bradygirl_12: (brady--beautiful)
(Preseason) Week 2: Houston Texans 27, New England Patriots 24 (0-2) (Saturday, August 19, 2017)

A very uneven game, but such is preseason football! Tom and the 1st-string offense were pretty good, but the 1st-string defense looked shaky. They gave up a big play, and more big plays were given up by the second-stringers.

Back-up Jimmy Garoppolo was off all night, though he did lead some nice scoring drives. He did throw a dumb INT that blew the game, so he's gonna hear about that from the coaches! :)

Jacoby, our 3rd-string QB, did okay, but the whole team seemed out of sync. Oh, well, give the preseason win to the Texans. We'll take beatin' 'em in the regular season and playoffs! :) We play them this year.

Next week the Pats head to Detroit for joint practices and their third preseason game. Ha, the Pats fans are unlucky this year as the first and fourth games are in New England and no starters will play in either!

Eclipse!

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:40 pm
bradygirl_12: (supergirl (new frontier smile))
Everybody ready for the eclipse? :)

I don't have any special glasses so I'm going old-school: I made a pinhole projector. Easy as pie: take two pieces of paper or cardboard (preferably heavy card stock or white cardboard, though regular paper and brown cardboard will do), and take a pin and make a hole in one piece. During the eclipse stand with your back to the sun, put one paper on the ground or a flat surface (shade it), hold up the pinhole paper and the sun's rays will stream through the hole and you'll see the eclipse. :)

There are slightly fancier projectors (using tin foil and another uses an empty cereal box). You can google 'pinhole projectors' and there are plenty of how-to videos to watch. :)

Hopefully it won't be cloudy tomorrow!
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (kiss passionate))
Title: Renaissance Men (4/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Jason, Timotheus (Tim), Adolfo Gemelli, Mercutio Primo
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: As the Great Project continues, there are spies everywhere.
Date Of Completion: May 19, 2017
Date Of Posting: August 19, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1765
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: All chapters can be found here.

Brando Venucci’s most ambitious project began with ‘all hands on deck’, as he said. The buzz of activity filled the house as Jason and Timotheus reviewed the procedures for sculpture work and Brando continued sketching Riccardo. The excitement of creativity was everywhere. )
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Happy Birthday,

Roxymissrose!

May your day

Be SUPER (natural)!!!

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Happy Birthday,

Jen_Rock!

May your day

Be FANTASTIC!!!

:)






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bradygirl_12: (brady (can't resist))
(Preseason) Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars 31, New England Patriots 24 (0-1) (Thursday, August 10, 2017)

The Super Bowl Champs are back in business! :)

Even though preseason games are glorified scrimmages and the points don't matter, you can learn things about your team. For instance, back=up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looked pretty sharp even though he was throwing to second-stringers, as the starters didn't start. Tom had to look pretty on the sidelines. :)

So the offense was pretty good but the defense gave up three long bombs. Again, second-string, but these guys are trying to make the team. Special teams was so-so. Once again kicker Stephen Gostkowski has the yips!

When Jimmy G. left the game (after a spectacular circus TD catch by rookie Austin Carr), third-string quarterback Jacoby Brisett took over. He's still sailing balls over people's heads and has poor touch, but he's good in other areas. Still needs lots of work!

Six years ago, Bill Belichick initiated joint practice with a team (1 out of 4) they would face in the preseason. Years ago some NFL teams would hold joint scrimmages but the practice fell out of favor until BB revived it. This year the Patriots will be holding joint practices with 3 out of 4 teams. Since joint practices allow teams to beat up other guys rather than their own teammates, the players like it, and so much work gets done, the starters can sit out the first game.

Next game is against the Houston Texans. They are attending Texans' training camp in Greenbrier, West Virginia and flew down on two, brand-spanking-new private airplanes bought by the Pats owners, the Kraft family. The planes are Airkraft One and Two. ;)
bradygirl_12: (bruce--dick (star-kissed 1))
Title: Renaissance Men (3/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Arturo Stromboli, Jason, Timotheus (Tim)
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: Danger lurks for Brando and Riccardo.
Date Of Completion: May 5, 2017
Date Of Posting: August 11, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1622
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: All chapters can be found here.

Riccardo admired his lover’s face as the moonlight touched its rough beauty. He gently ran a finger through Brando’s wild, thick mane of hair. )
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (golden warrior))
Title: The Sisterhood Of The Ruby Stilettos XIV: Hola! (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Natasha/Pepper, Steve Rogers
Continuity: The Avengers (2012)/Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Challenge, Fluff, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: All women are Amazon Warriors under their bracelets.
Date Of Completion: June 16, 2017
Date Of Posting: August 4, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, Marvel, Paramount, DC Comics and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 660
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author's Notes: Written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Love Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ). The entire series can be found here.

Steve seemed uncertain as to what to say next. Natasha was going to take pity on him when Pepper appeared. Both Avengers stared. )
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (golden warrior))
Hola, my friends! We've got four entries so far (and not all mine, tee hee) in BradyGirl_12's 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Love Diamond Anniversary Challenge! Sure, a lot of focus will be on the Movie, but this Challenge celebrates ALL of Diana's rich history, so if you've got an idea for comicsverse, 'toonverse, or the Lynda Carter TV show, don't hesitate! All types of fanworks welcome. Diamonds are an Amazon's best friend! ;)
bradygirl_12: (brady (can't resist))
Happy Birthday to Tom Brady! He's 40 today, and that's ancient in sports years, but he looked pretty good to me when I was at training camp at Gillette Stadium. ;) The Patriots have baby goats at camp today for fans to take pictures with, because Tom is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time). Tom had his picture taken holding a baby goat years ago for a GQ shoot, and he got plenty of ribbing from his teammates for that one! ;)

Today he will be serenaded by the fans in camp, and his teammates will have something for him. He'll be embarrassed by the whole thing, but we don't care. He deserves birthday accolades. He's certainly given us New Englanders years of joy! :)

It's practically a state/regional holiday! ;) Our local news are mentioning it; sports talk radio is all over it; it's Tom Brady Day on ESPN; Twitter's afire; and people are saying, "Happy Tom Brady's Birthday!" to each other. It's really a lot of fun, and in this crazy world, grab fun when you can get it! :)
bradygirl_12: (canada love)
July was a busy month in RL so not much writing or posting. However, there are some gems! :)

Details behind the cut )
bradygirl_12: (brady (yes!))
Yesterday was my annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Saints Bill and Tom, who are fresh off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. :) Fitting, as the weather was very autumnal, with the day being cool, breezy and cloudy, a huge improvement over last year's humid 100 degrees.

15,000 of us made the trek to Gillette Stadium. That meant I didn't get near the bleachers (third year in a row) and had to climb up the hill, but got a great viewing spot under a shady tree and used my binoculars for close-ups of the field.

Yep, saw Tom, who doesn't look like a guy who's gonna hit 40 in a week! :) He was sharp in drills, too, and Gronk spiked a ball after a touchdown. :) Newcomer Brandin Cooks looks very good in the offense, so it appears he isn't lost in this complex scheme. Coach Belichick was there spinning his whistle, barking out commands, and reveling in being at the top of his game.

Both back-up QBs looked pretty good, though Jimmy G. ended up with two INTs and had to run a lap with the center after a botched hand-off. Jacoby Brissett has healed from his thumb surgery and was less accurate, but not by much. He has a lot of promise.

It was a very festive atmosphere with a lot of Brady jerseys (and Gronk and Edelman and so on), and they added a few new vendor stations this year. Unfortunately, they also added security check with bag inspection. Pretty sad state of affairs when you have to check fans' bags just to enter training camp. *shakes head*

I brought some slices of bread and my own water, not wanting to pay the jacked-up prices, and it worked out fine. I do wish I could get a bleacher seat like the old days, but I refuse to come hours early before the gates open. I have a long enough drive as it is early in the morning to get here, so I'll make do with the hill.

All in all, very excited about football season! It officially kicks off in September, but training camp is an unofficial opening. The Pats will hold joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars next week, and I bet the Jags don't see 15,000 people at their training camp! :) They are also holding joint practices with the Houston Texans at their camp and the Detroit Lions back here at Gillette.

The Texans and Dallas Cowboys clear out of Texas in the summer. Smart move! They hold their camps out-of-state to escape the godawful Texas heat.

So, yay, football is back! :)
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (kiss passionate))
Title: Renaissance Men (2/5)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Brando/Riccardo (Bruce/Dick), Timotheus (Tim), Jason, Luigi Marcello
Genres: AU, Challenge, Historical, Drama, Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Write That Art!
Pattern: Row B (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (1/3)
Prompt Count: (6/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
General Summary: Brando Venucci is a great artist/sculptor/jeweler in Renaissance Florence and is desperately in love with his beautiful model, Riccardo Graciano, the centerpiece of an ambitious artistic project which will make them forever famous.
Chapter Summary: The Great Project begins.
Date Of Completion: April 29, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 16, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count (this chapter): 1502
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: All chapters can be found here.

The Great Project was to begin immediately. Riccardo assented to being the model, excited by Brando’s enthusiasm. On the first day he arrived right after breakfast, dressed in his rainbow finery. He said good morning to Timotheus and Jason and went upstairs. )
bradygirl_12: (canada love)
Title: Je Ne Sais Quoi (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Benny/Ray V.
Fandom: Due South
Genres: Fluff, Humor, Romance
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Ray and Benny ask each other important questions.
Date Of Completion: July 2, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 13, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, Atlantic Alliance does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 371
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Hi, luvs! After my Due South works were imported to AO3, I read through a bunch of them and was inspired to write something new for our favorite Canadian/American couple. Enjoy! :)

When did you realize that you were first in love with me? )
bradygirl_12: (batman--robin (kiss passionate))
Title: Collared IV: What I Am (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Bruce/Dick
Genres: BDSM, Challenge, D/s, PWP
Rating: NC-17
Claim: For my 2017 Bruce/Dick Bingo Card.
Prompt: Dirty Talk
Pattern: Row A (Straight/Vertical Line Bingo) (2/3)
Prompt Count: (7/9)
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: For their first official session as Master and slave (24/7), Bruce has dirty talk on his mind. Dick approves, though the ball gag keeps it silent approval.
Date Of Completion: June 6, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 9, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1682
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: The entire series can be found here.

The study was all dark walnut and red leather, the wine-red carpet beneath his knees thick and plush. A very good thing, since he was naked while kneeling. )
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (sultry))
Title: The Long And The Short Of It (Pray Tell) (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana, The Chief
Continuity: Wonder Woman (2017)
Genres: Fluff, Humor, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Spoilers: For Wonder Woman (2017)
Summary: Steve lied to Diana. Tsk, tsk!
Date Of Completion: June 13, 2017
Date Of Posting: July 5, 2017
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 561
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: The inspiration is coming fast! :) Also written for my 2017 DCU Fic/Art Wonder Woman Love Diamond Anniversary Challenge (DW) and (LJ).

I lied to you. )
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Happy Birthday,

Digitalwave!

May your day

Be the GREATEST!!!

:)







bradygirl_12: (superman--wonder woman (uncle sam & lady)
A Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans! Despite the circus in Washington, we're still here, and that counts for something!

Did the cook-out thing over the weekend (hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, the whole nine yards). I'm going to be spending the day quietly catching up on my reading, writing a little, and maybe working on my Due South records project. I may tune in the James Cagney classic, Yankee Doodle Dandy tonight, in between checking out the show on the Esplanade in Boston.

I'm very happy to watch the fireworks from the comfort of my own couch. Somehow sitting for hours in the blazing sun with thousands of other people awaiting the fireworks show at night doesn't appeal to me. :)

Enjoy your day! Today, we are all New England Patriots! ;)
bradygirl_12: (canadian beaver)
Happy Canada Day to all of our friends up North! :)

My paternal grandmother was born on Prince Edward Island, so I've got some Canadian in me! ;)

I've also been on a Canadian kick since the Due South Archive was transferred to AO3 and I've been going through 154 records to reformat where I can, add tags, and break up the stories into chapters. I've been rereading the old stories and poems (I wrote a LOT of DS poetry!) and remembering the friends I made in that fandom, many of whom I'm still in contact with today.

The show aired on American TV from 1994-1996 and was revived for a 1998-1999 run. The show was quirky with subtle humor in the first two seasons, poking fun at Canadian and American stereotypes, and it became a hot fandom with the Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio slash pairing. The show's subtext sometimes was more text! Ray bringing Benny home to meet his mother in the Pilot? Ray the only one to call him 'Benny'? Meeting in a closet at the Chicago Precinct to discuss strategy? Riiiight! Saving each other's lives? Dief (short for Diefenbaker), a deaf wolf who had saved Benny in the Yukon, welcoming Ray into the pack right away? I could go on and on! :)

The revival went on without David Marciano (Ray Vecchio), who was no longer available, so Callum Keith Rennie played Ray Kowalski as the new partner. Paul Gross (Benton Fraser) was given complete control (never give an actor complete control!). He wrote the scripts, starred in the show, and produced. The show's humor went from subtle to broad, and the tone was completely different. Kind of reminded me of the old '70s British SF series, Space: 1999, with Seasons 1 and 2 drastically different. Anyway, there are a lot of Fraser/Kowalski fans out there, but there are still Benny/Ray V. fans carrying the torch. The episodes, including the Pilot, can be found on YouTube.

Due South was one of the first fandoms to successfully straddle zines and on-line archives. During the show's first run, dozens of zines were published, not only in the U.S. but also Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. Hundreds of stories were being uploaded to Hexwood (the old name for the DS Archive), and the show stayed hot for several years. I wrote the first Benny/Ray V. slash story (as Jeannie Marie) that appeared in a zine, The Straight And Narrow (the story title, not the zine title). :) In addition to the 154 stories and poems that I uploaded to Hexwood, I wrote dozens more for zines. A great creative time! :)

I also went to the DS con, RCW 139, in Toronto in '97, '98, and '99. I was the DMOB (David Marciano Oestregen Brigade) liaison to David Marciano in '98, and let me tell you, I've never seen more gorgeous green eyes! :) I continued DMOB duties in '99, but David was not a guest that year. I did bring Ray Doll in '98 and David got a big kick out of the knitted doll. :)

In '98, the Toronto Daily Mail published a story on slash fiction with Benny and Ray V. excerpts. I can only imagine what David thought reading the paper with his morning eggs! ;) But he's a very cool guy. Very courteous to the fans and a good sport, too.

I've finished 140 records and have 14 more to go! Whoo hoo! :)

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