The Writer They Call Tay
Mum and I decide to make a pumpkin pie to cheer up Dad. He's feeling quite a bit better, but not great still. We collaborated on a no-sugar added, allergen free pumpkin pie. We have to make the crust from scratch, since I'm allergic to everything, and we had a bit extra so Mum got creative:

He ate a piece for breakfast this morning, so I think it was a hit.

Happy Thanksgiving Canadians! Happy Columbus Day, Americans!
The Writer They Call Tay
11 October 2014 @ 01:06 am
Seems like a good night for a meme revival.

Give me the name of a character I write or have written and I'll tell you:
- What they are like when they're drunk
- If they have any tattoos/scars/birthmarks
- What frivolous thing makes them really happy
- What stupid thing makes them really annoyed
- Special skills (languages they speak, instruments they play, etc)
- Prized possession(s)
- Medical conditions (allergies, injuries, chronic complaints, etc.)
- Comfort food/activity/object

OCS and AUs welcome, as always. Feel free to ask for a couple of characters.

Putting this here to make it easier to respond from my iPad if necessary:

The Writer They Call Tay
09 October 2014 @ 06:49 pm
That thing I picked up at the wedding that gave me an ear infection and strep throat my dad also picked up, his went the route of a persistent dry cough until two days ago when it decided to become pneumonia.

My dad has a very adept fever system, where it spikes high and fast, and he gets a You can usually tell he's feverish because he starts calling sort of drunkenly for the dog while wrapped like a burrito in bed, even if the dog is nowhere near by. He tried to give the secretary at the doctor his bank card when she asked for his health card. And he just cheerfully informed my mum that his antibiotics were a 'pretty pink, they match your shirt'. Which is very unlike my dad, who is a quiet, calm, terse sort of fellow.

I feel like I might have Powers, because someone at asked for a fic about a line I wrote about baby!Q having febrile seizures that Mycroft had to deal with, and the first time I worked on it, I had given him an ear infection, and then the next day I got an ear infection. And then I've been working it on again, and my interpretation of baby!Q's fever is based on descriptions my grandmother told of my father's fevers when he was little, and now he's got a fever. And pneumonia.

So, we've had to cancel Thanksgiving this year, which is a bit sad. But on the bright side, we don't have to clean up the house for Thanksgiving. And I made pumpkin French toast for dinner tonight with the pumpkin I was probably going to use for a pie or something at the table Mum and I had started to decorate, so at least we're making the best of it.

Hope any other Canadians out there have a good Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy your Monday off!
The Writer They Call Tay
01 October 2014 @ 04:54 pm
Once upon a time a little over two years ago, the lovely dustlines wrote a meme response with a steampunk!Sherlock with clockwork eyes. And the image of it stuck in my head, and I wanted to make a Poser picture of it, but I ran into a few problems of the impossibility of morphing Benedict's face, and my migraines making it hard to stare at a screen to meticulously inch dials around. But I've recently gotten back into Poser and, for some reason, everything I needed to make the image in my head has been on sale of late, so I actually made the picture.

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The Writer They Call Tay
26 September 2014 @ 12:50 pm
I just found a website that allows you to use Google with results localized to somewhere other than you're living. So, for example, if you Google 'grocery stores' in your normal Google, it will give you results for your area or country. But if you're trying to research grocery stores in France, it's harder to get results. This site, allows you to tell it where you want to search from and gives you the result for that region. Very useful for story research.

In other research news, I have fallen into a big black hole of genealogy and I can't get out. It's so much fun! It's like being a detective!

"Hmm, this Thomas is living with Thomas and Amelia. Are they his parents? Yes, they must be. Amelia is my grandmother's name. She must have been named for her grandmother. Oh, look, there's a George, that must be his brother. And that must be who Russell George is named after. Now, who the hell is Margaret? Did he have a sister? I guess she must be a sister..."

I'm only on day two of my free trial at and I've added about twenty new people to my dad's side, which is very spotty.
The Writer They Call Tay
25 September 2014 @ 09:44 am
Title: A Worthy Heart
Characters: All the Avengers, Pepper, a dog
Rating: PG-13
Warnings/Triggers: non-descriptive but somewhat yucky injuries, swearing
Spoilers: none
Pairings: Tony/Pepper
Word Count 3,384
Summary: When Thor is injured in battle, he finds a friendly, furry face on the streets of New York. One with a very special gift.
Author's notes: joonscribble showed me this post on tumblr, and I insta-fluffed a story so fast in my head it was a bit silly.

And then I wrote it.

Very, very fluffy. Thor's worthy friend probably looks something like this. Sort of on the oldest side of puppyhood.

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The Writer They Call Tay
24 September 2014 @ 11:05 pm
I'm writing an Avengers story from Thor's POV. Do I use British or American spellings? Usually I try to keep the spelling and word choice consistent with the origins of the character narrating, but Thor is actually an alien, even if he sounds British, and the rest of the cast are American or pretending to be, and the setting is in America.

I could always use Canadian spelling, which is whichever spelling occurs to you first.
The Writer They Call Tay
18 September 2014 @ 11:15 am
So, my mum decided I should go to the doctor's today, after her characteristic swap from the 'you're fine' nurse, to the 'maybe you're not fine' mother. It's an inner struggle she has, I get it. We've recently had to switch doctors and our new one leaves appointments blank for emergency, same day people. I rang and had an appointment within half an hour. To give perspective, once at my old doctor, I rang a month in advance for prescription renewal and the first appointment they could give me was for three months later. To get to not only have an appointment while I'm still feeling the same symptoms, but within the hour of my phone call is a miracle. Is this how Americans feel?

Good news: I did not rupture my eardrum.
Bad news: I have an ear infection and probable strep throat.
Worse news: there is not a single fuckin' antibiotic available without food dye in it.

I am not allergic to food dye. I had that tested earlier in the year. I am, however, sensitive to food dye and have completely cut it from my diet and felt much better for it. When I eat food dye, particularly one derived from the cochineal bug, I get a pounding heart, a flushed face, and a tendency to have panic attacks or feel paranoid. It is not a pleasant experience. I have had amoxicillin before (as the very Russian pharamcist told me) and I don't remember being very strange on it, so I hope it will work out.

At the very least, the next seven days should be fun! I apologize for any weird posts I might make.
The Writer They Call Tay
17 September 2014 @ 11:47 am
I've had a sort of weird flu/cold thing since I went to the wedding a couple of weeks ago. Many of the guests have gotten ill, apparently. We suspect a groomsman who flew in from Calgary with a cold is the source.

First I had a very sore throat, and then that resolved a bit and I started coughing instead. Last night, I coughed so hard that I'm pretty sure I've ruptured my left ear drum. It's been ruptured in the past, when I had a very, very bad URI about...ten years ago. So, it's probably a bit weak. I couldn't hear at all last night, this morning I have a sort of echoing, tinny sound in it, like I'm hearing things through a glitched computer. My mother, the Kindly but Reasonable Nurse, told me to just go to bed, so I did. There's nothing a doctor can do about it unless it doesn't heal on it's own, so there's no point in seeing anyone.

I'm writing cute stories and listening to British panel shows to cheer myself up.

Also, I was going to share this at some point, and since I'm here... Someone on tumblr linked to this website: Fake Name Generator. It not only generates fake names, it gives you an address, telephone number, occupation, birthdate, vehicle, Visa Card number, all sorts of things. You can identify a nationality for the person and the country they're living in, to get appropriate results. It basically generates a random character, which might be useful if you need a background character for a story and don't want to spend time coming up with all this stuff. I'm thinking it would be useful for a list of suspects for a murder story.
The Writer They Call Tay
Me: Well, I need to name this dog in this story.
My brain: That should be easy.
Me: *thinks*
My brain: *thinks*
Me: *Googles.*
*Googles more.*
*Googles more, and starts translating into other languages.*
*Breaks out hardcore naming materials*
*Gets distracted by Icelandic sheepdog's historical names based on fur patterns*
*Remembers dog in story is a Golden Lab, and doesn't have fur patterns*
*Learns about wildflowers.*
*Googles for two hours.
My about Goldie?
Me: *sighs*