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In which I am still breathing.

I am in sort of denial it's June already. How? It just seems like last week was the start of the semester. I also can't believe I haven't posted since the end of December.

My classes have now finished (a relief mainly because travelling through every day was exhausting), and I'm just waiting on one exam result. (Remarkably enough I'm actually not too worried about that as I felt it went quite well, and my marks so far are pretty decent.) I'm now having a few days off before I start my dissertation (which I'm actually quite looking forward to. The job applications I'll need to start doing shortly, not so much).

I can't remember what else I was going to say, except I plan on catching up and actually being more talkative now, though most of it will probably be done from a blanket fort barricaded with my knitting.

Happy Monday!

I am in fact still around

I realise my last post was in August. I meant to post before now, but it was usually as I was falling asleep that I remembered the fact.

So yeah, the MSc has sucked me in completely. I am loving it, (and have passed my assignments so far!!) but it has completely knackered me and unless people have been standing in front of me, they've completely fallen off my radar. I expect normal function to resume sometime mid May. (Though I do have a couple of days at the end of January after my exams finish but before classes start, so I hope to catch up with people then but there is a good possibility I will just build myself a nest and sleep for four days). My hope is that with my schedule being different this semester and being more used to being fulltime, I can hopefully have a bit more of a work/life balance. Though I do have a placement this semester, and as much as I'm really looking forward to it, I suspect it will take a lot out of me.

Anyway, yuletide happened - about the only thing remotely fannish I've managed in the last six months but I really wanted to take part after defaulting last year.  

I got an amazing, amazing fic for yuletide:

Jade's Trick (3497 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jesse Stone (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rose Gammon, Jesse Stone
Additional Tags: Coastal New England, Yuletide

It's just another day in Paradise.

It is utterly fabulous and everything I ever wanted from Jesse Stone fic. The tone and characterisation are pitch perfect, and I've reread it several times already and keep grinning every time. I really love it to bits.

My own fic seems to have gone done well, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. :)

Happy Hogmanay! May 2015 be a good year for you all!

Dear Yuletide author

Dear Yuletide writer,

We matched on a fandom! Yay! Pretty much anything in any of these fandoms is going to make me happy. :)

Please feel free to have a rummage around my LJ or DW or to check out my own fic (also at AO3) if you want to get a feel for what I like.

First, general fic likes and dislikes.

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I'm usually around at some point on the 25th and I'll typically leave a kudos or a brief comment first to let you know I've read it, but I don't really have a chance to properly comment until the 26th.


I finished applying for the MSc, and then I took advantage of the dog-free house to paint all the furniture (okay several pieces, but they all needed undercoats as well) and rearranged everything that had been in the furniture because the piles of mess that were left behind were doing my head in. Basically I overdid it, and I’ve spent the last week and a half recovering.

Just when my brain was starting to settle down after doing all the things, I heard back last Friday night that I got accepted for the course!!! So then I spent the weekend in a state of disbelief and bouncing off the walls. I told my boss on Monday and officially handed my notice in Tuesday. Technically I don’t finish until the end of September but I had a fair bit of annual leave left so my actual last day is in less than four weeks!!!!

As sad as I will be to leave a lot of the people I work with, I really need this change, and it should hopefully open up a lot of better job prospects for me. I just don’t think it has properly sunk in yet, and I can’t quite believe that at the end of September I’ll be back at uni.

The reading meme lives!!
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Life in 6 things.

1. So.

I've been meaning to post for the last wee while, but now I'm actually sitting down it's like dragging blood out of a stone. And it's not from a lack of things to say either.

Lost: oomph. If found, please return.

2. I'm okay, if rather knackered. I've had this week off from work, and since A has been down for the Commonwealth Games there have been adventures. And new furniture because one of those trips was to Ikea. I'm really pleased I managed to drive that far and spend several hours walking about, but I'm really feeling the effects now. (On the plus side, as well as shelves I bought a pineapple candle which smells lovely and I haven't even lit it yet.)

3. Campnano was a bust again, though I did write at least a little most days of the month so I'm considering that progress. 4700 words is not something I'm going to sniff at.

4. My big news is that I have finally snapped with life at work and am considering going back to University for a Masters. Well, considering as in currently applying for the MSc in Information and Library Studies but not sure I'll get in. Writing a personal statement is haaaard people. So of course my brain is currently procrastinating on it. *sigh* I think it would be easier if there was a hard deadline, but my aim is to get it finished this weekend.

5. My other plan for the weekend is to finish painting my wee bathroom because the piles of books that I had to shift are beginning to get to me. Plus I want to get a move on building my new shelves and start decluttering a little more.

6. I finally got around to renewing my passport. I don't have any plans to go anywhere anytime soon, but it's nice to have that organised if I do decide to go for a quick break somewhere.


Thanks again for everyone's comments and thoughts over the last wee while. They've been a huge boost, and I finally feel like I'm starting to get on solid ground again.

To the point

1. How is it April already? I've no idea. Anyway, I signed up for campnano this month with the goal of 20000 of an original thing I don't think is ever going to see the light of day but I'm enjoying writing anyway, and I'm doing okay with it.

2. I realise I've been rather quiet lately. That's mainly because I've been reading all the Patricia Briggs I can get my hands on, and learning to crochet like a fiend. It's been good, and I've been enjoying myself.

I've been meaning to learn to crochet for years now, and the fact that I've finally started is a good sign. (I just wish my social spoons would make an appearance again.)

3. I went to see Goldfrapp on Friday and they were utterly utterly fabulous. I took about a million pictures that I'm sure I'll share at some point.

I absolutely loved the support act as well (We Were Evergreen), and I'll be preordering their album.

4. In a case of everything happens at one time, I stayed over at my wee brothers after the concert, and we had a great time, especially since it's been a while since we've had a proper gab. We to Tchiaovna for lunch, and I think I have a new favourite place. Then I bumped into A in Paperchase (I escaped after only buying pens this time) as she was down for the weekend, and we had a good catch up. I walked further than I have done in a long time, and it's just as well it was my Saturday off.

5. So I'm knackered now and to top it all off, I slipped down the stairs. I didn't damage anything, just jerked everything and I'm left with a lot of muscle aches and I had to come home from work early yesterday. Bleurgh. It's my day off today and I seem to be almost back to normal.

What I'm reading

I haven't done one of these in a wee while, and there are a lot of books as I've not really been online much. I've sort of been all over the place headwise so I've been sinking into some really good books.

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What I'm reading

Actual books this fortnight!

What did you recently finish reading?

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. I whizzed through the rest of the book and loved it just as much as the first part. I love Lawson's writing, and her ability to make the truly heartbreaking readable without descending into outright misery. That said, I'm pretty sure I welled up at a few bits, but I would definitely reread it again at some point.

Earth Girl and Earth Star by Janet Edwards. I first heard of these through fantasybookcafe, and I'm so glad I did. Once I got through the first page or two (I'm not a huge fan of the character talking to you), I absolutely loved both of them. Gloss over any imperfections, don't want to stop reading to eat my dinner, and making me utterly gleeful kind of absolutely loving. I'll definitely be getting my own copies to reread, and what do you mean I have to wait to August for the next one??

What are you currently reading?
Despite bringing it home to try and settle into it, I haven't picked up Knife Sworn by Mazarkis Williams in a wee while. I've simply not been in the mood for it.

I've started reading into Django Wexler’s The Thousand Names again and I'm enjoying it. I think I've finally hit the stage where I just want to curl up and finish it.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Val McDermid's Cross and Burn arrived for me on short loan so definitely that.
Title: Moving Forward in Enclosed Spaces
Author: Lullabymoon
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Rating: PG
Word Count: 6780
Warning: No warnings apply
Characters/Relationships: Christine Chapel/Leonard McCoy
Summary: Nothing goes according to plan when Christine and Leonard attend a medical conference.
Beta: fringedweller
A/N: For esme_green for the mccoy_chapel exchange. Prompt: Our heroes are trapped alone together for a long time (e.g., stranded on a planet, or trapped in a cave after a rockslide, or some other damn fool happenstance). Hope you enjoy it!

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How is it Friday already?

1. I am late to my own flipping exchange. I don't really know how as I've actually been working on it everyday. I think I am finally nearly at the end of my edit pass though, so more than likely I'll be asking for a beta in the morning.

2. It is a fic_rush weekend. I plan on getting on getting the exchange fic posted and working on my long neglected James Bond and Star Trek Voyager fics.

3. Reading stuff because I am actually managing something other than flail aimlessly:

What did you recently finish reading?
The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams. I loved reading it. It felt beautifully lyrical, sucked me completely in and made me eager to read the next one.It wasn’t perfect but the characters and the descriptions were enough to carry me through, though I suspect it’s one of those books you either love or hate.

I DNF’d Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George. I got to the stage where it was annoying me too much.I can see what everyone means by it needs a good edit - very tiny bit characters were given overblown descriptions, then a whole fight scene was given the same size of description. I could skim over that for a while, but then I got to the start of the Italian section where random Italian words were thrown in willy-nilly and it started to annoy me intensely. I flicked to the end to see if it was worth carrying on and I skimmed through the interesting bits. I liked a lot of the character interaction between Havers and Lynley but that wasn’t enough to overcome my annoyance with the book, and I thought life was too short to make myself finish it properly.

What are you currently reading?
Knife Sworn by Mazarkis Williams. It’s got the same feel to it as the first book, but I think it might be a case of too much, too quickly as it’s annoying me a little here. That might be because I’m reading it in short chunks during my breaks ,and I couldn’t really settle into it, so I’m taking it home with me to curl up with it and see if it’s me or the book.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. I’m finding this really funny, but only in small doses so it’s an ideal break time read. That said, I only picked it up yesterday and although I’m only reading a chapter or so at a time, I seem to pick it up every time I pass it, and I’m more than halfway through. Always a good sign.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I would really like to get the Wexler’s The Thousand Names finished (finally!)

What I'm reading Wednesday

Happy belated 2014 to everyone!

I have a bout of tonsillitis so my year is off to a roaring start, and I'm behind on my own mccoy-chapel exchange entry. Joy. I'm starting to be on the mend though so I plan on getting back online and catching up with everyone in the next couple of days.

What are you currently reading?

The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams. I am enjoying this so much that the only reason I haven't already finished it is because of a combination of sinus headache and tonsillitis.

The Magic of Shetland Lace knitting by Elizabeth Lovick. I'm more dipping in and out of this book, but it is absolutely lovely and full of lovely patterns and information.

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George. It's definitely an improvement on her last few books, and I'm finding it does have some of her old ability to suck you back in. When I'm reading it I don't want to put it down, but that same compunction isn't there in the gap between me putting it down and picking it back up again. I think I'm actually going to finish this one though.

What did you recently finish reading?

Just before the close of 2013, I finished Chosen by Benedict Jacka. It's the fourth in the series, and I don't really think it can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed it enough, but I wouldn't have read it had I not read the rest of the series. It was nice to catch up with the characters and see some background, as well as the set up for the next book. I think I will be reading the next one, but I won't be rushing out to get it.

The latest The Broons. My traditional New Year read, and I loved it as always.

What do you think you’ll read next?

If I get Emperor's Knife finished, I'll be finding the next in the trilogy pretty sharpish!
First off gifts:

Elmwood Close (2680 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tweed & Co. - Colin Forbes
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Paula Grey, Bob Newman, Tweed, Lynn Stroud
Additional Tags: NC17 for Violence, Mention of Domestic Violence

"Don't get that look on your face, baby. You don't look pretty like that."

My yuletide gift! I feel bad because I ended up defaulting to keep my sanity, but I got a lovely darker look that the books often overlook. And Paula being awesome. :D

Everyone on my flist who is interested has probably already seen this, but I'll link it anyway:

Title: five interruptions, one happy ending
Prompt: Their schedules keep clashing and both are getting crankier by the day. What sort of stolen moments do they manage to grab, and do they eventually go for drastic measures? Could be any time in their relationship.
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Leonard McCoy, Christine Chapel, Jim Kirk, Nyota Uhura, mentions of Spock and miscellaneous crew members; McCoy/Chapel
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~2400
Summary: Christine and Leonard just want a moment to themselves-- is that so much to ask? Apparently, yes.

My mccoy_chapel gift! I love it! It has banter and everything else I love. :D

The short version of stuff I have been meaning to post for ages.

1. I loved the Doctor Who special, liked the Christmas episode a little less, and I'm looking forward to seeing Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.

2. Tell me someone else caught the Doctor Blake Mysteries when they were being shown? I fell head over heels for it, but there doesn't look to be any fandom I can find. :(

3. Brain nearly went exploding again. See above re: defaulting. Family and stress and flare up were the main culprits and I'm starting to be on the mend again.

4. I have done a ton of knitting lately and I've hardly been on line at all. It feels a little strange.

5. I am looking forward to 2014 being a good year. *fingers crossed*

6. As always I'm sure there was something else, but it's been that long that I can't remember. Someone tell me if I've forgotten anything that they know I should have seen/done? 

There will be proper content soon...

splodges of blank ink on a white background with the words inkingitout write 75000 words in 2014

Challenge yourself to write 75000 words or more in 2014!

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Sign ups now open!

Come join us! You can set whatever goal you want above 75 000 words, and we're a fairly laid back bunch. There are weekly and monthly check ins, but you won't be asked to leave if you miss any, and there is always cheerleading going on.

Fic: Candy Cane (SGA)

Title: Candy Cane
Author: Lullabymoon
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1200
Warning: No warnings apply
Characters/Relationships: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, Clone Carson Beckett, Jennifer Keller, background John Sheppard/Elizabeth Weir,
Summary: The smell of peppermint brings back a memory as well as bringing hope.
A/N: Written for the john_elizabeth advent calendar 2013.



Actual post coming soon but in the meantime:

Anyone who would like a Christmas/any other type of card, leave your contact details here with what type of card you would like (comments are screened) or PM me if you would prefer.

What I'm reading Wednesday

A short one this week as the last couple of weeks have been hectic with birthdays, vet and hospital visits (everyone is fine but the dog is getting surgery today to fix her incontinence problem), and a job interview (I think it went okay, I was certainly less nervous than the last one, and I should find out by the end of the week). Oh and being sucked down the rabbit hole of watching Arrow. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed something so much!

What are you currently reading?

I'm not sure if it still counts given I haven't really gone much further but I'm still in the middle of The Thousand Names. I've started The Falconer by Elizabeth May, and it's a quick enjoyable read so far. I've also started a reread of Broken Blade by Kelly McCullough, and I'm enjoying it as much second time around.

What did you recently finish reading?

I went ahead and DNF'd Jeffery Deaver's XO. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The new Lynley book, Just One Evil Act, has just come in for me, and a skim test makes me think I might actually finish this one.

*insert subject line here*

Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes. I've had a great day off work curled up with chocolate oranges, cream scones and the dvd boxset of Arrow. (I'm only up to episode 5 as I've sucked Mum down with me, and she gave me the 'I know where you sleep' look when I suggested watching more without her. )

Tomorrow is my normal day off from work, so I'm heading into Glasgow with Mum, the plan being to have a good wander round John Lewis (specifically the haberdashery), Paperchase, Lakeland and the Lego shop, and possibly more cake. I can't wait!

I am actually managing to write some words down for my nano project! Not as much as I would like but it's still a massive improvement.

I am still feeling mostly okay, but I am so easily wound up it's not funny. I'm not on the internet a whole lot at the moment (other than my emails and sometimes twitter on my phone), which is probably a good thing for the most part, though I am going to catch up with my flist the tail end of this week.

And now I need to go and add to today's wordcount.

What I'm reading (the two month edition)

What are you currently reading?

I'm still in the middle of The Thousand Names by Django Wexler which continues to be more enjoyable than I thought I would find it given that is it mainly military based fantasy at the moment. The description of a fantasy version of Sharpe seems very accurate, but Wexler writes well enough and has created characters that keep me wanting to read on despite that.

Technically I'm still in the middle of Jeffery Deaver's XO but I've stalled. It's rather mehish and I've no real desire to go back. I suspect this might be a DNF.

What did you recently finish reading?

Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs. It was the reading equivalent of comfy old slippers. Not brilliant and much the same feel as her previous ones but enjoyable and good to curl up to. Then there was Bones Are Forever which was much the same, except for one bit where I want to shake one of the characters or throw the book across the room. Ryan really should have known better (especially with what is revealed later on), and I can't quite believe Reichs did that. I'm not too sure if I'll read the latest one yet.

Oor Wullie. It made me giggle, and again like comfy old slippers, but ones that were my favourite to start with for a reason.

Thankless in Death
- J.D. Robb. I really enjoyed the character interactions in this one, which is pretty much the only reason I'm keeping reading this series. It was great to curl up with on a wet afternoon when I was stuffed with the cold. 
Uncommon Criminals
, Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story, Perfect Scoundrels - Ally Carter. Reasonably light-hearted teenage thief shenanigans? All over it. I have such a soft spot for this series, even if it does require a bit of suspension of disbelief at times. I finished the last one disappointed there wasn't more which is a big change from most of the books I've read recently.
Whiskey Beach - Nora Roberts. It could have been any one of her recent standalones, but it was a all right enough read especially as I was in the mood to know exactly what to expect. 
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews. I really enjoyed it. I raced through reading it, and I can't wait to read the next one.

Red-Headed Stepchild, The Mage in Black - Jaye Wells. Red-headed Stepchild read like a first book, a little info dumpy and clunky in places, but I liked it enough to carry on reading. The second in the series read a little better, but I was quickly growing tired of the just about all the characters. I flicked through the other books in the series and that convinced me I really didn't want to carry on reading. I can see why they would appeal to people, but I just didn't like them enough to read any more.

The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson. I absolutely loved it! Definitely going on my to buy pile.

The Thief's Gamble, The Swordsman's Oath, The Gambler's Fortune, The Warrior's Bond and The Assassin's Edge  by Juliet E McKenna. I'm absolutely head over heels for this series. It was a reread for me, but it's been such a while since I originally read them that I didn't care at all. I sort of resented the fact I had to put the books down to go to work or do other necessary things, and I savoured every word.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Not sure really. I just want to get The Thousand Names finished.

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