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By all means, go right ahead.

But would you mind to drop me a note about it, if we've not "met" before? I'm a bit uncomfortable with friending back folk with whom I've not had any personal contact.


Oct. 30th, 2009 08:52 pm
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Well, I keep posting on LJ, but not cross-posting here. My apologies for that to anyone who's keeping track of me here and not there.

I got my MA at the end of September.

There was snow on the 16 October.

I turned 34 on the 18 October.

My dreams are often both sweet and frustrating.

Somebody I'd played music with for years died last Sunday--she'd been ill with breast cancer for quite a while, but it still came as a shock.

I signed up for NaNoWriMo, but have no idea what I'm actually going to do for it.

That's about the size of it.
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Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. music score: 38
2. books score: 28
3. cats score: 26
4. history score: 24
5. reading score: 23
6. poetry score: 20
7. tea score: 20
8. coffee score: 19
9. art score: 19
10. ireland score: 18
11. chocolate score: 18
12. photography score: 18
13. singing score: 16
14. politics score: 16
15. mythology score: 15
16. wine score: 14
17. movies score: 14
18. terry pratchett score: 14
19. guinness score: 13
20. neil gaiman score: 13

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This is based on my livejournal interests, rather than my dreamwidth interests, I think.
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Bhuel, LJBook's helpline suggested I should wait four hours without being logged in to LJ, then try it again.

This, of course, I didn't find out until I was already logged in. I asked about html in subject headers, and they said that could be a problem as well. So, I went through and took the html out of every subject header I could find. Tried it again, and still didn't work--I suppose I need to wait the four hours, also.

Can't quite decide if I can make it through the afternoon without checking or updating LJ, or if I should simply try LJBook tommorrow morning before I've logged in. ;-)

In other news, I've got a new cousin once removed in Tejas. He and his mother, father, sister, and grandparents are all doing well. This makes me happy.
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Just making sure I can do this, really.


Aug. 9th, 2009 12:18 am
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LJ works at home again. I amn't sure how much I'll be using Dreamwidth, still... most of my friends are still on LJ, so far as I know. Ah, well. I suppose I'm just rambling for no purpose, really.


Aug. 8th, 2009 07:01 pm
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I'm still unable to access LJ at home. It works when I'm out, but when I try to connect at home I'm told that livejournal is too long in replying, and get nowhere, no matter which computer or browser I use.

I can't say that I'll be moving to Dreamwidth altogether, but if this continues, I amn't sure what I'll do.
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I'm having trouble accessing LJ from home lately--can't get it on either my computer or my mother's. Keep getting a message to the effect that livejournal.com is too long in replying, or something like that.

I'm at Starbucks right now. It works fine here.

If I'm slow in replying to anything you've said, or seem scarce in the near future, that's why. If you're on Dreamwidth or Journalfen, I can be found, in varying degrees of frequency, under the same username.
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Well, I can't seem to access LJ the now. I hope it'll be working again soon.
ETA: 8 August, 02:15 EDT: Still can't reach LJ. The isitdown site says it's just me. Feh.
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I wish I could think of something more interesting to say, but Heathers it is. At least that's the "teen movie" I remember best from when I was a teenager.

Now I'm trying to remember the movies I actually watched as a teenager--probably was slightly more inclined to watch movies than I am now, although not much. Most of the ones I'm thinking of, I'm not sure how often I actually watched them--my then girlfriend had a thing for Merchant-Ivory movies, and I know we watched Into the West more than once. She said that The Adventures of Baron Munchausen was her favourite movie, the first time she showed it to me, which was probably one of the first times we watched a video alone together, but I'm not sure how many times we actually watched it.
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I was mowing the lawn this late morning/early afternoon, and saw what I swear I think was a leopard frog hopping out of a stand of dense grass (in amongst the pile of holly bushes that my mother had me haul into the back and leave a couple of weeks ago).

A toad wouldn't have surprised me, but this certainly looked like a leopard frog--I didn't think they went that far away from bodies of open water. There might be a puddle vaguely resembling a pond back in our woods, but this critter would've had to cross brambles and grass and quite a lot of distance, at least by frog standards, in order to reach this place. And why would it do that, when there's no open water nearer our house?

It sat for a while in the grass, and I turned off the mower and tried to get a picture, but I couldn't get my cellphone deployed in time.
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Thank you very much for including childless thirty-something me in your marketing survey, but I'm far more concerned about what features the perfect kid-friendly velociraptor should have.
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I wrote this last week for [livejournal.com profile] mctabby's Cat's Birthday HP Drabblethon 5 but am just now getting round to linking it in. Just in case anyone out there really wants to have read all of my fanfic. :-)

Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] csi_tokyo3
Prompt: A Veela cousin's Portkey overshoots Bill & Fleur's wedding; she ends up in Neville's bedroom instead.
Word count: 400 (Sorry, it takes me longer to write 100 words than 400, and I've not got much time the day.)
Rating: Borderline R

Merde. Stupid English Portkey. French Portkeys always worked, but the stupid English wouldn't let anyone else make a Portkey to enter their stupid country. And so... Claudine Soubeyron, half-Veela, was stuck between a bookshelf and a desk.

She pushed, hard, at the desk. Now she could see a bed. Merde. If it were a Muggle bedroom, she'd be forced to call the Obliviators. But in a Wizarding bedroom, she might face an assault on her virtue, or be accused of such an assault on some "innocent" boy or girl.

Whilst I'm at it, [livejournal.com profile] sheepfairy wrote a lovely Harry/Ginny/Luna ficlet for me.

Trouble With Tribbles (500 words; G)
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] llynden!


Jul. 20th, 2009 02:34 pm
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I am.

Got back yesterday, actually. Went straight to the session at the Liffey, then came home and unloaded the car, etc.

Grand week, grand week. I'd say I'd wish you all could have been there, but some of ye probably would've been a bit bored so I'll only say that I'd wish everyone who would've liked to have been there could have been.
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We have internet access now, thanks to my friends G. and W. who set up the owners' wireless router for them yesterday.

So far, so good. I was up till five am last night, due to a session that kept going and going, and which included an uillean piper who might, according to A., have been possessed by the Devil, "but not in a bad way." I said I thought it was more likely a daemon than an actual devil.

I'd probably rather not be up the now,* but I've a song class in an hour. Irish language song with Bríain Ó hAirt--it's only the two of us students and the teacher, which is good because we can conduct the better part of the class in Irish and I need the practice badly.

*Both A. and her mother, who was out with us, are still asleep.
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Well, I'm off to Catskills Irish Arts Week. Don't know how much access I'll have to the Internet--there should be some, but every year is different as far as how much.

So, if I'm a little scarce for the next week or so, that's why.

Take care, all!
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For Those Who Came In Of Late:
This is the latest installment in what began as my entry in the Young Adult Vampire Novel Challenge.

If you don't read fanfic, this ain't. If you don't read Twilight, there's nobody here who sparkles.

There is, however, an alternate, quasi-steampunkish USA, where cricket is one of the most popular sports, fast food consists mostly of sausages and pies, and the dollar is divided into ten shillings of ten pence each. In this world, one finds Shawnee State very approximately where, in our world, one finds the State of Ohio. And in Ludington City, Shawnee State, one finds Dermot O'Donovan, Stanislava Morrison, and their newfound friend and high school classmate, the mysterious and occasionally anachronistic Ashley Mundy.

Chapter One.
Chapter Two.
Chapter Three.
Chapter Four.
Chapter Five.
Chapter Six.
Chapter Seven.
Chapter Eight.
Chapter Nine.
Chapter Ten.
Chapter Eleven.
Chapter Twelve.
Chapter Thirteen.
Chapter Fourteen.

1290 words for this bit; 14,300 words total. Terrifying.
The sun was beginning to set when they rode home at last. As they neared Ashley's house, she ceased chattering and grew quiet. It's as if she's planning on asking us something, Stanislava thought. I wonder what? To stay the night and sleep in her bed? I can imagine her saying that we'd chaperone each other well enough... No, of course not. She hoped they'd not gone too far by hugging Ashley, both of them at once. I'd hate to frighten her away from Dermot. They'd make such a lovely pair.
In Which We Meet Ashley's Mother. )
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A fair number of women will be wearing men's clothing, of course. That said, the décolletage seen in parts of the seventeenth century might make a return, albeit perhaps not to the point of actually showing nipples; most likely the skirts of said gowns would be somewhat shorter as well, say lower-calf to ankle length.

Kilts for men will become slightly more acceptable in North America, although not to the point of displacing trousers. If the pendulum swings back towards greater formality at social events, many men may adopt Highland formal dress simply because it looks and feels better than the tuxedo.

I'm hoping for the extinction of high heels, cosmetics, and the entire fashion industry, as well as the custom of women shaving their legs and underarms, but that's probably too much to ask for. ;-)
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] tree_and_leaf!

I hope it's a lovely and blessed day for you.
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