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Aug. 30th, 2012

Because my muses are demanding to be wined and dined first...

Dec. 6th, 2009

oh, Brain

I just described the amount of stir-fry on my plate as "orgasmically huge." Can you tell somebody's trying to write pr0n?

Sep. 17th, 2009

Nick Cave

Oh wow, he was even more amazing than I imagined!

Jul. 14th, 2009

Since I've been feeling poor lately, I'm cleaning out my cupboards before shopping and was excited to find an unlabelled seasoning packet that I thought was taco mix. So I got all the fixings for tacos and whipped it up last night... and turns out it's curry spice instead. I'm trying to convince myself that I've created this funky new fusion cuisine, but no, really it's just kinda nasty. But it can almost be disguised with enough salsa, so yay?

However! What's confusing me is that I'm way too busy to be this poor--work's killing me. Clients, go away now! No, wait, pay first, then go. I think it's all the specials we're running to attract business. I know I'm lucky to be working, I just want more time to do nothing.

Having no time of course means I'm buzzing to write something, although the only solid story ideas I have at the moment are a post-"Children of Earth" tag for Alice/Johnson and a reveal/episode tag for "The Moment of Truth" which the world needs like a hole in its head. [info - personal] nefernat, we should talk!

And that's my week so far in a nutshell.

Feb. 20th, 2009

My brain's offline but I'm still hyper

Look! Look!




Even more of the happy today. [info]sdk made me a shiny new header for my LJ...isn't it gorgeous? And after seeing her spiffy new layout I'm inspired to tackle my fic journal too.

Let's see, what else? President Obama was in Ottawa today. He wasn't supposed to have any public appearances (hopefully he just came up to smack Harper upside the head) but apparently he ducked his handlers and went to arguably the worst bakery in the Byward Market to buy (stale) maple cookies for his girls. But he had a beavertail too, so he wins points for that.

I can't imagine what it'd be like to have your consumption of a beavertail make the news.

Now my cat's amusing me by hurling herself off the windowsill, stampeding down the hallway sounding like she's wearing four jacktoe boots, then racing back and catapulting back to the window to start over again. I do believe she's completely recovered from surgery now. ;)

Off to hunt down fic now, and have a lovely Guinness, and rest the brain a bit. Love you all!

Feb. 19th, 2009

Stuff that is good

Things making me happy today:

1) That [info]sarcasticchick describes Bradley James' voice like so: "it's like he rolls the words around in his mouth first, fucking them before letting them out so they sound all ... satiated. and fucked." Let's just all take a few minutes to ponder that, shall we?

2) That Robert Downey Jr. says of Holmes and Watson: "I think the word bromance is so passe. We are two men who happen to be roommates who wrestle a lot and share a bed."

3) That Murray "One Night In Bangkok" Head is ASH's brother. I had no idea!! Now I'm looking at him, the resemblance is obvious!

4) That I've just added Chislehurst caves to my itinerary. Hello, Afanc!

5) That I've outlined almost my entire my Big Bang story -- 3K words already!

Things I'm not thinking about today:

1) EBOOK HELL!
2) How badly I want a new journal graphic because I just don't have time!!)

Feb. 17th, 2009

Blah

I want a do-over on today. I've spent the last 7 hours fumbling around with receipts to send to my accountant. I know that I should do a little bit every month, but every year I put it off and end up in the same shape. It was complicated by the slowest printer/copier in the universe -- it takes about a minute to copy a single page -- and animals that insisted on messing up my well-organised piles and puking on my T5 forms. The originals -- thanks, Molly.

While enduring that ordeal, I fired up Ivanhoe to indulge my love of Ciaran Hinds. Good lord but he is intense in this. Those eyes! And I really want to steal King John's wardrobe for Prince Arthur. That boy would look fiiiiiiine in a black leather-and-velvet tunic, Y/Y? Tho we'll skip the rust-coloured potato sack trimmed with black fur. Merlin would accidentally spill some anachronistic acid on that, I'm sure.

And I got no writing done, which is making me all kinds of twitchy. Pondering vague thoughts about my Merlin Big Bang, but nothing yet worthy of a 20K word fic. Also pondering another fic that makes me squeal every time I think of it, but I'm having trouble with the POV and haven't figured out the best way to tell it yet.

Yeah, pretty much a wasted day all around.

This is the lamest update EVER! Hope you've all had much more interesting days!

Feb. 6th, 2009

Good stuff, good mood

I'm playing dutiful daughter: I booked a flight to visit my dad in S. Carolina later this month. For 6 days. *whimper* Still, anything to keep him from coming up to stay with me. That's just a Very Bad Idea.

However! The fabulous [info]sdk lives down thataway! SQUEEE! We are (well, she is, really) already planning my birthday escape! I cannot wait for our meet up! *bounces with giddy glee*

Also very cool (tho to a much lesser degree than meeting Shelly): I got these boots for $14! Well, $114, really, $100 is from an Amazon.com certificate from my boss that doesn't work on Amazon.ca. Since I'm going to the U.S. I'll just pick them up down there! (And just in time, too: my old hiking boots are falling to pieces. Still, I bought them in 1997 and have worn them almost constantly, so I've definitely gotten my money's worth.)

More glee: Winterlude starts tomorrow! Sadly, it's supposed to get up to 7C and rain on Saturday. Yuck. I'll still try to run by and get some pictures of tomorrow's ice sculptures, tho, before they're washed away. (My pics from 2007 and 2008 are here if you want to see--the sculptors are amazing!) There are a lot of good bands this year too, including Ariane Moffatt. (Watch her awesome video for Réverbère and then go write femslash, I know you'll want to. Even if it is kinda Stepford-femslash.) Colin James is playing too tomorrow night; I'm trying to decide if he's overrated and soulless or genuinely talented. Maybe seeing him in person will help.

Today was the most balanced day that I think I've had in at least two months. Since the crush ended, I've really just felt like a slug. But today I got some work done but didn't feel overworked, I tidied up the house but didn't feel like it was an overwhelming job, and I got some writing done that flowed well and didn't feel like pulling teeth. However:

Dear Bradley!muse,

You lured me into RPF with your false promises of quick and dirty porn and now you're angsting. I do not have time for this! I'll give you one more day to have sex with Colin; otherwise I'm writing in a poisonous spider who will bite you and you will die, the end.

Impatiently,
Me

Dec. 28th, 2008

Bathtubs, generation gaps, and a year of writing

The Bathtub Gang met yesterday for another all-day soak: a marathon viewing of the original Queer As Folk, followed by chatting and squeeing and general loveliness. What a great way to spend the holiday!

Of course, the fun we had was inversely proportional to the agony of trying to explain to my father how I'd spent my day yesterday. "See, we have a chatroom..." "A what?" "And I'm there with people from New Zealand and Georgia and Illinois..." "And they come up to Canada?" "No, Dad, it's online." "Over the phone?" *headdesks* I quickly gave up and we reverted to our standard talk of the weather. "Is there still snow up there?" "Yes, Dad, it's winter in Canada, there's still snow..."

That writing meme
I was so jealous of the people who'd written enough last year to warrant doing this meme. I'd written about two stories then, didn't seem much point.

Dec. 8th, 2008

Sunday stuff

So this is kind of cool: my cousin who I haven't heard from in nearly 15 years found me through my company's website and left a message. We played phone tag a bit, and he finally caught up with me tonight -- and we spent over an hour on the phone. He's raising alpacas and angora sheep (!!!), his new wife is a spinner and weaver, and his daughter (who was a kidlet when I saw her last) is graduated from college and working on an organic farm in Argentina. Why haven't I kept up with him?!

Well, I do know, I'm shite at keeping up with RL people in my life. In fandom I'll spam you 20 times a day and love every minute of it, but talking (especially on the phone, I hate phones!) about family and children and blah blah blah ... I'd rather have Sylar feast on my brains.

But tonight? Tonight was fun.


I'll leave you with a laugh from AfterElton: How to code Dumbledore queer. My favourite: Patronus spitting image of porn superstar Jeff Stryker.

Dec. 1st, 2008

The State of Me

Blah. Stomach bug, eating soup, want pizza. Busy with work. Behind on flist. Behind on writing. Need clone.

Somehow found the time to post all my fic up on the new German soaps fic archive, NoLimits. Need to write more fic. Hard when I can't think in complete sentences.

And some memes. First, just how non-committal could I possibly be? :)



And now, that photo meme that's going 'round:
01. Answer each of the questions below the cut using the Flickr search engine.
02. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
03. Copy the URL of your favorite photos here.
04. Then share with the world! Wee!

Shiny! )

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. 10th, 2008

It works!

Wow! Have you guys seen this? [info]eeyore9990 posted it yesterday, and I've been using it this morning, and cranked out over 200 words in 20 minutes. I think that's a new record for me. I don't know if they're good words or not, but still!

(I'm only using the normal mode -- I'm totally chicken about kamikaze mode, but I bet it's effective!)

(Oh, one thing to note -- when you finish, the program removes line breaks and coding marks for the count. So just be sure to copy your work and paste it into your doc before you click "Done".)

But now it's time to put the writing aside. For the rest of the day you'll find me in the Chatroom O'Fluff with Verbotene Liebe and my eeeevil enablers.

Aug. 26th, 2008

Happy fic and vexing fic

I read the most delightful story last night: Hate

I went to bed smiling, and when I woke up today I knew I had to rec it so you don't miss it. Really, it's fabulous, managing to be funny and sweet and still IC throughout. I have no idea who wrote it, it's one of the [info]hp_summersmut entries, but it's got a Draco who is just on fire. He reminds me of [info]pir8fancier's Draco (although I'm pretty sure this is somebody else), smart and oblivious all at once, and he has plans! always plans! In this story, Draco is a wizardguard who hates his job...

Until now. He had a new assignment. Harry Potter. And things were finally starting to look up. Not that he particularly fancied having to protect Potter with his own life, mind you - but he would. He'd deal with that unfortunate detail. Potter was in danger and where were his friends now? Where was the little Weasel now? Surely he'd have jumped at the chance to protect Potter. It'd been years since Voldemort had been defeated; Weasley had to be hard up for another chance at playing sidekick. But no. Potter had turned to his department. Clearly he had no one. No friends. No Weasley bint. No one. He was probably all washed up, with no Dark Lord to battle. Probably lying in a gutter somewhere, cold and alone, trying to save puppies from the big bad Muggle vehicles, or some such. Draco couldn't wait to rub it in his face.

I love this Harry too. Clever Anon Author doesn't give us any insight into his thoughts, just these little touches that you'll wonder about just like Draco does. The build of their relationship is wonderfully paced and believable, and worth waiting for. Soooo worth waiting for.

Please, go read this story -- it will make you happy, I promise.

*****

On the opposite side of the reading spectrum: Things that make me scorn. This guy writes novelisations of Burn Notice and comes up with the profound observation that "I've learned that writing about a cool ex-spy I didn't create can be a gratifying experience." I've learned that if you're male and write fanfic for profit, it's called novelisation.

Aug. 3rd, 2008

Woot!

My soul is happy when I have a trip on the horizon. I need to remember that about myself -- I'm sure I'm not the only one, everybody needs to have something to look forward to, but for me, there's just something incomparable about the potential of travel. And not just the vague "I'll probably go somewhere in the spring" kind of thing. I need dates and email confirmations of ticket purchases and that irritating email from my boss telling me it's a bad time to take a vacation. Then it all feels real!

And I say all that because I sorted out my TIFF trip today and have been giddy every since. In a month I'll be glomping [info]bunnysquee!!! I found an incredibly reasonable hotel right downtown, so I'll be there for a full five days -- and I'm taking the train there, which is so much better than the bus (and that was even before the beheading). I have no idea what films we'll see, but at this point that doesn't even matter.

I am enjoying the best weekend I've had in ages. I had oodles of fun with [info]goddessriss perving up [info]sdk's journal last night, then she rewrote that troublesome Sectumsempra scene for me (*squees*), then [info]leda_speaks recced the brilliant Lust of the Conchords which just about killed me (if you enjoy FotC, you've got to check it out). Oh, and I started a brand new knitting project while watching Sex & the City (not a bad movie, I'm glad I didn't pay money for it, but it was a nice accompaniment to a few glasses of wine). Then today I finished my BBTP story!!! OMG that porn came slowly, and it refused to come without dragging along the angst ... you know, I'm almost starting to appreciate JKR's dreaded Epilogue for setting up infidelity like it does. Almost. Now I have two more pornlets that I'm going to try to crank out, and nearly a month to do it. Yep, I do like looking at that far horizon.

I hope your souls are all happy this weekend.

Jul. 31st, 2008

Recycled links

1) I made a new icon in honour of JKR's announcement that she's publishing a new Beedle the Bard book (for charity, thank goodness) in which she'll attempt an explanation for the complete bollix that she made of wandlore. (Thanks, [info]fourth_rose for the heads up.)

2) I thought everybody had seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Abridgement (courtesy of [info]sdk) but just found out I was wrong, so if you missed it, you must watch. Neither worksafe nor liquid-drinking safe. (Shelly's stalking of Mr. Friskett should expedite part 2.)

3) [info]omarandjohnny graced me with comment links that have made me smile repeatedly over the past few days: a double dose of Neil Patrick Harris and his lovely boyfriend, David Burtka (Part 1 and Part 2)

4) Nathan Fillion is scruffy love. He can bring a big booming cheesy something by my place any time!

5) This wins for sheer kookiness: Simon Pegg and Keith Olbermann on Elle Woods: The Musical. (Thanks, [info]sarcastic_jo!)

6) I have such love for Red State Update, their long-running parody is without a doubt the best thing about the U.S. elections. In McCain and the Internet, Jackie reminds me way too much of my dad.

7) The Hogwarts Reunion Is When Everything Changes was runner up in the Doctor Who/Torchwood Slash Awards. I certainly don't mind being second to A Mischief of Memories, a brilliant DW/LOM crossover fic.

Now back to work, and to the second client I've discovered plagiarising in as many weeks. Time for a smackdown!

Jul. 18th, 2008

Trianne, your prayers might've been answered

Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease let this be true!

And to counter that very cool news, check out the lamest trailer EVER. Come on, can't you guys give us more than Mumbledore?

I took some time to play around with my fic journal layout. If you have a sec, can you take a look? One big change is that I set it to show just one page at a time, which is people use the index should work just fine -- it will take them to the first posted entry for each fic. But it does make it difficult to freely browse. How do you prefer to explore someone's fic journal? Do you like the ease of scrolling through?

Finally, if you are heading to Comic Con, please read this. Make fandom count, people. And if you manage to abduct Gareth David Lloyd, email me and I'll be on the first flight down. I have duct tape.

As of 8 minutes ago, it's officially been the weekend. As of 4 minutes ago, I've been sucking down wine. There may be drunken posts later.

Jun. 11th, 2008

Things to read

Busy, busy, busy today, so I just wanted to share a few links that you might find interesting.
  • Copyright and Comics:You may or may not know about the Tories' attempts to foist U.S. copyright law on Canada. If you're Canadian (or if you're just interested in a really cool medium for political expression), check out this amazing comic book from Appropriation Art.

    BTW, if you live in Canada, please take a second to contact your MP about this. We're getting down to the wire on this bill, it could be introduced in the next few days. And if this passes, I have a feeling it's going to be around a lot longer than Canada's New Government. It's easy -- with this letter generator you can do it in just a few clicks.

  • Short and Sweet: What's Your Story is online, including the $61/word piece that JKR wrote (I haven't had the brain power to decipher her handwriting yet) as well as one from Irvine Walsh that made me chuckle, one from Tom Stoppard that made me chuckle with a groan, and one from Neil Gaiman that made me glee -- that man can sure tell a story. Thanks to [info]roma_fics for the link.

  • Same Sex Couples Shed Light On Marriage: Someone on my flist posted this (sorry I can't remember who!) and it's an interesting read. Common sense, really, that gender inequalities wouldn't be as prevalent in same-sex couples, but hey, if social scientists can make a living studying it, more power to them.


Now. I must stop procrastinating and get back to work. :(

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.

May. 13th, 2008

Mostly recs today

Ah, the Lusty Month of May. I never before realised just how enjoyable it could all be. Take [info]seleneheart's The Masturbating Men of Atlantis. Somebody must write the female version of this, please!

And then there's [info]hd_wankfest where I've been spending more time now that the [info]hd_worldcup is finished. [info]seleneheart asked which stories I'd recommend, so here are my favourites: How to Handle An Enemy (Draco)***, Hard At Work (Harry), Taking The Chill Off (Viktor), Ensnared (Draco), and Maduro Split (Percy). Yes, I said Percy. Just trust me.

I've also collected all my favourite World Cup entries. It was close, but in my votes EWE is ahead by a little lamb's nose. I can't wait to see the results!

For some more serious reading, check out [info]angiepen's interesting blog on Building Your Own World that some of you might find interesting. She's got a lot of good points that are just as relevant for fanfic writers. There's plenty of room to fill in the gaps in canon in my favourite fandoms.

Finally, [info]sarcastic_jo says this ad, AMP's Walk of Shame, aired tonight. I didn't see it, but thank goodness for youtube. It's ... it's almost like the Mountain Goats are writing commercial jingles now. And ... I like it.

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