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Jun. 9th, 2016

birds: pals

Fics! Fics! Not by me.

This past exchange season I signed up for space swap and ran Once Upon a Fic Exchange. My own exchange went really well! The bumps it experienced were incredibly minor and my participants were wonderful as usual. If I could change anything, I'd start advertising a lot sooner and try to rev up more people. We had about the same amount of people and fics as last time and that's really manageable, but I do wonder what it'd be like if it got bigger.

Without further ado, here's the fun stories I received as gifts:

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Squirrels in Space (1021 words) by guineamania
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nancy Whitehead, Doreen Green, Tony Stark, Tippy-Toe
Additional Tags: Humor, space, Kidnapping
Summary:

Doreen and Nancy are kidnapped by a group of hostile aliens, but who will come to their rescue?



MY COMMENTS: Haha! There was a lot of cute in this story. The mental image of the squirrels (safely) floating past the window made the entire fic. I'm delighted that my Squirrel Girl prompt got filled. Also really happy my author chose Nancy as the narrator.



A Splendid Princess (1615 words) by Chocolatepot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Fées | Diamonds and Toads - Charles Perrault
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Good Sister (Diamonds and Toads), Original Characters, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - 1920s, Fluff, Tooth-Rotting Fluff, Royalty
Summary:

Life seemed to be whirling and whirling around her, happening on its own without any reference to what she preferred. Teddy was the only thing that kept her on track during those days.



MY COMMENTS: A fairy-tale 1920s au! A flapper princess! And just what I asked for, a what happens next. Love the family rallying around her, and the character given to the prince. The time period is used well, with the great depression countering her magical gifts.

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This is the section where I'd usually post my own contributions to the exchanges, but unfortunately things did not go well for me. I don't want to get into it, but I wasn't able to complete either of my stories. I do have the notes saved away though, just in case...

But I was very lucky and got two wonderful stories even though my life went to heck. I'm so grateful for my authors and I loved my stories.

May. 8th, 2016

I can take you

Incredibly important poll

Poll #2044238 Choose a creature that I have listed.

Coolest hooved mythological creature (not a comprehensive list)

Peryton
3(15.0%)
Pegasus
12(60.0%)
Unicorn
3(15.0%)
Centaur
2(10.0%)

Coolest pawed mythological creature (not a comprehensive list)

Wolpertinger
6(30.0%)
Jackalope
1(5.0%)
Sphinx
8(40.0%)
Manticore
1(5.0%)
Chimera
4(20.0%)

Coolest finned mythological creature (not a comprehensive list)

Mermaid
9(45.0%)
Hippocamp
4(20.0%)
Loch Ness Monster
7(35.0%)



If you notice a creature that's not on the list, I can't edit the list so be strong for all of us.
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Apr. 2nd, 2016

owl wink

Hidey ho!

Oh man, oh man.

So like, I have two major things to do:

I have to write my Once Upon Fic (I have over a thousand words done for it, but it still feels like I haven't even started!) and *start* my Space_Swap (exciting, exciting) so I'm planning a nice writer's retreat day for me at a coffee shop with a playlist and my email blocked.

There's a plugin for that, I think!

I saw half a comedy show tonight! It was male stripper themed (my first hint was when I realized I was one of like, three men there. My second hint was that it was called the Comic Strippers) and kinda funny but they talked over themselves so much I couldn't make out anything and then I was like so loud! Too loud! I must go to a Tim Horton's to regain hit points.

I'm very proud of my mother, she gave me her van keys without screaming in terror like she used to when I asked if I could drive it! We're growing as people. Despite rules of comedy, I did not run into anything.

I'm planning another call of cthulhu session starting this sunday which is REALLY short notice, I know, but contact me if you want in! Character creation consists of choosing if you're a 'strong' (physically strong, low intelligence, high Idea), medium (medium everything but also psychic), or weak (physically weak, very intelligent), a name, and a quick bio. If you want to give me like, two pages of bio that's fine too. I have one player who does that and she is a delight.

Oh, trip update: I got home safe! I didn't see the stingrays due to bad weather but I know they missed me just as much I missed them. One day, my loves.

One day.

My next trip is going over to Winnipeg (it's across from us, not up or down!) to see some Fringe Festival plays. I'm keeping it low key for the rest of the year, so nothing that isn't a a few hours away at most.

Considering going on a rock digging thing that a local town does, as I've renewed interest in rock collecting! But you know. Nature. There's bugs out there.

Hopefully nice photos of my collection sometime! I have some really pretty rocks that no matter what one of my sellers tried to tell me, does not have magical powers. Especially the opalite which is made of *glass*.

Mar. 24th, 2016

read my latest

Fic sign!

I have been remiss! I have received wonderful fic and not shared as well as written fic and not mentioned.

First, the gifts:

A Space Cases fic! A Harlan/Radu that scratches the itch just right so no longer do I need to request it.

The Deepest Rivers (3306 words) by carolinecrane
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Space Cases (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harlan Band/Radu (Space Cases)
Characters: Harlan Band, Radu (Space Cases)
Summary:

Somehow the Christa always knows what her crew needs, even when they don't know it themselves. So when Harlan needs a little push in the right direction, the Christa is happy to oblige.



A Batman/Riddler fic! Banter, Riddler going good. Chocobox was a rewarding experience.


 A New Dawn (486 words) by DoreyG
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: DC Animated Universe, Batman: The Animated Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edward Nygma/Bruce Wayne, Batman/Riddler
Characters: Edward Nygma, Bruce Wayne
Additional Tags: treat, Flirting, Reformed Eddie, Developing Relationship, Crushes
Summary:

"Nygma," Batman starts, through teeth so gritted it's a wonder that they don't snap off, "if I have to get you out of this sort of situation one more time-"





FROM ME:

Some comedy:

 5 Episodes That CSI's Ratings Were Never Low Enough To Air (1371 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gil Grissom, Warrick Brown, Sara Sidle, Catherine Willows, Jim Brass, Greg Sanders, Nick Stokes
Additional Tags: 5 Things, Tropes
Summary:

Tonight on CSI: You won't believe what happens! x5

Featuring those beloved television tropes:

Evil doubles
Turned into children
Time travel
Identical cousin from England
*aaand*
Musical episode




Seeking Love Interest (501 words) by Jean Cabot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Character/Original Character
Characters: Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Tropes, Personal Ads, Romance, failure - Freeform
Summary:



How to tell if a main character is answering your personals ad.



A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Lost Light (276 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Transformers (IDW Generation One)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drift | Deadlock/Ratchet
Characters: Ratchet (Transformers), Drift | Deadlock
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Missing Persons, Missing in Action, Lists
Summary:

I write to you, hunched over my desk, asking what we are all asking - where is Drift and Ratchet? As of MTMTE #50, I still do not know. I worry about them.


Here is where they might be.





A romance:

 And There She Was (2018 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Hawke/Varric Tethras
Characters: Varric Tethras, Female Hawke, Female Inquisitor (Dragon Age)
Additional Tags: Post-Here Lies the Abyss, Dwarf/Human Relationship(s), Ambiguous Female Inquisitor, Diplomatic Hawke, Internal Monologue
Summary:

Sure, in some timelines he didn't carpe that diem, but in this one when Hawke walked out of that rift...



Two-Booted Tales Sequel:

Puss and the Little Lady (6231 words) by dreamiflame, Jean Cabot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Le Maître Chat ou Le Chat Botté | Master Cat; or Puss in Boots - Charles Perrault, Tommelise | Thumbelina - Hans Christian Andersen
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: le Chat botté | Puss in Boots, Muldvarp | Mole (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Markmusen | Field Mouse (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Skruptudse | Toad (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Skruptudsens søn | Toad's Son (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Tommelise | Thumbelina, Tommelises Mor | Thumbelina's Mother, Jack (Jack and the Beanstalk), Kisa (Sagan af kisu kóngsdóttur | Kisa the Cat)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Noir, Fairy Tale Retellings, Typical Noir Housecat Violence, Alternate Universe - Prohibition Era
Series: Part 4 of Two-Booted Tales
Summary:

With his homelife in sudden slobbery upheaval, Puss takes on a new case: A little lady who puts a new spin on 'little' that's gone missing.

Warning: The story of Thumbelina involves a lot of rude, and edible, small animals. Puss is tragically a slave to his nature, but that won't stop him from solving the case.

Mar. 6th, 2016

narnia

I saw Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootopia!

I've already complained multiple times in multiple places about how horrible the Angry Birds trailer was (involuntary urine consumption joke jesus creesus) so I'm not going to explain that whole scene again if only for my own own soul.

I was up to a movie double feature today which is super rare because usually I'm not even up to ONE movie.

I saw Kung Fu Panda 3 first and it was exactly what I was expecting but I was expecting good things so that was a perfect match up. And more goose dad! And some great Tigress scenes. Now there just needs to be more Viper scenes and we're good.

Zootopia was neat! No one told me it was a cop movie and they should have! I wasn't sure if I'd like the fox but then it turned out I loved the fox so thumbs up. It was really beautifully animated - from the moment the protagonist fully sees the city, to Mr. Big's fingers.

It was a Good Choice.

OH I was just thinking of what was a plot hole in Zootopia but just realized it's not a plot hole at all once you remember a side-detail that was given about the character.

Excellent. Excellent!

Mar. 4th, 2016

hobbes

It's three am which is actually about eleven am for me.

Hi! There's a fic rec post coming after this one because I got some awesome fics for the Chocolate Box exchange (and I'm pretty proud of what I wrote) but this is just a general post!

Part One


It's been roughly six months since I moved from the country into town and it's been pretty okay! As the weeks have passed, lots of boxes of generalized 'John's stuff' has moved into my room and been left in a pile. I got started on unpacking and sorting that last week when I was feeling kind of down (turned out to be that time of the month) and boy! I have a lot of stuff! And not a lot of room. I'm getting kind of brutal about what has to go.

What's really disappointing me is I had this great re-ment china cabinet and during the move one of the handles snapped off the cupboard. On one hand, that means I can easily dispose of it on the other hand I really liked that thing. It made for good doll set ups as a background item.

Part Two


I (with the extremely helpful Morbane) have sent out assignments for [community profile] once_upon_fic so now hopefully my participants are eagerly writing their fairytales.

I haven't gotten started on mine but I have pdfs of my source stories and assignment ready to be printed out because-

Part Three


I'm going on a cruise! Yes! With my friends Dogstar (not real name) and Dexxtro_dna (probably not real name, not sure) and hopefully I'm not going to die at sea!

If I do, my will is located in my googledocs. Contact my sister to see if you get anything cool.

We're going to Mexico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands and I have been assured I will get to see sea turtles and stingrays. Hopefully there won't be a repeat of the time I was nine and saw a stingray at the beach and screamed at my family to get out of the water because for some reason I was convinced they were godless killing machines. Now I'm like, hey! Sea pancakes! Rock on!

Part Four


Speaking of the majestic sea flapflaps, back during the fall I went to Atlanta for dragon*con and went to the Georgia Aquarium which had whale sharks (so that's what a religious experience is) and manta rays that were bigger than I was tall (that would be more impressive if I wasn't a shrinky dink) but it was so cool. So big. So majestic. Probably not godless killing machines.

They may have been stingrays. That's why I call them sea pancakes, because I'm not sure what the difference is and that's why I didn't go into marine biology.

Part Five


I had a to-do list for this entry and the last part was 'write about fandom?' but I'm not sure what to say about fandom except that the new Ghostbusters movie looks cool, I'm deeply in love with the James Roberts Transformers series as well as Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel (but I'm behind on that last one 'cause I'm reading it through Marvel Unlimited)

I actually have a tumblr where I pseudo-liveblog what I'm reading/watching and one for videogames:

http://literaryhamster.tumblr.com
and
http://topsecretgamediary.tumblr.com

The second one gets primo pokemon fanart sometimes.

(Omg there's gonna be a new generation this year! YES)

Feb. 16th, 2016

lovecraft

Several months in, we can see the floor again

Part 1: The Bookening

This summer I moved to a new house. We went from an enormous house and one small house to one slightly larger than small medium house! And we were in a rush because of an unexpectedly quick sale so we had to take all our stuff with us.

Well! It's February now and we're really making progress in putting away stuff. Mostly I've been helping with the library when it's not my own stuff because I am a merciless donator of books as well as a 'we own this in digital already, MOM'*

But we're doing good! Several shelves that used to be stacked 3-deep are now down to just 1 row!

The books go on from here to a book sale mom runs at her church (she doesn't own the church, she just goes there. She hasn't become so bored she's starting cults yet) and then from there to a nearly new store.

The books also like falling on my head a lot. There's a lot of 'AH! WHY!' as they all make a go for me at once.

One day we will able to guilt free buy new books.

Part 2: The Schoolening

All of you with magic powers do what you can to make sure what I sign up for this spring term doesn't get cancelled *again*.

Part 3: ADVERTISING:

Guess what! I run a fanfic exchange!



Link: [community profile] once_upon_fic

Description: Once Upon a Fic Exchange is a fairy-tale-centric story exchange focused on fairy-tales, tall tales, and myths. One of the features of this exchange is that every tale nominated has to be legally and publicly available online.

Dates:

Sign Ups: February 12th, Friday to February 21st, Sunday 11:59 pm <-- NOW OPEN
Assignments: February 28th, Sunday
Deadline: May 15th, 11:59 pm, Sunday
Archive Goes Live: May 20th, Friday
Anon Period Ends: May 25th, Wednesday






*This has no effect. She gasps and clutches the mystery book to her chest like I told her to kill my little brother.

Feb. 11th, 2016

read my latest

The 4th Two-Booted Tales story is up! Puss and the Little Lady!

Puss and the Little Lady (6231 words) by dreamiflame, Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Le Maître Chat ou Le Chat Botté | Master Cat; or Puss in Boots - Charles Perrault, Tommelise | Thumbelina - Hans Christian Andersen
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: le Chat botté | Puss in Boots, Muldvarp | Mole (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Markmusen | Field Mouse (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Skruptudse | Toad (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Skruptudsens søn | Toad's Son (Tommelise | Thumbelina), Tommelise | Thumbelina, Tommelises Mor | Thumbelina's Mother, Jack (Jack and the Beanstalk), Kisa (Sagan af kisu kóngsdóttur | Kisa the Cat)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Noir, Fairy Tale Retellings, Typical Noir Housecat Violence, Alternate Universe - Prohibition Era
Series: Part 4 of Two-Booted Tales
Summary:

With his homelife in sudden slobbery upheaval, Puss takes on a new case: A little lady who puts a new spin on 'little' that's gone missing.

Warning: The story of Thumbelina involves a lot of rude, and edible, small animals. Puss is tragically a slave to his nature, but that won't stop him from solving the case.

Jan. 24th, 2016

read my latest

New fic! CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

I spend a lot of time thinking about what places CSI could have gone.

It usually involves scenes I got out of Star Trek.


5 Episodes That CSI's Ratings Were Never Low Enough To Air (1371 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gil Grissom, Warrick Brown, Sara Sidle, Catherine Willows, Jim Brass, Greg Sanders, Nick Stokes
Additional Tags: 5 Things, Tropes
Summary:

Tonight on CSI: You won't believe what happens! x5


Featuring those beloved television tropes:


Evil doubles
Turned into children
Time travel
Identical cousin from England
aand
Musical episode

gnome

Non-writing update

Dear John, you might say, what have you been spending your time doing?

Well, I would reply 'I just started season 8 of Murder, She Wrote' and there'd be a long silence and then you would make a crack about Jessica Fletcher being a murderer but I would smile, because I know she is not the killer. No, she is the angel of death that heralds the ending of lives but also brings justice in her wake.

I'm also getting into eating Improving Cereal and drinking milk again. I'm not feeling so great about that part but my dietary habits had become distinctly raccoon-like.

Since I have nothing to do until March when I go on a cruise ('where did John go?' 'Oh a shark just leapt like, fifty feet in the air and ate him. Darndest thing' 'Didn't he write those stories about Puss in Boots?' 'I guess?') I've decided to try reading at least two books a week and posting reviews of them to my dusty old book review blog.

There will be a link if I do this instead of immediately break it like my New Year vows.

Oh! Year in review:

In 2015 I made a lot of new friends! And got to experience several types of German chocolate. I also learned I need the structure of a classroom for schooling.

And I moved! To a new house. My kitchen door has holes in it (I have my own apartment in said house) and I'm going to die of frostbite by spring.

Avenge me.

Okay, year in review over.

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