jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Words - This week in the universe)
Good things today:

1. Australia now gives people three gender options for their passport: female, male, and X. And it's been added onto the growing list of countries (including the US, I was pleased to see) that does not require surgery for transgendered individuals to change the gender listed on their passport.

2. I signed up for the Kirk/Sulu holiday exchange and am über-excited for both my own eventual gift art/fic and for all of the great Kirk/Sulu fics & art that will come out of the exchange. Y'all should sign up too!

3. A planet orbiting two suns has been discovered., which is neat for both Star Wars & Star Trek fans alike. (I pay so much more attention to astrophysics and astronomy news now than I did before getting into SF fandoms.)

4. I claimed, erm, three fics for mixes and one for art at [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang, which is... a lot. But I've got a pretty easy workload for the foreseeable future, and not much going on, writing-wise, so I think I'll be okay.

5. It's finally Friday! And I'm on vacation all of next week for a much needed vacation up the coast & into Oregon. \o/ (If I'm betaing your fic for a bigbang, never fear, I'm printing everything out and will keep pounding away at things.)
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Words - Give me liberty)
So, last weekend Abhi, a couple of friends, the dogs, and I went on a three-day backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness, which is southwest of Lake Tahoe.



Roughly 87% of it was fantastic. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Stock - Prepare to fly)
A second volume of happy songs for exercising, getting pumped up, or otherwise lifting your mood & getting you going!



Let's make this happen! )
jactrades: Girl with headphones walking through San Francisco (Stock - City Sounds)
A mix of my happiest songs for running or other exercise!



Let's get going! )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (AD - Busy Day)
So, a bunch of things have occurred since we last talked, internet!

1. I dropped out of [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang. *sadface* I probably could have pushed to get my story done by the deadline, but I'll be traveling during that week (on the Pacific NW Roadtrip of Awesome), and would really rather concentrate on having Fun Times than revisions. Plus internet access will be hella iffy - I think we'll be in the uninhabited northeast corner of California on posting day, and at Crater Lake the day before.

However, I still really love this story and will get it finished sooner or later. Preferably sooner so that I can stop hogging all of the library's Berlin Airlift books. (Also, historians, why do you hide all the hilarious stories in the endnotes?)

2. The husband and I went to Outside Lands with a few friends. Outside Lands is SF's music festival, smaller than Coachella, but with much better food. It was Abhi's first music festival, and so fantastically organized and with so many great bands (oh, the scheduling woes of three great bands on three stages at the same time) that I fear I've ruined him for anything else.

long list of who we saw, and more importantly, what we ate )

3. We went to the SF Street Food Festival in the Mission last weekend, and I will not detail even more food again, but it was delish and I love this city and its wack-a-doodle chill folks.

4. If you got all the way through that, then you rock, and should fill out this meme I've genked from all over, especially if you're a new person!

meme )

Edit:
5. There's a five that I forgot! I'm in the process of making a number of mixes for my best friend, who has been temporally transferred from her home in Bangalore to work on a project in England (somewhere... not London). Anyways, we're jogging buddies, and she's been having motivational issues, so I'm pulling together a bunch of fun songs to run to. One mix will be Bollywood, one will be dance/electric, one will be un-ironically awesome pump-it-up songs like Eye of the Tiger, and one will be indie-ish summer-y stuff. And maybe more, depending.

If anyone has song suggestions, they'd be extremely welcome. I'll post the mixes here once I get them all done. I've never really pulled together my running music, so this has been a fun process. (And also needed - see above for all of the nomnomnoming of unhealthy fried food I've been doing of late. But it's so worth it. *still dreaming about funnel cake*)
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - Boldly)
Title: Marchin On
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Song: Marchin On
Artist: OneRepublic
Length: 4:11
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Ensemble with heavy Kirk & Spock, (Kirk/McCoy & Spock/Uhura background)
Summary: Because Starfleet officers are all BAMFs

Somehow... We keep marchin on )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Starfish Hair)
Title: Unknown but remembered
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: this picture prompt from [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock
Fandom: The Giver
Characters/Pairing: Lily
Rating/Warnings: G
Wordcount: ~250
Summary: "I don't think we've had a Storyteller in the community for a long time."
Notes: Part of [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock 's A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: A Multifandom Comment Fic Meme. Unbeta'd comment fic.

Lily finds the photograph in the archive within the Annex of the House of the Old. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - Kirk/Sulu)
Title: Spermatophytes
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: this picture prompt from [livejournal.com profile] rubynye
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: Kirk/Sulu
Rating/Warnings: PG
Wordcount: ~900
Genre: Fluffy fluff, away mission
Summary: “Oh?” Kirk looked up, a faint smile on his face. “Tell me about the strange botanical adaptations, Lieutenant?”
Notes: Part of [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock 's A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: A Multifandom Comment Fic Meme. Unbeta'd comment fic.

The lake reminded him of Tahoe. No conifers, of course, and this planet’s sun beat down too hot for snow to exist anywhere outside of the poles, but the resemblance was there all the same – that shimmering depth stretching out around the mountains. )

Pumped!

Jul. 17th, 2011 10:50 am
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Soccer - Pressure Makes Us)
Credit: [livejournal.com profile] spuzz
LET'S GO USA!
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Adore Ocean)
Motivation this morning is zero across the country. My coworkers in DC are all in a big chat, mostly discussing how much we all want to look for other jobs. My coworkers here in the office in SF are all in the break room, mostly discussing how much we all want to go to various concerts this summer. Mostly I just want to stroll down to the wharf and watch the waves, hear the sea lions' bark, and bask in the sunshine. Glorious day in SF today.

I did pretty much nothing this weekend, other than making (and enjoying) frozen lemonade. Lovely. But that means I need to write, write, write this week. There are four or five WIPs jockeying for attention in my head lately, and really? My head isn't big enough for all that. So out, damn'd words, out, I say.

I don't know who linked to it (maybe someone at [livejournal.com profile] stbbsupport?), but Chuck Wendigs's 25 Things You Should Know About Dialogue/Plot/Writing a Novel/etc are top-notch. Nothing really new in the lists, but he cuts through the bullshit and states it plainly.

Edit: Man, I was grumpily tired this morning. But I took my lunch to the water, which solved the grumpy, and took a nap this evening, which solved the tired.
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - TOS Trexels)
Guess what's available on Netflix Instant Watch?
!!! They're only streaming seasons 2 & 3 right now, which is, uh, odd, but whatever, I'll take what I can get, especially since it's HD quality. And there's also all of NextGen (childhood crush on Riker, here I come), Voyager, and Enterprise, but no Deep Space Nine.
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Summer)
Things that are good:

1. I finally organized all of my new music and am now grooving out at work to a mix of The Strokes, Foster the People, The Vaccines. One of my best friends, Thal, is a complete music aficionado - he sends out a new album recommendation via email/dropbox every week and it always rocks. (We are close as anything, Thal, me, and Abhi (my husband). The three of us were roommates in college and had the craziest adventures, from eating spoonfuls of wasbi to unplanned 48-hour-long roadtrips to holding a Heretic Party where Abhi had a steak & Thal had pork ribs. God, college was so much fun. He's is getting married this weekend in NYC - a civil ceremony - and we aren't able to be there, which sucks, but there'll be a big South Asian shindig in October which we'll be at.)

2. Netflix is suppose to start streaming ALL of the Star Trek shows TOMORROW. Oh, this will make my life so much happier, especially if I can win over Abhi on the TOS crack.

3. Indian food leftovers for lunch today, and probably for the next four months. There are some... issues when my inlaws come for a long visit, but the food is not one of them.

4. Live tv last night, instead of the usual DVR, and we stumbled across the premiere of Love in the Wild, which was just as ridiculous as it sounds. Maybe more. And then we were treated to the local news teaser telling us about a new, maybe-over-the-line photo-judging website, Homeless or Hipster? The concept of which, uh, we laughed at a lot, because have you seen the Mission in SF? I hope the hipsters never go away, because my morning walks to the office would be so much more boring.

5. It finally feels like summer here - after lots of cloudy and even gasp rainy days. Srsly, though, Californian residents just aren't equipped to deal with rain after April. The populace here panics at rain in the summer as much as DC residents do when faced with half an inch of snow.
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Default)
I got back from my week of surf camp last Friday, and then spent most of the weekend passed out.

It. Was. So. Awesome.

Despite being a water fiend in general, I never had much of a chance to surf when I was a kid (I raced sailboats with my dad instead). The few times I have gotten out on a board have been some of the best hours of my life, no joke. So when we moved back to California from DC, I decided I was going to take up surfing as my sport of choice. Thus, surf camp.

It may have been the best vacation of my life. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (McCoy Soldier)
So, this mix is somewhere in between a proper fanmix and the playlist I wrote to for On the other side of every mountain. Meaning that I used it mostly for inspiration while writing, but the mix says things that couldn't quite make it into the story, especially secondary characters' perspectives.

The title for both the fic and the fanmix come from a statement about the conditions in Korea by Lieutenant Colonel George Russell:

"On the other side of every mountain [was] another mountain."

Unfortunately, that also seems to work as an analogy for war & wars in general.

A large part of the mix (and the story, to a lesser extent) was inspired by my grandfather, who fought in the Korean War, family members who are currently serving in the US Army and Navy, and the veteran's clinic in SF I walk by every day on the way to work. If you're interested in learning more about the US's "Forgotten War", there's a wonderfully informative collection of veteran's memoirs online here.

The Mix )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (ST - McCoy Grumpy)
Title: On the other side of every mountain
Author [livejournal.com profile] jactrades
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] uber_wench 's awesome art! Be sure to check it out!
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairing: McCoy-centric, with a large dose of Kirk
Rating/Warnings: R, mostly for language.
Wordcount: ~6,300
Genre: AU/Fusion with M*A*S*H. Yup, that old show.
Summary: For [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang . It's nine in the morning, they've already been in the OR tent for four hours, and Jim Kirk, surgeon extraordinaire, feels chatty. Of course.
Notes:Only the first half got beta'd by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] hellokatzchen , all errors are mine. MASH plotlines (and a bit of TOS) shamelessly used.
I've also created a fanmix/playlist that I wrote to: (there was another mountain)


“You know, I’ve been thinking.” )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (BSG Six)
Three days 'til surf camp! So excited, both for the vacation and the surfing (and the fact that the weather here is finally warm). Now I just need to get my [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang fic wrapped up before then...


Day Ten: Favorite female character in a scifi/supernatural show:
Sharon "Athena" Agathon from Battlestar Galactica


Sharon is in my top five favorite characters, period:

1. She. Just. Kicks. Ass.

2. She's a Mama Bear: "Ordinary moms don't play when it comes to the safety of their children, let alone trained warrior alien robot moms." (standard tv tropes disclaimer)

3. She puts up with so much shit from the Colonials, and still remains loyal because she thinks that's the right side to be on.

4. She wasn't afraid to use her Cylon abilities, despite the fact that they continued to mark her out as different from the rest of the BSG folk.

5. New Caprica. All of it.

6. Sharon and Helo have the healthiest relationship in the entire show, even if it isn't always easy.

7. Her call sign is the coolest Greek goddess of them all.

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Like a shark driving an assault vehicle)
Day Nine: Favorite female character in a drama show:
Debra Morgan from Dexter


Debra doesn't have it exactly easy. She's one of the few woman in a rather testosterone-driven Miami Metro Police Department. She has a (maybe) psychopathic brother who murders people regularly. She has rotten taste in men - probably stemming from the fact that her father focused all of his attention on teaching her brother how to murder ethically (yes, I know) instead of spending any time with her.

So she curses like a sailor, puts up a tough front to the world, and loves her brother as fiercely as she can. Girl's got steel ovaries.

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Default)
Day Eight: Favorite female character in a comedy show:
Liz Lemon from 30 Rock


Video explanation:


The End.

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Smallville Clark)
Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time:
Chloe Sullivan from Smallville


I only watched the first few seasons of this show before tuning out with the disgust at the waste of what was an amazing premise. There were a lot of things wrong with this show, but one of the ones that rankled the most was the utter misuse of Chloe Sullivan, Ace Reporter of Smallville High and genuinely awesome gal. She was funny, actually seemed to have a brain in her head (unlike the rest of Smallville's denizens), and it certainly didn't hurt that Allison Mack was pretty smoking. And the scenes with her and Lex (the other candidate in the running for Most Misused Character)? Completely full of win, even if I didn't ship the pair (much).

I have no idea how they've treated her since I stopped following the show, but I don't have much any faith in the show's producers. I hear she's, uh, married to the Green Arrow? And maybe runs the Watchtower or something?

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Rainbow Dash)
This was the easiest day of all to pick.

Day Six: Favorite female-driven show:

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic


I wasn't quick to join the new My Little Pony bandwagon. I saw it sweeping through some of the forums I read in February, but kinda rolled my eyes at the whole thing, thinking it was some sort of ironic hipster joke.

Then I watched an episode.

The animation is adorable. The songs are fun and catchy without being earworms unlike the entire Backyardigans' repertoire. The jokes, while not operating on two levels like most of Pixar's, are indeed enjoyable to both children and adults. But the real joy of MLP, at least to me, is the cast of characters and the perspective the writers show in using them.

See, this show is like crack to children. I have a niece and three nephews living close by who I babysit on occasion, and an episode of MLP is the ultimate reward now. All of them - from the almost-three-year-old to the seven-year-old - adore this show and its characters. They relate to these girl ponies and their lessons about friendship. Rainbow Dash is a favorite among the boys, of course, but, you know, everyone loves Rarity too. My niece, the oldest of the bunch, has mentioned more than once that she's going to go look something up in a book "like Twilight does". That alone would endear this show to my heart forever, but I already love it 'cause it's just so much fun.

No extra bits today - go to Equestria Daily for all your pony needs.

Rest of the days )

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