janetlin: (USS Buttcheek)
The last meme got no nibbles so let's try this one

Send me a show (check my interests if you're stumped) and I'll tell you...

- The first character I fell in love with:
- The character who is my ‘baby’:
- The character who I do not understand:
- The character that I think the show ruined:
- The most attractive male and female character:
- The character death that was the worst for me:
- The character that is the most like me:
- The character I think the writer(s) love:
- The character that I just want to be happy:
- My four favorite characters, past or present:
- My four least favorite characters, past or present:

750 words

May. 6th, 2014 01:24 pm
janetlin: (Begin)
I need to write more.

Well, I need to write more that isn't RP, and preferably not fanfic. I haven't written original fic outside of NaNoWriMo in... I can't even remember. Six and a half years? If that angsty/creepy doodle that never actually used Lucius' and Narcissa's names counts as not-fanfic. Otherwise nine, all the way back to the pieces I wrote for the online creative writing class when I was living in Kansas City. Wow.

So I've gone back to 750 words. 'Cause that seems like a good number to shoot for each day. Not NaNo-pace, but big enough that it isn't just a matter of dashing something off to get it over with for the day. I can't remember my old login info, so I had to start a new account, and sadly have therefore lost my old stats, though actually I'm not sure they would even still be relevant after such a long time.

So eenyhoo, come join me over there. It's free, though after June 12th new accounts will have to pay to subscribe after 30 days, so get in under the wire ;)

EDIT: herp derp, I misread the membership page and it was June 12th of _last_ year. Oops. Now I do wish I could remember my old login info :p
janetlin: (Amy)
from [livejournal.com profile] queer_theory, 'cause it's been a loooong time since I did a meme here.

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
janetlin: (Liam)
I don't really have a purpose for this post, other than to share this pic I took of Liam at our family Easter party yesterday.

Liam at Easter

That look on his face is so perfectly him, I just can't.
janetlin: (Holiday: Birthday)
Happy birthday to meeee!

[livejournal.com profile] chianagirl (I totally tried to tag your tumblr name there :p) gave me a pretty pretty of our babies ScarGold. :D

*pets them* Yes, she's pregnant. We're so excited (and so is she, unlike canon. Amazing the difference actually being married for love can make).

Morgan has a choir thing tonight so instead of our customary dinner, the family is going out for pie afterward. Ummyummyummy, as Liam would say. I'm going to wear my new polka dot dress, which still requires some futzing so I'mma get back onto that and tell y'all about it once it's done.
janetlin: (Craft)
I made a skirt for Morgan.

I love that fabric. It's "quilting" (don't get me started on quilting endeavors taking over my fabric stores, grr) cotton and I found it in the calicoes, but it feels almost like muslin, soft and a little fuzzy. That coupled with the pastel, almost faded, colors gives it a "lived-in" look right off the bat.

Morgan likes it.

janetlin: (Craft)
So I'm making this dress

in white with purple polka dots, and solid dark purple trim.

Here's my fabric

oh my god it has a nap!! (non-sewers: see how the shades shift from light to dark but then go straight back to light? That means it has a right-way-up) Arrgh. :(

Okay, so I have to lay everything down top-to-bottom instead of turning some upside down to fit side by side - other crafty types know how that goes. Fortunately, the (always rather liberal) layout in the instructions says to do it like that, anyway, so at least I'm not short on yardage.

As I'm pinning it down, I notice that the waistline notation on the front piece is ON A DIFFERENT COLOR ROW than the waist on the back piece. Oh noes!

So now I'm unpinning the back piece to shift it down until the waistline is on the same row. *facepalm*

I could have worn it quite happily, until I noticed that. Now it would bug me and I'd never be able to _not_ see that the shade was different on either side of the side seam.
janetlin: (Reading)
Wow, it's been a long time since I did a 50 book challenge - or 24, as is much more reasonable for me. Well, I'm going to try again, because I miss reading, much as I enjoy everything I do online - and evidently I do a lot - it eats up a _whole_ lot of time, and my attention span is markedly shorter than it used to be, so this year I'm going to try to unplug more and find other ways to spend my time and engage my brain.

So, I picked up Star Trek, the novelization of the first reboot!verse movie, toward the end of last year, to help me write my Star Trek AU fic for the Rumbelle Secret Santa exchange on tumblr, and finished reading it last night.

It was... okay. Usually what I enjoy about movie novelizations are the extra bits of exposition in the narration that are either edited from the finished movie for time, or too subtle to notice onscreen. This novel didn't have many of those, so it was eh. I didn't get anything from reading it that I didn't already have from the movie, which at times made it hard to keep reading, especially after I was done writing my fic and no longer "needed" it.

Title: Star Trek
Author: Alan Dean Foster
Pages: 274

1 / 24 words. 4% done!
janetlin: (Content)
Same old, same old here. [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat is working, Monkey is in school. Oh, Liam is in daycare now, and he seems to enjoy it. He still isn't talking (though vocalizing plenty), which is kind of a bummer because I look forward to hearing what he has to say.

I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year, doing a dark fairy tale which I'm coming to realize doesn't have 50k words in it. I may have to get, well, creative.

RP continues to be fun. Scarlett has found out she's pregnant and is not-so-patiently waiting until she's in the clear to tell EVERYONE. It's amazing how different her attitude about pregnancy is when she actually _likes_ her husband. ;)

And really that's pretty much it. Not much of an update but there's not much happening, so.
janetlin: (Team Horsemen)
Icons for [livejournal.com profile] sleepyhollowlnd's challenge.

Fear Off-center Quote BAMF Blocking Simplicity Colorful Headless Negative Space Black and White

Free for snatchin' - please credit me.

sig tag 04
janetlin: (Internet forever)

[livejournal.com profile] sleepyhollowlnd is a new interactive land comm dedicated to the TV series Sleepy Hollow!
Apply for Team Horsemen HERE and let them know I sent you!

[livejournal.com profile] sleepyhollowlnd [livejournal.com profile] sleepyhollowlnd [livejournal.com profile] sleepyhollowlnd

I've never done a land comm before, but this looks like fun! :D
janetlin: (Alice)

Summary: Manhattan, 1887. Mr. Gold was injured in the Civil War twenty-five years ago. Now he's a railroad robber baron, and he has a new maid...

Rating: PG-13/T

Chapter 2
"I am a generous man, and I do love a desperate soul."
janetlin: (Miranda)
God is watering my lawn for me right now, isn't that nice of Him? I could sit in front of an open window right now just breathing because it smells so lovely.

On the other hand, sniff, see ya next time, summer.

On Friday night I didn't bother going to bed, because Mom was showing up at five in the morning on Saturday so I could drive her and Rich to the airport 'cause they're going to be in Canada for a week. So I did that, came home, and still didn't bother trying to sleep, because [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat had to be at work at eight in the morning (usually he's an afternoon/evening worker). This change in his schedule was because he, too, had a flight on Saturday and will be gone for a week. His step/adoptive grandfather died at the end of August, and the memorial was today (well, yesterday New Zealand time, now), so he flew home for that. I sort-of napped while he was working (couldn't actually sleep because the kids were awake and playing in the front room and in need of occasional food/drink/diaper changes), picked him up at 4:30 and drove straight down to San Francisco. Made good time, too, despite having to use a new route because the Bay Bridge is closed. We at least knew this ahead of time and mapquested accordingly.

I thought I was done with this bullshit of putting him on a plane and sending him across the ocean. :(

On the upside, in a nice poetic circle-of-life moment, his sister had her baby yesterday, so yay for him being an uncle (by blood this time), _and_ hopefully he'll be able to see/hold his nephew before he comes home.
janetlin: (Begin)
I finished the first chapter of the fanfic I mentioned in my last entry. *kermit arms* I've posted it at A03; all my fanfic has been mirrored there.

Gilded - Chapter 1 "Something Unusual"

Summary: Mr. Gold was injured in the Civil War twenty-five years ago. Now he's a railroad robber baron, and he has a new maid...

Rating: PG-13/T

"It's money, Da, and we need it."
janetlin: (ScarGold)
Okay so that's been forever. :-s Sorry guys.

Things is good, in fact that's why I've been pretty quiet around here. Found a couple of panfandom rp comms and have made some great connections with the other players and am having a shitton of fun playing Ronon Dex on board Serenity, and Scarlett O'Hara who is now married to Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin (don't look at me like that, it actually works!), and a very slow-burn relationship building between Janet Fraiser and Wolverine (again, trust me, not as weird as it sounds).

I have also discovered tumblr in the meantime. Oh god. That place is a bigger timesink than facebook. More fun, too, fortunately, but yeah, not so good for productivity.

Except when that productivity is writing. 'Cause almost a month ago, an intriguing historical au prompt for Rumpelstiltskin/Belle came across my dashboard, and it's been eating my brain and I have a TWENTY CHAPTER outline and the rough draft of the first chapter is already about 3k words and I'm only 2/3 through what's supposed to happen there. Sooo yeah this is shaping up to be a frakking novel and if I take only two weeks (that's rather fast, for me) to write each chapter, I'll be at this for the better part of a year. It's... kind of terrifying. I haven't written fanfic of any kind since *blows off the dust and cobwebs* February of _last_ year. And I've never tackled something this big. *wibble*

So I'm kind of scared but also super excited and I'm trying to get at least this first chapter together before I get sick of the whole idea, and then hopefully get some momentum going to carry me through the rest. My rp Gold/Rumpel, [livejournal.com profile] chianagirl, is being a fantastic cheerleader and sounding-board and I like having someone to talk to as I write and who shares my giggles whenever the characters have an amusing interchange because she gets all the inside jokes.

The kids are great: Morgan just started FOURTH GRADE on Thursday, Liam is walking but still only babbling vowel sounds and glottal stops (where'd he learn that?!), though there are several words/commands/requests that he understands and with which he complies with gratifying frequency.

We've bought our tickets to New Zealand for [livejournal.com profile] allova's wedding next year. Yay! That'll be a lovely trip and some nice time just the two of us because the kids are staying home with my mom.
janetlin: (Writing)
Wow; for once, I didn't post anything here about NaNoWriMo this year. Huh. Maybe there's something to this "don't talk about what you're working on" thing. Which is a bummer, because I like talking about whatever project I'm currently excited about. And I was - and am - very excited about this year's story. I hit 50k early for the first time ever, and kept going until the story was finished, at 54.6k. Wow. Of course, that's NaNo-rough, so the size may come out very different after editing and rewrites ;). Also new this year: I'm looking forward to said editing. I lived with this thing for a month and am not sick of it. Wow. I even actually have hopes of shopping this one around, so I apologize but I'm going to be vague about it.

Thanks, as I said in my victory post, to the mods and denizens of [livejournal.com profile] allyear_sprints: if I had been a more dedicated sprinter I could have finished even earlier. Thanks also, of course, to my beloved [livejournal.com profile] kiwifruitbat for encouraging and setting his own high word counts for me to try to beat ;) and [livejournal.com profile] thulrandir for the genesis of the idea and for being my sounding-board and cheerleader at every step.

Basically it's a steampunky AU with an American (shameless author-insert at the moment, I'll fix her later) professor doing research for a grant proposal, a dashing Australian airship captain who's, like, Malcolm Reynolds meets Allan Quatermain, and the captain's gorgeous nemesis, who is Ba'al or maybe Lucius Malfoy. ;) Also dinosaurs are involved, and heinous misuse of aboriginal mythology. I heartily apologize and I promise I'll fix it.
janetlin: (NaNo 2012)
THANK YOU to the sprint gang tonight, who are awesome cheerleaders. When I sat down tonight I was like, I have 5k to go, think I'll do ~2k tonight and the rest tomorrow. But they cheered me on and I DID IT ALL!

janetlin: (Dirty fanfic)
"A New Year Present! A new Dark Arts community and it is weekly drabbles. It will be more relaxed than [livejournal.com profile] darkarts_ldws and this comm may take over from there if people aren't wholly interested any more. Here is a nifty banner to promote the cause...

I do think I like the idea of a week-at-a-time thing. The challenge of last writer standing is fun, but it would be nice to take each week as it comes and start over fresh each time, as and if the prompt resonates and depending on rl obligations that particular week. Also no eliminations, yay! So do every single week if you want!


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