tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 09:27 am
The [community profile] wipbigbang is still looking for artists. There's a whole range of stories that are looking for artists, whether graphics designers or fanmixers or illustrators.

(Yes, I'm in there; I don't know if I'm still waiting for an artist, I haven't checked. I'm a little iffy about whether or not I'll be finished in time, but I'm damn well going to try.)

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And then [community profile] seasonofkink is starting up again from 1st June.

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tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 09:04 am
A way to finish your stories? (Heaven knows I have plenty of those.)

[community profile] treatyoselfcomm is an exchange designed to reduce your backlog. Creators signup with works that they want to work on, and then are matched to someone who is interested in helping them. You create for six weeks, and then the archive is revealed with your work(s). Simple!

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I'm interested, certainly, because having people to kick me along is always useful, but...I don't know. I won't have much time for the next month since I'm trying to finish the quilt I'm making for the show, and the timeline is pretty short for any of the longfics I have sitting around.

I'm debating whether or not to sign up for Marvel Bang this year, for much the same reason. Last year I had a lot more time b/c of project downtime. I don't expect the same this year. (I might end up with it if this 6 week contract isn't continued. I guess we'll see.)
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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 10:49 am
There is a term in the document i'm currently reading: freight unit which is shorted to (yep) FU.

It's making it just a touch difficult to read without spittaking.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 07:00 pm
So my time of unemployment comes to an end. 'Twas nice to lay in bed until all hours, to relax and mosey on through the day with little thought for what needs to be done tomorrow, to do quilting and gardening and cooking and writing...

Alas, all things must come to an end, and tomorrow I shall be trying the full commute in to the city - walk to the bus, then train, then walk there and the reverse to get home. It will be dark when I arrive home, and may very well be darkish when I leave in the morning.

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I picked up a pinch-hit for [community profile] fandom5k with, oh, 10 days to write it.

title: rhythm of the rails
summary: Someone has to pick up the pieces.
tags: Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie), On the Run

[archiveofourown.org profile] sunspot asked for Steve/Maria and I nearly signed up just for that, and then the request turned up on the PH list and I just decided I'd write for it. I wrote about 3000 words to the next chapter of the MCU fusion into SGA, but then chose to change direction and I'm happier with this one than I was with the SGA fusion! It's complete, but there's the possibility of more. (There's always the possibility of more.)

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I've come to realise just how many WIPs I have lying around the place - of the cliffhangery kind. There are really quite a lot of them - and in all honesty they're actually only the merest fraction of stories that I have on my HD.

I've managed to drag Maria's section out for slightly complicated, but she sure didn't make it easy! And now I have to walk the delicate, edged line of Natasha's fear and possessiveness through a political and personal mire. *sigh*

But Bucky should be easy, right? RIGHT? *facepalm*
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Friday, May 19th, 2017 10:37 pm
Now is definitely not the time to be twinging again!
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Friday, May 19th, 2017 07:56 am
*hugs to all the people who've been following my unemployment travails the last six months*

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1. Get last details for 2016 tax return off
2. Get employment details sorted out for signing.
3. Set up blocks to be sewn for 2nd show quilt (much more basic, but if I can get a little bit done every night by setting all the pieces up in bags, simply to be sewn together, then it'll make everything a whole lot faster).
4. Finish Maria's section of 'slightly complicated' (should be 'bloody complicated and stubborn to boot', honestly)
5. Find spaces to plant out seedlings so they actually grow, also clear away spaces up against the fence which is being replaced next Wednesday.

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I kind of wish my mother was home (she's in Spain, she and my stepfather have eaten their way through Spain and Portugal and are having an absolutely BALL of a time). I could get her to help move things from the garden...

Saturday is sewing day (more time to get things organised) and then the Nutcracker ballet at the Opera House that night - I haven't seen this version of the ballet since I was 20...

Sunday is at least one hockey game, possibly two. (I'm a bit iffy about the second one, my foot has not been very happy since playing two games last Sunday, training on Tuesday, and going ice skating on Wednesday.)

Quilting of Technicolor Galaxy is on Monday.

Job starts on Tuesday.
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 02:10 pm
I don't think I've ever gotten a job quite this fast. Send resume in Monday. Interview Wednesday. Job offer on Thursday. Start on Tuesday!

Contract is initially for six weeks, but if I do a decent job, then the project goes to the end of the year and the remuneration is good.

And now the panic button. I have SO MANY THINGS TO DO before I start working full time again! And I have to fit them neatly into the next four days...
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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 12:08 pm
Got a call this morning. I could be working by next Wednesday...

I've pushed for Monday week, but a developer was supposed to start with the client last Monday already, so they're looking for someone soon...

Thanks to all the people who sent good wishes/luck/vibes/prayer!
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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 09:46 pm
Got a call at 4:30 from a guy I handed my resume in to, thinking he was another recruitment specialist. Turns out, he's the owner/boss/HR guy of a company that does what my old company used to do before they got bought out by Big American Corporation, with two people I've worked with before - one of them the woman who connected me to the last job!

The job would involve going out as a contractor to companies for short stints, getting the job done, but very small, simple stuff - not the fancy pants new tech - which suits me fine, TBH. And there's some flexibility in it - they were asking what days I'm free, whether I have family and needed to work around any arrangements...

The owner/boss/HR guy talked to me for about 20 minutes, then set up a call from his more technically minded co-owner/colleague for tomorrow afternoon. Five minutes later, tech-minded co-owner/colleague called and we chatted about my skills and what I knew, things I'd worked with, and so forth.

I think it went well?

It sounds pretty good, all things considered. And it sounds like they're willing to offer me either contract or permanent at this point. I asked for contract for the moment and owner/boss/HR guy seemed pretty pleased with that.

It will mean an end to the last six months of futzing around, and it's been really rather nice, but it will also mean income, which is also really rather nice, so...

Cross fingers, send vibes, pray!
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Sunday, May 14th, 2017 08:52 pm
And win the Eurovision Song Conteeeeeest!!!

My Sunday:
0. Sleep really badly.
1. Wake at 4:45am, text friend to see if it's still okay if I go over and watch Eurovision with her; it is.
2. 5am, watch my way through The Eurovision (as it's called in Europe), decide that most of the songs are good listening, but I don't much like the visuals.
3. 8am head home to grab my stuff for
4. Hockey: watching Team 1 play at 9am
5. Hockey: playing game at 10:30am (we lost 3-2)
6. Hockey: playing game for Team 2 at 1pm (we won 2-1 and one of the goals was mine)
7. Take a bath, nearly fall asleep in it.
8. Decide going to church (driving there) with the amount of sleep I haven't had is unwise.
9. Make a sandwich and note that hands are shaking.
10. Come back and start reading Fandom 5K. The quality of the stories I've read has been REALLY GOOD, guys!

Fandom 5K recs (so far)

Harry Potter:
Charms for an Extraordinary Life: When Harry's actions throw an investigation into a Dark wizarding shop into disarray, he must work with Magizoological expert Luna Lovegood to crack the case.

Fantastic Beasts (And Where To Find Them):
Turn (Slightly) Left: A handful of minutes can throw even the most gifted Seer's prophecies off. Credence's Obscurus passes through Central Park slightly later, which gives Newt the time and information he needs to find an Obscurial with enough control over their magic that he may be able to save them.

Eureka:
Fairytale Of Eureka: The annual Eureka town bake-off is going great — until taste-testers start coming down with fairy-tale afflictions. With Jack out of town, Jo needs to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late.

I have four more open in the tags and will read them over the next few days. I would like people to read (and enjoy) the story I wrote, but it's been a bit touch-and-go lately.

brief on hockey )

And now that it is 9pm, I think it is time to go to bed...
tielan: (quilting)
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 09:19 am
Today is gonna be the day...

A Duct Tape Galaxy: Nearly there! Just have to join it all together.
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Saturday, May 13th, 2017 12:29 am
Still getting late summer crops - mostly eggplants and tomatoes, although the pumpkins are taking their time, and I'm leaving one zucchini in to get the seeds from it (although it's not a particularly prolific or even tasty zucch).

Need to pick the basil, b/c that stuff is gone kind of crazy.

Have been eating the summer raab broccoli (non-heading, like the Chinese gai-lan vegies) and bok choy. Not convinced on the tatsoi, although it's growing pretty well.

There's a chilli plant that's got a few chillis on it, although I'm not much of one for chillis and my mothers grow so much nicer and fiercer!

Still much planting out to be done. Winter here isn't as harsh as most people experience it - the temp gets down to 0C and there can be frost, but sometimes you can grow things in spite of the frost.

garden - quite a few photos )

Otherwise, I've planted winterveg, and gotten some seedlings out into the garden. Cabbages, caulis, raab broccoli, and brussel sprouts, are in the garden, and wombok and bok choy are in seedling pots (must plant them out). Coriander is growing in little containers, and the garlic has shooted. I need to plant the rest of the garlic - that's to happen next week. I was also planning to try to grow some ginger and turmeric, because those are horrendously expensive to buy and apparently very simple to grow. I just need to do something about it...

I have planter bags for the seed potatoes I've ordered, and I'm making compost as fast as the pile will heat up! I may need to go scavenging for further sources of green mulch, though - my one bin a month is becoming somewhat paltry, and I would really love several bins which I could turn over into each other as they decompose... I probably wouldn't have the energy to do it, though.

I've gotten a lot more out of the garden this year - and a lot more experience and understanding of things I need to do. I still don't quite have the space for everything I want - or, at least, I haven't properly organised it so I do - but we'll get there eventually...
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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 08:41 am
There are an alarming number of men who seem to panic the instant anyone says something about children being taught 'to respect others' or 'how not to bully'. The complaints of 'feminists' and 'feminazis' crawl out of the woodwork like drunks at a sporting grand final, and with about as much dignity as the losing team as they bleat about how boys will be taught to hate themselves by women who hate all men...

And not one of them seems aware of the irony that all they're saying is that their version of masculinity involves bullying and disrespecting others.

I know that there are people who feel that anyone gaining equal rights to their own must mean their own standing is diminished - that having anything is a zero sum game. If someone else has more, I must have less and this CANNOT BE ALLOWED.

I call it "Fragile Masculine Ego" Syndrome. It also commonly comes in the flavours of Fragile White Ego and Fragile American Ego, and they can be mixed to great effectiveness.

Also, the patronising accusation that "feminists need to live in the real world" is kind of amusing, considering not one of these men would survive being a woman day in, day out without losing his SHIT at being dismissed, catcalled, reduced to T&A or whether s/he was fuckable, or told that s/he needed a dose of reality.

tl;dr: apparently they're trialling a "respect for women" program in some Australian schools - cue men losing their heads over how little boys will be taught to hate themselves.

Also? This was posted on an FB page that is about safe houses for survivors of domestic violence. So the men making these comments are pretty much predators, since they're here to make the space unsafe.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 10:25 am
This morning, I am in a distinctly 'do not fuck with me, mate' mood.

*takes a few FB people and puts them in the current fic as bad guys to be shot, dismembered, and literally run over by a freight train*
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 12:08 pm
I do not know why people add me to their Twitter feeds. I don't check Twitter regularly, I reblog occasionally, I make my own posts never, and mostly I end up cross-posting from Instagram.

So all these accounts who follow me out of nowhere with barely any connection between us? They've followed thousands upon thousands of other accounts, not just mine. Why on earth do they think I'd follow them back? The accounts I follow back are either fannish people, RL friends, or sometimes celebrities who occasionally have interesting things to say or links to follow. There are a few Christian pastors (of the non-Amerivangelical type), a handful of 'random' accounts that I found through someone else, and one or two 'magazine' sites with articles. (Actually, I should do a clean-out of those.)

Maybe I just don't use Twitter the way it's meant to be used? I don't know. I'd rather flow-of-consciousness here on journal than on Twitter.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Monday, May 1st, 2017 01:33 pm
The sedoretu is coming along. I may have to skip Maria's "wait, wtf" scene with T'Challa, because I don't actually have enough space in this section. I'm trying to make each 'chapter' of the story ~3500 words, but so far we're at 1900 and I've just managed to introduce the complication. And Bucky has interrupted it as per the plan.

Now we need to have the conversation about Bucky and Steve, Maria and Steve, and Sharon and Steve, and then I was hoping there'd be room for T'Challa and Maria, but I'm doubtful.

After that, Natasha gives her opinion on EVERYTHING and starts trying to staunch the bleeding (metaphorically, not actually).

I guess this story is at the usual stage of "HIT THE PANIC BUTTONS, ALL RELEVANT PLOTBUNNIES TO THEIR STATIONS" given my life busyness right now and the due date for the [community profile] wipbigbang which is Mid-June (right around the same time as my quilts for the show are due; JOY).

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I took a PH for a fic exchange that I can't specify because specifying it will instantly out me as the author (as though the story itself won't).

Why did I do this? Because...I don't even know why, only that I've made my situation a lot more complicated right when I don't need to.

Self? You suck.

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Two fic exchange reveals (as though it wasn't immediately obvious).

[community profile] worldbuildingex

TITLE: All The Daughters Of My Father's House
SUMMARY: Lyra and Jyn Erso bouncing around a universe where the shadow of the Empire is growing longer.
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Lyra Erso, Jyn Erso, Saw Gerrera, Chirrut Imwe/Baze Malbus
TAGS: Alternate Universe (canon divergence), Jedha, Lyra survives, Mother Bear, Celebrations on
RATINGS: Gen
NOTES: My assignment asked for "rogue one: give me those ladies *grabby hands* i’m super interested in the structure of the rebel alliance as well as seeing women in positions of power/getting to tell their stories *cough*lyra*cough*. alternatively, my gay azn fathers. (tell me about the jedi temple! and chirrut’s relationship with it! and chirrut/baze ofc)". There were two more chapters planned, where Lyra goes to the Rebel Alliance and tries to keep Jyn from becoming a child soldier, but I didn't get to them. The worldbuilding for Alderaan academical structures was just a little more than my brain could take at the time.

It wasn't particularly well received, but then, it's not a particularly stellar story, IMO.

My [community profile] smutswap was immediately identifiable:

TITLE: Trust Tease
SUMMARY: Going slow, going deep, playing games with someone you trust with your body and your vulnerabilities.
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Thor (cameo)
TAGS: Smut, Oral Sex, Multiple Orgasms, Fucked Raw, Sex
RATINGS: NC-17
NOTES: I had [personal profile] sunspot on my treats list anyway, because I never get assigned the Maria/Steve prompts...and lo and behold, I got assigned to them! So I wrote smut. It's very vanilla smut at this point, although they discuss/negotiate kink for later times, and I was planning to write the later times, only again, the due date defeated me.

I got a bit of flak on this one for forgetting that it was smut and labelling it 'G', which then had a whole bunch of people clicking on the story to check that I hadn't signed up for a smut swap and then written non-smut. However, I found it somewhat amusing that someone on FFA apparently gathered their courage, closed their eyes, and searched for oral sex in the story - OMG THE HET SEX IT BURNS MY EYEN!

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Otherwise, April was spent in Camp NaNo trying to write original fiction - back to the Shadowkids again. I have the structure, I just have to concentrate enough to write it, dammit.

So May: write fic, make quilts, seek job, get winter garden in, score goals for hockey, cook for self...
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Sunday, April 30th, 2017 03:02 pm
Drew against Mb, 1-1. I scored our goal first half, then they came back in the 2nd half. That, and the sun was crazy hot, and it baked our brains and boiled our muscles. By the last five minutes, we were completely flat.

I got at least two, maybe three more shots on goal, but none of them got in. I do need to remember to share the shots around - pass in the circle, dear! It confuses the goalie!

A bit of an issue with the coach: he doesn't tend to listen very well to what people say they can play. Apparently several people said that they'd like to play left side, or right side...and he had them playing on the other. I told the other wing (who was used to playing left wing) that if she wants to swap sides with me, just let me know. I can do either side, I'm just not much good in the centre.

But we had some good play going; we just need to practise our short passes into the gaps, and how not to pass the ball to the opposing team. Always good things to learn and practise!
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Saturday, April 29th, 2017 10:58 pm
I wore the coat. Almost nobody noticed - there were about 300 people at the wedding, and the 'reception' was an afternoon tea with snacks. Plus, it was warm enough that I could take the coat off an hang it off my arm.

So we're good.

I gave them a quilt.

the summer meadow )

I also left them a note saying if they didn't like it, they were welcome to give it away to someone who did. I don't mind if people don't like the quilts I give them, but I should much rather the quilt be given away and used by someone than stuck in a closet because it's not to the recipient's tastes.

I'll probably keep sending them notes; I stopped writing to A about November last year. I didn't really know what to say or how to say it. But I'll write a few more letters this year - I have the notepaper and pens and inks and wax and seals - so that will be good. And maybe provide the opportunity for me to get to know N a bit better while keeping in contact with A.
tielan: (AVG - maria2)
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 10:52 am
When my cousin T died, her widower asked her friends to come by and, if we weren't weirded out by it, to take any of her clothing that took our fancy before he sorted it out and gave it away to charity.

I wasn't weirded out - T was always beautifully put together, and for me wearing her clothing is a reminder of her style and her bright and bubbly personality - as well as her encouragement to me to push my limits in style. (I was pretty conservative in style until I hit about 30 and basically went IDGAF and wear more or less whatever I like.) So I took a couple of dresses that were not quite in my style, some jewellery, and a coat that was in a style that I particularly liked.

Today, T's widower is remarrying. A good woman, from what I can see, and trusting A's judgement of good character, and T was canvassing for a new wife for A as soon as she knew she was terminal. (I don't know if N was ever on T's radar, but they were friends at some point in the past.)

I guess what I'm wondering is whether it would be appropriate to wear "T's coat" to A and N's wedding today.

IDK.