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WINTERMAGEDDON

+ I'd say 'Snowmageddon' but even though it got icy and cold, alas, no snow for Houston. We made out better than most of the country, I will say that. Our house has shit insulation so it was pretty drafty until we lit up the fireplace (omg a fireplace I can't believe I have a house with a for real fireplace) and it turned quite cozy. I loved it because WINTER actual WINTER WEATHER YAY. It's the small things. We are back to fifties and sixties and I'm just hoping that wasn't winter's last hurrah. DON'T GO WINTER I'M NOT READYYYYYYY *clutches*

HOCKEY: A SPREADING DISEASE

+ Olympic rosters were revealed amidst much controversy and hoopla. I cannot believe I actually know enough about this sport to have opinions about who didn't make it, who did, and why. If someone would have told me that a year ago I would have LOLED so hard in their face. And I would have been WRONG LOL *crying*

I'm the most excited for Jamie Benn from the Dallas Stars, he of the enormous Bambi eyes and pretty mouth. tumblr_mwjyfplpkn1qfice8o3_250

He was not invited to Canada Olympics camp this year and apparently decided to fix their red wagon by kicking all kinds of ass as one of the NHL's youngest captains. Now he's ON THE TEAM I'm so happy for him! Tyler was not selected, which is sad-making, but he said “I’ll be his biggest fan for sure.” on Jamie, heretofore known as Babycakes, being in the Olympics. AWWWWW THESE TWO *hearts*

There was also this PRICELESS HOLIDAY VIDEO of Babycakes, Tyler, and Valeri Nichushkin, the eighteen year old Russian right wing:



You can tell poor Val is totally and for true done with these two failboat Canadians LOL.

+ The poor Hawks have been struggling lately, and last night they lost in regulation which doesn't often happen. Poor bbs. I worked late and only got the last period of play, but apparently this happened:

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Jonathan Toews is NOT HAVING Brian Boyle's hand on Kaner, no, sir, he is not. I mean, he just casually hooks his arm through Boyle's wrist and pulls him away from Kaner like 'Here let me NOPE that for you. There you go.' I've been watching Kaner when these things happen, any kind of aggression, pre-fighting thing, and he rarely responds. He is the master of removing himself from the situation. He's a lover not a fighter, okay??? And I TOTALLY APPROVE because have you seen how he looks compared to most other players? And this is with skates on. The height differential is so huge. 5 '11. Okay, Kaner. (also, there is a certain look on his face when he backs off it's. I don't know. Resignation? Not quite submission but...almost? I dunno. I'm having strange, entirely inappropriate FEELINGS with that look is what I'm trying to say) I would pay money to get a better look at the expression on TAZER's face when he did this. What happened after?? Anything? Anyone??? I MUST KNOW!!!! I want ALL THE AFTER FIC from this moment. Give it to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

+ I've been inhaling all the awesome fic from the Hockey RPF Holiday Exchange arranged by the radiant [personal profile] svmadelyn and I somehow read a....Phil Kessel/Tyler Bozak fic? And it was...really wonderful? And I can't believe I want more from teddy bear looking Kessel and douchebro failboat Tyler Bozak I mean WHAT. IS. THIS. ABOUT. )

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT.

It's just! *FLAIL* I read how Phil got cancer his rookie year, how fucking scary, and how Bozie lives with Phil in Phil's condo gratis even though Bozie can afford his own place pretty comfortably as of this year. And I watched HBO's 24/7 series about the Winter Classic and OMG I COULD NOT with those two.

And when they showed a montage of Phil's goals during a game he hid his face. HID HIS FACE I mean WHO DOES THAT?? I just want to SQUISH HIM AND GIVE HIM SOUP IDK OK DON'T JUDGE ME.

Phil also has a really beautiful sister.

amandakessel

Amanda Kessel is on the women's Olympic hockey team and and the twitter captures I've read say she is delightfully wiseassy to her older brother. I like that in a woman. :-) Her Twitter is locked, so, also a smart woman. As we know.

NOT!HOCKEY!

+ Just finished reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and I loved it SO MUCH. The Shining was never my favorite SK bo, and I don't care for Jack Nicholson, so the film was never my cuppa either. However, this is really good. I like this broken, flawed, yet ultimately amazing Dan Torrance. Abra, the young girl protagonist is my favorite though. I love when King crafts strong female characters because he does it so well. Highly recced.

LIFE

+ Found out one of my coworkers is actually a hockey fan and we are talking about going to a game in Dallas! I am so excited! We'd have to figure out when and if we both had the same weekend off. D would go even thought she's not all that invested in hockey because, well, he's a dude, she doesn't know him, and that is just how she rolls. I hope it works out!

+ I am intermittently doing the January Snowflake Meme! You should too! It's really low key posting, no pressure, and I'm enjoying the ones I choose to post.



I know I had more but lately the Interwebz slows to a crawl in the afternoons and it is driving me crazy.

Everyone stay safe and warm and I'll talk at you al later!
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Today's challenge: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Has to be Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, the television show. I had already been discovering fic because I'd been looking for Homicide: Life on the Streets fic online. The internet as we know it was but a dim twinkle in the future's eye and there was SO LITTLE Bayliss/Pembleton to be found until I discovered Schism. Even with that comprehensive archive I noticed the amount of Buffy fic dwarfed the volume of H:LotS stories, which annoyed me. Because, really, was even was all this fic about some teen vampire show?

Then I moved to Galveston and couldn't get cable hooked up for two weeks and I was dying. The only, I mean the ONLY, channel that came in clear showed Buffy reruns every night in addition to the new episodes. I was so, so hooked after three eps. I fell madly in love with Spike and Xander, then with epetslife's fic, then Mustang Sally and Rivka T's fic, then I wrote my first Spike/Xander ficlet, and have never looked back.

Some of my dearest LJ friends I know from Buffy days and Kita gave me a code for an LJ account back when you couldn't get one without it.

I've always been fannish and there have been books: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, The Stand by Stephen King, and films: the John Hughes oeuvre, for example, that define a lot of my life perspective, but I'd be a different person without fic, fandom, and the people who have always lived there. For that, that show about a blond ex-cheerleader and her group of friends who slayed monsters will always be my first, best love. I cried when it ended, for days. I wasn't ready. I believe there are still a group of us that will always be chasing that far away lightening, looking for an experience that will match the one we first had in the Buffy fandom, and never quite finding it, not the same way. That was a time, gente. It surely was. :-)
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1. What is your favorite narrative/storytelling song?

There are SO MANY. I actually did a grad school project on the narrative element in popular music so I have a lOOOONG list of these. For years I could not listen to Mr. Bojangles without crying, I kid you not. However, the one I keep coming back to, aside from classics like Wreck of the Edmund Fitgerald, is Traveling Soldier by the Dixie Chicks. The combination of Natalie Maines' pure voice and the fiddle and the melodic beauty of it is just stellar for me.

2. What is your least favorite kind of music? The one that you can stand to listen to?

I usually believe there is something to be had in all kinds of music but I just cannot stand thrash metal at all. I am oldz, dude.

3. Open up your iPod/iTunes/Playist. What is the first song there?

Desolation Row done by My Chemical Romance.

4. What is your favorite Prince song?

The perennial favorite is Little Red Corvette because I LOVE that song so much, always, but I just discovered When You were Mine, the original done by him, and it is so awesome! A genius of 80s synth pop.

5. If possible link, to your favorite romantic song right now.

His voice is so lovely and I like how he is so SHORT and talented and unashamedly has a 'fro. While that Locked Out of Heaven song gets on my nerves this has become one of my favorite ballads.

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-Comment with "Winter is Coming"
-I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
-Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
-Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions. (If you want. Totally optional.)

1. What is your favorite conspiracy theory?
Hm. I mostly steer clear of those because the people that espouse them seem to to be of the pinwheeling eye variety and are rather scary. However, I do have some; I just don't go on forums and rant and rave about them.

I don't think Oswald acted alone.
I do think the government is hiding UFO information THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE MULDER SAID SO.
I do think the more vociferously an evangelical pundit rails against gay people the more he is likely a closeted gay person. Protesting too much, dears. It's a red flag. Not a conspiracy, per se, but a strongly held belief.
And I do absolutely believe that that the bible portrayed women in a different, more important role, particularly Mary Magdalene, and that this role was systematically denigrated and lessened every time a man rewrote that holy scripture.

2. Hot drinks or cold?
Mostly cold, actually. Unless I can see my breath I will order iced coffee. It comes from living in South Texas. When it was 115 in the shade I just never veered much towards hot drinks.

3. Invent your own Mary Sue name (and eye color!)
Ooh! Oooh! I've had that once since I was a teen! Complete with eye color! When I started writing I wrote almost exclusively Mary Sues (as teens do) and my name was Casia or Aetana Duarte. I thought it sounded like a cool ethnic name but not the daunting tongue twister that is my real last name. In my fics I always had amber eyes the color of sunshine. Kind of like a cat.

4. Your magic eraser allows you to delete any part of any canon you chose, but it only works once. What goes?
Oh, my god, so many. Most of it has to do with people NOT dying in canon. TARA SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED. NED STARK SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED. JIMMY SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED IN BOARDWALK EMPIRE. DUMBLEDORE SHOULD HAVE LIVED WTAF JK ROWLING. WHY do my favorite characters always die??? DO NOT WANT. The Tara one tore me up, man. That was my first real fandom, the one I first wrote fic for. I mourned forever when Buffy was cancelled. I still do. I can't even watch reruns on cable; it makes me verklempt. Why no, I don't overinvest at all. ;-)

5. What's your favourite dessert?
Wow. Again with the so many. Creme Brulee. Chocolate Pecan Sweet Potato Pie with vanilla ice cream (really, this is sinful. Very Southern). Really good Tres Leches cake. It's easy to get it wrong and all you have is this soggy, overly sweet mess. On the basic front I love nothing more on a freezing cold day than a cup of excellent Mexican hot chocolate. Abuelita's is my favorite. It's one of my only favorite hot drinks.

♥ ♥ ♥
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Your main fandom of the year?

I was a little adrift in fandom this year. I WATCHED a lot of things I loved: Downton Abbey, Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, but none of those inspire me to read fic. I still read quite a bit of bandom fic. I read a metric ton of Avengers Cap/Ironman and I fell dowon the Clint/Coulson rabbit hole so much there in November that I didn't read 'real' books for three weeks.

Your favorite film you watched this year?

Avengers. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, US version. I did finally watch Let The Right One In in the original Dutch with subtitles and I loved it SO MUCH. In the interest of frugality I've pretty much stopped paying money for films in theatres unless it's something that needs to be watched on a big screen.

Your favorite book read this year?

The most powerful was Life After Death by Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis 3 that was freed. I got into a lot of series this year: The Codex Alera and The Dresden Files by Butcher. The Curseworkers Series by Holly Black and The Millenium series by Stieg Larsson.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?

I don't know if I've had an entire ALBUM I had to listen to since Black Parade. I kept finding songs I loved on TV shows. I found Lily Kershaw's As It Seems on an ep of Criminal Minds and I still love it and I discovered Hold On Hold On from Neko Case on an ep of the Killing and fell in love with her voice. And I know it's getting overdone like whoah but I love Some Nights by fun. because it makes me bouncy.

Your favorite tv show of the year?

The Vampire Diaries!!!! Also, Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, Lost Girl, and our most recent find that we love muchly is Elementary. Lucy Liu will always be O-ren-Ishii to me but it is great to see her finally find a vehicle that suits her so well.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Probably Avengers? The quality of the writing is stellar. So many good writers from bandom, Buffy, it's hard not to love it.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? Cut for True Blood spoilers, just in case. )

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?

Hawkeye from Avengers. Damon Salvatore. Perennial favorite Frank Iero who kept slaying me with all the adorable new dad squee on Twitter. Once a Frank girl...:-) However my TOTAL delight was Joel Kinnaman from The Killing. His Detective Holder was such a fuckup, so broken and trying and broken again that I could NOT EVEN I was all *LUV*. I adored how they tried to make him look all sleazy junkie and it is obvious he is so beautiful, as we saw on Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

Rachel Maddow. She counts, right? And Lisbeth Salander all day long. Honorable mention to Kenzi from Lost Girl just because she is so awesome.

Your biggest squee moment of the year? *The Vampire Diaries when****Should I cut for spoilers?***** )

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Oh, wow. I kinda fell off the GLEE wagon this year. The ending Brittana made me sad. I didn't really feel all the new characters and there was not enough Sue and Kurt.

Also True Blood sucked SO MUCH ASS this season I really don't know if I can watch the next.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I dipped my toe in Teen Wolf a bit with the online eps and I kind of want to pick those back up. I was pleasantly surprised. I do with I wanted to read fic, but no go. I've also watched a few eps of American Horror story. It is the most twisted shit I have ever seen and I CANNOT LOOK AWAY. Ryan Murphy has his own self-hate issues, tho, so we shall see.


Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?

GAME OF THRONES DUDE. WINTER IS COMING. :-D
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LJ friend fun activity: LJ friend soundtrack. Have your friends comment with the song they are currently listening to or last song they listened to. Have them post the request on their journal and comment on the post with the song you are listening to. For additional fun repost all the songs after the answers have stopped and see what songs/music types/themes might have shown up and write a journal entry about it! :)

Come play!

Mine is

Midnight Train to Georgia as sung by Joan Osborne.
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20 Favorite Female Fictional Characters (In no particular order): )

+ We went to see HAIR at the East End Theatre Company in Galveston and it was great! I knew that it was a Broadway show first, but didn't realize how much the film had reworked it for the screen. Informal review and thots. )

+ House, Wedding, and DragonCon Weekend Drama AKA AAARRRGGGHHHHHKILLMENOWAAARRGGGH. )

I need a drink.

In closing, I have discovered Words with Friends on FB, am finally finishing up the Dresden Files books, and cannot believe I have to wait another month for Game of Thrones.

Okay, gente. I am gonna go and continue working on the presentation from hell.

You all take care and those of you on Spring Break, have a good one!
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Today's challenge: In your own space, talk about a talent (or talents) you have. Everyone's got something they're good at. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I have realized, as I've gotten older, that the stuff I'm good at isn't necessarily marketable in many ways. *LOL*

But I have always been really good at bulletin board displays. You know, like in classrooms and libraries? The big walls of displays that people see when they walk in a place? I started doing them when I was a wee ahestele helping my mom out in her classroom because my mom couldn't draw a passable circle if it meant the firing squad, bless her heart.

My bachelors degree is in art and painting and that kind of stuff just comes easily to me. I was doing art before I was ever writing and, many times, it comes easier to me.

Some of my work bulletin boards: )

It's kind of a narrow thing, but it's really helped me as a teacher and as a kid's librarian. I know people who work with kids who are not at least a LITTLE crafty or arty have a hard times sometimes.

It also gives me a chance to create and use my degree and that is happy making. :-)
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In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

1. Prelude to a Kiss, Lance/ John Rzeznik, Popslash xover

While I never wrote popslash I LOVED LOVED reading it, especially xovers. [personal profile] ghettogreta wrote this gem and it's become one of my long-standing comfort fics.

I love the Johh Rzeznik POV and how truly flawed and asinine, and, well, so much of an dysfunctioning asshole, yet she manages to make him very real and searching. Lance isn't usually one of my favorite in synclash but this is so amazingly done. It also goes on for awhile, a rich, meaty fic without being too long, and I love that.

2.


I began writing Embers, my Eminem/Taylor Hanson opus...wow, SO many years ago! When I did, [profile] torreadora made this graphic for my fic and it is still one of the most amazing, awesome things anyone has ever done for me. She doesn't seem to draw as much as she used to but her artwork continues to slay me every time she does.

Here DeviantArt account is here and her etsy store is here. Lily draws, paints, her knit creations are amazing. She is what the universe meant when it breathed imagination into our free will.

3. I know everyone has seen this but I don't care because it remains THE BEST MOST AWESOME THING IN BANDOM EVER. The official name is The Adventures of Gerard, Boy Princess of the Ocean and Frank, the Italian Gentleman's Son Who Loves Him, but everyone pretty much knows it as The Gay Starfish. blondiousmaximus has left LJ for points unknown (DW? I do wish I knew because I would follow her work anywhere) but the journal, maintained by [personal profile] theopteryx, is still there.

This is why I love fandom. :-)
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It's like speed-dating, only with fic. Pick a fandom and ten fic themes. Then write a micro-fic for each theme, using only ten words or less.
I chose EmTay. Because, why wouldn't I?



Smut

“Tell me.”

“Taylor fuck..”

“Say it.”

“L..lick me.”

Tay did.


Humor

"Bite me."

Marshall laughed harder.

Dildos shouldn't melt that easily.


Social Commentary

His new rainbow tattoo bled.

Marshall covered it up carefully.

Alternate Universe

The cute construction worker never noticed him.

“Hey,” he heard.


Crossover

"He said Hailey's a slayer."

"Don't start with me, Tay."


First Time

“Table for two?”

“Yes.” Marshall’s hand was sweating in his.


Fluff

The lights from the tree glittered brightly in his eyes.


MPREG
"You ain't fat. That's our kid."

Marshall kissed his stomach.


Mary Sue

She stared at both of them.

“Did you say ‘threesome’?”


Song Fic

The Weakness in Me

Tay hesitated but opened the door.
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Name your 10 20 absolutely favorite couples/relationships (het/slash/canon/fanon) and ask people to see what trends they notice about your couples. Try to list different fandoms.

From [profile] iphignia

1. Eminem/Taylor Hanson, RPS
2. Frank/Gerard, My Chemical Romance
3. Bob/Gerard, My Chemical Romance
4. Johnny Weir/Stephane Lambiel Figure Skating RPS
5. Spike/Xander, Buffy The Vampire Slayer
6. Marcus/Baby!Kyle Reese, Terminator: Salvation
7. Mulder/Scully, The X Files
8. Mulder/Krycek, The X Files
9. Shane/Carmen, The L Word
10. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
11. Dean/Sam, Supernatural
12. Bayliss/Kellerman, Homicide: Life on the Streets
13. Nick/Simon, Duran Duran
14. Dom/Brian, Fast & Furious
15. Michael/Brian, Queer as Folk - US

It is stuffy in the workroom. I need AIR. *fans self*
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My tastes have always run more towards fantasy than scifi but I do read a book here and there. I watched old skool Star Trek reruns as a wee Ahestele and I love the new film.

This pretty much sums it up: If you identify as a POC/nonwhite person and you read or watch scifi or fantasy, give yourself a name check in this thread. I am particularly wanting shoutouts from people who do not live in the US and who have still managed to read genre fiction.

I'm tired of people trying to render us invisible unless they have been given a memo about our existences."


If you are a SciFi/Fantasy fan of color go please consider going here and making yourself heard.

I did.
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Because I am lemming. :-)

I would love to know what five things you associate with me
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LXVI

NO TE QUIERO sino porque te quiero
y de quererte a no quererte llego
y de esperarte cuando no te espero
pasa mi corazón del frío al fuego.

Te quiero sólo porque a ti te quiero,
te odio sin fin, y odiándote te ruego,
y la medida de mi amor viajero
es no verte y amarte como un ciego.

Tal vez consumirá la luz de enero,
su rayo cruel, mi corazón entero,
robándome la llave del sosiego.

En esta historia sólo yo me muero
y moriré de amor porque te quiero,
porque te quiero, amor, a sangre y fuego.

Translation. )

~ Pablo Neruda
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The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

- What I create will be just for you.
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- You will receive your item before the end of the year (or sooner).
- You will have no clue what the item is going to be. It could be a short fic or a handmade card or baked goods. It could a mix CD of music or a strange children's craft. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something rather odd.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to repost this meme and make and send out five surprises of your own.

From [livejournal.com profile] i_amthecosmos and many others on my FL.
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The rules:

A) Go to Music Outfitters.

B) In the search function, enter the year you graduated from high school. Get the list of the 100 most popular songs of that year.

C) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate, and underline or italicize your favorite. Do nothing to those you don’t remember or don’t care about.

I love 1985. )

Appropriated from [livejournal.com profile] getupandgo_25.

Do eet! It's fun!
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Trying to feel better through meme-ing. :-)

The Rules:
1. Answer each of the questions below using the Flickr Search engine.
2. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
3. Copy the URL of your favorite photo into this site: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php
4. Save mosaic to some form of photo hosting thing and share w/world.


My mosaic! )

1. First Name
2. Favorite Food
3. Hometown
4. Favorite Color
5. Celebrity Crush
6. Favorite Drink
7. Dream Vacation
8. Favorite Dessert
9. What I Want To Be When I Grow Up
10. What I Love Most In The World
11. One Word That Describes Me
12. My LiveJournal Name

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