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So this post comes way overdue, but here it is.

Since the Secret Treehouse is now on Dreamwidth, and I have an account there (same username), I will probably be posting mostly over there. I might sync up the thing were you can crosspost. I have imported my journal to Dreamwidth for continuity's sake.

I will be leaving my LJ up, of course. Only comments from Dreamwidth users get imported over after all, I don't wanna lose those. 


My recipient loves the work I sent them! Woohoo!

So I was sitting around checking my Treats and seeing if people had left comments yet and then I realized ... of course they haven’t yet, everyone is at home with their families.

Me, I’ve been sitting around today calling my family, and playing board games with my boyfriend and roommate. (Noir, and Smash Up, EXCELLENT! : DDDD)

First Christmas away from home. I’m not exactly happy, but I’m not crying either. It was tough earlier, especially with the phone calls, but overall I think I’m doing ok.

Beta Needed: Yuletide

Is anyone free this weekend? I am down to the wire on my Yuletide assignment and need a beta. Fic will likely be between 1,000-4,000 words, might be a little longer. I just need someone to make sure I haven’t left in embarrassing typos, the tenses didn’t get mixed up, and it flows coherently. You don’t need to be familiar with the fandom in question.

It’d be easiest if you’re not someone participating in Yuletide this year, since if I got assigned you I need to keep it anonymous.

In the vaguest terms I can manage, I’m writing a fic for a recent American television show. If you’re doing Yuletide this year, and any of your requests match that, safest not to offer to be my beta.


Recommendations for a fan chat site

So I hold semi-regular weekly chats with one of my fandom groups.

We’ve been using tinychat for the past few years but the problems have cropped up enough that we want to move to a new site. It gets buggy, kicks users out a lot due to connection issues, doesn’t let us copy/paste the chat log sometimes, and recently they got rid of the different text colors, which make it hard to read everyone’s conversation now.

I’m looking for recommendations for a new fan chat site.

We need something that is:

1) free
2) not prone to bugginess and disconnecting users
3) gives users the ability to copy/paste the chatlog easily and does not delete the chatlog until the chat is done
4) uses colors or something else to differentiate the various members of the chat
5) relies on a semi-private function, so only those with the link can attend the chat and no random people stumble in

If such a place exists please let me know and I’ll investigate if it’s workable for us.



I was gonna work an 8.5 hour shift dressed as Kevin from Welcome to Night Vale.

Instead I spent the night coughing, stressed, unable to sleep. Finally my roommates convinced me to call in sick. I did. I’m nervous about whether I’ll get in trouble for this, calling out of an 8.5 hour shift on a holiday on a Saturday. But I couldn’t have done it, and I would have gotten little kids sick from coughing on their groceries, so I made the right decision.

Gonna spend the day in bed, resting up, and working on my freelance job (which pays more than my other job anyways.) And thankfully I have three days in a row off of work, so hopefully I’ll get through the worst of this cold/cough thing by then.

Dear Yuletide Writer: 2015

Hello stranger! Happy Yuletide!

Let’s start things off …

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Demo Reel Experiment Theater - a RBB fic

Title: Demo Reel Experiment Theater
Rating: Mature
Word Count: 5,655
Characters: Tacoma, Rebecca, Donnie DuPre, Karl, Quinn, Tamara, background characters, two surprise cameos
Pairings: Tacoma/Donnie, Tacoma/Donnie/Rebecca, implied Donnie/others
Warnings: Social drinking, references to using sex as a coping mechanism, Donnie’s terrible relationship with his wife,
Summary: What if Demo Reel was an experimental theater instead of a film company? Tacoma, fresh from disgrace on Broadway after getting his father arrested, flies to Chicago on the chance of a job and ends up among a very strange group of people.
Prompt: Basically Demo Reel but about experimental theatre (but also add Tamara as part of the cast too.) Pairings not required at all, but can be included (queerplatonic, polyamory, however they end up happiest in the story.)

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A Walk In the Rain - RBB fic

Title: A Walk In the Rain
Author: aunt_zelda
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 3,176
Pairing: Joanna/Jaeris
Warnings: panic attack, PTSD, acclimation back into home life, social drinking, alcohol.
Summary: Jaeris and Joanna return home and Jaeris acclimates slowly but surely with the help of Joanna.

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2 Days of Whittling Down the Yuletide List

I go like, all out for this, people. I have lists. I organize those lists. And then I start pitting fandoms against each other and striking things out. I have spent 2 days turning pages and pages of potential fandoms into a more manageable list.

Currently I have:

14 requests (needs to be narrowed down to 6)
36 offers (needs to be narrowed down to 10, possibly a few more depending on bucket lists)

This does not include the shows I am poised to start watching and the books I am about to start reading before sign-ups.

Edit: oh wait, I have 6 things already slotted into Offer slots, so that means I have 36 things I need to narrow down for the remaining 4 slots, unless I’m doing Bucket Offers.


  • My job

  • My relationship

  • My friendships

  • My housing arrangements

  • My fanfic obligations and by extension my close fandom friendships of many years

And I have an 8.5 hour shift tomorrow at work.

Once I get home tomorrow night I’m gonna watch Man from UNCLE and turn off all social media. There might be whiskey involved. There will certainly be ice cream involved. I will be ok, but right now I am not ok.



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