brumeier: (Writer's Block)
In non-writing topics, I have used up this year's tax return. That didn't take long, I know. And while I did get some things I didn't need, like DVDs, I also got some clothes for me and the boy, new pots and pans, four new tires for my car, and new glasses for the both of us. Plus I paid off a medical bill and paid off the storage unit. I stretched that money as far as I could!

Luckily I get an extra paycheck this month from first job, so I can put that money away for vacation in July. And get Ms. Barry fixed before she goes into heat a third time. ::shakes head::

In school news, my son is finally passing math! First time this year. I'm very excited. He also asked me to buy him books, which never happens because he hates reading. Fortuitously, the latest book report he did (using a book off the approved list) sucked him into the Ranger's Apprentice series, which he discovered he liked. So much so that he actually read the whole book before he did his report (also a first this year). I'm so happy to buy him books! The first three in the series should be arriving today.

He was also nominated by his math teacher for a week-long STEM workshop, which sounds amazing but unfortunately is so far beyond our financial means it isn't funny. Also, my boy inherited my social anxiety, so he didn't want to go even though they're doing some cool stuff. Still, it's awesome that his math teacher (you know, that class he's been failing all year) thinks he has the stuff for the workshop.

In writing news, I was struggling for a while. No words, no progress being made. But I think I've finally turned a corner. I met several of my deadlines, though the last one is giving me ridiculous amounts of trouble. I'm feeling confident in the writing, though, and that's the main thing.

If you want to see what I've been up to, here's the list!

List Under Cut )
brumeier: (Happy Cho)
::coughs pathetically::

I have been sick, friends. Last Monday I woke up with a cough and it just went downhill from there. Flu test was negative. Strep test was negative. Doc finally diagnosed me with pneumonia and gave me three days of antibiotics. So I'm feeling much better, except for the cough that doesn't want to go away.

Yesterday was my first day back at first job, and tonight will be my first day back at second job. I'm already feeling the loss of the afternoon nap I got used to taking. I don't imagine I'll be worth much by the time my shift is over.

Being sick put a real wrench in the works in regards to writing things and getting them finished for deadlines. But I did manage to get some things done. Including my [livejournal.com profile] romancingmcshep fic, which I sent off to be beta'd today. Posting to follow soonest!

I neglected gushing over [livejournal.com profile] blueraccoon, my dear Shoobie friend and awesome person in general. Her birthday was on Monday, and unfortunately she's getting sick too. But she should absolutely be celebrated, not the least for finishing her epic Star Trek fic quite recently. (Like, triple digit wordcount epic. For reals.) Love you, Becc!

I cheated on International Fanworks Day by posting just the art I'd done to accompany my fic. The written scenes have been posted as I finish them. Still to finish are my [livejournal.com profile] sgareversebang and [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000. Hopefully I can make more headway now that my brain fog has lifted.

Here are some fics that got posted in the last couple of weeks but not mentioned here:

List Under Cut )
brumeier: (Super Enabler)
There are some things happening around LJ, friends, that I thought I'd bring to your attention if you didn't already know.

[livejournal.com profile] romancingmcshep is kicking off the annual John and Rodney Romance Fest, for those of you in the SGA fandom. Right now the call for prompts has gone out. Cut-off for prompts is January 16th and fics are due the end of February. You DON'T need to use a prompt for your story, but you do need to make sure it has a happy ending. Cause romance, ya'll. ::grins::

[livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 is underway with sign-ups. You have till the end of the month to let the mod know you want to participate, and stories are due March 31st. This is for any fandom, or original fic. Once sign-ups are done, you'll be assigned a picture and you have to use that as a jumping-off point for your fic, even if the finished product has almost nothing to do with the picture. It's all about inspiration. Oh, and the finished work has to be exactly 1k.

[livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup will be continuing to host the annual More Joy Day. There's a poll up regarding dates, but it looks like the popular vote wants posting to be on January 20th, the date of the US presidential inauguration. We'll definitely need some joy that day. More Joy Day is pretty simple. You do something nice for someone, be they friend or complete stranger. For me this usually means gifting a fic, but it can also mean paying for the person behind you in line for coffee, or holding open a door, or telling someone that you think they're a great person. Spread the joy!

[livejournal.com profile] logansgirl_2001 is going to be starting a regular Pride Post on Monday. This will be a place to talk about good things you've done, seen, watched, etc. Promoting good feelings and pride in our own accomplishments is a very worthy cause.

For general writerly support, I'd recommend [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri. Every Friday is a workshop day, where you can share snippets of your work for feedback. And coming up in February is the annual WIPed Into Shape event, where the goal is to motivate each other to get at least one WIP finished. Or at least make progress towards that goal, because that's a pretty laid-back comm. All the support, none of the pressure. ::grins::

And if you're looking for prompts to help kick your muse into gear, may I suggest:

[livejournal.com profile] comment_fic

[livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks

[livejournal.com profile] story_works

[livejournal.com profile] fffc

Let me know if there's something good that I missed!
brumeier: (Stefon)
So, I managed to finish both the [livejournal.com profile] sga_secretsanta and Winter In Hawaii challenges, and on time! Whew!

Naturally, this means it's time to sign up for more. ::grins::

So I'm fully on board for [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000, which I participated in for the first time last year. It was a really good experience, so I'm looking forward to the next round.

It's also time again for [livejournal.com profile] romancingmcshep. Woot! I didn't think I'd be able to participate this year, but the fic gods smiled upon me and changed the [livejournal.com profile] sentinelbigbang deadline.

By golly, I can do it all! And I will! ::laughs maniacally::

Romance McShep banner1 by selenic
brumeier: (Stefon)
So, I never posted links to my last four fics. I blame this on holidays and exhaustion and general slacker-ness. If you're interested, here are the latest fics I've posted:

Title: Christmas Angel
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: Fluffy Christmas Schmoop

Summary: A gift from Rodney's past has unexpected repercussions on his future.




Title: Danny Makes A Move
Fandom: H50
Pairing: Danny/Steve
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: Fluffy New Year's Schmoop

Summary: Danny gets tired of waiting for Steve to make the first move.




Title: Two Guys Walk Into A Bank
Fandom: SGA AU
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: Teen and Up
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa and to fill the Caught in a Robbery square for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo

Summary: Rodney had no idea that a simple trip to the bank would take such an unexpected turn.




Title: Between Floors
Fandom: H50
Pairing: Steve & Danny, Gen
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: Claustrophobia, supernatural elements
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000, inspired by this photo

Summary: A routine investigation goes somewhere completely unexpected.

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