Jun. 1st, 2011 11:58 pm
amand_r: (COFFEE)

[Poll #1748061]

I shall make the top two flavours.
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Hey, it's time to get a new phone, and I and to get an email and data plan too. I suspect that this will be mucho bucks under my current company, Sprint. Does anyone have recommendations? I pay 60 bucks now, so that's about where I'm looking.
amand_r: (twin peaks/nadine)
Okay so I have started treadmilling (don't judge me. I hate outside running.) and I have started to run on the treadmill. In sprints. It's obvious my shoes are not equipped for this, bu running shoes are not good for walking either. My current shoes are busted all to hell, and I need new ones (my knee is starting to bother me, and the toes have almost slid off the sole!), but I'm not sure what I should get. I walk at about 4.0 and then run for 3 minutes at 6., then walk at 4, run at 6.5, lather, rinse repeat.

Any recommendations? Are there walk/run shoes? I see that crosstrainers aren't recommended for runners. I probably only run about 1 mile a day, but I'm looking to up that.
amand_r: (torchwood/ianto will fuck your shit up)
Title: Buy My Fucking Cookies
Fandom: Mander fandom
Characters: Mander, Vstroyer, You, eBay, THE DAMN ASSHOLE WOT OUTBID ME, cookies, the computer
Rating: W for WOE and C for COOKIE (it's good enough for me)
Wordcount: 1000
Author's Notes: I am totes not joking. Warning for butter.

She was a baker desperately trying to lose weight. And desperately trying to buy DVDs. )


Dec. 30th, 2010 01:06 pm
amand_r: (christmas/mc chris evergreen)
Does anyone have a good meme for year in review for books and reading? I did one for fic writing, but I read a shitload, and I'd like to wrap it up, if even for me. Has anyone seen one around or done one?

ETA: ALSO, I TAKE BACK WHAT I SAID ABOUT THE SNUGGIE, BECAUSE I FUCKING NEED THIS (h/t [livejournal.com profile] gypsylady, who probably wishes I hadn't associated her with this.)
amand_r: (the asian persuasion)
So my goal was 50,000 words of original short stories,each inspired by a fortune from a fortune cookie. I got the fortunes, I got the files, and the openings, but not one of them is finished. In fact, my nano final word count was well under 5K. But I'm going to finish them all. But I have no idea what to work on. So here are the openings, and if you care to read them, let me know which ones you'd like to see more of, and I can priortise them.

My nano--opening lines. )



Nov. 14th, 2010 09:01 pm
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halp. what is the song that Baldev sings starting at 5:00 in this vid? I know the beginning song, but I kind of want the second one.


Oct. 6th, 2010 11:45 pm
amand_r: (the server is robust)
I want to write a novel for Nanowrimo. My problem is that the last time I "won" nanowrimo, I was only 8 chapters in.

This year, I want to do a whole story in 50-60K, and not just the first 1/4 of one.

But I need ideas.

Gimme ideas.

Because I am selfish like that.
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1. Shower.
2. Smell towel: clean, downy fresh scent.
3. Smell hands: clean, bodywash scent.


*Degree should be a BA or higher or equivalent. Assoc. Degree OK.
amand_r: (paperclip/writing)
I have been looking at a lot of short stories in all kinds of genres and in general fiction lately, and I have come to the conclusion that I can't think of these things. Really, I don't have a feel for it. I can do it in fanfic, but when I think of original ideas to write about, they're always very long.

But I'm good at writing to prompt. This leads me to believe I just haven't figured it out yet. Like a tic.

This is where you come in.

I need story ideas. Short story ideas. They don't have to be scifi. They can be non genre. I tried that generator thing but it's too wacked out. I need your ideas. Ones you don't mind parting with. I can come up with a bunch of my own, but for some reason I'm not writing them.

Sentences, scenarios. Prompts, really. It doesn't have to be complicated or hard.

I promise I'll post the stories here and will not make money from them. This is just for practice.

I want to do several stories in between 500 and 2K, possibly more. But let's start small and build.

So come on. For serious. Help a gal out to exercise her rusty muscles? OIL CAN, BITCHES.
amand_r: (this is why we can't have nice things)
Who knows something about:

1. MacHeath the highwayman
2. Mac the Knife the song, NOT THE THREEPENNY OPERA.
3. Alternate versions of highwayman stories in classic poetry, etc.

Like Alfred Noyes, I already know the story of the highwayman and Bess the landlord's daughter.

Mac the Knife, the named dead women in the version I have are Sookie Tawdry, Jenny Diver, Lottie Lignion. Are there others? IR there being.
amand_r: (my one highlander icon)
I need someone to beta something Highlander/Torchwood. Just a spag, and if you find a timeline error in the HL side, let me know. I think it's 10 pages. I have about...500 words left to add.
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Okay, so potty training is setting us back, again and again, and mum thinks it's the pull ups and I'm at the point where I agree with her.

Can anyone recommend effective training pants? They must be:

1. fairly waterproof and washable.
2. Uncomfortable. Seriously, I can't make her do anything she doesn't want to do, but I can make it an unhappy thing.

I'm amazingly frustrated right now. Fuckbears.

I also don't want to talk about it, really, so if you know of training pants, that's cool, but anything else potty related I'm not in the mood for. Sorry.
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I take back all the mocking I did. I have never seen it like this. If you live in a place that get a lot of snow, feel free to mock me, but I just wasn't prepared for:


1. Lost power (re: heat) at 2 am. Ate the kid for warmth.

2. I kid, we did that huddle for warmth thing.

3. Discovered all coffee was unground. Used mortar and pestle.

4. No method of heating water. Did you know that when water is hot enough to burn you in the shower, it is still not hot enough for coffee?

5. Drank coffee anyway.

6. Went outside. Pics included! )

7. Went inside, peeled off clothes (PLUS: I have lost so much weight that I was able to wear my fleece pyjamapants under my old size 14 jeans. MINUS: COLD)

amand_r: (rps/scott and john)
Hi all! Okay so [livejournal.com profile] cruentum and I want to host an RPF version of [livejournal.com profile] 51stcenturyfox's porn battles, and we would like your input.

First, lemme post our rules, so that you get a basic idea of how it works:

1. At this point, this BATTLETHINGBAZAAR is Torchwood/Doctor Who centred. At least one of the individuals in your story/stories should be associated with either show. "Crossovers" are fine.
2. Stories may be RPF or RPS and may contain some or no sexual content.
3. The idea is to write comment-sized stories. Story length of 1 to 4 comments is fine (that's 0 - ca 2500 words). Alternatively, post the story to your LJ and link it here.
4. When posting, please use the subject line to indicate who the story involves (individuals' names or pairings) and if the story contains explicit sexual content or not.
5. WIP snippets are fine, but the story shouldn't be published earlier.
6. Anon commenting is turned on, IP logging is off
7. No bashing, no nastiness. Let's try to keep the themes and vibes of this positive (trusting your judgment here)
8. Pairing individuals with significant others is fine (for example, John/Scott). Pairing individuals with significant others that are not their own is fine (for example, Burn/Gemma). Making up individuals (ie. fans as long as not identifiable as a specific person in fandom) to pair them with someone is fine (for example, Naoko/fan).

So, with that in mind, we have a poll. Two, actually. If you are interested in reading/writing for the event, please take it and comment if you want:

[Poll #1516609]

Thanks everyone. I'll keep this open for about five days from the time the announcement pimping it gets to the [livejournal.com profile] tw_rpf comm. [POLL WILL CLOSE ON FEB NINTH.]


Nov. 10th, 2009 03:15 pm
amand_r: (FLCL/mamimi's underpants)
so I have an email that says:

You have a parcel with the Ups Courier Service United Kingdom,please confirm your correct delivery address to this ups courier address below

Call; +44-70-111-32860

Is this some sort of spam? Or did one of you people send me a package? Is it quarantined by customs? You should know better than to send body parts through the mail. Again. Swine flu and all.


Sep. 21st, 2009 06:17 pm
amand_r: (torchwood/ianto is crushing)
this netbook has no word program, and it is very very wee. It has no cd drive for me to install from disc. Is there a good free word processing program out there? googledocs is fine and all, but i want to be able to work offline.
1. This is what happens when John Hart is bored and has access to the internet and the History channel. I don't even know where to start. The reference to the anus as the DEVIL'S ALLEY, the need for a Boba Fett costume? It's all so golden (h/t [livejournal.com profile] 51stcenturyfox)


3. Thanks, oh flist, for your input over the last few days. I now know that I a) am ready to forge ahead and b) will never to show this to you all. :P I kid. I kid.

4. Heh. Pirates.

5. Trying Ethiopian Yirgacheffe this week. They say it's fruity. I say, where is the fruit? But damn, good nonetheless.

6. I present: 100 Reasons Why Twilight is Better than Harry Potter. Taste the future. Enjoy. (h/t [livejournal.com profile] kwanalicious)

And speaking of Twilight:

Kwanalicious: I'd get this for your Christmas present if it wasn't too much for a gag gift.
Amand-r: OH JESUS NO.
Kwanalicious: hahaha
Kwanalicious: hahaha
Kwanalicious: because vampires were totes in the bible
Kwanalicious: it's in genesis. Esau "fell on his brother's neck".
Kwanalicious: lol
Amand-r: "And the Lord smote Edward, saying, 'For the rest of thine days, thou shalt glimmer like the night sky, so that all may see your wickedness and emo.'"
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Okay, another fic related question, and it starts, predictably with:

IN LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, Laura and her husband have a child, and they don't name it right away. I forgot how long they wait, but it is a curious amount of time. That got me thinking about how long one could wait to name a child before the authorities got up their arse. My google fu is not working because I think I am picking the wrong keywords and combos.

Aside from the various reasons why a couple (or a trio ::innocent whistling::) might not settle on a name right away, how long to you thin k they might be able to get away with it? Two weeks? Two months? I mean, this is all about the birth certificate, I guess, but do they FORCE you to choose a name? I had mine all picked out, so it never really came up.

Also, I have no idea what to name this kid. Shitbears.
amand_r: (drwho/daleks!)
1. I am both repulsed and intrigued. And hungry.

2. We have issues:

Amand-r: I bet Rhys is the occasional cuddler.
Foxy: Rhys, yeah.
Amand-r: with his massive bear paws.
Amand-r: he and Jack should get into one of those girly slap fights with their giant man hands. It'd be like if you and I strapped tennis rackets on our wrists and went to town.
Foxy: LOL that would be excellent.
Amand-r: Raaaaaghr.

Then we decided the world needs more Jack/Rhys with a reasonable explanation.

3. Let's talk for a minute about the SRS. I have a fic in which someone is a paraplegic as a result of Canary Wharf. Oh hell, it's Lisa. Anyway, here's the thing. It's not that she hasn’t made peace with what happened, because Lisa is pretty "this totally blows, and I'll deal with it," but I'm worried about my audience when, at some point in the future, through a series of timey wimey stuff, Lisa regains her ability to walk.

This is not to say that I think that paraplegia is something bad in the sense that those with it are less. But I I'm just going to be honest about myself-- if I lost my ability to walk and then was given the opportunity to do so again, I would jump at the chance. I can't imagine a situation in which I wouldn't. And this is not, I repeat not, similar to someone from the Deaf community deciding not to gain the ability to hear, because Deafness isn't a "disability" the way that paraplegia is from a medical standpoint, in most cases, I gather. And I don't even really like the word disability, but transable, maybe. But nonetheless a transability that some people were not born into, and if given the opportunity, might choose to give up to return to their old form. Does THAT make sense?

I just want to gauge reactions, because I don't know how people will feel about this. I think it's a logical set of reactions on her part, and how she approaches it will be how others in the fic approach it. On the other hand, no matter how much research I do, I am not a paraplegic, and I cannot speak for them. I have been spending a lot of time on transabled.org and other sites to look into BIID. And I'm still pretty confident that this can be done with grace. It is a very science fictiony plot, because, hello? TORCHWOOD, but I don't want to make it seem as if I'm not looking at all the angles.

If you are transabled and have an opinion, please email me, if I could please pick your brain, or you know, if you have more info than I do, or personal experience. My flist is awesome like that. You could also put it in the comments below.

On the other hand, I was thinking about it again, and I might not even be necessary in the story. The walking. Hrm. I mean, it can go either way, actually. Hrm. Now I am torn.

4. Dreamt poorly last night but cannot remember anything.

5. Listening to Regina Spektor on auto play. Yeah, it's going to happen all day.


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