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Gah, I haven't posted anything here since January 1st!  One of my yearly goals was to blog at least twice a month, and so far I'm doing kind of miserably at it. Heh.

January passed by in a super blur, but one highlight was going down to Southern California for my brother's birthday.  I got us tickets to see Wicked with some friends (first time for him, third time for me...XD).  The show was a Sunday evening, and I flew down the Thursday night before.  I had plans to get together with an old friend on Friday and take my brother to Disneyland on Saturday.  Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans...after my plane landed Thursday night, I promptly got stomach flu. >_<  It was horrible, and I was up most of the night.  Thankfully, everything seemed to calm down by Friday night, so we made the decision around noon on Saturday to attempt Disneyland.  It was so crowded...and raining.  Raindrops became daggers to poke you in the eyes on outside rides.  Still, it was good to get out of the apartment and away from my illness for a few hours.  Wicked on Sunday was great; I think it was the same cast who I saw last May when they came through Sacramento.

After seeing that Netflix was possibly taking down My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, I burned through Season Four (and then ended up rewatching a bunch of other random episodes!).  S4 reminded me why I love that series.  Great character moments, more nods to bits of continuity, and the most kickass fight EVER in MLP anything.  I was worried a bit when Twilight became a princess at the end of S3, but the writers really handled how her character would deal with a life-changing event like that perfectly.  Also, I listened to the "Filli Vanilli" song for like a week straight.  Sooo good.  (Actually, the series has always had really strong music.)  I need to get my comics out and catch up with what's happening there now.

Writing-wise, I've been slowly poking away at Theodore and Tippetarius in Oz, my genderbent Wizard of Oz retelling.  While I'm enjoying it immensely, I'm still unsure of what to do with the final product.  It will need serious editing, and possible rewriting (with more of a plan and world guidelines/timeline in firm place) if I ever plan on publishing it.  I do want to eventually share it.  I may start by posting it online somewhere just to get feedback.

Speaking of writing, this is the year I want to launch my official author website and start publishing some flash fiction collections and short stories.  I've set a personal goal to put the first collection out by end of March/April.  However, I'm being hampered by not having settled on a pen name yet.  I've thought long and hard about whether or not to have a pen name, and eventually I decided that having a professional license attached to my real name was just too great a risk for using it on my books.  i've narrowed the surname field down to two or three possible finalists.  Maybe I can post a poll to see everyone's opinion?

Date: 2015-03-10 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Hey Ry! Great to hear from you again!

Ouch on getting sick, but at least you got to see Wicked!

As for Theodore and Tippetarius in Oz , I'd be interested in reading it and I'm often told I'm a great beta.

A pen name is a good plan and I say post a poll. You might not go with the chosen name in the end, but at least you'll get feedback on it. Let us know when the site goes up! I'd love to see it!

Date: 2015-03-10 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Yeah, in late February I got a cold too, so I'm two for two months getting sick this year. XD

Thanks for the beta volunteer! I'd be happy to accept. :) It's about 60k right now (for shame only adding 10k in three months!) I'm estimating it will be another 10-20k before the story is finished. So it's mostly about being consistent about putting my butt in the chair and adding bit by bit every day. Which with my squirrel-like brain isn't always the easiest.

I'll post a poll soon! Yeah, without having the pen name I haven't been able to register a domain name and start building the site. :|

Date: 2015-03-10 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Ouch! I feel you on that! Lately I seem to get sick then too, which really sucks.

Hee! I understand! Some days it's hard to get a few words out, but then on others, it's like the tap busted and you can't stop the output.

And voted on it!

Date: 2015-03-10 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Ditto on being interested in the genderbent Oz fic

And so happy to see you posting again!

Date: 2015-03-10 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Yay! Not a ton has changed from that random snippet I posted ages ago, but the world is of course much more fleshed out.

Glad to be posting again. Fingers crossed that I can keep it up more often!

Date: 2015-03-10 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
::crossing and hoping for the best::

Oh, and can I interest you in snow? Jersey got hit quite a bit and I'm sick of the white stuff

Date: 2015-03-10 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Haha, nope! I think it hit the mid 80s today in California.

Date: 2015-03-10 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
I am sad we didn't get any snow where I live this last winter though. We usually get at least a little dusting.

Date: 2015-03-10 07:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
And we got more than we wanted.

Date: 2015-03-11 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Oh, I forgot to ask, how are the drabbles coming along?

Date: 2015-03-11 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
OMG, my fandom drabbles. I completely forgot about them! I had three of the four done (two requests from you and two from strongheartmaid), but one of them ballooned into something much larger than expected and somehow it got forgotten! Thanks for reminding me about those - I should post at least the three I got done! XD

Date: 2015-03-11 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Yay, Ry drabbles!

Hee, don't worry about forgetting either, like you said, you got pretty swamped there.

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