LJ vs. DW - the battle wages; plus, happy holidays!

Dec. 24th, 2011 | 01:10 pm

Hi y'all,

As I'm sure many of you have seen, there's been a lot going on recently in the state of LJ, and a large percentage of my flist has been making noise about migrating to Dreamwidth. This isn't the first time this has happened, as there was another such exodus a few months ago when LJ was facing the first of the recent serious DDoS attacks. From what I can see, it didn't really take, though I myself set up a DW account then as a backup.

That said, I think the recent changes to LJ's commenting system and general air of animosity, exasperation and neglect from the LJ staff towards its users will truly be the thing that decides people on whether or not to make the switch. My own journal hasn't been affected much, as far as I can tell, and personally I don't have any issues with the new commenting system, despite knowing how and why it's problematic for other users; however, I personally don't care to continue giving my money to a service that doesn't respect its customers, and obviously it makes no sense to continue using a dying service if the majority of fandom decides to saunter off in the direction of DW. The rise in popularity of Twitter and Tumblr has already greatly affected activity on LJ, as I myself have used those other platforms for the majority of my recent updates about RL and otherwise. My paid account is good until mid-next year, at which point I will likely not renew my LJ subscription. Perhaps I won't delete my account outright, but for various reasons LJ might become the backup instead.

So, for those of you who are on DW and wish to add me, my page can be found at nanoochka.dreamwidth.org, and I also invite you to add me on Twitter or Tumblr, which in both cases my username is the same. For DW, I did have a different username before, and many of you added me then; but having thought about it, I decided it made the most sense to keep things consistent, rather than risk confusion. Please friend me again under the new account if it's not too much trouble.

With that out of the way, I'd like to wish each and every one of you a great holiday season and a fantastic new year. See you all in 2012! I'll save you all a piece of birthday cake next week, too. :P

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Our town.

Oct. 22nd, 2011 | 11:04 pm

Sometimes I like to bitch about my city to an unbelievable extent, like when it takes me 2 hours to get home on a Saturday night because of random bullshit traffic, but a lot of the time I much prefer to wax poetic about Toronto because, at the end of the day, I really do love it so damn much.

I found this fantastic video that is a must-see for any fellow Torontonians out there, along with anyone else who is curious about the city, thinking of visiting, or has visited in the past and is simply looking to reminisce.

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Let me wax poetic about my magic loofah. No seriously, let me.

Sep. 12th, 2011 | 01:27 pm

In some ways, I regret making what amounts to not only a non-fandom-related post, but a promotional post of a thing. But I cannot contain my silence any longer! I absolutely had to write something about this little device I bought about a month ago, that has literally changed my life.

I'm talking about my Clarisonic Mia.

Some serious squee below the cut. )

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Ay-up AO3

Aug. 23rd, 2011 | 03:38 pm

Hi y'all,

I'm back from Texas after a wonderful few days with [livejournal.com profile] cautionzombies and [livejournal.com profile] daggomus_prime, and now that I have internet access again I'll be able to start responding to comments again and keeping in better contact.

Just FYI, I've received an invitation to AO3 and have posted Carry On Up This Broken Tide here - not surprisingly, my username there is also Nanoochka. I want to update the master post with this information, but LJ seems to be speaking exclusively little bitch these days and won't let me edit the post without fucking everything up. That'll happen as soon as it starts behaving again. I know the PDF and EPUB I made of the story is riddled with typos - I think I failed to save my edits in the .docx file at some point, so the AO3 version is mostly fixed up and will let you download various formats with the corrections made. This will be my go-to method of posting from now on (other than LJ of course), since it's much easier to update and have all the changes be reflected in the downloadable versions. Having to update the PDF and EPUB versions separately is far too much work, though I apologize to those who might have downloaded those files already and found that my edits and corrections weren't saved. This should solve the problem.

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Poster Girl

Jul. 12th, 2011 | 10:15 pm

Got my Singer Salvage T-shirt recently... thought I'd share it with y'all because it's pretty sexy and for once the photo turned out nice. After futzing with some nifty iPhone effects my hair looks more brown than red, but that's what you get for having a futuristic phone of the future.

Think Bobby would hire me to be his spokeswoman?

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eBook Covers!

Jun. 11th, 2011 | 11:16 am

This is kind of a random post, but for those of you fond of eBooks and in possession of an eReader, I thought I'd direct your attention to a great Etsy shop that sells the cutest little eReader covers you ever did see.

This is the one I got:

Adorable, n'est pas? The shop is called CW Creations - I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, so I'm not getting anything out of pimping their store, but if you're in the market for a sweet, high-quality cover, it's worth checking out. I was really impressed by the craftsmanship and the colour/pattern combinations, and am far more enamoured of the unique design than I would have been by one of the uninspired designs available through eReader retailers such as Best Buy or Chapters/Borders/Barnes & Noble, etc. They're a little on the pricey side, I admit, once you factor in shipping (within the US it's far more reasonable, about $5, but to Canada I had to fork over almost $12 in shipping), but I'm so happy with my purchase that I sort of don't mind. Most covers run at around $45, which is not much more than you'd pay for a generic folder cover in store. The best thing is, the covers fit most eReaders, and you can ask them to customize the size depending on what type of device you have at home.

Happy shopping!

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J2BB update and further departures - Yep, I'm still going.

Jun. 2nd, 2011 | 01:10 pm
music: Lady Gaga - Americano
mood: giggly giggly

Hi all,

A quick update on some things, since I've been a bit remiss in posting lately outside of twitter! I don't mean to neglect you. Some exciting things have been happening - the lovely [livejournal.com profile] bauble visited me in Toronto last weekend and lots of fun and adventures were had, and then next month I'll be joined by my brain-twin, [livejournal.com profile] fossarian, so we can experiment with a) writing our [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang while sitting across the room from one another, and trying not to kill each other over our Yankees/Blue Jays rivalry on the playing field. AND THEN I'm off to Texas in August to visit [livejournal.com profile] cautionzombies and [livejournal.com profile] daggomus_prime (a mere 2 days before our [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang is due, oddly enough). I'm really hoping some other random folks will show up in that neck of the woods, too (
[livejournal.com profile] bauble and [info]nyoka, I'm looking at you), but we'll see what happens. I'm so excited I could spit chewing tobacco and fling my Stetson in the air. They do that in Texas, right?

Anyway, speaking of J2BB, I thought y'all deserved an update on my progress, which is ongoing. Looks like my projection of a 90k final wordcount isn't as wacky as I first thought, because, well...

60000 / 20000 (300.00%)

For those who are wondering, work on When Play Turns Bitter is still going apace, though I'm not totally sure how quickly I'll get the final chapter up. Hopefully soon, although it's getting more and more difficult to put aside my J2BB work as the summer continues to crawl by. But I promise it's still in the works, and will definitely be finished this summer. In the meantime I also have some one-shots planned, and--*gulp*--maybe even some RPF involving baseball.

Also totally random--and I'm sorry if this puts anyone off--but does anyone else feel the new Lady Gaga album is kind of... not up to par? It's not bad, exactly, but feels a lot more derivative than I expected. It's like she took some stock pop chord progressions and mashed them together with a bunch of Justice songs. Except that Justice still did it better.

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[livejournal.com profile] help_a_friend auction offer! Place your bids!

May. 25th, 2011 | 12:19 am
mood: hopeful hopeful

[livejournal.com profile] help_a_friend [livejournal.com profile] help_a_friend [livejournal.com profile] help_a_friend

In the spirit of helping those in need, I have made an offer for two buy-it-now fics in honour of the seriously lovely, talented and fabulous [info]plentyofowls, who is in need of some support. As someone who has been a privileged recipient of her amazing artwork, kindness and wicked sense of humour, I am all too happy to return the favour and help out in the best way I know how - in this case, offering some fic. If you're interested in contributing any creative works, please click the banner above and visit the comm.

My thread can be found here - my current offer is for two fics, either Dean/Castiel or Jensen/Misha, starting at $5 (USD)/1000 words. The fic can be as long or as short as you like (well, barring the minimum); each additional 1000 words is $5, so when you place your bid be sure to let me know your maximum amount. Unlike traditional auctions, the winning bids will belong two the first two people to post.

Check it out and support a good cause and a beloved fandom talent. Chop-chop!

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Shut up, Sera.

May. 14th, 2011 | 10:25 am

Can we make a list of all the things that are already annoying me about 6.21, based on the preview video? Here, let's have a spoiler cut and jump right to it.

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May. 3rd, 2011 | 09:16 pm
mood: pleased pleased

Stolen from Euclase's tumblr, because she is brilliant on top of being a brilliant artist:

Can I get an A-fuckin'-men?

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If you have nightmares about the future, you have to have a cigarette.

Apr. 8th, 2011 | 12:53 am
music: Quantic - Off the Beaten Track
mood: accomplished accomplished

So, as you can see, I'm trying out a new layout. I must admit I felt rather jealous of the layout I adapted for the [info]wipper_snappers comm, because it really is gorgeous (and you should immediately be checking out [info]ghost_factory if you like it), so my little project tonight was to try and come up with a way to make it Dean/Cas related without looking gaudy. Hopefully I've managed that much. The background image is actually a wallpaper I futzed together in a fit of texture-happy desperation using artwork from [info]aesc; I hope y'all like it. There might be some additional tweaking in the near future as I figure out exactly what I want, but I'll try not to do anything too crazy.

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Let the screaming and rending of clothes begin.

Apr. 1st, 2011 | 08:56 pm
mood: excited excited

So today [info]fossarian and I signed up for [info]deancasbigbang under our [info]wipper_snappers alias. Anyone care to place bets on how long it'll be before we start to lose our shit? Me neither.

Anyway, this promises to be a fun challenge this year, with boatloads of super talented artists and writers on board. You should sign up, too! This is a great opportunity to get that long fic you've been thinking about done.

Click the banner to sign up

See you on the other side, peeps!

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Just Because Mix: There Ought to Be More Dancing

Mar. 25th, 2011 | 11:18 pm
music: Daft Punk - Derezzed
mood: energetic energetic

I felt like doing a music mix tonight, just for fun.

I have no idea how many people on my flist listen to/enjoy ass-shaking music that ranges from dance rock to hip hop to electronica, but I'm uploading it anyway because....

Tracklist and DL after the cut )

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New Tattoos!

Mar. 25th, 2011 | 03:21 pm
mood: chipper chipper

Felt like sharing my new ink... Sorry the picture quality isn't the greatest!

First - my Baskerville ampersand, an homage to my graphic design days and my obsessive love of fonts. Very happy with how the shading turned out, even if the picture is horrible and my wrist is all bloody and caked with ink. I'll update a prettier one later. :P

Second - does this really need explaining?

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New comm announcement!

Mar. 25th, 2011 | 12:37 am
mood: excited excited

Howdy y'all,

To celebrate our inaugural collaboration, the missus
[info]fossarian and I have created a sparkly new comm to host all of our current and future teamwork.

Do check us out at
[info]wipper_snappers and feel free to add, and pass on the word!

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Come as you are

Mar. 21st, 2011 | 10:03 am
mood: touched touched

This made me weep, but everyone needs to watch this video. Promise you won't regret it.

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Wocher, bandwagon.

Mar. 16th, 2011 | 10:43 am
mood: gloomy gloomy
music: OneRepublic - Secrets

Stolen from everyone and their mum:

Ask me to take pictures of any aspect of my life that you're interested in/curious about - it can be anything from my favorite shirt to my workplace, my books or my home. Leave your request as a comment to this entry, I'll snap the pictures and post them.

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Help NZ offer

Mar. 3rd, 2011 | 11:23 am
mood: determined determined

Howdy everyone,

So, in light of the fact that I'm feeling okay about my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang progress, I have decided to throw in my hat for the [livejournal.com profile] help_nz charity auction. My offer is for Dean/Cas fic (porn, or whatever, you name the terms) of at least 2000 words. Minimum bid is $3 USD, so please check out my thread and support a good cause!

Click here to view my thread and place a bid!

ETA: I've had a thinky-think and have decided to match the winning bid on this story. So far we're up to $33, so if you feel like subjecting me to the kind of financial terror I had when Misha ran 83km ($5/km, that was a real smooth idea, Nanner), go all out and watch me squirm. :D

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Twit, Part Deux

Mar. 1st, 2011 | 08:17 am
mood: busy busy

Hello again,

Just to make things even more confusing, I've decided to create a second Twitter account,
@nanoochka, to keep my fandom/personal tweets separate from the posts I made to @infohead_desk. Since I've got a fair number of RL friends on there, I'd like the two not to cross-pollinate (they don't know about my slashy ways lol). Hopefully this one is a lot more recognizable to you, so please add me back! I'm doing my best to add everyone who followed me on the other account.


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I done caved.

Feb. 28th, 2011 | 04:19 pm
mood: crazy crazy

Hey y'all,

I've finally given in to the pressure and created a Twitter account. I'm still figuring it out how it works, but I wanted a way to keep track of all the dumbass reference questions I get asked on a daily basis at work. There won't really be much about my writing or personal life, but hopefully it'll be good for a laugh.

So, if you're keen, follow me! I can be found

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