Yay, Yuletide

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Hello dear Yulegoat,

Apologies for such a late letter! I was thrown by the timezone change and barely managed to beat the signup deadline, then crashed into a really intense workweek.

I've been doing Yuletide for a long time and my general likes/dislikes haven't changed much; you'll find plenty of hints in this journal under the "yuletide" tag. I just wanted to expand on the prompts in my signup a little.

Edge of Tomorrow, Dublin Murder Squad, Friday Night Lights, The Goblin Emperor, The Hour, LibrariesCollapse )

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Finally

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!Collapse )

As always, ignore all of that if it stresses or fails to inspire you, and just have fun!

Also FYI: we celebrate Christmas & have kids who want to tear into their presents at 6 am, so I can rarely manage to read my Yuletide story early in the morning. Don't panic if I can't comment right away.

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1. After not writing a work since turning in my Yuletide story, I've written 5000+ words in three separate stories over the last week. Huh. Most of it is ridiculously self-indulgent drawer-fic that will likely never see the light of day, but some of it seems to be a slightly AU sequel to North and South that I might post to AO3 once I find an actual plot. If anyone out there would be interested in beta-reading it, let me know!

2. Speaking of Yuletide, I don't usually post about my story after the reveal, but I was sent a link to this video of someone snowboarding down Mont Royal after the record-breaking snowfall they had in December 2012 and had to share it. If you enjoyed my story, or just like Montreal and/or winter, you really must watch it. Those are the stairs that Jane would have climbed, and that's the view that she'd have seen from the belvedere...

3. It's stunning just how much Dan & I are enjoying our respite between the end of hockey season and the beginning of soccer/baseball/spring hockey. Not having three practices or games every weeknight makes for a life of leisure! In fact, I've just been handed a glass of red wine and a piece of dark chocolate, so I'll take my leave for now. [This entry was originally posted at http://forodwaith.dreamwidth.org/210189.html, where there are comment count unavailable comment(s).]

Picowrimo: Day 3

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Drabble # 3, for lenora_rose. This one was a lot of fun!

prompt: Wallace & GromitCollapse )

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Picowrimo: Day 2

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Here is drabble number 2, for [personal profile] espresso_addict:
prompt: Earthsea, fallCollapse )

All hail Espresso for her amazing Earthsea resource The Isolate Tower, without which I wouldn't have remembered the nugget of canon this was built on.

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Picowrimo: Day 1

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I decided my project for picowrimo this year (other than my Yuletide story) was going to be a drabble a day. Unfortunately, I can't think of a way to smush drabble + November into a clever portmanteau like Movember. And "DraWriMo" sounds like a mouthful of pebbles.

Anyway! Without further ado, drabble number 1, for [personal profile] jelazakazone:
prompt: Firefly, water is magicCollapse )

p.s. If you want to make a drabble request, I'm taking them here!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year

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First of all, thank you! I say this every year (because it's true): I don't feel I can write in these fandoms, so *any* story in one of them will make me very happy. But if you want some hints, here are a few additional points.Collapse )

Requests: Secret Life of Dolls, Hark! A Vagrant, Graceling series, Benjamin January seriesCollapse )

As always, ignore all of that if it stresses you or doesn't inspire you, and just have fun!

Also FYI: we celebrate Christmas & have young children, so I can rarely manage to read my Yuletide story early in the morning. Don't panic if I can't comment right away.

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3 things make a you-know-what

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i. Finally made it to see Looper over the long weekend, and really enjoyed it. Very chewy food for thought. As someone in the row behind us said at the end, "it had enough movie for three movies" - not just action/plot, but themes & ideas.
JGL's impression of Bruce Willis was suitably disturbing, especially whatever they did to his nose to make it more Roman.
spoilerCollapse ) But I did appreciate that all of the characters who resort to deadly violence are clearly presented as sick & wrong. more spoilersCollapse )
I bet myself that it would be on the Yuletide nominations list, and sure enough it was. It was such a beautifully rounded, self-contained "loop" of a story that I'm not sure I want to read fic for it, though.

ii. On a related note, I'm lost in admiration of whomever nominated "French Cheeses" as a Yuletide fandom (with characters Boursin, Brie, Camembert, and Chèvre).

iii. Re-posting some old drabbles over the weekend reminded me how much I used to love that form. So I plan to write a drabble a day during November just for fun, and I'll be taking requests. Want 100 words written just for you? Give me a prompt: a word, a fandom, a character... anything you like.

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Still here + music

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Seeing Yuletide pop up on my reading list made me realize that it's been almost a whole 12 months since I posted here. Whoops. Heh.

What have I been doing?

Working. Not a lot to say about that. I still enjoy many parts of my job, but the HR issues that come with being an actual "manager" of people is not one of them. It's also very stressful.

Running, much to my surprise. I kept on running with my friend Jen all winter -- fortunately it wasn't a bad one -- and through the summer. Never thought I'd be at the point of finding a 5 mile run not that strenuous, but here I am. I'm actually considering registering for a 10k race this fall & maybe a half-marathon in the spring.

Becoming, somewhat to my surprise, a hockey fan. I mean, I carry a Canadian passport; I've always been ridiculously invested in our success at the Olympics, World Juniors, etc. But this year I started caring about the NHL. Just in time for a lockout -- good job there! (As an aside, please please please let this happen. And let them tour the country.)

What I haven't been doing: writing. I've written a couple thousand words of a whole bunch of things, and then dropped them.

I meant to finish up with a list of musicians what I have heard live since my last catch-up post, but I'm tired. I'll just note that you if you get a chance to see Janelle Monae live -- take it. Dan Mangan is also worth your time. In fact, this song has just reached the top of my "most-played" list in iTunes; I think I've listened to it at least once a day for the last 18 months.



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A busy day chez forodwaith

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Two hockey games and a piano recital. All went well, especially from Nora's perspective: she scored the winning goal on a breakaway, and performed in front of strangers for the first time. (Totally biased parental opinion here, but she has a nice sense of musicality; her piece actually had phrasing & rhythm, and wasn't just the right notes in the more-or-less right order.)

I have a Big Idea for my Yuletide story... and all of 250 words down on paper. The good news is, I'm so stressed out at work that my Yuletide panic level hasn't even reached orange yet, let alone BEARS. The bad news is, I have so much going on at work that I fear I'm going to be writing up to the last minute before deadline this year. Gulp.

But let's concentrate on the positive. Two cheerful things: I got a nice belated rec for last year's Yuletide story, and--surprise--a year's worth of paid Dreamwidth! The latter apparently came through a donation to a "random user," so if you've ever given money to Dreamwidth, thank you.

I'm celebrating by using one of my favourite old icons that I didn't have room for under the previous limit.

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