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The Writer They Call Tay
13 January 2017 @ 09:39 am
I was playing around with putting my Ancestry family tree info into FamilySearch (which is a free website, the one I was doing transcription work for in the summer), for fun, still trying to solve a few family mysteries. And I still haven't solved those mysteries, but I did discover new information about one branch of my family. Namely that we have at least two filles du roi in that branch!

Filles du roi ('The King's Daughters') are my favourite part of Canadian history. They were a group of women who came over to marry colonists in Canada, recruited by the French government due to a dearth of women to make babies and build the colony up with. Apparently, the men who settled in New France at the time were getting too friendly with the natives, which was not an 'acceptable' way to procreate. So, the government in France offered women a trousseau if they would go to New France and marry a colonist and be good daughters of France. Why would they want to do that? You know, go to the ungodly, far away lands full of scary things and people? Well, first of all, they gave you shit. You had a trunk full of so many petticoats and dresses and, I don't know, probably dinner plates and silverware. Which is more than poor women could bring to a marriage at home. And also, you can total freedom about who you could marry and the men were so desperate for wives that they were literally proposing to women before they got off the boats when they arrived. And you didn't have to accept a proposal. As long as you eventually married, you could decide which guy you wanted. Which was a HUGE thing, then, too. So, these badass women were like 'fuck France and my lot in life, I'm going to Canada to be sought after and have nice clothing'. And the circumstances were harsh there, so they had to be pretty hardy to survive. It was like, 'yay, I'm married! Oh, you're going to leave me alone in a cabin for the whole freezing winter while you go off and hunt fur? Where I'll be literally snowed in and won't be able to go outside until the thaw? And may have a baby with me? Groovy.'

I really like that period of history.

Also, in more modern news, I made Ascii a winter coat and she looks adorable in it:

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The Writer They Call Tay
06 January 2017 @ 11:14 pm
donutsweeper reminded me of this today: I have a dreamwidth and I can make back-ups to it! Which I have done. This journal is mirrored over there, so should something happen to make LJ inaccessible someday, you can consider [personal profile] awanderingbard a place to find me again. Feel free to do whatever the DW equivalent of friending is, I really haven't used it much over the years. I know LJ is getting more and more quiet these days, but I still prefer the format over tumblr, so I'll still be hanging around here unless that becomes impossible.
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay
31 December 2016 @ 07:29 pm
Very short fic round up from the second half of the year. Happy New Year everyone!

January-July round-up is here.

A Bad Week for Doorbells (Dresden Files, mini-Dresdens verse) [PG, 6,304 words]
The Best Alarm Clock in the Galaxy (Star Wars, consci_fan_mo) [PG, 1,988 words]
Browned Butter (Once Upon a Time, consci_fan_mo) [G, 1,956 words]
The Best Parts of Existing (Original, consci_fan_mo) [PG, 1,992 words]

Total Word Count: 12,339 [76,134 for the year]
# of Stories: 4 (15 for the year]
Average Word Count: 3,084.75 [5,075.6 for the year]
Fandoms: Agent Carter, Dresden Files, Star Wars, Once Upon a Time, Original




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As always, thanks to everyone who wandered by to read and/or comment this year. I love having you all around and chatting to you. It's been almost ten years of this journal (I think in March? Or May?) and you all have really brought wonderful things to my life over the years.
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay
20 December 2016 @ 04:10 pm
Pinwheels are a French-Canadian dessert, which we make every Christmas along with tourtiere (a meat pie). Most people around my neck of the woods (Ontario) haven't heard of pinwheels and are suspicious of them, like dude, it's literally just pie crust and sugar, what are you so freaked out about?

The 'official' name of pinwheels is 'Pets des Soeurs', which translates as 'Nun's Farts'. In my family, we've always called them pinwheels, or Soupirs des Soeurs (Nun's Sighs, which are actually a different pastry, I think). The gourmet supermarket here calls them Nun's Pastries. Take your pick, they are all delicious.

The way pinwheels are made is very free form, because they were originally created to use up extra pie dough, I think, so exact measurements are not a part of the process, you just use what you have. Here is the Bard Family Recipe/Guideline:

Things You Will Need:
1 pie crust (shortcrust, store bought is fine but make sure it's thawed a little if it's been frozen)
Some brown sugar (coconut sugar also works, Splenda brown sugar mix works, and we've used cinnamon sugar too, you just need something that will caramelize, so plain Splenda will not work)
Some butter
An oven
A pie plate (tin one from the frozen pie crusts is fine, glass ones are fine too, whatever you got)

Things You Do To Make Delicious Pinwheels:
1. Heat your oven to 375°F/190°C, or to whatever temperature you're using to bake whatever else you're making, do what you feel in your heart.
2. Either roll out your homemade pie dough in a flat circle or remove your frozen pie crust and make it a flat circle. If there are cracks, no sweat, you can pinch them closed later on, but if your frozen pie crust is super cracky, let it thaw a bit longer.
3. Butter your pie crust like you would butter bread. You want to have a pretty even, but not too thick layer. Let your heart guide you once more. Avoid the edges of the crust and mostly work in the centre.
4. Take your sugar or sugar-like substance and sprinkle it over the butter layer, smoothing it out to an even thickness.
5. Starting at one edge of the crust, roll it up like a cinnamon roll, so you have a spiral of filling inside a log.
6. Cut off the end pieces so the edges are even. Sample end pieces if so desired and it is not a health risk to do so.
7. Slice the log into slices of your desired thickness. Like, I don't know, half an inch? Your heart will know. They should look like little cinnamon rolls, and you can use your fingers to round them out if they are squashed on the bottom.
8. Arrange slices in pie tin/plate. They don't spread too much, so you can pack them in pretty close together.
9. Cook for ten minutes, or maybe five minutes if you're using a higher temperature. Check on them. Do they look golden and has the sugar melted and is bubbling? If yes, remove from oven. If no, cook until they do.
10. Let cool.
11. Eat the wonky ones as samples and serve the pretty ones to guests.

Here is a picture of some made with homemade crust (due to allergies, I couldn't have store bought for a while, but Tenderflake took their soy out, so yay for easier pinwheels this year!) Half-eaten tourtiere on the right. Click and it gets bigger.



Happy Holidays!
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay
17 December 2016 @ 05:25 pm
Title: The Best Parts of Existing
Rating: PG
Warnings: some swearing
Word Count: 1,992
Summary: History, knitting, and life lessons from a modern-day vampire.
Disclaimer: Work is all from my own imagination. Any resemblance to other characters or situations is coincidental.
Notes: Original work, written for consci_fan_mo. Because of the word limit, I couldn't clarify any of the historical references made, but most don't affect the story. The only term you might need is 'courer de bois'('woods runner'), who were fur traders in the late 1600s in Canada.

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The Writer They Call Tay
14 December 2016 @ 10:16 am
This was probably inevitable: Star Wars daemons. I’ve only done The Force Awakens-appearing characters (for now), and only humans, as I haven’t quite decided if all species have daemons or it’s just a human thing. Also, I’ve obviously used Earth animals, even though they probably don’t exist in the Star Wars galaxy, because otherwise...I wouldn’t have any animals to give anyone.


Anyway:


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The Writer They Call Tay
07 December 2016 @ 06:05 pm
Title: Browned Butter
Characters: Emma Swan, Killian Jones, Snow White, Henry Mills, Prince Charming, Regina Mills
Pairing: Emma/Hook
Rating: G
Warnings/Triggers: none
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters, I just like to take them out to play.
Word Count: 1,956
Summary: It's Storybrooke's first Thanksgiving, and Emma is finding trying to be a domestic goddess more difficult than she anticipated.
Author's notes: Written for consci_fan_mo.

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The Writer They Call Tay
01 December 2016 @ 11:15 am
Title: The Best Alarm Clock in the Galaxy
Characters: Poe Dameron, BB-8, General Leia, C-3PO
Pairing: none
Rating: PG
Warnings/Triggers: illness and a brief swear word
Spoilers: Some of Poe's backstory
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters, I just like to take them out to play.
Word Count: 1988
Summary: When his master falls ill, BB-8 proves himself to be an excellent alarm clock in more than one sense of the term.
Author's notes: It's consci_fan_mo time again, and even though it looks like I might be the only person participating, I wanted to try a few short fics to get my word fairy going again. She's very run down.

I blame this story on too much playing of Lego Star Wars lately...

My knowledge of the EU aspects of the new trilogy is limited, and went mostly by the Wookiepedia entries on Poe and BB-8 to get some extra details about them.

Beep-whooop-beep.
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay
24 November 2016 @ 08:40 am
For the first time, I have remembered Americans celebrate Thanskgiving on the Thursday and can wish y'all a happy one. I know things have been and are stressful for you down there lately, so I hope you at least get the chance to have some relaxation and good times.

I'm very thankful to have you all around as I head into my tenth year of this journal. Thanks for sticking with me!
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay
07 October 2016 @ 11:02 am
Title: A Bad Week For Doorbells
Characters: Harry, Murphy, Bob, Fay, Mal, Mouse, Kade
Pairings: Harry/Murphy, Fay/Kade
Rating: PG
Warnings: very mild references to potential magical dubious consent
Word count: 6,304
Summary: It's been a bad week for late-night doorbells at the Dresden household, and Fay and her boyfriend are the latest perpetrators.
Author's notes: So, this is random, huh? I was reading through old fic in my journal and got nostalgic for my mini!Dresdens, and my brain, of all things, decided this was what we were going to write now. I, unfortunately, lost all my mini!Dresden 'verse snippets and fics and world building in the Great Flash Drive Crash, so I've elected to just carry on from where I left off, which was here, after a large time leap to the minis being much older. I have done a bit of reworking on Kade's character, so the references to him might be contradictory there, but it shouldn't matter much.

If you need a refresher or are unfamiliar with this verse, here is the Launch Page, which has all the stories.

Voice are a bit rusty, so bear with.

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