Jul. 13th, 2011


Made a bit more progress with the Big Bang art. Have lots of meetings to look forward to this month. Most of them related to the nonprofit corp, but some others.
Meet-ups were great. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group has EXPLODED with new members. It's kind of awesome.
Tomorrow is Harry Potter - I'm definitely looking forward to it. I may even wear my hat, if I remember to bring it with me to work. I have to leave extremely promptly so I have time to eat before the 6:30 show. I love preview showings. ;)

Reading SO MUCH X-men fanfic, with a few Merlin binges thrown in, and some nostalgic Harry Potter revisits. It's been fun.
Recs, anyone? Especially X-men rarepairs, by which I mean Alex/Armando. Ahem.

Must it be true that if one is having a steampunk submarine adventure, there must at some point be a giant tentacled sea monster? Just checking.

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Dec. 18th, 2010

awesome holiday tarot and more

The Tarot Meetup for the holiday ROCKED. We had a trading faire at which I acquired some sweet new items, and got rid of a few that were no longer useful for me. We also did some fabulous spreads - reading for each other as part of exercises is always really exciting and energizing. And I did some public reading, too, basically interpreting for the group with discussion. I LOVE THIS GROUP. And I felt wonderfully connected at the meeting, enough that I stayed almost an hour afterward chatting with a few other folks. I love Meetups like that!
I picked up a tiny deck that is just gorgeous and really spoke to me, so I may start carrying that around instead of the huge one that bulges out my purse pocket currently.

I need to get my holiday gifts together (I finally decided on some things for my brother, although I think I got just a TAD carried away.), and set them aside somewhere so that the ones going to farther distant relatives will go to their recipients before Epiphany. (I grew up with more the Twelve Days of Christmas celebration than the Advent ones. Advent calendars mystified me, when I was a kid.)

I would just like to say that it's both nice and sad when you can go to the liquor store with your dad and have bonding moment over how much you each would love to purchase a $300-500 bottle of scotch. (Different bottles, natch.) As usual I was puzzled by my apparent taste (I keep notes in my Book of Books and Other Things To Buy Someday on which distilleries produce the single malts I like) because the scotch aisle is supposedly arranged in an array moving from less peaty to very peaty and my choices are spread pretty evenly throughout. Puzzling. Or perhaps I misunderstood the salesguy. It happens, they were very busy. (But not their busiest!)

We re-watched Tron today, in preparation (I hope) for a viewing of the new movie. I don't care how bad the plot sucks (I have heard mixed reviews, but nothing yet from anyone I actually trust), I really want to see it on the big screen.

In other news, Gabi is the CUTEST BEAGLE SISTER EVER. She was so excited when I walked in with my laundry, she was like a pinball among the bumpers. And then while I was reading and watching Tron she came and curled up next to me on the sofa. Plus when I ate dinner she sat next to me and just watched, with those sad sad sad eyes, waiting for the moment when I was finished and let her lick the bowl. SO CUTE.

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Oct. 12th, 2010

on writing the Robot Apocalypse

So Nanowrimo season approaches (I'm zephrene on those forums, if anybody is interested), and with it the write-ins and writing challenges roll in.
Monday at our monthly SFF Writers' Social Meet-up, we had a little writing exercise for the group, courtesy of Kim's experience at a workshop over the summer.
It went like this: first everybody took eight bits of paper and wrote down FOUR physical traits, and FOUR emotional/psychological traits. Then all the physical traits went into a pile, and everybody picked two. Then the emotional traits went into a pile, and everybody picked two. With our four bits of paper, we then created a character and took ten minutes to write up a brief character sketch.

My four bits of paper said: "Tall", "Mucous-covered", "Shy", and "Addicted to Meth"

Meet Elaine )

Once we had a character, we then got four more bits of paper each. We wrote down TWO places, and TWO events/situations. Those went into two piles, and we each chose one event and one place. We then had fifteen minutes to write our character into that situation at that place.

My two bits of paper said "24-hour diner" and "AI starts global take-over"(or something like that - I could have the second one a bit off. But it was basically SkyNet, ok?)

SPOILER/FAIR WARNING: This is a timed writing exercise, so it cuts off abruptly. I might be persuaded to comment-fic some extra stuff, as I do have a few ideas about what happens, but mostly it was just an exercise.

The end of the world... )

Yeah, I know, what luck that I got a Robot Apocalypse prompt! One would almost think it was rigged or something. ;)

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