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Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

I've never been a real fan of New Year's Resolutions, they're always a little overwrought, always something to use to make yourself feel like shit when you don't live up to them, and, more often than not, they're all about losing weight because that's what the 10 billion diet commercials tell us we should be doing.

Fuck that noise.

But goals in and of themselves aren't bad things. It gives us something to reach, to achieve. Something to be proud of.

Blerg, I'm having a weird day, anyway, thinking about my life, about how I'm older now than my parents were when I was born, about what I've done and haven't done, what I've achieved and haven't achieved. Just a generally weird day.

But I have achieved things. In fact, I achieved something today. I called my US Congressional Rep's office to voice my support for Obamacare. Believe me, this is a big fucking deal, because I hate the phone and I hate cold-calling and I stuttered through the whole thing but I did it.

I mean, it won't change my Rep's mind, I know him of old, but I'm not going to go quietly into the motherfucking night.

Anyway, goals. In 2017 I will:

*Write more. Write something every day.
*Be kinder. And look for ways I can help and then actually offer my help, if it's appropriate. I tend to stand back, hesitant to step in, even when that hesitance is unwarranted.
* Speak up. I don't have a lot of faith that I, alone, can change anything. But that's not the point. Saying something is the point. Not letting my silence communicate acquiescence is the point.
* Not be a dick. It's, like, the baseline of civility. And it's amazing how easy it is to forget. Seriously, just don't be a dick.
* Exercise. I'm not talking "I have to lose ALL the weight" exercise, but the "Just do something, anything, with your body" kind of exercise. Because it's true, if you don't use it, you lose it and I'd like to put off losing it for as long as humanly possible.

I think that's a good start. Those are good goals to have. That's a good place to start.
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Day 2

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.

Last night, I watched Star Trek Beyond while I was typing up the Day 1's post. There are a lot of things that have impacted my life, in a lot of ways, but Star Trek is foundational, Star Trek is constant, Star Trek is forever.

And Beyond is a great example of why Star Trek is the forever-est of my faves. The crew overcomes all of their obstacles because they work as a team. Uhura, at one point, while talking with the Big Bad Krall, says that there is strength in unity and then, for the rest of the movie, the crew of the Enterprise proves that thesis. Each person contributes what they know, adds their strengths to everyone else's, and they win. They overcome all of the obstacles and save a station full of people, and, of course, each other.

Right now in America, with fascism on the rise, it's easy to fall prey to despair, to futility, because your one little person who hardly has the power to get up in the morning, let alone save the country, or the world. But it's not about what you or I or that one person over there can do, it's about what all of us, together can do. Of course, we can't be passive, we have to be brave enough to speak up, to offer our strength or our wisdom or our two hands. We can't be passive, but we don't have to do it all by ourselves, we can't do it all by ourselves. Anything we do, we do it together.

That's what Star Trek taught me, that's the cornerstone of my life. Uhura was right (of course she was, she's Uhura), there's strength in unity. And if we believe that and do that well then, maybe the Federation and Roddenberry's optimistic future isn't as faraway as it otherwise might seem.
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Hearing about how LJ's servers are being moved to Russia has made me kind of nostalgic for the old girl. So when I saw this challenge I thought, heck, let's try this out, for old time's sake.

FYI this is the last post I'll be crossposting to LJ. I'll be archiving my old posts here on DW and I'll move any comms over to DW that aren't already here. This is pretty much what we feared when SUP took over all those years ago. Fuck you, Russia. Me and my queer ass don't have to put up with your shit.

Anyway, let's get to the challenge.

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

I'm going to go with three (or so) fanworks that define me as a creator. For funsies.

The Burn My Sins Away series (HP): I've never been a hardcore Harry Potter fan, but these two stories helped me express exactly what I needed to express when I was writing them.

The More Than Just a Pretty Face series (SPN): This is me to a tee. Why yes, of course if I'm into something that's all about dudes I'm going to write an entire series of stories focused on some actual women. Plus it has baby's first porn, so that's fun and exciting.

Undertow (Narnia): I love this story. Period. Queen Susan at the height of the Golden Age, doing her duty.

Ruination Day (SPN): I've only ever made two vids (I've always planned on making more, but we'll see) and this one's the best. I made it for a friend's fic and it turned out really well.
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I've really fallen into the Pacific Rim fandom. I've even written fic, well, ficlets. To be exact, bingo fills handed out for Jaegercon over on tumblr (oh tumblr, shiny, shiny tumblr).

Anyway, I wanted to share them with all of you. I have more written and more to write, but here is the beginning. Hope you enjoy.

Title: Rhapsody in Kaiju Blue (I)
Fandom: Pacific Rim
Rating: G - M (depending on part)
Disclaimer: If I made any money off of this I'd actually have some money.
Notes: Bingo fills written for Jaegercon 2013, a ficlet per square.

Summary: Moments from the apocalypse.

( They whispered the stories around the shatterdome, tales of hauntings, of missing tools and missing techs, people driven away by what they saw deep in the beating of a jaeger's heart. )
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My life is a Pacific Rim story this summer. And it's awesome. I love summer fandoms, they're so happy and shiny and full of joy. I haven't written much of anything about it, yet, but I hope to bang some stuff out to fill up my Jaegercon Bingo card before this weekend.

Anyway, you can check out my Pacific Rim tag over on tumblr to see all of the things that have been wrinkling my brain and making me flail for the past few weeks. It's been awesome.

In other news, I'm going camping this weekend. I'm hoping it will be clear so that I can sit out on the beach by Lake Huron and watch the Perseid meteor shower. But it's also going to be a great chance to rest and hopefully recharge my creative batteries. I'm taking my notebooks and my camera and have my fingers crossed that good things will happen.

I talked to my brother, Lt. Wrestler, yesterday. We have a debate relationship in that we pretty much differ on every political position ever but we don't argue, we just spend a lot of time in friendly debate. Anyway he informed me yesterday that liberals are lemmings, global warming wasn't true, and that I should read a conservative political/military thriller by John Ringo. I found the last super-amusing because does anyone else remember Oh John Ringo, No? Yeah, I don't think I'll be reading a John Ringo book.

We also discussed Defiance which we both love and he's only afraid SyFy will cancel it like they did Farscape. And Pacific Rim was mentioned because, hi, I'm kind of obsessed.

In closing, I've started a Mormon feminist blog because apparently that's something I needed to do. And now you all know.
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Thanks for all of the kind comments on my last post. I want to reply to them all individually but am waiting until I have a couple more spoons to work with. You are all the awesomest, just so you know.

And now for a complete emotional 180 I have the best news ever. I'm an aunt!!!!! Yes, that's right, one of my brothers has successfully procreated and on July 17 my little nephew was born.

You see my brother, whom I have often called the Big Lug, got married last year and moved to Australia (he married an Australian, that being one of the few ways one can actually immigrate to Australia). And now he and his wife have procreated!!!! I've been calling the baby Dingo, because I think I'm adorable, and now Dingo has been born!!!

Baby and mother are doing well. So well, in fact, that my wonderful nephew has already peed all over his dear old dad. I can't wait to meet him for myself, though it may be a while. I'm just so happy that he's a being who exists and I'm looking forward to getting to know the person he becomes. And spoiling him rotten. Because that's what single aunts (or uncles) are supposed to do.

Welcome to the world Dingo! We're all so glad you're here!
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Dealing with a drug addict is an exercise in impotence. Because there's nothing you can do; you can support them, you can try to help them, you can pick them up when they've fallen on the floor and don't have the capacity to get themselves back up again, but you can't make them stop. You can't fix them.

Different addicts handle things differently but the one common denominator is that you are less important to them than the drug. And nothing is the drug's fault. Basically drug addiction is one of the most selfish illnesses, all that exists is the user and the drug and the rest of the world just kind of fades away.

Currently my mother is addicted to a whole pharmacopeia of pills; there's the vicodin and the xanax and the ambien and the super muscle relaxant that literally knocks her on her ass. The thing is that, on one level, she knows that she's an addict but she doesn't care, life without her pills is scarier to her than life with them. Except it's not really much of a life at all.

It is what it is. And the thing is, I totally get it. I understand the urge to make the world go away, but most importantly to make yourself go away, banish all of those things about you that you just don't like and never want to think about. And I certainly don't envy anyone who is coming off of drugs, the physical and emotional agony, the way that you never really stop being an addict even when you're not high anymore. It's all awful.

But as hard as addiction is on the addict, it's also difficult for the people on the side, the friends and family who don't want to give up on them even though the weight of dealing with them, with the addiction, only ever grows.

But like I said, it is what it is. Just like the rest of life there are no easy answers, no magic bullets. Sometimes all you can do is take a deep breath and keep on.
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It's been a year, more or less, since I started my little experiment with not following Mormon dietary laws. It's been an interesting time.

I've discovered a few things, such as coffee and beer are delicious, as is wine. I haven't had the chance to try a lot of cocktails though margaritas can be tasty and a bloody mary needs to have enough booze to compensate for the fact that I don't really like tomato juice.

The most interesting observations have had very little to do with the food or drink. You don't really realize how focused Mormons are on holding to the niggling details until you're not following them anymore. And how frankly ridiculous it is that so many Mormons put so much emphasis on rules like the Word of Wisdom when what we do or do not eat says very little, if anything, about the things we actually believe.

Dietary restrictions are easy signposts for religion; more people know the basics of keeping kosher than know anything about Jewish faith or belief. And just as most people know that Mormons don't drink coffee, most Mormons think that the only true standard of one's own Mormonism is what you do or do not eat. Plus, it makes us different and we love the things that make us different (just as we hate the things that make us different; sometime we're the Sméagol of religions). In fact, one of the central tragedies of Modern Mormonism is that cultural drive to be different from other people while at the same time embracing roles and ideas that we think will make us just like everyone else. We want to be different from "the world" but we won't accept difference amongst our own ranks.

The thing about Mormonism, and why its still so attractive to me, is that it's not about the niggling details. Mormonism takes a cosmic perspective: not only is this life not the end but this world isn't the end. There is no end, and the life we have now is only one small part of a greater whole. I've always felt that there's a strong similarity with Buddhism, that just as Buddhists see every life as another step on the journey to enlightenment, Mormons see life as a step on a path of progression, of learning and growing and becoming better. Instead of being clannish and disapproving we should be the most accepting, the most loving, the most willing the accept change.

But there you go. A year of drinking coffee doesn't mean I'm going to Hell. I had a beer and I wasn't smitten on the spot. And now please excuse me, I hear Tim Hortons calling my name.
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I don't think I've posted anything of journaling value in a year, at least. Wow. I guess I just don't have that much to say. Plus tumblr is just so much easier to procrastinate on. You can just sit around reblogging shit all day and never actually interact with anyone. It's delightful. And pretty.

I've become anti-social, haven't I? I am surprisingly okay with that fact.

I have a whole compendium of annoyances and disappointments I could go through, but I won't. I've been trying to write which is good but I'm blocking myself which is ridiculous. I've been doing a lot of reading. Like, a lot of reading. The library is always there for me, regardless of employment or money or silly things like that. I've seen movies but haven't been super-excited about any of them. I have high hopes for Man of Steel if only because of the kickass trailer.

The garden is growing well. I planted some peas and spinach that are both growing like gangbusters. The lettuce is taking a little longer (I had to replant it but it's sprouting well now). The rhubarb is up and if only strawberry season would start we could have pie coming out of our ears.

And that is the summary of a very boring life. I have a few things I may type up about some things and/or stuff (cryptic, I know) so watch this space. After all, writing is good for the soul.
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Title: The Tomb of Every Hope
Fandom: The Hobbit
Rating: G (General)
Disclaimer: No money to see here.
Notes: Set after the book. Expect major spoilers for the ending.

Summary: The dwarves were leaving.

( Erebor called to them and they returned )
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You guys! I wrote porn! I know, I know, I can't believe it either.

Title: Cloudburst
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: E (Explicit)
Pairing: Jo/Kat
Disclaimer: I wish I was making money off of this.
Author's Note: Set in the same series as More Than Just a Pretty Face though can be enjoyed on its own. Started for Femslash February on Tumblr. PWP.

Summary: There are some things you just can't ignore.

( Jo couldn't blame it on the adrenaline. )
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I made this mix a very long time ago and, for some reason, never posted it. Then my computer crashed and I lost the cover art but now here it is, new art and everything.

I still love Martha Jones so much. She's just awesome.

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The Doctor That Saved The Doctor )
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Yesterday I spent all afternoon writing Dean/Cas fic and Cas didn't even bother to show up. He finally did this morning. He's kind of a bastard that way.

I also wrote more Magic!Apocalypse stuff. Because reasons.

Taste )
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YOU GUYS! HI! It's been forever, I know.

I saw The Hobbit in IMAX 3D yesterday. I don't have a lot of thoughts about that movie, I've seen it 3 times now (mostly for social reasons), it's fun and adventurous. The IMAX 3D is pretty amazing, not so much with the 3D gimmicks (though there were a few of those) but more with the incredible depth it added to the movie viewing process. It was used to enhance and some things, like the mines in Erebor, looked amazing. Totally worth the fleeting moments of motion sickness and the eyestrain headache it caused.

BUT! THERE WAS A STAR TREK TRAILER! It was, like, the first 3 minutes of the movie and WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS? It gave me SO MANY FEELS!111!!@@!!!

Spoilers, spoilers, SO MANY SPOILERS )


Oh, that's right, I did have some Hobbit thougts, namely Thorin/Balin y/y? In the book Bilbo and Balin have a good friendship but in the movie Thorin and Balin are just so devoted to each other and kind of sweet, in a dwarvish way. It makes Hobbit Book Spoilers! ) Also, everybody loves Bilbo, as they should. Hey PJ, MORE BILBO PLZ!
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Merry Christmas Eve!

This year's text is taken from The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

Across the circle, the elves moved apart and Santa Claus appeared. )

The happiest of holidays to all!
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I'm still trying to write. I've written a few fannish bits and pieces that I may put up a little later. For right now here's some more of my post-apocalypse with MAGIC! story.

Spirit )
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So, I broke down and got a tumblr. I'm still trying to figure it out and I'll probably use it to re-blog/post pretty things and gifs, lots and lots of gifs.

And you wanna know one of the biggest reasons I got it? Because of stupid Dean&Cas gifs I saw from the latest SPN season. I'm not even watching that show anymore and they still give me all the FEELINGS, you guys.

Ugh, anyway. Tumblr. Let's see how this works out.
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Had a bit of a writing block for a while there (plus I was actually *gasp* busy at work). The fun thing about this is little project is that I'm pretty much flying by the seat of my pants. It's kind of awesome.

Tears )


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