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So there's a huge blizzard happening here, which caused a minor crisis in that we lost power for about ten or twelve hours. We're just now getting things back up, and the house is cold as hell, so, awesome.

I also had a tiny panic attack regarding Yuletide, because I was literally in the process of finishing my assignment last night when the power crapped out on me. Luckily [personal profile] jerakeen is super awesome and SAVED THE DAY, YAY. So she put my unfinished draft up for me in case I didn't get power back before the deadline (obviously, I did, so I was panicking about nothing, but better safe than sorry, I guess). Now I'm going through and double checking everything before uploading the final version. I might need to add another scene that contains make outs. It ain't Christmas without make outs.

First Yuletide: ~almost accomplished. What up! I'll feel better once I get this all finished and edited and everything, but since I have power again and a space heater and relative reassurance that both of these things will continue to exist in my life for the next seven hours (we've been having sporadic like, what do you call it, brown-outs? Where the power flickers? But things have been relatively steady?), I'm good. I'll get it in before the cut off time for sure.

Is anyone else doing Yuletide? How's it coming? I can't do that meme since this is my first year and all I have are bears, but I know I've got some vets on my list.
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Okay so I have this dilemma.

Right now, I'm absolutely positive that I want to move away from Iowa. It's not that I don't like it (well, I. I just. I have complex feelings about it, basically.) it's just - I need to be somewhere else for a while. If I don't, and I end up spending the rest of my life here because I didn't get off my ass and go somewhere I'm gonna hate myself.

My problem is, I have no idea where I want to go. My dream place would be London, but uh I am not a MAGICIAN and am in fact a POOR YOUNG PERSON WITH NO HIGHLY SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS so that's pretty much a pipe dream, unless I get into a grad school over there or something. Which, LOL yeah let's dream a little bigger.

I know I'd like a somewhat mild climate (Iowan winters, ugh, I'm so done) and lots of culture, and reliable public transit so I hopefully wouldn't have to fuck around with a car, but other than that I've got nothin'. So I'm asking all you fine people, if you're so inclined, to talk at me for a bit about the area where you live.

What would you tell someone who wanted to move there, basically? Pros and cons? Invitations to crash on your couch? (lol I'd be careful with that one I am fairly sure that nobody wants to see my cranky ass in their living room first thing in the morning) Would you tell someone to live where you live? Or do you absolutely loathe it and want to preemptively warn me away? I'm hungry, babies. Feed me.

(If you're uncomfortable talking about where you live in a public post, I'd be more than happy to screen your comments, just let me know.)

Ugh, I almost wish I was one of those Midwestern people that dream about moving to NYC or something. At least then I'd have a goal. All I know right now is that I don't wanna be here. Where I'd like to be is the hard part.
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Okay, so it was brought to my attention that there was apparently a weird comment left on Enslaved by the Moon, which is a fic written for me by an anonymous (as of right now anyway) author for the [livejournal.com profile] tw_fallharvest fanwork exchange. I don't know who left this comment, but it apparently expressed concern that the fic was not what I wanted/asked for and would upset me, or something.

I just wanted to make it clear to the author, in case they browse my journal, that I don't know who left this comment, they were not speaking on my behalf or even with my permission or knowledge, and that is not how I feel.



The fact is that whether or not it's exactly what I asked for or wanted doesn't matter; somebody sat down and wrote a 20k fic for me, as a gift, and that is so incredibly fantastic. I'm of the opinion that bitching about how a gift someone gave you (especially a gift someone made for you, that took as much time and effort as writing a story does) is not good enough is one of the most asshole things a person can do, and definitely a gross violation of fandom etiquette. It's also really mean. So I'm not gonna have any of that.

I haven't had a chance to read it all the way through yet but I already know that I will enjoy the hell out of it, because the entire time I'll be thinking about how much effort and thought was put into it (just for little 'ol me!) and the creativity of the plot (it's like, a fairytale AU! There are PRINCES AND STUFF!) and how they wrote, basically, the beginning of a Stiles/Lydia/Derek OT3 for me (AWWWWESOME) and basically, there is literally no way that I'm going to hate it or be upset by it in any way.

Just for the record. Everyone go check out that mother ASAP. And leave them lots of kudos and nice things because thank you forever, Author. You're awesome! Go you! 20,000 words! You're blowin' my mind!



Gonna read the hell out of that thing just as soon as I get this extremely late fic done and survive Thanksgiving. Uh, yeah.
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So, this is a thing that has been happening for years, but it's gotten a lot worse lately and it is just. SO fucking annoying. SO annoying.

Membership at [livejournal.com profile] theborogoves is NOT OPEN. That means CLOSED. All fic there is ALREADY PUBLIC. If you run into a link that says members only, that is NOT AN INVITATION FOR YOU TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY. That means that THAT FIC IS NOT PUBLIC ANYMORE.

Repeat: ALL FIC AT THEBOROGOVES THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE PUBLIC ALREADY IS. IT'S ALL PUBLIC. WE ARE NOT HIDING FIC FROM YOU. THIS IS NOT A TRICK. SERIOUSLY.

So when you PM me at my journal asking me about this, please know that you're basically telling me that you didn't even bother to look at the profile for the community, which says all of this quite clearly. (I even changed it just now to extra extra big letters since it seems to be a problem for everyone! Does that help?) Also know that I cannot reply to you UNLESS YOU HAVE PRIVATE MESSAGING TURNED ON. (Seriously this has happened like 5 or 6 times by now, really??) So basically you're asking me an annoying question and then forcing me to ignore you. Awesome. Great work.

Also know that I am not going to fucking hunt anyone down anymore to answer your stupid question that you could answer yourself by taking two minutes and reading the rules to a community that you are asking to join. I am not your mother and I am beyond sick and tired of getting these messages all the time and having to repeat myself over and over and over. You guys. For real. This is not that complicated. It's in the rules. I've said it several times in mod posts. I don't know where else to put it.

FIC IS PUBLIC. FRIEND THE COMMUNITY TO READ. ONLY WRITERS ARE MEMBERS. WHICH IS WHY MEMBERSHIP IS CLOSED. THE END.

deep breath. okay, I'm sorry for the rant you guys, and please know this is not directed at any specific person that has sent me a message, but rather is built up bitchiness from like, 5 years of getting the same PM over and over again (5 years! I created this community in 2007! That's 5 years! Ridiculous!). I know that individually these are all probably very nice people and would feel bad for annoying someone and also most likely are young/not familiar with LJ etiquette, but seriously. Read the rules before you PM the maintainer of the community. This is basic common sense, am I wrong?

plans

4 November 2012 10:29 am
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So, taking a page from many of my dear friends, I'd like to let you guys know my future plans regarding LJ.

I'm really not interested in staying there permanently anymore, I haven't been for awhile. If most of the fannish communities weren't there, I'd be long gone. Unfortunately, I have a permanent account (something I bought when I was, God, 16? 15? It was a present from my parents, I remember, and so obviously that was before I knew that I would come to disagree with 99% of LJ's business decisions) so I can't exactly ~stop paying them to express my displeasure, but eventually I hope to stop using it completely. Of course that day will happen once fandom stops using LJ completely, which seems to be LJ's intention, some days.

So from now on I'm going to be posting from DW exclusively. Anyone who has a DW account, please let me know so I can start working on my reading page and filling in the gaps. Comments will still be open at LJ, and I'm not gonna be shutting everything down just yet, but I'd like to start moving in that direction, at least.

But, maybe most importantly to the people surfing my journal/s, my fic will no longer be hosted at LJ. I've been slacking off lately at [livejournal.com profile] theborogoves anyway, and LOL it's mostly a OneDirection party there anyway (no hard feelings though, go crazy guys, you're awesome) so everything I write from now on will be hosted at my AO3.

I'll still signal boost it at LJ communities, and for challenges and stuff of course, but AO3 is gonna be my permanent gathering place, that's all.

I still have a free DW account and now that I have a job (which is going great by the way - !!!) I can hopefully upgrade to a paid one, because if there's any place that deserves my money, it's Dreamwidth. And for those of you who are maybe debating whether or not to make a transition, I strongly urge you to make the jump, because wow. It's such a change from LJ. It's so...friendly and transparent and logical. Who'd have thought?
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I am now employed! What up!

Starting next week I'll be the director of the tutoring center at a college here in Des Moines. It's part time, but the pay is actually not bad (enough for me to get my own place eventually (!!!) if I choose to do so) and it's only part time in the evenings, which leaves me ALLL DAYYYY to write and send stuff out and do other things and such.

I mean, you guys, I'll have a salary and everything. I'm really taking this "pretending to be an adult" thing seriously, huh.
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LIFE WITH DEREK IS OFFICIALLY COMING BACK. THIS IS HAPPENING. NEW CANON IS HAPPENING.

YOU GUYS, LWD FRIENDS, WHERE ARE YOU, HOLY SHIT, LET'S HAVE A GROUP HUG, THIS IS AMAZING

I'M SO TOTALLY GOING TO DO A PIMP POST AS SOON AS I CAN STOP MAKING DOLPHIN NOISES, BECAUSE THIS FANDOM NEEDS TO BE A THING. ARE YOU LISTENING EVERYBODY? YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS SHOW.





(UM, EXCUSE ME TEEN WOLF, REMEMBER WHEN MICHAEL SEATER AND ASHLEY LEGGAT DID A PODCAST IN WHICH THEY ACTED OUT A SCENE FROM A DASEY FIC, YES THAT REALLY HAPPENED AND YES IT WAS GLORIOUS SO ACKNOWLEDGE PLEASE)
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Day 3, sort of - baked pork chops and peach raspberry kuchen! Better pictures this time because my mother's cell phone was not purchased in 2006, unlike other people I could mention (me).

FOOOOOOOD )
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From jeyhawk/tumblr:

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing and I’ll tell you something about the story I’d write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write)

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. High School / College AU





Reasons I abandoned my recipe meme: because I've been subsisting on coffee and spearmint gum for the past two weeks. I am significantly less happy with the lack of good food in my life but I've also lost like five pounds. I don't think that's a good thing, though.

I also have signed up for, let's see. 3 Teen Wolf exchanges. With the amount of writing I've been producing lately I don't think I'll have any trouble but still. Jesus Christ.
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Day 2! Raspberry bok choi salad with a sandwich wrap.

Bok choi (best salad green ever), purple grapes, uncooked green beans, thyme, rosemary, dill, celery, mushrooms & light raspberry vinagrette. The kind I used is like - raspberry acai, and it's more like a sauce than a dressing, but whatever.

Then sandwich wrap with black forest ham, Wisconsin havarti herb (havarrrrrrti) and chipotle mayo in a blue corn & flaxseed tortilla. The chips are herb & parmesean Sun Chips. Dessert was sliced cara cara oranges dusted with sugar.

Pics or it didn't happen )

Goddamn, you guys, goddamn.
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So my [community profile] pod_together project just went live, which was a joint effort with the lovely [personal profile] bessyboo. Check it:

The Dog Days Are Over
Life with Derek, Derek/Casey, Basically Casey wanted a dog, is how it started, and what Casey wants, Casey gets. Derek's not sure who wrote that rule but he takes serious issue with it.

I forgot to put it in the notes that [livejournal.com profile] thebucketwoman did a beta read for me, but you're in there now! SORRY SORRY ILU.

Please go check it out because Bess did a fantastic job, and she made some adorable cover art and I'm very proud of what we managed to scrape together between both of our troublesome deadline habits. If you're not familiar with the fandom, all you need to know is that they're type A stepsiblings in love, and who doesn't want to read about that? NOBODY!
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The 30 Days of Lunch Meme! From nobody, because I just made this up.

For the next month, eat something every day that is delicious and makes you happy. Are you dieting? Fuck dieting. Life is short and food is life, so chow it down and throw it up in order to entice others to join you in your gastronomical passion party.

(Note: Interpret "lunch" as loosely as you want because nobody wants to see a picture of the can of Mountain Dew and Kudos bar that you wolfed down on lunch break last Thursday. No offense, but we have our own shame.)

Day One! Reuben sandwich, the "Meagan and her mom at 3 AM" version.

Pics or it didn't happen. )

Grill marble rye bread spread with butter (just a little) with Thousand Island dressing and Havarti cheese (because we have history with Swiss and as such it is persona non grata 'round these here parts). Grill - separately - turkey pastrami and sauerkraut (just enough to scorch it and get it hot), pile all together and serve with baked Ruffles. Party hard.

Turkey pastrami is a lot milder than regular pastrami or corned beef, and so it makes it so you can taste everything better, I think. It's also juicier, which makes the sandwich messier, but if you don't get messy eating a Reuben you're doing it wrong. Anyway I like turkey pastrami a lot better, it's not nearly as overpowering, especially paired with the kraut.

Fun fact: when I was a young'un I had this friend Leah who loved these, and we tried for years to figure out how to bring them with us successfully on car trips. We never quite figured it out, but since we were driving around Iowa and Nebraska we found them at every diner we stopped at, natch.
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I'm getting pretty ace at this cooking good food thing. Check it out, cuz I'm excited!

Roasted Zucchini Mint Salad and Chocolate Orange Cloud Cake )

I made all of it with spaghetti carbonara and BAM! Everyone loved me. Because this is delicious, and also maybe because I left the pancetta fat in the sauce when I made the spaghetti. Either one. Fuck dieting.
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I went to the library today and checked out a little Ovid, a little John Keats, a little Gilgamesh, a little Dante, why? Teen Wolf. Teen Wolf is why.

Ugh why did I major in English it's ruining my LIIIIIFE
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GUYS GUYS GUYS

Since I apparently have fic ADD lately, I've abandoned figuring out the next chapter of the Teen Wolf bunny rabbit thing and apparently started a huge, epic Spider-Man fic. Because, uh, why not.

It's sitting at about 10,000 words right now and it will probably be around 20k when it's done, maybe. I dunno. I've seriously written this thing over the course of like three days, and I have the whole plot convalescing in my head and I'm super excited about it.

I would use it for something like the Marvel big bang, but sign ups are closed. Off topic: I really, really hate that big bangs close author sign ups right away. It's like, what if I didn't know about it?! What if I come up with a huge story in the beginning of August that I'd like to use for a big bang but the only one available closed sign ups two months ago?! Even though there's still plenty of time for me to finish and get the story edited in time for the due date in September?! Goddamn it!

This has happened to me like five or six times, I cannot even tell you. Frustrated.

Rambling included; spoilers for the Avengers and the new Spider-Man )

So, would anyone like to read it? I could use some opinions. It's very plot driven, so don't expect anything special, but I am super psyched about this piece and I'd like to have someone to talk about it with. I realize this is like the fifth time I've asked this this month, but any takers?
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I am a tad drunkity-drunk right now, but I would like to share this with the world/reading page/people Googling my fic:

I went to my little brother's first real gig as a paid, professional musician tonight and he fucking killed it. You guys, he is amazing. I cannot even tell you.

I am not even being biased as most sisters would be, I am in fact being as entirely truthful as one could possibly be in the state of intoxication that I am currently enjoying: he is Going Places and I am so proud of him, I can't even. I can't.

He sang and played his guitar like a mofo and he was engaging and dynamic and basically was a rock star, and this dive bar he was playing at ate it up and it was just the best. Literally the best.

Verklemmt, I'm verklemmt, is what I am. I did not even mind seeing all these people I went to high school with there, who are now truckers/fat/pregnant/have no teeth.

Going Places! I love my brother and am very lucky to have him. I also love all of you guys, and the whole world, really. But especially my bro.

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