yuuago: (Tistow - Veeti - Glance)
Learning to drive continues to be a nerve-wracking experience. But I was lucky tonight - traffic was low, and it wasn't too sunny out, so visibility was good. And I did some practice in an area I haven't driven in before, and that went fine. So. Could have been worse.

Seriously considering using some of my vacation time for driving lessons. The lessons are so expensive that if I took a handful of them, it would easily match the cost of a plane ticket to... anywhere, really. And doing it during the daytime (rather than trying to squeeze it in after work) would ensure that I'm properly awake. Well, I'll have to think about it some more.

...Anyway. There isn't much going on over here, really. My seeds are continuing to grow. We haven't had any more problems with smoke (yet). The lilac trees smell lovely. Hopefully we'll get more rain soon.

I hope you're all having a pleasant week so far.
yuuago: (SSSS - Vesa - Guelder-rose)
I spent today absolutely exhausted. Last night, the neighbours decided to have a loud party until a ridiculous hour of the night, so of course I didn't get any sleep. Buuuut, that's... fine. It isn't as if I had to work today.

The wild roses are finally blooming. You know, it's been years since I've actually looked forward to seeing that. Normally, I wouldn't notice or care. But it's different this year, I guess. It's nice to see all those pink flowers all over the place. (Even if they're such a pain in the ass when it comes to walking off-path. Seriously, the most annoying....)

I took a lot of photographs this weekend, but I haven't checked the camera yet, so I have no idea if even half of them turned out well. There was this one moment when I was looking down the river, and you could see the charred banks on one side, and greenery on the other, and it looked really lovely - but I don't know if the shots will show it properly. We'll see.

I have a feeling that I'm going to have to get ready for another lo-o-ong week. Just a feeling.
yuuago: (Finland - Coffee)
There was smoke in the air today.

The fire is in the national park. Up near Lake Claire, about 200km away. Not a threat to us. But it was a little unnerving to see the smoke roll in this afternoon.

Everyone was kind of on edge today. Not that anybody was about to run home and start packing, mind you. It's far away. And at this point, there isn't much forest left around the city to burn, not after what happened last year. But after that kind of thing happens once, you start to feel a little jumpy when you smell smoke.

I looked out my window. Usually I can see the other side of the river valley rising up, and the spaces between the charred tree trunks at the crest. But there was so much smoke that I could hardly see it. Cleared away toward the end of the day, though, at least mostly.

It's exactly a year since we were allowed to come home, too. What timing.

At least it's raining now. Downside: it's a thunderstorm. Well, I guess you can't have everything.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Best friends)
Stuff I want to do this weekend:

-Go out into the forest for ritual etc
-& Take photos of said forest for Scout
-Go down to Mac Island & take photos of the fox statues along the river for Melusine
-Go down to Snye Park and photograph the 150 Year Celebration tulip garden
-Finish reading some library books
-Revise & finish exchange fic draft
-Do up some sketches for Elli & Karo's character design contest thing
-Work on that one Vesa/Suvi story
-Go to the cinema to watch Wonder Woman (Yayyy it's finally out!!)

[/looks at list]
[/looks at amount of days in a weekend]
[/looks at amount of hours in a day]

...I'm not gonna' be able to do all of this, am I. Damn.


May. 30th, 2017 07:59 am
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Jáhko - Doze)
✿ Exchanges: Signups for the M/M exchange [community profile] raremaleslashex are open from now until June 12th, if anybody's interested in that. My signup/exchange letter is already finished (Voila). I might add art prompts, but still undecided... (I like receiving fanart in exchanges, but I don't feel like adding more to the wishlist. Hm.)

✿ More exchanges: Setup/noms period for [community profile] rarepairfest starts June 1st. I won't be doing this one, since I generally can't handle two exchanges at once, but I might throw something in the tagset just in case. Might be one to consider for those of you who prefer F/M or F/F in your rarepairs. I'll be keeping an eye on it for treating, anyway.

✿ People (in person, not online) keep bugging me about what I'm going to do for my vacation time and... oh, honestly, it's still the busy season at work, I don't even want to think about it. I have no earthly clue. At this point, all I want to do is go to some city I've already been to, and sit in the sun and read and drink good coffee and do absolutely nothing. So it sounds like Victoria again, but I don't know when, and I really wish people would stop asking.

✿ It turns out that I have written far more this month than expected... Almost twice what I intended. Most of it isn't published/finished, of course, but that's not the point. Turns out, my method of estimating wordcount for handwritten pages completely falls apart for anything with zero dialogue. It's just that I didn't discover this until now because I typically don't compare the WIP estimates to the final typed count. In the end, this doesn't really matter, but I find it kind of interesting that I might actually be writing more than expected, at least in terms of raw content. (Now, if only I could finish, like, everything....)

✿ I feel really good lately. After the fire last year, I was an absolute mess, not just mentally, but in other ways too. All this time I've been spending outside lately has been so good for me; every day, I can feel myself getting a little bit stronger. It sucks that this happened, but at least I know things are going to be okay eventually.


May. 28th, 2017 06:53 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Together)
✿ This weekend, I had the house to myself. At least, for most of it. It was so nice to get up super early, do a few chores, and just relax. Drink some coffee while listening to classical music on the radio and letting the sunlight and birdsong come in through the open garden door. It's so nice to have a bit of peace and quiet. I had no idea that CKUA plays a classical program early on weekend mornings; I might have to try to catch it more often. Unfortunately, my family usually objects when I play this station, but... I can work around that.

✿ About halfway through reading Hughart's Bridge of Birds now. Melusine really knew what she was doing when she sent me this novel; I find it absolutely delightful. Looks like I'm going to have to track down the others in the series.

✿ I went into the forest again this weekend. This morning, I got up early specifically so I could go out before the day got too hot. It's amazing how so much can change in the course of a week. The leaves are actually full and open now, and there are little harebells blooming everywhere. No rose blossoms yet, though, and the fireweed won't bloom until June. Didn't see any deer today, either. ...There were plenty of mosquitoes, unfortunately. I didn't get bitten, but I'll have to remember to bring some repellent next time.

✿ I've found a good place for rituals. It's in one of the places in the Birchwood where there has been some controlled clearing, which means that it's a little more accessible than the place I was using before. It also doesn't have the super-steep, super-slippery decline toward the stream that the other place does, and I don't have to go through a fuckton of rosebushes to get there. Best of all, there's this one tree that was sawed off very cleanly, and the stump is completely flat. It makes for a great altar; I just need to cover it with a cloth first. Most of the logs from the trees they cut down have been cleared, but I found a small section that was left behind, so I can actually sit down to do my work now. My only complaint is that the visuals aren't as good as the other place; before, the stream was only a few feet away from me, and it was a really pleasant experience to be able to watch the water while I cleared my head. Now, I can't see the stream at all; I can only hear it. But that's all right. The location makes up for it in other ways.
yuuago: (YiH - Jaako - Wasn't me)
I don't know if I'm just having a Good Day as far as anxiety is concerned, orrrrr if I've hit a "I've gone so far down that I've come out the other side and NOTHING CAN HAPPEN TO ME" stage in depression. Hm.

Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.

Then again, speaking practically, I don't actually care that much about the details, as long as this "take no shit, give no fucks, if anybody takes issue with me, they can suck it" mood sticks around for a few days.

Existing is so much more fun when I'm actually feeling confident.
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
✿ This long weekend was warm and sunny (except for the start of it) and I walked So Much and I am exhausted. But, like, in a good way. Exhausted and relaxed. (Blarrrgh I don't want to go back to work tomorrow. Oh well.)

✿ My mint seeds have finally sprouted! Hooray! I expect that once it catches, it'll grow all right. The rosemary still isn't doing anything. If it continues to not do anything, I guess I'll end up using that pot for some of the pansies I started growing earlier. They'll need to be separated eventually.

✿ I've started my letter for [community profile] raremaleslashex. I never really know what to request until I sit down to do that. This will be my first time requesting original fiction, how exciting.... so far the slots are SSSS, aRTD, and Original; undecided what to put in the fourth one. Hetalia or Year in Hereafter, probably. (I wish YiH weren't so hard to prompt for. I'd probably be happy with anything, and my brain refuses to come up with something specific. "I dunno, just gimme something with Sakari macking on Jaako, that'd be A++" does not a good prompt make, ahaha.)

✿ The State of Yuu recently: busy as fuck on workdays, and then when I'm not working, I hardly want to be on the internet at all. I have been quiet lately, and this is precisely why. (You guys are nice and all, but... sunliiiight...)
yuuago: (OzNZ - Friends)
Because I'm too tired for a proper entry -

✿ I went mucking around in the woods yesterday! I saw three deer! And found a trail that goes deep down to the stream! And did some bushwhacking, and scouted out the general location of a geocache, but since I had neither a pen nor swag on me, I decided not to prod for the exact spot. (Note to self, go back there this weekend. ...And wear gloves. And possibly thicker trousers. ROSEBUSHES EVERYWHERE, I WILL NEVER BE RID OF THEM.)

✿ Apparently when given the choice between nervewracking highway driving practice or parking practice on small roads, I'll choose the highways. Blurgh. WHY do people let their kids play on the road?! And WHY does nobody drive the speed limit here?!

✿ I'm working stacked shift all through this week, and all through the next (with the exception of Victoria Day). I'm gonna die. (When will this fic get written? WHO KNOWS)

✿ Pokemon Go victory: I FINALLY HAVE A BLISSEY. And I earned the 1000KM badge! It's too bad that the badges don't stack; I'd like to earn another one, for another 1000KM. ;) But at least it tracks how much you've walked even after you get gold. And ALSO I finally found an opportunity to stick a pokemon into the gym near my workplace, the one with low turnover - which means that I get 10 coins every day without having to do anything at all. It's glorious.

✿ I have discovered that our library has some of Sapkowski's Witcher novels, so I might have to pick some up this weekend, see how I like them. My mate Tik says she found them kind of blah, but I can't not give them a try, because holy shit, medieval fantasy Poland. I need more of that in my life. :V And apparently Netflix is going to be doing a Witcher tv series? Which is surprising - and I admit that I raised eyebrows a little - but maybe it will be good? Or at least better than the Polish TV series, which I am informed is terrible (of the "let's pretend this never happened" sort, not the "so bad it's good" sort).

Ugh, why.

May. 16th, 2017 03:12 pm
yuuago: (YiH - Jaako - What?)
Someone handed me a stack of paperwork, roughly 200 pages high, with the pages all stapled together in bits of 2-3 sheets.

I have to scan this. Which means removing all of these staples.

Whyyyy meeee... No wonder work has been such a pain in the ass lately; this is a prime example of the fiddly shit that I keep needing to fix before I can actually get any work done.

...I hope you all are having a pleasant Tuesday. :V
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
Went out yesterday for some ritual stuff and mucking around in nature... discovered that slippery forest paths are even more interesting when there are rosebushes every-freaking-where and you, by coincidence, forgot to bring the thick gloves that you acquired specifically to deal with this problem. ...But it was all right. The sound of the rain on the stream was very nice. Though the way the wind made the spruce trees creak was a little unnerving. It sounded like they were going to come down on top of me.

I cleaned my room today and (re)discovered that I have way too many books. And most of them, well, I haven't read them. Aaand this leads me to think that I really should stop checking things out of the library, at least for a while, so I can make my way through this backlog. Once I've read something, I'm comfortable ditching it, but in the meantime I have all these piles of books and... yes. I really should take care of this. A lot of it is nonfiction (mainly history), but a good part of it is poetry, and that shouldn't be difficult to get through.

It has been raining all day and I'm in a horrible funk about it. I think, as soon as I have my after-supper coffee, I'll go take a walk outside anyway, just because I'm craving fresh air.

I've been working slowly but steadily on my NoFM exchange fic. Really, I want to start another one - my recip has great taste and I would love to give them two gifts - but I don't know if I would have time to complete two. I know there's roughly a month left, but with work and everything, I'm finding it very difficult to find time to work uninterrupted.

Speaking of exchanges, nom period for [community profile] raremaleslashex starts tomorrow. I'd like to do this one, but it might not be possible with my schedule... we'll have to see.

On an unrelated note, I find it kind of funny how my viewership doubles when I write G-rated fluff of the SSSS juggernaut. It's not that I'm surprised of course; but man, people sure do like Emil/Lalli. Though the fact that the numbers for the fluff were double than the response to the kinky fic of the same length with the same pairing does surprise me - but only a tiny bit (it was a little bit atypical). Normally I don't pay attention to reader response, but since these two things were posted so close together, the differences were more obvious than they otherwise might have been.
yuuago: (YiH - Jaako - Thinking)
My recent workload as been driving me absolutely batty.

Kvetch kvetch whine whine )


May. 7th, 2017 08:40 pm
yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Comfortably share silence)
✿ Today was driving practice downtown. IT WENT WELL. Turns out that Sunday mornings are an excellent time for driving in the areas that make me the most nervous. So, I expect I'll be doing more of that in the future. Starting next week. Which is great, because it means that if I drive down to the library, it means that I have enough time and energy to spend exploring the nature trails on Macdonald Island and along the river. I don't get to do that when I take the bus.

✿ I bought some boots yesterday, and I'm completely enamoured with them. Stylish dark brown leather lace-ups. They don't just look good, they're comfortable, and they fit properly, and considering how much of an ordeal it can be for me to find shoes like that... I'm happy. I feel like I'd actually be able to wear these on a regular basis, unlike my other ones, which all have heels on 'em. I mean, I love wearing heels, but considering my typical weekend wanderings are anywhere from 5-10km... well. Anyway, they make me feel very stylish and handsome, and I can hardly wait to wear them at every opportunity. (It's been kind of hard to motivate myself to dress fashionably without appropriate footwear, y'know?)

✿ You know, I've lived in this house for 17 years, and it's only just now that I discovered there is enough room on my windowsill for some flowerpots. Soooo, now I have some seeds planted for rosemary and spearmint. I'd hoped for sage too, but wasn't able to find it available anywhere - ah, well. This is a nice start, anyway. I'm not sure where on earth I'll put them in winter, assuming this is successful, but we'll see how it goes.

✿ I got SO much writing done today! It helps that for a good portion of Saturday, I had the house to myself, which meant that I could write at the kitchen table, where there's lots of room and light, and nobody to pester me, unlike usual. Amazing what can happen when there isn't someone poking their nose in my business every five seconds. :V I managed to make some progress on my NOFM assignment, which is nice. Also the Vesa/Suvi "accidental courting" thing that I started earlier this week. Aaaand I finished the draft for the Joona/Anssi thing I started for Porn Battle (and who knows, maybe I'll have finished editing it by the time the next amnesty session goes up in June-ish). So, yes. Good weekend for writing. I'm really happy about it.

✿ Today I went geocaching and this time I actually FOUND THE THING. I swear, I've been past this place twice before, looking for it, and the container was right in front of my face the whole time. [/facepalm] Wandering around in the woods is something I've never done enough of, and I'm starting to get more confident when it comes to mucking around in the bush, so hopefully I'll be able to get out there more often and find some more caches. I'm really curious about the condition of the ones in the Birchwood - I have a feeling that a lot of them might have been damaged, but you never know. Anyway, I've bought some thick gloves to deal with the rosebushes, and with luck I'll be able to set aside time for some wandering before the mosquitoes become intolerable. Unfortunately, it's already bear season, but ehhhh one can't have everything, I guess.
yuuago: (YiH - Jaako - What?)
By the look of it, I'm going to need to get glasses. I was on the fence about it, partly because the optometrist seemed to be on the fence too. ("Well, you don't necessarily need them right NOW, though of course you will in the future...") Buuut today's driving session kind of drove home that yeah, I need it. There's no getting around it.

I mean, you're kind of supposed to be able to read the names on the street signs before you're basically on top of 'em, right?

How inconvenient. And annoying. Ah well, at least I only need 'em for this one thing. (Well, and for reading the behind-counter menu at cafes, heh. But I can deal.)

Speaking of driving: I still utterly detest it, but I'm getting better at it. I think. Or at least I'm getting better at the specific stuff we've been working on. ...We're going to do some driving through the city on the weekend, and I'm really not looking forward to it, because I really hate driving in traffic. It jogs my anxiety like nothing else. But I'm not going to get comfortable with that unless I do it more often, so there we are. At least it'll be nice to get to the library more quickly - it normally takes about 40 minutes, not because of the bus ride, but because of how much walking is required to get to the bus stops.


[/looks at to-do list]
[/looks at the weekend]
[/looks at the amount of hours in a day]

Fuck it, I'm going to have to get up at the asscrack of dawn again, aren't I. I wish time-turners really existed.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Together)
It's the evening of May the 2nd. This time last year, I couldn't sleep, because it was unseasonably hot - around 20C. There was smoke blowing in from a nearby forest fire, and it was so thick that you could smell it even when you were indoors.

The next afternoon, my city was smothered in smoke and fire, and everyone in Fort McMurray - over 80,000 people - was evacuating.

If you look at a map, it becomes a little clearer why getting everyone out was such an amazing feat, and why it's a miracle that of everyone who left, only two people died in traffic, and nobody was directly killed by the fire.

We're in the middle of an enormous forest. There are no other cities. There are no other towns. There is only one road - and aside from a bit of road leading to the oil plants and to Fort McKay, it only goes in one direction: south. The few small settlements north of us, many of which were once trading posts, can only be reached by air and water.

If you leave Fort McMurray and travel down Highway 63, the next place that you can buy gasoline is about 200 kilometres away. The road doesn't branch until after roughly 250 kilometres.

It took until July 5th to get the Beast under control, and by that time it had burned over 5,900 square kilometres. For reference, this is over twice the size of Hong Kong.

I'm putting this into numbers because it's easier to process than the things that I saw that day. There were ashes falling from the sky. As we left work to run to our homes, my coworkers asked me, "Yuu, is this normal? Has it been like this before?" They were looking at me for reassurance because I know this place, I was born here, I know how our forest fires work, and I couldn't do anything to reassure them, because this wasn't normal. The smoke was so thick that it blocked out the sun.

On our side of the city, we thought the river would protect us, but the fire jumped across the Athabasca as if it wasn't even there. The radio kept playing an evacuation announcement between songs, along with the notice "This radio station is unmanned. Do not call the station seeking assistance." Before we locked up the house and left I said a spell for protection against forest fire. When we drove through downtown there was fire on both sides of us. The trees were so hot that some of them were exploding. Abasand and Waterways and Beacon Hill were burning.

As we left the city, we were stopped and instructed to drive on the wrong side of the twinned highway - the northbound side, even though we were going south. They needed to send people down both parts of the highway in order to get everyone out. "Keep to the right side of the lane," the traffic officer said. "Help is coming up from Edmonton on the left."

Edmonton is five hours away.

That was last year. This is this year. I'm alive. My home didn't burn down. The forest is coming back. The burnt trees are everywhere, all you have to do is look, and you'll see it. If I look out my office window, I can see the bare burnt edges of the river valley. But when spring comes properly, there'll be a thick carpet of green and purple. It isn't here yet; Winter hasn't gone to sleep yet - the river broke on April 25th, and there are still thick chunks of ice along the bank.

I'll be fine. I'm still not okay, not really. The sound of emergency vehicle sirens, or the scent of smoke - and I've been smelling a lot of smoke lately, the city is still doing controlled burning in the Birchwood - it still makes me panic.

But I'll be okay eventually. It's just going to take some time.
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Jáhko - Doze)
Camp NaNo was good. Goal was 5k, finished out with slightly above 7k. I'm happy.

Finished 6 things this weekend, including some odds and ends that have been sitting for ages, and a few things that were not for the Synchronised Screaming challenge. That's pretty satisfying. Challenge/exchange writing is always fun, but it's important for me to remember to write things that are only for myself as well.

...And finish them. Um. Finishing is the hard part. (Especially since I just started another, oh well.)

I have a lot of replies pending (both here and... on other sites). Please pardon me, I'll get to it when I'm not exhausted. I did a lot of walking this weekend, and in addition to feeling like jello, I've been in a state of "could fall asleep at any minute" since Friday.
yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Joy)
Aaaaah, so! Nice things that happened today:

✿ Laufey received the package I sent! And the Icelandic post didn't do anything questionable to it. Hooray! (We've had some difficulty with mail going between Canada and Iceland, so - it has made me a little cautious about sending things other than cards/letters.)

✿ I came home to a parcel full of handmade marshmallows, courtesy of my mate Tesla. What a delight. Some day I'll learn to make them on my own (maybe) but until then... it's always nice when you can trade weird Canadian potato chip flavours in exchange for somebody else making candy for you.

✿ My lavender plant is Not Dead Yet. More specifically, lavender plants. There are four (4!!!) seedlings, and they seem to be growing well! Though, I... think one of them might not be lavender, actually. It looks quite different from the other three. I have no idea what it is. Hopefully it'll survive and grow long enough for me to transfer it to its own container, and then (maybe) find out its identity.

✿ Today's SSSS update is awesome. We finally get to see Ensi Hotakainen get some page time, aaaahh! With dialogue and everything! She seems exactly the way I'd imagined she would be. What a wonderful stern old witch. <3

So. Yes. Today was good, even if I'm utterly exhausted because of the pressure at work due to shutdown season.

I was going to write this evening. Something to go with the Vesa/Suvi ficlet I wrote last night*. I got to thinking about Suvi's reference to those poor sods stuck on night duty when it's so horribly cold, and it seems like a perfect opportunity to do something from Niko's point of view. Yessss, time to make him uncomfortable, excellent. I need to become more accustomed to writing him, anyway; his voice is still tricky for me, and I really want to nail it down before I write anything serious or difficult (and I do have some ideas of that sort).

...Buuuut, that will have to wait for tomorrow, because writing Did Not Happen tonight, as I went for a walk instead. It was a bit cold out, and threatening to rain, but still tolerable. And that's fine. I think I needed it. So, tomorrow. I've already met my Camp NaNo goal, so tomorrow I'll smash it! (Maybe.)
yuuago: (YiH - Jaako - Thinking)
Man, today is off to a crap start. Hardly got any sleep, woke up all stiff, and NOW my brain is going haywire with anxiety because... ??? Well, I'm not even sure why. Probably because I have a lot of things that I need to do.

ARRRGH Okay, okay, I'll figure this out. I just need to do a few things, and I'll be fine.

Note to self: The sooner you get it over with, the sooner you can go run around outside. \:D/ Sounds good, eh? It's so sunny out... ahhh it really does look tempting.

I think this is the kind of day that calls for an egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast. Yes, that'll cheer me right up, I think.
yuuago: (Norway - Map)
Petty venting )

Rainy, drizzly, miserable day today. Upside: The snow is gone, and my hair looks awesome. Okay, good enough.

Been listening to an audiobook of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban lately. It's reminding me that I used to vaguely ship Lupin/Snape (I just found their interaction very interesting...) I think I tried to write some fic of that, which was terrible, and was never posted anywhere because I never finished it. The files are all long gone by now. Ahh, memories.

You know, it's so frustrating to look at your schedule, and then look at the time available to you, and find that there's no possible way you can stuff everything in. I need a time-turner, man. If nothing else, I'd be able to take a good long nap.

For the past couple of days I've been trying to write poetry in a very restricted format, and I'm finding it very challenging. Three stanzas, four lines per stanza, four words per line, one syllable per word. More-or-less inspired by some of the stuff in the Book of Songs. But while this form is suited to Chinese poetry, it's maddeningly difficult and almost impossible in English (to the surprise of absolutely no one) especially if the person writing it doesn't usually play with such restrictions... I'm afraid the result is pretty mediocre so far. xD But the point is more in the exercise than the result, I guess. It's kind of fun in its own way.

Nnnnot much else to say right now. I'm only a few days into this altered shift, and I'm already exhausted.
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
☆ Oil plant maintenance season is upon us, and that means overtime. Please expect an exhausted Yuu in your future. Drives me nuts that this will cut into my writing time, but on the upside, more cash is always nice. And keeping on top of the workload. That too. orz Today there was talk of putting some of us on night shift, which... hahaha, NO.

☆ I received my NoFM assignment. I'm delighted with it. Hopefully I'll be able to start writing tomorrow, or at least look over the letter again + do some canon review. I already have some ideas, sort of. And maybe consider treats... (though I suppose I should leave that until I have a draft of something, hm.) This exchange had some initial pinch hits, so if you like small fandoms and have some time to do writing/art, I might suggest checking over at [community profile] nightonficmountain to see if there's anything you can pick up.

☆ There is going to be a YOI rarepair exchange starting up toward the end of the month. Check over at [community profile] rareshipsonice for the preliminary info (IIRC the mod has mostly decided re: schedule etc, but some things might be subject to change). I think this might interest some of you. I haven't decided whether I want to take part myself, but it has a 500-word minimum, which is very doable, so maybe....

☆ Kiraly drew two of my characters and they are adorable* and I am delighted. <3 I should write more things with them. Yes. When I have the time.

☆ It snowed this morning. AGAIN. Insert giant frowny face here. >:( I am not pleased with this development.
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