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Dear Femslashex Writer,

First of all, an early "Thank you!" for writing a fic in one of my fandoms. That alone has made me happy. If you've already got the perfect idea, please, go ahead and write it! If you want to know more about what I love about these pairings and prompts I've been mulling, I've thrown some thoughts together below.

I'm happy with any rating you're comfortable writing for.

General likes: I am a total sucker for tropes: accidental marriage, fake dating, stuck in a cabin, baby on the doorstep, cheesy AUs, the works. Throw them at me! I adore competent women kicking ass, women bonding, get together fics and figuring out how to stay together fics. I read fic to get the happy endings that are often missing in real life and in canon.

Dislikes: Death fic, sad endings, BDSM and heavy kink, graphic violence, dub-con/non-con, character bashing, cheating/adultery.

Cut for length - fandom specific thoughts )
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I know, it's Thursday, and I'm only just updating with weekend shenanigans. In my defense, Dad has been here and it's been hard finding the time to do much of anything. He went home late last night (so very late, I am so very tired from taking him to the airport) so now life should go back to my usual routine.

It's was the weekend of my bi-weekly Friday off, so we decided to take advantage of the time and go up to the north of the province to visit my cousin and spend the weekend at his cottage. It's beautiful up there. Isolated, spectacular, quiet. Although his cottage isn't exactly a rustic cabin - they've improved it so much over the years, and it's super-comfortable. I haven't seen my cousin for years (he's Mum's first cousin - we give up on calculating cousin-ship past that) so it was great to see him and Mum loved having the chance to catch up with him and his wife.

Dad even came out of his shell and talked a fair bit, which was a pleasant surprise!

We ate food, had a couple of lovely walks, read a bit, talked a great deal...it was relaxing and wonderful, and exactly what I needed after a few stressful work weeks.

Mum and I are hoping to find the time for another trip up there before she goes back to England, but it depends a lot on how busy we all get. Hopefully we'll do it.
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As noted previously, I ordered a Fitbit Charge 2 (thank you, lovely work fitness credit) and it arrived on Tuesday. Which means I've now had a couple of days to play with it and assess it.

I have to say, it's a very nice, stylish item. The band I ordered it with is a nice shade of purple and feels very sturdy. It's a rubbery material that's sweat resistant, so great for everyday wear and working out. If I feel fancy, there's a leather strap I can order to make it look a bit posher for other times. The actual watch/tracker part is a nice size--not oversize on my wrist, but big enough to allow a fair bit of information to show up, and it looks rather less industrial than a lot of fitness tracker/smartwatches I've seen.

You can customise the readout on it, to do anything from showing a dial clock only to displaying time, date, steps, and heartbeat, and several combos in between. Tapping it allows you to view other stats, like floors climbed, calories burned, and how many times you've met a 250+ step minimum in the hours you track that. I rather like being able to see all that without whipping out my phone!

It's possible to set it to remind you to get off your ass and walk around a bit, if it gets to 10 minutes to the end of the hour and you haven't met your 250 minutes. Very handy, particularly if (like me) you're liable to get absorbed in a task for three hours and forget to move. It only does it for the hours you're tracking minimum steps (I have it set for 8 til 8) so you don't get reminded at night. I'm very impressed with the interface, I must say.

The Fitbit also gives me quick links to tracking certain types of exercise as I do them, and you can customise which exercises you have shortcuts for. When you're in an exercise mode, it will show you how long you've been exercising, calories burned, heartrate etc., which is all rather useful. It even tells you whether your heartrate is in a particular zones, which is incredibly helpful.

One of the reasons I wanted to get the Charge was for the heart rate data. I knew that, lately, the exercise I was doing wasn't working for me as well as it had been and I was pretty sure that being able to see my HR and know where I needed to push it to would help. I'm also a terrible nerd, so I was incredibly curious about my resting heart rate and those kinds of details.

(I like data. I like being able to see my stats improve over time. It motivates me to do more.)

I've done two exercise bike workouts since getting the Charge, and having that "Hey, I need to push my HR up to here, maybe some more resistance will do it" guide has already pushed me to work harder. Both times, I got my HR up into my target heart rate zone and it felt a lot more like I'd had a workout than when I was just pootling along maintaining the speed/resistance that I'd been using as my guide for the last six months.

It's interesting to me to see that my resting heart rate is lower than I expected and, overall, I seem to be fitter than I'd realised. I know that I've been doing the whole "getting fitter" thing for a couple of years, but I didn't have much data to show it was actually working.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the device, and I'm fascinated to see what new and cool data I'll be able to collect and get motivated by :-D Watch this space?
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I've just started listening to a new podcast, Buffering the Vampire Slayer, which is going through Buffy one episode at a time and discussing them. It's rather good :-)

While listening to the first episode, though, I realised that I'd forgotten so many details about Welcome to the Hellmouth. It's been ages since I last watched it! So yesterday, while on my exercise bike, I did a rewatch and remembered all over again why I loved the show so much.

It's little things, really. Willow is still so sweet, so untainted by everything that happens later. I remember loving how hopeful and optimistic she was, even though it's clear she's been picked on most of her life. It's why she was always one of my favourites: I recognised a lot of myself in her, but Willow was a better version of it.

The other thing that really struck me was Buffy herself. In my head, S1 Buffy is the pre-trauma Buffy. Everything is much brighter, she's happier, nothing bad has happened yet. But that's so far from the truth! The Buffy we meet in the first episode is already traumatised, already trying to process things no sixteen year-old should, already experiencing her life falling apart due to her calling. Somehow, I blocked that out. We never get to see happy care-free Buffy, not really, because she's been through a lot before she even sets foot in Sunnydale. My impression of Buffy in S1 being so much less burdened is only because I'm comparing her to S6/S7 Buffy. She isn't as dark as she becomes, but the Buffy we see in S1 is traumatised and fits a lot of the symptoms for PTSD.

BtVS was my first participatory fandom and it has so many good memories for me. I think that I'll be doing a rewatch to keep up with the podcast, re-experiencing how it felt to wait for new episodes. This week's podcast is on The Harvest, so I'll watch that tonight, and then it's weekly Buffy for me for a while :-)

Fitbit!

Sep. 16th, 2016 12:28 pm
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It's *possible* that I ordered myself the new Fitbit Charge 2 last night.

(Er, I did do that. I totally did. In my defense, my company gives us a $150 payment towards fitness equipment/gym membership each year, so most of the cost of my new toy will be paid for from that. I'm usually really bad at finding things to claim, so hey, I'm actually using a benefit! Go me!)

I've been using a Flex for the last year and a half (it was what I spent some of my company credit on last year, and the rest of the credit went unclaimed *sigh*) and I've been surprised by how effective it's been at getting me up and moving and active. Not that I was a lump before, but it's amazing how much motivation I get from seeing little green stars against my day's step count and distance walked and activity minutes.

Particularly since they started putting little confetti bursts on the app screen when you hit a goal :-D

I went for the Flex because I wasn't sure how much value I'd get out of a fitness tracker and I didn't want to spend a lot on something I might not use.

It turns out...I get a heck of a lot out of it. I make an effort to get up and move around at least once or twice an hour, particularly now the app has a little tracker for how often you manage 250+ steps per hour. I make a better effort to get to bed on time, because I like getting little green stars for my sleep habits. I log my exercise bike time, and I make a real effort to walk more through the day and go for nice long walks more often.

In other words, I'm more active :-) And walks that would have felt like a hard slog a year ago are now pretty easy, so I'm getting fitter.

Fitbit just came out with new upgraded versions of a couple of their trackers. I'd been considering upgrading to a Charge anyway, but with the new version out, there are a lot of nice extras so the timing is perfect. Fitness-wise, I'm interested in the heart rate monitoring and all the things the Charge can do for interval training and breathing exercises. It's also got the ability to notify me about incoming texts on my phone :-) But for once, I'm actually most interested in the fitness side of it.

Should have my new pretty on Monday or Tuesday, so I'll report back when I'm set up on it.

Meme!

Sep. 14th, 2016 11:03 am
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Seen on [personal profile] sholio's journal :-)

Pick a question and leave it in comments. I'll do my best to answer :-D

1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?
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I have finally given in and ordered a network extender, because the patchy coverage in the kitchen is intolerable. The worst spot, where the network is largely dead, is the kitchen table. We cannot figure it out, but if you move even a foot away from the table, there is a (weak) signal. At the table? Most of the time?

Nada.

Where do we all tend to spend a lot of time reading iPads over breakfast? Where do I watch stuff on Netflix when I'm eating alone?

Yup. Kitchen table. So hopefully that will arrive on Friday and I can set it up on the weekend and finally get everything working the way it should. It's a Netgear dual band jobbie. I'm assured it's simple to set up, but it's the same one my Dad got for the house in England and he'll be back from his travels on Monday, so if I fail then he can give me a hand. Cross your fingers this solves the issue and there isn't, in fact, some kind of impenetrable field around my kitchen table?

Last night's attempt to get an early night was scuppered when I decided to spend some time setting up my PVR for all the new shows that start next week. Woops.

I upgraded my cable package earlier in the summer--better services for less money, still don't know how I did that--so I have a new PVR with none of my old settings. On one hand, it's frustrating to set everything up again.

OTOH, it's encouraged me to ditch a couple of shows (OUAT, I'm looking at you) that I'd lost interest in and was only watching out of a vague sense of obligation. So that's good.

And I set up to record Pitch, a new show about a woman baseball player, because it sounded interesting and WOMAN BASEBALL PLAYER. Women doing sports thing has become kinda my jam lately :-) Need to dig through my list of other new shows I wanted to check out and figure out when they're premiering. I seem to recall a lot of them were lined up as potential mid-season debuts rather than September, which always throws me.

Anyone got any recommendations for new stuff I might want to check out?
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If I'm going to use this more, I'm vaguely considering upgrading back to a paid account. But do I really want to spend that money when all I'm doing it for is the icons?

*considers*

Maybe not. I'm a mature rational adult who does not need to spend money just for icons.

I've had an email from Mum and Dad noting that they got to their first B&B safely, so that's all good. I had this whole plan about going to bed nice and early last night...

Yeah. I had critique group, and then I did some banking, and then I got some work done on a project...and suddenly it was ridiculously late. Argh. Tonight! Tonight I will be better. Mostly because I got all the piled up Stuff(TM) done last night, so I shouldn't get sucked into that again.

All I need to do is write more words on the Clockwork Murders sequel. And exercise. And take Humira. And make and eat supper. With enough time to veg in front of the TV with a cup of tea before going to bed.

It's nice and quiet in the house, though. If I want to do something, I just do it. I don't get sucked into conversations that delay everything, because my cats are cute but not inclined to natter. I'd forgotten what having the house to myself was like, which is odd, because I've only had Mum here since mid-June. But it's been Mum+othervisitors for a lot of that time, so maybe that's why it's felt more crowded than usual.

On Friday, I may treat myself to take away. Probably pizza. It's been months since I last got pizza, and it was awful pizza so I don't count that one. I'll treat myself to good pizza, and a movie, and being a total slob because no parents :-D
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This whole thing where I promised to post to Imzy daily hasn't really worked...but it has got me posting to Dreamwidth more regularly (and cross-posted to Imzy when I remember). So, er, yay? Well, it's improving my rate of posting *somewhere*, at least.

I was reading some old posts here, and I realised how much I miss having that record of what I was doing and feeling. My posting petered out almost completely around 2014 (AKA The Year I Was Sad), so I have very little written down about that period. It makes me sad, because reading those old entries reminded me of happy times and places that I'd almost forgotten about. Turns out, DW/LJ weren't just about community for me - they were a way of recording my experiences for posterity. The silly every day stuff as well as the big memories. That's why I need to get back into the habit of writing here, even if I'm getting my fill of community-love on Imzy. I need that record of who I was, what I did, and how I felt.

And so...

This whole iPhone-having thing is still rather neat and lovely. I can reply to messages when I'm out of the house! And look up tide-times when we're trying to make last-minute beach plans! And catch up on Twitter while I'm waiting for a doctor's appointment! It's all very cool :-)

Dad has been visiting for the last few days, and I can tell how much the move to Canada had been weighing on his mind, because he's still in an excellent mood several months after deciding not to do it. The last couple of visits he made here, he was in such a terrible mood that I was frankly glad to see the back of him. I wasn't entirely sure Mum would go back to England at the end of her visit last year, thanks to his behaviour.

He's been a delight this trip. Fun, funny, happy to go out and do stuff or veg around the house as we please, no black silences and refusals to make decisions about even minor things like what to eat. For the last two or three years, he wouldn't go on any little trips with Mum, so his visits were three weeks of gloomy hanging out at the house, but today they're off for a few days driving and visiting and he's really happy to do it.

I can also see the difference in Mum - she's enjoying her time with him, which she really hasn't been over the last couple of years. They're going to have a great time away together. Even though she was upset and angry when he unilaterally decided they weren't moving, I think it's actually going to be good for them in the long-run. If he'd continued being a miserable git for much longer, I don't know what would have happened. Now the weight's gone and he's back to being the Dad I used to know.

Although, as much as I'm enjoying having him around this time, I am looking forward to having the house to myself for a few days :-)
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It was the 50th anniversary last week, which somehow crept up on me despite all the stuff over the last few months discussing it. Huh. A part of me is surprised it's the 50th already, another part thinks the sho should be older, but I think that's because Star Trek and Doctor Who are so tightly tied in my mind (my brain is a weird place) that I keep thinking "we already did this!" when it was Doctor Who we did three years ago.

My brain. So weird.

Anyway, in honour of the event, I rewatched "Where No Man Has Gone Before" on Thursday and "The Man Trap" yesterday. If this sounds like I might be starting a rewatch, I couldn't possibly comment...

Dad is visiting, so he and Mum were here to watch, too, which is was nice.

We all found it a little disconcerting to watch "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and have the Enterprise crew sort of there, but not quite right yet. No McKoy or Uhura. The uniforms from "The Cage". Spock still in the make-up from "The Cage", although now with the Vulcan logic being an important element to his character.

I surprised myself with how much I initially liked Gary Mitchell, and how intensely I disliked him by the end. But I think that's the point: power corrupts and twists people, even reasonably decent people like Mitchell. By comparison to a lot of modern sci-fi, it's slow and thoughtful, more interested in the moral dilemma of Mitchell's power and the philosophical implications than the crash-bang-wallop fighting. It fascinates me that this was the less cerebral option that finally sold the show!

The costumes were a bit drab, and it was hard to see the difference between the command and engineering/security specialties, so I don't miss those shirts. I did appreciate that all the women got trousers, though, and I wish they'd kept that aesthetic with the brighter colours. My feelings about Elizabeth Dehner are mixed. Her character should have been great, with her background, but it was like the writers didn't quite know what to do with her. She only really showed her strength towards the end, when she fought back against Mitchell. I guess we got spoiled with Number One :-(

As someone on another board said, the new film Carol Marcus looked a lot like her, and Into Darkness might have been a more interesting film if they'd done something with that. Argh.

I enjoyed the more than I expected to, but it was still a relief to watch "The Man Trap" and get my familiar flavour of Star Trek back. It was interesting, to me, that the first "proper" episode focused so heavily on a character other than Kirk and Spock. You'd think they would have waited a couple more episodes before doing that, but nope. Bones got to feature heavily and have a lot of his backstory established, while we've still only really got Kirk and Spock sketched in. As Bones is my favourite, I'm a-okay with that decision :-) Shatner seemed more comfortable in the role here and Nimoy's Spock is finally starting to behave like the Spock I know, so it's all quite lovely.

My feelings about Uhura are mixed. Obviously I adore her, and I loved seeing her do things that aren't just communication--she helps Sulu coordinate the search!--but there is such a heavy focus on her being lead by the potential for love and lust. That made me a little uncomfortable, because although I love Uhura's poetic side, I don't love the image of her being so easily led by a pretty face. Does that make any sense?

I was highly entertained by the fact that Sulu is, apparently, a master of everything. Mathematics (in "Where No Man Has Gone Before"), botany, navigation and helm...Sulu, you are the best person on the ship, aren't you? :-D

I'd promised myself I wouldn't do a TOS rewatch until I finished TNG and DS9. My discipline is weakening...
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I have been holding out against getting a smartphone for so long. Years. Probably more years than are sensible. Mostly due to Canada's riduclously expensive plans, but it also became a matter of stubbornness, too. Everyone told me to get one, so I refused.

But I've done it. I have an iPhone (SE, 64GB) and a data plan and now I'm capable of this modern communication lark. No more being out of communication every time I'm away from a wifi hotspot. No more plans that can't change because I was out of the house and nobody could contact me.

No more being unable to find people when I get to a thing because it takes me longer to make my very old stupid phone send a text than it does to search the entire place top to bottom.

I actually have more data than I planned, because they had a deal on that doubled the data I was getting. So I have 2GB instead of 1GB. That's pretty cool, right? And my iPhone is incredibly fast compared to my three year-old iPod Touch. With a fancier camera. It's all very exciting.

I've even set up Whatsapp, so I'm down with this modern communication thingymajigy.

If anyone wants my number for Whatsapping purposes, PM me and I'll send it over.

Look at me, being all modern. It's almost like I'm a techy person!

(I feel like I'm the last IT professional in the world to reach this place. Please tell me I'm not?)
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I ended up taking a sick day yesterday, because this cold refuses to go away. Today I still feel like crap, but I'm at work because we have air conditioning and I'm hoping it will help my poor, asthmatic, drowning lungs. The city is currently blanketed with massive humidity, which isn't helping me at all. So far, the jury is out on how much this is helping.

Three coworkers have already told me I should go home, so maybe the jury isn't that far out...

I spent yesterday curled up with Netflix. Got through some TNG (Best of Both Worlds pts 1 and 2), some DS9 (Sons of Mogh and Bar Association), some Person of Interest (two S3 episodes), and the second episode of The West Wing.

And finished it off with some Midsommer Murders. Mum and I were playing spot the location. We think the part of Midsommer Worthy was played by Dorchester - Mum recognised an arch.

All the TV watching was in an effort not to make my rotten cold-induced headache any worse by reading all day. That was what I did on Monday, and it definitely did not help much.

I'd been hoping to be better today, because Dad arrives this afternoon for a three week visit. He always gets distressed when I'm ill, but no such luck. Damn. The fun thing about being sick is the part where I got to inject myself with immunosuppressants yesterday. It always feels counter-intuitive--have a virus, kill your immune system anyway!--but it's not worth taking the risk of making my IBD flare up by skipping them.

Apparently we have ice-cream sundaes in the lunchroom soon, courtesy of our staff association. I'm sure ice-cream will help a cold, right?

Sick :-(

Sep. 5th, 2016 10:35 am
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I have what I'm hoping is just a really miserable cold. It'll be my third this year. I've been stuffy and ick for a couple of days, but yesterday a wave of incredible fatigue landed on me and hasn't lifted and today I've lost my voice. My throat is a little sore, but not bad enough to account for the no voice thing.

I'm really hoping this is just a rotten cold.

On the up side, my very excitable immune system is currently suppressed enough to allow me to catch a virus. Go me and my immunusuppressants?

Ugh. I'm trying to do some writing--it's Labour day, thankfully, so I don't need to take a sick day yet--but my eyes keep crossing and drifting shut. I may have to admit defeat and retreat to my sofa for a nap. It's not even 11am yet! I hate getting sick, so very very much.
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Cut for spoilers )

One of the things I realised while I was on holiday is that I was pushing myself so hard to write lots every night that I was burning myself out. I never had time to do things like read, watch TV, and unwind. I'm trying to be kinder to myself and not push so hard. Yes, I want to write. Yes, I want to get a novel published eventually. No, I can't do that at the cost of my ability to think and enjoy life. It's time to be a bit more reasonable about how I use my time: as long as I'm writing regularly, does it matter if I'm writing 600 words or 1500? Probably not. But if I'm writing 600 words most nights and taking time to do other things, I can still finish books *and* have time for other things that keep my brain happy.
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[community profile] femslashex sign-ups are open and I'm having my usual flailing internal debate about what I want and why and so forth.

And also, my huge flailing ARGH over the fact that, in all likelihood, I'm the only person who even knows what Holby City is, which means I'm highly unlikely to get Bernie/Serena fic in either offer or request. Woe and so forth. I just...I need it. My show isn't giving it to me yet, despite Bernie's realisation that she's falling for Serena, and I need to read the slow burning fall as Serena has her revelation moment and they finally get together...

::sigh:: I'll request and offer, with no expectation of getting anything. And try to narrow my other choices down to something reasonable :😁

My other thought is...huh, my holiday didn't turn out to be as horrible for my credit card as I expected. That's quite nice. I was expecting to have a much bigger bill to pay. What a lovely surprise!
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I've been back home in Canada for twenty-four hours, and I'm feeling much more settled than I was on Friday. This is why decisions like "moving across the Atlantic" take a long time and are best made on the side of the Atlantic you're currently living on, not the one you're visiting and missing :-D

This is not to say that I'm never moving back to England. I'm still thinking that, eventually, it's something that may happen. Probably will happen, actually. But not for a few years. Probably not for at least ten years, I suspect, because I wouldn't do it until Mum decided she wasn't up to the regular transAtlantic crossing for her prolonged visits.

And getting back here has been lovely--sleeping in my own bed and seeing my cats and being surrounded by familiar things. Mum and I were looking at the Ikea catalogue last night and I realised that I'm still excited about getting the apartment in 2018, so moving back to England definitely can't happen for a few years yet.

For the first time, though, I'm letting myself admit that Canada might not be my always and forever. I'm not afraid to think that. It's a thing I wasn't even letting myself think before.

And now, I'm going to put that all aside and concentrate on living my best life here for a while. Tomorrow I go back to work and find out all the things that went terribly wrong while I was gone. This evening, I plan to relax and prolong the sense of being on holiday for as long as I can 😁
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It's my last day on holiday in England. Woe.

It's also a little odd, because for once, I feel like I've had a really long holiday and my mourning isn't due to not having had enough time. It's an acknowledgement that I miss this place at times, and being back here fills a need I work hard to ignore the rest of the time. This year, for the first time, I admitted there were circumstances that could pull me back.

Before, I've always said that doing the trans-Atlantic move again is not something I'd voluntarily consider. Of course, if family circumstances required it, I'd do it. That's never been in question. But this is the first time I've admitted to myself, or to anyone else, that I'd come back if the conditions were exactly right.

Note: these conditions would consist of a job offer so good I couldn't pass it up, with a pay packet that would enable me to keep the kind of lifestyle I currently have in Canada. So, unless someone knows of an incredibly high-paying job in data warehouseing somewhere in the South East or London, it won't happen any time soon.

Maybe that's why I'm feeling a bit melancholy today: I've had a wonderful holiday, I've crammed in a ton of stuff, I've properly forgotten all about work and the crap back home, and now it's the last day and I'm secretly wondering whether that perfect set of circumstances will ever happen for me. Is it time to give in and put a profile on Linkdin, just in case someone headhunts me, or do I potter along as I am for a few more years and see what happens?

I'll think about it some more when I'm not here and surrounded by only the good parts of living here. There were good reasons for me to make the move eight years ago, after all.

I refuse to waste my last day being sad, though. I'm going to get some writing done, spend some quality time with a book (or maybe more Holby City), and spend an afternoon with family having a cream tea and a nice walk by the Thames. Sadness can happen when I'm back home in Canada, with cats to cuddle.
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I've been playing around this morning with a new service that seems to be pitching itself as the new place for communities, particularly fandom ones: Imzy.

It doesn't seem to be particularly friendly for personal blogs like this--they're doable but awkward--but there are already a ton of communities there and I'm guessing they'll get more active as membership increases. I've already spotted a couple of comms that I recognise from LJ days, and I think it's going to be much easier to build communities than Tumblr has been.

I've got 5 invites available, if anyone wants to PM me their email address. There's a comm for femslash (Femslash Frivolity) that's already bigger than I expected, a slash comm, and plenty of pairing and fandom specific comms. Cross your fingers that it works? I've missed the old LJ community days and DW has never quite taken off the same way.

Imzy seems to be very responsive to requests for features and fandom is one of the potential default interests, so I'm hesitantly hopeful that it may be the next big fandom platform.

(If anyone is already on Imzy and has some comms to rec, throw them into the comments!)
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At Nine Worlds, I promised some notes on the locations of some older femslash fanfic, so here we go!

The main femslash archive back in the day, where most of us went first for fic, was The Pink Rabbit. It's still available, although no new fic has been posted in several years, at altfic.com. And the person who ran it is still posted their excellent f/f fanart on AO3! Which was a nice surprise: PinkRabbitPro.

The Xena writer who ended up writing a couple of episodes for the show is Melissa Good, who writes Xena/Gabrielle fic and a long-running Xena Uber fic (Dar/Kerry) under Merwolf. Her page is Merwolf's Cave. The episodes she wrote were in season six, "Coming Home" and "Legacy".

One of the big archives for Xena fic was The Royal Academy of Bards. "Alternative" was ye olde term for F/F, and Mel & Janice were the in-show reincarnations of Xena and Gabrielle who spawned the Uber genre. Some of the old Uber fics have disappeared from the web (when authors pulled them to publish as f/f romance--if you're reading a lesbian romance from the late 90s/early 2000s and it has a suspiciously familiar combination of character archetypes...yeah, a lot of Ubers were pulled to publish way before 50 Shades did it!), but a fair number of fics are still on the old archives.

If anyone knows Xena authors who haven't put their stuff onto AO3, a legion of new and old Xena readers would be grateful if you could nudge them!

The big Buffy femslash archives have all long since gone inactive. Many of them were killed by the great Geocities purge, or by the Tripod decimation before that. Woe. A few of the fics are still on Pink Rabbit and you can try following some of the links over there, but be prepared for a lot of page not found errors.

The Janeway/Seven fic I mentioned, Just Between Us, can be found on Gina L Dartt's website. Luckily, she's still maintaining her site so it hasn't been lost to the mists of time!

If anyone remembers anything we discussed and isn't here, let me know and I'll try to track it down. In the meantime, happy reading!

(PS. [community profile] femslashex is the annual femslash ficathon, and sign-ups will be opening shortly. It's a terrific exchange.)
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So, as I haven't updated here for...wow, over six months (barring a couple of fic posts), maybe I should note a few things? Possibly.

1) I'm going to be in England from Thursday for a couple of weeks, which will be epic. There is a con. A visit to Jersey. A prom concert. A Harry Potter studio tour. Many family events. It's going to be big.

2) Mother is visiting for her annnual six months in Canada. We're having a surprisingly good visit.

3) Related to that, a decision has been made regarding...well, many things. Mum and Dad aren't moving to Canada when they retire. That's the big thing we've been working through.

4) Mum (and probably Dad, but we'll see whether it really happens) will be spending three months here/three monts in England after Dad retires. They're selling the house I rent from them in 2018 and Mum will use the profits from that to rent an apartment for them.

5) I'll be (FINALLY) moving into my own apartment at that time, too. It's a good decision for both of us and Dad's mood has improved so much since he decided not to move (yeah, it was not a joint decision for them) that Mum and I are both happy with this now that we've got used to it.

6) Mum and I plan to get apartments in the same building. Not the same corridor, that would be too weird, but the same building. It will make it much easier for me to keep an eye on her apartment and car while she's in England. And we'll be able to share stuff--like the sewing machine and our huge collection of baking equipment--and visit each other for coffee when she's here, so that'll be quite lovely. We've been plotting and planning this and getting excited, so I think we're making the right decision.

7) I'm still writing, but not as much fanfic as I did. I'm currently working on a fic for Marvel Big Bang and an original novel that I'm ridiculously excited about. We'll see what happens :-)

8) This will be my third original novel. The other two aren't quite trunked, but the first one needs a total rewrite and I'm still not sure the second one is viable, either. My current WIP? I'm feeling good about it. Really good. Of course, I haven't hit the stick middle yet...

9) My sister is engaged to a lovely, wonderful man. They're planning to get married next August. My attendance at Helsinki Worldcon is now dependent on what their wedding date is. Hold on tight.

10) If you want to hear from me more than once every six months, I'm on Twitter: [twitter.com profile] selenay. And I'm on Instagram sporadically. My username there is selenay936. I also post those photos to Tumblr ([tumblr.com profile] selenay936, which is about the only thing I'm still using Tumblr for these days.

And this concludes the updates :-) Tune in same time, same DW channel...in maybe six months.

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