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as per tradition, NSFW )

Happy birthday, dear. I wish all the best things for your year ahead: hope, creativity, working muses, chocolate, laughter with the big and small things, and more love than you know what to do with. Cannot imagine life without your steady friendship, your generous heart and gorgeous stories.
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I checked when I last updated my LJ and I knew it had been a while, but I did not realize that it hadn't been since October - ouch. So this is long over-due. It was a rough end of year for me, which was partly why I was so quiet. It isn't that I want to disengage from here, but when I get overwhelmed interaction on LJ is usually the first thing to go.

Going to go ahead and stick this behind a cut as it's personal.
work, health issues, religion )

But in other, brighter news - I am proud of myself - I did manage to write a story for the MPTT Yule swap called Salt. It was for Keiliss and featured one of her OTPs, Erestor/Gil-galad. I'm happy with how it turned out, but lord it is intimidating to write Gil-galad for her, the Queen of Gil fics. Now if I could just manage to write something this year, I'll be doing pretty good.

Sorry for the long absence! I will try to be better. My one and only New Year's resolution is to make my bed every morning. It's something I've never mastered as child or an adult. I'm proud of myself, I'm actually doing great on that score.

No talk about politics this round, other than to say WTF, America.
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (spice)
So - I'm alive. Which is an old joke, but I had a health issue last month, so it is relevant. :D

Been a while since I've updated, hasn't it? I keep thinking about doing it, but sometimes I don't know what to share, so I've just kept passing it on for another day. Today's as good as any though.

RL stuff )

Fandom wise? I did the world's smallest volunteer job on the new OEAM site to upload some fics. I need to go through and check all my work - I think I've edited some pieces since then. I also should upload the stories i've written that are currently only archived on Ao3 - I'm used to my lj being my main archive and it still feels weird they aren't there. I am a bit sad at the thought of them having no comments though, lol.

I have been reading - Kindle is a godsend, because I can read on my ten minute breaks or my thirties, or a couple of chapters right before bed. Finished the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and enjoyed it, but also really wished that the main characters were older. I know that YA is a huge deal and very important and has opened up a whole new world, but God, sometimes I do think it'd be vastly more interesting if they weren't under 18. Nevertheless, the concept is good, the writing is decent and I enjoy the characters, just want to see them with a few more years and maturity and life experience on them. Or maybe I'm just getting old.

I've noticed when I read more published work, my fanfiction reading drops off and then I cycle back into more fanfiction and less published stuff. But I eagerly await any update of Keiliss's The Pink Flamingo. I'm also reading some in Star Wars, my original heart fandom, though side pairings from new characters, and mostly gen from the original characters. It makes me happy to see that particular universe again, though I still love the books from the '90s and '00s. They are my original canon. The new movies are fun and absolutely gorgeous and I will enjoy them, but they do feel like some really nice fanfic to me. And I'll have fun watching Rebel One.

I have signed up for Big Bang, though we'll see how that goes. I've been awful about deadlines like that. I almost signed up for SinS this year, but I really wanted to try to finish some of my own existing work. I'm so bad about writing outside of swaps, I lack the discipline. But I have ideas I love and want to read. So I guess I will have to try to write them. So, Kei made me sign up for Camp NaNo. I need to do something. I also miss playing around in Photoshop.

It's too easy to get home from work, do house chores and then collapse and turn on the TV though...

Kei

Feb. 19th, 2016 04:17 pm
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Hours of extensive research go into this birthday tradition every year. Nothing but the best for you. *G*

birthday wishes - sorta NSFW )
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (spice)
Another Valentine here and gone....Another My Slashy Valentine swap finished. It feels really good - but also so strange, because I don't have a story in with the rest this year. It was really hard to accept that I couldn't finish a story in time, but I've been working 52 hour weeks three weeks in a row, trying to prepare for an interview and another major visit and my uncle passed away this past week. After I worked a 17 hour day and then tried to work on my story with no success, I realized that I could only handle so many plates at once, between work, my family, the swap admin and a swap participant. One of them had to go. Thank God for [livejournal.com profile] ignoblebard though, who has to be one of the sweetest people I know; he helped me out in an impossible time. Please go and check out the stories - we had 50 participants this year and a treasure trove worth of stories. All the writers need some love in the form of feedback!

My gift story this year is by [livejournal.com profile] keiliss and is called the Pink Flamingo. It's E/G brothel fic, and I'm thrilled to pieces to get the first chapter with a promise of more to come. (I told her I wasn't worried about her not delivering on it all, I know where she lives :) ) Seriously, go check it out. It is so cool and so much fun!

Work is absolutely crazy right now, the billionaire owner of the franchise is visiting our store and the others in the area at the end of the month, and we've been short staffed for a really long time (and still are), so there's a whole hell of a lot of work happening right now. And our store is on the razor's edge - we have a really good team, but we are all exhausted and I think if someone quits, we'll all collapse and quit too. It is that bad. And through it all, I decided to try for assistant manager (because I am doing so much already) and was meant to have an interview last week, but so far it has been delayed, delayed and then delayed again. At this point, I almost don't even care. (almost)

Personally? Really rough to watch my mom grieve her brother. Through a lot of circumstances (namely him being a workaholic), I didn't get to spend much time with him, and neither did my mom. She cried at the funeral and said she had hoped to see more of him after he retired, but he died before he ever did. On the other hand, my cousins talked about how with his heart problems, he had been so scared of dying slowly and painfully - and this was so sudden and quick that he didn't suffer. Hit home too, because he wasn't much older than my dad at all, who has had such health problems for almost two years and only within the last three weeks has been anything like himself.

Also - since this is yet another Valentine's day with me being single, I bought myself pretty yellow roses with a hint of peach to them and Godiva chocolates. Half off, of course.

Hope everyone else is having a better month than me, lol. 
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I meant to do a LJ post ages ago, but it didn't happen. I don't feel like I've had space to breathe most days, and then when I had the space, I didn't have the energy to do breathe anyway. So a lot hasn't been getting done around in Red-world lately, and I count it a major miracle that MSV 2016 got off the ground at all. Will take another miracle to get me to write my assignment fic. *ducks head*

Work, personal stuff, year in review )

I need to update more often so the posts aren't so damn long, lol.
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Hope you have a really wonderful year with personal happiness, great job successes, time with loved ones and plenty of things to go 'woot!' about. *hugs*
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (starlight by me)
AinA - cutting this soooo close. I need fingers crossed for me! It is more down to the wire than usual. And I've already had my 'why do I do this to myself for fun' meltdown, so at least that's over and I can get on with finishing this thing. Thank God for extensions though.
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (girl: redhead)
RL stuff )

Happier things... )

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who gave me a SWG birthday card. I knew it was going on because Kei was talking about it and from mentions on LJ, but I've never been really that visible on SWG because I don't write a lot in the approved time periods. So I was literally not expecting anything and just going on my merry way, until I got the email with the photobucket album link. You could have knocked me over with a feather! I got quite a few kind words and I'm incredibly touched by them. My day was utterly made.

Survived

Jul. 4th, 2015 12:53 pm
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work stuff, etc )
Got my cards for International Day of Slash and I have a bunny for it, I just need to write it. I should have time Sunday - taking full advantage of the amnesty schedule. I also have my AinA assignment, and I'm trying to think up a way to do it that will keep things fresh and interesting or at least an angle no one's seen before. It's hard sometimes to balance a well loved trope-scenario without tipping into cliche. See what happens. I'd really, really like to submit that story within deadline, or even ahead. But it does mean dedicated writing time and a life that cooperates - both I'm pretty bad at usually, until last minute panic sets in. :)

Going to go eat something, fold laundry and then chill out a little before work. It's either going to be okay or very busy - you can never tell with holidays. Hope all the Americans on my f-list have a good 4th of July and all the non-Americans have a great Saturday. 
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (girl: redhead)
Lots of talk about RL, because that's what I do these days )
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (girl: redhead)
I've been a L/G shipper for a fair while now, though I only read them sporadically and I'm very picky about how they are portrayed. I scrolled past this on Tumblr and had to scroll back up and stare. This is the modern/hipster L/G AU I never realized I wanted. The aesthetic is perfect - and works sooooooo well for both Gimli and Legolas. Suddenly I want fic like burning based on this!!!! When checking for credit, I see she has a bunch of other pictures in this AU, so will have to check them out.

Her art is really nice, so even if this doesn't turn your crank, she has other things in her art tag worth a look.
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (girl: redhead)

Saw this and made me think of you. Maybe it's what happens after the Mud story. Good memories. *G* And of course, wish you a very good year ahead.
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (christmas: socks)


Hope you have had a really wonderful birthday with the people you love. May your next year be good to you. *hugs*
red_lasbelin: girl in short shorts, showing off tattoo (happy snowman)
My fic is done, everything's revealed, I've promoted the swap's opening everywhere I can think of, and I reviewed my gift fic (It's Forever Given To The Morning by MangoTea and is a quite lovely Legolas/Gimli, btw).

Sooo passing out now. I am tired. I owe Snowflake posts, an actual LJ update, a post about my trip, I even had half of an idea to do that ten day meme, but particularly the last week of Jan. and first two weeks of Feb. are always crazy busy because of swap stuff. And I felt very bad about complaining about my fic. *G* See, this is the bad thing about being an admin - you can't blame anyone else for your assignment.

I hope everyone had a lovely experience. Got a lot of fics to read and review! 
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Hope you've had a good day, with great food, drinks and company, and here's a wish for a year filled with creativity, satisfying projects and growing to the next level.
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Day Three

In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Deadlines? I'm really poor about writing fics outside of swaps, I have a hard time self motivating. Knowing I absolutely have to come through makes me put words on a page. Creatively? Pictures can help - I have several sitting there for my swap fic. I know I absorb a lot through pictures and music and other stories, it just sits in the back of in my mind and eventually comes out further down the line. Though usually the original ideas and the actual finished fic can vary quite a lot.

I have a lot of ideas and inspiration usually - I've thought up way more fics than I've ever written. My problem is the follow through - it's actually writing the idea down, making it a story. Also I've found it helps if it's only a half formed idea, not a full one. Sometimes I hear entire fics in my head, like an audiobook or something, but if I listen to them it means there's no more curiosity, I've already figured out/seen the story, I don't have an urge to write it anymore. If it showed up fully formed in Word, I'd be pleased, but there's no desire to struggle through the process. I've lost more than a few fics that way.

How do I get rid of writing blocks? Write Or Die used to be my thing, though it's moving to a paid version and isn't quite as straightforward as it used to be.

My icon work and cover art seem even more random than that. But good pictures and/or inspiring fic make it easy.
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Day Two

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Remember that you can ask for whatever you want - icons, ficlets with specific relationships, a beta, art, haiku, interpretive dance, whatever. And note that it's at least three things...have fun with it.


1) Fanmixes for any of my fics - I love music, and I've seen some fantastic fanmixes for both fics and also general themes/tropes.

2)  Fanart for my fics - I can't draw to save my life, it seems like. So I admire people who can draw or use Photoshop better than I can.

3) More Erestor/Glorfindel fics? I know that it's a pairing that has a lot of fics for it already, but man if it isn't my happy place when I find the world distressing.

4) A really good tutorial for photoshopping tattoos on people. Anybody know one? I have a cover art idea, but need more reference materials. Also really good pictures of Erestor and Glorfindel in Tengwar script. I know the name for it but damn if I can remember right now.
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Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

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Ghosts That We Knew - Erestor/Glorfindel, R
Elves in modern times verse, with a dash of reincarnation. (Or - What happens when you find your longtime ex-boyfriend working in a tattoo shop.)

Love this story, stupidly proud of it. Not seen anything like it elsewhere.

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The Call, Haldir/Erestor, R
All Haldir's life, he had never heard the call.

Hal's one of my favorite elves, and I have a massive soft spot for Fourth Age Imladris. Feel like it kind of has it all? Romance, some drunken Grand Gestures, Glorfindel the Matchmaker, people getting to know each other, sharing loss, and my headcanon for why Haldir stayed on with Celeborn until Celeborn finally joined Galadriel in Valinor.

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On the Road - Maglor, G
Maglor discovering the electric guitar. Double drabble, pretty simple, but I think it tells its own story. Though it feels a little like it could be a great summary for a 30k fic there.

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