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Well, the interview and presentation seemed to go well, but I haven't found out yet if I've made it to the third round of interviews. Work has quietened down significantly, which is a relief. I have a week of in a couple of weeks, although I think I've managed to time it to coincide with the roof being re-slated, so it may not be quite as relaxing as I'd hoped.

I'm hoping to do all sorts of crafty stuff, mostly of the lace-making variety. I've had the necessary bits and pieces for a while, but you need daytime light and plenty of free time to do it, which don't tend to coincide often thanks to work. I'm also making time to write on an almost daily basis and really enjoying it. Mostly for a different fandom, but toblass has reminded me of my duties to SSHG and I must say I'm enjoying it more that I expected, too.

There's lots of nice stuff coming up in real life, too. Cinema screening of Billy Elliott the musical, a 30th anniversary screening of Ghostbusters, an outside screening of Dawn of Planet of the Apes here, and various other things that don't involve cinema screens. The garden is overwhelmed with plums and green beans, and I've just become an aunt for the third time so enjoyed a weekend full of snuggles and new baby smell. I've had to deal with the usual round of questions about when I'll be having kids (from friends now, not just family), but it think people are beginning to get the hint.

In other news, I went away for one weekend, and one of my friends got a Watership Down tattoo.

I think I'll end on that.

Drive by hello...

I don't think I've written in this journal for months - not that I was ever a prolific blogger, tending to use this purely for fandom purposes - but then I've not really been involved with this fandom for months either. I'll check in occasionally to make sure everyone is okay, but rarely comment. You've probably been in my thoughts even if we haven't spoken :)

The main reason for this absence is having got a new job within the same company just over 12 months ago. Although my involvement with the fandom had been slowly diminishing before then, I've spent the last year falling asleep on my feet. This coupled with various family dramas... well, the thought of committing time to anything was enough to give me palpitations.

Work is still as ridiculous - in fact I'm currently interviewing for a position that will give me even less time to my self and far more responsibilities - but now I'm wondering what I may have missed.

I've barely read any fic in the last year, unless prodded in their direction by toblass. I'm going to try and remedy that if anyone has any recommends?

I won't be signing up to the sshg_giftfest (or at least am very, very unlikely to) , but I'll try and get the sshg_hub comm ready to support anyone who needs to find a beta or britpick. After that, who knows?

Really this post is just to say a long overdue hello to everyone on my flist and to ask how you all are. I will try and post more regularly and be a better fangirl, but there is the chance I may disappear again if real life gets hectic...

Hugs to all!


In search of inspiration

(Also, Hello, I'm not dead!)

Has anyone ever used any of the online plot generators that exist? I had a go, and this gem was the result. It struck me as utterly hilarious until I realised that it was basically the plot of the Hobbit.

Anyway, I give you:

Hermione Granger, the Centaur
- a fantasy novel

by anoesis

Read more...Collapse )

Literary gold.

*drive by post*

Hello all!

Firstly, can I apologise to those still waiting for sshe_newbies drabbles from me. I somehow lost access to livejournal for a few days and then my gloriously long Christmas holiday ended and I had to go back to work. Today has been spent dismantling bookcases, carrying heavy things up and down stairs and generally wearing myself out. There is more heavy lifting waiting for us tomorrow, but I'm going to set aside some time to write as well.

We woke this morning to find that the storm winds had moved the greenhouse two feet to the left, but has otherwise left us undisturbed.

In other news, I have inherited my great grandmother's Maltese lace bobbins.

As you were.

Happy New Year!

So much to look forward to this year. For example, if you watch Supernatural, you'll know that this is the year that a demonic zombie plague sweeps the globe. Nice.

All the best for 2014!


This year's NewbieFest is going really well, with all manner of gifts being offered. Thank you so much to everyone who's taken part
There's still time to offer up gifts of any kind, and even a few left available to be claimed. More importantly, there are gifts being posted every day that need to be admired!

If you are a fan of SSHG fanfic and artwork, be sure to stop by and see what are talented participants have created. Even if you aren't able to provide a gift yourself, you can still take part in the fun by reviewing the posts. Reviewing is the lifeblood of any exchange and lets our giftees know their hard works are appreciated.

So come on over and join the fun. If nothing else, you'll find some amazing SSHG goodness to enjoy!

NewbieFest is awesome!

Less than 24 hours into NewbieFest and already the gifts are coming thick and fast!

So far, participants have managed to score: four drabbles, three drabble series, one short story, three offers of uniquely blended tea, two crocheted lap blankets, three photo manipulations, a hogwarts houses scarf, a podfic, themed cookies and two pieces of artwork! Phew!

Still to claim are seven drabbles and three short stories, and I know for a fact that there is more to come! If you've not been yet, come take a peek, and remember to come back, as this baby keeps growing!

You'll find our offers post here,  but don't forget to heck out requests and prompts post for free inspiration!

Happy Birthday celestialbeing1

Wishing you all the best and hoping you get some awesome presents!


Happy Christmas, everyone!

I'm sharing cooking duties with my mother this year, so wish me well! This may be the last time I check in with LJ until Newbiefest, so if i don;t see any of you before, have a wondferful Christmas!

Once you've had your fill of relatives and turkey, be sure to turn up to sshg_hub from the 27th onwards to bag yourself some more gifts!

Happy Birthday toblass

Have a wonderful day!  Sending love and imaginary cake your way xx


Happy Birthday rivertempest

Wishing you all the best!


Happy Birthday sandlappershell

Wishing you all the best!


Happy Birthday desigrl!

Wishing you a wonderful day ♥


The sshg_promptfest is fast approaching! Are you ready?

Need beta help? Need a Britpicker? Need someone to explain just what exactly is meant by a txt file?

Just ask! Either here or on our Facebook page (nb this page is now private, so if you'd like an invite just let me know. Friend me (An Oesis) on facebook to make the process easier)

First ever meme, i think...

I don't normally follow memes, but this one intrigued me. After multiple attempts, there is apparently no denying that I write fanfiction like...

I write like
J. K. Rowling

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Which is probably because I use all her proper nouns, but it's still nice to know that I parrot Jk like JK :)

You may have noticed

That I've been a bit completely absent of late.

I've been working in a seconded role at work for the last three months and doing my utmost to ensure this evolves into a permanent position. As such, I've been in overdrive since late July and it's beginning to show... I've also taken on a ridiculous amount of hobbies (Crochet! Tatting!) and have been given the means to indulge in even more for my birthday (lace making! Pyrography!) To make matters worse, I now have a Tumblr account that steals ridiculous amounts of my time and is threatening to suck my into other fandoms. Add family, friends and a social life to all this... I have no idea how people balance all these things!

So I've been away a bit, although I do occasionally lurk around and read peoples posts. However, I feel like I've missed a huge amount of what's going on. I know most people are busy, but I've missed you all! If you have a moment, can you just reply here to let me know that your are well? Or how your promptfest or NANO is going? Whether you've seen snow yet/are still in shorts? I need to know these things!

Hugs to all, especially those what needs them!


Happy Birthday

to duniazade

And slightly belated birthday wishes to songquake, too!

Here's wishing you all that is wonderful :)


Thank you very much

to everyone who sent birthday wishes to me, either here or on facebook! You made my birthday extra sweet :)


I'm not sure how it happened, but somehow three of my stories have been nominated for the hpfanficfanpoll awards 2013: With Careful Magic Caught Inside, Fireworks and A Necessity. This is especially sweet as Careful Magic and Fireworks were both written as gifts for other people.

Thank you very, very much to the kind soul who nominated me. I'm off to pay it forward and nominate a couple of overlooked pieces that have delighted me this past year.

Rules, Timelines, and How to Nominate a Fic

To Make Nominations/Ask Questions: hpfanficfanpollmod@gmail.com
Nomination period: October 1st - October 28th, 2013
Voting period: November 1st - December 31st, 2013
Winners announced: by January 10th, 2014

I'm not dead.

In case you were worried, just a bit overwhelmed by rl.

Hope all are well :)

This rare venture back onto LJ was prompted by having a story featured on the awesome sshg quiz! What an honour :D
335341_originalClick to play!

Link to my story, Delicious, here.


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