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Vacay is One of Many Nice Things

I'm on vacation on the beach in foggy Oregon, watching illegal fireworks, and celebrating one of Dear Old Dad's birthdays with a zero at the end. I'm not just talking about my ne'er do well cousins, either. It's been awesome fun, with an incredibly cute nephew to admire, and all sorts of other inducements. Such as listening to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on the trip up, seeing Kick-Ass for 75¢, and the 4th o'July parade down the one-block long main street, complete with a giant cheese float and dancing bunches of grapes overseen by the great god Dionysus. I don't remember Dionysus presiding at any of the small town festivals of my youth...

I haven't forgotten y'all, even though my commenting has fallen off ridiculously, and even the reading has been hit and miss. I signed up for schmoop_bingo , like everybody else, and with luck and perseverance, I may have something for that soon. If you'd like to suggest some rare character pairings, it might get the mental gears moving...

sleepy times
drunken confession of love
lazy Sunday
friend in need
amusement park
illness – shared
candlelight sex
stuffed animal
hot cocoa
birthday – celebrant is sick
watching the game
unexpected date
butterfly kisses
greeting card
“I love you” – first
office/workplace party
kidfic – first injury
secret admirer
coming home from long trip
anniversary – perfect gift

I also got a nifty nomination for Best Gen and Best Quickie Fic in Round 21 of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards for my ficlet about Giles and the Classics, The Lioness on the Cheese Grater. Since the story is almost half quotes from Lysistrata, I'm not real confident that it's a fine example of my writing. Though maybe it is, since I often refer to my betters in my work. Heh. Anyway, my most sincere thanks to my kindly nominator, and here's the pretty:

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th, even if it's just another Sunday where you live.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 5th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
I'm still busy not signing up for anything - although I did in fact sign up for something early this year when I didn't realise how bad this block was going to be, and I know I'm not going to produce anything. :(

I haven't been reading much either. Nothing takes my interest.

Anyway, I'm glad you had a good July 4th. The dancing grapes sound surreal.

And congrats on the nomination.
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! The parade was so, so silly and cute. The giant cheese was actually weirder than the grapes, which just seemed good-natured and fun-loving. The very most surreal part was at the end when all the spectators filled the street and sang "God Bless America" whilst waving their little flags. Or, it could have the the Boy Scout Troop leader raising the flag on the beach. I have problems with jingoism, although I am still a sucker for all the fun stuff like eating pie and cheering as the town firetruck drives by covered in bunting. Sometimes I wonder if it's still possible to have a direct, simple experience. Everything is shaded with meaning both positive and negative. *thinks too much*
Jul. 6th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted every year to put up a post on July 4th celebrating We've Finally Got Rid of You Bloody Colonials Day, but I'm always afraid that someone will be offended, so I don't.

Edited at 2010-07-06 01:38 pm (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the nomination, enjoy your vacation.
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Will do! Thanks for commenting, darling! Also, congrats on making the Big Buffy Monopoly Board! Go you!
Jul. 5th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah for familes and the Oregon Coast. I'm a fan of both, but especially the coast. My hometown is Astoria though so I may be a little biased...
Jul. 5th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Astoria! I know I've been there, although I'm having trouble remembering it. But my family used to go over to Cape Blanco every year to go camping, and then for a while we lived an hour inland from Newport. The Oregon coast is one of my favorite places in the world.
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
My family and the Oregon Coast go together nicely. This year we were in Oceanside instead of bustling Netarts (heh), and people came from as far as Bend and Albany to fête dear papa. Plus, they brought pie! Life is grand...
Jul. 5th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Another one for the schmoop ride - welcome aboard, my lady!

You're going to give us some Spike/Dru, right? Not just rare pairings? Could you write me some Lorne, too? Gen or coupled up with someone, I care not. Schmoop and Lorne should go together.
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
How could I have forgotten Lorne! Excellent idea. I'm sure there will be some Spike/Dru. I don't really have a plan, but hopefully that will change. Like cindergal, I'm finding that the order to write schmoop is leading to unintended angst. I'm such a contrarian.
Jul. 5th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited you signed up for this! Because there will be Rebfic, and I know that from you even schmoop cannot be wholly straightforward.

Pairings: Giles/Faith, clearly. Jonathan/somebody (anybody!). Spike/Harmony - oh, the possibilities! Oz/Dawn. Harmony/Clem. (Maybe I just want to see you write Harmony...)

That should get you started, yes?
Jul. 6th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Jonathan! I'm naturally psyched by the Harmony idea, though all of those sound good. I actually know of a really fun Jonathan/Harmony Halloween fic, so even that pairing can work! I guess I ought to plan out what I'm going to do, instead of just looking at the card.
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