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Boy, the more I hear from friends and acquaintances on the internet, the more I think I must be part of the minority, because Daylight Savings has absolutely no ill effects on me. Never has. I have no idea what everyone else feels, or why it's always so hard on them. And I'm grateful! It sounds horrid.

It was a quiet weekend. Worked a little on our future guest bedroom. There are now four big boxes, filled and taped up. I borrowed a handcart from our next-door neighbor, and once the rain lets up, we'll transfer the boxes to the garage. Little by little, the job gets done. You may wonder why I don't make our daughter help with more of this project. The first reason is, she's tremendously busy with work and school; it's difficult to get her to schedule any time here. And the second reason is, she created this mess, but she's pretty useless about reversing the process. I mean, she's brilliant; she'll go far; I admire her in many ways. But whenever I put her to work on this room, she either gets depressed and can't part with things, or nostalgic and can't part with things. Progress is slow, to say the least.

And this is no job for Groom because his knees are so terrible, he could get down on the floor, but there's no guarantee he would stand up again. Please know that in the grand scheme of things, he does his share around the house, so I'm cool.

In fanfic news, I submitted prompts to the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest and put in a request for Draco/Hermione prompts on [livejournal.com profile] dramionelove. In case I didn't mention, the Dramionelove entries must be 1,000 words max, which works well for us commitmentphobes. Quite nice. Check it out!
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A big wave to the flist! I'm here to prove to [livejournal.com profile] akatnamedeaster that there are still a few flisters hanging around LJ these days. I do admit I have been lurking instead of posting, though.

At the start of October, I could tell the month was destined to be chaotic, and it was! The bad news was, there were two deaths in the family. My husband sprained his wrist so badly, he has to have a cast and he sleeps sitting upright out on the couch! On the plus side, there were two birthdays. My brother had outpatient surgery and has made a complete recovery. And my kid is playing piano in her college's production of "The Music Man." So we've kept quite busy.

My Promptfest piece was severely delayed by this oddly busy October. I'd say I have 2k words written of a story that deserves 5k worth of love. So I really have my work cut out for me before the 29th.

At work, life imitates my fanfic world. I have a paper that's due November 1, and I'm quite far from done. The drop-dead due date isn't until December 31; this November 1 due date is my boss's. If she knows I've gone as fast as I can, it will be uncomfortable, but not the end of the world. So the situation isn't as dire as the Promptfest, amiright? That deadline is set in stone.
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The HP Interhouse Promptfest has begun! Prompts are open for claiming until September 7. And people, there are well over 300 prompts to choose from. Seriously. Go and have a look. I didn't contribute any prompts, but lots of them look intriguing. I'm not sure how I'll pick a favorite!
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Well, that was a very exciting [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest, full of drama, mystery and fun. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] iulia_linnea, for all your hard work and temperance.

Now that reveals are up, I see that [livejournal.com profile] shiv5468 wrote the fic I loved so much, based on my prompt. Go read The Luck of the Draw, if you haven't yet. As far as fanfiction goes, Shiv's writing is peerless.

I wrote The Angel Investor, which was based on a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] dreamy_dragon73. She wanted a fic based on the great screwball comedies. I hope I did the job credibly! In any event, I had a great time watching "My Man Godfrey" and "His Gal Friday" on YouTube in order to gather inspiration.

And I was excited to receive custom-made icons from [livejournal.com profile] pearle9240, based on my fic! Thank you, Pearle (may I call you Pearle?), for your thoughtful gesture. You even remembered the green stripes on the awning. I love them!

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Hey, one of the prompts I submitted for the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest was selected and subsequently written. And wow, is it terrific! The writer, whoever s/he is, has brought forth a wonderfully clever, witty, romantic story. I've already read it three or four times today and I'm still grinning! If you haven't yet, go and read The Luck of the Draw.

As a matter of fact, I hope you're keeping up with the Promptfest already, because there are some wonderful new stories, with more sure to follow during the rest of the month.
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I'm in the process of beta'ing a third piece for the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest. All of them have been/are terrific. You people are in for a very good fest, if these three are any indication!

As for me, my piece is done and has been farmed out. I'll send it in with time to spare. Nice to be on time! If only I could learn this trick when I write for my job.

I am at that low point in the fanfic writing process where, whenever I think about my piece, I shake my head, my shoulders hunch and my eyebrows go all whooshy. When I get to this low point, I reassure myself of my minimum standards: 1) I had fun writing it, and 2) I believe it meets the prompter's requirements. Anything more will be gravy.

This month, I resigned my post as validator at Hawthorn and Vine. After two years (or was it more?), I feel I learned everything I set out to learn. It's time to give over my evenings to family activities. It was a very interesting time, and the other volunteer staff are awesome. If you ever want to read or write a Dramione, I encourage you to head over there.

Cry havoc!

Mar. 15th, 2014 07:47 am
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William Shakespeare

Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top full
Of direst stgulik.


Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:




I like it. I think Shakespeare would have invented a character named St. Gulik if I'd been around back then. In reality, I would have been his washerwoman or something, but a well-read one.

In other news, I've submitted prompts for this summer's [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest. Have you? Deadline is tomorrow!

Oh, yeah

Mar. 5th, 2014 10:52 am
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SSHG Prompt Fest


I will finish a fic this time, too!

It will happen!

OR ELSE
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when they don't have a knowledgeable computer geek in the house? Back in the 90s, Groom suddenly found himself in need of a big, time-sucking hobby. So he bought a PC and learned DOS. Now he builds computers, and though my garage looks like a factory exploded, he's damn good to have around when the home router goes wonky, as it has done today. I'm having to update you at work (sh-h) until internet us up again at home.

Let's see. What else shall I write about? I have two more paragraphs to fill. Oh, well, there's always this: I'm sad to report I am going to drop out have dropped out of the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest. About a third of my fic is corralled on the page, but the other two thirds are nowhere to be found. I blame a jam-packed October, plus the fact I have not been able to hear the voice of my Snape, listen though I might. It's just not happening. I'm enormously disappointed.

Let me ask you something: if I can get it written after the deadline passes, would it be tacky to put it up somewhere like TPP and reference the aborted promptfest deadline attempt? And nudge the prompter as to the story's whereabouts?
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Had a busy weekend. Saturday, Groom and I went to a wedding near Santa Rosa, of two young people in their early 30s. We had no idea what to expect for the theme. The look of the invitation (black with purple print) seemed to suggest it would be a Halloween-y, happy!Goth-themed affair. But when we got there, we found the ceremony and catered reception were being held at an upscale tavern, and the retro theme was sort of California Autumn meets 'Happy Days,' which was creative and beautiful.

I wore a black print dress and sandals, appropriate for any October wedding, so I was all right there. Very glad I did not try and second-guess the bridal couple and wear a Death Eater costume.

Came back into town in time to pick up my father from the airport. He is visiting from West Virginia for a week. I'm so glad to have him here; he is such good company and I love him and miss him when we are apart too long.

I can't let him catch me writing, though, or it will break the spell. If you don't understand that, don't bother to ask. I'm weird, I guess. I am still writing my Promptfest longhand, so I can escape to the bedroom and write before bedtime this week.
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Home early from the Groom's birthday party at our local Mexican restaurant. Our friends really spoiled him. I had a dish called "Tamales Divorciadas" or something, which consisted of two "irreconcilable" tamales - one beef with green sauce, the other chicken drenched in mole.

Yesterday I saw the ear specialist. She determined I do indeed have BPPV, and she performed the Epley Maneuver three or four times on me until I was ready to puke. Let's hear it again for [livejournal.com profile] beffeysue, who totally called it!

Now I'm supposed to keep my head upright but not look up or down for an entire week. A week! I really don't have that kind of attention span, but she recommended against wearing a neck brace as a physical reminder, so really, when you think about it, it'll be her fault when I forget. No, not really. I'm doing well enough. And to my joy, when I got up this morning I had no vertigo. It's too soon to say we're done rehashing this boring topic. I just wanted to update you.

My beta life is plugging along. The next chapter in [livejournal.com profile] teddyradiator's o-fic, Her Minder, will involve Bondage Lite, followed (I'm told) by a chapter of Bondage Heavy. There are a few fanfic pieces in the hopper too. And then I really do have to clear the decks and write a good deal of my Promptfest piece.
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Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. I am constantly amazed by the collective wisdom and knowledge that is available and freely shared here.

To be completely fair, it wasn't my doc who made that crack earlier about the human body only programmed to live to age 40. That was me! Yes, I'm the jerk. Please don't chew me out. I'm conflicted.

Doc and I are still in conversations about this vertigo problem. He made me an appointment with a specialist this week, which was great of him.

I got to spend a leisurely Sunday morning hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] teddyradiator on GChat. We shared ideas and hammered out our respective stories for the upcoming Promptfest. I am happy with my prompt ... now, to work.

October is shaping up to be a very busy month, full of appointments and weekend band competitions and birthdays. And at the end of the month, my father is coming to visit! He lives back East and we don't get to see each other often.
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I got my assignment from the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest today! It wasn't my first choice, but it was a very close second, and I'm stoked.

[livejournal.com profile] nagandsev asked for an update after my doctor visit. I'm reluctant to bore you with details, so here are the headlines. The doc says the inner ear is still out of whack after the fall. Something about, there is sand in the tubes of your ears that helps you keep your balance. In my case, the sand shifted and hasn't shifted back yet. This condition can't be fixed. I'll just have to put up with the occasional vertigo until/unless the sand shifts back one day.

Then I saw a hearing specialist who told me my hearing is normal for someone my age, but that I have tinnitus and it can't be fixed until/unless it goes away on its own. She suggested I find ways to forget the noise is happening. Oh, okay! No problem!

Results were unsatisfying, to say the least. I'm still deciding whether to accept them with good grace. I imagine this is what middle age has in store for me - little tiny symptoms caused by little tiny problems. And doctors who say, "The body was only meant to live about forty years. Evolution has not yet caught up to the phenomenon of the HMO. So go home and take vitamins, and enjoy your borrowed time."
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I enjoyed the inaugural [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest so much, I probably spent more time reading than I should have, given that they still do expect me to work for a living and occasionally make dinner out there in the 3-D world.

My entry was called Hyperbole, which was based on a delightful prompt put up by [livejournal.com profile] tophoenix. I had a great time writing it. I really got into the challenge of having two characters banter through means of letters sent across very long distances. I despaired of doing this right, so at one point I put everything on hold until I could acquire a used copy of 84 Charing Cross Road. Unfortunately, Frank the bookstore manager didn't banter. Remember? All the bantering was on Helene's end! Which makes it less like 'bantering' and more like 'oddly American attention-seeking behavior.' Oh well. It was back to square one on that front.

I'd like to express deep, borderline-creepy love for my alpha, [livejournal.com profile] teddyradiator, who subtly discouraged me from making the whole story take place in San Francisco. Thanks also to the wonderful and funny [livejournal.com profile] nagandsev, who must have thought I was drunk when I emailed her, but who puts up with me quite politely now. Finally, excellent work, [livejournal.com profile] iulia_linnea and Charlotte, moderators for this event. They stripped out all that was maddeningly time-consuming from the SSHG Exchange model, and came up with a more streamlined exchange. Still, they're going to run this twice a year? Very brave!
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SSHG Prompt Fest



I'm highly surprised to find I've finished a PromptFest piece! Today I hope to finish formatting, send it to my alpha and my beta, and get it in well before the deadline.

Sadly, the reveal date is July 31st, so I can't say much more about the story, except I worked hard to strike a nice balance between funny and tender, and I hope I've achieved it.

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