ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
Day 01

In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I did this challenge last year and for me it was a great way to look forward and backwards in terms of my fandom interactions. It helped me to share more and connect with new people, which I hope to do again.

Day 2

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

This is a tricky challenge but I love doing some dreaming about what I'd love.

1-Icons and icon space for myself and my various RP characters. At the moment I'm in a place where I'm not spending the money on the icon space even though it does make me happy to have options and choices. In terms of icons, there are a lot of types I like but ones that are simple and beautiful make me happy.

2-I'm going to echo one that [personal profile] sharpiefan asked for, more people reading my work and knowing they're connecting with it. I write to share and when I know that my words make an impression on someone, it makes me happy. My writing can be found the fic tag of this journal and on archive of our own here.

I can't really think of a third one other than more interactions within the world of writing. I miss those amazing ficathons and comment prompt fests that would happen where I would find myself inspired and writing in fandoms I never expected.

At the moment, a good family friend is visiting and we just got back from doing some tourism stuff in our area which was fun. Life is good, I"m reading good books and still have more Yuletide to read.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
Two posts in a row as I start the [community profile] snowflake_challenge.

Day 2

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

This is a tricky one for me as I've been lucky to find a lot of what I'm searching for in many of my fandoms usually through Yuletide.

1-Anyone playing with any of my fics. I have the Transformative Works Statement up, but I don't think anything's ever happened and love the idea that it might.

2-More Scorpio Races' fic, I received a wonderful one for Yuletide but want there to be more. Its such a wonderful strange canon.

3-Icons, I adore icons for myself, for the characters I roleplay but especially Quentin, [personal profile] heatherandsteel. I love how the right icon can change a post or a comment and wish I had a bigger collection.
ceitfianna: (castle ruins)
I really need to use some of my tax refund to get all my icons over to DW, somehow none of my Robin Hood or James' ones are active which is a problem for this poem I found. Also this poem gives me ideas for Will, nothing clear yet but my worry with him is what shape will his story take. I fret about getting the end game wrong but don't like having him held forever in a bad place. Characters are tricky especially when they're from a well known tale and I'm putting my own spin on it.

This poem also reminds me that the world of literature of and about Robin Hood is fascinating as is the art. I don't want to spend my entire life studying it but I love peeking in on it at times.


Sherwood in the twilight, is Robin Hood awake?
Grey and ghostly shadows are gliding through the brake,
Shadows of the dappled deer, dreaming of the morn,
Dreaming of a shadowy man that winds a shadowy horn.

Robin Hood is here again: all his merry thieves
Hear a ghostly bugle-note shivering through the leaves,
Calling as he used to call, faint and far away,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Merry, merry England has kissed the lips of June:
All the wings of fairyland were here beneath the moon,
Like a flight of rose-leaves fluttering in a mist
Of opal and ruby and pearl and amethyst.

Merry, merry England is waking as of old,
With eyes of blither hazel and hair of brighter gold:
For Robin Hood is here again beneath the bursting spray
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Love is in the greenwood building him a house
Of wild rose and hawthorn and honeysuckle boughs:
Love is in the greenwood, dawn is in the skies,
And Marian is waiting with a glory in her eyes.

Hark! The dazzled laverock climbs the golden steep!
Marian is waiting: is Robin Hood asleep?
Round the fairy grass-rings frolic elf and fay,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Oberon, Oberon, rake away the gold,
Rake away the red leaves, roll away the mould,
Rake away the gold leaves, roll away the red,
And wake Will Scarlett from his leafy forest bed.

Friar Tuck and Little John are riding down together
With quarter-staff and drinking-can and grey goose-feather.
The dead are coming back again, the years are rolled away
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Softly over Sherwood the south wind blows.
All the heart of England hid in every rose
Hears across the greenwood the sunny whisper leap,
Sherwood in the red dawn, is Robin Hood asleep?

Hark, the voice of England wakes him as of old
And, shattering the silence with a cry of brighter gold
Bugles in the greenwood echo from the steep,
Sherwood in the red dawn, is Robin Hood asleep?

Where the deer are gliding down the shadowy glen
All across the glades of fern he calls his merry men--
Doublets of the Lincoln green glancing through the May
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day--

Calls them and they answer: from aisles of oak and ash
Rings the Follow! Follow! and the boughs begin to crash,
The ferns begin to flutter and the flowers begin to fly,
And through the crimson dawning the robber band goes by.

Robin! Robin! Robin! All his merry thieves
Answer as the bugle-note shivers through the leaves,
Calling as he used to call, faint and far away,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.
ceitfianna: (Hiding Cat)
I would like this week to have a few things go right on the first try. The movers were late sending out the online confirmation but that's done. There's a email from the my student loans telling me to go look at a message from them but I don't want to. Last time I did the amount of interest made me want to cry, that will get put off a little longer.

My body keeps feeling off as in having asthma issues that I haven't had in a while. Allergies have rarely made me wheeze, its disturbing and disconcerting, I would like to not fall apart. My ear also seems to have healed, but it feels like it needs more. I also haven't been sleeping properly so I keep having points during the day where my temperature feels off and I just want to fall over and hide for a time. End of body rant and worries.

Meebo messenger's been shut off and I can't find a replacement that will let me get into chat, not even AIM Express which is messed up. I've got a five hour shift today and I'm already feelings a bit out of it, need chat and its wonderful community. So guys, I'm online but can't get into chat.

I'm going to do some meme answers, try to figure out who to do Happy Hour with tonight and maybe even write more on a fic that I should write. Perhaps tomorrow is a good day to go to the movies and hide from the world for a little bit.

Icon meme first.

1. Reply to this post with Dance with me, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

These five icons were chosen by [personal profile] bjornwilde

At one point I started watching Gossip Girl, I think I finished the first season but that was it. I found this icon and I love it as it shows the best of female friendship, two friends just being together.

[personal profile] anthologia made this icon and it feels quite apt for where I am at the moment, looking towards the future and not knowing what's ahead. Its peaceful and beautiful.

I loved Inception and this was by far my favorite scene in it because there was a clear sense of this isn't true reality. I wish honestly that there had been more of this but loved what there was. It was harder than I expected to find an icon of this moment.

This is a scene from the movie Atonement which I'm not a fan of. Its a gorgeous movie with wonderful actors, but I hate, hate the story. If I could have removed the actual plot, I might have liked it better. Its a heartbreaking movie about how a badly thought out and rather selfish choice that destroyed lives and to me that the person who did the wrecking never really got it. The atonement that's supposed to be the payoff felt weak to me. I have a fair amount of icons from this movie for Will as James MacAvoy spends a lot of time in it looking older than his age and hurting. I use this icon for war related things and general sadness.

My mother's originally from Carmel by the Sea so I spent my childhood spending one or two weeks there and visiting my grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousin. I also grew up not far from the Atlantic ocean in Pennsylvania and my parents now live on the Delaware shore. I'm happiest when water is within walking distance for me. I loved that about Wellington, not only was the water right there but the waterfront was someplace I wanted to be. There was the public library and Te Papa and places to sit and watch the world go by. Everything for me feels a little more possible by the water. This icon is my beach, water one.

Now another round of the five topics meme.

Comment to this post saying "FIVE!" and I will pick five things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself, hopefully for the rest of eternity!

(I don't really care if you say "FIVE" or let me know some other way. Just for the record.)

These five are from [personal profile] crazyfurries

Five more words )

Now all this writing has been feeling a little more even keeled and now to plot who will do Happy Hour in Milliways.
ceitfianna: (candy raspberries)
This weekend has been long, tiring and surprisingly good. I went to Kids Read Comics yesterday and it was wonderful, events like that are why I want to be a librarian.

Though things have been good, they've also been one thing after another as I got the moving estimate and it was huge and didn't seem fully filled in, so I'm waiting on that. I hope to get the movers settled by tomorrow.

Also starting on Wednesday night, my trackpad was acting up, which was annoying. Today I took it to the Apple Store and they got me a new one and now its working again, which makes me happy. I have an idea for a librarian blog post to write and need to get to do more writing on my Narnia exchange but I signed up for [community profile] ineedmyfics and feel good.

That means its time for a meme, this is the first of two lovely memes that [personal profile] in_the_blue posted recently, the other one requires more thought.

1. Reply to this post with Dance with me, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

[personal profile] in_the_blue chose these icons:

This icon is called Taking Wing and [personal profile] synchronicity2 made it and I love the beauty and hopefulness of it.

These are the Weasleys and they're my favorite part of Harry Potter as I love the joy they have with life and each other. They also remind me of my own family since there are a lot of us and we can be silly and love each other so much.

This in my mind is Will from the Disney Robin Hood and I love his expression of oh god, what now? That is one of my favorite versions of Robin Hood, it just works for me and makes me happy.

Tiwa, [personal profile] piwakawaka is the name of my Changeling OC who turns into a bird called a fantail. This icon is of a beautiful statue made by a New Zealand artist of a fantail and I love the movement of it and how it has the feel of traditional carving but it its own thing. If I could, I would own so much fantail art as these little birds are quick and brave and remind me of New Zealand.

I loved the movie Up and the beauty of this moment spoke to me in that sense of far to go but the end is in sight. I made this icon as I couldn't find one that someone else had made.

Probably tomorrow I will start writing answers to the next meme which is five topics to write about. I hope everyone's week is going well. Life has been full of far too many ups and downs of late. Here's for more ups than downs.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
I haven't actually posted in a few days as I've started to get into the meat of figuring out moving back to Delaware in August. Thankfully its not as confusing as it could be, most of its closing things down, clearing out and figuring out estimates and stuff like that. For those of you who've used moving companies, how does this all work? Apparently I get estimates for my stuff and dates and all. My parents have done it but I'd love thoughts from others as its at the moment a new thing for me.

Work is being busy as I have to try and find ways to get my August shifts covered as I'd prefer to actually go east with my stuff and parents but if I need to cover shifts I will. Though I find it ironic that next month, I get a two dollar raise, I don't know what to make of that. More money is good but getting it as I'm on my way out is odd.

In other I'm doing far too much stuff news, the Ann Arbor District Library is hosting Kids Read Comics on the weekend of the 6th and 7th when I work Friday, Saturday and Sunday but I volunteered for Sunday. Its the kind of event that I want to help organize and run as a librarian so I'm going to do what I can to be involved even if it means I fall over on that Monday.

I'm also still getting job referrals for school, or at least one that I sent off my cover letter for. I hope I interest them. Also I've discovered that my iPhone's to do list plus Evernote makes me feel so much more organized as I like lists where I can cross things off.

Now for a new round of the icon meme, this time started of by [personal profile] crazyfurries:
1. Comment with the word "Chimera" to engage the game.
2. The selection of five of your icons will commence.
3. Please generate your own entry with the backstory/explanation/snarky commentary behind the selected icons.
4. Watch the cycle of a game begin anew.

Keyword: Fred and Ginger Dancing
I have an incredible soft spot for early musicals especially Astaire and Rogers and when I started looking for more icons, I found this one. Its one of my life is good icons, because dancing is something I love and their joy is obvious. The image is from when they're singing "Let's call the whole thing off", which is the song where you say potato, I say potato comes from. I also have a CD of all the music they did together, it makes me happy and I wish I owned more of their movies on DVD.

Keyword: Taking Wing
Ali [personal profile] synchronicity2 made this icon and I love the simplicity of it. It's one of my contemplative icons for when life is seeming rather big.

Keyword: Weasley's family
I adore the Weasley's, I think they're probably my favorite part of the entire Harry Potter series as they remind me a lot of my own family. They're loud, a little big and messy and full of love and will welcome people in with open arms. I love this icon because the image captures them and my kind of happiness, being surrounded by those I love about to eat too much and just be together.

Keyword: Feathered face
I first found this icon while I was looking for Tiwa icons but its since become one of my favorites. Birds make me happy as does acting and there's something about this icon that holds a lot of how we're all rather complicated. Sometimes we wear masks and try being someone else, but we're always happy.

Keyword: Candy raspberries
Raspberries are one of my favorite things to eat and I also love the candy ones, I happen to have a rather awful sweet tooth. This is one of my happy icons as its simple, bright and makes me smile.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The idea of a housewarming party comes from
an old British tradition. People who were moving would carry away embers
from the fireplace of the home they were leaving and bring them to the
fireplace of the new home. I recommend that you borrow this idea and
apply it to the transition you're making. As you migrate toward the
future, bring along a symbolic spark of the vitality that has animated the
situation you're transitioning out of.

Uncle Rob seems to know my thoughts quite a bit of late. When I came home from my travels last night, I had this grump of the flat is too dark and when they were showing my place, they did something with the blinds. It was all easily fixed but it feels like my time here is probably ending as while the sink is fixed, my landlords have just making me grumpy more of late. Normally I feel happier to be back but it was a point of huh, yeah, I think I will be moving on soon.

My interview went incredibly well and I can certainly see myself working at that school. I'm still processing it as I've had three days of four to six hour drives in a row, but tomorrow I don't work and will finally see The Avengers. I would have seen it today but I had a phone interview that also went really well with another school. I feel like I know how I might fit into these schools and I love it. Each conversation makes me realize what I know and what I can do.

Oh and I'm having some amazing roleplaying stuff that Twitter has been hearing about. That added a lot of fun to my long days of driving.

Now for another round of the icon meme with icons from [personal profile] bjornwilde. If you'd like some icons just comment.

This was my very first icon that I made from the Ace of Cups in my tarot deck, which is the Faery Wicca one. In the link, the original image from the icon is the top right hand corner. I scanned it on my mother's scanner and then cropped it and for about two or three years it was my only icon. I'm still proud of it even though I don't use it that much.

I love the Harry Potter books and the Weasley family is one of my favorites within that world. I happened to see this icon and it reminded me of family parties with not enough seats and too much food and Harry Potter so I snagged it.

The Once and Future King is a book that I just adore and Merlin is such a fun show that when I was looking for a Merlin icon, I knew it had to say once and future king on it. This was the icon I found.

I loved Inception and the moment when Ariadne manipulates the landscape is probably one of my favorites in it. I wish they had been willing to be a little more surreal but its a great film. I knew I wanted an icon of that moment and it trickier to find than I expected.

[profile] spiffynamehere made me this icon and some other really pretty ones when she was in an icon making mood and I love it. Its so peaceful and contemplative.
ceitfianna: (Up end in sight)
I'm currently at a hotel that's my normal stopping point between Michigan and Delaware but tonight is my rest between Delaware and Cincinnati. Tomorrow night, I'll be starting my two day interview by having dinner with some of the faculty and then then the next day, all sorts of meetings. The weather today has made me so happy as its been sunny out and I've been driving along and getting lots of writing ideas. Life is going forward in great ways.

I don't know what's going to come out of the interview but I know no matter what happens, I'll learn a little bit more. It's lovely to feel prepared and that's how I am. I have leftovers from my nieces' first communion brunch, choices for interview clothes and a chance to actually watch along on a few shows tonight. There are also fic and RP ideas bubbling around in my head that I want to do things with as I adore this feeling of hope and possibility.

The past few days have been strange and wonderful as well. I went to the book sale at the local library in Lewes and for ten dollars bought a fantastic bag of books along with finding a copy of Dogsbody while doing some clothes shopping. My nieces' first communion was odd, but it was nice to see that it clearly meant something to them and their mother and her parents. My parents and I pretty much went into observer mode for the mass because it didn't really mean that much to any of us. The party afterward was great too, this crowd of little kids that kept darting everywhere as adults clustered and laughed. That's my favorite sort of party full of good friends and family, too much food and wine, just an abundance of happiness.

Now for a quick meme as [personal profile] minkhollow is doing another round of the icon meme. If you want me to pick icons for you, just comment and ask.

Icons and reasons )
ceitfianna: (Default)
My Christmas was rather nice as Christmas Eve was my present night with my parents and then on the day we drove up to New Jersey and had another present session with my brother and his family. We spent the night and it was nice but we left pretty early the next day. The day after Christmas was spent quietly, I do love being able to just be with my parents.

Yesterday though was awful and I've been feeling very worn out. I've figured out how to crosspost between the two journals but I know I'll be poking at things as I miss all my icons and my layout. Yet I'd rather not lose track with anyone because they're moving over here, I just hate feeling pushed and so haven't done my various RP journals yet. And I know that many of you love DW and I'll adjust, I'm simply low on energy. So that means that I'm going to crosspost and then go and edit for the right icon on LJ as I haven't figured out which of my many icons to bring over here.

Now what made yesterday so horrible was I woke up to an overdraft notice in my Ann Arbor bank account because my card was stolen and used. I called them and filed a claim to say that wasn't me, but there was another overdraft again. I'm sure it's a case of the two bank parts not talking to each other but I hate it. Also yesterday the weather was utterly horrible, raining and blustery but I went out in it. A local book chain here is closing, Atlantic books and it's near a nice little pub so I drove out as driving and good music do help and found some great reads. I've also been rereading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which is a book that I love for all that it's rather depressing at points. Then with my parents we went to a dinner party with some of their friends which was so terribly mixed. There were gorgeous menorahs, fantastic homemade latkes and borscht but there was a whole round of conversation about freaks and so much patronizing language. My mother said that couple was known for being flippant, but it really hit me the wrong way to hear them basically go it's annoying when patients go and research online. Yet earlier they were going but you should never censor books no matter how horrible, I wanted to hide in a hole.

There was some RP after that was nice and I have ideas for those of my gift fics that I have left. I promise that I haven't forgotten them, I've just been very low on creativity and energy the past few days.

The nice news is that my Yuletide keeps getting Kudos and at least one or two comments which is nice. It's a small fandom and I seem to write Yuletides that aren't easy for the general public but that's okay. The person it was for liked it.
ceitfianna: (Yuletide Tumnus)
At the moment, I'm not going to try and figure out posting to LJ and DW yet, I probably won't until after Christmas because I'd rather not be fiddling with it. I just finished wrapping my last family gifts and I'm considering having some pups drop off gifts in Milliways as I know some of them would.

I'm also working on ideas for the gift fics I have left, which will slowly be written hopefully all before the New Year. There's a Yuletide gift waiting for me which knowing myself, I will read not long after the stroke of midnight. Though now I've looked won't work, so I'll look in the morning. My new Yuletide icon is quickly becoming my holiday icon as Tumnus in the snow and Narnia is quite connected to Christmas for me.

Tonight I'm going to have a small celebration with my parents and tomorrow we'll open each others' presents before heading north to New Jersey to celebrate with my brother and sister and mainly my two little nieces.

This holiday I feel remarkably relaxed which is a nice change from the past two years when I was juggling the holidays alongside the work for my masters. The constant worry of finding a job is there as we went to a open house last night and I spent a part of every conversation explaining that I'm looking for a job. Though I can also say that I enjoy the part time job I have and for all that it's not my dream job, I am a librarian.

I hope that all of your holidays are full of joy and surrounded by the people you love.
ceitfianna: (James in the rain)
This weekend has been rather busy for me and I ended up doing more than I realized. On Friday I went grocery shopping and remembered how much I don't like shopping in Barnes and Noble. I got a paycheck so I was planning on buy X-Men: First Class since Barnes and Noble is next to Whole Foods but in the end I didn't. There's something about the space in those bookstores that doesn't make me eager to buy things and it's kind of sad, but they sent me a coupon so I might go back.

Especially since I ended up creating a journal for Charles Xavier, [livejournal.com profile] balancingminds and putting him in Mixed Muses and Ididwhatwithwho, he's a lot of fun to play. One thing that [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue pointed out, anyone can tag into the [livejournal.com profile] ididwhatwithwho post if you'd rather play someplace that's not Milliways' lite. I've been abusing bending time over in Mixed Muses as I adore his reaction to other psychics which is this great combination of ooh want to know everything and oops, didn't mean to be rude. Both of those EPs are open for ages and he'll probably be getting another one in Mixed Muses from a later point in canon this week. Now I need to find more icons from the movie that actually work for RP, far too many of them just don't.

Saturday was a fairly quiet day where the big thing I did was make a quiche. It turned out tasty and I'll be having the last leftovers for dinner tonight. The silly thing I did was I forgot to defrost the pie crust until all the other parts were set, but I'll know better for next time. Also next time I'll be more thoughtful in terms of amount of filling to eggs as it's tasty and looks like a quiche but falls apart easily.

Sunday I saw The Three Musketeers with [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier and had a fantastic time. One thing I realized is that thanks to Milliways, I consider Logan Lerman one of those actors I keep an eye out for and I had so much second hand embarrassment for him in the movie. He's a good actor but he was surrounded by such hams that I kept wanting to pat him on the head though he did better than I had expected. The movie made me laugh out loud so much that my stomach hurt a bit and seeing it with Rick was wonderful, it really is a Milliways' movie as the plot's something that a group of us would come up with.

Then I came home and got very inspired on [livejournal.com profile] 100wordstories which had three prompts for the day. I wrote a Charles X fic that gives a hint to my current long one about his dreams. The other one I wrote is a Tumnus' fic about his time in stone.

The nice surprise of last night was how good Once Upon a Time was, the characters started to actually feel real and I cared about them. Hopefully it can follow up on that and keep improving.

Lazy Days

Aug. 29th, 2011 05:06 pm
ceitfianna: (beach scene)
The past few days have been busy and rather wonderful. My brother and his wife had a Love Celebration and I've met and reconnected with friends and family from all the world, eaten beautiful food, drank great wine and felt quite lucky. Today feels like the first day of my true vacation as there aren't any parties planned. With my parents, I went hiking around Sugarloaf mountain and we've been doing a lot of reading and little else, which is such a treat.

I'm deep in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms,which is a complicated and good read. Normally political books aren't my favorite but the focus is on ideas and belief and relationships more than politics and the writing is brilliant.

I'm going to do two rounds of the icon meme and then head back to my book before having dinner with my brother and his wife again, we're helping to eat leftovers from the three parties and drink wine.

Comment on this post and let me know you want to participate. I will choose six userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

The first round of icons are from [livejournal.com profile] one_more_cherry
Round one )

Next round of icons from [livejournal.com profile] minkhollow
Round two )
ceitfianna: (tea and a book)
It feels like Fall is on the way today as its rainy and getting colder. Today has been up and down. I've been enjoying watching Leonardo! that [livejournal.com profile] innerbrat introduced me to, but I'm also feeling slightly off. I have various errands I need to get done like grocery shopping and home stuff that I just don't seem to have the energy for at the moment. Tonight to try and cheer myself up, I took myself out to dinner and a nice local place had a soft shell crab sandwich. That sandwich made me terribly homesick for the East Coast as it was too small, too battered and a cruel thing to do to a soft shell crab. I'm having a small slump as my ideas are being slow in coming except for one, which is mean to one of my characters. Either tomorrow or Monday, I'm going to do errands and put my music on loud as I accomplish things.

I saw Captain America last night and really enjoyed it. They captured wonderfully how honest and earnest Steve is and it was overall a fun ride. I'm excited to see what the Avengers will be like together since the teaser at the end made me hopeful.

Now for another round of the icon meme with an extra. The first time I did it, it was actually meant to be seven icons but I completely forgot to do one for [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue so this time, there will be that icon and then another six for [livejournal.com profile] skidmo

Comment if you'd like some icons and I'll give you six.

I love my 100x100 squares )

That was good and distracting, now I think I'm going to try and write things.
ceitfianna: (pooka illustration)
I really did mean to sleep tonight but it didn't seem fated to happen. Perhaps I can reset myself by staying up today and then sleeping when I get home from work tonight. I do plan on treating myself to a proper breakfast of pancakes or French toast or waffles at I think the Broken Egg.

In the meantime, I've finally started setting up my playlists on my new computer and I'd forgotten how for some reason iTunes will reorder and separate things by various artists. Its a pain as I like having my soundtracks in order. Also I have lots of random songs that people have given me and I don't recall them all, which makes things interesting.

I'm also rereading Tam Lin as between the various moves, my lovely paperback copy went missing and I bought a new one from Amazon. The cover image isn't as beautiful as the painting but its nice. Rereading is a joy as this is one of those books that truly imprinted on me. I first read it my junior year of high school when I had a horrible English teacher who did horrible things to my creative writing. We had block classes and I had her twice that year for creative writing and English, in both of them we spent most of our time writing essays for contests as they made her look good. It took me far too long after those classes before I actually started writing fiction again as she made me not look forward to writing. The two upsides were one of my oldest friends, the guy who introduced me to LARPing and was my first boyfriend was in the class, he was willing to argue with her and cause trouble, and she had a eclectic paperback collection. I picked up Tam Lin and it clicked for me, I think its partly to blame for my love of Classics and urban fantasy. One reason it worked for me was that I grew up on a small college campus so the setting felt quite familiar to me.

Now [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue started a round of the icon meme and so my answers to that will go under the cut. I love any excuse to look at everyone's beautiful icons so please comment.

Comment on this post and let me know you want to participate. I will choose six userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

Some little images that are sometimes me )
ceitfianna: (tea and a book)
Its almost 5 o'clock and I really don't feel awake. I hate this feeling as I have a long list of things I'd like to get done. My main goal for today will be to do laundry as that doesn't require a huge amount of moving and I'm in need of it. I'm enjoying my new laptop quite a lot since its so easy compared to my other one and just works.

My coming week doesn't have a lot in terms of going to work or class in it but I have various stuff on my list.

Oh and in odd things that make me grumpy, my hall light has gone out once again. I think there must be something up with it as the lights in my kitchen and bedroom haven't but it feels like I replace this one every few months. I know I use it more but it feels far too often. Also I hate changing it since I have to stand on a step stool and deal with the weird light cover. If I could find a wording I liked, I'd mentioned it to my landlord as I like having a hall light.

Today though I'm not going to worry about any of that and instead post a meme that I'm pretty sure [livejournal.com profile] austen started this round. She has the best memes.

‡ Pick one of my icons.

‡ I will (try my best to) write you at least one sentence of something vaguely resembling fiction based on said icon (but I'm not very loquacious so it'll probably be much longer).

Oh and I haven't forgotten about that other prompt meme but my writing has been odd lately. I did a huge amount on the Jane fic and now its slowed, but my plan is to balance class/work writing with fun writing.

Going On

Feb. 12th, 2011 01:22 am
ceitfianna: (thank you in a dictionary)
I still feel remarkably shattered from what happened today but I feel much more hopeful. I emailed the people in charge of the Pep stuff and they're going to see what's going on. I have time to register for classes in the second half of the second semester and if need be, I'll drop or audit my seminar class. Its the only one I don't need to graduate.

Thank you so much for all your good thoughts. I had a long talk with my parents that helped as they pointed out how not having a consistent advisor didn't help matters and that I have allies. They're right, SI is a good place, I just hit a bump.

Then my mom and I ended up talking about fanfiction and it made me happy as I was able to explain to her my reasons. It reminded me just how much I love writing and I think I'll be putting up another prompt meme and I wrote a Will OOM that makes me happy. He's the first character I ever really wrote or told about and I love him. Maybe someday I'll share my tales of him with more of the world.

Now I'm going to do round two of the icon meme with icons from [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustlover, if you'd like some of your own to talk about just comment and ask me.

Dean is my favorite part of Supernatural and one of my favorite television characters, because he feels so real with his hurts and his vices. I spotted this icon on a community somewhere and went yes. I love the softness in his face and the words, time rambles on and its worth remembering. What's horrible today won't be tomorrow.

At one point, LJ had this weird glitch where random icons would appear instead of the ones you meant to use. This popped up in a thread I was doing with [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier and I snagged it. I think it might actually be from Twilight but I love the sentiment, strange and overpowering love and the graphics are just right.

On one of the icon communities I follow someone posted a bunch of text icons and this was one of them. Its really important to me to say thank you and be grateful and I like the simplicity and look of this. They're two words that can brighten a day.

This was another one that I found one day and went, oh yes. I think I was during one of the many transitions I've had in the last few years and it just felt right. I like how its hopeful, but a reminder that sometimes the things you really want aren't easy.

I realized that I needed a tea icon and this one perfectly suits my idea of how to spend an afternoon with a cup of tea, a good book and something to munch on. It really is good for the heart.

Oh and I still have the tarot spread I did laid out on my living room floor. I just don't feel ready to move it yet.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
I've made it through another week of classes, now I just have work left. Things are going pretty good this week, things are coming up but I think I can handle them. The weather here is horribly cold but the sidewalks and streets are passable. I've noticed that the cold has made my resolutions to eat better not really hold but I have tasty things to cook when I have time so soon there will be sweet potato soup or eggplant curry. Tonight when I head home in about an hour and twenty minutes from this long shift, I'll have leftover pizza and that suits me just fine. Life is good.

I'm almost finished reading The Queen of Attolia and I love it and will pick up the next book in the series on Friday after work. That same day I'll be trying to figure out if I really will graduate, the online stuff made me nervous. I think I should be okay and SI is helpful and I think when I have my break at the end of February, I'll get into gear with job stuff. I know I should start now but I'm scared because there's just so much to do and I'm not sure where to start. For now, I'm focusing on having a good semester, not getting sick and doing a good job on all the things I'm doing.

The icon meme popped up on my flist again thanks to [livejournal.com profile] katernater, if you'd like me to pick five of your icons so you can write about them comment and tell me.

This is my cat face icon for when friends need online fuzz therapy. I used to have a tabby cat and this image makes me think of her and miss her.

Becoming Jane is one of my favorite movies because I adore Jane Austen and the movie captured all the reasons I love her. This is her with Tom Lefroy and I love the look they're sharing of yes, we fit together.

I'm learning to be a librarian and I realized that I needed a good reading/library icon. I found this one and went yes, that's me when I was little and someday I'll be that girl's librarian.

Band of Brothers is an amazing mini-series and someplace I found icons with Monty Python quotes and I grew up on Monty Python, so I knew I needed this icon. Sadly I don't actually use it very often but it makes me grin.

Due to classes and getting confused by the plot, I haven't actually watched Supernatural in a while, but its a show I like. One of my favorite parts about it is the brothers' relationship and this icon captures a great moment of things working. Maybe I should rewatch some of the earlier seasons.
ceitfianna: (Default)
I have a class this semester on Professional Practice with one of my favorite professors, the one who got me to create a professional blog. I'm going to be writing in that blog every week with reflections on our class reading about learning and how to be an effective librarian. For those interested, that blog is Nurturing Stories on Wordpress and I just wrote up my newest entry.

Tomorrow my first full week starts with a class from 1 to 4 pm and then one from 5 to 8 pm. I think I'm going to be tired but happy with it all. Also when I had my walk today, it wasn't as cold as I expected. I want the weather to stay mild because I have a lot of late nights this semester.

Since that reading took a while, I'm also going to post a fun little meme from [livejournal.com profile] austen

1. Do not look at the comments.
2. Take a look at my userpics.
3. Post a comment with the icon of mine you associate with me. Leave commentary if desired.
4. Repost with your default icon and profit.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
Last night, I decorated the tree with my parents and at some point this week, I'll send off my holiday cards. Later today, I might do some wrapping and I have a plan for [livejournal.com profile] milliclaus, I just need to find out a few things.

Sometime last week, [livejournal.com profile] spiffynamehere posted another round of the icon meme and now I can finally answer it.

001. Reply to this post, and I will pick 6-8 of your icons.
002. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
003. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
004. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

[livejournal.com profile] moofoot made this icon for me when she created my current layout and its James McAvoy being attractive. I like the sentiment of it since its a good reminder that today might not be great but its only one day.

Ferns make me think of New Zealand and this one is called koru, because that's the Maori name for a fern that's getting ready to unfurl. Its hopeful and pretty.

I found this icon on a huge post someone had made of gold icons. I'm pretty sure that its a wreath that would be used in burials in Macedon for Alexander the Great's family. So I like it and its one of my Classical icons.

I found this image when I was looking for images of fantails for [livejournal.com profile] pi_wakawaka. Its by an amazing New Zealand artist named Rex Homan and I adore the movement in it and it really captures the beauty of fantails.

I made this icon when I realized I didn't have a cooking icon. Its a stock image and it just makes me smile since licking the gooey leftovers is the best part of baking.

I also made this icon, because I wanted something with Greek on it. This is an ostracon from Athens that was found in the agora and would have been used to ostracize a politician. I'm very happy with how the cropping and coloring turned out.
ceitfianna: (taking wing)
This week has been utterly weird. I don't have any classes or work until Sunday night, which seems like I should be wonderfully relaxed and getting things done.

Sadly this isn't quite true, I've ended up with a bizarre sleeping pattern all this week. I'll wake up around 6:30 or so in the morning and panic thinking I've slept through the day. I get up and start turning on lights and then look at my cell phone which has am and pm as opposed to my watch and go, oh its morning. Then I go back to sleep and tend to wake up around 1 am. This has meant that I don't feel really rested and I'm just sore in lots of places, so my normal round of walking is tiring. I think a lot of this is I've been so wound up with stress that its taking me a while to truly relax, but I'm also still worried about finding an internship and getting my place ready for my parents to visit.

So tomorrow I'm going to wake up and go do lots of useful errands, Sunday I pick up a bookcase and work, Tuesday I get to join a tabletop game and then my parents arrive around Wednesday or Thursday. Also I'm working my way through all the awesome prompts and I'm still open for new ones over here.

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

Icons from [livejournal.com profile] doihearawaltz, [livejournal.com profile] walksbyherself and [livejournal.com profile] spooky_lemur are under the cut. There is a bit of repetition so if two people asked for an icon, it only gets one explanation.

Look at the pretty pictures. )


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