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25 October 2006 @ 01:18 pm
Wednesday Randomness  
First, I finished my SPN angst-fic. That is a huge weight off my shoulders, since I was having trouble writing anything else during the 2 1/2 weeks of working on that (!). Very painful, but I think it's also one of the best things I've written. It's here if you're interested, and it's not my usual stuff. Dark, Non-Con, and Season 2 angst.

Still to come: spn_halloween fic #2 (muse? Helloooo) and a 60-minute session in which to write an Urban Legend challenge fic for my favorite challenge comm. ;)

My birthday last week was low-key, but wonderful. My online friends were a HUGE part of the celebration, and thanks to all of you! (except for those of you that forgot, in which case, *thwappity*). My major RL gift was a new bike, to replace the one that's about 19 years old that I have kind of killed.

I recounted my store visit on Maygra's journal:
Me: "These brakes! They're all loose and mushy. They need tightening."
Salesman: "Oh, you don't like that? That's actually how you shift the gears."
Me: *looks down at lower stem where gears have lived since the dawn of forever. Ponders nearest tarpit for dinosaur self...*


*cough* Yeah. That bad.

So in trying it out, I've gotten mostly used to the fit and the muscles have transitioned over. Much quieter (gears especially) than the other bike. Some transition pains:
* The cross bar is at least 2" lower than the last bike, and when I tried to get out the water bottle during the ride it would get stuck on the bike frame! (dumbass designers) Put a different & lower bottle-cage on. Much better.

* Are these pedals closer together? *ponders*

* Must every woman's bicycle seat be a piece of random Evil?

* Shifting gears... oy. I've gotten used to it on the right-hand side. The left is destined to remain problematic. I'm not that great with the whole left/right thing, and sometimes I get a neurological 'misfire.' On the old bike, I'd be heading up a hill and trying to "gear up" for it. But sometimes the left hand would activate, and the gear-ratio goes backwards on that side. So I'd go from revving up to "Hamsterwheel!", and lose all my momentum on the hill. This new situation is going to be worse, I can tell. During yesterday's ride on city streets (where there are lots of stops), half the time I would cancel a gear instead of turning off the cyclometer (both are thumb-button actions).


Maybe I do too much of my riding in auto-pilot mode.

This time of year... so beautiful weatherwise, and they keep the bike-path clear of leaves. But the squirrel-induced heart-attack problem comes back in full force in the Fall. In Spring, it's mating season. *cringe* In the fall, it's clueless baby squirrels running under the bike, or just distracted squirrels with giant nuts in their mouths. In any case, I'm working the adrenal glands overtime out on the bike-path.


Signups for the next round of pbfic_exchange2 are going on through Halloween. We have 10+ authors already, and some new folks too! I'm hoping some Michael/Sara types or other Gen authors will join for more balance-- we're heavy on the Michael/Lincoln side again. Tell a friend, pimp to the world!

Oh, and... back in love with Prison Break now that the evil of the prior episode has settled out. Stupid baseball hiatus.

More spammage tomorrow, perhaps.

In office news, my work PC is so overloaded with Microsoft patches and such that it barely runs any applications. Right now, I can choose between running my traffic-generator-test-machine, or Microsoft Outlook. Pathetic.
 
 
 
PamalaX: shipperdirtypamalax on October 25th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
While I hardly think I qualify as a MS shipper
much these days I guess I will sign up again.

As soon as my wireless is FIXED, soon please,
* weeps * I'll pop over and join up..

BTW: Be sure to drop by my LJ soon. I wrote a
lil song parody thats all about the Linc love!!
I think you'll get a chuckle out of it :o)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 26th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
While I hardly think I qualify as a MS shipper much these days I guess I will sign up again.
Ve are kewl vit dat, zo you can vrite de Gen peezes, or de slashy stuff. ;)

Your wireless stories make me cringe! I have DSL-- and thank goodness for it. The modem world was horrific. :0

mooyoo: M/L - Not gay sleeping nametagmooyoo on October 25th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yay for a new bike! This is one of the best times of the year for biking and running, especially before it gets really too cold for it.

Planning to sign up for pbfe, but still trying to think of a prompt... Though I have been thinking about asking for something gen. You're going to participate too, right?

Glad your PB love is back. I've seen some mixed reactions to the episode from people on my f-list, but most seem to have loved it. So good episode, then? I still haven't watched it.
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on October 25th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Ponies! Everybody loves ponies! Oh and serial killers.

Wait, I'm not helping.... :p
mooyoomooyoo on October 26th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
So you think "LJ, C-Note, Veronica, Bellick, ponies, serial killers. Go!" would be a bit too harsh?

Love your new default icon, by the way.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: 1ww carried by supermanthelana on October 26th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
Love your new default icon, by the way.

I've had it as a default icon before and I now came crawling back to it ;D I'm actually tempted to break all my resolutions about having the world's most boring layouts without any frills and stuff and getting this picture as a top banner. Except I would have to like look up how to put one there.

So you think "LJ, C-Note, Veronica, Bellick, ponies, serial killers. Go!" would be a bit too harsh?

Polar bears!

How about sexy Bellick/LJ/Veronica love triangle?

Personally, I'd look at my long list of "things I always wanted to write" and dump the hardest/scariest one on another writer.

T-Bag/Abruzzi Mpreg!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TBaghalfshellvenus on October 26th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'd look at my long list of "things I always wanted to write" and dump the hardest/scariest one on another writer.
This can wind up with requests that nobody wants to write, though. Which is a bummer for the author that gets saddled with it!

>i>T-Bag/Abruzzi Mpreg!!!!</i>
WHY hasn't alazysod written that one yet? I poked her about it ages ago. ;) It would be right up her cracktastic ass-baby alley. :0
mooyoo: Julia&Elissa did aquatic M/L!mooyoo on October 26th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Dammit, how could I not have thought of polar bears? Or penguins! I should have asked for penguins. I always have trouble with those "three themes/objects/whatever you want to see" so I just asked for some random stuff (I did almost throw ponies in there though :p).

Personally, I'd look at my long list of "things I always wanted to write" and dump the hardest/scariest one on another writer.

See, my thing is that I usually don't like giving out ideas of things I want to write, in case I actually eventually get around to writing it (selfish, I know, but I tend to get proctective of my plot ideas). So I like asking for something more general that I want to see more of, like more fic with Michael and Pope or LJ (which is what I asked for this time around, some Michael, LJ gen), and then throw in some random elements that might be interesting or fun :p
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on October 26th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Personally, too random elements would probably scare me. Like I'd always be too tempted to just make it a dream scenario.

Then again => me talking out my behind again;
mooyoomooyoo on October 26th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Heh, which is exactly what ended up I writing for the last PBFE :p I generally like challenges with random elements (which reminds me that I have a challege from pamalax to finish up...), but I do like if there's at least a little bit of structure, like Character A and Character B, plus object A, emotion B, setting C. And I also like more structured prompts, that give you a complete idea, as long as it's vague enough to give you some space to write what you want.

*rambles* Not sure if that makes any sense, but... yeah. Too much structure or too little structure each make it hard for me to write.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on October 26th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
Ponies! Everybody loves ponies! Oh and serial killers.
Put them together, and I smell crackFic! :0

Quiets self down, because nobody has requested crack before and I don't want to set something off. :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: 1ww grab swordthelana on October 26th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
Who knows! Maybe T-Bag used to kill ponies for practise as a kid! Wasn't there a Millenium episode along those lines?

;p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on October 26th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds like "Equus," except the guy blinded horses. And went naked. Or something. :P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 26th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
This is one of the best times of the year for biking and running, especially before it gets really too cold for it.
I miss running like you wouldn't believe. *cries* I still bike in the winter, so long as it's not raining, but I have a certain amount of trouble motivating myself. Need to remember that at least the squirrels are not running loose! Little menaces. :(

but still trying to think of a prompt... Though I have been thinking about asking for something gen. You're going to participate too, right?
Ah, this reminds me that I have that prompt thingy as well. I always get stuck on that part! But yes, I'm participating too. Up to 12-13 authors, I think, already!

So good episode, then? I still haven't watched it.
It was good, and it undid my character hate for most of the 4 people affected by the pre-World Series episode. Worth watching! I could actually fic now. :0
elanurel: Geekyelanurel on October 26th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
In office news, my work PC is so overloaded with Microsoft patches and such that it barely runs any applications. Right now, I can choose between running my traffic-generator-test-machine, or Microsoft Outlook. Pathetic.

But, sadly, oh so true...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on October 26th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
But, sadly, oh so true...
I talked to my manager 2 weeks ago about a new PC, but then I deleted and de-fragged and it stopped thrashing for a bit, so I thought I could squeak by.

Now, it just has no virtual memory! I follow a weblink, and Outlook disappears (in self-defense, I guess). Or when it's open, Smartbits cannot launch. *kicks PC* My work-at-home LAPTOP has more memory than this sucker.

Stupid Microsoft. Stupid bugware. Stupid patches on patches on patches. ;)
elanurel: Writerelanurel on October 26th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Ouch...

My work laptop is making weird grinding noises when opening up Microsoft applications now, usually Visio but sometimes Word. Same thing with the external drive if I have a floppy. I'm beginning to think I need to run an exorcism.bat program or something. ;-P

Seriously, I wish we could move to MACs...