quidditchgrrl: (Pee-wee)

W00t!  I'm still alive!  (Don't you have those weeks where the fact that you've made it to the other side seems like a feat worthy of an Olympic medal?)
 
Had an awesome time with [livejournal.com profile] salemdipity  and [livejournal.com profile] zsazsa101 and met up with [livejournal.com profile] jacyevans  and [livejournal.com profile] jlh .

 
 
Friday:  Trip over was uneventful, and Liss met me at the airport.  Melissa picked us up and dropped us off for lunch and an afternoon of shopping in Annapolis.  The prices were rather more than I'm used to, but I got a nice travel journal to keep track of all the debauchery trips I'm planning to take. 
 
I rather enjoyed the fact that we all use "man" and "dude" in our everyday speech.  One never knows if the way they speak is considered weird by others.  I rarely hear others use those colloquialisms, anyway (man).
 
We were able to indulge our love of cemeteries by wandering around St. Ann's for a half-hour or so.  V. v. relaxing, aside from forgetting to lick our thumbs and touch them to the wall.  Managed to remember to back out of the gate, though...
 
Liss made us dinner and we spent some time with Melissa's kidlets (who are super-cute and whom I haven't seen since they were babies) before hitting the sack.

Travelogue: NYC )
 
NYC was, as usual, awesome and fun and all those things you could never find anywhere else on earth.  Our hotel was brand-spanking new and sported a view of the Manhattan skyline.  We gussied ourselves up and hit the town.
 
Now, most of you know my utter, absolute dislike of touristy spaces.  But okay, Times Square was pretty sweet and Rockefeller Center was very Christmas-y.  I can't even imagine how annoying tourists must be to people in the city.  Pushing and shoving and complaining and BELIEVING THERE IS SUCH A THING AS PERSONAL SPACE - I couldn't take that on a daily basis.  We couldn't get across the street to Saks, as we were 15-deep on the other side of the street.
 
But, as Melissa said, at least it wasn't summer.  :P
 
Dinner was pizza and then, Equus.  I was VERY impressed with Richard Griffiths - he had a lot of long dialogues, and he was able to breathe life into a character that is quite without a life.  I'm still not sure if Dan Radcliffe has the chops to make a distinguished career as a dramatic actor, but his comedic timing is spot-on.  The horses' heads and shoes were neat, as were the bodies sporting them!  :P
 
At the end of the show, the cast came out to ask for donations to Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, and auctioned off a t-shirt, which Dan kindly sported on-stage.  That shirt went for $1000.  For that price, I need a couple of hours with the boy in the shirt, kthx.  (Uh, kidding.)
 
We ended up walking around for about 5 hours...5 hours of wearing 3-and-a-half inch heels...I'm surprised that my feet have not detached themselves from my body and run away.  Only a couple of raw spots, not too bad (but I have a race Sunday).
 
Sunday was Serendipity day, where we met up with Andrea and Clio for some lunch and frozen hot chocolate.  Mmmm...
 
We got back late and crashed hard.  I was bumped from both of my flights Monday morning and ended up going through Charlotte to get home, then I went directly into work.  Boooooo!  I like my job, but not that much.

Other than that, I've been trying not to write (no!  bad Donna!  no writing at work!) and hopefully my little muse will crawl back into her hidey-hole and stay away.  Went to see a couple of concerts, will be doing 58472985697 family things over the next few weeks (bleh).
 
I'm enjoying the entries for Smutty Claus this year.  :-)  Yummy.
quidditchgrrl: (Bush)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I don't have truly emotional reactions to the deaths of celebrities - it's not like I knew them, or anything.  I feel more for their families.  It's sad to think, even on the list above, how many of those folks had small children who will never know them as adults.

Political killings affect me deeply, though - because they are, by and large, assassinations of ideology.

I remember clearly when Reagan was shot...I actually watched it on the noon news with my mom, right after I'd gotten home from school (kindergarten, I'm assuming).  It was very shocking to me, that someone would want to kill the president (even if I didn't like him, I was a Carter supporter - I came out of the womb with political leanings) and that all those security men couldn't protect him.
quidditchgrrl: (Martini Time)
I could be a very successful trust fund baby, methinks. This week off work has been great - I can't remember the last time I took a not-going-nowhere-just-hanging-out-here-at-home vacation.

It has been, in a word, nice. There was time and relaxation to write (Honeybunch makes me too anxious to allow me to write - he Does Not Approve of teh Smut - and he's here ALL THE DAMN TIME. Seriously, when I say I married a hermit, I wasn't kidding. As I don't have a laptop, I have to plan special to do any writing at all.

Anyway, yeah. The fic is written, beta'd (*smooches* to [livejournal.com profile] alissomora), corrected, and is ready for submission. I am very happy with what I did, and I hope my recipent is happy, too. Even though I've written different things, this fic was my first on many levels.

The weekend was a little up and down. First off, OSU beat Michigan, which will always start the weekend out right.

I came to a sad realization this morning: )

Birthday doings were nice - and THANK YOU to everyone who posted/commented for me today! Mal and Natalie took me out for lunch on Friday, and gave me a Cranium desk calendar and a gift card to Sephora (OMG WOOT). I bought something small - an angled eyeliner brush - but I'm amazed at how much better the brush is versus trying to use a pencil eyeliner. I made a list of things I want, although I have the feeling I'll be filling that list myself. No matter, I'm headed back tomorrow to buy a 9-color cake eyeliner palette and check out some of Too Faced's little compact eye creator kits. They are carrying Clinque and another department store brand now, too, so I might try some of their stuff to see how I like it.

Why yes, I am a Sephora whore, funny you should ask. :-P

Andy and I went out to lunch on Saturday. Funny/sad/pathetic that here in Columbus, on the weekend of the OSU/Michigan game, you can be one of a handful of tables in a popular restaurant during Saturday lunch because the game is on. We were excited; we went to Best Buy and bought a couple of movies (Zodiac and Sixteen Candles). Also, I found this for the PS2. WANT.

Today I spent the day with my family, surrounded by cake and presents - none of which were for me. :-| It was Natalie's birthday party (her birthday is the 21st). My sister made a great Sesame Street cake (100000000x better than store-bought, and she had the exact color of Sesame Street red) and Natalie got tons of toys, including a Dora the Explorer tent.

Why can't I get toys on mah birfday? :-S

Brother update )

What else? Going to the in-laws' for Thanksgiving, NOT shopping on Black Friday (whatevs, man), and chillin' in general. Sounds like a plan (that is impossible for me to follow, but it's nice to have goals ;D).
quidditchgrrl: (BBW cute)
Mood: OMG SNOW NOOOO

It's amazing how much more I read when I have hours to kill in front of the computer rather than 30 minutes to skim the flist and hit Fark before bed.

Now I remember the good part of my job at Bowels of Hell - time to peruse the internets and time to write!

I have Diet Orange Crush, which is...ahh. So good! (former) RC Cola products FTW!

A great article about Stephen Colbert. Although I think that, right now, Stephen is probably catching up on his sleep during the strike! Poor Stephen sometimes looks like he's dancing on the fine edge of exhaustion.

Jamie Oliver is coming back to Food Network! Yay! At least he looks like he eats his food (unlike Sandra Lee and Giada DeLauretiis).

*back to writing*
quidditchgrrl: (I'm just so happy)
First off, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] catsperspective - I hope your birthday was a good one!

Today was up and down. I went to the dentist to have a filling replaced on my back molar. So, that was unfun in the way that most dental appointments are - needles, having the novocaine shakes, drilling out hunks of busted amalgam & replacing it with new - and the novocaine was still there 4 hours later...

When I went to meet [livejournal.com profile] kaputla for the first time and drop her some clothes. She kept saying how awkward she was (but wasn't at all), I got to pet her bunny and talk for a couple of minutes (awkwardly for me, since I was trying not to drool out of the numb side of my mouth). Also, Megan is SERIOUSLY cute. We must make time to interact socially now that we've done the good-to-finally-meet-you dance. ;)

La, that's all I have time for! Now back to finishing the [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus fic I took this week off work to do. Ya rly.
quidditchgrrl: (Jon Stewart = true patriot)
Okay, running people:  I keep getting bruising under my first/second toes when I run.  What gives?  Other than my shoes are too tight...which they are, but dang.  My toenails are black.  :-&  Any advice?

I've slept almost half of this weekend.  Part of it is general exhaustion, partly from lack of exercise this week, and partly in preparation for Aunt Flow.  Way to ruin a perfectly wonderful long, holiday weekend.  -.-

I did manage to be awake when it came time to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus, so that's something to look forward to.  :)

Hope you all had great weekends! 
quidditchgrrl: (the bitch is in)
Just so you all know, I've spent 4 hours writing tonight.

Looks like the movie has given me some good mojo.

Feels good. :)

Damn It.

Jan. 14th, 2007 08:21 pm
quidditchgrrl: (Alas!  Two sickles and a dungbomb!  Bumm)
In 2004 and 2005, I shopped an article I'd written about the Drug Wars and how teenagers are especially focused on as a group to hate and fear when it comes to drugs.  I wrote it during a period of "Partnership fora Drug-Free America" commercials that were particularly heinous.  One was two young teenage boys getting high in their parents' study, finding a gun and...fade to black at the sound of a gunshot.  Another was a repeat track of a carful of high black kids going through a drive-through, then accidentally accelerating away from the window toward a little white girl on a bike...fade to black with screeching tires.

Shit like that makes me sick.  My postulation was that it's not teenagers who do the majority of the drugs - it's people over the age of 21, and more and more people between 25-40. 

I got a couple of "good premise, like the style" comments, but it never got picked up anywhere.

I think I found out why:  I wasn't projecting my research far enough.  I should have focused on the parents of those kids featured in the ads.

Well, Susie Bright has summed it up quite well in her blogtoday (it's Susie, so there are NSFW ads/images).  She also ties the fetishization of teen drug culture to how teens are often depicted as sexual monsters or innocent victims of media & depraved culture.

I have been suitably cowed; hopefully my muse will realize that I've been humbled and will show up with good ideas here soon.

Fic Reveal!

Jan. 4th, 2007 11:35 pm
quidditchgrrl: (Fangirly joy)
Woo! [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus reveals have been made!

[livejournal.com profile] starrika wrote Observation (Neville/Ginny) for me. I loved it - so descriptive and beautful.

I wrote Moonlight Madness (Harry/Luna) for [livejournal.com profile] oracleholly.

Interesting that both of our female protagonists were piano players and that we both went with a very descriptive writing style. Not my usual at all. I'm more of a...technical writer.

I thought this year's entries were really well-done, as they typically are, I guess, considering the calibre of folks who participate.

Go, read, review! :)
quidditchgrrl: (And sometimes Y)
[livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus entry submitted.

[livejournal.com profile] alissomora is a goddess among beta-ing deities. *smooches*

That is all.
quidditchgrrl: (Sexy George)
Welp, bad news. In the PC migration, I managed to lose half of chapter 7 of ANIP. *headdesk, infinity*

Goddamnit!

I'm working to salvage it as best I can. My goal is to have it finished and posted before the beginning of July.

Usual suspects beta readers, are you available for slicing and dicing in June? Anyone else?

Wow, it's been almost two years since I updated this fic. Not for lack of inspiration, just time and energy.

Off to rejoin the world of active hacks!
quidditchgrrl: (What where!)
Yay! [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus gift fics have been revealed! [livejournal.com profile] voldycheese wrote Wherefor Art Thou, Romeo? for me, and I wrote Alchemist's Crown for [livejournal.com profile] oh_honestleigh.

I don't think she liked it, as she didn't review or email. So disheartening. :-( All you nice people, let me know what you think - I've never written something quite like that, if you know what I mean (and if you don't, go read and find out)! Merci.

And a thousand thanks to [livejournal.com profile] r_becca for coordinating this, being infinitely patient, and reviewing fics even in the thick of posting! What a trooper.

RL things )

Night, all.
quidditchgrrl: (Oh God)
6:07 am. Smutty_claus is done, cherry is popped on yet another scenario. Must be at work in 6 hours.

*dies*
quidditchgrrl: (Pictures of You)
I wanted to recommend this original piece, written by [livejournal.com profile] 1anonymous1.  It's unedited and deals with pretty raw subject matter.  Read at your own risk, but take a chance on it.

Now she is older. She has let it be known to others now. She refused to cry about It after that night.
quidditchgrrl: (Ohio by Planbee)
I am seriously jonesing for The Pumpkin, man.  I blame [livejournal.com profile] kaputla and her icon for this.  Mmm, pumpkin donuts and chicken and noodles.  :9  Only 16 more days, as the Great Pumpkin says.

I can't remember who said it ([livejournal.com profile] abigail89?), but yes, the months leading up to a wedding are the most stressful times in one's life.  Honeybunch and I barely see each other at this point, and when we do, we are either arguing over stupid shit or I'm screaming about the latest thing that's gotten FUBARed.

Latest news, and it's ugly )

But yay!  Bridal shower on Saturday!  Will finally get to see [livejournal.com profile] hastyent, as have not seen her for many weeks.  And will have yummy carrot cake and play games.  Not sure about bachelorette party, may just end up going out to dinner and having a few drinks.  I have pussed out mightily since my college days.  :(  And I can't drink since having my surgery...had some beer at [livejournal.com profile] generalmanda's house, and it didn't work out so well.  Ick.  Boo. 

Random:

When I first added Napoleon Dynamite to my interests list, there were 4 communitities and maybe 25 people.  Now it's 95 and 493.  That boy sure does get around.  :D

Inevitably around this time of year - pre-Pumpkin Show, that is - I will buy a box of pumpkin donuts from Kroger, thinking that they will actually taste like pumpkin.  They never do.

There will be no NaNoWriMo for me.  It's tough enough going without the pressure to churn out tons of words in a month.  Will plod along slowly, much like the tortoise.

For this, there are no words.

Much love, you all.
quidditchgrrl: (trouble? by rebecca jordan)
Have had this together for about a week, just haven't had time to get it up anywhere, but for those of you in the GG...

Chapter 6 of A Night in Paris is up!

Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] seakays and [livejournal.com profile] nsmom who provided beta help. >:D<

I'm hoping to be able to devote some time to writing during my recovery period in July and August. I've decided to take the entire six weeks if possible. My job sucks so badly right now, I'm glad I'm having surgery to get me away from the place.

Busy weekend, Friday night Installation (which is always a hellish endeavor), working out and running errands Saturday, and going to the zoo today. I dislike the zoo, although it's a nice zoo, the animals just never look happy to me. Although we did get a good look at a silverback gorilla who ran by our viewing area thumping his chest, and another silverback who perched right against a window and watched us watching him. I just...I dunno, I just don't like to see animals caged up.

Just for the record, Cheney = Voldemort, Dubya = Wormtail. Discuss.

I am so jealous of [livejournal.com profile] rachet, who met Sean Astin this weekend! Wah, I wanna see him too. :'-(

It's late, and [livejournal.com profile] triumvirate has a zillion new posts. Good thing I have to be in at noon tomorrow. *reads*
quidditchgrrl: (Damn It!)
Anyone available to beta the next chapter of A Night in Paris for me? George/Hermione, mainly looking for style/continuity. It's about 7000 words.

Comment and I'll send it to you. Thanks!

Hee! It's done! Now I can work on the gazillion other things I've got going. :D
quidditchgrrl: (why choose?)
I've been taken over by writer's block, worse than it's ever been. My little originals - they tend to loosen up my fingers for other writing - have dried up. WAH.

So, I've gotta start doing something else. I've never been one to write down my dreams, but I figured that's all I've got at this point, so just to get going, here goes. And it features fandom people! :)

Okay, so we were shopping at Easton )
quidditchgrrl: (Damn It!)
It really sucks when you've finally broken through your writer's block and you're on a roll, you have to go to bed so's you won't be a zombie at work the next day.

Incidentally, if anyone is free to help me with dialogue *eyes [livejournal.com profile] mareisse and [livejournal.com profile] redblaze*, please ping me if you see me on YM. I need help getting through a rough patch. I need to channel angry!Ron. :-)

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