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Hi!

Not dead or even close, really. But it has been a helluva year and a half or maybe three. I know I haven't been gone that long, but it feels like it. I'm kind of emerging from a fog, at least I hope I'm emerging. Some things I have learned recently:

1) You all are awesome and [personal profile] gryffindorj has an extra side of wonderful. Thank you to her and all of you who participated in [profile] for_min. ♥ x 1,000.
2) I've missed being around here more regularly or at all. I've missed writing more and commenting and rec'ing and I hope to be back and stop having to apologize to mods as of…right now.
3) Cancer sucks and so does losing a parent and my family is actually crazier than I thought.
4) I could grow old and wither away waiting for the kid to get out of the car. Seriously. I have tried to wait him out, just see how long it would take if I don't prompt him, hurry him along, pull him out of the car. I have never, not once, been able to wait him out. I always lose it and say, "would you please get out of the car?!" I asked him the other day to guess how many days of my life I had spent waiting for him to get out of the car thus far and he said, "About four weeks. Hey, have you ever noticed how people who have cats tend to get more cats?"
5) I have not updated my masterlist or reposted fest fics here for about a year and a half. I shall get right on that…now.
6) Here's a song about a duck that really wants some grapes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtN1YnoL46Q

And some recs )
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So flist, did you know that taking care of someone who has just had open heart surgery is a bloody lot of work? I suppose that's obvious, but it is. This is why I haven't been around much. :P

I am supposed to take the kid camping with a big group of friends this weekend. Not sure how this is going happen. I will be doing a lot of back and forth, I guess. I know friends will help, but I may be out of touch again this weekend and I may need to mainline coffee.

I think I may have gained back all the weight l lost in the last round of Game On. I am not going to worry about it, though, because that would be self-defeating and whatever, really. And….the next round starts on June 2nd! I will be so, so ready and I will continue to drink wine and eat chocolate at the end of these long days until June 1st.

Right, I'm a bit of a drag here, so in other news – FIC FOR ME!!!!

Prizes from the last round of [profile] game_is_on (because [personal profile] romaine and I kicked their arses (of course, they kicked the collective arse of me, [personal profile] lyras, and [profile] elizassecret this last round. Wait a moment, [personal profile] romaine seems to win all the time *note to self: put Rom on my team again next time):

Bingo! by [personal profile] torino10154: Remus and Sirius, along with Regulus, Severus, Dumbledore, and a few others play Bingo in the afterlife. This is a quick, short, snappy back and forth between Remus and Sirius that is sexy, funny, and sweet. YAY! And it's mine, but you should read it and leave a lovely comment. :D

Step by Step (A Beginners Guide to Bringing James Potter to Your Bed) by [profile] gryffindor_j: Scorpius has been tasked with seducing James – by Teddy!! Scorpius follows the step-by-step given to him by Teddy. They include "bring him to me," which I have on good authority was said with a wolfish growl. I don't think I need to tell you anything else. I have to share this one with Rom, which I don't mind and we both, I'm sure encourage you to share our good fortune and leave some love.

Written for me at [community profile] hp_beholder: Dogs of War by [personal profile] alimsiemanym. It is a gritty, carefully crafted story with an unflinching portrait of war. Mind the warnings, but read it for the believable, intense and incredibly touching relationship and the genuine characterizations of Moody and Scrimgeour. A really moving, vivid, and detailed fic.

I wrote, The News Today (Morning Edition), which I'll repost here soon. It has the pairings: Augusta/Moody, Minerva/Arabella, and Arthur/Molly. That's right. I not only wrote het, I wrote het that wasn't James/Lily and I wrote Weasley het. I am rather pleased with how some bits of this turned out. :)

I planned, and still plan, to do some more recs from [community profile] hp_beholder. In the meantime, check out the masterlist and just pick something to read/view. Don't go by pairing or the authors and artists you know (except, of course, for mine). You really can't do that at this fest. It is such a fabulous fest and the overall quality is really stellar.

And…Remix is live! I ended up writing a pinch hit for it. Go and peruse the amazing archive. I've only had time so far to read a couple, and they have both been great fun. The fandom tag page is here (http://archiveofourown.org/collections/Remix2010/fandoms) at Archive of Our Own.

That's all for now. Need to get some sleep so I can get up and do it all again. How are you, dear flist?
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1) I went out to run errands wearing my slippers this afternoon.

2) Conversation overheard between my son and his friend while the two boys are playing with their pokemon cards. Friend, "This says I'm in love. Why do I have to be in love? That sucks." Son, "You're in love? In your face! Ha ha." Friend, "I'll get out and it could be worse. At least I'm in love with you." Son, "That's true. Let's keep playing." I actually have no idea what any of this means.

3) [profile] midnitemaraud_r, [profile] red_sqaured, [profile] gryffindor_j, and I held a little birthday party for Remus the other night. Four fics, all Remus/Sirius. I highly recommend each of theirs. They are ranging in rating from PG-13 to NC-17, they are all funny, sweet, and sexy. You can find them HERE, along with mine (which is porn, because [profile] gryffindor_j told me to. It also has wall sex because once upon a time, [profile] gryffindor_j pointed out to me that I had never written R/S wall sex).

4) OMG, did you all check out Daily Deviant yesterday?? Well, this whole month—the community's birthday party. All the fics are remixes of previous DD works and it has been a pretty fabulous month. Yesterday was a banner day over there with two fabulous fics:

A Job With Benefits by [personal profile] woldy, rated R, is an absolutely charming, romantic, funny Hooch/Pomfrey. There is a lovely sex scene that will make you sigh. What I was most struck by with this one is that it is such a complete story in its just over 1,000 words. It won't take you long, and it will make you happy.

Betrayal is a Thorny Crown (You Wear It Well) by [personal profile] snegurochka_lee, rated NC-17, Teddy/James, is achey, hot, gripping, emotionally complex, and beautifully written. There is a scene where James confronts Teddy that made my breath catch. The tension is palpable. It follows wonderfully from the incredible original, Bruised Like a Cherry (Ripe as a Peach)—omg, so hot. A fabulous Victoire, wonderful supporting characters, and did I say HOT?? Really, go and read it.

5) [profile] midnitemaraud_r just informed me that the clocks turn back, turn ahead, whatever, it is LATER THAN I THOUGHT, tonight. Damn. :P
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Hiya everyone. I've been scarce around these parts lately because of the busy, busy, busy. Also have been trying to get a little more sleep--thought I might improve my brain function.

[personal profile] magnetic_pole wrote me an absolutely lovely ficlet. It is Remus and Sirius for the prompt, "friendship." It is subtle and sweet and gentle and totally captures the dynamic of them communicating perfectly with each other through basically just knowing and caring about each other so well. Go and read it and leave her a comment. It is called Do You Remember Alan Mackenzie

I am slowly, very slowly, reading the [community profile] bigbangblackout stories. There are so many wonderful ones there. Don't forget to go and check out the archive. There is such a variety and people worked so very hard. I have had a sum total of about an hour to read over the last week, so have failed at making much headway through the list!


Oooh, did I mention that I was invited to join Daily Deviant? How cool (and sort of terrifying) is that?? That means I have added two to the fic deadlines about which I am currently fretting. It also means that it has become a good thing that two of my upcoming assignments will not be porn. I'll need to save up.

And finally, [profile] elizassecret:
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So, I am now mindabbles on dreamwidth. Thanks to the fabulous [personal profile] red_squared for the invite. I am adding people as I see them there. I plan to post everything at IJ and LJ, and here if I can figure it all out.

The second milestone claim at [community profile] bigbangblackout has closed! Lots of people made it and [personal profile] remeciel did a gorgeous banner for the authors who did. YAY!

My kid went to sleep at ten to seven tonight. Paranoid mama is paranoid--do you think he has swine flu? Tell me he just hasn't had enough sleep lately (he hasn't) and hasn't been feeling well because of having bad allergies (he has). Right? Right. His birthday is tomorrow, it would really suck if he came down with swine flu on his birthday.
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My kid just shouted in his sleep--"Oh, but my seat belt's not buckled and neither is [name of HP character]'s!" and then he snored. This interrupted my train of thought while writing a rather intense sex scene featuring said HP character. Hmm.

(name redacted b/c fic is sekrit, for anonymous fest)
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In about seven hours, I have to yank the kid out of bed and get to the airport. The good news is that he is terribly cute when he is all sleepy and excited about a trip. We are going to be spending until next Friday with my mum and step dad on the east coast. Brrr. Thank goodness I still have a wool coat and it still fits me. The kid has never seen snow falling, so I am hoping for that.

I, as usual, am setting unacheivable goals for this trip. It is a vacation in that I will not be working. However, I will likely not have any time for myself or take part in any activities not geared toward spoiling the kid. See, much like daily life except for the work part and even less time for myself after the kid goes to bed.

Despite all that, I hope to: 1) get springsmut mostly written; 2) read the novel that I will post the discussion for at om nom nom books; 3) finish the last chapter of Of Silver Light and Shadows -- anyone remember that series I am doing? Well the last chapter has been beta'd once and I am going to make some changes and have it finished in the next week-ish. Now that I think of it, if I think it needs another look, is there anyone who was reading it and still remembers it who would be willing to review the last chapter?

I have no idea if I will have internet access more than once or twice, so cheers until next week!
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I'm safely at work having voted and am unable to concentrate on work at all. It all went smoothly. The line was long, but that is not a big deal.

There were "No on Prop 8" people 100 feet from the polling place in every direction. No one else was out. We were already in line more than 100 feet from the door. So the guy approached us and very quietly said, "I'd like to urge you to vote no on Prop 8." The kid said, at the top of his voice, "8? That's the one that says boys can't marry boys and girls can't marry girls right?" I say, "That's right." Kid shouts, "They think my friend's parents aren't really married! That is wrong! That is NOT FAIR." Can you arrest a seven-year old for electioneering near the polling place?
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Happy November All!

1) The sign ups for [livejournal.com profile] rs_small_gifts are up and are rockin' and rollin' after less than 12 hours! Yay!

2) PBS has an online poll posted asking if Sarah Palin is qualified. Apparently the McCain camp knew about this in advance and are flooding the voting with YES votes.

The poll will be reported on PBS and picked up by mainstream media. It can influence undecided voters in swing states.

Please do two things -- takes 20 seconds.

A) Click on link and vote yourself.
Here's the link:
http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

B) Then send this to every single Obama-Biden voter you know, and urge them to vote and pass
it on. The last thing we need is PBS saying their viewers think Sarah Palin is qualified.

3) Yesterday while taking the kid trick-or-treating, I had a new idea for my yule balls fic. I was totally stuck in a structure that wasn't working. I think this will work, but is means rewrites, and argh, and writing teh porn is hard for me and, ack, I have so little time. panicpanicpanicpanic.

4) The [livejournal.com profile] stagnight Back to School fest wrapped up with a whopping 5, yes, 5 fics (erm, three of which I wrote and will post here, maybe tonight). *waves pompoms to the sound of one hand clapping* Oh, well. It was fun to give it a try.

5) It is a beautiful, slightly rainy, slightly cool fall day with patches of sun and it actually feels like autumn here. Makes me happy. How's you?

A list

Aug. 28th, 2008 07:53 pm
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1) *headdesk*: I am a complete idiot. I have now responded to two, not one but two, comments for a fic that is still anonymous. I realized right away and deleted them, but the commenters must think I am absolutely daft.

2) I am about to: a) be with extended family who make work sound relaxing for nearly a week; b) be without internet for the duration of that visit; c) there is no c, but there ought to be because two items do not express this properly.

3) Mod stuff: [livejournal.com profile] stagnight is having a Fall Fest. The post about it went up tonight. It is low-key and flexible. Check it out and maybe write or draw something!!  I am sure I will be begging and pleading some more about that in the future, so look forward to that.

4) Brain dead: Writing is not happening. It seems that every night, something happens that I can't turn on the computer until I am so tired I cannot think. Yikes and I have several things to write! Perhaps when I have no internet, I will get something done. :P

5) Fawlty Towers: I am staying in a hotel that is a complete dump at the moment. The ceiling tiles are caving in. The floors are uneven. The rooms all stink of smoke and I am in a non-smoking room. The sink broke and instead of immediately fixing it, they suggested as a solution giving us a key to another room where we could use the sink. We needed a roll-away bed and the manager asked me to follow him, and for some reason I did, into a basement housekeeping/laundry room to help him look for one. He said if he didn't have one, they could give us a pile of comforters. The carpets and baseboards are coming up. Only two out of four of the lamps in the room work. I am afraid to try the mircowave. However, it does have wireless internet and a giant bathtub.  

6) Stop whinging: That's enough. 

Have a wonderful week!
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1) So, about that birthday ficlet that JKR is writing for [personal profile] such_heights . After some initial nervousness about any sweeping statements that might, well, you know...I am super excited for a new James and Sirius adventure. I do get the nervousness about new canon. I don't get some folks being angry with JKR for writing it. I mean, I can't seem to stop writing her characters. Why should she?
The wonderful thing about this is that, as I see it, everybody wins – we all get a new story about (for most on my flist) two of our favorite characters, some worthy causes get some money, and maybe there's renewed interest in the MWPP era. What I mean there is that, either fandom generally loves the content and it generates baby plot-bunnies or fandom is generally distressed by the content and it causes people to write MWPP era fics to disprove that, say Remus really hated reading or Peter was the best looking of the bunch. 

Case in point: 800 words. However you feel, stop by this challenge community run by [personal profile] magnetic_pole and [personal profile] sambethe to write an 800 word ficlet by June 8th, read and comment on what others write, or just join the fun.
2) Today I did something I never do. I went out for the entire day with two friends. I went to a restaurant that does not serve french fries or bring crayons with the menu. I saw a play in which no puppets or singing animals were involved. It was called Emergency and it was amazing. In a one-person show, actor and playwright Daniel Beaty explores African-American experiences through the eyes of forty characters as they speak, sing, dance, do slam poetry, teach, yell, laugh and cry – all of whom he plays and represent young, old, wealthy, poor, living with AIDS, gay and straight, male, female, and transgender, poets and prostitutes. It was funny, sad, and beautiful. I know it was in NYC last year and I don't know if he's doing a run anywhere else, but if you have a chance, see it.
3) All throughout the month of June, check out LGBTQ Recs Month. Another community recently set up by [personal profile] magnetic_pole. Various folks will be rec'ing books, films, TV, etc., featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer themes. There are already a couple of really interesting looking things posted. Look for my three fabulous recs on the 5th, 20th, and 25th (this is more to remind me than because I think any of you actually care which days I'm doing).
4) I really need to be editing the next chapter of Of Silver Light and Shadows and writing my round two fic for [community profile] rs_games  instead of writing this list.
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CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS THE RIGHT TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE!!!! 

Gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry in California, the state Supreme Court said today in a historic ruling that could be repudiated by the voters in November.

In a 4-3 decision, the justices said the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the "fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship." The ruling is likely to flood county courthouses with applications from couples newly eligible to marry when it takes effect in 30 days.



I am going to choose to ignore the rest of the article (by the CA Commission on the Status of Women), that talks about how it will come up against the idiot vote in November, well, because I want to.

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The following is a conversation, held in the car, with my six year old. He started it just like this, no previous discussion.
 
Kid: Boys can’t marry boys and girls can’t marry girls.
Me: You’re right for where we live, but in some places it’s not against the law for boys to marry boys and girls to marry girls. And, remember how we’ve talked about that sometimes when laws are wrong, we have to work to change them? Also, lots of people do it anyway *lists several friends and family members.* (this is me rattling this all off too quickly because I’m silently freaking out, because he certainly didn’t get this from our life and where did he get it?)
Kid: It’s not fair. I want people to be happy.
Me: You’re right. It’s not fair (me thinking, aw, what a sweetie, but where the hell did he get that marriage makes people happy?).
Kid: I don’t know who I’m going to marry.
Me: I think you have lots of time to decide who, or if, you want to marry.
Kid: Maybe I’ll marry *names a friend who’s a girl* or *names a friend who’s a boy* or Ron.
Me: Who’s Ron?
Kid: You know, Harry’s best friend, or does Harry marry Ron?
We’ve read the first three HP books together and Ron is his favorite character. He also really liked ‘the black dog.’ :)
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1) Would anyone be willing to help me with my [community profile] hp_holidaygen fic? It's...well, I can't really say anything about it, can I? It's due on the 17th of November, but I would like to send it in on the 16th because I'm leaving town on the 17th (see item # 2).

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A couple of days ago, a women's organization in southern CA held a panel discussion with the wives of the major presidential candidates, hosted by non-other than CA's first lady, Maria Shriver (look here for more info, if you care or haven't seen this everywhere). Of course, Hilary wasn't represented in the discussion because, she, uh, doesn't have a wife. Both Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Obama kept slipping and calling their husbands their 'spouse.' They were quickly reminded that they were there as Wives, not spouses and happily continued the conversation. Also missing were Mrs. Giuliani and Mrs. Kucinich (now THAT might have added another dimension to the discussion). I wasn't sure whether to laugh or scream. So, I turned off the radio.

Katha Pollitt said it better than I can -  "...we need First Ladies: Without them, American women might actually believe that they are liberated..." (full article here) 

In other news...

I'm going to need some beta help soon. Would one of you lovely people be willing to look at one of two fics? One is the next installment in the series at [profile] nest_of_spiders and the other is for a fest and is, surprise, surprise, remus/sirius romance - hopefully with an interesting twist.

And now, back to the schmoopiness.
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I'm off to the airport at an hour that shouldn't even exist tomorrow. I have no idea if I will have internet access for the next week. Ever optimistic, I will take my lap top.

Today, I completed what was supposed to be 19 hours of continuing education credits is less than eight hours, packed for the trip, did all the laundry, posted a fic, and cleaned out the fridge. Apparently the need to be frantic works well for me.

In keeping with the theme, my vacation to do list:

  • reread Deathly Hallows, in less of a frenzy this time
  • read Good Omens, because all the cool kids have done it
  • write several installments of the series I started at [profile] nest_of_spiders
  • fix the long AU I wrote for a fest that I'm not even sure is going anymore
  • oh, yeah, and walk on the beach, spend time with family, play with the kid and the nephews, and other various vacationy type things.

Have a good week!

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I have an odd job. Or rather, I have a job that puts me in contact with odd people. 

 In other news, I will be in need of a beta in a couple of days. It's an r/s, probably about 5 or 6 thousand words, PG-13 to mild R. I have someone to do a first look for awkwardness and edit for grammar and such. I am looking for more general feedback and language issues. It will be a pretty quick turn around b/c it's a pinch-hit for a fest. I would much appreciate it if anyone has time.

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