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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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Here is my word meter for the Slashy Valentine -

I don't have a sense of how long the story is going to be but I better wrap it up soon as Red just sent out the warning email! Gotta get it done!

So that is what is going on. If you follow me on FB you know I am not pleased with what is going on in Washington. More on that later.

Happy weekend to all.
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Here is a quick update on my Slashy Valentine. I have started it and hopefully I am about half way done. You never know with these things. :P

I don't know how long it will be. That is just a guess. Hope you all are doing well on yours! Post updates!

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I think it is time I wrote an entry. I have been here and there, hither and yon. Well not really - I have just been here and working. Always working. I have a busy March and April coming up with work so that is good. I like to be busy at work rather than sitting there with nothing to do. So that is better. I have a bunch of events and an awards program to run. Great.

Speaking of work - we had a security breach at the University and the information they got was my bank account and name. So that was alarming. I guess there was a hack into the financial system. I remember something being wrong as they had to close down the system for 5-7 days in December. So I was advised by a few people to change my bank account around so that the hackers don't have access to that - my bank said that and people who work in banking. So that is what I did. Now this effected 1000's of people at work and when I went into work, I noticed that no one was doing anything to protect their banking info. It felt really strange to be the only person that was worrying about. Literally - no one was concerned or they said their bank account was tied into to many things and so they did not feel like changing it - which was exactly why I was changing it. For that very reason. Anyhoo. It was relatively easy to do. I got helped by this really great Slavic banker dude and it took very little time to make sure my money was safe and sound. I already have credit monitoring with my legal plan so I am covered there.

So I saw Deadpool and really enjoyed it with the caveat that I have not read any of the Deadpool comics. So as a movie - it totally worked for me but I don't know anything about the Deadpool character. I just enjoyed the film. My friend who had read the Deadpool comics did not like the film that much and was much more critical of it. So that was a thing. I thought it was excellent and I would see more films with the character. I really thought Ryan Reynolds fit this character. He was funny and talkative and really inhabited the role.

What else. I have been posting some graphics offers. So that is fun. Making little things here and there. It is a fun hobby for me. I am getting some requests so LJ is still slightly active that way.

So that is what's going on. I am still making my way through the 2016 Slashy Valentine stories. Slowly but surely. Really enjoying those. I just read this one - Breathless by elfscribe and found it to be really good - an interesting tale of Gondolin. So give that a read if you have time. I also started reading Keiliss' story - The Pink Flamingo which is being posted in chapters and it is an amusing tale about Glorfindel and Erestor.

Anyways....that is all I have. Today I am going to see the movie - Eddie the Eagle which seems inspiring and I have watched 8 episodes of the new season of House of Cards - binge watching that.

Take care and hope all is well with you!

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Title: A Mighty Gift
Author: phyncke
Character(s): Curufin/Telchar, Celegorm, Huan
Beta: Aglarien (with help from Keiliss too)
Rating: PG-13
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.
Summary: Curufin seeks to become the apprentice of Telchar, the skilled dwarf smith and is given a mighty gift.
Note: elf-dwarf relationship
For: Slashy Valentine 2016


A Might Gift... )

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Chilling here tonight and happy that it is the end of a very busy week.

I took off from work today and the most ambitious thing I did was return some clothes at Nordstrom and then my primary goal for the rest of the day was to take a long, glorious nap. Two hours is a nice long nap. I woke up refreshed and feeling better. So goal achieved in all ways.

Then I made some chicken soup which is my new thing that I can make. Home made soup tastes so much better than the store soups. It is fresher and I like getting to control the seasoning. I also like that the veggies are not totally overcooked to oblivion. I can't even eat store soups anymore - now that I know how easy home made soup is to make. I am ruined for Progresso Soup or Campbells now. I cannot eat those. My mom sent me a Soups and Stews book by Cook's Illustrated and there are lots of good things in there. The other thing I like about making soups is that there are lots of ways to improvise and adapt the recipes.

I am trying to decide what to do with my weekend. I think I am going to Santa Cruz on Sunday but Saturday is open. I do need to get chores done at home and do the dreaded laundry but perhaps I could spare some time to go see the latest Marvel movie - Deadpool. Seems like a good thing to see. I love the Marvel stuff and have heard some good things about this one. Seems different but I will give it a go. I like new characters. I have not read the Deadpool comics so I have no idea what it is about. Also - I like Ryan Reynolds.

So here is a thing. I am really enjoying the Slashy Valentine stories that have been posted in the archive for this year's Slashy Valentine 2016. You can find a listing of all the stories and links to them here -

I hope you will read some of the wonderful stories that have been posted by the very talented writers in the Tolkien fandom.

SO that is all I have for now.

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[personal profile] chaotic_binky has started posting her brilliantly funny, yet touching story to her LJ here -

She wrote this amazing story for me for the Slashy Valentine this time around and I laughed and cried my way through it. I adored it. I am sure you will too. The dialogue is brilliantly witty and the description is beautifully done. And there are cakes flying around and cream puffs. Just fab.

Enjoy this story as she posts - you won't regret it!

The story is called Green and Silver Leaves and is the love tale of Legolas and Haldir.

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Morning post over morning coffee here. I have my cup here. I realized I had not posted in a while. I sit here each morning before work and drink coffee and watch the morning news. Such is my routine. That is after I groggily wandered to the shower. Teddy the wonder cat knows enough to stay out of my way until I have had a good amount of the java.

So the Bay Area has been taken over by the effen Super Bowl. Everything is geared towards that. They have this Super Bowl City in San Francisco and all these events. I am not even going over there. It has not really impacted my life at all but I am a little tired of hearing about it. I do hope that local businesses are making tons of money from all of this - that would be a good thing - that it would boost the local economy here. So if having the game here does that - I am all for it. I do plan on watching the game and having some good snacks etc. I am rooting for the Panthers. I think Cam Newton is gorgeous and I hope that he does well in the game. :P He also won the Heisman Trophy when he was in college so he definitely has the skills.

Work is going well - I am kind of having fun with it. I do have to work on Saturday and manage a training on campus so there is that but that is not too bad and it is only a few hours. I have a few events coming up and they are off to rocky starts but I think I will be able to pull them out. We are also getting our head shots done with a professional photographer so I am having my make up done by my neighbor who does it professionally. Hopefully I will get some good shots out of this deal. I never take good pictures so will see how it goes.

I am really looking forward to reading the Slashy Valentine stories when they come out mid-month. As always I am nervous that my story is not what my recipient wants so I hope that my person likes it. *bites nails* I always worry about that so don't mind me. I am just glad that I got my story done. It was a very interesting prompt and out of my comfort zone. Kind of a stretch.

I am saddened by two recent celebrity deaths - Alan Rickman and David Bowie. I enjoyed their work through their careers - I saw Bowie twice and he was phenomenal. And I have seen many Rickman films - my favorite being - Truly Madly Deeply. I will miss both of them and their talent that they shared with us.

So that is all I have. I hope all is well with you in your part of the world. Comments are great and I will reply back as soon as I can. :)

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I am done!

Jan. 24th, 2016 09:35 am
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I have finished my Slashy Valentine - well the first draft is done and now I need to edit it. Wootles. I thought I would never be done. Hurrahs! I think it needs some major work but that is usually the way. Blessed be.

3960 / 3960 words. 100% done!

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I have made some good progress thanks to stormy weather and football playoffs. Those two things make the perfect conditions for me to write my Slashy Valentine. The weather makes me less inclined to go out and the playoffs provide me with the crowd cheering background noise I need to feel spurred on in my progress. Silly but it totally works for me. I am adjusting my word meter as I have exceeded my first estimated word count on the story.

1801 / 2400 words. 75% done!

So that is all cool. I am not done but my characters have touched and there is attaraction. Boom. I can work with this.

I think I am going to Santa Cruz tomorrow - weather permitting - and the forecast indicates a nice day so that will probably happen so I will be able to write tomorrow night. I hope to get to the 2k count tomorrow night and into the home stretch by mid-week.

I can do this. Feel free to comment in with your progress or support. I will reply! Or if you are done - let me know that too.

Cheers to you and US folks - long weekend!

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But I played! That was optimistic of me. You never know, do you? I bought one ticket of randomly generated numbers and I did not win. I just checked the website. Oh wait. We played at work too so I could still be a millionaire. :P

So work is killing me. I am super busy with these added responsibilities - facilities and tasks which mean I have to take care of people. I am really good at that but it gets a little frenzied. I am getting further away from my event planning mojo and don't know how I feel about that. My job does still require lots of logistical planning and all that so it is skill building etc. So I don't know. They keep adding stuff to my plate and is the plate getting bigger? How does that work? Don't mention this on FB, please. I have work people on there.

I have done more research on my Slashy Valentine but have not started to write it yet. Ahhh. Ok. not panicking yet. I better internalize that very helpful timeline that they have over there on the community. Know it. Live it. Be it. Meet it. Kill it.

Anyway. See, I am posting more in the new year. I am posting! Comments would encourage me to post more!

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Jan. 9th, 2016 06:13 pm
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I have not started my Slashy Valentine. Not exactly freaking out but not feeling good about that either. I have a lot of research to do as I have characters that I am not familiar with at all. Augh! Totally out of my depth. I do like the challenge aspect of the challenge thing so that is good. I like to write out of my element. This is very outside my comfort zone. Oo

Other than that - things are good. Doing well at work. I relaxed today. Was going to do all sorts of things but I took a nap instead. That seems like the right decision. I am going for breakfast with a new aquaintance I met on this neighborhood website - I have met her before and she is a nice person. So that will be fun.

The holidays were good - mellow and restful.

What else - Emma Watson has started a feminist book group on goodreads so I joined that. We are reading My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I am really enjoying the book so far - am two chapters in so far. Very well written and very interesting. My favorite part so far is how she refers to herself as a sort of celestial bartende. That was a very interesting descrip. So it is interesting. I really like Gloria Steinem - she was the commencement speaker at my college graduation - and very motivating. Really spoke to everyone - not just the women - so I really like her. She has been very important for the women's movement. Etc.

So that is the kind of thing I am thinking about. Hope all is well with you in your part of the world. Comments are welcome! :)

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Today is it! The last day for Slashy Valentine! It is a Tolkien oriented swap where you write a fic and you receive a fic. It is totally awesome. Go to the link here to find out more...

It is very fun and if you are a LOTR or Tolkien fan fic writer - you won't want to miss this.

Sign up today!


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I have to tell you about the Slashy Valentine that I got - this amazing story - it filled my prompt with fluffy pillows and nice bed linens, right, and then did so much more, LaSamtyr added this musical element to the story of Lindir and Gildor and lost scrolls and well - just read it. It was so good. I really think you will like this story. Go ahead and read this!

Here is here summary:

Lindir's Song (2734 words)
by LaSamtyr
Summary: In Rivendell, Gildor and Lindir discover their deeper feelings with a little help.

If you do read it, please leave kudos and comments there. It really means a lot to the author.

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I have posted my Slashy Valentine 2015.
I am done! Thank you, [profile] aglarien1 for the beta! Thank you everyone for listening to me suffer.

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Here is my last meter!

3920 / 3000 words. 131% done!

And I was sure my story was horrible but it is not as bad as I thought it was. It need a little work but I can do that on edits. Whew. I cannot believe it. [profile] aglarien1 can tell you how painful this one was for me. Ahhhh. I don't know if it is what my person wants but it is the story I wrote. That is all I can say. I think I will definitely do some tweaking on edits.

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Here I am with an update. In the home stretch. I don't know how my story is but I am going to finish it soon, come hell or high water. Could be high water.

2716 / 3000 words. 91% done!

Ta! How is it going there, folks? Post comments and updates! Share your misery! Share your triumphs!

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Here is where I am at with my Slashy Valentine...

1825 / 3000 words. 61% done!
I don't know how the story is but I am going to wind it down. I need it to be done. There is no slash in my story yet. That could be a problem. LOL. The characters are not cooperating.

I am getting a cold and I don't need that. Augh.

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Here is where I am at --

1045 / 3000 words. 35% done!

And I honestly don't know how it is. I am moving it along. That is about all I can say. I have to start putting in the key elements of the prompt so I better keep that in mind. Yeppers. Best not to forget the whole point of it.

I am determined that the story be a reasonable length. 3000 is my outside. No mas! No mas!

How is everyone doing on theirs? Feel free to comment with an update or post your own.

Let's share the pain and suffering.

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I did it. I am in. I signed up for Slashy Valentine! It is probably the only way I will write next year, anyway. Here is the post where you can find the info -

Go on, you know you want to!

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