sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([stock] all of a sudden I heard a note)
It occurs to me that I haven't made any posts in two months, and a non-flocked personal post in even longer! Honestly, this is largely because I have been super-boring recently.

BUT JULES, WHEN HAS THAT EVER STOPPED YOU BEFORE? Good question! I think I've matured somewhat. I mean, not a LOT, but somewhat. Also, my schedule is just...not that ridiculous, really -- my work week is pretty normal, about 45 hours a week (and I get overtime \o/), but add another 2+ hours' commute each day, and I'm generally pretty drained by the time I get home. I've been going to the gym more, and now that the pools are open I'm jazzed about getting in some swim time after work. I learned last summer that even a handful of laps could make a huge difference to my post-work mood.

I am occasionally on Tumblr but mostly I go check it every few weeks, fill up my queue, and then forget about it for another few weeks, because I like the pictures I find on Tumblr but so much about its functionality is annoying. My public Twitter is [twitter.com profile] juleshastweets, also, if you feel like chatting during the day, also! But really I have not felt particularly fannish about much of anything for awhile. Or rather...I hadn't felt particularly fannish about much of anything for awhile.







YESSSSSSS. I am currently pretty deeply sunk in Mass Effect. There are a couple of fics I'd like to write, even, but every time I think about writing fic I either get really exhausted (which is what happens to me w/r/t writing in general at the moment, and which is annoying and frustrating and I am trying to figure out a way to work through, because I am fully aware that my writing is not particularly special but it was really fun and satisfying for me and I do miss it) or I just end up deciding to play through again. THAT GAME THO. I seriously wasn't aware that I could still have fannish feels like that. Not exaggerating, I have not felt this kind of visceral fannishness about something in years. I got spoiled for the ending of ME3 and was grateful for it because I legit had to stop playing for about a week to deal with my rage. It's just so great.

My current favorite thing is the Indoctrination Theory, which is one of those things that I think is giving the text waaaaay too much credit but which I love anyway. It's like the Ron-is-Dumbledore theory. Y'all should share your favorite theories of that ilk with me, actually, where you know there's no way they're what's actually there in the text but they're so elegant and weird that you love them anyway and love that someone made the connections and came up with them. I just find them invariably delightful. I am not mocking here, I legit love shit like that and admire people who can think it through, because I do not generally have the patience for that kind of analysis. (Also the Indoctrination Theory DOES make more sense than the actual ending, so.)

N E WAY if there is anything you would like to hear me talk about in particular, as I make more of an effort to post here again, go ahead and let me know! I think there are a bunch of prompts from this meme I still need to fill, also. /o\ Whatever, as long as I get them done within a year of getting the prompts, it counts, right? Right, good, glad we had this conversation.

Cap 3

Apr. 7th, 2014 07:36 am
sohotrightnow: Natasha Romanov, in pilot gear, smiling at Tony's appearance ([avengers] demolition woman)
Yesterday I saw The Winter Soldier with [personal profile] cyprinella! It was fun. Cap is not really my favorite Avenger (&THOR;) but I got nothing against him, and enjoyed the first one well enough. I liked this one much more, though. I actually don't think any of this is spoilery, since it's mostly self-indulgent nonsense about the geography of the movie. )

Besides that, I got a permanent crown on one of my teeth on Saturday. I lost most of my weekend, and foresee losing most of my spare time in the foreseeable future, to Mass Effect. That's some game, huh?
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. (Default)
Hey, so, if you're in the WTNV fandom, you may know of my dear friend [tumblr.com profile] branwyn-says. She was planning to move from her current home next month, and is desperately in need of a job, since she may shortly be homeless otherwise. She's also uninsured and dealing with massive dental issues. And then, a few days ago, one of her soon-to-be-ex-neighbors raped her (if you find yourself scrolling through her tumblr, be warned that the post in which she talks about that is on the second page, and is fairly graphic).

If you can kick in even a couple of dollars to help her move, and get herself situated so she doesn't end up living in her car again when she does move out, that would be incredibly helpful. She's also welcoming distractions, and you can get an idea of what she's into by reading her tumblr -- where the button to donate via paypal is also located!

Alternately, if you know of any resources in North Carolina -- she's in the Raleigh area right now, but was tentatively planning to move to Charlotte, having a possible job offer there -- that would be great (if you're not comfortable leaving them in her ask, you can let me know in the comments, which I'll screen). Leads on potential roommates and/or jobs would be great, as well; she has a strong English background, and experience working as a carer/health aide. I don't know that she's set on Charlotte, but it's the best job possibility she's got at the moment. Hell, if you have experience navigating social services in NC, or can help her find someone who does -- Medicaid, unemployment, women's shelters -- that would be helpful, too.

As she said in a post about her current job/living situation, a week or so ago (this was before she was raped, though she's dealing with PTSD already from some other stuff in her upbringing, and it's mentioned in the post):
So…what I’m asking is, not really for money (although it would be disingenuous to pretend I couldn’t use it, and I have put the donate button back up on my main blog page). But what I could really use is for the Tumblr braintrust to try and…help me see my way through this more clearly. At this point, I’m so screwed in the head that I can’t even navigate the services that help the mentally ill find jobs (not that there are like, a lot of those.)
So, yeah. Please, if you can -- a few dollars, some tips, a job lead, any of those would be helpful. Hell, if you can just link to this post, or if you're on tumblr, reblog one of her posts on her situation and boost the signal, that would be really great.

Thanks. ♥
sohotrightnow: ([stock] what's going on on this side)
Catching up, as somehow yesterday completely got away from me. Three today, probably! Possibly? Hopefully. Two, at least. Prompts are here!

[personal profile] poisontaster asked about the most comfortable thing I own, which was REALLY DIFFICULT. Comfort is a huge priority for me when I'm buying clothes, so a lot of my wardrobe is really comfortable, and picking a winner was hard! At one point I was considering cheating and doing most comfortable top, bottom, dress, shoes, etc., but I was too lazy. /o\

I think #1, though, is probably a pair of jeans I got at the thrift store a year or so ago. They're denim trousers from Express, the Editor style, but they fit SO MUCH BETTER than any version of those I've ever tried on in the store, and I don't see them on their website or anything, so I guess maybe they're a couple of years old at this point? They are so great. I love them. The fabric is really soft and smooth, and if it were just a more consistent solid blue you wouldn't be able to tell it was denim at all; they would just look like regular trousers. I come home from work and they're the first thing I put on. Well, no, it's about even whether I'll put them on first or take my bra off first, it varies. Plus, since they were from one of my favorite thrift stores in town, on one of their discount days, they cost me less than $5, which you can't beat with a stick. I'm at work, so I can't check, but I think there's less of that stretch crap to them -- you guys I hate stretch jeans so much, SO MUCH, stretch + low rise is the worst combination ever, they are impossible for me to keep up -- and they just hang so nicely. I love them. I LOVE THEM.
sohotrightnow: ([stock] what's going on on this side)
Ughhhh still fighting off a super-annoying cold. The best thing I can say of it is that I got my flu shot, so I can be fairly confident that it's not the flu. Hooray?

Anyhoo, yesterday was super-busy at work, so I didn't manage to get to the prompt from [personal profile] poisontaster, which was a really fun one -- my most comfortable article of clothing -- that had me going "oh, this is going to be tricky". Since I finally got my bag back from United on Wednesday night, though, and am planning a big closet clean-out and laundry party this weekend, that will fit nicely into an empty slot on Saturday, anyway, so look out for that. (Still a few days for claiming, and with my hit-or-miss rate of getting things done on time I anticipate some might end up being moved to January, so feel free to toss me suggestions.)

Today, it's going to be a fairly lovely topic from [personal profile] schmerica, Fry and Tonks! Not the Futurama and Harry Potter characters, although I am pretty much always happy to yammer about Futurama and Harry Potter (I am in the middle of an HP reread right now and it was SUCH A SOLID CHOICE, Internet, let me tell you). Fry and Tonks are the names of my cats.

Pictures and more yammering under the cut. )
sohotrightnow: Lucille Bluth squinting suspiciously. ([tv] lucille is suspicious)
Blerrrrrrg between traveling and the monster cold I seem to have come down with and the neverending saga of the bag United has lost (more on that later, probably), I have missed/moved a couple of these. My apologies to those whose prompts I moved -- I definitely want to get to them, and will as soon as I can!

Trying to get back on schedule, today's prompt was from [personal profile] cruisedirector: the women of Arrested Development!

This may just stray into my love of that show in general, and/or the women of Archer, since that show has made a delightful game out of trying to get as many Arrested Development actors to guest as possible, besides having two main female characters voiced by AD alumnae (Jessica Walter -- Lucille -- as Mallory Archer, Judy Greer -- Kitty -- as Cheryl Tunt).

I am feeling too cruddy to really do justice to my love of Liza Minelli as Lucille Austero, which is TRAGIC. )

Finally, a very happy birthday to [personal profile] cruisedirector! She was one of the first, possibly the first, people from Online I ever met in person and oh my stars that was more than ten years ago now, ahhhhhh what is happening. She is also one of the few people who's been with me that long, and let's be real pretty much everyone who puts up with me for ten-plus years deserves some kind of a medal. ♥ You are wonderful, darling.

Request a topic here!
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([stock] all of a sudden I heard a note)
Let's do that December meme! (Spoiler alert: I may do it for January, as well, so just consider yourselves warned.) You can check my tags or my Twitter for ideas, or just throw something completely out of your own head at me -- food, drink, tv, books, my cleaning routine, my pets, whatever. And feel free to request two or three things, if there are still a lot of open days; I don't generally get much of a response on these types of things.

December 3:
December 4:
December 5:
December 6:
December 7:
December 8:
December 9:
December 10:
December 11: The awesome women of Arrested Development and why we forgive Lindsay for being Lindsay, for [personal profile] cruisedirector
December 12: The comfiest thing that you own and why it is awesome, for [personal profile] poisontaster
December 13: Fry and Tonks [my cats], for [personal profile] schmerica
December 14:
December 15: Travel, for [personal profile] ishie
December 16: Why Awesome Ladies Are Important In Media, for [personal profile] helens78
December 17: Judi Dench as M, for [personal profile] likeadeuce
December 18:
December 19: Cocktails, for [personal profile] tellitslant
December 20: Favorite ocean animal, for [personal profile] lady_krysis
December 21: Torah study, for [personal profile] octette
December 22: Cookie Monster, for [personal profile] philippos42
December 23:
December 24:
December 25:
December 26: Thor, for [personal profile] musesfool
December 27:
December 28: Pets I Never Had (For Reasons), for [personal profile] ishie
December 29:
December 30: Why Buffy can cross over with everything, for [personal profile] inlovewithnight
December 31:
sohotrightnow: Thor with a big smile on his face. ([avengers] god of thunder and :D)
Hello! I am in Australia, visiting my parents. It is pretty darn lovely so far. I'm mostly in Adelaide, where Mom and Dad are living, but I did spend a fabulous few days in Melbourne, with the primary goals of seeing [personal profile] lizbee and watching "Day of the Doctor" in Glorious 3D at the cinema (check and check).

I had a layover at Sydney airport, and on checking in for my Qantas flight to Adelaide and going past security, one of the first things that greeted me was a combination wine bar/bookstore. This country gets me.

I'm working in the mornings, which is not nearly as anxiety-inducing and frustrating as I thought it might be! This is for a few reasons:
  1. I am -- shameful to admit as a middle-class white girl and sometime blogger, but true -- not actually a great traveler! But having something familiar that could ground me and be part of a regular routine helped me a lot. And having to wake up and keep to a certain schedule, since I'd arranged it with my manager beforehand, helped me a lot with avoiding jet lag, actually.

  2. It gives me something to do by myself, and keep me from feeling like I've had too much Family Togetherness.

  3. It actually eases the anxiety quite a bit -- I have to work a certain number of hours in the month to keep my health plan, for one thing, and while I don't think it would've been a problem meeting the required number, it's nice to be sure. (Mom was concerned about my financial wellbeing when I mentioned I would have to work while I was there, and in fact called me to ask if I was doing all right, and I explained that it's less about the money -- although an extra few hundred never goes amiss -- than about the benefits, which she totally understood.)

  4. My contract is also up at the end of this month/the year. While I anticipate it being renewed again, I didn't think it would help my odds if they realized they did fine without me for three weeks. Conversely, my taking time out of my vacation to help because ~the team is just so busy~ looks great. If nothing else, even if they had already decided not to renew my contract again, at least it would be great for my references, that I was willing to pitch in while on vacation.
Now there is less than a week until I leave, though, which on the one hand is terrible because Adelaide is so friggin' lovely and it has been the better part of two years since I've seen my parents, but I will be glad to be back at my usual work computer instead of having to deal with Citrix, which is the worst, and I miss my cats a lot, and Mom and Dad are moving back sometime early next year.

(I also miss the dog! Oh yes, we got a new dog a couple of weeks before I left. Pictures eventually.)

In between drinking all sorts of exciting new beers and ciders, and going to the beach and wandering around the Botanic Gardens, Mom and I have been watching lots of TV. I'm introducing her to Archer, which is going swimmingly. We're going to the beach later today, since it seems to be one of the few days this week it may be warm enough to do so. Yesssssss beach, I friggin' love the beach and no one has gone with me this year (the drive from home to the beach is just long enough that I prefer to have someone else with me, besides its just being a lovely day out) and for a terrible few months I thought I might not get to a beach at all this year, it was tragic.

I may do that December journal prompt meme I've seen around, but we shall see.
sohotrightnow: James Bond, naked, allowing Eve, in red, to shave him with a straight razor. ([skyfall] your life in my hands)
Bond/Moneypenny, rated M (Mature), for the "caning" square on my k_b card (BINGOOOOOOOO!). Now that she's out of the field, Eve can have a social life again. That's the idea, anyway. ~3000 words, no warnings. At AO3.

(Brought to you by my searching frantically for fic after finally watching that movie a couple of weeks ago and discovering that of the ~500 works in which Eve was tagged on AO3, including the 22 fics tagged for Eve/Bond, she is mostly there to be the sassy matchmaker for Bond and Q. Dear fandom, when canon sets you a low bar for treatment of women, particularly women of color -- there was friggin' brownface in the movie prior to this, come the fuck on! -- THAT DOES NOT REPRESENT AN INVITATION TO A LIMBO CONTEST.)

Also, the title is from this poem, which I wholly encourage everybody to read a million times, because ughhhhhhh I can't even with it.
sohotrightnow: The Ninth Doctor, with the London Eye framing him in the background. ([dw] gay and innocent and heartless)
Doctor Who, Nine/Martha. Rated M (Mature). For the "spanking/paddling" square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card. A stranger spills Martha's drink, and local custom on this planet is quite clear on how that must be dealt with. (So, sort of Aliens Make Them Do It.) No warnings. ~1600 words. At AO3.
sohotrightnow: Gul Dukat leering, labeled "with club sauce" ([st] look at banner kira!)
HERE IS THE DEAL: I cannot get Naomie Harris as Captain Elizabeth (Beth) Sisko out of my head. Think about it. And then talk to me about how incredible it would be. Also, I recently rewatched "The Maquis" two-parter and no force on earth will convince me that Sisko and Dukat didn't sleep together. Anyway, here are ~650 words about Beth Sisko and Dukat having phone-hatesex, for the "gags/silence" square on my k_b card. Rated T (Teen); no warnings apply.

(This actually kept spiraling into a much longer story, and I was getting overwhelmed and finally just decided to write the single condensed scene for the time being and keep plugging away at the longer one rather than freaking out and giving up altogether. So look for that at some point, maybe.)
sohotrightnow: ([stock] what's going on on this side)
It would probably help if I'd included the link to the story in that fic post. /o\ This is what happens when you get out of practice posting fic, kids!
sohotrightnow: ([got] no man can keep candy safe)
Game of Thrones, Sansa/Dany, ~2100 words, General Audiences, no warnings. AU; Sansa is a shapeshifter; diverges from canon after her first period in the second book. Also, there's soulbonding. For the "possession/marking" square on my [community profile] kink_bingo card.

At AO3.

whaaaat

Oct. 20th, 2013 11:25 am
sohotrightnow: A paper-cut girl against a backdrop of writing on a notebook. ([stock] and by metaphorically I mean)
Oh dip, I now have drafts in various stages of completeness for all five squares on a bingo???? This is a big deal for me, guys. Also they're in five different fandoms, which is also mind-blowing, if not more so, because I had not felt that connected to a lot of things, fannishly. (In case you missed it: here is the one that's really complete so far, a very silly Downton AU where Anna and Mary work at a pastry shop in space.)

I mean, some of them are SUPER draft-ish, at the moment, one in particular because it started turning into a whole long STORY, and then I was psyching myself out and convinced that I was ~never~ going to finish it, so I took a break from trying to piece the scenes together and just wrote a vignette version of it, to reassure myself that I could actually complete SOMETHING. And it's very stream-of-consciousness and I was half-asleep when I wrote it so I think it needs a ton of editing, but, you know, that's doable. I think I can get everything edited and posted by the October 31 deadline.

I mean, given that the one I've posted so far has 42 hits and not so much as a kudo, let alone a comment, I am not convinced that even once I've edited them they will be any good, but I am happy with them, which I guess is the most important thing. I mean, mostly, I realize it's probably just that I posted on a Friday evening, which is not a great time for it anyway, and also it's f/f and a weird AU, but the hits going up and still seeing no feedback is a little unsettling anyway. OH WELL. The important thing is just reminding myself that I can write, I think. If what I'm writing is terrible and everyone is too embarrassed to tell me, well, I gotta start somewhere.

Anyhoo, bingos! That is new for me. Usually I just complain about not being able to get anything done, crank out 500 words within the last few weeks of amnesty, and repeat the whole cycle all over again. A bingo period is new, let alone completing one before amnesty begins.

In non-fandom news, yesterday I attended a lovely cocktail party/book discussion at [personal profile] cyprinella's, with special guest Amy Stewart to talk about her absolutely delightful The Drunken Botanist. So things are pretty ok, I think, at the moment. (Knock wood.)

Welp time to go do my weekly cleaning. Later, bbs!
sohotrightnow: ([downton] fix your hair up pretty)
I somehow have four out of five stories for a [community profile] kink_bingo line either drafted or, in this case, finished entirely? What even is that???

Anyway this is an AU where Anna and Mary have a pastry shop on a space station, because, you know, that just felt right. ~780 words, Anna/Mary, General Audiences, for "dirty talk" (a very gentle interpretation of that kink, if the rating didn't tell you that already). AO3.
sohotrightnow: ([atla] appa)
  1. I think I'm getting sick, which is some malarkey. That's the only explanation for why I am basically feeling really hung over without having had the fun of drinking anything last night. Which, again, can we talk about what malarkey that is, because at the very least I want the fun of being drunk first.

  2. Sleepy Hollow is fun! I am deeply ashamed of myself every time I start loudly nitpicking the history because lolololol so very much the opposite of the point, but sometimes I can't help myself. I could do without the explicitly Christian mythology, though; I had not realized how exhausted I was with that. Although in this case it's more handwavable than with other things. It makes me miss Eastwick all over again, because I realized on my second viewing of that show that Darryl was the Jewish devil. I mean, in addition to the thousands of other reasons I miss that show. NEVER NOT MOURNING EASTWICK: THE JULES STORY

  3. My office is freezing. Always. I'm usually cold wherever I am, though, so I guess it's partly the office and partly me. At least now that it's starting to get cooler I don't have to decide between lugging a bunch of layers on my commute and/or sweltering outside and carrying less but freezing inside.

  4. I need to get the safety inspection done on my car. I'm also worried, however, because there was a fender bender involving one of the posts in the parking lot at my temple, and so the door doesn't open all the way, so I probably need to get that done first (according to the state DMV's site, they only check that the door will latch fully closed as it's supposed to and that it has handles inside and out, but with my luck there will probably be some frame damage, too). And last time I got the oil changed, the guy thought I might need a couple new tires soon, too, which, ughhhhh. :\ I am so friggin' tired of car stuff, Internet.

  5. My father was visiting last week! That was nice, but also stressful, because he and I have such different styles and his can push my combination annoyance-stress buttons pretty easily. FAMILY /o/

  6. I made marshmallows a week ago. They were glorious.

PSA

Sep. 17th, 2013 10:11 am
sohotrightnow: ([etc] al ha-t'vila)
Please remember, when you feel the need to rail against ~Washington~, that there's a lot more to this city than the politicians you love to hate.
...writing about how awful Washington is can be easier than trying to dispel the myth that we're all boomtowners feeding off of the federal trough. Still, it's always going to bother me when otherwise intelligent scribes so blithely paint all of D.C. with the worst of what Washington has to offer. (DCist)
All of the people murdered yesterday lived within an hour's drive of me; some of them lived within ten minutes'. One of them lived within walking distance. I went to school with her kids. A few of the victims' names have yet to be released and I am currently waiting to find out whether some other neighbor or friend or person from my shul is dead, as well.

This did put my other major annoyances of the day (finding a friggin' brown recluse spider in my bathroom, feeling sort of feverish and sick) into perspective. So that's...something. And, I mean. At least it wasn't twenty-seven people, most of them young children, this time? BUZZFEED PRESENTS: 10 LEAST TERRIBLE MASS SHOOTINGS, by [personal profile] sohotrightnow!

If anyone feels so moved, here is the donation page for Mayors Against Illegal Guns' grassroots campaign branch; here is the donation page for the Brady Campaign. Be good to each other.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. (Default)
h/t Captain Awkward
I'm an Emotional Idiot
so get away from me.
I mean,
COME HERE.

Wait, no,
that's too close,
give me some space
it's a big country,
there's plenty of room,
don't sit so close to me.

Hey, where are you?
I haven't seen you in days.
Whadya, having an affair?
Who is she?
Come on,
aren't I enough for you?

God,
You're so cold.
I never know what you're thinking.
You're not very affectionate.

I mean,
you're clinging to me,
DON'T TOUCH ME,
what am I, your fucking cat?
Don't rub me like that.

Don't you have anything better to do
than sit there fawning over me?

Don't you have any interests?
Hobbies?
Sailing Fly fishing
Archeology?

There's an archeology expedition leaving tomorrow
why don't you go?
I'll loan you the money,
my money is your money.
my life is your life
my soul is yours
without you I'm nothing.

Move in with me
we'll get a studio apartment together, save on rent,
well, wait, I mean, a one bedroom,
so we don't get in each other's hair or anything
or, well,
maybe a two bedroom
I'll have my own bedroom,
it's nothing personal
I just need to be alone sometimes,
you do understand,
don't you?

Hey, why are you acting distant?

Where you goin',
was it something I said?
What
What did I do?

I'm an emotional idiot
so get away from me
I mean,
MARRY ME.

(Big ups to all my fellow disorganized attachment style folks! Anxious? Avoidant? WHY NOT BOTH AT THE SAME TIME ha ha ha oh dear. /o\)
sohotrightnow: Natasha Romanov, in pilot gear, smiling at Tony's appearance ([avengers] demolition woman)
What has two thumbs and has finally seen Pacific Rim? I needed someone to go with, because I really like doing Nerd Stuff with other people so I have someone to share it with, and fortunately my brother was interested, too.

I'd been kind of hesitant, also -- I've seen some discussion around the gender stuff, but honestly there was a story around Perlman's casting that put me off seeing it in a HUGE way, far more than the stuff I'd heard about the supporting cast largely being male. Cut less for spoilers than for, uh, some serious sketchiness. )

BUUUUUUT that aside, it was good fun! )

Anyhoo now I am going to get some cleaning done, I have been slacking on doing the full routine the past few weeks. Y'all should talk to me about it in the comments, though!
sohotrightnow: ([buffy] but you're just a girl)
I'll be honest, the main reason I'm here again so soon is that I had a dreadful dream where I checked DW, Tumblr, and Twitter and on every single site, my reading list/feed/dash was just filled with people talking about how unpleasant they find me. So I wanted to double-check just to be sure.

But as I was waking up the first thing I was aware of was one of the cats curled up against me, I assume due to the unseasonable chill in the air the past couple of days, so let's call the morning a wash so far.

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