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Jan. 3rd, 2013

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A Fic Year in Review

Never done this before, but now that I've started writing regularly it seems like a good idea.

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Total Year's Output

53,291

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year or less than what you’d predicted?

I didn’t really have any idea how much I’d write, and no idea how much I wrote the year before. Towards the end of this year I figured out the value of writing regularly, and the effects are so obvious when I look at the monthly break down (October is particularly hilarious—all of those were posted within a week of each other, when I briefly fooled myself into thinking I could maintain a three chapters a week updating scheduled.) Now that I’ve begun writing regularly, I wish I had pulled it off while still in school—I had so much time then! ><

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2012?

I wrote for Lackadaisy in my first ever Yuletide event—couldn’t have predicted that at all.

What’s your favourite story of the year?  Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest.

Kolokol’naya—it was born in Russia on a three hour bus ride over the gently rolling steppes in which I felt in my soul for the first time a longing for a place so strong I cried. I climbed a centuries-old bell tower and peered out the top, and the entire experience was amazing.

Do you have any fanfic goals for the New Year?

To finish Through the Ages before moving on to Moscow Underground—I only posted one chapter, but the story is still kicking around in my head, demanding attention. Siberia is also waiting patiently. I want to shift my fic base from ff.net to AO3, which will take time—I don’t know if I want to shift all of them, or only those I particularly like.

If by the end of next year I have 100k words for my output, I would be very very happy.

Oct. 31st, 2012

kol, Russia

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It has occurred to me, that Samhain would be an excellent time for the fae acquire adorable human children, since it's the one day of the year where parents actively encourage their children to take candy from strangers. And you know what they say about eating faerie food...

Aug. 2nd, 2012

Pensive writer

Thoughts About Home

On July 3rd, I heard from one of my sisters that my mom landed in the hospital again-- nothing new, time for another round of pancreatitis and a week of morphine-induced sobriety before she's let out only to begin drinking again within the week. I didn't hear anything more about it.

Then on the 20th I checked my email after returning from a Volga cruise and saw that my father sent me a message on the 18th, letting me know that this time, my mother had gotten rapidly worse and was now in ICU on a ventilator and feeding tube. And that's when I started seriously considering what my response would be if she finally passed away while I was in Russia. It didn't take me very long to decide that I probably wouldn't fly back for her funeral.

A few days later my father sent an update, that my mother was stable and showing very small improvements. And the only thing I felt was a small spark of disappointment. Because all this means is that we're simply going to end up playing this game again. We already know how it's going to end, and frankly I'm getting tired of playing. (Yes, technically there is always that chance that finally she'll recover from being an alcoholic. It has been too many years for me to even consider that a possibility when reflecting on the situation.)

Another email last week informed me that she's off the ventilator and feeding tube, and can talk very quietly. My father added that I needn't worry, this doesn't change the fact that they're divorcing. Good, because if it had, I would've had a lot of things to say about that.

EDIT: Apparently she's now out of ICU and doing better. I just returned from Russia and my father suggested I visit her. I told him that was not even a possibility until I've had a good night's sleep

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Mar. 5th, 2011

spring, sprout

Things That Grow


I've recently fallen heavily into the realization that, no, just because I'm at my dorm doesn't mean I can't grow anything-- it just means I have to be more crafty about it. However, a pestering of the students on my floor has turned up no 2 liter plastic soda bottles, which kinda baffles me but at the same time makes me slightly hopeful that maybe they're drinking something healthier. I'll just have to stalk one of the hall-sponsored events and snag their soda bottles. In the meantime, I tend to my oyster mushrooms, still just mycelium, happily devouring a paper towel roll they were recently moved into.

(Yes, that is my sewing machine you see in the background)

I'm waiting for one of my school's random searches to find my mushrooms and pitch a fit. >>

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Sep. 2nd, 2010

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This is beauty

I have no idea what it would cost to commission a teapot; I'm betting more than is feasible. But I thought I would share this beauty, because something like this is meant to be loved. I thought it was worked birch wood. It's not. Fully functional tea pots. I am in love~

http://www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery/exhibitions/serritella/es1.htm
http://www.ericserritella.com/trompeloeilgalleryfunctional.htm
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Jun. 28th, 2010

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Nifty science is nifty!

Bionic cat! His little feets are wobbly and everything~

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10404251.stm
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Jan. 25th, 2010

Pensive writer

Returned

Well, I'm back at school. I found four letters waiting for me in my mailbox, all from friends (yay!), so I spent the evening writing responses (feeling lonely) rather than hanging with friends (yet antisocial).

I"m currently waiting and hoping that the bank will approve my loan request so I can finish paying this semester's costs. Until I do, I have no meal plan. Thankfully, I made a ridiculous amount of vareniki before coming back, which are all in the freezer now. At least I won't starve for a few weeks. I've already gotten and completed my first homework assignment, even though classes don't start until tomorrow. Speaking of which, I need to get to sleep, as I mostly have morning classes.

Nov. 15th, 2009

Pensive writer

Writer's Block: Name your talent

If you could have one extraordinary talent, what would you choose and why?

I never answer these, but this one's actually interesting. I would want to be an exceptional language learner, those people for whom the critical period never seems to end and they can pick up any language with native fluency through mere exposure. I would give so much to be able to do that. I would travel the world collecting languages, translating books from one language to another, learning new songs, translating for people traveling abroad... It would be wonderful.

Oct. 22nd, 2009

Pensive writer

Finally

Congress Extends Hate Crime Protection to Gays

Of course the Republicans are all aflutter over it, but pox on them. It's nice to see something positive happening.

Oct. 12th, 2009

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Because We All Need Something to Laugh About


(Originally found at this website: Proverbs)

Those wise old proverbial sayings from a kids perspective

A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb.

Better to be safe than__ - punch a 5th grader
Strike while the__ - bug is close
It's always darkest before__ - Daylight Savings Time
Never underestimate the power of__ - termites
You can lead a horse to water but__ - how?
Don't bite the hand that__ - looks dirty
No news is__ - impossible
A miss is as good as a__ - Mr.
You can't teach an old dog new__ - math
If you lie down with dogs, you'll__ - stink in the morning
Love all, trust__ - me
The pen is mightier than the__ - pigs
An idle mind is__ - the best way to relax
Where there's smoke there's__ - pollution
Happy the bride who__ - gets all the presents
A penny saved is__ - not much
Two's company, three's__ - the Musketeers
Don't put off until tomorrow what__ - you put on to go to bed
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and__ - you have to blow your nose
Children should be seen and not__ - spanked or grounded
If at first you don't succeed__ - get new batteries
You get out of something what you__ - see pictured on the box
When the blind leadeth the blind__ - get out of the way

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