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Hello, f'list! (Er, if I still have a f'list, which...I wouldn't blame you all a whit for dropping me; "long time, no see" is a massive understatement.) Remember me?

I've been meaning to write this post for, oh, over a year now. First, I was going to tell you all that I got a new job. And then that I would be moving to New York City. And then that I HAD moved to NYC in the space of about a week. And then that I was loving both the job and the city. Then there just seemed to be SO MUCH to say that I didn't even know where to start.

I guess now, after all this time, it's pretty simple, though: Last year was one of big changes. I also got to take a few fantastic trips--to L.A. and San Diego (where I went to ComicCon!), Florida (there's no place like home, and all that), and Calgary. And I made some great friends in my new roommates too--and the dogs we've somehow acquired (a pit bull named Logan and boxer/plothound puppy named Norman, both rescues). Oh, and most recently? I saw my pilots band, Snow Patrol, live in concert last weekend, which was pretty epic in my book.

I'm a little more settled now and hoping to get a little more back into the swing of things here in LJ land (if not as active as I once was, with those massive comments and meta discussions...sigh--those were the days). It helps that one of my new roommates managed to fix my personal computer (I was unable to get the wireless on my computer to work for the longest time, so even before I moved I was on the computer at home less--it was such a pain to have to be tethered to an ethernet cord) and that we've gotten a little more help at work (though I expect I'll still be slammed often enough).

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to follow through with the last project you would have heard about--the e-press my friend She' and I wanted to start, Hot Mess Press. It was considered a conflict of interest with my new job. Honestly, I couldn't handle the extra work right after I started anyway, so I guess it was for the best. It was a really hard decision, though, and I still regret letting my friend down. It sucks too in that, based on news I've seen in the time since, I know we were SO ON TO THINGS. Like fairy tales, and short fiction, and subscription services. Ah, well.

But that's enough RL blah blah. In fandom news, I still love pilots (they'll always be my #1 OTP), but don't read/watch/talk about BSG quite as much as I used to. I do poke my head in at comms like No Takebacks sometimes, however, and I LOVE that the community is still so active. Pilot shippers are quite simply THE BEST. But you knew that.

My other shipping interests these days are THG's Johanna/Gale (you've read poppypickle's newest fic, right? if not, you really, really must), TVD's Caroline/Tyler, The Good Wife's Cary/Kalinda, How I Met Your Mother's Barney/Robin, In Plain Sight's Mary/Marshall, TWW's Josh/Donna (I know the show ended years ago at this point but I only caught up two or so years ago, so it's still newish for me), Ava/Boyd in Justified, and probably more that I'm forgetting. ...What, I'm a serial shipper! Can't help it.

So. There you have it. I am alive and still as long-winded as ever. How are you, dear friends? I have been checking my friends list this whole time but know I've missed a lot just the same. Please do tell me what's up with you!

P.S. Wow, LJ's rich text editor is a zillion times better than it used to be, huh? Not that that's saying much, but still: Nice.


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Apr. 19th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Helloooooooo! You know what's funny? I didn't even really realize that you hadn't posted in forever because I still feel like I "see" you all the time on Twitter. But it's still good to have you back on LJ. <3

And thanks for the fic shout out and for the amazing comment that you left on it. Seriously, my heart grew like 10 sizes when I read it. I also missed Johanna and Gale and their slow, perfect healing.

That's a bummer that you had to drop Hot Mess Press, but maybe it's an idea that you can come back to when the time is right. Or maybe it will help lead you to a new and better idea.

And re: your Twitter DM, we can definitely chat about my job. I will email you.
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I know, a lot of my f'list is on Twitter now, which is great. I have missed LJ, though.

I feel that having that project gave me more initiative and confidence to apply for the job I have now, so in that way HMP has already done so much for me!

That'd be great, I appreciate it! I love the work I do and am curious about what a similar job is like outside of publishing.
Apr. 19th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Wait. Who are you on twitter???
Apr. 19th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
HEATHER! It’s so good to see you here. I mean, twitter is great and all, but LJ will always be home to me :) (I don’t even want to hear about Tumblr, I guess I’ve become an old lady but that place is just not for me! It’s shiny and pretty but it doesn’t have enough substance). I am glad to hear that you’ll try to be around more, I’ve missed you here and reading your posts has always been a pleasure :)

And of course, I already knew about all your big changes. That’s so great, girl, I am happy that things are working out for you. It’s a shame that you had to drop Hot Mess Press, but sometimes, in order to live the life you want and achieve your dreams you have to make hard choices. You totally deserve all these good things that are happening to you –and I hope there are more in the future! Btw, no wonder you are loving NY, it’s such a fantastic place. I was there like 10 years ago (OMG!) and I was utterly fascinated. I really want to return someday.

Also, about shippy stuff. Pilots forever and ever of course, but I am at a similar place right now. I will always love them, but I’ve reached a point where I feel like I’ve said all I had to say about them (though I still read fic and I love that N_T is fairly active. This fandom is the best <3). And I see that you ship Kalinda/Cary, too! Girl, I feel so cheated this season!! I mean, I do love the show, but the writers promised THINGS and I am not seeing any Kalinda/Cary interaction lately. Grrrr. I hope they don’t drop the ship completely because I loved what they did with them is S2. And Johanna/Gale is great (I still have to read poppypickle's new fic but I am sure I'll love it) but it’s not that I can ship them, you know, properly. I mean, they are not even canon and I am so lame that I only can ship, like really ship, canonical pairings. Sad but true :(

(And I am not saying much about me because, really? Last year ended tragically and this one… well, let’s see how it goes. I try to stay optimistic, but it’s difficult given the awful situation in my country. But I am hoping things will improve sooner or later. They have to, I am working really hard!).
Apr. 22nd, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sonia! Good to see you too. :) I agree, for all its benefits, Twitter isn't the same for conversations like these.

Thank you, and you should TOTALLY come visit NYC again--it'd be great to meet you! :)

I am really really hoping we'll get more Cary/Kalinda from tonight onward because I agree with you 100% -- we've been cheated! They had that AMAZING scene in, what, November? And then...nothing! It makes no sense. Also, I was SO SURE I saw them making out or SOMETHING in a promo back in November or December but that never happened. So I'm not sure if I was making that up or if it got cut or what... Very weird.

I understand what you mean about Jo/Gale. I'm usually like that too. But I wanted so much for Gale to have a better ending and Poppy writes them so beautifully that you can't help but start to consider her stuff, like, extensions of canon.

I know you've had a really tough time of it and I am so very sorry. You're going back to school now, right? I'm so glad you're staying positive and just making the best you can of the situation. I admire you so much and I just KNOW that things will turn around for you. *hugs*
Apr. 20th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
Hey sweetie! Good to see you around LJ parts. Seems like most everyone has moved on to Tumblr and Twitter and whatever else the kids are into nowadays, but it's nice to come back to the homeland occasionally. :)

I keep meaning to ask you how you feel about your boy Timmy coming to live in your city. This seems like a momentous occasion!
Apr. 22nd, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Hiya, Bee! Thanks. :) I still haven't figured out Tumblr and Pinterest beyond the fact that they have pretty pictures, but I admit I do spend more time on Twitter these days because it's so easy.

You know, I'm excited Timmy and I live in the same city once more, but I'm already sick of all the hate New Yorkers are throwing his way. It's not like he asked for this; he'd have been much happier to go to a Florida team, I'm sure. We'll see how it goes, though! It will be nice to be able to watch all the games.

Anyway, congrats again on finishing cave!pilots! Can't wait to go back and just take it all in again... I'm excited that it's made you feel more at peace with The Great Betrayal.
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hey Heather! It's nice to see you back on LJ. I did know about your new job and moving to NY and I know you are having a great time. I have been absent from LJ and twitter for a while now, work has taken over my life.:)

I'm glad you have found new ships to squee about but there will always be only one Lee and Kara.

I hope that you'll be able to make to D*C this year. I miss seeing fangirls in person.:)
Apr. 22nd, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, girl! Sorry to hear work has been so crazy, but at the same time I COMPLETELY know how that is!

Agreed. Nothing beats our kids. *hugs*

I'd love to get back to D*C! I don't know if this'll be the year, but you never know. It would be great to see you. :)
Apr. 21st, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
'Tis the season of LJ returns! Or maybe that's just because today happens to be the day I checked back this week? Anyways.

Congratulations on the move! I'm sorry to hear that Hot Mess Press didn't become a reality in your life, but it sounds like everything is going swimmingly regardless, so huge kudos.

Life for me is much the same, except that my brain has been eaten by an original story that circumstance keeps interrupting my progress on. But otherwise, kid + volunteering + writing + crafting + dancing = Still My Existence.

Anyways, it's good to see you back and hear you doing so well. **hugs**
Apr. 22nd, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've noticed a few other people updating after long breaks too. It's great to see. :)

Thank you! I really appreciate it. Have to say, everything else is going pretty well, so I can't complain.

Hey, congrats on your original story, that is FANTASTIC. Sounds like you are doing great too, and I'm so glad to hear it. Thanks for the warm welcome back! *hugs*
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