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Shannon
03 February 2016 @ 01:55 pm

Find the pattern and instructions over at the Babylon 5 Love community!
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Shannon
01 February 2016 @ 01:25 pm
I've been keeping track of these lists all along, but haven't posted them in years.  Under a cut to spare you!
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Shannon
31 January 2016 @ 11:01 am
Hi all!  I've been meaning to post for the last couple weeks (she said, as always), but I woke up this morning like, I know I signed up for B5 Love Month and I don't remember the day, so I better check that it's not tomorrow!

It's Wednesday, so I need to...get started...on something...

Anyway, there are still lots of open days, so if you'd like to do even a little something, please head over to Babylon 5 Love Month and sign up!  I'm publicly declaring now that I am going to write a new chapter on one of my WIPs.  Probably for my second day later in the month.

(And since no one's yet signed up for tomorrow, I'm mayhap going to try to put together a l'il something.)

I definitely need to post about The X-Files (!!!) revival.  I planned to last week, but we were swamped at work.  I'm not sure this week is going to be any better, but once you reach a certain point of chaos, and it becomes the norm, you adjust.  Life, uh, finds a way, as Dr. Malcolm would say, and life for me at work is having time to write and do random fandom shit.
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Shannon
06 November 2015 @ 12:44 pm
I got into fountain pens about a year ago.  I started out with the Pilot Varsity, a disposable fountain pen, and if anyone ends up interested in fountain pens as a result of reading this, I highly recommend you start with the Varsity, too.  Writing with fountain pens is very different from writing with ballpoints or gel pens or even felt tips.  They don't require pressure to write - I used to get hand cramps if I wrote too long, and I don't have that problem anymore since I write almost exclusively with fountain pens.


My collection!  Actually, I'm missing one that I left at work.  Most of these were in the $15-20 range, which maybe sounds expensive if you're used to buying ten ballpoint pens for two bucks, but they're definitely on the low end as far as fountain pens are concerned.  I use different pens for different sorts of writings, depending on the nib size, what kind of paper I'm working on, what kind of ink I'm using, etc.  As you can see in the lower-lefthand pic, fountain pen ink does this really cool thing called shading, where more ink gets laid down on certain parts of letters, so you get lighter and darker colors as you write.  Not all ink shades, not all paper shades, but it's one of my favorite parts of the experience.

This is from a display I did at work (though my sister did the Edgar Allan Poe paper cut-out).  I used my Pilot Parallel pen - it's the long skinny silver one with the orange cap, they run about ten bucks on Amazon.  If you like calligraphy, I would definitely recommend the Parallel.  I'm still learning how to best use it, but it was a lot easier writing this than times I'd done calligraphy back in school with a quote-unquote calligraphy pen.

(The ink blots you see here and there are me literally dropping ink on the paper with a syringe, the big ones to cover up mistakes HAHA.)

If you write by hand at all it's totally fun to have at least one or two fountain pens in your arsenal!  They're not super expensive, there are a ton of resources online if you run into issues, you can use all sorts of fun and sparkly inks (like this!), and let's face it, they look pretty boss.
 
 
Shannon
21 October 2015 @ 08:52 am
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We're in the future.
 
 
Shannon
20 October 2015 @ 10:49 am
Bought my Star Wars tickets today!

...for a Sunday matinee.

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But I'm still excited!  I'm just too old for this shit midnight showings anymore, and I prefer going to the movies early in the day, anyway.  I don't mind waiting two days.  (Considering most of the time anymore I wait till a movie's been out a couple weeks to go.)  Star Wars at the Drafthouse!  I am so excite!

I watched the trailer twice yesterday and that's probably it for me.  Can't get spoiled, can't get used to the shiny, gotta stay hype.

(I don't have any Star Wars icons.  I'll need to rectify this.  And I've been meaning to make new icons for awhile anyway...)
 
 
Shannon
13 October 2015 @ 11:21 am
I'm still sort of amazed that The X-Files is actually, seriously coming back.  Like, I want to travel back in time and tell teenage me that XF will still be on the air twenty years later.  After being pretty worried about it during filming, hearing the positive reception the first episode got at NYCC is making me much more excited - though I'm still nowhere near the epic heights of my fandom back in the day.

And, of course, it's the fourth anniversary of the Parks and Rec episode where Tom and Donna remind us that it's the best day of the year...treat yourself!  I'm going to pick up something for lunch instead of eating the dumb Lean Cuisine I brought.  Treat yourself two thousand fifteen!
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Shannon

Saw this meme today in attempting to begin to catch up on my flist maybe just a little.  I cheated a bit, in that I used the first two or three lines for a couple.  Also, this represents the first lines of the last few chapters from my novel, as I haven't been writing much - if any - fanfic lately.

1. JENNY ADAIR (17) never stops moving with a boundless, jittery energy from room to room.

2. I believe we've been here in Transoceanus for four months now?

3. JOHAN (V.O.) Heinrich, tell me a story.

4. Perhaps it was only a coincidence, but Hermann didn't think so.

5. Calisia was a charming little town northeast of Omitaqua, built on bluffs overlooking the ocean.

6. A clearing in the woods. Green, birds singing, like a poem or some shit. Daryl made it no further, dropping to his knees.

7. Evenfall Hall, like any castle in the Seven Kingdoms, was filled with many particular odors.

8. It had been their last night together in the wild, though of course neither knew it at the time.

9. The walls were thicker at the bottom than at the top, like an old pane of glass.

10. Shouts at the end of the corridor. Shouts that were coming their way. Claudia slid her right hand up her left bracer, drawing out the dagger there, spinning it free of the linen.

As far as writing goes, for the last year I've been writing primarily on my novel The Orphan Queen, as well as two screenplays.  Rewrites and edits on a screenplay I optioned last fall (my first option!), which is ostensibly being sent around to directors right now?  I don't know; I haven't heard from the producer who optioned it in about two months.  The other is a script that I started literally a decade ago, that the producer read and liked the concept of, but he had a lot of good notes and said that it felt a little dated.  And it totally did; even though my last rewrite of that script had been 2010, it's amazing how much technology's changed and such.  So I'm currently about two-thirds through a page-one rewrite of that one.  I've been pretty consistently writing every single day, and it's become so much of a habit that I don't even really think about it anymore.  It's like, what else would I be doing with my time?  It would be cool if something happened with the first screenplay (The Dead House, which I think I wrote about on here once upon a time), but that's just a bonus, and not the reason why I sit down and write.

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Shannon
29 September 2015 @ 02:26 pm

So, I got an email that my paid account was due to expire.  I had two choices.  Let it expire?  But that seemed a tacit acknowledgment that I would never post again.  So I had to renew, obviously.  But once I paid for a blog that I hadn't used in a year (a year?!), I realized that I absolutely had to post again, today, immediately.

(I waited like six hours to make this post, obviously.)

Soooooooooo, it's been awhile!  There are a multitude of reasons (three, maybe four) for why I quit posting for a year (A YEAR?!?), but I won't get into everything now.  Mostly because it's boring and I doubt anyone cares.  But I wanted to say hello!  I'll be endeavoring to getting back into the swing of things and maybe making things and writing things again, and checking up on my flist, and other such online fandom thingies!

I feel like I should add something of substance to this post, however, so have literally the only thing I've done in Photoshop in the past year: a teeny-bop collage of silent film star Conrad Veidt!  (My sister went through A Phase.)

 
 
Shannon
11 September 2014 @ 09:01 am
Ugh!  Why are they discontinuing the only Apple product I like!

Soooo, if you haven't heard, they are discontinuing the iPod Classic.  This is a disaster.  I have a ton of music, and I want to put all my music on my device, because I may not know what I want to listen to on any given day.  Some days it's classical - and some days it's a specific kind of classical.  Or it might be soundtracks, or new music, or music from high school and college, or oldies, or classic rock, or WHO KNOWS.  I NEED ALL THESE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES.

I also like not having to charge my device every day/every other day.

I also like just being able to use a scroll wheel, instead of having to actually look at my device, unlock a screen, go through apps and programs, etc.

I JUST WANT A REGULAR IPOD THAT JUST PLAYS MUSIC AND DOES NOTHING ELSE.

I mean, I have an iPod Classic, but it's about six years old, and who knows.  Anything could happen.  I could drop it tomorrow.  It could freeze and I might not be able to reboot it.  I could spill coffee on it.  (That has the greatest likelihood.)  The little port for the plug-in might get a little bent thing in it or something.  ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

So I needed to buy another one.  But it's not available to just buy online because reasons, and my local stores don't have any available, so I just bought one to pick up in-store at a Target like an hour away and it says my order went through but I will not believe it until I get my confirmation "your item is ready to pick up!" email and even then I will need to have it in my hands.

Just.

I hate you, Apple.

ETA: UGH I JUST GOT AN EMAIL THAT IT'S NOT AVAILABLE AT THAT LOCATION.  CHANGING MY PICK-UP LOCATION.  SO HELP ME GOD.

ETA 2: Okay it's available and ready for pick up at the other location, which is even farther away.  Blessings on that Target's family, blessings on that Target's cow.