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Apr. 28th, 2013

Elf's Big Post of Doom - Life update, fandom and more

* So I know it has been forever since I've posted much beyond fic here. I rarely post more than once every few months now, but I am still here and I do read through my flists here and at LJ, but I spend more of my time at Tumblr. If you have one, and would like to follow me there, I'm elfflame there, too. I am also at Polyvore as elfflame, if anyone has an account there. I haven't been doing as much there recently, but I still glance in there from time to time and get bursts of creativity there. I love it.

* Family is doing well. Mom seems happy in the new place, and the kids love having my parents right there. Niece is always running down to spend time with her, and now that nephew is more mobile, he's doing so, too. Dad went on a ski trip about a month ago and decided to pretend to be a stunt skiier and did a 360 off an icy mogul on the slope and dislocated his shoulder. The prognosis from the doctor is that it is healing, but he did break it a little as well. They're muddling along, though it's a great deal harder now that he only has one arm to use. At least sis and brother-in-law are right there.

* Work! I have been working. I was at the very end of my rope, and thinking I would have to do some things I really wasn't looking forward to when my temp place finally called with a job. I am now working for a company in Eastlake, just south of the University Bridge, and the job I was initially doing was right up my alley. Then someone in the department decided to retire, so they felt me out about doing that job, so now I have a definite permanent job. We just have to wait for my contract with the temp place to be up before they hire me on permanent. Co-workers are great. Lots of great people to talk to. And the job itself is pretty brainless, so that's fine. Means I can think of other things while I work. Like stories. The scary part of the job is coming up in about two weeks, when we send out a mass mailing. I get to scan in and update the department on what we've gotten back. But currently we're in the off time, so I've been able to do the other job, which has been nice.

* One of the co-workers brought in her new laptop last week to show me Scrivener. I knew of it from all the jabber on the NaNoWriMo boards about it, but I'd never tried it myself, because I figured I couldn't afford it. Turns out it's $40, which is definitely doable, and there are some major selling qualities... So I downloaded it Friday night, and spent a good portion of yesterday playing with it and putting in info for my Nano from 2009, which was the first original Nano I've done. The story has a few major flaws, so I'm going to use the original more as an outline and guide of where to take the new one. Still not finished inputting everything for it into the program, but I have plans to set up a bunch more. But my plan is to play with it on the weekends (you get 30 non-consecutive days free, a major selling point on its own) until I get offered perm at my job, then buy it.

* Speaking of Nano, I still haven't finished my Nano for this last year. I'm well over 60k now, and I "won," so it's mostly just been trying to get myself to finish it. Still love it, though. And I am getting toward the end. I think I have 10-15k left at least... That's the next project that gets put into Scrivener.

* And one more NaNo note...my previous Nano, the second set of H/D fairy tales, is incomplete here on IJ, and still unedited. Not sure if I want to finish posting the rest at this late date, unless I'm specifically asked. So we'll see. I've been working on editing my NaNos with Wolfish Cat, and we just finished the first set of H/D fairy tales, so next comes the Sultan's Slave. :) Looking forward to that one.

* Cats are still around, though the girl seems to want to be hurt, because she keeps waking me very early in the morning. Anyone have advice on stopping that, because the lack of sleep is really starting to wear on me. Boy is slowing down, which worries me, but he hasn't had one of his attacks in years. Knock on wood that he won't.

* TV: Still watching a lot of tv. Mad Men, Grimm, and Castle are my most-favorite these days. Still haven't caught up with Supernatural. And watch way too much reality tv. Would really like that trend to go away. I think unless something great happens on Revolution soon, I'll stop watching that one. Just...nothing there. It's too bad, too. And Defiance isn't a whole lot better. The alien Malfoy family is...yeah... Looking forward to seeing White Collar and Warehouse 13 again. And I know that Haven was renewed, too, though that probably won't pop up for a few more months. Getting towards the end of Season 3 of Glee with Foodie. Enjoyed Matt Bomer, and loved Unique...but then I loved Alex on the Glee Project (I did say I watched a lot of reality TV, right?), so it was great to see him again. He and Damion were my top two, and I couldn't stand the other two. Foodie and I generally watch two episodes of whichever show and a movie, but with Doctor Who on right now, we've been watching that instead and rounding out the evening with some Red Dwarf. It's been great fun rewatching the show. More so because she's never gotten to see them in order like this before. :) Reminds me of the 90s when I got to see it at Norwescon...

* Future plans: hearing possible whispers of Lubricus, which I would absolutely adore going to if it happens, but I'm nowhere in the loop on that one, and I don't know if I'll be in the middle of a mailing when it happens, so I might not be able to get the time off. I'm also hoping to go back to Norwescon, given that I haven't been to one since the late 90s. I miss it. It would be fun to actually go to panels, and meet some of the locals I know from LJ. :)

* Genealogy is going well... I had another distant cousin contact me, this one from one of the skimpy branches of my family tree, so that made me very happy. I'm looking forward to more contact with her. As of this moment, my family tree file has more than 4600 individuals in it, most of whom were hand-entered by me. I've been being more diligent about recording where information came from, and it's all starting to really pull together. I love doing it, I just hate my brick walls... Particularly the German Jewish contingent. Every time I start to look into that branch, I just get very depressed. I'm lucky. My grandfather's father got them out of Germany in 33, but there were some extended family members of his wife's family who might not have been so lucky. If anyone is interested in reading more, or would like help with their own family tree, just let me know. I love talking about this stuff, and helping others get set up.

* Kindle: I've been reading more. Still mostly fanfiction, but slowly leaking into original works I've been able to find here and there, and the occasional actual book, but I prefer my Kindle because it's small and easy to use, and I don't have to deal with heavy books in my bag, or how badly I'm battering paperbacks. I did find myself a toy that helped me to find more fanfic (and original fic), if anyone is interested: Fan Fiction Downloader. It only helps with certain sites, but one of them is FF.net/Fictionpress, so between those and AO3, there's a ton of fic to read. I think the next thing I'll likely do with it is either connect to the library or buy myself a copy of Hunger Games. I've still not read it, and I really need to. That series and the Percy Jackson books are at the top of my list. Not sure what I'll read beyond that. Any suggestions, folks?

And that's all, though I'll probably do that AO3 meme that's been floating around. Since I didn't do it at year-end this past year.

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. :)

Seven Years Ago Today

I made an LJ for the first time.  It's been quite the experience.

Date created: 2004-07-25 07:55:51
Date updated: 2011-07-24 21:11:00, 17 hours ago
Journal entries: 2,079
Comments: Posted: 14,331+6,027 - Received: 12,985+5,786

Adjusted Top Ten Commenters:
1 - [info]snapesgirl
2 - [info]kabal42
3 - [info]foodie
4 - [info]wolfish_cat
5 - [info]ceria
6 - [info]snapelike
7 - [info]lilydahlia
8 - [info]turtle_avenger
9 - [info]alisanne
10 - [info]abaddon

Who comments the most on this journal? )

Plans for later.  But now that the thunderstorm here seems to have passed, I think it's back to bed for me. :P

Jul. 25th, 2010

LJ-Aversary Today

Another year...  Six years now.  In some ways, it doesn't seem that long, but in others...it really does.

Stats, if anyone's interested:
Date created:2004-07-25 07:55:51
Date updated:2010-07-17 21:35:25, 1 week ago
Journal entries:1,963
Comments:Posted: 5,105 + 12,979 - Received: 4,975 + 14,103
Top Ten below (when I remove myself and aliases):

So...any of you ten want an Icon? :)

Who comments the most on this journal? )

Jun. 1st, 2008

Commenting, Gender-change & LJ

Commenting on Anon fests and con-crit -
Commenting and con-crit )

Gender-change vs genderplay and squicks vs warnings -
Labels )

LJ vs IJ -
Last but not least--LJ's new stance on non-photographic pictures of underaged people.  Yeah, whatever.  I've been through too much this year.  I'm here, and I'm staying.  As far as I noticed, there was never an apology to anyone who was hurt, they were made out to be criminals for posting pictures, and frankly?  I'm thinking of dumping all of LJ, really.  Every time I read my flist there, I just get more angry.  I'm tired and worn from the battles I've gone through in the last year, and I'm not going back.

Mar. 30th, 2008

Party Time!

Got my official notice that my account has expired finally at LJ.  Thank god.

Party at my place!

Drabbles or icons to go around!

For icon, I will choose one of your interests in your user info.  If you don't have any, or if you would like something more specific, please give me no more than five subjects/people to choose from.  Also indicate if you wish any text or borders.

For a drabble, I would like a character, or no more than three, or a pairing, a time period in those character's timelines, and a prompt of either a picture, a quote, or a word.  HP only, though I will consider crossovers if I know the fandom.

Have at it!

I'll take up to the first ten for each.  One or the other, please.

Dec. 1st, 2007

State of the Elf

So...even though I've posted just about every day in the last month, most of it has been story-stuff rather than other stuff, so I thought I'd update everyone.

Got some serious bunnies in the last month.  SS/SB/RL with a Tonks side, SS/RL (yes, really) post DH with Teddy in attendance, DM/SM fic for someone's xmas gift because she deserves it, and something like three or four non-fairy tale H/D ideas.  Including a 12 days of Christmas thing, which I have informed my brain is not going to happen...  In particular, working on a post-DH story with [info]kabal42 that could be tons of fun. 
For now, though, my #1 priority is D_D's KK fic...I think we're almost done...
Still have it in mind to do Epilouge Kid drabbles...

Watching Bedknobs and Broomsticks and then Narnia today with hubby...as soon as we come back from the store. 
Sister's working on a books list for the Zygote...  That's been fun. 
I'm really beginning to hate the holidays, though.  Or maybe its just that side of the family.  Every time I get an email from one of them, I get tense.  To the point where I'm starting to avoid email in general...  No clue what to do as far as gifts, given that all the major people in my life aside from my sister either don't want them, or are so distant as to give me no clue what they might want. It's kind of making me ill.  I wish I were more ahead.  And that I had the skill, equiptment and time to just make everyone new scarves or something...
Been reading a lot.  Both fic and books.  Just finished the Dexter books.  Will probably post a review of all three this weekend.  But the short version?  If you like the show, read the books. :D

New game, here at IJ: [info]founders_legacy.  Ad to follow soon.  4th year AU.  We're having fun so far.  Game officially starts the first of January.  I've taken on Draco ([info]draconis_m) and Blaise ([info]blaise_z), of course.
Also, doing a half-writing, half-rp project with a friend surrounding an idea we've had for a while.  It's called [info]shadowhunt if people want to give it a look.  Post-DH, Hestia Jones sets up a sort of bounty-hunter service.  We've got four characters: Hestia, Charlie, George and Blaise.  There will be slash and adult humor.  It's a closed game, but people are quite welcome to watch.  We'd love opinions.  We're not going to run it like a traditional RP, but there will be threads that will grow over time.  And we'll probably post threads for people to comment on after them, particularly when we're looking for input on who they should go after next, or things like that. :)

Found a new toy I've been spending too much time with: Wordie.  There under elfflame, if folks want to look at my word-lists and/or suggest additions. :)

Okay, so my reaction to the new uproar yesterday was, "Uh huh.  And this surprises you?"  This morning, it's more, "goddamn it!"  I refreshed the page I keep my lj open on, not noticing that it had logged me out, so all the fest entries were not only hidden behind a cut, they had an extra page to get to content.  Except when I logged in, it wouldn't let me see either the page or the "are you over 18" page any more...just errored out.  I figured it out, but still... 
Mostly, I'm just glad that's not my main journal any longer.  I can't wait to see what happens when the first person gets closed down because of these...  So done with this.  Been done with it since August.  So why hasn't it effing gone away yet?

Aug. 7th, 2007

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Well, that's me out of here.  At this point, I can't see staying when I'm guaranteed to be deleted for something sooner or later, locked or not.  Anyone want to help me get a Skyehawke account?   I've posted a request, but it looks  like it takes a while sometimes.


No explanation of why those two pieces of art deserved no warning for suspension, how they determined people in those two pieces of art to be underage, and then went out of their way to say that while Burr might have been out of line, they're not going to do anything about it.  Oh, and that locked posts won't make a difference in their determination of how they'll deal with users.

They don't care about who it's reaching.  They don't care to give us warnings.  They don't want us to be here.  No, it's not enough.  I literally feel sick to my stomach.  So I'm leaving.  It ticks me off that I've spent all this money on time and Icons...  I don't know how long it will take me, but I can't see staying here any longer.

Aug. 4th, 2007

[No Subject]

More links:

How to not only backup your journal, but how to transfer it to a new journaling system entirely.

Semagic - allows you to post to more than one journal at the same time.  And a tutorial by [info]snapetoy.

[info]beyond_lj - An alphabetic directory of LJ fandom folk, and what journals they have, and where they are going.

[No Subject]

Yes.  Just yes.

Read it.

Fiction vs Reality - JKR convicted of fictional murder

Aug. 3rd, 2007

Weighing in

I feel beat up, tired, and just sick.  I'm ready for all of this to just be over.

As of now, I have two alternate journals:
Elfmun at Greatestjournal, which is my backup journal and RP journal, and probably won't get used too much for anything aside from RP purposes.
Elfflame at Insane journal, which is currently blank, but will become my default if fandom deserts entirely, I am deleted, or I'm still this upset come the end of December or March, or whenever it is that I'm paid till.  I am NOT giving them any more of my money.  And here's why: They don't refund.  They refuse.  It's in the contract.  And if you can pay to have them treat you this way?  Why stay?

So far I've heard of four suspensions, the two fannish artists that everyone's heard about, and two from my husband's flist...  And don't you love the coincidental way the strikeout coding changed the same day that they did this?  So that you can't tell they've been deleted unless you go looking for them specifically?  Not to mention that they just disappear from your friends-list on your user info page, and since most of us have 200-300 friends or more, one is easy to miss, unless we talk to them every day...

Henry Rollins on Freedom and the Internet (from my hubby.)
Fandom Tossed Feed
[info]fandom_flies - a community dedicated to creating a new fandom journaling service, and keeping track of where each of us goes.
And from Strikethrough: a list of links for different things to do to back up/make your new/old journal prettier/better. (flocked)

Jul. 23rd, 2007

[No Subject]

In regards to the LJ Buz stuff?

I have a GJ -- Elfmun.

But this is my home.  And I will be here until they find some reason to delete me.  If and when that happens, my sorry butt will probably be moving to JournalFen, unless I get convinced between now and then to get an insanejournal account.

Just sos you all know. :)

Jun. 18th, 2007

Update of doom

I just seem to be so distracted these days, I rarely seem to post anything but fic or memes.  So a list of my life of late:

* On Spoilers!  I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  I don't want to be spoiled.  Please, please, please!  Put stuff under a cut for those of us who want to actually read the book without prior knowledge?  Thanks.

many many many other things behind the cut, to save my flist from teh ginormous post of doom )

And I think I'll stop there.  And maybe try to post more often? :P  Hope everyone is having a good day.

May. 31st, 2007

[No Subject]

Yay for [info]pornish_pixies being back up, but everyone, please don't abandon this as it is.  Look, yes, they fixed the main problem.  But there's still an underlying one.  Interests.  This isn't so much about free speech, but the fact that our interests could be used against us by any person who decides to take that interest the wrong way.

Go here and ask him what the company intends to do about this.  This isn't over by a long shot, folks.  It's still a problem, and we need to deal with it.  We can't just forget why this happened.  Because we all know that Chan and Incest are easy to speak out against, but there are also plenty of other things that many of us write about that have been included on our lists at one time or another.  BDSM is illegal in many places.  As is gay marriage.  Or any sort of m/m sex.  Do we really want to go through this again with a different set of interests?

We need to hold LJ and Six Apart accountable for how they react to complaints.  It is one thing to complain about a user for valid reasons.  Yes, many of the sites taken down were valid.  Though I would charge anyone who claims that to be a victory to show me one single arrest that has come from this mess.  All it's done is drive the actual criminals deeper under cover.  How does that help children?  This wasn't about helping anyone but the complainers get a lot of publicity for their cause, and about stirring up those who they disliked.

Don't let them win.

Nov. 13th, 2006

[No Subject]

If you have a paid account, and haven't heard yet, go here for a little note from the LJ crew.

Nov. 7th, 2006



So, I changed back to a simpler layout cause the nice fancy one was causing me some problems, but I still have a few.  Like the fact that I can't seem to actually change the colors any more.  I could type them in manually, but I'm not particularly up to that.  Does anyone know if the color-selector is broken, or if it's just me?  Every time I click on the choose button, it brings up the window, but I can't get it to do anything.  It's very frustrating.

This will do for now, but I really wanted something more different.  Something mine. :S

Jul. 24th, 2006

Two years

I've officially had my journal two years as of tomorrow, sometime about midday, I think. :)  Changes?  A lot more fic.  A ton more friends, way too many new ships to count (headdesk), and now with RPG, too! :D 

I don't have a story ready to post like I did last year, but I would like to offer drabbles because it has been so very long since I have done so.  Please keep it HP, as my brain's been cooked by the weather lately, and thinking outside HP would probably make it explode... ;)  There are a few pairings I won't do, but I'm pretty loose.  Just please no Snape/Gryffindor pairings?  Or Ronslash.  Not really my thing.  Maybe you could give me a couple pairings and a prompt to choose from? That way we're more likely to mesh.
stats, if you're curious )

I wanted to do the comment stats as well, but the website appears to be down.  Anyone know what's going on with that?

Jun. 19th, 2006

[No Subject]

Copied from [info]titti:

If you are--like me--somewhat annoyed at LJ for catering to a veryyoung crowd and trying their best to mimic MySpace (with all the thingswe may not like about that site!), there's one thing you can actuallydo: let yourself be counted in the age demographic.

As long as LJ sees HERE that the largest number of users is in the 17-20 crowd, they'll try tocater to that audience. One problem from my perspective is that the 18year olds are less likely to pay, and I'd like to see the statisticmodified for paid users! But as long as they're looking at the hardnumbers only, we might as well throw ours into the mix.

So, if you, never wanted your birthday out there, you can go to EDIT PROFILE and add your DOB to be counted in internal LJ statistics but not displayed.

Given the age of many fannish folks and our tendency to not always have our birth year displayed, here's a chance to hopefully tilt thosestatistics a bit!!!

Pass it on and let's see whether we can make a difference and maybe let LJ folks know that some of theirmost active (and paying) users are not 18 year olds!!!

Nov. 22nd, 2005

Stupid LJ stuff

So, I think everyone's having problems with their comments because of the big server move, and someone posted this link this morning, so I thought I'd pass it on.  It might not help 100%, depending on how many days you've been without comments, but it'll help for the recent ones at least. 

I knew about it before, but I didn't think about it in this situation. 

Ah, well, live and learn.  Hope everyone's doing okay out there. :)

Oct. 9th, 2005

Check it out

Guess that Friend

My stats:
You have a total of 158 friends
You requested to guess 158 entries.
None was skipped due to invalid content (surprising?).
You made 158 guesses.
You got 111 correct.
Doing the math for you, that means you got 70% correct

Not bad, huh?  I was hoping for 75, but oh, well.