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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With that in mind, let's see where I was....Ah!
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!
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
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
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
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
Fandom: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
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.
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. :)
For Dira Sudis (dsudis)
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.
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!
Husband is safe too. New manager (again), and he gets to work with a new analyst...Me. Now that is gonna be weird.
And if I get this done, then next year, it's vids.
( can I remember how to use this thing... )
Second, I had my five year post-treatment appointment with the oncologist yesterday, and for once there was absolutely no problem with my bloodwork or anything else. Everything looked great, and when I was asked if I wanted to keep seeing her for maintenance appointments, I said: "No."
So that's it! Done. Done. Done. Checked out and gone home, and hopefully I will never see her cute little elfin face again. The past few weeks I have been going crazy with this stuff, and now I am finally through it. W00t!
I am still missing one story written by many people -- suze, lum, bone, maybe Zen and Nancy,maybe others -- but I no longer have a copy of it myself and will have to pull it from the internet archive.
So with that, I am down to just my SGA stories, and I want to get those done this year. Afterwards, it'll all be about moving the vid site to creative commons, and setting those up in A03 too.
Twenty or so years worth of fan works. It's still a lot of stuff to do.
I mean, I love my friends, but....YULETIDE!!!