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lizardbeth
24 May 2016 @ 07:46 pm
An index of some of my (older) fanfiction here on livejournal. Most recent is at the top of each category. Very short stories (Comment!fic) are listed separately.

Most of it is also available at my AO3 page: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Lizardbeth/works
With actual sorting and summaries. ;)

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lizardbeth
24 August 2016 @ 10:35 pm
Last week we went to NYC for a short vacation. We stayed just off Times Square, saw the main sights - well, mostly we saw big buildings because that's the boy's interest. So I went to the top of both the One World Trade center and the Empire State Building. Spent more money at the Disney store on Times Square getting dumb t-shirts, and a Black WIdow POTATO HEAD, because I collect Black Widow toys and that's the most dumb, amazing Black Widow thing I've ever seen. like, there is no where else to go after you get a Potato Head, right?   (ah, remember when Darth Tater was the first combo potato head? How far we've come). There was also a Hawkeye one which I didn't get because it was hideous, but kinda warms the Clintasha part of my heart that they came out at the same time.

Anyway, so New York. Not counting changing planes, I've never actually been there before, and neither had the kiddo, so that was fun. I don't think he's in a hurry to go back, so I suspect the NYC schools aren't going to be on his college list, but that's okay. We met an old friend of my husband's, who now lives in CT (he was one of our groomsmen at the wedding), and had dinner with him, his wife, and their daughter who's a clerk for the Circuit Court of Appeals there, which you may not know about law, but that is pretty impressive. she's going to have pretty much her choice of jobs afterward.

School starts for the boy next week. We got the word that he's going to be taking what's practically his own math class- he's a seventh grader, but they're designing a class for him and one other (girl) to use the curriculum of the eighth grade algebra class, and then just fill in what they don't already have, since they're both advanced. Part of this is, we know, because two of kiddo's close friends (also math brains) left our school to go elsewhere, so I suspect the school realized it might be getting a reputation of not being able or willing to offer more challenge to kids who need it. So I'm glad about this change, since I think he'll do well in it. And well, this is the world we live in, being a bit advanced now will look good on his high school applications or getting into the science magnet high school. 

So that's the news for now! ;) 

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lizardbeth
24 July 2016 @ 10:16 pm
It's been pretty hot here, luckily not Super hot where I am, but hot. Worst part yesterday was the wildfire smoke was blowing straight at us, so there was a plume right across the LA basin. Made for some cool visuals though, since the sun was glowing scarlet through the smoke and everything was orange-tinted and shadowless. Luckily the wind shifted today, so it's not as heavy (at least for us, I'm sure that just means it's terrible somewhere else).

Today we finally put up curtains. We've only been living here since February. We have horizontal blinds but they're the sucky kind that dont' really go to the edge or close so they let in a lot of light, especially in the early morning. so, darkening curtains, yay!

then tonight we went to the USA vs China men's basketball game. It's a practice/tuneup match for Rio. Great thing about international basketball is the quarters are only 10 minutes, so it's a very quick game. We had unexpectedly great seats not far off the floor at one end (we thought we'd be farther up, but we were only twelve rows up from the floor). I also clocked the woman in front of me by accident when they were throwing Team USA t-shirts during the timeout breaks, oops. But it was a fun game amd it was good to go as a family.

And last week was my anniversary, so we went out to a nice dinner, just the Mr and I, and the food was excellent. they lit a little sparkler firework bringing our dessert, so that was unexpected!
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lizardbeth
17 July 2016 @ 11:54 pm
Tomorrow's my wedding anniversary (18 years! OMG). being on a monday, we're not going to do anything for it until we go out to dinner Thursday nite, but I'm looking forward to the night out.

Kiddo has persuaded me to partner with him to do Pokemon Go. Mostly because he needs to use my phone, but we'll do this together for however long he's interested in summer. I know basically nothing about pokemon - never played the game or watched the cartoon and even the kid wasn't into it before, so I figure i'll mostly follow along on this. If nothing else it'll help me get him outside.

In August we're going to New York City for a few days, for vacation, since none of us have been more recently than twenty years ago, it should be fun. We'll find a show - is Lion King still playing, something kid appropriate anyway. We'll see the big buildings because kiddo is All About Architecture (no, really, his Number One Destination in London was the Shard Tower). MoMA because the spouse is into modern art, and whatever else we feel like.
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lizardbeth
07 July 2016 @ 09:50 pm
yeah, I'm so boring these days, I feel like I have nothing to write about. Even when I actually DO something, or I haz thoughts, I don't bother to write them down anymore.

I'm going to start with something at least!

- we went to see Finding Dory yesterday. I got a bit choked up when it hits the parenting cord pretty hard, but otherwise, the story's pretty much exactly what you expect it to be. but it's cute.

- we saw the Fourth fireworks locally, it was nice. Not a ginormous show, but well-done.

- my computer died on me on tuesday. it abruptly, decided that it was no longer gonig to let power come in, so it just choked and died. Luckily I'd done a fairly recent backup, but geek squad was able to transfer all my files. even, the, um, copy of Winter Soldier I'd forgotten I'd downloaded. ahem. Now to rebuild all my programs. And remember my passwords. ugh

- so after the news that the laptop was unrecoverable (or might have been, but not for what it was worth certainly), I got a new one today. Samsung - and in theory it should share files with my Galaxy phone so I'll have to figure out how to set that up. It's got a touch screen, which is new and shiny - it's  computer! It's a tablet! -  but I guess DVD drives are now old-school. Might have to get one, I'm not sure yet. I have a lot of CD/DVDs still, so probably.

- writing-wise, I'm still trying to get Comes the Hurricane and The Last Contract finished up, so I can start doing the real work on my Marvel Bang. This whole writing a chapter and posting it business is just awful. How do people do this? Granted, I tend to rewrite as I post anyway, but at least I have a first draft finished before I post. This? WINGING IT IS SO NERVE-WRACKING.  What if I do it wrong? What if I forget a character or some other dumb thing?  Also, I feel so badly for readers  who have to wait while I try to think all this through in more detail. (and then I look at other WIPs and they're like, months, between chapters, so I'm still ahead fo them, but still), I feel like it's just sloooooow.  But at least they're both in the homestretch now.  I think I said that before, but it's even more true now.

- meanwhile I'm watching the Hiddleston fandom meltdown because of the whole Taylor-Tom thing, which is hilarious. I think they're cute, but it's funny how the mainstream media is like "who the fuck is that with Taylor? why is she being all kissy-face with this nobody?" and then the Hiddles fandom ranges from "awww" to "wtf why her?" to "bitch get away". But all the "they must be faking it!!" is so silly - they were holding hands in St. Peter's. I mean, okay, there's publicity stunts but living a lie to that extent seems a bit... overkill.
 
 
lizardbeth
19 May 2016 @ 09:49 pm
let's see, round up:

i wrote one fic for the May the Fourth Star wars exchange - Survivors , a post-RotJ/pre-TFA canon divergence of Padme defending a very little Ben (here, Quin, because Qui-Gon lived and Obi--Wan died.)

Have been continuing Last Contract and Comes the Hurricane chapters. It's definitely not as easy to do them as true wips. On one hand there is a nice push to keep producing, rather than letting it sit or jumping to something shiny (which I am prone to do), but otoh I don't have the time to really make sure that certain things that happen aren't going to dump me into some wall down the road that I just don't see yet, or go back and fix anything major. It's a bit more seat of the pants than I really like (and switching between the two is harder than you'd think even though they're not that much alike). but at least both are winding up now.

signed up for Marvel Bang, which will likely be the next Ice Demon story, wherein Loki and Steve try to deal with being on modern earth. it'll be set between First Avenger/Thor and the events of Avengers, so it won't be as epic. Mostly so they can both see Bucky and Peggy again. :(

Today I joined in an online roundtable for the mobile game Avengers Academy (omg me on a webcam, I has a worry) which I've kind of backed into the fandom of. That was fun to be part of a fannish thing more directly again. Made me realize how long I've been basically a passive consumer on tumblr and a pretty passive producer of fic. Still fandom, obviously, but only somewhat interactive.

heh, and now it's bed time so if I don't post now, I probably won't. so hopeflly more later! 





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lizardbeth
08 April 2016 @ 10:07 pm
Last week w e went to Lake Tahoe for spring break and we got super lucky, since it snowed on MOnday when we arrrived so it was beautiful. We went tubing and then the kiddo took some snowboard lessons in the mornings for two days and seemed to have some fun, as the weather warmed and the snow  turned icy/slushy, so we probably couldn't have done too much more. But the lake was beautiful, and I'm glad we went. I'd never been before. lsppeaking of luck, humorously, hubster and I are neither gamblers, so despite coming in/departing Reno in Nevada, and our hotel being on the Nevada side (and therefore having its own casino), I didn't drop one nickel in a slot machine the entire time. ah well. it's just not a thing for me.

One of the more interesting things, to me anyway, was they had a display in the Reno airport of the flags of the nations that participated in the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley (which on the west side of the lake, and Reno airport was renovated at the time for the olympics). It was funny becuase the kiddo could identify many of the flags, but of course had never seen a USSR flag before, even though he knows the Soviet Union once existed. anyway, it was kind of a blast from the past to see that display because even though I wasn't born yet to see Squaw Valley, I certainly remember Olympics with Soviet and East German flags.

then, tonight, was the Cotillion Ball. The boy has been going to a dance/social thing once a month since September and so tonight was the night htey show off for their parents. and stiffer dancers you have NEVER seen in your life, lol. there was one boy (not mine) who couldnt' put his hand on the girl's hip/waist, so he held it out to his side, kinda flapping around, it was hilariously awkward. Mine at least managed to touch his partner, but I'm not sure he looked at her the whole time, and his face looked like he was on the lookout for his spy target (or just counting steps, more likely!)  BUT the best part was that they did a mom/son waltz so I actually did a proper dance with the kiddo.  awwwwwwww. (I may never dance with him again until, maybe, his wedding, really, when you think about it. :(((( )  So it was special and I'm just kinda gonna bask iin it for awhile.  (he also had his Middle School Spring Fling afterward, at his school, so one more formal dance early and then a later one at school which was with more of his friends and far more racous reportedly)

and my tag for the kiddo is now totally wrong, because he's now taller than I am!  and he's only twelve.*cries*
 
 
lizardbeth
03 March 2016 @ 04:12 pm
It's a strange way that you can sell a house these days. Like, old days, you'd have to physically sign contracts and hand over keys. Now? it feels kind of unfinished because so much of it is "signed" online with just a click of the button and since our leaving/possession was  spread out over a couple days, there was no big MOMENT of transfer. It just kinda... happened. But it did, and it's done now. Now it's unpacking.

Trying to think of what else has been happening, which is... not much. I did my words totals for getyourwordsout for Feb and found I'm only about 6000 off my mark for the year, which is better than I thought it would be. That was mostly due to a TFA fic I started writing in a flurry of New! AU! Must! Write! excitement.  I guess I'd rather put those words on something that needs them than on something new, but at least I wrote something, despite the stress and hassle of packing up fifteen years of crap.

The new place is still a disaster area, btw. It's probably a bad plan to have unpacked the 'important' stuff, because now there are boxes that are opened and one thing is removed and the rest of it is just sitting there... This is why it's good that we'll probably move again, because now we can look at this stuff and that we dragged into the new place and say, 'you know what, I don't think we need this either".

oh, and fun news, they announced today that the space shuttle's last external fuel tank to exist is going to arrive by barge here in LA in May and parade through the streets, passing very close to me! yay. I do wonder where they're going to put it, because the pavilion where the Endeavour is right now, isn't big enough to hold both. But since the pavilion is just one of those perma-tent structures while they build the final hall, maybe it can be expanded more easily than I think. or heck, maybe they'll just leave it outside. For all I know it's been outside since it was built decades ago.
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lizardbeth
19 February 2016 @ 09:51 pm
for the maythe4th_comm fic exchange --

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lizardbeth
12 February 2016 @ 08:52 pm
moving is a pain in the ass, in case you didn't know that already through some miracle. ;) 

But we have a new place signed and ready and movers set for the 21, though move-in is officially the 14th, so we get the keys and can start transporting some things we don't want/need the movers to take (it's not far). So, for ex, we have to move the fish ourselves, so I'm going to transfer them each to their own bucket to hang out  while I drain the tank and we take it (and them) to the new place. Luckily it won't be so long it'll have to start the tank from scratch, but it'll be good to drain the water and clean it thoroughly. poor babies will be so freaked out at first (then they forget, luckily, because they're  fish)  

We also now have a big trash bin for....  *deep breath* the garage. That's going to take the longest. my husband has a room full of comics going back to the SEVENTIES (which is going in storage not the bin, I should clarify) and plenty of other assorted STUFF, including baby stuff that's now twelve years old. There's ... a lot to go through. But storage, new place, donation, or trash - those are the only choices at this point - no more "let me put that aside and figure it out later" not-choosing. Which of course is overall a good thing, to make all these choices and really cull out what we actually want and need, versus stuff we just have, but it's daunting to think about actually doing.

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lizardbeth
30 January 2016 @ 08:13 pm
 So, after being on the market for about a week, (We hadn't even had the Open House yet, just the Broker's open house (where the brokers are invited to look but can bring clients) and a few showings...)  we got two offers on our house. The higher one was above list, so we accepted. The inspection is Tuesday and, if all goes well with that, and they don't want too much taken off the price for  whatever they find, we might be closing soon. It's so quick and exciting. We went to look for a rental place today to bridge the gap to a new house. Yes, eventually there will be Buying a New House Trauma posts, but this is the Selling Trauma part of it first. We already know the inspection is going to object to the roof (which is about 20yrs old - we didnt' bother to replace it, since we knew we'd either sell or expand the house ourselves) and there are tree roots in the sewer pipe. But we'll see if they're really prepared for buying what amounts to the land and a shack. :)   

I'm just really eager to get out. Looking at the apartment complex it was nice to think about a place that I don't have to deal with my neighbor's hideous feral cat colony. look, I know a bunch of you are cat people, but an Actual Crazy Cat Lady is  not great to live next door to. Plus, the complex is new and has a pool, and it'll be a lovely change. The goal eventually is to move into a district with a good high school but that's a couple years away.

In other news, I am already 7K behind for Get Your Words Out, so I have plenty to do in February!  at least we get a Leap Day for the month! :DD
 


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lizardbeth
21 January 2016 @ 08:31 pm
 Since we're getting out house ready to sell, today was the day the realtor was here to take pictures for the site. And since I've seen the Terrible Real Estate blog, I didn't want to appear on there, so we had to declutter and clean. I had someone who was supposed to come in to help, to do the cleaning part while I finished up boxing the excess crap and moving it to the garage.  Aaaaand... my helper was sick and didn't show.  :( 

Tuesday we have what's called 'the broker caravan" where other agents come visit the house as it officially goes ON SALE. and then... omg, nothing but showings and open houses and packing and... I just want to lie down and curl up in a ball just thinking about it. *whimper* 

I mean, yes, I want to get out of this house, but omg, all the OTHER STUFF. Moving in college was hard enough,and I/we have ever so much more STUFF now. 

Meanwhile my mom has pneumonia or something else going on with her lungs that's been lingering for more than a month, and that of course is worrying in a person hr age, so hopefully we can get that cleared up. always something, right? 

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lizardbeth
17 January 2016 @ 11:56 pm
The big news around here is that we're putting our house up for sale (for various reasons, not just that we're sick of the cat stench from next door but that's certainly part of it). So we're now in the process of getting the house ready to show, which mostly amounts to stripping out everything personal and decluttering. which in my house means moving all the geek loot -- my POP figure collection, previously on a shelf in the living room, is now banished to a box.

So the house already looks boring and sad, and we're not even done (because the kiddo's bedroom is a disaster that needs to be boxed up). But on the plus side we're already doing stuff we'd have to do when we finally move anyway, so at least some of it is getting done ahead of time. But wow it's so plain. *sigh*

and also, damn we have a lot of crap. WHY DID WE KEEP THAT THING? WHY? WHYYYYYY? But I guess the greatest part of moving is probably denuding your life of all that crap that sits around because you have no real impetus to get rid of it.  Some of it I want to keep -- old manuscripts and notebooks even though I know logically I'm not likely to look at it again. DVDs I meant to screencap/gif and never got around to it. siiigh  -- "honey, why do we have a copy of a third-rate SciFi movie, "Meteor Storm"?"  --"uh... my Trucco obsession? hey, I managed to not buy Hiddleston's entire backlist, I'm doing pretty well these days..."
 
 
lizardbeth
11 January 2016 @ 11:35 pm
So sad about David Bowie. Barely 69, that's too young. I suppose no one can say he didn't live life on his own terms or leave an amazing legacy, but still. That picture Duncan Jones tweeted of him as a baby with his father just... awww. makes me teary just remembering it. Anyway, we lost a legend, but I think of that picture, and Iman and the rest of his family, It must be difficult to have to deal with a personal loss that the rest of the world also takes personally (or I don't know, maybe some find some consolation in it, knowing they're not alone? I hope anyway). I was thinking back to the Freddie Mercury tribute concert when Annie Lennox and Bowie did 'Under Pressure', and I still remember that part the best of the whole concert. so many memories, his music came first, I'm pretty sure, but Labyrinth was of course there and formative, as it was for so many of us of a certain age. Farewell, Goblin King.

(and today was also the service in LA for Natalie Cole, so it's kind of a double whammy of sad losses on the local news)

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In less sad news and mostly irrelevant, but because it proves I'm not just imagining a problem, AO3 got back to me on my question about the autocomplete on Kara/Sam. There's a bug where some relationships are somehow disconnected from their fandoms so if you put in Anders Kara in the ship field without the fandom it shows up in the autocomplete, but filling in BSG first, it won't show. Which is odd, but at least it's not just me being a weird shipper imagining things! now if I happen to stumble on another fic I forgot to archive over there, I know how to get it to show up in the drop-down now. t shouldn't matter, it's just convenient and it makes sure it's in the proper tag, just in case.











 
 
lizardbeth
03 January 2016 @ 04:53 pm
yay!  
This is legit the only one of these bingos i have EVER completed on time!





NOw I need to edit two of them to not feel that they suck. :) 
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lizardbeth
02 January 2016 @ 11:56 pm
hahah take THAT hc-bingo! I have defeated you!

I don't know if I did it "right", and it's gotta come out of moderation queue, BUT I DID A BINGO before the deadline. for the first time signing up for one of these, EVARRRR.

my line was this piece of horror and dismay: loss of possessions, loss of home/shelter, surgery, falsely imprisoned, and imprisonment.

YES it was exactly that redundant. and me being me, doing two 'imprisoned' squares is SUPER easy, so it was only the other three I needed. I wrote two today.They're short and I need to edit before I post them more officially but still.

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lizardbeth
02 January 2016 @ 09:46 pm
"Something"
Anders, Battlestar Galactica
hc-bingo, prompt "loss of possessions".

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lizardbeth
01 January 2016 @ 01:58 pm
Holiday Exchange fics reveal!

  • Magic's Path, Valdemar. Vanyel/Tylendel. Teen. A small change to a pivotal event in Magic's Pawn (for Yuletide)

  • Creature of the Deep, MCU/Thor, Sif/Loki. Mature. Medieval/Merpeople AU. Sif has heard stories of the monsters in the water all her life. He's nothing like she expected.

Other stories of 2015:

MCU related: long fics.

  • Comes the Hurricane, gen, ensemble. Book IV of Understanding the Storm. The Avengers have to ally with Loki, but he's got some problems of his own.

  • The Ice Demon and the Spider. Gen. Both Thor and Loki get banished to Earth; Loki to Arendelle where protecting it from SHIELD results in a road trip with Natasha and the return of old enemies.

  • The Last Contract, Loki/Sif. Modern AU. Sif is an assassin sent after Prince Loki of Jotunheim. it doesn't go as planned.

MCU - short fics, all gen
MCU, Sif/Loki, prompt fills
Other fandoms:

Fic Writing Meme answers:


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Writing Goals of 2016:

1. I signed up for getyourwordsout pleding 200K, so that's one concrete goal for the whole year.
2. Finish Last Contract and work on Fallen on Snow, since both those are hanging, unfairly.
3. Looking at the list, it's pretty clear that I was kind of writing... the same things? So I think I need to mix things up some more, be more experimental, more pairings, more fandoms, more other different words. Or something.
4. and to go wtih three, I should finish something original. The other thing that appears a lot above is AU - some of it very AU - pieces that could go to orginal without much effort. But I think fanfic is more social/interactive, so it's hard for me to transition to being more on my own with the writing.

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lizardbeth
13 December 2015 @ 08:36 pm
today was the kiddo's 12th birthday. HOLY MACKEREL. I can't be old enough to have almost a teenager! We gave him the BB-8 Sphero, which he adores. and it's the cutest little thing scooting around the floor.

Unfortunately into a happy birthday a shadow came. He had to go with his team to the Regional Championship for First Lego League (Robots), and their bot just... nothing worked. The program got more and more borked, and he was so frustrated, he cried and wanted to come home. Which we didn't let him. He recovered and they finished, but the team got no awards in any category. So, on the one hand, yay for getting to the championship but boo for a sad performance. We'll see if he tries the bot again for the Legoland competition in February, otherwise, it's better luck next year.  (on the plus side, our saturdays are now our own again, since he doesn't need to go to robotics practice)

Now to write some more on my gift-fics and attempt to avoid Star Wars spoilers until Saturday (aka not being on the internet, because you just know some douche is going to be at the premiere today and write a "review" that's going to spoil EVERY SINGLE SECOND. and I haven't been a star wars fan since I was six to be spoiled by some jerk on the internet who thinks he's cool by spoiling everybody else on the planet) NO really, I don't even look at the tv spots when they pop up on shows. (though the Fiat and Dodge ads are kind of hilarious - like, cars? really? I guess?) 


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lizardbeth
07 December 2015 @ 11:02 pm
Because I got tired of digging for it, and I'm actually trying to keep track of fics for it, for once!

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In other writing news, I haven't written my Yuletide fic yet. I keep meaning to - I have the basic premise and I know what to do, but yes, writing it down would be a good plan.

My MM fic is coming along nicely, so there's that. I also wrote a ficlet based on the deleted Loki Coronation sequence that was released with the MCU Phase 2 boxed set -- Another Kind of Abyss