Ed Sheeran Concert!

Sep. 17th, 2017 10:47 pm
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My Ed Sheeran concert ticket arrived tonight. Whew! I was a bit nervous, having not received it earlier. I TOTALLY forgot the concert is this Wednesday at 7, and I accidentally made a vet appointment for Wednesday at 6. Oops! So I'm going to need to reschedule that. I remembered while on a school bus (of all things) this weekend. "Shape of You" was playing and then everything came together in my mind to make me realize my stupid double-booking.

The problem is, I was hoping to take the day after the concert off, because I knew I'd be coming home late from DC. It turns out that is the day I must drive up to Maryland and spend all day setting up my coworker's computers. I wouldn't have picked that day in a million years, but I was told I must do it on that day and only that day (and then also on Friday if we don't get finished on Thursday). So I'm going to have to leave my house around 6:30am. This is going to suck BIGTIME. My timing really, really sucks. But there's no way I could have known about this when I bought the tickets on April 5. *sigh* So it's just my bad luck again. And people wonder why I don't gamble. LOL

Saturday was fun; I went Chesapeake Lighthouse hunting in Maryland with [personal profile] melydia. There was no way to get to all the lighthouses in one day, but we did see 5. As I love lighthouses, that was definitely a day well spent.

Today I woke up at 6, when I was supposed to, and my head was pounding. I haven't been sleeping well for a week now, and last night was no better. Charlie woke me up more than 8 times, requiring me to get out of bed each time, and I tossed and turned on top of that. And yesterday was physically taxing, so it's no wonder I felt like crap. I reset the alarm to 7 and didn't feel any better. So I slept until 8. I still didn't feel better, but an extra 2 hours of sleep was all I was going to allow myself. If I got too off schedule, I'd never be able to get back on. So I spent nearly the whole day trying not to nod off and trying to do things. I didn't manage to do much. I have a vague memory of doing a few things on the internet. I washed my kitchen floor. I scrubbed bird popp off my car in more than 20 places, tried to go to a car wash, and found the car wash out of order.

And I got super anxious about the luau party I had to go to at 2. One of my friends is getting married, and her sister threw a small party for her. I always feel incredibly socially awkward, and considering I was so tired today, I was even worse than normal. Also, people had brought gifts and I hadn't brought one (I ordered one off the registry but it hadn't been delivered yet). I should have done what someone else did and bring a card... but I totally didn't think about that. Stupid me. So I felt even more awkward when it came time to open presents.

Then I headed to another gas station and got a car wash there. I'm VERY new to car washes, still. Growing up, we always washed our cars ourselves. But my parking situation is such that, unless no one happens to be parking next to me, I can't really wash my car without getting the ones on either side me wet, too. Our parking spots are very small. And I won't necessarily even be able to park in front of my house. Anyway, I got a car wash, so that was good.

I came home and putzed around for a while. I froze my credit, which required me to find some loan information from 9 years ago. I went through 5 boxes and my glove compartment trying to find that info. So that was a fun time. I did watch 5 Highlander episodes tonight, though, including my very most favorite one with Dougray Scott in it. I was shocked to find out that the writers/producers thought the episode was a flop and badly executed. Out of more than 100 episodes, it is literally my absolute favorite. How could they think it was so bad? It's amazing! Psycological drama, Jacobite Uprising flashbacks, soooo much angst, foreshadowing one of the most shocking moments in all of Highlander without even realizing it (more than a season ahead of time), Methos in the basement of Shakespeare & Co, Scottish folk songs, and Dougray Scott saying the word "gunpowder" with the most amazing accent it kills me every damn time.

Exciting News!!!

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:23 am
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You heard it here first! :-) Next Saturday (September 23) is the Tarot of Sneezing's 20th anniversary. It's been 20 years since I started the site (the third of its kind in the "community"), 20 years since I changed my Anonymous pen name into an actual username, 20 years since I first realized my interest in snezing was something I wanted to make into an actual thing.

And now, after more than a year of hard work, I've made it into another actual thing. I've put together a collection of twenty of my favorite stories as well as some additional sequels, unfinished story excerpts, drabbles, and more. Lots of the bonus content and two of the stories will only ever appear in this collection. There's even a commentary section at the end where I reflect and give insight about the stories. It was a labor of love, and I just got the proof in the mail yesterday. It turned out better than I'd expected, so now it really is an actual thing! Twenty years of my sneeze fetish perfect bound together in one book I can hold in my hands.

Here's what the cover looks like:

The book willl be available for purchase on Saturday, September 23 for $20 (you can look at that as $1 per story with tons of extras included for free). I'll also be running a drawing here on my Dreamwidth journal for a free, signed copy. So, if you're interested, check back here next Saturday to enter or buy your own copy of my collection.

Summergen 2017 fic: As Other Birds

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:50 am
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Title: As Other Birds
Rating : PG-13
Word Count : 2700
Warnings : children in danger
Spoilers: S12
Author’s Notes: For Summergen, withthedemonblood wanted Winchesters and Baneses, post 12 x20. Thanks to  [personal profile] laughablelament , as always, and to the mods!

Summary : Two sets of brothers, a pair of witch twins, and the Pennsylvania woods. Or: what to make of a diminished thing.

On AO3

When you're planning a quickening...

Sep. 12th, 2017 12:11 am
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"The Quickening on Homeland... I mean, you're limited when you're planning a quickening. You've got to use what's there."
-Ken Gord, during the making of the episode "Homeland" bonus feature

For some reason, this struck me as HILARIOUS tonight. Oh, you know how it is when you're planning a quickening. That's something we all do all the time, right? It's certainly better than an unplanned quickening, that's for sure!

"The moon... I don't remember whose idea it was. But, ah, it was something that was meant to embellish what was really not one of the most spectacular quickenings simply because of the location. I don't think the moon was as bad as everybody else thinks. Um, I'm trying to remember the actual, ah, shot. it was just like a big--a very, very big, very, like a really big--moon. In, ah, sort of that look like it was probably too big."

I don't see the problem. It's totally a harvest moon. Even though it was the middle of March when it was filmed in Scotland and the middle of the summer when they filmed in Vancouver. No problem at all.
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Sep. 8th, 2017 11:23 pm
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So.... I did a thing this week I can't tell you about yet until I get proof of it in the mail. But it's a thing and I'm super excited about it because I've been working on it for a year now and it's almost done! SQUEE!

Had a lovely write-in tonight. I finished story 3 of my BDSM club series just as the Panera was closing. I powered through some guilt regarding all the Hurt/Comfort Bingo prompts I haven't started yet. I got to explain the sex pollen trope (not sure I did a very good job of explaining, but it's hard to explain fuck-or-die situations... you just gotta read 'em to believe 'em), and I saw a bunch fo adorable cat pictures/videos.

I bought a lot of Christmas presents this week for friends. I need to stop spending money.

Though, speaking of spending money, there are some new Harry Potter FUNKO POPs out. There's Harry with a Marauder's Map--yay!!!!! There's Ron holding Scabbers, and Ron's got little scratch marks on his chin--awwwwww! And there's Remus Lupin... in butt ugly movie werewolf form--ew. No proper-looking Remus Lupin that I can put next to Sirius and have them embrace like "brothers." *sigh* I'm not buying that. But the other two... perhaps... I'm hoping they'll still be in stock when my Hot Cash is valid this month.


Also, I'm trying to make up my mind about going to see John and Hank Green in DC next month. I really want to... but I've already seen them in person so I don't really need to. I also don't need two copies of Turtles All the Way Down, but I'm sure I can find a use for the second one :-)

I drove by my garage yesterday and my mechanic said I don't need another $350 fix for my car just yet. I love my mechanic. He said most garages will tell you it needs replacing because it's a super quick fix for them to make and an expensive part, so a high return on their part. He said he'll keep an eye on it every time I bring it in for an oil change and let me know when it really does need replacing. I love my mechanic. It's so cool to live in such a large town and have the people at the garage you go to remember you and remember your car as if it were a small town. I mean, my family's been taking our cars there for the past 30 years, so it makes sense they'd remember us. But, still, it's nice to have a mechanic I trust.

Last night I had a Harry Potter meetup. We discussed book 6. I reread it Monday through Thursday and finished the book in time for the meetup. Chapter 23 made me cry, and it's never done that before. Maybe I've been too hard on Dumbledore in the past? Hmm. I also came out of it with several REALLY fun ideas for fics that I want to write.

UGH There's just not enough time to write all that needs writing!


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