Actually, I don't even miss the internet THAT much, except for the complete inability to research things when I need to.
In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.
I can definitely rec three sites. Two are fannish, and one is ... I dunno, a kind of self-help site?
A Teaspoon and an Open Mind. I don't spend a lot of time in Doctor Who fandom these days, but I still have great affection for Teaspoon, which is one of the best fanfic archives around. The background hasn't changed since the archive opened years ago, so the stories are very easy to read. Uploading is a breeze, either copy and paste simple html into the submission form or upload your own file. There is a vetting process for "quality control" over SPAG and punctuation, etc., but after a story has been validated, it remains under complete control of the uploader. Everyone can read, but only registered, logged-in users can leave reviews, supposedly to prevent spam. (And, of course, if you need help in finding something you read, on Teaspoon or elsewhere, that's what dw_ficsearch is for.)
The High Chaparral group on Facebook. Since, unsurprisingly, the fandom for such a show skews a bit old -- I'm 46, and one of the youngest fans there -- there is no fannishness to be found outside of Facebook. And yet there IS a fandom. This one group has a constantly increasing membership, currently totalling about thirteen hundred. There are also side groups devoted to each member of the main cast, an off-topic group devoted to having fun and making friends, and a new fanfiction group. (Though the last was my doing.)
Unfuck Your Habitat. This is a fantastic site for everything to do with cleaning and organisation. There's a lot of swearing, a lot of good ideas ("Don't do marathon cleaning ever! Work for twenty minutes, then take a ten minute break."), and a lot of support. Just looking at the before and after photos people share makes me want to get up and at least wash the dishes instead of putting them off. The only downside is that, although various incarnations of the site exist, the real one, the only version where people can interact and share their stories/phots, is on Tumblr. (And with a page layout that prevents going back further than the front page.)
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 choosing three of my longer stories which represent a)some of my best work, b)twenty years of growth, as a person and as a writer, and c)ideas that mean the most to me.
1. Partners in Crime -- Batman: The Animated Series (1994) Summary: A romance novel from the original B:TAS. Bruce and Selina try to form a relationship without the masks. (37k)
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2. Endangered Species -- Black Canary/Green Arrow au. (2002) Summary: A retired Black Canary confronts both her own past and her mother’s as she is forced back into action to protect her ill mother from a former adversary. Also starring Green Arrow and featuring Batman. (40k)
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3. Thank You, Mrs. Cannon -- The High Chaparral (2013) Summary: It's a sad, sorry state of affairs when a man has to go and fall in love with his own wife. (36k)
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And, since I'm apparently a raging narcissist or something, I'm going to add in a fourth self-rec, just because I think It Never Happened Anyway is a pretty nifty little time travel story. ;) I just never could get over the fact that the "future" part of Day of the Daleks was set in the exact same time period in which the Doctor left Susan. And how would all this constant changing of history affect a Gallifreyan?
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) * Star those you've started and have not and will not finish.
5) Strike through what you consider a complete waste of paper & time.
6) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien*
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible*
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman*
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy*
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller*
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien*
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoi*
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fedor Dostojevski*
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoi
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell*
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown*
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens*
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck*
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville*
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce*
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray*
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert*
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl*
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo*
I make this 46 that I read at one point or another; 9 of those for school. (Yeah, okay, our English program was ... lacking. The reading curriculum also included Heidi and a Louis L'Amour book.)
For the first time, I have four requested fandoms that I really, truly want. High Chaparral may be my current fandom obsession, but I'd like any of the others just as much. With these fandoms listed there ARE no wrong choices at all. Just whatever you like the best or feel most comfortable writing. If you have fun writing the story, I’m sure I’ll have fun reading it!
General likes and dislikes:
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Thanks for listening to me ramble, and have a great Yuletide. :)
- Current Mood: hopeful
Fandom: The High Chaparral
Rating: PG (or Teen)
Characters/Pairing: John/Victoria, Buck, Don Sebastian, Manolito, Blue
Word Count: ~4,200
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Author’s Note: I’m trying to do these chapters more or less in original broadcast order, except for episodes like Gold is Where You Leave It, which was obviously aired out of sequence. (It was the nineteenth episode that NBC aired, putting it well behind a number of episodes that take place much later chronologically. Not only are John and Victoria much less close in this one – still routinely calling each other Mr. and Mrs. Cannon – but it takes place at a completely different time of year. John is still promising that visit with Cochise he mentioned in episode 4.)
I mostly can't stand westerns, but I started watching because of Henry Darrow. Specifically, because of an episode of Zorro which used a couple of scenes from High Chaparral for flashbacks from Don Alejandro's "teen years". (LOL for-freakin'-ever!)
I keep wanting to write Zorro stories -- and filling pages and pages of notebooks full of stuff -- but I'm so out of practice my prose had turned to crap. So, I started a writing exercise just to hone my skills, using characters who had distinctive voices and whose relationship fascinated me. Next thing I know I have a full chapter, ideas of where to go, and 4500 words. Shame the fandom's so tiny it'll never get a single review. Oh, well.
(And, oh, man, ff.net isn't any less of a pain in the ass to upload to than it was the last time I used it SIX YEARS AGO!!)
- Current Mood: pensive
In other news, I finally gave in to the inevitable and signed up for Facebook. It's getting so you can't even see a business webpage or follow weather reports without it, dangit.
I hate spring. Spring means tornado season; spring is evil.
I could do a better job paraphrasing if I could remember the rest of the First Doctor's quote, but, alas, I have only ten minutes of laptop battery time left and the library doesn't have anything like outlets near tables. Oh, well.
Your result for The Sorting Hat: A Comprehensive Harry Potter Personality Assessment [Test/Quiz]...
64% Ravenclaw, 45% Hufflepuff, 49% Slytherin and 43% Gryffindor!
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
The cardinal traits of Ravenclaw are intellect, wit and openness to experience. They are the most introverted house of the four. Ravenclaws are more likely to prefer small gatherings of like-minded individuals and require recooperation after stressful social interaction. These individuals are intuitive creatures, the quintessential researchers. They lack the stubborn, strict, and rule-abiding qualities that would inhibit intellectual growth—one can't be too set in their ways if they are to be open to exploring new ideas and paths of thought.In contrast to Slytherin and Gryffindor, Ravenclaws in general are much more emotionally stable. Their reactions seem dampened compared to the sometimes dramatic responses of the other houses—they're much less likely to get offended, they're more open to criticism, not particularly argumentative and interested in hearing different points of view. They can at times seem to be less interested in people and more interested in their own inner world, and appear to be disconnected from the rest of humanity.
Ambition is secondary to them. Although they may strive to excel in school, knowledge and self-enrichment is the primary goal as opposed to simply wanting good marks. If they do happen to strive for excellence, it is because it fits with their other goals, not out of a desire to be superior or the best. Due to their intuitiveness and willingness to listen, Ravenclaws can be empathetic and make good advisors. They should generally leave leadership roles to people who are more extraverted and who would enjoy them more, however.
STOP FUCKING WITH MY LAYOUT.
Is it because I haven't posted since February? Is it because I haven't checked in a whole lot? Is it because I never got around to changing the Christmas theme? Is it because you're inherently evil and you're doing this to everybody? Whatever the reason .... STOP IT. If I wanted a tiny blue layout I would have, y'know, chosen one.
And now I've lost my custom font that I had. I do not like to do a lot of reading of sans serif, okay? Give me back my Goudy Old Style, please. People have much justifiable hatred when you hard code a font into every post, because that's not changeable.
And while we're at it:
Your laptop keyboards are utter shit. You'll never be cool like Apple, so please stop copying their faults. And give me back my exclamation point. I may not need it a whole lot, but it comes in handy sometimes. And the one is kind of, y'know, essential.
It's a really decent laptop. Things about it shouldn't suck.
Spent a large chunk of Tuesday in the Emergency Room with my mother, who's been under the weather for several weeks. (And haaaaaaates to go to the doctor...) She's had aches in her side and stomach, but mostly didn't feel too horrible. But after spending 18 hours vomiting, and looking a bit jaundiced, she got desperate enough to go in. Turns out she's had a raging kidney infection. After two days of antibiotics, she's still hurting, but there's definite improvement. Holy crap, that's been scary. :(
She's absolutely planning on being well enough to go to the library's half-price booksale on Saturday. If anyone would like me to look for anything in particular, just let me know, and I'll be happy to try and find it for you. Anything but children's/YA, because that section is far too badly organised to find anything.
One of those really bizarre coincidence things happened tonight: I asked, "Is Peggy Rea still alive? I think she is; she was last time I heard. I'll have to try and remember to look that up next time I get on the computer." Two hours later, I get on the computer, and Yahoo! entertainment headlines proclaims, "Actress Peggy Rea dies at 89." Weird timing.
1.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -- J.K. Rowling
2.Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince -- J.K. Rowling
3.The Dreaming Suburb -- R.F. Delderfield
4.The Avenue Goes to War -- R.F. Delderfield
5. Later, Gator -- Laurence Yep
6. Emily of New Moon -- L.M. Montgomery
7. Mortal Remains in Maggody -- Joan Hess
8. Malice in Maggody -- Joan Hess
9. Mischief in Maggody -- Joan Hess
10. Much Ado in Maggody -- Joan Hess
11. Crazy English -- Richard Lederer
12. Madness in Maggody -- Joan Hess
13. Maggody in Manhattan -- Joan Hess
14. O Little Town of Maggody -- Joan Hess
15. Chinn's Chapel, Waketon, & Beyond -- Bill Bradford
16. Martians in Maggody -- Joan Hess
17. Emily Climbs -- L.M. Montgomery
18. Emily's Quest -- L.M. Montgomery
19. Miracles in Maggody -- Joan Hess
20. Lassie and the Mystery of Blackberry Bog -- Dorothea J. Snow
21. The Maggody Militia -- Joan Hess
22. Misery Loves Maggody -- Joan Hess
23. This Is My Life -- Thyra Ferre Bjorn
24. firstname.lastname@example.org -- Joan Hess
25. Maggody and the Moonbeams -- Joan Hess
26. Muletrain to Maggody -- Joan Hess
27. Chocolat -- Joanne Harris (audiobook)
28. Malpractice in Maggody -- Joan Hess
29. The Secret of the Seven Crows -- Wylly Folk St. John
30. Bright River Trilogy -- Annie Greene
31. I Should Have Seen it Coming When the Rabbit Died -- Teresa Bloomingdale
32. Devil-May-Care -- Elizabeth Peters
33. Love Comes Softly -- Janette Oke
34. Penny -- Hal Borland
35. Love's Enduring Promise -- Janette Oke
36. Up a Family Tree -- Teresa Bloomingdale
37. Mork and Mindy: A Video Novel -- Richard J. Anobile
I had been on a desperate search for just exactly the right kitten since sometime in September, after Kat died. I'd looked in various animal shelters, online at Petfinder (unlike now, six years ago it was at least marginally functional), ads in the paper, "FREE KITTEN" flyers on bulletin boards, even asked at my vet's office. I saw quite a few brown tabbies, roughly 40% of them female, but none of them were the right kitten. None of them were my kitten.
Admittedly, I had the world's most outrageously unrealistic set of requirements that my kitten had to meet: she had to be female (I've declared a lifetime moratorium on male cats), she had to be a brown tabby without any white patches (like Kat was), she had to be obviously intelligent (I've also declared a lifetime moratorium on stupid cats), she had to be big and healthy (very unlike Kat, who never had a healthy day in her life), she had to be friendly, and preferably cuddly (one reason I was so desperate for a kitten right away is because I couldn't bear the feeling of that empty lap much longer), she had to be able to stand up for herself with Tegan, who was monstrously overpowering at the best of times. I think there were probably a few more items on the list as well.
After four months of searching, I finally came across Jackie. I knew her the second I saw her, and I was absolutely right. She met every item on that ridiculously unrealistic checklist and more. (She wasn't Kat, which was hard to get used to, but then again, Kat was certainly not Jackie, either.) The guy handed her to me with a slightly dismissive warning that, "She's not very friendly," and then stood there with his mouth open as she immediately cuddled up onto my shoulder with her face in my hair. That's still her favourite position to this day. Her original name was McGonagall, which suited her to a shocking degree. She's very stern, very serious, very fair, very brave (in fact, she's Gryffindor through and through, unlike Sydney, who is 100% Ravenclaw). I kept McGonagall as a last name for her, and called her Jackie after finding the name among a collection of name tag charms.
I've almost lost her twice, now, but since her emergency surgery last year, all her health problems have cleared up, and she looks likely to be around for quite a few more years, hopefully.
- Current Music:"Junior's Farm" (STUCK IN MY HEAD and no way to get it out...)
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So, that's that, and thanks in advance for taking the time to write something. I hope I've given you enough to go on, and didn't scare you off. If you have any questions, anon comments are always welcome. :)
- Current Mood: hopeful
I'm trying to make a new cigarette case for my mother for Christmas, since it's getting almost impossible to find the kind she prefers (Amazon has them, but they're in leather and very expensive). A modified version of this zip pouch with a lighter pocket would be nice and easy, but I don't know if it would actually work in practice. And I'm not really sure I could manage something with squared-off sides since I'm having to totally make up the pattern.
And by the way, LJ, what's with the grey sides on my new layout? I've used this Pink Camo layout before and it stretched all the way across the page normally. I don't get it.
Now I'm collecting recipes for homemade ginger beer, just to see if it can be made to my taste -- nice and gingery without the horrible bitter shit.
Chop up some ginger root into a saucepan, add water and sugar, boil, strain, add club soda and voila - you've got homemade ginger beer. You can make it as strong and as sweet as you like.
Alison Holst Quick Ginger Beer Recipe
For 4 x 1.25L bottles
1 tsp dried yeast granules
2 tsp sugar
½ cup warm water
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp lemon essence
1 tsp tartaric acid
2 litres hot water
2 litres cold water
Stir the first three ingredients together in a glass and leave to stand in a warm place.
Measure the remaining sugar, ginger, lemon essence and tartaric acid into a clean bucket. Pour on the hot water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the cold water to cool the liquid down.
When you are sure the lemon syrup is no hotter than lukewarm, add the bubbling yeast. Leave in the lightly covered bucket for 24-36 hours, then strain into four thoroughly clean 1.25 litre plastic soft-drink bottles. Fill each bottle up to within 3 cm of the top. Leave in a warm place till bottles are quite firm, then store somewhere cool and use within a week or two.