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From now until I'm settled back in Halifax, I am responsible only for work, selling my flat, keeping it tidy, sorting my scooter out, and possibly dealing with a kitten. The last one is sort of unlikely, but a friend at work has been offered one and already has a dog, so I've said that if the dog won't tolerate the kitten I'll rescue her.

I think it's fairly sensible for me to hold back on everything else. I definitely need to. The last few months have been pretty tough, and the light at the end of the tunnel always seems to be just another tunnel. I have a sort of plan, but I'm buggered if I know what it is right now. In just over a month I'll be back with my parents, with more free time but less money, a scooter, and miles and miles of Pennine glory on my doorstep.

Right now I just want a holiday. Preferably in London, but I'm not picky. Cardiff would be nice, or Birmingham. Just a holiday.
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Turned up at work yesterday and was asked to cook today. We lost a chef a couple of weeks ago, and today we just don't have enough staff to replace him. I'm not doing his shift instead of mine, I'm doing it as well. At the same time. I may well end up working about 11 hours, on one of our busiest days, without enough staff to do the actual job. Our department needs a minimum of three on busy days. Today it will have two. TWO! I might end up cooking a hundred meals with only one person to run the bar and take the food out to the tables, not to mention clearing the tables off and washing the dishes. This is not physically possible.

Fortunately I have booze and ice cream waiting for me at the other end. Now I just have to get there.
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I've been quiet for a while, partly because this is my 500th post (I think) and I wanted it to be more than just my usual rambling, and partly because I've been sitting on a lot of nearly organised stuff and I've been waiting for it to be actually happening rather than jinx it. It's all in place now, though, so I guess I'm safe.

I'm currently in my parents' kitchen. I'm moving back in with them at the end of next month, and yesterday I finalised a transfer to a branch closer to here. York has lost almost all of its appeal recently, and with the summer holiday and the massive influx of tourists hurtling towards us I'm very glad to be getting out of there. I'll miss some people, but for the most part I'm breathing a sigh of relief. York has its pretty bits, but I've been so homesick and longing for hills and clear rivers, and every time I get back into Calderdale it's achingly beautiful. I'm also excited by the cost of living here. We really couldn't afford to live in York, and I certainly can't afford to live there on my own, but if I get fed up with my parents I can pretty easily afford to rent a place in this area.

We're renting my flat out to some friends who need a short term place to live whilst we have it on the market so that I can get out sooner. It's all a bit go, and my parents need to come and get most of my stuff before they go on holiday so that I can just bring the last of my clothes over here on the train, because they come back from holiday the day before I finish at my current club, and I start at the other the day after that. All good fun, or something like that.

I'm going to part time hours at my new club, because they only have a few shifts a week going. That might increase over time, but for the moment it'll give me a bit of breathing space to get through the journalism and TEFL courses, and to get back into my writing. I have so much stuff I want to write, which makes a nice change, but no time to do it at the moment. I seem to spend all my spare moments tidying and cleaning and getting ready to move. My CaseStory deadline is hurtling towards me, though, so I do need to sit down and do a lot of writing on Wednesday and Thursday. And then on Friday I have another motorbike session, when I will hopefully get my licence. I need to get that sorted before I move back over here, or getting to and from work will be difficult.

So it's still all go, but everything's looking a lot more certain than it has for a while. I feel pretty trapped, because I've only left Yorkshire once since January, and that was for an afternoon in Salford. I'd really like to get back to my city tripping, but that hasn't worked very well and I'm soon going to have less money. Oh well, I'll be off to Oxfordshire for a weekend in August.

Get me out of here.

There's nothing I can do about it for the moment, really, because I don't want to take holiday in my last month and a half or in my first couple, except when I really need to for festivals and the like. If I'm only doing three or four shifts a week, though, I should get plenty of chances to get out and away between work. Maybe.

There's so much I need to do, but for the moment I'm back in that 'just keep trucking' state where everything will happen tomorrow, or next week, or next month.

The really good thing to come out of the move is how many of my colleagues have said that they don't want me to go. It's lovely to have so many friends at work, and I have a sneaking suspicion that we're going to have a pretty big night out before I go to send me on my way. I will miss them all, but I can always go back and play bingo.

Writings!

Apr. 25th, 2013 05:35 pm
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It's my baby brother's birthday today. He's 21, so not that much of a baby, really. I'm with him in Hull, and our parents are due to leave Halifax within the next hour to come and join us here for dinner and presents and stuff. He's had lectures all day, so I've ticked off the first of my 51 cities, and tomorrow they're all going out for the day and putting me on a bus at 9 so I can go back to work in York. Le sigh. Fortunately, I have five days to go until I have a full week off, because one of my colleagues offered to cover my Thursday shift when I whined about it. This means that I can work a full day on Tuesday, possibly with more booksales training after I spend the afternoon in the stocks, go bowling with everyone after work, stay out in town until half one and get a train over to Huddersfield. Then I just have to settle into McDonalds for a couple of hours before my family will pick me up so we can go and do morris on top of a hill at dawn. Fun times.

That wasn't what this post was supposed to be about, though. Rick is doing Camp NaNo, and we did a bit of writings yesterday. Every single word of it will be scrapped, but it's all for CaseStory, so I'm hoping that my artist will do art for those scenes instead of my slightly clumsy prose. My mind is being consumed by an angsty romance, though, and I just want the time to write it. The Jack/Ianto bug, never far away, is back with a vengeance. What do you want me to write? Throw ideas at me, and I'll have a go at writing short (1000-ish word) stories that don't turn into NaNo length mammoths, like my bingo fics inevitably do. One day I'll finish the fairy fic that turned into the steampunk fantasy romance...

Mostly, though, I am typing this because I am too cold to think. My brother has his house thermostated to 15 degrees, which is shivering temperatures for someone who works in a kitchen. We work at closer to 30 degrees. Bah. I want to go back to bed and be warm.

Scooterini

Apr. 17th, 2013 09:10 pm
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My scooter is being delivered tomorrow. I've paid for it this evening, which made this a very expensive month, as I also paid for the delivery and my CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) within about 24 hours. I was supposed to do my CBT today, but I started it and then fell over, and I was too shaky after that to even think about it properly. I'm booked in to go back next month, though, and I'm going to practice what I can in my back yard, mostly getting a feel for the brakes and the throttle without actually letting it move.

I'm annoyed with myself, because I feel like I've bitten off more than I can chew, but I've always wanted a bike and I know I can do it. It's just that annoying 'tense up and panic' stage that I go through with almost everything. I'm pretty much through it at work now, but I gave up trampolining because I probably wouldn't have got through it without injuring myself. I really need to learn to get it under control.
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Here by work news, writing news, travel news, personal life news, and probably some other stuff.

I don't want to be one of those people who totally loves her job and is always dragging her colleagues out for drinks and lunch and omg let's go to London, but...

I love my job. It's awesome, and the people are great, and we go out for drinks after work quite a lot and I seem to have helped to instigate an official steak club on Tuesdays when it's cheap at Wetherspoons, and I'm going out shopping and for afternoon tea with one of my colleagues and might go to London with another. And I'm starting to attempt arranging a night off for all the girls where we go for a charity pamper night, and then we'll cover for the guys when they want to do a stag do for one of the callers.

The actual job stresses me out, partly because it is high pressure and I'm not fast enough yet, and partly because we've been waiting for the spot check audit since I started, and I'm always worried it will come on my watch. I am getting there, though, except when people order really complicated things. Most of my least favourite things to cook are coming off the menu for summer, though, so yay! I'm also being given responsibility for the next bottle launch display, apparently, which is an opportunity to earn my title of 'crazy lady'.

Outside work, the hours are less awesome, but I'm getting them under control. I get enough nights off to see people for boardgames (some weeks), and they've granted me the time off for the White Rose Morris weekend. I'm getting on top of the tired as well, having settled into later nights and later mornings at last. Lali and I split up last month, if you weren't aware - we've not really been broadcasting it since that night - so I'm back in my old bedroom with more freedom to set my own hours. I go to bed at about 1 and get up at 9, which suits me pretty well.

With trying to get myself organised again, I'm trying to get back into writing, both fiction and non. I'm working on the sequel to Another Path, the prequel to Dark Star for CaseStory and a pilot story for a Vastra Investigates series for SpinoffStory, plotting out a pantheon fantasy, and trying to get back to my abandoned LongLiveIanto fics and my bloody monster epic. In short - all the fic in the world!

I got a loan when I started work, mostly to pay off my debts and get myself a motorbike. Right now I'm waiting to hear back from the motorbike training course centre and from a guy who's selling an adorable pink 'powered by fairy dust' scooter. I wanted a proper bike, but then I saw that one and had to have it. I've also splashed out on a couple of new handbags, one for everyday and one for best, a foot spa, new boots, and a Nexus 7. She's called Sylvie (points to anyone who a) is still reading and b) can work out why she's called that), and she's incredibly awesome for just about everything. I'm getting used to Evernote, which is just brilliant. Google Docs, what Google Docs? I'm also spending a lot of time playing Candy Crush and Cut The Rope, but that's by-the-by.

One thing she is useful for is being on the go. I still love my travel, and I'm looking at going out to Thailand to teach next year (if I can get around to doing this TEFL course). Between now and then, though, I want to visit every city in England. You see, there's 51 cities and 52 weeks in a year, and I live in one of the cities. I reckon I can get the rest fairly easily, especially if I so some longer trips. London will take several days, because it's London, but I can do a fair few multiples - Leeds-Bradford, Manchester and Salford, Durham and Newcastle, Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton. So, you know, if you live in a city in England, I'm coming your way this year. Unless you live in York, in which case I'm behind you. I'm quite excited by this madcap plan, and I want to get going. First step, scooter.

I think that's everything, really... I should use my LJ app more often, clearly.


And how are you all getting on? I'm checking my flist again, but usually in gaps when I have no time to do more than skim.

Fic search

Mar. 26th, 2013 07:16 pm
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I have a new baby tablet - a Nexus 7 called Sylvie - and I'm trying to load her up with stories and lovely things. So, can you recommend fics that are easily accessible as PDFs, either through AO3 or attached to the story in some other way.

Thanks in advance.
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So it's all change here again. I have a job, and there's a for sale board on my house.

After 8 months and an on-again off-again relationship with the job centre, I'm finally going to be free of them. I applied for this job (sort of) back in January and had an interview, and then heard nothing until Sunday, when they called me, missed me, and then their phones went down. I got back in touch with them on Monday and was told that they didn't have a suitable vacancy in January but now do, and am I still interested?

An hour and a half after that the estate agent arrived to take the photos for the marketing material, and yesterday my flat went on the market. The board appeared whilst I was out today. That's all a bit weird too, especially the extreme tidiness of (some of) the flat. The living room's slipped backwards, I need to put some clothes away in the bedroom and the landing and spare room are still disaster zones, but it looks pretty good.

Today I had my induction and went to tell my agency that I'm employed and ask about getting a reference and my P45 from them. I might even get some holiday pay, and I'll get my income tax refunded and all sorts of shiny stuff like that. It'll be a month before I get paid from work, as it's payday today and I've not started work yet, but in a month's time everything will start looking a lot easier. Still not in the black, but easier.

I know I've not been around posting a lot lately, but I'm hoping to get back to it soon. As far as fic's concerned I'm working on a few bits and pieces, including some serious research for an original novel, and RL should be more worth talking about soon as well. Everything has just been sucked down a well of 'what now?' for quite a while.

Which reminds me, I need to make a phone call and cancel an interview. They're like buses.
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2012 was a year, wasn't it? I am still an unemployed graduate, so let's not talk about that, but this year stretches out shiny and empty before us and I am determined to make it better. If I get a job, it will be much better instantly, and if we follow plan A (my plan A, Lali's plan B) it will be super awesome.

I hope you had a great time celebrating over the holiday season, whatever you celebrated, and may 2013 bring you shiny things and much delight.
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Next story will probably not be up promptly, as I haven't even started writing it. I should get on with that...

Title: Another Path
Chapter Title: Chapter 6
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: Bedtime Rituals
Rating: T
Dedication:
Summary: One decision, two possible outcomes. Taking the wrong path leads Ianto down a life he thought he'd lost.
Characters: Jack/Ianto, team, others.
Contains:
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.

Final chapter )
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Title: Another Path
Chapter Title: Chapter 5
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: First House
Rating: T
Dedication:
Summary: One decision, two possible outcomes. Taking the wrong path leads Ianto down a life he thought he'd lost.
Characters: Jack/Ianto, team, others.
Contains:
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.

Chapter 5 )
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Title: Another Path
Chapter Title: Chapter 4
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: Physical Imperfections
Rating: M
Dedication:
Summary: One decision, two possible outcomes. Taking the wrong path leads Ianto down a life he thought he'd lost.
Characters: Jack/Ianto, team, others.
Contains:
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.

Chapter 4 )
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Title: Another Path
Chapter Title: Chapter 1
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: Fork in the Road AU
Rating: T
Dedication:
Summary: One decision, two possible outcomes. Taking the wrong path leads Ianto down a life he thought he'd lost.
Characters: Jack/Ianto, team, others.
Contains:
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.

Chapter 3 )
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Title: Another Path
Chapter Title: Chapter 2
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: Library
Rating: T
Dedication: For
Summary: One decision, two possible outcomes. Taking the wrong path leads Ianto down a life he thought he'd lost.
Characters: Jack/Ianto, team, others.
Contains:
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.

Chapter 2 )
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Title: Another Path
Chapter Title: Chapter 1
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: Fork in the Road AU
Rating: T
Dedication: For laligin,
Summary: One decision, two possible outcomes. Taking the wrong path leads Ianto down a life he thought he'd lost.
Characters: Jack/Ianto, team, others.
Contains:
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.
Chapter 1 )
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So yesterday morning I was in Hay-on-Wye, doing the bakery round. This morning I was in Halifax with my parents, aunt and cousin, and this afternoon I was in Slaithwaite (Slawit) watching morris dancing. Now I am in York again, but sorting out fic has not happened as much as it should have, partly because I have yet another job interview tomorrow morning. It's all go, apart from the fic. I do have lots to post, though, which is sort of exciting.

In the last few days I have ticked off Wales and England; Hay-On-Wye, Birmingham, Leeds, Halifax, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield and finally York, and that's just the towns I've set foot in, and discounting the ones I merely passed through. Tired Fiwen is tired, and should really go to bed and have anxiety dreams to properly prepare her.

Also, I have just been presented with a white chocolate mousse.
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Title: The Past Victorious
Chapter Title: Chapter 6
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: Steampunk
Rating: T
Dedication: For laligin, and thanks to the awesome Cardiff Story museum.
Summary: The Rift claims Ianto and sweeps him back into Cardiff's past. With a
bit of luck and quick thinking, he lands firmly on his feet, ready to
help the next wandering traveller and keep him out of Torchwood's
clutches.
Characters: Ianto and Jack
Contains: Homophobia
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.

I'm going to have to stop posting here until tomorrow, because I need a slightly bigger screen to wrangle the start of the next story. This posting does bring us tot the close of the Past Victorious.

Chapter 6 )
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Title: The Past Victorious
Chapter Title: Chapter 5
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: Historical AU
Rating: T
Dedication: For laligin
Summary: The Rift claims Ianto and sweeps him back into Cardiff's past. With a
bit of luck and quick thinking, he lands firmly on his feet, ready to
help the next wandering traveller and keep him out of Torchwood's
clutches.
Characters: Ianto and Jack
Contains: Homophobia
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.

Chapter 5 )
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Title: The Past Victorious
Chapter Title: Chapter 4
Challenge/Fest: LongLiveIanto Bingo
Prompt: Hobbies
Rating: T
Dedication: For laligin
Summary: The Rift claims Ianto and sweeps him back into Cardiff's past. With a
bit of luck and quick thinking, he lands firmly on his feet, ready to
help the next wandering traveller and keep him out of Torchwood's
clutches.
Characters: Ianto and Jack
Contains: Homophobia
Disclaimer: Torchwood and its environs, occurrences and persons belong to the BBC. The original characters have disowned me.

Chapter 4 here )

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