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Ah, yes, I knew I was forgetting a step: My interview for McShep Match is over here, posted a week ago, and, ooop, now having several comments that need responding to. If you've got any questions for me, give 'em an ask, and I'll be happy to answer them promptly.

Also: McShep Match posting starts TOMORROW! There should be a lot of great stories and art, and I can't wait to see what everyone's come up with. I'm nervous about my story, and can't tell whether it's just because I rarely go this long between finishing a fic and getting feedback on it, or because I haven't written anything SGA (or non-work-related, really) since January and was really rusty. Really. And made some odd choices in the type of story I decided to tell, vis-à-vis my strengths as a writer. Le sigh.

[livejournal.com profile] winkingstar and I chatted today (IRL, because she came for a visit and we spent two and a half hours looking at rocks and then saw Morris dancers on the street, yay!) about how much harder it's been to write and podfic and generally be creative since leaving school & entering the workforce. I'd thought that having structured work/non-work time would make it easier, since there'd be these great expanses of evenings and weekends that I could devote to writing, but then I get home from my job (which I love!), sometimes rather late, and all I want to do is turn my brain off for a little while.

To that end, I think I'm going to try a little experiment. Last October, my friend M. gave me a list of 30 prompts to use in a not-quite-NaNo "write something every day in November" challenge. That . . . did not happen, clearly, and I doubt I'll ever succeed in writing something every single day in a given month -- my work schedule just won't permit that. But! I'm going to try doing something for each of the prompts over a relatively short period of time, because I need to try something to get my writing mojo back. I think I'll call it 30 Days of Writing: Non-Consecutive.

And I think I'll start tomorrow.
propinquitine: John, looking up while in a cell, from the lovely blue-lit episode Aurora. (Default)
1. Incredibly behind on LJ; intend to try catching up this holiday weekend; how is it the end of May?

2. Remix went live nearly a week ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed my mystery remixer's story Never Quite What It Looks Like (The Virtual Remix), which takes Never Quite What You Expect (the [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa story I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa this past year) and gives it a plot and some wonderful Rodney POV and moar GIANT SPACE LASERS and -- yes, it's delightful, so do go check it out, if you like awesome things.

3. I snagged a place on Team Work for [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match this year! The Match is always highly relevant to my interests and it was excellent to see how enthusiastic people were to sign up again this year. The annual drabble challenge is underway (. . . er, and has been for almost a week? Dang! So behind!), and it's open to all, so check that out if you'd like to spend some time with John and Rodney in 100 word increments.

4. I can't seem to sleep past 7AM, which is a particular problem if I go to bed at 1:30AM. Any suggestions for how to get more sleep?
propinquitine: John, looking up while in a cell, from the lovely blue-lit episode Aurora. (Default)
If you still haven't voted on some/any/all of the [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match fics, you've got about 7 1/2 hours left! Same goes for the Guess-the-Author contest, and there are some pretty sweet prizes for winning (with multiple ways to win, I believe!), so why not give it a try? At least tell me which one you think I wrote. :-)


In other news, it took me less than 4 weeks to break my "No LJ at Work" rule. (Which is surprising, given that I've had "Barely Any Internet at Home" for much of that time.) Back to work!
propinquitine: (at peace)
So I get back from my sojourn to Canada* to discover that we're already three days into [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match! Whoo! (And then the neighbor's wireless I'd been scamming at my new place evaporated, so now we're actually at Day Five of the Match, and I've got ten stories/works of art to catch up on.) Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] gaffsie and [livejournal.com profile] fish_echo for the when-you-say-'last minute'-you're-not-kidding beta!

Also, I kept meaning to mention this, but both teams have been doing interviews over the past month. Mine is here, and [livejournal.com profile] busaikko has been rounding up links to all of the interviews here. And, shoot, I just realized I didn't reply to the comments people left, so I'm-a go do that now.

Thus endeth today's you've-probably-realized-this-already updates!


*Quirkiest Canadian (or at least Ontarioan) thing I discovered this trip: you have to buy your milk in bags. You can get a large bag with four liter (excuse me, litre) bags inside, and then you get this little pitcher to put the smaller bags in side. Different!

propinquitine: John, looking up while in a cell, from the lovely blue-lit episode Aurora. (Default)
Status Update: I'm alive!

The bar exam . . . went, and is over (which is the really important thing). Now I'm slowly getting used to being a non-student who doesn't have to take exams, and who is also a marginally pleasant person to be around. (Current project: remembering how not to pick apart every sentence said to me by someone else because, hey, it isn't a multiple choice question with a trick hidden somewhere in the depths of its syntax, Mom really just wants to know if I want to go shopping with her.)

I'm staying at my parents' house for a few days and catching up with them and some local friends, then headed back up north to pack up my apartment (and work on my [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match story -- check this space next week for pleas for betaing!) and get ready to move to the DC metro area (which [livejournal.com profile] winkingstar and I plan to quite thoroughly conquer, once she gets back from gallivanting around Europe).

Mostly, I'm looking forward to catching up on all of the fun things and life-having that was going on while I've been in seclusion. Links to greatness are always appreciated, as are any suggestions for how to deal with my impending first September in twenty years that won't involve going to school.
propinquitine: (at peace)
Hot dang, the voting's really heating up over at the [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match drabble challenge. And with good reason: not only are both teams' pride at stake, but so is a two-day deadline extension for the victorious team. As someone who's not going to be able to start writing in earnest until she's taken (and hopefully passed, ohgodohgodpleasepleaseplease) the bar exam at the very end of July, I could reeeeeaaaallly use that extension!

If bribery's more your thing than listening to me moan about the bar, how 'bout this: I'll happily write you the drabble/comment-fic of your choice if you go over HERE and click the little button for TEAM PEACE! Voting's open until midnight GMT, which I think works out to 8:00pm East Coast time + daylight savings.

A VOTE FOR PEACE IS A VOTE FOR . . . UM, LOTS OF GOOD THINGS. YES.

propinquitine: (at peace)
Voting for the [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match drabble challenge is up! You can check out the 468 drabbles here and then vote for the team that made the best showing. Team members can't vote, but we can campaign, so: vote Team Peace!

My seven drabbles are here (with HTML provided by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] altyronsmaker, who coded all 251 Team Peace drabbles):

Peace is worth fighting for
Peacably to Assemble
Peace!
Promise of Peace (semi-sequel to two drabbles by [livejournal.com profile] lavvyan)
And by that I mean Peace
Time enough for Peace
Peacetime

propinquitine: (at peace)
I've been having fun over the past week reading all of the fabulous drabbles being posted at the [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match Drabble Challenge, and I've even managed to sneak in some writing in between rounds of bar study flashcards. If you're in a drabble-y mood, definitely check it out! And you can be a mercenary drabbler for either team -- competition's neck and neck right now, so I'll nudge you gently in the direction of writing for Team Peace, but with 350+ drabbles already, both teams have made an excellent showing!

(Oh, oh, and check out the gorgeous Team Peace icon [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa made! You can see the gorgeous full-size banner of the image here at her journal.)

Also, because you needed another bingo card post on your flist: checkitoutcheckitout )

propinquitine: John, looking up while in a cell, from the lovely blue-lit episode Aurora. (Home Team)
As I'm sure you've all seen already, the winners for McShep Match were announced, and the Home Team was victorious! (Well, by 12/100ths of a point, so it's more like "the Home Team squeaked by on a statistically insignificant margin!" But still: !!!)

I contributed the Home Team story For Future Reference for the "chapter and verse" prompt. It's a fairly fluffy piece -- I caused myself much consternation trying to figure out what kind of epic, angsty story I should write, and then I thought, "Wait, why did you pick this prompt in the first place? Oh, right: boys making out in libraries."

Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] winkingstar for betaing this 10 hours before the deadline. I promise that no library materials were harmed in the making of this story.
propinquitine: John, looking up while in a cell, from the lovely blue-lit episode Aurora. (Home Team)
Just a quick reminder: voting for [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match closes TODAY at 10:00pm GMT (just over 3 hours from now). Go vote, vote, vote for your team of choice (that would be the HOME Team, right?), or at least for your favorite stories, and check back tomorrow to see the final results and the author reveals.

Hope you all have been enjoying the Match -- though, with 50 shiny new stories of John/Rodney greatness, I can't imagine how you wouldn't have been!
propinquitine: John, looking up while in a cell, from the lovely blue-lit episode Aurora. (Home Team)
Voting for the [community profile] mcshep_match drabble challenge is up!  Go here to see a list of links to all of the wonderful drabbles, and then vote for the team you think did the best.  (Or, vote for the HOME TEAM for me, because team members aren't allowed to vote, and the urge to click is killing me.)

You only have until midnight GMT (or, 8:00pm EDT, I think?) to vote, so go now and revel in your suffrage!
propinquitine: John, looking up while in a cell, from the lovely blue-lit episode Aurora. (Home Team)
The Drabble Tree challenge is open over at [community profile] mcshep_match, and everyone's welcome to join in the fun!  There are a bunch of drabbles up already, so there's a great chance you'll find something to inspire you.  (I've been having some maddening fun trying to keep myself at 100 words to express an idea.  100 words!  There's no room for parentheticals in 100 words!)

(. . . And now I've set myself a new challenge.)

Anyway, the teams this year are Home and Away, and you can play for either of them (though I recommend supporting the Home Team because it's made of awesome).  Go forth and drabble!
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