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Need to update more often. Ummmm.

June SWG challenge fic is not yet finished but will be eventually. Have a strong urge to pick a song from the July/August challenge too, but fortunately I can't settle on just one. Life is very upside down and upsetting right now, but I will still get the new chapter of Flamingo to Red in a day or two -- yes I've been saying that for a while but I mean it now, cannot expect aspects of life to settle down just because I need a calm mind for writing. Need to get over that. Write out the angst the way I used to as a teenager (I can vaguely remember such a stage in my life, a long, long time ago --- and no, do not want those days back, thanks).

It's finally winter. Snow on the ground in Sutherland, rumours of a sprinkling of snow on the top of Table Mountain itself, snow on surrounding mountains. So yes, it's cold and we are Africa's children so we are huddled around our heaters, whimpering.

I swapped out my DW icons, I'll need to do that regularly. 15 slots, good grief. They don't let you buy more slots unless you have a paid account, which is kind of self defeating. Certainly not getting a paid account at this point. They cost more than LJ and I'm working with an exchange rate of $1 costing around R13, which makes $35 more than I'd be willing to pay for good antivirus protection.

My space bar is still jamming. The laptop is under warranty, which means I can't take it anywhere else, but they won't fix it under warranty as they'll call it wear and tear, so they'll come pick it up, take it away, fix it when they're good and ready and charge whatever they feel like on the day. I keep hoping one day I'll switch on and find it's just miraculously fixed itself. Might need to get my old laptop back from M though, purely to write with. It has a key missing but that's fine, I can type on it anyhow.

Grandmother section of the post under the cut --- grandchild dealing with A Situation. It was either this or one of the pictures where she looks like she's planning world domination - creepily focused eyes, dead serious face.
pictures )
keiliss: (pink sky)
No, I'm still alive. Just loooots of family stuff lately, all bunched together so I barely had time to breathe. Pink Flamingo is waiting patiently (because it's a nice, understanding fic). I have final edits to do on a chapter, (which should be a day's work really), and then the final chapter to write. I do not know what happened to my creativity, but it took off and hibernated. I have never experienced anything quite like it. I suppose at least part is to do with how quiet fandom has been lately.

My space bar sticking every third word doesn't help inspire me to type, lord knows. I need to get it looked at but it is such a business following the warranty instructions (knew there was a reason to get the extended warranty) and they will take it away and spend forever fixing what is probably a tiny problem so I keep putting it off.

My SWG Hero challenge fic will be late. I was on target and proud of myself but life happened (plus it was so cold that on two nights I just went to bed and left it - we people of the far south do not do single digit temperatures well). Current personal challenge is to finish it before the end of the month. I have to work this around a colonoscopy/gastroscopy and the prep therefor so we're talking less time than the calendar suggests :D

Otherwise life is as it is. Grandbaby is gorgeous and started smiling at 5 weeks (I told her mother she was talking nonsense, but the child does in fact smile, eyes light up and everything). She has discovered Making Sounds and has a sweet, very girly voice. She hardly sleeps at night. Daughter has that hollow-eyed, deathly pale vampire look. I say it's karmic revenge for her 3 months of colic.

I'll be crossposting this. I know I had all these ideas about using the two blogs differently but it's too quiet right now and I'm not exactly posting up a storm so that seems a bit silly really.
keiliss: (lovetherain_by_rainbowgraphics)
MEME - taken from the wonderful [ profile] minuial_nuwing:

Choose a scene from any of my writings, and I will give you one to three sentences that didn't make the final version.


Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers on my flist, I hope you were suitably spoilt today. I got flowers and was taken to see The Avengers (I was forced to wait for this, but it was worth it). I remember wanting to be the Black Widow when I grew up. Saw nothing today to make me change my mind. Brilliant movie! Also saw the trailer for Snow White and am really looking forward to that.
keiliss: (kei by red_lasbelin)
Taken from [ profile] red_lasbelin

Name a character from one of my fandoms (let's confine this to Tolkien :)), and I'll give you either:

(a) three facts about them from my personal canon/fanon,
(b) a reason he/she sucks,
(c) a reason he/she is awesome,
(d) five things that never happened to that character, or
(e) five people that character never fell in love with and why.
keiliss: (Elrond by red_lasbelin. gift - do not ta)
I never imagined any of my MEFA fics would be placed - it's usually the well-loved pairings and themes that do best, and Gil-galad, a Celeborn and Galadriel adventure/romance (or something), a Second Age gap filler, and Arwen don't really fit the profile. So when I got the email today, I was completely stunned. These stories are very dear to me and I am so damn thrilled!!!

Star's End
received First Place in Races: Elves: House of Elrond
Circle of Silver
received Third Place in Races: Elves: House of Finwe
Footsteps in Time
received Third Place in Races: Elves: General
Spaces in the Heart
received Third Place in Races: Elves: House of Elrond
To Be A King
received an Honorable Mention in Races: Elves: General

To those on my flist who reviewed my babies, and to those who did me the honour of nominating them, thank you so very much, this was a wonderful gift.


Sep. 27th, 2008 08:59 pm
keiliss: (darkling by phyncke)
Borrowed from several on my flist.

It always feels good to be able to tell friends what you think makes them special, so...

If you leave your name to this post, I will

1. tell you something I enjoy about your creativity
2. tell you something I appreciate about your communications with me
3. tell you what is most original, unique or special about your lj presence

book meme

Jun. 24th, 2008 05:41 am
keiliss: (play by red_lasbelin)
Book meme - taken from Red, Jane, everyone...

1) Look at the list and
those you have read.
those you intend to read.
the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them

book meme )
keiliss: (me by icon_goddess)
From [ profile] red_lasbelin

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of youand me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised(or mortified!) about what people remember about you.


Jan. 12th, 2007 11:12 pm
keiliss: (lemming)
Tagged by [ profile] phyncke who probably figured I wouldn't do it.

Jane's meme )

Not tagging anyone. If you want it, come and get it.

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