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20 August 2006 @ 09:39 pm
Back from the Internet-Free Zone of Vacation!  
Finally back from vacation, or mostly anyway, but more unpacking to deal with plus first day of school tomorrow (new school for my son, and big transportation hassles) AND my son's birthday.

We had a wonderful time visiting family, except for the part about eating too much and my mother's seeming desire to stuff us at every turn. It's a relief to go to my sister's house, where there's no cooking other than what WE do.

I DID have Monster Cookies (alas, too many) and some good coffee (vendors and starbucks) and terrible coffee (my parents house. Yeesh. Worse than ever).

We visited Proxy Falls, and my son and I successfully hiked to both (including an off-trail experience to hike almost to the top of the prettiest one). The trail has changed since I was there ten years ago, which helped my husband and daughter get lost for awhile (they decided to follow along after, since my daughter is kind of a weenie at physical activities). I don't know what my husband was thinking there, since getting lost is the only consistent outcome to his solo ventures. :( But it was gorgeous, and... I need to tweak a tiny part of my SPN story for fact-fixing now that the trails different (and I apparently can't keep straight the upper vs. lower falls).

We had a quite, disastrous trip to the beach and back. Over the years we've gone, we've had one successful trip to Florence years ago, and two to the Seaside area (far North Oregon Coast). The Central Coast has been awful all the other years. Often foggy, but the blowing sand is the worst. It stings your skin, collects in all your clothes (and food), and this time it was arctic as well. Gah! Next year, we will either plan for the North or skip it altogether.

I didn't do as much writing or reading as I'd hoped (very sleepy much of the time), but I did start a 5-part PB fic I've been meaning to write, finished another PB-Gen, and wrote most but not all of the "drabbles" I'd promised. Some ARE actual drabbles. And some are more like ficlets. Post will follow this week.

I see new friends have joined-- welcome! And I haven't forgotten my old friends-- ivy_x3, I still owe you a beta and I'm sorry it's taking so long. Still on my list unless you've given up on me.

Well, I'm going to begin posting a few snippets bit by bit in getting caught up. Half dead right now-- we drove part way down Saturday night, and stayed in a motel that was a fleabag in all senses except for the actual fleas. Hot, dirty and icky. AND... (I'm going to remember this for fic, I swear)... I forgot about the tendency to use klieg lights to illuminate the parking lot, that make it seem as if you're trying to sleep in twilight. Spent the night with discarded pajamas over my eyes, and got about 1 total hour of sleep.

Tired and stupid now. Bleh.

Hope you've all been good, and I'm trying to work through the f-list even now (because I'm compulsive and bull-headed that way). :D Nice to be back!
 
 
 
mooyoo: M/L - WM & DPmooyoo on August 21st, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad you're back, and that you had a nice time. And with fic! It's been fairly quiet around here, fic-wise, though everyone, it seems, has decided to post their PBFE fics. Other than that, though, seems like a lot of people are on vacation at the moment.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
though everyone, it seems, has decided to post their PBFE fics.
*Sigh* I was wondering what happened with that (and I still need to read yours-- I haven't read anything beyond the first 5 or so). Did anyone ever email the mod and find out what's happening and whether she'd let someone co-moderate the comm for awhile?

It's great when everyone's on vacation when you are, because you don't miss as much. Though my f-list is deeeeeeep with unread posts. Yowza. :0
mooyoo: SN - Dean dumbass facemooyoo on August 21st, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
Did anyone ever email the mod and find out what's happening and whether she'd let someone co-moderate the comm for awhile?

When she came back the first time about a month ago, several people offered to help out and co-mod and whatever else, but she doesn't seem to have taken anyone up on it, and has been gone since then. So a week or so ago people started posting their fics, and I'd say it sucks that the exchange was never really finished, but it's about time the fics were revealed.

Though my f-list is deeeeeeep with unread posts.

Heh, I can imagine. I love the bar at the top of the screen, though, that lets you filter your f-list by journal or community. Saves a lot of time when I'm gone for a while and catching up with a day or two worth of posts.
bluesister on August 21st, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
Welcome home. The 2nd most frightening motel I've been to was on that route. Maybe the same one. *shudder*

Tomorrow night!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
The 2nd most frightening motel I've been to was on that route. Maybe the same one. *shudder*
Was it, by chance, lemon-yellow with lime-green trim? *eye burn* :0

The Motel 6 isn't that great either-- I got bitten by something when we stayed there last year. Or maybe that was Medford. They all blur together after awhile... ;)

Prison Break! Wish I'd gotten more fics finished during the hiatus! Must kick up the speed...
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you! It was all good until that last part, and god-- that motel was frightening. And you've got to love designating a room as "Non-smoking" that ever once WAS smoking. That stale cigarette smell is in everything, including the pillows and (stained-- ewww) bedspread.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
do they think we can't smell it?
Apparently they do. Is it because they smoke themselves? Or what? But yes-- the smell NEVER gets out unless you replace the carpets/furniture/drapes/bedding. Sometimes it gets into the walls when it's really bad. Ooog.
Kimberley: Fearsome Five: by lady_izlampshade_days on August 21st, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! Glad to hear you had a good time but for the beach experience and the icky motel. Hehe. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you! If only I'd known, we wouldn't have gone to the beach. But all you get is the forecast for the cities on the beach (sunny! 65-degrees!), and not for what happens 1/2 mile in from the shore, where it's foggy and has gale-force winds. And amazingly, THAT'S the part tourists actually care about. *facepalm*

Nice icon, BTW. :D
Kimberley: Ground Control to Major Jensenlampshade_days on August 21st, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thank ye. The very talented lady_iz made it. :)
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Jensen lovedeirdre_c on August 21st, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you, Deirdre!
dc_longwing on August 21st, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!
Thanks for the SPN drabbles--I enjoyed them a lot.
And I'm excited to read your PB fic again, too!
DC
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
I actually finished 3 PB fics (1 Gen) and started another 5-part thingy (those take far longer than you'd think), so important progress was made. :D

I like it better when things are finished, but I try to be patient. *Sigh*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
It was mostly great, with little tinges of bad that will soon be forgotten. And extra poundage, which is a b**ch to get off. As in, virtually impossible for me.

August is tougher now that both my kids have birthdays this month, and when we go on vacation it amounts to Cake-times-4 for the month as a whole. *groan* The last thing I need. ;)
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: big happy hug Veronicathelana on August 22nd, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
*waves* Welcome back :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
*Bounces* Your ficlet is ready, BTW. And the DominantMichael thing for musicophilia. :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on August 22nd, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
*pouts* No fair! Just when I'm on hiatus. *grumbles*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
I just read the "hiatus" post, and I admit-- it surprised me. (you of all people!) What brought that on? Spoilers? Leaked episodes? As of a month ago, you were jazzed.

Well, I could always mention that the FANFIC lives on and will be worthwhile for some time to come.

Still puzzled. You'll have to remember that I'm behind in catching up on my f-list...
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: cheerful T-Bagthelana on August 22nd, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Oh it's nothing flist related. And I'm always jazzed. And do think the things I was jazzed about (clothes! disguises! new hair! Fitchner!) are great things. But I'm very firmly on the "1 thing I like makes up for a million things that bore me. But even a million things I love (like all actors and most characters and the pretty and the concept) don't make up for one thing I can't stand.". And that would currently be Sara's continued existance combined with Veronica and Maricruz's non-existance (regardless of what happens) that makes me think that the show is just not worth rooting for. I'm not gonna watch a show where some things just make me want to claw my eyes out, no matter how much I like the rest. If I like a show, I have to like everything about it. Otherwise it's not really worth it for me. (for example, I never understood why people watched Smallville even though they hated Lana. If Lana had actually bugged me (which she didn't, at least in the early episodes) I never would have bothered.).

I don't really believe in reading fanfic on a show when I'm not watching. For one, how can I really appreciate the fic when I'm not up to date on the show and not really show whether the characterisation fits with the latest developments of the plot? Because that would bother me (not that I mind so much when it diverges but not knowing it/being able to talk about it would bother me). [yes, I do realize that I'm sometimes reading SPN fic even though I don't watch regularly. But it really is a completely different experience/type of reading]

Don't get me wrong, I love the fandom. And if anything is going to suck me back in (I hope not) it's going to be the fandom. Because I love the size and I love the discussion. But it just feels wrong to me when I'm not really enjoying the show (and you know me, zero actor loyalty). Even if it doesn't mean that it's a bad show. Just the opposite. It's really only due to a personal quirk that doesn't allow me to enjoy a show if I can't enjoy all of it. Even if just one part of it makes me cringe, it's enough for the whole thing to not work for me. And while Prison Break is fun, it's not like there aren't tons of other enjoyable shows out there. I think I'll go with one that doesn't make me cringe :D