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Only here, among you all, can I gleefully point to a sentence in a story I'm reading and not have anyone look at me funny.

"You could hear a pube drop in the silence that follows."

That's so -- you guys, this author -- I mean, she -- and then with the -- ahahahahahahaha!

*grinning*

Nov. 23rd, 2012 11:51 pm
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I adore finding the teeny, tiny little verbal cues that Southerners leave in their work. A slight word-change that makes the sentence flow a little ... slower. That little taste of home that makes me miss my momma and her giblet gravy. In this case, it was reading the sentence "...It isn't so much him walking down [the stairs] as it is him being drug down them..."

Oh, bless. Now I'm all happy and homesick.

My life.

Oct. 28th, 2012 07:31 am
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So between the holidays practically here and me panicking over what to get my kids for Christmas, I haven't been posting much. I'm still around, but I can never think of anything to say. Other than stuff like "Went to work again today. Coworkers still uncooperative asshats. Came home. There was construction. Gonna go make a sandwich now."

To everyone who's going through the same kinda rough patch: Hang in there. We'll all get through this.

*in love!*

Sep. 22nd, 2012 01:45 am
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You know when you find a new author and you're expecting a certain level of competence and you start reading and you literally get blown away with how far and away they've surpassed your wildest expectations?

I found one like that! ... And she writes gen!

Don't look at me like that.

If you like Atlantis fic, check out Domenika Marzione on her AO3 page, I was impressed as hell. And I don't normally read gen! But the voices are wonderful! and the case!fic sounds actually like the author's spent some time in the service!

Really. Go try it.

Hee!

Sep. 13th, 2012 07:00 pm
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I'm always delighted to peruse the tags at AO3. Especially when I'm new in a fandom and a character -- who we'll say is "mentally negligible" -- is listed in the warnings as being competent.

What a lovely thing to warn for. Heh.
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The problem with falling in love with a series of stories: the author may, over time, develop a bit of a rut that really gets on your nerves.

I've been a fan of the Honor Harrington 'verse since 2000. That's ... over a third of my life. I love the situations the author puts his characters in, I love that his understanding of the logistics of war means we get more realistic outcomes, and I *adore* how he can make me cry for the heroic deaths of the characters I've come to love.

What I don't love? The author's tendency to talk everything to death.

I understand that dialogue has a very important place in stories. Especially with politico-centric plotlines which require at least a basic "Can you believe what's going on now, Felix?" "Well, what'd you expect after X,Y, and Z happened, Carl?" just to catch the readers up. But please. Please please please don't make everything dialogue.

Don't get me wrong, I love a snappy comeback -- even an intricate, winding, involved comeback -- as much as the next person. Battles of wits are great! Just... yanno. Put something else in there, too! Hand gestures. Have the person talking walk around and pick up something. Tie their shoes. Hell, I'll even at this point take a hand-to-hand combat class with panted, gasping dialogue in between throws!

I love the series. I just wish it didn't annoy me quite so much.
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So there's a few things I've been reading lately.

I'm helping beta this really kick-ass Merlin/Arthur D/s thing and I can't wait till it's posted and everyone else can squee with me too.

I'm still following a few WIPs in Sherlock, Losers, Generation Kill, and Avengers. I manage to not-check my email notifications until late in the day, using it as a kind of treat system to motivate myself during work. Every time something pings, I get all bouncy and excited and then, of course, I have to go re-read the previous chapter to remind myself where we were.

And then there's Teen Wolf.

Yes, I'm all caught up now with the episodes. Nope, I actually think the plot's a little hokey and inconsistent. Yep, the actors are freakin' gorgeous, but hey, it's based in California, whaddya expect? The writing, though... I can see why they wanna ship Stiles with absolutely everyone, the kid's adorable. (Yes, I can call him a kid, the actor's fifteen years younger than I am, and playing a character six years younger than that. Don't judge me.)

Here's a thing, though. When you're writing a story and the main group of characters has a Secret Hideout, one that no one is supposed to know about, you do NOT, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, have food delivered to that location. You know who police like to make contacts with? Delivery drivers! "Hey, Gary, seen anything weird lately?" "Yeah, actually, it was the oddest thing, man. Half a dozen people wanted pizza in an old abandoned industrial complex. Super weird, right?"

/facepalm
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Very satisfying feeling: to be next to another vehicle at the pump which is the exact same model and make and even color to yours and to find out from the guy driving it that it's got 320,000 miles on it.

I have proof! It is possible! God, I hope my baby makes it that long, too!

JOYGASM!

Jul. 9th, 2012 12:53 am
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...Okay, you're all fired. Whyyyyyy didn't anyone bother to mention that Oscar Jaenada is in Pirates of the Caribbean 4?!?!

And he has polysyllabic sentences! In ENGLISH!

*rewinds*

*eyeroll*

Jul. 2nd, 2012 09:27 am
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I can understand an author's fear of someone else archiving a fic of theirs. You kinda want control over where your words end up. I get that. It's not like a library, where the story walks out of the building and for the next two weeks you don't have any idea about the people/groups that your plot's been exposed to. I can understand wanting to have someone ask you before archiving your fic. But... see, that's the thing.

It's called Archive Of Our Own!

*stares at author notes in bewilderment*

*snort*

Jul. 1st, 2012 01:49 am
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Radio commercial heard on the way home:

"...we go at it all day long and when it's over, we treat ourselves to a nice chocolate-topped ice cream cone--"

Tell me I'm not the only one whose brain went where it went.

Recs!

Jun. 27th, 2012 12:24 am
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So, when I mentioned all my fandoms? I started noticing a pattern. I tend to like military-ish fandoms, where there are lots of fit boys and machine guns --- or, in the case of dueSouth and White Collar, well-dressed boys and handcuffs! Grimm's got a cop and a plucky sidekick, Generation Kill's got, well, everything, and I freely admit that I've got no idea what the Hockey RPF's got, but it apparently works? idk.

So this weekend I read some really kickass fanfic from The Losers, and I wanted to point people at them. (Your kinks are not my kinks, which is fine, please mind the warnings.)

First up is Walk a While With Me by [personal profile] ladyjanelly. 34k of Jensen being a hairdresser -- no, wait, come back, it's fine, I promise!! Jensen leaves the Army before he ever gets a chance to be a Loser. Cougar meets him anyway. This fic made me cry and bite my nails and wince and laugh and want to curl up protectively around them. You should read this, but only if you also read the warnings first.

Secondly -- and this one's long -- there's Team Dynamics, Family, and Other Things That Will Hurt You. This one? Yeah. This one's chock-full of hurts and issues and bad things happening to good people, but it's also 94k of Jensen's life and ... and I can't explain. Again, READ THE WARNINGS, but this made me soooo happy because we're all fucked up and the best we can hope for in this world is to find someone else who loves us anyway. Like they do.

"Jensen takes a deep breath and tears his eyes away from Cougar and puts them on the screen where Dora is smiling and giggling like she knows.

This is Dora's fault. It has to be. He's been brainwashed by her rainbows and Spanish. There is no other explanation."
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Spent the afternoon at -- if their propaganda is to be believed -- one of the ten largest water parks in the U.S. Took both my sons, and my knitting, and could not find a place to park to save my life. Turns out this was also Girl Scout Day. Soooooo many little people, in pigtails and screaming at the tops of their very healthy lungs. Oh, my head.

I am sunburned. But only on my right side! Apparently my hair in a braid being draped down one shoulder was sufficient to partially preserve my pasty white chest. ...The other half is a bright, angry red, obviously if I'm stupid enough to forget to use sunscreen the next time, I should just put my hair in *two* braids and pretend to be Pippi.

The water park was fun, mostly. I'm not fond of the rides, though the little ones loved 'em, so I sat in the (not dense enough) shade while they queued. (My sons are eleven and twelve, they stayed together, one's taller than me, I'm not a horrible parent, really.) I worked on my knitting. Pro: a LOT of people complimented me on my work, but they almost had to see it I was sitting on the concrete sidewalk and had to be stepped around. (Chairs were for food patrons only, apparently.) Con: I had to pay an average of fifty dollars for the privilege to sit there and do a couple hours of work with my yarn.

I get home, aloe vera up, and happily discover that the AO3 is better! Still not perfect, but better! I highly encourage everyone to consider donations to the OTW, if you're like me and use it daily for your fannish addictions. You can do that here.

How has everyone been? I MISSED YOU ALL. What's new?
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The kids are with me for the next few weeks, so my reading has been cut way down. I didn't realize exactly how addicted I've become to all my fandoms until I suddenly am sad in the middle of work because I haven't seen any of Tony Stark's shenanigans lately. It's amusing, really, see, 'cause the fandoms I have at least a passing interest in have become: Harry Potter, Grimm, Avengers, Hockey RPF (Yeah, I don't know.), Losers, BBC's Merlin, BBC's Sherlock, The Eagle, Generation Kill, White Collar, Sentinel, and Suits.

...that's just off the top of my head. I'm sure I'm missing some.

On the minus side, I really really really miss some of my stories. On the plus side, though, by the time I actually get time to read again? The AO3's updates will be implemented, and there will be happiness and joy all over!

*pout*

Jun. 2nd, 2012 11:39 pm
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You know what sucks?

When you find an author who's amazing and versatile and her stories are filled with all sorts of twists and turns and you can't wait to find out what happens next--

--and the story's not done. In fact, after looking over all her work, you realize that half of her stories aren't done. HALF. I'm talking over fifty fics, here, people. She starts out with such a good premise, and quirky character traits, and the snarkiest internal dialogue for some of the characters, AND THEN IT JUST KINDA STOPS.

I'mma be in my bunk. Pouting.
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Seriously, May was no fun. Like ... hell, I can't even think of an apt comparison other than Hell!

1) Boss wants to promote me. ... It's retail. I'm not sure I wanna do this again. /sigh /ulcer

2) Refrigerator AND dish washer broke. Wonderful Fella got new ones, but argh. /adjustments

3) It's finally sunk in that two of our kitties aren't ever coming home. I blame the owl. /sad

4) Feminine bleeding continued as it had the past two months. After seventy-five days of this, the doctors have decided I'm due for some hormonal supplements and I now have a daily regimen of pills. /scowl

HOWEVER! With my crappy real life came wonderful fic, and I've been finding and reading all the Avengers/Losers/dueSouth/EVERYTHING ELSE. There's no possible way I could ever make a rec post, my html takes for-freakin-ever, but let me just say: I can NOT be the only one who skims the names of all the Kudos left on AO3 to see who else that I know found the fic and squee'd right along with me. Right?

I mean, right? Beuller?
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I tend to both look-forward-to and dread season finales for tv shows. Realistically, I understand that the television company wants to create tension, to leave us on tenterhooks, to keep us clamoring for "but what happened then?!" resolution. (I know quite a few authors who do the same thing, and it WORKS.) So I know it's coming. I know I'm gonna be excited about it and end up hating it all at the same time.

Once Upon a Time, you get all the awards, ever. EVERYTHING! Because you gave us Happy Endings and introduced a whole 'nother season's worth of problems all in the space of about a hundred seconds. You're my new favorite of all time.

Supernatural, I just don't even want to talk to you.

But it's NCIS. You. You evil bastard, you. Congratu-fucking-lations, you finally managed to break me. If what I could feel happening actually did happen? If you don't Fix-It in a major way? Then I'm completely frickin' done. I cried so hard my nose won't let me breathe now.

Grimm, I'mma warn you right-the-hell now. After tonight? If you mess with my head canon and screw up my peeps, I'mma crawl through this damn Internet and use Aunt Marie's thingies on you for hours. You got me?
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I want a week off. I mean, like, where they *literally* don't call me in to work/teach/fill-in for at least seven days straight. (The odds of this happening - before January - are astonishingly small. That doesn't mean I don't want it anyway.)

BOB writing is starting to slow way down. I managed a good few weeks of fairly consistent progress and then all my words and ideas dried up. I think part of my problem is that I don't like putting characters through things. I don't like making them pine, I don't like giving them injuries, I hate misunderstandings. I love *reading* about them, though...

Have been reading, instead, ALL THE AVENGERS. All the time. Phil is my new love, and I want him and Clint to adopt a cat and live off-base in a neighborhood where Cap still patrols and checks up on them sometimes. I cannot wait for the movie. /contemplative ...What am I doing that day, hmm...

Random thingie: desperately searching for some more recipes for figs. I'm anticipating possibly three crops from the tree by my window this year, and the two last year got me SEVENTEEN PINTS of variously-flavored-with-gelatin jam. Want moar opshuns!

My fellow's birthday is tomorrow, and I got the most kick-ass present for him. I will try to show you later, when I get things figured out. Like 'how to upload this to something other people can see.'

*hides*

Apr. 17th, 2012 10:42 pm
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I hate drama. It's one of the main reasons I don't watch meme communities much, or even a lot of drama series. I literally get uncomfortable and have to leave the room. I don't understand what it is, but I *feel* too much for the parties involved and want to divorce myself from the pain of it all.

So imagine my utter horror and humiliation at having instigated something at work. In the process of telling a coworker about the important things that she had missed happening last week, I informed a lot of people about a lie -- she'd say embellishment -- a manager had spread about another employee. So now the employee is pissed, the manager's about to get called on the carpet, and I wish I'd just kept my damned mouth shut.

I want to divorce myself from this too, but then I'd feel utterly horrified and humiliated and like a goddamned coward.

/morose
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I know, it's like you don't even know who I am, right? I promise I'm gonna start posting more often, I like telling everyone about random things that happen to me during the day.

RANDOM TODAY THINGIE: Traffic on one of the busiest streets in my town came to a stop during rush hour. The blockage = two adult Canadian geese escorting their four goslings across six lanes of traffic.

Writing, I am doing it! BOB has been a huge help, and I send a shout out to all my fellow Hinkypunks and the cheerleaders in the Chatzy room. (The writing seems to be fairly easy. It's the thought of letting someone else look at it with constructive criticism that makes my mouth dry.)

Knotting Knitting-wise -- why yes, I do read wolf porn, why do you ask? -- I may have a few commissions coming! One of my managers' husband is part of a renaissance group and may get some people interested in paying me for some custom work, if they like this first one. We'll see!

Gaming: First Ed. on Wednesdays half a month, Pathfinder the other half. Thursday nights are Descent, the tabletop game, and we've decided to do a campaign. If we get consistent players, it'd be nice.

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