Mixed bag

Sep. 7th, 2013 12:49 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - expert advice)
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I have had three cups of coffee. I still feel sleepy. In fact, I've been tired a lot lately but I'm trying to combat this with Berocca and making sure I get out of the house at least once a day. Sitting in the garden counts, okay? I did that this morning but it wasn't that warm and the sun kept hiding. Now I'm back on the sofa and sun is out again making me feel guilty for just wanting to hide inside with the curtains drawn.


My cats are being particularly clingy at the moment. This may have something to do with the (finally) cooling weather as last night they actually slept inside. They are currently both on the sofa with me, Perdie next to my head and Tricks holding onto my toes. Aww.


Have finally uploaded more icons. I'm paying for the extra space but haven't really been taking advantage of that. I will also be making some icons today, yes sir.


I've been re-reading a lot of old SPN fics lately, rediscovering old favourites (like Birds on a Wire and The Epic Love Story of Sam and Dean and Mixing Light to Light and also of fuck Bitch and ahahaha Leader of the Pack and also Green and Gamboge and oh man I could go onnnn). Good times.


This has led me thinking about fic tropes again. Here are three tropes that I don't like despite fully acknowledging some people's ability to write them spectacularly:

  1. Time-travel. Idk, I just don't like the idea of people missing each other in such a fundamental way as being in different sections of the time stream. I don't like characters receiving dire warnings or sage advice from their future self. I also don't like future self/present self sex. Yawn.

  2. Apocalypse fic. I don't like the idea of world ending. Apocalypse was one of those things I was absolutely terrified as a child (growing up in 80s with constant talk of nuclear war and Tšernobyl happening relatively close with warnings of not to eat berries etc from the forests that summer and... yeah) so it's not a setting I want to read about. Though, like with many other darker fictional scenarios, I think I could actually write it quite happily. Lol it's like fictional switching that mirrors the other switching: I'll do things to others with glee that I will not have done to me *g* Double standards ftw!

  3. Crossovers where a character gets it on with the actor playing them. Like Dean/Jensen or even stuff like Gerard/Poison. Similar thing to the time-travel cliché of having sex with yourself. Oh, see also: clones and mirror universes. I just... I'd rather read a good traditional masturbation pwp to be honest. Adding a second (third?) person to the mix doesn't really help. Say Merlin's spell goes wrong and he ends up with a double and then Arthur goes 'By the Grail, we must have a threesome!'... Yeah, not doing it for me. It lacks the kind of tension or spark you have between to different people. Honestly, if I met my future self or my mirror universe double, I wouldn't be interested in having sex with myself. For real, we'd probably just drink tea and try to get twice as much work/writing done and divide up responsibilities because we are inherently lazy.



From dislikes to likes. Remember that Working Hard for the Money meme I pimped a few days ago. Well, I left quite a few prompts there and one of them even got filled \o/ I thought I'd put them here too in case some of you are desperately wondering what to write me for Christmas... *g* Seriously though, eternal gratitude to anyone who might get inspired:

Bandom, Patrick/Pete
Early days, the band need money to tour. Patrick makes it by selling his... nope, not his body. His voice. Because turns out that it's not just good for singing, but it's also extremely good for talking dirty on the phone sex line. Pete finds out. Inevitable ensues. - Filled here: That Pretty Mouth Say Such Dirty Words by the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] synnerxx

Psych, Gus/Shawn
Someone is attacking the ladies and gentlemen of the night in Santa Barbara. Only way for Shawn to get a good 'psychic reading' of the attacker is to go undercover as a companion for hire. Cue Shawn hanging on street corners in tank top and torn jeans. He is... surprisingly good at the role. Better than his excellent acting skills alone could account for. Gus starts thinking about all those years Shawn spent away and just how he made ends meets... Angst, confrontation, jealousy, some creep touching Shawn in bad places, bonus for Gus decking the guy flat out, happy endings :D

Bandom, Ryan/Spencer
When Ryan's dad finally kicks him out, Ryan is too proud to go asking for help from his best friend. In retrospect, he should've maybe swallowed his pride.

Merlin, Gwen/Morgana
Modern AU, Morgana's uni mates drag her onto a pub crawl that ends in a strip bar. Morgana is shocked to see her project partner Gwen on stage. Shocked and... well, kind of... unable to take her eyes off her.

Star Trek Reboot, Kirk/McCoy
Modern AU, BDSM, Kirk is good at going to his knees and begging and making his clients believe he means it. In truth he despises every guy who thinks himself a "Master Leather God" or some such nonsense, thinks himself to be a Dom and a real man for smacking him around. And yet... they're paying for it because they clearly can't get anyone to do it voluntarily. If he had a choice, Kirk wouldn't sub for any of these guys. Truth be told, he's not sure he'd sub for anyone... although sometimes he thinks maybe, with a right guy, it could be... sort of okay. Maybe with a guy like Dr McCoy, the sarcastic, grumpy ER doctor who's looked after Kirk on more than one occasion after the extras he charged his clients for were a little too much after all. My undying gratitude for anyone who would write this, seriously.

Sherlock, John/Sherlock
AUish, world where contracting yourself out as a sex slave for a pre-determined period of time is an accepted if not that respected way of making money. After John saves the lives of men in his regimen, they pass the hat around and buy him one hell of a thank you present: Sherlock Holmes at his exclusive service for six months. John appreciates the gesture, he really does. Sherlock is scary smart, funny (often unintentionally though) and seriously, seriously hot. And he can apparently suck cock really, really well. Better than John's ever had. Or so he tells him. Because, well, John kind of has... moral objections for actually having sex with anyone who's been paid to do it. It's going to be long six months. And at the end of it... well, who knows.


Right, enough rambling for today. I'm going to go wash dishes and put rubbish/recycling out now because these are the things that need doing. Then after that I'm going to sit down and do some icons, dammit.

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kat_lair: (GEN - medusa)
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It is hot, hot, hot today so I've been alternating between the garden and cool indoors. Cats are completely flaked out in the shade and so am I. The only other thing I've done today worth mentioning is eating ice-cream and writing some Harry/Draco tentacle porn except it's almost at 3k and they are only now getting to the porn. ETA: 3K AND THERE ARE NO TENTACLES IN ORIFICES YET, WTF SELF.

Don't think it will ready in time to make it meaningful to post there, but I'm just going to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the Porn Meme is still open for porny discussions and posts. Lots of awesome stuff there already so if you haven't checked it out yet, you should do yourself a favour and do it now. Click on the banner for porny goodness.


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Weekend

Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:29 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - medusa)
The only good thing about having to spend entire weekend writing lectures on psychology and sexual offending is the fact that I have a legitimate reason to introduce my students to the Evolutionary Psychology Bingo.

In other news: I cannot get Tricks to swallow the goddamn worming tablet no matter what I try or how I hide it.

Actual update soon. Maybe even tomorrow.
kat_lair: (Default)

Hope you have a season full of joy and peace, however you celebrate it.


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It's been a very, very good year for me, getting my PhD and a job but I've been so busy this autumn with the move, said job, new house and everything that I haven't had a chance to really internalise the changes properly. And then yesterday, after finishing all the marking the previous evening, and coming back from the shop in the morning, I sat down and completely unexpectedly burst into tears, because I was living in this beautiful house in a seaside town and I had job that I loved and was qualified for and that paid regularly meaning I didn't have to count every penny any more and I had my kitties and family and friends. And it was Christmas.

And I was, am, happy. And so thankful, to be where I am right now.

I wish you all the love this holiday time.


And so do my kitties )

kat_lair: (Default)

Today I've had a day off academic/work things and have instead been doing various household tasks, including washing dishes, changing the cat litter, putting rubbish and recycling out, sorting out some clothes to take to the charity shop, organising redelivery, going to the laundrette and post office, sorting out a new phone contract and phone... Efficient Kat has been efficient!

I also had to have stern words with Tricks. I left the cats out (and the back door open... yes, I know, but it's pretty secure with several gates to go through) while I went to the laundrette. I came home to find Tricks waiting for me. Outside the front door. akgjakjldfjdafs! Those of you who've visited me know that to manage that he'd had to trek around most of the block to manage that with a busy road right there. I was not happy. Although a little impressed that he'd managed to recognise the right door from the perspective he's rarely seen. Tricks is not the smartest of cats...

Anyway, a couple of other things that needed posting:


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Firstly, I've been podficced again!

[livejournal.com profile] chinawolf recorded To See Clearly (Lewis, Lewis/Hathaway, dragon!AU) - A lovely, delicate recording that's a pleasure to listen to.

[livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins recorded Sharpest Lives (Bandom, Gerard/Mikey, serial killer!AU) - Oh god, it's like I didn't realise just how twisted and dark the ficlet was until I heard the podfic version, which makes the story come alive in the most seductive, visceral, insidious way possible. Literally gave me shivers.

Go listen and leave the podficcers some feedback!


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Secondly, a meme!

Seven questions from redsnake05 )


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Coming up tomorrow night: Kat live blogs Twilight - New Moon, quite possibly with alcolol. \o/

Sunday

May. 29th, 2011 10:03 am
kat_lair: (GEN - ps ilu)

Woke up to Tricks crashing to the bedside table and the resulting 'from deep sleep to full adrenaline surge' left me almost hyperventilating and sick-to-my-stomach anxious this morning. Awesome.

Have now eaten toast and green tea and watched an episode of Psych, all of which has helped. And then this showed up on the flist and now the world seems like a much softer, friendlier place.


<3______<3


P.S. Does anyone want Dreamwidth invite codes? I have five to give out so drop me a line if you do.

Sunday

May. 29th, 2011 10:03 am
kat_lair: (GEN - ps ilu)

Woke up to Tricks crashing to the bedside table and the resulting 'from deep sleep to full adrenaline surge' left me almost hyperventilating and sick-to-my-stomach anxious this morning. Awesome.

Have now eaten toast and green tea and watched an episode of Psych, all of which has helped. And then this showed up on the flist and now the world seems like a much softer, friendlier place.


<3______<3


P.S. Does anyone want Dreamwidth invite codes? I have five to give out so drop me a line if you do.

kat_lair: (GEN - thesaurus)

So hey, I should be packing, but instead I'm eating a cherry yoghurt and listening to Planet Rock. Procrastination ftw!

Things:

- Got all 26 project proposal feedbacks written and emailed off in time.

- Went to see the new Harry Potter movie with [livejournal.com profile] trialia. It was epic and my they all grew up pretty. That's the extent of my intellectual commentary.

- Ex-Housemate-of-Awesome and her bf are coming to get Perdie and Tricks today. Undoubtedly there will be kitty trauma as not only is it a new house but B and bf have a new kitten of their own now so... I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm fretting over how Perdie and Tricks are going to cope; they're my baaaaaaaabies.

- Strictly Come Dancing finale tonight!!! Only one person on my flist shares my enthusiasm about this but yayyyyyyyyy!!!

- Am up to date with Glee now. I have feelings about it and they mostly revolve around wanting to adopt Kurt.

- Also finished Ugly Betty. The finale made me cry. Ngl, Betty and Daniel is my id-pairing and I ship it hard. Shut up and point me to some decent fic.

First line of fic written each month. )
kat_lair: (GEN - thesaurus)

So hey, I should be packing, but instead I'm eating a cherry yoghurt and listening to Planet Rock. Procrastination ftw!

Things:

- Got all 26 project proposal feedbacks written and emailed off in time.

- Went to see the new Harry Potter movie with [livejournal.com profile] trialia. It was epic and my they all grew up pretty. That's the extent of my intellectual commentary.

- Ex-Housemate-of-Awesome and her bf are coming to get Perdie and Tricks today. Undoubtedly there will be kitty trauma as not only is it a new house but B and bf have a new kitten of their own now so... I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm fretting over how Perdie and Tricks are going to cope; they're my baaaaaaaabies.

- Strictly Come Dancing finale tonight!!! Only one person on my flist shares my enthusiasm about this but yayyyyyyyyy!!!

- Am up to date with Glee now. I have feelings about it and they mostly revolve around wanting to adopt Kurt.

- Also finished Ugly Betty. The finale made me cry. Ngl, Betty and Daniel is my id-pairing and I ship it hard. Shut up and point me to some decent fic.

First line of fic written each month. )
kat_lair: (GEN - change of guard)
Happy Sunday, have some stuff.

-    My cats are playing tag, it’s hilarious. It’s fairly warm today so I have the backdoor open. Basically, they’re running back and forth between the lounge and the back yard, Tricks chasing Perdie one way and Perdie chasing Tricks back the other way. For two such small cats they make enough noise that is sounds like a herd of wildebeest trampling all over my flat

-    That, however, is nothing compared to the continuous screeching from the woman next door. She has three children, who are far less loud than their mother. I swear to god this woman has no normal volume of voice, all she does is shout all the time. I just want to tape her mouth shut.

-    Dear Internet. Last night [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I wrote over 4,000 words of angsty porn about Strictly Come Dancing judges (Craig/Bruno). I am so very, very sorry. Except for how it's kind of smoking hot. Still, am frightened about posting it eventually, because, well... Let’s just say that my recent experiences in writing RPS in small non-existing fandoms have left me very protective of my fourth wall...

-    My Torchwood [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan fic is making progress and the end is almost in sight. This is mostly thanks to [livejournal.com profile] margaret_r and [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist and their invaluable help. Ladies, I will email the finished product to you within a few days.

-    Shout out to my fabulous Finngirls! Yesterday’s post brought me a coaster! With some very, very disturbing and rude messages about Chad Michael Murray, fuck holes and Hardycorn (...which I imagine is some sort of unholy morphosis of Tom Hardy and an unicorn – frightening!). I’m not quite sure what it was all about, but I liked it! Thank you so much, you have no idea how much that brightened my day!

-    It was a good day for post yesterday as I also got my Adam Lambert tickets! \o/

-    The inaugural [livejournal.com profile] northwest_fen meet is next weekend the 16th of October. If you haven’t already joined and/or pimped the comm, you should do so immediately :D

-    Let’s finish with some links:
* [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic vs. Portuguese Telecom: A tale of triumph and tragedy. And you thought your internet provider was bad...
* [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic has also been having some interesting issues with YouTube and G-Mail. Maybe you can help? Or at least offer condolences...
* Yeo Valley Rap – These farmers are rolling in their Masseys, chucking cold milk whilst bailing hay. Yo. The owl is my favourite. Also Daisy.
* Smell Like A Monster – Sesame Street does Old Spice Guy. Crying. With laughter. Oh god, genius.
* Shot-for-Shot Remake of Goofy Movie – Awe-inspiring.
* Sharktopus Trailer – Oh SyFy your movies are pure gold. There’s a theme song. And some really mind-bogglingly bad CGI and acting. SHARKTOPUS!
* Finally, something more serious: It Gets Better Project - Messages of hope for the LGBT youth.


kat_lair: (GEN - change of guard)
Happy Sunday, have some stuff.

-    My cats are playing tag, it’s hilarious. It’s fairly warm today so I have the backdoor open. Basically, they’re running back and forth between the lounge and the back yard, Tricks chasing Perdie one way and Perdie chasing Tricks back the other way. For two such small cats they make enough noise that is sounds like a herd of wildebeest trampling all over my flat

-    That, however, is nothing compared to the continuous screeching from the woman next door. She has three children, who are far less loud than their mother. I swear to god this woman has no normal volume of voice, all she does is shout all the time. I just want to tape her mouth shut.

-    Dear Internet. Last night [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I wrote over 4,000 words of angsty porn about Strictly Come Dancing judges (Craig/Bruno). I am so very, very sorry. Except for how it's kind of smoking hot. Still, am frightened about posting it eventually, because, well... Let’s just say that my recent experiences in writing RPS in small non-existing fandoms have left me very protective of my fourth wall...

-    My Torchwood [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan fic is making progress and the end is almost in sight. This is mostly thanks to [livejournal.com profile] margaret_r and [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist and their invaluable help. Ladies, I will email the finished product to you within a few days.

-    Shout out to my fabulous Finngirls! Yesterday’s post brought me a coaster! With some very, very disturbing and rude messages about Chad Michael Murray, fuck holes and Hardycorn (...which I imagine is some sort of unholy morphosis of Tom Hardy and an unicorn – frightening!). I’m not quite sure what it was all about, but I liked it! Thank you so much, you have no idea how much that brightened my day!

-    It was a good day for post yesterday as I also got my Adam Lambert tickets! \o/

-    The inaugural [livejournal.com profile] northwest_fen meet is next weekend the 16th of October. If you haven’t already joined and/or pimped the comm, you should do so immediately :D

-    Let’s finish with some links:
* [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic vs. Portuguese Telecom: A tale of triumph and tragedy. And you thought your internet provider was bad...
* [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic has also been having some interesting issues with YouTube and G-Mail. Maybe you can help? Or at least offer condolences...
* Yeo Valley Rap – These farmers are rolling in their Masseys, chucking cold milk whilst bailing hay. Yo. The owl is my favourite. Also Daisy.
* Smell Like A Monster – Sesame Street does Old Spice Guy. Crying. With laughter. Oh god, genius.
* Shot-for-Shot Remake of Goofy Movie – Awe-inspiring.
* Sharktopus Trailer – Oh SyFy your movies are pure gold. There’s a theme song. And some really mind-bogglingly bad CGI and acting. SHARKTOPUS!
* Finally, something more serious: It Gets Better Project - Messages of hope for the LGBT youth.


kat_lair: (GEN - sunday 10am)
It is too early on a Sunday morning to:
a) be awake. But I gotta 'cos there's academic work to be done.
b) clean up cat vomit.

However, in other news I have coffee (the rea kind that comes from the coffee maker and tastes like sex).
kat_lair: (GEN - sunday 10am)
It is too early on a Sunday morning to:
a) be awake. But I gotta 'cos there's academic work to be done.
b) clean up cat vomit.

However, in other news I have coffee (the rea kind that comes from the coffee maker and tastes like sex).
kat_lair: (Gen - cat eye yellow)
I'll be awol for most of the weekend again, but here are some fresh photos of Tricks and Perdie - taken today. They were helping me change the bed sheets...

...because changing the bed sheets is their favourite game. )

Yay! I have like tons more pictures so when I get bored over Christmas (and missing my babies! Two and half weeks away from them!) I may spam you with photos.


kat_lair: (Gen - cat eye yellow)
I'll be awol for most of the weekend again, but here are some fresh photos of Tricks and Perdie - taken today. They were helping me change the bed sheets...

...because changing the bed sheets is their favourite game. )

Yay! I have like tons more pictures so when I get bored over Christmas (and missing my babies! Two and half weeks away from them!) I may spam you with photos.


Kitties!

Aug. 2nd, 2008 07:52 pm
kat_lair: (Gen - Kitty's got soul)

You guys, I’m in love. The kittens arrived on Thu night. And there were three of them. Now, don’t worry, I haven’t gone quite cat-lady-crazy yet; the third one was with us only temporarily and was picked up today by housemate B’s friend.

And then there were two. We have ended up with one boy (officially mine) and one girl (officially B’s) so the name decision is still up in the air. The personalities are already starting to show so we shall see… Girl is mostly calm and content to play and explore on her own. She also likes to pin her brother down and lick him from head to toe. Boy is a little goofy, will do naughty things (like scratching the walls) with wide-eyed innocence right until the moment you catch him by the scruff of his neck. He’s also a complete slut for getting his tummy rubbed. Both kittens enjoy chewing on wires (tv, dvd-player, setbox, laptop, modem, stereo… we have a lot of wires) and sleeping on top of the setbox (it’s warm… though I’m pretty sure there was something in the instructions about not blocking the air vents. Oh well.) Ugh, they are ridiculously adorable. *epic heart-pupils*


 

Kitties!

Aug. 2nd, 2008 07:52 pm
kat_lair: (Gen - Kitty's got soul)

You guys, I’m in love. The kittens arrived on Thu night. And there were three of them. Now, don’t worry, I haven’t gone quite cat-lady-crazy yet; the third one was with us only temporarily and was picked up today by housemate B’s friend.

And then there were two. We have ended up with one boy (officially mine) and one girl (officially B’s) so the name decision is still up in the air. The personalities are already starting to show so we shall see… Girl is mostly calm and content to play and explore on her own. She also likes to pin her brother down and lick him from head to toe. Boy is a little goofy, will do naughty things (like scratching the walls) with wide-eyed innocence right until the moment you catch him by the scruff of his neck. He’s also a complete slut for getting his tummy rubbed. Both kittens enjoy chewing on wires (tv, dvd-player, setbox, laptop, modem, stereo… we have a lot of wires) and sleeping on top of the setbox (it’s warm… though I’m pretty sure there was something in the instructions about not blocking the air vents. Oh well.) Ugh, they are ridiculously adorable. *epic heart-pupils*


 

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