Who am I?

Name: Natalie
Otherwise known as: N-chan
Age: old enough to know better

anime & manga, fanfiction, religion, mythology & symbolism, nature lore & flower language, Macintosh computers, cats, SF & fantasy, bishounen, and, of course, playing with words ^_^

Site: Firecat Fanfics
Email: velvetpaws @ firecat . net (mailto removed for spamblockage)

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:: Sunday, September 7, 2003

It's been a long time without an entry, so I figured I'd finally post my long-overdue con reports.

(Otakon and Shoujocon)

You know, I wasn't sure whether it was better to refer to people by their RL names or their LJ handles, so in most case below I've used handles. If that's weird, well, sorry. ^^

- 09:07 PM EST

:: Tuesday, July 22, 2003

So it's been a little while. What have I been up to?

Shanti's been out on vacation, so I've been minding the fort alone at work for the last couple of weeks. It hasn't been too bad, other than having to get rid of the most annoying author ever, and getting two books off to the printer in two days, and then turning right around and getting nine articles edited, put into Quark, and sent to the proofreader in just *one* day. And of course discovering the most awful typo in a book that's already been printed and shrinkwrapped. ("garb of immortality" became "garb of immorality"--gah!) So at the moment, somewhat *thud*.

I've been dismally blocked in writing, but my inner resistance finally got too overconfident. It had gotten to the point where it wasn't even bothering to come up with lame excuses, but instead would just start screaming "NO! NO! NO! DON'T WANNA!!" whenever I started thinking about the possibility of writing. So I had to recognize that it was really nothing but a part of my own brain being stupid. Over last weekend I actually managed to start working on stuff again, and got a couple of pages done in one of the ongoing Weiss things. (K-chan, it's the long-haired Ran one. *meow* ^_^) This seems to be the fic that jumpstarts me back into writing whenever I start flagging. I'm not sure why. But I'm hoping to parlay this momentum into some progress on "Sakura" once I get this scene and maybe a couple more done. On Monday I was all set to start writing on the train in the mornings again (I'd just been sleeping for the last several weeks), fired up the laptop--and AppleWorks hosed on me, munching one of its own libraries in the process. This isn't the first time AW has spontaneously committed suicide for no good reason, and it's really annoying. It's a freakin' word-processing program, people. It's not even shareware. And I'm using minimal formatting. So why does this thing blow up in my face? By evening I was able to download an updater and reinstall AW so I could pry open the file again, but by then I was overheated and blah, so I just did a little work and then went to bed. Tomorrow is press inspection though. A whole day in a little air-conditioned room with nothing else to do but play on the laptop! I'm looking forward to it.

I'm trying to decide right now if I'm going to go to Otakon. I kind of want to--people to see! fun to be had! swag to buy!--but on the other hand I'm feeling a bit strung out and wanting some quiet time at home. So major waffling going on here.

Other than that? Watching RahXephon. Having major D&D pangs. (I found a group, and they're pretty good, but I still feel like I'm looking for something.) Feeling some inner pokes to write a unicorn book of my own after reading "The Birth of the Fire-Bringer," which was neat but not entirely satisfying. Having world-building cravings in general. That's about it, I guess.

We just had a *wicked* storm here a few minutes ago. Cool. ^^

- 03:42 PM EST

:: Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Okay, I'm back from AX2003. Want the scoop? Check behind the cut tag.

- 07:14 PM EST

:: Tuesday, July 1, 2003

I'm off to Anime Expo tomorrow, so this may be my last check-in for a little while. If you're going to the con, maybe I'll see you there.

Oh, and on a side note, I finally succumbed. You can find my Live Journal at Velvetpaws.

- 09:33 PM EST

:: Saturday, June 21, 2003

Oh, hell. Was going to go to bed, but might as well do some quick comments. (Note: highly incoherent and I also might not be remembering some stuff properly as I'm getting a bit bleary-eyed.)

(Huge, explicit spoilers for OotP.)

- 11:55 PM EST

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I'm done. *thud*

- 09:48 PM EST

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I walked into my local Borders today, went up to the man at the info desk, and said, "I do not have a reservation for The Book." Is anyone surprised that he didn't have to ask me *which* book? He pointed to the (short!) line leading to the cardboard castle, and said, "Don't even talk to me, just get in that line." So I now, with surprisingly little muss and fuss, have my very own copy of The Book.

I know what *I'm* doing this weekend. ^_^

And I haven't started reading yet--I will as soon as I'm off this machine--but I have to say that the chapter titles *alone* made me squeak.

- 03:07 PM EST

:: Friday, June 13, 2003

I have been a humonguous lump of blah recently. Bogged down in the current fic, and no new inspiration anywhere in sight. *Blah.*

On the plus side, last weekend I finished cleaning out all my closets. And Dad made me a new bookshelf, so maybe I can get some stuff off the old ones before they collapse.

And I might actually be finding a D&D game to play in. Yay!

Anyway, this is all very dull, I'm sure, so if you're looking for something to engage you, how about giving my buddy Shanti a hand? She's working on a fic for the CFFML's "Ordinary Day" fic challenge, and she has some questions. (Check out the full entry page for info.)

Hopefully once my PMS lets up I'll be slightly more interesting again. ^_^

- 07:56 PM EST

:: Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Why, oh, why has nobody anywhere translated all of X 11? I've got the summary, but it doesn't help me. *weeps* Specifically, I need Kamui and Keiichi's first conversation, before Kamui goes off to meet Subaru. It would also help muchly to know exactly when this book takes place, if it's mentioned anywhere. I know it's summerish--summer school uniforms--but is it before or after the summer break? Hopefully the former....

Email. I know. I am a slacker. There shall be much butt-kicking, forsooth. If I can manage not to go completely thud tonight, maybe I'll redeem myself.

- 01:10 PM EST