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Whyyyyyyyy am I so awful at rating things without sex in them? /o\ My violence gauge is so much murkier than my sexytimes gauge, and I hardly ever think to rate by use of swearing - my Avatar Blue People fics are like one-third "fuck" by weight, and yet somehow they feel more G-rated to me than Kuei's mom does. ??? What even am I doing.

Anyway! No OUaT new this week, but I never said anything about last week's, so, in brief: OUaT, a week ago. )

And I also recently got my next Netflix movie: Banlieue 13. (Spoilers; mentions of sexual assault and drug use.) )

And, to make myself feel better:

Fannish to-do, updated. )
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Through a combination of growing disdain for my own fail and the need to track words obsessively for [community profile] inkingitout, I sat down on Monday and wrote several thousand words. \o/ Apparently word tracking makes me competitive against ... my own laziness? IDEK. But progress occurred, is the point!

The other significant event of 2012 for me is that I hurt myself. It is extremely cold here, and earlier this week the road was covered in ice, so of course I fell down, though thankfully the car that precipitated my loss of balance did not hit me. My knee is turning gorgeous colors, and you never realize how much you use the muscles in your armpit until you strain them and suddenly a million actions hurt. AWESOME START.

But! There have been Netflixen, and also a trip to the movies.

On the Other Hand, Death. Spoilers! ) I added another to my queue, though I forget which, and hope to work my way through them all.

Inkheart, because my queue is all 2008 all the time. Also spoilery. ) Not bad, precisely, but it didn't quite seem finished. Maybe the script needed to go through a couple more drafts or something.

And then also [personal profile] idriya and I went to see Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. Which had some things in it that I quite enjoyed ... )

... and some things that I did not. )

Quite a text wall there, but: ALL THE FEELINGS. Honestly, it's a good thing I had the chance to get my thoughts in order the other day, or everything behind that cut would probably just have said AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH.
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Posting fail, ugh, but I hope everybody to whom it is relevant had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that everybody more generally had a wonderful Thursday. I am thankful for so many things I could never list them all, so probably it's a good thing that I sort of missed the boat for attempting a long eloquent Thanksgiving post.

Having vacation was AWESOME, and yet, as vacations so often are, it was not long enough. But! I got a bunch of stuff done, if not everything I'd hoped to get done.

First:



50,217 / 50,000 words. 100.0% done!

\o/! I have no idea what I'm going to do with this thing, but there are WAY better odds than usual that I'm going to finish it, simply because I (still) somehow don't hate it. I mean, it's clunky and kind of awkward and there's probably continuity errors eeeeeeverywhere, but that's okay! I wrote a thing! \o/!

Second: I finished Infidel (Kameron Hurley). Spoilery! ) I should stop pretending I can analyze these books at all, because I really can't. I am way too invested. ♥ The third one is probably going to wreck me.

And, speaking of me crying emotional overinvestment, I also watched Sucker Punch. Spoilers, of course. ) Broke my heart and only stitched it about halfway back together again.

And also I should not forget: I stayed up late one night and blew through Changes (Dresden Files). Spoilery! ) I still want to find out what happens, so I'm hoping this was just - a blip. A, like, four-hundred-page-long blip. D:

And now I am going to prep to watch as much of The Closer as possible before going to bed early, because the last thing I need right now is to get sick.
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15,610 / 50,000 words. 31.2% done!

Honestly? I'm a little weirded out by how well this NaNo is going. Maybe it's because I slept for shit all weekend (parents gone to Maine = I was the one stuck getting up to let the cat in at two in the morning) and I shouldn't be reading ANYTHING right now, but so far I am keeping up on the wordcount and I don't hate it? I don't even know how that's possible. o_O I think I did myself a favor not outlining all that strictly, because it means I don't have to revise the outline much when I change something, or write something I wasn't expecting to write. But, seriously. This is weird.

Anyway! I caught up yesterday on Once Upon a Time. Spoilers. ) Still recording this one.

Also, over the weekend I had a little spare time and watched Dragon Hunters (2008). Also some spoilers. ) I went to the AO3 right after I finished it, of course, and I was sort of surprised that I couldn't find anything - I was expecting it to have at least a Yuletide story or two.
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So, in terms of my to-do list, this weekend was TOTAL FAIL and I don't want to talk about it. :P

But! I did lots of RL things, including a volunteer shift at a local clothes sale and making (more) brownies and having lunch with K, and also saw movies!

Moneyball (aka that baseball movie that I'd heard was kind of good). )

And then my mother's Netflix was X-Men: First Class. Which is old news by this point, but cut just in case. )

Mostly, it didn't surprise me much at all; thanks to fandom osmosis, I knew a lot going in. (My mother: "-and Kevin Bacon was good-" Me: "Kevin Bacon's in this?!" My mother: "Yeah, he's the Nazi guy-" Me: "Shaw, Mom. His name's Shaw." My mother: "I thought you hadn't seen this.") Sometimes I wonder why I don't just give up on source material entirely, and interact with media solely through fandom - some things would be so much easier! I would probably like all the characters better!

And then the sequel to God's War arrives in the mail, and I remember. \o/ YAY THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO BREAK MY HEART YAY.
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Uggggggggh I am such a failboat - it's like I have some kind of quota for fannish activity. I haven't been posting consistently AT ALL, but I've finished(ish) both of my big bangs, I'm working furiously on my two remaining [community profile] genretwisting bingo squares (YAY EXTENSION YAY), and I have three wallpapers to finish. D: This is almost the most pathetic my posting frequency has ever gotten, and yet I don't think I've ever interacted with so many fannish people at once, independent of replying to comments on fic. It's kind of blowing my mind.

God I hope these wallpapers turn out okay.

But! We still haven't quite run out of our movie channel free trial time, and I happened across I Am Number Four the other day, and I don't even know but I sort of loved it? I have no idea whether anyone even cares about spoilers for this, but just in case. ) I do not even a little bit need any more fics to write right now, but I am SO GLAD I taped this movie. (Why is my taste in movies so irrational? /o\)

Judging by reaction posts I've spoiled myself with, I should be glad I've drifted away from 5-0, or at least its source material - fandom usually makes me happier than canon anyway, but sometimes the difference can be very dramatic SG:A I AM LOOKING AT YOU.

And to end on a very mundane note: I successfully went to the dentist! By myself! And after calling them on the phone to check the time of my appointment! (I realize this sounds ridiculous, but: anxiety. It was in the midafternoon, so I was about an inch from hurling for a lot of yesterday.)
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Uggggggggggggh my god last week. I didn't even have to work Saturday the way I did last year, and I still did nothing this weekend but lie on the couch and slowly regenerate my brainpower. (Well, and wash my car, but that was under duress.) Late chapter will be late; apologies! /o\ I'm actually really really glad [community profile] thelittlebang is having an extension - I mean, I hope nothing additional goes wrong for either mod and that everything works out well, but it's a lucky break for me.

Unsurprisingly, I missed all my TV - although on Monday that was because we went to see The Debt. Spoilers. )

Also, I bought myself three books the other week, as I mentioned, and one of them was God's War, by Kameron Hurley. ) I already ordered the second book. /o\

But! Now I should get back to work so I can finish everything I need to do and then write like a writing person this evening to get myself back on track.
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You can tell when I'm feeling guilty about not having written enough, because I stop posting completely. :P Although, to be fair to me, I was marathoning Harry Potter the weekend before last, so I wouldn't have had time then anyway. :D

But! TV. The Closer, R&I, Burn Notice. )

Also, I have discovered the beauty and wonder of having a DVR, and I am steadily filling it with movies, partly to remind myself which ones I still need to get from Netflix. I've watched Salt like five times, and The Losers like three times, and by the time our preview month of movie channels is over I'll probably have at least a few dozen more.

My [community profile] ladiesbigbang is going beautifully, and as long as I can stick to my outline I'm only a few scenes from being done; I'm nearly finished with my first [community profile] genretwisting bingo story; and I just made myself rewatch a chunk of Avatar this morning and take notes, so I can start working on filling in the gaps of my fic for [community profile] thelittlebang. \o/ Now if only I didn't have to actually get some work done. :P
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YAY IT'S UNDER 90F. \o/

Also, in case someone has managed not to see it, KORRA TRAILER OMGYESSSSSSSSS.

Ahem. Also, I went and saw HPDH2 on Sunday, with my family. Spoilers, of course. ) I enjoyed it very much; like GoF, which also makes me cry, I may not watch it repeatedly, but it is Harry Potter, and it's going to be a bit of me forever no matter what. Harry Potter is the reason I found fandom in middle school, which means I owe it more than I probably even realize. Someday I will finish that AU, dammit.

Also, I watched Burn Notice. Only a few things. )

And now I should get back to work. :D
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Whoo, I've got some catching up to do.

Last last weekend: colonial gardens, swimming, failures to communicate. )

Last weekend, by contrast, was much less exciting; with the weight of my guilt lifted, I could go kayaking with my mother with a totally clear conscience. Technically, we also went last last weekend, but we picked a rather boring lake, with nothing to recommend it but two unexpected loons going fishing. Last weekend was way better - little peninsulas with nooks and crannies, fish and frogs and a great blue heron, and some really lovely water lilies.

But! I have also been watching TV.

The Closer, spoilery. )

Rizzoli & Isles. Also spoilery, and not especially pleased. )

I have not seen HPDH.2, because I am still pretty sure I'm going to cry like a baby; but I may have to do it just for Neville and Luna. (No epic HP fic until ItOverse is finished, self!) Also, The Daily Show: I had no idea Daniel Radcliffe was so awesome. I cannot get used to his face with no Harry!glasses, though.
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I adore Tiny Dog (yeah, that's still her name) but her habit of barking at 5:30 is THE ANTITHESIS OF CHARMING. >:E I'm sure that it's not the only reason I'm still annoyingly tired, but I bet it isn't helping. Also, blah blah work. )

But! It hasn't rained yet today, which is a tiny miracle, and I think I have the general direction of the subplots for Book Three sorted out, which is GREAT. Seriously, I am getting all GRRM up in here; I need to sit my fics down and have a talk. Every minor character does not need their own storyline, okay. (And now I sound like a PSA: "When's the last time you talked to your fics about plot kudzu?")

To conclude: I don't precisely like having the office with the window that faces the fire escape, but there's some kind of large-leafed vine growing up it that makes it almost appealing in summer. Also, I can't believe I have to watch Avatar again, but I can't remember the middle (including who's onscreen when, so no transcripts for me) well enough to finish my fic for [community profile] thelittlebang without it. Curse you, James Cameron.
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Ugh, it has been ages, I am so fail - busy weekend was busy, because J, K, Ka, M, and Q are all home from school. We saw Source Code on ... Saturday? Must have been Saturday. Cut for boring thoughts. ) I mean, probably I shouldn't let the ending color the entire movie for me, but seriously. Whose idea was that?

BUT. Far more importantly, I am writing this post from a lovely bed-and-breakfast in NYC, where I am spending two vacation days because this evening we were part of the studio audience for the Daily Show. I do not think every single thing Jon Stewart says is necessarily right, but HE IS AWESOME AND IT WAS AWESOME AND OMG. Cut for excessive detail! ) I sort of want to watch it later, to see whether I can spot myself in the first pan-around-the-audience thing - probably it'll be too fast, but I can't help it! I am self-centered. /o\ I can't decide whether it was awesome or stupid to wear my Spock t-shirt.

And then we had dinner and it was pretty much the best pasta alfredo I have EVER EATEN. Not that you should believe me, because my taste in food isn't really to be trusted, but. We are going to Uncle Mario's every time we're in New York ever from now on, if I have anything to do with it. :DDDDDDDDDDD Also, the waitress was totally awesome. ♥♥♥♥♥

So, um, in conclusion, the next chapter of Book Two might be a week or two late. /o\ I worked on it a fair bit on the bus, and will again tomorrow on the way back, but in case I can't write several thousand more coherent words by Sunday: it's totally Jon Stewart's fault. :D
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It has been raining for like four days. OKAY, WEATHER, YOU GOT ME. **weeps** Now give me back the suuuuuuuun. (Okay, so there was sunshine for about half an hour this afternoon. INSUFFICIENT.)

Yesterday's Netflix: The Snow Queen (2002). Spoilers for a nearly decade-old three-hour-long Hallmark movie no one cares about. ) So that had, like, a plot outline and twenty minutes from an awesome movie, and then there was the rest of it. **hands**

In ficcier news, I tripped and wrote 3k of Trudy/Grace vaguely based off one of [personal profile] ashen_key's prompts from [personal profile] such_heights's female character trope fest, so ... maybe I really will be okay signing up for [community profile] thelittlebang and working on LttE at the same time. (Although it isn't really meeting the minimum that worries me; it's actually managing to wrap up the story by the deadline. :P) I still have some time before signups close, so. We'll see.

Why does everything I write end up so long?!
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This weekend felt weird and short and was totally unrestful for no good reason. I need to go to bed earlier or something; it is never a good sign when I start out right away in the morning with the feeling of obscure head pressure that means I need to sleep. :/

But! I saw Thor yet again, and, more importantly, my Netflix movie last week was Willow. Cut mostly for my boring ~thoughts, because this movie is pretty much the same age I am. ) In conclusion: there should be more fic. I'll have to keep an eye out at Yuletide, I guess.

Outlining continues apace. I have gotten the rest of Book Two pretty well hashed out, which is a big relief given that I'm in the middle of writing it; and I have started poking Book Three. (Book Four is still a nebulous blob.) I think I have some old outlines from around this time last year sitting around someplace, but they'll probably be useless now, given how much things have changed since then. Kudzu plot strikes again. **hands** I seriously need to take a weekend sometime and bag-and-tag my subplots, because this is getting a little ridiculous. I WILL HAVE ORDER.
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Yesterday was pretty awful; I can neither confirm nor deny that I cried a little in my office. But in this particular case, the thing that went wrong at work isn't my fault - I could have fixed it, if I had been paying more attention, but the underlying problem was not with me. So it could have been worse!

In cheerier news, I saw Thor in 3D twice this weekend, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Cut for a lot of talking, and also spoilers. ) Good thing I like it, because I'm probably going to see it at least one more time - the first time was me and [personal profile] idriya, the second was me and my dad, so my mom still hasn't seen it yet.

In the rush to get Chapter 3 finished, I let my [community profile] genretwisting bingo fall a bit by the wayside, but I poked them a little yesterday and I'm pretty sure they're still alive. \o/ Except right now I should be doing work, not writing fic. /o\
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Long week is being very long. :P On the upside, Chapter Three was grinding along at a snail's pace until yesterday, when I had some kind of mental breakthrough and wrote like three thousand words. \o/

Sunday, I was in Montpelier, stiltwalking in a march over the health care legislation we're trying to pass. It was pretty awesome, but my thighs were killing me on Monday and Tuesday. Clearly I need to stiltwalk more often. Also, we brought my lovely new camera, so I took quite a few pictures.

Some stiltwalker's-eye-view photos. )

And a record was set: only one person asked me how the weather was up there! \o/ (I try to answer with good humor, but I am inevitably thinking, "Yeah, ha ha. I'm three feet taller than you; it's exactly the same, dammit.")

My mother, [personal profile] idriya, and I went to see the new Jane Eyre - my mother absolutely adores the book and pretty much all variations on it, and [personal profile] idriya hates it. A lot. I don't hate it with quite the same fervor, but [personal profile] idriya and I are equal in our inability to see the appeal of Mr. Rochester. :/ (As a character in general, I mean; the actor was perfectly good.) But I did like Mia Wasikowska, and I do think the flashback format worked nicely. Seeing Esca be a stodgy missionary was pretty darn weird, though. o.O
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I would probably do that AO3 meme that's going around, except ... I haven't even posted ten full fics yet. :P

I blew pretty much the entire weekend making maps for ItO, because, god help me, I just cannot shut off the part of my brain that needs to know everything - even shit that will NEVER EVER make it into the story. D: On the upside, I figured out how to import base files into the mapmaking program so that I can trace the giant continent the Earth Kingdoms are on instead of eyeballing it. (My eyeballing skills are okay, but things still weren't ending up in the right places, which, important for a map, y/y?) Overall, an excellent use of my time.

Also, Sunday night was the Burn Notice movie. I concede that 'Fall of Sam Axe' is a bad title. ) It was not some kind of groundbreakingly amazing movie experience, it was not a two-hour revelation; but it was charming and sweet and a little heartbreaking. FIONA'S MOVIE NEXT PLS. :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

And another [community profile] genretwisting challenge has begun! I think we have a little more time this round, which is great, because it's looking like I have an epic A Little Princess adaptation, a fantasy version of Burn Notice, and maybe an Eagle/Dresden Files fusion on my hands. Plus, of course, the next chapter of LttE, which hopefully will get done on time. **crosses fingers**
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Friday started out perfectly average and became a long slow spiral of despair. [personal profile] idriya informed me, early and rightly, that part of the arc of Chapter 1 was just not working and needed an overhaul, and I could totally have gotten the revisions done in time if my afternoon had not then been taken up with photos for an update of the website half of the school store, the complete dissolution of the day's newsletter, and my car needing a tow AGAIN. WHYYYYYYYY.

Ahem.

Cut for more griping, aka details. )

To make a long tl;dr short, I took the pictures, I got my car unstuck from the mud, and by the time I got what I needed from the person, it was already 8:00 pm and I had unilaterally decided not to send the newsletter out with only one thing in it. And I only cried a little. :P

But! I had a lovely weekend, I did my taxes and watched RED a second time and made a round of restructuring/rewriting edits that met [personal profile] idriya's approval, hence the posting yesterday. And today's going rather nicely so far, too.

Which, RED. )

And as long as I'm here, totally uninteresting blather about my hair. )

Also, it is April, which means Script Frenzy! Surprise, I am rewriting something: TLA, to be specific, because ow, and also, yay, an excuse to mentally recast it! Good times. :D And I have already started Chapter 2 - I have learned my lesson, I make no promises as to when it will be done, but at least I'm past that initial lump of beginning.
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Man, I am going to need a fic sticky soon, it is starting to take a lot of scrolling to find the Book One master post again. Which, by the by: a final round of edits and timeline checks, and, my internet connection willing, the first chapter should be up tomorrow evening.

It is finally maybe going to snow less often! The geese are coming back! I have seen a handful of deer and like eight wild turkeys! It might just be spring. Oh, and: there was an adorable tourist (out-of-state plates, at least) who stopped their car on my route home to take a picture of cows. Cows. I pass, what, four? five? farms on my way to work every day; it is fascinating and marvelous to me that someone might feel the need to photograph a cow while on a trip. I mean, I shouldn't assume; maybe they just like cows. Still, it was cute.

Work: good times. We have a new system for the daily newsletter that means I have to essentially re-code the content of at least one webpage every day. At least I am learning more HTML? What I really need is CSS; I'm hoping that posts from [personal profile] foxfirefey's upcoming S2/CSS/DW styles course will help. As terrible as I am at HTML/CSS, I am still way ahead of pretty much everybody else in the office, though. **weeps**

I have also watched some things relatively recently!

Rango: spoilers. )

Also, Never Let Me Go. Spoilers, if anyone still cares. )

Perhaps I am just too shallow to appreciate these things.
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/o\ So ... close ... and then my weekend got devoured by a surprise trip to Boston to see M/[personal profile] daemonelix, J, and Q. UGH I AM A FAILBOAT. Hopefully the chapter will be better for the extra time; I could have finished it Sunday if I had not been in Massachusetts with no computer, but it would have been a hot mess. D:

Boston was nice, though. I am such a rubbernecker, I never go to cities and so when I do I am that awkward person walking down the street sideways with my head twisted around going, "So ... tall ..." And Boston isn't even super skyscrapery; I am just a country bug. It was fun to hang out with J and M and Q, and I am glad I did it. Although next time, it would be great if the total hours I spent on the bus weren't a bigger number than the total hours we got to spend together. That was a tiny bummer. (Tiny, because after years of Greyhound, the Dartmouth Coach buses are BEAUTIFUL.)

Two media things. The bus movie on the way back up was Life As We Know It. )

And more griping about The Event, because, let's face it, part of me loves to hate things. )

I am hoping to finish the first chapter of Book Two in the next day or so, and if I get it done and edited, I will put it up no matter what day of the week it is, because I have been so fail. /o\

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