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Technically my vacation started last night at 7:01 PM, but I'm not here to quibble over details. he point is that I don't have to go back to work until the 20th which is pretty much the most fantastic way to start January that I can think of. And the best part? I don't have to worry about getting to/from work around the huge amount of snow that's supposed to be dumped on us in just a few short days. Snow is soooooo much more acceptable when I don't have to be out in it.

Recently, I've been thinking a lot about FMA and some of the prompts from the [livejournal.com profile] fma_fic_contest journal have really caught my attention, so I thought I would dump them here as a tidy way to keep all of my stuff together.

This first piece is something I wrote thinking it was going to be what I was going to submit as my prompt, but it never worked as well on paper as it did in my head. It did, however, help my to write my actual prompt, and it's Roy and what's not to love about Roy?

The second is my actual entry for prompt #93 and the third is my entry for prompt #95. I love the idea of prompts, they're a great way to get back into the habit of writing, which I both firmly support and am trying to do. Both actual prompt entries were beta'd by [livejournal.com profile] sainnis, though, because I wasn't paying attention, I think I failed to mention it when I posted them originally.

Writing, like bananas, is good.


Cold prompt, version 1.0 )

Cold prompt Version 2.0 )

Family prompt )
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any time i make a resolution to use this journal more, i end up making one long post and then pfft, nothing for a week or more. welcome to my life, hello!

as of 4pm this afternoon, i officially started my vacation. i'll be flying home to visit with my family in the morning where i have six full days to kick around my parents house in the tiny, empty lame town of my birth. it'll be really good to see everyone, though. my mom was here to visit last september, but i haven't seen anyone else from the fam since sept two years ago. i have a nephew who's almost a year and a half that i'll be meeting for the first time. i already shipped the insane amount of picture books that i've been collecting for him since before he was born. it feels so good to get them out of the apartment.

E is coming with me and is meeting everyone other than my mother for the first time as well. if she's nervous, she's doing a really good job of hiding it. i would be nervous, they're all really excited to meet her and will likely deluge her with questions for days. mostly, though, i'm really looking forward to being lazy with her for six days in the sun.

while i'm at my parents house, i'll have limited internets as they have regressed to the 19th century and don't have internet. or cable. i don't know what the hell we're going to do for six days as my family isn't the super chatty type. i think it's going to be a lot of beaching (read: burning) and reading. the number of books i've packed for myself is ridiculous.

i still have some packing left to do and our plane leaves ass early in the morning, but all in all? i'm super excited not to be at work and am totally ready for a break.
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even though i totally love the new doctor, i love the new stories, and i'm slightly terrified about where this is all heading. there are so many echoes of things that have come before, things that are the same but through a slightly different lens that i'm worried. loving it, though.

i have devolved into the most standard cliche i think i have ever managed. i'm working on my writing in a coffee shop. the only thing that could make it moreso is if i were actually drinking coffee instead of chai. i am just not a fan of coffee. chai, on the other hand, is made of awesome and i could drink gallons of it. thankfully it's cool enough that i can still have it warm and not feel like i'm burning up from the inside. cold chai doesn't really do it for me.

this is also day one of my not-a-vacation five day vacation. i have acres of vacation time as the result of working for the same company far longer than i ever expected. every year, i never end up taking anywhere near all of it and as it doesn't roll over and i don't get paid out for it, i have to use it or it goes away. also, as work blows like a whale spout a the moment, time away is nothing but good. so, i have a five day stretch ahead of me filled with the intent to write, hang out with the girl, catch up on cleaning and maybe, possibly, get a hair cut. it's long like whoa and i kind of don't know what to do with it.

oh, and get more of this ginger ale. because just like the little old amish lady who sold it to me told me, i crave it, kind of all the time. i've planned the last two weeks around how to make a trip out to get it. i want some just now writing about it.
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having escaped both family and mild hurricane related weather patterns. i'd forgotten what it was like to be in a storm with wind blowing so hard the rain is horizontal. but, my hometown just got some of the outer bands of gustav, not any of the really damaging stuff, which is good news. the three named systems lined up in the atlantic don't make me feel too good though.

it's good to be home, even though the visit went well. it was very good to see my parents and my brother and his wife. i did a lot of thinking, which i had already been doing and then was confronted with great, huge swathes of time with which to do more. when i feel up to it, when i haven't spent most of my day traveling, when i've put things in better order, maybe i'll talk about it here, a bit.

got some reading done as well, some good, some okay and some absolutely spectacular. again, when i'm in a better frame of mind, i'll discuss.

mostly just wanted to say, i'm home, i'm settled and i have more consistent internet access. and i'm contemplating buying a laptop instead of paying to fix my computer because i am irresponsible with my funds.
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that i can get better, more authentic chinsese food here in Nowhere, Florida than i can get in a major urban center?

my brother and his wife came down last night and are staying till monday, which is fantastic because i get to see them less than i get to see my parents. there are few things that amuse me more than geeking out with my brother, we're so alike it's a little scary.

oh florida

Aug. 29th, 2008 04:07 pm
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you big, sunny, humid, flat sandbar of a state. you're so hot.

though, seeing all three major u.s. bodies of water in one summer? that is pretty cool. i'm not sure if it's just because i grew up here but the atlantic and the pacific seem endless when i look out at them, but the gulf feels finite and homey. it's like, in my head, just beyond the horizon is mexico. we always used to say we were going to swim there when we'd be at the beach in the summer. it never looked that far away on a map.

anyway, here at the folks, with limited internets time, but i'm going to try to keep up.

hello

Aug. 28th, 2008 07:39 pm
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my plane leaves in 12 hours and twenty minutes and i haven't started packing yet.

*laughs insanely*
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so, now i've been home for a little while, went back to work where it was very nice to find i'd been missed and i've had time to process the mass that was comic con. i think i mentioned before how even though we saw the stuff we really, really wanted to see and walked the floor pretty well, i still kind of feel like i missed over half of what was actually going on. there was just so much and so many people. BEA was big, but still about half the size of comic con and book people are not as likely to dress up in costume, either.

more thoughts )
also, san diego was amazing. it was perfect weather and the area of the city we were in was brilliant and i kept asking myself why more people don't live there. and then there was the earthquake which handily answered that question for me. but it was a lovely city and i wouldn't mind spending more time there. come on, they have traffic cops--or were they pedestrian cops--on segways. come on!
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my plane leaves.

good thing i've got lots of time because i still have some very important things left to do like finish packing.

and by finish packing, i mean start packing.

i did remember to go to the bank last night and pick up some travel sized accessories, which i can now cross off my to do list. because of course there are two lists: To Do and To Pack because i am crazy anal retentive about trips and making lists makes me feel better. especially when i get to cross things off.

right. so less rambling, more doing. i'll be leaving in a couple hours and i don't know how much internet time i'm going to have so everyone have an awesome week and hopefully i'll have some fun, nerdish stories to share when i get back.

DOCTOR WHO, TORCHWOOD, JOSS, SIMON PEGGG!

oh, yeah and HALFACORK in capslock because of the massive SQUEE

also, i can has in and out burger? maybe? it's been nine years!
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but the good news is that i think i managed to work myself out of going in on my day off. it means i don't get to bask in the glow of big boss's praise for how fucking AMAZING my store looks right now, of which i am about 50% responsible--we're not going to talk about how i shifted the fucking religion section AGAIN--but i think i'm going to be okay with that. i'll sleep instead.

i'm going to start wash soon so i have all my favorites for california, and i'm measuring the odds of buying new things before i go. oh, and squeezing in a hair cut, because it's long like whoa. i mean, i don't think my hair has been this long since i was like, 14 or fifteen. and it's certainly been over a year since it was cut and i'm looking a little ragged. but you know, i don't like going because they talk to me and i prefer not to speak to strangers, if possible.

now, let's talk comic con panels i'd like to see, in a perfect world. since i've already broken down thursday--and it's still my day of total squee--here's the rest of the weekend.

friday )

saturday )

sunday, which is a very light day )

i think there's stuff i've missed--the result of leaving my printed and highlighted copy of events at work--and there's other stuff i'm passingly interested in, but this is a pretty good representation of what i want to see.

additionally, did you guys know that

9:00-10:00 Repo! The Genetic Opera First Look— See what director Darren Lynn Bousman has been up to since directing the last three Saw movies: Repo! The Genetic Opera. Check out the phenomenon that is this Goth Rock musical with sneak peeks and the new trailer plus stories from Darren and the actors themselves, including Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), and Ogre (the band Skinny Puppy), among others. Room 6B

stars anthony head? for real. giles in a rock opera.

and on an entirely different note, the muppets are going to by at the smithsonian. how fucking cool is that? except miss piggy isn't there because, apparently, the foam used to make her is too delicate. i think there might be a dc field trip in my future.
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so, i only have about 14 hours left of my vacation and i have to say the best way to spend your last two days definitely includes blowing through the entire season of heroes. it's like crack, only more addictive. holy hell, i feel kind of like i've been punched in the face.

it reminded me a little of reading memory, sorrow and thorn in the way there were so many character perspectives but i liked them all so much that i didn't care when the pov changed, i was just happy to see them. i think nikki/jessica was my least favorite storyline. her kid and husband were more interesting, she just kind of cried a lot, but as far as weak links go, not so bad.

i don't know how i'm going to spend the rest of my night, but i'm happy to have my brain back.
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because i love trilogies

The visit home in three not so equal, but easy, pieces.

So, right, the sucky part of going home as follows: )

For the not suck: part two )

And for the random: part three )

and on an entirely different note, dear heroes, i would please like my brain back now. with the season on dvd, having not watched any of it, i have no idea how those of you who watched it on the tv could stand the suspense. we've run through about half the season since about seven last night.
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just a short post to say that i am leaving to visit my parents and will have limited internet access. it's a little weird to be looking at teh pr0n in their living room. i will be able to check in occasionally, i think, at least my email so if you need me use that or my cell.

i should be more excited.

omg zoo

Aug. 30th, 2007 01:19 pm
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zoo-ed it this morning and let me tell you, getting there as the park opens is absolutely the best time to go. we'd hit all the exhibits and seen everything we wanted to see just as people were starting to come in and it was getting hot.

city zoos are hard because there is no room to expand and so many of them were built before we were really thinking about animal comfort. you know it's bad news when you've got a cat that did nothing but pace from one end of the exhibit to the other for a good five minutes. but the good news is that they're aware of the space constraints and they're doing things to help. like sending the elephants to other zoos because really, the space they were in? v. very small.

the best part, though, was that at the moment, there are baby tigers and they are too cute for words. i love how big cats are just like domestic cats, only bigger and able to kill you. they're still lazy and easily amused. love.
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mission think of something to get mom for her birthday is a success. i decided to go with a shuffle because i think she will like it and i can be there to set it up for her, instead of having to walk her through it over the phone, which is less fun than you would think. also, i remembered to stop at the wine store that's in the mall where they have my most favorite wine in the world.

i'd like to take a moment now to voice my frustration at having to go to special outlets to buy alcohol. dear pennsylvania, you are no longer a puritanical state and it isn't freaking 1800. please allow me to by my alcohol where ever the fuck i please. and what is the sense in further separating stores into liquor and beer? why can't they be in the same location? you'd think you wouldn't want to encourage angry drunks. when i go home, i can buy whatever i want at the freaking gas station. i practically have to fill out a permit to buy things here.

had lunch today with half the members of the long dead writing group plus 10 month old baby. we should try to work on hanging out more, because we have such a good time when we get together and it's good for us all to get out of our normal routines. we might go to the zoo tomorrow because 1) vacation and 2) i have lived in philly for six years now and haven't been to the zoo or any of the museums because apparently, i hate culture.
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i am officially in the vacation zone. i get two days at home, four and a half days at my parents house and then another two and a half days home before i have to go back and i'm a little pleased. actually more than a little, but i am also tired, which tends to wear down the glee.

i really have nothing else. huh.
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i'm actually pretty excited about the thought of having the next 16 days off. just not being at work is going to be a relief, though i'm sort of dreading what it's going to look like and be like once i get back. i don't know who is going to be taking over the things i normally do, but with amanda's last day being friday, i think it's going to look mostly horrible. but that's to be worried about two weeks from now.

the exciting and important thing i want to talk about is House. i bought the first season and i thought i loved the show before. oh, how wrong i was. i missed more eps than i thought, and we've slowly been catching up, but here's the thing. the show bookends. i love, love, love it when a show, a book, any kind of written medium bookends. the first ep references the Stones, you can't always get what you what, and the song plays at the end of the ep, and the last ep of the show ends with it as well. i'm all aflutter. it's important and a particular love of mine because it shows that someone, somewhere along the way was thinking about the show. someone was thinking about the long term, about the scope and not just writing individual eps that had nothing to do with any other eps. i love it because it shows that someone who knows what writing a cohesive body of work is all about. i love it because it's good writing, and that it's writing at all, when more and more we've come to expect less and less from television programming. reality tv? gag me. pay some fucking writers to make a good show.

and this whole time, i've been wondering where i know the name david shore from, he's the exec. producer and the writer of some of the eps. so with the wonders of modern internet, i looked it up, and omg. he worked on due south, he wrote victoria's secret. i love it when my little obsessions overlap.

also, i'm all stocked up on books, things i've been meaning to read, things that have caught my attention, a last minute grab at something i could check out from work before i left, and things sarah has been bringing home for me. so i expect it to be a read-y kind of vacation, and as usual i'll be updating on the progress of what i finish as i get there.

i also expect to be doing a good bit of writing and editing this next two weeks and i'll be sharing what i can as it becomes available.

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