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20 August 2007 @ 02:02 pm
Back for real...  
We got back from the big vacation last Wednesday, but had two days of birthday shopping party/invitation planning/mailing before going off camping for the weekend. I lurked a tiny bit, but mainly... not ready for prime time.

Reminder for the Prison Break Fanfic Awards: the nominations were extended through this Wednesday, 8/22, due to a system glitch. So if you haven't done your nominations yet (like me!), please do so, especially for the categories you know and love. Here's what's available (and you don't have to do them all):

Best Overall Work of Fan Fiction
Best Short Fic (1-6 chapters)
Best Long Fic (7 chapters or more)
Best Drabble/Ficlet
Best Series (min of 3 fic in a series)

Best Overall Author
Best Author of a General Fic
Best Author of a Slash Fic
Best Author of a Shipper Fic

Best Pre-escape Fic
Best Post-escape Fic
Best Alternate Universe Fic
Best Pre-series Fic
Best Post-episode Fic
Best Crossover Fic
Best Work in Progress

Best Angst Fic
Best Humor/Crack Fic
Best Fluff Fic
Best PWP/Smut Fic
Best Friendship Fic (include friendship)
Best Family Fic
Best General Fic
Best Slash Fic
Best Incest Fic

Couple Fic
Best Michael and Mahone Fic (slash)
Best Lincoln and Michael Fic (incest)
Best T-Bag Slash Fic (slash)
Best Michael and Sara (shipper)
Best Lincoln and Veronica (shipper)
Best Lincoln and Jane Fic (shipper)
Best Sara and Kellerman Fic (shipper)
Best Other Couple Fic (shipper)

Best Michael Fic
Best Lincoln Fic
Best T-Bag Fic
Best Sara Fic
Best Kellerman Fic
Best Mahone Fic
Best Other Character Fic
Best Villain (include name of fic and author)


Okay, onto the vacation ramblings (because I know you live for my blather).

We had a great time visiting my parents in Eugene and my two sisters in the Portland area. Not much goes on in Eugene, with my parents in their early 80s, though we hit the Lively Swim Center twice (indoor wave pool and slides and stuff) including on Lauren's birthday. Can't believe she's 10 already!

Portland featured a trip to Oaks Amusement Park with our kids and my sister's kids, and I really love that place. Affordable, lots of great rides, and parents who are not going on rides don't pay anything! Plus, reasonable concessions. After you've been put across the barrel at Marineworld or Sunsplash in California (big admission fee for everyone, no outside food, and $3.00 bottles of water), this is a huge relief. Some of us went to the Oregon Zoo (used to be the Portland Zoo) while others stayed at home and did nail polish and too much makeup. The zoo's Cascades exhibit is finished, with new additions of black bears, bobcats, and cougars. Really impressive. Also saw the naked mole rats because my niece still loves them, but I think they're icky. Not ugly-cute, just ugly.

I ran twice at Tryon Creek, a beatiful trail-laden State Park in Lake Oswego. Twice is a lot these days, as my feet are still recovering from plantar fasciitus. Also walked two days, and oh how I love that place. This is the first time in three years I've run there, owing to the foot problems. SO nice...

Hit the Saturday Market in downtown Portland, and on the way back to Eugene we stopped by Enchanted Forest. The kids are really too old for the early part of the place, and the cost of the rides is horrific, but they persuaded us one last time. It was a nice 'farewell' for me, at least-- we've had some good times there.

Ran into an identity theft problem with the credit card three days before the vacation was over-- no-one stole the card, they just lifted the info and tried to make Internet purchases with it. Based on the nearly $800 at Best Buy and the $500 at Game Stop, I'm guessing it was a teenager. Perhaps at the "jump" place we went to near Portland. :(

I did only a little writing (surprisingly little alone time, except late at night-- just like home-- when I'm half asleep. However, I did a lot of reading of various fictional novels, and many were really good:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult: a thirteen year-old-girl, conceived for the purpose of saving her sister's life through cord-blood donation, is used for increasingly invasive donations until she sues for the right to her own body parts when pressed to give up a kidney. The most gripping story I've read in a long time, emotional and not at all what it first seems. Someone referred to this as "an excellent example of women's literature" which peeves me, because this is great storytelling period. 'Women's literature' my ass.
The River King by Alice Hoffman: atmospheric novel with a hint of mystery, beautiful setting and language. A great read, though the main female character comes off as more like twenty-one than fourteen (!).
The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd: Wonderful novel set in the South on the cusp of the Civil Rights Act. To tell more would spoil the story, but this one is definitely worth a read.
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde: Finished this third novel in the Thursday Next series-- and checked out the fourth from the library. I've really enjoyed the whole series, and all the many inside jokes about books, writers, readers, and the English language itself.

I'll be posting up some drabbles, etc. soon, and I also need a quick beta of a drabble set (light Wincest) for the next Hell Quarterly edition. Betas are required, even though I rarely use them, so this is a formality more than anything. But I'd be grateful for a hand if someone wants to put their stamp of approval on them!

Anything important happen while I was gone, other that birthdays through the roof? I tried to peek back through my f-list, but it got to be too much. :(

The Good, The Bad and The Lana: choli ke peeche madhurithelana on August 20th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
You are back! We (well I) were getting worried because you said the 16th in your leaving post :D

Glad to have you round again :D

*goes back to discussing top/bottom meta*
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: 1ww smiling on floorthelana on August 20th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, stuff that happened:

(1) You just missed clexathon, a comm where various friends of clex collected money to help get get to winchestercon. :D

(2) There's now an angsty boy/boy couple including kissing on the soap As The World Turns. Vids of said boy kissing can be seen here at uberaeryn :)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
I should even have said above, "back for a few minutes, but then off to bike/soccer-practice/family stuff". It's just been too busy!

You always try to tempt me with the top/bottom stuff, and you know how I hate it! *tries to resist, and feels will weakening even so* :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on August 21st, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)

I honestly didn't mean it that way. That was just honestly what I was writing at the moment :D

The person in question actually also had some great meta elsewhere about characters who are kept apart at least to some extent by outside obstacles vs. characters who choose their own misery (let's say House) and the believability of them getting a happy ending.
Jas Masson: boston legal dancesjasmasson on August 20th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Sure, I can beta. Send it along if you like.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jas! It's on the way.

Damn-- if only "Boston Legal" could be condensed to the Denny Crane scenes. I could happily watch only that part of the show-- the rest is just filler for me. :0
Jas Masson: boston legal dancesjasmasson on August 21st, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
I know! It would be much easier for me if the TV guide said had a section, "Good Denny episode Y/N", and I could then only tune in for those!
never trust a big butt and a smileobeetaybee on August 20th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! I missed you!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! How was the birthday?
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on August 20th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Did you get the ID theft sorted out? Glad you had a good holiday.

I also read My Sister's Keeper and spent most of it wanting to knock fuck out of the mother. Other aspects of the book annoyed me also. I didn't care about the lawyer and the GAD, and I had already guessed what the dog was for - he was neither blind nor deaf, so there was only one other option.

The info dump during his fit is also wrong. You don't put your fingers in a fitter's mouth during a fit - you'll get your fingers bitten off. It's impossible to swallow your tongue in any case. You hold them in the recovery position till they come round.

And taking Anna to the firestation? I'm pretty sure having a 13yo staying over for four nights is prtty illegal.

Also the ending and real instigator of the case? was blatently obvious.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
The bank had flagged down those purchases and frozen the account on its own (good triggers for detecting fraud). Now it's just transferring automatic accounts to the new card and making sure the legitimate transactions go through. :0

Forgot to request a snail mail postcard from your vacation! Did you have a good time?

I also read My Sister's Keeper and spent most of it wanting to knock fuck out of the mother.
:D That's part of what was fascinating about it, for me. I kept getting angry at the mother, and yet there were glimpses that she did love both daughters and was unaware that she was shortchanging one of them-- which is clear to the reader, and sets up conflict in the course of reading. Her treatment of the son, though... that's unmitigatedly aggravating. The mother is the most ambiguous character in the book.

One thing that comes to mind, as it did with Anne Tyler's "Breathings Lessons" where I wanted to smack some sense into the main character at a certain point, is that when a book draws that much emotion out of the reader-- even if it's frustration with the character and not the writer-- then in a large part the story is doing its job. :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on August 21st, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, it was wellwritten, I'll agree, but like I said, the book was full of filler, like the lawyer and the GAD for instance.

I had a great time on holiday. Want a postcard from Scotland - can't do one from the Pennines now?
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on August 20th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! You were missed.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jules! Now if only we could get bluesister to resurface. :( But I don't think any of us has independent contact information for her, so there's no avenue to beg...
Destinadestina on August 20th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Hullo. Welcome back! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
Hi, Destina! I think I saw that you'd been to a vidding conference-- did you find some gems there? It's a mysterious process to me, and when I find a knockout result I'm always in awe. :)
Destinadestina on August 21st, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
:) I go to Vividcon every year, since its inception. It's an awesome con. I've been vidding for just about as long as the con has been around - six years now - though I generally only make one vid a year, specifically for the Premieres show at VVC. There are always spectacular vids there, and this year was no exception.