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ratherastory ([personal profile] ratherastory) wrote2014-10-17 03:15 pm

I'm still around(ish)

Hi all!

By now you've probably given up on me in despair, which is understandable. I'm still kicking around, though, and starting (slowly) to get back into writing. I've been kind of lazy of late and have been lax in crossposting back here from AO3. I think there are one or two Teen Wolf fics that never made it back here. Whoops!

So, me in a nutshell, and why I haven't been posting to my fandom LJ:

  • Summer was incredibly hectic. After the very traumatic death of my cat on a personal level, there was also the shooting of several RCMP officers by an armed gunman in New Brunswick, and I was among those who were flown in from all over Canada to help the local RCMP cope with the tragedy. I spent two weeks working 12-hour night shifts with no breaks.

  • I am single again. I won't go into details in a public entry, but as of May of this year I was no longer in a relationship, and as of August I am once again on my own.

  • I spent the end of the summer and beginning of fall trying to sell my house while still commuting to my 60-hour/week job in another city, which translates to driving roughly 600km a week.

  • The house is now sold (yay!), which means I am in the midst of a flurry of packing and trying to get all my ducks in a row before November 1st.

On more fannish notes:

I am pretty much done with Supernatural. I've taken several steps back from not only the fandom, but the show itself. Maybe especially the show. After last year, it went in a direction that I just couldn't follow. I haven't watched any of the episodes of Season 10, nor do I plan to. I might change my mind and maybe binge-watch them farther down the road, but I doubt it. The show has stopped doing the things I loved about it, and I can't watch it or even think about the current events without feeling a bit upset about it. That tells me that it's time to stop and watch and participate in things I actively enjoy.

I am slowly getting back into writing, as I've said, and as such I will probably be updating my 'verses. No one get excited. It's not a done deal yet, and while I used to be able to pull off thousands of words in a day, that's not the case lately. Writing is a muscle, and mine is severely atrophied. That being said, I still have lots of ideas for almost all my 'verses, and I do want to get back to them.

I'm still being fannish about lots of other shows, though much more casually. I've gotten sucked into Teen Wolf, as you may have noticed, and am currently finishing a Hawkeye-centric story for [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang, which I will be posting on November 11th, along with artwork from the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] branquignole. I hope I spelled her name right. /o\ I've been watching Person of Interest, which continues to be awesome in spite of last year's horrifically tragic feelsfest. Also Sleepy Hollow, which is utterly delightful, as well as a host of other TV shows that I don't feel quite as strongly about. I love watching TV, but not all shows bring out the giddy fangirl in me. Mostly I flail about the shows I love on Twitter.

In fact, Twitter is my social media of choice these days, mostly because it's very portable and I lead a slightly nomadic lifestyle for now. If you don't follow me there and would like to, I'm @ratherastory, though you should be warned that my tweets are not all fannish. Indeed, I tweet about feminist issues, about a number of things that I guess can be lumped under the "social justice warrior" heading, and about my everyday life. Oh, and I tweet a lot about my pets. I remember a few years ago there was a complaint about how much I tweeted about my pets (specifically my cats), and that hasn't changed. My pets are very photogenic. Luckily, following me is not actually mandatory. :)

In the meantime, I've been mucking around with the notion of participating in NaNoWriMo, which kind of has me excited. The problem is that, unlike those people who have more plots than time rattling around in their heads, I've been devoid of new ideas for quite a while. I'm hoping inspiration will strike in the next two weeks or so, before November 1st rolls around. I would love to finish November on a high, with 50,000 new words of fiction to my name. Now I just have to think of a plot.

[identity profile] sothcweden.livejournal.com 2014-10-17 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
*waves hello* I'm trying to get back into participating in fandom myself lately after an almost two year hiatus. I've drifted from SPN as well, have read casually in Teen Wolf, fell hard for Generation Kill last summer thanks to [personal profile] dira's Wolfbrother'verse and a wonderful gen crossover with SGA (Rock Happy) and have recently fallen down a Criminal Minds rabbit-hole. I'd never seen the show until I had to stay home sick for a week last month. What is my problem with only finding awesome shows years later?

Anyway, I'll be interested to see anything you have to post.
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[personal profile] liliaeth 2014-10-17 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm starting to get into Teen Wolf as well.

It's just hard to get into the fandom for it, since so much of it is Stiles-centric, and he's my least favorite character on the show. (I can pretty much only read him when he's paired with Scott)

I wish it wasn't so hard to find Scott-centric fics.

[identity profile] pinkphoenix1985.livejournal.com 2014-10-17 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I totally understand what you're saying about Supernatural. For me it isn't the same and has grown to be something that I don't like. But I can't wait for new stories from you! Nano is awesome I hope that you do it!

[identity profile] ferrous-wheeler.livejournal.com 2014-10-18 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, you have been supremely busy and I hope that things are smoothing out for you! Good to hear that you're getting back into writing (even if it's not supernatural) as I think that you are very talented and you should do what you enjoy.
Even though the last few seasons of supernatural have been not the best and, honestly, pretty much the only thing that kept me in it was the fandom, I've gotta say that so far this season it has been amazing. If you ever feel like watching again it might be worth a look :)
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[identity profile] lavinialavender.livejournal.com 2014-10-18 03:03 am (UTC)(link)
*tight hugs* For my own part (though I think I speak for many), I'd never give up on you, no matter how many or how long hiatuses you take.

I am so sorry for all you've gone through this year. I remember reading about your cat, knowing I certainly wouldn't be okay after that. And as for the relationship ending...god, yes, of course you need time.

I really hope your life gets easier, too, after you've moved! And that writing becomes more possible. (I swear I'm not getting excited or anything, but though you've very understandably withdrawn from SPN -- I'm not watching this season either -- is the Fusion 'verse one of those 'verse you might be updating? It's still one of the truest stories about coping with disability that I've ever read.)

And seriously, screw anyone who complains about too many pet photos!

[identity profile] harrigan.livejournal.com 2014-10-18 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
I am happy to hear that your life is settling down and giving you room to breathe again! I foresee happiness in your future!

[identity profile] marchia43.livejournal.com 2014-10-18 06:35 am (UTC)(link)
Wow - life has been hectic, sad and happy (with the sale of your house) for you at the moment.
I hope things get better for you with the move etc.,
I've just followed you on Twitter.
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[identity profile] faege.livejournal.com 2014-10-18 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
*waves* Good to hear from you again! Sounds like a topsy-turvy summer (which is always rough) but it looks like things are starting to get back on track for ya. I'm glad. :)

[identity profile] sw0rdy.livejournal.com 2014-10-18 12:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry to hear about some of the crap stuff you've been through recently but yay indeed for finally selling your house.

I hope you find your happy place in writing again - I don't think I'll ever be as productive as I was 15 or so years ago but I do a bit now, and working around real life, that's good enough. I'm sad to hear you've fallen out of love with Supernatural - after all, it was your stories that made me fall in love with it! If you ever return to writing SPN fics, I'll be here reading them. :)

I wish you all the luck and happiness in the world,

Swordy x

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[personal profile] bellatemple 2014-10-18 05:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I am so sorry to hear about your cat! And the other rough/hectic aspects of the RL situation. I hope things calm down to a level that you're comfortable with/enjoy soon.

I've pretty much pulled back out of SPN fandom, too. I'm watching, but in an idle, trainwreck kind of way. I wouldn't say you're missing much, so far. But Sleepy Hollow! So much fun! (And Teen Wolf, though that has not inspired me on a fannish level as much.)

Good luck with NaNo. I've poked at the idea of trying it, but a) I don't write that fast and b) I always end up crazy busy with other projects in November. I'm always super impressed by those who tackle it, though.
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[personal profile] goneahead 2014-10-19 02:32 am (UTC)(link)
sounds like you have had a reallu tough year ((hugs you))

fyi - you could also sign up for http://mini-wrimo.livejournal.com.

you can set your daily word count and work on whatever floats your boat. It keeps you accountable without having to have a plot :)

[identity profile] greeneyes-fan.livejournal.com 2014-10-19 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey, good to hear from you. Life happens, and that's OK. I've also been pulling back from Supernatural and doing more in other fandoms, when I have time for fandom at all.

I hope you do write, and I hope you enjoy it, whatever you write!