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Dec. 9th, 2012 02:24 pm
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Welcome to my Dreamwidth journal. Most of the posts made here are public, although there are occasionally a few flocked posts, for privacy purposes.

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If you're looking for fic, you can find it at AO3 or [livejournal.com profile] snackbites.

Transformative works policy: Everything I have written or created is fair game for further transformative work, including, but not limited to: podfic, remix, sequels, translations, meta, fanart, fanmixes, and commentaries. Just credit me for the part of the work that I did, and let me know. The only exceptions to this policy are stories I have cowritten or remixed. In that case, I suggest seeking permission from my cowriter, or the original author as well. These works are labeled, but if there are any questions, please feel free to PM or comment to ask for clarification.
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I am writing and posting this entry on my laptop!

This is remarkable because my laptop has been on the verge of death for several weeks now. It's a 2012 Macbook Pro, so it's already had a pretty good life, by laptop standards. Last year, it had a problem starting up (it wouldn't), so I took it in to the local Mac repair place (not an Apple Store, but an "Apple certified" repair shop), and they did some kind of repair magic and got it to work again. One thing they suggested was replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive in the future, so I kept that in mind.

Unfortunately it's been super slooooooooooooooooow ever since, and it crashes when I have more than one program open, and sometimes it crashes so hard that all I can do is shut it off and walk away. So that's been frustrating. About two months ago, the trackpad started to die, and then the crashes got even worse, so off I went to the Mac repair shop again. They had me leave the laptop and said they'd order a trackpad and quote me on replacing the HD with an SSD.

So replacing the trackpad was a reasonable cost, but they didn't recommend replacing the HD because the laptop is so old that Apple considers it a "legacy" product, and they wouldn't be able to warranty the work because of the age, blah blah I didn't understand anything but "too old." Still, they gave me the quote, and with parts and labor, it was going to be around $600 to swap out the drive.

I said "no thank you" and I went online and found a couple of guides on how to replace the HD in an old Macbook Pro with an SSD, and said to myself, "Oh, I think I can do this." When I picked up the laptop from the Mac repair shop, the customer service person was like, "I have a 2009 Macbook Pro and I swapped the drives and it's still working great!" So like, hint taken, my friend.

I bought an SSD and the tools I needed from Amazon. Everything arrived yesterday, so last night I cloned the old drive to the new, and then this morning I opened up the computer and swapped the drives and AMAZINGLY I didn't screw it up, and now everything is working great. It's all speedy and I can open multiple programs at once, and iTunes doesn't take 20 minutes to open, and I can actually use Photoshop Elements again!

So now I feel extremely techie! And I've very pleased with my accomplishment, and I had to share it with you all.

Oh, and the trackpad works great again!

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In other news, I watched The Umbrella Academy and I loved it. I went in with no expectations and I was delighted by the messed up family of would-be superheroes. Anyone else watching?
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Hello! It’s minus 8 degrees (F) here and luckily I had the day off for MLK Jr Day, because the roads are RIDICULOUSLY bad after all the snow and ice yesterday. Hopefully they’ll be better tomorrow, because my commute will be awful.

And I only live a 10 minute drive from work, so people who have a REAL commute will have it much worse.

Also I got a cortisone shot in my left knee today! Wheeeeeeee! I know how to have fun on my day off, don’t I? I’m currently icing and elevating it, and hopefully all will be better soon.

I did a lot of reading over the long weekend — I’m currently in the middle of GRRM’s Fire and Blood, or as I like to call it, “Ugh, Targs.” It’s a bit of a slog. For every Targaryen woman I’m enjoying learning about, at least ten die in childbirth, or are married off at age 11, or are sexually abused/raped/imperiled in one way or another. And FYI, fuck Jaehaerys, “greatest Targaryen king ever” my fat ass. All the male Targs should have been set on fire (happily, many of them were!). I think I might have to put the book on hold for a while.

How’s everyone else doing, DW?

Techy stuff

Jan. 6th, 2019 10:19 pm
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My cable company sent me a new modem yesterday. It was unexpected! They sent me an email saying "we're sending your new equipment" and I had to call them and say, "what new equipment?" and they were like, "hmmm someone was supposed to send you an email" WHICH GUESS WHAT, THEY DIDN'T.

In any case, they were sending me a new modem, at no charge, to upgrade my speed. They said I had one of the oldest modems and the speed was Not Good.

So okay, I got the modem yesterday, I followed the instructions to hook it up, and of course, it didn't work. So I had to call the cable company and they had to flip some switches on their end (I guess? Maybe they pushed buttons?) to get my tv, internet, and phone to work. But it finally did, so that was a relief. Then I had to go out to the local cable store to return the old modem, so they wouldn't charge me for it.

I didn't really get a chance to test it out until today, and you know what? It really IS super fast! I'm kind of amazed at how quick I can use the internet! I'm also amazed that I didn't realize how slow it was until today.

In other tech news, my laptop (a 2012 Macbook pro) is not doing well. I think the hard drive is dying and I'm planning on swapping it out with a solid state drive. Also the track pad only works intermittently, which is SUPREMELY FRUSTRATING. I don't know what the deal with it is -- it could be the battery, which fucks things up in Mac laptops often, or it could be that the trackpad is really just... dying, I guess. Which means I'm looking at a trip to the local Apple store.

Once my finances improve, that is. Thyroid cancer is not just bad for your health, it is bad for your wallet. :(
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Hi DW! I hear this is the place to be! Gotta clean the joint up!

So, how about that Avengers trailer? I maybe teared up at work. I am lucky I have the kind of job where I can a) watch trailers during the day, and b) cry about them. My coworkers felt bad for me, so they bought me sushi for lunch.

But I am ready for the movie RIGHT NOW.

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State of the Snack:

1) Work: going well, see above. Crazy time of year though, and I’m looking forward to the semester break. Looks like a promotion in my future, so that’s something to look forward to.
2) Health: eh. Cancer recurrence, seeing the doctor in January, probably going to have surgery in February. I feel... okay? I’m constantly tired, often weirdly hungry, I am having some side effects from swallowing radiation (salivary gland infections, dental issues) and I no longer sleep well. It could be much worse, I know! But honestly, thyroid cancer is kind of a pain in the ass.
3) Fandom: fun but omg the drama in my corner of the ASOIAF/GoT fandom is just Too Much for a Fandom Old.

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Now remind me to post something every day, and then I can officially call DW home again.
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The problem with having a playlist called "singalong" is that I actually sing along with all the songs as they come up, and I don't realize I'm doing it.

This brought to you by me just noticing I was singing "Jet Boy Jet Girl" at my desk with my coworkers around.

Ugh

Mar. 8th, 2018 09:32 am
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For some reason my university decided not to close even though there's a foot of snow on the ground and it's still piling up. It's kind of weird because it's spring break and there aren't any students around, but evidently we are all essential personnel and must be here.

I've been up since 4 when they started plowing in the condo complex. After a while I gave up on sleep and when I realized that my school wasn't closed, I got up and went in to work. If I have to dodge downed trees and wires to be here, they can pay me overtime for coming in early. Call it hazard pay.

The downside is that since I've been up since four, I'm ready for a nap now. The upside? There's only 4 other people in the entire building. No one else in my department came in. They're all "working from home" or taking a vacation day. The problem with being the low on the totem pole is that I can't work from home, and the problem with having cancer is that I've used up all my sick and vacation time, and can't spare a day for snow. So I was coming in even if I was snowshoeing it.

Hopefully when I doze off, my snores won't echo through the empty halls.
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Hey, it's me! With a fic/art combo that I posted! Many thanks to [personal profile] musesfool for looking it over. Also thanks to [personal profile] bedlamsbard because I'm pretty sure she came up with Beaversdam University.

We'll See You in the Pages of a Magazine (0 words) by Snacky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types, Chronicles of Narnia (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Pevensie, Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Modern Royalty, News Media, magazine, Fictional Media, Mixed Media, Fanart
Series: Part 3 of Welcome to the Golden Age
Summary:

Ten years after their coronation, the Kings and Queens of Narnia are interviewed by the magazine,The Narnia Chronicles.





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There are actually words, but they're contained in the artwork, I promise!
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This is currently a placeholder for my finished letter! Check back soon!

Fic by me!

Jan. 25th, 2018 02:43 pm
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I posted two stories to AO3 last night! I am now attempting to keep track of such things here!

They were cross-postings from tumblr, based on submitted prompts. If you like minor ASOIAF characters and crack pairings, you might like these!

First, a ficlet:

things you said after you kissed me (451 words) by Snacky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire & Related Fandoms, A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Arthur Dayne/Lyanna Stark
Characters: Arthur Dayne, Lyanna Stark
Additional Tags: Tumblr Prompt, Prompt Fic, Alternate Universe, Ficlet
Summary:

Lyanna and Arthur may regret their impulsive act, but they wouldn't change it.



And then a short fic:

Adventures to Come (1342 words) by Snacky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Arthur Dayne & Ashara Dayne
Characters: Arthur Dayne, Ashara Dayne
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Sibling Bonding, Family Fluff, Prompt Fic, Originally Posted on Tumblr
Summary:

Ashara and Arthur Dayne before they ever left home.

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2017 gave me one last kick in the teeth as my laptop sank into a coma yesterday. THANKS 2017, for ending!

On the plus side, 2018 started off pretty well as my cats seem to have reached a detente, and there was no attempted murder this morning, after two months of howling, hissing, fur-flying, claws-like-knives hatred.

So yay, 2018, keep it up! I hope you all are healthy and happy (and not freezing!) this New Year’s Day.
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This could be fun! And maybe I'll post more, haha?

Pick any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

My fic is here.
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If you're interested in participating in this year's Narnia Fic Exchange, here's all the info!
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I just read a thread that devolved into people arguing about whether they thought of Robert Downey Jr's dick when they wrote smut.

(Spoilers: Smut writers say no, not thinking about RDJ's dick specifically, just a general dick for smutty purposes. People do not believe this say it's a little like raping RDJ to write about his character having sex because OF COURSE you must think about his dick.)

There were no winners. Except me. Who laughed and laughed.
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From an IM with Jess:

me: have you seen the twitter meme
me: where the dog climbs into the bathtub with his person?
me: i think of you

It's vaguely haiku-ish. IM as poetry.

Jess's response:

Jess: Omg my dog would probably do that
Jess: He sticks his head into the curtain and I'm like go away

me: see? i knew i wasn't wrong:D
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You know, having not used my journal for so long, I kind of forgot about crossposting fic and photosets here. :D

But here's something I did in December for [tumblr.com profile] gameofshipschallenges' Until Hell Freezes Over:

Waiting on a Sunny Day (1028 words) by Snacky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jon Snow/Val
Characters: Jon Snow, Val (ASoIaF)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Road Trips, Modern Westeros, Originally Posted on Tumblr, Art, Photoset
Series: Part 4 of Leave This Town and Run Forever (Roadtrip AU)
Summary:

Val and Jon head to the beach.


Created for @gameofshipschallenges‘ Until Hell Freezes Over, 2016

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Guys. Guys. So many things I haven't told you. I got a delightful new job, started going to boot camp, AND last night I joined a gym (separate from the boot camp).

Beneath, find the State of the Snack! )

Yuletide!

Oct. 26th, 2015 10:15 pm
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Hello, Yuletide Writer!

First off, thanks so much for writing a story in one of these fandoms. I love them all, and will just be so glad to have any story for any of the requests.

Some of this letter has been duplicated from previous years, so if you've been here before, that is why things seem familiar. :)

In general, some things I love: great dialogue/witty banter, humor, stories that are bittersweet but still have happy, or at least hopeful endings. I love when stories make me laugh AND cry. I love canon explorations and world-building - what was going on here during this moment, and what was happening elsewhere - and backstory on people and things we only know a little about.

I love character studies, and relationship (not just romance - friendship, family, etc) stories - I always want to know more about these characters I love, why they did this or that, how they react in new situations, that kind of things. Caveat: I don't really love vignettes or navel-gazing pieces, where one character mulls for the entire story on his/her life decisions. I want interaction with other characters and dialogue.

I am very happy with genfic, but I'm fine with romance (slash and het) and porn too. I am also good with characters having babies - especially in futurefic, or where it's canon.

I love crossovers, if they fit with the fandom, time-framewise, tone-wise - I've got some suggestions below. But no pressure if crossovers aren't your thing!

If character pieces aren't your thing, I am extremely happy with adventures of all sorts, or plotty gen stories. Like I said, I love all these characters and want to see them in action. :D

Things I would not like in a fic: extremely grimdark stories. Unhappy endings. I like some hurt/comfort, but not character torture. I would not like genderswap/always-a-different-gender in any of these fandoms. Please no rape/non-con/dubcon, mpreg, misogyny, extreme graphic violence, or character-bashing.

As I said above, I'm good with romance, from fluffy moments, to NC-17 scenes (although I don't want a PWP only; I prefer plot with my porn).

Specific fandom details... )


I hope that helped! And honestly, no pressure to fulfill any of the specific details! Anything you want to write in any of these fandoms will be great! I'm just happy to be getting a story from you.

Thanks again and have fun!

Big love,
Snax

Remix!

Jun. 30th, 2015 04:03 pm
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YESSSSSSSS PEOPLE REMIXED MY FIC!

the pack survives (blood shed and things lost remix) (1118 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Arya Stark & Sansa Stark
Characters: Arya Stark, Sansa Stark
Additional Tags: Sister-Sister Relationship, Future Fic, Remix
Summary:


Freedom might have been something else, before. Now, freedom is this. Freedom is Petyr Baelish's blood on her hands, on her dress, freedom is this. Freedom is gutting him like her uncle Brandon once did, but finishing the job.

Freedom is watching Petyr Baelish die.



An awsome remix of my fic, The Pack Survives! I’m thrilled that someone took my Sansa & Arya ficlet and expanded upon it. Really nice! Go, read, enjoy!


And then someone remixed ANOTHER fic, for Remix Madness:

Dozens upon dozens of them (Languages Remix) (1731 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Susan Pevensie
Additional Tags: Canonical Character Death, Languages, The Problem of Susan
Summary:

Susan has always been good with words.


She loves them, words and languages, the simplicity of them, the complexity of them.



This was from a ficlet I wrote for the Three Sentence Ficathon one year, and omg I love how it got expanded and turned into a whole story!

I wrote two (that’s right, two!) stories for this year’s Remix. If you want to guess which ones they were, I will reward anyone who guesses correctly with a ficlet of their choice!
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