11:23pm: LJ, oh, LJ
I realized earlier today that I hadn't received any notifications from livejournal about new entries from friends or communities I track. (Since Thursday morning! Tells you how busy my week has been.) Finally found this from the LJ Support page:
"Most notifications are not being sent via email or inbox at this time. LiveJournal administrators are aware of the problem, and are working to resolve this as quickly as possible." http://www.livejournal.com/support
Of course, there's no notice of how long they think it will take to resovle, and there are a bunch of open support requests in their tracking system about this. (I won't open one myself since it is a known problem) I'd also found LJ had published their "news" email yesterday but didn't see (perhaps I read over it?) any mention of the problem--of course, I didn't receive that email, so it was by chance I even saw the news update.
I'd also spent too much time trying to see if the problem was me. Being a geek, I try to troubleshoot things on my own before bothering support: checking notifications settings, checking my inbox and spam folders, etc, etc. all took place before discovering that the problem is LJ's. Well, hopefully the admins will get it fixed soon.
Otherwise, I hope everyone is having a good weekend! --sgr
7:11am: The Twelve Days of Christmas, Devil Wears Prada-style Title: The Twelve Days of Christmas, Devil Wears Prada-style Pairing: Andy/Miranda Rating: pretty much G Author's Note: Inspired bykali_bluemxrolkr's request for a DWP 12 Days of Christmas here in the Christmas Cracker Fic-a-thon. I'm so sorry! I just realized I'd given credit to the wrong person for the prompt. I generally don't write, but thought I had some ideas that could work. I hope this suits. Thanks: Many thanks to jazwriter for tossing ideas around with me in chat, letting me know when she thought I'd taken a wrong turn, and making suggestions that inspired my thought processes. (Heck, I should probably have offered her co-author status.) Thanks also to damelola for her feedback, when I was uncertain whether to post. I've gone and changed things after listening to other feedback, and my gut. Any mistakes are mine, because I specifically decided against some suggestions. Disclaimer: The movie, The Devil Wears Prada, belongs to 20th Century Fox and L. Weisberger. It was unreadable as a book, so all props for producing a film inspiring so many fanworks truly belong to: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, David Frankel and Aline Brosh-McKenna. This homage is a non-profit fanwork, and should fall under the fair use doctrine. Dedication: I dedicate this to chilly_flame for her Small Favors stories, which were the first DWP fics I read, and to the wonderful writers who have offered me the honor of beta-ing for them.
The Twelve Days of Christmas, Devil Wears Prada-style
On the first day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: A phone tossed in Paris
On the second day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the third day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the fourth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the fifth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Five Cartier rings Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the sixth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Six Wicked tickets (they took Lily & Doug, too) Five Cartier rings Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the seventh day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Seven Orchids blooming Six Wicked tickets Five Cartier rings Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the eighth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Eight 'Page Six' sightings Seven Orchids blooming Six Wicked tickets Five Cartier rings Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the ninth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Nine dinners at Pastis Eight Page Six sightings Seven Orchids blooming Six Wicked tickets Five Cartier rings Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the tenth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Ten Hermes scarves Nine dinners at Pastis Eight Page Six sightings Seven Orchids blooming Six Wicked tickets Five Cartier rings Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the eleventh day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Eleven paparazzi Ten Hermes scarves Nine dinners at Pastis Eight Page Six sightings Seven ochids blooming Six Wicked tickets Five Cartier rings Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
On the twelveth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me: Twelve Christian Lous Eleven paparazzi Ten Hermes scarves Nine dinners at Pastis Eight Page Six sightings Seven Orchids blooming Six Wicked tickets Five Cartier rings Four Dior dresses Three Prada bags Two searing lattes and a phone tossed in Paris
Actually, it is coming down quite hard. I may have the definition wrong, but it's one of those rains that I think of when I hear the word "torrential". Glad I made it back to the office before it */really/* got started.
I asked about it during the Beta panel at this year's Femslash Con, and learned that this trend is encouraged, if not insisted on, by at least one publisher. In discussions with one of my co-workers--see? That looks so much better than coworkers--even some of the folks at my employer have been on a campaign to either "save the hyphen" or "eradicate the hyphen", depending on how you want to look at it. As if the hyphen were an endangered species and only so many exist in the universe. What's next? The apostrophe? We already have enough problems with apostrophe misuse in the world. LOL
What would you do? Leave "pale blue eyes" as is, or put the hyphen in, ala "pale-blue eyes"? Is it "ex husband", "exhusband" or "ex-husband"? If I'm editing your story and I add the hyphen into your text, am I making work for both of us by my insistence on preserving this endangered species: I insert it, and then you have to reject the change?
And yes, I am aware that I sometimes have a problem with comma-overuse. Hopefully I will have curtailed that tendency a bit in this post. But really, if Andy's described as that "Chanel-attired endearing doe-eyed hooker"--prompt anyone?--I want commas there!
Thanks for your attention, and I'd love to hear your thoughts. It will help me improve as I beta some really great stories. :-)
10:33pm: It's Anne Hathaway Month!
This month, Jack (aka Anne) and those who love her have got at least two things to celebrate!
November 24th, her new film "Love & Other Drugs" opens. Here's the trailer in case you haven't seen it already [Error: unknown template 'video'] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO0X4DQZKqk
and before that, on November 12th we all get to celebrate her 28th birthday!
For her birthday, I'll be going to New York City to attend a combined staged reading of afro_dyte's play, Tulpa, or Anne&Me and the birthday party being held after the show. Having read an earlier version of the play, I can say that I can't wait to see this thought-provoking work given life by people outside my head! Won't you join us?
WHO:afro_dyte WHAT: Staged reading for Tulpa, or Anne&Me combined with birthday party for Anne Hathaway (aka Andy aka Jack). There will be cake. There will be balloons. There may be party hats. WHEN: Friday, November 12 at 8pm WHERE: WOW Cafe Theatre, 59 E. 4th Street, New York, NY WHY: Fundraising for Crossroads Theatre Project and WOW Cafe Theatre. HOW: Click on the Fractured Atlas button below to send a donation to Crossroads Theatre Project. Suggested donation $10. $25 or more lets you join the raffle for an autographed copy of the script. $50 gets you your own autographed copy of the script (no raffle needed). All donors will be named on the playbill.
ABOUT TULPA, OR ANNE&ME When Anne Hathaway crawls out of your television, what do you do?
Tulpa, or Anne&Me tells the story of a Black lesbian with an overactive imagination who forges an unlikely bond with Anne Hathaway. Guided by two guardian angels of Blackness (or are they voices in her head?), she struggles to connect with Anne across the thorny barrier between Black and White women. Through a series of visitations merging memory, reality and fantasy, Tulpa, or Anne&Me wrestles with the racial tensions that haunt even our most intimate relationships.
Raw, intimate, and unapologetic, Tulpa, or Anne&Me blends pop culture, Tibetan mysticism and womanism to begin the conversation about race that Black women and White women have never been allowed to have. Until now.
Read what some people are saying about Tulpa, or Anne&Me at: http://jasminllenadegracia.blogspot.com/2010/09/spotlight-tulpa-or-anne.html http://afro-dyte.livejournal.com/35818.html
ABOUT CROSSROADS THEATRE PROJECT Crossroads Theatre Project is a collaboration of new Black playwrights whose works explore how race intersects with other identities and challenge mainstream ideas about Black theatre.
The crossroads are rooted in African folklore, Vodou, and Delta blues as a place where strange and unexpected things happen. Anything can happen on the crossroads. You can speak with the dead, meet the spirits of your ancestors, or even sell your soul to the Devil.
Crossroads Theatre Project is the anti-Chitlin Circuit created to break barriers and undermine stereotypes by presenting thoughtful new stories by and about African Americans today. In the simplest terms, this means: no maids; no crackheads; no Tyler Perry.
The vision of Crossroads Theatre Project is nearly identical to 13P. The idea is to use our shared passion for theater and our status as Othered to empower us when it comes to gathering resources and reaching out to potential audiences and creative partners. We're committed to giving people theatre by and about us that challenges what people assume we stand for and/or are interested in. The goal of Crossroads Theatre Project is to incubate the works of new Black playwrights from first draft through full production.
1:35pm: Cow Appreciation Day
I don't know if you have 'em, but Chick-fil-a has the best ads with the cows. And so, it's Cow Appreciation Day today. I can just see a bunch of people climbing out of a car all dressed as cows. ;-D
Some of us at work talked about going to try it, but the heat's been so bad this week we've given up on it. Maybe next year.
10:20pm: The LRB Lonely-Hearts Challenge
I sent this "challenge" out to bargara_b a few weeks ago while she was recovering from surgery. She told me I really should post it, and now I'm finally doing so.
Amongst my recent book reads has been They Call Me Naughty Lola. It is a collection of personals from the London Review of Books.
These ads are much fun and very different than the average personals ads I've seen in the US or heard about from friends of the online ads. Google Books preview here</a> and a blog post summarizing entries from various book reviews here.
So keeping in mind the "higher caliber", "honesty" and quirkiness of the LRB lonely-hearts ads, I wondered: what Miranda's ad would read as? :
Two divorces. Twins. No, that refers to my daughters, not the ex-husbands; although the men did ultimately share striking similarities. Having decided to give up on the males of the species, if you're not Runway-thin, you can choose to respond to Box 4769. That's all.
So that's my piss-poor attempt. Your challenge is to write one either for Miranda or Andy. Or Emily, Lily, Nigel, Doug, etc. <g> A bitter ad from Nate?
And if you are involved in other fandoms, what would those characters use for their ads? I've tried to come up with something for J/7 but I got nothing. :-(
12:38am: My summer of theatre!
I've pretty much decided that I shall take the Bolt bus this weekend up to the city and catch a performance of "Lena!". It's only on until the 26th, so if I don't go this weekned, I'll miss it.
Well, besides a skinned knee and sore wrist, my right ankle was hurting bad. I called the office and asked if we had any ace bandages, since I didn't feel like walking into a store to buy one. The drive-through for lunch was do-able, despite the nausea. Once I got back to the office, my coworkers were great, bringing me ice and a wrap and even lending me a cane. Thanks MB for that cane!
After spending most of the weekend with it wrapped, iced and up, it's feeling much better.
So what does one do about an ex who is a) your neighbor, b) a friend, c) an habitué of the same local gay bar and sometimes, d) a bit of an asshat?
Here's what happened: Due to the sprain, I couldn't really drive any more so had canceled my plans to go to Drag Bingo on Sat. night. Then I got a call from the ex offering to pick me up and take me to bingo. Also, a loan of crutches was on offer. Okay, that sounds fine. We get there and since my other friends weren't going, and I didn't really know any one else, I got to sit with the ex and the other trans-men. (Can I just say some of these guys were hot as women, and while I salute their acknowledgment of their inner truths, I mourn the loss of hot lesbians? Okay, some of them used to be straight women, but still...)
The evening progresses and the games go on when I get a bingo! (That was pretty amazing with my luck.) The ex took that opportunity to choose asshattery with a snarky comment about my sexuality. Sure, I don't know many of the people there, but hey, I don't need "she wishes" yelled to the entire bar. And now that I think on it, I'm pretty sure drunkenness must have been a contributing factor to this behavior, and I--having had a couple cocktails myself--rode home with the ex behind the wheel. That really pisses me off even more. There's a reason that I enjoy going to NYC, and that's the quick and easy availability of taxis when I want to have more than one cocktail. Otherwise, I'm usually the designated driver, and rarely have even the one cocktail.
It's beginning to look like Christmas with announcements of "Early Black Friday" sales starting to appear in mailboxes and Santas arriving at local malls this weekend. So the question on people's minds is who will get Miranda's name in the Secret Santa exchange this year?
I got a call from our lovely mod, grdnofevrythng, asking if I would organize our Second Annual Secret Santa exchange for the dvlwears_prada community this year. Of course I said yes, since who can resist a request by our mod?
Last year's Secret Santa Exchange produced a terrific batch of fic, songmixes, graphics and vids. Can we do it again?
The Second Annual Devil Wears Prada Secret Santa Fic Exchange
And even though it's called the fic exchange, it's not limited to fic because we know there are many talented people in the community with gifts other than writing.
**How it works
Step 1. Respond to this post with your wishlist form between November 8th - November 15th at 11pm EST. Any type of created gift is acceptable to ask for: fanfic, banners, icons, wallpapers, videos, music mixes, etc. Commenting with a wishlist automatically means that you will have to be a Secret Santa for someone else.
Step 2. During the week of November 16th - November 22nd you will be contacted and given the name of another member who also posted their wishlist. NOTE: Please do not reveal yourself to your Secret Santa recipient. This will only ruin the surprise.
Step 3. Kick your creative booty into gear, and get cracking on making a "present" for your Secret Santa. Should you have any questions for your Secret Santa, please email me, and I will post the question for you. Satisfying the entire wishlist is not necessary. Any contribution will be appreciated by your Secret Santa.
Step 4. The big reveal. Gifts are to be posted between December 24th and January 5th.
Step 5. If you are unable to complete your gift, please contact me. I will arrange a back-up gifter to complete your gift.
Step 6. After January 5th, I will do a gift round up, and ensure that those who have not received their gifts are granted a back-up Santa, and in turn receive gifts.
**WISH LIST FORM
Name/LJ username: Important we know this for tagging purposes.
Email address: So we know where to send you the information of your Secret Santa. If you prefer not to post it in public, please email it to me (with your LJ name) at shesgottaread [at] gmail.com
What I want: Be as specific as possible. Want a fanfic? Then make sure you state what kind and what characters you prefer. Want graphics? What kind . . . what characters do you like? The more specific you are and the more you ask for, the better the odds that you'll get fabulous gifts that you've always wanted!
What I can do: What do you prefer creating? Fic, icons, graphics in general, videos? Help us give you an assignment you'll be comfortable with.
What I absolutely won't do: If there's a character, pairing, or genre you can't write, or if you think you'll only be able to make graphics, etc., say so here.
Anything Else: For any information that might not be covered by the above questions.
Are you willing to provide a backup contribution? Yes, no or maybe are all acceptable answers. While we may ask for back-up Santas, if you know you won't have the time please don't feel obliged to answer yes. If you're not sure, feel free to put maybe, and let me know definitely closer to the dates.
But it certainly seems like the text box and buttons on the main Google page have gotten bigger in the past day. As I increase and decrease the font size displayed, the text box gets larger and larger. It's annoying.
Hmm, does this mean there will be more trailers? Yay! Looks like it will be good. Got a screen cap of the end, now I just have to figure out where/how to upload it so it can be posted. Julie and Julia - Trailer No. 1 - @ Moviefone
August 7th, 2009 -- Meryl and Stanley, FTW! Supposedly there's another big movie coming out soon. Got an invite from Dell to breakfast/sales spiel then see some rip-off flick. I pass. May 8th or something like it, blerg.
Ice, Ice, Ice. But I got to go in late, although I had done some work from home this morning. Frustratingly, there was only so much I could do about the sidewalk in front of my house. You see, there's a bit of a slope from the main court sidewalk down to the fence gate. And the ice accumulation last night seems to have been highest at the top half of the slope, leaving the bottom half, next to the gate to be a thin sheet of just ice this morning.
When the coating is that light, it doesn't scrape away very well. So I put out chemical and did the slip-slide around my auto to clear the windows.
In other - non-weather related - news, I'm trying out the option of posting by email! This is one of the reasons I went ahead and took advantage of the Permanent account sale this past December. If it works, then I'll maybe actually post more.
1:08am: I think I've decided.
It's been sort of an annoying campaign season for me this year. I can't stand who McCain has become since he lost in 2000, and he's against too many things I believe in like abortion rights, and gay rights while having turned off his humanity in agreeing that it's okay to torture. And his selection of running mate? Who was he kidding? Okay, Karl Rove told him he had to do it, and couldn't have Lieberman.... I'm guessing that any decent Republican woman such as Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Olympia Snow, if they weren't on the hate-list, were too moderate, or just said "no".
Obama has gone centrist, which I realize he had to do to reach out and get votes. (And Bill Clinton did the same which got him elected. So I hope it works for Barak.) But as much as I want Change and Hope and an end to the madness and (perceived - since I'm not a lawyer) illegallity that has become our government's actions over the past 8 years, I just worry that Obama's not going to undo the excesses of BushCo and their extensions of presidential privilege/authority.
So, since I live in Maryland, and I feel it's a pretty decent bet that Maryland is going for Obama, I'm voting for McKinney/Clemente of the Green Party.
1. I want third-party representation in future elections, and my one vote helps toward that. 2. The Green Party supports the idea of pursuing charges against Bush/Cheney.
Steny's not getting my vote either, since he let the telecom immunity go through. (And I've supported Steny a long time.)
So we'll see. Good luck, Senator Obama. I certainly hope you win over McCain. But as my friends and I've discussed, I have to vote my conscience.
(And to think this is my first actual personal lj-post.)