News

Jun. 12th, 2017 07:19 pm
icepixie: ([NX] Ed with camera)
Good news: Yesterday I wrote almost 800 words on the Northern Exposure fic I've been working on in various iterations for at least ten years. (Like most, I have a "Joel returns to Cicely" story in me; mine's just taking a while to expurgate itself.) I also pulled out the not!drawerfic for the first time in almost three years and added about 200 words to it. I may finish it one of these days.

More good news: I added a folded-up blanket to my computer chair and reduced my hip pain by about 80%. (The chair has a mesh seat, so it dips more in the middle than at the sides; I evened it out so it's relatively flat now.) I still went to my first PT appointment, but we didn't do much besides add a couple of stretches, and he reminded me of how to properly do some of my exercises. We have a follow-up appointment next week, and then I'll probably be sprung.

Mixed news: I got a big girl bed (a full) instead of the twin I've had forever, and the mattress is VERY firm. Ultimately I think this will be a good thing, but wow, did I ever have a backache when I woke up this morning. To the point where the first thing I did upon getting out of bed was order a 2" memory foam topper.

Updates

Nov. 23rd, 2016 07:19 pm
icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G marionette far away)
Skating: Third back spin lesson with BF today. We tried a couple new techniques, and I did something resembling a back scratch spin at one point! He's given up on teaching me the start-with-free-leg-turned-out method, claiming I have so much turnout that it's counterproductive, as it winds up pulling me toward the inside. Or something. Anyway, we went straight to pulling the free leg up as parallel as possible to the skating leg--which for me, let's face it, is still turned out 90% of the time--and it's going better.

Humira: I had a miserable weekend where I couldn't go on after about 90 minutes of shopping (admittedly, this was after I spent $50 on Christmas tree ornaments, so maybe this was a blessing in disguise), then Monday and Tuesday were much better than usual. Today, eh, back to normal. I just took my third shot, so I'm starting week five. Eight more weeks before we can declare it a success or a failure. One of the common side effects is a sore throat, and unfortunately it's one I've got. About three times a week, I feel like I'm in the beginning stages of a cold, but the cold never shows up. Better than three colds a week, I suppose.

Fandom: I finally started on my Yuletide fic last weekend. Well, the one I think I'm actually going to finish, as opposed to the two false starts. 125 words. Onward...

Success

Dec. 20th, 2015 02:36 pm
icepixie: ([B5] Londo makes confetti)
Yessssss, I finished and posted the Yuletide Treat That Ate My Life and it's not even close to reveals. I win.
icepixie: ([Wonderfalls] Jaye glee)
O happy day. Well, technically yesterday was the happy day, but you know.
icepixie: ([Castle] My fandom reads)
My physical therapist, while poking her fingers into the muscles around my tailbone: "This is the same muscle dogs use to wag their tails."

My life these days. I swear.

It's been slow going, but on the whole, I think I'm doing better. I slept through the night every night last week, which is an achievement I haven't managed since prior to all the surgery. Alas, I woke up every night this week except the night before last. Still, my bladder symptoms have basically stayed away for almost two weeks now (minus getting up at night), and I'm back to doing knee exercises that also help with back stabilization, albeit modified to place less stress on the pelvis and therefore now way too easy, but at least it's something. SI and pelvic pain come and go and haven't changed a lot, but I also haven't really been doing any strengthening exercises yet, so I suppose that's to be expected. I have had a couple of really good days over the last two weeks.

I also noticed that my PT actually seems to align my pelvis when she has her finger deep in unmentionable places. There's a definite (good) difference in how I skate on days I've had a session. We're going to take a look at my leg length discrepancy and possible pelvic torsion next week.

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Today I got this fantastic thing at an arts and crafts fest. Isn't it cute?

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My Yuletide fic kept growing and growing, but I think I'm close to done with it. Maybe 1,000 more words. I was hoping I could both finish the assignment and a make a treat out of the earlier fic I abandoned for this one, but I suspect the other one is going to have to be a New Year's Resolution unless I can really power through the assignment this weekend and be writing the treat up until the second the archive opens. Next weekend is probably a bit of a lost cause, because there's the skating show on Saturday (I'm watching this year, not in it--I didn't want to add any more stress to this year, and I didn't quite trust my back and pelvis to carry me through rehearsals and the performance itself), followed by a party one of our adult skaters is throwing on Sunday.

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My new favorite Christmas carol, a parody of "Silent Night" about the sun's light.

Sample lyrics:
UV light, shortwave light,
Causes sunburn when it's bright.
Used for sterilization
And forensics with irradiation.
Flowers reflect it for bees,
Flowers reflect it for bees.


HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THAT?

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Finally, I want to recommend Ian Tregillis's The Mechanical, which is the first of a trilogy I've been describing to people who see it in my hands as, "If the Dutch rather than the English controlled North America, and they had robots. And one of those robots gains free will." In addition to two of my favorite sci-fi concepts ever, there's lots of action and many sympathetic and amusing characters (the foul-mouthed French spymistress is the best). I also like that Tregillis obviously made an effort to make at least half the stock and background characters--cart drivers, leather tanners, construction workers--female rather than defaulting to male.
icepixie: ([B5] Shadow ships pretty background)
Oh, Agent Carter, sometimes the fact that you are set in 1946 rather than the 30s kind of cramps my style. And by style I mean my knowledge of pop culture, which is far greater for the 30s than it is for the 40s.

I may be writing more fic. A few more fics, actually. They all basically revolve around the theme of "Jack Thompson flirts very badly, often confusing flirting with being an annoying jerk. Peggy Carter finds this simultaneously irritating, amusing, confusing, and intriguing. She also verbally kicks his ass a lot."

...Looking at some of my favorite pairings, I do believe I see a theme.

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In reviewing my medical records, I found that I have an arcuate uterus. This is largely an incidental finding, as the jury is still out on whether the increased difficulty in getting pregnant and increased number of miscarriages for women with this abnormality is statistically significant. (Anyway, it's a moot point for me, obviously.) It doesn't affect anything else. What I found amusing is that it basically causes the uterus to have devil horns.

I feel like this explains so much. Perhaps I should enlist the services of an exorcist as well as a gynecologist.
icepixie: ([China Beach] McMurphy stock)
Yuletide reveals are up! To the surprise of absolutely no one, I wrote the following:

And One More for the Road (2318 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: China Beach
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Colleen McMurphy, Dick Richard
Additional Tags: Drinking, Friendship
Summary: "You've never actually been drunk, have you?"

Colleen McMurphy loses a little more of her innocence in Vietnam. Or, how McMurphy and Richard became drinking buddies.

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This has certainly been a successful vacation so far. I have:

1. Gotten to a point where I consistently get 2-3 revolutions on a forward scratch spin, and can usually enter it with only a half-revolution on two feet,

2. Finished a complete draft of the angst!fic (uhhh, except for these two scenes that popped into my head last night and insisted they would be good additions, but anyway),

3. Rewatched all of CB S4 and catalogued good/useful shots for vid-making purposes.

I'm off work through the end of the week, so hopefully I can make some headway on revising this angst!fic and on making the first of two vids I have planned.

I thought about doing an end-of-year meme, but really, what is there to say that hasn't already been said here in the past twelve months? 2014 threw a lot at me, from a promotion at work to a nasty series of health problems to my first foray into private skating lessons. (It's hard to believe I only switched from group classes to privates in February. It feels like much longer.)

Admittedly, many of the health dramas were of my own making, because I decided that 30 was the year I was going to fix myself and clear up all the nagging problems that had been plaguing me for decades. So the laparascopic surgery was on me, the allergy shots (and thus reactions) were on me, and in some respects the giant hemorrhaging episode was on me, since I did request bc that did a better job managing my endo (though I don't think I should be held accountable for the antibiotic interactions that screwed things up). Bronchitis and one ER visit were totally not my fault, though.

May 2015 bring you all good health and great joys.

Yuletide

Dec. 28th, 2014 02:25 pm
icepixie: ([Corner Gas] Karen and Davis)
For Yuletide, I got not just one, but two charming Corner Gas fics!

Sparkle Balls (3707 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Corner Gas
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Karen Pelly, Davis Quinton, Mayor Fitzy Fitzgerald, Wanda Dollard, Lacey Burrows, Hank Yarbo
Additional Tags: Small Towns, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Davis has his heart set on a flashy lights display to bling up the police cruiser for the Dog River Days parade. Karen doesn't want to tell him that she broke the display weeks ago. Can she fix it before the day of the parade?

Casing The Joint (878 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Corner Gas
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Davis Quinton, Karen Pelly, Brent Leroy, Wanda Dollard, Lacey Burrows

I read a bunch of other stuff, too. Pretty much everything in the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries section was good, as was everything in the Thrilling Adventure Hour section. But my favorite has to be the Beyond Belief/Thin Man crossover. It's pretty much the best thing ever. My favorite four drunken, married, adorable detectives solve a supernatural crime via alcohol consumption.

The Thing-Man (2835 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Thin Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Frank Doyle/Sadie Doyle, Nick Charles/Nora Charles
Characters: Sadie Doyle, Frank Doyle (TAH), Nora Charles, Nick Charles, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Crossover, Vendettas, Drinking & Talking, Clink!
Summary: The Doyles are invited to a mysterious dinner party.

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In writing news, I...think I am done with a complete draft of the angst!fic? All the words appear to be there, and in roughly the right places. (All THIRTY-EIGHT THOUSAND OF THEM.) I'm going to let it marinate for a few days, then proof and look for a beta.

Misc.

Dec. 24th, 2014 05:43 pm
icepixie: ([China Beach] Women of Season 3)
I made myself a to do list of scenes to finish (or write in the first place) in the China Beach angst!fic, and wow, it is so satisfying to cross those off! I'm making so much progress!

I still need to rewatch S4 for vid-making purposes over this vacation. (Did I mention I have this week and next off? Since we can no longer roll over PTO days, I have to use or lose something like 45 total by the end of June, so I gave myself a Christmas break. Too bad it won't happen again next year, sigh.) I'm trying to get up the mental fortitude. It's so depressing.

In skating news, I maaaay have done something resembling a real Salchow yesterday, maybe, perhaps? It was so tiny you could barely slide a credit card under it, but...I think I hit all the right parts? I'll have to show P and see if I'm doing it right. I also managed a full revolution of a backspin despite a right blade that may still need a touch more adjustment, and, uh...interesting things are happening to my forward scratch spin. I got it to a point by the end of the session yesterday where the circles were really small because I was basically on the right part of the blade--but now I'm a world traveler. My tracing looked exactly like the red one here. (Well, except for the three turn to start it off, because I can't do a one-foot spin entrance yet, but anyway...)

Sigh.

So, hey, Yuletide goes live in, like twenty minutes, right? I'm about to sit down to dinner and other Christmassy activities, but writer, if you're reading this, I promise I'll be reading the fic you wrote me in a few hours and I am really looking forward to it! I had to default for personal reasons this year, but I did write someone a full-length treat. No points for guessing it, because it's so ridiculously obvious. :D

Showdown

Dec. 14th, 2014 06:40 pm
icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G Romeo Juliet lift)
Hooray! The show is over went fairly well. Someone did fall, but not at a super critical moment and she didn't take anyone else out with her. (If someone had fallen during the kickline, now that would've been a disaster. A kickline on ice is exactly as unstable as it sounds.) Other than that and a few timing glitches, it seems to have looked pretty good. Our pinwheel was straight, which was a minor miracle, and it looks very cool on the video.

I enjoyed getting to watch most of the show from the sidelines rather than spending the time sewing my dress together. We had a couple of guest pairs and a dance team, all of whom were excellent, especially the Novice pair. They were super good, very well-packaged with excellent choreography and presentation, and I absolutely expect to see them at the Olympics if they stay together long enough.

I invested in a pair of these tights for the show, and it may have been the best decision I made all year. The only way they could've been warmer is if they were fleece-lined. Between that and my long-sleeved leotard, I didn't freeze this year!

(I would totally buy a fleece-lined leotard, though. If and when I ever really learn how to sew, that's the first thing I'm making.)

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34k and some change on the angst!fic. SO CLOSE. (I'll be looking for a beta shortly if anyone's interested and knows China Beach canon...)

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I finished S2 of Miss Fisher this weekend. So cute! I loved the Christmas special, and the one before it, and the one with Jack undercover at the radio, and... It's light, but eventually became very satisfying. (Although, ummm, was it everyone in the cast's mission to interrupt Jack and Phryne in those last two episodes? Heh.)
icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G marionette far away)
I had a rather good practice this morning, in which I accomplished:

  • A half lutz that, while it was a bit stumbly, took off from the correct edge and went up in the air before coming back down on one foot;

  • A scratch spin that must have had at least five, maaaaybe six revolutions on one foot;

  • A gorgeously silent forward outside three turn at the beginning of a Waltz 8 (my three turns are scraaatchy, although part of that may my entry-level blades);

  • The most perfect execution of the "three crossrolls into an outside circle" exercise I've done; and

  • A salchow that actually had some lift from the free leg going into it.


I nearly got beaned by the novice pair team running choreography after that last one, I was so caught up in thinking about it. I'm sure it wasn't much of a close call for them, but I have no interest in being within ten feet of "in the way" of a fully grown pair team gearing up for a throw jump.

They've been there every time I've been to an early practice for the past couple months--which admittedly has not been often, given recent medical drama--and it's kind of fun to watch them. A bit of a pain, because when they run their program with music once or twice a session, I just give up and get off the ice (see above about not wanting to get in the way of a pair team), so that uses up ~5 minutes of a 45-minute session, but it is inspiring to watch people who know what they're doing doing it.

I broke 27k on the angst fic. Not sure about the current scene I'm writing, though. I feel like it would be silly to overlook it, because it's a really good source of conflict and has roots in the canon, but it's also somewhat hard to do without letting my own opinions get in the way. Enough with the vagueness: The fic is scenes from 1969-1994 in the AU where McMurphy and Richard actually got married at the end of "I Could Have Danced All Night..." (but told backwards, because I loved that device in "Holly's Choice"). The scene in question is a fight they have over what Richard, a gynecologist, is going to do after the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Their positions are pretty well laid out in "Holly's Choice," actually, so I can only imagine that that essential conflict between McMurphy's "it's all life!" stance and Richard's empathy for the women who came to him before it was decriminalized would continue.

Speaking of China Beach, I had the most fabulous vid idea for it in the car on the way home last night. It would use a song that's been in my top five for nine years now. Unfortunately, I'd need to actually rewatch a lot of the post-sixties scenes in S4, which I don't love the idea of and was enjoying avoiding with my other vid idea for this show, but it would be super cool.

Good things

Nov. 2nd, 2014 09:38 am
icepixie: ([Fringe] Olivia looking up)
You know what? I am going to post some good things, because the last month here has been a litany of woe and I'm tired of it.

1. Between my surgery and the post-op ER visit, I met my insurance's deductible and out of pocket maximum over the summer, and since then all my medical care except prescriptions has been free.* My ER visit two weeks ago had a sticker price of $2,000, and for me it was totally free, as were the followup appointment with my gyn and an unrelated appointment with my allergist. I think this also means my upcoming physical therapy will be free, as long as I can complete it by December 31.

(I am half-seriously thinking about trying to get my gyn to schedule a hysterectomy for December to take advantage of this...)

* Well, okay, I still pay the $60 premium each month, but you know what I mean.

2. If there had to be a year where we needed to use up all of our banked PTO time because they're going to stop letting it roll over, it's a good thing it was this year. I've taken almost a week of unscheduled sick time in the last month, but I can still have vacation time in the spring.

3. I hit 25k on the angst!fic. (I should really stop calling it that. It is about 40% angst by volume, but it's also fluffy in places, and features lots of kidfic and humor and introspection and other stuff. It's a post-series AU for, what else, China Beach.) I think I might be 3/4 done.

4. I definitely have an idea for my Yuletide assignment that I'm going to let marinate for another week or so (while I hopefully finish the other fic...) and then start writing.

5. I bought a bag of half-off Halloween candy yesterday. This is actually more bad for me than anything, but it sure feels good, and I kind of don't care after all my recent troubles.
icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G zombies rocking out)
Crap, where did October go? ...Oh, wait.

Today was a hydrocodone-level cramping day, but I told my reproductive system to go to hell and skated anyway. Fellow skater R (who is not the same person nor even the same gender as choreographer R, though their names are one letter apart) and I had our own little mini Curry session with bits and pieces we knew and remembered from real classes. She taught me an outside three turn into an Ina Bauer--which is super cool, especially with snazzy arms--and we both worked on forward cross rolls into a forward outside circle. I was not actually able to do this in the class back in January, but I had no trouble today. (On that note, I have also recently acquired easy, reasonably-sized-for-the-Bronze-test inside and outside figure eights. Amazing.) Yaaaaay, visible indications of progress!

I had my first lesson after three weeks off the ice a few days ago, wherein we basically tried to fix what had atrophied in those three weeks. Like my toe loop. It is, frankly, still rather sad. Oh, well. It'll get there again, I'm sure.

Another lesson and first show rehearsal tomorrow, ohgod. I will have many painkillers to get through those 2.5 hours. Skater!R has already been peppering Choreographer!R with potential dresses for us to wear, assuming the whole "Christmas Cats" thing isn't going to mean looking like refugees from Cats the musical, because she is absolutely not going to have what happened last year happen again. Some of them are extremely pretty, but I'm a bit concerned about low backs and wide shoulders. There are no two ways about it: I need a bra for this. The trick about sewing an old bra into the chest of the dress and cutting off the back is unlikely to work for me, because at 34DDD, a.) that isn't going to be enough support, and b.) my bras are way too expensive to do that with. Wal-Mart does not sell cheap bras in my size. Right now I'm thinking a nude leotard under the dress if it has a low back. Assuming I can find a leotard with a high enough back, anyway.

In completely unrelated news, think I'm going to be able to mine RL to write something funny for my Yuletide assignment. Mwahaha.
icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G happy zombies thumbs up)
Sleep! Sleep is so wonderful! I've been doing it all weekend. Blessings upon him or her who invented inhalers, for they are miraculous objects.

I am now thoroughly confused about when and where to post a link to my Yuletide letter. It sounds like it might be best to wait. Probably this is a good thing, because I'm not actually done with my letter yet. I'm debating whether to add a fifth request or not.

The angst!fic has broken 20,000 words, because of course it has. I'm still hoping to finish it by the time Yuletide assignments go out, because I want to not be distracted, but that hope gets dimmer by the day. It does at least feel about two-thirds done. I can write 10,000 words in 2-3 weeks, right?

Progress

Sep. 24th, 2014 07:07 pm
icepixie: ([China Beach] McMurphy stock)
The China Beach Rewatch and Scene-Marking For Vidding Purposes Extravaganza continues apace! I must say, the first third of season three goes by faster when one speeds through any scene containing Smug Bernard and Stupid Vinnie and their smug, stupid faces, their smug, stupid plotlines, and their smug, stupid interactions with McMurphy.

Have I mentioned I hate them both? I feel that really needs to be emphasized.

(Love triangles are bad enough anyway, but they are excruciating when neither Choice A nor Choice B are a main character. At least with a normal Two Regulars and a Guest Star triangle, I'm usually rooting for the regular. This one, all I wanted was Choice C, both of them take very long walks off of extremely short piers into lakes filled with snakes and grenades. Also possibly sharks.)

(P.S. to all the people I've been trying to talk into watching this show: Smug Bernard and Stupid Vinnie actually do quite a bit to advance McMurphy's characterization, and there are essays to be written on how her handling of it reflects and is affected by the ongoing changes in feminism and gender relations at the time, but I have to admit, they are annoying to watch on all levels but the intellectual. That said, 80-90% of each of the 9 episodes they're in are actually good. The other characters still have great stories! Except for "Independence Day." You can totally skip that one. K.C.'s story is mildly interesting, and there's a fun scene with Holly and Hong, but mostly it's preachy and also a ripoff of Jane Eyre, which is about the least relevant novel they could've ripped off, I mean really, what were they thinking?)

The angst!fic also continues rapidly, now clocking in at 11,000 words and some change. My outline also keeps getting longer, which is not so pleasing. It's just a numbered list of scenes, and it started out at 15. Then it jumped to 23, then to 28, and now I'm up to 31. If I'm lucky, it'll stay there.

In other news, I leapt up to the next concentration of allergen serum with no issues today. So far, anyway. Woooo, immune system! Getting less crazy!

I also had a nice practice this morning. I skated two sessions, which I don't usually do on weekdays but this week I'm vacation, so I did. I ended up working on counters, brackets, and choctaws in the second half, which I rarely fit in around moves, jump, and spin practice. I think I might be 50% of the way to getting outside counters on one foot. Maybe. Having freshly sharpened blades helps a lot.

They announced the date for the Christmas show this week. It's the second Sunday in December again. I have been promised that the adult number will have very, very simple costumes this year to avoid a repeat of last year's debacle. I told a couple of the people in charge that I'm in favor of nice sweaters and black leggings. They seemed taken by the idea.
icepixie: ([Pushing Daisies] Lily red)
You know you've officially crossed into not just longfic territory, but way-too-longfic territory when you not only need an outline, but you have to color-code your outline. And this is not even the not!drawerfic, which one might expect that of, but the new angst!fic, which is quickly growing much larger than I expected. My family has a running joke that every shrub or tree my mother buys for the yard gets 3 times bigger than she says it will, at a bare minimum.* (I believe there's one tree in particular that was supposed to be 15 feet, and is now well on its way to 50 in under ten years, if that gives you any reference point.) This fic is becoming like one of those trees. I may need to invest in the authorial equivalent of a hacksaw.

* To be fair, I'm pretty sure the national hardware store chains and the like print one care and growth expectation card for every member of a species they sell across the nation, and it's probably keyed off the northeast or midwest. Down here in the subtropics, we can grow things a lot better.

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I've slacked off on my knee and ankle exercises for almost three weeks now, and this morning at practice, the medial meniscus in my left knee declared it was absolutely not doing any more turns, spins, or jumps. I still had five minutes left on the session, too. :( So I did them tonight. Hopefully things are better by Friday. I guess these are going to be a rest-of-my-life kind of thing...which I sort of knew, in the back of my head, but was in denial about. Argh.

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I finished the gold bottles of allergen serum today, which means I move to a weekly schedule of shots for six more weeks as I build up the dosage of 1:1 serum, and finally a monthly schedule after I reach the maximum/maintenance dose. Assuming all goes well, anyway. So far, so good, though! I could still have a delayed reaction to this last dose up until noon tomorrow, but I'm well past the point where all my previous reactions have happened (typically three hours after getting the shot), so I'm reasonably confident I will actually make it to the red bottles next week. Of course, the 1:1 concentration will be its own adventure, I'm sure, but maybe re-doing the blue will have had lasting effects.

Ficcishly

Sep. 2nd, 2014 07:40 pm
icepixie: ([China Beach] McMurphy Richard kiss)
Gaaah! I was just going to play around with a funky narrative form with something low-stakes and fun, and somehow I have a burgeoning epic on my hands. One which is 90% angst. Damn. This is in addition to three other China Beach WIPs that have sprung up in the last couple of weeks.

I also had another vid idea, to a song which is perhaps even more perfect for this show than my first vid idea. They're different enough that I could easily make both, too.

Yeesh. I'm enjoying the new-fandom-inspired burst of creativity here, but if the fountain would slow down long enough for me to put a tap in it, that would be great. I think my brain is dancing around like a squirrel on crack at finally getting to think about something besides the not!drawerfic for the first time in 18 months.
icepixie: ([Photos Stock] Sunflower field)
Pretty sure I'm about to fast-forward through an entire year in the not!drawerfic. Big, bold "One Year Later" and everything, BSG-style. If I do that, I can get to something more conflicty that much sooner, and that big conflicty thing is the climax of the story, so I might actually, you know, finish it this calendar year! The only flaw in my plan is that I should really make that "one year later" the beginning of a new section, and the section before it isn't that long. So far I have 38 chapters that average 3k each, divided into three sections of 30-40k each and a fourth that's going to be 10k if I go with this plan. I guess that's not the end of the world, but it offends my taste for symmetry.

...Oh, who cares. There's almost nothing interesting about the year I'm going to skip. Off it goes!

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P started counting for me while I was doing my Waltz 8 in lesson today, and heeeey, what a dramatic improvement in my three turns! The rest of the figure was as crappy as ever, but the turns are much better. When I'm on the circle as opposed to just on a line where I can do whatever arc I want, I tend to fear and avoid the turn until the last possible second, so by that point I've over-prepared and can't hold the edge coming out of it. Doing it to a count meant I had to do it early-which-is-really-on-time, and so I could hold my edge coming out.

She also has me doing a spin exercise that actually gives me hope that someday I may actually be able to enter a spin on one foot. I was seriously questioning whether that would ever happen even just a couple weeks ago.

Finally, I wondered if it might be, and now I know: the exercise she gave me last Saturday to work mohawks is indeed the dreaded 5-Step Mohawk Sequence from Bronze MITF. Well, minus that slip thing at the end that I'm pretty sure would land me on my head right now. It's good to know it's not quite as scary as everyone I've ever heard talk about it makes it sound. Although that step forward after the back outside edge is something of a nail-biter, especially at a decent speed. I'm sure I flail very attractively every time I hit that point.

One of the other adult skaters had a bumper crop of blackberries this year, so she made jam and gave all the other adults a jar today. I've not had great experiences with blackberry jam in the past, but this is delicious. Tastes like summer!

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I've been going through a Dar Williams renaissance over the past week. I think most of what I had from her came from Kenster, so there's a whole bunch of stuff I'd missed since then or just never knew about, so I've been exploring tracks I'd missed. Some particularly nice new-to-me songs are "This Was Pompeii" and "Troubled Times."

I have a sneaking suspicion that "Are You Out There" may make its way into a China Beach vid once I see the rest of the series. Obviously the song is about something very different, but the themes of alienation, and connection through music, seem like they would work well with the source from what I've seen so far.

I also suspect the box set may be a (very) early Christmas present to myself, at least unless the library gets the last two seasons in tout de suite.
icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G cool angle)
My rink opens back up this weekend! I am counting the days. All two days, thirteen hours, and sixteen minutes, in fact. Ahem.

(Seriously, though, three months of only skating on Saturdays, plus a month of enforced post-op laziness, has done a number on the fit of my pants. Yuck. I need to take care of this before dress-and-skirt season is over in October.)

My first of two giant work events of the year is over, yaaaaay! It went well, too. There were a couple of very minor snags, but all behind the scenes and nothing that affected people's enjoyment of the mentoring activity and the dinner and keynote talk afterward. It was somewhat smaller than usual this year, which ended up being a good thing, because that event really needs three staff members to run smoothly and we only had two this time. But my minion the new hire for my old job starts Monday, so soon we will have help. HURRAH!

In between reading about the debacle that was DashCon, this weekend I broke 110k on the not!drawerfic. I hit a pivotal event, yay! I also blazed through nine months in three paragraphs to get to that point, which I think was good for everyone. Better writers than I probably could've written things about those nine months that would make the Pivotal Event mean more, but I need to be done with this fic, it has dragged on for fourteen months, send help.

I read Among Others this week. I am undecided, but think I fall more towards dislike. It's about and told from the POV of a teenager, which is an automatic point deduction for me. I like that it puts sci-fi and fantasy novels on the same level as the literary canon, but I also felt that at times it used shared references to stand in for original thought. (Maybe it would've been better had I much grounding in 70s-era SF.) I was also dead certain that Spoilers ) and the ending nonplussed me a little.

Milestone

Apr. 29th, 2014 10:02 pm
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I just wanted to record this momentous event in the life of the not!drawerfic. It only took 13.5 months.

(I'm still toiling in Part 3 of what used to be 4, but is now going to be 5 or possibly even 6, because Part 3 was originally supposed to cover 1992-1995, and here I am 30,000 words later still in spring of 1993. Argh.)

Did you know MS Word stops giving you the running word count at the bottom of the document once you hit 100,000? I am not pleased. Watching that word count climb is 50% of my motivation!

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