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In case I haven't mentioned it, I have pre-diabetes.  My a1c is up now to 6.2, and while I haven't yet tipped over to full-blown diabetes, it is discouraging.  Does anyone have any good diabetic recipe sites or dishes that are go to items for them? Idea for lunches would also be great as I have a very hard time pulling something together to take to work, and just getting something from the cafeteria.  
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The Good, The Bad, and the Fashionable by Rachael Sabotini
Chapters:1/1
Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Rating: Gen
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bad Janet (The Good Place), Good Janet (The Good Place),  Tahani Al-Jamil
Summary: She'd been stuck in some version of this lousy "Bad Janet" uniform for all of eternity, and she wanted out of it.


I got a chance to write The Good Place!  I was very excited to get the prompt set, and as usual, started one story, trashed it all, and then started another that just took off.  I wasn't sure if anyone else would like it as the story isn't about the events that happen; it's about something else entirely.  But people liked it, and it got a good reception. I am thrilled with the result, and really want to thank my recipient VSSAKJ for asking for a day in the life of Bad Janet.

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Wow.  Just...wow.  I got four stories this year in three different fandoms, and I am amazed and excited that people wanted to write from my prompts!  Things have been so busy around here, this is the first time I've been able to mention them, but I sandwiched reading them all in the first day!

After the Adventure (1680 words) 
Fandom: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Things that I liked best about it: It's a gen high school friendship story, about Bethany reaching out to Martha and getting her to join in on doing something with other people.  I liked seeing Bethany still taking care of her Jumanjii friends.

Carved Our Love in the Mountainside (1738 words) 
Fandom: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Things that I liked best about it: Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and this is really well done.  I loved seeing how Jumanjii changed both Bethany and Martha, and how that impacted their future. Plus the relationship! I have little anime stars in my eyes over it.

a risk worth taking (3958 words) 
Fandom: Mercy Thompson Series - Patricia Briggs
Things that I liked best about it: It's really two stories in one, a "what happens next" story set after the events in "Frost Burned", and deep back story between Warren and Asil set in WWII.  I loved the subtext that meeting gave to the "Frost Burned" events.  Lots of  "in universe" knowledge required.

Need to Know (2249 words) 
Fandom: The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells
Things that I liked best about it: It's all about ART, its  creation, its attitude, and where the asteroid deflector comes from.  Love that military - university connection. Kinda thinky too.

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I've decided I'm done with my yuletide story; no more trying to shoehorn in just one more idea or typo fix before the stories go out. 
 
I still have holiday stuff to do around the house, and am thankful that I am on contract at a place that is closed tomorrow.  Things just got away from me this year, as happens so often around the holidays.  
 
Speaking of getting away from me, I never posted the link to last year's story.  
 
After Hours by Rachael Sabotini (wickedwords)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hidden Legacy Series - Ilona Andrews
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bern Baylor/Abraham "Bug" Levin
Characters: Bern Baylor, Abraham "Bug" Levin
Summary: Was it any wonder he ended up at Bug's place?
 
So, a little background on the series and where these character fit.  "Hidden Legacy" is a urban fantasy romance set in Texas.  It's got the usual trappings of the older influential man (Mad Rogan) and the younger woman (Nevada Baylor) with a side of genetic breeding, bloodlines, politics, and infighting to make sure your house has the most powerful psionics and/or magic users possible. 
 
The Baylors basically opted out of the magical house system, and have been quietly running a private detective agency for their bread and butter -- yes, Nevada does seem similar to Veronica Mars at times -- while Mad Rogan has been acting as a mercenary for hire with his own private security force.  
 
And yes, it's true: together they do solve crime. 
 
All of that is important to know, as it's an undercurrent to the whole universe, but it doesn't come into play in the relationship in my story.  My story focuses on Bernard Baylor, Nevada's computer geek cousin, and "Bug" Levin, a former military surveillance expert who was 'enhanced' just a little bit to better do his job. 
 
Bug survived both his enhancement and his service, and then spent some time as a homeless veteran, doing questionable work for the Baylors. Bug now works for Mad Rogan, and he's doing a lot better than before.  He and Bern tend to end up handling the drones, cameras, background checks, etc for their respective organizations, which means they work together some of the time.

So my story starts with a fairly typical slash premise, that they would have already hooked up.
 
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Dear Yuletide Author,

Hi! Thank you so much for volunteering to write me a story! I love all of my fandoms, and I am excited to have a story crafted for me in any of them. 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 this to be fun for you too. :)

This year, I seem to be very caught up in "What Happens Next?" So if you go that route in any fandom I picked with the characters I selected, I will be thrilled with your story. Here's what I wrote in my original request, and I have some generic "types of stories I like" stuff after:

The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells
Asshole Research Transport | ART (Murderbot Diaries)

I'd love to learn more about ART. Why does it have weapons systems for example. Does it have organic components too? What's it's team like back at the university? Is there a University, or is that what it uses on required documentation? Origin stories, what happens next stories, what happens when it meets Murderbot again stories, anything is possible. Feel free to include any other characters you'd like from the books or original characters. Gen-ish please. Adult topics and/or violence are fine, but in my view, bots are asexual.

Hidden Legacy Series - Ilona Andrews
Abraham "Bug" Levin
Bern Baylor

This is a very tiny fandom within a small fandom. I'd love to see how they get together, and how Bern feels about Bug. Slash please!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Bethany Walker | Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon
Martha Kaply | Ruby Roundhouse

Another of the "but what happened next?" questions. Obviously, all of the players were changed by their experiences in the jungle, and I particularly want to know what happened with Bethany and Martha. Did they start hanging out together, as no one else could understand what they went through, or was it back to cool avoidance? Femslash of any rating is a big plus for me.

Mercy Thompson Series - Patricia Briggs
Asil Moreno (Mercy Thompson Series)
Warren Smith (Mercy Thompson Series)

Asil is one of the oldest werewolves, and had a great love that still haunts him. Warren's boyfriend Kyle may not be his great love, but then again, maybe so. Asil didn't seem as homophobic as a lot of the werewolves in the universe, so I'd like to see the two of them interact. I have no idea why Asil would be in the tri-cities, and meet up with Warren and/or Kyle, but I would love to find out.


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 an adventure story to an epic romance – I'll enjoy 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. 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, old hurts, second chances, dreams, adventure, ass kicking, angst, exotic settings, outsider POV, wacky 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.

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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My contract with my financial services employer ended with the start of the new year.  Since that time, I have had fuck-all motivation to find myself new employment.  First, I attended a lot of conventions.  A lot for me, I should say.  I think I had one or two a month there for awhile. There's been a ton of family stuff -- like, hey!  My son graduated from college with a degree in Economics. Go Him! -- and my dad has had another heart incident, so he's been in and out of the hospital a lot.  We also spent the last week in April with Lar's family in Greenfield, MA, attending to his mom's memorial and a massive family reunion.  (Massive for me, anyway.  50+ people, of which 15 were his sister's family, children, and grand children, all of whom traveled from Washington state as one giant, amorphous blob.  We all stayed in different AirBnB houses together.)

Now I get to be home for a bit, at least I hope so. My dad has asked us to come down for memorial day, so I have booked us another house on AirBnB to see him.  And though I never trained beyond biking in-house, I did do the 12 mile tour de cure last weekend, which was nice.  I'm going to spend some time getting the house cleaned up to livable (yay, robot vacuum!) and then do some yard work, but first, the rental house water heater just broke and flooded their garage, so I guess I better go deal with that...

Hope y'all are having a good day.

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We ended up not going to Tacoma today, due to the snowstorm last night.  So after I got the immediate family celebrations, I was able to site down and see what I got for yuletide.  Surprise!  I got not one, but two stories this year!  That rarely happens to me, and I'm still a bit boggled by it.  The lovely thing is they are both very different in tone.
 

My main story is fun and hot, and all about conflict and sex:
 
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place
Rating: Explicit, Hot like Whoa
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tahani Al-Jamil/Eleanor Shellstrop
Characters: Tahani Al-Jamil, Eleanor Shellstrop
Additional Tags: Rough Sex, Vaginal Fingering, Oral Sex, Mid-Canon, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot
Summary:
 
“Oh my god, you are such a narcissist! And if you think we’re going to do that thing where we’re arguing and then suddenly it’s like, ‘woah, this is hot,’ and we start making out then dream on sister because-“
 
“Oh will you please shut up!” interrupted Tahani, before grabbing Eleanor and tugging her in for a kiss.


And this is my adorable treat, which is all about the snark:
 
In Common (1102 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place
Rating: Teen on up
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tahani Al-Jamil/Eleanor Shellstrop
Characters: Tahani Al-Jamil, Eleanor Shellstrop, Michael (the good place)
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Snark
Summary: The one where Eleanor and Tahani are soul mates






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 I have 6 paragraphs left to go, and then someone else needs to read the darn thing.  So hard to get those final 6 paragraphs out.
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Hi! 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.  

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

The Good Place (TV)  - Eleanor Shellstrop  - Tahani Al-Jamil

We know in season two that there was at least one mis-start that had Tahani and Eleanor as soulmates, and I would love to see how that played out.  Or go the enemies-to-friends route ("Mean Giraffe!") where they fall for each other after being enemies.

The "second chances" trope is one of my absolute favorites, and that is already built into the series premise, so anything you do that keeps the tone of the show will be golden!

p.s. - feel free to add any of the canon characters you want. I asked for Eleanor and Tahani as I want their relationship front and center, but Jason, Janet, Chidi, and Michael are welcome to play a part.

This is absolutely a femslash place for me, but you could also do some really silly stuff with them in the friendship arena if you want. I'm good with everything from whipped cream battles to dance offs, or strange caverns and tidal pools as they explore whatever version of the world they happen to be in.  


Wonder Woman (2017)  - Etta Candy (Wonder Woman 2017)

I want to see Etta have an adventure! I'd love to see her being a competent super-spy or a have a relaxing, sexual adventure with Diana or another Amazon on the island. Pretty much any way you want to go with this, as long is Etta has a good time, I'll love it.

Etta's draw for me is that she's an unconventional beauty, and while she's extremely competent, she doesn't seem to get the credit she deserves as she is always working in the background.  I want someone to see her for the fabulous person she is, and if she gets a medal and/or love out of it, all the better.


Alpha and Omega - Patricia Briggs  - Asil (Alpha & Omega) -  Bran Cornick (Alpha and Omega)

I really love Asil, and think his friendship with Bran is exciting. I would love to see something about one of their earlier encounters, maybe a bit about why he trusts Bran so much and why Bran trusts him.  I think it would also be fun to put them in modern day hijinx, as Asil is being pulled out of his focus on the past to embrace the modern world.  I think Bran would be both pleased and startled by things that Asil adapts, maybe something like going to a rose show to see some modern varieties.


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'll enjoy 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.  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, old hurts, second chances, dreams, adventure, ass kicking, angst, exotic settings, outsider POV, wacky 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.

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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 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
Summary:

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."

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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
Summary:

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. :)

Hello

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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