bunchofgrapes: (Paul G - teh hawtness)
Not sure what has gotten into me but I've now finished two fics over the last six months. First there was She Sells Sanctuary in the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea fandom and just last week I posted to final chapter to a Brass/CSI fic called Shelter from the Storm. This one is a sequel to Forgiveness and features the return of Annie Kramer. I haven't finished two fics this close together since 2007. As painful as it was, changing jobs really was a good thing.

In other news first it was the right elbow, now it's the left. I have a surgery date of April 8th. I guess my left elbow was jealous and wanted a matching scar. I'm just a tad paranoid of getting another frozen shoulder so I'm glad I'm not waiting too terribly long but the freaking elbow hurts so much that I may take a kitchen knife and cut it off between now and April.

And lastly, my kitty-boy, Harry, the oldest of the trio, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in early January. He's on prednisone now and that's helping him eat. My goal is to get him to his 12th birthday on April 28th. He's lost some weight but other than that and the spit ups he does if he eats to fast, he's doing okay at the moment. I was pretty gutted when I found out and I'll be gutted when I lose him - he's been such an awesome cat - but at least I can enjoy the time he has left. And if he's still around after my surgery, I'll have four weeks to spend at home with him.
bunchofgrapes: (Adm Nelson - what now)
Elbow is coming along. I can't believe it's been two weeks since the surgery. Had my first physical therapy a week ago yesterday and got my sutures out a week ago today. Dr. told me he removed the bone spur that was causing a lot of issues, removed damaged tissue (debridement), and then drilled into the bone (microfracture) to increase the blood flow and create new cartilage. Even after two weeks there's still some pain and swelling but the pain is generally random instead of constant. I'm mostly taking Advil now but at night I'm taking 1/2 a Vicodin so I can sleep.

Getting comfortable in bed so I can fall asleep is probably the hardest. I still can't cut things, touch my right hand to my shoulder, the top of my head, or my mouth (have to eat left-handed, which has been a good thing) but I can shave my left armpit - yay! I'm not allowed to type for more than 5 minutes with my right hand, which is probably good because my arm gets tired and achy for anything longer than that so yes, I'm typing this post with my left hand. Lots of corrections to make. The hardest restriction though is that I can't lift anything heavier than a pen/pencil with my right hand. Yesterday's PT consisted of stretching my rotator cuff in my right shoulder because it hurt more than my elbow. I had this shoulder pain before surgery and it probably contributed to my elbow problems. So my fear is that after my elbow gets better, I'll be back at the doctor for my shoulder. It really is better today though. Yesterday I couldn't lift my right arm at all. Today I can but it still feels weak.

Boredom set in last week but luckily my friends and co-workers have helped. My manager and the business management team came by last Thursday for lunch. I really like our team so I was very happy to see them. Friday I had lunch with my former neighbor and that was a lot of fun. Saturday my parents took me to dinner and then we hit the outlet mall for tax-free shopping. Since I still can't cut things, my dad had to cut my meat for me at the German restaurant we went to. I felt like I was five. Yesterday after PT I met my manager for lunch and in between I had a long chat with a good friend and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea marathon, which was a hoot! Yep, I admit that I still have a major thing for Richard Basehart and watching those episodes made me want to write Voyage again. Except that I can't type (or write) at the moment. I feel like Burgess Meredith in the Twilight Zone episode, Time Enough At Last.

Speaking of Voyage, I have several fics that were hosted on a website that went away. I want to re-post them but I can't decide whether I should create a new pen name or use my CSI fic name. I'm leaning towards a new name so I can keep them separate but at the moment, I can't think of one. I have a website but I think I'd also like something that gets more traffic. Also, fan fic.net or An Archive of our Own? I'm kind of leaning towards AO3 because it's not so restrictive. Thoughts?
bunchofgrapes: (Adm Nelson - The Admiral)
I am here today to pimp some really amazing fics that generally get entirely overlooked because a) they are in a very small and somewhat isolated fandom, b) they are written about a TV show that’s been off the air for 40 years, and c) the show got a little campy at times. Ok, really, really campy. But it had Richard Basehart (points at really cute man in icon) and he had one of those voices that could cause a girl to go all melty.

Ok, so even if Richard Basehart's melty voice and rugged good looks isn't your thing, do you love scifi? Do you love manly men who sail the seas in search of aliens and evil masterminds (I would have said diabolical masterminds but that’s saved for The Avengers) and other really odd things that generally don't live in the real world? Do you like fan fic that’s extremely imaginative and very well written? Well, give these fics a shot! Even if you don’t know the show, check them out. Seriously, they are excellent and it’s going to be another month and a half at least before we see anything new on TV.

The first five should be read in order:

Contents Under Pressure <-- This one and "The Subtle Alchemy of Storms" are my two most favorite ever Voyage fics.
Chicxulub
An Irregular Encounter
A Dish Best Served Cold
The Place of Fear and Awe
The Subtle Alchemy of Storms

The Admiral's Lady
Signals
The Serpent
The Reef

Portals, Travel, and Fife

If you like these, let me know and I'll point you to more. There are quite a few really amazing writers in the Voyage fandom but sadly, a lot of them have moved on to other places and things.
bunchofgrapes: (Adm Nelson - what now)
Pinched this from [livejournal.com profile] crusherbevdr and thought it was cool. Btw, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sydne! Hope you have a great day!

What was the first fanfic that you ever read?
What inspired you to start writing fanfiction?
What was one of the first fics you ever wrote?
If possible, quote a small excerpt of one of your earlier works.
What fandom would you never write for, and why?
What fandom would you like to write for, and why?
What was one of the most recent fics you wrote?
Now quote a small excerpt of one of your recent fics, to compare.

Fanfiction Meme Answers )

Not sure if I got better or worse but I don't think I'm quite as wordy as I once was. That might not be saying much though.

Any one else want to give this a shot, have at it. It's fun!

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