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So, ha, I fail. /o\ I hope everyone, with or without a holiday to celebrate during this part of the year, has an excellent time - and enjoys the VAST BOUNTY OF YULETIDE. :D

The bad: I did not in fact finish that next chapter of LttE by Christmas. The auxiliary good: I do have nearly 7k words of it! I am still working on it! /o\

The bad: I only finished one of the stories I planned for Yuletide. :( The auxiliary good: my recipient seems wonderfully pleased with the one I managed to get finished! (The slight wrinkle in the AO3 makes it BLATANTLY OBVIOUS which story I wrote, if you make even a little effort to figure it out, so if you want to preserve the spirit of author reveals, don't make any effort!) So I have once again failed to ruin Yuletide forever. \o/ I posted the story at like two in the morning on Christmas, and then spent the next three hours staring at the ceiling in my bedroom and accidentally thinking of things I really ought to edit before story reveals. The resultant lack of sleep was actually a really good thing, because at one of the places my father and I went caroling in the morning, I was the only soprano, and I could never in a million years have sung aloud alone if I had been firing on all cylinders. \o?

But enough nattering, there are Yuletide stories to read!
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So where did that two weeks just go? D: Yikes. I am glad it is at least properly cold now; all that remains is for it to snow a little bit more than this incredibly pathetic inch-ish we have right now, and then it'll actually feel like December, instead of November being clingy. And oh, god, the Christmas presents I need to buy. DDDDDDDDDD:

But, okay, before I get distracted yet again: media exists! And sometimes I consume it! Spoilers abound.

Last week's Closer. )

Last week's R&I. )

This week's Once Upon a Time. )

I also skittered off my reading list once again and devoured The Magicians and Mrs. Quent. )

I think that's everything? My most recent Netflix is a Donald Strachey movie, which I have not yet watched but fully expect to like; and of course there is Yuletide. The odds are heavily against me finishing all three of the treats that I've started, but hope springs eternal. As does my verbosity, because at least two of them are over the minimum already. /o\

I have also started The Secret Circle, but considering I've only watched an ep and a bit, I can't really say much about it yet. Except that I had never truly considered a Twilight/Charmed crossover. Also Faye is gorgeous.
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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.


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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So, by "I will almost definitely be able to get it done tomorrow", what I actually meant was "I will forget that we have to go to a parade in the morning to cheer for [personal profile] idriya and then be rendered utterly useless by the heat". The Fourth is not typically a big deal for my family! I forgot! /o\ Oops. I should know better than to say these things - at least I stuck the "almost" in there. :D Anyway, let's revise that to: whenever the chapter's finished and I've made it less bad - which I will try to do quickly - I will post it.

Caught last week's Burn Notice, and, oh, Madeline. Spoilers! )

Google Docs has taught me to type into a browser window and Ctrl+S whenever I finish a paragraph. Good for GDocs; somewhat less helpful for a DW post. **closes the THIRD save-page-as dialog box in the past fifteen minutes**
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Omgggggg weather stop it. Early last week, I woke up to a massive rolling clap of thunder; Saturday (yes, that last one right before Easter), by contrast, it was SNOWING. And sticking. D: And now it's thunderstorming again.

Easter was awesome - my family is not particularly religious, so, while we did watch The Ten Commandments Saturday night, Easter itself was mostly about how much sugar we could cram into ourselves in a day. :D And, for me, how much fic I could write, because I reeeeeeeally wanted to get Chapter 2 out on time. Also, I managed to pound another full-length chapter outline out of my Book Two notes, and I am mentally braving the wilds of Book Three. \o/

But! More interestingly, [personal profile] idriya gave me more art, and I finally got around to uploading it to my LJ Scrapbook, because she is too lazy to post anything herself. :P

Captain Ming-Li of the Yu Yan Archers! )

And Yi Lun taking her sweet time painting over the Blue Spirit graffiti. )

Hearts FOREVER. I mean, she painted the wood grain on the shutters, for god's sake. If she weren't doing these for me, I would hate her. :D (Tagging these with the ItO tag, because they are for Book One, and also I need to remember to embed them later. And! Not crossposting, because, 3W4DW.)
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Oh, so many fantastic things all piled up - days off from work, and Christmas, and Yuletide, and a great lovely snowstorm! Granted, three of those are obviously not independent phenomena, and the fourth sort of isn't, given the season in this hemisphere; but somehow they each feel like separate glories to wallow in. :D Except for the part where I had to help shovel a foot of snow off the porch, of course.

I got my Yuletide treat done, too! I was writing right up to the wire, so it's almost definitely not as good as it really should have been; but hopefully the recipient will like it anyway. I can't stop browsing the archive - even when I get 502ed, the 502 screen is so adorable! Hearts. Also, Old Spice Guy fic is the best thing in the entire world, the end.

... I feel like I had more things I wanted to say, but I haven't eaten lunch yet, and my stomach is growling. Perhaps I will get super organized and put together a list of favorites after I get some noms.
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Oh, I am SO USELESS. D: I was pretty crabby and tired for most of the week that my parents were gone - you have to do so much more stuff when nobody else is around to help out. :P And since then I've just been marking time until I was done with work.

Which was Tuesday. Monday, I took a tin of fudge in to the office - a bit embarrassing, as our tins seem to have kind of a cowboy-Christmas theme going, but everybody liked the fudge, and over half of it was gone by the time I took the container back home Tuesday afternoon. (I ... may have helped demolish it, just a little.) And Tuesday was apparently bring-your-dog-to-work day, so it was very relaxed; I spent about a quarter of it rubbing dogs' bellies, and three-quarters reading a book on graphic design, in preparation for complex things I may soon have to do.

As noted, I am all caught up on Burn Notice. I have nothing in particular to say, except TEAM IS HEARTS FOREVER, and also MADELINE. Well, okay, maybe a couple quick things. )

I finished ordering presents for family members yesterday, which means they will all be here by tomorrow. Friends, I do not yet have sorted, but it's looking like it'll be a bit longer before I see them, so I still have time. I just have to not leave it 'til the last minute again. ... Not good odds, but you never know. :D

That thing I didn't really mean to start writing that I might upload for Yuletide - or, more likely, as an NYR - has ballooned from 3k to 12k. One day, I will write something short. ItO is chugging along, although I was slow last week and I'll admit I spent today and yesterday doing essentially nothing at all. :/ But I still have a couple of weeks before my internal deadline comes due, so. Should be all right. I have a vague itch to start something new, but I'm doing my best to repress it properly.

And now back to Prince Caspian. How do you always snag me, Syfy? :P
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It was pouring at 4 am when I had to wake up and separate two fighting cats; it sleeted somewhere in between then and now, coating all the delicate little branches on the bushes outside, and all the needles of the pines, with ice; and now it is snowing, giant fat flakes falling almost fast enough to look like rain. I'm supposed to go meet up with M, J, K, Ka, and Q - and possibly a friend of J's from school, the prospect of whom fills me with terror - for lunch, so I ought to hope it stops soon, but I'm willing to drive carefully as long as it keeps snowing and sticking. :D

The tablet has arrived, as have the books I ordered; I'd forgotten just how long it's been since I'd drawn anything. I have giant flashing neon failure issues, and my sister is so much better at art things than I am that I have a feeble love/hate thing going on with drawing - even when something comes out half-decent, it's never quite good enough for something off in the back of my brain. Luckily, when I show her things I write, she likes to draw for them, so the pictures I wish I could put on paper still end up there most of the time. \o/

Monday shows. )

NaNo and fic talk. )

Thanksgiving. )

I would put a big poetical list of things I'm thankful for here, except I'm thankful for so many things it kind of defies belief, and making a list would just make me think of more and more. In summary, though: my family, friends, job, fandoms, and life are all more awesome than I usually give them credit for, and I am grateful for all the small sources of joy in between. ♥♥♥♥♥
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The TV is working again! I think I'm getting whiplash or something, this is ridiculous. In a good way, because we got it going in time to watch Prince Caspian again. :D

I now know more than I ever have before about exorcism and how to make holy water - my mother, a lapsed Catholic but usually the authority I go to about these things, didn't know it, but there is apparently at least some salt in holy water. The things you learn when you are trying to write Newsies fic based on a "possession" prompt. **hands** I also realized, as part of the same learning process, that I seem to have lost my book on angel magic; so I ordered a new copy, which means I'll find the old one any minute now. Also, splurged on a tablet. /o\

That experience also reminded me that I need to get cracking on Christmas. I am pants at gifts unless I start brainstorming reeeeeeeally early, and I feel like I should get something for my supervisor, too. Nothing super personalized, I really don't know her that well, but candy or something.

Also, went to see Deathly Hallows Part I. ) Looking forward to the second half, and expecting MOAR NEVILLE, PLS.
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Man, today was a long day - not a bad day, just a long one. Rain all day, which, I do not hate rain, but walking all the way down to Dewey Hall in it is not very much fun. And then Cog-Lang was cancelled, which was obviously good, but meant more walking in the rain than I would've had to do if class had been on. Hearing Rehabilitation was pretty soul-killing; I used to be vaguely interested in audiology, once upon a time, but spending this much time on how assistive devices all have microphones, and infrared waves are light but we can't see them, is just. **hands**

However, we did have kind of an interesting class the other week, where by "interesting" I mean it made me kind of uneasy and angry. tl;dr: deafness, Deafness, and cochlear implants. )

And then, of course, this weekend happened; AT's boyfriend, D, was up, so we watched a bunch of movies together, including The Princess and the Frog. Rife with spoilers. ) Overall, though, I liked it reasonably well. It's not a favorite, but I'd watch it again.

And Sunday afternoon, of course, was Palm Sunday. I did not realize this until I actually got to the Catholic Center, and saw the palm leaves on the table in the lobby, waiting to be blessed. It was very interesting - I was totally clueless about the reading of the Passion, I almost had a heart attack when people started passing missals around because I had no idea what they were doing. I have to admit that I cried a little; the concept of crucifixion is so awful that I can make myself cry just by imagining it a little too vividly, and reading it combined with singing the really lovely responsorial psalm, my God, my God, why have you abandoned me - well. I'm a soft touch. Watching the GoF movie makes me cry, too, and I've seen it at least four times.

Fortunately for my dignity, we had a visiting ... uh, official of some kind - he did the blessing of the palms, and the sermon. And - I know this is awful, but there was something a bit unusual about the way he said things, and he had the hat, and all I could think of the whole time he was talking was the Impressive Clergyman from The Princess Bride. /o\ I am so ashamed. (There was also a moment where he presented political correctness as in opposition to the truth, which was frustrating.)

Anyway. Easter next week - with mass in the morning, instead of the evening. Presumably that one will be a little more cheerful. Plus, I finally get to eat the box of Peeps I've been saving since spring break. :D


Nov. 26th, 2009 09:52 am
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So, it's been two weeks since last time, and man, what a two weeks it's been.

For starters, B did something incredibly stupid, which she has done at least three times before and which has never failed to make a mess of her personal life, yet which she has also apparently somehow not learned to stop doing. I, of course, was the happy receptacle for her problem-wrangling, which is something she tends to do aloud whenever possible; I feel like maybe I should become a diplomat or something, because living with her has taught me SO WELL to not let on when I feel like people are being morons/jackasses/pick your poison. RRGH.

The angst over that is actually still going on, a little - it was much diminished by the news that B's long-distance boyfriend will be coming to the States for Christmas to see her, though, which was a relief for me.

My computer is still mostly kaput. Because I'm running Knoppix from a CD, it can't retain anything - whenever I turn my computer off, and then turn it on again, no files I saved when it was on the first time will still be there. I knew this going in, so there was no catastrophic loss or anything, but since my computer no longer believes it has a battery, every time I knock the cord out, it's like starting from a blank slate. Not hugely troubling, just annoying.

However, those two things put aside, being on vacation is great. I know it was wrong of me to skip classes on Monday and Tuesday in order to give myself a week instead of three days, but. TOTALLY WORTH IT. I got to hang out with my sister at the treehouse (her apartment), and mainline three or four episodes of NCIS:LA, whose smarmy glory is truly blinding. :D I also ordered myself the second season of Burn Notice; I'm trying to get Br and AT properly addicted to it, and we're almost through the first season, so. Obviously I can't get it from the post office today, but it should have arrived by now, which means there is a pleasant moment of actually getting hold of it that is waiting for me somewhere in the future. \o/

And, of course, today is Thanksgiving, which probably means I shouldn't have started this post out with a bunch of complaining. ^^ And I am thankful, for all kinds of things; for every part of my life that has led me to end up where I am, even the ones that seemed unpleasant at the time, because, despite my woes, I'm in a pretty darn good place; and, of course, for my friends and family, for past friends who have drifted away and future friends I haven't met yet, for fandom, for ... everything. For life, for the world, for the inestimable beauty and wonder intrinsic to the universe.

That turned peculiarly existential. ^^ Anyway. I shall create a new tag for entries where I gripe about B, purely for purposes of statistics, and then I shall watch The Closer and help my mother cook and have a marvelous day, and I hope everyone else has a marvelous day, too.
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Not by a long shot. Today was Mother's Day - obviously, of course, but bear with me - and one thing my mother is deeply into is plants. Of pretty much any and all kinds. One thing she'd really been wanting lately was a trellis, to put in a new part of the slope garden in the yard, so my sister and I spent maybe two hours making one.

It was that particular kind of fun disaster you get when you try something and it only half-works. We did end up with a decently trellis-shaped structure eventually, but only after a lot of grappling with tree branches and a saw and measuring tape and twine. There was a lot of giggling and getting hit with sticks, and very little in the way of actual, you know, structural integrity.

But my mother was pleased - not that she's a very difficult woman to please, but it was still sweet, and I do think that she genuinely appreciated it, even if it's pretty much the Frankenstein's monster of trellises (trellii?). She is a tiny grey-haired woman with glasses and a big smile and a kind of snorty laugh, who loves talking to people, cooking, growing things, and Talk Like a Pirate Day; she likes to go around saying "ARRRRR" randomly.

Cut for biographical details and other nattering. )

I love her more than I can possibly say, and I am very grateful that she is my mother.

... It feels sort of stupid to follow that up with a little more chatter about TV, but I'm going to anyway. :D I didn't get sucked into any movies today, but I did end up watching some A:TLA with my sister after dinner; we watched ... let's see, I think it was The Waterbending Scroll and the episode right after that one - Jet, maybe? The first I really heard of Avatar was, somewhat amusingly, the finale, since the Zutaran ragefest managed to make Fandom_Wank. I love the world, and the overall storyline, but that isn't always enough to keep me going through the occasional bouts of painfully Y-HELO-I-AM-A-KID'S-SHOW writing. Still, it's pretty good, and right now I am quite possibly more pleased with it in a wide variety of ways than I am with Supernatural, so. Also, my sister's kind of in love with it, which means I have to keep watching it if I want her to leave me alone ever again. Very motivating.


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