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May. 26th, 2012

Fandom Loss

For those who haven't heard yet, [info]leni_jess passed away this past Thursday. Her family posted a note on her journal here.

I never got the chance to meet her, but I always admired her writing, and the fact that she was constantly on the move. She definitely lived a full life. The fandom will be a bit quieter with her gone.

Jul. 27th, 2011

Resource Post: Astrology

I'm an astrology nut.  Have been for longer than I can remember.  It's fun and harmless, and there's always lots of great ways to use it.

The past few years, I've used it as a way to help me determine birthdates for characters that don't have them when I need them.  Helps me come up with random personality traits I might not have otherwise thought of, and narrows down the date so I don't choose one at random.

Whether or not you actually believe in astrology, it's still fun to play around in, so I thought I'd write up a post of good sites to look at for various astrological/birth sign information. 

Keep in mind, these sites have a tendency to disappear at random, so the links here are quite likely to just stop working.  If they do, let me know, and I'll try to find a better link, if one exists.

The Birthday Calculator: Not so much astrology, though it includes it, but random miscellanea about your date of birth.  Lots of random odd stuff here, but kind of fun to look through, and might inspire something you hadn't considered.

Western Zodiac )

Eastern Zodiac )

Other Astrologies )

And something a little different:
Numerology )

Finding a birthdate for a character:How-to )

Jul. 25th, 2011

A Snippet of Seven Years of Entries

Since this year marks my seventh year on journals (started at LJ, came here in 2008), I thought I'd do one entry from each year I've been here, and do commentaries on the entries themselves. These entries were just ones that stood out as a way to show my fandom change over the years I've been here. Most have something to do with fic in some way.

July 27, 2004 )

May 6, 2005 )

April 20, 2006 )

August 24th, 2007 )

October 2nd, 2008 )

June 14th, 2009 )

January 12th, 2010 )

May. 25th, 2011 )

And that's it…a small snippet of seven years of fandom life. Not bad. :)

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?

Nov. 23rd, 2010

[No Subject]

Time for another happypost.

Dan Radcliffe fesses up to the truth.

Brian: ...Then you turned around.. and you smiled.. and that's when I knew why Debbie calls you sunshine. (QAF, season 2)
No one can ever tell me he hadn't already loved him from the end of season one.  With poetry like this...he never *needed* to say the words.

Phelps Twins
Just cause

This Post.

Bill/Harry! (DH1 spoilers!)

I may be a diehard Arthur/Merlin shipper now, but this post makes me tear up.

This series of pictures still (Merlin season 3 finale spoilers) (And OMG, look in Arthur's hand... *sighs*)

This beautiful man (who has since been dubbed Cygnus :D)

Sep. 14th, 2010

Invite Code

I have one invite code to An Archive of Our Own, free to a good home. First to ask gets it.

Mar. 2nd, 2009

[No Subject]

To welcome my new Merlin friends, I'm going to follow in [info]kabal42's footsteps and do a little intro post about myself and my journal.

My main fandom (at the moment) is Harry Potter, and I know most (if not all) the folks I friended are in the fandom as well, so I thought I'd go into a bit of detail about who I am and what I do there before I move into the other bits about me and my journal.

I read, write, and rec, primarily, though I also RP here and there. Mostly in PSLs, though.

My ships in a bit more detail: I slash overall, though I do have a few het ships I enjoy. My OTPs are: Harry/Draco, Severus/Draco, and Severus/Sirius, and for het, Severus/Lily. Most of my favorite ships tend to be Slytherin-centric. I particularly focus on ships with Draco, Severus, or Remus, though I also have a distinct fondness for Lucius, Regulus, and Blaise.

I don't write as much fic as I used to, and mostly just one piece a month for [info]daily_deviant, though occasionally I do get inspired.

I also participate once yearly in NaNoWriMo, and have only missed one year so far. I will likely be doing an original piece this year, so it won't be posted here in my journal, but I might be gathering a small group together who are interested in reading it. It's a modern-day Arthurian story with a Morgana who has become "Morgan" in this life. Yes, there will be slash elements.

Merlin, however, is really calling to me. I even already have an idea for a (hopefully very smutty) Arthur/Merlin fic. And I do love Morgana, and all of the ideas they've introduced so far. I can't wait to see more.

A more comprehensive if slightly out of date view of my fandoms/fannish activities can be found in my user info.

As for who I am myself?

I live in Seattle, have all my life. Am currently married to my high school sweetheart. We've been married for 16+ years. We have two cats, Morgan and Sebastian. No kids. I'm not a kid person, really. Though I do occasionally babble about my niece.

I got my BA in English Lit, and occasionally contemplate going back to get an MA, except that the cost is daunting. That and the fact that I'm still not entirely sure what I'd do for an MA...

Overall? I watch too much TV, own too many movies, don't read enough any longer, and am highly addicted to my computer.

So that's me in a nutshell. I'm sure there are tons of things I've missed, but it gives you a good overview. :)

Aug. 7th, 2008

An idea

So, I had an idea today, and I’d love to have others join me if they think it’s a good idea. I’d like to throw something into the ring for those of us not at Terminus as well. (Don’t forget to go check out Snegurochka Lee’s Drabble a pairing or character you hate fest here)

I was thinking of combining a round robin with a choose-it-yourself adventure story writing experience. Where I post a few paragraphs at most, and then someone else posts a few more in response, and then someone else. We’d have to organize it so that people wouldn’t double-post, but I think it could be fun.

I’d probably stick to slash, and likely Harry/Draco, but anyone interested in either or both is more than welcome to join in, even for just a sentence or two. I even have a possible idea for the story, if people like the idea.

So…who’s up for it? Anyone’s welcome. And any suggestions as to how to do it would be gladly suggested. :)

Jul. 10th, 2008

State of the Elf

Geh.  When was the last time I did one of these?

No more online, journal-based RP for me.  I left the last one a while back.  I miss talking to the folks, but I don't miss the stress.  And I will never Mod another RPG again.  Now if someone would just stop waving such pretty Yaoi boys at me, I might have a chance... :P

Work is still hell.  We did our big meeting thing, and changes are proceeding apace.  Some of which actually are helping, though from the current mess, you wouldn't know it.  I have a feeling that I'll be getting in more OT real soon.  Already did an hour tonight.  And I deserve ten million treats for how good I'm being about work.  So I bought myself a few fun things, including something someone on my flist suggested: My Gender Workbook.  I'm finding it fascinating so far.  Haven't gotten far into it, but I definitely like it.  Also got another name book, a couple of other books, the Pelican Brief on DVD, and a game for my DS.  I'm still trying to decide what else I should get...

D_D...  I really loved my idea when it came to me, but I can't concentrate enough lately to write, and what I have sucks utterly.  Saturday will be it, I'm afraid.  I hate leaving it that late, but I have to go see Hellboy tomorrow if I want to retain my sanity.  (see treats comment above.)

Haven't spent our Tax refund.  I want to get all new sheets and pillows, and a new bolster for my comforter or two.  And an ergonimic keyboard.  Not sure what else I need, aside from a maid and storage. :P

Dr Who...An amazing episode, though I know many are upset by it.  I won't say much here, but I thought they did a great job, even with the issues so many have with it.

Stargate this weekend!  Wooo!

Sister and hubby have finally moved back to Seattle.  They moved down to the Bay area for his job shortly before they were married (he works for Google), and he finally managed to convince them he could do the same thing he was doing down there up here.  So they've been making the rounds with my niece, who is utterly adorable, and whom I cannot get enough of (and if you know me very well, you know how little I like babies, so that's saying a lot).  Shower next weekend.  I need to find time to buy things... *sighs*


Been spending an inordinate amount of time at a new site I found: Listal, because it's easier than writing or thinking.  You can list movies, books, tv shows, video games, and DVDs that you have, love, or want to see.  And you can make lists within each category, and reviews.  I'm loving it.  Does anyone else have an account there, so I can friend them, and if not, do you want one?  I've already done reviews for all seven HP books.  And a review each for Contact, Dogma, and Matrix.  I'm trying to decide what I should review next.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Erm...sure I've forgotten many, many things.  But it's a start, right?

May. 11th, 2008

HD Cup Poll!

Stolen from [info]eeyore9990:

Please be good and don't vote if you know, thanks...

Poll #1657 Which Team EWE Fic Was Mine?
Open to: All, results viewable to: None

Which Fic Was Mine, Pt 1 (Title--Prompt)

Catch Me If I Fall--The Fool
0 (0.0%)

After Eden--Judgment
0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

Smile, You're on Camera--The Devil
0 (0.0%)

Potter's Interference--The Magician
0 (0.0%)

Best Interests--The Heirophant
0 (0.0%)

Black's Blood Curse--The Empress
0 (0.0%)

The Affairs of Men--The Tower
0 (0.0%)

Lamp in the Cooling Room--The Lovers
0 (0.0%)

Beneath Boundless Skies--Death
0 (0.0%)

Which Fic Was Mine, Pt 2 (Title--Prompt)

Of Geysers, Unexpected Rain and Icelandic Sheep--Strength
0 (0.0%)

The Arc of the Pendulum--The Hanged Man
0 (0.0%)

Subconscious--The Moon
0 (0.0%)

Serendipity--Wheel of Fortune
0 (0.0%)

To the Sheer Love of Madness--The Hermit
0 (0.0%)

Wheels Of Fire (The Official Autobiography of Harry Potter)--The Chariot
0 (0.0%)

A Very Cunning Plan--Temperance
1 (50.0%)

The Path to the Astronomy Tower--The World
0 (0.0%)

Wait. Huh? I thought you drew art!!
0 (0.0%)

You think I'm a sucker?! You didn't write any of those!
1 (50.0%)

May. 6th, 2008

I'm not sure what to do any more

I think this has been coming on for a while now.  About a year, in fact.  I have never felt so at home in a fandom before, but this past year, with the number of ugly things I have seen in this fandom ("I'm right and you're wrong and if you don't apologize to me right now, you're evil and despicable, and I'll send my fifty-million minions to tell you so!" or "Not my problem, because it doesn't touch what *I* like..."), I'm finding it increasingly hard to stay.  I'm feeling overwhelmed and upset all the time, and frankly, I don't want to be here.

There are people on my flist I won't ever stop talking to if I can help it, but...I'm really feeling the need to blast a lot of people right now, for many different things.  I'm sad, I'm tired, and I think I need to back off a couple of steps.

This isn't directed at any one person or wank (though if I ever even marginally get involved in another wank, I doubt I'll be here even a day after), but just my way of letting you all know why I've been so quiet of late.

This isn't an "I'm leaving fandom" post.  It's a "tell me something good about fandom" post.  Because frankly, it's getting harder every day to see the good.  And frankly?  Why should I stay in a fandom that makes me feel that way?

Mar. 1st, 2008

State of the Elf

Soo...  many things.  Again.

* Grandmother moving this weekend.  Didn't actually do anything cause I have no car, and so have no way of transporting her, just realizing that she's much further away from me now.  Moved across the water to Bel-Red Road over in the East side, if you know where that is.

* Job front - Meant to announce this before, but with job stuff and the Cup fic which I've been struggling to do, I haven't had the time.  I am now a real employee at the place I've been working on and off since July.  about two months there, then a couple not, then back in late November, I think it was.  And I've been there ever since.  It's  a bit odd.  I hadn't realized how long it had been since I'd had a "real" job.  I quit my last back in 95 to go back to college.  Just kind of wierd.  But it's good, so far.  We'll see how stressed I get.

* Writing -
Cup fic is done, and in the editing process.  Lots of helpful people, so I'm very excited.  Could well be my best fic ever.  Okay, maybe not, but I'm very fond of the bunny, even now, and saying that after having finished it?  Not usually the case, so I'm feeling good about it.
D_D for this month has been started.  Starring Blaise again, shockingly enough.  Usually Draco doesn't let anyone else go more than a month at a time, but he's shockingly happy and sated these days. ;)
HP Vamp is having their Free Range fest again, and I have several bunnies I'm thinking of claiming.  I just really need to remind myself that I can't.  Maybe one or two at the most, and certainly not until I have at least 1000 words done for D_D.

* Cable guy was here today, and after much hassle with finding a modem that would work, we are connected again.  All I can do is hope that this will be the end of our random cut-offs when we're trying to load pages or chat with folks.

* Have someone new that's kind of been percolating in my head since JKR made the Post-warts family trees: Lorcan Scamander.  I don't know why he specifically is calling to me.  Possibly the geeky name.  He's pretty different from most of my usual muses.  Not sure if anything will come of it, but you never know...

* Posted all my H/D stuff over at Skyhawke now, aside from unpublished.  So there's a ton there, now, and the ratings system seems interesting to me.  I've stuck most of my drabbles in Ship-related "stories," one chapter per drabble, just to keep from having a hundred teensy little stories on my page, but anything over 500 words has its own story.  I'm not so good to sticking to under 500, I've noticed. ;)  So...the question is, what ship should I do next?

* A request: Have been reading chaptered stories at work, but it's getting hard to find things I should have read that aren't long-one shots (rather prohibitive with the amount of time I have to read, so anything over 10,000 words as a one-shot is too much.).  So...  I'd love suggestions.  Particularly H/D, or next-gen, though Regulus seems to be popping up in my mind a lot lately.  I don't suppose there are any chaptered fics about him?

And how is everyone else out there?

Feb. 17th, 2008

Apparently it's rant time

Rant about archives )

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!

Dec. 3rd, 2007

For anyone interested in writing a story for me:

So...you know those things everyone was doing a few months back for their fest entries?  This is one of those.  Feel free to ignore if you're not writing me a story.

Likes and dislikes in reading HP fic )
Yeesh.  I know it's long, but I tried to divide it up to make it easier to read, at least. 

This list subject to change at a moment's notice...

Aug. 24th, 2007

Intro/update post

So, this is in my brain right now, so I feel the need to post it.  Just a little intro for those of you who don't know me, or don't know me well.  Most of this will come as little shock to those who do, however. :D

Writing )

Reading )

Um...so...there's the tip of the iceburg for you.  I'd love to hear what you think/write/read. :D

Aug. 18th, 2007

[No Subject]

God...still in the (very long and tedious) process of tagging everything, and came across my first-ever ship-list.  And I feel like I have to make an annotated copy... :D

cut for length and rather minor spoilers for DH )
The major missing piece here is Blaise, actually.  Not on there at all.  And if he had been, it likely would have been Seamus/Blaise, instead of Blaise/Draco, or Lucius/Blaise, or somesuch.  Oh, and Regulus!  God...  Not to mention all the Cest I read these days... :D

Jul. 3rd, 2007

State of the Elf

Someone please remind the bunnies that I have too much to do as is, and that I do NOT need another fest, and that I DON'T write het?  *clobbers the Lucius/Tonks bunny that jumped on me the moment I read Violet's post at [info]erotic_elves*

Nerves going utterly insane.  This month is going to go so fast....
11 - Oder of the Phoenix released
13 - D_D regular post date.
15 - D_D Farewell fic due
21 - Deathly Hallows released
22 - Elf's brain goes splewy.
Not to mention all the threads going on at each game this month.  At least AD is fairly calm.  First month back at school, so I don't have to do TOO much...  But I have a huge birthday, and Christmas... *sighs*

Have been playing (too much) over at Kongregate.  Anyone else have an account there?  Some of those games are seriously addictive.

I've also been thinking of new ways to do my recs.  Still do the Sunday ones, but maybe only once a month...  But maybe themed groups, or something.  I think the pairing recs have gone by the wayside.

And apparently people really want to know what I think of Labyrinth. :D

Feb. 15th, 2007

[No Subject]

Holy crossover...  Hubby got me Beauty and the Beast's first season for Valentine's Day, so I've been watching episodes for the past few days.  Does anyone remember that the name of the old spiritual lady is Narcissa?  I was amused.

Also, I will be closing the Ship Poll tomorrow, so if anyone wants to participate who hasn't, go do so now.

And, is there anyone out there who is interested in helping out set up or maintain [info]hpficlist, just nudge me and I'll send you an invite.  If you already volunteered and have yet to join, I sent invites to the four people who volunteered.  There are two locked posts there already dealing with how things should be set up.  Please leave your opinions.

Feb. 1st, 2007

[No Subject]

Um...does anyone know what's up with [info]lucius_severus?