mari4212: Gwen and Morgana from Merlin (gwen/morgana)
My brother and his girlfriend had their first child, Liam Michael, this morning at 10:20 am. *glees* Mom and baby are doing fine, though Kassandra is absolutely exhausted.
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The worst thing about having my computer hard drive die twice when I was in the Philippines was that I lost fic that I had been writing. Two stories in particular were irreplaceable, I thought.

...guess what I found hidden in the recesses of my e-mail accounts? And of course, I didn't find either by searching for them by title. I found one looking for a phone number, and the other by finally bothering to search for "kitty story".

Yes, Mom and Dad, I finally found the Right Side of the Door story again!

I also found the nano story that I'd written back when I was teaching for Americorps. Which, I need desperately to re-read through it and figure out where I was going next with it, and then I should probably start writing on it again just to see if I can finish it successfully. I know I need to work on introducing all the ghosts earlier on in the narrative, and that I need to actually get my head around the whole plot issue.
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I wrote two stories for Yuletide this year, both for the same fandom:

A True and Honest Thought (18654 words) by mari4212
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Emelan - Tamora Pierce
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Niklaren Goldeye, Trisana Chandler, Sandrilene fa Toren, Briar Moss, Daja Kisubo, Dedicate Lark, Dedicate Rosethorn
Additional Tags: Mentor/Protégé, Teaching, Families of Choice, Tris Has Issues, Canon Compliant, Canon Era, Weather Magic, alternate POV
Summary:

...that when you become a teacher, by your pupil, you'll be taught. Both Niko and Tris have a lot to learn from one another.



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Playing dirty (1673 words) by mari4212
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Emelan - Tamora Pierce
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Trisana Chandler
Summary:

Five things about Lightsbridge that are easier than Tris thought they would be, and one that is harder.



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At least both recipients seemed to really like their fics, and I got to re-immerse myself in Emelan and fall in love with the characters again.
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Yuletide fic is done, finally.

...I uploaded a shorter version of it that worked about a month ago, just to have something there, but I've been tinkering and adding sections on as I've gone. Yesterday I finally uploaded the final section, making it the longest Yuletide fic I've ever written. And this is after I scrapped about half of it to get it down to a length I could actually accomplish, given November was November.

Now I need to leave it set for a day before I re-read frantically and make sure I didn't miss something in prior edits. Or possibly look around and see if I can pull off a treat or two. I had a bunch highlighted before the world went crazy.

Also, dear Yuletide author, if you are reading this which you most likely are, given my normal suspects: If the collection opens when it did last year, I will be between two church services on Christmas Eve. I will either dive headfirst into my story as decompression, or I will be ignoring it until I have a brain again the next morning. I am already planning on pretty much never leaving the church that day, given Community Cafe in the morning, then the Christmas pageant practices through the second church service. Expect a squeeing review in the morning, after my cat wakes me up demanding breakfast.
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This election is devastating. I say this as a straight white Christian girl who is relatively buffered from the rest of the effects. I am angry, and I am upset, and I am grieving.

I used a metaphor with a friend on facebook. She was saying that she was too angry now to be calm and Buddhist, that she was going to fight back with everything she had to defend her husband and her friends. I told her that some people needed to be the sharp end of the spear, needed to be the offense in this next step of the battle for human rights and safety.

I'm not a spearpoint. I don't think I ever will be. But I can be the hearth-fire. I can be the place of shelter, and comfort and refreshment to those who fight. I can support them and stand beside them. And I will always be part of the shield-wall. I will always want to stand and protect those who will be hurt most.

We need both. If you cannot fight, will you join me in trying to be the shield and comfort?
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...It didn't happen.

So last night my uncle called around 6ish to let us know that traffic was really bad and he'd be taking the long way home, we should have our dinner and not wait for him. I finished making the soup and bread, and aunt Cathy and I ate.

Right around 7:20 we get another call from my uncle. He hit a dear. Or the dear hit him, more. He was okay, just a little shaken, and he needed us to come get him while a tow truck collected his car.

So Cathy and I called various people to let them know not to come over, including the landscaper guy, and she and I got in the truck and went to find Uncle Ralph. We spent from a little after 7:30ish till 9pm sitting in the driveway of the house closest to where the accident had happened, chatting with the couple that had come out to check on Ralph and offered him a place to move his car, and the tow truck still didn't show. We decided to head back to my aunt and uncle's place, leaving the car with its keys for the tow truck.

The couple that had helped Uncle Ralph called around 9:45ish to let us know that the tow truck had finally arrived.

Landscaper guy called me this morning, reaffirmed that he still wanted to try to connect with me, and I said I'd be willing to at least talk further to see if we had anything in common. So no awkward post dinner conversation, but a slightly awkward phone call?
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So my aunt and uncle's landscaper is going to come call on me tonight. Which, the language there just makes me feel like I dropped into a Victorian novel, although this is at least one or two class level differences that would make a standard Victorian go apoplectic.

...Not quite sure how he went from yes he could ask for my phone number to call and talk sometime to see if we had anything in common to having the first step be a formal sit-down with my aunt providing tea and cookies and backing out of the room, but yeah, there's that.

This will either be nice or completely awkward. At this point I'm taking bets.
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Canon review about half over, and a wild plot appears!

I know pretty much what my focus is, what key points I have to make sure to hit, and what the resolution is. Now I just have to finish reviewing canon to get details right, and then write the darn thing.

Still, progress?

home

Oct. 14th, 2016 02:37 pm
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I got home yesterday about this time. Mom had been picking up a kidlet from kindergarten, and she noticed Dad's car parked, and mentioned that that must mean that I was back.

Kidlets shrieked, ran from the corner of the block to Dad's car, and then when Mom gave permission, around to the back of the house to come in. I was in the kitchen at that moment. Cue another set of shrieks and me being tackled by a five year old and a four year old babbling about how much they'd missed me when I was gone.

...Come this morning, they've stopped shrieking when they see me (for which my ears are truly grateful because wow were they loud), but they're still ridiculously excited whenever they see me.

Nice to know I was missed.

yuletide

Oct. 10th, 2016 07:38 pm
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I have an assignment already! *pets shiny recipient* Plus they had their letter up already, and I'd thought about what I'd write for this person, so yay for shiny things. I can even do canon review on vacation and draft ideas. And one thing they suggested strongly for this fandom is even squarely in my wheelhouse.

*cuddles shiny prompts*
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General Info:

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Things I love across all fandoms:

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The Lost World - tv
Requested Characters: Marguerite Krux, John Roxton


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Valdemar Series - Mercedes Lackey
Requested Characters: Karal Austreben


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Order of the Air – Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
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The Story of Owen – E. K. Johnson
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So I've been having a bit of a problem with my power cord/adapter and the computer not acknowledging it was plugged in off and on for a while. Thought I had it fixed until this week, then it abruptly stopped working altogether. Luckily,I could order a new one and next day shipping was free for once, so I'm back to having a working computer!

Just in time to find out that it did not save my working draft of my Yuletide letter. It saved something labeled Yuletide letter, but not any of the information within. *headdesks*

Luckily I'm recycling two fandoms, so they mostly needed a moderate revamp (that added like two paragraphs on to one fandom's section, oops). And I had at least thought through the other fandoms a bit already, so I could just rewrite some of my existing ideas. But still, that wasn't the most fun. Also, my letter is now twice as long as the minimum story length. So yeah.

Fun things learned while writing this letter? I apparently have a real character kink for the trickster/manipulative/jewel thief/guile hero when it's a female character, and I love shipping said character with a lawfulish good male character. Hadn't realized it was more than just a one fandom thing until I started writing my Order of the Air section and practically hyperventilated over Mitch/Stasi.
mari4212: Gwen and Morgana from Merlin (gwen/morgana)
So all through high school/college, whenever we played those mixers/icebreaker questions and someone asked what I'd want my mutant power to be, I've answered healing/empathy. Because those are kickass and yes I have always wanted to be the healer/counselor archetype anyway. There is probably in some long-trashed notebook the beginnings of an X-men fanfic Stephie and I wrote where there's a self-insert character of me with just those powers. We worked on it during our senior prom, because yes we were those geeks.

Now, though? If I was going to be a mutant in any version of the X-men verse, I think I'd go a bit more prosaic. I want the stupid spot-on-the-wall level gifts. As in I spent part of today at work playing with the idea of a character whose main mutant gift is the ability to warm up liquid, with the difference in temperature they could create being inversely proportional to how much liquid they're working with. A mug of tea? Easy enough to raise that to the point where you never need a microwave to reheat your drink. A person? Yeah now your at the part where you can maybe warm them by a degree at most. Anything bigger and you might as well not bother.

The kind of character who doesn't go study at Xavier's long term, who gets maybe a weekend seminar or some sort of summer class, then goes home and does their own thing for the rest of their life and never learns that the one teacher trying to explain the thermodynamics of how their gift works is also the one in black leather shooting concussive force beams out his eyes on the regular. Who lives out the idea that for every Xavier, Emma Frost, or Jean Grey there are dozens of "telepaths" whose powers mostly make them slightly more empathic or really good guessers at Madlibs.

Also, I'd love it if I could actually drink my mug of tea and have it stay hot the entire time, rather than averaging three reheats in the microwave, and just having the pragmatic gift seems cool to me at this point in my life.

...Okay, I still wouldn't turn down some level of empathy/healing if it showed up.

*snorts*

Sep. 10th, 2016 09:48 pm
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So my inability to tell when someone is flirting/hitting on me tends towards the legendary among my friends in real life.

Today? Today I actually noticed. Partially because it was so many of them in a row, and partially because one of them was pretty much lacking in all subtlety as he:

pointed out that he was a single father twice
mentioned that he'd been divorced for three months now
sat next to me talking at the church table for a good twenty minutes
Asked me if I had family, clarified to ask if I was married, then engaged, then if I was single in very short order
Found me and sent a friend request on facebook before I got home

At that point even I can take a hint. Dude wasn't creepy or annoying, just very obvious about his intent.

The other was having about three late twenty-something guys hovering around my table for a bit eating cookies and doing mild flirting with me.

...The things that happen when it's 90+ degrees out and you're wearing a semi low-cut sundress and have a prodigious bustline.

And also when you're handing out free cookies and lemonade at a street music fair/block party type thing for your church. That probably contributed in large part to the group of guys.

Books

Sep. 7th, 2016 11:35 pm
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Just finished reading The Story of Owen and Prairie Fire. (Yes, I know, late to the party as always.)

...[personal profile] grav_ity, you are a monster and a genius all at once. Good job, you made me hate you as soon as I realized what had to happen. And I still liked the book after it happened.

Also, this book reminds me so much of the first Captain America movie. Peggy and Sioban aren't at all the same, but they end up having to tell a similar story in the end.

Um...hi?

Sep. 4th, 2016 05:59 pm
mari4212: Gwen and Morgana from Merlin (gwen/morgana)
*blows dust and cobwebs off of journal*

So yeah, I kind of disappeared from active ljing for...seven months ish? What's been up since then:

1. Kitty is well settled in, and adapted to home. He functions as a pretty good alarm clock, once we came to an agreement that four in the morning was not going to happen. He's settled into waking me up around six nowadays. He's a lot more vocal than he was at first, and he loves playing with my hair. He's also disturbingly good at getting hairties off of the end of my braids when he wants. kitty )

2. Church stuff, including a busy summer, has happened. Some of my church youth participate in Appalachia Service Project, which works on rebuilding and repairing homes in portions of Appalachia, and of course I went too to help supervise. We were in West Virginia when the rains/flooding hit, but fortunately did not have to be evacuated, unlike other ASP sites in the state.

Other church things this summer: Vacation Bible School took place and no-one died in the process, even me. I actually managed to find a free VBS program with decent theology, two major wins in a row.

And our interim Rector's time ended at the beginning of August. I am going to miss working with her, because seriously, she was awesome. I still have her on Facebook, which helps somewhat. Our new priest starts in November, so we have a supply priest covering Sunday worship and the parish admin and I are kind of running the church office, with vestry/senior warden running the church. I've at least shot an intro e-mail out to him, so he knows I'm a geek and some of my work background.

3. Big family news: my brother and his girlfriend are expecting a child late January/early February. We've known for a while but have been sitting on the news since there was a lot of other stuff involved in said girlfriend's life to be settled first. Mom and I are both knitting blankets. Well, Mom is actively knitting. I decided to do a lofty ambitious cabled project, freaked about the time involved, and started knitting as soon as I got back from the ASP week in early June. Said cabled project went way faster than anything I'd expected, and the blanket is all done way ahead of schedule. blankie! )

4. Some friends from college and I are starting a sewing blog focused on historical reenactment and geek culture/cosplay and where they kind of overlap. We've got the first few posts up here: https://sewingroomofrequirement.wordpress.com/. Yes, I did write nearly 2000 words about Beauty and the Beast costumes and where in the 18th century we can place the story based on Belle's dresses.

5. And it's hard to believe, but it's almost time for Yuletide Noms. I've got my tentative list arranged, at least.
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Hipply Birdie to you!
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Hipply Birdie to you!
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Hipply Birdie dear Daddy,
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Hipply Birdie to you!

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Hipply Birdie dear Mommy!

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Hipply Birdie to you!

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Thought you'd like the teapot theme this year.

New Kitty!

Feb. 6th, 2016 08:49 pm
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I finally made it down to the local humane society this weekend, and I now have a kitty sharing the apartment with me. *glees*

I walked in and asked about the older cats, and was immediately pulled over to one playroom where they had a 9-year-old Balinese cat named Smudge. And yes, it was love at first pet. Two minutes in and he was rolling over, showing off his side, and butting his head in for more pets. At that point, it was really all over but the paperwork.

Smudge got back to my apartment and spent the next three hours sitting on top of the microwave. Which, since it's in the corner of the kitchen, on top on one shelf and right below another shelf, with just enough room for him on there, was a perfectly good spot for a new kitty to sit in while he surveyed the land.

After that first three hours, I came in and cuddled him on the head, as I'd been doing periodically. This time he hopped down off of the microwave after me, followed me around as I walked through the apartment, and apparently decided that it was a good space and he still wanted me. He's been following me around the apartment ever since.

Things learned about Smudge so far: He's remarkably quiet, only occasionally mrapping at me. He likes been near (as I type this he's sitting right beyond my laptop on the bed). He likes higher perches in general. He is fast learning not to walk on the laptop keypad, but every other part of me is acceptable walking on or curling up next to space. He likes being brushed, which is a very good thing, since he's a long-haired cat. He is very much not sure what to make of me spending time in the wet-all-over space, as he thinks it is very dangerous to be in that much water.

And he's reminding me a lot of Blackie, my cat from kindergarten through college. Same core personality.

No pictures yet, I took some with my cell, but they are not transferring to my computer. It'll have to wait until I find the camera and see if the batteries within still work or if I need to grab new ones when I do a grocery shop this week.

*headdesk*

Feb. 1st, 2016 09:11 pm
mari4212: Text: When Mister Safety Catch is not on, Mister Crossbow is not your friend (crossbow)
I will not stab my nice, highly invested, youth ministry volunteers.

I will not stab them when they remind me, slightly over a week before, that Scout Sunday is coming and they're expecting something amazing for it. (Okay, I did remember when Scout Sunday was and had already started discussing it with Kim, but really? We plan church out in advance, people.)

I will not stab them when I make a post encouraging all scouts to show up in uniform, including the girls, and I get four comments about how Girl Scout Sunday isn't until March 6th, and it's not fair to push the girls in with the boys, that they should have their own day to celebrate. Even if I pointed out that there are already two different things going on that Sunday that we'll need to be prepping for as well.

I will absolutely not stab them for making these comments after magically supposing that I will intuit how these days have been handled in this church and what the groupthink was when I've not been there for these Sundays and have heard absolutely nothing from the church about how they have been handled in the past.

And I will respond to nothing more tonight when I am ticked at them, but will reply in the morning by letting them know that they have been heard and I will instead figure out a way to include the girl scouts into an already full Sunday when I could have let them be celebrated with the rest of the scouting universe on an acceptable date to represent all scouting.

...You know, like I've seen it done at pretty much every other church I've been in.

And I will figure out some way to let them know that Reverend Kim didn't make the decision that they are angry about, much though at least one of them seemed to be making a swipe at her for this.

But first, I will make myself some hot chocolate, and not scream at passive aggressive church ladies.

*headdesk* And it had been such a nice day.

Star Wars

Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:27 pm
mari4212: "Okay, is it just me or should we have lightsabers? (daniel lightsabers)
Finally saw Force Awakens this weekend.

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So, sometimes when I'm arguing on the book of faces I get a bit passionate. And, well, this happens. For context, the guy I was replying to was first replying with already disproved arguments about helping Syrians, then asked why they weren't just staying in their country and standing their ground. He finished by asking what would America even get out of helping them, aside from "diversity" as if he wasn't sure diversity was even a good thing for us.

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headdesk

Nov. 20th, 2015 07:29 pm
mari4212: Text: When Mister Safety Catch is not on, Mister Crossbow is not your friend (crossbow)
This was my reply on facebook a few hours ago when I was dealing with another person who was repeating lies about Syrian refugees being terrorists and claiming we need to help homeless veterans before we let any more refugees into the country:

As for helping veterans, great! Contact your local VA office to see what they need most, and raise funds/support government funding of housing first programs, which have since President Obama prioritized them reduced the number of actual homeless veterans by 50%. But we are a big country and we can work on multiple issues at the same time.

It is a slightly less polite version of my most recent post on my YASC blog (written there because I wanted to link it to facebook and still have my lj semi separated from my formal name: http://serviceandstories.blogspot.com/2015/11/guns-vs-flowers.html

And the real comment I wanted to leave was something more along the lines of: Fuck you and the horse you rode in on. The only time half of you talk about helping veterans, or any other group facing issues of homelessness, is when you want to use them as an excuse to avoid helping any other out group you currently despise more. If you really wanted to help them you'd be voting for things like increases to the VA budget, or funding for housing programs, or donating some of your own time and skills to helping homeless people get into stable housing so that they could then rebuild the rest of their lives.

Really people, stand by your beliefs and your words. If you don't want to help refugees and say that you think we should be helping our own citizens first, you had better be able to back it up with specific actions you have taken and will be taking to help said citizens. Do not haul them into the line of fire just so you can pretend that it's not xenophobia and racism motivating your current attacks.

Work

Nov. 5th, 2015 02:50 pm
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So on the one hand, the big mucking project for the national church is over and it apparently was very well received by both presiding bishops.

For those of you not following the intricacies of the American Episcopal Church, the head of the clergy is the presiding bishop, we elect a new one every 9 years, and this year is the major transition from the first female presiding bishop, Katherine Jefforts-Schori, to the first African American presiding bishop, Michael Curry.

My new priest is pretty high up in the Union of Black Episcopalians, and they were hosting a vigil service for the new presiding bishop. I got asked to help make vestments, an altar frontal (the giant tablecloth thing on the altar), and a baptismal font. We had all of a week to get this done, and it all happened. There are even pictures somewhere which is not yet my computer.


(In this case, Episcopal Digital Network, at least for the frontal and a tiny bit of the vestments)

In other church news on the positive side, two major upcoming events that I thought I was going to have to take the lead on planning turned out to already have people doing a lot of the work, so I just have to throw in my bits and supervise everything.

On the other hand, the church tried to pay me by direct depositing the check into the priest's bank account. So my priest is the one who catches it, and now she has to write me a check that I will be sending back home to get deposited. Head, meet desk.

***

And on the completely non-work side, Yuletide assignments are out, canon review is about half-way through, and my assignment totally hit all my easy buttons.
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In some shiny happy au I would love to see Simmons and Mack huddled in out of the way corners of the Playground negotiating about how best to share Fitz in some sort of poly V configuration. With Fitz wandering around not quite getting why his two best friends who aren't all that close to each other are suddenly spending so much time talking and shutting up when he comes near.

And then they surprise him with this neat relationship solution when he hadn't quite worked out that either one of them shared his attraction. And he's rather confused but happy when they glomph on to him and never let go.

In a shinier, happier au, not dead!Trip is also part of these conversations, and is amused at how much planning Mack and Simmons want to put into it when they should all just dive in to bed already.
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I just agreed to do something incredibly awesome with my new boss that is going to eat up a bunch of my time between now and November 1st. It does mean that my name will be a footnote in a pretty significant coming event, at least within my denomination.

Equal parts squee and terror will now ensue.

I also pretty much forced my boss to come and eat soup with me because I do not know how to make veggie soup for less than like ten people now. And she hadn't had a chance to breathe let alone eat for most of the day.
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General Info:

Quick and dirty rules:

If you love the canon and you love writing your story, I will probably love it. Every prompt I throw out is a suggestion to have fun playing with or to spark ideas, it is not set in stone. I will read any rating from straight G to very explicit, though most of my prompts will start off gen based.

Things I love across all fandoms:
Female characters with agency (ie, making choices, having consequences, going out and doing the things themselves because they want them done). Friendships, especially female friendships. Friendships and respect into love. Unrequited love/pining, as long as the pining character figures out how to go on with the rest of their life. Unrequited/pining turning into mutual love as respect and friendship builds. Time travel, especially with older versions of the characters going back and interacting with younger counterparts/younger versions of their group. Lawful good characters not being lawful stupid. Lawful good characters in general (think Steve Rogers, 90% of Star Trek, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Keladry of Mindelan, most Heralds in Valdemar). I enjoy canon typical stories and canon divergent AUs, the kind where you ask what would have happened had this person made this key choice differently.

Do Not Wants:
Rape/Non-con/Dub-con. Racism/homophobia/misogyny being portrayed positively, if you have to portray it at all. Character bashing; even if it's not one of my nominated characters please assume I love everyone in all my canons and you'd be right more often than not. I squick on infidelity, so if you want to ship a couple that have significant others in canon, please set it in an au where the original couple never got together or somehow broke it off. On the other hand, I do like OT3 and consider it a very useful alternative to jealousy/shipping wars.

Fandom-Specific:

The Lost World - tv
Requested Characters: Marguerite Krux, John Roxton

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Valdemar Series - Mercedes Lackey
Requested Characters: Karal Austreben

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Joan of Arcadia
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Hand of Isis - Jo Graham
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Moving

Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:44 am
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Just letting everyone know, I'm moving into my new apartment today. Internet will mostly be sir not appearing until I know work schedule and can arrange an install around it, so I will be off and on for a while. If I miss anything major, let me know and I'll come back to look for it.
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I got the job!

*dances in circles*

Okay, so this one was off the lj radar since my previous two interview places went south. But for the past month or so I've been talking/interviewing at a church in Hagerstown Maryland for a director of youth position.

The priest called me tonight to offer me the job. At the max of the salary range they were offering, due to my experience and qualifications. With full benefits including them paying my health care.

I got the job I got the job I got the job!

Now I get to start calling around at possible apartments and figuring out moving down there.

Job! That pays actual money, in my desired career field. And I don't have to pick up and move again in a year's time.

*dances in circles again*
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We're at the closing retreat for ESC Maryland, and we were given questions to reflect and journal on about transition and change. mostly rambling )
mari4212: Text: Hufflepuff When you can't run anymore, you crawl, and when you can't do that, you find someone to carry you (Firefly Hufflepuff)
We have a little under three weeks left in the ESC Maryland year. House of Ruth has me for two more weeks, and is determined to get every last bit of work out of me. (Also, number of people asking me if I would work at HRM on a longer-term basis is pretty much the number of people I work with there.) It broke my heart a bit to turn down the job I was offered there, but it's also not a job I can do long term and it's not the place I want to be going career wise. Awesome place, fantastic, necessary work, incredibly exhausting and draining. I'm glad I did it, I'm glad I know I've gained that strength and grown so much over the year, I want to do something else now.

Intentional community is also very much winding down. Okay, not that our community ever did actually all bond that much, but we're all kind of getting to the point where we don't care too much anymore. Some of us will stay friends, some of us will scatter and never talk again I think.

Job-search has been gearing up. I had my second interview today at a church in Alexandria for a Children's Ministry position, and I was told I should know by the end of this coming week or early next week for certain. Meanwhile, tomorrow I have an interview set for a different church out in Seattle.

I think the interview went well? It was a group session with several of the Sunday school teachers/a few parents and the priest who would be my direct supervisor, and I think I presented well. I brought up a few things I don't think a lot of others would have brought up, and I think I did a good job of going through a Children's Chapel session. Not having a kid's bible on hand I re-wrote the passage myself, and I'm good at storytelling with an expressive voice even when the passage is somewhat boring. I explained an activity to do with the kids that was related to the passage, and talked about how I would adapt it up or down depending on the number of children present. The teachers pretended to be the kids asking questions, and I bounced answers off pretty well.

I did bring up kids with disabilities and accommodations/adaptations for them for the Sunday school program. They talked about what they had for a few ADHD kids, and said that they had some kids in the church on the autism spectrum who currently didn't attend the Sunday School program, partially because of overstimulation issues, and I walked through what I would do to help create a Sunday school program that might work for them. First thing would be talking with the parents and with the kids on what they would like and what might be adaptations for them, like a quieter classroom, or things that they could do to interpret on their own or with soothers like drawing prayer or a hand labyrinth.

We'll see where things go, and how the interview tomorrow turns out.
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How to be a hero to your roommate:

Give her a massage and then fix the toilet so that it stops running before you both have to sleep.
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I've been actively looking for next year's employment since January. I've had a few nibbles and then nothing. Last week, I had a phone interview that sounded promising, but they said they wouldn't be getting back to me until after Easter.

Today, my supervisor drops in the middle of our team meeting that she'd love to have the budget to hire me next year, and the place I interviewed with that said they wouldn't get back to me until April? Wants me to come in next week sometime for an in-person.

*pinches*

Nope, still awake.

*dances instead*
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*points up*

So Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day. My family tends to celebrate the weekend before or after, depending on family schedules. I think this year they're actually doing it next week, but eh, today is closer.

My family's traditional St. Patrick's meal: corned beef, cabbage, 'nips, 'neeps, and 'naters, and Irish soda bread? Not exactly conducive to the vegetarian lifestyle. The only thing that isn't cooked with at least some of the meat broth in that list is the soda bread.

St. Patrick's Day traditional meal part two is lamb stew, often with Guinness in the broth, and more soda bread. Also not exactly a meal designed for vegetarians.

My last remaining option was potato soup. Roasted potato soup, with some parsnips thrown in for the holiday. Several housemates told me it was their favorite soup so far this year. (I've been making a lot of soups since the weather started getting cold.) And Mom's soda bread, because it isn't St. Patrick's without it.

For my own reference then:

1 bag (1.5 lbs) small gold potatoes, washed and diced
3 carrots, washed and diced
4 parsnips, washed and diced
4 stalks celery, minced
1 large onion, minced
1 head garlic, pealed (about 15-20 cloves)
1 1/2 cups wine
3 cups vegetable stock
4 cups water
0live oil, salt, pepper, garlic, Italian herbs, mustard (to taste)
2 bay leaves

1. In a 425*F oven, roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips. (toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a shake of salt and pepper first) Cook for approximately 45 minutes

2. While veggies are roasting, chop onion, celery, peel the garlic cloves. Toss into a pot, start sauteing lightly. When the onions are transparent, add the roasted vegetables. Add the wine, let cook for a few minutes.

3. Add the vegetable stock and the water, season with bay leaf, Italian herbs, and a squeeze of mustard. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low.

4. Allow soup to sit on low for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.

5. For a creamy soup: ladle soup into blender, puree. You might need to add some more water to loosen the soup once it has blended.

Serve with sour cream and Parmesan cheese. Leave those out and the soup is vegan friendly, though the soda bread isn't.
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Unexpected half-day off + we've moved rooms so I now have a single = very relaxed morning for me. I don't have to duck into the main room to avoid waking up a non-morning person roommate anymore. I am very glad I brought some extra art from home, otherwise this room would be back to looking like a big grey box.

Let's see: after several incredibly stressy days last week, Stewart took us out for drinks on Friday and we all seemed to relax over the weekend. Still going to be bringing things up with one of the program managers on Thursday, but at least I don't feel on edge sitting in the house the way I did Tues-Friday last week.

Work-wise: Clients continue to be not fun, but the co-workers continue to be amazing and we all talk to one another a lot, which it seems some of the more manipulative clients still haven't figured out. I know it's a survival tactic to play both sides to see if one person can give you more than another, but really, we talk a lot and share our resources, so all that happens is that we ask each other to check what the client said and sigh in unison.

Future work: It's a game of wait and see right now. I was told that I'd have an update towards the beginning of this week, but nothing so far. I'll give a call Friday if I haven't heard more.

Fun things: I went to a Ceili dance this Sunday! And for once the flirtatious/interested guy walked straight past my roommate to talk to me, which was amusing. Note to future guys interested in showing interest in me: demonstrating a preference is fine. Being nigh-on rude to my friends is actually a turn-off.

The dancing was fun, and I only tripped over myself a few times trying to keep up with the jig tempo while doing new steps. The sets were ridiculously long, so I was exhausted by the end of it and sweating straight through my shirt. Still, tons of fun would do again.
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And on a less frustrating and more nerve-wracking note: I got a call-back on my application to a hospitality ministry position with an Episcopal church in TN.

From what I gathered with this phone call the proceeding is currently:
1. Gather applications/do initial interesting vs. toss of resumes (I passed this stage at least)
2. Initial contacts to confirm interest/get a barometer reading (just done)
3. Discernment committee meets and decides on whom they want to interview more (happening this Friday, calls to give news should be next week or so?)
4. Phone/skype interview?
5. In person interview.
6. Job?

Pluses: In a 10 minute call I was able to give a bit of my work history with the Episcopal church, and the priest in charge currently at the church worked at 815 so me listing David Copley means the priest is sitting there going, "oh, I know that guy!" I also showed that I'd checked out things about the church beyond what was in their employment post, and made it clear that I was flexible and willing to make interviews happen.

Minuses: They may want someone who can start before August, and although I mentioned I'd be willing to do what I can remotely via e-mail and phone, that is a potential issue. They also might still be looking for someone a bit older, though communicating mostly via e-mail and phone means I'm more likely to get credit for my actual age.

*headdesk*

Feb. 2nd, 2015 06:47 pm
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So there's a limit to how many times one should fix the same computer before you just give up and get a new one that doesn't drive you mad. I think I've hit it.

To recap, in the two and a half years since I bought this laptop I have replaced:

The hard drive
The hard drive (again)
The power cord

And now one hinge on the laptop screen is breaking. And by breaking I mean broken, pulling out of the base, and if I don't keep the computer stabilized it has not started flashing green.

*headdesks again*

I have the buffer. Actually, what I especially have is the gift from world mission that they gave to all of us who did over 6 months overseas mission work. I just really wanted to wait until I knew I had a job to follow this one before I used that buffer.

I also have an uncle who mentioned when the power cord was going that he had a laptop he might be able to let me borrow for a while. I'm going to check in with him and see if that's at all an option for the interim. Right now I'm just not going to move the laptop at all for the near future.

And yes, backing up all my files and my music onto thumb drives. It does also help that at least half my music is now on my roommate's computer as well.

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