randomling: Peter Bishop (Fringe) ponders something. (pondering)
I'm not sure how many things yet, but I'm trying to talk more about the things that happen in my head because of, um, reasons.


It's Christmas! Happy Christmas if you celebrate, happy holidays if you don't! And happy Wednesday if you really don't. I've had a nice day (a bit of family stress, but who's surprised?), a DVD-heavy haul of pressies (all the Iron Man films yay!), and a nice dinner including ice cream for dessert. Now we are doing Richard Osman's Pointless Quiz.

I also received lovely gifts from [personal profile] flippac and [personal profile] kaberett, who I love and adore. Thank you! <3 [personal profile] llamabitchyo, your card arrived at my old house and is on its way to me, thank you much!

I have failed at presents beyond the family and at doing cards at all this year. If I get a job soon, I might end up doing random midwinter cards at some point.


I received three excellent stories for Christmas this year! One from Make the Yuletide Gay and two(!) from Yuletide. I haven't read any more stories yet, but here are the ones I received!

awake my soul
Justin/Lance! 19th century AU! H/C!

Tell Your Story Walking (6434 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Haven
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Duke Crocker/Audrey Parker/Nathan Wuornos
Characters: Duke Crocker, Audrey Parker, Nathan Wuornos

No matter how long he lived in Haven, Duke Crocker would never actually be able to believe the shit that went on in and around his hometown. It wasn't that he hadn't lived through totally unrealistic crap for way too long, it was just that it seemed to keep getting more and more completely unbelievable.

The fact that there was a guy standing on Main Street in the full sunlight putting off sparkles like a damned frosted Christmas ornament was pretty high on the list.

Unknown Similarities (480 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Abbie Mills & Jenny Mills
Characters: Abbie Mills, Jenny Mills, Maddie (Sleepy Hollow)
Additional Tags: Yuletide, Yuletide Treat, Sibling Bonding

Abbie and Jenny find some common ground between them.

Eeeee, stories! I have several open in tabs and a mission to download allllll the fic onto my Kindle.


Thanks to the generous tuition of [personal profile] flippac, I have been getting into electronica a bit. Specifically, hard trance has grabbed my heart with an iron fist and won't let go. I have lots to say about the interesting things it's doing to my brain, but that needs a post of its own to unpack really. But it looks like it has the potential to be a really excellent brain hack for certain things, and I'm looking forward to playing with its potential more.


I've decided on a theme for 2014 - and tentatively, a theme for 2015, too! 2013's theme was "recovery", and though I didn't do much with it in the journal or consciously, the truth is I have actually got a lot better and am working on improving further. So that's a good thing. I'm hoping to consolidate on this year's successes with 2014's theme, which is going to be "resilience". At some point before the new year I'm going to sit down and write a post about my aims for the year and the tools I'm going to use to help and support me along the way. (2015's theme is, provisionally, "escape".)


I have a daily theme post to write today, and lots more 31 days to catch up on, too. I'll get there, though I suspect some of those topics will get pushed back to January!
randomling: Peter Bishop (Fringe) ponders something. (peter)
[personal profile] ephemera asked:

How soon is too soon for Christmas decorations in a) shops and b) people's houses / gardens, and do you care?


I do care, at least a bit. I get quite irritated when I start seeing decorations up in shops in October! I don't want to be thinking about Christmas then (partly because Christmas gives me epic anxiety) and it seems really brash and in-your-face and... sales-ey. I don't like sales-ey things. Plus everything gets kind of bright and jangly and irritating and I'd like to put that off for as long as possible.

In general, I think "after Hallowe'en" is a reasonable time to start putting Christmas decorations up in the shops. I tend to give shops the massive side-eye if they start doing it before then.

As for home and gardens - personally I prefer to have them up a week or two before Christmas. I'm not religious, but I was raised Christian enough that the start of December (ie: Advent) seems like a reasonable time to start seeing decorations in gardens and front rooms. I don't know that I see that many in November, and I don't think I would give the side-eye to private people doing what they want with their homes the way I do with businesses.

Thank you, that was an interesting question! Ask me more questions here, there are loads of days still free!


Dec. 24th, 2012 10:56 pm
randomling: Claudia Donovan (Warehouse 13) looks mischievous in goggles. (claudia)
I managed to get my US/rest of the world cards out in a timely-ish manner, but I think my Europe and UK cards will have to be posted on the 27th. Oh well. Belated Christmas joy!

Also in Christmsa fun - there are challenges happening! Make the Yuletide Gay stories are live, and my story is incredible!. It has lovely JuNi, and it's set in the AvengersVerse and it has PLOT! and AWESOME DIALOGUE! and SNARKY LANCE!

I am yet to read much else but am excited to go through the list. One advantage of a small fandom is at least "read all the stories" is manageable even with limited spoons?

Yuletide isn't live until tomorrow, but my story is DONE and POSTED and I'm excited for the stories to go live at some point tomorrow!

If you can guess either my MtYG or Yuletide story, I'll happily write you something! I'll leave comments screened, in case people want to guess.

In the meantime, Happy Christmas, and happy holidays to those of you who don't celebrate (and/or celebrate something else).
randomling: Nine and Rose hold hands on their way back to the TARDIS (TARDIS is home)
I put up a Christmas card post some time ago. I think it is a good time to remind people that it exists and I'd love to send you some, people of the internets!
randomling: Barney Stinson (of How I Met Your Mother) straigtening his tie. (barney)
Well. It's early, but Christmas is on the way, and I have many international friends, and I'd like to be able to do them in batches (for financial reasons mainly). Also, [personal profile] sporky_rat mentioned them and now I remember about Christmas (thanks, Sporky!).

There's also this whole thing where I have some spoons to spare due to no work, so I can afford the spoons required to do this.

So under the cut is the usual Christmas-card related shenanigans.

Christmas cards, and a poll! )
randomling: A wombat. (Default)
Dear flist/circle,

I need to design an ecard for work.

I have about 3.5 hours today and 4 hours tomorrow to accomplish this.

We have Word and Publisher and Outlook. Pretty sure we don't have Photoshop or anything graphic design-ey.

I do not know anything about design. (Well, a teeny bit, but nothing that useful.) I definitely do not know how to design a professional looking ecard.

Your thoughts and/or help would be appreciated!

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