ceitfianna: (Allpocalypse)
My day today went from getting going on a good schedule to annoyed at the hotel and then curled up in a snow day. I'm not too far from Boston and have done some arranging for my job thing tomorrow, not everything was moved but I sent messages.

This hotel is one I won't be coming back because even though its a chain I like and near the highway, the way they acted this morning was awful. So I wasn't the only one trying to leave this morning and I said I was checking out. Then I went to my car, got my stuff inside, cleared it off, everything started and I was able to back out and then got stuck. That all took me half an hour, I know they were busy but I feel like if you have a hotel with snow expected, check in a lot with people. Weirdly, there were two guys in a pick up truck just sitting there. I still don't know if they were watching me or what.

So I went in, cold, wet and annoyed because the side door locked and I'd turned in my key. I get in and try to get the front desk attention, they finally try and help me because I'd pulled my car out enough to block the snow plow. After a lot of yelling and some more interactions where they really didn't seem to trust that I knew my car, we got it back into its parking spot. Another woman who's car was out near mine watched it and was wonderful for sympathizing with me and saying, no, I heard what they were saying, you were right. I really needed that. I know what it sounds like when wheels are spinning, but it did get back into its parking space.

At that point, the snow was still coming down and the news kept saying roads were closing due to accidents. I decided to stay the night so had to go back out to get my bag and then upstairs for tea. Thankfully a local restaurant did deliver, I had a disappointing dinner from them last night and a good pizza today. That will be dinner too. Tomorrow I'll head out early and probably drive straight to the interview hotel then go collapse where I'm staying. And at this job conference, a lot of places want to talk to me, if I miss some, I'll know I've tried and they will too.

In good news, as the cable in the hotel wasn't working, I finally watched Finding Dory, which is a complicated movie. It has some good and not so much messages about disability but overall lovely. I've also finally started reading Goldenhand and I'm liking it a lot better than Clariel. It has the faster movement to it that I liked in the other books. The Old Kingdom is a world that I'm happy to revisit. And In the Heart of the Sea is on TV too, so far its beautifully made.

Life is a lot but from my experience of heading up to Boston last time for apartment searching, I know that New England states do know how to deal with snow. Tomorrow's drive won't be fun, but I think it will be manageable.

There's also all the mess of politics that I'm working on finding how to best create change and not be overwhelmed. Its hard but all of this is making me more certain than ever that I'm in the right profession where librarians and teachers work to protect and educate.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
When I think of snow, its usually connected with cold and wet. I grew up outside Philly where snow is beautiful but rarely soft. Soft snow makes me think of New Zealand and when it snowed in Dunedin. The snow was wetter and lighter, it kind of snuck up throughout the day in a way that felt differently than the snow I was used to at home. It still ended up cold but felt safe.

The meme is up here and after I finish writing my Yuletide, it will be wonderful to write other things.

More fic

Mar. 27th, 2016 12:35 am
ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
This has been a good week. I finished my fact checking, had an absolutely wonderful day of substituting where I was able to do some teaching. I spent over an hour helping a student read which made me feel great. It was also in a place I've subbed before and they're always friendly and nice. Spring is starting to make itself known here, the wind can be a little chilly but the sun's out and flowers are blooming. The birds are being busy and everywhere.

Today I finished a fic that I've been working on and I'm happy with it. Its my first Newsies fic that's actually out in the world. I have lots of fics that never left my head but I wrote this one. This round of Porn Battle seems to be, old fandoms and first published fics for them.

Glimpses (409 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsies (1992)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: David Jacobs/Jack Kelly
Characters: David Jacobs, Jack Kelly
Additional Tags: Surprise Kissing, Prompt Fic, Missing Scene
Summary:

Written for Porn Battle Prompt Stack and the prompt: Newsies, Jack/David, union, night, city.


Before Once and For All, David and Jack have an honest and surprising conversation in an alley.

ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
At the moment, life is pretty good. I wandered around some favorite shops today and yesterday arranged my New York trip. The weather is cold and I love it, this is how winter should feel. Also I'm enjoying the Snowflake Challenge a lot, its a good way to get me doing as the year begins.

Day 5

Leave feedback for a fanwork. Or multiple fanworks. It can be as simple as I liked this to a detailed list of all the things you loved about the fanwork. The key is to leave some sort of feedback.

If you've already left feedback in the course of a previous challenge, it totally counts. But you're free to leave more feedback.

Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!" If you feel so inclined, leave a link to the fanwork you left feedback for so others can check it out.


This one is easy for me as if I enjoy a fic, I leave a comment and kudos but it gave me a push to go back into the Yuletide archives and read fics I hadn't before.
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
At the middle of this week, I'm feeling pretty good. I have an interview for the beginning of July and I'm finding some other job openings. Also there was a gorgeous thunderstorm last night which I was able to get pictures of, the clouds were unreal.

What I've finished reading:
For Your Arms Only by Caroline Linden which is my favorite type of historical romance. The characters feel real, there's a discussion of the Napoleonic War and no one's perfect. This book cemented for me that a well written wounded hero realizing that they do bring good into the world and the partner who helps them heal and grow is one of my romance catnips.

The Murder at Hazelmoor by Agatha Christie, which was one I hadn't read before and a mixed bag. It had a wonderful young woman sleuth who was solving the mystery to save her fiancee and she worked with an interesting journalist. The mystery was complicated but the characters were intriguing, the end kind of annoyed me as the romance story went a weird way. I hate the trope of the strong woman staying with a weak man because she'll keep him out of trouble.

What I'm currently reading:
Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece by Andrew Levy. I picked this book up at the library since I'm always interested in Huck Finn and was in a nonfiction mood. So far I'm liking how the author is pulling in a lot of aspect of the time that Twain grew up in and wrote in about how that changed his writing.

What I'm going to read next:
I think The Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley as I picked it up as a hold. Other than that I don't know, picking the next book is always tricky and depends on my mood.
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I don't want to get sick as there are a lot of chores I have to do for various job stuff, cover letters to write and a test to take for a part-time job.

The weather here is windy and cold but not snowing and I just helped my parents to clean the big freezer. They're getting ready for another trip and now it will be set for my use.

In a good accomplishment, I finished up a little fic that I've had in mind for a while with The Flash and I think I'm going to end up with a few fics for the Golden Oldies Porn Battle. I have a whole bunch of prompts that I didn't use in other years and I feel like I'm starting to get my writing groove back.

Always a cop (670 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Barry Allen, Iris West, Joe West
Additional Tags: Families of Choice, Police, Adopted Sibling Relationship
Summary:

After Joe told Iris she couldn't apply for the police academy, Barry tried to help and mainly succeeded. A glimpse into an earlier time in the West household.

She bit her lip before going up to her room, she wouldn’t slam the door or cry, not where he could see her, she was an adult. There was a creak as Barry’s door opened a few inches while he peered out, “Iris?”

“Why are you even here? You have a dorm room.”

ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
Its cold and snowy here, a perfect day for this [community profile] snowflake_challenge and more fic.

Day 14

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.


I could easily rec far more than three but I think I'm going to rec a few recent fics that surprised me with how much I liked them. One from a new fandom, one a take on a familiar fandom but different angle and another one that I like. Its going to be hard to pick only three since I've been reading some great fics lately.

I Sing Anyway (7506 words) by Aelin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Prince Sameth/Nicholas Sayre
Characters: Prince Sameth, Nicholas Sayre, Lirael (Old Kingdom)
Additional Tags: Pining, Angst, Large holes in the ground, Lirael is awesome, magic is confusing
Summary:

“Let’s go on an adventure,” Nick said.
“What are you doing,” Sam asked, “with my breakfast tray?”



The Old Kingdom is a favorite fandom and Sameth and Nick are two of my favorite characters but I'd never really seen them as a pairing. This fic convinces me along with being a wonderful post-canon look at the world.

Eyewitness Account (4574 words) by failsafe
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Barry Allen/Iris West
Characters: Iris West, Barry Allen, Joe West, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon
Additional Tags: Fluff, Slice of Life, Banter, First Kiss, Hypoglycemia, Unresolved Romantic Tension
Summary:

A formless and featureless future is full of potential, and in this particular case it's pretty and frictionless. At some point in time, Iris knows the identity of the Flash, and in the middle of an awards ceremony there is a small surprise. A day (more accurately, a few hours) in the life, but not an insignificant day for Barry and Iris.



The Flash is my newest fandom and I love this fic because it captures all of the characters being a found family and brings together the couple I want to see while feeling like an episode.

Carousel (1505 words) by jessikast
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: October Daye Series - Seanan McGuire
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Raj/Chelsea Ames
Characters: Chelsea Ames, Quentin (Toby Daye), Raj (Toby Daye), The Luidaeg (Toby Daye), Etienne (Toby Daye), Toby Daye
Additional Tags: Age Regression/De-Aging
Summary:

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who can deal well with weird stuff. It’s just a case of accepting what’s in front of you, and making a plan about how you’re going to figure it out. A childhood hiding the fact that you’re only half-human and an academic for a mother will do that for you.


This, however, was going to take a few minutes to get my head around.



This is an October Daye fic that has three main characters deaged. Its not a trope that I normally like or even think about but it works. Also its from the point of view of Chelsea Ames who's a character I find fascinating. I find Chelsea, Raj and Quentin's take on all the stuff going on around them intriguing and want more, this fic answers some of that more for me.
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: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Its windy and cold today and the world is being scary once more. Keep warm and safe everyone.

Today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge is one that I hadn't really thought about before though I know my character type for RP.

Day 7

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs.


Families and friendship, the kinds that are difficult and that are chosen by the characters. In stories, the ones I love are where you can see people coming together and going, oh, you get it. I also love seeing the domestic contentment that happens when you've found your people and aren't off saving the world. This is one reason that the new Flash television show hooked me so quickly as its all about who do you trust, who do you love and who helps you become a better person. I love it when these relationships are poked at too such as Charles and Raven's relationship throughout the two newest X-Men movies. That being a found family is a complicated and never easy place and when writers go into that, it makes me happy. The bumps and troubles make when it works so much sweeter.

A few of my fandoms that hit this are October Daye, Incryptid, Hexwood, Magid Series, Chrestomanci, Leverage, the Raven Cycle, Robin Hood, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, MCU, X-Men.

This Yuletide was full of a lot of fics that were all about these created families.

Impulse Control about the after of Hexwood.

Eyewitness Account that hits all that I love about The Flash as we see everyone understanding and watching out for each other.

It Takes a Village, a wonderful Vorkosigan fic about planning the wedding and seeing all the people around Ekaterin and Miles.

Ready or Not, a Fangirl fic that's all about finding your own tribe.

A Quiet Night, domestic fluff of October Daye from the point of view of May.

The Eighth Bell, a post-canon Old Kingdom fic where everyone redefines themselves and learns to go forward.

Honestly, I could link my entire reading history on Ao3 to answer this but these are my recent favorites. I'm going to end by linking a wonderful Leverage fanvid that also captures found family so well.
ceitfianna: (riding into the sun)
I've had a long but good day where my meeting this afternoon felt like it went really well. It snowed last night and the cold is coming so now it feels like January. I'm happy to be home in the warmth and not to have to go out into the world until tomorrow.

The timing of today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge was perfect.

Day 6

In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something.


A few days ago, I wrote a fic for a good friend of mine and today I posted it on Archive of our Own. This is a new fandom for me but referring to one that I love and might be the start of more.

What do they teach in these schools? (337 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Barry Allen, Iris West, Joe West
Additional Tags: Storytelling, Childhood, reading narnia in world
Summary:

A present for dodger_sister who wanted a Narnia fic but instead I wrote Narnia being read within the world of The Flash. Joe is reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to Barry and Iris and it brings up some parallels to Barry's situation. The title comes from what Professor Kirke says to Peter and Susan, not the exact quote.

Rainy week

Oct. 13th, 2013 02:11 pm
ceitfianna: (stormy ship)
This week the weather has turned, its been rainy, cloudy and windy every day. Its nice to have it feeling like Fall again but I think the grey has been dampening my mood slightly, which I don't like. Though I have been getting things done as I'm working on another job application and I need to do far more of them. They just never get easier, but other stuff is happening. My car is back and registered in Delaware and slowly, slowly all my ties to the bureaucratic stuff in Michigan is going away.

I signed up for Yuletide with many requests and offers because I kept noticing options that I hadn't seen before. I may regret this but I love the challenge of writing something I haven't written before, it makes me happy.

If you follow me on Goodreads, sorry about all the reviews this week, I'd fallen farther behind than I meant to but it did prompt a librarian post. Too Many Books to Review, I have another post I plan to write as well about how I keep getting into conversations with my parents friends about how can you read fantasy?

Let's see, the other good news is that the Age Spell plot has started in Milliways and I'm having a huge amount of fun with ten year old Charles.
ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
Saturday was the opening of the Ao3 Collection for I Need My Fics 2013 and there are some great stories in it. So far I've only dipped into the 23 works but they cover a wonderful variety of fandoms from Les Mis to Marvel Movies.

The gorgeous fic I received was Private Relations, a fic that not only ties the X-Men movies into the Marvel movieverse but has added Carol Danvers and thoughts on mutants. I highly recommend it. I wrote Heading North, a story about Rogue set before she meets up with Wolverine in the first X-Men movie, strong warning for sexual assault as it takes place while she's hitchhiking. Go read, comment and kudos on the wonderful fics from this exchange that's becoming a mainstay of my summer.

In other writing news, today I wrote a blog post on my librarian journal called Lego Leagues and Public Libraries about what I'm up to now.

Slowly I'm getting up to pace with sending out more applications and tying up the last loose ends from Michigan. I hope soon to be able to dive back into my works in progress fics and maybe finish a few of them.

Its also finally starting to feel like Fall here with crisper nights but still glorious clear days. I've been taking a lot of pictures as that's where my instinct for art has been coming out but I'm shifting it back towards writing.
ceitfianna: (tea and a book)
Tonight I went out to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie and it was just what I needed. Due to the ALA Midwinter meeting, a lot of librarians are away so I've been picking up extra shifts. This means a nice sized paycheck next Friday but also that I haven't had a day of not working this week and won't have a day off until Wednesday. This has made it even harder to get myself doing tasks focused on applying for more jobs as it's bitterly cold and I want to curl up and read or roleplay when I'm home. Seeing the movie was a way to get out of my head for a while and it was fun, funny, action packed and made me smile. I'm going to use some of my holiday money to buy the soundtrack and if they're still there possibly some cheap DVDs that I've had my eye on like Iron Will and The Pirates of Penzance. I have a soft spot for Iron Will and horribly cold weather as I saw it with one of my brothers during a snowstorm when the power went out at my parent's place and he was taking care of me. We had to drive to a theater outside Philly to find one with power and watched a double feature with one of the awful Beethoven movies.

I've been reading some fantastic books lately but I want to save those until I've finished one of them and can put it in context with some thoughts about being Quaker as well. This is another thing that's fallen behind in this long week as my writing is there but slower. I adore the song writing meme and loved all that came out from it and seeing every one else's stories is fantastic. The various sandbox games are doing great things for my general RP feeling and either tonight or tomorrow I'm going to put one up where I try out some different points in time for a few pups.

I know I'm forgetting things but it's been that kind of week, so I'll end with the desktop meme behind the cut. It's a picture I took outside my apartment building. Normally I don't see it as Firefox and Tweetdeck are in the way.

Desktop. )

A quick edit as I keep forgetting to share this. Here's a picture of my new boots. I need to do a proper picture post soon.
Boots! )
ceitfianna: (Weasleys family)
I ended up not being on last night because even though the second half of my drive went well, after decorating the tree and drinking with my parents, I was tired. Tonight I've got an online shift so will be on for some threading and such, but probably not a huge amount. My road trip went incredibly well, clear sailing with the worst bits on 76 through Pennsylvania with spitting rain and dealing with the horrible traffic around Baltimore and the Bay Bridge. The trip was wonderful, because I love seeing how varied the US is from Michigan to Delaware and turnpikes to small country roads.

This morning I had my hair cut and then went to hang out with my dad and share a barbequed turkey at the place where he has his studio set up. It was a chance to meet a lot of interesting folks from Lewes, drink eggnog and I only winced once at a horrible remark.

I posted my Yuletide on Monday night and feel happy about it. It ended up being the longest one I've written yet and the posted the earliest and I hope my giftee will like it. I've got ideas for the various gift fics and hope to mail out my holiday cards tomorrow as they're all set.

My parents are going off to New York for an opera tomorrow so I'm going to have the house to myself for a night so will be around more. For all that it took longer, driving on my own was one of the most restful ways to travel. I know my car, I had my music and the roads were new but it's a great adventure.

I hope everyone's travel and prep is going well, this is a busy season but I hope a good one. My body's also doing that fun thing of oh, I can stop now.

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