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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It's been a while, so have a meme.

Nov. 16th, 2011 | 11:57 pm

Stole this from [livejournal.com profile] bauble 'cos I kinda liked it. Have at it, chickens!

Choose a number and ask me…

01. My sexual orientation.
02. What I'm really bad at.
03. The one person whose arms I'd like to be in.
04. My best first date.
05. A description of my self-esteem.
06. Who my best friends are.
07. My favorite book.
08. Biggest turn-offs.
09. A description of my best friend.
10. My favorite animal.
11. Someone I miss.
12. The reason behind my last break-up.
13. What I did yesterday.
14. My greatest achievements.
15. My favorite songs right now.
16. A description of my last kiss.
17. What I find attractive.
18. All of the pets I've ever owned.
19. My favorite ice cream flavor.
20. The one place I wish I was right now.
21. The most cruel thing anyone has ever said to me.
22. All of the places I've lived.
23. Qualities that make me more likely to love a person.
24. My future plans.
25. One of my internal conflicts.
26. What I'm doing tomorrow.
27. My life's aspirations.
28. My most embarrassing moment.
29. Two of my insecurities.
30. What I would do if I won the lottery.
31. What I love most about myself.
32. My biggest pet peeves.
33. What musical artists I've seen live.
34. How many kids I would like to have.
35. My idea of a perfect date.
36. What I'm really excellent at.
37. My most traumatic experience.
38. Where I would like to live.
39. The nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.
40. Whether I like where I live now.
41. What I can hear right now.
42. My relationship with my siblings.
43. What's currently worrying me the most.
44. Something I've repeatedly wished for.
45. My relationship with my parents.
46. What I dislike most about myself.

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Nov. 5th, 2011 | 11:27 am
location: Canada, Ontario, Kingston

I just signed up for this because I'm an insane person! But you should sign up, too! Yaaaaay!


We invite you to [livejournal.com profile] dc_dystopia, a Dean/Castiel and Jensen/Misha-centric fanwork challenge community inspired by the likes of j2_everafter and dc_everafter – but with a dark twist. Rather than focusing on true love, happy endings, and fluff, [livejournal.com profile] dc_dystopia is all about reveling in dark!fic tropes and endings where things aren't quite so neatly resolved. If it might belong in a nightmare, then it has a place here.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

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Sign up for the [livejournal.com profile] deancas_xmas Secret Santa exchange!

Oct. 29th, 2011 | 04:41 pm

The Dean/Castiel Secret Santa Exchange
Give the gift of love this Christmas!

I signed up for the [livejournal.com profile] deancas_xmas exchange a few days ago, and y'all should, too! Sign-ups close October 31 so there's still time!

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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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Welp, there goes the rest of my 2011.

Sep. 5th, 2011 | 02:27 pm

I don't even think there's any point denying this is the only reason I look forward to the DVD release.

"Touch it?"

"Touch it."

"Touch it?"

"Touch it."

"Touch it?"

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Gotta get down on... Sunday.

Sep. 4th, 2011 | 09:59 pm

Two memes, one stolen from [livejournal.com profile] blue_fjords and the other because it caught my eye with its appropriateness:

you are aqua

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

Nan's Dewey Decimal Section:

414 Phonology & phonetics

Nan = 414 = 414 = 414

400 Language

Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don't mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

I'm satisfied with both!

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Takin' it back for the plebs.

Sep. 1st, 2011 | 05:19 pm
mood: excited excited

I'm really, really excited to announce a large-scale fan project coming to an LJ near you later this month. I'm sure there's been some talk about it already, but for those curious or looking for more information, have some banners:

Featuring the storytelling and artwork of some truly talented people in fandom (myself excluded), [livejournal.com profile] spn_redemption is an alternate, virtual season of SPN created by the fans, for the fans. Starting September 15, 2011, a new "episode" will be posted each week by a different author until the season's completion. Although the story is representative of a number of different imaginations, viewpoints and personal canons, it is best thought of as a post-S6 AU with a Dean/Cas bent.

You pumped??? Join the comm and spread the word!

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Aug. 28th, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Have a meme! Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] mclachlan.

List your 5 favourite TV shows and answer the questions.

1) Mad Men

2) Firefly

3) Buffy

4) Supernatural

5) Six Feet Under

Keep reading... )

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Well, it's official. I'm fucking crackers.

Jul. 29th, 2011 | 03:01 pm

... by which I mean I've gone round the bend. I've never actually fucked or attempted to fuck the other kind of cracker.

Anyway. I finished the second-to-last chapter of my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang entry last night, which brings the current wordcount into the six figures. Observe:

103000 / 20000 (515.00%)

It would surprise me not at all if this thing caps at 120k, which is a far cry from the 60 or 70k project I anticipated at the start. By comparison, that would have been a walk through the bloody park, as opposed to writing challenge during which I could have brought a pregnancy to term. In better news, I leave for Texas in less than three weeks, which means imminent hangouts with [livejournal.com profile] cautionzombies and [livejournal.com profile] daggomus_prime. That might actually be too much awesomeness for one person to handle. On the other hand, I might be frothing at the mouth with insanity by then.

I wish I could post an excerpt of this thing for y'all, just so there's some context for what the hell I've been nattering on about for months, but sadly that would be against the rules. But there's less than a month left to wait!

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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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Can y'all do me a favour?

Jun. 13th, 2011 | 05:30 pm

 Someone needs to present this to Jared, stat. Yes, I've been on Etsy again.



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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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[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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Kinda I want to

Apr. 17th, 2011 | 10:51 am
music: NIN - Kinda I Want To
mood: contemplative contemplative

I think I done caved - I'm going to whip up some stuff for this year's [info]mmom . Though I sincerely doubt I'll be able to produce anything for each of the 31 days in May, there are a couple ideas in the work that will hopefully come to fruition. You should do it, too! Even if it's just in spirit and with the doors closed.

[livejournal.com profile] mmom [livejournal.com profile] mmom [livejournal.com profile] mmom

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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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Seems like a good day for a love meme. SO LOVE ME.

Apr. 7th, 2011 | 10:43 am
mood: hopeful hopeful

Why not, right? I'm sure this is a totally acceptable thing off which to base self-esteem and personal validation. Yeah. *deer-eyes*

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Just Because Mix: There Ought to Be More Dancing

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

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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