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 Just got the call offering me the contract job that starts March 1st and runs through the end of the year.  I'd told them up front that I would need time off in March for Escapade, so that's settled before I start. I'm very excited. Thanks for the good thoughts!
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I have an in person interview tomorrow with a client.  It's the second one I've had this month, and I would love to land something. The last two weeks have been pretty barren which I attribute to political fear.  Things are moving forward now, and I'm hearing back from recruiters, which is making me a lot happier, even though nothing has yet worked out.

Fact is, I am not committed to full time work. The odd contract, sure, but I'm not looking for a forever home. We need to finish our backyard cottage, and once that happens, we are thinking about renting it out on AirB&B / VRBO for a while.  It may be that I decide to become a hotelier and property manager, but it's all up in the air right now.  We know layoffs are coming at Lar's work (formerly my work too), and that should be completed by the end of the month; I am kinda hoping that they let him go with the package as it has become a real cesspit. Every time I have lunch or coffee with someone still working at that place, I come away knowing I got the better end of the deal. 

It really, truly, absolutely sucks to be there. I am so glad I am out.
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It's More Joy Day, so here, have one of my favorite Steven Universe songs - Stronger than You.

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I feel a bit like Liam Neeson's character in Taken, here:
If you are looking for a typical yuletide story, I can tell you that I don't have patience to write one, but what I do have is a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career in fandom. Skills that make me a nightmare for some types of readers. 

Sorry, just had to riff on that.  For yuletide, I wrote Angel/Demon Incest Porn with D/s powerplay overtones, lots of banter, and a wrapper of wingfic. The story was never going to be to everyone's taste, but for those that like that sort of thing, this story may be a thing that you like.

Pilgrimage (2921 words) by Rachael Sabotini
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Amenadiel/Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer TV)
Characters: Amenadiel (Lucifer TV), Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer TV)
Additional Tags: Wings, Frenemies, Brothers, Canon Character of Color, Yuleporn, Power Play, it's complicated - Freeform, Fallen Angels, Demons, Banter

When Lucifer had announced that he was paying a visit to Amenadiel, Maze had rolled her eyes at him. "Good luck with that," she'd muttered, giving him a little wave. "That asshole hasn't called me since he moved."


For myself, I received a wonderful story for Eliot in the Magicians. I feel terrible that I became ill right after Christmas, so I was not able to post about it earlier, but it's a lovely story of Eliot and Margo's first meeting.

With Apologies to the Furniture (1138 words) by GVSpurlock
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Magicians (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Margo Hanson & Eliot Waugh
Characters: Eliot Waugh, Margo Hanson
Additional Tags: Welcome to Brakebills, Waistcoats, Non-Metaphorical Closets, Meet-Cute, First Meetings

A graduate school for magic was admittedly one of the stranger things he’d encountered in his brief but eventful life, but not necessarily in the top five.

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 MIL was able to feed herself and walk using a walker!  Woo-hoo!  That's a lot of progress from where she was, so rehab will be helpful.

on the story side, I cut about 2K words from the story, and now I feel like it makes sense.  I need to write the rest of it, but it feels more doable now.  Could be it's must a better day.
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I spent the day at madigan army medical center as my mother in law had a stroke last night.  Her right side is affected, but she can still talk, which is great.  She was able to move her hand some today (open and close it, make a fist, that type of thing) which is fantastic as she wasn't able to do that last night.  She's having a tough time -- she's had back pain for years, and now she can't use her right arm to help her lever herself into comfortable positions, plus she can't do much with her right leg.  There will be more tests tomorrow as they evaluate the near term recovery plan, and what the prognosis looks like. We know there will be some time at a rehab facility, and we'll just take it one day at a time after that.  I'm not sure she's going to be able to live alone anymore.

Aging, man.  It can really suck.

I'm forever behind on my yuletide story, and seriously considering defaulting.  This would be my first time, and while some of it is I just can't get myself to sit in the chair and do the work, I'm also distracted by crazy stuff happening in life: the layoff, the election, dad's recalled pacemaker, and now this.  It's really a lot, you know?  I need a draft by default day for me to feel comfortable continuing, so that's the goal for the week.  We'll see what happens.  

I really hope everyone else had a much better day.
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Did you know that a pacemaker can be recalled?  On Monday, my dad received notice that his pacemaker was recalled, and promptly freaked out thinking it was either going to a) burst into flames inside his chest b) short out and send a giant electrical shock through him or c) going to stop his heart. Luckily he had a doctor appointment that day, and the worst of his fears were calmed - the recall is for the battery portion which can drain more rapidly than expected.  The fix was easy, just change out the generator unit for a newer version of the same unit, and it would be able to use the same wires.

So, as I am still unemployed, I went down Thursday on the train to my brother's house in Portland,.  In the morning, I borrowed his car and drove down to my Dad's assisted care facility and took him in to the hospital for the replacement surgery.  Everything went great, though an emergency ended up pushing out his surgery for a couple of hours.  I took him back home, then I went back to my brothers, and today I took the train back to my house.  I get a couple of days break, then I start up the thanksgiving road trips, which will take me through Sunday. 

It's a long week, but it's okay.  I already called and checked on Dad and while he has some pain, he says he's doing okay.  He'll see the doc next week so that by the time I see him on Thursday again, he should be healed up enough to have gone back to his cardiac rehab exercise class. A working pacemaker is amazing.

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Dear Yuletide Author,

Hi! Sorry to be late putting this up, and I am so glad you found your way here. I cribbed this from prior years, but if you are stuck, I hope this letter gives you some ideas for things you can write.  If you already have an idea for one of the characters I asked for, go for it.  I want you to have fun writing and not to stress it – I want you to enjoy yourself.  

If you are looking for other ideas, I’m a character-driven, relationship focused story fan, so if you stick with that – from a small friendship story to epic romance – I will love it. I love all types of intimacy from gen to explicit erotica; my favorite kink is D/s, and I also like hurt/comfort, just not of the illness kind.

I love worldbuilding, and all of the fandoms I’ve asked for involve rich worlds to explore.  You can also build yourself a new one with alternate histories and timelines, or turn it all into a steampunk version of the original universe! Feel free to bring in other characters if you want, including original characters; my selected characters should be the focus, but there are a lot of other people in the universe too.

Tropes I love: First times, teasing, banter, dark pasts, found families, self-realization, wistful regret, pining, old hurts, second chances, dreams, adventure, ass kicking, angst, exotic settings, outsider POV, wacky undercover situations, steampunk, horror, other worlds, whumpage, hurt/comfort, themes about friendship, trust and love.  I'd also prefer a happy ending.

I do have some dislikes: heavy illness (cancer, AIDS, etc), pregnancy, public humiliation/embarrassment, death and permanent disability.  I'm not keen on first person POV or all dialog stories, though I am fine with a story narrated by an original character, animal companion, or inanimate object.

Here's what I wrote in my original request with a couple of additional thoughts

Kate Daniels - Ilona Andrews - Julie

I'm really interested in exploring Julie's life and her relationships - not just the one with Derek or Kate, but other shapeshifters like Dali or her training with the shade of Kate's aunt. I'm caught up on the latest book, so anything that happens as an outgrowth of Kate's war with her father would be cool too. I love the universe and the character and would love to see Julie's life explored.

Case fic, Day-in-the-life, five things about Julie - all good.

The Magicians (TV) - Eliot

I was pretty shattered by what happened to everyone at the end of the first series, and the fact that Eliot is tied down to a woman he never chose and a land he had no interest in is horrific to me.  I'd like something a little happier, either s pre or post-series Eliot is a possibility, or something with Eliot and Margo at any time you like.  I love their relationship and would like to see more of it. The two of them picking up a third or fourth would be awesome.

Ghostbusters (2016) - Holtzman

I have a mad crush on Holtz and just like the other character-focused requests this year, I want to see more about her.  Her background is a mystery, and I'd like to see that explored.  I'd also like to see one of the other Ghostbusters attempt to matchmake her, only to find out she herself is the match.  I'd love a little guns 'n romance story.

Enjoy writing your story and I'm sure I'll love reading it. All of the details are optional, and I’m happy to leave specifics up to you. Like I said, I love these characters and I'll love whatever you choose to write in any of these fandoms. I'm really looking forward to it!

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 Today I made chicken verde enchiladas!  One of the women I work with was going on and on about how good her 'healthy' version of the dish was, so I am giving it a try.  I haven't been doing a lot of cooking lately, particularly not on a work night, but she said it was easy, so I am giving it a go.  My house smells wonderful right now, and I can't wait for them to be done. :)


Sep. 4th, 2016 03:33 pm
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 I have IMZY codes if anyone is interested in them.  I need your email address, and may not have a recent one for you, so drop me a comment.  The post is not screened, so if you are concerned about others seeing your email address, message me directly.

In other news, I've agreed to do a fanfic documentary, and talk about my life in fan fiction before the internet.  Should be a hoot, and I'll see if I can dig up some fanzines and letterzines for show and tell.  I met the woman doing the documentary at Norwescon, which is just amazing to me as in my mind, it's such a straight up SF con.  How the world turns.

In home news, the backyard cottage progresses.  Work still sucks, but I am not as stressed out by it as I was; can't say the same for the spouse.  We'll see what happens in the next month,  once the buyout is complete. 

Hope your weekend is a good one.
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My life has been consumed by three things: work, construction of our backyard cottage, and prepping my dad's house for sale.  Each of them is consuming more of my energy than I would want, but there has been a little movement on all fronts lately so I am a feeling more heartened today.

On the cottage front, we finally have the fire sprinklers installed!  That means we need a plumber and the insulation guys in, and then we can get it inspected for final framing and cover.  So the water issues have been resolved, which caused a 4 month delay in the project, but things have moved at last. Once Dad's house sells, we hope to put some of our own work into the finishes and get that wrapped up by fall.  I have hope again!

For my dad's house, last week was my last weekend cleaning and repairing the place.  My sister-in-law did most of the on the ground coordination, as well as boxing up all of the old junk, organizing last month's estate sale (which we all worked  and did well at), getting a realtor in, and being on site for every single contractor we had out to the place.  It was a huge undertaking, and if she hadn't been willing to bail on some of her substitute teaching opportunities, I don't know how we would have managed.  She and my brother live an hour away from Dad's, so it was a pain in the butt for her to do stuff, and I am super thankful that she got it done.

Last looks this weekend, new carpet and vinyl installed Wednesday June 1st,  official photos June 2nd, and the house is on the market. Dad's a little freaked by it and has been very hand's off about selling the house; he wants it done as soon as possible so he can feel more financially secure again. He's doing well, but I can see his inner kid a lot, especially now that his big sister passed. He's really emotionally vulnerable, and I am so glad he's living in assisted care now and has friends now to support him. He's doing much better than he was last year when he was living on his own. He'll feel a lot better once the house is sold, his HELOC paid off, and he doesn't have to worry about paying for water, electric, or the taxes for owning it.

And after it all I will get back to fandom again! Real life just sometimes does a meltdown, and coping is all you can do.  See ya on the flip side.

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Wow, this is a milestone for me. At this point, I have every story I could find uploaded to A03.  I know that there are other stories from the dawn of time that I no longer have working copies of, and a couple of Harry Potter stories that I can't find source for that aren't there, but everything else written has been migrated over.  I now have 180 stories in the archive, which is...a lot more than I thought.  My mediafans web site is thus slated for non-renewal the next time it comes up, which will be another milestone by itself.

So. Now I need to work on the vids, which will have to start with setting up an account.  But that'll bea goal for another day.

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Obviously I had a bout of real life again, and so I have many snowflake posts to catch up on. Fortunately there are no dates assigned to it, so I will be getting to them as I get time.

With that in mind, let's see where I was....Ah!

Day 6

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it.

The problem for me is that this one specifies 'fandom' as the challenge space, and for me, I don't know of a thing that I am not getting enough of in fandom.  I have more vids than I can watch, more stories than I can read, more pictures and interesting facts than I can really spend the time to enjoy.  Y'all are massively creative and darn motivated, which is why I love fandom so.  

Hey!  There's an idea for a challenge: find me more fannish time!  What can I ditch from my life that will give me time to read and enjoy stories and vids and episodes and conversations? Can't be my husband, the cats, the kid or my job, but everything else is a go.  For example, should I invest time in the KonMari method of tidying my house to gain more time to read?  Inquiring minds want to know!
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Day 4

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something.

It's A Party! )
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Day 03

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.

Okay, cool! I am going to use this as an opportunity to point out some of the stories in my backlog, as I finally have most of them posted on A03. There are still a few SGA stories (less than a dozen!) still sitting in drafts, so I will work around those.

1. So this is my favorite of my alternate universe romances, complete with a steampunk-flavored arranged marriage for political purposes. I just got it posted on A03 too!

The Spare (13319 words) by Rachael Sabotini
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Radek Zelenka, Teyla Emmagan
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, when enemies marry, Community: undermistletoe, Harlequin, Fairy Tale Elements, Marriage Contracts, Arranged Marriage, Steampunk
Summary: "It is your duty to the empire to marry Rodney McKay."

2. Next up - Have I mentioned that I love poly relationships? Here, have a Leverage threesome, complete with roller derby.

A Casual, Easy Thing (5298 words) by Rachael Sabotini
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Additional Tags: I Saw Three Ships, Threesome, Character of Color, Domestic, Humor, Established Relationship, Angst, Polyamory, Jealousy, Undercover As Gay
Summary: "You conferenced my freak out?"

3. Finally  I had to pick out one of my hurt/comfort stories, which of course has a heavy theme of second chances.

Waiting Place (24651 words) by Rachael Sabotini
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Qui-Gon Jinn/Obi-Wan Kenobi
Characters: Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, First Time, Adventure, Bonding, Scars, Angst, Second Chances

Qui-Gon had to choose: Obi-Wan or himself.


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Day 2

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

Sure!  Why not.

1) My icons are aging, just like their owner. :)  I would love an icon with Miss Fisher looking fabulous, ladies wearing menswear, something in the JediStormPilot line, or people reading.  (I love icons with books in them.)  Freshen it up as it were. 

2) What is the most recent fanfic story under 20K words that you'd recommend? 

3) What is your favorite non-fiction book at the moment?  I enjoyed both Flash Boys and the Big Short last year, so I am looking for something with a solid narrative thread, but I'm thinking about branching out from financial disasters.  Other disasters might be good for me too. :)
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Gravity is a Harsh Mistress (2996 words) by Rachael Sabotini
For Dira Sudis (dsudis)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Martian (2015), The Martian - Andy Weir
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chris Beck/Beth Johanssen/Mark Watney
Characters: Beth Johanssen, Chris Beck, Mark Watney
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Bathing/Washing, Team as Family
Summary: Mark didn't come away from Mars completely unscathed.

When I saw the pinch hit come through for H/c the Martian - with one request per the book and one per the movie -- I jumped at it. Because...H/C! Science Fiction! Potential Threesome! So totally in my wheelhouse, I had to jump at it.

Of course, once I got it, I had a rush of anxiety over writing. There was the little matter of my writing speed being glacier-like, and having less than a week to write it in -- given that I would be out of town on deadline weekend. It was at that point that I recognized the requester, and started banging my head on the desk for not really looking at that first.

So I grabbed a couple of people off the yuletide beta readers list -- alina and Celeste -- just to make sure I was writing something intelligible. Then I asked Gwyn to beta it, as I knew she could whip the story into shape, and find all the missing emotional holes that I initially forget. I worked on it right up until deadline, and am pretty proud of how it turned out.

Dira liked it, and I felt good about my writing process. It was a good Yuletide for me.
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To Amy Santiago, Thanks for Everything. Love, Hermione Granger. (3050 words) by Rachael Sabotini
For strix_alba
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV), Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jake Peralta/Amy Santiago
Characters: Amy Santiago, Jake Peralta, Gina Linetti, Rosa Diaz, Charles Boyle, Ray Holt, Madeline Wuntch
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Ensemble Cast, Magical Affairs, Misses Clause Challenge, Comedy

Amy Santiago is under investigation by Magical Affairs.

I wrote crackfic for yuletide! This was so much fun. Strix alba requested a Harry Potter/B99 crossover, 'or as much as you can do for yuletide', and that was my cue to make this a walk on the silly side. I'd also been reading some of the spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so I had some fresh ideas of how the magical culture might be different in America. I ran with it all, and tried to frame up the B99 crew as if they had magical powers. It's short - just long enough to get in, do the joke, and move on. :)
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Day 01

In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges?

I'm doing the challenge this year because I like the structure of a daily challenge, and I want to be more an active participant in fandom.  With the stress of the past year (Moving Dad to assisted care, his being hospitalized three times, the issues with work, and building the ADU) I am feeling fragile.  Fandom can be my happy place if I work at it, so I'm hoping that this set of challenges will help me do that!

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I signed up for SGA Secret Santa this year, and got very cute foodie AU from elderwitty & squidgie: My Dinner with Rodney. I loved the author's story about how they came to write it almost as much as I liked the story itself, and the whole thing made me smile. I love it.

As for what I wrote, I finished An Earthly Harvest Festival for clopoleLis. It's a slice of life story wherein our intrepid adventurers are forced to attend a very dull holiday party on Earth. I got a real kick out of writing it.


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