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Dreamwidth migraton

As you may have guessed, I am in the process of removing myself from the active LJ posting community.  I am on dreamwidth, and have backed up my journal to that account. I will no longer be cross posting to this one, but I haven't decided to delete it yet.
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Yuletide Reveal

I feel a bit like Liam Neeson's character in Taken, here:
If you are looking for a typical yuletide story, I can tell you that I don't have patience to write one, but what I do have is a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career in fandom. Skills that make me a nightmare for some types of readers. 

Sorry, just had to riff on that.  For yuletide, I wrote Angel/Demon Incest Porn with D/s powerplay overtones, lots of banter, and a wrapper of wingfic. The story was never going to be to everyone's taste, but for those that like that sort of thing, this story may be a thing that you like.

Pilgrimage (2921 words) by Rachael Sabotini
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Amenadiel/Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer TV)
Characters: Amenadiel (Lucifer TV), Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer TV)
Additional Tags: Wings, Frenemies, Brothers, Canon Character of Color, Yuleporn, Power Play, it's complicated - Freeform, Fallen Angels, Demons, Banter

When Lucifer had announced that he was paying a visit to Amenadiel, Maze had rolled her eyes at him. "Good luck with that," she'd muttered, giving him a little wave. "That asshole hasn't called me since he moved."


For myself, I received a wonderful story for Eliot in the Magicians. I feel terrible that I became ill right after Christmas, so I was not able to post about it earlier, but it's a lovely story of Eliot and Margo's first meeting.

With Apologies to the Furniture (1138 words) by GVSpurlock
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Magicians (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Margo Hanson & Eliot Waugh
Characters: Eliot Waugh, Margo Hanson
Additional Tags: Welcome to Brakebills, Waistcoats, Non-Metaphorical Closets, Meet-Cute, First Meetings

A graduate school for magic was admittedly one of the stranger things he’d encountered in his brief but eventful life, but not necessarily in the top five.

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quick update

 MIL was able to feed herself and walk using a walker!  Woo-hoo!  That's a lot of progress from where she was, so rehab will be helpful.

on the story side, I cut about 2K words from the story, and now I feel like it makes sense.  I need to write the rest of it, but it feels more doable now.  Could be it's must a better day.
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It's been a day

I spent the day at madigan army medical center as my mother in law had a stroke last night.  Her right side is affected, but she can still talk, which is great.  She was able to move her hand some today (open and close it, make a fist, that type of thing) which is fantastic as she wasn't able to do that last night.  She's having a tough time -- she's had back pain for years, and now she can't use her right arm to help her lever herself into comfortable positions, plus she can't do much with her right leg.  There will be more tests tomorrow as they evaluate the near term recovery plan, and what the prognosis looks like. We know there will be some time at a rehab facility, and we'll just take it one day at a time after that.  I'm not sure she's going to be able to live alone anymore.

Aging, man.  It can really suck.

I'm forever behind on my yuletide story, and seriously considering defaulting.  This would be my first time, and while some of it is I just can't get myself to sit in the chair and do the work, I'm also distracted by crazy stuff happening in life: the layoff, the election, dad's recalled pacemaker, and now this.  It's really a lot, you know?  I need a draft by default day for me to feel comfortable continuing, so that's the goal for the week.  We'll see what happens.  

I really hope everyone else had a much better day.
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On the road again

Did you know that a pacemaker can be recalled?  On Monday, my dad received notice that his pacemaker was recalled, and promptly freaked out thinking it was either going to a) burst into flames inside his chest b) short out and send a giant electrical shock through him or c) going to stop his heart. Luckily he had a doctor appointment that day, and the worst of his fears were calmed - the recall is for the battery portion which can drain more rapidly than expected.  The fix was easy, just change out the generator unit for a newer version of the same unit, and it would be able to use the same wires.

So, as I am still unemployed, I went down Thursday on the train to my brother's house in Portland,.  In the morning, I borrowed his car and drove down to my Dad's assisted care facility and took him in to the hospital for the replacement surgery.  Everything went great, though an emergency ended up pushing out his surgery for a couple of hours.  I took him back home, then I went back to my brothers, and today I took the train back to my house.  I get a couple of days break, then I start up the thanksgiving road trips, which will take me through Sunday. 

It's a long week, but it's okay.  I already called and checked on Dad and while he has some pain, he says he's doing okay.  He'll see the doc next week so that by the time I see him on Thursday again, he should be healed up enough to have gone back to his cardiac rehab exercise class. A working pacemaker is amazing.

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Dear Yuletide Author

Dear Yuletide Author,

Hi! Sorry to be late putting this up, and I am so glad you found your way here. I cribbed this from prior years, but if you are stuck, I hope this letter gives you some ideas for things you can write.  If you already have an idea for one of the characters I asked for, go for it.  I want you to have fun writing and not to stress it – I want you to enjoy yourself.  

If you are looking for other ideas, I’m a character-driven, relationship focused story fan, so if you stick with that – from a small friendship story to epic romance – I will love it. I love all types of intimacy from gen to explicit erotica; my favorite kink is D/s, and I also like hurt/comfort, just not of the illness kind.

I love worldbuilding, and all of the fandoms I’ve asked for involve rich worlds to explore.  You can also build yourself a new one with alternate histories and timelines, or turn it all into a steampunk version of the original universe! Feel free to bring in other characters if you want, including original characters; my selected characters should be the focus, but there are a lot of other people in the universe too.

Tropes I love: First times, teasing, banter, dark pasts, found families, self-realization, wistful regret, pining, old hurts, second chances, dreams, adventure, ass kicking, angst, exotic settings, outsider POV, wacky undercover situations, steampunk, horror, other worlds, whumpage, hurt/comfort, themes about friendship, trust and love.  I'd also prefer a happy ending.

I do have some dislikes: heavy illness (cancer, AIDS, etc), pregnancy, public humiliation/embarrassment, death and permanent disability.  I'm not keen on first person POV or all dialog stories, though I am fine with a story narrated by an original character, animal companion, or inanimate object.

Here's what I wrote in my original request with a couple of additional thoughts

Kate Daniels - Ilona Andrews - Julie

I'm really interested in exploring Julie's life and her relationships - not just the one with Derek or Kate, but other shapeshifters like Dali or her training with the shade of Kate's aunt. I'm caught up on the latest book, so anything that happens as an outgrowth of Kate's war with her father would be cool too. I love the universe and the character and would love to see Julie's life explored.

Case fic, Day-in-the-life, five things about Julie - all good.

The Magicians (TV) - Eliot

I was pretty shattered by what happened to everyone at the end of the first series, and the fact that Eliot is tied down to a woman he never chose and a land he had no interest in is horrific to me.  I'd like something a little happier, either s pre or post-series Eliot is a possibility, or something with Eliot and Margo at any time you like.  I love their relationship and would like to see more of it. The two of them picking up a third or fourth would be awesome.

Ghostbusters (2016) - Holtzman

I have a mad crush on Holtz and just like the other character-focused requests this year, I want to see more about her.  Her background is a mystery, and I'd like to see that explored.  I'd also like to see one of the other Ghostbusters attempt to matchmake her, only to find out she herself is the match.  I'd love a little guns 'n romance story.

Enjoy writing your story and I'm sure I'll love reading it. All of the details are optional, and I’m happy to leave specifics up to you. Like I said, I love these characters and I'll love whatever you choose to write in any of these fandoms. I'm really looking forward to it!

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Just hanging

 Today I made chicken verde enchiladas!  One of the women I work with was going on and on about how good her 'healthy' version of the dish was, so I am giving it a try.  I haven't been doing a lot of cooking lately, particularly not on a work night, but she said it was easy, so I am giving it a go.  My house smells wonderful right now, and I can't wait for them to be done. :)
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 I have IMZY codes if anyone is interested in them.  I need your email address, and may not have a recent one for you, so drop me a comment.  The post is not screened, so if you are concerned about others seeing your email address, message me directly.

In other news, I've agreed to do a fanfic documentary, and talk about my life in fan fiction before the internet.  Should be a hoot, and I'll see if I can dig up some fanzines and letterzines for show and tell.  I met the woman doing the documentary at Norwescon, which is just amazing to me as in my mind, it's such a straight up SF con.  How the world turns.

In home news, the backyard cottage progresses.  Work still sucks, but I am not as stressed out by it as I was; can't say the same for the spouse.  We'll see what happens in the next month,  once the buyout is complete. 

Hope your weekend is a good one.
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Wow, our last episode was so long ago!

My life has been consumed by three things: work, construction of our backyard cottage, and prepping my dad's house for sale.  Each of them is consuming more of my energy than I would want, but there has been a little movement on all fronts lately so I am a feeling more heartened today.

On the cottage front, we finally have the fire sprinklers installed!  That means we need a plumber and the insulation guys in, and then we can get it inspected for final framing and cover.  So the water issues have been resolved, which caused a 4 month delay in the project, but things have moved at last. Once Dad's house sells, we hope to put some of our own work into the finishes and get that wrapped up by fall.  I have hope again!

For my dad's house, last week was my last weekend cleaning and repairing the place.  My sister-in-law did most of the on the ground coordination, as well as boxing up all of the old junk, organizing last month's estate sale (which we all worked  and did well at), getting a realtor in, and being on site for every single contractor we had out to the place.  It was a huge undertaking, and if she hadn't been willing to bail on some of her substitute teaching opportunities, I don't know how we would have managed.  She and my brother live an hour away from Dad's, so it was a pain in the butt for her to do stuff, and I am super thankful that she got it done.

Last looks this weekend, new carpet and vinyl installed Wednesday June 1st,  official photos June 2nd, and the house is on the market. Dad's a little freaked by it and has been very hand's off about selling the house; he wants it done as soon as possible so he can feel more financially secure again. He's doing well, but I can see his inner kid a lot, especially now that his big sister passed. He's really emotionally vulnerable, and I am so glad he's living in assisted care now and has friends now to support him. He's doing much better than he was last year when he was living on his own. He'll feel a lot better once the house is sold, his HELOC paid off, and he doesn't have to worry about paying for water, electric, or the taxes for owning it.

And after it all I will get back to fandom again! Real life just sometimes does a meltdown, and coping is all you can do.  See ya on the flip side.

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OMG Stories to A03 are DONE!

Wow, this is a milestone for me. At this point, I have every story I could find uploaded to A03.  I know that there are other stories from the dawn of time that I no longer have working copies of, and a couple of Harry Potter stories that I can't find source for that aren't there, but everything else written has been migrated over.  I now have 180 stories in the archive, which is...a lot more than I thought.  My mediafans web site is thus slated for non-renewal the next time it comes up, which will be another milestone by itself.

So. Now I need to work on the vids, which will have to start with setting up an account.  But that'll bea goal for another day.