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So, I haven't mentioned it (or have I? Now I can't remember and I'm too lazy to check past posts) but my remaining parental unit (my mother :D) has moved back to the US.

She and my dad retired about 8 years ago and because neither made any plans for retirement and only had social security and because they like to make life difficult for themselves, they moved to Mexico (Ensenada, an hour south of the border). For a few years now, I've been saying she needs to move back. But over the recent holiday I put my foot down and was like THIS HAS TO CHANGE. NOW.

Since my dad's passing, I've been telling her this can't continue, I didn't know how it was going to happen for her to move back, I just knew it had to happen. She has had to come up to LA regularly (like every other month) for doctor's visits and injections into her eye (wet MDG) and then over the thanksgiving/christmas time she was having serious blood pressure problems (variable blood pressure) she would constantly call in a panic about it, and when she comes up here she ends up staying with me for 2 weeks every visit. It was driving me insane. And it was unsustainable. And she's 70 fucking years old, driving all that way every other month on her own was getting more and more difficult. And also, I love her. I love my mom. But by the end of 2 weeks I want to kill her. And this is 2 weeks every other month! Not a once a year or couple times a year visit. This is every other fucking month. And I just couldn't do it anymore.

Anyway, long story short, when I finally made her realize (through a lot of tears. ugh, it was terrible) that this couldn't go on (because she fought me on it and fought me on it and fought me on and always denied that she was fighting me on it and I kept telling her if she wanted to move, the opportunity to move would appear because that's just how the universe works) she found a place in like no time, just like that, and has moved into a little converted garage she found through a friend of a friend, renting from a woman and her semi-famous 21 year old daughter. YUP.

And that's all a roundabout way to say that (now that she can call me and I can pop over to her place in 10 minutes..... this could be a good thing or a bad thing hahahaaaaaaaa) I accidentally went to the movies TWICE today. Because, I went to see Fate of the Furious, by myself, and didn't tell anyone because I'm jealous of my alone-movie time, and then she called me to see her new fridge and when I was there she wanted to go to the movies and so I ended up going to go see Gifted.

whoops.

Fate of the Furious )

My one serious complaint about watching Fate of the Furious is that I like to go to this nearby theatre that still has cheapy matinee prices and has lovely reclining seats but they don't light their films enough or something so the whole thing was Very Dark. Like, I can't see anyone on screen because it's not bright enough dark. Which means, I have a nice excuse to see it again sometime at less cheapy place before it goes away.

Gifted was also lovely! Without being saccharinely endearing, which I appreciate. I had planned to see it, just not today. But it happened anyway. And it was a bit of a whiplash after FotF but that's okay. It was such an emotionally satisfying film, and I agree with [personal profile] destina in everything she said about it. Also, can CE please act with Octavia Spencer in every non-mcu film (or mcu film, I don't care, find her a role) forever now? Please and thank you. Also also, Lindsey Duncan can pretty much act circles around everyone on the planet including CE (which, no shame, she's Lindsey Duncan ffs) but he held his own with her and it was great to see him challenged like that.
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If 500 stories in AO3 can be called a party. There are only 500 FNL stories on AO3, and for some reason the the second most popular pairing is Tim/Julie ??? Which I am reading and enjoying ?????? In a cute/bad/wrong/cute sort of way.

I have survived watching all of Friday Night Lights. I thought my heart was going to explode a few times there and I would just expire from too much love on my couch, but I made it through. Barely.

Clear eyes, Full Hearts )

In other news, yesterday I called in sick to work and had the ENTIRE day to myself. It was also the first day off where I didn't have to write or work or had obligations or plans or anything in about a year. I went to the movies and saw Logan, finally. And then I cleaned the apartment a little bit so I wasn't a complete sloth. There was a fair amount of TV watching too.

Quick thoughts about Logan: )
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So much to type about, so little brain.

This is what I've been doing:

1. I watched all of season 1 of Westworld and have decided not to continue with it. As a friend of mine said when i mentioned I just watched it and that I didn't think I would bother with season 2, it's too "rapey." That, and I pretty much actively hate every human and I'm not that fond of the robots either, so when I'm rooting for everyone to die I'm pretty sure that's time for me to bail.

2. In my infinite wisdom I decided to pick up Friday Night Lights again. I'd only seen season 1 back when it aired, and never continued. This was because of reasons, some to do with the show but mostly because life was very life at that time and I can pretty much pin point my break up with appointment television to that period. Anyway, a friend had just watched it all on Netflix, and I had always intended to watch it anyway, and I heard it was good, so I was like, okay, I think I'm ready. And I started watching it again and all through rewatching season 1 I was like, OMG this show is soooo goood why did I ever stop watching it whhhyyyy I love everyone on this show so much. And then I started watching season 2 and I was like.... OH RIGHT THIS IS WHY. Hah. No no, not because season 2 was uneven or anything but because I love these characters so much that watching them hurt even a little bit, emotionally or physically, makes me very anxious. Let's just say when I roll my eyes at the MCU fandom for losing their collective heads over Bucky Barnes, just say Tim Riggins to me and I'll shut up.

3. The kittens over at The Librarians are all very kittenish and that show is too darn adorable.

4. Life got out of hand this month so I haven't seen Logan yet. Nor Iron Fist, which I do plan on watching even though everyone and their grandmother says it's terrible.

5. Even though I saw the movie The Martian in theatres, and I had a copy for ages and watched it at least a few times since then, I suddenly had a desire to read fan fiction for it the other day. Specifically, I wanted Watney/Mitch Henderson (don't ask me why) but there's NOTHING in that pairing. I am so disappointed in fandom right now. BUT I did read a bunch of lovely fic in various pairings and threesomes, and some group Ares fic. I've bookmarked a handful that I liked, and I'm still poking my way through the stories on AO3 (surprise surprise there's not a lot) but I have a fic rec for anyone even remotely interested.

All This Could Be Yours, by mardia (Lewis/Watney) -- Both Commander Lewis and Mark Watney are stranded on Mars together.

It's not even remotely a popular pairing, but I adored this story. In such a small fandom, one starts to read everything, and I was not sorry to give this one a try. It's the first in a series, but the other 2 stories are more companion pieces. Not sure I've read another story, fanfic or professional, that truly delves into real intimacy between 2 people as well as this one, imo.
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The Highlander Holiday Shortcuts stories are now revealed! Wahoo!

This is what I wrote:

A Dance Told in Six Parts
~10K words
Gen, Duncan/Methos/Amanda


This was a lot of fun to write. It's 90% silliness. A lot of hand-waivey plotting haha. :D

Many many thanks to [personal profile] raine for the beta!

*crickets*

Dec. 30th, 2016 09:09 pm
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So I thought the servers were already in Russia? Whatever. I backed up to DW ages ago. I know people no longer feel comfortable even cross-posting anymore. I won't be deleting just yet.

You can find me on DW/Tumblr/AO3 as hafital, because I am stuck in my ways.
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This post will unfortunately not touch on so much that I want to write about. I think I should make a New Year's resolution to post more often.

Since I returned from Scotland it seems the world has been set of fire. Also, I have watched tv, finished a draft of my next book, started a rewrite of that book, stalled on the rewrite when I had to write my HL Shortcut story, went to see a few movies, DARTH VADER HAS RETURNED MAY HE NEVER LEAVE ME AGAIN (no seriously, I am not that fannish about Star Wars, but Rogue One has given me back the Darth Vader of my childhood and I am seriously forever grateful. I do not have too many strong emotions about the prequels because at the end of the day I don't think I really care that much but it wasn't until I was in the theatre watching Rogue One that I realized how much I resented those films for how they changed my feelings on Darth Vader. Anyway, he's back. And I love him.), we had to put a dear horse down yesterday and we're all very sad and all by barn girls have been crying for two days now, I gave up gluten and dairy but am now having an allergic reaction to eating too many high histamine producing foods. oy.

Tomorrow my mom and I will go to a day spa and soak in some hot springs.

Pray that my itchy eyelids go away. And itchy other parts I won't mention. HAH.

BUT. The real reason for this hasty post is to direct all 3 of you who still read this journal to go to the Highlander Holiday Short Cuts fest on AO3.

Try and guess which one's mine! I'd give a hint but honestly it's gotta be bloody obvious which one's mine.

ALSO, I got a Highlander/Northanger Abbey x- over story, An' to the Greenwood She is Gane and it's so scrumptiously wonderful. If you have any affection for Austen and Epistolary fiction, you should definitely read it. :D :D

eta: Oh no! :(
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Okay, who's the dummy who waited waaaaay to long to start her HL Shortcuts story???

this girl. :/

Is anyone free to beta? pleeaaase? Since the deadline was this past thursday, I need it rather quick. Can be for only grammar.

*bats eyelashes like Amanda*

comments screened, should my recipient come wandering over.


ETA: All set! *phew*
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Hello LJ land! I am back from my adventures abroad.

Actually, I've been back for weeks now but re-entry into regular life has been all consuming, and I've been using my "sit down and write" energy to sit down and write. Every day I've been like, "when are you going to share pics on LJ???" and then I watch TV and browse tumblr. < insert that cute shrugging ascii thing I see on tumblr >

BUT. I'm back, and Scotland was AMAZING. I would say it's a trip of a life time but I would actually like to have such trips often so I don't want to limit myself to just this. Except that it really was amazing.

My friends and I had adventures. And met lots of characters. Some that where hilarious, some that were sad, some that were family, some that were ACTUAL VIKINGS. Yes an actual viking came on to me and my friend at a bar in Kirkwall and he was entertaining and an actual viking -- he said so -- and he was REALLY DRUNK because all you do in Scotland is drink, fyi, and had the most incredible nose. My one true regret was that we didn't get a pic with him so I could show everyone the viking and his nose.

Also ALSO my friend and I were on actual twin horses! Like, actual TWIN horses, born from the same mare, who survived. So Rare. My horse's name was Maverick, and his brother was Goose. :D :D :D

Not going to lie, I kept thinking about Duncan and Connor for the six days on horseback. :D :D :D Especially Connor as we had a morning at Eileen Donan castle. It was funny, though, because everyone and their gd mother aunt and grandmother kept referencing Outlander. From everyone on the ride (except my friend who also doesn't watch it) and the trek leaders who run a couple of Outlander specific long rides to the other tourists we saw by the standing stones in Kirkwall to everyone commenting on pics uploaded to FB. YES I GET IT JAIME IS HOT but jeez he is not the original highlander! I was someone privately miffed.

AND also because everyone knew I was a writer they kept asking me if I had read Outlander and each time I was like < snooty voice > yes and I didn't like it. pew. < / snooty voice >

Pics behind the cut, but I didn't upload any of the kirkwall pics. I guess that'll be another day. I uploaded 30 or so pics, which is a bit too much for one post so if anyone cares the album is here

A few of my favorites behind the cut.
Read more... )

Er, I think I could have done a better job choosing a better variety of pics to upload. lol. There are just so many! Everywhere you looked there was a stunning view and I took like 10 pics of the same damn view because I couldn't help it.

More pics and other updates later. xoxo
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In case anyone is curious? This is what I'm doing for the next 2 weeks:

Read more... )
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Ack! I'm leaving on a plane today for the UK! ahahaha.

I have fannish things to talk about. :D

1. Despite swearing off the reboot films, I went to see Star Trek Beyond. It did not suck. Quick thoughts: Read more... )

~~~

I also went to see Ghostbusters. Which was very charming! I laughed a lot. HUGE fan of Kristin Wiig so pretty much anything she's in I'm game and she never has failed to make me laugh. I have a picture of Dooneese on my fridge!

Anyway, I had seen the original Ghostbusters just a few weeks prior, in the big screen which was neat! and the reboot is great but damn that first movie was really fantastic. I hate to compare the two, especially with all the meta and criticism (and hate) about rebooting films with female casts (which I am 100 percent on board with!) but my favorite part of Ghostbusters was in the original:

"Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here."
"Is this true?"
"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick."

HAHA

~~~

I watched all of Aquarius, and I don't really have much to say about it other than a) the actor playing Manson looks nothing like him. b) 3 of the men in this tv show look so much alike I get mixed up. c) I realized I hadn't seen David Duchovny act in anything else besides The X-Files and Twin Peaks. It was weird seeing him not be Mulder!

~~~

Also watching Bloodlines, finished all of the Twilight Zone, almost done with Animaniacs. How's that for a strange mixture? Jeez.

Finished the most current season of Orange is the New Black. I'm still watching! It's hard to like anyone on the show though. And I don't want to comment on Poussey.

Also finished the current season of The Librarians. It's so cute and silly. I love it. Not quite up to the love of Leverage, but still enjoyable. I adore Jenkins.

Next up Stranger Things.

Still in love with Captain America. <3 (as anyone who follows me on tumblr is well aware)

~~~

Since May? Or maybe April? I have been trudging through the first draft of another novel. writing is hard. /o\ Everything else in my life is on hold until I have a working draft. Right now the thing looks like a monkey with 8 arms and 12 eyes and maybe half a leg.

Although I am taking a break while traveling. YES.
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Mama Mia and baby Tucker are doing fine. Little grullo baby. He looks like a mouse. You can't get a good judge of just how small they both are. Mama Mia's head barely reaches crotch-level lol.
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Interrupting the downward mcu tumblr spiral for a moment to report that I went to see Keanu on my b-day and I LAUGHED THROUGH THE WHOLE THING.

kittens bat at my lack of real spoilers )
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We have a pregnant mini horse at the barn. Her name is Mama Mia. She was a rescue, and came to us pregnant. Her belly is as big as she is. She's sooooo ready to pop. Look at her floofy mane!


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People keep saying interesting things! Lots of great reviews and meta and fan theories, both favorable and not, floating around out there. Some of it forcing me to think a little harder on some of my reactions to the film.

Steve Rogers meta.... and a little bit about Tony )
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Okay, I'm really going to try to be quick this time!

more natterings )
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I had been composing a post, in my head, that I had entitled "complain complain complain" but it was full of me complaining and I got bored with it, and it never got out of the internal dialogue stage of post-making.

So, there's this post instead. Full of nonsense.


1. We are now four days out from CA: Civil War and I remain about 98% spoiler free! \o/ Basically I don't watch TV and only squint at tumblr. None of my real life friends cares one iota about the MCU. Although there was that one time I was at dinner with a bunch of friends and someone brought up the CW trailer and I was like GOTTA GO TO THE BATHROOM BYE.

2. 'Course I probably just jinxed myself.


3. Today at the car dealership, on some morning talk show, a couple of the MCU actors were there promoting the movie and I was like "oh no you don't" and had my headphones on in a jiffy. But I was momentarily struck by how weird it was to watch these particular actors being interviewed. And then I realized that I had gotten so used to seeing them only in gif format on tumblr, where that was more normal than regular video. OY.

4. One of the things I wanted to complain about was the dearth of Sam/Steve fiction out there. Why isn't there more? WHY? Feel free to rec me some Steve/Sam, although I feel like I've been pretty thorough in my searches. Preferably not also as part of Steve/Bucky or another pairing because of reasons. Not that I don't love them all, because I DO, I really do.

4.a. I admit I have picky tastes.


5. Also if anyone has any good recommendations for Steve/Thor? I tried checking out the pairing tag on AO3 but got dispirited at what seemed to be only cracky/gimicky type stories all wildly ooc, but maybe I missed something.

5.a Also, also, I've come to accept that I will always be out of step with fandom at large -- I only play in a fandom sandbox if I love canon and it seems to me that most everyone else plays in a fandom sandbox *despite* canon.

6. I rewatched all of Star Wars, from the prequels to Clone War to the original trilogy to TFA. And this is what I learned: a) Obi-Wan Kenobi is my favorite character, b) the Emperor has got some serious long con game skills yo. Like, the man has patience. c) having the force is more trouble than it's worth, d) Clone Wars is by far the better, more comprehensive part of the stories pre-original trilogy, e) JJ Abrams should not be trusted with science. not even with fantasy science. I know there's hand wavy explanation for why everyone in every system can see the starkiller destroy that one system but it's dumb. At least the trilogy kept to it's own logic, but TFA is kind of all over the place. f) but even with that, which honestly pulls me out of the story every time, TFA is a lot of fun if only for Rey and Finn. And sometimes Poe.

7. I've started writing a new book and... you guys, writing is hard.

8. I am deeply amused by the billboard around town for Neighbors 2 (and jeez, was there a Neighbors 1???) because it's like EXACTLY the same as the billboards all around town for CA Civil War. EXACTLY THE SAME. Honestly I'd almost prefer the plot of Neighbors 2.... haha. Okay not really. But kind of yeah.

Wow that was kind of complainy after all. :/
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Done and DONE. \o/

To Fly Toward A Secret Sky (14747 words) by hafital
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Helen Cho, Pepper Potts, Peggy Carter, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Maria Hill, Vision (Marvel), Wanda Maximoff
Additional Tags: First Time, Canon compliant through Age of Ultron, No Spoilers, Light Torture, Canon-Typical Violence, Sam Wilson to the Rescue, Everybody gets along, Don't take my stuff, Sam Needs A Hug, angsty romance
Summary:

Steve brings Sam with him to visit Tony in the Tower, but not everything is what it seems.

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YAY! I can cross this silly thing off my list.

Twelve Times Damned, Twelve Times Hopeful (35444 words) by hafital
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Clint Barton/Laura Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Clint Barton, Laura Barton, Steve Rogers, Cooper Barton, Lila Barton, Nathaniel Pietro Barton, Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark, Sam Wilson, The Vision, Wanda Maximoff, James Rhodes, Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Polyamory, Canon compliant through Age of Ultron, Canon-Typical Violence, Found Family, No Bartons were harmed in the writing of this story, bucky barnes to the rescue, No Spoilers, Angst with a Happy Ending
Summary:

They were on the street when the voice came through comms. It went to all of them. They could all hear.

“Steve,” said the voice.

Clint stopped, turning to Rogers and Wilson at the sound of the unfamiliar voice. Rogers raised his hand up to his helmet and looked at the surrounding buildings, turning in a circle. “Bucky?” he asked. “Is that--Where are you?”

“Steve,” said the voice again, and Clint now knew it belonged to James Barnes. “It’s an ambush, Steve. Get the hell out of there.”

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hullo, hullo. I know it's been weeks. But I've been mired in fic writing so, yay?

~ I got to hang out with [personal profile] killabeez both this weekend and last weekend, and I got to see and hug a bunch of folks very quickly at Escapade for an all too brief but beautifully fannish lunch. Couldn't do my usual Saturday membership this year. :( But it's all good.

~ With CA: CW coming hard upon us (*snicker*), I figured if I was gonna write these couple of MCU stories, I better do so now. I'm not especially nervous about it, but I'd rather get these stories out now rather than wait and possibly have my fannish interest go awry. Also, I should be starting my next novel, so I gotta push these puppies out the door.

~ I recently inhaled all of The Blacklist that was available on Netflix, which, I liked for the most part. It's entertaining, if somewhat ridiculous, but what isn't these days anyway? lol. BUT, rewatching Age of Ultron after spending that many hours watching James Spader on The Blacklist, now I can't see Ultron without hearing Red Reddington and it is HILARIOUS.

~ I'm days away from finishing my current MCU story. What type of MCU story am I currently writing, you may ask? UGH is my answer. I had this genish story idea focusing on Bucky and Clint Barton that I couldn't get rid of, and because I apparently lack the gen-writing gene it is now Bucky/Barton/Laura, with a primary focus on Bucky, I guess. I don't know. It's still very Steve&Bucky though, if anyone cares. It's good? I like it? I'm sort of falling in love with the dynamic in this. These are neither of my one true characters or anything, I'm so much more a Steve and Sam girl, but WHAT CAN YOU DO?? I feel like the premise might turn off some people, but whatever. It's got the full Barton family effect going here! Surely someone will want to read this thing? Anyone? Bueller?

~ Work is aggravating, but barn life is popping. Yet exhausting. It's been pretty much non-stop activity in my social life since December. I'm tired. I need a nap.

~ my new apartment is great, but predictably I got overwhelmed in decorating and so it's not done yet. My tighter budget is no bueno. I'll pick it back up!

~ OH. Highlander friends!!! I keep forgetting to mention that I'm going on a six day Scottish Highlands trip on horseback. ON HORSEBACK.** Through the Scottish Highlands. Basically from one side to the other. The itinerary takes us to the castle from the first movie! I did not know this when I chose this particular package trip, but it is certainly a bonus! I'll post the itinerary when I get a chance. This is the company hosting the trip. And we are going on the Wild West Highlands one, route 2, which is apparently more rugged. :D I wanted the Wiskey and Castles trip, but the dates didn't work out, but bonus highlander castle is awesome so yay! And we ride along Loch Ness, so that'll be cool.

** Or as my Thor-like Iranian Pilates coach would say, "On back horse? You went backhorse riding?"

~ whoops I'm late for work.

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