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Date: 2018-02-04 21:20
Subject: Really great weekend
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I had an excellent weekend.

Started off on Friday by earreading Jason Reynolds' newest book, Long Way Down. I'm in love with his writing and he reads this audiobook, so it was wonderful hearing the verse straight from his heart. I also mailed out some presents on Friday. I always feel good sending out things that I hope will make people I love smile.

Then I watched Groundhog Day. I watch the movie every year, if I can, and this year [personal profile] cowboyguy watched it with me because she'd never seen it all the way through before. For the first time ever, I noticed the groundhog quilt hanging in the background and the giant groundhog trashcans that are, like, in 20 scenes (don't know how I never noticed them before now). This was a pretty exhausting work week (Thursday night I worked until 8:30 pm) so it was nice to be able to relax on Friday after work. And having someone over means keeping my house clean, so that was a nice excuse to scrub the bathrooms and vacuum the floors (I even managed to NOT drop the vacuum cleaner on my head this time).

Saturday, my alarm went off at 7, but I slept in until 8. Then I got up and headed to the library. I was working solo that day (no fellow volunteers), so I tackled both the morning bookdrop and the entire picklist (books people have put on hold) by myself. I still managed to get out by 11am! I went to Walmart and found the perfect spiral bound journal to use for my trip to Orlando. It's Frozen-themed and came with stickers and a pen as well (and was only $1.88). I made my ticket reservations for 3 of the 5 days I'll be there and drafted a schedule so I know what days to plan on going to Universal and what days I'll be hitting Disney. Really expensive, but it feels good to have this decided. I'm much less anxious now.

I also started work on my new project: go through one box every week. I got through the box last night, but I still have to find homes for a few of the items that were in it. I'll handle that later tonight. I watched a lot of Highlander as well. Just 3 more episodes and I'll be done with the series again! And the last three episodes are the best ones from the whole season, so it's a relief to leave all the potential spinoff chicks behind. AND I worked out on Saturday. My fitbit doesn't register it as aerobic activity (it did the first time I did the same workout video, and this time I was jumping instead of just bouncing). It was exhausting, but I felt wonderful afterward. I think I need to remember that feeling so I'll keep working out. Also, I bought myself a porg using an Amazon gift card and I'm not allowed to open the package until I complete a month of workouts!

I completed a Samurai Sudoku I found in the box (I actually found about 20 of them, but this one was unfinished, and it feels so good to finish things). I also watched all the episodes of Aces, a web series I learned about years ago and kept forgetting to watch.

I started reading the World of Wakonda TPB (#1-6) on Saturday and finished reading it Sunday morning in bed. I like the characters, but I'm not in love with the writing. I had really hoped for Roxanne Gay to impress me and she just didn't. I went to make my special weekend breakfast (2 scrambled eggs, vegetarian sausage, and an Eggo with oats & berries) and found that I had no saussage patties! So I braved the icey rain outside and went to the supermarket for them. I also bought a small thing of melon (as that was on the list of fruits that aren't WAY HIGH in sugar). I did self checkout but the guy bagging gave me a hard time about buying only two items. "We sell 42,000 things here, and you're only buying 2?" he asked. I replied "I was in the middle of making breakfast and only need these two things. I'm hungry and it's not even 9am and I just want breakfast!" He let me go with a shrug. It was weird. If this store wasn't literally 20 seconds from my house, I wouldn't shop there.

I found places for a few more things from the box and then made arrangements with [personal profile] cowboyguy to hit Build-a-Bear. They sent an awesome coupon out this morning and I've been wanting a Washington Capitals bear for more than 3 years now. So this was my excuse to finally get one. Before I left, I did another workout (this one with weights), took a shower, and ate a light lunch (6 whole wheat crackers & cheese).

The Build-a-Bear store was uncomfortably packed with tiny humans, which I normally wouldn't mind, but it made getting around difficult and when I was checking out there was one child just screaming and crying and I was NOT happy either. Anyway, I got a hockey bear friend and was pleasantly surprised to find they had black duffle bags as well, which weren't supposed to be in stock at that store. When we got the new bear stuffed, I kissed his pretty, shiny red heart and had Morgan bear so the same, because I'd brought Morgan along to get his pawsport stamped. So my new bear, named Bruiser, now has a bag, skates, a hockey stick & puck, and a full Washington Capitals outfit. Squee! I love him very much. He's a tough little bear, but he also gives nice hugs because his arms are wide. I love him very much. I also bought Morgan bear a new jacket and a new hoodie because both fit his color scheme/style perfectly. I look forward to watching the Caps games with him! When I got to the checkout, however, the coupon didn't apply to him. I was a little frustrated because I'd read the fine print and had just misunderstood the wording. ARG! But I luckily had 3 $10 off coupons/bear bucks/gift certificates. So it wasn't so bad in the end. It still amounts to 25% of my weekly budget though! The store right across from Build-a-Bear was showing Washington Capitals on the TV, so that was a fun coincidence.

I stopped to fill up my tank on the way home, even though it was still cold and rainy outside. I've got to be on the road by 6:45 tomorrow morning, so there's no getting up early to get gas. I realized that I was in the shopping center where I'd been planning on seeing a movie that afternoon, and I realized that I had 45 minutes until the movie started. I found the Best Parking Spot right in front of the theater and then walked to the grocery store where I bought a thing of yogurt (has more protein that sugar) and plastic cutlery. Then I sat in my car for 15 minutes and ate and listened to my audiobook, which is getting serious right now (on disk 10 of 17, and I'm really worried about the characters! I'm reading the third Diviners novel by Libba Bray and am in love with just about every character). I headed in to see the movie, thrilled that there were only 3 other people in the theater. So I picked a good spot and right before the movie started, a family came in and sat right behind me and the kid proceeded to kick my seat for the next hour. I turned around several times and after one espectially hard kick I turned and gave such a look that there were only a couple kicks for the last hour. Anyway, I saw Coco finally. I wanted to see it before I went to Disney World, so I'd be sure to get any references there. I loved the movie. I cried my way through 3 tissues near the end. Even though all the major plot twists were obvious, it was still incredibly sweet and there was fantastic worldbuilding and music. So wonderful.

I got home around 6:30 and finally got Bruiser into his clothes. Poor baby bear was naked for hours. I just watched the Superbowl halftime show and I plan on watching a repeat of the puppy bowl at 10:15 tonight when it's on again. My DVR claims to be recording it, but I can't find it if that's the case. I think my DVR is on its last legs. Which is sad, because I have SO MUCH on it I need to watch. I managed to cut my finger open with a steak knife while eating dinner, but it's not deep enough to need stiches--a Minions band-aid is doing the trick. I snuggled with cats and did a little more Sudoku. Now I'm going to watch the Methos & Joe show and deal with the rest of this box of stuff.

In all, it's been a great weekend. I read two books, saw some movies, hung out with a friend, watched some Highlander (just 3 more episodes and I can cross off another of my 101 Things in 1001 Days goals), cleaned/organized the house, volunteered, worked out twice, got a new bear friend I've wanted for years, and I get to end it all with puppies. In all, a weekend full of happy things.

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Date: 2018-01-26 15:32
Subject: Superhero weakness
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If I were a superhero (I mean, I'm not exactly saying I'm not...) my weakness would be a vacuum cleaner. First, I can never spell it right, so it taunts me in its very existance. Second, I am not good at vacuuming. I use the wrong adaptors or whatever they're called (extentions? thingies?) and I bend over to see the floor and come out of it with a backache every time. And today I managed to DROP THE VACUUM ON MY HEAD. Yes, that's right. On the TOP of my head. It was at the top of a short flight of stairs and I was at the bottom and I pulled and down it came, right on my head. Hard. OWWW.

I think my cats are smart to run from it. Not because it will do them harm, but because it it dangerous in their mommy's hands. Also, my vacuum tore their BB-8 toy apart a few minutes ago. Also pulled a tie right off a seat cushion like it was on an indistrial setting or something. I think BB-8 is repairable, just not right now. Now I have to resume the torture that is vacuuming. Well, after I give this cold pack a little more time on my head. That was a really hard blow.

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Date: 2018-01-25 00:04
Subject: New word!
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I learned a new word this week. I was flipping through a book at the library about George Washington's spies, looking for Hercules Mulligan, and noticed a passage about Mulligan meeting the impecunious Alexander Hamilton.

Impecunious. I made note of it because I didn't know the word and wanted to look it up later. Today I looked it up. And I have a much better way of remembering its meaning now:

After spending more than $800 on Charlie's vet bill today, I am impecunious.

I'm also no closer to figuring out what Charlie's problem is. I was pretty sure it was something wrong with her throat until today. Today, my desperation for her to breathe made me give in and get her allergy tested with two different tests (one for food allergies, one for environmental). She had to fast for 12 hours, but I gave her calming meds and she slept under the blanket with me all night and wasn't bothered until I locked her in my bedroom for an hour this morning while Ozma ate. Anyway, it wasn't until I was leaving the vet that I thought perhaps it's not an allergy at all. Maybe it's asthma. I don't know.

I have 2 days left to clean my house before I have about 20 people over for an afternoon. I'm starting to freak out a little. I can do this. I can do this. It's mostly clean apart from the basement (which is almost okay). But it needs to be re-cleaned so it's perfect. Suddenly I feel like it's Passover (which is a joke only [personal profile] melydia is going to get). I also need to round up blankets and stuffed animals and move the cat tree so there's room for that many people.

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Date: 2018-01-20 21:23
Subject: Party of Five and Life Ramblings
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Just watched the Thanksgiving episode of Party of Five, season 1. I vaguely remember watching it back in 1994. Am pretty sure I cried more this time around. Especially at Charlie's scene.

I just heard someone's doing a reboot of the show. Am not sure how I feel about that, though putting in a deportation plotline would be an interesting twist.

Last night I spent the whole evening watching one of Critical Role's one-shots (Hearthstone). It was 4 hours long. Then I went to bed and watched news coverage until about 1 and had the news on well past 5 am. Not sure why I was so surprised to be so tired this morning when I tried to get up at 7, but I was. I've been having LOTS of trouble getting out of bed in the mornings. I really need something motivating to get me up in the mornings again. Yuri on Ice was SO good for that. And, for a while, the incentive of getting a lot done before work was good for that. But that didn't last long.

The new dietary choices that were so shockingly thrust upon me last week aren't helping with the fatigue yet. But I'm already starting to lose weight. I'm down 2.6 pounds in a little over a week. Now I just need to get back to working out regularly.

I watched Wayward Sisters this week. Loved it. For a backdoor pilot, I definitely enjoyed it. I know some places have been ripping it apart, but I hope it gets the green light! The cast is fantastic, and it would be fantastic to have a whole group of strong women in the SPN world who don't get killed off just because of their proximity to the WInchesters. It would be a refreshing change and a good show on top of that. In Jody Mills I trust!

My ice maker's been broken. I tried a whole bunch of things today, and it's possibly fixed? I JUST heard an ice cube! Which is YAY! I was worried I'd have to call a repairman. But I think it's going to be okay. Might take some time to fill that whole thing with ice again now that it's emptied. But at least it's working. I really don't have the money for more repairs right now.

I am going to take Charlie cat in for allergy testing on Wednesday, which is $300. I am not sure her problem with moist food is an allergy, but I guess we'll see. She's not going to be happy with me at all. She's got to be locked in my bedroom for 12 hours with no food before the test. Which means I'm not getting any sleep at all Tuesday night! It also means my parents had to come over today to fix my bedroom door that won't close. And they're coming back again tomorrow to finish the job; apparently whatever brilliant person put doors in my house did so with the parts of the doorknob not lining up. So two doors in my house just can't close properly. Finally fixing it. Better late than never.

I went to a BookCrossing meetup today. Was lovely to see the folks, even though I started to feel a little overwhelmed when one of them was talking about the several million dollars he has. Um, I'm trying to live on $150-$200 a week at the moment. Luckily, so far in 2018, I'm 3 for 3 weeks in sticking to my budget! I even got half my lunch for free today because I had a Panera reward. And I parked at the Metro so I wouldn't have to pay for the parking garage. It was only 2 blocks away and I was glad for the extra steps. I'm on my way to Mordor in my step tracking! Less than 80 miles left!

I finally got around to updating my 101 Things in 1001 Days project yesterday. I haven't been making much progress since I took an unscheduled leave from swap-bot. That monthly swap really kept me on track. But I'm still looking at around 90 completed this year. 86 was the number to beat from last time around, so I'm still on target for that as long as I can fit some important things into my busy spring schedule.

I'm having friends over on Saturday to watch Harry Potter movies. So my house has to be clean! I got a lot done last week, but I'm nowhere near ready yet. Luckily, I have all day tomorrow. And I've got a few hours left tonight!

So off I go to clean some more!

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Date: 2018-01-17 13:02
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 12
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, spn

This is the last one! Thanks for your patience this year!

Title: Day 12
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Dean returns to the bunker from a hunt to find Sam's still sick.
Notes: Written for my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2017-18 project project for Anonymous.

I had to get friends' opinions on how the situation in your prompt might have happened. It's not really important to the fic, but I needed to make sense of it in my head before I got too far into the story. I hope the result is enjoyable!

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Date: 2018-01-15 17:38
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 11
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, spn

Title: Day 11
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Sam's got a sneeze fetish and one day, in the car, he's just got to hear Dean sneeze.
Notes: Written for my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2017-18 project project for Anonymous.

Gosh, I hope you like this. It's so much fun to have an excuse to write kinky Winchesters!

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Date: 2018-01-15 16:28
Subject: Thor: Ragnarok
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I finally saw Thor: Raganarok in theaters today. I went to the 1pm showing, and the place was SOLD OUT. The theater manager had to go row by row and find individual seats free to put people in. Also, the kid next to me had some sort of green and blue glowy thing that he was playing with every 5-8 seconds (I counted) for the second half of the movie. Which meant I had to hold my hand up at the level of my eyes Phanton of the Opera style for the last hour to block the flashes of light from my view. Otherwise, I loved it :-)

And then I came home and did a search on YouTube. I seem to only have VERY UNCREATIVE ideas for music videos. But that means I can just enjoy that someone else has put the effort into them instead of me. So, yeah, during the last bit of the movie, Imagine Dragon's "Thunder" song stuck in my head. And I was pleased to discover many people have made lovely fanvids to it for Thor. YAY!

Lots more Thunder under here )

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Date: 2018-01-14 23:17
Subject: Cleaning: Day 2
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That moment you finish The Fosters and realize six seasons of Party of Five are available on Netflix. Oh shit. Do I watch in order or just skip to the good H/C episodes? Though, honestly, every episode of this show just dripped with angst, didn't it?

Day 2 of cleaning went... okay. I spent the morning cutting up all my POP figure boxes so I could save the side and front panel as an inventory and get rid of the rest. I also successfully returned canned cat food to Petco. I did a few other little things, like going through my LEGO habitats and trying to ignore Charlie as she asks to be fed the food I cannot feed her, but mostly I binged The Fosters. Hopefully, tomorrow I'll make more progress in cleaning. I still feel good about today though.

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Date: 2018-01-13 23:17
Subject: Food Sucks
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A friend of mine wrote in an email to me yesterday "sometimes food isn't fun." Ain't that the truth?

Because the new food were were trying Charlie out on has been giving her incredible intestinal/digestive problems, I've been switching her back to her old food for the past 2 days. Today I made it 75% of of her old food and 25% of the new and her breathing problems came back as soon as she started eating it tonight. I don't know if it's just because it's wet food of a different consistency or if it's an ingredient in the food. But there goes that forever now. I have 2 unopened cases of it right now though--one from Petco and one from Chewy. Petco has a 60 day return policy, so guess where I'm heading tomorrow with the return receipt? And I just contacted Chewy about it (they're a mail company without a physical location I can return the food to). I asked Chewy about returns and their policy is that they accept returns up to ONE YEAR after purchase, will take back even opened items, and they pay for the shipping of the return. OMG that's generous. So I told them what food it was and the rep said he would credit my account for the case and then I could just donate it to a local group or shelter instead of returning it (probably the weight makes mailing it back cost prohibitive). So now I get to be happy donating a whole case of food and I don't lose out on any money. I swear, once I find what food Charlie can eat, I'm only ordering from them from now on. What fantastic folks! (Did I mention they sent me a handwritten welcome card when I joined the site? And they send me a Christmas card every year. Seriously, they're awesome).

My own food issues have become more difficult. On Wednesday I went to the doctor's for a follow-up on my migraine issue and they did some blood work. The results came in on Thursday and I was told to "cut out carbs and sugars." After having a complete melt down on Thursday, trying to figure out how the heck to do that while also avoiding the foods that make my IBS bad and also avoiding meat (still a vegetarian) I started to come to terms with it. I'm honestly not really a fan of food, so I'm not that upset about changing my diet. I'm more upset because I don't cook and it's REALLY hard to find food and drinks out there that doesn't have any carbs and sugar in them. I'm giving myself permission to finish off most of the Amy's meals in my freezer, because they're actually not too bad on both those levels, though they have more than 0 carbs & sugars. It was actually something melydia told me at our write-in on Friday that helped the most--about how it probably feels like this is my fault. And it wasn't until she said it that I realized that was what I was most upset about. Somehow, she knew what was really bothering me before I did. Saved me so much time trying to deal and reflect. And, yes, I do blame myself. Because my eating habits have been pretty bad lately. But thiis kind of thing runs on my dad's side of the family too, so maybe it's not completely my fault either. I was being really hard on myself and frustrated on top of it, and that's not good.

My word of the year is kindness. I've got to be better at being kind to myself. And that includes eating things that my body can handle and avoiding the stuff it can't as much as I possibly can. It was Briana Buckmaster at the Supernatural Convention this past fall who said "You get one fucking meat suit in this life. Be kind to your bodies." I'm really trying to follow that advice (even though I couldn't remember for sure who said it until I checked my notes just now).

I tried MiO in my water yesterday (because I dislike the taste of water), and it was amazing. Your Sassy Gay Friend really was telling the truth all those years ago. I should never have doubted him.

Another good thing is that I'm having my Harry Potter group over to my house in 2 weeks (this weekend I AM CLEANING ALL THE THINGS) so I can provide them with refreshments in the form of the lemonade/juice and cookies in my house that I now can't eat. So those things won't go to waste.

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Date: 2018-01-13 11:29
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 10
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Title: Day 10
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Neville Longbottom/Charlie Weasley
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Neville gets a care package from England and hassome unplanned fun with his boyfriend.
Notes: Written for my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2017-18 project project for Anonymous.

This was SO much fun to write. But after I wrote it, I worried that maybe when you said "using it for some fun" maybe you didn't mean sexy times fun. If you hate it, let me know and I'll give it another go.

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Date: 2018-01-11 23:35
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 9
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Tags:firefly, giftfic, holiday gift

Title: Day 9
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Firefly
Rating: PG
Pairings: canon
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Everyone thinks Mal's sneezing except for Simon.
Notes: Written for my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2017-18 project project for Anonymous.

This is one of those that could have gone on a lot longer, but it was already a little long and I really just wanted to get to the good part (the sneezing). I hope you like it!

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Date: 2018-01-09 17:35
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 8
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Title: Day 8
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Finn/Poe
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Poe comes home from a mission feeling sick.
Notes: Written for my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2017-18 project project for Anonymous.

Somehow, I managed to write Finn as both acting without thinking things through AND as incredibly sweet and thoughtful. Not sure if that works! LOL But I hope you like it!

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Date: 2018-01-07 12:53
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 7
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, tw

Title: Day 7
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: canon
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Every autumn, a virus attacks the Torchwood Hub.
Notes: Started for Weekly Hatching Bunny 203 (fandom). Finished for my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2017-18 project project for Anonymous

This went longer than any of the other giftfics this year, and I still don't think I did it justice. Maybe, when I have more time, I'll go in and add more scenes. But, for now, I included the scenes that I'd always meant to write for this story. And this was an excellent excuse to do so! Thanks for remembering this fic and wanting more of it. I hope it lives up to your expectations after all these years!

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Date: 2018-01-05 21:45
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 6
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Title: Day 6
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Middle Earth
Rating: R
Pairing: Bilbo/Thorin
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Thorin's sneezy and missing his Bilbo.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2017-18 project for [personal profile] seashadows

Okay, um, so I was kind of inspired by the one thing you said you didn't want in the story. Please don't hate me! I promise I didn't actually put it in! And I hope very much that you like the story anyway.

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Date: 2018-01-03 22:45
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 5
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Title: Day 5
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Marvel
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Natasha/Clint/Coulson
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Clint's sick and stuck in a safehouse with Natasha for Christmas.
Notes: Written during my 13 Ficlets in 13 Days in 2017 project for [personal profile] smokeycat_430

OH my goodness! I completely lost track of my days and forgot to post this yesterday! It was one of the first fics I wrote for this project, too! Sorry about that! I hope that you like it and all the little details I stuffed into it :-) I adore writing threesomes, but this is my first time with these particular characters, so I hope it's okay!

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Date: 2018-01-01 10:26
Subject: Fanfic Year in Review 2017
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Past years: Year 2008, Year 2009, Year 2010, Year 2011, Year 2012, Year 2013, Year 2014, Year 2015, Year 2016

There's a key in the expredsheet link below saying where each fic was posted, if there's a fic there you want to read and haven't yet.

Fanfic Year in Review: 2017

Total pieces I wrote this year: 76 (several not yet posted)
Expredsheet list of all: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/yearinreview/FinishedFics17.htm

1- Baby Driver
1- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
1- Firefly
1- Forever Knight
1- Gilmore Girls
1- Hamilton
1- Horatio Hornblower
1- Queer as Folk
1- Riverdale
1- Sense8
1- The 10th Kingdom
1- The Breakfast Club
1- Torchwood
1- Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
1- Star Trek (Reboot)
1- Star Trek: Enterprise
1- Stargate: SG-1
2- Buffy: the vampire slayer
2- Grantchester
3- BBC Sherlock
3- Merlin
3- The Hobbit
3- Yuri on Ice
4- Harry Potter
4- Lord of the Rings
4- Star Wars
5- Marvel
10- Supernatural
10- Original Fiction

8- G
24- PG
23- PG-13
6- R
5- NC-17

Sexual Content:
6- Yes
60- No

Challenges, fests, etc. I participated in:
January- 13 Ficlets in 13 Days
January- Sick Days 2 Challenge on TUMBLR
April through December- All the fandoms! Even more sneezes! (my own comment meme)
April- Camp NaNoWriMo
July- Camp NaNoWriMo
October- Hurt/Comfort Bingo
November- NaNoWriMo
December- 12 Ficlets in 12 Days

Reasons for pieces:
6- Written for self, just because
12- Written for someone else (request or gift)
19- Written for fests, challenges, prompts, etc.
29- Personal Project (including drabble project)

Monthly Breakdown
13- January
0- February
1- March
4- April
2- May
0- June
20- July
10- August
5- September
6- October
0- November
5- December

It was a rough year for writing; I'm not going to lie. I didn't get nearly as many stories written as I wanted. And the meme kind of fizzled out as I moved from LJ to DW. Don't know what the future will bring for that, but I did write more than a handful of fills, and I'm proud of that. Most of all, I had fun writing and challenging myself a little this year. And getting a good start on a Strokes story I've been wanting to write for years was an excellent accomplishment, even if I didn't get the whole novel finished in 50,000 words (still have a long way to go after hitting that mark).

Some of my favorite pieces:

  • The Best and Worst (Buffy: tvs)- I've never explored Spike/Buffy in this way before. And even though this is short, I really liked the feel of this piece.
  • Many (Sense8)- This was my first time writing in the fandom. Clusterfic can present some logistical nightmares, but I thought this came out wonderfully. I also have a thing for common cold remedies from different parts of the world, so this was an excellent excuse to play that out. And what could possibly be a better cure than your cluster all cuddling you in bed?
  • Friday Night Adventurers (Original Fiction)- I've been watching a lot of D&D & RPGs on YouTube, and I was part of a short-lived company recently. So I had a blast writing this. The majority of this was written in one day in pretty much one sitting, and I really couldn't be happier with it. I love that they don't know one character well enough to do much for him, but their way of showing they care is being able to take care of his character ingame.
  • Wolf Pack BDSM Club "F" series (Original Fiction; Anthro)- This series of 4 stories was unstoppable. They consumed me entirely until I wrote them. I had such an amazing time coming up with the culture of the club and the personalities of various characters therein. I loved seeing the story unfold from different POVs for each fic. And I definitely loved watching Nathaniel's and Richard's sneeze fetish take off the way it did.

Goals:The only goal I set myself last year was to write, and I definitely did that. I did a whole lot of editing as well. This year, I'm a little worried about setting specific writing goals. I'd certainly like to write more overall. I'd also like to work on another Strokes collection and finish the first draft of the piece I started for NaNoWriMo.

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Date: 2017-12-31 14:13
Subject: My 2017
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I had a super rough night last night; one of the worst I've had in maybe 15 years. I'm still recovering from it, but I'm a lot better now (thanks in part to an excellent, wise friend who happened to be online last night when I was at my worst). I'm a little worried about being too reflective right now (is that the word?) but I started writing this list a few days ago and feel like sharing it. Here's my 2017.

Word of the year: Survive

Books Read: 153

Stories Finished: 77 (but haven't posted them all yet)

Conventions Attended:

  1. CONfabulation
  2. AwesomeCon
  3. ConneXions
  4. BrickFair
  5. Supernatural DC (Creation Entertainment)</li>

  • Angel (family cat)
  • Butterscotch (family cat)
  • FURBALL (not a cat; lovely friend)

Significant Events:
  • My work moved out of its Virginia offices in May. In September, we moved into our Maryland offices. Set up a dedicated home workspace in the interim. Now I have a 1.5 hour commute but get to work from home 3 days a week
  • Work conference in Washington, DC (my second worst conference ever; first worst was Boston and third worst was also in DC)
  • Hosted a murder mystery dinner
  • Spent one day doing ALL of Portland!
  • Attended a Harry Potter-themed library fundraiser and won two raffle prizes
  • Went on two day-long Geocaching trips (and decided it is NOT the hobby for me but got to visit the amazing National Park Seminary at Forest Glen)
  • Participated (but did not finish) the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge
  • Attended a kickass Ed Sheeran Concert and got to hear several of my favorite songs live including "I See Fire" from The Hobbit
  • Self-published story collection for my 20th community anniversary
  • Completed the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge (including the bonuses) and my library's Adult Summer Reading Bingo Challenge
  • Completed stories for an H/C Bingo

  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Asus transformer tablet
  • My first build-a-bear
  • Small 3-drawer plastic unit for extra socks & build-a-bear clothes in my bedroom
  • New wrapping paper holder
  • Several amazing board games
  • Way too much fan art and a portfolio to hold what won't fit on my walls
  • A custom-made Bear Pride/Genderqueer Pride pillow
  • Way too many Funko POP figures

Other Tthings: lost my dentist of 15+ years (he won't take my new dental plan), also lost a lot of great coworkers in the move, gained more weight than I lost (not sure how much; am scared to look at the scale these days), had to take a mental health break from swap-bot, finally made significant progress on the Pit & Ace Strokes novel I've been wanting to write for almost a decade, spent a lot of time with friends I love, watched a hell of a lot of MSNBC, found some Amazon Prime music stations I like, probably a bazillion other things that happened earlier in the year that I can't remember now (I really should keep a better list throughout the year)

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Date: 2017-12-31 12:18
Subject: Holiday Giftfics: Day 4
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, sg

Title: Day 4
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Stargate: SG-1
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: When the whole team gets sick offworld, they're stuck there until Dr. Frasier can figure out how to help them.
Notes: Written during my 13 Ficlets in 13 Days in 2017 project for [personal profile] ladykorana

I am SO sorry for any errors. Also not my best work; my apologies if it's a little rough. I felt like this fic should really be twice as long, but I didn't have the time with other giftfics to make it more than 8 pages. So I hope you like it anyway!

Day 4 Story

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Date: 2017-12-31 00:49
Subject: Link About Colds
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The Smithsonian totally gets me. They just sent me this: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-scientific-reason-cold-weather-could-cause-colds-180953817/?utm_source=onesignal

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Date: 2017-12-29 22:18
Subject: I am not so popular
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That moment that your stuffed bear has more followers on Instagram than you do:

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