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16 July 2006 @ 11:25 pm
I'm baaaaaaaaaack!  
Whew. Survived the mountains, and camping with the 6- and 8-year-old. Also survived my husband's misery with the whole thing (he does NOT like camping).

This was... less serendipitous than our trip a year ago. Our desired camping spot-- the whole campground in fact-- was full/reserved. We arrived at about 8 p.m., and then began frantically working our way back down the road for other opportunities. We settled on a spot near a lake that was unclaimed and set a land-speed record for getting the tent up between 9:00 and 9:30 while fighting off mosquitoes.

This was a lesser campground-- nasty outhouses, no drinking water of any kind. Bleh. The other campground features suprisingly clean outhouses, and well-water spigots in several locations. Plus, the lake campground featured bozos who were partying at full volume with their buds until about 3 a.m. And someone who pulled in near us and set up camp in the dark at 10:30.

On the plus side, the lake was beautiful. And the inflexible 6-year-old decided to give a little on expected vs. actual, and became very attached to the beauty of the lake. Lots of stone-skipping and wading. While I was out hiking on Saturday, the kids were supposedly going to be swimming. When I got back 2 1/2 hours later, they and Daddy were playing a game of "Whackball" that Daddy had invented, featuring a Nerf football and his telemarking hiking stick. It looks a lot like bad baseball, with lousier tools. Needless to say, the kids loved it.

Saturday night featured a visit to Herrington's of Sierra Pines, which has its own trout pond complete with trout-pellet dispenser. The kids love this-- the trout all flock toward the feeder whenever they see someone there, and the water becomes all fins and thrashing and feeding frenzy when you throw a pellet in. Lauren briefly caught something while poking at the water with a piece of straw, which made her shriek! After dinner, there were roasted marshmallows (including the insta-flame variety). And today, the 6-year-old and I went on a hike which seemed very long to him (3 miles, so it was kind of long). He very much wanted to do that, and we saw lots of forest, lakes, wildflowers, brooks and a waterfall. Wild tiger-lilies too, which I have never seen before.

Back home now, showered and unpacked, and rattling the brain for fic ideas (Prison Break needs some inspiration).

How was everyone else's weekend? What did I miss? :D
 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on July 17th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
*waves*

Back home now, showered and unpacked, and rattling the brain for fic ideas (Prison Break needs some inspiration).

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Are you rattling with inspiration or looking for some?

Other than that, foxriverinmate and tearcreek posted a cute funny childhood fic. beaumirang is trying her hand on a longer, plotty Michael/Lincoln. Not much happening on the slash front so far, but I'm rather enjoying her Lincoln. He is rather hyper :D

There has actually been some interesting discussion in the fanfiction thread at TWOP on all kinds of things (from lj vs. pbf.com; feedback; good and badfic). Is it just me or do other people have problems too getting updates from TWOP?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: M/L postcoital crawdadshalfshellvenus on July 17th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
*Waves back* It's been too long. :0

Are you rattling with inspiration or looking for some?
LOOKING for some.

And in particular, if you have something you would like written for your birthday, please-- throw it out here!

There has actually been some interesting discussion in the fanfiction thread at TWOP on all kinds of things (from lj vs. pbf.com; feedback; good and badfic).
I was caught up on that discussion prior to the badfic idea (!). The feedback from pbf.com is typically almost nil, so rather disappointing. I get NO updates from TWoP, though I thought I'd signed up for notification. Perhaps it doesn't exist. I've been known to munge ideas together.

I re-posted some stuff at fanfiction.net, and the PB stuff is getting a _really_ lukewarm reception. Virtually no interest at all, where there used to be some back in the beginning of the season. I don't know if it's all become MarySues, or if almost no-one is reading anymore, or what. It's likely that I don't please the pre-teen/teen contingent that frequents that forum. Still... hardly worth it, really.

Must update post above: forgot key element of weirdness...
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on July 17th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
LOOKING for some.

Well, you could always show me some prompts that annoy you in your tables and maybe I can think of something.

And in particular, if you have something you would like written for your birthday, please-- throw it out here!

You mean except smutty, angsty, dramatic Michael/Lincoln? I always liked the hints you once dropped about an idea for a story with a more manipulative pre-prison Lincoln. Or something about Lincoln/Lisa and LJ being born and Michael angsting about that. Like him and Lincoln arguing about whether Lincoln should marry Lisa/move in with her and whether he is ruining his life.

But yeah, as I said, I'm not really big on birthdays. Sigh, I'm actually in a bit of a pickle because I kind of entertained the dream of spending my birthday in total shutdown. Like leaving my phone at home and just taking a blanket and spending the day in the park in the hope of coming across nobody who knows that it is my birthday. I dunno. I'm just not a birthday person. People can congratulate me the day afterwards, but I just don't get the fuss around birthdays. But now my parents have called and invited me for lunch and I don't really have a good excuse to tell them no. Sigh. Maybe I can at least turn "lunch" into "afternoon lazing around in their garding and reading".

get NO updates from TWoP, though I thought I'd signed up for notification. Perhaps it doesn't exist.

I used to always get updates (from a number of threads on a number of forums) and a while ago it just stopped. Odd. I think I might have to poke some other TWOP users if they have the same problem.
The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on July 17th, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)
*hugs*

Welcome home!!!!!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's good to be back. And oy-- the backlog on the f-list is huge. sxeraven posted 3 chapters of her fic (! Yay!), which I must now read and comment on. :0
michelle: Michael and Lincoln 3certainthings on July 17th, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
Welcome back.

There's people out there who don't see the slashy incesty love between Michael and Lincoln. And that makes me sad.

Which is why I would like some PWP Lincoln and Michael. Maybe a little rough stuff.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: big smile happy sarathelana on July 17th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
Well, you could always write more of your cracky vampire AU ;D
michellecertainthings on July 17th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
There is no need to mock. :/
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: wetMichaelhalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Which is why I would like some PWP Lincoln and Michael. Maybe a little rough stuff.
:D Everytime I write that, strangely enough, thelana goes all "meh" on it and wants to know where the angst is!

Must remember that I serve many audiences. Yes... *nods wisely, until Michael jabs me meaningfully with his elbow*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
Whackball was so inspired.

I distinctly remember playing volleyball in school with a bladder-ball (which now sounds all Ewwwww). The fact that it did NOT always do what you intended actually made it more fun.

I'm always a sucker for in-prison stories with Sub-Michael and needy Lincon?
*cough* You know how I feel about that Dom/Sub aspect. Now, "desperate/emotional Michael and anythingLincoln" sounds entirely different somehow, yet... I suspect the train arrives at the same station. :0 (yes, it's my quirk. You know...)

Working on it, working on it. Plus 3 SPN fics due really soon. *cringe*
Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on July 17th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
I couldn't tell you what you missed this weekend because I haven't been around either, but I can say that I'm glad you had a good time, bozos and mosquitos aside! ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
My husband invariably refers to bozos like that as "Dudes," because that's how they refer to anyone else.

At 50, he has zero tolerance for some younger person (actually, anyone really) calling him "Dude."

It was relaxing, aside from the first night. Very little mosquito damage, though the urge to fog the forest with chemicals was mighty high. :0
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on July 18th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
couldn't you just see Michael becoming enthralled over wild tiger-lilies post escape en route to Panama?
:D You're thinking of that Supernatural MeadowSex thing, aren't you? Although... Hmmmm. *ponders*

Somehow, when you mentioned "Michael" and "tigers" I had a bad flashback to "Prince of Tides" and an article years ago in "Writer's Digest" (I think that was the magazine-- tips for writers, back when all I wrote was poetry and factual articles). Someone (some evil genius) summarized Southern Gothic fiction as running on these lines:

"The day the bears ate Brother... Mama nearly died when she saw what Daddy had done to Sister."

When you look at "Prince of Tides," it's
"The day the tiger ate Brother, Mama nearly died when she saw what the inmates had done to Sister."

O.M.G. :0