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Dear self,

Driving to Toronto, sitting in the passport office for over three hours, then driving home again in one day is a BAD idea. It is an even worse idea if they are forecasting snow in the Barrie area. Keep this in mind when it is time to renew the passports.

Love (in a very tired way) me.
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To my dear friend and pseudo-sister, [livejournal.com profile] blade_girl.

I called her this morning and sang a somewhat modified version of the birthday song. What? She liked it. Honest.

And, I was hoping to have fic for her ... but, well, not quite finished yet. I will get it done soon. Really. And she will like it, because it is her present. *vbg*

Anyway. I hope your day was fantastic. I hope other people sang birthday songs for you, even if they didn't put giraffes in their's. I hope the kid remembered to make a fuss over you. Most of all, I hope you remember that you are wuvvvvvvvvvvved.

Happy Birthday from me and the giraffes.
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Comment and I'll give you a letter; then you list 10 things you love that begin with that letter. [livejournal.com profile] ancarett gave me "D" so here goes.

Ten things I love that begin with D )
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And I too shall say, Baaaaaaaaaa! Sheep of the world, unite! And make a nice sweater and maybe a lamb stew.

This is the Science Fiction Book Club's list of the fifty most significant science fiction/fantasy novels published between 1953 and 2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert*
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (just couldn't get into it)
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke (but I hardly remember it)
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick*
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.* (have actually re-read this multiple times)
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison (eeee! I run screaming from Ellison)
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling (did nothing for me)
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien (not unfinished for lack of trying on my part)
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock (I have a strange amount of love for this one)
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Huh, I would have thought I'd read more of them. And don't ask me where #3 went, it was missing when I stole this from [livejournal.com profile] ancarett.

ETA: Seems #3 was Dune. It has been added.
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Okay, so I wrote this for my usual Oz beta, [livejournal.com profile] cmk418. And I'm really hoping she enjoys it. What this means, though, is that the fic has not seen the tender mercies of a beta. Which might be a really good thing for the betas concerned. This is not normal fic, people. This is crack!fic. And I own it proudly. How cracky, you ask? Just check out the pairing.

Title: Next in Line
Pairing: McManus/Sister Peter Marie
Rating: oh god, totally gen. anything else would have caused me nightmares!
Summary: McManus has dated every other woman at work, right?

Read more... )
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I am deader than a dead thing. Remember how excited I was that my sister could take some of the work load? Bwahahahahah! I crack myself up. By my calculations, I'm about 25 hours behind on paperwork. And I'm running to stand still. Eeep!

So, I have caved. We're having dinner with our future employee on Monday night. It's the first night we're all free. This means I should have an employee (holy shit! I'm gonna be a boss) in about two weeks. This may mean I'll get to have a life outside work again.

This also means I'll get to write again. I wrote some last weekend, but I finished nothing. I promise I'll have the crack fic finished this weekend, [livejournal.com profile] cmk418. And I'll work on that prompt, [livejournal.com profile] blade_girl. No, really.

In other news ... in exactly 35 days, I will be parking my ass on a beach in Bermuda. But who's counting?
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And just because I feel compelled to spam my flist ...

I had coffee today with [livejournal.com profile] ancarett and it was awesome. We talked of fannish things. We laughed at fannish ways, including our own. And I wasn't at work for an hour. I played hooky. Heeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

Everyone should have a fannish friend that they can see in real life.
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under a load of work.

Cut for blathering about work related insanity )
But why is my creative drowning, you ask? Well, because I keep having all these great ideas for the stories I'm working on. But then work and its demands wash over the ideas. I end up with soggy ideas scribbled on bits of paper and no energy to write them. I wanna write, dammit!!!!!!!!!!! I haven't had this many creative impulses in months. Damn, all those folks who claimed I thrive on stress might be right. Nah, that'd be silly. *g*

As a service to myself, and to have a record whereby those of you who care (and yes, I mean you) can nudge and generally harrass me to get these damn things written, I am making a little list of the somewhat waterlogged ideas. I'm putting it behind a cut since I feel I should make you work for it. If you like any of these ideas, feel free to nag me ... in about a week.

Fic what needs waterwings )

That is all.
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I wrote this as a companion piece to my last Five Ways story. This one is from Keller's perspective.

Title: Five Lessons Keller Learned from Vern in Lardner
Author: hg
Pairing: Schillinger/Keller

Author's notes: Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cmk418 yet again for comments, suggests, and the tracking down of stray plurals. Thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] luci_2 for the original prompt, and to [livejournal.com profile] ralu_1982 for her comments that made me think about Vern and Chris some more.

On to Lessons Learned )
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Also written for the Five-for-Six Challenge. It's like an addiction, I tell you.

Title: Five memories Vern had from Keller at Lardner
Pairings: Schillinger/Keller, Schillinger/Guenzel, Beecher/Keller (implied)

Author's notes: This is the fic that ate my brain today. And for this, you may blame thank [livejournal.com profile] cmk418. She mentioned this prompt, and, well, yeah, brain eaten.

Vern's memories )
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Here's another one I wrote for the Oz Five-for-Six Challenge.

Title: Five Tattoos Jaz Hoyt Got That Mean Something Special
Author: hg
Rating: G - PG
Notes: Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cmk418 for all her help and comments. I added more detail due to her astute observations and I think it makes for a better story.

story here )

Work Woes

Oct. 24th, 2006 06:43 pm
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Arrrrrrrrrrrgh! Stupid people at work make me wanna scream.

If my job title is Safety Coordinator, and your job title is Estimator, what makes you think that you know the safety rules better than I? And why would you presume to argue with me, in front of a client, about it? Particularly when the client, who really doesn't like you much already, is telling you that you are wrong.

Honestly, I'm getting a dent in my head from banging it against the wall so much.

Okay, better now.
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First: the icon.

I've had this icon for a few days now. It comes from one of my favourite scenes in Oz. It's Keller, Beecher and their usual angst and I love it.

I suppose it can be seen as aggressive. Or even passive aggressive, if you make a nicey-nice post and use this icon. But I'm still trying to figure out if it can be passive. Can I use it with no intent? Or am I fooling myself?

Second: the zen

Which, really, you'd think has nothing to do with the icon, but you'd be sorta wrong. See, I'm not a Zen Buddhist. I truly don't have the requisite respect for all living things. (I point you to my total belief that anything with more than four legs is unnatural and deserves to die). But Zen is a lot easier for people to grasp than if I'd written "Wu Wei and the art of fandom".

See, wu wei is the Daoist principle of non-action. And if I identify with any religion (and I use the term loosely), it's Daoism. Wu wei means not striving. It means peace in the face of adversity. It means being content to follow the Dao, the way, as it unfolds before you without trying to make it go the way you want it to.

And that comes back to the icon. If I use it to express where I am, is it without the intent to influence where I am going? Or without the intent to comment on where I've been? Can "Fuck you, ya fuck" ever be without striving?

Third: the fandom

Wherein I discover that I'm happy on the periphery of fandom. Nothing like fandom wankery to make you take stock of why you do certain things.

I write because I have to. It's not something I can avoid. Even when I have no fiction muses, I write poetry or take pictures and scribble random words to go with the pictures.

I read because I have to. It's something I've done constantly since I was four. Hell, I read the back of shampoo bottles and cereal boxes.

Sometimes, I am sarcastic, snarky and mocking. Okay, for those of you who know me ... often I am sarcastic and snarky. This seems to be my default setting, and I guess I forget that sometimes. I also forget that others don't know me and won't attribute good motives to me.

Trying to defend myself, or my motives, or my intent, smacks of striving to me now. I've had many thinky thoughts the last few days about striving and what I want. When I write, I do so for myself. If others enjoy what I write, that's great. And it's not because I wrote it, but because they enjoyed it. That, to me, is not striving.

I really don't think I need recognition for what I write, but I could be wrong. Maybe I'm fooling myself. But for now, I'm just gonna keep writing, and reading, and being my sarcastic self.

If you need me, I'm gonna try to stay out here at the edges of fandom.

Oz fic

Oct. 17th, 2006 04:16 pm
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I wrote this for the Five for Six Challenge on [livejournal.com profile] oz_rapsheet.

Title: Five Things James Robson Never Thought He'd Be
Rating: Hard R
Warnings: It's Oz people. Do I need to warn you for rape, language, death, etc.? Huh, guess I just did.
Author's notes: This is my first real Oz story. I've written exactly one drabble in the fandom prior to this. Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cmk418 for the fine beta duties. She really helped me iron a couple of things out. And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] blade_girl for reading it even though she has no knowledge of the canon.

Read more... )
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So, just wanted everyone to know that we've got a new SGA comm up and running.

If, like me, you moan at misplaced modifiers, shudder at the savaging of spelling, and cringe at character crucifixion, then [profile] sga_mstjust might be for you.

In the tradition of Mystery Science Theatre, we gleefully critique, satirize and otherwise skewer hapless SGA fic.  So, come on over, read a couple of samples, join up for the fun.  Hey, you could even submit one of your own.

Oh, and make sure you join up.  [profile] blade_girlsaid I had to remind you all of that.  We need another four members before we can post it to the notice board.  *eg*

ETA:  I hate rich text.  That is all.
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Well, it's been just over a week since I saw Alatriste. I figured I might jot down some of my reactions and thoughts.

WARNING: This is spoilery. Although I'll try to keep it general, it will give away some of the plot points of the movie. Really though, you should see it anyway. Yes, I mean all of you. Because I said so!

So, uh, yeah, on to the not-review )
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I promised pictures ... I give you pictures! And thank [livejournal.com profile] aithine muchly. Not only did she take the photos, she helped me told me how to uploaded them to LJ for me. *bg*

Viggo pics )
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1. Go to Toronto International Film Festival to see his new movie.

2. Scoff when [livejournal.com profile] aithine says, "You know who those reserved seats are for, right?"

3. Have small seizure when he walks into theatre with the two female leads and the director, while wearing a lovely red t-shirt, fantastic jeans and shiny boots.

4. Drool and take many pictures when he answers questions after movie.

5. Scoff when [livejournal.com profile] aithine says, "You're gonna get his autograph, right?"

6. Stand in the line (for less than fifteen minutes) for impromptu autograph session with eleventy bazillion other women who are not screaming pre-teen girls.

7. Be the last person he signs an autograph for.

8. Swoon, because he spelled your name right without asking for any but the last letter.

9. Leave theatre, have stroke.

All in all, a very successful day. Pictures later after we eat.

Oh, and just for the record, Jesus loves me even though I don't believe. And I may have used up all my good karma.
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Um, I mean, watch movies, yeah, that's what I mean.

Have successfully arrived in Toronto. Yay! Picked up [livejournal.com profile] aithine at the airport in Buffalo. Well, if by picked up, you mean spent a couple of hours of quality time waiting in the airport in Buffalo as her flight sat on the runway in Detroit. There is nothing, and I truly mean NOTHING, to do at the airport in Buffalo.

On an up note, a teenaged John Sheppard is working at the Burger King at the Buffalo airport. No, really. He has the hair (dark, spiky, rumpled), the build (tall, skinny, lanky, with a hint of hotness to come), the eyes (pretty ... what, you expected detail?), the baggy pants, the collar of his golf shirt turned up in that retro eighties fashion some of us wish we couldn't remember. He even had the super sekrit gay signal, you know, the little plastic bracelet thingie. Okay, maybe I'm making up the super sekrit signal part, but he had the bracelet. And while it wasn't a wrist band? Close enough. Seriously, I almost asked him if his name was John. *g*

So, letting [livejournal.com profile] aithine sleep in for another little bit, then we are heading for downtown because we are seeing a noon screening of Alatriste. OMG, so looking forward to the Spanish hotness. Oh, and I might point out the CN Tower to her on the way. What? You thought we were here for the landmarks? *bg*

Okay, off to prepare for movie goodness and stuff. Yay! We're on vacation!!!!!111!!!


Sep. 4th, 2006 12:17 pm
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Saw this popping up on my flist. Thought it applied. Do what you will with it.

If there is one or more people on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.


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