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Jun. 11th, 2011

State of the Elf

So...what have I been up to since my last posting on the subject?

* Still looking for a job.  Had an interview yesterday that went very well.  I'm a bit nervous when it comes to the location (an hour and ten minutes to two hours, depending on busses and time of day), but it could be really good for me.  And it would pay what I needed.

* Playing on Polyvore:
Elfflame there if you want to add me.
I've been working on a series of "cards" there based on HP.  I've finished the first, and am debating what the second should be.  The first is Harry's Year. Let me know if there's anyone I missed.  I somehow managed to forget Terry Boot for a bit, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were others.
Ideas I'm playing with for the next set: Dumbledore's Army, the Next Generation, the Weasleys (from Molly and Arthur on), Death Eaters, Order of the Phoenix (then and now, possibly with different borders for each), Hogwarts Professors, Marauders Generation, Quidditch - Hogwarts, Quidditch - Professional (maybe).

* Playing on Listal:
Just came up with a new idea on Listal today that I love: Classic Sci-fi Tropes.  Have three of the twelve lists done.  I was having a good time with it.

* Playing on Kongregate:
My favorite game series there, Gem Craft, has uploaded their latest game, Gemcraft Labyrinth.
Also, if you have an account at Kongregate, I'd love to follow you there. :)

* Watching movies.  Lately I've been finding lots of movies to watch that I didn't want to/didn't get to see in the theatres:
The Young Victoria, which was wonderful.
A Single Man, which is a brilliant if sad film.
The King's Speech, which is well worth watching for any Anglophile, particularly those interested in the Royal family or English History.
Despicable Me, which was cute.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets, pretty fun, but definitely not a thinky movie.
Shrek Forever After, not as bad as I'd feared it would be.  I like it better than the third, actually.
The Accidental Husband, which was fun, but definitely a light chick-flick.
Wanted, which I'm glad I took a pass at.  So cliche.  But fun for the action aspect.
Megamind, another that I'm not sad for missing in theatres.  It's okay, but I prefer Despicable Me.
Taken, which was SO preachy it made my eyes roll.  Liam, what are you doing?
The Road, which was really horribly dark.  I should have expected it, but...yeah.  If you like dark/sad/depressing, it's a good film.  Just be warned.

* Writing--nearly done with my D_D for the month.  I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow for posting Monday.
Also working on re-editing my Arthurian story...going slow because I keep getting distracted.
Considering a few stories here and there, but nothing definite.
Also, I made a collection at AO3, for anyone who wants to post to it--BDSM fic.  I know I have a lot of BDSM folks on my list, so if you have an account (or want one), definitely post to it!  If you don't know how, just nudge me, and I'll help.  Right now there's only 38 fics in there, so I'd love to see at least 10 times that...

* Home - Sis has been helping me clean up and organize room by room, though I backslid a little, but not too badly.  I'm such a bad housekeeper. 
Got a new and really fancy printer that I love thanks to mother-in-law.  It's great to be able to print again, at least.

I think that's all for now...  How's everyone else?  Still out there?

Oct. 27th, 2010

Master Post of OMFG aka formerly known as State of the Elf

So long since I wrote one of these, but I need to get this first part up her, so I might as well add the rest, too.

1 - NaNoWriMo next month (Or should I say Monday?), so this journal will again be taken over by an unbetad post-as-I-write-it story.  This year, I'm doing Merlin/Arthur (or Arthur/Merlin?), fanfic merging Merlin with Sword in the Stone.  Should be fun, so I hope people will follow along.  And feel free to leave beta-type comments.  Any suggestions are more than welcome for the editing process once I've completed the story.

2 - Because of the above, I've been trying to finish all my fic before Monday, which I'm not doing very successfully.  I've gotten fairly far with both my November D_D and my K_K, but neither is quite close enough to being finished to make me happy yet.

3 - Spent the "Weekend" (Sunday morning to yesterday afternoon) with my sister working on a few projects, which was great fun.  One super sekret project for Christmas, and also working on getting niece's dollhouse painted.  We managed to get the whole thing minus the roof primed, and painted and floored two rooms, so we got a LOT accomplished, but I was exhausted when I got home last night.  Still, it was fun to do.

4 - Been working on learning languages, and made up a new Tumblr for it, if anyone's interested: Glossology.  Right now I'm only covering Welsh, Danish and German, but I'd love more input if anyone's curious or knowledgeable. :)

5 - Games - Managed to play Civ V at sis's house...not sure what I think.  It is better than 4, definitely, but I think I'd need to play a few more time to be sure whether I like it or not, but right now I'm leaning towards "still too much like 4".
Bought myself a new game a few weeks ago: Etrian Odyssey III.  It's a simple little game, but I'm enjoying it.  if you've played either of the others, you'll probably really enjoy it.
Also got to watch sis play DeathSpank yesterday.  I was a fan of the original Lucasfilm games, Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island games, so it was fun to see something new by the team behind them.  I may have to get the XBox 360 version for myself.

6 - Genealogy has been my life of late when not writing up my fanfic.  I've managed to find a few records that prove more ancestors in my family tree, so I've been having a great time.  I've been the family genealogist since 1991, shortly after my grandfather's death, but this is the first year I've managed to really sort things out and do more than just get the latest information.  I have to say, I've been having a great time with it, but it is VERY time consuming.
I also got the first five seasons of the UK Who Do You Think You Are from hubby for my birthday.  So many great episodes, but my first-watched episode is still my favorite: Stephen Fry. (link to the first part, the others can be found under "suggestions".)

7 - Been playing with cooking a lot more of late.  I made a deep dish pizza and a taco casserole along with several different versions of chicken, my favorite of which was a lovely Peruvian grilled chicken.  I highly recommend it, if  you're interested.

8 - Ship anniversaries - I played slightly when posts went up at H/D for their anniversary, and hopefully I'll get to play a bit more, and I'm looking into something to celebrate Snupin as well, despite my usual inability to write Snupin.  I'm curious to see what other ships will get mentioned as far as anniversaries go, though I'm sure most were written within those first two years.  At least for ships like Sirius/Remus, Lucius/Harry, etc.

I have probably missed things on my list, but that's enough for now.

Mar. 23rd, 2010

Video Game Review: Gemcraft/Gemcraft Chapter Zero

I've thought about doing this for a little while, and I've talked about a few games in the past, but not in detail, but I thought it would be fun to rec/go into more detail about those games I've loved in the past or find myself going back to time and again.  So I thought I'd start with one that I've played for a long time now.

Gemcraft and Gemcraft Chapter Zero are Tower Defence games.  For those who do not know what that means, a Tower Defense game is a game where you have guns/towers that you place on a map to keep creeps, aka invaders, which come through the map in waves, from getting to their goal point.  It's become a very popular online game type, particularly beginning with the game Desktop Tower Defense.

In Gemcraft and Chapter Zero, the maps are laid out so that you have to put towers along the sides of the pathway, and you create and place gems in the towers to shoot at the advancing creeps, which come through the map in waves.  The gemstones are constantly upgradable and moveable during gameplay.  The number of waves of creeps increases with each game level, and each game level won provides experience points, allowing you level up and gain skill points to give your towers and gems more abilities.

Gemcraft is a single-play game, though all levels are replayable if you wish to gain more points, and each level you win unlocks more to play.

Chapter Zero has multiple versions for each level, the play versions unlocked as you gain experience levels, as well as unlocking levels each time you win on a new level.

I have to admit, I'm wildly addicted to Chapter Zero.  Mostly because I've not managed to make my way to the final level--yet.  I'm particularly fond of the Endurance level, which basically is an unending (not really, but there's something like 500 waves) flow of creeps to fight.

The thing that makes this so enjoyable to me is the fact that while some maps can get old, there's always something new to discover when you unlock a new map, or a new method of gameplay.  And there's always the struggle to get as many level-seven gems on a map as you can (not a simple feat--each level requires two gems of the previous level combined to make it).

Links to play:
Armor Games
Game in a Bottle
Addicting Games

Gemcraft Chapter Zero
Armor Games

Feb. 13th, 2010

State of the Elf

Been forever since I used that header, so I figured it was more than about time...

Need to do an update of my 100 in 1001 days list.  It's been just over a year, and I've managed some things, and failed at others.  Also thinking of doing a detailed list of the new movies I watched in the last year...  Also had thoughts about doing mini-game reviews and/or more Seattle entries, too, if there's any interest for either?  What do folks think?

Writing--Haven't been doing enough, but I have some fun ideas, including another HP memory loss fic, and the Merlin/Arthur Sword in the Stone fic, now complete with Season 2 spoilers, I think.  I also need to start editing my Nano Story...It's going to require a major rewrite, but I am looking forward to that now that I have enough paper to print it all out.  More than 80 pages worth, even squashed a bit.  And I have been keeping up with my D_Ds, and I have an idea chosen for my D_D for next month.  Should be fun to see what people come up with.  It's going to be a great anniversary.

Merlin news--Season three has been approved in the UK, so I'm looking forward to that, and Sy Fy has picked up the series, starting with Season 1.  So now most folks should be able to catch it, if they haven't already.  Wondering if NBC will be picking up season 2 this summer or not.

I've also been watching more British TV.  Demons, which is...okay, but not great.  And Law and Order: UK, which I'm already quite addicted to.  I've watched about 75-80% of the total American shows, if you include them all.  I doubt I've missed more than a small handful of the original series itself.  It's made watching the UK show quite interesting.  I love Jamie Bamber and Freema Agyeman in it, and I'm enjoying the other actors as well.  I will say I had a bit of trouble getting used to the idea of CPS meaning something other than Child Protective Services, but I love seeing the differences between the American and the British System of Justice.

Been spending too much time on my FB playing games, still playing a number of households in Sims 2, and I also got myself a couple of new games last week. King's Bounty: the Legacy, which is based on the original game that became Heroes of Might and Magic, which is okay, but a bit sluggish; and Style Savvy, which is incredibly addicting, and I have played every night since I got it. :) I highly recommend it if you like fashion games.  I have also had vague thoughts that it might be fun to play a Star Wars Universe RPG, but I don't like online RPG, so I'm not sure that there's anything that will appeal.  I don't suppose anyone out there has played any?

Also did a major upgrade of my living room.  Our movies were getting harder and harder to find because we have so many DVDs, so I resorted them, and we added a bookshelf from my sister for Christmas which I've turned into my reference library.  Took a bit of rearranging to get it close to my desk, but I like the way things turned out.  I feel at least a little bit more in control.  Able to find things that were scattered all over the place before.  It's nice.

So how is everyone else out there? 

Sep. 13th, 2008

Birthday again

A different year, a different attitude. One step away from 40, and somehow, I just feel calmer all of a sudden.

Landmarks in the past year:
Got a new job. The first "real" job I've had in over ten years--since I went back to school.
My sister had her baby. Whom I adore like nothing else. Spent yesterday with the two of them. She is the happiest baby... I love them both. :)

Other than that, nothing's really changed much. Still write slash, still do too much at once. I'm trying to be more pragmatic about it, though.

Got sick this past weekend, so I've spent most of this week at home, trying to cough up a lung or something, but I've been able to distract myself with a new game: Spore. It's a lot of fun. I've only made it through the first two levels so far, but I'm looking forward to finding out more about the game, and I've already started three different races. :) If you're a Sims or Sim City fan, I highly recommend it.

Finished my D_D. Just waiting on one beta before I post it. Not what I'd intended to write, but I like it. I think others might, as well.

Plans for my boys today - Harry and Draco are renewing their vows in a legal ceremony today... And I think one of my other boys will be happily distracted as well. We'll see. :D

Thank you to everyone who has so far wished me a happy birthday, and thank you to Ceria and Snapesgirl for the special presents. I enjoyed them both very much. :D

Feb. 4th, 2008

Life update

1. Just spent four days with my sister down in Northern California.  Plane trip down was a bit odd--got the wrong tickets.  I usually go to San Jose instead of San Fran, but we weren't paying enough attention so I went to SF.  Except that they were having weather issues that day, and so we were delayed for quite a while, and then eventually re-routed to Oakland.  It was interesting.  But the trip itself was nice.  Not someone who tends to go out and do lots of things, but we actually had a very eventful visit.  We went to the San Fran Genealogy library and spent several hours there, though we found nothing either for our family or her husband's family.  We did find interesting trees that connected to his online, though.  All sorts of interesting tidbits.  Watched all of the first season of Project Runway, which I hadn't seen.  It was interesting to see how it evolved throughout that first season.  Did a bit of shopping, played video games--DS and Wii, and even a bit of PS3, and yesterday we went to see 27 Dresses.  I quite liked it, actually.  And we saw two interesting previews that I'm interested to see: Miss Pettigrew's Day Out, and The Accidental Husband.  They both look intriguingly different. 

2. Wrote another Malcest fic for [info]pornish_pixies's Magical Device challenge.  Will be posting it here tomorrow, I think. 
2b. On a related note...I've been invited to join [info]pornish_pixies, so you will be seeing more of that sort from me, I think. :D

3. Other writing: Starting over from scratch on my [info]daily_deviant fic, but I think it will be better for it.  And I have a bunny for my [info]hd_cup fic, so as soon as the one is finished, I'll be starting the second.  I'm hoping to get that done before the end of the month so that I can start the next D_D fic before the 1st.

4. Still haven't done my review of Sweeney Todd.  I did enjoy it.  Wasn't everything it could be, but I did enjoy Johnny Depp.  I think it's another example of just how versitile he is.

5. Job stuff--might be getting a permanent job soon.  More on that if it happens. :)

6. Caught up on flists for the night, but not on reading things I've tabbed from the list, so if you have something you'd like me to comment on/read/etc, feel free to link me here, and I'll get back to it tomorrow.

*snugs* Missed you all!

Aug. 4th, 2006

Post of doom day

Have found myself feeling rather down lately, with no real sure idea of why.  A lot of little things, I suppose, but there's so many great things to counter with that I'm just not sure why the little things are affecting me like this.  I'd assume it was PMS, but that rarely lasts me more than a day, then goes away.  This one seems to be lasting.

Bus never showed this afternoon, so I ended up catching the other route, which means a much longer walk, in the sun, during rush hour.  Luckily there was a very nice man who actually let me cross the street at some point, but still, walking home in the sun is not my idea of a good time.  My face feels burned, and I'm sure it'll be scarlet come morning. :S

So, if I respond oddly to anyone, or don't respond, or respond snippily, you know why.  It's not you.

I just want it to go away.


Game stuff... 

Haven't been playing enough lately, and no matter what I do, I can't seem to get into it.  I know I owe at least one tag.  Probably more.  If I do, throw them at me and I'll get to them sometime this weekend.

Ab Dissimilis seems to be off to a good start.  We've got a good large handful of characters to work with, though I still really want to find a Sirius before we play.  But we've got a start date.  August 20th.  Hopefully someone will have shown interest by then. 


Describe five ficathons or challenges you'd like to see (like running one, only without the work!)
  1. An AU ficathon.  I've actually been considering posting something like this to see if there's any interest, actually.
  2. More ship-centric remixes, like [info]hd_remix.
  3. A pastiche challenge, where the writers have to base the plot of their story on a classic story, fairy tale, or other well-known story.
  4. An unusual POV challenge, where the story is told from a painting, or animal, or some other unusual and usually neglected POV.
  5. A Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff character ficathon.  No one writes enough for these two houses, and I'd love to see more.  I know I'm just as guilty as the rest of fandom in that regard, but I'd love to see what people could come up with.

Off to Oblivion.  If anyone wants me on IM, nudge me here, and I'll pop on.

Jun. 10th, 2006

Review time!

So, it's been a busy week.  Seen and done lots of things.

Hubby gave in to the temptation and bought an XBox 360, so he and I have both been trying out Elder Scrolls Oblivion, which I'm quite pleased with, actually.  I love the character creation setup, in particular.  The minute details you can change make it possible to make just about anyone you'd like to.  Sims 2, eat your heart out.  And the fact that you actually play a bit before you choose your character class means that they have enough to base a suggestion for a character class on, which I think is excellent, particularly for beginning players. :)  Haven't gotten far in the game yet, but I am impressed by the details of the world, though I think it will take me a while to get used to th egameplay.

Went to a friend's place last weekend to watch a couple of movies:
Enemy at the Gates, and A Beautiful mind.  Both were quite lovely, though not movies I need to own.  We were amused that Ed Harris was in both films, though.  It was a fun, if odd, connection.

Spoilerage for both ahead )

Also watched Zathura last night.  I avoided this in the theatre because I was sure it wold be bad in comparison to Jumanji, but I was quite pleasantly surprised.  If you liked Jumanji, I highly recommend it.

and more spoilers )

Sep. 12th, 2005

Life Update

So, birthday party yesterday...

Bought too much food, but [info]oni_anne made us all lumpia, which we quickly devoured, and there were tons of games.  It was just great seeing everyone, and getting to talk.  I would have liked to play a few more games, but oh, well.  Maybe another time.

Bought a cheesecake, which was barely touched, but it's gone to a good home... ;D

I'm slightly bummed that I didn't get the cake I wanted, but I have no rl slasher friends, so I would have been the only one enjoying it.  Maybe someday...


Hubby's birthday today. We went to Patty's Eggnest for breakfast, then came back, and he opened his presents. Hubby seemed to be quite pleased with them, if a little concerned that I got him the same thing his mother might have. Guess we'll see tonight. Then he spent about an hour or so playing Ratchet and Clank 3. But he says he's not allowed to play any more of that until he's finished 2. He wants to finish it by the time 4 comes out in the next couple of months.

Gah. Can we just stop the world now? I really don't want to be 36. 35 was bad enough. If anyone cares, I'll probably be hiding from the world tomorrow, except for dinner with my folks.

Also, starting to pack for Cali. :) This should be fun, though I'm a bit skittery at the thought of getting on an airplane... I haven't been on a plane since 92. But it should be fun. Leaving Wednsday night, coming back Monday. I'm just trying to decide how much stuff that is. :)


As I'm going through my old recs to post them to the recs journal, I'm finding broken links, so if anyone knows the location of any of these fics, I'd be most appreciative... If you know the author's taken it down permenantly, that knowledge would be appreciated as well.

Missing Fics -- Please Help )

That's everything at the moment. There may be more later.


Also, I am slowly posting my fics over at:

If any of the authors on my flist would like an invite, let me know. I'd love to see you there. It's a multi-fandom archive, so more than just HP is welcome. :D

Sep. 10th, 2005

I've been meme-tagged!

to write 20 random facts about me. And to tag as many people as it takes me minutes to write the list.

I will not tag, but anyone who would like to is welcome to do the meme. :)

Random facts about me )

Sep. 3rd, 2005

[No Subject]

Please cheer me up....

I had a bad fight with a good friend yesterady that I'm having trouble dealing with, and the game I want to play doesn't seem to want to work any more.

Aug. 12th, 2005

Blah blah blah...

Geh.  In a blah mood.  Probably cause it's that time of the month.  Can't seem to write at the moment, too distracted by other things.  Tried to play Bard's Tale, but I keep dying.

And apparently my stories aren't interesting...

Still need more votes on what I'm going to do come October, and other opinions on my rec-list in general.  Please go here and tell me what you think. :)  I'll give Sev/Narcissa cookies if you do....  Oh, and the reccing free-for all is winning, so unless you don't like that idea, you might want to start thinking of a pairing... :D

Jan. 8th, 2005

I am in an exclamitory mood...

I suck at Seeking.

Last year I got Quidditch World Cup for Christmas, and I never got the hand of seeking.  Luckily, my friend Summer excells at it, so between the both of us, we make a pretty good team. :D

Haven't played for a while, but decided to play it again, just to test out the new surround sound system we got (I haven't had a real stereo since I moved from my parents' house 13 years ago.  Quite enjoying it - already watched Fellowship of the Ring and Moulin Rouge.  Gonna watch POA tomorrow in honor of Snape's birthday.), and I failed miserably, but I'd gotten sixteen goals, and the Gryffindors hadn't gotten a single goal, so I still won, but still....

Oct. 27th, 2004

Treat time

So, I'm a pc game player, but I'm rather a wimp.  And I prefer the simulation games.  Started with Civilizations way long ago.  Anyway, got myeself a new game today.  Rollercoaster Tycoon 3.  I was rather disappointed with the changes between 1 and 2.  Mostly because they were few and far between.  There was almost no need to upgrade to 2 if you had 1.  But 3 looks pretty impressive.  They've added all sorts of new stuff, including famous people who come and visit your park, and fireworks displays. :D  Can't wait to try it out.