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I had a plan, and it was to do more fandom things this fall. Things have not been going according to plan, as you may or may not have noticed. If you want to hear the Flying Spaghetti Monster laugh, tell it your plans*, amirite?

We've got a storm coming, which is thrilling on one level. The event is so exciting that all the schools are being closed tomorrow in anticipation. There was a crawl during AOS last night announcing it would be the "Storm of the Century". This morning, it's been downgraded to "Storm of the Decade". A neighbor reports that USAToday is now calling it "fiercest in 5 years". After three+ years of drought, "fiercest in 5 years" doesn't exactly terrify. However, there is the possibility/likelihood that we'll lose power. No TV? No interwebs? Whatever shall I — and all those hopeful schoolchildren — do? I've got a couple of ideas. Those kids are on their own.

1. Perhaps I could decorate my new pink Christmas tree? Yes, life has imitated art and I am apparently Harmony, after all. I know I should be mortified, but it's darling. Not flocked. No unicorns. Yet.

2. I could work on my noel_of_spike story, due in 10 days. With that in mind, I could use your help. What should I write about? I've got a couple of ideas, from Spike & Dru in Big Sur in the 70s, so a wispy proto-idea of Spike & Nikki Wood in 70s NYC. Hmmm. Theme? Or I could do something set in Season 4, perhaps focusing on Giles or Xander and "the season". I don't know that I have enough Brit knowledge to do justice to a Giles/Spike Christmas, though. Then again, I could do something fluffy and post-series. Probably with Buffy and/or Dawn. Or maybe an AtS S5 story with Fred! Lorne? I don't know! What would you guys like to see from me? I'm open to suggestions. Really, really open.

3. Send Christmas cards? I've been so uneven in recent years. If you'd like a card from me, PM me with your address!

Once the power comes on I'll have some 40 dozen cookies to bake and some online shopping to do. And fic. Always fic.

*To paraphrase a character on the most recent Castle.

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Dec. 10th, 2014 11:24 pm (UTC)
I will shamelessly vote for post series fluff!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your storm makes it over the mountains to us before falling apart!
Dec. 11th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Shameless fluff is the very best kind!

The weather people keep saying that the storm is moving south, but the pictures show a different story, alas. At least it is making hay snow in the Sierras. That's what we need if there is going to be any water next year.
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Dec. 11th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yes to the Dawn!
Dec. 11th, 2014 10:54 am (UTC)
I would love to see AtS season 5 sceanrio (the idea of Chrismas party at Wolfram&Hart seems strangely appealing, also it's probably has nothing to do with what you had in mind here).
Dec. 11th, 2014 10:59 am (UTC)
Also, unrelated question, just because you seem like a right person to ask: do you know any Christmas fics featuring D'Hoffryn?
Dec. 11th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know of ANY D'Hoffryn Christmas fic. I suppose in his case the correct holiday would be Gurnenthar's Ascendance. In any case, this is an egregious lapse! I will think very hard on it.
Dec. 13th, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
Gurnenthar's Ascendance, of course, how could I forget!)
Dec. 11th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
I did an AtS S5 winter solstice story, Midwinter Plunge, last year, so it doesn't seem quite so urgent, although it is rife with dramatic and comedic possibilities. I also wrote a Wolfram & Hart AtS S5 Halloween party scenario, The Sleepless Beast Knows Best, fairly recently. But we always need more Fred and Lorne, IMO. Or Spuffy. Or all of the above. With Dawn. I occurs to me that I may not be the most decisive person...
Dec. 13th, 2014 11:01 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks for reminding me of them! *lurks away to re-read, making happy purring noises*
Dec. 11th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
I hope the storm wasn't too terrible?

I vote for Spike and Dru in Big Sur. I would love that!
Dec. 11th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
The "storm" is still going on. What it is is raining a bit. All the promises of hurricane winds and whatnot have not materialized. There is a fair amount of flooding of roadways and apparently 10% of the city is without power, but we're in the 90%. Sometimes I despair of Californians. I really do.

I was thinking specifically of you when the Big Sur idea struck. It's more of a fleeting thought than a full-fledged idea at this point, though. Research is needed! I adore research, but may be out of time for this round.
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
but may be out of time for this round.

Oh well, maybe another time?

There was an article in our newspaper's weekend magazine about the California drought. It sounds really awful.

I suppose the golf courses are still being watered, though?
Dec. 11th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
Good luck! Hope you don't lose power or get flooded but have a modicum of drama to enjoy.
Dec. 11th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
We have power, are on the 3rd floor, and it's really just raining. It's not even coming down that hard, but it's been so long that everybody is having conniptions. I would feel differently if a tree had fallen on my house or something. Since that hasn't happened, we'll just enjoy being snug at home.
Dec. 11th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hope all went well with the storm and enjoy the cookies (assuming they are baked by now).
Dec. 11th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
The storm, such as it is, continues on but doesn't seem likely to create a lot of hardship for us. I'm actually really happy that it's (finally) raining.

Cookies are not yet baked, but I have the ingredients now and am ready to go! Nom nom.
Dec. 13th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
I'm kind of happy for the storm because one of my professors lives in SF and had to cancel class because she had no power and it wasn't safe to drive, which was really good because I needed extra time on an assignment anyway. I think I'm the only person who benefitted from the storm.

And HI!!
Dec. 13th, 2014 07:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know about that. There was a whole bit in the news coverage of reporters interviewing gleeful kids who didn't have to take tests on Thursday. Also: people kayaking in nearby parking lots seemed to be have few complaints.

Dec. 14th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
Also, how's your daughter doing? I figured this must be her first semester, and I don't think I've talked with you at all since she was deciding between the schools she'd been accepted to!
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