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Hey there LJ! It's been too long again. I'm still alive and stuff. Bouncing around from shiny thing to shiny thing with very little direction - the usual.

Thought I'd share some pics of my most recent cosplay adventure. My brother contacted me a few weeks ago and said that he'd love to do a convention with me where we'd crossplay characters. Since I already had a Sally Ragdoll cosplay and we're about the same size, I thought it couldn't be too hard to pull a Jack Skellington together real quick. Rose City Comic Con was the next convention on my list and so I whipped something up in 2 weeks.

The jacket was the hardest part. I found a wonderful tailcoat at Hollywood Vintage here in Portland. It was old and worn, ripped up a bit on the inside, but workable and... they wanted 150 bucks for it because "vintage". I passed on that. Found a horrible band jacket on the clearance rack, straight out of a 1970s nightmare with gold tassels and glittery shit all over it and bought it for 20 bucks. Then, five hours with a seam ripper later, had the perfect base for a Jack Skellington tailcoat. I took off the buttons, painted one white and sewed it back on. I embellished the tails with felt and wire and then blanket stitched more felt together to make the bat bowtie. Got a black bodysuit and some white textile paint and painted a big triangle and some stripes on it. ... Anyway... It worked. I love how our cosplays turned out.

I'd been looking for an excuse to shave my head again for a while. This was it. See some pictures in the spoiler tags (which seem to work different than they used to??) They open up one after the other and require much clicking?? I've been away too long. Sorry!


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Six days after the last time I shaved my head, my hair is already growing back in with full force! I can't stop petting my own head.

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See it on Ao3: Solangelo Skypes

Featuring: Mab as Nico di Angelo and Cyansonata as Will Solace (Plans are in the works to do a similar thing only swapping roles.)

Summary: When Nico has to spend holidays in the Underworld, he and Will figure out how to stay in touch using Skype.



Nico - So I do it like this?

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Nico - Wait, is this right?

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Will - Yup. You got it.

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Nico - Ri-ight.

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Will - Hey. Wait up. Is that a statue of my dad?

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Nico - What? Where?

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Nico - Oh gods, it IS

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Nico - Hrm... I wonder if he's creeping on us.

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Nico - I do not know where that came from. Give me a sec.

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Nico - There. What Statue?

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Will - No words.

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Nico - Anyway. Moving on. Here's the picture you wanted. - shares file - I don't know why you needed a picture of what I'm wearing. You can see me right now.

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Will - Nico, that's the same thing you ALWAYS wear.

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Will - Don't you own any other shirts?

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Will - Or ... You could just not wear a shirt ...

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Nico - Well, if you ins...

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Nico - Of course I own other shirts! See?

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Nico - The real question is – Why are you always trying to see me naked, Solace?

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Will - Yeah?

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Will - Oh, uh ... Medical reasons.

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Nico - I gotta get out of this orange monstrosity.

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Will - Hold up. Wait, what?

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Will - I gotta go.

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Will - Can I haz kisses?

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Nico - You promise not to show these pictures to anybody else?

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Will - Promise on the Styx and everything.

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Nico - Ah, you romantic dork.

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Will - Heh, besides, I like getting to keep this side of you to myself <3

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Will - Talk to you later, Neeks!

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Nico - Later!

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Hello, livejournal. It's been a very long time since I've checked in and I've missed you all.

Life has been chaotic, but in a good way.



The past couple of years, I've been struggling hard with some personal revelations. Pretty much I can pinpoint the day they became REAL to the day the Prozac wore off. I'd been on it or an alternate antidepressant from ages 16-36; I'm now 38.

The day it wore off, I began writing a fic for the Harry Big Bang and pounded out 74k words for it in 2 weeks. For those of you who haven't read it, it deals largely with gender identity issues and despite the content warnings, is hugely positive and affirming. 'Twas Brillig is the fic, and the link goes to Ao3.

Why this is relevant. I haven't been aware/honest with myself for most of my life as to my own identity/sexuality. Largely, I've presented myself as a staunch LGBTQIA+ ally and left it at that. And then I've lived my life in a pretty much mental closet, stuffing everything I can't deal with into the back of my mind and not dealing with any of it. And that resulted in me kinda having a half-existence, not really living life, instead just bullshitting my way through it ... not connecting with my kids, my husband, my therapist, my kids teachers, my parents, etc... fandom was my escape and the only place I ever let my personality really shine.

Last fall, I decided to give my real life name one last go - see if I could reclaim it and that was a gigantic fail. I ended up so deep in depression I couldn't breathe. I picked up cosplay in an effort to pull myself out of it, since even fanfic writing was too hard. Cosplay, like fanfic writing and podficcing, and playing with art - pretty much fandom in general did give me a stepping stone and I realized I needed to deal with my shit and I needed help to do it in January.

I found another therapist familiar with questioning gender/sexuality issues and had a great first session. Set some goals and met them, and then the second session hit me like a blow to the chest. She couldn't take on another 'talk therapy' client, instead wanting to focus on mindfulness/body awareness meditation... etc.. new agey stuff that I think is great for some people, but wasn't my pressing need then. So I stopped seeing her and instead joined a spa/massage co-op where gender is pretty much a non-issue. Naked hot tubbing and sauna and being out of doors with all the genders and an understood respect of personal boundaries works wonders for me - more than talking shit out.

I'm totally going on a tangent again. Anyway. I came out to my immediate (people I live with) family as Androgyne (nonbinary/genderqueer) in February and life has been looking up like whoa since then. Husband and I have been connecting again, working on talking more, sharing goals and ideals, making sure our futurescopes line up still. They do. He's not exactly sure about what nonbinary gender means, but I've explained it's really just who I've always been, the me he fell in love with was still me, just a me who was unaware that being outside the binary box was a thing I could be.

I struggled with my weight for a long time, and while I acknowledge weight issues stem from many different sources for many different people, for me, it was mostly a symptom of my own disconnect from my true and honest self. I recognize myself looking in a mirror again. I feel present when I'm out and about walking, doing things. Hell, I'm out and about doing things again. ... that right there is a huge sign that I'm on the path to personal wellness.

Anyway, I've gone on long enough. Call me Mab. That's the name I've used with people I trust since 2004/2005. I'm using it in real life more now, and working up to officially changing my name and being honest with my extended family/parents, etc... As of now, I answer to any pronouns. Eventually, I'll likely prefer they/them, but for now I'm not focusing on that (because if I do, it'll hurt me every time it's ignored and I'm not strong enough to face that atm.)

My kids think it's nbd at all. They were so unperturbed by me coming out as genderqueer that it gives me hope for the future.






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This is the ship I've been obsessed with since 2014. Fanart by Brunagonda. I base my cosplays off her vision of Nico di Angelo and Will Solace. I'm still waiting for my blue contacts to arrive for Will.













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Hello there LJ!

I've been so freaking busy it isn't even funny. Real life can really bite. Anyway, I don't feel like talking about it because it's all annoying and stuff and I'm grateful it is what it is and isn't like serious severe shit, yanno?

I just got back from a convention. Newcon PDX. This was my first time going to a con specifically to cosplay. It wasn't bad at all, but the photographer I had booked a shoot with had a death in the family the day before day 0 and had to cancel, so that sucked. I mean, for her. I could've had nice shiny photos taken by the convention photogs at the photo booth, but I really wasn't feeling it. ... Maybe next time. Instead I got hallway shots from fellow con-goers and that's good enough for me.

Thought I'd share them with you. If anybody wants to see what the fuck Mab is off doing when she's supposed to be finishing her WiPs... >.>

My daughter cosplayed with me as characters from Steven Universe and that was really fun. I met up with my brother and his good friend on the second day and spent the last day just walking around and talking to random people. (my favorite pastime when I'm in the mood for it).
[livejournal.com profile] slr2moons was going to come with us but real life is an even bigger bitch in her life than in mine right now so it was understandable why she couldn't.

These are the characters Gwen (my daughter) and I were cosplaying from SU.



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Then I cosplayed Nico di Angelo from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.



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And I cosplayed Hearthstone from Rick Riordan's Magnus Chase series too. A super sweet deaf elf with his fashion-loving dwarf boyfriend, Blitzen. Only, I haven't yet found a cosplayer to be Blitzen. One day - this will happen.



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After overdoing the rune magic, Hearth signs, 'washing machine'?

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And lastly ... My daughter cosplayed a character from Homestuck.



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Anyway, if you made it through all of that, what do you think? shut up, mab and stick to writing

:P

I hope you are well f-list. I'm sorry I'm so absent.
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Hello Livejournal. I hope you all had a stellar Halloween.

I thought I'd make another update post because if I don't, I'll just float off even more.

I don't feel much like talking about all the stuff I'm dealing with day to day. It's not hugely awful or anything, but it is making me realize that I am still struggling with ADHD and focus, to the point I've pared down my responsibilities enormously and still struggle to get shit done.

Blah.

Enough about that. I want to share some fun pictures. Halloween was yesterday and I did nothing more than answer the door a few times (my daughter answered the rest), but I got to do it in costume! Putting on a costume is totally an adventure on its own for me. Unfortunately, nobody in my family can take flattering photos. So, Selfies it is!

This was my second year dressing up like Sally Ragdoll (from Nightmare Before Christmas).

I'm just gonna stick these pics under a tag and then I have to get back to poking my brain and catching the words that come out of it. I have a deadline and I have to break through this block. No excuses.



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Whew... That was fun. If you dressed in costume, I'd love to see! Wish me luck and muse juice, please.

Love you, F-list! Stay chill. *hugs*
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Hey all!

I really have been away for a while and I'm sorry for that. I've been engrossed by the PJO/HoO (Percy Jackson and the Olymians / Heroes of Olympus) fandom and they're all on tumblr. - If ever you're looking for me, you can find me there as mab-speaks. I also run a ship blog for the fandom's ultimate bromance to romance duo - jercyjuice and I've taken up Arting in an effort to grow my skills and have a creative outlet when the words just aren't coming. My art blog is mabscribbles.

I've been writing up a storm the past several months. I counted my words made so far in that fandom starting 7 months ago and it's: 190,365 ... so yeah, a lot. I've also made a few podfics and started a PJO writer/artist 18+ chat room. It's keeping me very busy.

In the world of HP, the third annual HP Horror Fest just posted reveals at [livejournal.com profile] hp_darkarts and it was a blast to mod. I made art for it. Disturbing art. I kept with my tradition of torturing poor Teddy Lupin. (I only torture my favorite characters)

I'll stick it under a spoiler tag if you'd rather not see. TW: blood, self harm.

Summary: As a Metamorphmagus, Teddy Lupin has always struggled with what he "actually" looks like. In a moment of insanity he decides to find out for himself.



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See it on Ao3

It was my first attempt ever at using a tablet to color - and my tablet is obsolete. Still, I think it effectively got the horror message I was going for across. *wry smile*

In other news related to art, there's a new daily drawing community on dreamwidth started by a local writing buddy of mine and I'm having fun participating and drawing for the prompts. All doodles are PG-13 and under and can be from any fandom. There's no limit to how often or infrequent members participate either.

So check it out if you're interested. I see a lot of improvement in my ability in just the past month from drawing something every day.



Here was my doodle for today:

This is Nico di Angelo, son of Hades, just waking up. He's normally pretty brooding and not a morning person. Just figures that the only clean mug he can find was left by Will Solace, son of Apollo. Maybe after he's had his morning coffee, Nico will be in more of a sunshine mood. :P

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I've booked my tickets for my summer fangirl trip to London! I'll be staying with [livejournal.com profile] writcraft and have plans to meet up with some other UK-rs too! Can't wait. I'll be flying out on 30 July and coming home on 7 August.

All right. I think that's enough for an update right now. I have to run my daughter's friend home in a sec. I miss you f-list, and I promise I'm not going to be away forever. I'm just following where my muse is leading and I trust that eventually it will return me to HP. Hogwarts will always be home. XD
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Hello fandom!

I'm so sorry I've been so far away the past few weeks. My grandmother has been nearing the end of her life for the past month and I knew my birthday was going to be a hard time.

Nobody in my family (at home) remembered it and that was a bit of a punch to the gut, but then, as I get older, I'm not asking for much more than an acknowledgement. But fandom swooped in and blew me away and my birthday wasn't bad at all.

I received 60 well wishes in the forms of email, tumblr messages, lj pms, virtual gifts, lj posts, facebook posts, facebook IMs, and gifty things. So Thank you for that! Really it means the world to me. The Saturday after my birthday with my mom, grandma, family and uncle was bittersweet. It was a happy birthday/so long grandma party and you can imagine the awkward feels that inspired.

Anyway. I received word from my mother that my grandmother passed at 11:15 this morning after taking her death with dignity prescription and it was wonderful news. And my fandom friend [livejournal.com profile] slr2moons and I were out on our weekly walk when I got the news, so that was nice. I turned to her and said, "you know, I've been grieving for the past 3 weeks and now that it's over, all I feel is relief and thankfulness that she's not suffering and went on her own terms." Cancer is a motherfucking bitch and I feel really blessed that my grandma had the opportunity to take care of her affairs, to say goodbye, and to just let go before it wrecked her with more pain than anyone should have to feel.



Okay... jeez, mab... enough depressing.

Look at the birthday gifts my lovely friends did for me! Thank you all for being so unique and wonderful. The collective creativity and caring in fandom is magical. It's precious. Thank you.


A Haiku

Determination by [livejournal.com profile] digthewriter

A Drarry poem and Art

I'm Drowning by [livejournal.com profile] nobunakira

A Jason/Percy/Luke fic

Percy Jackson Has a Type by jercydrabbles aka yvieisqueer


A Jason/Percy (Jercy) ficlet

Birthday Jercy Treat by Razielim

The beginning of a new Apollo/Zephyrus series

Creepiness has its Benefits by malkuthehighwind
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Horror Fest Banner 1

Prompting: 24 January to 7 February
Claiming: 8 February
Submissions: 4 April
Posting: from 25 April



Click the banner to check out the prompts and snag a pimping banner and spread the word!
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Holy bleeping Shiznitz! I seem to have had a really productive year. Considering I started 2014 with a huge case of writer's block and decided to not sign up for fests, but instead to just do podfics and modding, I somehow wrote a total of 193,605 words and recorded a little more than 56 hours of podfic. O.O



Turn by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl, Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 36:48:33

Where Your Treasure Lies Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 02:21:30

Wind of Change by [livejournal.com profile] serpenscript Draco, Lupin/Snape, NC-17 – 00:19:11

To Be Back Again in the Rest of the Room by [livejournal.com profile] lamerezouille NC-17 – 02:02:18

The Dangers of Trusting a Slytherin Son (and his Gryffindor friend) by [livejournal.com profile] nherizu Harry/Draco – 00:06:29

Rise Above the Moon Harry/Draco NC-17 – 01:51:55

Reasonable Adjustments by [livejournal.com profile] leemarchais Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 02:05:40

Onslaught by [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 00:58:38

Muddying the Waters by [livejournal.com profile] emansil_12 Harry/Draco, Harry/Ginny, Harry/Draco/Ginny, NC-17 – 00:19:46

Mandrakes by [livejournal.com profile] frayach Albus Severus/Scorpius and Harry/Draco both unrequited, NC-17 – 00:44:39

If These Walls Could Talk by [livejournal.com profile] calrissian18 unrequited Albus Severus/Draco and Harry/Draco Alternate Endings NC-17 – 02:11:23 and – 02:16:31

Fathers of the Groom(s) by [livejournal.com profile] dracogotgame Harry/Draco, PG-13 – 00:22:27

Father Knows Best Lucius, Draco, Harry, R – 00:20:25

Duality by [livejournal.com profile] 0idontknow0 Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 00:19:24

The Dangers of Trusting a Slytherin Son (and His Gryffindor Friend) by [livejournal.com profile] nherizu Harry/Draco, Albus Severus/Scorpius, NC-17 – 00:06:29

Close Your Eyes by [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp Severus Snape/Harry Potter, NC-17 – 00:46:18

Bedside Manners by [livejournal.com profile] serpenscript Poppy Pomfrey, Minerva McGonagall, PG – 00:18:15

The Winner Shaves it All [livejournal.com profile] candamira and [livejournal.com profile] nia_kantorka NC17 Harry/Draco, – 00:30:17

Shelter Nico di Angelo/Will Solace, NC-17 – 03:23:22 *WiP* (chapters 1-14 posted so far)






Under Her Skin Millicent/Draco, R – 600 – featuring art by [livejournal.com profile] nherizu

Reject Me Not James/Albus Severus, R – 320

Grimmauld Horror Teddy Lupin, R – 3400

Give Me All You Can Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 4900

Dreamless Sleep Blaise/Draco, NC-17 – 3100

By Chance or By Choice Harry/Draco, R – 5400 – featuring art by [livejournal.com profile] chibitoaster

All The Feels Moaning Myrtle/ Pansy, Blaise, Harry, NC-17 – 2800

A Tricky Little Potion Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 2400

A Study in Compromise Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 1900

Cream Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 3200

Walking the Edge Harry/Draco, NC-17 – 4450

'Twas Brillig Harry/Draco, Harry/Ginny (side pairings), NC-17 – 73,000 (it may post in 2015, but it was very much written in 2014, so I'm counting it)

Percy Jackson

Shelter Nico di Angelo/Will Solace – NC-17 – 71,500 (part 1 of shelterverse) – Featuring cover art by St00pz and fan art in chapters 3 and 30 by Karou0

Atonement Apollo/Zephyros – NC-17 – 4600 (part 2 of shelterverse) – Fan art by Brunagonda is coming soon!

Devotion Nico di Angelo/Will Solace, Apollo/Zephyros – NC-17 – 7200 (part 3 of shelterverse)

Fulfillment Reyna Availa Ramirez-Arellano/Rachel Elizabeth Dare, Apollo/Zephyros – NC-17 – 2800 (part 4 of shelterverse)



Thank you fandom for being so inspiring!
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I can't get over how amazing this turned out. Even if you don't read the Percy Jackson books, I think you'll enjoy taking a peek!

The fic it's illustrated for is the first of three one-shots that follow my novel-length fic Shelter. The one-shot is called Atonement featuring Apollo and Zephyros, the god of the West Wind.

The artist is Brunagonda and you can find her on Tumblr



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Note: I know most of my f-list isn't familiar with the Percy Jackson fandom. But I miss sharing what I'm doing on lj, so I thought I'd just post a smutty little thing here and maybe somebody will like it. No worries if it's not your cuppa!

[livejournal.com profile] gracerene and [livejournal.com profile] nia_kantorka I know you've both already read it. Thanks for that!


Title: Uncomfortable Truths
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] mab
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Jason Grace/Percy Jackson
Word count: 7250
Contents: Bromance to Romance, Competition, Guilty Pleasures, Implied/Referenced Cheating, 69, Anal fingering, Rimming, Anal Sex, First Time, Size Kink
Disclaimer: All recognizable characters and settings are the property of Rick Riordan, inspired by Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus. I am not making any money from writing this piece of fan fiction. I'm only playing in his sandbox.
Summary: Percy can't keep his mouth shut and it gets him in all sorts of trouble.
A/N: This fic happened while I was sick and supposed to be taking it easy and resting from proofreading for the HBB. Yeah, well, I have no shame. The title at the top links to the Ao3, if you'd rather read it there.
Spoiler warning: Spoilers are in here for the whole series.


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Reveals happened at [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost and I'm feeling so very thankful today!

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] enchanted_jae, [livejournal.com profile] capitu, and [livejournal.com profile] anemonen for the wonderful gifts! I really appreciate them! *holds them close*

A Glut of Gifts Drabble and art! By [livejournal.com profile] enchanted_jae

The Mirror by [livejournal.com profile] anemonen A fan art gift to go with my fic Broken Dreams And as soon as reveals go up, I'm going to add it to the fic because it's too perfect not to display and share with future readers!

[livejournal.com profile] capitu gave me beta assistance as my [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost gift and I cannot thank her enough!

And thank you, too, mods, [livejournal.com profile] kitty_fic and [livejournal.com profile] vaysh. You are such wonderful people to bring fandom together in creating and sharing. I appreciate your hard work and dedication!
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Title: Walking the Edge
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mab
Gift for: [livejournal.com profile] iwao
Characters/Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Rating: NC-17
Kinks/Themes Included: adultery, d/s, sensory deprivation, dirty talk, orgasm denial, edging, sacofricosis, masturbation, anal sex – Tone: dirty-angsty, happy ending.
Other Warnings/Content: role reversal
Word Count: 4450
Summary/Description: Draco's got himself in with Potter way too deep and the only way he can save face and break it off – without admitting how far he's gone – is to get Potter to call it quits first.
Author's Notes: Thanks to lumosed_quill for the top notch beta work. I'm not a member of the BDSM community. This is a work of fiction, and any liberties I've taken with regards to safe playing are for the purpose of entertainment and because Harry and Draco made me do it.

[livejournal.com profile] iwao I was beyond thrilled to find out that you were my recipient. I am so very happy that you loved it and I got the message you sent me through LQ. *hugs you tight*

Read it on Ao3: Walking the Edge or at Daily_Deviant on Insanejournal.
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I want to thank everybody who remembered me this holiday season and I'm sorry this post is so late. I've been waiting for reveals to happen at [livejournal.com profile] hd_owlpost before posting, but it seems they are taking some time, so I'll just post about what I received and gave later.

Cards:

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hikarievandar, [livejournal.com profile] lyonessheart, [livejournal.com profile] candamira, [livejournal.com profile] mayfly_78, [livejournal.com profile] chibitoaster, [livejournal.com profile] sksdwrld, [livejournal.com profile] leemarchais, [livejournal.com profile] jad, [livejournal.com profile] digthewriter, [livejournal.com profile] lokifan, [livejournal.com profile] anemonen, [livejournal.com profile] groolover, [livejournal.com profile] winnett, [livejournal.com profile] kitty_fic, [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl, [livejournal.com profile] writcraft for sending me cards. There's a picture of them below!







[livejournal.com profile] groolover sent me a calendar along with her holiday card. It is THE best ever! I've shared it with all my friends that have visited this past month. The agree it's awesome. It is a calendar featuring [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl and her lovely wife, [livejournal.com profile] dannyfranx in their natural habitat of unusual pets and odds and ends.

And I want to thank all the people who signed up for my holiday card list this year! You helped me break last years number of sent cards! I enjoy shopping for fandom related cards and odds and ends so much and nothing makes me happier than sending them to people who are important to me and will appreciate them as much as I do. I also try to buy them from fandom artists because that's the best.

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] saladbats sent me a lovely post owl necklace and card!











If you sent me a card and I missed you on this list, I'm so sorry. Poke me and let me know. I tried really hard to keep my cards together as they arrived, but with holiday mail and all the things that go along with real life business, I know I've been scatterbrained.

Last year I sent 25 cards to fandom friends and this year... dun dun dun... 41!!!

Fanarts:

[livejournal.com profile] chibitoaster finished an illustration for my fic Where Your Treasure Lies and it's now updated with the other art she did for it and I'm over the moon by how beautiful they both are.







Also I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] nherizu for doing fanart from my ficlet Under Her Skin as a pay-it-forward gift. The art is in the fic and links to her full size post on Ao3. Thank you!!! I love it, bb!

I spent a lovely New Year's Eve with my dear friend Lacey and her fiancée, Sierra. [livejournal.com profile] dawnlett and I met her at 2013 LeakCon and snatched her up and adopted her. I am very much looking forward to this summer when I visit all the lovely people at [livejournal.com profile] hp_uk_meetup.







Okie Dokie! Thanks everybody for being an awesome community. The Harry Potter fandom is still so strong and through it I've made some lifelong friends. I know I can count on many more years of making future friends through it too and that is just AWESOME!

... I'll probably post my 2014 year-in-review after the [livejournal.com profile] harrybang goes live. I seem to have created a hell of a lot more words and hours of podfic than I realized, now that I've compiled it all. :P

Catch you all later! It's back to proofreading for me!
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Title: Turn, the Epilogue by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl
Podficcer: [livejournal.com profile] mab
Word Count/Art Medium: Podfic
Length: 01:19:53
Rating: NC-17
Contains: slash, het, epilogue-compliant AND AU, just to be contrary. Lots of terrible language.
Notes: I almost can't believe it! We've come to the end!

Never fear for those who (like me) have trouble saying goodbye. [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl and [livejournal.com profile] dannyfranx have given me permission to podfic the three one-shots from the Turn!verse. I can't say exactly when it will happen, but it will be sometime in 2016!

Please, have a listen and then come back and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Feedback helps me improve.

I am sorry about not having the podbook versions available for the final bits of this, but after the new year, I am going to look into figuring out this whole m4b thing and perhaps making Turn the podfic available in an actual ebook format (so you don't have to download each part separately, or listen to it on your computer with the streaming option.)

Thank you all for going on this year-long journey with me!
Link to Text: Turn
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Author's summary: One good turn deserves another. Apparently.



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Hello f-list!

I'm sorry I've been so distant the past couple of months. I do this every year, but this year I've been feeling especially hermit-like. My time alone is really short lately and as much as I'd love to be around more in fandom, I just can't right now. Life things are looking up, but they're taking a hell of a lot of time and attention to make sure they keep going in a forward direction. I know you all will understand that. XD *hugs all the lovely people* If you're curious as to what's been happening to draw me away so much, I'll give a quick rundown in the spoiler cuts below. If you're not really interested in some areas, and would just like to know what the heck my plans are for future HP fandom participation, skip to the cut: Harry Potter Fandom.



My daughter: She's doing really well since we started in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Most of the kids in her therapy group are going through it because of eating disorders or self-harm, and she's not in that boat at all, so I'm very thankful. I am attending the therapy as part of a parent group, which is really helping me a lot to brush up on the skills I learned (that really got me started out of my darkest days in the mental health system). I like that the teen group isn't allowed to talk in group about why exactly they are there (so they don't feed off each other's maladaptive behaviors, but they do also have individual sessions, so those things are addressed. I get weekly email reports from her advisor at school and since we've started this therapy, she's only had positives to report.

Exercise/Fitness: I've not been doing fantastic with keeping up on this, but as of Tuesday, I'm still heading in the right direction. Since my last measurements I'm down a bit, but not at the pace I had been going. Still, I think it's healthy to slow up every so often, let the body find its normal, then start again with the intense training. I will write up a fitness post for those on my weightloss filter in a little while. Not gonna go into detail here.

Son: My son is going to be 13 in 2 days! OMG! I can't even believe that he'll be a teen. He is my child who has high-functioning autism. I went to his student-led conference last month and then had 2 conferences with the school board about his qualifications for special services. (they do this every few years). I'm so proud of how far he's grown and how much he's improved regarding school performance since we started him at the private school. His private school is tailored for kids with learning differences and most of the kids are somewhere on the spectrum. He's recently decided he wants to wear his hair long-ish. I think it looks great. Considering my husband's hair is down his back, I have no issues with how a person wants to wear their hair. I'm loving mine short, and eventually I plan to shave it all off again, just because I can, and because I love rocking the bald head look. :P (it also grows insanely fast and the bald look never lasts long for me.)

Toddler: The toddler has been a handful lately. He's three and a half and doesn't want to potty train. He's still nursing a couple of times a day, which is fine, I have no problems with going at his pace, but I am looking forward to reclaiming my boobs as MINE. It will happen. This too shall pass. But overall, he's a smart little duck and comes up with the most interesting observations. Last night, after a drawn out refusal to go to sleep in his own bed (which he later changed his mind about) he was lying beside me and pointing at the shadow cast by the ceiling lamp. He said goodnight to me, daddy, the pictures, the window, the door, and the (fish robot) he swears the shadow looks like. XD

Housemate: Our housemate is still with us and I am glad of it. She watches the toddler while I take my daughter to our group sessions on Thursdays. My husband is also home (as he works from home) but it's a real blessing to not have to figure out child care. She was 257 on the waiting list for the women's shelter back in September and has now moved up to the mid-40s, so this too is a good thing. When she gets a spot, they'll be able to help her with getting the services that just aren't freely given in this fucked up world we live in and I'm happy she won't have been on the streets during the winter season of waiting.

Husband: Husband is plugging along, doing his thing. We chat in the evening before bed and catch up on what's what. We're dealing with unexpected expenses from my emergency root canal and an insurance company refusing to cover them, but it could be so much worse, and we're thankful and fortunate to not be in a real hardship.

The hugest time suck of my day to day is driving. I loathe driving. Ever since I was hit by a car at 18, I swore I'd never drive ... and then my mom guilted me into doing it when I was pregnant with my daughter (because you have to be able to drive if you're a mom). Anyway... Now I'm driving nearly 3 hours a day, just taking my kids to school and back.. and on therapy days, it's more like 4.5 hours because of traffic and everything is on opposite sides of town from everything else. Blah. Humbug.




The Harry Big Bang is gearing up! OMG! I'm way excited about this! I am looking forward to submissions coming in and preparing to find every single spare minute I can to start proofreading! It's gonna be awesome!

My goal for podficcing the 300+k fic Turn by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl all in 2014 is now complete! Turn the Podfic! I've sent the sound file to my lovely hosting person and will have it posted after she gets back to me with the link. I have so many feels about finishing this project. It was a true labor of love. I think the entire thing maxes out at almost 37 hours. It took at least 4 times as many hours to record and edit (and that's being generous with estimating, it was likely more). So, yeah... Whew! *wipes sweat from brow*

And now for some sadder news. I'm going to be using 2015 as a sort of hiatus year from fests. I'm still planning to co-mod [livejournal.com profile] hp_darkarts with [livejournal.com profile] writcraft and the [livejournal.com profile] hp_podfic_fest with [livejournal.com profile] starduchess, but as far as writing goes, my muse is not on HP right now. I do have several HP podfic projects planned for this coming year, but I will likely not be taking on any more until my hiatus ends. I'm also still going to the the [livejournal.com profile] hp_uk_meetup this summer and cannot wait to meet all the fandom friends that will be there. I suspect my HP squee will be back up in full force by then! So this hiatus is really only a break from participating in fests and it will end in 2016 in time for Leviosa the Harry Potter 2016 convention in Las Vegas! I'm so there!

I don't think I'll be in my quiet space for much longer. I really love all of you on my f-list and enjoy keeping up with all your news and chatting, etc... So even though I'm taking a break, I'm not leaving.

And I sent the last of my holiday cards today, so if you haven't got one yet and signed up for one, it's on its way! And my goal of beating last year's number of cards sent was met and more than doubled! So thank you for that! Sending cards is something that makes me so happy!





For those of you who follow me on tumblr at Mab-speaks or Mab-shares will have noticed, I've fallen into a new fandom as far as writing goes. I seem to have an all or nothing muse, and I can't juggle more than one canon and set of characters at a time. I completed my first fic for the Percy Jackson fandom late last month. It's called Shelter and is 71,505 words. I wrote it a chapter a day from mid-October through November and I haven't let go of it yet. I had to end it where I did to free up December and January for the Harry Big Bang, but I have three Shelterverse one-shots planned, the first is posted: Atonement and it pairs the greek god, Apollo with Zephyros, the god of the West Wind. The next will be my first go at a femslash pairing and the last is going to be the main pairing that featured in Shelter. After that, in February, I'm planning to begin the sequel.

I have too many feels and ideas and my head is just brimming to the point I have 3 documents filled with notes, canon/head canons, and partial outlines. I've never felt so freaking prolific in my life and it's just something I can't ignore or stifle. So I'm going with it and will find out where it gets me.

And see the pretty cover art made for me for Shelter... The artist is called St00pz and can be found on tumblr.



Another artist was inspired by the fic too and created this art Nico di Angelo gets a new jacket. And I've had two other people ask permission to fan art from the fic. OMG... so much squee!



All right ... and if you made it through all that, thank you. If you didn't, I don't blame you. Please don't feel guilty. I just want to give you all a heads up as to where I've been, why I'm quiet, and what my plans are. I love you all and I hold the fact true to my heart that Hogwarts will always be home, and I can never stay away forever.
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Title: Turn Chapter Thirteen by [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl
Podficcer: [livejournal.com profile] mab
Word Count/Art Medium: Podfic
Length: 04:50:33 (total)
Rating: NC-17
Contains: slash, het, epilogue-compliant AND AU, just to be contrary. Lots of terrible language.
Notes: I apologize for the lateness of posting this chapter. I've been wound up in a whirlwind of other things and wasn't able to give it my full attention until now. The Epilogue has also been recorded and is currently with saras girl. It will be posted as soon as she gives me the go-ahead. Thank you for your patience. Also, for some reason the recent update of itunes has messed up my ability to create an m4b file, and the program I purchased to get around that doesn't seem to be working right either. So, my apologies again. I will try to figure out another work around eventually, but until then, I'm afraid I can only offer the file as an mp3.
Link to Text: Turn
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Author's summary: One good turn deserves another. Apparently.



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