ratherastory: (Glorious)
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.

*waves*

Feb. 12th, 2014 12:47 am
ratherastory: ([MST3K] Evil & the Narrator)
Not dead.

I've been writing a bit. Nothing ready to post, but it's nice to get back into the habit of putting fingers to keyboard for something other than work and Twitter. I even managed to get some writing done while I was at home last week, which is a first. It wasn't much, but it was something, and I'll take it.

I even had a wee plot bunny for this season of SPN, which hasn't happened to me since Season 7. I am having trouble with the current canon, and even more of a problem with fandom's reactions to current canon. There is so. much. Sam-bashing. To the point where I, once again, have found myself scratching my head and wondering if people are watching the same show as me. Granted, the writing has been sub-par for a while, and I don't think the writers are hitting the emotional beats that they're aiming for. They've hit the target, but more like the outer rings than the bullseye. They're not even close to centre target, alas. So that probably accounts for some of it.

The point being, I have been keeping away from fandom, because my psychological make-up is such that I find this sort of thing profoundly upsetting. (I just want everyone to get along, okay?) I have been avoiding meta posts, even by authors I know are generally pretty balanced in their view, or at least take the time to explore what's going on (rather than pick a "side," whether it be pro-Dean or pro-Sam, and for the record I find Dean-bashing just as upsetting as Sam-bashing, because I'm a Sam!girl and it hurts my soul when people say mean things about Sam's brother). I am unwilling to take the risk that the comments in those posts will end up upsetting me due to their content.

This sort of thing negatively impacts my enjoyment of the show, in a significant way. I'm no longer as emotionally invested in the show as I was when I watched the first five seasons. After the main 5-year arc ended, my investment waned little by little, until now SPN is a show I love to watch, but it's not the show of my heart anymore. I haven't replaced it with another, mind you. I've just spread myself out a little, fandom-wise, and dabble a little in a few places. But I resent anything that makes me not want to watch SPN, and comments about how awful one of the boys is, or how 'shitty' an episode was, make me reluctant to watch, especially as I'm always at least a day or so behind, often more, due to work and life stuff.

Long story short, I have deliberately stopped any dialogue with fandom, in order to preserve my sanity and my enjoyment of the show, such as it is. That's where I'm at. But at least I'm writing again, and exploring other fandoms while I'm at it.

Note: This is NOT an invitation to discuss any kind of meta in the comments. I will delete any such comments with extreme prejudice and, if I must, lock down comments on the entry entirely. Don't make me do that, okay? Thanks.
ratherastory: ([Me] Fish Fear Me)
Okay, so I'm, like, five days late. Whoops.

Still, I hope 2014 is treating everyone beautifully so far! If it's not, I hope it mends its ways very quickly for you.

I have actually written words this year. Only 1,000 of them, but that's 1,000 more than I managed to write in the last 6 months, so I'm taking it as a win.

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. I sat down and plotted out just how much free time I have for writing these days, and figured out that I have about 10-12 hours a month in which I can write. On a REALLY good day I can write about 1,000 words in an hour. Given that some of that "writing" time will have to go toward research and plotting, I think that a goal of 6,000-10,000 words a month is reasonable. Time will tell, of course, if that's feasible.

I am making a serious attempt to turn my life around, to be more present for my family, and that means a lot less time spent online when I'm at home. When I'm at work (or, rather, in the city where I work) I allow myself to be online more, because that's basically the only interaction I get with friends. But when I'm home, I want to spend as much time as possible with my family. When they're not home, I need to maximise the time I do have to do chores, run errands, and also sometimes write. That means no more screwing around on the internet when I could be doing things.

I will also be making extra special efforts to stay on top of the community stuff I'm in charge of. I've been doing okay, but not great, and I am determined to be a better mod this year. Here's hoping.

What's everyone else up to these days? Inquiring minds want to know!
ratherastory: (B5 Revelation)
I am having issues with my internet connection at home. That, coupled with Christmas and work, means I won't be around as much until I get it all resolved.

Sorry to anyone who's waiting on something from me. :(

Anyway, I'm working on getting all of this sorted out.
ratherastory: (B5 Revelation)
I am having issues with my internet connection at home. That, coupled with Christmas and work, means I won't be around as much until I get it all resolved.

Sorry to anyone who's waiting on something from me. :(

Anyway, I'm working on getting all of this sorted out.
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Hola all!

So, as I said in a previous post, I am taking a mini-break from the internet, starting at midnight and finishing December 18th (inclusively).

I'm not going to be completely gone. I have a few fic commitments due in December, so I'll be posting a few times. I'll also be checking my email once a day in case of "emergencies." However, for the rest I will not be checking LJ, Twitter, or any other part of the internet for two weeks.

(I'm kind of amused that my hiatus is starting at the same time as the SPN hiatus, but I think that may just be amusing to me)

With any luck, this little two-week detox will be just the thing for me to get my RL shit together, to get a lot more writing done, and to come back refreshed and excited to do fandom stuff again.

If you need help with anything relating to the comms I help to run, my co-mods will be happy to answer your queries.

Everyone take good care of yourselves in my absence, and I will see you on the flip side!
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Hola all!

So, as I said in a previous post, I am taking a mini-break from the internet, starting at midnight and finishing December 18th (inclusively).

I'm not going to be completely gone. I have a few fic commitments due in December, so I'll be posting a few times. I'll also be checking my email once a day in case of "emergencies." However, for the rest I will not be checking LJ, Twitter, or any other part of the internet for two weeks.

(I'm kind of amused that my hiatus is starting at the same time as the SPN hiatus, but I think that may just be amusing to me)

With any luck, this little two-week detox will be just the thing for me to get my RL shit together, to get a lot more writing done, and to come back refreshed and excited to do fandom stuff again.

If you need help with anything relating to the comms I help to run, my co-mods will be happy to answer your queries.

Everyone take good care of yourselves in my absence, and I will see you on the flip side!
ratherastory: (Drama)
Anyone know what happened to [livejournal.com profile] hansons_angel? Is she gone for good, or pulling a Roque and staying away from the internet for a while for RL reasons?
ratherastory: (Drama)
Anyone know what happened to [livejournal.com profile] hansons_angel? Is she gone for good, or pulling a Roque and staying away from the internet for a while for RL reasons?

Eep!

Nov. 30th, 2010 06:52 am
ratherastory: (Meep!)
Anyone know what happened to [livejournal.com profile] roque_clasique? She's not gone forever, is she?

Eep!

Nov. 30th, 2010 06:52 am
ratherastory: (Meep!)
Anyone know what happened to [livejournal.com profile] roque_clasique? She's not gone forever, is she?

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