dancingdragon3: (amazon_moderator)
2018-06-30 02:10 am

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Hey there! If you have come by to read some fan fic, have at it! I also post videos and such that I think will appeal to other writers, political progressives, artists, and fan geeks. I hope you find something in here that you enjoy reading or watching. Look to your left. Cheers!

Update 4/19/16: I guess it's time I updated this sticky, as I've been back for awhile, and as you can tell, posting fan fic again. Most of my posts are friend's locked these days for real life reasons. If you friend me and I know you, I'll friend you back. If I don't know you, I won't. I'm funny that way.

Current writing/want to be writing in fandoms: Doctor Who/Torchwood/Sarah Jane Chronicles, Star Wars: Rebels, Once Upon a Time, Buffy/Angel, Agents of Shield, A Song of Ice and Fire, and maybe even more. My AO3 Archive, where everything is going these days.

Current non-fiction writing: Most of my writing these days can be found over at [livejournal.com profile] terror_scifi, where I strive to be my old amusing self, with scathing, yet squee filled reviews of my favorite shows. [Reviews by myself are on hold temporarily due to Life. But reviews are still happening, and are just as awesome as my own :-)]

New projects: [livejournal.com profile] puzzleprompts When one prompt isn't enough! [livejournal.com profile] myth_fan (for fans of mythology, fairy/folk tales, and urban legends) and [livejournal.com profile] aanime_fan (for fans of American animation, CGI, video games, and cartoons).

Heroes update: Do not expect any more Heroes fic from me. Sorry, but I burned myself out there. If there's any interest in what I had in mind for Rescue Me, let me know, and I will at least write up a summary/outline for closure's sake.

Original Fiction update: I am still working on my original novel/series - Grey World/Devi Nation. LGBTAIQ science fantasy. I've started posted short fics set in that universe, under original fiction.






Book One First Draft Progress:

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dancingdragon3: (abed self esteem)
2017-09-12 11:29 pm

Khaaaaaaaan!

I'm going to see Wrath of Khan on the big screen tomorrow! It is being shown tomorrow and a few days ago for the 35th anniversary. I just found out about this before work today, and I cannot believe how little advertising it's gotten, grrr. But whatever, my manager is actually letting me come in late so I can go watch it. !!!!!!! Yeah, gonna have to love her forever for this. This is my favorite movie of all time :swoon: 

If anyone is interested - Wrath of Khan on Fandango. We (or I) will be discussing this on Terror for sure. So excited! 
dancingdragon3: (new meds)
2017-09-12 01:34 pm
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Preacher finale!! (no spoilers)

Life and death. Good and evil. I did not expect this show to get so deep and real. I did not expect Preacher’s finale to be as good as it was, but it was filled with so many heart stopping moments, I had to come talk about it for a second. My heart is still pounding and the taste of tears is still in the back of my throat. Jesus effing Christ on a cross, I was not prepared for that in the best way.

Cassidy....just Cassidy. He took a journey that was, again, not what I was expecting. Definitely my favorite part of the episode. One fight scene was hilarious poetry in motion, the other was gut wrenching. So many times I found myself clutching my hands in front of my face and at one cliffhanger moment, I swear it felt like my heart stopped. When did I get so invested in these characters?!

Also, I am very interested in what’s going on in Hell and hope they follow through with that next season. Okay, I need to go calm down before work, sheesh.

BTW, I have been catching up your all’s posts, but no, not leaving many comments yet. I suck, I know :-/ But I’m just happy to be getting back in the swing of things. Have a good day, everyone!  

Oh, and I didn't lose power last night, though many people did and there are trees down all over Charlotte :-/ I thank Murphy's Law - I over prepared, so of course nothing happened, lol. 
dancingdragon3: (donna_spying)
2017-09-11 01:27 pm

Fall television and Netflix

Voltron - still haven't rewatched the first seasons, but that's top of my list. 
 
AHS Cult - it's probably going to traumatize me, but after a few years away, I'm planning to give this new season of American Horror Story a chance. 
 
Defenders - I recently admitted to myself that for the most part, I don't like the Netflix section of the MCU. I never finished watching season 2 of DD, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist. But I will watch the Defenders so at least to have an opinion to share with Marvel Friend, LJ'ers and people at conventions. 
 
Agents of Shield - oh yeah, very excited and planning to review it. Fingers crossed that I have the time. 
 
Inhumans - I had hopes, but have heard very bad things about the movie. But I'll still watch it in case it crosses with AOS. 
 
Once Upon a Time - I am not planning to watch. The trailer I've seen was...not to my liking. And no, I still haven't watched the finale, and may not. Because I'm like that sometimes. 
 
Lucifer - planning to watch for sure. 
 
Orville - this is the new show I'm most excited about. It looks like so much fun, and has an actress from Eureka and Bobby from AOS. 
 
Star Trek Discovery - No. I'm fine with watching real Star Trek on Amazon, thank you. (And now I have Orville.)
 
Rebels - I'm as nervous as I am excited. People are going to die and it's going to break my heart. If I can, I will definitely review.
dancingdragon3: (abed self esteem)
2017-09-11 12:58 pm

Update: I'm good, fine, all's fine here

First - to my friends in Florida and other parts of Irma's path, I hope you're okay and safe. My prayers have been with you over the weekend. 

Second - if anyone's been wondering if I was kidnapped on my eclipse adventure, I wasn't, lol. I've just been in a very quiet, self-focused mood, working a lot mentally, emotionally, and physically on my self, with good results IMO. But I'd really like to come out of this shell now and reconnect with you all. It'll be in little steps, probably though. I know I said this last post, but then life happened again, lol. 

Weather - The effects of Irma have arrived in the form of cold wind and rain. I'm prepared to lose power tonight, as all it takes around here is a stiff wind, and they're still saying tornadoes could form. 

Metal health -  I'm good, had some ups and down as usual, but really, I think I've turned a corner over here. I'm just feeling really quiet. 

Education - I had a master's acupressure workshop a week ago, that I spent the time since the eclipse cramming for. It went very well. I also started studying/practicing Qi Gong and went back to taking ballet classes. 

Physical health - I've had to go back to eating pork and poultry due to.....needing more fat and protein I guess. I'm still weight training, and with the ballet, wow. I'm always hungry, but I've finally started to gain weight, and am closing in on 150 pounds for the first time in my life. I also have more endurance at work, which is very nice. 

TV Watching - Twin Peaks....just Twin Peaks, man. My mind has been through something real and amazing. Nothing could ever compare to it, and I will probably spend the rest of my life thinking about it. 

New show - Orville!! It's everything I hoped it would be, very fun with a good production level. 

Writing - all over the place - some fics to [community profile] who_contest , and a lot of writing/plotting/world building for Grey World and a new idea for a comedy series.  

I know this was short, but I plan to expand on some of this in individual posts. Take care, everyone. I hope your all's week got off to a good start, weather not withstanding. Love and HUGS xoxo




dancingdragon3: (abed self esteem)
2017-08-17 09:02 pm

Eclipse - I'm going on another adventure!

So, I've finally gotten eclipse fever. I'll be honest, at first I was put off by all the hoopla, due to what I consider hypocrisy coming from many of my fellow Americans. Remember, this is the country where at least a third of the population still denies climate change, evolution, dinosaurs, and other basic scientific 'facts'. So to see so many people get excited about a celestial event, one that has been predicted to happen due to the privilege of scientific knowledge, kinda leaves me cold. But that's their cognitive dissonance to reconcile. In the spirit of my positive trip driving up to High Point, I am going to use it  as an opportunity to explore more of my new home state and hopefully have a meaningful spiritual experience. 

But first...where to watch it? Columbia, SC is going to be a major circus, with extra cops, state troopers, etc. So, not going that way. I compared the path of the eclipse with a local map, and came up with a town two hours away called Traveler's Rest (isn't that a great name?), north of Greenville, SC. I'll have to leave the interstate and take a highway to get there. Which is part of the point.

There is a big party there in a park, which I'll drive by. But if the crowd is too big, I'm just going to find a Walmart or Target to park in to watch it. I'm very excited. Planning to borrow my manager's cooler again, and make a whole adventure of it. A quick investigation came up with an old rail road called Swamp Rabbit Trail, that's apparently inspired the names of at least one local bar and a green-way that goes to Greenville. So...fuck yeah, right? That is why I still love to be from the South. Where else are there place names like Swamp Rabbit Trail? 

And that's about all I have the energy to report right now. I hope everyone is having a good week! 
dancingdragon3: (boba fett)
2017-08-16 01:28 pm

Reading Wednesday

Monday was my day off, but for some reason (Charlottesville etc) I was feeling very low and mopey. Thankfully, my spirits, muse, or whoever was watching out for me....

I spent the first part of the day drinking and finishing up a Who fic. Then 'took a nap'. I woke up to Everything Wrong With John Carter playing on YouTube, but what I see is the gorgeous James Purefoy from Rome, and I'm like, when the fuck was he in a space opera! And how do I not know about this movie?! I jump right up and hit pause so as not to spoil myself, and do a quick investigation. See Purefoy isn't in top billing and that this movie is based on a book...so I look that up, and a little while later, I have been sucked into another, wonderful world. 

John Carter by Edgar Rice Borroughs     A-

First published in 1912, I think this might be the first Gary Stu, and it is freaking hilarious! I literally had to stop to do eyerolls at some of his Awesome Prowess scenes (the anti-communal living speeches, the way he writes about the love interest., and ye gods the racism!). But it is also incredibly imaginative, obviously inspired a ton of modern SFF, and anticipated wireless long range communications, television, factory farming, and more. I finished the first book A Princess of Mars last night, and can't wait to start the next one.  It's silly, fun, and takes my mind off the coming [insert Trump involved horror here], so yay! 

dancingdragon3: (tara_pentagram)
2017-08-01 12:47 pm

Mental Landscaping - Another spin of the roulette wheel (trigger warning)

Trigger warning: sexual assault as entertainment

Had an appointment with a new doctor yesterday. You know what that means...new med time! Who says the seventies are over? They so aren't. Just get your mystery pills from docs and they're even tax deductible. This one might be a keeper though. 

Now, I went in determined to be firm, and stay on just the Sertraline and Buspar. No new sleep zombie meds. But darn it, this new doctor seemed so competent, and has the motto that the patient should have the main say in their med dispensation, that I took another chance, and mentioned wanting sleep meds that would be covered under my insurance and tax deductible. My herbal sleep aids aren't because they aren't prescribed. It's only 250$ a year, but still. 

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dancingdragon3: (tara_pentagram)
2017-07-17 12:15 pm
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Update: where did I leave my brain?

Ahhhhhhhh I am as relaxed and irritation free as one should be after a vacation. Unfortunately,  my brain is refusing to cooperate with me after so much action. I got home last night around five and immediately started working on a short story for publication.

Watched Twin Peaks, wrote some more, freaked out over the new Doctor, and went to bed. I slept really late and have been trying to get something done for posting to Terror or here, but so far, I'm just fumbling around, lol. I think I'll eat, get some tea in me, go over my notes from the weekend and try again in an hour or two.  Thankfully, I don't work until 6 tonight. 

Big prelim news though - Timothy Zahn was very friendly, and in a workshop he really liked one of my ideas :huge grin swoon:  I met a  couple localish writer/Twin Peaks fans that are now FB friends.  I learned some awesome info for writing and a few neat things about Star Wars. 

Talk to you all later, love and hugs! 

dancingdragon3: (ANH_Leia)
2017-07-15 05:04 pm

Con update

 Holy Cow, with the exception of one hour to go get autographs, I've been in the same chair all day, 9:30-5. Yeah, at least I'm not racing around between hotels missing half the panels I wanna go to. But also, chairs suck! The last workshop found me sitting on the floor, to escape the pain. I don't know how nine to fivers live like this, ugh. No wonder you get lots of vacations and health coverage-you need it more!

But again, so very happy to be in this workshop. now an hour to try and eat before panel on writing martial arts scenes. Tonight, I should get to see the goth band from Con Carolinas that I liked so much. I'll babble about awesome Zahn is when I'm on a real keyboard. 

Love and Hugs


dancingdragon3: (boba fett)
2017-07-14 11:46 pm

Zhaaaan!!!

Whew, I made it. I was running late, so I didn't check into the hotel or unpack my car for three hours, but I made it to my first panel, a Q&A with Timothy Zanh, literally a minute before it began. And I am so glad I didn't give up hope to make it on time because it was great. He's got two sequels to Thrawn in the works, but has to wait until season 4 of Rebels sets more canon. Also, found out he wrote Thrawn to be a prequel of sorts for Rebels season 3.

writing worships with Zahn and Stackpole have been totally worth the money so far. And I've found one person to talk about Twin Peaks with - one of the writer guests I've met at Con Carolinas. Also, there's a Twin Peaks panel on Sunday - cannot wait!    

Now, going to bed early cause I am wiped. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 
dancingdragon3: (donna_spying)
2017-07-11 01:16 pm

The baby bird story

 A friend's recent post reminded me to tell you all about the baby bird encounter. Late Sunday afternoon, I'm going into the YMCA, and there's a small tree next to the entrance. One the sidewalk nearby is a baby bird chirping away, in the trying to get attention/I need help kind of way. So I go over and sit down on the step and am like "Hi baby bird, what's up?" It hops over to me, closer and closer, still chirping.

I am very surprised and elated, as a freaking wild bird is hopping over to me, ya know? then I remember the old story that if you handle a baby bird it's mother will abandon it, so making sure there was still space between it and my shoe, I asked it again what was wrong. And it looked up at me and freaking opened its mouth as wide as it would go! Instantly, I'm happy, sad, shocked, and thinking of what I have in the car, which is only chips and salsa. And, lol, for an instant I wonder if I can get it into my hand and if I can get a chip into a form that a baby bird can consume before I realize I can't feed a freaking wild baby bird, what am i gonna do, chew up a chip and spit it into it's mouth like I'm a Ferengi mother?! Ahahahaha! 

And then I felt really bad and embarrassed at my predicament. So I apologized to the baby bird and it hopped away, still chirping for someone to feed it.  I have to assure myself that it's mother was just taking longer than usual coming back with food. 

In other animal news, Marvel Friend's puppy dachshund thinks it can fly, and it is the cutest thing ever when he flings himself off the couch arm into empty space, little legs in Superman position. I don't understand why he hasn't got a cape yet, but I will fix that soon. 
dancingdragon3: (donna_spying)
2017-07-10 09:35 pm

Update

No, its not you, I've been absent again. Last week was stressful at work, as usual, so I've been buried in fandom. But things are better for the moment :fingers crossed:. 

Besides work sucking my soul and arm muscles away, I had a mass electronics failure last week, thankfully not Photobucket related. My sonic toothbrush quit, my tablet, my car radio, and I dropped my phone, giving it a second crack. 

I got a new phone last night, an IPhone, and am very happy. it was also with minimal fuss because Best Buy. And since I could stop service to the tablet, which I don't really really need if I have an IPhone, there's almost no change in my monthly bill. Also, glad to finally be getting away from Samsung products. I plan to buy an Amazon tablet, which is so much cheaper and all I need. 

I was able to get all my photos off photobucket. I supposed it's cause I haven't shared anything from there to LJ in over a year. I've been using Dropbox, and now dreamwidth's cloud. 

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dancingdragon3: (donna_spying)
2017-07-02 08:00 pm

I have a bad feeling about this.....

 I intended to wait until I'd had a couple of glasses of wine before watching the Who finale, but the suspense is killing me, so I'm going to go have my heart broke and my blood pressure go through the roof. No, I haven't caught spoilers. I don't need to. I know Moffat, and he SUCKS. And with two women in the finale, he's got twice as much opportunity to piss me off twice as bad. The only real question, is whether someone else will make one final rude comment to Bill about her sexuality before she gets killed off in a meaningless way. 

Okay, this day started off on the wrong foot, I'll admit that. Work was stressful. But that doesn't mean I'm wrong about Moffat. Anyway, here goes....May the Force be with me....
dancingdragon3: (tara_pentagram)
2017-06-28 11:10 pm

Reading Wednesday

I finished Heir to the Empire (Star Wars by Timothy Zahn) and I liked it much better this time around. It's actually a great story and very well written, plotted, and put together (except for some minor paragraph/dialogue construction issues and there could probably be a bit more description).

Bonus - lots of pov's. I usually dislike being stuck in only one character's head, so this was a real treat on that count. There wasn't as much Thrawn as I thought, but there is another new secondary antivillain that I didn't remember at all that was wonderful - the smuggler Karrde. His story really tugged on the heart strings at the end. 

Also, I forgot how well described Chewie's homeworld was and where Lando is hanging out now. So, IOW, I am stoked on this series again, yay!  I am thrilled to be enjoying reading science fiction now. :happy dance:

Sadly, the sequel isn't due to arrive until next week, so I'll finish up Thrawn while I'm waiting. Also, since it was 3:30 this morning when I realized I didn't have Dark Force Rising yet, I ordered Rogue Squadron (by Micheal Stackpole, the other writer I'll meet in July).  There might have been some wine involved, lol. It should arrive Friday, so I'll probably have time to finish Thrawn and it before DFR gets here. 

I'm still slowly (mindfully) working my way through Karma Yoga. I think I have two chapters left. 

I also started A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes). I came across this excellent podcast on all the things wrong with Moffatt as a showrunner, and it focused on Sherlock mostly, which put me in the mood. Glad I did, because I forgot how much I like Doyle's writing, or is it Victorian writing in general? Either way, I will now be working my way through the Holmes canon again. Thanks to my younger self for obsessively making sure I have it all :-)  (Cause, yeah, I've spent a little money on books the past month, gah!) 
dancingdragon3: (media bowie)
2017-06-26 12:59 pm

Check in - writing and Twin Peaks

Work is trying to suck my soul from me!! Which is why you still haven't seen me on your journals. 

I'm going to try and finish my Missy-centric fic for  who contest today, since it's all gonna end Saturday  :sobs:

First, I had to get last night's Multimedia Experience from David Lynch out of my system. I posted a 'concert' in it's honor here on Terror.  

Hugs and Love everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend :-) 
dancingdragon3: (tara_pentagram)
2017-06-21 11:31 am

What are reading?

Last week - The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost - A++
I already squeed about this book here  and here

Currently reading: 
Athletic Massage - besides massage technique, this is a really detailed review on the cardiovascular, myofascial, neuromuscular, and lymphatic systems, which is good and needed, since it’s been years since I was in school. 

Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda - practical and philosophical instruction on karma, duty, altruism, non-attachment, and yoga (union of Self with Godhead). Also has an interesting section on the power of words, and their intrinsic connection to thought and divine power. 

Heir to the Empire (Thrawn Trilogy, Star Wars) - this should be arriving today. I read it back when it was first released, and I did like it, but also found it boring and hard to follow/understand in some parts. Generally, I’ve always preferred to watch sci-fi and read fantasy/horror. But I’d like to change that (since I’m trying to write sci-fi), or see if I like it better now that I’m older and have two more decades of sci-fi and science under my belt. 

I’m re-reading the Thrawn trilogy in anticipation of meeting Zahn next month, and for reading the book Thrawn, and since he’s back in canon now. I like being able to hold my own in geek convos :-) And people are debating if there’s any of the twins and their cousin’s story being told with Ben and Rey, and I’d like to be able to have my own opinion on that. 

Knight in Charlotte (Fantasy, set here in modern Charlotte, NC!) and Dark Space Universe (Hardish sci-fi, part of a series.) These are books I started a few weeks ago. The Secret History shoved them over, and they are now on hold until I catch up on Thrawn. I’m not very far in either, but they both grabbed me and I look forward to getting back to them. 
 
 
dancingdragon3: (ANH_Leia)
2017-05-22 09:57 pm

Prayers for Manchester

I'm still not sure what to say at times like this. I hope none of you, your friends or family were at the concert tonight. I am horrified that an event where lots of young and teen girls would be at was targeted like this, and I'm glad to hear Ariana is okay. But my heart and prayers go out to all those killed and injured and traumatized by this.  Love to all my English friends. 
dancingdragon3: (ANH_Leia)
2017-05-04 12:45 pm

May the Fourth Be With You!

Happy Star Wars Day!
(again, to those on LJ :-)

I posted a (ridiculously huge) video tribute to Terror SFFA here

I hope everyone is having a good week. Mine is going, that's for sure. I'm behind on commenting, but you're probably used to that by now :-/  I still haven't watched American Gods, but tomorrow is my day off, and as far as I know, unless I go see B&B (finally!) or Guardians, I'll be home all day, and hopefully catching up with my friends...meaning you all :-) 

For those who don't hear from me, have a good weekend! Love you :-)