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29 January 2014 @ 01:24 pm
Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.  
For some reason I got it into my head that I couldn't post until I had finished my edit of Part One, because to do otherwise would somehow admit defeat?  I didn't think of this literally or articulate it to myself, but every time I thought of a post, I would think, "no, I'll be done with the edit soon, I'll post then."

I am actually done with the edit now!  I ended up feeling that I needed an epilogue of sorts, instead wrote a full chapter, and had to go over that enough that I felt it was as polished as the rest of Part One.  But it is, in fact, done now.

(Of course, not posting has nothing to do with why I haven't been reading my flist.  I get the weirdest social media-related anxiety and issues sometimes, I don't even know.)

One of the major things that stalled my progress was the absolute glut of video games I either received or purchased for myself around Christmas.  I hadn't really been playing games much the last few years, and I'd forgotten what it was like to come home from work (or, in earlier years, school) and just sit down and play Civ for like five hours straight.  (What is it like?  It's great, except you start feeling like you haven't showered in a week, even if you did, in fact, just shower.)  I think I've gotten it out of my system, but for about three weeks there, I wasn't doing a whole lot else.  It was kind of sad.

Randomly this last week I have found myself actively missing fandom, specifically B5 fandom circa-2010, and landcomms, specifically scifiland, a whole lot.  I've been saying for over a year now that I was going to make a new fun B5 comm that was going to be like half-meta, half-landcomm, and I've never gotten around to it, so it's hard to whine about there not being anything going on when I'm not even attempting to be active myself.  But 2010-2011 was like a great period of time fandom-wise and I really miss it.  :(

And here is my favorite gif from the last month:

Martinela_loony on January 29th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yaye for finishing Part One!

My flatmates are going through their gaming phase right now, it's kind of fun when they come out of their rooms and complain to me that Ghandi just screwed them over or something (they play Civ atm).
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 29th, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
Ha, yeah, I have a co-worker who plays Civ, too, and we'll talk about our games. And every now and then I realize how odd we must sound to someone passing by. "Stupid Napoleon won't just give me coal! I'm probably going to attack him soon with my tanks."
Martine: HIMYM/Ted uh...la_loony on January 29th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
lol nice one, they didn't complain about Napoleon yet. Bismarck was a pain in the ass a few weeks ago though. And then one of them had me laughing so much when she said 'Damn Ghandi got nuclear weapons that little shit' and explained to me that apparently nuclear weapons are to civ Ghandi what water is to GremlinsXD
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 30th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Haha! Honestly, I usually don't get far enough in the game to get to nuclear weapons - I usually either conquer everyone before then, or I manage to get to space flight before the others get nukes. Of course, I don't play on really high difficulty levels either, so I'm mostly a cheater.
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vjs2259: b5_j/d destinyvjs2259 on January 29th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Never been a gamer but I get plenty of discussion with a teen and preteen boy in the house! #1 plays war games a lot and I hear about idiot countries/armies/generals that won't cooperate. I think he just got Civ...and #2 just got Minecraft for the PC and is champing at the bit to play online with the masses. *gulp* I never thought I'd miss the DS.

My poor little dog has itchy skin from the dry air and a rash from over-licking. I wish he'd do that dance instead of injuring himself.

I miss fandom too. If you ever start that comm I swear I'll participate if it kills me. I need a B5 re-watch like crazy, too.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 29th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
I need a B5 rewatch, too! I wish I had an hour lunch instead of just a half-hour, I'd watch an episode every day. As it is, I'd either have to break it up amongst lunch and breaks, or try to find time at home. I should try and find time at home.

Gaming is a weird thing, but I find that the last five years, I've been pretty good about enjoying it for a few weeks and then letting it wear off. There's nothing wrong with a little concentrated gaming - or any other kind of hobbying - once in a while. I enjoy it more now that I don't make myself feel guilty over it.

I feel like I need to commit publicly to making that comm on a specific date. Maybe that will make me do it. (Note that I am not actually committing right now, however.)
vjs2259: b5_delenn soulsvjs2259 on January 30th, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
Of course you are not. Committing. We understand.

If you find time to re-watch, let me know. I would love to watch with someone whether it's by im or cross-posting comments or whatever it is the kids do today.

I think it's good to lose yourself in something once in a while.
Shannon: b5 darkness and light handkungfuwaynewho on January 30th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
I will! I'd like to do something like beyond_the_rim, in terms of having a roughly-scheduled rewatch, because of time zones and work and the like, but not so heavy-meta, perhaps. (A lot of times I don't have deep thoughts on an episode, beyond "Londo funny," "John handsome," "Delenn pretty," etc.)
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Hollyhollywobbles on January 29th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)

Heyyyyyyyy. Yeah, social media anxiety is weird. I get it sometimes. Congrats on your draft, and glad you're having fun w/the video games! Hope all is well. :)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 30th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
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All is well, though I finally have finished fighting off the second cold I've had this winter, ugh. Am done with that for sure. And how's life with you?
Holly: Stock - iharthdarth squee!hollywobbles on January 30th, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
Colds are literally the worst. Literally.

Life's okay here. No more existential crises than usual for a snowy Janurary. Been binge-watching Parks & Rec and it is fab. Lots of cold and snow.

Did you have a good Christmas?
Shannon: tng picard sonnet finger pointkungfuwaynewho on January 30th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
The first cold wasn't so bad, as it was over and done with in four days. This one has been in the lingering stages for almost a week now! At least I have energy today. Energy is very exciting.

I love Parks and Rec. Even when it's not a laugh-out-loud episode, it just makes me content to watch it. I'm doing a rewatch of 30 Rock right now, as there are a ton I've only watched once, but I might swing around to Parks and Rec some time this year.

A pretty good Christmas, though unfortunately the single present I actually asked for I didn't get, which is kind of par for the course. (I said "I don't want anything else, just get me a turntable. Get both of us a turntable and nothing else." Well, my parents hate the idea of getting just one present, let alone one joint present, so instead of spending all our allotted money on a good turntable, they got a really basic one with built-in speakers, and it was just too shoddy, and we had to return it. So now I have to buy myself a turntable, IDK.) I actually had more time off for New Year's than for Christmas, the way our work schedules turned out, and it was very nice to have some time off (to play aforementioned video games!).
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Ms Dref: Heroes - tastes so gooddref22 on January 30th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
I am one of those weirdos who haven't watched B5 yet! D:

I don't know what is going on in that gif but I can't stop looking...
Shannon: ib landakungfuwaynewho on January 30th, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
You should watch B5! Tell me what I need to do to make it happen.

Heeeeee, that dog is scratching his itchy back on that chair!
Ms Dref: The Office - eyebrow actiondref22 on January 30th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hahaha I have too many shows. XD But I think I need "good" sci fi in my life...
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 30th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
I always have too many shows, so I know how that goes.
ghanima sun: b5 - john/delennghanimasun on January 30th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
Congrats on finishing Part one!

I totally understand the gaming addiction thing. I go for bursts like that too where I don't want to do anything except play a certain game (although for me it's usually either The Sims or a Final Fantasy).

Also there are still some landcomms around on LJ, if you are interested!

Shannon: b5 transitkungfuwaynewho on January 30th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
I wish I could get into the Sims, but every time I play, I can't figure out how to get my sims to have any self-worth or ambition. I spend all my time micro-managing and get so frustrated. (I'm sure that it's just that I am no good at The Sims.)

I bought a new game on Steam at Christmas called Guacamelee, and it is amazing.

Yeah, every now and then I will try a new landcomm, but none have really been the same, honestly. The last one I signed up for was like universe, the (or something like that), and I was so confused immediately by all the rules and teams and various comms that I never did a single challenge. It was kinda sad.
ghanima sun: b5ghanimasun on January 31st, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
I don't really love unviverse-the, I can see how you'd be confused, there's too many coms. I prefer womenverse or even tv-universe atm, much more straightforward!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 31st, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
I think I was going to apply to womenverse when I saw the last sign-ups, but I want to say I was either busy with NaNo or something else was going on, because I completely forgot. I'll have to keep an eye out for both of them, though, next time sign-ups roll around!

That is a beautiful, beautiful Delenn icon. Did you make it?
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cath822cath822 on February 1st, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Hi, dear! I'm always glad to see you post again.

Yay for being done with edits! And OMG, that GIF is amazing.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 2nd, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hello! Ugh, I've gotten so terrible about checking blogspots now that I don't post to mine anymore; I'll try to make time to catch up with yours this upcoming work week.

Briefly, though, how are things going with you?
cath822cath822 on February 3rd, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
Um, let's see!

Good: still employed at Rhodes and teaching a special topics class on urban literature that I absolutely adore and that gives me energy and passion for education (really), am six months from getting married (to the day!), and am getting through the cold months with Psych, Orphan Black, Scandal, and Sherlock.

Bad: this is my third year looking for a tenure-track job, Edna had to be put down a few weeks ago, and I am still not living in the same city (or fucking time zone) as Greg, whom I see about once a month. Although, we spent three weeks together over Christmas, and I will get to spend all of spring break with him, so that's great.

You? :)

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Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 3rd, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
Isn't Orphan Black the best? I mean, seriously.

Blerrrrffff, that sucks that you guys see each other so infrequently. I'm sure you'll find something soon, though, that will work out both tenure-wise and relationship-wise. Still, blerf.
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