What exactly does that mean, anyway? The "returns" thing? Never quite got that. But in any case, I would like to wish a large sparkly "Happy Birthday" to three of my favorite people:

[livejournal.com profile] shoebox2, whose snarky wit is paired with generous good nature, and who also possesses a remarkably shrewd critical eye;

[livejournal.com profile] lizbee, a dear and loyal friend and savvy bookseller/librarian type-person whose online companionship and encouragement I value more than I can say, and whom I long to meet in person sometime (accursed Antipodes!); and

[livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63, a terrific author, a delightful personality, and a fervent lover of pugs -- which is how she came to have a cameo (albeit in dog form) in Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter a.k.a. Knife. She has helped me untangle many a snarled plot premise (including that of Wayfarer when I was hammering together the original outline), so I am greatly indebted to her.

I wish all three of you a wonderful day full of happiness and the company of good friends!

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to [livejournal.com profile] cesario!

*ducks and runs*
Which being translated from the original Owl is, fond Happy Birthday wishes to the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] lydaclunas!

When I saw the birthday cards my sons had made for me this year, I was speechless -- but only because I was laughing so hard.

First, from my seven-year-old:

Bad Momy )

Then from my five-year-old, whose favorite pastime these days is teasing his father:

I do not love thee, Dr. Fell )

Clearly I have passed on some seriously warped genes to my children. I apologize in advance to all the people that will be forced to deal with their bizarre sense of humor.
Despite various efforts to control my internet addiction, I recently found that I was still struggling with self-discipline when it came to Getting Stuff Done. The Time Map I did a few months back was a little too vague to be useful, so this past Sunday night I drew myself up a new Daily Schedule, starting when I get up at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m. when I go to bed.

Most of the items on the Monday-Friday chart are the same every day -- prayer and study, getting the kids off to school, meal prep, family time and so on -- but I also divided up my household chores and assigned myself two tasks a day, the morning one intensive (groceries, bathrooms, vacuuming) and the afternoon one lighter (laundry, garbage/recycling, organization). I made sure to block off 2-3 hours for writing and/or editing each day, as I've been doing for several weeks now, but on this schedule I also set apart three distinct 20-minute blocks for checking e-mail and LJ. That way I know that I do have time to maintain an online presence, but I (hopefully) won't be so tempted to fritter away spare moments clicking around the web when I could be doing something more worthwhile.

After two days, I'm already feeling more relaxed and contented. Instead of struggling to keep track of all the things I have to do and worrying I won't have time to do them all, I just have to look at the schedule to see my responsibilities for the day. It makes everything seem so much more manageable and less daunting. I realize that I really do have enough time, not just for the things I have to do but even for the things I enjoy -- if only I manage my days responsibly instead of just letting them happen. Sure, things are bound to come up that throw off my schedule, but because I do have a schedule then I know exactly what I'm missing, and what things I need to do to catch up.

My plan is to follow the schedule consistently, making adjustments and refinements as needed, for the next three weeks -- I'm told it takes 21 days to form a new habit, which sounds about right to me. I'll let you all know how that goes.

And before I shame myself by forgetting again, a very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] halseanderson, who is not only a superb author and an inspiring speaker, but knits beautifully and cans a mean tomato. Oh, and runs marathons, too, thereby making the rest of us look like sorry American Idol-watching slackers. Seriously, it's a good thing she's such a lovely person or we might be forced to take drastic measures.
Erm, or something like that.

The point is, [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 is having a birthday today, and she is a splendid person and an amazing writer, as well as an insightful critic whose advice has helped me enormously. I wish her a year full of health, success, snoring pugs, and all the other fine things in life. I also bring a gift, in the form of a link to the best crossover vid I've ever seen, featuring one of her favorite characters and one of mine:


(With a link for anybody who has trouble with the embedding: By the Way)

And while I'm linking to Di's vids, I should mention that she's also made a heartbreaking Remus Lupin piece, including some non-HP footage which works beautifully in the context; and on the happier side of the equation she's responsible for one of my favorite House videos ever, Get The Cool.

But back to the main point: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63! And I use my Jack Bristow icon in your honor.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAREST [livejournal.com profile] lizbee
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

(Well, it is in Australia, anyway.)

May you have a lovely upcoming year, with lots of good things coming your way, including wonderful fic ideas, lots of thoughtful and encouraging feedback, and general podiatric health.

*blows kisses*
I got a bicycle for my birthday! A shiny new bicycle from my husband, who is wise in the ways of cycling! Yay! I think this may be the first new bike I've had in my life. And it's certainly the first one I've owned in over fifteen years. *huggles it*

My other birthday present: spring weather! It was positively mild today, and the snowbanks are rapidly shrinking. Dare I hope that by next week they will be gone?

In other news, I fail at writing today -- only 572 words so far. But my head feels like it has been stuffed with cotton wool, and I just can't seem to get my thoughts to cohere. So I have been using the time to do character maps, timelines, and other useful things. At least that will keep me from feeling completely unproductive.

It's embarrassing to admit how hard I have to think to do a timeline, though. I'm constantly counting things on my fingers with my tongue stuck out one side of my mouth, trying to figure out how much time has passed between on event and another -- and even after I've done my best, I'm sure I've got it wrong. Why do numbers hate me so?

I also fail at intuition. I really thought that by now I would have some word from Agent E. about Knife. However, no news is at least potentially good news, right?
To the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] cesario, best doll maker in the universe (and writer of brilliant fic) -- may you enjoy the very best of birthdays, however you may choose to spend it.
In this case, [livejournal.com profile] lizbee, who is having a birthday (or will have had, by the time she gets this, because she lives in the Antipodes where time runs counter-clockwise and people walk about upside-down). Thank you, Liz, for *mumblemumble* years of beta-reading, crackfic (and non-crack fic), long rambling AIM conversations, parcels in the mail (even though some, sadly, did not arrive), living in JKR's brain, and mutual assured fangirling. Plus just being a delightful person and a wonderful friend that I dearly hope to meet in person one day.

And now that I think of it, it is also the birthday of another splendid person and enormously talented writer, [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63. So:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63!

*collapses*
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] npkedit, author of brilliant Chase genfic!

And also, gacked from [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26: the Anonymous Music Meme!

1) Upload a song that represents me to you, or which contains a message you want me to hear.
2) Comment to this thread with the link.
3) All responses must be ANONYMOUS. (FYI, logged-in LJ users can use the "More Options" button at the bottom of the comments box to leave an anonymous comment -- you don't have to log out.)

Entertain me, minions!
[livejournal.com profile] cesario has written me a very special multi-fandom crackfic for my birthday. With illustrations. And a fancy invitation at the beginning. And it's hilarious.

And [livejournal.com profile] piecesofalice wrote me House/Cameron schmoop, or at least as close to schmoop as House, being House, could be plausibly expected to get. It's delightful, too.

Thanks to everyone who sent me virtual gifts and well-wishes (including [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl's inadvertent gift of the best turn of phrase I've seen in ages) for my birthday. It was indeed very nice, and tonight I'm going out for a leisurely, romantic, sit-down dinner with my husband and no kids. Woo!
Some of my favorite grouchy people were born in early January, it seems. First we have Mary Russell on January 2nd, on no lesser word than that of her author editor Laurie R. King; then Sherlock Holmes on January 6th, a date not explicitly given in canon but nonetheless widely accepted among Holmesians as correct due to Holmes's penchant for quoting Twelfth Night.

We know also that Dr. Gregory House was born in early-to-mid January, and seeing that he shares a house number with Holmes, it doesn't seem much of a stretch to propose January 6th as his birthday as well. And then, of course, J.K. Rowling has informed us that Severus Snape was born on January 9th.

Is it an astrological thing to have brilliant, misanthropic, sarcastic, obsessively driven characters born in January, or is there some other logic behind it?
Heartfelt belated birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] melissa_tlc! Because it's not like it wasn't THREE DAYS AGO, and as though I didn't have it written IN RED on the CALENDAR that is HANGING IN MY FRONT HALL or anything. *headdesk*

I hope your day was super, Mellie.

SQUEE!!!

Dec. 14th, 2005 09:29 am
rj_anderson: (House Intense)
HOUSE Casting Spoiler )

Haven't seen the latest episode yet, but I look forward to watching it tonight.

Also, a very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] risti!
November seems to be a popular month... hope you have a wonderful day, [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26!

Elsewhere, last week's episode of "House" has given me a slew of mad fic bunnies, and I have also had spoiler ) (otherwise known as "Crystalline Green" by Goldfrapp, apparently) running through my head for the last forty-eight hours... which would be all right if it had more than one riff, but it doesn't. Agh.

Last week's "Lost" did not give me bunnies of any kind, probably because spoilers )

So much Christmas baking, so little time. Sigh.
Let the world tremble before me, for I am a mother who has captured her ten week-old baby on video. Don't worry, though, it's only about 20 seconds long:

Of course I talk, I'm Minister for Overseas Development (2 MB, YSI).

The audio is unfortunately marred by the speaker being on in the background (since this clip was taken in the church nursery during a service), but you can hear a couple of Paul's sage observations quite clearly toward the end.

Also, many happy returns to [livejournal.com profile] callyperry, a delightful, warm-hearted and generous person who has been a great encouragement to me and whose endless good humour makes her a pleasure to talk to and be with. Thanks for everything, Cally -- and come see us again some time!

Belated Stuff

Sep. 22nd, 2005 05:08 pm
rj_anderson: (Tenth Doctor Wonder)
First, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] avarill, an all-around splendid person and one of my oldest net.friends. Hope your day's been a good one, and that if you haven't had a chance to celebrate properly yet, you're able to do so soon!

And second, as promised, Liz )

Finally, I hope to get the chance to watch the Lost season premiere tonight, and so far I have remained unspoiled therefor, so it should be rather exciting and all that. Not to mention a much-needed break from present reality...
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] hedda62! I would have wished you a fine day earlier, but I'd been thoroughly convinced that the 26th was tomorrow, and since my husband is curmudgeonly about his birthday and doesn't like to be fussed over, he certainly didn't go out of his way to set me straight...

Anyway, all the best for a successful upcoming year.
Since Sundays tend to be insanely busy for me, I shall do the niceties a day in advance (though for at least one person on the list, it won't come too soon after all):

First, to the inimitable [livejournal.com profile] lizbee, who I am unspeakably glad to have as a friend, a beta, a co-conspirator (winged monkeys!), and a smashing good provider of fannish reading material -- at least whenever she gets around to finishing one of her seemingly inexhaustible store of epic WiPs. Anyone who hasn't read Girl Most Likely is missing one of the finest Snapefics of the last five years, and definitely the best characterization of an adult Harry I've ever read... among many other unexpected pleasures. May you have a birthday as delightful as you are, with no Daleks (unless you want them).

Second, to [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63, who has been rightly hailed as one of the best writers in any fandom, and certainly among the best in any and every fandom where she chooses to write. Who else could pull off an Alias/Bridget Jones crossover, starring Jack Bristow for heaven's sake, and make it work? It's at the point where I could swear everything her keyboard touches turns to gold. And as if that weren't disgusting enough, she has superb editorial instincts as well -- many of the most important structural changes to Knife were made at her instigation and the book is much the better for it. Thanks so much, Yahtzee. I hope you have a fabulous day.

Third, to [livejournal.com profile] ase, whom I don't really know that well, but I enjoy your book reviews and other literary musings, and I hope your birthday brings you much reading pleasure.

And finally, to [livejournal.com profile] sgloomi, otherwise known as ultra-quirky Doctor Who profic author Dave Stone, who hasn't friended me back yet and so probably won't see this, but cheers anyway, mate.

Phew! Popular time in June to be born, innit?

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