eras of history. Obviously, there's a lot left out, but it includes an incredible amount of stuff I had no idea about. It's done through reenacting scenes narrated over by various Canadian celebs, professors, writers, soldiers, and other people of note. Including a very silver-haired Paul Gross, who has aged very well.

I doubt it's available outside of Canada, but the on the off-chance you can watch it or live in Canada haven't seen it, the website is here. It finished a couple of weeks ago but Mum and I just finished last night due to practically all the television we watch in a week airing on Sunday night at the same time. We have DVR full of stuff to catch up on.

Some stuff I learned that I didn't know:
-- on at least three occasions, Canadians have won important battles by pretending there were more soldiers there than there were. These incidents are unrelated and spread out over hundreds of years; it's like it's just built into our DNA to go 'well, there's only three of us, but if we run around and make a lot of noise, we might be able to make them think there's more of us and they might surrender and we won't have to fight them'. And it worked on all three occasions. Including Vimy Ridge in WWI, where one soldier captured 96 Germans in a bunker by calling up to his few men above as though there were a platoon of them and ferrying them out in small, manageable groups once they'd been disarmed, so the few above weren't overwhelmed.
-- the most decorated sniper of WWI from Canada was a First Nations man named, Francis Pegahmagabow who was a total badass.
-- There was a black woman in 1940's Nova Scotia named Viola Desmond, who went to the cinema in different town and didn't know it was segregated there. She intended to buy a main floor ticket, but was given a mezzanine ticket since that was where you had to sit if you were black. She didn't know she had been given the different ticket and went to sit on the main floor, only to be euphemistically told she had the wrong ticket and to go upstairs, so she went back to correct the 'mistake' and exchange her ticket, only to be told she couldn't. She decided to sit on the main floor anyway and was arrested, put in jail overnight and charged a $26 fine for 'tax evasion' because the main floor ticket cost one cent more than the mezzanine ticket and she hadn't bought a main floor ticket. That's almost a $370 fine in today's money. Despite her challenging it, it was thrown out on a technically of the claim being filed after the 10 days time limit. She was officially pardoned in 2010, and is going to be the first Canadian woman to appear on a bank note in 2018.

Anyway, if you can find a way to watch the series, I highly recommend it. It's really fascinating and well done.

All the way through it I kept going "I bet my vampire lived through that".

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The Writer They Call Tay
24 May 2017 @ 10:03 am
A few months ago my mom was browsing a magazine at the physiotherapist when she found a recipe for really easy scones. My family has to deal with both my parents being diabetic and me having all the sensitivities ever (soy! tomatoes! potatoes! food colouring!), so we do a lot of baking and creative substitutions and I always get excited to have something new to eat that's easy to do, since my menu is so limited. We gave these a whirl and they're so, so good. Really light and fluffy, a little like a sweet soda bread with a less coarse crumb. The remind me of the baking powder biscuits you get at American KFCs. Or used to, I haven't eaten American KFC in about twenty years.

I'm not sure the original creator of the recipe, but it looks like a variation of a cream scone. It's very yummy.

Easy Scone Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whipping cream

Directions

Mix your dry ingredients together. Add whipping cream. Mix with fork until combined. Throw out on floured surface and roll dough out to 3/4" thickness. Cut with cutter of your choice. Bake at 400ºF/200C for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown. Enjoy!

Variations
We usually do a double batch, since one dose makes enough for, say, having with stew, but we like to have extras for snack or breakfast. We've used table cream which has less fat and is cheaper without any noticeable difference in the taste or texture. Our family never puts salt in when we're baking, or only a few shakes, so you can leave that out if you want. I've also used half and half all-purpose and whole wheat flour in a pinch and it was still very yummy. The original recipe states you can toss dried fruit, cheese, chocolate chips, etc. in there to spice things up, but they are quite good on their own with just butter and/or jam. The other thing you can do if you don't have time to roll and cut is toss the dough in an 8x8 pan and cook for about 25-30 minutes to make a cake. The dough does rise a lot, so make sure your pan has room for growth.

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The Writer They Call Tay
18 May 2017 @ 06:53 pm
We have a robin who makes her nest over our backyard porchlight every year. She's done the same this year, and she's been there for several weeks now, yelling at us each time we open the door to let Ascii in or out. It's funny, because you'll be somewhere in the house and hear the backdoor open followed by someone saying 'sorry Mrs Robin!'. The little robins have hatched now and Mrs Robin must have decided we're okay, because she's been feeding them right while we sit on the porch and watch. It's so cool to watch! I have a few pictures, but I can't get too close, so they aren't the best.

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The first one is her feeding the birds, the second is her sitting on the roof with a worm in her mouth, and the third is the nest with a little bird peeking out. There are four in there. When she comes to feed them, they all raise themselves up and tweedle at her and she drops the food in one of their mouths, then waits a second and one of them will stick it's butt in the air and poop and she takes it and flies over to the fence and drops it on the ground to keep the nest tidy. It's really interesting to watch.

In other news, I've been feeling pretty crap lately, healthwise, and when that happens, I like to learn new things to distract myself, so I've been learning how to colour in lineart. I still can't draw to save my life, but I do quite like colouring. Here's my first attempt, done with Photoshop Elements and my tablet:

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The lineart is by Hashm0sa here, and featured in a gallery on DA with free lineart to colour in. It's not perfect (my colouring) and I'm still working on how light works, but I'm happy with my progress. The sketch reminded me of Phryne Fisher of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries's fame (Mum and I have been watching it on Netflix), so I coloured her to look like that.

In a very 1920's fashion, Mum has ordered me to 'convalesce' from my health woes for the past two years, which have been varied and yucky. And it's very hard to just sort of look after yourself and sleep if you're tired and go and sit on the porch and read your book and pretend like you're on holiday when there's stuff that you could be doing that would be helpful to other people, but you can't really do because you're so rundown. But I'm working on it. By watching robins and colouring in pictures.

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The Writer They Call Tay
When I was about fourteen or so, The Scarlet Pimpernel was totes my favourite musical. It has a long and storied history of being a show that opened, ran for quite awhile to not good reviews, closed, entirely revamped and rewrote itself, opened again to mildly better reviews, moved to a smaller theatre, continued to run with mild changes, then went on a tour with more mild changes to continually mediocre reviews. Which I never understood, because the music is fabulous and the story is great and it’s very funny and awesome. But, whatever.

I recently stumbled on a video of the German production on youtube, and since I am currently trying to learn German, I gave it a peak for interest sake and then sat there and watched all of the first act, even though I didn’t understand much of what was being said or sung, only vaguely following because I knew the English version so well. But it is highly awesome, still, even under those circumstances. Oh, and, from what I can tell, they’ve rewritten it again.

Anyway, when I was starting to learn French, I used to translate songs into English, so I thought I might give it a go with my pathetic Duolingo German. And because the German version of Chauvelin is such a badass, I’m going to do one of his songs.


Here’s Chris Murray as Chauvelin:



And here’s my attempt at a translation below the cut, with generous help from Google. Corrections are welcome!

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The Writer They Call Tay
05 May 2017 @ 10:04 am
Ten years ago on this day, I posted my first entry to this journal. I created the journal on April 27, 2007, but I didn’t post until May 5th, 2007. So, I’m counting today as my tin anniversary.

I’ve been reading through my entries in order over the last few days, and finding it interesting to see how I’ve changed or haven’t changed, and reading some of my very old stories.

I have posted 284 stories (excluding some meme responses which weren’t recorded in fic round-ups), with 7 being original works, 7 being novel or novella-length fics, and the rest being oneshots, drabbles and ficlets. The longest story I’ve written was was 57,092 words long and the shortest was 100 words long.

There have been 4116 comments left on this journal by people who weren’t me. And I’m extremely grateful to everyone who has been around to read my stories and chat with me, especially those who I have literally known for a decade now.

Thanks so much to all of you!

I know LJ is a dying artform now, and that make me sad, but I’m very grateful for the time I’ve had here. In future, should you need to find me in another location, I have a dreamwidth mirror here: [personal profile] awanderingbard and tumblr, though the latter I don’t post much on, nor do I follow everyone because of the difficulties of curating content on tumblr. I don’t like things to show up on my dash that I don’t want to be on my dash, which is my main complaint about the way it works. I much prefer the LJ option of ‘seeing what this post is about and then deciding if I’d like to look at it’.

You can also find me at my insanejournal icon journal here, should you be desperate.

However, I am going to be around here still, until and unless I can’t be anymore. I've been a bit quiet lately due to health issues and a moving away from fandoms I was writing for before, but I am still here.

Once again a huge thanks to you all! And big huggles to you! \O/
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay
03 May 2017 @ 11:00 am
Title: The Importance of Names
Characters: Finn, Rey, Poe, daemons
Pairing: none
Rating: PG
Warnings/Triggers: hints of war and death
Spoilers: Most of The Force Awakens
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters, I just like to take them out to play.
Word Count: 1,325
Summary: Neither FN-2187 or his daemon have had a name before. But then everything changed.
Author's notes: Just a quick story that popped into my brain awhile ago. Daemon fic.

For reference: Dell (a canaan dog), Liddy (a common swift</a>, and Iskati (a kangaroo rat)

It wasn't until Jakku that everything changed.Collapse )

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