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5th-Feb-2019 03:04 pm - Ooops - I Am Alive ....
Flashing lights with my name
.... so much for my promise to myself to be a better LJer.

I have spent the last 10 days fighting against a chest infection, and still keeping working.  So that meant down-time was snooze time!  However last Friday, as the day progressed I realised my brian was getting as fuzzy as my breathing, so I called it quits.  I had acyually worked a full week, something I hadn't done for a long time.  So good to see that I kept going!

Anyway, Sat and Sun in bed ... and then Mon, and some of today.  Yes I decided to cancel 2 days of work and go back tomorrow.

At present I am doing a few extra shifts to cover the receptionist, and the hope is that I can find the balance between extra work (and pay) and "Deborah & Jiffy" time.  However it has been good to know that despite the bugs I was able to work longer hours than I have been able to do since I was first diagnosed with the CFS.

This part of Exeter didn't really get snow, although I still took phone calls from a couple who cancelled apts, despite living locally (that is doubly annoying) ... although I suppose it's better than just not turning up, which is what a lot of people do.

So nothing else really to report ... although I have done another jigsaw.  This is of 100 films - yes I managed to work out most of them, but not all
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I still have to finish the Snowflake Challenge, but think I will leave that until I am more human again.

Hope you are all keeping well - group hugs
26th-Jan-2019 12:59 pm - Hi
Jigsaw
I know .... where have I been?  Ummmm, nowhere!  Just days have shot past me.  I have done a few extra shifts at work (on reception in another part of the hospital) which was a great challenge, and one I enjoyed doing (so much so I have booked a couple more).  I have managed to get to the gym a couple of times a week, as well, so haven't been lazy at all.

I will admit evenings have drifted a bit (thus lack of LJing), however I have made an effort to do something so have done jigsaws ... in fact 2 since Christmas.

The first one was a pressie from Christine ... in memory of all the sight-seeing we did over the year.  The second one was borried from a work friend, as her fiance bought her one for Christmas (she had never done one since a kid), but loved it, and so we actually did a swap!  So, 2 x 1,000 pieces (well, there was one piece missing on Ceri's puzzle, which she had told me) ... and I have just found anouther to start tonight.

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So, hope you are all well, will try to catch up later
Group hugs
22nd-Jan-2019 03:50 pm - Return Of The Jedi Icons
Ewok
Yes, I know, I have been mia, again! i started so well for the first 10 days with the snowflake challenge (yes, I have a few days still to go on that), but then it went a bit wrong!! OOoooops. I have done a couple of extra shifts at work, as well as fighting (and winning) against the bugs this winter.

Still I have managed to spend a few hours (or more) at the pc, and have made a set of icons for monthlyinspo .... it's a Bingo round!  I don't play Bingo, but am doing this time!!  I chose The Return Of The Jedi, as my theme.

Here are the 3 teasers -

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11th-Jan-2019 04:37 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 10
Voyager - J/C
Day 10

Create a fanwork. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I feel happy working on items that will be 100px square ... yes, icons are my favourite. But what is the point of a challenge, if you don't challenge yourself. I still wish I could do he beautiful works that I see around me on LJ & DW, but maybe it's just because I avoid trying that I fail (a life lesson??).

Anyway - here is one, that is something a bit different from my normal work -

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Hope you enjoy
11th-Jan-2019 04:23 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 7
B&W swirls
Day 7

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 2 might be a good place to start.) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



Oh I am a bit behind - but that is one of the many things I love about this challenge. All the Mods start by reminding us that it is not a problem if we are late. I did an extra day at work, and it really knocked me out ... but am trying to catch up now.


Anyway - I tend to be very much "Yes, I love it, No I don't" sort of person. But, I have read a few fics of other pairings, and have bookmarked a few other fics to read. So that has been something I normally wouldn't do - a good challenge to start the year.

No, I haven't found another pairing to "ship", but I have enjoyed pushing myself to the challenge.
11th-Jan-2019 04:16 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 9
Colourblind
Day 9

Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done, or simply leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


In yesterday's challenge we asked for something fandom related ... well I did make a couple of icons for people who wanted them, and offered a couple of others.

Will probably go back at some point and see if there are any other icon requests left un-resolved.







8th-Jan-2019 06:29 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 8
Spuffy - Mine/Champion
Day 8
In your own space, post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



Oh boy, that's hard, as I don't tend to think anything that I do is great.

Anyway, here are 3 icons that I have made, and actually do like ...

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This is a really early one of mine. I loved that stark image of Buffy, so showing the phrase of her being the One Girl that is the way Slayers are described.

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If you have read the last few days, you will know I like AU's, so had to make a Spuffy icon with them both as vampires ... and, yes, there are a few good fics out there.

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Anyone who knows me knows I like James (Marsters, aka Spike, for those who don't know) ... well I loved getting my photograph to link with a phrase ... and working out how to add the words!!



And, as an extra, I thought I should link the story that started getting me into LJ (and DW) .... It's all a Question of Timing

I watched BtVS (late, as it was already on re-runs), and was so upset about the end, and wanted to write a final chapter. Having been told never to attempt to write (by an English teacher), I was reluctant to think about it, but the muse wouldn't leave me. So I wrote the story and ended up finding LJ, and other fans ... and have since written other scribbles.
6th-Jan-2019 05:46 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 6
Spike - a pet
Day 6

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.



A lot of my fandom wishes are covered by AO3 ... although you can never get enough fan-fic for my OTP's of Spuffy, Jack/Sam (Stargate) of Kathryn/Chakotay (Voyager).  So here's wish 1, but one that is always slowly getting granted.
 

One thing (well 2) that I would love is an icon of my Stargate or Voyager OTP, that is moving (like the Spuffy icon I am using)  I make icons, and enjoy doing it, but other than the changing picture type, I can't do the ones that show a moving scene.  So my absolute choice would be the Jack/Sam scene in season 8 while they are watching Jacob in hospital; or the New Earth scene from Voyager.


My final wish can't be granted.  I have enjoyed when James (Marsters) has done his fan days in the past, and would love for him to do another one.


5th-Jan-2019 03:41 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 5
Spuffy - Burning Hands (animated)
Day 5

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



That's a bit hard as I haven't been so constantly on-line over the last year. However, here are goes -


1) Seasonal Spuffy ... [community profile] seasonal_spuffy

Run over on Dreamwidth, now, but cross-posted to LiveJournal. This is run for the love of Spuffy ... ie, Spike & Buffy from BtVS ... point to my icon! The first OTP that made me discover the life of fan-fiction, and LiveJournal.


2) The Dresden Files

Now I hate to say this one, as I really do not like FaceBook ... but, I will go there to see what is being posted. It is a closed group, but just a couple of questions to answer, and you can get to "chat" with other Dresden Files (by Jim Butcher) lovers.


3)  Photo Scavenger ... photo_scavenger

This is a site over on LiveJournal, and again a closed group  (however all you need to do is ask, and if you are a real person, you get to join).  The site  consists of a challenge per week to take a photo (for example this weeks challenge is "evening")


4th-Jan-2019 03:30 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 4
Upminster
Day 4

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


I seem to have quite a few good friends already, and never seem to keep up with them enough as it is.

So, what I did was go back over the last couple of days of Snowfake Challenge and click on a few links and see what other fandom was out there ... and enjoyed what I saw.

So, thanks for this challenge.

4th-Jan-2019 02:56 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 3
Stargate
Day 3

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Good thing we can lose a day - work went on longer than normal yesterday ... which is good for paying the bills, but not to keep Blogging!!

One thing I love about the few shows that I watch, re-watch and love, is that they are sci-fi/fantasy! So in each of them there are the "what-ifs", which is a favourite of mine, and one of the reasons I love fan-fic so much.

So, I am going to say Stargate SG1, Season 1, Episode 19 - There But For The Grace Of God.

It is where there is a "quantum mirror" that allows Daniel to pass into an alternate reality. it shows how things are similar, and different, with only small changes in the choice of the individuals. For example Daniel isn't part of the programme, as he hadn't met up with Catherine, and so she was in charge of setting things up. Sam hadn't joined the military, so it meant that she and Jack could be in a relationship, and still work together. Because the first mission had gone differently they had never met Tealc and he hadn't become an Allie.

So showing that one, or two, small changes can vary a story ... for better or worse.

(I actually picked this episode to icon recently)



However if you want a film, you can't beat the meal scene at the end of Carry on Up The Khyber ... where the English garrison in India is under attack by the locals. Now this is loosely based of history, and I am not posting about that, but during this attack the English diplomat, and high ranking soldiers, and missionary and an Indian princess sit down for a meal. For those who haven't seen it, here is part of what I mean ...



2nd-Jan-2019 03:22 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 2
Chosen
Day 2

Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Hard choices! I thought about looking through some random sites and seeing what jumps out at me for recent posts .... But then decided to show you 3 things that are mine (as in they were made for me). I love all three of them, and all 3 of them were made for very special reasons. So, here goes -

The first is a banner that was made for me Edgehead37 by [profile] edgehead73 to go with a story that I wrote. It is set at the end of BtVS, and was written in memory of the loss of my horse, who died suddenly aged only 10. A bit of therapy that I needed that year ... I called it Turn Again To Life, and here is the image she made for me -
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The second is an icon. People who know me will know I love making icons .... but mine are the boring ones. This icon was made for me by [personal profile] kazzy_cee, from a photograph that I had taken at a James Marsters gig. He was the first person I saw at a gig, and love his music. So was glad the photo came out at another gig of his ... and even happier with the icon that I now have
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My final image, is really my summary of how I ended up in fandom/LJ etc ... I fell in love with a character on TV, Spike from BtVS ... and it was during one of his "William" episodes, so this is a great image showing the 3 parts of his characters arc ..... Thanks James Marsters for bringing alive such a character, and thank you [personal profile] alwaysjbj for making this image for me, that is at the top of my profile (if you think you had seen it somewhere before)
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So, hope you have enjoyed my 3 choices.
1st-Jan-2019 03:49 pm - Snowflake Challenge 2019 Day 1
Flashing lights with my name
Day 1

In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



Wow, another post! I did say I had signed up again for the SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE, so wanted to start off on the right foot.

I have always been a loner, but have to be careful as I can tend to turn into a hermit!  I love jigsaws, ans can get lost for ages with 1000 pieces of cardboard!  Either that or curl up in bed with my Kindle ... Spuffy fanfics are still popular, but so are Jack/Sam from Stargate SG1, and Janeway/Chakotay from Star Trek Voyager ... as well as a Regency Romance.  And a lot of other books, eg Dresden Files, Anne of Green Gables, etc

I do enjoy making icons, although do like a specific theme to work towards.

But my happy place is also anywhere where I can be looking at things ... travel, museums, history.  I love seeing different things, and lightly discovering the history of an area.
James - silhouette
Happy 2019



I had just planned to post thess pictures ...  no, not great views, but just lovely to see that the view out of my front door was that of blue skies ... a nice way to start the year.

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1st-Jan-2019 11:46 am - New Year Meme
B&W swirls
Snagged this from [personal profile] manoah as I want to start the New Year as I mean to go on.

I have also made a decision that I won't cross-post, between the 2 sites, as I am still a LJ girl ... However for some things, like this, I will post on both sites.


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Happy 2019
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