bossymarmalade: (pre-coital coffee)


Sure, there’s hordes of evil to be stopped, people in peril, outer space battles to fight.  But in-between, there’s a full-service cafeteria and lots of other superheroes to talk to.

Looking for a mature, active, two-year-strong DCU roleplay that offers plenty of plotty and casual RP?  One where it’s cool if you want to race/gender/sexuality/etc.-bend some DCU superheroes?  One with an in-house artist who draws the characters? Come join us in the Justice Lounge, modded by [personal profile] glockgal and me!

||   the justice lounge | rules | faq | character list  ||
Bullet point sales pitch:
- minor time commitment, only three comments/posts a week (can be in a conversation)
- any DC comics character (minus the New 52) or DC Animated character (minus Teen Titans, Young Justice, and Green Lantern) is allowed
- there’s art of the RP characters and regular AU chatzy weekend events
- curious what it’s like?  Check out our archived threads

Check us out and consider apping your favourite DC character!
bossymarmalade: sign for truvy's beauty spot (it's amy tyre's moment to shine)
Thank you to everybody who signed up for the trick-or-treat meme! I didn't quite finish everybody's requests last night -- our upstairs neighbour Dasha (we now live in a two-suite house with [personal profile] glockgal's bff from high school and her fella, eee) wanted us to give out candy to kids -- but I will for sure be filling the requests!!

As to the new digs! I grew up in a house in Trinidad and an edge townhouse in Vancouver, so I'm very happy living somewhere again with its own entrance, a yard in the back, and laundry. The last place Lori and I lived, a basement suite in the landlords' house, was all right inside but dreary outside, with a lot of concrete and dirt patches that the local raccoons and cats just loved to use as litter boxes. Which was tolerable until the house got infested with flies, because there were big gaps in the front door and it got very hot inside. I cannot even express the levels of anxiety I reached having flies in the house; I'd have to go hide in my bedroom while Lori killed and disposed of them. But now that's all over! All I have to worry about with the new place is spiders everywhere, lol.

I have a tiny little water blister on the inside of my pinkie finger. How. What.
bossymarmalade: abe simpson hating his party hat (give *me* a slice!!)
In my attempt to get back into journaling, I may be taking people off my reading circle! Please don't feel that this is hugely personal, I'm just trying to whittle down the list until I get a handle on dreamwidthing on a regular basis again. :)

Tumblr was good for a while when I felt burnt out on journaling, and just wanted to flick through pretty pictures and gifsets and so forth. And it still is! But now I have come again to the point where I want conversations with people, which Tumblr is completely and utterly useless for unless I want to get into a screaming match with random teenagers about how much I hate that fucking "What Does the Fox Say" song. (And that's another thing, I want to talk to some damn GROWNUPS again, heh!)

So from now on, Tumblr is for playing on the DC roleplaying group that I run with [personal profile] glockgal and that's pretty much it. BTW I will be posting an ad for that RP group soonish, so if you've ever considered a DCU game, please keep us in mind!

I probably got this link from somebody on DW but I can't remember who! Anyhow, I want to put it here so I don't lose it: The Aesthetic Politics of Filming Black Skin.

Also I just put my pillows in the washing machine. If the machine manages them and comes out unscathed, I'm'a do my comforter too. SO EXCITING
bossymarmalade: iroh interrupted mid-noodles (oishinbo!)
In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door'. Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and you will get a surprise in your 'bag' on the 31st. Treats can be anything you'd like - my bubbling cauldron can serve up pretty pictures, drabbles or ficlets, kittens, or random other things.

I think I'd like to do this! Feel free to leave prompts and I'll see if I can meet them!
bossymarmalade: blue eye with lashes of red flower petals (Default)
 So, every time I've attempted to make some kind of "yay! I think I'd like to try journaling again!" post, something dreadful and depressing has happened in real life that sucks that desire right back out of me. 

Which means this time I'm just casually making a post and acknowledging that it may be my only post for the next few months, who knows, anything could happen. YOU HEAR ME, UNIVERSE?

And that said, hello, dreamwidthers! I hope you've been well.
bossymarmalade: zoidberg is terrified (*terrified lobster noise*)
What I have always feared re: Facebook has finally come to pass -- a person I last knew in junior high has found me and wants to meet up for tea next time he's in Vancouver!!

This request came very suddenly after two minutes of messaging "whereabouts in Vancouver do you live, we should meet next time I'm there", and omg y'all, you must understand why I am so leery, because this is Trevor C__.

Trevor C__ was an affected, watching kind of boy who was obsessed with Anne Frank in Grade 7, when I was friends with him most. I don't mean he was touched by her story and her bravery. I mean he wanted to play Anne Frank all the time (with him as Anne) and the only decorations in his room were a cross and a pencil crayon reproduction of that photo of Anne Frank from the cover of her autobiography that he ordered one Scholastic book drive year. (I perhaps shouldn't judge him too singularly on that count, since sometimes it seemed to me that most Anglo white boys between the ages of 12 and 19 had a pressing interest in all things Nazi -- either that, or there was a preponderance of the type in my area.)

I was over at his house only a few times because he had a Ghostbusters computer game and a trampoline. Once we had hot dogs on paper Chinet plates which we scrupulously washed and dried afterwards. He had a grandmother in a wheelchair who would hiss for him to come aside while she talked to him about confusing, disturbing things in a piercing whisper, watching me the whole time. If you wanted to play on the trampoline, his father made you sign a waiver that exempted the C__ family from responsibility for not only your possible loss of limb and motor function, but also your "sexual drive".

Welcome to Canadian Gothic, folks.

You can see why I haven't been on Facebook since, heh, even though it seems that he's dampened down the Anne Frank (I still remember how he used to say it, in throaty blocks that he imagined was the correct Dutch pronunciation) and dialed up the Anglophile, having added many precious turns of phrase to his own Facebook entries.

This was a long and possibly quite dull way of saying -- I know nothing about Facebook. If I unfriend him or whatever, does that mean he can no longer see my entries or message me? Help me, Obi-Wan friendslist!!
bossymarmalade: rainbow layer cake (each a different flavour of jello)
Vancouver weather has done its job and the snowstorm of Tuesday and Wednesday has been almost totally washed away by rain. Plus after this workday, I am off for a week and Lori will be doing all the driving, huzzah!

I must tell you all about the fancypants chicken I bought on an EthicalDeal coupon -- this biddy usually costs $36 dollars, as it is a "RedBro" chicken from local Polderside Farms, and their press agent says, "These prized poultry enjoy additive-free stone-ground grains, veggies and sunflower seeds and are raised slowly and with plenty of space, which contributes to excellent flavour and a larger size than a conventional chicken (about 6 lbs. - enough to feed 4)".

So basically what I am saying is that this better be the best damn chicken I've eaten. Or at least the best since I last had a yard fowl in Trinidad.

In other and repeated news, if you are looking for a DCU tumblr roleplaying game, check out the Justice Lounge! We are super friendly and laid-back but keep a good modly rein on things, we have threads on tumblr as well as chat RP and a player chatroom, we have big storyarcs and fun memes and random nonsense and a healthy dose of smut. Plus Lori and I have designed the game to be a happy place for female/genderfluid/queer/chromatic/etc. folks as much as we are able, so hopefully it's not as problematic as other tumblr-based games can be.

Also, what other RP games out there offer original glockgal art with your RP characters? NONE!!
bossymarmalade: krusty the clown loves being on fire (feeling my flesh melt is faboo!)
My brunch avocado is not as ripe as I thought it was! Ah, well -- smooshed up with cream cheese and on a good bagel, it's not bad, anyhow. Plus since it's holidaytime here at the office, I already breakfasted on coffee, homemade shortbread, and a red velvet cupcake. So I can't really complain about my zaboca.

(Also I just looked it up and it seems that only Trinidadians call the avocado a "zaboca"? Hrrm.)

-- aaaaaaand now my ex-program manager has come in and is telling a co-worker about India, since she just got back from a trip there. Also this co-worker is FROM INDIA.

*turns up her music, la la la laaaa*
bossymarmalade: lugash hates his anger management class (I...HATE IT SO MUCH!!)


This picture literally encapsulates all of the reasons why I fucking loathe Marley so much that I do a dance of rage in my seat every time she lurches across the screen.

Of course, there's no real excuse for me to still be watching Glee, but you know how it goes.
bossymarmalade: lucius vorenus is a good soldier (people called romanus they go the house)
Getting back into the swing of things re: Dreamwidth posting takes some effort, yo! Although I'm reading and enjoying my circle again, which is lovely -- I've missed the buffet of links that my circle serves up as a matter of course. :)

- If anybody's looking for free online holiday (or any) music, I highly recommend Iceberg Radio! You can even mix a bunch of different stations together for your own personalized channel!

- If you're looking for a tumblr-based DCU roleplay, won't you check out the Justice Lounge? We've been going since February and are quite active, and my co-mod and sister [personal profile] glockgal and I try to keep things running smoothly. It helps that most prospective players who would engage in shenanigans are scared off by our rules, heh.

- I am about to dive into this review of the notorious 50 Shades of Grey, because her review of the "Abe Lincoln, Historical Stud" novel was hilarious!

- Also on the plan: getting my free birthday drink from Starbucks. This is the time of year I drink the most Starbucks due to Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Lattes, so yay!
bossymarmalade: brian kinney in pinstripes (brian don't play that)
So! Now that I'm a fancy lady living in Vancouver (although not the downtown core, but my neighbourhood is quite bougie enough for my tastes) I have decided to start ordering organic produce online. It's not hard to get organic groceries at the supermarkets, but I find that when faced with the actual items, we just get the same ones over and over. This way we get a boxful of randomish stuff that we need to find ways to use, which is a lot more fun. I wish Vancouver had more affordable CSAs, we'd just get one of those.

Also the other day I saw a lesbian couple walking down the street dressed as Holmes and Watson for no good reason. That is apropos of nothing but I just needed to mention it, lol.

The other thing happening is that I've become obsessed with home-concocted cleaning supplies. Our place is full of spray bottles full of various quantities of vinegar and dish soap, or isopropyl alcohol and hair conditioner, and I have a big bottle of lemon vinegar brewing under the kitchen sink. My mother's control freak attitude towards housecleaning is coming out in patches, I suppose -- not wholesale, because I tell you -- the bathroom and kitchen counters get scrubbed within an inch of their lives, but the fridge can languish for months at a time.

Ah, well. There is also lots of video gaming, lots of DCU RP on tumblr (check it out if that's your kind of thing), and lots of interesting food. We tried Venezuelan food a week or two ago, and it was UNBELIEVABLY GOOD, homg. Just thinking about the bandeja paisa (grilled steak, chicharron, red beans and rice, fried plantain, avocado, coleslaw, an arepa, and a fried egg with copious garlic sauce and guasacaca) is making me sooooo hungry right now.
bossymarmalade: burns answers the phone (a-hoy hoy)


That, friends, accurately sums up how I've been feeling for the better part of the year -- certainly since I totally changed my living situation after constant movement among three different homes, had my first panic attack due to a traumatic social situation, and had the accident at the end of May (on my mom's birthday, hah) that destroyed my precious beloved first car. Being unaccustomed to identifying my mental state as fragile and requiring help (don't even get me started on the stigma in desi communities when it comes to mental health issues), this has been very trying for me to manage.

But! There are hopefully also good things afoot at work and so forth, and living with [personal profile] glockgal has been glorious, and I was reading some of my DW circle and missing you all, so. I'm trying to make a concerted effort to get back into more social media than just RPing on tumblr, which is very fun, but lacks the depth of journaling.

(Of course there are some things about journaling that added to my stress in the first place, but I think now I can probably manage them better after having had some time away, heh.)

So hello again, y'all! Time for me to figure out who's changed their DW name to what!!
bossymarmalade: elsie from gosford park (blase blase blase)
This kind of article is why I don't bother talking about Mad Men with anybody but [personal profile] glockgal. I mean, really? Betty is "acting out" by smoking during therapy and is "terrible" and "mean" to the children, but Don is "sad" and "wanting help so badly" and just wants to "be better"?!?

Fuck that bullshit! I don't even have anything more smart to say, just FUCK THAT BULLSHIT. And:

"But for Pete, he is more comfortable in his office skin, and his lack of emotional intimacy with Trudy is telling of that fact. When their daughter was born, Pete decided to attend an industry funeral instead of visiting the hospital."

Like, WERE WE WATCHING THE SAME SHOW?!?
bossymarmalade: (pre-coital coffee)
I guess I'm in the middle of a comics resurgence? And this time it's the DCU? And it's primarily to do with Green Arrow? (bless you, little rp group that could!)

So anyway, here's a fic about that time Hal and Ollie took a roadtrip across America in a green pickup truck. There's probably some minor continuity wiggles in here, but, eh.

. sky comes tumblin' down | on AO3
green lantern/green arrow - hal jordan/oliver queen, dinah lance
content notes: mild violence. set during the gl/ga tandem issues.


there's a fine country out there someplace. let's go find it. )
bossymarmalade: bubbles and hearts (happiness for fifteen cents)
I am reading a book called "Dishes and Beverages of the Old South" and am currently fixated on this instruction:
Wash butter well to remove the salt, and squeeze out water by wringing it in a well-floured cloth. If there is a strong taste, or any taste of rancidity, wash well, kneading through and through, in sweet milk, then rinse out the milk with cold water to which a little borax has been added.
Rescuing rancid butter? Through kneading in sweet milk? And a finishing rinse of BORAX?!?

I mean, I know this is probably the old-fashioned salt butter that my mother ate in her youth, the kind that needs washing before you eat it and whatnot, but wow. That's a lot of very strange effort to rehabilitate it. I think if I were transported to ye olden days and expected to survive, it wouldn't be long before I would just give up, lie down, and die. If the dropsy or some mouldy wheat didn't take me out first.

In other news, [personal profile] glockgal's and my tumblr DCU roleplay is going well. REALLY well, considering we are total newbs at running an RP. It helps that the bulk of the people who signed up are over 24, clued-in, and generous when it comes to the other players. Check out the archived stuff (including art!) over at [community profile] thejusticelounge, if you're so inclined! We're not canon-bound -- indeed, sometimes for the sake of plot expediency we're not even factual science-bound, heh -- and would LOVE to have new members!

And now for lunch. Which today is Trader Joe's tamales. I tell ya, since we found that store an hour's drive across the border and back? It's been a godsend. mmmmm, green chili and cheese tamales.
bossymarmalade: gwen cooper is opinionated (and i'm feeling nosy and opinionated)

I am trying and trying to get back into the writing thing after a year+ of feeling too miserable to do much. So I figured, why not go back to my roots? Well, not Marvel comicfic, but at least DCU comicfic.

Funny how in my 20s I was obsessed with all things Batfamily, and now that I'm a decade along, it's all Arrows all the time. I like their messiness; it's more expansive and stupid and funny and mundane. Which is what appeals to me as I get older, heh.

Anyhow, I posted on AO3, but I'm also posting here because dammit I'm old-fashioned. *g*

. how to raise a boy and never notice
green arrow - oliver queen, roy harper, lian harper
content notes: mild violence, drug addiction, lousy parenting. Roy Harper written as being half-Dine, half-white. Art by [personal profile] glockgal

Five things Ollie Queen taught his ward Roy. )

bossymarmalade: man peeling sugarcane (this our native land)
Today is a linkspam kind of day:

. the daily meal: 150 iconic dishes from around the world
I just started paging through these, but from the main springboard article I'm delighted to see Trinidadian doubles mentioned! Other countries make roti as well, so I guess some people would argue that Jamaican roti is better (not me), but I don't think anywhere else makes doubles. I wish I had some RIGHT NOW.

. richard bolai: timeless | feinin
I just discovered this art blog by a Trinidadian bookmaker and art critic. Some of his work and writing seems a little unfocused and -- as can be the trouble with textually rendering nation languages -- the Trini dialect is somewhat impenetrable in places. And a few of the pieces feel very problematic to me. But I still find the troubled, urgent vivisection that characterizes his art to be very compelling.

. smitten kitchen: buttermilk roast chicken
I'm just reminding myself that I want to make this. *g*

. me and lori: the justice lounge
Juuuuust in case you missed my original post or are on the fence about it, I wanted to link back to the tumblr-based RPG that [personal profile] glockgal and I started! Here's the bullet-point salespitch:
- race/gender/sexuality/ability/etc.- bending is a-ok!
- minor time commitment, only three comments/posts a week (can be in a conversation)!
- what you do is all up to you: plotty action, conversations, writing smut, whatever!
- [personal profile] glockgal is playing Kyle Rayner, so part of her RPing is drawing one of the current characters almost every day. EVERY. DAY.
- any DC comics character (minus the New 52) or DCAU character (minus Teen Titans and Young Justice) is a-okay!
Even if you've never RPd before, even if you can't commit a ton of time, even if you're just curious -- give it a whirl! Tumblr is a VERY casual medium, and we wanted a more casual RP than a serious, involved journal-based one. We'd love to have you!
bossymarmalade: superman frowns on this evildoing (start spreadin' the news)
Thank y'all for the very kind virtual housewarming congratulations!!! It's shaping up beautifully. Soon I'll start baking bread on my days off and I'll feel like a milestone has been reached, heh.

As for what I've been doing apart from house and home stuff:






Sure, there's hordes of evil to be stopped, people in peril, outer space battles to fight. But in-between, there's a full-service cafeteria and lots of other superheroes to talk to.

Looking for a mature DCU roleplay that allows for heavy plot AND/OR casual interaction? One where it's cool if you want to race/gender/sexuality/etc.-bend some DCU superheroes? Come join us in the Lounge!

|| the justice lounge | rules | faq | character list ||




YES, [personal profile] glockgal and I have started a tumblr RPG! Tumblr can be a pretty unwieldy mode of communication, but we wanted something very, VERY casual as opposed to starting a journal-based RPG. So, here's my bullet-point sales pitch:

- race/gender/sexuality/ability/etc.- bending is a-ok!
- minor time commitment, only three comments/posts a week (can be in a conversation)
- what you do is all up to you: plotty action, conversations, writing smut, whatever!
- [personal profile] glockgal is playing Kyle Rayner, so part of her RPing is drawing one of the current characters every day. EVERY. DAY.
- any DC comics character (minus the New 52) or DCAU character (minus Teen Titans and Young Justice) is a-okay!

If you feel curious and wanna check it out, please feel free and ask questions here or on tumblr! Needless to say, we want an RP that's not rife with problematic players and the shenanigans that ensue (don't even ask us about what got said re: "native american names" and "handicapped people" in the RP we ran away from, ugh) so if any of you wonderful, clued in, fun, smart people are interested in joining, we want to encourage you as much as we can.

Did I mention my sister is doing DRAWINGS OF THE CHARACTERS EVERY DAY?!?!

Hope to see you there!
bossymarmalade: fancy bacon and egg sandwich (now that's a bacon egg buttie)
snowflake challenge
.. Day 5
In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends.


Skipping Days 3 & 4 because they're not my style.

So I decided to write about something that I love dearly: Cookbooks.

I've told this story a million, but here it is one more time.

When my sister and I moved to Trinidad from North America as children, my mom took with her a bunch of stuff she'd accumulated in Mississauga and Downer's Grove -- videotapes, record player, carpet, appliances -- and a bunch of books. Included in these were her most useful cookbooks (and some that weren't so useful, which I suspect she just enjoyed owning). My sister and I, being food-inclined from a young age, used to read the more picture-filled cookbooks as if they were storybooks, poring over the bizarre pictures and party suggestions in the Bakers' Cut-Up Cake Party Book, discussing quite seriously what a "candy corn" or a "licorice rope" would taste like.

Occasionally our older cousin Arlene would actually try out the recipes, with greater to lesser success (fresh-grated coconut didn't work out quite like we supposed the dessicated packaged stuff would in Cinderella Crisps), but to be honest I was -- and still am -- mostly happy to just read the recipes, look at the photos, and imagine.

Cookbook Reviews/Recs/Etc. )
bossymarmalade: the maids from the curse of the golden flower (it is the hour of the jade cup)
snowflake challenge
.. Day 2
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you didn't create.


. the value of daughters by [personal profile] odditycollector - this was spurred by the fridging of Lian Harper over in DC Comics, but the frustration and anger and pain in it relate to so much more when it comes to women's functions in modern media and storytelling.

. very deliberately waiting by [personal profile] gloss | the simpsons, manjula/marge - I can't get enough of this story. Older women in a suburban archetypal US town, empty nests, lost husbands, backgrounds and temperaments completely different, and yet. I stopped watching The Simpsons a few years ago because it became a soulless hipster wasteland, but this story reminds me of all the the sad, enduring, tender sweetness the show had when it was at its best.

. horns of a deer, feet of a tiger by [archiveofourown.org profile] softintelligence | iron man - Tony Stark, growing up Vietnamese-American. I'm not a dude, I'm not Vietnamese, and I'm not US American, but there's still so much to recognize in this. It's beautifully done.

. the third student by [personal profile] schemingreader | sherlock holmes - If you're a person of colour who loves the Holmes stories, it's something of a bittersweet experience because at some point, a person who looks like you will pop up and be described in the most demeaning and ugly ways imaginable. And then you just have to sigh and anesthetize yourself a little bit with the old things-used-to-be-different saw so you can enjoy the rest of the thing. Well, this story gives a voice to one of those prop characters, and does it marvellously.

. 春雨 (spring rain) by [personal profile] mercredigirl | firefly, simon and river tam - One of the things that was worst about Firefly was the lack of main Asian characters, and I always wondered why they couldn't have made the Tams -- I mean, really -- Asian, at least. This story does something with that and what it's like for the Tams in a world where everything is visibly tagged with their culture but the people themselves barely exist.

. every superhero need his theme music by [livejournal.com profile] glockgal | batman, hip-hop rpf, pop rpf - Kanye as Batman and Lady Gaga as Mr. Freeze. I don't think I need to say anything more. Except I decided to name the piece, lol.


I think I went for kind of a vague theme here? Heh.

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