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I was playing with a scene in my head while at work. I don't know if I'll ever use it, in any context, but I think I have to. 

The basic premise is the MacGuffin dragged the current viewpoint character into an alternate dimension very similar to her "home" one. (Technically, her's is the AU to the main story. She didn't survive in the main line.) She thinks this is pretty cool, finds a younger brother (who was never born in her world, since she lived to grow up), has escapades, etc, etc.

Then some of "her" people come through, looking for her. And it turns out she's been there too long, and if she tried to go back, it'd kill her. She's stuck. I have this one image of them saluting each other, right before the rest go home and leave her there. Forever.

She left friends behind. Her mother is going to be told she was essentially lost in action, with no body to bury. But she's not dead. And she can't tell anyone that, and no one else will/is allowed to.

All of a sudden it hits her that she's on the other side of the looking glass for keeps. Everything she ever knew up till about a year ago is gone, beyond reclaiming. 

This isn't the grief of a lost love, or a parent, or a child. This is literally her entire world. Here, her mother buried her when she was 3 days old. None of the people she knew know her. They're the same, but not.

And seeing it through her eyes, trying to craft that hollow feeling that she's alone, yeah, I had to work very hard not to start bawling at work. I couldn't exactly tell everyone I was grieving on behalf of a fictional character I created and was currently torturing.

I might not have had a job after that. :D

Of course, then there are the moments when characters get snarky and I have to try not to giggle madly at random an/or inopportune times.

´╗┐Anyone else have this kind of issue? 
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OK, sometimes trying to clean this house really sucks, but on occasion I find some really interesting stuff. The Funk & Wagnell's 1931 Encyclopedia set was a mix of "Why the hell?" and "Cool! These books are almost 100 years old!" I've also located old French primers from my father & uncle.

Today I found a hymnal(?) that was dual language German (I think) and English. That one gets to stay on the shelf due to cool factor. And the "maybe I'll puzzle through it". XD

Mail call

Jul. 9th, 2012 04:46 pm
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Great thing to come home to. :)

I got a package. :D )

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Say it with me, boys and girls:

My Kindle cover has pirate skulls on it. ^_^

I needed a cover for my Kindle Fire. The problem was, every one I saw was ugly, expensive, or both. Bleh!

I looked around for DIY covers, but all the hardback ones I found required sacrificing an innocent book in order to use its broken husk as a base. :(

Then I remembered, waaaaay back when I was a little geek (not the big geek I am now), doing a particular project in 4-H. We covered a plain looking photo album with fabric & padding, to make it look pretty. In fact, I think I can still locate it, if it survived the basement.

Anyway! I realized I have cardboard, duct tape, fabric, glue, and the know-how! I don't need no one else's stinkin' plans! :D

So, without further gilding the lily, here's my Pirate Skull Kindle Cover, start to finish:

Image heavy :) )

The outside fabric was left over from making a bandana for my husband, since a) he needed them for work and didn't like any of the ones for sale, and b) he had a hard time finding ones that fit. The inside fabric was left over from a corset-like top I made for myself. (Between the measuring and the sewing, I apparently lost enough weight that it's not snug anymore. :P)

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Well, I spent just too long at the used book store and missed the mail truck. Seriously, it was pulling away just as I came over the hill to our driveway. Doh! (If you want a cheesy lenticular gradeschool valentine, drop your addy over at this screened post and I'll add you to the list. There's a LJ crosspost if you're not on DW. ^_^)

I had an idle thought thread about how door-to-door mail service is something we take for granted. There was something on the History Channel a while back about how, at one point, mail delivery outside your local village required finding someone who was headed to that particular town, and then hoping they remembered the landmark-based directions you gave them days ago. And now it's niggling at me because there's something there to work with, but I'm not sure what.

Back to the bookstore. I have a list of books/authors I keep an eye out for, mostly in sci-fi & fantasy genres, but there are rows and rows of other books, some I've heard of, some not. And even though they're cheaper used, I'm still leery of buying "sight unseen", as it were.

I'll update my Shelfari eventually to reflect my "have read" and "own" lists, but in the meantime, what would you recommend, in any category, dear f-list? I may be partial to sci-fi and fantasy, but every time I think I don't like a genre, I can think of 2-3 books that would fall in it that I do like, sooooo. XP
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Last minute, I know, but I snagged some awesome lenticular skull/rock'n'roll ones at the grocery store. You know, the little ones you give out in grade school? I like them too much to just shove them in a drawer, so if you want a cheesy little card celebrating one of the most commercial holidays (after Xmas), drop me a line!  XD

(Comments screened, of course.)


Feb. 12th, 2012 07:45 pm
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I followed links from an Instructable about building a penny covered desk, and stumbled across these. Oh gods, so pretty, and I'd collect them all just based on the names! <3 I'd have to swap out the chains for black cord (damned allergies), and maybe convert the earrings to clip-ons, but ... Guh!

(Yes, I like the sparklies, even if I normally can't wear them. XP)

Kitty Spam!

Feb. 1st, 2012 07:38 am
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OK, after f-locking my LJ, this strikes me as ironic, but I have to crosspost this everywhere after finding it on my Twitter feed: Space Cats! )
Let it never be said science is dry and boring. XD
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Well, that was a bust. Too much of the old kennel has fallen onto the large boards, and I can't get them out without tearing it apart.

So it looks like it's the Buy & Mod A Greenhouse route.

If I could afford it, I'd get this one. XD

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Snagged from [ profile] ladydragon76

Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 (or however many you like) holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

OK, now for my list. Done mostly because I think it's funny, since ~1/2 the stuff falls in the "In Your Dreams!" category, and the rest just makes me giggle to list it.

In no particular order, I want:

the bunnies to show up when I'm actually able to write them. )

I know there's more, all equally silly, but I can't think of any at the moment. What would you like? ^_^

(Edit: To be able to draw a pic of G1!Starscream that is stuck in my head and actually have it come out looking good. XP)

In other news, I finally found my cards, so I'mma go make a post with screened comments now.

New Scarf!

Dec. 1st, 2011 09:52 pm
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Just uploaded the pics over on my Ravelry page! ^_^ Go look! <3

This may be the girliest thing I own. XD
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I mentioned last night on Twitter that my foot got stepped on by an 1800lb ox while I was trying to walk him up to the trailer. The ox was a real sweetheart, just nervous because he didn't know me or the farm, and didn't want to get too far from his buddy. I figured I'd have a pretty impressive bruise, but, sadly, not:
Cut a pic of my lovely foot. )
It doesn't really hurt that much, so I'm not too upset about  the lack of show-off-ness.

Yes, I am that strange.

In other news, I found my hair ties! I can make scrunchies again! I love making scrunchies. They're really quick, and with very little change in yarn or stitch count, and little to no change in pattern, I can get some really cool results.

I repeat. Yes, I am that strange. )
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There were 2 minor bright notes over the weekend, and I figure you all are weird enough to get a kick out of my amusement:

1. I got my 6 year old to help me vacuum the entire living room, including the little throw rugs. First, I gave him an 18 lb bag of baking soda (yes, 18 pounds), and showed him how to scatter it over the rugs. He was ... enthusiastic. ^_^ Then, we played "Red Light / Green Light"with the vacuum and its dirt sensor. It took over an hour, but the whole damn living room is a green light. (Of course, by the end, I think it was pulling up bits of the older-than-me rug, but hey.)

2. Thursday was Cookie Day in the kitchen. Which means doing massive (even for a commercial kitchen) amounts of chocolate chip cookie dough and feeding it through one of these .(Actually, the one we have is really really old that they lucked out to find.) It makes those little slugs of ready-to-cook dough you find at the grocery store. Basically, you feed a bunch of dough into the hopper at the top, and it squeezes the dough down to the trays on the conveyor belt, cutting it off on the wire under the hopper as it goes. And all I could think when they pulled it out was "I want one!" I have no idea where I would put it, but I would be preforming cookie dough left and right with it! LOL


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