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( Jan. 1st, 2015 03:14 pm)
First up - go and read the ridiculously awesome gift I got. It is Culture fic which has made me very hopeful that people will be able to continue to write stuff in the Culture universe, because it is pitch-perfect and contains all the things I like about Culture stories:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2810819

Done that? Good, so here is the rubbish that I managed to write. I was hideously ill for most of the Yuletide writing season this year, so I have been way less prolific than usual and the results are rather shorter, but this is what I did manage to put out.

My actual assignment, a songfic to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYUwIzjg7rs with the request to do something new with it rather than follow the obvious reference; I think this one turned out okay, although I'd have liked to make it a bit longer if I'd had the energy:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2718938

The one straight-up treat that I wrote, because @worstmuse on Twitter had me giggling for some time when I was perusing the fandom lists and I was itching to use it as a series of terrible writing prompts:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2718971

The first pinch-hit I picked up because I was kind of missing my usual habit of getting to read a book and write fic to it, and it was posted to the list a few times before I gave in; I sourced The Lastborn of Elvinwood for review from https://openlibrary.org/books/OL4557372M/The_lastborn_of_Elvinwood and the novel itself comes highly recommended if you like very English fantasy like the early parts of The Dark Is Rising.

I feel slightly bad about writing something very derivative and obvious, and kind of feel like I should have picked one of the request prompts (I initially planned to do something with 'what are the Vicar's origins?') but I didn't have the energy to develop my own plot to my satisfaction, so this is an interstitial piece (which you shouldn't even _open_ before the book, because even the tags are spoilers):

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2818172

The second pinch-hit I acquired was because I couldn't believe no-one was picking it up - I have a strict policy of not picking up pinch-hits unless they've been returned to the list, and here was one with a prompt I'd already stuck on my Potential Treats list under 'easy fandoms to pick up'. (Okay, so the heading in my document is actually 'Crack'.) So, without further ado - sex geckos in space:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2820890
I've been a bit remiss in Yuletide-posting this year; I got a lovely gift about Mo from the Laundry Files and how she comes to terms with that seriously creepy violin:

Violins at Work

Alas, it looks like my Mystery Author hasn't written that much else - although I still have a pile of other reading from the rest of the archive...

Despite being out for the entire month of December in NZ, I also managed to write some stuff and I waffle about it at length in the rest of this post )
I find Empire kind of weird, to be honest.

I'm pretty sure I'm having fun - although probably due to having hoovered up an exciting Imperial position (General of the Red Wind Corsairs). But it's the first LARP in which I've had fun without actually really having a _character_. Yasmina is blatantly just me in a silly dress; if I concentrate I can fetch very slightly divergent thought processes, but we share a lot more of our basic circuitry than most characters I've had fun with in the past.

I think part of that is because I'm so involved in fairly high-powered politics in the game - I keep having to activate all of my problem-solving and organisational abilities, which naturally makes me act a lot more like me than like someone else.

I also feel kind of bad that I've ended up with a lot of my out-of-nation contacts being people I know OC - but I know so many people OC from Maelstrom that I guess it would be difficult for anything else to happen at this stage...

Had some excellent 'remind people orcs are a speaking part' moments monstering the second battle though - particularly the one-on-one in the woods with some guy, where he went to execute me and I told him his people would find no mercy either, and he said "this is my mercy" before smashing my head in :-). Honourable mention to the orc who came up to me with a spear and asked "Can you use this?" after they'd lost an arm; I said "yes I can," we swapped weapons, and I immediately went down to an arrow, with the sorrowful follow-up of "maybe not, then".

Also, bizarre purple digging creatures with a specific hunting pattern, ++ would be hunted through the woods by again...

I would try to go through highlights as I know I always love to be mentioned in them but I am paranoid that someone will go 'but she didn't mention me! she must have not noticed / secretly think I'm rubbish' when it's just that I am totally exhausted and my brain is full!
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( Jan. 2nd, 2013 11:48 pm)
I've looked a couple of end-of-year-meme things, but I'm not sure I can actually fill them in.

It seems weird that the Occupy London camp happened over a year ago now.

In 2012 everything changed and nothing changed.

I got 'promoted' to project manager (although everyone still keeps falling over themselves to tell me that project manager is totally a sideways move from technical, not an upwards one).

I did a lot of arguing on the internet about politics, but everything has just steadily got worse to the point where it's depressing to even touch the subject; especially as everyone seems to want to blame the people who are trying to make it better for not succeeding in making it better _enough_.

(I guess at least the US managed to choose the lesser of two evils, but I can understand the position expressed by the World Can't Wait newsletter, when they said that in some ways it's a pity the US is just going to stumble on being awful rather than go over the edge into truly dystopian, at which point people might have mobilised and done something about it.)

The global economy staggered on rather than collapsing. Greece is still in the Euro and still hasn't officially defaulted. Egypt still doesn't have a functioning democratic government but hasn't collapsed into apathy under a new dictator or military rule. Syria is still tearing itself apart.

Maelstrom's over; I've stuck up my battle reports on a webpage; we still haven't got the rest of the data available sensibly; I'm less upset about this than I expected to be. I guess this is why those other games I wanted to know about also had a frustrating lack of final revelations available for public consumption. Maybe I'll get around to it when PD Towers is less impenetrably busy with the Empire release.

I am still not sure if anyone will ask me to be Empire crew or not, but to be honest I've pretty much made my peace with 'not' by now. Maybe I'll change my mind if I'm offered something really awesome to do, but I'm just not sure I want to invest that much energy in a game again.

Especially as I'm not sure whether I will be up to the running around bit of LARP at all. I seem to have developed some kind of exciting jointfail in the last months of 2012, and tomorrow I finally get to phone the secretary that can apparently chase the appointment I should have got some time in the last month about seeing a specialist about it. Meanwhile, moving hurts and I've been trying to do it as little as possible.

And the person whose leaving on maternity meant that I ended up as a project manager is due back Sometime Soon - the latest update looks like 'early March'.

I still have no idea what happens then.

So, that's my life at the moment - for the first time in some years, I'm really not sure what the next year is going to look like.
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