Mar. 15th, 2012 08:11 pm
sirona_fics: (clint/phil)
[Started up the clocks] by [ profile] delicatale
--Sometimes relationships have to grow through friendship, pushing and pulling, pain, denial and regrets. Canon, set before-to-after Thor.

Honestly one of the best things I have ever read, not just in this fandom. The subtlety is breathtaking; the emotions shine so clearly. This is, in my humble opinion, quite possibly the best thing [ profile] delicatale has ever written, and that says a lot. Truly profound, at least it was to me. Made me cry, I don't mind admitting it. *sniffle* Also made my heart grow about ten sizes, and made me feel like someone wrapped their arms around me and held me close. Beautiful work.
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I feel like I haven't posted a proper entry for ages. Sooooo, on the tail-end of some excellent high spirits, you're going to get one now, oh yes. :D

Today I got half of my hair loped off. I am thrilled with it. :DDD I am also going properly grey by now, sadly (it's genetic, both my mum and grandmother's hair went grey very early on -- my grandmother was twenty-six at the time, apparently, so I'm doing pretty damn well to have held off until I'm thirty), and my scalp is hellishly sensitive these days, so I have made the executive decision to stop colouring my hair. On the advice of my hairdresser, however (who is spec-fucking-tacular, I love her so much, she is indispensable) I got highlights instead. They're not blond, but a pretty caramel colour that goes beautifully with my dark-chocolate-coloured hair. I feel like a million bucks, no shit. There's been a spring to my step today like you can't imagine. It kind of helps that today is the first proper day of spring, really -- it's almost 15 C outside, 19 C in the sun, and I am just. FUCK, I HAVE MISSED THIS FEELING. :))))))

I also got a bunch of other shit done, lots of errands I've been neglecting. Got a couple new tops, too, a mascara, FOUND SOME DECENT WRITING PAPER, HOLY SHIT, I'VE ONLY BEEN LOOKING FOR A YEAR AND A HALF, got something sorted that I have also been meaning to get to in forever, and on the way back I also bought two beautiful roses for the balcony -- they are the colour of cognac. I can't stop staring at them. :D I can't wait to plant them!!

Guys. I am bowled over by the response to the puppy Clint fic. WOW. Just, all of the love, I cannot. ALSO GUYS LOOK. LOOK WHAT [personal profile] essouffle DREW. DJFHGLSKJDFLDFJG IT'S LIKE S/HE REACHED INSIDE MY HEAD AND TOOK THE IMAGE OUT OF IT AND PUT IT DOWN ON PAPER. JFHGDFSKJGHKJDSFHSFJG I AM SO IN LOVE WITH IT, THIS IS SO THEM I CAN'T GET OVER IT. *___________*

So now that puppy Clint is out of the way, I should really knuckle down and start making sense of the tangle of notes I have for the cap_ironman reverse big bang. *determined face* Which is what I'll be doing now, while I'm sat in my new favourite coffee shop that is quite delightful. :) I leave you with the following interesting thing.

I've been meaning to boost the signal for, let's see, ten days now? UGH, THIS IS PATHETIC, SELF. My friend [ profile] rosalui is putting a project together. Let me just c/p her description of it here. It's extremely interesting, and I know it's a topic that is very close to the heart of a few people on my flist. So you guys, if you like, she's looking for volunteers to take part. Seriously, Rosa is a wonderful person, and her videos are legendary, she's got such a deft hand with editing. I know she will give the project all she's got, so it would be awesome to get more people to take part. :)

In Rosalui's words:

We grow up surrounded by photographs of women with every flaw carefully photoshopped out - and then are told that we can be as thin as they are, as beautiful as they are, as flawless as they are, if only we try harder. We are taught that beauty is essential to happiness, to success, to our professional lives. We are taught that weight is the best and most important measure of health. We are constantly reminded that we are companions, to be admired - the pretty prize the guy strives for, the superheroine with heels and cleavage windows.

We are just a couple of girls with laptops and our own piles of insecurity. But we want, in our own small way, to speak out. And we are putting together a video.

Cut for the peeps who would like to find out more )

The whole post is here. If you fancy taking part, and even if you just find the subject interesting, I urge you to go take a look. <333






Also, one last pretty. This is FOREVER MY CLINT/PHIL THEME SONG, not to mention my theme song. :) [ profile] someidiothasice, this one's for you, baby, you'll know exactly what I mean. :')))))

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I have been terribly quiet of late, I know. I... don't really have an excuse? Been reading lots, finally finished Rivers of London (which btw was spectacular, heartily recommend it), and sterted Moon Over Soho. Also have been on a massive Suits binge since yesterday -- I stopped watching it around ep. 5 (I'm on ep. 8 now), and I'm kind of glad I saved them because dayum. *_________* Harvey, you swanky motherfucker, ILU. And now I'm devouring all the Mike/Harvey fic I can get my mitts on. :D Just a nice distraction -- having trouble stringing sentences together right now, although puppy!Clint fic is over 11K already and progressing nicely, and I have ALLLLL THE NOTES for my cap_im RBB, which I shall start writing as soon as I finish puppy!Clint (alternatively, as soon as I have the first scene in my head, after which I expect ALL THE WORDS EVER).

In other news, happy belated International Women's Day! ♥♥♥ WE ARE ALL THE MOST AWESOME. :D Also I have the weekend off, which is unheard of, but also means little to no writing at all, sadly, unless I can squirrel away somewhere to get down to it. As soon as I start working weekends again I expect the words to come crawling out. :D

What else, let's see... I have a bunch of snowdrops in a plastic cup on my desk, which smell like sunshine and Easterly winds and pure essence of spring. ♥ I can't stop sniffing them. :D The asshole from last week proved to be an asshole to other people than me (including my boss), and I am thus vindicated. \0/ So that was good. :D

Things that make me all :D -- my mum gave the the cutest little baby orchid the other day. Apparently she saw it at a flower stand and couldn't pass it by. It is white with a centre that is a delightful mix of yellows and pinks and purples. I LOVE IT SO MUCH, I just want to cuddle it to me. <3333 I have, unsurprisingly, started talking to it. :D

Anyway. I hope you guys have the best weekends, and get plenty of rest, and do things that make you happy. <3333 And maybe at some point I'll manage to check my flist, although when is a different matter. >.> Here, have Gina Torres' GORGEOUS, AWESOME FACE (with bonus Gabriel Macht) for your time! :D What is going on with you guys? TELL ME EVERYTHING. ♥


Jan. 17th, 2012 05:30 pm
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Still feeling rather weary of spirit. Ugh, stupid hormones. :((( Doesn't help that half of what was supposed to be my day off was spent wrangling deliveries and filling in documents and mostly not resting at all. DX

On the plus side, bought myself a cute wee 4GB mp3 player, and have stuffed it full of fanmixes and podficks and the like! \0/ \0/ Now I can carry fandom's awesomeness everywhere with me!! <3333 Rather pleased with that purchase! :) It's been ages since I've had an mp3 player -- mostly used my phone for music and stuff, but it's crammed full of crap right now and I just don't have the energy to tackle it. This was really the perfect solution! :D And it's so easy to use! I'm impressed! :D

Words are still being an utter bitch and extremely uncooperative. Thank god for [ profile] foxxcub and the snippets she keeps sending me from her bb!Steve/bb!Tony verse, which, my endorphine levels spike every time I see a new email in my inbox. <333 Teenage bb boys in loooooove!! ♥________♥ She knows me so well. :')

Right, okay, time for tea and a blanket and watching something disgustingly fluffy. Yes. <3 Saw (finally) Jane Eyre the other day, and UGH, FASSY, MUST YOU BE SO FUCKING AWESOME IN EVERYTHING WHEN I HAVE TO WAIT FOR YOUR OTHER NEW STUFF TO COME OUT. :((( Failing that, a few episodes of White Collar S03 ought to do the trick. It's back on tonight!! \0/ \0/ Can hardly wait.

Oh, what the hell. Let's have a meme as well.

The Poetry Meme

If you see this in someone's journal, post one as well.
Saw a gorgeous poem in [ profile] somehowunbroken's journal the other day, and thought, hey, neat. So here is a poem that, despite not necessarily having anything to do with who I am, still had a profound effect on me the first time I read it.

How to make love to a trans person )
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Happy New Year, guys! ♥

Let's see. 2011 was a bit of a pain in the arse, won't lie. It was a horrible, uncertain year for many people. For me, it was coming to terms with loss, with who I am, with the fact that it's all right to grieve, and it's not my fault, the reason behind the grief. That I should stop hating myself for what happened, and I should cut myself some slack already. That I deserve good things, too.

Also it was the year when my wonderful, beloved nephew was born, and for that I will always be more grateful than I can say.

Righty-ho. Let's take a look at last year's resolutions and what happened there.

2011 - pass or fail? )

And now for a few 2012 resolutions. This year, like the last, I'm going to borrow my wishes to you from a master wordsmith, someone who puts it far, far better than I ever could.

...I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.

It's the best message I could leave for myself -- because if this past year has proven anything, it's that the world does need more kindness. Anything after that is immaterial. Be kind to people, but first and foremost, be kind to yourself. All the rest of it will fall in place by itself.

Here's hoping. )

I think that's enough to be getting on with. :) Here's to a bloody fantastic year, one way or another. Hey, we might all be dead this time next year. Let's live it in a way we can be proud of. AND FILL IT WITH BOYS AND GIRLS IN LOVE. BECAUSE THERE ARE FEW THINGS BETTER. ♥

Lastly: You guys are ALL MY FAVOURITES. Thank you for being the people you are. <3<3<3
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fdkjfghfljkghfldhg I have spent THE ENTIRE DAY up to my elbows in flour and butter and chocolate and batter. I have made five batches of muffins and an enormous cake (sponge now in the oven). I am shattered. My back hurts, my feet are killing me, and I am generally a fucking wreck from allllll the baking + babysitting baby Nicky. UGH. I'm gonna take a couple aspirins before bed or I might not be able to get up tomorrow. DDDD:

Meanwhile, this thing sounds spectacular:

It's right up my street, and [ profile] delicatale is right -- it speaks my language. I'm all for us loving ourselves, and celebrating just how fucking awesome we all are. I would be more enthusiastic in my endorsement if I had the slightest bit of energy left in me. Rest assured I'm giving this THE HUGEST THUMBS UP, and I will definitely be participating.

An aside note on transforming my work -- the short statement here is that I WOULD BE BEYOND HONOURED. I am an enormous fan of podfics, and I can only dream that someone would find my things worthy of recording. Likewise art -- seriously, if anyone wants to do anything for them, I would mostly be floored that anyone thinks them worthy of prettying up. So there is that.
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If I have to stare at the computer screen for even five more minutes, I might throw up, that's how hungry/tired I am. I actually not here at all; no, I'm signing off my shift and going home to watch baby Nicky rip apart his first Christmas present that I specifically gift-wrapped so he could have something to tear~! :D :D

In other news, I wrote 7K of Regency Domestic Marriage Fluff (a.k.a. X-Pride II) today, and I am all set to write the scene that rolls the fic over to half-way done tomorrow. HUGE scene. HUGE. Like, it'll probably end up being at least 4K just by itself, I should think. As of now I'm about 300 words off 30K, which, JESUS. Just under half-way done. Breathe, Neve.


Lastly, Happy Holidays, everyone, however you celebrate! I LOVE YOU ALL, SO MUCH. I leave you with this, because it just gave me the biggest smile, and I hope it makes you smile, too. ♥ (Ganked off [personal profile] nikibee)

"It ís a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay." Picture, video.

Right, I'm off to rip packing paper and eat alllll the food.
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I've just read this beyond-adorable news story, and I agree with [ profile] kitsune_tsuki -- this is the perfect set-up for a romantic comedy. And now I desperately want someone to write this, in whichever fandom inspires. :D

God, I'm so tired, even though all I've done today has been edits. Goddamn you, cold. D: On the plus side, both the Sherlockmas and the [ profile] dream_holiday assignments are done and ready to go! \0/ \0/ On the not-so-plus side, it is taking me ages to get through reading over the Coffee Shop AU so we can pass it over to our wonderfully obliging beta, because I keep getting distracted by Steve/Bucky kitty fic, which, BEST EVER DISTRACTION. BEST. EVER. And also listening to this song, which is making me want to write PINING BOYS IN LOVE, and more specifically the Steve/Peggy/Bucky strand of the Love, Actually AU, because MY GOD, THE FEELS. <3


And also there is Avengers Christmas fic that I am itching to read, and then I got sidetracked while picking out a title for my Sherlockmas fic from a bunch of quotes on writing that are making me all warm inside with love for my craft, and.

What I'm saying is, I just want to lie back on the sofa and read/watch soppy love stories for the rest of the night. *sigh* If you have any of those in mind, do please throw them my way. <3
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This is a pretty people post. Because sometimes you just need to look at something beautiful.

lots and lots of pics )
sirona_fics: (a summer's day)

Via [ profile] dogeared

This is just so astonishingly beautiful. It would do us well to remember we're not the only thing on this planet; that there are amazing, incredible, awe-inspiring things happening around us all the time. I am just. A little speechless. So gorgeous.

Also, just finished watching Stigmata for the first time in years. Could be one of the things that influenced my mood tonight, but when I watch this, I just remember that line, The kingdom of heaven is inside you, and all around you. I am not particularly religious -- or, no. I should say I am not particularly conventionally religious -- I have plenty of beliefs and faith personally. And this is just one of the things to make me sit back and bask.

Anyway. On with the show.
sirona_fics: (so that other things fall together)
  • it’s not your fault
  • you don’t have to apologize
  • it’s okay if you feel bad, because some days are like that
  • it’s okay if you feel good, because some days are like that too
  • you’re not crazy
  • no, really, you’re not crazy
  • even if you feel crazy
  • even if you feel like you’re out of control and you can’t get your footing and you’re never going to
  • you’re still not crazy
  • and it’s still not your fault
  • and you are going to find your footing
  • (but it’s okay if it takes awhile)
  • (you’re not on a schedule)
  • you’re not a burden
  • you don’t have to be ashamed of yourself
  • and even if do feel ashamed of yourself (some days are like that)
  • i’m not ashamed of you
  • because you haven’t done or thought or felt anything to be ashamed of
  • you deserve love and happiness
  • you deserve to feel like you’re on solid ground
  • but it’s still okay if you don’t
  • and it’s still not your fault
  • and you’re still not crazy
  • be kind to you
  • because you deserve kindness, too
  • you deserve it from everyone else
  • and you deserve it from yourself
  • you are not alone
  • everyone has good days
  • and everyone has bad days
  • and lots of us have strung-out gut-rotting awful days where it seems like it’s never going to get better
  • but it is going to get better
  • it’s absolutely going to get better
  • i love you
  • and i promise. <3

from here.

Just so you know -- it did. It really did. I love you, honey. <3

Okay. Deep breaths, Neve. Now off to do all the things.
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I've been incredibly restless all day. I guess it's been a long, long time since I had the weekend off to just chill out and do fuck-all if that's what I wanted.

So naturally I cleaned the house, dead-headed the roses on the balcony, finally hooked up our new Blu-Ray player that we've had since last Christmas -- I know, what the bloody fuck, this is ridiculous -- played Inception on it (just to make sure it worked, you know, honestly, although I could see every single stripe on Arthur's shirt and every fleck of blue in Eames' eyes and that was awesomesauce), fiddled a bit with my layout, read Tony/Steve fanfic by [ profile] gyzym, and made those mocha cupcakes I was talking about.

Observe! )

They are delicious. Success!! \0/ \0/

And now to finish that fic and make a start on the two beta jobs I promised. Yay moar yummy fic! *noms*
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Just something silly and excessively fluffy (again) to make your Monday night better. For [ profile] ssw_loved, who is moving into her new dorms today, and maintained that it was my duty as her bro to distract her. Which I was perfectly happy to do thus.

Her prompt was 'Cat, book, rusted'. And boys in love.

On the nuisance that are cats and their owners
~1,200 words

Damned cats )
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First of all: Allow me to FANGIRL ALL OVER THIS SHIT. Ridley Scott to direct new Blade Runner film



In other news, this article kiiiind of made my week. ♥ Homosexual zebra finches form long-term bond? THIS IS SO FINDING ITS WAY INTO HAND IN HAND, YOU REALISE. <3

Other things I am excite about: I am posting my H50 Big Bang tomorrow! FINALLY!! \0/ \0/ \0/ I apologise in advance for the MASSIVE SPAMMING this will result in, since I'm going to need like 5 posts + a masterlist. I promise I'll backdate them, but still, if anyone is going back through skip?=200, they are going to HATE ME.

Also? That ridiculous XMFC story I'm shoulders-deep in? I HAVE FINALLY NAILED CHARLES' CHARACTERISATION IN IT. Thank you everyone who listened to me moan about it and was wonderful and supportive!! I <3 YOU ALL. And to cherry-top it all, [ profile] raven_lore has gleefully agreed to receive that story as her [ profile] help_japan win! I AM RELIEVED. I AM NOT A LOSER. <3

Other things that make me happy? Fourth Test, The Oval (day two): England 457-3 v India YOU LOT ARE THE MOST AWESOMESAUCE. FUCK YES ENGLAND!! ROCK ON!! \0/


Carry on being awesome, you guyyyyys! <3<3<3


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Shocking, I know. It's like I'm rediscovering the wheel. But I'm super energised today after another night of 10-odd hours in a row. I shall do ALL THE THINGS!! And maybe even write! \0/ After I come back from shopping with my mother, however. We've like three christenings that we've been invited to attend, and we need presents for them.

Let's see now, to make up for my crappy mood and moaning of the past week, here's another edition of HAPPY-MAKING THINGS! :D


WHICH, COME ON. I MEAN. LOOK AT THEM. And I STILL haven't seen that interview! D: NO WONDER I'M MISERABLE. And [ profile] quoththewriter is A Star and has spammed me with a bunch more of them!! You can find them here! :D

2) Again, courtesy of my pledge brothers, I give you this video, which, seriously, I was laughing so hard last night that there were tears leaking everywhere. That dude is stoned out of his mind, I'm thinking.

Obviously the epic mocking is coming from Logan. Mainly. Head canon.

3) Chapter Five of Hand in hand is the only way to land is up, for those following it! :D There's maybe another two installments that I'm thinking of, which makes me sad because no more awesomesauce [ profile] red_rahl art, but y'know, all good things and all that. Also, THIS THING IS NOW OVER 9k, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN.


4) Arthur and Eames as bunnies, courtesy of the ever-wonderful [ profile] red_rahl! THE MOST HAPPY-MAKING! :D

Er, okay, so this is an abridged edition of happy-making things. I imagine there will be more tomorrow! For now I have to eat and go out, so. Happy weekend, everyone! <3
sirona_fics: (when years have passed h/d)
Got back from the cinema maybe an hour ago, AND I AM STILL BURSTING AT THE SEAMS. [SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT] )


Jul. 8th, 2011 07:57 pm
sirona_fics: (charles/erik love)
Sooo... Got home a couple hours ago. It's been 34 degrees outside, and I am heat-slapped and groggy. My head hurts because of the A/C slamming right at my sinuses, and I'm just flat-out knackered. I'm so sorry I couldn't be around, [ profile] delicatale! D: I AM THE WORST CO-WRITER EVER. But by the time I got your mail, and I'd done ?skip=220, I was completely useless, and it was 5pm your time. /0\ I SWEAR I SHALL BE ONLINE ALLLLL DAY TOMORROW if you want to get some writing done! IN THE MEAN TIME, I AM SENDING YOU THE BIGGEST VIRTUAL CUDDLE!! <333

Interesting/awesome things that have happened while I've been away:
  • This very apt, very well argued article.
  • The interview turned out to be more of a talk, theoretical but with potential, so altogether not too much of a waste of time. Had a nice dinner with my cousin, so there was that.
  • Also had a lovely walk through the city yesterday afternoon, when it was hot but not unbearable, and it was just coming up to 6pm and the light was slanting and golden, and it was lovely.
  • Ellie has just invited me to Google +, which I've no idea what it is yet BUT I AM TERRIBLY EXCITED TO FIND OUT! :D

  • Haven't managed to make too much progress with writing -- only about 2K on the P&P thing this morning, BUT it has taken the story up to just before Bingley's McCoy's proposal, SO NOT LONG TO GO AT ALL. I am kind of looking forward to writing those final scenes, A HELL OF A LOT.

    Anyway. I think I shall sleep now. After I've gorged myself on delicious watermelon my dad's just sliced. YUM! Either that, or I'm going to get a sudden attack of mad inspiration, and end up staying way too late again. It could go either way at this point. >.>

    ETA: I have every intention of signing up for this!

    mixtape exchange

    [ profile] zarah5, this is like the tailor-made exchange for you, bb! <333 God, I used to LOVE making mixtapes -- I still do them for myself now! :D I am so looking forward to this! I have left prompts! \0/ THEY ARE PERFECTLY FLUFFY AND SILLY AND ROMANTIC, AS PER SPEC. XD
    sirona_fics: (fluffy duckling)
    So [ profile] zolac_no_miko tagged me, and since I just feel the need for some SQUEE in my life today, I HAVE DECIDED TO DO IT RIGHT NOW. <3


    -Make a list of ten things that make you say OMG.
    -Tag five friends to do the meme.

    OKAY. Strangely enough *cough* this list sort of got pretty fandom-y on me. This surprises exactly no one, I should think. OMG THIS GOT SO LONG. :D )
    sirona_fics: (british accent)
    Okay, so this is extremely odd even for me, but this kind of really strick me for some reason. And I know nothing about this man, never even heard of him before in my life prior to today, but I can't help but feel that a bright light has gone out of the world all the same. He was possessed of all the delightful British excentricity I so adore, and it just made me smile and think how much I miss that place.

    So. In case anyone wants to read a sharp, witty portrayal of an ordinary man, who was nevertheless quite extraordinary in a way only human beings can be, here it is. Kudos goes to [ profile] alwaysaddled for finding it and sharing it! (Obituary in the NY Times.)

    A life extraordinary )

    May he rest in peace. Also, I've had to resist tagging this post as #madmanwithabox, which should speak of how much I loved the man's little quirks.
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