"absorbs extra wetness in situations of high physical or emotional activity"
In the office we decided that 'emotional activity' must be the new term for shagging. How lovely and genteel!
Edited to add my photo of the day before yesterday, specially for emungere and spotted in the fountain on campus: The Sad Drowned Sock
This is quite exciting! I even have a part two planned. But no part three, sadly. Maybe I won't need a part three. Part two have to wait until I've finished my Sweet Charity story, unless I absolutely can't restrain myself. Vampires in the Fog is really a Saiyuki AU, with Hakkai as a dark and sinister Romanian count, exiled a particularly damp and foggy part of England and Gojyo is the increasingly confused young man he
However, I need to really get on and write more of Sweet Charity, which is hovering around the 8k mark after last week's drastic prune. Drastic prunes! They are good for you. I've struggled through the painful part of shuffling the characters into place and now things can move forward, unless I've now forgotten what's supposed to happen. I did write it down somewhere...
In other, and not related, vampire news, I watched 8 episodes of RH Plus, all the while muffling my cries of glee at the painful acting and terrible plots combined with brain melting levels of pretty. I think daegaer sums it up best, and I quote: it's like pure liquid manga applied to the eyeballs by angsty gay vampiric hot guys.
I do not know what is happening next in it, and it's extremely vexing and frightening. I just have to keep on going through this difficult part and hope it comes out right. I just rewrote a huge chunk of it today and don't want to have to backtrack again. I have all these words and I just need to jiggle them around till they make sense. Possibly I should go and do my ironing and not worry about it anymore tonight. *takes a deep breath*
Recently, I was telling emungerethat I never thought about transitions in stories and that they seemed to happen easily. Predictably, transitions are now laughing in my face and refusing to cooperate. How many times can I have a character fall asleep and wake up as a way to move the story forward? So far it's happened about four times. Gahh. Transition-fu, I do not have it.
I hope the reason for this is not as utterly depressing as it seems to be, but I am not holding my breath for an explanation from LJ that makes sense or anything.
I had an moment of clarity recently about my writing, and it was possibly brought about by writing Cupidity. It's that I'm not interested (at the moment) in writing anything that doesn't involve a) people with strange and special powers or b) magic of some kind and possibly c) saving the world. Maybe this's always been the case and I've just never realised it on a properly concious level. It matches with the fandoms I've been drawn to: X Files, Harry Potter, Good Omens and Saiyuki.
There's another story I'm writing (that I began when emungere demanded that I write random 585 phone sex and is now raging completely out of control and this is partly why I fail at finishing things (and as she pointed out, I will clarify that it is the story that is raging out of control, not emungere)), where it struck me today that it would make so much more sense if it had psychic investigators in it. SO much more sense, and that got me helplessly pondering.
If Sanzo, Goku, Hakkai and Gojyo were, say reincarnated
However! I've been attempting to manage my stress levels by mostly ignoring the LJ flagging thing, but I'm failing because every time I see 'flag' on someone's post it gives me a nasty little shock and I get all mad. What's the point of it, if you can already just contact the abuse team about a post you are offended by? Also, their definition of offended is gloriously vague. As far as I can tell there is still no clear system for judging the complaint either.
I haven't changed my journal settings to 'adult concepts' or 'explicit adult content'. I can see how this might be genuinely useful though, to protect oneself. Especially now that LJ have upped the stakes.
In other news, I have done two springkink stories, and have come up with an idea for a third. The fourth languishes. The highwayman Saiuki AU has turned into a 38 page epic, featuring wilfull misuse of cravats, etc.
Also, jamjar pointed me at goodreads, so I got an account, here.
It's different to librarything, with the emphasis on having a friendslist and sharing reviews, where librarything seems more about cataloguing and listing.
I impulse bought them from the British Museum shop, along with King Harald's Saga by Snori Sturluson. It's gripping and fast paced and so far I have got to part 34, where Harald and King Svein of Denmark are about to fight it out over who deserves Denmark more. In this part, I like that there is a court poet known as Thorleik the Handsome. He must've been very very handsome to be known for it.
I also bought Chronicles of the Vikings by RI Page, which I mostly picked because it has a chapter entitled 'the unheroic life' that comes straight after a chapter called 'the heroic life'.
Anyway! I have been practising with the runes (put hand in bag, extract rune, consult little book, feel baffled). Apparently, long distance rune-reading is quite acceptable. Please do feel free to ask them anything you like!! (Answers may not make sense, may contain nuts)
This is very revealing: atanielle93 talks to lj abuse about suspended journals
Apparently, lj abuse must suspend journals that are reported to it as supporting illegal activity, even if, for example, the journal belongs to an RPG character and has disclaimers plastered over the profile that it does not support actual real illegal activity. I'd like to know how lj define 'supporting illegal activity' because it the moment it seems to include writing about fictional characters that break the law.
I can't actually blame lj for wanting to cover its own arse, and apparently it has suspended some genuinely criminal comms, but it's clearly also working hard to keep stupid people happy and by suspending harmless journals adhoc its not doing anyone or itself any favours.
The handy export journal lj feature.
I stay sane by looking at tasteful and stylish men's underwear on websites like this one: hunkwear... not very safe for work, in case you were wondering.
On the bright side, I got a good haul from the shops. ( Louise's shopping )
Work fretting, some venting ( ... )
But I'm not worried enough to let it spoil my weekend, which will be spent in delightful Tynemouth, at connotations. I'm very excited. Very, very. I've even printed out some of my fic to bring, like toscas_kiss said to.
I'm thinking of bringing some doujinshi too-- Saiyuki and Death Note, some of which I now remember I said I'd scan for lebateleur, but never actually did. I suck, I'm sorry.
In other news, my parents came to visit today and we went out for lunch at the Swan in Pangbourne where I had poutine, which is chips in gravy covered in melted cheese. Sounds like something you might get in Leciester but no, it's Canadian and I ate it in honour of my Due South fetish. A strange dish, but tasty and so filling I waddled for a goodly time afterwards. Then we went off to look at pygmy goats, baby boar and lots and lots and lots of ducks. It was a good day.
My physio is very attractive in a manly, pink-cheeked sort of way. I had thoughts that were shamefully inappropriate when he kneeled up behind me on the therapy couch, even with my arm contorted in painful directions. I shall surely go to hell.
Doctor gave me something called Voltarol, which sounds more exciting than it actually is, and a note to stay off work for two weeks. Will go and see physio tomorrow. Have made pretty sling from scarf.
Need to learn to type one-handed. Arse.
But on the bright side I can hold Due South watching marathon in front room and will save on train fares.