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Oct. 29th, 2018

finally posted my YT letter!

I finally finished posting my Yuletide letter (in case there is someone frustratedly stalking me and waiting for this...)

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Aug. 5th, 2018

Kickstarter for Commit to the Kick!!

The Kickstarter to print Commit to the Kick, the first book of the welcometophu serial is LIVE. In order to finance the costs involved in printing (cover art, professional editor, etc.), I am running a Kickstarter campaign. If you’ve been looking for original fiction with queer characters, magic, shapeshifters, learning how to college, football & taekwondo, and that fanfic feel, this is it. There are several different levels of support, from just the eBook to getting the (signed!) print edition along with postcards, stickers, buttons, and a charm!

Check out the Kickstarter here!

If you are unable to back the Kickstarter, I totally understand! Any and all signal boosts are greatly appreciated. Posts can also be found on Tumblr, Facebook, Pillowfort, and Twitter.

About Commit to the Kick

Don’t hesitate.
Don’t overthink it.
Commit to the kick.

For eighteen years, Alaric has lived under the cloying politics of family and his Clan community. His freshman year is supposed to be a chance to explore a world where Clan and his shapeshifting Talent isn’t central to his life. But when his inner bear bursts forth during his first football game, endangering those around him, Alaric realizes that it’s not so easy to ignore his past, or his own internalized anger.

In his quest for anger management, Alaric begins to train in taekwondo, and makes new friends in both sports. He finds that he is creating his own small community, where Clan, Mages, other Talents, and even humans come together and build their own found family.

When Alaric receives news that something has happened to his brother Orson, he must return and deal with his Clan and his place in their world. He discovers that old prejudices are still strong between Clan and Mage communities, but that both may be in danger from a creature long thought to be only a legend. Alaric must figure out how to move forward and prevent a war and protect both his home and newly built communities, his found family with him every step of the way.

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Oct. 2nd, 2017

Dear Yuletide Writer!


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Jul. 13th, 2017

icons (mostly on insanejournal, some on DW/LJ I think)

I'm not hit by the Photobucket madness as far as I can tell. Yet. I'm not sure if the nag letters I've gotten are real or spam hopping on the madness and I'm not clicking the links to find out.


Point is... I have moved on. I love my icons. I'd love to be able to give them to you. But I don't have the time to re-download or find everything and re-upload and re-link and... yeah. I'm already so overdrawn for time that it's ridiculous.

So I'm sorry, but when the icons go, they'll be gone.

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Jun. 30th, 2017

[No Subject]

I have not appeared to run into the Photobucket issue yet (at least, I still see all my icons right now) but I'm sure it's going to come up. I'm no longer making icons, so I'm not sure what to do at this point. I've barely touched my PB account in a long time as it is.

Jan. 4th, 2017

Snowflake Challenge, Day 4

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Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

Cue sheer terror. I'm not going to join a friending thing right now. I know that's the simplest option. But. I can comment. I've been trying to get better about that, and I'm slowly getting better.

I'm not doing this one very well. I just don't have the energy for interacting with strangers. :( I did read a ficlet from an author I don't know and left a comment. I don't have enough focus to keep reading more fics, but I did like trying to skim through the self recs. Too many of them were not fandoms I'm interested in, though, so I was having a tough time finding ones to read.

This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth. You can either comment there or here.

Snowflake Challenge, Day 3

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Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Yeah, I'm late. But, I also already did this on the last day of the year. It's just that that post is friends only. So um, let's see if I can pull some of those out. Okay, sure, yeah, I can do this. Some of it's RL, some is fandom, and some is original writing.

1. Write 400,000 words with an average of 35k per month.
2. Finish drafting (and posting) CttK and kickstart a printed version of it.
3. Outline and start drafting (and posting) the second Twinned book for PHU and the first Marked book for PHU.
4. Draft Bittle’s Bitty Bites and Cover All and post to AO3.
5. Participate in Kinky Kristmas and Yuletide.
6. Successfully moderate fullmoon_ficlet.
7. Go to camp 3 weekends out of every camp month this summer.
8. Run 75 miles in 80 days and successfully test for my second degree black belt.
9. Complete a couch to 5k program (damn it).
10. Finish one original short story, edit it, and start shopping it.
11. Pay for Christmas in cash.
12. Can and freeze vegetables over the summer.
13. Organize both freezers and make more lunches and ready meals.
14. Learn how to pressure can.
15. Cook meals 2-3 times per week (with less waste).
16. Save to an purchase an iPad.
17. Pay to get the younger kid to Germany.
18. Destroy more debt to pay more for elder kid’s college education.

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Jan. 2nd, 2017

Snowflake Challenge, Day 2

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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm pretty sure I've had some version of this question before, and I'm pretty sure I have a few stock answers that I always give. I try to think of things that are different, but in the end, I come back to things that have shaped me and my fandom life.

And this year I'm going to talk about Amber.

My life would've been incredibly different without Roger Zelazny's Amber series. It's woven in and out of my life for such a long time, and at this point, I find it difficult to believe that it isn't somehow still affecting me. It's still a part of my vocabulary, that's for sure (as I often speak of the one true something of which all other somethings are but shadow). And it still influences my work, because Amber's Trump will always be an influence on things I do.

It actually started what feels like a lifetime ago. I read the original series while I was still in high school. The second series started about the time that I went off to college, and in my first weeks at college I was at the games club and got started talking to a guy about them somehow. His online nickname? Ghostwheel. I dated him for over a year. He's the one who got me started writing erotica stories (I published them on rec.arts.erotica at the time, we are talking internet ancient history here). This was back in the mid-80s. So folks who like reading my smut? You can thank a guy I met in 1986 all because we'd both read the same series of books by Roger Zelazny.

Moving on. Time passed, and I admit, I reread the series. I eventually read the whole second series. I kind of loved the entire concept of the books. Most people dreamed of discovering that they were lost princesses. I dreamed I was a lost child of another world entirely, that if I stepped in the right direction, small things would change in the world around me and I'd drift into another shadow. That I belonged to the royal family that lived in the one true world at the center of the universe. It was a lovely dream. Most people had no idea what I was talking about.

Then came the roleplaying game. Because the Amber Diceless RPG changed a whole lot of things.

For one, suddenly ALL MY FRIENDS loved Amber as much as I did. For two, I GOT TO PLAY A CHILD OF AMBER in an RPG. THIS WAS FUCKING AWESOME. In the games we played face to face, you were usually a lost child, someone that one of the Amberites sired and um, well, mostly never knew about until your character found their way to Amber. And the stories we told were epic! And the best part. THIS GAME WAS DICELESS. Everything revolved around the story, not random chance. It was exactly the kind of RPG I had always dreamed of.

It let me turn other diced games into diceless games. I may have been in RPG nirvana. And I played a lot of games at the time. A lot of games.

I grew up going to science fiction conventions, but never really went to a lot of gaming conventions. I did Genericon, because it was local. But then I went to Ambercon, and again, EVERYTHING changed. I knew these people via the Amber mailing list. I had friends all over the world (much like my friends from the vampyres mailing list). We met in Detroit and gamed for FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT. I knew so many people who loved to just sink into their characters and live as them, just the same way I did. It was BLISS.

And as we grew older, and had more responsibilities, the internet came more and more into our lives as well. We started playing games over email instead of face to face. We could play with friends from all over the world! We could get into long, intense conversations. We could write this huge, far-reaching stories. It was amazing.

For the record, I joined Livejournal because of an Amber game. Everyone was on LJ, and I wanted to join in the conversation. So I did. This was back in um, 2003 I think.

I ran an Amber gaming convention near Boston. I met one of my best friends there, and I still hold them dear to heart now (*blows kisses*). We don't see each other nearly often enough. I also used to travel every month to a game in Fall River--I started before I got married, and I was still doing it after Chick was born (she stayed with my folks). This got me to play with tornados once. And many fun road trips. And it's how I met [livejournal.com profile] matociquala. Er, in general, I met an awful lot of authors because we were all playing Amber. Remember what I said about epic storytelling through RP?

Anyway, I was aiming for a point here. The GM of the game in Fall River said YOU MUST READ THESE BOOKS and told me to buy the first Harry Potter book. So I did. Then I bought the next ones and ALL THREE OF THEM over the weekend while running said Amber gaming convention near Boston. This was back in 2000, shortly before GoF came out. So you see, Amber is directly responsible for me falling in love with the Potterverse.

Wait, there's more. One of my Amber gaming friends was starting to transition from email gaming to playing on Livejournal (and eventually IJ and GJ too). And she told me I should join a Harry Potter game with her. So I did. And well, I fell down a huge rabbit hole of HP RPGs for a while there. But... I started writing background stories for my characters, and yes, there you have it, my entry into writing HP fanfic. It's all because of Amber.

And fanfic in general is because of Amber. I've been writing original work since I was a kid, but I only dabbled in fanfic rarely. But for the Amber games, I wrote novels and novels about my characters as game diaries. And one of my earliest Yuletide fics was Amber. I've never gotten around to bringing all my really old Amber fics to AO3, and honestly, now I probably won't. I kinda wince when I think how bad they probably are. But still. I wrote Amber first.

Every year during Yuletide, I go look for the new Amber stories. There always are a few (I read a fantastic one from Florimel's POV this year).

I don't tell as many people to go read the series now. It's dated, mired in the point of view of a misogynistic POV character written in the 70s. It doesn't appeal to the modern eye. But the bare bones, the concepts, those are still beautiful. Still inspiring. I could still wallow around in that world so easily. I read the books so many times, from Corwin's POV, to Dara's POV, and Brand's POV. I developed massive head canons. I have theories and thoughts and could branch off in so many directions. And oh goodness, there were shapeshifters. I could write an entire treatise on how getting to explore writing and RPing characters who could shift shape and/or were immortal allowed me to explore thoughts on gender and sexuality.

So yeah. Amber imprinted itself on my life. It's been a part of my life for more than thirty years, and there are so many points where without it, I would've become a different person.

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Jan. 1st, 2017

Snowflake Challenge, Day 1

I have decided to take part in the Snowflake Challenge again this year. I actually find this challenge incredibly difficult, because as much as I love to be gleeful about things, I have a tough time explicitly putting myself forward. As evidenced by my tough time advertising my original work. But anyway, here I go. And these posts will be public, although I will have to edit that after it posts.

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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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm going to go specifically with fanworks from this year only, and I am also going to avoid anything original since well, this is supposed to be about fanworks!

1. I have to begin with the It's Hard to Move Through Water series, which I have referred to as "the long-ass Jackson fic" and "my love letter to Jackson Whittemore." I was terrified of this prompt originally; I never thought I could write something that wove in and out of canon like the first book needed to do. But I absolutely love how both of these books came out. I loved playing with Jackson's development in the first (and laying some hints for what would come in the second). And I loved getting to explore the development of a triad relationship in the third. I got to take long, hard looks at mental health issues, and effects of trauma. I got to write about healing. And the comments I received at the end of the series are some of my favorite comments I've ever received.

2. The second wasn't entirely written this year, but it finished this year, after I started it in 2013. It took me three years, 33 stories, and 51k words to complete the All Our Yesterdays series, and I was so excited to be able to reach the end. I knew when I started it that I wanted to tell a story about two people who didn't exactly fall out of love, but their relationship broke. And about how they came back together again later, older and wiser, and able to listen to each other. And of course, a plot inserted itself in the middle. But it was a lot of fun to work through the series over the years, and let Stiles and Jackson grow into their adult selves.

3. The third one is outright smut. It was a piece for Daily Deviant, and when I wrote lace and scars I researched a kink I knew nothing about. And I got to describe sensation in detail, as well as gorgeous art. I have a great fondness for Lavender/Hermione, and I wish there were more love for the rares.


Okay, I'm saying it, bonus non-fannish piece. I am just so incredibly proud of this, and I have to ramble about it. My original web serial Welcome to PHU launched last September, and it is such a joy to write and share this story and these characters. I can't not rec it. It's my baby.

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Sep. 12th, 2013

a plea to all writers, betas, proofreaders, and those who run fic fests

[Crossposted from my tumblr and made public...]

This is a plea to all those who write fanfic, to those who proofread and beta these fics, and to those who run fests that post these fics…

Please please double and triple check your work.

If you write, please invest time in finding a good beta for SPAG. Yes, plot is important, but if I cannot get past the first few paragraphs, I will never be able to see your amazing story or fall in love with your characterization.

Betas and proofreaders, being picky is your job. You are doing your writer a disservice if you let little things slip through, because something may seem tiny, but it may also leap out to readers if tiny mistake on tiny mistake is compounded. Homonyms and other similar sounding words and phrases are a huge, huge part of the problem.

And for those who run fests, I KNOW that running a fest is a huge time sink. I know you are overwhelmed. But I do recommend just skimming the first screen of every item when you pre-post it (or when it is submitted through AO3) just to see if anything leaps out at you. Otherwise there may be amazing fics that are never read because the reader simply can’t get past the grammatical errors.

I just tried to read a story for a fest (I’m not going to say which one, since I’m reading stories from something like six or seven fests in three fandoms right now). On the first screen I ran into multiple typos, several homonym issues (they’re/their for instance) and a couple of random word substitutions where the entirely wrong word was used because it had a similar sound (but wasn’t an actual homonym). I gave up because I just couldn’t take it seriously when my inner editor was perched on my shoulder whining about every sentence.

And I feel BAD about this. This is a writer who I am missing out on, and it could be an amazing story, but it’s so riddled with errors that I can’t take it seriously. And all it needed was a little time and effort and it passed through multiple gateways that missed these errors. And we’re not talking one or two (everyone has that slip through… I’ve had typos and word errors I’ve found in my own fics after they’ve been edited six times!), but an entire page riddled with errors.

I want to read fic. I want to give writers a chance. But reading is fun, and if I’m editing it in my head, I can’t… I just can’t… and I can’t comment because my comment would sound rude.

So yeah. This, then, is my response. Please remember to edit, and ask for help. No one is good enough that they don’t need a second pair of eyes. NO ONE.

[If there are typos or poor words in this post, I apologize… I really hope I haven’t set myself up for that kind of horrific irony. *laughs*]

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Jun. 3rd, 2013

public post!

With new people friending me, and I'm guessing they might be from TW fandom after Mating Games, please please please comment so I know who you are. I'm shy about friending back (not to mention, I won't friend anyone who isn't 18+ due to content on this journal). Thanks, dudes!

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May. 23rd, 2013

on the subject of conflict

I suck at plot, so I'm hardly the person to be writing this, but... every story should have a conflict.

Even fluff, yes. Even silly, sappy, sweet fluff should have some kind of a conflict. Because there needs to be something to engage the reader's interest and to draw them into the story. If everything is perfect and simple, there's no reason to continue. Give us flash and fire, even if it's a sweet slow burn.

I've read a lot of stories lately of the sort I might call a travelogue. As in, the characters start at one point, and they travel along a neat, straight line until they get to the end of the story. There are no bumps, there are no stalls, there are no curves in the road. It simply goes day to day until it is done, and there is no sense of resolution because there was no problem set out to start.

These stories can be sweet, yes, but they often leave the reader feeling like they want something more, like there is something missing at the end.

So no matter what you write, ask yourself at the start: Who has the stakes in this story? What is the problem (however minor it might be) and how will it be resolved? What are the hurdles that need to be overcome in the course of resolving this problem?

I was going somewhere with this... I'm sure I was, but I am so overtired that I'm losing it now in my thoughts. So lets open this up to discussion. Ask questions, supply thoughts, brainstorm. If you want to pick at examples, please use either my own work (I offer it all up to you -- please feel free to call me out on times I didn't follow my own advice!) or published work.

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May. 21st, 2013

more links for Oklahoma

Dudes, do you want even better links to help out the folks in Oklahoma? Please look behind the cut at a shared post from my friend [livejournal.com profile] crazyparakiss. She has links for local folks you can contact in Oklahoma to help people.

I am including her post in full behind the cut. Not everything being looked for is monetary, although shipping is an issue of course.

places to help out Oklahoma )

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[No Subject]

I am reposting two entries from the writing community on LJ with links to help those who were affected by the storms in Oklahoma. Please, if you can, help out. A dollar will help (they add up) or a signal boost, or anything you can do. Help doesn't need to mean money; we all have resources even if it's a great network to help spread the word. Also, please check out both original posts as there may be more links in the comments to the posts to more places that can help.

Me, I've been thinking of turning the upcoming word war into a write-a-thon. I'm just not sure how to manage it or if it would work.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] suricattus at Looking on, from too far away

Like most of the US, I’ve been watching the news coming from Oklahoma over the past 24, and wondering what the hell the rest of the storm season is going to be like, between tornados and hurricanes and…

Based on the increasing severity of storms (thank you climate change) and the idiotic cutbacks in aid (thank you, governors who say “no money for FEMA”…until it’s their state that gets hit, as though disasters respect human-made borders), we’re going to see a lot more calls for help.

I went through superstorm Sandy.  I saw my home states devastated.  And I saw how people came forward to help, after. Even the smallest amount, the most basic gesture, means more than you can imagine.

If you want to help in Oklahoma (or any disaster scene), start with groups already in-place, with an established reputation. That way, your donations can be put to use immediately. And check to see what they need, before you donate.

We all know about the Red Cross (text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation), and Doctors without Borders, etc. And if you don’t know about Red Rover Animal Rescue, you should check them out (as well as Animal Resource Center). But one of my favorites is Loads of Hope. It’s backed by Tide (yes Tide the detergent), and they bring massive washing machines to scenes without water or electricity, to make sure that people have clean clothing to wear.

Trust me, if you’ve ever been displaced or suddenly made homeless, something as simple as a clean pair of socks and underwear can make the difference between hopeless and hopeful.

Can’t give money? Give blood. http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood

(And yep, just made an appointment to donate blood myself. O-type & good veins… phlebotomist’s delight. 0.0 )

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] marthawells at post
It's been horrible watching the news in Oklahoma. I know a lot of people there from the SF/F community, and felt very lucky when they all checked in on Facebook to say they were all right.

To help, you can donate to the Red Cross web site or text REDCROSS to 90999. The Animal Resource Center of Oklahoma City has a link to a donation page for animal relief. And you can donate to Pet Food Pantry.

If anyone knows any other places to donate, please post in the comments.

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May. 7th, 2013

because sometimes we all need to hear this...

Tae kwon do isn't just about kicking things and hitting things. It isn't about forms, it isn't about sparring, it isn't about breaking boards.

Tae kwon do is about attitude.

We talk a lot about attitude during class, from the Little Dragons on up through the adults. We talk about respect, we talk about challenging ourselves, we talk about being our best.

Note that: our best, not the best.

The May newsletter came out from my dojang today. There are some notable items, like the photo archive pictures (which include Boo punching with his chamber hand actually chambered and my friend breaking her brick with a flying side kick (amazing)) and the invitation for moms (that includes friends, so any local mom friends of mine, y'all are included) to get a month free and a free uniform. Er, wait, before I move on... three years ago, I started doing TKD because of that very same invitation. I'm addicted. So yeah, there's your reference.


Also included are "5 Major Keys to Success in Martial Arts that you can apply to everyday life". I'm going to quote those here, and I want y'all to look at them. Especially writers. And artists. And anyone.

5 Major Keys to Success in Martial Arts that you can apply to everyday life )

I'm going to take those apart from the writing point of view.

Cutting for length, but I beg you, please give this a look. )

See what I mean? Now go forth and think... I am amazed by all of my friends and all my fandom colleagues. Your all rock. You are all amazing, and I suspect in a few years you will all be even MORE amazing. I believe in you. I hope you believe in yourselves.

And yeah, I'm posting this because sometimes I need to be reminded too.

[P.S. I've made this public. Please feel free to share. Yes, I am in an inspire the world! mood right now.]

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Apr. 4th, 2013

[No Subject]


I know you think I'm here all the time, but truth is, I keep forgetting to check my flist, and I really need to get back in the habit. It's hard for me, since it's all RP stuff and I'm not RPing anymore. And then folks change their names and I keep going wait, who's that? Did we play in a game five years ago? (maybe)

So yeah. I'm constantly confused and I can't remember who anyone is and it... I miss Rping, but I'm not going back. I barely have time for life as it is, but yes, I miss y'all.

Just... do me a favor? If we haven't interacted recently and I might have forgotten who you are and why you are here, drop me a note and let me know where I know you from? I'm trying to slim down my reading list since I don't need to see the icons and I want to be able to scan my list quickly so I *do* it.

Help me out?

Jan. 14th, 2013

A public post

Since the holidays are over, and I've had a few new people friend me, and I've friended some new folks, and hols reveals are later today... I thought I'd put up one of those public who the hell is this person (and why does this journal seem blank) posts. :)

Hi, I'm tryslora, and my journal is primarily friends only. I rarely put up public posts (like this one). This is my real life space. In this journal I talk about taekwondo, health, kids, family, traveling, random crap, ranting, writing, art (I can't draw), music, and just about anything else you can imagine.

What I don't do is post fic (although I'll talk about my own) or recs. Those have their own journals, which are both totally public.

Fic: [personal profile] wordsinthehall or [livejournal.com profile] wordsinthehall

Recs: [personal profile] viewfromthehall or [livejournal.com profile] viewfromthehall

If you are over the age of 18 (I do not friend minors, I'm sorry but this journal is NOT appropriate) and you want to meet the person behind the writing, please feel free to friend me. But also please drop a comment here! I don't automatically friend back unless I know who you are or have interacted with you. I'm happy to have new folks to talk to!

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Dec. 25th, 2012

[No Subject]

I got a Breakout Kings gift fic for Yuletide! You can see it at Under Pressure.

I've been going nuts for four hours because I really wanted to curl up and read it after I saw the summary in my email. I love how Lloyd views the world; he is totally my favorite character from the show. I'm incredibly sad not to have this show to look forward to again this summer.

This is a wonderful fic, all in Lloyd's head, and I love watching how he views the case, the world, and how he views Julianne.

In other Yuletide news, I wrote four fics for the main collection. I've received some comments, which have made me super happy. The AO3 added a new bit of code where if an author replies to a comment on a fic which is still anonymous, the comment will remain anonymous until reveals. I'm trying to decide if I should reply to comments as I get them! It would be kind of fun to get to squee back and forth about the fandoms.

[NOTE: I'm making this post public after it posts because just in case my Yuletide author stops by, I want you to know that you are loved, mystery author!]

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Nov. 14th, 2012

Wish List 2012

My Wish List...

Things that have a monetary value: )

Things that can be made/drawn/spoken/etc.: )

Things that you can do for other people (I'm not putting this part behind a cut because it's most important):

- Find any other wish and fill it. Seriously. Make someone's day.

- Check out the auctions at [livejournal.com profile] fandomaid and bid on something. Sandy destroyed so many of the things in my corner of the world, and every little bit helps. If you want to make me personally accountable for what you buy, I still have slots for sale on the Buy It Now page for both fic and icons. If you want to make me be the one spending money, I have a request on the Custom Requests page where I'm looking for an Alphas/Breakout Kings crossover fic.

- Give money to any charity dealing with diabetes (type one or two), fibromyalgia, heart disease, LGBTQ awareness, LGBTQ kids.

- Give money or food to your local food pantries and homeless shelters.

- Sponsor a child to take a sport. Tae kwon do is my sport of choice, and it has done wonderful things for my son, but any sport or consistency of practice and exercise is a great outlet for a child and a way to help develop focus and discipline. Help that child find the sport that calls to them, whatever it is.

- Sponsor music programs in your schools. We are losing them, and they help the brains develop in wonderful ways. Music and art are needed so we can have creative and intelligent children that turn into brilliant leaders.

- When you read a fic, see a piece of art, listen to a podfic or a music mix, watch a vid, or anything fandom related, drop a note to the creator to tell them if you enjoyed it. I know we don't enjoy everything we see, but if you do like it, say something please, even if it's just a "kudos" or "thumbs up" or "thanks for sharing". Comments are love!

- Hold open a door, carry a package, pick something up that was dropped, say thank you to your cashier on a crazy busy day, smile at the people around you. In this crazy insane busy ohholycrapmadness holiday season, take five extra seconds to remember that are all on this earth together and sometimes just a smile and a pleasant conversation can turn a hellish shopping outing into something fun. Don't forget the celebration in the season, and pass that along to everyone around you. Energy flows, and if we keep the positive energy flowing, the negative energy won't wear us down.

Most of these wishes don't begin and end with the holidays, especially the last set. I'm keeping this as a checklist for myself throughout the year. It's hard to remember all the time, but I'm going to try.

Love to you all.

P.S. I reserve the right to come back and add other things as I think of them...

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Oct. 14th, 2012

Dear Yuletide Writer!

It's Yuletide!! And I'm bouncing with glee! )

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