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12 September 2007 @ 05:26 pm
Midweek, and already I'm pooped  
I'm still in the weeklong training class, which is NOT slow fortunately-- but covers boatloads of material that is irrelevant to how we'll use the product. Hard to figure out what you need to know and what's noise. Hence, very little posting lately. Again.

I survived Lauren's slumber party last weekend. The lead-up was dreadful-- a cold, a sleepless night, PMS, and my son in one of his digging-in-the-heels moods and doing everything on "yell." Arggh. The cake turned out well, the girls had a good (if tiring) time, and Lauren loved it. She seems to have swept over the down points, like the girl who didn't bring a present and the other whose mom apparently picked out some random thing she ran across at the store. A year ago, this would have devastated Lauren because she would have taken it personally as "XX doesn't like me" instead of "XX's parents are jerks." People must forget that children's birthday parties are for children-- who have all the feelings of children. One year, a mom declined rather crassly with "Well, we've been to a lot of parties this summer." As opposed to, "Oh, I'm afraid we can't make it" (with the realization that her child was invited because Lauren liked her and it was important to 7-year-old Lauren, even if not to that mother).

I'll post cakeage from both kids' parties, but that'll have to wait. I'm on the office computer (training is done for the day. Whoo).

Sweet Charity continues, and for awhile there the bids on my beta services were running higher than on my fic offering! This does tend to make one doubt-- first, whether people like what you're writing, and second along the totally different lines of "Dear god, is someone planning to spring their first novel on me?!?"

Biking: I hit a squirrel this weekend. :( I was preoccupied, and I heard "skitter-skitter" and then "thwump-ump". It wasn't there when I came back, but I doubt it survived. The next day, though, two squirrels ran out in that exact same spot from different sides of the bike path and nearly went under the front tire. After the adrenaline wore off, I had a bad, bad "Darwinism in action" thought...***

Movie Update-- The Contract: Both my husband and I have a terrible weakness for both John Cusack and Morgan Freeman, Put them together in the same movie, and there is no chance we won't rent it, even if it looks iffy. This one was a B-grade flick, not too bad (picked up near the end). It was set in Washington, and I was confounded by the obvious granite and not volcanic mountain scenery, but it turned out to be filmed near Spokane. I'm not familiar with that part of Washington-- I know Enterprise (in Oregon, almost due south), which has the beautiful Wallowas and the incredible Eagle Cap Wilderness. Apparently, parts of that range crop up going further north. It looked more like Colorado, really, and then I went into utter confusion during the end credits because virtually all of the crew appears to be Eastern European (Russian, Croation, who knows?). But no, it was filmed in Washington. Why Bruce Beresford (who I believe is Australia) had an all-Eastern Bloc crew I really don't know. Seems odd!

My fic for the last Sweet Charity is heading toward the finish line, finally (the fourth story had legs). Now if only most of my writing weren't being done on it after 11:30 pm. I'm so sleep-deprived it isn't funny. Every morning my husband or the kids come to wake me up, and I wonder why and what day it is. :0

Almost forgot: the Jensen/Jared fic I posted last week is one comment away from crossing 100, which is a fairly big number for me. Will someone else read it and leave a comment? *bites nails in hope*

***Regarding the bike path squirrels, they lurk at the edges of the path in perfect safety for ages (often unseen), and then just as you approach they run across the path in front of your bike. It's maddening! We call them Suicidal Squirrels. :(

girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on September 13th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
I don't comment on squirrel-killer's fic!


I'd love to, but I'm not an RPS'r. I'm sure it's lovely, though, if you wrote it.

Did you set a limit on the size fic you'd beta? Because, uh, I kinda smashed ellipsis_black w/my last fic. Told her 7000-8000 words, and ended up sending her over twice that. And she didn't put out a contract-killer hit on me, either! That's a friend, I tell ya.

I've never done Sweet Charity until this go-round, and I didn't publicize on my eljay that I was doing it. I got home tonight and was thrilled to see that someone today thought I was worth $17, and then someone decided I was worth $25! I don't think I'm really all that well-known as a writer, so I really was just praying that someone would even bid a dollah on me. I'm completely thrilled!

And, I, uh, kindacan'tstandJohnCusack. I dunno why.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 13th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
:D My only RPS "fandom" is Jensen/Jared-- it squicks me in all other forms (even just to read), and yet totally compels me when it comes to them!

For the beta offer, jasmasson suggested I set a limit (half-joking, because she sprang her Big-Bang on me, which was 21K words!). But the auction, as it happens... started on someone else's Sept. 9 (e.g., London), meaning almost a whole day earlier than I expected, and I didn't get a chance to update the offering! *is all worried now*

I'm completely thrilled!
They'll get their money's worth, and then some. :)

And, I, uh, kindacan'tstandJohnCusack. I dunno why.
He's a weakness for me, mainly because of movies like "Say Anything" and "Better Off Dead." But I have the vague hate for other actors, like Tom Cruise, Richard Dreyfuss (god, do I ever), Patrick Dempsey (I know, I know), and I've gotta say, I'm getting tired of seeing Matt Damon/Mark Ruffalo/ordinary-looking-20-nothing-modest-talents showing up everywhere.

*fears de-friending stampede now from everyone reading this*

girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on September 13th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Re: Money's worth: You're a doll. :)

Re: RPS: I will admit that, as I just said in someone else's journal, the RPS slash writes itself with those two boys. They egg the fangirls on w/out a moment's guilt. Heh.

I'm with you on Cruise and Dreyfuss. And I'll raise you a Richard Gere.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 13th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
And I'll raise you a Richard Gere.
I hated him forever, it seemed, until "Internal Affairs" came out. He played a rather dark character, and with the silver hair was suddenly good-looking in a way he hadn't been before (his eyes didn't look so ferrety and small). There was also the "Return of Martin Guerre" remake with Jodie Foster (can't believe I remember the original's name but not the remake). But on the negative side, there's "Pretty Woman," which I hate with a passion (the movie, the message, the whole bit) and a lot of pure mediocrity. ;)

Does that put me back on the fence where he's concerned? Young Richard Gere, I'd nearly throw under a train. And the young David Duchovny had so many of the same annoying characteristics (more sacrilege!). :0
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on September 13th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
I hit a squirrel this weekend.

It's wrong that my first response was to laugh out loud, right?

:sigh: The politics of parenting freak me out more than the actual children (of which I am terrified, btw). Parents can just be so...sometimes you wonder if they are worthy of parenting. Too many parties, come on now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 14th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
It's wrong that my first response was to laugh out loud, right?
:0 :D Yes, very wrong. And yet, it basically tried to kill itself on my bike-- as they always do, so what can you do? Little menaces...

Too many parties, come on now.
I can understand feeling that way to a certain degree, but you don't say it the people inviting you! And I've always kept in mind that generally the people a child invites (assuming it's not the whole class) are because it matters to the child. How can you forget that?
she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on September 14th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
I live not only in the desert, but in a metropolis in the middle of the desert, so I don't see many critter-like things. So, I kinda had this romantic idea about squirrels. Cute little almost-dogs and hand you nuts and sing Disney songs in the back yard. However people that live in real biomes tell me that this is not the case--that they are obnoxious and, apparently, suicidal.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
The ones in my neighborhood, who don't run under my bike tires, are cute. They seem fluffier than the ones on the bike path-- more reddish brown and less mottled gray-brown.

But in general, they're not only suicidal, in the mountains around here you sometimes see signs warning not to feed them because they can carry plague!

Something is wrong when basic cuteness is dangerous to you...
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Hope you get a chance to read the story at some point. :) Seems like half of my office was sick last week (I got it over with the week before). I don't expect to be sick when the weather's so good.

Good betas ARE hard to find, though I hope the stories are still worth bidding on too. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Re: biking
I wish I thought it was alive, but I have doubts. I love the squirrels in my neighborhood-- the ones on the bike path are more of a menace, and oddly less cute (not even quite the same color). The little brown bunnies on the bike path are deadly cute, though.

I'm glad you liked the Crossovers drabbles. :D The Prison Break/Supernatural one was because people egged me on for it-- a lot of people who wanted some Michael/Dean action, though I couldn't do it (it's in another fic, though, "Sympathetic Tango" instead). And Goren... for some reason, his weird mannerisms and the way he unnerves suspects just by being that weird set off an entire drabble of its own. Plus, how often do you get a chance for Sam to say, "You are not all that," and Dean to say, "I totally am!" Little egomaniac. :)

Is the picture in the icon the one you were talking about? IS that actually Goren in there? :0

I think he could actually make Dean far more nuts than Sam. :D
heliokleia: GOREN IC - Heyheliokleia on September 19th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: biking
OOOHHH, now you got me.

Well, I thought, it was Bobby Goren and Dean. Once.
Damn magic cat.

I guess, with:

"HIS WEIRD MANNERISMS and the way he unnerves suspects just by BEEING THAT

you mean Bobby's famous head-tilt? ;-)

Oh yeah, I agree, with Bobby making Dean far more nuts than Sam, (giggles) but that would be real, real fun in the interrogation room.

I felt inspired again and made a new icon. It's upon this text.

If the damn magic cat'll let it happen, lol.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Jensenhalfshellvenus on September 20th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
Re: biking
you mean Bobby's famous head-tilt? ;-)
And the twitching, and the clueless staring, like he doesn't realize he should have stopped about five minutes back. :0

I felt inspired again and made a new icon. It's upon this text.
:D What that makes me think is that I'd like to see Goren getting flustered by Dean's prettiness, like he doesn't know what to do with being attracted to him.

A perfect form of revenge!
heliokleia: EL DEANOheliokleia on September 20th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
Re: biking

YAY, great idea.
The ONLY image of this scene is YUM.

And, remember, it's only three months 'til x-mas...(grins devilishly)

P.S. Can I have a word with your muse?;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 20th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: biking
Hahahaha! You kill me!

I don't think anyone else has quite loved that Goren story so much before. :D