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~all around me darkness gathers~ ~fading is the sun that shone~ ~we must speak of other matters~ ~you can be me when i'm gone~ ((All of this has happened before)) ((All of this has happened before)) ((All of this will happen again)) ((All of this will happen again))
God bless the rain, and the rainclouds that bring it. God bless the music, and the voices that sing it. God bless the ones who sing everything wrong. God bless all creatures who do not belong.
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Yeah I started doing lists and then I couldn't stop so I guess I'm feeling more like myself now.

One-Shot Fanfics:

Signal Fire (Jurassic World; Owen/Claire)
Five Senses Karen Has and One That Matt Doesn't (Daredevil; Matt/Karen)
Untitled (Crossover: Avengers/Deadpool)
It's All Connected (Crossover: MCU/Deadpool)
Superspeed (Avengers; Wanda&Bartons)
Procyon B (GotG; Peter/Rocket)
Unsalvageable (Daredevil; Matt/Karen)

Fanfic Chapters:

Brace for Impact (GotG; Peter&Rocket)
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Older (BtVS; Buffy/Angel)
Chapter Fifteen
Wolfsbane (BtVS; Buffy/Angel)
Prologue through Chapter Seventeen

Drabbles:

Applicant (Avengers/Deadpool)
Profiling (Avengers/Deadpool)
Rejection (Avengers/Deadpool)
Untitled (Captain America: Civil War)

Graphics:

GoT Macros
More GoT Macros
Even more GoT Macros

Episode Reviews:

Welcome to the Hellmouth
The Harvest
Witch

Meta:

Responsibility in Civil War and Buffyverse vampires
Saga Lately
Some notes on the Civil War comics

Crafting:

Marvel apron

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Mad-Eye: awake awake
The Glue of the World: Queen documentaries on YouTube

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Fanfiction:

Finish Jurassic World fic by the end of the week
Finish Daredevil fic by the end of the month
Add a chapter to "Older" per the challenge I set on Day 6

Write some B/A fic totaling at least 5000 words (Aaarghh....)
Complete a fic of any length for the GotG fandom

Original fiction:

Complete my story "Retronym" (It's not dead yet, at least.)
Finish writing the first arc of my superhero comic
Plot out the first arc for my other comic
Revisit my YA fantasy novel
(Revisited, in the sense that I opened the doc and realized it wasn't the right time to return to it, but I thought I should let myself have this one.)
Clean up and post/publish a couple poems

Art:

Draw centaur porn (It's going to be so weird not having this on my resolutions.)
Sketch the main characters from the two comics
Make something for my nephew and/or nieces
Complete any kind of painting
Use Photoshop
Use my sewing machine
Finish repainting my Psyche sculpture


Reading:

Finish a book a month (This month was The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, plus the reread of American Gods and the comic series Y: The Last Man. All were good. I'm going to continue with this goal although I may not write it down.)
Finish the Civil War event before the movie
Finish the Age of Apocalypse event before the movie
Devour all the Squirrel Girl that exists
Check out the Harry Dresden series on audiobook
(I'm still reading these, but currently hovering at the beginning of Proven Guilty. I broke my iPhone.)
Get a Wheel of Time refresher (Seems I've taken an unintended break, but I'll continue with this series too.)
Read one poem every night before going to sleep (This too.)

TV:

Catch up on Game of Thrones (Yeah no I haven't started S6 yet, but I own it and we're watching it soon, so it counts.)
Catch up on Doctor Who (When's the last time I wrote about this? I did enjoy the finale.)
Revive my BtVS episode reviews (One more for the "will continue" pile.)

Other:

Fix the comments system etc. on Castle Kairos (Aaaarrrrrghhh.)
Finish and post my homebrew 30-day meme
Get the theme tune for Pompidou out of my head (At last! Hey, maybe I should go listen to it again...)

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Mad-Eye: hungry hungry
The Glue of the World: Battlefield I

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Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


1. This is from several IWRYs ago, but I was already past my fanfiction renaissance and it took a lot of labor to finish it. I wouldn't call it my best one-shot fic, but it may be as serious and meaningful as I ever get: Gladsheim Court.

2. I guess I had something of a meta renaissance, too, or at least a high that lasted long enough to write about the comics, comparing them to another visual story, in BtVS Season 8 and Sandman: Tales in the Sand. If you didn't read it then, you probably won't get much out of it now, but I don't mind revisiting it myself.

3. Now that it's been over a year since I started writing for the MCU, I'm going to let Detonation Imminent represent my non-Buffy fanfiction. Someday maybe I'll finish the sequel. :)

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This is usually my favorite time of year. The symbolism of renewal speaks to me, and I like it that everyone gets together to have a party right after another major holiday so we can enjoy all the trappings left over and come to peace with letting it go. I've got a celebration to attend tonight, someone to kiss, and a three-day weekend. Can't complain. But this month has put me off balance a bit. Over Christmas I had a couple of really bad days, and was reviewing strategies to get through another long depressive span. Then it just dissipated and I wasn't ready with a strategy for life as normal.

The 2016 suckfest becoming a meme may have been our collective way of assuring ourselves that we're not in the early stages of a long descent. I don't talk like this. I believe in everyone's personal power, however small, to improve the world, and I believe in hope. I've just had a sinking feeling about 2017, and I don't know how to talk anyone else out of theirs.

Which is just to say, I'm sorry for being so silent even to those who were kind enough to send Christmas cards (and for bloviating about my life in a public entry). Thanks so much to all of you! They really brighten up our living room. If you missed your chance to get one from me, and wanted one, you haven't actually missed your chance, just let me know.

Another thing I usually love about New Year's is making lists, but I feel sadly uninspired today. I'll probably compile my fanworks as usual and check on my resolutions, but maybe it'll take another day or two. There are so many things I want to do, but most of them are actually just things I want to have done. I don't get how languages without a present perfect tense get by, because how else can you express that thought?

With the sky falling on LJ I'm considering once again exactly what I want out of my online presence. I'm not leaving and probably won't even take any precautions (nobody can see me as anything but harmless, alas); I'm just wondering if I've got the wrong idea always trying to coax myself to post more. Maybe it's time to cut ties, post less, concentrate on worthwhile production and individual contact.

Whatever the case, whatever happens with me, whatever happens to the world, I wish you all the very best. Into the new year we go. Let's do this thing.

Mad-Eye: melancholy melancholy
The Glue of the World: Outkast - Mighty "O"

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I can't believe it's Christmas already and I've been in the wrong place emotionally today (you can say there are no wrong emotions but it just feels more accurate than a bad place), but I made gingerbread and I wrapped the presents and I want everyone to be happy.

The key is in the lyrics: heavenly peace, rest ye merry, gaudete, joyful all ye nations, joyful and triumphant. No rules, no requirements. Just goodwill to men.

All Places Are Alike to Me: Simon's office
Mad-Eye: peaceful peaceful
The Glue of the World: the choir rehearsing for the 10pm service

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I just grabbed the one from last year and changed the dates.Collapse )

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All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
Mad-Eye: restless restless

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the best Harry Potter movie.

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If you would like a Christmas card from me, please leave me your address in the comments. (They're screened so that nobody else will be able to see it.)

If you don't, I might try to send you one anyway and get your address wrong, and nobody wants that.

I really did have aspirations of painting my own card this year but it's too late and visual art is currently not high priority on my creative works list. I haven't bought cards yet. Maybe they'll be awesome, we don't know.

All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
Mad-Eye: blank blank

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Fanfiction:
Write some B/A fic totaling at least 5000 words: Don't mind me I'm just banging my head against the desk here. (I know that what I've posted is technically B/A and over 5k words, but none of it officially exists yet, remember? Yes arbitrary rules are my favorite thing.)

Original fiction:
Plot out the first arc for my other comic: Actually yeah! It probably amounts to around 20 minutes of work, but it's what needed to be done before any more work can happen, so it's a victory.
Clean up and post/publish a couple poems: Edited and recorded a second one so that's "a couple." Crossing it off; screw publication.

Reading:
Finish a book a month: Mindtouch by MCA Hogarth. This had been on my list for a while but I decided to purchase it recently, in part because it made a lighter travel book than what I'd been reading and in part for the sake of showing support for the author, who had temporarily vanished from the internet after the election. I had known what to expect going in -- no plot, alien furries, gentle friendship -- and had no cause for disappointment. I have no doubt I'll be carrying on with the series.
Read one poem every night before going to sleep: Interesting thing about the Good Poems collection is that it's arranged by topic. I'm on the "Music" chapter and for some reason it seems slower than the others did. I still like it though.

TV:
Catch up on Doctor Who: Finished S8. Very sad finale. I like all the classic enemies recurring but I've also started getting annoyed sometimes when the big reveal is...Cybermen, again. Loved the big reveal on Missy all the way, though. Have I mentioned the opening sequence is my very favorite? Because it is. With the Roman numerals and the (yup!!) golden spiral. Killer.

Other:
Finish and post my homebrew 30-day meme: Worked on it.

Well, so much for this being my month of writing, but I tried. If I can get maybe two more items crossed off, I won't have finished, but it will still make a pretty impressive-looking list. That's all I really care about.

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All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
Mad-Eye: tired tired

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Okay, this is the last part I have written. How fitting that it's the last day of November.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: exhausted exhausted
The Glue of the World: Agents of SHIELD

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Hey it's an actual Buffy/Angel scene for once.Collapse )

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All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
Mad-Eye: nervous nervous

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I was going to post this at work earlier today but got distracted by Cyber Monday.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: tired tired
The Glue of the World: TV commercials

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I'm back and I need a nap.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Sarah McLachlan - Adia

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Posting just to feel like I didn't bring the tablet for nothing.Collapse )

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All Places Are Alike to Me: NOLA!
Mad-Eye: happy happy

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Figured I might as well do an update before departing.Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Moulin Rouge - Your Song

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Breaking BadCollapse )

Doctor WhoCollapse )

PoldarkCollapse )

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And just checking in on those two Disney cartoons I wanted to keep an eye on when they were announced...

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Guardians of the GalaxyCollapse )

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Mad-Eye: mellow mellow
The Glue of the World: Our Lady Peace - Clumsy

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It's finally sunk in that the reason I keep waffling on the right time to tell the internet I'm back is that I don't really want to come back. Avoiding social media hasn't exactly improved my life (if anything, I'm just playing more Pokemon Go), but neither has the new habit of peeking surreptitiously at the first few posts visible on any given site and then closing it again with a sigh. It may be time to stop doing things halfway.

This isn't as big a deal as I'm making it sound, but part of the problem is that if I don't say anything about a decision I'm making, the decision doesn't actually get made and I carry on indefinitely with all my useless thoughts. So when I got the email today about renewing my additional userpic package, I picked out 70 of them to delete, and withheld my ten bucks. I wish I could have dropped ten at a time or something but such is life.

Anyway, you won't notice much of a change on my own blog, but I'm headed to New Orleans for a minibreak on Monday and probably won't take a laptop, and then it's Thanksgiving. So if I seem like I've vanished, it's because of that, not because of anything related to this post: the "decision" relates only to my activity on my friends page. There's more Wolfsbane in the works and it will get here sooner or later.

I also saved all of those deleted icons in their own special folder so I can reinstate them if there comes a time for it. No burned bridges.

Like I said before, you can defriend me or speak your mind here without fear of repercussions. Peace.

Mad-Eye: disappointed disappointed
The Glue of the World: Tonic -- If You Could Only See

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Wrote this part ages ago, can't believe I finally get to post it!Collapse )

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All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
Mad-Eye: excited excited

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He's probably not going to show again after this chapter.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: restless restless

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Mad-Eye: bored bored

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