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: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Today I'm 34 and am at the moment sitting in a lovely room at a B&B off the Patuxent River. My health has been a little iffy as my stomach's deciding not to play nice but dessert tonight was a key lime brulee that was amazing.

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

I discovered that the earrings came from my older brother and apparently there's another pair on the way. Tomorrow I'm going to wander around a sculpture garden and possibly a Marine museum before lunch on the harbor at a restaurant across the way from the B&B. Life is feeling good and I'm hopeful as I look forward into a new year.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
I've now applied to be a substitute, helped out a fun, charity yard sale, found some great finds at the library book sale and had some lazy days. Tomorrow I have an allergy appointment but the next two weeks are all about finishing two exchange fics. In the spirit of feeling like there's no way I can finish anything, have a fic meme from [personal profile] snacky. If something's from an exchange, I'll shift it but I don't think either of my recipients follow me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Its posted on LJ.

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

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


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

ceitfianna: (Inception-look sideways)
Since my last post, there's a lot to catch up on. I spent most of Friday walking around New York City, getting lost around Little Italy, losing wonderful amounts of time at The Strand's cheap book racks and then getting to go to the New Zealand mission to the UN. Also there was lunch with [personal profile] skygiants and more hanging out with [profile] arushindoll. I love being close enough that I can actually go and visit New York City again, because whenever I go, I end up feeling revitalized by how alive and active the city is. My feet weren't happy with me because I ended up truly footsore but I have good sandals so few blisters.

The alum reception for Victoria University was charming, it was very New Zealand; not too formal, great food and wine and an interesting lecture on climate change. It reminded me how lucky I am to have connections to New Zealand and that someday, I will get myself back there. I also have found a good way to get to NY and other points north from Lewes as with my car, I can drive to stations that have direct routes instead of navigating multiple transit systems. I plan on having more trips to New York and DC and Philly in the near future, some hopefully for interviews but mainly to see people.

Then Saturday I traveled back to have a nice dinner with my parents, older brother and nieces as we all prepared for my father's birthday on Sunday. The party went really well. I made a huge batch of my chickpea salad recipe and had lots of great conversations of people going what are you up to and how are you doing? There was only one talk that made me wince about libraries since there's someone who works with Johns Hopkins and they're removing all books from their library. The wince wasn't the person I was having the conversation with just knowing that such a large organization has made that choice to go fully online as medical journals as so expensive, that they're worth more than books. Its a tough turn of events and it worries me that such an institution has gone so completely to the only instead of looking for a place in between.

Monday was restful, I started the day by going to the local library to help with shelving books and talking to the youth director who's a mentor of mine. This Sunday is the first meeting of their LEGO robotics team so I'm going to go help her. Robotics is something I want to know about and it will be great to get experience with it.

Tuesday was my sister's birthday and we went to a pretty nature center and watched the birds. I took a lot of pictures then we had a quiet evening. This morning my mother had cataract surgery which seems to have gone well and I'm trying to get myself a looking for jobs routine.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
I'm currently sitting in Brooklyn after a day of travel to New York City and lots of reading in various cafes around Union Square. I'm up here because my life is rather strange, the University of Victoria invited me as an alumna to a lecture and reception at the UN tomorrow night. That means I get to see [personal profile] skygiants and [profile] arushindoll for a few days before heading back down to Delaware for my father's 75th birthday party. Then on Monday, I get to start volunteering at my local library and there's a job opening for a youth librarian at the library near where my brother lives in New Jersey. I feel like good things are coming my way and that its time to get to work creating the sort of life I want. That means focusing more on looking for jobs and cover letters and putting myself out there to be seen by the people I want to see me. Also just being in New York City always revitalizes me because it gives me a great sense of how diverse and wonderful the world is and how I can connect to it. I spent most of my afternoon sitting in a gorgeous cafe called Argo Tea reading the newest October Daye novel and feeling tired but content.

I love that Uncle Rob has hit upon where I am beautifully.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you were about to run in a long-distance
race, you wouldn't eat a dozen doughnuts. Right? If you were planning to
leave your native land and spend a year living in Ethiopia, you wouldn't
immerse yourself in learning how to speak Chinese in the month before
you departed. Right? In that spirit, I hope you'll be smart about the
preparations you make in the coming weeks. This will be a time to prime
yourself for the adventures in self-expression that will bloom in late
September and the month of October. What is it you want to create at
that time? What would you like to show the world about yourself?


In that same spirit, I recently complete two fics for exchanges that I can't share yet but I'm proud of both of them. They were in fandoms I know but focusing on characters that I don't normally write about and I hope their recipients end up liking them.

Fic Friday last week was wonderful and I wrote a good deal.
Twitter Fics )

A reminder

Aug. 28th, 2013 03:22 pm
ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
As it rains outside, I'm sitting and listening to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on NPR and remembering why I chose to be an educator and a librarian. This past year while I worked in the suburbs around Detroit, I learned a lot by seeing how the internet has opened ways for young people to explore more of the world and question it. Yet I also saw how adults wouldn't listen because there were some truths that they weren't ready to deal with. I hope that the speeches today are heard and do make a change because listening to each other and understanding that we all need each other matters. Its heartening to hear the lists of everyone who counts in the speeches because it shows that in fifty years, more people are recognized. There's a lot to do and if I can help by providing access to books that better reflect the make up of America and access to online resources and a safe space for young people then I'll do it.

I've been rattling around in my parents' house in Delaware, which I really needed. Being by the coast makes me happy and settled in a way that's helps me feel better. Part of that is lots of pictures because this area is beautiful and my parents have created a wonderful haven for themselves here. Most of the pictures have been posted on my Twitter and Tumblr, but if you don't follow me there, on Instagram I'm here and you can look over them. Sadly Instagram doesn't make it easy to post images into blog posts or else I'd do that more often. I've been going for walks and taking care of various errands plus finishing up a few fics. Also due to being a writer, I listen to this history and find myself wanting to write about Charles listening to these speeches with his first few students and realizing that change can come about. I really wish that Pacific Rim was playing somewhere nearby because I could do with a rewatch of it.

One nice benefit of my parents' place is that they have a big TV, no cable but an Apple TV so I've been catching up on various shows. I've now watched most of the older seasons of Warehouse 13, the first season of New Girl, which I loved, some of Parks and Recreation which didn't really catch me, The Vicar of Dibley and various other movies and shows that catch my attention. Sadly I haven't figured out how to mirror my computer on the TV, I think its because my laptop is older than Airplay, but I'll sort it out at some point. And I hope soon to start working at my local library, which will be wonderful. Its a great library and a place that I enjoy being in.

FicFriday returned last week with lots of wonderful prompts.
Twitter fics> For @minkhollow42 <i>Dem, to everything there is a season</i>  )
ceitfianna: (four elements)
I hope everyone on the East Coast is safe, dry and warm, you guys are on my mind a huge amount. My parents are safe and farther inland in Southern Delaware, they lost power last night, but I got an email from my mom. They seem to be doing well. Michigan is feeling too far away from everyone at the moment, Sandy is making her presence known here with cloudy skies, wind that I can feel on my car and rain. When I wake up in the morning, it's hard to believe that it is morning since the clouds make everything dark. Apparently a school that we compete with lost power, but everything's holding here. Compared to what's happening elsewhere, we're getting off lightly. Everyone on the East Coast, keep on keeping safe.

In terms of moving, yesterday I signed my lease and I really like this apartment complex, the lease is easy to understand and was explained to me. My lease on Ann Arbor was printed with this tiny font that was hard to read, this one was over many pages and felt like it was to help me. I keep realizing that this place is a step up from where I lived in Ann Arbor in terms of space, the company and other things without actually paying that much more. The person I've been working with for moving in isn't that much older than I am, and helpful and sympathetic, as is everyone at school. It just makes me hopeful that this will be a good place for me to live.

On Thursday, I'm going to pay my first month's rent and get my key, but I don't know when I'll actually move in. Due to Sandy, the movers weren't able to pick up my stuff in Delaware and I don't know when they'll be able to. My plan for now is to keep staying in my hotel and possibly camp out in my apartment if I can get access to an aerobed. I'm so close to finally having my own apartment here, but as with a lot of parts of this job, for every step forward, I get three to the side, one to the back and a turn around. It's all completely possible to deal with, I'm just tired and miss having my stuff. Also all my winter clothes are in storage and I only brought some fall stuff with me and that means at the moment, I don't actually have a proper jacket just sweaters. Depending on where I am moneywise this weekend, I'll go to one of the local outfitter stores and get one. There, that's my whine for this entry.

Yesterday I began doing some decorating in my library, I went shopping at Michael's and bought some stuff just not enough. There's now this ribbon that looks like bloodstained printed paper on my bulletin board, a big Hobbit poster, foam, shiny leaves, shiny ribbon, a vase with glittery fake leaves, wooden ornaments of a finger, spider and an eye as well as an operator symbol made out of ribbon on the bulletin board. I want to get some more stuff to keep up the general fall theme but the space is challenging. The bulletin board is half papers posted for school information, half my own papers, so there's only so much space and then I have all these shelves and this big glass wall between the main library and the quiet room. It's challenging figuring out how best to use decorations and which ones to get, and you don't get a lot of ribbon when you buy a roll. I thought it would go farther. A student just asked me if I bought the Hobbit poster for the library and I told him where to get it. That's a great sign that I'm making the right choices. When I finally get a desk that will help a lot as that will be a space I can really own. I'll take pictures of everything and will do more next month.

I'm currently waiting on the okay of the various heads at work before I can post up my librarian blog post, but that will feel great to have up. Then I can start on the technology one and more moving forward.

The Slendyplot in Milliways is nearing an end and I'm looking forward to getting to read all of the threads, especially the final confrontation.

Full Days

Aug. 11th, 2012 11:24 pm
ceitfianna: (pirate ducky)
Life is being all sorts of full and surprising at me. On Thursday, I went to meet with my mentor at the public library but my car was terribly dead. My mother gave me a ride but it gave the day a bit of bump. The meeting ended up being hopeful and wonderful, but after a nice lunch at a wonderful new Italian place, my bank in Michigan called to check that me using my card in Delaware wasn't fraud. I also learned that they hadn't properly changed my address yet so that had to be done.

Then I got to baking for the Democratic event that evening which was lovely but a lot, one woman was shooting ideas of what I could do at me, it was lot. I'm all for confidence and thinking I can accomplish a lot, but I wasn't sure what she heard. It does make me hopeful for the Democratic party as this candidate is grassroots all the way.

Friday, I woke up, got pulled into a Captain Awkward series of amazing posts and the Olympics before going must call AAA. I did and it turns out that a little interior light that I thought was automatic wasn't, my battery was charged without a problem. As the AAA guy was leaving, I had a call from the school in Michigan who wanted to talk to me again. Today I had a long phone interview and I'm a finalist, which leaves me kind of breathless and then I watched Olympics' diving with my parents on my laptop. Oh Tom Daley, you're amazing, I know an American won, but they all did fantastic dives. Last night I also dreamed of being lost around Christchurch on my way to a job interview and going, I know Wellington not Christchurch, quite apt. I hate being lost and this was a dream where I couldn't turn where I needed to and so was feeling like I know where I need to get but can't get there.

Another wonderful thing is that I've introduced my parents to Jim Henson's Storyteller, which they love, they even though they were adults in the 60s and 70s an 80s, never knew of his darker stuff. I get to introduce my parents to Labyrinth and Henson, Henson was the kind of creative soul that makes me hope and believe that the world can change by stories and people. In other odd but happy news. I got back my security deposit from Ann Arbor, they took off some for holes and carpet but not enough to make me go that's unfair and money is good.

Oh and the weather has been exciting here, lots of clouds and storms that hit hard and then leave, yet the sky stays grey. It's made everything cooler and is a nice reminder that Delaware is by the ocean.

Now yesterday, I wrote a few FridayFics, not terribly many as honestly I was busy and so were many other people. Life just keeps on happening. This is what I wrote and my [Bad username or unknown identity: ineedmyfics"]'s story is finally more in progress. It's been moving slower than I like but it'll happen.

Words spill out )
ceitfianna: (sad face Tumnus)
Last night, I had one of the worst nights sleeps I've had since I was sick. I woke up coughing around 4 am and wasn't able to get back to sleep for another hour. Then I had this incredibly complicated and awful series of dreams. Parts were cool, I was at Starfleet Academy and young Picard was there, but there was some kind of attack. Then I was in a mall and in this store full of lots of gifts that were small and in pieces. One was this ceramic box full of beautiful tiny angry bird figurines. Now normally this shop would be a place I'd like but somehow one of my exes was there, the awful Republican one from high school and we were somehow engaged. I didn't want to be engaged and I felt sure that he'd tricked me or something but couldn't see how to get out of it. There was someone I trusted around, my mother was there later but I think someone else was in the shop part of the dream. We had to buy something from this store due to our engagement and then suddenly I was going on a bus for the invasion part of the dream and finally was able to say no to the ex. He was passive-aggressive and awful at me and then I woke up. The plan was to leave this morning for some bureaucratic stuff before someone came by to clean the house, she's nice and very talkative.

Well, I overslept, grumbled but am now registered as a Democrat to vote in Sussex County, and we ended up being able to watch the Olympics at the place we had lunch. After that I stopped off in Lewes to sit in a cafe and read. My list of stuff to do seems to be growing in weird ways and I kind of want to go back to sleep.

Yesterday was awesome as my parents had paid to see this shipwreck and before it there was a fascinating lecture about all the basic living stuff they found on it. Its called the DeBraak, this is a blog about it, at the moment it doesn't have a museum yet so its in various places. The tour reminded me of just how much I adore maritime history and that I'm always so much happier when I'm living near the water.

My main things to do at this point are more tying off loose ends to do with bills, address changes and the like as well as figuring out my schedule for the Lewes Library. I still need to unpack more but today is a day when I feel tired. Also I have letters and cards I want to send out and bah, my list is too long.

Oh and I have figured out how to watch the Olympics though TunnelBear does really make you pay for all the streaming so I'm being thoughtful in what I watch.

Editing to add my horoscope from Uncle Rob.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The coming week will be prime time to
celebrate your eccentricities and cultivate your idiosyncrasies. Do you like
ketchup on your bananas? Is heavy metal the music you can best relax
to? Do you have a tendency to break out in raucous laughter when people
brag about themselves? I really think you should make note of all the
qualities that make you odd or unique, and express those qualities with
extra intensity. That may grate on some people, true, but it should have a
potent healing effect on you.


I like this horoscope a lot as I'm currently feeling rather unmoored and not certain of where I fit. I'm quite betwixt and between, but I know how to be myself.

Made it

Aug. 2nd, 2012 06:18 pm
ceitfianna: (journey's end)
I'm back in Delaware. I still have various address changes, bills and other things to do to tie off all the loose ends in Michigan. Also I have to figure out where to put all my stuff in the house, but for the moment, I have stopped.

My body has chosen today to not like me and its left me quite tired. The road trip was lovely, yesterday we took our time and took a side trip to Fort Necessity, which led us to spending the night in Cumberland, Maryland. We stayed at a newly renovated hotel that was right next to this beautiful park that's built around the end of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal with a bike trail on the old towpath. We had delicious seafood, proper East Coast seafood and I got to watch the Olympics and tag before sleeping.

Today we drove through Maryland and Delaware and it was long and my allergies are making me feel wobbly and a little off, but the drive is done. Also yesterday during the drive, I was called by the school that interviewed me last week just to check that I was still good to be considered by them. I'm in the midst of processing and shifting gears, so much has happened and its going to take time to make it all fit and figure out the shape of this bit of my life.

One thing that I realized is that compared to the last time I was living here, I'm in a far better place. After Wellington, I was a mess and feeling a failure. Now I feel like instead of coming here to dig in and recover, I'm actually in a safe haven as I look forward. There will be some tags tonight, but I don't expect to be in chat, probably later in the week. I also plan on doing writing once I've settled in more as I do have ideas.
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: (Tiwa playful)
Today just seems to keep being weird for me, though I am accomplishing stuff. The movers are settled, so now I can focus on starting to sort and clean my place and arranging to shut off various services. My body is being awful and I don't know why. My ankle's been hurting quite badly and when I went to get lunch, I had a point where I thought I might faint. I ended up not able to eat my sandwich and instead had some yogurt which helped. I've no idea what happened and plan on sleeping a lot when I get home tonight.

I ended up writing a fill over on [profile] marvelousladies, which is awesome, everyone should go play there. The story I wrote is Get Your Claws In, a Peggy, Natasha fic from the prompt: Any: Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. Later I'll post it on Ao3, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Since I'm still feeling a bit worn out and work is quiet, I'm going to do a few more rounds of the 5 topics/question 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.)

From [personal profile] in_the_blue
1. libraries

2. travel )

3. job hunting

4. your very favorite fictional character )

5. where you see yourself in ten years

Next round is from [personal profile] muji

1. Why librarian.
This one gets its own answer because its kind of tucked into the other one I did before. Libraries are where I keep coming back to throughout my life, they've always been the safe places for me. I know that I can enter any public library around the world and I will find a quiet space to sit, free internet and like minded people. I want to help create those places for kids, for them to know that they can come to me and I'll help them navigate books and life and creativity. Growing up it was librarians who gave me the courage to try reading books I wouldn't have normally tried and who were simply there for me.

2. Living in Michigan. )

3. Other countries. )
ceitfianna: (stormy ship)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is it conceivable that you've gotten a bit off
track? As I close my eyes and ask my higher powers for a psychic vision, I
get an impression of you staring at a blurry image of a symbol that is no
longer an accurate representation of your life goal. Now of course there's
a chance that my vision is completely unfounded. But if it does ring at
least somewhat true to you -- if it suggests a question worth asking
yourself -- I invite you to meditate on the possibility that you need to
update your understanding of what your ultimate target looks like.


Uncle Rob seems to know right where I am. I feel like I'm going the right direction but taking some time to stop and think and be for a bit is going to be good for me. How that translates for the moment is that starting tomorrow I will be driving east to my parents' place in Southern Delaware. I'll be there until about the 5th or so of May and will have car and net.

I would love to try and connect with some of you that live in the Southern Maryland area, but I don't have emails for all of you. My parents' live about a three hour drive from Baltimore so meeting up somewhere should be possible. If anything seems possible, please leave a comment or DM or something for plotting and planning.

Sorry for not being faster about this, but the last few weeks have been draining for me. Mainly positive but a lot of things that keep piling on. As my mother says its the feeling of being nibbled to death by ducks, all these little things that gnaw at you. Some of them didn't work out as I hoped such as the bank didn't credit me any of the money it took for the overdrafts but I do have my tax refund. So most of my current paycheck is going to end of the month bills but there's still the refund, which will go to fun things. I'm not sure what that will end up meaning, but I'll figure it out.

Health and body thoughts under here )

Now for positive stuff. Milliways is being wonderful of late with the fun Shindig that got a few plot things going and the prompt DE from the weekend. I'm slowly working through those and would actually love more. I've got two days of six hour drives ahead and thinking about prompts is a great way for me to fill the time. You can either leave them at the link or just drop them here.

For now I think I'm going to consider my list, possibly call my parents and work on getting rid of my headache and general tiredness. I hope this next month looks up for everyone. Too much suck going around the world, it needs to lay off my friends.

ETA: And now one of my ear lobes is split. Time for a break.
ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
Today seems to be a day of accomplishing various things which is always a nice feeling. First of all there are many plot ideas afoot for Milliways, which makes me grin. Charles is getting mixed up with goddesses and girls that are giving me ideas for a painful but important plot point to happen with Raven. My time off is getting closer and I'm trying to arrange some visits with friends before heading East and I need to also figure out visits when I'm in Delaware. Basically there will be many emails.

In terms of job stuff, I sent out four cover letters today, wrote a post on my librarian blog called The Worth of a Book about e-books, and also worked a shift. My body's still a little off after my travel this weekend, but I feel overall good about how things went. I have some moments of over thinking what happened but I'm trying to stomp on those thoughts. Some reflection is useful but I think a lot of the job honestly came down to, I wasn't the best fit for them.

I just did a fascinating survey put together by the people behind Archive of our Own that I recommend filling out if you have the time.

A grey circle with black border that contains three ticky boxes, each with a word next to it: OTW, survey, taker
I took the OTW Community Survey!
ceitfianna: (koru)
One thing I always enjoy about Easter is learning about everyone's various traditions and rituals because as a Quaker growing up we didn't have too many. The main Quaker rituals of my childhood for holidays were getting a marigold on Easter and the holiday pageant.

As I'm applying for private school jobs and finding ones connected to Quaker schools, I keep thinking of how even though I'm not currently a member of a meeting, I consider myself a Quaker. Another more formal name that gets used by the larger Quaker organizations is the Society of Friends, but Quaker is the better known one especially the farther you get from Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. I've found it interesting how one reason I define myself as a Quaker is how often I've spoken about it to people who don't know much of Quakerism as in Pennsylvania, it's quite well known and a major part of the state's history. Both my parents converted to Quakerism when they were adults while for me, Quakerism is something that's a part of my identity that I grew up with and I hope to join a meeting when I next move.

Today feels like the right day to try and write about how I see myself as a Quaker and what role it takes in my life. The basic principles of being Quaker and the ones that I hold dear are that there is the light of God in everyone, that there is no need for an intermediary between you and God and that each soul is precious which makes war something that we need to stop doing. There are other ones but these are the ones that I come back to in my daily thoughts as a Quaker.

In terms of practice, what these mean are the Quakers are active in peace making throughout the world and though some Quakers have fought, many of them are pacifists and conscientious objectors. Silent worship, which is what I grew up practicing at the Swarthmore Meeting is fairly simple, a Quaker meeting begins with clerks going through the daily business, sometimes there's a singing and then silence into which people choose to speak. When I was younger, I attended First Day school as opposed to Sunday school, it's the same general idea but the naming comes from something called the plain calendar. This is something I actually just found out the reason for because growing up all I knew was I went to First Day school not Sunday school. Before I was about thirteen which was when I became a full member of the meeting, I would to First Day school for the first half of meeting and then sit with my parents for the last fifteen minutes. Then after meeting, there would be a friendly gathering in another room of the meeting house. These various gatherings and the lack of ritual define my own ideas about my own spirituality, that its about community, I can connect to God anywhere and to the inner light of others.

I hope this all makes sense as I feel that my thoughts are a little scattered. Please feel free to ask questions in the comment and I'll try to answer them. Some good resources for more detailed questions can be found here on the Friends General Council site where they answer some frequently asked questions. To end I'm going to leave you with a beautiful quote I found that captures a lot of what I love about being a Quaker.

It would go a great way to caution and direct people in the use of the world, that they were better studied and known in the Creation of it. For how could Man find the Confidence to abuse it, while they shoud see the Great Creator stare them in the face, in all and every part thereof?

- William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1692
ceitfianna: (stormy ship)
To start off a meme that I always enjoy as I love taking photographs.

Suggest something for me to photograph.

Next I'm going to do some writing on topics that were asked about from the last meme, which is still open. Suggestions make me happy as they provide other things to write about other than job slog.

[personal profile] bjornwilde who asked How about...folk tales. Make of that what you will. = D

Folktales are some of my favorite stories as they're the stories that cultures hold onto through the generations, because they speak to something true. One reason I loved studying Classical literature is because you can watch how the stories of the Greek gods are reimagined by various writers, artists and changed throughout time. It's possible to see this in other kinds of stories; trickster tales, fairy tales, and others. They fascinate me and someday I want to run a youth program built around the idea of the power of stories and how through reinterpretation we learn our own voice and then can tell our stories.

[personal profile] bodldops asked Best RP character you've ever had - canon, noncanon, utterly crack, whatevs.

Now this is something I can happily write about for a rather long time, because a lot of my life is divided up by what I was roleplaying at that time. So the answer is a tricky one for me, because it's hard to pick truly, truly favorite. Instead I'm going to ramble on about the characters that stand out for the parts of my roleplaying life.

Gwyn-half-elf Bard for D&D, I created Gwyn at summer camp where I learned how to play D&D from one of the best DMs, I've ever had in my life. At that point, I was realizing that I was a storyteller so I eagerly took the chance to create a backstory for Gwyn, which the DM liked enough that he raised her starting level. She is the character that I play whenever I play D&D, so I've played her at cons and she and those early games are why I love roleplaying as I do.

Various Vampire: the Masquerade characters-From my sophomore year of high school to the summer between my first and second year of college, I played in a Vampire LARP. It's hard to say any of those characters were a favorite as many of them were rather awful but I loved LARPing. I adore the chance to get dressed up and improvise as a character, it makes me so happy. Also that period when I became familiar with the various Worlds of Darkness games and discovered Changeling, which was the game that taught me how to run a game.

Sir William ap Fiona This character was an NPC for the Changeling LARP that I ran at Randolph-Macon Woman's College and still one of my favorites. He gave me an excuse to wear beautiful suits and hats, flirt with everyone as I sneakily moved the plot along. My players were wonderful and created plot where I had only left hints of it. I also ran a Changeling tabletop game and over the years, there was drama and chaos but a lot of fun. That experience taught me how much of a difference, the right group of players makes. When I played in high school, a lot of things got in the way of the game but in college, we all worked to play. We always had a blast getting dressed up, helping each other with costumes and thanks to one of those players, I actually have a Fiona crest wall hanging.

Will Scarlett One of those amazing players introduced me to Milliways and I brought in Will. At the end of February, I'll have been playing in Milliways for five years and I hope there's more. Will is a character that I've been writing in some form since I was about twelve and in Milliways, he's grown. He's also how I've learned LJRP, which adds collaborative writing to the mixture of creativity that makes up roleplaying. He's the one that I can always come back to and though I have others that I currently play more, he's a constant for me.

I'm going to end with a little explanation of my roller coaster week but I'm trying to not do too much as I have this bad habit of twisting myself in knots. This week began with a sense of many things weighing on me that needed doing and not really knowing where to start. On Sunday I was able to write and post a story that had been in the back of my mind. Monday and Tuesday were a tired blur with Tuesday listening to a library head talking about her hiring. Wednesday, I hauled myself out of bed early when I didn't have to, but did allow a fellow librarian to have some more time.

Then I went out, freaked out about all the jobs I wanted to apply for and how I had no time. After a good conversation with my parents, I sat myself down and applied for two of them. I think if I block off two or three hours every week when I put on music and just apply, I will find a job. So while the morning was strange, it helped me accomplish things. Yesterday I met with an old college friend of my dad's who works at Michigan and had a slightly surreal experience of a mock interview mixed with talking with him. It was informative but odd and I hope to talk to him another time without that odd framing device.

The main reason I think this week has been so tough on me is I'm putting pressure on myself due to job stuff and so my nerves feel rubbed rather raw. That means that I'm more sensitive to things that normally wouldn't bother me. I'll try and keep everyone aware of how I'm feeling and do my best not to snap and instead say, I need space. I might not always manage it but that's what's going on in my head.
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.
ceitfianna: (Yuletide Tumnus)
I just finished wrapping all my presents for my family and wanted to give everyone a heads up on what's going to be happening with me. Tomorrow and Tuesday, I'll be driving from Michigan to Delaware with an overnight probably somewhere around the Pennsylvania/Ohio border. Hopefully there will be some kind of internet access wherever I end up staying but there's a good chance there might not be.

I'm going to be around tonight trying to make sure I don't have too much waiting to be done, but if we have threads, they might end up paused until Tuesday night. My holiday cards are printed and addressed, I'm currently writing various notes in them and hope to have them sent out in this coming week. My yuletide is over the half way point and I think tonight if I put my head down and just write, I should have a draft for my beta before I get on the road. Gift fics will be happening throughout the rest of the month, Yuletide comes first but I've got some fun ideas for other ones.

In terms of stuff on the East Coast, I'll be in Delaware until about the first week of January and will have my car so some visits might definitely be in the works. My parents live down in Southern Delaware in the area across from Cape May. I know I've mentioned visits to some of you, so we should be in touch for more planning. My parents' place has numerous sofabeds and is near the water or I can drive and visit as I love having a chance to meet more Milliways' folks.

It's nice to realize my list of what I have to do before I leave is feeling possible.
-make scones for munching on
-pack
-check ipod is fully charged
-finish sealing cards
-draft of yuletide
-print directions
ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
I'm feeling productive as I've been getting some words out there. Yesterday I wrote a gift fic for [livejournal.com profile] thebattycakes, it's a William Evans and Bill Pardy fic and might end up being a part one. Today I also posted a poem on my librarian blog called Recipe for a Librarian.

This little meme was just posted on [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustlover's journal and I think it's wonderful.

Tell me about a story I haven't written.
And I'll give you between one and three sentences from that story.


Now I'm going to do two more rounds of the five words' meme, which keeps getting me writing about things dear to my heart.

From [livejournal.com profile] saphyriaMichigan, librarianship, James McAvoy, mythology, books )

From [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustloverRobin Hood, education, travel, kindness, gaming )

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