snogged: ([Angel] Bookworm)
This is my place to keep track of all the books I read in the year 2011. My New Year's Resolution is to read at least 50.

Books I've Read So Far )
snogged: ([Clone High] Raise the Roof)

Rivalries, Emotional or Otherwise
Angel/Willow/Xander -- FRT/PG -- 378 Words
The Golden Rule to ending rivalries, emotional or otherwise, was to choose one option over another.

Self-Destruct Button
Chapter 1 * Chapter 2
Willow/Spike, Willow/Kennedy -- FRAO/NC-17

Set post-Chosen (BtVS) and post-Season 5 "Damages" (AtS). Willow gets a party invitation from a certain warlock in Los Angeles.
*Runner-Up - Best Unconventional Pairing -- SunnyD Memorial Fanfiction Awards Round 23

Master Fic List - 2011 )
snogged: ([MISC]Cozy Night In)
Since I had the day off, I had a fairly low-key day that was filled with lots and lots of television and movie watching. I'm quite certain this recap will make me sound like I have no life.

I caught up on Leverage. I still need to watch last night's episode, but I figure I'm not doing to bad there. Parker, Hardison and Eliot remain my favorites this season and I think the Van Gogh episode is my favorite so far this season.

I watched the So You Think You Can Dance results show from last Thursday (2 of 8 eliminated). I was incredibly impressed by the League of Extraordinary Dancers and I wasn't too bothered by the cuts. Both dancers who were eliminated had annoyed me early on in the season, but they each had a dance or two that redeemed them a little in my eye. Still, neither one holds a candle to Sasha, Melanie and Marko. I can't wait to see those three crack their way into the finale. :)

I watched the first disc of Boy Meets World's Season 5 and found myself squeeing because **Shawn and Angela. *dies of cuteness***. I was also amused by the random appearance by Melissa Joan Hart, playing her character from Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and Salem (the cat) who was from the same show. Oh ABC Fridays in the '90's, I've missed you.

I also watched the first two episodes of The Nine Lives of Chloe King. I'm happy to reassure [ profile] dragonydreams and [ profile] angelskuuipo that I'm hooked. I look forward to watching more of it tomorrow night.

Finally, I watched the film, Cedar Rapids. I was mostly in it for the Midwest references, but it wasn't bad. I do have one tiny complaint though: **Omar Little (from the Wire) never swears on the show. Don't get me wrong, I appreciated the imitation done by Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. (who happens to be on the Wire as a different character), but it's all about the details people!**
snogged: ([HIMYM]Marshall/Lily/Ted)
I kissed Nick goodbye this morning as he headed off for his week-long trip to Lake Minocqua with his dad. (I can't go this year because of work and lack of funds). Of course, he was only allowed to go because he promised to buy me the cashew fudge that I've become addicted to ever since I went up there with him five years ago.

Then, I got in my car and made my way to my parents' house where I'll be staying until tomorrow morning.

It's been pretty low-key so far. Mom and I got Taco Bell for lunch and it was pretty nummy. Then, we went and saw the new Steve Carrell movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. I have to say that it was a solidly entertaining romantic comedy and I appreciated that they threw a few twists in there. I also appreciated Emma Stone. Damn, that gal is gorgeous! Plus, Ryan Gosling has gotten a lot cuter since he starred in Young Hercules. (Oh yes, I watched that show.)

Anywho, it's time for dinner so *hugs and love*
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"Mad World" by Gary Jules

This song never fails to give me the chills. It's so hauntingly beautiful.

And this routine from So You Think You Can Dance emphasizes that feeling all the more.
snogged: ([Angel] Bookworm)
Ugh! I'm so positive that I returned a book on Tuesday, but the library's online service still indicates me having the book checked out. It's not due until August 4th so I still have some time. But I've looked everywhere, including the temp. placement from Tuesday where I finished the book. I still can't escape the feeling that it went in the drop box with the other two books I returned, but how can I prove that?

I don't know what to do and I certainly can't afford the fees that I know will follow this if I don't find it.

ETA: Went to the library. Since the book was from another library, I have to wait to see if it comes in through their system. The librarian said to try back on Monday.
snogged: ([BBT] What Up)
Today was the very first day that I was able to comment on entries and I can safely say I've caught up with most of the entries I've missed (since some of you were lucky duck enough to get on LJ a lot more than I did this week.) I did have to bookmark the fanfic posted though and will go back to reading it when I have the time.

And now for some updates in bullet-point form:

1. On Monday, I used the biggest paper shredder I've ever seen. Damn thing took up the whole room and you fed the paper into it via a conveyor belt.
Appearances can be deceiving aka this picture is TINY but it shows you what the thing looked like .
Cleaning it up after a bag filled was the worst. There was so much paper dust and I could feel it irritating my lungs with every breath. Boo.

2. I had my last day at the internet-less temp. job on Tuesday. It went pretty well. I finished up all the tasks for the HR department with an hour to spare so they sent me down to the accounting department to help them box up some files. Fun. Fun. (But not the kind of fun you have on Friday when you're looking forward to the weekend. :P)

3. I finished Bossypants by Tina Fey and freaking loved it!

4. I'm one disc away from finishing Boy Meets World Season 4. I really hope I can finish the series (Seasons 5 and 6) by August 31st so that way I'll have seen them all before Netflix ups their prices.

5. Nick is heading up to Lake Minocqua on Saturday for a week-long vacation with his family. Normally, I get to go too, but given the limited hours I work I figured it would be better for me to stay behind. :/ It'll be weird having the house to myself for a week, but I'm sure I'll manage.
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Thanks again to all those who are still reading this!

Title: Self-Destruct Button (14/?)

Author: snogged

Disclaimer: Joss Whedon and many other corporations own the characters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel the Series. I don’t.

Pairing: Willow/Spike

Word Count: 1404

Overall Rating/Warnings: FRAO/NC-17

Setting: Buffy – Post “Chosen”/Angel – set shortly after “Damage.”

Summary: Willow gets a party invitation from a certain warlock in Los Angeles.

Beta(s): [ profile] angelskuuipo, [ profile] purplefeen, and [ profile] velvetwhip. All other mistakes are mine.


Self-Destruct Button-Chapter 14 )
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29 – What is your current project or projects?

I only have one project in the works right now and that's Self-Destruct Button, a Willow/Spike adventure set during AtS Season 5. I'll be quite honest when I say that I hope to wrap it up sometime soon. It's already expanded into something way larger than I intended it to be. Not that I mind. :)


So yesterday one of the guys who works for the Democratic Party as their District Campaign Manager posted an article on FB. I took the opportunity to comment and ask if the office was air-conditioned (on account of the fact that I could use a chilly escape.) He said it was and I mentioned that I wouldn't be knocking on doors if I came down. Another volunteer commented by saying this heat wave was the perfect weather to go knock on doors because more people were likely to be home.

The manager there responded to this by saying: "Spoken like a truly dedicated volunteer and hopefully a well hydrated one."

I'm sure it's just the way he phrased it, but I can honestly say I felt mildly offended by it. There is no reason for him to imply that a true volunteer would brave a heat wave to knock on doors. To me, that implies favoritism and lessens the importance of the people who come in to make phone calls or enter data. In my eyes, this is not the attitude that the District's Campaign Manager should be sharing on any public forum.

Plus, if that's really how he feels, I'll happily go sit in the library and read. At least I'd feel wanted there.

ETA: Went to the office and had a face-to-face with Josh (the campaign manager). He had intended his message to be for the volunteer who had sweated it out the other day, but recognized where I was coming from. Without missing a beat, he deleted the comment, apologized profusely, and reiterated how much he appreciates the work I do. Also, he was grateful that I talked to him about it so yay for that.
snogged: ([HP] Hermione)
26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
I don't really do a lot of research outside of rewatching certain episodes of the show I'm writing for or checking out various websites devoted to the timelne and characters of the fandom.

I have looked up the details of an occasional sex act though just to make sure it's feasible. Don't really consider that odd though.

27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

Favorite place to write is at my computer (either at home or at work, especially if it's a temp job where I'm not expected to do much besides answer the phone.)

28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

I've done several collaborations with writers, most notably: [ profile] idioticonion, [ profile] secondmezzanine, and [ profile] magpieinthesky. I've also had artists inspire my work, most notably [ profile] rua1412.

Harry Potter 7.2-Possible Spoilers )
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If you like lame, you should meet me for a drink tonight after I have dinner with my mom and pretend to go to bed. -Lem, Better Off Ted

Thing A Day 1: I want to thank [ profile] sweet_lyri, [ profile] niki1988, [ profile] velvetwhip, [ profile] aaronlisa, [ profile] novemberrain007, and [ profile] spike7451 for the chocolate userheads. It was very sweet of you. :P

Thing A Day 2: Meme )

Thing a Day 3: Saw my friend, Sabrina, and her newborn, Anthony, today. We had a really nice time hanging out together. Oxygen was running a marathon of America's Next Top Model's Cycle 10 so we half-watched a few episodes while we chatted and ate the cheesecake sample I picked up. Anthony did very little fussing and one of the few times he did, I managed to calm him down! WOO!

Anthony and his proud not-related-by-blood Auntie )

Thing a Day 4: There's a man from the State coming to the Pauquette Center tomorrow to critique, and hopefully credential, our day treatment program.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous.

Thing a Day 5: Harry Potter tomorrow night!! WOO!!
snogged: ([BTVS] Cordy WTF)
Just got this email from the Netflix team:

We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.

Your current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $7.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). You don't need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

You can easily change or cancel your unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both, by going to the Plan Change page in Your Account.

We realize you have many choices for home entertainment, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to call us at 1-888-357-1516.

–The Netflix Team

What the fuck, Sherlock? Do you honestly expect me to pay for your services (i.e. 1 DVD by mail and Unlimited Streaming that's not always reliable and doesn't have the best selection) at a 60% increase?

Oh hell to the no.

I absolutely fucking hate that they're doing this.

I have a feeling I'll be canceling my subscription out-right come August 31st unless changes are made.

Bunny Hop

Jul. 12th, 2011 11:34 am
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18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

I get bunnies while watching the show as I enjoy seeking out what-if scenarios and filling in plot-holes. I also get bunnies from other mediums, such as quotes, artwork/photo manipulations, poetry, novels, other TV shows, movies, etc.

19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

I try to start writing right away or else it won't get written.

20 –Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

I sure do! For example, [ profile] rua1412 produced a brilliant Spike/Willow manipulation that inspired my latest project. A title for one of my stories was inspired by someone's icon.



Jul. 11th, 2011 02:07 pm
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16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

I guess I'd describe my feelings towards summaries as ambivalent. I know they're needed and I don't really have too tough a time coming up with them (though I can't say they're all good either.) Drabbles are a bit harder though given how short they are, but usually I can pull a phrase or a sentence out of the woodwork for those too.

I guess the main way I come up with them is by taking the main plot point and adding a touch of mystery to it (ex. "When Riley comes back to Sunnydale, he stays for a reason that’s not Buffy.") or if I'm using a prompt (i.e. the Witch Willow ficathon), I'll use that for the summary (ex. "What if Willow were the one who discovered that Riley was paying to be bitten?")

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Titles are definitely the bane of my existence. 9 times out of 10 I struggle coming up with them. Luckily I have betas who are more than helpful when it comes to suggestions and I also tend to use a method [ profile] ash_carpenter mentioned. That method is read through the fic and title it using the word or phrase from the story that pops out at you.

For chaptered fic, I never do titles.
snogged: ([MISC] Fairy)

Two fabulous gals on my flist are celebrating birthdays today: [ profile] jewelledfairy and [ profile] deadlynight27. I hope you both have the birthdays you deserve!

Lots of love!
[ profile] snogged
snogged: ([BTVS]spillow_familiardesire)
Just got a call from my Autism Project kiddo's dad. An emergency came up with the family's horse so they had to cancel. I'm sad for them, but also grateful to have the day off, especially because I have the house to myself for a few hours (Nick went to Summerfest in Milwaukee with a few of his guy pals last night and crashed at Kit's.)

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do yet (other than catch up with my flist and maybe watch this week's So You Think You Can Dance episodes.) But what I do know is that right at this moment, I'm going to tackle the meme.

I do need to jump back in time quick as I realized I missed Day 10 and I find myself wanting to answer it.

10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

I've gone outside my comfort zone many times in order to explore rare pairings or take on challenges offered by friends of mine whenever I put out drabble calls. One pairing that I adore is Willow/Oz. [ profile] rileysaplank challenged me to write a drabble featuring that pairing and I found myself struggling with it. I inevitably wrote it from Willow's POV and Oz had barely any dialogue. I do love that drabble though. It's one I'm quite proud of because I really had to work extra hard to get it done. When Sleep Escapes Her .

As for a pairing I don't like, I'll say Willow/Kennedy because I absolutely hate that pairing and yet, I let Kennedy enter into my latest story. I can't say I treat Kennedy very nice, but I did try to capture a few good moments between her and Willow before I ended things for them.

Now we go back to our regularly scheduled programming.

14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

I'm perfectly comfortable writing any rating. The highest I've ever written is FRAO/NC-17, though I'm not sure it goes any higher than that.... As for the final part of this, I have to say that I've been shocked like that before. There was a Carl/Wendy that I wrote with Mezz once that wound up being PG-13 instead of NC-17, despite our best efforts. Sometimes the smut muse just doesn't work the same way she used to.

15. – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

I once forgot to warn for something in a fic (the non-explicit sex scene between Willow/Angel in "Alpha Female") and I got yelled at by a reader who pointed out the scene was non-consensual. I corrected the mistake immediately and vowed to always warn. Admittedly, warning for "character death" sometimes sucks, especially if it's part of a plot twist, but I do it anyway. As for the strangest things I've warned for: sex with inanimate objects and tentacles top the list.
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I've seen this meme floating around so I decided to take my own crack at it. I'd say it's pretty accurate. :)

Understanding, Passionate, Aesthetic )
snogged: ([SYTYCD] Melanie)
11 – Genre – Do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

I don't necessarily aim to shoehorn any of my stories into any one genre, though I generally favor angst, drama, and PWP. I can easily say I blame that preference on a few things. One, I don't think I'm all that funny when it comes to the written word so that puts comedy in a tough spot. Two, while I appreciate love and romance, I don't want to write stories that will be written off by readers as Harlequin. Three, I like the mood/atmosphere created by angst/drama. I like being able to make the characters hurt and cry and feel something that the show writers don't always portray (*coughcough* How I Met Your Mother *coughcough*). I've also been getting into writing fight scenes and those don't generally fly with fluff.

More meme tomorrow.

I'm off to read more of my book: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.


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