tree_talking: (kitty cotton candy)
Hey there, everyone! Just a note to say that I'm not dead and that things are going better for me here in the land of Springtime and Pollen.

The money from Dad's estate is starting to come in. I'm just really glad that it will hopefully all be taken care of soon.

Spending far too much time RPing on Tumblr which is not nearly as satisfying as Journal-based RPing but it has its charm.

I am still writing away...more ideas than ability to type them. So many fics. Most of them Homestuck. Whew!

Still journeying along my Wiccan/Pagan pathway. I'm not entirely satisfied with my progress but I'm taking it easy on myself.

Next month, I'm going to app Blossom Culp to Milliways. I'm looking forward to playing there again.

AAAannnd that's about it. I'm real distractedy lately but I figured I'd take some time to post here. ...I should probably go do DreamWidth too...
tree_talking: (Default)
Hey there, everyone! Just a note to say that I'm not dead and that things are going better for me here in the land of Springtime and Pollen.

The money from Dad's estate is starting to come in. I'm just really glad that it will hopefully all be taken care of soon.

Spending far too much time RPing on Tumblr which is not nearly as satisfying as Journal-based RPing but it has its charm.

I am still writing away...more ideas than ability to type them. So many fics. Most of them Homestuck. Whew!

Still journeying along my Wiccan/Pagan pathway. I'm not entirely satisfied with my progress but I'm taking it easy on myself.

Next month, I'm going to app Blossom Culp to Milliways. I'm looking forward to playing there again.

AAAannnd that's about it. I'm real distractedy lately but I figured I'd take some time to post here. ...I should probably go do DreamWidth too...
tree_talking: (English is a bad influence)
Things with Dad's lack-of-will proceed apace. Which is to say, slow as molasses running uphill at this time of year. *sigh*

The Tarot reading classes are really awesome! I did a practice reading (my first!) the other day and even though I still had to use my notes on meanings, I was still able to open up to my intuitive side and give a halfway decent reading. I guess with some things you just have to jump in with both feet!

I am still writing every day, though I have not posted anything yet this year. This needs to change soon. I have a few feelings about fandom (not specifically Homestuck, but it's my main fandom these days) in general.

I've seen some pretty nasty things go on, not just lately, but in every fandom I've been involved in or witnessed or just heard of. I just wonder what makes some people act so nastily to each other. I wonder about people who will go on anon-commenting and tell someone who has been talking about suicide to "just end it all already".

I wonder about shippers. I mean, I consider myself a shipper but what makes people get so up in arms over it? I mean, you're shipping fictional characters (or real people used as fictional characters)! Why does it have to be something to argue over to the point of threats and serious meanness?

It might have something to do with the age of the participants, I suppose, but I don't really take that as much of an excuse to just not be civil. I really do try to treat anyone I comment to online as if they are sitting right in front of me (ok, with a little more bravery, since in Real Life [tm] I am kind of awkward).

I know meanness happens outside of fandom, but I just...wonder at it on the inside. Because this is something we do for fun, so why can't we just...let it be fun?

Related Tumblr thoughts:

Tumblr, to be honest, is a really lousy platform for fandom. It's hard to have a decent discussion without clogging up the dashboard--and to follow a discussion you are not necessarily a part of is annoying as hell. It's great for sharing art and pictures...but not so great for anything else. I enjoy Tumblr simply because of the visuals, but I am not fond of the Tumblr "social justice" memes, and definitely not a fan of how difficult it is to get to know people on there or have a conversation!

That said, I have been considering making some sort of blog/Tumblr called "Miss Shelle's guide to Fandom Manners" or something. Knowing me, it would never get off the ground, though.
tree_talking: (pink rose)
Things with Dad's lack-of-will proceed apace. Which is to say, slow as molasses running uphill at this time of year. *sigh*

The Tarot reading classes are really awesome! I did a practice reading (my first!) the other day and even though I still had to use my notes on meanings, I was still able to open up to my intuitive side and give a halfway decent reading. I guess with some things you just have to jump in with both feet!

I am still writing every day, though I have not posted anything yet this year. This needs to change soon. I have a few feelings about fandom (not specifically Homestuck, but it's my main fandom these days) in general.

I've seen some pretty nasty things go on, not just lately, but in every fandom I've been involved in or witnessed or just heard of. I just wonder what makes some people act so nastily to each other. I wonder about people who will go on anon-commenting and tell someone who has been talking about suicide to "just end it all already".

I wonder about shippers. I mean, I consider myself a shipper but what makes people get so up in arms over it? I mean, you're shipping fictional characters (or real people used as fictional characters)! Why does it have to be something to argue over to the point of threats and serious meanness?

It might have something to do with the age of the participants, I suppose, but I don't really take that as much of an excuse to just not be civil. I really do try to treat anyone I comment to online as if they are sitting right in front of me (ok, with a little more bravery, since in Real Life [tm] I am kind of awkward).

I know meanness happens outside of fandom, but I just...wonder at it on the inside. Because this is something we do for fun, so why can't we just...let it be fun?

Related Tumblr thoughts:

Tumblr, to be honest, is a really lousy platform for fandom. It's hard to have a decent discussion without clogging up the dashboard--and to follow a discussion you are not necessarily a part of is annoying as hell. It's great for sharing art and pictures...but not so great for anything else. I enjoy Tumblr simply because of the visuals, but I am not fond of the Tumblr "social justice" memes, and definitely not a fan of how difficult it is to get to know people on there or have a conversation!

That said, I have been considering making some sort of blog/Tumblr called "Miss Shelle's guide to Fandom Manners" or something. Knowing me, it would never get off the ground, though.
tree_talking: (set my mind in motion by curtana)
Yes, this is how I greeted a fair few of my friends when I was in high school. Invariably, the answer was, "not much". :D

Quick updatey thing:

-fic writing proceeds apace. No, forget apace, it's proceeding like a runaway freight train. My brain cannot process all of my ideas. Homestuck is probably one of the most fertile breeding grounds for fanfic I've ever come across. At least for me it is. I'm having an awesome time with it.

-We survived our stupid winter storm. I call it the stupid winter storm because it's ridiculous that such a small amount of wet, heavy snow could do SO much damage. We only lost power for about 22 hours, and for that I'm eternally grateful. Over a week later, there are still some places with no power. Sheesh.

-We are down one income, currently. Hubby is trying to find another second job. In the meantime, it's kinda nice to have him home more often. <3 I wish we didn't need the money so bad.

-Struggling with blood sugars. Send some healthy vibes my way, ok? We're headlong into "candy season" here.

-My spiritual life is starting to smooth out, I think. I wish I could make you all understand what sort of peace I'm experiencing, so much different than living through fundamentalist Christian hell. I want to get back to the curious place I was as a young teenager--I know that sounds "bad" but from ages 14 to about...well, about 30, I deprived myself of true spiritual exploration. I've been climbing up from that but it's difficult to free myself of the sort of bindings I put on my spirit in the name of being "born-again". It's all very difficult to explain.

For well over 20 years, I told myself I could not do certain things that in my heart, I wanted to do, and for well over 20 years, I tried to make myself fit a certain mold that wasn't really 'me'.

I'm not denying myself anymore, and it's incredibly liberating...and freakin' *tiring*!

But good. It's all good.

How is everyone else? <3
tree_talking: (set my mind in motion by curtana)
Quick rundown, things happening:

My son had a lot of fun at his first ever school dance! The teacher for his autism class went with him and his friend Matthew to keep an eye on them and she said they had a blast.

His birthday party is this weekend and he will be 12 on the 29th. Uuuugh, time goes too fast!

I auditioned for a musical last week! I think I did ok for it being my first audition for ANYTHING since college, but damn, my voice shakes so much when I'm nervous. I wish I could afford to take voice lessons. I feel good about the audition even though I did not get a callback. It won't be my last one, and I'm simply going to have to find more opportunities to sing in front of people. ...and practice acting. I have no idea how to go about that but I'm sure I can find out!

I am writing my blessed fingers off and having the best time ever with Homestuck. It's just...it's the most amazing fount of creative inspiration for fanwork ever, at least for me. It shoved Hunger Games fanfic right off my brainspace, but I'm still picking away at those fics too. They're both fun but in different ways and for very different reasons.

Homestuck, right now, is the thing that is keeping me from begging more anti-anxiety meds off of my doctor. I look at fan art and fanfic and re-read canon and I cackle like Terezi, I swear.

It's not that I'm not stressed, but man, Homestuck does take the edge off. So...thanks, Hussie. You're awesome.

I don't even want to write about the bad shit--because there is some of that--because it's just...not that bad, right now.

My voyage of self-discovery is going well, I think. And also my new philosophy of "I will not tell myself I can't do things" seems to be working out. At 42, it's about time.
tree_talking: (nyanko chips by creamiiicandy)
Apparently it is OK to do stuff online now at work. This is a tremendous relief to me.

Not much is happening in my life. We came back last week from a nice little vacation to Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA. This is the only amusement park I like...and really, I love it. It's everything an amusement park should be.

I've just downloaded a bunch of stuff from my camera and am in the process of re-naming all the pictures and stuff. When I finish them, I will upload them, and then show them off. ;)

I've been writing a great deal, mostly Hunger Games fanfic, all revolving around Wiress and Beetee. I'm having a wonderful time and I actually finished a lengthy (for me)fic...which I never do. Right now it's all on ff.net, but I'll be updating AO3 with it soon. I find the interface with AO3 sort of annoying with all the html tags and such.

I'm having more fun with this than I had with HP fanfic...which is ironic considering how much PAIN AND SUFFERING is encompassed in these novels... anyway.

I'm also getting more ideas for original fiction too...which always happens shortly before I go to Maine (in five weeks!). But this time, the novel idea takes place *in* Maine proper, on Mount Desert Island. So hooray for a research trip!

Liam is going to turn 12 in October. He's going into 6th grade. MIDDLE SCHOOL. I'm not sure how that happened. Also, he is now terribly concerned with looking 'cool'. How did this happen? *sigh*

All told, I'm doing pretty well, feeling pretty good. Go figure. I hope it lasts a while. :)
tree_talking: (set my mind in motion by curtana)
Ok, so we don't know how long I'll be able to keep doing this thing but we'll give it a shot, eh?

So yesterday, I got up and did 15 minutes walking on the treadmill. For the rest of the day, my mood was fairly fantastic.

Today? I got up late, didn't do my 15 minutes, and I have been anxious, annoyed and slightly depressive.

The 'verse is trying to tell me something. Exercise = no longer optional.

Anyway. I've been writing each day, which is awesome. I've been writing Hunger Games fanfiction. It's been fun. I'm obsessed. Also, I am playing at [livejournal.com profile] milliways_bar again, with my twinnie [livejournal.com profile] verychimerical, and also [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustlover et wonderful al.

I forgot how fun it can be over there. And how insane.

I hope that I can stay on this even keel for a while. Doing 15 minutes of walking tonight might help. We will see.

So tell me: how are you guys?

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