emmagrant01: (woman)
A bit late on this one, but it's cool because I actually have so much positive stuff today that it was hard to narrow it down to 3! So here, have five seven. :-)

1. I just dropped my 6yo son off for his first day of a Star Wars-themed drama class. They'll be working on a stage version (!) of "Return of the Jedi" this fall. He loves Star Wars in that cute way little boys do, and he's so excited. I am so jealous I can barely stand it. I want to do it!!  Why don't they have these things for adults??  I mean, I guess I could join a LLARP group, but still. I will have to live vicariously through him these next few months.

2. DH had his first colonoscopy this morning. Those are unpleasant enough, but his dad is a survivor of stage 4 colon cancer, so naturally DH was really terrified that they'd find something. The results were 100% fine, though, and we were all very relieved!

3. My "Let's make room for moderate opinions" post on Tumblr yesterday was really well-received, to my great surprise. Of course, I have no idea if it will go anywhere. I would love to work up the nerve to post something about TJLC, but I'm still not sure how it would go.

4. I posted another chapter of "The Hollow Now" yesterday, and it was also very well-received. I'm pleased with how it turned out, and so, so grateful for the amazing beta work that [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa does. I've always made an effort to power through WIPs and post chapters once a week, but this time I'm not doing that. I'm taking my time and posting when a chapter is ready. And damn if I'm not enjoying that! It's so much less stressful this way.

5. I got edits made on my original short story for the New Smut Project Anthology and turned that in. I'm pleased with how that story turned out. I may occasionally try to write short things to submit for publication, just for the hell of it. :-)

6. Slowly working on getting DH to agree to adopt a kitten to be a playmate for our new kitty Plum. She's driving our elderly cat crazy, and many people have told me that was the solution that finally worked for them in this situation. Our local shelter has SO MANY little black kittens right now, and I can't help wondering if any of them are Plum's babies!

7. I am sitting in a Starbucks with a green tea frappuccino while BG is in his drama class, so bonus time to write! I'm currently working on a draft of something special for a friend's recent birthday, so hopefully I can make some progress on that this afternoon.

Thanks for reading and commenting on these posts! It's been a lot of fun. :-)
emmagrant01: (horcrux)

  1. People who read an article I raved about and then pull a single line out of context in order to go on a rant about how _____-ist/stupid/wrong the writer is, and make a comment on my post to that effect.

  2. People who assume that my life choices are somehow a commentary on their life choices, and then treat me accordingly.

  3. People who assume that anyone who did not make the same life choices as they did are idiotic sheep who just haven't thought hard enough about their lives before having/not having kids, pursuing an education/career, getting into a relationship, putting food in their mouths, etc.

  4. People who are quick to point out someone who is different and mock them for it, no matter how "different" they themselves are.

  5. People who tell me that I am wrong about my motivation for being in fandom, reading/writing/enjoying slash, enjoying geeky things, having the sexuality I do, etc.

  6. People who don't think of the people they're being cruel to on the internet as people, but as faceless avatars with no feelings.

Disclaimer: I have probably done all of these things at some point in my life, so I understand that it's an easy trap to fall into, especially on the internet. And I'm sure that I will continue to add to the list as I get older, and include things I do right now. :-P
emmagrant01: (woman)

One of the bedtime things I do with BG is that once the lights are out, we get under the covers and I tell a story. He picks the theme or topic and often the main character, and I tell a story based on that. It's kind of like writing original fic on the spot, given a prompt. Sometimes the stories are mediocre (I can't figure out how to wrap up the plot and just give it a crappy ending), but sometimes they're rally good. The good ones we end up telling over and over and embellishing, improving, and so on.

So it has occurred to me on many occasions that those are the stories I should consider actually writing and trying to get published. I have no idea about children's lit, but it's always there in the back of my mind.

Anyway, BG really liked last night's story about a little squirrel named Sammy who started sneezing and couldn't stop. He loved it so much that he just presented me with fan art for it:

My kid's art: let me show you it. )

I love it! Getting fan art for something I've written is so amazing always, but this was extra special. :-)

emmagrant01: (woman)
One of the things I really struggle with on Tumblr these days is the hypersensitivity of the collective Tumblr community to being... well, politically correct is the best way I can think of to phrase it. I will frequently find myself composing a post and then have to go back and edit my language and add in disclaimers and trigger warnings, and I finally just delete the whole thing in frustration. It can be exhausting to have discussions on Tumblr, frankly. People seem so often to be more concerned about the way something is said rather than what is actually being said.

And I do totally get that language is important, and that the ways we use language have historically excluded and marginalized and erased various groups of people. I understand that, and I really, genuinely, try so hard. But after a while, it actually has the effect of making me not want to participate in the conversation. And maybe that's the desired effect, now that I think about it. Maybe the idea is to make people in privileged groups feel marginalized and erased.

Cut for rambling )

But my point (and I do have one) is that I'm finding myself at a point where I'm choosing not to engage rather than to get in there anyway. Am I afraid of making mistakes and being criticized? Maybe. Am I just too lazy to make the effort? Possibly. I have this classic Southern white female please-everyone complex, and I hate the idea that something I say or do will make anyone else feel bad, so I often choose to say or do nothing instead of taking the chance. And that is ridiculous and cowardly, I know, but I feel stuck right now.

I don't even know what I'm hoping to get here. Commiseration, possibly, or reassurance that it's really okay to say stupid things occasionally and learn from your mistakes. Only, the culture of Tumblr is such that mistakes are amplified and mocked and passed around as an example of how not to do it, and that makes me less likely to want to make them in the first place. :-/
emmagrant01: (woman)

In the last month, two women I know got engaged to their long-time boyfriends. Both women are 35, have never been married before, had been in these relationships for at least five years, and had been living with their boyfriends for at least three years. In both cases, their boyfriends staged elaborate marriage proposals, and both of these women cried tears of happiness at the proposal.

And in both cases, the women themselves and their friends and family all said, "FINALLY. It's about time he popped the question."

In other words, they were sitting around and waiting for the man to decide it was time to get married.  And I don't get that; I really, truly don't.

My opinions: let me show you them )

Crossposted to Tumblr here.
emmagrant01: (woman)

Since today is apparently the day that everyone is talking about how important fandom is in their lives, I'll throw my hat in too.

(Possibly triggery stuff about infertility here. )

Also on Tumblr here.

emmagrant01: (woman)
I've said for years that I didn't think I wanted to try to publish any original fiction, but I've changed my mind about that in the last year. For a long time it didn't seem that the kinds of things I'd want to write would get published, but that's clearly no longer the case. I know so many people in fandom who've published m/m romance and erotica, and so I've been thinking about whether or not I want to do this too.

And yes, after stewing on it a year, I think I do. I have an idea for a book and have been thinking about it obsessively, and in another month I will have time to sit down and start working seriously on it. It's an idea I'm really excited about, as excited as I usually am for fanfic, and I feel like I need to go with my energy on this.

So I'm looking for some advice on how to proceed. I know many of you have experience with this, and I would appreciate any tips you could give me. I'm not sure what to do first. Do I write the book and then shop it around, or do I write a synopsis first and use that to look for an agent/publisher/whatever? I am a complete n00b in this area.

Any resources you could recommend or advice you might have would be greatly appreciated!
emmagrant01: (Default)
I've had a twitter account for almost 48 hours now, and I've been amazed at how much I'm using it already. It's like a nice blend of LJ and FB, somehow, and easy to use on my phone. :-D

On a related note, I had a bit of an epiphany this morning. )
emmagrant01: (HRC)
It was awesome! There were 3000 people there at City Hall, and it was such an amazing feeling to be in that crowd. And it wasn't just gay folk, either -- lots of straight families were there, many of whom said they wanted their children to see the fight for civil rights in action. Cars were driving by and honking like crazy, with people hanging out the windows and shouting their support. There wasn't a single protester that I saw.

I left feeling very positive about the future. I really, truly believe it's only a matter of time before we have marriage equality. It may not come as soon as we want, but it's coming. We just have to keep fighting.

Pictures beneath the cut )

Something really cool happened to me on the way home. BG fell asleep in the car and I decided to go through a Chick-Fila drivethrough to get a sandwich. When I was in line, I saw the woman in the huge SUV in front of me looking at me in her rear view mirror. I still had my HRC hat on, and she had an HRC sticker on the back of her car, so I thought maybe she was just looking at my hat. When I got up to the window to pay, the cashier told me that woman had paid for my food! I was stunned! The only thing I could think of was that it was the HRC hat. Isn't that amazing? :-D
emmagrant01: (Default)
I'm posting this here so I will keep my word to myself. I know I will be tempted, but if I've posted it publicly, hopefully I will be able to resist because of the embarrassment factor. Right?

This year, I'm not signing up for any holiday exchange fests. For the last two years I signed up for at least three fests, and though I completed all the fics, they were all significantly late. I seem to be unable to just sign up for one fest, and also unable to start working on those fics until the deadline is looming. I've been unhappy with many of the fest fics I've written as a result. I also have not had time to enjoy the fests the last few years, because I spent half of December frantically finishing my own fics. And this year I would really rather spend my limited free time (while BG is napping) reading.

I have three long H/D fics on my hard drive in various states of completeness, and what I really need to do is get those done and posted. If I can do that before the fests start, it would be awesome.

But everyone else, go sign up! I can't wait to read the results!


Jun. 13th, 2008 04:53 pm
emmagrant01: (Default)
This being a mom thing is really keeping me busy. I keep meaning to get back into fandom, and I keep not having the time. And I miss you guys SOOO much! I wanna read some porn, dudes. Hell, I wanna write some porn.

I'm going to make an effort to get involved again. I have a few fics that I set aside to work on holiday exchange fics last fall, and then when BG was born in January I never got back to them. One was my big post-DH H/D fic that I was so excited about. Must dig that one up and dust it off...

In the meantime, here's a meme gacked from [livejournal.com profile] phaballa: Ten years ago today... )
emmagrant01: (Default)
Last night, I did a little experiment. I made a post that contained some data about the differences between the British and American versions of the HP books, and intentionally said nothing about what I thought fanfic writers should take from that. I hit post, and then watched to see what would happen. I guess you can say I wasn't surprised by the response, though I will admit to being a little disappointed.

Commenters seemed to fall into a few different groups. One group looked at the information, said, "Interesting", and then engaged in discussion in (sometimes long) threads about why the books were different and debated the validity of making such changes. Those threads were interesting to follow, and though they got heated at times, for the most part people were making reasoned arguments and backing them up with evidence. Implications for writing fanfic came up in the process, of course.

But there was another group of people whose comments frankly left me baffled. )
emmagrant01: (candy heart)
I know some people hate this holiday, but I've always loved it. For me, it's about celebrating love in all its forms -- love for your family, friends, and lovers (and yes, those categories often overlap). In school, I loved giving valentines to all my friends. It was a day to say, "I care about you and am happy to have you in my life". Well, that and to give and get lots of chocolate. ;-) I refuse to let it be solely about romantic love, because it's such a great opportunity to express your regard for everyone who makes a difference in your life. So:

Happy Valentine's Day, Fandom!

Thank you for making me so happy every day.
Thank you for always being there when I need a lift or an escape.
Thanks for all the wonderful fanfic, art, vids, recs, and meta.
Thanks for taking the time to meet up with me when I am alone in your town.
Thanks for reading my fiction, and for letting me know when you enjoy it.
Thanks for letting me see a little of your lives, with all your joys and pains and everything in between.
Thanks for saving me from a lifetime of feeling like a freak because I obsess over and write stories about someone else's fictional characters. ;-)

Pervvy Valentine Series by Laurel_tx

Thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] moonflower_rose for the virtual candies and to everyone who gave me a Valentinr greeting! (There were 69 of you. Yes, I smirked.)

ETA: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dementordelta for the Snarry card, which arrived today!
emmagrant01: (Default)
It sure seems quiet around here lately. Maybe it's just me?

I have a new layout! It was time -- the other one had been around for quite a while, and I was gettig a little tired of it. I also have a Guestbook now! Feel free to go and sign it. ;-)

Pimpage: [livejournal.com profile] summerwriting. Cool idea, especially since I've always wanted to do NaNo but haven't been able to, as it comes at a really bad time of year for me. Even if you aren't interested in the challenge, you should go checkout the gorgeous layout [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy created for that comm!

I've decided to allow anonymous commenting again, though IP addresses will still be logged and anon comments will be screened. :-)
emmagrant01: (pissed off)
Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with fandom. It's about something that drives me nuts about some people in RL, and while it's definitely based on recent events, it's not something any of y'all did.

Why is it that some people don't know how to listen? )


Apr. 6th, 2006 07:24 pm
emmagrant01: (Default)
I'm really honored to be the featured author this month on [livejournal.com profile] hd_darkestmagic! You can read my interview by clicking on the image below. :-D

emmagrant01: (Ass in snow)
Saw this rant by JKR linked to on [livejournal.com profile] gmth's LJ, and I just had to add "You go, Jo!" to the sentiments.

This bit was particularly interesting to me )

ETA: Pimpage: [livejournal.com profile] porkish_pixies ;-)


Mar. 23rd, 2006 09:59 am
emmagrant01: (Default)
1. I woke up really early this morning (jet lag) and spent some time updating my web site. I now have 43 HP fics listed there! I had no idea I'd written that much fic.

2. My not-so-trusty laptop has been making me crazy for months, and I've decided to break down and buy a new one. Despite the cost, I'm really looking forward to getting it. This one is many years old, anyway, and I've been having a lot of trouble running Dreamweaver on it, as well as multimedia software. *pets it* Time to put this one out to pasture, I think.

3. On an unrelated WTF-ish note, I've seen video clips on both CNN and NBC this morning (though I can't seem to find a link) of a model wearing the latest fashion trend: a jewel-encrusted live cockroach on a leash. Apparently you let it crawl around on you while you look aloof and hold its little silver leash. Because really, nothing says beautiful like cockroaches crawling all over you, hmm?

ETA: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] twilight_nyx for the link to the cockroach video and to [livejournal.com profile] tavi_b for this link to the story. It may have been featured on America's Top Model, but this is actually for real! *shudders*
emmagrant01: (A cutie)
You may have seen this email several times already, as it often makes the rounds, but it's pretty cute. Ack, so many of these are true for me!

You were a little girl in the 70s if... )
emmagrant01: (A cutie)
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You were one of the first people to send me supportive and encouraging feedback when I was just a newbie on the MA list, and you've been there for me ever since. You've helped me become a far better writer than I would have been otherwise, but more importantly, you inspire me to a better person by your example. I know I'm not the only one who feels that way! Thanks for being such a supportive person for so many people in fandom, and thanks also for sharing your writing talent with us. You fic never ceases to amaze me, and I count myself fortunate to be one of the first people who gets to see it! ;-)

I hope you have a great birthday!

I think you'll be getting an email about my present for you...

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