kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
Okay, so today is my birthday. I don't have it on my dreamwidth profile - or anything to do with kisahawklin - for a number of reasons, but mostly because I am not super-enamoured of my birthday.

[Sorry, started yesterday; then I fucked off to play SimCity.]

So anyway, yesterday was my birthday. I have talked about this a little before, but basically I don't do much on my birthday (if anything) because I just don't. A lot of adoptees get in a funk around their birthdays. I can't honestly tell if I did as a kid, but the older I get, the more likely it is I get down around my birthday. And the more acknowledgements I get, the bigger the funk. This year, it feels like every loyalty program I use decided to send me birthday coupons and whatnot, and that started the 1st of the month. That was bad enough, but apparently I let it slip to someone in the office, and they planned a little party for me. Someone went around telling EVERYBODY in my office, too, so I got emails from the VP of research! Jesus, fine, I get along with the guy but we never have reason to speak! It was so uncomfortable.

So anyway, I was down about my birthday and I woke up that morning dreading the party I knew they were planning and just generally hating everything (when I get in a funk, writing sucks, and that's about the only thing that keeps me sane when I'm at work during the week). And then, there was a birthday email in my inbox from Misha Collins.

I'm sure it was just an email he wrote that gets sent out to all gishwhes mailing list people, but it was just... I cannot explain how much that made things better. It wasn't anything that spectacular, either, just a goofy Misha way of saying, "You're important, I wish good things for you." I fucking love him and everything he does and the way he looks at the world. So I was able to get up and face the day. When I got in to work, I decided that I needed to say "thank you" even if it wasn't Misha actually penning the email, the combination of his name and those words really made a difference to me at a really key time. So I wrote a thank you email back to him (or his staff), and that helped, too.

And now I have the day off (save an ortho appointment) and I plan to write like the wind (the email helped with that, too - worked through blocks in two stories on the trip home) and go see Jurassic Park tonight. :)

ETA: And now I am home from the ortho appt and just realized I didn't post this, so here goes. Off to dinner and Jurassic Park. :D

ETA2: Thank you, thank you for your wellwishes and life updates on the last post. I have about four dreamwidth posts I need to reply to comments on, but see above funk. I'm going to try to get to them tomorrow, hopefully around writing. <333
kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
I am sitting in the parking lot of the theater.

Spoilers under here. )

But no, now the REALLY best part: There was a dude in the credits (a grip, I think), named Jake Alvarez. And my mind just went... huh. Jake took Cougar's name when they got married. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
kate: Tessa (a reaper) from SPN, smiling (SPN: Tessa)
Hallo hallo hallo!

Thank you, dear creator, for making something for me! I am SO EXCITED to receive some femslash made just for me. Seriously, this is the best idea EVER.

So, my first, ironclad rule about exchange pieces is that I want to make it as stress-free for my creator as possible. I love all kinds of fic and art, so don't feel like you have to include everything (I don't honestly think that'd be possible) or even anything from the lists and prompts below. Optional details are optional! If none of this works for you, please, throw it out the window and go with something you want to do. I guarantee I'll love it, and I'll enthuse all over you in the comments.

Okay, with that out of the way, then, let's get on with it! I do like to list all kinds of things, throwing it all at the wall to see what sticks. If something sparks you, great! If not, see rule #1 up there.

A few general likes and dislikes, to maybe help you on your way.

Likes (These change all the time, and I like a lot more things than I can ever think of when I'm writing these letters, so if it's not here, don't fret, I probably like it!)

Pretending to be married/arranged marriages
Found family, especially within teams that have to work together
Friends and family outside the main relationship
Cooking and food
Redemption
Competence
Relationships between equals (anti-power imbalance, maybe?)
Water (swimming, showers, bodies of water, anything)
Pets and/or kids
Picnics
Crossovers
Well-drawn AUs
Dub-con when both parties are actually interested and just need a push to be together
Asexual characters
All ratings - porn, while I enjoy it, is not necessary if you'd rather not make it
Porn/kink likes, if you want to write that (for non-antagonistic relationships): bondage, especially hands or holding down, wallsex, begging, strap-ons, shaving, cunnilingus, sweet, positive sex talk, snuggling and cuddling after.
Porn/kink likes for antagonistic couples: I LOVE power imbalance, a toppy-dom taking advantage of their position of power and reveling in making the weaker lady(ies) submit, fighting into fucking, marking, bondage, holding down, begging, strap-ons, dildos or jury-rigged dildo with whatever's on hand.

Dislikes (these are weirdly specific to femslash - there's a whole essay in there about why I don't mind dark, dark, dark dudeslash fics and am not really interested in dark femslash, but unfortunately not in this letter)
Abuse
Non-con
Suicide
Deathfic
Slavery

Generally I'm not a fan of A/B/O, but I might actually be interested in it when it's not all about the dudes. If that's your thing, or you think you might want to do a take on it, have at!

Fannish/pairing notes and prompts

Supernatural )
Stargate Atlantis )
Bend It Like Beckham )
Arrow )
Buffy )
Firefly )

My sign-up, for posterity. )
kate: music geek is musically geeky (score in the background with purple text 'music geek' in the foreground) (Text: music geek)
I saw Star Trek for the second time today and loved it just as much as I loved it the first time.

I still feel that while the soundtrack was good, it was not particularly Star Trekkian, and as I napped this afternoon I became conflicted about whether that made the composer faily, or the screenwriters a little bit clueless.

You see, here's the thing. Spoilers within. )

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