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08 October 2013 @ 08:35 am
As a writer, I appreciate having a Yuletide likes/dislikes post for my recipient, so I thought I'd post one of my own in case it helps.

But, keep in mind that these are for guidance purposes only. Most of my likes are not shared by a lot of writers. I certainly don’t expect someone to go outside their comfort zone just because it’s something I would enjoy reading. And even though I may dislike something in general, I always keep an open mind. Well-written fluff or crack will not go unappreciated.
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31 October 2012 @ 06:27 am
As a writer, I appreciate having a Yuletide likes/dislikes post for my recipient, so I thought I'd post one of my own in case it helps.



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20 November 2011 @ 02:29 pm
As a writer, I appreciate having a Yuletide likes/dislikes post for my recipient, so I thought I'd post one of my own in case it helps.

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04 August 2011 @ 06:52 pm
Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.


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27 April 2011 @ 12:28 pm
If any of you are willing to help, my son has to do a survey for his 6th grade math class.  He chose favorite food.  If you'd like to respond, please just give me your answer in a comment.  They're screened for privacy.  I really do appreciate it!

(Sorry - I don't know how to do a fancy option button survey thingy!)

What type of food is your favorite? (Please choose one.)

1) Home-style (like hamburger, steak and potatoes)

2) Mexican

3) Oriental

4) Italian

5) Other (please specify if you'd like, in the comment)
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To my Alex Rider friends, I saw this photo on the Internet, but it was all about Freddie Stroma and didn't mention Damian Lewis. That is Damian, right? With his wife. And Luna and Lupin too.

Yassen and Harry
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21 December 2010 @ 07:26 am

I'm writing a story in the Administration fandom for a private Yuletide exchange. I was searching Manna's website when I followed the link for First Against the Wall to her publisher.  What did I see listed along the right hand side of the page?

Release Date Februray 1, 2011 - For Certain Values of Family by Manna Francis. 

I love the cover too (all the Administration books have such artistic covers). 

February seems like such a long way away. 
 
 
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I've mentioned how much help my father-in-law has been during my radiation treatments, picking my son up from school.

He's big into genealogy, and recently sent me this news link for a talk he did.  His photo is in the article too.

www.dailyyonder.com/small-town-look-ahead-looking-bacl/2010/11/18/3045

A few years ago when my father visited here from Chicago, he and my mother-in-law accessed on-line copies of the 1920 census done here in San Antonio.  They found an entry where my father's father and grandfather had been staying in a rooming house here.  We hadn't even known our family had a connection to San Antonio.  I just moved here on my own in the 70's because I hate cold weather. 

And - HAPPY DH DAY!  I'm going to see it at the Alamo Quarry Theater at 12:20 p.m. with winoniel ! I wanted to take my son but he's in school and I didn't think putting 'To See Harry Potter 7' on the early out form would have been an acceptable reason.  I'll be taking him tomorrow instead.
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I'm in need of someone I can ask questions about ordinary life in Russia.  I'm sorry for being so ignorant, but one thing I do love about LJ is that it gives me an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures.

As an example, right now what I'm needing to know is:

1) What kind of holidays are traditionally celebrated, and are any celebrated with gift-giving? 

2) Are gifts given for birthdays? 

3) How are birthdays celebrated? (like we have cake and ice cream here, so is there some type of traditional meal/dinner or sweets?)

4) Are there any 'coming of age' special celebrations?

5) Is Christmas celebrated?

6) What would a typical team sport be that boys and girls would play in high school (basketball, baseball, soccer/football?)

7) At what age would the average person learn to drive?

These are the kinds of questions I have.  If anyone knows of a good source - book, website, magazine - that would be great too.
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So I don't normally rec stories - there are just too many good ones out there, and really, most people on my flist have found them before I have.

But this one just caught me.  I started reading it yesterday and couldn't quit until I finished it today.  It's around 80k words.

A Dish Served Cold, by eurypon 

Partial here: http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2783664/1/A_Dish_Served_Cold

All 16 chapters here: http://www.ximerion.com/index.php/dish

Authors Summary: Andrew Ashton grows up in a world very similar to ours, but where slavery has been reintroduced. While trying to deal with growing up gay and looking for romance, the institution of slavery begins to intrude uncomfortably on his life.

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14 November 2009 @ 01:15 pm
Well I went and signed up for Yuletide again this year. I was back and forth on it, but I enjoyed the experience last year (even if my story was only read by three people) so thought I'd give it another go. The three fandoms I requested were Alex Rider – Yassen/Alex (no surprise there), Lord John Grey – George Everett/John Grey, and The Baker – Milo/Bjorn.

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19 May 2009 @ 07:15 pm
I'm sorry to have to do this, but for now, I've had to make this journal friends only.

If you do not have a blank journal, and are of legal age to read adult fiction in your country, please leave me a comment as to how you found my journal and why you'd like to be friended, and I will friend you back.

~*~

Edited 2009-05-20: Sorry for any confusion to current friends.  I'm not planning on defriending or anything.  Since I locked everything away, I just wanted to have one public post where anyone new who wanted to be friended could request it.

Thank you, everyone, who are already my friends.  Fandom is great, and I appreciate your support.  I hope that this is just a temporary thing and I can go back to unlocking when the fanfic issues work out.