Boxing day

Dec. 26th, 2016 10:12 pm
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Christmas with the rest of the family ended up being lovely other than a weird bump in terms of my dad forgetting something. Today was great because everyone was on the same page of let's be lazy. I walked into the cute little town near my brother's placed, had lunch with my mom and we went shopping. We've been doing these things but this time there was no and we have to do all this other stuff too. My sister's doing well which is great and I'm looking forward to being there with her for her treatment tomorrow.

My Yuletide has been quiet and also wonderful. My recipient really liked their story and mine is amazing and a fic that I've wanted since I first read Conrad's Fate.

Wish You Were Here (4574 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Christopher Chant/Millie/Conrad Tesdinic
Characters: Christopher Chant, Millie | Millie Chant, Conrad Tesdinic
Summary:

He’d never quite forgotten—this was the Series Christopher wanted to run away with Millie to. The place they all would have tried to run away to, probably, if they hadn’t gotten caught by Uncle Alfred in the shop. And every now and then when things were a little awful in Twelve—when things in the castle were too strange and he missed Anthea and Stallchester and Mum and even Stallery—he would close his eyes in bed at night and think about the three of them going off on adventures from island to island on a little boat of their own. Just the blue sea and the blue sky and him and Millie able to manage Christopher together well enough that they didn’t go crazy in between the times when they were in between islands, and Christopher to make them laugh and laugh with his cleverness, and everything warm and clear and happy.



Also in Vorkosigan, I read a fic that I could have requested with Ivan, Tej and Alys.

Tied up with Strings (1531 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ivan Vorpatril/Tej Arqua Vorpatril, Alys Vorpatril & Ivan Vorpatril
Characters: Alys Vorpatril, Tej Arqua Vorpatril, Ivan Vorpatril
Summary:

Conversation while shopping, just before the end of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance.
Yuletide Fluff for jedishampoo

ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
I normally love the holiday season but with worrying about my sister and everything that's part of that. It truly took until a few days ago to go, okay, we're all here as a family and there are reasons to celebrate.

I found it helped too when I decided that it was alright if cards and presents went off after Christmas, the thought matters and then there isn't this horrible stress of oh god, will it get there in time attached. With that in mind, if you would like a holiday card, the ones I have aren't particular to any holiday, then message me your address. If I have your address, then I'll try and send out a card to you.

Since my family lives in two places, we do two celebrations which I love. A smaller one that's me and my parents before tomorrow going up for the bigger one with everyone else. Part of today is going to involve baking, which has been one of the true bright spots of this year for me. Also I have a library part time job after the holidays which will help me build up money for my move. Boston area, folks, I'm going to be up there in January and February as I plan my move next year.

Have a happy holiday everyone and I hope that you're around those you love. I'm glad to know you.

ETA: I forgot to crosspost this somehow as I think LJ was acting up.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
I'm home after two full days including a memorial and potluck for an old family friend and spending time with a wonderful couple who are also old family friends. Its good to be home and having a quiet night in as a possible part time job chance might becoming reality later this week.

For now, I'm doing my first December memes though a day late and I'm open for ideas over here, also I'm planning on sending out holiday cards. If you'd like one and have recently moved, please message me with your new one.

[personal profile] just_ann_now asked A good place to eat in the town where you currently live (in
case I actually do make it over to the beach again, sometime!)

Now I adore eating out whether alone or with family so I'm going to answer this in two parts, the cheaper and comfy places that I love having lunch on my own or the places worth a treat.

China Garden-one of the local Chinese restaurants is an absolute favorite of mine and a lot of the community. Its run by a charming family, the food is always delicious and a good deal.

Notting Hill-the local coffee place where they roast their own beans, make delicious sandwiches and its right on Second Street, so you can eat and watch everyone go by.

Touch of Italy-these are a local set of restaurants that include an Italian deli, pastry shop and restaurant. The food is always generous and delicious, also some of the servers are cute.

Palette-a wonderful smaller restaurant that serves very local food and is owned by the best local caterers, everything is always interesting and fresh.

I could go on as this is a good area for eating out and constantly shifting.
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I've been doing a lot of baking lately, trying out new recipes that have turned out really well. On Sunday night, I made naan which turned out delicious and I've recently found this whole wheat sandwich bread that's easy and lasts. My writing is going slowly as my creative energy seems to be channeled into cooking.

For me though this is a time of year when I love creating for others and would love to send out cards to anyone who would like them. Comments will be screened on this post and you can also message me to let me know that you would like one and your address or even to say that your address hasn't changed.

My December meme is here and open for topics to write about or fic prompts.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
I'm finally home after two days of celebrations at my brother's house and a small one the night before with my parents. It was all a lot as his in-laws were there and I got into some conversations with them that weren't fun, but my nieces were great and though my back hurts, I'm very happy. Oh though one strange thing happened, on Christmas Eve, the power went out but just on their street, which apparently has worse lighting than other streets. They're on the corner and get the bad power outages. First it went out for only five minutes then for three hours if not more, their stove is gas and my brother was doing some grilling outside, which meant dinner was able to start without power. It changed the feel of the night in a way that was lovely but odd. I'm always surprised just how dark their house can get.

So far I've read my Yuletide fic three times at least and plan on more as it hits a spot for me and my recipient loved what I wrote them. I've only dipped a little into the archive as I didn't have my laptop with me or much time over the last few days, but I've seen a few I plan on reccing. The Check Please fics are full of deliciousness and there are more Toby Daye and Incryptid fics, so many that I want to read.

A Noble Heart (1417 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: October Daye Series - Seanan McGuire
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dean Lorden/Quentin Sollys
Characters: Quentin Sollys, Dean Lorden
Summary:

Quentin has a confession to make. Dean has no shortage of questions. Set sometime between Chimes at Midnight and A Red-Rose Chain.



Its inside Quentin's head and is all that I love about him and try to capture. Fair warning, contains major spoilers if you haven't read Chimes at Midnight.

Also my parents gave me a present that still has me amazed when I think about it, a chance to go to a Broadway show. This year and the last I feel like theater and musicals have come back into my life and I love it. A big part of it is I think this fantastic public radio show called A Night on the Town, which is musical theater history and fantastic clips. Listening to it, the musical fandom on Tumblr and other places has made me want to make sure I keep connecting with theater.

I'm planning to go soon as hotels can be cheaper in January. Does anyone have any recommendations of what's good and possible to get into or any ideas from NYC folks? The last time I saw a show, I was really looking into that show, but now I have choice and its wonderful.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
I'm slowly getting things accomplished as I think about all that happened at Chessiecon and where I want to be next. I'm working on getting myself out of where I am now and to a place where I'm living near friends. There are jobs out there, its a matter of getting in the door and being the right fit.

In the meantime, I've written up a new blog post about the films I saw at the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival and I'm going to do an in depth one for Chessiecon.

I also wanted to remind everyone that I love sending out cards and if you'd like one or your address has changed, let me know here. All comments on there are screened and if you don't want a card but instead want a fic or also want a fic, let me know.

My Yuletide and Treat fic are both going along, the ideas are there its just getting the words to work.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
With the holidays coming up, I love being able to send cards and/or write fic for everyone I know. The fic will probably happen after Christmas and Yuletide and if you want an idea of what I've done before, check my fic tag.

Please comment here if you'd like a card and your address and if you want a fic, characters and a prompt. Many of you, I already have addresses but I want to check that I send to the right place. When I look for cards, I search for ones that are general holiday because getting mail is one of my favorite parts of this holiday and sending mail to all my friends.
ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
The question for today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge fits in well with what I'm doing for dinner. For Christmas, I was given the Smitten Kitchen cookbook and the pizza dough recipe from it is currently rising in the oven to be my dinner.

Day 11

In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources.


This is probably a perfect question for me since I'm a librarian and I love resources of all types and as I've been doing fact-checking as a part-time job, I've found even more.

A few that I've used and loved:

Walt Whitman archive, all of his poetry including scans of his manuscripts to see how the words changed.

Poetry Foundation, which has free poetry including poems being read aloud, poet's biographies and interviews.

Library of Congress, so many fantastic resources from images to documents.

Metrolyrics and other sites like it. I tend to find my fic titles from songs and sites like this are great for finding the right one.

Stanford's Dime Novel collection, this was part of the inspiration for my Yuletide this year, its also been a resource for RP.

I could happily list even more since I love finding the right resource to answer a question and then learning unexpected elements. This is why I adore reading nonfiction too, I'm always learning and the internet has great resources and a lot of my friends are researchers too. So we tend to be sharing questions and places that we've found answers.

Actually the last three major fics I wrote have a meta element that comes from my being a librarian and historian. I think a big part of the inspiration was that a large part of my fact-checking involved looking at who are the sources for which parts of history and who's missing.

The Outlaw Wade or A Young Lawyer's Journey, my Yuletide that looked at in world dime novels about Ben Wade from 3:10 to Yuma.

Finest Job, my [community profile] narniaexchange fic where I thought about what elements of King Frank and Queen Helen's rank would survive to the Pevensies.

Got the Details Right, my Marvel Cinematic Universe fic for [community profile] ineedmyfics where Sam Wilson and Natasha Romanoff watch in universe films about Captain America, which was inspired by another fic.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
My Christmas is off to a wonderful start. Last night we opened presents and I'm already enjoying one of them, a clever tea infuser that is lovely and I'm now enjoying loose leaf tea for the first time in a while. It even fits wonderfully into the tall mug that my brother gave me last weekend.

I have two new books, one I've already started reading and another I plan on playing with a lot. One is My Dear Cassandra, a gorgeous, illustrated book of Jane Austen's letters to her sister and the other is the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I've wanted this cookbook since I've known it was going to happen but hadn't bought it. I'm going to have such fun cooking with it.

I've just started my headlong dive into Yuletide and have two recs, my gift and a wonderful Old Kingdom fic.

What Could Go Wrong?, a fic about the Carmilla web series and it captures the tone of the series perfectly. Its an adventure in the midst of trying to write a paper and it doesn't require too much knowledge of the series.

Then when looking over my friends list, I found this fantastic Old Kingdom fic that's post-canon and really follows along with my own ideas of what might happen next. And Sam making something with Nick working with him is a huge part of it.

The Eighth Bell (4569 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lirael (Old Kingdom)/Nicholas Sayre
Characters: Lirael (Old Kingdom), Prince Sameth, Nicholas Sayre, Mogget (Old Kingdom), Sabriel (Old Kingdom)
Additional Tags: Worldbuilding, Post-Canon
Summary:

After the events of Abhorson (and The Creature in the Case), Sam and Lirael decide that since Mogget/Yrael helped defeat Orranis, he should have a bell.

ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
I'm back home after a holiday celebration at my brother's house where I was given so much tea. I look forward to trying all of it. Its wonderful to see how my nieces are growing up and the food was wonderful. Tonight there's a retirement party for a neighbor down here then its time to wrap up all my presents for my parents and sister for Christmas as well as sending out at least one more gift.

The question from the December meme came from [personal profile] marginaliana: Dec 19: what one thing would you most like to do in your life that you think is impossible to achieve for whatever reason (financial, laws of physics, etc.)?

Sorry for the lateness on this, I completely forgot about it until I was traveling and didn't have my laptop or time this weekend.

This is a tricky question so I'm going to answer with the first thing that comes to mind which is sky-diving. I have a fear of heights that can be pretty bad but I do actually enjoy flying, its more the falling that worries me. And while I think the idea of sky-diving is fantastic, I can't picture myself ever actually doing it.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
I still have days open on this meme, leave me topics or fic prompts over here.

Before I start on the meme, I wanted to mention how amazing my yesterday was. I'd heard from my mentor that there was an opening at another local library, so my mom and I decided to drive out to get a look at it. The library was a little odd, because of a strange interaction but also a good one with the people at the desk. From that awkwardness, we decided to head to another nearby library and found out that they have an opening which I applied to today. It would be doing what I want to, not full time but enough hours that I could make it work with other options. I'm feeling rather hopeful.

For today, [personal profile] dodger_sister asked me favorite Christmas memory.

There are two memories that are tied for me on this and both happened when I was younger. The first one was when I got Kirsten, the American Girl doll for Christmas. I was younger than ten and I loved American Girl, I was slowly collecting all of the books for the original three. Every month, I think I would get the catalog and it was a dream catalog for me, I didn't expect to ever own one of the dolls since I knew how expensive they were. I remember in the kitchen and throughout those years, my parents explaining how much they cost and I came to accept I wouldn't get one. It wasn't always easy but I manaaged. I had friends who had them, but my focus at that point was on the books which felt possible. Kirsten was my favorite because we have the same birthday.

Then on Christmas Day, after we had opened most of the presents, my parents brought out another box for me. It was Kirsten, they hadn't put her under the tree, because the size of the box was too recognizable. That was one of the best Christmases and I still have her and many great memories connected to her.

The second one is from when I think I was a little younger, I don't remember how old but also elementary school. My brother's room was next to mine and he put a sign up telling me to stay out, he normally didn't do that, so I was confused. Then I found out the reason on Christmas Day when this tiny kitten, all white except for a black V on her head and the ends of her paws was brought down for me. She was named Mary and the first pet who was truly mine. Sadly she didn't live very long, but I loved her a lot.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
I wasn't going to do cards at first since I wasn't sure about time but then today while doing some shopping, I found some adorable ones.

Now I'd like to send out cards. I have addresses from past years for many of you, but there are also new people following me. If you'd like a card, please comment with your address, all comments will be screened. I'm going to try and get them out as soon as possible.

Today was the Public Library volunteer event, which means I'm in a holiday mood and picked up a lovely small poinsettia.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
My horoscope as of today's Washington Post feels very apt: Others might be trying to make your life easier, even though you may not realize it. It seems as if complication after complication continues to be tossed in your path. You might want to be unavailable for a while.

This is one of those horoscopes that I just go, yes, you're true at as I finished my fact-checking job today, have a holiday party for library volunteering tomorrow, an interview next week and still have to start my Yuletide. A lot of this is wonderful, good and a little scary but it feels like a lot. Though I did kind of step out for a little bit by going to the first part of the local shops holiday open house tonight and finding some presents. It was lovely to walk on my own, terribly cold but that made me miss Michigan. I had some wonderful, unexpected conversations and a nice moment before I came home.

There are posts and reviews I want to write but I'm moving past all of those onto today's December Meme. I still have a number of spots open for prompts and talking points on DW and LJ.

Today's topic is from [personal profile] dodger_sister: favorite childhood books?

I love this question and I've been pondering it for a good part of the day as I try to figure out where do I define childhood's ending. I think for me the answer is the end of elementary school, that's when books started to go into another realm.

Chronicles of Narnia: Narnia is a huge part of my childhood. I can remember reading Dawn Treader in Canada when my parents capsized their canoe at my great-uncle's cabin and watching the PBS Narnia movies. They're a bit wobbly but I love those movies a lot. I don't remember when I decided to hold off on reading The Last Battle because I didn't want the series to end, but I still haven't. Narnia is one of the reasons I love fantasy as I do. To try and explain it all is hard but so much comes from how the heart of it is kindness and listening.

Prydain: I had all the Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander but my favorite was always the book of short stories of various myths. The one of the bard who had to speak the truth got me, because that's the kind of teacher, storyteller, person I want to be. Truth is hard but important.

The Dark is Rising: I first picked up a Dark is Rising book at my best friend's house during a sleepover, I'd finished the book I'd brought and needed another. I started reading and borrowed it and then found the next book and now own all of them. To me these books are winter and the holidays and the strange cold and quiet of winter.

Pickles the Firehouse Cat: This book recently came into my thoughts as I was browsing the NYPL store and found this whole collection of books by the author and illustrator Esther Averill and went oh, I know you. I texted my mom, because she must know them and after some research realized that I knew and loved this book. My uncle for a lot of years was a fireman so this book meant connected to him and cats.

Wee Gillis, this is another book that I read and read and it made me happy. I have Scottish ancestry on both sides and someone must have gifted me this book, but I don't remember where it came from only that I loved it. I loved how he played and how he cared.

Honestly I could keep naming books for ages as I still have a box/shelf of them, they're the books that changed me and these are only the first ones.

Worn out

Nov. 29th, 2014 04:52 pm
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
I've been having a good Thanksgiving other than not sleeping well. Two nights ago I was too cold and then last night, the what-ifs started poking at me and I had a lot of trouble silencing them. So today, I went off to do some shopping on my own, which was a good idea. I'm nearing the end of Clariel and I have so many thoughts about it. Is anyone else reading it?

One of my favorite places to shop is the local used bookstore where I found some gifts and one thing for me, a gorgeous counting book for my new nephew and the biography that Becoming Jane was based on. That's going to be a treat read at some point.

Now as I see all the Christmas card posts going up, I don't know if I'll be able to manage them this year, which I hate saying as I love sending them out.

Instead I'm going to combine two things, the December talking meme and gifts of fics. I love to write for all of you, its something I can do.

So please respond to either this post or the talking meme one with a prompt request and I'll write you a fic for the holidays.

New Year

Jan. 1st, 2014 04:54 pm
ceitfianna: (riding into the sun)
I don't think I'm going to do the year end meme this year as the majority of my year was spent reacting to what happened in the early part of last year. Instead I'm going to focus on what's ahead and on creating some new roads for myself.

Yesterday I was part of one of the best New Year's Eve celebrations that I've ever been a part of. I helped the children's librarian set up something called Noon Year's Eve, a party for the kids with crafts, food and a balloon drop. We opened the doors at 11 am and I left at around 1 pm and it was fantastic. This is the first time that the library has done this kind of party though they happen at other museums so we didn't know how many people would we get. At the max, we had about fifty kids plus attached family members, it was wonderful and chaotic. People swirled in and out, and entire families stopped by. I did a lot of corralling of kids and families, smiled so much that my mouth hurt and was reminded of how I love being a children's librarian. One of the people there even asked me if I'd organized it all, which was a huge compliment. Then I came home and didn't do a lot until some family friends arrived at 7:30 for some drinks and my parents and I had a quiet night in.

Today I slept in late and I've been slowly spending the various gift cards I got and I'm pushing through The Book Thief. I don't like it at all, it feels very contrived and like the author was going hm, what sort of book will get me the most accolades without requiring much work to write? I'm reading it because the children's librarian had a copy and lent it to me, also at some point its going to be a book for my parent's book club. Normally I would have given up on it, but it was lent to me and I want to write a really scathing review and I'll feel more comfortable doing that if I finish it. I feel like some of you on my flist have read it, but can't recall who. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

In terms of plans for the next few days, I'm going to be writing up the app for [personal profile] vorpatril, finally sending off some holiday stuff and getting back into the world of job finding.

For Yuletide, I had a great year and received two wonderful stories and wrote one in a new fandom for me. NightsMistress wrote me by blood and breath, the post canon Sameth story that I always wanted with the complicated and painful dynamics of the family and Sameth's view on the world. Astolat wrote me Twice Removed, a brilliant Nero Wolfe story that feels like Rex Stout could have written it.

My own shield (1818 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Eight Days of Luke - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Luke/Sigyn (Eight Days of Luke)
Characters: Astrid Price, David Allard, Luke (Eight Days of Luke), Þórr | Thor, Sif (Norse Religion & Lore), Sigyn (Norse Religion & Lore)
Additional Tags: Families of Choice, Past Relationship(s), Divorce, past imprisonment, Adulthood, References to Norse Religion & Lore
Summary:

The request for this fic was for Astrid after canon with some Loki tossed in and I went with that. I got to wondering about how would she find her way and if perhaps some of those other Norse gods might come and help. This fic ended up being Astrid, Sif and Sigyn have conversations about being your own woman while David, Thor and Loki are off doing other things. I hope you enjoy it as I found it a pleasure to write.


Small warning for references to an unhappy marriage and a home life of neglect.



It truly was armor somehow, captured in the knitting to reflect her true self like how if you looked just right, Thor’s hammer was always on his belt. Astrid had read of her, a warrior who had to prove her worth but respected by all the gods and warriors. And now she was standing in this small kitchen, with the stove that spat fire if it wasn’t lit correctly, having tea.



GloriaMundi wanted a fic about Astrid, who I enjoyed when reading Eight Days of Luke, so I had a beginning right away. Then I got stuck until I started thinking about Norse goddesses and that helped the story to come together for me. Ashie was my wonderful beta. I love being part of Yuletide and I've read a lot of fantastic stories.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
Title: The Next Christmas
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia
Rating: G
Summary: For [personal profile] dodger_sister who asked me to write something Christmasy set in Narnia. Sorry for the delay, writing has been slow for me.

When Christmas time comes to Narnia, Tumnus does his best to have it all work.

He sighed and stared at the rows of cookies as Helena, the badger who ran the kitchens glared at him, "These are the best I've made, stop looking like that. They're not going to toss you out because of Christmas. You're as bad as my youngest who's always goin' on and on about how something will go wrong."

"But what if they're not the right sorts. I asked her and she only remembered shapes and some flavors, it must be the best Christmas," Tumnus tutted as he looked over the cookies and to the pies cooling on another shelf and tugged at one of his horns.

"And it will, Tumnus, it will. Youv'e asked, you've read, there's nothing that you couldn't have done that you didn't do so now you will get out of my kitchen. I've been patient, I have, because I know you and your worries but its done. Out with you," Then she lifted her apron and spoon and chased him out as if he was a tiny faun trying to steal a treat.

It was all well and good for her to say don't worry, she wasn't the one who Lucy looked to with that hopeful glance of what would a Narnian Christmas be like. The orchard was quiet and his wool scarf was in his study, but he could manage some cold now. Winter would pass and Christmas was a time of fires and hope now, not fear and hidden celebrations.

When the snow began to fall, Lucy found him twisting the tassels of his scarf and she took his hand, "Mr. Tumnus, what's wrong?"

He watched the snow settle on the old trees in Cair Paravel's orchard and said, "Nothing, truly, I just want you to do have the best Christmas."

"I shall. The smells are the best," She squeezed his hand and leaned her head against his shoulder before taking it off quickly, "Mr. Tumnus, you're getting cold. We're going inside and having hot chocolate and you can tell me what's being made in the kitchen."

They went inside together and though the goose was a trifle burnt, not due to any of Mrs. Badger's doing, the turner, a fox kit got distracted, it was a glorious meal. There were more cookies than anyone knew how to eat, the plum pudding and figgy pudding burned brightly and a young leopard found the coin.

The new kings and queens grew quiet deeper in the night as the yule log burned and Lucy twisted Tumnus's new red scarf around her fingers and said, "Thank you."

He heard the sadness in her voice and hugged her, humming a tune of his father's. In time she spoke again to say, "Its all rather wonderful, but I do hope Professor Kirke and Mother are having good Christmases."

"Of course they are in the land of Spare Oom," At his way of speaking of her home, she hiccuped a sob into a laugh and hugged him tightly.
ceitfianna: (Yuletide Tumnus)
I'm back home after two busy and odd days at my brothers for Christmas with that part of my family. I love my nieces but his wife's parents can sometimes be a bit of a pain and yesterday was one of those days where will all wandered around being lazy but I would have rather been lazy at home. Other than that, it was a lovely holiday, good food, wonderful family, lots of gifts that made me smile and that I will be enjoying over the coming few weeks.

Now I'm going to do some RP, read Yuletide fics and other books and just have a nice quiet time.

Also I got two stories for Yuletide, both of which are spot on and make me so happy. I'm looking forward to playing in the archive now that I'm home.

by blood and breath (2412 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Prince Sameth, Sabriel (Old Kingdom), Touchstone, Ellimere
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary:

After Orannis’ defeat, it was clear that it was past time to reclaim the lost portion of the Old Kingdom.



This is everything I ever wanted in a post canon fic, its Sam growing up and Sabriel seeing him for himself and great descriptions of how the Charter works and feels.

Twice Removed (3730 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Archie Goodwin/Lily Rowan
Characters: Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe, Lily Rowan, Saul Panzer, Inspector Cramer
Summary:

"I fully recognize it's beneath you," I told him, having given him a sketch of Lily's problem. "The necklace is only worth a measly twenty or thirty grand, and it's not as though you've ever considered yourself in Miss Rowan's debt — "

"Grrh," Wolfe said, so I took it that my point had been made and moved on.



I loved this fic so much, it has Archie's voice down, the mystery is fun and its brilliant.
ceitfianna: (holiday kittens)
Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days and holidays of the year, due to how my family is spread out, Christmas Eve has ended up being for my parents and me. We make a delicious dinner, get dressed up and over the course of the evening open our presents. We used to just open one on Christmas Eve and save the rest for Christmas Day but since the day has become more for my brother's family in New Jersey, we do ours on the Eve. Then around midnight, there's Yuletide to read, this year there are two stories waiting for me. I've never had that happen before and I'm so curious to see which fandoms they're in as I requested a lot this year as well as offering the max. I'm happy with how my story turned out, its one in a fandom I've never written before and that I only really discovered this year.

The weather decided to behave like winter which I appreciate, its cold and crisp today which feels perfect. Also I had a great night's sleep after enjoying going to a party of some of my parents' friends who specially invited me. I talked about libraries, school libraries and had a great time, it was a nice reminder that people down here are thinking of me. Then today we walked into town and it was hilarious, we saw a guy dressed as Santa riding a beautiful old fashioned red motorcyle with a sidecare. I wish I could have grabbed a picture but he went by too fast.

Christmas day and Boxing day I'll be up in New Jersey with my brother and his family so won't be tagging as I usually leave my laptop behind. I'll be going some tagging today and probably tomorrow morning but everything else will be slowed.

Be well, my friends, I feel blessed to know all of you.

I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has a wonderful time and for everyone who is doing their best to ignore it, I hope you are happy. I feel blessed
ceitfianna: (stars in a tree)
My words have gotten loose finally, I've missed them. In November, I got stuck in my own head and my own worries and everything slowed and didn't work. In the last week, they've started flowing again and oh I've missed them a lot. My Yuletide is over 1000 words, it has no real structure to speak of but there are words there. I'm in the process of applying to be a substitute teacher, my resume is looking better and I'm making plans to go to ALA Midwinter. Also the few holiday cards and presents I'm sending out will be going out soon. I'm sorry I won't able to be send something to everyone but my wallet isn't up for it, but do know I want everyone to have a wonderful new year.

Now for the December Meme, this is my last prompt through I do have two fics I plan to write. Please ask me more and ask me into January or an unspecified date. I love what I'm getting asked and want more reasons to write.

[personal profile] aberration asked: Favorite movies! At least three, but as many as you want.

Movies are like books for me, there are so many I love but a lot of it shifts depending on what I've watched recently. These are the three that come to mind first and are my current favorite movies and not favorite movies of all time, that's trickier.

Russian Ark: This movie feels like a companion to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell to me, because its on the edges of time and yet looking at things of certain times. There are stories within it that we never truly know; the narrator and the European, yet we don't need to know their stories to appreciate the movie. Also Russia, I want to go there someday, not at the moment but this year I also read Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking which is about time and Russia. So going back to this movie made sense to me and its one of those movies that I always see something more in it.

Dead Poet's Society: In my mind because I recently went to the private school in Delaware where it was filmed. I was there for an amazing networking thing so only had a moment to snap three photos with my phone of the courtyard and view onto the river from the movie. But augh, this movie, that I rented from our local video place who's name I don't remember and fell in love. I remember sitting in front of the TV that used to be higher up and crying at, then it was one of the first videos I bought for myself along with Newsies. Its why I adore Walt Whitman and why being a teacher counts to me so much, because I've seen how powerful it is to say to a child, I see you and know you can do more.

Pacific Rim: When I saw this movie in the theaters, I needed it a lot. My past year had been awful but seeing people coming together and caring and fighting, it made me happy. I still have two works in progress that are fusions of Pacific Rim and other canons because it just woke up my imagination. I love how hopeful it is and global, not easy things to manage in a movie. I love it.

Now to end the same way I did with the book posts, ask me tomorrow and the answers might change.

Rough day

Dec. 13th, 2013 10:56 pm
ceitfianna: (holiday kittens)
I spent most of today in a grump without knowing exactly why and then cried about fixing my resume though I ended up making progress on it. I think that saying 'got up on the wrong side of the bed' really fit me today, because it felt like all the stress and awful of the past few months just hit me. Thankfully my parents were patient and we talked and I feel better, also we put up and decorated the tree. That helped me to feel hopeful about looking forward but this time of year is being tough this year. I have a few gifts to send out but I'm not doing my cards as normal because I don't feel up to it, so I'm doing what I can. Life is tricky but there is hope.

Now for the December meme which is still open. Today's prompt comes from [personal profile] in_the_blue who requested: You're stranded on a desert island and can only bring thirteen pieces of media (assume you have something to watch/play them on, because I'm nice and it's a luxury desert island). What books/movies/CDs/whatever do you bring?

To begin with, I'm thankful that its thirteen though it will still be very hard to choose and I might cheat with DVD sets.

1-Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold, because it always gets me right in the feels and helps me feel like maybe I can handle what the world is tossing at me. I miss my full collection of Bujold but its currently in storage. So if I have to choose one, its this one for how often I reread it.

2-Poirot Mysteries with David Suchet, it doesn't matter which particular set of episodes, they always make me smile.

3-Newsies and I'm going to cheat here and say movie and soundtrack, because both bring back my faith in the human race.

4-The Narnia books-I can revisit them multiple times and they make me happy, also boxed set, it counts as one.

5-TaleSpin DVD set, they always make me laugh.

6-Paul Creswick's Robin Hood with the proper illustrations.

7-40 Years by the Dubliners, because it has everything I need in a CD.

8-Women and Country by Jakob Dylan because it lifts me up.

9-Black Books, complete set because again I keep going back to them and sometimes its fun to laugh at how messed up the world is.

10-Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh-if possible I'd just take all her novels as I never tire of rereading them but this is my favorite.

Now its getting hard to pick and it really is coming down to books.

11-Mark Twain, as much of him as I can carry but must include; The Prince and the Pauper and Huck Finn.

12-Diana Wynne Jones and again so hard to pick but one of those sets of books that includes Conrad's Fate.

13-Last, oh last is so hard but Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Ask me tomorrow and it might be a different list and this is really hard to pick.

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