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.


A SONG OF SHERWOOD
by
ALFRED NOYES

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: (Tumnus)
I think Dreamwidth didn't like me yesterday as everything loaded slowly, so I'm just now getting to all my tags. Life on break is quiet and really what I needed. Now here is some poetry that was floating around in my head yesterday. No matter what happens in the future with this job, I have made a difference and will continue to.

O ME! O LIFE!


O ME! O life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill'd with the
foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than
I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the
struggle ever renew'd,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I
see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me inter-
twined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these,
O me, O life?



Answer.

That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
ceitfianna: (gaze to tomorrow)
It looks like Sandy might cause some trouble with getting my stuff out of Delaware and that might mean some more nights in the hotel.

I'm feeling kind of silly because I keep missing Slenderplot stuff, DW, you need to give me notifs when I track a thread. I do love how the plot is going and I need to remember to write a William OOM covering him getting a door and heading home since he's not involved in the endgame at all.

At the moment, I'm feeling tired but excited. Even if I don't move into my apartment this week, I will sign the lease and get the key and soon it will be mine. Then I can get out of this weird limbo.

In other good news, I'm just about finished with a big librarian blog post about this new job and it feels wonderful to write up all that I've done. I need to keep reminding myself that its only the end of the second month and that I'm still sorting out getting my own place to live. I've made a lot of progress.

Yesterday I didn't head into school and messed up telling who I needed to, there are still many things I need to organize for work, but I have some great allies there. That makes me hopeful, I have connected.

Another fun part of yesterday was that FicFriday was busy and I wrote a lot.

Many Twitterfics )
ceitfianna: (Hiding Cat)
This week has been strange for me as there are two things that I haven't wanted to talk a lot for fear of having them shift on me. In theory this can be helpful but in the end, it's meant that I've made it to today and feel worn out and slightly sick from what's inside and too much inside.

Galentine's Day has been making me smile so much and I've been trying to find lovely images. I haven't had the energy to make things but I love finding the right image for all the wonderful ladies in my life. Every day I'm doing a few as I get notices in my inbox, which makes me feel blessed.

Now to get what's been weighing on me out into the world. The first news is hopeful, one of the jobs I applied for let me know that I got past the first round. They also sent me a cryptic email that I'd really like to have my parents look over so I can figure out what in the world to do next. So that's hopeful, but again I haven't wanted to say much about it for fear it might disappear.

While what's been a constant worry for me since last Saturday is that my parents are currently in Haiti with a group organized by an Anglican minister friend of theirs. They return tomorrow though I'm not sure of the exact time of their various flights. I know they're in good hands and well prepared but I miss them and want to know they're well and safe. A weight will be gone from me when I get to talk to them on the phone again.

I think some of this worry might actually have manifested in a story for [profile] 100wordstories about Sameth and Sabriel over here as the prompt was Affection and suddenly I had a story.

Everything in Milliways is wonderful and I have so many ideas that I hope to do more with after I've rested and righted myself slightly. One thing I love about Milliways is how when there's a plot that just works, the Bar becomes so active. I've been lucky enough to have been a part of a couple of these plots in my five years and this kind of excitement is what I hoped for to happen before the move.
ceitfianna: (feathered face)
Since I last posted about Milliways, I'm feeling much more reassured that the mods had actually been thinking about a move for a while. I sort of wish they'd mentioned that before the latest blow up as that was partly why I felt things all rushing to a point at once. Though I have to admit I'm feeling a little more comfortable with the idea of shifting as I can see the plot helping me in dealing with some various plot stuff I'm stuck on and seeing people appearing with ideas reminds me of why I love this game as I do. I still kind of wish that there had been a little more time on everything but it will take time before the game properly moves, at one point it almost felt like it would happen as soon as possible and that made me terribly nervous. Now though as I can see that the mods are going to make sure the transition is done in a fun and Milliways' manner, I feel relaxed.

Last week was a chaotic week for me as well since I returned from break straight into a heavy work week and I'm trying to get myself ready for a much more aggressive round of job hunting. I know there's the right job out there for me and I'm going to go and find it. A friend who already has a job actually helped me apply for one at her library and I have more connections to talk to. The main thing is I need to write more on my librarian blog, apply for more jobs and don't let anyone forget me.

Yesterday I had the fun of my apartment slightly falling apart on me and currently my kitchen light looks like this, a large rectangular light hanging on by only one side. I got up on a stepladder to see if I could deattach it the rest of the way and didn't feel like I could. It's just too heavy and too awkward. The person I spoke to yesterday told me something unhelpful as they suggested maintenance might be out today but they don't work on the weekends. So it hangs like that until Monday, it hasn't shifted again and I can avoid being under it, but it's worrying.

Now to do the run down of pups for Milliways and around, I only have ten so I'm listing them all, in and out of Bar. I was able to get all the same usernames for all of mine and they're all imported and I've been looking over layouts. Currently I'll be playing all of them but it's been a while since I did a write up so this is a good chance.

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Jan. 6th, 2012 08:59 pm
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I'm on my way back to Michigan after a long, good but strange break. I didn't get done as much as I wanted to but what I did get done I feel good about. Currently I'm feeling like I'm not doing enough and wanting to finish things and get things done but worried about little things. It's like there are a couple of lists in my head-job list, work list, home list, life list and I'll check something off one but another few get added to something else. It's tiring, but I know I have support and a good career.

One of my main niggling thoughts is just how quickly the transfer of Milliways to Dreamwidth might be and it's something I feel really torn about it. Feel free to skim this part if you'd like, I needed to get this out. LJ has made itself unusable for a lot of people yet there's a lot of history on it. I keep wanting to call out wait, slow down, it's not easy to transfer everything and I don't want the game to slow because what if DW can't live up to us. I know they're doing a lot but it scared me to see a DE where a lot of people went, I'm not playing as I'm waiting for us to move. Milliways is a community of players and characters and if too many people wait then there won't be as much to move. The mods are doing all they can to prepare but in the end, it's what we put into Milliways as writers and players that makes it the community it is. Now that's out onto other things.

Though in good things that happened during break, I'm thinking more about writing. Talking about my writing always helps it get moving. I was reminded of this during my break as my father is thinking about writing his memoir but he hasn't done creative writing in a long time, so I gave him lots of advice. It's fascinating to hear him thinking about doing writing and reading books about it as my mom and I write fiction while for him for a long time writing has been professional. His art has come out in other areas like photography and sculpture. I look forward to seeing where his work goes and putting more of my stuff out there and myself as well.

My big resolution for this year is to not be afraid to put myself out there. In looking for a job say as often as possible, I'm here, hire me, share my writing, connect with people, just reach out and don't be afraid to be visible. Along with that is the basic idea of knowing to trust myself and my instincts.

During my break I started a lot of fics but have only finished a few. So I'm going to do that little meme where I post the titles/ideas of my works in progress and you guys request snippets and explanations.

Mirrors
It's raining
Turn of Time
Lock Away Your Dreams
They didn't mean to leave
Riddles of Minds
Unwind with Me
Who We're Meant to Be
Hero
Too Deep to Wash Away
Thalia/William AU-Turn of the Century Adventure
ceitfianna: (Default)
I always find it interesting to do this year in review meme so I'm going to post it as my sister in law and nieces play hearts. Life is feeling pretty good at this point. My banking stuff is finally sorted after another phone call where someone reversed the overdraft charges and sped up my credit for stolen money. It's progress which I'm grateful for.

Also I've created mirror journals for all of my RP ones though the only differences is that Tiwa and Jane's journals don't have their underscores. I started some of the imports but then realized that honestly those can wait as with some of them that will be a project. Today was wonderful, our family went for a walk out by Cape Henlopen and I split off at one point and had a nice quiet second half of the walk and took some gorgeous pictures along with having an idea for a fic. The afternoon has been lazy and since the weather in Delaware is amazingly good, my father set up the chiminea we have outside so the girls could have s'mores.

We spent some nice time being chilly, drinking wine and eating sugar, I also took some good pictures. I love having my family close and discovering my brother and I have very similar music tastes as he gave me a playlist full of Ryan Adams. Currently there's lamb cooking in the oven and lots of delicious wine. I hope everyone's New Year is wonderful. I feel blessed to have spent this year with all of you and hopefully next year I can meet more of you.

Looking back on 2011 )
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.

Me and LJ

Dec. 22nd, 2011 04:08 pm
ceitfianna: (Jane thoughts consume me)
At this point I don't have a DW mirror but will probably pick one up during this break as I don't see myself leaving LJ. I've been here since I think 2001 or 2002 when [livejournal.com profile] erinmuse gave me an invite code and through it I've found Milliways which is one of my true online homes. I just don't want to miss all of you who are going over to DW. LJ frustrates me, but I don't want to spend time and energy being angry at it during this holiday season. Instead I'm going to create a mirror, find ways to keep doing what I do normally and try not to lose track of anyone.

I was thinking of creating a mirror today but then I came back from shopping and mailing my holiday cards and my parents' connection decided to not work for me. So it took me about an hour to get online due to resets and other things, which has been my online annoyance for the day. My aim is to try and set one up during the holidays and I'll do another post and then go and find out who everyone is.

In book thoughts, I just finished a book that reminded me of how much I love the history of tall ships; The Fighting Temeraire: The Battle of Trafalgar and the Ship that inspired J.M.W. Turner's Most Beloved Painting. If you love the history of ships and the Napoleonic war, go read this book, the author weaves a fantastic story, the illustrations are gorgeous and it's a great book. I finished reading it while sitting in my favorite cafe in Lewes and eating my regular meal there.

My parents are currently off to New York city to watch an opera, so I get to have a quiet night here on my own, which will probably include RP, writing and laziness. Also I'm going to get some pictures onto my computer as a few of them will be used for presents but there will be a post of them later. Life is complicated but overall good.

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