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2014 flew by...

Present! *pant, pant, pant* I always want to keep up with you guys, but my good intentions seem to lead to the usual place. 

The fandom stuff of 2014

I wrote a few very short stories last year, most for sb_fag_ends:

Stars in Her Eyes — Spike/Buffy, S6, sort of serious
The Other Half — Spike, Buffy, Dawn, Joyce, S5 horror/comedy
Sing It Out — Spike/Buffy, Dawn, post-sesries domestic banter
Spare Me — Spike/Buffy, far future derring-do with old married couple
Conundrum — William/Dru circa 1880, drabble for open_on_sunday
Construct of Paradise — A Dollhouse story featuring Adelle deWitt musing about her misspent youth, for rarewomen

There's one slightly longer one, still a WIP:

When You Wish Upon a Bar — S6 Xmas tale, Spike/Buffy, Dawn, D'Hoffryn. I've thoroughly fluffed the deadline at noel_of_spike for the last chapter of that. I'm not sure where to post the last bit, but perhaps I'll just put it here. Tsk.

I did 8 whole days of the 30 Days of Buffy meme! I'll do more. Thinky thoughts, I has 'em.

The personal stuff of now and soonish

After all the build-up of sending McDiva off to college, she is back, apparently nevermore to roam. I am…still working out how I feel about that. It was a very rough few months, but she's working full time and contributing to the household, plus is one of my favorite people, so I'm counting my blessings. Most of her friends are thriving while off at school, but many, many other kids are flaming out in spectacular ways and my friends, the parents, were not prepared for that. But heck, nobody is dead, in jail, seriously injured, or pregnant, so hopefully all those difficulties are just bumps in the road. La la la la la.

MiAmor and I just got back from multiple celebrations of various things all across Southern California. Did I mention that we're up to 4 (step) grandchildren, ages 14 years to 6 months? I used to blame MiAmor for being so much older than I am, but at this point I'm just going with it. So, we helped our mothers with household repairs; we played with babies, toddlers, and kids; we shopped (with the 14 year old, naturally); we went to the movies; we danced; and we ate. Feasted, is the correct term. Golly. Good times.

Then the murders of Charlie Hebdo happened and all our friends and relatives are feeling it hard. You guys remember that MiAmor is a cartoonist, as are his brothers, right? We know a lot of cartoonists. This tragedy is bigger than any particular line of work, or even one particular country, but I can tell you that cartoonists are spitting ink over this. I sort of think they would be even if it had been greengrocers that were targeted, but it feels very personal. However, I am positive that none of the murdered cartoonists would find it funny if the fascist right wing gets any traction out of this horror show. /politics

After [personal profile] slaymesoftly posted about people falling off the grid, I feel obligated to tell y'all that I'm having some minor surgery the week after next. I should be back and commenting (if not posting) by the 24th. If not, send out the cavalry!

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Jan. 9th, 2015 09:59 am (UTC)

Hope things work out okay with McDiva. Am sure they will. She is such a talented young woman.

Good luck with the surgery - and I will catch up with your noel_of_spike story over the weekend.

I spent a lot of the holidays holding babies too. My niece had twins back in August and this New Year was the first time I'd seen them. So cute! Plus, you can hand them back afterwards. ;)

Did you watch Agent Carter, btw? It was a lot of small woman improbably hitting much larger men, like you said. But I loved it anyway. However, no one on LJ seems to want to talk about it.
Jan. 9th, 2015 10:57 am (UTC)
Babies! Twins, even!?! Our newest one is so mellow. Anybody can hold him and he'll be perfectly okay with it and even entertained. He likes to stare deeply into your eyes, the l'il mesmerizer. The toddler is the spittin' image of Boo from "Monsters Inc.", except that she speaks in complete sentences. It's uncanny.

McDiva is pretty happy to be home, but I don't know how she's going to square staying in San Francisco, not going to college, and getting her own place (with roommates) as she seems to want. She's very decided without having a lot of perspective on life, seems to me. She'll figure things out, as we all did. ;-) My banging away about what she ought to do won't make the slightest difference, except to make both she and I thoroughly disgusted with me.
Jan. 9th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
My banging away about what she ought to do won't make the slightest difference, except to make both she and I thoroughly disgusted with me.

Unfortunately, this is very true. :(

M is off travelling for three months in March in south-east Asia. Needless to say, I'm not happy about it. It doesn't help that wherever she says she wants to go, people seem to get horribly murdered.
Jan. 9th, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose it helps to know that people are being horribly murdered all over? No? Imagine that.

The transition from child to adult is hard…though not for them, apparently. I'm pretty sure M will have a marvelous time. Wish her bon voyage from us, please.
Jan. 10th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
I will. I feel a bit better that she's going with her cousin. Not Niece 4, but Niece 5, who happens to be a qualified doctor. ;)
Jan. 9th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
Hope everyting will be ok, both with McDiva and the surgery.
And I just want tell you, "When You Wish Upon a Bar" was one of the things that made my Christmas merry)
Jan. 9th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm sure it'll all shake out just fine. I'd better get that last chapter up, then! When is the Greek Orthodox Christmas over? Tsk.
Jan. 10th, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
It was on 7th January, but there is still "Old New Year" coming on 14th. (And I just love having double set of holidays, even if they are non-official))
Jan. 9th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your procedure, and thank you again for your friendship this past year.
Jan. 9th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and right back atcha on the friendship front. I forgot to mention that I also helped out with uploads to AO3 this year. It wasn't a totally unproductive year!

Edited at 2015-01-11 07:23 pm (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
Would never have done it without you. Thank you so much.
Jan. 9th, 2015 11:16 pm (UTC)
:) It's very nice to hear from you (and thank you for my card, by the way - I have been awful at acknowledging them but it was lovely to receive). Glad you've been busy and mostly happy.

Condolences to the Mr, and his colleagues. It's a hell of a thing, and hard not to think about even though there's nothing to be done except, as you say, not let the right make this a chance to make ground.
Jan. 10th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
Greetings of the New Year to you! You have been very busy as well, but much better at communicating same to us, your adoring public! Keep it up, please. *mwah*
Jan. 10th, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
Good luck with the surgery!

And I know everyone probably already told you this or you figured it out on your own but college isn't for everyone. It doesn't mean she's a failure or any less. It just means that environment wasn't the best for her. The US pushes college on kids so hard these days and frankly, it's BS (I say this as someone in academia). We've put such an emphasis on a piece of paper, it's just ridiculous. Some of the most successful people in the world never went to college. I'm sure McDiva will be just as successful!
Jan. 10th, 2015 09:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!

I'm totally with you that not all kids need to or should go to college. It's been my litany for a lot of years that there are lots of roads to success and we do a disservice to a lot of people by expecting the exact same thing of everybody. It's a little worse here in California as they won't even let kids graduate from high school if they can't show a certain level of high math skills. It's ridiculous to tell kids that they are worthless if they can't do algebra. Algebra is great, but it's not exactly a necessary life skill. So the drop out rates soar. Don't even get me started…

But MY kid should of course go to college. Ahem. She definitely has the intellect. What she doesn't have is a willingness to suffer fools. She gets it from her father's side. It'll all work out eventually. She may decide to go later, once she's got a bit more perspective on things, or she may find a different way to achieve her goals. Which will hopefully include a bit more than "hanging out". Since she's working and covering her expenses, I won't squawk too much. I do let her know that we'll help out financially if she does go to school, though. A little incentive can't hurt, right?
Jan. 11th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
*hugs* Good luck with your surgery.
And thanks for telling - it's right, you always worry if you don't 'see' someone for a while.
Jan. 11th, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for the well wishes. It's sort of a process for me to post, not sure why. There always ends up being some sort of HTML snag somewhere. So time goes by, I haven't posted, and then it just gets ridiculous. I'm always interested in what people are up to, so I think I should be more current with my own goings on.
Jan. 11th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
Good luck with your surgery!

And hang in there with McDiva. I took a couple years changing my major before I buckled down and finished. And of course 20 years later I'm back in school. So I'm sure she'll figure out her own path. It just may take a while!

And I was hoping I hadn't somehow missed your 3rd chapter! I'm really enjoying that story!
Jan. 11th, 2015 08:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!

I didn't exactly go straight through myself. My younger brother, who is north of 50, is working on his master's degree right now. It's fine that she take some time to think about it and do other stuff…I just wish I could see any evidence that she is thinking about it. Heh.

Oh, I did post a 3rd chapter, but then I cheated and changed it to a 4 chapter story. I am evil.
Jan. 23rd, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
Bit late (or maybe perfectly on time?) But good luck in the surgery!
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