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Here is my story for the Ardor in August, Sultry in September challenge this time. I hope you will like it. I am posting the link to the archive so you can read it there. Hope you like it. I had a lot of fun writing it. Comment here or there if you like. Thanks!

Title: Lessons of History
Author: phyncke
Beta: Aglarien1
Rating: G
Pairing: Turin, Orodreth, Gwindor, Finduilas, Gil-Galad, Cirdan
Warnings: Character death implied.
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, they are the property of JRR Tolkien and his estate, and I have borrowed them for my own amusement and for yours I hope.
Feedback: Much appreciated.
Written for: ForErusSake
Summary: The fall of Nargothrond as told by Orodreth through his final journal.

Link to story -
phyncke: Dapino Graphics for Image (Default)
So hey gang! It turns out there is a work around for this PB issue - <lj user=unreal> has designed two plug ins to get around the graphics problem. 

This one is for chrome users -

This one is for Mozilla users -

So that is cool. Hopefully this will work for you. Huzzah! 
phyncke: Icon by me (Rydia of Myst by schellen)
Hey there. I am waiting for the graphics on my LJ to disappear - you know - with this PB thing - and that has not happened. I have not moved my images yet. So I wonder when that will happen. I should not jinx it. I will move things when I have to - not before. I have accounts set up other places but I am really lazy and don't feel like doing this yet. It makes me want to abandon this whole graphics thing and just not do it anymore. Really - why bother? I love graphics but I don't feel like reloading all my images. It took me years to load all those to PB. Can I rant for a moment here? They really suck. /end rant.

So onto more exciting news. I have lost 101 pounds! 71 on Weight Watchers and 30 on my own. Go me! It really has worked for me and I feel like I have totally made the lifestyle shift in my mind. I like eating this way. I plan my week and I just do it. Don't get me wrong. I still love food but I think about it differently. This week for example - I totally enjoyed a piece of strawberry pie - but I did not overeat and I counted it. That is all it takes. I feel much better being lighter and have way more energy. I think I get more done now too. So that is all good. I cannot recommend Weight Watchers enough. It costs a bit but they have the plan down. And you don't have to buy their stuff either. I do buy some things but I mainly eat my own food. They do have some snacks I like.

Anyway. Doing well on that.

I am really bored at work. I think I need to make a change. I have my resume updated and ready to go and I am looking. Don't mention this on FB. I want to stay at the Uni but get a different job. I need more to do. Or maybe I find things too easy and have just mastered what I do. I think I will take some classes too and grow that way. Best to keep busy and gain some skills.

So there is that. I am atrophying at work. Never a good thing.

So that is all I have. I cannot wait for the AiA reveal. That is coming up soon. I hope my person likes my story! I never know how that will go. I look forward to reading the stories. That is always fun.

I hope all is well with you there. Have a great week!

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phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
Hey there! I am done with the Ardor in August/Sultry in September story! Wootles. I am pleased with the final thing and ready to send it to my beta - the very talented [profile] aglarien1. I hope this has the right amount of angst that the requestor called for. They wanted angst and manipulation. So I hope I delivered on those two things.

The final word count of the final draft is - 3775. That is respectable. Not too short and not too long. Just right.

I am disgusted by what happened in Charlottesville, VA. It made me physically ill. That is all I will say on that. We need to get the white supremacists out of the administration.

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phyncke: Icon by me (Rydia of Myst by schellen)
But not enough on my story. It is getting close and I am not done. This is going to be a nail biter! Ahhh! It is my own fault. I have not had that much time to write this time with traveling and all that. Oh well. I will pull it out I hope. Hope all is well with you there! Scroll and Quill-sample 1
phyncke: (Jaded Girl)
Yes, writing challenge time. I am working on a story. I have started it and made some decent progress. I even have a solid idea and know where it is going. It is going to be tragic and angsty. Oh joy. :P

I am going away this week so I want to get a good start on the story so I can get it done on time. So putting a little bit of pressure on myself.

Here is the word meter.

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phyncke: (Happy Birthday)
Hey there - I am doing the birthday round up for June - July 2017. Happy birthdays for those with birthdays in those months. I hope you have great days on your special days and a great year ahead. Much love!

On LJ:
03: hanako_lovely - .。+゚❤ DJ apple ❤゚+。.
06: prttyprncss05 - Susan
11: fairjennet - fairjennet
12: kellanbrodie - Kellan Brodie
16: dixiechick61688 - Amanda Nicole
21: larianelensar - Larian
21: elladansgirl - Jade
28: bella_sol - Bella.Sol

06: mirien - mirien
06: rhapsody11 - Rhapsody the Bard
06: musingsinthesky - musingsinthesky
06: tuxedo_elf - Tuxedo Elf
07: silverscripture - silverscripture
09: winged_embrace - ~*~ Renee ~*~
12: chaotic_binky - chaotic_binky
16: arthvaineth - Lady Arthvaineth
19: rainbow1907 - Rena
21: gad21 - Gad
21: aschicca - aschicca
24: nienna_weeper - Nienna
31: ckoddly - ckoddly

On DW:
06: prttyprncss05 - Susan
08: doeeyedbecky - doeeyedbecky
08: ceitfianna - ceitfianna
11: fairjennet - fairjennet
21: karenkk - karenkk

12: binky - Binky
21: gad21 - gad21
21: aschicca - aschicca
24: nienna_weeper - nienna_weeper
06: tuxedo_elf - tuxedo_elf
06: rhapsody - Rhapsody the Bard

phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
Hey all - a Happy 4th of July to you here in the US. I have ambivalent feelings about what is going on right now here in this country but am enjoying the holiday here. We are in a bleak time right now with this horrible President who is taking us back to the dark ages. But I am glad to be an American and thankful to live in the United States. I am hoping that we make it through this period in our history in tact. I am not totally sure we will but I am hoping that we do.

Anyways. Bombs bursting in air and all that. Have a good safe holiday and cheers to everyone.

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phyncke: (Anime Me)
Have you heard about the change over at photobucket? They have changed their TOS so that 3rd party hosting is no longer included with lower tier plans. They only include it with their most expensive plan that costs $399.00 per year. They did this with no warning. I learned about this when checking the flist here and am just gobsmacked by it. It defies logic. I have 4 PB accounts that I am paying for and am planning on closing all of them. They are totally going to lose my money - all of it. I wrote them a nasty gram about this and explained that too.

My images are still in tact on here but I am sure that they will not be for long. I am in the process of figuring out what to do and where to host my images but I have a doll sharing community and graphics that I used on my journal. I am not going to go back and restore all those images. Just not going to do it.

I am really frustrated by this. I think what I am going to do is handle my layouts and just go from there and go no frills. I have most of the images that I use on my old PC now. I don't think I am going to reload all this stuff into a new service. So maybe it is time to let all this stuff go.

So Photobucket - you suck! You really do!
phyncke: (Fleur de Lys)
So hey - I am here with a post. I had a great vacation in New Hampshire/Massachusetts. I spent time with my family and met my half-sister and there was nothing bad or scary about that. She is very nice and we all got along. We spent a Friday-Monday weekend thing together on the Cape in Mass and it was very good. It was amazing how relaxed it all was. I was very happy that there was no weird awkwardness and that my Dad had a good time. This was the first time he was meeting his eldest daughter so that was pretty cool.

Had some great gastro experiences - ate fried clams, had a lobster roll. So that was very fun. We did some girlie things - I got my face done with a make up person. So now I know how to do make up. It is funny - I have spent most of my life not doing make up but now I am kind of getting into it. I got some stuff and it looks pretty good. It is not that hard to do. I do quick make up on work mornings - just mascara and lips and then more involved when I am going out on the weekends. So there is that.

The only other thing that is new is that I have gotten back into plants. I went through a phase for a while where I was killing my plants. I guess I was not paying attention to them. But now with the help of a friend - I am getting some nice plants and herbs and enjoying caring for them. I made some salmon with fresh dill that I grew myself. That was fun and delicious. Fresh dill is way better than the dry stuff. More flavorful.

Anyhoo - that is about all I have. Tomorrow, I am going to Santa Cruz for the day and to see David Sedaris speak at a local bookstore there. I am very excited about that. We get a copy of his new book and hopefully he will sign it.

So that is the state of me. Hope all is well with you. Comments are awesome.

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phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
 Hey there - it is time again for - 

Ardor in August 2017

From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true…

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for My Slashy Valentine! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!


Critical dates:

  • Sign-up period: June 11 - June 25

  • Assignments to be distributed no later than July 9th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: August 13th

  • Deadline for returning participants: August 20th

  • Archive opens: August 27th, 2017

There are more rules and regs and you can go here -

- to read more. Please sign up. It will be great! I am still trying to decide what I am doing but I always enjoy this challenge! 

Cheers all! 

phyncke: Dapino Graphics for Image (Default)
Hey hey - I am here. I have finished my events for the year and am getting ready for a much needed vacation! I am going to New Hampshire for early June and will spend time with my family old and new. The cool thing about this vacation is that I will meet my long lost half sister who I have not met before and that is making me nervous as well as excited. We have been talking on social media and on the phone so I think it will go well. She seems very nice and like a cool person. So this will be interesting to say the least. I am hoping that my Dad will go along for the meet up and that he will finally meet the daughter he has never met before. So that would be cool. I spent most of my life thinking I did not have a sister so this is very fun. I have a sister! An older sister! Wowie!

Work went very well this Spring. I planned two national conferences and they were really good. I got great feedback on my event planning skills and everyone was pleased with how it went. It was stressful while it was going on but now that it is done - I feel really good about all of it. Feather in the cap so to speak. Now I can work on summer projects and documenting everything. So that is all good.

My other vacation this summer will be my annual trip to Vegas with the girls. Looking forward to that.

So that is all I have - just work and vacation and oh! I have lost 61 pounds on Weight Watchers! I am totally rocking that. I feel great and I really love the program - it totally works for me. It gives me a method to the weight loss madness. I have 23 pounds left to go so I am going to do this. I am totally jazzed about it. Here is a pic of what I look like now.

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Hope all is well with you there and you are ready for summer! I totally am! :)

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phyncke: (Happy Birthday)
Very happy birthdays to those with May birthdays (visible) on my flist! Hope you have wonderful times on your special days and a great year ahead!

On DW:

04: jaice - jaice
07: lilpinchoflove - lilpinchoflove
20: esteliel - esteliel
22: dryad_dreamer - Dryad

On LJ:

04: ennorwen - ennorwen
08: nuinzilien - Nuinzilien
08: ladystardust_xs - Annette's Graphics Journal
20: esteliel - Esteliel
21: colonoscarpeay - ♥♥Amanda♥♥
24: dissociative - dissociative
29: punkinelf - punkinelf
29: ford_of_bruinen - ford_of_bruinen
30: bethie_p - bethie p

phyncke: (Happy Birthday)
Very happy birthdays to those with April birthdays (visible) on my flist! Hope you have great times on your special days and much happiness in the year ahead.

On LJ and DW:
04: vkittydeangel - vkittydeangel
08: laur_melyanna - laur_melyanna
10: heartofoshun - Oshun
13: jordan_c_price - jordan_c_price
16: yeesalu - yeesalu
17: elvses - A. Noldo
17: neskayanet - Neskaya.Net LJ
17: spacebee - Niere
21: jossie1951 - jossie1951
23: wildrose_garden - WildRoseDragon's Wild Rose Garden
23: jademurasaki - Jade Murasaki
23: lightpinklily - Melissa A.
24: charla - to thine own self be true
25: lineae - Eve Le Dez
28: autumn_mist - Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Krystal Marie Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
29: thalassa_ipx - thalassa_ipx
30: blue_blue - Blue

phyncke: (Happy Birthday)
Very happy birthdays to those with March Birthdays (visible) on my flists. I hope you have great times on your special days and wonderful a wonderful year ahead.

On LJ:
02: suemichave - sue
07: stendhaliser - stendhaliser
10: weepingnaiad - Weeping Naiad
11: erynaranel - erynaranel
12: mrskennedy_x - Rickey and Kevin's Mommy :)
17: bases_by_maggie - Maggie
19: cosysoftware_en - CosySoftware
21: jaiden_s - Jaiden S
27: perkyandproud - perkyandproud

On DW:
21: jaiden_s - jaiden_s
23: charlie_cochrane - charlie_cochrane
31: nightshade - Watch out. I can be deadly.
10: weepingnaiad - weepingnaiad

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phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
Here is what Joe Kennedy III has to say about the new healthcare bill the Republicans are proposing - I am going to keep an eye on this guy. He is going to be important. For sure. He sent this out over Obama's mailing list but he has been fighting the good fight in Congress. He is in the House of Representatives for Massachusetts. 


It is about how we care for the least among us -- not how we treat the powerful.

It calls on us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the sick.

It is kindness. It is grace.

There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. There is no mercy in a country that turns its back on those that are most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering.

There is no mercy in a cold shoulder to the mentally ill.

There is no mercy in a policy that takes for granted the sweat, the tears, and the sacrifice that working Americans shed every day so that they might care for their families' basic needs: food, shelter, health, and hope for tomorrow.

So when Speaker Ryan called his repeal bill "an act of mercy" last week, I knew I had to speak out.

It is an act of malice.

We, as Americans, are better than this. Every working family deserves better than this. And when millions of people have their access to health care put on the chopping block, we have to stand up to this. 
phyncke: Icon by me (Rydia of Myst by schellen)
So I missed birthdays for January and February 2017 so this is a catch up post for those months. Catching up. Very happy belated birthdays to everyone in those months! Hope you all had a great time on your special days! March to follow in a bit!

On LJ:


01: iheartnickcath - *¨❤¨*Lynn*¨❤¨*
02: kittyjewelofsea - ScribbleKitty
02: startigercub - Alma
15: eglantine_br - eglantine_br
16: laurahonest - Lorelei
16: countrygraphix - Country Graphix
21: adorablexi - §hå¥
21: narwainwen - narwainwen
21: xcarouselx - xCarouselx
26: sweetkisses13 - Jessica


05: g1nab1na - g1nab1na
05: lethe_lloyd - Lethe_Lloyd
08: coverguy - Grimlock
08: talullahred - Talullah
11: portus - Tallie
17: elfscribe5 - elfscribe5
17: lotrangel17 - Stephanie
18: naledi_seren - Naledi
19: keiliss - Kei

On DW:

01: iheartnickcath - iheartnickcath
02: kittyjewelofsea - kittyjewelofsea
06: teaandstars - winter wings
16: laurahonest - laurahonest
24: silver_trails - silver_trails

08: talullahred - talullahred
11: chocolatefrog - chocolatefrog
17: elfscribe5 - elfscribe5
17: lotrangel17 - lotrangel17
19: keiliss - Kei

Daum 1615 Birthday
phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
I have become an MSNBC junkie. I don't know if I can make it through four years of this Trump Administration and I hope I don't have to. I am really hoping that Trump gets impeached and does not last the whole duration of his presidency. I just have to say it here. I really am hoping that.

This is the third week and it is absolute insanity.

I am too tired to give details and it is almost too much to keep up with.

Hope all is well with you in your part of the world. It has turned into a dystopian nightmare in the US. It really has.
phyncke: Dapino Graphics for Image (Default)
I have finished my Slashy Valentine story! Hurrahs! It is done and posted! Woot. I am so happy. Yays! I will post the link to the archive when the reveal happens on Valentine's Day.

I don't think I am going to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow. I am not really into it. My parents are pulling for the Patriots but then again Atlanta has never won before so it would be great to see them win it. I don't really care who wins. I do like the ads but I can catch those online anytime.

I am heading into a really busy time at work and have to get it in gear. I will and it will be fun. I like being busy at work - the alternative is really boring so this is way better. We are going to have some changes so that will be good too. We need them.

Anyhoo. Just a quick post for the week. Hope all is well with you there.


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