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30 August 2006 @ 05:57 pm
My So-Called Life  
Well, I had a completely crappy day today.

I was already feeling depressed and weepy when I woke up this morning. I have no idea why – and the first person who suggests PMS gets whacked upside the head with a rotten fish, because it purely pisses me off when a woman gets upset and everyone immediately assumes that it’s “that time of the month.”

Then I had a staff meeting this morning and my boss verbally tore me apart in front of everyone, then I had to go straight from there to a horrible lunch meeting with said boss and two other people, where I had to make nice and pretend that everything was fine. And one of the other people at the lunch meeting (who I had met like, twice previously, and only very briefly) started asking me completely inappropriate personal questions. Joy.

Anyway, all of this has left me fighting off tears all day (dammit, I hate crying at work, and I almost never do it.) So any hugs you guys could send my way would be greatly appreciated.

In other, happier news, rivers_bend wrote me a J/W drabble, here, and jadedgothchild wrote me Fry/Laurie smokingporn, here. You should check them out if you haven’t yet – they are both awesome! Thank you so much, my darlings! *blows kisses*

Oh, and rivers_bend also made me my new default icon, and my new lj header. Come check it out – they look gorgeous, don't they? Oodles of adoration, my dear river!

Finally, some ramblings about my own upcoming projects. I’ve got two things in the works – one is a dark!fic about Jeeves’ past, which will explore the reference to his “unpleasant experiences” as mentioned in the belt!fic. I got bitten by a vicious bunny and it won’t let go until I write the thing up. I’ve got it pretty much plotted out, but have only just started writing it. I’m unsure at this point how it will turn out, or whether I will end up posting it, because it seems awfully dark for this fandom. I’d really like to know whether you all would want to read that. I know some of you have already weighed in, but feel free to remind me of your vote, or to vote now if you haven’t yet.

I’ve also started the brainstorming phase of a collaborative fic that weaselwoman13 and I are going to write together – totally smutless J/W!! I know, me writing a fic with no pr0n – the world must be ending, right? Anyway, I’ve never done a collaboration before, so I’ll be most interested to see what happens with it. I’m excited!

At some point, I’ll also be doing a collaboration with fenriss, and it will be smutty Doctor Who fic featuring the Ninth Doctor (oh my lord is Christopher Eccleston hot). But that one is a bit further down the line. Still excited though!

Finally, I noticed that a few people have friended me without leaving any comments – which is fine, I’ll always friend back, ‘cause I’m easy that way. *g* But I’d love to know who y’all are, and I promise I don’t bite, so if you feel moved to do so, I’d love it if you’d drop me a comment here and introduce yourself – just tell me something about you so I know who you are!

ETA: Oooh, and after I posted this, the incredibly lovely & sweet purplesyringes wrote me a little J/W kink!ficlet, here. Y'all should go read it, because it's teh HAWT. You are so wonderful, my dear! Thank you for that, truly.
How do I feel?: sadsad
Jestana: J&W: Almost kissjestana on August 31st, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you had such a horrible day. *sends hugs* I found you through indeedsir and I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your fics. They're the first J&W stories that I read and it sounds like they match Wodehouse's style the most of the ones that I've read (though I'll be the first to admit that I haven't read much J&W fic yet). Anyway, I think you should post the dark!fic anyway. Jeeves & Wooster may be rather light-hearted most of the time, but there are always darker aspects hiding in the shadows. I was wondering where you got your mood theme from. Bertie is so lovely! *grin*

Anyway, just so you know, my name is Jestana and I'm new to the fandom. I didn't hear about Jeeves & Wooster until earlier this year and am renting the DVD's through the mail. The first one arrives tomorrow. (SQUEE!) I don't know if any fanfic will come of this (I've been wrong before), but I know I'll enjoy reading fics. *giggle* I always do. I hope the rest of your week goes better and will hopefully see you around the fandom more! Tinkerty-tonk!
Sky: [j&w] jw ampersandskyblue_reverie on August 31st, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, m'dear! *hugs back* And thank you also for the very kind words about my fic. I am so glad that you enjoyed them, and many hearty welcomes to the J/W fandom! Please stay for a long, long time! I envy you, just beginning your exploration of all the great J/W fic out there, and the DVDs as well. Have you read much Wodehouse? I'm curious how you came to the fandom, if you don't mind sharing.

Here is the link to where I got the moodtheme. Bertie is indeed adorable, isn't he? *g*

And thank you for letting me know that you'd be interested in the dark!fic, I'll certainly think seriously about posting it if there's interest.

Yay for new friends, and thanks for the well-wishes for my week. I certainly hope it goes better too!

Oh - and checking out your userinfo - you're into 1776! I love that movie! "Homicide, sexual combustibility!" Me and my friends in HS used to do that little dance together.
Jestana: 1776: Dickinson/Rutledgejestana on August 31st, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
You're quite welcome! *grins* I know some people don't like kink, but you managed it so well in that last one. Not only that, it seems very probable. *wink* I plan to. *rubs hands together gleefully* DVD tomorrow... No, I haven't read it, but I plan to. I managed to get an audio file of someone reading from Carry On, Jeeves and the language is fabulous!

I don't mind sharing at all! My friend, lacecravat first mentioned Jeeves and Wooster to me because she was interested in seeing it, mainly because it's Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry! Then another friend, mylodon suggested that I watch it because it's funny and would give me a general idea as to what British culture is like (I'm working on a story with a decided British influence, so that would be most helpful). Then I found some Jeeves and Wooster clips on YouTube and the work was complete. I wanted to see the series for it's own sake, not simply because my friends suggested that I watch it.

Thanks for the link! I've saved it for the moment. I was a little disappointed that Jeeves doesn't feature much, but he's not very expressive, is he? *grin*

You're very welcome! You might want to post something to the community asking if people would be interested in reading it.

New friends are good! Whee!

I first saw that movie when I was about 10 years old. I saw it again when I was about 13 and was thoroughly hooked by then. There's so much slash possibility. *GRIN*
Skyskyblue_reverie on August 31st, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
I know - I guess some people don't like kink! Strange, no? *is baffled* I even hear whisperings that some folks don't like any smut at all in their J/W. *is even more baffled* Ah well, different strokes, eh? ;) I'm so glad you found it believable, though.

Oooh, DVD arriving - fun. So so slashy. HL and SF's chemistry is just amazing. There are some Wodehouse novels and stories online, let me know if you want and I'll dig you up some links.

As to the mood theme - true that Jeeves isn't nearly as expressive as Bertie, but SF manages to really get across a ton of emotion with very little outward facial movement. He does an incredible job, I think. So while this is a Bertie mood theme, I definitely think there could be a Jeeves one. Of course, I think it would be kind of funny to create a Jeeves mood theme with only one photo - of SF as Jeeves looking kind of stiff and proper, and use that for all of the moods. *g*

Ah, I haven't seen 1776 in years, and not since I discovered slash, so I haven't watched it looking for that. I'll bet it's there, though! Will have to watch it again someday.
Jestana: J&W: Almost kissjestana on August 31st, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know a couple people like that, who don't even like smut. *shrug* Yeah, whatever floats your boat.

Just from the clips I've seen I can tell. *giggles madly* I forget where I heard it, but some people are wondering if HL is bi. *GRIN* YES! Please link me!

I was planning on doing screencaps as I get the DVD's anyway, so I'll definitely be thinking in terms of a moodtheme featuring both of them! *snicker* That'd be too hilarious!

Yeah, there's tons of slash potential, especially when it comes to Mr. Rutledge. Some people in the fandom call him the Whore of Congress or something like that. *smirk* Yes! You must watch it! Soon!
Sky: [fry & laurie] b&w facesskyblue_reverie on August 31st, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oh my, yes, there is rampant speculation about HL’s sexuality and his relationship with Stephen Fry. I’m a newcomer to the Fry/Laurie fandom, but I find it fascinating. Those two just seem absolutely perfect for each other. If they’re not screwing like rabbits, they should be! :p

Okay, Wodehouse links. Right now I’m too lazy to code the fancy links, but here are some to get you started:

Ooh, if you do screencaps and end up doing a mood theme with Jeeves in it, please let me know! I’d love that. Maybe I’ll do the one-photo-Jeeves thing someday – I’ve never made a mood theme before. *g*

Hee, Whore of Congress. That’s hilarious. Does anyone slash John Adams with Thomas Jefferson? Those two were so much at each other’s throats that there had to be something going on there…
Jestana: 1776: Adams sighingjestana on August 31st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
I admit I haven't seen them together or anything like that, but I heard that Fry is godfather to Laurie's children.

Thanks for the links. I've saved all of them and will peruse later.

We shall see. *smile* It'd be remarkably easy. Just do the one picture of Jeeves and copy the URL for it in each of the required boxes. *grin*

I believe you are referring to Mr. Dickinson, not Mr. Jefferson. *chuckle* Yes, I've seen stories pairing Adams with Dickinson or Jefferson. Possibly even both.
Omphale: Happy pillsdryadwoman on August 31st, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
*Huggles* and I thought my boss-hating day sucked. Meh. *Offers sweet things*

Like chocolate-coated Berties or something...
Skyskyblue_reverie on August 31st, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you, my darling. Chocolate covered Berties will definitely help!! Can I have a chocolate-covered Jeeves with that?
Omphale: braindryadwoman on August 31st, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
You most certainly can!
purplesyringes on August 31st, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry. I'm gonna write you something! *gets to work*
Sky: [stephen] hair ruffleskyblue_reverie on September 1st, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you so much, my dear. Oh, you're going to write something for me! You are too too sweet! I can't wait to see it. And - hee - your icon is perfect.
purplesyringes on September 1st, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Zekkass: Boingzekkass on September 1st, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Hey, you write it, I'll read it. Even if it's dark/not-smutty/in-a-diff-fandom.

And since you asked for introductions, I'm just a fan from New York, USA who's fallen for the British comedies. I found you via indeedsir and a rec from a friend, and I love your stuff. ;)
Sky: [j&w] bertie smile animatedskyblue_reverie on September 1st, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Silly! Of course I know who you are. :) Thanks for dropping in, though, I always love getting a chance to chat.

Aww, you are so sweet to say you'd read anything I wrote. *kisses* I shall try not to disappoint.

If I may be so nosy and bold as to ask, who was the friend who recced me? It makes me all squeeful to hear I'm being recced!
Zekkass: Sillyzekkass on September 1st, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
Well, there's a funny story behind that...See, I recced the tie fic to krzcowzgomoo and then she turned around and pointed me to the headache fic. ^_^;;
Sky: [j&w] bertie racquetskyblue_reverie on September 2nd, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Ha! That is indeed funny. Well thank you to both of you, for reccing me to each other! *g*
Fluffy: wilson's little! little!flufshepherd on September 2nd, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
I hope I'm not too late to offer hugs. I'm sorry to hear about your bad day. And I really hate it when people blame female moodiness on PMS, too. Sometimes, we actually have feelings that aren't completely reliant on our ovaries.

And I'd love to read your Jeeves!fic. No matter how dark it is.
Sky: [j&w] bath & spongeskyblue_reverie on September 2nd, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
It's never to late to offer hugs! Thank you, my dear. *hugs* It was a crappy week in total, so I'm really glad it's over.

I know - it makes me crazy when people make that assumption. Grrr. Especially when they don't say it, but you can just tell from their smirk that they're thinking it, but if you say anything like "It's NOT PMS dammit!" they'll just smirk more and still be convinced it is. In my office I'm the only woman, so I get this all the time.

Okay, glad to hear that you wouldn't mind dark!fic. I think just about everyone who's expressed an opinion so far has said go for it, just put up plenty of warnings, which I'd definitely do. Must make some time for writing this weekend. And I've got Monday off for Labor Day, hoorah! So maybe will get some good writing done on that piece.
Fluffy: Jeeves & Woosterflufshepherd on September 2nd, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, hopefully the weekend will offer nice relaxing time for you. Sounds like you need it muchly.

It must be horrible with all men. Very few understand that there's more to women then our breasts and lower bits. Maybe every time they try to blame your moods on PMS, you can kick 'em in their lower bits. =-D

Yay! Can't wait to read it! And, yes, warnings are good. It can be less-than-fun clicking a story and not knowing what you're signing up for.
Sky: [j&w] jeeves sir animatedskyblue_reverie on September 2nd, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Well now I've got a cupcake-plan, so the weekend just got even better! *g*

Yeah, it's sometimes not too fun being the only woman. We also all share the same unisex restroom, so it's a constant fight about the toilet seat. (Sorry if that was TMI.)

Hee - kick 'em in the lower bits. Very tempting. That'd probably convince them even more firmly that I'm hormonal, but it might just be worth it... *ponders*

Warnings are of the good. I just hope I don't scare people off who might enjoy the story because they think they won't like the subject matter (I have a feeling that may have happened with the belt!fic).
Fluffy: Giles Spike Couchflufshepherd on September 2nd, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Yay for cupcake plans! I have to go out and buy some mix before I can make them, but it shall be done. And we will be cupcake buddies!

Not TMI, and very understandable. I'd say a kick in the 'nads will solve all your troubles. I wonder if it makes me a bad person for thinking that way... :-P

Way I see it, if somebody gets scared off by a warning, they're obviously not prepared to read the fic itself. It may temporarily loose you a few readers, but I'm sure they'll come running back next time you put out some nice fluffy goodness.
Sky: [buffy] spike strike a poseskyblue_reverie on September 2nd, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Why, hello there, cupcake buddy! I'm totally going to check in with you tomorrow to see if you followed through, you know. *g*

Nope, not a bad person! Or, at least, if so, then I'm a bad person too. ;)

Probably true about the readers, but I think sometimes people would enjoy things they don't necessarily think they would - I've definitely had that experience. Ah, well! Fluffy goodness is definitely excellent as well, and will be forthcoming after the dark!fic. :)
Fluffy: house wears slash-tinted specsflufshepherd on September 2nd, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
Hullo! I'm going to check on you, too. Can't have a cupcake party if one of us doesn't make any cupcakes.

So... we can be bad people together! Cupcake-makin', ball-kickin', weird-sock-not-wearin' buddies!

Definitely. I got into slash that way. I didn't read the header and ended up reading (and muchly enjoying) an NC-17 Spike/Angel story. A very fortunate accident. It's a shame people are going to miss out on your dark!fic 'cause of the darkness, but there's little that can be done about it. :-( But, yay for fluff!
Sky: [buffy] spike cheekboneskyblue_reverie on September 2nd, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
Yay for cupcake party! And yay for yellow-with-chocolate-frosting-cupcake-makin', don't-assume-it's-PMS-or-I'll-kick-your-balls-sayin', weird-toe-separating-sock-not-wearin' buddies! I don't know what time zone you're in, but I'll try to head out mid-morningish my time (I'm in Cali) to get some groceries (I need some other stuff anyway) and make the cupcakes by early afternoon so that I can get in some good cupcake-and-dark!fic time before the hubby comes home from work. And I'll be expecting dark!fic-and-cupcake iconage from you, m'dear! *g*

Hee, accidental slasher! Gosh, I don't even remember how I got into slash. The first slash I read, although of course it wasn't called that, was Mercedes Lackey's Magic's Pawn, and its two sequels, Magic's Promise and Magic's Price, back - geez, it must have been junior high or early high school.

As for fanfic slash - probably Buffy fandom as well, although I was always more into the pairings involving Buffy herself for that fandom. But I don't remember if I found it accidentally, or went looking for it, or saw a link and was intrigued, or what. Hmmm.
Fluffy: wilson wears toenail polishflufshepherd on September 2nd, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
Hee! Yay for quite-a-mouthful buddies! I'm in EST, so it's about 4 AM here. *is crazy tired* I'm going to have to poke around the kitchen first. I've been thinking about it and I think I might have some mix around here somewhere. I hope so, at least. The icon shall be made! Preferably when the cupcakes are in the oven.

I'm pretty much a newbie to slash compared to you, then! I've only been into it for two to three years! When I first found fanfic, I read a few Buffy het fics, but, as I said, found slash and have been very happy since. It's fun remembering the beginning of all this. Even though it hasn't been nearly as long for me as it has been for you, it still feels so far away. Neat. :-)

It's off to bed for me. I've been up watching ABOF&L when I should've gone to bed hours ago. Night!