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03 December 2013 @ 02:01 pm
Wow. I didn't mean to disappear there for so long (reading as well as blogging). I got caught up in November's wrisomifu challenge (wrote all 30 days—yes!) and in traveling to my SIL's on Thanksgiving, and then Cybershopping and reorganizing the house and such. Where does the time go?

So, Thanksgiving. The travel wasn't as awful as I'd feared (going to/from the Bay Area on Thanksgiving can turn any trip to a 4- to 5-hour one-way slog), and it was great to see everyone. The health issues on my husband's side of the family are showing, but people are as well as can be expected right now and they enjoyed getting together. The Dogopolis factor was the worst part (I'm now dreading visiting my parents at Xmas, where their puppy will be about 5 1/2 months old). I'm not only not a dog person by temperament, I realized at some point that while smaller dogs' barking is horribly piercing, bigger dogs have more volume. Gah—it all hurts! I put a wad of toilet paper in one ear to drop the impact a little. Yikes.

Writing: Finished my rough draft of Yuletide, which now needs going over for narrative voice (I may be emailing some of you for betawork). I finished several other challenge stories/etc. too, so I'm in good shape to write Yuletide Madness treats if the inspiration comes. And I'll be emailing some of you about THAT too (to try to rope you in to doing treats for fandoms you work in). Heh.

My husband and I watched Skyfall last week. Very surprising! I don't find Daniel Craig good looking at all, so not thrilled with him as a casting choice for Bond (no complaints about his acting). But the visuals in the movie were really stunning, and the depth and darkness of the storyline? Utterly awesome. \o/

Meme time, stolen from several other people: Pick a date for the month of December (what's left of it, from today) and a topic, and I will ramble about that for you. I rcommend checking my tags, to see what my interests generally are, but you're free to pick at will (I reserve the right to reject a prompt, but I'll try to give them all a shot). Now, can I blog without offending if the topic spawns a "Why I hate/don't-care-about this" ramble on something others love (say, Daniel Craig)? *crosses fingers* Have at it in the comments, and I'll update to reflect what you offered. I'm going to choose to call this the Blogotron Meme, because I've been watching too much Futurama lately...

Dec 10: Half hour situational comedy versus hour primetime drama for bleodswean.
Dec 12: Cats I have known (and hopefully, loved) for tsuki_no_bara.
Dec 14: How I became a bicyclist for desertport.
Dec 16: Traveling to new places or revisiting ones I know well-- which do I prefer? for matchboximpala.

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adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on December 4th, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
I love all furry kids. Today I was at the vet and saw a beautiful 155 lb Newfoundland. What a big bear! AGreed tho about excessive yappers. Very annoying. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 4th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
4 dogs in one house, two of whom do not normally live there, is a yapping nightmare. Argh. This is one of those times when really good hearing is not to my advantage. :O

We have/had a Newfoundland in our neighborhood-- almost as big as a Great Dane, though with beautiful, thick black fur. Not a bonus in Sacramento's summers, sadly!
cindy: soup of the daytsuki_no_bara on December 4th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC)
december 12 - cats you have known and (ideally) loved. (since i probably shouldn't ask about dogs.... :D )
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 4th, 2013 06:40 am (UTC)
I will schedule that one in!

I was thinking that there haven't been any cats I haven't loved, but then I remembered the one that turned psycho and wound up becoming an outdoor-only cat. An aberration, I say!
Port: runnerdesertport on December 4th, 2013 09:34 am (UTC)
Dec 14 - The story of how you became a bicyclist.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 4th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
An excellent choice! Thank you. :D
bleodsweanbleodswean on December 6th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
December 10 - half hour situational comedy versus hour primetime drama
bleodswean: devilish sideburns - highdreamsbleodswean on December 6th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Or - and I KNOW this is up your alley - What is the appeal of the "supernatural" in primetime drama?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
I'll definitely pick this one, and think about the other for a different date-- since I have a lot of openings! :D
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on December 6th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Dec 16: Do you prefer to travel to new places or do you prefer to revisit a place that you know well?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've put it on the list!
Destina: bond: james and cardestina on December 12th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
Explain to me how you cannot embrace the CRAGGY SEXY MANBEAUTY that is Daniel Craig. (Are you a James Bond fan? Maybe talk about that too.) Any date you like.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
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Hahaha! I knew I'd hit upon a Daniel Craig fan, sooner or later. :D

I will schedule this one in. Thanks!