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To [livejournal.com profile] dickgloucester! Hope your day is filled with everything that makes you as happy as your SS/HG fics make me. :)
rayvyn2k: Woohoo Snape (Woohoo Snape)
And it's all [livejournal.com profile] islandsmoke's fault. doing.

I actually already booked the flight and the con tickets. I am surprised at myself because this is so far out of my comfort zone I am literally shaking with adrenaline right now. But I'm also very excited.

Smoke was kind enough to offer to share her hotel room with me, so I'm staying at the Con hotel too!! Bonus!!

I have watched a few videos on YouTube recently, and it looks like fun. I hope my anxiety doesn't do me in. I'm usually not good with a bunch of strangers. But I know Smoke will take good care of me, and maybe I'll get to meet some of you guys too, if you're going.

I'm equal parts thrilled and terrified.

But I'm going. EEEEEEEE!!!!
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Just blue. The writing has become harder...Chapter 10 is taking its sweet time. Also can't seem to find any fic to read...I like SS/HG with a happy ending and not a bunch of angst. And explicit. Don't mind a bit of BDSM but I like Snape to be dominant. So, if anyone can rec something, thanks.

I think much if it is because I'm tired. Didn't sleep well last night and time screeched to a halt at work today.

Going to bed after I post this since I'm not writing anyway, so no need really to stay up.

Hubby is going to the pub tomorrow night, so hopefully will get some writing done, but there's woman's gymnastics on tomorrow night, so ... who knows.

My mom and her husband visited over the weekend and it was good. I made a prime rib dinner on Saturday and everyone came over. We had a sit down around my table and I got the best compliment from my mom in years when she said "now this is a family gathering". Woot! I always set the table with my good dishes and I used the silver too. Cloth napkins and tablecloth. Candles. The works. :) It was a good time.

Sunday we went out to breakfast with everyone (again) and then Hubby and I came home. I have been exhausted since, so today must have been a carry over.

I am on vacation next week, so just have to get thru this week and will have nine days off. But my sister is coming up on Thursday, so it's not going to be all peaceful. Hopefully it'll be better this year.

Okay, I'm off to bed. Hopefully to sleep. My love to all of you, especially my new friends in the SS/HG ship.

Oh, I wrote a thing for the Silly Limerick Meme on [livejournal.com profile] sshg_hub you can read it here if you haven't already.
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I have to admit that overall, I enjoyed it. I really liked the Albus/Scorpius friendship, among other things.

No spoilers here, but there was a moment when I had ALL THE FEELS.

I can see why some folks compare it to fanfic--there are real elements of fanfic in the story--elements that have been done. By fans. In their fics. Heh.

I would love to see the play just to see how they do ALL THE SPECIAL EFFECTS.

Maybe someday.

Possible tiny spoiler in the comments. It's tagged, but fair warning.
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It's taken me two weeks to write 3600 words. I was stuck for most of that time. Finally had a breakthru mid-week last week and managed to fine-tune what I have.

Still need another 2-3k words before I can put it up, tho.

I knew it would be harder, but damn.
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Hubby and I saw this movie tonight and we both loved it. Just a wonderful homage to The Original Series--which was my very first fandom. I co-wrote an original ST novel-length story, too. So, fanfic was in my blood since my late teens. Hee.

Karl Urban steals the moving IMO, he's absolutely perfect as Dr. McCoy. He has such great lines.

Zachary Quinto is channeling Leonard Nimoy, IMO. His Spock is a bit more emotional than Mr. Nimoy's, but I like it.

Speaking of Leonard Nimoy, his presence is felt in many ways during the film. They did a nice job of honoring him.

Seeing Anton Yelchin was so bittersweet.

Chris Pine really comes into his own as Kirk. I really believed him this time...which I didn't really in the other two films.

There's so much humor in it too. I won't spoil the jokes, but there was lots of laughter throughout.

I hate that every damn ST movie has to destroy the Enterprise.

You don't have to sit through ALL the credits at the end, just to the point after the acknowledgement of the star's names.

If you like The Original Series, you'll love this movie. I did.
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Here is the sequel/second chapter of the fic I mentioned in my last post. This chapter is called Promises Kept. I've left it open for more chapters--if there's interest. Otherwise, it's at a good place to end it, I think.

Personally, still depressed, but remembered to take the meds. I have got to stop working soon or I'll be more of a mental case than I already am.

My sister called today...she's going to fly up for our birthdays. She'll be here August 18. I was thinking of going to HP World in Orlando--if I could talk hubby into it--so it's a good thing she called.

I've decided to get a tattoo. At first, I considered the Dark Mark, but then I decided to be more sensible and get "Always". I was thinking of the outline of a doe underneath--but then I thought perhaps an otter in honor of my OTP? I still have a month to decide.

Guess that's it for now. Welcome to my new friends.
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I have massively rewritten one of my stories, Promises, because I suddenly had an idea for a sequel.

It's set during Christmas of Sixth Year, Hermione is of age in my story. SS/HG, NC-17. I've got the sequel half written, but when I reread the original story--it needed more of everything. So I've added about 700 more words.

I'd appreciate it if some of you would read it and let me know what you think.

Also, so many thanks and warm wet snogs to you all. Your comments the other day helped so much. I love you guys.
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I'm in a bad place right now. Tell me everything will be all right.

It's so hard when something you believe about yourself is confirmed by someone you love.

It just hurts way worse.
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Chapter 8 is up.

Chapter 9 will probably take longer.

A sequel to one of my other stories has manifested itself in my brain...I vomited out six pages the other night.

I am putting down all this creativity to my new anti-depressant.

It's fantastic, having all these ideas...even at work.

The Binding now stands at 59k words. I'm astounded. I figure another 2-3 chapters to go. We'll see. ;)
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Chapter 7 is now up.

Chapter 8 is in the works. I was afraid if I took a day off, I might slack off, but that hasn't happened, thankfully.

Been reading some fic, some of it fantastic, some dreadful.

I need more fantastic fic in my life, I think.

Nothing much else to report. Same shit, different day, bigger pile.

Chapter 6

Jun. 24th, 2016 07:01 pm
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Is posted.

Chapter 7 is complete and just needs another once over and Chapter 8 needs a couple more scenes.

I'm going to stick to my once a week schedule, because the writing is harder now that I've exhausted most of the already written material from the old story.

Earlier today, I remembered that Alan Rickman was no longer among the living and I cried. Still grieving for him, which surprised me. He will remain alive in the movies and in my heart, I guess.

Nothing much else happening here. Just scribbling, scribbling. Loving it. I wonder if my new antidepressant has something to do with my ability to write again?

Love you guys.
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The Binding is now up to five chapters and nearly 34k words. EEK!

And I am so proud of myself because I'm still writing every day. In fact, as soon as I've finished this entry, I'm moving to Chapter six.

*shameless begging* I am so anxious to hear what you guys, my friends, think of it--good or bad. I hope you will give this new version a try. Pretty please? /shameless begging

Nothing much else going on here. Hubby and I gave blood yesterday (well, I tried, but they wouldn't take it because of my medications, bastards) since the need is so great.

Guess that's it for now. Gotta get the Word doc up since I have the house to myself for a couple of hours.

My love to all of you--
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...and still going.

I feel like I'm channeling [livejournal.com profile] mundungus42 because every day, even at work, my story is simmering in the back of my head. Sometimes it comes to the forefront and I have to jot down the idea. I have so many post it notes on my desk at home with snippets. Then when I get home I fire up the computer and things just start to flow.

It's fantastic. I wish it was like this all the time. I'm trying to maintain by firing up Word every day and so far it has worked.

Chapter Five of The Binding is 8k words and counting. But I'm only on the 2nd draft, so it may wind up shorter.

You guys...you guys...I feel like a writer again. *weeps*

And, the best thing of all is that I really am enjoying where this story is going. And I've got a few things to work out because it's now set after the War instead of during--so Moldy Voldy isn't the Big Bad anymore.

GAH!! Wish I could just stay home and scribble.

I need an HP writing icon. There has to be one somewhere of Snape with a quill, right??
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Horrible event yesterday. Horrible. Triggered my anxiety, although I count it a win that I made it to work for half a day.

Spent the rest writing madly. The muse is still here, and The Binding now has four chapters up. Chapter four is over 10k words by itself. Heh. I combined the old chapters four and five so the flow wasn't interrupted. I like the characterizations better with the rewrite. And the plot is similar...I'm trying to incorporate a tiny bit of canon.

Works better in my opinion. Please read and let me know what you think? Kudos are fine, but I love comments. :) (Doesn't everyone?)

Wrote another 2k words today.

The Tony Awards last night was fantastic as usual. I love watching that programme. The Hamilton company chose a song I wasn't expecting...probably so they could sing "...history has it's eyes on you..." to Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hee. I like to think so. Still, it was nice to see "The Battle of Yorktown" performed. And they decided to do it without their muskets, which was nice.

That's it for now. Must go to bed since my scribbling has been keeping me up too late.

Still here.

Jun. 8th, 2016 08:19 pm
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I'm here, still depressed. Having good and bad days.

I have been updating my old, multi-chaptered fic "The Binding of Hermione" which I've given a new title, simply "The Binding".

It has been substantially rewritten as I'm trying to make it as canon compliant as I can (except Snape doesn't die and EWE, obvs.)

Warning for Non-con & abuse in early chapters, but I'm exploring recovery from abuse (of which I am knowledgeable because of my past), mental illness (of which I have some experience, too) and healing and treatment for those things.

Of course, there's lots of lemony goodness as this started as a PWP that developed a plot.

Originally, Lucius was going to be the big-bad of the story, but that's changed, too.

Snape and Hermione are accidentally magically bound together due to a potion which results in an empathetic connection. I'm trying to finally finish it, there's 3 chapters up so far. A couple more are nearly rewritten. Then the hard part...new stuff!

Please check it out at AO3: The Binding

I hope any of you who are willing to read it will let me know what you think of it.
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Yes, I'm still alive--unfortunately, Prince isn't.

I heard the news just before lunch today at work (thank y fuck you, social media) and was so overcome I had to leave. I literally broke down sobbing at my desk and couldn't continue working. (And the people around me were "Oh, Prince died." Then a minute later, "LOL, my shoe collection..." WTF?)

I'm sure the depression (not to mention the deaths of Bowie, Rickman, Frey, & Maurice White among others) had everything to do with it.

Dear hubby brought me home and I spent the rest of the day on Twitter and watching Prince videos on MTV. (They dumped their regular programming.)

The videos were from every part of Prince's career, not in any kind of order. So one moment you might see the "Purple Rain" Prince, the next you'd see the 1991 MTV Music Awards Performance which is, possibly, the sexiest thing I've ever seen. NSFW at all. He's in assless pants. Then there's the iconic performance in the pouring rain at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2007.

He had a charisma that drew your eye to him, even in a crowd. And...wow, sexy? Come to momma. Prince was my kind of guy, slight, with muscular arms and shoulders, large, soulful eyes (OMG, those eyelashes!), and amazing hair--long or short. And a fabulous sense of fashion. And...and... So. Much. Talent. (He's been quoted as saying the music is always in his mind--and he's been compared to Mozart.)

His last concert was Saturday. Saturday. And he went to the hospital on the way home.

How could this happen?

I saw a tweet that said that the Grim Reaper is working from the wrong list and I agree.

Someone else said to put Madonna and Bruce Springsteen in a bunker somewhere to keep them safe as it seems like our 80s icons are dropping like flies.

Prince was my age. I'm a fat, diabetic woman who smoked for 20 years. Why am I still here while Prince and Bowie are gone? My miserable life is not more valuable than theirs.

I don't understand it.

Thankfully, hubby and I are going to escape the real world for a few days next week by going to the mountains. I hope to do some more work on my story and find some peace.
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The Set Up Wizard. HA!

I could use one of those to figure out what's going on with my cursor which seems to be bewitched.

Been sick and depressed and tired. Really need the sun and warmth.

Haven't seen Deadpool yet due to previous sentence. Hopefully soon.

Haven't started the project bag yet because need a part for my sewing machine. Waiting for it to arrive.

Took a 401k loan and paid off one of my credit cards. I'll be paying myself back @ 4% interest (which also comes to me) instead of paying the card company 17%. Want to refinance the house to get a lower rate, too. This year, once the doldrums/sickness GOES AWAY...hopefully with the arrival of the sun.

Nothing else going on except my mom wants to visit over my birthday. In August. Not sure how I feel about that yet.

The "In Memory" at the Academy Awards last night made me cry with the pics of Bowie, Alan and Nimoy.
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Bought all the materials I need to make a project bag. Gonna start working on it Monday. A first for me, but it doesn't look too hard--famous last words--we'll see.

I didn't think it would take 4 1/2 hours to find the exact combination of fabrics I envisioned for it. Ugh.

More updates as warranted. Pics when/if it gets finished in anything resembling a bag. Hee.

Randomness

Jan. 30th, 2016 06:30 pm
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Well, that was one of the worst Januaries I've ever lived through and I'm glad it's over.

Yesterday I had my quarterly doctor's visit and I have lost 7 pounds since November. He was very proud of me for losing weight during the holidays. I'm happy too, since I have been doing the whole "eat more protein" thing since the beginning of the year--and it's helped. So, go me.

I have a mammogram and an electrocardiogram scheduled for February. The electrocardiogram is just a precaution. I've had a heart murmur for years and recently I've had palpitations that have bothered me enough to mention to him, so he went ahead and scheduled it. (Better than a stress test, any day.)

I read Naomi Novik's Uprooted last week and I can't recommend it enough. I loved the strong female lead and the world-building in the book. I loved the magic and the hero reminded me a bit of Snape. Aside from being a snappy dresser, that is. The book is so good, I want to read it again right away in order to pick up all the bits I missed the first time around.

Which reminds me, I need to get her Temeraire series again...I read books 1-4 then traded them away on Paperback Swap and now I regret it. They are all still 7.99 in e-book format, which seems high to me for books that have been out so long. I loved the books, although by number 4, if I'm remembering right, I was getting a bit upset about how ill-used and unappreciated Will Lawrence and Temeraire had become. But it's up to eight books now, so I might go ahead and give it another try.

I also read Once Upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan. She is one of my very favorite authors in the romance genre--or any genre, to be honest. Her heroines are smart, self-sufficient and strong. Her heroes are not too dumb to live and usually learn a lot during the story. And her stories are full of humor which I love. Her historicals are an auto-buy for me.

Last Saturday, we had five inches of snow on the ground. Today it was close to 60 degrees and we had the windows open. I hate the weather in this state, I swear.

We took our Christmas tree and decorations down today. We did leave up one string of lights around the inside front windows because they make us smile. :)

I had dinner on Thursday night with all the women (except two--one is on maternity leave, the other lives in Jacksonville, FL and works at the same company there) who were in the same training class as me and started ten years ago today. We went to a restaurant and celebrated making it for ten years. It was lots of fun. Many of us try to have dinner together a few times a year anyway, but this was the first time we had all managed to get out together in ages. (We all spent nine months in a training room together. Friends were made.) There were pledges to try to go out once per month, but I don't think all of us will make it again until one of our number retires in April. *sigh* Of course it's one of the two women I'm the closest to. I'll think about it tomorrow.

We bought the entire series of Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes and received the package on Thursday. We watched disc 1 last night and it was delightful. Brett is the penultimate Holmes, in my opinion. Can't wait to watch the next one.

Guess that's it for now.

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