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18 September 2018 @ 11:04 pm
Good news, guys! There is now an [community profile] sga_secretsanta on DW! I know some of you are wary of livejournal and aren't on tumblr, so you'd have to be following my or [personal profile] squidgiepdx's personal accounts to get any announcements, which isn't fair. Especially if you aren't a McShep shipper.

If you're interested in signing up for the fest - the more the merrier! - then click this link. Squidgie is a magician and created the sign-up page and collection because he is amazing and brimming with talent.
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15 September 2018 @ 12:20 am
I messaged the previous mod of the SGA Secret Santa a long time ago about taking over for them, because I'd hate to see yet another SGA fest close up shop. I've been given control of the community, but I've never actually ran any kind of fest before, so my clueless-ness is boundless.

So: when should I start making posts for sign-ups? Do you think it's too late? I have no idea what I'm doing here. Maybe open up sign-ups now, give people a couple months to write a fic, and then posting period?


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06 September 2018 @ 01:27 am
This lady tweeted David a picture of herself wearing a really awesome SGA hoodie that looks just like his season 1 jacket. And you know what? THEY'RE NOT THAT EXPENSIVE.

I'm going to save up to buy one *____*

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13 August 2018 @ 09:58 pm
I've been in the mood to read something new - McShep new, I mean (I have plenty of unread books in my TBR pile). There are very few long  McShep fics remaining that I haven't read, and the ones I haven't usually have a reason for them going unread (like City of the Seven Walls). But that's not true of them all, so I've been poking at the ones I haven't read yet.

One of them, Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, looks super good and I want to read it, but I keep feeling like I'm not smart enough. I may have said that before, but I've been considering starting it for a week now, and I keep doubting myself. So I look at the other fics, can't decide if I want an AU or a canon-based fic, and then just give up and watch stuff. Because I haven't found a McShep fic that satisfies my needs, I've been reading in other fandoms. I've been reading a lot of Les Miserables fic, which is really good, but kind of started to feel same-y after a while in terms of plot (lots of fake boyfriends and school AU's).

I think I just need to make a damn decision and stick with it. I get in this cycle of indecision and can't break free of it until I get super frustrated with myself.

That's really all the interesting stuff going on in my life *shrugs*

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17 July 2018 @ 02:29 am
I finished campaign 1 of Critical Role last night. It's taken me a year, but I got to the end. For those who don't know, Critical Role is - in the words of Matt Mercer - "a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons." There are 115 episodes, and the length of each episode ranges from 2 hours to 5 hours. It has canon bisexual characters, agender characters, dragons, Gods, sad moments, hilarious moments...

I feel like I should commemorate the time I spent with these characters, this show, even if nobody else cares. I've never cried so hard at a final episode as I did the one last night. I cried so hard I started to get dizzy and had to drink some water, and gave myself a migraine. But it's been a worthy, wild ride.

I'm going to take a bit before I start campaign 2. Saying goodbye is hard.


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08 July 2018 @ 10:58 pm
I read this post on tumblr about this website called 4thewords.com. You basically play a game where the "battle" is writing - you fight a monster, say, that requires you to write 300 words in 45 minutes. If you manage that, you defeat the monster, who will drop items you can use for crafting, or money you can use to buy armor upgrades or whatever. There are quests - right now I'm working on winning my avatar a rainbow pride shirt. To do that, I have to defeat a 5 of a certain type of monster by July 15th.

Anyway, you get a 30 day free trial to see if you like it, and then you can pay $4 a month. So far I've written 3 days in a row, about 2k. After writing nothing for MONTHS, I'm super proud of myself. And you get prizes for maintaining your writing streak :D Of course, because of the timed challenges, I'm producing more quantity over quality. I talked with [personal profile] selenic76  and [personal profile] melagan  this morning and have realized just how much work my werewolf AU is going to be. My first draft is going to be utter shit, to be honest. I'm not used to writing longer, slow burn stuff, so there are going to be pacing issues, plot issues, etc. But I'm excited. It'll be quite the learning opportunity, and I do think my werewolf idea is a good one.

If you decide to join, my referral code is GEOJT30185.

My birthday is coming up - July 23rd. I turn 29. I'm already at the point where I have to do math to figure out how old I am, lolll. But at least I got my birthday off!

I've been struggling to figure out what to read lately, though not for lack of choice. I've been toying with the idea of rereading A Clear and Different Light, which I've only read once. Before that, I read The Pegasus Device, which is a McShep noir detective AU written in first person, and before that [personal profile] sgamadison's wonderful A Civil Contract.

I'm thinking of hosting another SGA Author Appreciation Week on tumblr, where you pick an author and recommend your top 5 fics by them. It was a decent success the last time I ran it, and I'd love to do something relatively easy, but also...IDK, bringing the community together, or something. A shared activity. I just have to pick a week, decide how soon in advance I want to announce it, etc.

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14 June 2018 @ 02:22 am
I recently discovered an easy way to transfer your google doc stuff to ao3. Copying and pasting never seems to work, as the code gets all messed up, and I have to go in and manually separate the paragraphs. I can't imagine how much that would suck if I wrote really long fic.
  1. After you've finished writing your fic in google documents, click "Add-ons > Get Add-ons".
  2. Type in "html", without quotations.
  3. You should see something that's called GD2md-html. Click +FREE
  4. Mine asked me to choose an account to associate this add-on with, so just select whatever email works best for you.
  5. Click "Add-ons > GD2md-html > Convert."
  6. A little side window pops up. Hit the blue HTML button. It'll say "Converting" and something like, "Your output will appear here."
  7. Copy and paste the output into ao3. I recommend hitting "preview" to make sure everything looks good to you, because I am paranoid and have social anxiety, so looking like an idiot in front of people terrifies me.
  8. Post.
  9. ???
  10. Profit.
I've used it twice now and both times its worked well for me. But I also write really short stuff, so *shrug*
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04 June 2018 @ 11:05 pm
I promised myself I'd post more often and wouldn't wait until I had things to complain about, but I have something big to complain about, lol. I'm going to talk about fandom after, if that helps.

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What is everyone reading?

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25 April 2018 @ 08:50 pm
"Nothing happens to post about in the SGA fandom," I said, and [personal profile] sgamadison  rightly responded that not posting is just making the fandom even quieter. There's more activity on tumblr, but I miss actual discussions. Though I'm giving serious consideration to setting up an automatic crossposter between mcshep-everyday and dreamwidth/livejournal to try and boost the fandom over here.

Anyway, in an effort to bring fandom back to journaling sites:

I've been reading Pegasus Purgatorio lately. I have only read it once, way back when I first joined the fandom, so it's practically brand new to me. It's interesting how the author twisted canon - like making Kanaan the leader of Michael's mutants. I do love the idea of Atlantis evacuating Pegasus planets to empty Milky Way ones, though. I have no idea how John and Rodney are going to make it back to Earth, though lol.

Lately, I've been giving a lot of thought to rereading fics I've only been through once, a long time ago - fics like The Whaleverse and A Face That Nobody Knows. I've also given some thought to reading the Ex Patria series, but I already know that John and Rodney being in an open relationship is going to bother me, so why torture myself? BUT THE PLOT LOOKS SO COOL. But their relationship...but the PLOT... Anyway, If you're cool with that kind of thing, you should check that series out - I've heard nothing but good things! If it helps, I think I was told that John & Rodney are only ever explicitly with each other. I think.

I've been making brief forays in to the Harry Potter fandom too, but I am EPIC picky about my HP fic. All of it basically has to be EWE (epilogue? what epilogue?). I don't care if it's Hogwart's Eight Year fic, or something that takes place more in the future, but I'm not interested in reading fic set back during book 5, say. If you're looking for an amazing author, check out saras_girl. She single-handedly got me back into HP after more than a decade away from the fandom.

I also read Cinderwings, an Dean/Castiel Supernatural sort-of Cinderella AU, but it's so much more than that.

Not too long ago, I finished reading Strong Poison, a Peter Wimsey novel. I was surprised by how fast I became smitten with Peter <3 I already have the next book (I'm focusing on the ones that have Harriet Vane in them) but I have to be in the mood for books.

What is everyone reading these days?

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29 March 2018 @ 03:07 am
I posted this on tumblr, but I thought my journal-based friends would find it amusing.

I was in the mess hall, sitting at a table with AR-1. Teyla asked Rodney to have a threesome with her and Kanaan so he could teach her how to get really good at blowjobs (how the hell does she even know Rodney is good at them?), though before Rodney can answer John drags him off - dream!me had the impression they were off to have sex because John isn’t sharing.

Ronon goes, “Were you serious?”

And Teyla looked at him calmly and went, “I wish to become proficient.” And Ronon just fuckin’ leaves, completely uncertain whether she was trolling them all or what.

Maybe she was trying to get John & Rodney to finally get together? Or was she serious? Even *I* don’t know.

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