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09 February 2007 @ 04:10 pm
All About Me (less crass than it sounds)  
Hi! *waves*

I've never done the intro meme thing before, but there are a bunch of new friends joining (please feel free to chime in anytime, new and old friends), and this seems like a good time.

I am HalfshellVenus, here and on www.prisonbreakfic.net and The Sam/Dean Slash Archive, and HalfshellVenus1 on fanfiction.net. I have hair that vaguely resembles this Botticelli Venus in the icon, hence the name.

I'm 43 right now, I have 2 kids whom I talk about from time-to-time, and a wonderful husband.

I live in Northern California (the part that is scorching 8 months out of the year, rainy/foggy 3 months, and \o/ the other (not necessarily contiguous) month). I miss hiking like blazes since having kids, but my son (7 now) shows good signs of being my future hiking companion. I miss Oregon, which is where I grew up, and that'll come up around vacation time...

I get a little ranty from time-to-time in my journal, but in fact I'm very soft-hearted. You will probably forget that after you read something I wrote or recc'd that's either Cracked-out or angsty, but it's true. I have a huge weakness for other soft-hearted people (Hi, lissa_bear! Hi particlesofgale! Hi witchofthedogs! Hi jellicle!) because I "get" that personality, and at this late age it's pretty clear I can't change mine.

Though I love dark humor (and participate in it!) let's just say this: when I overhear my husband and his sister getting really dark, or my husband and one of MY sisters, I have to realize that I am the filter on why neither he nor my own family normally get that dark. So apparently, I'm still a cream puff. Who might either think the "Darwin Awards" listings are really funny or painfully tragic, depending on the details. Feel free to flee now if this scares you...

I used to have a career in classical music radio, and now I'm in software. I am kind of a music and math geek, and I can be a language geek as well even if I DO sometimes begin sentences with and, but, or, and all of those other forbidden things for effect and flow (and debate about it each time, which indicates that I'm kind of anal. Sorry). However, I will not bow to this newfangled spelling of "dilemna" that uses two m's, so there you have it. ;)

I write mainly Prison Break and Supernatural fanfic. It's about 50% brothercest in each fandom (easy to skip if you don't like that), and about 50% Gen (ditto for slash lovers). For Gen, I have written tons of the Prison Break characters (I think the only "main" character I've skipped is Tweener, but there's a reason for that), but not so many of the Supernatural characters (a few Johns, some John, Mary and Missouri in drabbles but that's it). I guess this just goes to show how different fandoms inspire different things in a person.

Um. Um-um-um. I struggle with my weight, thanks to bad metabolism and raging hunger and hypoglycemia, and thus I exercise a lot. There will be occasional posts about cycling, sometimes of the good and sometimes when things do not go as planned (the bee sting in the armpit last Spring comes readily to mind).

There's also a Guitar Hero game obsession going on, but that'll quiet down after awhile. Probably. ;)

That's all I can think of right now. Questions? Comments?




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Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on February 10th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
I didn't hike as much as I'd have liked last year, Stewart went off it, but he's showing signs of wanting to start again. I mountain bike as well.

*wheeee!!*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
We used to hike a lot until my husband badly broke his hip, and then the next step was pregnancy and new baby! There was resumed hiking until she got too heavy to carry in the backpack and another baby was due.

But there is hope, because the 7-year-old loves hiking and has painful quantities of energy (as in, "Christopher, you need to go outside and exercise for the next hour"). He can go three miles right now on those little legs, and I have great hopes for when he gets older!

Thank goodness, because my daughter is a total weenie. :0
the reluctant lobotomist: hit me upfourfreedoms on February 10th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Well, I have had you friended for...a long time now. But, I didn't know you were in Northern CA, that's where I'm from. Although I only wish I was there now! Damn College education!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Hi, dark_reaction!

I've been here (Sacramento) for 19 1/2 years now, and will keep being here since I love my job and now there are the kids and all.

My first real post-college job sent me to Peoria Illinois for 3 years, which was soul-killing despite some really nice people there. *feels bad for you* *cookie?*
(no subject) - fourfreedoms on February 10th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
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When it is darkest, men see the stars.: heartwitchofthedogs on February 10th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
*tackles*
*kisses*

Hi!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Hi, witchy! *hugs*

I seriously thought about posting up a big thingy about a funeral that was today (that I did not go to), and why I try to avoid funerals at all costs because they destroy me emotionally, and then I thought that perhaps 3 people on my f-list might potentially understand that and the rest would want to kill me, so.....

But you were on my list of three. :) ♥
(no subject) - witchofthedogs on February 10th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
Deadbeat Nymph: pronedeadbeat_nymph on February 10th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
I'm a big cream puff, too. I'm also kind of a music geek - I know enough to have a vague idea of how much I don't know.

I'm neither a hiker nor a cycler - I know, I know, it's 'cyclist', but in such a dilemna, aesthetics beats accuracy ;) - and I've never been to the west coast. I hope to get out there someday. I've heard of a particular place in BC that has fabulous storm-watching. My father doesn't understand why anyone would seek out storms to watch, but I do.

You're not from Eugene, are you? I lived in what is apparently the Canadian equivalent of Eugene for about ten years.

I can't believe you have a husband, two kids and a job and still write as much as you do. You amaze me. :D

P.S. I friended you quite a while ago, but I don't think I said anything about it. I hope that's okay.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
I've heard of a particular place in BC that has fabulous storm-watching. My father doesn't understand why anyone would seek out storms to watch, but I do.
Oh, I would in no way seek out tornadoes or anything, but other storms that are relatively safe? I love to watch those. At one time, we lived in a house outside Portland that had this huge elevated basin view over toward Vancouver, Washington. When there were storms, you could sit by the rounded eating-area kitchen window and get a really great view of everything.

I badly miss sunsets where I live now. Sacramento is either sunny or cloudy, but rarely a mix of the two. And it's the mix that gives you gorgeous sunsets. Here, they're usually not that impressive. :(

You're not from Eugene, are you? I lived in what is apparently the Canadian equivalent of Eugene for about ten years.
I've lived in several places in Oregon (long story-- my Dad likes to move when he's stressed), and one of them was Eugene from about 1977- 1984. I went to college there too, and really liked it. What is the Canada city that is the equivalent?

And it's always okay to friend me-- I never mind! Please, be welcome. :)
(no subject) - deadbeat_nymph on February 10th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
No, not at all-- old friends and new are always welcome. :) ♥
Izzie: The Bros & Sara - Train Stationlady_iz on February 10th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
You're such a cool chick. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
I like that version so much better than "whacked out" or "twisted." NOT that anyone says that, but I'm waiting. :D

Thank you, lady_iz! (icon-love! Season 2 is the year of Man-Boobs-Lincoln, and I'm loving that part of it)
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on February 10th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
I had no idea what you did for a living! A math geek, huh? I'm so terribly bad at math!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
I've always liked math, and I probably should have put something scary in this post about my addiction problem involving Sudoku puzzles. Like my fandoms and fanfics weren't enough of a problem. And Guitar Hero 2. Oy-- my obsessions have been busy lately! :)
happy is as happy does: cute - blackpersonhappywriter06 on February 10th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for the intro.

L have hair that vaguely resembles this Botticelli Venus in the icon, hence the name.
And here I thought you just really liked the painting.

I used to have a career in classical music radio, and now I'm in software.
How did you go from radio to software?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
I do like the painting, but after people point out to you over the years that your hair reminds them of that painting, you sort of have to give into that perception I think.

Now, the person who thought I looked like Goldy Hawn? Death.

How did you go from radio to software?
My undergraduate degree was in music, where I minored in math and got a B.S. instead of a B.A. (because I liked science courses, and I thought it would seem more well-rounded). I took a Fortran class my senior year, as a way of forestalling being intimidated by the new technology of computers (damn I'm old). Then, when I worked in radio in Peoria, we got to take classes for cheap and I took more Computer Science classes. Finally, here in California, I realized that my radio job pretty much hadn't changed a lot in 10 years and I was booooored. An escape plan formed, and I went back to school to study computer science. The rest is history!

Sounds almost unbelievable when I tell it, doesn't it? :0
(no subject) - happywriter06 on February 12th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
bluesister on February 10th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
Cute intro.

So apparently, I'm still a cream puff. Who might either think the "Darwin Awards" listings are really funny or painfully tragic, depending on the details.
That's me! Most of the time, I think it's wrong to laugh at those people 'cause they're cleared impaired. I'd never have thought to confess that tho'.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
That's me! Most of the time, I think it's wrong to laugh at those people 'cause they're cleared impaired. I'd never have thought to confess that tho'.
I totally like finding more Cream Puffs in the world, because it is kind of hard being this different from the regular world. ;)

The one Darwin Awards entry that really stands out in my mind was the security guard who kept taking his six-pack and lawn chair up next to the radioactive transmitter on his breaks and was doing so one night when they tested the equipment on full blast and it killed him.

That one just hurt to read, because he died simply for not understanding how radioactivity worked (he couldn't see it after all), and even though people kept telling him to quit it, he just didn't understand that the danger was real.

I can't laugh at that-- it's just too tragic.

And on that same note, I'm one of the few people who absolutely hated "Pulp Fiction." The guy who was accidentally killed in the car, where joke after joke stemmed from that? It sickened me, and I couldn't find it remotely funny. I still think mad thoughts about it. People think I'm nuts for not liking it. :0
(no subject) - bluesister on February 10th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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zora_sourit: wincestzora_sourit on February 10th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
Just a quick note to tell you that I really appreciate learning more about you. Thank you for this! I always love hearing from you, you have a way of writing (writing in general, not only fics) that I really like. You come off as a very sweet and intelligent chica :).

I have 2 kids whom I talk about from time-to-time
LOL!

ETA: shame on me, but thank you for that link to the SN-archive, that´s a new one!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hi, Victoria!

It's so nice to hear that you like my writing-- including the rambling stuff and not just the fics. There's certainly more rambling than there used to be!

ETA: shame on me, but thank you for that link to the SN-archive, that´s a new one!
Well worth a visit! It has Gen as well as Slash, but it's all Sam and Dean-centered (i.e., my John-only pieces can't go over there). Check out the stories by Hellskitten if you haven't already. :)
BEWARE OF JENMAR.: SPN - Kiss - SamandDeanclex_monkie89 on February 11th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on February 11th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
I know-- time has been flying quickly!

That beesting was funnier than the one over the eye that half-closed the eye and sent me in to the doctor's office. A weekend of Steroid Rage! Whee...

and a bit of geekery is never a bad thing :D
I'm SO pleased to find fellow geeks on LJ. Makes me feel right at home. :)