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I had a good birthday yesterday.

Corey came home from uni for a night and we went out to eat on Friday night, then yesterday was just a nice, relaxed day. First I could finally open the presents [personal profile] sperrywink sent me, and look at them! Musketeer kitties! and badges and poster and such a lovely card. I was thrilled. And I also got an excellent gift of knitted headbands and excellent card from [personal profile] turlough and Lancecat which are also shown in that photo.

Mostly I got money, but when I got home late last night my brother had dropped me a gift bag off at my neighbours, and opening it I saw he'd given me a Boots giftcard from him and a box of chocolates from my niece and nephew, which was a lovely surprise. Since he and his partner completely split up he's been much more thoughtful with gifts and cards. I think he's turning over a new leaf.

After taking Corey grocery shopping we dropped him home at Newcastle and went to Metro Centre. The plan was a movie, shopping and to eat, but we got there so late that had to be rushed and I could only go to one shop. But, I bought a new outfit, and the assistant helped me find trousers that actually fit. It turns out I need ones with extra short legs, which surprised me. I mean, I'm 5 foot 6, I didn't think that was particularly short. But I guess my legs must be short considering the fit I needed.

After that we went to see Hidden Figures, and it was so good! Though because of 50 Shades being on most of the screens it was shown in one of the smaller screens, and as a result was packed. Still, I enjoyed every moment.

And of course, I got messages on here and via email, DMs, twitter and insta. So thank you all for those. You helped make my day feel special ♥

I also got my appointment for my 6 month check up yesterday, so let me indulge in some birthday naval gazing behind here, cut for weight loss talk and yet another photo of my stupid face.Collapse )

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We went to see Cirque Du Soleil Varekai on Wednesday night, and it was so good!

I enjoyed every moment. The costumes and acts were amazing, and the skill those men and women showed was just, wow! You could use cameras, but only phone/small ones without a flash, so low lighting combined with them all moving so fast, means our pictures were little much than blurs of colour. But, I've some professional photos taken of the show to show what we saw. behind hereCollapse )

Also, another thing crossed off my fear list, I sat in the middle of the row and my fat arse and thighs didn't spread to the next seat annoying a stranger. We had brilliant seats too. We were in the easy assess row for people with mobility issues, and it was directly behind the wheelchair spots. Because the wheelchair users and their carers get more room, I had a big gap in front of me which gave me an uninterrupted view of the stage, so win.

We parked at the arena beforehand, and then as we were early decided to walk up to Newcastle to get some food. The nearest place was about a ten minute walk, all uphill, and poor James had the stuffing knocked out of him. He actually slept well over 12 hours solid that night. Next time we go we'll just get food actually in the arena. I mean, it wasn't exactly premier stuff, but wasn't that much more expensive. And yes, we are planning to go back, but first, we're getting tickets to go see Hairspray at the theatre first. The show isn't on until later in the year, but I think it'll be fun.

This week we also went for the first walk of the year at Herrington Country park. Well, I walked, James was pushed. It felt good to get out into the sunshine, though I did get horribly muddy. The ground is saturated there and some of the paths had crumbled a little over winter, so sometimes pushing wasn't as easy as it could have been, but I managed it, and felt strong all the way around. The only issue was I had to stop and have a diy fixing job done on my trousers as they kept falling down. James had to cut off a piece of his bootlace and I put two holes in the waistband of my trousers and pulled it tighter with the lace. And really, I need to stop buying dresses and get some new trousers already.

ETA: The post was delivered, included were letters for me and Corey. Mine included a cheque from a refund on my dad's estate. So Corey's will have the same. It's only a small amount, and I know the timing is a total coincidence, but even so, all I can think is, thanks dad.

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Happy Valentine's Day to any who celebrate it. If you do, accept a ♥ from me. If you don't, well, I'll just give you a friendly nudge with my shoulder instead.

It seems Corey had a good birthday party with his friends. He phoned yesterday and I was asking him about it. Seemingly 30 people turned up at his house, and I asked if they all went out to town with him after. He replied he didn't know as he couldn't remember anything from then.

He's also got a new steady girlfriend. We've suspected he has for a while, but he admitted it last week, and then James let that slip at his dinner and he was then interrogated by his nanna and gran and had to show pictures. One of the ways he mentioned her was in relation to Valentine's day. He's doing the whole card, present, going out thing, and asked his dad and me what we were doing. While I've nothing against the day at all and do celebrate it, it's only been with an exchange of cards for a very long times. Sadly, with Valentine's Day being in the same week as three other birthdays, well, the money only stretches so far. But, I hope Corey will enjoy his night. Me and his dad will be staying home and sharing a M&S meal for two.

Talking of James. He's had a bit of a rough time at the moment. His back has been acting up big time and he was at the doctor's on Friday. She was going to sign him off work for a while, but he was taking pride in having no sick days in over 6 months, so said he would prefer to go in. So he did, made a bad decision -- thankfully, not on the phones so no patients were affected -- and I just knew something was up when I got a phone call when he should have been working. I'll cut for lengthCollapse )

To end on a happier note. Nanna turned 97 yesterday. There's nothing she needs or wants, and she tells us that, so her house was like a florists when we went up. Which I guess is better than Christmas as after being issued with the same instructions about wanting nothing like clothes or stuff that needs keeping, she ended up with 6 tins of biscuits. She's had a good day but was exhausted by the time we got there. We'll take her out for dinner as part of her present, but not yet as going out twice in one week -- she went to my uncle's to eat on Sunday-- means she needs time in the house to recover.

A final fannish thing. My picfor1000 is going well, and should be off to beta for this weekend. Finishing two challenges in a row, it's like I can actually write again!

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Yesterday Kayleigh posted she was engaged on FB, and of course it's caused a hit of hassle. Not that she's engaged, Shauna is lovely, or that it happened 3 weeks ago, but that they'd announced on FB without telling either of their families. Really, they should have told their parents first at least.

James got his new wheelchair, you can see him in it here. It's so lovely, which may sound a weird thing to say about a wheelchair, but after pushing his old one for so long this one is like a sports model in comparison. It has wheels that pop off, making it easy to get in the boot of the car, is comfortable with material that doesn't make you sweat on the back if you're sitting in it a long time, and pushes so easily. While there we also arranged for his mam to be contacted about her wheelchair. Because she's a bigger lady they gave her one where the seat is a block of wood, which of course isn't comfortable. The wheelchair tech said they hadn't given those kinds out for 15 years and the new kinds are so much better, so hopefully she'll get something that's actually comfortable asap.

Some of you may remember me posting a while back how one of my goals was to sit in the chairs outside a cafe on the beach-front. I never did as they were too small for me with having metal unmovable arms, but yesterday while at the beach I decided to try, and I did it.

Yesterday I also went for a bra fitting. Which was pretty scary thinking about going in, but was totally fine. The lady was so friendly and matter of fact as she measured and then fitted me, and it turns out I've gone down a size in terms of band and four sizes in cup size, so no wonder my old bras didn't fit well. So I left wearing the new bra, and it's very comfortable while being supportive.

Today I had a hair cut and have had a few inches of hair chopped off. It looks so much better.

In fannish news. I got my picfor1000 assignment which you can see here. I've got a vague idea taking shape. Now I just have to hope that forms into an actual story.

Finally, [personal profile] sperrywink your other parcel came. Thank you! It's now put aside for a while ♥

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Something I learned in the last few days. Read packets carefully, because a packet of sunflower seeds that has husks printed on them doesn't actually mean you can eat them whole. Lets just say both me and James ended up chewing for ages and ended with a mouthful of what felt like splinters.

I got a new phone yesterday. I've gone for a Google pixel because the camera is excellent, so now it's a case of getting things how I like them. The main one being finding an email client I like as there's not a compatible version of Thunderbird, and I really don't like the actual gmail app or site.

Because I have the new phone I had to add fitbit to it, and was overjoyed to get the buzz of happiness that meant I'd met my steps, as I didn't think I'd walked that far. Then realised fitbit had reset the count to 5k and not 10k. Sadness!

Yesterday I also started to sort out Corey's birthday cake as he turns 21 in a few weeks. His actual birthday is on the Saturday, and he'll be spending that out with friends, so we're having a family meal in the week before. Now I just need to sort out where and try and herd cats to get everyone there.

This is going to be a post of cut tags, starting with, mam's hospital appointment on ThursdayCollapse )

Which brings me nicely to the fact I finally had to give in and buy protein powder cut for food and wls talkCollapse )

We went to the cinema two different days. To see Hacksaw Ridge the first day, and T2 Trainspotting the second. spoilers for both.Collapse )

Finally, Sperrywink and Turlough wanted to see photos of the finished bathroom, so, they're behind hereCollapse )

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The plasterer was here to block the door up on the bedroom side this morning. So, as of now all workmen jobs are finished. He was only supposed to block the actual door, but decided to skim the whole wall as he said it would look better, which was fine by me.

Now I just have to wait until later and I can finally put the bedroom back to rights. The drawers have been laying on Corey's bed since last week so I could move the unit easier, and it'll be nice to have the clock back on a bedside table again.

As I can't move anything up there yet I'm going to have an hour or so of reading tabs, because between Snowflake, challenge exchanges and certain friends writing and posting many ficlets I have rather a lot of them at the moment. Then after that I'm going to the doctor's with mam.

Saturday I had a double cinema visit. First xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage which was ridiculous action fun -- with the added extra of a couple sneaking up to the couches and having what looked really close to full sex, before going back to their actual seats, making out there, and coming back up to retrieve their coats.

Then we had an hour to spare, so I nipped in Evans to check out their final sale reductions, and scored a long tunic with a t-shirt under it which was £8 down from £55.

A bit of a mooch later and we went back to the cinema to see Manchester by the Sea, and my goodness, what a film. I won't spoil in case anyone is going to see it, but the acting was amazing, especially by Casey Affleck.

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Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so



Wrapping up the Snowflake challenge, which as usual, I enjoyed very much.

My love letter is going out to my flist, to all you reading, because you all are amazing.

Over the years you've supported me through some really tough times, and been at my side for the good. You've sent hugs, and laughed with me, celebrated with me, commented on everything from the serious to totally mundane.

Many of you have been there and watched Corey grow from a small boy going off to junior school to the man he is now, and been there as solid support as I battled with my weight issues, losing, putting back on, losing, putting back on, and finally, seemingly getting a handle on things now.

I've had the pleasure of being a part of your lives, too. I've watched as people's children have grown, as others travelled the world, taken on new jobs, moved house, taken holidays, suffered losses and celebrated things both big and small.

I've squeed with you over fannish things, and while often we don't share fandoms now, I still enjoy seeing that squee. Because a love of anything is a very beautiful thing.

You've taught me loads. I live in a small former mining village. Corey is the first person in both mine and James' family to go to university. I live in the same place as my sister, mam and nanna. My brother and Pauline live in very close by places. And while James did leave home, his home town is still only a 20 minute drive away, my point being, my view of the world used to be so narrow, but now it stretches world wide.

Because of you all I've seen how things works in America, in Australia, Canada, all through Europe, so many other places that it would take ages to list, where lives are so different to mine -- and that's fantastic. I love hearing about your lives, your customs, about day-to-day things and traditions.

So, thank you, flist. For being there always. Thank you to the people who keep posting and sharing their lives. Thank you to the ones that have gone off elsewhere now, know I think about you all at times. Thank you to everyone that's virtually stood at my side, be that through comments on every post, or one, because they all matter. And yes, that means, you. Thank you.

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Day 14
Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so.


I wasn't sure what to say about this, then I remembered I'd meant to mention beta readers in an earlier challenge, and totally forgot. So I've just sent an email to themoononastick.

She's been my beta forever, she's battled with my terrible grammar and bad habits, not least my lazy writing when I finished stories far too early. Her comments make me laugh, and she points things out without ever making me feel stupid. Like in my bandom holidays story where she asked how Gerard was heating shampoo up in a sink without any heat source.

A good beta is hard to find, and I'm incredibly lucky to have L. So while it feels a bit strange to call that email a kindness challenge response, as it's something I feel always, that's my response.

I'm having a meet-up with augustuscaesar and her wife tomorrow. They're over from Australia and have been touring the UK for the last few weeks, and now they're in Newcastle. We're going to Mog on the Tyne and I'm going to hug the stuffing out of her because it's been far too long since I've seen her.

Then after a trip to the cinema to see La La Land. It's a movie I'm calling in one of my markers for, as James has no desire to see it at all. I think I've said before but normally we match quite well on film likes, but sometimes we have to compromise, last time for me, seeing James Bond, for him, Magic Mike XXL.

Cats, friends, movies. Sunday should be a good one.

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It was mam's appointment at the hospital yesterday, and it was better news than I was expecting moreCollapse )

I was very lucky yesterday as I nearly lost an earring. It's one Corey bought me years ago, they're not expensive but I tend to wear them daily and they mean a lot to me. I went to put them in and there was only one on my desk. I looked everywhere for the other one, including taking stuff off my desk, moving stuff under it, and nope. It wasn't there. Then I thought about the bin next to my desk, the bin I'd emptied that morning into the main wheely bin, which was outside waiting to be emptied. Thankfully the bin lorry hadn't been yet, and I had a bin liner in the bin, so it was just a case of getting that back out, and empting the rubbish into the sink so I could sort through it -- and my earring was there.

The men were here to fit the new bathroom flooring this morning, and it looks fantastic. But now I can't get the bath side back on. The bathroom fitters are coming on Tuesday to do the final few jobs, so I may just leave it propped up until then, I'd hate to break it trying to wrestle it back into place.

Snowflake now.

Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Brief answer as sadly I don't hang out on many comms now. But I do like [personal profile] bbcmusketeerskink and of course [community profile] hc_bingo even though I suck at it, and finally, one of my favourite challenges is picfor1000 over on LJ. I also still read lots of band people on twitter and insta, and am enjoying seeing Kristin be so excited about being pregnant and the upcoming birth of their baby girl.


Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


The very first Camp Sparkle. Walking into that huge house in Wales and meeting people like Turlough for the very first time. One moment that always sticks in my mind was standing outside with Pen and Nopseud, and watching people in the hot tub, adelate, Rikes, Saba and others. It started to snow, and the hot tub lights were flashing and Backstreet Boys were playing, and it was just one of those moments when you think, yeah, these are my people.

Getting emails and direct messages about Grey Crimson Skies in the weeks after I posted it. That was the first time I fully realised that something I wrote could talk to people and affect them so deeply. I still treasure those emails and the things people shared.

The first bit of feedback I got when I posted my very first popslash fic on LJ. It was a ridiculously angsty BSB ficlet, and llumi left me a comment, and I was thrilled because while I had posted fic before, popslash was my new shiny fandom, and I was very nervous posting anything. Llumi used to still pop up every now and then, and I hope she knows how much that comment meant.

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It's a bit wild and woolly out there today. James phoned when he got to work to say he'd nearly been taken out by a trampoline that had blown across the motorway. Thankfully it blew across without hitting anything, but that's not what you expect to see first thing in the morning.

We went swimming for the first time this year yesterday. Unfortunately we'd gone when the baby swimming classes were on, and forgot that they're always much better attended at the beginning of the year. I swam through two classes -- and James lounged in the spa through two classes -- and then got out when the third was about to begin. It was good to swim again, though. We're considering upping our membership to a full one so we can use the gym too. It's only a small one, and very quiet as long as you don't go at popular times. I just think I'm getting closer to being able to do more than swimming, not an all out assault on the machines, but recumbent bikes and some weights, maybe. I'm sure it'll take me a while to actually gather my confidence and go for it, but for an extra £10 a month for the two of us, it's worth thinking about.

I had a wardrobe malfunction leaving the house. I'd decided to go to the pool wearing my costume with my dress and trousers over the top. And found out that if you add trousers that are a bit big anyway, to a costume that pulls you in a bit more, your trousers will slide down your hips as you walk. Thankfully I was wearing a dress and didn't expose myself to the neighbours.

Day 11
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I'm not going to spotlight any individual, because that would take me forever. I just want to say thank you to everyone that keeps writing, who keeps creating, who keeps me entertained with words, graphics, and so much amazing, creative stuff that they share freely. You're all amazing ♥

Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I'm sure you all know my favourite thing is h/c, but I'm not going to talk about that. Or AUs, which I'm sure I talked about last year. In fact I read and enjoy loads of things, but can't think of which one to expand on at the moment. I may come back to this. Or maybe just leave it at, threesomes are awesome. More threesomes always!

DAY 9:

Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange (not us!), a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work.


I was going to call this done as one thing I've done for a very long time is leave a comment to works I've enjoyed. It just feels the right thing to do when I love getting comments so much myself. But, I thought of something I want to add that relates to mods.

So often I see complaints about fandoms being quiet, but really, they can only be quiet if no one says anything, so I want to give praise to some people who keep talking and keep challenges running in smaller fandoms.

Thank you [personal profile] pensnest and [personal profile] nopsued. They've kept the popslash Christmas exchange running for a really long time now, and do a great job. And they also keep Camp Sparkle running, which is an amazing gathering full of brilliant people. Sadly I've only been briefly in the last few years, but take my word, Camp Sparkle is run as well as any huge con.

Thank you [personal profile] akamine_chan and [personal profile] lucifuge5 for running bandom big bang and other challenges. I see their names all over, and appreciate their work so much. And all of their helpers, too ♥

And a thank you to all the other mods who give their time and effort to keep challenges and communities going, whether big or small.

We're getting the new lino put down in the bathroom on Friday, so I need to go paint the doorway before that. Which I'll do soon. I really will. I just need to prise myself off this chair first.

ETA: I know I have other rarepair Mikey/Ryan fans on my flist. [personal profile] egelantier wrote me a beautiful drabble for the snowflake challenge, and it's right here

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Day 8 In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I can laugh at myself and often do. I do, say and like ridiculous things at times. And that's just fine.

I said this last year too, but it still stands. I like what I like, and don't care if anyone judges me for that.

Finally, I like my saggy belly and my bingo wings and my collar bones that are starting to emerge. Because they may not be what the media says is perfect, but to me they're evidence of a successful hard decision and a lot of work.

Before I forget yet again. Thank you to [personal profile] sperrywink, msktrnanny and [personal profile] eledhwenlin for the holiday cards. They may have been the tail ends, but they were all very much enjoyed.

It's been a nice day today, cold but sunny so I've been out for a short walk, and a long conversation with one of our neighbours and his dog. Visited mam, washed, dried and put away a load of clothes and finished off the last of the Christmas fresh veggies by making a carrot and parsnip curry soup. I also made a batch of that yesterday which was delicious, but does mean I'll have loads of the stuff to eat in the next few days.

I also started to read the popslash christmas exchange stories and can highly recommend Let Nothing You Dismay by brandywine which was very funny and perfect for a Christmas story. Also, has some of the best visual images ever!

Now I'm off to write some more drabbles. Or double drabbles. Or even triple. The sky's the limit, really.

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Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I'm going for it as I've enjoyed these writing responses in previous Snowflake challenges.

Therefore -- give me a prompt and pairing, or character, and I'll write you a drabble. In which I mean something exactly 100 words long. ETA: Or a double drabble or a triple one. Who's counting!?

I'm going for drabbles as I got a bit carried away last year. Fandoms anything I have/do talk about.

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Day 7

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



I was waiting for this challenge to happen, and what an excellent list of suggestions.

While I was tempted to draft a critical essay about a particular media 1 I'm actually going to do a Musketeers picspam, so you can all see what I've been enjoying.

Plus, I highly suspect I'll be back very soon with a writing prompt post as a second challenge fill, as I do like those. But for now.

1 And if you believe that....

Some Musketeers with a big Aramis focusCollapse )

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Day 06

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.


(1) Recs. If you've read a story and thought, Terri would like that, let me know. Bandom always, where I'm sure most people know my tastes by now, but Musketeers too. For that, Aramis is my OTC so anything focussed on him would be lovely.

(2) I love comments. I know time is limited and sometimes it's hard to leave a comment and you don't know what to say, but if you've read and enjoyed any kind of fannish work, please let the creator know. It makes my day when I get comments, and I'm sure that applies to anyone who puts their work out there.

I can't think of anything else, but if anyone wants to write me a Mikey centric h/c epic adventure full of ridiculousness, kick ass ladies, way bros, hi jinks, snappy dialogue, band boys loving each other, found family, angst, woe, kitties, gsf and maybe a dragon, feel free.

The same goes for Musketeers, I'm easy like that.

And because Snowflake has led to new friends, I thought I'd do a sort of down and dirty about me as I tend to assume everyone has been reading my journal for years.

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I kept saying I was going to do recs for bandom holidays, then I was too late to do so before the reveal, so decided not to. But then today the Snowflake challenge is to do some recs, so I've decided to go ahead.

First, before I do go ahead, I have to say there wasn't a story at the challenge that I didn't enjoy. But, I did have some favourite which were:

Tighten The Rope Around My Heart. Frank/Gerard, Frank/Jamia.

Loving someone means being willing to explore new things with them. Even if the new things aren't so new to you.

What I enjoyed most about this was how Frank didn't settle immediately into loving the rope kink. They had to communicate about likes and dislikes, and things weren't perfect at first. But at the heart of things was love, respect and trust, and I loved that. Also, loved this Jamia.

Soon the Bells Will Start which was written for me and as such every word is perfection!

Mikey has a slight melodramatic crisis in the middle of the night, Gerard has a herd of capsized sparkly reindeer in his hallway, Frank has five minutes to apologize, and Pete's got a brilliant solution to all this nonsense.

For a more serious rec, this really is a good story. Gerard and Mikey's relationship is fantastic -- and I'm sure you all know how much I enjoy that. The dialogue and little details were spot on, and of course the ending so satisfying. I was sad when I reached the end, and that's always the sign of a good story.

Frankly Perfect Frank/Gerard

Of all the things Gerard ever expected to come out of starting a band, Frank running a dating agency is maybe the last thing that would have occurred to him.

Which just goes to show how much he knows.


I love that this story isn't an AU. It could have so easily become one, but instead it's this fun, enjoyable story stuffed with things that will make you smile, and be frustrated and wanting Frank to catch a clue already. Also, some very vivid descriptions that were very nice to think about!

Falling For You. Frank/Gerard.

Frank notices Gerard has a lovely pair of transparent wings.

This is a fan comic, and it's fabulous! The fierce!Mikey panel makes me grin each time I see it.

What if a Frog-Eating Gnu Gets Him?

Gerard is not going to start worrying yet, he's not officially allowed to for another four hours, he's just going to hang out here unobtrusively watching... It's not creepy, and neither is the underwear thing.

This is funny, stuffed full of splendid things, written very well, and made me laugh throughout. It's just one of those stories you really should read, because it's just so much fun, and I'll never forget MCR and the Bake Off tent, and of course, the squirrel!

And two Musketeers I've enjoyed recently.

of things despaired of

Where Athos falls off a cliff and Aramis won't let go.

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This series. It's Constance/Aramis/Athos/Porthos/d'Artagnan, so much sex in so many ways, h/c, kinks, friendship, Constance being awesome. It kept me enthralled for a long time. The only thing is, the second story was leading up to double penetration which should have been told in the last chapter which has never been posted. I mean, the story itself is finished plot wise, but that was a tease!

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So, yesterday.

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Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


I'm going to say this is done as I've been commenting on posts from non-flist people throughout Snowflake. And while I haven't friended anyone new yet this year, I will say, I've made some excellent new friends from the last Snowflake challenges so if you've ever been thinking about friending me, go for it.

Sign-ups for picfor1000 are open over at LJ! I love that challenge so much, and have taken part in it for many years now.

Finally, it's been a bit of a day so I'm going to shamelessly display this before heading off to wallow in the bath for a long time. My mini nano winner's banner.

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Catch up on posts and comments will happen tomorrow.

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It's been a good day today.

A visit to the cinema, and then on the way home we passed Catpawcino and saw that they were still open, so we've been for some quality cat time.

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Snowflake Day 3.

I was going to leave this until tomorrow but funnily enough I was just talking about this earlier. Well about the personal goals anyway.

I want to go to an amusement park and ride all the coasters and rides. I used to love doing that, but just kept on getting bigger, and after humiliations like not being able to fit in a swing seat and having to walk off in front of the whole queue, well, I just stopped trying. So I was saying to James earlier than at the end of this year we could go to Alton Towers or somewhere as hopefully I'd be able to ride by then.

Exercise more. It's great I go swimming, and I walk often at the beach, parks etc. But what I don't tend to do is go out myself when James is at work. I can do it, it's just a bad habit that I don't do so.

Stop buying so much food. I eat maybe a tenth of what I used to, and while James' appetite hasn't changed, he really can't take up the slack, so often food is getting wasted, and that's just stupid.

Fannishly, to write more. Four shortish stories in a year was a sad output for me. I like writing and enjoy doing it so really self, write more!

Get my tabs read. I've so much fic tabbed to read, and more will be added via Snowflake I'm sure.

A very easy one to achieve. Upgrade my paid DW account already! I keep forgetting and my list of available icons is pathetic.

Other than that, just keep on doing what I'm doing in terms of commenting on posts and the things that I've read and liked.

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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Thinking about it, I could mention a few fandoms/shows that have being significant in terms of my fannish evolution and left marks on my soul. The Sentinel where I cut my teeth as a writer, Poltergeist the Legacy, where I found and read my first ever fanfic. Popslash where I came into my own as a fan/writer and found a group of amazing people who I still like and respect now. But what I'm going to talk about is Voyager.

I've talked about this before, so apologies if you're reading this again, but that show was the one that actually started me interacting fannishly. I joined my first ever mailing list, one for the Paris/Torres ship, and eventually started to join in, sending LOCs about fics and everything was so new and shiny and great.

Through Voyager I found my first ever slash story. And this is something I've also told often, but while surfing at E Groups I'd ran out of gen and het Voyager stories and saw this group called Voyager slash. Clueless, I thought it was for horror fic, and as that was a genre I didn't like I never checked it out. Until one day I was desperate -- and found my people.

It just shows how much impact that moment had on me as even now, many many years later, I can still remember how I felt as I clicked on that first story.

Voyager was everything for me at that time. I looked forward to every new episode. I bought the books, and wrote to the authors about how I liked the books, and rejoiced when one of them wrote back. I fangirled the fic writers I loved, and totally embarrassed myself when I met one of them at a Voyager con and stammered through how much I loved their fic.

Tom Paris imprinted himself on me. I read all the ships he was involved in, with my favourites being Paris/Torres, Chakatoy/Paris and Paris/Kim. I met Robert Duncan McNeil at a Voyager con, and had to lock my knees to remain upright.

I bought all the seasons on video -- which cost a stupid amount of money at the time, and watched them often. Even now I still have favourite episodes. The Chute for one, which has to be the Paris/Kim ep, and this last scene still slays me. This man is my friend. I can never forget that.

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And so many more, Captain Proton, Endgame, Caretaker, Alice. The list goes on. But let's gloss over Threshold. That mess needs never to be mentioned.

So yeah, it has to be Voyager. The show that shaped my life in both reality and fannishly and means my love for it, and especially Tom, will never diminish.

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I'm taking the decorations down at the moment. I'm at the stage where everything is away, but the floor is covered in glitter, fake pine needles from the tree, and dust has been revealed everywhere. So I'm taking a quick break before tackling that, because the Snowflake Challenge is back!

If you haven't taken part before do think about it. The challenge is so low key but it's lovely to start the new year.



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Onto the first day!

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.


This is the perfect time to reveal what I wrote for bandom holidays, too. Which was --

(1) Contagious Creativity. In which Gerard learns about Pinterest and decides to hold a craft exchange. I really enjoyed writing this, and am thrilled that [personal profile] wenchpixie enjoyed it because I think she's fab and wanted to write her a good gift.

The story includes so much that I love. Group interaction, a bit of humour, Way bros conversations. I got a comment saying it felt like old time bandom, and it very much was, and felt that way as I was writing. In fact, until I realised timings would be out in terms of Pinterest becoming popular it was going to be set much further back, including Bob. But even though it wasn't, I did like the result.

Sperrywink said it screams me as the writer, but apparently no one else knew. Obviously I'm now a woman of mystery writing wise! *g*

(2) The Holes in My Apologies, You Know. This was the first Musketeer story I wrote, and I really liked doing so. It was from a kink meme prompt, is unbeta read, but after a really long dry spell of not writing at all it was just fabulous to get those words flowing. I especially like the first chapter, which no doubt could be tightened under a beta's eye, but hits me just right in terms of what I like.

(3) Sing the Revolution. I wrote this many years ago for the Ways plus one challenge, and still like it now. It's a story about cross-dressing, how growing up is hard sometimes, about Frank and Mikey being gone on each other with the added complication of Gerard being involved too. It's not one of my stand out stories, but it's up there as one I was proud to write.

I also want to thank [personal profile] jiksa_x for writing my bandom holidays gift story Soon the Bells Will Start. I rec it highly.

In fact I rec all the works highly. I was going to do actual recs before reveal, but obviously missed that chance. However, I did read everything at the challenge and was highly impressed.

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I'm spending this new years eve alone as James is at work and Corey's off hosting his house party. Not that it's an issue, NYE is very much a non event for me, and has been for a long time. I'll stay up until 12 so I can watch the fireworks from my bedroom window, but that'll be it for me. Until then I intend to have a very long soak while reading Musketeers fic, then get out, read more fic and watch some tv cuddled up on the couch under a blanket with the cats keeping me company.

ETA: James just emailed me to say look at the NE ambulance FB page as he was famous. He's in a post about staff working tonight, in all his Rudolf shirt glory. The man gets everywhere *g*

This last year has been a bad one for so many people, but for me it's been okay to good. I got married to James, but considering how long we've been together and living as married, nothing actually changed between us. Really, what was the most significant change for me was finally having the bypass, because that's changed my life hugely.

Thinking back to this time last year it's hard to take in just how much has changed in terms of my health. The Terri of last NYE would have never believed she'd be swimming, or develop a new dress habit, or think nothing about strolling around the Metrocentre without needing to sit every few minutes.

I've still got a huge amount to lose, nearly the same again -- but now I have the confidence that can happen, and who knows what the future Terri will look like and be doing a year from now. I'd like to think good things. But whatever happens, I'm looking forward to getting to know her.

Before I head off for my bath and Musketeer fix I want to thank each and every one of you reading. I know this place isn't as busy as it once was, but you've all been there with encouraging comments, to share your lives and your fan works, and that means loads. LJ and DW are such important places for me, but it's not the platforms that make that so, it's the people using them. Be that the people who comment every time that I post, or the ones who only drop a comment every now and then. You're all fabulous and I wish you all the best for the coming year.

♥ always.

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I really like this photo that Gerard posted, it's so lovely to see them together again. It's just a shame Frank wasn't there too. Though very understandable he'd want to be with his family. I also love this one of Mikey and Ray. Ray is the most adorable. And Mikey hot as ever, though not as attractive as this one. His eyebrow game remains flawless and I do like the wide eyes.

I never said, I bought fannish niece a Gerard bobble head for Christmas and she posted it to her insta with captions about little baby Gee. So I guess I can say she really likes her present.

We went into town to exchange some pjs we bought for mam, and on the way to Primark I decided to have a look into Lush, and caught them just bringing out the very last items of Christmas stock, all of which was reduced to half price. Talk about a scrum, I grabbed the last big gift set and held onto it while James dove in and got three little gift sets. Talking to the sales lady I mentioned how surprised I was there was any stock at all as I'd checked at Metro centre the day before, but she explained Lush as a company send out all Christmas stock, and distribute it around their shops, and I was extremely lucky to have been passing when that last delivery was put on the shelves.

Yesterday I was sales shopping too. As I said I didn't get anything at Metrocentre Lush, but I did get trousers and two new dresses from Yours. I know, I know, I need a hand slap. All I can say in my defence was they're casual dresses and not the more dressy kind I've been buying previously. Plus, they were only £13 each. I couldn't resist it. Plus, I've dropped another dress size which is kind of awesome.

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I'm about 2/3 through reading the bandom holidays stories, and there's some good stuff there. I'll probably do some recs when I'm finished, but it always amazes me how challenges bring out such a variety of good stories.

I have to admit though, I've also been on a Musketeers kick again. It started when I was reading a story from the Musketeers big bang and just spiralled. I don't think I mentioned but I got a new Kindle fire for Christmas, and being able to easily look for and read fic out and about, but mostly, in the bath has been fantastic. It was a spiral that led me to some excellent h/c that hit me just right, apart from the slight ooc'ness going on. But hey, sometimes when you get in those spirals slight ooc'ness doesn't really matter. Though the crying did get a bit much at times.

Corey went back to Newcastle yesterday. Last week he arrived carrying his backpack and laptop, and yesterday went back with those, a huge stacker box filled with various things and books, a big Ikea bag filled with presents -- a lot of which was rum, and we also stopped off at Ikea so he could buy a bookcase, and Asda as he said he had no food in his house. So somehow we had to shoehorn in six bags of groceries as well as a few boxes of drink.

We're also going back today to take his computer chair and a clothes airer he keeps forgetting to take back with him. Corey's hosting a NYE houseparty with his house mates at the weekend, and I feel for his neighbours. James is also at work NYE and he's told Corey he won't be impressed if he sees any ambulances being dispatched to his address. So he'll be kept an eye on, sort of anyway.

Today I'm going to Metro Center with James to hit the cinema. Maybe spend some of my Christmas money, too. I desperately need new trousers, but I must slap my own hand if I even think about buying more dresses.

Before I go, [personal profile] harriet_vane, who I'm sure a lot of you will remember from bandom, is hosting a fic gifting exchange. Multi fandom, and you can check it out here.

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I hope everyone that celebrates had a very happy Christmas.

We did. I cooked loads and got many lovely presents. Lets just say I'll be well stocked up on Lush products for a while, plus, have a very generous gift card to spend at the shop for when my stash starts to run down. Or, lets be honest here, next time I'm anywhere in the vicinity of a Lush shop, which no doubt will be Wednesday or Thursday.

Corey bought me one of the big gift sets from there, which was lovely of him, and I spent happy time exploring the contents. James got me another Hells Bunny dress -- which is a size smaller than the last one -- as well as other various things. Plus I have money for when I can be bothered to check out the sales.

Turlough sent me a beautifully soft cushion with a knitted cover that fits the colour scheme of my living room beautifully. It's so warm and cosy to rest against, and looks fantastic on the couch. Thank you so much, Turlough! You remain amazing at presents. And thank you zelda_zee for the notebook and beautiful bracelet. I was thrilled when I opened both. You really did spread the joy this holiday season ♥

I had my traditional turkey, stuffing and mint sauce sandwich this morning, and very much enjoyed it. Then later it'll be the Boxing Day buffet. Until then I'm just lounging around in my new pjs and having a check online, including reading the story that was written for me at bandom holidays. And it's brilliant! You all need to go check it out now, and then when you've done that check out the other works. But seriously, the story for me is so good, and whoever wrote it knows my likes so well. So much so I have to guess they read here, so thank you so much mystery writer, you are amazing and your story is perfect.

As you know I did write for the challenge, so if you do read, feel free to guess which one you think is mine. Personally I think it's pretty obvious, but who knows, maybe I've actually kept my tells under wraps all these years. And of course, the usual alpha suspects don't get a guess. Sorry usual alpha suspects!

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Thank you to Ephemera, romantical, stellamira, bettina, egelantier, augustuscaesar, fleurrochard, theladysnarkydame, madambeetroot, and nopseud for the very lovely cards. I enjoy receiving and looking at them so very much ♥


I hosted a pre-Christmas gathering for the adults of the family on Thursday. Up until the actual afternoon I wasn't sure if it would go well because mam said she wasn't sure if she wanted to come and nanna said if she wasn't feeling well she couldn't come, but everyone did. Corey was home, and will be until next week, my MiL, FiL, Pauline, nanna, Kayleigh and her friend all turned up and it was a really good time. My brother was invited but it was his works Christmas do the night before and he had a hangover from hell.

I over catered to a ridiculous extent, but people ate well, drank Lidl knock off Baileys, talked loads and it was just this really lovely afternoon. Photos were taken, but they didn't turn out well, on both my and James' phone, but still, you can still check them out behind hereCollapse )

James is working today, so we did nearly all our present delivering yesterday, which turned into a bit of a wet and cold ordeal due to the storm hitting. But, they're all done now, all I have to do is go and see mam and deliver her presents later, meet up with my brother and sister while I'm up there, and then start prep for tomorrow when I get home.

I know Christmas changes when you don't have young kids, but I still love it so very much. I love the feel of Christmas eve, day and boxing day. There's just something in the air that's so comforting and happy-making.

One thing that's not happy-making, and I apologise here for the TMI. Since I've had my implant fitted, which will be over 5 years now, I haven't had a period, then unexpectedly got one two days ago. I had a nurses appointment anyway yesterday, so while I was there mentioned it and she said it could be due to having rapid weight loss, but try and get a telephone appointment with one of the doctors just to double check. It turned out the next phone appointment was the 9th of Jan, but I could get an actual appointment that afternoon, so our delivering round got changed to include another stop at the doctors. She said the same as the nurse, and to go back if it doesn't stop after 7 days. Which it better, I'm not used to this business now.

I'm also still waiting for a delivery which contains a big chunk of Corey's gifts from mam. They were dispatched last week, so should arrive, and if they don't I know he'll be fine about waiting. But still, fingers crossed.

Finally, if you wrote my bandom holidays story, know tomorrow will be a bit busy for me and I doubt I'll have time to read tomorrow. But I will on Boxing day, so please don't worry if you don't get an immediate comment from me.

ETA: Parcel has just arrived \o/

ETA2: Been to mam's, and asked for a photo with Chris and Kayleigh, which can be seen here.

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