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Dec. 13th, 2009

$%"*@#$*# Merlin

I owe a real update soon, but it won't be today. Suffice is to say that real life is surreal these days, blending with fandom in unexpected and amazing ways. Instead, have a snowy picture:

I took ton of pictures yesterday, and as usual there was only one I liked -- it's the lines of the buildings and the railing, kinda flow-y. By the way, that's the Rideau Canal, aka my skating rink. The snow's pretty, but it's going to be ages before it freezes at this rate. It's hardly ever open for skating before Christmas, I know, but every year I hope.

Got to bundle up now, I'm off to Slasher's brunch with my girls!

Nov. 8th, 2009


Today was a gorgeous Indian summer day, warm and sunny, and even brighter for starting with my slasher babes. We're developing our zombie apocalypse survival plan, and discovering we've got a vast array of useful skills. And two tanks at our disposal!! We've even decided to forego men in our repopulate the world scheme ("sperm's easier to pack" pointed out one person) so my years at the fertility clinic will come in handy. As will knitting.

A couple of cool finds I wanted share with the flist:

Feeling grumpy is good for you: Despite my unseasonably good mood, I welcomed this news. (And want to get grants for studying this sort of thing.)

Admit it, you've sketched out your own map of Camelot and calculated how long it'd take to ride to Ealdor, haven't you? Oh, is that just me? Well, no matter -- now you don't have to, because we've got an official map of Camelot (Thanks, [info - personal] luisadeza!)

I'm a little bit addicted to Razorlight's "Hostage of Love" which has been playing on loop for the past half hour. Another musical find from AWZ (this one was tricky to figure out, thank goodness they reused it enough that I could finally hear a fragment of lyrics).

There was something else, I'm sure there was, but it's gone gone gone.

Apr. 20th, 2009

So yeah, that guy? The one who's invited himself to our previously women-only slashers' group and does not take the hint that nobody wants him there? I just checked his journal where he writes:

The girl of my dreams is some sort of automaton, like a Cylon or something, only with the anti-human rebellious streak replaced with a simple OFF switch and most of the deadly weapon training programs removed in favour of more useful skills (#include { cookEggs (scrambled); })

WTF?!! )

Ah, but happier things! I've joined in the EKP insanity, where not only have we posted 8 vids in the past few days but we've also started a brand new playlist of the current episodes. Why? I DON'T KNOW! Actually, it's because there are rumours that our darling Roman might soon embark on a new romance. And at last the writers aren't treating this delectable hottie like a monk -- he's coming in looking ravished, tie eskew, with talk of shagging cabbies and such. This should not make me as happy as it does, but after such a long dry spell...

Oh! Oh! Also, ficcage -- [info]mclachlan wrote the most adorable Merlin/Arthur story for me: The Thing. It's so perfectly Arthur and so exactly Merlin, and I love it to bits.

And so that's my Monday so far. How're you all doing?

Apr. 18th, 2009

This is my brain ATM

Time for a disjointed post, facilitated through interpretative dance. Um, I mean bulletpoints. Divided into thematic divisions, of course, because I desperately need to control some part of my life.

Merlin )
Other )

There were other bits and bobs I wanted to include in random post of randomness but the sticky notes have fallen off my brain and gotten lost in the clutter of obscure trivia and strings of miscellaneous foreign words. Gone forever.

Hope you're all enjoying your weekends!

Mar. 10th, 2009

It's been days since an update. What've I been doing? Mainly rocking that ebook! I'm up to 16K words now ... and it just might possibly get finished before I leave. Maybe. If I can continue to have no other life than just to sit and mindlessly plonk on the keyboard, it just might get done.

And there've been bouts of panic about leaving in six days and hating every item of clothing I own, and debating flying to London in a bathrobe and shopping for a new wardrobe. And then more panic over the clothes strewn around the bedroom which I must clean before [info]takhys comes to housesit. *sigh* Life is hard.

So that's been my week, exciting as it is. And it will continue to be this way for the next few days. I'm sure you're all so very excited!

P.S. PSA: I'm not a big fan of Twitter, they're too random for my tastes. Thanks to [info]firefly124, here's how you can filter them from your flist: 1) Go to Customize Journal Style (LJ or IJ). 2) Click on Custom CSS. 3) Add this line in the Custom Stylesheet box: .loudtwitter { display: none!important } (I just put it at the bottom of my code there; if you don't have any custom code, just put it in the box and make sure "Yes" is clicked above on "Use base weblog") 4) Save changes. You'll still see the entry, but now you'll just see the line "Shipped by twitter" and you can choose to click on it or not.

Mar. 8th, 2009

I've been in Canada too long

This is a sign of how thick my blood's gotten: I just took my dog out for a walk and it was so sunny and warm that I took off my jacket. I had a sweatshirt on underneath and I was perfectly toasty. As soon as I got back home, I checked the temp -- it's 1C (34F).

Spring is definitely here!

Off to brunch with my slasher girls now... I hope they remembered to change their clocks...

Feb. 22nd, 2009

Just a bit more HBP bitching then I'll shut up, I promise

A reminder not to engage on general HP forums -- in response to my comment about David Yates saying the angst was over in book 5, the mod replied:

The dark themes in HBP don't necessarily have to do with angst, though (with the sole exception to Draco's plight), so Yates has a valid point there. Harry's angst is very much gone by 6, and now he's ready to do battle, etc. Plus, serious and important plot-related scenes aside (Draco, Voldemort's past, big battle at the end, general depressing atmosphere of the Wizarding World), HBP probably is the funniest of the series.

Ummmm, okay. Apparently there *was* another version of HBP going around than the one I got. I agree that much of Harry's angst did vanish (which I just attributed to sloppy character development), but how you can dismiss Draco so out of hand like that ... And really -- "the funniest of the series"? Are you kidding me? HBP was what reeled me back into the HP fandom (after struggling through what was IMO the atrocious OotP), because it was dark and gloomy and felt like a suitable buildup for the horrors we were promised in the final book.

*is obviously not the target audience here*


Firefly people: Vote for Serenity as the new name of the NASA space station node. If for nothing else than to confuse NASA when they wonder why all these people want the name Serenity.


Last night's dinner with the Slashers was wonderful -- I just love these women! Where else does your conversation float from killer squirrels to Berlin punk clubs to dancing ninjas and glowy-eyed schoolboys? And I got to meet our lovely visiting slasher -- who had better be writing her reel_merlin fic now because it sounds fab!!

Today there is much to do ... but I think I'll just write instead, and clip some more Alles Was Zaehlt videos for EKP. Because it's just that kind of day.

Dec. 15th, 2008

You know you've been spending too much time in fandom when you dream that you've found undeniable canon proof in a script that one of your characters is a definite top, and your dream focuses on how to still make it work with him as a bottom.

This weekend was fun and productive! I've been flying through clips of AWZ, cutting them down for subtitling. Seeing all the crackfed plots that we missed with the super-short clips, we've come up with a new tagline for the Eskimo Kiss Project: "Slogging through the crap so you don't have to!" [info]aldiara is doing a bang-up job of extracting 7-10 minutes of gold from each 25 minute episode, and making them make sense, somehow, without including the stupid. Amazing!!

We had our monthly slashers' brunch yesterday too -- it was a tiny group this time, just five of us. The bus strike is definitely taking its toll! I walked the 3km there and back -- not bad going, but in the sleet coming back a shell of hard ice formed all around my coat. I was toasty warm inside, but a bit shocked when I got home!

But it was still fun to hang out for hours and gab with the girls. And I might possibly have enticed [info]paraka to travel with me!!!! That would be so cool!! Speaking of, my dear, I am going to have to put my itinerary together to send you later today. It's a mass of scribbles right now and makes no sense to me, much less anybody else. But it's on its way!!

[info]paraka is also being a Superstar and putting together an intro/credit video for our youtube channel. I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

And that brings us full circle on my life. Pretty smooth for a Monday, eh? *has another cup of coffee*

Nov. 29th, 2008

First and foremost: How I'm spending all my days (and nights): WE HAZ A PLAYLIST! Granted, it's only got two videos now, but we're rolling along now, full steam ahead! And we're the #61 most subscribed-to channel on YouTube, for what that's worth!

I'm sort of having a RL too, which is quite the enjoyable change. Last night I took [info]paraka to my favourite restaurant in Chinatown, where we entertained the guy at the next table by talking loudly and freely about slash and squicks and AWZ (she's hooked!). After dinner we wanted to talk more, so we stumbled down to the cutest little bubble tea café -- don't care for the bubbles myself, but I had a yummy pineapple slushy. The café was just adorable tho, all Asia modern -- the kind of place you'd find in Toronto or Seattle or somewhere that's not Ottawa!

Now [info]paraka and I are making plans to hijack the Ottawa Slashers. See, we always goes to the same Irish pub for our monthly brunches, which frankly is nothing special -- just your standard eggs/bacon/toast fare. One month the cook surprised us with a French toast option, and we went into paroxysms of delight, but the next time it was back to the basics. So we're thinking it's time to spring dim sum on the group, or bubble tea...anything different!

(I really shouldn't complain when I have a pack of intelligent, engaged, slash-friendly women to hang out with, should I? I do feel awfully lucky to have found them (or to have them find me, as was the case). And I have a whole new audience to lure into the AWZ love.)

But plans are for later -- I'm so looking forward to this weekend. I've got lots of things to catch up to, work and reading and even TV, but no deadlines, thank goodness. And I want to try to write something, anything. I don't feel like I've been writing very much this week at all, but my WriSo round-up says differently. I've topped 2200 words! Not too shabby!

Making Out (Deniz, 350 words)
All the Sweeter (Angel/Nene, Plata Quemada, 600 words)
Something Old, Something New (Deniz/Roman, 1000 words)
...and my latest, Empty Glasses (Roman, 275 words)

Since I've been vidding a lot this week, I'm letting my computer churn away while I write in longhand. I haven't done that in ages, and it's showing me that I write in chunks of images rather than in stories. When I'm in Word, that's okay -- I can cut/paste, move stuff around, and almost construct the story like I'm using Lego blocks. But when I try that on paper, I end up surrounded by scraps covered with words and arrows pointing in every direction. It's awfully chaotic, perhaps best for little character studies like the one I popped out tonight, but pretty unworkable for anything longer or more involved.

This weekend, though, I write. I don't know what... but I'm writing. I'm making these last two days of November count!

Lastly, I want to share the colours of my rainbow cuz it's pretty. Wanna see? )

Nov. 2nd, 2008

Self-absorbed rambly post

I love daylight savings time, at least on this side. But I'd much prefer one every weekend -- can't we do something to give us an extra hour every weekend? Anybody have trouble shaving some time off of Monday?

I'm sure by now you've heard of Sarah Palin being pranked, but I'm still giggling over it.

Tonight? A bit more writing, a bit of knitting, and a bit of Buffy S2. And it's only 6pm! *glees* Hope y'all are loving your weekends!

Oct. 31st, 2008


Happy {Hallow's Eve}{Samhain}{Reformation Day}{pre-Dia de los Muertos}{Friday}!!

Here's why I love fandom: when life gives you craptastic costumes (yes, we're looking at you, Cissy), fandom makes crackfic and furniture porn. What would I do without you people?

Now I'm off to make cream of leek soup for Seanchaidh's Torchwood extravaganza tomorrow. I was going to make a dessert too, but decided on toffee scones from the bakery. That's sorta Welsh, eh? (I just offended any Welsh folks on my flist, didn't I?)

And I'm craving chili dogs. Why?!!

Anyway, have some gorgeous John Sheppard to perk up your day. Stubble=special tingle. ;)

Oct. 6th, 2008

I always wanted you, I only wanted more than I knew

Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville came out 15 years ago. That was a real time of transition for me -- I'd just left a place I loved and moved to a place I despised; where I'd been surrounded by political activists and cultural literates, I was suddenly in a desert, both literally and figuratively. I only lasted four months in Tucson, but I remember three things fondly from that time: Brisco Co. Junior, the beginning of my friendship with the Ex, and the album that I completely wore out by a woman who was so shy she could hardly perform on stage but whose songs perfectly spoke to where I was in those days.

Liz Phair is revisiting the album in some live performances (how I wish I could see one!) and NPR has her October 5th concert that you can stream. I'm listening to it now, and boggling to think it's been 15 years! (And crazy that I remember all the words!)

In much more current news, yesterday I enjoyed an impromptu Ottawa Slashers meeting. It's so much fun to squee over True Blood and bitch about SGA in person! The outing was followed by a little shopping research trip to Venus Envy. I'm quite tempted to get a Hitachi wand in their xmas sale, although a bit disturbed that my mom had one (she kept it in her drawer by her heating pad, and I never, ever asked...)


The NDP asked if I could put up a window sign and I said sure, so for the past week I've had Paul Dewer staring at me. After doing some running around a little while ago I was hot and sweaty so I took off my top. And saw dear old Paul leering. :( I had to move the sign to the kitchen window.

Jun. 8th, 2008

Relax [Take It Easy]

Boy, did I ever need this weekend! It's been a really good one, too. HOT but I've kept the windows closed so my apt's stayed pretty cool. My poor Rudy is not appreciating his thick sheltie coat, though. He's begging to be shaved. (I did kind of give him a pseudo-Brazilian but that's probably TMI, isn't it?)

OK, let's see what's happened this weekend:

* Posted the final chapter of my HP/TW crossover smutathon: The Hogwarts Reunion Is When Everything Changes (And Torchwood Is Ready).
* Finished the first draft of my fic for [info]malfoycest_day.
* Cranked out some rocking marketing copy for work.
* Brunched with the lovely Ottawa Slashers, yakked about fandom for a few hours. Good times!
* Cleaned! I tackled the kitchen (including mopping) AND the bathroom (including the grout). I might even have dusted one of my bookshelves. I fear I've been possessed by an alien!
* Was awed by that ep of Doctor Who. Have now added dust in the sunlight to the list of things that terrify me.

The work emails for this week are already piling in, it's going to be ugly. But I'm putting those aside for the evening and eeking out every last second of this weekend. Got an flist to catch up with, a fic to beta, and [info]hp_wankfest waiting to read -- there's some wonderfully twisted stuff there, so if you need to cool down with some hot porn, check it out!

Fun link of the day: Interview with Joss Whedon about Dollhouse:
Question : I know you're a big Battlestar fan. Was it great for you to get to work with Tahmoh Penikett?
Whedon : I'm gonna go out on a limb here and tell the truth – I've had a man-crush on Tahmoh since the first episode of Battlestar ... And it follows my rule with Nathan [Fillion]. Hire a Canadian! They’re gentlemen and they're very tall.

<3 Joss (BTW, [info]dollhouse has opened in eager anticipation of Joss' new series. I just posted some new set pics. Join up!)

I hope you're all enjoying your weekends! I'll try to stop by your journals and say hi this eve.

May. 18th, 2008

Links roundup

Even after going to bed at 4am, I managed to drag myself to the Ottawa Slashers' brunch. Definitely worth it -- nothing like starting the day with smart women talking about pretty men. Just wish I wasn't so kludgy afterwards. Too much coffee/food early in the day wipes me out! Ah, well, it's a good day to get caught up reading pr0n.

I meant to post a few links yesterday but never got around to it:

[info]cocoajava has some information about that elephant art you may have seen on the webz. No surprise that it's not a good thing. Read CJ and obey.

Neil Gaiman on David Tennant's Hamlet:
"To be, or not to be, that is the question. Weeelll.... More of A question really. Not THE question. Because, well, I mean, there are billions and billions of questions out there, and well, when I say billions, I mean, when you add in the answers, not just the questions, weeelll, you're looking at numbers that are positively astronomical and... for that matter the other question is what you lot are doing on this planet in the first place, and er, did anyone try just pushing this little red button?"

And now some shopping linkage:
Ah, ThinkGeek, how I love thee.

Finally...[info]malfoycest_day has some very tempting prompts, I'm sitting on my hands trying to resist. The next month is going to be hellish enough without starting another story. But still..... I failed.

Mar. 16th, 2008

Colour me surprised!

So Ottawa has a group of amazing women who meet every month to talk slash and fandom ... and politics and scientology weirdness and history and everything else under the sun. Who knew?! I had a great time hanging out with them today, and much as I hate to join another LJ comm when I'm weaning myself from that place I don't want to miss any of their get-togethers. One woman's even planning a Strachey-fest -- how awesome is that?!

Of course, as fun as that was, I came home and, typical introvert that I am, felt drained for the rest of the day. I have a pile of [info]ides_of_march stories bookmarked that I want to read and comment on, but somehow it's gotten to be 11:30 and all I seem to have done is watch Doctor Who and flip through knitting mags for my next project and do some scant research for a new Drarry story. And dang it, I wanted to take some time off from writing and focus on some other things, but this idea's popped into my head and it's just too damn pretty to die.

Oh, and in case you missed it (and assuming you're interested), I posted my Ides stories yesterday, Alchemy in Quarter Time (Drarry) and After the Storm (McShep, co-written with [info]sarcastic_jo). Hope you enjoy them!