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Fourth year running (with partners) my law firm!

Lots of fun travel this year:
--MJ2015 in Boston was absolutely wonderful
--Visited my sister in Manhattan feat. some chemical-enhanced Magic Mike XXL viewing
--Saw TSwift in Jersey with her and @eloiserummaging \o/
--Visited Daufuskie Island with my bff, her husband, and some of their friends
--Lots of time with my parents and my sisters in my hometown

Great concerts, too:
--TSwift in Toronto with @eloiserummaging as well as the Jersey one
--One Direction in Toronto with @cantarina and in Buffalo with my sisters
--Tove Lo in Toronto with my friend A.
--Years & Years in Toronto with @cantarina, where I actually got to meet and chat with the band and be front and centre for the show :D

Lost Reggie, who was my first "adult" pet--I moved in 2008 so I could get a cat. He was a really good cat, y'all
Lucy, my dog, keeps getting better and better with time and work <333
Grimmy, the kitten (now probably to be referred to as "the cat") gets fuzzier and calmer every day

Knit less than in many prior years, but still a round half-dozen pairs of socks and some accessories
Managed one of my smoothest Christmas seasons ever, early gift-buying and all
Still on and off with guitar but still motivated to learn

Started a tumblr about Clean Bandit's violinist, because no one else had and that was a tragedy ;)
Wrote 150K of fic, including my longest one ever (54k)
Generally an up-and-down fandom year, but Star Wars (TFA) and Hamilton are new and exciting to watch develop

Intentionally slowed down my reading but still read 112 new books (and a lot of rereads)--found four new all-time favourites, my best year ever. Quality over quantity worked!
83 of them were library books (BLESS OVERDRIVE) and my year-on-year book spending dropped by 87%!
In fact, my year-on-year "shopping" spending dropped 71%, and I managed to save 56% of my take-home income. :D

Biked to work at least three or four days a week all through the warm season, which was awesome and had a remarkable and immediate impact on my gas consumption

Finally starting to get competent at some cooking in a way that lets me put together actual meals \o/ and sometimes even do mildly fancy things
Started writing down (in June) three "nice things" from each day ("took the dog to the park twice, had dinner with M., practiced guitar"), which has been lovely
In many ways felt like this was the year of establishing better habits and just inhabiting them: a half-hour dog walk first thing in the morning and first thing after work, bringing lunches to the office, making coffee, getting up at 5:30 on Sunday mornings to do laundry, etc

This is ridiculously long, considering I thought it was sort of a status-quo year! My status quo is getting better and better as I age <333333
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Third year of running (with partners) my law firm
Hired a fantastic law clerk--we're about to make her full-time
Expanding to a much larger office where we can add up to three new associates
Managed the office when Partner S took a three-week trip
Got all my shit DONE for our holiday closure despite trial pressures

Argued two and a half trials totalling 15 days
Won the two complete ones
Won an order that still makes other family lawyers say "wait, WHAT?" from one trial
Innumerable motions and conferences as ever
Took on my first Hague Convention case
Filled in as staff family lawyer at my old clinic for most of the summer
Improved my efforts to bond with local lawyers--even got a holiday-party invite from one

Took a three-month part-time course in Dispute Resolution
Took a two-week course in Family Mediation
(Spent a goddamn fortune on the above)

Spent some fantastic time with my wonderful kid sister
Great family time in general: long weekend in a cottage near Kingston, Saturday in a hammock in my parents' backyard, wonderful Christmas break

Started seriously saving for retirement
Got serious disability insurance
Changed car insurance companies
Bought a dining table and chairs
Generally did a bunch of "aw shit I'm a real adult" things

Made another attempt at learning guitar (well, two more attempts) (I think it might stick this time)
Had a burst of sweater-finishing energy and can now wear several former WIPs
Managed the awards and trophies for the dog club
Volunteered with the literacy program for a spring and a fall session
Assisted a few dog classes

Read 175 new-to-me books and reread a few favourites
Attended my best friend's wedding
Spent a lovely weekend with her and her new husband in DC
Dated a dude for a while O_O that was a strange interlude in my life
Saw a Nine Inch Nails concert (did I mention the strange interlude?)

Saw One Direction two nights in a row ... again
Stayed obsessed with Nick
And with Harry and Zayn
Kiiinda dropped the other three
Developed a truly glorious love for Taylor Swift and her harem of pretty, pretty ladyfriends
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(Nothing Jan-March)

Red Like Roses (Panic, Brendon/Spencer)
Three Methods for Relaxing a Rock Star (Panic, Brendon/Spencer/Sarah)
Two-Act Performance Art (MCR, Frank/Gerard, Lindsey/Jamia)
Patter (Panic, Brendon/Spencer)

Admissions (Panic, Brendon/Spencer)

Not Just Lashing Out (Panic, Brendon/Spencer)
Tickled Pink (Panic, Brendon/Ryan)
Flow Through Me (Merlin, Merlin/Arthur)
Thank You For the Silence (Panic, Spencer/Ian)
Don't Throw Away the Key (Panic+, Ryan/unnamed female character)
Doctor Feelgood (SGA, John/Rodney)
More, Gimme More (Panic, Brendon/everyone)
Akidagain (Bandom, Travie/Gabe)
Compromise Positions (Panic, Brendon/Spencer)
Hardly the Brat Pack (Panic, Brendon/Spencer/Sarah)
Pole Smoking (MCR, Frank/Gerard(/Lindsey/Jamia))
Cute Girls (Just Wanna Have Fun) (Panic, girl!Brendon/girl!Spencer)
In the Future Everyone Will Have a Sexbot (Community, Troy/Abed)
Wet Hot Las Vegas Summer (Panic, Spencer/Ryan)
Take Only Pictures (Panic, Spencer/Ian)
Isadora Duncan Style (Bandom, Pete)
More Than a Mere Interest (Bandom, Pete/Patrick)
Then Again, Maybe Not (Panic, Brendon/Spencer)

July-December )

If I've counted correctly, that's 65 fics. And yes, some of them are comment fics/notfics, and a bunch are quite short. But four are 28K+ each, and a bunch are in the 5-10K range. (I think I calculated at one point that I'd written juuuust under 250,000 words in one six-month period--and actually, I think if I count from early June, I probably surpassed that April-September calculation. But I'm not getting out the calculator again!)
ETA: Thank you, [profile] annemaris! The total word count for the year is 312,288. OH MAN.

So, uh. That happened.

Questions and things! )
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Bandom Voice Meme by LittleMousling

Enjoy my giggles at the idea of [personal profile] mistresscurvy's parents giving her that name at birth. (NB that is not her actual name.)

And now I get to go listen to everyone else's! EXCITING.

(Meme deets are here. Great idea, [personal profile] janesays!)
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So [ profile] fictionalaspect, [personal profile] fifteendozentimes and I were talking on twitter about how fic that hits a sweet-spot for the audience--in pairing, in trope, in kink, in length, in presence in a challenge or prompt meme, etc--can garner feedback that vastly exceeds other fic by the same author. Sometimes, the author's favorites don't have the most adored pairing/trope/length/kink/etc, and for that reason have gone comparatively overlooked.

THUS, a comment meme!

Tell us: which are your favorite fics that you've written, or art/podfics/other fanworks you've created, that haven't garnered much attention? The fanworks you think people would like if they looked past the headers and started reading/listening to/etc? Or the fanworks that maybe other people won't love, but are forever near and dear to your heart?

Feel free to expound--this is a chance to collect recs, but it's also a good chance to hear what people think about the sweet spot concept, about what makes a fanwork you've created into a personal favorite, about what you've taken from the more overlooked fics that's been incorporated into later works. Bare your soul! Or just drop a couple of links, that's fine too.

If you don't have fanworks of your own that you want to include, feel free to suggest some overlooked works by other authors--that's a great way to broaden the discussion and suggestion pool!

When you post, consider specifying the fandom--and don't think you need to limit yourselves to certain fandoms! If you love it, it counts.
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From [personal profile] helens78 originally, [personal profile] seperis when I saw it.

Bold any reasons that apply to you, strike out any that don't (if you feel like it), and add three reasons of your own to the bottom.


1. To explore themes that I don't get to see in mass media using characters I love.
2. Because it's fun.
3. Because mass media does a crappy job of representing most people of color, women, people with disabilities, queer people, transgendered people, etc, and is especially crappy at intersectionality.
4. Because I can get more people aboard my ship writing a story than a manifesto.
5. Because TV science-fiction doesn't explore its science-fiction premises in enough depth.
6. Because it's a gift I can give a stranger and know they will enjoy it.
7. Because I resonate emotionally with the characters what I read and watch, and want to find out why by writing about it.
8. Because every tale is a universe, often with fascinating nooks and crannies that the original author never explored.
9. Because I've made some of my best and dearest friends through this very wacky hobby.
10. Because the world the creator made is vast, and I want to see more of it.
11. Because writing as a communal experience is amazing.
12. Because I can.

And mine:

13. Because it's hot.
14. Because sometimes you just get ideas, man, and you have to do something with them.
15. Because I find the fourth wall kind of pesky.
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(LJ QotD: who's your sexual-orientation exception? (Thus reminding us LJ is blind to bi/pan/asexual people)):

Paul Gross.
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Name That Dog Breed

Name That Movie Villain

Name That Element

Name That Candy Bar
OK, sucked at that one. I kept thinking everything was a Milky Way, and none of them were! Well, until it was. I just assume if it's not a Snickers (or a super-easy one like M&Ms) it's probably Milky Way. But that only really works once.

What are your chances of surviving a 100 foot fall?
Well ... gee.

What are your chances of surviving a bear attack?
OK, that's an ominous number. Good thing I don't camp or live in the country or anything.
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"In subjective terms, this means you are predominantly homosexual; only incidentally heterosexual."


Sep. 17th, 2008 02:55 pm
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When you see this, post a quote from Stargate Atlantis in your journal.

O'Neill: "That sounds like a Plan F, as in we are totally..."


Sep. 12th, 2008 07:19 pm
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Just 'cause I'm curious: what's the most-played song in your iTunes (or whatever) library?

Mine's Regina Spektor's Fidelity, which I could listen to a million times and not get tired of.
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If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a completely made up and fictional memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad -- but it has to be fake.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people don't actually dubiously claim to remember about you.
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