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16 January 2007 @ 09:26 am
Coldest weekend in YEARS  

Several of my f-list people, mainly those in Northern California, will know what kind of hell-hole weekend we had here. Gah. Overnight lows in the high 20s, which is NOT our kind of weather here, and in the daytime it's slightly humid and damned chilly.

So of course, I spent it going door-to-door with my daughter, taking Girl Scout cookie orders. (!) Because mid-January is when our time slot comes up in Sacramento. She didn't mind the cold at all, but for me? Yipes. And my hands are now thoroughly chapped, as a result.

Had we not been doing that, I'd have felt compelled to be out pruning the some 80+ rose plants we have in our yard. NOT that I'd necessarily DO it, but the guilt over needing to do it would have nagged me relentlessly.


I finally finished the 2006 Writing Meme, which I'll post up in a bit. When I look at other authors' lists, some of them have perhaps 5-10 stories for the year. Many of them were incredible stories (often long ones, in many chapters), so it's really quality and not quantity. Still, I feel somewhat spew-y when I look at my list. *thud*


Sign-ups for the Prison Break Fic Exchange Round 4 have been fantastic. About 25 authors so far, and signups continue through Jan 24. If you're tempted, please join us! And tell your friends, either way.

Also, the nominations for this round of the Prison Break Fanfiction Awards continue through January 31. Please check out the categories and see if anyone you know (hint, hint) has written something that deserves a nomination. And authors-- please post your stories up to www.prisonbreakfic.net ASAP so that they can be included in any nominations. We had some really fantastic stories written for the last round of the Fic Exchange, and some of them are definite contenders.

Hope you had a great weekend, and for those of us in the U.S., I hope it included some reflection on Dr. King and the changes he helped bring to our society. ♥



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sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Drakestreet from choclet eclipsebadboy_fangirl on January 16th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Karen, I'm freezing my arse off as we type, here in Northern northern CA! Woo, I can't believe how cold it is. In the 20s every night. Crazy.

That is so awesome that so many people have signed up for pb4. I'm nervous, but excited!

I'll take a box of Thin Mints ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bladehalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Buzzah! For some reason, I thought you were in Australia. *thwacks self for stupidity)* Where in NorCal are you? aeroport_art is in Davis (practically here), destina I think is in SoCal, where it can't possibly be as bad as this. poisontaster is in the Bay Area, where I'm sure the coastal weather mitigates the temperatures too.

I.Hate.This.Weather. I was out in the dark on Thursday night de-fruiting as many ripe tangerines off the tree as I could, because I was pretty sure the freeze would ruin them. The orange tree, well... the oranges aren't ripe yet, so can't do anything there. At this rate, it'll be a dud year for those. :0

Thin Mints-- always a classic! They vie with Samoas for #1 seller in our area, and I'm surprised Samoas are that high. But then again, they don't do much for me. My daughter loves them, and finally got over her hatred of coconut for them. My son thinks both coconut and caramel are evil, so no-go on those. He X'ed them out with a pen on the order form, and it took us awhile to decide if they were still being sold! Until Lauren remembered that the list hadn't been that way when we got it... ;)

I'm thrilled at the PBFE response! Each round gets bigger, which is wonderful (except when I do the table. Oy). liayso kindly pimped the signups over at the PrisonBreakFic.net site, which has to have helped. :D

Check out MY "Blade" Dominic. Mine has boobage!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: pretty faces from Eugisbadboy_fangirl on January 16th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
I'm in Arcata, on the coast, about 80 miles south of the Oregon border. It's been in the 20s every night for the last week and I'm sick of it! I'm a moderate weather kind of gal, I live on the coast for pete's sake!

*pets your icon* He's so pretty he makes my ovaries ache....*sigh*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
*groans* Arcata is supposed to have coastal weather! Which isn't that great, but at least it isn't cold! Bleh.

Dominic, and I know you know this, is one of those men that not only strikes me on a "handsome" level but also bypasses all systems and goes straight for the hormonal level too. Rrrrowr. I call him "Walking Man!Sex," and Pamala loves that as a trademark name. It totally describes him. ;)
When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on January 16th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
We actually had a really warm weekend here in the mid-atlantic area... it was 60 degrees here yesterday.

60.

In January.

And it's going to be ass-bitingly cold here tomorrow (30's).

What the hell is happening to our world?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Aha! You stole our weather! Plz, give it back! :0

Though the shift into the 30's from the 60's is bizarrely volatile. I imagine the plants in your area enjoy that even less than the people.

Our tabby cat flunked her duty as weather indicator this year, and honestly there was only one year when she was right on the money. In September some years back, she suddenly turned into a bottlebrush (we usually have summer here sometime into November). That turned out to be a long and cold winter, and she was our first warning. This year, though, she is grossly underprepared, and in the last few years she's shedded her coat at the first sign of any weather change, which is no good when we have our "false spring" in February or when we have a slight break in our endless, scorching summers.
mooyoo: Michael - Swanmooyoo on January 16th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Ha! You wusses complaining about 20 degree weather. 20 degrees used to be good winter weather for us here in the Northeast! And we used to walk 20 miles to school through the snow! Uphill both ways!

Seriously, what's up with this weather? I don't think it's been colder than about 35 here all winter and we haven't yet seen any snow (aside from a 45-second flurry one day last week), yet everyone who normally gets pretty warm weather around this time is getting all the cold.

I'm working on my 2006 Writing Meme right now. I feel a little spew-y with mine too, but mostly just because I wrote more last year than I'd ever written before total.

I'm having trouble with the PB fic awards. No idea what to nominate for, and I feel like I've barely read anything lately. Plus nearly everything posted over the last couple of months, it seems, has been Michael/Sara so I haven't paid much attention, and I have no idea what to nominate that wasn't done the last time around. I kind of want to just wait until the nominations are done and then vote, but I don't want anything or anyone to be forgotten...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: M/L postcoital crawdadshalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ha! You wusses complaining about 20 degree weather. 20 degrees used to be good winter weather for us here in the Northeast! And we used to walk 20 miles to school through the snow! Uphill both ways!
Dad? Is that you? :D

I lived in Illinois for 3 very harsh years, and the thing is... I didn't like it! I don't want to live there now! Grrrr. In Illinois, 5-degrees was so often the daytime winter high that you'd take your coat off on the days where it suddenly went up to 20-degrees. BUT... nobody expects you to do outdoor stuff in the winter there. Here, it's different. :(

We must have some sort of wind shift from Canada, because it sounds as if the East Coast is getting the warm stuff and the West Coast is getting the major cold.

I'm not reading as much PB Fic as I used to, mainly because several of my f-list folks have stopped writing it OR more and more of it is Michael/Sara, which I just can't read. But, I VILL find stuff to nominate, for sure. Wish aspensnow hadn't pretty much dropped out of sight in the last month. And almostforgiven never did come back. :0
mooyoo: M/L - Law 1 quotemooyoo on January 16th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
My dad said that the cold front that normally hits the Northeast and Midwest has shifted this year, so that the West Coast and parts of the South has gotten hit with the weather we're supposed to get, while we're getting generally warmer weather (we had a day or two of over 75 degrees last week - warmest January days in history for NY). Weird.

I'm not reading as much PB Fic as I used to, mainly because several of my f-list folks have stopped writing it OR more and more of it is Michael/Sara, which I just can't read.

Exactly. So many of the gen and M/L writers have dropped out of the fandom lately, and seems like almost everyone I nominated and voted for the last time around isn't writing PB anymore. Boo. I'll have to go looking back and re-read some stuff before I nominate.
callmetofu: greencallmetofu on January 16th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'm still hoping that you will read my story one day. I got some comments for it but most were comments because it was plagiarized. I'd really like your thoughts, even if they are negative.
mooyoo: M/L - Brothers streetmooyoo on January 16th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
It's funny, I was just thiking that I'd missed a couple of yours and would have to go back and read some before I nominated anything. And I have a feeling I may have read but forgotten to comment *is a bad fan* But will definitely do so soon. Yours are some of my absolute favorite fics in the fandom (especially with so few M/L writers left around)
callmetofu: greencallmetofu on January 16th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
It's okay.

I'm even worse with reading and commenting.

>>especially with so few M/L writers left around

It's a curse. I wrote this angsty and sappy Michael/Sucre story with two sex scenes in it and the first 5 people including my Michael/Sucre beta commented mostly about how nice and funny Lincoln was in it.

If you do want check up on my stories, I made a post with all of them listed: http://callmetofu.livejournal.com/11900.html
PamalaX: nekidDompamalax on January 16th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
* pokes gently and affectionately *

Then tempts with nekkid Dominic... RAWR!!

Did you get my note about it being your turn in the round robin?? :o)

As for the other stuff... did my 2006 list a while back - it was mammoth getting around to signing up for the exchange as soon as I decide what I want to see written AND I am working dutifully - I recently asked authors where their best fic were ... will be doing two special award edition Fan Fic Fridays in a row soon - on my award ballot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
I did get your note! Now I must remember not to drop my turn on the floor. My head is like a sieve-- or maybe like a polluted harbor, where you never know WHAT will float to the surface (generally dead bodies before treasure).

Oh, asking about best fics is a great way to go. I saw those posts, but didn't get up a reply (my computer crashed while the first one was open. I HATE that. Stupid overheating laptop). :(
PamalaX: Lincblueshirtpamalax on January 16th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
My head is like a sieve-- or maybe like a polluted harbor, where you never know WHAT will float to the surface (generally dead bodies before treasure).

Hmmmm? Dead bodies? Hey, thats okay with me. We've kept this thing pretty vague so far so a wicked left turn in any direction would shake things up and be a lot of fun.

Oh, asking about best fics is a great way to go. I saw those posts, but didn't get up a reply
I'm gonna highlight that post a few more times before my ballot must be done so I would love to see what you'd call your own personal favs.

Off the top of my head I am really VERY FOND of the M/L one from the last PB exchange.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm? Dead bodies?
:D What I meant was, the stuff I actually remember (that floats to the surface) isn't necessarily what I WANT to remember. *kicks brain* Sometimes the "todo" list disappears, and what I get instead is "That damn cat is upstairs again!" :0

Off the top of my head I am really VERY FOND of the M/L one from the last PB exchange.
I'm very happy to hear that, because (should I admit this? Maybe not?) sometimes you entirely lose perspective on what your "better" "more appealing" works are, especially if you write a lot.

For M/L slash, the most popular _by far_ was "Bound By Love," which is really dark and very unlike my usual stuff. But for my regular readers, I think something more like "Icicle Palace" (the PBFE story) or "Like Silk And Satin" are more appealing. And what do we do about story Arcs? The "Darkness Falling" arc was very popular, but moreso as an arc than any one individual story. (That's what I get for making them linked stories and not chapters, I guess).
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women: umbrellamissyjack on January 16th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Weather is weird. Here in my corner of Oz, we've had bushfires burning acorss the State since beofre Xmas. Evenn tho they are not near the city, a pall of smoke hangs in the air each day. Smell of burnign not pretty.

it was 41 y'day (That's about 106 I think) And fires shorted out the power was out across the State.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 16th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
41 CENTIGRADE? Oy.

Of course, it's the heat of your summer right now. :( For Sacramento (where I live), 100+ degrees is not that uncommon a temperature. I swear that the summertime average temp is around 98-degrees Fahrenheit. Yuck!

*Tries to envision how anyone could be Jared's umbrella girl without a helicopter, but actually I think I saw a clip of that!*
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: tear parineetathelana on January 16th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Don't know about you but it's way too hot over here. We didn't have one bit of snow all winter (the tourism centers were probably ready to commit harakiri) which sucked. I turned off my heating the day after New Year's because I realized it wasn't worth the bother and I'm sleeping with my summer blanket. Oy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 17th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Eeek! Everyone's running to the extremes, and they're the wrong ones for the climate!

At least someone is warm. We don't usually have a lot of cold weather in the Winter here (nighttime lows are often in the 40's), so the current cold snap is driving us nuts. That and all the outdoor stuff that isn't getting done.
aeroport_art: wee!aeroport_art on January 17th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Oh man, you were outside over the weekend? I holed up by the fireplace and every time I stepped outside there was much swearing. Lol.

Ugh... sooo dry. I feel all cracky and spent the day in a static fuzz :P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 17th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Girl Scout Cookie Sales! Otherwise, I would NOT have been outside, let me tell you. :( But we only have a few weeks to sell door-to-door, and if you wait too long a Girl Scout from another street will come along and sell into your territory. :0

My hands and lips are now thoroughly chapped, thanks to last weekend. Blorg. :(
Skywalker-Winchester: calendar verse 2 sprakesiconsanakin415 on January 18th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
hasnt been much better in Chicago hun


hugs
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 18th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Ack! I lived in Illinois for three years, and I'm glad I'm not there anymore!

Winters were hard, and... eternal.

*tries to push muse for more hot porn to keep you going*
Skywalker-Winchesteranakin415 on January 18th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
guh yes thank you so much lol

BTW I am hoping to get the site/new site back up by the end of the month just so you know and thank you for sticking with me