Miscellany

Oct. 17th, 2008 11:49 am
heathershaped: (Luna HBP)
Eeep, busy weekend coming up.

I've a Virology midterm next Tuesday, so I need to make (a lot of) time to get ready for that.

Also have to put in a day at the campaign office on Saturday. I would probably have blown it off this week if the guy who usually works with me on Saturdays wasn't out of town, but as it is, no one else is set to be there all day. Still, it's usually only busy in fits and starts, so I'll probably have some time to study while I'm there. (And now that I've jinxed it, it'll be crawling with canvassers and people wanting yard signs. *headdesk*)

It's our year-anniversary for [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead on Saturday/Sunday! *dances around* I love our little game; it's going so well and our cast is fabulous. ♥♥♥ Of course, this also means threads and posts and I have four characters and there's a lot to do and I can't neglect any of my boys so there needs to be time for that. Heh.

Fics coming up (which will almost assuredly not be touched this weekend, but still):

** My [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry fic is due at the end of the month, incidentally just in time for Prop 8 to hopefully be chucked out, so that's one thing.

** My [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus is due on Nov 17, and then another holiday gift fic is sort-of due on Dec 1st.

** I signed up for the other [livejournal.com profile] erotic_elves fall challenge, so I'll hopefully do one or two fics for that. No pressure on that one, but the prompts are really interesting. You guys should sign up for it too, since my list of bookmarked fics to read and updates to check isn't quite long enough already. :P Incidentally, my smutlet for E_E's last fall challenge is here. It's H/Hr, which I haven't written (in fic, anyway) in ages, so I'm happy for that. :D

** TV: sorry, no TV rambles or eye candy for this post. Back to work with me.

*hugs you guys* ♥
heathershaped: (Heroes Sylar pimp hand)
Hay bbs. ♥ I haven't done a pimp for [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead in a long while I think, and since [livejournal.com profile] inell did one earlier and it was so good, I stole the code. (She said I could!) *G* Sorry to anyone who's tired of hearing about it by now, but I just love this game and everyone in it, so I have to pimp it from time to time! Plus, it's cut nicely so's you can scroll by if you want.

Of course, if you're curious...

General overview )
So you like exploring more mature characters... )
So you like exploring younger characters... )
So you're really tempted and want to know more... )
heathershaped: (Heroes Sylar pimp hand)
1. Squee: There is no way Dan and Bonnie will ever look this good together. Oh, you pretty, pretty things. *pets* (why yes, I am filled with OTP gooeyness at the moment; feel free to ignore me. ♥) Y'know, I may love a lot of other pairings. I may write more of them. But I will always come back home to you, BBs. ♥♥♥

*makes a few icons* ETA: nabbed this from ONTD. See for more HBP pics, especially Luna, Ron and Draco. *g*

Side note to WB hair ppl: Stop lightening Emma's hair.
Not yet sure I'll watch the film; we'll see.

2. Pimpety-pimp: We're always on the lookout for characters at [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead and I've got a couple recent openings to pimp. Pardon me while I jack Inell's post wholesale:

snip! )

3. Oh, I dunno. I have to get back to work. :P

*hugs teh flist*
heathershaped: (Gaspard)
1. George Carlin is dead at 71. =( More bad news. He was brilliant and will be deeply missed.

2. I had a bit of a slow weekend. I got my hedges trimmed, because they were ridiculously high and uneven, by this kid who is saving up to buy a car. He did a good job, but he's such a little nerd. He kept knocking on my door to show me his tools. (Him: "see this?? this can cut through a two-by-four." Me: "Oh, cool..." *checks watch again*)

3. The rest of my weekend was spent RPing and watching three seasons of Weeds. That, my friends, is a great show. I love Showtime. I had a couple RP threads that I enjoyed, whether light and fun with puppies and Gryffindor reunions, or intense and a bit draining. Still majorly enjoying the game. *bounces around*

4. I want to do some writing this week, so some of those drabbles from a week ago will hopefully get posted over the next few days.

5. I went the whole weekend without watching cable news. I'm reaching a critical mass and might need a bit of a break. I never learn anything important from the MSM, anyway; if you want news, you have to work to find it. On a related note, the internet blogs I haunt are giving me a bit of chicken-little syndrome. But I need to toughen up and get over it. I'm going to stay cryptic about that because I don't usually post about political stuff. We'll see if I can keep that up through November. Oye.

6. I have the new Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie albums and am enjoying them both. Both of them have a lot more production than I'm used to seeing from earlier albums. Especially the Coldplay one; just a lot going on, and makes me nostalgic for the quieter, more bare-bones quality of their first album. Still, I really enjoy Coldplay; they're a bit pretentious, but they still have that sound that just fills up your chest when you turn it up loud. :) And Death Cab is brilliant. of course.

7. Oh! Also. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is sexy and adorable and a little bit crazy and I love him. See the vid for floppy-haired evidence.

How are you guys? ♥
heathershaped: (obama can has cheez)
Hi f-list! How are things with you? I've been reading and dropping comments here and there, but as most of you know, I tend to suck at keeping this thing updated. Welcome to new friends, too! *waves*

--- Firstly, [livejournal.com profile] inell is now driving back home to Texas after a long weekend visiting me here in Southern PA. So, everybody wish her a safe drive. *sends her good juju on her way home*

--- In addition to meeting [livejournal.com profile] inell this weekend, I also got to meet [livejournal.com profile] cloverdew! Inell and I drove down to MD, where I work and used to live, to meet Sara for lunch, chatting, and movie-seeing. It was my first time ever meeting anyone from fandom, so for me it was nervous-causing, but it went really well and Inell and Sara are lovely. It was a lot of fun -- oh, and if anyone out there hasn't seen Ironman, you should. :D

--- We've some openings at [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead, so if anyone has a yen for some Parvati Patil or Lisa Turpin (both of whom have played and active friends/roomies), let me know! We'd also love to cast George and Ginny Weasley, and we could do with some Slytherins -- Theo Nott, Adrian Pucey, or Marcus Flint would be great. :D We've updated our available characters list here and it has links to backstory for the characters who are up for recast. Just email me at hnicole83@gmail.com or ping me this evening at emotionalinertia on YM if you want any information. I love RA and everyone in it, and my boys drive me nuts on a regular basis. Especially Harry. Oy.

--- So we're just about done with all the season finales for the summer. American Idol's is tonight, but I likely won't even watch cause I could care less who wins that one. LOL. So You Think You Can Dance starts on Thursday though, which I'll definitely be watching. I DVR'ed last weeks' SPN and Smallville finales, but while I got a chance to watch Smallville's, I haven't caught up on SPN, and by some stroke of luck, I'm still unspoiled for it. *knocks on wood* Also on my catch-up list is Bones. And I caught the Gossip Girl finale last night, which wasn't quite what I'd built it up to be in my mind before watching. The Tudors doesn't end for two more weeks, and then Weeds starts again. Whee! /random TV inventory

--- I want to re-do my layout. I hesitate because it took me ages to do my current one, though I've had it for a long time now and the next time around the html will be easier for me because I'm more used to it. I also hesitate because I really want a Joe-GL layout, but I'm not sure I'm ready to let Tommy go. *laughs* Anyway, I'll be playing with some graphics and seeing if I can come up with something pretty enough to switch out.

--- Another primary this evening. I intend to distract myself with whatever threads I can get my boys into.
heathershaped: (tom clark phone booth)
*waves* I suck at updating this thing on a regular basis. -headdesk- Couple things.

** I have been RPing my ass off the last little while. :P Seriously, [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead is so much fun! When I'm not writing in it, I'm reading the awesome stuff everyone else is posting. :D I've never played anywhere where I was reading every post. Oh, and I recently lost my mind and picked up Seamus Finnigan as well, who opened up a bit ago. *huggles Jen* So. :P

** I need to watch less TV. Not that I will, because of my guilty pleasures -- American Idol, Top Chef, Make me a Supermodel, not to mention all the series that are back or coming back to finish out the season after the strike. I've also been catching up on The Tudors, which I've never been into before now but which is starting its second season on the 30th. It's actually pretty good, and J-Rhys Meyers haughty looks don't bother me as much in this role. He's actually kinda hot. :P Oh, and Skins. *nods* Yeah, I'm not likely to watch any less TV. >_>

** Speaking of strike, meh to all this recent LJ drama. I don't feel particularly strongly about the issue either way (not that I have any specific plans to post with this journal tomorrow anyway, just sayin'). I dunno, I'm just tired of drama; tired of reading about it.

** How's everyone on my f-list doing? *hugs* And hi to new friends. :D
heathershaped: (Heroes Sylar pimp hand)
Haven't updated in ages, because I suck at distributing my online time properly, but I had to mention -- we has openings at the RPG I'm in! *bounces around* It's [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead of course, and I've long since stopped spamming my lovely f-list with squee about it, but even if I've been quiet there's still lots to squee about; especially this week. We've got several characters we'd really love to cast asap, so if you've ever considered RPing or joining a new game, take a look (and this is pretty much lifted from [livejournal.com profile] inell's journal):

Dean Thomas, who is sharing a house with Seamus & Neville, working as an apprentice to Ollivander, and going back for NEWTs.

Lee Jordan, who is now working in PR for the Ministry and has recently become romantically involved with George Weasley.

Hannah Abbott, who is getting ready to go back to school for her NEWTs while working as an intern at St. Mungos, where she wants to eventually become a mediwitch, and dealing with the recent realization that she's gay.

Susan Bones, who is getting ready for NEWT courses and interning in Magical Law where she hopes to eventually become a Hit Wizard.

Ernie Macmillan, who is interning in International Law and going back for his NEWTs.

There's also Angelina Johnson, Theodore Nott, Anthony Goldstein, Marcus Flint, and more, both recast and brand new.

I've got Harry Potter (who makes me so very happy even when he's driving me nuts) and Greg Goyle (who is worlds more fun to write than I thought he'd be!), and I recently picked up Roger Davies (who, evidently, I can't let go). And the rest of our gorgeous cast are some of the coolest people I've ever played with, as well as some of the best writers. The game is focused on characterization and interaction, and it goes for realism versus crack or simply smut/shipping. The Mods are actively involved, so if you prefer an environment where they aren't, it's not the game for you. It's only been open three months, and it deals directly with the aftermath following the battle of Hogwarts, so, depending on the character, there's a chance there would be little to nothing to catch up on beyond trials, Ministry info, etc. The Mods will totally help get you up to speed, as will other players! The application is here; you can send it to rarmods@gmail.com once complete. If you've got any questions, you can always contact me at emotionalinertia on YM or [livejournal.com profile] inell at inell1331 on YM.

*tips pimp hat and swaggers off*

*pimps*

Nov. 9th, 2007 11:48 pm
heathershaped: (RAR 1)
*jacks this post wholesale from [livejournal.com profile] inell*

There are limited casting opportunities available at [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead! We haven't officially reopened casting for everyone, but, due to RL circumstances, we've lost a few characters that we'd really like to have played. A couple never had a chance to post at all, so they're open for development, and the others posted 1-3 times during the first days of the game. If you've been thinking about joining an RPG or you've been following [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead and want to participate, maybe one of these characters will speak to you! The casting list is here, but we are open for applications for the following:

Charlie Weasley, who is the only Weasley we don't have. He has been played a few times right after the battle, has Marc Blucas as his PB, and is a decent bloke who loves his family but also loves his freedom, hence the move to Romania. He's close to Bill, loves all his siblings, dated Tonks briefly back at school, and he's got a brain. He has all the Weasleys and older characters for interaction. Anthony Goldstein, Jewish halfblood with an active Michael and Terry along with quite a few other Ravenclaws. Hestia Jones, mid-20s Healer and Order member who's only posted once, so her background is open for development beyond anything that was mentioned in the one thread. Gawain Robards, 50s Head of Aurors who is needed for Ministry-related plots and has Kingsley, Andromeda, Arthur, etc. for interaction automatically. Theodore Nott, who is a Slytherin Pureblood that left the castle during the Battle of Hogwarts but didn't join Voldemort (though this is open to discussion, we don't want a crazy/psycho undeveloped Theodore) [Note: We have every other Slytherin in his year except Tracey Davis]. Adrian Pucey, who is a Slytherin 1-2 years older than Harry and open for development. Xenophilius Lovegood, who recently was released from Azkaban and is now starting to work on rebuilding his house with Luna.

The game is focused on characterization and interaction, and it goes for realism versus crack or smut. The Mods are actively involved, so if you prefer an environment where they aren't, it's not the game for you. It's only been open three weeks, and it deals directly with the aftermath following the battle of Hogwarts, so there isn't much to catch up on game-wide beyond funerals, escaped DEs, trials, etc. It's an amazing cast of newbies and RP experienced, and just a lovely creative environment.

The application is here, and just needs to be sent to rarmods@gmail.com once complete. I'm emotionalinertia on YM and hnicole83@gmail.com if you have any questions, etc.

:D

/pimp

A Rec

Oct. 24th, 2007 08:54 am
heathershaped: (Twins)
There have been SO many amazing posts and threads at [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead over the past week that all deserve to be mentioned. I am so insanely proud of this game and everyone in it.

But this post ... For anyone who was at all affected by Fred's death in DH, if you read one post from the game, make it this one. God. It just had me sobbing. It's just an introspective in George's POV. You don't have to follow the RPG, or read any other post in it, to understand it. It's just such a raw, poignant, heartbreaking post about a brother coming to terms with the loss of his twin. Trust me; it's very, very ouchy, but you'll be glad you read it.
heathershaped: (RAR 2)
ahfalfhdlafhakgha;fajh;a!!!111!!!!!!!!1!!!!

We're live! The Road Ahead RPG is now open. Whee! If anyone's ever been interested in reading a post-DH RPG from the very beginning -- and picking up directly where the book ends -- this is your chance! *bounce*

That is all.

*goes back to flailing like a flailing thing and writing posts*
heathershaped: (RAR 1)
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So, you're a Muggleborn, and by law, you've been kept from your education at Hogwarts because of your blood. You've been on the run for months, detained in Azkaban, or hiding in the Muggle world with no news of the life you left behind. You're a Pureblood or Halfblood, and you've been forced to attend school with sadistic professors when you know you should have been fighting. You're a member of the Ministry, and you watched it taken over before your eyes. You're a Slytherin whose choice was made for you, possibly before you could even make it yourself. You've lost your best friend. Brother. Husband. You're a father who couldn't protect his son. A mother who couldn't save her daughter. An educator who couldn't properly guide your students. A Death Eater who's escaped justice for years. Who wants to escape it for far longer, and maintain the status quo.

Voldemort's gone. It's the day after the Battle of Hogwarts, and the dust has barely settled.


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