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Oct. 24th, 2014

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Not dead...

I just realized that it's been almost six months since I last posted. A very busy summer, but a good one. I'm still employed at Semi-Benevolent Big Oil (approaching Year 7.5 of my "six month contract," wheee!), still writing (I self-published two steamy paranormal romances under a pseudonym over the summer, and am working on a third volume in the series), and currently sorting through about 2000 photos from a month spent traveling around Germany, France, and Belgium.

If you're interested, here's a selection of my Paris photos:

May. 17th, 2014

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Gift fic for Sunhawk16

So, I've mostly been working on my original stuff these days, but every so often, the fanfiction plot-bunny bites.

The talented and lovely sunhawk16 posted a short AU vignette from her Ion Arc universe, from Heero's POV, and I immediately began hearing Duo in a follow-up scene.

Read this first: http://sunhawk16.livejournal.com/180276.html

And here's the follow-up:

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Duo:

It was the smell that gave the whole thing away.
It was the smell that gave the whole thing away.Collapse )

Jan. 18th, 2014

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Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER miniseries

This link has probably already been spammed everywhere, but what the heck. I loved the original novel in this series (was less enthusiastic about the latest installment, which consisted of a number of beautifully-written scenes but didn't, IMO, hold together very well as a novel), and the audiobooks are among my favorites.

A 90-minute panel Q&A/discussion of the upcoming miniseries with Ronald D. Moore, Diana Gabaldon, and the two actors playing Claire and Jamie (Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan):

http://www.spoilertv.com/2014/01/outlander-full-90-minute-q-panel-video.html

Oct. 31st, 2013

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Photos from Sicily and Southern Italy!

I'm feeling a sense of accomplishment...I finally finished sorting through and editing all 2300 of my vacation photos!
The good news: I only uploaded a quarter of my photos to Picasa. The bad new: that's still, um, over 600 photos.
It was a truly awesome vacation with a plethora of spectacular sights and fabulous food!
And now that this task is out of the way, it's on to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) tomorrow!


Oct. 21st, 2013

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Argh.

Apologies for never posting any further travel blogs for my recent travels. I had a fabulous time in Italy.

I've been home from my vacation for a couple of weeks now, and work has been frantically-busy ever since I returned.

And I've been absorbed in trying to edit the, uh, 2,300 photos I took. A digital camera with a large memory card, combined with a place as spectacular as Sicily, is a really bad combination.

I'm about halfway done with the photo-editing and will post a link to my Picasa album when I'm done. 

Oct. 1st, 2013

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Sicily Day 5: Mazara & Selinunte

The scirocco wind blew in from Africa overnight, bringing with it a promise of rain and scudding white clouds. It was a bit cooler today, but with much higher humidity.
We began the day by checking out of our hotel in Mazara, then making a short stop at the Museo del Satiro downtown. Located in an old church, and surrounded by the picturesque ruins of a Baroque Jesuit convent, the small archaeological museum featured a number of ancient Greek and Roman items recovered from shipwrecks, including an extraordinary bronze statue of a young satyr, caught in the middle of whirling in an ecstatic dance.
damned impressive piles of rubble, their jumbled columns and huge blocks of stones heaped like abandoned LegosCollapse )</div>

Sep. 30th, 2013

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Sicily Day 4: Segesta & Motya

Today, we left Palermo behind, and traveled back in time 2500 years, to Sicily's ancient Greek and Phoenician past.
Our day started with a beautiful drive west along the coast from Palermo to Segesta. As we left the big city, the suburbs gradually thinned out, until we were driving through a hilly landscape planted with grapes and olives and bright yellow melons.
Our first glimpse of Segesta, an ancient Greek settlement nestled in the midst of the fertile hills, was its beautiful, nearly-intact Doric temple, made of golden limestone and perched on the top of a hill overlooking the modern highway, surrounded by olive groves and fields.

The Romans told lurid stories of Phoenicians sacrificing their babiesCollapse )

Sep. 29th, 2013

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Sicily Day 3 Cefalu & Monreale

Glorious medieval churches with glittering, gilded mosaic interiors, warm sun and cloudless blue skies, and a leisurely seafood lunch right at the edge of the sea...it was another perfect day in Sicily!

Our outing today took us out of crowded-but-fascinating Palermo, and along the coast, where rugged mountains march right to the sea, their lower slopes crowded with holiday villas and hotels, interspersed with date palms, and groves of citrus and olive trees.

There are flowers everywhere--deep violet-blue morning glories climbing over fences and ruined walls, hibiscus, and a number of trees with large pink blossoms I can't identify.

Most of us wanted a nap after that huge meal, but we had one more thing to seeCollapse )
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Sicily Day 2: Medieval Palermo

Today was a fascinating (and jam-packed) tour of Palermo's Arabo-Norman architecture, dating from the 1100s, which combines Byzantine Greek, North African Islamic and Norman French styles. In the process, we managed to see much of the Old Town part of the city, as well as take a brief detour to Palermo's ancient Phoenician past.

From there, our weary and footsore party trudged the few blocks back to the hotel, passing by the "Fountain of Shame," a huge 16th-century Renaissance extravaganza decorated with lots of nude marble sculptures imported from Florence.Collapse )

Sep. 24th, 2013

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Sicily Day 1: Arrival in Palermo

Touching down in Palermo after a long 18-hr flight was like walking through a door into summer, with soft blue skies, fluffy clouds, and warm sunshine.

The small airport is right on the beach, and the 20 minute drive from the airport to the heart of the city was amazingly scenic, with rugged peaks plunging into clear blue-green Mediterranean waters, and flat-roofed, white-plastered houses surrounded by palm trees and masses of brilliantly-blooming bougainvillea.


Driving the wrong way up the street because the traffic in your lane wasn't going fast enough? No problem! Collapse )

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