kate: Hephaistion is very very sorry and won't do it again. (Alexander: Heph sorry)
My cat (my favorite, don't tell the rest) just came into our bedroom and pissed all over our comforter and sheets.

A) I came home not 5 minutes before this. (After a super-shitty week at work culminating in a particularly super-shitty day today.)
B) This is actually the second time he's done it, the last time, he did it while my wife and I were in the bed. He pissed ON US. We weren't really sure what to make of that; he'd been sick and we'd been playing with his insulin to get him back on track with his blood sugars.

I can't tell if he's still sick and letting us know, or if he's pissed at me specifically. I've been stressed from work, so not particularly lovey or anything, but not like, awful? I'm still petting the cats and they sleep with us, and hang out with me on the couch.

You know, I just didn't need this today.
kate: music geek is musically geeky (score in the background with purple text 'music geek' in the foreground) (Text: music geek)
I'm at the dentist (in the waiting room, my wife is in the chair) and there is daytime TV on the TV in here. It's clearly a soap opera, but the girl sitting on the bench musing on her life is singing. A cute little hipstery alternative tune. And there was someone playing piano earlier, and I think this dude is supposed to be some kind of singer-songwriter or something. WHAT IT HEAVEN'S NAME IS THIS THING. D:
kate: Aang from behind, looking at a starry night. (AtLA: Aang meditating)
When I used to do all these quizzes and things and man, I just DELIGHT in this kind of shit. I could totally post these every day.

So anyway, here's the link to a Self-Knowledge Questionnaire that tells you three traits that are important strands in your personality.

I usually only post stuff like this when it is either eerily accurate or hilariously inaccurate. I thought this was going to be the latter, but in fact, it was the former.

My three reigning traits are Rationality, Reverence, and Playfulness. :D )
kate: Aang from behind, looking at a starry night. (AtLA: Aang meditating)
Change a Life: Aya, Khouloud, Reem and Khawla

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4.8 million people have fled Syria since the civil war began in 2011. Over 6 million others are internally displaced within Syria in numerous official and unofficial camps. Many of these families live in unsanitary, unsafe, inhumane conditions; where they survive on meager rations and have access to almost no health care. The stories of what is happening right now are tragic: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/06/27/syrias-war-on-doctors

Cut for length )

ETA, email from Misha )
So, y'all remember when I asked my wife on our first date in my journal ten years ago?

This is me asking again. Hey, [personal profile] soleta, will you go to Cirque du Soleil with me for your birthday?
kate: Aang from behind, looking at a starry night. (AtLA: Aang meditating)
Thank you so much for your kind words and hugs, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate every single one.

I'm still having a rough time, and the shooting in Orlando has hit me particularly hard, making me crawl into my shell and lock up tight. I have no cope left, so I can't respond to requests asking if I'm okay, I simply don't have it in me to talk about it (and still people seem to want to talk to me about it, even after I say "I can't talk about it" - like what they're going to say is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than the fact that I need to NOT TALK ABOUT THIS RIGHT NOW).

So as you can imagine, rough times. I'm at client #2 today, but I've got a full docket at client #1, too, so I expect it to be an extremely busy and stressful day, and honestly I am holding on by my fingernails right now.

I hope y'all are doing well, my love for you knows no bounds, and again, thank you. <3333
kate: Aang :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD (AtLA: Aang grinning)
I Am A: Neutral Good Human Wizard/Rogue (3rd/3rd Level)

Ability Scores:

Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.
Primary Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.
Secondary Class:
Rogues have little in common with each other. While some - maybe even the majority - are stealthy thieves, many serve as scouts, spies, investigators, diplomats, and simple thugs. Rogues are versatile, adaptable, and skilled at getting what others don't want them to get. While not equal to a fighter in combat, a rogue knows how to hit where it hurts, and a sneak attack can dish out a lot of damage. Rogues also seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to avoiding danger. Experienced rogues develop nearly magical powers and skills as they master the arts of stealth, evasion, and sneak attacks. In addition, while not capable of casting spells on their own, a rogue can sometimes 'fake it' well enough to cast spells from scrolls, activate wands, and use just about any other magic item.
Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

ETA: Pretty sure the rogue part should've been a bard, but that wasn't an option (sad). I'm a jack of all trades and a musician, and bard is pretty much me.
kate: Aang :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD (AtLA: Aang grinning)
So I watched The Magicians (I was watching it live, actually, but the season is done now and it's been renewed for another). Vague character-ish spoilers under here. )
And last night I had a couple of dreams about it, like, very detailed and memorable dreams. Cut for length. )
kate: Aang :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD (AtLA: Aang grinning)
I had a very typical stress dream this morning. There were two things different about it, though:

1. My wife was with me
2. I succeeded

Cut for length. My stress dream, ladies and gentlemen. )

And I woke immediately, thinking, TAKE THAT, STRESS DREAM! HA HA! I can't remember EVER being successful at that sort of dream, so this is giving me the biggest confidence boost right now. :D :D :D

Meme from 2011

3/4/16 09:43 pm
kate: Aang from behind, looking at a starry night. (AtLA: Aang meditating)
Going back through my stuff for a thing, and saw this:

Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.

And it was cool to look at the list of 20-something stories and realize only one or two are still on it! I've posted most of them and thrown a couple away.

So here's my 2016 list:

Cut for length. )

Aaaaaaaand just so I don't show up and put up nothing than a meme, a heartwarming story:

Last Sunday my wife said "Let's go to Melting Pot!" She had a craving. Okay, so we went. Because fondue! And when we got there, the waiter asked us if there was a special occasion and we were like, "nope, just wanted to come out."

And he proceeded to be the worst waiter in the history of waiters.

But then, something came up about the Oscars. Which I totally missed this year (which is the first year in like, two DECADES that I missed them). And then we realized... our first date was the Oscars. We used to use the Oscars as our anniversary. And then I realized our first date was in 2006. We were out for 10 year anniversary. ON ACCIDENT. Heh. :D :D :D
kate: Prentiss has the most beautiful smile (CM: Prentiss smiley)
I had not believed such a thing as WAGFAPE existed in the world, and I am so glad I chanced upon it in my galavanting around the internets.

First off, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING SOMETHING FOR ME OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. I AM SO EXCITE. I am sure I will love WHATEVER you make, and I have no opinions about things in or out of podfics (intros, music, sound effects, or straight up, nothing but words), so GO WILD. Do whatever your heart desires!

Second, I am super easy to please. For one, my number one favorite thing is your happiness. I want you to enjoy reading this story, and enjoy it enough that listening to it again and again while you edit is not (too much) of a chore. So I'd best prefer if you found a story you adored to record so that you get just as much enjoyment out of this as I do. I'd also love for you to read me one of your favorite stories - I feel like that really comes out in a reading, and it's one of my very favorite things in podfic.

Third, I love EVERYTHING. Seriously, just... I love all kinds of stories, all kinds of kinks, tropes, ratings, pairings (or not pairings)... I just love everything. I have a standard list of many many things I love, and another one that changes season to season, but the thing I'm looking for is a story that touches me in some way. Makes me laugh out loud. Makes you laugh out loud! (Some of my most favoritest stories to record were the ones were you can hear the laughter (or tears, gah, so many tears) lurking in my voice. I love those stories.) I'm not afraid of tears, so dark!fic is welcome, but I love laughter and love and cuddles too, if dark isn't your cuppa. I love to see loyalty and steadfastness, mistakes being made and then efforts to fix them (redemption fics are a huge fave), teaching of any sort (teaching in porn is a favorite), found family/team/brothers in arms, all those things are huge buttons of mine.

I like sexy fics, but if you are uncomfortable reading that, I'm happy to receive things that are lower on the ratings scale and/or gen. I prefer queer pairings, so for this fest, if you're going to do sexy times, I'd really rather see F/F (or multi-F/F/F), genderfluid characters, trans! or ace! characters, pretty much anything other than cis het. I love love LOVE platonic het relationships though (god, Olivia & Charlie (red or blue) FOREVER, or Red!Olivia & Red!Lincoln, or Dean & Charlie, I could eat them up with a spoon - as long as it stays completely platonic).

I'll put the few DO NOT WANTS up front here before I go into a bit of detail with my canons. There's only a few, and they are: character bashing, scat, mpreg. I am not super fond of A/B/O, though I must admit a female-centric A/B/O story where the political structure and history and just everything are dealt with does sound interesting. I'm okay with the rest of the normal biggies, though, so if you can do sad or scary or disturbing, I am happy to receive that!


This is a tough fandom for women and genderqueer characters, I will grant you. The women that are there are AMAZING, though, so let my name a few of my favorite characters and pairings. Charlie - ALLLLLLL THE CHARLIE, Dean & Charlie, Sam & Charlie, Dean & Sam & Charlie, Donna, Jody, Donna/Jody, WAYWARD DAUGHTERS, Claire, Claire & Castiel, Abbadon, Linda Tran, Jo, Jo & Ellen, Ellen/anyone, especially crossovers! (I've written Ellen/Aisha (The Losers), and I just stumbled across an Ellen/Buffy the Vampire Slayer. OOOOOOOOOH.) I've heard about Charlie/Jo and I love the concept but haven't read any - I'd be happy to get some of that!

I read a fic a while back that had genderfluid!Sam and I absolutely adored it (I think the pairing was Sam/Cas). I love Sam as genderfluid, or Cas as agender (which is canon, really, despite Castiel's current male (albeit lovely!) meatsuit), and I think there's a fair amount of fic about non-cis versions of Sam or Cas that would make for some lovely reading. I do any and all pairings in SPN, so no worries about stepping on toes there.


PARKER. I love all the Parker. Here is, I grant you, one het couple I could take - Parker/Hardison. I love them together and would make an exception for fic about them. I love Eliot and Parker/Hardison/Eliot too, but unless Eliot is genderfluid or agender or something, I'm not really thinking that's for this particular challenge. I love casefic featuring Parker's skillset or introspective vignettes where she looks on her team with love, or pretty much anything about Parker, ever. I do like Sophie, too, but usually more as half of a F/F pairing - Sophie/Tara or Sophie/Maggie are both favorites of mine. I really prefer Parker with Hardison, so unless it's pre-series (or pre-Parker and Hardison getting together), I'd rather not have Sophie/Parker. Genderqueer Parker would be super-mega-awesome!

The Librarians

Cassandraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Seriously, every woman she's ever met (INCLUDING EVE, IN THE FAIRYTALE EPISODE) has fallen deeply in love with Cassandra, mostly at first sight. I love Cassandra, and every F/F pairing with her that exists. Cassandra/Lamia (particularly in that alternate universe) is a fave, as is Cassandra/every female minor character she's been on screen with. Gen fics about Cassandra and magic or becoming part of a team or her brain grape also welcome. I wouldn't turn down OT3 (Cassandra/Ezekiel/Jake) if one of the boys was genderqueer in some way, too. But focus on Cassandra would be preferred. That said, now that I've thought about genderqueer Ezekiel, I would totally go for a story about that, too, that would be brilliant.


SO MANY AWESOME WOMEN. Olivia, Bolivia, Astrid (every Astrid, I love EVERY Astrid), Elizabeth (I love every iteration of her too), Nina (love every iteration of her too), Etta, and I'd be into genderqueer versions of Walter, Astrid, Lincoln, Olivia, or Broyles. Fringe is a fandom where I have read almost nothing, so I trust your judgement if this is the fandom of your heart! I'm not terribly into pairings, but I like the canon ones well enough, and mostly the aspect I like about all these folks is the team/family aspect.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Oh, Phryne is wonderful, to be sure, but my heart is with Mac. I love Mac SO MUCH, and would love it if there were a story out there about the fling Mac and Phryne had pre-series. They just seem like they might have had a good time one night (or one week). I love Dot, too, and this fandom really hits my teaching kink pretty hard, so I'd be okay with just about anything as long as it features one or more of these delightful women (OR JANE! I LOVE JANE!). I'd love to see genderqueerness with regard to Mac, or even Jane, maybe, but I'm not particularly interested in any of the men in this fandom, even if they were genderqueer. I like Phryne/Jack and Dot/Hugh as pairings in canon, but I'd rather not have fic focused solely on that.
kate: Jared says 'BREAK ME'. Go on, I dare ya. (30stm: Jared 'break me')
1. Boston is snowing. I already came in early (Sunday night) and stayed late (today) and if I can't get home for at least a two day weekend I am going to murder things.
2. My cabbie completely missed my fucking street, and instead of driving around the block to deliver me (IN THE SNOW) to my destination, he pulled over and let me out half a block down the street.
3. There was disgusting slush all the way down the street.
4. My shoes, socks, and the bottom 6 inches of my pants were SOAKED.
5. I decided to change into a different pair of pants and socks because why not? I have my suitcase with me.
6. Somewhere between the office where I store my luggage and the office I work in, I LOST ONE OF THE SOCKS. It's maybe 100 feet of hallway between here and there, and I have searched it and both offices thoroughly.
7. Those were my favorite socks. :(

ETA: SOCK FOUND! It was on top of someone's cubicle! Which, embarrassing, but oh well. Apparently I was in such a huff, it went flying. /o\
kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
A friend of mine posted this over on tumblr: If someone marks their fic “Author has chosen not to warn”, do you get to get your nose out of joint that it’s not tagged with things that you bother you?

#not a rhetorical question

And I actually had a lot to say about that, apparently. Thoughts? )

A few things

1/17/16 09:23 pm
kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
1. We are rewatching Fringe. Walter makes me laugh out loud SO MUCH. Also, I love the very slow and respectful way Peter and Olivia get together. Also also, Astrid is fucking GORGEOUS and so interesting. There's so much said about her in such little space on the show.

2. I am doing another serial Supernatural fic. I'm going to post on holidays. I've outlined the holidays I want to write for, and there are a couple of nice bunches of several in a row, coming up before Valentine's day that are important, but there's a 4 day gap between Ash Wednesday and Valentine's day, and the 3 days before that are in a row (Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday). Valentine's day is important, and then there is another one right away (President's day is February 15). I'm trying to outline what to do where and having a rough time. Anyone want to spitball with me in gdocs?

3. Our cats have the stinkiest butts known to man.

4. All the reports from Jaxcon are making me smile so big. And making me think about the RPF fic I don't write on very much.

5. I have to make most of a powerpoint training deck tomorrow. I'm nervous af about it. Good thoughts?

ETA: 6. Finally posted my 2015 fanwork roundup, if that's something you might be interested in.
kate: Orange berry on snow covered branches (Snow: singular orange berry)

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Day 15: In your own space, talk about what you're taking away from this challenge. Did you learn something? Did you interact with new people? Or did you try out different fandoms or formats or relationships? What's changed between Day 1 and Day 15 of this challenge?

Well, for one thing, I DID IT! I did the whole challenge, and with the exception of one day, I did it all on the day it went up. Considering how sporadic my DW existance has been, that's HUGE. It also has reminded me how much I love fandom (like it does every year, which is why I do it - every year).

It's been a nice little boost to my wordcount for the year, my morale, and my sociability. I always manage more online interaction during [community profile] snowflake_challenge. And like every year, I've made a few new friends. *waves at new friends*

And the mods to this challenge are just so thoughtful and heartwarming. I love seeing them when I poke around on people's entries. It's so good. This whole challenge is just so good.
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Day 14: In your own space, share your love for something fannish: a trope, cliché, kink, motif, theme, format, or fandom.

Oh, I love SO MANY tropes. I think though, that the one I want to talk about today is Team/Found Family/Families of Choice. I love strong relationships between people that don't necessarily include a sexual or romantic component, and instead is just that kind of deep, abiding love you have for people who are dear to you. Often my teams or found families HAVE romantic pairings/moresomes in them, but that relationship is just part of the family dynamic.

I often think that one of the things we crave as human beings are those relationships based solely on love and care, unconditional love, where it doesn't matter who you are or what you did, you are loved anyway. That's not to say there aren't consequences for your actions, but simply that the love people have for you goes beyond whatever mistakes you make. I am adopted and I have that support from my family and my extended family (which is found family, not cousins and such, though I have a lot of those too), and I just want all my characters to have that too. I want Jody to wrap Sam in bubble wrap and feed him chocolate. I want Teyla to quietly and kindly teach Rodney how to be better at social interactions. I want Eliot to be the bedrock that Leverage relies on because they know he will be there, NO MATTER WHAT. That kind of love is divine, WAAAAAAAY more than sexual/romantic (for me, anyway) and I want all my characters (and all my friends, and all of freaking humanity) to experience it.
kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
Rules: go to page 7 of your WIP, skip to the 7th line, share 7 sentences, and tag 7 more writers to continue the challenge.

Yeah, so I have 4 WIPs over 7 pages long, and I'm posting all of them, dammit. Also not tagging anyone - play along if you like. <3

The Grace Machine, Wincestiel Big Bang to be posted in a couple of months. )
Fake Marriage Wincestiel Fic I'm considering for SPN_J2_big_bang in July )
The Road Less Traveled, sprawling Wincestiel AU fork thingee - TW for medical stuff, Sam is in the hospital with an injury )
Jensen realizes he's bi and his friends and loved ones support him (non-ship RPF fic) )
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Day 13: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

SO EASY. I could do a zillion of these, but I will stick with 3, all Supernatural.

Two-Legged Mussel Picker (4017 words) by De_Nugis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Castiel/Sam Winchester
Characters: Sam Winchester, Castiel
Additional Tags: Angel True Forms, Trueform Sex
Summary: Sam and Cas try trueform sex. It's different.

My notes: [archiveofourown.org profile] de_nugis is the best at truly thinking of alien!Cas, out-of-the-box!Cas, and Sam is always beautifully drawn, too. This look at non-human sex, at Castiel's angelic body and Sam's wonderful dawning understanding and determination is amazing and gorgeous.

Return (841 words) by citrusjava
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dean Winchester/Sam Winchester
Additional Tags: Protective Sam Winchester, POV Female Character, Experimental Style, Season/Series 03, road - Freeform, Desert, everglades
Summary: Outsiders would tell you, sometimes tell her at toll booths or rest stops, that she is fat, and hairy, and old. Some people call her things for that. She has many names.

My notes: This is just... gorgeous. Seriously, the way the tale is wound all the way to the end, and then the penny drops that this really is Supernatural, and it's so heartwrenching, those few sentences about the Winchesters from this particular outside POV. Wow. Beautiful.

The Bright Waters Meet (1875 words) by The_Bookkeeper
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Castiel/Dean Winchester/Sam Winchester
Characters: Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester, Castiel
Additional Tags: Hunter Retirement, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Enochian, Dirty Talk, First Kiss, Insecurity
Series: Part 1 of Enochian
Summary: Sam is okay with Dean and Cas' relationship. Really, he is. He just kind of wishes Cas would stop murmuring in Dean's ear like that.

My notes: Oh god, the Sam angst is going to make me diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie. The Enochian just really, really makes this. ETA: There is a sequel that is even MORE lovely and angsty and breaks my heart in two. GORGEOUS.
kate: Aang from behind, looking at a starry night. (AtLA: Aang meditating)
I woke up from a really disturbing dream this morning, and I had to write it down because it really affected me. I had some strong positive feelings about the beginning of it, and then hugely negative ones at the end.

Cut for length and possible triggers. Triggers include animal cruelty and scary devil artwork. )
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Day 11: In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.

Oh, this is so good. You know, for such a group of lovely, talented people, I see so much doubt and feelings of inadequacy and imposter syndrome. YOU ARE ALL WONDERFUL. Go forth and tell everyone why.

Things about me I like:
1. My enthusiasm. I feel like my enthusiasm is infectious and I love fandom because it can catch fire if you want it enough.
2. My intelligence. Feeling like I need to curb this (and have been my entire life) because I can be a bit overbearing about it (I enjoy being right). Learning that I still need to learn things has been helpful there.
3. My desire to help people. I spend a lot of time helping folks, and it's one of the things I like best about myself.

ETA: Originally posted this directly to the challenge comm, WHOOPS. /o\ See what I mean about #2, there?
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1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing.
2. Is there any specific ritual you go through while/before/after your writing?
3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?
4. Are there any other fic writers you admire? If so, who and why?
5. How many words can you write if you sit down and concentrate intensely for an hour?
6. First fic/pairing you wrote for? (If no pairing, describe the plot)
7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.
8. Why do you choose to write?
9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?
10. What inspires you the most?
11. Weirdest thing you’ve ever written/thought about writing/etc.?
12. A fic you wish you had written better, and why?
13. Favorite fic from another author?
14. Your favorite side pairings to put in?
15. Your guilty writing pleasure?
16. Do you have structured ideas of how your story is supposed to go, or do you make it up as you write?
17. Would you describe yourself as a fast writer?
18. How old were you when you started writing?
19. Why did you start writing?
20. Four sentences from your work that you’re proud of.
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And it always makes me pised off (at myself) when people talk about Doylist vs. Watsonian interpretations of anything because I don't know what the fuck they're on about. Anyone want to try and explain this to me in short, simple sentences?


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