Settiai is a(n)...
female
28-year-old
borderline bisexual
borderline biromantic asexual
cisgender
poly-curious
liberal
Democrat
Tennessean
transplanted Washingtonian
geek
bookworm
history buff
traveler
vidder
fanfiction writer
college graduate
Christian with agnostic leanings
tattoo addict


Main Fandoms
Anime/Manga
Cowboy Bebop
D.N.Angel
Digimon Adventure/Zero Two
Dragon Ball (Z)
Flint the Time Detective
Fruits Basket
Fullmetal Alchemist
Get Backers
Hana-Kimi
Kare Kano
Maria-sama ga Miteru
MARS
Outlaw Star
Princess Tutu
Sailor Moon
Saiyuki
Saiyuki Gaiden
Tiger & Bunny
Witch Hunter Robin
Zettai Karen Children


Books
Acorna
Animorphs
Artemis Fowl
Aubrey/Maturin series
The Baby-sitters Club
Campion
The Chronicles of Narnia
Discworld
The Dresden Files
Earth's Children
Good Omens
Harry Potter
His Dark Materials
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings
Mary Russell series
The Numinous World
Princess series
Sherlock Holmes
Temeraire


Cartoons
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman Beyond
Care Bears
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Cro
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales
Futurama
Gargoyles
Gummi Bears
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Justice League (Unlimited)
Lilo & Stitch: The Series
The Littles
The Mighty Ducks
The Pirates of Dark Water
The Real Ghostbusters
ReBoot
Rugrats
The Simpsons
South Park
Superman: The Animated Series
TaleSpin
Teen Titans
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
ThunderCats
ThunderCats (2011)
Tiny Toon Adventures
X-Men: The Animated Series
X-Men: Evolution
The Wild Thornberrys
Wolverine and the X-Men
Young Justice


Comics/Webcomics
Abominable Charles Christopher
Calvin and Hobbes
Fake News Rumble
Frazz
FreakAngels
Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name
Niels & Gang
Oglaf
Pearls Before Swine
Penny Arcade
Questionable Content
Sinfest
xkcd


Comic Books
1602
Alias
The Authority
The Avengers
Batman
Birds of Prey
Blue Beetle
Booster Gold
Cable
Cable & Deadpool
Cage
Captain America
Daredevil
Deadpool
Doctor Strange
Fables
Fantastic Four
The Flash
Fray
Green Lantern
Hero For Hire
Heroes For Hire
The Invaders
Iron Fist
Iron Man
Jack of Fables
Justice League America
Justice League of America
Justice League Europe
Justice League International
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Lost Girls
Marvel Adventures: The Avengers
Marvel Adventures: Iron Man
Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man
New Avengers
New Mutants
Power Man (& Iron Fist)
The Pulse
Preacher
Runaways
Spider-Girl
Spider-Man
Super Buddies
Superman
Teen Titans
Thor
The Ultimates
Watchmen
Wonder Woman
X-Factor
X-Force
X-Men
Young Avengers


Movies
The Addams Family
Beauty and the Beast
Galaxy Quest
Hard Core Logo
Indiana Jones
James Bond series
Joseph: King of Dreams
Jurassic Park
Lilo & Stitch
The Mummy
National Treasure
Pirates of the Caribbean
Prince of Egypt
Rise of the Guardians
The Road to El Dorado
Star Trek: Alternate Original Series
Star Wars
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The Wizard of Oz


Musicals
1776
Annie Get Your Gun
Avenue Q
Carousel
Cats
Chicago
Evita
Hairspray
Jesus Christ Superstar
Little Shop of Horrors
Mamma Mia!
My Fair Lady
The Producers
Rent
Rocky Horror Show
The Sound of Music
South Pacific
Wicked


TV Shows
The A-Team
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
Alias
Alien Nation
Andromeda
Angel
Ashes to Ashes
Babylon 5
Barney Miller
Battlestar Galactica (original series)
Battlestar Galactica (remake)
Being Human (UK)
Being Human (US)
Birds of Prey
Black Books
Blackpool
Blake's 7
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Carnivale
Charlie Jade
Charmed
Christy
The Colbert Report
Community
Criminal Minds
Crusade
The Daily Show
Dark Angel
Dead Like Me
Defiance
Dexter
Diagnosis Murder
Dinosaurs
Doctor Who
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
due South
Early Edition
Emergency!
Everwood
Farscape
Firefly
Get Smart
Hawaii Five-0
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Heroes
Highlander
Hogan's Heroes
Homicide: Life on the Street
House, M.D.
The Invisible Man
JAG
Jake 2.0
Keen Eddie
Leverage
Life on Mars
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost
M*A*S*H
The Magnificent Seven
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Mentalist
Merlin
Modern Family
Monk
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
Night Court
Numb3rs
Once Upon a Time
Peacemakers
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
The Professionals
Psych
Pushing Daisies
Roseanne
Sanctuary
Sarah Jane Adventures
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
The Scarlet Pimpernel
seaQuest DSV/2032
The Sentinel
Sesame Street
Sherlock
Six Feet Under
Smallville
Star Trek: The Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: Voyager
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Starsky and Hutch
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
Supernatural
Takin' Over the Asylum
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Tin Man
Torchwood
The West Wing
White Collar
Whitechapel
Wonderfalls
Xena: Warrior Princess
The Young Riders


Video Games
Ape Escape
Dragon Age
Final Fantasy
Katamari Damacy
Kingdom Hearts
Mass Effect
Monkey Island
Ōkami
Oregon Trail
Pandemic
Pokémon
Portal
Spyro
Super Mario Bros.
Tetris


Quotables
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

-Douglas Adams-
"Maybe this world is another planet's hell."

-Aldous Huxley-
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.-
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."

-Jimi Hendrix-
"When the universe collapses and dies, there will be three survivors: Tyr Anasazi, the cockroaches, and Dylan Hunt trying to save the cockroaches."

-Tyr Anasazi-
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

-James Dean-
"In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience."

-W.B. Prescott-
"The writer's mind, when it works, is like Alice's rabbit, leading quickly, almost recklessly, to mysterious, yet attractive, places."

-Roger Rosenblatt-
"I prefer to follow the uncomplicated advice of Jiminy Cricket who said, 'Let your conscience be your guide.'"

-Willard Scott-
"Lying is a skill like any other, and if you want to maintain a level of excellence, you have to practice constantly."

-Elim Garak-
"Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others."

-Groucho Marx-
"Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

-Scott Adams-
"Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on Earth."

-Will Rogers-
"There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."

-Flannery O'Connor-
"There's a time and a place for everything, and I believe it's called fanfiction."

-Joss Whedon-
"Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult."

-Charlotte Whitton-
"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."

-Sherlock Holmes-
"Reality is something you rise above."

-Liza Minnelli-
"A rash action is worse than no action at all."

-First Doctor-
"A jury consists of twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer."

-Robert Frost-
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."

-Galileo Galilei-
"The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad."

-Salvador Dali-
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

-Thomas Edison-
"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying."

-Woody Allen-
"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."

-Yogi Berra-
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."

-Isaac Asimov-
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

-John F. Kennedy-
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

-Walt Disney-
"There's no point being grown-up if you can't be childish sometimes."

-Fourth Doctor-
"You know, if you think sort of sideways, sometimes you can actually figure out how to make things work."

-Neil Gaiman-
"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."

-Tom Clancy-
"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."

-Oscar Wilde-
"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."

-Napoleon Bonaparte-
"A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting."

-Third Doctor-
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."

-Winston Churchill-
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it."

-Mark Twain-
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

-Albert Einstein-
"Fate protects fools, little children and ships named Enterprise."

-Will Riker-
"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters."

-Frank Lloyd Wright-
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."

-Harriet Beecher Stowe-
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

-Unknown-

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Dear Author/Vidder Letters:

Femslash Exchange
Holly Poly
Yuletide
I'm feeling: creative creative
Ficathons, Essays, Fanfiction Challenges, & Fanvids

Because I'm completely unorganized, this is a list of all the ficathons I've written for/am writing for/will write for so that I can at least attempt to keep everything straight in my head.

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One of these days, when I say that I'm not going to sign up for any more ficathons, I'll actually mean it. Today is not that day.



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Wait, I haven't been a vidder since, like, 2004. What happened? Where did the sudden reappearance of vid farr come from?
I'm feeling: bouncy bouncy
Prompts?

I'm hoping to actually settle down and write some fic over the long weekend, since my muse has been semi-cooperating lately. And, well, since they're closing Unnamed Nonprofit at lunchtime tomorrow so I'm having an even longer-than-expected weekend. I made a post over on Tumblr asking for fic prompts (and got some awesome ones), but it's only fair that I post it here too.

So, as I posted over there:
Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Star Wars Rebels, and Tolkien in general are most likely to be written. If you have a good prompt for a fandom that I'm familiar with but not as active in at the moment, though, feel free to throw it my way. Who knows? My muse might actually cooperate.

Basically? Give me a prompt, and we'll see what happens. Over on Tumblr, there have been a variety of prompts, but there's been a definite trend toward Dragon Age gen and threesomes as well as Mass Effect femslash. I'm curious to see if that trend continues or if DW/LJ leans toward something else.

I've actually managed to write over 10,000 words in the past few days (spread out over several stories), so the writing does seem to be going fairly well. Apparently it really does work as a good distraction from RL things that a person wants to ignore. Who knew?


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I'm feeling: curious curious
Not dead yet...

So, yes, I survived the trip to Tennessee. Mostly, at least. My poor back hasn't forgiven me quite yet, and my sleep schedule is apparently completely out of whack considering I fell asleep on the sofa (about five minutes after sitting down to put in work for Part-Time Job on my laptop, because it's just been that kind of week :-/) at something like 8pm last night and didn't wake up until almost 10am this morning.

... yeah. I wish that I was kidding. On the positive side, I actually feel somewhat human now. Except for my back. Sleeping on the sofa apparently isn't the best thing to do when it's already protesting.

It's supposed to be storming most of the day, so I'm going to try to catch up on all of the things that I'd planned on doing this week. That, you know, didn't get done thanks to the unexpected trip to Tennessee. Mostly related to cleaning my apartment due to the ever-growing layer of cat hair on everything.

Hmm. What else has happened over the past week or so that I haven't mentioned yet?

Last Saturday, Gilly's (the bar that I frequent) had their seventh birthday party, which involved lots of drink/food specials, live music, giveaways, and the like. I got a call on Sunday, about halfway through the state of Virginia, letting me know that I'd won the big prize that they'd been giving away: a Carlsberg foosball table. I have no idea whatsoever what I'm going to do with it, but I'm borrowing MJZ's SUV (and, more importantly, her husband) tomorrow in order to get it to my apartment. It's at least boxed up, so I can stick the box in a closet for now.

Needless to say, I'm thrilled with the decision by SCOTUS yesterday. On a selfish note, however, I'm pretty thankful that it didn't happen while I was still in Tennessee. I had to hold my tongue several times because of conversations going on around me involving recent events, and there might have been literal bloodshed if I'd still been staying with my parents when the news broke. It's been bad enough trying to not engage with people on Facebook.

I'm trying to play catch-up on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal today, and I might even poke my head into Tumblr in a bit depending on how things play out. Now that I've actually caught up on sleep, the urge to actually do things is coming back out. Which is a good thing, considering how behind I am on basically everything.


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I'm feeling: awake awake
Oh, Tennessee...

Gods, I swear that drive gets worse every time I make it. :-/

So, yes, I did in fact make it to Tennessee. It took about fourteen hours, which isn't the longest it's ever taken but very much wasn't the shortest. I hit traffic a couple of times, of the "is this an interstate or a parking lot?" variety, plus it took forever to stop and get food thanks to it being Father's Day and everyone eating out.

On the positive side, there was a guest waiting for me at my parents' house when I got there. You see, they apparently got home from the funeral home (where they were making arrangements) yesterday afternoon, only to find an unexpected guest in their house. A very cute, 3 or 4-month old guest.

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They were both swearing that they weren't keeping him last night, but by this morning my dad had already called the vet to make an appointment. So... yeah. He's totally staying. Their 16-year-old cat Midnight isn't very happy about it right now, since she hasn't had to share the house with any other pets for over five years now, but she seems to be reluctantly getting used to him.

I've suggested that they call him Ser Pounce-a-Lot. Pounce for short, of course. As long as I don't specifically mention that it's a Dragon Age reference, they might go for it...

On the funeral front, visitation is going to be this afternoon/evening and the funeral tomorrow morning. I'll probably try to get to bed ridiculously early tomorrow night, so that I can get up at the crack of dawn (or earlier) to start driving back to Maryland on Wednesday. Hopefully it won't take quite as long on the way back?


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I'm feeling: drained drained
. . .

Okay, so it looks like I'm definitely driving. Flight-wise, I had the option of paying an arm-and-a-leg and not getting into Nashville until late in the evening (keeping in mind that my dad would then have to come pick me up, which would involve the two of us being trapped in a car together for an hour-and-a-half as we headed south), or I could just pay an arm (and not a leg) but it would involve flying to Atlanta/Charleston/Chicago/etc., sitting around for ages, and then flying onto Nashville.

Or I could pay about 1/3 of what it would cost to fly in order to keep my gas tank filled on a drive back to Tennessee.

Needless to say? That last option is the one that I went with. And, hey, at least the scenery is much prettier in the summer. Plus the majority of the drive will be during daylight hours, instead of in the dark, since for once I'll be making the drive at summer solstice rather than winter solstice.

I'm going to try to get to bed soon. When I get up in the morning, I'll need to wash a load of clothes, pack a suitcase, and generally try to get my apartment set up for an unexpected trip (cleaning the litter box, emptying the fridge of anything that will gain sentience if I leave it in there until Wednesday, taking out the trash, etc.) I told MJZ earlier in the week that I might have to head back to Tennessee for a funeral, and I shot her a text once I got the news, so taking care of things at work should require minimum effort on my part.

(Although I will need to check when I get back to find out how to submit my timesheet. I'm fairly certain that, for immediately family members, we get two bereavement days to attend a funeral, so if that's right then I should only have to give up one day of PTO instead of three. I'll have to double-check, though, to be sure that's right.)

The plan is that I'll do my best to be on my way by 9-10am at the latest. Possibly earlier, if I wake up early enough, but I'm setting my alarm for 8am. If my body decides it needs less sleep than that, then great, but I'd rather be well-rested if I'm going to be spending 12-13 hours in a car.


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I'm feeling: tired tired
. . .

My grandfather died a little while ago.

It wasn't unexpected. He had a really bad spell a few days ago, and they called in hospice. My mom called me a little while ago to let me know that he's gone. He was the last one still alive, if you can call it that considering he's been in the late stages of Alzheimer's for years.

I'm not entirely certain what the next few days are going to be like. I've looked at flights, and they're ridiculously priced at such short notice. Add in the fact that they probably won't know when the funeral will be until tomorrow (making it really difficult to get a flight since I don't know for certain when to leave), and I might just end up driving. If so... gods, I hate that drive, but if I have to make it then it will be a nice change to do it in the summer. I haven't done that since Meemaw died in 2012.

I already ran upstairs to talk to my neighbors and hand over a copy of my key, so they're going to keep an eye on the cats for me while I'm gone. Hopefully there won't be too much destruction.


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I'm feeling: sad sad
Oh, Little Brother...

Little Brother has been having some issues with his breathing lately, and they've been thinking that it might be his long-lost asthma trying to make a reappearance. He finally broke down and went to a doctor about it today, just to see what a professional had to say.

Tell me: how does someone break their nose at least three times without ever realizing it?

... yeah.

They're assuming it must have happened back when he was playing football in high school, so I at least have the excuse of being three hours away at college as much of the time as possible for not seeing it. But according to the doctor, Little Brother definitely broke his nose at least three times (and possibly as many as five times) without him or my parents ever noticing.

My family. This whole thing kind of sums them up pretty succinctly, I think.


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I'm feeling: amused amused
*headdesk*

Oh, Tumblr. Some things never change. :-/

I haven't been using the site much lately, but I've been poking my head back in a little bit the past week or so. Not a lot. I've mainly just been reblogging some art and such. Keep in mind that the "/" sign doesn't work for Tumblr tags, so I typically tag posts with the characters involved and not pairings. Since, you know, the only option for tagging pairings is using smoosh names. Which are something that I kind of hate with a fiery passion, as I've mentioned many times before.

Anyway, a few days ago, I reblogged some art of a pairing that's... well, one of those ones that's pretty polarizing. There really isn't any middle ground. (To be fair, the particular art that I reblogged was of the hurt/comfort variety and fairly gen IMO, save for the artist's notes.)

It took me awhile to notice, because for some reason Tumblr didn't send me any notifications, but I got two private messages soon after reblogging that art. When I was on the site tonight, I finally picked up on that fact, and popped into my inbox to take a look at them.

One of them was someone who sent a signed message (someone who follows me here on DW as well -- *waves* -- this post isn't because of you, I promise!), asking very politely if I could possibly add a specific tag for that one particular 'ship. Which, you know, wasn't a problem. If someone specifically asks me to tag a certain topic, I do my best to remember to do so. I very much get that there are some things that people like to be able to block using Tumblr Savior and other such add-ons, and I'm not going to purposefully make it difficult for someone if they ask me about it.

The other was anonymous (of course), and pretty much a long, awkwardly-spelled, fairly vitriolic rant about how I'm a horrible person for reblogging art featuring that specific pairing and that I should be ashamed of myself. There might have also been some implications that I'm single-handedly destroying the sanctity of a random character from a completely different part of the fandom (who doesn't interact at all with either character in question, at least not in canon, so I'm not sure how it tied in to the rest of the rant?) and urgings to leave fandom in general because I'm ruining it for everyone else simply by existing.

(I think they might have also implied that I'm a teenage girl who needs to grow up, which is something that I can quite honestly say hasn't been said to me in over a decade.)

... yeah.

I mean, I'm not upset or anything. Laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation, maybe. And I'm pretty proud of myself for resisting the urge to actually reply to the message, since it's clear that the person who sent it was just trying to draw me into an argument.

It's just, really, Tumblr? Really? Every time I tentatively poke my head back into it, I get a reminder about why I stopped using it regularly in the first place.


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I'm feeling: annoyed annoyed
Fic: Dragon Age (Origins) - Inauspicious Beginnings (PG)

Title: Inauspicious Beginnings
Author: Settiai
Rated: PG
Word Count: 1633 words
Characters: Alistair, Female Brosca
Notes: Also posted on the AO3.
Summary: Ostagar wasn't what she had been expecting.

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I'm feeling: artistic artistic
Fic: Dragon Age (Origins) - Out of the Darkness (PG)

Title: Out of the Darkness
Author: Settiai
Rated: PG
Word Count: 1600 words
Characters: Duncan, Female Brosca
Notes: Also posted on the AO3.
Summary: Natia Brosca spends her first night on the surface.

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I'm feeling: creative creative
RL Update

So, uh, yeah. I think that I'll be finding a new neurologist. :-/

As most of you know, I finally broke down and made an appointment to see a neurologist about my headaches in late January/early February. And, despite my not being that impressed by the doctor (he didn't really seem to listen to me that much and was a bit condescending), he had some good advice. He figured out that I have chronic headaches with the occasional migraine mixed in, typically after the chronic headaches have caused me to be in pain for days on end (which then turned into a migraine instead of just a headache) and then gave me some pain meds and suggestions on managing the headaches.

And, well, things have been going pretty well since then. I've only had to take the prescription meds a few times, and all but one of those times they've cleared up the problem pretty quickly. Since my original appointment with the neurologist, I've only missed one day of work because of headaches. At least, only one day solely because of headaches; the food poisoning caused a headache, but that was situational.

Anyway, I had a follow-up appointment last Wednesday, for him to see how things were going. It should have been in-and-out, since everything's going fine and nothing really needed changed.

Instead, I was stuck there for over an hour. During which he asked me six times if I had a headache right then. (The answer was "no," although it was getting close to changing to "yes" by the end simply out of frustration.) He also asked me four times if I needed a prescription for more pain meds (which was also a "no"). And, worst of all, he had to take my blood pressure three times because he'd turn on the machine, wander out of the room, get into a conversation with someone about sports in the hallway (that I could hear because the door was cracked open), come back 5-10 minutes later, and the machine wouldn't have results because it apparently has a time-out period.

... yeah.

I still have almost a full prescription of meds, and the advice he gave actually was helpful so I'm going to keep sticking to it. I very much don't see myself going back to him for an appointment in the future, though, considering my recent appointment upgraded my opinion of him from "somewhat condescending" to "Grade A Asshole".


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I'm feeling: annoyed annoyed
Fic: Mass Effect - (Not) Alone in the Dark (PG-13)

Title: (Not) Alone in the Dark
Author: Settiai
Rated: PG-13
Word Count: 1325 words
Characters/Pairings: Garrus Vakarian, Kaidan Alenko, past FemShep/Kaidan and current FemShep/Garrus
Notes: Also posted on the AO3.
Summary: They had been friends once. Before Alchera. Before Horizon. Before Mars. A part of him couldn't help but hope that maybe, just maybe, they could get to that point again.

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I'm feeling: creative creative
Supergirl

Please, oh please, let the upcoming Supergirl show be as good as it looks. It's been a long time since I've actually been looking forward to a show before it airs. Don't let it suck.

(The trailer is here, if you haven't see it yet.)


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I'm feeling: hopeful hopeful
*headdesks*

There's nothing quite so annoying as finding a long, plotty fic (an entire series, even! multiple stories! 300,000+ words already!) about the characters/pairings that you love, with decent characterization, chock full of your favorite tropes... and with punctuation errors every paragraph or so that make you want to stab your eyes out.

"That's right." She said. sadly, shaking her head. "The author apparently has no idea how to correctly format dialogue or use proper capitalization with dialogue tags."

I've tried to force my way through it, because... well, pairings of my heart. And tropes! All the tropes! And it's a really popular fic series that a lot of people seem to adore, based on the hits, and the kudos, and the comments. And, from what I've seen of the author around fandom, she seems really nice.

It's just so difficult, though, because the issue with punctuation is throwing me out of the story basically every other paragraph or so. And it's only with the dialogue. The rest of their punctuation is fine, but every time someone talks it makes me cringe.

Why must I be so picky? :-/


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I'm feeling: sad sad
I'm melting! Melting!

It's been 80ºF and higher for the past several days, and it hasn't gone below 70ºF at night in over a week. Tomorrow? It's supposed to be somewhere up over 90ºF.

Guess whose apartment complex has yet to turn on the air conditioning? :-/


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I'm feeling: hot hot
\o/

Oh, thank gods, I have internet again. Don't ever leave me again, internet, I missed you so much.

... yeah, long story short, I got home from Unnamed Nonprofit yesterday to find out that my internet was dead. It turned out to be something that needed an actual repair guy to fix it, because things needed replaced, and they couldn't send anyone until this morning. So I was internetless until a few minutes ago.

(Well, except for my phone. But there's only so much of my monthly data I'm willing to use up this early in the month.)

It honestly wasn't that bad, and I just played video games all night instead. Which was nice, since I usually don't do anything fun on Fridays as it's my last chance to put in hours for Part-Time Job and that's how I usually spend my evening.

Of course, that also means that I couldn't put in a lot of hours for Part-Time Job last night like I was planning. Oh, well. I guess that I'll try to make up for it today.


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I'm feeling: happy happy
Cats and Midnight Apartment Races

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get two cats to stop stampeding through the apartment in the middle of the night? It's not something they do all the time, but usually once a week or so (typically on weekends, for some reason) they'll chase each other around the apartment for 5-10 minutes around 3am.

If it was just affecting me, I'd simply put up with it. It's starting to bother my downstairs neighbor, though, who has to work the early morning shift on weekends. She came up to ask me about it (and was very shocked to find out that I have two cats; she thought for certain that I must have dogs, big dogs, for them to make as much noise as they do), and I apologized a lot and told her that I'd do what I can.

Googling has mostly revealed suggestions to lock them in a smaller room at night. The problem is that my apartment's very open, so the only options would be the bathroom (and, oh, I don't even want to think about the destruction they'd cause shut up in that tiny bathroom all night long) or my bedroom (which is large enough for them to still run around in and directly over the neighbor's head). I could maybe try locking them out of the bedroom, as that would at least keep them from running around directly over her at least, but I have a bad feeling that would result in yowling and (even more than there already is) damage to my carpet from them trying to get inside.

Any suggestions?


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I'm feeling: hopeful hopeful
Doctor Who

I was trying to clean up some folders on my computer today, and I stumbled across a random one buried under Pictures. "What's this?" I thought, looking at pictures of a bunch of my Doctor Who action figures that were obviously taken on my desk's bookshelf from back in college.

And then I remembered. :D

Originally posted here on LiveJournal back on 13 September 2008, I thought that it wouldn't hurt to do a repost. Because why not? Without further ado, I present you with:

(Non Dial-up Safe) Adventures in Action Figures... Or, How Jack Travels Through Time and Space Seducing PeopleCollapse )

I'd honestly forgotten all about this post until I saw those pictures. I kind of wish that I'd done another one of these before I started selling them off now, since at one point I had almost all of them that have been released. Oh, well.

Hopefully it will make one or two people smile, even if it's a bit old. And, honestly, I expect there are quite a few of you out there who weren't following me back in '08, so it might be completely new to you.


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I'm feeling: amused amused
Kitties Update

Garrus and Tali had their visit to the vet this past Thursday, and it went fairly well. The office is literally a three minute drive from my apartment, which helped quite a bit. The cats don't like being in the cat carrier very much, especially when it's inside a moving vehicle, but the shortness of the drive seemed to make it more bearable for them.

At the office itself, the vets pretty much fell in love with them. The moment they opened the door to the carrier, both of the cats were basically falling all over themselves to be adorable.

... and then Garrus tried to climb a door. Because, well, Garrus.

Both of them were pretty lethargic from the shots when I took them home, although Garrus was pretty much back to normal by the time I got home from work yesterday. Tali, on the other hand, was extremely sluggish until about 2am this morning, at which point she decided that she felt perfectly fine and needed to stampede around the apartment. Fifteen times. At full speed.


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I'm feeling: amused amused
Star Wars

In more positive fannish-related news...

Between the new(ish) trailer for Episode VII and the one for the second season of Star Wars Rebels, I feel my Star Wars love coming back in spades. Not that it's ever really gone away, but still.

You know what? I think that I'm overdue a marathon of both movie trilogies as well as The Clone Wars. And maybe a rewatch of the first season of SWR while I'm at it. That sounds like the perfect plan for Memorial Day weekend, I think.


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I'm feeling: chipper chipper
Marvel

I think that, for the time being, I might have had a falling out with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. Which is kind of bad timing, considering the new Avengers movie and Daredevil have both just happened. :-/

Try as I might, I just can't convince myself to be excited about the new movie. I honestly don't even know if I'm going to see it this weekend. And I've yet to watch even one episode of Daredevil, even though I really should want to since the next two shows Netflix is going to release feature two of my favorite non-mutant characters from the entirety of the Marvel universe.

I'm going to try to do a marathon sometime in the near future, to see if that helps any. I just don't know. It feels almost like it did back when Civil War was happening in 616, and I stopped reading all of the comics except for X-Factor because the Marvel universe in general was getting too convoluted and depressing for me.

It's making me sad, honestly. I see all of these posts about AoU, some of which are actually really full of squee, and I just can't scrounge up the energy to even be curious about it.


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I'm feeling: blank blank
Oh, cats...

First of all, thank you to everyone who bought something from my last selling post. Between that post and a couple of household items that I've had sitting in a closet that I stuck up on craigslist, I should have enough to cover the cats' vet appointment tomorrow. Admittedly, I'm not certain how happy the cats will be about that fact, but still.

But, yes, vet appointment tomorrow. Then walking over to city hall during my lunch break on Friday to pay to renew their licenses, since that's the day they expire. Fun times.

Second of all, let's have a cat story! :-P

I totally forgot to mention this when it happened last week, but Tali's learned a new trick. And it honestly explains a few things.

I have a little space heater that I keep beside my computer desk, mainly for times when it's a little chilly outside but I'd rather not turn up the heat if I can help it. (Like, uh, last week. When it dropped into the 30s. In mid-April. When a few days earlier it had been in the 70s. As you do.) Anyway, last week while it was chillier than usual Tali walked up to the heater, pressed the power button to turn it on, and curled up in front of it. All matter-of-fact, like there was nothing even remotely out of the ordinary.

... yeah. Needless to say, I was staring at her with a o_O look on my face the entire time.

I'm not worried or anything. Even if she were to turn it on while I was at work, it's one of those kid-and-pet friendly ones that turns off if it gets tipped over. And the thing is, I'm pretty sure that she has been turning it on while I'm at work. I've never actually walked in and seen it turned on, but there have been several times in the past when I've come home and it's been warmer in the apartment than it really should have been. So now I can't help but wonder just how often an occurrence this has been.


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I'm feeling: thoughtful thoughtful
Vidding Woes

Vidding is a ridiculous hobby, and sometimes I really don't know why I even try. Like right now. This? Is one of those times. :-/

For the first time, well, ever I actually managed to finish a vid for Club Vivid. Admittedly, I didn't finish it until pretty close to the deadline, but still. It was finished!

... and then I went to export it, and nothing happened. Premiere crashed. So I reopened the file and tried again. Same thing. So, you know, I tried restarting my computer. At which point the project file stopped opening entirely. And Premiere started claiming that it was corrupted.

I ended up basically recreating the vid from scratch. Which was easier than creating it the first time, but more than a little annoying. And I was smarter about it and actually saved my drafts as multiple files, although I didn't save those quite as often as I should have been.

Then I went to export it. And the exact. same. thing. happened all over again. I mean, yes, I did have a couple of drafts to work with that time, but I'd still lost... quite a bit of work. Because, like I said, I was getting tired by the end and wasn't saving as much as I should been. As separate files, I mean. I was saving into the main project file religiously, but not the duplicates.

I ended up having to give up on actually finishing the vid, because I just didn't have the energy to try for a third time. Between the drama going on at Unnamed Nonprofit and the slightly stressful situation going on with Part-Time Job, both of which I need to type up a post about (as well as one about how having my college roommate visit went), it's just... I couldn't do it. Especially since I've yet to figure out what's causing the problem in the first place, since there has to be something behind it.

Grr. Argh.

Can April please just be over with? Please? I'm so fucking done with this month. May has to be better.


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I'm feeling: angry angry
Online Garage Sale: Semi-Urgent

Okay, so I've had an unexpected monetary issue come up. Garrus and Tali's pet licenses have to be renewed by May 1st, and to do so they need to have up-to-date rabies shots. Which, you know, not a problem. I had all of that planned, had gotten an estimate on the cost of the shots themselves from several local clinics, had made sure to work that into my budget, etc.

Except, the catch is, none of the vets in the area will simply give them the rabies shots since they've never treated them before. They all want to do an examination first, which - as any of you with pets knows - makes the whole thing much more expensive than I'd been planning. Which is kind of an issue, because my budget for the next few weeks is pretty tight. I'll be fine after May 7th, but since the cats' licenses are due before then... well, yeah, not happening.

So... garage sale time. If you're interested in anything listed below, please let me know. Shipping costs will depend on exactly what you want.

Books

The Abominable Charles Christopher, Volume One (softcover)* - $20
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayers - $5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires - $5

Oglaf: Book One (+ signed bookplate)* - $30
Questionable Content, Volume One (signed)* - $18
Questionable Content, Volume Two (signed)* - $18
Questionable Content, Volume Three (signed)* - $18

* The prices listed are what these books are currently being sold for on the webcomics' sites.

DVDs

Movies

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (30th Anniversary Edition) - $7
A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition) - $7
The Lion King (Platinum Edition) - $15
The Lion King 1 1/2 - $5
Monster's Inc (Collector's Edition) - $7
Peter Pan in Return to Neverland - $5
Ratatouille - $5
Serenity: Collectors Edition - $5
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (The Director's Edition) - $5
Tangled - $10
Toy Story - $12 (crack in bottom of case but the disc is fine)
Toy Story 2 - $12
Toy Story 3 - $8
X-Men: First Class - $5

TV Shows

Crusade: Complete Series - $10
Dark Angel: Season One - $10
Dark Angel: Season Two - $10
Firefly: Complete Series - $8
Magnificent Seven: Season One - $5
Magnificent Seven: Season Two - $5


Blu Rays

Hunger Games - $5
The Muppets - $5

I'm willing to haggle at least somewhat since, you know, funds are kind of tight. Please point anyone who might be interested at this post?


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I'm feeling: worried worried
Vidding is Hard

Dear Adobe Premiere,

Please cooperate for five minutes so that I can finish up my vid for Club Vivid. It's almost finished, and I would so love to actually manage to submit a CVV vid for once.

Sincerely,
Settiai


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I'm feeling: annoyed annoyed
Mass Effect

Just in case anyone is curious about the video game series that ate my life (well, one of them, at least), Amazon is currently having a really good sale. You can get the entire Mass Effect trilogy (as a PC download) for $10.20 right now.

If you've ever considered giving the trilogy a shot, I highly recommend it. ♥


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I'm feeling: bouncy bouncy
. . .

Huh. That's a first.

The whole "fics being reposted for money" mess currently going on actually involves me for once. (More details here, if you haven't heard about it.) They have 41 of my stories posted, and it's about as random as it could possibly be which ones they grabbed.


ETA: No, I lied. Only 37 of them are fics. Four of them are vids. Well, vid posts, since considering they're in ebook format it's not like they can include the actual vids.


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To-Do List

You know the drill. Feel free to ignore.Collapse )


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I'm feeling: busy busy
Clean all the things...

Those of you who have been around for awhile might remember my college roommate, Laura. If not, well, long story short: I went through five roommates my first year in college, for a variety of reasons.

Blah, blah, blah. In short: Laura"s coming to visit, and I"ve got a ton of things to get done before she gets here.Collapse )

Bah. I'm tired just thinking about it.


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