Maygra's Musings
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maygra
Look! Almost a year to the day!

Obviously still not dead. For those of you who attended Escapade in March, you already knew that. But for the rest of you, yes, I'm still not dead.

I'm also still not writing much (although I have been toying with an original novel idea) but I am still watching SPN. I haven't quite made it to Furious 7 yet because I feel like I need to be emotionally ready to see it (which is never something I ever thought I'd say about any Fast and Furious film. They've always been high-adrenaline over the top fun, but this one is going to be hard to watch.)

The Tiny partner-chick Becky(completely stolen from Leela & Batdina) is still the love of my life (going on 5 years - go us!) and is happily ensconced in a Garden Center doing something she loves. It's still retail, but at least it's retail she likes. The adorable grandchild is still adorable and funny, despite the occasional stereotypical Terrible Twos Tantrum. She doesn't turn two until the 20th, so we're hoping this isn't just a build up to utter destruction. The red-headed demon child (My long-term bff and roommate Melissa) is holding her own and anchoring the house with the occasional foray into being Super Aunty Mel to adorable grandchild. Also, Chief Ice-cream procurer.

And I am doing pretty good. I'm still loving my job and coworkers (and hating the commute,) I'm still occasionally archiving things to AO3, and reading new stuff that snags my interest. All in all not too bad, with a few worrisome exceptions. And now is the time for all of you facing similar financial struggles, to bail at the update. Not because you don't care, but because I know as well as anyone that a lot of people are still struggling to recover from the past few years, and I'm not in such dire straits that I'm going to lose my house or be unable to provide for my family. If you do skip, know that I am well, that I miss fandom and fans and peeps like crazy, but at the moment my life has taking some interesting and challenging turns but all in all, I am happier than I have been in a couple of decades, if not longer. A huge part of that is tiny (but scrappy!) partner chick, who really is kind of sunshine, and sour lollipops, and a really good cosmo buzz all rolled into one. So I just wanted to pop in and wave and let all know I haven't forgotten the awesomeness of fandom, that I'm still not dead, and it's great to still see so many familiar faces and names on LJ.
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12 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?
maygra
Ahhhahahahahahahahahahahhahhahaha! Didn't see that one coming.

Holy Shit. I love this show so much still.

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11 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?
maygra
That Crucial Movie meme...


Stolen from everyone:

Everyone should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

The Mission (Faith & Redemption)
Driving Miss Daisy (Unlikely Friendships, Changing Southern Culture)
Fast and Furious (franchise) (Family first, family you choose)
Flatliners (Guilt & Reconciliation, Challenging the limits)
Grand Canyon (Everyday Miracles)
My Beautiful Laundrette (Something from nothing, self determination)
I Am Sam (Unperfect perfect families)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Myth/Folklore shifting)
Norma Rae (Making a difference, underdogs, unions)
Dune (epic storytelling)

(I had a hard time picking 10,as I don't think I'm that complicated, so I kind of went with what interests me.)

Also, hi How are you? Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes last month! Still not dead, just more boring than usual. Still watching Supernatural, raising the grandchild (She's already 1 year old almost! How the heck did that happen?) Still in love with the amazing Becky. Working too many hours but otherwise content. How's life in your corner of the world?

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11 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?
maygra
11 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?
maygra
This is what happens when I get stuck in traffic with a pop 40 station


Song: Viva la Vida - Coldplay

What I want:
SPN Crowley Vid

Or SPN Lucifer/Sam vid.

Highlander - Methos Vid. Maybe Kronos. Maybe both.


Song: Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke (I have a total hate/love relationship with this song.)

What I want:
SPN Sam/Dean

Or SPN Lucifer/Sam vid. (This makes my brain hurt it's so wrong.)

Fast and Furious - Dom/Brian (Oh come on, you know it's so wrong it's right.)

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Current Location: way inside my ur brain
Current Mood: exhausted exhausted
Current Music: The Giving Tree - Plain White T's

4 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?
maygra
Waves to everyone;

I don't normally do this here but we need to reach beyond our normal avenues to fill this position. There's no other news (other than all is good) so feel free to skip if you aren't interested.
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Even if it's not your thing, please feel free to pass it along.

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maygra
9 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?
maygra
9 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?
maygra
I have a hard time expressing how the loss of sherrold feels. I know I'm glad she's no longer in pain, and I hope she knows how very much she was and is loved. I wish peace for her partner and family, for the friends that were with her until the end, close by and sharing their stories about her.

For someone I only got to see once or twice a year, if that, she made a huge impression on me when I first got into online fandom. In many ways, everything I know about fandom, I learned from Sandy, and from people in her circles.

The very first time we met in person was at Escapade, the first Escapade I'd ever been to, and Sandy as I recall was instrumental in me getting there. We argued,earnestly, and in front of a huge group of people on a panel about feedback and criticism, where Sandy argued that Criticism needed neither permission nor needed to be positive, and I argued that for a non-professional pursuit, there was a lot to be said for being nice or being silent. I think she probably cracked up a few years later when I pretty much reversed my position.

The thing was, that the argument was entirely congenial, even funny.... there was a point where I'm pretty sure we had a side competition going on about who could make the best comment to both make our point and make our panel attendees either laugh or jump up and down in protest, wanting to put their opinion forth. She was really, really good at encouraging people to join in the discussion.

The other thing I remember is her voice. I don't know how many cons that had indoor pools we attended in concert but if we did, you could almost always be sure at some point there would be singing in the pool room because the acoustics were so awesome. Sandy had a gorgeous singing voice.

She taught me a shit ton about vidding, something I've never done, but something she, and wickedwords, taught me about from beats to POV, to a million small details that I likely would never have been aware of on my own.

And she taught me about writing, about keeping my POV's clean, about understanding my audience, about how amazing it is when someone tells you something you wrote affected them.

Sandy had a laugh that made you want to laugh too, she had some looks when she couldn't believe what she was hearing that made me crack up. We shared a deep love of H/C fic and she taught me not to be ashamed or embarrassed by that.

I honestly barely remember a time in fandom that I didn't know Sandy, and after meeting her, there was never once when I didn't respect her opinion, or stand in awe of the joy she was so willing to share.

Others have said it, that even if you didn't know Sandy, never met or heard of her, chances are someone in your circle had or was influenced by what Sandy so easily shared.

There are a lot of fantastic people in fandom, people who are bright lights and draw you in, make you comfortable, share easily and who you always feel right at home with;, who you can pick back up with no matter how many months or years have passed since you last saw them. Sandy was one of those people. She was funny, warm, loving, smart, and gave the best hugs. For me she was a huge part of the heart of fandom. But even outside of fandom she was someone I loved and admired and learned so much from.

You are loved my friend and will be missed. I hope your path is a sweet one, Sandy. Save room for the rest of us on the couch.
20 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?
maygra
killabeez did mine so I should reciprocate. Plus maybe it will get me in the mood to write again.

Pick a character and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

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28 souls were eloquent. Do you feel eloquent?