( Mar. 20th, 2012 03:17 pm)
Spring break was a fabulous week full of sleeping, reading, writing and crocheting. I wrote over 10,000 words last week. I bought a bunch of yarn and started to crochet a hippo, which is about half finished at this point. I'm a little overwhelmed with the amount of work I have to do this week, but I'm pushing through. I had an interview to work at commencement today, which went well.

When I was on the bus home I received an email notification of a package that had arrived for me at the dorm. I didn't actually get to it until yesterday and-- hooray! My package from [livejournal.com profile] jolena came and it was filled with absolutely lovely, thoughtful things. Chocolate, two skeins of fuzzy wonderful yarn, and several neat charms! :D 

On top of this good news, I just received confirmation of my acceptance to University College London in the fall! Ahhhhh! I'm so psyched. We should find out about Sweden this week and I might apply to a week long program on Gender and Conflict in Ireland. If I'm already in Sweden for the summer, the cost for travel would be much cheaper than from the US.

For now, I have a paper to write and a book on India, Hinduism, and Sexuality to read (which is very dense and I'm not well informed on the background, but still interesting, if long).
( Jun. 24th, 2011 10:39 pm)
Mohinder is still out of commission, but is on his way to the service center. I've been promised when he returns in 7-9 days that he will work perfectly. I dislike writing fic on the desktop computer-- for many reasons, privacy included, but also because the keyboard can't keep up with me-- but I wanted to drop by to share a Midsummer fic over on [livejournal.com profile] holidaysmut . It's just a small piece, featuring Genya of Forest Guardian 'verse fame. That can be found here.

Today marked the end of my third week of working at the Department of Energy's largest national lab-- which is much less exciting than one would think. My mentor thought he had work for me, but ended up not. For a while I stressed about that because I'm getting paid but not doing any work, but I've come to accept my fate. If they want to fire me, than they can. In the meantime I'm getting a lot of reading done. I read the entirety of Scott Westerfeld's  Leviathan today, and finished A Midsummer Night's Dream yesterday. I'm also really incredibly caught up on news, as that's the only thing I'm not afraid of checking out on the computer at work, aside from MIT's Courseware website, on which I read the lecture notes of a very interesting class called Gender, Sexuality and Society.

I miss LJ, and I miss having free time during which I'm not a) exhausted or b) caught out by terrible headaches. I also feel like the only people I socially interact with in real life are my parents, which gets tedious after a while. I've already made plans for next summer to be better, though, so I'm trying not to dwell.

I'll try to start catching up on my f-list tonight some, but in case I miss something I love you all and I hope everything is going well for everyone. If not, may your luck turn. <3

( Mar. 12th, 2011 04:52 pm)
I've been largely absent for the past couple of weeks and probably won't reliably return until next week. I'm going to spend some time catching up on comments and my f-list today, but in the coming week I'll be participating full time in a service project. Hopefully it will be fun.

In my absence: my parents visited, I had two job interviews, was invited to share an apartment with a friend over the summer, failed a logic test, aced two archaeology tests, offered fiction for the New Zealand Auction here -- the bidding ends for that on Sunday if anyone's interested; I've worked a bit on the "Airport" story that made an appearance in this meme, begun anonymously filling a Torchwood/Sherlock prompt on the [livejournal.com profile] shkinkmeme  here (which is going a lot faster than the previously mentioned story, in all truth), and have failed to begin writing the three archaeology papers that will be due in the next month.

I also bought bus tickets to NYC for a day trip with a few of my friends in April, and took over more serious responsibilities for Scrabble Club and am in charge of advertising for our tournament. I made cookies for my roommate's birthday and found a neat chocolate-cake-in-a-mug recipe to try out, and discovered this adorable video of baby red pandas. I went to the zoo and saw two theater productions, 12 Angry Men and Laughter on the 23rd Floor, which were fabulous, plus the film Unknown, which was not as good as it could have been.

So, um, I've been a bit busy. :D

Today is a dull day, because Alternative Breaks doesn't start until tomorrow and now that it's spring break there's approximately no one on campus, the dining hall is closed and the bus is running on a slower schedule. Not to mention the vending machine ate my money and told me I couldn't have a soda. But I finally have the time to respond to everybody's entries, so hooray! Right after I go raid another dorm's vending machine...
( Feb. 20th, 2011 02:55 pm)
Title: Good Intentions
Fandom: Original Universe- related to the Forest Guardian story found here.
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Word count: 1823
Summary: Genya learns a few things about being a forest guardian.
Author's Note: For [livejournal.com profile] mee_eep , who has written lovely fic in this verse, and to whom I promised a story about Genya. I think it's probably not what you imagined, but everything should line up okay. This took me forever to write. :p

As he unpacked his belongings and began to settle in to his cottage, Genya reflected upon the fortune that had assigned him to the forest right beside Seisin's. )
( Feb. 11th, 2011 12:23 am)
Now that my school!writing has been gotten out of the way I'm a healthy ~600 words into the first of four projects I'd like to see finished sometime soonish. I haven't finished my auction things, but I am working on them a bit every day so they're coming along nicely. I'll get pics up once they're finished. Aside from that I need to learn four chapters of logic before the test on Tuesday. I think I get most of it, but just in case I have a fabulous study buddy.

Having no Valentines plans for myself, I have committed myself to a 5 movie long chick flick marathon with a friend of mine and her roommates, as well as helping my friend's boyfriend surprise her. Woohoo!

In other news, I've made a wonderful new friend- someone who knew about Firefly without me introducing her, loves Shakespeare, and is a Sherlock Holmes nerd- that I've been introducing to Doctor Who. She's recently been devastated by the loss of the ninth Doctor. I helped console her by agreeing to watch The Twelfth Night. It was suitably hilarious and wonderful.

So yeah... yay for Friday!

OH! And thanks for the gift [livejournal.com profile] theskimblishone ! I'm thrilled and excited!
( Feb. 7th, 2011 10:46 am)
First off, thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. There were some pretty interesting discussions of what constituted literature and how I should approach this assignment. I really appreciate hearing everyone's opinions and suggestions. I have a rough, rough draft of what I'm going to turn in. It's a very introspective piece set during a road trip as Sam (the character from the first NaNoWriMo novel I ever wrote) drives down from college to go to his father's wedding. It follows directly from the end of the novel, which was not my best. I'm hoping to clean it up/entirely overhaul it and get it up here sometime.

If I've been a bit absent lately, it's entirely because of the conference I attended over Friday and Saturday, as well as all of the things I had to do as a result of dropping everything in my life for two days (who knew how stressful that would be?).

What I did, what I learned, and what I walked away with... )
( Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:49 pm)
Our first non-reading assignment in Creative Writing is to write a 10 page short story. The only other requirements (discounting formatting stuff) are that it can't be "genre fiction" and should instead aim to be "literature".

I hope you notice my use of quotation marks there because what it boils down to is that he wants us to write something which is, in my opinion, boring. He defined the genre of literature as that which is focused upon language and character development that does not rely on plot or circumstance.

Frankly, I find it to be a frustrating assignment. I find that stories are interesting because of what happens in them and characters are deep because of the way they react to the circumstances they are in and because of what they do. This is, primarily, why I've never really come to understand or enjoy most short stories that are deemed "literature." These are the things that make the stories compelling, that make them interesting and entertaining.

I hate assignments like this because they produce amateur bullshit, as inexperienced writers try to make big statements about the world or provide social commentary with stories in which nothing happens. I also hate them because they make me feel like I'm saying the rest of my writing isn't "real" writing and doesn't matter because it's not "literature."

I dunno what I'm gonna do for this guys. :/
( Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:44 pm)
I keep intending to post and then forgetting to do so. Whoops! Anywho, here are the most exciting things in my life right now.

1. There is a giant writer conference going on about two metro stops from here in two weeks and the student price is great. I'm super excited about going. One of my professors is even presenting on a panel (which explains why she mysteriously decided to cancel class February 3rd. How exciting is this? SO EXCITING! I might actually convince myself to take the steps to become a legit for-profit writer and/or English major. At the very least maybe my fic will improve! :D

2. I have been super busy crocheting. There is actually a knitters club that finally started posting when they met around campus and I went last week. It was okay. I think it'll be more fun in the future when I get to know them better. In the mean time I present some of the critters I've made:
Pictures! )

3. I wrote a story and posted it to [livejournal.com profile] sundaysnuggles , which you can find here!

Mostly I spent today doing nothing, save for my trip to Target in the morning. The doing nothing consisted of reading things and poking at Tango again. We'll see how that goes, eh?
( Jan. 7th, 2011 09:53 pm)
Man oh man am I ready to get back to school. I have no less than six packages waiting for me (four of books, one new shirt, and one new cd) and it's been more than four weeks since I last checked my mailbox. I've been offered a job interview at the LGBT Resource Center, as well as a full time Executive Board position for Scrabble Club. I miss my friends. Heck- I practically even miss going to class. I'll be glad to get back there this Sunday.

I've been pretty crafty these past couple of days at home (in the midst of utter boredom and total sympathy for my mom's sudden loss of direction).

Pictures and crafts under the cut... )

Aside from that, I've been trying to get into gear writing. I've been kind of unfocused lately. SO as part of my 101 goals in 1001 days I am offering up another PROMPT ME CHALLENGE. I did this previously here to loads of fun and good results, so I'm doing it again and hope to have a prompt me post every month. Please leave a prompt! A request, a challenge, a word, a pairing, a scenario, whatever you see fit and I'll do my best to respond with at least a drabble. Last time my responses got kind of epic length. Maybe it'll happen again! :D

( Dec. 6th, 2010 01:56 pm)
And now a post that is not a story:

Things have been going surprisingly well. Classes are winding to a close, I've nearly finished my final paper, and I'm feeling rather confident about all of my exams. I've spent a fair amount of time writing (there's another part of a story about the sex candy prince and assassin up over here and a bit of time pursuing other hobbies. On Saturday I spent half an hour making chocolate pretzel m&m things- which could really use new name. 

Yum! They're pretty simple to make and people seem to like them. :) I'm taking some to Catherine Chandler tomorrow and then probably to Scrabble club. On a vaguely related note, it's started getting cold here. No snow as of yet, but it's definitely chilly and windy. Not the kind of weather you really want to spend three hours standing outside in.

So I decided to go play Quidditch... )

I don't have much more to say at the moment, but I hope you're all doing alright. If you're interested in cute boys, a cappella and/or acoustic music, you should check out KurtHugoSchneider. A super impressive chopsticks piano piece is the first video up there. It's awesome. They do a lot of covers and have very, very good voices.
( Nov. 28th, 2010 09:05 pm)
Title: A Worthy Risk
Fandom: original, related to NaNo 08, The Stone House Affair. The only previous knowledge needed is the fact that Todd works at a brothel known as the Stone House, and that the lower levels of the city have been abandoned, save for the homeless.
Rating:  PG
Warnings: references to prostitution
Word count: 942
Summary: Todd sneaks out to visit his boyfriend.
A/N: This turned out to have sad undertones, despite the warm happy snuggling. :/ Not what I intended, but I'm mostly satisfied nonetheless.
In which Todd sneaks out to see Ethan. Again. :) )
Well, all, I survived. The holiday went well- I got to see everyone I said I'd see, spent time with family, played board games, won a game of scrabble, saw the latest HP movie in the theaters, and was generally pampered. It was totally worth the stress of the airports and things to go home for a bit. The bad news is, I had to come back. Twenty days, then finals are over and I'm home for winter break. I really cannot wait.

I managed to keep up with my writing (something to be posted tomorrow, I hope) and also got totally spoiled by my mother, who insisted on buying me anything I looked at for too long. Cue clothes and shoes I actually needed, plus books and crafts I actually did not. I got a book on crocheting adorable creatures, plus lots of yarn and crochet needles and my mother's book on how to crochet, because I've never done it before but I will learn, because how can you resist these guys? You can't. Hopefully sometime early next year I'll have the craft down enough that I can make zombies and knights and all sorts of other cute things.

I also restocked my food stores, and got some baking supplies. I'm going to make chocolate pretzel m&m things (and probably share a picture, because that description is a bit confusing). Right now though, I just kind of want to curl up and die and not face finals.

Tomorrow I'm seriously getting down to work. I need to: correct my Italian composition, draft my peer review letter, create my advertisement for psychology, begin to outline the psychology textbook chapters, read over the next chapter of Italian, work on my vocab, read the next philosophy assignment and write out the summary for extra credit. I probably need to review old philosophy readings and begin to revise my UW paper, but that's probably not going to happen tomorrow. I need to find another poetry even to go to as well, before the paper is due. :/ That should be interesting.

In other news, having had a very successful, wonderful break, I now have to work my butt off so that I can enjoy the next one. Isn't that just how life goes? To lift spirits, I stole the following from [livejournal.com profile] alice_montrose . It's a little list your wishes and see who can fill what thing. The directions are under the cut. In any case, I'm wondering what all of your wishes might be? Hope you're all doing well!

Holiday Wish Exchange Thingymabob )
( Nov. 23rd, 2010 11:12 pm)
Small random post tonight.

I spent several precious typing seconds trying to figure out how to spell nauseaus without checking what spellcheck suggested. After I finally gave up and looked, I went back and changed the word to queasy. This is how I work, apparently. I'm still working on Terry the fairy fun- not the Halloween party today, but something along the lines of Terry's (bad) experience with alcohol. No promises on what'll be shared over the next couple days, though, as I'm home for the holiday.

On that note, I'm home and it feels so good and Will had dinner with my family and me this evening and it was great. Loving the holiday, looking forward to the ham. So yay. :) Hope everyone else is doing well!
( Nov. 21st, 2010 07:55 pm)
Title: Restless
Fandom: original- memory thief Verse
Rating: PG
Word count: 841
Summary: Keith and Peter spend a quiet night in. It doesn't precisely go off without a hitch.
Warnings: none
A/N: Halfway through Dan and Terry's costumed fic, but I thought I'd share a quick cuddly piece first. :)

They had the night planned perfectly. )
( Nov. 19th, 2010 10:18 pm)
Title: Learning Curve
Fandom: original
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 1086
Summary: Hal, a successful thief and pickpocket takes on an apprentice and finds that Tyr is a bit more than he had bargained for.
Warnings: none
A/N: And you were expecting Terry and Dan, weren't you? Well, you got this silly little short thing instead. *shrug* Well, enjoy anyway. I'm off to bed. :)

To be completely honest... )
( Nov. 18th, 2010 06:37 pm)
Title: Universal Threat
Fandom: original- Terry/Dan
Rating: PG
Word count: 1185
Summary: Terry gets the fright of his life. After all, what kind of fairy tales do fairies believe in?
Warnings: none
A/N: NaZoWriMo has inspired me into write a zombie themed story. I'm not entirely satisfied with it, but it'll do for now. My roommate helped me to realize how terribly cliche this story is... but hopefully you will all enjoy it anyway?

It was a quiet enough evening to begin with... )
( Nov. 18th, 2010 03:05 pm)
Title: A Different Kind of Game Part Two (Conclusion)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 4947
Warnings: Non-con sexual situation, h/c
Disclaimer: Obviously not mine.
A/N: Why yes, I am still procrastinating. No worries yet, though. :)

His mind is already ticking away when he wakes... )
( Nov. 18th, 2010 01:45 pm)
Title: A Different Kind of Game Part One (of Two)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 5266
Warnings: Non-con sexual situation, kidnapping
Disclaimer: Obviously not mine.
A/N: Originated from this prompt, which reads: Some serial killer shitbag is kidnapping handsome men with exceptional gifts for his big 'ole sex dungeon. And he's just added Sherlock Holmes to the collection. I've cleaned it up a bit and fixed some typos. This is slash (though more adventure than romance), so if sexually inclined Sherlock makes you squirm I suggest you pass over this.

This actually reminds me of my first explorations into fandom, when I wrote for NCIS. MC falls into the hands of evil villain, withstands dastardly treatment, is rescued. You would just figure Sherlock has to add "solve a mystery" to this one. :)

He wakes with an aching in his head and a languidness in his limbs... )
( Nov. 16th, 2010 05:05 pm)
So. Here I am putting off another paper (this one's not due tomorrow though, no worries) and it occurs to me that I'm not really happy with my noveling efforts this November. The story has become less than interesting, and I'm really don't need another 50000 word manuscript sitting on my computer, in desperate need of a polish and quite possibly never going to make it anywhere. I'd still like to hit my 1000 words of fiction goal for [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo , but what I like the most about being here on LJ is that I get to share my stuff with you guys.

My question, then, is this: What do you want to see? Obviously, I am writing primarily for my own enjoyment/entertainment, but I'd love to hear what you guys are interested in. More on the super powers verse? Some magic? Anything? I'd really love some prompts (even/especially if they're of the "I'm interested in such and such character' or 'tell me about so and so's biggest secret' variety).

But honestly, I'm not picky. Prompts, anyone?

Expect Sherlock!fic before the week is out. I just need to post the last bit to the meme...
( Nov. 7th, 2010 10:42 am)
It's a good thing there was no reason for me to wake up today. I completely forgot about the time change, which made for a nice hour of reveling, lounging, reading and generally wasting time once my phone reminded me. I can't think of a better way to have started the day!

I've talked quite a bit about NaNo on here, or over at [livejournal.com profile] nano_haven , so I figure it's about time I admit what I'm actually working on. It will probably never be posted here in its current form, for a variety of reasons not the least of which being that it needs quite a bit of editing, but it seems kind of likely that you'll see it eventually. I'm working in the Memory Thief verse, following the separate lives of three different characters.

Malachi, Peter, and Seth... )

Aside from working on NaNo, I'm also kind of doing a ridiculous amount of writing. I'm working variably on fills for [livejournal.com profile] shkinkmeme (which I would totally link you to, if anyone is interested at all; they range from fluff to incredibly horribly dark, and pre-established relationship to settled down), as well as plotting out a short zombie fic (remember Trent and Yuri, anyone?) and poking at Something to Believe In. I also updated my master list, so it is now completely accurate and up to date.

Aside from that, I am studiously ignoring my philosophy paper and refraining from thinking to pointedly about all the research I need to finish for my UW. I'm pretty sure I need 5-8 more sources for my annotated bibliography. D:

Also, my roommate and I actually have plans to hang out. She's obsessed with Masterpiece Theater and has finally figured out what channel it's on here. As it just so happens, Masterpiece has been playing Sherlock for the past two Sundays and the final episode is tonight (how in the hell I missed this, I will never understand). Point being, we're watching together! I so need a Sherlock icon...And I'm also using it as an excuse to re-watch the first two episodes




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