Guest Post

Feb. 4th, 2013 02:26 pm
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I wrote a guest post for Love Joy, Feminism about my experiences with home hospital education as a high school student.  Might be interesting to some of you.

Homeschool Reflections: Home Because of Sickness

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Anybody able to do a reeeeeeally quick beta of a ~2500 word white lotus exchange fic?  PM me if you want specifics.  (Please dear God, please!)
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So I am not the only one who thinks it's time for a fandom auction! [ profile] fandomaid is running a fandom charity auction to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy in North America and the Caribbean, and I will be offering fic, and I encourage everybody who writes fic to do the same. Also, everyone who has any money on hand, please bid!

For more information, links to the different auctions, and directions on how to offer an item or make a bid, please click this link.

I'm offering a 2000 word fanfic in Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, Harry Potter, or White Collar fandoms, starting bid $15.00 AUD.

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Would anybody who isn't participating in the [ profile] orderofthelotus fic exchange be willing to do a quick beta of an under 2000 word fanfic?

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This morning, my step-grandfather, my grandmother's beloved husband for four years and dearest friend for twenty more, died of a cerebral hemorrhage caused by falling onto a tile floor.  Just recently, he fought off a benzodiazepine addiction, and was staying with his children for the holidays in Florida when he took a sleeping pill and woke up in the middle of the night for a drink of water.

Though he went into the hospital conscious, the Plavix in his blood prevented his body from being able to stop the bleeding, and prevented the doctors from being able to operate to relieve the swelling and save his life.  Unlike other anti-coagulants which can be reversed in an emergency, Plavix cannot.  The doctors were able to do nothing to save his life.  If you are on Plavix, please, please, please talk to your doctors about this risk and ask if you should consider switching to other medication.

Matt grew up in New York City to German immigrant parents in the 1930s.  He learned to box and joined the merchant marine, owned a restaurant and a marina, loved both his first wife and my grandmother for as long as he was able to have them, had three children and many grandchildren and step-grandchildren.  He nursed his first wife through the lung cancer that eventually took her life, and is one of the best people I have ever known.

He and my grandmother met when my grandmother moved into his neighborhood and became good friends.  My grandmother helped him get through his first wife's sickness and death and was a dear friend to both.  After his first wife's death, friendship turned to love, and they were married.  I have never seen my grandmother so happy.

My father's father died before I was born, and my mother's father and I have not been close for a long time.  Matt was my grandfather and my whole family misses him terribly.  Due to severe winter storms, my grandmother couldn't even fly out to be with him when he died.

Just this Thanksgiving, he carved the turkey and stole bits of food while we cooked.  Since the beginning of September, my cockatiel Nero, my mom's dog Liam, and my step-grandfather have all died sudden and surprising deaths.  This is the most stunning of all.  He had just fought his way out of a horrible addiction and was healthier than he had been in years.  It doesn't seem fair.  He was eighty-one years old.

RIP Matthew, 1930-2011
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You Eastern Seaboard people need to stop having problems.  Seriously, it isn't cool.
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So you folks who had an earthquake?  Mind telling me how you're doing?
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I just wanted to say that I fully support what Livejournal is doing in helping to further the cause of free speech and political activism in Russia, and also the work of the bloggers and activists that the Russian government and political factions are trying to shut down, and it's my sincere hope that anybody using one of my codes is using it to create a secondary or backup journal, and not to leave Livejournal entirely (or at least that if you are leaving, you made the decision to do so before DDoS attacks.

I no longer have any Dreamwidth invite codes availible, sorry.
attackfish: Awesome Ladies of White Collar (awesome ladies of WC community)
I'm running a fest!  The [ profile] wc_women_fest is a prompting fest focusing on the women characters of White Collar.   White Collar fandom is lucky to have many awesome female characters and this is the place to celebrate them!  All genres of fic and fanart are welcome, including gen, femslash, het, and OT3, so long as the fic is focused on our awesome ladies.  Round one is here, please join us!

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Due to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the continuing problems faced there because of it, there is once again a fandom auction up and running, [ profile] help_japan.  There are offerings of custom written fic, food, graphics, music, all kinds of things.  I urge anyone who can to offer something, and/or bid for the offerings already up.  Because the money needs to be there as soon as possible, bids close on the 31st of March, so hurry.

My own offering for charity, a 2000+ word fanfiction written to the winner's request, can be found here, bidding starting at $15.00.

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Remember how a little while back, Livejournal enabled the crossposting of comments to facebook and twitter without the journal entry poster's consent? and how the hew and cry from their customer base (which would be us) caused them to change it so that users could only cross-post comments on public entries?

Well, Livejournal has gone back on its word. Now anyone who has opted into Cyrillic services can cross-post comments on anyone's (even someone who has not opted in) f-locked entries.  The solution Livejournal proposed before was not satisfying, but acceptable.  This smacks of deceit and manipulation on the part of the Livejournal business administration.  If you disagree with this move on the part of the administration (which also smacks of ethnic prejudice) please comment on the above linked post.

Thought I'd warn you all, this mess has unfortunately not gone away.

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Anyone who crossposts a comment to one of my entries on Facebook or Twitter will be summarily banned, even if it's accidental, because I can't trust it won't happen again.  If it happens repeatedly, I have a dreamwidth account on which I have almost everything backed up.  I'd really rather not leave livejournal, as I have loads of friends and a wonderful community here, but if needs must...

Here's hoping the overwhelming negative response to this will convince the livejournal admin to remove this "feature"

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There is less than a day left to bid on my  [ profile] help_pakistan auction offering of a 2000 word fanfic in either the Harry potter or Avatar: the Last Airbender fandoms.  It can be found here.  Bidding currently stands at  $25.00 dollars, and bidding ends August 29th at 1:00 PM EST, so hurry up.
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Pakistan is under water, so I'm I am offering to write a 2000 word fic in either the Avatar: the Last Airbender or Harry Potter fandom for [ profile] help_pakistan , a fandom auction to benefit the relief effort. My offering can be found here Starting bid is $15.00. If you've ever wanted me to write something in either fandom, here's your chance to get that by doing something good. Bidding ends August 28th at noon EST, so hurry up.

Aaaand I misspelled "circumstances" and used some funky grammar  in my offering post.  Man, I know better.
attackfish: Ron, drinking "felix felicis" while Harry watches, text "Always be specific when you lie" (Harry and Ron Rule 7)
The lovely [ profile] jayfortuna has translated "Blurring" into Russian. The first chapter is already up on their account on here.  EEEEEE!  See, unlike "No Difference" in French, I can actually read enough Russian to read my own fic in another language!
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I am offering to write a 2000 word fic in either the Avatar: the Last Airbender or Harry Potter fandom for [ profile] help_haiti, a fandom auction to benefit the relief effort in Haiti.  My offering can be found here  Starting bid is $15.00.  If you've ever wanted me to write something in either fandom, here's your chance to get that by doing something good.  Bidding ends January 20th at noon EST, so hurry up.


Jan. 4th, 2010 08:35 am
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Would anyone who reads this blog be interested in reading some of my original fiction short stories?
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In keeping with the not very funny tone of my blog the last few posts, I have news.  Cat, who you might know from his crazy adventures with me and terrible sense of humor, recorded here on this blog, is offering commissions, and for the first time is offering to do fannish commissions.  In his own words, he will draw Snape fucking the Giant Squid if you so ask.  Why is he doing something so wildly out of character?  His girlfriend's house burned down, and gentleman that he is, he's throwing himself into helping her rebuild financially from the disaster.

A sample of his work is below, and if you click on any of the images, the full size piece will come up

His deviantArt page is here.  The commissions are cheep, the guy's reliable, and you'd be doing a good deed.  And, I will throw in a drabble for anyone commissioning a piece from Cat on any topic the commissioner desires, so long as it's either original fiction, Harry Potter, or Avatar the Last Airbender.  I will also throw in a 1000 word story in either of my two fandoms for anyone who commissions three pieces from him.

Or, you know, if you don't commission something, the ghosts of artwork unmade will creep into your room and devour you in the night.  Your choice.

I'm Sorry!

Sep. 1st, 2009 11:50 pm
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There's no excuse, I know.  I promised I'd have a Children of Mars chapter for you on the first of every month, and less than a year in, and I've already broken that promise.  To make it up to you, dear readers, I'll have a chapter up on Thursday at the latest, and a new installment in the Parchment Underground universe sometime late in the month.
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To all my fellow Americans (of the sort who live in the USA, and not those who are Americans of the Mexican, Central, South, or Canadian types, through I hope their days are happy as well) happy Independence Day!  To the rest of you, you poor things, you miss the fireworks.  I'm sad to say my computer is fried, and I'm typing this on my mother's less than youthful machine, so while you, reader mine, will get your usual dose of Children of Mars on time, and perhaps another "Parchment Underground" story, I will not be posting my usual volume of blog posts and book reviews.  I lost my data, and while I have most of my novel backed up, and all of my fanfiction, I have some salvage work to do on the last week or so's worth of work.  awww.
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The lovely Flemmardise is translating No Difference into French.  The first chapter is already up on her account on here.  See this?  This is Fish happy, because someone liked my fic enough to translate it.  So, if anyone who reads my fic is a francophone, you can now read the story in French.
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Or maybe just me.  I got my first rejection letter today, on a short story I wrote about a werewolf, and wow, that's an actual literary milestone!  On the other hand, that, coupled with the fact that no one commented on my poem, has soured my disposition.

I did the only thing I could do.  I sent the story off to the next speculative fiction magazine, and am writing another short story.
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Now that I have finished No Difference, I thought I’d tell all of you my evil plan. I am writing a short story set in the No Difference universe called “Literary Minds” with Albus Potter, Snape, and Draco Malfoy. Hopefully I will finish it sometime in the middle of October. Also, I’m beginning another chapterfic called Children of Mars set during the Marauders era about what would happen if Lupin had bitten Snape in the Shrieking Shack when they were fifteen. I intend to post chapters of this once a month on the first of every month, so that I have a deadline, and so that I have a lot more time to write my original fiction novel, finish editing it, and hopefully get it published.  So, hang in there; there's more to come.

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I'm out of state visiting my nephews again.  I left on Saturday, but I completely forgot to post this on Friday, and this is the first time I've had access to a computer, and I don't expect to have access again until I get home on Monday.

Also, Chapter 25 of No Difference is up.
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I have a new cockatiel, a healthy young male named Nero. I had to get another bird, because Archie just didn’t know what to do with himself.  We took him down to the bird shop and let him pick his new buddy out, and the pair get along great.  They share a cage and have even started to preen each other, because even though I know I should have quarantined them, I was worried that Archie would self destruct without a flock mate. Nero even has Archie chirping and whistling.  He’s a little showman, my Nero, and very personable.  I miss Beauty terribly, but it’s nice having this new little ball of feathers around.


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I regret to inform you that I will be taking a break from writing fanfiction and that my blogging activities too will decrease until the middle of May, because I need to write term papers and study for my exams.  Really, I should have started this break a week ago.  Don't worry, I will be back in about three weeks, and then it will be summer, and there will be no classes to get in the way of writing.

Also, Chapter 22 of No Difference is up.


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Since I made the damn things, I might as well pimp with them, and while I'm at it I can test the code.

Remember the community I wrote about here some time ago, the one I wrote Closing Doors for?  Unusuallygen is a multifandom challenge that turns all the clichéd plots used for romance fics into gen fic prompts.  Ever wanted to write a fic where Draco is a veela, Harry is his mate, and they still don't get together?  Here's the place to do it. The Tardis tries to get the Doctor and his companion together and it doesn't work? There's a prompt like that too.  So, everyone should check the site out.  If you do, you get to see the bigger version of my pretty banner.  The banner below is hotlinked for your convenience.

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There is a new multi-fandom community created by [personal profile] lothy called  [profile] unusuallygen  for the "It's usually not Gen" fanfiction challenge.  The purpose is to take all of those scenarios contrived to facilitate romance in fanfics and use them for gen fics.  For example: Draco is a veela, or Snape and Harry are accidentally bonded.  Please join in, and submit prompts here.
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I will be out of town visiting family as of tomorrow, so I will be without a computer for two weeks.  I'm leaving you with chapter ten of No Difference, and as soon as I come back, I'll have chapter eleven for you

Happy Holidays


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