rebcake: Joyce with Axe: Not in the brochure (joyce_axe)
Welp, that's over. 2016, I mean.

In some ways, it was good for me, personally. Brief notes on my good fortune... )

Politically, well, you know... ) Brian Eno helped me to put things in perspective this morning:

2016 was indeed a pretty rough year, but I wonder if it’s the end - not the beginning - of a long decline.

From your keypad to Gaia's ears, Brian.

Fic what I wrote, and other fandom accomplishments... )

The year ended with some whimpers... )

The move to Dreamwidth is also looking more likely, although I have my doubts. I'll continue to cross-post to LJ from there/here, but I've had a multi-year problem with notifications from DW that their people haven't been able to fix. I'll give it a go, but if you comment on DW and don't hear back, that's why.
rebcake: Joyce with Axe: Not in the brochure (joyce_axe)
We were "mandatorily evacuated" from our house last night by the police. I do not kid.

They said an explosive device had been found "quite nearby" and that they expected to take care of it quickly, but if they couldn't the Red Cross would make overnight arrangements for us.

We had dinner guests over, so that obviously did not go according to plan. And...that's were the drama ends, really. We all walked down to the local tacqueria for dinner, and by the time we were finished with that the whole thing was over. I don't know if it was a legit bomb, or if somebody had just put their kid's science fair project on the curb and it looked weird. 

My takeaway? Welcome to the new world.

Everybody here can probably extrapolate how I feel about the election, but I'm not going to talk about it here. Once I start, I'm afraid I'll never stop and anything I might have to say might be true, but it sure as hell is neither helpful nor kind, so I'm zipping it.
rebcake: Spike: What? (Spike: what?)
[personal profile] shapinglight has asked me to let you know that her internet is broken (probably a bad router) and she'll be back as soon as she can.

Meanwhile, I will be spending the next however long studying up for Tuesday. Not the President — that's what we call a no-brainer — but there are 42 ballot measures to decide in my district. Ah, democracy...

Or maybe I'll just go see Dr. Strange.
rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
Yes, the news and politics are horrible, but I just got back from the UK!

Scotland, WriterConUK, Wales! )

Bath and London! )

I've been buried in work since I got back, but last night I got tickets to the touring show of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (thanks [personal profile] feliciacraft !) and I just found out that they are doing a drag version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a couple of weeks at our local drag emporium, so I'll be going to that. There's also a wedding coming up and our buddy's Friday DJ slot.

In short, my reality is brighter and more musical than that "other" reality. *hand waves* What are you guys up to?
rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
Rebcake and Shapinglight do Stonehenge! Da da da DA da da. STONEHENGE!

Photo below the cut... )
rebcake: Giles serious then laughing (lol_giles)
I've decided I'm going to WriterConUK next month!

It will be my very first trip to the UK, and I'm all atwitter. I've been asking all my ex-pat friends what I should do while I'm there. One said I should order a drink called a “shandy” since I am a light drinker, and another mentioned Scotch Egg, because bacon, but I am not convinced.

Now I ask you! I'll be in Edinburgh, Bath, and London, when I'm not in Coventry, Chester, and Liverpool. Give me your suggestions about things to see and do, to eat or not eat, and places to stay. I'm thinking near Paddington*/Kensington while in London, but I could be convinced otherwise.

I was notified that I've been nominated for a No Rest for the Wicked Awards, but I have no idea for which story or in what category, so it's mysterious AND exciting!

It reminded me that I haven't posted links on my journal to things I've written for comms, so here goes... )
rebcake: Spike & Buffy: clasped hands catch fire (spuffy_burning_hands)
I finally put my silly crossovers up on Twisting the Hellmouth, and that's been fun. They get lots of traffic over there. Who knew?

If you want to make an author or artist's day, go ahead and share your favorite things from the Buffyverse last year on buffyversetop5. You have until 6 PM GMT on January 18th to share your joy there.

You can also nominate the work you've enjoyed for an award! I'm thrilled that someone(s) nominated a few stories I wrote last year, which is just plain kind and makes me all sorts of happy. The noms:

Time Is Tight in the Best Willow/Other Female Fic, Best Alternate Universe, Best Willow Characterization categories at the Willowy Goodness Awards
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Giles and the Mountain in The Watcher Watchers (Best Gen) and The Rather British (Best Characterization) categories in the 2016 Headline Awards

When You Wish Upon A Bar in the Doomed (Best Het) and Hairy Eyeball (Readers Choice) categories of Round 11 of the Running With Scissors Awards
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The life and recent (mostly art-related) death thoughts... )
rebcake: Dawn: sqeeeeeee (dawneeeee)
I spent most of last month Over There, and it was lovely. That's the short version.

The longer version starts out with McDiva and I going off to Paris for a week and doing a bunch of things. This was my first time back in 20+ years, and her first trip to Europe. Every time I apologized in advance for dragging her all over the place, she just said, "the whole point of going is to see stuff, right?" Right!!

Sunday! )

Monday! )

Tuesday! )

Wednesday! )

Thursday! )

Friday, Saturday, Sunday! )
rebcake: spike air kiss (spike_kiss)
It's the end of August!?!

Since my last post, I've been buried in a mountain of work, which is sort of nice and sort of not. Of course, there was also a lot of travel arranging, which is like a second full-time job, at least the way I do it. There's also been plenty of recreation, including hosting houseguests, seeing bands, dancing, going to parties, having a girls weekend at a Napa vineyard with the "girls" from college. I also attended a tightly plotted drag show wherein the villain was named PIxie Pardonne Moi (sic). A friend had been tapped to pole dance (badly) during the intermission. Heh. Good times, y'all.

I've missed a lot of fun LJ activity. There were memes that seemed exciting, excellent art and fic — some of which I missed, I'm afraid — and this exciting party celebrating the 5th Anniversary of sb_fag_ends!

FIREWORKS!!!

I only got my act together enough to post a silly prompt, alas, but the mods over there deserve to be fêted! Take a bow bogwitch, quinara, and shapinglight! Garlands also to all the contributors who continue to make that comm so great! Go, read, comment! I know I will.

My recent pre-series Giles fic, Giles and the Mountain, was nominated by very kind person(s) in Round 32 of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfic Awards in the Best Gen, Best Drama, and Best Characterization (for Giles) categories, and also in Round 12 of the No Rest for the Wicked Awards, in the That Old Gang Of Mine (best gen) category. I'm touched that my sporadic work still appeals to somebody out there! There's still time to nominate your favorite fanworks, and make a fellow fan's day!

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rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
The Pacific Northwest Part:

I'm back from my annual pilgrimage to beautiful Oregon! )

Once I got back, my mind turned to thoughts of Europe:

It's on! )


rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
Unbeknownst to myself, I've been casting about for a new RL project. I've had vague notions of various trips I could take, and causes that I ought to throw myself into, but nothing was firming up because I had to have my gall bladder out first.

La bella citta! )

rebcake: Spike: What? (Spike: what?)
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 )

The personal stuff of now and soonish )

Briefly...

Dec. 10th, 2014 05:16 pm
rebcake: Buffy, pretty slayer (slayer)
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?

Storms a'coming. What shall I do? )
rebcake: Dawn: sqeeeeeee (dawneeeee)
Just a life post to say what's happening around here. It's Pride here in San Francisco, so there are festivities aplenty! According to the paper, a million people participate! As is my custom, I spend the lead-in to the big event going to various Frameline Film Festival films. Sometimes the films are okay, sometimes they are really, really good, but this year's standout, Anita's Last Cha-Cha (Ang huling cha-cha ni Anita, Philipines), was unexpectedly fantastic! It's primarily about a young girl's first crush, but it's filled with the interlocking stories of women and girls: moms, kids, maidens, and crones. Why are there not more movies like this? The adorable director, Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo, spoke at the screening and is the cutest thing ever! Smart ladies being funny never gets old, you know? If you ever get the chance, see this one.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at a friend's place 1/2 block adjacent to the "Pink Parade" which is a sort of unofficial/official ante-party on Saturday for the Absolutely Official gathering on Sunday. Dolores Park is overrun with ladies of all stripes and their supporters letting their freak flags fly. There are costumes, amusing signs, and lots and lots of skin. We set up on the sidewalk, brought food, hung out, and occasionally made forays into the big excitement. In the evening, I went to Castro Theater for the Saturday night film, Cupcakes. The film was very good, and might be of special interest to you Eurovision-heads out there, but getting to the theater was even more exciting, as I somehow got caught in the most frenzied dance pit I've seen for a couple of decades. Heh. Walking home through the height of the street party was also an adventure. My buddy, Saint Sara, was with me for all of this, and I had to wonder how many more times a couple of old ladies will be able to manage navigating such enthusiastic crowds. Oh well, I haven't broken a hip yet!

I'm gearing up for the annual trek to the Pacific Northwest, which starts next Thursday. I'm not sure how many "30 Days of Buffy" entries I'll crank out before or during, but right now my big fandom contribution is helping [personal profile] herself_nyc to upload all of her stories to AO3! Her site went down a bit ago, and while it's still accessible via Wayback Machine, I'm thrilled that her work will be in multiple "current" places. Many of her earlier stories are on AllAboutSpike, and most of her Spuffy stories are at ElysianFields, thanks to the wonderful mod Susan, but there isn't anyplace that's complete and unlocked, as far as I know. Feel free to point me in the direction of any little-known stories by Herself. I'm starting to think that I'm an archivist at heart.

Everybody having a wonderful summer?
rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
I finished my [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen assignment! Woo! It will be unveiled with the others sometime this weekend over on AO3.

I wrote a drabble to celebrate. That hasn't happened in a while.

Title: Conundrum
Characters: William & Drusilla in 1880
Prompt: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Click here to go to the story.

Yeah, babes! I'm back! To stay! All the multitude of projects that have been eating my time and my brain are back to the normal simmer, rather than a rolling boil. Rather an unpleasant mix of metaphors there, isn't it? Oh well.

This is what's been going on with me: )


rebcake: Spike & Buffy: happy under the carpet (spuffy_carpet)
Just popping in to say I did a ficlet for [community profile] sb_fag_ends! It's for their February "My Bloody Valentine" challenge. Is it possible to do fluffy S&M? If so, I guess that's what this is.

Title: Stars in Her Eyes
Author: Rebcake
Word count: 570
Rating: R
Warnings: Not exactly sex, but not sweet romance, either.
Prompt: Diamond necklace cat o'nine tails
Summary: Spike has found an extreme way to help Buffy blow off steam.

Click here to go to the story.


Since I talked to you last, McDiva and I went to Chicago for a long weekend. It snowed! We did lots of things! Fun was had! This week is the start of her school's run of SPAMALOT, which is sure to be silly. College acceptances are coming in. Taxes are done. Work is busy. I did housework last weekend and got a blister. Dear Old Dad is coming for a visit next week. I'm hoping to be around these parts a bit more after the next couple of weeks. Woo! Oh, except for the trip to NYC in a month! Double woo!

rebcake: cake! cake! cake! (cake)
Someone — and I have my suspicions — nominated some of my fics in Round 10 of the Running With Scissors Awards! Woo hoo! Thanks, kind nominator(s)!



Defenseless (Spike, Joyce, Buffy, Giles, Faith; alt S4) in the Rigor {Over 10,000 words} category.
No Regrets (Mr. Gordo/Miss Edith; S2) in the Who's Huh with What?! {Unconventional Couple} category.
Rules and Customs (vamp!Xander/Spike/Angel; Wishverse) in the Stakes and Chains {Slash} category. This one is nasty and bleak. NC17.
Love Me, Love My Dog (Spike, Buffy, Xander, Angel, Cordelia, Dru; Halloween S2) in the Fanged Midget {501 - 1000 words} category.

Summer is nice... )


rebcake: Joyce with Axe: Not in the brochure (joyce_axe)
I know everybody likes to rag on LiveJournal, and rightly so, but I'm a little miffed at Dreamwidth right now. Apparently, if you don't have a paid account, you can't get notifications of a response to a comment you made in another person's journal. How is that okay? Doesn't that negate the whole point of people talking to each other? I bite my nail at you, Dreamwidth. I also apologize for not responding to people who thought they were having a conversation with me on DW.

This is on top of my discontent with the way they decide willy-nilly which icons you will be left with when your paid account expires. Essentially I'm unhappy with my FREE STUFF not being how I want it. Gosh. What's wrong with people?

In other news, as soon as I get out from under this mountain of work, I'm going to McDiva's art show, the Death of DOMA rally in the Castro, a Frameline (LGBT, etc) Film Festival film, and more partying in the street! Whatever shall I wear to the Pride Celebration?
rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
Just a quick check-in to say: computer/phone/tech upgrades suck. But I'm getting there. Look, ma! Internet browsing: go! Moving on.

Best thing about yesterday was McDiva announcing that she now has the perfect comeback to the "why don't you smile, sweetheart" question to which females are so often subjected. "The patriarchy." Of course! Why didn't all of us think of that a million years ago?

Vacation time! College tour time! Two travel treats in one! )

The death part... )

In fandom news, I fluffed my [community profile] seasonal_spuffy day, which was the day after we got back from our trip. But the story is about 2/3 of the way done, I promise. I might've finished it in time for free-for-all day, but spent all day Saturday with a new friend who just finished watching Buffy for the first time. We went to Much Ado About Nothing, watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog, the Shakespeare Retold version of Taming of the Shrew, had dinner and then watched the Firefly pilot. It was a bit much, but she's young. Heh. I'm going to get back to the story writing...between tech support calls, work, jury duty, doctor's appointments, etc. We all need moar fic, amirite?


rebcake: cake! cake! cake! (cake)
Forgive me, friends list. It has been a week since my last post. In that time, so much has happened, the non-fannish high points being:

1. Bela Fleck at the new SF Jazz Center. Banjo fun! (Also, dinner beforehand with dear friends.)
2. Gershwin and Ravel at the SF Symphony with Dear Old Dad, who was in town for....
3. McDiva's Third Annual Fashion Show! Big doings! A triumph! One of these days, I'll post pictures.
4. A whole bunch of school-related stuff, and also work related, well, work.
5. Huge flurry of getting ready for vacation/college tour week. Still on-going. Why else would I be making a post?

But I had to note that today is the fifth anniversary of posting my first fanfic on LJ! Just five years after Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air. Late to the party, but very happy to be here. [personal profile] herself_nyc  encouraged me to try my hand, and I posted without knowing it was her birthday! So, now it's a milestone day for two reasons. Happy birthday to you, darling, and happy fanniversary to me. I hoped to have some fic to post today, but that's not happening. I am working on my Seasonal Spuffy story, though, so there will be something soon!

Love to you all!

rebcake: River Song and Amy Pond look happy. (river_amy)
I’ve been bad about posting, because, well, in addition to my computer being balky, I have a new obsession. One that I am obsessed enough about to put before you now. At the end, there will be fandom thoughts, I promise.

 

It's her life, I'm just visiting... )


Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Byzantium, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Elementary... )

 

Have a terrific weekend!

 


rebcake: Joyce with Axe: Not in the brochure (joyce_axe)
I was touched to see the outpouring of appreciation for IDW artist Franco Urru upon his death a few weeks back. Unfortunately, I was in the emergency room with MiAmor at the time, so didn't really get to comment. Hoo boy, was that ever NOT fun... )

rebcake: Joyce with Axe: Not in the brochure (joyce_axe)
I meant to mention this ahead of time, but Things. So instead you get the recap version! Woo!

I had surgery on Friday. It was in order to remove one of the several things that I supposedly don't really need all that much and would be better off without. This is according to the judgment of some people, all of whom profit from the removal process, of course. I've reached a ripe old age without getting anything other than my (five!) wisdom teeth out previously, so I was reluctant to proceed with anything along these lines. However, I finally had to agree that there could be benefits, and doing nothing was unlikely to lead to anything good. After a roundelay of many steps, I found myself in a paper gown on Friday morning. They come with built-in hand-warmers now! Who knew?

Medical technology being what it is, they did the whole five-hour procedure through four teeny, tiny abdominal incisions, and sent me home the same day. I live at the top of 38 stairs, so I was a bit daunted. Not enough to break my perfect record of no overnight hospital stays, though. (McDiva was born at home.) Much to my surprise, the stairs presented no problem, nor did walking, nor eating, nor drinking. Um, not alcohol, though. That's still a no-no.

McDiva and MiAmor are being very accommodating, as they ought. Friends keep bringing by yummy food, I get to lie down whenever I want, and if my hair is horrible, nobody judges me. I'm sort of amazed that the best case scenario described to me is actually playing out. Does that ever happen?

There are other things they want to remove. I'm gonna take a rain check, for now. But it doesn't seem so scary at this point, and I don't think it's just the drugs.

How are you guys?
rebcake: Drusilla: Come to mama (dru_mama)
Spring has been busting out all over! Every Wednesday in May (at least until today) has brought a new baby into my life!

Succulent babies below the cut... )


rebcake: cake! cake! cake! (cake)
Okay, so imagine I'm air-kissing you all just like The Doctor. *smek, smek* Are you getting it? Great! Air kissing is normal, right?

It was my birthday the other day, as well as the birthday of a large number of very cool fandom folks!

Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] abelina! [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet! [livejournal.com profile] snickfic! and [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds! Not to mention the not-so-much-around-anymore [livejournal.com profile] lauratd, [livejournal.com profile] _sharvie_, and [livejournal.com profile] kathylovesspike! It's an amazing line-up, isn't it? Makes me wonder if there was something in the water...

Many f-listies sent wonderful greetings my way, all of which were very much appreciated. [livejournal.com profile] slaymesoftly, [livejournal.com profile] green_maia, and [livejournal.com profile] 2maggie2 sent me some festive v-prezzies! [livejournal.com profile] petzipellepingo, [livejournal.com profile] louise39, [livejournal.com profile] itsayamsham, and [livejournal.com profile] eilowyn made delightful birthday posts! To top it all off [livejournal.com profile] kerkevik wrote a drabble just for me — Tears of a Witch — and [livejournal.com profile] coalitiongirl had a baby! (Join the massive birthday club, BBCG! You're gonna have a blast!)

In RL, I went to the opera, saw some super-theatrical klezmer, got to watch The Doctor air-kissing some more, and had some dear ones over for cake! Because I'm all about the cake and the kissin'!

Whew! So eventful! Now I am buckling down to get some content together for my [community profile] seasonal_spuffy  day later this week, and prepping the house for a passel of out-of-towners! My comments may be on the light side for a bit...

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