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 New “Women in Color” postcards/notecards available at http://zazzle.com/artistmum1* The first 11 of the WiC Collection are up (except for #2). List of individual art pieces is at Phoenix Fire Arts http://ladyr1218.blogspot.com/ Come on by and say hello! :-) In other artsy news, Etsy store in the works for my original, one of a kind artwork. It should be up by the first week of 2011. Yes, I’m getting my butt in gear and doing more to promote my art and writing. :-D If you’re a fellow creative-minded person, let me know and I’ll follow you on tumblr, LJ or twitter.

I also have my Star Trek art on USS Sarasvati plus my fanfic archive at Writin' Across Universes. WAU includes all my archived Star Trek Enterprise, Stargate Atlantis and crossover stories. My Star Trek Enterprise alternative universe series, AU Switcheroo Series has its own home on DW. That includes the series and character databases. 

One of my resolutions for 2011: promote my art and writing more. That part of it has been pretty stagnant lately and I need to get my butt in gear for that. I got The Indie Author Guide by April . Hamilton for Christmas, so hopefully that'll be the kick I need.


Dear Santa...

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In October I ate my brussel sprouts (1 points). In June I turned hypercaz in for tearing the tag off a mattress (3 points). Last week I saved a busload of nuns in Angola (326 points). Last Friday I helped kristen999 across the street (6 points). In July I gave mrasaki a kidney (1000 points).

Overall, I've been nice (1336 points). For Christmas I deserve a toy train!


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Happy Holidays!

 Yeah, 'tis the season. Christmas is usually a really busy time for me. So far, we've been looking around for Christmas present (on the cheap of course)...I have the feeling we'll be handing out a lot of gift cards. I like the Holidays...my Jewish friends are celebrating Hanukkah (or Chanukah) and there Kwanzaa and Yule. My birthday's exactly a week before Christmas and I used to get the "Here's your birthday AND your Christmas present" thing.

Luckily, that's not quite as bad anymore.

Been really busy with writing and art. Completely redone my art store, here: Phoenix Arts Store. New products for Christmas and Kwanzaa, and gifts for the chocoholic, cat lover, and everyone special! It's connected with my art blog, Phoenix Arts (formerly Lady Rainbow's Art)
The kids have been doing well. Sarah has been chattering up a storm. "Yeah!" "No!" "Dada!" "Bye!" "Uh-oh" "All done". It's still a wonder to hear her talk, especially since the other two are still non-verbal. Both Michael and Christina have been making more noise, and I think it's because they see their younger sister trying to communicate.

Hubs will be on another business trip to New Jersey tomorrow, gone till Friday. He was gone for a week before Thanksgiving too. After he gets back, he'll be taking the whole week before AND after Christmas off. He'll be baking cookies and making goodie boxes, like he does every year. I plan on decorating a little bit while he's gone, though...he really isn't one to be decorating much, and in previous years, his way has dominated what we do. It's been slowly but surely changing. Most of my efforts has been pretty quiet, and there's been a lot of resistance. He's made some really boneheaded remarks lately (especially about my rheumatoid arthritis pain), but I'm used to his verbal rants.

Thank God for support on-line. My on-line friends know me better than my own family does, at times. And it keeps me sane, especially during this already VERY cold season. 

Till later.

Life Update

 Yeah, I know it's been a while since I've updated this LJ. Been really busy with writing and art and generally dealing with RL stuff. Creative projects have been doing really well, with some new fics here at Writin' Across Universes. Some of them are drabbles (100 words or less) and some crossovers (Star Trek Enterprise, Doctor Who, Torchwood, SG-1 and SGA). Check out my new ENT/DW crossover "Trip and the Terrific Tardis"

I've also put my Star Trek Art here at the USS Sarasvati. My regular art is here at Lady Rainbow's Art. Been working with oil pencils and pastel pencils lately, with pen and ink. I'm part of a group that's doing the exercises from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and it's helped a lot. It's wonderful chatting and working with so much talent, with so many different styles and subjects!

I've also been reviewing my Linguistics 101 and other languages (grammar, culture, etc.) It's definitely one of those "if you don't use it, you lose it" things. I keep up with internet articles and language conversations, but doing this keeps my mind sharp so I DON'T lose it. Since I can't physically travel, doing this also keeps my hopes and dreams alive.

The kids have been improving academically in school. Son is strong in math and computers, Banshee Girl in music. They've done so well with adaptive technology and with caring, nurturing teachers. Baby Girl is now your typical 2 year old. Her favorite words are "Uh-oh!" "Whoa!" and "No!" (Tantrums optional). She's quite enamored with the Lego Store, definitely Daddy's Little Girl.

The not-so-great stuff about my life. Yes, some harsh language, but there are reasons for it. I'm tolerant, but not a saint.Collapse )
But like I said, I find a lot of satisfaction in my creative work and watching my kids improve academically. Hubs and I pretty much have parallel lives and the twain hardly ever meet. Thank God for my creative support teams---they keep me sane and give me the will to go on!

Title: A Friendly Drive-Around with a Tame Racing Driver
Prompt: Doctor Carson Beckett walks into a bar and meets... The Stig!
Fandoms: Stargate Atlantis and Top Gear
Word count: 1708
Rating/Warnings: PG13. Language
Notes: Disclaimer: Don't own, don't sue. Stargate Atlantis is owned by MGM and Top Gear by the BBC.

Notes: Written for “A Ficathon Walks into a Bar” challenge on LiveJournal. When I first read this assignment, my first thought was “????”, then I burst out laughing and wondered how I was going to pull this one off. Well, here we go.

Doctor Carson Beckett meets an silent “tame racing driver” in a pub who shows him technology isn't all bad. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May make a cameo at the end of this story.

Carson Beckett, the Stig and a mysterious car...Collapse )

Sigh. Really tired...

 It's been so exhausting.Kids started school, and it's been one thing after another.Oi. 

And please, no cross-posting of entries and/or comments to Twitter and/or Facebook. I wouldn't do it to anyone, esp. on friend-locked entries, so I expect the same kind of respect. Thanks.


Update on me...

Yeah, it's been a little while. Need to get caught up on everything. LOL!

School starts for the rugrats tomorrow. Today I'll be attending both kids' schools' Open House (at opposite ends of Charlotte. One's close to the Cabarrus County border and the other near Uptown). Turns out both kids will be having new teachers this year, which will be interesting. So much for consistency for kids in the AU program...and Michael's bus will be picking him up at the bright and early time of 6 AM.

Robert's on a business trip in Tyler, TX. until late Friday. So I've got the kids all by my lonesome again. Thank God school starts this week.

I've set up my network of writing and art blogs. (Cut/paste RSS feed addy into your reader of choice)

I Gotta Write  and RSS Feed: http://igottawrite1.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
I Gotta Write on Facebook : Includes updates on all blogs and discussion board.

Lady Rainbow's Art and RSS Feed:  http://ladyr1218.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

Annie's Flights of Fantasy and RSS Feed: http://affstories.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?max-results=3
(This is my story/poetry archive. All original work, no fanfiction)

Writin' Across Universes This is my Star Trek Enterprise/Stargate Atlantis/Other sci-fi fanfiction archive

Please stop on by and say hello! Especially on the discussion board...it's lonely talking to myself! Thanks!


Yup, exactly how I feel right now...

 Since my peaceful weekend's shot, I might as well catch up on a few things. Like my blogs. This past month has really been rough to the max. Banshee Girl's been screaming in the middle of the night again, and Son has really been obnoxious, Baby Girl Sarah's been climbing and sitting in spots where she isn't supposed to. Hubs can't handle it, so it's Mom to the rescue. Again.

Is it August 25 yet?? I can't wait till school starts for the kids. Michael will go to a new school, University Meadows for Grade 2, and Christina will be in her last year of preschool. Haven't gotten school or transportation info yet. Go figure. But both of their schools are "early" schools (start at 7:15 AM, end at 1:45 PM) so this will be pretty interesting. 

Hubs has been obsessed with Hulu.com and Netflix lately. He's even trying to convince me that a Wii would make a great Netflix tuner for the main TV. :-./ Oi. This while we still have bill collectors calling our phone. 

Ugh. I've got my writing and art, but rheumatoid arthritis and fibro's been coming back w/a vengeance, plus I've been sick lately. I've got to play a lot of catchup.


 We went to the Bon Odori Festival 2010 at the Wachovia Atrium and Plaza in Uptown Charlotte yesterday. 
Pics of huge drums, kimonos, dolls and a kendo master...Collapse )

Book meme!!

Book meme snagged from mbeancntr 

1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Not usually.

2. What is your favorite drink while reading?
tea or coffee, depending on what kind of mood I'm in.

3. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I only write in reference books that I know I'm not going to give to anyone. Language books, mostly. (Translations, definitions, etc.)

4. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ear? Laying the book flat open?
Bookmark. Though I have the dog-ear habit for paperbacks.

5. Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Both?
Both, If it's fiction, it's usually sci fi or fantasy. Non-fiction is usually language/linguistics/writing.

6. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I can pretty much stop anywhere and pick up.

7. Are you a person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
Nope. I'd take the book to the nearest used book store and use the credit to get something I like. 

8. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
Context usually, and if I can't figure it out, I'd look it up. (That's the linguist in me)

9. What are you currently reading?
---Inside Inside, by James Lipton
---Cartilla Militar by Navascues and Sherman (A book on military tactics, written in Spanish c.1941)
---Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication

10. What is the last book you bought?
Non-fiction: Kanji Starter I
Fiction: Labyrinth by Kate Moss 

11. Are you a person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I can read more than 1.

12. Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
After the kids go to bed, usually, past 8 PM.

13. Do you prefer series books or stand-alones?

14. Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
Lillian Jackson Braun, Mercedes Lackey, Stephen King, Douglas Adams, Issac Asimov

15. How do you organize your books? By genre, title, author's last name, etc?
Genre, usually. Language books by language.




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