ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
three slightlybowed windows with lighting entering

This is the living room of my new place where I'm currently camping out. My stuff which I was hoping would arrive tomorrow is instead appearing at the end of the week. As often happens with movers, there's a delivery window and at first it seemed like I would be at the front end, am now at the back. Weirdly I think that the internet will arrive before the stuff.

But that's okay as today I felt like I was a porter going on a major mountain trek as I brought supplies up like an aero-bed, my electric kettle, bathroom stuff and a few kitchen things. There's still more in my car but I feel prepared. I've also started to explore the neighborhoods around me and I think I've landed in a really good place.

My cold's still around and that plus my asthma has left me worn out but good. Now to start the long process of changing my address with everyone that I can think of.

Its so strange to be doing something this hopeful with the mess of everything around but I know if I'd delayed too long on moving, I'd get stuck. Now I'm here and can keep moving forward and learn how to be most effective here.

Good news

Apr. 28th, 2016 08:58 pm
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
My sister made it through her surgery and it went well enough that she doesn't have to have a second one. This is a great first step and we're all feeling hopeful and relieved.

Thank you for all the good thoughts.
ceitfianna: (riding into the sun)
At the moment, I feel sick but there are some hopeful job things happening in the near future. I'm trying to put myself out there in terms of ALA and I'm happy with my Yuletide. I think this year I might write a Treat for the first time.

What I finished reading

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I love Rowell's books and Carry On was fantastic as she really understands what it is about the Chosen One stories and fantasy that draw people in and how to turn it all on its head. This is a book about two boys who take control of their story even though the story isn't encouraging them to and their friends who are along with them. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, but wishes for more.

What I'm currently reading

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I always enjoy Riordan's books and this one isn't disappointing, he's got a great ear for dialogue, action and how kids behave. I appreciate that he's gotten much better about putting diversity into his casts and understanding that diversity covers a wide range from being homeless to being Deaf.

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. At this point, I'm not terribly far into this book and I'm not completely sure how I feel about it. I enjoy the setting and the main character has a good voice but so far, she seems fairly passive. I'm hoping more will happen as so far, there's not much of a conflict or romance, but I like the author's style.

What I'm reading next

One of the books I'm reading next is for Yuletide so I'm not going to list it but I'm looking forward to it. I love writing for other people and how Yuletide always ends up stretching my sense of what I think I can write. I also have the newest Jonathan Stroud Lockwood and Company book to read, which should be fun and creepy. The Rehoboth Film Festival is coming up next week, so far this year I'm not seeing a huge amount of films, I know there will be one or two that really stick with me. Now I think its time for more tea.
ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
I'm dealing with some major head congestion but I'm slowly putting various things in motion. A big part of that has been more writing, I finished my [community profile] ineedmyfics in a fandom I've never written for and started a few more fics including at least one in another new fandom. Not new to me, but new to my writing.

What I finished

Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren, which I enjoyed. I liked that the hero was the one who needed to be taught how to enjoy himself and the conflicts and issues made sense. My main issue was it felt like the heroine didn't have as strong an emotional journey, hers was more dealing with making something that had been a fantasy, a reality and what it meant. A good and sexy read with some wonderfully intimate and funny scenes, an author who's contemporaries I might read more of.

A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire, the newest October Daye book. This is one that feels like its setting the stage but at the same time opening up the world. As always I love these books and this is one I look forward to rereading because its more about seeing what's going on and working to fix it instead of solving something. It also feels like a book with Toby embracing her role in a way she hasn't before and its great to see and I love all the background it provided. Its left me with questions, ideas and a lot to chew on.

What I'm currently reading

No Dark Place by Joan Wolf, a medieval set book that I'm not sure how to categorize. At times, it reminds me of the Cadfael books in terms of the research and there is a mystery, but the author didn't learn from Peters the lesson of showing the world versus telling. I've been moving slowly through this book because too many things get spelled out, taking their armor off every time they enter, commenting on the armor and who's overlord. Once or twice would be fine for setting the scene but there's too much explaining and it gets in the way. The characters and story are intriguing, the main character is a young man trying to find out where he fits on the cusp of the war between Stephen and Matilda and everyone wants to use him. Instead he's trying to understand where he came from, find a way to be with the woman he loves and deal with migraines. At this point, I have about a hundred pages left in the book, but I don't know when I'll read them. There isn't a huge pull for me in this book and I wish there was. Good historical fiction makes me happy and this is almost really good.

The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes, this is a Star Wars Clone Wars' novel and I'm liking it. The author has a good feel for the world and I can so far picture it all happening during the animated series which I loved. It also stars Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto, I love both of them and its wonderful to see more of how they work together.


Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis
by Kim Todd is a fascinating book about a woman scientist who lived in the late 1600s. The author does a great job of showing how she fit into the world of science and commerce in her time and the art is beautiful. Smithsonian magazine just had an her as there's another book about her coming out this year. On their site, they have digital images of her art which I know I've seen on cards.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott, this book got a lot of praise when it came out and it really deserves it. The book is fast moving, alternating between the four women, and showing how at times their stories intersect. Its a reminder of how small the United States can be sometimes and how brave, determined and horrible people can be. I also find Civil War history fascinating and this book does a great job of looking at women and the different kinds of home fronts.

What I'm reading next

I'm hoping to be able to get a copy of Bone Gap by Laura Ruby from the library. I've heard amazing things about this book and have wanted to read it since I heard about it at ALA Midwinter back in January. Recently its actually on the shelf at the library so I want to snag it. I might also read Only a Promise, the newest Survivor's Club novel by Mary Balogh.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
From [personal profile] k_a_webb a meme that gives me an excuse to update. She gave me 27.

If you comment here with the words "I wanna play" I will assign you a number from 15-30 of facts about yourself to post about yourself in your journal.

1-I'm allergic to pretty much the entire bee and wasp family-the vespids.
2-I lived in New Zealand for three years.
3-I speak French and can read and write Latin and Ancient Greek.
4-I always have a book in my purse-current one Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older.
5-Country music is my comfort music.
6-The best way for me to finishing writing a fic is if I'm writing it as a gift for someone or as part of a fic exchange.
7-I didn't get my driver's license until I moved back from New Zealand in 2008.
8-My dream job would be as a youth librarian at a small public library or a middle school librarian.
9-I hate the texture of raw coconut.
10-My two favorite kinds of tea are English Breakfast and Earl Grey.
11-At the moment I live in a seaside town with a lot of retirees.
12-For every new book I'm reading, I'm always rereading an old favorite at the same time.
13-I love working as a fact-checker, its intense and interesting and has helped me feel far more confident in my research abilities.
14-Every day I wear my watch, two bracelets and always put on earrings and a necklace.
15-I discovered my first grey hair was I was in my sophomore year of high school and have a grey/silver streak hidden in my hair.
16-I'm part of a blended family, the youngest and the glue with two older brothers and an older sister.
17-I studied abroad in Athens in 2002 and whenever I read about Greece's troubles, I remember how beautiful the country is and how kind the people were.
18-I've been wearing glasses since fourth grade and contacts since my senior year of college.
19-I miss having a cat.
20-If I won the lottery, I would pay off friends' debts then travel to see everyone especially my new nephew.
21-I was raised as a Quaker and consider myself one.
22-I don't like the taste of coffee.
23-My favorite color is dark blue.
24-I know how to do stage makeup.
25-I get my best ideas when walking or driving.
26-My great-grandfather was a Congressman, a member of the House of Representatives.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Today I'm 34 and am at the moment sitting in a lovely room at a B&B off the Patuxent River. My health has been a little iffy as my stomach's deciding not to play nice but dessert tonight was a key lime brulee that was amazing.

I feel hopeful and while I'm currently very tired, I'm also happy. Summer decided to show up so that the walk to explore town ended up a lot more tiring than I expected but its meant to rain tonight which should cool everything down. East coast humid heat is one of my least favorite things but there are breezes here that smell of salt water which make me happy.

I discovered that the earrings came from my older brother and apparently there's another pair on the way. Tomorrow I'm going to wander around a sculpture garden and possibly a Marine museum before lunch on the harbor at a restaurant across the way from the B&B. Life is feeling good and I'm hopeful as I look forward into a new year.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
Life has been busy for me in some good ways but also tiring ones. The air is full of pollen so I seem to always be a little bit congested but its not too bad just annoying. Job stuff is full as I've had interviews and have some others lined up and I substituted yesterday. I feel hopeful like maybe this year, I'll have someone say, yes, we want you. Though I'm also spending a lot of time waiting which is where substituting is helpful, money and it keeps me busy and I enjoy teaching.

I've gotten behind on noting what books I read so I'm going to do that today.

What I finished reading

Love with a Perfect Cowboy by Lori Wilde. I read this book for the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books RITA reader reviews and I enjoyed it. I don't normally read a lot of contemporaries but I enjoyed this one. Its set in this little town in Texas called Cupid and starts with the heroine, Melody, an ad exec in New York City getting fired and dumped. It really resonated with me in terms of how sometimes life just happens a lot at you and she felt real. Then she meets an old flame and goes back to Texas. I liked the book though some of the sex scenes were a bit too much of beautiful people and not as much the characters. It reminded me a little of Gilmore Girls in terms of tiny town and characters I cared about.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh which is an amazing book I picked up at the ALA Midwinter conference, it comes out on May 12th and retells the Scherazade story. I loved it as the focus is on Shahrzad who's sister was killed by the Caliph Khalid and she volunteers to marry him and try to change what's happening. There are elements of romance, politics and even some magic in it and its apparently the first book of a series. It reminded me of many of my favorite stories with a fantasy/fairy tale feel like The Seven Realms' Books by Cinda Williams Chima and Deathless. I recommend it.

What I'm reading now.

Last Friday was the library book sale and I picked up a lot of books but at the moment I'm only reading There is a Tide by Agatha Christie. I'm pretty sure I've seen the Suchet of this book and probably read it at some point but I can't recall when.

What I'm going to read next.

I'm thinking that I'm going to read some nonfiction as its been a while since I read any. I have a couple of interesting choices that I picked up at the library book sale. One called Flower Confidential about the flower growing industry. Chrysalis about a woman naturalist, Paperboy, a memoir by Henry Petroski, an engineer who's writing I enjoy and one about Nellie Taft. Though I might end up choosing from among my huge pile of books to read, but I'm thinking nonfiction next.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
I've waited on this [community profile] snowflake_challenge because I've had a couple of pretty awful days. I found out that I didn't get a job, didn't get to the next round on another, lots of sick going around my house and my allergies made my new contacts not act properly. It left me grumpy and I don't like doing something like [community profile] snowflake_challenge when I'm feeling in such a low place and I love the idea of the last challenge. Today has been better, I have more allergy meds, family is feeling healthier, I have Hexwood to reread and the weather's not as dire. Also last night, I made this amazing roast chicken from my Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which so far has been one of my favorite Christmas presents.

Day 15

In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun 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.


My challenge is to post a song or a poem that speaks to you. A friend of mine has been posting poetry and in April everyone posts poetry and I love it, but sometimes its songs that do it. Post these words that speak that to you and see who else they speak to. I'll start with one of my favorite artists, Jakob Dylan.


Got my window open wide
I got my window open wide
Got a good woman by my side
Got a good woman by my side

Now this kind of day has no night
Yeah, this kind of day has no night
And I ain't got much on my mind
I ain't got much on my mind

'Cause I know
Something good this way comes

Now watching the streets filling up
Watching the streets filling up
In the shade of the summer sun
In the shade of the summer sun

Got sweet apple pie on the stove
Got sweet apple pie on the stove
The birds they're all flyin' low
The birds they're all flyin' low

'Cause they know
Something good this way comes
Yeah, something good this way comes

The trouble doll, is not moving mountains
But digging the ground that you're on
If it's true that good fortune gives no change
We got just what it takes

Collar up on my coat
Yeah, collar up on my coat
Trucks are pullin' in for the show
Trucks are pullin' in for the show

Grasshopper jump in the road
Grasshopper jump in the road
Kids, they're all running home
The kids they're all running home

'Cause they know
Something good this way comes
Yeah, something good this way comes

The trouble doll, is not moving mountains
But digging the ground that you're on
If it's true that good fortune gives no change
We got just what it takes

I got my window open wide
I got my window open wide
I got a good woman by my side
I got a good woman by my side

'Cause I know
Something good this way comes
Yeah, something good this way comes
Yeah, something good this way comes

Jakob Dylan - Something Good This Way Comes Lyrics



I hope the video works, its being odd for me. If it doesn't, I recommend exploring his videos, I love his words and his voice. A lot of my fics have titles from his songs.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge isn't an easy one for me especially as its been a grey, rainy day and I've felt worn out and tired. I really don't want to get the awful sick that's been going around my family. That makes it hard to think about the good but I like the idea behind it.

Day 12

In your own space, talk about what you bring to fandom. It can be something tangible, or not.


I bring my eagerness to read and listen from betaing to fic and my love of writing for friends and strangers to Fandom.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
I've now applied to be a substitute, helped out a fun, charity yard sale, found some great finds at the library book sale and had some lazy days. Tomorrow I have an allergy appointment but the next two weeks are all about finishing two exchange fics. In the spirit of feeling like there's no way I can finish anything, have a fic meme from [personal profile] snacky. If something's from an exchange, I'll shift it but I don't think either of my recipients follow me.

Question which I think I asked before. Has anyone else watched Boardwalk Empire? I just watched the first season after loving the second and third when in Michigan and I think I might rewatch them. Its not my normal kind of show with how violent it is, but basically Margaret's character pulled me in. Also as someone who grew up with visits to Ocean City, New Jersey, the setting interests me.

Leave a comment with one of these and I'll post, without editing*:

FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
NEXT — the next line. meaning i will finish the sentence I’m on and write a new one, which you’ll get.
[insert prompt here] — you post a prompt, and i’ll write three sentences based on that prompt, set in the same time/setting as my current project
THE END — i’ll make up an ending, or post the ending if i’ve written it
BEFORE THE BEGINNING — three sentences (or more) about something that happened before the plot of my current project
POV — something that’s already happened, retold from another character’s perspective

*okay, I might have to edit some names out of an exchange fic, but that's about it.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
The world has been rainy and strange these past two days as I get ready to head off to an interview. Yesterday, I dreamed of the interview and last night I dreamed of Charles and Erik arranging an art auction to raise money for mutants. They were both nice but strange dreams. I'm taking care of all my bits and pieces before heading out for this trip and trying not to get sick. Tea is helping a good deal as does the fact that nothing is too far away.

In a sure sign of how I'm nervous, I've written fic thanks to a great ficathon that Ashie recommended.


A multi fandom women comment ficathon (#3)
(click on the picture)


A burst (183 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Characters: Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, Aldrich Killian
Additional Tags: Domestic Violence, Canon-Typical Violence, Established Relationship, Iron Man 3, Prompt Fic
Summary:

Written from the prompt: iron man, pepper potts(/iron man), i am an avenging goddess at Mortals shall bow; a multifandom comment ficathon.

Near the end of Iron Man 3, Pepper thinks on the violence in and around her, reference to past domestic violence and canon violence.



Promise you the Moon (588 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rory Gilmore/Jess Mariano
Characters: Rory Gilmore, Jess Mariano
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Past Relationship(s), Kissing, Prompt Fic, Journalism, Travel
Summary:

Written for the prompt: gg, jess/rory, she said i had a dirty mouth, but she kissed me like she meant it at the Mortals shall bow; a multifandom women comment ficathon.

As Rory travels with the Obama press, she thinks of past kisses and reconnects with Jess in Philadelphia.



Now for more tea as I try and get my thoughts in order.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
Yesterday I woke up very early and went to get my eyes checked out at the eye place my parents use, a benefit of being in an area with a lot of retirees, good medicine. It turns out that my eyes are fine and that I was clearly having a reaction to those other contacts and have other ones. I even have two kinds to try and two solutions to try as well. Its so wonderful to be heard and understood and to have a doctor who gets it. In Michigan, I didn't have the time and the people who helped me were busy as well. So now I feel like I'm seeing again and having that nice feeling of not being constantly aware of my contacts.

The weather has been feeling like summer again here which is nice but weird. Today was fun, there was a craft fair and sidewalk sale downtown which was nice to walk around in. There was some beautiful stuff especially jewelry and these tin squares as mirrors, someday one of those will be in a home of mine. Now I'm enjoying being at home while my parents are off at an art opening. They have a busy social life which I dip into at times as I job search and basically keep working on getting back to feeling like myself. Tomorrow is going to be busy as there's a Coast Day at the local university and I'm helping with the LEGO guys.

In writing news, I can finally reveal what I wrote for the Narnia fic exchange.

Its posted on LJ.

Bow and Blade (1020 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Original Non-Human Character(s)
Additional Tags: Narnia Fic Exchange 2013, Siblings, Royalty, Weapons, Golden Age (Narnia), Elves
Summary:

Peter and Susan use their diverse skills to mentor a young elf who is a new ambassador. This gives them both a chance to show the importance of their differences. Set during the Golden Age when they’ve learned how best to rule together.


My prompt asked for a character study of Peter and Susan and mentioned contrasting their fighting styles. From there I had the idea of how they approach the world differently through the lens of archery and swordsmanship and it grew from there. I hope you like it. Thank you to dodger_sister for betaing.

ceitfianna: (Jane thoughts consume me)
I just put in my nominations which are pretty much what they were last year without a lot of changes. I know that I will offer all of these and ask for some of them.

My nominations.

The Old Kingdom-Garth Nix
-Prince Sameth
-Ellimere
-Sabriel
-Touchstone

Tommy and Tuppence-Agatha Christie
-Tommy
-Tuppence
-Carter
-Albert

Seven Realms Series-Cinda Williams Chima
-Han Alister
-Raisa ana'Marianna

Magids' Series-Diana Wynne Jones
-Romanov
-Maxwell Hyde
-Roddy Hyde
-Nick Mallory

I woke up this morning feeling sore and as if I'd been doing a lot when I really hadn't. I almost didn't go to the library for my volunteering but did and I'm glad I did. Its always nice to feel connected to the local library and deposited the check I got from Comcast.

Once I got home and did some various things like trying to pay a bill but it didn't seem to work and paying another, I realized what was off. This bill is late because I didn't note the date it was due and know I missed some job application dates which has left me feeling like I'm failing at being an adult. I know I'm not, this is just a weird sort of transition I'm going through but there are jobs out there that I want to apply for and will and I'm putting myself out there. The weather is beautiful and I'm going to do something to feel better today, not sure what yet.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
My last couple of days have been a mix of lazy and not fun due to health. I spent last night coughing up far too much gunk from my throat and blowing the rest out of my nose. At the moment I'm feeling closer to normal but still worn out. For the Fourth, I did almost nothing which was what I needed after how busy the conference and travel were. This weekend, I'm getting a visitor who is all about a lazy time, which should be nice.

Though I'm not doing a lot, I have been getting things done. I completed the online application for the job I had an interview at, it was a really annoying form. One of those where it claimed to be saving it for you but really wasn't, but its done now. I've also added another part to my conference write up on my librarian blog about the school library program I went to.

Yesterday was wonderful in Milliways with the Hulk plot and me and Charles sharing hurting heads. I might end up opening that EP again today, last night I was too out of it to start more threads.

I have a number of writing projects that I need to get started on; book reviews on Goodreads, more conference write up and starting a fic for an exchange. In the spirit of help me find words, here's a meme I love from [personal profile] newredshoes:

Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I will give you 1-3 sentences (or more) from or about it.
ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
My mind was a rather strange place last night as I dreamed that I was not Batman and not exactly Bryce Wayne but someone in between. I was investigating something at a girl's boarding school that reminded me of the main castle in Prague. As in there was the entire little city in this small space, it was a claustrophobic sort of dream. Also at some point in the dream, I turned into a student who was lost and couldn't figure anything out.

I'm pretty sure I know why I had such a dream, that was because last night I watched the season finale of Hannibal and then before going to bed finished reading The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie and there were unexpected parallels going on.

Spoilers for Hannibal, entire season and A.B.C Murders )

Otherwise, I'm finding it weird to not be heading off to work and so am spending a lot of my time writing and preparing to head to the ALA conference in Chicago from June 27th to July 1st. I'm excited and scared as I know there's more I need to be doing to really be at my best for looking for a job. I have blog posts that I should get writing but mainly that words I keep getting at the moment are fandom ones. I did get some minicards made up for myself, which I love. They have all my pertinent information on them and as my Wordpress blog is pretty much my digital portfolio, they should work.

On Wednesday, I went to the Detroit Zoo and had an amazing time, it was wonderful to just wander around and enjoy the crowds of kids and the beautiful weather. The only annoying part was that when I was trying to get a picture of the prairie dogs, I missed where the concrete changed and skinned my elbow and acquired a nice bruise on my knee. I'm still a little sore since I didn't fall all the way down, I took a major bump. I think I might end up doing another post with just those pictures or at least some of my favorites for those who don't follow me elsewhere to see them.

In terms of fandom writing, I wrote a femslash piece for the Marvel Femslash Prompt Fest, its a little out of my normal round but the prompt clicked for me. Harder than Steel, which is Raven/Emma and explicit.

Today has also been a busy day as the DE was a prompt one and I wrote a number of fics, some of I might expand out and I'm still open for more prompts there.

It was also FicFriday over on Twitter and I'm still taking prompts there as well.
Twitter Fics )
ceitfianna: (dream of a fantail)
Tonight I'm going to have Demeter bartend at [community profile] milliways_bar in honor of Felix Gaeta and the fact that I don't have to wake up terribly early tomorrow. I'm taking my car in for maintenance at 9:30 and then conferences don't even start until 2 pm, then at noon on Thursday.

I actually will have time to sleep and eat and read since I started My Life in France by Julia Child yesterday and love it. I want to be more like her, she was brave and daring with such a joy in how she lived her life.

I've decided to really embrace my latest horoscope from Uncle Rob:

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The coming week will be an excellent time to
wash dishes, clean bathrooms, scrub floors, vacuum carpets, wash
windows, do laundry, and clean the refrigerator. The more drudge work
you do, the better you'll feel. APRIL FOOL! I lied. The truth is, you now
have astrological license to minimize your participation in boring tasks like
the ones I named. It's high time for you to seek out the most interesting
work and play possible.


I adore that phrase play possible and plan on trying to connect with people and write just be me for the break. My body's been feeling worn out and unhealthy of late, so there are going to be walks, because Spring is here, no matter the temperature.

Also since [personal profile] dodger_sister was curious about it and I'm proud of what I have, here's a snippet of my [community profile] queer_fest story.

A good moment )
ceitfianna: (peaceful Demeter)
I've just sent in an absence because my cramps are awful and I've been feeling on the edge of sick. Last week knocked me for a loop and I need more rest.

Since I'll be home tomorrow and am going to be poking away at various things, I'm opening this up to a prompt post. I can't promise that I'll get to everything or get to it in a timely manner but I'll try. I want to fill this journal up with words that aren't about me being stressed and tired.

Leave me a fandom, characters and some form of a prompt; a lyric, an image, anything you want and I'll write you something.

If you're unsure if I write a fandom, ask me and I'll see what I can do.
ceitfianna: (Jane and Tom)
Today I had a snow day, which was wonderful. I was able to rest though I woke up in the middle of the night and twice during the day, so it wasn't the best rest. My back is hurting and I'm going to try and get a massage within the next few weekends. I also need to take care of my taxes soon, March seems to be going to be a busy month.

I've finally finished some writing and had some bursts of inspiration. Yesterday's Daily Entertainment was a prompt one and I wrote a lot of fics over here. Some of these might end up on Archive of our Own, I just have to figure out which ones are complete enough, which means some might get more.

The main reason that I'm writing this entry though is that I have finally finished a fix-it for Becoming Jane that I started in June 2011. Happy belated birthday [personal profile] dynastessa, here are Jane and Tom having a happy ending and one I think we could RP.

Too Deep to Wash Away (2006 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Becoming Jane (2007)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jane Austen/Tom Lefroy
Characters: Jane Austen, Tom Lefroy, Henry Austen, Cassandra Austen, Mrs. Hudson, Reverend Austen, Judge Langlois
Additional Tags: Fix-It, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Siblings, Family, Love, Happy Ending, Writing
Summary:

In this story, I have done my best to give Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy a happy ending within the confines of their world. They both try to proceed with their lives but luck changes and their families try to help them be happy.

Henry married and Tom received a letter but no invitation which wasn’t a surprise. Within that letter, Henry wrote a line that struck Tom more than he thought words could do as he said; My sisters are as ever themselves though more quietly. I will not speak much of them but her words will appear, my friend.

This is also a gift to Jen who's words inspire me.

ceitfianna: (Tiwa playful)
My sleep schedule is off to a bad start this week, because I didn't give myself enough lead up to adjust after lots of sleeping this weekend. I think I'm still not fully healthy either, but my guess is that I won't be until I finish this year. Working at a school is tough on anyone's immune system and mine's never been the best. I know what I need to correct to take better care of myself, eating consistently and sticking with going to bed at a decent hour.

Last night, I was just silly as I started the newest Vorkosigan book over dinner and went oh yes. Ivan has always been one of my favorites, because I understand him and I love Tej and this book. I meant to sleep early but didn't want to wait until after work to read more, so stayed up reading then overslept. Bujold is one of those authors like Pratchett where I can't read just one chapter. Ivan is hitting all these feelings for me of figuring out your expectations versus others and holding onto happiness as well as making it for yourself. Also how key it is to define your life for yourself, that's a theme that runs through all the Vorkosigan books.

Then there was good RP and I ended up writing a fic for the Multifandom Women Comment ficathon: I don't look back. The Dark Knight Rises, Selina/Bruce, PG for violence. Later today I'll post it up on Ao3.

I'm lucky that my mornings are flexible and that people at work are understanding, I just hate starting off late. Tonight I plan on going to bed early and taking better care of myself as tomorrow is going to be long. I'm teaching research partly in French and have a meeting at the other campus. Next week is my school's Spirit Week, which I have no idea what to expect though yesterday did work for me. Then I get break, I'd really forgotten how broken apart a school's schedule can be. I was able to sort out a number of things that I had been fretting over and had a lot of good reactions, one negative that balanced out. I also discovered a great librarian group that makes me happy as I've been needing more ways to connect with librarians.
ceitfianna: (Yuletide Tumnus)
I'm using this icon because of Tumnus and snow not yuletide as it captures how I've felt this weekend, tucked at home as it snows outside. The snow will let up and then come back and sometimes be rain all this week, which has made it hard to find the energy to do much. The sun briefly came out on Friday, but other than that, its been cloudy. As I've also been fighting off feeling sick, I've slept a lot this weekend and realized I really needed it. I didn't work on Friday as I decided a day of rest would help me more than trying to push through the day. Going by just how much I've been sleeping, I think this was the right idea. I'm still a little tired today, but not as out of it as I felt last week.

Though on Friday, I did go out to a book club meeting from meetup.com that was wonderful. I think I've started to find my people in this area, even though I hadn't read the book, the conversation was wonderful. We talked about gaming, fantasy and all sorts of fascinating stuff. One of the people in group even knows one of my favorite teachers from Michigan. There was also an adorable and big black dog who decided he liked me and let me give him all sorts of scritches. I'm planning on using meetup to try and find a dance group as the combination of being social and active works well for me.

Since I stayed in yesterday due to the snow falling, I watched up to episode 10 of Capital Scandal and wow, all the feelings for that show. I love all of it, the depth of the characters, the beautiful setting and music and the humor that slips its way in.

Today I went out into the world and used the time to finish reading City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte, which is a book I wanted to like more than I did. Its a book that could easily be called a genre bender or crosser as it had fantasy, mystery and romance, sadly the balance wasn't always right in it. The two point of view characters were both a little too brilliant and the feel of the story would veer rather suddenly from alchemy and history to sex against statues. Its the kind of book that I would enjoy reading on a long plane or train ride where I could just sink into it and read it in one gulp, but reading it in stops and starts made me not enjoy it as much. As I would come out of it and be aware of how it didn't all fit together.

Life is going along steadily at work, I still feel like I'm out of some loops but I've got a chance to discuss my status report, which I hope will be helpful. Also I had an amazing connection with a new teacher that made me feel like I know what I'm doing. I know that I haven't spoken out as much as I need to and I'm going to work on that. They hired me because they think I can do this job and I am doing it and will keep improving. Also I have a chance to propose some classes for next year, which will get me more involved and be exciting. I finally have a Michigan license and this month paid off the last of my smaller loan from the University of Michigan, which is a great feeling. I have a break coming up in the third week of February, which I plan on going to Jackson and having some nice days of watching stuff. I also have a break in the first week of April and I'll be joining them for an opera in NYC on the fourth. If its possible, I would love to try and connect with anyone in New York for coffee or lunch or something. There's more flexibility in terms of going rather than leaving so Wednesday or Thursday. I miss you guys a lot and want to try and reconnect.

On Friday, FicFriday was interesting. I like this new way of giving prompts and then people have the option of deciding which character or world to write them for.
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