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SGA Santa is here! [Oct. 28th, 2014|10:47 am]
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I missed the SGA Santa signups.

At first I thought I'd need to jump in on pinch-hits (and those go in seconds). I'm so rarely on LJ that I never saw all the usual notifications that [community profile] sga_santa was in full swing.

But [personal profile] alyse switched things around so I could participate. Thank you! (I suspect she gave me the story prompt she was going to do or some other excessively generous act.)

This year I'm only doing two grad classes and working two days a week, so I have time to write. (Also, Thanksgiving in Michigan's been canceled--there's a story behind that.) And I've been missing writing.

I'd burned out after Out Of Bounds and Dragonlord -- especially Dragonlord, which was written for a Big Bang. I've found I don't do well with Big Bangs. I can do them. But I implode under the pressure of that tight a deadline. (Granted, I was supposed to start in April and didn't start writing until July. I'd turned a six-month deadline into three months.)

I've kept up with SGA Santa though, writing for it almost every year.

It seems everyone's moved to Tumblr from LJ.

Stories are now posted on AO3 instead of private websites and journals. The importance of the individual author has faded now that people don't follow personal journals to find the good fic.

The old fandoms like Harry Potter and Stargate Atlantis are still alive and continue in a desultory way. But most of my old friends have drifted. I hear distant mentions of the Marvel comics universe, Sherlock Holmes, manga and anime I've never seen.

Tried Yuletide. Assigned a great prompt. But being out of fandom, out of the habit of writing, isn't the time to attempt a random obscure fandom. I've an outline of that story and two scenes, but no more.

In the meantime, I've channeled all my creative yen into crafting. The OAR (Overly Ambitious Rug) is complete and plush. The cats sit on it proudly. I have several hand-knit sweaters, most of which are fit for wearing, some of which don't look homemade, and none of which have come out exactly as planned. I have hats that have come out perfectly, and socks that are comfy and wonderful-wish-I-could-knit-them-faster.

Didn't realize yarn was addictive. I've reached the yarn-stash point of "Oh, I forgot I bought that" and "Gee, what was I planning to make with this yarn again?" and "That's it, no more yarn until I finish more projects!"

Yet I get a fandom email every day... kudos on this story ... a review on that ... to remind me how much I miss writing.

SGA Santa, 2014. I'll see you there.
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Kitty search timeline [Aug. 6th, 2014|01:11 am]
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Kitty search timeline

July 16th - Athena's cat carrier broke (bottom fell off) outside the vet on Muddy Branch Rd as S. was carrying her out. We hunted through the bushes, put up flyers, stayed up all night where she was last seen.

July 17 through 19th - set up cat trap near where she was lost, nightly flyers and talking to people, five hours a night. Stakeout replaced by cat trap. Pet tracker out of town until Sunday.

July 20th - Pet tracker! Golden retriever on the scent, we followed Athena's path to where she was either picked up or escaped down a storm drain. Our stakeouts had been nowhere near where she'd gone.

July 21st through 24th - food set out with a wildlife camera to see if she's still in the area. Daily phone calls from people who sighted a similar cat. These don't pan out. There are a lot of tabbies in this world. S. visiting animal shelter every day. Three-five hours a day together hoofing it, handing out flyers. (July 23rd I hit the wall with exhaustion.)

July 25th - After ten days of flyers/searching/stakeouts until after midnight, I let S. know that I can't keep up this pace. Most of the hard work of posting flyers is done, but while he could get time off from work and do late nights, I had to be on a train at 7am every day. I start daytime checks of the cat trap rather than late night tramps.

July 26th - S. involves other friends in putting out flyers and setting up the trap.

July 27th - photo of Athena! She wasn't picked up and is still in the area! S. sets cat trap. He starts checking the trap every three hours. He has food both inside and outside the cat trap.

July 30th - cat trap catches wrong cat. But hey, the trap works.

Aug 1st - photo of Athena! She eats the food outside the cat trap, not what's inside. S. removes the food outside the trap. Second wildlife camera set up.

Aug 3rd - photo of Athena! She sticks her head in the cat trap, decides no, and walks away.

Aug 4th-tonight - rain. No photos.

The search continues, with fresh hope -- and frustration.
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Lost Athena!kitty tracker report [Aug. 6th, 2014|12:54 am]
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I didn't post this? Arrgh.

Here's the report from July 20th --

Lost!Athena kitty tracker report:

Athena's not been cowering in the bushes. She knows her stuff and is a "very confident kitty." Tracker Sam Connelly was amused that Athena mostly sticks to the sidewalks. Kitty's found water, has hunted, has rolled around like she was getting petted, but the trail was cut off at a storm drain near where she was (apparently) being petted.

The picture Sam had was either that someone found Athena by the storm drain, petted her, picked her up and carried her off. Or else they tried to pick her up, and Athena jumped away and ran down the storm drain. So we put flyers everywhere. They're hanging off the trees like Christmas ornaments, man. We have food out by the storm drain. If someone eats it, then we'll put out the cat trap.

Things I learned:

- Most lost pets are found due to flyers.
- Rain does not wash away scent trails (take that, Nancy Drew).
- Cats often return to where you lost them.
- In addition to food, leave out something that smells of you, because they're looking for you.
- Something that smells of *kitty,* however, could draw ferals, who'll pee on it and possibly scare your cat away.
- Lifelong house cats will hide near where they were lost & not move; but indoor-outdoor cats are surprisingly competent, and will sometimes even gain weight.
- While declawed cats are defenseless (can't climb!) cats with claw caps can easily get those suckers off.
- People get attached to pets they find & make excuses ("this lost dog is skinny -- must've been abused!") to try to keep them, even when microchipped.
- If your cat has a microchip especially, never give up. They can come back to you at any time.
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Lost Athena!kitty tracker report [Aug. 6th, 2014|12:54 am]
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I didn't post this? Arrgh.

Here's the report from a little over two weeks ago --

Lost!Athena kitty tracker report:

Athena's not been cowering in the bushes. She knows her stuff and is a "very confident kitty." Tracker Sam Connelly was amused that Athena mostly sticks to the sidewalks. Kitty's found water, has hunted, has rolled around like she was getting petted, but the trail was cut off at a storm drain near where she was (apparently) being petted.

The picture Sam had was either that someone found Athena by the storm drain, petted her, picked her up and carried her off. Or else they tried to pick her up, and Athena jumped away and ran down the storm drain. So we put flyers everywhere. They're hanging off the trees like Christmas ornaments, man. We have food out by the storm drain. If someone eats it, then we'll put out the cat trap.

Things I learned:

- Most lost pets are found due to flyers.
- Rain does not wash away scent trails (take that, Nancy Drew).
- Cats often return to where you lost them.
- In addition to food, leave out something that smells of you, because they're looking for you.
- Something that smells of *kitty,* however, could draw ferals, who'll pee on it and possibly scare your cat away.
- Lifelong house cats will hide near where they were lost & not move; but indoor-outdoor cats are surprisingly competent, and will sometimes even gain weight.
- While declawed cats are defenseless (can't climb!) cats with claw caps can easily get those suckers off.
- People get attached to pets they find & make excuses ("this lost dog is skinny -- must've been abused!") to try to keep them, even when microchipped.
- If your cat has a microchip especially, never give up. They can come back to you at any time.
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Athena lost! [Jul. 19th, 2014|08:46 am]
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S. and I rescued a starving kitty two years ago. She's been his pampered best friend ever since.

Now...

My cat ran out when her carrier fell in front of the Muddy Branch Veterinarian in Gaithersburg. She was last seen running north on Muddy Branch Road just past the Muddy Branch Square shopping center.

She is a brown tabby with white paws and belly, a long tail for her body size, and ears that point more forward than normal cat ears. She has neon pink and glittery pink claw caps on her front paws.
She was about 12 pounds and likely hungry and thirsty after having had to fast before a dental procedure. When we first rescued her, she was hanging out at the edge of a wooded area bordering a parking lot approaching people that stopped and may attempt to do the same again.
She is very gentle but can be timid regarding loud noises but otherwise tends to be fine around people.

Please contact if found or sighted.


Please signal boost, even if not local. Prayers and offerings in all traditions (feathered dances...) for her safe return soooo gratefully accepted.
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Hair, hair ... not-so-long beautiful, um, what happened? [Jul. 12th, 2014|03:51 am]
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Hair, hair ... not-so-long beautiful, um, what happened?

The problem with glasses is you can't see what a stylist is doing until they're done.

Ah.

Yeah.

Good that hair grows.

It's not that it's awful. It's just not me.
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Yarn rec! [Jul. 10th, 2014|01:21 pm]
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Yarn rec!

The Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino I picked up on sale has arrived. (I got it for less than this, but that price at LoveKnitting is pretty good.)

Oh.

This is beautiful, soft yarn, pretty colors -- and it's washable. Yes. I can throw the resulting cashmere/washable wool/microfiber skirt into the gentle cycle.

*rubs hands together*

I can't wait to get started....
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The reason why I've been spending too much on yarn. [Jul. 8th, 2014|12:11 am]
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Here's why I've been buying too much yarn.

Smooth, shimmering bamboo silk...

Glowing scarlet silk, alpaca, and wool...

Peacock green silk, alpaca, and wool...

Shiny 50/50 silk/merino...

Repeats to self: it's all hand-wash, you don't want this in the laundry, it's all hand-wash, you don't want this in the laundry....

Did I mention it's all on sale?
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Yarn diet. [Jul. 6th, 2014|11:17 pm]
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Uh. My yarn addiction may have reached compulsive levels.

I started with just buying yarn for one project. The project required X yarn. I bought X yarn.

Then I started planning future projects. They required Y yarn. Oh, then I could do this! So I bought Z yarn -- in two colors! And the Y yarn. Then the first project, hmmm, the yarn didn't really work out, so let's try W yarn.

And -- oh! L yarn is on sale for 30% off. I could use it for this and this project. Or this one.

Now I have ... a lot of yarn.

No more yarn until I finish this sweater in the cream, and the tighter version in the red cotton/modal, and the ultra-loose long-sleeve version in khaki linen/cotton/silk:



And this sweater in the olive cotton/linen:

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Now I know what people mean by "yarn stash." But it's time for a yarn diet, man.


ETA: ...and this tee-shirt in the spice colored merino microfiber, which, I dunno. It might be a mistake to do a tee in merino which may require....



And then there's the baby dress for Alaina in the pink acrylic which I should do before she gets too big for the pattern...



I swear, I really don't need more yarn. More hands, maybe.

ETA: Aha! Figured out why my posts stopped crossposting to LJ. Hopefully. Trying to crosspost this again.
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Lost ficlets: Feel Your Way (SGA, John); Elizabeth Weir, System Lord (SG-1, yes, Weir) [Jul. 6th, 2014|11:16 pm]
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It's official. Three-quarters of my job has officially ended.

The tutoring center's open till Saturday, but just to box things up. I filled my car with textbooks bound to another center last night. No students remain.

I stayed up till dawn playing on the internet. I have my first weekend off in I don't know how long. (I worked weekends.) Am picking up hours in another tutoring center already, so the fear and pressure of job loss is gone. Your prayers and good wishes (and laughter over the disappearing furniture) are much appreciated and I think the reason why I've been so level (and amused).

As dawn painted the sky ... I found two lost ficlets from last summer:

Feel Your Way
John Sheppard is caught between his conscience, his duty, and his career.
"They're gonna waste me, Teyla. They're gonna waste my time."

Elizabeth Weir, System Lord
Rewatching SG-1's "New Order," I thought no... Elizabeth would be a savvy, gutsy, and creative negotiator.
After defeating of Anubis with a now-dead weapons platform, the new leader of Stargate command negotiates with the System Lords. "Enslaving millions of people, slaughtering innocents, yes, that's what the Stargate program is all about."

ETA: grrr... didn't post to LJ.

ETA2: Aha! Figured out why my posts stopped crossposting to LJ.
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