cyrano7 replied to your post “I’m breaking my hiatus for a moment to share my luck. Only I can wake…”

Summer colds are rotten. You can’t even take to your warm bed with hot water bottles and hot chocolate because it just wouldn’t work. Get better soon!

Thank you. I would take a day away from working, but I didn’t get as much work done yesterday as I wanted and I’m going out tomorrow (Marvel Dat at Barnes & Noble). I’m just going to have to muddle through as best as I can.

yankeecountess:

"The world was in a dream before the War, but now it’s woken up and said goodbye to it…"

In August, we remember the impacts of WW1 as our “Rock the AU” theme.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of when the Great War began. It seemed fitting (however somber) to mark and honor the occasion by making WW1 our “Rock the AU” theme for this month.

While so much of Downton Abbey and Tom and Sybil’s story took place during WW1, there are also many unexplored stories and missing moments to be written and talked about, as well as AU’s to be created.  What if Tom couldn’t get away and was somehow forced into serving in the army?  Or what if he was arrested for being a contentious objector?   What if he and Sybil met by chance while working together at a different convalescent home?  What if their romance began so much sooner, while she was training in York?  What if she went to France to serve as a nurse, and they exchanged letters back and forth?  There are many possibilities, both within the realm of the show and beyond.  And if you’re more comfortable writing “modern AU”, what if Tom or Sybil were doing research on WW1, and traveled to the places of their ancestors to get a better idea of what they went through one-hundred years ago?

Whatever idea ignites your imagination, I hope you will consider sharing it during this month’s Rock the AU.  AND REMEMBER!  "EAST Alliance Day" takes place on Sunday, Aug. 3, the Sunday closest to Aug. 4, when not only did Tom and Sybil first hold hands (and Sir Anthony was going to propose to Edith), but when the announcement about the War was made.  How did that impact our favorite characters? 

So with reverence and dignity, join us this August as we "Rock the WW1 AU"

**gifs by repmet and manip by mounfuckingtains

yankeecountess:

**NEW STORY**

In honor of August’s “Rock the WW1 AU” theme, and inspired by the BBC series, "The Crimson Field"

"The Clover Among the Poppies" by The Yankee Countess

After the announcement of the War, Sybil knew she couldn’t sit idly by as was expected of ladies of her station.  With the help of her cousin Isobel, she attends a nurse’s college in York, but she wants to become a “proper nurse”, and so trains for a great many months, and works in several hospitals, both in York and at Downton.  In November of 1916, Sybil has a chance to go and serve near the front lines in France, and so accompanying her cousin Matthew, heads into the heat of battle, not prepared for the horror and devastation she will encounter, or for the unwelcome advances by several British officers.  It is also while there that she meets Tom Branson, an Irish ambulance driver, who challenges Sybil’s mind with his political beliefs and anti-war views, as well as her heart with his passionate spirit.

COMING SOON…

gothamgirl28 asked:

I re-read the first chapter of Holding onto Heaven yesterday. I originally thought that the deceased man mentioned in that chapter was Tom. However, I changed my mind and decided it was Larry. Am I right?

thebarefootflapper:

That was my plan - I wanted to keep you guessing. 

But yes, it was Larry and the very last chapter picks up around the same time as the first one (if that makes sense). 

But will it be a happy ending?

Please let it be a happy ending.

Audience Participation: Fic-Writing Edition

cosmictuesdays:

Taken from someone else on another network, deemed too good not to use.

Ask me a question about one of my fics or series. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will tell you the honest-to-goodness answer (even on the progress/plans for next chapters of current series).

Don’t hold back. Whatever you ask, I’ll answer as truthfully and as completely as possible. You can also ask about my writing as a whole, if you like.

Please send me some questions! I won’t be able to answer them until Saturday or Sunday, but this seems like so much fun!

(via yankeecountess)

gothamgirl28 asked:

When I saw the fanfic ask, I had to log in! My question has to do with your most recent chapter of We Are the Bransons! You introduced two new characters - the Branson Twins! What are their names? When were they born? And most importantly, tell us about the night Sybil became pregnant again? (Yes, I'm asking for smut. No shame.)

yankeecountess:

HEY EVERYONE! Look! It’s GG!  She’s online! *tackle hug*

Ok, I actually had to go back and re-read that story to remind myself what I wrote! :oP And yes, I do have a few headcanons that involve the Bransons having twins ;o) I blame it on Piper for this manip:

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BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION!

I actually hadn’t thought of any names for the boys!  I still don’t know what I would call them…hmmmmmmmm!  I’m open to suggestions ;oP

In that story, the year was 1926; the twins are less than a year old, not *quite* at the crawling phase yet, but getting close, so I would say they are roughly…6-9 months old at this time. 

And the night of their conception?  Well…

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I WANT THAT STORY NOW! PRETTY PLEASE?

Top Photo: A cup of Russian Caravan Tea
Bottom Photo: A salad of mesclun, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, grated parmesan, and pomegranate dressing.

I took these photos today at High Societea in Wayne, NJ. In the last of my 30th Birthday Celebrations, my mom, older sister, and I went for an Afternoon Tea. The salad was extra but totally worth it. The tea I chose, Russian Caravan, was described as “China black blended with smoky Lapsang Souchong, a hint of bergamot adds depth.” It was fantastic! I drank the entire pot of tea. Also, the scones were some of the best I ever had and they make their own lemon curd. I had such a great time!

My 30th Birthday Cake

I lied. I wanted to share the pictures of my beautiful and delicious birthday cake.The pictures were taken by my older sister. I would link to her facebook page, but I know she wouldn’t like that. If you’re wondering about the cake design, I’m in an Irish and Irish-American Studies M.A. program. It makes my family laugh because I have no Irish heritage whatsoever, but I love the culture, history, and literature of Ireland.

The cake itself was yellow cake with a dark chocolate ganache filling with a hint of Jameson with a Bailey’s Irish Cream buttercream frosting, covered in green and white marshmallow fondant. It was even better than it sounds.