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1. Photographed my peppers. Posted about them on Tumblr. (Did not crosspost to DW because I ran out of spoons, whoops. I will try to correct that this weekend. Or maybe Monday.) I also chopped up and froze a pepper that was developing a fungal infection -- obviously I cut off and threw away the nasty parts.

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17. Rearranged two of my kitchen cupboards to put some things I use frequently (tealight candles and scented wax melts) within easy reach and put some things I only use once or twice a year (trivets and decorative hot pads) up where I need to stand on a chair to reach them, because obviously having them in the opposite places was logistically stupid.

And now it is time for me to go to bed, because I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow.
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Today is NFE reveal day! I wrote two stories this year: my assignment and one tiny Madness ficlet. I will talk about each in a separate post.

enchantments: One night, the Lady will let him out of the chair and not recast her spell. Rilian fears that day more than anything. Dark. (450 words, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] Komadori)

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I felt kind of bad for writing dark!fic as a gift when Komadori hadn't specifically asked for dark!fic... so I wrote her more dark!fic as a Madness treat. *headdesk* Yes, that was an excellent plan. There was no way it could possibly go wrong.

On the other hand, I think the resulting ficlet holds up fairly well for something written in half an hour. It's a dark what-if style of AU, where Rilian made one different choice from canon and everything consequently went straight to hell for him, for his would-be rescue party, and for Narnia in general. (The Lady of the Green Kirtle is perfectly pleased with the outcome, of course.)

...

I think the takeaway from my NFE participation this year is that I should probably avoid signing up for exchanges when I'm in a protracted depressive episode. Not only does that make writing difficult, it also seems to affect the tone and style of what I end up producing. *sigh*
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Today is NFE reveal day! I wrote two stories this year: my assignment and one tiny Madness ficlet. I will talk about each in a separate post.

A High and Lonely Destiny: All the stories Jadis knows begin with Lilith. Dark. (3,375 words, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] Komadori)

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This was my assignment!

As I said in my post when the collections opened, I didn't even try for anonymity this year. I had sort of wanted to write a Lucy/Sea Girl story (which is a concept I clearly like or I wouldn't keep asking people to write it for me!) but that required a lot more creativity than I could dredge up over the past few months, so I went with something that I already had mostly laid out... which is also not what I ended up writing. (The story of my creative life could probably be summarized as follows: 'That was not what I meant to write, but I think it came out okay despite that.')

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1. Finished the Not the IRS onboarding process, which is basically logging onto a site and electronically signing a bunch of forms (some of them have a few options to fill out first). Because this is my second year as a tax preparer, I am now eligible for... it's not technically commissions, because the structure's a little different, but essentially it's commissions, if I bring in money over my hourly wages for the pay period in question. Probably I won't earn any, because I am new and have no established client base, but I guess it's nice to know the option is there?

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And now I should probably get to bed, because I have work tomorrow. :)
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And here is the other story somebody wrote for me -- interestingly, in response to the same prompt (basically, 'tell me a story about Charn! Charn is fascinating!').

In Word and Deed (5510 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Jadis' Sister (Narnia), Jadis | The White Witch
Additional Tags: Charn, Worldbuilding, Magic/Spells & Curses, The Deplorable Word
Summary: In a world lit by a blood-red sun, where two sisters battle for the throne and where a single word has the power to destroy life itself, the only thing worse than a summons from the Queen is a conflicting summons from the other Queen. It was no wonder that Nethyr had ill dreams.

Again, I am too brain-friend to make a proper rec, but you should totally go read this right now because it is just as awesome as the other fic. ♥

(I swear, I got so stupidly lucky with gifts this year...)

NFE woes

Sep. 11th, 2016 10:38 pm
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It looks like somebody added a fic to the NFE Madness collection right after it went live, which means that it didn't get revealed with the other two and is still an inaccessible Mystery Work.

It's for me. I know it is, because I can see it being all tempting and mysterious in my own Gifts subpage. I really want to read it!

And I can't, and this is so incredibly frustrating, argh!!!

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ETA: It appeared! :DDD
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Hear ye, hear ye!

The 2016 Narnia Fic Exchange and 2016 NFE Madness collections are now open. This was a small year, so it's only twenty-three stories total, but I expect they are as high-quality as always.

Here is the one written for me:

Triptych (5659 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Lilith, Jadis | The White Witch, Jadis' Sister (Narnia), Aslan
Additional Tags: Charn, Worldbuilding, Rituals, Dark Magic, Religious Imagery & Symbolism, Biblical References, Blood
Summary: Lilith woke to the song of that created a world. Jadis ended another with a word. Lilith waited for Jadis at the end of their long path of willful reason.

I am too brain-fried today to write a proper explanation of exactly how and why this story is so awesome, but trust me, it is fucking awesome and you should go read it. ♥

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As for myself, I usually attempt true anonymity (by which I mean I don't reuse the most visible elements of my own previous worldbuilding and character backstories), but due to the persistent brain-fry I've been slogging through all year, I did not have the spoons to play the game. You get no prizes whatsoever for guessing what I wrote, because obvious!Liz was really goddamn obvious this time. *wry*
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1. ACCEPTED A JOB OFFER!!!

2. Put away the food I cooked on Tuesday and dumped the resulting scraps into the compost bin.

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I made a start on unfucking my sleep schedule last night, and hopefully I will be able to get it fully back on track by Monday. With a bit of luck, this will give me the spoons to get some necessary stuff done over the weekend. *crosses fingers*
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1. One job application. I don't really care about this one, but I have to do three job-search activities per week for my unemployment insurance, even if I have no real intention of following up on them. And, you know, if this company happens to take me up on my offer, it wouldn't be the end of the world or anything. *shrug*

2. Edited somebody else's NFE fic. It is a good fic; I think y'all are going to enjoy it. :)

3. Finished reading and commenting on every work in the Ladystuck Remix main collection and treats collection. Go me! (Once again, I advise anyone with an interest in female-character-centric Homestuck fics and art to go check those out. Look through the prior collections as well while you're there!)

4. Tweaked my Tumblr theme so reblogs no longer automatically display in all-italics. That had been bugging me for years and tonight I was finally fed up enough to fix it.

5. Cooked a batch of rice -- by which I mean two cups' worth -- most of which will go into my freezer for storage.

6. Started a batch of pot roast, which will cook overnight and should finish up around 8 or 9am.

7. Responded to and cleared out all comments-needing-replies from my various inboxes, because today I had the spoons for that kind of social interaction. :)
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1. Tested my printer, discovered the ink had gone all weird, and therefore went to the public library to print copies of my resume and reference list. I have a recurring problem with ink, probably because I only use my printer about once every three or four months; this means that when I want to use it, the ink has often dried up and I have to buy replacement cartridges long before I should need to judging by number of pages printed.

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