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20 December 2010 @ 12:42 pm
The aftermath...  
HSH's birthday went really well. We got to the Nutcracker on time (always a race), the performance was great overall, and the Steampunk Lincoln tshirt present made HSH LOL. Even though I showed him a picture of it two months ago and threatened to buy it for him, he was still surprised. And he's wearing it today-- while reading his new Mark Twain unexpurgated autobiography! \o/

We got the tree up and decorated on Friday, though the Xmas village is still upstairs. Maybe I'll get that done tonight, while also attempting to make peppermint bark. \o?

My usanetwork_las story tied for 1st place this round, which fills me with glee-- especially after sweating blood over it. Also because I pretty much love the result. Must finish the Chuck Xmas fic! I got too sleepy to fully edit it last night. :(

Randomly, I subscribe to the yuletide pinch-hit list, and I cannot tell you how amazed I am that authors can snap up prompts for such a huge range of fandoms (some of them really obscure or offbeat), and turn out stories for them in so little time. *is in awe* One of the reasons I haunt that email list is because of the Yuletide Madness window, where the stories do NOT have to meet the 1000-word minimum. I look for things that I might be able to write (in one case, the requestor seems so awesome that I'm going to FORCE myself to try writing one of hers, knowing that unhobbityhobbit could probably do it in a heartbeat). The year I actually did yuletide, the 'real' story I got was fairly good, but there were two random gifts that were just fantastic! I now suspect those were all the result of a pinch-hit blastogram, so I lurk with the spirit of paying-it-forward. Wrote a short Chuck/Casey story last year, have a smutlet in mind for a really random-fandom this year, and... I hope to write that unwriteable prompt at least a little. No-one but the requester would read it, but it would make her day! *ahem* Might be nagging Cindy later for some geographical details...

So! The kids are at home, making HSH nuts (with the endless rain, so Christopher will be bouncing off the walls all week). What are the rest of you up to?

ETA: That insane unwriteable yuletide prompt that wasn't even on my radar until this morning? Finished the ficlet just now. :0

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cindy: penguins - the big chill (by rjcardinal)tsuki_no_bara on December 20th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
i'm looking out the office window thinking "OMG SNOW!" and also "i hope the grocery store isn't too crazy...." because i need food. also i'm kind of bummed because i think it will be too cloudy to see the eclipse tonight.

my fanficcing abilities are seriously limited, so i have massive amounts of respect for people who not only do yuletide every year, but also write pinch-hits for it. quickfics!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 20th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I remember my first year in Peoria, where I was working the weekend radio shift and wondering why my contact lenses were freezing on my eyes while I walked to work. That would be the -60o to -70o chill factor! After work, I had to get groceries for the week and discovered that the store was 1) mobbed and 2) devoid of bread and milk. People went into a blizzard panic, even though the problem was really the cold and not the snow!

Quickfics are hard, ESPECIALLY with a minimum word-count. I mean, sure-- I might be able to whip out something fun in the 100-500 range. Heck, I have. But 1000 words is another beast (a whole 'nother story form) for me, and I can't guarantee that at ALL. Especially because that increases the chance that it might become LONG and unfinishable by the deadline!

These people who print up their mininano and wrisomifu daily checkins with "10,000 words last night" make me think I will never even glimpse the planet on which they so prolifically reside. :0

Edited at 2010-12-20 09:41 pm (UTC)
Genevieve: prince george by awakejupitermsgenevieve on December 21st, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
My usanetwork_las story tied for 1st place this round, which fills me with glee-- especially after sweating blood over it. Also because I pretty much love the result.

Hurrah! That's fantastic. :)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collar- Neal & Peterhalfshellvenus on December 21st, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
I was really happy with the resulting story (especially after the insta-panic that the prompt set off), and I think I would have died a little if I'd been voted out after writing it. :0
alienmom: cat watching rainalienmom on December 21st, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
what am i up to? after 12 hours of rain and no sign of it stopping, i'm deciding whether i'll need a row boat to get to the mail box! LOL
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on December 21st, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)

Which of us hates it more? It's so hard to tell!

I am reminded of the pithy words of Emma Thompson's character in "Impromptu" (a delightful movie):

"Stupid, stupid rain!"