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Summer of Giles is being hosted on dreamwidth this year. There are still open slots if you'd like to sign up. Posting runs from the start of June though the end of July so you'll have plenty of time to write a story.

I'll be posting the next chapter, corresponding to I Robot; You Jane, of my Giles as the Big Bad story In a Corner of My Soul. As a teaser, here's the first scene for that chapter posted on Taming the Muse, which is an excellent weekly writing prompt if you're looking for one.

uh oh

May. 25th, 2017 06:46 am
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Now there's a second dead baby bird in the back. Plus there was that mouse creeping so slowly across the road I thought it must be either dead or sick.

Hmm, I'm starting to feel as if I'm living at the innocuous start of one of those thrillers where the world is swept by a plague.

we got a bro; I'm not happy

May. 23rd, 2017 09:32 pm
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A seriously creepy guy started at my new job yesterday. He doesn't come off as creepy right off the bat. He's more of an everybody's buddy kind of a guy but in a slightly smarmy way. We first met him on our break. He was there when we arrived and still there when we left, which didn't make a great impression but he got Jack – surrounded by women; doesn't chat much – talking so that was slightly in his favor. He also talked about having to take the training many times recently because he's been job hopping; again, not a great impression. I was actually wondering why he'd been hired.

 

That afternoon we learn he's coming on as a floating manager. That reminded me of a couple of stories, both about men being brought in from the outside instead of giving a woman who'd been there for years the job. It did, possibly, explain why he'd taken the extended break. My guess is he sweet-talked Heather saying it'd give him a chance to get to know everyone.

 

Today at lunch he told us he has two women pregnant. And he wants 17 sons. This after bemoaning the fact that he doesn't have much time to spend with his current son. It's unclear to me if the boy's mother is one of the two women he currently has pregnant.

 

Aaaaaah! *runs away*

whom to kill?

May. 19th, 2017 10:00 pm
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I've been working on my Giles as the big bad of season 1 fic. In this draft, I'd planned to kill off Owen. Buffy still dating him. I've realized that his death would skew the plotline. Buffy and Willow just aren't that devastated as they have been written and I don't want to change that. So, what  high-school student would be out hunting vampires in season 1? 

Food Pr0n: Lemon-Artichoke Chicken

May. 18th, 2017 09:30 pm
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I finally got off my ass and went grocery shopping on the way home from work today... for the first time since before the Cleveland vacation, so at least 3 if not 4 weeks. I was out of a lot of things (including the heat-n-eat frozen ravioli, sammich pockets that're for lunches, ice cream and chocolate sauce, diced fire-roasted tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, apple juice, fresh fruit...) so it was definitely needed.

Anyhow, the grocery store had a sale on boneless skinless chicken thighs so I grabbed a 12-pack and used half to make a batch of lemon-artichoke chicken with "double" the sauce for the chicken. (The other half of the chicken will probably become a batch of "No Peek Chicken" Monday or Tuesday before I skip town.)

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 1.5 lbs.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-lb. jar of marinated artichoke hearts
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
Mise en Place
  1. Drain the artichoke hearts and slice into bite-size pieces as needed; set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Zest and juice both lemons into a medium bowl and add the vodka.
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. (If you know how long this takes you can do it later in the process.)
  2. In a large skillet, melt 1 tbsp. each butter and olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken thighs.
  4. Cook half of the thighs in the butter and olive oil, turning once, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a 9x13" baking dish when done.
  5. In another 1 tbsp. each butter and olive oil (if needed), cook and reserve the other half of the thighs as in the previous step.
  6. Cover the cooked thighs in the baking dish with the artichokes.
  7. In the same large skillet, pour the lemon juice, lemon zest, and vodka. Scrape up any fond from the bottom of the skillet.
  8. Add the sour cream to the skillet and mix over low heat until the sauce is combined and smooth.
  9. Pour the sauce over the artichoke-covered chicken.
  10. Top that with the parmesan cheese.
  11. Top that with the panko bread crumbs.
  12. Bake 30 minutes at 350˚F.
I served it with Rice-a-Roni® and have leftovers for tomorrow night, but not so many leftovers that I'll get sick of it before I head to Chicago. Dessert was fresh raspberries.

Happy Mother's Day!

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