evaine_lj: (California Cowboy)
Okay, this is ridiculous. I have my winter slippers on - the ones that are like boots. It's the first time my ankles have been warm all day. It's going down to the low 50s overnight, if not lower. And it's still freakin' AUGUST, people! AUGUST!

On the up side, however, I did finally get myself a new mouse today. I loved my old one. I'd had it for... oh hell, probably 5 years? A Logitech wireless. But it finally gave up the ghost. I couldn't click and drag, nor could I highlight a piece of text any longer without trying for 50 times - and that's not a lie! So I got a new one, and it's SO pretty. Baby blue with lilies on it. If you're curious, it's here. And the best thing? I only paid $30 for it! Bargoon!!

I worked some more on my epic today. Chapter 8 is finished!! Whoo hooo! I may even get a start on Chapter 9 tonight. The past 3 weeks have seen me writing almost every day/night and it feels wonderful! Kudos have to go out to [livejournal.com profile] cobrasnaps who regularly gets out the pom poms to cheer me on and, of course, to [livejournal.com profile] joolz82253 who keeps begging for more. They're both great motivators and every little bit helps!

I got to chat with [livejournal.com profile] tasyfa on the IM today and that made me a happy camper. I've missed our chats.

Then there was this that made the fangurl in me squee ... well, like a fangurl.

James is sitting ON LARS' KNEE! I mean, seriously, have you ever seen such a thing??? Oh, and the other fellows? They're a German band called Die Toten Hosen which I'm told means The Dead Pants. ROTFL!! Thank you, Trinny!!! Made my day!

Tomorrow is the big Nascar Nationwide race here in Montreal. Big doin's around here, ya know. I'll be watching on the tube, of course, cheering on local boy Patrick Carpentier. It's supposed to rain, but I think, if it's not too bad, they'll just haul out the rain tires and the race goes on!

And that's about it for the view from here. I'm wishing all my flisties a LOVELY weekend!

evaine_lj: (HOwdy)
My big news of the day is that I actually posted a fic! Go me!! And not just any fic, my friends, a Metallica fic. It's up over at Rockfic and because it's a short fic - 835 words - I also posted it on my writing journal, [livejournal.com profile] evainefic. Y'know, in case someone might want to read. (Shameless pimping and I'm ashamed of myself.)

I know some of you are hoping for news from Julie. I can tell you that she's settling in at home, dealing with the after-surgery pain. I mean, this was a HUGE thing, lots of stitches and all, so she's having a lot of pain to deal with. She can't sit at the computer for any longer than 5 or 10 minutes max at this point, so quick emails is the order of the day.

I got some good news at work at the end of last week. Our job profile revision FINALLY got released. We've only been fighting for this since November of 2006 when we took over a whole bunch of job duties from a department in Ontario. And, thank God, we got our profile upgraded! Yep... I'll be getting a raise! And a pretty decent one. *nodding* Works out to about $120 a week.

Thanks to some bigtime encouragement from [livejournal.com profile] joolz82253 and [livejournal.com profile] cobrasnaps I've been working hard on the epic "The Saint Unforgiven"... "The Unforgiven Saint"? Not sure which sounds better, but... anyway... I am actually writing just about every day! And every day that I'm not writing, I'm plotting and musing and figuring things out. It feels DAMNED good!

And it's FINALLY hot here. I mean, it feels like summer at last! There's actually been sun for 3 days running, with 3 more forecast. For this summer, that's unusual!

Be well, my flisties! *HUGS* to you all!

evaine_lj: (World Domination)
I just spent the last half hour sitting out on the front porch enjoying the sun and the light breeze, mulling fics over in my mind while I sucked on my coffee. It's one of those lovely summer days out there - good for the soul, ya know?

So what have I been up to this week? )

Here's wishing a LOVELY weekend to all my flisties!

evaine_lj: (Evaine - Lars Wall)
I've not been posting in here for a while. I've been reading the Flist and posting comments here and on my boards, but life being what it is these days, I seem to have lost the impetus to actually do any posting of my own.

But today I read something I wanted to share with y'all. I found it via a link on Smart Bitches Trashy Books which sent me to this entry over at Murderati, a writing and publishing blog.

The entry touched me so much that I wanted to preserve it, so I'm copying it here in my own LJ for posterity.

Comfort Reading )

Yeah, it touched me.

evaine_lj: (Baby Lars - Merry Merry)
So here we be, the evening before Christmas Eve. And oddly enough, even with all the upheaval of the past months and past weeks and days... I'm right on schedule. *LOL* All the prezzies are wrapped and under the tree. I only have stocking stuffers to take care of tomorrow, which is my usual modus operandi. Even though it's in my bedroom and is smaller than usual, I have to say that my tree looks tres, tres festive.

Michael's at his dad's until tomorrow night - when I have to go out and get him. Well, that's after going to pick him and his little half-sister up and take them out for brunch. It's Michael's and my tradition, brunch at Boccacino's on Christmas Eve. This year, now that she's older, I thought Victoria would like to join us, she ADORES her big brother you see. She's all for it. We may take in "Alvin and the Chipmunks" afterwards, all things being equal - like no damned snowstorm. *LOL* Then I take Mike back to his dad's for THEIR traditional Christmas Eve supper of authentic British fish and chips and an evening of tobogganing before returning to pick him up again. That kid needs to get his license!

I'd love to do the year-end writing meme that's going around, but dammit, I haven't finished hardly ANYTHING this past year. This renovation is taking up all my energy. *sigh* But I do have a bunch of WIPS that I'm really excited about. The story I started for Biffno last year being one of them. My AU Metfic. My super see-crud project. And those are just the multi-chapter fics! I have another whole bunch of bunnies and WIPS waiting for my attention - including a couple in a new (for me) bandom or two. Hopefully a whole slew of them will see posting in '08.

Writing my [livejournal.com profile] xmas_rocks fic felt really good, despite the moaning I subjected a few people to. *LOL* I'm planning on getting more writing done between now and after New Years. I'm off all Christmas Week and then off on Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week for New Years. There's some prime writing time in there! And a plethora of drummers and frontmen vying for my attention. *LOL*

Work that was to be done on the house last week, wasn't. Ben managed to catch the flu. *sigh* If it's not one thing it's another. By this time, we were hopeful that the bathroom would be painted. But nope, it's got it's first coat of mud/plaster, waiting for coats 2 and maybe 3 and THEN I can paint. Maybe next weekend. God, I'll be glad when this is done and I have my house back!

I'm going to settle in to watch one of my favorite Christmas movies tonight. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Relax, drink some coffee.. the usual. Hope all of your Sunday evenings are going smoothly and are as eventful as you'd like them to be.

evaine_lj: (I'm So Good)
I actually finished the second chapter of my project. Colour me amazed! *grin* And this despite the upheaval of the renovations and now... a stupid cold that I picked up God knows where. Maybe there's something to be said for waking up way too early on a Sunday morning?

evaine_lj: (I'm Not Happy)
Looking for a chuckle, I headed over to [livejournal.com profile] fuckyou_fandom thanks to a post by [livejournal.com profile] looking_spiffy. I don't know why I do this to myself. Sporking, anon or otherwise, truly gets under my skin in the worst way. But that's for another rant.

Today's rant? People, if you're going to criticise authors, no matter how bad they may be, you'd look a fuck of a lot more credible if you knew where the "shift" key was on your keyboard as well as learning to spell, punctuate and NOT use fucking chat-speak! I'm sorry... I can't take anyone who does chat-speak seriously. It screams ignorance (in the true sense of the word) to me. And when people who profess to be writers use it, be they amateur or not, it just makes it that much worse. Where's the pride in your OWN words? In my honest opinion, you are no better than the people you're flaming. I mean, Jesus Christ on a pogo stick, people! It's as if you're criticising someone's new haircut while your own snarl of matted locks haven't been washed in 3 weeks. Quite possibly the would-be writers you're calling out (behind a veil of anonymity) are the worst things fandom has ever seen, but your opinions carry no weight with me because your writing is just as awful.

Yes, I'm old, cranky and anal... and my fucking feet hurt!
evaine_lj: (Hmmm)
... that when I'm busier than a squirrel in a nut factory, I get all these ideas about the stories I'm working on? I have scenes playing out in my head for 4 - yes, 4 - of my WIPs, but by the time I can sit down and write, I'm too damned wasted! Grrrr!

On the upside, the study is just about empty. All that's really left in there are pieces of furniture - a TV, 3 filing cabinets, a coffee table and that's it! Everything else is packed! Now understand, not only is the study the place where my hoards of books reside, it's also the junk repository of the house - you know the place where you put things until you can find the time, or the will, to put them away properly. So I'm pretty chuffed about that!

I've also made progress on my bedroom. Lots of STUFF in there too. *LOL* And I've packed up the curio cabinet in my living room. 6 shelves filled to the brim with figurines and knickknacks. All packed! Whoo hooo!

Michael and I took a big load of boxes and stuff to Storage Central - and I thank God every trip that I bought my Tuscon! Bella carries A LOT. Anyway, after stowing the stuff, I decided why not stop in at La-Z-Boy and price sofas - because I need a new one. I should know better. Price. *snort* See... delivery is 8 - 12 weeks, so if I want a new sofa for when the house is done... gotta order it now. So guess what I did? Yep, bought myself my sofa.

But it's a TERRIFIC sofa! One end is a chaise lounge/longue - something I was determined my next sofa would have. And get this... the back... RECLINES!! So freaking cool - perfect for snoozing! And the other end is a normal recliner. It's SO comfy!! I'm getting it done in a blue, with a hint of sage green, almost faded denim colour. It's called 'Rain' and the fabric is from the Todd Oldham collection - EXCUSE ME! *LOL* I can say I have a designer sofa! Whooo hooo! I decided this time, to get something well-made and would stand the test of time. And I firmly believe that with furniture, you get what you pay for, so I was ready to pay through the nose. But nope! It priced out to way less that I was budgeting for, so go me! And that's with the two pillows thrown in! Heehee!!

And this while fighting the urge to immerse myself in that Billie Joe/Mike arc over at The Establishment that [livejournal.com profile] tasyfa recced a while ago.

But the packing is getting done and I still have two long weekends before I have to be out of here! And I think the worst of it is done, but don't say it too loud. *LOL*

So now... I think I'll go tidy up the packing materials and then make myself a pot of coffee and just chill!

evaine_lj: (Harried and Tired Lars)
I have so much STUFF. I collect everything. Damn. It's in my genes. All my mom's family is the same. We collect stuff and we keep stuff - you know, just in case one day we need it. *RME* Which is all well and good, but when after 28 years in one house you have to pack it up. It's a fuck-ton of shit!

I tackled one of my bedroom dressers today. I have 3. I think I have every wallet I've ever owned in my adult life. And of course, because it would take me longer to sort and toss, I just packed everything in the boxes to be sorted and tossed when I unpack. There's really something wrong with that. *LOL*

So, I have to go into the office tomorrow. I promised my boss and the co-worker I'm closest with that I would not cop out and call in. I'd like to, don't get me wrong, I have so much stuff to pack and deal with. But I promised. So... into the office I go. At least between now and July 7th (when I'm supposed to be out of here) we have two long weekends. The June 24th and July 1st weekends.

So Ben and M.E. were here again yesterday to pack up more of Ben's stuff. He didn't think he'd left so much, but I kept telling him there was lots. *LOL* Most of it's gone now. Just little bits that I came across today and his part of the album collection.

M.E. expressed interest in my writing when we were sitting and talking after the days' work was done. So, I lent her Danish. I'm curious to see what she has to say about it. *grin* She has no squicks about slash, but about Metallica being slashed? Heehee!! Yeah, it will be interesting. *grin* Of course, Ben's eyebrow did the climb. Do you know that for as long as we were together, no matter what I was writing, be it Star Trek, Trixie Belden, Seven Brides, original fic, he NEVER read any of it. Oh, he was supportive and all, cheering me on; being proud when I'd get good reviews and all - but he NEVER read anything of mine. Just goes to show, I guess, there are alot of reasons he's an ex.

So that's it... back to the everyday grind tomorrow - if only for a day. *LOL* Then back to boxes and STUFF!!

evaine_lj: (Default)
I just finished the first draft of a 4500 word fic that may not ever see the light of day. Be that as it may, the important thing is that I wrote 4500+ words and finished a fic! It's one of those stories that eats your brain until you can actually get it out and into a Word file, a story that won't leave you alone until you tell it. And dammit, I'm happy with it. Oh, it needs some loving care, tweaking and fine-tuning, all that good editing stuff... but dammit, I like it. *LOL*

It seems, however, that there's a fuck-ton more of a story to tell. A character who has decided that HIS POV is just as important as anyone else's. Why did I think this was going to be an easy, one-shot deal? I didn't WANT a multi-parter, but it appears that I'm gonna get one.

I also discovered, that for writing this angsty-ish, introspective type fic, the music that works for me is accoustic Foo Fighters and accoustic Godsmack. Which brings up the random observation from me that my OTP's theme song is Cyndi Lauper's True Colours and that I really should make myself some writing-specific playlists for when I'm working on my fics.

Well, now I have a couple of errands to run and then, maybe I'll sit and play with the first draft of what I've written.

Season's finale of Heroes tonight! I can hardly wait!! If they off Peter, I'm gonna be SO pissed!

Just Stuff

Apr. 4th, 2007 01:21 pm
evaine_lj: (Random)
So here I am, in the middle of my weeks' vacation and I figure it's probably time for a bit of an Ev update on stuff.

So what have I been up to? )

So, I guess the rest of my vacation will be spent in reading, writing, watching and listening. Add to that, no alarm clock, and it's pretty much a perfect week off, doncha think?

evaine_lj: (Deep Thoughts)
I've come to an epiphany about my writing and how I feel about my place in the world of bandfic.

I write light and fluffy for the most part. Which is fine! Right?

But... I'm like the comedic actor who longs for the respect that his dramatic actor brothers get.

(Good Lord, I'm Eddie Murphy and I want to be Denzel Washington! *LOL*) Hey, maybe I can develop into Tom Hanks?

Anyway, it was a pivotal moment for me to recognise this in myself.

And I have high hopes for my Biffno work. *crosses fingers*


Jan. 19th, 2007 02:05 pm
evaine_lj: (Slash 'em)
Wheee! Yep, that's the sound of Ev actually getting some writing done! Over 1,000 words thank you. While that may not seem like alot to you folk, let me tell you, it's a pretty big thing to me. I can 'see' what comes after those words and can't wait to get home and sit behind my computer and get them down. I KNOW how that scene ends. It's The Project and it's begun!

And not only that! I have viable bunnies for a couple of other stories that have been running around in my head the last week or so. Got a few lines of dialogue down in one and some notes in the other. These are scenes in my head that won't go away... I see them all the time... when I'm stuck in traffic, on hold at work, having my smoke at breaktime, before falling asleep. This is GOOD because I haven't had this kind of bunny activity in a while!

And not only that! *LOL* I'm jonesing to work on my AU too! And then there's Biffno... okay, that's what it is in my head - I know I'm silly. I actually have a couple of ideas whirling around. *grin*

This feels fuckin' A fantastic!! Let's just hope it keeps up!

evaine_lj: (C'est La Vie)
Yep, I joined up with [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge and have finished my first book of the new year.

Childe Morgan by Katherine Kurtz. My favorite author of all. This is her latest offering in the Deryni series, and it pains me to say it, but it's far from her best. I miss the days of the Camber series. *sigh* Of course, it was nice to visit with some of my favorite characters again, see them in a different era than what we're used to. Wonderbaby Alaric Morgan anyone? But... Katherine's lost something in her narrative. It was only the last three chapters that gave me that charged up feeling of "I can't put this down!". The rest of the book was honestly not much more than a series of 'tellings'.

So, onwards and upwards. What's next on the agenda? I'm not sure... I have a whole bunch of new books to choose from. I'll keep you posted.

50 more books to read this year. There was a time when I could do that in a matter of a few months, but real life has a way of eating into the time I'd usually devote to reading, and writing as well. Reading 50 books will honestly be a challenge for me this year.

On the upside though... I have a few writing bunnies that have been rattling their cages rather emphatically, so hopefully 2007 will be more productive for me on that front. I SO hope to write my novel this year. There are a couple of scenes I keep seeing in my mind's eye and have been for a while, so now it's just to build on them. There are also some shorter fics percolating, something that's been lacking for the last little while.

What I need is to get my life organized better so that I have time for all the fun stuff. Reading, writing, IMing with my much missed friends. Maybe that should be my resolution for '07 - organization. Well, we'll see. *LOL*

evaine_lj: (Gorgeous Lars)
So... my buddy Paola arrives at break this morning, plunks herself down in the chair (Mary and I were already deep in discussion about Mary's up-coming meeting with a guy she's been chatting with on the internet for months) and holds her hand up.

"'Scuse me for interrupting," she says. "But I just want you to know. Purr? Fuckin' awesome. Hotter than hot. It was um... mmmmm-mmmmm... yeah... HOT." She grins and waves her hand. "Continue on."

Gob-smacked! I was gob-smacked. *LOL* Afterwards, Paola goes on to tell me how she's been looking at Met pics to get herself into the atmosphere - and man - she KNOWS how to pick out the slashy subtleties! I've made her a believer! Whoohoooo! Don't think she'll ever write, but she's sure enjoying reading.

So... yeah, I'm chuffed about that. *grin*

And on the writing front? Heh... I may be developing a Jason Muse. *blinks* Yes, a Jason Muse, you heard me... Sometimes, brainstorming with Ang can be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. *LOL*

And work is CRAZY today! The phone hasn't stopped since 8 this AM and it's just about 11 here.
evaine_lj: (Pretty Eyes)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] rheakurokawa and [livejournal.com profile] rockfic. A really interesting meme!

Take a look )


Oct. 4th, 2005 08:34 am
evaine_lj: (Thumbs Up)
Well, Paola just called me. Yeah, I know we're in the same office, but hell, she's 5 cubicle's away! *LOL*

Anyway... she had the chance to read Fault Lines last night. Her reaction - "Awesome! Totally awesome! Those boys really get into it, huh?" Then she laughed and said... "Can't wait to continue onto the next one. You wrote that, eh? Wow!"

So, I'm a little chuffed. *grin* Okay... alot chuffed. I'm anxious to get her reaction on the next one in line - Purr. If she remembers the order I gave her to read them. *LOL*

So... I'll keep you posted!
evaine_lj: (Vancouver Head Hug)
Well, I just came out to one of my friends here at the office during our morning break. Told Paola that yes, the fiction I write is gay slash - and yes, it's RP slash too. I've known Paola for almost 20 years now, since she was the typically Italian Canadian innocent young girl. *LOL* She's anything but that now. Heehee!

Anyway - managed to floor her. Thought her eyes were going to pop out of her head. See... I showed her this pic I have of two guys making out - I'll post it when I get home. Anyway, it's the hottest thing. She looks at it and goes... "But... wait! That's two GUYS!" She gives me this look. "Are you thinking of going to bat for the other team?" She says. ROTFLMAO!!!

I said, "No... but you know that fiction I write? It's gay fiction, Paola, gay real people fiction." There it was, right out there on the table, next to my laptop, between our two cups of coffee. "You know... guys on guys?"

"But, but... you still write men/women stuff too, right?" It's almost like she's pleading with me at this ooint. *LOL* I nod in the affirmative. "So... why write about guys? You still want to DO guys, right?"

"Of course I want to still do guys! SHEESH!! And why write about guys and guys? Well, 'cause I can? 'Cause I want to? 'Cause it interests me?" I mean, hell, I've never thought about it in depth - the story wants to be told, I tell it, you know?

"How fuckin' COOL!!" She yells out. *LOL* "I want to read some - print me out some, please!"

"Well, sure, okay, I can do that." I'm laughing at her by this time, she's so gobsmacked and intrigued at the same time.

So, I printed her out Fault Lines, In This Night- A Friend, Purr and Remote Control and took them over to her.

"Oh!" She says. "I can't wait to read this! It's so cool! You're so cool!"

Hehehe... I guess she's not bothered by it, huh?


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