przed: (tt footie mark's feet)
This week, we were playing the top team in the league. Though fortunately the standings hadn't been posted yet, so we didn't know that. And we managed to win!

We had our last untested goalkeeper in net in the first half (well, there is one other player who hasn't played net yet, but she's been MIA for four weeks now and we're beginning to suspect she's just not coming back), and she did okay, but let in a flukey ball that went way over her head and she only touched it with the tip of her fingers. But in the second half she managed to score, so that evened out. And two of our best players managed a really nice play in front of the net for a very pretty goal, so the final score was 2 - 1 for us!

In Pros and writing news, I sent off the absolutely final copy of a story I managed to write for the BistoCon zine. It's a wee thing, just over 800 words, but it's nice to finally be writing again.

Now it's time to get moving on all those organizational things we need to do for the con. Yikes!
przed: (starsky & hutch)
I have actually finished fic! I haven't managed to finish anything since July, and not much before that, so even though this is a short piece, it's a finished short piece.

It's for the Starsky & Hutch Advent Calendar, so it won't be up until some time in December, but IT'S DONE!

Next, I really have to get started on my Yuletide fic. I finally sat down with the Sweetie and watched the source material again (and once the reveal has happened I will definitely be pimping the source because it's fantastic) and I have the vaguest of ideas and one line. But I'm not sure who the line belongs to which, not surprisingly, is a huge problem. But I'm sure it'll start sorting itself out soon. I hope.

In other news, I'd mentioned to the Sweetie that I might try to do a demented crossover of the two fandoms I matched with my recipient on, so he started riffing on the possibilities and came up with a really fun idea. I don't think it's quite substantial enough for the main story, but if I have enough time, I might do it as a treat.

In non-fannish news, I'm going for my next Taekwando belt on Dec. 18, so today I did both the 6 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. classes. The plan is to keep that up every Tuesday for the next month. Both classes are tough in different ways, but I have to say I came out of the second one feeling mostly energetic.
przed: (bucky)
March Madness sort of snuck up on me this year, but it's yet again time to break out the Bucky icon. The Badgers are playing Florida State, and since they're a 12 seed up against a 5 seed, I don't think Bucky's going to get much air time this year.

Amongst the general insanity, it's been two weeks of fabulous theatre for me. I ventured down to NYC last weekend to see a cast that included Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack and Ethan Hawke in both The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard. Both productions were stunningly good, and I don't say that lightly. (I generally hate Chekov, but this was a new translation by Tom Stoppard with a fabulous cast and it managed to be both funny and utterly tragic.)

Tonight, the Sweetie and I saw Travesties, another Stoppard, at Toronto's own Soulpepper theatre. It was amazing. A really great cast and just a crazy smart, funny play.

Yesterday, I got my trib copy of Lace and Blade 2. Actually holding a physical copy of a book I'm in is a trip. (I played geek and brought it into work to show my pals.)

And speaking of work, one of my co-workers had to take a picture of me this week for an article in our company newsletter. (I'm now not only a one person training department, I'm also a one person video production department. For the same money of course. Economic downturn, belt-tightening, blah blah blah. But at least I like my job, for all that it's kinda nuts.) But just for fun, I asked her to take a pic I could post here, on account of my new look:
Behold the P with long hair and glasses... )
przed: (Quill and ink)
Well, we're back from up north. The funeral went as well as such things can. I managed to make it all the way through the eulogy without breaking down. Friends, family and neighbours have rallied 'round my mom. And I stayed up for the week to help mom with all the paperwork that invariably follows a death, which also gave me the opportunity to talk to my mom and celebrate dad's life some more.

Now that the immediate grief has subsided, I feel a bit more like announcing some recent good news that came my way. While we were away, I heard from the editor of the anthology I'd submitted to, and she's accepted my story. I have made my first professional fiction sale. I'm determined to write and submit more, now, and hoping I can strike lucky more than this once.

The anthology is Lace and Blade 2, which will be coming out next February. I'll provide more details as the publication date gets closer.

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