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.
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
Hi all! I am coming to my usually fandom-only LJ to make a shameless begging post, since I can use the signal boost and I am quite sure there are at least a couple of fandom people in Ottawa.

My current rental situation is becoming problematic. Between the rent and the gas money, I won't be able to afford it for much longer (i.e., about one more month).

I'm looking to rent a (hopefully inexpensive) room within walking or even cycling distance of Vanier Parkway/Coventry/Riverside Drive in Ottawa, starting May 1st.

If you know anyone who could use a roommate, or who has an extra bedroom to spare, could you point them my way? I'll only be in town about half the days of the month, two weekends a month, and I'll be at work for 12 hours a day, so I'll be practically invisible! I can also provide references, if necessary.

I am happy to help out with extra cleaning/cooking/chores/whatever on the days I'm in town (and I can provide my own furniture if needs be). I'm also willing to look further out if it means the room is considerably cheaper (to compensate for the extra gas I'd have to buy).

My budget is about $350 CDN a month, preferably less. I can maybe manage up to $400 if it's within actual walking distance of my work (since I can park at work and not worry about gas).

You can drop me a line via Private Message here, and I will send you more concrete contact information after that, since I don't really want to post my personal contact info on the internet for obvious reasons.

Thanks in advance!

\o/

Jul. 1st, 2013 08:17 am
ratherastory: (Canadian Borg)
Happy Canada Day, everyone!


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ratherastory: ([Slings & Arrows] Train Wreck)
Real Life is taking up all my time. When I'm not working night shifts I'm either sleeping (inadequately) or dealing with house and family things. So I basically have almost no time. I check Twitter in short bursts here and there, because it's the only way I can really stay connected to people, but I may have to back off on that too, because it's taking up more time than I can probably spare.

I've stepped back a bit from my mod duties in the comms I run, and recruited volunteers to help with the work load where needed. Hopefully that will make up for my absence lately, because I was feeling really badly about letting down everyone who was counting on me as a mod.

I'm not writing, either, of course. I don't think I'm going to be writing at all, either fanfic or original stuff. It was nice while it lasted. So if you're hanging on here in the hopes of seeing more fic, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.

And, naturally, I haven't had time to answer the few comments people have been leaving. I'm really sorry about this, but I don't foresee any of this changing, well, ever. Certainly not in the next few months, probably even a year or indefinitely.

Anyway, this is me apologizing for the fact that I'm not around anymore and likely won't be.
ratherastory: ([Me] Fish Fear Me)
Hi fandom!

I'm not dead, just busy, as the subject line says. Girlfriend moved in with her toddler. It's been happy but stressful, with added misadventures just to keep us on our toes!

So, yeah. If I'm not around these days, that's why. RL craziness. Good craziness, but definitely craziness.

Hope everyone's doing okay. I owe a few people emails (especially the [livejournal.com profile] ohsam volunteers. Bear with me, they will be forthcoming shortly!

Take care!
ratherastory: ([B5] Nibbled to death by cats)
There has been no fic. There are two reasons for this.

1- I am doing relief work in another province for my job. There is work coming out of my ears, and I've barely had a minute to myself that hasn't involved working or sleeping or getting myself to and from work and bed.

2- I have been writing, but I'm actually writing an original novel. I'm hoping to get the draft done by the end of February, and then get it looked over and sent out ASAP. It's a simple little m/m romance, and I decided to go with my strengths, which is straight-up h/c (respiratory distress, FTW!) with a bit of mystery on the side. It's 22k so far, and I'm pretty excited about it.

It's nice to be writing again, though, after months of drought, and especially exciting to be writing original fiction again after years and years of either not writing or writing only fanfic. I love fanfic, don't get me wrong, but I missed my own characters.

I'll be home in February, and there will be even more work when I get back. Hopefully I'll still be able to write, so that I can keep this momentum going. It's good to be back. :)
ratherastory: (Glorious)
I spent my birthday at a new place learning a new(ish) job. I'm on a work trip, in short, and thus am far away from the computer 90% of the time. Thus I am even worse at replying to comments and messages than usual.

So THANK YOU to everyone who sent me well-wishes and virtual prezzies for my birthday! They brightened my morning and made me feel good all day.

I love you all, and now I am going to go lapse into a coma in preparation for another work day tomorrow.
ratherastory: ([Firefly] Huggles)
:::This is a cross-post from my regular LJ. Apologies to those who have to see it twice.:::

I wish you all the joy of the season. To those of you who are celebrating, much contentment and affection in the presence of your loved ones. For those of you who don't celebrate this day, all the happiness that you could wish for on any day of the year. For those of you who can't celebrate for reasons outside of your control, I hope that all the abundance of love and joy and hope in the world spills over and fills all the spaces in your lives—because luckily there isn't a finite amount of the stuff, and the more people engage in it the more there is to go around.

I love all of you. Thinking of all of you today, and always, even if I'm not always around to type it out on my screen. :)
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
Dear America, way to go! I was up with you until all hours, celebrating your choice. Here's to four more years of progress. ♥


And onto fandom things!



Come play happy winter games, all while hurting Sam!
ratherastory: ([Rome] Ahem)
Some of you may not know that, in an experiment in time-management practices, I am going to go on a 30-day internet hiatus in the month of June.

This means: no web browsers, no Twitter, no social networking of any kind. I will be checking my email once every second day, mostly because my parents are out of town and will likely be writing to me.

If you need to get hold of me urgently for some reason, I will be reachable by phone or text message. Those of you whom I know personally already have this information, for the most part. Feel free to PM me if you think you might need to get in touch with me in June for something that can't wait the 48 hours it'll take me to check my email. I am posting two days early so that people can still PM me before my hiatus starts.

When I come back hopefully I will have written lots and lots, and gotten a ton of other things done too with all the extra time I won't have spent on the internet.

Otherwise, have an awesome month of June, and I will see you on the flip side!
ratherastory: ([Me] Fish Fear Me)
I know I haven't been writing or posting much. I have been remiss, and I do apologize for that. There are reasons, all of them RL related.

Issues and mild TMI behind the cut )

Long story short: tired + kind of busy + no focus = no writing
ratherastory: (100 Kinds of Awesome)
So the other day a person friended me here, and as usual I went and poked at their userinfo, because I am a nosy, nosy person. Lo and behold, but she was from Montreal!

So I immediately glomped her, and last night [livejournal.com profile] genevieve_1 and I went out for dinner and spent several hours getting to know each other and squeeing like mad squeeing things over how awesome Supernatural is.

So, anyone else from Montreal here? Or close by? Represent! We totally need to get together at some point and bask in the awesomeness of Show together. We could even do a SPN watching night/day thing!


Also, I just realized that I am going to be OUT OF TOWN when the show starts this year! AUGH! I will be gone from Friday to Sunday, climbing a mountain. *weeps* Not that I don't want to climb said mountain, because I do, but the timing is just terrible!

H/C Kharma

Aug. 25th, 2010 09:02 am
ratherastory: (Vision)
I think the universe makes me want to back off Sam 'n' Dean, because the nagging headache I had yesterday has settled right behind my left eye and is SCREAMING at me.

Fucking migraines.

Serves me right, eh? ;)

Sorry, boys!

LA Con

Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:00 pm
ratherastory: (100 Kinds of Awesome)
Okay, I am going to stop being an emo princess over the fact that my credit card company has screwed me over. Even if I could get this resolved now, the tickets I wanted with photo ops with the boys are all sold out.

So I am going to find my zen, happy place, and tell myself that it's a blessing in disguise. I will buy the less expensive tickets, save a bit of money, and rejoice in the fact that I will be seeing other fangirls, taking part in the panels, and generally having an awesome time.

Here's hoping my crappy little credit card will be able to handle the stress of even the less expensive tickets.

*crosses fingers*
ratherastory: (Is Writing Fanfic)
I am back from my weekend away. I caught fish! There was much rejoicing. And consuming of said fish. And possibly a little too much alcohol. ;)

Good thing I posted my Big Bang, because there will be no fic for a while. I am working on seventeen gazillion things at once, and trying to get all my challenge fics done.

So far summergen stands at 17,000 words (2,000 more today), and I am PRAYING that it will be finished soon. This thing is getting a little out of hand, by my standards. Remind me never to write crossovers again!

The castielfest fic isn't started yet, but I had an epiphany concerning the subject matter over the weekend, so now I at least know how I want to write it, even if I haven't quite worked out all the intricacies of the plot. Wait, didn't I just swear off crossovers forever? CRAP.

And the only other thing I've got on the go with a deadline is the Dean/Cas Big Bang. I've got just shy of 8,000 words written for that, which is nearly halfway! Although I don't think I'm halfway through the story yet.

In short, the writing is going well, but it's stuff that's all going to post later. I will try to post a few one-shots and maybe comment fics here and there, but I can't guarantee anything.

Now I have to go catch up on comments. Egads.
ratherastory: (Laconic)
Work is running me RAGGED.

I have managed a couple of tweets per day and THAT'S IT.

There has been no writing, nothing. I am REALLY SORRY. When I get back from this business trip I will make up for lost time. But right now my days are very, very long and when I get back to my hotel room the last thing I have the energy for is writing.

Anyway, yeah.

Also, I am totally going to cave and sign up for the bingo cards. They're singing to me. With siren song. *sigh*

So I'm around, but not posting/commenting much. I promise to make up for it later.
ratherastory: (Default)
Damn. I have so very little time these days and there are ALL these Big Bangs I want to read.

Woe!

*goes back to trying to sort out her life*
ratherastory: (Walk It Off)
Real Life™ is interfering with my fic-writing time. The Neverending Basement Saga of Doom™ continues apace, although I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm reasonably sure it's not a train.

This Wednesday I will be leaving for two weeks to go be operational support for the G8/G20 Summit (I work for the RCMP, for those of you just tuning in), but I won't be entirely out of touch. The hotel boasts wireless internet, so in theory I should still be able to get online.


Anyway, I haven't worked on anything I should be working on. I'm hoping I'll have time even during the summit to work on all my fics.

Ideally, I'd like to have a rough draft of all my work done by the end of this month. It'll take some doing, but I think I can do it. I have all my ideas. I just have to sit my butt down in a chair and write.

Anyway, sorry for the lack of new fic, dear readers. I hope to fix this soon. :)
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Firefox tells me I've already used that subject line. God, I suck.

I am behind on answering comments, but I got busy with RL stuff this weekend and wasn't online, and the next few weeks are going to be equally busy. Plus, I was victimized by an exploding Pyrex dish yesterday. I have shrapnel injuries! *shows off band-aid*

*cough*

Okay.

I promise to catch up! Right now I am writing fic. I have TONS of things I need to be writing, and a lot of my prompts involve crossovers of shows I've seen but am not super familiar with. Once I'm further along with my writing, I will start answering comments again.

On that note, can anyone point me in the direction of some good fic communities and/or authors on LJ for the following shows:

1- Lie To Me
2- Burn Notice
3- Leverage (I'm about to start watching, since I've heard good things)
4- Dresden Files (the books, in this case)
5- Castle

Any and all help would be much appreciated.


I am aiming for 1,000 words of fic a day on average this month. So far I'm on track, but it's not an even effort by any stretch of the imagination. What I got written this month was over two days. So starting tonight I'm going to try to be more disciplined about it.

I'm back!

May. 23rd, 2010 02:34 pm
ratherastory: (Totally Stoned)
Okay, back from my sort-of weekend away. I was unplugged for less than 48 hours, and my inbox is swamped. Holy cow.

Went on a ride-along with my officers, had a blast. Got some fishing gear, went fishing. Hung with friends, relaxed, had some beer and whiskey, and have another potential convert to SPN.

In short? Awesome weekend.

Now, bear with me while I try to catch up on the internet. Yikes.

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