Whew!

Oct. 17th, 2017 10:29 am
grundyscribbling: elrond speaking (tolkien - elrond 2)
That feeling of immense relief when your fic exchange recipient leaves a comment/review saying they like it.
grundyscribbling: Bill Adama "Oh hell no" (bsg - oh hell no)
I'm a bit steamed. I've gotten several reviews/comments of late that are just variations of 'write more NOW', sometimes with a 'thanks' tacked on at the end. As if that makes it more polite. As if most fanfic authors aren't doing this just for fun. As if this is somehow a job.

Newsflash, for those who need it: that's not how this works. Yes, I write fanfic. But that's not what pays my bills. It happens when I have time, and as inspiration strikes. I'm happy if you like something I've written. But that does not give you any license to demand more, tell me how or what to write, or complain about the frequency of updates. If you don't like how often (or not often) I'm updating a story, tough. I have a life outside of fanfic, and I do not anyone an explanation for that. If you can't deal, you're free to stop reading my stories.

/rant

(Posted in the full knowledge that the people most likely to see this are not part of the problem, but I needed to vent.)

*sigh*

Sep. 25th, 2017 09:31 am
grundyscribbling: galadriel smiling (Default)
I had so many thoughts about Elrond and Elros and Maglor and Maedhros yesterday while I was out on the kayak, and of course there was no way to write any of it down because two hands are necessary for paddling. (I won't forget the main points, of course, but some of the dialogue may slip away.) And I have no time to write today.
grundyscribbling: Mr. Green from Clue: "It's a bit late for that!" (clue - bit late!)
A very happy birthday, albeit somewhat late, to [personal profile] dawn_felagund!
I hope you had a wonderful day/weekend. :)

PSA

Aug. 9th, 2017 09:41 pm
grundyscribbling: galadriel smiling (Default)
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This is an osprey. They may not look big up in the sky, but when they swoop down from a low tree branch and startle the heck out of you when you're minding your own business in a kayak, they look bloody huge.

They are, however, not as big as bald eagles.

New life goal: do not be startled by bald eagle while in kayak.
grundyscribbling: colorful childrens magnet letters spell out 'stop this nonsense' (signs - stop this nonsense)
Last night I smelled skunk.

This morning, before I got out of bed I smelled skunk.

As it turned out, that was because we had a juvenile skunk hanging around. He wanted to be friends with the cats. (The cats, not being stupid, were NOT interested.)

Despite skunks being nocturnal, this one was running around like a nut all morning and into lunchtime. (Before anyone worries, we're pretty sure it wasn't rabid - it was still wary of people. It was looking for food, looking for friends, and apparently really confused about how to get home.)

So I got out the Groundhog Deportation Program trap and an old flannel sheet I didn't mind sacrificing. I had only had the trap set up for maybe 5 minutes when it ran right in.

Less than an hour later, the skunk has been successfully relocated without me ending up smelling like skunk.

I WIN AT LIFE.
grundyscribbling: Connery Bond, looking quizzical, caption "double O RLY?" (bond - double o rlly?)
Just contacted Book Depository. I am having the worst luck trying to get my hands on Beren & Luthien.

I initially pre-ordered it from Amazon. A few weeks after the release, Amazon cancelled the pre-order without explanation. Then I ordered from Book Depository, ordering another book (the latest Bryant & May paperback) at the same time. Both books shipped separately in June. The Bryan & May book arrived. Beren & Luthien didn't. I allowed a full month from the ship date, queried the post office to make sure it wasn't still lurking back in the sorting office somewhere with someone having forgotten to put an 'item too large for box' notice into my mailbox, but no luck.

Book Depository are sending a replacement. Cross your fingers for me, all.

Edit to add Am now trying to explain to BD rep that actually, I just need a replacement Beren & Luthien, Bryant & May made it from their warehouse to my bookshelf in the usual way.
grundyscribbling: Maeglin (tolkien - maeglin)
I started a multi-chapter about Maeglin post-Gondolin that fits into Daughters of Celebrian. I'd say blame [personal profile] dawn_felagund because I looked at the SWG Just An Old-Fashioned Love Song challenge, saw NIN's Closer in the list of songs, and went "OMG, that's totally Maeglin and..." but I'd actually been turning over the notion for this story in my head for a while, so it's more that I'm finally getting around to actually writing it.(And no, I'm not giving away who "..." is just yet.)

Also, for anyone who's read By Dawn's Early Light and been wondering, I finally came up with a Quenya name for a certain sword. (Or what I hope is an acceptable Quenya name, anyway. I'm not much of a linguist.)
grundyscribbling: hands holding soil with a seedling in it (plant)
Realized to my horror yesterday that the melon plants were showing signs of insufficient watering. So I pulled off a few shrivelled baby melons that were unlikely to amount to anything and watered them last night. Then I hauled myself out to the garden first thing this morning to give them a thorough watering before the heat of the day really sets in. (Thorough watering meaning I made sure the water was going in where the main vine comes out of the ground, and that it was an adequate amount - we're talking a couple gallons per plant. It took a while, because I was trying to make sure the water was going into the ground, not pooling on top of the ground cover.) I also gave in and used tomato stakes to mark the locations where the melon plants should be watered, because as thoroughly as they've covered the garden, it's getting tricky to find the spots without some sort of visual aid. I should have taken pictures...

Half an hour back inside afterwards, and having changed clothes completely, I'm still trying to cool down and re-hydrate myself.

It's going to be a misery outside today.

Why?

Jul. 6th, 2017 09:52 pm
grundyscribbling: galadriel smiling (Default)
It is July.
It is not particularly cold outside, nor is it meltingly hot.

Yet I find myself sitting in my hotel room wearing a hoodie and regretting not having packed fleece pants, because it is impossible to convince the in-room fan/heater/air conditioner unit that I really did mean it when I set the room temperature above 70. It's like an icebox in here.

New rule: a hotel can't blather about environmental consciousness if it insists on freezing its guests in mid-summer.

*sigh*

Jul. 4th, 2017 10:35 pm
grundyscribbling: Maeglin (tolkien - maeglin)
Sat down to do some writing this evening on various WIPs.
Got the better part of several chapters written.
The only problem is, not one of those chapters is the next chapter on any of the WIPs.

*headdesk*
grundyscribbling: uhura smiling (star trek - uhura)
My Saturn V Lego set arrived today.
(Yes, I am both a Lego fan and a huge space nerd. But my student loans are paid off, so I can indulge myself in this.)

Grr...

Jun. 6th, 2017 07:06 am
grundyscribbling: galadriel smiling (Default)
Amazon, why do I still have no shipping notice for Beren & Luthien?
Other people have hardcopies in their hands. I pre-ordered more than a month in advance, which generally is an indication someone really wants a book. What gives??
grundyscribbling: Connery Bond, looking quizzical, caption "double O RLY?" (bond - double o rlly?)
This is not the first time the UK has been around the block with terrorist bombings. (You might want to look up what those lovely lads the IRA used to get up to with funding from Irish Americans.) It's not even the first time in recent history. In fact, there was a spot of it about 10 years back you might recall. I do. I was in London for it*.

London in particular, and the UK in general, aren't about to wet their pants and crawl under the bed to hide because something went boom. You're talking about a country that still occasionally finds unexploded bombs from WWII - a war in which they were, as the East End puts it with equal parts pride and defiance 'bombed by professionals!' They're actually quite good at handling the aftermath. They keep their heads.

You, on the other hand, dear American media, get very excited about this stuff. You start showing the clips of bloodied victims, shaken witnesses, and distraught relatives on loop. Then you start showing the bomber - which is probably the last thing you should do, because fuck people who kill kids. They don't deserve fame, not even a second of it. You never ask yourselves whether you are in fact doing exactly what a terrorist would want, or stop to think that you're playing right into their hands. (Other people have pointed this out, so it's not just me.) But that's not the worst way you're helping would-be terrorists.

No, it's something far more serious, and far more disturbing. You see, since you have the patience of the average toddler and a desperate need to fill your 24-7 news cycle, you do stupid stuff like leak investigation materials and then get 'expert analysis'. Kind of like you're doing right now with the blood and soot smeared bomb parts from Manchester. (No, I'm not linking it.)

The 'expert analysis' is the real problem. You leaked photos in the wake of 7/7 also. I remember looking at them. As an engineering student, I critiqued some of what I saw. But here's the difference. I did it privately, to people I trust aren't looking to blow people up. You are doing it publicly. You're identifying 'ways to make failure less likely'. You're pointing out ways in which bombs can be made more reliable and more lethal. Basically, you're making it easier for would-be bombers to find tips, pointers, and how-tos. Do you see the problem here?


*I have the world's best timing for taking sick days. My 7/7 consisted of telling freaked out friends and relatives that other than an atrocious cold, I was perfectly fine.
grundyscribbling: Mr. Green from Clue: "It's a bit late for that!" (clue - bit late!)
My sister kindly informed me this evening that Netflix's Anne of Green Gables series is available. I just watched the whole thing, although I'm not sure why.

I do not mind dark and gritty. I do not even mind a less sunshiney version of Anne than the Disney version of the 1980s. What I do not like is relentlessly gritty and dark claiming to be Anne of Green Gables. If you love the books, skip this mess.

Highlights:Spoilers Ahoy! )

And now I want to read the book as a palate cleanser. But it's kind of late for that, and I have to work in the morning.
grundyscribbling: galadriel smiling (Default)
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This little lady was hiding in the chocolate mint.
grundyscribbling: gandalf paging through the book in moria (tolkien -gandalf)
Look what arrived today!
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(It's not always convenient to look up the maps online... and I'm not much of a cartographer.)

Meme!

May. 13th, 2017 04:31 pm
grundyscribbling: (that damn fiery eye again)
As seen at [personal profile] sulien

Give me a fandom and I will tell you

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed
grundyscribbling: galadriel smiling (Default)
I am avoiding working on the next chapter of Dancing In The Dark. My usual trick is to write something else entirely before trying to come back to the troublesome chapter.

This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 4

Pick one

Galadriel
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