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1st-Oct-2011 06:17 pm - Doctor Who Meta: The God Complex
I don't often do these, but kaffyr told me to. You all should read her post on "The God Complex," because it's brilliant and really helped me think about what bugged me about the episode. And it's the series finale tonight, so why not. Um, spoilers for "The God Complex," in case you missed that.

Faith: You"re Doing It WrongCollapse )
28th-Sep-2011 07:22 am - An Unexpected Journey
Well, a lot in my life is changing very, very quickly. I've known for a while my current job was not really sustainable; it wasn't getting me anywhere, the environment was not the best, and the pay was not covering the basics I needed it to. I'm saying these things in the past tense because I'm handing in my notice today. I'm also leaving my apartment of four years and moving back in with my parents. It's not precisely ideal, and it's happened very, very fast, but I've been offered a library assistant's position there, and with a significant cut in living costs, the lodging situation should afford me enough savings to move to Oz in a few months. Living there is something I've wanted to do for a couple of years now, and this should get my savings where they need to be to make that happen.

Silver linings.

Anyway, the next few days are going to be a whirlwind of everything collapsing at once. To that end, I have some things that I'm not going to be able to take with me. Is there anyone on my flist who would like (or knows of anyone who would like) some craft supplies? I've got several yards of cotton broadcloth, various colors, quite a bit of scrapbook paper and stickers, and some knitting supplies (needles in various sizes, stitch counters, crochet hooks, knitting scissors, and yarn - some acrylic, three skeins of dark grey, high-quality 100% wool). The paper I can recycle or donate to my daycare, but the knitting and fabric stuff I really hate to see wasted. If anyone's interested, please let me know as soon as possible, and we'll work out the details. I'd like to say it's all completely free, but depending on where the happy crafter is, I may need a small contribution to cover shipping. I'm not looking to make money on this deal, though, I just don't want this stuff to languish in storage or worse, be thrown away.

Thing two, if we are on thing two, is a request for all the good vibes, energy, and prayer you guys can send my way. This move is already hard on me, and it's probably going to get worse. I love my family, but there are a lot of issues tied with going back that I won't get into now. Suffice it to say I'd be very grateful for all the encouragement I can get over the next few months. I've come to rely on my friends so much over the past few years, and if there's anything I've learned, I know that having people who care about you makes all the difference in a tough situation. I'm always amazed by how blessed I am in my friends; thank you for keeping me going, guys.
Guys, I need new icons like mad. Anybody have a direction they can point me for new ones?

Secondly, IT'S ESSAY TIME.

Well, not an essay precisely, because I'm not really sure what I'm irate about. Working through feelings. Group therapy. Group writing therapy.

I"d like to turn it into a group discussion. What do you think?Collapse )
21st-Aug-2011 11:45 pm - Writing, So Glamorous...
write a book
MWAHAHAHA. Two charity fics down (mostly), and one to go. Fear not, my generous bidding friends! Your fics will be here soon!

And then all I have to do is finish the as-yet-untitled Epic Fic of Doom and Plot and Explosions And Also Angst, and I can concentrate on that original novel. PIECE O' CAKE, RIGHT?

I feel like I should thank in advance the small army of people that keep patting my head and holding my hand and fixing my grammar. You guys are the best. No, really, you are. My fragile little ego and Preschool Block Building method of plot need you desperately.
15th-Aug-2011 06:39 pm - Le Writing Meme
knitting spock
Fun meme from dreamflower02:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
— Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do readers immediately look for?
9th-Aug-2011 06:35 pm - AO3
So...I was wanting to post some fic on AO3 (because I love having things together and organized) and I didn't realize it was an invite-only sort of place.

Anyone have an invite code they'd like to float my way?
22nd-Jun-2011 11:02 pm - Bidding coming to a close!
Bidding for help_midwest closes on the 30th, one week away. As a thank you for everyone who has put in a bid for my services, I'm going to do a drabble or five icons for anyone who made a bid but didn't win. Winners, of course, get quite a bit more of whichever expertise they choose, writing, music-picking, or artwork. So if you have a special plot bunny you need to see me write, here's your chance to boss me around. I promise that I will turn out very, very good work for this cause, and I'm grateful for everyone who takes a gander. And if you happen to spread the word, I'd be grateful for that as well.

My thread is here.
25th-May-2011 09:54 pm - Help the Midwest!
A community has begun to benefit victims of the recent tornadoes in the American Midwest. Joplin, Missouri was particularly devastated, with over a hundred deaths reported and hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage done. Just last night, my home state of Oklahoma was hit with multiple tornadoes which resulted in a lot of property damage and at last report, two deaths and three children in critical condition.

I'm offering a fic or a fanmix to my winning bidder, as well as drabbles for people who would rather donate a flat fee. I don't normally do these things, but I know first-hand what it feels like to face down a twister, and I want to do whatever I can. Please consider taking a look at the auctions, even if you don't bid on mine. Every little bit helps. I would also ask everyone who can to spread word of this auction around; I'm not even close to LJ famous, but I'm offering a pretty wide range of fic, and of course, I'm not the only one.

Visit help_midwest, everybody! My thread is here.
I have the plague.

Okay, not the plague. A sinus infection from the pits of Hades, perhaps. Everything hurts and even though I'm exhausted, I can't sleep because everything hurts and also I can't breathe. I really need to go to work tomorrow, but there is just no way I can chase two year olds in this state. SO. If it weren't obvious by now, I need some happiness.

The Happiness Meme

1. Comment with five happy things.
2. I will reply with five happy things.
3. Post to your journal to spread happiness exponentially.

I'm especially in need of fic and fanvid recs, so if you have any...
24th-Apr-2011 11:00 pm - How awesome are lists?
The answer: super awesome!

1. I watched the DW premiere this weekend. I'm not sure how to feel. I need the followup episode and a good long chat with people who understand. I.e., not my family.

2. I have been watching/reading Jeeves and Wooster like it's going out of style. It never goes out of style. I wish the fandom was bigger. And that I had the cajones to write fic for it.

3. I'm doing a plan of weight loss right now that relies on the concept of reward and self-motivation. Like the billionth time I've talked about losing weight, I realize, but I've actually lost five pounds over the past couple of weeks. I need a reward to work toward this week, though, preferably one that isn't majorly dependent on buying things. Any thoughts?

4. This past week, whochick finished her Star Trek AU Leave No Soul Behind. I don't have enough words to describe how incredible this story is. This is a genuine novel, folks, and worth every minute you spend reading it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. JUST GO.

5. The Sherlock Holmes reading comm bakerstreaders has started The Hound of the Baskervilles. Even if you're not a regular, this is a fun novel and reading together doubles the pleasure. Oh, yeah. I do slogans, too.

Yay, things!
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