Happy birthday!

  • 21st Dec, 2014 at 8:41 PM
me with cat and wine
Happy birthday, jaxomsride!

Happy birthday!

  • 21st Dec, 2014 at 2:59 PM
xmas, party
Happy birthday, aralias!

I hope you don't get combined birthday and Christmas presents like a guy I knew whose birthday was on the 24th. He cured that by giving one of the offenders a jandal (flip-flop / thong / rubber summer footwear thingy) for Christmas with a note that he'd get the next one on his birthday. He always got two gifts from family after that. :-)

What I've done and am about to do

  • 10th Dec, 2014 at 6:43 PM
summer (beach)
Yes, I've been slack. Slack all round about posting, writing, you name it.

Work's been a bit fraught lately and today was worse than usual. The run-in I had with a colleague about her rudeness got, as always, turned back on me. Sigh. Note to self: It's always my fault. Second note: keep feelings to yourself. Not doing so will never work out.

Anyway.

Things I have yet to post:
  • all the lovely spring photos I took (even though it's now summer, i.e. hot and sticky if mostly grey)
  • photos from the air show two weeks ago which was on a gorgeous summer's day
  • photos from the very cool upholstery course I went on last Sunday
And tonight I'm off to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 12:01am, yes, one minute past midnight which is the first public showing in the world. As usual we'll be in the luxury cinema and will order food and coffee to be delivered to our adjustable leather reclining seats. A pity the dragon earring I ordered hasn't turned up yet.

In the meantime I have to catch up with OUaT.

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Thank you!

  • 23rd Nov, 2014 at 9:54 PM
plot tribble
Thanks for the replies to my previous post; they were very helpful and I have ideas now for both stories. I haven't responded yet because today was mostly spent at a Warbirds airshow on a lovely hot almost-summer's day. There was a Spitfire. :-D I love Spitfires.

There will be photos tomorrow I hope, or this week anyway, for those interested in old planes.

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Help me, Obi-Wan

  • 22nd Nov, 2014 at 6:35 PM
writing
Now that my intoabar story is out of the way, I should write the two outstanding trope_bingo stories before amnesty runs out at the end of the year.

The thing is, I'm still out of ideas. I've never written "curtainfic" and and I've done far too much "character in distress" so I want something a bit different there. I'm open to suggestions for both, and in any fandom.

I've found I work better when challenged, even (especially?) in weird ways as shown by past "stories I will never write" prompts. Bring it on!

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In a Pinch

  • 19th Nov, 2014 at 11:11 PM
liberator
This is my latest intoabar story: this time Vila finds himself on Discworld. Once I figured out a plot, it was a lot of fun to write.

Title: In a Pinch
Prompt: Vila Restal goes into a bar and meets... Mustrum Ridcully!
Fandoms: Blake's 7, Discworld
Word count: 3,408
Rating/Contents: No warnings needed
Summary: The Liberator is in a bit of a pinch and Vila needs Ridcully's help.

In a Pinch (on AO3)

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Vila goes into a bar and meets...

  • 6th Oct, 2014 at 4:53 PM
cheers
I am once again going to do the [community profile] intoabar challenge, yet another in the now longish series of Vila meeting people in all sorts of spaces and times. However I'm running short of crossover fandoms as I've covered several, and not just in various bars either.

Any suggestions?

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Life without the internet - or power

  • 6th Oct, 2014 at 4:45 PM
delta
When we woke up yesterday morning there was no power over a huge swathe of the city which was a bit annoying as we couldn't make espresso coffee or a hot breakfast. It got more than a bit annoying though as the day went on and we shivered in the 14C of the current antarctic blast. I read with a blanket over me and Greg took to bed with his radio for most of the afternoon. I have a camping stove that went all round Europe with me so we could boil water, but in the evening we drove to a suburb with power and had some dinner. That drive was the first time I'd been warm all day.

The power's still out today but it came on at work so that's where I am. I heard home should have power late tonight but I'm not holding my breath after all the other false predictions.

And what do we got for compensation? Maybe $50 but probably zilch. Why yes, I'm somewhat pissed off to say the least.

I have to say though, that the Kindle's great for reading after dark. [hugs Kindle]

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Happy birthday!

  • 16th Sep, 2014 at 10:03 PM
spring (kowhai)
Happy birthday to nautile26!



And spring is finally here, yay!

Happy birthday!

  • 5th Sep, 2014 at 9:20 PM
chocolate
Happy birthday, arenee1999!


Happy birthday!

  • 2nd Sep, 2014 at 10:46 PM
chocolate
Happy birthday ultrapsychobrat!

Days 28, 29, and 30

  • 31st Aug, 2014 at 10:55 PM
art
This is the last naarmamo post for 11 months - assuming I do this again next year of course. Because it's really not that easy.

The eye of a black cat, spaaaace, and some iconsCollapse )

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Days 28, 29, and 30

  • 31st Aug, 2014 at 10:35 PM
art
This is the last naarmamo post for 11 months - assuming I do this again next year of course. Because it's really not that easy.

The eye of a black cat, spaaaace, and some iconsCollapse )

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Days 22, 23, and 24

  • 25th Aug, 2014 at 10:53 PM
hello kitty armed
Day late, but hey. I was too full of new DW last night.

Scene for a kids' book, summer holiday, two catsCollapse )

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Days 19, 20, and 21

  • 21st Aug, 2014 at 10:01 PM
here we go again
August is more than two-thirds over; aren't you glad?

Beach house room in summer, fruit, bottlesCollapse )

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Days 16, 17, and 18

  • 18th Aug, 2014 at 10:57 PM
nikau (NZ!)
I suspect every three days is still too often. Oh well. As usual, click for a bigger version.

Poppy, cabbage tree, doodleCollapse )

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Days 13, 14, and 15

  • 15th Aug, 2014 at 8:54 PM
winter
Halfway through! As usual, click for a bigger version.

Winter tree, comic-style Axl Johnson, super moonCollapse )

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Days 7, 8, and 9

  • 10th Aug, 2014 at 11:32 PM
magnolias
A day late, but hey!

Lily, ocarinas, cat in a windowCollapse )

The icon BTW is from a drawing I did in a previous August, of a magnolia tree outside a friend's house. That was one of the places I went yesterday and the tree is just as stunning as that time, laden with flowers against a brilliant blue sky.

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Days 4, 5, and 6

  • 6th Aug, 2014 at 11:16 PM
planet
LJers, I only just realised that days 1, 2, and 3 didn't get cross-posted. It's there now if you want to see a selfie, a cat on a mat, and a footballer.

Now for the next three days.

Glass beads, Roman sword, what Vilakins is wearingCollapse )

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Days 1, 2, and 3

  • 5th Aug, 2014 at 11:14 PM
art
Huh! I just realised this post didn't cross-post to LJ. I hope it works this time.

The poll had a slight majority for posts every three days, and I'm already behind so I'm going with that.

As I have a hard time thinking of topics, this year I looked for 30-day art challenges. I found three which gives me a choice of 2 or 3 topics each day. Click on any image to see a larger version.

Selfie, a cat on a mat, and a footballerCollapse )

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Jasmin is 6

  • 28th Jul, 2014 at 9:44 PM
jasmin
It's Jasmin's 6th birthday today; it really doesn't seem that long since we got her. It was also Ashley's 6th in May but I never got round to posting, so here are photos of them both, taken over the last few months.

There was tuna for all three. :-)

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Trope bingo story: Little Red Lobster-Suit

  • 29th Jun, 2014 at 7:07 PM
servalan
Title: Little Red Lobster-Suit
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: au: fairy tale / myth
Characters: Kerr Avon, Roj Blake, Servalan, Travis
Length: 2,290 words
Summary: One day Little Red Lobster-Suit sets off into the woods to bring Blake a basket of food, drink, and his latest gadget.>Notes:</b> I once wrote a B7 version of Hansel and Gretel (Avon and Vila) and remarked in passing that at least I hadn't written Little Red Lobster-Suit. This gave me the chance to do so.

Little Red Lobster-Suit (on AO3)

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Little Red Lobster-SuitCollapse )

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Another storm

  • 11th Jun, 2014 at 10:54 PM
weather
Last night Auckland was lashed by the worst gales in 40 years, up to 145kph - and I managed to sleep through most of it (with the help of earplugs, admittedly). I'm glad I did as I'd have been lying there rigid with nervousness about living on the top of a hill.

Trees came down, houses were damaged, they even closed the harbour bridge for a time because a truck and trailer were blown over and the bridge was swaying too much, and 90,000 houses (according to the latest report) in the area lost power. I'm glad to say we were fine; I've woken up before a tree in the driveway which had to be cleared before I could get the car out.

Photos here.

Today however was amazingly sunny and calm, though I had to negotiate fallen branches and wheelie-bins as I walked to work. Then in the afternoon the power went off for the whole suburb with no explanation - it can't have been weather - and when my laptop battery gave up, I was released early. Bonus!

I might even have done some writing.

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What's my Blake's 7 name?

  • 3rd Jun, 2014 at 9:35 PM
loose cannon
According to this, I'm Ginka the Beserker, Warlord of the Forbidden Zone.

I like it!

Tell me who you are! :-)

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Trope bingo story: A Chemical Bond

  • 31st May, 2014 at 11:45 PM
mischief
Title: A Chemical Bond
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: AU: college / high school
Characters: Vila Restal, Kerr Avon, lots of others
Length: 1,918 words
Summary: One of Vila's pranks brings him to the attention of a senior boy called Avon.
Notes: I've never written a high school AU before so this was a new one for me.

A Chemical Bond (on AO3)

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And yes, I'll have to post the remaining three to make up a bingo line during the amnesty period.

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Happy birthday!

  • 28th May, 2014 at 7:03 PM
me with cat and wine
Happy birthday to quabazaa!



I hope it was a good one with plenty of yummy food you didn't cook yourself!

Trope bingo story: Sleer and Back Again

  • 26th May, 2014 at 9:54 PM
galactic hero
Title: Sleer and Back Again
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: futurefic
Characters: Vila Restal, Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Dayna Mellanby, Soolin, others
Length: 5340 words
Notes: Thought up after seeing The Desolation of Smaug

Sleer and Back Again (on AO3)

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