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There is always traffic on this road. Tonight there is no traffic on this road.

There is no one in line at Dollar Tree. There is no cashier. There is a bell. You ring the bell and nothing happens. You turn away to put down your basket and when you turn back there is a cashier and no bell.

You enter the grocery store. A woman passes you, frowning. A young girl who might belong to the woman sees you and decides to walk through you despite the fact that you are not in line with the doors. You dodge her at the last second.

A Tall Man passes by you with a grunt. There is something wrong with his face, but you can’t see it.

All of the bananas are green.

A store employee with a neat hipster beard passes you. He smiles and nods.

All of the naan is made from Ancient Grains.

A Tall Man passes you with a grunt. You can’t see his face but it looks fine.

None of the eggs in the first carton you pick are cracked.

A store employee with a neat hipster beard passes you. He smiles and nods.

You check out. The cashier frowns at you and tells you your chocolate won’t stop scanning.

A woman in the parking lot is in the process of wedging her cart onto the curb instead of taking it back. You stare at her, willing her to take it back, knowing it will be futile. She unwedges the cart and takes it back.

You pull out of the lot in front of the bus. It’s an express.

On the radio, Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” begins to play.

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“Taking a nap was a good idea,” she defended herself. “It’s just that afterward I feel a little like someone crunched me into a vaguely spherical shape and used me for a frame or two of bowling.”

She gulped down more water. “I’ll be okay in another hour or two.”

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So because I rode my bike yesterday I forgot to do literally everything else on my to-do list.


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A week or so ago I, like an adult, finally got my bike fixed and ready to ride. (I paid nice people to do it.) And I had taken it out for a couple of rides since and just… reveled in the feeling of riding a bike. It’s so much fun!

Ideally, I’d like to start riding my bike to work, but one of my rides was a test run, and I think I got halfway there before I realized that time-wise, it wasn’t going to work that day and also I need a lot more practice.



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I went for a bike ride this morning and @ussjellyfish I apologize because in one direction the trail by my house is flat and on the other side it’s all uphill.

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A year and a half after accepting myself as queer and I still have moments thinking about the past where I’m just dumbstruck by how gay I was.

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Here’s the thing about writing advice: you don’t have to take any of it. It’s all optional.

If you want to use adverbs like they’re (still) going out of style, use them. If you want to substitute epithets for every proper name or pronoun, do it. If you want to write everything in first person, go for it.

Sometimes your choices will cost you readers. But maybe you weren’t writing for the person who hates first person. Maybe you were writing for the person who loves it because it gives a sense of immediacy and intimacy.

People post writing advice for many reasons, and personal preference is often top of the list.

That’s not to say that if you really want to improve your writing, you should dismiss all the advice. Knowing that epithets throw a lot of people out of a story is useful. You can adjust for the effect that you want. Maybe you use a common phrase without thinking about what it actually means and see a rant about how people are using it incorrectly. Good! Now you get to decide if you agree and if you’re going to adjust in the future.

But don’t beat yourself up. Keep writing. Keep reading. Make the choices you want. If you want to improve, you will. If you don’t care and just want to share fun stories, do that. There’s room for everyone.

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Had the best time with @ussjellyfish and @liberalmasochist at Chicago OUAT con. Couldn’t ask for better roommates. They teased me appropriately for going to the wrong hotel when I first got into Chicago (look, it has the same name as the one we stayed at and the website doesn’t mention it at ALL so I think it’s an understandable mistake). They also totally got me drunk on Saturday night before the concert and then laughed at me, which was nice of them, don’t you think???

They mostly made me be the adult the rest of the time and I managed to get us to panels more or less on time and everyone got their photo ops and autographs so I think I did okay.

more con details ahead! )

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Title: Ceiling
Fandom: Iron Man
Characters: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Category: Romance
Word Count: 1,500
Summary: Pepper was sort of obsessed with Tony's ceiling. Set right after Iron Man 2.
Notes: My best measure of gratitude to [livejournal.com profile] splash_the_cat for yet another excellent beta. All remaining issues are my own fault. On Archive of Our Own.

Was she really that delusional? )
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A really good friend invited me to be present when she gave birth. Her due date wasn't until this Tuesday, but I got called in last Wednesday. After many long hours, she gave birth to a beautiful, perfect, baby girl at 6:30 PM Thursday. It was, by far, the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed.

Also, in my totally unbiased opinion, she's the cutest baby ever. Unfortunately, due to SNOWPOCALYPSE 2014, I haven't been able to spend every spare moment staring at her in person, instead haunting facebook in case her parents post any more pictures.

I have been watching:

Castle (still the cutest cop drama on TV)
Sleepy Hollow (taking home the award for most cracktastic show of all time)
Community (my thoughts are complicated and indistinct)
Arrow (I have been slowly being consumed by Oliver/Felicity shipping. Fair warning.)
Agents of SHIELD (I've been enjoying the last few episodes to the point where I'm looking forward to watching it each week. As opposed to when it first aired and I wasn't whelmed at all.)

I have been tumblring all over the place. I mostly don't get on a real computer at home anymore, and tumblr is so much easier than lj on mobile. Excuses, excuses. I know.

Anyway, I signed on today and was scrolling through my flist and APPARENTLY, skip=340 does not exist. I'm pretty sure I'd made it to the point where I'd seen the posts already anyway, but still!
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We are here again, my dear friends. It is time for the annual reckoning, that fannish evaluation that decides whether we live or die or join tumblr!

Okay, so I already joined/started actually using tumblr. What can I say? I appreciate the daily scroll of pretty! Tumblr is actually not a bad place for me right now. Most of the time, it involves pretty pictures of pretty people, cute animals, or funny comics. Some of the time, there are links to meta and essays that make me think. Sometimes there is even fic--though honestly, fic was a very small part of my life this year.

Still, I did write some.

Teamwork. Stargate SG-1, Sam/Jack.
Two Things Sam and Janet Don't Have in Common (and One Thing They Do). Stargate SG-1, Gen.

TWO?! I ONLY WROTE TWO FICS?! I guess that means I have to stay on tumblr.

I re-watched Legend of the Seeker (again). The epic hair, forbidden love, cheesy humor, beautiful scenery, pretty people, shiny swords, and female friendships all make me very happy--and the show is only two seasons long, which makes it easy to rewatch.

I got very fannish about Once Upon a Time.

I started a Farscape re-watch that I didn't finish… yet. I'll get there. It's SUCH a good show, but I totally got sucked into a Doctor Who rewatch instead--I was trying to get caught up for the Day of the Doctor, and I ended up starting back with Nine, because I could and because I had to wait a very long time for the latest DVDs from the library. I have part of a post put together about the Awesomeness of Donna Noble, which I hope to get together and post early in 2014.

However, I also tried to watch Torchwood: Miracle Day. Ugh. Just… ugh. Gave up.

I was really, really, really obsessed with Iron Man 3.

Past Years
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I've done 4 5Ks. The first I exclusively walked. The second I ran about two minutes' worth and walked the rest. The third I ran the first and last thirds (or so).

Then, one of my coworkers, M, said we should do the holiday run. I had a grand plan to work on being able to run the whole 3.1 miles--as well as work a little on my running speed. I had a six-week plan and seven weeks to do it.

Unfortunately, I didn't actually follow the plan. In fact, the last three weeks, I didn't run at all. I was already committed to do the run, though, and my coworker S was counting on me running/walking with her.

So today I set out running with S. Our plan was to run as much of the course as we could, and then walk the rest. We passed what we thought was the one-mile mark and celebrated... and then passed another one about a quarter-mile down the road. The first one, of course, was for the half-marathon and not the 5K. But either way, we'd run one mile. Then we passed the two-mile mark, still running. At that point, we figured we'd better keep running, because we were really almost there.

So without thinking about it too much, I ran an entire 5K--for the first time ever! I ran it in 47:05, which is about the same speed I would have walked it. :-)


Dec. 13th, 2013 06:32 pm
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Do you ever look at your journal calendar and think, "Oh, it's been way too long since I posted. I should fix that."

But then, because you feel so GUILTY about the whole thing, you just can't bring yourself to write anything breezy and quick, because you feel like you have to make up for the fact that you haven't posted since October.

Just me?

What about thinking about the last time you exercised and realizing it was several weeks ago and yes, you did sign up for a 5K which is this Sunday?

Just me.

(But I did win NaNo this year! I am pretty sure all my words sucked, but that's okay, because I wrote 50,000 sucky words, which is 50,000 more than I thought I'd manage to write this year.)
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Title: Two Things Sam and Janet Don't Have in Common (and One Thing They Do)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] holdouttrout
Word count: 1300
Rating/Warning: General, no warnings
Spoilers: None
Prompt: 92. Sam and Janet. They have a lot in common (besides Cassie).
Notes: Written for the 2013 [livejournal.com profile] sg1friendathon. My thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton for the beta.

Two Things Sam and Janet Don't Have in Common (and One Thing They Do) )
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It's all spoilers from here on out. I would request that no one spoils *next* week's episode if they actually know things, but speculation is fine!

spoilers )
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I keep seeing other people apologize for not having posted in a while, and think, "Oh, yeah, I haven't seen them around." Then I take a look at my own journal and realize I'm in the same boat. I keep thinking that I post more often... probably because I read my fee just about every day and comment on other people's posts. Anyway, here's some news from my life:

Previously, on The Running Saga, I ran for 35 minutes straight. Recently, I ran for a lot longer than 35 minutes and ran for 3.25 miles on Labor Day. I estimate that the running part took me approximately 55 minutes or so, making my running speed considerably slower than my walking speed and probably putting me in the running for the Slowest Runner Ever award.

The season finale of The Running Saga was my attempt to run through the entire Color Run (an easy, flat 5K). I DID run approximately 2/3rds of the course, but the middle was really loose gravel that defeated even my sluggish pace. I finished strong and definitely feel good about what I did accomplish.

It's weird, because if anyone had told me I'd ever run three miles at once, at any point prior to oh, last October, I would have laughed in their face. Now I find myself saying things like, "What I really want to do is work on my speed and get to where I can run a 5K in about 30-35 minutes."

My condo and I are getting along really well. There is still plenty to do, but nothing that needs to be done Right Now. My roommate also moved in a couple weeks ago, and I think that's going to work out well. The only problem so far has been making myself go to bed instead of staying up and watching TV and talking with her!

Video Games
I am always so far behind on these things--but I want to record this here anyway: I FINALLY beat Mass Effect. Yes, the first one. I'm still unspoiled for the next two, too (well, mostly), and I'm pretty happy about that. I really enjoyed it, especially once I figured out where I'd gone wrong (let me count the ways) and fixed it. So once I get a few minutes, I'll start on the second one and see what happens.

I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] sg1friendathon with a Sam & Janet prompt that I have no ideas for. I started writing something that I think has potential, but it doesn't really fit the prompt at all. I'd feel worse about that, but... it was my own prompt. So hopefully I'm the only person I'll disappoint. Anyway, the dealine is coming up way too quickly, so we'll see what happens.

What I plan on watching this fall
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (okay, I think that'll just be SHIELD from now on)
The Neighbors
New Girl
Parks and Recreation

I can't see how I'll have time for all that, but if I have extra, I have these two on my list:
Person of Interest

Anything else I should DEFINITELY put on my list?
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Yesterday I was convinced I should have studied computer science and today I think I should be a professor of fandom.

Infinite Possibilities )

Sam and Jack and Laira )

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