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Snowflake Challenge--Day One

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Hearing about how LJ's servers are being moved to Russia has made me kind of nostalgic for the old girl. So when I saw this challenge I thought, heck, let's try this out, for old time's sake.

FYI this is the last post I'll be crossposting to LJ. I'll be archiving my old posts here on DW and I'll move any comms over to DW that aren't already here. This is pretty much what we feared when SUP took over all those years ago. Fuck you, Russia. Me and my queer ass don't have to put up with your shit.

Anyway, let's get to the challenge.

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.

I'm going to go with three (or so) fanworks that define me as a creator. For funsies.

The Burn My Sins Away series (HP): I've never been a hardcore Harry Potter fan, but these two stories helped me express exactly what I needed to express when I was writing them.

The More Than Just a Pretty Face series (SPN): This is me to a tee. Why yes, of course if I'm into something that's all about dudes I'm going to write an entire series of stories focused on some actual women. Plus it has baby's first porn, so that's fun and exciting.

Undertow (Narnia): I love this story. Period. Queen Susan at the height of the Golden Age, doing her duty.

Ruination Day (SPN): I've only ever made two vids (I've always planned on making more, but we'll see) and this one's the best. I made it for a friend's fic and it turned out really well.

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The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project.

Originally posted by dodger_sister at The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project.
The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project is a non-profit that makes and distributes over 10,000 toys a year towards disadvantaged, homeless and other children in need across the state of Michigan. They donate to a wide-range of places; including children’s hospitals, after-school programs, Head Start, child abuse prevention centers, the Salvation Army and other holiday toy drives, just to name a few. I, myself, spent a good percentage of my childhood in and out of a children’s hospital and as a kid, I never thought about where these special toys and craft projects were coming from. I only knew that they were the one bright spot in a long line of doctors, tests and needle pokes.

Here’s what some of their handmade toys look like:

scheffel toys - planes scheffel toys - chair scheffel toys - games

The R.J. Scheffel Toy Project’s workshop location recently suffered a fire, destroying many of their supplies, tools and already-made toys. But they haven’t given up hope yet. They are working to re-open the center and get back on track. With only half of their yearly order filled, they have a lot of work to do. This group of volunteers is made up of mostly retired persons who live by the motto: “People do not stop doing things because they get older; They get older because they stop doing things.” But they can’t do it alone! Besides the call for volunteers, they need money; to rebuild the workshop, to replace damaged tools and supplies.

And you can help! They’ve currently only raised about one percent of their monetary goal, so any little bit you can donate would make their day! And if you can’t donate, please re-post this and spread the word. I swear, I’ve never done a call to arms like this before, but dammit, these people need our help, so let’s show them what the All-Powerful Internet can do!

The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project homepage and donate button can be found here.
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Fic: Rhapsody in Kaiju Blue (Part I)

I've really fallen into the Pacific Rim fandom. I've even written fic, well, ficlets. To be exact, bingo fills handed out for Jaegercon over on tumblr (oh tumblr, shiny, shiny tumblr).

Anyway, I wanted to share them with all of you. I have more written and more to write, but here is the beginning. Hope you enjoy.

Title: Rhapsody in Kaiju Blue (I)
Fandom: Pacific Rim
Rating: G - M (depending on part)
Disclaimer: If I made any money off of this I'd actually have some money.
Notes: Bingo fills written for Jaegercon 2013, a ficlet per square.

Summary: Moments from the apocalypse.

( They whispered the stories around the shatterdome, tales of hauntings, of missing tools and missing techs, people driven away by what they saw deep in the beating of a jaeger's heart. )

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My life is a Pacific Rim story this summer. And it's awesome. I love summer fandoms, they're so happy and shiny and full of joy. I haven't written much of anything about it, yet, but I hope to bang some stuff out to fill up my Jaegercon Bingo card before this weekend.

Anyway, you can check out my Pacific Rim tag over on tumblr to see all of the things that have been wrinkling my brain and making me flail for the past few weeks. It's been awesome.

In other news, I'm going camping this weekend. I'm hoping it will be clear so that I can sit out on the beach by Lake Huron and watch the Perseid meteor shower. But it's also going to be a great chance to rest and hopefully recharge my creative batteries. I'm taking my notebooks and my camera and have my fingers crossed that good things will happen.

I talked to my brother, Lt. Wrestler, yesterday. We have a debate relationship in that we pretty much differ on every political position ever but we don't argue, we just spend a lot of time in friendly debate. Anyway he informed me yesterday that liberals are lemmings, global warming wasn't true, and that I should read a conservative political/military thriller by John Ringo. I found the last super-amusing because does anyone else remember Oh John Ringo, No? Yeah, I don't think I'll be reading a John Ringo book.

We also discussed Defiance which we both love and he's only afraid SyFy will cancel it like they did Farscape. And Pacific Rim was mentioned because, hi, I'm kind of obsessed.

In closing, I've started a Mormon feminist blog because apparently that's something I needed to do. And now you all know.

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Thanks for all of the kind comments on my last post. I want to reply to them all individually but am waiting until I have a couple more spoons to work with. You are all the awesomest, just so you know.

And now for a complete emotional 180 I have the best news ever. I'm an aunt!!!!! Yes, that's right, one of my brothers has successfully procreated and on July 17 my little nephew was born.

You see my brother, whom I have often called the Big Lug, got married last year and moved to Australia (he married an Australian, that being one of the few ways one can actually immigrate to Australia). And now he and his wife have procreated!!!! I've been calling the baby Dingo, because I think I'm adorable, and now Dingo has been born!!!

Baby and mother are doing well. So well, in fact, that my wonderful nephew has already peed all over his dear old dad. I can't wait to meet him for myself, though it may be a while. I'm just so happy that he's a being who exists and I'm looking forward to getting to know the person he becomes. And spoiling him rotten. Because that's what single aunts (or uncles) are supposed to do.

Welcome to the world Dingo! We're all so glad you're here!

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Dealing with a drug addict is an exercise in impotence. Because there's nothing you can do; you can support them, you can try to help them, you can pick them up when they've fallen on the floor and don't have the capacity to get themselves back up again, but you can't make them stop. You can't fix them.

Different addicts handle things differently but the one common denominator is that you are less important to them than the drug. And nothing is the drug's fault. Basically drug addiction is one of the most selfish illnesses, all that exists is the user and the drug and the rest of the world just kind of fades away.

Currently my mother is addicted to a whole pharmacopeia of pills; there's the vicodin and the xanax and the ambien and the super muscle relaxant that literally knocks her on her ass. The thing is that, on one level, she knows that she's an addict but she doesn't care, life without her pills is scarier to her than life with them. Except it's not really much of a life at all.

It is what it is. And the thing is, I totally get it. I understand the urge to make the world go away, but most importantly to make yourself go away, banish all of those things about you that you just don't like and never want to think about. And I certainly don't envy anyone who is coming off of drugs, the physical and emotional agony, the way that you never really stop being an addict even when you're not high anymore. It's all awful.

But as hard as addiction is on the addict, it's also difficult for the people on the side, the friends and family who don't want to give up on them even though the weight of dealing with them, with the addiction, only ever grows.

But like I said, it is what it is. Just like the rest of life there are no easy answers, no magic bullets. Sometimes all you can do is take a deep breath and keep on.

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I don't think I've posted anything of journaling value in a year, at least. Wow. I guess I just don't have that much to say. Plus tumblr is just so much easier to procrastinate on. You can just sit around reblogging shit all day and never actually interact with anyone. It's delightful. And pretty.

I've become anti-social, haven't I? I am surprisingly okay with that fact.

I have a whole compendium of annoyances and disappointments I could go through, but I won't. I've been trying to write which is good but I'm blocking myself which is ridiculous. I've been doing a lot of reading. Like, a lot of reading. The library is always there for me, regardless of employment or money or silly things like that. I've seen movies but haven't been super-excited about any of them. I have high hopes for Man of Steel if only because of the kickass trailer.

The garden is growing well. I planted some peas and spinach that are both growing like gangbusters. The lettuce is taking a little longer (I had to replant it but it's sprouting well now). The rhubarb is up and if only strawberry season would start we could have pie coming out of our ears.

And that is the summary of a very boring life. I have a few things I may type up about some things and/or stuff (cryptic, I know) so watch this space. After all, writing is good for the soul.

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