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16 September 2013 @ 07:07 pm

My running list of books I want to read might currently be upwards of 150. ...Oops?

Exchanged where late the sweet birds sang for a copy that wasn't missing a page and was SO HAPPY to find it had dropped in price by $6. Accordingly, I picked up another book - Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse - which is an anthology of short stories including some by George R R Martin, Octavia E Butler, and Orson Scott Card. I'm silly amounts of excited.

I finished where late the sweet birds sang and liked the last half of the book much more than the first half. I love it's themes and messaging, but it feels to me like it ought to have been a much shorter story. The settings are meticulously and beautifully detailed, but most of the characters feel interchangeable (intentionally, I think) and some whole lines of plot feel utterly pointless (unintentionally, I presume). I'm glad I read it and I will probably keep it, but I'm far more likely to pull Alas, Babylon or Earth Abides off the shelf for a reread than this.

On to the anthology! So stupidly excited...

15 September 2013 @ 06:49 pm
So I've been reading actual books lately. Like, printed on paper and everything. I KNOW. How very archaic of me. Anyhow, I thought I'd give a brief rundown and opinion on a few because a) I never seem to post anything anymore and b) I'm never short on opinions. SO... here we go...

(Spoilers are pretty minor throughout)

1) World War Z by Max Brooks
I saw the movie before reading the book...Collapse )

2) The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
Know how somtimes a good idea doesn't translate into a good story? Yeah... this is that.Collapse )

3) The Twelve by Justin Cronin
I bought The Twelve - sequel to The Passage - the day it came out last year but only just got around to reading itCollapse )

I'm reading another book now, where late the sweet birds sang by Kate Wilhelm, but the stupid publisher missed a rather important page right in the middle of the book, so I'm going to try and go exchange it tomorrow. Still, I'll say this about it. It's a 1970s Hugo award winner about a small town who survives the apocalypse (What? I have a certain kind of story I really, really like...) only to find they've all been turned barren. They turn to cloning to prolong the life of the human species. The story appears to predominately be about these clones who share a mental bond and shun "breeders" (those amongst the clones who aren't barren), their elders and anyone with a sense of individuality. Thus far, I'm not loving the book, but I suspect that's largely because of intentionally bland characterization meant to show the interchangeable nature of the identical clones. I'm hoping the last half of the book will be more engaging.

Anyone read any of these?? Opinions jive or am I kooky?
08 September 2013 @ 02:02 pm

My baby girl is five today! How the hell did that happen?? I feel old.

20 August 2013 @ 09:31 am
So, my not-quite-five-year-old has a sudden interest in history and I was wondering if anyone on my friend's list had any suggestions on books (or apps or videos or whatever) on history that are good for young children? I know some of you are real history buffs (or history teachers!).

She's particularly interested in things people have done and what they have made as well as how things came to be like they are now (i.e. "How was the first building built before builders knew how to build houses?" which led to talk of adobes and igloos and caves, which kinda blew her mind). She doesn't seem to care to narrow her interest to a specific region or era. And, I neither want to wash over things like... English settlers intentionally giving Native Americans smallpox to kill them and steal their land... nor do I want to explain it like that... obviously. So... suggestions are more than welcome! Thoughts, anyone?
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24 July 2013 @ 07:53 am
So, I'm playing Sims again. It's a thing I seem to go back to periodically, and have done so since Sims 1 with no expansions. This time, it's Sims 3... with all expansions except the newest (and the stuff packs). I am, of course, doing a Harry Potter themed neighborhood, loosely based on the RPG [or, as more people would probably know it, loosely based on "Four Girls Sirius Black Could Have Fallen In Love With (And One He Did)]. In the past when I've play these towns, I've posted pictures on my LJ and had a surprising number of people (as in more than one) who was entertained and commented about it. With Livejournal dying so much, I'm wondering if anyone would care this time?

Sneak Preview?
Orion and Walburga fight a lot. He apparently thinks she's a real witch. ;-)  [That she's insane and he keeps cheating on her probably doesn't help much either]
12 July 2013 @ 01:53 pm

1) My phone auto corrects "Voldemort" to "cold emote." I find this utterly hilarious.

2) My kids' mad love of all things Disney have led to Ava walking around saying "How exasperating!" And Shawn saying "Aw, t'weren't nothin'." I find their choice of phrase quite appropriate as Ava is totally Donald Duck and Shawn is completely Goofy.

3) Shawn is almost entirely potty trained. HALLELUJAH!!!

4) I am very very seriously thinking about turning "Four Girls Sirius Black Could Have Fallen In Love With (And One He Did)" into a series by adding parallel fics about Regulus, James, Remus and Peter. The first fic only took me two years to write so clearly this is an insane idea... Also let's pretend I don't have other writing projects I should be working on.

22 June 2013 @ 08:58 pm
Revolution fic!

Toy Soldiers
By: isis_uf
Rated: T (language, vague canon het sex, canon implied slashy feelings, incredibly unhealthy relationships, wartime violence, abuse of parenthetical asides)
Pairings: Monroe/inferiority-complex (side pairings of internalized Miles/Monroe, inferred Rachel/Miles, very brief Miles/Emma and Monroe/Emma)
Summary: Bass has always coveted everything that Miles has, fought to be everything Miles is (there have always been casualties in their war) 

AO3 or FFN

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
21 June 2013 @ 08:04 pm
Happy Birthday tuesdaeschild !

Hope it is/was (I stink at time changes...) lovely!
21 June 2013 @ 02:38 pm
So, I've been getting some writing done. Not as much as I'd like and not necessarily in the fics I'd most like to be working on, but it's still a good thing. Finished a 5k Revolution fic (IDEK, it hit me and it needed to happen) today. Awaiting a beta before I post it. It's the closest to slash I've ever written, honestly. More Monroe/inferiority-complex than anything else but definite undertones of Miles/Monroe throughout. Anyhow, it has lots of skewed navel-gazing and parenthetical asides and metaphors and I mostly am pretty darn happy with it. It's called Toy Soldiers and I expect I'll post it here in a couple of days (though if someone on my flist is secretly a crazed Revolution fan and wants a sneak peek, I wouldn't say no to a second beta on it).

Next writing project is back to working on my Castle meta fic (Death of a Fangirl). I need to rewatch "Sucker Punch" because I'm using the Westies in it and I wanna get Finn Rourke's voice right (darn... such a trial rewatching Castle. :-p). I'm about 5.5k into the fic, which I plan to run about 25-30k (as if my plans ever actually happen).

In non-fanish news... Tuesday after swimming class, Shawn (who is three) slipped and face-planted on the wet floor of the bathroom and completely shattered a front tooth. I'm not gonna lie, I panicked. Kinda stupidly. He's fine now, but he did have to have what was left of the tooth extracted and they won't know if there was damage to his permanent tooth until it comes it. Tooth fairy brought him an etch-a-sketch and me a six-pack of beer (I feel I earned it; thank you, tooth fairy).

Otherwise things are good. My parents got back from their three week cruise/vacation this week and the kids are over the moon that they're back. Ava misses school (which has been out for almost a month now), but I've been keeping the kids pretty busy so she's coping. OH and she's OBSESSED with the Sims on the ipad (this is genetic, maybe?). The ipad version of the sims has them do everything in real time. So, like, if they sleep for eight hours, they sleep for eight hours. She will sit there and watch them do this. She also has started walking around speaking Simlish, which is hilarious. Pic below was taken this morning.

26 May 2013 @ 11:40 pm
Wrote 2850 words today. WOOHOO! Halfway through chapter two in my Castle fic. Anyone on my flist read Castle fics? I'm not posting anything from it until it's done or very nearly done. But at this rate... well... I'm pretty damn pleased with the pace.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
19 May 2013 @ 12:25 pm
Finally got around to cross-posting my fics on AO3 yesterday. All told, I posted 23 of them (same user name). There are dozens more I've written but they are either older (and somewhat embarrassing) or abandoned or both. Anyhow, it's surprising and interesting to see which fics are getting hits and kudos.

It occurred to me yesterday that as of this year I'll have been writing fan fiction for 25 years. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. That's... astounding. And feels wrong. Also, considering how much I obsess over my fics and how long I've considered myself a fanfic writer, that I only have about 117k words I felt good about enough to post on AO3 is kinda pathetic. Thus, I need to write more. More importantly? I need to FINISH more.

I have a fic idea that's been eating my brain of late. It's an increeeeedibly meta Castle fic that I'm titling "Death of a Fangirl." So, I'm thinking I'm going to work on that next. After the angst-fest that was "Four Girls..." I could certainly use some funny meta. And, given my recent revelation on how long I've been writing fan fics and been in fandoms? I'm pretty sure I've got a damn solid background for that kind of meta.
Current Mood: all over the place
Current Music: maroon five on pandora
01 April 2013 @ 04:23 pm
FINALLY my muse appears to have returned. Gotten 2,500 words done so far today (and I really, really like them, thankfully) and I'm rapidly coming toward the end of "Four Girls Sirius Black Could Have Fallen In Love With (And One He Did)" which makes me both so thrilled and so incredibly sad. Stupid canon... Stupid painful canon...

This fic was originally going to be about 10k. It's currently over 30k. Yeah... IDEK. I'm setting a goal to have it completed, edited and posted by the end of this weekend. Then... I can finally, finally check that off my to-do list and move on to something else (which is less likely to make me want to cry than this fic omg).
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Current Music: pandora maroon 5 station
30 March 2013 @ 12:39 pm

My little man is three today! Somehow it's sunny and dry and gorgeous out so we are spending most of the day at the park. He's thrilled (and its free so double yay!). The weather also makes for great pictures...

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

Edit: OMG I had no idea pictures posted from my phone turn out ENORMOUS... Edited for size. Sorry!

Current Location: home
25 March 2013 @ 04:29 pm

Why do plot bunnies always breed at the most inconvenient times? And when you have other shit you are supposed to be writing? Stupid bunnies... (No, self, you may not write Castle fic. MAY NOT. 'To do' list is too long as it is)

I have like four more (long) scenes and a bit of editing before I'm done with "Four Girls..." But I'm stupidly stuck on a sex scene. I think I'm gonna jump ahead and work on the rest and then come back... I've written plenty of sex scenes before. Not really sure why this one is proving problematic. I'm probably over thinking it.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

Current Location: home
07 March 2013 @ 03:12 pm
1. I'm visiting andacus in a couple of days. Cannot. Wait. For srs. It'll be warm and sunny and I'll have my bff and wine and other assorted alcohols and yummy food and a bit of a break from my adorable munchkins. Let me tell you, this is appealing so, so very much.

2. Ava is continuing to love her gymnastics class and is progressing fast enough and showing enough promise that they've asked her to join the new competitive training class. It's meant to teach the basics early on to start a good foundation for kids who want to do gymnastics competitively later and it's invite-only. I'd never push her to do a sport competitively if she didn't want to, but I'd like her to have a good foundation in case she wants to. Plus the class is twice as long (which she would love) and small with lots of one-on-one attention. So, I think we're gonna try it out and see if she still likes it. If it's too much pressure or not enough fun or whatever for her, we'll switch back.

3. I'm writing some. I've made slow but visible progress on "Four Girls Sirius Black Could Have Fallen In Love With (And One He Did)." I'm still not entirely certain how that fic has turned into such a long one, but it is. It's not flowing as easily as it did last time I was working on it, but honestly I'm just pretty proud to have come back to a fic a year after taking a break from it and making progress on it. It might help that it's existed in my head one way or another for six years now... That's a hell of a thought... Shit, i need to learn to write way the hell faster.

4. In my headcanon, "Girl on Fire" is Castle's personal theme song for Nikki Heat. This makes me laugh every damn time it's on the radio. Yes, I know I'm a total dork. This is not news.

5. Everyone in my immediate family is illness-free for the first time this year since mid-January - which is fantastic and well overdue - but my extended family isn't doing so hot. My uncle's in the hospital with heart problems. My grandmother's mental faculties are... poor and she fell again (this time breaking her clavicle, but at least it wasn't her hip and at least she wasn't on the floor for two days before someone found her this time). She is finally moving to an assisted living home. It makes me sigh and feel old.

6. I've read so many fanfics in the last few weeks that they are actually starting to blur together. You'd think that would make them less enjoyable, but no. Not really.

Um... that is all, I think. Other than a hello. HELLO!
01 March 2013 @ 08:12 pm
Happy Birthday to shygryf!! Hope you had a lovely day, my dear!
10 February 2013 @ 09:39 pm
Finally got myself to write, which I've had a seriously hard time with for like two months now, and I'm finally liking what I've got. Expect the next three in my ficlet meme up tomorrow (prompts crack-clio harper, horror-stella gardner, and baby fic-michael scofield and damon salvatore). That "crack-Clio Harper'' prompt was a huge hurdle for me. I literally wrote an entire fic, deleted it all and started over. Never done that before, but it was totally necessary. The next prompt I need to work on is Dark-Sara Tancredi and Miles Matheson, which just BEGS for puns but I have no ideas on a plot. I'm open to suggestions?

On the car front, we're buying my grandmother's car from her and shipping it out here. It's a long process because she's not reliably well mentally (or physically) and has just moved to an assisted living facility. My aunt is taking care of her estate and right now she's got a lot on her plate. In the meantime we've borrowed my mother's car (which is insanely generous of her). But I'm dying to get this settled already.

On the YAY front, I'm visiting andacus next month. Cannot wait, guys. Cannot wait.

As far as tv-watching going, I'm possibly watching a record number of shows for me at this point... Vampire Diaries, White Collar, Castle, Suits, The Following, Ripper Street, Revolution (when it comes back), Walking Dead (when it comes back), Game of Thrones (when it comes back... eventually) and planning on trying Cult when it starts up. I also might try Monday Mornings because a) Jamie Bamber and b) set in Portland. It doesn't appeal to me otherwise, but... that might be enough for me to catch the premiere anyhow, since it's on demand. I'm enjoying the TV lately, guys. Lots of fun stuff on. More than there's been in a few years, it feels like. As fa as fic-reading goes, I've kinda devouring Castle fics right now with a few Suits fics, HP (always) fics and Avengers fics tossed in here and there.

The kids are great. Working on potty-training Shawn, which - even though we've just really started - is proving way the hell easier than Ava was. He's so eager-to-please and usually less stubborn than her (told him he was a big boy after he used the potty... he corrected me and said he was a man.. he's still two-years-old lol). We finally got him in gymnastics (he was soooooo jealous of Ava) and he loves it. He also has an epic crush on his teacher (who is young and sweet and adorable, so good choice Shawn!). She asked him "Do you like trains?" and he blushed madly, hugged my leg and mumbled "I like Teacher Mariah." Heart-meltingly cute, guys. He waves at her and calls her name the whole time Ava is in her class (they both have the same teacher).

Aaaaand, that's it about me for now.

On a note about you all, a lot of people on my friends list are having a very hard year so far. I'm thinking about you guys and reading your stories has done a lot to put my own minor problems in perspective. You know who you are... I'm wishing you much, much better things to come.
15 January 2013 @ 02:09 pm
So... they did total our car. We're getting a lot more for it than we expected, but we still might hold off on buying a new one for a bit. We're under a lot of financial stress lately, so hearing that they were giving us literally twice what we expected helped a lot. I'm still stressed, but it feels less apocalyptic. Anyone have a recommendation on cars I should check out? Definitely would prefer a four door with some good cargo space (trunk is fine if its roomy) and I'd love something that handles well in the snow. It's gotta have good crash test ratings. At or under $10k (preferably under... by a few thousand if possible). Obviously something a bit older is fine but I'd prefer not more than ten years old. Any thoughts anyone?

Also, while I'm asking for advice... Does anyone know a good resource for talking to young children about death in a non-religious way? Ava has been asking questions for months (which we've been answering as best we can) about death and since we are agnostic and don't believe in heaven or hell it's a pretty difficult conversation to have with a four-year-old... not that I expect its a terribly easy question to field no matter what you believe. I think the root problem is that I don't have the answers I know she's looking for, so I can't give them to her and I'm not going to lie... so she keeps asking. I'd prefer a book or something to a website with a comment section (because I can only imagine the bitter feuds that would go on there). Thanks in advance if anyone has any suggestions!

 Ummm... I wanted to write more things but my brain isn't working right now.
I keep thinking "oh, hey, I should post on LJ about this" but... um... I never seem to. So, hi! Happy New Year and all that.

I haven't posted a picture of the munchkins in a bit so.... see below. They are all big and stuff! (JC Penneys did the card style thing. I am not that crafty or that dedicated...).

2012 christmas 26

They had a great Christmas. Not only did they clean up in the toy department (trampoline AND a cat... granted it's our own cat that my brother had living with him for a while, but they don't know that... ), but they got to facetime with my grandmother twice, which was hugely exciting both for them and my grandmother.

Dan is FINALLY going to be officially converted to a permanent employee at the IRS later this month. This is GREAT news for us (no more unemployment! YAY), but we also have increasing bills and dwindling savings, so I am probably going to have to go back to work. I'm not thrilled, honestly, for a lot of reasons, but if I have to then I have to. There's also a definite possibility that my parents could have to move out of state this year and if THAT happens, then I can kiss my free childcare goodbye with them. I've made a decision not to stress over it, though. I just can't.

I haven't been writing in about a month. I haven't wanted to, honestly. But I want to want to... if that makes sense. I did already write the next ficlet in my meme (like a month ago), so I'll probably post that here in a bit and I'm going to try and make myself start on the one after. Might happen, might not.

As I do periodically, I was hunting for new shows to devour. And I struck gold. Twice! One day, after the cable went out briefly and the menu had yet to reboot itself, I was channel surfing just by hitting the channel up button and tripped past oodles of infomercials and right up to Nathan Fillion being on my TV. Naturally, I went "MAL!" and recalled that several people have mentioned Castle as being pretty good. I wholly agree with them. I watched the entire series thus far in just over a week. Yeeeeeah. That was a lot of marathoning. After I finished it (and rewatched some with andacus as she's watching it now, too), I was twiddling my thumbs and bemoaning the length of the winter TV hiatus until I found that the entirity of Suits was On Demand and free. Now, I didn't expect much (on account of USA is a reliable network for fun, watchable shows that I will regularly tune in for but not really get hooked on), but holy shit did that show hook me (as evidenced by the awesome quote used in my subject line)! There will be more on these later. I am sure. But for now, this post is getting long. Anyone else watching Suits out there? Also... WHY isn't there a single Suits/Castle crossover on the whole of the internet? I just want Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) to be Rick Castle's (Nathan Fillion) lawyer... with some kind of unexplained, vaguely-alluded to past that could totally also be Firefly. With all the nerds on the internet, this can't be too much to ask, can it?
14 December 2012 @ 03:37 pm
Word about today's horrific shooting in Connecticutt spead quickly amongst the parents and teachers in my daughter's preschool class as we came to pick up our children today. Everyone hugged their kids harder than usual, tried not to cry and faked smiles for the children. Moms mumbled about home schooling and avoiding movie theaters and malls. A few talked about gun control in hushed voices, a subject I feel absolutely certain will be a loud and devisive topic around the country in the very near future. And, yes, that's a conversation that needs to happen (though I doubt it will happen in anything remotely resembling a civilized or productive way). But, to me, the issue that needs to be talked about, the root problem that needs to be addressed, is our country's mental healthcare system... or lack thereof.

I said something like that to one of the other moms and she looked at me and said "Oh! Was he insane?" And I said "Mentally healthy people don't walk into an elementary school classroom and slaughter children. So, I'm no expert but I'm gonna guess yes." She looked surprised.

The truth is, there are a lot of unknowns still about mental illness and - it should be noted - not all mentally ill people are violent. But, it was only fifty years ago that lobotomies and electoshock theapy were the height of of treatment for mental health problems and there remains an enormous stigma attached to mental illness in general. Gun control or not, things like this will continue to happen (a man in China attacked 22 school children with a knife today as well). However, we can minimize it by starting a national dialogue about mental illness, helping the public to understand and recognize it better, create a better support system for those who suffer from it and their families, and develop better treatment options that address the root problems.

My heart breaks for those poor children and their families, as well as for the suviving children who heard or saw their friends die. I cannot help but put myself in the shoes of those parents, even though I don't want to think about it. I locked myself in the bathroom so I could cry in the shower without my kids seeing. My four-year-old daughter asked me what happened. In my scrambling for a way to answer her, I told her that a bad man did something that hurt people. But it's easy to call the shooter "bad" or "evil." The harder thing is too look at why.

That's my two-cents, anyhow... for the approximately eight people that actually read my livejournal...
Current Mood: crushedcrushed
12 December 2012 @ 05:10 pm
I had zero writing time earlier today. I'm going to try to finish my fifth prompt and MAYBE my sixth tonight, but just in case I can't get to it... Here's number four

Meme: Step 1: Write down the names of 10 characters. Step 2: Write a fic of [at least] twenty five words for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. DO NOT read the prompts before you do step 1.
( Characters )( Prompts )

( 1. First Time (James Potter and Darcy Lewis) )( 2. Angst (Natasha Romanov) )( 3. AU (Clio Harper and Miles Matheson) )

4. Threesome (Sirius Black, Darcy Lewis and Damon Salvatore) (warnings for language and implied impending smut... but not NC-17)Collapse )
Current Mood: antsy
11 December 2012 @ 02:36 pm
Writing meme stolen from clair_de_lune

Since I'm going ridiculously long on some of these, I'm posting three a day (in theory) for a week.

Meme: Step 1: Write down the names of 10 characters. Step 2: Write a fic of [at least] twenty five words for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. DO NOT read the prompts before you do step 1.
CharactersCollapse )PromptsCollapse )

FAIR WARNING - Some of these will be NC-17 (at least... they should be). The prompts gave me het, slash, femmeslash and threesomes (knowing me, I'm unlikely to get explicit on the slash or femmeslash). Also, I will be playing fast-and-loose both with canon(s) and with the interpretation of prompts. Additionally, some of my Marvel-universe knowledge is from Wiki and it probably shows. Also, as always, credit to andacus for listening to me talk ad nausem about story concepts and writing. <3

1. First Time (James Potter and Darcy Lewis)Collapse )2. Angst (Natasha Romanov)Collapse )3. AU (Clio Harper and Miles Matheson)Collapse )

Goal for tomorrow: Threesome (Sirius Black, Darcy Lewis, and Damon Salvatore), Hurt/Comfort (Michael Scofield and Stella Gardner) and Crack (Clio Harper).
10 December 2012 @ 06:09 pm
So clair_de_lune did this writing meme that I'm totally stealing from her and working on right now. I've decided this is the perfect way to jump-start my writing (which has been sooooo not working lately). I'm about halfway done with the fourth of 21 prompts. Some of them are super cracky. Like, the one I'm working on right now is Threesome featuring Sirius Black (Harry Potter), Darcy Lewis (Avengers) and Damon Salvatore (Vampire Diaries). Aaaaand, me being me I can't just make it smut and leave it at that. Noooo, I have to actually justify them all being in the same universe, place and time. The meme specifies that each ficlet must be at least 25 words... In the three and a half prompts I've done so far today, I've done 2k. So... I might post them in chunks. Three at a time for a week, maybe?

In short... Expect ficlets! Featuring random people and pairings from Harry Potter (both canon and my RPG-verse), Avengers (movie-verse), Prison Break, Vampire Diaries and Revolution. 
Current Mood: geekygeeky
07 December 2012 @ 10:07 am
My ability to post with anything approaching consistency is clearly fail.

First, I'm a jackass for not saying this earlier, but thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday last month.

Second, regarding fic writing... I haven't written anything in months. BUT, I have a new goal to finish "Four Girls..." before the end of the year. After that I'm either going to work on the next fic in my Prison Break series or work on something original. We'll see...

Speaking of writing, Ava (who is four) made up a story about the clouds pushing the moon across the sky so that it could see the Christmas lights before it went to sleep for the day. I'm wildly impressed by this. Also? It's super interesting how close that feels to something from mythology (you know, minus Christmas lights).

Dan ended up not going on furlough this year, which is great financially but I was kinda looking forward to him being off. It also looks like he'll finally be perm converted next month so that would mean no more furlough ever. This would definitely change his schedule around so that he works later in the day (right now he's on the 7:30-4 shift which means we need to leave the house by 6:40 every morning)... probably to the 9:30-6 or 10:30-7 shift. There are pluses and minuses to this. I hate getting up early but I do love having him home for dinner and getting the kids to bed... and they will most certainly fall asleep in the car if I'm picking him up at 7. With a later shift I'll be able to sleep in more which means I can stay up later, which works well for my writing. It'll just be an adjustment really.

My mother has been doing family history research and we've found out that my great-great-great-great grandmother's name was Walburga. Andacus said this means I'm a squib and I whole-heartedly agree (also I'm grateful that that side of my family doesn't name their kids after their familiy members).

Speaking of Walburga and Harry Potter... I'm playing an epic game of Sims where I took every character I care about (both canon and RPG) and made ancestors for them back to the same era as Phinneas Nigellus Black and I'm doing EVERYONE'S family trees. Yes, this is huge and crazy. Also? I got medieval era stuff and don't allow their households electricity. And they all have period clothes. It's excellent.

So... how is everyone? Life good? Done Christmas shopping yet?
18 October 2012 @ 09:31 am
I haven't posted in... too long. So, here's things.

1) Dan will be on furlough (probably not for terribly long... a month or so) starting somewhere between ten days from now and November 22nd. Honestly? I'm kinda looking forward to it. Also? He shaved his head. I'm not certain, but I think it might have been partly due to much talk about how Wentworth Miller is ridiculously hot... It looks good, honestly. He's had the same haircut since he was 16 and it was making him look younger than he is (not in a great way).

2) Ava has been.... let's go with 'challenging' lately. Extremely argumentative, a little bit of regression in maturity, clingy, somewhat agressive (bit the hell out of her poor brother yesterday) and generally wildly frustrating. Screaming in my face is not okay. Copying everything I say is annoying as all hell. Acting like a baby is just ridiculous. And kicking/hitting/biting is seriously a problem. I know this isn't abnormal for a four-year-old (even though it's totally not acceptable) and I'm coping and working with her, but I won't say the frustration hasn't reduced me to tears a couple of times.

3) I have done zero plotting for my next story in my Prison Break series. Ooops? I was going to do it for NaNoWriMo, but frankly I don't know how that works with two preschool aged kids (especially when Ava is acting like this). I don't have three or four hours a day to commit. I just... I don't. Really, I don't know how I did it last time. And honestly I really want finish "Four Girls Sirius Black Could Have Fallen in Love With (And One He Did)" because it's been sitting 90% finished for like... eight months. So... yeah that's coming first (probably after the canon ending I'm writing an epilogue with AU endings because DAMN but canon is depressing like woah). So... it'll happen. Just probably not by the end of the year (though possibly I'll get a good chunk done once Dan's on furlough).

4) So, I'm watching Vampire Diaries (of course), Walking Dead, Revolution and Arrow (for now) this season. Anything rocking I'm missing out on? Vampire Diaries' premiere underwhelmed me (but their premiere always seems to?), Walking Dead was pretty great (though I desperately wanted to point out to Lori that if she dies in childbirth and comes back a walker, her baby is dead no matter what because it's not like they have baby formula lying around), Revolution feels like it's still finding its footing but I think it could be great if Charlie became less unrealistically naive and irksome, and Arrow... well, you just keep doing half-naked gratuitous excersize scenes and I'll keep on watching, mkay?

5) Guild Wars 2 has kinda fizzled for me. Loved it to start with but high end content is madly lacking and people creating drama is absurdly annoying. Don't they play these kind of games to get away from drama in their lives? I'm kinda wanting to play some Sims? Lets pretend I have time for either of these things.

6) The Twelve (sequel to The Passage) came out Tuesday! I was there when the bookstore opened to buy it. I've only had time to read the prologue so far, but I'm super excited about it. I do wish I hadn't loaned out The Passage though because I feel like I really could use a refresher...Anyhow, if you like zombies or apocolypses, go get these books. For srs. It's good stuff.

I know there's other things but my brain doesn't work today... So, anyhow, there's a brief update on my life. FUN TIMES RIGHT? I lead such an exciting existence...
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13 September 2012 @ 09:01 am
So Ava turned four last weekend! Yeah... I'm not really sure how that happened either...

It was a joint birthday party with her best friend Annika, whose birthday was also last weekend, at a really awesome park nearby. Almost their whole class came (many with siblings). Annika wanted a princess themed party and Ava didn't care. As anyone who knows her might expect, Ava was more interested in being a pirate princess than any of the Disney ones...

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Some of you might remember that our house backs up to her preschool playground. Well, the next day, which was her "family party" with presents and waffles and Uncle Joey (who showed up an hour and forty minutes late, the ass), the church who owns the land the preschool is on had a big "meet your neighbor" party in that park complete with bouncy castles. Ava looked out back and thought she was having the best birthday party EVER. Obviously, we went over. And, other than being quietly handed a pamphlet as we left, were shockingly not talked to about religion at all (for which I am super grateful). 

In other news, it looks like Dan will probably be furloughed in December, but only for 3-4 weeks. We never really know until it happens, but that's what he thinks will happen based on the buzz around the office. It's a terrible time to be furloughed but at least it's short. More like an unpaid long vacation than anything else. We can manage, but it'll be a stressful Christmas. 
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Five Minutes to Midnight

Rating - R (possible NC-17 somewhere later in the series)
Warnings (for series) - Whole series (including Final Break) spoilers, violence, (probably) sex, cursing, death, het (canon and not-quite canon pairings), classical literature and mythology references, questionable knowledge by the author of science, medicine, code-breaking and the mechanics of shady multinational conglomerates who secretly rule the world.
Author’s Note - This is the second of four planned stories that don’t directly violate canon, but take place after Final Break in an attempt to make it more palatable (and, to me, more poetic and satisfying). See “Into the Dark” on ffn or my livejournal for the first in the series. Huge thanks to andacus for being my beta and mind-mate (as always) and totuesdaeschild for her encouragement and feedback.
Disclaimer - If it belonged to me I would have established that Christina Scofield had an horrific sociopathic evil twin that took her place after the lovely mother of both Lincoln and Michael died of liver cancer sometime in the 1980s. Since that didn’t happen... you know that nothing Prison Break related belongs to me.

Summary - Finding out that Michael is still alive and has been held by The Company for four years might be life-altering for Sara and Lincoln, but it’s also just the beginning...

Chapter One
Chapter Two - Part One
Chapter Two - Part Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five - Part One
Chapter Five - Part Two
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten - Part One

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