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Vegas!John
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Wow, it's been a while!

Vegas!John
Omg you guys, I haven't posted here since early December. Things have just been a blur. I'm sorry I've been so out of it, fannishly, there's been a lot of stuff going on.

Honestly, last year was so brutally draining, I've needed a bit of recovery time. I love fandom dearly (duh!) and when I feel like I don't have any, um, cheer is the best word I can come up with at the moment, to share, I feel out of place in the land of squee.

Anyway, I'm feeling a lot better now. Busy! But better.

I'll have more to say soon, but hey, here's a blog post from Yahoo! Sports that made me really smile this morning:

Hockey Hugs: Tiny St. Louis; Cuddles from the Beanpot; Anthony Stewart loves you

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Dear Yuletide Santa!

Yuletide trees
Okay, assignments are out so I'd better get this letter up here before you start to worry! Firstly: don't worry. I'm very low maintenance as a gift story recipient. I truly thank you in advance for being willing to write about one of my beloved rare fandoms and I like a wide range of stuff. That being said, you'd probably still like a few more specifics, huh?

Looks like I'm all about the women this year!Collapse )

stepping up briefly to the microphone...

Vegas!John
Hey all,

I don't talk a ton about the volunteer work I do at the Organization for Transformative Works (not that I talk about much of anything at all these days, heh) and on the AO3, but it is very near and dear to my fannish heart.

Now through October 16, the OTW is holding a membership drive to raise the funds needed for us to keep owning our own damned servers, plus supporting the Fanlore wiki, Open Doors archive and zine preservation efforts, legal advocacy services, the Transformative Works and Cultures journal and future projects down the line. OTW membership costs just $10 (USD) and also gives you a vote in the upcoming OTW Board of Directors election. If you've got more than that, there are some cool premium goodies available too.

What's extra cool is that right now there are not just one, but TWO matching grants available (one general grant, and a grant specifically honoring Sandy Herrold) which means that whatever you're able to contribute will be doubled! Details here. If you've been meaning to join or renew, this is a great time to do it.

OTW logo: red circle with an arrow. Text reads: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive October 9-16, 2011

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Yays!

Vegas!John
I'm so happy Merlin is back - it's one of my favorite shows to watch with my daughter, and aside from White Collar and Leverage, the only live action show we're currently watching (the rest are all competition shows like Project Runway, Chopped, etc. heh we even watch American Handyman.)

Actually, what are some other shows we can watch together? She turns 12 next month. She loved SGA. Is Farscape suitable? I've heard good things but don't know much about it. Science fiction, fantasy, and crime/capers without too much sex or "realistic" violence are our favorite genres.

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SGA Fic: Angular Momentum (McKay/Sheppard)

Vegas!John
Hey, so the reveals are in and I can say what I wrote for mcshep_match. Our team didn't win, but I had a lot of fun anyway, and I'm actually pretty happy with how this odd little thing turned out.

Title: Angular Momentum

Summary: He doesn't know why now of all times, after all the crazy disasters they've averted, the impossible odds they've beaten, that he seems to have reached his breaking point.

Notes: Huge thanks to ozsaur for the thoughtful beta notes. This story is better because of you!

If they run the Match again next year, I'll probably give it another whirl. :-)

Remember me?

Vegas!John
It would probably be nice if I updated this thing once a month or so, right? *facepalm* How are you all? What's up?

For me, the good news is that my level of work insanity has finally dropped to below threat level: bears for the first time in many moons. This is good! What wasn't so good was my cable company deciding to "upgrade" internet service in my area, which resulted in almost two weeks of spotty-to-non-existent internet access. The horror! *clings*

But now I'm back! And have internets again! So I'm even posting!

Um, I wrote some stuff? What I did for mcshep_match is still TOP SEEKRIT OMG (but I hope you go and read and enjoy all the entries during the 'fest, and hey I'm on Team McKay, not that I expect that will influence your voting or anything. :g:)

I also wrote for the Teyla Thing-a-Thon over at teylafen. A couple of people have asked if I'll continue this story, and idk! Maybe! I do have a goal of finishing at least one of my longstanding WIPs before holiday 'fest season kicks in this year, but I will certainly hold myself open to any possibilities that occur to me. :-)

A Promise Meant to Keep (1119 words) by faviconRustler
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Teyla Emmagan, John Sheppard
Summary:

It’s the third night that John has been missing, and Teyla can’t sleep. Written for Tielan in the Teyla Thing-a-Thon.

Oh, haha, by the way...

Vegas!John
 On the off chance anybody has subscribed to me on AO3, no, I have not suddenly jumped fandoms and started writing LOTR or Twilight. :g: I was testing the new importer the archive just deployed to make it easier for people from the LOTR and Twilight archives that just got bought to move their stuff to the AO3 if they so desire. We've got a bug where stories posted to the test archive are sending out subscription notifications anyway. Oops! Next time I'll use a generic test account. :-)

Um, in other news, I'm still alive? Busy as hell and trying to write for McShep Match and Teyla Thingathon and do a million things and obviously, spending very little time here! Which I am sorry about! I miss everyone! I was really hoping I'd have more time to spend on fun this summer, but alas, that is not how things are working out so far! 

::pants:: ::looks around::

Back soon!
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Shake your cool thing.

Vegas!John
Fast food is a somewhat exotic novelty for my kids. We live 25 miles from the closest drive-through, and usually only hit one on a road trip into the city to visit my family. Some time last summer, my 5-year old was given a karaoke CD in a Wendy's kid's meal that featured the following four songs:
  1. Dancing Machine (Jackson 5)
  2. Last Dance (Donna Summer)
  3. Shake Your Groove Thing (Peaches & Herb)
  4. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
And okay, yeah, my eyebrows were raised a little by a couple of the song selections (heh, and I now see that these CDs were yanked when some parents complained after mishearing the word "horny" in the lyrics of Last Dance - like the song isn't suggestive enough anyway, haha, that's what made you complain? And 'I Will Survive' in a kid's CD? Seriously?) 

Well, whatever, maybe it makes me the worst parent in the world, but we listen to that CD all the damned time. Whenever we're stuck in the car for a trip of more than about 1/2 hour or so, I'll hear from the back seat, "Mom? I'd really like to hear some disco," and we'll be transported for oh, about 12 minutes or so into boogie wonderland.

Little E likes all the songs, but her hands down favorite is Shake Your Groove Thing  (which up until my older daughter exasperatedly set her straight a couple of months ago, E sang as "shake your cool thing" :g:) All in all? I'll take a little Peaches & Herb over Justin Bieber any day. 

***

So yeah, I've been out of my mind busy with RL work and family stuff and OTW stuff and have barely been around at all. Hopefully I'll have a little time to do some catch up this weekend (and yeah, I know, I'm always saying that!) 

At least I'm mentally working on my SGA story? That counts for something, right? Heh.


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Remix 2011

Vegas!John
So my experience with Remix can be summed up as: a calvacade of Teyla! :g:

I finally got to write Teyla POV in a Team!fic:

Ripples in a Pond (The More Things Change Remix) (1566 words) by faviconRustler
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Summary: A little downtime.


which is a remix of Swimming Hole by texanfan

and lucky me got the fabulous [personal profile] monanotlisa
to remix a couple of my Peace series drabbles into a lovely Teyla/Kanaan piece:

War Stories (The Easy Feeling Remix) (1835 words) by faviconmonanotlisa
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Teyla/Kanaan, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Characters: Teyla Emmagan, Kanaan, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex
Summary: Scars can tell you many things. But it's easier to just ask Teyla.


Yay!

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