dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
Ate a 14" pizza and cake for dinner. I really need a less crappy job.
dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
I woke up to find my roommate's car gone. I thought she was out running errands until I heard her step out of her room. She's reported it to the police.

edited 2/12: Police found the car. Mostly likely kids took it joyriding. She'll have it back soon. In the meantime, the couple she nannies for lent her their third car, the one she drives the kids aroundin.
dragonyphoenix: (Evil!Binky)
That's it. One more thing goes badly at work this week and I'm looking for a new job.

On the plus side, an appropriate topic for my Evil!Binky icon. ;-)
dragonyphoenix: Francine from Strangers in Paradise (Francine bliss)

As I was listening to the book Quiet, which discusses introverts, making the point that we live in a society that favors extroverts, I flashed on the most famous literary example of an extrovert society: Brave New World.

Shallow. Stagnant, by choice but still. Way too busy. Ugh!

dragonyphoenix: (xmas)

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
  1. I want to have at least one original fic published. I'm looking at Daily Science Fiction as a good place to start.
  2. Livable wage! I need a livable wage. I have a Computer Science degree and an will be taking Python 2 next semester so that's looking possible.
  3. I'd like to take a week off to relax and dive deeply into my stories. Ideally I'd take a vacation elsewhere but with my credit card debt I'd probably stay at home.
  4. Volunteer to help abandoned pets. I'm not sure about doing this one though because between work and school I became fairly well exhausted last semester. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew.
dragonyphoenix: (raven)

In your own space, talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm definitely a panster. I get an idea and write without thinking about where the story is going. I then edit a number of times before posting. For the current story I'm writing / posting, In a Corner of My Soul, I wrote and edited the full story but am editing chapters before I post them. As I've been editing, I've been modifying the plot slightly so I'm not only editing for readability for adjusting for the plot changes as well.

One of my favorite techniques is to rewrite a sentence or small set of sentences multiple times. The exercise, as I first read it, is to rewrite an opening sentence, changing it in each iteration, 100 times. I generally find a sentence I'm happy with about 25 iterations in. This is a creativity technique. The more different ideas (or in this case writing variations) you come with, the more creative you are being. I've found it to be a very helpful technique. I first used it on the opening of On This Side of Goodbye. Of the openings I've writing, it's one of my favorites.

I also like to think about my story and work through plot issues while I'm walking.

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In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

It's taken me a while to decide what I'd want. I'm not used to asking for things.
  1. I'm totally cool with anyone creating off of my fanfic. In fact, I'm pretty sure my Transformative Works Policy says something like "You want to play with my story? Do you need me to encourage you? I can totally encourage you!" It's part of the creative process, being inspired by each other, and I also feel that it's an incredible compliment. I know some people don't want others creating fanworks based on their fanfic, but I don't understand it. I'd like an explanation of the other point of view. Why would someone not want others to play with their stories? 
  2. Comments on my fanfic are always appreciated.
  3. I'd love to see a fanfic about Kitty Fantastico. But no killing the cat. I want a happy story. I'm so less than thrilled with the idiot who decided that Dawn had accidentally shot him (her?) with a crossbow. You didn't have to fill that hole. The mystery of what had happened to Kitty Fantastico would have been perfectly OK with me.

dragonyphoenix: (Frida and God)

Create a fanwork. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Apparently rec lists count and as I'm too tired to bang out a fic, rec list it is. I'm going with vids because it's been a while since I've rec'd videos.

First up, Laura Shapiro's
Transparent, an excellent Willow character study showing what excesses Willow, being the ignored little geeky girl, was driven to.

Brave New World. This summary is from Kaydeefalls' description: the Wishverse is pretty horrifying to begin with, but the really scary part to me is that question asked: "How do you know the other world is any better than this?" And is it really? Is Giles's leap of faith justified?

Polyesther's The Odd Couple takes the opening for old sitcom and made it about Giles and Spike. Delightful.

Only Restfield would come up with a love triangle between Angel, Buffy, and Mr. Gordo. I give you I Belong To You. ;-)

A Slayer in the TARDIS' Junkie: A Willow Rosenberg Character Study 'cause it's awesome.

Deird1's Robot Girlfriends looks at the BuffyBot and April. It's sort of funny but sad at the end. And I can't believe I'd never heard of the song "Barbie Girl' before this vid!

Opening titles to a Ripper spin-off. I'd have watched the hell out of that show.

Another fantastic Restfield vid, Saturday Night explores the events and regrets of Band Candy.

And something that's not Buffy, Thousand Eyes, a Nirvana in Fire fanvid.

Deck Us All With Boston Charlie, a fanvid of my Dad's favorite comic strip, Pogo!

And now we're in the Christmas zone! Dr. Who I Want an Alien for Christmas.

The song that sent me looking through my Christmas vids, a Parker / Hardison Leverage fanfic, The Only Thing I Get For Christmas.

Fringe Running Back to You.

Leaving the Christmas zone, last but most certainly not least is a Harry Potter parody of "Uptown Funk", Dark Lord Funk.

dragonyphoenix: (Morticia)

Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done, or simply leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Since our assignments came out the on the 9th, I decided that my act of kindness would be that I'm a judge for the Headline Awards. However, while driving home this evening I was really excited to start reading in the categories I'll be judging and so now I'm thinking that GilesCandy is being truly kind by giving me something to look forward to in January and February (the coldest and most blah months of the year ... unless there's snow. I totally adore snow. So long as I don't have to drive in it.) 

dragonyphoenix: (i must squee!)

Day 8: In your own space, post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Apparently I'm supposed to be embarrassed about rec'cing my own fics? Not really, although picking through all my stories does make me wish I'd taken more time with a good number of them. And, all worksafe here.

Oh, But You're a Pretty Thing. BtVS Drabble. Angelus will follow Darla anywhere.

The Letters (the 84, Charing Cross Road Remix), a Snape/Anya story I wrote for the Circle of Friends remix, depicts a relationship in letters, e-mails, and wedding invitations.

One Zombie Two Zombie Red Zombie Dead Zombie. The BtVS episode "The Zeppo" if written by Dr. Seuss.

Marzipan, a Leverage fanfic, shows us Parkers first friend.

Sailing Towards the Dawn. Babylon 5. Dr. Franklin's hitchhiking days. He's running towards something, even if he doesnt' know it yet.

On This Side of Goodbye. BtVS. A Giles and Faith friendship fic.
This is the first time I tried a writing exercise: take your first sentence and rewrite it again and again and again. It did greatly improve the beginning of my story: 
The room, red and gold everywhere, looked like someone’s virgin kid was about to be debauched. For all that Big Al had ranted on about intentions being a heavy-duty deal for the ritual, the room he’d dumped them in wasn’t raising anything pure in Faith’s thoughts. Taking one look at the overly-stuffed velvet chairs, she decided to stand. Angel was sitting. Of course Angel was sitting. He’d been practically shitting guilt ever since he, or Twilight using his body, had killed Giles. Faith was sort of surprised he hadn’t found a bed of nails to lie on. “What is it with magic users and furniture?” She kicked at one of the chairs. “I’d rather be strung up on a rack than sit on this thing. Is it some sort of prereq for the job, never being comfortable again?”

dragonyphoenix: gnarly James Thurber creature and the word "Yuletide" (Thurber x-mas)

Day 5: In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Headline Awards! Tony Head's a fantastic actor and I adore that we get together to celebrate his work. Plus, this is a great time to bring it up because NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! So head over and rec your favorite Tony Head fanworks, not just as Giles even though I'm a big Buffy fan. These awards celebrate all his works.

Sunnydale Fanfic Club Podcast. They keep interviewing authors I adore so they obviously have excellent taste. And it's fun to hear the geeky girls interviewing friends.

I've seen that someone else has already rec'd Buffyverse Top 5 but I so adore coming up with rec lists that I'm rec'cing them as well. It's just super fun to come up with unique spins for new rec lists.
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Day 3: In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

"The Zeppo" is my absolute fave Buffy episode. I adore it as a whole but my favorite bit is the scene where Xander interrupts Buffy and Angel. Before he gets there the drama, the acting, the romance, they're all over the top and when Xander interrupts, it all stops. Buffy and Angel just drop all that to stare at Xander. And then, as he leaves, we hear the music picking up again. That is just so funny to me. I adore it.

dragonyphoenix: Francine from Strangers in Paradise (Francine bliss)
Day 2: Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The Lamb is a Tara / Willow fic in which they don't meet until after Season 7. It's been ages since I've read it; images of Willow and Tara in lucystonersix's Closer reminded me of it. (Thanks to gracenm for reccing the vid.) Tara is a nurse who gives of herself to heal others. It's a very interesting look at sacrifice. The characters are well-written and the Tara / Willow interaction just rocks.

Seduction By Winglet series. I know Martin Crieff / Tony Stark doesn't sound like a plausible pairing but damned does flawedamethyst make it work.

An Ever-Fixed Mark is an exploration of the soulmark trope within a Pride and Prejudice AU. I am now officially a fan of exploring who else Elizabeth Bennet could have become if she'd married differently.

From What Seemed like a ruin by alby_mangroves and rohkeutta.Bucky heals by raising a goshawk. I like it. The story's slow. It shows a healing that takes its time.
dragonyphoenix: (snoopy)
Day 1: In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Nature is a big one. A long walk in the park, mmm, just thinking about that makes me feel happier.

Cats, of course. My roommie has five. She keeps them in her room most of the time because she's trying to toilet train them but they were out for Christmas because she's rented out the kids room so when any are here with their significant others, they get the double bed. So, yay, kitties were out for a week and a halfish although they're back in the room now. Someday I will make enough for my own place - although it's great living here - and can have my own kitty again.

Books, love books. I'm currently reading Bujold's Memory (Vorkosigan saga) and it's so awesome. I mean, I knew that because this is a reread but still, it's awesome.

Holiday specific but Christmas lights and receiving Christmas cards.

Visiting with my friends.

Ooops, and I almost forgot: writing. Writing makes me very, very happy. *grin* 


Dec. 31st, 2018 11:37 pm
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Default)

I have a fair number of friends who post what they’ve been reading lately so I thought I’d give it a go.

Claire North’s The Sudden Appearance of Hope features a forgettable woman, forgettable in that once she’s out of sight people forget her in about a minute. It’s an interesting premise – although it reminds me of a story I read decades ago about a man who’s forgotten by everyone each morning – and the writing’s quite good. I’m about a third of the way through it and definitely recommend it.

Because I’m still under the weather – darn cold that won’t go away – I’ve been revisiting an old favorite, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Memory, my favorite of the Vorkosigan books. I think I like it because he grows up in this book, decides who he wants to be. I first read it when I was thinking along those same lines.

When I was even more ill and looking for something light, KJ Charles’ Band Sinister, a male / male romance that pokes fun at Gothic romances while being one. I read it twice.

And, of course, fanfiction! AMarguerite An Ever-Fixed Mark is a meta on the soulmark trope, an identifying mark that reveals ones soul-mate, using Pride and Prejudice. It’s a delightful read that allows you to pick your ending: Elizabeth Bennet married (at the end) to Mr. Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, or the Duke of Wellington. She marries Colonel Fitzwilliam first in all of them and it’s fascinating to see her as a soldier’s wife, following the drum as it were. I think the author is a history buff if not a historian; she has the details down.

heat's off

Dec. 16th, 2018 09:14 pm
dragonyphoenix: Death as the Hogfather (santa muerte)
When water pipes were replaced in the fall, one of the gas pipes was nicked. We keep losing all gas (heat, water heater, stovetop / oven). Today they drained the main pipe rather than dealing with it on a house by house basis. The heat was back but is off again. Stovetop's still working though.
dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Default)
My holiday plans keep going up in smoke. Dad cancelled his trip here for Thanksgiving at the last minute. Donna B cancelled Thanksgiving dinner because she was coming down with bronchitis. (Good call there). Donna P cancelled game night because she was also coming down with bronchitis. (They go to the same church and people had gone in sick the weekend before) I just missed the work holiday party because I couldn't find a frigging casino! (Which actually is really just like me). Aargh! This is getting old.
dragonyphoenix: Death as the Hogfather (santa muerte)

Adoration of the Magi

Spain (1465-1480)

Book of Hours, MS M.854 fol. 90v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

dragonyphoenix: Blackadder looking at scraps of paper, saying "It could use a beta" (Default)

Those who’ve known me for quite a while, might remember the delight I took in Advent Calendars. That’s fallen away over the last few years, but this year I’m taking an interest again. Sadly, my good dozen calendars are in storage in Virginia. I did pick up a Peanuts calendar and found a couple online.

Loyola Press’ calendar doesn’t start until tomorrow, Dec 2nd. Apparently the Christian Advent works differently from the secular Advent that I'm used to, but I started looking at it today. The commentary on Kadinsky’s Last Judgement is interesting but I didn’t find it particularly engaging.

The related exercise, a guided visualization, which they call an imaginative prayer, didn’t work for me at all. At first it reminded me of Tonglen, a meditation practice out of Tibetan Buddhism. In the Loyola Press visualization, you imagine all the conflicts in the world coming in to your mind. But then, instead of creating light from yourself in the darkness, you imagine that light coming down from above. So I tried rising above the earth to feel all the conflicts and it quickly shifted in my mind to looking for the helpers. Instead I was searching for all the people’s small acts of goodness that were making a difference.

Looking back on my response to their exercise, I’m reminded of the time Barbara Marx Hubbard was trying to work out why she was so in favor of space exploration while her friend wanted to stay on Earth. I don’t recall the exact details but I do remember Hubbard’s insight: Oh, you have a different metaphor. She continued that neither way of viewing the world is right or wrong. They are just different perspectives.

The Catholic metaphor just isn’t my metaphor although I will continue checking out their Advent Calendar. I do want to acknowledge the season and there might be something that speaks to me. I think it’s time to figure out my metaphor.


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