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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.

Nov. 2nd, 2012

Update on Me and NaNoWriMo

I know I've been pretty silent this year. Here's what's been going on.

* Still no job, but I've been slowly selling off my Magic cards, which has helped somewhat.

* Parents moved in with my sister and her family into a huge place in Eastern Seattle right next to the Arboretum in Montlake, if you know the Seattle Area. It's a gorgeous house. Mom and dad have a nice little downstairs apartment that's about the size of their old house's main floor, and tons of storage space for everyone, so they're not really missing the downstairs at all. Even better, Mom has an elevator so she no longer has to deal with stairs, which was becoming an increasingly difficult issue, so we're all glad of that. Sis is now working on getting her to stop driving, as the MS is slowly getting worse, and it's taking her longer and longer to get to the car. We've started bi-weekly dinners, which has been nice. More time with all of them, which I am bad about, so it's a perfect excuse to see them all and stay updated. Sis and the family will be heading down to brother-in-law's family for Thanksgiving, which is their norm, so I'm going to help mom and dad with thanksgiving in the main house, and I'm going to try to make mashed potatoes in sis's crock pot. Wish me luck...

* Also in family news, my grandmother passed away this summer. She was my last living grandparent, and I will miss her, but I was never as close to her as I was to my other grandmother who died in 2010. We had a lovely service at their church in Bellevue, and her pastor, who was just about to retire, was able to do the service. It ended up being the last she did at the church, so it made it doubly special. I did a slideshow of pictures of grandma's life, which was wonderful, and everyone wanted copies, so I'm doing slideshows of all the grandparents for the family for Christmas. Except that every time I see the shots of my grandfather who died in 91, I start crying. Makes it hard to go through the photos. But I'm getting there.

* I am not a business person, and don't know how to sell myself, so despite posting some signs, I have yet to get a bite on my genealogy business. If anyone has some extra money laying around, and are curious about their family history, I'd certainly love to help. Comment below, and we can talk. :)

* I have, however, gotten a couple of nibbles from the folks in my building about cat-sitting. For those who don't know, I have two cats, and have lived with cats since my junior year of high school. I love them. It's one reason we moved into the building, that it was cat friendly. Apparently the manager has been watching people's cats (and a few other small animals) for free, but it's driving her up the wall, especially with how picky some people are, so she asked me to help, then suggested I offer a service. Some people are still taking advantage of her and saying they can't pay, but...well, at least this way, she's got someone to shove them at now. So I have one job over the Thanksgiving week watching two cats who are very sweet (well, once's sweet and one's feral, so doesn't get on with anyone but her owner), and then another around Christmas. Feeling pretty good about all this. Not a *ton* of money, but might be enough to round out to my rent at the end of the month, especially if I sell off a few more cards.

* The current TV season has been a bit depressing. No more Eureka, Fringe is ending, way too many reality tv shows, and the one hope I had for the season, Revolution, is kind of a bust... Sci Fi has one show I might try, but that doesn't start until next year. And...Elementary is not working for me. So...it's all left me kind of meh. And then, of course, we have Who (Gaaah!), Downton (*sobs*), and Misfits (not sure about that season opener...), which have at least been more interesting than the American TV shows this season. Oh, and Merlin, which is also as depressing...It's frankly been hard to watch, though Mordred is pretty, at least.

* On the other hand, I have been watching Buffy season 4 (my favorite) and Angel season 1 with Foodie, which has been great fun. So many great episodes this season...we just watched Hush last week. All time best ever. I can't wait to see what she thinks when Oz returns...Or what she'll think of Lorne, but I guess he doesn't show until next season. I've definitely missed him in this one. I think it could have used his charm.

* And in other TV news...I've been watching Supernatural. I'm still not *hooked* hooked, but I am enjoying it. My description to others is that it feels sort of like the Hardy Boys to Buffy's Nancy Drew. :) And I came across a comment on Tumblr that I quite agree with today: "It's nothing like I expected, but exactly as described." Heh.

* Oh, yes, and Nano. I'm doing another original piece this year, so it's not been posted anywhere online. I wouldn't mind feedback, though, if people are interested. I've got two people I'm emailing the story as I go, section by section. The story is a Steampunk world adventure using archetypes I'm familiar with, which is to say, based on favorite characters/RP characters. There's more to it than that, of course. If you're not sure, but curious, my profile is here, and I've posted a snippet and blurb about the story.

* Fanfic is now on the back burner, because life is just too stressful at the moment. I stopped at D_D sometime earlier this year, but I do have a story I'm about to send in for K_K this year, and I also have a story for the Lucius Big Bang that should be going up sometime this month, so keep your eyes out for those. Otherwise, I'm trying to focus on job-hunting and original writing, so...wish me luck.

Jul. 12th, 2012

Magic card interest, anyone? (signal boost requested)

So, back in the golden days of Yore, in the early days of my marriage, my husband and I collected Magic the Gathering Cards. We even played them, too. But we stopped because they kept changing the rules and the cards and...it was just too expensive a hobby to keep up.

So these cards have been sitting in boxes and card-protectors since about the mid-nineties, gathering dust. My ex let me keep the cards in our split of our things, so I've been working on getting them sorted so I could sell them. I also used a bunch of price guides and cheat-sheets to determine exactly what it was that I had.

I have the equivalent of about four long boxes full of cards, all loose, plus a few other random things. And while I was going through them, I remembered how much I used to love creating themed decks out of the cards. I made a dragon deck, and an Elfquest deck among others.

So I was wondering if there was any interest out there in purchasing a pre-made deck out of my cards. I'm thinking 60 cards, and would be willing to gear them to a fannish theme based on what I have.

I have been selling a few on Ebay (expensive cards that I've pulled from the dross), but I still have several hundred more, so if there's something specific you want, just let me know. I would prefer these to go to folks I know, and would certainly be more interested in getting rid of groups of cards at once than trying to deal with them all separately. The Ebay sales are currently over, so I need to set those up again, but feel free to drop me a line to ask me what I have. I'm working on typing up a (very long) database of everything, so hopefully I will be able to answer any questions needed, and I can always skim through what I have if people have specific requests.

Whether you're interested in single decks, random cards, specific cards...whatever, I'd love to sell these, so any interest would be greatly appreciated.

Even if you're not interested, if you could please signal-boost this to your own Flists? I really want to get this out to as many fannish gaming-interested people as possible, as this is currently what is keeping a roof over my head at the moment.
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Nov. 28th, 2011

Happiness Is:

* Never dipping below your minimum word-count all month, especially on a NaNoWriMo month, and finishing your story well ahead of schedule.  (currently over 53k and counting.  Almost done now, folks.  Still have a bunch of chapters to post here)

* Introducing a friend to a TV show you adore, and finding her enjoying it too. (Started watching Buffy with a friend from episode one.  We just finished Season two this past weekend.  Unfortunately we have to take a break to deal with the Holidays and then we'll be watching Glee, but I can't wait to see her reaction when it comes to Season 3...so much to see still! If you're curious, we've been liveblogging it and the other shows we're watching here)

* Having made it through a year alone and still being here successfully, even if life is not perfect. (Still need a job, but I have enough money to make it through the next few months.  Any help on the job front would be much appreciated)

* A new movie I am very much looking forward to in the theatres.  (Why can't it be December 16 already????)

* A family that's here for me, including a mother-in-law despite him.

* An amazing group of friends, particularly three in specific, who have kept me sane this year, and without whom I doubt I would have made it through this year. <3

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?
and
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?

Apr. 27th, 2011

A mini update and a rant

For those whom I have not told yet, I'm getting a divorce.  Things are still ongoing, and he's not being a total arse; I am not okay, but I am coping.  And I do have support.  Anyone in the Seattle area, if you know of an office job that doesn't involve answering phones *PLEASE* let me know...I really need one so I can stay in my apartment.  Thanks.



And now on to the rant.

I know some of the people who follow me here know my feelings about gender identity, but if you don't, here's what I think in a nutshell.  People are people, whatever bits they have, and shouldn't be forced to conform just because they look a certain way, or were born with certain bits.  You should be who you feel you are, not who people want you to be.  Simple as that.

That said, I've seen this growing trend, both at Polyvore and at Tumblr, for gender-swap, and I'm really not fond of it, but usually I can just scroll past and ignore it.  Despite my stated feelings above, it does nothing for me, and just feels more like wish fulfillment on the part of the fan than anything else.

But I do have to say that some really bug me for one important reason: taking a character of colour and making them white is NOT okay.  Ever.  For ANY reason.  I don't care how much you like your choice, it just feels wrong.

I'm not going to name names here, or point to a specific post, but I just saw a set at Polyvore which cast a white actor as a black actress's male version.  And he's an actor I adore.  But he's WHITE.  Perhaps if the other in the pair had been a black actor for a white actress, it might not bug me so much, but this seems to be a constant trend, and I really just had to say this to get it off my chest.

Both of the shows I can think of where I've seen this sort of thing have been the sole non-white character in the show, or as near to such as can be, which only makes this sort of thing worse.

I don't care if people link to this, in fact, please feel free to do so. I'd open comments if I knew I wouldn't get spammed to death by the bots, but if I get a request, I will.  I'd definitely love to know why people out there like this sort of thing, and what on earth would motivate them to cast a white character in place of a black, because otherwise it smacks of bias, even if not a conscious one.

ETA: Comment settings have been changed, but unless I have you friended, they won't show up until I've seen them and allow them to be posted. Again, this is to save me from the spam-bots, though I will delete comments that are racist/do not add to the conversation.

So please link this anywhere you feel the need.

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? 

Nov. 26th, 2009

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Let's see--

1000 words of NaNo today. I'm at least a day behind as far as wordcount goes. Very frustrating. But I am getting there.

Gaming machine attacked by toxic malware today, so I lost at least an hours worth of time, and had a bit of a fit trying to get the bloody thing *off* my computer. *sighs* Gone, now, but really not a happy thing.

For those of you who have followed my family issues with my mother's side of the family--good thanksgiving this year. There were only eight of us total, so it was nice and quiet, which means no huge blowups.

Oct. 4th, 2009

For my own future reference

And because I think it's important.

[info]cluegirl posted an entry here on how to react to someone you know telling you they were raped.  Incredibly thought out, and from not only a survivor, but someone who's going through a special program to help victims deal with this sort of assult.

I've only had to react to this sort of thing twice in my life, which I suppose makes me very lucky, but I'm fairly sure I sucked at it then. 
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Jul. 25th, 2009

Good bye, job

So, as of 5 PM yesterday, I am now officially unemployed.  My own doing, and I'm glad I did it.  I know it was the right choice.  I loved the people there, but the job was only getting more and more stressful. 

I spent a lot of time yesterday saying good bye to everyone.  Got lots of hugs and lots of presents, and plenty of joking "how dare you"s from folks.  The thing is?  I wasn't there that long.  I started back in July of 07, but it took me until February of 08 (with a few-months-break in between there) to become an official employee.  But I've made more friends there than I ever have any place else I've ever worked.  I'll miss seeing them every day, and talking to them.  It made the day quite bittersweet.

Ended up having a plant, a balloon, and three bags to take home (one my usual bag I carry with me every day, but still...).  Luckily I'd made plans with [info]turtle_avenger last night, so she picked me up, and we went to Red Robin's for supper, then went to see a girlyflick, "The Ugly Truth." :D  I spent a lot of time covering my face in embarrassment for the characters, but it was fun and light and a perfect way to end the day.

Now I just have to remind myself to do my own work every day.  I have a number of long-neglected chores to get to, and two big fics to write, not to mention the usual D_Ds and plotting for my Nano this year...Maybe even a Merlin fic or two.  So I will still be busy, but easier to get to--I think. :)  I'm going to force myself to get out of the house at least every other day, just for my own health, because I tend to be disinclined to move, which is very not good for me... :P

Bought myself a new pasta maker--for cooking in the microwave.  Haven't tested it yet, but here's hoping.  Helps that I'll only be making it for myself.  Means that there won't be a lot of boilover to deal with. Wish me luck!

Also--saw HBP a week ago Friday.  Still getting my thoughts together about it.  I'll be seeing it again Monday, so I'll probably post a proper review then. :)

Jan. 6th, 2009

Rantage:

(nothing about anyone on my f-list, just things that are really starting to tick me off...)

A story about a school )

And now for the weather report... )

/rant
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Jul. 26th, 2008

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Much to do today.

Managed about 2000 words of my Creature fic now.  I haven't gotten much past the prologue, but I'm getting there.  And I'm pretty happy with what I have.  Haven't even thought about next month's D_D, yet, though.

Saw Batman last night.  And I still need to do my review of Hellboy, too.  And tomorrow, Mamma Mia.

Still have empty spots in my Alphabet meme, and I won't start writing the responses until they're all filled, so please help me fill them?  *puppydog eyes*

Prophet stuff, and Harry's birthday (early, since it's the middle of the week)...

And I'm watching a friend's cat, so I have to remember to do that, too.


But consider this warning--I will be spamming today.  At least two posts.  Possibly more.

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*

Tired.

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?

Mar. 28th, 2008

Tagged by [info]snapesgirl

A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."
I don't tag.


  1. There are 14 years between when I started my AA and when I finished my BA, because I took a ten-year break.
  2. I am the oldest grandchild on both sides of my family.
  3. I worked for one of the top ten companies in the Northwest for 3 years as a temp, but I would never accept a real job offer from them.
  4. I met my husband in ninth grade, but we didn't start dating until the last week of our senior year.  We've been married for more than 15 years.
  5. My favorite color is purple.
  6. I am a tab fiend.  I have several extentions for firefox that have to do with tabs, and at any one time, I have multiple rows of tabs open in my browser, several of which I never close.
  7. I have lived in Seattle all my life, and I can't imagine ever living anywhere else.

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. 16th, 2008

State of the Elf

Daily Deviant fic done.  Haven't even thought about next month's, but I'm totally focusing on HD Cup fic for now.  Don't even have 1000 words yet, but I will beat the two of them (okay, Draco) into submission if its the last thing I do. :P

Saw Across the Universe.  Hubby bought it before we'd seen it, which isn't something we do often, but we'd both wanted to see it.  I'm a huge Beatles fan, and so I was very excited to see what they'd done.  It's amazing.  If you like them, or the period, find a copy and watch.  There are flaws, yes, and it's definitely not for everyone, but it is very well-done.

Rab has been very loud of late.  I'd say unnacountably, but I know exactly why.  His brother and his son.  He's just about to pop, and he's drowning out even Draco a lot of the time.  It's...creepy.  He is not a nice person.  At all.  And if anyone needs proof I can do dark...  Just let me know.  I'll post about his little outing in my head last night. :P  *shudders*

[info]snapesgirl  - got the package.  They're gorgeous. :D  Thank you. *snugs*

I want some memes to play, though I really should be writing.  Anyone have any good fannish-style memes?  Preferrably character-based?

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. 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.

Writing-
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...

Life-
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

RP-
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. :)

LJ-
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?

Jul. 9th, 2007

Wow...a post with actual content!

This stress thing has got to get better at some point, right?  Can we just severely hurt the person who decided it would be an excellent idea to have the book and the movie so close together?  Like really severely?  Bleh.

For the knitters and crocheters on my list: lighted knitting needles and crochet hooks, (via [info]emmagrant01--very cool.)

Suddenly been reading a lot more.  Don't know why.  But lots of recs for this weekend.

Still need to finish my D_D for Friday, and the one for the Farewell fest, but I'm getting there.  Should have one totally done by then, and the other is at least a fourth if not a third or even a half written.

James McAvoy has taken over my brain.  He's just teh pretteh.  I want to make him into a RP charrie, but I'm still not 100% sure...

If you haven't been reading over at [info]pimp_my_3some, you've been missing out!  Go on!  You know you want to...

Oh, and while I have people's attention, I know I have a bunch of people on my flist who do [info]daily_deviant.  The rest of the prompts for the year went up yesterday, and [info]ceria_taliesin had a thought for a group-fic for December--and artists would be welcome, too...  Anyone interested in working on a Marauders-era, post-Hogwarts, pre-first-fall set of fics with us?

Jun. 22nd, 2007

State of the Elf

Yeah...the spoiler shit is really pissing me off. I've already seen it twice, on two different comms...  I think I'll be filtering shortly... *sighs*

Spent yesterday feeling constantly behind, and not getting enough done.  Then I went to my best friend's son's 8th grade graduation.  He's attending the Alternative school I went to from third grade on, and it was rather overwhelming being there again.  It was the same building where my husband and I kissed for the first time, three days before graduation.  And then I remembered that that was twenty years ago.

So now, feeling overly melancholy (though certain people who shall remain unnamed have been utterly sweet), and not sure how to get past it.  Maybe I'll go work on linking more icons.  And finishing editing the basis for next month's D_D.